Ceasefire Campaign Update


The Ceasefire Campaign is now available in French, German, Spanish and Portuguese as well as English.  The number of messages sent to the White House calling for direct talk with Iran on its nuclear program continues to grow, but we still need your help.  Spread the word by added the Ceasefire Campaign group to your MySpace, Friendster, or Facebook account, blog about us, email your friends, or come up with something creative to campaign for peace.




Welcome to the new site!

 Why the move?

I want more flexibility to customize my blog. I think WordPress is awesome, and my will continue to use it for my new site, but I want to take advantage of features and plugins that are only available on a self-hosted version of the software. Plus, this will be a great chance for me to learn more about web design as I tinker and tweak the features on the new site. Also, by hosting my own WordPress blog, I can also add a podcast or a videocast to the blog. Stay tuned…

The new site also features randomized header graphics, so come back often to collect them all. Or if you are really bored, keep on clicking the "refresh" button on your browser to reload the site for a random graphic each time. Fun!

Also, the final reason is vanity, pure and simple. I like the sound of I want to be a first-name-only web celebrity/brand name.

The new site is still a work in progress, so bear with me while I tweak and tinker the tech and write some new content as well.

New York City Mix

I think I’m in love with Lady Liberty, Madame la Liberté, New York City Baby! And what a gracious, forgiving mistress she is, welcoming the freaks, the weirdos, the dreamers and the damaged people who can’t function anywhere else into her ample bosom.

Here is my iTunes playlist homage to the new woman in my life:

  • 1. New York City – They Might Be Giants
  • 2. New York Telephone Conversation – Lou Reed
  • 3. Englishman In New York – Sting
  • 4. Manhattan – Holly Cole
  • 5. Teen Age Riot – Sonic Youth
  • 6. Blitzkrieg Bop – The Ramones
  • 7. Heart Of Glass – Blondie
  • 8. La Vie Boheme – Rent Soundtrack
  • 9.  Sci Fi Wasabi – Cibo Matto
  • 10. Take Me Back to Manhattan – Cole Porter
  • 11. Two Princes – Spin Doctors
  • 12. New York – Madonna
  • 13. Take the “A” Train – Duke Ellington
  • 14. It’s Tricky – Run D.M.C.
  • 15. Fight For Your Right – Beastie Boys

Did I miss anything? Let me know if you have any suggestions for additions to this playlist!

Tee for Terrorist?!



Apparently wearing T-shirts with writing in Arabic means that you are a potential terrorist – another paranoid attack on free speech in the name of "national security."

Does Tee Stand For Terrorist? NYC Student Stopped on Staten Island Ferry For Wearing T-Shirt Saying “We Will Not Be Silent” in Arabic

Read more or listen/watch the podcast/videocast from Democracy Now!

Iraqi Peace Activist Forced to Change T-ShirtBearing Arabic Script Before Boarding Plane at JFK

Read more or listen/watch the podcast/videocast from Democracy Now!

Another version of the story.

Support free speech by ordering and wearing a "We will not be silent" T-shirt here.

"WE WILL NOT BE SILENT" was a statement by the student resistance movement in Nazi Germany called The White Rose. This is a statement of purpose, intended to inspire acts of resistance and dissent, against a corrupt government that abuses its power and abandons the rule of law.

Marie Antoinette

I went to see Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette on Friday night. The film was beautiful, cinematographic cotton candy fluff. Honey, you don’t have to be smart, you just have to be pretty. Although Marie Antoinette lacks the inspired genius of Coppola’s Lost in Translation, it does once again prove that nobody can quite capture the essence of rich young white girl angst and anomie quite like Coppola.

Marie Antoinette – the haiku:

I don’t envy your

Feathers, wigs and petticoats

But I do want cake