Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
somehow managed to trick his Grandmother into putting him on the phone for this very lengthy and very exploitative interview.
The full 20 minute audio isn't on YouTube yet, but here's a promo teaser. The action begins around the halfway mark, so don't be fooled by the old video.
Sadly, his family seems to have co-signed on this nonsense, apparently thinking they'd get a Nintendo Wii in return. You can clearly hear his Grandma in the background feeding him shoutout requests around the 12-minute mark of the audio below.
Lord help us. And someone get this kid a show on Nick Jr. before he ends up in the pen.
Question: Shouldn't Child Protective 北京体彩网官方网站 be rounding this kid up by now? What was his Grandma thinking? What should his Nick Jr. show be called?
Friday, August 29, 2008
Since it's mandatory that everyone in the Presidential campaign have a nickname (Budden, Cotton Hill, The Magic Negro, That Woman), I figured I'd enlist you guys help with this one. I'm stumped. Does Alaska Governor and would-be Veep Sarah Palin look more like 40 Rock star Tina Fey or King Of The Hill matriarch Peggy Hill?
The Fey thing is mostly the glasses and dark hair. The voices are totally different. I kinda like the Hill comparison more. Palin's got the whole beehive thing going, and the synergy with Cotton Hill is hard to pass on, although Peggy and Cotton of course don't get along in real TV life. I'm just sayin', think about the possibilities.
I'd run a poll for this sorta thing, but I'm too lazy to set it up. So, tell me which one in the comments.
Bonus: Here's a very interesting and enlightening interview with Palin a few months back. Peep her answer about the whole Veep thing.
Yep, we're screwed.
Question: Which one is it? Peggy Hill or Tina Fey?
, population 8,400. My neighborhood has more than 8,400 people. I'm on Community Watch. Does that make me eligible to run for President? Seriously, what sorta Mays Gilliam sh*t is that?
She's only been in office 20 months. So much for experience. Seriously, if you slam Barry for a lack of experience, how can you throw someone with less than two years in office out there as the possible President?
She has a Kwame Kilpatrick style "revenge firing" on her resume that's still being investigated.
She looks an awful lot like my financial advisor. No real point in mentioning that.
This is obviously pandering for that female vote. No bones about it. How else do you explain the fact that she was never on a short list to this point?
She briefly worked as a sports reporter for local Anchorage television stations while also working as a commercial fisherman with her husband, Todd, her high school sweetheart. Interesting for lots of reasons.
She has a 19 year old son in Iraq, and 5 kids total.
She had a baby this year, who was born with Down's Syndrome. Palin and her husband knew about this via prenatal genetic testing and decided to move forward with the pregnancy. All jokes and criticism aside, that does say a lot about her character.Basically, I can't see how this helps or hurts McCain. She is very much pro-life and pro-guns, which means she's totally on the other side of all issues I care about. She seems to be a "character" pick, and I have little doubt they'll play up her bio and family to downplay her lack of experience.
Personally, she seems likable and full of integrity. I can't really say anything bad about her.
But that doesn't mean I want her as President.
Question: What do you think of McCain's surprise pick of Sarah Palin? Does this help him steal some distraught Hillary voters?
Tags Popped: PoliTricks as Usual
really took the cake.
The phrase "I feel sorry for your mother" has been on the tip of my tongue very often this week. How apropos.
Outside of the obvious historical significance, I guess what made me happiest about last night was the feeling that my candidate of choice has finally seen the light and realized he's got the change the game if he wants to win. This doesn't mean changing who you are, but rather how you do things. Convoluted and simple as that may sound, it sure makes sense to me, and it seems to have finally made sense to him.
Last night was the Barack Obama I've been waiting for. And last night was the President America's waiting for. Well done, Barry.
MLK is crying inside. Tears of joy.
Question: What did you think of the speech? Did Barry finally C.Y.I.N.? Did the Democratic convention accomplish what Barry needed it to? What will the GOP do to upstage this next week? Do they all look alike to you too, dead or alive?
Thursday, August 28, 2008
. Except for Angie and Jesse, and maybe Erica Kaine, I don't recall much about AMC at all.
Still, there's something (I don't know what, but surely something) to be said for Black folks who can somehow manage to pull off the same gig for nearly 30+ years. I mean, Jesse looked like a young Huggy Bear waaay back in the mid 80's. Dude still looks like Huggy Bear, and is still workin'. That's sayin' somethin'. Exactly what it's sayin', I do not know, but it's sayin' somethin'.
Question: Do you remember Angie and Jesse? Did you watch All My Chill'rens? Any soaps? Were you too partially raised by one of those tan Scientific Atlanta boxes or did you go to an actual daycare?
 I hope ya'll remember those old school cable boxes with the cord and those pushbuttons. Ok, maybe it was just me.
 Name that tune.
 Yeah, I know. For a guy who supposedly doesn't care much for Jay-Z, I sure quote him a lot. Spare the comments, please.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Okay, I'll keep it 100 with ya'll. My fantasy football draft was last night, so I ain't really catch much other than Hillary's speech. And BTW, if you drafted Kevin Curtis too early, yes, you should have buyer's remorse right now. Darn outdated cheat sheets.
Anyways, Hillary more or less did what she was posed' to. She seemed somewhat genuine, she didn't mince words about McCain, and she more or less effectively told her followers to get with Barack or Go Sit Down!
"Get Down, Or Lay Down!" 
Skeptical Negro that I am, I still can't help but watch things like this with my 3rd eye, or as I like to call it, my Negro Spidey Sense. And something was telling me that while she seemed to be on board, there was a little bit of "see you in 2012" sentiment tossed in for good measure. And BTW, what the heck was that whole Harriet Tubbman thing about? Sheesh.
Anyways, she did what she had to, can't knock her for that.
On a separate, but related note, I'm really starting to enjoy TVOne's DNC After Party coverage. Last night was even better, as they wisely pared down the number of in-studio guests, and kept things moving with interviews and pretaped vignettes. Any "news" program that features Huggy Lowdown and Sheryl Underwood can't be taken too seriously, but I'll give them credit for starting somewhere. Their coverage is entertaining enough, and I like it. I still haven't peeped BET's offering, and probably won't.
I did, for some odd reason, happen to flip over to CNN during a commercial break, and I caught what was probably the most disturbing image of a Black woman aired on TV in this millennium, this side of "Tip Drill". No, seriously. If you peeped this sista, you know what I'm talking about.
Dang, this chick makes me long for Harriett Christian.
Fanie Lou Hamer is crying inside.
Question: Was Hillary Clinton genuine in her support of Obama? Do Clinton refugees have any legitimate reason to hold onto their grudges any longer? Have you peeped TVOne's coverage? What the ham sammich was wrong with that sista that CNN wisely
 Name that movie.
 Then again, so are the terms "Lisa Lisa big boobs" and "SuperManning That Ho". So this might not mean anything.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
 Name that movie.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Okay, I'm not starting a We Owned The 80's companion tag. I just needed some cheap excuse to air this YouTube of K-Ci and Jo-Jo performing this past weekend in Syndey, Australia.
Watch and weep. In case you're wondering what's so blogworthy, keep your eyes open around the 1:45 mark.
Man, how sad is it that the guys responsible for one of my all-time favorite remixes, "Come And Talk To Me", are reduced to this? Didn't these guys stack their paper? I know K-Ci had his share of issues with The Mighty Vial and whatnot, but still.
Arggh. Christopher Williams is crying inside.
Question: Shouldn't there be some sorta retirement plan for R&B singers to avoid this kinda nonsense? Do you beleive JoJo actually had a seizure? If so, why did the bodyguard and K-Ci completely ignore him and keep on sangin'? Would you pay good money to see Jodeci, or are Australians complete tools?
I grappled with whether or not to make last week's poll multiple choice, as opposed to single selection. I decided not to because I wanted to get an idea what the single area where Barack Obama needed to improve most to take 北京体彩网官方网站 the gold in November.
The results, to say the least, were interesting.
Most of you thought Barry needed to do something. Becoming a better debater (19%) was first. I voted for this as well, but I'll admit, in retrospect, dude had no chance at Saddleback. Yes, he needs to learn to give better, more concise answers. But reality is, McCain was in his element, surrounded by his peoples. I give him points for effort, but Barry had a snowball's chance. Would McCain win an NAACP/Urban League debate on "black issues"? Not likely, especially considering the fact that he completely kissed off such a debate last Spring at Morgan State. So, Barry needs to improve, but looking at the big picture, he's perhaps not as far off as thought.
You guys also said he needed to sling some mud (18%). After nearly a year of watching him, I am convinced he just doesn't have this in him. Period. So, while I'm not incredibly enthusiastic about the Joe
Budden Biden pick, dude is an attack dog, and he'll need to C.Y.I.N. to help Barry get in office. I suppose this is a good thing.
Stepping up his Soundbyte game (15%) is something I've been harping on for months. Getting whiter (15%) sounds silly on the surface, but one easy way of accomplishing this impossible act is by somehow managing to get his grandmother and/or sister (who is part Indonesian, but still) on stage this week in Denver. The person introducing Obama on Thursday is being kept secret. Don't be surprised if it's one of the aforementioned. Just remember you heard it here first.
I'm just sayin'. Big stage, big impression. Connect the dots.
Many of you (30%) said Barry didn't need to change anything, and that he'd win anyway because the American public is wise enough to not vote for another 4 years of Bush.
Ha ha. You guys sooo overestimate the American public.
This Week's Poll continues the Joe Budden For Veep discussion. Namely, was Biden the right choice or could someone else have helped Barry more? Vote early and often.
 BTW, if everybody said they've never vote for a man with a perm (Rebb'n Al), how come they're cool with a Veep who sports a mullet? I'm just sayin'.
It wasn't exactly a blowout, but they did it!
All the way, we were waiting for somebody to give the United States basketball team a game. Nobody had. Greece, the last team to beat the U.S. in international play, got ripped by 33. Spain, the world champion, lost by 37. Argentina, the defending Olympic champion, was battered by just 20.Say what you will about The Original Dream Team, but I'm
Of all of them, only Spain got a second chance, in the gold medal match. And boy, did they give the Americans - and the world - a game.
But only one of these teams had Kobe Bryant. And that was the team that won.
With a young and talented team on the floor - Kobe, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, and Toronto Raptor Chris Bosh - Kobe was the alpha dog. He drove for a pull-up jumper in the lane. He fed Deron Williams for a three-pointer. He drove and fed Dwight Howard for a basket. He hit a three of his own, and the lead was back to 101-92.
Spain never stopped; they are a marvelous team. But Kobe hit a three-pointer, plus the foul that disqualified scorer Rudy Fernandez, to make it 107-99. With the score 108-104, Wade hit a three off a LeBron drive to push the lead back to seven. And in the final 90 seconds, Kobe scored again for a 113-105 lead. That was the end. USA 118, Spain 107, and Born in the USA played in the arena.
Tags Popped: NBA = Nuthin' But Africans
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I knew things were rough over there at Def Jam, but I had no idea dudes were leaving the rap game altogether.
Uhhh, what's that you say??? Joe BIDEN for Veep?
Oh. My bad.
I don't have much to say about this. Discuss amongst yourselves.
Question: Is BIDEN the right choice or would BUDDEN help you out just as much?
I decided to remove this video from my site for lots of reasons. If you're still interested in seeing it, you can .
Friday, August 22, 2008
 If you're aware of more exceptions (and we're not talkin' cartoons), tell me you-know-where. I'm working on my AverageSon Rainy Day DVD collection, and I'll take all suggestions.
Tags Popped: We Owned The 80's
I guess the Dumbocratic Party is finally figuring out that you can't bring a switchblade to a gunfight. All that "turn the other cheek" and "rise above the fray of divisive rhetoric" crap isn't helping your boy Barry in the polls. So, it looks like Campaign Obama is finally starting to talk greasy.
I love these commercials for lots of reasons. McCain has largely gotten a free pass on issues of personal integrity during this campaign thus far. While the blogosphere commonly discusses such crap as his flip flops, his philandering, his opportunistic marriage, his overinflated Senatorial accomplishments, The Keating Five, and his legendary temper, you wouldn't know any of this stuff existed if you just paid attention to the MSM, which is obsessed with all things (good and bad) Obama. And I blame the Dems for this. By turning the other cheek, this party has consistently displayed a lack of testicular fortitude, even though that's proven to be a very unsuccessful tactic of late. Just ask Gore, Dukakis, or Kerry.
Still, as solid as this commercial is, I'm not by any means convinced that it signals a permanent or even momentary change in rhetorical tone. AverageMom was saying just the other night that next week's convention is probably going to look a lot like 04'. Namely, the Dems will get up there and speak platitudes about how great their party is, and what they can do for America, without any mention of the competing party whatsoever. I see no real reason to doubt my mother, given the fact that she sorta is responsible for my being born and whatnot. I would love to see Barry and Co. prove AverageMom wrong next week in Denver, but you and I both know this isn't gonna happen.
Meanwhile, a week later in St. Paul, the GOP will take every televised moment to remind us just how untrustworthy that secret Muslim and his America-hating wife are, and why they'll ruin the country北京体彩网官方网站 if given address labels for 1600 Penn Ave. come January. They'll spew plenty more "elitist", "black nationalist", "effete" rhetoric.
Republicans don't give a sh*t about your feelings, they just want to win. Truth be damned. And quiet as kept, it's one thing I secretly admire about how their party is run, and yet another reason why I'll be an unaffiliated voter, win or lose, come November 5th.
Note to Barry and the Dumbocratic Party: Nice start. I'd love to see you keep it up, but I'm not holdin' my breath.
Question: Have you noticed a slight shift in the tone of Barry and the Democratic Party's rhetoric in recent weeks? Is it possible that shifting tone to match the usual greasiness of the GOP could backfire? If so, why?
 Although it should be noted that neither Gore, nor Kerry had a bigger lead at this exact point in the race either. Not that that means anything. They both lost of course. But I'm just sayin'. Don't put too much stock in polls. Remember New Hampshire?
Thursday, August 21, 2008
 Go ahead and insert your own "Yaw's Boy" joke here. I know, I walked right into that one.
for them. Only Isaiah Thomas (politricks) and Hakeem Olajuwon (not yet a US citizen) were the only truly elite NBA players excluded from this team. It was the creme de la creme. The Dream Team rolled over foes by an average of 43.8 points a game, and never even called a timeout.
This year's Redeem Team is still a couple of games shy of the gold, but given their redemptive drubbing of Australia (whom they only beat by 11 just a week ago) on Wednesday, it's hard to see them losing to anybody. They are winning by an average of 32ppg as I write this.
It's roster is impressive, but probably not as impressive as the Original Dream Team.
Carlos Boozer of the Utah JazzIt's hard to tell these sorts of things so early, but player for player, this is probably not as star studded a team as the 92' squad. Bryant, Wade, Paul, and James are MVP caliber players, but you can't really say that yet for any of the other players. Prince isn't even an all star. Redd will not be Hall of Famer, and Bosh may not be either. Anthony is one DUI away from being a Clipper. Kidd is toast. Howard is showing his Shaq-like limitations. Williams and Boozer are good, but nobody is readying a place in Springfield for either yet. And some great NBA players like Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Elton Brand, Joe Johnson, Allen Iverson, Tyson Chandler, Amare Stoudemire, Tracy McGrady, Marcus Camby, etc. are back 北京体彩网官方网站. We could have sent a better team.
Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks
Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers
Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz
Michael Redd of the Milwaukee Bucks
Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic
Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors
Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets
Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons
Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets
So, why in the ham sammich am I suggesting this team might be better than the 92' squad? Simple: The level of competition.
Back in 92', few of the foreign teams had legit NBA players. Germany had Detlef Schrempf, who was a 6th man for the Sonics. Lithuania had then-current Golden State Warrior reserve Šarūnas Marčiulionis and eventual Blazer Arvydas Sabonis. Croatia had five current or future NBA players in Dražen Petrović, Toni Kukoč, Dino Radja, Stojko Vranković, and Žan Tabak. Petrović died before he made a huge NBA impact. Toni Kukoč went on to a respectable NBA career. The other guys were
This year, seemingly every opponent has 2-3 solid NBA players. China北京体彩网官方网站 has the NBA's best big man in Yao Ming, budding star Yi Jianlian, Lakers rookie Sun Yue, and NBA yet Wang Zhizhi. Germany has Clippers star Chris Kaman and recent NBA MVP Dirk Nowitzki. Greece has recent NBA players Vasileios Spanoulis, Antonis Fotsis, Andreas Glyniadakis, and Clippers draftee Sofoklis Schortsanitis. Spain has Lakers all-star big man Pau Gasol, Blazers rookie Rudy Fernandez, recent NBA players Raul Lopez, Juan Carlos Navarro, and Jorge Garbajosa, Raptors starting PG Jose Calderon, Grizzlies rookie Marc Gasol, and teen sensation (and likely #1 pick in next year's draft) Ricky Rubio. Australia has Bucks' center and recent #1 overall pick Andrew Bogut. Argentina, Lithuania, Croatia, and Russia have more NBA players than I've got time and space to list here.
But each and every one of these teams has been completely obliterated by the Redeem Team. Every single one.
I'm not saying the original Dream Team wouldn't have rolled over these teams with ease, they probably would have won by even more, but there's no way of knowing. And let's not forget, in addition to playing vastly inferior opponents, the Dream Team had the whole fear/star factor at play. It was common for opposing teams to be in total awe of Team USA and ask for photos, autographs, and jerseys after, before, and sometimes even during games. No such thing is happening for the Redeem Team, since they already play most of their opponents during the regular season. Their foes are getting thrashed, but they ain't scurred. Many of them have beaten Team USA before.
I suspect many of you will tell me I'm smoking for going out on a limb and saying this, but I do actually believe this year's team's accomplishment is more impressive than the Dream Team. That doesn't necessarily mean this year's Redeem Team is necessarily a better team that the 92' squad, so please, spare me the comments. I am emphatically not calling this a better team, despite this title's post. But when you consider all the factors, and the net result, you'd be hard convincing me that what these guys are doing isn't as awe inspiring, if not greater.
Question: Assuming you've watched both teams in action, am I too far out of bounds in suggesting that this year's Redeem Team is just as impressive, if not more so than the Original Dream Team? Which squad would win a Best of Seven series in a theoretical head to head match up? Would you like some of what I've been smoking?
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
actually do see movies in the same year they're released. She caught the somewhat controversial Tropic Thunder last week. I'm livin' vicariously. Show some love you-know-where.]
Any movie featuring MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This" before the basic plot has even been outlined is destined to be a problem, but mostly in a good way. Tropic Thunder was just that. Continuing the lowbrow and nonsensical brand of comedy that Ben Stiller has become well-known for, Tropic Thunder is a send-up of the Hollywood movie machine that strokes moviegoers' pre-existing perception that everyone involved in the industry is ultimately ridiculous. The tasteless early trailers for Tropic Thunder caused a stir among black folks and disability groups thanks to the over-the-top "blackface" of Robert Downey Jr. and the repeated use of the word "retard" (which, FYI, is also now known as "the r-word"). I wish that troubling our sensibilities was the worst of Tropic Thunder; while it was laugh out loud funny at some spots, in the end it was just "ok."
Tropic Thunder is best thought of as a movie within a movie. After a series of fake movie trailers introducing each of the characters, we're brought to the set of the true-story action flick "Tropic Thunder," billed as "the biggest war movie ever," which is already extremely over-budget thanks to a group of vain, limelight-seeking actors and crew. I'm not a fan of real war movies (or war itself, for that matter), so from the start the jokes spoofing that genre may fall a little flat. As the plot progresses, however, the familiar ground of the Hollywood machinery taking itself too seriously occupies center stage. The real action begins when the actors end up in the jungles of Southeast Asia fighting off a real drug gang led by a little pre-teen scoop of lychee ice cream simply called "Tran". By this point, the disabled, blacks, and Asians could easily be offended, but everyone else also gets theirs throughout the course of the film. There's mockery and then there's satire; the humor in Tropic Thunder, when taken properly in context, is clearly satire.
Ben Stiller's obliviously retarded facial expressions and endearing disheveled Jewishness are so cute and funny to me that I've seen almost every other movie he's made. He's like a Buttered Popcorn Jellybean - so wrong that he's right. In the ridiculousness department, Tropic Thunder picks up where Zoolander and Dodgeball left off, a feat that seems mainly thanks to Stiller's cheekiness as fallen-from-grace action star Tugg Speedman. Robert Downey, Jr. gives an unexpectedly sophisticated performance as Australian character actor Kirk Lazarus, who himself spent the bulk of the movie immersed in the black character Sergeant Lincoln Osiris, saying "I don't drop character 'til I've done the DVD commentary." Once I realized that his "blackface," was part of the plot and that role couldn't have gone to a black actor, I thought that the portrayal was brilliant. Within thirty minutes I was irritated by Downey's speech patterns, which were intentionally over-the-top depictions of rough Negrospeak. Within an hour, I was driven crazy by his protruding prosthetic lower lip, which reminded me of a butterflied breakfast sausage that had been burnt on the edges. I guess that's just me being black and sensitive, but it was definitely a unfortunate buzzkill that threatened to make me start playing with my BlackBerry instead of following the action.
Jack Black is usually good for some laughs, but his depiction of drug-addicted fart-humorist Jack Portnoy was so lowbrow that it lacked awareness. Granted, there is nothing actually funny about coming down off of that her'on, but to engage in that kind of pre-rehab coonery with recovering addicts Robert Downey, Jr. and Nick Nolte on set? This sort of recurring self-awareness miss made the "biting the hand that feeds it" aspect of the satirization of Hollywood less than seamless. On the flipside, I was impressed and entertained by the fresh faces of Jay Baruchel and Brandon T. Jackson, the latter of which played "Alpa Chino," a less-than-representin' rapper with his own energy drink, "Booty Sweat". I've noticed that black actors rarely get that much of a career boost from appearing in this type of movie, but I'm hoping that Jackson can parlay the success of Tropic Thunder into more roles in the future. Otherwise, he'll spend the rest of his career being "that black guy in Tropic Thunder", because Lord knows he was the only one. A barely-recognizable Tom Cruise and redneck hottie Matthew McConaughey were added treats, and other cameos included Toby Maguire, Jon Voight, and Jason Bateman.
At times labored and immature but certainly welcomingly lowbrow, overall Tropic Thunder is a great way to pass the time and get some laughs, but I certainly won't be picking up any zinger catch-phrases from this movie to repeat amongst my friendship group.
Final Verdict: The ticket was $9.00 and what Thembi would do (if she could) is ask for $3.50 back (3 of 5 stars). Sixty-percent is a great score considering about 80% of the laughs are in the first ten minutes and in the trailer, which you can check out below.
Question: Did you see Tropic Thunder? Was it worth the $40? What did you think of Downey Jr.'s blackface role?
 Yeah, it's an angioplasty just begging to happen, but what's a trip to LA without some chicken and waffles?