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Craig Fairbaugh
I like to ride Dykes in the summer!
Posted on December 08, 2008 at 05:35PM by Kieran
  Craig blogged:

"Greetings Humans,

I'm writing today from a place of a whole fuckload of happiness, but disappointment and confusion as well. I've followed Obama since he was a senator and am relieved that he has endured his journey to the BLACK HOUSE! Fuck yeah!! We did it!! I know everybody out there feels the hope and excitement, even people that didn't support him. And even if you don't have support for this intelligent human, he still has love for you! Lead by example Mr. Barack Hussein Obama! You're killing it! :)

But unfortunately I could only celebrate for a few hours, until I woke up on Wednesday and found out Proposition 8 had passed. I can't really explain my confusion, shock, and downright disgust that this happened. We took 10 steps forward electing Obama, and jumped back to where we started by writing discrimination into one of the most progressive state's constitutions. I have NO doubt that it will be overturned in the Supreme courts. It's just a matter of when.

So much to say about all of this...stick with me here...

First, we all know a lot of religious people funded and voted for the yes on 8 campaign. I wholeheartedly support spirituality and whatever works for anybody. If you believe in Jesus or Santa Claus or the stars in the sky, as long as you're not hurting anybody, get down with your spiritual self! Repeat, HARM NOBODY AND DO WHATEVER YOU WANT!

Now I'm always trying to understand people's points of views, especially the people I don't agree with. But there is NO rational argument to make discrimination law. I'd just like to touch on a few of the things I hear out there, everybody from laborers, lefties, church goers, grandparents, professors, and "those ones" have been talking about this.

One of the most prevalent religious arguments I hear is when Christians and Catholics quote scripture from the Bible. Lets debunk this right here. Has anybody ever heard of the game "telephone?" That game kids play where you whisper into a friends ear "I like to ride bikes in the summer," and they whisper what they heard into another's ear, and another's ear...until it reaches the last person playing the game. The fun thing about it is to hear how DIFFERENT the sentence is once its been passed through a few people. 10 times out of 10, "I like to ride bikes in the summer" ends up being "Dykes are such a bummer." Simple analogy here. Apply that to a peace loving hippie in 0 AD that kicked down some serious knowledge to his friends. His friends told their kids, and their kids told their kids...and they made this whole crazy book about it all. Then some guys wearing nifty hats decided they would write it and publish it for everybody for hundreds and now a few thousand YEARS. Now pardon me, but if people cant even get the same sentence right between 10 people, and within 5 minutes...how the FUCK are you going to have an ACCURATE translation of ANYTHING over 2,000 years and BILLIONS of people? Answer? ITS JUST NOT SCIENTIFICALLY POSSIBLE. No matter what you believe, this isn't rocket science, translation is flawed over that long of a time. Translation is especially dodgy with a topic that people use to justify their "means" so they can get to their "ends." Things like holy war, discrimination against other religions, women, races, and now sexuality. Thank all the gods ever that sexuality seems to be the last thing people can fuck up. Hopefully someone wont be telling me I have to pee standing up anytime soon because it makes America's apple pie and baseball ruined if i sit down.

Another example, and you people out there internationally can help me out here. History textbooks. Last time I checked, American History textbooks don't include that we raped and slaughtered natives and took their land. I'm pretty sure that textbooks everywhere else include the "we stole your land and killed your families" part of our nations history. Now why would people distort the truth? Why wouldn't the bible and textbooks be accurate? Control and power my friends. Just an MO here...there is a LOT of motive here when it comes to presenting a book that people adhere their very existence to. Lets not get off topic.

Quoting scripture doesn't work. If you have a 2nd grade education and can understand the game "telephone," you should be able to wrap your head around this.

I've heard a lot of "polls" about how 80% and 70% and all kinds of high numbers of minority races voted yes on 8 as well. Two things here. Obviously first thought is "if you've been discriminated against, how can you vote for discrimination?" Thats a mindblower, but the answer I hear from all kind of races, gender, and classes, is that culture, machismo, and ignorance are to blame. The last of which, ignorance, trumps any culture, ideal, morality, race, or clear thinking altogether. Part two? I think we have to be VERY careful about things like this, because its divisive, these polls about race. And it has the possibility to make liberals and free-thinking people start to eat each other. Its a cultural and social problem, and even if these polls are true, it has to be looked at from a "human" point of view. The extreme fascist right will LOVE to expose polls like this and make all kinds of minorities, democrats and liberals DIVIDE their already united front for progress in electing Obama.

An interesting take I've heard on this is the study of personality types. What do we do with people that have FAR beyond a 2nd grade education, and still decide to hate on people and seek to control something that has nothing to do with them? How do you teach common sense to a "civilized" and "educated" adult? Is it possible to open a mind that is super glued shut? There has been a study on Authoritarian personality types for the past 50 years. People that thrive on power, not knowledge; crave control, and not freedom. I'm not a psychologist by any means, but it seems pretty clear that these behavioral scientists are onto something. There's always that person that flies in the face of reason and common sense, refuses that 1 +1 = 2, argues that science is wrong, and that the sky is polka dotted. These people also so headstrong that they like to make others believe that 1 + 1 = 47, science is for fools, the sky is polka dotted; and shit, that even the earth is flat! I think those people are clearly these authoritarian personality types. To not call the kettle black, I'll repeat: HARM NOBODY AND DO WHATEVER YOU WANT. Clearly, if you're telling people they can't love whomever they want to love, that hurts!

SO, what do we do with these people? Well, either someone takes them back to elementary school, holds them accountable for their backwards caveman "fire is scary" type of thinking...OR...as a result of thinking out of your ass for thousands of years, the earth itself will have no choice left but to drown, burn, and smash them like ants. To put it a bit more mildly...LEARN OR THE EARTH WILL EVOLVE WITHOUT YOU.

Another quick point. The yes on 8, authoritarian and "culturally" challenged people, will only keep discriminating until they KNOW someone that is of the discriminating group they seek to put down. When their brother or sister is gay, when their aunt or uncle is gay, when their co-worker is gay, when their PRESIDENT will one day be gay...people will have no choice to go "duh, its a person that bleeds red blood just like me, eats and sleeps and LOVES just like me too!"

Another ANOTHER quick point. Just because Joe marries Ed and Jennifer marries Katie, does NOT make your children turn GAY and learn about same sex 69ing in elementary school. And even if your child did figure out they dig the same sex in their relationships later in life when they are free thinking individuals, its THEIR choice and THEIR life, not the parents. And even further, if your school is raising your kid and instilling morality you have WAY bigger problems than gay marriage. It's not the governments job to teach kids ignorance, authoritarians have had NO problem doing that on their own for millennia.

Now that I've blown out 1/1000000000000000th of my sadness and disappointment in humans, I have just one more point to make.

Love, the freest of all emotions and things in the universe, can NOT be controlled, discriminated against, nor stopped. Like the attraction of a proton to an electron, it is the strongest force in nature. No matter what race, species, element or planet you're on, you can not put rules on love. It knows no bounds, no limits, and no rules.

So light up on that and jah rastafari the fuck out!! ONE LOVE!!!!

Be well,
Craig"

Chris Holmes
An update from KOOPA
Posted on December 05, 2008 at 01:22PM by Kieran
  Holmes blogged:

"Our friends KOOPA, who have a fancy new record produced by Mr. Hoppus, and engineered by yours truly, have put out their first single!
They are such great humans, that they have a FREE download available for the world.
If you go to www.koopatheband.com, you fill find yourself a click away from the song “Gimmie It Back”.
I encourage you to go do so now.

CH"

Travis Barker
New flyer for New Years Eve Show
Posted on December 04, 2008 at 05:26PM by Kieran
  Travis blogged:

"The last one I posted was too small to read I guess :)
"

Mark Hoppus
Mark Hoppus is Almost a Made Coach
Posted on December 03, 2008 at 05:17PM by Logan
  Mark blogged:

"This Saturday, I’ll be on the MTV show “Made,” giving someone tips on playing the bass for their band’s upcoming battle of the bands competition. Given the fact that I taught myself how to play the instrument, and have terrible technique, I’m not sure that I helped the situation any, and if for some reason their band loses, the blame can be placed squarely on my shoulders. Anyway, tune in to cheer them on and watch the triumph or defeat."

Mark Hoppus
Bittersweet Symphony
Posted on December 02, 2008 at 01:13PM by Logan
  Mark blogged:

"Recently, Ace Enders from the Early November hit me up to guest on a track he was working on to benefit VH1’s Save The Music Foundation. It’s a cover of Bittersweet Symphony, and it turned out rad. As the name of the band (Ace Enders and a Million Different People) indicates, there are a lot of guest appearances on the song. And in addition to getting a great track, you’ll be helping support a very important foundation. You may even save the music!

You can check it out here. Enjoy!"

Travis Barker
Travis Denies Any Blink-182 Reunion Rumors
Posted on December 01, 2008 at 02:34PM by Logan
  [Barker was] caught by the tabloid site's cameras as he carries a wailing child (probably his daughter, Alabama) to his car outside a shopping center in Calabasas, California — Barker good-naturedly asks, "What are you guys doing in Calabasas?" — the drummer is asked point-blank if Blink are getting back together.

"No," he says. "We're friends, though, everyone's getting along pretty good." He is then asked again if the group is getting back together: "No," he says.

Click here to read more.

Plus 44
Hm
Posted on November 30, 2008 at 05:51PM by Kieran
  www.blink182.com has some minor design updates.

Travis Barker
Thanksgiving Thanks
Posted on November 28, 2008 at 10:05AM by Kieran
  Travis blogged:

"I wanted to say thanks today, and share my gratitude for everything Ive been blessed with. Family, friends, and continued support from everyone. Thank you for life, and all the little ups and downs that make it worth living. My best to everyone..."

Travis Barker
Show w/ AM
Posted on November 27, 2008 at 07:16AM by Kieran
  Travis and DJ AM will play a show New Years Eve in Los Angeles! Travis posted this flyer on his blog:



For tickets and more info check out www.newyearsnation.com.

Mark Hoppus
Ace Enders, Mark Hoppus, & Friends Cover "Bittersweet Symphony"
Posted on November 25, 2008 at 12:00AM by Kieran
  From buzznet.com:

"Ah, the holidays. Sure, for many it's a time to drink illegal amounts of Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks, spend hours updating your Wish List on Karmaloop, and cut school to see Twilight for the gazillionth time. However, for others, it's about giving back and making a difference.



Just ask Ace Enders, who's teaming up with A Million Other People to record a cover of The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony," which will be released December 2 through iTunes. Not only does the song feature more guest appearances than an episode of 30 Rock—including Mark Hoppus, Matt Thiessen (Relient K), Bryce Avery (The Rocket Summer), Kenny Vasoli (Person L), Craig Owens (Chiodos), Aaron Marsh (Copeland), Duane F. Okun (Socratic) and Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low)—but proceeds go to VH1's Save The Music charity. Now that's something we can get behind!

For those who can't wait a week to hear the tunage, here's a snippet from Enders' version of "Bittersweet Symphony" that features Hoppus, Thiessen, Avery, Vasoli and Gaskarth:

"

Mark Hoppus
Things That Make You Go “Hmmm…”
Posted on November 21, 2008 at 11:33PM by Kieran
  Mark blogged:

"does this mean that we get royalties?

the blink-182 influence…"

Mark Hoppus
Oh Yeah
Posted on November 21, 2008 at 11:32PM by Kieran
  Mark blogged:

"i forgot to say that a couple of months ago the guys from fall out boy asked me to be in their new video. so i drove to downtown LA and the dancer in the video asked me to slap hiim in the face. good times. you can check out the video here."

Chris Holmes
Here is a thought
Posted on November 21, 2008 at 08:43AM by Kieran
  Holmes blogged:

"If you’re really feeling froggy and want to perhaps suggest a course of action..drop a thought to:

info@theyonlywant.com.

I’ll read what you have to say and take it under advisement.

Here is a word of wisdom. If you haven’t done so already, watch the TV show “Madmen”. The writing is great, the acting is great, and most importantly, the music is great.

CH"

Mark Hoppus
2008 Woodie Awards
Posted on November 21, 2008 at 02:03AM by Kieran
  Mark blogged:

"last week i went out to new york to introduce all time low at the mtvu woodie awards. and here it is…"

Travis Barker
Birthday Wishes
Posted on November 19, 2008 at 04:13PM by Kieran
 

Travis blogged:

"Thank you to EVERYONE who took some time to say happy birthday the past few days. I feel so blessed to have great family, friends, and obviously great FANS and supporters. You guys are the best!"

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