20 years ago today the Ramones performed their final concert at the Palace in Los Angeles.
I wasn’t at that show, but I did get to see them in another state on their final tour.
Please contact your representatives about this. It is up in both the House and the Senate. Service dogs make life livable again and should be a part of the most basic things that the VA provides to our veterans!
Senators Deb Fischer (R., Neb.) and Cory Booker (D., N.J.) introduced the bill, known as the Puppies Assisting Wounded Service members (PAWS) Act. It would create a pilot program at the VA to provide veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder with trained service dogs and veterinarian care. The veteran would also be required to make quarterly mental ouseealth check ups at their local VA facility to remain eligible for the program.
The bill authorizes $10 million per year to fund the pilot program, which will run from fiscal year 2017 to 2022. It’s House counterpart, introduced in March, has already accumulated 97 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle and is currently awaiting hearings in the Veterans Affairs Committee.
The Senate’s version of the PAWS Act was introduced in a bipartisan effort to extend Veterans Affair
Cherry the pit bull, rescued from Michael Vick’s fighting ring, gets to play with kittens | MNN – Mother Nature Network0
Cherry Garcia had a tough start to life. He was rescued from an illegal dog fighting ring on Michael Vick’s property. But things are looking up.
This is so amazing! You have to watch the video. What a sweet, sweet dog.
Michael Vick should have been put away for life, or worse.
And, shame on the NFL for letting him play again!
But, you know what? This rescue story is so much more rewarding than any punishment he could have received.
John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of X join Fresh Air to discuss punk’s early days. “Anybody could belong to punk that wanted to be there,” Cervenka says. “[It] didn’t matter how old you were.”
You can read the article or listen to the interview. I’m going to start reading Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk, by John Doe and Tom DeSavia, this week. I’ll check back in with a review.
Iggy Pop will be speaking at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity tomorrow. He is featured in the “The Grey 10th Annual Music Seminar: Do Not Go Gentle” at 3:00 Cannes time. That’s 9:00am EDT, 6:00am PDT in the US. He will be interviewed by Grey London chairman and chief creative officer Nils Leonard.
As a promo for the event, Iggy recited Dylan Thomas’ Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night in this video.
Leonard said of Iggy, “2016 will be the year we lost heroes. But I worry that people are starting to wait for the next cultural figurehead to mourn, and it’s bullshit. Like the world’s worst meme. Incredible living artists and icons continue to challenge and define our culture, and Iggy is their viking king. Iggy has shrugged off what age is supposed to mean, convention, and expectation. He’s grown old disgracefully and successfully. He is a real-life beautiful and vicious inspiration.”
Happy Father’s Day!
The Other F Word came out in 2011, but I thought today was a good day to remind you to check it out!
It’s a documentary about punk rock dads, including:
Tony Adolescent – The Adolescents
Art Alexakis – Everclear
Rob Chaos – Total Chaos
Joe Escalante – The Vandals
Josh Freese – A Perfect Circle , The Vandals, Devo
Fat Mike – NOFX, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Flea – Anthym, Fear, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Lars Frederiksen – Rancid, Lars Fredrikson and the Bastards, The Old Firm Casuals
Matt Freeman – Operation Ivy, Rancid, Downfall, Generator, MDC
Jack Grisham – T.S.O.L., Joykiller, Tender Fury, Cathedral of Tears, Jack Grisham and the West Coast Dukes
Brett Gurewitz – Bad Religion, Daredevils, Error
Tony Hawk – professional skateboarder
Greg Hetson – Redd Kross, Circle Jerks, Bad Religion, Black President, Punk Rock Karaoke
Mark Hoppus – Blink-182
Jim Lindberg – Pennywise, The Black Pacific
Mike McDermott – The Bouncing Souls
Tim McIlrath – Rise Against
Mark Mothersbaugh – Devo
Duane Peters – U.S. Bombs, Political Crap, Die’ Hunns, Duane Peters Gunfight, Exploding Fuckdolls, professional skateboarder
Joe Sib – WAX, co-owner Sideonedummy Records
Ron Reyes – Black Flag
Rick Thorne – Good Guys in Black, professional BMX rider
Man who taped up dog, leaving it to die, gets two years | Windsor News – Breaking News & Latest Headlines | Windsor Star0
A man who taped a dog’s muzzle shut, bound its legs and and left it to die in a field will spend the next two years in a federal penitentiary.