1. Monday, October 4, 2004

    for the last decade 

    rolling stone has been little more than a newsletter for mtv when theyre not shilling the latest blockbuster movie or 90210 tv series.

    but this week they went back to their roots of fucking up the program.

    using the clout that theyve been blessed with they asked dozens of musicians about their problems with the current administration.

    from their cover story come these quotes:

    The polarization caused by this election is not good for anyone. I played “Pink Houses” at an Indianapolis Colts game recently, and people booed. This is in Indiana! I’ve never been booed there in my life. Kerry-Edwards offers us a fresh start. It is a ticket of hope.

    During the Vietnam War, you couldn’t turn on the TV without seeing an image that made you sick. Guys with legs blown off, guys just lying there dead. It made our nation say, “Fuck this! Even if we win, we lose.” If the media showed that stuff now, people would have a whole different take on Iraq.

    I’m afraid they’re going to reinstitute the draft. I have daughters who are nineteen, twenty-two and thirty. If Bush gets re-elected, those Mellencamps are all going to be in the Army. So might you. – John Mellencamp

    Ralph Nader is the most arrogant and narcissistic guy I’ve ever met. I had a meeting with him in the early Nineties. I was jazzed going into the meeting, and I was disgusted leaving. I don’t think I’ve ever met a bigger asshole. If he hadn’t run in the last election, we wouldn’t be in Iraq and thousands of people wouldn’t have died needlessly. And still he’s well pleased to go in and be the spoiler again! – Bob Weir

    The real axis of evil is Bush and Cheney. They have detached America from the rest of the planet by invading Iraq. Whenever people start saying God anointed them to do something, it’s a turnoff, because I don’t think anyone has God’s beeper number. – Chuck D.

    I don’t understand the George Bush argument. If you wanna argue Republican or Democrat, that’s one thing, but Bush – I haven’t seen the argument as to why this guy should get four more years. I don’t see why he should be running a baseball team, let alone be president. At one of the Democratic debates, Al Sharpton said, “I can guarantee that any one of us on the stage right now in his sleep would make a better president than George Bush.” – Ad Rock

    When people ask why this election is so close, I can’t explain it. It’s like trying to figure out how Billy Ray Cyrus sold 10 million records. The Republicans have done an extremely good job of appropriating populist themes. They somehow make it seem as though they’re a party of the people, even though their policies hurt some of their most ardent supporters.

    Bush’s hypocrisy is simply staggering. He argues that stem-cell research is not justified because of the sanctity of unborn life – yet he insists that dropping bombs on innocent people will lead to a better world. – Jeff Tweedy

    We are engaged in a war with fundamentalist Islam that we can’t win. But we have a president who has become a fundamentalist himself, and he thinks he can win it. The administration is fond of saying that the terrorists hate us because we’re free. That’s not true – they hate us because we support the House of Saud and Israel. Until we’re willing to talk about those two things, we’re going to be in big trouble. – Steve Earle

    h/t random frost

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