Wednesday, April 18, 2007


When I moved to the University of Texas at Austin in August 1991 my roommate and I went into a pawn shop to look for a secondhand television, a toaster, and other appliances to help set up our student digs. A big shop assistant comes over to us and says, 'Hi fellas, are y'all lookin' for a gun or a TV?" That was our first experience of Texas retail. We didn't bother going to the firearms counter. In August 1966 a sniper at UT killed 15 people from the University Tower . The CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC axis is blaming the VT massacre on many factors, though the easy availability of guns is low on the list. Gun lobbyists are saying that if the kids had been allowed to carry weapons on campus they might have saved lives and taken the shooter out before he could have done so much harm. More guns make you more secure, apparently. A surge? I wonder how many more students will now go out and buy guns for their 'protection'. Guns R Us. The shooter was a South Korean with a Green Card. He's lived in the US since 1992 and is technically a Resident Alien. His alien status will doubtless become more emphasised as the networks squeeze every last bit of pus out of the story. The TV movie must be in the works. Producers are probably saying, 'We gotta get an Ashton Kutcher lookalike for the hero in the German class'.

A student gun club a couple of weeks ago
University of Terrorism
Is Rap Racist?

PRAIRIE RAMBLERS--Monkeys Is the Cwaziest People

ALABAMA 3 & GARY LUCAS--Woke Up This Morning (Live)
JOHNNY CASH--Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart
DALE WATSON--I Wish I Was Crazy Again
TANYA TUCKER--Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)
DON HO--I Love The Simple Folk
THE REVELS--Dead Man's Stroll (Midnight Stroll)
CLAUDINE LONGET--Lullaby From Rosemary's Baby (Sleep Safe And Warm)
THE FLEETWOODS--Mr. Blue (A Capella Version)
LESLEY GORE--You Don't Own Me
CAROLE KING--School Bells Are Ringing
SHOP ASSISTANTS--I Don't Wanna Be Friends With You
THE VASELINES--Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam
THE DYNAMICS--Murder In The First Degree
LAVICE & COMPANY--Thoughs Were The Days
GRAVEDIGGAZ--1-800 Suicide
CHESSE ROOTS--Rambo Salute
M.I.A.--Bird Flu (Guns Up Buraka Remix)
BILL EVANS--Peace Piece
SMITH'S SACRED SINGERS--Where We'll Never Grow Old

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