Rapping the Presents for Christmas

November 29, 2007

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I like rap music.  I like christmas songs.  There in lies the problem.  There is an incredible lack of christmas rap.  I understand the classic carols are important, but most other genres have a decent share of christmas songs.  Country music has great, sad christmas songs.  Rock music has fun, jump around christmas music.  Pop music has updated verisions of classics, and occasionally new christmas songs.  But rap?

This christmas I want Kayne West, Lupe Fiasco, Jason Foxx, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, and Mos Def to come out with a christmas albums.  If you think it can’t be done, let me share two things.

1.  There have been  good Christmas raps before.  A la “Christmas in Hollis” (the video is some goof high school boys, but the song  is still fly)

2.  Ludacris is getting the trend started this year.  The song has a sweet background and tons of product placement for his film Fred Claus.  (There is no real video yet, but check the song out)

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Veteran’s Day: Some Facts

November 11, 2007


  • At 11 minutes past the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the “War to End All Wars,” “The Great War,” World War I officially came to an end. A year later, President Woodrow Wilson called on the nation to observe Armistice Day and honor the soldiers who had served in World War I; in 1926, Congress declared it an official federal holiday.
  • The purpose of Veterans Day and Memorial Day are often confused. Memorial Day is for honoring military personnel who died in service to their country. Veterans Day is for thanking ALL men and women who have served honorably in the military during times of war and peace.
  • Over 48 million Americans have served in the military during war and peace since 1776.
  • There are currently about 25 million living veterans.
  • Of the 25 million living veterans, most (75 percent) served during a war or an official period of hostility.
  • About one in four homeless people are veterans.
  • 43% of homeless males over 25 are veterans.
  • In contrast to earlier American wars, where only men engaged in combat, many veterans returning from today’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are women. The new study found that female veterans are more likely to be homeless than non-veteran females, and that overall, female veterans are more likely to be homeless than their male counterparts.