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            Showing posts with label The Negro Prez.
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            Wednesday, January 21, 2015

            President Obama's Desperation Heave At The Buzzer.

            Did anyone watch last night's State Of the Union address? Does anyone even still care anymore? Am I the only one who's found The Obama Presidency to be as devastatingly disappointing and underwhelming as "Yeezus"? Maybe it's just me.

            I dunno, watching the President rattle off a sh*tload of new initiatives that have about as much a chance of becoming law as me getting drafted by the Vancouver Grizzlies, I couldn't help but think about how much promise this man once held. Seeing him reduced to guaranteed applause talking points for the 6th time, it was disarmingly evident how hard it is for a black man to get things done in Washington, DC, provided that black man's name isn't John Wall, because John Wall gets things done and John Wall is awesome!

            But back to that other black guy running DC, yeah the President looks like a man defeated. It's like he's trying to convince America that he's still got it, when he knows he can't deliver 99% of the stuff he's promising. He's like a man making one last desperate plea to stop his wife from signing divorce papers.[1]
            I'll go to counseling! (Free community college!)

            Yes, by all means, let your mother move in with us! (Let's pass comprehensive immigration reform!)

            I'll stay off Instagram and quit messin' with thots! (We'll reform the criminal justice system!)
            I think in some odd way, watching the partisan sniping and gridlock of the past 8 years is probably going to sour an entire generation of millenials on the electoral process. Those poor young people thought electing Obama would fix world hunger, guarantee them 6 figure jobs post-graduation, and erase racism simply via the ballot box. Little did they (or hell, even I) realize the level of douchbaggery, racial bullshit, and outright assholery that the GOP had in store. I'm betting large swaths of those early twentysomethings are so disillusioned they'll just sit out the next few election cycles.

            Honestly, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if that was the GOP's goal all along. #GrandHu$tle

            Question: What's The Lame Duck Obama Administration gonna look like over the next 24 months? Any chance anything he said last night gets passed?

            [1] Not that I'd know. I got 13 years in the game.

            Wednesday, January 14, 2015

            Mike Huckabee Thinks The Obamas Are Awful Parents, Beyonce Is A Whore, And Jay-Z's A Crack Dealing Pimp.

            You remember Mike Huckabee right? The bible thumping ex-Arkansas Governor who very briefly lead the GOP Presidential field for awhile, before ceding the lead to John McCain, who gave it to Obama. Yeah, that Mike Huckabee.

            If you still don't remember him, or have him mixed up with Santorum (ick) I don't blame you. The Huckster (see what I did there) used the momentum from those 15 minutes to secure himself a weekend show on Fox News. I watched it once, because I was bored, and it looked like a public access television show with slightly better lighting. Huck's used his twice weekly pulpit to, all of which has raised his profile with Conservatives for a likely run at President in 2016. Either that, or because he has a book to sell. And because he's got a book to sell, he's.
            Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee thinks Barack and Michelle Obama have a troubling flaw in their parenting style: They allow their daughters listen to Beyoncé.

            In a recent interview with People to promote his book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, the former Baptist minister and possible 2016 presidential hopeful calls the Obamas "excellent and exemplary parents in many ways" but says he’s baffled that 16-year-old Malia and 13-year-old Sasha are allowed to absorb content like the singer’s anthemic single "Drunk in Love."

            "I don't understand how, on one hand, they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything – how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school and making sure they're kind of sheltered and shielded from so many things – and yet they don't see anything that might not be suitable for either a preteen or a teen in some of the lyrical content and choreography of Beyoncé, who has sort of a regular key to the door [of the White House]," he said.

            In God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, Huckabee labels Beyoncé's lyrics as "obnoxious and toxic mental poison," and he lashes out at her husband, Jay Z – calling the rapper a "pimp" who "exploits his wife."

            Michelle Obama's office reportedly declined to comment on Huckabee's statements.

            The Obamas have been close with Beyoncé throughout Barack's presidency. The commander-in-chief thanked the singer and Jay Z for their friendship during a 2012 New York fundraiser, adding that "Beyoncé could not be a better role model for my girls."
            Ladies and gentlemen, this is today's GOP. And just maybe, tomorrow's POTUS.

            Oddly, while Huck has some odd fetish fascination with Beyonce, he has no issue whatsoever inviting such wholesome artists as Ted Nugent on his show to "rock out". Because nothing says wholesome like a guy who's been married more times than Kim Kardashian and publicly tells a government official so suck on his shotgun.

            Stay classy, Mike Huckabee. Better yet, stay your fat ass on basic cable.

            Question: Does this asshole have some nerve or what?

            Thursday, November 6, 2014

            The Day The GOP "Got It's Country Back".

            For the first time in my adult life, I didn't vote on Tuesday. It wasn't because I didn't want to, it was because a last minute Day Job-related travel requirement forced me to. I didn't really feel all that guilty about this, since I live in a blue state where elections are but a mere formality. Well, we all know how that turned out, don't we Anthony Brown?

            Brown, for this unaware, was to proceed the outgoing Democratic Governor and skate to a win, which would have made him just the 3rd black man ever elected Governor of any of the 50 United States. Yet despite having a 2-1 edge in Democratic registrations, rallies with the Clintons and Obamas, and a sh*tload of money, Brown got trounced by a GOP competitor that most Marylanders couldn't pick out of a police lineup. It was shocking, yet if you look at national results, it really shouldn't have been.

            The GOP, in short, kicked the Democrats a$$ses and retook the Senate, which coupled with their stranglehold on the Congress leaves them a mere Presidency away from taking back their country北京体彩网官方网站. The folks over at Fox News were so giddy the other night, I'm about 90% certain that someone on that network got impregnated that night. Don't abort that fetus, Karl Rove! #ProLife

            [Somewhat Related Sidebar: The GOP has been whining and complaining about "getting their country北京体彩网官方网站 back" since 2008. Has anyone actually thought about what that might look like, should they recapture the White House in 2016? I've come to associate them so much with whining, Obama hatred, a$$holery, conspiracy theories, racism, sexist, ism-ism, incompetence, obstruction, and victimhood for so long that I forgot what having them in power looked like. A GOP-run government in the age of Twitter might be mildly amusing, if it didn't have such frightening real world implications. Fox News would certainly have to change their entire steez. MSNBC/CNN would prolly just fold. So might this blog.]

            Anyways, the President predictably gave a somber post-election speech yesterday, which is something we should be used to by now.

            That, my friends, is the sound of a defeated man. A man who probably misplayed the first couple of years of his Presidency and as a result has been the world's most well paid lame duck for the past 4 years. The epilogue of his 2 terms has yet to be written, but I'm pretty sure it's going to include the words "potential" and "disappointment" more times than a Robert Griffin III scouting report. With that in mind, I'm also certain the President is going to try and get something, anything done over the next 2 years because he wants to remembered as something for other than being "The First Black President". At this rate, I'm not even sure he's gonna get the usual "streets and schools in black neighborhoods" that most black people of acclaim do. It's been an all around clusterf*ck. No two ways around that, no excuses.

            So yeah, expect him to agree with the GOP on some very controversial items in the name of "cooperation", "just getting something done", "legacy building", and "because I'm just tired of not doing sh*t for the past 4 years". Mostly the latter. And yeah, you'll probably find yourself very "disappointed". Repeatedly.

            Question: What's Obama going to do for the next 2 years.

            Monday, September 22, 2014

            How Will The Obama Presidency Be Remembered?!?

            Let it be known that Michael Moore is not a fan of President Obama.

            In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter from the Toronto International Film Festival, the Academy-Award winning director was asked about the current state of Detroit and from there, dissects what the president’s legacy will be. His prognosis? Not great.

            “I think Obama…he’s done many, many good things,” he said. “But he’s been a huge disappointment. I really think somebody should say to him, that when the history is written of this era, this is how you’ll be remembered. He was the first black president. That’s it. A hundred years from now, he was the first black American that got elected president. That’s what people will remember.”
            I have some (admittedly premature) thoughts of my own, but I'd rather hear yours first. Weigh in below.

            Question: How will history view the Obama presidency? How will you personally view it, based on your expectations when he was elected?

            Thursday, July 3, 2014

            Unemployment Nearing 5% Mark. Is It Time For Haters To Give The POTUS Some Credit?!?

            [Editor's Note: This blog post was refashioned from . If you aren't following me there, why are you still here?]

            I criticize President Obama for a lot of things, but let's give him credit where it's due. . The Dow is pushing 17,000. Long term unemployed rolls have dropped by 1/3 this year. The Black unemployment rate is at lowest since he took office. My 401k is awesome! !

            Now imagine if he'd actually had one iota of help from the GOP the past 6 years. The economy's finally rebounding despite total obstruction. I'm sorry, if you're a Republican, how do you honestly justify your party doing little more than collecting paychecks for half a decade? Sure, hating Obama and obstructing everything he tries to pass is fun and gets you on TV, but it doesn't help a single person that voted for you.

            I wonder how history will view this Presidency. Has any President ever gotten so little help from the opposing party? Ever?

            I've blamed the President (and caught plenty of flack for doing so) for his leadership style and total lack of attention to the black community. Those criticisms stand. But if you look at the bigger picture, it's hard to believe anyone would deem the Obama presidency as a failure. He's done much with little.

            Am I personally better off now than I was when Obama was elected? Yes, by far.

            And that's the ultimate measure.

            Question: Has your life personally gotten better or worse since Obama took office?

            Tuesday, April 22, 2014

            What Can The President Do About Chicago's Violence Problem?!?

            .[1] Two people were injured, albeit not critically, in a display of Extreme Niggardry that overshadowed what's historically a day that black families visit the Zoo, a tradition that stemmed from the White House's exclusion of people of color from its annual Easter Egg Roll.

            I couldn't help but think about the irony here. We now have a black family residing in the White House and hosting that very same Egg Roll, yet a few miles (and one day) away, the traditional Eastern Monday event at the Zoo where people have gone for years out of necessity is pockmarked with typical Negro violence. No, this isn't the first time Negroes packed heat at the Zoo (it also happened in the early 00's leading to the event being momentarily cancelled) but it definitely seemed a bit weirder this time for some reason.

            All that said, DC's weekend shenanigans pale in comparison to what happened in Obama's native Chicago over Easter, and and do something.
            President Obama may have gotten our troops out of Iraq, but the gunfire in his 北京体彩网官方网站town of Chicago is still earning it a searing nickname coined by young people who live there.


            On Easter weekend, 45 people were shot in the city, six of them children.

            Five youngsters under the age of 15—four girls and a boy—were shot in a playground where they had gone after Easter services at a nearby church.

            Witnesses agree that a car pulled up and one of the occupants asked the youngsters if they were in a gang. There is some dispute about whether the youngsters even got a chance to say no before the people in the car started shooting.

            The most seriously wounded, 11-year-old Tymisha Washington, was listed in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds. She is expected to survive.

            And this bloody Easter weekend was preceded by a weekend in which 37 people were shot, four of them fatally. FBI Director James Comey happened to be in Chicago the following Monday, and he ascribed much of the violence to the gang culture so deeply ingrained in the city. But Comey had little to say about what Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy recognizes as the core problem.

            The war that now demands the president’s attention is the one in Chiraq.
            I don't have any idea what the solution is to Chicago's specific, deeply engrained issues with urban crime. At a time when big city crime nationwide is at the lowest level in decades, Chicago (and to a lesser extent Philadelphia) is the outlier. Negroes are shooting each other like it's GTA: South Side, and there's no end to the bloodshed in sight. What's clear is that few politicians give a sh*t. Not the GOP, who doesn't care about these people because they're already voting for Democrats anyways. And not the President, who had no issue exploiting using the parents of Hadiya Pendleton as a backdrop for his ill-fated post-Sandy Hook push for increased gun control, but otherwise portends domestic crime is a state/city issue. Besides, those people already are voting for Democrats anyways. And they don't really donate much to political campaigns either. So yeah, basically f*ck them.

            Ignoring a problem doesn't make it go away, but I don't have the answers either. My best idea would be calling in the National Guard and policing these communities with tanks and armed militia. Of course, that wouldn't be a lasting solution, because those resources would cost money, and in this political environment, any money spent specifically to benefit black people (even in life and death matters like this) won't fly. Let's not forget the outrage from many on the right (and left for that matter) when the President recently created his My Brother's Keeper mentoring program that was mostly funded with private donations. So nah, bump that.

            Beyond that, who knows? Tighter gun control won't fix much here. Nor will the inevitable "task forces" and "blue ribbon commissions". Basically, Chiraq, absent an act of God, it prolly just screwed for good.

            Question: What, if anything can be done to lessen the serious issue of inner city crime?

            [1] If you have an issue with my use of the word nigger to describe people dumb enough to shoot into a crowd of children assembled at the Zoo for a day of family unity, then that's on you, not me.

            Tuesday, January 28, 2014

            AB.com State Of The Union Open Mic.

            You'll watch it. You'll have opinions. You should leave them here.

            Question: What did you think of the POTUS SOTU speech? Did you know State Of The Union was a pretty awesome underground hip-hop club on U Street (DC) in the mid 90's?

            Wednesday, December 11, 2013

            Of Black Presidents, Funeral Etiquette & Selfies.

            , but Conservatives have probably had Aesop's Fables removed from public libraries for some reason or another by now.

            So yeah, to South Africa to that seemingly neverending list.
            US President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela's memorial service with his stirring eulogy, but it was his grinning "selfie" with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz.

            In a candid moment captured by AFP photographer Roberto Schmidt, Denmark's Helle Thorning-Schmidt can be seen holding up her smartphone, with Obama lending a helping hand, as they pose for a picture with David Cameron, all three of them smiling broadly in their seats at Soweto's World Cup stadium.

            First Lady Michelle Obama, sitting to the left of her husband, does not join in with the lightheartedness, keeping her eyes firmly trained on the podium where world leaders were paying tribute to South Africa's anti-apartheid hero Mandela, who died Thursday aged 95. The so-called selfie -- short for self-portrait -- was quickly picked up by major international news outlets and went viral on social media sites, with many questioning whether the moment of mirth was appropriate for the occasion.

            "There should be a moratorium on 'selfies' during memorials and funerals, no?" tweeted @JeffryHalverson.

            "Is This The Most Important Selfie Of 2013?" headlined the US-based social news website Buzzfeed, noting that Michelle Obama seemed "not amused" by the impromptu photoshoot.

            A photo of the leaders photographing themselves was featured on the front pages of British media such as The Times, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mirror.

            In the United States, the Washington Post also ran the photo of the trio on its website in a story on that incident and Obama shaking hands at the service with Cuban leader Raul Castro. It was not on the front page but rather in the Politics section. It noted the viral trajectory of the photo.

            "All of it serves as a reminder ? as if we needed one ? that even the best-laid plans of politicians tend to veer wildly off course in this age of social media," the Post story said.

            Cameron's Downing Street office said it had "no comment" on the photo, while the White House also made no comment. There was no immediate reaction from Copenhagen. The act of taking selfies has become increasingly popular in recent years. The word itself was named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries.

            A selfie is defined as "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website". The AFP photographer who captured the leaders in their group shot said his picture showed the dignitaries in a rare unscripted moment.

            "It was interesting to see politicians in a human light because usually when we see them it is in such a controlled environment. Maybe this would not be such an issue if we, as the press, would have more access to dignitaries and be able to show they are human as the rest of us," he said.

            But Schmidt said he feared the photo's global impact could overshadow what was "a celebration for an obviously exceptional person".

            "The AFP team worked hard to display the reaction that South African people had for the passing of someone they consider as a father. We moved about 500 pictures, trying to portray their true feelings, and this seemingly trivial image overshadowed everything else," he said. "I think it's a sad reflection on how sometimes we focus, as a society, on trivial everyday happenings."
            Let's admit a couple of things first off: no, the optics of taking a selfie at a funeral aren't great. And no, the President wasn't the one actually taking the selfie. He seemed to be asked by the Danish Premier who sat next to him. So whatever, if you wanna turn this into something bigger than just that, go right ahead.[1]

            One issue with all of this is that this wasn't your typical funeral. Not even remotely.

            That's not a soccer game. That's a memorial service. Those people weren't exactly mourning. Those people were turnt the f*ck up.

            So yeah, context sorta kinda matters here. This was a joyous occasion, one that .

            Of course, everyone's not Obama, but whatever.

            Question: Is this more random Obama Outrage?

            [1] What's up with Michelle tho?!?

            What's Up With Michelle Obama?!?

            Bonus Beats from the prior post.
            The photographer who snapped the picture of President Barack Obama taking a “selfie” at the memorial for former South African President Nelson Mandela said Wednesday that there was nothing wrong with what the president did, and it seemed “perfectly natural” because of the festive atmosphere at the service.

            “For me, the behavior of these leaders in snapping a selfie seems perfectly natural,” AFP photographer Roberto Schmidt wrote in a blog post.

            Obama, who was photographed grinning for the selfie with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during the memorial service Tuesday, has been slammed by some on the right for what they consider inappropriate behavior during a memorial service. Rush Limbaugh, for instance, said Tuesday that Obama was “thinking about himself.”

            But Schmidt dismissed these attacks and said he didn’t think about the impact his own photo would have.

            “At the time, I thought the world leaders were simply acting like human beings, like me and you,” the photographer wrote, describing the huge crowd as celebratory, rather than mournful. “I see nothing to complain about and probably would have done the same in their place.”

            He also sought to dispel social media commentary that first lady Michelle Obama “seemed to be rather peeved” with Thorning-Schmidt because of her expression and glaring eyes in the photo.

            “Photos can lie,” the photographer wrote, who noted first lady Michelle Obama was joking herself moments earlier with the leaders and others around her. “Her stern look was captured by chance.”

            Cameron also addressed the selfie on Wednesday, saying it was initiated by Thorning-Schmidt.

            “When a member of the Kinnock family asked me for a photograph, I thought it was only polite to say yes,” Cameron said, as quoted by Huffington Post, which notes the Danish prime minister is the daughter-in-law of former U.K. Labour leader, Neil Kinnock.
            More pics, along with some commentary that I largely agree with.

            So yeah, move right along. Nothing to see here. ...
            Republican Sen. Ted Cruz walked out of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela during Cuban President Raul Castro’s speech, according to reports.

            “Sen. Cruz very much hopes that Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela,” said a Cruz spokeswoman, as quoted by ABC News. “For decades, Castro has wrongly imprisoned and tortured countless innocents. Just as Mandela was released after 27 years in prison, Castro should finally release his political prisoners. He should hold free elections, and once and for all, set the Cuban people free.”

            The Texas senator, who is of Cuban descent, was part of a congressional delegation that traveled to South Africa for the memorial service on Tuesday.
            Staging a "walkout" in advance, and having your staff send out a press release explaing that "walkout". Classy. Gotta hand it to Ted Cruz. The man can never resist an opportunity to make everything (even a memorial service!) about himself.

            Tuesday, December 3, 2013

            ObamaCare.com Might Be The Worst Rollout Since New Coke.

            I haven't really weighed in on the botched implementation of ObamaCare much, because... seriously, what is there to say? A terrible contractor was hired to do the job, those responsible for holding the contractor accountable ignored every blatant red flag that arose, and to the surprise of nobody who works in the software/IT field, the site came out with a million bugs. There's nothing here to defend. When you're introducing a once-in-a-generation government program, you should probably make sure your QA team has done their job first, or simply delay the rollout. The President has taken the requisite battering in approval polls as a result. Again, nothing to defend here, ObamaBots. The sky is blue. Bears crap in the woods. A bad rollout is a bad rollout. Period.

            With a 2nd deadline apparently just reached, you'd assume the problems of Healthcare.gov are over. .
            The enrollment records for a significant portion of the Americans who have chosen health plans through the online federal insurance marketplace contain errors — generated by the computer system — that mean they might not get the coverage they’re expecting next month.

            The errors cumulatively have affected roughly one-third of the people who have signed up for health plans since Oct. 1, according to two government and health-care industry officials. The White House disputed the figure but declined to provide its own.

            The mistakes include failure to notify insurers about new customers, duplicate enrollments or cancellation notices for the same person, incorrect information about family members, and mistakes involving federal subsidies. The errors have been accumulating since HealthCare.gov opened two months ago, even as the Obama administration has been working to make it easier for consumers to sign up for coverage, the government and industry officials said.

            Figuring out how to clean up the backlog of errors and prevent similar ones in the future is emerging as the new imperative if the federal insurance exchange is to work as intended. The problems were the subject of a meeting Monday between administration officials and a new “Payer Exchange Performance Team” made up of insurance industry leaders.

            Some of the errors in the past forms were generated by the way people were using the system, another senior official on the project said, such as clicking twice on the confirmation button or moving backward and forward on the site.

            Through more than a dozen bug fixes over the past week, the team has managed to reduce the instances of when data was not generated on 834 forms from 3 percent last week to 0.5 percent now, according to senior officials.

            The heightened attention to enrollment errors follows a five-week technical blitz to improve consumers’ ability to use the site.

            Federal health officials announced Sunday that they had met that goal. By 6 p.m. Monday, the Web site had had close to 800,000 unique visitors — one of the administration’s targets for the site’s performance — and was set to pass that mark by the end of the day, according to administration officials. And the site processed 18,000 enrollments in the most recent 24-hour period, nearly double the previous record.

            Still, not all was smooth. By mid-morning Monday, some Americans trying to use the Web site were running into a logjam. And by late morning, when the number of people on the site was roughly 35,000 — or 15,000 fewer than administration officials had said it could handle — some consumers encountered a “queue,” a new feature intended for times when the site was too crowded. The feature limits the number of people on the site and notifies others by e-mail when it’s a better time to log in.
            As a guy who (sorta) does this kinda stuff for a living, it's rather infuriating to watch the level of incompetence and excuse-making here. Either the site works, or it doesn't. And it should have been fully tested well before it was made public. That didn't happen, and it's casting a huge shadow over thus far.

            Question: Which product had the worst rollout? ObamaCare of The New Coke?

            Monday, October 14, 2013

            Tea Parti... Errrr... "Veterans" Behaving Badly.

            Honest question here: if several hundred black people stormed the White House demanding reparations[1], would the police/media response look somewhat different than this?

            Booing, verbally berating, and confronting police, with a casual "Kenya" remark tossed in because.... actually I have no idea how a few dozen cops simply doing a job they aren't being paid for "looks like Kenya". Do you?

            Bonus points for the "put the Qu'ran down" slur. Classy!

            Did any other speaker (including some elected officials) verbally castigate this guy? Did they cut his mic? Was he booed off the stage? Maybe I missed that part. Damn librul media!

            Question: Seriously, how quickly would Negroes behaving this poorly had their heads busted up and down Constitution?

            [1] I think reparations are a lost, trivial cause, with zero chance of actually ever happening. Just as I think whatever the hell these numbnuts are demanding (Impeachment? The end of Obamacare? Free Rascal Scooters?) is a lost, trivial cause, with zero chance of actually ever happening.

            Friday, October 11, 2013

            Truckers Against Obama: Perhaps The Dumbest Tea Party Protest, Yet.

            I don't take the Capital Beltway to work, but I once did. Until we moved deeper into the burbs a few years ago, I wasted hours and hours of my life sitting still, wondering where it all went wrong. After we moved, my commute was slashed to 1/4 of it's prior duration. And the subtracted stress of "people who can't drive!" added a few years to my life, I'm certain.

            For those of you only vaguely familiar with DC traffic, I-495's reputation is well earned. , according to smart people responsible for gauging this sorta stuff. After "the sports teams suck" and "the houses are too damn expensive", it's my biggest qualm about the DC Urreah, an otherwise splendid place to call 北京体彩网官方网站.

            I say all of that to say I'm happy I'm not on the Beltway today, because .
            No major traffic delays were reported on the Beltway during Friday’s morning commute, police authorities said, despite a protest by about 30 tractor-trailers and pickup trucks against what organize describe as excessive government intrusion.

            Around 8:30 a.m., police said, the trucks crossed into Maryland from Virginia on the Beltway. They were were traveling in the right lane of the Beltway at the rate of the rest of the traffic — around 40 to 45 miles per hour, due to the wet road conditions, according to Virginia State Police spokesman Corinne N. Geller.

            At one point, four tractor-trailers started driving side-by-side, across all four northbound lanes of the inner loop. That caused traffic to slow to 15 miles per hour. State police troopers stopped the vehicles and “warned them not to impede traffic,” Geller said. The drivers were not issued tickets and allowed to “proceed on their way.”

            There were no other major incidents reported as a result of the truck protests, she said. Minor delays were reported near the truckers at Route 236 in Annandale at the Braddock Road exit on the inner loop, but it was unclear from traffic cameras if the slowdown was due to the truckers.

            On parts of the Beltway, police said the group stood out because they had American flags draped on their vehicles, along with signs that said “#T2SDA” (Truckers to Shut Down America).

            Geller said the organizers of the protest, dubbed “Truckers Ride for the Constitution,” plan to take shifts and drive around the Beltway throughout Columbus Day holiday weekend. Extra troopers are on the road because of the expected uptick in holiday drivers, and because of the protest, she said.

            The protest group’s agenda has evolved since the story began making the rounds of news outlets early this week, with a story in U.S. News & World Report that said some truckers wanted members of Congress arrested, while others called for the ouster of President Obama.

            Andrews said the group still wants to get rid of Obama, but will do so by legal means. She said independent truckers also are upset about new regulations, including on idling and hours of service, that, she said, threaten to put them out of business.
            If you Teabaggers understood "irony", you'd grasp a few cold, hard facts:

            1) You're protesting Obama (and Congress... sure, okay) but he lives nowhere near the Beltway, and he doesn't drive either. So not only isn't he being inconvenienced by your "protest", but it's also possible he doesn't even know you nimrods exist.

            2) I doubt any Congressman is actually hurt by your traffic jam, since many of them live inside the Beltway, or have drivers. BTW, most of them were prolly already at work well before your little stunt began.

            3) You're not hurting the people who (allegedly) are tyrannically oppressing you. You're hurting taxpaying, hardworking "Real Americans" who just want to get to the jobs they're still lucky to have, to pay for houses they're still lucky to afford.

            4) You're protesting government tyranny, but make your living on roads maintained by the government.

            Get your dumb asses off the Beltway, and go deliver some freight. Assholes.

            This is literally and figuratively .

            Question: Am I being too hard on these fine "Real Americans" who just want to exercise their right to free speech? Will this protest have any lasting effects?

            Monday, October 7, 2013

            Washington Redskins: Term Of Endearment Or Racial Slur?

            As a fan of a team that probably has the second corniest name in all pro sports[1], I can sympathize with the plight of those who want the Washington Redskins to change their name. No, Washington Wizards isn't offensive in the same sense that the Redskins moniker may be the some, but it just sounds awful. The team went from arguably one of the most gangster names in all of pro sports (Washington Bullets!) to the lamest. I didn't like the change when it happened, and I am hoping the team's ownership eventually goes back to Bullets.

            Many detractors of the Redskins name want it to be changed to something less offensive, but the team's owner has stated repeatedly that he will never do so either. The war over whether or not the name is actually offensive has waged for decades here in the DC area, with many saying it's honors Real Native Americans and others saying it's a term with a very disgraceful history. Polls of Native Americans have given mixed messages, and fans as a whole seem to be split as well. Dozens of national journalists have recently pledged to simply refer to them as The Washington Football Team which seems odd since these people hadn't given two craps until the team got RGIII and was suddenly relevant again last year. But I digress.

            Recently, , and a push to change the name seems to be reaching a groundswell.
            On the same day that NFL owners began gathering for a fall league meeting in Washington, Native American leaders, politicians and student activists gathered in a Georgetown hotel with one goal: Changing the name of Washington Redskins.

            “Washington’s team name is a painful epithet that was used against my people when we were held at gunpoint and thrown off our lands,” said Ray Halbritter, a representative of the Oneida Indian Nation . “When marketed by a professional sports team, it is a word that tells Native American children they are to be denigrated.”

            The meeting at the Ritz Carlton comes three days after President Obama took a stance in the long-standing debate, saying that if he were the team’s owner, he would think about changing the name.

            The Oneida Nation which is leading a “Change the Mascot” campaign, scheduling radio ads to run in every city the team visits, organized the panel of speakers. Among them were two students who pushed for their school to drop the name “Redskins,” a psychologist who has studied the public health consequences of the word’s use, the head of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Kevin Gover, and politicians Betty McCollum and D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D).

            “Believe me, we love out Redskins now, but it does not have a glorious history,” Holmes Norton said as a third generation Washingtonian. She added that she could think of no reason to continue using a word that has a negative impact on any Americans “and especially our first Americans.”

            In May, team owner Daniel Snyder said he would “never” change the name in an interview with USA Today.
            I'm a lukewarm Skins fan at best. I like the team mostly because VLatte gives me free tickets every year (thanks!) and they're a good diversion until the NBA season starts, at which point I typically ignore them. But all that said, I think the team should change the name. Enough people are offended, and given the dicey racial history of the guy who named them Redskins in the first place, I think it's intellectually dishonest to pretend the moniker is some grand gesture of respect. It's obviously not.

            Besides, they could just change the name to the Washington Pigskins. It's a football term that won't offend anyone and it allows the franchise to keep the same colors, fight songs (with a tweak here and there) and sell brand new merchandise to existing fans. Seriously, imagine the influx of freshly minted bills as you sucker a family into purchasing new jerseys because the old ones are suddenly outdated?

            Maybe I'm oversimplifying this, but how hard would that actually be?

            Hail To The Pigskins!!!

            Question: Should the Redskins change their name?

            [1] Congrats Pelicans fans! You win!

            Tuesday, September 24, 2013

            Of Obama, Hot Mics, And Having A Healthy Fear Of Your Spouse.

            There are a multitude of perfectly acceptable gender double standards in society. Nightclubs can hold Ladies' Night, but Men's Night prolly wouldn't fly. Women can let the door fling in each other's faces, but men are expected to hold the door when a woman is behind him. Women go to the bathroom in packs, but two dudes leaving the table to go "freshen up" isn't exactly a normal occurrence.

            On that same note, it's perfectly fine for men to have a "healthy fear" of their wives. We hear their voices in the back of our heads when we're eating, drinking, watching or doing something we prolly shouldn't. This is an accepted norm, since women are considered the "backbone" and "conscience" of any marriage. Of course, if a woman told someone she was "scared" of her husband, the connotation would be quite different. I'm guessing a call to the authorities might be somewhere in that woman's future.

            Anyways, I thought about gender double standards reading some of the assorted commentary around the web about this week.
            President Obama said on an open microphone at the U.N. General Assembly Monday that he quit smoking six years ago "because I'm scared of my wife."

            "I hope you quit smoking," he told a fellow attendee, according to audio played Monday by CNN.

            After the man said he smokes "sometimes," Obama said he chews Nicorette nicotine gum and that "I haven't had a cigarette in probably six years."

            He then jokes: "That' because I'm scared of my wife."

            Michelle Obama previously said that Obama quit smoking sometime around 2010.
            Here's the audio.

            Predictably, some on the right are using this to make jokes about the President's lack of testicular fortitude, and questioning how a man could actually run the real world if he can't even run his own household. Some even mused that a man who is scared of his wife is the end game of the "Wussification of American Men". I'm not gonna link to such foolishness, if you're so inclined, go find it yourself.

            Naturally, I find this to be total and complete bullsh*t. And yes, I have what I would consider a "healthy fear" of my wife. I think this "healthy fear", when combined with my own conscience (among other things) keeps me steered clear of a fair amount of potential trouble. And I'm fairly sure that's all the President was doing here. Relaying that he's decided to quit smoking (among other reasons) because he simply doesn't wanna have to face the wrath of Michelle if he comes back in the White House smelling like Newports.[1]

            I think most (presumably happy) married men understand this. Unless they're Conservatives.

            Question: Is it fine to have a "healthy fear" of your spouse? Are there some socially accepted double standards that really bug you?!?

            [1] Yeah, I know the POTUS prolly didn't smoke Menthols. Whatever, it was a good punchline.

            Friday, July 19, 2013

            President Obama's Trayvon Martin Speech.

            You've probably noticed I haven't said much about President Obama here lately. That's purely intentional, and if you need a refresher on why, just rewind a bit.

            So, no, I'm not exactly on the hardcore #TeamObama bandwagon anymore. But don't worry, I'm not before your very eyes either. I'm just finding less and less inclination to stick up for sh*t he and his administration are doing anymore. Call it Negro President Defense Fatigue. Or don't call it anything. I don't care. Whatever.

            So when I got a news alert that the President was finally breaking his silence on the George Zimmerman verdict, I was naturally skeptical, given his "tiptoe through the tulips" approach to issues of race since being elected. I haven't watched this myself yet, maybe I will later (or not) and weigh in. Either way, here it is.

            Question: What did you think?

            Monday, July 8, 2013

            Do Poor White People Exist?!? (Revisited)

            I found a story about hunger/poverty in rural Tennessee in today's Post interesting. Maybe you will as well.
            Here, in the rural hills of Tennessee, is the latest fallout of a recession that officially ended in 2009 but remains without end for so many. More than 1 in 4 children now depend on government food assistance, a record level of need that has increased the federal budget and changed the nature of childhood for the nation’s poor.

            First, schools became the country北京体彩网官方网站’s biggest soup kitchens, as free and reduced-price lunch programs expanded to include free breakfast, then free snacks and then free backpacks of canned goods sent 北京体彩网官方网站 for weekends. Now those programs are extending into summer, even though classes stop, in order for children to have a dependable source of food. Some elementary school buildings stay open year-round so cafeterias can serve low-income students. High schools begin summer programs earlier to offer free breakfast.

            And late last month came the newest iteration: a school bus retrofitted into a bread truck bouncing along a potholed road near the Blue Ridge Mountains. It parked in a valley of 30 single-wide trailers — some rotting in the sun, others swallowed by weeds and mosquitoes alongside the Nolichucky River. The driver opened his window and listened to the utter silence. “It feels like a ghost town,” he said.
            , and chime in with your thoughts below.

            I hate beating a dead drum here, but while I found this piece to be well written and enthralling, I can't help but compare the tone of the piece with your typical urban poverty story. Here, once again, the concept of personal responsibility is foreign. Unmarried white omen with multiple kids by multiple fathers aren't taken to task for their poor decisions, crime (which is surely a problem) isn't mentioned, and there's a convenient excuse (Obama!) for why these otherwise motivated people find themselves on society's bottom wrung. The people (teens, young mothers, kids, but oddly no grown men) are victims of circumstances beyond their control, not people whose own life decisions landed them where they are. They are humanized in a way poor urban blacks seldom are.

            I'm sure some of you think I'm a little paranoid (I am) and insensitive to the people in this story (I'm not), but seriously. It seems like the mainstream media pretends the millions of poor white people in this country北京体彩网官方网站 don't exist, and only "discovers" them for well written, nuanced pieces like this one. Frankly, although I (obviously) enjoyed reading this excellent piece of longform journalism, I'm getting a little tired of this.

            Question: Did you read the entire article? What are your thoughts?

            Tuesday, May 21, 2013

            The Obamas: Black America's Crotchety Grandfather And Nagging Head Of The Usher Board.

            over at The Atlantic.]

            Four and a half years into this whole "Black President" thing, I'm willing to admit some of us might have gotten it wrong. No, I'm not talking about whether voting for Obama over McCain in 2008 was the right call (it was), nor whether voting for Obama over Clinton was the right call (I'm fairly certain it was). I'm talking about the insistence of some in Black America that electing a Black President would make the lives of everyday Black Folks better. Many thought this would magically raise achievement of black students, magically get more black folks to tie the knot, magically transport black men from "The Traaaap" to Morehouse, and magically get sistas off the pole and turned into a new generation of Claire Huxtables. Personally, I always thought this sh*t was some pie in the sky, "Success By Osmosis" talk. I've expressed doubt about this repeatedly here over the years, and many of you have expressed your (fervent) disagreement. It happens.

            Still, I thought the election of a Black President would yield some tangible benefits to the black community, beyond a slew of streets and schools renamed after him. I took his campaign promise to institute "Urban Empowerment Zones" to spur economic development, his promise to take the "Harlem Children's Zone" model nationwide in an effort to fix ailing schools, and his promise to end the disparity in crack/powder cocaine sentencing seriously. I mean, this sh*t was actually on his campaign website, not conjured up in the heads of people projecting each and every aspiration of an entire race onto one man. So yeah, I expected that much, at least, and that much would most certainly have yielded some benefits specific to Black People.

            When folks like Tavis Smiley and Cornell West raised concerns about Obama's "Black Platform" during the election, they were summarily dismissed as crabs in a barrel himself) undermined their points, but in retrospect, those points had some validity.

            Fast forward half a decade, and much of what they warned about has come true. Obama pays very little attention to the Black Community beyond the usual lip service when it comes time to get re-elected. Sure, parading all those singing, dancing, acting Black folks in and out of the White House for events makes him appear more culturally in-tune than his predecessors, but I've always been far more concerned about the near absence of people of color in said White House making decisions and pushing policy. With the minor exception of flying to Chicago to lecture Black folks about personal responsibility (and to use them as a backdrop to push gun control post-Newtown), the President has been about as omniscient in the Black community as a Zoe's Kitchen.[1] Sure, he'll drop into a black church or show up at a black commencement speech every now and then to keep his street cred save face, but the topic of his speech is almost always the same: "Ya'll n*ggas need to stop f*ckin' up so much and get like me." Of course, he would help more people "get like him" if he pushed some actual laws that helped "them", but what's a minor detail like policy in the grand scheme of things?

            The lack of concern for Black communities (beyond winning an election) was underscored 3 times last week. After some outlandishly ignorant Negroes opened fire on a Mother's Day Parade (!!!) in New Orleans, injuring 19 people (including kids), the White House did nothing beyond issue the typical "yeah, we're sorry that happened to you" press release. There was no press conference assuring Crescent City citizens that the Feds would dedicate every available resource to finding the (at that point still) on the loose gunmen. No call to examine gun laws. No promise to ensure children in New Orleans could go to a Mother's Day parade in the future without worrying about getting sprayed with bullets. No nothing, really. Seriously, Google "new orleans mothers day shooting obama" and see what you get. Lemme know how that works out for you.

            The cherries on the proverbial Insult Sundae came over the weekend. I didn't watch the POTUS' speech at Morehouse, but I did watch Michelle Obama's mostly gracious speech at my wife alma mater, Bowie State.

            I love the FLOTUS as much as I love myself a good Syfy movie and the subsequent long Sunday afternoon nap[2], but .
            "Today, instead of walking miles every day to school, they're sitting on couches for hours, playing video games, watching TV. Instead of dreaming of being a teacher or a lawyer or a business leader, they're fantasizing about being a baller or a rapper. Right now, one in three African-American students are dropping out of high school; only one in five African Americans between the ages of 25 and 29 has gotten a college degree."
            Uh, seriously, this speech was at a ceremony for the very people who defied every stereotype and hurdled every obstacle. What exactly is the point of bringing this up, and to whom exactly are you talking? Would you toast someone at a wedding by mentioning just how terrible the state of black marriage is? I think not.

            I'm sure this sounds petty and nitpicky to many of you, but this speech and others of its ilk ring hollow for many reasons. Educational attainment and gender gaps are issues also prevalent in the white community (albeit to a far lesser degree) but neither the POTUS nor FLOTUS would breach the subject of personal responsibility when addressing the graduates of a mostly white college. And this also isn't new, as the President has been giving slightly different riffs on the same topic for years now.

            At what point does the President use black people for something other than a backdrop to address a much wider-focused political point, and actually use his (dwindling) power to address the very government created policies that (in)directly created many of the problems Black people are facing in the first place?

            Personally, I'm getting tired of hearing all this "personal responsibility sh*t" flung at black audiences. Personally, I'd like the President to "take personal responsibility" of his own and start doing something, anything, to address said issues.

            Personally, I'm not holding my breath.

            Question: Does the President' lip service to the black community tick you off, or am I just in Super Hater Mode today?!?

            [1] , BTW. And no, that's not a paid ad.

            [2] In other words, a lot. A whole lot.

            Monday, April 29, 2013

            Obama White House Correspodents Dinner Speech.

            Some real zingers here. Obama clearly has stepped his comedy ghostwriter selection game up. His timing, once cringe-worthy, has also improved markedly since his first couple of Nerd Proms. I thought he went a little overboard with the Muslim/Kenyan stuff, but whatever.

            I'm not saying he has a future in stand-up, but this was at least entertaining.

            Thursday, April 18, 2013

            Gun Control Dies A Gruesome, Yet Totally Predictable Death.

            back in December.
            President Obama’s ambitious effort to overhaul the nation’s gun laws in response to December’s school massacre in Connecticut suffered a resounding defeat Wednesday, when every major proposal he championed fell apart on the Senate floor.

            It was a stunning collapse for gun-control advocates just four months after the deaths of 20 children and six adults in Newtown led the president and many others to believe that the political climate on guns had been altered in their favor.

            The national drive for laws that might prevent another mass shooting unraveled under intense pressure from the gun rights lobby, which used regional and cultural differences among senators to prevent new firearms restrictions.

            One by one, the Senate blocked or defeated proposals that would ban certain military-style assault rifles and limit the size of ammunition magazines.

            But the biggest setback for the White House was the defeat of a measure to expand background checks to most gun sales. The Senate defied polls showing that nine in 10 Americans support the idea, which was designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.

            “All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” a visibly angry Obama said as he delivered his response to the nation.
            So, in short, a lobbying organization essentially overrode the opinion of 90% of Real Amurricans by convincing a handful of cowardly Senators that they'd be in the proverbial crosshairs if they dared defy the NRA.

            Freakin' amazing. And in a strange way, not that amazing at all.

            I almost wonder if this thing isn't actually about gun control to the Senators who voted against this, and more about disliking the President/being perceived as siding with the President.

            I'mma just throw this out there for debate, even though it's not really all that debatable at all, after yesterday's verdict: Wayne LaPierre is the most powerful man in America. Period.

            If dead white children and white women can't get substantive gun control legislation of even the most water-down variety passed, then clearly we, as a country北京体彩网官方网站, and totally f*cked.

            Question: Does LaPierre have the biggest set of brass balls this side of Sam Cassell? Is gun control dead, or should the President keep pushing?

            Thursday, April 11, 2013

            N*ggas In Havana: The Song.

            Back during the run-up to the 2008 election, I had a recurring feature called Why You Should Never Ask A Rapper About Politricks, which features several examples of misinformed idiots trying to chime in on the candidacy of then-Senator Obama. The results were often disastrous, but since most of these folks were #TeamObama, people generally gave them a pass. Now, a rapper trying to put on for McCain, that was a problem on the other hand.

            I suspect the Obama White House sees this particular strain of celebrity endorsement the same way. You can't be mad at rappers for occasionally saying ignorant sh*t in support of you, because the last thing you want is those same rappers against you. Unless said rapper is named Lupe Fiasco, cause nobody actually cares what he thinks anymore.

            Jay-Z has used his connection to #TeamObama to elevate is already sizable stature in the rap game, peppering his verses with the occasional shout-out to Barack, which in a strange symbiotic manner gives the President, a guy who prolly thinks hip hop ended with Young MC some street cred. Of course, there's a downside to this association, because anything somewhat controversial that the Jigga Man and his wife do inevitably gets associated with the Obamas, cause hey, that's just how this whole racism thing works and whatnot. When Jay-Z and Beyonce took a trip to Cuba last week, many on the right who probably can't even spell Beyonce without the help of WikiPedia used this to slam the President. While it was eventually revealed that the trip was fully cleared by the Treasury Department, I assumed this story was over.

            But of course it isn't, cause Jay-Z didn't milk it for self-serving publicity yet. Cue , and already has resulted in a White House rebuttal.
            It seemed like White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was waiting for the question when he was asked Thursday about Jay-Z's newest rap, which focuses on his U.S. government-approved trip to Cuba with wife Beyonce last week.

            In the rap, Jay-Z suggested their clearance came from the White House, when it actually came from the Treasury Department.

            "I turned Havana into Atlanta… Boy from the 'hood, I got White House clearance. ..Obama said 'chill you gonna get me impeached.' (But) you don't need this – expletive – anyway. Chill with me on the beach," the lyrics stated.

            In one of the most bizarre exchanges in the White House press briefing room, a reporter read the lyrics to Carney, asking about the White House approval. And Carney, without missing a beat, hit back.

            "I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury," he said.

            Treasury Secretary Jack Lew was nominated by President Barack Obama earlier year and subsequently confirmed by the Senate.

            Pressed further on whether the president had a conversation with Jay-Z, Carney shot down the speculation.

            "I am absolutely saying that the White House and the president on down had nothing to do with anybody's personal, anybody's travel to Cuba," he said. "That is something the Treasury handles."

            After two members of Congress called for an investigation of the power couple's controversial trip and explanation of the type of travel license issued, the Treasury Department responded in a letter, giving more details about the licenses.
            Here's the song. It's just 3 minutes of typical Hov boasting with some jibberish about selling his stake in the Brooklyn Nets mixed in for good measure. Mannnn, "The Takeover" seems like it was eons ago.

            Step your bars up, Corey S. Carter. This sh*t is garbage, sonnn.

            There are no winners in this conference of douchebags. Jay-Z's (completely unnecessary!) hyperbolic boasting on wax gets taken out of context, dragging the White House into the news cycles for something completely unnecessary. The Republicans who complained about this nonsense look like culturally brain dead assholes who also happened to burn valuable Treasury Department resources to get an answer to a question nobody else was even asking. And oh yeah, a few GOP Party officials look like total morons for wasting valuable time on this.

            Seriously, enough already. I'm not saying Obama needs to issue a fullblown Kanye West-level bus tossing of Jay-Z, but it might help us all.

            At the very worst, it might actually inspire Jay-Z to write a diss track worthy or more than one listen.

            Question: Why did Jay-Z feel the need to record this nonsense? Shouldn't he just be somewhere counting his money instead?