Tuesday, August 31, 2004



KANYE WEST Rippin it up out in the IE west coast.  His cut “Jesus Walks” Is smokin the beat in sunny Cal.

With an invincible drive, ROC-A-FELLA’s finest new family member Kanye West reveals how his pathway to an accomplished life, love, and success are critical to the glory of his victory. Kanye West, a 26-year old Chicago native is on his way to staking a solid claim as one of hip-hop’s elite. He is the new sound, style and culture of today’s hip-hop. Blessed with a creative passion set aside for a chosen few. The producer/rapper has a gift so powerfully instinctive that it is as natural to him as the air he breathes. Kanye exudes this gift through his being and becomes it. This is the intensity for which he reveres his emotion for life; the people in his corner, and of course his music. 


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just watched Rkelly’s video “you saved me”.  Wow!  What a song, i hope it sinks in

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I was visiting family yesterday in MD.

I’ll post pictures from my cousin’s 90th birthday party in a few days.

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Kinda cool gif.


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Monday, August 30, 2004

California Independant Party of Fruits


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The Passion of the Christ


Releases in retailers near you August 31, 2004

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since when do politics and music intermingle


The belly-baring pop star is being courted to attend the Republican convention in New York next week, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, and that has sparked outrage among some conservative groups.

“Through her immature antics, Spears has probably done more to undermine sexual morality than all the misguided legislation introduced in the United States over the last decade,” the Illinois Family Institute wrote in an e-mail to members. “It would be the height of hypocrisy for a party that claims to represent wholesome values to celebrate her.”

Citing Spearsí “lesbian” kiss with Madonna, her “general immodesty,” and her annulled marriage to a childhood friend, the group is urging Republicans to call the GOPís convention hotline to protest any appearance by Spears.

Response to the e-mail has been “overwhelmingly positive,” the groupís executive director, Peter LaBarbera, tells The Scoop, though ìa few people have argued that the Democrats have all the Hollywood celebrities so we need her star power, but I think that could be played to the Republicans’ advantage.  . . . [Many] Americans are sick of celebrities’ political views being shoved down their throat.”

The IFI isnít the only conservative group that wants Britney to stay away from the GOP convention. “I do hope she wonít be there,” Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition tells The Scoop. “If she is there, I doubt that sheíll be gyrating on stage. And I hope she doesnít have a wardrobe malfunction.”

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MTV Awards in Miami limp as linguini


Jay-Z wins four MTV video awards. Usher, No Doubt and OutKast each win two
Holding its festivities for the first time in the city of skin, Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards was sizzling, energetic and colorful - yet tame, by MTV standards

There were no wardrobe malfunctions (sorry TiVo). Britney didnít kiss Madonna like last year - or anyone else, for that matter (neither were at the blowout affair).

The most skin shown was from Usher, who preened in front of the camera barechested as simulated raindrops fell on his chiseled body during the opening performance.

Even the Christina Aguilera was classy, dressed sexy yet demurely as she debuted a jazzy number, “Tilt Ya Head” with rapper Nelly. And the sometimes raunchy comedian Dave Chappelle even kept it relatively clean ó despite teasing that he wouldnít.

“Itís the biggest mistake you made since Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl,” he joked, alluding to the MTV-produced Super Bowl halftime flesh show that created a firestorm earlier this year.

There may have been plenty of sex appeal, but little shock appeal on hand, even though MTV was ready, using a several-second tape delay for the first time. (The audio delay, used for years, was in heavy use during the hip-hop medley, which featured Lil Jon, Petey Pablo and Fat Joe.)

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~*Formal Nomination*~

I nominate John Kerry as @sshole!

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you reap what you sow

-- Sen. John Kerry....."Of course, the president keeps telling people he would never question my service to our country. Instead, he watches as a Republican-funded attack group does just that. Well, if he wants to have a debate about our service in Vietnam, here is my answer: ‘Bring it on.’”

Poor Johnny you just don’t understand that, as usual, you have it wrong. You don’t have a beef with President George Bush about your war record. He’s been exceedingly generous about your military service. Your complaint is with the 2.5 million of us who served honorably in a war that ended 29 years ago and which you, not the president, made the centerpiece of this campaign.

I talk to a lot of vets, John, and this really isn’t about your medals or how you got them. Like you, I have a Silver Star and a Bronze Star. I only have two Purple Hearts, though. I turned down the others so that I could stay with the Marines in my rifle platoon. But I think you might agree with me, though I’ve never heard you say it, that the officers always got more medals than they earned and the youngsters we led never got as many medals as they deserved.

This really isn’t about how early you came home from that war, either, John. There have always been guys in every war who want to go home. There are also lots of guys, like those in my rifle platoon in Vietnam, who did a full 13 months in the field. And there are, thankfully, lots of young Americans today in Iraq and Afghanistan who volunteered to return to war because, as one of them told me in Ramadi a few weeks ago, “the job isn’t finished.”

Nor is this about whether you were in Cambodia on Christmas Eve, 1968. Heck John, people get lost going on vacation. If you got lost, just say so. Your campaign has admitted that you now know that you really weren’t in Cambodia that night and that Richard Nixon wasn’t really president when you thought he was. Now would be a good time to explain to us how you could have all that bogus stuff “seared” into your memory—especially since you want to have your finger on our nation’s nuclear trigger.

But that’s not really the problem, either. The trouble you’re having, John, isn’t about your medals or coming home early or getting lost—or even Richard Nixon. The issue is what you did to us when you came home, John.

When you got home, you co-founded Vietnam Veterans Against the War and wrote “The New Soldier,” which denounced those of us who served—and were still serving—on the battlefields of a thankless war. Worst of all, John, you then accused me—and all of us who served in Vietnam—of committing terrible crimes and atrocities.

On April 22, 1971, under oath, you told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that you had knowledge that American troops “had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the country side of South Vietnam.” And you admitted on television that “yes, yes, I committed the same kind of atrocities as thousands of other soldiers have committed.”

And for good measure you stated, “(America is) more guilty than any other body, of violations of (the) Geneva Conventions ... the torture of prisoners, the killing of prisoners.”

Your “antiwar” statements and activities were painful for those of us carrying the scars of Vietnam and trying to move on with our lives. And for those who were still there, it was even more hurtful. But those who suffered the most from what you said and did were the hundreds of American prisoners of war being held by Hanoi. Here’s what some of them endured because of you, John:

Capt. James Warner had already spent four years in Vietnamese custody when he was handed a copy of your testimony by his captors. Warner says that for his captors, your statements “were proof I deserved to be punished.” He wasn’t released until March 14, 1973.

Maj. Kenneth Cordier, an Air Force pilot who was in Vietnamese custody for 2,284 days, says his captors “repeated incessantly” your one-liner about being “the last man to die” for a lost cause. Cordier was released March 4, 1973.

Navy Lt. Paul Galanti says your accusations “were as demoralizing as solitary (confinement) ... and a prime reason the war dragged on.” He remained in North Vietnamese hands until February 12, 1973.

John, did you think they would forget? When Tim Russert asked about your claim that you and others in Vietnam committed “atrocities,” instead of standing by your sworn testimony, you confessed that your words “were a bit over the top.” Does that mean you lied under oath? Or does it mean you are a war criminal? You can’t have this one both ways, John. Either way, you’re not fit to be a prison guard at Abu Ghraib, much less commander in chief.

One last thing, John. In 1988, Jane Fonda said: “I would like to say something ... to men who were in Vietnam, who I hurt, or whose pain I caused to deepen because of things that I said or did. I was trying to help end the killing and the war, but there were times when I was thoughtless and careless about it and I’m ... very sorry that I hurt them. And I want to apologize to them and their families.”

Even Jane Fonda apologized. Will you, John?

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Sunday, August 29, 2004

Singer Laura Branigan dead at 47.

Was best known for 1982 hit ‘Gloria’

The Associated Press
Updated: 10:44 p.m. ET Aug. 28, 2004EAST QUOGUE, N.Y. -

Laura Branigan, a Grammy-nominated pop singer best known for her 1982 platinum hit “Gloria,” has died. She was 47.

Branigan died Thursday in her sleep at her home, said her manager, John Bowers. He would not disclose the cause, although her official Web site (http://www.laurabraniganonline.com ) listed it as a brain aneurysm.

“Gloria,” a signature song from her debut album “Branigan,” stayed atop the pop charts for 36 weeks and earned her a Grammy nomination for best female pop vocalist, the first of four nominations in her career.

She also made television appearances, including guest spots on “CHIPS,” and in the films “Mugsy’s Girls” and “Backstage.”

Branigan released seven albums after her debut ìBranigan,î including ìSolitaire,” “Self Control,” and “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,” which was co-written with Michael Bolton. Her songs also appeared on soundtracks for the films “Flashdance” and “Ghostbusters.”

Branigan, born July 3, 1957, and raised in Brewster, N.Y., attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan. During the late 1970s, she toured Europe as a backing vocalist for Canadian singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen. She signed as a solo artist with Atlantic Records in 1982.

After her run of success in the 1980s, her releases in the early 1990s attracted little attention. In 1994, she sang a duet with David Hasselhoff called “I Believe” for the soundtrack of the television show “Baywatch.” She released a 13-track “Best of Branigan” LP the next year.

After the death of her husband, Lawrence Kruteck, in 1996, Branigan stopped performing but returned to the stage in 2001. In 2002 she starred as Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway musical “Love, Janis,” which earned her rave reviews.
Branigan recently had been working on material for a new release.

She is survived by her mother, two brothers and a sister. Funeral services were scheduled for Monday.

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Saturday, August 28, 2004

I’ve got a Gmail account!

Anybody want a 1GB email account from Google?  Email me or respond to this post. 

Invitations are limited!

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Friday, August 27, 2004

Happiness Here, Far and Everywhere In Between

Keisha Venson finishes culinary school, moves to the Northwest, gets married and is living a lifetime full of dreams.

On September 12, 2004, Keisha Venson will marry Peter Sheedy in Canterbury, New Hampshire.  The seemingly unlikely couple met while attending culinary school in New England, where they steadfastly became best friends who shared unyielding love not only for food, but for each other.  They decided after finishing all coursework in June 2004 to do a cross country roadtrip and move to Portland, OR.  The trip lasted 13 days and was completed in Blue Lady, Peter’s Subaru Legacy.  Making stops in romantic Niagara Falls, visiting her family and his in Iowa and Chicago, seeing the breath-taking Crazy Horse National Monument and Mt. Rushmore in North Dakota, driving through Native American reservations in Montana (the only US state to border 4 Canadian provinces; ie-the state is HUGE), and yes, they were sleepless in beautiful Seattle.  The trip was truly an emotional and spiritual journey for them both as they finally landed in Portland and settled into their home.  They are both working in the culinary field and are happy.  Even after being in the same car for 13 days, they are still best friends and will share their lives together, always. 

T minus 16 days until the wedding.

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krispy creme gets butt kicked by atkins craze

Wall Streetís judgment was swift and harsh in May, when Krispy Kremeís chief executive officer blamed lower sales and the companyís first-ever quarterly loss on the low-carb diet craze that was sweeping the nation. Krispy Kreme said it lost $24.4 million in the first quarter.


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rodney king

it seems mr. king has not been behaving himself these last few years.

dui 4-’03 under the influence of PCP


KING, RODNEY GLEN 0000 0310341687 10/16/2003 PC 273.5(A)
KING, RODNEY GLENN 1965 MVA024004 03/03/1999 PC M273A(B)
KING, RODNEY GLENN 1965 375232RK 10/21/1999 VC I22350
KING, RODNEY GLENN 1965 TVA89947 05/28/2003 VC M23152(A)

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