4th of july


DON’T STOP THE MOVEMENT – PARIS

When I was thirteen years old, I was really into hip hop. I had a tape by a rapper named Paris and the album was titled The Devil Made Me Do It.  I remember thinking it was the most violent, dangerous and seditious thing I had ever heard, so needless to say, my adolescent self loved it.  My father found the tape, saw the parental advisory sticker on the cover, the title conjuring images of Satan and listened to a few moments of the first track and immediately decided to confiscate it.  I first tried to steal the tape from my father’s top bureau drawer.  He eventually noticed the tape was missing and questioned me.  I vaguely remember pleading with him that the music represented the violent reality of the violent environment where this poor rapper must have originated.  I was obviously watching far too much MTV and regurgitating what I heard from some talking head.  My father let me have the tape.  I am not sure if I made a successful argument or rather he just didn’t want to hear it anymore.

A few years later, before the 1992 election, Paris released an even more bombastic album titled Sleeping With The Enemy.  The biggest single which garnished much attention was Bush Killa.  The track portrayed a gunman shooting George H. Bush and the nervous record company shelved the album until after the election.

Seventeen years later, I wondered if this enigma named Paris still made music, if he was still as committed to his art and his politics. Here’s what I happily discovered on YouTube.



CAN YOU IDENTIFY PROPAGANDA?



CORPORATE NEWS IS GOVT. PROPAGANDA REPORTED BY MARIONETTE PUNDITS



Don’t Vote?

Don’t vote? What does that imply? Not consenting through ballot to a corrupt system that imposes policy through physical, political, intellectual and economical force?

The first video posted is produced independently and contains an individual named Stefan articulately posing the challenge “don’t vote” with all earnestness. The second video is quite literally a government-produced propaganda piece with giant, Hollywood celebrities such as Jennifer Annistan and Ashton Kutcher posing the same challenge as the first video, but this time sarcastically.

My question is this: which video is condescending and insulting to your intelligence?  Which video makes you feel suspicious of the producer and speaker’s motivation?  Which one makes you feel truly hopeless politically and which one makes you feel optimistic about humanity and humanity’s future?  Which one makes you want to change your world?

Do not be fearful.  If we speak the truth, if we fill our hearts with love, hope, our minds with knowledge and enlightenment, we have nothing to fear.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Ghandi

“We cannot change the world, we can only change our world.”

Joseph Campbell



The Viennagram – Lucky Money Funeral Paper



Demand Peace!

Want peace in the Middle East? Want a democratic Iran? Want to travel the world and once again feel as an individual, you represent liberty, democracy, justice and constitutional governance? Do you want terrorists, warlords and despots to vanish from the political landscape? Demand an end to U.S. intervention in the Middle East. If you want peace, demand peace. We are still the people, we still have the power.



OUR Revolution Will Not Be Televised

The Supreme Leader Believes in Democracy

The Supreme Leader Believes in Democracy

Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.

Thomas J. Jefferson

I am so sick of hearing about Iran.  No, I do not want to blow them up.  No, I do not want to send in the marines.  No, I do not want to liberate the people.  I do not want to do anything in Iran politically.  I think it is nice there is a revolutionary and democratic impulse surfacing in Iran but that only makes me more frustrated about the whole situation.  Honestly, I am just sick of hearing about Iran.

As more time passes it becomes more and more apparent that there was in fact election fraud in the Iranian presidential election.  My question is so what?  Two basic facts must be accepted before this subject can be discussed intelligently.  One, the office of president in Iran is simply a figurehead position with no real authority and two, the defeated candidate and supposed “pro-Western reformer” Mir-Hossein Mousavi is not very different politically from incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  All final authority in Iran is enjoyed and wielded by a small council of religious clerics called Ayatollahs.  This council is led by an individual with a title that is not ambiguous in the least.  This man is the Supreme Leader Ayatollah AliKhamenei.  Even without the most basic knowledge of Iranian politics it would be hard to confuse who’s truly in power when one hears the two titles of “president” and “supreme leader.”  The title alone “Supreme Leader” does not mince words and the position of president in Iran is simply that of an international, celebrity spokes model.  It does not matter if Ahmadinejad or Mousavi is president, the Ayatollahs will continue to rule.  Even if the position of president in Iran actually had true political power, this election is still inconsequential because politically Ahmadinejad and Mousavi are not that different from each other.  The debate between both candidates are as meaningful as Pepsi versus Diet Pepsi.

The response of Americans to the Iranian Color Revolution is a pathetic revelation to exactly how much Americans can be swayed by 24 hour cable news stations.  People are actually organizing and protesting the Iranian election in the American streets.  How absolutely ludicrous!  Do all these Americans who are so concerned with the individual liberties and the democratic process of Iranians remember that THERE WAS OBVIOUS VOTER FRAUD IN BOTH THE ’00 AND THE ’04 AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS?! Where was the outrage then?!  Where were the American people organizing in the streets?  What was the reform?  How did we defend our republic and our democratic processes?  Did we get rid of those digital voting machines that can be easily tampered with?  Did we eliminate the electoral college?  Did we pressure our elected representatives to enact laws to eliminate campaign contributions?  Did we even get off our couches?

No.

I don’t want to hear about the Iranian election.  If there truly is an organic revolution simmering there which will bring liberty to the Iranian people, well God bless them.  Unfortunately, I live in the United States and the once great republic is dying while corruption rules and the people are lullabyed to sleep by the conglomerated corporate digital bread and circus.  Two weeks ago, our 6th Amendment was weakened, we no longer enjoy the right to an attorney, and yesterday Barack Obama pressed his congress to give more sweeping power to the Federal Reserve, the private central bank ruiners of our economy.  We are in the middle of silent economic coup d’état in our own backyard.  Yes, the Iranian people have their problems but we Americans have our own gigantic, domestic problems to concern ourselves with.  Turn off Ted Turner’s CNN, Ruppert Murdock’s FOX, GE’s MSNBC, Disney’s ABC, turn them all off.  Protect the freedom of the internet, the modern day electronic printing press, educate yourself, educate your neighbors, stop regurgitating the psy-op, cable news propaganda, read the history of our forefathers, read our constitution, believe.  The answers are there.  The illusion is on cable in a 24 hour propaganda cycle.  You are being manipulated emotionally to support corporate America’s imperial hegemony as you are distracted from the truth.

Please America, I’m begging you, please wake up. The hour is late.