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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Rodger Federer = show-off

Hey, whatever what? I don't even care that you did it twice. I don't! It's like...whatever, man. It's not even worth talking about, ever at all. So what, because he decided to train for a bunch of years, and he can do junk like this, that's he's all special? Whatever.

By the way, the name "tweener" for this type of shot...? Not a fan. Not liking it. It sounds inappropriate and gross. Or something involving buttocks.

This ad I saw this morning....

I clicked on an article about the Glenn Beck teabagger rally at It was written by Christopher Hitchens who, as some of you may know, is dying of cancer. So look at the ad they had posted on his website. I mean, not only is the ad itself morbid and weird...but to put it on a page with his article...someone's not paying attention in the editorial dept. Tsk-tsk...

Friday, August 27, 2010

Glenn Beck v. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I don't think there is anyone on television these days that enjoys the smell of his own farts more than Glenn Beck. Not since Alan Keyes has there been a personality on television who has embarked on a mission to gleefully exploit their own ignorance. It's amazing to watch people like Beck and Sarah Palin wear their smug stupidity like a badge of honor-- as if to say "To hell with your 'education' and 'facts'-- if I say it out loud, it's true! So there!".

There is a lot being made of Beck's little "Restoring America" gathering to be held tomorrow on the National Mall in Washington DC, on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. He argues that it's not fair that Black folks claim ownership to the legacy of Dr. King-- that he, in other words, is just as relevant (if not more so) than what the Civil Rights leader represented. Audacious? Ballsy? You bet. Moronic? Idiotic? Foolish? Silly? Those things, too.

There are many that believe that he is attempting to steal the spotlight away from Dr. King. I have one word for that: impossible. Beck aspires to be something much greater than he is, or will ever be. I mean sure, he's jumping on the coat tails of someone that he may very well admire. But that's all he is doing. The only thing that Beck has had to struggle with were his substance abuse issues. If he want to pretend that he's a great man, well...that goes along well with whatever drug-addled delusions that he's had in the past. The only difference this time is that he's binging a small cult of people along with him. Good for him, I say.

It's said that there could be anywhere between 20,000 to 100,000 people at this rally. How this is considered a threat is beyond me. Even if there are 200,000 people there-- hell, I'll give him 400,000 people. What does that mean? Not much in a nation of 300,000,000. Just as Rush Limbaugh has up to 20,000,000 fans...that's a small fraction of this nation's population. It really doesn't mean much. I mean, more people watch America's Got Talent than either of those bozos combined. I fail to see the threat, unless one of them takes to juggling kittens or something. THEN we can worry.

Back to the "hijacking" of Dr. King's legacy, and the impossibility of such a notion. Beck has previously expressed his difficulty in relating to Black folks, which is just so silly and ridiculous-- just as his proclamation that Barrack Obama is a racist that hates White people and the White culture. When Muslim Keith Ellison from Minnesota was elected to Congress, he asked Ellison why he shouldn't believe that "he is the enemy". A man that thinks this way, and believes these things, are light years away from Dr. King's legacy. Clearly this man, like millions of other Americans, have issues with race, religion, and ethnicity that blind them from good old fashion common sense and rational thought.

Listen, Glenn Beck is gonna have this rally, people are going to show up, and the 24 hour cable news cycle is gonna spin the living hell out of it, and everyone else in and around it. And then, three weeks from now, people will forget about it. A year from now, NO ONE will care. And five years from now, my daughter will STILL have no idea who the hell Glenn Beck is. It's the circle of life...or the pentagram of life, whatever. Just as this stupid "Ground Zero Mosque" controversy has been swept up into something that it's not, Glenn Beck's usurping of Dr. King's day will not amount to a pile of fresh turds.

Let the man have his fun. And let history be his judge.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Modest Proposal: Freedom to Use the N-Word

A Modest Proposal: Freedom to Use the N-Word

It seems like the P.C. Police are at it again, infringing on the God-given First Amendment rights of an insignificant Conservative talk show host.

Dr. Laura Schlessinger announced yesterday that she will be leaving her nationally syndicated radio talk show (but not retiring--she wants to make that clear), out of frustration of too many people trampling on her rights to speak her mind without people getting all up-in-arms and angry about things that she says. This comes in the wake of an episode last week when she repeatedly used the work "nigger" over 10 times. Or was it 7 times. Whatever-- she said the word "nigger" a bunch of times, when talking about how frustrating is was that Blacks can use the word all the time, but Whites are "not allowed".

This is the argument that I use to hear from kids in grade school. I went to predominately White suburban schools from 3rd to 12th grade. The White kids I went to school with (I was one of a small number of Blacks in the schools) complained about two things. The first being their lack of understanding as to why there was a Black History Month, and no White History month (my answer to that was "EVERY MONTH is White History Month"). The second complain was why they were not allowed to use the word "nigger". It seems as if a great many White people, then and now, have absolutely no concept or perspective of American History. Not surprising. So I would like to address this issue once-and-for-all, just so there are no longer any misunderstandings.

Dear White People,

You are, have always been, and always will be able to use the word "nigger". Period. The only people that have drawn a thick, hard line in its usage, both for and against, are White People. There was a time in America when you used to word often-- almost constantly-- when addressing or speaking of Blacks. It was White People, in the wake of international attention from Southern White reaction (or repulsion) towards the Civil Rights Movement, that decided to suspend widespread usage of the word, to save face. And it was the rap/hip-hop community, in the late 80s, that pushed the word back into the nation consciousness as a way of taking control of it. So now, that the work "nigger" has been transformed from 'nasty' to 'neat', White would like to be able to join in the fun.

For many Whites, particularly younger Whites, that have no perspective or interest in history, you are now hearing your favorite Black artists use the word in you favorite songs. You're hearing your favorite Black comedians, or your favorite Black actors, using the word in movies. And you want to be able to sings those songs, or do those bits, or quote those movies. White kids that don't understand the history, use it...and may unexpectedly get attacked or called racist. Older Whites that know their history, and understand the context of the word, are torn. You may not be a racist, but you may feel insecure about saying the word-- especially when there are Black folks around. And racist Whites, well, you guys don't give a shit-- you'll say it in spite of the reaction; unless you're a coward, and are surrounded by other Whites that you feel will have your back (like at a teabagger rally, for example).

The recent made-up controversy about the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" is very similar to this issue. You don't seem to understand how people-- these Muslim people-- could be so insensitive as to not understand why it would be wrong for them to build a Mosque (or community center, which is what it really is) two blocks away from the site of the World Trade Center Towers. You may think it's insane that people don't understand why it's so crazy for them to even consider that. Just as Black folks (and rational White folks) understand why it may be offensive to use the word "nigger". I mean, there are no slaves anymore, right? Slavery is over, and the Civil Rights Movement is over, right? And Blacks are allowed to use it, right? So why shouldn't White people be able to use it, right? It doesn't matter, in the case of Muslims, that the radical fringe element is miniscule in comparison with the whole of the Muslim world. So, should it matter that at one time in America (as recently as 60 years ago), Whites lynched/murdered/raped Black men, women, and children, all the while calling them "niggers"?

So now, White folks like Dr. Laura feel as if they are being attacked. Poor Dr. Laura, right? The only thing she was guilty of was saying "nigger" while being White. Think of the countless number of White folks that have been assaulted, either verbally or physically, for using a word that their ancestors used while verbally, or physically, assaulting Blacks.  Hell, there are still a great many number of White folks that use the word without shame-- knowing full well what it means. Does it matter that White racists to this day still say "nigger"? Sure, it doesn't really do much to identify which White people to trust-- but why should that stop them from using the word? Maybe, just maybe, we all need to bend over a bit further to accomodate those poor, unfortunate Whites that are missing out on what so many non-Whites get to enjoy.


Satire aside, there is a difference between racist and non-racist Whites using the word "nigger". In this political climate, when so many White conservatives pundits and politicians are using race and religion to gain votes and political points, it's very easy to create controversy. Politics is a dirty game, especially when race and religion are involved. It says a lot when those are the only tools you have to win a debate or an election.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Ground Zero Mosque Controversy for Dumbies

I love racially and religiously tinged fear mongering, especially when it comes from people who live hundreds of miles away from what tourists tend to call "Ground Zero", but what New Yorker's call Lower Manhattan.

Over the past several weeks now, White Christian blowhard politicians have condemned Brown Muslims over their "insensitivity" in wanting to build a third Mosque two blocks away from the site of the former World Trade Center. Well, I don't think that most of these people actually knew that there were two other Mosques near "Ground Zero"-- one of which was there nearly 10 years before the Twin Towers were built. But I guess that doesn't matter when you're a self-centered bigot. And that's exactly what these people are-- make no mistake.

Some of you will think that I'm insane-- mostly those of you that live no where near New York City, and probably wouldn't know a Muslim from Muslin cloth. For anyone to assume that all Muslim are terrorists, you would also have to assume that Christians are equally guilty of such things. Aren't Christians responsible for bombing abortion clinics?  Christians in the KKK murdered Blacks, Jews, and Catholics in the name of their religion. In fact, Christians militias and terrorist groups are responsible for more killings in this country than most people would want to admit to. But no one is going to throw a shit-fit if someone builds a Christian church or starts a Christian church group in a Black or Jewish neighborhood, would they? No they wouldn't. And do you know why? Because somehow, we've managed to separate the lunatics from the rest of the flock. But that's not good enough for Muslims, now is it?

Personally, I think that religion is dangerous...only because people tend to ruin it. In theory, I guess it's good to believe in things that help you cope and get through life, if "life" is a little too much for you. But there are too many idiots out there that either use it to manipulate others, or misinterpret it to justify their inability to use reason and rational thought. People like Newt Gengrich, who compared building the new "Ground Zero" Mosque to building a Nazi center next to a Jewish Temple. I'm sorry, but that's just 12 kinds of stupid. I mean, this guy is supposed to be the "brain" of the Republican party, and this is what he comes up with? Seriously, how many times are these intellectually lazy GOP nimrods going to use the "Nazi" card? Do us all a favor, guys-- put it back in the deck.

I see Muslims every day. I speak to them every day. I even work a couple. I've lived in NYC for well over a decade. I was in town on 9/11, and the days, weeks, months and years after that. And believe me, Muslims were just as upset about that attack as everyone else was. They felt that they had to go above and beyond to prove to everyone that they were not like those radical idiots. They decorated their cabs with American flags. They wrapped their hair with red white and blue turbans. They wore flag lapels-- anything to show that they were not with those terrorist pricks. But that's not good enough, is it?

If this is the way we're going to be-- if we have to force Muslims to prove themselves-- then why don't White folks prove to everyone else that their not the inbred racists that they are perceived to be? I was told when I was growing up that I would have to work 10 times harder than every White person-- you had to FLY to where I White person merely has to walk to.  Why? Because you had to prove yourself. You had to prove to the White folks that you were worthy of their respect. BULL. SHIT. That's what I say now, that I'm older and that I know better. I've lived and worked with and around White people for most of my life, and I've gotta tell ya...they're no better or worse than anyone else. In other words...they are NOTHING special. At all. They are just as infallible as everyone else. So why should anyone have to go out of their way to prove anything to them?

Cordoba House is the name of the group that wants to build the Mosque in Lower Manhattan. They are an out-reach group, trying to heal the relationship between the Muslim World and the West. They are one group out of billions of Muslims that have absolutely no interest in terrorist activities WHATSOEVER. But that really doesn't matter to the intolerant among us. Granted, no other country in the world is as free as this one is. That's what makes America so great. What makes it not-so-great? Our ignorant, backward, emotionally-stunted countrymen and women that proudly trumpet their uneducated views. Bigots, racists, morons. These are the people that get in the way our evolution. These are the people that politicians constantly cater to, so they can scrounge up a few extra votes. It's a shame, really, because it makes all of us look stupid.

President Obama is right to stand up for our nation's religious freedoms. There is not one person living in this great nation that can call themselves an American, and not believe that. The attacks of September 11th were shocking to all of us-- particularly those of us that were here, and in DC, and Pennsylvania, that day. As horrified and as angry as I was about the attacks, I'm not in the mindset of condemning all Muslims for them. If I go there, then I should blame all White people for slavery. And Jews should blame all Germans for the Nazi Party.

It's pretty stupid to blame a whole for the sins of a relative few. And the only way we're going to survive as a people and as a nation, is if we get our collective heads out of our asses, and squash our bigoted tendencies. Like it or not, we are becoming less and less influential in the world. The last thing we need to do is extend our enemies list. But hey, if you feel comfortable in your hatred, and find solace in some loudmouth cable television goons or manipulative politicians rationalizing your bigotry...well, what can you say to that? I think Forrest Gump said it best:

"Stupid is as stupid does."

And that's all I have to say about that.

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