You know sometimes my life is so busy, (well most of the time) I have quite a few things that I would like to burn on that I don’t get the chance to. Most of the time it’s because I am a writer. Instead of wanting to give a quick headline with a photo, I’m more inclined to giving a more detailed take on something. If I don’t have time to write in detail, usually I just let it go even if I really wanted to delve in. Well so many things are piling up I just decided to do an overall quick hit thing with topics that have caught my eye. I’m sure I will miss some things that I thought blog worthy, but let’s just see how much I can eeek out.
CELEBRATING A LANDMARK DJ
Let me give a shout out to my man Casey Kasem who founded America’s Top 40 over syndicated radio some decades ago. He recently retired and it made me think of my Top 40 memories with Casey.
The program used to come on my local radion station ‘WRBR’ in South Bend, Indiana when I lived there on Saturday mornings. I hate to date myself but I remember Casey playing, “Love Will Keep Us Together” by The Captain and Tennille. What I got into the most was the personality of the host (Casey) and how he would wove stories about the artist or people like me who loved the music and how it effected us. This was told most illustrated with his Long Distance Dedication portion of the program. This is where Casey would read someones letter about some couple who were in love, had hundreds if not thousands of miles between them, and no matter what the problem was, if Casey would play a particular song that would make it alright. When Casey got through reading the letter, you almost wanted to cry sometimes. One of the songs that got a lot of Long Distance Dedication play was Samantha Sang’s Emotion.
This one hit wonder was released during the hey day of “The Bee Gees.” The brothers wrote, produced and sang back up on the song and as a result it sounded just like one of their own. The song is still a classic if you ask me. That thing was number 1 for a while! Anyway, like many Americans I looked forward to Casey Kasem’s voice on my radio every weekend. It was just as much of a ritual for me as going to school or church. He was a great DJ.
Enjoy the remaing years!
STANDING UP FOR W!
I never thought I would see the day that I had to get the back of George W Bush. But I am a principled man. My beefs with Bush were never unwarranted nor unjust. I only need two words to sum it up; Iraq and Katrina. That being said I find his bumbling vice president to be even more hideous in his back stabbing of the president. Dick Cheney has a memoir coming out. I mean just step back for a moment and take that in. “Dick Cheney has a memoir coming out.” I mean what kind of shit is that? This gansgter of secrecy and deceit is writing a freaking book? Oh yea I’m sure it’s going to be forthcoming, right? Right! And I saw Osama Bin Laden at McDonald’s trying out the new Angus Burger. Get a load of what this guy let fly out of his mouth recently concerning the president, his boss. According to a story on the washingtonpost.com,
“In the second term, he felt Bush was moving away from him,” said a participant in the recent gathering, describing Cheney’s reply. “He said Bush was shackled by the public reaction and the criticism he took. Bush was more malleable to that. The implication was that Bush had gone soft on him, or rather Bush had hardened against Cheney’s advice. He’d showed an independence that Cheney didn’t see coming. It was clear that Cheney’s doctrine was cast-iron strength at all times — never apologize, never explain — and Bush moved toward the conciliatory.”
What is really scary in this statement, “He’d showed an independence that Cheney didn’t see coming.” This confirms what many of us knew from the beginning. Cheney was running the White House. Bush was a miserable follower who allowed himself to be strong-armed into Cheney’s Mussolini like policies that put the nation at risk. Later in his second term, Bush manned up some and did some things differently. Perhaps he reflected or whatever. It ain’t like Bush was going run again. No since in trying to win public points. Perhaps it was just that, reflection.
Regardless Cheney in addition to being one of the most significant GANGSTERS of American crime history in that he made so much money on American misery ala Iraq and Katrina within his company Haliburton, tortured many around the world, lied and pontificated from on high a panic that some American still believe in. If that were not enough in the words of boxing promoter Don King he is also “a practitioner of rat-finkism! He throws W under the bus! A man who put him on in the first place. I honestly don’t think I have ever witnessed a more arrogant self obsessed narcissistic person in my life! And to think, the Republican Party is wondering why it has to resort to disrupting town hall meetings to try to find a voice in America. It’s ridiculous.
WHY DOES AMERICA CARE WHAT SARAH PALIN SAYS?
Speaking of “death panel lady” herself; why is she still on the news? Think about it. Before John McCain picked her to be his running mate, how many people outside of Alaska knew who she was? Once she got on the campaign trail, what did she do or say of significance? Since she lost the campaign, what has she said or done of significance? I’m talking about stuff that would make her relevant and worth listening to within a leadership perspective since she wants to be a national player. Even the job she had she quit! I don’t think I am oversimplifying at all here. Is the party so poor now with choices and ideas, that the standard is Sara Palin? I would think hard core conservatives would think she was some Affirmative Action case at best. Every time she opens her mouth its a disaster in that either she says something stupid or you don’t understand what the hell she just said. If Michelle Obama talked like her, she and the president would be the laughing stock of the nation. For me, it goes back to racism. For all the stuff white folks say about excellence, qualifications or the lack thereof when it comes to black folks, Sara Palin is the ultimate trump card when it comes to what these same racist whites are willing to accept.
Speaking of racism – that’s all I can think of when it comes to many of the reactions I see regarding Michael Vick. Let me explain. Vick’s transgressions have been well chronicled. So there is no need to break them down further. But this is a nation that talks out of both sides of their mouth.
How many times do people say, “Do the crime, do the time?” – Vick did the crime and the time.
How many times do you hear people acknowledge that we live in forgiving nation of second chances? – And yet so many believe Vick should not play in the NFL.
When someone says he deserves a second chance. I’ve heard many say “I’m not saying he can’t have a job. I just don’t think it should be in the NFL. What does it say to the kids?” .. and all that dumb stuff. What they are really saying is, “That nigger shouldn’t make millions in the NFL while I struggle to make my mortgage.” So they want the man to be punished the rest of his life or live a life free of getting paid to do something that the average Joe can’t do. That’s just good ole fashioned haterism!
Then I see these people on TV with their signs. “Hide Your Beagle, Vick’s An Eagle.” I laughed at it myself. Cause obviously they thought it was funny! I saw one lady with a sign who posed for the camera while smiling. Is this a joke to her? Obviously it ain’t that serious except that Michael Vick when he was on top was a dark skinned black man who made a ton of money and carried himself with a lot of swagger. Some whites in America hated that. I live in a town where our defensive end killed a woman in a drunk driving incident, then drove drunk again. He’s black as well, but he’s low key, humble, and is on his way to a hall of fame career. These fans in Philly are hypocrites. They pick and choose. I used to hear it said all the time, “It’s not about the crime, it’s about those who stand accused of the crime.” Yea we are a forgiving nation alright. Just depends on who needs the forgiving.
The same folks who want Vick, a convicted felon to get a regular job have no problem with a convicted Rush Limbaugh making over 100 million a year to spout hate on the radio.
And best of all.. this is a Christian nation right? These same people who preach the bible and can forgive David for impregnating the wife of one of his top soldiers Uriah and then killing him to try to cover it up and can’t forgive a man for his own sins against animals. Uhhhh Ok… Amen.
And what is up with Eagles owner Jeffery Lurie. I can understand the man being an animal lover. I share that same love as I had dogs as pets most of my childhood life. I can understand him not wanting to be burned by Vick off the field. But he obviously thinks he can help him on the field or else he wouldn’t have signed him. But the statement he made, “I needed to see a lot of self-hatred in order to approve this.”
Say again? You want the man to be repentant of his criminal actions or to hate himself? Do you hate yourself for your sins Jeffrey? Whatever. If Michael Vick scores touchdowns and helps the Eagles get deep into the playoffs this year or next, Philly fan will be riding Vicks d*%#.
That’s all I got for now… be back later with takes on Pitino and LeBron.