Monday, May 25, 2009

Have A Reflective Memorial Day!

This day is for all those who perform(ed) the role of an American Soldier. Those who give up something much more profound than just the security their lives, limbs, or sanity to work in a military capacity in service of this nation. That is to say that every soldier gives up who they once were in order to be better able to cope with working with each other under combat situations (those that are possibilities and those that are currently realities). To give that up and then to willing risk life and limb your country is epitome of bravery and service.

So for those veterans who served and serve in our military, those who were injured either/both physically and emotionally, those who gave their lives, and all who gave themselves for our country...I Remember (and will continue to do so)!


Saturday, May 23, 2009

Talk About Beating A Dead Horse Or Drowning A Live Conservative!

It's just a splash of water on the face...right?

Hannity, its your turn to make big on your tough talk. You're gonna have to man-up homey! Sit back (at let the water splash) or shut up.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Of Terrorists, Detainees, And Super Criminals!


As an adolescent I loved reading comics (especially superhero comics). The stories pretty much went as follows: 1) Super criminal commits a "super" crime; 2) Superhero fights super criminal; 3) superhero beats super criminal; 4) Super criminal goes to jail (or dies); and 5) Super criminal busts out of jail (or comes back from the dead) to start the "fun" all over again. Super hero comics rarely deviated from that formula, but for me the fun wasn't about knowing what would happen in the end, but about the "journey". This particular post however is not so much about the stories found in super hero comics as it is about the particular aspect of superhero comics. That aspect is detention of super criminals in those comics and how it does not correlate to the detention of (possible) criminals in the real world.

In times past (golden age of comics), when a superhero like Superman caught a bad guy like Lex Luthor, he'd hand him over to the authorities to be hauled off to prison. A criminal like Lex Luthor would then break out of prison because those prisons were not able to properly handle said criminal. As time progressed, comic publishers began to realize that "Hey, these guys are super criminals and regular prisons! WTF!?” The thinking was that since these villains were so beyond the normal order of criminal that regular prisons couldn't possibly hold them for long. So then the concept of Super Prisons came into play. These prisons were often of shore and fitted with the latest futuristic comic book) technology capable of properly dealing with these villains and their powers/abilities.


In comics these places are necessary because the world portrayed in those comics had villains who could fly, move cities with their minds, build dooms day weapons, etc. This is not the case in the real world. In the real world, there are no "super" criminals that can not be contained by normal (maximum security) prisons. In the real world, terrorist (or GITMO detainee) does not equal super criminal. Are terrorist deranged zealots with little regard for human life (even their own)? Yes! Are they super humans or super geniuses, just waiting for a chance to get sent to a normal prison only to bust out and wreak havoc on our fragile population? NO! Let me say that again...NOOOOOOO! Sending these guys to our prisons (after a proper display of due process of course), will do no more damage to our national security than say Charles Manson (serving a life term), John Gotti (died serving a life term), or even Zacarias Moussaoui (serving a life term). Knowing that, I am not worried about prisoners in GITMO being prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced within the boarders of the United States.

Am I supposed to be mortally afraid of this guy being in a supermax prison in my back yard? I mean he doesn't even have a mask seared onto his face or a purple helmet meant to thwart telepathic intrusions. What's so scary about this guy? Nothing!

I'd like to think that the majority of my fellow Americans are as discerning as I am on this issue, but it appears that this is not the case (if we go by what the Senate has done this week). I guess I shouldn't be surprised though, seeing as how people started walking around in surgical masks in PUBLIC, in response to the Swine Flu scare. A popular saying (via twitter and other soc-net-sites) during that time was "People will wear masks so they won't catch the flu, but won't wear condoms so they won't get AIDS!" I agree with the sentiment of that statement. We tend to favor jumping at shadows instead of concentrating on real threats. But that’s what fear does to us, it makes us incapable of putting things in perspective and sometimes as a result we say and do things that in hindsight would be regarded as foolish.

We have the tendency to get frightened into absurdity and the belief that among the detainees in GITMO, there is a villain of the caliber of Dr. Doom or Magneto is beyond ridiculous. If we really stop and think about what kind of prisons America has along with the type of prisoners housed in them, we will realize how ridiculous the "Not in my backyard!" argument is. The truth is that those detained in GITMO are no more dangerous than the rapists, murderers, pedophiles, gang members, and yes terrorists in our prisons within the boarders of this country.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

"My Favorite Blogs" List!

The Incomparable Ugly Black John ( has decided to award me with the blog honor Splash Award. Though I wouldn’t usually do this, I am compelled to pass the award on to other bloggers who I feel are worthy (in my estimation) of such an honor. The bloggers I choose must be those that I find amusing, alluring, bewitching, impressive or inspirational.

The one who receives the award must do the following:
1) Place the Splash Award logo on their post and site (blog).
2) Nominate up to nine blogs that inspire, bewitch, amuse, impress, or inspire.
3) Be sure to link to your nominations.
4) Let the recipient know of the award on their blog.
5) Mention and link to the person from whom the award was received.

So with out further ado, here is my divine nine(in no particular order of course)

1. Ugly Black John (of course); This blogger is as prolific as his posts are thought provoking

2. Dalyn Montgomery (Brohammas); This blogger is not your typical white anti-racist (plus he’s a writer/artist like me)

3. Field Negro; This blogger is like the black Peter Jennings (or is it Chris Mathews?) of the afro-sphere. News that is important, though at times deemed not MSM worthy (erroneously so) can be found here.

4. Siddity; This blogger is her own woman with her own mind.

5. Danielle Belton (The Black Snob); This blogger knows how to illicit the snob in all of us. Also, her cyber stalking of CNN news anchor T. J. Holmes is hilarious.

6. Legal Pub; This blogger is my pusher, the one I go to get my legal news fix.

7. Abagond; This blogger is will post about any and everything that tickles his fancy, yet he always manages to keep things interesting.

8. Big Man (Raving Black Lunatic); This blogger shows that there is a method to the madness.

9. Macon D; This blogger is also another white anti-racist who explores some tendencies that he believes is common among white people. Whether or not you agree with him, his posts are usually a good read.

Check these blogs out. I promise you that you won't be disappointed.


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I'm Not Getting Paid For This!

Ok, now I feel that Elmo was to Seseme Street what Souljah Boy Tell 'Em is to Hip Hop. Things went downhill after these two arrived on their respective scenes. That being said, this clip is hilarious!

I enjoy things that make me unexpectedly LOL, don't you?


It seems that elmo is the "Keanu Reeves" of Sesme Street, surrounding himself with superior talent to bolster his popularity. Anyway here's the annoying red monster with Michelle Obama.

Michelle is as wonderful as ever and Elmo is his typical lame self (I kid, I kid...not really though).


Saturday, May 2, 2009

Why Hip Hop Is Dying: Exhibit A

While listening to this, close your eyes and try to distinguish this spoof song from all of the regular "hip hop" (term used loosely) songs played on the radio these days. Hell, they even got T-Pain to sing the catchy hook to distract you from their nonsensical nursery rhymes. Sound familiar?

Naw, hip hop ain't dead, but she is on her way out and apparently she ain't got any kids to inherit her legacy.