Friday, October 29, 2004

The Drunk Phone Call...inspired by last night, Nappy Diatribe, and all the people who never call back.

It’s 3 a.m. Friday morning and I’m lying in bed pondering shuffled thoughts when suddenly my phone rings. I grab the phone looking at the glowing-orange caller ID screen semi-thinking what-the-fuck? The Caller ID has a sense of humor, mocking me with an area code that used to mean rendezvous with college girls, but now only equals mystery. The caper is solved within the first .006 seconds after I say “hello?” There's a brief hesitation on the other end (dead give-away) then a loud, jovial, and drunk Punjabi male exhorts the proper greeting. It's only a simple few words but so much more is said.

While many people tend to catagorize this type of communication as crass and uncivilized they miss the finer nuances of such a call. The speech pattern of my drunk cousin indicates how much he’s had to drink, what he’s been drinking on, and more importantly what still awaits him. The high level of Punjabi vernacular that is spoken in these exchanges usually follows this format (translated):

Drunk Cousin: Why Aren’t You Here
Sober/Semi Sleeping Cousin: Because you’re hella far away dude.
Drunk Cousin: Fuck that, be here.
Sober/Semi Sleeping Cousin: Next time fo sho bro. Godamn you fools are doing it.
Drunk Cousin: Fuck that, be here (undecipherable background chant by other drunks)

The determination of this young gent is admirable as you can see. Eventually I’ll get smart and change the subject but “Fuck that, be here” will always creep in at some point. There will also be very unprovable claims of superiority (based on fighting, the ability to attract women, etc) followed with a curse word (for empahsis) that when literally translated means “sister fucker.” The literal translation does it no justice however because it’s more in the spirit of “motherfucka.” Regardless I love that one personally but it’s probably because I don’t have a sister. There is of course the obligatory cultural reinforcements that come with this conversation. Geographic hollering acknowledging our land owning/agricultural roots in Punjab and our general philosophy of not really giving a fuck tend to be prevalent. How can you not love this?

A human flaw in all of us at one time or another is greediness, but these calls are the antithesis of such behavior. This filthy lush-of-a cousin is just happy-drunk and wishes I could also be there to share this experience. Since I’m obviously at home, married, and counting the hours till I report for duty at cubicle central this phone call will have to suffice. Star Trek doesn’t have shit on us, because in a few moments I’m teleported to this liquid fiasco that is alcohol, sweat, and in this particular case, other bodily fluids.

My favorite drunk phone calls took place in the parking lot of Happy Donuts in Berkeley almost 3 years ago to the date. I was accompanied by two of my favorite dudes, we were on Julius Kessler 5th number 2&3, with one car playing bhangra (engine running ), and just bullshitting. Somehow a cop car passed by without stopping to question or harass us. This only fueled the adrenaline. We drank and we drank and we drank. Since it was T-minus 1 week before my marriage, I being the concerned host, decided to call every single number in my cell phone to ensure attendance (even to motherfucka’s I didn’t invite!). I wasn’t taking no for an answer this night. Calls to NY, Canada, all over CA, both young and old got phone calls. I called relatives who live in my neighborhood, Uncles, shit I might have even called my Mom. The drunk phone call is so valuable to language development, you discover new terms, insults, and cadences in Punjabi. I’m sure I scared my wife, but godamnit I’m drunk, in a donut shop parking lot, dancing with two hooligans, about to be married, and I just wanted to share this with you.

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Thursday, October 28, 2004

Calling All Cars...

For anyone interested in calling potential Kerry Supporters in other states,
please join MoveOn Org's Leave No Voter Behind initiative.
All you need is a phone, internet connection, and some time.

Straight DIY

Looking for a good read? Interested in seeing the first book on the topic of Hip Hop and Islam? Support the Bay Area's very own Adisa Banjoko's Lyrical Swords.

While you're at it go cop this compilation of good and rare music...support Odub's Deep Covers


Shuggie Otis' - "Inspiration Information" [right click + save]
(via Said The Gramophone)

Kings of Convenience - "Homesick"
[right click + save] via Music for Robots

Four Rare/White Label/Unofficially Released Ghostface Songs over at Cocaine Blunts

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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

The GOP Stampede - How the GOP utilizes the internet, media, and has redefined grassroot politics.

Fionna Apple's as of now unreleased - Better Vesion of Me - [right click and save](courtesy of Scenestars)

Dave Chappelle interview (via Royal Magazine)

Jamie Foxx on Ray Charles, the upcoming movie, and hip hop.

A Rajasthani story that might get some Poonjab's in nostalgia mode...or not.

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Friday, October 22, 2004

John Kerry's Rolling Stone Interview

John Kerry
The Rolling Stone Interview

For two days in October, the John Kerry campaign came to a brief stop at a hotel and conference center on the high-plains sprawl of suburban Denver, where the candidate holed up with his staff and prepared for his second debate with George Bush. While the traveling press idled over endless buffets in one of the hotel dining rooms, Kerry and his closest advisers sequestered themselves behind closed doors, getting ready for the next night's crucial events.
The morning's calm was broken when Kerry's press advisers began circulating word that the candidate would soon be making a statement about the war in Iraq, a canny move to seize control of the day's news cycle, which was already full of bad news for President Bush: A government-commissioned report had concluded that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction; Paul Bremer, until recently his chief administrator in Iraq, had been quoted as saying that the U.S. invasion of Iraq had been done with too few troops; and Donald Rumsfeld had conceded that there was no connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda. The press was herded out to a field in front of the hotel, chosen for its view of the mountains in the distance. When Kerry emerged, he was wearing his presidential blue suit, and with little fanfare or preamble he ripped into Bush with icy efficiency, saying how in light of the morning's news it was now clear that George Bush and Dick Cheney "may well be the last two people on the planet who won't face the truth about Iraq." After some questions from reporters, he disappeared, projecting the attitude that he had more important things to do.

A few minutes later, we were ushered up to Kerry's suite, where the candidate was tucking into a huge lunch. Gone was the crisp blue suit. He'd changed into khakis and running shoes and had dropped the formal manner. By the door stood a battered guitar case. Through an open door, one could see a framed picture of his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, on a bedside table. For the hour that we spoke with Kerry, he was conversational and forthright, relaxed but clearly wearing his game face.

You were tough out there today.

Well, I should be tough on him. This is an amazing moment in American history -- where a president of the United States is finding the rationale for invading another country after the fact.

The president has now given twenty-four reasons for going to war. Why do you think we really invaded Iraq?

Well, I think you've heard all the reasons. I can't psychoanalyze them. They were driven by ideology; they were driven by a fixation on Saddam Hussein. They took their eye off of Osama bin Laden and the real war on terror, and the consequences for our country are gigantic: $200 billion, and counting; the loss of credibility and prestige in the world; the loss of alliances that we need to be helping us. The American people are paying a very, very bitter price for their bad judgment -- no matter what the cause is.

Did you walk out of the first debate with the sense that you'd won?

You can't ever tell. We're the last people to ask -- the people on the stage. It's always tricky how people see it on TV. But I felt good, like I'd done the things I came to do, and I felt confident about the message.

How do you assess Bush's performance?

You don't have time to do that. I was listening very carefully and focusing on what I wanted to share with America, and it's a pretty intensive process of focusing.

The Bush administration says it's a certainty there will be more terrorist attacks. Is this a scare tactic?

They are privy to more intelligence and more analysis than I am. But I have had briefings, and I am deeply concerned about the potential of another attack. I think there's much more we can and should do to protect ourselves.

What has Bush failed to do to protect us?

The list of things undone by this president to make America safer is staggering. The 9/11 Commission report contains a full list of what a creative, proactive leadership should have done by itself -- rather than resist the 9/11 Commission, as they did.

On homeland security they've talked a good game, and not implemented or acted. Ninety-five percent of the containers that come into our country don't get inspected. Bridges and tunnels don't have the security and escape routes that ought to have been put in place. On planes, the baggage is X-rayed but not the cargo holds. It's absurd. Firehouses are understaffed. Police officers are being cut from the streets of America -- not added.

There are chemical, biological and nuclear plants around the country that don't have the protection that they ought to. The president actually gave in to the chemical industry and folded, instead of doing what was necessary for some of the chemical-plant protection.

Now, can any president guarantee the absence of any attack? The answer is no. I mean, if someone wants to blow themselves up, they can pretty much find a way to do it and hurt somebody. The question is: Are you doing all that's possible to protect against the greatest catastrophe? And there this administration has clearly failed.

Why do you think they've dropped the ball on this issue?

I think Senator Richard Lugar summed it up. He said their administration of the reconstruction funds has been incompetent, and I think their administration of the Homeland Security department has been incompetent.

What do you think of the color-coded terror alerts the Department of Homeland Security issues?

I think Americans, sadly, laugh at it. They don't know what to do.

Will you continue that program?

No. I'm going to find some more thoughtful way of alerting America. If we have to alert America, I think the most important thing to do is alert law enforcement more effectively across the country. Law enforcement doesn't have even a single, unified watch list yet. They still have separate watch lists, with different names and different people. This is the single, simplest, most important thing the Department of Homeland Security was supposed to do, and they haven't done it.

Doesn't it seem the threat level gets raised at key moments during the campaign?

Yeah. But you know what? I'm not going to question motivations that I can't . . .

Who's the enemy in the "War on Terror"?

Americans should have no doubts that there is a real enemy out there, one who wants to wreak destruction. And that enemy is a conglomeration of Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden and radical, extreme -- mostly Muslim -- fundamentalist groups that want to create a radical Islamic state. These groups want to take over the perceived-to-be-moderate governments of the region, radicalize the populations and have a dominant presence, throughout the Middle East and parts of Europe. I mean, it is real, and it is a serious challenge to us.

Bush says, "They hate our freedoms and resent our democracy." Do you think their motives are so simple?

I think it's more complicated than that. There is a lot about us they don't like, but they believe that these moderate regimes in the Middle East have sold out. They are attacking the Saudi royal family, as they are attacking Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and King Abdullah of Jordan, because those leaders deal with the West and have a sense of engagement in the world.

There is also power involved. They're preaching a very different kind of power -- through the madrasas and otherwise -- to populations that are impoverished and uneducated, and disenfranchised in their countries. And they're offering them someone to hate.

Do you think it's directed at the United States?

It is now. Look, there's no negotiating with these guys. They don't hold territory; they don't have a kingdom; they don't have a government; they don't have a guiding philosophy -- they just hate. They hate what they are not. And they want everything to be what they are, and they want that kind of control.

They certainly view their struggle as a holy war. Do you think the White House does, as well?

You have to ask the White House. But, certainly, George Bush has described it like that, occasionally.

As a war between two fundamentalisms?

I think you're looking at a war right now against people who attacked the United States of America. And it is appropriate, and was appropriate, for us to invade Afghanistan and to go after Al Qaeda, and I'm glad we did. What I regret is that George Bush didn't do the job. When he had Osama bin Laden cornered in the mountains, he didn't do what was available to him -- which was use the best-trained military in the world to go after bin Laden and kill him or capture him. He turned to Afghan warlords and outsourced the job to them. I think that was a terrible judgment by the president.

What are the parallels between Iraq and Vietnam?

Right now there is one parallel that's very disturbing, and that is the leadership in Washington has not told the truth to the American people. Unless this president begins to change direction, and recognize his mistakes, and get the policy right in Iraq, he could create a whole lot more parallels. But it doesn't have to be. And that's what I'm trying to offer America right now -- a realistic way to get our troops home, with honor, by achieving our goals but by sharing the burden and risk.

I am convinced that we can do that, because the rest of the world has a stake in the outcome. A failed Iraq is not in the interests of Arab states, and it's not in the interests of the European states -- but they're absent from the kind of effort necessary to prevent that from happening. That's where leadership is going to be necessary.

That's the difference that I intend to make, and that I must make -- for the sake of our country. To make ourselves safe in the long term, we're going to have to rebuild relationships and re-establish American credibility. Bush's mistakes don't have to become America's misfortune for the long term, and it's my job to undo his mistakes and turn this into a success.

If you send troops into Iraq, how will you be able to tell them they're not risking their lives for a mistake?

Because I'm going to make it a success, 'cause we're going to win. We're going to do what we need to do to get this job done. And I'm committed to doing that -- and I know how to do it. I'll put a foreign-policy team together that talks the truth to the American people.

What do you mean when you say you know how to do it?

I've spent thirty-five years dealing with these kinds of issues. When I came back from fighting in a war, I fought against the war here in America. As a senator, I led the fight to stop Ronald Reagan's illegal war in Central America. I helped expose Oliver North and Manuel Noriega. I've been at this for a long time. You know, I led the initial efforts to change our policy on the Philippines -- which ultimately resulted in the elections, and became part of the process that helped get rid of Marcos.

I negotiated personally with the prime minister of Cambodia, to get accountability for the killing fields of the Pol Pot regime. I've negotiated with the Vietnamese to let me and John McCain in and put American forces on the ground to resolve the POW-MIA issue. I've spent twenty years on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; I've been chairman of the Narcotics Terrorism Subcommittee. I have five times the experience George Bush does in dealing with these issues, and I know that I can get this done.

What is America's role in the world? What are you going to tell the world about the United States right now?

We are going to live up to American values in our foreign policy. Rather than building a new set of nuclear weapons, like President Bush is, we're going to lead the world in containing nuclear weapons -- with a whole new protocol for tracking and dealing with precursor chemicals and with nuclear fissionable materials. We're not going to wait to intervene in places like Liberia or Darfur, where another genocide is taking place.

An America that is not just there for its own goals and ends. We're going to re-engage with our Latin American neighbors in a positive way -- unlike this administration. We're going to implement the global AIDS initiative that I wrote four years ago, that this administration is still dawdling with. We're going to offer the moral leadership with respect to environmental catastrophes that are staring us in the face. We're going to go back to the table on global warming. We're going to deal with poverty and disease in the less-developed nations in a more effective way. Those things will help to bring nations to our side. That will make us more effective in the war on terror and make our country safer.

If you're elected, what would be your number-one environmental priority?

Number one is global warming.

How bad do you think that is? How real?

Very serious. The science is real.

Do you have a time frame for dealing with it?

Well, we can't meet the 1990 standards that we set, because we're too far beyond it now. So we're going to have to sit down with our scientists and our businesses and see what's feasible. But I intend to set America on the course of energy independence -- hopefully within ten years. And we're going to accelerate our research and development into alternative and renewable fuels.

We're going to greatly encourage the use of more fuel-efficient vehicles. We're not going to mandate them -- we're going to offer people choices that make sense economically. So we're going to give a big tax credit for people who purchase a fuel-efficient vehicle.

Al Gore says the era of the internal-combustion engine is ending. Do you see that? And how can we get beyond that?

I wouldn't make that kind of a bold pronouncement. I respect Al Gore's work on that stuff a lot. I mean, we're going to be drilling oil and natural gas for forty or fifty years to come, at least. But I've laid out a very aggressive energy policy. We're going to move rapidly to be independent of Mideast oil and reduce our fossil-fuel base as fast as we can. I'm going to create the incentives that excite the research and development. We're going to create a race for the new sources of energy -- whatever they may be.

How do you face the opposition of the oil and auto companies?

Let me tell you something: As gas prices go up, and fuel hits sixty bucks a barrel, I'm going to have a lot of allies. This does not have to be combative and confrontational. I'm going to reach out to the companies and offer them a very significant helping hand in the retooling and transformational costs.

I want American workers working; I want American cars made in America; I want American cars to be able to be sold anywhere in the world. I want to lead the world in these technologies. So I want these companies part of the solution -- not the problem. I think we can get there -- I really believe that.

How big a priority is that for you?

Huge. Creating jobs is one of the top five priorities of my administration. First of all, make America safe, and deal with nuclear proliferation and the global confrontation. Second, we have to create jobs and be fiscally responsible -- so that we're creating the framework for America to be strong at home.

Third, we have to have a system that provides health care for all Americans, and I have a plan to do that. Fourth, we're going to have education that works for everybody -- that lifts people up. Ongoing adult education -- a system that works. And fifth, we're going to have an environmental policy that leaves this planet to our kids in better shape than we got it from our parents.

That's it -- that's the agenda.

Why has environmental policy disappeared from the radar this election cycle?

I don't think it has.

But why do we hear so little about it?

Well, you have Iraq blowing up on the front pages of newspapers every day. But every speech I make, wherever I go, I talk about energy independence. I've talked about energy independence every single day of this campaign.

Will you communicate to the American people the size of the crisis we face?

I'm doing it in the course of this campaign. I'm already talking about it -- and I will as president. Look: I'm a person who has always believed that you tell people the truth and they'll make reasonable decisions. Truth is powerful.

This administration disrespects the truth, because they have a different credo. The truth unfortunately works against their interests, because their interests are in keeping power and in making money. And so they feed the drug industry, and they feed the oil industry, and they feed the big power companies.

And that's the difference between us. I'm fighting for the middle class -- he's fighting for a tax cut for people who earn more than $200,000 a year. He won't raise the minimum wage -- I'm going to raise the minimum wage. He won't give people extended unemployment benefits -- I will. He cut job training -- I'm going to restore job training. He's made it more expensive for kids to go to college -- I'm going to raise the Pell grants and the Perkins loans. He gave the drug industry a windfall profit of $139 billion -- while he was shutting down the ability of people to bring drugs in from Canada and shutting down Medicare's ability to negotiate a lower price for drugs. That's wrong -- morally and economically.

People say this is the most important election of our lifetime -- do you agree?

I believe it is. And I want your readers to stop in their tracks and consider what's at stake for them. Because not enough people connect the things they hate, or feel or want, to the power of their vote. And they've got to be willing to go out and work in these next couple of weeks.

How do you yourself feel? What burden does it place on you?

You know, I've been in public life all my life -- with one brief exception, when I was a lawyer and started a small business. I accept the weight, but I don't feel it. I've lived out so much frustration over the last few years that this is a liberating experience for me. I feel excited by it. I feel energized by it. I welcome it. And I just want other people to understand what's at stake here.

I mean, the next president may appoint three or four justices to the Supreme Court. The rights of Americans may be affected for the rest of our lives by what happens on November 2nd: whether or not we're going to have equal opportunity; whether we fight against discrimination; whether we're going to have equal pay for women; whether we protect women's right to choose; whether we're going to have a country in which people can grow up and live out the full measure of citizenship.

Why do you think you'd be a good president?

Because I'm a good executive, I'm a good leader, and I know what we have to do. I'm tough, I'm strong, I'm decisive. I know exactly what this country needs to do to move forward. All my life I've never shied away from standing up and telling people what I think, and what I think is true -- and I've taken the consequences of it. I'm even hearing about what I said in 1971.

What have you learned about yourself in this campaign?

That the intrusiveness is greater than I thought it would be. And there are parts of me that dislike that more than I thought I would, but it's something I have to put up with in order to achieve what I want to get done. I always knew that I was tough enough to do it; I always knew there'd be tough moments and I'd be tested -- because everybody is tested on the road to the presidency. But I think the intensity of it is greater than I could imagine. It is, actually, beyond description. You have to experience it to know what that is.

How did you feel when you first saw those Swift-boat ads?

Disappointed -- a sense of bitter disappointment. That people will stoop to those depths of lying -- for their personal reasons.

Did you get angry at Bush personally?

Look, I know politics is tough, and I don't spend a lot of time worrying about what they do to me. But I do worry, and I am angry, about what they do to the American people. That's what this race is about. It's not about me. I can take it -- I don't care. I've been in worse things. I was on those boats -- I got shot at. I can handle it.

What I worry about is that they lie to America. What I worry about is that they tell the middle class, "We're giving you a tax cut," and the top one percent of America gets more than eighty percent of the rest of the people. I worry that they are unwilling to do anything about the 5 million Americans who have lost their health care.

I worry that there are twenty-eight states in America where you can't go fishing and eat the fish, because of the quality of the water. I worry that they've gotten us into a war where young kids are dying, and they haven't done what's responsible to protect them. That's what I worry about. The rest of it is small pickings.

You don't get angry when Bush outright lies about you?

No, I don't get angry at it. I think it's sort of pathetic.

Were you surprised by how the Swift-boat thing blew up?

I was surprised that the media, even when they knew it was lies, continued to cover it and treat it as entertainment.

Looking back, do you think you handled it correctly?

I think so. Look, when people hold up something that's a complete and total lie, it takes a few days to show people and convince them. We did. They've been completely discredited.

How do you stay normal during a campaign?

Eat a hearty meal.

How do you stay fit?

I'm not. I'm in the worst shape I've been in in a few years. I'm not getting enough exercise.

You were criticized for wearing a windsurfing outfit.

It shows how pathetic and diversionary they are. They can't talk about having created jobs for America; they can't talk about giving people health care; they can't talk about having protected America and made it safer.

Did anyone say, "Senator, you shouldn't be wearing windsurfing clothes"?

Yeah, a few people said . . .

And you said, Fuck it?

You're damn right. I said, "I'm going to be who I am" -- I think people care about authenticity. There are much bigger issues.

What do you think of Karl Rove? Is he an evil genius?

I don't know him. I've met him once. I'll tell you November 3rd.

What do you think of the Vote for Change concerts that Bruce Springsteen organized?

I haven't been able to go. I'm jealous of everybody who is. It's separate from us -- they've done it by themselves. But I'm obviously elated. His music has been the theme song of our campaign from Day One. To have him out there is both a privilege and exciting. I hope it has an impact on the outcome.

Who are your favorite rock & roll artists?

Oh, gosh. I'm, you know, a huge Rolling Stones fan; Beatles fan. One of the most cherished photographs in my life is a picture of me with John Lennon -- who I met back in 1971 at an anti-war rally. But I love a lot of different performers.

Do you have a favorite Beatles song -- or Stones song?

I love "Satisfaction" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Brown Sugar." I love "Imagine" and "Yesterday."

You're a greatest-hits kind of guy.

My favorite album is Abbey Road. I love "Hey Jude." I also like folk music. I like some classical. I love guitar. Oh, God. I mean, you know -- Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Buffett . . .

OK -- enough. Let's talk about movies quickly. Of the Vietnam movies you've seen, what's the most accurate? And your favorite?

The most powerful Vietnam movie, to me, was The Deer Hunter, which was more about what happened to the folks who went, and about their relationships . . . and about what happened to this small-town community. I thought it was a brilliant movie, because the metaphor of Russian roulette was an incredible way of capturing the fatalism about it all: the sense that things were out of your control. And it really talked to what happened to the folks who went. So I thought it was a very, very powerful movie. Also, Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, Coming Home, Born on the Fourth of July -- those are powerful too.

How about Apocalypse Now? Was that what it was like going up river, on those boats?

That's exactly how it was, man. Sitting in that river, waiting for someone to shoot you -- but the later part of the movie, after the point where they get to the bridge, then everything becomes a little psychedelic. That got a little distant from me.

Finally, if you were to look back over eight years of a Kerry presidency, what would you hope would be said about it?

That it always told the truth to the American people, that it always fought for average folks. And that we raised the quality of life in America and made America safer. I want to be the president who gets health care done for Americans. I want to be the president who helps to fix our schools and end this separate-and-unequal school system we have in America. And I want to be the president who re-establishes America's reputation in the world -- which is part of making us safer. There's a huge opportunity here to really lift our country up, and that's what I want to do.

(From RS 961) source

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Learn About It...

Hook Mitchell...Please read his diary.

The Unknown Soliders - Interview with Gene Bolles, head of chief of neurosurgery at the U.S. military hospital in Germany

and some Kings of Convenience mp3's @ Scenestars

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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Jon Stewart's recap of his Crossfire appearance via the Daily Show (thanks amy)

Bay Area radio gets Gangstered by some Gangsters...

The Sports Guy's Essay on the Bosox victory...

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Increasing the bizarre level to radioactive

And while you're traveling to Chernobyl remember to book this tour... [good looks Pav]

The outlaw in a one-bike town....

I'm a Gangster, here let me demonstrate (via catchdubs)
How do cops not catch this this cat yet I have 10 tix for driving 75 mph?

Type Ridiculous + Shit in Google get this.

and...."it's fucked basically."

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Monday, October 18, 2004

Article on voting trends in immigrant families.

Discussion on Mos Def's latest "the New Danger" over at poplife...

Travel Packages to Chernobyl
"The dose of radiation you receive here is the same as the exposure on the flight over." [let you tell it]

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Friday, October 15, 2004

Everything's in it's right place...

Let's see:

Frustrated Co-workers moaning about things...check
Groups tied to Bush trying to suppress votes...check...check...and...check

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Thursday, October 14, 2004

New found visitors to the Ayetrain, I offer you some Feenom Mp3's...
who is Feenom you say? Please take a few minutes to find out...

Right Click and Save...all feedback is of course welcome...

The Pawn Shop - The Feenom Circle from their ep The Pawn Shop...

Masters Too - The Feenom Circle from the Feenom ep Souled Separately

Hardhats - The Feenom Circle (unreleased)

for more info on who these rascally wrappers are....feenom.com
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Blog Watch....

BUCKSHOT LEFONQUE: breakfast at denny's available for download at Naugahydelife

Lost In India, an account of volunteer work, Bombay, etc...

FILE UNDER: Get Your Shit Right
Focused Performance business blog...

Online Literature Galore....Words Without Borders

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Friday, October 08, 2004

Learn about it mayne...Bay Area bangers

Best of Ant Banks Production Mix [Right Click and Save Please] [credit cocaineblunts via soulstrut]
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Thursday, October 07, 2004

Somebody say HO

Mr. Magic's Rap Attack Radio Show mp3's circa mid-late 80's...[LARGE FILES]

show 1
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show 2
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These two are from "In Control" with Marly Marl & DJ Pete Rock from August 12, 1989 also on NYC's WBLS (on #2 you got a guest DJ halfway through, DJ Scratch from EPMD)..

show 1
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show 2
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Here's a bio on Mr. Magic via AMG ( I'm pretty sure they got the years wrong on the 3rd unheard, that came out in 04 not 1994)

An important figure in the world of hip-hop radio, Mr. Magic debuted in 1983 on WBLS-FM in New York City with the first exclusive rap radio show to be aired on a major station. Billing itself as Rap Attack, Magic's show featured Marley Marl as the DJ and Tyrone "Fly Ty" Williams as the show's co-producer. Magic's reign on the New york City airwaves lasted six years and was instrumental in broadening the scope and validity of hip-hop music. Magic also spent time as a producer, working on the Force MD's "Let Me Love You" and "Forgive Me Girl," as well as releasing a series of compilation albums from his radio show titled Mr. Magic's Rap Attack. Nearly 20 years after his radio debut, Mr. Magic made the transition to the digital realm and helmed Wildstyle, the rap channel for the new millennium's hottest video game, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. His early contributions to hip hop, both as a producer and performer, were documented by the Stones Throw label in 1994 on the collection Third Unheard: Connecticut Hip Hop 1979-1983.

Marley Marl's bio via VH1:

One of hip-hop's first (and finest) superproducers, Marley Marl was an early innovator in the art of sampling, developing new techniques that resulted in some of the sharpest beats and hooks in rap's Golden Age. As the founder of Cold Chillin' Records, Marl assembled a roster filled with some of the finest hip-hop talent in New York: MC Shan, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Roxanne Shanté, Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, and Masta Ace. His production work for those and many other artists generally boasted a bright, booming, and robust sound that -- along with his ear for a catchy sample -- helped move street-level hip-hop's sonic blueprint into more accessible territory. Most important, though, were his skills as a beatmaker; Marl was among the first to mine James Brown records for grooves and also learned how to craft his own drum loops through sampling, which decreased hip-hop's reliance on tinny-sounding drum machines and gave his '80s productions a fresh, modern flavor.

Marl was born Marlon Williams on September 30, 1962, and grew up in the Queensbridge housing project in Queens, NY. He became interested in music through local talent shows and neighborhood parties and became an accomplished DJ during rap's early days. He did mixing work on a number of singles for the old-school hip-hop/electro label Tuff City and started up his own Cold Chillin' label, which he initially ran out of his sister's apartment in Queensbridge. Marl set about recruiting for what became one of rap's first talent collectives, the Juice Crew. He caught his first big break in 1984 when he produced Roxanne Shanté's "Roxanne's Revenge," one of many answer singles inspired by U.T.F.O.'s underground smash "Roxanne, Roxanne"; luckily, "Roxanne's Revenge" was the biggest and it put artist, label, and producer on the map. Marl trumped it by helming "The Bridge," an ode to Queensbridge by his cousin MC Shan that became the unofficial Queens rap anthem and inspired a spirited feud with Bronx native KRS-One. With Marl's success came the opportunity to produce artists outside the Cold Chillin' stable, which he did with the monumental Eric B. & Rakim single "Eric B. Is President," as well as full-length albums by Heavy D & the Boyz.

The end of the '80s is often referred to as hip-hop's Golden Age, a time when the form's creativity was expanding by leaps and bounds. Marl's Juice Crew was an important force in ushering in this era thanks to its advances in lyrical technique and the distinctive personalities of emerging stars like Biz Markie and Big Daddy Kane. With business at Cold Chillin' booming, Marl put out the first full-length release under his own name in 1988 (he'd previously recorded the single "DJ Cuttin'" in 1985 with the alias NYC Cutter). In Control, Vol. 1 was mostly a showcase for various Juice Crew affiliates to strut their stuff, most thrillingly on the legendary, larger-than-life posse cut "The Symphony." Marl scored his greatest crossover success in 1990 by helming LL Cool J's Mama Said Knock You Out; bolstered by Marl's state-of-the-art production, the album restored LL's street cred while becoming his biggest seller ever, making Marl an in-demand remixer. 1991 brought the release of In Control, Vol. 2, which unfortunately displayed signs that the Cold Chillin' talent pool was being depleted.

After working with TLC on their 1992 debut, Marl remained mostly quiet for a few years; 1995 brought the release of House of Hits, an excellent retrospective of his best productions over the years. Splitting off from Cold Chillin', Marl spent several years in a legal battle over money and ownership rights that, in 1998, finally resulted in his being awarded control of all the songs he'd produced for the label. In the late '90s, Marl's status as a high-profile producer was restored thanks to his work with artists like Rakim, Queensbridge's own Capone-N-Noreaga, and Fat Joe. In 2001, Marl put together another compilation of original productions with guest rappers for the British BBE label, titled Re-Entry. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

A Guy Walks Into a Grocery Store...

it's Sunday evening and Trader Joe's is to the rafters with people. Even the express line has about 12 people or less in line. I turn to my wife and ask, "is it worth it?" She replies something, I can't remember, she claims I don't pay attention to her, the basic gist was we're getting what we came for. No worries. We continue on. So we grab a basket, get a few items, I snatch up some sample coffee, and get in the "express" line. My wife is periodically dropping a few items here and there in the basket while I "express" through at a snails pace.

Now bare in mind I'm already in line but my wife is shopping. We only plan only on getting 12 or less items. A reasonable person would deduce that us adding items doesn't add to the wait since we're already in line and we're not stacking Costco sized shit but more like macadamia nuts and seltzer. Actually neither of these items but you get the drift. The line is long and slow regardless. You would figure someone would factor this in before:

a - making a spectacle of themself


b - possibly provoking violence

in Trader Joe's Emeryville of all places

Let's digress to help this narrative (are you still with me?)...

After I got in line another gentlemen followed. He was pretty hungry based upon his scarfing down packaged sushi while waiting. I'm not paying attention to this dude whatsover. Instead I was marvelling at the Oatmeal display and how "this one" supposedly has 8 grams of protein. I'm not pondering world peace or hydrogen engines...just trying to mash-up-out, get-home, and finish unpacking (we moved to "Oakland"...but it feels like Berkeley).

So my wife has finished her run-while-I-wait, we have maybe 7 items. I say "babe you wait here, I think there's one more thing I wanted," when SUDDENLY the sushi eating cat gets real loud. When I say real..followed by...loud, please understand I'm Punjabi. We speak loud on General Principal, I think this all comes from several factors:

- Our folks living/working on fields and having to communicate across large areas
- The homes in India are made of brick so you have to put some UMPH in your voice
- Every Punjabi thinks they can sing and does so loudly at parties, in the shower, in the car, in the yard, in the kitchen...there's a pattern here...

this is my loose theory, i could be way off, i don't care...

Back to the skinny...

This dude got RIL LOUD and HUFFY instantly [just add water]. He says something to the effect of "which one of you is shopping" and "do you think you and your girlfriend can just switch off like that." I was caught a bit off guard but man'd up real quick, answering his questions in order, "we're both shopping and yes we can switch." He apparently wasn't feeling my responses, so he says "that's it, I'm getting ahead of both of you," and he the steps in front of my wife. The red lightbulb above my head went off - OH REALLY MAPHUCKA? -

So now i'm puffed up, I look dude squarely in the eyes and bark "BACK UP." He looks a little shook, so I say it one more time to let him know the town is in here. "BACK UP." The whole store goes silent. There's at least 120 people in the spot. You could hear the bulbs buzzing overhead.

So he says, [say in the Eddie Murphy white guy voice]"that gangster line won't work on me, last time I checked I'm half black, you two look Indian to me." I reply, "this has nothing to do with being black, it has everything to do with being polite." The store is still silent, this cat has the nerve to tell me to "go get the manager," as he's backing up to his old spot. I'm in basketball court mode (arguing calls with dudes way taller than me) and holler "you go get the manager, you're the one with the problem." I'm super aggressive in my responses at this point. I feel like all the white people are scared at this point and are cursing themselves for buying property in this area [pure speculation]. He turns to the cashier for help and mumbles some shit but the cashier can't understand him, he repeats and the cashier says "I don't see anything wrong with what they're doing."

The store resumes it's activities. I'm still puffy and in punk-this-dude mode, so I say "if you have a problem with what we're doing you could have just talked to me, instead of getting all loud." In the best 180 since Common denounced yarn fits and Bush acknowledged Global Warming, he says "you're right, I'm sorry."

But I'm not done, but definitely back on some civilized dialouge, I said "if you really think we're abusing the system you could have just said something to me." Again he says, "you're right, I'm wrong, it's just that I've been here 30 minutes," trailing off...So in interest of not getting snipered in the parking lot, after he admitted being wrong, I said "I tell you what, you can have our spot," and I marched into the aisle to see if they had corn.

I could expand here how fools have died for less, or the rampant impatience in our culture, or how non violence is an effective tool when the threat of violence lies underneath but that's what the comments are for.

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Monday, October 04, 2004

Take The Test!!!!!!!!!!

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Friday, October 01, 2004

I Had a Vision...

I had a vision walking around looking for an inexpensive meal...allow me to share it:

The Debates not seen through filtered eyes (actually don't intend on watching them...peep yesterday's post for my reasons

So they announce the debates using the cat that announces fights. Usually the underdog get's announced first, right now it's hard to tell who that is. Since Bush is on the ropes for infinite reasons, bare with me...

The announcer says, "Let's Get Ready To Rumble," half the crowd cheers, the other half boo's. "We're in for a hell-of-a-fight," the ringside pundit declares. The crowd settles down and then the announcer begins the introductions. "Entering we have the challenger, weighing in at multi-billion, from Texas via Maine, the Crusader, the Misquoter, Mr. Jabber Jaw, George -The Dubya - Bush."

"Gangsta Gangsta" begins playing loudly over the sound system, except they got KRS to switch his words (at this point this can be arranged), so now the song goes "it's all about Salary not about Reality." Bush, wearing a Captain America outfit,promptly runs in high fiving all the cult members, I mean his supporters, lined up on the way to the ring, of course there's at least 5 black people en route. The fans are in suits, looking like Agent Smith, but also wearing white Nikes as an added touch (peace Heavens Gate). Bush enters the ring, shakes his neck, then get's directed to his podium. Karl Rove begins barking in his ear.

The Announcer turns his attention to the opposite entrance and chimes, "and entering the ring, we have [almost asking the crowd] the challenger, wieghing in at 75 bottles of Heinz, the Mummy of Matters, the Man who has Killed Motherfuckas and regrets it...sort of...John - the Truth...sort of but not really...Kerry.

John Kerry goes all out, entering in on a Swiftboat which is carried by people of all colors Cleopatra style, he's also fully decked in his Vietnam fit and is gun-point gesturing at the crowd.

Kerry is trying to duplicate the high 5's that Bush did, but the crowd is sparse on his side. Apparently somebody had some good weed, and since folks are really just waiting to see how old boy pans out, a lot of people hit the exits for a hot one. Kerry unphased, starts to pop his collar and purple heart, while electric sliding to the ring. Kerry enters the ring, looks down at Bush, then salutes the crowd before falling straight back ala Denver Bronco's in 99.

The debate begins.
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