Just finished reading Matt Taibbi's most recent piece for Rolling Stone. His name has been mentioned here before. And I have said on many occasions that he is, in my opinion, the best fucking journalist in the game right now.
The story is entitled, "Wall Street's Bailout Hustle."
It just took my breath away.
Turns out, the extent of my knowledge on how this nightmare occurred was laughably ignorant. I mean, I understood credit-defaults and borrowing against mortgages, but that was just the tip of the iceberg.
Taibbi has written extensively on the financial crisis and how it happened.
But this. I'm going to pull a few quotes from the article...
"AIG was the ultimate example of this dynamic. At the height of the housing boom, Goldman was selling billions in bundled mortgage-backed securities — often toxic crap of the no-money-down, no-identification-needed variety of home loan — to various institutional suckers like pensions and insurance companies, who frequently thought they were buying investment-grade instruments. At the same time, in a glaring example of the perverse incentives that existed and still exist, Goldman was also betting against those same sorts of securities — a practice that one government investigator compared to 'selling a car with faulty brakes and then buying an insurance policy on the buyer of those cars.'"
"Goldman often 'insured' some of this garbage with AIG, using a virtually unregulated form of pseudo-insurance called credit-default swaps. Thanks in large part to deregulation pushed by Bob Rubin, former chairman of Goldman, and Treasury secretary under Bill Clinton, AIG wasn't required to actually have the capital to pay off the deals. As a result, banks like Goldman bought more than $440 billion worth of this bogus insurance from AIG, a huge blind bet that the taxpayer ended up having to eat."
"Thus, when the housing bubble went crazy, Goldman made money coming and going. They made money selling the crap mortgages, and they made money by collecting on the bogus insurance from AIG when the crap mortgages flopped."
Holy fucking shit. And it gets worse. A lot worse...
"... the Fed became not just a source of emergency borrowing that enabled Goldman and Morgan Stanley to stave off disaster — it became a source of long-term guaranteed income. Borrowing at zero percent interest, banks like Goldman now had virtually infinite ways to make money. In one of the most common maneuvers, they simply took the money they borrowed from the government at zero percent and lent it back to the government by buying Treasury bills that paid interest of three or four percent. It was basically a license to print money — no different than attaching an ATM to the side of the Federal Reserve."
"'You're borrowing at zero, putting it out there at two or three percent, with hundreds of billions of dollars — man, you can make a lot of money that way,' says the manager of one prominent hedge fund. 'It's free money.' Which goes a long way to explaining Goldman's enormous profits last year."
Read it immediately.
I had to put the magazine down three separate times because I was getting physically ill. My heart was racing, my stomach was churning, and my hands were shaking.
If you aren't pissed off, then you are clearly not paying attention.
The banks are handing out $14 Billion in bonuses right now.
And it's your fucking money.
The Moms sent this little gem.
They are gutting our institutions.
Arts programs are being scrapped as state deficits climb.
Make a difference. Write a letter.
Education is key.
Knowledge is power.
Cut my life into pieces. This is my last resort.
I had never watched this video. A friend mentioned the song, so I searched it out. I love what they did here. Throw a fucking party, because life aint as bad as you think, kids.
This house used to mean something.
Today, our Representatives made a mockery of our Democracy.
"In a 305-page report, the ethics committee declared that lawmakers are free to raise campaign money from the very companies they are benefiting so long as the deciding factors in granting those 'earmarks' are 'criteria independent' of the contributions. The report served as a blunt rejection of ethics watchdogs and a different group of congressional investigators, who have contended that in some instances the connection between donations and earmarks was so close that it had to be inappropriate.
'Simply because a member sponsors an earmark for an entity that also happens to be a campaign contributor does not, on these two facts alone, support a claim that a member's actions are being influenced by campaign contributions,' the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct said in a unanimous statement. "
The Washington Post has the scoop.
This is an absolute fucking abomination. Our founding fathers are rolling in their respective graves.
You should be ashamed of yourselves.
This may seem like more of a party than a riot.
But do not fool yourself. This is just the beginning.
People are fucking angry. I am angry.
These kids are protesting yet another tuition hike at Berkeley.
We, these United States of America, are raping our youth in education bills. And then sending them out into a non-existent workforce that underpays and overworks.
People are not fucking happy.
Let's fucking do this.
Senator Dick Durbin is spot the fuck on.
He lays it out there for even the most cynical to grasp.
If you truly fear a government funded Health Care system, GOP, then give up your federally-funded health insurance that you and your family enjoy every day.
Stop lying and start helping your constituents.
The hypocrisy is stunning.
Hate all you want, but this dude is legit.
An 11 year old boy was sitting front and center at John Mayer's concert in Philly Sunday night. He was holding a sign that read, "Can I please play 'Belief' with you?"
So John pulled the boy up onstage, strapped a guitar on him, and let the kid jam for a bit. Then, after getting the crowd to give the young boy a round of applause, he gave the kid his guitar saying, "that guitar is yours now."
That is love.
That is rock n roll.
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Jon Stewart, as usual, had the best coverage of the bi-partisan Health Care debate. The big three news channels were a joke.
A really bad joke.
Watch how Obama lays down the law. He is spectacular.
That is the man I voted for.
And watch the GOP do everything they can to do absolutely nothing.
Our democratic process allows for Amendments, people. That is how we make decent bills become great bills that help move our nation forward. You know, we get a bill passed, usually with Republicans kicking and screaming, and then we AMEND it until it is closer to what we collectively want.
So GOP, please either bring some ideas to the table or get the fuck out of the way.
I am tired of this shit.
My President made me proud yesterday.
Keep it up.
We are not alone.
There are others out there fighting for a world in which we could be proud of.
The Yes Men.
Are you a part of the revolution?
History will tell of our mission.
I am a soldier.
This song represents so many emotions I feel on a daily basis.
Eddie Vedder wrote this for the Into the Wild soundtrack. There's a reason that book will always be in my top 5. I connected with the character in a way that I had not experienced since reading Catcher in the Rye all those years ago.
Christopher McCandless wasn't some idiot. Some lunatic that couldn't handle modern society. He saw it for what it was. And what it is. He saw right through it. And it hurt him. He needed to get away. And it cost him his life.
Why do you think I have moved so often? Why do you think I have traveled so much throughout the states. Why do you think I am more comfortable on a motorcycle with a tent and sleeping bag strapped to the back than I am in an office building in Manhattan?
I am searching. I am searching for others like me.
Searching for meaning in this crazy, fucked up world.
Searching for Hope.
What we have become disgusts me.
Where the top 1% control everything, while convincing the poor and lower class that they are important. We no longer have a Middle Class in America.
There are the haves and the have-nots. We live in an apathetic nation of greed.
A nation that chooses to look the other way as the rest of the world suffers for American profit. A nation that allows children to work in sweatshops to make our sneakers and handbags and sunglasses and car radios and every other fucking thing we use. A nation that looks the other way when we use military force to ensure our cultural and economic control over the developing world. A nation that gives out Wall Street bonuses that could feed the entire planet and would completely eradicate world hunger for years.
A nation that promotes its Christian ideals while ignoring the homeless and less fortunate or murders abortion doctors. A nation of racists and homophobes. A nation that drives giant, gas-guzzling monsters to and from massive grocery stores, but scoffs at scientific research proving our devastating footprint on the Earth. A nation where quarterly earnings are more important than American workers, with families and mortgages. A nation where 30 Million people do not have access to basic health care and Insurance companies turn staggering profits.
A nation of winners and losers.
Thank you, Eddie.
President Obama and the Dems are trying to push through a bill to help small businesses with tax cuts and incentives to keep them afloat and create American jobs.
But of course Big Corporate wants a piece of that pie, as well. It seems they're hurting, too. And they feel that they deserve the same benefits that small business should get.
So the CEOs came to meet with the White House.
"The group met Tuesday night with Obama to press their case. The list of invitees at Wednesday's meeting included: John J. Castellani, president of the Business Roundtable, an industry trade group; David Cote, CEO of Honeywell International; Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase; Michael T. Duke, CEO of Wal-Mart Stores; William Green, CEO of Accenture; Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric Company; Andrew Liveris, CEO of Dow Chemical Company; Antonio Perez, CEO of Eastman Kodak Company; Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T; and Ivan Seidenberg, CEO of Verizon Communications."
Damn, the big dogs came out in force.
I sincerely hope that Obama and Co. do not really consider the plight of Wall Street comparable to the plight of Main Street any longer. Haven't these guys been bailed out enough? Didn't they get enough tax cuts for the past 8 years?
The difference is, small business in America actually creates jobs. Big business, the ones who can afford to hire or keep existing workers, choose layoffs and quarterly earnings over patriotism and loyalty.
It's a small, but telling piece in the HuffPost.
But the line of the week comes from that gentleman pictured above, Rhode Island Democratic Senator Jack Reed.
Reed said that "he bought the argument that American corporations are good job-creators -- with one caveat: 'Yeah, in China.'"
Now I usually do not enjoy when pundits shout over their guests to make a point.
But when said guest is fucking Joe "YOU LIE!" Wilson of South Carolina, I could really not care less.
And in my humble opinion, this man deserves absolutely no respect whatsoever after what he pulled during the State of the Union Address last year.
So dig this clip of "YOU LIE!" Wilson getting owned on Health Care by MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan.
It made me smile. Just a little bit.
Blackwater International, now known as Xe Services LLC because of all their bad press, has now been accused of yet another war crime.
This time it's stealing guns and ammunition from the United States, the country it so patriotically serves. Well, serves for profit. And a massive profit that is.
Did you know that at least 90% of the company's revenue comes from government contracts, of which two-thirds are no-bid contracts?
In an article by The Washington Independent, Blackwater is accused of stealing hundreds of weapons from a US military bunker by signing off on them using the name Eric Cartman.
Yet Blackwater claims that no one under that name has ever served under their corporate umbrella.
That's strange, because that name sounds so familiar.
Where the fuck have I heard that name before?
"On one of those occasions, in September 2008, Chief Warrant Officer Greg Sailer, who worked at 22 Bunkers and is a friend of a Blackwater officer working in Afghanistan, signed over more than 200 AK-47s to an individual identified as “Eric Cartman” or possibly “Carjman” from Blackwater’s Counter Narcotics Training Unit. A Blackwater lawyer told committee staff that no one by those names has ever been employed by the company. Eric Cartman is the name of an obnoxious character from Comedy Central’s popular “South Park” cartoon."
This accusation comes on the heels of dozens of crimes against humanity in the War on Terror that wages in both Iraq and Afghanistan. You know, like slaughtering of women and children, unarmed in an Iraqi home. Or opening fire on a crowded intersection of Baghdad. The list goes on and on.
Maybe George and Dick should have used our own soldiers to fight these two "just wars." But then again, it clearly makes more sense to hire mercenaries to invade, conquer, and protect their industrial resources. Especially when there are covert operations to train and governments to overthrow.
We wouldn't want the American people to actually know what's going on over there, now would we.
Just sit back in your chairs, eat your TV dinners, watch Glenn Beck, fear the black man in the White House, and worry about who Tiger Woods was fucking.
At least Obama has allowed their continued presence in Afghanistan after the company was booted from Iraq. Yes, the Iraqi government and its people forced Blackwater out of the country because of its abuses.
To learn a bit more about Blackwater USA, er, I mean Blackwater International, wait, I mean Xe Services, please go here for a quick history lesson.
You will not be surprised to learn how connected they are within the GOP.
Famed record producer Steve Lillywhite has thrown his hat in the ring to replace Simon Cowell on American Idol, as this season will be Cowell's last.
If you're not familiar with Lillywhite by name, I'm sure you've heard of a few of the acts he has produced. He discovered U2 for starters. The number of artists he has worked with is absolutely staggering.
He even produced the last couple of Phish albums.
Learn more about Lillywhite here.
The man is a legend.
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As always, thank you, Jon.
Glenn Beck told his audience that he learned about the evils of socialism in his public library, which is a social institution paid for with tax dollars.
This guy really has no idea how ridiculous he sounds.
But worse, neither do his legions of fans.
That's the Tea Party movement for ya. Less government, but we want our Medicare and Medicaid. Less taxes, but we like bombing the shit out of people for their natural resources.
Education should be our number two priority after we pass Health Care Reform.
These folks need it. And so do their children.
Without Progressives, our country would be an industrial cesspool with zero social services to take care of its aging citizens. No protected lands or national park service. No funding for the arts, sciences, or environment.
It's like I wake up in an alternate universe when I hear guys like Beck speak at these conferences. Lies lies lies followed by more lies.
I guess I'm a communist.
I finally got into these boys last year.
But I only heard this song today, thanks to a very dear friend.
It's the best one yet.
I and Love and You.
If you have not seen this documentary, please do not hesitate another minute. Open a new window in your browser and immediately go to your Netflix queue. Search "The Corporation" and place it at the top.
Yes, I am a doc nut, but The Corporation was the most telling, informational, educational, inspirational film I have seen on the subject of American Corporate Imperialism to date.
It covers the entire range of the injustices wrought by American enterprise.
From human rights violations to environmental devastation to political manipulation to nation building and creation of war.
Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, and Naomi Klein are just a few of the brilliant minds of the socially conscious movement that appear in this stunning, revelatory movie.
However, it also includes executives of American and international business; both those who are attempting to become sustainable leaders of industry, as well as those who are still in denial of the role their companies play in enslaving and destroying the planet's population and species of life.
Something must be done soon. Or we will leave our grandchildren's grandshildren a life of fascist desolate misery. And that is simply unacceptable.
Knowledge is power.
Uh oh, Tea Baggers...
Your Great White Hope just voted with the Democrats to actually serve his state and offer stimulus for job creation.
There goes the neighborhood.
Fox and friends hosted parties across the nation when this gentleman, and former centerfold, was elected to fill the empty seat of legendary Senator Ted Kennedy. The right celebrated his win as a force of the Tea Party and Conservative movement to oust Democrats and keep Obama to one term.
Looks like you're gonna have to find another monkey willing to fight.
America 1, GOP 0.
This clip made my entire week.
You see, the gentleman in the middle is my good buddy, Joey. He is a teacher and actor in New Jersey whom I met through mutual friends. This video is from their annual Teacher's Lip Sync contest.
And he kills, as always.
Joey is a brilliant stage actor, and I was lucky enough to catch him in at least one epic performance before I left for California.
When I asked him if he had taped any of his recent plays, he sent me this.
And it brought the LOLZ.
Great Op-Ed from the NY Times economist Paul Krugman.
He eloquently writes that Republicans have been chanting "smaller government" and "less spending" for decades, but never offer up ideas on where to cut spending or what government institutions to get rid of.
Read it here.
Krugman is legit. He predicted the recession we find ourselves in. But no one listened. Now, rather than say "I told you so" he has been making the rounds and stepping up his columns to offer ways to fix the mess.
But the right keeps fighting this administration tooth and nail.
Good luck, America.
This is what it's all about.
Nah, we don't need Health Care Reform.
My apologies, Republicans and Tea Baggers.
Please, keep up the good fight.
And it did. Well, at least in my apartment.
Finally got around to seeing this film.
It fucking rocks. Watch it.
Good to have a bit of inspiration, as well, considering I just picked up the guitar for the first time. At 30. A beautiful old Washburn acoustic my brother gave me.
It's never too late.
Tomorrow, my fingers just may bleed a little.
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Colin Powell still has a lifetime of apologies to make for his lies before the UN in 2002 and 2003, but I'm glad he's been trying to redeem himself at least a bit.
And if it were up to me, he would spend a really long fucking time in Purgatory thinking about what he did up on that podium. Showing drawings of possible WMDs. It makes me sick that anyone even bought that shit, let alone the majority of this country.
But I digress.
This clip gets really good at around the 7:45 mark.
Nice to see prominent Republicans standing up for POTUS this weekend. They're an extremely small minority, but we need all the help we can get.
This is why I love Ahnold.
It takes an actor and former body-builder from Austria to actually want to help the American people he serves.
The Republicans that have been bashing the President's stimulus package while taking credit for job creation in their home states should be publicly reprimanded (like Romney was after his CPAC speech was proved completely fabricated) and should be made to apologize to voters for their shameful politics.
Whatever happened to representing your constituents? Fuck, man.
Here's a bit from the Governator on ABC's This Week, via HuffPost.
"I find it interesting that you have a lot of the Republicans running around, and pushing back on the stimulus money and saying, 'This doesn't create any new job,'" said Schwarzenegger. "And then they go out and do the photo ops, posing with the big check and they say: 'Isn't this great, look at the kind of money I've provided for the state and this is money to create jobs, and this has created 10,000 new jobs, this has created 20,000 news jobs, and all those kinds of things.' It doesn't match up."
It's hypocrisy, said host Terry Moran. "Exactly," Schwarzenegger replied.
"I don't want to beat up on my Republican colleagues but I think it is kind of politics rather than thinking about one thing, and this is: 'How do we support the president? How do we support him and everything we can in order to go and stimulate the economy back and think about the people and not the politics?'
"Anyone that says this hasn't created a job, they should talk to the 150,000 people getting jobs in California," he added, "from the private sector and also from the public sector."
How sad is it that Repubs have a pretty damn good chance at taking the majority back in Congress this fall, and it's all been based on fucking lies.
Here's a throwback for ya. Let's bring it back to 93.
This was a huge fave of mine in high school.
As a matter of fact, when I had an in-school suspension, my girlfriend at the time snuck me in a Walkman and a mixtape with this on it into the guidance counselor's office during lunch.
I proceeded to stuff the Walkman into my pants, run the headphones chord up my shirt and hid the earpiece in my shirt collar. So while the suspension monitor thought I was lazily and defiantly sulking with my head resting on my hands, I was quietly rockin out to Paperboy. Man I wish I could see the other songs she put on there right about now.
I can only imagine.
"Your place or mine all night until the next day."
Hey Stephen, homey don't play that.
I understand that short-term memory loss has been rampant in Republicans for as long as I've been alive, but jesus fucking christ when is it going to start to come back to them?
He didn't make his bed, lil Stevie. That's the whole fucking point.
But last time I checked, he is definitely fucking lying in it.
What an asshole.
Can someone please translate this idiot for me.
And no, I am not fucking kidding.
Beck, day in and day out, stands in front of his chalkboard, cherry-picking lines - completely out of context - from his historical document du jour, and completely manipulates it to make the author come across as Communist.
I am going on the record right now: nobody in his audience has any fucking clue what the gibberish spewing out of his mouth even means, and then proceed to boo and hiss when he says some Pinko, Commie reference word.
You really got to hand it to this neanderthal. These simple folk buy it hook, line, and sinker.
Few people truly frighten me. This man does that and more.
You see, Glenn Beck is a leader. A strong one at that.
One who claims that Progressivism is the "great Cancer of this country." That Progressives = Communists. Literally. I'm not joking. Listen to him speak.
Republicans have been shoving the Red Scare down our throats for decades.
You know what comes to mind?
"All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach." - Adolf Hitler
See how I did that?
Yeah, he likes to compare Obama to Hitler.
Check mate, homeboy.
Here's a good review of the gibberish by Salon.
This is another stunning documentary on the issues of piracy and intellectual property, which has become a global war in itself.
Clearly this is a big issue for me, as my views on it have been turned completely upside down in only the last year. And I mean completely upside down.
Hopefully you watched the last one, RIP! A Manifesto.
But peep this one, as well.
The protagonist is Sweden's Pirate Bay. If you're not familiar, learn more here. The three members, or hosts, of the Pirate Bay explain to us in this film how Hollywood's MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) used it's Washington lobbyists to convince the White House to threaten the Swedish government into shutting down their servers with promises of WTO trade embargoes.
No, I am not kidding.
Corporate American Imperialism?
Yes and yes.
Fight the power.
Motherfucking Tucker Carlson.
This is classic Fox News rhetoric.
Now they're blaming US colleges and universities for spreading liberal views.
No, Tucker. Education does not brainwash our youth into becoming liberals. Education breeds socially-aware, environmentally-conscious, well-read, open-minded, free-thinking citizens of the world. You know, liberals.
You are the close-minded fucks that are afraid of the black man in the White House. You are the rich, white, heterosexual men that have been running shop for too long. And we are ready for some changes.
Sorry, boys. The party is over.
We are coming to get you.
PS, where's the bow tie, dipshit?
Look at this fucking ass clown at the CPAC.
This dude has so much anger about his bisexual tendencies you can feel the tension permeating off of him through the fucking computer screen.
I'll bet the farm that I know what Ryan Sorba's favorite part of football practice was...
What a fucking waste of oxygen.
Hey, at least some of them are booing.
I was shocked.
But really. What the fuck would a homosexual possibly be doing voting for a conservative? I mean really. That is one thing that never ceases to amaze me.
The only people the Republican party care about are rich, white, heterosexual men. And if you haven't figured that out yet, then I suggest picking up a book or two.
Preferably in the Historical Non-Fiction section of your public library.
Hat tip to Shane Powers for posting.
I am diggin on this band, Apartment 5.
My buddy down in New Orleans sent me this clip. One of the members is his friend's son up in Fayetteville, AK. Looks like R-Kansas is bringin the rock.
These boys are gonna make some moves. Get on it.
And dig that Rorschach video. Hot shit.
Find more of their tunes here.
This may be silly and ridiculous.
But so is denying Global Warming due to weather changes.
The Taliban ambushed an allied patrol yesterday.
1 Marine and 11 Allied soldiers were killed.
I can not believe that Obama has intensified this war.
We hardly even hear about the civilian casualties.
The Soviets failed and so will we. Because it is not a war, it is colonization. Hell, we're militarily and financially supporting the warlords in the poppy region, who make and distribute most of the world's heroin, and then have the audacity to say we are there partly to eradicate the poppy fields.
Here is the piece in the NY Times.
Finally watched Soderberg's "Che" starring Benicio del Toro.
All FIVE hours of it.
It was long, but it was magnificent.
Please take the time to sit through this film.
I only wish I were able to take up arms for what I believe in.
And I truly hope that American Imperialism ends in my lifetime.
Our enslavement of the world and our rape of its land brings me great shame.
America makes up 4% of the Earth's population. And we use 25% of its resources.
As much as I hate to admit it.
And I really fucking hate to admit it.
The Enquirer actually deserves the Pulitzer on the John Edwards scandal.
Every legitimate media outlet was sleeping on this story while The Enquirer went after it guns a blazin.
I would love to say this is a sad day for journalism, but "writers" from E!, US Weekly, and all the other sorry excuses for entertainment news have been calling themselves "journos" for years. I don't even know what that word means anymore. These people aren't journalists. I don't fucking care what it says on their diplomas.
Our media is a fucking joke. Might as well treat it as such.
Sorry, Gray Lady, but you should have fucking nailed this story.
This chick at the HuffPost has been pushing this for a while.
My god, the media makes me fucking sick.
This is the woman that voiced the teen with Down Syndrome on Family Guy.
Today she responded to Sarah Palin's bullshit.
"I guess former Governor Palin does not have a sense of humor. I thought the line 'I am the daughter of the former governor of Alaska' was very funny. I think the word is 'sarcasm.'
In my family we think laughing is good. My parents raised me to have a sense of humor and to live a normal life."
Here is the rest of her correspondence with the NY Times.
Stewart and Co were spot on with this.
I am so fucking tired of hearing the ignorant among us say things like,
"Can you believe the snow we just had? Al Gore is an idiot!"
"Man this winter is brutal, global warming my ass!"
You sound like a fucking moron. Al Gore is trying to help us. And the idiots on Fox and some of my less-educated Conservative friends are constantly belittling a massive global issue because of their political leanings... and because they couldn't take the time to do their own research.
So I am going to break it down in a really easy way.
The scientists that have dismissed Global Warming in recent years were hired by energy companies. You know, Coal, Oil. The companies that are destroying our planet. And you all would know that if you actually did any research rather than listening to some pundit or Congressman who are in bed with the Corporatocracy.
This isn't conspiracy shit, people. They are lying to you.
Next time, get your fucking facts straight before you say something stupid.
I don't usually hype TV shows. House is entertaining for sure, but I don't geek out and tell people about a certain episode after watching. Like ever.
But this one was exceptional.
It followed a day in the (imaginary) life of Cuddy, the Dean of Medicine.
A beautiful expose on the hospital - insurance company relationship.
Watch it here.
She finally responded to the Family Guy episode.
On her Facebook page.
The fact that Sarah fucking Palin rants on her Facebook page is laughable. Then again, so is this blog. I guess we are all entitled to our opinions.
But her's are stupid. Fact.
And fucking Gawker is Team Palin? What happened to my lefty blog?
I'm just gonna come out and say it.
Fuck this bitch.
She spews out her conservative venom on a regular basis.
Telling us that we should be more like her. Well guess what? I don't like her. And I hate everything that she stands for. Especially her bullshit, hypocritical rhetoric.
Team Family Guy.
The game has changed, darlin. Nothing is off-limits.
This is my favorite band on the planet.
And this chick in my apartment just said...
And I quote.
"This song makes me want to take off all of my clothes."
Could not have said it better myself.
This dude is cleaning up an eight year mess.
Give him some fucking breathing room.
Yeah, he's in bed with the corporatocracy, but he's better than what we've had.
FDR was a liberal. And FDR told his detractors to give him their best shot. He was a fucking legend.
There is a reason we are called Progressives.
I fucking love this city.
This clip of the "dancing guy" at the Sasquatch Music Festival in Washington state was my favorite video of the year. This lone wolf shedded his shirt and just started groovin to the music. And within minutes, he started a raging dance party.
Derek Sivers turned it into a lecture on the art of leadership.
And it is outstanding.
Watch and enjoy.
This dude shreds on the guitar.
Yeah, he's got a big fucking mouth. And yeah, he is constantly in the tabloids. But ask yourself, when was the last time a rockstar said whatever the fuck he wanted to say?
It's been too long.
John Mayer is a rockstar. It's nice to see someone doing and saying shit that pisses people off.
The "N" word is off-limits, brother. Everything else is fair-game.
But don't fucking cry. Jesus.
Mtv has finally dropped their "Music Television" tagline from its official logo.
And it's about fucking time.
"We were really thinking about it in terms of having the brand and our talent living in the same space together," Tina Exarhos, executive vice president of marketing and multiplatform creative projects, told The News.
"If you watch the channel, you've seen that it's definitely going in a new direction," said Exarhos. "We really wanted to see the logo featured in a new way, and this was really meant to be able to house all the great things that are happening at MTV at any given time."
At least they have finally embraced what us Gen Xers realized about, oh let's say, a decade ago. There is no music on Mtv.
As I write this, I can't help but admit a feeling of nostalgia. Then, a moment later that feeling has passed. I've moved on. We have all moved on.
Here's the NY Daily News piece.
Let's bring it back a lil bit one last time.
Not even a day after I ranted about Myspace's latest debacle, Owen Van Natta steps down as CEO.
Not sure if you are aware, but Van Natta left his post as a Facebook executive to take the reigns at the fledgling Myspace Music less than a year ago. He came on to replace Myspace co-founder, Chris DeWolfe, whom Rupert and Co forced to resign and take on a very lucrative consulting gig within the company.
Clearly it's more of a mess than even he imagined.
Here's the USA Today story.
The ship is sinking.
A New Mexican state congressman has put forth a bill to store the state's money in local, community banks, rather than in it's usual location: Bank of America. And it's gathering votes in the Senate. What's shocking is that Bank of America lobbyists are nowhere to be seen. Probably because if they do speak up, no PR campaign will save them.
This is so American on every level.
The congressman was inspired by Arianna Huffington's inspirational movement to "fire the big financial institutions" and put our money in local banks. Say what you want about the left-leaning HuffPost, but usually Arianna and Co have their hearts in the right place. Which is the American people. And this movement needs to gain momentum.
Bush and Obama both said our banks are too big to fail. So you know what I say?
Let's make them smaller.
I have spent the last couple of weeks scouting local banks on the west side of Los Angeles, so I can finally tell Chase to fuck off once and for all.
Go New Mexico. Go America.
Let's do this.
Alec Baldwin weighed in on the Sarah Palin nightmare.
And I have to admit, he is spot the fuck on.
"So, you think Sarah Palin is embarrassed by the crib-notes-on-the-palm incident?
You're kidding, right?
This woman, like national candidates of both parties, doesn't draw a breath without a team of political and image consultants vetting her choices. Wardrobe, hair, make-up, speaking style, text, context. This woman hasn't moved a muscle spontaneously since she was selected as McCain's running mate.
Palin reads off the palm of her hand because she can't whittle or cast a fly rod or shoot a wild animal while giving a policy speech. (Then again, who knows?) She reads her palm in order to send a message to her anti-Eastern establishment, Obama-hating, OK-You've-Had-Your-Black-President-Experiment, Tea Party types. That message is, "I'm just one person, doing the best I can with what God gave me. Like all y'all out there."
Read his entire HuffPost blog here.
And peep that panther tattoo. Yeah, Alec.
A friend of mine turned me onto these boys a few years ago in New York. Their fanbase has grown entirely organically, from straight giggin and networking. This is the future of the record business. Don't get your hopes up for riches, but you can easily make an honest living playing rock n roll. These boys are selling out rooms across the country.
They call themselves White Rabbits. The song is entitled, "Percussion Drum."
I haven't heard a more aptly titled song in a long, long time.
This band is dope. Get on it. They are exploding on the scene.
And rightfully so.
Beach privatization is not cool.
When I own my little stretch of sand, there will be a sign posted reading, "All are welcome to enjoy this beach."
This commercial for Surfrider is so fucking great.
I am all for private land ownership. You've earned that slab of beach, for sure.
But whatever happened to our sense of community?
"Sign Sign everywhere a sign
Blocking out the scenery breaking my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign"
Myspace is now beta testing 30 second ads to air while people are streaming music from it's artist pages, according to Hypebot.
Dear Rupert, we already hate your site. All of us in America. Especially us music industry folk who actually still surf for talent. You may still be popular in southeast Asia, but Newscorp has lost this market. The ONLY thing that was keeping you alive is your music section. Literally. That's it. And now you're going to piss off the last few stragglers that even visit your fledgling site?
Are you retarded? (That was for you, Ms. Palin)
Note to giant media conglomerates that scoop up hip online destinations as a source of fresh revenue streams: You have to invest in development and innovation or somebody will blow you off the map quicker than you can say "fourth quarter earnings." If you are not constantly improving your site, making it convenient, fast, simple, cool - while minimizing invasive advertising - you will fail. Fact. And no one is to blame but yourself.
Newscorp paid well over a half billion dollars for the hottest networking site in history, only to watch their market share and hip factor crumble in a matter of months. I'd laugh, but I don't care enough. Do I feel sorry for Newscorp? No, I fucking loathe everything they stand for. But it is a prime example of how not to do business in this technological age.
I stopped using it as a social networking site well over two years ago, which is light years in today's market. I only use it for research now, and I actually get annoyed when a band sends me their Myspace link. I would much prefer a youtube page or a website.
From the top to the bottom.
Serves you right, Rupert.
I am diggin this movement right here.
"Our Congress is broken. Even at a moment of extraordinary crisis, Members spend an endless amount of time simply raising campaign cash. We need Congress to focus; to address the problems that burden America; to do its job."
Read their Amendment. It is simple, eloquent, and to the fucking point. We must, as a nation, reform campaign financing. It is literally destroying our democracy. Both Democrats and Republicans are completely beholden to the corporations that fund their campaigns. It is deplorable, but it has become the norm.
Let's change that. Sign up now.
This is not a right or left issue. This is an American issue.
Fight the power.
This film blew my mind. No joke.
I thought I had a pretty firm stance on copyright. I had no fucking clue.
"The film's central protagonist is Girl Talk, a mash-up musician topping the charts with his sample-based songs. But is Girl Talk a paragon of people power or the Pied Piper of piracy? Creative Commons founder, Lawrence Lessig, Brazil's Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow are also along for the ride."
Copyright laws have changed so drastically in the past decade or two that I wasn't even aware of how they now, almost exclusively, profit the corporation rather than the individual. Copyright is not just music and film, people, we are talking about prescription drugs, technology, you name it.
It is truly frightening how both Democratic and Republican leaders have altered copyright laws that were established 500 years ago to benefit companies like Disney and other media conglomerates.
Watch this film. Steal this film. It's an eye opener, man.
It's on Hulu.
A very good friend of mine wrote this recently and I was absolutely floored. Like jaw to the ground, floored. He is a poet and a scholar and I am proud to be his friend for nearly 20 years.
He's a conservative. But a real conservative. You know, true Republican ideals. Not fundamentalist, oppressive neo-con beliefs, but a classic fiscal conservative gentleman. And we enjoy a mutually respectful conversation every time we get together.
Check out his blog The Caped Tirader!.
The State Of The Union
The media's got a stronghold on society
You might choose the flavor, but they choose the variety
Its got me scared man. Its time to stand and
Come together as one to formulate a damn plan.
They call it a melting pot. Turn the heat down
Its time to all join hands together in peace now
Or take to the streets now. Make our voices heard
Instead we give away our choices and follow the herd
Information we get isn't investigated then reported
It's paraphrased, opinion based, spun, and distorted
What's bred from biased views, is not really news
so the whole 'no news is good news' is not really true
The more outlets we have, the more people seem confused
By cons fusing slogans to ad-homs and excuse
"The place for politics", "The World Leader in News",
"Fair and Balanced"; each one a ruse
And the state of politics really makes me sick
Politicians just keep slinging mud 'til it sticks
Trying to prove their high morals by painting others as wicked
Creating high murals in idolatry full of cynics.
They sold the soul of responsibilities
and continually rape a system
Bought buy sponsors with abilities
to essentially shape decisions.
Neocons with blind faith, Liberals with false hopes
have common sense and rationality walking a thin rope
Extreme actions of both result the same way
Some benefit, and the rest just rot away.
If not today, then when will we realize
Five-hundred and thirty-five shouldn't control our lives.
Neither should nine, impede on our rights.
They all have a role and that role should be slight.
We the citizens must keep them balanced and in check
Make sure they rightfully check balances before writing checks
Make sure that checks and balances are in place and correct
And correct imbalances thru vote checks and protests.
United we stand and divided we fall
That was true in Aesop's fable and in John Dickenson's song
Every conscious being knows innately right and wrong
Let's stand up for
Please watch The Soloist. Robert Downy Jr and Jamie Foxx are absolutely sensational.
This film touches on something that has affected me my entire life.
Ever since I was a child, my heart has ached when I see someone begging for change, wandering the streets in rags, standing on a corner ranting irrationally, or sleeping on the pavement in the rain. I often wonder, where are their parents? Where is their family? Where are their friends? How can anyone let another human being go hungry? Be without shelter? Not get access to medication and basic health care?
Welcome to America.
We all need to do our part. Collect food. Donate clothes. Give our spare change. And volunteer our time. Sure, we are all "busy" in this modern world, but trust me, we spend more time in front of the television, ignoring phone calls when we could be spending that time constructively. Helping others. It doesn't have to be a lot. And it doesn't have to be often. But count your blessings and share your good fortune with your brothers and sisters out there in the cold. I promise, you will be glad you did.
I donate food and clothes. I give my spare change. And I volunteer my time. So can you.
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi