Relections Of…

As each year closes I think of the events, the happenings as well as the ups and downs of the previous 364 days.  This year has been something else and it seems as if time is going in a whirlwind.  Before we jump too fast into 2009, let’s reflect a bit on what your world was like for the 08.

1. What was your greatest personal success?  A goal you wanted to reach when the year started?

2. What was your most enjoyable time?

3. Did you lose someone significant to death?

4. What made you laugh the hardest?

5. What was your greatest act of kindness?

6. What great blessing did you receive from God or man?

7. Is there something you said or did that you would take back?

8. Discover any great new restaurants that have now become a favorite?

9. What news story rocked your world the most?

10. Favorite movie of 08?

Friday we will talk about goals and dreams for 2009.

**Thank you to all who took the time to visit us here at bbg (blessed, broken, & given) in 2008. 

Happy New Year ~ Grace & Peace – cmac

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Bobby Rush, Please SHUT UP!

I was willing to let the new year slide on in on the sports tip…but NAW I can’t now cause of some foolish posturing of Rep. Bobby Rush (Il) over this “appointment” of Roland Burris by the embattled Illinois govenor.

Ya’ll know the basics:  Gov. Rod tried to sell the senate seat and was busted for it – wiretaps and all.  With most everyone on his ASS trying to get him to step the hell down, he defiantly throws Burris right in the faces of the citizens of Illinois and the nation.  Most definitely the governor learned a thing or two about arrogance from Bush and Cheney.

Because Burris is black and on the left right side of Rush’s politics, he wants the other Senators who don’t support the governor making the pick in the first place to accept this selection. 

Now Rush is going all Malcolm Farrakhan and shit “warning” the other senators not to reject a black man.  He is comparing the other senators to Bull Connor and George Wallace if they don’t accept Burris, liking it to a lynching.  WTF? 

Look, I know that there are no other African-American senators.  I know we need more of them.  However, it’s up to us to get them elected into office.  Period.  I think it’s good business sense to appoint an African-American to President Elect Obama’s seat.   Maybe Burris isn’t a bad dude.  The first African-American elected to state wide office, he’s lost every other major election he’s been in since.  Which means the majority of the people don’t want him.  Who knows, maybe he would do a good job and be a shining light to the people of Illinois.  From his lame ass posturing about how his appointment would “take a a major issue off the table” in assuring that Illinois has a full complement of senators in Washington, – Oh please spare me.  The truth is Burris has wanted to be senator for a long time.  The point is I don’t care if he is the Dahli fuckin Lama – he was appointed by a man facing corruption charges for selling the same seat.  If he was appointed after the governor stepped down by whatever means the state decided, that would be fine.  This shit here is whack though!  The president elect agrees that Burris’  appointment shouldn’t fly.  But Rush persist in using racial rhetoric to try to force this through. 

I mean damn! Black folks have to be consistent.  And Rush is full of shit!  If Blagojevich would have appointed someone with the politics of Alan Keyes or Larry Elder, he would not be pontificating about constitutional fucking law.  He would be calling Al Shapton to march.  And it ain’t no secret that Rush and Obama have some political history back from 2000 when Obama lost to Rush for the same seat Rush is in now while Obama is on his way to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.  Can you say, “Hater in the house!”

Alan Keyes

Anyone who knows me knows that my politics are as black as a trillion midnights!  But Rush sounds like a damn fool!  And he and others who subcribe to letting this shit slide the way it’s being done for the sake of blackness needs to shut the fuck up!  You are flat our WRONG!

NFL Addition ~ Denver Broncos I give you Bill Cowher!

Let me run down the math:

1. Jets coach Eric Mangini gets fired.

2. Bill Cowher says he is interested in talking to the Jets about a coaching position. 

3. Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum says he’s not opposed to sharing duties with a coach like Cowher.

4. Bronoc’s Fire Mike Shanahan – who is beloved by owner Pat Bowlen and has been untouchable even in dark times before and after they won 2 Super Bowls.

5. Coach Cowher says he is no longer insterested in coaching the Jets.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out.  Cowher took a couple years off since leaving Pittsburgh.  He has the itch again to coach.  The Jets were ok… but not a storied franchise like the Steelers.  But with big time dollars and GM duties, he could have done a Bill Parcells (Buy the groceries and cook the meal.)  No way he goes to that cesspool of a team The Cleveland Browns.  Denver siezes the opportunity and calls Coach Cowher. 

Broncos – “Bill, you want some of this?”

Coach Cowher – “I can’t talk about that, you have a coach!”

Broncos – “Well we can take care of that.”

Coach Cowher – Well then call me back when you do.”   click

 It all makes sense.  Like the Steelers, the Denver Broncos are an institution not just a team.  They have a fan base across the country.  Their seats are never empty.  No one cares about the Rockies.  This is yet another place where Cowher can be king.

The only coach with a name and reputation better than Shanahan’s at the moment is Bill Cowher’s.  It’s a match made in Bronco heaven.

I waited for ESPN to make this connection last night.  But because they are so controlled by the NFL’s marketing team, they wanted to wait so it won’t look so bad for the Jets.  They didn’t want to have the appearance out there that there was a quid pro quo for firing Shanahan.  So they will let it ride for at least 24 hours I suppose… maybe let the New Years bowl hype take over.  That’s ESPN for you though.. a thoroughly predictable non-journalistic institution. 

I called my friend Paula today.  She, along with her husband Curtis and son Demetrius are from Denver and are die hard Bronco honks.  She hadn’t made the connection yet – but was happy to hear the good news.

Since I love the Steelers, I can’t help but be happy for Cowher.  He kept us relevant every year and gave us a Super Bowl.  After taking some time off to enjoy his family, I ain’t mad at him!

I also have people in Pittsbugh who have four season tickets on the lower bowl at Heinz Field.  I already called to get dibs on a ducket when the Broncos visit.

Happy New Year Denver!

Political Game of Chicken? Gov. Rod still “acting like” the Gov, Names Replacement to Senate Seat

 

In the “up your nose with a rubber hose” move of the day.  Rod Blagojevich is naming himself a Senator by the name of Roland Burris, a former Illinois Attorney General.   After serving stints in the state as a state Comptroller prior to the AG’s position, Burris has done his thing on the political consulting tip with his firm, Burris & Lebeb Consulting, LLC. 

What is the next move for the people of my home state?  Will they fight this appointment or what?  Is Gov. Rod offering him up as a trojan horse knowing he won’t get to hold the seat?  And did they have to meet in a park somewhere to agree on what the payoff would be?

That’s what I really want to know! 

Grandson’s Baptism~

Well I hadn’t seen my new grandson Xavier William since he was born.  But I had occasion to attend his baptism service which was conducted according to the Lutheran faith of his parents.  He was just toooo handsome in his little Christening suite.  He looks just like his mom when she was a baby! 

Anyway it was a joyous occasion though I was feeling a bit under the weather. 

I look forward to keeping Lil X in the new future overnight.

*Pictured 1. Xavier with his parents Justin and Chrystal and the pastor, 2. The sprinkling, 3. X and Grandad

First to the “L” Word May Determine Direction of the Relationship?

I came across this article from cnn.com and it basically says that women should NOT be the first to say, “I love you” in a relationship. 

The ironic part to me is that a feminist wrote the article who also believes it’s perfectly fine for a woman to ask a man out, make the first move, and even propose.  She believes these three words however opens a bit of a “Pandora’s Box”. 

… I love you” uttered too soon, before the man has processed his feelings and reached the same level of adoration could end a relationship that just as easily could have had an eternal shelf life. As soon as those words are said, they change the dynamic. If a man isn’t feeling the love quite yet, he may suddenly feel pressure to manifest that emotion. And if the woman doesn’t get the response she expected, it could damage her confidence enough to derail the whole relationship entirely.

I have my own views on this subject, and I have heard others as well that agree with some of the beliefs from the author.  However, never with the caveat that a woman can basically do everything but utter the ‘L’ word first. 

I would gather to guess that my female feminist friends would not agree with any limitations set on them within a relationship.  Equally though I feel most of them have more traditional standards than they readily admit to.

So where do you the reader come out on this?  Is it fair game for women to do whatever in pursuing a man?  Or should she take a more conservative approach and allow the man to pursue and ‘conquer’ or win her heart?

True Sexy! Celebrating the Life of Eartha Kitt

 

What can you say about this legend.  In this day an age when some female performers show as much skin and cleavage as they can, non could match the sexiness and elegance of Eartha Kitt.  Kitt could merely talk and purr like a kitten and she could have her way on any given day.

My first rememberance of Kitt was when she starred as The Cat Woman on the Batman television series.  She had a body that could kill and a style that was second to none.  Always confident and commanding respect.

Kitt left us on Christmas Day 2008 at the age of 81.  After her many accomplishments and such a stellar career, I don’t find it strange that she would depart on a day when her most famous piece of work is most revered.  “Santa Baby,” is her signature card – and when listening to it… my favorite line is,

“Santa Baby, forgot to mention on I just need one little thing… a ring.   I don’t mean on the phone.”

She meant that stuff too!

Anyway – she will be missed!  Today we celebrate the life of Eartha “Miss Kitty” Kitt.