Citizen Cope(ing)

It's Saturday night and...................................................
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Thank God it's Friday!

"Just got paid, Friday night
Party hoppin', feelin right
Booties shakin', all around
Pump that jam, while I'm gettin' down"


I am relieved because it is the end of the working week and the anticipation of relaxing and partying over the weekend has just registered in my brain. As I sip on my iced tea from Starbucks and eating some kind of pastry that the girl behind the counter randomly picked for (sometimes I like to spice it up). As the scenario of how my weekend will go keeps running through my head, the latest headlines from the news keeps interrupting.

Here are some of those things:

The festering bad blood between movie-star exes Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger erupted Thursday when an angry phone message from Baldwin to his daughter was made public. (Why is this news.)

Three days of fighting between Islamic insurgents and Ethiopian troops backing the government has killed at least 113 civilians. (What happen to the rocks?)

The National Basketball Association playoffs begin Saturday. (Down goes Dallas!)

Silence fell across the Virginia Tech campus at noon Friday and bells tolled in churches nationwide in memory of the 32 victims of the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history. (Amen.)

Wall Street bounded higher Friday after Google Inc. led a series of stronger earnings reports that propelled the Dow Jones industrials further into record terrain and toward its first assault on the 13,000 mark. (Get my broker on the phone!)

Imported ingredients used in recalled pet food may have been intentionally spiked with an industrial chemical to boost their apparent protein content. ( I knew it...)

Still with all this going on I manage to keep my "Kool-Aid Smile." (A "Kool-Aid Smile" is a sarcastic expression used by urban youth to describe a wide, childlike smile.) (Who knew there was a definition.)

Too much Koo-Aid you think...
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Running with Horses...


And I can't keep up...

"Is it reasonable to just cut off the part of the bread that's moldy when you're making your french toast? Is it prudent? What would you do?"

Given all the things I need to accomplish, I have an inflated sense of well-being this week (the sun is out). And being that this is Washington it's very rare.

I didn't get any kind of loan for my classes this semester, so I have decided to just take this semester off and gear all my focus towards next semester. Why am I not more worked up about this?

I found out last week that my WBC(white blood cell) count is extremely low. I am awaiting testing next month to see what the doctors diagnose me with. Signs of getting old?

I just found out that one of my great uncles has passed away from some kind of health condition, which I bet is hereditary.

A shooting spree at VT and continuing insurgent bombings in Baghdad don't carry quite the emotional punch as they should. Again, why am I not more upset? Not saying that I don't care; I am simply asking myself, why am I not more upset?

And last, but not least I am starting to doubt the people I surround myself with. It's a bunch of indirect stuff, nothing direct. It's when you have that feeling of doubt in your head and later on it comes true. It leaves you wondering what else could be going on. I have a since of high school-ness when it comes to the people surrounding me and I should be upset, but I'm not--just cautious.

Things might just be boiling beneath the surface. Everything around me seems to be moving at a faster pace than I am. I feel like moving, but for some reason I can't. I'm keeping up the best I can at this point.
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Another reason to invade Iraq!

Here is a picture of the President of the United States and the First Lady arriving in Virginia, for a mourning ceremony for those who lost there lives in the tragic shooting at Virginia Tech. Some how this will have some relation to Iraq. I want all of you to mark my words people.

Is it me or does he always have that stupid look on his face? Maybe he is taking college Algebra.

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The Coward


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niggaspace.com


So I was reading my monthly VIBE magazine the other day and ran across something I thought was very interesting. On the last page of the VIBE magazine, they list 20 burning questions in African American cultural. Some of the questions are very relevant and some or just for kicks, but in the latest 20 questions there was one that read, "Whose bright idea was it to create niggaspace.com."

I figure since they mentioned it in the magazine, I would check out just to see what it was all about.

Below is the opening passage...

"Welcome to NiggaSpace.com This site is for you, if you feel it! Meet new people, make new friends and keep in touch with current friends. So if you want to meet some chill people, create an account!"

"This site is in no way meant to be racist. A common endearing term used by many black people is, "nigga" not to be confused with a different and offensive term, "nigger". The word, "nigga" is in rap songs, daily conversations, on TV, etc. yet the word still has so much mixed emotions attached. One of my intentions is for this word to no longer have such mixed emotions. Part of my intention for this site is for the word nigga to embody images of brotherhood, and fraternity rather than images of ignorance and hate. How great would it be, if the mixed emotions that this word carries along with it, were stripped down to something more positive? Only positive. Of course there are going to be two sides to this, but just know that intentions are noble. So create an account, and start the revolution!"
-Tyrone

Even though I shouldn't have to ask something so trivial, but I feel I must "Are you serious people?" What the #%$@ has happened to black people...people in general for that matter? Of all the things to name a Internet social site, this is the one that "Tyrone" decided to use. The word "nigger" and "brotherhood" should and never will be the same. This words does not create untiy. I don't think the reason he gave was valid or well thought out. I think it's just a way for someone to make money, all while trying to be controversial. Let's all say it together, "Publicity Stunt".

There is conflicting popular opinion on whether there is any meaningful difference between "nigga" and "nigger" as a spoken term. Many people consider the terms to be equally derogatory, and the use of nigga both in and outside African American communities remains controversial.

H. Lewis Smith, author of Bury that Sucka: A Scandalous Affair with the N-word, believes that "replacing the 'er' with an 'a' changes nothing other than the pronunciation".

I am not sure how many of you remember when Chris Rock had a routine "Niggas vs. Black People" that distinguished a nigga, which he defined as a "low-expectation-having motherfucker", from a "black person".

Excuse me for calling you out "my brother", but I must. Where's Don Imus when you(I) need him to throw the bull$&%# flag. This site is just another way that people keep bringing people down.

I can't believe people are actually joining and participating in a site like this. Here we go again. One step forward for man kind and 2 steps back for the "niggers". I am sorry, the "niggas". Since the words are soooooo different. Saying this sounds stupid, but looking at on paper it sounds even crazier.

"I'm calling Jesse, dammit!"

"...the very fact that debate is ongoing regarding in-ethnic-group usage, shows that a substantial composite of African Americans find the term "nigga" to be offensive."
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The Toll Keeps Climbing...

BLACKSBURG, Va. - A gunman opened fire in a Virginia Tech dorm and then, two hours later, shot up a classroom across campus Monday, killing 32 people in the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history. The gunman committed suicide, bringing the death toll to 33.

Students complained that there were no public-address announcements or other warnings on campus after the first burst of gunfire. They said the first word they received from the university was an e-mail more than two hours into the rampage — around the time the gunman struck again.

Virginia Tech President Charles Steger said authorities believed that the shooting at the dorm was a domestic dispute and mistakenly thought the gunman had fled the campus.
"We had no reason to suspect any other incident was going to occur," he said.
He defended the university's handling of the tragedy, saying: "We can only make decisions based on the information you had on the time. You don't have hours to reflect on it."
Investigators offered no motive for the attack. The gunman's name was not immediately released, and it was not known if he was a student.

The shootings spread panic and confusion on campus. Witnesses reporting students jumping out the windows of a classroom building to escape the gunfire. SWAT team members with helmets, flak jackets and assault rifles swarmed over the campus. Students and faculty members carried out some of the wounded themselves, without waiting for ambulances to arrive.

The massacre took place at opposite sides of the 2,600-acre campus, beginning at about 7:15 a.m. at West Ambler Johnston, a coed dormitory that houses 895 people, and continuing at least two hours later at Norris Hall, an engineering building about a half-mile away, authorities said. Two people were killed in a dormitory room, and 31 others were killed in the engineering building, including the gunman, police said.
"Today the university was struck with a tragedy that we consider of monumental proportions," Steger said. "The university is shocked and indeed horrified." Steger said the university decided to rely on e-mail and other electronic means of notifying members of the university, but with 11,000 people driving onto campus first thing in the morning, it was difficult to get the word out. He said that before the e-mail went out, the university began telephoning resident advisers in the dorms to notify them and sent people to knock on doors to spread the word.
Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum would not say how many weapons the gunman carried. But a law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was incomplete, said that the gunman had two pistols and multiple clips of ammunition. Police said they were still investigating the shooting at the dorm when they got word of gunfire at the classroom building.Some students bitterly questioned why the gunman was able to strike a second time.

"What happened today this was ridiculous," student Jason Piatt told CNN. "While they send out that e-mail, 20 more people got killed."
Students and Laura Wedin, a student programs manager at Virginia Tech, said the first notification they got of the shootings came in an e-mail at 9:26 a.m., more than two hours after the first shooting.
The e-mail had few details. It said: "A shooting incident occurred at West Amber Johnston earlier this morning. Police are on the scene and are investigating." The message warned students to be cautious and contact police about anything suspicious.
Student Maurice Hiller said he went to a 9 a.m. class two buildings away from the engineering building, and no warnings were coming over the outdoor public address system on campus at the time. Everett Good, junior, said of the lack of warning: "I'm trying to figure that out. Someone's head is definitely going to roll over that."
"We were kept in the dark a lot about exactly what was going on," said Andrew Capers Thompson, a 22-year-old graduate student from Walhalla, S.C.
At least 26 people were being treated at three area hospitals for gunshot wounds and other injuries, authorities said. Their exact conditions were not disclosed, but at least one was sent to a trauma center and six were in surgery, authorities said.
Up until Monday, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history was in Killeen, Texas, in 1991, when George Hennard plowed his pickup truck into a Luby's Cafeteria and shot 23 people to death, then himself.

The massacre Monday took place almost eight years to the day after the Columbine High bloodbath near Littleton, Colo. On April 20, 1999, two teenagers killed 12 fellow students and a teacher before taking their own lives. Previously, the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history was a rampage that took place in 1966 at the University of Texas at Austin, where Charles Whitman climbed the clock tower and opened fire with a rifle from the 28th-floor observation deck. He killed 16 people before he was shot to death by police.


The rampage took place on a brisk spring day, with snow flurries swirling around the campus. The campus is centered around the Drill Field, a grassy field where military cadets — who now represent a fraction of the student body — once practiced. The dorm and the classroom building are on opposites sides of the Drill Field.


A gasp could be heard at a campus news conference early in the day when the police chief announced that at least 20 people had been killed. Previously, only one person was thought to have been killed.


Reported by: CNN






Somebody tell me where do you go from here...
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My Day With Ichiro...

was probably one of the best days thus far for me this year. The weather was nice, the people were out and the beers were a flowing($8.00 beers tend to add up, eh.) I had an all around good time.
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Shut Your Effing Mouth!

Can I just get a break...

"If I(or anyone for that matter) tells you something about someone at work or in your personal life, whether it’s big or small. Whether it has meaning or even if it's just some frivolous crap. Whether the person is your best friend or your enemy. If what I told you doesn't directly effect them, I think that you should keep your mouth closed. Now don't get me wrong. I am not telling you to lie or deceive anyone in your immediate circle at all. I am just saying most things that you say when someone is not around usually aren't conversational topics to begin with. Normally they wouldn't come up. So if you have or experiencing this problem. Below are a few tips for you."

That is a piece of a piece that I did back in July of last year. For some strange reason, it has happened to me again. I know what you are thinking...and I am right there with you.

"It's my Fault!"

And this time and this time only will I agree with you on this one. For undisclosed reasons I cannot divulge the story. If I did I would run the risk of opening up a barrel of ass all over the place.

Read my July piece on " How's about a nice cup of..."

Know that all the characters are the same just a different story. I think that it is time that I pulled I my green markerout and went to work!

I've come up with a new idea this time since the marker didn't work. I was thinking that maybe I should just start punching people in the mouth. At least this way I feel the point would have some meaning behind it. I guess you can use the same adage that you would use with a dog. After a few times of being smack, the picture will become more clearer.

Either get on the same track with me or I'll be forced to run you over!

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No Real Music

On a week where there was no real music, I did happen to find two songs worth downloading.

T-Pain - Buy U a Drank(Shawty Snappin') featuring Young Joc



DJ Khaled - We Takin' Over featuring T.I., Akon, Rick Ross, Baby, Fat Joe, and Lil Wayne

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Timbaland presents Shock Value


Timbaland can do whatever he wants. After the great hip-hop producer’s huge year in 2006, everyone and your grandmother wants to work with him. And on Shock Value, almost everyone does: 50 Cent, Justin Timberlake, Fall Out Boy, the Hives and Elton John make appearances, among others. For the most part, the guests leave plenty of room for Timbaland to do his thing.

The entire disc has a dark, futuristic mode, with Tim using rhythm instruments like riffs and giving you beat candy in different flavors. On “Release,” Tim and Timberlake work up disco that sounds a bit like “SexyBack,” in a good way. “Scream” rides a thumping, guitar-specked beat.

Songs 2 Download: "Release featuring JT", "Scream featuring Keri Hilson and Nicole(PCD)", "The Way I Are featuring Keri Hilson and D.O.E", "Bounce featuring JT, Dr Dre, and Missy Elliot", "One and Only featuring Fall Out Boy", "Apologize featuring One Republic"


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