Thursday, June 30, 2011

I am Not That Mad at Halperin

Today MSNBC has suspended political analyst and Time magazine Editor at Large Mark Halperin indefinitely over something he said about President Obama on air. Not really to defend Mr. Halperin but think that an indefinite suspension is pretty much overreacting.

When appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, Halperin was asked how he felt about the President's press conference Wednesday. He then ask "Are we on the seven-second delay?" Then after getting the green light that he did he responded with "I thought he was a dick yesterday." Now that I do agree that it was inappropriate for morning cable news, I don't think that it calls for a suspension. In our hyper politically correct society I think this a classic case of media overreaction. I have seen his comment referred to as vulgar and vile. I guess I am not that offended.
It wasn't racist, homophobic or promoting violence against the president. He was speaking his mind and maybe went a little too far.

MSNBC spokesman Jeremy Gaines issued this statement,"Mark Halperin's comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable.We apologize to the President, the White House and all of our viewers. We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like these have no place on our air."

I don't think that MSNBC is that offened because they let the clip play on the Hulu website. They do not edit the clip at all and allow you to hear the word in its entirety. NBC owns both MSNBC and the Hulu site and they made no changes.

The Actual clip to judge for yourself

No whats crazy is that Co-anchor Joe Scarborough says "We have it. We can use it. Go for it. Let's see what happens." Then you see the cameras flashing to the control room. Now I wonder why good old Joe who encouraged this then acted shocked afterwards is not being suspended. Probably because he is the big money show host and did not actually say the remark he is safe.

Halperin's other employer Time Magazine issued a statement saying that "Mark Halperin's comments on air this morning were inappropriate and in no way reflective of Time's views. We have issued a warning to him that such behavior is unacceptable." Because TIME can not associated with such antics.

Because like MSNBC, the people at Time do not want to upset their liberal friends. They can not have the White House mad at them. It is no secret that MSNBC leans as far left as FoxNews leans right.

Really what is all comes down to is that everyone got scared. Like everything in the media this to shall pass. Once somebody says something more important and actually matters then we will forget this and Mark will be back at work.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Are We Ready for The Ladies... Really Are We?

With the current candidacy of Michelle Bachmann for president and the potential for another woman to jump in the race I decided to pose a question.

Are we really ready for a female President of The United States?

I know the knee jerk reaction is yes but I want every one to think about this critically. We are supposed to be this progressive and enlightened nation and yet many other nations have had female presidents and Prime Ministers before the good old USA. In the 2008 election Hilary Clinton came as close we have ever have seen a woman come to seriously going after the big office.

With the election of the first minority president ever we have seen a lot of underlying racist themes against this President. Trust me this country is just as sexiest as it is racist. The criticisms that are lobbed at female politicians can be seen to be sexiest. Look at the way the possible cost of Sarah Palin's wardrobe was scrutinized during the 2008 Presidential campaign. No one ever asked how much John McCain's suits cost.

I honestly believe that we are getting closer. Three of the last four Secretary of State's have been women. Not sure when it will happen but I know we maybe overdue...

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A President Can't Make Anybody Happy

When President Barack Obama attempts to please everyone he seems to only tick them all off. It is not unusual for the president to get heavy criticism but not from the people that he is trying to please by his actions. The crazy thing is that he is actually doing what he said he would do during his campaign. Is he doing everything that he said he would do? The answer is no. Is he compromising his position on a lot of these problems? Yes he is but all politicians compromise.

Let's Work That Oil
This week the president decided to release 30 million barrels of oil from the countries strategic oil reserves to help lower the price of crude oil and possibly ease some pain at the pump. In conjunction with the IEA who also will put up about 30 million barrels to drop the demand curve a little. Now I disagreed with the move but I understand it. He was facing pressure from people to do something about the gas prices of which he does not have too much control over.

Bringing Home The Troops
You would think that this would piss off the Republicans but it does not. Democrats wanted troops from Afghanistan and Iraq to come home. But no its the Democrats that are saying he is not bringing home enough troops. According to Nancy "kill my own" Pelosi the American people want more. Did you ask the people Nancy? I think that its safe to say that he has brought home more troops than John McCain would have. Here is a little lesson on war and occupation. You can not just pull out of a country that you are occupying if you have not stabilized it. It only throws away the work that has been done. War is way too complicated and requires a lot of strategy and planning to be just thrown away.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Weiner Just Couldn't Keep It Up

New York Representative has officially resigned from his seat in congress. After immense pressure from his own party leadership the lawmaker decided to call it quits. This entire handling of this fiasco makes me glad I am not a Democrat and also shows why I am not a Democrat. I am not fan of Republicans either but for much different reasons. At the end of the day the scandal is now over, the Democrats are happy and Republicans are laughing at them.

1. Democrats have no backbone - Anthony Weiner is a prime example of a spineless Dem that breaks under pressure. Everyone that was trying to pressure him to resign had no power to make him do so. The most important people to the congressman are the people who vote for him. Weiner could not hold out and his colleagues knew this. Democrats tend to fold on things regardless of the issue. Even when they are right on a policy or social issue they will cave to pressure. I may not be the biggest fan of Republicans but they ride whatever they are on until the end. Even if they are wrong they will be wrong 100% and not waver.

2. They Eat Their Own - Just like in the Rod Blagovich case the Democrats ate their own party member alive in front of the nation. There was no major pressure coming from the Republican party to force Weiner to resign. It may get mention by a member of the RNC or some low level GOP member. The Democrats broke out their biggest guns to take out one of their own members. Not only one of their own but a good congressmen who stood strong on party issues. Nancy Pelosi has to be the biggest Weiner hater. The House Minority Leader decided that this small scale scandal. A congressman with a wayward camera made the President of the United States have to respond and also calling for the man to resign.
Fellow NY congressman Charlie Rangel is still serving in congress despite being found guilty of ethics violations. He is there because his constituents elected him not pushed out by his fellow lawmakers. It would be helpful to have a man in a congressional seat that was likely to win and vote your way when you need something passed. All you people had to say was "The man made a mistake but we hope he can work through and get back to serving his constituents. Its an unfortunate situation that we hope he can learn from". That was not hard because I just made it up off the top of my head. The Democrats found it easier to assassinate a fellow party member.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Damn It Herman!

I have been watching the rise of Herman Cain as a potential Republican candidate as president of the United States and his campaign finds a new way to piss me off everyday. It upsets me because I am assuming that Mr. Cain is actually running in this election to try to be president and not just increase his own profile.

That latest thing that has me up in arms with good old Herman is his statement that President Obama "was raised in Kenya" and that's why "he's out of the mainstream,". Are we really trying to play that game sir? First of all the President was not raised in Kenya and did not live there at any point in his life. After being confronted with this fact, Cain just moved on to saying that Obama's Kenyan father influenced his outlook, as had his education.
"Barack Obama is more of an international. I think he's out of the mainstream and always has been. Look, he was raised in Kenya, his mother was white from Kansas and her family had an influence on him, it's true, but his dad was Kenyan, and when he was going to school he got a lot of fellowships, scholarships, he stayed in the academic environment for a long time. He spent most of his career as an intellectual."
Which whether its true or false because it is meaningless of who his influences are it only matters what he does and the results. Also Herman is Ivy League education shouldn't matter since most national politicians share a similar educational background. Not to mention don't we want the brightest and the best running the country. Who gives a damn that his father was Kenyan? Unless you are racist or believe that foreigners are crazy anarchist who want to destroy America. But hey good old boy Herman is playing to that Tea Party base that may frown upon the president's Kenyan father.

What Mr Cain is doing is playing game of black man saying something crazy about Obama to get more press. The media lately has been obsessed with black people who want to say anything about President Obama that stirs up controversy. Maybe even Tavis Smiley and Cornel West will get on the Herman Cain train.

Herman then goes on to play the "I'm a real black man card" when he says that "Most of the ancestors that I can trace were born here in the United States of America,". He then even goes into "And then it goes back to slavery. And I'm sure my ancestors go all the way back to Africa, but I feel more of an affinity for America than I do for Africa. I'm a black man in America." Being that the president actually grew with the white side of his family, I am pretty sure he got a real dose of what it is to be a black man in America. I am sure that the president feels the same way about himself. He is not playing race but nationality politics and that is stupid. Just campaign on the issues. Then he goes on to say,
"This isn’t why I’m running, but my candidacy would take race off the table. Right now, every time someone criticizes Barack Obama, they try to play the race card, the White House, all his supporters, they try to play the race card."

Well nationality politics and race politics are similar enough, Herman. Also I am pretty sure that race was not a big deal in the 2008 campaign. I am pretty sure that 61% of the white population who happen to make up the majority of the electorate, voted for the black candidate. How you play the issues card Mr. Cain? Can you do that for us? Talk about your Fair Tax idea or something. Trying this angle will not get you many voters.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Life of The Political Party

Most people I talk to think that we only have two political choices in this country. They believe you are either a Democrat or Republican. Trust me people that is what they want you to believe. There are an unlimited amount of political parties out there to choose from. Even if you do not like the choices that you find, then start your own organization. If you have any doubt about raising your own organic movement just look at the Tea Party. Now I do have my misgivings about the Tea Party but they are a truly American movement of citizens not happy with the current state of politics as they see them.

The important thing in politics is to have an informed opinion. Whatever your views are there is usually a candidate out there that shares your ideals. Will you agree on everything? Of course you won't. You do not agree with everything anybody else does in your personal life but with your friends and family you compromise and move forward. Just apply that to politics.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Crazy people all around- 96 yr confesses to Murder

The World's Most Pampered Pooch Dies
So one of the richest dogs in the world has passed away. The little white Maltese named Trouble died at the age of 12 in Sarasota,FL. Trouble was the dog of New York hotel heiress Leona Helmsley. He reached international fame after the death of Helmsley in 2007 where she left 12 million dollars to her pooch instead of family members.

Helmsley was know as the "Queen of Mean" and served 18 months in federal prison on tax evasion charges in the early 1990s. Her quote was that "only little people pay taxes". But she had some love for her dog whom she purchased after the death of her husband. Well maybe she had love for the doggie or she just wanted to piss some more people off.

After 65 years it was time to Come Clean
After 65 years a murder has been solved. Not by great police work but due to confession of the killer. The 1946 murder of Felix Gulje, the head of a construction company who at the time was being considered for a high political post. It was a controversial event in the Netherlands and the failure to find his killer cause issue with politics in the country.

The woman killed the man because she mistakenly believed that Felix was collaborating with the Nazi's. Identified as Atie Ridder-Visser says that on March 1st, 1946 she went to Gulje's home in Leiden and shot him in the chest.

I don't know if this is an end of life confession or it was really weighing on her. I would not advise for anyone else out there especially here in the United States where they may still try to put you in jail. You know confessing to the higher power that you believe in is usually sufficient enough to take care of the end of life stuff.

Tracy Morgan says something Stupid But Whats New?
Stand up comic and 30 Rock cast member Tracy Morgan has pissed some people off. Apparently the former "hustle man" from Martin decided to offend the LGBT community. While Mr. Morgan was performing in Nashville, TN he stated that he would "pull out a knife and stab" his son for being gay. Now by a few accounts his entire set was full of homophobic slurs.

I am not going to go too hard on Tracy Morgan and try to go after his job. He is a clown that always says stupid things. I understand GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) launching their investigation and going to NBC offices to raise hell. They don't really give a damn what Morgan thinks either but they are trying to drum up publicity for gay issues. But lets be serious here no one's view on homosexuality is influenced by Tracy Morgan. If it is then we need a much larger intervention for you.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Creflo Goes Hard Eddie Long

Good Creflo "Daddy" Dollar rides for Eddie Long "Stroke"
Just when I thought I was done talking Eddie Long craziness the great Creflo Dollar came to ride to his defense. Not saying whether the bishop was guilty or innocent but addressing the parishioners who left New Birth. This is one of the most self righteous things that I have ever heard from a pastor. Especially one who shares the name of a pimp. In his words "You are leaving the pastor because he had a wreck".

You can not sit there criticize people for leaving a church that they feel the leadership is not sufficient. In the same token I can not critique people for staying at the church because they believe in their pastor. Its not anybody's place to tell somebody how they should worship God. If you were clapping for this presentation by the Dollar man then I am going to say that you are an idiot.

Creflo even says "let me have wreck, I'm get in your face". Yeah you do that and see how that works. He even has the balls to even say that your wrecks are bigger than his. Excuse me, sir? You know nothing about my wrecks and only God can judge the severity of a spiritual wreck. He even says that "if he has a wreck he will go to heaven but you might mess something up by how you treat me". Hold on pastor that is some bull. I taking the independent mind that God himself gave me to leave a situation that I am not comfortable with will not keep me out of heaven. No person breathing or dead can make me believe that garbage.

Here is a Video of the Sermon

His statement of the preacher "having a wreck" implies that he himself believe that there was some wrong doing done here. A wreck is a man that steals money from work or a man that shot someone after a fight.

Eddie Long is accused of seducing young boys that he was intrusted with to lead into manhood. Violating their trust as their spiritual father and damaging them for life. That is a lot more than a wreck Creflo! Not only did he damage these young man but if true that means that he cheated on his wife repeatedly. This is not just the pastor writing bad checks but this is totally taking advantage of the church's trust in you as a leader.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

So This Bishop Didn't Throw Any Rocks

So the mighty bishop of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church has decided to settle out of court with his accusers. If you have been living on Mars for a year or so you may not know that Bishop Eddie Long has been accused by 4 young men that he once mentored of having inappropriate sexual relationships with them. When the accusations first broke the pastor stated that he was innocent and he would fight these charges. In Eddie's words " I got 5 rocks and I haven't thrown one yet". I guess he kept them all in his pocket.

I am not saying this means that he is guilty but it damn sure looks funny. This is troubling because it makes me say that either he did it or he doesn't believe what he is preaching. If you are truly innocent and believe that God will show the world that you are innocent then you have to follow through. Settling out of court appears as an admission of guilt.

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