Author Archive

Sufan Stevens – John Wayne Gacy, Jr Lyrics

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

John Wayne Gacy, Jr was a monster who raped and killed 33 boys and young men. Sufjan Stevens’ song about him like many of his songs sound sweet but the lyrics are quite different. Just like Casimir Pulaski Day, this song is quite deceptive and if you listen closely to the lyrics they are quite chilling.

His father was a drinker
And his mother cried in bed
Folding John Wayne’s T-shirts
When the swingset hit his head
The neighbors they adored him
For his humor and his conversation
Look underneath the house there
Find the few living things
Rotting fast in their sleep of the dead
Twenty-seven people, even more
They were boys with their cars, summer jobs
Oh my God

Are you one of them?

He dressed up like a clown for them
With his face paint white and red
And on his best behavior
In a dark room on the bed he kissed them all
He’d kill ten thousand people
With a sleight of his hand
Running far, running fast to the dead
He took of all their clothes for them
He put a cloth on their lips
Quiet hands, quiet kiss
On the mouth

And in my best behavior
I am really just like him
Look beneath the floorboards
For the secrets I have hid

The Nally case

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

Suzy gives her thoughts on the Nally case and predicted there would be a lot of talk in the ‘sphere about this but it doesn’t seem to have happened yet. She also points to the ever hilarious rantings of United Irelander to be the opposite of what she believes. UI wants the man freed, yet Nally himself said he deserves jailtime.

After reading Suzy’s link to the Vincent Browne piece in the Business Post I was of the view that the man was definitely guilty of manslaughter and possibly murder. Vincent seems to suggest the victim was executed with the killing shot, a shot to the head. However there seems to be conflicting reports whether the second shot was to the head or shot him in the left arm and went through it and into his chest and lungs.

If you read UI as the counter to Browne then you will probably side with Suzy since it seems UI’s argument is the same as some of the loony liberals UI hates would post about on Indymedia. Suzy, pick a better person who disagrees with your view, you’re being lazy and going for easy kills. (This is the point in the post where UI decides he needs to make a rebuttal. Can you hear the mouse go clicky clicky?)

However my view softened when I heard an interview with Nally that was replayed on the Last Word tonight. He lives very close to where those two brothers were sexually assaulted and beaten last year and one died in hospital later from the beating. This was where the girl sliced the guys penis off too if I recall. They were travellers too that did it. And yes it does matter as all but the most openminded folks generalise, it is what humans do to prevent information overload.

An interesting fact was that Nally said he was guilty and he should do time. When he was reloading the gun he was of the firm belief that the other guy who had fled in the car was getting the rest of the clan to come back and kill him. It wasn’t about teaching a lesson to them, it was about the fact that he struck out at robbers on his land and then realised they could kill him or do worse before they killed him, like what happened to his neighbours. It was about he was an old man, he was alone, all he had left were his possessions and some of them were taken already. The state of feeling so weak and powerlessness can make one do irrational things. Thieves were on his land and threatening his world.

Seems to me he believed he was fighting for his life. If you believed that you could be sexually assaulted and murdered in a horrific way, what would you do? Me? I’d use force, I’d use every means to preserve my life. At the same time, there is a cost for destroying life, no matter who’s it is, if we respect our own life so much then we need to pay the price when we take another’s. I think the sentence the man got was fair.

Nally was asked did he speak to the victims family and he said no. He was asked if he did what would he say and strangely he said that they should cop on and start behaving and acting responsibly. I fear that Nally was just in the wrong place at the wrong time but that his case is just a convenient way to polarise people. Bigots love this kind of stuff to push their own agenda and their barely concealed hatred. A rally in Mayo will not be productive. People in Mayo should be reflecting on their community and what could have been done to prevent something like this. Look after your old people, tell your neighbours to check in with you, make sure everyone is safe, communicate with the Gardai more and as Nally said, some need to cop on.

Dáil does RSS – Encourage them to do even more

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

Via Where’s Me Country? is news that the Dáil is doing RSS feeds. They want feedback on it. I’d urge people to give as much constructive feedback as possible. This is the kind of initiative that needs to be encouraged. It makes democracy more assessible and we can do some clever things with RSS feeds.

Irish Slut – Number 1 on Google

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

So it seems if you do a Google for Irish Slut this site appears first. Oh my. Oh my oh my.

There they are – Digital Rights Ireland steps into the light

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

A while back I asked where was our EFF after once again listening to a biased, one-sided and truth bending interview with the folks from IRMA, who blamed all the woes of the record industry on piracy and those evil terrorist funding music downloaders. Today at 1715 on the Today FM’s Last Word a representative from Digital Rights Ireland is going to bring some balance to this argument. Tune in here.

This is no-doubt going to be the first of many times when balance is brought into media interviews about online civil rights.

Neil Gaiman signing in Dundalk tomorrow + Rattlebag details

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

Straight from the blog of the Dream King.

At 1.00pm (16/Nov/05) I’m signing in Hughes and Hughes bookshop, Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk.

Also he is recording his interview for Rattlebag tonight. The show will be broadcast on Thursday 17th November at 2.45pm. (GMT) You should be able to access the RealAudio of the Neil Gaiman Rattlebag interview here after the show airs. The link will be dead until then.

This is customer care – Will they do it in Ireland?

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

James points to the Typepad folks compensation for downtime when they moved/upgraded their servers. They allow you the customer to choose from a multiple-choice list of compensation types. That’s brilliantly done. It respects and trusts their customers. Oh oh and buzzword: empowers them.

Irish Times does a Forbes

Monday, November 14th, 2005

Via Gavin and Slugger is news that the Irish Times has another hostile piece on blogs. Doing a Forbes Irish style I guess we could call it. Slugger really decontructed the piece and showed what a badly researched and monstrously biased piece it was.

Just like Forbes we have the same emotive words to describe bloggers:

Anybody, anywhere with access to a computer can blog – you can use your blog for a personal attack, to preach racial hatred or merely to solve the world’s problems.

Well done the Irish Times. And I was considering giving yearly subscriptions to the Irish Times website to the Irish Blog Awards winners.

Google Analytics – Really fancy stats for your site

Monday, November 14th, 2005

Google Analytics released. You need an Adwords account. I don’t do ads on my site so not sure will I sign up. It’s very clever of Google, in a way – release really good stats packages that you can use and that they can use to monitor traffic and click-through rates. I’m sure it might actually encourage me too to put ads on my site if I think they could make me some money and Google of course would reap the rewards too.

What is quite interesting too is the use of additional colour (orange) on the Google Analytics webpage. To me this is a first, but maybe I never used AdWords before so I didn’t notice this.

Threadless T-Shirt Sale on Monday

Sunday, November 13th, 2005

T-Shirts reduced to $10.