The Decade in Color

Tiger, tiger, not so bright
stuck in rehab New Years night.

Broken teeth and split lip, too
xmas gift from your blond ex boo.


Went to Hermes did TV's Ms O
But the doors wouldn't open, which just goes to show

No matter how big the bankroll or prosperous the guise,
Step away from the mic and get profile victimized


DJ Don cracked wise 'bout the prim and proper lady jocks of Rutgers U,
called them nappy headed ho's, figuring they never listened to the ranting on his show.

But he was wrong, and lost his living.
Exiled at first, now back on the air, behind the mic,
recouping his green, while routinely telling his listeners
he's not a bigot nor mean


Dubya was fiddlin' when Katrina blew in
Drowning New Orleans Cajun, Creole
and all of their kin.

Mimicked his dad like when Andrew swamped Florida
Stayed out of sight, exercising presidential right.

hoping maybe the category five would blow out like it blew in
leaving some people alive.


Michael died unexpectedly may he rest in peace.
Secrets buried, mysteries unresolved, his family adrift.

The fight is now on for his king of pop crown
Claimed by Jay Z, and Kanye,
other poseurs and clowns.


They finally got OJ locked up and corralled
No more white women at risk, well until next time


Barack Obama, elected president.
A black man in the White House, who'da thunk it
so quick.

It's the end of times, the pseudo Christians roar.
He's killing America, of that they are sure.


Congress apologized for slavery, surprise, surprise, surprise.
So where are the reparations, the 40 acres, the mules?

Better late than never, some 400 years due.

This decade is over and I'm not sorry to see it go.
Next year will be better, because I intend to make it so.


Grass Roots Terrorists

Been reading and listening to all the hyperventilation going on about this latest attack on an American airplane. In case you've been on Mars for the past weekend, some rich kid from Nigeria decided to martyr himself for Al Qaida by blowing up a Delta jet over Detroit. He managed to explode his homemade device, but mainly caused damage to himself and the guys who jumped him. The plane landed safely.

20-20 hindsight is kicking in like a mutha with all these pseudo pundits and fake security experts opining about the state of American security or lack there of. One fool on one network going so far as to demand that Obama go on television and talk about it. What's he gonna say?

He's ordered another layer of security checks at the airports and on board planes. President O has also ordered a review of the overall process. His DHS Secretary Napolitano is all over the situation, talking about it. So other than ordering the snipers into Yemen, what's he gonna say?

“My fellow Americans, today I'm sending in the snipers who took out the Somali pirates into Yemen to kick some Al Qaida butt and take out a few radical Muslim clerics who are stirring up these fake Muslim wannabes over here, so we can go back to celebrating our Christian holidays in peace.”

Even if he is sending black ops into Yemen, he couldn't tell us about it until after the fact. Probably never, because until we get rid of the Al Qaida leadership altogether, we've got a problem

Anyway...the plain fact of the matter is that finding a terrorist is like searching for a needle in a haystack, even if he is listed on the security watch lists, because until someone acts, there is no threat. This young fool was on the list because his rich daddy called the American Embassy in Nigeria and said basically his son was acting crazy and didn't give any details of his craziness.

How many young rich kids do you know, who could fit that description? What is the government supposed to do? Go find him? Lock him up? Shoot him on sight? Spank him and return him to his banker father? Until he acted, it was a situation of he said-he said....hearsay, in other words...and not admissible in any court in America.

And I don't care how many layers of security you have in place at airports around the world, short of a strip search with a complete cavity check, there are no machines to catch someone who wants to do bodily harm to Americans by secreting a bomb up his ass or carrying an IED strapped to his dick. The explosive used in this latest event is readily available via the internet. I looked it up, just like looking up a recipe for a cake. It's there in black and white for anyone who dreams of becoming the next Timothy McVeigh.

That's why it's called “crazy.” There is no rhyme or reason, nor logic to crazy. You just have to deal with it as it happens, because as we improve our detection machinery, somebody, somewhere is already improving ways to kill people.


The Decade of Wil Smith

1. I Am Legend, 257 million

  • Hancock, 229 million

  • Rush Hour 2, 227 million

  • Men in Black 2, 195 million

  • Hitch, 179 million

  • Pursuit of Happyness, 163 million

  • Shark Tale, 162 million

  • I Robot, 145 million

  • Rush Hour 3, 140 million

  • Bad Boys 2, 139 million

  • American Gangster, 130 million

  • Remember the Titans, 117 million

  • Big Momma's House, 117 million

  • Daddy Day Care, 105 million

  • Dreamgirls, 104 million

  • Top Grossing Black Movies 2000-2009

    This list looks back at Top Money Making Black movies of the decade, listed in the order of most money made. The second list is my favorite movie list of that year. Feel free to agree or to disagree. Better yet, comment with your own list.

    2000-Big Momma's House, Remember the Titans, Unbreakable, Shaft, Bring it On, Rules of Engagement, Mission to Mars, Romeo Must Die, Finding Forrester, The Hurricane
    X Men
    Crouching Tiger
    Scream 3
    Romeo Must Die
    Road Trip
    Gone in 60 Seconds
    Miss Congeniality
    2000 Favorite: Gladiator

    2001-Rush Hour 2, Training Day, Along Came a Spider, Ali, Exit Wounds
    Lord of the Rings
    Monsters Inc
    The Mummy Returns
    Ocean's 11
    Training Day
    Along Came a Spider
    The Score
    2001 Favorite: The Score

    2002-Men in Black 2, XXX, Blade 2, Snow Dogs, Barbershop, John Q, Changing Lanes, Next Friday, Drumline, Like Mike
    The Two Towers
    Men In Black 2
    The Bourne Identity
    8 Mile
    The Scorpion King
    Blade 2
    Count of Monte Cristo
    Big Fat Liar
    2002 Favorite: Big Fat Liar

    2003-Bad Boys 2, Bringing Down the House, SWAT, Daddy Day Care, Gothika, Radio
    Return of the King
    Matrix Movies
    The Italian Job
    Mystic River
    Kill Bill 1
    Tomb Raider
    2003 Favorite: Kill Bill 1

    2004-Shark Tale, I Robot, Collateral, Man on Fire, Ray, White Chicks, Manchurian Candidate, Barbershop 2
    The Incredibles
    The Bourne Supremacy
    Man on Fire
    Kill Bill 2
    I Robot
    National Treasure
    Alien v Predator
    2004 Favorite: Man on Fire

    2005-Hitch, Are We There Yet, Four Brothers, Guess Who, Coach Carter, Crash
    Revenge of the Sith
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Batman Begins
    Sin City
    Fantastic 4
    Mr and Mrs Smith
    Saw 2
    2005 Favorite: Sin City

    2006-The Pursuit of Happyness, Dreamgirls, Inside Man, Big Momma's House 2, The Holiday, Deja Vu, Madea's Family
    The Departed
    Inside Man
    V for Vendetta
    The Good Shepard
    Deja Vu
    Little Miss Sunshine
    2006 Favorite: Deja Vu

    2007-I Am Legend, Rush Hour 3, American Gangster, Norbit
    I Am Legend
    Bourne Ultimatum
    American Gangster
    The Bucket List
    2007 Favorite: Bourne Ultimatum

    2008-Hancock, Seven Pounds

    The Dark Knight
    The Incredible Hulk
    Tropic Thunder
    Hellboy 2
    2008 Favorite: The Dark Knight

    2009-Madea Goes to Jail, Obsessed, Taking of Pelham 123

    Due to recessionary budget constraints in 2009...did not go to a movie, choosing to console myself with my DVD collection from past years...hope to resume theater going in 2010


    Glen Beck

    I never write about nor do I try to read anything about Glen Beck. He long ago proved to be an insult to my intelligence and I try never to insult myself by being bothered with anything he chooses to allow to come out of his mouth. He is in fact, in the top five on my list of "walking wastes of oxygen, along with Rush, Ann, Michelle and Michelle (Sarah registers like a child on my scale of grownup WWO).

    They are all uniformly bigoted, thoroughly unpleasant individuals, who masquerade as thinking and intellectual human beings. They are intelligent, however, I question they're human-ness. Their distorted and bigoted view of the world has corrupted the thinking of whole segments of the population to the detriment of all. They don't care about this country or the people in it. Calling them racist is an insult to rednecks. So,I try to keep their vitriol out of my world as much as possible because constant ignorance is bad for your health.

    Ignoring them is problematic, however, given the MSM's penchant for stirring up useless controversy by giving these people airtime instead of reporting stories of real import.

    Which brings me to Beck. This week on his program, apparently he tried to "interpret" the United States Constitution's "three-fifths clause." This is the clause that referred to slaves as three fifiths of a person, essentially writing Black inequality into the document. It is why the House of Representatives has the number of Congressmen that it does. But according to Beck this clause was inserted into the Constitution by the founding fathers because they were actually all abolitionists instead of slave owners that we know them to have been, and were actually attempting to covertly rid the country of slavery. You can read it here.

    The way it is written, the three-fifths clause applied to women, Native Americans, The Chinese, as well as Blacks, because what it did was elevate white men to superior status. America's first drug laws were written to "protect" white women from Chinese men, but that's another topic for another day. Back on topic.. If this clause had not been enacted, white men and whites in general would have been outnumbered dramatically because at that time in this country's history, there were more slaves in America then white people.

    So the men in power acted the way they always do...protect their power, their property and their women, in that order.

    To give you an example, white people in South Carolina were outnumbered by their slaves by about 6 to 1. Further, there had been a slave revolt prior to the constitutional convention that scared white people. The revolt was put down, the slaves brutalized and killed in horrible ways, and the history buried. It's not taught in schools. If you look at history as taught in schools, slave rebellions began and ended with Nat Turner and John Brown. Rebellion history is always ignored in favor of perpetuating the happy darkie mythology where uncivilized negroes were happier being cared for by their white owners then living free lives, doing their own thing.

    And, unlike what is taught, slavery was not just a southern problem for white men. There was an internal slave trade in America, in addition to what came over the ocean from Africa. In fact, at one point, the state of New York had more slaves than any state in the South, including South Carolina.

    Another reason was to control the numbers of free men of color in America, as well, since all Blacks in America were not slaves and never had been. The three-fifths clause stripped them of their human-ness too, opening them up to the whims of their white neighbors.

    The founding fathers...and I hate using that term....were not abolitionists....they were slave owners....they were not Christians....they were white men of power acting like white men of power do...for their own benefit. Their actions back in the day continue to affect us, here in the 21st century, where it is institutionalized and ingrained making it nearly impossible to root out.

    Real history reveals that slaves built this country and are the roots of America's foundation. No distortion...no lie.....just fact..

    A truth the Glen Becks of the world can't handle.


    Friday Rap

    UPDATE-Tiger has apparently decided to take a break from golf for a while to fix his family. He made the announcement on his website.

    Some sanctimonious ass hat in New York wants the PGA commissioner to ban Tiger Woods...For what...screwing white women?

    Or maybe it's the number of white women....Okay...so how many white women is too many... does it count if you screw them one at a time...or what happens if you take part in an orgy or two...is group sex with all white women the tipping point?

    Are you banned for life for going in on an orgy with five or more?

    What's the penalty for oral sex....ten day suspension...

    Or maybe dummy was offended by the pros...the porn ladies sprinkled among the amateur cocktail waitresses...

    Give me a fucking break....He curses on the golf course well within the hearing of your precious little children, enough to make a sailor envious

    But other than that...he does nothing on the golf course but make money for himself and all of the other golfers...

    Message to ass hat....even if Tiger hadn't taken all the white women...you still wouldn't qualify...

    so go sit down somewhere...simple dip shit....this whole thing is about money...not sex...

    wake up and deal with it... Besides....ban a professional athlete for bedding white girls and you will have to cancel sports all the way down to puberty level juvy-ball...

    And I hope that Ben Crane (Ben Crane update....) and what ever his name is Howard or Warren, have decided to retire...because when Tiger does go back to playing golf...you guys will never win another tournament....if you've won one in the first place above amateur level

    A real pro keeps his jealousy out of magazine interviews....you can lust after the man's wife and envy his golf game...just be smart enough to keep it to yourself... so go ahead make hay now and then tear up your PGA card because you're not gonna need it when Tiger comes back...dumb ass..

    Tiger.....Cheetah...whatever....you can't beat him...not with money, women or golf...never could...never will...

    And that's really why all of you also rans are unhappy and runnin off at the mouth..


    Public Option Dead

    Looks like we lost this war....I'm still waiting for the final form of this bill...but I'm not happy....the fat lady is tuning up and corporate America is lacing up its dancing shoes to dance on the mass grave of this country's middle class...

    Wonder how Obama is gonna jig out of this one....


    Bat Masterson RIP

    Gene Barry was one of my first TV crushes...I was 8....he was the man playing a debonair gambler, before the Maverick brothers took over...

    He came back to TV in Burke's Law...and I followed him then...

    Mr. Barry was 90...


    Tiger Woo, Tiger Woo

    I never intended to write about Tiger Woods. I have been laughing from day one about this whole situation, especially when word surfaced that he ran out the door, driving away shoeless, as well as police seeking a search warrant for a golf cart along with the clubs, that his wife allegedly used.

    I have this picture in my head of a metal breast plated Viking woman, blonde hair flowing in the wind, club held high, driving this golf cart, angrily chasing down her barefoot, Escalade humping husband as he tried to maneuver down the driveway, singing Wagner's Battle Cry of the Valkyries.

    Every day this past week has unveiled a new blonde hottie claiming to have had an affair with the great Tiger Woods. This newest one gets me, though. Just like the others she is a cocktail waitress, who is pursued by the golfer, meets him in the parking lot where he either jumps her bones there or takes her back to his house, and who by her own admission, only cares about the “lust,” doesn't practice safe sex and treats her coldly. Yet she says they had an affair. Another one expressed surprise that she wasn't the only one he had, besides his wife, course. Number 2, I think said she was ticked off and came forward because Tiger cheated on her with the first ho....why couldn't he take “ her” to Australia, huh?

    Also this morning, white people have glommed onto the fact that Black people don't like the fact that Tiger is color struck...meaning he only dates, screws or marries white women. They are calling us racist and practitioners of a racial double standard.

    Well, yeah....

    Tiger's womanizing reinforces the second class position that Black women have been in since free Black people came to America...And for those of you historically challenged individuals...free Blacks came here before the slaves were brought here..

    For the entire history of Black people in America, the white woman has been held up as the holy grail of what everyone, whites, blacks, Native Americans, Chinese, Samoans, whoever, must have, on their arm, in their bed, or on the side, in order to live the ultimate definition of success in America. That doesn't leave much room for the rest of us women of color. I mean who plays for second place in life? Everyone wants a rich spouse and success and fame and all that other peripheral happy horseshit

    White men have always screwed and now are openly dating, marrying and fathering little mixed up babies with Black women, Asian women, any woman they choose....However, when they go into politics, become CEO, or land at the top of the entertainment/sports ladder.. you can bet the woman who is allowed to share that success is usually always blonde, real or bottled...don't make no difference. The two exceptions that I know...Michelle Obama and Janet Langhart. All men are color struck when you think about it. It's not about the women...it's about money, image and perceived success.

    White women are always considered a step up in this country, while white men who marry Black or minority are assumed to be getting better sex, but are fucking and marrying beneath their station in life. White women are held up as the beauty standard and many Black women spend their whole paycheck subconsciously emulating some form of that so called beauty standard, failing to see that white women changed the game a while back and started ripping off Black and brown women for their beauty tips.

    Remember when Bo Derek wore cornrows in the movies? That's when it got serious.. They used to be covert about it. But now, they plump their lips, get breast implants, shoot silicone in their butts to make them bigger and rounder, like minority butts. Some of them even try to talk and act ghetto....nothing funnier than a white girl doing a neck roll. They are so afraid of the sun and skin cancer that now there is a whole market of bronzers to make them look brown, or some silly form of orange.

    While the brown countries around the world are trying to simultaneously turn themselves white skinned in order to get that white man defined good looking man, or woman and money and fame, since the white man's definition of success still is the name of the game, around the world.

    The very confused Cablinasian is fucking white girls, but he married the whitest of the white that he could find, a Swede..and a rich one at that. And he is even willing to fork out 80 million dollars to keep his fantasy of supremacy over white guys in tact. After all, he has conquered their sport, is responsible for them getting paid, too...taken all the money...and taken their women...Numero Uno...King of the World, Ma!

    Because the game is not really about women. Women are the pawns in the game of success and money. They are the arm candy, the bauble, the sign of success. The bank account is the real prize. Besting white guys at their own game is the platinum ring.

    Beat the Masters of the Universe and you become a god.....roundly celebrated... worshipped....but universally despised behind doors...

    Tiger's Dad figured that out and taught his kid to live the fantasy...

    And based on what his fuck-buddies say, he screws like he plays golf, cold and calculating with amazing course management, apparently upping the anti through unsafe sex.

    I'd even bet my mediocre paycheck that nearly all of his fuck rounds come in under par, too.


    Mission Not Accomplished

    Thoughts on Obama's escalation of the Afghan war.

    The main message from our President last night is that this country is going to be in Afghanistan for a long, long time. Pundits are worried about Obama setting a deadline to begin bringing the troops home. However the key word here is “begin.” The other part of the message was the “begin” will start if and when the natives can handle the situation on their own.

    This is the second troop escalation that Obama has authorized. Shortly after taking office he sent in the troops. This second surge will bring troop count to over 100,000. That's way more than the Bush-Cheney cabal thought we needed to win in the first place. Bush-Cheney was wrong on so many levels that I'm not even going to go there. But by Obama's reasoning last night, we need to escalate in order to draw down.

    This Obama reasoning is merely a re-statement of Bushco's “go shopping” rationale to get us out of the deepening recession. Obama is now telling us that we need to make a similar move in order to bring our troops home and to end this thing.

    Yet, in order for us to draw down our troops, the Afghan and Pakistani governments have to get themselves together and actually begin to govern and protect their people. This would seem to be an indication that we are not going to prop up any more corrupt leaders who screw over their people while pocketing American money.

    Oh, and by the way, this is going to cost us another 30-billion dollars. In other words, we've got to spend some, to get some. All of these echoes of Bushco, make me very uneasy. The speech to sell the principle was much, much better. However the principle being sold was basically SOSDD (same old shit different day) -Bush Doctrine, to put a name on it.

    The Bush Doctrine basically says we, as a country have a right to start wars, if we think another country is going to do something to us-not after they make moves, but after they think about it and before they follow through with any plan to harm us. We have the right to “preempt their plans and hit them first.

    Here in the ghetto, that's called a sucker punch. We no longer counter punch, you know, never hit someone unless they hit you first. That's the way we're all taught, usually. The Bush Doctrine changed the rules and Obama seems content to go along with the status quo. Obama shows no inclination to dismantle the imperial presidency created by Bush. He seems comfortable allowing the freedom-stealing Patriot Act to stand. He hasn't even mentioned getting rid of the Military Commissions Law of 2006, which makes it easier to use American troops on American soil against American citizens.

    Now the Nobel peace laureate is escalating a war albeit with the best of intentions, he says.

    The plan says he is sending in the Marines first. Well, I hope this is an indication that he is really letting the dogs out to do what they do, what they train for-take out the enemy, Al Quaeda and the Taliban. If there are less than 100 Al Quaeda still there, then a Marine Battalion or two should be able to kill a 100 or so enemy.

    I'm not happy about this either because my nephew and the nephew of a close friend are in the Second Battalion Marines at Camp La Jeune. They've already been to Iraq a few times. My nephew and my friend's nephew, did not come home whole like they went. But as long as they can walk, they will be sent back, and I don't like that, personally. They volunteered, so they do what they do. That doesn't mean I have to like it.

    I wanted Obama to plot a new course last night. I wanted him to change directions. He had the chance to do that, but he chose to claim the war and attempt to do something. I can't say something different, because it's not. Not really.

    We're still living Bushco policies and I know that somewhere in Texas, Dubya is laughing his ass off.


    When Sex Kills-A Conversation for My People

    Black people- HIV/AIDS is killing our community. It stopped being a gay white man's disease, years ago. However, from the beginning it was killing Black people. Black women were passing the germ on to their newborn babies in breast milk, and they were dying. Black people in Africa continue to die with whole generations wiped out and children left without parents. The white gay community mobilized to deal with the situation while Black people fell through the cracks due to their own prejudices and ignorance, coupled with an inherently racist health system that continues today.

    The HIV virus is not killing white America, so much anymore, but it is killing Black America....Let's bring it even closer....It is affecting Black straight America...through Black straight women, who refuse to hold their sexual partners accountable.

    In Hamilton County, Cincinnati, Ohio....The number of Black women living with HIV/AIDS has doubled since 1998, according to the Ohio Department of Health. Across America, Black women, most of them straight, make up 61% of the newly diagnosed cases, while Black men make up 46% of all newly diagnosed cases.

    The Black community in America is on target to be wiped out just like in Africa.

    I've been writing and doing radio programs about this since the disease surfaced in 1984. I lost 11 friends in one year and 2 relatives before I stopped counting. I continue to write about it, and to talk about it, but it feels like I'm spitting into the wind and nobody is paying attention.

    The fact of the matter is that.....

    HIV is the number one cause of death for Black women between the ages of 25 and 34. The same is true for Black men between the ages of 35 and 44.

    My people, you are dying because of fear, denial and ignorance. It's not about drug use and junkies sharing needles. That does happen, but primarily the cause is unprotected sex. Sex without condoms. A condom can stop the spread of the disease. No one is saying become celibate....just become sensible about what you do when you do decide to get your groove on.

    Anyone who has sex with someone who refuses to use a condom is committing suicide...a long painful and stupid suicide.

    As Black people we're funny. We talk about white people letting their dogs kiss them in the face. We worry about the germs from the dog's tongue. Yet, dog germs on your face won't kill you. But sex without a jimmy will and does over and over and over again. But nobody's talking about that.

    Straight Black women in particular are in denial and are paying the price. Maintaining a jimmy-less relationship with their man when he comes out of prison is a big factor, especially since many black men engage in man on man sex while in jail, then take it home to their women.

    Another major factor is men who routinely have sex with other men, yet don't consider themselves gay and still sleep with women. She ends up infected since male to female transmission is the easiest form of transmission.

    Ohio Corrections tests all men going into the system, however they don't test them upon release.

    The sad fact is that statistics show that most Black straight women are infected by their husbands and boyfriends.

    So what can be done. Well, it's a matter of the entire community coming out the closet about the problem. And by this I mean, Black Churches, Black civil rights organizations, and Black people need to admit to themselves that it is not a white disease or a black disease....It is a disease that is colorblind and is killing us.

    Everyone should be tested. I have been, a couple of times. It is a simple blood test that you can have done while you're having other blood work done. Your doctor can give you a card that you can carry in your wallet. The information just says...blood type..rh factor and HIV positive or negative.

    People are living longer and longer because the medicine is finally catching up. HIV is no longer an instant death sentence.

    So do yourself a favor on World AIDS Day, get tested and ask your partner to get tested, too.


    Choice with Change, Like Gin with Juice

    If the leaks are true, then Obama is going to send more troops into Afghanistan. He's reportedly not going to send as many troops as the generals want. He has instead reportedly opted for some middle ground.

    I'm sorry but I didn't vote for middle ground compromise. I voted for change. Change from the policies of the past several years, that have decimated the middle class, allowed big business to pillage this country's resources and to run rough shod over the American people, unchecked by an uncaring government.

    In the first year of Obama, Wall Street is back to handing out multimillion dollar bonuses, Black people are still the last hired, first fired with the most unemployment, LGBT people are still second class citizens, and as a country, we're still engaged in two useless wars where our people are dying for no reason, and we're propping up corrupt foreign governments that willingly taking our money and laugh all the way to the bank ...

    Obama is slated to speak at West Point tomorrow to tell us what he intends to do and how he intends to pay for it as well as how he intends to end it.....And all I can picture in my head is Dubya landing on that battleship, with that Mission Accomplished banner behind him...different place, different time, different president...same old story.

    I can't shake the feeling that we are living through a third term for Dubya, only in absentia. It's not just the wars, it's everything except the style....Obama style is slammin'.....but so far, it is very short on real substance....

    I know he can't correct everything in his first term. That is an absolute impossibility. What is bothering me is that he seems to not want to change things, really. I'm seeing more politician than leader...and what I want is more leader....someone willing to make tough choices that lead to real change...

    Right now, I'm apprehensive. I don't need a propaganda speech with a pretty backdrop....I need some action...

    I'm in the same frame of mind that I get when all those lottery emails land in my mail box and keep telling me I've won big money....you don't have to send me an email telling me I won...just send me the damn check....

    Just issue the order...bring the troops home...and end this fiasco...


    Year 1 BHO

    I am still thankful that Barack Obama was elected president of the United States last November. I believe that the country turned and started going in the right direction after being off kilter for so many years.

    I still think that one year later, he was and remains the best choice for this country.

    Am I 100% happy with the way things have gone this past year? No.

    When Obama put together his “change” team, he didn't really change things. He added a few women, a couple of women of color. He added a few openly gay and lesbian people. However, from the beginning he stuck with the same white guys, maybe a little younger, but those who espoused the same kind of stuff and policies that got us into this mess in the first place. I was not happy with the likes of Geithner, Summers, or the Generals put in charge of those misguided fiascoes Iraq and Afghanistan. One year in, I am less happy with his choices.

    Having been raised on politics from the cradle, I know that things can't and won't turn around quickly and this has been a problem for Obama. He won by convincing a lot of people to vote for him who don't know politics and furthermore, never took an interest in politics prior to his coming. These new voters didn't hear him tell them, it was going to take some time. As with all things these days, new voters are fanatics with miniscule attention spans and little or no patience for the actual work that needs to be done to make everything seem miraculous. To put it another way, the new voters are working in dual processing capability while Obama and the government are operating in ms dos.

    Everybody bought the “Barack the Magic Negro” scenario. In other words, we made this guy president now all he has to do is walk into the Oval office and wave a wand and vanquish all of our problems..the budget magically balances...the deficit goes back to a surplus like when Clinton left... everyone gets their dream job.....Black people are seen as worthy.....Wall Street and big corporations grow a conscience... so called Christian evangelicals link arms and sing Cum by ya with the LGBT community....don't ask, don't tell goes away and gay people are allowed to get married..... and the treasury draining quagmires called the war on terrorism, ends...

    Easy...Ala Kazam, one, two, three and poof....America fixed....American dream still in tact, duct tape no longer needed...

    Except this is not what happened...Barack, the touchy feelie basketball playing candidate morphed back into Barack the cool, Barack the logical, Barack the pragmatic, Barack the aloof college professor who seems more willing to compromise and work the status quo, than to shake things up and move forward. The community organizer has gone into hiding at a time when the country really, really needs a rabble rousing organizer.

    In Barack Obama, we were voting for more FDR. What we got, apparently, is a little unexpected and quite a bit maddening.

    The newly baptized are defecting in droves...fearful of the change they say they want and unwilling to wait for it. While Obama works behind the scenes, talking quietly with his colleagues, demanding they find solutions, he leaves the people adrift, in limbo, unable to see the workings of his mind.

    Barack the Communicator is not communicating, nor showing any understanding that sometimes silence communicates louder than the spoken word. The new converts need a constant fix or suffer painful withdrawal, which sends them scampering to find a new supplier. This is what's happening to Obamaville.

    The wing nuts have found their leaders on the radio and on television. The Glen-Greta-Sean-Bill-Rush-Laura-Sarah hit parade is in full swing having stolen the bully pulpit. They don't have any solutions, but they throw a helluva good party, where the crazies can safely give voice to their fear of change and racist assumptions that minorities are destroying "their " country.

    From the beginning of his campaign, Obama has been painted in pink...too soft for the job....He's not by any stretch of the imagination. But he does need to flex his muscles in public, from time to time.

    How can he flex?

    He can bring our troops home. No surge in Afghanistan. We had it won, until Iraq jumped off ...Time to cut our loses and come home.

    He can put people back to work. He can rebuild schools and infrastructure to the same 56-billion dollar tune that this country has spent in Iraq to build schools and infrastructure. Health care reform is important...but if you ain't working and there is no public option, you have no house or car and no way to feed your family..you can't afford it..so...jobs are the key here. So is another stimulus. The first one wasn't big enough to stimulate a consumer driven economy which we are.

    This second stimulus, if it comes about, should put the money directly into the pockets of the consumers, namely us...And I'm not talking 600-dollars....I'm talking 30-thou per person. You want people to spend money then give them some..They will pay their bills, save some and spend some creating the very cycle this country needs right now.

    He can go ahead and suspend DADT in the military by executive order. He can close Guantanamo, bring the alleged terrorists into this country to fill the empty jails that populate the small towns and put people back to work as guards or in support of the prison system (I am truly baffled by Neocons and good ole boys who fight tooth and nail so that we all can have as many guns as we want, yet when Barack says bring them to this country...they cower in fear of a few terrorists).

    The biggest fallacy has been Barack's clinging to trickle down economics....In other words, prime the pump that is Wall Street...and eventually the people will be taken care of...It has never worked...and it never will.

    It is still Voodoo Economics, period.

    The banks are sitting on the money, refusing to hire, yet rewarding themselves with billions of dollars in job well done bonuses. Big corporations are still figuring out ways to ship their profit and our jobs overseas. They are still looking out for themselves.

    We need some good old fashioned community organizer type blackmail to get these guys to either create jobs or bring some jobs and manufacturing back home. I thinking that Obama should ask Jesse or Rev Al on the QT, just how you blackmail corporate America. They been doing it for years, so put their expertise to work for all of us.

    As I've said before, President Obama cannot do it alone, change must come from all of us.

    However we chose him to lead and that is what I expect him to do....Lead...I think he is smart enough to figure that out...I just hope it's sooner rather than later.


    Friday Rap

    Palin in Cincinnati today....

    1000 spots online and I'm not one of em. Palin is basically a tribal conversation anyway, only this time, the tribe is the Caucasian tribe..Black people, brown people never figure in anything she does or says..nor does the mainstream media or pollsters ever ask us..they always assume they know how we think..

    Palin dismisses us with every condescending word that passes her lips....Play to white people and the wooly headed Blacks will quietly tag along.. Check out Roland Martin's Facebook page if you want to know what “others of us” think of Sarah Palin, her book and her bigoted form of politicking to some of the people...the normal America, as she calls them..

    How long do I and those like me, have to live here before our birth certificates are authenticated, huh?


    To quote one of my favorite authors....Much Ado About Nothing..

    Talking about the Mammogram recommendations...What Grown ass woman allows a nameless panel of doctors to tell her what to do with her body?

    It's called a recommendation for a reason...If you want a mammogram...get it...If you don't....don't get it...The choice is yours....end of discussion

    And only a fool would stop doing self breast examinations....check yourself and feel good in the process...simple


    All the way crazy..

    As I write, there is this fool on television telling us not to wash the turkey before we cook it..because to do so contaminates the rest of the kitchen....HUH?

    Again...Grown ass women are going to do whatever the hell they want to do...I wash my bird and will continue to do...and...surprise... I always clean my kitchen on a daily basis...as well as during my cooking...cleaning as I go along leaves less mess at the end to deal with.


    Oprah's moving her talk show to her OPN network in 2011 and the MSM is hyperventilating already...asking what are folks going to do when Oprah leaves syndication..? OMG!

    They're going to change the channel and find her..that's what they've going to do...Or maybe...just maybe they will find something else to do at 4pm (time she's on here)


    Barack in China

    First Obama bowed to the Japanese Emperor... didn't hold hands with him like GW and his Saudi Sheik....then he went to China and found out the Chinese don't like Black people either..

    Why are we surprised when the biggest export out of America and Europe has always been so called white superiority and privilege..

    Dark people all over the world have spent lifetimes emulating the white rich and famous....Sammy Sosa is not an anomaly... he is the reality in much of the world...

    We considered Michael a freak...but all he did was show the rest of the world how to do it...

    Big cosmetic firms market all kinds of fade creams world wide because being light is being right...In Africa...In India...All over Asia....everywhere....Brown and Black people are told they are worthless unless they lighten their skin....and it's been going on forever..

    They market their creams on television with dark skinned women singing the praises of being light and landing the man of their dreams or their job of choice..becoming a big time movie star..

    From American slavery and the genocide committed against Native Americans.....to Brit, Spanish and Portuguese colonialism worldwide (underlying cause of the current problems in Rwanda)..

    Around the world....light, bright and damn near white is the rule of thumb..

    And what's that community secret......Nadinola?....Ambi?.....you know where of I speak...


    Note to the Black Community so called civil rights organizations....Obesity kills more Blacks than that other problem I've been ranting about...you know the one you keep ignoring....HIV/AIDS?

    I will say it again...isn't it time for the Black community to come to grips with what is killing us...

    Black on Black crime.....

    Black men refusing to go to school or take responsibility for the kids they help make....

    Refusal to recognize the Black LGBT community...

    HIV/AIDS killing straight Black women....

    now add Obesity to the list.

    We are dying...Isn't it time to stop tilting at windmills and tackle some real problems?


    The Mayan Calendar and the Next to Last Pope

    By now, everyone has heard about the Mayan calendar and how it predicts the end of the world coming on December 21, 2012. By that reckoning we have about 1132 days left on this planet before it comes apart.

    Honestly, I can't wrap my head around the world ending suddenly...just like I can't imagine committing suicide, simply because there is no reason that I would deprive this world of me... Ya'll don't deserve that..

    I can' t really conceive that one morning I'm gonna wake up and by noon the earth is going to be torn apart, taking all of humanity with it....

    Until I'm dodging asteroids or fissures in the earth, I'm not going to believe it.

    It's one of those things that will happen, when it happens...but not yet...I don't plan on worrying about it until it happens..

    Besides, the Mayan calendar doesn't say the world is going to end...It just ends...possibly on December 21st or maybe December 23rd...The so called experts of interpretation are hedging on the real date, because really.....no one can speak Mayan these days...

    Man, that would be the ultimate Punk'd...everyone prepares for the world to end on December 21st....doesn't happen...everybody relaxes...BAM!...December 23rd rolls around and all hell breaks loose....They don't know..

    They just know that the calendar ends...so maybe the next part of the calendar broke off, since it's on a stone tablet anyway..maybe the world ends because some clutzy houseboy dropped it and broke it, earning himself one last trip to the arena where the Mayans entertained themselves by killing their slaves and enemies in games of death.

    Maybe it ends in December, 2012, because the Shaman calendar-maker died without training an apprentice to carry on.

    We will never know because the Mayans disappeared....wiped out completely one day...never to be seen or heard from again....Oh, we don't know if it was a gradual wipeout or a sudden one..

    They're gone.. And they've been gone for a long time....That's the real mystery. So what happened to them?

    There are so many end of times signs and predictions...Ya'll better hope the Pope lives an extra long time and he's already really old, now.

    What am I talking about...well...

    St. Malachy's prophecy is winding down, too. The Last Popes prophecy is attributed to St. Malachy back in 1590...however some think it was actually Nostradamous behind this..”No” reportedly passed this one off on Malachy because he didn't want to be blamed for bringing down the Catholic Church..


    This one says there will be 112 Popes and then The Holy See (Catholic Church) will end. It reads like it's talking about Rome and the Catholic Church and not the rest of us, primarily because the rest of us didn't exist. In 1590 there wasn't much to the world at that time.

    It was still flat according to most, despite Chris Columbus and the other explorers.
    My point is that according to St Malachy, the world is presently seeing it's 111th Pope, Benedict who will reign through the ultimate persecution of the Holy Church.

    Benedict will then be followed by the last Pope, referred to as Peter the Roman, who will nourish the sheep through many tribulations, and when he's done, the City of Seven Hills will be destroyed and the fearsome Judge will Judge his people. The End.

    So who are you going to believe....The Mayans or St Malachy/Nostradamous?

    Me.....it's Sunday....I'm going to ease into CBS Sunday Morning....Do a little more writing...and wait for the Bengals-Steelers Game today..

    Because in my mind....If the Bengals go into Pittsburgh and beat the Steelers today..

    It will be the end of the world...

    UPDATE-Bengals go into Pittsburgh and beat Steelers...15-12...didn't give up a touchdown! think I will leave prognostication to other people...I need to go buy a helmet in case the sky starts falling....


    Obama's Rope-a-Dope

    A closer look at the Stupak Amendment

    What the first part of the legal mandate that the Stupak Amendment would impose is not new. It echoes the law laid down back in 1976 by the Hyde Amendment, which already forbids the use of federal funds to pay for most abortions. The exceptions are for rape and incest or when the woman's life is threatened if the pregnancy proceeds.

    It's the second part of the amendment that really ticks me off. The second graf of this travesty severely limits the availability of private insurance that does cover the procedure. In other words, the Stupak Amendment doesn't just apply to the public option, which is the low cost government plan. It affects the proposed health care exchange plans as well, by forcing insurers to drop abortion coverage that they already offer, right now, to any new customers who may want to sign up with them through the proposed exchanges.

    This means that if you have a health plan and want to switch to another plan under the proposed health exchange... that may provide better coverage at a lower price, and your old policy has abortion coverage and you're okay with that...then you will lose that option under the law...when you switch.

    The reach of the Stupak Amendment goes well beyond the law in violating the rights of choice for women.

    A little known fact is that nearly 90% of all insurance plans offered in America, cover abortion. The problem is that employers and corporations opt out of that part of the policy for their female employees. In case you didn't know, your employer chooses what coverage you get on plans as they are written now.

    The way it is structured, thanks to Stupak is that even if a woman wants to take her own money and purchase a plan with an option for abortion, in the private sector, she will not be able to do so.

    If the goal is to put everyone in a lower priced exchange of more affordable coverage..this is a back assward way to do it. It won't happen...The insurance companies win again..

    According to Stupak, women will always be free to buy an optional rider out of their own pocket if they want the coverage. But once again there is that catch 22..

    Most people don't think about medical procedures until they need to undergo them...Who plans for an unplanned pregnancy?

    But I guess if you're used to thinking of all pregnancies as pre-existing conditions...then the Stupak Amendment makes perfect sense.

    Those who favored the Stupak Amendment like my ex Congressman Driehaus say they are merely upholding the noxious Hyde Amendment...when actually they are expanding exponentially to the detriment of women.

    Let's be real about the situation. Laws of this type hurt poor women...those living in poverty...

    The women who live, love and screw Congressman...will never have to worry about the Hyde Amendment or Stupak Amendment.... since their powerful men are paid their salaries with taxpayer money...to protect them and to give them the best coverage that taxpayer money can buy..

    Well, that sounds like a government subsidized abortion to me...using government money to end a pregnancy....But blocked for those who can't fight back..

    Rich white women have never had to worry about ending a pregnancy or anything else....racist? maybe....but did I lie?

    64 Democrats voted in support of the Stupak Amendment....23 of them voted against the health care bill.

    The good news is that this bill now goes to the Senate for more work and compromise amid my hopes that the Stupak Amendment will not make it into the bill that lands on Obama's desk..

    I am not at ease with this, because while I know that Obama says he supports a woman's right to choose..... he elected to fund the Hyde Amendment in the budget...when he could have effectively killed it like Clinton did, and maybe circumvented this Stupak Amendment stupidity.

    Obama's handling of the health care debate puts me in mind of Muhammed Ali's famous rope a dope technique.

    Everyone including me, thought Ali was crazy to lay on the ropes and let big George Foreman rain punches on him for round after round after round...Ali just duckin' and weavin'...resting on the ropes...

    Along comes the 9th round, I think..and George's arms are tired...His muscles are at fail...he can't throw a punch...and Ali comes off the ropes and whups his ass....Knock Out!

    Ali wins again...

    I hated the rope a dope because I wanted Ali to just go in there blastin and kickin ass...I wanted him to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee and go home til the next fight..

    I would like for my President to do the same thing...float in...get it done and float on to the next crisis...

    However...he seems to like the rope a dope...I had to learn to trust Ali's instincts...

    I am still learning to trust Obama's...

    Hope he's resting readying the knockout punch when it's time...

    Until it comes...I am not resting easy...


    Driehaus Still Won't Get My Vote!

    My ex Congressman voted for the health care reform bill last night and today I get a letter from the Obama Administration telling me I should thank Driehaus for acting courageously...

    Well pardon me, but I define courageous a bit differently. Courageous is a vote that would have passed without selling out half the population and half of his constiuency. Courageous is a vote that would have shown respect for all women and their rights to make decisions about their lives...Courageous is the vote cast by GOP Congressman Ahn Cao...for his constituency and against his party....that's how you spell courageous...

    Driehaus didn't stand up for women.....He didn't want to stand up for women...He approved of an amendment that is the most restrictive anti abortion measure since the Hyde Amendment...

    Women deserve good health care just like men....there is no gray area here....The right to choose is an integral part of that..

    The unborn are potential voters.....Women....we're here....some of us are queer...some of us are straight.... and yes, we do vote......

    All of us deserve the right to decide what we do with our bodies without interference from anyone else...

    Men don't have that problem...ever.....and neither should we...

    Looking at the big picture...We need health care reform....However, screwing over half the population is a no win situation for everybody...


    Ft. Hood Lament-Thinking Out Loud Through My Tears..

    We sent them in not enough numbers....

    We sent them under false pretenses...

    We sent them without body armor, those who had it...bought it on their own...
    We sent them without the right equipment and wrong training into a death zone again and again...

    We discharge the ones who can speak the language solely because they love the wrong person...

    We promise them they can go home...back to life...back to family and then change our mind....telling them...they have to stay....longer

    Women are being raped, killed and brutalized by fellow soldiers....
    Others are killing themselves because they can't cope with what they see and must do....

    Friendly fire is taking out the best of the best, while the generals try to cover it up....lying to them....and to us...

    Some are killing their brother troops, angered because they can't get to the ones who have mentally and physically abused them by prolonging an un-winnable situation...

    Now they come home and attack their own...leaving us to wonder why...when we already know the answer...

    Mission accomplished....right, Brownie...turdblossom...mr. vice president?


    Steve Driehaus, You Just Lost My Vote!

    Ohio Congressman Steve Driehaus is one of several democrats threatening to torpedo health care reform, unless the measure blocks the rights of women to get an abortion. Specifically, he says he will vote against the house health care bill, which is set for a vote tomorrow, if there are no provisions barring the use of federal funds for a woman to exercise her rights to an abortion.

    You can read more here...

    Healthcare in this country is not equal when it comes to women. We cannot exercise our rights to choose what happens to our body. We get knocked up legitimately, illegitimately or raped and it is termed a pre-existing condition and not subject to coverage.

    It is time to get real...blocking funds for abortions is not going to put an end to them....Jailing women for terminating a pregnancy is not going to stop abortions...killing doctors for doing their job is not going to stop abortions..

    What is going to happen is the re emergence of the black market done by hacks and anyone pretending to be a doctor...which killed or maimed women thousands of women on a yearly basis before Roe v Wade became law.

    Rich women will still get their pregnancies terminated when they choose. Rich men will still be able to buy their way out of an unwanted kid with their disposable income.

    The only ones who will suffer and who suffer now are women in poverty...and the babies they are forced to bring into this world....unloved..unwanted...left to fend for themselves...

    while falsely pious and pompous politicians play god with the lives of the helpless and disadvantaged.

    Moreover, these same pseudo christian congressman, who make the rules that govern my body and the bodies of all other women...also refuse to support birth control programs, child care programs, contraceptive programs, neonatal programs, day care and flextime programs...denying federal funds to these programs as well

    Can't have it both ways Congressman Driehaus....

    If you want my support banning abortion...then I need something in return...full and comprehensive contraceptive programs..real sex education in all schools for young people...included in my health care package.

    Funding these programs would go a long way in preventing unwanted pregnancies in the first place. Then maybe the right to choose would no longer be needed except in cases of rape or incest...

    Women need health care as much as men need their Viagra....You hearing me Mr. Congressman?

    So go ahead and exercise your right to vote as you choose Mr. Driehaus, because I guarantee you that I will exercise mine at the next opportunity to reel you back in to Ohio...


    Cincinnati Election Postmortem

    The election was mostly all good in last night's election. Voters on the whole voted for progress by re electing Mayor Mark Mallory for another 4 year term.

    City Council saw the return of 7 incumbents including Roxanne Qualls, Cecil Thomas, Jeff Berding, Chris Monzel, Leslie Ghiz, Laketa Cole, and Chris Bortz.

    Laure Quinlivan will join the incumbents along with Charlie Winburn returning.......Winburn's election goes to show that Cincinnati voters do have a sense of humor...But I'm not laughing...the guys a republican in the same sense that Michael Steele and Clarence Thomas are GOP...not conservative...but obstructionist....

    The casino issue #3 passed....And it will be built on Broadway Commons...the city gets it right..

    Issue #9 the light rail amendment was happily voted down, which was a good thing. It tanked badly all over the city except for on the Westside of town.

    Considering the news yesterday about Warren Buffett buying a railroad in anticipation...I think rail transit in America is about to turn around...I don't mean tomorrow...But I do mean finally...

    All other issues.....the water district amendment....the library funding....the livestock board...the city schools...MRDD...Museum Center....all passed handily..

    Big Wheel keeps on rolling....at least for the next four years..


    Election Eve Questions other Flotsam and Jetsam

    Am I the only one bothered by Jeff Berding's blatant hypocrisy in his campaign ads....Anyone not paying attention is being led to believe that Berding single handedly stopped the police and fire fighter layoffs...

    And as a result of his heroic actions....was punished by the Mayor and stripped of his party endorsement....

    I am already on record as not trusting the guy....I've made up my mind....Ain't votin' for him either...along with Charlie W....Chris M.....Leslie G... Kevin F.....and Laketa C....

    I watched challenger Wenstrup's ad too......the man is so timid...he never faces or speaks on camera...no wonder he says he feels safer in Iraq than he does in Cincinnati....He's so shy....just what we don't need at City Hall.....


    "Too light to be Black on TV".....I had to deal with that back in the 70's when I was a reporter....Back then...it wasn't enough to be Black...you had to look Black, too..and I was told this before I changed my makeup and went darker for a few months....until the idiot who told me that turned his attention to other things... he was the news director after all...then I went back to my true skin tone after I got the job I wanted...

    Same old song...

    Today...the University of Cincinnati welcomed a new President....He's a Black man....the first African American President in the history of the school....yet you'd never know that based on the reporting done by the media, here in town...

    Not one of them mentioned the fact that he self identifies as African American....they do let him say it....because he does readily id himself as a brother...even though he doesn't look it...

    But I guess since he looks like a white man at first glance...local media is apparently reticent to identify him as such...I guess they don't want to "offend" him or to handicap him by bringing him down from his exalted status of Master of the Universe to poseur...

    If truth be told....UC's new prez is just one of millions who don't look like what they are...

    Folks who are confused about what is called "passing" need to rent a couple of movies...PINKY and IMITATION OF LIFE...might learn something.....


    A self identified lesbian is one of the new owners of the Chicago Cubs....Laura Ricketts family just bought the team for 845 million dollars..And she sits on the Board of Directors...

    Bet Rush is really pissed off now....Wonder how the radio clown is going to spin this in his circus..


    When is the MSM going to call Congress on it's hypocrisy about health care reform? If government run health care is so bad...why are they still hanging on to it for themselves and their families?

    Any congressman who votes against health care and the public option should have their health benefits taken away effective immediately..

    I'm honestly all out of adjectives to describe John Boehner....Orangeman is so many fries short of a happy meal...I can no longer go there...


    Why is there such a big deal being made about the Marine general who reportedly opposes gays in the military....If he is truly a soldier.....he will do what his commander in chief tells him to do...

    It's called following orders...that is what soldiers do...or be court martialed...

    My question is....why won't the commander in chief act to lift the ban? He can do it with an executive order, if I understand correctly....So what is the hang up?


    And no matter what happens in tomorrow's election...the MSM is going to spin it as a referendum on Obama...

    Reality check....tomorrow is a battle....not a war....

    If everyone turns out and votes....that is all that is necessary..the revolution will continue..


    Martin's Daughter Making Her Own Kind of History

    It's been a relatively good and historic week for Black and LGBT people in America. After all this was the week that President Obama signed an expansion of the hate crimes law named after Mathew Shepard and James Byrd....

    Shepard the young gay man brutalized and left to die by two homophobic neanderthals tied to a fence..James Byrd the black man tied alive to the back of a pick up truck by racist white men and dragged until his body was strewn in pieces all along the roadway..

    The expansion, which was opposed by every Republican in Congress added gender and sexual orientation to the protected status for Americans. In other words, you can't attack someone who you believe is gay or lesbian just because you feel like it.

    Gay bashing is no longer a sport in America...

    Obama also signaled his intention to repeal the bigoted travel ban on HIV/AIDS positive people, that prevented them from coming into this country....

    And Health and Human Services is creating a resource center designed to help elderly gay and lesbian people...this announced by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius...

    This was the good stuff....However there was a not so good thing that happened this week as well..

    I will tell you upfront that I'm making a judgment call based on past actions...Bernice King...the youngest daughter of MartinLuther and Coretta Scott King has become the first woman elected to preside over the Southern Christian Leadership Conference...her father's historic organization..

    While her election is a history making event for women...it is not a good thing for the Black LGBT community.

    King has been very outspoken in her hatred of the gay community all the while cloaking her bigotry in religion.. She has been very outspoken against LGBT equality, leading marches and protests against same sex marriage.

    “I know in my sanctified soul that he (Dr. King) did not take a bullet for same-sex marriage.”
    -Bernice King

    Talking about her father and same sex marriage....When both Dr. King and her mother Coretta Scott King were known for their support of the LGBT community...contrary to the words of their daughter.

    In a time when Black civil rights organizations and the Black church need to step forward and lead the fight against the problems within the Black community...I fear she will feed the fires of hatred, further alienating Black gays and lesbians sending them deeper into the closet...

    And this is not the time to be in the closet considering how many within the Black community are infected with and dying as a result of the HIV virus. AIDS is killing straight Black people..not just lesbians and gays....

    Black women are the most victimized...by men sleeping with other men and refusing to acknowledge their sexuality and by an uncaring system of neglect from the government, from the Black church, and from Black civil rights organizations, which remain silent....

    I take no joy in seeing Bernice King ascend to the presidency of the SCLC because I believe that based on her past words and actions the Southern Christian Leadship Conference is about to become a cudgel wielded against the Black gay and lesbian community by another homophobic bigot this one of magnificent lineage and a bigger than life name... who routinely wraps her hatred in religion in order to make it more palatable to the masses..


    Cincinnati Race for Mayor

    Avondale the Forgotten Territory

    “This week, Wenstrup's campaign blanketed Cincinnati with two mailings - one that goes after Mallory for his many trips around the country and the world and another that challenges Mallory's assertion that Cincinnati is a safer city than it was when he took office nearly four years ago. “

    Blanketed Cincinnati with two mailings....Really?!

    I live in Cincinnati...I wasn't blanketed....Okay maybe my mail person took one day off...it happens...

    Or maybe the “blanket” came on the day the mail guy who is afraid of my dogs and won't deliver when he hears them bark from inside my house, was working....He apparently thinks my dogs can unbolt two locks, as well as unchain the screen door to get to him on the porch...

    that would explain missing one of the “blanket mailings.”

    However...I don't think the mail person took both days off...and I missed BOTH mailings...I know the Post Office is cutting back.

    But missing two mailings.....Hmmmmmmmmmmm....Don't think so...

    You know what....it's me....My bad...

    I keep forgetting.....I live in Avondale....and many, many people down at City Hall, as well as many of those who want to be at City Hall...

    Refuse to acknowledge that Avondale is a part of Cincinnati...

    Oh, they remember us when talking about crime in the city. And how dangerous it is to live in Cincinnati despite national statistics to the contrary.....or when they need to prove to the Feds that there are Black people living in Cincinnati...we're good at bolstering their Census cred...

    And we have plenty of baby mamas to draw all the federal funds they need to fill their coffers on Plum Street.

    But asking us to vote them into office...coming onto our turf to find out what we Avondale residents may be thinking....nah!

    You'd think a trip down Reading Road, over Gilbert Avenue or up Victory Parkway, was like traversing a dangerous foreign country....like Over the Rhine...or the West End....

    The last time I saw a politician on my door step was a Black guy asking me to vote for Steve Chabot..

    I know a lot of political mailing is going on....I get stuff from Qualls...I get stuff from Winburn...I get stuff from Harris...and Mallory.....and Crowley....and even Ted Strickland.....

    But Brad Wenstrup.....If I hadn't taken a bus trip through Pleasant Ridge a few days ago and seen the yard signs....I would not have known that Mallory was being challenged for his seat..

    But seriously Dr. Wenstrup...If you're running for mayor...you need to understand that you will represent all of us if elected...not just the westside and some of the neighborhoods on the east side....like Hyde Park, East Walnut Hills, or Mt. Adams...

    Cincinnati is a very diverse city and really not as dangerous as you would believe...or have the rest of the world believe....

    You would know that...if you really had the courage to campaign as a man who really, really wants to represent all of us residents of the Queen City...

    C-ya on election day!


    Issues on Cincinnati November 3rd Ballot

    Issue 7- Library Issue

    Our libraries need more money because of a cut in funding from the State. State statistics show that Ohio libraries are loaning more videos and DVD movies than books, leading some critics to call them Blockbuster juniors.

    Tom Brinkman is a critic...he is a founder of COAST...the anti everything people who want to destroy Cincinnati....In addition to killing public light rail...he wants to kill the libraries, too.

    They won't shut down in his neighborhood, but they will be shutdown in mine...if the levy fails...

    I live in Avondale, where state stats show that most people borrowing from the library are borrowing movies instead of books. In fact, most of the libraries that show this trend are lower income, urban neighborhoods with smaller libraries.

    Regardless of what they may take home, I am not in favor of closing libraries, which is what will happen if this levy does not pass.

    I spend time in my local library and it is always filled with young people, who may not be checking out books...However they are sitting there, reading and discussing books or doing homework in a quiet and drama free atmosphere...

    For many of them this is the location of the only computer to which they have access...

    And it's like that every time I go, no matter what day I go. Because of the internet, I rarely check out books either these days......I sometimes take my laptop to the library just to work...

    I don't know the kids there, but they are fascinated seeing me write and will approach me to ask questions about what I do and what they are reading...Usually the questions concern..pronunciation of a word in a book or on its cover....like “chrysanthemum.”

    It is a safe haven for these youngsters trying to make sense of the chaos in which they live...The libraries have already been forced to cut hours...

    Completely shutting their doors would be a travesty....

    Issue 7 needs to pass


    Issue 3- Casino in Cincinnati

    Issue 3 is one of those issues that is going to come down to who shows up at the polls to vote. Well, this is no time to support the issue and not take the time to vote for the issue...Casinos and gambling have been voted down six times prior to this....

    It is one of those issues where opponents are again attempting to legislate morality...people are going to gamble....whether they do it in state or out....

    Because of Ohio's financial situation....they should gamble closer to home...Keep the money and jobs in Cincinnati and Ohio..

    Issue 3 needs to pass


    Issue 9-Restriction on Light Rail

    Issue 9 Hamstrings the city of Cincinnati. It is not just a matter of taking an issue to the people for a vote. It is a blatant attempt to block progress in the city and keep it in the dark ages.

    Issue 9 is being sold as a way to keep City Council from arrogantly going against the will of the people and passing a plan to build a budget busting street car system that benefits only a few people downtown...

    The proponents of issue 9 says these types of things should be put before the voters...because that what you do in a democracy....

    Word to the people....America is not a democracy...it is a Republic....where the people elect people to look at the issues and handle them for us....We already have a way to handle out of control officials...we vote them out of office...

    Issue 9 is flim flam from flim flam artists who egotistically think they are smarter than the rest of us..

    The truth of the matter is the creators of Issue 9 have written a convoluted amendment that will block all attempts at putting light rail anywhere in the area...

    Obama has already said he wants to build bullet trains like they have in Europe and Asia..Issue 9 would prevent this in Cincinnati....

    We would be left out of the loop......in a similar fashion as when then Mayor Roxanne Qualls went to Europe to bring restaurants to Cincinnati....and because of the backwardness of this city...the restaurants ended up in Covington and Newport after she left office....

    Northern Kentucky continues to benefit from the neanderthal thinking of many in this city..such as those opposed to light rail....

    And I'm sure if Cincinnati drops the ball again....Northern Kentucky will figure out a way to pick it up....

    Issue 9 should be voted down..


    Issue 8-Cincinnati Water

    This issue is yet another badly written proposed amendment brought to you by the backward looking cabal of COAST and it's boy Chris Smitherman and his gang of mini me's...

    This issue is another attempt to micromanage the system.....Again...America is a republic...not a democracy....and in a republic...we elect officials to handle the issues....We vote for the officials...we have public hearings to tell them how we want to vote.....

    This issue is not about privatizing the water...it is about hamstringing our legally elected officials..

    Make no mistake about it.....I am totally against privatizing water.....and will happily lead the march on City Hall...if they ever consider it.......

    But this issue is something else....it is not what was sold to the people who signed the petitions....

    They lied to the petition signers...they....meaning COAST and the NAACP are attempting to manipulate voters...

    This is another one that will come down to who shows up at the polls....

    If COAST and company wanted to do something positive...they would have written an amendment that honestly states what it does....in other words....they should have written....” ban privatizing water in Cincinnati”......simple.....no confusion....

    Issue 8 needs to be voted down...


    State Issue 2-Livestock Board

    After reading this issue it looks as if Big Agra is attempting a coup...trying to take over the livestock control in Ohio....Their supporters are trying to create a board to control farming and farm animals in Ohio...

    Most other states are moving in the opposite direction....

    We are living through an economic situation, wholly created by corporate America and their bought and paid for politicians who allow the corporations to Self Regulate....meaning they operate with no control or anyone looking over their shoulder...

    Issue 2 is setting up yet another useless board of paid bureaucrats that looks like its doing something when in actuality it is just another puppet organization of Big business..

    Issue 2 should be voted down..

    Issue 6- Union Terminal

    This is an issue to maintain the Union Terminal...Cincinnati needs to keep this building in good repair...
    It can never be rebuilt....so it should be taken care of....doing repairs as needed..

    Issue 6 should be approved

    Issue 5- MRDD

    This is a renewal to continue funding the county to enable it to keep helping the mentally and developmentally challenged residents become more self sufficient..

    Issue 5 should be approved.


    Whatever you decide....you should vote on November 3rd....

    UPDATE.....Even after writing a post, I continue to look at the issue at hand, continue to learn and to tweak my knowledge, so to speak....Sometimes....my first judgment and pronouncement is wrong....and I will admit that.... I was wrong for saying that I will vote for Kevin Flynn...

    I will not....Even though he is endorsed by the Charter Party....His endorsement by Right to Life made me look closer......He's just not my kind of guy...because he chooses to relegate me and other women to second class citizenship....We are not equal in the eyes of Mr Flynn when it comes to making decisions that impact our lives as human beings....

    Since he won't recognize female cognitive abilities....He cannot represent me in government or anything else for that matter...... So I'm sorry......My bad.....I ain't votin' him...not never.....not nohow.....

    My new revised list is...


    and Greg Harris



    Friday Rap

    So, tell me again why we're in Afghanistan and why we need to send in more troops?

    How about bringing home the troops and turning Special Ops forces loose on Pakistan and what's left of Al Qaeda in the mountains along the border....

    I'm sayin' let the dogs out and let em do what they been trained to do, which is kill our enemies...neutralize their followers and come home...

    Let the troops who kill Bin Laden split the 25 million dollar bounty on his head..


    Olympia Snowe....looks like she's gonna bail if Health Care Reform contains a public option...Word today is that the Democrats in the Senate don't need her vote....


    I will say it again.....Health Care Reform WITHOUT a public option is merely another subsidy for the insurance/health industry...


    Wall Street's pissed off that Obama wants to take away their bonuses and halve their salaries......They say the people are going to suffer since They can't make all the money......

    I'll take my chances.....The middle class is disappearing because of all that money at the top...that is not trickling down....

    We bailed them out with our taxes....they are hoarding what we gave them...refusing to lend it out and make it work for the country....

    And they still want to make mega million bonuses...so they can buy yachts while the rest of the starve...

    Sounds like Marie Antoinette...let them eat cake syndrome....And you know what happened to her and the other aristocrats of the era...

    I say we dust off the guillotine....


    A question of civil liberties..... man gets up at 5:30 in the morning....goes downstairs and makes a cup of coffee in his kitchen and gets arrested for public indecency.....He was nekkid in his own house...in his own kitchen and it was still dark outside....

    Yet....a cop's wife said she was walking her kid to school and saw him...in his kitchen...drinking coffee....nekkid.......

    Who's at fault here....the guy inside his house.....or the peeping tom who called police......

    Happened Monday in Virginia..


    The expanded Hate Crimes Bill has now passed the Senate...All Obama has to do is sign it to make it official.....Or...he can leave it on his desk for ten days and it becomes law...

    either way....We win...


    Note to Michael Jordan's son Marcus......Baby...it's not about you or the shoes....It was about your Dad....

    Until you deserve to wear his shoes....you shouldn't.....lace up the Addidas, shut the F*** up and keep your spoiled ass in school.....


    More balloon boy...stuff....

    Seems Falcon and his brother mixed up a bowl of booger laced soup for their mother....I can just see me doing something like when I was young.....

    My mother would have made eat every bit and then whupped my ass...all the while telling me to respect my elders or die in the process.....


    Just say no......

    I'm still trying to understand this sweat lodge thing where three people have now died.....I can't understand how grown people can let someone convince them to continue doing something that is obviously killing them....

    This was not a Jim Jones kool aid moment when folks didn't know that the kool aid was laced with cyanide....this was adults refusing to look after themselves...bowing to the whims of yet another false prophet....

    Hope they got their money back for the fiasco....

    I hope the families of the dead sue the charlatan for every cent he's got...

    People search and search looking for God...when the truth is that God is...and you don't need anyone else to talk for you....no middleman necessary...


    Cincinnati City Council Endorsements

    UPDATE.....Even after writing a post, I continue to look at the issue at hand, continue to learn and to tweak my knowledge, so to speak....Sometimes....my first judgment and pronouncement is wrong....and I will admit that....

    I was wrong for saying that I will vote for Kevin Flynn....I will not....Even though he is endorsed by the Charter Party....His endorsement by Right to Life made me look closer......He's just not my kind of guy...because he chooses to relegate me and other women to second class citizenship....We are not equal in the eyes of Mr Flynn when it comes to making decisions that impact our lives as human beings....

    Since he won't recognize female cognitive abilities....He cannot represent me in government or anything else for that matter......

    So I'm sorry......My bad.....I ain't votin' him...not never.....not no how.....

    My new revised list is....

    Qualls...Greg Harris.....Young....Quinlivan.....Fischer.....Bortz


    The Cincinnati Enquirer has issued its endorsements for City Council and many of them are no surprise. You can read about them here.

    Jeff Berding
    Roxanne Qualls
    Chris Bortz
    Leslie Ghiz
    Nickolas Hollan
    Cecil Thomas
    Kevin Flynn
    Amy Murray
    Charles Winburn

    Having an endorsement from the Cincinnati Enquirer is enough to usually make me NOT want to vote for any of them, but I have to admit that this perennially right leaning poor excuse for a newspaper gets it right sometimes...

    Like with Roxanne Qualls, Cecil Thomas and Kevin Flynn....

    I think they were correct in not endorsing Laketa Cole and Chris Monzel...I would sideline Leslie Ghiz for the same reason as I sideline Laketa Cole...

    Both show tremendous immaturity and a lack of common sense...Ghiz....Little more than a Midwestern version of Sarah Palin..exhibits little class...fewer smarts.....twittering during Council or Committee sessions is the kind of behavior that I expect from my 13 year old niece..not my city government representatives.....

    Cole needs to grow up...plain and simple....taking the Black vote for granted is the height of arrogance....and the mark of a bad politician...

    Charlie Winburn is anachronistic at best....On his best days...he can't think or function past the 19th century......He's the monkey wrench who would be thrown into the machinery that is slowly pulling Cincinnati kicking and screaming into the 21st century...bringing it to a grinding halt...

    Chris Monzel is a white Charlie Winburn....but not as smart...

    I want to see this city move forward so to the mix of Qualls, Thomas and Flynn....I would add

    Wendell Young
    Laurie Quinlivan
    Greg Fischer
    Chris Bortz
    Jeff Berding
    Bernadette Watson

    Let me say this about Berding....I haven't liked him since he spearheaded the Stadium vote several years ago...But I respect him for sticking to his guns...... I think dissent is sometimes a good thing...I disagreed with the Democratic Party pulling his endorsement....I would rather not see him on Council and I honestly don't know if I'm gonna vote for him...but given the choices...he may wind up holding onto his seat...

    Also messing up progress is Issue 9...It needs to be voted down.... COAST and their boy Chris Smitherman are insidious...and very bad for Cincinnati...Smitherman is bad for the Black Community....

    Issue 9 is wrong for the City...period...

    Ohio Issue 3....the casino issue is an issue whose time is now....we need the Casinos..

    Mayor Mark Mallory needs to be re elected.

    Regardless of who you choose....the important thing is to vote in November


    Woman's Work

    My mom has a saying about my dad....one of many since they've been together 59 years...this one refers to how he fixes things...

    Now...he can fix anything...and I do mean anything...He is the reason that I love working on stuff...that gene comes from him and my mother's father...my granddad....

    Their ability to put things back together when broken..warped my thinking about men for a long time...because I grew up thinking that all men could fix anything...just give them a screw driver, some nails and a hammer...and BAM.....fixed and functioning...

    Imagine my surprise when I grew up and found that most men don't know which end of the screw driver to use.....can't tell channel locks from pliers or a socket wrench from a pipe wrench...

    I was absolutely shocked when one of my best buddies pulled me aside one night after we were talking with a group of people during which I referred to a stick shift car....he didn't know what I was talking about...so he asked me privately to keep his man cred in tact...

    You know what man cred is all about...appearing to know everything about anything and faking it if necessary...

    Anyway....my mom has always said about my dad that he always does things twice...he fixes it...then he fixes it right....she says I'm the same way....

    I disagree with that statement, since I do read the instructions first....My dad does too...but don't tell anyone because he wants to keep his man cred in tact too...

    We have a whole government full of men who can't fix anything.....and refuse to read the directions, scan the public opinion polls or face the reality of which way the wind is blowing....

    They've spent their entire congressional careers faking their concern for the American people as they laugh all the way to the bank, after pocketing the money thrown at them by slimy lobbyists.

    Which brings me around to my topic....Maybe the men of the GOP need to step aside...while their man cred is still in one piece, albeit hanging by a thread... and let the women of the GOP take over..

    I'm not talking Sarah or the Cheney siblings...I'm talking Olympia...

    Olympia Snowe grabbed the reins yesterday in the Health Care Reform act....It wasn't a republican thing...it wasn't a democratic thing.....

    It was a woman thing that she did, in looking out for others...

    Possibly at the sacrifice of her politics.....I don't think she will lose her seat....but the good ole boys of the GOP....jealous at being disobeyed and upstaged by one of their women...will probably make her life miserable for this one vote...

    I''m sure they're grumbling that she should have stayed quietly in her place ....like where they want to put Nancy Pelosi....

    “How dare those women talk back to us!”

    With one vote, she moved the conversation forward...closer to conclusion....It's not done yet...but it's no longer stuck in neutral.....

    The process will continue to work...thanks to Olympia Snowe...who remembers why she was sent to Congress....as well as who she really works for...


    Sellin' Wolf Tickets...

    Old ghetto saying.....”don't let your mouth get your ass in trouble!”

    Insurance companies say they will raise rates if health care reform passes...

    The big health care companies say they will be forced to hike rates if the Obama Administration pushes through health care reform for citizens.

    Do we need anymore arguments in favor of a public option? Sounds to me like they are calling our bluff.

    Here is what they are saying

    It's kind of like that scene in the movie the Ten Commandments where Moses played by Charleton Heston is in the throne room talking to his pretend brother Ramses played in all his bald sexy splendor by Yul Brenner.....Where Moses tells Ramses the next curse to reign down on Egypt will come from Ramses lips....and Ramses struts and fumes and parades his half naked self around and tells Moses, to get the f*** out of his house or he is gonna kill him for real....

    Moses says okay and saunters out the door to go to his mother's house to drink wine, and eat bitter herbs and unleaven bread...thereby creating the Passover observance....Ramses still cussing and still not listening to what his pretend brother had just told him...tells his generals to go kill all the first born Hebrew babies and thereby seals the fate of his own son....

    Big insurance isn't listening.....they still think they can run game on us....threaten us with higher premiums....telling us.....we will have to pay more money for their shitty service....those of you who can afford their shitty service......I'm one of those they won't insure....

    They would have us believe that if the government sets up competition....in other words....gives citizens another option...that the competition will force them into a rate hike....I thought competition always drove down prices....not up....but then again...the GOP has spent the last 9 years telling the American people that up was down, round was flat, black was white and so forth and so on....I guess the insurance companies must be thinking...well it worked for them....no it didn't.....

    We must all collectively have “STUPID” stenciled on our foreheads...Just ask the grocery stores...are people buying the really expensive name brands these days.....or are they buying the just as good store brand generic........hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?

    Let the Insurance Industry go ahead and raise its rates after health reform becomes law....Even Republicans and wingnuts fighting tooth and nail against health care won't stay with an insurance company that raises its rates, and the government has a public option in place...

    You know it's true.....don't believe me....how many Congressmen are giving back their government health plans now...fearing we're drifting into “socialism” as they say....

    How many wingnuts do you see talking about tearing up their medicare/medicaid government health care or resigning from the government program to help out the insurance giants by signing up for their programs.....


    And who gives a rat's ass if no GOP member of Congress refuses to sign onto the bill....I don't...

    Public Option is the only option...anything less is merely a subsidy for the Insurance Industry..


    Take the age limits off medicare....then there is no need for insurance companies at all...and everyone has insurance.....

    Easy...problem solved...