Wednesday, January 26, 2005
It seems the people have a voice after all. it took them long enough but i'm glad the powers that be finally did the right thing. My only hope is that Ms. Info didn't suffer the same punishment as her colleagues, since all she did was protest the airing (although her bio on the hot97 site has been pulled-- a bad sign).'s take. some excerpts from the Reuters story, as seen on

Radio station pulls show over tsunami slur

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The entire staff of the New York radio show "Miss Jones in the Morning" was taken off the air on Wednesday after broadcasting a song that ridiculed victims of the tsunami in South Asia, the radio station said.

Jones and her team were suspended indefinitely, according to publicist Lizzie Grubman, who declined to say whether Jones would feature in another show at a later date.

"What happened is morally and socially indefensible," said Rick Cummings, president of Emmis Radio. The station is owned by Emmis Communications Corp.

"All involved, myself included, are ashamed and deeply sorry. I know the members of the morning show are truly contrite. They know their actions here are inexcusable," Cummings said in a statement. full story

In related news, the Chinese American rapper Jin has put together a response (mp3) of his own to the song.

Read for yourself what Todd Lynn, the same guy who said he was "gonna shoot some asians," had to say (aim convo courtesy of If phone transcriptions are more your style check out the scoop from "out of context" my @#$. According to Hashim all he needs is a blog.

pics from Jan 28th rally at the Hot97 studio
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Tuesday, January 25, 2005
is this for real?
NYC's Hot 97 played an offensive, unfunny parody known as the "Tsunami song" over a four day period last past week or so. I heard about it not long after it happened but only just recently got a chance to listen to it for myself. During one airing, Miss Info objected to the airing, only to be lambasted by her co-hosts, Miss Jones and Todd Lynn. At one point, Jones replied, "I know you feel you're superior because you're Asian, but you're not." Don't believe me? Listen to a clip (mp3) from the Jan 21 morning show. If you listen closely you will hear one of the djs Lynn say that he's gonna "start shooting asians" at 3:37 in the recording.

The lyrics (courtesy of Long Short):
There was a time, when the sun was shining bright
So I went down to the beach to catch me a tan
Then the next thing I knew
A wave 20 feet high came and washed your country away
And all at once, you can hear the screaming chinks.
And no one was safe from the wave.
There was africans drowning, little chinaman swept away
You can heard god laughing, swim you b*tches swim.

So now you're screwed, it's the the tsunami,
You better run and kiss your ass awake, go find your mommy
I just saw her float by, a tree right through her head.
And now your children will be sold in child slavery.

(imitating michael jackson)
'Oh no, please not the kids. I'll pay for all the kids.
all the little Indonesian kid, the little Asian kids, the chinese kids.
the black, oh well, not the Black kids.
the White kids, the Puerto Rican kids.
I love them all. I'll pay for everything.
I promise I won't touch them

cute. i may not be asian but you shouldn't have to be to be outraged. tell me someone could pen a similar song about african-americans, and "shooting all the niggers" and get away with the pitiful apologies [1] [2] the DJs/radio station have issued. they'd have the NAACP and other major organizations all over them. is this really 2005?! i never really cared for hot 97 when i lived in the city, but you certainly couldn't pay me enough to listen to it now, if this is the sort of crap they're gonna allow on the air. Where is the FCC when you really need it? oh, that's right, they're too busy scaring networks into censoring cartoon nude bottoms.

More from and the NY Post. the link has a ton of email addresses and other info if you wish to express your opinion in a way that might actually make a difference. while there are two online petitions going ([1] [2]) it seems to me that the first step ought to be finding a new station to listen to.

::edit:: NY Daily news story
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Monday, January 24, 2005

click for hi res. images courtesy of bruno caruso
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you're back?!
Posted 1/24/2005 at 9:47 PM by shoopachooba

no, i'm not. these are just some pics that were sent to me by a friend. for the record, it's supposed to get up to 45-50 tomorrow here!
Posted 1/25/2005 at 12:51 AM by AMRLion

wowee. way to go snow.
Posted 1/25/2005 at 1:16 PM by Nave99

Sorry... Sinus infection and UP Music committee... (the two don't allow too much room for much else...)
Posted 1/27/2005 at 12:13 PM by manofcivility

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Sunday, January 16, 2005

Peyton Manning, "Mr. MVP" is no more. Can we stop hating on the Pats already?! What's next, are you gonna pick the rookie over the guy with the 7-0 playoff record? do you really think Adam Vinatieri would have missed those kicks? I smell another parade!

Now, if only the Celts could get their act together...
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005
todd and penguin

(Todd & Penguin, by David Wright. click the strip to see the full size version of the comic)

I haven't mentioned this strip before but I've been reading it for a couple months now and recently got a GREAT review by Eric Burns. It's all about a guy and his pet penguin. Sounds strange, I know, but there's something about David Wright's characters that just draws you in and keeps you coming back for more. Even better, there's multiple convenient ways to catch the strip, which comes out 3 times per week. Check out his site for more info! Still not convinced? Like I told you before, read the review!
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Friday, January 07, 2005
the bittorrent effect
A good article about BitTorrent for those who are still in the dark.
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Monday, January 03, 2005
born on this day
in 107BC - Marcus Tullius Cicero
in 1892 - J.R.R. Tolkien
in 1939 - Bobby Hull
in 1951 - Mel Gibson
in 1981 - Me!

(thanks for all the birthday wishes!)
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