Thursday, April 27, 2006

Sombody...PLEASE...shoot these girls (and their parents)

The new season of MTV's my Super Sweet 16 proves to be more dramatic, more preposterous, more flamboyant and more exorbitant than the two seasons before it.

Case in point: rich little Marissa gets two cars for her 16th birthday – a convertible for the weekends and an S.U.V. to transport her during the week.

The show chonicles 9 teenagers, one each week, on their quest to make all their friends, and enemies, jealous by having an extravegant, over the top specticale of a birthday party. The average tab for each bash is around $200,000.

But apparently, according to one brat, this kind of wasteful spoiling of children is not only called for, you'd have to be insane not to do it. "Unless they were crazy or hated their child, any parent who was financially able would do it," says Sophie to the New York Times. Her mom spent $180,000 on her party.

And we wonder why people hate America?

The New York Times article is off the hook. Click here to read it all

Invest in Exxon

Gas prices are still up and Exxon is still making a killing. They just posted record profits this quarter:

Check out the article

-Jean Chen

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

A Different Kind of Immigrant

This is interesting... while thousands of working class Mexicans and their allies are taking to the streets, Indian immigrants who are highly educated have been waging a different kind of war on immigration policies. They've been working with lobbyists and getting to folks in Washington.

Check out the article

- Jean Chen

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Pink Salmon --- For the Record

Pink Salmon --- For the RecordPriya, How often are you blogging these days?

Beefin'

Lil Romeo, the son of rap mogul Master P versus Bow Wow. Ding! Ding! Lets get it on...

Say What?

Its true, hip-hop's teenyboppers are feuding. Once friends, Lil Romeo and Bow Wow are now enemies. The conflict stems from Bow Wow not really having kind words to say about Lil Romeo in an interview and from a so-called diss on Bow Wow's single "Fresh Azimiz."

The "beef" has gotten so bad that daddy Master P has offered Bow Wow to box against his son, Lil Romeo in a pay per view match (Wow!).

Read the story HERE

Bow Wow, recently responded in an interview with this to say RIGHT HERE

When will all this unnecessary beef cease?

There is something terribly wrong with the culture of hip hop when you have teens beefing and taking shots at each others lifestyles and even ex flings or girlfriends. What makes matters worse is that you have a parent and/or adult figure who is elevating the situation more than what it is by offering a boxing match. The notion of violence always sprouts up when it comes to hip hop and Master P's comments only enforce negative stereotypes, which have flooded our media outlets and is the representation of hip-hop. Many believe hip-hop is booty shaking and violence, but it’s actually much more.

At least they’re not shooting each other…

Monday, April 24, 2006

Activism aint always pretty


Nepal activists and protestors scored a victory by getting their government to reinstate a lower house of parliament,
THIS ARTICLE reports.

Victory, however, came along with 14 alleged dead, and many, many wounded.

The U.S. PULLED many of its workers from the area, and urged American citizens to postpone travel there.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Punk rock activism. Psyche!

Think the Internet is always to be trusted?

Well, check out some ALLEGED punk rock activism online!

And now, check out THE OTHER SIDE of the story.

Lastly, check out some PRANKS that are actually funny, punk rock, artistic and worthwhile.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Police are not to Blame... Then who?

Do you feel police get away with everything?

If your answer is yes, you shouldn't be too pleased to hear that three off duty cops in Milwaukee were found not guilty by an all white jury of beating a biracial man at a party, in which two of the cops got their jobs back.

Read the story HERE

I believe examples such as this one, tend to sway the publics view of the justice system, which is a system of unjust rulings and racism. When an event of this magnitude occurs there should be some repercussions. Officers running around vigilante style only fuel more fire to the conflict between police and the public. Protest and riots will contiune and the “pig” moniker will be used over and over, until something is done about police brutality.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

What's with all the Bush staff changes?

THIS article about the resignation of White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan is the latest in a series of staff lineup changes in the Bush Administration.

HERE is some info about senior policy coordinator Karl Rove.

And, HERE is the 411 on Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

What's the deal? Why are folks asking to leave, leaving, or shifting their roles at the White House? And we've still got about a year and a half until the next presidential election, folks.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

The Global Police?

So, what I want to know is, what exactly are "meaningful consequences?"

IN THIS ARTICLE the Bush Administration says they will send Iran "a clear message" about their nuclear program, and will impose meaningful consequences if they don't comply.

Didn't the Bush Administration basically say the same thing to Iraq?
Where is this heading?
Are we prepared for the consequences?

It's lonely at the top

According to this article from MSNB.com, the "US market share of international tourism is at an all-time low, dropping 35 per cent between 1992 and 2004, which translates into $286bn in lost revenue, according to the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA)."

Hmm...might it be because the people of this world have learned that America is no longer the happy dreamland where Mickey Mouse and Lady Liberty ride rollercoasters up and down green mountains and valleys surrounded by children holding hands singing "This Land is my Land"? With tighter homeland security and stiffened tourist visa policies, it shouldn't be news that tourism is in decline.

But isn't it ironic that we want people to come in to our country yet, at the same time, increasing immigration laws to kick them out?

The article goes on to state that, "The US hotels industry employed nearly 1.8m people in 2004, many of them immigrants. The sector will demand an additional 300,000 employees by 2014, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics."

And just who will occupy these positions? College grads with at least a B.A. in Custodial Arts or illegal and legal immigrants?

Republicans are E.V.I.L.....evil

Yup, I said it –Republicans are evil.

And here’s just one step by step explanation of why…

1.) Insane republicans wanted to ensure that they would win the 2002 senate election in New Hampshire.

2.) Since republicans don't feel they have to follow the rules, they decided to use illegal tactics to ensure this victory.

3.) Republicans decided that one of the best ways to do this was to make repeated hang-up calls that jammed telephone lines at a Democratic get-out-the-vote center.

4.) Because of this, a lot of democrats couldn't "get-out-and-vote."

5.) Subsequently, Republican John Sununu defeated Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, 51 percent to 46 percent.

6.) NOW, evidence is being shown that the same planners in this scheme, made two dozen calls to the White House within a three-day period around Election Day.

7.) That’s not just a coincidence…those are definitely ties.

Republicans = evil. Any questions?


Click here to see for yourself!

Segregation migrating to Omaha?

According to THIS ARTICLE legislators want to split Omaha schools into three districts that would be divided largely by race.

One Nebraska Senator said history would not judge the state "kindly" for their decision, should it become law in 2008.

And, race rears its head in the school testing arena, too.
CHECK OUT how some folks are reporting No Child Left Behind test scores.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Clash Fan = Terrorist?

A South Asian man was stopped from boarding a plane because he was listening to the Clash song, "London Calling" on the cab ride over the the driver thought he might be a terrorist. Wha???

Click here for the article

- Jean Chen

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Rap to Die

Early this morning, rapper Proof, a long time friend of Eminem and a member of Eminem's D-12 rap group was shot and killed at a Detroit night club. Check out the Story Here

This event is a sad time for the hip hop culture because its another father, son, cousin and rapper lost to violence of the street. Rap music will suffer from this loss and a black cloud is left over Hip Hop. Many people who are not aware of the Hip Hop culture will attribute his death solely to the music he made and his involvement with Rap.

The situation is much larger than what it appears on the surface.

Isn't it Ironic?

Check out what just happened in Kentucky:

"Gov. Ernie Fletcher declared today 'Diversity Day, then cut from the state government's hiring policy a provision that explicitly protected public employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation."

Click here for the article

- Jean Chen

Monday, April 10, 2006

Youth brigade: French style!

And who said activism was dead? The French didn't!

French student groups and labor unions spoke out against some wack labor laws, and the French government LISTENED according to April 10 reports.

HERE is a column that helps put the whole situation into some perspective.

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about youth activism in the United States

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Hollywood Liberals Meddle in Texas District 22 Race



From: Tom DeLay
To: Supporters
Subject: Hollywood Liberals Meddle in Texas District 22 Race
Dear Friend,

The real battle has begun. This November, we face a serious challenge to our core, conservative beliefs.

The same day I secured the Republican nomination to continue serving you and the good people of the 22nd District, my Democrat opponent Nick Lampson's liberal Hollywood buddies gave me a "welcome" gift. They officially released a documentary about Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle's partisan witch-hunt.

Much like Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9-11, this movie is a blatant attempt to influence the outcome of an election. The director himself said, "It was important to get this out as soon as possible...given the elections this November."

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Though he's already announced his resignation, the documentary "The Big Buy: How Tom DeLay Stole Congress" hits theatres soon and will have grassroots screenings (similar to Robert Greenwald's The High Cost of Low Price).

To be honest, I've read many articles about DeLay, Abramoff, and lobbying but still don't understand how it works. I'd love to make millions and screw people over! Hopefully these "Hollywood liberals" will help people who don't fully comprehend what's going on (like myself) better understand the government corruption and how/why the hell we let it happen.

Watch the trailer at http://tomdelaymovie.com/

we're not gonna take it...uh, wait, yes we are.



The French youth are making a stink about a new labor law allowing anyone under the age of 26 to be fired for no reason at all. Backed by unions, they've taken to the streets in traditional French riot fashion (remember when they set Paris in flames last year?). Earlier this week, it was reported that over one million protestors hit the streets. They've shut down college campuses, blocked roads, and pretty much given the old stinkfist to the French government.

Meanwhile, back here in the States, we have the at-will employment doctrine that allows employers to fire us at any time. Right now, as I'm typing this, my boss can walk in and say, "You ain't gotta go home, but you gotta get the hell out of this office - you're fired!" without any explanation. Fortunately there are, of course, exceptions to this rule which are discussed in detail: here. But if there's a sucker born every minute, then they must all live here because we seem to sit back and play catch bare-handed with the crap our government throws at us. I'm not advising we throw rocks at meter-maids, but after hearing about how active the French youth are, I can't help but think, "What happened to our fire?" We've got a lot of reasons to get heated, but very few are willing to strike a match.

Us MTV generation vote/boat-rocking angry youths won't even walk out of a classroom to protest increased college tuition; most wouldn't even throw confetti during a new year's eve parade (oh how we hate to litter). We talk bad, act tough, walk with a sharp edge but turn our dull backsides when it's time to really take a stand. With the exception of those participating in the immigration law protests, when's the last time we had a successful organized protest? We've let the equal opportunity in our privileged American oxygen get to our heads a little too much. The French youth are drawing national headlines for their rebellious actions; the world is seeing the class differences and oppression in France (it ain't all biscottis and croissants anymore homey).

What's up with our youth? Where's our activism?

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Country Critics

So I guess it's now ok for country musicians to criticize Bush. This is from the Daily Dish:

McGraw Will Run for Office

Country singer Tim McGraw has decided to run for elected office, after being appalled by president George W. Bush's response to last August's Hurricane Katrina disaster.

McGraw and his wife, singer Faith Hill, are urging fans to vote Bush and the Republican party out of office during the next election.

And he has vowed to personally make a difference, just as soon as his children have finished their education.

He says, "I think that public service is a high calling.

"I would do it. I would never do it until my children are grown.

"If you're in a position to be able to make some changes and do some things that you think are right, if you have that opportunity it is an admirable thing to do."

Click here for more

- Jean Chen

Give Me a Break!

The NY Times analyzed IRS data and found that Bush's tax cuts really only helped the wealthiest in the nation. Among the findings:

¶Among taxpayers with incomes greater than $10 million, the amount by which their investment tax bill was reduced averaged about $500,000 in 2003, and total tax savings, which included the two Bush tax cuts on compensation, nearly doubled, to slightly more than $1 million.

¶These taxpayers, whose average income was $26 million, paid about the same share of their income in income taxes as those making $200,000 to $500,000 because of the lowered rates on investment income.

¶Americans with annual incomes of $1 million or more, about one-tenth of 1 percent all taxpayers, reaped 43 percent of all the savings on investment taxes in 2003

Click here for the full article

Ugh!!! I just paid my taxes and I wish someone would give ME a break.

- Jean Chen

Monday, April 03, 2006

small victory for user-created media


This is pretty funny:

Some folks took Chevy's "Make Your Own Tahoe Commercial" idea and ran with it. They turned the tables on the big wigs at Chevy by making anti-SUV ads.

CLICK HERE for the scoop.