Saturday, January 17, 2009
Why is this important?
Well, one of my closest friends and I have been on a 14-year mission to track down the video from Riley's debut single, "Whose Is It?"
Consider this Mission Accomplished. Enjoy, J-Will. And take that, Dubya.
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From Think Progress:
It would have been nice if Bush had also inherited wisdom or intelligence or humility. Continue Reading »
Today, President Bush left for Camp David for what is expected to be his last departure from the White House via Marine One. During Fox News’s coverage of the event, hosts Martha MacCallum and Wendell Goler tried to rewrite history for Bush:
GOLER: This president inherited a budget surplus, but he also inherited what he called “the trifecta of bad times.” There’s the president headed out to Marine One right now. […] He inherited the 9/11 attacks. He inherited the recession and he inherited some tough times on Wall Street.
Friday, January 16, 2009
At the age of 30, I now know that 24 years ain't about shit. You haven't even gotten started, you haven't experienced anything, you have no real stories to tell. Even if you're a small-time crack dealer in Brooklyn or a fast-rising East Coast rap star or even some desk flunky working overnight hours at The Associated Press bureau in Dallas.
At 24, the story of your life has yet to be written. At least for most of us. And yet there's Christopher Wallace, not just another victim of gun violence yet still a statistic.
I can't wait to see "Notorious." I don't want to see how it ends. It's hard not to think he and we were all robbed of a proper finale.
Over the years, the Rev. Al Sharpton has been called a lot of things. He's even been stabbed in the chest.
But no one can ever accuse him of being a coward. And that's why, to me, Sharpton still occupies a meaningful perch in American political discourse. Maybe it's precisely because he's unelectable that he has the freedom to lead the fight where others, like our president-elect, are gun-shy.
Via TNC and Adam Serwer, here's Sharpton talking about something that surely won't draw any attention - or cameras - from CNN or FOX News:
"I am tired ... of seeing ministers who will preach homophobia by day, and then after they're preaching, when the lights are off they go cruising for trade...We know you're not preaching the Bible, because if you were preaching the Bible we would have heard from you. We would have heard from you when people were starving in California - when they deregulated the economy and crashed Wall Street you had nothing to say. When [accused Ponzi scammer] Madoff made off with the money, you had nothing to say. When Bush took us to war chasing weapons of mass destruction that weren't there you had nothing to say.
"But all of a sudden, when Proposition 8 came out, you had so much to say, but since you stepped in the rain, we gonna step in the rain with you."[...]
"There is something immoral and sick about using all of that power to not end brutality and poverty, but to break into people's bedrooms and claim that God sent you. It amazes me when I looked at California and saw churches that had nothing to say about police brutality, nothing to say when a young black boy was shot while he was wearing police handcuffs, nothing to say when they overturned affirmative action, nothing to say when people were being [relegated] into poverty, yet they were organizing and mobilizing to stop consenting adults from choosing their life partners."
Andrew Sullivan's The Daily Dish took the top prize and, given his tremendous work over the past few months, I have no problem with that.
Going over the list of nominees, I'm reminded of the way I felt as a child when I watched Barry Sanders dart around the football field. I considered myself something of a special football player, so I feverishly tried to figure out what Barry was doing that I couldn't do.
Ridiculous, no? He was a future Hall of Famer; I was a kid whose athletic flame was destined to be extinguished at 20.
In the end, I just felt frustrated. Some people are just better, and that's that. And in the blogosphere, as on the gridiron, the talent pool out there is tremendously deep.
It's extremely humbling. Continue Reading »
Thursday, January 15, 2009
For Your Consideration - Longest Daytime TV Sex Scene...Ever @ Yahoo! Video
Trust me, I'm no prude. Far from it. But even for the midafternoon "stories," is this not a bit gratuitous? I guess even stay-at-home moms and grandmas need some mid-day titillation.
By the way, this actor nearly surpasses Shawn Wayans in his relentless effort to slip as much tongue as possible into the mouth of his co-star. Well done, sir. Continue Reading »
Today Gannett is implementing a furlough program across all U.S. divisions and at corporate headquarters. This means that most of our U.S. employees - including myself and all other top executives - will be furloughed for the equivalent of one week in the first quarter. This furlough will be unpaid. Unions also will be asked to participate.Only about a month ago, the Seattle Times started this trend. The disturbing part of this all is, if it works, expect to see this cost-cutting measure replicated at newspapers throughout the country.
And honestly, it has to work. Continue Reading »
Go figure. Who would have thought the Campbells would be irresponsible enough to lose custody of their children? Continue Reading »
HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Three New Jersey siblings whose names have Nazi connotations have been placed in the custody of the state, police said Wednesday.
Holland Township Police Sgt. John Harris said workers from the state Division of Youth and Family Services removed 3-year-old Adolf Hitler Campbell and his younger sisters, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell, from their home Tuesday.
Harris said family services did not tell police the reason the children were removed. Agency spokeswoman Kate Bernyk said it does not comment on specific cases.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Someone had the audacity to credit Cam'Ron. Wow. Just wow. Goodness no.
In case there was ever any doubt among my generally well-informed readers, let's post a link to the source (embedding has been disabled for this video). Continue Reading »
The BART police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man on an Oakland train platform and then refused to explain his actions to investigators was arrested Tuesday in Nevada on suspicion of murder, authorities said.We've been here before, of course. Too many times. Expectations can be a dangerous thing. Continue Reading »
Johannes Mehserle, 27, of Lafayette was taken into custody in Douglas County, Nev., said Deputy Steve Velez of the Douglas County sheriff's office. The arrest was also confirmed by David Chai, chief of staff to Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums.
Mehserle was arrested in the New Year's Day shooting of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old supermarket worker from Hayward who was lying facedown after being pulled off a BART train by police investigating a fight. An Alameda County judge signed an arrest warrant alleging murder, and Mehserle surrendered without incident, authorities said.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sure, this is a copout of sorts. But I've got a lot on my mind and not a lot of time to share it all. I'm moving forward, dig?:
- I decided that President Bush is the worst kind of frat boy. New Orleans or Baton Rouge, eh? Someday, I hope that history makes him own his failure and his appalling indifference.
- I decided that Sarah Palin should have a camera trained on her at all times. 24-7. It has all the makings of a Fellini-esque comedy.
- I decided, after a few minutes of deliberation, that I need some Rod-sized balls. My familiarity with Tennyson will need some work, though.
- I decided that I was really disappointed with "Meet The Press" this week. And I'm especially disappointed with D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and Rep. Maxine Waters for taking part in that silly, borderline offensive segment about Prez-elect Obama and our troublesome black folks. On the flipside, I expected nothing less from Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint.
- I decided that next year I'll be rooting for only two college football teams: TCU and whoever is playing against Florida.
- I decided that I'll wait until I return to Tampa to watch "Notorious" with the First Lady. But I consider this as much a sacrifice as missing all four NFL playoff games this weekend.
- I decided that I can hardly put down Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers." If I do anything during this vacation, it's going to be completing that book.
- I decided that I'm already in love with the new joint from Earth, Wind & Fire featuring Raphael Saadiq. Do check it out.
- I decided that I can not listen to another song involving Ron Browz.
- I decided that I will not observe Jan. 20 as my unofficial national holiday. Sure, it's a meaningful moment in American history. But there's still much work to be done.