Friday, January 9, 2009

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Rocky Mountain High

Michelle Obama brought down the house. Now honestly, there is no reason to think that she wouldn't. She is brilliant, witty, considerate, thoughtful and consistently impressive in every appearance she makes. So why the great resistance to what clearly is an American success story? Well i think we all know the answer to that one which leads me to the obvious next question. Will her speech last night do anything to reflect any of the absurd perceptions that have been disgracefully lobbed her way? It says here,

No. Not. a. chance.

There was only one reason why this idiocy proliferated to begin with. And guess what, she still is Black. So until this country can let go of their collective 1690 mentality and see Michelle Obama for what she so clearly is, we are going to be condemned to another few months of "whitey", "thesis at princeton" and those will be the polite comments. There are sure to be more vile-spirited caricatures, more like the ones that the New Yorker so lamely attempted to parody.

Her achievements stand on their own merits. I would really love to read a reasonable critique of exactly what she has done or said to alienate White Americans.

If the oratory of the remaining speakers at the convention are even 75% as good as Michelle Obama, we are finally going to have some good news come out of Camp Obama!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Past Post? Umm No


Can we just please do away with the post prefix??

It can't be just me. No matter what you read these days you are sure to encounter a trusty old old issue freshened up with the inclusion of the prefix 'post'. Article about Hillary, and postfeminism is sure to be written. Similarly with Obama, postracism or postracial will certainly make an appearance.

What is it with the media and their cloying insistence to 'word-up' away problems that have never gone away and certainly don't look to now. Ok, we finally have a black candidate. There is reason to be optimistic, but the over the top exuberance by many of the well-intentioned media is a self-serving pat on the back all but declaring the subject of the "post" all but over. One black presidential candidate by no means signals that we are entering a postracial anything! It means that we have finally pulled our collective heads out of our asses and nominated the best person irrespective of race or gender.

I look forward to the day when we truly achieve place where we are beyond racism, sexism and partisanship. But the candidacy of Barak Obama does not represent that day.

Faulkner once said "The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past. " We have a very long way to go

Thursday, August 21, 2008

SE7EN- A Sequel?

Well, sorta, except this one stars Barack Obama and John McCain in a chase to figure out just how many homes the good Senator from Arizona owns.

"I think — I’ll have my staff get to you,” Mr. McCain told reporters for The Politico in an interview in New Mexico on Wednesday. “It’s condominiums where — I’ll have them get to you.”
Hey nice problem to have. Let's see if today is August 21, i must have ummm 7? At least that is the number the Obama camp has come up with. And hell, it is as good as any. Point is he has a lot, and he either can't remember or doesn't want to tell. Lose-lose for America. The guy can't remember how many houses he has? And he is fit to be the leader of these religious States of America? Seriously? Somebody stop the madness.

This might finally be the way in for Obama to register a take down. Thus far he has been rather feeble in his defense of the disgraceful ads The Bullet has orchestrated as the new head of Team McCain. For Obama to regain his footing, he is going to have to fight back. A guy who cut his political teeth in the rough and tumble back alleys of Chi-town, fighting back should be as natural as sunday morning in church. While this ad is a good start, he is going to have to ratchet up the rhetoric, or the Anti-Intellectual will be one-word answering his way into the White House.

We can't risk eight.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


In today's Washington Post, Kathleen Parker wrote Pastor Rick's Test. Her compelling thesis was that although Pastor Rick acquitted himself adequately, this event sets an awful precedent for the country. In short because it casts a Pastor (can a Rabbi or Priest be far behind?) as

"political arbiter in a nation founded on the separation of church and state"

She correctly asserts that the clear winner here was Pastor Rick himself who will now stand to further empower and enrich himself in the national arena. She calls into question the obvious obliteration blurring of one of the nation's founding principles- that of the separation of church and state. Pastor Rick provided this gem in a tortured explanation of exactly where his belief on this matter lies

"Though "we" believe in the separation of church and state, "we" don't believe in the separation of faith and politics. Faith, he said, "is just a worldview, and everybody has some kind of worldview. It's important to know what they are."

Ummm, ok. She continues to plead her case that as a nation, we are far worse off now because we are parading our candidates to into a church to answer questions of morality by a 'spiritual leader'.

She is right, but let's look at this issue just a little bit more critically. Why is this happening? Because we live in a very religious country where church is very much part of state and becoming more of it by the day. There is a demand for this line of questioning in this kind of setting. Though it boggles my mind and i would think others who believe that the separation of church and state is a rock solid precept. But here we are. Our nation has a vast appetite for religion and places great stock in candidates personal relationship with their savior. Let's not forget the equally inappropriate Democratic Candidate's Compassion Forum staged back in April 2008.

If the electorate continues to place this much importance on these types of questions, we may well find ourselves with Bush 3. God help us all.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Hollywood's What Kids??

Now Life & Style for the unintiated (myself included up to about 3 days ago) appears to be a weekly publication in the celebrity, gossipy genre. Think People Magazine, only a whole lot crappier. I will let the enormity of that statement sink in for a moment. Ok, so we aren't talking about the Economist here.

So on to this week's cover story. Take a close look at the precious little celebrity offspring. I apologize for the thumbnail sized image, but Life & Style doesn't appear to have much of an on-line presence. Besides, all that you need to see for the purposes of this entry are abundantly visible right here in the itty bitty picture. If you missed it, yes they are all white. And with the exception of the wee Scientologist, all blonde. No Black Celebs in Hollywood??? To add even more befuddlement, in the table of contents inside the magazine, there photographs of a few more bundles of joy. Guess who is in that one? Little Shiloh you wonder? No silly, she's on the cover. Zahara, you think?? Ding Ding Ding. We have a winner. So front cover- Shiloh, inside page Zahara.

Hollywood, i think we have a problem.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

And away we go

Wow, so now i too blog. Gonna jump right in and fill in the blanks as i go. So last night was the "Civil Forum" at Rick Warren's House of Worship. There are so many distasteful precedent setting outcomes from this event it boggles the mind. But surprisingly, Rick Warren wasn't one of them. Back to Rick the Moderator in a moment....

That a mega, tele, white, evangelist seizes the first (and probably only) shot at getting Obama and McCain together on the same stage to talk about things is a telling commentary on these religious States of America.

As a nation, we are quite literally falling apart with bridges collapsing, buildings falling and schools crumbling around us, but at the Civil Forum we are treated to nationally critical questions like "What does being Christian mean to you?" Are we in Sunday School or at a critical juncture in the nation's history?

Fortunately Rick revved up a bit and got to meatier topics as the night progressed. And to give him some props, he wasn't half bad. It is a shocking admission i know, but just think if it has been some other crazy-ass mega, tele, white, evangelist presiding over the festivities. Hagee or Robertson? Whoa... Some seem to think Pastor Rick (as O kept calling im) is in the bag for him. I'm not quite sure how they conclude that, but seeing how O was in hostile territory in this arena, i guess the good Pastor was fair enough. Well..... except that he let McCain drone endlessly on about his POW experience (gee- you were a POW? i never knew..) and seemed to not notice that McCain turned this into an campaign appearance not much different from the unforgettable one in front of the cheese aisle of a forgetten grocery store.

Oh one last thing- was it just that none were invited to this event or does the Saddleback church have NO black congregants?

Just Wondering..