Friday, February 23, 2001 - Earnhardt Jr. decries post-crash treatment of Marlin - February 23, 2001

"Any notion, idea or blame, whether it's directed at Sterling Marlin or anyone else, is ridiculous and will not be tolerated," Earnhardt said in reference to his father's accident. "It's incredible some of the things I've heard in the last few days."

A great big THANK YOU goes out to Earnhardt, Jr. from the bottom of my heart. I, too, believe it to be absolutely ridiculous that people are blaming Sterling Marlin, and even Ken Schrader -- who was an innocent bystander -- for Earnhardt, Sr.'s death at Daytona on Sunday. When it's your time, it's your time. It doesn't matter who hit you or what happened -- there's nothing that can be done to avoid it. I think that the Earnhardt fans who are trying to blame someone are experiencing misplaced aggression; they're angry that he passed away, and they have to have someone to blame. But, what they aren't taking into account is Earnhardt's seemingly favorite phrase during his life: "That's racin'." And, if he were alive today, those would be the first words out of his mouth regarding what happened on Sunday.

Sunday, February 11, 2001

Well, it looks as though my arch nemesis in first period has decided he just isn't going to come to that class anymore. Good riddance. Though I still have to deal with him in second period. Maybe he'll stop coming to that too -- he and the teacher got into a little disagreement the other day. I wish he'd just leave for good. Blah.

Wednesday, February 07, 2001

CNN Transcript - Larry King Live: 'N Sync Discusses Their Rise to Stardom - January 9, 2001

KING: On that note, what do you think of Eminem? Is he just...
KIRKPATRICK: You know what? I have to admit I have the CD in my car and I play it all the time. I mean, you don't have to believe everything he says, and you know, follow what he does because he hates us. But you know, it's still...
KING: Why do you like him?
KIRKPATRICK: He's talented. He's very talented. And you can't -- you can't take any of that stuff away from him. When you listen to the album, if you know good music, if you know, you know, he's very lyrically talented and he writes a lot of great stuff. I love it. I sing it in my head or outloud when I'm in my car making fun of myself. And you know, it's just funny to me that he talks about us, because...
KING: He makes fun of you.
KIRKPATRICK: ... you know, here I am, yelling in my car.

This is exactly what I have been trying to explain to people for a long time, now. I like Eminem. I didn't say I like his attitude; I like his music. I sing along in the car. I have most of the CD memorized. And, yes, my two main favorite genres are pop and country -- as far away from rap as you can get. He'd said over and over that he writes what he writes to "get a rise out of people," and he does. Many of his raps are devoted purely to dispelling public criticism about his lyrics. Why can't people accept that maybe he doesn't write his raps to spread his beliefs; he writes them because it makes for a good story? But, the one thing that irritates me the most about Eminem criticism is when parents try to censor the music their teenagers listen to, because they think they'll be "wrongly influenced" by explicit material. I have a mind of my own; The Marshall Mathers LP is by no means my gospel. It's just a darn good CD. I have enough common sense to know what to do and what not to do; I know the difference between right and wrong. Parents who censor teens' music choices need to develop the all-important element of trust in their relationship. What, does the CD have magical powers? Am I going to listen to it and experience some evil force taking over my body and driving me to commit illegal acts? I think not.