Sunday, October 17, 2010

Positive Awesomeness: Black Muppet Hair!

I'm gonna leave this little piece of positive awesomeness right here...

Have a wonderful Sunday morning!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010


The following story reminds me of the Vietnam war movies "Platoon" and "Casualties of War" with a little splash of the recent Iraq war movie "In the Valley of Elah." The only difference is that this is real. People tend to forget what enduring war zones does to soldiers and civilians. Here is a reminder...

I will only say this, war is never JUST and is rarely ever necessary.


Monday, September 20, 2010


You know how on those cable news shows, when there is a panel of pundits discussing a certain topic, and one of the pundits says something racist without any acknowledgement of that fact from the others on the panel? Yeah, well that doesn't happen this time.

OOOOOOOH BURN!!! Republican strategist Jack Burkman get's called out not once, but twice for his racist comments during the discussion about the "uselessness" of the United States Postal Service. A white female Lawyer, Tamara Holder, and an older white male, former Republican Senator Alfonse D'Amato, both correctly identified Mr. Burkman's comments for what they truly were. The fact is that Burkman's comments, to quote Mr. D'Amato, were "Racist Bullshit!".

I've never seen racism (the subtle kind) called out on television like this before (with such forcefulness and clarity). The cherry on top for me is the fact that it is an old white guy that does the calling out in the most forceful tones. This gives me hope that when it comes to dealing with racism in America, there may be some hope for us after all (that's a huge may be).


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Little White Lies.

Remember this girl? Her name is Bethany Storro. She is the young woman whose face was burnt as a result of an acid attack. She claimed that a twenty something black woman with her hair tied in a pony tail was the one who threw acid at her face after saying "Hey pretty girl, do you want to drink this?"

These turn of events of course, drummed up a lot of sympathy for Bethany (she even was was to be interviewed by Oprah). That is until folks started to find some inconsistencies with her story. People started asking questions and she would suddenly be unreachable for comment (she even cancelled on Oprah). It turns out that Ms. Storro's story was inconstant because it wasn't true.

That's right folks, she made the whole thing up and like the backwards "B" chick she mutilated her own face and blamed it on a black person. *Sigh* Why is a black person always the assailant chosen when it comes to white women making up crimes against committed them? Why does it seem natural for people to assume that all black people are violent criminals waiting for an opportunity to attack white people? These are rhetorical questions, I already have my answers. I know how race in America works and I also know that things probably won't change significantly, any time soon. I just wish that situations where a white woman (because it is usually a white woman making these accusations) is caught in her lie, would be a lesson to America spurring us to have a more critical eye focused on these kinds of accusations. I'm a realist however, and I fully prepared for this, like a ninth page retraction to a front page declaration, to not even make a dent (the damage already being done).


Photo courtesy of Associated Press

Monday, September 13, 2010


Let's have a toast for all the assholes and all the barefoot white girls that want to milk any sympathy that those assholes generated for them, until the last drop. I mean, it was an awards show stunt. These sort of things happen all the time. You didn't see puffy making subliminal references to ODB at the American Music Awards a year after Dirt McGirt stormed the stage during Diddy's acceptance speech to inform the audience that "Wu Tang is for the kids!" Yeah Ye was a jackass for doing it, but he did it and Swift still got her chance to finish her speech (thanks to Beyonce). In the words of Lord Voldemort (via twitter) "Dear Taylor Swift. He stole your microphone. It's been a year. Get over it. It's not like he broke up with you on the phone or something..."


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Poetry Session #5


I remember when I was in undergrad on a typical day that went bad. It was still morning and I was checking my e-mail in the computer lab.

I remember the chain e-mail around ten in the a.m stating there has been been a plane hijacking and there were hostages, so please pray for them.

I remember heading to my first class an hour later and being one of only five people there. The professor didn't even show up, something wrong was going on and we were not aware.

I remember a classmate walked in suggest that class was cancelled as a matter of course. She said that everyone was to stunned by the attacks in New York.

I remember rushing home to my dorm wondering what could have possible occurred to upset the norm.

I remember getting home to see my roommate glued to the T.V. The events on the box were so intense that he didn't even see me.

I remember one- no two planes hit one- no two buildings. I felt a rush of emotions but was too numb to be in touch with my feelings.

I remember it was like watching a movie with a familiar plot and then to our collective horror and shock the buildings dropped. All those citizens, firefighters, and cops. It was like time stopped.

I remember the screams, the tears, the dust, the bodies, the blood, and the fears. I knew this day have aftershocks that would knock us around for years.

I remember predicting how things were going to go about from here on out. This country would be determined to inflict and endure anything in order to regain its clout.

I remember when the culprits were being named. Foreign, Muslim, and brown was enough to get patriotic hearts inflamed. Nothing would ever be the same.

I remember my roommate and I likening these events to “The Siege”, but this time there was no Denzel Washington to help when the rights of a minority would be aggrieved. At that moment I thought about American born Japanese.

I remember being assured that we would be going to war in order to payback these attacks with devastation multiplied by four. But I didn't fully appreciate what was really in store for our young men and women doing tours.

I remember in the face of such pain no soothing words would avail. We would follow a path of force ans stay the course. Cooler heads would not prevail.

I remember the fury of the debates. I remember the consensus to go on the offensive and the hate for those few who said, “Wait!”

I remember the mistakes that were taken for granted, because granted, emotions were still raw. In seemingly quick succession there was a nearly unified expression, followed by projections, faulty connections, threats, and finally "Shock and Awe!"

I remember not truly the widespread and long lasting devastation that one day could cause. I remember us holding to flags and buzz words instead of addressing our flaws.

I remember lost freedoms, renditions, water boarding, terror alerts, two wars, and the rampant Islamophobia being troubling to me. Even in the era of Obama I remember that Osama is out there somewhere still hiding, still plotting, and still free.


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Restoring The White Dream!

It's a stupid question, but...ummm...where are all the black/brown/tan/yellow/red people? Ok, about an even dumber question? Where are all the smart people?

"OMG!" at the dude that was talking about how he knew how the "Indians" felt now, when asked about illegal immigration. That comment alone was worthy of a straight face followed by an extreme side eye followed by a double face palm. I can't with these people and it's too early in the week for me to have to.


P.S Here is a clip of Glenn Beck calling President Obama a racist...

Yeah...he went there!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Colbert Interviews Ingraham!

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Yeah, the interview was funny and all, but I kept getting the feeling that there was a deeper meaning behind all of Steven's jokes. I don't know, perhaps I was reading too much into it and seeing (or hearing) things that weren't there. At any rate, I think I'm going to buy that book. From the way that Steven describes it, that book must be hilarious. heh! (:-P]


Tuesday, July 13, 2010


I miss the days when we didn't know about horrible, racist, misogynistic, sexist, and down right horrible aspects of these Hollywood actors/actresses' lives. Back then it was about selling an image (on and off screen) and everyone was in on it (studios, public relations firms, and even the media). Sure, these days Hollywood is still trying to sell that image, but it seems that everyone is no longer on the same page. These days it seems that we get to know every dirty nasty detail of the lives of our favorite celebrities which totally kills the fantasy (the only thing that Hollywood has to really offer).

Take Mel Gibson for example:

I didn't want to know that the Mad Max hates roving "packs of niggers" looking for white women who "deserve" to be raped...

I didn't want to know that Nick Marshall(the guy that's supposed to know "What Women Want") likes to beat on his woman, while she is holding their child...

I didn't want to know that William Wallace hates "wetback" babysitters and doesn't want them looking after his child...

...But now I do know, so do you (if this your first time hearing this filth, I'm sorry about that, really). What am I supposed to do with this guy (I mean as an actor/director/producer)? How can suspend disbelief with any of his past and future movies? Listen I've always suspected that Mr. Gibson had several predjudices, but I was able to enjoy his movies because the image of good guy Mel was not completely shattered

Uncle Mel isn't the only entertainer whom I found out too much about, thus ruining any enjoyment I could've had from their work (Roman Polanski, John Mayer, Robert Kelly, etc). I don't want the real person, I just want the image. I miss the old Hollywood.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Murder Or Manslaughter? A Question Of Malice.

According to California Penal Code 192 (b); Involuntary Manslaughter, which is the least serious charge of manslaughter, applies when the killing occurs; 1) in the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to a felony, OR 2) by way of a lawful though dangerous act, that is done in an unlawful manner or without due caution or circumspection.

According to California Penal Code 187; Murder (Second Degree) is defined as causing the death of another person with malice aforethought. To be convicted of murder it must be proven that: 1) the defendant committed an act that caused the death of another person; and 2) When the defendant acted, he had a state of mind called malice aforethought; and 3) He killed without lawful excuse or justification.

There are two kinds of malice aforethought; express malice and implied malice. A defendant acts with express malice if he unlawfully intends to kill. A defendant acts with implied malice if; 1) He intentionally commits an act; 2) the natural consequences of the act are dangerous to human life; 3) at the time he acts, he knows his act is dangerous to human life; and 4) he deliberately acts with conscious disregard for human life.

Malice aforethought does not require hatred or ill will toward the victim. It is a mental state that must be formed before the act that causes death is committed. It does not require deliberation or the passage of any particular period of time.

Personally, I feel that when you pull out a gun (that has a totally different weight, shape, and feel from a taser) and point it down at a subdued unarmed man's chest area and discharge your weapon (resulting in the death of said individual); you satisfy the elements of malice aforethought (express or implied). If you satisfy the elements of malice aforethought then you satisfy all the elements of murder. Thus the conviction of involuntary manslaughter is totally blowing my mind right now.

I guess I shouldn't be too surprised though. This was an LA jury that we're talking about here. You know, the same pool that produced the people who acquitted OJ (he did it folks...he did it) and those cops that beat Rodney King nearly half to death (that one was taped as well). This is the same pool that has failed to convict a police officer of murder since 1983. So I guess I'm really not surprised, but I'm still a little upset and saddened by this news. It is 2010 and this is the best we can (currently) hope for in terms of justice.

What is really sad is that given the history of these kinds of incidents (the culprits getting off "scott free", this recent conviction can be seen as progress. So until police protection extends to all members of American society, for young black males (and even younger black females)when encountering the police or any law enforcement authority in possession of a deadly weapon, the protocol remains the same...SURVIVE!


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Racebending, White Washing, and Films Sucking

If you're not going to a little thing like the race of your main characters right, why would one expect you to get things like plot, characterization, coherent storytelling, etc...

(So you're worried about casting Asians in your films because you're afraid that it will hurt the overall appeal of your film, huh?)

The Last Airbender

TOMATOMETER: 08% (rotten)

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

TOMATOMETER: 37% (rotten)

Dragonball: Evolution

TOMATOMETER: 27% (rotten)

mean while...


TOMATOMETER: 98% (certified fresh)

(That is interesting, isn't it?)


Monday, May 31, 2010

All The Wrong Moves

I'm interested in seeing how the American media (specifically the big three cable news channels) will spin this story. So far there is very little coverage on the story coming from the US news organizations (Thank God for social media), but when they are finally forced to cover what happened on international waters, I wonder how the story will be framed. I must admit that I do not have any high hopes for any hard hitting journalism coming from the likes of Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN in regards to this situation (it's just not how the main stream news media works these days).

Israel has shown again and again, that it will do whatever it's going to do (right or wrong) despite (or perhaps because of) its friendship with the United States. For the longest time we have been complicit in these human rights abuses perpetrated by Israel. The same type of abuses that we would condemn had they been perpetrated by certain other countries in that region. I am well aware of America's special relationship with Israel, but that relationship should not give the government of that country carte blanche to engage in these types of activities. If we do or say nothing to our "best friend" we run the risk of (further?)losing credibility with the international community when comes to our charges of human rights abuses perpetrated by "rogue states". We can't keep picking and choosing which actions are justified and which are reprehensible based on the individuals (or states) engaging in them, because as with all things, our actions (or inaction) will come back upon us in humiliating and perhaps devastating ways.

It's time that we be a real friend to Israelis making it known to them and the world that they are in the wrong and they need to change course before the hole that they're digging gets to deep for them to get (or be pulled) out of.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Because there really are two Americas within these United States.
Because one of those Americas is really a third world country.
Because the citizens of third world America don't matter to those in first world America (it's doubtful that they truly ever did).
Because life is cheap in the hood and...well, life is just cheap in the hood.
Because "black" is truly the bottom rung in our society and if something bad happens to "black"...oh well.
Because the law is meant to protect the innocent in theory, but really ends up preying on (some of them) in practice.
Because the police officers were just doing their jobs (the description of which changes depending on the type of people being dealt with).
Because it appears that Reality TV drives people to do more and more outrageous things in order to "keep it real" (i.e entertaining).
Because even if an event is caught on tape, there is no guarantee that justice will be served.
Because WE are not outraged enough to do something drastic every time something like this happens.
Because justice has failed us because we have failed ourselves.
Because sometimes, life simply is not fair.

Rest in Peace Aiyana Jones


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

White House Corespondent's Dinner

What the hell was Leno doing up there? Next year they should get Conan (I'm with Coco).


Monday, March 29, 2010


Update: Since the original video was removed from Youtube you can watch the video here.

WOW! I watched this video several times matching the lyrics and general mode of the song to the visuals being displayed in the video, in order to get what I think is the overall message Ms. Badu is trying to convey. I admit it it took me several views because I kept getting distracted by eye candy that is Badu's female form (I'm not as deep all the time as some would think/hope that I am). When I finally figured out what I think she was trying to say, I found that it was quite insightful and keeping with her provocative style.

I'm not going to pick apart the different aspects of this video (and their meaning) in this post though. I would much rather have others watch it and express what they got from it (well see if our thoughts match up).


Friday, March 19, 2010

Jon Stewart As Glenn Beck As A Crazy Nut Job!

Every now and then I am reminded how important satire is to the addressing of the serious problems (and those in the midst of them) happening in this country and around the world.

If the embedded clip is not working check out the insanity via this link

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Mr. Beck's act is no longer amusing. I apparently gave a majority of Americans too much credit, when I said that they would be able to see through Beck's tomfoolery. Thankfully folks like Jon Stewart are around to paint a more vivid picture of the nonsense that is the Glenn Beck Show and hot mess that is going on at Fox News.


Monday, March 1, 2010

Maybe Government IS Broken!

Lone Senator Jim Bunning(R-Kentucky), single handedly stops the passage of a jobs bill, because...well I'll let him explain it.

I echo the thought expressed by Harry Reid. Where were Bunning's objections when there were two wars that were largely unpaid for (among other things)going on under the Bush Administration. At some point, our elected officials in Washington DC must ask the question, "If this is where we are, where the hell are we going?"

Thursday, February 18, 2010

What Should Tiger Say?


That's what I would say. That's all that needs to be said (despite the righteous indignation of the masses). Young Eldric Woods owes us nothing but to offer us a piece of some awesome golf, every time he steps on the green. he's not Bill Clinton trying to save his political career, he's not Chris Brown trying to save his musical career, hell he's not even David Letterman trying to protect his television career. He's freaking Tiger Woods! He's still gonna win championships and people will still be buying his sh*t. That's how it is with sports stars (ask Kobe if you don't believe me).

In fact the whole press conference thing will really be a waste of lung power, when he should really just let his golf swing do the talking for him. The very idea that he owes any kind of apology or explanation to anyone besides his wife and kids, is ridiculous (and infuriating).


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

...Soooooo Retarded!

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No disrespect to mentally handicapped, but Sarah Palin has been acting like a full on retard these past few days(some would argue for the past year and a half).


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Pat Robertson To Haiti: This Is All Your Fault!

Once again, in an effort to be "That Guy" (in terms of inappropriate comments) Pat Robertson weighs in on the tragic events in Haiti...

C'mon Son...

I will only respond to Pat Robertson's statements, by quoting a passage from the an authority that he claims to recognize containing the words of a man that he claims to represent:

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the pool of Siloam” (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

- John 9:1-6

*emphasis mine

My suggestion to Mr. Robertson would be to focus on helping the people of Haiti in their time of need (like Jesus tells us to do), instead of offering up bogus reasons for why this catastrophe has occurred in this small island nation (which he has a habit of doing every time there is a disaster anywhere). Yeah, I think that would be more helpful than trying to place blame on the very same people for whom you are asking for donations to provide aid.

Just sayin...


P.S For those that want to help the people of Haiti, check these sites out to find out how...
Red Cross
Direct Relief International
Doctors Without Borders

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Is it bad that I agree with Mr. Beck on this particular issue? I don't think so. Like they say, "even a broken clock is right twice a day" and even a drug dependent right-of-center wing nut (or at least he plays one on TV) can come up with a lucid and logical thought, every once in a while.

No other Politically Correct term has privately irked me more than "African-American"!