March 29, 2007

Slip My Aide a .44 And He Got in the Back Door

James Brown - Caught With A Bag/Gimme Some More
Sam Cooke - Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out
Positive K - Friends
O.C. - War Games

Politicians love to blame rap music and rappers for the ills of society. Violence, misogyny, and misplaced priorities? Blame it on those damn rappers and their bling. That doesn't mean that politicians won't borrow techniques that have been honed and perfected by the rappers.

Weed carrying. It's not just for rappers anymore. Just ask Senator Jim Webb and his self-professed "friend" and aide Phillip Thompson. It turns out that even though it's legal to pack a firearm (with a concealed weapon permit) in Virginia, you can't just walk into an airport or the capitol building with a 9 milli.

Enter the weed carrier. Phillip Thompson decided to hold the heat.

Enter Russell Senate Office Building security. Phillip Thompson was arrested for carrying a pistol without a license and possessing an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition. Just an innocent mixup, right? Surely, Senator Jim Webb will clear his friend's name, right? “To our knowledge, this incident was an oversight by the senator’s aide,” said Jim Webb spokeswoman, Jessica Smith. “Phillip Thompson is a former marine, a long-term friend and trusted employee of the senator. We are still awaiting facts.” Jim Webb added, "
I have never carried a gun in the Capitol complex and I did not give the gun to Phillip Thompson."

Surely, Jim Webb won't use the arrest of his aide and friend to further his own pro-gun agenda, right? Surely, others come before self, right? “If you look at the number of people who are defending the president and other members of the executive branch, there is not that kind of protection available to people in the legislative branch. We are required to defend ourselves, and I choose to do so.”

Damn. The rap game needs to start charging. Without even asking, Washington DC has already stolen weed carriers from rap music. Now, they want to use the downfall of their weed carriers to further their own agenda?

Anything for record sales. Anything for votes. It IS bigger than Hip-Hop.


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