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Cartoon Logic 29 September 08

Where would our great nation be without exaggerating? Exaggeration is an integral part of our American mythology,no matter what side of the melting pot you find yourself in.

George Washington never told a lie.  Lincoln freed the slaves, etc., etc.

One thing I do not have to exaggerate is that the lumpen masses of the United States are certainly scared, mislead, racially prejudiced, willfully ignorant and ultimately lazy. I know because I too am an American, perhaps moving away from our lowest common denominators, perhaps not. Yet I’m not afraid to acknowledge what I’m living and observing.

It doesn’t take a massive economic crisis to confirm that we’re fucked. We’ve been fucked for years.

When we made the switch from producers to consumers we layed down and asked for it. We made bad guys out of innocents. We denied our own corruption. We fell in love with cooked statistics and ignored hard facts.  We love the corporation but despise ourselves. Power is so important to us we align ourselves with entities that keep us powerless. Am I exaggerating?

The cult of personality should never be underestimated in Western civilization, because individual insecurity is at an all time high, and our capitalist society is banking on it you overweight, bald, limp dicked, yellow toothed, old no-name fabric softner using, old raggedy car driving, stanky ass house livin’ in, ain’t seen the #1 movie in America yet ass motherfunker, you. Not to say that anywhere else is better off, but we’re talking about the United States of America right now.  Lord knows we all suck until we have achieved either the heaven on earth blessing that is celebrity, or we have managed to load multiple swiss bank accounts with various moneys,precious gems & busloads of fissioned uranium and a portfolio full of oil, arms & prison shares. 

I guess what I’m saying is I’ll be amazed if America doesn’t elect the candidates that clearly stand for fear, prejudice,ignorance & laziness. This is the essence of America now,right? 

Let me know when I’m exaggerating,o.k.?


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It’s Time For The Percolator 13 September 08

                                                           artist: Q-Tip song: “Getting Up”

(I’m tempted to post this totally in Ebonics…but I’m not gonna)

At the moment, this song is my most favorite jam,yo. 

I love the bass (subtle yet funky),and the idea of Q-Tip doing backing vocal harmonies (that work) with a rapping Q-Tip…are you comprehending what I just typed? Could his upcoming album The Renaissance be his “Court and Spark” ? 

Hey remember when music had basslines/bass players and harmonies? Anywhoo…yeah, I’ve got a soft spot for this tune. But there’s one 5ft. ingredient missing…isn’t there?

Since A Tribe Called Quest still tour together from time to time, I’ll speculate that it’s label politics that are preventing a full fledged reunion of the group.

But listening to the song, I can’t help but hear the lyrics (as I did on The Love Movements “Against The World”) as a thinly veiled “Dear Phife” letter from a forlorn Q-Tip. I mean, not since Morrissey & Marr has there been such an odd yet quiet split in an otherwise successful musical pair.  –snicker-

but seriously listen to the song again, and try not to laugh.

Now enjoy this interview, and ask yourself why this guy (Hey Wendell) hasn’t been able to get a record of his own onto shelves. Yet his voice can be heard daily in a few television commercials. Hmmm? :


Great answers, weak ass interviewer…AWESOME SHADES!!! (Be KanYe).

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Pregnant With Possibilities & Unpossibilities 10 September 08

Obama and the Palin Effect

by Deepak Chopra

Sometimes politics has the uncanny effect of mirroring the national psyche even when nobody intended to do that. This is perfectly illustrated by the rousing effect that Gov. Sarah Palin had on the Republican convention in Minneapolis this week. On the surface, she outdoes former Vice President Dan Quayle as an unlikely choice, given her negligent parochial expertise in the complex affairs of governing. Her state of Alaska has less than 700,000 residents, which reduces the job of governor to the scale of running one-tenth of New York City. By comparison, Rudy Giuliani is a towering international figure. Palin’s pluck has been admired, and her forthrightness, but her real appeal goes deeper.

She is the reverse of Barack Obama, in essence his shadow, deriding his idealism and turning negativity into a cause for pride. In psychological terms the shadow is that part of the psyche that hides out of sight, countering our aspirations, virtue, and vision with qualities we are ashamed to face: anger, fear, revenge, violence, selfishness, and suspicion of “the other.” For millions of Americans, Obama triggers those feelings, but they don’t want to express them. He is calling for us to reach for our higher selves, and frankly, that stirs up hidden reactions of an unsavory kind. (Just to be perfectly clear, I am not making a verbal play out of the fact that Sen. Obama is black. The shadow is a metaphor widely in use before his arrival on the scene.) I recognize that psychological analysis of politics is usually not welcome by the public, but I believe such a perspective can be helpful here to understand Palin’s message. In her acceptance speech Gov. Palin sent a rousing call to those who want to celebrate their resistance to change and a higher vision

Look at what she stands for:

* Small town values — a nostaligic return to simpler times disguises a denial of America’s global role, a return to petty, small-minded parochialism.
* Ignorance of world affairs — a repudiation of the need to repair America’s image abroad.
* Family values — a code for walling out anybody who makes a claim for social justice. Such strangers, being outside the family, don’t need to be needed.
* Rigid stands on guns and abortion — a scornful repudiation that these issues can be negotiated with those who disagree.
* Patriotism — the usual fallback in a failed war.
* “Reform” — an italicized term, since in addition to cleaning out corruption and excessive spending, one also throws out anyone who doesn’t fit your ideology.

Palin reinforces the overall message of the reactionary right, which has been in play since 1980, that social justice is liberal-radical, that minorities and immigrants, being different from “us” pure American types, can be ignored, that progressivism takes too much effort and globalism is a foreign threat. The radical right marches under the banners of “I’m all right, Jack,” and “Why change? Everything’s OK as it is.” The irony, of course, is that Gov. Palin is a woman and a reactionary at the same time. She can add mom to apple pie on her resume, while blithely reversing forty years of feminist progress. The irony is superficial; there are millions of women who stand on the side of conservatism, however obviously they are voting against their own good. The Republicans have won multiple national elections by raising shadow issues based on fear, rejection, hostility to change, and narrow-mindedness.

Obama’s call for higher ideals in politics can’t be seen in a vacuum. The shadow is real; it was bound to respond. Not just conservatives possess a shadow — we all do. So what comes next is a contest between the two forces of progress and inertia. Will the shadow win again, or has its furtive appeal become exhausted? No one can predict. The best thing about Gov. Palin is that she brought this conflict to light, which makes the upcoming debate honest. It would be a shame to elect another Reagan, whose smiling persona was a stalking horse for the reactionary forces that have brought us to the demoralized state we are in. We deserve to see what we are getting, without disguise.

Now here’s where you do your part America. Not only do I want you to register to vote and vote for Obama. I also want you to mail a turd to the major media news outlets (ABC,NBC,CBS,CNN,FOX,MSNBC) Here’s a list to get you started:

Fox News Channel Studios (attn: Bill O’Reilly then forward to Shepard Smith)    

1211 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10036
ph.# (212) 301-3000
Cnn Studios
1 Chase Manhattan Plaza
New York,NY 10005
ph.#(212) 275-7800 

Hey, because we’re patriots…let’s double bag those turds so that our men & women letter carriers aren’t offended by offensive articles meant for offensive mind controlling corporate talking heads. Alright, God Is Love. And remember Doo-Dew unto others as they Doo-Dew unto you.

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Dancing To The Double Standard 1 September 2008

In these supposed “post racial” times I’d like to kick this off by paraphrasing the hot knife that is Mr. Paul Mooney, “Some people, got more nerve than a toothache”.

Seriously, who are these trashy ass people that live to be in charge of everyone else? Since temporarily breaking the media blackout I’ve maintained since the democratic primaries, to catch glimpses of both the democratic and republican national conventions…I feel like I’m tuning back into any other dramatic series on cable (Weeds, Big Love, The Wire).

Unfortunately the dramatic series I’m seeing unfold before my eyes is punctuated by a special report spin-off from the creators of Hurricane Katrina, as if to say, “Speak clearly liars”.

Not to be upstaged, now the straw bosses can right the wrongs. Appear presidential. Maintain composure. Act like we’ve got this under control.

In the Twin-Cities, the biggest video screens show the biggest images of the biggest flags waving for the biggest patriots. The narrative continues, part biblical scourge/part Aaron Spelling night-time soap. Certainly Howard Zinn is somewhere furiously typing an addendum to “The Peoples History of the United States” which will read like ‘Alvy Singer’s Journal of Political History’ …in his underwear…not minding the joint that burns slowly in the ashtray on his coffee table, CNN sticking with windblown reporters holding on to telephone poles for dear life in Baton Rouge muted in the background.

How many storms will try to make their way up the Mississippi River from the Gulf of Mexico to Minneapolis/St.Paul to have their say at the RNC?

My prayers go out to all of the evacuees of the Gulf Coast States. Uncle Kev, you and the kids stay dry down there in Baton Rouge.

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