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Monday, December 10, 2012

All Good Things...

Here I am, on December 10, 2012...and I have nothing to say.

Well, that's not entirely true-- I ALWAYS have something to say. However, when it comes to saying these things on the "C*Notes" blog...I have run out of steam.

I've been writing opinions and rants in this space since 2008. Through typos, spelling mistakes and grammatical travesties, I let loose with a shit ton of asshole-ish observations-- sex, politics, race, movies, television, celebrity, etc. To be honest, the more I had written about all that stuff...the more I realized that not only am I saying the same thing over and over and OVER again, but so is EVERYONE ELSE! It's true what they say-- opinions ARE, in fact, like assholes!

I no longer feel the need to occupy this space with more assholerly. I think I've said enough. More to the point, I think I can say everything that I want to say in 140 characters or less. Over the last 2 months, I've been fucking around with Twitter; the one place I didn't think I'd be! I once called Twitter "blogging for lazy people". Now I call it "FUCKING AWESOME!!".  

So....well...that's it! You can find me on Twitter @thisischacon. And I self-published a book of essays based on this here blog...

That's all.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Obama/Romney Debates: 10/03/12

Well, it just happened. So let's cut to the chase. Before hand, both campaigns pretty much transmitted what their candidates were expected to do: Romney would work in some zingers, and Obama would address the American people directly. Romney talked over the commentator, Obama looked annoyed. If you were to judge based on style, Romney won if you like scripted aggression...and Obama won, if you like a calm, intellectual approach (scripted as well). Stylistically, it's a draw.

When it comes to content, however, I see Romney in a world of trouble. Flat-out, straight up...that man is full of shit. Now, if you like Tucker Carlson, you probably like a president (or candidate) to feed you a little BS. We can have a fair and mature conversation about policy disagreements, but Mitt Romney lied a lot. A LOT. Not just about policy, but he flat-out contradicted things that he has said RECENTLY.

However you want to define the performances, the fact remains: The President didn't kill it.  It's a bummer, but it's a fact. The President thinks that Romney is beneath him; his disdain was extremely apparent. He relied WAY TOO MUCH on that disaster Jim Lehrer to take control of the debate...which he certainly did not. This was not a strong "visual" performance. The question is...does that matter?

It doesn't to me, but I follow this shit; a lot of people do not. The so-called "low information voter", may see Romney's assertiveness as a sign of strength, and just assume that he is right and better. And it didn't help that Obama wouldn't even look at Romney, and Romney stared at Obama most of the time. Obama's eye-rolling didn't help either. Romney looked eager. Obama look aggravated.

This conjures up stories about the Kennedy/Nixon debates-- the people that heard it on the radio versus the people that saw it on television. People would say that Nixon won on substance and Kennedy won on appearance. This is kinda like the same thing for me. And for me, the thing that's most important to me is the content. Content-wise, Obama won that debate by a LONG shot. But I don't know if this debate will be judged on content.

There are going to be A LOT of disappointed liberals and progressives. There was no talk of 47% or Bain Capital, not to mention that the president did not push back hard enough on Romney's BS. This is the criticism that Obama always gets, that he's not "angry" enough. Instead of Shaft, we get Lucius Fox. Even though Obama never displays anger, people are always expecting it from him.

After this, I don't like Obama any less. And Romney-lovers will love him much more now. The undecided voters...meh. I honestly think there is way too much hype over this group. Now, this race has REALLY begun. And that's a good thing. After WEEKS of Romney acting like an idiot, he finally did something right.

So Obama didn't nail it. Don't hate him for it. Honestly, I think there has been way too much lefty complacency lately. From the Romney/Ryan screw-ups to the toppling of voter suppression laws, things have been going VERY, VERY well for the last few week. And may very well beat substance. BUT...maybe not.

Will this actually work? Will the straight, mature, direct approach beat out hyper assertiveness? Doesn't seem like the pundits think so, but they don't get it either; they have been saying all along that the President should be down in the polls because of the economy...but he is not. Can months of lying and weeks of screw-ups be forgotten due a "strong" debate performance?

One down...three to go (including the VP debate).

Friday, August 24, 2012

A Modest Proposal: A Loaded Magazine In Every Home

About an hour after I got to work this morning, I got a text from my lady telling me that there was a shooting on 34th and 5th-- right outside the Empire State Building. I take the bus every day into Manhattan, which gets into Port Authority (40th-42nd street). I usually walk across town from 40th and 8th to 40th and 3rd, so the closest I could have been to that shooting was about 6 blocks away. That's close enough-- had I been passing by at that moment, I probably could have even heard the gun shots. 

Kinda creepy, I guess-- I mean, not as creepy as seeing the World Trade Center burning (I was about 20 blocks away from that), but's rather unsettling. It made me think about what I would have done had I been there when that nut-job started shooting people. Honestly, I would have just run, or hit the ground...I don't know WHAT I would have done. But I know what my wildest dreams and imagination would have wanted me to do...and that's unholster my OWN fire arm, and shoot that fucker in the face!

Now, I know what some of you panty-wastes out there might think-- "Oh, more guns on the street would just be more problems! We need more regulation! We need more gun control!" Well, you pussies need to suck it. The problem with these shooters is that they have the advantage! They know that they could get away with these shootings by and large because NO ONE ELSE WILL HAVE ANY GUNS! I mean seriously-- how can you expect to have a high body count if you have to worry about everyone else packin'? I know I would think twice about taking multiple lives of innocent people if I thought for a moment that they would be armed as well!

You liberty and freedom-hating losers just don't get it! In the last two months, there have been at least four mass shootings, including this one this morning in New York City. The reason why this guy got away with shooting 8 and killing 2 is that those people were not armed!!! If AT LEAST 1 in 3 of us has a shooting weapon of some sort-- be it a pistol, rifle, crossbow-- whatever...I'd be willing to BET YOU that that dirt bag wouldn't have made it past 2-3 people AT LEAST. Now sure, there'd probably be some crossfire fatalities or injuries-- what with a bunch of random people firing weapons, and not being quite sure who the bad guy is...but hey...! This way, there wouldn't really be any more than 2 mass killings a year!

I think most people would not be so willing to pull out a gun if there more guns out there. So why are you even reading this-- get to an online gun dealer and stock up! Oh, and you may wanna get a lawyer on retainer as well, because crossfire victims and/or their families tend to get a bit sue-y.

(**NOTE**: For the uninitiated, this is SATIRE. I am sickened that we continue to have these goddamn shootings, and whenever anyone tries to debate this issue, it's met with stupid, hyper-political pseudo-patriotic rhetoric and out-and-out bullshit. We need to put aside our religious political baggage and BE ADULT about this issue. If you are a responsible gun owner, THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO YOU.) be continued...

...because there WILL be another mass shooting very soon. There always is.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Black Like Mitt

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney put on his magic underwear yesterday to speak to the cursed decedents of Cain at the NAACP. Let's take a look:

Oops! Wrong video! Okay, here it is:

The news media has been all a flitter about how Romney got booed for 14-15 seconds upon mentioning his plans to appeal "Obamacare". Booing isn't much of an anomaly at Mitt Romney events, however it's usually audience members that are booed for asking Mitt "tough" questions:

Yeah, that's's like watching Invasion of the Body Snatchers-- among a sea of mindless Republicans, the ones with common sense and non-ass-kissy questions get booed and shouted down. This time, however, the boo's were coming straight from the "black" lion's den!

Here's the deal-- many people have already called out this appearance as a very calculated move. It's a way to show is base that he can confront those blacks on their turf and let 'em have it! It's the Southern Strategy in full effect! Look at the video-- he couldn't help but smile when he was booed, and the smile got wider the longer the boos went on! Saying "Obamacare" in front of the NAACP is like saying "gun rights" at an NRA meeting; you know DAMN RIGHT WELL that word, or the sentiment, would not play at all. This booing video will spread like wildfire among his base, and they will EAT IT UP! And that's the thing-- it will only really play with his base. I think so-called Independents and Swing Voters will not be moved or impressed.

It is said that Republicans are not racist, but racist DO flock to the Republican party. Time and time again, that is proven to be true. And Republican politicians KNOW this. That's why The Southern Strategy is so effective. Just listen to how Romney responded to the boo's on Fox News:

"...if 'they' want free stuff, 'they' can vote for the other guy." How do you like THAT shit? You only need to know American history to know what all this means. Sure, you'll hear enough white folks out there who will disavow that these things are happening-- like the "voter fraud" legislation getting passed in many states. When you have more instances of UFO sightings than fraud, that will tell you how disingenuous these concerns are:

Do you see? It's a plan to disenfranchise the votes of minority, young, elderly, and poor voters. How interesting is it that in Texas, one of the states with new voter ID legislation, that you can use a gun permit to vote...but not school ID.

Personally, I am not the least bit impressed my Twit Romney's NAACP adventure. He displayed absolutely no intention of trying to get the so-called "black vote". Especially when you find out that he went so far as to bring is own posse of Uncle Toms rich black Republicans to help out with some of his applause lines. I think it's funny how Republicans feel that they find in necessary to try to purposely fill the room with ass-kissers, as opposed to finding a way to gain support organically.

Romney said, "...if only there was a way to articulate to you what is in my heart, you would vote for me." I have an idea about how to make that happen, Mitt...TELL US!!!!!  The problem is that you do NOT want, or care, about support from the black community. And that's fine-- you certainly would not be the first, and won't be the last. I'll tell you this-- playing politics with a respected civil rights organization to try to score points with you white bigot base is craven and cowardly, and is yet another reason why you do not deserve to be President of the United States.

"Who let the dogs out?" YOU did.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

John Travolta's New Gay Scandal

Time and time again, we see news stories with the words "John Travolta" and "gay" mentioned happily together. And the hits just keep on comin'! This time, courtesy of TMZ, who obtained the documents of a lawsuit brought about by a masseur who claims to have been groped, molested, and sexually assaulted by Mr. Travolta.

According to the $200/hour masseur "John Doe", he was picked up by Travolta in a black Lexus SUV, brought to Travolta's bungalow at a hotel in Beverly Hills, and after the first hour of the massage, was getting his "shaft" and "scrotum" touched and fondled by Travolta. Allegedly, JT was "semi-erect" at the beginning of the encounter. When the masseur turned away Johnny's advances, he was alleged to have said: "Come on dude, I'll jerk you off!!!"

Allegedly, Travolta was on the table masturbating with a "fully-erect" penis " roughly 8-inch in length" with "wirey and unkempt" pubic hair. The masseur also said that Travolta made the following statement:

"Hollywood is controlled by homosexual Jewish men who expect favors in return for sexual activity."
 John Doe still refused, claiming that he did not have sex with clients. Travolta then called him "selfish" and a "loser," doubled his hourly rate, and that was that. He also left John Doe with a little bit of advice; that he had to learn to "lick some ass", and he could make millions of dollars.

In addition (as if we needed to learn more), Mr. Travolta had claimed that he was not gay, and that the "taste of cum" makes him "gag"...but that he was smart enough to learn to enjoy it...and that the millions of dollars he made was well worth it.

Well, ladies and gentlemen...I can say this, especially about that last bit. I know plenty of women and gay men that don't like the "taste of cum" either. It's not really made for eating or drinking or whatever, so that's understandable. Besides that, I understand that diet is responsible for the taste-- but that's beside the point. The point is...HE'S GAY. At the VERY LEAST, he's bi-sexual. But he is most definitely NOT a straight, heterosexual man. And you know what? THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT!!! The only thing that IS wrong is that he's fucking around on his wife, and that is not cool AT ALL. If he just got a divorce, he could have ALL THE C*CK he could ever want!!! He wouldn't have to sneak around with masseurs he trolls around for on the internet.

John Doe is suing for $2 million dollars. My guess is he'll settle for something is the high six figures.

Travolta's people deny this event, of course.  They made a statement on E! Online:

"This lawsuit is complete fiction and fabrication," it reads. "None of the events claimed in the suit ever occurred. The plaintiff, who refuses to give their name, knows that the suit is a baseless lie...On that date when plaintiff claims John met him, John was not in California and it can be proved that he was on the East Coast. Plaintiff's attorney has filed this suit to try and get his 15 minutes of fame. John intends to get this case thrown out and then he will sue the attorney and Plaintiff for malicious prosecution."

 Uh-huh. If this is a lie, then John Doe should be a screenwriter instead of a masseur.

And to Mrs. Kelly Preston, I say PLEASE do yourself and your family a favor...and GET A DIVORCE!!!!!!

Maurice Sendak Dead at 83

The author of one of my favorite childhood books is dead. Maurice Sendak gave us the ever-popular Where The Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. He had been hospitalized since Friday after suffering from a stroke. He passed early this morning.

WTWTA was made into a disappointingly mediocre and boring movie a few years back (what the hell happened, Spike Jonze?!). Disney had also attempted an animated short based on the book-- it was to be one of their first forays into 3D animation:

According to the New York Times, his latest book called "My Brother's Book" will be released in February 2013.

He will be missed.

Friday, May 4, 2012

"Jay-Z and the New York Niggas", by Phil Mushnick


Look, I'm getting pretty sick and tired of writing about racial shit, too. But as long as there are people like this that continue to say stupid things...well, I think it needs to be brought to light.

Phil Mushnick has been a sports columnist with the NY Post for a long time. Recently, he went on a bit of a rant about Jay-Z's ownership of the New Jersey Nets-- more specifically, the fact that he is moving them to Brooklyn, and changing the color of the uniforms. Basically, Jay-Z is rebranding the team, and Phil doesn't like that idea.

So, I guess he was trying to be cute and satirical, and gave a few suggestions about other changes that Jay-Z could make to the team:

As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots — what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new ‘urban’ home — why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment? Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N***as? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B***hes or HoesTeam logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!
 Meh...I mean look-- I've made quite a few attempts at satire on this blog; I call them "Modest Proposals". The one thing that I try to do in those cases is make my rants a bit more tongue-in-cheek; I want people to laugh, not get pissed. Sure, I'm annoyed at the issues I try to lampoon, but I don't go about it with anger and venom. At least I don't THINK that I do. I can't say that his passage reads that way at all. It sounds like some pissed-off dude ranting and raving. The fact that he's using racial language, and the fact that he's an old white guy, don't really seem to be helpful.

Even in his defense of the article, as supplied by the Village Voice, he seems pissed off:
"...did you actually read what I wrote and what I've been writing for 30 years? I don't call black men niggas; my kids never heard the word until folks such as Jay-Z came along. I'd suggest you talk to him about it. What I wrote today was on Jay Z's artistry, and only the wishful and foolish would so badly misinterpret and mischaracterize it as you plan to do."
Not for nuthin'...but he just sounds like a dick. I mean sure, I can understand being annoyed by people misinterpreting your stuff...but a little perspective would prove to be helpful for Mushnick. The thing about satire is that it needs to be thoughtful and introspective. There needs to be an intellectual backbone behind it. If you're just spiting out vitriol, you sound like an asshole. In Mushnick's case, he sounds like a bigot. He's old enough to know what it looks like when old white men use the word "nigger", or in his case "niggas". He simply, as a writer, did not adequately prepare the reader for that language. He just threw it out there in the midst of his anger, and just sounds bigoted.

Again, I've been accused by a few white folks of being a racist. Like Mushnick, I stand by what I've written. But at the same time, I go out of my way to articulate things as clearly and rationally as possible (typos and grammatical errors aside). I want to give people something to think about. I don't want them to just read some angry black guy bitching about white people. I am blunt, and direct, but I also provide a bit of perspective. This guy just took a piss and stormed away.

Is he a racist? My guess is no. Maybe satire is just not his thing. Maybe he should have written another draft, or showed the article to someone else for a bit of feedback before it went out into the world. Or maybe he was too pissed off to care. I honestly don't know anything about him, or his work, or his method of working. All I know is what other have perceived: he's some white sports writer that called Jay-Z a "nigga".

Sorry, Phil. That's what happens sometimes when you misread your audience; they end up misreading you.

MCA R.I.P.: Adam Yauch Dead at 47

Bummer news of the day, man...Adam Yauch, a/k/a MCA of the Beastie Boys, lost his battle with cancer today, at the age of 47. When I saw the first headline, I thought it was some stupid internet joke. But no joke, man...what a freaking loss. If you don't know (and why don't you), Adam was the gravely-voiced of the group...and like a lemon to a lime, a lime to a lemon, he sipped the def ale with all the fine women.

Like many in my generation, I grew up with the Beasties. They're one of the few rap acts that maintained credibility and relevancy over a career spanning 3 decades. They made 7 great albums, including License to Ill, Paul's Boutique, Hello Nasty, Ill Communication, and their latest Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. I mean it sincerely when I say that not a day goes by that I don't, for a brief second-- among the millions of other blips in my skull-- have a flash of a Beastie Boys song in my head.

One of the great things about the Beastie's is their videos. Here are some of my faves:

48fps = FAIL?

The backlash has been hard and heavy. 10 minutes of footage from Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" was shown at CinemaCon a week or two ago. The big deal, aside from being a preview of the next of the Middle Earth films, was that Peter Jackson shot the film at 48fps. If that means nothing to you, basically all of the films that you've seen your entire life (and before) are shot at 24fps. Television, in America anyway, is presented at 29.97 frames per second. This is one of the reasons why, for example, the news looks different than, say, Iron Man or The Notebook, or The Sopranos or whatever. If you ask the tech nerds, 24fps is antiquated and horrible-looking. There has been a movement for a while now to start shooting films at 48fps-- the argument being that it would be much more realistic, and get rid of things like motion blur and whatnot...things that annoy film technicians...but things that movie lovers don't really have an issue with.

So Mr. Jackson has taken the bold step of shooting The Hobbit entirely in this new 48fps process. The reaction, however, has not been very positive. Many viewers of the 10 minute CinemaCon preview complained that the scenes that they saw looked like a soap opera. They said it looked uncinematic, and that the sets themselves looked fake and ridiculous. Basically, they're saying that The Hobbit looks like this:

It's kinda difficult from a computer screen to convey the look of something shot on video in the 70s, but that's basically what people took away from this "new technology". I have to say that saw this coming from a mile away. Now, I haven't seen any of this footage, and therefore I don't have a real opinion about the look...but I could speculate based on my experiences with film and video that footage shot at 48fps would NOT at all look like 24fps footage. Asking people to forget everything that they have come to expect from the look of film is a lot to ask. I can imagine it will be an incredible first. People may very well get swept up in the story enough to forget what it looks like. But I don't know. Considering how close minded people can be about things like this, I'm not sure if this will be success. One thing is certain-- when we go to see this film in December, it will NOT look like this:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The 21st Century Racists Claim They Are Not Racists

Gone are the days when racist white folks proudly trumpeted their opinions, and owned up to them! Nowadays, the white racist denies his/her own racism! It's a nifty attempt at a trick that they've picked up from Republican politicians-- you see...all you have to do is deny the label someone has given you. You deny it, even if it's true-- especially in cases like this, when you couldn't possibly read their minds!

The most recent example of "the new racism" is from Patrick Lanzo, the owner of The Georgia Peach Oyster Bar. This gutless turd of a coward is brazen enough to plaster the word "nigger" on  the sign outside his bar-- and he's done this MANY times-- but when confronted about it, he pleads ignorance (which wouldn't be hard for someone like this).  Check out this news item from Fox News affiliate "My Fox" in Atlanta:

I'm just surprised that no one's just destroyed that thing. I'm sure now that it's been shown on television, someone will. Not that I agree with the destruction of someone's property. But he's right-- he had the right to put that sign up, regardless of how moronic he looks...and he DOES look moronic.

By the way, this is the home page of his website:

 I love how he misspells "original" not once, but TWICE (the red type in the top right corner moves around with the mouse). He clearly states that it's a "Klan" bar...and I'm actually surprised that he spelled THAT right! You've got to hand it to the racists...and when I say "it", I mean a diploma of some sort...because they're REALLY, really dumb.

You have to read this article about the bar from seven years ago. There's some GREAT STUFF to be found there, such as a quote from one of his waitresses:

[Theresa] Turner, an occasional waitress at the Georgia Peach, chirped, "We get the bikers and the Klan and the skinheads. They're different, not what you'd expect. The Klan guys, well, they're just ignorant. But the skinheads are very intellectual, which is a surprise at first. The bikers are the best. They tip a lot and they're fun."

"Intellectual" skin-heads, eh? You know, I knew a few skin heads in high school, and I can tell you..."intellectual" is NOT the word I would use to describe them. "Intelect-less"...THAT'S a good word (albeit made up...)! Then Lanzo makes a classic "non-racist" racist statement:
Lanzo contends he isn't racist. "If I am, then I'm racist against everybody, not just one group." He has supported gay rights -- while calling gays "queers," "fags" and "lickers."
Yeah-- gotta throw in the "fags", huh? Idiocracy, thy name is Patrick Lanzo.

Like the white folks in that video say, everyone has the right to their opinions. These are the same white folks that would absolutely cringe at some of the things that I've written on this and other blogs. That's the funny thing to me-- there are some white folks that complain about things that I write about. Some even call me a racist. I couldn't disagree more-- but not in the same way that this yokel would. The only thing that I do is point out the never-ending racial hypocrisy and inequality that exists in this country, and I speak of it in very blunt terms. And some cannot handle that...but they would look at this story, and say the same things that some of those folks in the video say..."It's a free country." "You can't do anything about what people think or believe." "You don't live there, so why do you care?"  It's all a helpless situation, until the microscope is put on you...THEN it's a problem.

Well, as long as it's a free country....I guess I'll be continuing to tell our stories. Like it or not...I just don't give a f*ck.

I'm just that kind of nigger.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Obama's Bin Laden Ad: What's the BFD?

I have heard complaint after complaint about this ad that the Obama campaign has been running regarding the death of Osama Bin Laden. I've heard the GOP whine. I've heard Arriana Huffington jeer. So I figured, if this ad is pissing everyone off so much, then it MUST BE something really hard core and inappropriate; I should watch it!

Really? That's it? This is what people have been bitching about? Talk about much ado about nothing-- this is REALLY nothing! I mean, it's SOMETHING. Barry O. did what presidents from Clinton to Bush could not-- he ordered the death of bin Laden, and got it. It was truly a 60-40 chance that the intelligence was wrong, that Seal Team 6 could have failed...the lost a helicopter during the raid, so that MUST have been horrifying in that moment. But they saw it through, they found bin Laden, and the President gave the order. Done deal. So, this is a bad thing to bring up...why?

I mean, look-- it's no "Mission Accomplished" banner, right?

It's no "swift boat" campaign, right?

I really don't understand why the Obama campaign wouldn't, or shouldn't, present this mission as a case for the president's re-election. The Romney campaign is very big on talking about how the President couldn't possibly run on his record-- which is bullshit. This mission to take out bin Laden IS part of his record. That talking point about how soft Democrats are on terrorism or foreign policy died in that villa in Pakistan, along with that murderous bastard.

You wanna try to tell me that if a Republican president had managed to have bin Laden killed on their watch that they wouldn't publicize it? Hell, they'd have hoist his body on a float and toured it around the country, with Ted Nugent performing whatever bullshit he performs. So please, people...enough with the whiney nonsense. The president was responsible for initiating a new mission to find bin Laden, and it was successful. Period. He SHOULD BE proud of that-- we ALL should be. Clinton had the chance, and he didn't take it.

Bush decided that he didn't care. now people want to shit on President Obama for even MENTIONING that his administration was able to get the man that spearheaded the deaths of over 3,000 people? Fools. Hypocrites. Babies.

Joe Biden said it best: GM is alive, and bin Laden is dead. Those are two things that Mitt Romney didn't believe in. I'd say that's pretty fair to run on...

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Modest Proposal: Learn to Love Your Rapist

According to a new study by the CDC, 1 in 5 women have been raped in their lifetime. 80% of those women say they had been raped before the age of 25, with 1/3 of those women saying that they had been raped later in life. That's horrific, isn't it? I bet you're wondering what, in the name of all that's holy, could possibly be as horrific as that? How about the Republican politicians that don't give a shit?

Florida Governor Scott Walker (R) just recently vetoed $1.5 million dollars in funding that was to go to 30 rape crisis centers in his state; during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, no less (I shit you not). But it's not just Florida. In Kansas, they want to tax women who seek an abortion-- even in cases of rape and incest. The GOP is against a bill called S.1925, or the Violence Against Women Act, which is a bell to help women who are victims of sexual assault...their opposition is due to the fact that this includes the LGBTQ community. How about Rick Santorum, who is flat-out opposed to abortion, again even in the case of rape or incest, and implores women to..."make the best out of a bad situation."

You know what? Maybe Rick has a point. Maybe we're just looking at this the wrong way. I mean, really...what is rape?

Okay, well...alright-- no, we can do this....I mean, these Republicans ARE human beings, after all...there must be some way we can understand what they're trying to say, right? So, let's try!

Let's look at the act itself. It's a sexual act. And sex, as it's defined by most, is an act of love. So these rapists CLEARLY love their victims, so much in fact that they want to express it in the most vehement way possible; by force. Now, what does "by force" mean? Well, it means that the recipient of this love is unwilling to accept it.  And there could be a variety of reasons for this lack of acceptance; they're not physically or romantically attracted to the person, they don't know the person (at all), they're a relative...all of which are valid reasons. But maybe these women need to loosen up a bit. I can't tell you how many single women I've met that are so jaded by the dating scene. They just can't seem to find that "special someone" to connect with. These ladies always seem to talk about this guy or that guy that likes them, but they're just not into those guys-- for whatever reason. And sometimes, you need a little coercion to help you see the light. It's like my daughter with vegetables. Sure, she hates them...but if I force them on her enough, then maybe...

...okay, I can't do this. I mean, I know the "Modest Proposal" monicker is supposed to emphasize satire and sarcasm, but THIS issue is just not fucking funny, man. I can't possibly imagine the mindset of these ignorant, self-righteous "men" (and women) in the Republican party that are SO PRO-CHOICE that they would basically condone rape and incest! Make no mistake, people-- that is EXACTLY what they are doing.

As if the psychological and physical trauma alone were not bad enough for a woman to deal with after this disgrace...can you imagine discovering after the fact that this beast, this filth, not only penetrated you, but ejaculated inside of you...and GOT YOU PREGNANT?! And Republican BASTARDS, you are then willing to tell these women that "you have to make the best out of a bad situation", and go through with the pregnancy?!

I was watching the Rachel Maddow show last night, and she opened with a segment about Republicans and Reproductive Rights. If you have the time, PLEASE watch it:

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It makes my blood boil to see these smug pricks talking about the Right to Life. These fucktards that put women under scrutiny about whether or not they were "really raped", as if every woman out there is willing to accuse men falsely for some stupid reasons. And yes, there are women that have made unfounded accusations about rape-- as unfortunate as it is to both admit and type this out, it is true. But to suggest that this is all women, or even half of women, or 1/3 or 1/20, or 1/1000000 is ridiculous! It's a small enough number to disregard in this debate!

You know what's really fucked up? It's that these men, and their women, don't for a moment believe the bullshit they are shilling and passing for legitimate legislation. Think about, what if one of the wives or daughters of these Republican politicians was raped by someone like this:

How willing do you think those Republican politician's families would be to "make the best out of a bad situation?" You KNOW they would not. All of us know that they'd get their abortions THAT NIGHT, and pay everyone off to keep it quiet. And if it ever leaked, they'd come up with some politi-speak bullshit to justify it.

I know there are a lot of Conservatives out there that hate Barrack Obama, and think he's the devil, and all of that bullshit...but how can ANY OF YOU think that it is acceptable to treat women like this?! And don't deflect with your "Well, Liberals do the same thing..." bullshit, because THEY DO NOT! Liberals don't. Progressives don't. I would even say real Conservatives don't.

Republicans DO.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Battle: Los Angeles -- Movie Review

I remember a lot of people mocking this film when it first came out. And the reviews themselves were not that stellar either. But I'm a sucker for science fiction-- and I the idea of a war movie mashed with an alien invasion plot is very appealing to me. That's what Battle: Los Angeles is; a cross between Independence Day and Apocalypse Now. Yes, I said Apocalypse Now. That may be surprising to you...but not as surprising as the fact that this is a pretty damn good movie!

Now before anyone has a fit about how much a liked this movie, just know that this film is not going to win a Peabody Award, let alone an Oscar...or Golden Globe, or anything like that. This is not an award-winner, or critically acclaimed film. It is a fun, exciting sci-fi action film. Granted, the dialogue is stilted, and some of the pseudo science makes no sense...but, the again, does an epic global alien invasion ring true to you?

This film stars Aaron Eckhart as a staff sergeant assigned to a platoon of young soldiers on a rescue mission after an mysterious alien forces begin their attack on Earth. The platoon has been assigned to rescue a family trapped in a Santa Monica police station after the entire LA coast has been evacuated an hour before a mass firebombing is to wipe out what's left of the city while the aliens pillage it for some unknown reason (which I won't reveal here). As a viewer, you are left in the dark as much as the characters in the film. They are soldiers assigned to do a job, period. But that job has proven to be a great challenge, due to the unpredictable nature of the aliens, and the internal conflicts of the platoon-- particularly surrounding the staff sergeant's controversial past.

Battle: LA is a fairly conventional action film, until the last 30-40 minutes or so, when it goes in a completely unpredictable direction. After they find the family, it turns out that they are not going to make it out of Santa Monica before the fire bombing. From there, it gets REALLY interesting. They could have done some very standard stuff with this film, but screenwriter Christopher Bertolini makes some really interesting choices. Again, some of the dialogue is a little stilted and cliché...but you don't watch a film like this for dialogue. You watch it to see cool effects and some nifty storytelling. And this film definitely has that.

It's not the BEST sci-fi/action film ever...but it's a whole lot of fun, and will definitely warrant repeated viewings.

"Mel Gibson", by Joe Eszterhas

If there is anyone out there that ever had any doubt at all that Mel Gibson is an insane, violent, racist anti-semite...I submit to you the BOMBSHELL provided by The Wrap. They have acquired a letter written by Hollywood screenwriter Joe Eszterhas to Gibson...and let me tell you, it is RIVETING reading.

Here's a bit of the back story. We all know that Mel Gibson has basically watched his career tank after his numerous displays of psychotic behavior, from his "sugar-tits' DUI incident, to the ranting recordings made by ex-Oksana Grigorieva. In an attempt to make amends for his lunacy, he decided that his next film would be based on The Maccabees ("The Hammers"). He hired Mr. Eszterhas (Flashdance, Basic Instinct, Showgirls) to write the screenplay; probably the last smart move Gibson has made since. From this point, things go so horribly wrong that it's almost impossible to believe.

I will never be able to do justice to the story that Mr. Eszterhas has to tell, which he recounts in a "personal and confidential" letter to Gibson. I will post the first two pages here. The rest can, and should, be read at this link:

Who in their right mind could support Gibson after reading this personal account of his behavior? I mean, can anyone really watch any of those Lethal Weapon films, or Braveheart (which I am yet to see), or Passion of the Christ (which I am not interested in seeing) knowing that this is the kind of "man" he is? Well, I guess if you're a bigot, or a sociopath, or a batterer of women, you can't see anything wrong with his behavior.

This is the obvious takeaway: Mel Gibson is out of his mind. I honestly don't think there is a drug in the world that could temper this kind of behavior. NO amount of therapy is going to fix this man. He is clearly sick, deranged, and dangerous. He is unfit to care for his little girl, he is undeserving of the friends that have stood by him, and he has NO BUSINESS reaping the rewards of his Hollywood success. If he were any other man, he would be rotting in a jail cell by now.

Of course, Gibson has written a response to this so-called accusations, in the form of an open letter, which can be read in its entirety at TMZ:

"I have your letter. I am not going to respond to it line by line, but I will say that the great majority of the facts as well as the statements and actions attributed to me in your letter are utter fabrications. I would have thought that a man of principle, as you purport to be, would have withdrawn from the project regardless of the money if you truly believed me to be the person you describe in your letter. I guess you only had a problem with me after Warner Brothers rejected your script..."
 Personally, I don't believe him. This is the remarkable thing here-- why would one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood make something like this up? What could he possibly have to gain by lying about Gibson's behavior? Does anyone really believe that Mr. Eszterhas wrote this letter because Warner Bros. hated his script? I'm sure he's be rejected by studios before-- why would he be so upset about it that he decided to write a PERSONAL letter to Gibson. Keep that in mind, Esterhas' letter was a private one (until it was leaked), and this was followed by Gibson sending an open letter to TMZ. That is a seriously cowardly move right there. And I love the "I won't respond  line by line" defense-- that is the call of someone who has been painted in a corner and has NO DEFENSE for their behavior, other than deflecting.  I don't even believe that he wrote that letter. It would be incredibly difficult to even write your name in the midst of a meltdown. You KNOW he lost his shit while he was reading that letter-- IF he even made it past page 2! This is nothing but more bullshit.

Seriously, Mel...give it up. It's over. If it wasn't over before, it's most DEFINITELY over now (and will be more so, when Joe's son's audio recording comes out). NO ONE will hire you. NO ONE will want to work with you. You are a dangerous, horrible excuse for a man, and you need to stay isolated in your Costa Rican villa to live out the rest of your days in solitude.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Vaginal Bleaching

What IS IT with the people in India, and their skin-bleaching fetishes?! As if the idea of skin bleaching wasn't gross enough...then anal bleaching comes along, and that's just,'s time to perk up that labia with "vaginal bleaching". VAGINAL BLEACHING. What. The. F**K?!

Look, I don't want to pick on India too much. There was a time in America when black folks were bleaching their skin and straightening their hair:

 ...well, actually, some would say that there are black folks STILL doing that!

 Ugly and ridiculous. But I don't think you will EVER see a commercial like this running on American television:

Can you believe that crazy shit?! This is some of the worst self-hating garbage that I've seen since Ted Haggard!


So freaking sad-- these people are victims of the same 'ol Western/European ideals of beauty-- "It's all right, if it's light/white!" Awful. But I digress...

We're talking about vaginal bleaching, after all:

I love how they show the "black coffee". I mean COME ON! Really?! This is a problem?! I can tell you from experience, that I've never looked at a woman's vajayjay, and said "Damn, I wished she would bleach this damn thing...!"

2012, people. We are in the 21st century, and black and brown people are STILL obsessed with being lighter?! Now, this is coming from a light-skinned person-- so, I can't tell you from experience how it feels for dark skinned people to feel like they are unattractive...which is INSANE to me. My dad was dark skinned, as is his side of the family-- but I never looked at any of them differently. I've had dark skinned girlfriends, and never thought they were unattractive. All of this is so sad and horrifying...

Of course, we can look at how white people are constantly tanning themselves. Some are as obsessed about changing their skin tone as these Indian (and Jamaican) folks are. I think that's crazy, too.  Seems to me like NO ONE is really happy about their appearance. It's funny to me how the whites don't wanna be white, and the black/brown don't wanna be who they are either. Granted, this is not EVERYONE...but it's enough to wonder why this is so important to people.

I'm going to do the lame thing, and blame the media. I don't think black and brown people see enough of their own beauty on television and in movies. Western media especially seems to focus more on fairer complexions with regards to black folks. The most famous black faces out there are light-skinned. On the white side, you have shows like Jersey Shore that glamorize tanning. And hip-hop culture also has a lot of white kids wanting to "be more black"-- but, then again, that's been an issue with white kids for decades.

I guess as long as there's a means, people will always be trying to alter their appearance. I just wish that everyone could just leave their skin alone-- ESPECIALLY black/brown folks. We have enough issues to deal with; self-hatred shouldn't be one of them.

Drive: Movie Review

It's been a LONG TIME since I've written a movie review. Frankly, it's been a long time since I've seen a movie worth writing about. Who am I kidding-- it's been a long time since watched movies on a regular basis AT ALL; it's what happens when you have kids. It's because I have kids, however, that I have changed my movie-watching habits. Now, when my infant son wakes me up at 3am, while I'm up with him, I put on a movie. I've actually been able to see a few films this way. The most recent one I've seen is a small, but powerful, film called Drive-- directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Pusher).

I LOVED this movie. It made me think of John Hughes, if he was still alive, and was inspired by Quentin Tarantino films and decided that he wanted to do something a bit different. Everything from the story, to the 80s-inspired soundtrack, the look and feel, and the OH SO COOL performance by Ryan Gosling...this movie is a great one! Gosling plays a driver-for-hire, whose life as a driver is about to change when he gets involved with a couple of heavies (Ron Pearlman and Albert Brooks, who both give great performances). Along the way, he befriends and falls for his neighbor, played very sweetly by Carey Mulligan-- who's jailbird husband also ends up in the mix of the Driver's world.

I don't want to say too much more about this film. I ended up seeing it without knowing anything about it (my favorite way to see a movie), and was PLEASANTLY surprised. I will say that the first 10-15 minutes is incredible-- reminded me of why people loved Bullitt back in the day:

If you liked this scene, Drive will kick your ass!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

George Zimmerman: Racist?

I don't want to waste too much time talking about this person until he climbs out from whatever hole he's hiding in. I want to address the push-back regarding his social politics.

Many "conservative" commentators are up-in-arms about how Zimmerman is being characterized by the "liberal media" as being a racist. That shouldn't really be a surprise to anyone-- most white conservatives would NEVER accuse one of their own of being racist. They just see it as liberals and black folks playing the "race card"-- which, according to them, makes liberals and blacks the TRUE racists.

One of the claims they make is the fact that Zimmerman mentored black kids. Now again, we can find out more about this when or if he decides to come out of hiding. And, honestly, I'd like to hear from these black kids that he mentored-- that would be quite a feather in the cap of his defense team. However, I find this "black mentor" defense to be weak, to say the least.

I grew up with white folks. My family moved to Mt. Laurel, NJ when I was 8 years old in May of 1980. Mt. Laurel was a predominately white suburban township, surrounded by other predominately white townships in South Jersey. I was one of the few blacks in grade school, from about 3rd grade to 8th grade. When we got to high school, there were a few more blacks-- which made up for about 15% of the school's student body. While in that school, I heard the word "nigger" literally every other day. The same white kids that talked about "niggers", and made other derogatory remarks about blacks, did not make those remarks about me. You know why? I do, because they told me. They said "You're not like them." Or, "You're different than the other ones". I also heard things like "You speak so well!", or "You're much smarter than the others!", or "You don't act black". Now, does the fact that they are speaking to me, or "complimenting" me, negate the racism coming out of their mouths? Nope. THEY ARE RACISTS!!!

At my 10 year high school reunion, I ran into a few of these assholes. They tried talking to me-- wanting to know what I was up to, where I've been, all that bullshit. I told them to go fuck themselves. I literally used those words. When they didn't understand, I explained it to them. Guess what? They didn't remember ANY of that. But I did. I remembered it like it was yesterday. As a black man, I NEVER forget racist bullshit like that. And listen-- and I think this goes without saying-- not every white person I went to school with was a racist. I still talk to quite a few of them on Facebook. And you know what? Those white folks remembered all that racist shit, too! You know why? BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT, AND ARE NOT, RACISTS. They understood then, and they understand now, that racism among white folks as never gone away. It existed for my great-great-great grands...and it will exist for my two young babies.

Thankfully, we live in an era when white racism doesn't have the same impact as it did even for my parents. None of the white folks I deal with on a daily basis have a racist bone in their bodies. In fact, they get as aggravated and annoyed (and saddened) by the people that continue to bring their retarded social politics out in the open. They hated those racist teabbag fucks in the Youtube videos at the McCain/Palin rallies, and the Tumblrs of those stupid posters and signs at the 'bagger events. They hate morons like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Pat Buchanan that make insane and inaccurate statements about race. And they hate stories about people like George Zimmerman, who goes into hiding when then heat is up, unwilling to stand up for himself-- but why?! If he's not a bigot, and this shooting wasn't based on his prejudices...hold a press conference, meet with Trayvon's parents-- ACKNOWLEDGE your wrongs! But he won't. And at this point, it wouldn't matter.

These people have become very adept at trying to hide their bigotry. Of course, there are some that just don't care, and will gladly display their ignorance and emotional retardation. Those are naturally the easy ones to spot. The problem with this Zimmerman case is simply the fact that he made a mistake; he thought he was going after one of the bad ones.

I Heard Allen West is a Witless Turd


Republicans are bad enough. It's the black Republicans that make my sphincter seize up. Not because they are Republicans...but when they say outrageous things, for some reason, they end up being WORSE than your typical idiotic, ideological garbage heap of piss-poor commentary. Granted, not ALL black Republicans are awful. But the ones who are....Alan Keyes, Herman Cain, Michael Steele...and THIS ass-clown, Allen West...THESE are the worst of the worst.

West has made some idiotic statements before, but this new line of attack against Democrats is too ridiculous, even for the most partisan kiss-ass. This cretin was speaking at a town hall meeting in Palm City, Florida, when he made the insane claim that he had "heard" that there were 80 House Democrats who were communists. COMMUNISTS?! I'm sorry, did I just wake up in 1955? Who the HELL is concerned about communism in 2012?! In fact, who in their right mind was EVER concerned about the so-called spread of communism?! This was always a claim spread by paranoid sociopaths. Many people, including Martin Luther King, Jr., were called communists. And I have to say, if he's a member...maybe I should be, too.

Of course, I wouldn't call myself a communist for many reason-- mostly because I don't give a shit. The ONLY THING that communism really does is put everyone on a level playing field-- hence it's root, commune. Naturally, that doesn't bode well for capitalists, libertarians, totalitarianists and all other ideologies that separate the haves from the have-nots. America has always been about giving the illusion that EVERYONE can be rich and successful...which is not true in the least. It's like the lottery-- "Ya gotta be in it, to win it!" But not everyone is gonna win it; most people will either JUST get by, or have NOTHING. And those who have nothing, according to most Republicans, are on their own.

The only real reason that someone like West is making these claims is because the Republicans are in danger of losing the House. No one has really talked about this-- possibly because they don't wanna jinx it. Since the Republican Party took the house, they have done all they can to trash their reputations more so than they had under Bush. Remember how they took the House based on "Jobs, jobs, jobs"? And what happened after the election in 2010? Did they push for creating jobs? Nope. Instead, they pushed anti-immigration legislation, gay marriage bans, anti-labor union laws, anti-WOMEN legislation-- NOTHING to do with job creation.

I, honestly, welcome the rhetorically retarded politicians like Allen West to continue to run their mouths  stupidly. I want him to continue to make inaccurate platitudes against his intellectual betters, such as President Obama. At this same Palm City town hall, he had complained about President Obama not showing up to have a debate with him-- after he made a request or two to do so. When asked why he thought the president didn't respond, he claimed that Obama was "scared". Funny, huh? Clowns like this LOVE to talk a big game. It's usually the dumb ones that have the biggest mouths. I think it would go without saying that if Allen West EVER had the change to debate Barack Obama, to say that West would have his ass handed to him is an understatement. It would be a slaughter of epic proportions. It would be so bad and embarrassing to watch that I don't think my sphincter could tighten hard enough-- diamonds would be made without the coal! He says these things because he knows that the president wouldn't want to waste his time. At the same time, he's narcissistic enough to believe that there is at least a 15% chance that he could actually score this mythological debate. Deep down, though-- if it EVER happened, he'd be unemployed almost instantly. Then he'd have to turn to Democrats for all those communist programs he's been complaining about.

Someone once said: "I'm very concerned about this very divisive rhetoric..." Can you guess who that was?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Modest Proposal: Ban on Male Ejaculation

If you've been following the news lately, particularly the news involving GOP candidates and politicians, you know that there's a war going on. No, not those silly goings on overseas! I'm talking about the War on Women. To some people, I'm sure that sounds hyperbolic to say the least. But make no mistake, there are men, and a small handful of women ('Aunt Toms') that are seeking to eliminate the reproductive rights of women. It's making women pay for "rape kits",  forcing women to get penetrative ultrasounds in the case of abortion, and the elimination of Planned Parenthood, among other things. Basically, these so-called Conservatives are telling women that if you get raped, or you or your child are in danger of severe physical injury or're on your own.

The primary excuse that these people use in justifying their view is the "right to life" argument. This being that life begins at conception. Basically, as soon as the load is has begun. Well, that's all well and good, but inaccurate. I rightly argue that life actually begins WAY BEFORE the sperm reaches the egg. The sperm ITSELF is a living thing:

See that? THAT, my friends, is life! And when you put things in that perspective, you have to consider that EVERY TIME a male ejaculates...LIFE is created. Which brings me to the obvious point: Male masturbation, and sex without procreation, leads to male ejaculation which, in turn, kills MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of living beings.

Listen, boys-- think about how often you've masturbated up to this moment. Anytime you release in your hand, a sock, a tissue, or a back, an ass, or a are basically creating and destroying life. Just think of how many US Presidents, or great surgeons or filmmakers, or Hitlers you are killing weekly, daily, or hourly! Where is the "right to life" argument then?! Every single one of those spermatozoa you excrete is alive, and every time you spank it to are killing GENERATIONS of humans! This makes ALL human males among the most infamous of serial killers. And we are ALL getting away with it! Well, not anymore!

Men should ONLY be allowed to ejaculate when they are in the process of impregnating a woman. That means teenage boys, single men, and homosexuals are NOT ALLOWED to cum without female egg fertilization. This way, there will be NO NEED for abortions-- women won't get knocked up without getting married first! This also means NO GAY MARRIAGE-- hell, NO GAYS AT ALL...which will make right wingers and Evangelicals VERY HAPPY. This is also environmentally sound. No more unnecessary laundry, or wasted tissues, napkins, or paper towels. EVERY SPERM will be accounted for by our population count!

So you see-- we can protect women's reproductive rights by being responsible, and showing a little restraint. After all...every life, and every sperm, is sacred:

Monday, April 2, 2012

Sarah Palin co-hosts "Today"

No, I am not making that up. This is ACTUALLY happening. THE Sarah Palin has actually beeen tapped to co-host "Today" on Tuesday morning, April 3rd (tomorrow). She called into the show today the give viewers a sneak-peak as to what to expect. I honestly wouldn't expect much-- and apparently neither is Matt Lauer, who asked Palin a "jokey" question:

So there you go. A simple question, and a rambling bull-shit answer. So I guess we can expect half-assery from the half-term Governor.

I mean,  I guess they have to do SOMETHING to get ratings, but seriously-- why not Kim Kardashian or the Octomom? They're JUST AS GOOD as Palin, and would probably do a bit of reading and research BEFORE their appearance. Which is far more than anyone can say about Silly Sarah.

But hey, who knows? Maybe if they stay away from politics and talk about things like getting kids to eat vegetables, it might actually be a good appearance.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

George Lucas says "Done" with Star Wars movies

This is news that pretty much any good geek should know. It took TMZ to shove a camera in his face as he was coming out of a restaurant to clear up any confusion that anyone may have as to whether or not Mr. Lucas will actually be bringing us Episodes 7, 8 & 9 of Star Wars:

Well, there you have it. Quick and to the point, there will be no more Star Wars films. Which I, quite frankly, have no real desire to see anyway. I thought the Timothy Zahn books served as a good series of events after Jedi. Now everyone is just waiting for him to tell film his Star Wars television series. Again, is this necessary? Nah. I mean, I'm very excited to show my kids the original trilogy, and MAYBE the other three prequels. But then there are books, and comics, and that Clones animated series, and the shitty Xmas special from the 70s....I mean, do we REALLY need any more?

Anchorman 2!

FINALLY some fun news!

Legendary anchorman Ron Burgundy made an appearance on Conan last night. After a flute solo that would have made Herbie Mann cry, Mr. Burgundy announced that he and Paramount Pictures have agreed to make a sequel to Anchorman. It's freaking awesome!

Now all they have to do is get that Zoolander sequel up and running, and then we'll all be good! I'll tell you, with all that talk about Paramount's lack of interest, I'm surprised that THIS is even happening at all. I mean, you would think that making an Anchorman sequel would be like printing money...

Well played, sirs...well played.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Tara Servatius: Idiot

You're probably looking at the headline to this post, and the picture of this woman, saying "Who the hell is Tara Servatius?" Well, I didn't know who she was either-- until this morning. She is a conservative blogger in North Carolina, who was writing another hateful screed about President Obama-- this time about his opposition to NC's proposed ban on same-sex marriage. She apparently felt that her hit piece was missing something, so...she added this image:

Now, she's out of a job. A bigot on TWO fronts, instead of one; anti-gay AND anti-black.

Leave it to the conservatives to think that something like that is acceptable or even funny! I guess I understand the leather and heels reference, because that's what many conservatives assume gay men are into...but the KFC? Really-- what the hell does that have to do with same-sex marriage? It doesn't-- it's just "Hey, y'all-- lookit that nigger! YUK-YUK-YUK!! He got him some fried chicken-- git it? 'cause niggers LOOOOOOOVE fried chicken!!"

What's funny about that image, really, is that someone out there took the time to make this image-- someone clearly with a remedial-level education. Now, I'm assuming that this Tara Servatius person went to college. If she did, she should have her degree revoked, because NO INTELLIGENT or RATIONAL person would attach this to what I'm sure she would consider a serious piece of journalistic opinion. This not only makes her look stupid, but it also discredits ANYTHING that she has to say.

Tara Servatius is clearly a child that has lost ANY credibility that she MAY HAVE had before. I mean seriously-- what if someone did something like that to her:

"Hey y'all! Lookit the white trash! Git it? 'cause she's white, and she's pregnant with a cigarette and she's barefoot on a dirty floor, and her man got a mullet and a trucker cap and a gun! She white trash!!! Git it?!"

Guess what, Tara Servatius? I made this! Now, did I have to write "BLOGGER BITCH"? Nah, probably not. But what's done is done. It's not like I'm gonna get fired from by blog. The point is that anyone can do ANYTHING with Photoshop; it doesn't mean that is should be done, or used on "serious" journalism for that matter-- especially when an image is racist and offensive.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

"The Forgotten Man"

I remember the first time I saw the work of Jon McNaughton. I said to myself..."What IS this creepy shit?"

This first McNaughton I ever saw was a painting called "One Nation Under God":

I've gotta say, if I was at someone's house and I saw this on the wall...I'd leave. This WEIRD mixture of the two things that should NEVER go together-- church AND state-- is just a horrible lack of inclusion on MANY levels. Granted, this guy is sticking strictly to the Christian side of things, and so be it. It's just so tacky and odd and so...religious! In a word...awful.

The latest travesty committed to canvas is the work found at the top of this post-- "The Forgotten Man", featuring our current President Barack Obama, seemingly turning his back on founding fathers, with his foot planted on the Constitution. So fucking stupid. I mean, these Conservatives that claim that Obama has turned his back on what makes America great-- all the while disavowing EVERYTHING that went on during the Bush Administration is INSANE!! Not only did Bush and Cheney step on the Constitution, they wiped their asses with it! If you doubt it, the first place you can look is The Patriot Act! How about the gutting of Posse Comitatus? These are things that threatened our liberty more than ANYTHING ELSE at ANY TIME in this nation's history! Where were these so-called concerned citizens then?! We've got a bunch of mental patients who think that a Health Care law is threatening their freedom! It's so stupid, it's both sad and comical. But I digress...

The only thing creepier than this guy's work is the videos documenting his work:

Yeah, see? He was concerned about America...AFTER 2008. So convenient, that he seems to have been under a rock or in space or something for the 8 years before. Here's another video for that crappy Obama painting:

I love this! So, "every man" is some white guy, and he claims that our country is falling apart because of the actions of Barack Obama, "...and other presidents". I love how he adds that line about "other presidents", but CLEARLY President Obama is front and center, and the ONLY ONE stepping on the Constitution. Where's W.? Oh, he's in the back...nowhere near the Constitution...looking to the founding fathers, as if to say "What can I do?"

Like many other Conservatives, this is a bullshit argument. I mean really-- come on! There is nothing fair or balanced in this interpretation of events. This is clearly nothing more than partisan nonsense. And listen-- I HATE when Liberals and Democrats ignore their short-comings, and blame everything on the other side, as if everything they do and believe is correct. It's just a sickening, maybe a bit more so, to hear Republicans and Conservatives do it. There is such a blindness and pigheadedness with regards to acknowledging BASIC FACTS and RECENT HISTORY, it's mind-numbing to witness.

I mean, look...Conservatives have very few contributors to the arts. It's not surprising, seeing as how they are more than willing to cut arts programs whenever they can. This Jon McNaughton guy is one of their artistic voices. And, in true Conservative fashion, he epitomizes who they are: bland, hyper-religious, historically and intellectually inaccurate, and just plain creepy.

And I will be printing this out this guy's work and putting it on my wall. The kitsch value is THROUGH THE ROOF! HAHAHAHAHA!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Trayvon Martin

It took 3 days for the police to notify the Martin family of the consequences behind their son's death. It took 3 weeks before this story made national headlines. Other than the absolutely tragic story behind this young man's needless death, the sad thing is that NO ONE in the black community is at all surprised by the events leading to Trayvon's death.

I write a lot about race on this blog, and often times I get complaints from a few white readers-- not many, mind you...but I do get them. The complaints come from the simple fact that they believe that I focus too much on race, or that I always blame white people in general for being racist. It seems that simply bringing up racism is a bad thing. "We elected a black president," I'll often hear. "You know, black people can be racist, too!" is another greatest hit. But when you look at the murder of Trayvon he was stalked because the shooter "thought" he "looked suspicious", the fact that the police took the shooter at his word  in spite of 911 calls that seem to contradict his story, and the fact that NO ONE in either the police department OR the Justice Department in Florida decided to investigate this OBVIOUS case of the murder of a young man who was guilty ONLY of being black in a gated, predominately white community....and the fact that the killer,  George Zimmerman, has NOT YET BEEN ARRESTED...all of these things are an example of the continued frustrations in the black community of the still-ever-present state of racism in America.

It's extremely naive to believe that hundreds of years of social conditioning is just simply going to evaporate from the national consciousness because Barack Obama is in the White House. His presidency has brought about HUGE spikes in white supremacy movements. It also brought about a more institutionalized form of white supremacy known as the Teabagger Movement. Many white Republicans don't seem to remember the hateful, racist signs that appeared at those rallies. And let's not forget the "birthers" or the allegations of secret Muslim affiliations, or the anti-Christian rhetoric belched up by Republican politicians and Christian leaders alike-- all veiled, all passive-aggressive claims that President Obama is "not like us". But you can't say these things to some whites. They make excuses, or deflect blame, claiming things like "reverse racism".

The presidency of Barack Obama has not ushered in a "post racial society". It merely amplified the fringe-level xenophobia that has ALWAYS existed in this country. While their numbers may not be dominant, they are big enough and loud enough to disrupt the peace. Yes,  it's true-- most white folks did not agree with the institution of slavery pre-Civil War. At the same time, many Germans did not agree with the Nazi's concentration camps...but many Germans lived within a couple of miles of them, and even with the smell of human flesh in the air...they did and said NOTHING. It's all well and good to NOT be a racist...but to simply roll your eyes and bitch about people talking about problems that STILL exist to this me, that's just as bad.

So now we have yet another black boy shot and killed because of some mental defective's racist assumptions. Here's another example of the "old South", rising up again like a turd in the toilet, right down to the police not doing a GODDAMN THING about it. Even with Zimmerman's record and reputation, even with the 911 calls, ALL OF THIS...and this asshole:

...this racist, ignorant MURDERER is STILL AT LARGE! What the hell are you people waiting for?!?!