8 Top Moments from Rafi & Dallas’s Checkmate

1. Ben of Consumerist saying, “I can’t wrap my head
around the idea
of paying someone for my own money”.
Ben, Ben, Ben, welcome to the hood.

2. “One stop shopping, income tax time is here”. GRIMEY.

3. Who wants to walk out of a check cashing spot with their money?

4. I want to keep this whole American economy rolling.

5. Another reason the poor stay winning. Dallas is foul for that.

6. Bankers workers love to drink Starbucks.

7. “Banks… are beholden to their shareholders not to their
customers…often at the expense of the low income customers” Real Talk.

8. Debt is the new money. I’m through. I’m out. Dead.

I love the teaching through sarcasm. It’s way less heavy handed
than the sh*t I write.

I would have like to have seen an interview with someone
who has the numbers on the collective impact of check cashing
operations on the hood. Another suggestion would be a visual
comparing how much money is spent over a year, cashing a monthly
$ 1200 check at a bank versus a check cashing spot.


Image from Stripper Polaroid Set on Flicker

Thanks to Rafi, my google reader game is
I have always had a knack for finding news links,
but scrolling through google reader gives me the
same feeling I had in
that dream where everything
in the March Jacobs store was $3.99.

Ok. Not quite. But similar.

Peep the range of articles, yet how snugly they fit
into our corner of the internet.

I found a blog about working girls.

I became a “working girl” because an odd confluence of events in my life. First, my fiance left me, quite abruptly, for a stripper. I was, of course, traumatized. I needed to get my mind off him, and entering a series of forbidden encounters with relatively anonymous men seemed like the only thing immersing enough to do the job. It was perhaps a way to punish him (he knew what I was doing, and felt awful about it), and was also a strange way to remain attached to him. Additionally, I was fascinated by the stripper he’d left me for. We’d had lunch. By Western Beauty Standards, she was much less beautiful than I (although her body was pretty fucking fantastic). But there was this certain way that she was sexual: she felt powerful, in control, confidant, like she knew every crevice of her sexual being. She was, quite obviously, a professional. I was an amateur then. I didn’t know a thing. I wanted to be a professional too.

While reading this I couldn’t help but think,
isn’t this why cats love the Vixens or at least the IDEA
of the vixens. The notion of a woman knowing every crevice
must be appealing.


Top 5 Folkey Covers of Rap Songs.
I have seen the other videos
but this one is new, to me.

That’s actually NOT that bad. In a laid back, sedated
almost depressed way.


These fools have analyzed Rappers reading levels based
on song lyrics.
Somehow, I feel like there is a better
use for this tool.


And Finally the 9 most Racist Disney characters.

I am so glad they mentioned the crows from Dumbo.
Even as a little kid I knew something was hella outta pocket
about them.


LA is opening weed vending machines
I am going to have to see that to believe it.

Holy crap, what country is LA in? I mean, last time I was there I was surprised enough at the billboards offering medicinal marijuana cards, but this is insane. Starting on Monday, people who have medical conditions such as glaucoma, cancer, and the deadly not-stoned-enough virus can start getting their fat buds from special “AVMs.” These electronic drug dealers won’t be out on the street next to a Pepsi machine, of course. No, they’ll be “housed in standalone rooms, abutting two dispensaries and protected by round-the-clock security guards.

I imagine that they will be in The Bay by next Tuesday.


Your favorite rappers government name is up at Whudat.com

Clipse Malice– ——Gene Thornton Jr.
Clipse Pusha T—–Terrence Thorton
Flavor Flav———–William Jonathan Drayton, Jr
Freeway————— Leslie Pridgen
Killah Priest———- Walter Reed
KRS One————– Lawrence Krisna Parker
Masta Ace———— Duval Clear


Elliott Spiter is trying to TAX COCAINE. He is a fool.
Guess the subprime fall out has
folks looking into
some creative revenue streams.

Among the hundreds of proposals contained in Gov. Eliot Spitzer?s second executive budget, which he unveiled on Tuesday in Albany, is a provision that would impose a $3.50-a-gram tax on marijuana and a $200-a-gram tax on other illegal drugs, like cocaine.

We took a look at the fine print to better understand the details of this legislative proposal ? which, incidentally, is very similar to a proposal that Mayor Edward I. Koch put forward in 1988. (That proposal, to tax illegal drugs in New York City, also at a rate of $200 a gram, did not come to fruition.)


Internet links are such a time suck.

When was the last time you got online “just to check your
e-mail” and you looked up and an hour and a half
went by?

What are your favorite sites to peruse? Post links por favor.