Though punk rock ‘s first wave was a strictly ’70s phenomenon, the form most certainly bled into the ’80s, primarily on America’s West Coast, where scores of bands forged a more concentrated, speedy and aggressive form of punk called hardcore.
I never got into punk rock when I was in high-school back in the 80s. I liked a wide variety of music but I was more of a bubblegum pop kind of girl. I also did not enjoy metal. I think that’s why I find it interesting that I currently am surprised by all of the music that I now really like. What sounded like metal to me in the 80s, is now classic rock!! What was punk, is now, well still punk.. but I enjoy quite a bit of it. Though I am still a bit of a bubblegum pop kind of girl..
(I really searched long and hard for a slang phrase to end my thoughts on the subject of punk… as you can imagine… there were not a lot of counter-culture words or phrases associated with that genre and era. Likely that is largely due to slang for groups would have sort of been the anti-thing to create for the punk groups.)
I was walking through the neighborhood today and ran into the below window display. Despite not being into that genre for sound, I have always loved the style.
“My eyes burn with tears, and I’m so tired. So tired of holding back everything I feel and want to say. So tired of being someone I’m not and making mistakes that I didn’t have any fun making.” ― Penelope Douglas
“She smashes her knuckles into winter
As autumn’s wind fades into black
She is the saint of all the sinners,
the one whose fallen through the cracks… ~~~(iViva la Gloria!)” ~ Billie Joe Armstrong
“Dont test me,
Second guess me,
You will DISAPEAR!
(East Jesus of Nowhere)” ~~~ Billie Joe Armstrong
“Punk rock should mean freedom, liking and excepting anything that you like. Playing whatever you want. As sloppy as you want. As long as it’s good and it has passion.”
― Kurt Cobain
Whether you support the policies or the politics, conflicts or peaceful resolutions…Please support the people… Hate the game not the player
Happy Memorial Day…
This video was created by Joe Curtain. He is still an active Navy officer… The only link he has is his Twitter page. His Twitter handle is: @FR33SpeechMusic
I spent 20 years and 9 months in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserves. I joined when I was 16 years old and went to bootcamp between my junior and senior year in high school.
I spent a year on a ship and visited dozens of foreign ports. I learned how to create and be a part of an extended family that your biological family may never even know about. Like a biological brother or sister, sometimes you hated them and sometimes you loved them but you always supported them. I was trained to have very high work ethics for self and how to expect and obtain the same from others. I grew up to be adaptable, creative and accepting of others and to reach out a helping hand to those life long friends I have made over the years as well as to random strangers on the street. I made friends I may never, ever see again but know that at the drop of a hat if I did see them we could reunite as if no time at all had ever passed between us.
I was trained to give and receive orders. I took entire courses on how to build things and how to immediately tear them down. I practiced the art of self-defense and learned how to shoot a variety of guns, studied crowd control measures and sometimes fought the art of self-control. I had to practice how to never use these skills unless under extreme duress and then I was trained in how to handle extreme duress. Most of the people I have worked with over the past near 21 years have considered themselves peacekeepers and not war mongers. Through all of these times I was fortunate enough to mostly serve with people who could laugh at themselves as often as they laughed at me.
We have all believed in our country and gave up a lot to support it. Most of us would do it again if asked with absolutely no hesitation. We do not expect everyone to agree or believe in our purpose when we leave. However, we do hope that we will be accepted and welcomed home on our return.
“I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: ‘I served in the United States Navy.” ― John F. Kennedy
There are always two sides to every story. Two opposing thoughts to every situation.
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower
“The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country” ― George S. Patton Jr.
“As long as a population can be induced to believe in a supernatural hereafter, it can be oppressed and controlled. People will put up with all sorts of tyranny, poverty, and painful treatment if they’re convinced that they’ll eventually escape to some resort in the sky where lifeguards are superfluous and the pool never closes. Moreover, the faithful are usually willing to risk their skins in whatever military adventure their government may currently be promoting.”
“This topic brings me to that worst outcrop of herd life, the military system, which I abhor… This plague-spot of civilization ought to be abolished with all possible speed. Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism — how passionately I hate them!”
So this week’s travel theme, posted by Where’s My Backpack, is signs. As she says in her post, they come in all shapes and sizes. I’m a bit infatuated with signs, especially signs from different countries, and have tons of pictures of signs. However, the more I looked at my photos the less inspired I became.
It dawned on me that this was the perfect set of photos to demonstrate my take on signs – – – –
“Signs of the times” Straight from our nations Capitol… Signs that demonstrate freedom of speech, freedom of expression and the freedom to completely confuse everyone around you… I hope you enjoy some of my favorite signs from the rally.
To become self-aware, people must be allowed to hear a plurality of opinions and then make up their own minds. They must be allowed to say, write and publish whatever they want. Freedom of expression is the most basic, but fundamental, right. Without it, human beings are reduced to automatons. Ma Jian