Thursday, November 20, 2008

I'm pissed off vol.1

1) I am pissed that people are criticising Obama...haha...for using Washington insiders in his cabinet. First; every Washington democrat has worked or somehow been affiliated with the Clintons period! There is a difference between having 'worked' for them and being a Clintonian duh! AND, working presently for a government institution, you don't get ANYTHING done without insiders, as much as you would like to dream it can be done another way; you just make those fat cats work for you - - it is possible... (forgive the grammer - I'm going all post-modern grammer today)

2) I am tired of people assuming they know what Black Feminists professed to believe or work that we have accomplished without ever having READ a frickin book by a black feminist. It is the absolute height of ignorance - like - could you be more Sarah Palin?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bailout my ass - vestiages of bush's corruption..

Does anyone besides me remember being told that we were naive about the economy? Do you remember being told that we would enter into an all encompassing depression if we didn't pass this notoriously unpopular, sneaky, slimy, underhanded welfare to the banks?

If we don't get these toxic assets off the books then we will suffer untold horrors...that's what they said. Anybody who doesn't know that is living in fairytale land....

But, uh, wait.... Let's leave those toxic assets on there and do something else with the money...say buy stocks, no, uh, hold half of it and see how this works out....

Seriously, is a n y b o d y else tired of being lied to?

Did you see the Senate questioning of the bank execs as they tried to explain why they were still paying bonuses? The one guy, literally a 'fat' cat, said something like "we weren't using tax payers money we were using other money!"


Cats have really big balls... It was lovely to see the dem get in that 'you know what', however impotently...

Friday, November 7, 2008

Not even time to celebrate..

I was all prepared to apologize for my steadfast belief in widespread white racism towards blacks, and especially towards African-Americans, and yet before I could celebrate just two days I have begun to hear an idea that was whispered during the primary and then disappeared. It was the idea that much of Obama's success rested on his NOT being a decedent of slaves.

One of the most egregious comments is being proselytized by one Maureen Dowd of the New York Times...she writes,
"But I had been astonished by the overt willingness of some people who didn’t
mind being quoted by name in The New York Times saying vile stuff, that a
President Obama would turn the Rose Garden into a watermelon patch, that he’d
have barbeques on the front lawn, that he’d make the White House the Black
Actually, the elegant and disciplined Obama, who is not descended from
the central African-American experience but who has nonetheless embraced it and
been embraced by it, has the chance to make the White House pristine again."

Another author, Richard Rodriguez, repeated a similar sentiment on NPR stating that part of Obama's success came from white mother and absence of his 'bigamist' African father (he really said that) AND his non-associated with the decedents of the American slave narrative - this allowed him to become successful and reach these heights.

Now I am aware that I am the ever watching bird of prey for racist sentiment but I am quickly tiring of the attempt to divorce Obama's success from the story, read trail and tribulation, of Black Americans.

FIRST because Obama, and he would agree with me, is withdrawing the interest of Civil Rights blood deposited during the 1960's - the walls that were torn down in the 60's largely by Black Americans and their White American allies. These decedents of slaves, the so called central African-American experience, paid the price with their blood so that this future would be possible. When Dr. King, and Medger Evans, and Malcolm X, and Fannie Lou Hammer, and Rosa Parks and dam it Harriet Tubman, and Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglas and and and gave their lives for the basic freedoms of ALL Americans to be respected and dignified and protected by law - that is the 'central African-American experience' that allowed Barack Obama to stand where he does today. His presence, no matter his parentage, is inextricably tied to the history of Black Americans and attempts to divorce him from that is to, again, deny the humanity and contribution of Black Americas – hell, it even impedes our ability to claim ownership of our own country.

SECOND these sentiments double down on the very real division in the Black Community between Black Americans of African, Caribbean, and Home grown decent. This sentiment dangerously sparks ideas of ownership of success when it truly belongs to every person of color who endures and succeeds in spite of the racism that plagues us. Remember NJ Jersey troopers rarely check 'where your people from' before they stop you illegally. NYPD bullets don't stop moving because 'your people' were not descendents of a “central African-American Experience’.

There is a shared experience of racism and triumph that gives the black experience in America its patina. I, for one, refuse to see the richness of our experience emptied of meaning by thoughtless and incendiary prejudice. Don’t call me telling me I’m over reacting either – it subtle but there, I swear.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Step your game up...yes you...

This is the easiest blog I've ever written.

What this win means to you, especially you, is that the bar of expectation has been raised.

You have no excuse not to get that degree, to finish that project, promotion , _____________ -

no excuse not to be as great as you can possibly be.

Step your game up.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The lessons of Procrastination...not learned.

Procrastination has always been the bane of my existence. I never learned the value of delayed gratification. If you know me at all then you know I eat my dessert before AND after dinner.

When will I learn?!?

I am, presently, chumping at the bit of intellectual jealousy because of one Bob Herbert of the New York Times. I had planned to write about how it has never been more clear that we all need one another, that we are inextricably tied to one another for our health and well being. We are dependent on our fellow human to be responsible and not selfish in the raping of economy for self gain.

40% of our wealth controlled by 1% of the population!?! Aghast!

My point, however, was that this concern, and others I had planned to join together, were so eloquently, so concisely, so brilliantly conveyed by one Mr. Herbert that I would be remiss to bore you by repeating them in a lesser fashion.

So please, I beg you, read this column by, the fly in the milk of, Mr. Bob Herbert and rest assured that you aren't the only sane soul in our country right now.

Monday, November 3, 2008

I Love Bekabug...

But can anyone tell me how to become the black Rachel Maddow? I'm going to scratch up a plan and then you guys chime in...

Hope to see the sun soon, tomorrow maybe?