Video from the red carpet at the premiere. Not my kind of movie, but I'm related to the interviewer. :)


Cover Up on Galveston? And FEMA Fucks Up Again

I evacuated from Houston before Hurricane Ike hit, and I've been watching my local news online ever since. Just saw a news conference with the Governor and Michael Chertoff and FEMA people, and the reporters and local politicians are raising hell. This is what I got out of it:

No one is allowed to fly over the west side of Galveston. The Governor won't say why but he says it's not his responsibility. The local investigative reporter for the station, who was on Galveston through the storm, said yesterday that he wasn't told officially, but the unofficial info he was given indicated that there's a huge number of deaths - he hinted that it's New Orleans all over again. I got the feeling that there's probably bodies floating everywhere. During the news conference, he was giving them hell about it, but they're not releasing any information yet.

FEMA told us the day before the storm that they had trucks in place outside the city full of ice, water, etc. As of right now, 3:30 Sunday, those trucks have not made any deliveries. They are sitting on the edge of town, burning diesel, but not delivering anything. A local senator or congressman, I didn't catch his name, is throwing fits because our first responders have no food or water. He threatened to "pound on" the head of FEMA.

FEMA has buses available on the outskirts of town to evacuate people whose houses are uninhabitable. Those buses have gone back and forth to San Antonio twice - empty.

Typing this on the fly, so apologies for any typos. To watch local Houston news:


New Music

After a long dry spell, lately I've been running across some interesting new music: 

First, believe it or not, is Glen Campbell. His new album is full of covers, but not what you'd expect. He covers Tom Petty, Foo Fighters, Green Day, and others. My favorite so far is the cover of Green Day's "Good Riddance." Couldn't find a video of that song, but you can hear it on his website. And here's a little behind the scenes video from his website.

Next, the new Everlast song. Another unusual cover - Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues".    He's sampled one of his own hits on the song - House of Pain's "Jump Around".  As bizarre as that seems, I think it works really well. I'm not crazy about the video, though:

A better version of the song is on Everlast's MySpace page.

Next up, Alejandro Escovedo's new single, "Always a Friend":

As with the others, there's a better version of the song, sans video, on his website

For those of you still hanging in there with this post, here's the coolest one of all: 
DJ Shantel feat. Orkestar Bobana Markovica - Bucovina Club

My understanding is that this is Serbian Gypsy music as interpreted by a German House DJ.
Here's his website.  And here's another video by Shantel - "Disko Boy"


Before you jump on the Obama Bandwagon...

..take a look at this article from the very-liberal Houston Press. All that legislation that Obama's being given credit for passing in Illinois wasn't really his. From the article:

From that article:

"Then, in 2002, dissatisfaction with President Bush and Republicans on the national and local levels led to a Democratic sweep of nearly every lever of Illinois state government. For the first time in 26 years, Illinois Democrats controlled the governor's office as well as both legislative chambers. The white, race-baiting, hard-right Republican Illinois Senate Majority Leader James "Pate" Philip was replaced by Emil Jones Jr., a gravel-voiced, dark-skinned African-American known for chain-smoking cigarettes on the Senate floor.

Jones had served in the Illinois Legislature for three decades. He represented a district on the Chicago South Side not far from Obama's. He became Obama's ­kingmaker.

Several months before Obama announced his U.S. Senate bid, Jones called his old friend Cliff Kelley, a former Chicago alderman who now hosts the city's most popular black call-in radio ­program.

I called Kelley last week and he recollected the private conversation as follows:

"He said, 'Cliff, I'm gonna make me a U.S. Senator.'"

"Oh, you are? Who might that be?"

"Barack Obama."

Jones appointed Obama sponsor of virtually every high-profile piece of legislation, angering many rank-and-file state legislators who had more seniority than Obama and had spent years championing the bills."


Smoke on the Yangtze

Wow! This is the kind of thing that reminds me how much less interesting life was before the internet.