New Years Resolutions
- Continue to mock the mockable.
- Jeer at the jeer worthy.
- Continue to spread my own brand of socio-political inanity.
- Find a way to tell Michael Moore and Rush Limbaugh how much they look and sound alike.
- Redefine myself by having a better, harder hitting blog.
- Redefine myself by having a sillier, softer, gentler blog with more humor.
- Start a flame war with another blogger just to see who can use the most creative invective.
- Send the President a big bag of pretzels.
- Send Kerry a huge case of Hunts Ketchup.
- Amuse myself constantly.
Art echo's life, politics echo's art.
into the meme of social and political protest followed. Each of these songs caused my thoughts to solidify a bit more.
The song that caused me to give pause, slow both my racing thoughts and my racing car, was Ice Cube's "Colorblind". It talks about the problems of life in South Central LA. One of the focal points of the song is that there is such instant distrust, hatred and violence between the two regional powers that be. The part that is relevant to this blog, and to politics in general, is the serious correlation of behavior, even down to the colors worn by the Crips and Bloods and the Democrats and Republicans.
I walk the streets of L.A. with no where to turn,
every which way I get burned baby,
Lou wears blue, Big Fred wears red,
put them together and we color them dead,
The full text of the song is below.
Colorblind from Ice Cube's album Death Certificate
Here's another day at the stoplight,
I'm lookin in the mirror so I can see who can see me,
South Central is puttin' Ice Cube to the test,
With four brothers in the SS,
I can't go around and can't back up,
So I gotta peep game layin in the cut,
Is this a jack or a kidnapp,
Since I'm never ever slippin I fully strapped,
I grab the gat out the glove,
Do these fools got a problem with me,
Or do they got love,
So when the light turns green I don't bone out,
I wanna see what these black men are all about,
Cause if it's my time I'll just show,
If not, I'm pluggin they supersport,
First they get behind my ride,
Then they switch lanes to the left side,
I'm scopin out the one smokin endo,
Comin up fast rollin down his window,
He threw up a sign,
I put away my nine,
Fool cause I was colorblind,
Killer Cali, the state where they kill,
over colors cause brother don;t know the deal,
Where they'll cap not if they have to,
but if they want to first they might confront you,
See every brother on my block can't stop and he won't and it don't stop,
To the bang bang boogie yo they like to gang bang
but rookies ain't the only ones that dropped
Some say the little locs are gettin a little too loc,
Cause their the ones who kick up the most,
Say the wrong word then whistle down the street to your homies like a bird,
Come back and get served nigga,
And it's a shame cause it ain't no thing to me,
cause I slang them things like a G,
It's on does anybody want a killa for the summertime,
I gotta get another nine, even though I'm colorblind. . .
Now here's the game plan,
about a quarter till nine,
I was told to peal a cap on the other side,
Young and dumb, full of heart I'm a baby loc,
And I'm ready to do a job cause I aint not joke,
Stable and able but I'm not ready and willin
cause I'm only 13 and I ain't never did a killin,
grabbed the A.K. and jumped in the G ride,
started up the block and headed for the other side,
pulled up the car and now I'm on the creep tip,
hit the 5 dollar stick and I'm ready to flip,
caught one from the back and looked in eyes ,
thinkin should I peal his cap, or should I let him survive,
I'm trapped in the plan designed by another man,
I ain't contributin to genocide,
cause I'm colorblind. . .
I'm fresh outta county on bail,
and no sooner do I get out,
It's seems I right back in jail,
for some type of gang related activity,
cause every day different fools try to get with me,
for nothin more than a color, or territory,
can't rehibilitate em, that's the sheriff'story,
So what's left
the judge turns deaf
when you try to tell your side
cause you ain't blue eyed
Boy you better duck cause the book is comin'
and hand your car keys over to your woman,
cause aint no sunshine where you headed,
and it can drive you crazy if you let it,
But I;ll never shed a tear,
cause believe it or not they got more love for me here,
Now picture that, but on a black and white photograph
cause brothers you don't know the half,
On the streets I was damned near outta my mind,
but ever since I've been down,
I been colorblind. . .
Niggaz in the hood ain't changed
and I've finally figure out that we're not in the same gang,
I walk the streets of L.A. with no where to turn,
every which way I get burned baby,
Lou wears blue, Big Fred wears red,
put them together and we color them dead,
dead, dyin, gettin smoked like part of the fun,
they get smoked just to show how many come to the funeral. . .
I understand how all my homeboys feel,
and to this day I pack my steel,
cause I was born in a certain territory,
where you don't talk only the streets tell stories,
With blue and red bandanas on the street,
and if your slippin you'll be six feet deep,
cause me and T-bone, we pay em no mind,
and for the rest of the crew we stay colorblind. . .
You can find it by doing a search for "ice cube lyrics colorblind", my browser crashed while I was working and I no longer recall where I got the lyrics from.
Uncle Traitor to his party.
Another vanity check...
And, have you done your part to make sure The Guys get higher ranked at Amazon? Between them they have seveal starving children and sheepdogs!
You can of course go review my blog over at either BlogRankings or BlogCatalog.
It's not a secret....
But Religion and Government are in effect crutches. And like any crutch that is over used, it can do more harm than good. Hence, my serious like of seeing the lines blurred and erased between the two. The BBC has a decent story written by an outsider inside the religious right. While its obvious the writer is not 'one of them' he's not blatantly biased it’s a well done piece.
I would have gotten out
A woman awakes during the night, and her husband isn’t in bed with her. She goes downstairs to look for him. She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee in front of him. He appears to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall. She watches as he wipes a tear from his eye and takes a sip of his coffee. “What’s the matter, dear?” she asks. “Why are you down here at this time of night?”
The husband looks up from his coffee, “Do you remember 20 years ago when we were dating, and you were only 16?” he asks solemnly.
“Yes, I do,” she replies.
“Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car making love?”
“Yes, I remember,” says the wife, lowering herself into a chair beside him.
The husband continues, “Do you remember when he shoved the shotgun in my face and said, ‘Either you marry my daughter, or I’ll send you to jail for 20 years?’”
“I remember that, too,” she replies softly.
He wipes another tear from his cheek and says, “I would have gotten out today.”
Amid the disaster
A small Swedish boy in Thailand with his family was reunited with his family after a tidal wave washed over one thousand five hundred people. More info.
This weeks Spectrum Perspective is: Is the American electoral process broken? If not, why and can it be improved? If it is broken, what needs to be changed?
So I’ve decided to conduct an experiment... Three of my friends have written a couple damn good books; unfortunately, as good as these guys are not enough people have heard of them. So for the sake of the giggles, and gaming the system, and not so incidentally introducing you to three good guys.
Our buddies at Amazon, rank items, in part, by how many clicks they get and how often they are searched for. So let’s see how far you, I and our friends can move three books up the list
Michael Z. Williamson of Blogspectrum fame is up for a Prometheus award for his debut novel Freehold. His next book "Targets of Opportunity" his next book is ranked entirely to low for me, and is due out March first.
As I mentioned Dave Freer's A Mankind Witch is an excellent book in one of the best series on the market. #78,151
Finally, Lars Walker has an impressive remix of Hamlet, community theatre, Norse mythology and out and out good writing in his 2003 "Blood and Judgment". Is just plain not selling fast enough.
One of the other ways you move something up the list is by getting it linked to higher ranked items. For example if y'all happen to search for "Harry Potter #6" aka "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" it will appear in those lovely "People who shopped for..." links when others shop for their next Hogwarts adventure.
So three books to search for after you make your obligatory trip to the Altar of Rowling:
1. "Targets of Opportunity Michael Z. Williamson"
2. "A Mankind Witch Dave Freer"
3. "Blood and Judgment Lars Walker"
Click forth and may chaos be thy name!
Oh yeah, lets see if we can move me up Gostats list of sites, i'd like to break the top 25 "Government and Society" sites.
A Sad Christmas
Nextel and Sprint
- Incompatible networks. IDEN, the network type used by Nextel, and very, very few others is almost completely a technological dead end. The only handset maker with an experience making IDEN handsets is the withering Motorola. Sprint's CDMA is the second most used network type, but Sprint according to industry reports has already made plans to upgrade their network to 3G technology. This means, that unless the 3G plans are held off until the networks are fully meshed, that the post merger Spring would have three or more different network types to manage.
- Customer Advantages: Mostly their are none. Nextels business based customer fold is used to being pampered, and Sprint is the company that invented customer service with fees. The projected date for a handset that will work on both networks is 2006. Yes, the year after next.
- Billing and rate plans. Both Nextel and Sprint offer a plethora of plans, and having legacy customers who refuse to switch will complicate things, and cause further cutomer upset when they can't get the service and answers they desire from service center operators.
Another insurgent group
Is this group the next Al Quieda? Is this Iraq's Hammas?
Check it out
Blatant plug and a bit on the publishing world.
One of my favorite author’s newest books just became available for preorder. Dave Freer, among the best fantasy writers of the day is set to release his first solo book in a few years. Working with in the same world that the stunning epics The Shadow of the Lion, and This Rough Magic were composed with Mercedes Lackey and Eric Flint, Dave has written a book that nestles between the two previously released books without a single continuity error, or making the story seem contrived . A Mankind Witch follows Erik, Manfred, and Francesca through the frozen north and into situations fit to freeze the blood. There are several new comers to the book. It is entirely safe to read this before or after the chronologically later This Rough Magic. I happen to get my greedy paws on an advanced copy and can tell you that this book in no way suffers from the lack of the formidable talents of Lackey, and Flint. It stands on its own and highlights the appreciable talents of Freer.
Now why am I blathering on and on about a book none of you will be fortunate enough to put your hands on for months? Well aside from A) Liking Dave’s work, and B) liking Dave, and C) liking to tease and torment, it’s simple. With the exception of a very few top names in the publishing world there are two main banes to exposure for an author.
- Lack of shelf space. This manifests in two halves. First, there is both an absolute physical ceiling on space, and a time limit. In some genres the on shelf time before a book is destroyed (for which the publisher has to refund the money, and the author does not get paid) or returned. The second half is the sadder one. With the exception of a given genres Names, many books authors books are ordered once, and never again unless the book is requested by a customer.
- The other important piece I’ll bore people with tonight is how much preorders can effect the possibility, and or size of future printing runs. Preorders also work to familiarize people up and down the chain between you and your favorite author with said author’s name. To paraphrase Jim Baen of Baen Books; publishers don't sell to consumers, their customers are the distributors. The distributors don't buy books for the consumer either; they buy them for the big chains. The big chains buy based on arcane and flawed algorithms that leave a lot out of their calculations.
Here’s a review of the first book in the series: by me.
And here are a couple places you can preorder it.
Amazon Jabberwocky Mysterious Galaxy
A thank you to Bill Trippe over at CounterPundit for the lead.
First Bush, then Sharpton, now Jackson?
The NIH has released for use in Africa Nevirapine, an AIDS drug that failed to pass US standards. Reverend Jackson in his attempt to remind people that even clocks set to military time are right every once in a while has decried this as further marginalization of Africa. Among the problems with the drug's release are:
• The reports that allowed it be released at all were doctored.
• The drug itself has high instances of death.
• It can interfere with other drugs causing them to be processed to fast by the liver.
• Liver problems.
This does not sound like a reasonable drug especially not given that Africa has most of the worlds AIDS cases.
Blogspectrum will be rending into the first issue on Monday... what will it be.
Dead pool time
Elizabeth Taylor. She looks like she was buried in '99
Pope John Paul II. Someone will sneeze, it will knock him over.
Scott Peterson. Killed in a prison riot.
Rush Limbaugh. Someone will force him to eat his own words
Michael Moore. Someone will force him to eat his own words.
Trent Lott. Someone Klansman will shut him up for their own protection.
Terrell Owens. He'll trip and be crushed by his own tremendous ego.
Mariah Carey. Someone will get her on the right medication, she'll realize she ceased to be relevant or respected in any community in 98 and it she'll go the Kurt Cobain rout.
Jessee Jackson His babies momma's will catch up with him and lynch him for back child support.
Whitney "Crack is whack" Houston. 'Nuff said.
Liza "I never beat my husbands" Minelli
Estelle Getty, who remembers life before the industrial revolution
Vladamir Putin. The Russian president who can be safely blamed for their next revolution.
Fidel Castro. Smoking kills silly.
This bit of insanity is inspired by the nice folks over at Dead Pool who annually run a contest to see who can pick the most celebrities to buy the farm the next year.
If you decide to play to, list me as the loony who referred you.
Post Peterson Tv
And yet there are people who want to make divorce harder.
A hat tip (or maybe a black fist?) to Michael King of Ramblings* for the story.
*Currently Blogrolled under The Rest as Black, Right & Politicly Incorrect
News from Planters Country
Billion dollar spam killer?
Tech and Politics
Bush has ordered up plans that would disable Americas GPS.
Of course he's now had over four years to consider this given that its been since the Clinton administration since this was even talked of.
This is a good thing, it will make it more difficult for the nefarious to take action. True one could have hoped that Bush had kept this on the down-low so that potential terrorists wouldn't have any warning and would not know to start looking for alternative tracking methods, but i suppose one can't have everything.
I’m still hoping a certain SF/F author of the Red variety decides to join, but he’s a busy, busy, bear.
The Spirit of America Challenge, while officially over, is still accepting donations. Your favorite team, would love to move up the ranks another notch.
And those lunatics, over at Blogspectrum will be starting next week.
I got this....
Who's going to get it from you?
A message about choice
This time I’m asking. There are a series of links below. The company selling these items is one of those things wrong with America. Pass this message or even the link to it along.
I wonder if this condition is a prerequisite to getting elected, the effect, or simply the cause of running in the first place.
A wee bit
Come on people, cowboy up.
Reason #2 ...
Either way I find it bemusing that the man most republicans found to liberal not to long ago is already a 'major force'. Could we McCain & Rice riding the elephant in two thousand eight?
More on Rwanda & Congo
It takes Adware to remove Adware?
The Spirit of America Challenge ends in just a couple days. These people need money. You are by definition vastly better off than the Iraqi's. This is one of the ways we can help show that Americans aren't all gun totting soldiers and Bush boot lickers who live only to kill the very people we are claiming to help. Get out your credit card, or log into Paypal and send a few dollars. With your help this team can raise $1000 by the end of the fund raiser. Tell your friends and family about it, email the link out to everyone you know with instructions to do the same.
When creating more lawyers is a good thing.
Anyone know what "Seppuku" is in Korean?
When did it happen and why wasn't i told?
On a recent CNN Jerry Falwell the leading light of the Conservative far Reich, I mean Right, and Al Sharpton his opposite number (Does that make him a trailing dark? Never mind...) got together and were questioned on gay marriage and what it means. The Good Reverend Falwell surprised me in no way shape or form save one. The boy could give Clinton lessons in not answering questions. We all know that Falwell like everyone's best buddy Trent lot has a low opinion of gays, Jews, women.... pretty much everyone who doesn't look like him and worship the ground he hovers above. And of course, "The Liberal Media" has shown us for years, decades in fact that Sharpton is nothing short of an old vaudeville show negro come to life. So what was it that happened that made me believe I might have to shut up and date the girl from junior high with the four inch space between her teeth and more freckles than an entire Irish clan?
Al Sharpton did something I here-to-fore thought impossible.
He said something I agree with.
That's right he said something I agree with that wasn't a typo, I'm not that tired. What pray tell did he say?
Here it is:
I think marriage is a two-pronged thing. We have marriage based on the church and the church has the right to take that position. But you have marriage based on law, and based on law, I think that we do not have the right to tell people that they have to conduct their lives in the way we may believe according to our religion or according to our own sense of values. People have the right, if they're consenting adults, to make decisions even if we believe they're sinful.
He was being sensible, and not trying to move into the bedrooms of all of America, will wonders never cease. The full transcript is located over at Blackelectorate.com
Yahoo has jumped their free email up to 250 MB's!
And i was getting so close to having to delete stuff.
The infamy is not forgotten.
Thank you to all the men and women who have, do, and will safeguard the freedom of America.
Another reason why
Second, the blogroll is updated, and broken into "The Brave" (those linked to me) and "The Rest". If you'd like to be listed, show me what you've got. If you dislike your nickname in "The Rest" tell me, i might even change it. Or you could just blogroll me and get moved to "the Brave".
Third, What kinda cheep asses are y'all? The Spirit of America Challenge has been up for days, and most of the teams donations have been home grown. I'm not asking for much, five dollars if you can, one dollar if you can. I don't agree with the way Bush has conducted the war. However the flat out truth is the better job we do of rebuilding Iraq the less likely we will have to go do this again in ten years. And if you absolutely cannot stand to be a part of 'the war effort' donate to Toys for Tots, a local 4H club, a religious organization, a research hospital or even an animal shelter. If helping people doesn't make you feel better you are a sicker sob than the former leader of Iraq.
451f is coming
It should be noted that Mr. Allen has both his home and office addresses and phone numbers listed on his website.