Thursday, May 31, 2012

American double standards, and Artur defects.

You ever wonder why there are different rules in A-merry-ca for different people?

Now I am no Diddy fan. But why is his kid catching heat from certain folks because he got a merit based football scholarship and his daddy has a few million dollars in the bank? Doesn't this happen all the time? Why should the Combs family give back the money? The children of rich folks get scholarships all the time and you never hear a word about it. But I suppose, that in some circles,  this is different.

Sorry, I have issues with UCLA for other reasons. Giving Diddy's son a free ride is fine with me if he deserves it.

"In an interview with CNN, education contributor Dr. Steve Perry defended Combs' merit-based scholarship, saying he earned it fair and square. At the Upstate New York prep school where Combs recently graduated, he maintained a 3.75 GPA while playing cornerback for the football team.

"He's done what he needs to do to be successful and in 'Ameritocracy' we have to accept that no matter who your father is, whether he be rich, poor or absent, that you can in fact be successful on your own merit," Perry said."

Yes Dr. Perry, even a rich Negro father.

You ever wonder how it is that when certain people commit heinous crimes there are all kinds of excuses made for them? "He was happy sometimes, but not really. He was kind of disgruntled.."

Take this dude in my sister's hometown of Seattle, for instance. This guy took out five total strangers and they are saying that he had "psychiatric problems". No s^%*! If you kill five people just because you can, I would say that there is something wrong with you: You are a psycho killer. Not just "disgruntled". You are no different than these little urban thugs who kill for drug money or because they were disrespected.   

But we are used to this type of double standard here in America. Certain people snuff out their kids and they end up in a mental hospital. Certain people, on the other hand, not so much.

Finally, I want to talk about my man Artur Davis. Artur is the dude who thought that his black ass could win a statewide election in Alabama. Artur is still mad at you Negroes for not supporting him in his run for Gov. So now, Artur, like a good house Negro, is taking his jigging skills to the republican party. Yes, Artur has defected from you democrats.

"After GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s failed attempt to ingratiate himself with black voters last week the Republican Party is cheering the defection of one time Congressional Black Caucus member Artur Davis of Alabama. The former Democratic Congressman and candidate for governor has grown disenchanted with the party and become a Republican. This move brings a legitimate African-American political figure into the fold of the GOP, while simultaneously giving the Republican Party a chance appeal to appeal to a broader coalition of voters. Davis told Fox News that he made his decision in part because he is disappointed in President Obama and the direction that the country is headed under his leadership.

Davis, who is certainly no stranger to controversy, is one of just a handful of Democrats that opposed the president’s health care reform bill and the only member of the CBC to vote against it. Davis is defending his decision to leave the Democratic Party and argues that the party is intolerant of those who do not tow the partisan line." [Source] 

Artur is free to join whatever gang he pleases, but Artur is wrong to support people who would trample over our precious right to vote.

"Former U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, who represented Alabama in Congress as a Democrat, stole the show at a Houston voter ID summit last weekend, according to a post at the right-leaning Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF). In a speech, Davis compared some of the worst abuses perpetrated on blacks during the Civil Rights Movement to the requirement that a voter offer photo ID before receiving a ballot

“This is not a billy club,” Davis reportedly said, holding up a photo ID. “This is not a fire hose…. This is not Jim Crow….”

The speech came at a summit for True the Vote, which CFIF fellow Quin Hillyer described as “a growing, bipartisan, multi-racial, national movement to ensure that elections are conducted with integrity and without polling-place antagonism.” Brentin Mock, writing at, called the voter fraud issue True the Vote addresses a “hoax” and said the group is affiliated with Tea Party groups." [Source]

Yes, Artur "stole the show". A good jig to will do that every time.



Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fake video footage and very real voter suppression.

You would think that with all that money they have available to them (Almost a billion and counting.Thank you Supremes.) the news network for dummies would come up with a better ad. for attacking his Oness. We are used to FOX making up stuff to suit their narrative, but actually putting fake footage in an ad is over the top for an organization that styles itself as a legitimate news network. (Stop laughing. They really do think that they are legitimate)


"Fox News’ Executive Vice President of Programming, Bill Shine, tells Yahoo News, “The package that aired on ‘Fox & Friends’ was created by an associate producer and was not authorized at the senior executive level of the network.”

Stay classy winnguts; blame the "associate producer". The GOP already got their $100,000 worth of air time free of charge.

Someone needs to tell Flipper that if he plans to become president of the United States, it would help to learn how to spell A-m-e-r-i-c-a.

And I know, I know, as someone who likes to make up my own words and butcher the spelling of various words from time to time, I have no room to talk. But hey, I am not running for president of these divided states, and I am not paid a ton money to help run and coordinate a presidential campaign. 

Finally, I am glad that the AG took my advice and is all over this attack on our right to vote here in America.

Attorney General Eric Holder told African-American clergy leaders Wednesday that a wave of new state laws on voting and legal challenges to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 may jeopardize rights they helped fight for in the civil rights era.

"Despite our nation's long tradition of extending voting rights ... a growing number of our fellow citizens are worried about the same disparities, divisions and problems that - nearly five decades ago - so many fought to address," Holder told a meeting of the Conference of National Black Churches convened by the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss the laws.

"In my travels across the country, I've heard a consistent drumbeat of concern from citizens, who - often for the first time in their lives - now have reason to believe that we are failing to live up to one of our nation's most noble ideals. And some of the achievements that defined the civil rights movement now hang in the balance."

Holder spoke in response to an array of new voting measures enacted by several mostly Republican state governments that proponents say are needed to protect against voter fraud and to prevent illegal immigrants from voting. However, the mostly Democratic black caucus - along with several civil rights, voting rights and civil liberties groups - contends that the laws are really efforts to suppress the votes of minorities and others.

Since last year, at least 15 states have passed laws that include requiring people to show government-approved photo identification or proof of citizenship before they register or vote. Other changes that states have adopted or some legislatures are considering include restricting voter-registration efforts by third-party groups, such as the League of Women Voters and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; curtailing or eliminating early voting; doing away with same-day voter registration; and rescinding the voting rights of convicted felons who have served their time.

A study last year by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University says the changes could restrict voting access to 5 million people, most of them minorities, elderly or poor. The NAACP estimates that about 25 percent of African-Americans don't possess the proper documentation to meet ID requirements in some states; the figure is 11 percent for the overall population." [Source]

Now I need all of you Negroes to get off your butts and start paying attention to what is happening in your country. People died so that you all could have the rights that you enjoy, now they are being chipped away by back room deals and greedy and unscrupulous poli-tricksters. Wake the f*&k up!

And for the record, some of you house Negroes who choose to side with these people ---who would take away the hard fought rights of your people---- are no better than the lone sell out who gave up Denmark Vesey 190 years ago today. 

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"Pimps Up Ho's Down"

“You know, I don't agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don't all agree with everything I believe in. But I need to get 50.1 percent or more and I'm appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.”

Let me translate that for you: I will do anything to get elected. Even if it means taking money and chest bumping with a guy who delegitimizes the very office I am seeking by calling the person who currently holds it a non- citizen.

The Donald has his latest political whore to slap around, and he is called Mitt Romney. I call Mitt a whore because Donald Trump is somewhat of a pimp. He is someone who collects your money by making you spend it on something that is seemingly beautiful and gives you pleasure -Think of his casinos.- Now, once again, he is pushing the birther issue, and fortunately for him, the republican candidate for president lacks the backbone or the moral fortitude to tell him to take a hike.

Of course Donald the pimp doesn't care about his whore, so rather than tone down the birther talk he is letting it rip.

Nothing’s changed my mind” on the issue, Trump told CNBC. “And by the way, you know, you have a huge group of people. I walk down the street and people are screaming, ‘Please don’t give that up.’ Look--a publisher came out last week and had a statement about Obama given by them to Obama when he was doing a book as a young man a number of years ago in the ’90s: ‘Born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia.’” [Here is what Howard Kurtz said: "Um, it was Obama's literary agent, and the guy who did it says: "This was nothing more than a factchecking error by me—an agency assistant at the time." Drat!"]

“I don’t consider myself birther or not birther, but there are some major questions here that the press doesn’t want to cover,” Trump later added. “Now, if that were somebody else they’d be covering it and they’d be throwing people out of office, but they don’t want to cover it.”

And what does Donald's whore have to say about this?

“You know, I don't agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don't all agree with everything I believe in. But I need to get 50.1 percent or more and I'm appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.”

Mitt, just "hit the strip" and STFU.

Finally, let's keep an eye out for what is taking place down in Florida. Voting rights are being taken away by way of a purge by that state's republican governor.

Yes folks, Florida again! Calling Eric Holder.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Republicans feud, and more birther nonsense.

It's not Tupac and Biggie, but we wil take it.

Man it didn't take long for Mr. Bad Hair to respond to George Will calling him a bloviating idiot with a low IQ.  Mr. Bad Hair has been dying to get in front of a television camera, but unfortunately for him, television producers are getting tired of his act. The man who wants to see Obama's birth certificate as bad as the rest of us wants to to see his hairdresser, can be pretty unpredictable. Producers know that. There is no telling what he will say once the cameras start rolling.

Still, I am sure that he is glad for twitter. He couldn't wait to get to his twitter account so that he could put a fellow wingnut on blast. He called George Will "dumb" and said that he is an "overrated commentator".  Of course he is right on both counts, but this is a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black.

Anyway, Mr. bad Hair can take heart in the fact that he is not alone with this birther obsession. There is actually a state in our union paying to investigate Obama's claim to having being born in America, and state officials in that state  are legitimizing the birther movement with their offensive outrageous behavior.

"In these harsh and bitter times when the air is thick with acrimony, we owe a vote of thanks to the state of Arizona for stepping into the spotlight to offer some light relief.

It’s a role for which the state seems well-suited. Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts wrote, “We’ve long been the land of crackpottery and lunacy.”
Unfortunately, Arizona’s secretary of state, Ken Bennett, pulled the plug on his threat to keep Barack Obama’s name off the November ballot unless the president produced a birth certificate that satisfied Bennett’s high standards for such documents.

Never mind that this issue has long been put to rest in the mind of every rational American. Bennett perhaps began to have second thoughts when he found himself denounced by national news organizations as the tool of half-baked clowns and a legitimizer of lunatic leanings.
That’s not what you want on your resume if you’re planning, as Bennett apparently is, to run for governor in two years.

He finally did what any state official could do and asked Hawaii for a copy of Obama’s birth certificate. Hawaii complied, and his office quickly and quietly dropped its effort to prove that Obama was an illegal immigrant. Still undeterred was Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County. We outside the state can’t tell how good at law enforcement Arpaio is. The U.S. Department of Justice apparently doesn’t think he’s all that good because it is suing him. In any event, the limelight-loving lawman seems to spend an inordinate amount of time on issues outside his jurisdiction.

And one of those is — yes! — Obama’s birth certificate. Arpaio is also after Obama’s draft records, which would seem to be beside the point because, as president, Obama is commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces, including the state militias. It says so in the Constitution, although Arpaio might want to demand that the National Archives prove that its copy is not a forgery.
Crime and budget issues apparently not being pressing issues in Phoenix, Arpaio dispatched a deputy and an investigator to Hawaii. (Why two? “Security issues that I can’t get into,” Arpaio said cryptically.)

There, Arpaio said, his minions “were stonewalled.” However, Hawaiian officials — who have never struck me as a particularly devious bunch — said that the Arizonans met with the deputy director of health, the director being away, and a deputy attorney general and that they were provided with all the relevant documentation." [Source]

If there is anyone reading this post who happens to live in the state of Arizona, please leave a comment explaining to the rest of us why you are still there.

Happy Memorial Day everybody. Most people who read this blog know that I have a great deal of respect for Veterans and the men and women who are volunteering to serve this country in the military theater. I may not agree with our American policies that put our men and women (and innocent people in other countries) in harms way, but the men and women who are out there risking their life and limbs will always have my love and respect.   




Sunday, May 27, 2012

Maybe Tara Wall can find Obama's birth certificate.

As Mitt Romney continues to formalize the Negro inclusion portion of his Etch A Sketch plan, he has settled on a Negro to be the face of the strategy. Her name is Tara Wall, and Tara believes that once Negroes realize that Flipper is an "economic genius", they will line up and vote for him over Obama

 "From a messaging standpoint, we need to be able to communicate and relate to these communities about how they are being impacted by Obama's policies. It's the right thing to do, and it's an important part of the process. It's not a ploy, it's not a tactic, it's part of who we are. We have to show up."

Tara, you have to do more than just "show up". In case you missed it, the republicans pretty much gave black folks their (rather narrow) butts to kiss during the republican primaries. You are assuming that black folks have short memories. They do not. This is why black folks haven't voted with the republican party for years. They remember stuff.

Finally, I see that Donald won't let this birther thing rest. He started up again last week, and this time he has even right wing mouthpiece, George Will, begging him to STFU. "Bloviating ignoramus"? Oh my! The man with the ugly haircut and huge ego will not like that one. Mr. Will even told Flipper to dump the Donald for fear of alienating normal sane people who might vote come November. I doubt that he will take his advice, though. Donald has a fundraiser in the works for Flipper, and Flipper has to restock his war chest.

"I do not understand the cost benefit here," Will said on the "This Week" roundtable. "The costs are clear. The benefit - what voter is gonna vote for him (Romney) because he is seen with Donald Trump? The cost of appearing with this bloviating ignoramus is obvious it seems to me."

"Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be very low and you can still intrude into American politics," Will dded. "Again, I don't understand the benefit. What is Romney seeking?"

George, I know that you are a conservative, and you folks are not very bright, but how can you wonder what Mitt Romney "is seeking?" Here, let me help you: It's called M.O.N.E.Y.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Say it loud: I'm black and blue and I'm proud

How would you like to be one of those Melungeons today? For generations you did everything to claim you were not black (despite a skin tone that said otherwise) and now you find out that you actually came from those Negroes after all, due to a little "Jungle Fever" type freakiness that went on back in the day.

You even tried to say that you wee Portuguese for crying out loud! (BTW, the Portuguese can't escape their black roots, either) I suspect that there are clans all over America with similar stories, but they dare not tell it for fear of losing their white card. The poor Melungeons, unlike the rest of you, have been exposed. And, from the looks of things, they are not too pleased about it.

 “There were a whole lot of people upset by this study,” lead researcher Roberta Estes said. “They just knew they were Portuguese or Native American.”

Yes, this black thing is not a good look if after living a certain Deliverance type existence all of your life your whiteness is all you have to hold on to. I suspect that many Americans read this story and were digging up the old family albums. "Is this Grandpa Joe? Dad,why did you tell me that he got that tan from spending a lot of time at the beach when he never left Nashville?" America, it might be time to have that conversation, or at least Google

Anyway, as bad as these Melungeons are feeling today, they can't feel as bad as the blue people from Kentucky. (No Smurf jokes, please!) How do they explain their background? The Melungeons hid behind the Portuguese and Native American card. What can the blue people claim? I mean, they are blue.

Although it seems that there might be a legitimate explanation for the blue people: They were unfortunate victims of a medical disorder. (Not to mention a little inbreeding) A disorder which left their skins blue. The Melungeons cannot claim such a medical background. There are no genetic disorders to fall back on. Physically they are just fine. Now mentally, on the other hand.....



Friday, May 25, 2012

Lighting up in North Carolina, and a president who lit up back in the day.

If there is a lack of comments after this post from from my wingnut friends tomorrow, it might be because most of them are in Reidsville, North Carolina for a big Memorial Day weekend bash. There is nothing like a little cross burning to bring friends together.

Anywhoo, I wish them luck with that. This is America, and they should be free to assemble as they please. As long as they are not being violent or breaking any laws, I say let them burn their crosses. (h/t Tia for this story)

Speaking of fire, it seems that our president liked to fire up the good collie weed back in the day. ("The Choom Gang"? I know I liked something about that dude) O even had rules for burning the collie. That sounds downright Rastafarian to me.  I bet Mitt didn't burn the collie weed back in the day. I know he spent some time in Paris, but he was on a mission from God, and the last time I checked Mormons didn't hit the blunt for inspiration.

Finally, it's time to attack black. My House Negro of the day is a woman named Wanette Gibson. She is the woman who lied about a budding football star raping her, and cost the young man five years of his life and a possible lucrative professional career.

"A woman who claimed that she was raped by a star high school football player -- sending him to prison for five years -- is not likely to be charged with making a false accusation, prosecutors said.

In the summer of 2002, Wanette Gibson accused Brian Banks, now 26, of rape. The two were students at Long Beach Poly High School. Rather than take the he-said-she-said case to trial and risk a 41-years-to-life prison sentence, Banks pleaded no contest to forcible rape, spent five years in prison and, after his release, was forced to register as a sex offender and wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.

"It's been a struggle, it's been a nightmare," he said. "It's more than I can describe, the things that I've been through."

Banks was considered a top college football prospect. A 6-foot-4, 225-pound middle linebacker, he had been courted by USC, UCLA and other football powerhouses, he said.

He asked the California Innocence Project for help, but with no new evidence there was little the organization could do.

Then, last year, the woman sent him a friend request on Facebook.
She felt guilty that he had lost out on going to college and playing football and had "a desire to make amends," Banks' attorneys said in court documents.

When Banks heard from her, he recalled, "I stopped what I was doing and got down on my knees and prayed to God to help me play my cards right."

She agreed to meet him and a private investigator. Their conversation was taped and Gibson said, "No, he did not rape me."

That admission set off an extraordinary chain of events that culminated Thursday morning. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge dismissed Banks' conviction, ending 10 years of turmoil in a hearing that lasted less than a minute.

According to Banks and his private investigator, Gibson refused to tell prosecutors that she had lied, so that she wouldn't have to return the $1.5-million settlement her family won in court after suing the Long Beach Unified School District." [Source]

Now let's keep it real folks. If a white woman had falsely accused Brian Banks of raping her there would have been hell to pay. Yours truly would have been blogging about it for sure. The fact that he was taken down by a sister does not make this story any less tragic.

The sad thing about this story is that when women like Wanette Gibson lie about something as serious as rape, it makes it harder for the next victim who legitimately comes forward seem less believable.

The woman's family got 1.5 million to settle with the School District. It's a shame that Brian Banks couldn't have gotten some or all of that money.

*Pic courtesy of The Grio.




Thursday, May 24, 2012

BREAKING NEWS! Mitt Romney touches a black person.

It happened in my neck of the woods today. Flipper, while visiting a charter school, actually pressed flesh with some little black children. Of course this is something you would not have seen while the republican primary was in full effect. If you did see it, Flipper would never have been the republican candidate for president of these divided states.

So anyway, as he continues to draw lines on his Etch A Sketch, Flipper's I am just a normal centrist tour continues. Believe it or not, in America, normal people want to relate to little black children. And Americans like to see that type of thing from their leaders; it shows that they are empathetic and caring. American independents have always had a soft spot for you Negroes, and now that Flipper is trying to get their vote, hanging out in a West Philly charter school with a bunch of school kids makes for a wonderful photo opportunity. You are a long way from Utah, Flipper.  

Of course,as is to be expected, it wasn't all a bed of roses for Flipper. Some of you Negroes were out there giving him an earful. -I guess you remembered all the stuff that went down in the republican primary.- You told him, in no uncertain terms, that his Pollyanna view of education reform just won't work in  the real world, and that class sizes do matter. I hate to break it to you Negroes, but Flipper didn't hear a word you said.

Still, I am glad to report that Flipper made it out of West Philly in one piece, and I am sure that the photos all made it out as well.

Those little kids might not be able to relate to Flipper like the little boy in this picture with his Oness, but hey, at least one day they can say that they were a line on an Etch A Sketch  board.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Will republicans call for their "drop squad" to get Colin?

I just saw Colin Powell on CNN with Wolf Blitzer, and the news will be that he has not yet decided to endorse O and that he supports Gay marriage. This is unfortunate, because that really isn't news at all. The man is a republican, he should not be endorsing O. He should give his own party's candidate a look first. And I would expect Powell, who seems to be a decent human being, to support Gay marriage.

The republican candidate is Mitt Romney, and what Powell had to say about his comments on Russia should be the real news that came out of the CNN interview. Romney said, and I am paraphrasing here, that Russia is our number one geo- political foe, and the fact that O gave certain assurances to their leader is troubling.

Powell, in so many words, said that this is rubbish. According to Powell O was doing exactly what he should do, and Russia is not our enemy. He called Romney's foreign policy advisers "far to the right" and extreme on Morning Joe on MSNBC, and he (Powell) should know, because some of them actually worked for him. Powell also said that Romney needs to be more mature and realistic when talking about foreign policy.

Good luck with having that happen. This is political season and Mitt Romney is more interested in twenty second sound bites to his base than a real serious discussion about foreign policy. Let's just hope that he knows better and that if and when he gets into office he will just drop another line on his Etch A Sketch.

Finally, one more thing about Mitt: Today he unveiled his plan to reform education here in America, and you will be forgiven if you never heard about it because the press was not invited.

"..Like most of Romney's policy proposals, the education platform is pretty vague.

It largely focuses on a federal voucher program to allow low-income and disabled students to attend charter and private schools, falling in line with generally accepted GOP talking points about school choice.

But the plan fails to address expanded federal involvement in education, a major issue for the GOP's conservative base. While Romney does propose reforming some parts of the No Child Left Behind Act and consolidating "duplicative and overly complex" Department of Energy programs, he doesn't even come close to the radical cutbacks and wholesale DOE elimination favored by the growing social conservative/Tea Party/Constitutionalist wing of the Republican Party.
That may be why the campaign opted to unveil the plan during Romney's speech to the Latino Coalition's annual small business summit at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — a decidedly odd audience and location for a speech on education policy. The speech wasn't broadcast live, and was timed to coincide with President Obama's Air Force Academy commencement speech, virtually guaranteeing that Romney's news got limited airtime." [Source]

And here I thought that education was important. Anyway, it looks like the Etch A Sketch strategy is in full effect.



Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Penis envy.

This is getting out of hand, and I think I speak for all the men in A-merry-ca and the world when I say that this cutting off of the johnson has got to stop! This is beyond cruel. There is nothing that a man could have done to you that would want to cause you to inflict so much pain. (Well, almost nothing) Lorena Bobbitt has no idea how far back she set civilization with one dastardly and malicious act on that June night.

Now sadly, in this sick world of ours, I am starting to see a trend:

"A Southern Californian woman is accused of cutting off the penis of her estranged husband. She was arrested late last night after investigators responded to a 911 call and is now in custody at the Orange County Jail.
Catherine Kieu Becker of Garden Grove reportedly prepared dinner for her husband and put a poisonous substance or drug in his food to make him drowsy, reports KTLA. While the man was sleeping, Becker allegedly tied him to the bed. When he awakened, Becker cut his penis off with a knife and threw it into the garbage disposal, turning it on as she did so." [Source]

"A Dallas woman is accused of cutting off a man’s penis before stabbing him to death, The Dallas Morning News reports.

The Morning News has more:
Motel video surveillance showed Richardson one day earlier renting the room alone. About 4 on Saturday, a security guard said he heard man and woman “in a loud verbal and physical disturbance” in the third-floor room, police said.
The guard continued on to the first-floor lobby before returning to the third floor a short time later. That’s when he saw Richardson come out of the room, according to police.

She was ‘”naked and had blood all over herself,” the documents said.
The security guard called for police officers, who were let into the room by a hotel manager. They found Owens lying dead in the room.
A field agent with the Dallas County medical examiner’s office examined the man’s body and found that he had “multiple stab wounds to his upper body, his throat was cut and there was traumatic amputation of the penis and scrotum,”
"A 29-year-old Vietnamese woman, only identified by her surname, Pan, was sick and tired of her husband's philandering ways and his physical abuse. So she did what any scorned, crazed woman would do, ehem: She waited until he was passed out from drugs and sleeping pills and cut off his penis -- with a pair of scissors. Then she threw the severed member in a Taiwanese river like it ain't no thang.

Afterward, she turned herself into police and allegedly told them that she felt no regret for what she did to her unemployed, drugged-out dirt bag of a husband." [Source]

I could go on, because there are others, but just thinking about the pain is too much for a brotha.

This sick ritual has gotten so commonplace that some of you men are starting to take the knives to your own johnsons for whatever sick and twisted reason. Please stop it!

Honestly, if it has come to this, I would prefer if you just jumped off a bridge.


Monday, May 21, 2012

Loose lips sink campaigns.

It's time for some real talk for my man Cory Booker. I know, I know, some of you have mad love for Cory, and fam seems to be holding it down in Newark. The whole fire rescue thing was straight out of Hollywood.

But I have to keep it real with you, sometimes you Negroes tend to lose it when that little red light comes on. Cory lost it last Sunday on Meet the Press. Not because he strayed off the White House talking points and put a smack down on them for going all Bain Capital on Flipper, but because he admitted that he was  a surrogate and did it. What kind of surrogate does that? O, with friends like these....

Please believe that one of Flipper's surrogates would not have done something like this. They would hold the party line and stick to the talking points no matter what. This is what certain folks do. You Negroes, on the other hand, just can't seem to stick together. I guess it's because you want to seem independent, which is fine, but don't pretend to be in O's camp and when he sends you out there you ad lib and lose the script.  

In Corey's case, I want to believe that he genuinely has no problem with Bain Capital and other companies like it. But he also has to understand how politics works. Obama is trying to win a damn election, who cares if Flipper's feelings are hurt or if he is characterized as a bad guy?  I know Cory Booker's black ass shouldn't. It's not like Flipper is going to do anything for Cory Booker and Newark, New Jersey if and when he becomes president. Bain Capital is fair game. If Flipper can defend their business practices that's fine, if not, the voters will decide. The same is true of universal health care and all the other policies Obama put into place.  

Sorry Cory, I let the Chris Christie thing go; he is your governor, I can understand you palling around with him for a few laughs. This, on the other hand, I have to call you out on. Older black folks back used to say that if you don't have anything good to say you shouldn't say anything at all. You should have taken their advice yesterday. Now I see you trying to moonwalk your way out of your comments, but it's too late. A You Tube video from your office does not have the reach of NBC. 

Let that be a lesson to you the next time you see that little red light come on.


Sunday, May 20, 2012

That case again

"Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, United States
17 May
17 May

Maybe it's because of the name of this blog and the blog's position on the Google search engine, but I get a lot of searches like the one above from West Virginia on my statcounter. --This could explain why we get some of the comments that we do after certain posts.---

Unfortunately, I attract a certain type of reader, and I am not proud of the fact that I do. But sometimes when you touch on a nerve it hurts, and there are a lot of exposed nerves in A-merry-ca. 

Anyway, the show must go on.

I promised that I wouldn't comment about you know who until after the trial or after the case is disposed of, but I can't help but wonder about certain aspects of the case.  Of course we will continue to hear from folks in some quarters that a certain shooter is innocent, and what a hero he is for ridding the world of some young black "thug". And, of course, as we continue to learn more about a certain shooter, some of us will dig in with the position we took when this all went down. 

I will wait to see if my initial instincts failed me. 

Finally, I have never been a big fan of Raven-Symone, but I am now. 

She sure isn't your father's Cosby kid.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

It's the 21st Century, but the house Negro is still here.

Happy Birthday Malcolm X.

"...If you're afraid of black nationalism, you're afraid of revolution. And if you love revolution, you love black nationalism.

To understand this, you have to go back to what [the] young brother here referred to as the house Negro and the field Negro -- back during slavery. There was two kinds of slaves. There was the house Negro and the field Negro. The house Negroes - they lived in the house with master, they dressed pretty good, they ate good 'cause they ate his food -- what he left. They lived in the attic or the basement, but still they lived near the master; and they loved their master more than the master loved himself. They would give their life to save the master's house quicker than the master would. The house Negro, if the master said, "We got a good house here," the house Negro would say, "Yeah, we got a good house here." Whenever the master said "we," he said "we." That's how you can tell a house Negro.

If the master's house caught on fire, the house Negro would fight harder to put the blaze out than the master would. If the master got sick, the house Negro would say, "What's the matter, boss, we sick?" We sick! He identified himself with his master more than his master identified with himself. And if you came to the house Negro and said, "Let's run away, let's escape, let's separate," the house Negro would look at you and say, "Man, you crazy. What you mean, separate? Where is there a better house than this? Where can I wear better clothes than this? Where can I eat better food than this?" That was that house Negro. In those days he was called a "house nigger." And that's what we call him today, because we've still got some house niggers running around here.

This modern house Negro loves his master. He wants to live near him. He'll pay three times as much as the house is worth just to live near his master, and then brag about "I'm the only Negro out here." "I'm the only one on my job." "I'm the only one in this school." You're nothing but a house Negro. And if someone comes to you right now and says, "Let's separate," you say the same thing that the house Negro said on the plantation. "What you mean, separate? From America? This good white man? Where you going to get a better job than you get here?" I mean, this is what you say. "I ain't left nothing in Africa," that's what you say. Why, you left your mind in Africa.

On that same plantation, there was the field Negro. The field Negro -- those were the masses. There were always more Negroes in the field than there was Negroes in the house. The Negro in the field caught hell. He ate leftovers. In the house they ate high up on the hog. The Negro in the field didn't get nothing but what was left of the insides of the hog. They call 'em "chitt'lings" nowadays. In those days they called them what they were: guts. That's what you were -- a gut-eater. And some of you all still gut-eaters.

*The field Negro was beaten from morning to night. He lived in a shack, in a hut; He wore old, castoff clothes. He hated his master. I say he hated his master. He was intelligent. That house Negro loved his master. But that field Negro -- remember, they were in the majority, and they hated the master. When the house caught on fire, he didn't try and put it out; that field Negro prayed for a wind, for a breeze. When the master got sick, the field Negro prayed that he'd die. If someone come [sic] to the field Negro and said, "Let's separate, let's run," he didn't say "Where we going?" He'd say, "Any place is better than here." You've got field Negroes in America today. I'm a field Negro. The masses are the field Negroes. When they see this man's house on fire, you don't hear these little Negroes talking about "our government is in trouble." They say, "The government is in trouble." Imagine a Negro: "Our government"! I even heard one say "our astronauts." They won't even let him near the plant -- and "our astronauts"! "Our Navy" -- that's a Negro that's out of his mind. That's a Negro that's out of his mind.

Just as the slavemaster of that day used Tom, the house Negro, to keep the field Negroes in check, the same old slavemaster today has Negroes who are nothing but modern Uncle Toms, 20th century Uncle Toms, to keep you and me in check, keep us under control, keep us passive and peaceful and nonviolent. That's Tom making you nonviolent. It's like when you go to the dentist, and the man's going to take your tooth. You're going to fight him when he starts pulling. So he squirts some stuff in your jaw called novocaine, to make you think they're not doing anything to you. So you sit there and 'cause you've got all of that novocaine in your jaw, you suffer peacefully. Blood running all down your jaw, and you don't know what's happening. 'Cause someone has taught you to suffer -- peacefully." [Listen] 

"We sick"? Yes, "we sick". Because, sadly, there are still a lot of house Negroes running around today.

Friday, May 18, 2012

The great American white lie.

White people, I know that you are all about to be in the minority here in A-merry-ca, but take heart, there are some very smart people who believe that this whole race thing is a bunch of crap. (h/t to Daniel Hill for this story)

"The news is going around breathlessly that 50.4% of births in the US in the past 12 months were to families categorized as ethnic minorities, presaging the time when ‘whites will be a minority’ in the US.The unselfconscious deployment of these categories just takes your breath away. Who gets to decide which ones are ‘white’ and which ones ‘ethnic minorities?’

As historians such as David Roediger have shown, the idea of ‘whiteness’ is a relatively new racial category, and it has changed enormously over time.
Whiteness as it was constructed in the nineteenth century was not about skin color but about being Protestant and propertied. There were even distinctions within the group. WASP or White Anglo-Saxon Protestant did not refer to all Protestants of English heritage, but rather to a northeast elite that tended to marry within themselves and to have a disproportionate hold on political and business office. The Scottish-American elite was another subgroup (Presbyterian as opposed to Episcopalian).

So not all whites were equally white. Moreover, Catholic immigrants such as the Irish, the Poles and the Italians were either not considered white when they first came or were denoted as a lesser category of white. Jews, Arabs, Japanese and Chinese were also not considered white. Indeed, a special law was made to keep Chinese in particular out of the country.

Over time, the Catholic minorities who immigrated into the US in the big 1880-1924 wave, before racist immigration laws were implemented, became accepted as ‘white.’ In the past 30 years, Jews have been accepted as white. It is even possible, I think, to argue that middle class Blacks on the model of Bill Cosby’s the Huxtables have become ‘white.’ You’ll note that Harry Reid said of Obama the candidate that he ‘had no dialect,’ so for older ‘whites,’ blackness was in part cultural, wrought up with an imagined African-American speech pattern. Thus, the Obamas are in some sense ‘white,’ producing that odd argument about whether Obama is ‘black enough,’ which non-Americans must have found baffling.

In 1965 the US was finally too embarrassed to go on with the racist immigration laws and put a ceiling of 25,000 for each country in the world. That change kick-started a whole new big wave of immigration, which may now be ending. About a million a year had been coming, half of them from Latin America.

The Latinos have for the moment been categorized as non-white, but surely everyone can see how arbitrary that is. Many Latinos in Argentina and Brazil are of Italian ancestry. If they come to the US now, they are a ‘minority’ or ‘brown.’But their cousins who just came straight to Rhode Island are ‘white.’ For that matter, why is there a difference among people who speak Romance languages and practice Catholicism, such that a Colombian is a ‘minority’ but a Calabrian is not? And consider that if a Sephardic Jewish family of Spanish ancestry immigrates from Israel, they are ‘white,’ but Spanish Catholic families who settled in Mexico and then came to the US recently are not (that’s an interesting reversal!)

Arabs are an interesting case. I’d argue that Lebanese Christians became ‘white.’ Arab Muslims were on the verge of becoming white before 9/11 but may have been at least temporarily demoted. (They are white in the census categories, but social acceptance has fallen). My guess is that demotion is a temporary blip, since they are typically well educated and well off, and over time economic eliteness tends to produce racial eliteness in the US.
And, the old prejudices against the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox ‘Slavs’ has completely collapsed, so no one thinks Poles or other Eastern Europeans are not ‘white.’

So given the history of ‘whiteness,’ likely the new wave of Latinos will be awarded the category over time. My guess is that Asians will be, as well. Remember, it isn’t about ‘race,’ it is about a weird kind of social status. By the way, Apartheid South Africa declared Japanese to be ‘white.’

Ultimately, the whole idea of whiteness can only be kept going through a set of racial and class exclusions. Working-class African-Americans eternally get the short end of the stick. Recent immigrant groups are often excluded along with them...

.....Best of all if we can just say that in the US, we are all Americans and stop categorizing people with regard to their adaptation to ultraviolet waves. It is anyway a temporary adaptation. If you took Swedes and left them in the Congo for 13,000 years, the mothers that could shield their embryos from harsh ultraviolet rays better would be selected for, and they would be darker, and eventually the group would be ‘black.’ If you took Congolese to Sweden, the mothers that could provide their embryos vitamin D more reliably in a low UV environment would be selected for, and over time the group would get ‘white.’ (In fact, we’re all from Africa, so that is exactly what happened historically). It is a minor epidermal health issue, not a matter of character or essence. Get rid of it." [Source]

But...but...but...if we do that, how will some of us be able to claim to be superior to other people without ever doing anything?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

America is going off-white, and "extremely literate conservative African American" needed.

Many of my melanin challenged friends dreaded the day that this would happen: The loss of a white majority in their beloved America. Some of you, of course, won't really care one way or another, and this news doesn't really faze you. To some of you, on the other hand, (like members of the tea party,the republican party, and viewers of FOX NEWS) this is really bad news.

"The United States has reached a historic tipping point -- with Latino, Asian, mixed race and African American births constituting a majority of births for the first time, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday.

Minorities made up about 2 million, or 50.4%, of the births in the 12-month period ending July 2011, enough to create the milestone. The latest figure was up from 49.5% in the 2010 census.

The racial and ethnic shift was an expected, but still important, turning point for the nation, whose economic and political elites remain essentially white and primarily male. The new numbers indicate that the upcoming generations will be more diverse and could have an increasingly broader view of issues -- such as immigration reform -- that are based on race and ethnicity."

Oh my! 

Of course, I knew this day was coming. I wrote a very serious essay about it right here on this very website. (OK, so maybe it wasn't that serious, but I saw this trend two years ago.) 

Of course, here in Philly, all is not lost for my white friends. We are actually gaining white folks.

 "...We’re here. We’re not going to the suburbs,” she said.

Philadelphia is affordable, walkable, and has a great art scene and “tons of young parents,” said Clark, who lives in the East Passyunk section of South Philly. And you “have a chance to make an impact on your city.”
Her son is one of the new residents who have contributed to an estimated growth in the city’s white population since the 2010 census, reversing a 60-year decline of whites in the city.

According to new estimates being released Thursday, Philadelphia saw a slight jump in the number of whites living here from April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2011. The estimates show the city gained 3,980 whites, or a 0.7 percent increase, for a total of 569,215 whites in July. Whites make up 37 percent of the city’s total population, as they did in 2010." [Source]

I just hope that when all of you people of color fully settle into the majority you don't act the fool. These white folks built a very nice country for us. Let us try to keep it that way.

Finally, I see that Mitt's peeps were planning to go all Jeremiah Wright on his Oness. Mitt's peeps say that  they will not back off Jeremiah Wright like John McCain did when he ran against O.

“The world is about to see Jeremiah Wright and understand his influence on Barack Obama for the first time in a big, attention-arresting way,” read the plan, first revealed by the New York Times."

And, of course, my conservative friends have a secret plan:

"The $10 million plan, one of several being studied by Mr. Ricketts, includes preparations for how to respond to the charges of race-baiting it envisions if it highlights Mr. Obama’s former ties to Mr. Wright, who espouses what is known as “black liberation theology.”

The group suggested hiring as a spokesman an “extremely literate conservative African-American” who can argue that Mr. Obama misled the nation by presenting himself as what the proposal calls a “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln.”

Hmmm, an "extremely literate conservative African American". Maybe I can help them with a name.

Let me see now, *Armstrong Williams.... Jesse Peterson....Larry Elder....Herman Cain.......*

Never mind.

Anyway, I am glad to hear that Mitt has denounced the plan.

"Romney quickly denounced the political dirty trick in the making.
“I want to make it very clear, I repudiate that effort,” the presumptive GOP nominee said after a campaign event in Florida. “I think it’s the wrong course for a PAC or a campaign.”

But wait, did he really?

"Romney, however, had mentioned Wright during a February interview on Fox News, suggesting that Obama’s worldview was in part shaped by the fiery preacher, whose Chicago church the President once attended.
Romney did not back down from that view Thursday.

'I’m not familiar precisely with what I said [in February], but I’ll stand by what I said, whatever it was,' he said." [Source]

Now you see why I call him Flipper.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Not everyone has a ground to stand on in Florida. And Rodney King style justice in Texas.

It looks like yet another one of you Florida Negroes have come up empty in an attempt to seek shelter under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. Sorry, these laws aren't meant for everybody. (Not even abused Negro women. NRA where are you?) In A-merry-ca, you Negroes are the threat. These laws were meant to protect certain people from you folks.

"A Florida judge on Monday ruled that an elderly black man charged in the shooting death of his neighbor can't use the Stand Your Ground defense, the second time in a week that the controversial law at the center of the Trayvon Martin case failed to provide cover to a defendant.

Monday's ruling dealt with the manslaughter case against Trevor Dooley, who has admitted to shooting his neighbor, David James, in 2010 after a verbal dispute over a teenager's right to skateboard on a local basketball court turned physical. (James was defending the kid's right to skate, fwiw.)
An ABC News affiliate in Tampa explains that Dooley—who had a concealed weapons’ permit—maintains that he only shot James after he became aggressive and threatened him. But a circuit judge ruled Monday that the evidence suggests that it was not until Dooley "reached for and pulled out his weapon—indicating an intent to escalate from an argument to violence—that Mr. James exerted and used physical force against Defendant." You can read more on that case over at ABC Action News and" (h/t Nancy Lockhart) (Source)

I don't even know why they have "Stand Your Ground" type laws in places like Texas. They truly do not need them. White folks in Texas have the police force to put a beat down on you Negroes when you get out of line, and just like in the days of the Citizens' Council, they make sure that the po po walks after administering their form of justice.

 "Even though a security camera showed Houston, Texas, police officers stomping and kicking then-15-year-old burglar Chad Holley (pictured below), jurors unfortunately decided Wednesday afternoon that the first officer on trial for the beating, Andrew Blomberg (pictured left), is not guilty of official oppression, according to the Associated Press.

On the videotape, Holley is seen laying face down on the ground, while several officers kick and stomp him. Still, Blomberg testified that Holley was resisting arrest — and while it may have looked as though he was abusing the teen — he was actually using his foot to move Holley’s arm.

Even Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland Jr. testified that he believed that Blomberg assaulted the teen.
The Associated Press reports:
Prosecutors told jurors that Blomberg kicked the teenager several times and Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland Jr. testified that he believed Blomberg kicked and stomped on the teen.
Not surprisingly, the all-White jurors still came to the decision that Blomberg was not guilty of abusing Holley. If Blomberg was found guilty of his misdemeanor charge, he would have faced up to a year in prison. Three other police officers will stand trial for the offense. Relieved that he had gotten off, Blomberg contemplated whether he would consider going back in to law enforcement:

“This is the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do in my entire life,” Blomberg said referring to being a police officer. “And I’m just glad this part is finally over.” [Source]

Yes, I am sure you are. Next time just watch for the video camera.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Let them use coat hangers, and let us kill the innocent.

No matter how hard the rest of us try to get into the 21st Century, the folks in the republican party keep trying to take us back.

"Mississippi state Rep. Bubba Carpenter (R) said that it’s OK for women to have coat hanger abortions because it’s for a greater good.

A video obtained by Rachel Maddow’s blog captures Carpenter saying he is proud of Mississippi’s attempts to outlaw abortion outright, despite the fact that the Supreme Court has ruled abortions legal in the United States.
And what about women who will perform self-induced abortions because they cannot afford to go out of state to get the procedure? “Hey,” he says, “you have to have moral values”:

It’s going to be challenged, of course, in the Supreme Court and all — but literally, we stopped abortion in the state of Mississippi, legally, without having to– Roe vs. Wade. So we’ve done that. I was proud of it. The governor signed it into law. And of course, there you have the other side. They’re like, ‘Well, the poor pitiful women that can’t afford to go out of state are just going to start doing them at home with a coat hanger. That’s what we’ve learned over and over and over.’

But hey, you have to have moral values. You have to start somewhere, and that’s what we’ve decided to do. This became law and the governor signed it, and I think for one time, we were first in the nation in the state of Mississippi." [Source]

Yes, because nothing says "moral values" like watching some poor woman die from an infection because of a back alley abortion procedure. Bubba, (that's his real name) you are a dope!

Those republicans are no joke. And now we are finding out that it was under the frst GOP governor from that state since reconstruction that an innocent man lost his life thanks to a state sanctioned killing.

"He was the spitting image of the killer, had the same first name and was near the scene of the crime at the fateful hour: Carlos DeLuna paid the ultimate price and was executed in place of someone else in Texas in 1989, a report out Tuesday found.

Even "all the relatives of both Carloses mistook them," and DeLuna was sentenced to death and executed based only on eyewitness accounts despite a range of signs he was not a guilty man, said law professor James Liebman.
Liebman and five of his students at Columbia School of Law spent almost five years poring over details of a case that he says is "emblematic" of legal system failure.

DeLuna, 27, was put to death after "a very incomplete investigation. No question that the investigation is a failure," Liebman said.
The report's authors found "numerous missteps, missed clues and missed opportunities that let authorities prosecute Carlos DeLuna for the crime of murder, despite evidence not only that he did not commit the crime but that another individual, Carlos Hernandez, did," the 780-page investigation found." [Source]

Oh well, what does it matter if we kill an innocent person to make a larger point? That's just life in the republican's America.

Finally, I am glad that our conservative friend, John Derbyshire, found work.

 I suppose that he is feeling a bit more relieved these days. It must have been hard to be a closet racist all of these years. As we get deeper into the summer I am sure tat more of his conservative friends will take their sheets and come out of the closet as well.

Monday, May 14, 2012

It won't be Condi, and Usain makes a run for it.

I have some bad news for my republican Negro friends: None of you will be on the republican presidential ticket this year. The same might be true for women and Hispanics.

"Mitt Romney’s campaign is looking to fill its vice presidential slot with a “boring white guy,” according to one Republican who is privy to some details of the campaign’s decision.

Politico reports that Romney is trying his hardest to pick “a deliberate anti-Palin,” and apparently that means he cannot pick a person of color or a woman:
One Republican official familiar with the campaign’s thinking said it will be designed to produce a pick who is safe and, by design, unexciting – a deliberate anti-Palin. The prized pick, said this official: an “incredibly boring white guy.”
Of course, there are plenty of women and people of color who would be perfectly boring — and suitable — choices for Romney’s running mate: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is a crowd favorite, Louisiana Bobby Jindal (R) is about as boring as it gets, and there’s plenty of hubbub over Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). But the objective of boring, white, and male shows that the Romney campaign will prioritize absolute vanilla-ness over the candidate who may be best for the job." [Source]

This sounds a little racist to me; why does a white guy have to be boring?
Anyway, I hope that Sarah Palin sees what she has done. She has made it hard for women and people of color to get another shot on the republican stage.

I would never try to tell a republican what to do. But Flipper, if you really want shake up this presidential race and increase your chances of beating his Oness come November, you would choose Condi Rice as your running mate. There is nothing boring about Condi. And she is quite competent to boot. But I get it, republicans, especially white male ones; do not associate women- especially women of color-with competence.

Finally, speaking of women of a certain color, I see that Usain Bolt decided to call it splitsville from his melanin challenged paramour. I sure hope that this had nothing to do with the backlash the speedy one got for choosing a white mate. He says that it's because he has to focus on training for the Olympics. I will take his word for it. But the timing of this break up is a little suspect. And apparently I am not alone in thinking that Usain might have caved to some yawdie backlash.

Hey, it might not be right, but believe me, I understand it. If Bolt had stayed in his relationship and he doesn't medal in London, that poor woman's life (not to mention his) would have been unlivable on the Island. I don't care if she is white, black, gold, or green.