Monday, August 18, 2014

Patriots vs. Thugs



What must be going through the mind of that celebrated "patriot" Cliven Bundy?

Bundy, and the "outside agitators" or "out-of-town" people who supported him were celebrated as patriots standing up for rights against an oppressive government.

Now, fast forward to the current situation in Ferguson, Mo. These individuals, for some reason, are not be hailed as patriots for their protests in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown.

They're being called thugs, out-of-town agitators, race hustlers, race baiters, hooligans, criminals, outside agitators and ... well ... you get the picture.

Interesting how are perspective changes as we look through the prism of our biases.

Check out Salon.com for a perspective.

Take a look at the photo and think of the response in Ferguson when police heard that some people might be armed among protesters.

#Ferguson

Friday, August 15, 2014

#HandsUpDontShoot

We all need to think of where we're headed as a nation.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

#Ferguson Matters



I, for one, applaud the protesters in Ferguson, Mo. I hope that continues nonviolent protesting will help generate a positive change in communities across this country in the wake of the killing of Mike Brown.

Change can't happen if the silent majority are outshouted by the vocal minority.

#HandsUpDontShoot
#Ferguson

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

O'Reilly, Criticism, Blacks


I found this quite interesting. Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly had interesting comments related to what has been happening in Ferguson, Mo.

This is how he was quoted by Media Matters:
O'REILLY: Do we as a society -- what do we do? Do we weigh in as the boy's father -- and if it were my son, I probably would have said same thing, but he's obviously talking through an emotional prism. His son is dead. He believes, probably -- I know he believes -- that it was an injustice, that it was done for nothing, it was a murder. And many, many African Americans believe that without knowing the facts. Do we criticize them, or do we remain silent?
O'Reilly has never really been shy about criticizing black folks. So, it's hard to understand where he's coming from with this one.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Handed Over On A Silver Platter

President Obama is not and should not be above criticism. Reasonable (well-reasoned criticism) is not only OK, but should be encouraged.

What's sad, however, is to see black folks who call for black unity, but criticize Barack Obama for not handing them everything they've ever wanted on a silver platter ... because he's a black president. I thought of this as I watched a video from a cat who sparked a lot of people commenting and whining about Barack Obama not giving them everything they've ever wanted.

No president will give you everything you want. If that is your expectation, disappointment will always be within walking distance.

No one, regardless of race, should be sitting around relaxed because we have a president of their color and think that he will cure all of our ills like .

Do for yourself, first, before you even think of looking for help from someone else. And, don't think because someone who has your skin tone is in power that you've made it to the top of the world. If that is your mentality, you're probably closer to the bottom than you'll ever be to the top.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mitt Romney Vs. Zartan

Mitt Romney seemed to change colors during this interview:


This got me thinking about the old G.I. Joe action figure, Zartan, and a commercial from the mid-1980s.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Disgusting Comments By People On CNN Website Regarding Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.
It never ceases to amaze me the vile and nasty things that people anonymously say about others when no one can see them.

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is undergoing some physical and emotional challenges. However, that is not enough to prevent people from taking cheap shots at him under the cloak of anonymity. Of course, these types of attacks are nothing new in this day of the Internet and the freedoms that come with it. The price for freedom is that it opens forums for people to attack others, anonymously, and otherwise. Some people enjoy being able to cheap shot while not signing their name or reputation to their attacks. The Internet is also a have for idiots like the guy below who absurdly calls the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. the "biggest racist in the nation." It makes you wonder how harshly these extremists would attack Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. if he was alive today.

Here are a few of the vile statements on CNN:

Roger BirdCollapse
Perhaps Jackson is depressed about being corrupt.  A bad conscience can cause a lot of grief.
winemaster2Collapse
Like father like son, both corrupt to the hilt, living high on the hog and as usual pretending to be do gooders with Chicago style rotten greed creed politics of self interests and self righteousness.. Now it is gastrointestinal and depression song and dance
SmackbackCollapse
crooked like his old man - what a p.o.s.
Here is a comment that reflects ignorance and callousness regarding people suffering from depression. It's sad that people think depression is no big deal. Is it a commentary on our society?


JalenTighCollapse
I would be depressed too if I were under investigation for corruption.... but this is just ridiculous. Take some happy pills and get back to work like the rest of us have to you lazy bum.

Here is one of the most ignorant statements (and there were many to chose from) out of the comments section:

dale gribble, i kill bugs, roaches, and antsCollapse
id be depressed too if my dad were the biggest racist in the nation
This person is an idiot. That is disgusting. But, it's part of the price we pay for freedom.

Read more here:
http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/04/politics/jackson-congress-depression/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Pretend Patriots Are Hypocrites

Gabby Douglas
I've enjoyed watching the Olympics this summer. I've always enjoyed them. I've enjoyed them since the first time I remember seeing the Olympics -- the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

One of the interesting topics that fires up from time to time during the Olympics is the issue of patriotism. Many of us are patriots even though we may all have different opinions about what it truly means to display patriotism during the Olympics.

This all brings me to a post I read on News Hounds discussing the issue of patriotism and the people at Fox News.

Here is what News Hounds posted about the America Live program:

Guest host Alisyn Camerota said:
There was a proud moment at the Olympics yesterday when 16-year old Gabby Douglas won a gold medal in gymnastics. The crowd went wild with cheers – though we’re not hearing the chants of ‘USA, USA’ that we’ve heard in some Olympics gone by. And some folks have noticed that American athletes’ uniforms don’t carry the Stars and Stripes look as much as they had in past years. The famous flag-style outfits worn in years past replaced with yellow shirts, gray tracksuits, pink leotards. So how do we show our patriotism at the games?
So, what is patriotism? Is the effort they put in throughout their lives to represent their country in the Olympics? Is it the thrill that these athletes have as they give everything they have in goodwill competition as representatives of their country? Is it our athletes cheering each other on to victory? Is it the genuine emotion running through their body as they hear their national anthem played? OR, is it the outfits they wear? Cheering is not enough, with at least one Fox News host. You must cheer a certain way to truly be a patriot.

Read the post to get the full story on a manufactured Fox News issue.

These people who think of thems

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Romney Booed By NAACP ... And Probably Loved The Successful Strategy

Mitt Romney
I suspect that presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was secretly loving the boos that he got from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. I get the feeling he expected ... and maybe wanted ... the boos from the civil rights organization.

From a division standpoint, it probably galvanizes some support for his candidacy in a national that is still somewhat divided along racial lines. Racial flamethrower Rush Limbaugh was all over it when he made the absurd suggestion that Romney was booed because he is white and insultingly implied that Romney's words were over the heads of the audience members. Limbaugh who has made a career and millions of dollars by through racially divisive (some would argue racist) words on his radio show.

With allies like Limbaugh, it would seem Romney needs no enemies.

The racial divide is widening, and men like Rush Limbaugh are celebrating that division.

ABC News:
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/mitt-romney-booed-at-naacp-event-16754214

Friday, July 6, 2012

This Gives New Meaning to Everybody Hates Chris

Chris Rock
Comedian Chris Rock sure did stir up some controversy as he once again proved the power of the social media platform Twitter.

Rock wrote: "Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren't free but I'm sure they enjoyed the fireworks."


Well, that definitely left a mark on society. Of course, Chris Rock has never really been one to shy away from comments that nudge (if not push) people out of their comfort zone. He is not bothered by a little controversy, and, a little controversy often proves good for some celebrities.

People are up in arms. I can recall reading some comments where one person asked how black people would like it living in present-day Africa vs. living in the present-day United States of America. That was one of the mild comments I read in the wake of Rock's Tweet.

I think people should keep one small thing in mind: CHRIS ROCK IS A COMEDIAN. His job is to joke and to push people out of their comfort zones. That is not to say that a comedian can't take it too far, but people should recognize that he is a comedian and then take the comment for what it's worth.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Non-Specifics Ain't Gonna Get It



This is a very rare time that I am going to agree with conservative Fox News (I know that is redundant to some people) commentator Bill O'Reilly. But, Republicans can't sit around and whine about so-called "Obamacare" and then sound like Scooby Doo when they talk about what they will replace it with if they gain power.

I'm Back

I've decided to return to writing Best Seat in The House.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

RIP Mr. Jefferson



One of my favorite childhood shows was "The Jeffersons" and Sherman Hemsley was the centerpiece of a great sitcom -- one that was groundbreaking in many ways dealing head-on with issues such as interracial marriage. Hemsley passed away at the age of 74 on Tuesday.

George Jefferson, Hemsley's signature character, was outrageous, at times, and yet so important. For all of his flaws, Mr. Jefferson generally did the right thing when it came down to it ... he just didn't always take the shortest distance from A to Z.

Mr. Jefferson was fantastic as was a later character, Deacon Ernest Frye, he played in a late 1980s hit, "Amen."

Sherman Hemsley was a good one and made a lot of people smile.

I will always remember him for the classic and crazy George Jefferson dance (it's about half a minute into the clip.

CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/24/showbiz/sherman-hemsley-obit/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

I love this clip:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

All Jeremy Does Is Lin, Lin, Lin


Jeremy Lin
The Jeremy Lin sensation is running strong ... almost as if a media handoff from everything the sports nation endured with Tim Tebow mania.

What Lin is doing is phenomenal because he is playing so well as an individual, he is clearly putting his teammates in a position to be successful and he is helping the previously-mediocre New York Knicks win ... after being cut twice and being an undrafted player out of that noted basketball factory, Harvard University.

Lin, a now popular Asian American who has the sports world buzzing, has been a sensation because he is a fine passer, he can penetrate and score, he can shoot from a stand-still position, he can shoot off the dribble and he hits BIG shots. This man is humble and unselfish. Combine those qualities with the fact that he is a heck of a player and you have a pretty special combination.

I hope he can keep it up as he gets injured teammates back and teams adjust to his style of play. He will get more attention from opponents and it will remain to be seen how he responds. He will use his teammates well and that is why he is likely to be successful.

All of the fools he think he is only popular because he is an Asian American are ignorant. He has persevered coming from non-traditional roots to find stardom in the NBA. This doesn't happen every day in the NBA. It might happen in baseball and hockey and here and there in football. It doesn't happen too much in basketball and people, as Spike Lee said, need to recognize.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Is Fox News Destroying Republicans? Media Matters Has An Interesting Take

Fox News is an interesting network in the sense that it is hard to figure out if some of its decision makers are pro-right wing or anti-left wing. It's not the same thing, either.

For example, it seems sometimes that Fox News is more interested in launching attack after attack on President Obama and other Democrats more so then it is in trying to make the case for Republican presidential candidates like (are you ready for this?) Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. Don't get me wrong, Fox News will work to carry the mail for Romney and Gingrich (or other contenders) when necessary for rehabilitation purposes.

But, for the most part, it seems Fox News has a mission to attack those on the left and that has been no more evident than with President Obama.

Still, is this helping or hurting the right wing?

Check out what Media Matters has to say on the issue:
http://mediamatters.org/blog/201201260009

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Brewer Finger Pointing At President Obama Is Deeply Disturbing And Offensive

Gov. Jan Brewer, of Arizona, confronts President Obama and points her
finger right in his face as a show of disrespect to the president of the
United States of America.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer took political disrespect to a new level (a level far beyond mere politics) with her finger-pointing confrontation with President Barack Obama.

If you can't see the racial angle here, then you're blind.

Anyway, the now infamous photo of Gov. Brewer pointing toward the president of the United States with her finger has created some deep and troubling feelings about how some people view Barack Obama (and how some people will always view him as Barack Obama and never accept him as President Obama ... to some degree for racial reasons).

Gov. Brewer's blatant disrespect of President Obama could (and should) bring together all who support the president and minorities who have been treated in a condescending manner or in a manner that is highly disrespectful by people who do not see them as on their level.

This is a lessons that no matter how much status you may have or think you have ... there are still some who will see you as beneath them because of what you are to them and not what you made of yourself.

The message is a relative of people like some on the far right referring to him as a food stamp president. The idea is to make Barack Obama seem more black than ever and not on the same level as others. The food stamp issue seems to be a way of reminding the lowest common denominator that President Obama is as black as he ever was ... and especially now that it is an election year.

This diss of President Obama will not be soon forgotten.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fox News' Anchor Wallace Advises Romney On Strategy Against Obama



"Fair and balanced" Fox is the platform for anchor Chris "I'm Down With GOP" Wallace to offer leading GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney on the strategy he could use to defeat President Obama in November.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Tim Tebow Issue Is Complicated ... Favoritism, Football, Race, Religion


Tim Tebow
, of the Denver Broncos, is generally either loved or hated by people who are loyal followers of the National Football League.

First and foremost, Tim Tebow is not hated because he is a Christian. That assertion is the biggest bunch of garbage that I have maybe ever heard come out of the media. Turn on pro and college football, watch it for any number of hours, and you're bound to see numerous players (of all races) kneeling in prayer, thanking God and otherwise expressing their faith. It is absolute garbage to say or imply that Tebow is the victim of some anti-religious media bias.

Now, as we know, that doesn't stop the right-wing nuts at Fox News from advancing such an absurdity.

In the video clip the panel of the disgraceful and disgracefully-biased Fox News Watch program tried to turn it into a Christian-Muslim issue on a couple of occasions. Again, this is absolutely absurd. In this clip, the right-wing panelists, either through their ignorance of bias, never talked about the many prayer huddles that happen before and after games, prayers that other players have after touchdowns or how players thank God in post-game interviews.

They could not do that ... you see, it doesn't go with their agenda to portray Tebow as a victim of religious or Christian bias.

Twice in that clip they invoked Muslims and even evoked the black Muslims led by Elijah Muhammad, who was followed by boxing great Muhammad Ali. This was not an accident. It was a subtle injection of race.

Tebow is criticized or disliked for the following reasons:
1. People do not like having stars shoved down their throat before they feel like an individual has truly earned that praise.

2. Defenders of Tebow irrationally shove his modest early success down the throat of people who are either neutral or critical.

3. He is winning with a style that is unorthodox and some people think is unsustainable.

4. He is getting all (or the vast majority) of the credit for the Broncos' success in spite of a strong running game behind Tebow and a strong defense.

5. He is getting praised where black quarterbacks (Randall Cunningham, Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick as examples), historically, have been criticized. For example, University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is "winning" but is roundly criticized while Tebow is "winning" and gets national praised heaped on him. This has caused resentment.

6. Some people tend to want their sports free of religion.
Tebow is having success and I hope it continues for him. I just don't think his style is sustainable, but we will see. History will be the ultimate judge of Tim Tebow.