Thursday, January 28, 2010
RIP J.D. Salinger & Howard Zinn
Monday, January 25, 2010
Stop the Overtime debate. The Vikings lost. Period.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Prediction: Coakley loses Kennedy seat--The NFL as political metaphor
Football analogy time. In this age of Game Change (see previous post), why not?
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Pissed away: What a difference a year makes
You can see Tour of Echoes here, and read the article I did for The Root from which we created the multimedia piece, as a gift for the Inauguration of Barack Obama.
Christopher Alan Chambers marvels at how Barack Obama's managed to piss away more hope and goodwill in exactly 1 year than teen newlyweds or a bad football coach. Can't blame Tea Baggers, white people's cognitive dissonance/world view or inheriting a vast mess at home and abroad for everything, folks.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
The Best Word on Harry Reid
In case you were waiting on my comments on Harry Reid, I couldn't do it any more justice than Ta-Nehisi Coates, resident pundit for The Atlantic. I'm not so arrogant as to say great minds think alike. No, it's that this is a no brainer, and common sense dictates convergence...like coming to the conclusion simultaneously and independently that ketchup and maggots aren't good toppings for vanilla ice cream. So, here it is:
John Cornyn and Michael Steele [on Fox News, of course] think that Harry Reid's comments are the same as Trent Lott's
"In 2002, Democrats expressed outrage at Senator Lott and called on him to stepI think you can grant that, in this era, the term "Negro dialect" is racially insensitive and embarrassing. That said, the fair-mind listener understands the argument--Barack Obama's complexion and his ability to code-switch is an asset. You can quibble about the "light skin" part, but forget running for president, code-switching is the standard M.O. for any African American with middle class aspirations.
down as leader. That same standard should be applied to Senator Reid and his
embarrassing and racially insensitive statements; statements, I would add, that
Senator Reid still has yet to clarify," Cornyn said in a written
statement. As we await his explanation, Senator Reid should do the right
thing, follow the example that he himself set in 2002, and step down as majority
But there's no such defense for Trent Lott. Lott celebrated apartheid Mississippi's support of Strom Thurmond, and then said that had Thurmond won, "we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years.'' Strom Thurmond run for president, specifically because he opposed Harry Truman's efforts at integration. This is not mere conjecture--nearly half of Thurmond's platform was dedicated to preserving segregation. The Dixiecrat slogan was "Segregation Forever!" (Exclamation point, theirs.) Trent Lott's wasn't forced to resign because he said something "racially insensitive." He was forced to resign because he offered tacit endorsement of white supremacy--frequently.
Claiming that Harry Reid's comments are the same, is like claiming that referring to Jews as "Hebrews" is the same as endorsing Nazism. Whereas a reputable portion of black people still use the term Negro without a hint of irony, no black person thinks the guy yelling "Segregation Forever!" would have cured us of "all these problems."
Leaving aside political cynicism, this entire affair proves that the GOP is not simply still infected with the vestiges of white supremacy and racism, but is neither aware of the infection, nor understands the disease. Listening to Liz Cheney explain why Harry Reid's comments were racist, was like listening to me give lessons on the finer points of the comma splice. This a party, rightly or wrongly, regarded by significant portions of the country as a haven for racists. They aren't simply having a hard time re-branding, they don't actually understand how and why they got the tag.
These guys are lost. But Michael Steele's "off the hook" strategy will, presumably, point the way back. Not for nothing, I offer the wise and venerable words of my people: Negro, please.
Monday, January 04, 2010
How we can defeat al Qaida
First medical marijuana, now Snoop Dog parachutes into Yemen and No. Pakistan. We start them young. They will be mellow, horny and hungry by the time they're angry young men...
Saturday, January 02, 2010
The Nimrod Tree
...but then I hear from a few bammas about how they don't put up Christmas trees. OK in DC the lovely Frazier fur goes for $50-$75 [at a reputable place for a 6ft tree]. OK, some negroes are cheap as hell and $50 for a tree is insane. Yet this goes to something a lot more grounded in ignorance, rather than wallets...sort of like telling people not to get a vaccine--just don't eat lean porkchops else you get swine flu [which is one reason they now call it H1N1 so as not to give credence to this nonsense].
So here's what the black Muslims have to say about Christmas trees (FYI in that's evile white-Jew Santa depicted above to set the mood):
Christmas was set up as a memorial to Nimrod. The Christmas tree is an "Evergreen tree", this means that it is green or has life, all year round and does not die out like other trees.
1. Evergreen tree is used at Christmas as a symbol to represent everlasting life for the white race.
2. It sits in a box held in place by a cross which represents the division of the four brothers; Black, Brown, Red and Yellow, which support the white race.
3. The trinkets and ornaments represents the riches, wealth and knowledge of the Blackman which was stolen by Nimrod and brought back to the white race in Europe.
4. The star on top of the tree represents the superior brain power of the white race to remain on top.
5. Santa Claus represents Nimrod bringing the riches of the Blackman back to Europe. (They do not explain where Santa Claus gets the presents from do they).
Okey-dokey. Now, I always thought Nimrod was just another old Testament douchebag, and other than seeing his character in John Huston's "The Bible" (Tower Babel sequence, Stephen Boyd plays Nimrod) who cares? Well I guess my elitist Princeton bourgie ass was plain mistaken:
Two key figures in the origin of Christmas are Nimrod, a great grandson of Noah, and his mother and wife, Semiramis, also known as Ishtar and Isis. Nimrod, known in Egypt as Osiris, was the founder of the first world empire at Babel, later known as Babylon (Genesis 10:8-12; 11:1-9). From ancient sources such as the "Epic of Gilgamesh" and records unearthed by archeologists from long-ruined Mesopotamian and Egyptian cities, we can reconstruct subsequent events.
After Nimrod's death (c. 2167 BC), Semiramis promoted the belief that he was a god. She claimed that she saw a full-grown evergreen tree spring out of the roots of a dead tree stump, symbolizing the springing forth of new life for Nimrod. On the anniversary of his birth, she said, Nimrod would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts under it. His birthday fell on the winter solstice at the end of December.
A few years later, Semiramis bore a son, Horus or Gilgamesh. She declared that she had been visited by the spirit of Nimrod, who left her pregnant with the boy. Horus, she maintained, was Nimrod reincarnated. With a father, mother, and son deified, a deceptive, perverted trinity was formed.
According to this stuff adopted by a few idiots, the Christmas tree is really a "Nimrod tree," representing Nimrod's evil...Nimrod's erect phallus, etc. etc. Mix that with the usual Elijah Muhammad crap and you get black folks' number one Christmas myth. Dumb? Yes. But it helps buttress the artifice you need when you aren't going buy a Christmas gift for your kids, yet jack a nice PS3 or new North Face parka for yourself.
Hope you had a Merry Christmas. Now let me curse Nimrod for all these damn pine needles I got to vaccum up!