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RECEIVED Sun., March 9, 2014
SXSW has become quite a financial windfall for Austin, as the city annually banks on the dreams of thousands of deluded musicians who fall for the myth of unlimited employment opportunities in rock & roll, as perpetuated by the "live music capital" propaganda that gets constantly spread around the globe like some unchecked STD.
No doubt it's fun for the tourists; in fact I'm renting out some tents in my backyard to a bunch of rich honkies from Germany. I told 'em that's how we live down here in Texas, and they, too, have fallen into that Lone Star bucket o' shit. Everybody on my street has some kind of scam going on that involves making money off outlanders, so thanks for that, at least.
But the poor musicians – did you know a lot of 'em never leave? They stay here playing the same six chords in the three keys they know, hoping for millions of dollars and sex in their pants from total strangers who love their songs – and most importantly, no day job.
Right. So maybe it's time for some distinction, because things have gotten too big for anyone to pretend it hasn't become just another bloated American institution.
That suicide-prevention program for musicians, what was it called? HAMM? That could be a great handle for advertising to all those dim-witted wannabes; just keep baiting and switching the facts until their heads pop and they want to hurt themselves. And don't forget, dead musicians keep making money in the form of royalties, and the Chronicle would be in possession of all those musical entries. The "died too young" sentiment goes a long way in the music biz, so money can be made either way, medically or otherwise.
Yes, yes, I know, you're welcome. And by the way, I have a band that …
RECEIVED Thu., March 6, 2014
In Amy Smith's summary of the Travis County judge election, she misses the point of the election by focusing on the party line of the big boys [“Then There's This: It's Our Turn Now
,” News, March 7]. How dare the Chronicle
declare that Eckhardt mend fences, when the Democratic powers that be ran someone against the most qualified candidate because she wouldn't toe the line? We need strong women like Sarah. Women voters will never be returning to business as usual in Texas, and we won't be making sacrifices for the sake of "Democratic unity."
We realize that Andy Brown is a party operative who was hand-picked by the big boys to run against Sarah when she wouldn't fully play their game with Central Health, Seton, and UT. We know that the arrangement with the Catholic-sponsored Seton is bad for Travis County women. To have a teaching hospital that won't treat miscarrying women is disgraceful.
We also know that there was not one referendum from the Democratic party on the ballot to protect women's reproductive health care. The Democratic party has yet to prove to us that they will stand with us no matter what.
That's why our loyalty goes with women candidates, because we've lost too much, and we're playing for keeps now. So far, David Alameel is the only male Democratic candidate who is standing staunchly pro-choice.
The women of Texas will be protected – we will never stop fighting until they are. The party should see Sarah's victory as a strong message: Show us you stand with us. Women's health care must take priority now.