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The Videos by Outkast
The Videos by Outkast
DVD ~ André Benjamin
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and Clean, Dec 23 2003
This review is from: The Videos by Outkast (DVD)
These videos are great. I never really liked Outkast until Hey ya! came out -- or at least, I never knew I liked them. What is so wrong with that? I DON'T LIKE RAP! So sue me if I only jumped on the bandwagon now.
Anyone will tell you that their sound is unique. What these two guys make together is music, plain and simple. The first song sets the atmosphere, the second song is depressing, and then the next one is a total trip, and it just gets better from there.
I may just be a white boy who know nothing about these guys or hip hop, but I know what I like, and I liked just about everything on this DVD. For the price, it's a steal. The thing that made me feel so fortunate to have this DVD is, every time the next song came on, I'd say "Hey, I know this song, always wanted to have it on CD." I didn't know "Fresh and Clean" but I was so digging it right away.
There is no way to categorize the music. Each video sets out to master and appropriate a different sound, a different genre. There's rap, soul, salsa, they even tried to copy the Beatles. But while they do build off of other genres, they never fail to give the sound something special, something intensely pleasing, something for the popular audience. And in the process, their style evolves as well...
The song that they place as their signature tune is "Ms. Jackson" -- art, and it's the background music for the main menu page. For those of you unfamiliar with the video, "Ms. Jackson" is an R&B piece about a breakup that takes place sometime after the couple has a child.. His house is falling apart, his roof is leaking -- an allegory for his troubled circumstances. Yet he defends his move to the end, even as his frustrations grow deeper, his household a ruin.. Finally, in the end, the sun shines in, and the hidden message is "marriage is the solution."
In communications, we call this creating space for "negotiated readings." Basically, it's good fun for everybody.
Some say they are too corporate. Look.. corporations are smart, but they're not talented. If anything, Outkast's partnership with Arista has resulted in quality music.

Wild At Heart
Wild At Heart
by John Eldredge
Edition: Audio CD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning insight from a convert to Christianity, Sept. 22 2003
This review is from: Wild At Heart (Audio CD)
This is a brilliantly insightful treatise about finding the masculine heart. In the book, Eldredge argues that since the fall (Genesis), man has been shy to take risks. He has lost sight of what God intended for him. There are three things a man yearns for, he contends: 1) A battle to fight 2) an adventure to live, and 3) a beauty to rescue.

However, there is a lot more to it. A reviewer slammed this book for the way it "demeans" women by assigning them the passive role of being rescued. Sorry, but the reviewer missed the point. Eldredge explains at length that women do not want to be merely rescued, they want to be a PART of the Adventure!

The book analyzes many bible stories in terms of understanding masculinity. IT IS NOT A MACHO PEP RALLY, and Eldredge states as much. After all, macho men don't talk about heart, no matter how masculine, ok? This is a book about feelings, and pride, and purpose.
The book's strong suit is the take it has on Jesus. Eldredge says "if you were a leper, or lived on the edges of society, then yes, Jesus was tender mercy. But if you were a pharisee, watch out!"

One of Eldredge's conclusions that meant a lot to me was that man yearns for a battle to be fought. And who do we fight? Well, Jesus confronted the pharisees and the bureaucrats, and shamed them for their hypocrisy. In this we can only hope to be like Jesus.

This is a deep book that does the best job so far that I have seen of exploring the masculine heart's many facets and laying out some insights and advice. Eldredge is not repeating what he heard elsewhere, but discovering new ideas.
I mention that Eldredge is a convert to Christianity. I myself am not a theist in the traditional sense, but I find his Biblical analysis highly informative because of his born-again, intuitive knowledge of God. My christian friends love this book too, and women say that it helps them understand men better.
The masculine heart is a topic that requires more thought and discussion, but in this book Eldredge has laid out a decent foundation. However, if you think you can do better, you must first start here. This book will teach you much.

I would have given the audio book five stars but I was annoyed by John's slow, clear enunciation and his thin voice. Also, I felt the audio book abridged too much. Given the chance, I would have gotten the full text instead.

Lord of Light
Lord of Light
by Roger Zelazny
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite sci-fi experiences, Aug. 1 2003
Words do no describe the ride that is this book.

Jungles. Gods. Buddhas. Demons bound below. This takes 2nd Foundation to a whole new level.

Roger Zelazny demonstrates his mastery with this incredible little book. It provides a spiritual journey, among other things, and a picture of a whole world, a political battle. But there's more to it than flower petals on giant stone idols. There's action. It starts small, and builds up to momentous, incredible, panoramic.. He really takes your imagination and stretches it HARD.
His characters display a certain amount of wit and brilliance. Their speech is laden with wisdom. The book is quite believeable, which is rare for a sci fi book laden with so much mysticism. Basically, it's a must read.

My Utmost For His Highest
My Utmost For His Highest
by Oswald Chambers
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I should work on being a better person..., May 13 2003
Because I had a hard time keeping up my devotional every day. As an atheist humanist, I opened up to this book when I heard that George Bush read it every morning. One of my Christian friends also urged me to read it.

But I had a hard time accepting what I read. I felt that despite my views on God, which are pretty open minded, you really need to have a desire to improve your faith in God in order to get into this book. That was not my goal. Rather, I was hoping to learn how to better myself, get in touch with Jesus, and improve my character and discipline. Perhaps this book is for some but not others.

The New Thought Police: Inside the Left's Assault on Free Speech and Free Minds
The New Thought Police: Inside the Left's Assault on Free Speech and Free Minds
by Tammy Bruce
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Breath of Fresh Air, March 24 2003
A lot of conservative readers read a lot of conservative books by conservatives. However, it's a wondrous change to hear the same kinds of indictments of the left coming from a lesbian feminist! When she calls it like it is from the inside of the socialist dominated movements, it's extremely satisfying. Conservatives have been identifying the root source of the problem as communism, and Tammy Bruce confirms everything we already knew. Except she's an intellectually honest liberal.
Mis. Bruce, your excellent work here was much appreciated. Not only is the book a fast paced and easy read, but it's also intellectually engaging and contains newness. The point you make about the left's need to stick to honest truth is demonstrated with your book. By being factual, you were able to make me think about the real issue with OJ's aquittal: wife beaters. And you stirred thoughts about how smut is entering the mainstream, and the ability of the market to prevent the spread of "sexualizing violence against women" -- and the necessity of activism to play a role.
But activism cannot be marred by the political machinations of the communist-leaning left. The horrid truth you reveal is that much of it is. The book serves as an excellent desk reference I will be sure to use. For exposing this truth, you have alienated many that held you as a friend -- but you've done a tremendous service to your country by writing this book, and made a friend of the entire conservative movement. I hope everyone gets a chance to read it. Thank you, Tammy Bruce.

Breakdown: How America's Intelligence Failures Led to September 11
Breakdown: How America's Intelligence Failures Led to September 11
by Bill Gertz
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Instantly Engrossing, and Well Researched, Jan. 31 2003
If you need a Washington journalist with access to CIA and intelligence officials and documents, you need Bill Gertz. He has the access and the knowledge, and the trust of the intelligence community.
The book reads a lot like a Tom Clancy novel, transporting the reader instantly to the rocky hills of Afghanistan, and to the dusty cities of the Middle East, and then back to the paper covered desks of CIA intelligence analysts, and so forth. It names names, and tells stories of all intelligence agencies and intelligence gathering communities. Not just the CIA and the FBI, but the top secret NSA and other bureaus. It talks about the long term degradation of the CIA in particular, intensified by the political machinations of the Clinton administration.
You find out that thanks to Clinton, the last and best of CIA intelligence agents (that's spies) in Iraq, Robert Baer, was yanked back to the US and his cover shattered because it was brought to Clinton's attention that the NSA intercepted a memo within Iran saying they suspected that America was trying to assassinate Saddam Hussein, and they would rather stop Baer in his tracks than trust the CIA. Of course, Baer was simply staying alive and abreast of events in Iraq, doing a job no one else can do right now, nor will anyone be able to do it.
That is, of course, just the tip of the iceberg.
Perhaps we would be able to avoid war in Iraq if our espionage forces were supported these past 12 years. But we have zero "HUMINT" in Iraq and many other places we need it.
When you are done with this book, you'll be sad to know that George W. Bush, despite his sincere efforts in the war on terror, has not fired Clinton appointee George Tenet, figurehead of the CIA and one of its chief problems, and that no one in the CIA has been held accountable for the gross negligence of September 11th, nevermind Coleen Rowley's attempts to bring the issue to light to the tonedeaf liberal media. However, perhaps reform can be accomplished by Tom Ridge, the new Homeland Security Cabinet officer. Perhaps then, as vigilance has been returned to those affected by 9/11, vigilance and an effective organization will be returned to America's FBI, CIA, INS, and NSA.

The Road to Serfdom
The Road to Serfdom
by F. A. Hayek
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Advocacy of Freedom as a Political Philosophy, Jan. 14 2003
This review is from: The Road to Serfdom (Paperback)
This book was nothing short of brilliant. Written in a time when intellectuals in Britain were studying the Nazi totalitarian phenomena close up, it addresses complex issues and tackles them head on. Winston Churchill was greatly affected by reading this book.
The leftist philosophy of economic determinism says that crime and corruption will be greater where the disparity between rich and poor is greater. This is what they use to explain why Africa is rife with wars, genocidal dictators, and cycles of conflict, coups, and massacres. How then can they explain how Germany enacted the great socialist dream only to rapidly spiral into the mad imperialist war machine responsible for 20 million deaths or more?
Hayek examines the questions surrounding a command economy versus a relatively unregulated free market economy. He talks about social justice versus blind justice, using quotes from ancients and his contemporaries. He explains the failure of socialism that was much more brilliant than any spew ever scribbled by Marx. No one listened, but he was right. The left continues to ignore facts, but they are here to see. This is a must read for all people entering the twenty first century. Hundreds of copies should be sent to every high school in Europe, and America, and China.

The Savage Nation
The Savage Nation
by Michael Savage
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Borders, Language, and Culture, Jan. 14 2003
This review is from: The Savage Nation (Hardcover)
While I wish I could that this is the "best book ever written", there are parts that I felt left something to be desired.
It is a good book that is hard hitting, honest, and at the same time the author arrives at his conclusions through independent reasoning. I felt that the book wasn't as well researched and stocked with facts as some other books out there that try to expose the lefty sociopaths through facts and anecdotes, and I missed that.. But you got the feeling that he did all his own research. I was impressed with the sprinklings of quotes from Aristotle. Things like that made for a few breaths of freshness in an already stale indictment of the left, an indictment that conservatives continue to press and recant, and that the media and the Democrats continue to ignore.
Mike Savage is an old man, old fashioned in some ways, but he's seen many things and he's managed to present his way of thinking and slam the left for being the vile pit of snakes that it now is. There are things that Mike Savage says here that are worth hearing, especially if you can't get him on the radio where you are.
The most important lesson to remember is Borders, Language, and Culture. Oh and you'll get forms inside the pages of the book showing you how to donate to the Paul Revere Society. For doing so, you get a booklet, maybe a plaque, maybe more depending on what you send, and you get to know your money is going to preserving the American legacy that is worth our patriotism. It's important because the uneducated youth are finding their education from movies, and historical rewrites like "Gangs of New York." They'll think that "immigrants good" and "patriots racist butchers" with enough liberal brainwashing. Is it any surprise someone has to stand up and tell the truth? If you agree however, how can you not add your voice and strength to the movement that aims to stop the insanity that is threatening to sink this nation?
That is kind of what Mike Savage is saying. And of course, he is right.

Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty Over Liberalism
Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty Over Liberalism
by Sean Hannity
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars He's Right, and Liberals are Wrong, Nov. 14 2002
The liberals have come out to slam this book and say Hannity is mean and so on. Did they even read this book? Or are they just on a mission? They can't handle that his first publication hit the tops of every chart.
Hannity isn't mean. He is a sweet, nice guy. He's a family guy conservative, maybe a little too conservative on some issues for some, but mainstream for most of America. He brings in tons of facts and research. This isn't drivel, it's well researched and well thought out.
Hannity is right about the threats that face this country, and he's taking a responsible position. He values life, liberty, yes, FREEDOM, the greatest force unleashed on this planet. And freedom doesn't mean letting hate mongers plot and scheme to slit your throat, kill your family and convert your children. Freedom doesn't mean that all is well when some are free and others are forcing women to wear burkas under penalty of being stoned to death. And it doesn't mean blowing yourself up because you can't win an argument.
Freedom wins the arguments every time. It's not a simple idea, it's a well thought out thesis that states that more freedom will actually make for the MOST efficient conduct of human affairs. And that's exactly what Hannity is fighting for, hence, the title of the book. Let Freedom Ring. Freedom trounced the commies in the arena of ideas. Liberals still don't get it. But they don't want another whupping, so they hide behind new names like "Progressive". Come on, where is the debate? Come on you liberals, what are you afraid of?
STEP IN THE RING!

Lust
Lust
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dance Hall Noise, July 23 2001
This review is from: Lust (Audio CD)
If you don't know what to expect, here's the deal on LoA: .... Their music is mostly heavy electronic with thumping bass and wild female vocals. There's explicit lyrics in most of their tunes. -- but at least they're a little more poetic than your average [group]. All in all they go down quite well. This is a dance CD but I'd pick my tracks carefully before playing this at a party.
If you know what to expect: This CD has a lot of wonky, over the top euro dance noise to it -- think MC Hammer and early 90's dance/house. I liked it less than the two other Lords of Acid albums I have (Our Little Secret and Expand your Head). But I still listen to it and enjoy it. The Rough Sex track is excellent though.

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