Monthly Archives: September 2008

World Music Video

Our weekly world music video features “Soulstorm” from Patrice.

Patrice Bart-Williams, was born July 9, 1979 in Kerpen to a German mother and the Sierra Leonean writer-activist Gaston Bart-Williams. Better known as Patrice, he is an Afro-German reggae artist. He also often uses his second name: Babatunde (Yoruba: return of the father), which his parents gave him since Patrice was born on the same day that his grandfather died. His music is influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley.

 

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Galveston, oh Galveston…

Howdy, Galveston. I’d like you to meet “Ike”.

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Mr. Chertoff and the folks at FEMA say save yourself and leave town.

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 Undoubtedly you weren’t around but you must know the worst natural disaster in US history was a hurricane hitting Galveston on September 8th, 1900, killing 6000 people.

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 So you have a choice. Take part in the smooth and safe evacuation, helping others like this paramedic preparing to transport an infant to safety…

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…or I suppose you could just hang out, get on the swimsuits and start partying like this gang decided… 

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 …or you can hem & haw and then when you finally decide to get out, swim after your car like this guy…

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…or take one last stroll down the beach, disregarding the pending doom of a 20 foot storm surge.

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As for me, I’ll take comfort in Mother Nature’s process of natural selection that will weed out the foolish from those with common sense who choose a safe, dry haven to protect themselves and their innocent charges. 

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Condi’s blind date

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As Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice makes an historic visit to Libya today, it’s interesting to note how that country’s leader, once labeled “The Mad Dog of the Middle East” by Ronald Reagan, feels about her. 

Speaking to the Al Jazeera network last year, Mr. Qaddafi got downright gushy when asked about Ms. Rice. “I support my darling black African woman,” he said. “I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders.”

He continued: “Yes, Leezza, Leezza, Leezza,” and said, “I love her very much.”

Now if I could just get a message to Condi to bring back that dinner jacket.

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This story has legs….

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The party of the higher moral ground is going to be in full spin mode with this latest news. 

McCain’s Veep choice, Sarah Palin, said Monday that her 17-year-old, unmarried daughter, is five months pregnant.

The announcement is likely aimed at rebutting rumors that the Alaskan Gov’s youngest son, born in April, was actually her daughter’s.

A statement released by the campaign said that “Bristol” Palin will keep her baby and marry the child’s father. Bristol Palin is five months pregnant, and the baby is due in late December.

It will be interesting to see just how old the father is. In my opinion this not only makes for engaging water-cooler talk, but questions to McCain’s vetting process, decision making- and Mrs Palin’s own decisions regarding career trajectory and raising her brood of young’uns. It’s QUALITY not QUANTITY ma’am.

Lately it seems we’ve been baraged by these “holier-than-thou’s” amongst our “leaders” being exposed as hypocrites-or worse. There are no defining party lines either. Whether it’s straight up corruption, bathroom stall shenanigans, high priced call-girls, or being on the low-low, they’re caught in their messes.    

And the spin ensues… 

“Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents,” Sarah and Todd Palin said in the brief statement.

“Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family,” they added.

Right. Anyone over the age of 30 knows that a 17 yr old mother-to-be and her “…young man” are sorely unprepared, immature, and emotionally unequipped for a shotgun marriage. What a farce.

Tell me Gov Palin all about how these 2 teenagers love eachother. How this marriage could even remotely be recognized as a legitimate union between 2 people having unconditional love for eachother. 

And to illustrate this farce, here’s part of “the father’s” (Levi Johnston) MySpace page before it was taken down….

 “Johnston boasts, ‘I’m a f – – -in’ redneck’ who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes. ‘But I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some s- – – and just f – – -in’ chillin’ I guess.’ ‘Ya f – – – with me I’ll kick [your] ass,’ he added. He also claims to be ‘in a relationship,’ but states, ‘I don’t want kids.'”

And the prospective VeeP thinks its a good idea for her pregnant minor daughter to MARRY this guy?

Huh-uh.

 

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The Wrath of God (insert quarter)

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I ran across this video a minute ago and cannot believe the irony. Here’s Stuart Shepard, Director of Digital Media for Focus On the Family, standing in front of Mile High Stadium in Denver late last week.

He’s standing there to make a plea for his followers to pray for rain to spoil Barack Obama’s acceptence speech.

He’s praying to a “vending-machine” God. The God with the white beard and robe, sitting on his omnipotent throne, listening to the pleas of his minions, then mercifully dispensing prizes to those he agrees with. The God that liked the Giants over the Patriots in the Superbowl, and the US over Spain at the Olympics.

If that’s the case, then what about Stuart’s logic? How does he explain God’s “answer”?

That answer to Stuart’s flock who prayed to God to spoil the political convention of the political party that God doesn’t like?

What happened? “Hurricane Gustav” happened.

Using Stuart’s logic, God just told him what he thinks of the REPUBLICAN party. God not only said, “you think having it INDOORS is gonna stop ME from disrupting it?”, he also decided he may not want to just spoil one night, but maybe the whole week.

At least that’s what one would have to believe if one was following this reward & punish belief system.

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