October 18, 2005

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katrina sunset, by silver juice?

* Listen: Silver Jews K-Hole. Tanglewood Numbers is out. Get your copy today.

Also, word is Drag City will soon be posting to its website, the video for How Can I Love You (If You Won't Lie Down).

* The New Yorker profiles Sarah Silverman. excerpt:

"Silverman crosses boundaries that it would not occur to most people even to have. The more innocent and oblivious her delivery, the more outrageous her commentary becomes. Lenny Bruce’s 'Jews killed Christ' joke ('I did it. My family. . . . Not only did we kill Christ, we’re going to kill him when he comes back') is reprised with a harder edge. 'Everybody blames the Jews for killing Christ,' Silverman says. 'And then the Jews try to pass it off on the Romans. I’m one of the few people that believe it was the blacks.'"

"She skewers hypocrisy and self-righteousness, but there are times when her narrative ingredients—rape, dead grandmothers—threaten to overwhelm the delicate balance of a joke (rape being one of the last remaining taboos in today’s sexual politics; grandmothers being what they are). In a catchy song she sings about porn actresses—'Do you ever take drugs / so that you can have sex without crying?/Yeah yeah'—the bald sermonizing, over an upbeat pop melody, is dissonant and odd but somehow not really funny. Who doesn’t feel sorry for porn actresses?"

* A "senior government official" is cooperating with Fitzgerald; indictments could come as early as tomorrow.

* Former Police Chief wants drugs legalized. excerpt:

"I was a cop for 34 years, the last six of which I spent as chief of Seattle's police department.

"But no, I don't favor decriminalization. I favor legalization, and not just of pot but of all drugs, including heroin, cocaine, meth, psychotropics, mushrooms and LSD.

"Decriminalization, as my colleagues in the drug reform movement hasten to inform me, takes the crime out of using drugs but continues to classify possession and use as a public offense, punishable by fines.

"I've never understood why adults shouldn't enjoy the same right to use verboten drugs as they have to suck on a Marlboro or knock back a scotch and water.

"Prohibition of alcohol fell flat on its face. The prohibition of other drugs rests on an equally wobbly foundation. Not until we choose to frame responsible drug use — not an oxymoron in my dictionary — as a civil liberty will we be able to recognize the abuse of drugs, including alcohol, for what it is: a medical, not a criminal, matter."
"The demand for illicit drugs is as strong as the nation's thirst for bootleg booze during Prohibition. It's a demand that simply will not dwindle or dry up. Whether to find God, heighten sexual arousal, relieve physical pain, drown one's sorrows or simply feel good, people throughout the millenniums have turned to mood- and mind-altering substances.

"They're not about to stop, no matter what their government says or does. It's time to accept drug use as a right of adult Americans, treat drug abuse as a public health problem and end the madness of an unwinnable war."


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