Friday, November 28, 2008

Just for the Record: Pardon's are a Strange and Curious Thing

So it appears that it pays to go to boarding school...Pres. Bush pardoned John Forte. So does this mean there is hope for a Fugee reunion?

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Monday, November 03, 2008

RIP: Hip Hop Loses One

Def Jam exec dies from self-inflicted gunshot

3 hours ago

ATLANTA (AP) — The executive who succeeded Jay-Z as the head of hip-hop music label Def Jam Recordings died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound near Atlanta, police said Sunday.

Executive vice president Shakir Stewart, 34, died on Saturday, his New York-based label said in a statement.

Stewart was found Saturday afternoon in the bathroom of his home in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Cobb County police spokeswoman Cassie Reece said Sunday. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Police described the shooting as self-inflicted and would not say who discovered Stewart.

The record label issued a statement Sunday on behalf of Stewart's fiancee, Michelle Rivers, and his family.

"Over the past several weeks, Shakir's behavior was inconsistent with the man we all know and love," the statement said. "As much as we all tried to help him, Shakir was in deep pain and largely suffering in silence."

Stewart signed such artists as Rick Ross and Young Jeezy to the label before being named in June to the post once filled by Jay-Z.

The Oakland, Calif., native came to Atlanta to attend Morehouse College, where he graduated in 1996, his label said in an announcement for his promotion in June.

He previously worked with the Hitco publishing company, where he signed R&B star Beyonce, and Arista Records, where he signed R&B star Ciara.

Christopher Hicks, a friend of 18 years and fellow music executive, last spoke with Stewart about a week ago.

"Whatever happened over the past 24 hours is not a testament to who we all know," Hicks told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday. "He was a one-of-a-kind individual. If you looked on his Blackberry (stamp) it said 'One of one.'"

Def Jam called Stewart "a truly incredible friend and father who was an inspiration to not only our artists and employees, but to his family and the many people who had the privilege of counting him as a friend."

Monday, October 27, 2008

You Guys Are Tearring Me Apart!!!!...!!!

... are we surprised by the quick devolving of this relationship. At this point I am betting Madonna's next relationship will last longer than this one.

RIP - Grand Ol' Party

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Did Gov. Palin Shop in 'Fake' America or 'Real' America for Those Fancy Duds

...hey i get it you need to look the part...but seriously, that's the annual salary of not one but two "working joe" families.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

the full smith: 2008 al smith dinner in NYC

What's the Point ....tactics versus strategy

This is why the republicans should only look at themselves when the loss goes down...okay first try to smear a fellow SOS (gen. powell) - '...he planned this early and its 'dirty pool' that he dropped this in time for the general election (okay wouldn't that be considered a strategy and ultimately didn't sen. mccain take sen. obama to task for not knowing the difference between the two)

next lets go to something substantive-nie in approach - experience - but lets also ignore that the second in command has less experience or the equal amount of experience as the person you are attacking...

lastly lets throw a settle jab by calling sen. obama -- governor obama.

but i gotta give it to mika and lawrence on taking him to his point...if its all about experience then why doesn't the same hold for republican equivalents (ah yes...cause its not about experience for former sos eagleburger)

Potato ... Potatoe

I try not to let me self get distracted by lightweights wanting the gravitas of the intellectual muscular. but for whatever reason Jonah (Goldberg) caught my ire. see his article below and my response after:

The Media vs. Joe the Plumber: Joe the Plumber asked a sensible question. Why is he being attacked and belittled?

At a John McCain rally in Virginia on Saturday, Tito Munoz had come to face the enemy: the news media, which had declared war on Joe Wurzelbacher.

"Why the hell are you going after Joe the Plumber?" he yelled at a group of reporters, including my National Review colleague, Byron York. "Joe the Plumber has an idea. He has a future. He wants to be something else. Why is that wrong? Everything is possible in America. I made it. Joe the Plumber could make it even better than me. ... I was born in Colombia, but I was made in the U.S.A."

Who knows what it will do for McCain in the end, but the Joe the Plumber phenomenon is real. At the rally, supporters carried handmade signs reading "Phil the Brick Layer" and banners proclaiming "Rose the Teacher." Wurzelbacher symbolizes an optimistic, individualistic vision of America sorely lacking -- until recently -- in McCain's rhetoric.

Barack Obama, in contrast, has offered the most rhetorically eloquent defense of collectivism since Franklin D. Roosevelt. In his biographical video at the Democratic convention, he proclaimed that in America, "one person's struggle is all of our struggles." In his acceptance speech, he artfully replaced the idea of the American dream with the century-old progressive nostrum of "America's promise."

But the two visions are in opposition: the former individualistic, the latter collectivist. We each have our own idea of the American dream. Joe the Plumber's is to own a small plumbing company; yours might be something else entirely. In America, that's fine, because the pursuit of happiness is an individual, not a collective, right.

Obama's "America's promise," meanwhile, harkens back a century to the writings of such progressives as Herbert Croly (author of "The Promise of American Life"), who demonized individualism while sanctifying collective action overseen by the state. Obama also often articulates a vision of government inspired by the biblical injunction to be our brother's keeper. Few would dispute the moral message, but many disagree that such religious imperatives are best translated into tax or economic policy. (Where are the separation of church and state fetishists when you need them?) But individualists haven't had much of a voice in McCain, at least not until last week.

So we've listened to Joe Biden question the patriotism -- and, at times, piety -- of those who don't share Obama's economic vision. We've listened to Michelle Obama promise that her husband will make Americans "work" in his effort to fix our "broken souls." We've heard the candidate himself say that we should agree to higher taxes in the name of "neighborliness," and that he'd raise the capital gains tax -- even if it demonstrably lowered revenues -- "for the purposes of fairness." His "tax cut" for 95% of Americans is in large part a middle-class dole. He will cut checks to millions who pay no income tax at all and call it a tax cut.

In short, Obama's explanation to Joe the Plumber that we need to "spread the wealth around" is a sincere and significant expression of his worldview, with roots stretching back to his church and his days as a community organizer.

Millions of Americans don't share this vision. They don't see the economy as a pie, whereby your slice can only get bigger if someone else's gets smaller. They don't begrudge the wealthy their wealth; they only ask to be given the same opportunities. They look at countries such as France and, rather than envy their socialized medicine and short workweeks, they fear their joblessness and tax policies that punish entrepreneurialism. People like Tito Munoz look at America and see an open path to their own American dream.

It would be nice if the media at least tried to understand this point.

Instead, they attacked and belittled a citizen who asked a candidate a question. They think he's stupid or a liar for not understanding that a promised check from a President Obama is more valuable than some pipe dream about future success.

It's funny. When PBS' Gwen Ifill had a straightforward conflict of interest -- her forthcoming book hinges on an Obama presidency -- that should have prevented her from moderating the VP debate, she and her fellow journalists tittered at the critics. All that matters, Ifill and company insisted, are the answers, not the questioner.

That's apparently the standard for people like Gwen the Journalist. But if Joe the Plumber gets revealing but embarrassing answers out of the media's preferred candidate, suddenly the questioner matters more than the answer. And he must be punished.


Joe the Plumber wants in on the dole...he just wants to be called 'Mr.' first - or in his case a 'small business owner'. Your article misses the point drastically...senators mccain and obama both want to 'redistribute the wealth' the only difference is how they plan to do it. one senator wants to give tax breaks to corporations and medium size (under the guise they are small businesses) businesses, while the other wants to give tax breaks to individuals. you opine a world where the question isn't one of leveling the playing field but rather that the field is leveled by virtue of opportunity existing. with both senators planted firmly under the rubric that the playing field needs to leveled (and i have an idea of how to do it), your piece is way off track.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

My Map is Bluer Than Your Map

Click the title of the post to see my electoral map predictions. Agree...disagree.

Friday, August 29, 2008


this is the saddest display of political muscle I've seen in a reminds me of former sen. dole in '96.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Can I Get a Rep .... Please

Convention Speech 2004

KUCINICH: We Democrats in convention united; we who built this country with the sweat of our brow; we, the steelworkers, the auto workers, the miners, the communication workers, the laborers, the people who teach the children, who drive the trucks, who clean the streets, who hunger for justice, who nurse the sick, who represent the oppressed, who serve the meals, who stand at check-out counters, who build the bridges, who sleep under the bridges, who hunger for food; we, who put out the fires, who police the streets, who protect this nation and the freedoms we celebrate tonight, the soldiers, the sailors, Marines and air force; we Democrats assembled, united for John Kerry, united to recreate our nation with the power of the ballots...


KUCINICH: ... to transform it with the power of the human heart and the power of the human spirit.


Out of many, we Democrats are one. We are left, right, center. We are one. We are black, white, red, brown, yellow. We are one...


... one for jobs and health care, one for peace, one for our children's future. And we are one for John Kerry.


We will carry America for Kerry, and Kerry will carry America for us.


KUCINICH: We remember who we are. We are the party of the people. We are the party of FDR and the New Deal, the party of JFK and the New Frontier, of Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society, of Martin Luther King's dream, of Robert Kennedy's striving spirit, of Cesar Chavez' Si Se Puede...


... of Eleanor Roosevelt and human rights, infused with the passion of Paul Wellstone from Minnesota...


... the humanity of Jimmy Carter from Plains, the engaging brilliance of Bill Clinton from hope, and we are the party of John Kerry, the next great Democratic president of the United States.


The history of social and economic progress in America was written by the Democratic Party.

KUCINICH: Democrats are the party of the minimum wage, the 40- hour week, time and a half for overtime. We are the party of the right to organize, the right to collective bargaining...


... the right to strike, the right to a decent workplace, the right to a secure retirement. We are the party of worker's rights, civil rights, and women's rights.


We are the party of national health care for senior citizens, of Social Security, public education and rural electrification.

When we show up holding the banner of social and economic justice, we win.


And now we must create a new America. We must create a new America. In our national anthem, when Francis Scott Key asks "Does that star-spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?" he connected freedom and bravery, democracy and courage.

Courage, America: courage to replace this administration and once again honor our Constitution and respect our Bill of Rights...


... courage to reject doctrines which separate us from the world; courage to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, biological and chemical weapons, land mines and small arms; courage to work with the International Criminal Court to reduce global warming and take seriously the challenge of global's climate change...


KUCINICH: ... courage, America; courage to take the principles of nonviolence and make them part of the every day life of our nation, to work with the nations of the world to put an end to war...


... courage, America, to create a government, to create a nation where our government achieves legitimacy, not from the money it spends on arms, but from the resources it channels into education, health care, job creation, housing, environmental protection and sustainable energy policies; courage, courage to give John Kerry the chance to restart the 21st century...


KUCINICH: ... courage to shake off this administration's deceptions, their attacks and their fear-mongering...


... courage, America, this administration rushed us into a war based on distortions and misrepresentations. We must hold them accountable.


Iraq, Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 or with Al Qaida's role in 9/11.


We have found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

I was mayor of Cleveland and I...


... could tell you that I've seen weapons of mass destruction in our cities. Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction.


Joblessness is a weapon of mass destruction, homelessness, a weapon of mass destruction...


... racism, a weapon of mass destruction, fear, a weapon of mass destruction.

KUCINICH: We must disarm these weapons.


We must disarm these weapons and renew our commitment to quality public schools and dedicated teachers and good housing and quality health care and decent jobs and stronger neighborhoods.

It's been said: Once we walk, there will be a path. So let us blaze a new path with John Kerry and John Edwards.

This convention will lead us toward the victory not just of a party, but the victory of the American people over fear, a victory of hope over despair, a victory of faith over cynicism, a victory for health care, for civil liberties, for workers' rights, for human rights, for the environment, for peace, courage, America, courage, America, John Kerry, America.

Thank you.

convention speech 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008

My Diversity Trumps Your Diversity

In 2000 my friends and I started a convention drinking game ... okay it was more like a republican convention game. The game wasn't a diss to the republican party but more to the media. Everytime diversity was mentioned by a speaker the cameras would pan to one of the handful of blacks in the delegation...and we would take a swig.

For 2008 I've decided to update the game. Everytime the dems mention diversity and the camera pans to a non-minority (minorities - women, af-ams, latinos, gays and lesbians, etc.) I drink.


Monday, August 04, 2008

If I Promise Not to Say Anything .... Will You Let Me Go?

I love the printed onion and the media stuff has proven to be equally he-larious.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Yeah I Said It

I am always shocked when hip hop crosses the pathway of the (ny) times, hell any 'mainstream' media in general. I think the shocking factor of the times is the hardline against the hip hop creep. Other media outlets for the last decade or so have increasingly exhibited the signs that hip hop is pervasive ... in the same way that America would like to believe westward expansion was for the world. I read articles in the (la) times, dallas morning star, miami hearld and see the hip hop lingo creeping in otherwise not pop culture/music articles. the (ny) times however does not such liberties.

luda is arguably the 'type' of hip hop that pied-à-terre buying nytimes reading folks find less an affront to their existence. i imagine luda would be allowed to date their daughter as long as they believed their daughter would marry a 'nice' college boy. so when i saw the tidbit on the luda freestyle under the caucus section of the times i HAD to read it....

after a forty plus read of the comments i realized this probably was the worst rant ever surely. after the two minutes it took to listen to it i realized it wasn't that bad. Yes, luda calls sen. clinton the b-word and he declares sen. mccain is only fit for a chair upon paralysis. but overall the beat is weak and luda has spit better bars on the DJ khaled i'm so hood remix.

of course considering luda's liberal usage of the n-word and the b-word in his body of work, and the fact that i am sure he would consider sen. obama his ni**a, i can't say the sen. clinton label is that damning. on the other hand the sen. mccain riff just doesn't make sense...paralysis happens to folks who aren't old or maybe its a shot at sen. mccains POW status...who knows but either way it just really isn't a freestyle punch.

of course the saddest thing in the story is that luda called the president of the US retarded and it seems the commenting body is not nearly as upset by that shot....which is most damning to the mentally handicap (aka retarded) folks just don't need that baggage having pres. bush stuck in their camp.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

It's Ova ... Thank Hova !!!!

The primary season has given us plenty of bon-mots: throwing [someone related to you] under the bus, cleaving to [guns] and [religion]. In the daylight of the new day...I'm going to miss the primary season...and I'm going to miss those little obamaisms.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Cafe Au Latte Camelot

Imagery is a strong and strident beast that we rely on to much sometimes. While watching Sen. Obama's Iowa speech I saw the ghost of JFK and Jackie upon Barack and Michelle's visage.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Their Back !!!! SNL just what the political season was missing

Monday, February 18, 2008

Warm Fuzzies for All

not for nothin' the POW christmas ad by Sen. McCain is a little creepy....okay alot creepier then the prospects of a morman president....

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

WI: Cheeseheads Unite

This is not a Wisconsin only ad .... it's his national ad during the superbowl

again this is not currently running Wisconsin but I wanted to make sure I had a negative ad for Sen. Obama as well as the positive ad above...

Sunday, February 10, 2008

LA, WA, NE: Big States , Little States...Red States, Blue States

I am disappointed that Sen. Clinton wasn't prepared to take this past 'Super' a 'young' democrat who has voted for the last 15 years (yup ... been voting since I was 18)I am equally disappointed to see her campaign favor a more traditional route into the nomination (left coast, east coast, pull in urban areas to sway states blue in the midwest) which leads me to believe her campaign would be equally lazy in securing the general election ... it didn't work in 2004 so it probably won't work in 2008. I am disappointed that Sen. Clinton's campaign strategy consists of using her husband's favorables to counterbalance her unfavorables -- while expecting me as a voter not to consider her husband's unfavorables (ie - weak internationally -- somalia, arguably weak judicial nominees, etc.).

However, I am pleasantly surprised that Sen. Obama has given Sen. Clinton such a strong challenge for the nomination. I am pleasantly surprised he's has inspired so many young voters to register and to actually vote. I am glad he has brought back a level of equity to states that have long not been heard within the democratic party -- because despite what many who post believe NY and especially NYC is not the center of the universe.

Let's face it McCain is the presumptive nominee on the republican side -- and he did it without the support of the evangelicals or the conservatives. The democratic nominee will need to be able to make enough moderate republicans vote 'blue' for the general election. While I believe there's enough in Sen. Clinton's senate voting history to make moderate republicans consider her in November, I don't believe she is currently running a campaign that can pull it off. I suspect if Sen. Clinton wins the nomination, her campaign will not be ready to establish ground forces in key states where moderate republicans can be found -- such as Nebraska, Louisiana, Washington, Minnesota, etc. She will use the same broke 'messaging' that didn't work for democrats in 2000 or 2004. Her campaign will have no way of tapping into the all of the 'new' money Sen. Obama's campaign has generated, so she will rely more on soft money (both overt soft money and 527s)which will allow republicans to brand her as more of the same....

I would hope democrats would not discount any of Sen. Obama's wins and would see how 'big' these wins are for the democratic party and celebrate the strong possibility of a win in November.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

NH: Ante Up, 'Nuck Up or Just Shut the Fck Up

As a sports head I am a devout follower of the win or go home edict. I believe that this is the only way for a candidate to broach the task of becoming an elected official. First they need to ante up - whether this is metaphorically on the issues or financially with there on personal wealth. They also should be ready to knuckle up because if you want that number one spot you better be battle tested, you better expect friend and foe to get at you -- you better be ready to show where you stand on issues. And of course if you can't do either of the above, you need to shut the f*ck up and go home.

No one remembers who ran against George Washington that first race, hell the way pollsters would have us believe we can't even remember who ran on the democratic ticket in 1984 (fyi - an elected female official from NY received the veep nod - Geraldine Ferraro). So generally if a candidate of my choosing loses I am the first to invoke they consider the 'third option' (shut up...go home). By the time all the votes are counted in the Granite State Obama will have lost. However, I am not ready to tell Mr. Obama to 'go home'. If Jigga can proclaim that 30s the new 20s, then a close 'second' is the new 'first' (or maybe a solid 'third' is a 'respectible' showing if you are Edwards). Clinton came into this year the odds on favorite. Since then Obama has made her respect his money game dean, has shown he is electible and now New Hampshire proves his campaign is - viable.

The delegate votes should be close if not identical for Clinton and Obama...his race is to stay on message and to pick up delegate votes. For Clinton the tomorrow brings spin (she pulled this miraculous victory out of NH, she's the comeback kid, etc), remessaging (because she won the battle but not the victory her campaign will retool the current message of experience to one of 'hope' and/or 'change') and hoping she only loses....5 percent of her fundraising base to Obama's single digit second place showing (how's that for alliteration !!!!).

Thursday, January 03, 2008

So You Want To Be A Baller Shot Caller....

i grew up in the era of starter jackets. the starter jacket for the young ones wasn't necessarily a fashion marvel, nor was it a utilitarian beast like the carhartt but it was a useful staple. before the gangs adopted the new era cap as the helmet du jour, gangbangers passed of the love of collegiate and professional sports as a way to fly their colors. bloods use to rep UNLV (the runnin' rebels and coincidently alma mater of blood affiliated big homie -- suge knight)and some crips use to back the blue devils of duke university. in them days, it came down to who was worth the 89 bucks and who on those cold nights when you're hanging about who would you want sprawled across your back. essentially, you were repping some set (your town ala the l.a. raiders, your gang colors, your block). the top of campaign season reminds me alot those days. someone is always checking for who you're repping and how you repping whatever set you plan to throw down with. you only have to look at the iowa caucus to see this interaction in play.

iowa is not representative of the electoral body, nor is it a true allegory of 'democracy in action', and it doesn't hold any strategical strength -- yet it's in play. at best a caucus win represents the same as the gold star, for remembering your 9 times table, did in fourth grade -- a big old good for you have three more sets to go before we let you off the hook. the candidates have landed flooded the airwaves with radio spots, tv spots, and plenty of mailers which in essence read 'come bang with me'.

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