viernes, 8 de diciembre de 2006

December 8, 2006

From: "Michael Balzary"

dec 8 over here in austria
its very late at night
528 am to be exact
been watching the news
i must say this whole war in iraq has seemed to move a modicum in a
more positive direction
with this study group's report that talking to people and trying
might be better than silence and rhetoric and the threat of violence
certainly a dialogue with iran and syria is better than none
if there was one problem worked out through the course of dialogue
then it would be worth it
talking can only help
and even for those people who think it is of paramount importance for
the u.s.a. to be the biggest political and economic influence in the
surely they can see that continuing this absurd war in iraq in the
current manner has only diminished respect and influence for the
united states world wide

of course, invading iraq was a catastrophic mistake from the get go
but at least this report being taken seriously by the united states
government is a small step in the right direction
the invasion of iraq was a moronic move that made the world a much
less safe and less happy place to be
and the hugest blunder of the united states during my life
time...........well i guess vietnam was a pretty bad waste of lives
this war has done nothing to stop terrorism it has only made it worse
on the tragic day when al qaeda took out the twin towers
a day that pains all of our hearts
al qaeda and osama bin laden were pointed out as the perpetrators and
we were told by our government they would be brought to justice
so they invaded iraq whose government had nothing to do with al qaeda
or with any radical religious fanaticism at all
under false pretenses, and made up lies about the weapons of mass
destruction they were supposed to have which were a threat to the u.s.a.
which iraq had none of
so they bomb the hell out of iraq
then they find saddam hussein in a hole with some snickers bars and
it is supposed to have some bearing on the terrible tragedy of sept
something to do with stopping terrorism?
after sept 11th, the world felt for the united states, the sane world
cared about us
until the bush operation awe and kill or whatever the hell it was
iraq was a sanctioned to death country which was no threat to the
u.s. at all, not to mention led by a secular government...
and yes, a lunatic of a leader who ruled his country in a terrible
way.......were they invading iraq to save the locals from the evil
if so......where was our caring government during the genocide in
rwanda not so many years before?
or in darfur now?
geez....anyone who has paid any attention at all knows all this stuff
so why am i still blabbing on about it?
because thousands and thousands of people die violently for a lie?
and it continues unabated?
because for some reason completely beyond me there are those out
there who still think the invasion of iraq was somehow justified
anyways, maybe the u.s.a. can train these iraqi troops and leave a
place they have had no business being in the first place
maybe it is possible for people to have peace over there
maybe they can have their own government
maybe love is better than war
maybe diplomacy is better than dropping bombs on human beings
maybe there doesn't need to be bodies of disfigured children lying in
the street
maybe a tenth of the effort put into something as ridiculous as the
war in iraq
put into trying to create peace and understanding
could have a positive effect
maybe the united states which i love so much
could have a department of peace
as well as a department of war

jueves, 7 de diciembre de 2006

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

From: "Michael Balzary"

i love the beautiful thing in everyone
i love the freedom of everyone to be beautiful
i love the miracle of someone expressing their beautiful self
i weep with joy at the power of someone able to express their true
beauty in the midst of repressive forces
we have to all support the freedom and the beauty
it is our responsibility as human beings
it is the greatest thing we can do
our imagination is our greatest gift

i am in vienna
i purchased a nice jacket and waistcoat today
it feels so good the coziness of it

the red hot chili peppers have played a lot of concerts
it is hard to imagine for me
even though i lived every single one
all the sweat and broken toes
all the rubber chicken necking
all the smiles
the sheer quantity of notes

and we played another one tonight in vienna
i am so proud of my bandmates
they always give their hearts
and i am so lucky to have ended up with them
tonight we played a little bit of the song 'nevermind'
we haven't played that song in many a moon
i cant remember the last time
but it was so fun
yeah it goes like that

there is a man with a red face who works here at the hotel
and whores in the bar

mozart is from around here
not from vienna but somewhere in austria

i am listening to ornette coleman right now 'love call'
whooo that dude is on fire
cant beat it

has anyone seen the tv show 'the wire'?
anthony turned me on to it and i have been watching it with great
there is an awesome character in it named d'angelo
the actor who plays him is great
and undergoes an incredible transformation
as far as the 3 seasons i have seen he is the emotional center of the
whole thing
i really love it
though it is completely heartbreaking
and supports joe strummer's assertion that '"it is a sad and
beautiful world"

love to all

domingo, 3 de diciembre de 2006

Sunday, December 3, 2006

From: "Michael Balzary"

so i see that snoop dogg has been arrested again......

let me tell you this
i have a non profit music school in los angeles
it is called 'the silverlake conservatory of music'
we have about 600 students and lots of them go for free and and are
supplied with quality instruments to play
it costs money to make this happen
last summer i asked snoop dogg if he would come down and record with
the kids in the studio
a bunch of kids got in the studio over at capital records in hollywood
and snoop doggy dogg the dee oh double g came down
and met with each kid individually, took pictures with all of them
signed all their autographs
and the kids rocked some funk grooves and snoop rocked rhymes with
them and it was recorded
he spent several hours doing it
and he showed them how he did it in the studio
for free
he was gracious, polite, and giving with the kids
and he had a gig that night that he had to get a plane to, but he
still showed up and spent the whole day with the kids
because he cared
there was no press, nothing to gain, no glory
he did it because it was the thing a person with heart does
and the recording was great and it will come out sometime soon and
raise money for the school
so kids that can't afford it can have free quality music lessons and
there you have it