You Should Have Run it by Me First
You Should Have Run it by Me First
The Official White Trash Response to Kanye West’s “White Trash” Comment on Power105

"I wanted to take white trash T-shirts and make it into a video"

- Kanye West, 2013

 I feel a bit of pressure to pretend that we’re so irreparably injured by Kanye’s use of ‘the WT’ that we just can’t ride this fence for another minute, but it kind of came and went and I think we’re over it…

Sure he used a racist term but I definitely don’t think he’s a racist-racist. I know everyone hates it when people are like “I’m not a racist, my favorite comedian is so-and-so” or “I’m not a racist, my girlfriend is half Canadian”, but heck I think he’s hung out with Bruce Jenner so he can’t be too party-line Panther. We’ll give him a pass.

I was just saying the other day that I got a lot in common with Kanye. business is going pretty well for both of us right now, we’re chasing some great women that we’re pretty enamored with, and on the artistic side we’re both just totally nailing it…

Hey, we all know what it’s like to be riding the big wave, get a little manic, and say some crazy shit.

It’s like this - 

Picture some townie wants you to come by and take a few tree’s down and is totally willing to spend a couple bucks for the favor.  As a ‘tree surgeon,’ I’m totally unregistered, uninsured, and let’s face it, almost wholly unqualified to be jerking around on such a high-stakes project but ‘bam!’, that’s the risk entrepreneurs like us take and it feels good.

THE START

It ain’t easy. Sometimes you pull the cord on the saw like 15,000 times before before that hawg starts to strain and even touching the throttle just a tad too much almost chokes her before the chain just barely moves and then you know it’s game-on.  We want people to know ‘we did it’. I don’t care if my arm feels like it’s gonna fall off, but I just made this kitty purr and I’m ready to cut down every tree in Eden if I get chance.


THE DEFINITION OF AFFLUENT

If things can’t get any better, I don’t even have to haul away the wood chips (cha’ching) cause the lady of the house is convinced she want’s to make some bullshit / woodchip ‘trail’ in the yard like something she saw on Martha Stewart or that stupid Pinterest (if you don’t boil or bleach ‘em it’s just going to look like shit but if you want me as a designer that’s extra, I am in Lumberjack mode).

THE FAME

Even though it’s November and like 11 degrees out, the neighbor lady is walking over and I think it’s time to ditch the Carhartt and start the gun show.  She’s A-Z impressed and noted the dangerous ‘widow-maker’ branch (her choice of words, I think she’s trying to hint around!) in her back yard. Could I take it down for 2 hunjo? Pfrt! Why do all these development folks feel the need to ask questions they know the answer to…

THE TRUTH - MONEY MAKES MONEY

I asked to use the facilities in both homes and noted that they they both have ‘fireplaces’ that don’t even burn wood so there’s no point in asking if they want the down’d trees cut and stacked to cure for next winter. It may take four trips but bet your ass those 2 cords are going right in the truck before the sun goes down. Como se dice “Side Business!”

THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT

No matter what I am jacked. If nothing else I can get 6 hunjo for this firewood in less than 10 months.

THE BLOVIATION

Now I’m off to Grossman’s with a pocket full of new cash to buy a proper door for a lady (I ‘measured once, cut twice’ on the current door that I put on the bedroom last year and the four-inch gap at the bottom now means anyone walking up the stairs can see right into the lady’s boudouir for a few steps, long story). Anyway, I am not there for 2 minutes before the dooshbag from Schaghticoke has to chime in about what year my truck is… You all know the type. Never hustled a day in his life and ends up inheriting a farm and bank full of cash and now he’s driving a King Ranch like he’s the freaking mayor and invented the pyramids. I know exactly how Kanye feels. You start shopping in a place like Grossman’s and you’re bound to bump into people with a lot more than you and I’m sure that’s the case for Kanye in Hollywood or wherever he shops.  Before you know it, just like Kanye, I have gone on a rant about how I’m not just a dude jacking trees (off the state’s radar) but I am a one-man department-of-forestry and Husqvarna wants to talk about a tree-cutting reality show called “Jim’s Limbs”.  You always regret exaggeration after the fact but it just happens when you’re around these peckerheads…

Hatchet buried, totally forgiven.

Happy Thanksgiving Kanye!

The magical land of American politics…

The magical land of American politics…

Alright you filthy gym rats and hand-sanitizing imbeciles…

Look, I go to the gym every morning and I am the type that gets quite agitated if they don’t open at 0500 on the dot partly because I like to be first (and yell ‘FIRST’ as I walk through the door), and partly because I like to get there before your germs.

I can’t just watch silently any more as your foolishness is actually starting to hurt me like the loss of a loved one. I have watched hundreds of you squirt a little alcohol on your hands after pushing or pulling the bar on some contrived machine as if you truly fear your neighbors’ hands and as if it does something to germs. It doesn’t. Everyone knows it. Even the gubment, who I tend to distrust, admits it via the FDA.

Let me Google that for you:

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=do+hand+sanitizers+work

Here’s the deal. This morning I woke up for a smoke and full pot of coffee while on business in NYC. While standing out on the curb, I thought the ground felt a little slippery and looked down to see that I was double-barrel deep in a shmear of dogshit covering an area about the size of two album covers.  I am a fidgety man so I essentially tap-danced in this shit for about 5 minutes before realizing what I had done.

Not much to actually do at this point but take a photo to creep out my clean friends:

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I can’t add a whole lot of drama to this story, other than note that my giant, teary, doe-eyes looked to the heavens for a moment hoping this deposit was from a dog and hadn’t come from “General Pooh” (the homeless man in the camo jacket and fu-man-chu mustache that’s taken to relieving himself between cars on this block).

At this point it’s 0445 and I am off to the gym, scuffling my greasy feet on the sidewalk to remove as much of it as possible before getting on the subway while countless comrades make the same commute with similar tales of footwear assaulted by vomit, blood, and canal street ‘wash-water’…

Now I did a good job cleaning those shoes though I am not a cobbler and we’d all feel better with a complete resole.

And there you are, doing some type of walrus yoga on the mat I just left with your wet back creating that mud-suction sound as your do your crunches before rolling over on your naked belly and letting your chin provide leverage as your feet do some kind of cartoonish fast kick behind you.

I feel my true conscious self sinking back behind my eye sockets deeper and deeper, tunnel-vision as reality slips away and I begin to believe I can hear the music in your ear-buds amidst the din of the gym - It’s ironic you’re listening to Michael Sembello’s “Maniac on the Floor”, and I can see them… The parasites… I can see them traveling like microscopic Marco Polo’s squirting through the gut of that dog, to my shoes, to the mat where they are now reaching, yearning in their own sun salutation to gain entry to you, their sun, as you tease them in a bizarre dance, a seduction that will not end with less than complete union. 

The sploog’ing sound of the hand sanitizer snaps me out of my trance and brings you into yours, your delusion - believing that now you are ‘clean’…

Piers…

(H/T to Scott Baker for picking up on some spectacular local journalism produced by Ben Swann out of Fox19 Cincinatti)

Of the ‘11,000’ gun related murders in 2011 that you mentioned, it was actually 8,583 and 400 of those were justifiable homicides where the police were the shooters, and another 260 of those were justifiable homicides in self defense by citizens - My math puts this at 7,923 ‘gun related murders’ as a typical viewer might define the phrase.

This is still a high number; I won’t attempt to derail the argument by further defining murders that fall into the ‘gang violence’ category. In an earlier article I noted that only a fraction of our gun deaths were with long guns of any time, and of the homicide by rifle only a small percentage of those occurred with an ‘assault rifle’.

The US has the highest gun ownership rate in the world, but falls far below 28 other countries when it comes to gun homicide…

The UK has the 2nd highest crime rate in the EU.

The EU pegged Britain as the “most violent country in the EU” with 2034 violent crimes per 100,000 people - that’s more dangerous than South Africa and almost 5 times more dangerous than the United States.

FOX19.com-Cincinnati News, Weather

The fact is, we have endured some pretty serious attacks by some very wicked people determined to kill innocent people and at its worst, innocent children. They did use guns and that hurts. They could have used fire, gas, chlorine, explosives… They didn’t, they used guns and I can see how the idea of banning is an easy first step in a run to law as we all want to feel effective and part of the solution but the media’s seeming fixation on bans as a first priority is making guys like Alex Jones apoplectic when no one seems to notice the other commonalities of these shooters and want to go after the law-abiding first:

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Data isn’t ‘Libertarian’; it’s just data. Emotion is something else.

DATA

Unlike some countries, official American “gun violence” numbers include death by suicide, accident, police shootings, and self defense.

In 2010 there were 358 murders in the United States by rifle, including ‘assault rifle’.

In the same year, there were 745 murders by fists (including ‘pushing’), and a total of 4,221 when blunt objects and knives were involved (FBI data).

There are 4 times more guns in the US than there are cars.

In 2010, the United States had announced that “Traffic Fatalities Dropped to the Lowest Level in Recorded History” at 32,788 (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data).

The massive decrease in traffic fatalities between 2005 (44k) and 2010 (33k) may be attributed by some to be purely due to surprisingly effective advances in technology.  Deaths decreased 25% despite a new prevalence of affordable and accessible cars that are capable of going much faster than those of previous generations and a policy trend of speed limit increases rather than decreases.

EMOTION

Emotionally, one might think the sea change in personal responsibility regarding safety and drunk driving may be having a big impact. Although we’ve run to law (1910 for DWI, 1978 for child seats, and 1984 for seat belts); it might appear that it was our change as a culture, and a new morality based in reason rather than collective ‘fear of punishment,’ that may have produced this grand result.

You will prevent friends from driving drunk this new year’s not because you are concerned about his legal fees and increased insurance premiums, but because you don’t want him to hurt anyone.

Your own capacity to be responsible for the violent death of others is something quite disturbing to think about. The desire to remove the capacity of others to do harm seems heroic and urgent.

Intoxication Manslaughter already carries a 20 year prison term. We can prevent cars from going over 55mph. We can increase the penalties for marijuana. We can stop the private sales of liquor, authorize official ‘C2H5OH dispensaries’ with full time 3rd party municipal LEO oversight and security at all locations. We can deploy electronic inventory controls tied to chips in drivers’ licenses with a substantial pre-paid tax, permits, and 2 drink per day limit with severe penalties for ‘straw man’ purchases where one purchases a drink for someone else.

Or we can do 3 things.

1) As a culture, operate in reality. This isn’t Hollywood. This isn’t a game. Look at the pictures. It’s irresponsible to have a car or a gun or lawnmower without having a concrete sense of the damage it can do.

Here’s a photo of the inside of a car that just hit a deer at 70mph. If you drive a car, look at it and know this is what you might to do to a child on New Year’s if you’re not careful - http://imgur.com/a/08elC

We’ve gone out of our way as a culture to avoid real death. Everyone that dies horribly is a ‘hero’. We pay people to remove roadkill before anyone sees it. Death in entertainment and gaming has become ‘corny’ at best. The horrible reality of it all may be an important part of maturity.

2) As a community, don’t be afraid to point out bad and dangerous people and do something about it. If you know someone looked at the deer collision picture and still seems to think that doing the same thing to a human isn’t too bad of a prospect and seems determined to push the limits until it happens, then don’t wait-  get your friends at the barracks on board with bringing the hammer down hard.

3) As an individual, help yourself and others in the process. Be engaged, use data and reason and do something truly and measurably effective as opposed to just ‘feeling right’. Don’t hop on bandwagons. Don’t ban forks for fat people because you heard people will eat slower with chopsticks. The football helmet changed more lives for the better than every symbolic signing of a petition since the Declaration. The real hero is the one that measurably reduced horrible death by inventing windshields that ‘give’ without breaking into shards and cutting everyone to ribbons. If you can prove empirically that a percentage of murders were possible in part due to criminals gaining access to places they shouldn’t be, then be the one to invent the better door.

If you start noticing a trend that folks seem to be ‘falling into abandoned wells’ every other week then start carrying some rope. Learn how to tie some knots. Listen for folks hollering from the old well. Save someone.

Let the politicians and pundits bloviate and congratulate each other for coming to the same conclusion and writing legal theory that ‘no one needs an old well anymore anyway’ but do your part to keep the American checks and balances in place.

And don’t drive drunk.

-JP

'Sunglasses', sure sign of a nutjob… I am pretty sure you can define one's psychosis by their goggles.

The “Unabombers” specs just sold at auction for $20,000 USD:

sketch artist nailed the glasses description

Chapman’s ‘faders’

As Jim Jones got darker, so did his tint

The original reactor types…

Dahmer hadn’t been near a window in years when this pic was taken. These don’t count as sunglasses -

Speaking of sunglasses in prison, who is sending Charles Manson these shades and the little outfit for that matter?

Phil wasn’t a true psycho, but a nice segue into a new post about “how to judge your neighbor’s mental state by their hair”

Rewriting the news… “John Popper’s Weapons Charges”

Famed musician and inspiration to many Americans, John Popper, was pulled over today in a car driven by Brian Gourgious, who was speeding.

Sheriff J. Law quite sternly admonished Brian as though modern vehicles are admittedly capable of exceptional performance at speeds not considered safe in previous generations, it wasn’t wise to drive over 100MPH in this particular area at night as deer have been known to appear in the road and ‘spook’ a driver and even cause an accident. 

Sheriff Law accumulated the ID’s of the car’s occupants and noted Popper’s CCW and realized that he has already proven to the judges locally during the permit process that he’s willing to be held accountable at a higher standard and level of responsibility than many of their neighbors.  Asking for trivia’s sake if he had any other weapons in the car, John responded ‘yes’ and was eager to show him the collection of custom guns he had been working on over the years and was currently hauling up to the photo-shoot at his mountain cabin to be used in an upcoming album’s cover art.

Each unloaded long gun and properly registered pistol was secured and not only locked in the trunk, but concealed in custom-made lock boxes that would not pique the interest of na’erdowells. Law even noted out loud that he wished more hunters, shooters, and collectors had the means and foresight to construct similar range boxes as “thieves can’t steal guns that they don’t know exist”…

Unfortunately, in the kind of legal headache that even cops wouldn’t be bothered with if it weren’t for the potential of overtime hours in the courtroom, John was charged with the possession of antiques…

A vintage set of ‘brass knuckles’ like those carried by Abraham Lincoln’s bodyguard, are unfortunately illegal in certain locales including this one.  Although brass knuckles hadn’t been a nuisance in town since they made an appearance during a disorderly conduct arrest once after World War I, they were nonetheless illegal and “the law is the law”, said John Law. 

Making matters worse and setting up ruin for the planned weekend at the cabin, a collectible switchblade valued at over $2,600 was discovered which, like the brass knuckles, had never been found to be prevalent as a weapon in many actual crimes but was banned after it’s reputation soured on the silver screen in the 50’s as some type of ‘preferred’ tool of hooligans. 

Again, the law is the law and although John hated to see two prized pieces of his collection get confiscated and sent to the welder for destruction, he was happy to move on with life, get up to the cabin with the guys, and chalk the whole thing up being just one expensive pain in the ass that could have been avoided if Brian would just get a grip on his dang lead foot…

the photoshoot that almost didn't happen

(In related news, a famous rockstar was found with some pot in his pocket.  Local officials spent a good hour patting backs and noted during a press conference below the Sons of the Revolution monument downtown that ‘they knew it, they knew it the whole time’ and ‘these musical types just love to work work work and then think they can just smoke anything they can set fire to’… ‘Well not on our watch bucko’… )

You can learn more about John’s current projects here: http://www.johnpopper.net/ and you can still get tix for the Wasabi event at the Brooklyn Bowl http://www.brooklynbowl.com/event/188727/ (All proceeds to benefit the Wetlands Activism Collective)

Germany. Hrmmmm… If abortion is always legal but circumcision is a ‘criminal act’ -

Then won’t parents be motivated to have their sons circumcised in the womb?

Level Headed Merkel

The debate over religious circumcision in Germany continues to rage after Chancellor Angela Merkel told her party the country risked becoming a “laughing stock” over a court ruling calling religious circumcision a criminal act, according to a report.

Mr President, Pls stop spamming me… It’s getting weird.

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Date: Tue, May 22, 2012 at 12:25 PM
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We can’t afford to lose our way again — and that’s what this election is about.

I feel fortunate to have President Clinton on our team today — he’s smart, he’s tough, and he’s committed to strengthening this organization alongside you.

If you’re one of the grassroots supporters picked to meet us in New York, I think you’ll see exactly what I mean.

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Barack


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Do not let this little commie lure you in with her striking beauty…

Seriously, don’t even look at the pictures.

This is Camila Vallejo, and she’s up to something… 

Camila Vallejo

Camila Vallejo

Camila Vallejo Communist

I swore I would never do it, but here’s Mitt Romney’s “beefcake” shot

A shirtless Mitt Romney, stacked for your convenience…

naked mitt romney ripped

Dan Savage… I am sure the seven Santorum kids won’t be bullied at all by “The Google” assault…

Rick Santorum is technically anti-libertarian so I am not going into some kind of reactionary republican maneuver simply because he’s involved, but I am willing to be the enemy of his enemies in this case as this guy “Dan Savage” who claims to be an anti-bullying champion, might actually be one of the most over-the-top bullies in history.

Dan Savage has gone on a campaign to align the names of 7 children, born as recently as 2008, with repulsive sexual slang.

It would appear Savage thinks its terrible to bully someone who had no choice in their sexual orientation, but it’s ok to bully kids based on their parents’ political career (that the kids had no choice in).

This isn’t about what he did to Rick’s name, it’s about what he did to the kids and grand-kids who’ll share the same name.

I am sure in his mind it’s different, after all, the ‘gets better’ muse hanged himself.

I wonder if he’d change his tune if one of the Santorum kids hanged themselves and left a note naming him and his ‘joke’ as one of the reasons they did it. 

yeah right

Dan’s beyond reach. But this Run-it-by-me-First is for President Obama - Cut this guy off. Apologize for ever letting him in the WhiteHouse, and let your friends at Google know that they should take a line against bullying as well and not let this guy manipulate their property (don’t forget for a second that Google search results are Google’s property) and prevent generations of innocent Santorum kids from having to deal with this nonsense.

I seldom post the advice of others; but listen to John Ramsey (this isn’t funny)

Jon Benet Ramsey would be 21 now…

I have no problem showing my intolerance for everyone involved with “"Toddlers & Tiaras" - It’s NDG.

NDG.


(from LA Times)

JonBenet Ramsey’s father, John Ramsey, has finally acknowledged what many Americans have long wanted to hear: He regrets showcasing his daughter in beauty pageants and parades. He also suggests that putting the girl front-and-center in the public eye might have contributed to the 6-year-old’s killing.

"Toddlers & Tiaras" is a just plain wrong

"We were so naïve," he told ABC. “I now believe with all my heart that it’s not a good idea to put your child on public display.” Ramsey is currently promoting his new book, out Wednesday, about his struggle to recover from the death of his daughter, who would now be 21.

John Ramsey said he’s haunted, in particular, by an incident that occurred just before the girl’s slaying, which took place the day after Christmas in 1996.

"Patsy had her sitting atop a friend’s convertible in the Christmas parade waving at the people lining the streets,” Ramsey told ABC. “Patsy’s mother later told me that a strange man approached the car during the parade and it made her uncomfortable. I think about these things now and it makes me cringe.”

He said he regrets going along with the decision by his late wife, Patsy — a former beauty queen herself — to enter the girl in pageants. “Only because — that possibly might have drawn attention to us,” he told ABC. He offered up these words of advice to parents: “There could be evil around you. … Keep your kids protected.”

More (via the LA Times)

Newt, It’s time to go. Seriously, GTFO.

(Although every minute that Newt stays in the game another 10,000 Republicans come to their senses and realize that Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is really worth a second look as it is possible their party’s gone completely off the rails)

The Romney campaign sends along a statement by Bob Dole pasted below:

I have not been critical of Newt Gingrich but it is now time to take a stand before it is too late. If Gingrich is the nominee it will have an adverse impact on Republican candidates running for county, state, and federal offices. Hardly anyone who served with Newt in Congress has endorsed him and that fact speaks for itself. He was a one-man-band who rarely took advice. It was his way or the highway.

Gingrich served as Speaker from 1995 to 1999 and had trouble within his own party. By 1997 a number of House Republican members wanted to throw him out as Speaker. But he hung on until after the 1998 elections when Newt could read the writing on the wall. His mounting ethics problems caused him to resign in early 1999. I know whereof I speak as I helped establish a line of credit of $150,000 to help Newt pay off the fine for his ethics violations. In the end, he paid the fine with money from other sources.

In my opinion if we want to avoid a sweeping victory by Obama in November, Republicans should nominate Governor Romney as our standard bearer. He could win because he has the requisite experience in the public and private sectors. He would be a president in whom we could have confidence and he would make us proud.

Bob Dole

GTFO, SRSLY

You can read the full NRO story here:

"6 out of 10 ‘millennials’ prefer to buy a hybrid over any other car or truck…"

Oh for heaven’s sake.

Why?

Is it really the MPG? Is efficiency truly the goal?

I don’t think so; if it were, these kids would lean right and leave it up to the engineers of old to re-introduce truly efficient cars without government interference (although in their defence, they don’t see it as ‘interference’ as in their generation’s world the notion of car companies needing government hand outs to stay afloat seems reasonable).

Eric Peters over at EPAutos.com said it best:

Best-case mileage you can get in a new car is 48 MPG – the advertised highway mileage of a 2012 Toyota Prius hybrid.

It sucks.

If, that is, you can remember… .

Back in 1981, the Dodge Omni (and several other small cars) was delivering 50 MPG. And 40-something was common. That’s gas-powered cars, too. Diesels – like the ’80 VW Rabbit – posted highway mileage pushing 60MPG.”

"frapppp"

Read the rest of Eric’s article here, it’s worth it:

http://epautos.com/2012/01/12/heres-what-were-missing/

I remember spending a regrettably short amount of time in the late 90’s with Scott Painter , a true pioneer, in his gorgeous home in California. While his gossiping guests seemed to pooh-pooh his idea of a Build-To-Order car company, though none of us quite understood exactly what it would become, I remember thinking that if anyone could pull it off, he could (founder of CarsDirect, Zag, TrueCar, PriceLock, etc). 

Looking back on it, I realize that the hard part of ‘what we want’ isn’t the order, or the manufacture, but the regulations managing our options.

How many millions in funds and tax breaks went into putting rear-view mirrors on the same farm vehicles everyone’s been enjoying since the 80’s? If you put seatbelts on a golf cart is it all of a sudden a car?

fancy...

If I had my choice, I’d like to get one of these built (below)…

0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds? 33 mpg? Heck, add a gun rack and I think it’s officially my perfect vehicle!

Hey wait a minute?

Did I just realize that I too, like a millennial, want an electric car more than any other? I’m not even sure… It seems even my dream car just moved from the electric version to a V8. I guess that makes sense.