Not More Fucking Banjos!

Posted in cripsyduck, music with tags , , , , , on July 7, 2010 by criPSy duck

AHHHHHHH!

Burr Beard, the man brought in to revive WTJU from its slump, is proposing turning major blocks of programming to “Americana” or “Roots” – generally, folk, blues, country and country rock – making that the new “station identity.” The notion sickens me so badly I couldn’t even make it through the proposal.

Ok, I’m all for banjos and bluegrass and “Wagon Wheel,” and ironic tattoos and Pabst Blue Ribbon, but enough already! This Americana thing is not the end-all-be-all. (Whatever happened to rock and roll?) It’s already been an excruciating decade of weekend-redneck toothless hipsters forming Hank Sr. tribute bands. I’M OVER IT. Moving to Brooklyn, taking up banjo and heroin and getting a tattoo of bacon does not make you an artist. ENOUGH! Continue reading

Cripsy Duck’s Confessions of a WTJU Addict

Posted in cripsyduck, music with tags , , , on June 29, 2010 by criPSy duck

(DUCK NOTE: Recent discussions of reformatting WTJU, our beloved multi-format college/community radio station, inspired this retrospective rant.)

“I LOVE RADIO! I have learned of more incredible music listening to WTJU 91.1FM – local multi-format UVa radio – in my umpteen years in Charlottesville than anywhere else. Something about broadcast makes music seem more alive, and the djs have always been so deliciously anarchic. Heaven is a kickass TJU rock show.”

That’s verbatim from my personal Myspace page under “Music.” (Copied and pasted, actually.) I wrote that in 2005 or whenever I set that thing up. (Oh Myspace, so much promise, and then… Murdoch. Blech.)

At that time, I had been listening to WTJU for about twenty years. The station had gone through some mostly cosmetic changes, but one beautiful, crucial thing remained constant: when a DJ was on his game, and you were in the mood: MAGIC. Continue reading

Justice Unserved

Posted in cripsyduck, politics with tags , , , on May 18, 2010 by criPSy duck

Justice, that blind old bat, has swerved off the highway, into the woods and is headed right for the quarry!

EmmaKate Martin and Benjamin Bryant, protesters attempting to block access to Massey HQ in Boone, W. Va on May 17, have been hit with $100,000 bail. This for charges of trespassing and littering. Uh huh.

Let’s see if I’ve got this right. Massey makes billions blasting the tops off ancient mountains, ignoring safety regulations and regularly KILLING its own employees through criminal negligence (29 just last month, remember?), and CEO Don Blankenship is out and about, doing fine, sipping wine. Meanwhile, activists attempting to non-violently protest these abuses receive enormous penalties for inconveniencing the aforementioned abusers.

Wanna help? Call Boone County Magistrate Snodgrass’s office and demand a bail reduction. (304) 369-7360

Thanks to http://climategroundzero.net/.

You Are All Fuckers and I Hate Me

Posted in cripsyduck on May 14, 2010 by criPSy duck

No, it’s not that bad. You haven’t done anything wrong. And I’m ok. Just venting.

Or am I? Haven’t posted in… what’s it say down there? Eight months! If you’re still reading this then… GOOD JOB! (get a frickin’ life)

But HUMANITY has ISSUES! I’m concerned!

Nobody believes anyone else is telling the truth. The Truth – THE FACTS – are never told. Nobody is asking THE QUESTIONS.

WE SHOULD ASK THE QUESTIONS. WE should KNOW THE FACTS. We need DATA pronto!

Then again….

“Planets are disposable…”

Have a day!

If Max Baucus Has His Way, I’m Joining the Racists – I Mean, Teabaggers

Posted in cripsyduck, politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2009 by criPSy duck

By now it is common knowledge that Blue Dog Montana Democrat Senator Max Baucus is a kept man, a lap dog of the health care lobby.

“In the past six years, nearly one-fourth of every dime raised by Baucus, D-Mont., and his political-action committee has come from groups and individuals associated with drug companies, insurers, hospitals, medical-supply firms, health-service companies and other health professionals. These donations total about $3.4 million, or $1,500 a day, every day, from January 2003 through 2008.”
– The Montana Standard, June 14, 2009

With Baucus’ bill finally emerging from the Senate Finance Committee, we are learning he intends to carve chunks off of Medicare, reduce aid to people struggling with health care premiums, and force everyone into the private insurance system by levying fines for those unwilling or unable to buy in. How that’s going to work, I cannot say. If you can’t afford insurance, you can’t afford a fine for not having it, either.

Not only would all this be a total betrayal of any half-ass attempt at improvement President Obama may have intended for our dilapidated health care system, but it would be a total give-away to the very pirates who have ruined the system in the first place: the same interests whose lobbyists have been dumping money into Baucus’ campaign coffers for the past six years. Continue reading

Preamble to the Capitalist Constitution

Posted in cripsyduck, politics with tags , , , , on September 8, 2009 by criPSy duck

We the Corporations of the United States, in Order to dominate a more profitable Union, establish Monopoly, insure domestic Subsidiaries, provide for the golden Parachute, promote Warfare in general, and secure the Blessings of Opulence to ourselves and our Prosperity, do highjack and subvert this Constitution for the United States of America.

How Does Freedom Work?

Posted in cripsyduck, politics with tags , , , , , on August 3, 2009 by criPSy duck

Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks is a corporate-funded “grassroots” lobbying group that astroturfs members of Congress and is responsible for, among other things, the Tea Party movement we saw last April. They have begun deploying their mindless (and, no doubt, unwitting) minions to descend on congressmen at town hall meetings, shouting down the “socialist” health-care agenda of the “Democrat” party, filled with a new vigor inspired by a recently leaked document that tells them “Artificially Inflate Your Numbers: Spread out in the hall and try to be in the front half”, “Be Disruptive Early And Often,” and “Try To ‘Rattle Him,’ Not Have An Intelligent Debate.” Continue reading