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For those who love hip-hop, the deaths of rap artists Tupac Shakur in 1997 and Notorious BIG aka Christopher Smalls in 1998 were the end of an era. All the warning signs were there, red flags that the beef between the two artists was escalating to dangerous levels, but the murder of Shakur still came as a heartbreaking shock. A year later, Biggie was also dead, and the hip-hop community was left reeling, wondering how these two immensely talented young men could be taken out of the game at the pinnacle of their careers.

To this day, despite numerous eye witnesses, their murders remain unsolved. As someone who followed the efforts to find their killers, I had always assumed that their cases were at least in part stymied by a reluctence by witnesses to come forward.  

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Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 10:24 AM PST

Is Obama Planning a Run in '08?

by JaneKnowles

It's funny, right after I read this article on Barack Obama, I clicked over to DailyKos to write a diary on whether or not Obama is looking to run for anything and low and behold, there was Markos' final straw poll for the year. Hmmm, coincidence? I think NOT.

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Anyway, I've been noticing that since Obama became Senator, he's been hooked up with some pretty influential people and appeared at a lot of major events, starting with his helping Byrd's fundraising efforts to visiting with Katrina survivors with party heavy-hitters Bill and Hillary.

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Barack Obama

2%3 votes
12%18 votes
27%40 votes
40%59 votes
18%27 votes

| 147 votes | Vote | Results

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Wed Nov 16, 2005 at 07:39 AM PST

God Warrior!!! (funny stuff)

by JaneKnowles

Well, if ever there were a doubt that many Americans are indeed lunatics around the topic of religion, here is some definitive proof.

I had been hearing about a recent episode of "Trading Spouses" (one of my favorite sitcoms) in which one of the wives totally lost it, but I never actually saw it. And then, while reading through ABC reporter Jake Tapper's blog, I came across a link to an Ebay auction of a bobblehead doll of the lunatic wife herself, aka "God Warrior."

Click onward for images.

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God Warrior.....

27%27 votes
31%31 votes
1%1 votes
5%5 votes
34%34 votes

| 98 votes | Vote | Results

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Fri Oct 14, 2005 at 06:22 PM PDT

Men We Love

by JaneKnowles

Don't anyone yell. It's Friday night and this is only for chuckles.

WARNING: first one to use the word "pie" is a rotten egg!

I came across this press release trying to be an article last week and found it to be pretty entertaining. The theory is that the metrosexual is now passe. Far too femmy for the average red-blooded American male, he has been officically replaced by the "ubersexual."

[Aside: I swear. It's articles like this that make me realize that I wouldn't survive two minutes as a guy. Sure you have all the money and power, but the lane you have to live in is so narrow that it must hurt!]

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My pick for No. 1 Ubersexual:

15%25 votes
0%0 votes
1%2 votes
26%43 votes
3%6 votes
1%2 votes
0%1 votes
0%1 votes
5%9 votes
25%41 votes
1%3 votes
18%30 votes

| 163 votes | Vote | Results

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Wed Oct 05, 2005 at 07:10 PM PDT

The Most Hated Generation

by JaneKnowles

Vice magazineis one of the most hateful publications on the planet. It's written by and for young hipsters, and its tone--highly cynical and anti-p.c.--while somewhat extreme, gives a nice window into the minds of some of our young folks.

I like Vice and I don't like Vice. They do this one dos-and-don'ts-type feature, in which they mercilessly mock people's fashion choices. Some of their captions are laugh-out-loud funny, while others are just play offensive.

This month, the theme of the magazine is hatred of all things boomer. It's called "We Hate YOur Parents Too." As usual it's wicked, mean and often very funny.

Almost everyone on this site will likely find something very offensive in the article so if you avoid hateful language like the plague, don't read this diary or click on the links to the mag.

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Posted first at DailyGotham

For anyone who thinks NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg is a Democrat at heart, hopefully this news story will set you straight once and for all. When asked to comment on Cindy Sheehan, Mike did his best version of the Harlem Shuffle and came out sounding like the Republican stooge that he is.

Pukeworthy:

"It's not a local issue, and I don't have anything to say," Bloomberg replied when asked about Sheehan's ongoing protests near President George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. Sheehan's son Casey, 24, died in Iraq last year.
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While searching around for more news and pics on the discovery of a bizaar looking creature in Southern Texas that some people think is the mythical Chupacabra, I chanced upon a column by Jim Forsyth, a San-Antonio-based radio reporter.

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^^Chupacabra: new species or mutant beast?

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^^Jim Forsyth: an award winning reporter?

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Brian Forsyth

19%5 votes
23%6 votes
15%4 votes
42%11 votes

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This past Wednesday was our fourth New York Kossak meetup and this time we met at KGB Lounge in the East Village.

One of the best parts of these meetups is getting to know the multi-dimensional people that exist behind all those clever screen names. Though I write for a living, I confess that is difficult to describe how good it feels to connect to a WIDE array of people who are all doing their part to change the horrible direction our country has been heading in under this administration, and I encourage you to intend local meetups in your city and if they don't exist, start one up!

Some of the conversations I participated in including talk about: whether or not Markos really is just another blogger, Freddy Ferrer's campaign, what Armando is like in real life (he was at the June meetup), getting your ass kicked as a teen for being either gay or a nerd, nature vs. nurture, whether or not autism is caused by vaccinations and a whole bunch of stuff I can't remember--I blame the beers!

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New York Yankees

17%8 votes
48%23 votes
19%9 votes
14%7 votes

| 47 votes | Vote | Results

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Wed Aug 24, 2005 at 01:49 PM PDT

Dkos NYC Meetup TONIGHT

by JaneKnowles

Hi Everybody

The meetup is tonight. I'm busy today so I'm just gonna repost the info from the diary a posted a couple of days ago.

KGB Bar
85 East 4th Street
212-505-3360
Meeting time: 7:00 (I think it opens right around then so don't come too early.)

The one tricky thing about KGB is that it's not on the street level. You enter through some, I believe, glass doors, and it's up the stairs and to the right.

It's a very neat place, one that will at least have you thinking about drinking straight vodka shots and arguing loudly late into the night.

A couple of people mentioned that they weren't into the idea of meeting at a bar and I apologize for that. I know a lot of folks have bravely fought off devil alcohol and other drugs and as such don't feel comfortable at bars so next time I promise I will dig up a place that isn't so alcohol-centric. (And some people just hate bars!)

p.s. If you're going to be late and want my cell phone to see if the partay is still hopping, email me and I'll send it to you.

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Subway bag checks

16%5 votes
48%15 votes
12%4 votes
6%2 votes
12%4 votes
3%1 votes

| 31 votes | Vote | Results

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Mon Aug 22, 2005 at 06:45 PM PDT

NYC Kossak Meetup: this Wednesday

by JaneKnowles

Hello fellow New Yorkers:

How's it going? In my last diary, we took a vote and barring any tampering by Manhattan residents, it looks like we voted to meet this Wednesday, the 24th at:

KGB Bar
85 East 4th Street
212-505-3360
Meeting time: 7:00 (I think it opens right around then so don't come too early.)

The one tricky thing about KGB is that it's not on the street level. You enter through some, I believe, glass doors, and it's up the stairs and to the right.

It's a very neat place, one that will at least have you thinking about drinking straight vodka shots and arguing loudly late into the night.

A couple of people mentioned that they weren't into the idea of meeting at a bar and I apologize for that. I know a lot of folks have bravely fought off devil alcohol and other drugs and as such don't feel comfortable at bars so next time I promise I will dig up a place that isn't so alcohol-centric.

p.s. If you're going to be late and want my cell phone to see if the partay is still hopping, email me and I'll send it to you.

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Hillary

52%18 votes
11%4 votes
17%6 votes
2%1 votes
11%4 votes
2%1 votes

| 34 votes | Vote | Results

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There's been more than a couple of diaries on this site calling attention to the way that the GOP is using gay marriage as a way to connect with black church leaders and skim away some of the black vote from Democratic candidates.

I've often thought this phenomenom is overblown, but still worthy of discussion as nothing these days can be swept under the carpet.

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Earlier today, while reading through a certain controversial diary, the whole topic of banning came up and I noticed a post by my NYC buddy Lucid. He said, and I quote:

"Honestly, if Kos knew what I believe - what my read on what history & its future is - given posts of late, I am not welcome here."

He then listed some of his beliefs that he thinks would get him banned if he made an issue out of them. I can't disagree with him....certain, erm "conspiracy" theories are only allowed marginal mention here. I aint complaining really. This is Kos's site and that's not his deal. I get it.

Still, what I thought would be fun would be a diary in which we could list some of the beliefs that we think won't fly well here. Opinions that we feel would either get us labeled a troll or would at least garner a good half-dozen ratings of 2 or less.

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My political beliefs:

17%12 votes
11%8 votes
15%11 votes
11%8 votes
2%2 votes
38%27 votes
2%2 votes

| 70 votes | Vote | Results

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