Archive for January, 2008

Thriller Does Not Need To Be Fixed

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Epic Records has announced they are re-releasing Micheal Jackson’s classic thriller but this new 25th Anniversary Edition contains six new remixes. Theoretically, this could be really cool with improvements on the already awesome Thriller beats. In reality, this will probably turn out very badly, from what I have heard from the remix of “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin” which can be blamed on Akon and will.i.am. A song full of excitement becomes a whiny song with the added Akon lyrics. I hope the other Michael Jackson abortions, I mean remixes sound better than this one.

But you may disagree…
Windows Media Player stream of “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin”, Quicktime, Stream of “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin” and the flash stream of “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin”.

Thriller was a great album though. Here’s more info if you are interested:

Epic/Legacy Recordings proudly celebrates the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the world’s biggest-selling album of all time, with a newly expanded deluxe edition of the phenomenal record-breaking pop culture touchstone, available on Tuesday, February 12. The Thriller – 25th Anniversary Edition will include the original album in its entirety as
well as six tracks previously unreleased in any form: a new Kanye West remix of “Billie Jean”; will.i.am remixes of “The Girl is Mine” and “P.Y.T.”; Fergie’s version of “Beat
It”; “For All Time,” a rare unreleased cut from the original Thriller recording sessions, newly mixed and mastered by Michael Jackson: and the first single, a new 2008 version of
“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” with Akon and will.i.am. Also included is a DVD featuring Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking short films from Thriller (“Thriller,” “Beat It,” and “Billie Jean”) and the artist’s Emmy-nominated breakout performance of “Billie Jean” from the legendary “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever” television special.

THRILLER 25 FINAL TRACKLISTING

1. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’

2. Baby Be Mine

3. The Girl Is Mine (with Paul McCartney)

4. Thriller

5. Beat It

6. Billie Jean

7. Human Nature

8. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

9. The Lady In My Life

10. Vincent Price Excerpt (From “Thriller”
Voice-Over Session)

11. The Girl Is Mine 2008 with will.i.am

12. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) 2008 with
will.i.am

13. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ 2008 with
Akon

14. Beat It 2008 with Fergie

15. Billie Jean 2008 Kayne West mix

16. For All Time (previously unreleased track from Thriller
sessions)

MICHAEL JACKSON

Thriller – 25th Anniversary
Edition

Available Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Epic/Legacy Recordings

Former New Mexico Governor Endorses Ron Paul

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has endorsed Ron Paul in the Republican primary. In a press release Gary Johnson stated

“I am endorsing Ron Paul for the Republican nomination for President because of his commitment to less government, greater liberty, and lasting prosperity for America. We are at a point in this country where we need to reduce our dependency on government and regain control of our future. To this end, Ron Paul will bring back troops, end the War in Iraq, and will strengthen the U.S. dollar and the economy. For these reasons and more, Ron Paul has my support, respect, and vote.”

Gary Johnson was a Republican Governor of Mexico who was very libertarian oriented when he was in office.

Ron Paul Finishes Second in Nevada Caucuses

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Texas Republican Ron Paul finished second in last night’s Nevada Republican Congress. Ron Paul pulled in 14% of the vote behind Mitt Romney’s 51%. Second place is a respectable showing proving that Ron Paul is more than just the Mike Gravel of the Republican Party

Ron Paul and Mitt Romney were the only candidates to actively compete in the state but Ron Paul did not pull in any delegates in Wyoming where he had campaigned. I’m sure Rudy Giuliani, or Fred Thompson would have been happy if they had finished second in a state primary.

Lupe Fiasco Needs To Come Up WIth Better Gangster Stories

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

It’s long been stated that hip-hop sometimes appears to be like professional wrestling. That is okay with me. Hip-hop at least needs to be like quality pro wrestling. More WWF and less like ECW or TNA. I understand that rappers are sometimes playing characters to express themselves but Lupe Fiasco has mishandled the art form of gangster rap in a recent Entertainment Weekly interview:

When the gangbangers would try to pull it, I was like, ”Yo, I will f— you up. And if you wanna call your cousin, call him. I’ll call me! I’ll call me right now.” We were shooting TEC-9s when we were babies, so the whole gangsta image, that ain’t nothing.

Lupe needs to stick to believable characters.

Joe Rogan Endorses Ron Paul

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

YouTube has a video of comedian Joe Rogan endorsing Ron Paul. Joe Rogan talks about his support of Ron Paul for supporting small government. So if your vote is made by deciding who UFC commentators will endorse, consider Ron Paul.

Obama Wants To Raise Taxes On Social Security

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Hillary Clinton has put out a new mailer in Nevada pointing out that Obama wants to effectively raise taxes on Social Security. Obama has suggested raising the cap on income for Social Security taxes. Hillary Clinton points out that this is effectively a trillion dollar increase.
Hillary Clinton is right to point out this tax increase. Let’s hope Hillary continues to block tax increases!

Ron Paul Ahead In Fundraising For House Race

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Politico.com mentions that Ron Paul has a primary challenger in his 2008 race for the U.S. House of Representatives:

“Thousands of miles to the south, Paul is battling his own critics back in his eastern Texas district. Some of the detractors have coalesced behind Chris Peden, a Friendswood city councilor who has touted his conservative credentials.

Galveston County Republican Chairman Kerry Neves said that, because of the national attention Paul’s presidential campaign has received, many voters unfamiliar with his anti-Iraq war stance and harsh criticism toward President Bush have taken a second look at their congressman.

“Some people who had not given a lot of thought to what his positions were have been awakened to some of his positions that they might not have known of,” Neves said. “But he always has been known here as a libertarian.”

Peden, an accountant by trade, has been highlighting Paul’s strident criticism of the Bush administration as a key rationale for his campaign. He often invokes his evangelical faith on the campaign trail and has enlisted the support of several area pastors, who have formed a “Pastors for Peden” group.

“The more the voters down here find out about Ron Paul, the more they realize he is simply not a conservative, and the less they like him,” said Peden spokesman Dallas Frohrib.”

Ron Paul is still popular in his district with a 70& approval rating and Ron Paul has far out raised his primary opponent who has raised $12,000 total, while Ron Paul can use any of the money that will be left over after his Presidential run.

THe Government Union Supports Hillary

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

The AFSCME, the union that represent government workers has a new ad out supporting Hillary.

The ad is pretty sad with different shots of white women looking depressed because Hillary cares about the country. Successful campaigns are run on positive messages not on ads that feature people depressed because being Senator from a large state isn’t enough power.

Ron Paul Rejects Recount

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Many Ron Paul supporters on the internet were calling for a vote recount in New Hampshire claiming that not all the votes cast for Ron Paul were counted. Ron Paul has decided not to ask for a recount and instead keep the campaign focused on the goal of winning the Republican nomination. Ron Paul believes that the reason for his low percentage of voles compared to the polling was because of the high voter turnout.
From Ron Paul’s press release:

After a careful investigation, I have decided against seeking a recount in New Hampshire. I am confident that not asking for a recount is the right decision.

I carefully considered the arguments for and against a recount before instructing my campaign staff not to pursue it. Without a firm belief that vote fraud had taken place, and without the possibility that a recount would have increased the chances for success of our campaign, a recount would have diverted campaign resources, time, and energy away from crucial battles elsewhere.

We have taken concerns about vote fraud seriously. In Iowa, campaign volunteers carefully monitored the caucuses. Campaign staff placed Paul supporters in every precinct to watch and verify the voting and count. We had supporters phone in results from their precincts to a campaign hotline while others ensured that those numbers were reflected on the official display board at the Polk County Convention Center. The numbers our caucus watchers reported agreed with the official tally, and both results also aligned with the campaign’s internal polling. In relatively pro-Paul counties, our sampling pegged support at 11.5%. This is consistent with an overall 10% finish for the entire state.

In New Hampshire, while I would have hoped for a better result than eight percent, I am convinced that vote fraud played no role in this result. Rumors of vote fraud were investigated, and in the end they proved to be the result of errors in early media reports that were not reflected in the official numbers. In one notable case, when a campaign staff member contacted an individual who had on the evening of January 8 claimed that his vote had not been counted, the person said that he had made a mistake and that the next morning the error in reporting on a newspaper website had been corrected both in the media and — most importantly — in the official tally.

Many have expressed concerns that those ballots counted by machine yielded a 2% lower total than those counted by hand. However, machine counted vote totals were more than 2% lower for both John McCain and Mike Huckabee. Hand counted votes were more likely to be cast in rural areas. Results almost always vary between urban and rural areas.

My campaign staff and I have analyzed the numbers in New Hampshire and I have reached the conclusion that it was the high turnout — not vote fraud or counting errors — that left us with eight percent of the vote. Our total vote count of over 18,000 votes was well within what we projected given the efforts of our extensive statewide get-out-the-vote program, giving me no reason to believe that vote fraud played any role in the results of the Granite State’s primary.

In both Iowa and New Hampshire there is much to be proud of. Taking both states together, I am honored that over 30,000 people cast their vote for me — more than either Rudy Giuliani or Fred Thompson. Unlike many other candidates’ efforts, our campaign for freedom is growing and our message is spreading.

Now is the time to redouble our efforts. Our resources must be spent on the upcoming primaries and caucuses, and on ensuring that, with your help, we organize every state yet to vote with our Precinct Leaders program.

We can’t win primaries and caucuses that have already happened — but we can win those yet to come. To become the Republican presidential nominee, a candidate must have 1,191 delegates. Iowa, Wyoming and New Hampshire determined only 32 delegates, so we have much opportunity remaining.

Today, I ask you to join me in focusing on the battles ahead as we continue our fight for liberty and our Constitution.

Sincerely,

Ron Paul

Winning campaigns do not put resources towards recounts.

Who Wrote The Ron Paul Newsletters?

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Over the past week much has been written across the blog-o-sphere about Ron Paul’s letters which contained some racist news material. Ron Paul has said he did not write the newsletter written under his name during the time he was not in Congress. Eric Dondero, a former staffer for Congressman Ron Paul, posted some information regarding the newsletters authorship.

Who wrote the Newsletters?

Ron Paul and Lew Rockwell. From what I witnessed in my 12 years working for Ron, I’d say maybe 40% came from him in the way of scribbles (and I literally do mean scribbles) on a yellow pad, that was then faxed to his office staff in South Houston for editing and publication.

I’d estimate that the rest – 50 to 60% was written by Lew. But when I say Lew I also mean his staff of Interns, which during that period included most prominently Jeff Tucker and Mark Thornton of Auburn Univ. in Alabama.

It was my general impression that Thornton wrote the bulk of the heavy economic stuff, Tucker the political stuff, Lew crime and race relations, Ron Paul anti-Israel/foreign policy.

As to the Production Team:

In the 1980s Nadia Hayes was Newsletter Publisher. Her assistant was Jean McCiver. Both lived in South Houston/Clear Lake area. The office was located on 1120 Nasa Rd. 1, Suite 1 (catty-corner from the NASA Space Center.)

The Newsletter itself was produced and printed by Marc Elam, Ron’s longtime Campaign Manager, out of Elam’s office on Fuqua, South Houston, very close to Hobby Airport.

Hayes was forced to resign in an Embezzlement scandal in late 1988 involving the Investment Newsletter and Ron Paul’s other business and political enterprises.

McIver then took over. She was assisted by David Mertz, better known as David James, a close friend and associate of current Ron Paul Campaign Co-Campaign Manager Kent Snyder. Both Snyder and James currently live in Northern, VA, Falls Church area.

For the period in question, early 1990s, post Nadia Hayes, David James, Jean McIver and Marc Elam were the entire Production Team and Editors of the Newsletters.

Lew Rockwell was more of a Contributing writer, and less Editor. But his writing, as I said before, constituted approx. 50 to 60% of the Newsletters.

All of this is general knowledge known by all Ron Paul campaign and Congressional staffers. There are numerous individuals who can be contacted to confirm these facts, both present and employees of Ron Paul.

They can also be confirmed by Houston-area libertarians and Ron Paul activists.

Sources: ThirdPartyWatch and The Last Free Voice

UPDATE January 16, 2008: Dave Weigel and Julian Sanchez conclude that Lew Rockwell or Murray Rothbard are the probable authors of the newsletters.