Friday, September 12, 2014

The Palin family family brawl.

Family that fights together, stays...
Sarah P has held many titles:

Former governor of Alaska, former GOP VP nominee (I will never forgive John McCain for unleashing this woman on us), Fox News commentator, reality TV star, right-wing political shrill.

 And now we can add one more -- according to Alaska Dispatch reports -- Palin family fight promoter.

Yes, the brawling Palins decided to open a can of whoop-ass at a birthday party they crashed.

Well, technically, they were invited, but nevertheless the family brawl did crash the party.

As Stephen H stated in the comment section of the Washington Post Blog:

The Thrilla in Wasilla

 A nice, mellow party, until the Palins show up. There’s beer, of course, and maybe other things. Which is all fine, but just about the time when some people might have had one too many, a Track Palin stumbles out of a stretch Hummer, and immediately spots an ex-boyfriend of Willow’s. Track isn’t happy with this guy, the story goes.

There’s words, and more. The owner of the house gets involved, and he probably wished he hadn’t. At this point, he’s up against nearly the whole Palin tribe: Palin women screaming. Palin men thumping their chests. Word is that Bristol has a particularly strong right hook, which she employed repeatedly, and it’s something to hear when Sarah screams,

“Don’t you know who I am!”

And it was particularly wonderful when someone in the crowd screamed back,

“This isn’t some damned Hillbilly reality show!”

No, it’s what happens when the former First Family of Alaska comes knocking. As people were leaving in a cab, Track was seen on the street, shirtless, flipping people off, with Sarah right behind him, and Todd somewhere in the foreground, tending to his bloody nose.  read more

Wow! Are you kidding me?

Let's flip the script and picture how this story would unfold on Fox Nation.

Recent pregnant teen and now unweed mother, Malia Obama joins family and friends in a street brawl. And boy can this girl rumble with the best of the hommies from South Chicago.

And as the melee ensues, one can hear Michelle Obama shriek:

'You know who we are? You better recognize fool. You messing with the Obamas."

Without a doubt, Fox would trot out a couple of their resident Negroes. On cue, they would chastise the president and/or his wife for:

  1.  Lacking moral character that resulted in pre-marital sex and teenage pregnancy in their household right under their nose.
  2. Being absentee parents who place their own political and commercial ambitions over parenting.
  3. Behavior that represents the epidemic break-down and dysfunction of the black community.
  4. Lacking the self-control and dignity of a world leader. 
  5. Being an embarrassment to his to his race; or should we say, to both his races.
But since this was right-wing and Tea Party darling, Sarah Palin, they (Fox Nation) will continue to hang on her every word, pay enormous fees to hear her speak, continue to buy her books and polish off their "Sarah for President" buttons.

Somewhere I can hear Satchmo singing:

"What A Wonderful World"
I see trees of green,
red roses too.
I see them bloom,
for me and you.
And I think to myself,
what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue,
And clouds of white.
The bright blessed day,
The dark sacred night.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow,
So pretty in the sky.
Are also on the faces,
Of people going by,
I see friends shaking hands.
Saying, "How do you do?"
They're really saying,
"I love you".

I hear babies cry,
I watch them grow,
They'll learn much more,
Than I'll ever know.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

Yes, I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

Oh yeah

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

When Fox News Didn't Blame The (GOP) President For Beheadings

Embedded image permalinkUnlike today, the president in 2004 was completely blameless in the beheading deaths, according to Fox News.   Read More

Monday, September 8, 2014

Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenosn pulls a Donald Sterling?

No doubt:

Mark Cuban was most likely privy to how his fellow NBA owners chopped it up with each other when he voiced his opposition to former LA Clipper owner Donald Sterling losing his team after Sterling's racist comments were made public.

You may remember, Cuban stated:

"Again, there's no excuse for his positions. There's no excuse for what he said. There's no excuse for anybody to support racism. There's no place for it in our league, but there's a very, very, very slippery slope."

Yesterday another NBA owner fell off this slippery slope.

Atlanta Hawk principal owner Bruce Levenson has decided to sell his controlling share of the Hawks after his self-reported e-mail revealed very sensitive racial stereotyping.

Here's some highlights:

In the e-mail, in which Levenson wrote to Hawks President Danny Ferry about how to increase the team’s white fan base, he “sent the unintentional and hurtful message that our white fans are more valuable than our black fans,” Levenson recognized in the statement today.

In the e-mail he complained about the lack of white cheerleaders, the majority black patrons at bars and the lack of fathers and sons going together as a reason why season-ticket sales were low.

 “My theory is that the black crowd scared away the whites and there are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a signficant season ticket base,” Levenson wrote. Although he said that “I don’t care what the color of the artist is” he wanted music that is “familiar to a 40 year old white guy if that’s our season tix demo.”  source

Businessman or Racist?
I lived in Atlanta for a minute -- I worked for an events planning company, thus I have some informed insight -- and Levenson's observation of the color divide -- unfortunately -- is not that far off. Atlanta, although a mecca for upwardly moving professional blacks, is still far south of the Mason-Dixon line.
 From my brief ATL experience, if you hold or sponsor an event it is labeled a black or a white event from the get go. If an event has 30%  or more blacks it becomes a black event and the demographic of white males aged 35-55 want nothing to do with it.
It doesn't matter how hip, safe, affluent, popular, entertaining, or socially connected, the vast percentage of 35-55 white males collectively state: "We pass"
Mr. Levenson was inarticulately clumsy in stating the obvious:
In our so-called post-racism age, this southern demographic that heavily supports the GOP, The Tea Party, Fox TV, hate radio and absolutely hates all things President Obama are not comfortable sitting next to black folks (or Asians, Latinos or any other minority group) not named Herman Cain or Clarence Thomas.
This neo-confederate and ever growing xenophobic group only attend events (NASCAR) in which they are the huge majority -- 85% or more.  
Yet and still, I gotta ask, was Levenson looking for a deep pocket buyer:
Here's another perspective: Just think, Mr. Levenson, ever the businessman, peeped how Donald Sterling, after being forced to sell the Clippers, got Two Billion dollars, maybe Levenson snitched on himself to get a DS like payday.
I'm just saying...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

9-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Kills Shooting Range Instructor

Gun power or child abuse
The following very tragic story epitomizes the reckless and feckless nature of far too many gun enthusiast.

The absurdity of a nine year old handling a high power weapon -- a WMD -- with not only parental consent but with parental urging is beyond crazy.

This is why we have the term gun nuts.

A 9-year-old girl vacationing with her family accidentally shot and killed an instructor at a shooting range, authorities said.

The shooting happened at 10 a.m. Monday at Arizona Last Stop, a tourist spot southeast of Las Vegas.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, the instructor – identified as Charles Vacca, 39 – was standing next to the girl, teaching her how to use an automatic Uzi. The girl’s parents stood nearby, capturing video of the experience.

As the girl pulled the trigger, the recoil caused her to lose control of the gun, with Vacca accidentally shot in the head, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said. Vacca was flown to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. source

This tragedy is not about 2nd Amendment rights: it's about the absence of good ole fashion commonsense, parental neglect and range owner irresponsibility.

As a result of this collective act of stupidity, we have the friends and family of the victim suffering from an unspeakable accident; and not to mention, a young child that will most likely be scarred for life.

All this for a family selfie?

These are the same folks (both the family and the gun range management) that clamor the loudest about their rights to own and use WMD. They decry any and all commonsense gun regulations as government tyranny.

Well we see why these folks oppose commonsense gun laws, they are severely commonsense challenged.

Point blank.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NFL: Pop artist should pay to play Super Bowl halftime show?

Destiny's Child doing the halftime bounce
The NFL definitely has chutzpah.

As America's number one pastime, and still growing in popularity, the NFL rules the USA sports market big time.

How big?

So big that not only can they demand and receive $4 million for a 30 second Super Bowl commercial and a whopping $8 million for a 60 second one: They are now so large and in charge -- according to reports -- they are asking pop music superstars would they pay for the privilege of playing the halftime show.

Yea, that's some fly gangster ish. But hey let's do the math from the NFL's perspective:

To be fair, though, the unpaid acts don't get a raw deal. Though they might not see a penny from the actual halftime performance, they tend to make up for it in spades immediately afterward thanks to a major sales boost; for instance, Beyonce and Destiny's Child album sales rocketed up by 40 percent the week following the 2013 Super Bowl.

Indeed, playing the show usually generates heaps of income for performers via exposure alone. It can reinvigorate stagnating careers (see Madonna's 2012 performance, which drew 112.5 million viewers) and get people buzzing about semi-lower-profile acts like February's Bruno Mars, who played with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and earned 115.3 million viewers—that's more eyeballs than on the game itself. Plus, there's the glory factor: The halftime show is one of the most coveted gigs on the planet, on the biggest professional stage most artists could ever conceive of playing.  source

Apparently, to the NFL number crunchers, the NFL 1/2 hour halftime show is one long commercial for the artist and they (NFL) should collect their fees for providing a career boosting platform.

Can you see the day when players, with their plethora of cross-promotions and brand building opportunities (remember Tiger, Magic, Michael, Peyton et al all made vastly more $$$'s from endorsements than on field contracts) will be asked to cut the NFL a check?

Soccer anyone?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Missouri Unrest: Justice for Michael Brown

You don't have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.  
Malcolm X

In regards to the sad and tragic series of events in Ferguson, Missouri, let's adhere to the words of Michael Brown's father:

“I need all of us to come together and do this right, the right way. No violence.”

And as Al Sharpton stated:

“To become violent in Michael Brown’s name is to betray the gentle giant that he was."

No doubt: looting and rioting by opportunistic and anti-social individuals does not help bring justice to Michael Brown, his parents or the community.

This is not to say the community does not have the right to be pissed off and angry as hell.

 I mean, come on, yet another unarmed black kid killed because a heavily armed  white male adult claims to be "scared, threatened" and wants Dirty Harry street justice.

We must respond with purposeful restraint and intelligence. As we learned from the 1960's and the Rodney King 1990's riot, wanton looting and rioting are counter-productive. These destructive acts makes thing worse not better.

After the dust settles, the war-zone looking communities are abandoned by what little business ventures existed prior. The poverty, isolation  and deprivation become more entrenched.

On the other hand, peaceful rallies, civil marches, organized protests, targeted boycotts, political mobilization all have long track records of being effective tools to bringing justice. The anger needs to be constructively channeled.

To the Ferguson police.

We need full transparent accountability now not later. This does not mean you have all the answers of the investigation immediately. It means treat the Brown family and the community as integral parts of the process and not hostile occupied people to be subdued.

Ferguson officials should be accessible to community leaders, church ministers and local political leaders. Circling the wagons, meeting peaceful protest in full riot gear and denying freedom of the press is akin to pouring gasoline of a raging fire.

The optics are very disturbing. A police/SWAT military like deployment from an almost all white department attacking a predominately all-black community. This is not the answer.

As President Obama responded:

In concluding his remarks about Ferguson on Thursday, Obama said that while “emotions are raw right now” in the suburb and accounts of the tragedy differ, “let’s remember that we’re all part of one American family.”

“Now is the time for healing,” Obama said. “Now is the time for peace and calm on the streets of Ferguson. Now is the time for an open and transparent process to see that justice is done. And I’ve asked the attorney general and the U.S. attorney on the scene to continue to work with local officials to move that process forward.”  source

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pitching Phenom Mo'Ne Davis leads her team to the Little League World Series

Are you hip to the new pitching phenom hailing from the City of Brotherly Love?

Hint: This young pitcher does not play for the Phillies.

No, she -- yes, I said she -- pitches for her Little League team called the Taney Dragons of Philly. And this Dragon has slayed many batters (I know cheesy pun, I couldn't resist lol).

She is: 13 year old Mo'Ne Davis. Like I said, Girlfriend brings the heat. Her fastball has been clocked at the unfathomable speed of 70 MPH.

In fact, Mo'Ne has pitched her team (a three hit shut-out) into the Little League World Series.

The charismatic young lady does not just compete with, she dominates boys her age.

Additionally, if you catch her interview (see link), Miss Davis is poised beyond her age.

I gotta say, it's refreshing to see baseball re-capture the hearts of young urban America. Miss Davis -- in her Little League run to the World Series -- has also captured the attention of ESPN nation:

BRISTOL, Conn. -- Female pitcher Mo'ne Davis led her team into the Little League World Series, throwing a three-hitter Sunday to lead Taney Youth Baseball Association Little League of Philadelphia to an 8-0 victory over a squad from Delaware.

Davis struck out six in the six-inning game in the Mid-Atlantic Regional championship game.
The 13-year-old will become the 18th girl to play in the Little League World Series in 68 years. It starts Thursday in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Earlier in the day, Emma March of South Vancouver Little League in  British Columbia, Canada, qualified. It will be the third time that two girls will be part of the same Little League World Series. read more

Last note: Maybe she can teach rapper 50 Cent how to throw like a girl.

John McCain: American War Deity

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Big Five conferences get autonomy: Will college athletes reap the benefits?

Pay to Play?
The NCAA board of directors have voted (16-2) to grant autonomy to the Big Five college football conferences.

The Big 12, ACC, Pac 12, SEC and Big 10 are now empowered to govern themselves and push through rules changes as they see fit.

Make no doubt about it, this is a huge seismic shift in college sports as we know it -- and not just football. The three R's -- repercussions, reverberations and ramifications are epic.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Coming to America: 2014 American-African Summit

A wise man once stated: Better late than never.

African countries, with 6 out the top 10 fastest growing economies in the world, has finally come on the American radar.

But, late to the party, USA has to play catch-up to China, Russian, India, Japan, Brazil and the European Union.