Thursday, May 31, 2012

What The Hell?



I have been on a mini -hiatus from blogging....Not really a writers block...just wiped out and tired.... Okay, yeah...Writers block.  I was reading the news this morning and came across this story... A story so funny that I could not make it up!

Apparently, the guy in the photo above, Paolo Henrique dos Santos was hoping to look like the Incredible Hulk for just a few hours, but the Brazilian pool attendant's new identity lasted a lot longer than he probably anticipated, thanks to the industrial-strength paint that he used to cover his body. (I always ask myself...Why do people do things like this at Football games and such?)

 While the paint was the perfect shade of green and accentuated his muscle tone nicely, it happens to be designed to coat ballistic missiles and nuclear submarines — not human skin.

It took 24 hours for the superhero and a crew of (now) intimate friends and family to scrub off the "incredible" green substance. The memory will never fade, of course, but that's all right with dos Santos, who says he doesn't regret the incident.

Yeah, he would say that...to er uh...save face!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Keith's Favorite Quotations

Stay Politically Aware  My friends!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Keith's Music Spotlight


My home girl, Jill Scott was on my mind this morning...I woke up hearing her song 'So Blessed" and I have to admit...I feel blessed...Just to be able to wake up ..And so should you all...So I hope you enjoy this cut from her current CD and Digital Download....(Did you catch that?  I said Digital Download...I'm hip!) The Light of the Sun!



Friday, May 25, 2012

Weekend Humor



If it seems as though I have been missing from action a lot this week...is because I have been watching the NBA Playoffs....I've been getting my nightly fix of my Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics , and Kobe and Kevin Durant, Lebron James ,D-Wade and their battle with the Indiana Pacers and Blake Griffen, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and the rest...

Haven't been blogging much...but I did happen to see this skit on Saturday Night Live lampooning one of my favorite sportscasters, Steven A. Smith and thought that I just had to share this with you today...Watch and enjoy!

Everybody have a great weekend!...



Thursday, May 24, 2012

5 things guys probably don't know about women!






1.Women want to cuddle after sex because ,they are more than likely nude and they are freezing.




2. When considering whether or not to ask out the girl you're afraid to talk to, keep this in mind: No matter who you are or what you look like, it's always flattering to them ,when you flirt or hit on them...always...( I got this from a woman!)


3. When Your signigficant other or spouse asks you to pick an outfit for them...Humor them and pick one...Just don't expect her to go with the one you picked!





4.If you're really funny....a woman just might sleep with you! (Then again..she might not!)





5.Eye contact should last exactly 0.28 seconds. The quickest glance is the most effective. Treat a woman you're scoping  like the sun during a solar eclipse.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Marco Who?



I was going to give blogging a rest for a few days...or at least two of my three blogs anyway..but of course...I could not...Someone had to say something dumb that got my attention.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been rumored to be in contention for vice-president, on Saturday slammed President Barack Obama for being, now get this the most divisive figure in American politics.Can you believe this?Can you believe that a republican has the audacity to say this? Who has divided our country more than they have? Whether it is along class lines, racial lines and now, gender lines.

"The man who today occupies the White House and is running for president is a very different person," Rubio said at a high-profile GOP fundraiser, where he claimed Obama has abandoned the ideals he ran on in 2008. "We have not seen such a divisive figure in modern American history than we have over the last three and one-half years."




Senator Rubio delivered this dig in front of nearly 1,000 South Carolina Republicans at the Silver Elephant Dinner, one of the state's biggest gatherings of GOPers and whose keynote speaker in 2011 was former presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

The junior senator from the Sunshine State drew praise from the state's most influential conservatives who took the stage before him, including Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint and Gov. Nikki Haley.

Choosing to speak in the early primary state also gave rise to speculation about Senator Rubio's future political ambitions. As a young and popular Hispanic senator from a swing state, he has found himself in the midst of vice presidential speculation as I mentioned above.

But this event, along with his address earlier this month to a group of influential Iowa businesspeople, has fueled questions about the possibility of a Rubio presidential run.heaven forbid.

"I didn't know much about Marco other than all the hype that doesn't do you justice,” Senator Lindsey Graham said. “I've got a chance to travel with Marco, he's the future of the Republican party like [Rep.] Tim [Scott].

While Marco Rubio did not so much as mention Mitt Romney's name, he did prove he could play attack dog, spending the top of his speech critiquing the president for failing to live up to his campaign promises.

How bout we criticize them for not having any promises to live up to?  Hmmmmmm!


Rubio went on to say -"The president and his party’s view of America’s government and our lives is a failed one, It hasn’t worked. His ideas that sounded so good in the classrooms of Harvard and Yale haven’t really worked out well in the real world."

You guys (Republicans, Tea Party, less anyone here is confused!) wouldn't know what the "real world" looked like if it fell on you.

Senator Rubio has denied any speculation about possible vice presidential ambitions, (for now!)but his popularity outside his home state was on display Saturday night. The freshman senator drew applause equal only to that of DeMint, the tea party favorite and South Carolina native.

"In the end, as frustrated as sometimes we may get with the leadership of our own party on one issue or another, the logical home of the limited government, constitutional republican principles of our nation is the Republican party," Rubio said.
(He could have added, limited ideas and ideals too!)

"The logical home for the defense of the free enterprise system is the Republican party. It is the only organization in modern American politics that is still capable at this moment of driving forward these concepts and these principles that are so important for our future." he said.

Heard enough?  I know I have....The election is about 160 days away..Make sure you're registered to vote...Send these guys a clear message in November...Please!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Weekend Humor

A Man and his Wife are having a fight at the breakfast table. The Husband gets up in a rage and says, "And  furthermore you are no good in bed either," and storms out of the house.

After sometime he realizes he was nasty and decides to make amends and calls home.



She comes to the phone after many rings and the irritated husband says, "What took you so long to answer the phone?"

She says, "I was in bed."

"In bed this early, doing what?" Shouts the husband.




"Getting a second opinion."


Have a great weekend everybody!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

R.I.P. Donna Summer


                                                                     (1948-2012)


I am still reeling from the deaths of Whitney Houston, Don Corneilius, Dick Clark, Davy Jones of the Monkees and yesterday , Go-Go Music King, Chuck Brown...and now today, Donna Summer, the queen of Disco has also passed on after a battle with cancer.

Incredible! Born LaDonna Gaines, from Boston, she went to Germany with a company of "Hair" in the early '70s, married a German actor named Sommer, and connected with a German bubblegum artist and producer named Giorgio Moroder, and his partner Pete Bellotte, around 1973. One of their first collaborations, a single called "The Hostage," was a disturbing piece of work capitalizing on the European kidnapping-as-political-statement trend that culminated in the killings at the Munich Olympics.


That record couldn't have been farther away from her U.S. debut. "Love to Love you baby" it was a demo that, according to Casablanca executive Larry Harris, was accidentally jarred while playing at a party, so that in effect it played for twice its actual length. Intrigued, Casablanca president Neil Bogart commissioned Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer to make an extended version, which Bogart further extended to 17 minutes. Little more than a long simulated orgasm over a hypnotic track, it became a club sensation, then a radio sensation, in late 1975. I don't know a 17 year old boy that didn't secretly listen to this song in his bedroom late at night after everyone was fast asleep!  Really, I don't.

You could argue that this first mega-successful extended 12-inch was the ancestor of all trance music to follow, but realistically, if her career had ended then, it would have made a feeble legacy. But over the next few years, Giorgio Moroder (who originally thought he could find a stronger singer than Summer for "Love to Love You") found an ideal creative partner in Summer.

That burst of creativity first bloomed on Donna Summer's third album, 1976's "Four Seasons of Love," which was nothing less than a disco concept album, just like the heavy thematic albums that progressive rock titans were making during that decade. "Seasons" was vastly more listenable, four entrancing tracks that combined the disco pulse with genuine melody. Follow-up "I Remember Yesterday" nodded to the past (notably on "Love's Unkind," as masterful a Phil Spector/Crystals pastiche as you could hope to find) but on its key track single-handedly propelled music into the future.

Even after all this time.. "I Feel Love" still sounds like a recording beamed in from another galaxy. Moroder's army of chattering synthesizers creates a desensitized zone in which Summer is trapped, and her icy insistence that she can "feel love" establishes a deadly irony. More than any other record, this one proved you didn't need guitars and "real" instruments to create great records. The synth-pop of the '80s and '90s as well as the last quarter-century of dance music (and pop, for that matter) would be inconceivable without it.
But Summer and Moroder had even more to offer. Certainly there was schlock galore on her singles -- the everlasting prom standard and compulsory aspiring-diva karaoke cover "Last Dance," a superfluous disco-fication of "MacArthur Park" -- but 1977 double album "Once Upon a Time" (her fifth album in two years) was a dazzling disco fairy tale full of sumptuous melodies and gloriously mesmerizing arrangements. And for an encore, she helped marry disco and rock.

"Hot Stuff" wasn't the first rock-disco fusion by any means. (Check longtime French star Sheila's "You Light My Fire" for a pioneering effort.) But as the first superstar record to incorporate these seemingly incompatible elements, it sealed the deal, building a bridge between two musical factions that seemed unalterably opposed. Rock fans were publicly destroying disco records and radio stations sponsored "no-Bee Gees" weekends" in a climate of fear that disco would render rock irrelevant, and along came a record celebrating that sybaritic disco lifestyle that so alarmed upstanding Americans with good old heartland power chords. Labelmates Kiss immediately followed suit from the rock side with the disco fusion "I Was Made for Lovin' You," and while the two sides didn't exactly air-kiss and hold hands, the established musical boundaries were breached once and for all.

Having twice reshaped the course of popular music (three times if you count "Love to Love You Baby"), Summer settled down to a more mundane form of stardom. She still managed to break ground: "Bad Girls" was a notable tribute to a profession as old as that of musicians, "The Wanderer" was an edgy attempt to escape the disco pigeonhole she was mired in, and her penultimate hit, and my favorite Donna Summer record of all time, 1983's "She Works Hard For The Money" has endured as a notable tribute to an even older occupation than the one saluted in "Bad Girls": underpaid women's scut work.
But the quality control, erratic in the best of times, deteriorated, and we got by-the-numbers disco-pop exercises such as "Dim All the Lights" and "On the Radio" and extravagant, soulless stunts on the order of her duet with Barbra Streisand. "Enough Is Enough," indeed. The public was only occasionally enamored by her post-Moroder records on Geffen, where she thrashed through a variety of derivative styles, and after "Hard for the Money," hardly an innovative record, there was only one more hit, 1989's "This Time I Know It's for Real," masterminded by British schlock-meister team Stock/Aitken/Waterman (of Rick Astley fame). She became more serious about her Christian faith, interspersing non musical activities with sporadic comebacks on the diva-nostalgia circuit.

And that's how she's been perceived, as the main survivor of a much-derided musical era. She deserves better. Her best records from the '70s are every bit as important, and impressive, as the rock classics from Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and their compatriots  and (listen to "I Feel Love" again) quite conceivably more influential.

Another one gone too soon, way too soon....We'll miss you Donna!





Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

To Be Happy



I didn't write this...but it being a slow news day, I thought I'd share this...One of my Facebook friends posted this and I found it interesting...They didn't write it either.

Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go:
1. Give Up The need to always be right.
 There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – wanting to always be right – even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s just not worth it. Whenever you feel the ‘urgent’ need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” Wayne Dyer. What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big?
2. Give up your need for control
Be willing to give up your need to always control everything that happens to you and around you – situations, events, people, etc. Whether they are loved ones, coworkers, or just strangers you meet on the street – just allow them to be. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how much better will that make you feel.

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning.” Lao Tzu
3. Give up on blame
 Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have, for what you feel or don’t feel. Stop giving your powers away and start taking responsibility for your life.
4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk
 Oh my. How many people are hurting themselves because of their negative, polluted and repetitive self-defeating mindset? Don’t believe everything that your mind is telling you – especially if it’s negative and self-defeating. You are better than that.
“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” Eckhart Tolle
5. Give up your limiting beliefs
about what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. From now on, you are no longer going to allow your limiting beliefs to keep you stuck in the wrong place. Spread your wings and fly!
“A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind” Elly Roselle
6. Give up complaining
 Give up your constant need to complain about those many, many, maaany things – people, situations, events that make you unhappy, sad and depressed. Nobody can make you unhappy, no situation can make you sad or miserable unless you allow it to. It’s not the situation that triggers those feelings in you, but how you choose to look at it. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.
7. Give up the luxury of criticism
Give up your need to criticize things, events or people that are different than you. We are all different, yet we are all the same. We all want to be happy, we all want to love and be loved and we all want to be understood. We all want something, and something is wished by us all.
8. Give up your need to impress others
Stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not just to make others like you. It doesn’t work this way. The moment you stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not, the moment you take off all your masks, the moment you accept and embrace the real you, you will find people will be drawn to you, effortlessly.
9. Give up your resistance to change
 Change is good. Change will help you move from A to B. Change will help you make improvements in your life and also the lives of those around you. Follow your bliss, embrace change – don’t resist it.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” 
Joseph Campbell
10. Give up labels
 Stop labeling those things, people or events that you don’t understand as being weird or different and try opening your mind, little by little. Minds only work when open. “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” Wayne Dyer
11. Give up on your fears
Fear is just an illusion, it doesn’t exist – you created it. It’s all in your mind. Correct the inside and the outside will fall into place.
“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”
 Franklin D. Roosevelt
12. Give up your excuses
Send them packing and tell them they’re fired. You no longer need them. A lot of times we limit ourselves because of the many excuses we use. Instead of growing and working on improving ourselves and our lives, we get stuck, lying to ourselves, using all kind of excuses – excuses that 99.9% of the time are not even real.
13. Give up the past
I know, I know. It’s hard. Especially when the past looks so much better than the present and the future looks so frightening, but you have to take into consideration the fact that the present moment is all you have and all you will ever have. The past you are now longing for – the past that you are now dreaming about – was ignored by you when it was present. Stop deluding yourself. Be present in everything you do and enjoy life. After all life is a journey not a destination. Have a clear vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the now.
14. Give up attachment
This is a concept that, for most of us is so hard to grasp and I have to tell you that it was for me too, (it still is) but it’s not something impossible. You get better and better at with time and practice. The moment you detach yourself from all things, (and that doesn’t mean you give up your love for them – because love and attachment have nothing to do with one another,  attachment comes from a place of fear, while love… well, real love is pure, kind, and self less, where there is love there can’t be fear, and because of that, attachment and love cannot coexist) you become so peaceful, so tolerant, so kind, and so serene. You will get to a place where you will be able to understand all things without even trying. A state beyond words.
15. Give up living your life to other people’s expectations
Way too many people are living a life that is not theirs to live. They live their lives according to what others think is best for them, they live their lives according to what their parents think is best for them, to what their friends, their enemies and their teachers, their government and the media think is best for them. They ignore their inner voice, that inner calling. They are so busy with pleasing everybody, with living up to other people’s expectations, that they lose control over their lives. They forget what makes them happy, what they want, what they need….and eventually they forget about themselves.  You have one life – this one right now – you must live it, own it, and especially don’t let other people’s opinions distract you from your path.

Good thoughts to live by.


Monday, May 14, 2012

Finally!



Well, I thought it would never happen...but today...It did!!!!

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said a little while ago he was scaling back his White House bid and will no longer campaign actively in states that have yet to hold primary elections.Thank God!
He has suspended his campaign like they all say.


Instead, Paul's campaign will concentrate on trying to add to its tally of delegates to the Republican National Convention in August by sending large groups of supporters to state conventions to elect themselves to delegate slots.

"Our campaign will continue to work in the state convention process. We will continue to take leadership positions, win delegates, and carry a strong message to the Republican National Convention that liberty is the way of the future," Paul said in a statement.

"Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted," he added. "Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have," Paul said.

Something tells me this guy kinda sorta still thinks he's campaigning!



He is the last main challenger to presumptive nominee Mitt Romney in the Republican race to confront President Barack Obama.

Ron Paul has yet to win any of the state nominating contests. So far, He has only 99 delegates while Romney has 949, according to Real Clear Politics. A candidate needs 1,144 to win the nomination.

Ron Paul urged his supporters to vote in upcoming elections, even though he would not actively campaign in the states that still must hold a nominating contest ahead of the party's convention before the November 6 presidential election.

The 76-year-old Texas congressman's message of sharply reducing the role of government, scrapping the Federal Reserve and ending the U.S. military presence overseas is unique to him. Many of his supporters have said they would not vote at all on Election Day if Paul were not the nominee.Good...That means less crazy people at the polls..While you're at it, you can all go jump off a cliff too!


Ron Paul's statement said his campaign would explain details of its delegate strategy "in the coming days."
He's still crazy and delusional.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012

My Favorite (TV) Moms








































Come on Now...I don't have to name em....You know these famous mothers!   HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Weekend Humor





These are actually laws in my home state of Pennsylvania...I kid you not!

  • No more than two packages of beer at a time may be purchased, unless you are buying from an official "beer distributor" (Really? Ok!)
  • You may not catch a fish by any body part except the mouth. (I'll try and remember that...provided I ever go fishing.)

     
  • Motorized vehicles are not to be sold on Sundays. (Must be the reason why I bought my car on a Saturday!)
  • You may not catch a fish with your hands. (Can you?)

  • It is illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors. (If I ever see anyone doing that..I'll be sure to tell em!)
  • You may not sing in the bathtub. (HA! Try enforcing that!)

  • Fireworks stores may not sell fireworks to Pennsylvania residents.(You have to live in Deleware!)
  • Dynamite is not to be used to catch fish. (Huh?)
  • It is illegal to have over 16 women live in a house together because that constitutes a brothel. However up to 120 men can live together, without breaking the law. (Hmmmm...I think if I had ever had 16 women in anyplace I'd ever lived...I would have never told anyone.)
  • Though you do not need a fishing license to fish on your own land, but a hunting license is required to hunt on your own land. (Huh????)
  • Any motorist driving along a country road at night must stop every mile and send up a rocket signal, wait 10 minutes for the road to be cleared of livestock, and continue. (You have got to be kidding!)

  • A person is not eligible to become Governor if he/she has participated in a duel. (Well, that's good to know.)

  • Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart, piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes. (Will never happen!)

  • Ministers are forbidden from performing marriages when either the bride or groom is drunk. (Well......That's good to know.)
  • All liquor stores must be run by the state. (That's coming to an end soon.)

  • A special cleaning ordinance bans housewives from hiding dirt and dust under a rug in a dwelling. (Try enforcing that!)

  • It is contrary to Pennsylvania law to discharge a gun, cannon, revolver or other explosive weapon at a wedding. (I feel so much safer now!)
  • Have a great weekend everybody!

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

    An Idea That Was Coming



    I would be remiss if I didn't talk about the big news item of the day...That , (taking his cue from Vice President Joe Biden), President Barack Obama came out on the side of Same Sex Marriages...Even as that progressive state of North Carolina voted to ban same -sex marriages and all domestic partnerships...straight or gay!

    Seriously...Gay marriage is not the hot button issue it was maybe ten years ago..most Americans are changing their viewpoints on it anyway...So while the bible and gun toting holier than thou crowd that has become the Republican/Tea Party will try to use this to bash him over the head...The truth is...I don't think this will hurt him much amongst perspective voters.

    President Barack Obama endorsed the right of same-sex couples to marry , a landmark pronouncement made in light of mounting pressure from gay rights advocates. President Obama became the first U.S. president to back the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry, a reversal from views expressed during the 2008 campaign, when he said he opposed same-sex marriage but favored civil unions as an alternative.
    Then he was taking the safe route..

    President Obama told reporters in the White House  that, after reflection, he had "concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.

    In making his announcement,  The President completes what he had described as an “evolution” in his views on this issue, hastened by growing fervor this week involving gay rights. The growing pressure was capped Tuesday by North Carolina voters’ approval of a constitutional amendment banning not only same-sex marriages, but civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, as well.

     President Obama’s shift not only speaks to a broad swath of the electorate, which has exhibited increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage in opinion polls, but also gay and lesbian voters who compose a core part of his base, and have been major fundraisers for his re-election.

    The President explained that he had hesitated in fully supporting same-sex marriage because he thought civil unions would be sufficient.

    "I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married," he told ABC News.   I can imagine that the talking heads on Fox News are in a frenzy right now.

    The president had found himself under increasing pressure this week to state his position unequivocally after Vice President Joe Biden voiced support for same-sex marriage.
    "I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties," Biden said on NBC’s "Meet the Press." "And quite frankly, I don't see much of a distinction beyond that."

    While history will be the judge of whether they both are doing the right thing....Current events may prove that this could be politically disasterous ...or not..  Like I said...It's not the hot button issue it was ten years ago or even four years ago...but you can bet your bottom dollar that the Right Wing will make sure that it becomes one.


    Speaking of which...The President's most likely opponent this fall,  GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney re-iterated his opposition to both same-sex marriage and civil unions on Tuesday.

    "I have the same view on marriage that I had when I was governor and that I've expressed many times," he said following the president's announcement. "I believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman."

    Earlier, he told KDVR-TV in Denver: "I do not favor marriage between people of the same gender, and I do not favor civil unions if they are identical to marriage other than by name ... My view is the domestic partnership benefits, hospital visitation rights, and the like are appropriate but that the others are not."

    Hmmm, Like I said.. History will decide one day who was on the right side of this issue....As for me?  I feel as though, this was an idea that was coming down the pike anyway...Just like inter-racial marriage back in the 60's.

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

    Another One Crawls Out Of The Woodworks


    You know...One night...I had a Pizza in my study...It had extra cheese, green peppers,sausage and pepperonis on it...The aroma emboldened the roaches , who usually are quite stealth and keep themselves hidden...At least until everybody is asleep.. This night..I killed about a record 11 cock-roaches...They were emboldened by the aroma of that pizza..They were willing to risk sudden death to get close to that smell...

    I use this analogy because it seems that since Barack Obama has been elected President of the United States, the racists that up until 2008 kind of lurked behind the scenes and bowed to political correctness have become..just like those roaches....Emboldened....It seems like every other day..a new one comes out or writes something hateful....on a Blog, Twitter, Facebook, a website...what have you or even on Television or the Radio.

    They seem to have no fear of losing their job or their lives if a Black or Latino person is within earshot of their ignorance.  Such is the case of a Blogger who wrote an op ed piece last week that created a storm of controversy...Another storm of endless controversy in a very mean season.

    After Naomi Schaefer Riley(pictured above)  wrote a blog post for the Chronicle of Higher Education calling black studies "claptrap," based on the titles of a handful of dissertations, nearly 6,500 people signed a petition calling for her dismissal from the blog. Yesterday, Liz McMillen, the site's editor, wrote a note apologizing for  Ms.Riley's post, and said that the publication had decided to part ways with the author, who is also an affiliate scholar of the Institute of American Values, a conservative think tank based in New York.
    Why am I not surprised that she's an affiliate of a conservative "think" tank.  Is that what they really do there?

    Kirsten West Savali of NEWSONE had this to say-

    "Every now and again, there is a manifestation of white privilege so brilliant in its ignorance, so delusional, that it actually makes me want to go back to my days of being a mental health professional and offer my services."

    "This happens to be the case with “The Chronicle” writer Naomi Schaefer Riley.
    In a piece reeking with condescension and low-rent bigotry, Schaefer makes the argument that Black Studies is a superficial academic pursuit that hinges on “left-wing victimization claptrap” as demonstrated in dissertations by up-and-coming Black scholars in the field. Peering through her indignation at topics such as “Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s,” she pronounced the fruits of long nights of rigorous research “so irrelevant no one will ever look at them.”

    "Ms. Riley seems to believe that Black Republicans, such as Clarence Thomas – who have made a living being step-n-fetchit tokens — are being unfairly maligned by liberals who would rather cry racism than actually solve problems in Black America: 


    “Seriously, folks, there are legitimate debates about the problems that plague the black community from high incarceration rates to low graduation rates to high out-of-wedlock birth rates. But it’s clear that they’re not happening in black-studies departments. If these young scholars are the future of the discipline, I think they can just as well leave their calendars at 1963 and let some legitimate scholars find solutions to the problems of blacks in America. Solutions that don’t begin and end with blame the white man.”

    She also has the audacity to say that President Barack Obama should be proof positive that “a change gone come,” (Sam Cooke’s words, not Riley’s) as if we should gaze upon him with pride on our Civil Rights mantles while employment, housing and education opportunities burn to the ground.
    But at least a brother is in the White house, right? 

    Cue up Parliament- Chocolate City right about now folks!


    Karen West  Savali went on to say-


    "It is not surprising that Ms. Riley is so oblivious to “the white man’s” role in the prison industrial complex. Apparently she doesn’t realize that disparities in sentencing, especially as it pertains to cocaine vs. crack – which flooded our communities in the ‘80s under the Reagan administration – has played an integral role in the devastation that has plowed through Black America."

    "Perhaps Ms. Riley also doesn’t realize that sex education under the Republican agenda is reduced to one long advertisement for abstinence, while simultaneously working diligently to eradicate Planned Parenthoods in urban communities. This ensures that Black women in a certain socio-economic bracket who do dare to have sex, not only are vilified for it but forced to have these children “out-of-wedlock” or risk their wombs being labeled “dangerous” if they dare to choose termination."

    Furthermore, it would be ridiculous for Ms. Riley to assert that Black people are wrong to look to “the white man”  for issues with public education when it has been reported that Black students receive sub-par educations in comparison to their White counterparts."

    Bottom line, unless Ms. Riley has completely lost her grasp on reality(ie(Her cotton pickin mind!) – if she ever had one – the “white man” is as responsible for the precarious position of Black America as Black America is responsible for stabilizing it.

    When I read claptrap like what Ms. Riley ascertains...I just shake my head...She probably hasn't read many disertations by Black studies majors, probably doesn't know or have any Black friends either...If she does , it's probably the type that are just as delusional as she is (ie-"Uncle Toms) She hasn't lived where I live ,hasn't seen what I see....


    The sad thing is...People like her...don't want to!

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

    And So We Begin


    And so , after a summer ,fall and winter of the wackiest primary in modern American political history...The real campaign begins...We've laughed at Herman "Big Daddy" Cain, been flabergasted by 'Mad Michelle" Bachman, Just laughed out loud at the campaigns of Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul (Is he still running?) and their twilight zone campaigns....Now it's time to focus on Preisdent Obama's campaign for re-election...The real campaign ..if you will.

      After back-to-back speeches in two key swing states, the Obama  re-election campaign indicated how it wants to define the general election: As a choice between a tool of congressional Republicans who wants to undo the president’s first-term agenda and  as an incumbent looking to spend the next four years building on his achievements.

    The president seemed to tie his presumptive Republican challenger Mitt Romney to Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan, which Democrats have been using to represent congressional Republicans’ entire agenda. President Obama warned that in  Mitt Romney, the House GOP has a candidate who would be willing to gut Medicare and end regulations on insurance companies and banks – policies “that created this mess,” the president said.


    After a long and spirited primary, Republicans in Congress have found a nominee for president who has promised to rubber-stamp this agenda if he gets the chance,” President Obama said at Ohio State University, his first stop of the day, later adhering to the same script at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. “We cannot give him that chance,” President Obama continued.


    The president also sought to define himself in his two speeches Saturday, employing populist themes that touch on those of several past presidential campaigns while remaining entirely unique to the Obama campaign. Using a sort of “values play” evocative of the pitches used by the Clinton campaign, the president’s wife, Michelle, underscored that he grew up in an environment where everybody played by the rules, sometimes struggling to get by.

    “He is the son of a single mother who struggled to put herself through school and pay the bills. That’s who he is. He’s the grandson of a woman who woke up before dawn every day to catch a bus to her job at the bank,” the first lady said of her husband in Columbus. “So believe me, Barack knows what it means when a family struggles,” she continued.



    The First Lady's speech also employed a tactic from George W. Bush’s re-election campaign, in which the incumbent is portrayed as the familiar choice against an unknown risk.
    “We all know what Barack Obama is -- who he is,” she said. “We all know what our president stands for, right?” she implored the audience.
    There’s also a little bit of Harry Truman’s campaign evident in  President Obama’s pitch, as he warns supporters that they need to re-elect him in order to stop “those guys” in Congress who are threatening to pass items like the Ryan budget.  Indeed, we do!

    "As long as I’m president of the United States, I will never allow Medicare to be turned into a voucher that would end the program as we know it,” President Obama said. “That’s what’s at stake in this election.”

    And in preventing Republicans from accomplishing their agenda, President Obama is arguing, the lives of average Americans will continue to improve – even as he acknowledges they are not where they need to be currently.

    So in a twist of Ronald Reagan’s “Are you better off than you were four years ago” trope, which Mitt Romney is using, the president is asking his supporters if they think they are on the right direction to being better off, say, four years from now.

    The real question, he said, “is not just about how we’re doing today. It’s about how we’ll be doing tomorrow.”

    And if you really care about how you'll be doing tomorrow...You can't possibly see yourself voting for Mitt Romney or any of these (to borrow from Michael Baisden) crazy and deranged Republicans.

    Monday, May 7, 2012

    The Brooklyn Niggas


    You Know...I was having a writers block all last week.  What I should tell you is that I write a bunch of blog posts at a time for all of my blogs..So that when I'm busy...or suffering through a writer's block..I can just schedule these posts to be published.  Posts like "5" , 'Saturday 7" , "Keith's Favorite Quotes" and "Keith's Music Spotlight"  ..These are fluff posts...Just for the ocassion... So I'm not forgotten... Well...Just when I thought I'd run out of ideas...Some idiot in New York and the outrage of folks on Facebook and Twitter stepped in and saved the day...

    New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick caused an uproar last Friday when he wrote in his column that the Brooklyn Nets NBA team, which is moving from New Jersey to Brooklyn for next season, be called the ‘New York Niggers.'’ after the team unveiled its new black-and-white color scheme.I'm not going to pretty it up...That's exactly what he said.

    In his column, he writes that since the team has begun taking creative advice from rapper, Jay-Z, who owns a small slice of the team, “What a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new ‘urban’ home — why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment?”
    He later adds, “Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York Niggers? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn Bitches or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 milli with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!”

    Can you believe this fool actually wrote this and published it in a so called newspaper....(The New York Post).

    Mann, Facebook and Twitter blew up with this late Friday night...I didn't know enough about the story to comment until now.

    The opinion sparked immediate outrage on Twitter, notes The New York Daily News.
    This Clown is a Racist Bigot, this type of animosity is ridiculous and he should be fired,” Nets guard Anthony Morrow tweeted. Sportswriter Bomani Jones added, “Just curious if this Mushnick character would say the same if  say, Francis Ford Coppola owned part of a team?”  Good Question.

    The Arrogant Phil Mushnick has issued statements, but has not apologized. “I plan to continue to argue against the negative racial and ethnic stereotyping and the promotion of mindless violence, especially to the young and most vulnerable,” he said in a statement released by the Post.Oh so now, he really cares about Black People right?  No...I think he's jealous of a Black man's success ..One black man in particular..Sean "Jay Z" Carter.

    In an email to Bob’s Blitz,  Phil Mushnick wrote, “Such obvious, wishful and ignorant mischaracterizations of what I write are common. Jay-Z profits from the worst and most sustaining self-enslaving stereotypes of Black-American culture and I'M the racist? Some truths, I guess, are just hard to read, let alone think about,” he added.
    What mischaractorization? That's what he said. How can you mischaractorize that?
    Bob’s Blitz added that the Post’s editors had no issue with his column and that Mushnick will not make any further comments on it.

    Amazing....These racists are now becoming so obviously arrogant that they are not even going to apologize for their arrogance and ignorance.  every decent person in New York City, regardless of race should make sure this clown and his newspaper pays dearly for his mis-step.  He can have his opinion...That's his right...But you don't have to buy that rag that he writes it in. The New York Post.

    This so called newspaper is just a step away from being the National Enquirer...and even they don't play the race card! Boycott the New York Post!  Damn it feels good to be outraged about something again!



    Sunday, May 6, 2012

    Keith's Music Spotlight




    I'm loving this song now of days....Hope you enjoy this morning sensuality from Tyrese.

    Saturday, May 5, 2012

    Saturday 7-Ultimate 7's



    1. 7th Heaven

    2.7 Deadly Sins

    3.7 Days of the Week

    4.7 Seas

    5.The 7 Year Itch

    6. The 7th Inning Stretch

    7.Rollin Lucky 7's.




    Friday, May 4, 2012

    Weekend Humor

    Smartest in the World
    Kim Khardashian,  Rick Santorum, Myself and a Baptist Minister were out for a Sunday afternoon flight on a small private plane. Suddenly, the plane developed engine trouble. You all know How I hate situations like this right?

    In spite of the best efforts of the pilot, the plane started to go down. Finally, the pilot grabbed a parachute, yelled to the passengers that they had better jump, and bailed out.

    Unfortunately, there were only three parachutes remaining.
    Kim Kardashian  grabbed one and said "I'm sexy, I 'm too good looking to die, so I must live," and jumped out.
    Rick Santorum then said, "I have to run for President again in 2016 and after all I am one of  the smartest people in the world. I deserve to live."
    He also grabbed a parachute and jumped.






    The Minister looked at Me and said, "Well Keith I've lived a long and full life. You are younger and have more years ahead of you. Take the last parachute and live your life."
    I smiled and handed the parachute back to the Minister  and said, "Don't sweat it, Pastor. The  so called ''smartest man" in the world' just took off with my back pack."

    Have a Great Weekend Everybody!




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