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  1. Im not sure who is more pathetic--the people who buy or sell this junk :rolleyes:
  2. You were heard, Yoda. That was a nice post today :D
  3. Guess its back to normalcy and fun at BK :D (And Umma, we have no war with ZP--and if Seph would loosen up, we wouldnt have a problem with him--but he keeps attacking members over there and banning them and closing threads, and it isnt fair. We do stick up for buds in times of need..but I agree we should relax and concentrate our efforts here.)
  4. It was his 'pussy' out... I think we should all keep the previous thread, where a dozen people protested, on all day... So when people go to the boards, all they see is everyone pointed at that link Any takers?
  5. Interesting note: he twisted BF's words. BF said he was posting links to play by the rules, and Seph said 'it wasnt BF's job to set the rules." Jorge was watching today... Too bad that other clown posted his slur against Seph... This could have been fun. Well, maybe we should just start the thread over again..
  6. I really like the music that's coming out of BadManRecordings. You can read more about each of these performers in the alternative music forum -- or got to http://www.badmanrecordingco.com/default.aspx for more information and sample mp3s from from these bands and the rest of their outstanding roster: The links are subjective to change, but you can always go directly to the site. Here are my picks, enjoy: Nyles Lannon http://www.badmanrecordingco.com/audio/sam...nnon_Demons.mp3 Pleasant Grove http://www.badmanrecordingco.com/audio/sam...laborateSon.mp3 Lanterna (Highway) http://www.badmanrecordingco.com/audio/hig..._Brightness.mp3
  7. http://www.barcodeart.com/art/yourself/yourself.html
  8. http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/weeee.php
  9. Police Chief Denies Profiling Rap Stars Officers Admit Watching Rappers, Studying Hip-Hop NBC 6 News Team POSTED: 8:38 am EST March 17, 2004 UPDATED: 12:43 pm EST March 17, 2004 MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Miami Police Chief John Timoney on Wednesday denied a newspaper report saying his department is building dossiers on hip-hop stars who live and party in Miami and Miami Beach. A March 9 Miami Herald report said local police departments have been monitoring rap artists and their entourages, photographing them at clubs, on music video shoots, at Miami International Airport and other places and building thick files on them, including any information on gang activity or prior arrests. Some of the rappers mentioned in the report included P. Diddy, DMX, Ja Rule and 50 Cent, all of whom have had prior brushes with law enforcement. While Timoney denied any organized profiling, his denial suggested police were paying special attention to rap artists. "I've read the articles," Timoney said. "The allegations and charges that are in these articles are basically, for the most part, untrue." Timoney did acknowledge that Miami police officers have traveled to New York for briefing sessions with New York police on the hip-hop industry and the musical rivalries that often occur, and that one officer received a binder containing photos of rap artists, and information on their criminal records. But Timoney insisted there was no formal profiling. "You would assume that the Miami police department has been profiling, watching rap artists meeting them at airports, surveilling them, taking pictures, going to their hotel rooms and doing all sorts of covert surveillances," he said during a press conference. "Not only is it not true, I would never allow such a thing to happen and it has not happened." But the Herald continued to stand by the story, which the paper says was based on interviews with Miami and Miami Beach police officers, some of whom were quoted. At least two Miami police officers, Det. Peter Rosario and Sgt. Rafael Tapanes, told the paper they were among a small group assigned to keep an eye on hip-hop artists. "A lot, if not most, rappers belong to some sort of gang," the paper quoted Tapanes as saying. "We keep track of their arrests and associates." Rosario told the paper "there is always beef between rappers." Tapanes went on to say the officers involved in the surveillance were trained on what clues to look for in the lyrics of rappers' songs that might indicate rivalries or potential violence, and that some officers have been dispatched to concerts "for intelligence gathering." Other officers who spoke to NBC 6 last week acknowledged that police are keeping tabs on rap artists, and seeking to better understand the world of hip-hop, where rivalries are blamed for the deaths of rappers Tupac Shakur in 1996 and Notorious B.I.G. in 1997. "We have to keep an eye on these rivalries," Assistant Miami Beach Police Chief Charles Press said last week. "The last thing we need in this city is violence." "These are your main players," added Miami Beach Police Detective Bobby Hernandez. "This is why you have that competition between East Coast and West Coast. Nobody here knew this stuff, and now we're one of the most hip-hop savvy police departments in the country, and that's attributable to us taking the initiative to go out there and learning the most we could about the industry." The intelligence gathering reportedly began after the 2001 Memorial Day weekend, when 250,000 hip-hop fans flocked to South Beach for four days of parties hosted by their favorite rappers and hip-hop magazines. More than 210 people were arrested -- double the number on a typical weekend. Police said most of the arrests were for disorderly conduct and intoxication. In recent years, rap stars have increasingly flocked to Miami Beach, and local police said after 2001, they met with New York City police to learn all they could about the hip-hop industry and culture, in a bid to prevent violence. Press told the Herald police had not expected the large crowds, and that the department decided to create a system to "protect" the artists and their entourages when they visited Miami. But critics have blasted the policy as unneccessary and racist, saying it raises civil rights and privacy concerns. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, a non-profit group headed by Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons, have threatened legal action. The Miami Beach Police Department has scheduled meetings with the city's black host committee, the mayor and city manager to discuss the issue. http://www.nbc6.net/news/2928314/detail.html
  10. You should probably hit Forums on the left side of the front page and see how topics are grouped. The most popular section is the news, begining with music and entertainment, then digital news. Ken has been getting the filesharing section in order. You might like General News where all the whacko stuff is, too. We post 40-60 stories a day--a bit more than ZP lol Then Kickin it--which is comedic stuff. We also have a games section...its not bad. Music forums are set up to correspond to peoples tastes--we are working on filling up the forums with the latest releases. Electronica is probably the best forum--Mr Jip and Method77 are the head honchos there... And New Releases is pretty up to date. But you will no doubt find samplings of what you like somewhere...and if it isnt there, post it and bring us up to date. Beatking has an Aries and a Soulseek room. Inquire within... Active topics is where all the new posts are and where the fun is. Things move pretty fast--but you can hit your assistant who will tell you what topics have been posted this day, and who has responded to threads you started. Once you're here for a while, you can hit recent posts for what you missed. We are in the process of reorganizing the front page--it will make alot more sense after that. We are going to categorize the news posts, rather than lumping them all together. Perhaps the nicest thing about BK is you get to post your own news stories--you dont have to wait for a mod to approve... In fact, the whole thing is a community effort. Everybody chips in and everyone gets along just fine. In fact, we are getting bored cause we dont have any problems here...even on the political threads. Have fun--we do... :D
  11. Free them here: http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/tele.php
  12. Agujia Sent To Jail; Sex Addiction Blamed In Town Credit Card Fraud Dan Telvock Mar 17, 2004 -- The Town of Leesburg’s former director of Information Technology was sentenced this morning to four months in jail for stealing nearly $40,000 from the town to pay for escort services and to buy high-performance car parts for his BMW sports car over a period of a year and a half. Michel Agujia, 38, of Frederick, MD, said in Loudoun Circuit Court that he was using the Town of Leesburg’s purchase card to pay for sex with escorts because he was labeled by a therapist as a sexual addict two years after a tumor was removed from his brain, allowing his hormones to return to a normal level for a male. Agujia was sentenced by Loudoun Circuit Court Judge Burke F. McCahill to six years in prison with all but four months suspended and three years of supervised probation upon his release. Agujia was convicted on two counts of stealing money from the town and faced a potential sentence of 40 years in prison. Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman said Agujia stole a total of $38,281.32 when he illegally used his town-issued purchase card to pay for a total of 249 illegal transactions, mostly for sex with escorts and about $4,000 in car parts. Included in that amount is $3,923.51 in expense reports that Plowman said Agujia forged. Agujia will repay the town for those illegal charges as well as for the special forensic audit the Town of Leesburg conducted for $12,233.38 in response to his activity. No other fraud was detected by the auditors. The total amount Agujia owes in reimbursement to the town is $25,514.70, because he furnished the town with a $25,000 check after he was arrested last year. According to a spreadsheet that Plowman provided McCahill as evidence, Agujia had at least 249 total charges starting in April 2002 and ending Sept. 5, 2003, 10 days before he resigned from his $92,865 job. Out of that total number of illegal charges and forged expense reports, 36 had no receipts which is a violation of town policy. Other charges contained PayPal—a pay and charge system using the Internet—receipts with no name or e-mail receipts. For the forged expense reports, Agujia was being reimbursed for meetings in Richmond that were canceled or ones that he never attended, ranging from $264 to $441 each. Plowman said Agujia was with escorts during these times and the pay he was given by the town for expecting to be at these meetings was not included in the required reimbursement. When Agujia resigned Sept. 15, 2003, it sent shock waves through the town government offices and the town’s residents, many whom had already gone through a credit card scandal in 1999 that resulted in the resignations of a town manager and a council member. Town Manager Robert S. Noe, who is retiring in October, took blame for the 2003 scandal and many on town council praised him for action he took once the incident came to light. However, it was 19-year town employee and Finance Director Paul E. York who lost his job, when he resigned the following month. A recent audit of the Finance Department showed that many loopholes still exist in the department, even after the action taken in 1999 to prevent misuse of public funds from happening again. York filed a victim/witness statement, as did two other town employees, but McCahill ruled that the three are not victims of Agujia’s crimes under state code and Plowman filed the letters as evidence instead. Agujia’s attorney, Eric Strom, said Wednesday that York’s letter stated he was going to be fired because of Agujia’s actions. During testimony at Wednesday’s sentencing, Town Attorney William Donnelly said that York was forced to resign by Noe and that Agujia’s actions had a severe impact on morale and productivity in the town government. Donnelly said the Agujia incident gave the town a “black eye” and many high priority projects were put on the backburner as town leaders tried to get to the bottom of Agujia’s theft. “It definitely interfered with the productivity of the town government,” Donnelly said. Agujia took the stand and said he started his job in April 1999 and in 2000 a tumor was found on his brain. The tumor grew from two millimeters in size to 8.9 millimeters in nine months and on April 7, 2000, it was successfully removed. Agujia said doctors never suggested hormone therapy. “In retrospect, I started to have more sexual desire,” Agujia said, adding that it was because his testosterone was returning to a normal level. Agujia said he was engaging in risky sex with escorts using the town’s purchase card and, at times, even his own cash. “I was trying to stop, and, with the knowledge I know now, I would not have been able to do this on my own,” he said. Agujia said in mid-2003 he went to a psychologist who suggested a therapist, who eventually labeled him as a “sexual addict.” Strom pointed out in a doctor’s letter that it stated Agujia’s reactions two years after the operation were “within the realm of psychological variations and is to be expected.” Still, Agujia said, “I blame myself,” and told the judge his actions caused a lot of shame for his wife and two school-aged children who had to witness him being handcuffed on a Saturday afternoon at his Frederick, MD, home. But, Plowman said it would be preposterous to believe that Agujia went through this elaborate scheme of fraud because of a sexual addiction. He pointed out that purchasing brake pads and rotors for his BMW sports car were not purchases one normally would buy to attract women. “I don’t accept his explanation,” Plowman said. “It’s unsubstantiated.” Plowman said this incident tarnished the town and it could not be compared to the credit scandal in 1999, which he termed as misuse of a town credit card by a town manager and councilman that was eventually paid back. He said Agujia was involved in “blatant theft.” Agujia’s abuse was actually spotted by an employee in the Finance Department back in March 2003. Chief Purchasing Officer Kathy Elgin said she noticed charges for “dating and escort personal services” on an invoice and questioned Agujia about it. She said he assured her that the vendor code was incorrect and he apparently provided her with false documents and receipts to show that he had purchased software, not escorts. Elgin did not pursue the matter and said Agujia appeared so honest that she took his word for it. More pressure was put on the town when a Freedom of Information Act request was filed by Leesburg Today on Sept. 10 for Agujia’s credit card records spanning back to 2002. Donnelly said last year that he asked the Finance Department at least twice about Agujia’s use of the purchase card and both times was assured that there was no suspicious activity. During Wednesday’s sentencing, Donnelly again said that, “I was assured by [York] that there were no irregularities.” Two days after the FOIA request, Agujia informed Noe that he had illegally used the town’s purchase card for escort services and three days later he resigned, which was announced by Noe during a press conference in council chambers. Agujia’s indictments state he was stealing from the town during July 1, 2002, through Dec, 31, 2002, and Jan. 1, 2003 through June 30, 2003. When one looked at Agujia’s use by vendor code, it plainly showed more than 30 charges—ranging from $265 to $724—for escort services like “Sweeties” and “VanessaDash.” One of the escort services, Romeo3Entertainment, gained local notoriety because the operator of that business who lived in Ashburn was charged with prostitution-related charges. Agujia later testified against the operator, Preston Jenkins, in U.S. District Court, and said he did have sex with the escorts. Jenkins was convicted on six charges and is to be sentenced later this year. Agujia’s name was clearly on the analysis report that the Finance Department is expected to check for all purchase card users and the vendor was stated as “dating and escort personal service,” with the dates, account number, phone number and cost. Lack of oversight was the only reason given by town authorities when asked how such a scam could occur in town government. The audit report conducted by accounting firm PBGH of Harrisonburg and completed in January, looked at 25 transactions from June 30, 2002, to July 1, 2003, and 5,842 transactions totaling $707,960. No other fraud was detected. But eight of the transactions lacked the detailed documentation required under town policies and three were not even signed by the department head. One purchase was also fiddled with to avoid the town’s $1,000 purchase limit, which is a violation of town policy that went undetected until the audit. PBGH asserted that a crucial internal control measure was lacking in the process because department heads were not required to get their transactions approved, and essentially approved them by themselves. In response to that, the town took away all purchase cards for department heads. It also decreased the number of card distributed to employees from 86 to 66. The auditing firm urged the town government to train its staff on the purpose of the purchase card system and how it needs to operate. The town also expanded its whistleblower policy, giving more protection to employees who provide information to town leaders about illegal activity in the town government. Before he was sentenced, Agujia read from a prepared statement, saying that there really is no explanation for what he did and that he is suffering every day because of his actions. “I am a convicted felon,” he said. “I will not be able to vote. I am not able to find a job. I lost a great relationship with my wife. I lost a great career that I had.” McCahill said he thought hard about what would be an appropriate sentence for Agujia, considering that the state guidelines called only for probation. He said that many times a jail term is given as a deterrent and to help a person rehabilitate, but in this case and in others, a sentence is needed just as “good, old-fashioned punishment.” He also said most people who commit similar crimes have nothing, but Agujia “had it all.” Only Agujia is to blame for his betrayal and breach of the public’s trust, the judge said. “A lot of people have urges of one sort or another, but they don’t satisfy those urges with theft. That’s the key distinction,” McCahill said. http://www.leesburg2day.com/current.cfm?catid=1&newsid=8669
  13. Brownback: Karmazin Answer Insufficient By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 3/17/2004 3:24:00 PM Viacom Inc. president Mel Karmazin's defense of a Howard Stern broadcast and Viacom's indecency-enforcement philosophy didn't sit well with Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.). The Senator's communications director, Brian Hart, today said the tone of the response to Brownback's request for information, as well as Karmazin's testimony several weeks ago before the House Commerce Committee, "seems like 'business as usual' instead of progressing toward upholding existing FCC regulations and working toward cleaning up our public airwaves." The Senator is drafting yet another letter to the Viacom President that will include specific references to language on the Stern show "in hopes that Mr. Karmazin will explain how this material is not indecent under their own guidelines," said Hart. Karmazin had apologized to the Senator for some of the broadcast's language and explained Viacom was taking steps to keep indecency off its airwaves. But Karmazin also said the company had determined the broadcast did not meet the FCC's definition of indecency. He added that that definition was a moving target and thus difficult to hit, though he pledged to try. While Clear Channel had pulled Stern from its airwaves following the Feb. 24 broadcast in question. Viacom's Infinity, which distributes the show, did not. Also unhappy with Karmazin's answer was the Parents Television Council. "The FCC and Congress should interpret this move by Viacom as blatant contempt for parents and families," said PTC President Brent Bozell yesterday. http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/C...&promocode=SUPP
  14. 'Idol' Gives Fox New High LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Signed, sealed, delivered -- the Tuesday night win belonged to Fox once again as a two-hour edition of "American Idol" gave the network its most-watched Tuesday ever. The 8-10 p.m. edition of "American Idol," featuring the start of competition among the show's 12 finalists, delivered an average of 26.7 million viewers and an 11.3 rating/28 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was strong enough to top anything else, sporting events included, that Fox has served up on a Tuesday since the network began programming the night in January 1993. Moreover, this year's edition of "Idol" is beating the show's own lofty standard from last year. Tuesday's episode was up 9% in the adults 18-49 demo compared with the comparable episode in 2003 and up 20% in total viewers. Viewership of Tuesday's episode, which featured the combatants belting out such R&B favorites as Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" and Otis Redding's "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay," peaked in the 8:30-9 p.m. half-hour with an average of 27.4 million viewers. "Idol" pretty much mowed down everything in its path. CBS' midseason drama "Century City" had only a so-so debut at 9 p.m. with an average of 8.9 million viewers and a 2.1/5 in adults 18-49. The futuristic legal drama was second to "Idol" in viewers thanks to its "Navy NCIS" (13.3 million, 3.1/8) lead-in, but was fifth in adults 18-49, behind even UPN's "America's Next Top Model" (5.7 million, 2.7/7). "Century City" fared better in adults 25-54 (3.1/7). For the night, CBS was No. 2 to Fox in total viewers (11.3 million), while ABC's 8-10 p.m. comedy block and "NYPD Blue" allowed the network to narrowly top NBC for second place in adults 18-49 (ABC's 3.1/8 to NBC's 2.9/7). Reuters/Hollywood Reporter http://channels.netscape.com/ns/news/story...0&w=RTR&coview=
  15. http://www-edlab.cs.umass.edu/~ahelblin/misc/mac.html
  16. More sickos killing innocent people. Lock em up, throw away the key..
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