Trans Soul Rebel (does god bless your transsexual heart?)

After thirteen plus years of screaming to Against Me! (only thirtenn–I know, I was late to the party), I finally got to see them two weeks ago in VA Beach. It was, of course, stellar. It slayed all things. If you’re not yet on board, pick up their new album Transgender Dysphoria Blues. It’s badass and quite the intimate look at Laura Jane Grace’s ongoing transformation. Now,... Read More

Oi to the World! (now bugger off)

First of all, Oi to the World! was written by The Vandals, not that obnoxiously horrible “I don’t know when to stop singing, so I’ll just keep belting ‘oooohhh’ throughout ever ‘effing line in a song” crappy singer Gwen Stefani. But, I guess, since the song is about unity I should be nice. And it’s Christmas time and all that so .... Read More

The Real Pansy (Division) and the D.O.D.

Recently, Mark Driscoll referred to pacifists as pansies. I can only assume he’s not referring to the flower, as that wouldn’t make much sense (then again, we are talking about Mark D here). Apparently, he’s using the term in the sense of being a ‘fairy’, a ‘sissy’, a ‘fag’ or some other bit of ‘re-remodeling’ account... Read More

Bad Religion’s got some yuletide after all

Whether it’s supposed to be ironic, humorous, rooted in nostalgia, or just some strange appeal to whatever holiday spirits these anti-theists can muster, Bad Religion (one of my favorite bands growing up–their pretentiousness, however, was not always healthy for me), is releasing a Christmas album. Now they have some in common with Christians: the ability to make money... Read More

Constantinian Carolinians

A part of me is thinking, just drop it. Don’t cover this stuff. There are only TWO representatives lobbying for Christianity as the state religion in North Carolina. Two wackos. That’s it. No, I said ‘wackos’, not Wakko. Miss you, buddy. [Actually, that's not too shabby considering the region. Hey, I'm from NC. I can make these kind of comments. Love ya',... Read More

The Trans-Ballad of Laura Jane Grace

[N]ot that I think this deserves any kind of explanation…-‘The Disco Before The Breakdown’ Being a long time fan of Against Me!, I’ve tried to follow all of the comments, articles, zines, interviews, etc., discussing Tom Gabel’s “transformation” to Laura Jane Grace. Suffering from what has been labelled ‘gender dysphoria’ (perhaps... Read More

Four More Years

“Political Language is designed to make lies sound truthful, and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidarity to pure wind.” George Orwell The rhetoric of the so-called right and the left are, as I type, reaching a fevered pitch. It’s not that I’m anti-rhetoric. I love the Big R. But the nature of this is getting beyond enjoyable. One side... Read More

Remaining Resolute in my Anti-Resolution Revolution

In the 5th grade I decided that resolutions were a ‘crutch for the weak’. I think I’d heard someone misquoting Marx or something (the silly kind of Marx, not the Harpo kind). I just remember thinking, ‘Why do adults always need a catalyst for changing their rotten habits?” I doubt I used the word catalyst, but I am, after all, paraphrasing my much,... Read More

Five Christmas Songs that Kind of Make Me Think, ‘Well, this could be right.’

I’m heading out of town for a few days, so no Amish Jihad for you (for at least 6-7 days). In the meantime, here’s a re-post of something I published last year. It still rings true. Rock on, folks! ~~~~ My first substantial brush with ‘atheism/agnosticism/I kinda wish I was a Taoist but I always collapse into nihilism instead’ did not come about via reading... Read More

A Soundtrack for the Winners

I’m not sure who won (as this has been posted before the votes have been tallied), but, either way, these two songs are for you: THE STATE-LOTTERY (Propagandhi) [Spoken word intro by Noam Chomsky] Now the real prospects for authentic democracy depend on something else. They depend on how the people in the rich and priveliged societies learn some other lessons. For example... Read More