Thursday, December 25, 2008

Pardon My Ornaments

Pardon My Ornaments

Mistletoe debt
our peaceful sleigh
left atrium

A cactus bloom
of sounding bells
a twist
manufactured clay

Greetings hang
our novel fire
useful warmth

If only for the moment
our wintery clock
freeze the hands
to watch.



"I want to know God's thoughts.... the rest are details."
--Albert Einstein

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sly As A FOX

FOX NEWS: Sly as a Fox_Murdoch and Friends
I have tried to keep my music and politics separate, and for the most part, I have been successful. I do not consider myself a Democrat nor Republican. I hold moderate views and will not align myself with any party. I keep up with the news by way of hearing all sides.

(by Jesse Payne)

Foxes are characterized by short legs, an elongated narrow muzzle, erect triangular ears, thick fur, and a long bushy tail. Foxes are found throughout the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa, inhabiting mostly forest, chaparral, and desert regions. Most of the ten species of the genus to which the red fox belongs can adapt to diverse climates and habitats........

.......their lifespan is about 12 years.

---MSN Encarta

Unlike the animal, the news channel is not territorial. It reaches millions of viewers via satellite and Internet around the globe every day. The FOX NEWS channel was started in 1996 by News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch. It was built with aspirations of giving Murdoch’s long time rival and CNN creator, Ted Turner, a run for his money. FOX main purpose was to be the answer for right-wingers around the world. Unveiling the truth in a fair and balanced way. A difficult task for anyone who tries. The trick is trying.

I was catching up with the world the other night by routinely flipping through the television news channels. I stopped on FOX because they were interviewing Bernard Goldberg on his latest book, ‘A Slobbering Love Affair.’ These bound pages are about the “leftist media” and its love affair with President-elect Barack Obama, due out January 26, 2009. Watching this on FOX is what got my wheels spinning. I decided to do a little research on Mr. Bernard Goldberg.

Bernie Goldberg is a commentator for FOX NEWS and a correspondent for HBO’s Real Sports w/ Bryant Gumbel. It turns out that he has been writing this book since 1996 when he wrote a column in The Wall Street Journal accusing network news for its assumed liberal bias. His argument has not changed, just his victim.

Bernie spent the interview attempting to connect (without any factual information) Mr. Obama to Illinois governor Blagojevich and selling the FOX viewer on the conspiracy theory that Mr. Obama wasn’t vetted as well as Sarah Palin. Bernie states that, “Illinois is a cesspool for politics” and “how can he (Obama) not be corrupt.” He follows that with the thought that Sarah Palin was abducted by the media’s mother ship and tortured for her lack of experience while Mr. Obama was handed a free ticket through closed minds.

I took a moment to recall how many people jumped on the Rev. Wright band wagon, the laughing joke that Mr. Obama is a muslim, or the sad accusation that he was not born in the United States. Anyone still believing these claims has obviously not researched the facts and therefore probably should not be watching FOX News (as if any of us should) but we must remember the scrutiny we, as a nation, put Mr. Obama through. Sean Hannity (the interviewer) interjected Bernie’s thoughts by saying, “We need to send a mini-army to Chicago.” In regards to the “leftist media,” Sean felt it important to also state, “It’s cheapening the culture.” Yes, Sean Hannity of Fox news.

Bernard Goldberg has authored other books and appeared in other publications and has survived a career as a “right-winger” in journalism. He publicly denounces the left and it’s media. Therefore, making him as unbalanced a reporter as the people that view stories solely from the left. This should be a lesson for us all. We should always make sure the claims we state are factual because hypocrisy shows no bias.
The Purpose Driven Life of FOX News:

As I researched this channel’s history, I realized that the truth is something foreign to these people. I wanted to write a blog on the lies FOX News tells but did not think I could cover so many topics while trying to record an album. So, I decided to share some FOX News headlines with you instead:

Here are a few FOX News headlines:

--Do gun owners FEAR Obama presidency?

--Do CEO’s FEAR Obama presidency?

--Rob Monaco (O’Reilly Factor producer) highlights Obama eating his way across the campaign trail

--Caroline Kennedy eats with
Sharpton in Harlem

All of this in the midst of a financial meltdown, war, and genocide. These are the headlines FOX thinks are important.

I want to make perfectly clear that I am writing this through the eyes of a moderate who is sick of listening to the fear mongering that goes on at FOX News. My interests are not to change anyone’s political views. Just to give options on where you get your news.

For example, liberals tend to hover around CNN and various other places. I’m not quite sure FOX is their first stop. Republicans and conservatives are the ones’ that usually fall prey to FOX News and their false interpretations. There are many other places to get a conservative view. FOX IS NOT THE ONLY CONSERVATIVE news. One main example is a website by the name THE DRUDGE REPORT. You can find the Drudge at It is a site that brings viewers conservative headlines from a number of its conservative sources. FOX IS NOT INCLUDED.

In a perfect world, we should be able to find unbiased news. Unfortunately, the world isn’t perfect and our news isn’t unbiased. However, biased news and lies are two totally different things. A story can lean more towards the left and it still be accurate. The same is true on the other side. The problem I have with FOX News is that there is very little truth to what they say. Fear mongering and brainwashing tend to be their first and second priority.
Murdoch and Friends: Quotes from the NO SPIN ZONE:

Andrea Tantaros, writer for FOX NEWS, wrote an article under the name,”If Caroline’s last name was Palin.” In it she is quoted to say:

Apparently, qualifications don’t matter to the left as long as you don’t hunt moose”

“We always knew the democrats had a different standard”

Why do we act as if politics is like our favorite sports teams. It seems arrogant to take a liberal or conservative side just because you call yourself a Republican or Democrat. We should omit the sports mentality when dealing with subjects other than sports.

James P. Pinkerton is quoted in regards to a black senate seat:

“Should once you go black, you never go back, be governmental policy? We should still make sure that Blagojevich-style gangsterism is not replaced by a crippling new kind of racism.”

If you ask me, the only crippling racism in this quote is by James P. Pinkerton himself. What is wrong with these people from FOX News? (Rhetorical question)

Now, here are the really interesting quotes that I thought I would share with you. They’re from our good buddy Bill O’Reilly:

“Viewers say, ‘subject isn’t really important to me,’ well you’re wrong”
--The O’Reilly Factor

“We are up against some very bad people, thanks to you, we destroy them every night”
--The O’Reilly Factor

"We’d love to see America become more unified but I don’t think it’s going to happen any time soon”
--The O’Reilly Factor

“Reality check-where we keep an eye on those who may not be doing the right thing”
--The O’Reilly Factor

“If there are no standards of honesty in reporting and analysis, the United States is going to be gravely damaged”
--The O’Reilly Factor

~For more quotes from these fair and balanced people, visit, but please do not stay long, for it has been known to cause brain damage in some humans.
We Report. You Decide!
(Please take some time and view as many of these as possible)

!!!!Must See!!!!!
~Bernard Goldberg on the Daily Show~
FOX Attacks
Brit Hume Censors
Brit Hume is bitter?
Bernard Goldberg
Karl Rove
Caught Red Handed
Denied by Palin

Sounds Of Reason
Does FOX NEWS brainwash?
Most Biased
An Industry Joke
Conservative Bias
FOX Blames
A Fox’s Brain
Bill O’Reilly is Santa
Rupert Murdoch: Businessman not Journalist

Rupert Murdoch, Australian-born, is the managing director and CEO of News Corp. He is the 109th richest person in the world and was voted #2 in Fortune Magazine’s 25 Most Powerful People in Business. A few possessions of his company, News Corp., include FOX NEWS channel, The New York Post, and MySpace.

In a 2008 interview with Walt Mossburg:

Rupert Murdoch was asked whether he had “anything to do with the New York Post’s endorsement of Barack Obama.” Without hesitating, Murdoch replied, “Yeah. He is a rock star. It’s fantastic. I love what he is saying about education. I don’t think he will win Florida.... but he will win in Ohio and the election. I am anxious to meet him. I want to see if he will walk the walk.”

I include this excerpt to show that Rupert Murdoch is a businessman and the business of propaganda is extremely lucrative.

As a nation, we should expect more from our journalists and news channels. We deserve the truth whether it shines on this country’s accomplishments or uncovers its scars. If we don’t know the truth, we can’t be expected to fix the problems. I ask all of you to take a step back from personal belief and to view issues with open minds. Everything should be subject to conversation. Everything.

The old minds of this beautiful nation want you to believe that religion and politics are not to be discussed. I disagree strongly. Humans need answers to these epic questions. Discussing other opinions is a good way to start. It is our duty as people and as citizens to view topics from all angles. We are all human.

Nobody knows. Everything is a theory. The old generations were raised to believe that the generations before held the key to life. They couldn't have been more wrong. Humans find information through time. People adapt to the facts that are presented. My grandparents viewed the world one way. My parents view the world their way. I view the world.


“I will eat you alive, I will eat you alive”
--Thom Yorke

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Rule Of Thumb

Rule Of Thumb

Grab and be thankful
for we can.

Mason jar faucet
cat question

Deadbolt remote
sipping ice

Hold and be concious
write it down

Numerical War
I declare.


“I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends”
 Walt Whitman


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

M- Theory

Transpose with lamps
my skinned knees
I’ll bear the garments
that shadow

Weight the hood
Sloping the bend

Immaculate cords
reflection sink
parallel to sunglass

it’s my transparent web

~JP 2008

"If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. 
I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music."

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


While the branches break atop the canopy, leaves fall. Unless gold implies wealth, which we all seek, the hue of change summons the winter freeze. Acorns of sound ignoring the humbleness of nature make the current state its own. Accept the truth. Embrace it as it comes but question its very core. Explain your purpose for all its glory as you comprehend the expansion of the multiverse and what that means to society’s grasp on the youthful mind.

In the schoolyards we are taught to follow “our” path. Sporting the artist’s rage, we assume that each path is and will be similar to all. Conformity is the unfortunate corollary to the open minded fascist. Why would we teach uniqueness to achieve uniformity?

Uniformity is a gateway drug.

In church pews we are taught to follow “His” path. Confusion follows rampantly while we all interpret the read. Nonetheless, we each realize that our own mind knows what everyone else is still trying to figure out. For odd reasoning and unwelcome logic, we are all awarded nothing but time to ponder our mistakes. To point fingers. Why preach forgiveness if only to achieve toleration?

Toleration is the mirror of vanity.

In the marketplace we are taught to follow “their” path. Probability of chaos is the underbelly of ignorance and greed. We watch human minds succeed and assume there is just one path to success. We are still playing ‘follow the leader’ this far from the playground. We are following in single file to a glorified governmental handout. Why offer multifariousness if we are only to produce totalitarianism?

Totalitarianism is a cultural trepanation.

We are the gears of a machine destined for the lucrativeness of depression.

We are all equal when falling. We have been taught to look through eyelids and to preach from ideals. We produce success through the failures of our peers. We’ve spent generations mocking individuality while dreaming of the courage to be one’s self. We have struck the bottom of the well with a better understanding of uniqueness. To achieve equality on the rise shall be our greatest fete.

I connect letters to form words. I manipulate sound to form music. I am a songwriter in the 2008 Crisis. My stock portfolio is rising.

Chinese Laundry

Chinese laundry
with all
wasted recognition
narrow bags
leaving yesterday

the fenders
jumping through wooden skies
the hollow

to converyer belts
like love


Werewolves Of London

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Golden The Fall

This Friday I've decided to go out and play an acoustic show at Java & Jams.  I haven't played a solo acoustic show in quite some time.  I thought it would be a nice change and a good way to enjoy a Friday night in Birmingham, AL.   The set list is one that includes some of my favorites plus some new songs that will appear on the ep we are currently recording.

These days, I'm spending a lot of time inside with headphones clamping my head.  Sounds of fall attacking the roof with each acorn.  It feels like a weekend for the acoustic....

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Initial Sounds

Starting November 1,  I will be starting pre-production with my band for the next recording.  It will consist of new material that I've written within the past year.  I'm excited about the songs and sounds that will be recorded.  We are starting the process at the band's loft in Vestavia and will move to the studio as soon as the pre-production is finished.  I'm will try and stay current with our progress, so keep checking back for updates