Saturday, March 25, 2006

New York Social Scene: Trailer Trash Thursday at Doc Holliday’s 

Give me a bar over a club anytime, anywhere. And give me a good dive bar over any other kind, too. They’re the barest, most honest, most modest, and thus most human of all drinking establishments.

For these reasons, of course, they receive little attention in the mainstream snob media, and especially from the dying print and electronic varieties. These dumps may be as primitive, raggedy, and even unclean as can be, but their center of media attention is as high tech as it gets.

I first learned of the weekly Trailer Trash Thursday parties at Doc Holliday’s Bar in New York's East Village online, and specifically through MySpace.com. They are hosted by Alyssa, a perfect choice for such an endeavor.

This bar has already deservedly been recognized by one print outlet as being the best dive bar in America. Now it has added a raucous weekly theme party with this description:

Cheap Booze! Cheaper Women!
(Hillbilly attire suggestted!!)
Most Redneck Tattoo Contest @ 12 midnight (for a $20 bar tab!)
Free Weiners, Tater Tots, & Alyssa's 7 Layer Bean Dip (u luv it!)
*** I heard a rumor of some chili con queso!
$2 PBRS, Bucsh, & Natty Lite cans
$10 pitchers of Budlite & Docs Amber Ale
We now have ROOTBEER & ORANGE SODA on the gun to make your fancy white trash drinks even more.... white trash.
* Starting next week, we'll be doing a King/Queen of The Trailer Park.... with prizes (yet to be decided) Be ready!

Needless to say I had a blast, just as any red-blooded or -necked person should. I do not live close to Doc’s, and cannot get there as much as I would like to, but this was part of my birthday week celebration, so it went to the top of my social calendar. (OK, so it was the only entry, sue me!)

Among the attendees at this Thursday’s bash were a host of MySpace members: Honky Tonk Angel, champagne cupcake, DevilDollDeSoto, red emi, Big Steve, me, and some other folks whose addresses I didn’t get.

Surprisingly, there were quite a few folks there who were not familiar with that surefire Oscar winner, Larry the Cable Guy. Again we see the damage caused by the insane absence of a country radio station in New York. If so many of these fine folks are not familiar with the Git-R-Done man, who will be here? The Philharmonic crowd?

But there is some hope. Our old pal Kevin Fitzpatrick – also a recent MySpace.com joinee – has just begun reinvigorating the New York City Bartenders & Patrons web site. He has been updating a blog there.

The site’s forums are still being revamped. But now perhaps the news from the one of the most important sectors of New York’s underground social scene, the dive bars, can blossom forth again, like the oases of culture and humanity in the intellectual and cold desert of New York nightlife which they are.

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Friday, March 24, 2006

Marc Ratner Resigns from Nevada Athletic Commission to Work for UFC 

As reported by Kevin Iole in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Marc Ratner, the longtime executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, will be leaving that post to take an executive position with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

We will have an audio interview with Marc Ratner on next week’s editions of both No Holds Barred and SecondsOut Radio, so stay tuned for details.

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How the Fundamentalist Liars Spend OUR Tax Dollars 

This is the time of year that many Americans are preparing to pay off those extortionists known as the tax collectors, or the Internal Revenue Service. As people fill out all those forms and cough up all that money, consider these items about how these tax dollars are being spent.

The U.S. has spent billions of dollars installing what the embedded whore mainsteam media has passed off as a democracy in Afghanistan. Now a report has surfaced that an Afghani citizen named Abdul Rahman is facing the death penalty for violating the law in that supposed cradle of liberty. His heinous capital crime: he converted from Islam to Christianity.

An AP story quotes an Islamic cleric named Abdul Raoulf, whom they identify as a “moderate”, as saying, “Rejecting Islam is insulting God. We will not allow God to be humiliated. This man must die.''

He also is quoted as demanding, “Cut off his head! We will call on the people to pull him into pieces so there's nothing left.”

And these are the anti-Taliban guys. What the U.S. has done is depose the anti-U.S. Islamic fundamentalist liars of the Taliban and install a pro-U.S. regime run by another set of Islamic fundamentalist liars.

The evil totalitarian reach of the fundamentalist liars is by no means limited to places like Afghanistan, one of the most backwards countries on earth. The influence of the Christian fundamentalist liars is being particularly felt in places like Texas, and with the support of our tax dollars.

I saw a Reuters report on the blog of my pal Paul Katcher reporting that Texas has started arresting people for being drunk - in bars. Now, Paul can be a very funny guy, but this report was dead serious.

The article began, “Texas has begun sending undercover agents into bars to arrest drinkers for being drunk, a spokeswoman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said on Wednesday.”

This is merely another attempt by the corrupt Christian fundamentalist liars to try to restore Prohibition, and trample on the rights of the people.

Maybe the voters in Texas will use the rights they still have left to kick out in the November elections the Bush-supported regime of governor Rick Perry and vote for the one truly independent candidate in that race, Kinky Friedman.

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

“Nothing” on TheSweetScience.com 

My latest column on TheSweetScience.com is up.

Entitled “Nothing”, it discusses the depleted, desultory, and just dang disappointing state of boxing’s heavyweight division, the aftermath of Saturday’s Rahman-Toney fight in Atlantic City, what should be done next but probably won’t, and why.

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Fallen Boxer “May Have Had Pre-existing Brain Injury” 

An Associated Press story today reveals that welterweight boxer Kevin Payne, who died Sunday following a bout in Evansville, Indiana, “may have had a pre-existing brain injury.”

But even though Payne passed the rudimentary pre-fight medical exam required by that weak commission, how could they even have known that ahead of time?

According to information posted on the web site of the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC), all Indiana requires are a pre-fight complete physical exam, a negative HIV test, and a pregnancy test.

NOT required are:

EKG (Heart Test)
EEG (Brain Wave Test)
Dilated Eye Exam (Eye Test)
Cat Scan (Brain X-Ray)
MRI (Brain X-Ray)
Neurological Exam (By Neurologist)
Stress Test (Heart) 2D Echo (Heart)
Negative Hepatitis BsAg (Hepatitis B Test)
Negative Hepatitis CAb (Hepatitis C Test)
Hepatitis Vaccine
CBC (Blood Count)
PT/PTT (Blood Clotting Test)
Chest X-Ray
TB Test (Tuberculosis)
Neuropsychological Exam (Neurologic Test)
Gynecologic Exam

Payne’s death is the latest tragic reason why the U.S. needs a national boxing commission, and one that mandates pre-fight brain tests like MRI's and CAT scans. No other body, and certainly not promoters or TV networks, will or can enact such regulations, and be in a position to enforce them.

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A Little Rest the Rest of the Week 

Life may be short, but it sure can be sweet.

Wednesday, March 22, was my birthday.

Thursday, March 23, at Doc Holliday’s is the weekly Trailer Trash Thursday bash, hosted by everyone’s redneck cousin, Alyssa. And the hot dogs, chips, and bean dip are free!

Then, on Friday, March 24, the new film by Larry the Cable Guy, called “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector”, opens.

I haven’t found too many reviews yet, and according to one, the film’s producers didn't provide advance screenings for critics, which is never a good sign. However, Steve Persall, film critic for the St. Petersburg Times, wrote, “Don't be surprised if the biggest movie star of early 2006 turns out to be Larry the Cable Guy ….”

The soundtrack to this new film can be heard for free on CMT.com. It is an interesting blend of the kind of redneck rockabilly you would expect, such as the title track, “Git-R-Done” by Montgomery Gentry, with slower pieces, rock, and soul. I also put that title song on my profile on MySpace.com.

With all the diverse projects to which I have been devoting my time, as you can see by looking at this blog, I’m in need of a breather of at least several hours. Hopefully some of you can join me while I recharge my personal power supply.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

No Holds Barred: Eddie Goldman speaks with Kurt Otto of the International Fight League (IFL) 

On this week’s edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, Eddie Goldman speaks with Kurt Otto, co-founder of the International Fight League (IFL). This new mixed martial arts group, which uses a team competition format, has its debut show April 29 in Atlantic City, NJ.

To listen to “No Holds Barred”, just click here or here or here or here.

The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Thanks for the Plugs! 

Special thanks go out to my brothers Kid Peligro and Adisa Banjoko for their plugs of “No Holds Barred”. They helped so much that in only its second week, my podcast was ranked sixth for Tuesday, March 21, on podOmatic.

Look for more information on our next show, featuring an interview with Kurt Otto, co-founder of the International Fight League (IFL), in a few hours.

Some people, by the way, know me as just a boxing guy. Others know me as a mixed martial arts guy, while still others know me as a wrestling guy. They’re all at least partially right, because it’s all good. And some know that I’m a country music aficionado, while others know of my taste for jazz, blues, and soul music. Right, right, right, right again.

Maybe I’m a bit reflective right now because my birthday starts at midnight. And I’m going to celebrate it with three kids who know me as Grandpa Eddie.

Update: Thanks also to Fightsport.com for the plug. Keep 'em coming and support the good folks in the combat sports!

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SecondsOut Radio: Eddie Goldman speaks with Don King, Bob Arum, and John Duddy 

On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, we speak with promoters Don King and Bob Arum about Saturday’s Rahman-Toney fight in Atlantic City, NJ, and the future of the heavyweight division, and undefeated middleweight prospect John Duddy after his first-round knockout victory March 16 at Madison Square Garden.

It is free to listen to SecondsOut Radio, but you must register to gain access to it. Just click here, and listen, learn, and enjoy.

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Monday, March 20, 2006

The Paper of Record-ing 

This is almost enough to get a guy to change his position on the First Amendment.

The New York Times posted a piece on March 20 about the Rahman-Toney fight called “Heavyweight Division Is Still Searching for a Star”. In it is the following quote:

“The promoter Don King, who did not have any sanctioned involvement in this fight, was asked what he thought the fight did for the division.King whisked past the reporter who asked the question, then turned his head, widened his eyes and said, ‘Nothing.’”

That unnamed reporter, whom King turned around to answer, unlike, apparently, the print guy, was me. You can also hear a recording of this repartee on this week’s forthcoming edition of SecondsOut Radio.

Now, I suppose usage of this quote is OK since it was done in the open at a press conference with other members of the media present. I don’t have a real problem with that.

What I do want to know is why the hell we even need these print fossils anymore when the meatiest and most salient questions are being asked by us Internet journalists?

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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Rahman-Toney: A Draw in Jersey 

While most of the ringside media (including me) scored Saturday’s Hasim Rahman-James Toney fight at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, for Rahman by close margins such as 115-113, there were some journalists who, like two of the judges, had it a draw, and some who even had Toney winning 115-113. It was that kind of a fight, back-and-forth with few rounds where one man easily dominated the other. And those who ended up with the same tally often differed on individual rounds, including the two judges who had it 114-114.

The majority draw decision, though maddeningly frustrating to many, may have been the fairest verdict. Most of the boxing journalists who had it for Rahman sounded less than passionate and firm when revealing their views to each other. That usually signifies that one guy did not beat up the other.

Veteran boxing writer George Kimball has a wonderful summary of this card on TheSweetScience.com. Note also that just about everyone in the building concurred with his view that Dmitriy Salita was given a gift in his fight, also scored a draw, with little-known Mexican Ramon Montano.

There will be a discussion of this fight card this afternoon, Sun., March 19, on WHCR-FM radio, broadcasting on 90.3 from Harlem, NY.

Stephanie Stepp, who also covered the fight from ringside, hosts a sports show called “What’s Going On” with Zach Husser, John Isaacs, and Brian T. Mingo. The show is on 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST.

You can also listen online to WHCR at http://whcr.org/liveaudio.htm.

And we will have more on this in the coming week.

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