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KFG update [08 Apr 2008|06:35pm]

KungFuGrip Vs. Scrabble Robot Vs. Vs. Everybody Else
Current mood: ninja
Category: Music

For the past decade, the digitized virtual construct of punk rock band KungFuGrip [http://www.myspace.com/kfgkungfugrip] has existed only in the consensual hallucination that is cyberspace. Now, the founding members of the punk rock collective [Brent/Krypt, Tom McMurder, Warren/Shineboy & Pete] are unplugging from the Internets and gathering - from the Bay Area of California, the military headquarters of Washington D.C., the Metroplex Sprawl of Houston, and the swampy bayous of the deep SouthEast - to appear once again in the place of their inception.


Show Time: Friday April 18, 2008 - DOORS OPEN @ 9:00 PM
State: TEXAS
Country: US
Zip Code: 77701
Description: The Future Is Not Set - it’s man against machine - KungFuGrip Vs. Scrabble Robot Vs. Wormdirt. It’s Judgement Day with the punk rock show to end all punk rock shows at Beaumont Texas’ The Vortex.

Show Time: Saturday April 19, 2008 - 7:00 PM
City: Beaumont
State: Texas
Country: US
Zip Code: 77701
Cost: Dirt Cheap
Description: KFG returns to the scene of the crime. KungFuGrip appears in concert with Fictive Kin, Newborn Diversity, Three Men & A Mannequin and Cousin Phelpy. Oh yeah, and there will be toast.
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KungFuGrip Vs. Scrabble Robot Vs. Wormdirt [30 Mar 2008|09:30am]

KungFuGrip Vs. Scrabble Robot Vs. Wormdirt
Current mood: ninja
Category: Parties and Nightlife

Show Time: Friday April 18, 2008 - 9:00 PM
State: Texas
Country: US
Zip Code: 77701
Description: The Future Is Not Set - it’s man against machine in a three-way punk rock grudge match - KungFuGrip Vs. Scrabble Robot Vs. Wormdirt - at Beaumont Texas’ most swinging of hot spots - The Vortex! The original lineup of KungFuGrip (Brent, Tom, Warren and Peter) will be there ... and special guests to be announced!

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So? ... A Note from Michael Moore [24 Mar 2008|06:59am]


It would have to happen on Easter Sunday, wouldn't it, that the 4,000th American soldier would die in Iraq. Play me that crazy preacher again, will you, about how maybe God, in all his infinite wisdom, may not exactly be blessing America these days. Is anyone surprised?

4,000 dead. Unofficial estimates are that there may be up to 100,000 wounded, injured, or mentally ruined by this war. And there could be up to a million Iraqi dead. We will pay the consequences of this for a long, long time. God will keep blessing America.

And where is Darth Vader in all this? A reporter from ABC News this week told Dick Cheney, in regards to Iraq, "two-thirds of Americans say it's not worth fighting." Cheney cut her off with a one word answer: "So?"

"So?" As in, "So what?" As in, "F*** you. I could care less."

I would like every American to see Cheney flip the virtual bird at the them, the American people. Click here and pass it around. Then ask yourself why we haven't risen up and thrown him and his puppet out of the White House.

The Democrats have had the power to literally pull the plug on this war for the past 15 months -- and they have refused to do so. What are we to do about that? Continue to sink into our despair? Or get creative? Real creative. I know there are many of you reading this who have the chutzpah and ingenuity to confront your local congressperson. Will you? For me?

Cheney spent Wednesday, the 5th anniversary of the war, not mourning the dead he killed, but fishing off the Sultan of Oman's royal yacht. So? Ask your favorite Republican what they think of that.

The Founding Fathers would never have uttered the presumptuous words, "God Bless America." That, to them, sounded like a command instead of a request, and one doesn't command God, even if they are America. In fact, they were worried God would punish America. During the Revolutionary War, George Washington feared that God would react unfavorably against his soldiers for the way they were behaving. John Adams wondered if God might punish America and cause it to lose the war, just to prove His point that America was not worthy. They and the others believed it would be arrogant on their part to assume that God would single out America for a blessing. What a long road we have traveled since then.

I see that Frontline on PBS this week has a documentary called "Bush's War." That's what I've been calling it for a long time. It's not the "Iraq War." Iraq did nothing. Iraq didn't plan 9/11. It didn't have weapons of mass destruction. It DID have movie theaters and bars and women wearing what they wanted and a significant Christian population and one of the few Arab capitals with an open synagogue.

But that's all gone now. Show a movie and you'll be shot in the head. Over a hundred women have been randomly executed for not wearing a scarf. I'm happy, as a blessed American, that I had a hand in all this. I just paid my taxes, so that means I helped to pay for this freedom we've brought to Baghdad. So? Will God bless me?

God bless all of you in this Easter Week as we begin the 6th year of Bush's War.

God help America. Please.

Michael Moore
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pledges [14 Jan 2007|03:56pm]

Kicking Ass: With a Democratic Congress, the Bush administration is finally facing tough questions on the mishandling of the war in Iraq. Appearing in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice received harsh criticism over the President Bush's plans to escalate the civil war in Iraq with tens of thousands of additional troops.

In his speech to the nation on Wednesday, Bush laid out yet another series of benchmarks - not for himself, of course, but for the Iraqi government - claiming that "America will hold the Iraqi government to the benchmarks it has announced."

But let's look at the Bush administration's history when it comes to holding the Iraqi government accountable. Democratic Senator Carl Levin had this to say to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates about the track record of the Iraqi government in meeting past benchmarks:

Iraqi President Talibani said in August 2006 that Iraqi forces would "take over security in all Iraqi provinces by the end of 2006." That pledge has not been kept.

Prime Minister Maliki said last June that he would disband the militias and illegal armed groups as part of his national reconciliation plan, and in October he set the timetable for disbanding the militias as the end of 2006. That commitment has not been kept.

The Iraqi Constitutional Review Commission was to present its recommendations for changes in the Constitution to the Council of Representatives within four months of the formation of the Government last May. The Commission has yet to formulate any recommendations.

Prime Minister Maliki put forward a series of reconciliation milestones to be completed by the end of 2006 or early 2007, including approval of the Provincial Election Law, the Petroleum Law, a new De-Baathification Law, and the Militia Law. Not one of these laws has been enacted.

The Iraqi army pledged six battalions in support of American and Coalition efforts during Operation Forward Together last summer. In fact, Iraqis provided only two battalions.

In response, Secretary Gates attempted to defend the use of the same failed policies by arguing it was different this time because "they really do seem to be eager to take control of this security."

Sound familiar?

President Bush, May 1, 2006: "They said [Iraqi leaders] were optimistic people, that they're full of energy and they're very eager to succeed."

It's the same thing all over again ...
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Bush flip-flops on Iraq [15 Oct 2006|04:55pm]

AP: President Bush keeps revising his explanation for why the U.S. is in Iraq. Initially, the rationale was specific: to stop Saddam Hussein from using what Bush claimed were the Iraqi leader's weapons of mass destruction or from selling them to al-Qaida or other terrorist groups.

But 3 1/2 years later, with no weapons found, still no end in sight and the war a liability for nearly all Republicans on the ballot Nov. 7, the justification has become far broader and now includes the expansive "struggle between good and evil."

When no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq, Bush shifted his war justification to one of liberating Iraqis from a brutal ruler.

After Saddam's capture in December 2003, the rationale became helping to spread democracy through the Middle East. Then it was confronting terrorists in Iraq "so we do not have to face them here at home," and "making America safer," themes Bush pounds today.

Bush at first sought to explain increasing insurgent and sectarian violence as a lead-up to Iraqi elections. But elections came and went, and a democratically elected government took over, and the sectarian violence increased.

Bush has insisted U.S. soldiers will stand down as Iraqis stand up. He has likened the war to the 20th century struggles against fascism, Nazism and communism. He has called Iraq the "central front" in a global fight against radical jihadists.

Having jettisoned most of the earlier, upbeat claims of progress, Bush these days emphasizes consequences of setting even a limited withdrawal timetable: abandonment of the Iraqi people, destabilizing the Middle East and emboldening terrorists around the world.

The more ominous and determined his words, the more skeptical the American public appears, polls show, both on the war itself and over whether it is part of the larger fight against terrorism, as the administration insists.

Bush's approval rating, reflected by AP-Ipsos polls, has slid from the mid 60s at the outset of the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003 to the low 30s now.

Democrats say Iraq has become a distraction from the war against terrorism — not a central front.

More than 2,750 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the war, most of them since Bush's May 2003 "mission accomplished" aircraft carrier speech. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have died.

Not all of Bush's rhetorical flourishes have had the intended consequences.

When the history of Iraq is finally written, the recent surge in sectarian violence is "going to be a comma," Bush said in several recent appearances. Critics immediately complained that the remark appeared unsympathetic and dismissive of U.S. and Iraqi casualties.

For a while last summer, Bush depicted the war as one against "Islamic fascism," borrowing a phrase from conservative commentators. The strategy backfired, further fanning anti-American sentiment across the Muslim world.
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More than 20,000 people emailed [15 Oct 2006|11:52am]

More than 20,000 people emailed Chris Wallace and demanded he ask Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this question today:

Prior to 9/11, you had eight months to respond to the al-Qaeda attack on the U.S.S. Cole. Why didn’t the Bush administration take action and put al-Qaeda out of business?

Wallace didn’t ask the question or any question on the topic. It’s the twenty-fourth time Rice has been on Fox News Sunday since 9/11 without being asked about the U.S.S. Cole.

Last month, Fox’s Chris Wallace asked President Clinton why he didn’t respond to the Oct. 12, 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. He asked the question even though the “CIA and the FBI refused to certify that Bin Laden was responsible” until early 2001, which foreclosed the possibility of a full response during the Clinton administration.

Wallace claimed he asked the question of Clinton because “I got a lot of e-mail from viewers.”
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[16 Sep 2006|09:25am]

The Equinox Masquerade

Live Music & Cheap Drinks

Kingdom Mafia
Killjoy 72
Six Kids and a Mexican


7 p.m. to Midnight
Saturday, Sept. 23

@ The Art Studio, 730 Franklin in Beaumont, Texas

Free mask at door (or bring your own)
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2005 The Washington Post Company [24 Oct 2005|08:35am]

Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) said yesterday that he expects White House officials will step down if they are indicted this week but stressed that speculation should cease until special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald announces the results of his investigation into the leak of the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame.

Asked yesterday about two figures who are considered central to Fitzgerald's inquiry -- Karl Rove, White House deputy chief of staff, and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's chief of staff -- Allen said, "I think they will step down if they're indicted." But, he added during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," "Let's see what happens rather than get into all this speculation and so forth."

The investigation was triggered by a Robert D. Novak syndicated column on July 14, 2003, in which he identified Plame's CIA employment and linked her to her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV. Wilson at that time was a vocal critic of the Bush administration's Iraq policy who had been sent by the CIA to Niger in 2002 to check on allegations that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had been seeking to buy uranium.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.), appearing on the same program, said people should wait, but if there were an indictment, she hoped it would be for "a crime and not some perjury technicality where they couldn't indict on the crime."

Hutchison described someone being tripped up "because they said something in the first grand jury and then maybe they found new information or they forgot something, and they tried to correct that in a second grand jury."

Rove, who recently appeared for the fourth time before the grand jury, is said to have been asked to explain new information about a conversation he had in July 2003 about Plame with Time magazine correspondent Matthew Cooper.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who had pushed for a special counsel, praised Fitzgerald as a nonpolitical prosecutor and said on the NBC program, "I am willing to accept to accept his decision, and I have no idea what it will be."

When Fitzgerald was appointed special counsel on Dec. 30, 2003, he took over an ongoing Justice Department investigation into the alleged unauthorized disclosure of Plame's identity as a covert CIA officer. In February 2004, Fitzgerald asked for and received expanded authority from Justice to investigate crimes associated with his inquiry including perjury and obstruction of justice, according to a Justice letter disclosed Friday on Fitzgerald's Web site.

Former attorney general Richard Thornburgh, who once served as head of Justice's criminal division, said that he considered opening of the Fitzgerald Web site as "an ominous development" for those under investigation. "You don't open up a Web site if you're ready to shut down an investigation," he said on CNN's "Late Edition."

He also challenged the idea that an indictment for less than the original crime was not important. "If there is false testimony given or there's an attempt to corrupt any of the witnesses or evidence that is presented to the grand jury, that's a very serious offense because it undermines the integrity of the whole rule of law and investigatory process."
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[20 Oct 2005|08:41pm]

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[12 Sep 2005|11:06pm]

So here's something amusing for you all to try...

Go to Google.com
Type in "Failure"
Then click "I'm feeling lucky"

And tell me what you get!
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[08 Aug 2005|04:03pm]

Join my new StrungOut community!!!!!


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WAR SYNDROME [05 Aug 2003|03:43pm]

hey there's this new band from corpus christi, Texas that is pretty badass! you guys should seriously check them out on myspace. They have a different style i mean its punk but its like idk but u should listen for yourself to see what im talking about....
they also have a pretty strong message you should also read the lyrics


laterz jon
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promo [31 May 2005|10:04pm]

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NEW VACANCY JOURNAL [07 Apr 2005|04:45pm]

new VACANCY livejournal.
add it for exclusive updates and news!!

more info coming very soon!!
tell all your friends!

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Artwork Help [30 Mar 2005|09:45am]

Hi. My band has a record coming out in a few months, and I was wondering if any of you could help with the artwork. We want to have George Bush playing with letterblocks spelling out the name of the record. I suck at graphics and drawing. It would be greatly appreciated if anyone could help. Thanks, Tim

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detroit [30 Mar 2005|10:07am]

Melodic punk band looking for a singer. Having the ability to scream
would be a nice option, but we’re looking for someone who can actually
sing, not just scream. We’d prefer someone with the ability to put a
little “crunch” in their voice (think Strung Out, Suicide Machines,
etc.) but still be able to sing well, hit notes, and stay in-key. Band
will consist of 2 guitar players, bass player, and a drummer who all
have professional gear and experience playing shows/touring. Tons of
material is already written, waiting for lyrics and a voice!!! MOST
IMPORTANTLY: You should have a professional attitude, good stage
presence, be able to practice and play shows regularly, and be able to
contribute to writing music, whether it’s writing lyrics or just giving
your general input about songs
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newbi [21 Mar 2005|11:10pm]
hey everybody, I just joined so I decided to intoduce myself. my name is Rachel, I'm 17 and from mississippi. If anyone has any tips for starting a change here they would be greatly appreciated.

and also what does eveyone think about this whole terri schivo mess?? I think its an odd time to start feeling compasion for one person when there are millions suffering every day, but thats just my opinion.
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[17 Mar 2005|08:20pm]

This is sort of immature-high school post.
But it's what happened today in Algebra, so I decided to tell everyone about it.
I was sitting in my class, and on my backpack I had written Drop Bush Not Bombs [because I'm so punk rock].
So this kid, Matt notices it and points it out to me.
He told me that he was going to make an emo album that was called "Rock For Bush", rather than Rock Against Bush. I didn't take him too seriously because he's one of those Christians that want to save your soul.
He also told me, and this I quote from him "Bush rocks my cock"
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