Archive for April, 2004

Fighting breaks out in Falluja

Monday, April 26th, 2004

More fighting has broken out in Fallujah, it looks like this might get messy.

Nathan Mathers has already some psycho fans

Monday, April 26th, 2004

A few months ago, I decided to write an article about Eminem’s
brother Nathan. Knowing how much supportive Nathan is towards his
brother and that he is also an aspiring rapper, I wanted to gather
enough info about him for people to know more about him. My
intentions were also to honor him as a supportive family member of
Eminem. I also admire the fact that he wants to rap too. Which means
that he will have to work very hard.

Poetry I would like to share with you

Sunday, April 25th, 2004

In my opinion, my friend Timothy Wright from Warren, who is also a huge Eminem fan, is gifted for poetry. I like the texts he has written and I would like to share them with you.

Street Freestyler (freestyle, by me)

Sunday, April 25th, 2004

Nobody’s iller than this street killa

In memory of D12′s deceased member Bugz

Saturday, April 24th, 2004

For news on the death of Proof visit the Eminem Blog

Karnail Pitts aka Robert Beck aka Bugz was born in 1978 around May.
He was loved and appreciated by all the D12 members for his rapping skills.
His life ended tragically on May the 21st in 1999: he was only 21 when he died.

The circumstances of his death will make us realize the fragility of human life. Bugz died for nearly nothing:

The day of the show, Bugz, a friend, and his friend’s cousin werespending the afternoon at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park. An altercation arose when a man sprayed Bugz’ friend’s cousin with a high-powered water gun and she took offense. A heated argument ensued which escalated into a fistfight, and Bugz intervened on his friend’s behalf. At this point, a friend of the man with the water gun went into a Ford Expedition, drew a rifle, and fired at Bugz, who was looking away at the time. He was hit three times at close range, once in the neck, and once in the chest. The men then ran Bugz over in the Expedition. An ambulance was called, but due to traffic on the bridge to Belle Isle, it took them thirty minutes to get onto the island. Bugz was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he could not be saved. He had just turned 21.

Bugz untimely passing has only strengthened the resolve of Dirty Dozen members. “It just makes you look at life more serious,” Proof says. “”At this point, we’re trying to gather everything he recorded [to] make an LP.” The Dirty Dozen, who’d been working on releasing their debut EP, are now looking to release Bugz’ material in tribute.

On Thursday, June 24, the Federation Records family is holding a Bugz benefit at The Wired Frog in Eastpointe, Mich. featuring fellow Dirty Dozen member Bizarre, as well as Paradime, The Brigade, SUN, and Da Ruckus. The cost is seven dollars, with all proceeds going to the Pitts family. Bugz will also be featured on The Brigade’s upcoming 4-song 12″ due out on Federation Records next month. Werner (Source: Rolling Stone Magazine)

The D12 group was founded by Proof in 1995. It is known that the first three members were Proof, Eminem and Kon Artis who were joined later by an MC named Eye Kyu. Then Bizarre joined the goup. The sixth member was Bugz.

When Eminem was discovered by Dr Dre, he started his solo career with the release of the Slim Shady LP. Eminem was also trying to get D12 a record deal. He was supposed to lead the goup and to make few appearences.
Then Swifty Mc Veigh joined the group. He featured Eminem’s song No One’s Iller.

When Bugz was tragically killed, Eminem placed himself in the group. Bugz’s wish was to have Swifty Mc Veigh as a member of the group.

Track 19 and 20 ‘Bugz 97′ (Skit) and ‘Good Die Young’ from the new D12 World album are dedicated to Bugz.

Before each show, the D12 crew prays for Bugz.

For his crew and for true D12 lovers, Bugz will live forever.


Friday, April 23rd, 2004

An anonymous person left the following comment in relation to Dick and Jon’s analysis of casualties in Fallujah. Such a lengthy comment has been rewarded with being posted – it adds to the debate at least.

Say you’re on the street in fallujah and a man of about 60 comes out with an AK-47 and begins shooting at you. You shoot him in the chest twice and he dies or is dying. What are you trained to do? You need to secure that corpse if you can get to him. So what do you do? You move up to his position, take the AK-47 and search him for intelligence. You are not trained to leave the weapon with him, at worst you take the ammunition and dispense of it and leave the weapon, but you’re not supposed to leave his weapon. Later on, with this 60 year old corpse laying in the street is hauled to the local hospital where it quickly becomes apparent that he is a civilian because he obviously didn’t have a weapon on him.

Unfortunately these people use kids and other young extremists as well. If you’re a marine and a 15 year old with an AK is firing at you, unfortunately you are in the situation where you must kill the 15 year old. Say you shoot him in the leg and he lives and your marine unit withdraws, the 15 year olds unit leader takes his AK and drops him off at the hospital, he is now one of the children that the big and ugly marines shot at. I’ve heard of this happening to kids even as young as 10 or 11 years old.

My points are this:
First, These people (Iraqi supporters of this battle) are not going to leave weapons and ammunition with the corpses, that would be a waste of very valuable resources and it adds to the illusion that our boys are running around fallujah like rednecks popping off civilians.

Second, Fighting age is entirely subjective in this climate. Just because someone is younger than 18 years of age doesn’t mean that he or she couldn’t pick up a weapon and kill marines. However, it does mean that once the marines terminate that individual, that his weapon will be removed from the corpse and he will be dropped at the hospital where he conviently becomes a mere child thus inflating the number of civilian casualties that observers (who didn’t observe the 15 year old firing the AK)are looking at.

Third, Old Iraqi women do not know what US Marine Snipers are. They don’t know the difference between 7.62 Nato Rounds, 5.56 Nato rounds, and 7.62 x 39 rounds are. They aren’t qualified to say who hit them with what. Iraqis firing off rounds from the hip (as every Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran says they shoot) are more likely to cause civilian and friendly fire casualties than a MARINE INFANTRY unit who are all qualified to 300 meters (barring the snipers who can hit targets as far as a mile depending on weapon).

Fourth, I would venture to say that the Spectre Gunships and bombing causes more civilian casualties than the marines on the ground. Think of the Gunships as a Steak knife and the Marine Infantry Regiment as a scalpel.

I am not a marine but I am in the Army and can tell you these things based off interviews with some of the veterans. I also felt compelled to talk a bit about the Insurgent strategy.

Jeff Jarvis on Rumsfeld

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004

Jeff Jarvis is live blogging a dinner that Don Rumsfeld is attending.

We can only hope that he’s as tough on journalists’ bosses as he is on journalists.

A tale of two soldiers

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004

Kevin Drum has some insight into the military records of both George W Bush and John Kerry. I think his analysis is correct – the Republican game here is pretty low, and I don’t think they can win the argument.

‘Einstein’ probe heads into space

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004

This is a huge amount of money to spend – but it might well be worth it. I am looking forward to the results – my bet is on Einstein being right.

I do remember on Carl Sagan’s excellent Cosmos series that an experiment was performed on how time slows down as you move. An atomic clock was placed on the ground, and synchronised with another on a 747, which then flew for a certain distance at a speed that planes do. On return it was found that there was a discrepancy – when you fly on planes you are relatively becoming slightly younger.

Hard drive speed limit is reached

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004

The limit of hard drives has apparently been reached. But at least its not likely to affect the production of drives for some time:

The bad news is that this upper limit means that the fastest data can be written using changes in magnetisations is 435,000 million bits every second.

The good news is that this is still one thousand times faster than the best magnetic hard drives in use today.

Dublin Elevation

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004

Feel like controlling some beams of light above Dublin? Get your 15 seconds of arty farty stuff here. I do wonder what May 1st will be like in Dublin, perhaps I should take a trip up.

Blair: a no vote means no

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004

Blair’s remarks are curious to those of us in Ireland who voted No in both identical Nice referenda. He seems to be talking around the issue rather than directly answering the questions posed.

I would imagine that if the UK does vote No to the referendum that Blair will go back to the EU and attempt some kind of renegotiation, followed by a second referendum. This will be just a small bit more than the Irish government tried to do – it simply put the same question a year later.

Could this become a trend in European nations?

Irish diplomacy hailed at EU talks

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004

CNN has a story on our own Bertie Ahern and his reputed expert negotiating skills. Curious that CNN make this kind of statement:

A veteran of Northern Ireland’s peace process, Ahern’s diplomatic skills were honed helping to heal centuries-old sectarian divisions in the British province.

Does Britain even have provinces?

Facts about Swifty Mc Veigh

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004

Swifty Mc Veigh

“Don’t playahate, play along”

USA Today’s Top Editor Resigns

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004

Interesting news from the media world

Remember Jack Kelley, the reporter for USA Today who was fired after a scandal in which it was disclosed that he had fabricated many stories for the paper ? Last night, Karen Jurgenson, the top editor at USA Today and an employee of the paper since its inception in 1982, abruptly resigned over the Kelley matter.