Thursday, March 30, 2006

The Immigrations bill is too hot for Schools

Schools in a southern California district have closed for the rest of the week because the fear of violence which may occur from the tension fueled immigration bill.

Heres the story

This is a great example of people coming together to fight against something blatantly wrong. Kids and adults all together for one cause, hopefuly it doesnt escalate to violence. Keep the Peace!

Don't make molestation hip


Since when is sexual molestation a good excuse for a sexy photo shoot?

Vanity Fair this month is running an exclusive article about 'Desperate Housewives' actress Teri Hatcher, in which she admits to being sexually molested by her uncle. Her comments helped put him in prison, after the guy was busted for molesting other young women.

So the question is, why did Vanity Fair choose to accompany a STORY about sexual molestation with photos of Hatcher wearing not much more than women's underwear on the cover, and in what are arguably sexually alluring positions on the inside pages?

What message is intended for readers?

Duke woman charges three men of rape

"A once-promising season came to an abrupt end, at least temporarily, this week when Duke President Richard H. Brodhead announced the suspension of all of the team's games in response to charges by a black woman that she was sexually assaulted, sodomized and strangled by three unidentified lacrosse team members at a house party not far from the Duke campus on March 13. The incident has roiled the idyllic Durham campus, exacerbated the school's relationship with residents of the town and raised disturbing racial concerns," reports the Washington Post.

This is ludicrous and sickening. When will it ever come to an end?

Read the article!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

High-tailin' it for Pro Lifers


Irony is not a dead scene, folks. Not in Brooklyn, anyway.

THIS new Britney Spears sculpture -- what many are calling a pro-life piece of art -- is living proof.

And in other pro life news, folks want to create a day for the unborn child across the globe.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Help Robert Greenwald

The director of "Outfoxed" and the Wal-mart movie is being invited as a guest on the Colbert Report... and he's asking people to help him prepare for his moment:

http://www.robertgreenwald.org/2006/03/help_me_survive_the_colbert_report.php

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

General Motors cuts back and expands simultaneously

General Motors, the car company behemoth responsible for Buick, Chevrolet, Pontiac, Saab, Hummers and a host of other automobiles, seems to be shrinking in some respects but expanding in others.

More than 100,000 U.S. hourly workers employed by GM are getting BOUGHT OUT with early retirement plans, which will save the company a ton of cash.

But the company's also beefing itself up, by manufacturing a ton of extra SUVs across the country and in Mexico.

The company is also expanding in INDIA, according to several articles.

What I'm wondering is, what's going to happen to those 100,000 hourly employees? Who's going to replace them? And why is GM doing better abroad than in the U.S.?

Former mermaid rallies for gorillas

Daryl Hannah, who once made waves as Tom Hanks' mermaid love in the movie 'Splash,' has resurfaced for the sake of the mountain gorilla.

She flew to Rwanda for a ribbon cutting ceremony for a cistern that will help provide clean water for a gorillas.

Not to plug this whole little Hannah-funded operation, but I thought this was kind of interesting. People are competing with the gorilla clans for water supply in parts of central Africa ACCORDING TO THIS and the gorilla clans face possible extinction as a result.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Ghost ride the whip!

Check this video out...


"Ghost riding" is when people put their car in drive, hop out the car, dance alongside, dance on the hood, and coast slowly down the street. It's a form of street exhibition and a part of getting "hyphy" (listen to our podcast show on the hyphy culture; we reported it before it spread across the nation). It's become popularized by E-40's hit song "Tell Me When to Go" -- the official hyphy party anthem. At the end of the song, E-Feezy breaks it down for those not in the know of how to get hyphy. Ghost riding is just one of the ridiculous things that followers of the hyphy movement embrace and have embraced for the last few years.

As you can see from this video, many kids are trying to immitate what they see and hear about in these songs. (Wow, I must be getting old.) A simple YouTube search for "ghost ride" will give you a list of home-made videos of people attempting to ghost ride. What happened to revving your engine, peeling out, and doing donuts as street exhibition? Sure, you put your life in danger by doing that as well, but at least you had the option of wearing a seat belt.

I'm no prophet or soothsayer, but I foresee a lot of kids wrecking their parents cars and breaking their necks as a result in the near future as this hyphy thing gets larger. But hey, like the song says, "Go stupid, go dumb!"

Monday, March 20, 2006

Punching At The Sun

The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival is going on right now, and I spent all of Saturday watching movies... my favorite so far is "Punching at the Sun," an indie feature by director Tanuj Chopra. It's the story of a young South Asian boy in Queens whose older brother, a legendary street ball player, is shot. The movie was entertaining, touching (I cried!), and well shot. Hopefully, it will make it to theaters as a major release:

http://www.punchingatthesun.com/

-Jean Chen

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Rock the Vote Could be Going Under

Its not looking too good for non-profit organization, Rock The Vote according to news reports. In the 2004 presidential election, Rock the Vote registered about 1.4 million voters at college campuses and through the oh-so-great World Wide Web. And now, the organization is barely staying afloat because of an enormous debt they have accumulated.

Since their huge success, Rock the Vote has issued a statement to the LA Times stating they’re in a “modest debt” which totals $500,000 according to their political director, Hans Riemer. They conclude it’s typical after a presidential election. The organization believes they will be back on their feet in the coming weeks are months and are ready to begin a new chapter of Rock the Vote.

The power of Rock the Vote was very influential to the youth turn out for the 2004 presidential election; they were a huge reason why 47 percent of eligible voters 18 to 24 years of age went to the polls. Rock the Vote’s marketing and canvassing tactics are a viable asset to the arena of politics to inform youth about how to take charge and insist in electing officials. Hopefully, the organization gets back on their feet and helps have an even larger youth turn out at upcoming and future polls.

Terror Wrist Watch


Rifle? Check. Turban? Check. Cheap Casio digital wrist watch? Check. Congratulations, you're a an "enemy combatant."

Owning a rifle, wearing olive drab and a Casio watch are criteria to define so-called "enemy combatants."

"Common Casio watches...have become part of the often ambiguous web of evidence against detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The U.S. military cites the digital watches worn by prisoners when they were captured as possible evidence of terrorist ties." Click here for the full article from the NYTimes

Casio watches have been used repeatedly in the past as bomb timers, including the 1993 World Trade Center attack.

But, uh, couldn't any watch with a timer be used for that same purpose? Is every person wearing a Casio wrist watch going to be profiled as a terrorist? It seems kinda silly to me.

Some guy is selling the same model of Casio watch worn by several Afghani detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The current bid is only five bucks too.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Ambien + sleep + food = sleep eater

Ever got up in the middle of the night to binge on cookies and peanut butter?

For Brenda Pobre, the proof was in the sheets.

She often woke up with and found candy bar wrappers in her next to her bed and Popsicle sticks on the floor.

Turns out, she was eating at night during her sleep.

"The sleeping pill Ambien seems to unlock a primitive desire to eat in some patients, according to emerging medical case studies that describe how the drug's users sometimes sleepwalk into their kitchens, claw through their refrigerators like animals and consume calories ranging into the thousands. The next morning, the night eaters remember nothing about their foraging. But they wake up to find telltale clues: mouthfuls of peanut butter, Tostitos in their beds, kitchen counters overflowing with flour, missing food, and even lighted ovens and stoves. Some are so embarrassed, they delay telling anyone, even as they gain weight without knowing it," reported a New York Times article.

Is it just me or is this a little scary? Where is the FDA when you need them?

One word: Regulations.

Damn, Dems! Where y'all at?


I've got a new campaign slogan for the Democratic Party:

"Unsure? Can't Make up Your Mind? Miss the Boat and Hang Out With Us on the Dock of Indecision!"

Or how about these fun alliterations:

"Disinclined, Diffident Dems"
"Disconcerted Donkeys!"
"Be a Dem: Dawdle with the Best of 'em!"

HERE IS the latest example of the Democratic Party's reluctance to appear strong, consistent and clear about its politics.

And, HERE IS an interesting argument for a new Democratic mission.

But I digress. Remember "screaming" Howard Dean? The guy's been pounding the pavement and arguably making a difference for the DEMOCRATIC PARTY

hip hop won't stop

I'm a rap nerd. I get excited when I hear about hip hop being acknowledged as something positive and influential to our society. Some parents still don't understand (staff writer Gary Moskowitz's mother hates the hip hop we play on our weekly podcast radio show). Some people hate it; I hate a lot of it too. When I found out the Smithsonian National Museum of American History announced the they'd be holding the permanent "Hip-Hop Won't Stop: The Beat, The Rhymes, The Life" exhibit, I wanted to pop-lock in old peoples' faces, grab my crotch, and shout "What son?!" but hip hop taught me better than that. It's getting easier out here for a pimp these days. Click here for the article.

No more 'Chef' on South Park

Isaac Hayes, the baritone voice behind the famous "Chef" character on Comedy Central's popular animated show "South Park," quit the show because of its INAPPROPRIATE RIDICULE of religion.

Hayes, who won an Oscar for composing the music for "Shaft" and is a devout Scientologist, had stuck with the show for nearly 10 years despite jabs at his faith and high profile believers like Tom Cruise, not to mention un-PC jabs at just about everything under the sun. Apparently he was ok with voicing a character who sang songs about sex to young children, was a womanizer and believed in aliens.

Perhaps Hayes is deeply concerned about the recent violent, political uprisings over cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammad. Maybe the Church of Scientology stiff-armed him into leaving the show because it is offensive.

Or maybe Hayes is just scared of being associated with dissenters. Or, maybe he's too busy implementing Scientology-based programs in inner-city schools.

Not afraid to join the camp of dissention, fellow Oscar-winner actor George Clooney this week dissed the DEMOCRATS for confusing dissent with disloyalty and not speaking out more against the Iraq war.

Let's get Hayes and Clooney to hash things out on the next Larry King Live. Osama Bin Laden's NIECEcan mediate the discussion.

Monday, March 13, 2006

More than just a game for Temple B-ball coach

I don't even follow basketball that much, but I've known Temple University basketball coach John Chaney's face for years.

He's coached winning Temple teams since the early 80s, but retired THIS WEEK with a Hall of Fame career and a rep for having a bad temper.

Apparently, basketball wasn't Chaney's only passion. He saw the sport as a door into education for poor and disadvantaged students.

Is one 'vote of confidence' enough for newspapers?

Just in case you haven't heard, the McClatchy Company announced its plan to purchase Knight Ridder -- the second-largest newspaper company in the country and a company twice as large as McClatchy -- for $4.5 billion.

McClatchy says it's A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE for the newspaper industry.

THIS REPORT puts McClatchy's purchase in context.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Blogging for Wal-Mart

From the NY Times:

"Under assault as never before, Wal-Mart is increasingly looking beyond the mainstream media and working directly with bloggers, feeding them exclusive nuggets of news, suggesting topics for postings and even inviting them to visit its corporate headquarters."

Click here for the full article

- Jean Chen

Monday, March 06, 2006

Clampdown

From the Washington Post:

"The Bush administration, seeking to limit leaks of classified information, has launched initiatives targeting journalists and their possible government sources. The efforts include several FBI probes, a polygraph investigation inside the CIA and a warning from the Justice Department that reporters could be prosecuted under espionage laws."

Click here for the full story.

Whatever happened to freedom of the press?

- Jean Chen

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Clinton sleeps with his intern, yet Bush perpetually lies to his nation--and we impeach the fornicator?

Am I suprised? A little. Am I mad at the American public for not taking a stand? For sure. At what? The fact that Bush knew that the levies in New Orleans might bust from Hurricane Katrina but still did nothing about it.

Mr. President, I am giving you the liberty to slap yourself.

A new video released shows Bush receiving full warning that there was a strong chance that the Levies were going to break due to the storm.

"My gut tells me ... this is a bad one and a big one," then-federal disaster chief Michael Brown told the final government-wide briefing the day before Katrina struck on Aug. 29.

The video then shows Bush looking around at everyone in the room and telling them he has all the "recourses and assets" needed for a catastrophic event.

The whole ordeal is an outrage because shortly after the storm ruined New Orleans, Bush told the public that nobody could have anticipated that the levies were going to break.

So what does is that... 10, 20 boldfaced lies presented to the American people by your administration in the past few years? I mean, if I had a dollar for every time Bush lied to us I would be richer than the oil company tycoons.

Why can't we just put an end to this and Impeach Bush?

Click here to see it for yourself

Ports Deal

Let's talk about the ports.

When news got out last week that a private Arab company was about to take over the management of U.S. ports around the country, all hell broke loose. People were up in arms with the prospect of handing over our national security to enemy terrorists.

C'mon! People need to calm down. Not all Arabs are terrorists. The company is based in the United Arab Emirates -- not Iraq, Iran, or Afghanistan. The whole uproar smacks of racism and creates further divisions between the West and the Middle East. Do people actually believe that all Arabs are untrustworthy terrorists?

If we were having a dispute with France, would we not allow an Italian company to run our ports on the basis that Europeans can't be trusted? I highly doubt it. (Of course, we also have to question why any foreign company should be managing our ports, but that's a whole other discussion.)

And while Republicans in Bush's own party are upset about the deal, Democratic politicians are making a big stink about it as well.

But I wonder how threatened Democrats actually feel about the Arab company. It seems that they are simply seizing an opportunity to attack Bush and point out his hypocrisy. If that is the case, then it's too bad that creating hysteria over Arabs is the price of their attack.

- Jean Chen

Pop vs. Politics: Pop wins!

According to this article , a survey found that only one in four Americans could name one of the first five amendments of the U.S. Constitution, yet more than half could name at least two members of the cartoon Simpsons family; more people could name the three American Idol judges than the first three amendments (I'm starting to think some people shouldn't be granted free speech)...

What did they expect to find, that most Americans recite the preamble before going to bed at night? Of course more Americans would know the characters on the Simpsons -- it's more entertaining to watch a cartoon sitcom than know our rights (one in five people thought that the right to own a pet was protected by the Constitution). On top of that, the Simpsons has been running for so many years and is syndicated on a couple networks and airs several times a day, you can't help to avoid it. American Idol may not be syndicated but millions of people watch it. We all learn about U.S. history, government, etc. in school but then we forget about it; we're not bombarded by commercials about the Bill of Rights. Whoever conducted this survey wasted their time.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

State of the Black Union...Disappointing

I don't know about you, but the absence of any substantive conversation about the divisive tactics and issues used to distract Blacks and keep us at odds at this year’s State of the Black Union hosted by television and radio commentator Tavis Smiley in Houston, Texas, was deeply disappointing and frustrating. Often billed as the national forum for discussing the issues that are most important to Black America, this year’s forum was used to launch Smiley’s Covenant With Black America, a comprehensive plan on how to build a stronger Black America.

Click here to read full article