May 9, 2010

Canton's First Friday Poetry Spectacular - May 7, 2010

Friday night's Canton First Friday show went well. A HUGE thanks to Todd and Brennis from the Second April Gallerie for not chasing us out when we ran WAY past the time the show is supposed to be wrapped up. Vince Robinson delivered an awesome set to start the night. (I'll have to get Vince booked for a Saturday Night show next year so we can get him in the podcast!)

Something new we'll be doing: Since I started emceeing this show, folks have been asking if there is some way we can get a little more exposure for the slam winners. So, starting this month, we'll have a camera rolling during the slam and video of the winners will be posted on YouTube.

This month, Kedric Wolfe placed third and first place resulted in a tie between Blu and February Luv. To try to break the tie, we had a POETRY DEATH MATCH. (Yes, that has to be all caps, it is a rule.) Unfortunately, the POETRY DEATH MATCH also resulted in a tie. Since we didn't have time to go another round, it was decided that first and second place would be left tied, and the prize money for both was split down the middle.

Did I mention that Arts in Stark provides the prize money? And that BR Square sponsored the featured poet?

Anyway, here's the video of the winners. Due to YouTube's 10 minute time limit, the POETRY DEATH MATCH was uploaded separately, and can be viewed directly below this video.

May 4, 2010

Primary Election Day

While walking in to my local polling station today to cast my ballot in the primary election, I came to a realization.  The Democrats being represented by a donkey and the Republicans by an elephant are no longer accurate portrayals of the parties.  They both need new mascots.  Here's my proposal:


The Democrats have become the party of pussies.  Democrats won far and wide in 2008, because we the people wanted liberal change.  They won by large margins because us, the wide majority, wanted things to move back to the left.  Not just back to the center, but to the FAR LEFT.  Then a small but vocal minority started yelling and screaming and they chickened out.  Instead of "lets do what we need to do" it became "lets try to make the other side happy, too."  Now they have accomplished NOTHING.  They proved themselves to be a bunch of PUSSIES!  So I propose that the new mascot for the Democratic party be a vagina!

If the Democrats have become the party of pussies, the Republicans are a party of dicks.  All they want to do is fuck the Democrats.  They'll fuck the Democrats over health reform, they'll fuck them over civil liberties, they'll fuck them over financial reform, the list goes on and on.  It's only appropriate that the new mascot for the Republican party be a man's phallic member.

As I wrote this, I tried to find some pictures to attach.  Not photos, nothing of a pornographic nature.  I just wanted some simple black-and-white line drawings, like I remember from the health book back in high school.  No luck.  Even with safe-search turned on, everything I found was too detailed or graphic for this purpose.  Sorry, folks, words only here.

That aside...  Has anyone else wondered if the "tea baggers" know that "tea bagging" is when a male stripper bangs his scrotum up against the forehead of a patron?  The term was coined by John Watters in the 1990's for his movie "Pecker."