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01
Nov
16

The Five Kinds of Trump Voter

I am not involved in the Hillary Clinton campaign.  I did not donate to her election fund nor did I vote for her in the primaries.  That said, I will be voting for her next week because as conservative pundit Andrew Sullivan succinctly stated, “it is the only adult thing to do.”  If you believe Donald Trump would run the country better than Hillary Clinton (who just happens to be, in terms of resume, the most qualified person to ever seek the American presidency) at least one of the following things must be true:

1. You are grossly uninformed – Have you not been paying attention at all over the past two years? Have you not heard the things Trump has said and the positions he has taken on the most important issues of our time? Has it not been revealed to you that his “business success,” upon which he bases his qualifications, is an exaggeration of monumental proportions? Have you not heard him try to speak in public? Have you not seen him having trouble completing a coherent sentence? Is your scoreboard broken? Sure, Hillary used a personal email server during her time as Secretary of State, but have you not read or heard about the sleazy dirtball shit that Trump has done for decades? Are you not at all curious as to why he won’t release his tax returns?

Rather than doing the “hard work” that comes with acquiring knowledge to make an informed decision, you have clearly bought into the fallacy of false equivalence being sold by the Trump campaign.  You are a testament to the effectiveness of propaganda on the low information voter.

2. You are a sexist pig – No matter how much more qualified a woman is than her male opponent, she’s still a woman. You demand perfection from Clinton simply because she doesn’t have a penis, but the totality of Trump’s fuckery can simply be written off as part of the game. If this is you, take your bullshit worldview and your suppressed homosexual tendencies, back to the Stone Age.

3. You are an idiot – You have watched too much “reality” television and have degraded your intelligence to the point that you can’t appreciate the significance of this contest (this isn’t to see who will be voted off the island or who gets the girl.) Your ignorance and lack of cognitive reasoning ability combined with your apathy, is a civic nightmare. Your involvement in any part of the political process makes a case for requiring citizens to pass a civics exam before entering a voting booth. If you had any sense at all you would abstain from the entire process on the grounds that you are incapable of rendering a sound decision, but that would require thoughtfulness… And as I stated, you are an idiot.

4. You vote Republican no matter what – You are “all in” with the GOP. Despite the party’s descent into oblivion, you are “ride or die.” In almost any other scenario I can think of, I could appreciate that for what it’s worth. Not here though… This is one time you should be thinking for yourself. Unfortunately, many of you have forgotten how to do so.

5. You are just like Donald Trump – You are Biff from “Back to the Future.” You were a bad motherfucker in high school only to find out that the nerds you used to beat up are the ones who end up running the show. The only difference between you and Trump is that you didn’t inherit a ton of money from your Dad. Instead, you took a job in some factory only to see it disappear when the rich guys who own the company (who you still admire for some reason,) set up shop in another country where the labor force is much cheaper (and much darker) than you. You are understandably bitter but for some reason, you blame your replacements instead of those who did the replacing. You were already a bit of a bigot, but the idea that your job could be so easily replaced by an “inherently inferior” person in a foreign country for far less money, further erodes any self-esteem that may have remained from your “glory days” at the top of the food chain in the schoolyard. This makes you even angrier. You’ve never had to start over and learn a new skill set. Your way of life has never required that kind of effort. Now here comes Trump and you see yourself in him. He knows who is to blame. He will restore the natural order of things. He doesn’t exactly say how, but it doesn’t matter. You have turned into such an insecure ball of rage that you can’t even recognize that he’s one of the assholes that closed your factory and sent your job away… To you I say, good luck with that!

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20
Sep
16

Try to Imagine…

I am white. My wife is black. I have black in-laws, black nephews, black nieces and black cousins. I quietly fear for them every day. I’ve seen FIRST HAND how drastically different an encounter with police can be when I am in the company of black people, versus by myself or with other white people. I’ve been pulled out of a car with my black friends and asked if I was there, “against my will.” I’ve had officers look me in the face and say, “so you think you’re black huh?” As a teenager, I was pulled over while with my black friends and photographed and strip searched next to our car because they said we “looked like gang members.” I’ve had an officer go through my bag, find my lyric book and then demand that I rap for him – “you’re a rapper so rap for me!” I’ve felt the fear, anger and humiliation. For all I know, me being white and being present in those situations may have been the only reason things didn’t turn out much worse for my companions.

Later in life, I moved to a jurisdiction with a well-respected, well-funded, well-trained and professional police department; and for the most part, my encounters with those officers have been very positive (although they did have my studio under surveillance for quite some time until one day they entered my premises without a warrant and discovered it was operated by a white guy with a business license and a firm understanding of the law. No problems since.)

I say all of that to say this…

If you are white, try to imagine being rightfully told all your life by the people you love, that the people supposedly there to protect you, could very well be a threat to you. Imagine hearing the stories of police brutality from friends, family, parents and grandparents. Imagine being told that it doesn’t matter if you did anything wrong. Imagine being expected, without training or experience in such matters, to behave and manage an encounter BETTER than those confronting you who have been trained to do so. Imagine “the talk” – not the one you got about the birds and bees, but the one about what you should do when you run into a prejudiced hothead wearing a badge and gun with an axe to grind. Try to imagine this in your culture. Try to imagine seeing the police as an occupying force in your community as opposed to “heroes” and “first responders.” This is the reality in places all across the United States.

I am a rational, reasonable man with an above average IQ. When I try to imagine getting THAT phone call from one of my family members… When I try to imagine the total grief and unabashed anger I would have towards the police officers who decided it was better to shoot and kill my loved one rather than respect his or her life and liberty as they do their own, I literally shudder. It would take every fiber within my rational mind to restrain myself from picking up my pistol and heading out to find the sons of bitches who murdered my family member. I’m not sure I would be capable of restraining myself.

So as we all watch the footage of yet another unarmed father, gunned down for apparently no other reason than looking “scary,” resist the urge to defend the police from your place of privilege. Resist the urge to tell us that “all lives matter” in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Just shut the fuck up, close your eyes, and try to imagine. Try to imagine you got that phone call. Try to imagine you just watched someone you love get shot to death on Facebook. Try to imagine the people who did it are now being paid to sit at home for a while. Then try to imagine countless people who know NOTHING of the experiences I outlined above, playing Monday morning quarterback with the murder of your family member. Still want to weigh in? I hope not. #blacklivesmatter

01
Nov
13

Please Support and Share the Mister Wise “I Can’t Figure You Out” Video

My music video for “I Can’t Figure You Out,” from my EP, “The Way of the Doh Doh,” has been spreading  around the web.  Despite a minor hiccup last week when one of our promoters apparently used a bot to add views (prompting YouTube to pull the link,) promotion and support for the video have continued to be awesome!  It has now been exactly one month since the debut of the video and I need an additional push from my supporters, fans and friends more than ever. Here is a simple thing you can do to help.

Below is a list of public web sites where the video has been featured. There have been quite a few private networks as well, but we can let them talk amongst themselves 🙂  Please show support for these sites that have supported me by visiting the respective video pages.  Visit as many as you can (it won’t take long.) Once you are there, give the video a view but more importantly, use the “share” links on each page to share/ like the video on your Twitter, Facebook, Email and other social media sites you frequent.  This publicizes my video, but also the web sites who have supported it.  You probably won’t be able to leave any comments or ratings on the video without joining the sites themselves (which you are welcome to do if you are so inclined,) but we would certainly be grateful for comments and “likes” on the video’s YouTube Page, which pretty much anyone can do.  Thank you in advance, and remember, the EP is available for download on iTunes, Amazon and dozens of other sites where quality funky music can be purchased and/or streamed.

Video Links:

I’m sure I’m missing a few so if you have posted my video on your site and you don’t see it on the list, shoot me a message and I will add you.  As for the rest of you, click click click.  Many thanks!!

09
Oct
13

Thoughts on the Government Shut Down

First and foremost… This is NOT one of those cases where we should be assigning blame to both parties equally.  The issue of the Affordable Care Act was settled four years ago when it was thoroughly debated and passed into law.  The president who supported it, was then convincingly re-elected.  No where in the Constitution does it say it is prudent for one party to shut down the government and use it as bargaining chip to repeal a law they don’t like.  If you don’t like a law, you repeal it through legislation…. Oh that’s right, you can’t because you don’t have adequate support to do so.  Funny how that works! The President SHOULD NOT negotiate with the Republican Party on this!  Doing so would validate this reckless and irresponsible tactic as legitimate.  The United States does not negotiate with terrorists, nor should it do so with people willing to risk our country’s well-being and good standing with our neighbors because they don’t like health care. Those who place political affiliation over country, are not patriots.

suicide elephantThe Republican Party is fond of drawing analogies between the budget and economy of the United States and household finance.  These analogies do not follow because the American family does not collect taxes or print its own money.  The analogy is a red herring that ignores the realities of macro-economics and geo-politics.  However, just for fun, let’s use the GOP’s favorite comparison to demonstrate how asinine their entire shutdown tactic is.

Let’s say that we are a fine upstanding family in the community.  We are trusted by our neighbors and are seen as the perfect modern household.  Our credit rating is over 800.  Banks and lenders will give us whatever we need because we always pay them back.  In fact, they are willing to lend us money at such low-interest rates they are practically paying us to take it.  All because we are the safest bet in the neighborhood.  Sure we have plenty of debt, but we use it as leverage for growth and have an abundance of assets.

But then, times get a little tougher.  The twins are going off to college at the same time and Becky needs braces.  The mother has a splendid idea!  Let’s have a family discussion to determine how we handle the finances!  But instead of keeping it private, let’s open up the doors and windows and let all of the neighbors watch!  We will invite our creditors, the mortgage lenders, everyone!  Then we will openly discuss which bills we will pay on time and which ones we will stiff.  We will openly admit that we don’t have Becky’s allowance at the moment and in mid discussion, Dad will get drunk and give one of the boys a black eye, Mom will pull out a bag of cocaine and snort it in front of everyone, and Uncle Jerry will fondle Becky on the couch.

This is what we are doing as a country right now.  We are broadcasting to the world that we are a mess and should not be trusted.

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As if the Republican Party’s hypocrisy knew any bounds, they overwhelmingly passed a bill in the House a few days ago that would guarantee all furloughed Federal employees receive the back pay from the time they were out of work during the shut down (once the government has re-opened.)  Pretty nice of them huh?  Until you consider that this is the party obsessed with the size of government and what they see as reckless spending, yet they are willing to shut down the government, send thousands of workers home and then STILL pay them what they would have been paid had the government been open and they had been working.  The party of “fiscal responsibility,” is willing to pay thousands of people to sit at home and get NO PRODUCTIVITY in return for the money, just so they can have a temper tantrum.  What a crock of shit! Let them stew in it.

27
Aug
13

Pre-Order “The Way of the Doh Doh” EP by Mister Wise

Mister Wise, Team Demo, Depth Charge Studios, Zechariah Wise, Team DemolitionMy new single, “I Can’t Figure You Out,” is now making its way through promotional circulation, but you can get it now by pre-ordering the EP from our label store page.  Just put down the $4 for the EP, and you can immediately download, “I Can’t Figure You Out.” Then, when “The Way of the Doh Doh” EP drops on September 17th, you will receive an e-mail to download the full project.  Many thanks and enjoy!

23
Aug
13

Preview the New Single from Mister Wise – “I Can’t Figure You Out”

08
Oct
12

Check Out Harmony Muzik’s New Project – “Conflict of Interest”

Check out the new release from Harmony Muzik – “Conflict of Interest.” It was recorded and mixed at Depth Charge Studios by yours truly and features two tracks I produced for Team Demo Productions. Click on the link below for the download page.

Harmony Muzik – “Conflict of Interest”

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