Letters from the week of May 13, 2004

Lacey gets wackier when he claims that the Iraqis who took the Japanese hostages were cannibals and planned to cook and eat them. But the wackiest is saved for last, when Lacey claims that, had Nader not run, Al Gore would be president. The truth is, nobody knows for sure that Gore would be president if Nader had not run, and nobody knows whether we would be at war if Gore were president. Not even Lacey knows.

Lacey must learn a fundamental lesson if he is to preserve what remains of his dignity as a man and his credibility as a journalist: When he finds himself mistaking fancy for fact and ranting like a lunatic, he should resist the temptation to put his rantings in print.
Lee Einer, Phoenix

But how do you really feel?: Lacey, Bush did not go to war to bring democracy to Iraq, you goddamned idiot! And Al Gore never said he invented the Internet, you fucking moron!
Name withheld by request

More of the same: Yup, there might have been a different president if Ralph Nader hadn't run in 2000. But probably not.

Nader's Department of Peace bill is a good idea. We cannot fix the problems that have been developed by continuing along the same path, and using the identical mindset that created these problems. And don't forget, Dennis Kucinich is still campaigning. His focus now is to affect the choosing of the Democratic platform. He still has the best ideas, and is not, like John Kerry, more of the same: "Bush Lite."

Nader is nothing but a misdirect. A distraction. An outlet for the my-vote-doesn't-matter-but-I'll-vote-anyway crowd. But wait, it's not even a crowd. Anyone who has any brain is a Kucinich supporter still.
Mary K. Croft, Casa Grande

Hell Hath No Fury . . .
What writing abilities?: I read what Stephen Lemons and Elaine Bell did on Area 51 in your Inferno column and was not at all impressed with the writers' abilities ("Palace of Perversion," April 8).

I'm a DJ at two of the Valley's other Goth/Industrial nights -- at the Mason Jar on Tuesdays and at Incognito on Fridays -- and I'm also good friends with the DJ at Area 51. I've talked to almost very person who has been at Area 51 and have never heard such a load of crap in my life!

In my honest opinion, Stephen Lemons would be more suited to interviewing gang members at a Dr. Dre concert or people from Jerry Springer. Do those of us who run Goth/Industrial nights a favor and send someone who has an IQ higher than a 5-year-old's to our nights.

There's a lot more to this type of music and this type of club than just vampires and Mexican folklore!
DJ Ramone,a.k.a. Ramone Chavez,Phoenix

We'd never talk down to the pierced-and-tattooed crowd: What happened to the Inferno column? Just when you guys get me all psyched to read what's going on in the club scene with columns like the one on the Emerald Lounge, my favorite bar in Phoenix, you kill the column ("Green Guzzlin'," April 22). Please tell me you haven't killed this, because it's the first thing I've seen in a long time that consistently appeals to the under-30 crowd. That is, to me and my pierced-and-tattooed buds. (Editor's note: We haven't killed the column. Kreme and Jett were too hung over to make their deadline, so we held their lame asses out for a week.)

I have run into your writers at a couple of places around Phoenix, and they are a hoot. What's so good about the column is that it speaks the truth. Kreme doesn't so much make fun of even the Goth idiots over at Area 51 as much as he just lays out their crazy shit for the rest of us to enjoy. He doesn't talk down to his audience. Even the fire-eater dude at Emerald Lounge was a hoot. That guy's psycho, but you've got to love the clientele at this town's clubs. I mean, Kreme's description of how this guy can't taste and smell anymore because he has used so much Zippo lighter fluid on his tongue is almost unbelievable. But I know this dude, so I know Kreme and Jett don't make shit up.

Anyway, keep the adventures coming. You have a loyal audience out there.

Also, my girlfriend tells me that the Implants cartoon that shows the exploits at the clubs the Kreme Team go to is pasted up all over women's rest rooms at a bunch of clubs in town. Even though that 'toon sucked at first, before it was paired with Inferno, it's so on target about the Scottsdale bimbos in the club scene now. I loved the Implants on the queers at the lesbian club ("Risky Biz-ness," April 15). Rock on!
Zack Greenberg, Phoenix

Swisheroo: What's wrong with New Times these days?! Have you gone homo on us? For starters, that Inferno column on Ain't Nobody's Bizness was just plain wrong. And it didn't start with that. You've had lesbians kissing on the front of your paper, then ugly men smooching, then stories supporting gay marriage, then a big feature article on some poor swisher who can't get his way over at the Phoenix Art Museum ("Fashion Victim," Michele Laudig, April 29), and then you sent your Inferno perverts over to that aforementioned rug-muncher's paradise. Is your editor, Rick Barrs, a little light in the loafers, or just way too in touch with his fucking femininity!?
George Dillon, Flagstaff

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