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Toni Becker Concert Review

I am sorry I didn't get this out sooner. The concert took place on the 22nd. Toni gave me 2 CDs to review and I hoped that I would have the time to review them with the concert, but my time is at a premium, so I worked on the book. I will get the album reviews up soon, but I don't feel that it is fair that I sit on the pics any longer. Her you go:

Toni Becker is a Dove Award Nominated singer/songwriter from Southeast Missouri.


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After a lot of the bands that I have seen at the Wine Rack/Java Stop, it is refreshing to see someone come in with nothing but a stool, a guitar, and a microphone. The intimate nature of the setting, mixed with the great acoustics in here should make for an interesting show to say the least.

The light touch of her fingers on the strings and her rich yet somehow innocent voice resounds in the room. There is a joy and a life in her music that I have rarely heard. Even in a room full of people, she manages to make you feel like she is singing just to you.

Her husband Brian joined her to sing. There is something magical about a husband and wife singing together. A part of there love floats on each word.

I lost my objectivity when she began singing Landslide. This is probably my favorite song of all time. While her voice has a warmth to it that Stevie Nicks' doesn't, it added to the song, rather than taking away from it.

She has sincerity about her that connected with me. Her voice had a familiar quality, like I had heard it somewhere before, but I am not sure where.

Her cover of These Dreams reminded me of the one on the "The Road Home" by Heart. A great concert, if you get a chance to see her, go check her out.

CDs

"Storybook" (Toni Becker)
"Thin Blue in Between" (Toni Becker)

Check her out

The Official Toni Becker Website

Toni Becker's Myspace

Two Top Democrats lack Spine

C.E. Dorsett Question: Why aren't the democrats in power? Why can't they mount a viable opposition to the most dangerous presidency that has ever assaulted the civil liberties and Constitution itself?

Two key Democrats yesterday called the NSA domestic surveillance program necessary for fighting terrorism but questioned whether President Bush had the legal authority to order it done without getting congressional approval.

Rep. Jane Harman (Calif.), ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and former Senate majority leader Thomas A. Daschle (S.D.) said Republicans are trying to create a political issue over Democrats' concern on the constitutional questions raised by the spying program (Washington Post).

Answer: Because they are too busy selling out the democracy they are suppose to be protecting. I am sick and tired of these people pretending to support the people and then slap us down so they can fit easily in the President's pants.

If it weren't for Howard Dean and the few voices of sanity in the Democratic Party, I would have left the greatest weak willed party in history. Stand up, people! Stand for you beliefs, the Constitution, and the Country, or get off the stage! Triangulation is the tool of the devil, and must be rejected as useless.

Two Top Democrats lack Spine

C.E. Dorsett Question: Why aren't the democrats in power? Why can't they mount a viable opposition to the most dangerous presidency that has ever assaulted the civil liberties and Constitution itself?

Two key Democrats yesterday called the NSA domestic surveillance program necessary for fighting terrorism but questioned whether President Bush had the legal authority to order it done without getting congressional approval.

Rep. Jane Harman (Calif.), ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and former Senate majority leader Thomas A. Daschle (S.D.) said Republicans are trying to create a political issue over Democrats' concern on the constitutional questions raised by the spying program (Washington Post).

Answer: Because they are too busy selling out the democracy they are suppose to be protecting. I am sick and tired of these people pretending to support the people and then slap us down so they can fit easily in the President's pants.

If it weren't for Howard Dean and the few voices of sanity in the Democratic Party, I would have left the greatest weak willed party in history. Stand up, people! Stand for you beliefs, the Constitution, and the Country, or get off the stage! Triangulation is the tool of the devil, and must be rejected as useless.

VA not for Lovers, RI Contemplates Equal Marriage

In a move reminiscent of most of the civil rights disasters in our country's history:

Virginia voters will decide this fall if an anti-gay marriage amendment should be tacked onto their commonwealth's constitution, now that lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved it (Gay.com).

Frankly, all this reminds me of the Anti-Miscegenation (Mixed Race Marriage) Movement. They also used the bible (Number 25) to justify their bigotry. Those laws also had majority support. Vermont was only state not to pass an Anti-Miscegenation Law. The Courts were used to over turn these laws (Pace v. Alabama, 1883, upheld these odious laws/ Loving v. Virginia, 1967, struck the laws down). Bigotry is easy to pass into law, but difficult to remove.

Virginia is not the only state to place an anti-gay marriage amendment on its upcoming state elections. South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and South Dakota citizens will vote on similar amendments in their elections (Gay.com).

When you are having trouble winning an election, make your constituents hate someone or something. Hate is a powerful tool to organize people.


A Ray of Hope

Rhode Island's Senate and House are both facing bills that seek to legalize same-sex marriage (Gay.com).

Maybe we could turn the corner and move forward.

VA not for Lovers, RI Contemplates Equal Marriage

In a move reminiscent of most of the civil rights disasters in our country's history:

Virginia voters will decide this fall if an anti-gay marriage amendment should be tacked onto their commonwealth's constitution, now that lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved it (Gay.com).

Frankly, all this reminds me of the Anti-Miscegenation (Mixed Race Marriage) Movement. They also used the bible (Number 25) to justify their bigotry. Those laws also had majority support. Vermont was only state not to pass an Anti-Miscegenation Law. The Courts were used to over turn these laws (Pace v. Alabama, 1883, upheld these odious laws/ Loving v. Virginia, 1967, struck the laws down). Bigotry is easy to pass into law, but difficult to remove.

Virginia is not the only state to place an anti-gay marriage amendment on its upcoming state elections. South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and South Dakota citizens will vote on similar amendments in their elections (Gay.com).

When you are having trouble winning an election, make your constituents hate someone or something. Hate is a powerful tool to organize people.


A Ray of Hope

Rhode Island's Senate and House are both facing bills that seek to legalize same-sex marriage (Gay.com).

Maybe we could turn the corner and move forward.

VP Debate Wrap-up

by C.E. Dorsett I could spend a lot of time on the debates, but why should I? The VP is not that important, well unless it's Cheney. Everyone knows he is really running the war... Here are some observations

Cheney's veneer began to wear off easily, and the lies and bitterness began to flow. Speaking with a forked tongue, he made a clear distinction between Edwards and himself. He will say anything to maintain power, Edwards will stand on the truth.

I have to admit, it is creepy to hear a man like Cheney try to make a plea to the emotions, which he did several times. Having none himself, it comes off flat, empty, and hollow. I know it is petty, but Cheney reminded me of a Bond Villain... maybe one of Dr No's henchmen. His shifty eyes, and rumbling angry voice. He struck me as someone who has never been challenged by anyone with half a brain. It must be hard to lie as often as he does.

The funniest point in the debate was when Gwen became confused as to what question she was on, because Cheney would not answer her question. Edwards even had to ask about the subject of one question, because when asked about jobs, Cheney rambled on about nothing.

The Subject of the Anti-marriage Amendment showed the Bush/Cheney teams' lack of family values. Dick Cheney would deny his own daughter's basic human dignity for political gain. This is a place where Kerry/Edwards try to equivocate on this issue, offering platitudes and ill-informed statements on the rights granted by the word marriage. It hurt me to hear Cheney talk about the tyrannical position Bush has taken. He reminded me of a Nazi at Nuremburg. “I disagreed but I was only following orders.” Have a back bone all the time or stop pretending you have one at all!

The question of AIDS showed the administrations lack of concern. The VP said he did not know the rate of infection was higher among African-American women than their white counterparts. That exposes the problem. They are detached from the concerns of people who are not wealthy. They don't understand the concerns of gays, lesbians, African-Americans, or women.

The topic of consistency was the most interesting part of the debate. Edwards spoke clearly on the positions of their campaign. Cheney, like Bush last week, had nothing but empty talking points.

I don't have the same feeling of excitement after this debate, mainly because Cheney's icy timber filled me with an uneasiness that I have not had since the last funeral I attended. He has the warmth of an undertaker's tools, without the basic warmth that a pulse would afford him. He is a frighteningly detached man. As his cold steely eyes stared out through the TV, I listened to the lifeless words that trickled like venom out of his mouth. Truth and Cheney are distant acquaintances, and that was extremely self-evident

Edwards closing comments were stirring, lifting up the American Dream as a light to guide our policies and our vision for America. Cheney used his to cast the gloomy fear of amorphous threats in an attempt to frighten people into voting for them.

In the end, I didn't hear anything new. Cheney reused tired accusations that grade school children could see through, while Edwards tried to lay out a vision for the future. How much clearer does the choice have to get? Hope or Fear! Kerry or Bush!

Sky Captain Review

I got to see a movie today! Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

One of the best Science Fiction movies I have seen in a long time.  A thrill ride from beginning to end while maintaining the feel of brilliant film noir, this movie has it all.  And for you fans of giant killer robots, this film has giant killer robots!   The look of the movie is surprising nostalgic and original.  The setting is engrossing and the plot really pulls you through and never disappoints.

Warning: Over Intellectualizing Ahead:  The film paints a mesmerizing post-modern fable of life in the our day and age.  Using the Wizard of Oz as a Narrative tool, the film deconstructs the modern fundamentalist movements showing them to be the futile beasts they are.  I will not spoil the end, but it is as rich for the mind as it is for the eye.  A must see for the whole family.  Great on so many levels.