Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The First Debate

Well, I don't know about you...but I was expecting the verbal equivalent to the rumble in the jungle. But it appear to me that O is getting exasperated with all of McCains stall tactics and subterfuge. Its beginning to wear on a brother, if Os response are slow and deliberate and well thought out, he said to be uncertain, and inexperience. If he attacks...McCain, which he should do more aggressively, he is said to elitist and uppity, brother can win for lose. What the white folks are really saying is the nerve of this nigger to think as a first generation immigrant son of a damn African can aspire to the top office, over the third generation white son of naval officers. Yet, I digress, in all honest I had my concerns about the debate and skip out to go the movies...hey, I figured CNN would be televising it all nite anyway.
So I went to see my brother Spike Less new joint Miracle at St Anna, and I must say, Spike is getting better. Although I had my issues with the film. Long at two hours and forty minutes, With the exception of In sideman Spikes film can be disjointed, he tries to tell to many stories in one frame of thought. I understand why he does it...our stories have been so neglected and there are so many to tell, he tries to put as much as possible in one film, because he knows that he may not be given the chance to make three films.
Miracle at St Annas is three films, the untold story of Buffalo soldier's in world war II, the seize of a Italian village and related war crimes by Nazi's, and conflict between Franco Fascist and Partisans nationalist. However, I felt Spike did justice to McBride's novel. And finally, he got those damn endings right...if not that its to melancholy. After moments of tears being brought to eyes...the evening was a complete wash. So after arriving home at 1:20am to catch the debate, I can say at least Spike made the evening worth while.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Black Men Revealed, Oh gawd please!

There is one thing, I missed from my childhood visit to the neighborhood barbershop, is the discussion between old men, and the passing on of history and testaments. I used to be annoyed by the overweight negro that always had a a pocket full of change, that he swish around in his pocket while talking about how he was going to buy a Cadillac in his retirement. But, that doesn't compare to the nuisance of going to the barbershop these days, and having to endure the man boys playing XBOX and PlayStation, the Hawking of overprice designer jeans, and bootleg far remove from the previous legacy, of visiting this community hot spot.
So here I am Sunday evening, sitting here contemplating my work week. I tuned into TVONE conversations with brothers, and this show gives me the typical barbershop experience with these two idiots and sports enthusiast as they attempt to discuss everything from women, world events to politics. What I get is the barbershop babble with no real intrinsic or intellectual value whatsoever. Then there is the class colour dynamics that are painfully obvious when the light skinned visiting participant commentaries always seem to have a seemingly intelligent counterpoint.

What do I expect from Cathy Hughes, Cathy get off the air with your old wrinkled yellow ass, and get one of those yellow girls BET manages to recycle over and over again!

One Ignorant Fool

I saw Glenn Becks true ignorance and shortcomings, when he had Chris Gardner on his show and Chris rebuffed one of his ludicris assertions, and he immediately wrapped up the discussion and ended the segment. I thought this except from Hughes for American, was profound. Glenn Beck: Moron, menace or both?
Glenn Beck, one of conservative radio's most outspoken gasbags, made the jump to television Monday. Beck's new television show premiered on CNN Headline News. It only took Beck one show to jump the shark. So catch the train wreck before it's too late, because his 15 minutes of fame are fleeting.
Hailed as the perfect addition to the Headline News nightly lineup, Beck's show offers viewers a glimpse into how network executives view their attempt to recharge their sagging ratings: Hire a third-rate, right-wing hack and have him impersonate two parts Bill O'Reilly, one part Jon Stewart and one part Ryan Seacrest. Moron accomplished.
What remains to be seen is how long CNN will stand by Beck, who will no doubt continue to embarrass himself and the network on a nightly basis. If they care about journalism, not long. If they care about continuing cable news's slow march toward irrelevance, this could take a while.
"It's just a stupid cable show hosted, quite honestly, with a middle-aged, you know, recovering alcoholic with absolutely no fashion sense," Beck began his show with Monday. With that inspiring introduction behind him, Beck proceeded to give viewers a taste of the man soon to inspire his own debunking department at Media Matters .
Beck's first show was an exercise in inanity. Using tired right-wing rhetoric, he mocked a study that drew a direct line between whiny children and whiny Republican adults. "So, to sum it up," Beck said, "according to the even-handed folks at Berkeley: Ronald Reagan, frightened, unhappy little wuss; while Michael Moore, son of Mother Theresa and Jesus." Wow. No one's ever gone there before, Glenn. Praise Ronald Reagan, knock Michael Moore? Nope, I've never heard a Republican break such innovative ground. And, since your logic is so unassailable, I'll allow one man's opinion to refute a robust university study.
Taking things a step lower, Beck proceeded to mock guest Eric Schlosser, author of a new book intended to educate children about the food they're putting in their bodies. As Schlosser discussed the beetles that, when ground up, produce the pink tone in a strawberry milk shake, Beck took sips from one while Schlosser looked away. Then, as Schlosser discussed why you may want to avoid certain hamburgers, Beck greedily devoured one as he distracted the author. A real grown-up move, one sure to advance the debate. But advancing the debate would be something new to Beck, who, you'll remember, called the victims of Hurricane Katrina "scumbags" and talked about personally "choking the life out" of Moore.
Watching his second show, it's apparent that maturity and awareness aren't two of Beck's strong suits. Tuesday, for instance, Beck embarrassed himself during a discussion of illegal immigration, referred to President Bush's so-called Iraq communications failures as "Helen Keller without hands" and wondered aloud why we were bothering to rebuild New Orleans. He also took the time to interview "American Idol" participant Paris Bennett.
I wonder what Bennett, herself African American, thinks about Beck responding to George Clooney's speech at the Academy Awards by impersonating an actor in blackface, saying, "You were so right, massa! Back in 1939 when I was sittin' there on the silver screen with my watermelon, eatin' it up and dancing with little Shirley Temple with my tap shoes on, you were so right. Mammy, you were right." Think she'd be happy to be Beck's guest?
Terrible content aside, what's perhaps as important to me is what Beck's hire means to journalism. Now, I would never consider Beck a journalist, but his show appears in prime time on a prominent cable news operation, so someone in power considers him one. Or, more likely, they don't, which gives lie to the entire notion of a news network, doesn't it? It appears to me that CNN executives, like their peers elsewhere, are more interested in the financial bottom line than the factual one.
To get a leg up, non-Fox News networks try their hardest to imitate the flagship of the right-wing noise armada. So, in that frame, hiring Beck makes perfect sense. Just like it made sense for MSNBC to hire Rita Cosby. Or for them to rescue Tucker Carlson from the right-wing scrap heap. But here's the thing: This tactic works until it doesn't. And it doesn't fairly quickly, as Carlson and Cosby (and soon Beck) languish at or near the bottom of the nightly cable news ratings.
While the Fox imitators of the world chase after missing white women and park themselves alongside the tragedy du jour , executives miss a growing trend: It pays to be progressive. While journalism, thanks to decisions like these , is in a slow and steady decline, a standout like Keith Olbermann shines because he bucks this trend. That he's gaining against a right-winger like O'Reilly is proof positive that there's a massive audience out there just waiting to be catered to. An educated, progressive, politically motivated audience. But instead, we get Beck. Thanks. Thanks a lot.
"We're not going to get bogged down in liberal versus conservative or Democrat versus Republican because it's really not left versus right," Beck said at the top of his first show. "It's about right versus wrong, and the things that you actually care about." But do Americans really care about what Beck delivers? Somehow, I doubt it.
Thank you Kid Pirate Satellite for this...

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Cockroaches and Sharpsticks

Warren G was right that at the time of the will come down to standing face to face with OMAR, and sharpsticks, cockroaches during the apocalypse! its amazing how the white man writes books, stories about his pending doom, and he is always the survivor, with the exception of Will Smith and Duane Jones. Most of us colours won't be around, to scrounge for resource's of the apocalyptic wasteland, oh I forgot Tina did run barter town.
All of this is just to say, that White Folks rather their continue spiral down into misery, to maintain White Supremacy under race identity politics, than to make some sought of progressive change. The Republinazis with continue their march to the Apocalypse with their ill advise policies on Global Warming, Fiscal Responsibility and continued Moral collapse and decrepitude.
But, for some strange reasons they believe that they will survive it all, so get your tape and plastic for your windows, and don't forget the gas mask.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Beauty Queen

I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight...
> * If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're 'exotic, different.'
> * Grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, a quintessential American story.
> * If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
> * If you name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.
> * If you graduate from Harvard law School, you are unstable.
> * If you attend five different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.
> * If you spend three years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend eight years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the State Senate's Health and Human Services Committee, spend four years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs Committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.

* If your total resume is: local weather girl, four years on the city council and six years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.

* If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising two beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.

* If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.

* If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

* If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you're acting very responsibly.

* If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America's.

* If your husband is nicknamed 'First Dude', with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

OK, much clearer now. . . as clear as black and white.
Troopergate, Babygate, Bridge to Nowhere, and Drilling for oil in Alaska.

Kudos to Nat Turner, for keeping it revelant on the DIEBOLD issue, lets not get fake out people by all the noise!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Dont Believe The Hype!

The words of the ubiquitous reality clown, minstrel of the moment Flavor Flav don't believe the Hype! Yeah, that was a slick move pulled by ROBOTO aka Grandpa! appoint the soccer oh, Hockey mom to the vp ticket, and Biden wont be able to attack her in the debates, without coming off as being antagostic meanie!

Stupid Americans will vote with her out of white empathy, here is the true test... Will White Folks vote for change and improvement in there lives, or will they continue on the downward spiral into misery, for the sake of White Pride and false privilege.

And will the Republinazi controlled Faux News network, and DIABOLIC/DIEBOLD corporation seal the election.