Apr 29, 2009

Wednesday Night Music Club

This is a fantastic track. I know nothing about the group other than this song, which I first heard featured in the finale to the NBC show "Life", and then again in the finale to HBO's "Eastbound & Down".

This is a really cool track though. It's Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestar feat. Nino Moschella - Kiss The Sky.

Right Wing Idealogues blaming immigrants for Swine Flu

ahhhhhhhhhh gotta love those racist wingnutters, eh?

Sure, blame the Mexicans for bringing Swine Flu into the USA. How DARE they..wait...what? It wasn't Mexicans bringing it in? It was...Catholic school kids? um....

Apr 28, 2009

The Hunt for Gollum (World Premiere May 3rd)

Here's a fanmade trailer for a fanfilm called "The Hunt for Gollum" which, from what I hear, is a fan prequel to The Hobbit.

The preview looks pretty damn good, and I'm actually looking forward to this. Running time of the actual fan film is said to be over 40minutes.

What do you think?

Apr 23, 2009

Thursday Night Music Club (Sensual Edition)

Below are some videos that I think are cool, that have a bit of a more sensual/sexual tinge to them either in the words or the imagery or both. These videos may or may not be safe for work, depending on where ya work. lol

They are the videos that played on MTV/BET so there's no "uncut" videos on here. ha ha.

Lee - Back2Love

Floetry - Say Yes

Chris Isaak - Wicked Game

The Apparant Destructive Power of a Handshake

I kinda touched on this the other day, but I felt this was important enough and I had much more to say, that it deserved it's own post.

Recently President Obama had the occasion to meet Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez. Now I don't think anyone has any illusions about Chavez. The man does not really have a lot of good things to say about the United States.

That being said, when Obama met with him, he shook his hand. *GASP*. He even smiled at him. *DOUBLE GASP*.

And predictably there are those in the political world (three guesses on what affiliation they have, and the first two don't count) that are slamming Obama and talking about how he's made this country less safe, due to his smiling and shaking Chavez' hand. The hand of a man who is no friend to our country.


I have a few things to say on this. First of all, why do these critics view America as being a weak fragile nation? One that would be devastated and shook to it's very foundations, at the idea of President Obama actually shaking hands with someone who doesn't like our country?

I'm reminded of how fans of Hip Hop will often decry that the latest manufactured pop/rap act to come along, whether it's Asher Roth, or Soulja Boy, or whoever, is the sign that "Hip Hop is Dead". I often think, "how little respect do you have for hip hop? Why do you think that Hip Hop is so fragile that it can be destroyed by a single artist coming out that isn't what you view Hip Hop as needing to be?

And that's how I feel about this. How little do you think of America's resolve that you think the entire nation will crumble because Obama had the audacity to show someone respect, even if that man doesn't necessarily respect this country?

What happened to the Christian values that is supposedly an exclusive to the Republican Party from what I'm told?

Would you prefer we go back to the model of behavior that former President George W. Bush maintained? Pissing off leaders left and right from other countries, basically disrespecting everyone, and telling everyone that it's our way or the highway?

That's what I don't get. These are people who are telling us that being polite is a bad thing. In fact being polite is something that will destroy the moral fabric of this country.

That by shaking hands and smiling, that somehow everyone in the world is gonna say "Ha! Gotcha, bitch!" when it comes to Obama. That he's just some wide eyed fan at a Bon Jovi Concert in 1987, who will be easily led astray and convinced to do whatever they ask him.

That's not the situation here.

Let's be clear on one thing. This has nothing to do with Hugo Chavez. This has nothing to do with the Saudi King who Obama met recently either (another meeting that riled up the Republicans).

This has EVERYTHING to do with the fact that the Republicans lost the election and several seats in the House/Senate. EVERYTHING to do with that.

In the past three months the Republicans have done everything in their power to shit on everything that Barack Obama has tried to do. Good or Bad, everything he's tried to do has been stonewalled by people who pledged to work side by side with him. And every single one of them just about has stabbed him in the back at every turn.

I'm not a blind supporter of Barack Obama. He's done several things already that has made me upset, starting with bringing a bunch of Hillary's people in to start things off.

However I'm just struck by how many people who are attacking Barack at every turn, are the same people who got offended when anyone said ANYTHING bad about George Bush.

"We're at war! How DARE you question the President? You're nothing but a traitor!"

What a difference an election makes!

Now those same people are leading the charge at a wartime President (two wars that were inherited by the previous administration I might add).

I actually heard someone recently slam Obama because he signed, as his first act, a bill reversing Bush's stance on Stem Cell research.

And this guy said "With the Economy the way it is, THIS is more important to him than fixing the economy".

And this guy is a big time Christian guy so I know why he's like this, because of the whole Abortion/Gay Rights thing which is a thorn in the paw of a lot of Christians.

But I have to wonder if Obama had passed a law outlawing Abortion, would he have said a damn thing about how "Obama should be spending more time on the Economy instead of this"?

Me thinks not.

Legal Discrimination

Something occurred to me recently and I suppose it's something that I've always kinda realized but it just smacked me in the head.

It's actually legal to discriminate against people apparently. And when I say it's legal to discriminate, I mean it's okay to discriminate against people who you disagree with as long as you claim that it is based on your Religious beliefs.

As a Christian I've met many people who use their faith to proclaim that books should be banned from public and school libraries, such as Harry Potter, and Tom Sawyer and whatnot.

I've seen people use the name of God to go out and commit violent acts against Family Planning type buildings, setting them on fire and attacking people.

I've also seen many people use God as an excuse to deprive other Americans of the same rights and privileges that they themselves enjoy.

And of course I am referring to the issue of Gay Marriage. Now for the record I'm a straight white dude, so it's not like I'm trying to legally get some dude to hitch up wagons or anything. I just have a hard time reconciling the fact that I'm supposed to advocate the blatant discrimination and degradation of others, because some people believe that God is down with that.

In the Bible it clearly states in Leviticus that a man shall not lay with another man. Okay I get that. But what about the other things in the Bible that are CLEARLY stated that it's a sin to do, and yet we do it now.

What about the things that the Bible says that it's okay to do, and yet we don't do now.

Since the Bible is used to condemn homosexuality, and we're told NEVER to question the Bible, why does it seem that it's a "pick and choose" situation?

Now despite what some people believe, I do count myself as a Christian. Not the best Christian. Not nearly a perfect Christian, but a Christian. One with flaws and doubts and cracks in my armor, just like the rest of everyone in the world.

However I kinda wonder where are the strict Bible interpretations of the ability to sell your daughters into slavery? [Exodus 21:7].

What about when men trim their hair, especially around the temples. Should they be put to death? [Lev. 19:27]

While homosexuality is declared an "abomination" [Leviticus 18:12], so is eating shellfish [Lev. 11:10]

Should those of our friends and neighbors who work on the Sabbath be put to death, as decreed in Exodus 35:2?

My point isn't to ridicule the Bible or mock God or anything like that. My point is to say this: How can you use a Bible verse to condemn someone else, when you don't follow EVERYTHING in the Bible.

It comes off as picking and choosing what you want to follow. "oh these are different times now, we don't kill people for eating shellfish". Really? But we condemn and discriminate against other people because of what the Bible says is an Abomination? But so is eating Shellfish.

The Bible also says, and pay attention to this, that in God's eyes, sin is sin. He doesn't weigh one sin greater than another, or less than another. One sin is just as bad as another sin.

So by that estimation, homosexuality is no bigger a sin, than someone judging someone else's lifestyles or behavior, right?

I'm going to ruffle feathers with this, and I'm prepared to accept that. I acknowledge what the Bible, the word of my God, says about Homosexuality. However I don't recall anywhere in the Bible that tells me to discriminate, to ostracize, to condemn, or degrade ANYONE because they happen to live their lives differently then I do.

In my opinion, after all is said and done, God will deal with what God needs to deal with. When we pass on from this earth, and go to meet our maker, we shall have to stand up in front of God and accept responsibility for our actions.

For those who have mocked Him, they will attone. For those who have defied Him, they shall atone.

For those who have passed judgment on others, they will atone. For those who have misinterpreted, and twisted God's words to fit their warped sense of righteousness, then they, too, shall atone.

I'm not put on this earth to pass judgment and accusations on others. And neither are any of us.

No matter what some of us may feel, God did not send us to do his work as it pertains to judgment and punishment. That is God's job.

And who among us would presume to be able to do God's job?

Apr 21, 2009

Song I Heard Today....

Just heard this song today. Really like it. Never heard it before, or heard of the band.

Check it out. What do you think?

Apr 19, 2009

The Age of Politeness and Courtesy is Apparantly Over.

I've come to realize recently that no matter what President Obama does, he will be criticized. It's a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation. Ever since the Republicans lost the Presidential Election, and lost several seats in the House and Senate, the anger and rage towards Obama has been ratcheted up a million fold, all culminating in the recent "Tea Parties" that really don't make sense when you think about it.

Obama has just brought about a tax cut for 95% of the people, and yet here they are protesting Taxes? The same people who got a tax break are complaining about "taxation without representation" even though they ARE represented. Just not by who they perhaps voted for.

And in the past couple weeks there have been a couple instances that prove that the next four years are going to be extremely long as far as the Republicans/Conservatives are concerned. If they are going to these extremes just in three months, what's gonna happen in a year? Two years Three years?

Right wing Talk Radio is ratcheting up the fear, the rage through lies, manipulations and misrepresentations of facts. People like Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are fomenting fear in their listeners and are driving them into a frenzy. It's only a matter of time before something REALLY bad happens.

Something worse than people carrying signs at protests that compare Obama to Hitler. Worse than a protester bragging about how he'd like to "put a knife in Obama's eye".

Recently Obama was photographed shaking hands with Hugo Chavez. The Republicans are outraged at this act of courtesy, which obviously means that the United States is somehow vulnerable to an attack now because Obama showed a simply common greeting such as shaking hands.

What's the world coming to? Where are we at in society, when the simple act of shaking someone's hand is an indictment on someone's soul, on their character, on their intents?

By shaking Chavez' hand, suddenly Obama was doing irreparable harm to the American people. I just don't get it. I don't understand how this can be an issue. Although when I saw the photo I knew 100% that there were gonna be complaints. Because while it's oh so chic to accuse Liberals of being "overly sensitive" and taking offense at everything, it seems to be the Republican/Conservatives that are suddenly taking offense at every single slightest thing. Obama appears to bow before the Saudi King, and wow...that shows he's REALLY a Muslim and he's just proven it.

Obama shakes hands with Chavez, and that shows that he's gonna be a pushover and is weakening the United State's safety. That he somehow is endorsing everything that Chavez is about?

Think about all the people you've shaken hands with over the course of your life. Did you endorse everything they were about? Have you ever shaken hands with someone that you didn't 100% agree with? Maybe even someone that you didn't really care for, but you shook hands when meeting them because that's what people DO.

It's gonna be a long four years folks. That is if the Right Wing Hate Radio doesn't end up pushing someone to do something that would destroy this country with their lies about Obama taking their guns away, or their lies about him hating the country and "palling around with terrorists".

I pray that doesn't happen.

Apr 18, 2009

The Fray release their cover of Kanye West's "Heartless"

In addition to Mashups, I also enjoy a good cover song. If the song's done well, it can while maybe not surpass the original, at least present an interesting take on the original.

And then today I just heard this new track by rock group "The Fray", which is a cover of Kanye West's track, Heartless, off his 808's and Heartbreak album.

Check it out and post in the comments section what you think of it.

EDIT: added HQ version.

Saturday's Mashup Post...

I'm a fan of Mashups. Mixing together various genres into something totally different is great, in my opinion.

Below are some great mashups.

Led Snooplin (Whole Lotta Love vs. Drop It Like It's Hot) [by PartyBen]

Boulevard of Broken Songs (Oasis' Wonderwall vs. Greenday's Boulevard of Broken Dreams) [by PartyBen]

GoldDigger (Kanye's Gold Digger vs. Robin Thicke's When I Get You Alone) [unknown]

Apr 17, 2009

Man tries to rob hair salon, gets raped for three days???

I think you can gather from the headline that this audio may not be safe for work. lol.

This is hands down the craziest story of the year!


Apr 15, 2009

Fox News' Neil Cavuto caught in a lie!

It's no surprise to anyone who pays attention that Fox News will lie, distort and manipulate facts to support it's agenda (which is pro-Republican/Conservative and anti-Democrat/Liberal).

However it's REALLY fun when they get caught and exposed with their lies. Not that they ever admit it or say "my bad we were mistaken" or anything. They just ignore it and go on like it never happened.

"Nothing to see here, folks. Move along now! Or we'll send Fox Security to your door."

The Young Turks discuss Neil Cavuto's lie and just how ridiculous it is considering how easy it is to disprove what he says:

Stephen Colbert vs. Bart Ehrman "Bible Contradictions"

I watched with interest the interview Stephen Colbert did with Bart Ehrman, a "Scholar" who's written a book about alleged contradictions in the Bible concerning Jesus.

I wondered whether or not Colbert, a practicing Roman Catholic as well as a Sunday School teacher, in addition to his Colbert Report duties, would really confront Ehrman on some of his allegations, or if he would play the entire interview for a joke as he does a lot with people he disagrees with.

I was pleasantly surprised to see him really go after Ehrman's "logic" while also still maintaining his humor and charm.

This is a fantastic video and a must see. I was loving this, and he really nails Ehrman a couple times and you can tell Ehrman had nothing to say in return.

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
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Apr 14, 2009

Jamie Foxx trashes Miley Cyrus on the Radio (NSFW!)

Wow...this was kinda out of left field. Jamie Foxx just unloaded on Miley Cyrus on his "Foxxhole" radio show, for allegedly dissing music group Radiohead.

The below video is not safe for work as it has a LOT of bad language.

And then Jamie backed down and apologized.

Apr 13, 2009

What would you do for Kelly Clarkson Tickets?

I know we've all at one point or another said "man...I'd do ANYTHING to see a former American Idol winner in concert!"

Then one day Kelly Clarkson comes to town, and it's almost too good to be true. The local radio station says "hey, let's play 'Confessions'. You call up and confess to something, and the best story wins"

So you decide to call up the show and...well...just watch this video and find out.

People's stupidity astounds me!

and the Tom Leykis video that Cenk mentioned in the above video is embedded below.

Apr 10, 2009

Conservatives want to "Tea-Bag" President Obama????

I kinda get what Conservatives are going for here, but I can't help but think maybe, just mayyyyyyyyyybe they should have thought of another name for their big special op. I mean, are you telling me with all the gay scandals, and prostitution busts in the conservative congress in recent years, none of them knew what teabagging meant?

Rachel Maddow, who I adore, has way too much fun with this. lol

Apr 9, 2009

Kanye West gets smacked by South Park, dials back his ego?

I've long said that Kanye's egotistical attitude was a beard to cover up his own insecurities. And it's kinda nice to hear him say as much as he addresses how South Park destroyed him on this past Wednesday night and made him face the fact that his ego needed to be dialed back a bit.

NEW YORK (AP) — "South Park" may have accomplished the impossible — getting Kanye West to check his ego. The Comedy Central show skewered the famously self-important rapper on its show Wednesday night, painting him as a narcissistic figure so out of touch with reality he couldn't even take a (very politically incorrect) joke.

West's love of himself and his work has been almost as integral to his image as his music: Just last year, he told The Associated Press that he was the "voice of this generation." Also recently, he was quoted as saying his greatest regret was not being able to see himself perform live.

Yet, on his blog Thursday, West appeared chastened, and ready to turn over a new leaf.



Apple strikes deal with Labels, introduces tiered prices

Antone Gonsalves over at Information Week, posted a story today involving the pricing of MP3's at online stores such as Itunes and Amazon among others.

Seems that the labels finally got what they wanted (songs priced at higher/lower than 99cents each) and gave up the DRM rights to do it.

I still don't see myself buying much from Itunes. Especially if it's gonna cost 1.29 for a track. Amazon is where I get my music from not just for the price which is often lower than Apple's, but because the site is much easier for me to use. Which makes a big difference.

Here's a bit from Gonsalves' piece, and a link to the full article below.
With Apple's recent launch of tiered pricing on its iTunes Music Store, the major record labels have succeeded in being able to charge music fans more for the songs they like the most. Apple, the largest music retailer in the United States, had refused to budge from its 99-cent pricing for all songs, old and new, despite pressure from record labels.

As of Tuesday, that changed with Apple selling songs for 69 cents, 99 cents, or $1.29. In general, the more popular the song is, the higher the price.
As a result of Apple's move, consumers can expect to see similar pricing across all music stores over time. La La Media, which sells tunes and also offers streaming music over the Web, called the change an "industry shift."

"You will see much more variable pricing by all music retailers, with the price moving higher on some tracks and lower on others," the company said in its blog.
Gone will be the 89 cents or 99 cents online shoppers paid for the majority of MP3 downloads.

While Apple stuck with the latter price across the board, competitor Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN).com would often charge the lower price to entice buyers, and Wal-Mart, in keeping with its reputation as the "low-price leader," would often go a few cents less.


Roger Ebert smacks down Bill O'Reilly

After the Chicago Sun-Times dropped Bill O'Reilly's syndicated column from their paper, Billo went mad, MAD I TELL YOU, and demanded an advertiser boycott of the Sun-Times, because they're all liberal and whatnot and they dared to do something other than cower at his feet. This is yet another newspaper that Billo has waged war on in his egotistical attempts at making himself above reproach and virtually able to say whatever he wants and never have to be confronted.

So Roger Ebert, who writes for the Sun-Times addressed O'Reilly in his latest column. Brilliant!

Here is a brief snippet of the piece, the full link is at the bottom:

Yes, the Sun-Times is liberal, having recently endorsed our first Democrat for President since LBJ. We were founded by Marshall Field one week before Pearl Harbor to provide a liberal voice in Chicago to counter the Tribune, which opposed an American war against Hitler. I'm sure you would have sided with the Trib at the time.

I understand you believe one of the Sun-Times misdemeanors was dropping your syndicated column. My editor informs me that "very few" readers complained about the disappearance of your column, adding, "many more complained about Nancy." I know I did. That was the famous Ernie Bushmiller comic strip in which Sluggo explained that "wow" was "mom" spelled upside-down.


Apr 2, 2009

Thursday Night Music Club: Jamiroquai Edition

Been away for awhile.....Let's get this going again, shall we?

Here's some really cool videos by a fave band of mine, Jamiroquai.

Cosmic Girl

Love Foolosophy

Canned Heat

Space Cowboy