Landsnark, I have to agree with you to an extent. I love the Avett Brothers and I was a big fan way before they ever got on the radio. Back in 2006-7-8 there weren't many folks that I knew of making music like that. Now everyone has a little cello or banjo or mandolin in their music. I know that this all just goes in circles and eventually we will be complaining that too many bands sound like grunge throwbacks or something, but I like variety and unique sounds. It seems like everybody has jumped on the folk-grass movement.
Several things... first, I applaud this nutjob for having the balls to say what he believes. I would much rather know a person is prejudiced or bigoted than to have to wonder and speculate. Plus, as far as I can tell, he believes that he has the right to believe this garbage without the government having any role in it. I know lots of people who do not agree with interracial marriage or homosexuality, some of which I love or consider among my closest friends. They may be misguided in my opinion, but I am not the final authority on morality or even perversion.
The comments on these things always crack me up.
CIA, your proud boasting of your pure Spanish bloodlines as a way to insenuate that you are better than this man seem just as ugly and myopic as Mr. Garcia's claims about how the country should look. I am a true Heinz 57 (verified English, Irish, Swiss, German, African, Native American, Scotch, and Dutch.) So if Mr. Garcia cannot claim his Spanish heritage when much of his bloodline is likely Spanish, does that mean I can't claim to have any of my ancestors either? I mean, I know I look white as the next cracker, but I know for a fact that I have 2 black ancestors. Does that "drop of blood" make me impure or something?
gnu and brew, you guys are definitely locked in a battle of semantics, but this highlights much about why Mr. Garcia has a right to feel the way he does. You guys obviously cannot agree on homosexuality and sodomy (two very different things, btw), so why should everyone else agree on any of these other topics? Even if you say "if it isn't harming anyone, it is okay" you still have people that will tell you that pornography (loose sense, not legal sense), homosexuality, bisexuality, interracial relationships and many other things are tearing at the "moral fabric" of this country, thus causing real and perceived harm to the citizenry. Opinions, and laws in this country change slowly. We are seeing that now. Is it fair? Is it just? Probably not. Is it discrimination? Probably so.
Why not try it on cable (non-premium) from 8pm-5am to start with and just get a feel for how it goes? I don't really anticipate the weather Channel having anchors with their tits out or Al Roker dropping the F-Bomb on "Keeping it Real With Al." I mean, has anyone watched Tosh.0? I fail to see how a woman's breasts could be more inappropriate than some of these shows. And I have two small kids and would never let them watch Tosh, Family Guy, South Park, etc.
Actually, this is NOT a local issue. I have seen the Avett Brothers MANY places, and years ago, the shows would only have people who were there to see the show. When they started with a song like "Bella Donna" you could hear a pin drop. Now, as they have gotten bigger, they start into some beautifully soft song and I am getting an earful about how Jennifer was still dating Ryan even though his coke habit was bad and how the bartender at their "pregame" was so rude. WHO CARES? People buy tickets to things these days and because they paid for their seat, they feel that people around them have no right to expect a certain level of civility. I know of ONE HUUUUUUUUGGGGGEEEEE exception- the recent Shovels and Rope show at the Music Hall. I have NEVER been more proud of an audience knowing when to STFU and when to yell and be crazy. And let me tell you, there weren't many people who "looked" like your normal "Charleston bubbas" or would show up in a Google search of "Southern gentleman." Having experienced similiar levels of frustration from Ohio to Portland to Maine, I am here to tell you that this is not a Chuck-town problem. Our country has lost our manners.
Don't worry, in about 30 years, you will probably see another version of "white flight" and these neighborhoods will be left to crumble again.
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