November 16, 2005 

Correction•Things that make us laugh•Should he be driving?


In the Boise Baroque article last week (BW, ARTS, November 9, 2005), we said it was the 200th anniversary of Mozart's birth. It should have read the 250th.

Things that make us laugh

This is in reply as part of the public [response] to the BW post on (in regards to the True Crime item "Headbanging Fugitive Alert," November 2, 2005).

That's just sad. This is another pathetic example of the media at large trying to push the idea that heavy metal is directly linked, on a widescale basis, to all kinds of societal problems. Oddly enough, this is often the same media that deifies 70's punk rock at every opportunity, denies that heavy metal is widespread, not confined to a miniscule and readily-recognized-by-their-black-T-shirts percentage (look at the numbers, dipshits), and also denies what a big influence heavy metal had and continues to have on many of their darlings, like Nirvana, the Foo Fighters, every single one of these lame alt-emo bands, etc.

It's pretty obvious, with the allusion "like many of his fellow Metallica fans," that BW considers listening to Metallica (and other metal bands for that matter) directly related to crime tendency. That's pretty bigoted (bigotry isn't OK just because it's not directed at a race or religion).

Metallica is a mainstream band. People, including criminals, like them. Criminals like other mainstream bands as well, just like all the other demographics. A criminal's affection for Metallica is non-unique. If you want to imply musical correlation with social trends, why don't you try something that actually has scientific evidence, like country music and suicide, or country music and domestic violence? Oh wait. Can't touch that, because all them (sic) country listeners are churchgoers. Wife beating, child molesting, convenience store-robbing, suicidal churchgoers, but church-goers all the same, and that's what makes them real Americans, the remnants of our fast-decaying American morals and ideals. I may be reading too much into all this, but I doubt it.

And the expectation to "publicize" Thompson's at-large status? Come on. Blabbermouth publicized it; that should be enough. Think about it. No one was going to look at that article and say, "oh my God. I'd better start telling people about the parole violation of some idiot in Boise, Idaho." Give me a break.

You're an asshole, Nicholas Collias. I don't doubt that Thompson's a scumbag, but it's not because he's a Metallica fan, and he's not a Metallica fan just because he's a scumbag. And I think you know that, and don't care, because after all, "True Crime" divisions are just products of media sensationalism. Demonization is your job. Too bad the bigotry caused by this demonization does far more harm to society at large than the supposed good you're doing by raising society "awareness" (meaning fear) of crimes.

Boise really has nothing going on if it's "world music news"-worthy that a man is ditching parole. Making the large number of imbeciles who post on Blabbermouth look intelligent is difficult, but Boise Weekly managed to pull it off. And the most pathetic thing is that it seems to be jumping for joy from the attention, and doesn't care that the attention is on its subpar journalism.

Should he be driving?

While reading Peter Wollheim's story about the vet with dementia who traded in his more valuable car for a less valuable one (BW, NEWS, "Have I Driven a Ford Lately?", November 9, 2005), my question was: Why is this man still driving?

A driver is constantly faced with life and death decisions. No matter the value of his car, if he hits a pedestrian, a bicyclist or another vehicle, the human damage is the same. In his son's words, he is "too incompetent" to understand the deal. That being the case, he is too incompetent to be behind the wheel of thousands of pounds of metal, making decisions that endanger all of us.

--Kitty Fleischman

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