Music To My Ears

L. Steele / March 22, 2006

Think back for a moment to yourself as a child. It’s probably safe to assume that you
were like any other kid growing up and had a dream of what you wanted to be. So is that
who you are today? Don’t feel bad if you are not, most people lose site of their dream
for one reason or another and wind up slaving away for “the man”. I have a habit of
thinking back to my childhood and remembering my dream. Probably the biggest reason
I do that is because a person gets tired of busting his ass for the higher society that are
afraid they may have left you too many crumbs. Such is the life you have been
conditioned for, but thats a totally different subject. Anyway, my dreams have always
involved music. I met one of my best friends at school in fourth grade, as we got to know
each other I realized he too had a love for music. I found that he dreamed of being a
race car driver or a rock star. Myself, I loved the thought of being a rock star, but I also
dreamed of changing the world for the better. Of course like so many we never reached
our dream, there are many reasons for this. My friend  now works the same 9 to 5 (more
like 7 to 5) job where he has been since graduation. I move from job to job, not because
I am super smart, but because I usually end up fired every 3 to 4 years. Theres just
something the high society does not like about people who take a stand for whats right.
For my viewers who have to work the day to day routine, you know what I am talking
about. This is the way life in America has become, stand down or we will make your life
hell. But for those who have the courage to stand back up and continue for the honor of
doing all you could, you’ll die knowing you kept your dignity.

Though I never took myself where I wanted to be, I have held on to my passion for
music. I love to hear music that is composed with greatness, and I also love music that
has a powerful message. These days, this is a very rare find. I would say my all time
favorite style of music would be from the 80’s. The music of the 80’s didn’t have too
much of a message, with a few exceptions, but it was happier music. Most of todays
music is filled with depression. The majority of it is filled with somebody’s misery. I do find
a likening to some of it, but hardly any of today’s artist dare to write a song that gets to
the root cause of all the misery. Most of today’s musicians are blinded by wealth, so
they’ll take the safe route. They won’t dare chance their fame by taking a swing at the
establishment. Nor will they dare to step up to the plate and realize the responsibility
they have for being an impression on the youth. So much talent gone to waste. It upsets
me so much because music is very powerful. Music is a part of everything, and
influences everything. The late 60’s may never have seen such a large movement
without the support of it’s musicians. Sometimes I have to laugh when I turn to a station
that plays the latest rock hits. All of these hard core angry tough guys, yet they are
afraid to say how they feel about the condition of our great nation. I often think of one
band in particular with music so popular and influential. This certain band (will remain
nameless) which once was the tough guys, suddenly turned into a bunch of wimpy sell
outs hiding behind lawyers, afraid that they might lose a buck. This particular heavy
metal band once had a message in their music, something they believed, until they
wanted to sell a few more Cd’s. Greed blinded their vision.

Music has the power to change the world, but it seems as if most musicians no longer
want to make the world a better place. Thats the conclusion I was slowly coming to until
a few weeks ago. I was losing hope for the rock scene. Rockers, once the spokes
people for telling it how it was, had become a flock of sheep abusing free speech just to
get their kicks from cursing for the fun of it. They hold so much power in their hands, but
they don’t know what to do with it.

My outlook quickly changed a few weeks ago when I stumbled upon the website for
“Poker Face”. I posted a quick reference after viewing their site at www.pokerface.com
and clicking on a sample of a bit of their music. Today, I have had the chance to check
out the entire “made in America” Cd and I am more than glad to have had the chance.
So I wanted to write this article for my viewers that have not had a chance to hear these
guys. Check these guys out, you will not be disappointed. My front page will have tracks
of their music playing from time to time.

Poker Face hits home with their music. This is one of the best bands I have heard in a
very long time. They are one of a kind. The music is great and they are not afraid to tell
it how it is. The Cd comes with an insert which is just awesome, and it also comes with an
interactive element for your computer. Very cool and very informative. If anybody in the
music biz believes in America, these guys are the ones. True patriots who are not afraid
to step out of bounds and get right in the face of the elite. This is true talent. I am blown
away.


 

If you want to listen to a bunch of fakes telling you how miserable they are living their
dreams, it won’t be hard, just listen to the weekly top 40. If, however, you would like to
hear some real heartfelt music from freedom loving American patriots, check out Poker
Face. Their music is real and straight from the heart. If nothing else, these guys are
brave. To use your talent in a proper way and not be afraid to express the truth takes
guts. Poker Face has the dream, the vision, the guts and the talent to get the job done.
This is exactly the music I have been waiting to hear. Give these guys a listen, and if you
agree that this is great stuff, I urge you to flood your local radio station with request and
spread the word. The system has a way of censoring the truth, but the truth can’t be
kept silent forever. Poker Face’s music is speaking for America, so I am more than
happy to spread the word to get their message out.

 Cost of National Security: Counting How Much the U.S. Spends Per Hour

Cost of National Security: Counting How Much the U.S. Spends Per Hour

  *Note: Title changed due to confusion of a point trying to be made.


     L. Steele / March 8, 2006

Did you read the news today? What did you read? I’m guessing you did not see any
news updates about Iraq’s WMD’s. You probably did not read anything about the
downing street memo. Did you read anything about depleted uranium in Iraq? I’ll bet you
did not hear much today about domestic spying. Was your news today filled with stories
about the CIA identity leak? Any news today about an Israeli caught with explosives?
Chances are your daily dose of mainstream media did not give any focus to any of these
stories. I am guessing however, that you heard plenty about Iran. Am I right?

Mainstream journalist have shown their true colors. You have tuned in and made the
networks rich, they in turn help flush your liberty down the drain. They have sold
themselves out to government control and pissed all over your constitution. There are
no real reporters today, they report from an Iraq border and tell you things are a little
quiet, everything is calm, but somehow people keep showing up dead. There once was
a time when a reporter would go right into the action and tell you the truth, It’s a
nightmare things are looking bad. Not today. We are fed a line of garbage that
government approves of. When a real story breaks of scandal, corruption or
government wrong doing, a new story breaks to take away the attention and the reporter
never looks back.

There is one subject they have hung onto though, and they make sure you get plenty of
one sided opinions thrown in your face about it. Iran, Iran, and more Iran. Your news
probably sounds a little like this:

[ Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons. Gonzales says Patriot Act is vital. Iran refuses nuclear
enrichment deal. Bush says ports deal is important to security. Iran is a threat to Israel. Oil prices
on the rise. Iran makes threat against referral to council. Interest rates rise. General Jon Doe says
war is a mistake. Cheney says Iran can not be trusted. General Jon Doe commits suicide. ]

Does that sound about like a weeks worth of mainstream news? Close enough.

Iran, Iran, Iran. What are we going to do about Iran? The Bush administration tells us
that Iran is a grave threat to our security. They tell us that Iran is a danger to Israel.
They tell us that Iran’s nuclear ambitions involves nuclear weapons. Iran, on the other
hand, tells us they only seek nuclear power and want the right to produce the power to
turn on the lights. So who do we believe?

Is Iran really seeking a nuclear weapon? It’s hard to say. I think we need to lay the facts
on the table. So what are the facts? I don’t know, and I’m not going to Iran to get them.
Who has the facts? Of course, the Bush administration has the facts on Iran. We should
just wait for them to tell us what they have. Let them give us the case for war, right?

We have a real problem with this Iran issue. The Bush administration will paint us a
picture of Iran being a radical Islamic nation who can’t be trusted so they are obviously
lying to us when they say they only seek nuclear power. As we look back at how the
whole Iraq mess started we have to ask ourselves, are we being lied to again? Could the
Bush administration be playing Americans for fools, again, in the favor of Israel? Will we
allow them to show us photos of nothing and claim it to be something it is not? Should
we allow more of America’s children to die in another war just because the government
says it is needed? Can these guys be trusted?

Personally I can not stand a liar. If you lie once, it is fair to give another chance. If you lie
twice, you have shown your inability to be trusted ever again, especially if you are in
government. The Bush administration has lied more than twice, they have lied
repeatedly! From the looks of it, it seems that all they know how to do is lie. They would
tell a lie even when the truth is better. Still they act as if Americans are fools, perhaps we
are, after all we have stood down and let them do as they please. After all of the things
they have done, how is it possible they are not impeached? Democrats cry over this
issue and that issue, claiming they are going to do something about it, yet nothing is
done. The dog keeps barking but nobody gets bit. Knowing how the Bush administration
works, you can count on one thing. If they truly want a war with Iran, they will get it. They
will send in the troops no matter what you think. They did it before and they will certainly
do it again, as long as you allow them to stay in office.

Certainly there is the possibility that Iran is a crazy radical Islamic nation. There is the
possibility that they really do seek nuclear weapons. Even so, the cards are in their
favor. The burden of proof lies on the accuser. This could turn into a boy who cried wolf
story. Little boy Bush may have cried wolf so many times that the truth is unbelievable.
Now we are confused and don’t know which way to go. Have we gone so far that we
might as well keep going? Should we go ahead and attack Iran just to be on the safe
side? After all they’re Muslim, so they must be terrorists. Right?

What if Iran is seeking a nuclear weapon, should we concern ourselves with it? Why
should we worry about it? Who are we to tell another nation what to do, we can’t even
keep our domestic problems under control. Israel is worried, why? What has Israel done
that they have to fear Iran having a nuclear weapon? Call out the instigator! If I am a
gun owner what right would I have to tell the authorities to keep my neighbor from having
guns too?

War is not in America’s interest, period! War benefits nobody. We have allowed our
government to put us in a very dangerous position. If we end up in war with Iran, you can
bet your ass it is not going to be a walk in the park. Iraq has shown to be a tough battle,
Iran will be ten times worse. We just might find that Iran has a few friends on their side.
This would spark a world war and America has created many silent enemies. We have
pushed the world around so much that other nations will jump at the opportunity to take
advantage in a weak moment. Under normal circumstances, if we were minding our own
business, we would have nothing to worry about. Nobody would be foolish enough to
nuke America knowing that we could wipe them off the planet forever. If were a friendly
nation, we would face far less conflict. When you go pushing people around, sooner or
later they ban together and push back.

We have too much on our plate, we don’t need to concern ourselves with more war. If
Israel is worried about Iran, let Israel deal with Iran. Let America deal with it’s own issues.
We have an administration that has lied and deceived us, we need to handle that right
now. Our first concern should be fixing our problems. This administration has put us in
war for no reason, they have trampled on our liberties, and they have taken us to the
poor house. The only way to fix it is to replace our government with a new one. A
government which honors the boundaries of the constitution. Kick this administration
out, put it on trial for it’s crimes and re-evaluate every piece of legislation from the day
they took office! We can not spread democracy if we do not have democracy.