June 14th, 2003

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CNN is such a tool.

My god. CNN is such a damned tool.

President Bush falls off a Segway. This is hilarious. The British media gets right to the point about the hilarity of it.

Here's the BBC's account of it. They get right to the point in the opening paragraph and the sarcasm is just dripping by the third paragraph ("lawnmower-like steed").

George W Bush has fallen off a Segway - a new stand-on scooter designed to make motorised travel user-friendly.

The machine went down when he stepped onto it at his family estate in Kennebunkport, Maine, but he managed to leap to safety, landing on his feet.

The US president managed to master his lawnmower-like steed at the second attempt and cruised around the driveway with his father George Bush Senior following closely on a second Segway.

And then there's CNN. Now sure this story is something that could happen to anyone and it's all just funny bullshit, not really news. But the ONLY reason Bush's vacation is being reported on at all is because this fall happened. And yet CNN takes 10 paragraphs describing other inane details of Bush's weekend before in the final two paragraphs mentioning the fall. And they don't fail to paint Bush in heroic never give up Real American terms either.

The Segway went down on Bush's first attempt, but he stayed on his feet with a flying leap over the machine. Undeterred, he got on again. His father climbed on a second Segway and they cruised around the driveway at the estate at Walker's Point.

CNN is such a tool.
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Home Team Unite!

MJ Walker and Fictive Kin with Buster's Dream

My dad's band, Buster's Dream, is going to be playing their first official gig ever (previously they've played at parties and open stages and in the recording studio) here in Urbana next weekend on June 21st. They're all really nervous and excited. It'd be great if they could have some serious home town support for this one. If you were ever going to make a road trip down here for a show this would be a fun one!

They're opening up for MJ Walker and Fictive Kin which is hands down my favorite acoustic band in Champaign-Urbana. Guitar, mandolin, flute, percussion, and bass. It's laid back mellow porch music, the perfect compliment to the High and Lonesome blues-laden sounds of Buster's Dream.

If you've heard rumors of an IMC sponsored July 4th festival they have become false. We're going to do the big festival on Labor Day so we have more time to plan for it.

$6-$15 sliding scale at the door ($10 suggested)
At The Channing-Murray (above the Red Herring)
1209 W. Oregon St., Urbana, IL 61801 (map)
(217) 344-8820

Oh and I'm really serious about this, if you are staying away from these shows just because they seem pricey: admission will be on a sliding scale and, space permitting, no one is turned away for inability to pay. Yes, that means if the only way you could come to this show is if you paid one buck then we'd rather have you there for a buck than not there at all. Just keep in mind that every dollar you pay helps to support this art and the IMC.