The Corner feat Kanye West & Last Poets by Common.
They shoot the wrong way, cuz they ain’t know and they goes The streets ain’t safe cuz they ain’t knowing the code By the foes I was told, either focus or fold
I haven’t given Common much love recently. He can be hit and miss, but when he hits he tends to knock it out of the park. Also, say what you will about the man and his public antics: Kanye at least was a dope ass producer.
1. President Obama Cut Your Taxes 2. The Stimulus is Working 3. First Ronald Reagan Tripled the National Debt… 4. …Then George W. Bush Doubled It Again 5. Republican States Have the Worst Health Care 6. Medicare is a Government Program 7. Barack Obama is Not a Muslim 8. Barack Obama was Born in the United States 9. 70,000 Does Not Equal 2,000,000 10. The Economy Almost Always Does Better Under Democrats
“I had actually made my rent and a few hundred dollars. But I was thinking, ‘I don’t know how much longer I can do this — this is really going to wear me out.’ And that’s when Carla called me on the cell and said, ‘Jeff Tweedy’s been calling, and he’s going to ask you play with Wilco.’ I didn’t really have to think about it very long.”—Nels Cline does it for the money. (via pantsblog)
Daunted by the new restrictions, organizers have decided to cancel the event, slated this year for Sept. 27.
"The city saw a bunch of long-haired people having fun and they said, ‘Uh-oh,’ " said organizer John Solomon, a retired Berkeley restaurant owner. "They city is being very controlling. They want to turn this into the Solano Stroll."
The parade, started by Solomon and a few friends, was intended to poke fun at Berkeley’s famed devotion to political correctness. One popular contingent was called PETA, People Eating Them Animals, in which participants shot Spam into the audience with bazookas, hacked at a pig’s head with a chain saw and handed cigarettes to kids, Solomon said.
A vocal minority has let me know, over and over again, that they don’t want the government taking any more of their money; that they want to be able to decide how to spend and invest their own money; that they don’t want to have to pay for anything for anyone else; and — the big time, firecracker, most-consistent comment of all — they don’t want any Americans to have government-subsidized health care insurance if one single, goddamn, fucking, disgusting illegal immigrant might be able to get their hands on it, too.
…To those opposed to any European-styled government subsidized health insurance option: I found every one of your arguments to be small-minded, selfish, fear-driven, ill-informed, self-serving, and — most crucially — detrimental to the long-term interests of the United States of America.
this was the last of doseone that i heard first from paul, sitting on the floor of his apt in New York City the day after we got back from seeing Odd Nosdam. one of these days, one of two things is going to go down….paul will either give me his anticon records and his HA cd…or i am going to rob that motherfucker blind.
I hate Facebook. There. I said it. And it feels damned good. I know it won’t make me popular. In fact, I’ll probably be cyberflogged over it. I’m sorry, but I just don’t get it. Any of it. Oh sure, it’s fun once in a blue moon when one of my childhood pals miraculously unearths a 40-year-old photo and “tags” me, but then that fascination quickly turns to horror as I realize my embarrassing pre-pubescent shot is now online for all to see. Couldn’t it just simply be scanned and emailed to me the way technogeeks did things back in the olden days, ya know, the late 90s?
Oh, Facebook. You cyberland of rampant narcissism and wasted time. What started out as a social networking site for college kids has somehow turned into a cesspool of self-absorbed way-too-old-to-be-fucking-around-on-Facebook adults who think that the rest of us actually give a shit about what they’re drinking, eating, thinking, reading, watching, and/or are listening to every five minutes. They post their top 5 records, movies and TV shows. They post “25 Random Things About Me” lists. And they tell us constantly what they’re “fans of.” One person is a fan of “grilled cheese.” I kid you not. What have we come to when grilled cheese has its own Facebook page? Someone clearly has way too much time on their hands.
I think I’ve figured out Facebook’s major appeal. It offers uber-narcissists an opportunity to have their proverbial 15 minutes every five fucking minutes!. The site is overcrowded with attention-starved grown-ups essentially screaming “look at me… look at me!” all day long. They change their profile photos as often as I change my underwear, and they’ve somehow convinced themselves that their lives are infinitely interesting all the time. The “audience factor” is just way too attractive to these folks. It’s drunken karaoke without the booze and the bad singing, but with all the requisite self-indulgence.
Case in point the “What’s on your mind” section, formerly the “status” box. It’s full of pretentious, inane ramblings like “Bob is making some soup,” “Annie is dry-heaving right now,” “Louie is sitting in traffic, pondering the meaning of life,” “Joe is hungry,” “Debbie is tired,” “Maggie is perplexed,” “Phil’s ass hurts from yoga,” “Archie’s dreaming of Tulsa,” “Seth is a fan of Fellini,” “Leslie is drinking her morning OJ,” “Dan is contemplating a nap,” “Ellen is feeling empowered,” “Jack is boarding a flight home from LA,” “Susie is feeding her brain!” Oh…my…god. Somebody please get me an ice-pick to jab into my skull.
Let’s face it, there’s probably two or three of our really best pals who actually do care what the hell we do all the time. That’s why they’re our BFF’s. And they’re the ones who will normally respond to the riveting “Ed is drinking some coffee” post with something equally fascinating like “Decaf or regular?” But the rest of your 5000 Facebook friends really don’t care about these non-stop musings, as evidenced by the fact that virtually 99% of them have zero replies. I mean honestly, what can you really say back to “Rufus is rubbing a London Broil?”
Now in the spirit of full disclosure, I am a citizen of the Facebook nation. I was lured there by a dear friend with promises of mega-business-networking benefits, and I must also confess to periodically using the site for shameless self-promotion to my vast empire of 165 friends. But if I am indeed a Facebookian, it is citizenship in the vein of Che Guevara, Abbie Hoffman and Thomas Paine. I’m a radical. A dissident. A conscientious objector in the Armed Forces of Facebook. I might even call myself a revolutionary, for I’d love to stage a coup and turn Facebook the vainglorious social-networking site into Facebook the bastion of selflessness and redeeming social value. Just think of how incredibly impactful Facebook could be if its typically self-involved members would harness all of this cyberpassion and energy and channel it instead into educating our children, healing the sick, helping the poor and saving the environment.
I realize that I’ll likely lose a few ‘friends’ over this blasphemous diatribe, most likely those in my Facebook tribe. Some might even de-friend me, a sure sign that I’ve been branded a social-networking-outcast. But my real friends, the ones I’ve known for a zillion years, the ones I see all the time, the ones who I actually hang out with outside of cyberspace and have real live actual relationships with, the ones who’ll come over at 2am at the drop of hat if I needed help, they’ll totally get it. Know why? With the exception of one or two folks whom I absolutely adore and apologize to in advance if I’ve offended, none of them are on Facebook.
SECTION 1. Title. This act shall be known as the “2010 California Protection of Marriage Act.”
SECTION 2. Section 7.6 is added to Article I of the California Constitution, to read: No party to any marriage shall be restored to the state of an unmarried person during the lifetime of the other party unless the marriage is void or voidable, as set forth in Part 2 of Division 6 of the Family Code.
The bill was introduced in September of 2009 by John Marcotte, who describes himself as “a firm believer in traditional family values. He currently opposes gay marriage, Obama talking to children and MSNBC’s entire prime-time line-up. (via)
Children. Most of them are just a bunch of children.
This is all over the place today, but here is the clip of Rep. Joe Wilson (SC) yelling "you lie!" at the President of the United States during a joint session of congress last night. This seriously happened.
Apparently, he is really upset at the idea of undocumented immigrants potentially receiving health care. Because they are still going to to go to work and school and Joe would just rather see them infect the rest of us with their illnesses, rather than give any of his tax dollars over to making them better and less infectious. Sounds like a reasoned idea.
According to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Wilson’s Democratic opponent, Rob Miller, received roughly $100,000 in campaign contributions in the eight hours following the presidential address. Rad.
Also, don’t bother trying and get a hold of Joe today. He appears to be pretty busy:
“Things get more interesting on *With The Beatles*, particularly for audiences who feel the hi-hat should be the dominant musical instrument on all musical recordings.”—chuck klosterman on the beatles (via colinmeloy)