Sunday, October 24

Let me be the voice

by justmy2 @ 10/24/2004 01:38:00 PM

Eminem has never veered away from controversy. I suspect one of his latest songs, "Mosh", which can be heard here, will strike a nerve with some people.

So be it....

I recently heard the first single he released, "Just Lose It", and I found it very disappointing. It came across as a thinly-veiled attempt to please his record company with a radio friendly single. I absolutely forgive him for this watered down song now that I hear what else was going on his mind. I have not heard his new album "Encore", but if Marshall Mathers has moved from some of his more chauvinistic and misogynistic lyrics of his earlier albums in favor of songs with meaning like "Mosh", he deserves a great deal of respect. I am under no false impression. I am sure he will still be outrageous at moments, but it seems as if he is moving in the right direction.

Here are the lyrics to the song. Pay particular attention to the third verse.

' [Intro]

[I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America
And to the Republic for which it stands
One nation under God
people…this is it…It feels so good to be back..]


Scrutinize every word, memorize every line
I spit it once, refuel, reenergize, and rewind
I give sight to the blind, mind sight through the mind
I ostracize my right to express when I feel it's time
It's just all in your mind, what you interpret it as
I say to fight you take it as I’m gonna whip someone's ass
If you don't understand don't even bother to ask
A father who has grown up with a fatherless past
Who has blown up now to rap phenomenon that has
Or at least shows no difficulty multi task
And juggling both, perhaps mastered his craft slash
Entrepreneur who has held long too few more rap acts
Who has had a few obstacles thrown his way through the last half
Of his career typical manure moving past that
Mister kiss his ass crack, he's a class act
Rubber band man, yea he just snaps back


Come along, follow me as I lead through the darkness
As I provide just enough spark, that we need to proceed
Carry on, give me hope, give me strength,
Come with me, and I won't steer you wrong
Put your faith and your trust as I guide us through the fog
Till the light, at the end, of the tunnel, we gonna fight,
We gonna charge, we gonna stomp, we gonna march through the swamp
We gonna mosh through the marsh, take us right through the doors..come


To the people up top, on the side and the middle,
Come together, let's all bomb and swamp just a little
Just let it gradually build, from the front to the back
All you can see is a sea of people, some white and some black
Don't matter what color, all that matters is we gathered together
To celebrate for the same cause, no matter the weather
If it rains let it rain, yea the wetter the better
They ain't gonna stop us, they can't, we're stronger now more then ever,
They tell us no we say yea, they tell us stop we say go,
Rebel with a rebel yell, raise hell we gonna let em know
Stomp, push up, mush, f*** Bush, until they bring our troops home come
on just . . .


Come along, follow me as I lead through the darkness
As I provide just enough spark, that we need to proceed
Carry on, give me hope, give me strength,
Come with me, and I won't steer you wrong
Put your faith and your trust as I guide us through the fog
Till the light, at the end, of the tunnel, we gonna fight,
We gonna charge, we gonna stomp, we gonna march through the swamp
We gonna mosh through the marsh, take us right through the doors, come


Imagine it pouring, it's raining down on us,
Mosh pits outside the oval office
Someone's trying to tell us something, maybe this is God just saying
we're responsible for this monster, this coward, that we have empowered
This is Bin Laden, look at his head nodding,
How could we allow something like this, Without pumping our fist
Now this is our, final hour
Let me be the voice, and your strength, and your choice
Let me simplify the rhyme, just to amplify the noise
Try to amplify the times it, and multiply it by six
Teen million people are equal of this high pitch
Maybe we can reach Al Qaida through my speech
Let the President answer on high anarchy
Strap him with AK-47, let him go
Fight his own war, let him impress daddy that way
No more blood for oil, we got our own battles to fight on our soil
No more psychological warfare to trick us to think that we ain't loyal
If we don't serve our own country we're patronizing a hero
Look in his eyes, it's all lies, the stars and stripes
They've been swiped, washed out and wiped,
And Replaced with his own face, mosh now or die
If I get sniped tonight you'll know why, because I told you to fight


So come along, follow me as I lead through the darkness
As I provide just enough spark, that we need to proceed
Carry on, give me hope, give me strength,
Come with me, and I won't steer you wrong
Put your faith and your trust as I guide us through the fog
Till the light, at the end, of the tunnel, we gonna fight,
We gonna charge, we gonna stomp, we gonna march through the swamp
We gonna mosh through the marsh, take us right through the doors


[Eminem speaking angrily]
And as we proceed, to mosh through this desert storm, in these closing statements, if they should argue, let us beg to differ, as we set aside our differences, and assemble our own army, to disarm this weapon of mass destruction that we call our president, for the present, and mosh for the future of our next generation, to speak and be heard, Mr. President, Mr. Senator

[End] '

The question is will Eminem's fan base relate to this message. We now have P. Diddy saying "Vote or Die", in a not so subtle endorsement of John Kerry, even though he won't come out and say it. Eminem one ups him by out and out saying kick the President out of office. Eminem speaks to young rural, suburban, and urban youth, but will his message resonate? This song sounds like it is from the heart and there could be consequences from a public relations standpoint. You have to believe large portions of this group are strong supporters of the President, especially in middle America. Will this straight-forward and direct message alienate them, or peel them away from Bush/Cheney 04, if they vote? Will those that are alienated fnas not buy the new album? The fact that he is willing to put the song out at this heated moment says more about the man, Marshall Mathers, than it does about the artist Eminem. Slim Shady has earned the respect of the rap community for his lyrical dexterity, freestyling ability, and powerful storytelling skills with "Stan", "Lose Yourself", and "Cleaning Out My Closet" being some of the more prominent examples. Will this song and related interviews, such as this one in Rolling Stone, earn him more or less respect outside of the hip-hop community?

"He's been painted to be this hero and he's got our troops over there dying for no reason," Eminem said in the interview. "He's in a tailspin, running around like a dog chasing his tail. And we got young people over there dyin', kids in their teens, early '20s that should have futures ahead of them. And for what? It seems like Vietnam 2."

A Michigan resident, the rapper said he worries his 18-year old brother could be drafted if Bush remains president. Bush has said flatly he would not reinstitute the draft if re-elected.

"People think their votes don't count, but people need to get out and vote," Eminem said.

Will the song be played on local radio and MTV, or will stations play it safe and stick with the single "Just Lose It"? I get the feeling that this will be a bigger story than one would initially believe. There are a variety of factors that add up to this becoming the story for the hip-hop generation over the next week. Eminem will be the feature interview in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone as noted above, his new Sirius Satellite Radio station, Shade 45, will begin broadcasting this week, and you have to believe the MTV and BET appearances are right around the corner. Add to that the release of a highly anticipated album and you have the foundation for an album release media blitz that will have an intended or unintended political ramifications like none before. This also opens the opportunity for Slim Shady to say something that has causes a news cycle or two to divert from the Kerry Campaign's message, which may be positive or negative depending on the timing.

Juan Cole, a professor at the University of Michigan, has a good wrap-up of the potential impact of this story here.

Will Eminem be the voice of America's youth for 7 days prior to November 2?

Wednesday, October 6

Its Ok If You Are A Republican

by justmy2 @ 10/06/2004 09:30:00 PM

After hearing the Bush/Cheney campaign attempt to brush off the Vice President's blatant distortions last night, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit some of their statements during the 2000 campaign.

I originally posted the following quotes as comments in the link I provided, but I thought it was a good idea to aggregate them after I realized how many examples of blatant hypocrisy were out there.

Let's go to the video tape...


AL GORE, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: First, I want to compliment the governor on his response to those fires and floods in Texas. I accompanied James Lee Witt down to Texas when those fires broke out.


Well, Al Gore did not actually visit Texas on this occasion with James Lee Witt, the FEMA director at the time. He visited with his subordinates. However, he did visit approximately 18 other disaster areas with Lee Witt at other times. A small discrepancy right...

Well, not if you were part of the Bush/Cheney 2000 team. Here is what they said.

Let's start with...

MARY MATALIN: He did not accompany James Lee Witt in '96 or '98. He never toured any of the fire zones. He did get a briefing in the pilots lounge at the airport when he went down to campaign for Governor Bush's opponent.

...Have we seen -- have we not seen this kind of compulsive behavior in the leader of the free world, and don't we understand the dangerous ramifications of somebody who just can't help themselves from making up stories?

I wonder if she is thinking the same thing about her boss?

and continue with

HALEY BARBOUR, BUSH ADVISER: Well, you know, it's a thing -- it's a thing where in a debate, if you can make up these fairy tales to carry your story, that's the thing --that these are like fables.

The problem is it was told to the American people as if it was the truth, and it wasn't the truth. You know, I've met James Lee Witt, I've been to Texas. And if I went out and said, James Lee and I went down to Texas, and we really worked on these fires, it would be totally made up though the two parts of it are true.

But these are fables that are designed to give him an advantage in the debates.

Here's the President at the time...

CROWLEY: The Gore camp says the vice president frequently travels with Witt to disaster sites and suggests that Gore's statement was a trivial honest mistake. George Bush says this is not about details, but about the larger picture.

BUSH: If there's pattern of just exaggeration and stretches to try to win votes, it says something about leadership as far as I'm concerned, because once you're the president, you can't stretch.

And the President again...

Bush also criticized Gore for saying, during Tuesday night's debate, that he visited disaster sites in Texas with federal emergency management chief James Lee Witt.

"It's a pattern of just saying whatever it takes to win," Bush said. Asked whether the discrepancy was a big deal, he said "There's a pattern of exaggerations and stretches to try to win votes, and it says something about leadership."

and the coup de grace...

Bush's running mate, former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, said he was "puzzled and saddened to learn" that Gore had misrepresented his actions during the 1998 wildfires in Texas.

"Al Gore has described these presidential debates as a job interview with the American people," Cheney said. "I've learned over the years that when somebody embellishes their resume in a job interview, you don't hire them."

I actually don't think the Vice President's distortions related to meeting Senator John Edwards should be that big of a deal. I am much more concerned about his distortions related to the war that our brave troops are still fighting. However, the same people seemed to believe recalling personal interactions was a big deal in 2000. I am just wondering if they feel the same way today.

I guess the old saying is true...

It ain't no fun when the rabbit's got the gun

Fairness Doctrine

by justmy2 @ 10/06/2004 08:43:00 PM

The "liberal" media is at it again....

It looks like the White House pulled a fast one on the 24-hour news channels this morning as President Bush grabbed 50 minutes of free, uninterrupted TV airtime one month before Election Day.

...The question is, why did all three news channels cover the attack speech for nearly an hour?

I am sure John Kerry will get 50 minutes of free airtime over the next few days...

I am not holding my breath..

The Week the Wheels Came Off

by justmy2 @ 10/06/2004 08:25:00 PM

Salon has the scoop...

"Last week's presidential debate might very well turn out to be the pivotal moment in the 2004 election, with an unfiltered Bush finally revealing his full limitations before 66 million Americans. But it is this week that will go down in history as the point when the wheels began to come off the Bush-Cheney juggernaut. "

But can they get the Bush/Cheney campaign get things back on track.

Sunday, October 3

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

by justmy2 @ 10/03/2004 03:14:00 AM

Boy, I hope this is a serious mistake and someone on the Internet is just pulling hoax. If it is not, everyone, Liberal and Conservative alike, need to seriously ask themselves if they believe in our Democracy and ensure that this does not stand.

Michigan Absentee Ballot

If you click on the link, you can plainly see the arrow used to vote for John Kerry will be counted for President Bush.

I seriously hope this is a mistake. I can not find it anywhere else on the internet. If any has more information, please post it in the comments section.

Friday, October 1

Fox News Fabrications

by justmy2 @ 10/01/2004 10:14:00 PM

If you ever had any doubts about bias on the behalf of Fox, all of your concerns have been confirmed.

Fox makes quotes up about Kerry out of thin air

When in doubt, just make stuff up.

Here is the retraction.

I wonder if Dan Rather is watching?

How do these guys keep a straight face on the air?

by justmy2 @ 10/01/2004 10:01:00 PM

The Media's 180 degree turn in the matter of hours...

Shorter version:

Before Debate: This could be the key to the race. This is John Kerry's chance.

After Debate: This debate is only one of three. Even if Kerry won, it doesn't mean much.

Unbelievable...Click the link and get the full story...