4th of july


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.




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?


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.

When We Furnish the Means By Which We Suffer

“Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without a government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.”

-Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

post script,

Thomas Paine used all of his profits from the sales of Common Sense to purchase mittens for the Continental Army whom were to invade English-occupied Canada in the cold of winter.

A Black Person Can Be (a bad) President Too!

President Barack Obama

I would say most of my friends are liberals or democrats and that mostly all of them voted for Obama last November.  I supported Obama during the early parts of his campaign as well but I began to become very skeptical when candidate Obama begun to chirp the same tune as then-still President Bush concerning the financial bailout of major wall Street banks using American taxpayer money in the summer of ’08.  I started to educate myself on economics and fractional reserve banking systems last Fall and was dismayed when it became more and more apparent there was only a superficial veil which separated the politics of Bush and Obama, Republican and Democrat, conservative and liberal.  The big monied interests hedge their bets and throw immense campaign contributions to all of them; Hillary, the “Maverick,” Bush, Kerry, Gore, “Slick Willie,” Barack and “Face” Edwards.  The conglomerated powers of media of Ruppert Murdock’s Fox, General Electric’s “Fox Blue” eg. MSNBC, Turner’s “centrist” CNN, Clear Channel’s monkey-boy Rush Limbaugh all portrayed the corporate candidates of Clinton, Obama and McCain as staunch adversaries with vast political and philosophical differences and painted populist candidates such as Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich as screwball, conspiracy-theorizing lunatics.  So main stream media continues it’s parade of propaganda and bread and circus singing the praises of our new caesar and his “new” course set for our republic, but with even the littlest amount of scrutiny, one can witness the policies of Obama as a linear continuance of the Bush policies which were not so different from the policies of William Jefferson Clinton or the policies of George Herbert Bush or his boss before him, Ronald Reagan.

A Black Person Can Be A Bad President Too
yes he can!

It simply is a beautiful thing a person with African heritage is finally president of our country.  After four centuries of slavery in our homeland, our republic, which stands as the shining beacon of hope and liberty in this world but had been shackled with the great sin of slavery, can proudly state that dusk has descended on a more shameful day in our history.  That truly is a beautiful idea but we cannot simply wear rose-colored glasses providing President Barack Obama with a political free pass for four years simply because he is black and not George W. Bush.  We cannot slip peacefully back into a great political slumber trusting our best interests will be defended in Washington.

Another beautiful event occurred during the presidential campaign of 2008 as well.  The masses of America woke, got involved and made their voices heard.  The sleeping giant which is “We the People” was once again moving across the United States landscape.  We cannot let this moment pass.  Barack Obama may not be the president he he promised he would be when he was still wooing us as Candidate Obama, but he did teach, or at least reminded us of, a couple important lessons.  The power of people is still strong in this land of Washington and Jefferson.  The people are good too, honest and hardworking with the best intentions for our country.  If we become active civically on every level government, local, state and federal, if we organize from the bottom-up in a grass roots fashion as demonstrated during the successful Obama presidential campaign, we the people CAN redirect the course of our great constitutional republic.  We CAN keep our elected officials, our representatives not the representatives of special interests, accountable but this all requires continued vigilance.  We cannot hope or trust our elected government officials have our liberties and best interest closest to their sympathetic hearts.  We are not the descendents of sheep, we are Americans, the children of the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution.  The children of true patriots and freedom fighters, not nationalistic thugs or socialist slavers.  Our backyards are Lexington and Concord.  Tyranny and corruption has been our enemy since our birth as a nation.  We have never been a people who blindly trusts authority.  

Now is not the time to turn a blind eye simply because a black man is president and it feels good.  We did not need a black president in 2008 during a financial collapse, two wars mired in endless occupation and a constant attack on our liberties as defined by our constitution, we needed a GREAT president.  Unfortunately Barack Obama is only a black president and not truly great.  That’s disappointing.  I would have loved a great, black president but we cannot judge Barack Obama’s decisions as executive in chief emotionally but rather intellectually.  When held to the same standards used to judge G.W. Bush’s presidency, President Barack Obama does not deviate too far from the policies of his defamed predecessor no matter how much the incorporated and conglomerated media tells us the two represent political binary opposites.  When one simply reads the news, even the mass media news, fairly without emotion or political bias, the evidence is in black and white print: a black person can be a bad president too.  Yes he can.