Pet Shop Boys are indeed Fundamental to Pop music.

The Pet Shop Boys have not been as popular in the last decade in the United States, but Fundamental seems to be one of the critical releases in pop music. The song writing and production with Trevor Horn have brought listeners with a return to form. Fundamental’s first single was “Im with Stupid” which had a subtle diss on the leaders of the United States and the United Kingdom which was a great taste of the cd.

Think of Fundamental as the complete Pet Shop Boys. Its an  amalgamated package of their total style. It is both upbeat and downbeat. There is music for all to enjoy. Unlike Release it has more electronic elements so for those who disliked their guitar oriented sound, they have indeed gone back to their roots.

What songs from the preview will be interesting?

  • Psychological
  • Minimal
  • Integral
  • Numb (Thank god Aerosmith did not get offered the song)
  • Sodom and Gomorrah Show
  • Twentieth Century

There has been no announcement for an American release yet. I am prepared to shell out the money to import this with its bonus disc Fundamentalism

Political Realingment in California?

Can there be a political realignment towards the Republican Party? Thomas G. Del Beccaro thinks so. Californians understand that our state needs fiscal restraint and economic recovery to make sure we do not enter another fiscal crisis. We also are very law and order supporting bills such as Jessica’s Law which the Runner family has advocated this year. Lastly, we are strongly for making sure illegal immigrants do not attain benefits for living in our state illegally.

California Republicans do have a winning agenda except for the social issues. Proposition 187 was not the problem. The social issues are the problem. We should not force our candidates to adapt the stringent platform of the National and State Party when it relates to social issues. Pete Wilson is correct to explain why our state party has failed to win statewide elections compared to the Democratic party.

The Republican Party has loads of potential, just like how they do not want the Democratic Party to control our economic lives. Many of us in California do not want the Republican party to control our personal lives. Until this happens millions of Californians will trust the Democratic party instead despite the Republican Party’s superior stance on everything else.

Podcasting

Since I have migrated to the world of having my own hosted website with thousands of megabytes of space. I now have the personal luxury of establishing a podcast. If any of you are beginners to computing think of podcasts and video casts as media files you can download at your own leisure to enjoy.

I recently bought the Extreme Tech Podcasting book by Todd Cochrane during the Podcasting expo last November in Ontario, California. The book had loads of basic information about what type of software, technology and resources I would need to put on an effective podcast.

I admire many of the long term podcasts that have been produced. Podcasts do take time and effort to produce. You want to maintain a listenership that will faithfully tune in to each new show. I have tried to make a podcast and it is a very time consuming endevor.

My minum goal is to produce a weekly half hour show. This would allow me to practice my podcasting skills and become more effective as time goes on.

Also podcasts do eat up hard drive space and bandwith too. I have 500 gigs of traffic each month, and I am indeed afraid I would go over my allocation. I would perhaps have to buy a second account to serve my podcast. However if I am just starting out I should not fear about driving up huge bandwith bills.

Seriously, let them be.

Nell Soto and Gloria Negrette Mcleod both serve Democratic yet culturally conservative districts. I applaud both of these legislators for standing on their principles even though GLBT equality is one of the few issues that voters may disagree with them on.

No matter how much money Ben Lopez has to run against Nell Soto, being a social conservative advocate will not serve Ben Lopez in his run for State Assembly in the 2006 elections in district 61. Unless Mr.Lopez wants to dish out socialism with his social conservatism then he may have a chance in defeating long term legislator Nell Soto. Being anti-homosexual and anti-abortion will not earn brownie points with independents, center and left leaning Republicans.

I highly support State Senator Kuehl’s bill SB 1437 to incorporate the contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community be incorporated in our social science text books in our public schools. An accurate portrayal of this often marginalized group will help reduce the ignorance and prejudice that these individuals often face. Opponents may say this is going to transform our public schools into miniature versions of Castro Street in San Fransisco, but this legislation is mainly intended to eliminate bias in our school curriculum and nothing more.

And today’s committee vote in the State Senate allows me the chance to thank Senator Nell Soto for sticking up for the GLBT people of California and their straight allies.

There are other bills that both sides are eagerly anticipating for in the coming weeks.
AB 606: This piece of legislation will give the state government enforcement power to school districts who fail to enforce anti discrimination laws.

AB 1056: Adds the GLBT community in tolerance instruction curriculum.

Campaign for Children and Families may say its about forcing and indoctrinating the youth of our state, all the advocates want is for the GLBT youth to learn in peace without being beaten up.

We cant spoon feed heterosexuality nor any alternative sexuality to any youth of our state. People will turnout the way they will turn out. However we can give support to those who are outside the majority.

These legislators need your love and support because you know Randy Thomason’s legion is going to hound these legislators left and right despite their guaranteed victory in November.

And our governor needs to stop being a sock puppet for the social conservatives, else he will probally have the same fate as Congressman Lungren in 1998.

The Spirit of Radio

The Los Angeles Times has recently posted a story about how this one wealthy businessman has established a non commerical free form radio station in Arizona. The current culture of radio has poisoned many Americans interest in music radio. KCDX was how this wealthy businessman who also owns formula oriented radio stations kept the station as his private yet public paradise.

Formula driven playlists get tired and annoying, take for example KCAL and KOLA in San Bernardino County. These radio stations play the same crap over and over where familiarity brings forth burnout. This is why I have been driven towards buying music and reading websites such as Popjustice and Arjanwrites to find out the real spirit of popular music.

We need radio stations who have diverse playlists of different music, this is one way we can defeat the payola crisis the recording industry has faced. Maybe make it a requirement for radio stations to deadicate 1 hour a week to playing bands and musicians who have not charted on the Billboard charts under the 100th placing. It is unfortunate that the new Morrissey, Placebo and Goldfrapp have not been aired on KROQ compared to songs by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Matis Yahu who regularly get played on that station.

I conclude that this is the reason that ipods regularly sell well. The ipod makes you the DJ and we have control over the playlist and format of the music we like the best.

If you like new and vibrant music take the time to write and call your local radio stations. Your favorite bands need you.

Redistricting Reform Now!

The death of Proposition 77 was the death of some common sense into California politics. 2001’s party monopoly in redistricting resulted in a reduction of competitive districts and the reduction in mainstream Democrats and Republicans.

Take for example Assembly District 61, the district I ran my first major campaign for office. It was originally a Republican district, but since when Nell Soto the former city council woman of Pomona won the Democratic Party locked in the district. Aspiring Republicans of all political persuasions from left leaning Republican (myself), business conservative (Wapner), and just simply conservative (Yates) have thrown their time and money and still not able to claim victory.

Also we want politicians who are not as dogmatic towards other viewpoints. Of course George Runner and Jackie Goldberg may be full of conviction for their politics, most voters prefer pragmatic problem solvers. Where are the Pete Wilsons and Gray Davises of California? I know the party activists do not want to lose their base leaning politicians, but most centrists of both political parties do not want the dogmatic ones to dominate our government.

I just want districts that are not gerrymandered and districts not drawn up by currently serving politicians.

At least…

Although I may be a centrist Republican who is burned out by the Republican Party establishment. I am not totally against all Republicans running for office in 2006 in California.

Any Republican I disagree with will probably get a polite non vote. If conservatives in my local area could just simply not vote for Tom Campbell in 2000 when he ran against Dianne Feinstein, I could vote for someone else with enthusiasm.

Here are my Republicans of note for this June 2006 primary election.

Keith Richman – Treasurer

Inclusive Republican dedicated to the big issues that face our state as a whole. Assemblyman Richman has proposed solutions to solve our upcoming pension crisis and the numerous uninsured Californians that grow each year.

Abel Maldanado – Controller

The lesser of two evils. I am uncomfortable having Tony Strickland as the nominee. Due to the Strickland family using campaign money for their own personal gain.

Steve Poizner – Insurance Commissioner

He is the only one running in the Republican Party for this office, and if he was running against anyone else I would still vote for this man who almost won in a overwhelmingly Democratic party district in 2004.

I wish I was able to support Bruce McPherson for Secretary of State, but his certification of Diebold voting machines makes me uncomfortable to punch his name in the voting booth.

Lastly, our Governor does not deserve my support either. Governor Schwarzenegger is only a slave to the Democrats who want to put our state into fiscal peril, and to our own party who wants to restrict personal freedoms.

Initiatives

81 and 82 NO

Republican Party bleh…

I could understand that the Republican Party is having severe problems in the upcoming 2006 election. However they have called my home three times in the last week asking for money. None of my family is made of money and the Bush administration has failed our country.

Gas is rapidly approaching 4 dollars a gallon and our president has not implemented any reasonable solutions to lower the prices.
The insurgency still plagues Iraq, and has the mission really been accomplished? Many former generals in the Iraq conflict have said the leadership mishandled the effort.
And our president to ease his low poll numbers sells his soul to the evangelical crusaders by using wedge issues in order to win elections.
And the reconquistas want to invade our country so they could soak up the government services that their home countries have failed to provide them.

Our president is not doing anything substantial to make our nation a better place. Sadly Bush is only a lame duck now.

Welcome….

Welcome everyone to my website Inlandutopia, where I share to my readership the joys and frustrations of living in the Inland Valley. My specialties will be to discuss politics and popular culture. I hope by establishing this website you will be able to read on about what I experience.

Thank you for visiting.

Absurdity Runs Rampant

Originally written for the Highlander for the last issue of the school year in June 2003. Some of the situations that happened on campus have an eerie similarity with drama happening on campuses on colleges today in 2015.

UC Riverside becomes stranger by the minute with how our leadership manages affairs on our campus. Whether or not it is administration at Hinderaker Hall or with ASUCR, it is increasingly hard to keep a straight face with what happens on campus.  ASUCR senators want the Highlander to play toady and our administration is self-deprecating where they fund their own personal attackers.

The racism conference held in May was unintentionally a misnomer. It ended up promoting racism on campus. The return of the Down Low in “The Real” is no way to promote peace and harmony among the different ethnic groups on campus. There is very much spite and malice towards our administrators on campus. Jim Sandoval and David Warren are marked men according to the radical extremists on campus. These individuals helped to fund the slime and grime that leads towards libel, slander and defamation and its ironic that it came back right on their laps.  The administrators are not willing to hire an investigator to substantiate the claims from the events that happened last year.  The campus radicals do not want the truth to come out and they would rather have their own fantasyland reign supreme. They would rather have the campus investigate fantasy instead of investigating real events that have happened on campus.

Next year’s administration of ASUCR needs to build bridges due to the lousy leadership of last year’s senate. Their arrogance regarding the Highlander is immature and selfish due to their desire to make the Highlander loose their independence. It will be impossible for them to undo the referendum that gives the Highlander money from the undergraduate student community. The Highlander received almost seventy percent of the vote during the spring 2001 election with the twenty percent voter turnout. This fee helps to preserve the independence of the newspaper so the staff does not have to beg for money from ASUCR for each issue.

ASUCR needs to hire sensitivity training to the new senators to make sure they remember they represent all people not just the people of color that make up the majority of UC Riverside. Comments made by our senators last year were tactless and inappropriate during these senate sessions. Unchecked arrogance only diminishes the legitimacy and credibility of our student government. When questioned during the June senate meeting about the new mural for the new commons academic affairs director Elisa Haro remarked “I see some pilgrim invaders here” when she saw the lack of people of color in the mural. While in May Cesar-Olyervides-Cisneros remarked that people of color couldn’t be defined as racist against white people.

However, other newspapers have not been as successful because they do not serve the broad student community like the Highlander. The X-Factor tried to compete against the Highlander yet they collapsed by the end of fall 2002. I would love to see competition with student publications, but I do not believe there will be any viable competing publications with the reallocation of referendum funds. The Highlander has been the established student publication for over fifty years and has been established unlike the other publications. The Highlander has a staff of diverse backgrounds and perspectives yet they are perceived as unacceptable because they do not follow the agenda and prerogative of the senate and their allies. If the Highlander had the editorial content of The Real, they would become a niche newspaper with no broad appeal.

UC Riverside needs a culture of calm and good relations between all groups on our campus. I had enough of theatrics at UC Riverside. As a graduating senior, I will be watching from a far to find out if UC Riverside can learn from the events from previous years so we can become a unified campus community.

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