Monthly Archives: October 2008

classic halloween scary moments.

Mike Tyson & Bobby Brown sing the “Monster Mash” on The Jimmy Kimmel Show.

The “how many” on Halloween 2008 won’t be in regards to the amount of candy, but the amount of Obama/McCain/Palin/Joe the Plumber costumes I will have to come across. Happy Halloween, everyone.


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unreleased beatles, biggie, & nas.

Just some lesser known gems from around the music spectrum.

Notorious B.I.G. – “4 The Macs & Dons”

Nas – “Jungle” feat. Olu Dara

John Lennon & Ringo Starr – “I’m the Greatest”


MGMT – “Electric Feel”

Focus – “Hocus Pocus”

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american culture vs. john mccain

John McCain caught me off-guard with one statement he made tonite:

It’s time to change the American culture.

Should the president, who is only one man in a nation of millions, have the right to shape American culture how he sees fit? Isn’t he there to serve the people? Shouldn’t Americans shape American culture? The president is merely supposed to be the figurehead guide for the political process. If the American people decide as an overwhelming collective that we want to celebrate and integrate into our American culture that October 16th will be “National Wear-Your-Underwear-on-Your-Head Day” – doesn’t the president have a duty to serve our interests and not his opinion of our interests?

Related Links: Find out which presidential candidate represents your beliefs the best.

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the definition of poverty.

In support of Blog Action Day, we should all take an opportunity to reflect on the reality of poverty. I definitely think there are two types of people when it comes to the issue of poverty: those who acknowledge it and have seen proof of it’s existence (and in some sense can probably relate), and those who exile the idea from their minds and simply sweep it under the rug. The basic idea of poverty is that you are unable to afford necessities. The homeless vagrants standing out front of 7-11 asking for change certainly exhibit traits of being poor. But, the reality is – people who have jobs, have cars, rent houses, have children, and vote – are also poor.

Every year the federal government is nice enough to tell us who is poor and who is not. For 2007, the imaginary poverty line for a single person under the age of 65 was set at $10,787 – and at $21,027 for a family of four. By this logic, someone who makes an astounding $15,000/year is actually fairly well off.  But, with the average rent/mortgage payment in the U.S. hovering near $700 each month – how can someone making 11K per year not be poor, when devoting nearly 75% of their income just to the basic principle of shelter? I can remember being in this income bracket, with nothing but a 5 lb box of rice to tide me over – everything else was a luxury.  How can someone muster up the gas money, application fee, and cost of books to go to college when a gallon of gas is equivalent to what they make in 60 minutes of work?

It’s time that the ‘powers that be realistically’ address the definition of poverty.

In the meantime, read George Clason’s “The Richest Man in Babylon” (pdf).

Find out what you can do to take a stand against poverty in your community.

And of course, whether rich or poor, don’t forget to vote November 4th.

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is it ‘opposite day’ in sarah palin’s world?

For those of you who have been in a decontamination center: Sarah Palin apparently got caught with her hand in the cookie jar. With the swell of information regarding the 2008 elections, Obama being a “terrorist”, John McCain hating “gooks”, and the economy vaporizing – someone easily could have missed the scandal that the McCain-Palin ticket has worked hard to bury.

Basically, Sarah Palin’s sister married the wrong guy and her governor sister came to her aid when things seemed to spiral beyond her sister’s control. Being the arrogant maverick that she is – she fought back, and basically wanted to show her brother-in-law, who was a State Trooper, who had the most swagger in the state of Alaska. Palin attempted to impose “impermissible pressure…on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda” and used her role as governor to cast unethical influence on others to push for the termination of the in-law, and ultimately to fire the subordinates who resisted. And she got caught, and has proceeded to intervene and disrupt the investigation in any way possible – often referring to the legitimate investigation into her as a “circus.

So what is Sarah Palin’s response to the investigation’s findings which showed she was unethical and abused her powers?

“Sometimes the most important thing you need to know about a politician is the frequency and enthusiasm and skill with which they lie to you.” [Note: It’s no longer if they lie, it’s how well they do it.]

The easiest way to verbalize what Mrs. Palin showed us in her responses – is to say – she thinks it is “Opposite Day.” Remember that great childhood game when if you wanted someone to do something, you asked them not to – and if you wanted them to not do something, you begged them for it. What if the politicians involved in Watergate simply said “Finally, the investigation shows we are innocent!”? I’m not sure of the actual power the investigating committee has, but it seems from Palin’s comments that she is playing semantics. Her emphasis in both comments of being cleared of any legal wrongdoing is probably how she justifies with herself that it is in fact NOT lying – but merely pointing out the lack of authority of the committee, who cannot find her legally guilty of anything.

In honor of this great display of undeniable support for the spirit of “Opposite Day” – Sarah Palin, we love you.

Related article: Son of Troopergate, Sarah Palin files an ethics complaint against herself?

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20 links for the hip hop obscurist

Courtesy of Oh Word.

1. 100 Great Obscure Rap Songs, 2. Large Professor Discusses Main Source, Nas, New Album (Video), 3. The Sample From Nas’s “Life Is Like A Dice Game” Revealed, 4. Junior Mafia “Player’s Anthem” Beat Deconstructed, 5. A Buyer’s Guide For Out Of Print Rap Albums, 6. Pete Rock Discusses Sampling Techniques (Video), 7. The Entire Fondle ‘Em Discography Available For Download, 8. A Guide To Assessing Vinyl Rarity, 9. Seven Volumes Of KRS-One Songs Not Included On His Albums, 10. RZA Breaks Down The Science of “Bong Bong” (Video), 11. 4 Hours Of Biggie Songs Mixed By Mr. Cee, 12. DJ Clark Kent Discusses Crate Digging, Sneakers, Jay-Z, 13. Large Professor Interviews @ Cocaine Blunts, 14. Latin Party Starters Selected By O-Dub, 15. Cypress Hill Temples Of Boom Reviewed Track By Track, 16. An Audio History of NYC Hip Hop Radio, 17. DJ Evil Dee “Pure Dope Mixtape” (Podcast), 18. Illmatic Promo (Video), 19. Rosenberg Radio – De La Soul mix & Interview, Large Pro Interview, 20. Source March 1995 Issue w/ Slick Rick (downloadable .pdf)

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anonymous text message intimacy.

For the record, I just don’t get this:

Two weeks ago over 5,000 of you posted your numbers here for texting secrets – and last week over 10,000 of you did. By telling your friends about this experiment of “anonymous intimacy” we are growing it into a movement!

Keep spreading the word! (Twitter, StumbleUpon, Digg etc.)

1. Email your secrets to the most recently added numbers in the comments section below.
2. List your number in the comments section. (To get more secrets post it again.)
3. Invite your friends to share their secrets and list their numbers too.

Does this mean I am getting old if I can’t grasp the appeal or concept? How is this anything different than something that could be achieved via an instant messenging service, email, chatrooms, message boards (relating to your “secret”), or even a journal. What if the man who shot the guy for wearing a Barack Obama shirt text messages his secret to someone? In the new age of web 2.0 and the dominance of social media, where does the duty to snitch fall – especially without any “therapist/patient privilege” blanket to hide in?

To me, the real irony is: half of those MySpace users who posted their phone numbers for the public to have and use had their MySpace profiles marked as ‘private’ to prevent “non-Friends” from seeing and viewing their page. Completely logical, yeah?

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