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Friday, April 25, 2008

Great Scott, he's done it again!

Hey gang-

It's friday, you ain't got a job, and you ain't got shit to do! Head over to Passion of the Weiss and read my take on the political system in America.

What do the Wiggles have to do with Politics? Well, I guess you won't know til you read!

have a great weekend.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

McCain, in New Orleans, Says Katrina Response `Disgraceful'

I picked up the AP feed on this story, because I think I finally have something to say. Give the old girl a read, then we'll discuss.

by Edwin Chen

April 24 (Bloomberg) -- John McCain toured a New Orleans neighborhood still reeling from Hurricane Katrina and issued a new and scathing critique of the ``terrible and disgraceful'' failure of the Bush administration's response to the disaster.

McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, said that had he been president he would have immediately visited the area after the storm hit in August 2005. While he's been critical of the administration's Katrina response before, the Arizona senator's remarks today were some of the sharpest he's used.

``Never again will a disaster of this nature be handled in this terrible and disgraceful manner,'' McCain said after a walking tour of the Lower Ninth Ward, a predominantly black neighborhood that was devastated by Katrina. ``History will judge this president,'' he said. ``This was an unacceptable scenario.'

The New Orleans stop was part of McCain's outreach to voters in economically struggling regions of the country and to black voters who historically have voted overwhelmingly for Democratic presidential candidates. He also has been seeking to show how he would be different from fellow Republican Bush, whose approval ratings are at all-time lows for a president.

McCain also blamed the spending habits of Congress, one of his signature campaign issues, for part of the devastation suffered in New Orleans.

``I would also place some of those responsibilities on the Congress, which funded pork barrel projects that were not only not needed but certainly not as important as some of the projects that were needed here,'' he said.

The hurricane is blamed for more than 1,100 deaths, most of them in New Orleans. Thousands of the city's residents were left homeless by flooding. For days, people seeking refuge at the Super Dome were largely left to their own devices there, without adequate food or water or sanitation.

``All I can say is, it will never, ever happen again,'' McCain said after his walk, accompanied by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican.

Done? Read it? Good. Let's talk.

So McCain doesn't think Bush got the job done, eh? Well here's a little newsflash for you, McCain: you've got a little bit of power yourself. If Bush didn't get the job done, and you've got something to say about it, you had better be willing to lend a hand and fix it, as opposed to just 'touring' New Orleans.

But this is typical, isn't it? In a country that can't stand Bush anymore, even his own party calls him out, in a pathetic attempt to get more people on his side. And you know what? Good for him. He's got the political game down.

But Katrina isn't a word game. It requires action. And if you're going to go to all the effort to go down there, do a press tour, and all that crap, you had better be ready to act on those words. Cause enough people have already shown up and said, "yup, something needs to be done." We know that. Hell, America thinks the problem is already solved because it's been 3 years and we don't hear a word about it til someone needs more points from their superdelegates to win an election.

It's the same theory I apply to the news: you never hear about killer bees until it's a slow news day. So apparently McCain has nothing to say about Iraq today, so he wants to refresh everyone's memory about Katrina, while at the same time hammering home the fact that Bush dropped the ball.

Well, all I can really say is, bravo- we've got our next president. Ignorance sure is bliss, ain't it?

My reason to live

Thanks to Travis, who always knows what's up.


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Inside the Edge on 97.1 Free FM

My pals over at Inside the Edge have entered into a contest that could win them a show on 97.1 FM!

Visit the 97.1 contest site for all the details, and to listen/vote for their first 'mini episode' (plus you'll get to hear little old me chime in!)

97.1's official contest site

Once there, scroll down to listen to the episode. You can star it just like a youtube video, and after that, you can vote for it in the middle column at the top.

Keep tuning in for future mini-sodes and vote Inside the Edge to greatness!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Oasis: still a mirage to me

We're like the Beatles, but much more pompus. Oh, and not as talented.

Earlier today, I read an article from the Associated Press that left me a bit miffed. Apparently, Oasis is still talking, even though they haven't put out a new record in quite some time. 2006 to be exact. Yet somehow, these windbags still have something to say. I'll let you be the judge, but suffice it to say they ain't too happy with Jay-Z.

British music festival is criticized for inviting Jay-Z

Tue Apr 15, 2:29 PM ET

Organizers of one of Britain's best-known music festivals on Tuesday defended their decision to book Jay-Z as their headline act after Oasis songwriter Noel Gallagher blamed the U.S. rapper for disappointing ticket sales.

The outdoor Glastonbury festival is a cornerstone of Britain's music calendar. But this year's festival has yet to sell out, in contrast to past years when tickets were snapped up within hours.

Gallagher, whose band headlined the festival in 1995 and 2004, said rap was to blame.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it," Gallagher said in an interview, an audio of which was posted to the British Broadcasting Corp.'s Web site Monday. "If you break it, people ain't gonna go. I'm sorry, but Jay-Z? ... No chance." He explained that the inclusion of a hip-hop act went against the festival's tradition of guitar music, adding: "I'm not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. No way. No. It's wrong."

Glastonbury Festival co-organizer Emily Eavis said the 38-year-old festival had a long history of attracting rap acts, including Cypress Hill and The Roots. She said the media stir over Gallagher's comments revealed an "innate conservatism" in some sectors of British society.

"There is also an interesting undercurrent in the suggestion that a black, U.S. hip-hop artist shouldn't be playing in front of what many perceive to be a white, middle-class audience. I'm not sure what to call it, at least not in public, but this is something that causes me some disquiet," she said in an article published Tuesday in The Independent newspaper.

Eavis said she thought Jay-Z was "absolutely the right act" for the festival.


On the Net:

Whatchu talkin bout Oasis?

My thoughts? I'm glad you asked. Oasis needs to shut their faces and put out a new album that shatters every record in it's path. It needs to go quadruple platinum, and the single has to be one of the greatest songs every written, or at least the one most-widely-listened to. Something along the lines of Happy Birthday or, Oops I did it again. Either that, or this 'Gallagher' fellow needs to return to what he knows best: smashing watermelons with a sledgehammer.

I can't stand when people run their mouths just for press, but I'm doing the same thing here, so I guess I can't really complain. But to me, if I was British, I think I'd say something like, PLEASE QUIT SPEAKING ON MY BEHALF. After all, the U.K. has brought us some fantastic hip hop acts like The Streets and The Herbaliser. Now, I'm not so much a 'streets' fan, but then again, you don't hear Prodigy saying how much they hate the Spice Girls reunion tour either.

Just some things to ponder on this, the day of our bored.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Guest Blog Post!

Yay! I did it again!

Visit Passion of the Weiss to give it a read! Thanks a million, hope everyone's week is going famously.

Friday, April 04, 2008

the boys of summer

No, not baseball players, I mean the boys of summer the Don Henley song. And I know what you're're thinking, but what about that poster there, the one that came from some 8 year old kid's room in Watts (the kind that looks like it could be a biggie and tupac spray painted tee shirt...or one of those boxing tee shirts where mayweather beats whatever whitey's name was.)

Short long of all this...? Quite simple actually. It's summer, and your cable provider has been giving you a week of free MLB Extra Innings programming. It wraps up after today, so if you haven't already, visit your dvr and ask it for baseball. It should comply, as robots do what we say...most of the time.

I'm on a half day today, and working tomorrow, so I'll be brief. Yep. Enjoy this photo as if I were a star.

Now, I wasn't aware of this sexytown, or that I'd even run for Mayor, but apparently I won. Go me.

Go me yourself. Happy weekend!