An Iraqi journalist, God bless him, threw both his shoes, size 10, at the outgoing president, he almost got him too. Damn those cat-like reflexes! Take a look:
Sunday, December 14, 2008
An Iraqi journalist, God bless him, threw both his shoes, size 10, at the outgoing president, he almost got him too. Damn those cat-like reflexes! Take a look:
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
First off, Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been arrested and charged with several felony corruption charges that allege he was trying to sell Obama's senate seat. According to CNN, Blagojevich and his chief of staff were each a count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and a count of solicitation of bribery. The U.S. Attorney's office caught them in a good old fashioned sting operation complete with a bugged office and phones. Earlier today, Blagojevich was released under his own recognizance under a $4,500 bond. He had to surrender his passport and now Sen. Dick Durbin is trying to get the state legislature to pass a bill to have a special called election for the president elect's Senate seat.
Well duh, they need one. That snake will probably appoint a family member or one of his campaign contributors as the succesor. I want the president elect as far away from this nonsense as possible. It has gotten completely out of hand. And speaking of other random foolishness, how about Alan Keyes' lawsuit to challenge Obama's citizenship? What kind of random, Uncle Tom, crabs in a bucket nonsense is this?
He, and a lot of other quacks, contend that Obama was not born in Hawaii like he claims, but in Kenya. They also allege that he also has a citizenship in Indonesia. The U.S. Constitution states that in order to be the president, one must be a "natural born" citizen of the country. That loosely translates to mean that he must be born on American soil. This is a load of crap. I don't remember hearing anyone dispute Sen. McCain's eligibility to serve. He was born in Panama for crying out loud. Keyes is simply being a sore loser, emphasis on the word loser. This guy is still pissed that Obama spanked his ass in the Illinois Senate Race back in 2004. Now, he was a presidential candidate who got all of 40,000 votes and now he's pissed that he got beat again.
He's been challenging Obama to produce evidence that he was born in the U.S. I say we turn the tables. I want evidence that Keyes is a black man. I want proof that his name is spelled 'Keyes.' Hell, I want proof that he is an American. I know all of those are ridiculous, so is his claim that Obama is not a natural born citizen. In fact, Keyes is the recipient of Smarty Jones' "sit cho ass down" award for this quarter. In his honor, a song by one Maino:
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Earlier tonight, I awakened from a Nyquil enduced stupor to see that Sen. Barack Obama is now President-Elect Obama.
At first, I thought that my fever had gotten the best of me and I was dreaming. Then I started to receive text messages and phone calls and I knew then it was real.
This something I never thought I'd see in my lifetime. FOr my whole life, I have always been told and told my nieces and nephews that we can be whatever we wanted if we simply work hard and put our minds to it. Now, it's all been validated and solidified with this moment in history.
I am overjoyed and I hope you all are as happy as I am tonight.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Video links are coming soon. Until then, enjoy the slide show!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
You'll have to excuse my excitement. I'm so happy right now, it's not even funny. I got to vote early last week and I am not ashamed to tell you all that I was verklempt while standing in line to cast my ballot.
I could do this long cheesy soliloquy about why I vote but honestly, none of it would be the truth. Quite frankly, I vote because so many of my ancestors died so that I could have the right.
I feel like doing anything less than registering and exercising that right would be spitting on their hard work and pissing on their legacies. And, I wouldn't be able to live with myself.
At any rate, I'm encouraging you guys to get out and vote, either early or on Election Day. Be prepared to wait in a long line for extended periods of time. Take you lawn chairs, pack a lunch, carry your iPods and a couple of books and magazines. I would even encourage you to take a friend.
This is quite possibly the most important election we've ever had. Take you place in history. With that said, I have a problem I was hoping you all could help me with.
As of late, I have been suffering from political road rage and I'm not sure if there's a cure. Every time I see one of these bumper stickers while I'm driving, it kind of makes me want to ram the car in front of me until it's smoking.
No, for real. I think it's some sort of an allergic reaction or something. Do ya'll think I should be medicated for it?
As of yet, I have not acted on my urges, but it is only a matter of time. Granted election day is Tuesday but I don't think they're going to take the stickers off. The only thing I can think of is getting a bottle of rubbing alcohol and pouring over the stickers so that they will detach themselves and blow away.
Is that against the law, like stealing and defacing signs? I hope not, I don't know how much more of this I can take.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
October 14, 2008 This afternoon when i should have been working, I over heard a conversation between three co-workers - a white guy and two black women. He's working on a story about the upcoming visit of one, Sarah Palelynn, to the area. He, very innocently, asked if he was naive for being surprised at seeing black folks in line for tickets to see the governor. Of course they, being the consummate professionals that they are, gently informed him that all black folks don't vote the same because we're black. One of the the ladies said, "You can't expect 12 million people to all vote for the same candidate because of skin color. I agree. Also, last week, I saw three black men - two professionals, one student - being interviewed by Rick Sanchez on CNN about why they are voting for Sen. John McCain. Add to that the small cadre of people of color present during the Republican National Convention and I'll say that these ladies are extremely accurate. Because Sen. Barack Obama, like all of us, has black blood coursing through his veins, race was injected into this presidential race very early on. Sadly, it shows no sign of exiting any time soon. Since the 1600s when the European settlers made their voyage to the New World, there has always been this misconception that the people with darker skin tones are somehow less intelligent and unworthy of any job that is not strenuous, stressful and pure manual labor. That could perhaps explain the tendency to enslave and cast off those of the darker hue. Something that is even funnier to me is immediately after slavery, former slaves actually belonged tt the GOP. It wasn't until after Republicans over threw/cast out/drove away rightfully elected black Republicans that black folks started to vote Democratic. That has since become our country's method of operation. Because a lot of my counterparts in the media tend to major in the minor, what should be a campaign focused on our country's policies has become a campaign laced with painting the Democratic candidate as a villain. Now all of a sudden, all black people are voting for Obama because he's black. That is simply a crock. Nobody ever accused white voters of voting for past candidates simply because they're white. Like always, this election is a matter of choosing the lesser of two evils. They're both politicians and that means there's something wrong with both of them. Obama isn't more evil because he's black. McCain isn't less evil because he's white. Because the issue of race is hundreds of years old, we would hope that we have moved away from this backwards thinking. We haven't. It's downright pitiful that we all carry the fears and prejudices of our forefathers. Scientists say that people - all people - are 99.9 percent the same. It's that other .01 percent that gives us our skin, hair and eye color. When you think about it, why wouldn't we share the same DNA? If you believe in creation, we're all descendants of Adam and Eve. If you believe in evolution, we all descend from the first civilization in Africa. You read it right, Africa! Sit in on any World Civilization class and you'll learn how there was only once civilization that became many mutated civilizations and tribes over various periods and ages. Why the history lesson? I'm glad you asked. I feel like if we all know, understand, comprehend and accept where we come from, we can't help but get over the bullshit that is racism. That means the stereotypes, the hatred and the whole process of treating other differently based on their race or skin color. Can you get over it? I can get over it - I've been over it. Will you join me?
Friday, October 3, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
OK, I was totally offended by the Obama cover. But as we have gotten further along, I've started looking back on the journey and the foolishness that we are being inundated with at it relates to the Democratic presidential nominee and this wasn't that bad. Granted, it is offensive but it is not as dangerous as those fools in Denver riding around with the weapons talking about an assassination plot on Sen. Obama. It's not nearly as dangerous as the fool who was arrested near his home in Chicago. All of the tasteless jokes and sad attempts at satire now all seem so trivial because these fools are trying to jeopardize the safety of him and his family. Not to get off subject, I just think those two guys are h.i.larious!!! The difference in what they did and what the graphic artists and editors at the New Yorker did is Stewart and Colbert make their living spoofing all things news and political. The New Yorker is regarded as a reputable media outlet therefore there isn't much room left for satire, in my opinion. If anything, that should have been the cartoon in the Op-Ed section, not the cover. At any rate, I hope you guys love Colbert and Stewart as much as I.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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Thursday, September 4, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
For the record, my role at work has changed and I have been trying to get acquainted with my new coverage area and fulfill my new responsibilities. Add that to the fact that last week I was accused of something I didn't do and that equals me being too pissed to write anything than what was expected of me at my regular job.
But, I'm back now and can we just all agree that politicians are freaks and get over it? And I use the term "freak" loosely. "Freak" can mean that you take chances sexually and it could also mean that your level of stupidity makes you a "freak" of nature worthy to be apart of some sort of a traveling circus. Just last week, we saw all of that.Let's start with John Edwards first so we can get that out of the way. I'll be the first to admit that he was wrong to cheat on his wife. Some folks are extra aggravated because his wife has been battling cancer for years. I agree that was wrong - as hell, but wouldn't it have been just as wrong if she was healthy? I'm saying, would everyone have been this outraged if she'd never been sick at all?
Personally, I think that it would not have much mattered if she were healthy, they'd just look at it as another politician having an affair. I think Bill Clinton sort of pioneered the whole "cheating" thing not being a big deal. Honestly, I think it is a private matter to be discussed between the couple.
I think the only way this thing should have made the news is if his wife would have tried to castrate his cheatin' ass, or something. It came out now because this heifer he was cheating with claims he fathered her child. The funny thing about that is she won't submit to a blood test. What kind of mess is that?
It sounds like to me she wanted some kind of fame and noteriety and why wouldn't she? Look at all the press that chicken head Monica Lewinsky got. Or what about that chick with Gov. Spitzer - you know, the one who went wild. This country thrives on scandal and instead of chastising these nasty skanks who knowingly have sex with married men they get celebrated.
Excuse me, I just detest women who sleep with, have sex and/or carry on relationships with men they know are married. That to me speaks volumes about how they view marriage and how they view themselves. Those actions to me say these women do not respect the couple's vows or themselves because they feel like they have to share a man.
I know that sounds judgemental but I'm sorry, sleeping with married men and knowing they are married is displaying "skank-like" behavior. Getting back to the matter at hand, he was wrong, he says his wife has forgiven him and his God has forgiven him. I'm glad about that. I'd hate for his wife and the Lord to be mad at him. LoL.
Well, I guess I should be glad that Edwards' romp was with a grown a-- woman and not an intern or a page or another dude. Not that there's anything wrong with that, I'd just hate to add him being on the down low to his list of growing indiscretions.
Now, he's being charged with two felony counts of assault for allegedly pushing one police officer into another. I think those two are trumped up but those are the only two that will get him any real time.
Some media outlets keep comparing him to Ray Nagin and I still haven't researched that yet. I know that there's not a whole lot being done down in the Big Easy but that doesn't surprise me. I always say if you don't like the job your politicians are doing, you have the power to get rid of them in every election. But, what then are you options? Other politicians and as of late, I'm not so confident. In fact, politicians are starting to make me feel like Maroon 5:
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Dear Rev. Jackson,I know these words may never reach you, but still I have to write this on the off chance that a friend of a friend of a friend of yours will read this and relay my message. First of all, thank you for your contributions to the movements of Civil Rights and Human Rights. You've been a huge asset to those movements and have no doubt opened doors for many poor people and people of color. Your diligent work as an activist, a minister of the gospel and by all accounts as a leader dates back more more than 40 years. You've built a loyal following among people of all different ethnic backgrounds. You've opened up doors to our nations capital and made political strides that have made it possible for Sen. Barack Obama to have gotten this far. And because of all that, the country and maybe even the world is better because you have been in it. While I certainly appreciate your contributions and your good works, I, and a horde of other people - especially black people - think it's time that you sit your ass down! Excuse my language Rev, but, I don't think anyone would disagree with me on this one. Yesterday, a story surfaced that you made some, uh, dumb ass comments to UnitedHealth Group executive Dr. Reed V. Tuckson during a break on Sunday while both of you were being interviewed by a Fox news correspondent. The portion of the tape being that was shown on The O'Reilly Factor Wednesday night shows you whispering to Tuckson, "See, Barack's been talking down to black people ... I want to cut his nuts off." Your defense is you didn't know the mic was hot. You'll excuse me if I don't believe you, won't you? First of all, you were interviewing with Fox News, the only "news" organization who has to announce that they're fair and balanced like they're trying to convince themselves. Anytime a "liberal" person, a person of color and anyone in support of Barack Obama is being interviewed by Fox News, the mic is always hot! Because Obama is leading in all the Gallup Polls taken by news outlets, Fox News is in a mad dash to find someone, anyone, slipping who claims to support Obama. You see how they strung up Jeremiah Wright and you still continue to let your diarrhea of the mouth go untreated. Secondly, you had to know that the mic was still hot because you had sense enough to whisper your comments. Hey Rev, microphones are amplifiers and really good ones pick up everything whether you whisper or not. If the conversation was so private and you didn't want anyone to hear your comments, you should have kept them to yourself for after the damn interview. Talk to the man in a one on one setting when nobody is wearing a mic. At least, that way, if someone records you then without your knowledge, you have grounds to sue them. Duh! After all of this, you are making your rounds to every media outlet who will listen and you've even called a presser to explain those remarks. You placed calls to the Obama campaign to apolo-lie, your own son has rejected, renounced and rebuked your comments and still, I'm not satisfied. Twice in this campaign, you have managed to piss on the progress of a man who has the potential to take this country further than you've ever dreamed. For the umpteenth time in history, you've managed to overshadow the real issues with asinine comments that don't have a thing to do with the price of tea in China. Plus, somewhere in your storied career, the American press and in turn, the majority of the American people, got in their heads that you and your counterpart Al Sharpton speak for black people. Hell, I think ya'll got the idea in your heads that you speak for black people. Well I got news for you and them. You don't speak for me. You've managed to distract the American people and spew, what could be confused with 'hateration,' about Obama - again. There's only one way you can fix it and it's not with an apology either. The only way you will be able to atone for this is to get somewhere and sit down. Is there no program or assistance for retired revolutionaries? Why don't you start one? Better yet, why don't you take all this extra time on your hands and spend with your 9-year-old daughter that you fathered during your adulterous relationship? Maybe if somebody would have cut your nuts off, you wouldn't be paying $3,000 in child support! I'm saying, people who live in glass houses should be the last ones to throw stones. Almost everything I've read indicates that the main issue stems from Obama's Father's Day speech at a predominantly black church when Obama called for all the black father's to man up and take care of their responsibilities. I would think that because Obama had to grow up in the absence of his black father that he would be an expert on the subject. I think that much of what he had to say hit a little too close to home for your comfort. As they say in the country, "a hit dog will holler" and I hear you loud and clear Rev. You know what they do to hit dogs who don't show any sign of recovery, right Rev.? They put them out of their misery. I'm not saying that anyone should or would come along and kill your legacy but you are giving them a reason to do so. Hell, you're sharpening the knife, loading the gun and tying the noose. So please, from one Aggie to another, for the love of all things right and to preserve the reputation of our esteemed alma mater, go somewhere, anywhere and sit your ass down! You're making us look bad. I'm going to have to agree with Junior on a portion of his statement about his dad's comments. "He should keep hope alive and any personal attacks and insults to himself." I couldn't have said it better myself! Sincerely, Smarty Jones N.C. A&T Class of 2003