Monday, December 05, 2011

Deuces Herman Cain, I hardly knew you.

Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity.  

~ Charles G. Dawes


Becoming famous in America has become as easy as ordering a number one at McDonalds.  Any Tom, Dick or Harry can be a star if they believe in themselves and can get in front of a camera.  But there are serious pitfalls to having too much pride in your abilities.  Sometimes you believe that you are great when you really aren’t. 

Hence the story of Herman Cain, a former pizza executive that wanted to be Head of the American Empire.  But as he ends his campaign, we are still trying to figure out who he is?  He tried to shake off all previous allegations but couldn’t shake a 4am phone text.  What married man sends a text to another woman at 4am in the morning and periodically gives her money?  Did I forget to mention that Cain’s wife didn’t know anything about this woman?  Cain sold himself as a Christian with moral values.  And now a woman is claiming that he was serving her more than pizzas?  Cain needs to call Eliot Spitzer for some advice ASAP!!!!!  Don’t forget the allegations from the many women that claimed he sexually harassed them.  For a minute it started to look like a Tiger Woods Mistress coming out party. 

When I first heard a former CEO of a pizza company wanted to be head honcho, my mind started swimming.  I thought it would have to be someone from a successful well known company.  Pizza Hut?  They are tops in everything plus those personal pan pizzas are the bomb!!!  Domino’s?  I know they had some issues but they are making a comeback and their crust tastes a lot better.  Papa John’s?  So that dude in their commercials wants to be president?  Little Caesars?  I think their Hot and Ready Pizzas is an interesting concept.  But it has cheapened the product a little.  CiCi’s Pizza?  YES!!!…I love that place.  I know their pizza isn’t quality pizza but their buffet is one of the cheapest deals around (i.e.  recession prices!!)  Hungry Howie’s Pizza?  I know I know, their pizza probably isn’t the healthiest but those flavored crusts are amazing.  Well that’s all the pizza places that…..wait a minute...did you say Chuck E. Cheese’s?  No? Oh what’s that?  Godfather’s Pizza?  Really?  Where are they located?  Omaha, Nebraska….are you serious??  Unless you are in the Midwest or the smallest most backwoods town you could get lost in.  There is a good possibility that you have not enjoyed eating at a Godfather’s Pizza.  But none of this stopped Cain, who felt that he had something to offer America. 

But if he had something, only his hardcore fans and the lady he was sending 4am texts to knew what it was.  I don’t know if people actually believed in him or they were just that pissed off at Mitt Romney.  What can you say about a presidential candidate that knew absolutely nothing about foreign policy?  He couldn’t point to countries on the map or pronounce them.  He made light of his foreign policy credentials and told us that the voters are looking for someone to fix the economy.  But wouldn’t it be smart for him to know something about China, because we do still owe them money.  And because we still get oil from the Middle East, shouldn’t he know something about them too.  Not to mention Korea and India who will become major players on the world stage in the next few years.  I guess we’ll never know if Chuck Norris was on the short list for Secretary of Defense.  So foreign policy wasn’t his specialty.  He still had his business acumen working for him.  Who could forget about his financial plan that sounded like an ad for a pizza commercial?  And based on the plan’s figures, it seems that a pizza coupon would be better for you financially than his actual plan.  His Chilean 999 plan sounds like something you get at the Mustang Ranch in Nevada.  Since he was such a successful businessman, he couldn’t come up with anything better.  I’m curious why journalists never asked why Godfather’s Pizza wasn’t as well known as the other pizza chains.  Wouldn’t it have been impressive if he took Godfather’s to the highest level possible?  What if they were as competitive as the other chains..i.e.  stores on every corner, online ordering, adding chicken and pasta to their menus and putting more cheese in their cheesy bread (because you can really never have enough cheese stuffed in a pocket of bread).  But in the end, all we know about his time at Godfather’s is what the women that he allegedly sexually harassed said about him. 

Although Cain had no more business in the White House than a 14th and K Street Prostitute, I hated to see him go out like this.  Just because I didn’t think he stood a chance didn’t mean I hated the guy.  I just thought he wasn’t qualified and lacked the intellectual curiosity that I think he needs for the job.  He reminded me of the drunken uncle that always had these crazy life stories.  Even the dumbest stories seemed to be the funniest.  My major problem with him was that he pandered to conservative whites entirely too much.  So much so that he seemed to dismiss black folks as some lost group of people that needed direction.  Did he not think that black folks (that aren’t tethered to the Republican Party) weren’t going to vote for him?   All blacks aren’t liberals.  You have a lot of them that are Independents like me.  I can judge a candidate on their views and make an intelligent decision.  And it doesn’t matter the gender or race of the candidate. But what I won’t do is vote against my own self interests.  And I won’t vote for someone that clearly wasn't up to the challenge. 

Monday, November 07, 2011

ELIZABETH AND HAZEL Two Women of Little Rock.

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David Margolick has written a moving yet somber piece of work.  His book perfectly captures the mood of racial progress in America.  For all the answers you thought you knew, there are just more questions.  Are white folks really interested in racial reconciliation or are they unable to admit their culpability. Or maybe black folks have too much anger and resentment to move on from the past.  Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan Massery were part of history for all the wrong and right reasons.  Their story starts in 1957 during America’s tumultuous Civil Rights Era. Two women from different sides of the tracks met on a day that changed their lives forever.  Eckford one of the Little Rock Nine, only wanted to get an education.  And Massery only wanted to be seen. At the end of the book I had my own questions. Was Eckford doing something noble or was she being used as a pawn?  And was Massery better suited to be a scapegoat than an agent of change?  Don’t get me wrong because there is reflection and redemption in these pages.  But while we have made many significant strides, we still have a long way to go.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Throwing Stones at other people’s God$.

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

~ George Bernard Shaw

When I first heard Chuck D, front man for Public Enemy, say “Is your lord a god. Or is your god a dog?” I almost fell out of my seat.  Wow!!!  What prophetic words!!! Chuck D was asking you a very serious question with that chorus to his song.  Is the God that you serve a false God? 

Well move over Tea Party, there is a new movement in town.  The Occupy Wall Street Movement has taken the country by storm. Ground Zero for the movement started at the financial district of New York but it has spread to different cities.  The group that is involved in this movement calls themselves the 99%.  No, not the 99, and not this 99% but this 99%.  Who knew that 99% was a popular number?

Side Note:  I hate math so if it was my movement it would not be a fraction.

Because this movement is taking aim at America’s Financial Institution it has taken on great criticism.  There are people pissed off that these dirty hippies have invaded Wall Street.  And that they are unorganized and do not have some ready-made list of demands.  This movement is getting shade because the 99% are going after other peoples’ Gods.  Capitalism in this country is worshiped like Christianity.  And you know how “us” Christian’s get when people talk about sweet baby Jesus.   The 99% are hitting people where they hurt and they don’t like it.  Anytime you bad mouth capitalism you set yourself up for harsh criticism.  But don’t just take my word for it.  Next time you see someone bashing the Occupy Wall Street Movement take a look at their background.  What ties do they have to Wall Street?
One of the good things about being an independent thinker is that you can make your own decisions.  I’m not bound by Democrat or Republican Thinking.  Whether you want to call it rich folks bashing or wealthy white men hating, it’s obvious that people are mad.  And that they are mad enough to do something about it. 
The middle class is shrinking in America and it’s not a big secret. People know something is wrong when their 79 year old grandmother still has to work to eat.  They also know something is wrong when they haven’t had a raise in 5 years.  They have watched their jobs go to foreign countries and their medical insurance increase.  To try to play the public as if they are stupid is the wrong move.  I remember when the Tea Party was belittled and called a fringe group.  Now they influence public policy – go figure.  I don’t know where this movement is going but I’m not dumb enough to sleep on it. 

Monday, October 03, 2011

Don’t diss the White Folks. You are going to need them next year!!!

Show me a Hero and I’ll write you a Tragedy.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Once again, Obama Loyalist and Foot Soldier, PhD. Melissa Harris-Perry has provided her two cents about President Obama’s critics.  Apparently white folks that are disappointed in Obama since electing him in 2008 are now racist.  Go figure???  Who knew that you could turn white folks into bigots within a 3 year timeframe?  I hope Patrick J. Buchanan doesn’t get a hold of that serum or gas or whatever it is that’s turning them.  Harris-Perry attempted to compare the records of the original 1st Black President William Jefferson Clinton and the New 1st Black President Barack H. Obama. She felt that Obama’s record has been more progressive and that he has actually gotten more things done.  What she fails to understand is that the people who had homes in the 90’s are facing foreclosure NOW!  They aren’t looking for a trip down memory lane. They are looking to keep their home.  As Janet Jackson once said "What Have You Done for Me Lately?" 
When Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain tells you he’s blacker than Obama, you know things have gone completely wrong.  Black folks have “Gone off the Reservation” and are increasingly showing their dissatisfaction with Obama.  I know Obama told us to “put on your marching shoes.” But I still haven’t figured out where we are marching to?  Even Congresswoman Maxine Waters has issues with Obama telling blacks to take off their house slippers.  She even claimed that she doesn’t own a pair of house shoes.  Really?  No house slippers or house shoes in a black household?  Someone needs to fact check that!!!!  Obama met with the Latinos last week and told them a completely different story.  He said that “this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true." I didn’t hear him telling them to suit up and get ready to march.  He sounded like he was pleading with them to give him a break.  Meanwhile black folks have got to quit complaining and suck it up???  Gay folks can now serve freely in our armed services and they are still upset with Obama.  Are Latino’s and Gay’s racist too???  I think it’s safe to say we can cut white folks some slack….well at least for today. 
If Harris-Perry hasn’t figured it out yet, a lot of folks have fallen out with Obama.  A large part of it has to do with not standing on principles and giving in to the opposition.  But maybe I read that from a fortune cookie somewhere. Obama Loyalists can chastise blacks, liberal whites, gays, latinos, and the youth all they want.  The even can attempt to make them pariahs and turn their own people against them (YES…..I’m talking about you Tom Joyner). But that still doesn’t change the issues that led to the fallout. 
Am I to believe that the issue of unemployment is a faux issue that can be dismissed with “well it was higher when Clinton was in office too?”  Obama came in with higher expectations that he himself promoted and ran on.  He talked a big game when he was running for office and now all you hear are excuses.  The fact that he was a community activist was supposed to mean something.  We finally had a president who understands the plight of the working class and poor.   So why is it inappropriate to now display dissatisfaction with Lawrence Summers (formerly against regulation of the financial industry) having a former prominent role in the White House?  You can’t throw stones at the banking industry without at least grazing Obama. So now that white folks are off the hook, who takes the blame? Should his supporters be blamed for their high expectations?  Or should Obama be blamed because he lowered his expectations?  Meanwhile, I wonder what the real racists are doing while all this back and forth is going on?  

Monday, September 19, 2011

If you don’t like Tea, get another drink!!!!

I adore political parties. They are the only place left to us where people don't talk politics.
~Oscar Wilde

If you thought the tea party was going to be a passing fad, after last week you now know the truth. The Tea Party is here to stay!!! With the announcer starting off with the following statement: Tonight, eight Republicans, one goal: to win the White House and kick Barack Obama out. CNN’s Sept 12 Tea Party Republican Debate kicked off in grand fashion. CNN looked like they were getting ready to show a football game instead of a political debate. Being last in the ratings makes you do some crazy stuff sometimes.
The Tea Party finally had all of the Republican presidential candidates together in one room. They even had “Old Man” Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain, the former CEO of Godfathers Pizza. Back in the late 80’s Gingrich was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. That also was the last time that I would see a Godfathers Pizza Commercial. Wow, what a coincidence?!
I know that a lot of folks are still upset over audience members cheering when Representative Ron Paul was asked if society should let a man die if he decides not to purchase healthcare and suddenly needs intensive care. Some yahoos in the audience did shout “Yeah!!” when CNN Moderator Wolf Blitzer asked Paul that question. I think it is safe to say that was a chilling moment in America. Now do all Tea Party Members feel that way??? I can’t say yes with certainty. Besides I personally know a Tea Party Member and my experience with him has always been on the up and up. But until last week many folks didn’t know the Tea Party had that much pull. To be able to have your own political debate on live t.v. is no small thing. But I still have to wonder where the Coffee Party, Cocoa Party, or even the Brown Sugar Party is???????????????
Black folks started off in politics during the Reconstruction Era and we still play the political game like rookies. We still haven’t figured out the importance of having Political Action Committees or Lobbyists. Sure everyone hates (in public) Lobbyists but they need them in order to push their political agenda. Sure everyone bemoans (in public) Political Action Committees but they raise the money and have the votes to push their political agendas. Unfortunately or fortunately (depending on who you ask) this is how the game is played.
My point is this: I’m sick of hearing black folks complain about there not being an alternative to the Tea Party.
If you are bothered by it, create your own!!! Call up Van Jones ifyou need to know how it’s done. I left the Democrats after 2008 because of the hypocrisy involved in the 2008 presidential campaign. I decided to become a free agent i.e. independent because the two party system sucks. Don’t think for a moment that I left the Dems and happily skipped over to the Republicans. This was the same party that southern democrats defected to after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you have conservative views on some issues and liberal views on others, what party actually fits you? NONE!! So I’m not thrilled about someone creating another political party but I’m tired of the belly aching. So either put up or shut up!!! If you don’t like tea, find another drink.

Monday, August 29, 2011

MLK and the Battle of New America

America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds.”

 ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are at a crossroads here in America.  The country that was called Amerikka by rapper Ice Cube back in the 90’s is changing.  A perfect sign of that change – Ice Cube, once known as “The N****A You Love to Hate”, stars in family friendly movies now.  Another sign of change is the eventual “Browning of America”.  America’s minorities will become the majority by the year 2050.  As early as 2023, minority children will make up half of all children in this country. That figure includes our Latino population which will eventually become the largest minority population.   After it’s all said and done, 1 out of every 3 American’s will be Latino.  Black American’s numbers will increase but not at the projected level of their Latino brethren.  Then add the fact that more people now are identifying themselves as being of more than one race.  America, things are about to get sticky!!!!

Side Note: If Slave Owners would have known this day was coming, they would have fought harder in the Civil War. 

America is changing and the country is ill prepared for the change of direction.  America has its first minority president and you see him catching hell (some of it his own doing) every time you turn on the t.v.  After coaxing Mexicans (That is Mexicans from the Country of Mexico) to do our dirty work by offering them low wages (which to them looked like big money).  We are now trying to kick them out of our country because they decided to stay for the quality of life that they couldn’t get in their own country.  And to add to the foolishness, slavery is now being passed off as the best thing that has ever happened to blacks.  I don’t think that the majority in America is ready for the future.  But that is their problem!!

What does all of this mean for black folks?  While we fight each other over who has the right to criticize President Obama.  Some of our brothas and sistas are slowly languishing into an abyss of despair.  Some blacks are done with all the symbolism at the White House and want something of substance.  Without a job – you can’t feed your family –you can’t afford healthcare – and you can’t better your situation in life.  You can’t pay for gas, college, groceries or a hospital bill with photos of the Obama family.  America is set up for you to succeed based on CASH and CONNECTIONS.  If you learned anything from the Great Recession, it should be that having money and knowing someone means a lot. Of all the corporations that failed or were bailed out, how many of their CEO’s ended up being punished for mismanagement?  Many blacks were (and still are) living from check to check.  If their jobs let them go tomorrow and they could not find work for 3 years…………well you know the rest.  This Recession has also been the great equalizer.  Blacks with master degrees are standing in the same lines with blacks with high school diplomas (or no degrees at all).   Meanwhile the gap between the haves and have nots should be an embarrassment to any country that calls itself a leader among countries.  And the educational problems in America’s majority black communities are shameful at best.  A mix of bad parenting and crime riddled streets, have produced children that even the Terminator would be afraid of.  

Last week was the opening of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in our nation’s capital.  It was good to see that Dr. King was able to receive an honor that was well overdue.  But this is not the time to rest on our laurels.  Dr. King would even have to agree that there is much work to still be done.  No, I’m not calling to arms militias of angry black folks.  That last sentence was for the people that think black folks are looking for revenge for slavery.  Don’t think I’m not paying attention to how history is being skewed on tell-lie-vision these days.  Most blacks won’t be looking for payback in 2050.  Although they will be looking for a paycheck!!   This country has had a terrible history when dealing with its darker skinned natives:

Japanese Internment Camps

Forcing Native Americans to live on Reservations

The Middle Passage – Slavery

But we all still managed to move along as a country (even though some American’s came along begrudgingly).  Dr. King believed that we could live together in this nation but it would take a strong commitment to make that happen. If you didn’t know, Dr. King was an agitator. In his last years, he pissed off people for speaking out against the Vietnam War and shining a light on America’s poorest citizens.  Dr. King knew that you had to roll up your sleeves and get dirty in order to get things done.  You might have thought of him as a pacifist but he was a fighter. A battle is not always about the physical fight.  He pushed President Kennedy to action when America saw black children getting their tails kicked on tv by law enforcement officials.  That was strategic to have children protest along with adults.  Who would actually try to touch a child?  Kennedy had no choice when the moral outrage grew because of the events.  What does this mean for us today?  It means that we still have more fighting to do.  In order to create the society that Dr. King dreamed of requires a great hardship.  The issues that Dr. King faced in the 60's still exist.  Poverty, Inequality, and a Never Ending War are just some of the high points. Just remember that there are forces dead set on Dr. Kings vision not becoming a reality (Dr. King was assassinated remember?).  The reality is that the fight didn’t end that sad day in Memphis.  It was actually the beginning.  A true “Call to Arms” but we weren’t paying attention.  Its 2011 folks!!  Are you paying attention yet?

Monday, August 01, 2011

You can blame yourself for the fighting in Congress!!!

Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing – after exhausting all other alternatives. ~ Winston Churchill

Why is it that a single mother can prepare a budget better than a politician?  It seems like all they do on Capitol Hill is argue about money.  You have politicians that don’t pay taxes and others that spend money like drunken sailors on shore leave.  They even vote on wars that America can’t afford.  And now they are fighting over raising the debt ceiling!!  The concept of raising the debt ceiling has been around for years.  But some of the folks in our legislative branch act like they don’t know what it’s all about.  Hold on….wait a minute…my bad….they don’t know!!  With 87 new members in the House of Representatives and 12 new Senators it makes perfectly good sense.  These new Republicans came in under the wave of discontent for our current political process.  Tea Party Members were well organized when they executed their game plan in the 2010 Midterm Election.  And President Obama’s fan club all but vanished in 2010.  In my voting precinct in particular, if you were a Democrat or had an ethnic name (i.e. black) it was a wrap.  You weren’t going to get a first term in office or “back” into office.  It was just one of those years…..

Flash-forward to now and, if you look in the distance, you can see the chickens coming home to roost. To sum it up:  we got what we paid for!!  The fighting that is going on regarding the debt ceiling is one that was caused by us!  Yep, you got it!!  The Tea Party was able to get their folks into office by holding their feet to the fire.  Not by being seduced by “Chicken Dinners” and the occasional church visits.  Obama didn’t capitalize on his 2008 election and lost a lot of folks in the process.  People wanted “Hope” not “Beer and Peanuts” on the White House lawn.  Obama missed an important opportunity to educate his followers that were new to politics.  When they saw the name calling, fighting and overall ill will.  They just tuned out.  All he has left are loyalists.  And to be honest, some are just following him because he is black…ooops..did I say that?

Our current divided government is a representation of our country. We are a nation that is divided by class, color and sexual orientation.  What might be good in San Francisco is horrible in Tuscaloosa.  If it is a sure thing in New York, it might be suspect in South Carolina.  We are a divided country that only comes together for sporting events and alien invasions.  So don’t be shocked by the deranged behavior going on by our politicians.  Either you voted them in or you didn’t vote at all. 

Monday, July 25, 2011

After 4 ½ months the NFL Lockout is over!!! Congratulations to the Groupies and Mistresses.

The streets are alive again!!!  Football is back!!!  For all of those loyal fans that thought this was going to be liquor-less fall and a tailgate free winter.  You can rejoice and know that Millionaire$ and Billionaire$ are back to doing what they do best – making that money!!!!  Granted, there will be some bitter folks that aren’t happy with the deal that was struck.  “First Round Draft Picks” who will be receiving a smaller paycheck than previous first rounders.  And their handlers Sports Agents that will be receiving an even smaller check. In the end, everyone will still be rich….well except for the fans that watch the sport.  But let us celebrate the win win situation for those that truly benefit.  The people that would have been hurt the most by the lock out.   Let’s give a round of applause to the true winners. 

Groupies – Things were looking stark for these individuals.  They were sandwiched between a National Football League lockout and a pending National Basketball Association lockout.  It appeared that they wouldn’t have anyone to chase behind.  Hockey Players?  Sure, I guess they could.  But Hockey groupies aren’t that colorful.  And if you don’t watch baseball, you couldn’t name a player if you tried.  But Football is America’s game.  Every Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday and even on Holidays you can see a game.  They even have Arena Football that is played indoors on a smaller field.  Then there is Fantasy Football for the “white collar” set.  Hotel Lobbies, Bars and Clubs (the frequent hang outs of Groupies) would have been empty all over America with a lockout.  Just think of all that money being lost.  The Club Owner makes his living by rustling up some lucky individuals to sit in the club’s VIP section.  The Hotel Doorman sneaks women up to the player’s rooms.  Look at all of these people that would have been out of work.  We can’t afford anymore unemployed folks in this economy!!!  Happy Hunting Ladies!!!

Mistresses – Without a football season, the players have fewer excuses to get out the house.  It’s hard to make a trip to see your jump-off when you are out of work.  How many times can you keep using the lifting weights excuse before it gets old?  These women needed this lockout to end more than anyone else.  They needed bills to be paid (mortgage, rent, car, gas, electric, clothing allowance, hair care, and jewelry).  Being a mistress is a part time job that makes up at least 30 – 50% of their monthly income.  Someone has to make sure these modern day gladiators are ready for battle (sexing them as much as possible).  Unfortunately their wives can’t do it because of their busy lives (tons of children to take care of/daily visits to the salon and spa).  Mistresses around the country can now let out a sigh of relief and rejoice in the good news. Go get your paper!!!

So I give a hearty salute to the Groupies and Mistresses. And I wish for them to have a Good Season!!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The New Me Accelerator Program

12 Minority start-ups will be invited to Silicon Valley for an opportunity to be mentored by industry leaders and successful veteran startup tech entrepreneurs. The nine-week incubator is designed to enable participating startups to develop their products, build their network, and pitch in front of Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, and the media.

Monday, June 27, 2011

If Joe Jackson is making cologne, it must smell like sweat and underachievement!!

I’ve heard all the different ways that black folks have tried to humanize Michael Jackson’s father. I never knew that terrorizing your children and pimping them out was viewed as quality parenting. I can only imagine what kudos you get for beating them with an extension cord vs a belt. Joe Jackson is what he always was. A Pimp!! Even after his son is gone and buried, Joe is trying to make money off his name.

Joe Jackson had a deal on the table to create a “fragrance” using his late son’s name. No word yet if the bottle is designed to look like Bubbles the Chimp! The company that is guardian over MJ’s commercial rights has put a kibosh to the planned project. I’m not shocked that Joe was trying to circumvent the company in charge of MJ’s name in order to make some side cash. Joe is only doing what Joe knows how to do.

Living off MJ is a Jackson trait that was passed down from Joe Jackson. Everyone except for Rebbie and Janet are always letting you know that they are a Jackson. The worst offender is Jermaine Jackson, who looks like an exhibit at Madame Tussauds. How is it possible that for such a talented guy, “per his own definition,” he is not bigger in the music industry? If it wasn’t for the Jackson 5 you wouldn’t even be able to pick out the rest of them. It’s an absolute shame that MJ’s legacy will always be used by someone that carries the Jackson name. I don’t know who this Franck Rouas character is that Joe was doing business with. But it appears that Joe might need to watch his back on this one. For the first time in his life he might be the one that gets pimped.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Representative Anthony Weiner ain’t thru catching Hell yet!!!

Poor @RepWeiner!!! I’m personally not shocked about his photos!!! The pictures that he sent aren’t that shocking. It would be the same if Bishop Eddie Long was white and skinny. You do have a right to be mad at Andrew Breitbart. Breitbart did you dirty but that’s his job. He is a conservative crusader who has yet to have his own card pulled. But it was you that eventually got caught slipping. I do feel bad for Weiner because I just found out that his wife works for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The good news is that his wife might not leave him.

The bad news is that his bedroom is going to be cold for awhile!!! A long while!!! A long long long while…

Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, is the personal assistant to Clinton at the State Department. She has been with Clinton since 1996. Can you believe Weiner’s wife actually works for the Ice Queen herself!! Trust me!! No matter how big the mainstream media makes this out to be. No matter how the Republicans use this against him. You can best believe Weiner is going to get his!!! You saw the way President Bill Clinton was looking after the Monica “Original Supa Head” Lewinsky scandal broke. He looked like a whipped dog. He is just now getting his swag back.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Great American Hood Heists - Waka Flocka Flame and Some Random Dudes.

Waka Flocka Flame (I can’t believe I’m actually typing this name) came to Charlotte NC in February to upgrade his tour bus stereo system. While he was enjoying our fair city his brother was an “almost victim” of an attempted robbery. Flocka Flame (real name Juaquin Malphurs) was hanging out with his fans in front of a car stereo store (how cliché is that) when the shooting began. The gunmen (Six Men!!!) were attempting to rob Flocka Flame’s brother of his jewelry. Flocka Flame’s brother was wearing more than $100,000 worth of jewelry.

Side Note: $100,000 worth of jewelry? Just let that sink in for a moment.

Who has that much Gold on? Or was it Platinum? I can’t keep up with the latest trends and fashions of the pseudo-rich. Eventually the robbers were caught and the shooting was in broad daylight so this should have been a closed case. NOPE!! The District Attorney was not able to close the deal on locking these would be robbers up. Although one person suffered a gunshot wound the witnesses could not identify the shooter. They also did not have evidence that the robbery took place. SAY WHAT?!?! Didn’t all of this happen in the daytime?? The court paperwork to dismiss the case said the following:

"There has been no identification by any alleged victim or witness of any of the six defendants as being present and/or firing a weapon during the incident. Although many details of the incident differ, these defendants were in agreement that no one who went to this stereo store had any intent to rob anyone, They said their intent was to 'chill,' 'hang out,' or 'holler at' the rap artist.”

Side Note: It’s obvious that the no snitching campaign has been a smashing success.

A lawyer for one of the alleged gunmen said his client “was an innocent bystander who only went there to talk to Mr. Waka about getting a record deal” If he had of seen the movie “Hustle and Flow” he would have known that never works. We have such a hard time locking people up around here. And when they are wearing their ankle bracelet, they just cut the thing off. What will it take before we can bring these criminals to justice? We need to do something fast because they are already starting out young.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Nothing against that lovely couple in Jolly Ole’ London but when is the Wedding going to be over??

I enjoyed London when I visited back in the day. I even enjoyed riding the “Tube” (their rapid transit system…i.e. subway) and I’m not a fan of public transportation!!! The best part was that I only spent 100 dollars to get to England (I believe in balling on a buget!!) So when I tell you that my disgust with America talking about a wedding (in another country!!!) is not personal, it’s not!!! I just believe we have bigger issues to be concerned about right here in America!!!

Right now in our very own country we have:

People that have to make a decision between paying their mortgage or feeding their family.

Politicians that are millionaires arguing over how the middle class and poor folks are going to live..i.e. health care, employment and retirement.

A broken Education System that is more concerned with how you take a test than how you actually learn what you were tested on.

Millionaire Athletes and Billionaire Athletic Team Owners fighting over money.

A pre-presidential race that is overshadowed by investigators combing through hospital birth records.

And don’t get me started on our Churches, Local City and State Governments and the fact that every U.S. President (as long as I have been living) says we are going to stop our dependence on Oil but Gas is almost 5 dollars per gallon??

Wedding my arse!!! We got issues!!! The only thing we have in common with the wedding - America is like the bride’s father. After all the festivities are over we are alone and left with the bill….

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I could have told Jalen Rose that nobody wants to hear the truth.

You can tell a lot about a university and a country based on who it excludes and who it exploits.

~ Mdotwrites

Upper Middle Class and Middle Class Black Folks can be mad at last Sunday Nights “The Fab 5” documentary on ESPN all they want. But, kudos to the Jalen Rose produced documentary that earned high ratings. I’m just sorry that the folks watching didn’t get what they watched. Instead of dealing with the issue of college athletes being exploited, we have spent a whole week on who is and isn’t an “Uncle Tom”. Who knew that “The Fab 5” would air black folk’s dirty laundry?

Jalen Rose said the comment below in the documentary -

“For me, Duke was personal. I hated Duke. And I hated everything I felt Duke stood for. Schools like Duke didn’t recruit players like me. I felt like they only recruited black players that were Uncle Toms.”

This is what Upper Middle Class and Middle Class Blacks heard when he said the above comment –

“Blah, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah if you were black and played for Duke University you are an Uncle Tom”.

Keep in mind that these comments were made when Rose was a teenager. Jalen Rose also said the following –

“Schools like Duke didn't recruit players like me. I felt that they only recruited black players that were Uncle Toms. ... I was jealous of Grant Hill. He came from a great black family. Congratulations. Your mom went to college and was roommates with Hillary Clinton. Your dad played in the NFL as a very well-spoken and successful man. I was upset and bitter that my mom had to bust her hump for 20-plus years. I was bitter that I had a professional athlete that was my father that I didn't know. I resented that, moreso than I resented him. I looked at it as they are who the world accepts and we are who the world hates.”

The above comment apparently bothered Grant Hill and he felt the need to write an op-ed in the New York Times. In it he quoted some Latin (good to know that someone else besides Clergy, College Professors and Treasure Hunters in Movies know Latin). He mentioned his ties to my frat brother the great Historian - Professor John Hope Franklin.

Side Note: Usually blacks get mad at our white counterparts when they reference black folks that they know in order to seem like they are cool with black folks but I digress…

He also talked about former Duke University players and how successful they are now. To all of this I say…..yawn!!! I have nothing personal against Grant Hill. We are from the same state and we both come from 2 parent homes. He was an excellent player in college and he seems like a nice guy. And his wife is HOT!!!!! But he read into this statement and wasted his time trying to defend what can’t be defended. People call Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and “Uncle Tom” all the time. Do you think he cares?? He doesn’t care what black folks think about him. He probably doesn’t even realize he’s black until he looks in the mirror. If someone calls you an Uncle Tom, laugh it off and keep on trucking!!! That title is so played out that it should have been retired with the word “Honky”.

Side Note: In the book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” where the name came from, Uncle Tom was not the person that he has been portrayed in modern society. Uh Oh! My bad for ruining that for black folks that love to hang that title on other blacks.

Let me break down what Jalen said so we can separate what he meant and what you heard.

WHAT JALEN SAID: Schools like Duke didn't recruit players like me. I felt that they only recruited black players that were Uncle Toms.

THE BREAKDOWN: No the players aren’t Uncle Toms. That is silly and something I would expect a teenager to say. But he was right about Duke being selective in their recruiting. Duke basketball players are usually well groomed, well spoken, and tattoo less. In college and after college, you never hear about them getting arrested. These are all good things and it should be something Duke should be proud of. But let’s be honest….. Duke has a reputation for being snobby and everyone knows it (well except for Duke Students and their Alumni).

Side Note: most of the people I know that have a degree from Duke are cool people. But they weren’t snobby to begin with either.

The only people that like Duke are people that went to Duke and people that wish they could have gone to Duke. Talk to long time black Durham N.C. residents and see what they have to say about the university. But again, let me say that all of this is completely okay. Duke Head coach Mike Krzyzewski has the right to obtain the type of players he wants. And Duke has the right to enroll the type of students that will enhance their reputation.

WHAT JALEN SAID: I was jealous of Grant Hill. He came from a great black family. I was upset and bitter that my mom had to bust her hump for 20-plus years. I was bitter that I had a professional athlete that was my father that I didn't know. I resented that, moreso than I resented him. I looked at it as they are who the world accepts and we are who the world hates.

THE BREAKDOWN: Jalen admitted that his anger came out of him being JEALOUS!!! What part don’t folks understand? His logic is the same reason kids make fun of other kids for doing well in school. Or why kids are picked on for wearing designer clothes, taking ballet or speaking proper English. There is a resentment among blacks that is based on our economic standing. This isn’t anything new!! It’s just that Upper Middle Class and Middle Class Blacks don’t want to discuss it. It’s uncomfortable to talk about because they hate feeling the need to justify why they live in a nice neighborhood and their children attend good schools.

So what was not discussed this week? The exploitation of college athletes from the schools they attend and the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association). All the money that the University of Michigan made from selling Fab 5 paraphernalia and they never received a cut. All the money the NCAA made from their television games and ticket sales and the Fab 5 never received a cut. Now this is the part where you probably say “why should you pay college athletes?” I was the same way until I realized the money that these student athletes were making for their schools. You have student athletes who can’t afford a hamburger and schools are making money off these kids. They could at least receive a stipend for their service. Even a pimp lets his ho keep some of their money from trickin….

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Of course Charlie Sheen is Winning!!!

Success is the strongest intoxicant America legally supplies ~ Jason Whitlock

Charlie "The Messiah of Malibu", Sheen, former star of the television show “Two and a Half Men”, was recently fired let go from his 1 million plus dollar job. Sheen was essentially making money playing a caricature of how he is in real life. Duh!! It ain’t “The Tragedy of Hamlet” people!!! Last week we were witness to the madness or genius, depending on who you are, of Sheen. CBS/Warner Brothers made Sheen the highest paid actor in a comedy series. Dude doesn’t even do standup outside of t.v. I’ve never seen him on Def Jam or The Comedy Channel. Sheen’s private demons have been public for awhile (too many to name so just Google Charlie Sheen). One of the reasons CBS/Warner Brothers put a halt on his latest foolishness was because of his diss on “Two and a Half Men” producer Chuck Lorre.

Side Note: General Rule in Hollywood, you can’t talk about Jews and Gays. Chuck Lorre is of Jewish decent.

So with Sheen being out of work and gaining new legions of fans, how is he winning??

Minorities and individuals from low income neighborhoods have been arrested for having less than an ounce of weed. And Sheen is a known drug user and he keeps getting a pass.

Individuals solicit prostitutes are arrested for just asking how much for a “Blow Job”. But Sheen keeps associating with prostitutesREPEATEDLY associating with them.

Black actor Isaiah Washington called one of his former co-workers a Faggot back in 2007 (Notice I Said Former Co-Worker) and he was kicked off “Grey’s Anatomy”. Washington was last seen on the failed reboot of “Bionic Woman” in 2007. Have you seen him since? Sheen is on radio, television, the internet….his Tweets on Twitter or even sponsored now!!!

Side Note: *Side Eye* to Shondra Rhimes for letting other people run her business!!!!

So compared to most people in America that fall below the poverty line or are middle class. Sheen is winning!!! Hell, he even beats out his peers in Hollywood in winning (well of course his minority peers)!!! Maybe it’s because of his complexion for the connection or just dumb luck. But so far, Sheen is Winning!!!