Tuesday, November 28, 2006

BBC Interview

I was surprised yesterday to see an interview request from the BBC. They wanted to talk to me about my Minstrel Show video

It continues to amaze me how many folks have even seen the movie. When I asked her how she found it, she said that she didn't know and that it had just been floating around.

We were going to do a phone interview this morning, but for whatever reason, they decided that the DJ should do the interview. He(D Money) seemed like a nice enough guy. He caught me off guard with a couple of questions, but it was a fun experience. They said it should air sometime later this week.


I just hope they don't edit the discussion in a negative way. We will see.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Winning in Iraq

The big thing for Republicans now is to ask the question.... Do you want to win in Iraq? Its very clever. No American would every say "no I want to lose". The problem is they are much better at creating rhetorical questions than they are governing.

Why would anyone believe that Republicans would lead us to victory in Iraq when everything they have done has displayed their utter incompetence. Hell, they think we are winning.

Here are a few questions they should be answering.
1) Do you want our troops to sit in the middle of a civil war
2) How many of our troops have to die before you understand that your "strategy" is not working
3) How long do you think it will actually take for Democracy to take hold?
4) Have we been greeted as liberators yet?

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

A surprise visit

Doesn't it seem strange that every time a government official goes to Iraq, its a "surprise visit". Do a search on "surprise visit" and you will see thousands of articles about how Rice, Bush, Rumsfeld, or Chaney made a surprise visit. All of the articles try to spin the surprise as a gift to the troops to increase moral. What they should be saying is the place is so dangerous that we can not protect our officials over there with a pre-communicated visit.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Make sure your vote is counted

With the election less than a month away and with so much on the line in terms of the direction this country is headed, I can't help but think back to the folks in Ohio that had to wait in lines for literally 8 hours so they can vote. Many people could simply could not wait that long and were disenfranchise because the local authorities were "unprepared" for whatever reason.

Every year the Dems hire buses to take people to the polls.

Why don't they just get people to vote absentee? It quick, easy and can be done at your leisure over the course of a number of days.

Given the lack of security and political motivations of the people that make and maintain the voting machines here, here, and here. I think its time to go absentee.

If they are still concerned about votes being counted, drop the ballot in a mailbox from a wealthy neighborhood. Wealthy people always get their vote counted :)

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

More evidence of the Minstrel Mentality

Paul Scott was a fan of the minstrel show video. He has been speaking on the subject for quite a while now. He recently told me about something that the WWE is doing. It seems they are introducing a new fighting team called "Cryme Tyme". It's oh so funny how this new team robs a store and mugs a man to get ready for their matches.

When will this coonery end.

Check out the speed and endurance videos at the bottom of the screen

You guys really don't want to get Minister Paul Scott angry. He is going to get a drop squad together if you don't ease up on this bullshit :)

Sunday, October 08, 2006

The evolution of oppression

I just posted my latest video. Its called the evolution of oppression. The concept came to me while driving home one day. It describes the methods of oppression over time leading to todays hijacking of popular culture. It took a long time to put together, but I am very happy with it. It was much more fun making it than my last political movies because the song I used is actually one of my favorites of all time.

I got a lot of encouragement from my last video and I am hoping this one will be as well received. I expected about 40 hits for the last video and its still rolling along with more than 12 thousand. It's not as popular as most of the videos on youtube but my video actually asks you to think.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds
First off, let me say that I am not a baseball fan. In fact, I care about Baseball about as much as I care about Hockey and Soccer. They are just sportcenter fillers until Basketball and Football are on.

The excerpts in Sports Illustrated are really getting the sports media hot. In essence the article says that Barry Bonds took steroids like they were the last meal and Home Town Buffet. Tee article also goes on to say his motivation is that he was jealous of Mark Macquire during his run and the home run record.

I don't know if Bonds took the steroids even after all of this so called evidence. The reason that I call it this is that most of what the reporters got is from court evidence during the Balco investigation. In this investigation several people were indicted and found guilty. My point is, if this were real evidence they certainly would have convicted Bonds as well. he had been one of the primary targets of the investigation.

Secondly, the guys on talk radio are making much of the accusation that Bonds did all of this in jealousy of Big Macs run in 98. How in the world could they possibly know this. Its one thing to try to decipher the facts of a case, but you can never really know what he was thinking at the time. Has Bonds been the type of person that craves media attention? He seems like the opposite. he wants people to bow down and leave him alone.

Here are Bonds HR numbers since 93. If you take out his super season of 73 which came in 2001.,it seems pretty consistent. The main point of the article is that he started taking the steroids after 98, the year in which he hit 37. He hit even less the next year.


Also, people make a bid deal out of his size compared to when he was younger. He certainly is huge now, but aren't they testing for drugs now? Why hasn't he gotten smaller like people suggested he would when baseball finally got around to taking this serious.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Who do you root for?

With the Olympics over and all this talk of medal counts, I got to thinking about who and why I root for things. I could have actually cared less that US won twenty something medals. I probably watched a total of 30 minutes of coverage over the course of the entire event. When I was younger, I can remember caring about this type of stuff. Now I don’t think it matters. I usually just root for the underdog.

For me rooting interest depends on the degrees of separation.
• Primary Family: If my wife gets a raise or my son learns a new word, I am personally proud because in some way I either participated or otherwise made possible the event (even if it means I just stepped out of the way).

• Friends: This depends on the friend and how much you were involved. If you spent a lot of time and effort with a person, you could feel the same sense of pride that you would from a primary family member. I went to high school with Kenny Williams, the general manager of the White Sox. I think its great that he has done all that he has, but he could not pick me out of a line up. I don’t find myself rooting for him at all.

• General Family: If one of my cousin graduates from Law school, I think its great but I don’t take any real pleasure from this. He did the work. I am happy for him, but not happy for myself. My father sometimes calls me up during a game to say that “number 56 is your cousin”. I have never met the guy before. Everybody is my cousin. Unless he plans of dropping some cash on me, I am really not that interested.

• Local Proximity: A lot of people really get into this one, but I don’t get it. If you went to the same school as Jason Kidd, what does that have to do with you unless you were the one that was actually taking his tests? I can understand if you still root for your college team because your are still involved with the school in some way, but if you are not still active from an alumnae standpoint and can’t name any of the players, I am not sure why you invest much into if you team makes the NCAA basketball tournament. I am not pulling for my elementary school to do well in the district spelling bee. Another one in this category is famous person X lived in MY city. I live in Oakland. Tom Hanks went to school near where I currently live. Am I supposed to take any great pleasure in this?

• National: With the end of the Cold War, this just doesn’t mean as much as it used to. Nothing was better from a rivalry standpoint than the USA versus the eastern block countries. They didn’t like us and we didn’t like them. Now everyone trains and goes to college here. Why does it matter where they are born when they are going to end up US citizens anyway? Should it matter that a sprinter was born in Florida versus Cuba?

My wife would probably say this is all fine, but you care an awful lot about how the Cowboys do every year. This is actually very true but there is a difference…. I like sports in general but its only football in general and the Cowboys specifically that really peaks my interest. I can remember watching their games before I went to school. My father introduced me to the team and I have followed them ever since. Because I have been involved for so long I would place my interest at the close family/friend level.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Ray Nagin thinks God is stupid

Mr. Nagin, who has quickly gone from victim to ridiculous clown, says that God caused hurricane Katrina because he/she is mad at the United States for the War in Iraq and with Black folks because of Black on Black crime. I expect this kind of bullshit pandering from the likes of Pat Robertson, but come on. This is straight up retarded on so many counts
Do people believe in a stupid god? I thought people believed that God is omniscient and omnipotent. Wouldn't God just strike down the guilty parties? Wouldn't it be easier for her to drop some lightening strikes down on the homes of Bush, Chenny, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz.
Couldn't she just whack the drug dealers that are at the root of some much crime in black communities. While she was at it, she could rain down on the people that grow the crops, the people that fly them in, the government officials that look the other way, and the media company execs that glorify the culture.
Why kill so many innocent people along the way? Killing someone’s elderly mother is not going to get your point across. Wouldn't God be smart enough to send a direct message and frankly call her shot to let everyone know what was going on? Every time something happens some idiot comes out of the weeds to claim god is sending a message.
When God actually wants to send a message, she will say "Hey, I did all of this shit because I was sending a message. I don’t need some half rate politician interpreting my moves!” Until then, bad stuff just happens sometimes.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Just Sad

I am not sure which is worse. The fact that black folks have to be inundated with this modern day minstrel show pawned off as pop culture or the fact that there are are so many women with such low self esteem that they would fight for the right to be with this Sambo.