I am sad. I’ve loved Beastie Boys for as long as I can remember. I saw them in concert in D.C. the night before President Obama’s inauguration. Paul’s Boutique is hands down one of the best albums ever made.
Yauch sat out the Beastie Boys’ induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, and his treatments delayed the release of the group’s most recent album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2. The Beastie Boys had not performed live since the summer of 2009, and Yauch’s illness prevented the group from appearing in music videos for Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2.
A week or so ago, my best friend, Kat, sent me a FB invite to the Minneapolis Trayvon Martin rally, and I immediately accepted – though it meant missing my tai chi class. I really didn’t know what to expect as I haven’t been to a protest in a long time – and we Minnesotans are all decorous and shit. I highly doubted things would get out of hand, but who knows when tensions are running as high as they are over the Trayvon Martin injustice?
Last night, I put on my hoodie and took pics of me looking suspicious in preparation for the rally. I headed for my best friend’s house to hitch a ride with her and her daughter, Kitten, who was attending her first rally/protest. Kitten’s eight, and I was worried about how the rally would be for her, but I think it’s important to get kids involved in social justice issues at a young age. (Click for more rallying and protesting)
Hand to God, there’s a Star Trek moment for every reason and every season:
You know, there are some words I’ve known since I was a schoolboy: “With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.” Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie* as wisdom and warning. The first time any man’s freedom is trodden on we’re all damaged. – The Drumhead
*a character in the Next Gen universe
h/t Fashion It So (the OMG SO AWESOME tumblr dedicated to the OMG WHAT WERE THEY THINKING fashion of Star Trek: The Next Generation)
When I started this blog, I never imagined that in a couple short years, I’d have such a wide-range of awesome and funny writers, and that I would have made such great new friends, both here and on the Twitters. Thanks to all of you who became part of my Twitter and ABLC family this year. Thanks to those who gave me writing gigs and the keys to their blog. And thanks to Scotland for your delicious single-malt elixirs.