Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I Won't Be Watching the Superbowl But...


I love, love, love this Skittles commercial by the Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch. I probably won't be watching the game, I'm more of a Puppy Bowl kind of girl but this is really funny.

I Really Wanted To Know

Lil Wayne and Christina Milian. Yuck, yuck and yuck.
Photo from Daily Mail UK
Every now and then I have to ask myself certain things where the answers may seem obvious to most people but not to me. I have a lot of them today.
  • You mean Kim Kardashian isn't a gold digger?
    Who cares Kanye? Who you trying to convince yourself or us? I get it. Kim likes black men. Kim has dated poor black men. But what makes Kanye different than any other rich black man that marries a white woman although she let another black man pee on her in a sex tape?  Absolutely nothing.
  • Why does Christina Milian have a reality show?
    Other than being Lil' Wayne's side piece (I'm putting on a hazmat suit and have my can of Lysol at the ready) who picks fights with his various babies mamas on Twitter. What is it about her that I'm missing? She can't sing and is a marginal actress. There is nothing interesting about this woman in my opinion.
    If Lil' Wayne was the average broke brother standing on the corner, he wouldn't get the time of day from these women who keep having his babies. Oh wait, he just might. He was engaged once before and his fiance didn't look like any of his babies mamas. Get a clue, it's not okay if he impregnates you but he isn't about to marry you.
    If gossip blogs are to be believed, he's still dating his fiance and Christina Milian is still runniing around acting like she won the lotto. Maybe she did.
  • Has Lance Armstrong learned anything?
    Obviously not. For him to come out and say he would cheat again to win the Tour de France is deplorable and arrogant. Just because everyone else is doing it doesn't make it right. Some people never get it.
  • When will women stop accusing Bill Cosby of drugging and raping them?
    This story is like one of those pimples ready to erupt. I have not once heard Cosby disavow any of these women's claims, all I've heard is he's hired a bunch of lawyers to dig up dirt on them. Classy guy. I don't see this stopping anytime soon unless he starts paying these women to keep quiet. All the while Camille Cosby is silent.
  • Why doesn't Hillary Clinton go ahead and announce that she's running for President in 2016?
    It's not like its a secret yet she's running around in her stupid pants suits with that big old cheesy grin on her face like she knows something we don't know. She's been awful busy for someone who isn't running for President. Heck, the Republicans are already name-checking her. The jig is up.
    Don't know about you but I belong to the "Anybody but Hillary' club. Unlike most black people, I do not like the Clintons. I don't like the Bushes either if you want to get technical.
  • Am I the only who thinks twerking is stupid?
    Of course it is. If I could do it that wouldn't be something I'd be proud of. Miley Cyrus looks just as stupid as Amber Rose. Save it for the strip club.
  • Is CariDee English the worse 'model' ever?
    She's got to be. Anyone who wins a contest called 'America's Next Top Model' isn't ever going to be a top model and she is proof.  I cringe everytime I see her in this commercial for Stelara. That's some bad modeling there. Does she have more than two poses? I think not.
  • What's the big deal about Taylor Swift?
    I have to be honest, I've never heard any of her music. I don't like pop music that tries to pass itself off as country music. She's someone I'd never listen to. I could however pick her out of a line-up. Her mouth never closes. She's young, obviously talented and rich. Glad she's not waiting on me to buy any of her music 'cause girlfriend will be waiting a long time.
  • How did First Lady Michelle Obama get away without wearing a headscarf while visiting Saudi Arabia?
    Angela Merkle did it too. Seems hypocritical to me or perhaps its just important women from Westernized countries that can get away with it. Wonder if she got to drive too?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I Dream of Uncle Ben

Photo taken from OneEarth.com
Over the weekend, conservative Republicans met for the clown Iowa Assembly hoping to generate some Presidential buzz. A group larger than a baker's dozen got their chance at the mic but some of the more notable attendees were: Senator Ted "Is he American or Canadian?" Cruz, former half-term Alaskan governor Sarah "why oh why" Palin,New Jersey Governor Chris "Bridgegate" Christie, Rick "he's still around" Santorum, HP CEO Carly "I spent a whole shitload of my money on the California governor's race and still lost" Fiorina, Texas Governor Rick "I want you to think my eyeglasses raise my IQ by about five points to an even 100" Perry, former Arkansas governor Mike "I dream of Beyonce" Huckabee and last but not least the latest conservative darling Uncle Ben Carson (nope, we're not related).

While I could get down and dirty into who said what, I'm just going to skim the surface. These Republicans can give you so much material to work with. While they may not agree on alot of things, they all seem to be united in their disdain fort the middle class and the poor. And then there's gay marriage even though it has nothing personally to do with them. Minding their own business has never been the Republican party's strong suit. They spend way too much time in folks bedrooms and closets. They were glaringly quiet about equal pay for women and a woman's right to chose. Sadly, Sarah Palin is still calling grown ass women girls. I thought that went out ages ago.

From what I read, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney and Bobby Jindal skipped the meeting. As the front runner Jeb can afford to skip this nonsense, wannabe front-runner Mitt Romney probably thought he was above the fray being entitled and privileged and all. The shocker was hearing that Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal spent the day in Baton Rouge getting some Christian cred at a prayer fest. Whatever.

Out of all the stupid, hypocritical and nonsensical things said, I was most offended by Uncle Ben Carson. He's the black self-appointed anti-Obama critic.While commenting about Obamacare, he said he wouldn't support it even if it did work. Doesn't that mean it's working? I think so. What's the problem? Lower and middle class people don't deserve healthcare?

As a former doctor he should be supportive of any program that makes healthcare accessible to everyone not just the affluent. I'm pretty certain he collected many a government paycheck from Medicare and Medicaid but he's against it now. Without these government run insurance programs, poor and middle class people wouldn't have access to healthcare. We all know what happens when someone is uninsured and suddenly becomes ill, gets into an accident or comes down with a terminal illness. Republicans don't.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Quote of the Day

I try not to be serious all the time. Today I ran across some comments on MadameNoire.com made back in 2004 that made me laugh out loud. This quote is courtesy of  Negro Black comedian Bill "Don't Call Me African American" Cosby who has been in the news a lot lately but I won't get into that today:
We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don’t know a thing about Africa. With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap, and all of them are in jail.
Okay Bill.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The State of Boko Haram

Doron Baga, Nigeria photo taken from BBC News
While the world was rallying behind the French on Sunday, Boko Haram, Nigeria's ultra Islamic terrorists decimated Baga and Doron Baga, two villages. The most repulsive of these attacks was the fact that they kidnapped ten year old girls and used them as suicide bombers. Where is the outrage? Where are the 200 missing girls? Where are the drones?

It's obvious Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is preoccupied with getting reelected. He expressed outrage at the attacks in France but was decidedly more subdued talking about Boko Haram's attack. They are the extremist of extremes They murder without impunity. Seventeen dead in France, ten thousand dead this year in Nigeria at the hands of Boko Haram. No outrage there. No regard for the ten year old girls used as suicide bombers. I can't even begin to imagine what that would have been like. I bet none of Nigeria's ruling party have ten year old daughters.

President Jonathan must be paralyzed by fear or incompetence. Boko Haram managed seize one of the military bases near Cameroon. There doesn't appear to be plans to take it back. What's the army doing? Cowering somewhere far away from Boko Haram? And why isn't anyone outraged about the ten year old girls? Don't their lives matter?

Is nothing being done about Boko Haram because they are in Africa, because of President Goodluck Jonathan or both? We can manage to find our way to obscure places in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq to fight Islamic terrorists but Boko Haram in Nigeria isn't on our radar at all not even with all of the carnage and bloodshed.

It's clear Nigeria is incapable of containing Boko Haram, how many innocent people have to die? In Baga, it can't even be ascertained whether 150 or 2,000 people were killed. That's a problem there. No one even seems to know what going on.

This just seems like another colonial hangover, where the leaders are preoccupied with staying in power and maintaining access to money and power while the average Nigerian ekes out a living the best way he or she can. No chance of a trickle down much less running water.

I'm just wondering when someone is going to get off their ass and do something.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Where Were You?

The French flag from Middlebury College School in France
While watching that phenomenal march yesterday in Paris, seeing many of the world's leaders joining the French in solidarity in what was the worst terrorist attack in their history; I kept watching and wondering who's there from the United States.

Benjamin Netanyahu and  Mahmoud Abbas were there. Angela Merkel and David Cameron were there. Even leaders from Third World African countries were there to show solidarity with the French but no United States. There were more than fifty leaders who attended.

I looked and looked, waited and waited but still no U.S. official. I was ashamed and embarassed. I would have been great if President Obama could have been there but on such short notice security probably would have been difficult to arrange. But what about Vice President Joe Biden or Attorney General (if he's still in office) Eric Holder? Come to think of it, our new Republican leadership in the House and Senate could have flown to France to show their support.Whatever the case, we f**ked up. We were rude and disrespectful.

I'm certain we're going to expect support from France, England, Germany and Israel the next time we are attacked by terrorists. We are not immune, its been quiet for a minute but that doesn't mean we are immune to terrorist attacks. Just today I heard that the US Central Command's Twitter and YouTube accounts were hacked by Islamist supporters. Way to go!

Don't expect sympathy from the world when you can't show solidarity with one of your major allies. Je suis gêné d'être américain.

Post Script: I hear Vice President Joe Biden will be travelling to France this week to show our solidarity with the French. Late but at least he is going. The US Ambassador to France attended the rally Sunday but that was largely overlooked.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Mike and Beyonce

Beyonce throwing up gang signs on Instagram
Glad to not have to be talking about Muslim extremists today. Bump al qaeda of Yemen who is claiming credit for the murder of sixteen people in France a few days ago. Allah is watching and is not pleased.

Although its too early to start talking about the 2016 Presidential race, I can't help but think the Republican side of the ticket is going to be the most interesting. You got the token Republican darling Dr. Ben Carson, Jeb "oh no, not another one" Bush, grits and gravy Mike Huckabee and that empty paper bag Mitt Romney making threats to run. I could hit the snooze button on every one of these guys.

I'm only writing this because I read that Mike Huckabee has a new book out. In his book I hear he calls rapper Jay-Z a pimp for allowing his wife Beyonce to prance around stage in a sexually seductive way. I have several questions. Who knew Mike Huckabee ever heard of Jay-Z? Did someone slip him a copy of "The Blueprint"? When did he slip into a Beyonce concert? Did he watch one of her concert videos or did he see her documentary on HBO?  I think its funny as hell. Why is it when its election time Republican candidates pick on rappers for their alleged thug lifestyles, drug use, dread locs, low morals, etc.? They obviously don't know rap is more suburbia than inner city.

And if you've been paying attention you know Republicans can't mention Jay-Z and Beyonce without mentioning President Obama. According to any Republican you listen to, they are the bestest of friends therefore if Jay-Z is a low life, President Obama is low life too. After all they are friends.

All Mike Huckabee's criticism about Jay-Z and Beyonce tells me is that he's got a major case of the hots for Beyonce and nothing else. Perhaps he prefers to have her do those sexy dance moves in his bedroom instead of her own. He is in no position to call Jay-Z a pimp, he probably couldn't pick him out of a line-up.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Je Suis Charlie

Jeff Danziger's cartoon in reaction to the killing of 12 at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo
I woke up this morning to disappointed to find that the two suspects in the Charlie Hebdo murders are still on the loose. Not quite loose but cornered in a factory in Northern France in Dammartin-En-Goele. They were kind enough to allow school children to be evacuated but decided to keep some hostages.

I've been watching this for a couple of hours now and can barely contain my disdain for these faux terrorists/martyrs. Cowardly yes especially when you murder police and innocent bystanders. Real marytrs would have killed themselves or blown themselves up like yesterday after the crime. Cherif and Said Kouachi, the jihadi brothers are the cowards. They aren't dead yet but are threatening to kill themselves. I say go for it.

The second set of nitwits, Amedy Coulibaly and Hayat Boumeddiene are holding hostages in a Kosher supermarket and are thought to have murdered a policemen yesterday. Their faces and names have been put on blast all over Twitter and Al-Jazeera as well. They are thought to be linked to Kouachi brothers. I guess crazy comes in fours. I'm certain they think they are martyrs too. They didn't have enough guts to kill themselves either. Cowards.

These people are poster children for Islamophobia. There is no choice. They are making all Muslims look bad. Terrorists who claim to murder on behalf of Islam are not real Muslims, they don't wage holy wars or blow themselves up.  Islam is a religion of PEACE. Innocent people aren't murdered. Idiots don't blow themselves up and take innocent people with them. They are wrong, wrong, wrong.

Kudos to the French government for the successful conclusion of what could have been something very bad.A total of 16 people were murdered over the past two days and four hostages were killed.
Radical Islam is a threat to us all. I'm not sure this is the last we've seen of the crazies.

I am Charlie.







Thursday, January 08, 2015

Charia Hebdo

One of the many covers of the French magazine 'Charlie Hebdo' making a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed

I was extremely saddened yesterday by the murder of 'Charlie Hebdo' staff members. Besides running a satirical magazine, their only mistake was to  make fun of the Prophet Mohammed. We all know, the majority of extremist Muslims have no sense of humor. Make fun of the Prophet or commit blaspheme against Mohammed you deserve to die. There's nothing in the Koran or the Hadith that says so but these folks who have hijacked Islam are making rules up as they go along.

I've got news for them, comedy is not a crime. The caption in the above cover in English says:
100 lashes if you do not die of laughter

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Folks I'm Going to Miss in 2015

Poet, activist, author Maya Angelou
1928-1914
No list would be complete without poet, activist and wise woman Maya Angelou. I had the opportunity to meet her on two ocassions and each time, she had something profound to say to me. I was left speechless but better for having met her. "I Know Why A Caged Bird Sings" changed my life in ways I can't even begin to express. All I know after that is I never missed reading any of Angelou's books or stopped listening to what she had to say. She was a natural treasure.

Activist, author and playwright Amiri Baraka
1934-2014
I'm also going to miss Amiri Baraka (nee LeRoi Jones). As member of the 60s Beat Generation, I stumbled across his classic "Home" in a San Francisco used bookstore and read it from cover to cover. He was a revolutionary when it wasn't necessarily cool to be one. He was never
afraid to change his point of view. He evolved from a Marxist to a Muslim over the years. He was never afraid to share his opinion, stop writing and talking about racial relations.

Reuben 'Hurricane' Carter
1937-2014
Wrongly convicted for triple murder, Reuben Hurricane Carter was finally released from prison in 1985 At the time of his arrest, he was a contender for the middleweight crown in 1963. He never got the opportunity to compete because he was convicted based on dubious testimony by police informants. An excellent film about Reuben Hurricane Carter's life starring Denzel Washington is worth renting or checking out on Netflix or Hulu. It's an amazing story about perserverence, belief and triumph of the human spirit. What an amazing man. May he rest in peace.

Activist, actress, playwright Ruby Dee
1922-1914
And finally I can't forget to mention to legendary actress Ruby Dee. She did everything under the sun and moon. She acted, was a playwright, author and role model for so many black actresses who came after her. She wasn't afraid to speak her mind, especially during the civil right era. I loved her in "A Raisin in the Sun", no one in my opinion can play that role but Ruby Dee. She dominated film and stage, she definitely wasn't a black actress to be pigeonholed. Ruby Dee blazed her own path.

There are several other folks I'm going to miss in 2015 . I have to throw in Joan Rivers. She had the filthiest mouth but was funny as hell. I'm going to miss the back and forth between her and Rihanna on Twitter. That was some funny shit.

And then there's James Garner. I love the 'Rockford Files'. He made acting looked so effortless and seemed like a genuinely nice guy.