Archive for December, 2005

Letter to Osama bin Laden

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

Here is the text of an e-mail titled Open Letter to Osama bin Laden that I was forwarded. Not sure who it is by but I like the ideas behind it:

An Open Letter To
Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri.
(Wherever You Are)

Aslam-o-Alaikum!

Do you know what degree of shame, abomination, misery and wretchedness
is being heaped on the innocent and peace-following Muslims all over
the world because of this so-called and self styled Jihad of yours?

Do you know how many innocent, unsullied people are being daily
butchered as result of this professed Jihad of yours? How many
children are being orphaned and women being widowed precisely for the
same reason.

And do you know, killing one faultless human being is like killing the
entire humanity. You must definitely be knowing that you will surely
be held accountable for this all bloodshed. Will you, then, be able to
face your God? I challenge, no!

Then, why have you become an agent of some hidden hand. Why are you
taking the responsibility of the murder of entire humanity to yourself
on his behest. Why are you dragging the Muslims down? Why are you
demeaning Islam by presenting it as a terrorist religion? Acting like
this, which religion are you rendering a great service to? Are you
raising the standard of Islam high or you (if you reflect on it) are
causing the heads of the followers of the path of the righteous bow
down with shame in-front of the entire humanity.

Today most of the Muslims believe that you are not a true Muslim but
planted by the enemies to destroy the image of Islam.

For God’s sake, take recourse to sense, and announce a CEASEFIRE
at once so the inhabitants of world may be introduced to that divine
aspect of the Muslims at whose hands no soul suffer, whose words and
actions bear no tinge of dichotomy, whose speech, when uttered, conveys
to others the message of love and protection, whose thoughts, when
thought, are devoted to the well being of others. Herein lies the true
success, and herein lies the victory of the true religion of Allah.

S.A.Rehman
(Peace Activist)
PAKISTAN

Copies being sent to Muslim Brothers and Sisters for information and
with a request to pray for an earliest end of the war.

Censorship In Kurdistan

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

David Axe, writing at Defense Tech, points out that censorship exists in Kurdistan. The Northern parts of Iraq controlled by the Kurds, known as Kurdistan, has censorship to the extent that criticism of the leadership is not tolerated. It is a scary fact that the closest model we have to how a successful Iraq is Kurdistan where censorship is the status quo.

Canibus Speaks On His Time As A Soldier

Monday, December 12th, 2005

In a recent interview with BallerStatus.net, Canibus spoke about his recent time as a soldier:

BallerStatus.net: You were also in the Army a year or so ago. Can you talk about that whole experience, and what happened as far as you leaving?

Canibus: I enlisted in Dec ’01 for 24 months. This is neither the venue nor the time to discuss that experience. I will always love the Troops for their sacrifice. They happen to be the most committed, selfless people I have met in my life and I feel like some of that has rubbed off on me. My 1st SGT told me once, “Follow your orders but don’t believe them.”

BallerStatus.net: What was your reasoning behind joining the army?

Canibus: There are three reasons. One, I was thru with rap music and sought to define my relevance another way. Secondly, I wanted to be a part of something meaningful in defense of life, justice, and freedom. Lastly, to help prepare for what is to come. I hve always felt that Generation X will be followed by Y and Z. After that? Def Con Zero.

BallerStatus.net: Would you say the Army has a noticable effect on any new music you record now?

Canibus: Of course. I was augmented in ways that will mirror itself through the music, just as the reality of what we will face in due time, as a nation will change the hearts and minds of Americans.

BallerStatus.net: Are you a supporter of a particular political party or ideology?

Canibus: There are only two ideologies in life as we do or do not know. We explore one in this life and the other after death. Everything else in between are semantics. We are animals of the earth.

BallerStatus.net: Do you support the war in Iraq?

Canibus: I support the Troops. The real decisions are theirs to make, as well as the consequences to bear. American Soldiers deal with a great deal of responsibility. The world will speak of this war for decades, maybe centuries to come. They deserve more, but they deserve it now!

BallerStatus.net: How do you respond to the comment that, “A Black man has no place in the army?”

Canibus: Foolishness. Our fight is not about race. It is a race itself. My TC (tank commander) was Puerto Rican. My Section SGT was Irish American. My LT was Mandarin. My 1st SGT was like John Wayne, and my CMD SGT MJR was Black. This is a mixed world.

Pelosi Complains About Prescription-Drug Bill

Friday, December 9th, 2005

Today Nancy Pelosi tried to get a resolution to pass the House that basically accused the Republicans of passing a bad Medicare prescription-drug bill because they are corrupt. The resolution was voted down on party lines.

In a press release Pelosi said:

“Across the country, seniors are trying to navigate the complicated and confusing Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit; it is complicated and confusing because it was written to meet the needs of drug companies and private insurers, not the needs of Medicare beneficiaries.

“Today Democrats tried to hold Republicans responsible for the culture of corruption and cronyism that led to this sham of a bill. Instead, Republicans have rejected calls to give beneficiaries an additional six months to choose a plan, and remove the prohibition so the government can negotiate for lower prices. Democrats believe that our seniors deserve better, that is why we are going to keep working for a real Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit.”

The passage of the Medicare prescription-drug plan had more to do with the White House lying about the cost of the plan than Republican corruption in Congress. Republicans in Congress desiring to rid the Democrats of the prescription-drug issue as one to be used in future Congressional campaigns. Corruption in Congress had very little to do with the passage of the bill and why it is confusing.

Snoop Dogg to Become Executive Producer of XM Channel 65

Friday, December 9th, 2005

XM has put Snoop Dogg in charge as executive producer of XM Satelite Radio Channel 65 The Rhyme. Snoop will serve as the creative director for the channel which plays old-school hip-hop.

“I am truly excited about being able to have total control over the music and programming for The Rhyme on XM. I will play music that people have never heard and music that they haven’t heard in a long time,” said Snoop Dogg. “We need more Snoop Dogg music all the time because the music I play makes people feel good. Consider yourself a part of this new Snoop Dogg eargasm.”

Snoop Dogg will also be returning to his radio show on the channel “Welcome to Da Chuuch With Big Snoop Dogg,” in early 2006. I remember listening to Snoop’s radio show and enjoying the blues, soul and old-school hip-hop he was playing.

What To Do On World AIDS Day

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

Today, December 1, 2005 has been declared World AIDS Day by the United Nations. So far, the global AIDS epidemic has resulted in 25 million deaths. In 2004, an estimated 3 million plus people died of AIDS globally.

Wearing a ribbon or joining a protest alone will not have a significant on stopping AIDS. There is something you can do that does not require asking the Bush Administration to spend more money on AIDS research, download AIDS@Home. AIDS@Home is a computer program that uses your computer’s spare cycles to understand the best molecular structure that can be used to fight the AIDS epidemic. AIDS@home helps the Scripps Research Institute and the World Community Grid do the necessary research to fight the AIDS research.

Rap Did Not Cause The French Riots

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

Rap music did not cause the French riots. French Prime Minister, Dominique de Villepin, has dismissed claims by some of his party colleagues that rap music fuelled suburban rioting in France. Earlier in this week members of his party had blamed the riots on the influence of rap music.

Maybe David Brooks will listen to the words of Villepin and admit hip-hop is not responsible for the French riots unlike in his earlier column. It is time to stop the trend of blaming hip-hop for unrelated problems.