Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Phrases like “we was”, “ain’t just cause”, “we got to play”, and “they just like us” are peppering the newspapers and magazines.
1. The athlete’s Momma and (maybe Daddy) probably didn’t speak proper english.
It all starts in the community……….
2. The neighborhood that the athlete lived in was full of people that didn’t speak proper english.
It’s all about the books………..
3. The athlete was talented from an early age so people overlooked his academics.
It’s about having people concerned about your well being………….
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I am “a capitalist” so I always want to make a profit. My workers have longer hours and take fewer vacations. The workers create and build products for my company but they have no ownership in the product. And sometimes I ask them to keep working (off the books of course).
If I see someone making the same product, it makes me angry. Remember I am “a capitalist” so I want to make all the money. I wipe out the competition by buying them out. Now I have a monopoly on the product that I make. It doesn’t matter if it is a small family business because I am “a capitalist”. The bigger I get the better because now I am a CONGLOMERATE.
I now own major print media, radio and television stations. I can control my image through different mediums. I can also manipulate your thinking by what I say on TV. and print. I’m also trying to get my hands into the military but that’s another story.
I am now part of the wealthy elite and I can give my family generational wealth. Before I step down as CEO, I name my oldest child heir to the company.
Years after my death, my oldest child is running the company and doing a piss poor job. We are still building the same products that I built when I was CEO. We didn’t change with the times by making diverse products. My child also dabbles in the mortgage industry (keep in mind nothing we make has anything to do with mortgages) because my child is “a capitalist” and it seems like a sure winner.
--------------------Then things get really bad-------------------------
The mortgage industry collapses!!!!
Another company in a foreign country builds our same product but better!!!
Now my inept oldest child is shutting down plants and laying off workers. My child has to go with their hat in their hands to the government asking for money.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The Rocky Mountain News, gone. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, gone.
The chain that owns the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune is in bankruptcy. Other papers, large and small, are teetering on the brink.
On Monday, the Ann Arbor (Michigan) News announced that it will publish its last edition in July. Taking its place will be a Web site called AnnArbor.com.
Three other Michigan newspapers announced Monday they are reducing their publications to three days a week. The Flint Journal, The Saginaw News and The Bay City Times will publish print editions on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, according to the mlive.com Web site, as research shows those are the highest readership days for newspapers.
And the Charlotte Observer announced Monday it will cut its staff by 14.6 percent and reduce the pay of most of the employees it keeps. The situation now looks grim for The Tucson Citizen. In the past 25 years, circulation at Arizona's oldest newspaper has dwindled from 65,000 to 17,000. The Gannett Co. paper could fold if a buyer can't be found.
At least 120 newspapers in the U.S. have shut down since January 2008, according to Paper Cuts, a Web site tracking the newspaper industry. More than 21,000 jobs at 67 newspapers have vaporized in that time, according to the site.
More bad news could be coming this week as newspapers struggle to meet challenges posed by changing reader habits, a shifting advertising market, an anemic economy, and the newspaper industry's own early strategic errors. Amid the decline comes concern over who, if anyone, can assume newspapers' traditional role as a watchdog. For more than 200 years, that role has been an integral part of American democracy.
"I know it sounds somewhat cliché, but when you have competition with [the Arizona] Star, it makes both entities better," said Jennifer Boice, an editor who has devoted more than 25 years of her life to the Tucson Citizen.
Competition naturally breeds better journalism is the credo of many newspaper veterans. And better journalism means an engaged and informed public. "The winner is the community," Boice said. "They get better information quicker and more of it." Despite arguments like Boice's, newspapers are losing their relevance in the lives of a majority of Americans, particularly younger readers.
Many industry analysts agree many more papers will soon become extinct. Most two-newspaper towns will likely disappear, perhaps by the end of 2009, some experts say.
Among the next newspapers to go, experts say, are major metropolitan dailies relying on an expensive business model that requires costly newsprint consumption and gas-guzzling deliveries.
The quirky San Francisco Chronicle is reported to be circling the drain. If it were to close, San Francisco would be the first big U.S. city without a major daily paper. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Boston Globe are bleeding about $1 million a week, according to a media report issued by the Pew Center for Excellence in Journalism. Experts say more big-city papers are expected to follow the example of Gannett's Detroit Free Press, which started cutting back on print edition delivery in December.
The challenges facing newspapers long predate the worst economic slump since the Great Depression. Daily subscriptions per household began a steady decline in the 1920s, yet the newspaper industry adapted and thrived despite competition from radio and television.
But easily accessible, high-speed Internet connections and smart phones have dramatically shifted the way people get their news. Ironically, news is still in strong demand. It's abundant, accessible and usually free on the Web.
The outlook is so grim that the American Society of Newspaper Editors, a membership organization for daily newspaper editors, canceled its annual convention in April after deciding that "the challenges editors face at their newspapers demand their full attention."
To understand the financial crises plaguing the industry, one need look no further than the Tucson Citizen's parent company, Gannett, which reduced its work force by 10 percent only to see advertising and profits continue to plummet.
Things are no better at competitor McClatchy Co. The company eliminated 1,600 jobs companywide last week. McClatchy stock is trading for less than $1 a share compared with $70 a share five years ago. The industry's advertising revenue in 2008 was $38 billion, a staggering 23 percent drop from $49.5 billion the year before. Print media companies are failing to achieve market expectations each quarter, scaring away investors, venture capitalists and potential buyers in droves.
Still, a few deals have been struck. This week, a private equity firm in California purchased the San Diego Union-Tribune -- where advertising revenue has fallen 40 percent since 2006 -- for an undisclosed price.
"We think that the revenues from newspaper companies have been insufficient to cover their cost," explained Mike Simonton, an analyst at Fitch Ratings, who issued a negative outlook on the industry. "At that point they will need to tap into external financing to continue operations, and we believe external financing will be prohibitively expensive or not even available at all."
Job cuts are keeping many newspapers on life support.
Paul Gillin, a social media consultant, said such losses are to be expected for an industry that has failed to adapt to the influx of online publishing tools and social networking sites.
"Information has become democratized today," said Gillin, who has predicted print newspapers will disappear by 2015. "You get a lot of advice from your friends, blogs and multiple media sources. Who reads just one newspaper?"
Some of the biggest threats to newspaper profits have come from Web sites like Craigslist and Monster.com, online advertising venues that are chipping away at newspapers' classified ad sections.
Newspaper classified ad expenditures tumbled nearly 17 percent in 2007, according to the Newspaper Association of America. The recession is affecting auto dealerships, real estate companies and other local businesses, accelerating the advertising downturn.
Many newspaper experts expect national publications such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post and The New York Times to survive. They say the largest papers could even benefit from industry woes and grab market share because of their wide penetration.
In the meantime, these papers are facing a harsh economy. At The Washington Post, owned by Washington Post Co., earnings plunged 77 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008. The newspaper was saved by the parent company's Kaplan educational division, which raked in more than half the company's revenue that year.
The future offers the industry little comfort, with studies showing newspapers have lost a generation of young readers. A Pew Research Center report this month found only one-third of Americans polled say they would "miss" the newspaper a lot if it were no longer around.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
But in Japan, the elderly are in high demand. Getting too old for your American job? They want to give you a plaque and a pension. But you know that you still have some juice left in you. Japan is where you want to go. The question you have to ask yourself is do you have a problem with people watching you butt naked?
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
A new investigative reporting web site was launched by Regina Holmes in Baltimore a few weeks ago. Mrs. Holmes was a recent assistant managing editor at the Baltimore Examiner before it went belly up. With the down fall of major newspapers many journalists are doing their own thing. Is it just possible that Holmes is ahead of the game? Is this the “new” journalism?
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Outside one of New York’s hottest night clubs, at 4a.m., a young man is found murdered –no robbery, no clues – only yellow socks and bling to tell the victims tale...
You had a wanna be rap group trying to break into the business, one of New York’s most decorated cops, a record mogul, a vengeful bouncer from Eastern Europe, a club called Kiki and one of New York’s wealthiest families. Mr. Blatte is from New York and you can tell by the story. His writing makes the city pop and come alive. You can feel the streets that they walked and almost taste the food they ate. I usually end up watching movies that first started as books. The only book I read before it became a movie was “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”. While reading “Humpty Dumpty”, I kept wondering what this would be like as a movie. Or maybe a television show at least.
The rap group called Proof Positive had an interesting story arc. Kids from the hood that wanted to live the lifestyles of the rich and famous. But as the saying goes, “You can take the cat out of the jungle, but you can’t take the jungle out of the cat”. They reminded me of every cliché rap group that ever had a demo tape. You've seen them in the barbershop or on public access television. Did you know they let anyone on public access television these days? Anyway, the way their story was told gave the raw emotion behind the want for success.
My favorite character was Detective Salvatore Messina aka “Black Sallie Blue Eyes”. He was serious about his job but he did have a level of compassion for people. Sometimes fictional cops are written with such a depressed state of mind. They are pessimistic because they have seen things that many of us can’t fathom. Detective Salvatore Messina was cool under pressure. His cat and mouse game with suspects was funny to read. This was one of the times I wish I could watch this on screen.
Overall it was a good read. I think that it’s a captivating story that will keep a reader engaged. I also think it would be a good read for folks that like Hip Hop. I wouldn’t mind reading another book by Mr. Blatte involving Detective Messina and his crew. Maybe he can make a series out of it. Then he can give me a cut for coming up with the idea. We are in a recession; you can’t blame a brother for trying to hustle.
San Antonio Express-News former business writer ~ Aissatou Sidime.
I always laugh at the disdain that many of my fellow bloggers have for the Mainstream Media. The Black Bloggers especially seem to have a lack of respect for them. That’s why a lot of people started blogging. They…..We…. essential thought we could do a better job. Some bloggers will be modest and tell you that’s not the reason but it is. I look at some of the bloggers on my blog list and they are talking about issues that I don’t hear about from the MSM. They are also giving insightful commentary about some of today’s issues. Even the gossip and celebrity blogs are beating out the MSM entertainment shows regarding information. Now I’m not suggesting that I want to hear about baby mama’s and breast implants but everyone has different tastes.
After years of providing our window to the world, the MSM is running on fumes. The MSM’s marriage with corporations has finally caught up to them. The lack of oversight has finally caught up to them. The inability to be able to adjust to a changing demographic has finally caught up to them. Don’t get me wrong because I enjoy reading the newspaper and magazines. But my problem is not the format (that is another conversation) of the news that I receive. My issue is how I receive it and what condition is it in when I get it. If a news organization doesn’t ask the tough questions, what good is it to me? If a news organization doesn’t hold peoples feet to the fire, what good is it to me? If a news organization only gives you the news that they want to give you, what good is it to me? The news has been massaged and dumbed down before we receive it. It reminds me of when a mother bird chews a baby birds’ food before they eat it. The journalists that are providing the news are compromised. They either are in the pockets of corporations or they are afraid of the government. Their job is to ask the tough questions so we can get honest answers. It started during Bush II administration and it hasn’t stopped since. Now that they don’t have the threat of being water boarded by Dick Cheney you would think things would be different. Instead it has gotten worse.
It seems as though the most credible journalist these days is a comedian. Jon Stewart, host of “The Daily Show”, is the only person asking the tough questions. His Spanish Inquisition of Jim Cramer, host of “Mad Money”, was brilliant. Finally, someone asking the questions that I wish I could ask. It wasn’t about him throwing around jokes. He actually gave a real deal interview. He even showed old footage of Cramer talking about how to “Game the System”. If he previously talked about “gaming” the system, what other tricks does he know? Matter of fact, what tricks does he know that other financiers might know (i.e. Madoff)? This is the same guy that is giving you (the regular joe) financial advice. All this is being done while he is on CNBC (a financial news show). Putting money in my mattress never looked so good.
Black journalists all over America were trying to figure out how D.L. Hughley got a weekend gig with CNN. It’s not hard to figure out that they were trying to compete with The Daily Show. Well we see how that turned out!!! Is that how they think we want to watch the news now? Why can’t the American people watch a show without some gimmick. The Daily Show does what it does and it’s successful. Don’t duplicate it!! I have nothing against D.L. but I have been waiting for more opportunities for minority journalists. We need people that can give insight to stories that the MSM won’t understand. We need people that can provide POSITIVE stories that the MSM won’t provide. Roland Martin had to wait for Campbell Brown to get knocked up before he could get a shot. TJ Holmes, Don Lemon, Fredricka Whitfield, all anchor on the weekends……..you see a theme here.
Only time will tell if the MSM finally gets it right. Maybe they won’t and a new form of media will come into existence. I just hope they know the clock is ticking.
Friday, March 13, 2009
But if you want a movie to make you think and bombard you with graphic-novel violence that will jar even the most desensitized moviegoer, pony up the dough and hold on tight.
There is a moral ambiguity in this film that is rare in big-budget Hollywood movies that I found refreshing. The premise that superheroes are real (albeit flawed, damaged and sometimes even psychotic) people is fantastic. The role of masked vigilante attracts people from every imaginable stripe. This makes for very intriguing and sometimes frustrating characters that are compelling to watch.
There was a perceived undercurrent of anti-intellectualism that I found a bit ironic (perhaps it was intentional, but even after a week, I am not quite sure) considering all the philosophical questions posed in the film. Perhaps it was just a character quality of Rorschach and not editorial commentary, but since Rorschach served as narrator, I don't know.
And my own desire for justice was not satisfied by the ending of the story. But after a few days to digest and process this, I think it was appropriate. We don’t live in a perfect world. Sometimes the bastards get away clean. Like Wall Street bankers. And sometimes the greater good is more important in the long run. We all could stand to be reminded of that from time to time.
The visual style of the film was great. Dark, gritty. And only once did I wince at the special effects. Three words: crater smiley face.
The Watchmen is not perfect—far from it. There is a lot to cover in the story and even at 2:43 the film seems a bit rushed. The sex scene was gratuitous and unnecessary, and was obviously meant to cater to the cave-dwelling, pimple-faced, Halo-playing, I’ve-never-touched-a-human-girl teen boy demographic. Not that I minded.
I emerged from the theatre exhausted from the sheer intensity of the movie, but very satisfied and happy that I went to see it. I hope viewers will open their minds and do the mental heavy lifting required to really appreciate this film. I have my doubts if they will.
The story involves a suspected plot to take out superheroes. Which was really weird because only one of the heroes had super powers. Doctor Manhattan, a glowing blue ex scientist that walked around the movie naked most of the time. I really wasn’t too cool with that. I generally don’t like to see other men naked so even though his junk was blue it was still in my face. The rest of the heroes include:
The Comedian, a sadistic cold blooded killer. This guy shot John F. Kennedy for crying out loud!!!
Nite Owl, a nerdy guy that I believe was a little slow in the bed room.
Silk Spectre II, she was hot but they could have kept the romance (it was really just casual sex – you know the kind in college) out of it. When people are busy making out somewhere a crime is being committed. Come on people get on your job.
Rorschach, an only kill bad guy’s cold blooded killer. He punishes people according to his own brand of justice. In the movie they called him a Vigilante. In Texas he would have been called a Texas citizen.
Ozymandias, the world’s smartest man. I thought he was a rich jerk though. If you haven’t noticed from my posts lately I kinda have a thing against rich people (bankers, congressmen, ceo’s). Don’t worry Warren Buffett I still like you.
I don’t want to give the movie away just in case you haven’t seen it yet. So I will only give the following highlights:
Pay attention to the opening credits with Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changing”. I thought that was excellent in giving us some background about the movie.
Actor Jackie Earle Haley is excellent as Rorschach. If they are giving comic book characters Oscars now he needs to be on the list.
It is a very long movie. I went in around 9:58am and came out in the afternoon. Yes, that’s what I said.
Richard Nixon is President of the United States and it is 1985. It sounds like a bad acid trip but you will get accustomed to it. The thought actually scared me but once I realized it was a movie then I calmed down.
This is probably one of the deepest comic book made for movie films I have seen in awhile. It has so many themes that you have to pay close attention. Alternative Energy, Presidential Powers, War with a Foreign Country, and Corporate Egomaniacs attempting to change the world are themes that are relevant now. I plan on getting the movie once it comes out on video. For some people they will probably get it at the barbershop on bootleg. I personally don’t suggest doing that due to the illegal aspects of it. But former President George Bush did tell us to buy buy buy in times of crisis. So not only would you be supporting a small business owner but a minority business owner as well.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I guess Chris Brown has decided the best way to get over an assault charge is to sing. I decided to stay out of this because I didn’t want to jump on the “Hate” Chris Brown bandwagon. I felt that the guy needed help and I was hoping he would get it. Unfortunately he didn’t man up and go get the help he needed. His enablers brushed it off like it was nothing. Even though it is “Alleged” we pretty much know what happened. I won’t go into detail about how Rihanna let little girls down (even though she did). And I won’t go into detail about how people have made Rihanna the scapegoat for getting her tail kicked (even though they did). This whole situation is a mess. I do know that singing isn’t going to solve this problem.
Monday, March 09, 2009
Saturday, March 07, 2009
The jerk above, Sir Allen Stanford, has been accused of running a $8 billion Ponzi scheme. His company the Stanford Financial Group is also being investigated for fraud. He must not be as smart as Bernard "I Got Paid Suckers" Madoff because Madoff ran a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.
A “tidbit” of info on Sir Stanford:
Stanford holds dual citizenship in Antigua & Barbuda and the United States. Stanford was also the first American to be knighted by the commonwealth territory of Antigua (or so he says!!).
This is when it gets better so keep reading.
In 2008, The Stanford Financial Group was building a business campus in The VIRGIN ISLANDS. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System) certified campus is 105,000 square feet on 37 acres of land. Also to be included at the complex is a 45,000-square-foot aviation hangar.
Also in 2008, he made $3,300 in political contributions to Democratic Representative Charles B. Rangel, who is in charge of The House Ways and Means Committee. The same House Ways and Means Committee that presides over legislation that works on tax policies for the Virgin Islands (wink-wink).
For full disclosure Charlie Rangel is my Fraternity Brother (holding my head in shame while typing).
Sir Allen Stanford is what is wrong with America at this exact moment. He represents the greed that got us into our current financial crisis. After hiding out in Virginia, he was served with papers from the Government for fraud. But just like America’s favorite crook Madoff, he has not been arrested or put in jail. Classism is slowly killing America folks!! The proof is played out every day on television. The people that were supposed to be smart were the same ones ripping us off. People placed their trust and finances in these people. And in return they were screwed.
Friday, March 06, 2009
The part that puzzles me is why they wouldn’t give her money back. When did food swaps become an option? If they don’t have a Cheeseburger, now you can get a McRib? The no refund/eat what we have and like it/is new to me. I’m use to the shake machine being down though. That shake machine must be really old. How can a shake machine always be down? Is it really even called a shake machine? I guess I call it that because it’s easier than saying Model 614SAS.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Anyway, the show was so so. The skit “Licking for ten” was awkward. It wasn’t bad but it was awkward. I’ve seen women do a lot of things for free but I’ve never seen a woman lick a copier for 10 bucks. I’m just glad that when the guy licked the lawn mower it wasn’t on. I loved the skit “Slow jamming the news”. I could only imagine Tom Brokaw delivering the news with sexy music in the background. I bet his female viewership would have been through the roof.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
The Don pimp slaps Michael “beyotch” Steele and tells him to shut up and raise money. Isn’t that what a pimp says to a ho?
2. They both liked white women.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Sunday, March 01, 2009
While you were watching the corporate sponsored State of the Black Union this weekend, I was enjoying the CIAA Basketball Tournament. My alma mater Johnson C. Smith University swept both Men’s and Women’s CIAA Championship Titles.