Sunday, June 26, 2005

Emperor Haile Sellassie I On Spirituality


"Africans are in bondage today because they approach spirituality through religion provided by foreign invaders and conquerors. We must stop confusing religion and spirituality. Religion is a set of rules, regulations and rituals created by humans, which were supposed to help people to grow spiritually. Due to human imperfection, religion has become corrupt, political, divisive and a tool for power struggle. Spirituality is not theology or ideology. It is simply a Way of life, pure and original as was given by the Most High of Creation. Spirituality is a network linking us to the Most High, the universe and each other. As the essence of our existence, it embodies our culture, true identity, nationhood and destiny. A people without a nation that they can really call their own, is a people without a soul. Africa is our nation and is in spiritual and physical bondage because Her leaders are turning to outside forces for solutions to African problems when everything Africa needs is within Her. When African righteous people come together the world will come together. This is our divine destiny!"
Emperor Haile Sellassie I

Saturday, June 25, 2005

PBS Funding Restored...But....

From the Moveon.org website.
In an unexpected move yesterday afternoon, the House of Representatives approved a measure to restore $100 million of funding for NPR, PBS and local public stations.
Despite this incredible progress, the House Republicans did manage to cut over $100 million, including funding for children's programming like "Sesame Street." We'll take our fight to the Senate when it considers the budget later this summer. But yesterday's vote makes it much more likely we can restore every last cent for NPR and PBS by acting together.
Yesterday also brought darker news in the fight for public broadcasting. The Republican-dominated board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) hired a former Republican National Committee chair as the next president, injecting partisanship into the very organization designed to shield public broadcasting from political meddling. This is only the latest effort by White House ally and CPB board chair Kenneth Tomlinson to remake public broadcasting as a partisan mouthpiece. To save NPR and PBS, we'll need to take on Tomlinson, but today we showed that the public can and will defend public broadcasting from partisan attack.


Well, we can consider this a victory of sorts but the rest of Bush's term is going to be a long, slow, painful grind....

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Supreme Court Rules Cities May Seize Homes

WASHINGTON By HOPE YEN, Associated Press Writer
Cities may bulldoze people's homes to make way for shopping malls or other private development, a divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday, giving local governments broad power to seize private property to generate tax revenue. In a scathing dissent, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said the decision bowed to the rich and powerful at the expense of middle-class Americans.
The 5-4 decision means that homeowners will have more limited rights. Still, legal experts said they didn't expect a rush to claim homes.
"The message of the case to cities is yes, you can use eminent domain, but you better be careful and conduct hearings," said Thomas Merrill, a Columbia law professor specializing in property rights.

The closely watched case involving New London, Conn., homeowners was one of six decisions issued Thursday as the court neared the end of its term. The justices are scheduled to release their final six rulings, including one on the constitutionality of Ten Commandments displays on public property, on Monday.
Justice
John Paul Stevens, writing for the majority, said New London could pursue private development under the Fifth Amendment, which allows governments to take private property if the land is for public use, since the project the city has in mind promises to bring more jobs and revenue.
"Promoting economic development is a traditional and long accepted function of government," Stevens wrote, adding that local officials are better positioned than federal judges to decide what's best for a community.
He was joined in his opinion by other members of the court's liberal wing — David H. Souter,
Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer, as well as Reagan appointee Justice Arthur Kennedy, in noting that states are free to pass additional protections if they see fit.
The four-member liberal bloc typically has favored greater deference to cities, which historically have used the takings power for urban renewal projects.
At least eight states — Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, South Carolina and Washington — forbid the use of eminent domain for economic development unless it is to eliminate blight. Other states either expressly allow a taking for private economic purposes or have not spoken clearly to the question.
In dissent, O'Connor criticized the majority for abandoning the conservative principle of individual property rights and handing "disproportionate influence and power" to the well-heeled.
"The specter of condemnation hangs over all property," O'Connor wrote. "Nothing is to prevent the state from replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz-Carlton, any home with a shopping mall, or any farm with a factory."
Connecticut resident Susette Kelo and others in the lawsuit pledged to continue their fight. Nationwide, more than 10,000 properties were threatened or condemned in recent years, according to the Institute for Justice, a Washington public interest law firm representing the New London homeowners.
"It's a little shocking to believe you can lose your home in this country," said resident Bill Von Winkle, who said he would keep fighting the bulldozers in his working-class neighborhood. "I won't be going anywhere. Not my house. This is definitely not the last word."
But Connecticut state Rep. Ernest Hewett, who as a city council member approved the development, said, "I am charged with doing what's best for the 26,000 people that live in New London. That to me was enacting the eminent domain process designed to revitalize a city ... with nowhere to go."
New London once was a center for the whaling industry and later became a manufacturing hub. More recently the city has suffered the kind of economic woes afflicting urban areas across the country, with losses of residents and jobs.
City officials envision a commercial development including a riverfront hotel, health club and offices that would attract tourists to the Thames riverfront, complementing an adjoining Pfizer Corp. research center and a proposed Coast Guard museum.
New London was backed in its appeal by the National League of Cities, which argued that a city's eminent domain power was critical to spurring urban renewal with development projects such Baltimore's Inner Harbor and Kansas City's Kansas Speedway.
Under the ruling, residents still will be entitled to "just compensation" for their homes as provided under the Fifth Amendment. However, Kelo and the other homeowners had refused to move at any price, calling it an unjustified taking of their property.
The case is Kelo et al v. City of New London, 04-108.
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Associated Press writers Matt Apuzzo in New London, Conn. and Susan Haigh in Hartford, Conn. contributed to this report.
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On the Net:
The ruling in Kelo v. New London is available at:
http://wid.ap.org/documents/scotus/050623kelo.pdf

These are truly scary people on the Supreme Court. Calling them the "liberal wing of the court" is insane. They are more like the fascist wing of the court. They are taking the rights we cherish as Americans apart piece by piece. Now they can take your home to build any evil corporate blight they wish. When will it end?

Saturday, June 18, 2005

King of Kings

Photo Credit: Ras Adam

Prophecies of Rastafari In the Bible

These links to books in the Bible have prophecies of Rastafari in them if you have eyes to see.

Revelation Chapter 5 Verses 1-5 Chapter 19 Verses 11-16
1 Timothy Chapter 6 Verse 15-16
Isaiah Chapter 11 Verses 1-5
Ezekiel
Psalms Psalm 122 Verse 5
Daniel Chapter 7 Chapter 8
Acts Chapter 2 Verse 30

There are more prophecies of Rastafari in the Bible. If you know of one please post it!

Thursday, June 16, 2005

PBS In Trouble

From the Moveon.org website:
"A House panel has voted to eliminate all public funding for NPR and PBS, starting with "Sesame Street," "Reading Rainbow," and other commercial-free children's shows. If approved, this would be the most severe cut in the history of public broadcasting, threatening to pull the plug on Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch.
The cuts would slash 25% of the federal funding this year—$100 million—and end funding altogether within two years.1 In particular, the loss could kill beloved children's shows like "Sesame Street," "Clifford the Big Red Dog," "Arthur" and "Postcards from Buster." Rural stations and those serving low-income communities might not survive. Other stations would have to increase corporate sponsorships.
This shameful vote is only the latest partisan assault on public TV and radio. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which exists to shield public TV and radio from political pressure, is now chaired by Kenneth Tomlinson, a staunch Republican close to the White House. Tomlinson has already forced one-sided conservative programs on the air, even though Tomlinson's own surveys show that most people consider NPR "fair and balanced" and they actually trust public broadcasting more than commercial network news.
Tomlinson also spent taxpayer dollars on a witch hunt to root out "liberal bias," including a secret investigation of Bill Moyers and PBS' popular investigative show, "NOW." Even though the public paid for the investigation, Tomlinson has refused to release the findings.
The lawmakers who proposed the cuts aren't just trying to save money in the budget—they're trying to decimate any news outlets who question those in power. This is an ideological attack on our free press.
Talk about bad timing. Every day brings another story about media consolidation. Radio, TV stations and newspapers are increasingly controlled by a few massive corporate conglomerates trying to maximize profits at the expense of quality journalism. Now more than ever, we need publicly funded media who will ask hard questions and focus on stories that affect real people, instead of Michael Jackson and the runaway bride."

Sign the petition telling Congress to save NPR and PBS.

I become more and more frightened by our government each time I hear something like this. They are trying to muzzle dissent and spoon-feed the news with the spin they want on it (pro- war, pro-corporation, pro-exploitation). Cutting PBS's budget to nothing? So much for "No child left behind". Shows like Sesame Street are the only pre-school education a lot of low income kids get. As far as PBS's reporting of the news, from my view they mostly deal with truth and facts (unlike the right wing biased Fox News or the bloated, constant pontificating of Rush Limbaugh) so please don't confuse truth and facts with liberalism, although I must say they are sometimes very close.
In this day, huge media conglomerates like "Clear Channel" decide what music and media will be promoted. They do this to dumb down the masses and further enslave their minds to serve the corporate masters.
I heard today that Microsoft allows the Chinese sensors to block the words freedom and democracy from web blogs (they say they do this in order to abide by the laws of the countries they do business in). Clearly, what the huge corporations are really interested in is not "freedom" or "democracy". The corporate agenda is capitalism, pure and simple. War, greed and ignorance fuel the lust for power and money and it is an insatiable hunger that can never be satisfied. The sad thing is that they cloak it in pride, patriotism and decency, so that the youth are deceived and caught in the web of lies where life is cheap and might makes right. The time is now to wake up!

Monday, June 13, 2005

Garrick Owen guitarist for THE PROCESS.

Garrick Owen 21st Century Guitar Hero

Guitarist Garrick Owen is co-founder of THE PROCESS and co-writer of the groups music. Owen’s blazing fusion of diverse musical styles place him as one of the pioneers of 21st century rock guitar. Garrick has been featured in the international music trades, Guitar World and Guitar Player.
He has also been featured on the www.truefire.com website. The site includes Owen's lesson and others from GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE and is also available on a CD entitled "365 Daily Doses Of Nutrition", with lessons written by B.B. King, Metallica, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Johnson, David Torn, Pat Martino, Jeff Beck, Django Reinhardt, Ry Cooder, Duane Allman, Danny Gatton to name a few of the artists featured.
To purchase 365 Daily Doses Of Nutrition CLICK HERE.
To read a review of his unique reggae-rock style on the Guitar Nine website CLICK HERE .
My main man Garrick!

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words!

www.bushorchimp.com

WHERE IS THE COMPASSION?

From the www.wamm.org website:
"When citizens require protection from their own government and need to cloak in secrecy acts of compassion for the sick and dying, a great darkness befalls our nation. All people face suffering; every human being will find intimacy with this. It is our hope that this truth will awaken the sympathies of our judiciary and of congress. For it is the business of government to protect its people and to maintain the path of liberty clearing the way for freedom."
-- Valerie Leveroni Corral (WAMM Co-founder)
"At this time of grave injustice and failure of our justice system at the highest level I am moved to tears. A country that calls itself a democracy yet rules against the democratic process is tantamount to fascism. With this ruling the sick will continue to suffer, will continue to live in fear and will be forced to pay high prices for their medicine. Both pharmaceutical and herbal. This is part of the travesty of a government that lives by rhetoric and not by good deeds.
Now is the time for all of us to rise up and let our voices be heard. The spirit of humanity is being called to stand in the light of truth so that we can change the hearts of our adversaries."
--Mike Corral (WAMM Co-founder)

From the Media Awareness Project website: Blade, The (Toledo, OH)
"Now it's up to Congress. The U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld federal drug laws that permit prosecution of marijuana use for medical purposes. The court said the authority was squarely within Congress' power to grant. If that's the case, it's up to Congress to change the application of the federal drug law to make exceptions for medical marijuana. The House will soon vote on an appropriations amendment that would prohibit the Justice Department from spending money on drug enforcement when the targets are patients using and growing marijuana to ease suffering from a variety of painful conditions. A similar amendment failed last year despite growing bipartisan support. It ought to pass this time as a humane gesture at least. Eleven states have recognized the relief cannabis brings to patients with dire medical needs that accompany diagnoses from AIDS to cancer to a host of debilitating syndromes. For some chronically or terminally ill patients, marijuana is the godsend that gets them through the day. The Supreme Court's ruling will not invalidate those state laws but will deny them the cover of immunity from enforcement of federal drug laws. Interestingly, during his 2000 campaign candidate George Bush said medical marijuana use was an issue best left to the states. But as President Bush it's a different story. His administration has raided and prosecuted medical marijuana suppliers in California, and its drug czar, John Walters, dismisses the "pro-drug politics that are being promoted in America under the guise of medicine." How misguided. Angel Raich of Oakland, one of two northern California women whose challenge to the federal drug law wound up before the high court, has an inoperable brain tumor and other medical problems. Her co-plaintiff, Diane Monson, suffers from severe back spasms. Their doctors recommended marijuana for their pain. Only after the Monson property was raided and federal agents seized six marijuana plants in 2002 did she join Ms. Raich in a civil suit claiming immunity from federal enforcement. Since 1996, California law has protected patients from state prosecution if they receive marijuana with the recommendation of their physician. A federal appeals court ruling had shielded the medical marijuana statute from the reach of federal drug enforcement until the Supreme Court sided with the overriding authority of the federal government. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said the ruling "shows the vast philosophical differences between the federal government and Californians on the rights of patients to have access to the medicine they need to survive and lead healthier lives." The White House would like to believe the Supreme Court ruling "marks the end of medical marijuana as a political issue." It does not. The states' that have made an exception to marijuana use for sick and dying patients believe they should be free to set their own laws. The lobbying efforts have begun on Capitol Hill to cut off funding for enforcement of federal drug laws against medical marijuana in states where it is legal. The day of arresting patients for using medical marijuana in compliance with state medical laws should be long gone. The "war on drugs" wasn't meant to be waged against the sick and dying. Others, like those involved in serious drug trafficking, pose much more of a threat to society."

Amen to that Brother! It ain't over till it's over... and it will never be over until these cruel and unjust laws are a thing of the deep dark past.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Haile Sellassie picture courtesy of Ras Adam.

Words of the King

"The stake of each one of us is identical- life or death. We all wish to live. We all seek a world in which men are freed of the burdens of ignorance, poverty, hunger and disease. We shall all be hard-pressed to escape the deadly rain of nuclear fall-out should catastrophe over take us.
The problems which confront us today are unprecedented. They have no counterparts in human experience. men search the pages of history for solutions, for precedents but there are none.
This, then, is the ultimate challenge. Where are we to look for our survival, for the awswers to the questions which have never been posed?
We must look, first to Almighty God, who has raised man above the animals and endowed him with intelligence and reason. We must put our faith in Him, that He will not desert us or permit us to destroy humanity, which he created in His own image.
We must look to ourselves, into the depth of our souls. We must become something we have never been, more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community."

Haile Sellassie- Excerpt from Address to the United Nations, October 6, 1963
From THE LION ROARS: Selected Speeches and Letters of Haile Sellassie.
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Friday, June 10, 2005

David Asher DJs Reggae.

Summer DJ Gigs

Well summer is finally kicking off into full swing and for me that means one of my favorite gigs, DJ-ing Reggae music. The spot I do it a few Thursday nights each summer is called The Kingfish Restaurant & Tiki Bar (aka The Lantern) - Bay City, Michigan 1019 N. Water St.
The gigs are held on a dock on the river, so its always a bit dicey with Michigan weather but when it is good it is very good.
I play pretty much whatever I want (including requests) which is anything from classic SKA to Roots Reggae and 21st Century Bionic Dub. I always squeeze in a few surprises like rare, unreleased mixes or pre-release Dub versions from THE PROCESS as well. I've been spending a bit of time transfering my Jamaican singles and Lps onto CD also and I've been spinning them too. My buddy Seth Payton from a SKA band called Stamp'd www.stampd.com usually shows up with some contemporay selections as well and it ends up being a rocking affair. Please visit THE PROCESS website www.theprocessonline.com to check the dates and if your a PROCESS or a Reggae fan or just looking for a great time in the area check it!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Fans of THE PROCESS at the Ann Arbor Hash Bash.

Burn Fire on the Supreme(ly) Ignorant Court

From the Media Awareness Project website: Author: Warren Richey, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
"Two California women have no right to use locally grown marijuana for medical purposes when federal drug statutes outlaw its use under any circumstances.
In an important decision announced Monday dealing with the balance of governmental powers, the US Supreme Court ruled that the federal government has the authority under the US Constitution to override a state law permitting the medical use of marijuana. The 6-to-3 decision is a defeat for California and nine other states with similar medical marijuana laws. It is also a major setback for those medical patients who have come to rely on marijuana as part of their treatment.
The commerce clause is not a blank check for federal lawmakers, the court has suggested. But the justices have not spelled out exactly where those limits lie.
Specifically at issue in the case was whether Angel Raich and Diane Monson would be permitted to rely on doctor-prescribed marijuana to deal with the pain of chronic illnesses. Ms. Raich was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Ms. Monson experiences what her doctors say is a degenerative spine disease.
Both women have tried a variety of medications but say the side effects have only increased suffering. Their physicians recommended they try marijuana. A 1996 California law permits such use. But federal law bans marijuana as an illegal drug. The law says there is "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States." Federal drug agents and the US attorney general sought to prosecute Raich and Monson as criminals. Lawyers for the two argued that the federal law impermissibly infringed on California's authority to govern the health and well-being of its residents. Their marijuana was grown locally with local materials and at no time crossed state lines triggering commerce-clause authority, they said.
The majority justices disagreed. In his majority opinion, Justice John Paul Stevens says the federal government has the power to enact a total ban on marijuana use, even when locally grown and used. "

Well I can't say I'm at all suprised by the Feds at all. It also does not surprise me when they take the homes, bank accounts and other assets of sick people that use medical marijuana. It does not surprise me when they put these sick people in prision and deny them the medicine they need to live, until they die. The progressive countries of the world look once more at America's slide toward backwardness and ignorance.
I've seen them stoop to propaganda, robbery, extortion and even murder to force people to accept the lies that they claim are the truth. I don't know when it will end and I am not sure what it will take. Marijuana prohibition reminds me most of all of good old slavery. It takes a whole class of decent human beings and makes them criminals to be exploited and eradicated. I think that only mass resistance from middle America and succesfull ballot initiatives will keep the pressure on the Feds. Perhaps America needs a modern day John Brown to shake it's foundations to the core but with music as the weapon of the future. Good people must strive forward with love in our hearts and if blood is to be spilled, let it be spilled by the Vampires. Eventually every night has its dawn and the Vampires will be caught out in the bright daylight. Then everyone will see who these evil bloodsuckers are and I tell you man, a change is gonna come....

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

David Asher with Joe Hunter of Motowns "Funk Brothers" and friends at the 2005 Detroit Music Awards.

Detroit Music Awards

I know it is a little after the fact but I wanted to talk a little about this years Detroit Music Awards and post a picture. As you may know THE PROCESS (after being nominated for several years in a row) finally brought one back. Your humble narrator was voted "Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Songwriter". This was a really great night for us as we got to see so many happy people who were pulling for us to win! That was the high point for me. I can't possibly mention all of them by name but I do want to send special thanks to our friends Tim James and Sue "Static" Summers. I would also be remiss without thanking our attorney friends in the city Howard Abrams and Howard Hertz. Most of all I want to thank my brothers, bandmates Guitarist (and co-songwriter) Garrick Owen, Bassist and Programmer Bill Heffelfinger and Drummer Gabe Gonzalez! I am very blessed to be surrounded by the other supremely talented members of THE PROCESS.
Another highlight for me was sitting next to legendary Motown keyboardist, Funk Brother Joe Hunter. I found Joe to be very good company and shared a lot of laughs with him throughout the night. Joe was telling me about a night he spent with Paul McCartney in Germany a couple months back and kept me amused all night with his stories.
I would also like to take this time to thank all our friends, fans and families who have supported us through the years. You mean more to us than you could ever know. We love you all!

Monday, June 06, 2005

David Asher

The Process News

Hail Up The Process Massive! Webmaster Steven Gotts and I have decided to attempt to bring you more up to the minute on what has been happening with THE PROCESS . With that in mind we have created this blog page. Here you will be able to read current news on the band and most likely the ideas and opinions of myself, lead vocalist David Asher. I am not sure how often I will be able to post yet as I am incredibly busy at this time but I will try to make it often. The first news on the agenda is the new Mp3 THE PROCESS has released, "Weapons of Mass Percussion". (Free download available at www.ampcast.com/theprocess) This pre-release of the title track from the new CD (due to be unleashed later this year) is a sonic assault that presents a chilling case for those who believe our government is involved in deception and mass mind washing. We have forwarded the track to several alternative media outlets in the hope that they are able to use it in the resistance we must all put up for the sake of positive change.
The future months will see more new releases before the new CD arrives. Included in these plans is a radical new single from the sessions, "Tree of Life" featuring rapper SHOESTRING of Flint's notorious THE DAYTON FAMILY.
So stay tuned for up-to-date word on the band and the projects we are involved in as well as the occasional rant from me! Peace!