Saturday, September 27, 2008
One last blogger Salute!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I owe the loyal readers and apology for two reasons. One is because I didn't make the three post mark and two because this next post will be mostly political and even if you're not into that sort of thing it is time to really buckle down and get educated (you too Morgan)!
Anyways, below is a video taken from a Barack speech in Florida:
"Blacks against Obama" is their name and defamation is their game. I am really not one to say black people should do this or that... so I won't say that blackness mandates a vote for Barack Hussein. I will say it requires an even greater sense of respect to the process of Obama's candidacy. Up until this campaign, a black man was a joke, a foregone conclusion of a loss, or a PR stunt. Now it's real and we want to hate...c'mon. Even if you don't agree with Barack don't go that route. That type of behavior is and disrespectful to anyone, but because of the struggle that blacks have gone through in America it shouldn't even be a thought to do something like that to another black man.
On a positive note, here is a story of "Rednecks for Obama", by The One of the allhiphop.com staff. I must say I am glad to see this type of support because it shows how far we have come in some areas, also showing that identity politics are not as powerful as they have once been, and unlike the aforementioned Blacks Against Obama its a good thing.
In more identity politics a 2005 "documentary" with the following disclaimer has been curiously re-released:
'In the beginning of our film, we say `most Muslims are peaceful.' We are only speaking about a minority that is estimated to be 10 to 15 percent of Muslims,'' said spokesman Gregory Ross. ``We feel there is no greater threat to America right now than radical Islam.''
Obsession the movie allegedly catalogs radical Islam's hellbent war on the West. I will not say any more than that I hope this doesn't catch any steam in any avenue of American life, because it is fear-mongering garbage that deserves the worst kind of censorship. What an amazing double-standard by the way... free speech is bad when things are said anti-America, but when they are anti-reason, diversity, understanding, etc its quite ok. Sheesh!
Another interesting development is this huge financial crisis hitting the American market. Something like $700 billion dollars of taxpayer money is gonna be used to fix this problem in the in the banking, stock and other financial outlet's realm. This problem is caused by rich people but the implications of this spread all the way down to poor people... or at least thats what they are telling us. Private pensions (hmmm what about that privatization of social security), value of currency, home mortgages, etc are at risk here but 25% of my check is going to fix this problem.
I heard a great quote Friday on the CNN Situation room from the Cafferty file where one viewer asked "why is it that we socialize losses and privatize profits?" As much as I believe we need to bail out the industry during this crisis I get the point of what the guy was saying. Free market capitalism is bad because the profits never trickle down and when they do it does exactly what it is supposed to... trickle. I say that because whenever anything of that nature is addressed the term trickle down is used when clearly the words we should use need to be flow, spread, rain, flood etc... but as it stands now rich get richer and the poor get poorer. To say this as "real" as possible, "the rich man needs to come up off that money!"
Salute (Oh! Disclaimer: I don't dislike rich people, and if you are offended just remember you probably aren't rich. Rich means you have enough money to not care about stuff that Wesley writes.)
Monday, September 15, 2008
First, Kanye has a new version of Love Lockdown! It has been mastered and is now on point.
Next up, ATM(Cory Gunz, Smoke DZA, Numbers) ft. Mickey Factz - Swagger Like Us . Mickey Factz, Cory Gunz and two random dudes rap over the Swagger Like Us beat and its a decent effort. Now I normally don't do in depth commenting but here's what I got. Mickey Factz is quickly becoming one of my favorite people to listen to, simply cause he gets it. He isn't on Wikipedia, most people don't know who he is... and when he gets on a track he definitely let's you know he is above and beyond what you normally hear. The second guy used the auto-tune and I didn't even mind it. Actually his verse was pretty hot, but I can't say that he gets it 'cause I have no idea who he is just like the last guy on the track. Cory Gunz did a good job of showing why the vocoder needs to be destroyed and why the auto-tune only should be used by no one.
Rick Ross also jumped on Swagger Like Us. I guess its the new A Millie. Ricky Ross the rent-a-cop really did a nice job on this track, better than most can. Still, I am hoping that Fabolous destroys that track here soon, but even more so that when Joe Budden releases his next mixtape (where he will finally go back to jackin' beats) he will get on beats like this and show people how much better he is than 99% of the game.
Speaking of Tuesday, Royce 5'9 has a new mixtape. Royce's intro on his first album was called It's Tuesday and that track/album was sick. His new mixtape, "The Bar Exam 2", just popped out and I will stake my rep on its hotness.
Below is the Cool Kids new video Delivery Man. Last year they did that song Black Mags, and they definitely have a good sound.
Cool Kids Delivery Man
Jadakiss is about to drop a new album... so he can call himself top 5 dead or a live off three LP's. The first single is called By My Side and it features my least favorite Neyo.
Finally, I will link you to the best mixtape of the year There is No Competition by Fabolous. If only he were consistent and spit as hard as he does on mixtapes when he makes albums :(
Just because this was all music I may post another one today, if not....
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Since a lot of people aren't political I'll be a little light today. Here's some good humorous political commentary that anybody can enjoy from Jon Stewart, the video below characterizes the flipity floppity floop nature of the Republican Party these days.
Here is also a story of the McCain marriage that you probably don't know about. CNN did a report on this when they exposed the "real" John McCain and Barack Obama during a special back in August. John McCain was a jerk based on that CNN report. Basically this story exposed that he was dealing with some "issues" and his ex-wife had to deal with all of his antics.
From this report he is an inhumane scumbag, to say that lightly. Thanks to Tarik Pain for finding this. I don't think it is morally acceptable for someone to put another person through that situation especially knowing she has an unconditional love that will not tear you down. Drawing from a similar situation, former President Clinton was scum for extramarital affairs that occurred while he was in office. Right now, we know about extremely dirty misdealings and have the opportunity to prevent such a man going into office. I vividly remember the attacks President Clinton's character took while the sex scandal went on... but I doubt there will be similar actions taken.
In music stuff F-150 face Curtis Jackson bka 50 Cent dissed Kanye, video below. I am by no means a Kanye fan but this is just lame. The fact that people still 50 is a sign the world is coming to an end. Really we need to get it together America.
Ramadan is going well and I am developing the spiritual connection that is essential to growth and development during such a time.
OH! And the San Diego Chargers lost a game today because of a rule... I am thinking we should make sports rule books like the constitution or the Bible and interpret them as living documents. Ed Hochuli (Mr. Man of sports referees) knew he blew the call but because of the rulebook he couldn't make it right. Now the Denver Broncos are 2-0 and the San Diego Chargers are 0-2. What did we learn today? Politics are screwed, music is screwed and sports is screwed... good luck out there in this cold, cold world!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Hurricane Ike hit Texas and pretty hard it sounds like. There aren't official damage numbers or death tolls, but I am sure there will be a significant amout of damage and a far higher number of deaths than should be. For whatever reason some people did not heed the warnings and decided they would just chill. Yesterday, I saw footage on CNN of some guys walking with their dog right up where the water was surging over barriers... bleepin' stupid.
Gas prices rose dramatically, as there are a great deal of the country's oil refineries are located in Texas. Gas has risen 6 cents nationally, I think about 20 cents in Kentucky and certain areas in Texas don't have gas at all. I wouldn't be surprised if gas stays a few cents higher after all of this is resolved. That's what they do.
I would say this is further proof that we need to find something else to do besides drill for oil and build pipelines. The fact that we are having exponential increases in price of gas because of a seasonal natural disaster is even more proof. A pipeline from Alaska and offshore drilling aren't solving this problem either. You cant completely get rid of oil dependency, but you can definitely become less dependent.
For those who are not as cynical as I am, here's a little story about the U.S. Interior Department in relation to oil companies.
It is pretty lengthy, but definitely worth the read. We have so many problems in this country that need exposure... this is a really big step.
Since I took the semester off in Fall '05 I have been more up on what goes on in national news. From that point I have heard quarter after quarter of record profits by the oil companies as prices rose and rose. This article alleges that there were improper benefits, not collecting federal royalties, drug usage, sexual impropriety, and many other ethical practices and actions. This is just plain sickening considering the American people are feeling the brunt of said decisions... and those making the decisions and enforcing rules can't keep their pants on, their noses clean or their minds right.
Back to sports, I didn't think Ty Willingham was on the hot seat going into the season, but considering the field goal attempt before the half with 1 second on the clock, I think he just put himself in that seat. You're down 34 and you need to score points, you gotta go for the TD. The kicker missed the field goal, so it's easy to criticize the decision, but if you're down at that point, you go big or go home.
I feel really bad for this Husky team because the schedule has been tough, facing three top 25 teams in the first three games of the year. Not only that, but the team isn't getting any breaks going back to last year. I keep waiting for them to turn the corner and get back to that prominence that I grew up accustomed to, but it just isn't working. Last year they lost a lot of close games to a lot of good teams and many fans figured this year things would yield a few more wins, but it hasn't worked out that way.
It will go a long way when they get their act together and gain that confidence and swagger that you see from winning teams, but until then Jake Locker & Co. are really struggling with being a young, inexperienced, not good team. Jake Locker is capable of turning in a Herculean effort that will inspire his team to glory and I feel that effort coming very soon. The team WILL be galvanized by these experiences, mark my words!
I still have hope for the Huskies, like I do the country which is in the midst of being dealt a lot of bad breaks, especially politically. If more of the injustices and misdealings are exposed the United States can turn it around. Go Huskies! And Go USA! After November 4th you'll get your leader that will deliver the Herculean effort.
School sucks and not because it's school, but because it takes up so much time. If I could barely get paid and run around and try to fix stuff on campus, I guarantee I would be a much more likable person--and I wouldn't have to make myself blog three posts a week as they would just naturally flow.
Shifting to actual stuff of real quantifiable value Reuters.com ranked the city with the best looking people and Miami came out on top.
Not that it's a bad thing to be good looking (I do it so well LOL), but if you read on further Seattle was ranked #1 for having the most intelligent locals. Again proving that there is more to life than being really, really, ridiculously, good looking. I would much rather go to Seattle than Miami anyways.
My new second city Portland, Oregon was voted the cleanest city in the U.S. another accolade I am proud to claim for my people (Pacific Northwest). Having had the opportunity to visit a lot of places in the States, I think cleanliness is one of the better titles to hold as well... anybody can be good looking, but it takes good home training, discipline, and near obsessive compulsiveness to truly be clean.
If the Republicans have their way, this will be their
Plain and simple, the Democratic Ticket is better than the Republican ticket. Luckily there will be substantive debates and interviews forthcoming to expose these truths... that way when Barack doesn't get elected there will be mass outrage for the injustice done by an uninformed and extremely -ist society. What I mean by that is we have so many societal problems that end in is racist, classist, prejudicedist and other ists in the most negative sense.
Fortunately, I don't believe there is any way Mr. Obama can lose and I won't have to experience the letdown of another stolen election like we have endured the last two elections. Just imagine if one of them had of been won by the other side... especially if it was the first one...
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Salute to all my readers. I think I have now heard close to 100 people either comment, mention, allude to, or talk about my blog, I am humbled. Please, start giving suggestions. I like to learn and I like challenges, so I would love to talk about something you all like.
I had a conversation with a friend who has moved on and gone to law school before I went to work today, and it was welcome. I also have had the chance to talk to a few friends I never get to talk to and spend more time just being a student in the social aspect, another welcome experience.
For those who don't know (Baby Barkley) the beard is gone and has been almost a week now. I am back to being really really ridiculously good looking so ladies throw your bids in. Just know I am extremely picky and judgmental and there's no way on earth I'll like you... that's because nobody can be perfect except for my friend Miss Perfection, whom I had the privilege of speaking to yesterday.
Today's politics touches on the McCain side trying to make something completely harmless stick to the Barackster. "You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It's still going to stink after eight years."
That's the full quote and then the hyperlinked story, which has been the subject of today's news cycle. I must say if its one thing the GOP is good at it is distraction. Furthermore, the media is really helping them with their agenda. It seems less and less liberal every day... that is if it were ever liberal. Obama should have been smarter, knowing that attacks would come hard and fast for such a remark, but geez let's stop turning things upside down for no reason. McCain actually used the same phrase in reference to Hillary but does anybody remember that? Thought not.
Also take a look at one Republicans look at the current election. This is not to be partisan or to cause embarrassment, but rather to allow you to see on what a college student bases their McCain vote.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Day 1 was cool... except I am not sure if I actually made it. I woke up and ate some left over Cool Mint Creme Oreos from last night's SUCCESS meeting. I got up before sunrise, as I later found, but I may have eaten literally minutes before, during, or after.
I also tried to eat a Milky Way... My boss keeps candy in her office and if she is not there I make it a point to eat some--it is a silly habit. Well I started chewing the Milky Way and then realized my commitment to fasting, so I spit it out.
I made it through the rest of the day and promptly broke fast at 7:58 at the College Democrats meeting, which wasn't so bad at all (the fasting that is... I had no problem with the meeting LOL). And I got home and ran for about 2.5 miles and I actually feel great.
I really want to do this, and I will try to make it thru the rest of the week. I wish I would have started when Ramadan started so that I could have enjoyed the entire experience. Oh and by the way I'll say it again. I am not Muslim, but if I were, what would it matter? Really?
Anyways here is a live sample of Kanye Love Lock Down
On to Politics!
David Brickner of Jews for Jesus said that the Jews being terrorized was God punishing them for not being faithful or something like that. Sarah Palin's current Pastor Larry Kroon of Wasilla Bible Chruch wouldn't comment on the statement made by David Bricker since this has become big, but apparently is boys with the Jew for Jesus.
I wonder if this will blow up like Jeremiah Wright? .... Doubt it. You can find that story on CNN by the way. They may be moving more towards real journalism! In fact there's a few more interesting things there about her religion--still, i doubt it will receive much media attention even though there are glaring similarities... I like using the word interesting to describe f'ed up ish and things that are just blatantly unfair, so it is interesting that one person's beliefs are taken in context and as their individual practices, and the other persons beliefs are espoused to their pastor... O beautiful for spacious skies...
Again, Sarah Palin is out there misremembering facts. She is attacking Obama on earmarks, while being responsible for 197 million dollars in requests for earmarks. She was a proponent of the "bridge to nowhere" until it became politically unsavory. More and more will come out, about her--but right now facts are not at all relevant. This is quite sad.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
The University of Washington Huskies was a powerhouse in the Pac-10 as I grew up and a couple of years while I have been in Kentucky. Recently that has not been the case, but currently UW is lead by Tim Tebowesque quarterback named Jack Locker. The problem is the rest of the team is no where near as talented as Florida, and consequently, Locker has not had the ability to develop as much as Tebow. Well, just a little while ago UW drove down the field against #15 BYU and scored with 2 seconds left. Jake Locker being the man that he is, made a gutsy play to run into the end zone, bringing the game within an extra point of being tied. After scoring the TD locker threw the ball behind his head and celebrated with his team... 15 yard penalty, PAT blocked. Game over.
I am not necessarily mad that BYU won because it was a good game from the jump. I just have a problem with the referees taking the game out of the hands of the players. The officials clearly were on the field during the game, so they knew the struggles Washington was endured over the course of the game. Not to mention, the celebration wasn't any more excessive than the touchdown that lead to the game tying PAT in the Ole Miss/Wake Forest Game--and even then, you cant take away the game from the players like that. I realize the Huskies had the opportunity to convert the PAT from 35 yards... but think about that for a second. A celebration with your teammates with 2 seconds left taking away the game. I guess they call them the same. Make a play and celebrate with your team on the field 15 yard penalty. Make a play and your entire team runs on the field to celebrate 15 yard penalty. What a joke.
As far as basketball, I will be brief. I am now a Portland Trailblazers fan. They have a couple Seattle guys on the team and are right down I-5 from Seattle. Howard Schultz former Seattle Supersonics owner rescinded his lawsuit against the current Oklahoma City Thunder management so the team is gone for sure. Lame. But I am glad there is some closure.
Brandon Morrow, the Mariners top draft pick from a couple of years ago made his first major league start last night and looked incredible. That's something to look forward to. Also, the Seahawks will no longer be coached by Mike "playnottolose" Holmgren after this season, so I won't have to worry about my team snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Remember last year's NFC divisional playoff game against the Packers? The Seahawks were up 21-0 and went to prevent offense and promptly 3 and outed 4 straight series. Green Bay went on to win obviously and I was a sad Seahawk.
Optimism courses through my veins and I know the Mariners will be alright eventually. The people in charge keep saying stupid stuff and will be fired sooner rather than later. The Huskies will return to prominence if they just hang in there and do things the right way. Ty Willingham has struggled yes, but he is bringing in his players and getting close and starting this season, and if he is around next year, the Huskies will make significant progress. The Seahawks will learn to step on teams throats and really be successful starting next year. And the Blazers will be a dominant team. I know Seattle will get another team once the city gets it together, but I don’t know if I can go back…
Friday, September 5, 2008
Some you can just tell aren't getting anywhere because of the lack of urgency they have when getting from point A to point B. Some have that same absence of a sense of urgency, but can afford to (or at least they think they can) because they are amateur athletes at the university. You have those students who are so focused that they miss everything going on around them. That's funny too…just an observation.
The LPGA backed down on a rule that would make all of its players speak English. Now I watch a lot of Sportscenter (purely for the purpose of score watching, PTI’s Big finish, and criticism), and the only players I know besides Michelle Wie, Juli Inkster, and Paula Kramer are foreign. Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa, and Karrie Webb speak English, but several of the players do no not, specifically the Korean players who have started to win more and more tournaments.
Now I am not against women having the right to play sports, I am just against having womens sports shoved down my throat, i.e. U.S. Womens Soccer, the WNBA, and golf. Aside: I so wouldn't be mad if they showed more volleyball, indoor and outdoor. Most of the time the women look good and are tall and athletic...the kind of woman im looking for LOL. Anyways, this is one of those times where its important, because its purely indicative of the world we live in. If they are playing well just let them play who cares about what language they speak. I don’t watch LPGA interviews and press conferences. Honestly, very few people are watching anyways golf anyways, that is if Tiger isn't playing.
Last night, Senator John McCain closed out the RNC with his acceptance speech. I watched the majority of the big speeches just like I did with the DNC, and I will say his was the worst. That speech was long as hell and lacked a lot of specifics. He constantly went to that little smile he has that looks so fake and out of place. Like he would say something negative and smile…oh wait that was intentional.
One of the big issues I fundamentally disagree with Republicans that leans me to the left is in opportunities and values—actually it’s just half of that. I will say I agree with a lot of the values that conservatives cling to, but I recognized that it’s not my place to make my values other people. So I cannot expect my religion to be applied to the governing of people who may not believe the same.
On the opportunity side, I feel like there are opportunities if you have all of the available resources, but the GOP doesn’t always realize that some people have a different set of opportunities to make into success. For example, I have friends that have a lot more than I do, and it’s not because I don’t want more, but I started with less and when it comes time to make long term decisions, I have less of a cushion.
Like I have a friend who has been in school for a few years and this friend doesn’t know what they want to do, but everything is taken care of till they figure it out…and if they don’t they got a job waiting. Then I have another friend who has been out of school for a few years and will have to scrape and scrap to get back into school. One probably is more talented or “better” than the other…but the other has a better chance circumstance and starting opportunity.
Speaking of better and worse, in that hour long lecture, John McCain dropped that we need to help those that are less than us. Last time I checked, nobody is better or worse than anybody. The next guy may not have more than me but he most certainly isn’t better. I just found that word choice particularly interesting…kinda like McCain and his wife lying about their ages to each other when they first met. That’s why these kids lie about their age on Myspace and R.Kelly types are always getting caught up.
That’s all for now… tell a friend, show me some love in a link, oh and do the right thing.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
The now former mayor of Detroit has been brought to justice. This man did wrong, lied about it, invoked false defenses, and looked like an idiot doing it. He officially pleaded guilty and is now on the way to jail and has to pay a lot of money. I hope this teaches he, and people of his ilk a lesson. Here is the story:
It is way too hot in Kentucky. It’s like 90 degrees and I sweat just thinking about taking a step. I’m not sure what it is but I don’t ever remember sweating on days like this during football practice or when I first got to school… maybe I am that old and out of shape.
I finally got a class schedule so I will be officially doing the school thing. Thank you admissions for the quick turnaround! But unfortunately I have a class Tuesday and Thursday at 330 pm—I don’t know if I’m gonna be able to make it.
Sarah Palin’s speech was, well um I guess, typical. She didn’t address real issues, attacked the people who work in the community and discounted the fact that there are savage inequalities in America, especially in the big E’s, economically and educationally. That said, she did what she was supposed to do because the tailored speech ended up fitting her well, the people she is speaking to don’t really take into account facts, and it made her look like a tough talker.
For whatever reason, I just don’t like her. I think a lot of it has to do with how she talks, but then at the same time she looks like she wants to be one of those flashy Beverly Hills housewives, but since she is in Alaska, she doesn’t have all the resources to get like them. It could be that she is being paraded out to try to steal votes by continuing to use the smokescreen of progressivism in the GOP. Maybe it’s her true lack of experience. When people attacked Barry Obama’s lack of experience it was OK, now it’s a double standard to talk about Gov. Palin’s experience.
No, I’ve got it. It is the fact that the second the story about Sarah Palin’s daughter’s pregnancy came out, Barack Obama said the subject was off limits. But last night, apparently somebody up in St. Paul missed that memo and decided to say that it has been his campaign fostering the attacks on her politics relative to her family. But wait. She can say what she wants, because the American people are smarter than that. Right?
Ha. Don’t hold your breath. My mom was telling me about something she heard on NPR where a woman was saying she would not vote for Barack because of what his campaign is doing to attack Sarah Palin’s poor little, premarital sex having daughter. Aside: Now I am not chastising her behavior necessarily, but I do think that its funny that her mother is all for abstinence and her daughter has a baby on the way, with a guy who is a redneck that doesn’t want kids. Interesting. But it's off limits so I won't say anything... well just this. Isn't there a saying that says something like you can't take care of somebody else's house if your own ain't in order. Oh and imagine if the tables were turned and Malia had a baby. Anyways, Whoever was hosting told her that Obama in fact not only had not said anything negative, but told people not to touch the subject. Her response… I’m still not voting for him. I wonder why? He is half-white and really light-skinned. I figured that would score him some points—I guess the 1 drop rule still applies.
(I gave up on finding that source, because there was no text transcript and I don't have time to listen to hours of audio for one quote... I don't get paid for this stuff and if I trust anybody its me Ma.)
McCain is up tonight so be on the look out for a reply to that. Tell a friend. Drop a comment, cause that’s the only way I’m gonna get better or worse.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I finally got enrolled in classes and with the UK so now I can return to being a normal guy that runs around campus sleeping in meetings LOL.
I lied about watching the RNC as much as I did the DNC... well actually I didn't because I had to go back and watch a few of the big speeches, as my duties to the Kernel and to my people took me away a night or two. I did see the most important stuff though. More than likely tomorrow I'll lay into Sarah Palin's speech, I have already heard it was a little "shrill". That term was dissected for about 5 minutes by CNN pundits in relation to it being a term you only hear with females... shrill is defined as high pitched and difficult to take on the ears. I would be extremely worried of Barack Hussein gave a shrill speech.
Speaking shrill, I am finding it funny at the media's insistence on remaining fair and balanced. I have noticed this a lot lately because a good deal of what is reported on is forced into being covered straight down the middle, and some things like this presidential race just aren't things you can cover equally.
For Barack Obama is much more interesting than John McCain. Not that John McCain isn't interesting, but Barack Obama is black, a successful politician, an author, a brilliant mind, a hooper, and all kinds of other stuff. John McCain is a maverick, former POW, um, dang... see I'm already out of stuff. Ok not really, but you get the point.
The interesting thing about this election is that if you look at the projection and the maps it is pretty clear that this country is really two countries. One country is where people live and mingle and have to work in a diverse world, and the other where you wake up to people who look like you, think like you, and are fine with things the way they are, whatever that may mean.
All I am saying is I live in a state where a lot of people go to a city with a population over 100k and it is the first time they have sustained interaction with black people, or anybody else in the rainbow for that matter. A lot of the stuff I and others fight for is stuff I grew up with that I think of as common sense, but nobody challenges thought here so the status quo remains.
Man. I'm fired up. I really wanna see this Palin speech!