Tuesday, May 31

Way to go Irish, way to go.

Father Ryan boys win their 2nd ever state title.

Father Ryan 3, Christian Brothers 2

the Champion: Father Ryan Fightin' Irish
the Tournament: TSSAA Div II State Soccer Tourney

What a Smart Kid!

Adu to take break from MLS
Right now, I don't know how to put it, I feel like I'm in a funk
Adu said

the Player: Freddy Adu
the Team: DC United

This ain't your Granddaddy's Country Music.

Cowboy Troy stirs Nashville with 'hick-hop'

It was just a Friendly...

USA 1-2 England

Monday, May 30

The Boondocks

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Buddhist Thought of the Day

Having drunk the sweetness of solitude and also the sweetness of tranquility, one becomes free from fear and wrongdoing while drinking the sweetness of the joy of truth.
Sutta Nipata

One More to Go

The stars are falling into place for the Black Crowes fans of the world.

Steve Gorman Rejoins Black Crowes

Friday, May 27

11 steps to a better brain

This goes along with my post about exercising the parts of the brain we don't use too often.

Tricks, techniques and habits, as well as changes to your lifestyle, diet and behaviour that can help get the best out of your brain cells
  1. Smart drugs ~ Does getting old have to mean worsening memory, slower reactions and fuzzy thinking?
  2. Food for thought ~ You are what you eat, and that includes your brain. So what is the ultimate mastermind diet?
  3. The Mozart effect ~ Music may tune up your thinking, but you can't just crank up the volume and expect to become a genius
  4. Bionic brains ~ If training and tricks seem too much like hard work, some technological short cuts can boost brain function
  5. Gainful employment ~ Put your mind to work in the right way and it could repay you with an impressive bonus
  6. Memory marvels ~ Mind like a sieve? Don't worry. The difference between mere mortals and memory champs is more method than mental capacity
  7. Sleep on it ~ Never underestimate the power of a good night's rest
  8. Body and mind ~ Physical exercise can boost brain as well as brawn
  9. Nuns on a run ~ If you don't want senility to interfere with your old age, perhaps you should seek some sisterly guidance
  10. Attention seeking ~ You can be smart, well-read, creative and knowledgeable, but none of it is any use if your mind isn't on the job
  11. Positive feedback ~ Thought control is easier than you might imagine

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Even as a great rock is not shaken by the wind, the wise man is not shaken by praise or blame.

Thursday, May 26

Tonight on Nightline

Mr. Cosby's Neighborhood
"You can't be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth."
Those strong words came from Bill Cosby, who was commenting on the state of African-American children in cities across America. He's been under fire ever since. Tonight, we'll take a look at the fallout.

I heard MED (Michael Eric Dyson) on NPR talking about this. His thoughts are very interesting.

Buddhist Thought of the Day

We should surrender our intention to selfishly seek merit and recognition for our merit, and instead simply plant merit and cultivate wisdom.
Jae Woong Kim, 'Polishing the Diamond'

Sewanee financed by slavery?

Reprinted without permission b/c you have sign up and all that stuff...

"The Myth of the Wicked Slave Trader"

Reviewed by Edwin M. Yoder, Jr.
Sunday, May 22, 2005;

CARRY ME BACK: The Domestic Slave Trade in American Life

By Steven Deyle. Oxford Univ Press 398 pp. $29.95

Harriet Beecher Stowe was hardly the first novelist to contribute a stereotype to American historical memory. But when she fashioned not only the saintly Uncle Tom but also Haley, the slave trader, she gave us a stock figure of unusual durability -- and usefulness.

Unlike Uncle Tom's original master, a genteel Kentuckian, Haley is coarse in feature and manner, speaks ungrammatically, dresses with flashy vulgarity and wears rather more rings on his fingers than a gentleman should: a sure mark of underbreeding. Yet Haley's historical utility is undeniable. He reflects our tendency to adjust the unpalatable features of the past to fit our self-regarding myths of virtue and innocence.

Carry Me Back is a determined assault on the myth of the wicked slave trader, or at any rate on the widespread belief that slaves traders were a tribe apart, conducting a nefarious traffic that good people shunned. On the contrary, from the advent of the cotton gin in the 1790s to the outbreak of the Civil War, a steady flow of "surplus" slaves from the upper South (George Washington once estimated that there were too many slaves "by a moiety" for profitable farming in Virginia) was a key concomitant of Southern agricultural prosperity. And their transfer required agents, lots of them.

This seems an undeniable given. What the trade's corollary vices were is more debatable. The new Southwest's booming market for slaves encouraged some slave-sellers to advertise some women as "good breeders," and it may have acted as an incentive for the kidnapping of freed blacks.

Deyle depicts this busy commerce in slaves as a Dixified version of the "market economy" that was developing in other regions in the same period. The Deyle thesis, as it might be called, departs substantially from the view of Eugene Genovese and other senior historians of slavery that the Old South's plantation economy yielded a very different, less commercial mindset. But, assuredly, there was big money to be made, fast.

Deyle seems to relish naming the big slave dealers and even informing us that so distinguished a Southern institution as the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn., was, at the outset, substantially financed by slave-trading fortunes. Otherwise, the author has been unable to document the existence of that bugaboo of the wilder abolitionist imagination, the stud farm where bondsmen were bred like domestic animals. Thus slave traders were needed and were too numerous to be outcasts. Yet there can be no doubt of the tenacity of the stereotype. Even reasonably well-informed students of the history of slavery have internalized the wicked slave trader clich�. I recall being shown a cache of family documents by a close friend, only to realize with a shudder that her archive documented a traffic in selling slaves "south." When I first studied slavery, we were taught that nice people didn't sell slaves unless they were unruly -- the excuse that self-regarding slaveholders usually offered, at least officially, for putting their slaves on the market. But it seems they did, not infrequently and to considerable profit. If he establishes nothing else, the author of Carry Me Back demolishes the notion that the slave labor for the southwestward-thrusting cotton boom was immaculately conceived, leaving all well-manicured hands untainted by the trade.

Deyle pays obsessive attention to the horrors of the interstate slave trade -- its pitiful coffles of shackled people being moved long distances, its terrors of family division, its coarse advertising that linked the sale of human beings with that of cattle and horses. Certainly these images were prime tinder for abolitionism. And yet, having initially emphasized the interstate traffic, the author admits that, after all, the slave trade was overwhelmingly local, and as such often governed by comparatively humane and personalized standards: "The overwhelming majority of enslaved people who were sold never passed through the hands of a professional slave trader nor spent a day in a . . . slave depot. They were sold locally by one owner to another." In fact, similar inconsistencies haunt this book from front to back. Perhaps because the evidence is often anecdotal and ambiguous, Deyle takes back on one page what he has firmly asserted on another. Typically he finds it hard to decide just what he believes about "paternalism," the term traditionally used to describe a supposedly benevolent "family" relationship between slaveholders and their "servants." Sometimes Deyle calls paternalism an "ideal" and concedes its sincerity; at other times, echoing an attenuated Marxism, he calls it an "ideology" and implies that it involved false consciousness and self-deception.

An historian more inclined toward psychological analysis might speculate that paternalism was an essential defense for people of ordinary morality who must have known, subliminally, that treating fellow human beings as commodities was wrong. Most slaveholders called themselves Christians; and while most were aware (and probably thankful) that no less than St. Paul had admonished slaves to obey their masters, slavery and the slave trade were hard to square with the Golden Rule. At the very least, the paternalist code shielded conscientious slaveholders against feelings of heartlessness. The myth of the wicked slave trader was obviously a corollary and buttress; it implied that the "man-stealing" brokers in human flesh constituted a distinct class, morally inferior to their customers. The record shows this to be an untenable superstition.

The author of Carry Me Back has ventured boldly into an under-visited terrain, and his book is of pioneering importance and interest. Unfortunately, like so many revised doctoral theses, it needed more careful editing. It is awkwardly structured (the early chapters could have been condensed or cut with little or no loss), at times drearily repetitious, and its professorial prose is thronged with more stylistic solecisms than a freshman theme.

Edwin M. Yoder Jr. is an Alexandria writer and the author of a recent memoir, "Telling Others What to Think." He can be reached at yoderem@aol.com.

Wednesday, May 25

Lawn Care

This goes out to all my homeowner friends.
according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service,
"Homeowners use up to 10 times more chemical pesticides per acre on their lawns than farmers use on their crops."


What a game!

It was actually broadcast live in Nashville (ESPN2) so I went to my local Irish Pub, Dan McGuiness, which is only about .3 miles away from my office, and took a LOOOOOOONNNNNG lunch with a bunch of screaming, singing Liverpool fans.

I almost left at half time b/c Liverpool was down 3-0. AC Milan really looked in control. During the early part of the 2nd half Liverpool had the most amazing comeback. It was incredibly exciting, I even got teary eyed. The Reds scored 3 goals in 6min! The game stayed that way through the end of extra time. Extra time included an crazy double save by Dudek (Liverpool's keeper).

The shootout was intense. Dudek saved the first two goals, Dida missed the first two goals. Then they both missed one, Dida missed another and Dudek saved the last!

Milan was completely in control during the 1st half. Liverpool took control in the 2nd half and then it was a stalemate for the last 60min. Liverpoool continued to play Milan's game but Milan is tough.


Some records were broken.
  • I think the first goal was the fastest in cup history. Milan scored from a FK at 52 seconds.
  • This was the first time both teams scored 3 or more goals since 62 or something like that.
  • Liverpool scored the second fastest 3 goals after ManU scored 3 in 4min back in the 80s.
  • Liverpool became the first team to ever win the European Championshiip after being down by 3 goals.
Liverpool were crowned European champions in dramatic fashion.

the Champion: Liverpool FC
the Runner-up: AC Milan
the Hardware: UEFA Champions League Cup

BTW, Steven Gerrard is an awesome player and deserving Captain.

International Travel

When I was a teenager I dreamed I would grow up to have a girlfriend from every continent. Well, that was hormones talking and now that I’m about to be married I think I would just like to visit every continent with my lovely Tara.

Hopefully we will start on the honeymoon. ;-) (The honeymoon is a surprise to Tara so I can’t even hint to where we are going.)

Is it Real or is it Mainstream?

I'm a pretty big fan of the underground hip-hop stuff. I don't buy a lot but when I do it's usually the off the wall, indi stuff.

I do think underground is a state of mind but mainstream acceptance can greatly interfere with that. You sell, they invest, they start demanding, you lose your independence.

Something to Ponder - Underground vs. Mainstream? What's Real Hip-Hop?

Punk'd by Po-Po

I noticed this a long time ago. I mean they did get Pink with the Feds but almost every Black artists has been "pun'k" by some form of security or law enforcement.

Hip-Hop Gets “Punk’d” By Cops & MTV

Tuesday, May 24

Self Motivation

I always imagined it would be hard for me to be self employed b/c I just don't think I could keep myself going.

Starting next week I guess I get a test run. This time next week I will be unemployed!
Maintaining Motivation

Some cheesey stuff.

Is it morning already???

Quit worrying and go to sleep!!

Hush...I said!!

I was COLD...thank you

Nice doggie...you're a GOOD boy

Hey...gimmee my BALL back!!
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On this Day in Black History

1543 - Nicolaus Copernicus published proof of a sun-centered solar system.
1607 - Captain Christopher Newport and 105 followers founded the colony of Jamestown at the mouth of the James River on the coast of Virginia.
1738 - The Methodist Church was established.
1819 - Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1836-1901), born
1844 - Samuel Morse tapped out the first telegraph message.
1854 - Lincoln University, first black college is founded. It was first named Ashmun Institute when it was founded in Oxford, PA
1854 - Anthony Burns, an escaped slave, was captured in Boston and was returned by federal and state troops to his owner.
1856 - John Brown attacked pro-slavery forces in Pottawatomie Creek, KS. It was one of the first blows against slavery.
1861 - Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler declared slaves "contraband of war."
1864 - Two regiments, First and Tenth U.S.C.T., repulsed attack by Confederate General Fitzhugh Lee.
1887 - Elijah McCoy patented Lubricator for Safety Valves (Patent No. 363,529)
1916 - The Lincoln Motion Picture Company founded
1918 - Coleman Young born
1931 - Otis Blackwell born
1937 - Archie Shepp born
1941 - Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman) born
1943 - Harold “Happy” Hairston born
1944 - Patti LaBelle (Patricia Louise Holte) born
1950 - "Sweetwater" (Nat) Clifton's contract was purchased by the New York Knicks making him the first black player in the NBA.
1951 - The Washington, DC Municipal Court of Appeals determined that racially segregated restaurants were illegal.
1951 - Willie Mays began playing for the New York Giants.
1954 - Dr. Peter Murray Marshall became the first Black to head an American Medical Association unit when he was installed as president of New York County Medical Society.
1955 - The Moulin Rouge, the first integrated American casino, opened in Las Vegas.
1956 - Larry Blackmon (Cameo) born
1961 - Twenty-seven Freedom Riders were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi.
1963 - Joe Dumars born
1966 - Leontyne Price opened Metropolitan Opera season
1967 - Heavy D born
1969 - Solomon Burke performed "Proud Mary" on American Bandstand.
1970 - Peter Green quit Fleetwood Mac.
1974 - Richard Pryor hosted "Midnight Special"; Olivia Newton-John and Boz Scaggs were guests.
1974 - William Kennedy "Duke" Ellington died
1983 - The US Supreme Court decided (Bob Jones University v. US) by a vote of 8- 1(Chief Justice William Rhenquist dissenting) that the government could not grant tax exemptions to private schools practicing racial discrimination. Bob Jones University had lost its tax exempt status in 1975 when it prohibited interracial dating.
1991 - Hal McRae was named manager of the Kansas City Royals making him one of two African-American managers serving in major league baseball.
1993 - Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia after a 30-year civil war.
1998 - The first Native American Music Awards took place at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT

Exercise the 90%

Don't they say we only use 10% of our brain?

Twelve Methods That Will Exercise Parts of Your Brain That Rarely Get It
  1. Meditation
  2. Reconnect With Your Senses
  3. Reconnect With Your Intuition
  4. Analogies and Metaphors
  5. Conversations and Interviews
  6. Synthesis, Distillation and Restatement
  7. Reading (and Writing) Fiction
  8. Psychoactive and Other Drugs
  9. Learning a New Language
  10. Learning Something Outside Your Comfort Zone
  11. Do Impulsive and Serendipitous Things
  12. Collaboration
Twelve Ways to Think Differently

Fare Well Earnie

One of the steadiest, most consistent US players is going to the front office.

Earnie Stewart Retires

the Player: Earnie Stewart
the Team: VVV Venlo

Soccer Madness from the Motherland

The protest...a result of an incident when a spectator appeared in the goal-mouth of Ghana goal posts and subsequently entering the posts that led to the scoring of the only goal of the match.
Ghana to make official protest to CAF and FIFA

the Competition: African U-17 Championship
the Country: Ghana Football Association
the Federations:

Buddhist Thought of the Day

When we say, 'I take refuge in the Buddha,' we should also understand that 'The Buddha takes refuge in me,' because without the second part the first part is not complete. The Buddha needs us for awakening, understanding, and love to be real things and not just concepts. They must be real things that have real effects on life. Whenever I say, 'I take refuge in the Buddha,' I hear 'the Buddha takes refuge in me.'
Thich Nhat Hanh, 'Being Peace'

Sunday, May 22

I thought it was great!

Final 'Star Wars' is Box Office 'Revenge'

Lazy husband

Now that I'm about to get married I might notice this stuff more but I know I've noticed this before.

What is the deal with lazy or incompatent husbands?

If men "run the world" why do we always see the husband as the bonehead? You see it in commercials (the guy is dreaming about gambling and then his wide says something about changing the toleit paper). You see it in sitcoms constantly.

What's the deal? Besides the fact that I see alot of it coming true for me too. I am far sillier and goofier than Tara. I'm much more of a dreamer than she is so I will fit the stereotype in many ways.

Just curious.

Buddhist Thought of the Day

A shaven head
Doesn't mean a contemplative.
The liar observing no duties,
Filled with greed & desire:
What kind of contemplative's he?

But whoever tunes out
The dissonance
Of his evil qualities
--large or small--
in every way
by bringing evil to consonance;
he's called a contemplative.
Dhammapada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Saturday, May 21

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Of all the medicines in the world
Myriad and various
There is none like the medicine of Truth
Therefore, O followers, drink of this.

Friday, May 20

On this Day in Black History

325 - The Ecumenical council was inaugurated by Emperor Constantine in Nicea, Asia Minor.
1506 - In Spain, Christopher Columbus died in poverty.
1704 - Elias Neau opens a school for slaves in New York City.
1743 - Pierre-Dominique Toussaint L'Overture, born
1787 - The Rankin House was created as a result of the NW Ordinance
1851 - “Voice of the Fugitive” newspaper was founded
1868 - James J. Harris & P.B.S Pinchback were the first African-American delegates to a Republican National Convention. They support the nomination U.S. Grant for President.
1874 - Levi Strauss began marketing blue jeans with copper rivets.
1908 - Jimmy Stewart born
1909 - Reuben Crowder (Ernest Hogan) died
1910 - Scatman Crothers (Benjamin Sherman Crothers) born
1918 - Dunbar Hospital founded
1940 - Frederick "Shorty" Long born
1945 - Harold Ford born
1951 - The New York Branch of the NAACP honored Josephine Baker for her work against racism.
1951 - Luther Vandross born
1952 - Mr. T (Lawrence Tero)born
1952 - "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler born
1959 - Lt. General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. became the first African-American Major General in the U.S. Army.
1961 - Mob attacked Freedom Riders in Montgomery. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy dispatched four hundred U.S. Marshals to keep order.
1967 - Jimi Hendrix signed with Reprise Records.
1971 - Pentagon reported that Blacks constituted 11% of U.S. soldiers in Southeast Asia. The report also said 12.5 per cent of all soldiers killed in Vietnam since 1961 were Black.
1972 - Busta Rhymes born
1983 - Car bomb in South Africa kills 16
1996 - The final episode of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" aired on NBC.

Use the Force, Lucas

'Sith' Destroys Single Day Record

the Movie: Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith
the Director: George Lucas

Great observation

Once a Sharecropper's Daughter, Always a Sharecropper's Daughter

the Judge: Janice Rogers Brown
the Bonehead (I mean, Commentator): Rush Limbaugh
the Senator: Barbara Boxer

Pissed Off Wife

Dear Dr. Phil:

My husband is not happy with my mood swings. The other day, he bought me a mood ring so he would be able to monitor my moods.

When I'm in a good mood, it turns green. When I'm in a bad mood it leaves a big red mark on his forehead.

Maybe next time he'll buy me a diamond.

Pissed Off Wife

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Think not of the faults of others, of what they have done or not done. Think rather of your own sins, of the things you have done or not done.

Thursday, May 19

OK, this is a lot like Yahoo.

Google Launching Personal Portal Page

The Banjo & Black people

'But it is truly an African-American instrument.'

I wrote a comment on Negrophile about this but I thought I'd continue the thought here...

When I got out of college I thought I'd be a musicologist. I didn't really know what I would do with but I had sights set on writing books and liner notes. I started a couple of my own studies and one was a study of how Bluegrass and Country should be considered as "Black" as Rock is.

Everybody accepts that Rock came from Blues and Blues is about as African-American as it gets. I wanted to explore that the banjo (already accepted as a direct descendent of West Africa instruments), the pivot point of Bluegrass composition made Bluegrass as syncopated and as African as jazz & blues. The difference was the Scots-Irish flipped the syncopation to a point where it was no longer the African influenced syncopation but something new.

Anyway, it's nice to see my ideas went out into the ether...

Making a statement

For a long time I've tussled with the issue of choosing organic or alternative sources of fuel or non-toxic household items.

Does my choice really make a difference? How loud should I shout "Look, I'm a hippie!"

Although I've never talked with her about this, my lovely fiancé is completely organic food and home products, which I don't have a problem with. The problem is she refuses to shop at Kroger and Kroger has started to sell organic. My point is if Kroger sells more organic, they stock more organic. I think it's important to take a stance in the community. The way I see it; buying organic means nothing when you're buying from a retailer in the rich part of town.

We want to spread the idea, right? We want the opportunity available to everybody, right?

So, I see the hybrid that way too. My one hybrid won't make much of a difference but if it gets one other person to think before they buy a new car it's worth it.

Can hybrids save US from foreign oil?

Thanks again to George for the link.

A pledge to my good friends

1. When you are sad - I will help you get drunk and plot revenge against the sorry bastard who made you sad.
2. When you are blue - I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.
3. When you smile - I will know you finally got laid.
4. When you are scared - I will rag you about it every chance I get.
5. When you are worried - I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be and to quit whining.
6. When you are confused - I will use small words.
7. When you are sick - Stay the hell away from me until you are well again. I sure don't want what you have. And you know I was sicker than you when I had that.
8. When you fall - I will point and laugh at your clumsy ass.

This is my oath... I pledge it till the end. Why? You may ask. Because you are my friend!

Send this to 10 of your best friends and then get depressed because you can only think of two and only one of them is speaking to you.

Remember: A good friend will help you move. A really good friend will
help you move a body! Let me know if I need to bring a shovel!

Antiracism Ambassadors

When I was in college, Christian Science Montor was required reading in my one and only PoliSci class. I really enjoy it, don't know why I don't read it more often.

Thanks for lookin' out, George! How do you find the time?

Soccer slide-tackles racism

the Organization: Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE)

Buddhist Thought of the Day

It is often though that the Buddha's doctrine teaches us that suffering will disappear if one has meditated long enough, or if one sees everything differently. It is not that at all. Suffering isn't going to go away; the one who suffers is going to go away.
Ayya Khema, 'When the Iron Eagle Flies'

Wednesday, May 18

Kudzu, the healer

It's pretty cool to see Kudzu cover mountainsides but it takes over everything.

These new findings about Kudzu limiting alcohol craving are such new findings...kudzu

I think a big HOLY CRAP is due here

Sporting Lisbon 1-3 CSKA Moscow

the Competition: UEFA Cup
the Winner: CSKA Moscow
the Loser: Sporting Lisbon
More Info: UEFA Cup - Match Specific

My next car

I always figured this would be my next car but now I'm sure it is...unless Lexus matches Toyota in price or I win the lottery and get to buy the Bentley.

Treehugger: Toyota to Make Hybrid Camrys

the Manufacturer: Toyota
the Model: Camry

The championship wasn't really in doubt

Barca Champs and Chumps

the Team: FC Barcelona
the League: La Liga

Racism in Soccer continues

Second division club punished for fans' racist behavior

House construction

I feel so much better today...

Last night I slept in my own bed for the first time in a week. No offense to Tara but her bed hates me...I think it's just too small.

I got an email from my contractor who says the painters will start a day earlier and the cork will arrive and be install Mon-Wed of next week!

This is all great news!

East Nashville vs. the rest of the world

I've mentioned before that I live in East Nashville, an under appreciated part of the city to say the least.

I've also mentioned that I love Fido Coffee Shop.

Well, did you know that their is such a thing as Bongo Java East. This is the location where they roast all the beans for BJRC; it is also a coffee shop. It's not on my way to anywhere so I don't go by too much.

This morning I did go by and was immediately struck by what I consider the general vibe of East Nashville vs Hillsboro Village...

They was a group of guys on the front porch talking politics...what makes this different? Well, they were strangers. The oldest was a regular and the two younger guys looked kinda like the roots rocker kind you find in Nashville. Still, what makes that unusual? In Hillsboro Village you don't usually have serious conversations with strangers...you talk about the weather or music or sports or something like that.

The point I am trying to make is that East Nashville still has that "welcome neighbor" vibe. The "Eventhough I don't know you at all I know you well enough to talk serious stuff" vibe.

Tuesday, May 17

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Abandoning false speech, he abstains from false speech; he speaks truth, adheres to truth, is trustworthy and reliable, one who is no deceiver of the world.
Majjhima Nikaya

Lifestyles of the Rich & Nashville

Over the past week they have been reclaiming the hardwood floors in my house so I have been staying at Tara's. She leaves for work an hour before I do and she doesn't eat anything I like for breakfast so I have been going to Fido.

They are pretty quiet around 8:15 but today...I ate with a superstar.

I decided to have pancakes and who sits down the counter from me but LeAnn Rimes. I've seen other stars in Fido but this is the first time I ate with one. OK, we didn't actually eat together, she was sharing with a guy who I assume was her husband.

So, when you wanna have breakfast with the stars order pancakes at Fido.

Monday, May 16

And there you have it...

Glazer increases his stake past 75 percent

Critters in my CPU

This is from a forwarded email so I can't vouch for anything.

This is interesting to me b/c I've had these contractors at my house and each new crew seems to find snakes in the yard (what they are doing wandering around the yard, I'm not sure) and they all have to make a point in telling me that they found some snakes.

They are garter snakes. I have had garter snakes in my yard since I was a kid, they mean nothing to me but these contractors sure seem to make a big deal out of them.
Think you have computer problems? Think again...

A woman went out to a local computer store to buy a computer that her family wanted her to get so she could e-mail them. The sales person told her that they would deliver the computer, set it up and give her some pointers on using it. If she had any problems later, all she had to do was call their "Technical Support" and they would talk her through it over the phone or come back to her house to find the problem. The sales person asked her if she wanted to purchase 2 years in house warranty, the woman said yes.

A few months went by, she was getting good at sending/receiving email and checking web sites with only one call to tech support, until one day...

She called tech support -
SUPPORT: "Hello, technical support, how can I help you?"
LADY: Last night my computer started making a lot of hissing noise, so I shut it down. This morning when I turned it on the computer started hissing and cracking, then started smoking and a bad smell, then nothing.
SUPPORT: I'll have a technician come over first thing this morning. Leave the computer just like it is so they can find the problem and fix it or change it out with another computer. Give me your address and phone number and the technician will be there just as soon as they can.
When the technician got there, the lady showed the technician where the computer was, told him what happened to it, and this is what the technician found wrong.

Take a look at the pictures...you won't believe your eyes!!!
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And you thought you had computer problems...

Buddhist Thought of the Day

They are happy indeed who own nothing at all;
Those with highest knowledge own nothing at all.
See how people who own things are afflicted,
Bound to others by their obligations.
Udana 2.6

Saturday, May 14

Tussle over teens

Norway urges Mikel to return

the Player: John Obi Mikel

The Bottom Four

The Premiership's bottom four clubs go into the final game of the season on Sunday with their relegation fate still hanging in the balance.

FIFA reinstates grant to Uganda

Call for teamwork

the Organization: CAF
the Country: Uganda

Keep it up Benedict

Pope Benedict has made a bold statement. I'm still a little scared of him but I applaud this.

Europe exported vices to Africa

The Incomparable Alejandro Escovedo

From time to time I mention Al. Thanks to my friend .vek I was introduced to Al several years ago and although his style is quite different that David Olney he constantly amazes me with his insight, creativity and soul. One way they are similar is that they both tell great stories.

From WMNF to iPod One

the Genius: Alejandro Escovedo
the Pictures: Jai's Alejandro Shows (these are from three shows through the years)
the Fund: Alejandro Escovedo Living Expense Fund
the Disease: Hepatitis C


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I was never really a punk. I just didn't have alot of exposure to it and when I did i had moved past my "I hate the world stage".

I found this community a year or so ago and I have to say that the message board is one of the most honest, deep message boards I've seen. There's a lot of talk about music and a lot of talk about race relations and racial identity from a Black POV. It's enlightening and uplifting to see a punch a folks speaking frankly about race relations and sharing.

Buddhist Thought of the Day

The Buddha was asked: 'To what extent can a person be a speaker of the way?'

He answered:
'If a person teaches the way in order to transcend the tyranny of material things and to teach how to transcend feelings, perceptions, impulses, and consciousness--teaching nonattachment with regard to these--then that person can be called a speaker of the way. If he is himself trying to transcend the pull of the material world and to feel nonattachment toward it, then it is fitting to say he is living in accordance with the way. If he is liberated by this transcendence and nonattachment, then you can say he has found nirvana here and now.
Samyutta Nikaya

Friday, May 13

Jai's movie reviews:

Cinderella Man - I'm not much of a fight fan but this movie kicked ass. Ron Howard did a great job with his use of music, colors and tricks. Russell Crowe was really understanded and very believable as an "everyman". You believe that his is a father who is doing what he can to make his family safe, you believe that he is a fighter who didn't want to go out like he did, that he wasn't "down for the count". The boxing action was intense!

Crash - No holds barred on race in America. This movie shows there are intra race concerns, that race is not just a black and a white thing., it includes all minorities. This movie also speaks a lot to anger in America. There is a character who discovers that she (who seems to have everything anybody would want) wakes up angry everyday. The movie does give some hope by showing that a lot of us will hit bottom and realize how much we have to say about hwo we see the world or sometimes love is the answer.

Big thumbs up for both of these movies.

Finally I got some backup!

I had a boss in Baton Rouge who said to me: "You sure do use your hands a lot for somebody who's not a Cajun or a Jew.

He was a cajun.

Hand Gestures Linked To Better Speaking

Keep the pressure on

The choice is simple. We have to demand change or put them out of business.

Wal-Mart stock and morale battered, woes pile up

the Evil Empire: Wal-Mart
the Biased Facts: Wal-Mart Watch
the Rebuttal Facts: Wal-Mart Facts

An American mistep? Or is it just greed?

Red Devils poised to plunge into the red

the Team: Manchester United
the Tycoon: Malcolm Glazer

Fear, virus & soccer

World Cup match postponed

the Competition: African Zone World Cup Qualifiers
the Host: Angola

Buddhist Thought of the Day

He who for himself or others craves not for sons or power or wealth, who puts not his own success before the success of righteousness, he is virtuous, and righteous and wise.

Thursday, May 12

CONCACAF Champions' Cup

Los Ticos kicked ass.

Deportivo Saprissa wins CONCACAF Champions’ Cup; Gains FIFA Club World Tournament Berth

the Winner: Deportivo Saprissa
the Loser Pumas UNAM
the Prize: FIFA Club World Tournament


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Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay,
For early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.
~A. E. Housman


Chappelle in Psych Facility

the TV Show: Chappelle Show
the Comedian: Dave Chappelle

Tennessee Jokes

You can substitute your favorite Southern state for any of these:
A guy from Tennessee passed away and left his entire estate to his beloved widow, but she can't touch it 'til she's 14.
How do you know when you're staying in a Tennessee hotel?
When you call the front desk and say, "I gotta leak in my sink," and the clerk replies, "Go ahead."
How can you tell if a Tennessee redneck is married?
There's dried tobacco juice on both sides of his pickup truck.
Did you hear that they have raised the minimum drinking age in Tennessee to 32?
It seems they want to keep alcohol out of the high schools.
What do they call reruns of "Hee Haw" in Tennessee?
Where was the toothbrush invented?
Tennessee. If it had been invented anywhere else, it would have been called a teeth brush.
A Tennessee State trooper pulls over a pickup on I-65 and says to the driver, "Got any I.D.?" and the driver replies "Bout wut?"
Did you hear about the $3 million Tennessee State Lottery?
(Come on - this is funny!)
The winner gets $3.00 a year for a million years.
The governor's mansion in Tennessee burned down!
Yep. Pert' near took out the whole trailer park.
The library was a total loss too. Both books-poof! up in flames and he hadn't even finished coloring one of them.
A new law was recently passed in Tennessee. When a couple gets divorced, they are STILL cousins.
A guy walks into a bar in Tennessee and orders a mudslide.
The bartender looks at the man and says, "You ain't from 'round here are ya?'
"No," replies the man, "I'm from Pennsylvania."
The bartender looks at him and says, "Well, what do ya do in Pennsylvania?"
"I'm a taxidermist," said the man.
The bartender, looking very bewildered now, asks, "What in the world is a tax-e-derm-ist?"
"The man says,"I mount animals."
The bartender stands back and hollers to the whole bar..."It's okay boys, he's one of us!"

Damn, it sounds like some of my video game scores

I've recently put down my FIFA 2005 for Winning Eleven 8 and on the easy level, which is what I usually play on I was winning games with scores like that. I just switched it up a notch and my record is something like 9-7-9 and I haven't scored more than 3 goals in a game.

Arsenal 7-0 Everton

the Winner: Arsenal
the Loser: Everton FC

Even our staunchest allies

Even the staunchesy ally of the US has major issues with us.
Fans rage at Glazer takeover move

Uh oh.

Glazer wins control of Man United

Buddhist Thought of the Day

We should not merely expend all our energy collecting pieces of information, but make an effort to experience their validity through insight in our daily life.
Geshe Rabten, in Advice From a Spiritual Friend

The Stepmother

Still living at home and expecting to inherit a fortune when his sickly, widower father died, Robert decided he needed a woman to enjoy it with.

So, he went to a singles bar and searched until he spotted a woman whose beauty took his breath away.

"Right now, I'm just an ordinary man," he said, walking up to her, "but within a month or two, my father will pass and I'll inherit over 20 million dollars."

The woman went home with Robert, and four days later she became his stepmother.

Men will never learn.

Wednesday, May 11

On this Day in Black History

330 - Constantinople, previously the town of Byzantium, was founded.
1741 - The execution of 31 Blacks and 4 Whites began for their alleged conspiracy in the “Negro Plot”. 70 other enslaved Blacks are transported out of New York City.
1864 - Louisiana amended its constitution, forbidding slavery.
1885 - "King" Joseph Oliver born
1888 - Irving Berlin born
1892 - Alonzo "Lonnie" Clayton became the youngest rider ever to win the Kentucky Derby
1895 - William Grant Still born
1899 - Clifton Wharton, Sr. born
1904 - Salvador Dali born
1924 - Moses Fleetwood Walker, first African American in major league baseball, died
1927 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.
1928 - General Electric opened their first TV station in Schenectady, NY
1931 - Blind Boys of Alabama was formed
1933 - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan (Louis Eugene Walcott) born
1949 - Janice Rogers Brown born (2005 she is a controversial US Court of Appeals Nominee)
1956 - Gold Coast to get independence
1963 - Fred Shuttlesworth's home was bombed
1968 - Nine Caravans of poor people arrived in Washington for first phase of Poor People's Campaign.
1970 - Harold Ford, Jr. born
1976 - ABC aired the last episode of "Marcus Welby, MD"
1981 - Robert Nesta Marley died
1981 - Hoyt J. Fuller died
1983 - The final episode of "Quincy, M.E." aired on NBC.
1989 - The final episode of "Dynasty" aired.
1995 - Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray reunited for a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan
1995 - The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was extended indefinitely.
2002 - Seven Black women graduated from the Citadel
2003 - Noel Redding was found dead

A Day of Denial

Father denied bond in 'slaughter of two little girls'

Culkin denies being molested by Michael Jackson

White House says Bush never in danger despite Georgia grenade

I find this hard to believe.

I find it very hard to believe that countries that have difficulty dealing with their own citizens who are African descendents would underfund aid to Africa.

Humanitarian missions in Africa are seriously underfunded because wealthy donor countries have an "inbuilt discrimination" when crises break out, says United Nations relief co-ordinator Jan Egeland.

Please recognize the sarcasm in this post.

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Those who have spent ten or twenty years brushing aside the weeds looking for the way and yet have not see the buddha nature often say they are trapped by oblivion and excitement. What they don't realize is that the substance of this very oblivion and excitement is itself buddha nature.

Tuesday, May 10

Big Business doing good

This was also a profile story in the Tennessean today.

GE announces 1.5 million dollar investment in "ecoimagination"

The Company: General Electric

For you cell phone users


A Petition

In as many as 20 states, pharmacies can refuse to fill women's prescriptions for contraception, including the morning-after pill.
Read, personalize, & sign the petition

The Sponsor: NARAL Pro-Choice America
More Info

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Take no pleasure in worldly talk;
Take delight in what passes beyond the world.
Cause good qualities to grow in others
In the same way (you wish them) for yourself.
Nagarjuna, 'Precious Garland'"

Monday, May 9

On this Day in Black History

1429 - Joan of Arc defeated the besieging English at Orleans.
1502 - Christopher Columbus left Spain on his final trip to New World.
1750 - South Carolina Gazette reported that Caesar, a South Carolina slave, had been granted his freedom and a life time annuity in exchange for his cures for poison and rattlesnake bite.
1788 - A bill to abolish the slave trade was introduced in the British Parliament, but failed.
1800 - John Brown born
1862 - General David Hunter enlisted runaway slaves into the first African American regiment, the First South Carolina Volunteers, without official approval. He also orders all slaves freed in Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina; President Abraham Lincoln revoked the order.
1897 - Rudolph Fisher born
1899 - John Albert Burr invented the first rotary-blade lawn mower.
1911 - Robert Johnson born
1919 - James Reese Europe killed by a crazed band member
1920 - Edward H. Jones born
1925 - A Philip Randolph organized the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.
1932 - Charles "Sonny" Liston born
1936 - Fascist Italy captured & annexed the city of Addis Abba, Ethiopia
1937 - Dave Prater (Sam & Dave) born
1939 - Ralph Boston born
1952 - Canada Lee died
1960 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for sale an oral birth-control pill for the first time.
1964 - Chuck Berry began his first ever UK tour
1977 - Mabel Murphy Smythe confirmed as ambassador to the republic of Cameroon.
1994 - Nelson Mandela was chosen to be South Africa's President
1998 - Jimmy Page performed 'Come With Me' with Diddy and on 'Saturday Night Live'
2000 - Jamal "Shyne" Barrow was hit with a $6 million civil suit charging assault by a basketball rival.

TV for your Saturday Night.

This movie was written, directed, and produced by a friend of mine.

Becoming a better writer

I think I am slowly building up to becoming a good writer. I know I have some skills in this area but I haven’t quite figured how to flesh out ideas.

I figure with my blog and with my sporatic journal I will be able to put it all together so that someday I can meet my other goal of writing a book.

Is this guy crazy?

COLMES: "You had sex with animals?"

HORSLEY: "Absolutely. I was a fool. When you grow up on a farm in Georgia, your first girlfriend is a mule."
Bizarre Sex Habits of The Extreme Right-Wing

Listen for yourself

2nd night didn't turn out so well

I saw the first game when they won 3-2. To come back from 3 goals down and lose by one against the defending division champs, I think that's a good result!

Patriots win 3-2 in Nashville

He was just a kid!

Soccer coach dies during training

30 years old and suffered his 2nd heart attack!


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Notice the shape his body is in while making a shot. The coaches show you how to shoot in a perfect world but only practice, talent, and intuition can allow you to shoot when your body ends up like this.

Simply amazing.

The Player: Ronaldinho
The Team: FC Barcelona

Champions Abound

Over the past couple of weekends many of the UEFA Leagues have been crowning champions.

They include:
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The Team: Lyon (their 4th in a row)
The League: Ligue 1

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The Team: FC Bayern Munich
The League: Bundesliga

Holland crowned PSV Eindhoven as champs. (PSV Eindhoven clinches Eredivisie title with 3-0 win over Vitesse)
Spain and Italy are a couple of the more notable leagues to still be undecided although it looks like it will be Barcelona and Juventus will be the respective winners.

Claude Makelele Secures the Goal

I've been looking for a picture of Claude scoring for a few days and this is the best I have found.
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Claude Makelele never scores. So to win their first championship in 50 years Chelsea put him on the penalty spot. The shot was blocked but Claude nailed his own rebound!

There is beauty in this sport!

The Player: Claude Makelele
The Team: Chelsea FC
The Competition: Barclay's Premiership Championship

Buddhist Thought of the Day

One should not imagine oneself to be one with the eye or independent of it or the owner of it. The same with the ear and all the other senses, including the mind. Nor should one imagine oneself to be identical with the world or contained in it or independent of it or the owner of it.

In this way, free from imagining, one no longer clings to the things of the world. When one no longer clings, there is no more agitation, insecurity, and worry. Being no longer worried, one can reach into the depths of oneself and understand that where there has been loss there is now fulfillment.
Samyutta Nikaya

Local filmmaking

People think of Nashville as Music City, well I'm here to tell you that it's also Indie Film City too.

Dante Harding used to work at Tower Records...always seemed a bit scattered to me.
Now the film debuts tonight at the Belcourt Theatre, and Harding's particularly proud of the fact it was filmed completely in Nashville.

"I had an idea for doing something a bit different with the martial arts genre," Harding said. "While my influences in one direction were the films of people like Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee, I have always been a big fan of Robert Townsend's Hollywood Shuffle and satiric works like I'm Gonna Get You Sucka. My idea was to combine the excitement of martial arts with some of the commentary and insight of more satiric films while using the city as the visual backdrop. I put out fliers and ads, people responded and we went to work."
Local lens eyes martial arts

The movie: The Lost Dragon
More info: Kicked in the head to make a movie

Saturday, May 7

A Winning Start

The game was very ragged but they played hard. The Metros had a 3-0 advantage until right b4 the halftime break when Austin finally scored. Austin came out much stronger in the 2nd half, scoring their 2nd withing 10 or 15min.

Considering this was the first game with a new coach and apparently a lot of new players, they did a great job. Tonight will be a real test. They play the El Paso Patriots, last year's division champs.
Igor Stjepic (in white) had a great game.

Metros make Compean winner in season debut

The Home Team: Nashville Metros
The Opponents: El Paso Patriots
The Facts: 7pm, Ezell Park, $7+$2 parking

Buddhist Thought of the Day

The Buddha was asked: "Is there only one summit of consciousness or are there several?"

He replied: "One and several. As one state of consciousness is realized, then the next is seen. Thus there are several and there is one."

He was then asked: "Which is first, awareness or knowledge?"

"Awareness arises first and then comes knowledge. One can then say, 'Because of my awareness, I know this as a fact.'"
Digha Nikaya

Friday, May 6

NBFA meeting in Nashville

Seminar to help black farmers weather tobacco quota buyout

The Organization: National Black Farmers Association (NBFA)
The Issue: Tobacco Buyout

Go get em Sean!

Where's the media coverage for MLS?

$56 million more than the current year

Now, if Metro can just find the money...
School board settles on $570M budget request

"Four pennies make a dollar and a quarter is worth 25 cents"

This is a future leader and I'm proud to say he's an Eastsider!

Six-year-old looks forward to hitting the books

Buddhist Thought of the Day

"He insulted me, he hurt me, he defeated me, he robbed me."
Those who think such things will not be free from hate.

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is the one year birthday of Blog Blog Woof Woof.

It all started as Jai's Place when I first got a computer (it was originally a free Netscape website). Then I got ahold of Macromedia's Dreamweaver and started watching Tech TV. Jai's Place resurfaced as what you see now (link is below) and then blogging hit.

Through the year I've gotten engaged and I've gone to therapy. I've become an EPL fan and am now renovating my house and quitting my job.

Hopefully the years to come will keep everybody entertained and I will get better at writing and blogging.

If you have hints, suggestions, or comments please let me know.

The Man: Jai
The Homepage: Jai's Place
The Blog: Blog Blog Woof Woof


Pass 'Gold Standard' Voting Machine Paper Trail Legislation

The Bill: Verified Voting

Thursday, May 5

Boozoo That's Who!

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We lost a great one on this day 2001.

The King: Boozoo Chavis
The Music: Zydeco
The Home: Lake Charles

On this Day in Black History

1494 - Christopher Columbus landed on Santa Gloria (Jamaica)
1813 - Soren Kierkegaard born
1818 - Karl Marx born
1821 - Napoleon Bonaparte died
1857 - The U. S. Supreme Court decided (Dred Scott) that residence in a free state did not bestow freedom upon slaves, and that slaves had no rights the government needed to respect.
1863 - Adella Hunt born
1865 - Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. born
1901 - "Blind" Willie McTell born
1916 - U.S. Marines invaded the Dominican Republic.
1917 - Eugene Jacques Bullard earned a flying certificate with the French Air Service becoming the first African-American aviator
1919 - William Stanley Braithwaite received the NAACP's Spingarn Medal.
1925 - John T. Scopes was arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.
1935 - Jesse Owens set the long jump record
1938 - Johnnie Taylor born
1941 - Emperor Haile Selassie returned to Addis Ababa after the defeat Italy in their attempt to invade Ethiopia.
1905 - Robert S. Abbott founded the Chicago Defender
1950 - Gwendolyn Brooks became the first African-American awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry
1961 - Alan Shepard became the first American in space
1966 - Willie Mays hit homer #512 breaking the National League record
1969 - Moneta Sleet became the first African-American photographer to receive a Pulitzer Prize.
1975 - Hank Aaron surpassed Babe Ruth's RBI mark.
1997 - Audley "Queen Mother" Moore died
2001 - Boozoo Chavis died

Also in Nashville this weekend

Tennessee Crafts Fair

Media Bloggers Assoc hosts BlogNashville

Get your blogs off at Belmont. This weekend.

The Event: BlogNashville
The Location: Belmont University
The Hosts: Media Bloggers Association

Big Al Back in the News

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Al Gore Gets Down

The Man: Al Gore, Jr.
The Magazine: The Nation

Left Coast Hip-Hop

Interview with Lateef the Truth Speaker

Story from the front line

I swear I know the guy in this photo.

Area husband pretends to give a shit