POSTED ON MAY 8, 2013:
Brave, Brave Sentiments (or, I Typed "Fuck" Because I'm Dangerous).
(re: Finding Thom Self, May 2-8)
Are you guys fucking kidding me? Or is it official, has Urban Tulsa finally become just another one of those bullshit publications filled with praise for the "talented locals" whose only real talent is the ability to copy the work of someone else?
Someone in charge should have asked Charles D. Beard do some research before allowing him to write a puff piece that would be the cover story. I suggest you guys flip through a book published back in 2003. The Swag: Rock Posters of the '90s by Spencer Sutton, pub. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. ISBN 0-8109-9115-2 will be a real revelation for some of you music lovers. Here you will find every poster "idea" ever created by the so-called artists featured in your May 2 cover story. If the "artists" featured in this story spent their time playing popular songs written and recorded by rock stars (instead of copying posters created by others) would your publication hail them as a great band?
This is one of the biggest problems with Tulsa: you guys ignore real talent and embrace mediocrity. When did everyone buy into this Tulsa tradition of copycat work? Is the collective self esteem around here so low nobody believes they can do something other than copy what has already been created? Even our leaders have bought in to this mindset. One of Kathy Taylor's TV ads for her mayoral campaign uses the guitar part from Eminem's "Lose Yourself."
This "Cover Band" mindset is for losers.
(While there is nothing new under the sun, Thom Self's work sports its own kind of originality. Admittedly, Self's posters are not as original as the brass-balled courageous act of sending an anonymous letter, but hey, we do what we can. And if you're that down on Tulsa, don't let the door hit you where the dog should have bit you. --Ed.)
Isn't it just a little coincidental that the 9/11 attacks took place on the same day that our Government was running a drill to deal with the same kind of threat and that is now the case with the Boston Marathon Bombing? Was it just chance that the government refused to probe the computer of the potential 9/11 pilot after he was arrested on suspicion of training for such an attack which had not yet happened?
In each incident, Americans lost more of their freedoms as a result of either incompetency or a conspiracy to fund the ever-hungry Military-Industrial Complex -- the same MIC President Dwight Eisenhower warned about in his final address to this nation. Isn't it strange that JFK was killed after he announced his intention, after speaking to Eisenhower, to extricate ourselves from Vietnam? Isn't it strange that the media won't mention Lady Bird Johnson as the biggest stock holder of Halliburton when she died after profiteering from the Vietnam War her husband fueled? And isn't it strange that Goldman Sachs and the Federal Reserve families profit from every dime we borrow to fund the "war on terror" and every new program or agency Obama creates?
What's so great about the income tax? How many pages is it now anyway? How much do you pay? Why do businesses move jobs overseas if it's so great? How are so many lobbyists in D.C. able to buy favors with this wonderful tax code, and why are politicians to eager to sell them? I thought we were a free nation. What makes us so deserving of this wonderful tax code?
No one understands it, but we comply because if we don't, the book will be thrown at us.
You call the IRS 10 times and get 10 different answers. We pay our hard-earned money for someone else to figure it out for us and still spend time every year making sure we comply with a code that the enforcement agency themselves does not understand or follow.
Post offices stay open late April 15th just to make sure people aren't late getting their money to the government.
Oh, wait -- you're different because you get money back from the government? Congratulations.
You just loaned the government money for nothing, you're a genius.
Why do we allow this to continue?
The tax code breeds ignorance, and if you think this tax code is what the greatest nation on earth should have, then you are "ignorant." Wake up!!
Government creating a tax code is like the burglar designing your home security system. But that's ok, you won't help do anything about it. Or will you?
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