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howiGit.com has Landed!

Hello world!

howiGit.com has landed, at long last — check it out at howiGit.com. This site (http://howiGit.wordpress.com) will soon be automatically directing visitors to the new site. If you have the old site saved or bookmarked on your computer, do me a favor and change the link to http://www.howiGit.com.

Thanks all, keep tuning in, and watch out for a Philly writer joining the team soon.

-G

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Happy Birthday howiGit’s Blog!

howiGit's blogThat’s right — on March 12, 2010, I wrote my first post introducing howiGit’s blog to the world. I wasn’t completely sure why I was blogging, and I certainly didn’t expect that this is what would become of it.

On that first day, howiGit’s blog had 11 readers — on a recent day past we had 2200+ readers. We’ve had articles reach #1 on Google searches, we’ve had 300+ posts, 3500+ comments, and subscriptions are growing every day. I started out solo and the site has grown to having 6 steadily contributing writers. We’ve certainly come a long way and I’d like to thank the following people for being a part of the action.

howiGit Writers

  • Jimmy Cunningham
  • Alan Raff
  • Matt Moore
  • Thalia Bardell
  • Buster Paris

Other Contributors

  • Mark McCormick
  • Patrick Klimm
  • John Levine

Fellow Bloggers

  • Rob Lunn
  • Chris Ross
  • The Sports Minion
  • The Sports Glutton
  • Chris Kelley
  • Big Dan

Publications

All of our regular readers and commenters, led by:

  • Teck
  • A.Rab Money
  • Kevin Youkilis
  • Some dirty kid I went to college with…
  • And the lovely, Kelley Shelpman

Big things are coming down the pike for howiGit’s blog in 2011 — you’ll be seeing a new redesigned version of the site launching this upcoming week. The redesigned site will help us grow even more, and we’ll also be adding a Philadelphia writer in the upcoming weeks as well.

Keep tuning in, and we’ll keep on bringing it. Between the Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox, and Patriots there’s got to be a championship on the horizon for 2011.

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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas to all of howiGit’s readers. I’d recommend basking in the glory of Christmas morning with a glass of eggnog and two fantastic NBA games. We know the stockings in Rex Ryan’s house were hung up long ago….

Ho-Ho-Ho-rrible joke.

But seriously, Merry Christmas.

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Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy — Review

Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West’s album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was released last week to rave reviews. Rolling Stone gave the album 5 stars — no other album has received a 5-star rating in the last two years. When I signed onto I-tunes the day before Thanksgiving to buy the album, the first six reviews that were listed were entitled: “AMAZING, Spectacular, The finest Hip-Hop album since Illmatic, Don’t think buy, Amazing, The greatest rap album of all time!” Phewwwww…….the CD couldn’t possibly live up to the hype. I purchased the CD, which is available with two different album covers, and spent some lonely hours driving to see my family for Thanksgiving. I was able to listen to the CD five or six times through, and here’s the scoop…..

This is a very, very good CD. Kanye throws Jay-Z, Beyoncé, John Legend, Kid Cudi, Rick Ross, and many others into the mix. The album has distinctly Kanye beats all the way through, they are varied, and they are interesting. Lyrically there are a few gems (something about God not being a racist and having Kanye on his Ipod playlist) but there’s a lot of nonsense as well “…put your hands to the constellations….I’m your sensation.” Is the album political? Yes. Controversial? Yes. But you’ve got to expect that from Kanye. There are some clubby aspects to the it, some soul aspects to it. I would have liked a little more “hood” feel to it — you’re not going to pump this driving down the block in Compton (on hydraulics, obviously).

Overall, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is not the epic achievement it’s being made out to be. This is not The Chronic, this is not Illmatic, it’s not even on the same block. Yes, it does sound particularly good when you listen to the whole thing in order, that part is true. In howiGit’s rankings, I gave 10 songs the “G” (Good) and 4 song “NG” (not good). That’s a lot of good songs for a single album, but the truth is this CD lacks hits — there aren’t really any home runs, just lots of base hits.

I think that the best song is “So Appalled,” despite the ridiculous (pun intended, listen to it) chorus. Jay-Z delivers the best verse. The other songs you will still be listening to years from now are “All the lights,” “Blame Game,” (Chris Rock….really?) and the current single “Runaway,” with its equally horrible chorus (although I admit I liked the VMA performance).

If you like Kanye West, or if you just really like rap music, you’ve got to get this CD. If you don’t fall into either of those categories, then you can pass this one by. I’m not ready to put a musical halo around Kanye and send him up into the clouds, but Kanye’s undeniable talent and unique style certainly do shine through on this album.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving howiGit readers! I’m very thankful that all of you consistently take the time out of your day to come to howiGit’s blog for endless, quality entertainment……and lots of Tom Brady/Eli Manning arguments. Eat up, it’s good for you, and enjoy the Tom Brady show.

-howiGit

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Glenn Beck: The Real Story

Glen Beck

By Alan Weeks, howiGit Contributing Music and Politics Writer, Boston, MA

Let me start off by openly stating my leftist allegiances, and the fact that I do in fact hate Glenn Beck. Now that you know that this article may be a bias account, keep reading.

If you don’t know who Glenn Beck is, you have probably been living under a rock for the past 2 years (maybe you actually don’t pay attention to absolute crazies, or watch Fox News). I sometimes watch it before going to lift weights, or skeet shoot as a way to pump myself up. Glenn Beck is a conservative  radio and television host, political commentator, author, and entrepreneur. He is the host of The Glenn Beck Program, a nationally syndicated talk-radio show that airs throughout the United States. He might also might be the most dangerous man in America. He has made a name for himself as a defender of the U.S. Constitution, and American values, and someone who cares about you! Along with Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox Entertainment, Rush Limbaugh, and Sarah Palin, he is the power and blind rage behind the Tea Party “movement.” He goes on the air everyday to talk to “his” America, which is simply the ignorant masses who actually believe Fox News to be an unbiased source for their daily updates in current events. He talks to them about “Real America,” and getting back to the values that George Washington coveted so much. He whines and cries on television about how the Progressives are going to destroy our country and his fear that Obama secretly holds a Little Red Book in his Oval Office desk drawer. Sometimes on his show, you are not even sure about what he is talking about, or what he is clawing into his infamous chalk board. I was watching one day, and he had single-handedly made Barack Obama a Nazi Collaborator by way of his chalk, simply by circling the world nationalize, and circling the word socialism. “Do you know what you get when you put those to together?” he says. “You get National Socialism.” This was the German name for the Nazi political system during Hitler’s reign. If you disagree with the health care legislation, or the financial reform overhaul, or maybe you just don’t like Democrats, that is fine, but I am going to let you in on a little secret, as a Jew myself. Making sure that 30 million Americans that do not currently have health insurance can now be covered, and that children with Type 1 Diabetes, or other pre-existing conditions cannot be discriminated against by insurance companies for coverage, is a little bit different from marching 6 million people to their deaths. You may have been wondering why all these “Tea Parties” are covered with signs that draw Hitler mustaches on pictures of our current President, and the answer is because Glenn Beck told them that he was the reincarnation of the Fuhrer. Here is a quote from Beck lifted from a Forbes magazine interview.

What I’m trying to do is get this message out about self-empowerment, entrepreneurial spirit and true Americanism–the way we were when we changed the world, when Edison was alone, failing his 2,000th time on the light bulb.”

That sounds pretty good to me, all of that stuff is normal, and something that every person that has the public’s ear should be interested in inspiring. But here is another quote from the same Glenn Beck.

“This president I think has exposed himself over and over again as a guy who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture….I’m not saying he doesn’t like white people, I’m saying he has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist.”

And another:

“Al Gore’s not going to be rounding up Jews and exterminating them. It is the same tactic, however. The goal is different. The goal is globalization…And you must silence all dissenting voices. That’s what Hitler did. That’s what Al Gore, the U.N., and everybody on the global warming bandwagon [are doing].”

And another:

“I’m thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I’m wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. … No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out. Is this wrong?”

And another:

“The only [Katrina victims] we’re seeing on television are the scumbags.” (2005)

And another:

“So here you have Barack Obama going in and spending the money on embryonic stem cell research. … Eugenics. In case you don’t know what Eugenics led us to: the Final Solution. A master race! A perfect person. … The stuff that we are facing is absolutely frightening.”

And his latest comment on liberal billionaire George Soros (Soros was a Jewish European who lived through the holocaust and watched many of his friends die at the hands of the Nazi Party):

“…here’s a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps…

These certainly sound like the words of a person who hopes to inspire entrepreneurial spirit and true Americanism. In Beck’s America we would all be wearing white hoods, and goosestepping our way to church, which coincidentally would be in our public schools, where they would teach you how to not be homosexual, and make sure that you never pay your taxes.

Believe it or not this article is not supposed to be a slamming of Beck and his crazy right-wing antics. This article is meant to show you that Beck actually doesn’t even care about either side of the aisle. The self-described “Rodeo Clown” is the owner of  Glenn Beck Inc., formally known as Mercury Radio Arts (after Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre on the Air), a company that pulled in $32 million in the last fiscal year. Glenn Beck is not a gun loving, god fearing, mormon that he would like us all to think he is — he is a joke. For all of Beck’s “history lessons” he never even went to college. Yes he did enroll in a class at Yale, in theology, but he dropped out. He says that he struggled with drug addiction throughout his life, and attended NA meetings in order to overcome this addiction. Guess what he was addicted to? Marijuana. Yes, that is correct, he was addicted to a non-addictive substance, and sought treatment for it. Come on man, nobody goes to NA for weed. He also carried his cross into a marriage that had him convert to the teachings of the Book of Mormon (check out Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s new Broadway show of the same name). Throughout all of this he worked as a radio commentator and personality. No political, historical, or legal training at all, which would surprise a viewer of his television show, which boasts “history lessons” and lectures on America’s grand past (one where no blacks were allowed).

“I could give a flying crap about the political process. We’re an entertainment company.” This quote entirely sums up why Glenn Beck is a dangerous fraud.  Now luckily Mr. Beck, his millions of supporters, who hang on his every ridiculous adverb, do not read Forbes magazine. His supporters are probably too busy trying to buy hover-rounds with Medicare and Medicaid money while screaming at the top of their lungs for their government to stay out of their lives and destroy social healthcare.

So why should you care? The answer is that you should care because this man has turned the word Progressive, a word that by its Webster definition means “making use of or interested in new ideas, findings, or opportunities,” into a negative term. This definition sounds eerily similar to those things he claimed to hope to inspire in Americans, doesn’t it? This man also has a quarter of the country listening to him like he is the second coming of Christ. And this same man, has openly admitted that he actually does not care about the American political system. My fear is that all of his fear mongering, and calling the President Adolf Hitler will inspire some slightly bored, and severely confused listener to take matters into his own hands and attempt to assassinate our Commander-in-Chief. For someone who does not care about politics to be stirring the pot of people’s political beliefs is very dangerous. People, for some reason, inherently become fervent zealots when it comes to politics. It doesn’t matter if they can’t recite the Bill of Rights, they know they have them, and they sometimes follow these leaders and personality’s words blindly, which can lead to serious trouble. This man needs to be unmasked for what he is, an Orson Welles wannabe, an attention seeking, fear mongering, bleached hair hack. And I hope that you will spread the word.  I wish “Tea Party” supporters could actually read, because if they could, I believe they would find those two sentences from Forbes very unsettling. And if Christ did come back, he would punch Glenn Beck in the face, and JC was a pacifist.

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Loyal howiGit Readers…I Need Your Help

Today is Veteran’s Day and I’m off from work, so your going to have to wait til tomorrow for another scintillating howiGit post. That being said, something for you all to ponder…….

People are reading howiGit now — it’s time to get a real domain name (drop the wordpress part). I am also thinking about changing the name of the blog — what are your thoughts? I’m looking at something more recognizable, for branding purposes, but also because it just makes the site a lot easier to find on the internet. Something Boston related may be valuable, but it’s not necessary. Or I could always just continue to roll with howiGit. Let me know what you think, and comment with some suggestions. (I’m aware I’m about to receive about 100000 sarcastic comments — yes you are all worthless). If I go with your suggestion, you will get a major reward.

Thanks all.

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