Friday, October 20, 2006

What'd I say?

-Some non-circumstantial evidence to back up my claims that cops in Philly are as violent as criminals in Philly- killings by Philadelphia Po-Po (for some reason they don't call them murders when the cops or soldiers do em) are at a 25-year high. Philly gun crime is continuing to rise as it has the last few years, but violent crime is generally down, in line with the nationwide trend that started in the 90s.* I'm not enough of a criminologist to parse out the causality here, but if anybody wants to take a shot at it, they're welcome. I also want to state, for the record, that condemning police is not condoning criminality. I'm just tryin' to play some records and get drunk over here.

-Dwight Yoakim A.K.A. The Motherfucking Man has an expansive and candid interview with The Fader wherein the names of every single country musician that ever mattered surface and are discussed. Also, DY discusses the importance of Levi's 517s to his steez. Apparently they're releasing a 20th anniversary edition of Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., which I bought in promo white-label form on Jerry's recommendation. One more point towards beatification, Jerry.

-The bol formerly known as Jeff has been A-listing it out in Los Angeles (Angeles with a hard G). So, unlike us long distance haters out East, he can tell you firsthand about the smoke and mirrors driving the dumbfuck-hipsters-sucking-Timberlake-penis craze. I choose to merely cite the following definition, and let you digest:

Mickey Mouse adj. Slan.
1. a. Unimportant; trivial: "It's a Mickey Mouse operation compared to what goes on in Lyons or Paris" (Jack Higgins) b. Irritatingly petty: the school's Mickey Mouse requirements for graduation. 2. Intellectually unchallenging; simple: His Mickey Mouse assignments soon bored the students. 3. Melodrematic or sentimental. Used especially of popular music. (Source: American Heritage Dictionary)

-Did Sebastian Telfair set up the shooting of Fabulous in retaliation for a chain-snatching? If so, will Bethlehem Shoals' head explode?

-There is just over a week before Philadelphyinz "Got Halloween on Smash" at the Khyber. Here is a testament to the realness sure to transpire:

-Will Jay-Z get off the fucking television while I'm trying to watch the baseball game? Nobody cares if you drink Budweiser Select in Monte Carlo while the sax sample used in Wreckx N Effect's "Rump Shaker" blares. Fuck.

*I do not have citations with current statistics because the murder rate changes every day relative to past years and I do not have up-to-the-minute crime stats available or partial statistics for previous years. Often, the Inquirer will cite current statistics in its articles about shootings, many of which can be found in their running chronicle of violence in Philadelphia. You can also compare info you find to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report, which is released yearly.