Church and State (July 8, 1998)
On television or in the newspaper, by appearance, these people look just like us - regular, normal people - but if you were there, listening to their screaming rhetoric, you would have felt their hate that charged the air.
If You Really Want To Thank Fire Fighters (July 7, 1998)
I have seen fire engines come to a halt in a roadway, or be forced to drive in the median in order to get around selfish drivers who apparently don't give a damn if someone else is having an emergency.
Operation Rescue Pisses Off The Almighty (June 8, 1998)
The Almighty was quoted as saying, 'they want to show how devoted they are? Well, let's see if they're willing to go the distance under that 115 degree sun.'
What's going on? (May 20, 1998)
Evangelist John Butler Book, a local right-wing homophobe, is complaining because the city of Orlando is allowing
Watermark, a gay and lesbian newspaper, to fly rainbow flags on more than
300 light posts in downtown Orlando.
Jeb Bush: This Son Don't Shine (May 18, 1998)
Though Bush denies the dozens of allegations that have been made against him, the facts speak for themselves. If the Republican Party truly wants to clean up the government, they need to take a good hard look at their own candidate in Florida.
Defend Les/Bi/Gay Rights at UCF (May 13, 1998)
What was so absolutely revolting about this that someone felt it needed to be destroyed, not once, but twice? How can one justify such destruction and blatant displays of hate and intolerance?
Unlawful Assembly or Resisting Arrest? (May 11, 1998)
Right before their arraignment in Ocoee on May 6 the charged protesters learned that the Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office had dropped the charges of 'unlawful assembly' against all the arrestees, replacing those with charges of resisting arrest without violence.
Notes From The Cultural Wasteland - 4-15-98 (April 15, 1998)
Of course, it never occurred to me when I was fifteen that you could change the world just by living in it, and by doing the best you could at what you did the best. I thought you had to at least get on television.
Animal Planet (OK, Kingdom): Anything But Wild (March 31, 1998)
Okay... these places are even more fun to heckle than they are to visit. The last time I went, I spent more time trying to remove the magic of the place than absorbing it. Call me a cynic, call me a realist, call me an asshole. Whatever.
Notes From The Cultural Wasteland - 3/7/98 (March 6, 1998)
The next time I see some asshole wearing a hat that reads 'free mustache rides' or pass some shithead on the street saying 'fuck' at least once every sentence, I think I'll blow the motherfucker's brains out.
All Disaster Victims Are Not Treated Equal (March 3, 1998)
Imagine losing your home and your possessions and most of your neighborhood to to a tornado, then imagine that simply because of your skin color or ethnicity your loss was being overlooked by the media and charities.
The Lay person's Guide to Bombing Iraq (February 13, 1998)
Contrary to the belief of those who say 'bomb those damn Iraqis!' as I pass out my peace flyers, war is not remote or safe or well-removed from our lives. War is death. War is the rape of other nations and the manipulation of those who serve.
Spam Killed My Valentine: A Cyberstory (February 13, 1998)
So you're one of those people who don't like spam but don't really think it's a big deal? What's the real harm, after all? Well, let me tell you, spam represents an insidious threat to the very fabric of our lives.
Download the Clowns (January 23, 1998)
As you come in you can go down on the floor to see a few clowns doing different bits and a few llamas being touched by every sniffly-faced wide-eyed kid in sight. I thought, 'grrrreat - walking bacteria traps'.
Martin Luther King: I Hear Your Cry! (January 19, 1998)
As I ponder the question this
year, my perspective strangely, but not so strangely, switches to the biases, ignorance, and prejudice that exist in our own community, among our own race.
Downtown Orlando: Center of the Cultural Universe? (January 6, 1998)
Central Floridians want the world to realize our area is far more than just Disney; well, it's time that Central Florida's civic leadership recognized that there's also more here than just Orlando.
The Most Overblown Time of the Year (December 30, 1997)
If you negotiate all of these threats successfully, your reward is to be home where you started, only with a lot less money. Whoohooo! Now that's a celebration.
Notes From the Cultural Wasteland - 12/12/97 (December 12, 1997)
You stare at them a
while, cross your eyes, focus a little in front of the page or behind it, and suddenly a pattern that wasn't apparent before pops out at you.
Towards a more aesthetically pleasing world (December 2, 1997)
Plastic creatures and spray snow make the area into a plastic-coated winter pseudo-wonderland. Happy birthday, Jesus. Here's a bunch of gaudy crap we plastered our homes and businesses with to honor you.
Seven is too much! (November 25, 1997)
Well, it's happened again, folks - the entire nation is entranced by the story of what is, in reality, a chemically induced freak accident of birth: the McCaughey septuplets.
What's Pennies Got to Do With It? (October 21, 1997)
It seems like there's a ton of rhetoric flying around these days over the proposed sales tax increase and increasing spending for Orange County Public Schools.
Promise Keepers: A Gap In the Stand (October 14, 1997)
Hundreds of thousands of men descended on the Mall in Washington, D.C., for a Promise Keepers rally that was part religious revival, part male-bonding ritual, part social statement and part media spectacle.
Puritans In Da Hood? (September 12, 1997)
It's time that Orlando's slogan, the 'City Beautiful,' was changed to the 'City Intolerant,' for Orlando has marred its beauty by showing once again that its civic establishment will not tolerate anything.
Children of the Clouds (August 26, 1997)
The nightmare begins: the family of four spread across two sections, trapping you in their row of chaos. The children across the plane begin their pre-pubescent orgasmic cry of consumerism: 'I'm going to see Mickey!'
Save The Rave! (August 26, 1997)
Sabrina of Buzz Magazine sounds the battle cry to save after hour parties in Orlando.
Let Them Wear Badges! (August 4, 1997)
O-town's higher ups believe the city is a world class operator. Well, even the best need to be monitored. Proof positive - the $80 million dollar cost overrun on our new courthouse.