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chris rock is one of my favorite americans, pt. 1

“When you tell a joke and everybody laughs, it’s not cause they disagree with what your saying. They get it.” -Chris Rock

Laughter is something triggered in our subconscious minds as a way of bonding and connecting with other people. It’s almost a universal “I get you” – and who hasn’t chuckled themselves through an embarrassing situation, brow sweating until it was over?

Chris Rock is one of my favorite Americans. As someone who values rebellious voices, Chris Rock is not only one of the loudest, he is one of the most concise and straightforward. No innuendoes, just honest observation. I can imagine him sitting back and marveling at how he has built a career on just “telling it like it is.” Of all the comedians and actors in showbiz, I think Chris Rock would be the most honest in a self-parody of themselves.

Speaking on Politics & Social Issues

On political parties and left and right wing extremists: “No normal decent person is one thing.”

On whatever happened to people just being crazy?: “The trenchcoat mafia…no one would play with us, we had no friends, we’re trenchcoat mafia. Hey, I saw the yearbookpicture, there was six of them. I didn’t have six friends in high school. I don’t have six friends now.”

On Obama: “Is America ready for a regular black guy to be president? Hell [expletive] no. But, is America ready for this extraordinary genius, charismatic guy…”

On the state of race relations between black people and the police in 1988: “So I hate life. Want to know why I hate life? Because I was born a suspect.”

We Can’t Be Just One Thing

I think, even if it’s subconsciously, Chris Rock sets a good example for other Hollywood stars. The reality of fame in our society is that people get famous because their personality exhibits something different. What happens though is that they end up becoming the cartoon version of that trait. There’s no balance – only the presumption that to maintain their status, they must give more of the same, only bigger and badder. I think an underlying theme of Chris Rock’s comedy has been people cannot be just one thing. I appreciate how he handles himself away from the stage, the “real Chris”, as well as how he transforms into his alter ego during routines.

I can see why so many other entertainers admire him. I feel as if he is the “one” that is idolized in the entertainment world by his peers. Certain tappers are always talking about themselves being a “rapper’s rapper” – the one whom those that share their craft are checking for. I think Chris is the comedian’s comedian – the entertainer’s entertainer, the celebrity’s celebrity. They all envy how he can thrive in an industry, with his own brand, and still speak his mind and say what they wish they could see, but don’t – for whatever reason, the fear of losing endorsements, fear of losing fans, fear of losing revenue, fear of losing stock in the celebrity world.

Chris Rock is the middle finger to the preppy, popular kid in school. The coolest is the one’s who don’t need to say their cool. The one’s who don’t even need to entertain the notion, because they know it’s irrelevant.

Satirical miracle? Or…Chris Rock, what’s wrong with his head, Doc?

Raunchy in the nth degree, perhaps just another example in his lifelong statement that he gets it, and he’s going to do his best to tell you about it. For your own good. I love how he deals with the media. I love the satirical tone. Too many people claim sarcasm nowadays, not knowing while satire and sarcasm are both mocking something, only one’s goal is to improve the situation brought up. Chris Rock can be borderline self deprecating, and in fact – it’s almost societal deprecation. But, he includes himself in that grab bag, too. it’s not an elitist commenting, passing judgment, criticizing, patronizing, celebrating societal woes, pointing the finger. He is more like a next door neighbor, talking about his week in our country, on what’s in the headlines, on things that piss him off, and things that make him laugh, just talking about it with his neighbor, standing by their property lines, cold beer in hand, almost reminiscent of the guys from King of the Hill. And he just might happen to say it like you’re running the lawnmower right next to him.

On rap music degrading women: “Women that like rap don’t care what they saying, if the beats all right, she will dance all night.”

On the difference between rich and wealthy: “Rich is something you can lose with a crazy summer and a drug habit.”

Unafraid to host the Oscars and tell the truth: “See at least they make movies for white people to enjoy, real movies with plots, with actors, not rappers. With real names…like, say “Catch Me If You Can”, “Saving Private Ryan”. Black movies don’t have real names. We get names like “Barbershop.” That’s not a name, that’s just a location. “Barbershop”, “The Cookout”, “The Carwash”…they been making the same movie for 40 years.”

On government backing of the pharmaceuticals industry: “They don’t want you to use your drugs, they want you to use their drugs.”

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See Part 2.

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ron paul speaks on the banking rescue plan

You can’t have a bad system and think..oh, we’re gonna have brilliant regulators and prevent all of the bad things. -Ron Paul

Update: I just came across Ron Paul’s written statement and additional conversation with a very bored-looking Ben Bernanke at a newly discovered blog, Cultural Capitalism.

Update #2: Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D)-Ohio shows us at least that we can all discuss it openly, in terms that the people can all understand.  My biggest complaint would be that the administration is acting as if not only can Congress and all of our state’s politicians not understand the issues and fixes, but neither can the people. Someone needs to compile some footage of average Americans discussing it all so the government can see – we are just as smart as you are, and we probably read more.

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george bush vs. biggie smalls?

What could one of hip hop’s greatest rappers of all time and America’s least favorite president possibly have in common? Well, for starters, they both have the ability to stir up people using just their words.

“My shit is deep, deeper than my grave G/ I’m ready to die and nobody can save me/ Fuck the world, fuck my moms and my girl/ My life is played out like a jheri curl, I’m ready to die ” -Notorious B.I.G. “Ready to Die”

“I stand by all the misstatements that I’ve made.” -Governor George W. Bush to Sam Donaldson, 8/17/93

And they both have biographical movies coming to theaters soon.

W. (2008)

Director: Oliver Stone

Writer: Stanley Weiser

Starring: Josh Brolin as George W. Bush

Notorious (2009)

Director: George TIllman, Jr.

Writer: Reggie Rock Bythewood and Cheo Hodari Coker

Starring: Jamal Woolard aka Gravy as Christoper Wallace aka Notorious B.I.G. [who, by the way, is not Guerilla Black]

Both, also have the opportunity to paint a picture on the duality of man.

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lunary vs. lunacy – language loopholes.

Language is the blood of the soul, into which thoughts run and out of which they grow. –Oliver Wendell Holmes

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. –George Orwell

Lunacy – insanity; intermittent madness; foolish acts.

Lunary – of, and relating to the moon; a name for an herb also known as honesty; it is said because gravity has linked the earth and moon together, they share a divine honesty with one another; the moon is the basis for modern time-keeping, and we accept what it tells us without hesitation [now, that’s trust].

Languages and their internal links to one another never cease to amaze me. The ways the slightest change in letters, positioning, emphasis, etc. can alter meanings and mix messages. One can only marvel at the genius behind the evolution of language from one culture to the next throughout time.

In the case of the above example, their letter-by-letter spelling is almost identical – yet, one brings about thoughts of derangement, while the other is linked to honesty and the connection of our moon. The only difference, just from looks, seems to be the C and the R. The c and the r. The see and the are. See and are.

So, it could be said: the only difference between insanity and honesty, is embracing what you see and what you are. If you accept what you C, lunacy. If you accept what you really r, lunary.

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this is the sound of my voice.

This is the sound of my voice.

And with this, begins my journey into our world’s digital community.  I’ve been fairly intuitive at recognizing new trends, music, and crazes before they hit the mainstream – but I missed all 365 days of the boat cruise with blogging.  The internet and I have always had a fairly enthusiastic relationship. If our experiences were a movie, maybe the internet would be Mel Gibson from “The Man Without A Face”.  But, keep in mind – the internet is not that fancy, little, cursive E that sits on your computer’s desktop.

The internet is actually what we make it.  That’s the concept anyways.  The inter-networking structure comprised of our thoughts, news, emotions, questions, stories, art, commerce – all coming from a variety of sources, with no one part of the network being the sole owner of the massive entity (for now).

Yes, I know – the dreaded network.  That thing you curse when your computer freezes and the tops of your windows become blurred images of their former selves from your rampant clicking, exiting attempts, and ctr+alt+del-ing.  That mythical creature protected by those guys who talk so condescendingly to you when all you want to do is just figure out why tmz.com won’t load – because, dammit, it’s causing you to see Kanye West’s videotaped LAX papparazzi backlash thirty minutes later than everyone else in the world.

The so-called “nerds” of the world built the infrastructure and made it as easy as possible for the laymen to join in on all the excitement.  But, what good is brain with no soul?  The technical components keep it alive (just existing), but the people make it live.  A network.  An association.  Made up of individuals having common interests.  Existing to provide mutual assistance and helpful information.

Never has there been a time when the human mind has been exposed to so much information. Instantaneous news alerts, opinions by the bushel, unlimited access to unheard-of books.  Amazingly, we are only 20 or so years into this grandiose project of ours.  Although the conspiracy-loving, authority-hating side of me says that this just gives “big brother” a better means to keep track of the hens – I think the ability to connect with the rest of the chicken coop and lay our own golden eggs outweighs any downside.

This begins my Choose Your Own Adventure -style journey into the world of internet contribution.  Thanks to those who pioneered the frontier and taught us the game is to be told (and emailed, facebooked, and digged) and not to be sold – well, except for Google Ads, of course.

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beatbox to beat off weak thoughts.

He’s inside my brain, his full time job is making me insane. Serving up self-sabotage, like my self confidence is a big mirage…” –Jay Smooth

Our fears and insecurities over “the haters” (formerly known in the 90’s as “people who pray & prey on my downfall”) seems to by skyrocketing as a culture.   One swift view of any YouTube video and you’ll surely see profanity-laced comments that make you scratch your head and just wonder – why? But, don’t worry about the folks on that branch of the hater tree, they’re human after all (and the easiest kind to deal with). The real hater you should be focused on battling is the little hater inside.

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3 minutes of undiluted inspiration.

“If you want to be happy, be.” –Leo Tolstoy

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