Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Hello folks!

Happy Holidays!!! Welcome to the FIRST ANNUAL JOKER OF THE YEAR AWARDS. Last year we named a single Joker of the Year, but I thought it would be fun to break it down into a few categories. I mean really, how do you compare a Kanye West to a Sarah Palin? Apples and oranges, friends, apples and oranges. So write in your votes in the Comments section and I'll add them all up. Happy voting!

1. Right Wing Republican You Most Want To Slap Into Next Week (If it wouldn't result in you landing in Guantanamo Bay....) Award

  • Sarah Palin
  • George W. Bush
  • Bill O'Reilly
  • Dick Cheney
  • Rush Limbaugh (Some of his '08 gems include - "Let's say it is Obama and Hillary…Let's put Hillary at the top — That's a position she's familiar with...Therefore, you've got a woman and a black for the first time ever on the Democrat ticket. Ahem. They don't have a prayer.")

2. Bonehead Politician Award

  • Elliot Spitzer - NY Governor caught with his hand in the hooker's cookie jar...
  • Rod Blagojevich - IL Governor who actually thought he could SELL Barack Obama's senate seat on the DL and is belligerently refusing to resign.
  • Sarah Palin - See her interview with Katie Couric. Nuff said.
  • George W. Bush - Not just on GP. Did anyone see him dancing for reporters while waiting for John McCain at the White House? Ugh.
  • Kwame Kilpatrick - Detroit Mayor caught in horrible scandal involving perjury, sexy text messages and his Chief of Staff.

3. S/He Said What? Award

  • BET Co-Founder Bob Johnson (for attacking Obama at a Clinton rally) - "To me, as an African American, I am frankly insulted the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues — when Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood; I won't say what he was doing, but he said it in his book — when they have been involved."

  • Roseanne Barr (for posting the following on her blog about Oprama) - "Obama votes with Bush constantly funding this terrible endless war.Oprah, you play the race card and the gender card too. You are a closeted republican and chose Barack Obama because you do not like other women who actually stand for something to working American Women besides glamour, angels, hollywood and dieting!"

  • Pat Buchanan- For responding to Barack Obama's speech on race relations by saying, "What is wrong with Barack’s prognosis and Barack’s cure?Only this. It is the same old con, the same old shakedown that black hustlers have been running since the Kerner Commission blamed the riots in Harlem, Watts, Newark, Detroit and a hundred other cities on, as Nixon put it, “everybody but the rioters themselves.”" Buchanan went on to say, "America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known."

  • Sharon Stone - For blaming the earthquake in China on China's bad karma. Stone said, "They're not being nice to the Dalai Lama, who is a friend of mine. And then all of this earthquake and all this happened and I thought, is that karma? When you're not nice, that bad things happen to you?" Over 68,000 innocent people, many of them children, have died in the earthquake. Stone needs to stick to acting and leave politics alone. Oh wait, didn't Basic Instinct 2 only bring in $100?? Hmmm, she should just sit in a corner.

4. Entertainer Who Shows That You Can Pay For School But You Can't Buy Class Award

  • Papoose - This rocket scientist was set to marry Remy Ma during a visit to his boo in prison. BUT he got busted sneaking a handcuff key into the prison, so the wedding did not take place and he's been banned from Riker's for 6 months.

  • Nas, Kelis and their entourage - For rocking "N*gger" jackets to the Grammy's.

  • DMX - For not knowing who Barack Obama was during an XXL interview and saying, Barack?! What the f**k is a Barack? Barack Obama. Where he from Africa?..What the f**k? That ain't no f**kin' name, yo. That ain't that n**ga's name. You can't be serious. Barack Obama. Get the f**k outta here"

  • Kanyeezy - For multiple airport skirmishes...

5. Person Who Wishes The Most That He Or She NEVER Heard The Name Barack Obama

  • Hillary Clinton
  • John McCain
  • Tavis Smiley
  • Jesse Jackson, Sr.
  • Bill Clinton

6. WTH Moment? Award

  • Gas hits $5 a gallon
  • The stock market completely tanks
  • Mariah Carey marries Nick Cannon after dating for 20 seconds...
  • Barbara Walters writes tell all book about her interracial affair...
  • Jesse Jackson talking on a live mic on FOX about castrating Barack Obama...
  • Joe the Plumber gets covered during the presidential campaign like a real celebrity...
  • The U.S. relay teams drop the batons in the Olympics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7. Joker of The Year (Write-In Your own suggestions!)

This shall be my last post of 2008. I'm headed to sin city this weekend and if I have time to blog, then I might as well be at home. LOL. HAPPY HOLIDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYS

And as my parting gift--if you haven't alread--please check out the video of Jamie Foxx going at Terrence Howard. HIIIILARIOUS.

Pic Source - Trophy

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Recession: A Personal Perspective

Does this look like the face of a person who got laid off? Well as of December 1, 2008, the law firm I was practicing with officially dissolved, in large part due to the economy. This was not a small firm by any measure--it was an AmLaw 100, national firm with hundreds of lawyers and many more staff. But it collapsed, and people, including yours truly, were notified a few weeks before Thanksgiving that they would be jobless at the end of the month. I have NEVER been let go. And honestly, generally when I hear that 10,000 people have lost their jobs at some big company--I shake my head and say, "That's a shame." I never envisioned that I would be one of those faceless joes left out in the cold. It was frightening and nerve-wracking. And even though it was through no fault of mine, I was embarrassed.

Thankfully, I was only jobless for about 2 and a half weeks before the labor group that I practice with found another firm for us to relocate to and I officially went back to the grind this week. I can honestly say that I learned a lot--that you can't take anything for granted, save as much as you can, etc. More importantly, I'll feel a lot more empathy when some big faceless corporation announces cutbacks.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Joker of the Week Nods

Hello Bloggers!
This week I have a rack of contenders. I am absolutely positive, you might not know who to vote for.

George W. Bush - For having two shoes thrown at him in Iraq during a press conference by an angry Iraqi journalist. What Bush has done to Iraq is not a laughing matter. However , seeing that bozo duck when that shoe came flying at his head was HILarious. You cannot script that kind of comedy.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich - For thinking he could actually sell Barack Obama's senate seat. Let's put aside the corruption for a second and focus on the stupidity. Doesn't he know that EVERYTHING Obama related is under strict scrutiny? He actually believed he could sell it without no one being any wiser?

Big Baby Glen Davis of the Boston Celtics - For crying like a little girl on the Celtics bench after Kevin Garnett gave him a blistering set down. And I'm not exaggerating. When I was younger, when I got really really mad, all I could do was cry tears of anger and frustration. That is what Big Baby looked like--me at 11 years old. Except he's a grown man on an NBA team.....

Jesse Jackson Jr. - If Junior is Candidate 5 AND was willing to have surrogates pay a million bucks for Obama's vacant senate seat, he's got some serious explaining to do...

Senate Republicans - I'm not necessarily behind all of these bailouts. However, my understanding is that the reason Senate Republicans didn't vote for the auto bailout is because they wanted lower union wages. Seriously? What happened to all of that crap about "main street." Wouldn't blue collar union workers qualify as main street? And Republicans signed off on 700 billion dollars for the financial industries, but not for the average union worker in Michigan? Country first my eye...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Early Joker Nod - Illinois Governor Nabbed For Corruption

According to CNN, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been arrested by the feds on corruption charges. Allegedly, this bozo planned to award President Elect Barack Obama's senate seat to the highest bidder--seeking gifts, appointments and money for himself and his wife. He also allegedly was involved in other shady dealings. What a bozo! I hope they don't try to link Obama to this mess.
I feel sorry for the people of Illinois. They are harmed the most by corrupt officials.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

My Joker Of The Week

Hello bloggers,

I know I've been remiss lately, but, I'm back! I can think of no one more deserving of this week's prize than NFL NY Giants' player Plaxico Burress. Gun at the club. Check. Accidentally shoot yourself in the leg. Check. Get arrested for shooting yourself and carrying a weapon. Check. Suspended from your Superbowl winning team for the remainder of the season. Check Check and Check.
Honorable Mention goes to Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell. This bozo was overheard commenting on President Elect Obama's choice of Janet Napolitano as the head of the Department of Homeland Security. He said, "Janet's perfect for that job. Because for that job, you have to have no life. Janet has no family. Perfect. She can devote, literally, 19-20 hours a day to it." What an idiot. So single people have no life--single people can devote every waking minute to work because they don't have kids at home? He was too steps shy of calling her a spinster. Loser.
Any one on your Joker list this week? Feel free to add them in the comments section!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


We're headed to my mom's house - turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, chicken, string beans, homemade cornbread dressing, sweet potato pie, apple pie, etc. SCANDALOUS. I'll be in the gym today, tomorrow morning, Friday and beyond, but it's WORTH IT! Happy holidays!

Monday, November 17, 2008


While many of us are still basking in the glow of Barack's historic win, the gay and lesbian community is dealing with the aftermath of the passage of Proposition 8. Wanda Sykes has recently "come out of the closet" and said that she felt that Prop 8 was a "personal attack". Wanda and her "wife" were married last month. Melissa Etheridge has recently declared that she will not pay California any more taxes since it does not regard her as an "equal citizen". Interestingly, African-Americans overwhelmingly voted for Proposition 8. Also, another state (I believe Arkansas) has now banned same-sex partners from adopting.
What do you think about Proposition 8 and related laws? Is this an issue of civil rights? Morality? Do we have the right as Americans to prohibit others from living their lives as they choose?
Please let me know what you think.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Joker of the Week Nods

Hello bloggers!
I have quite a few contenders for Joker of the Week. I honestly am not quite sure who I am voting for, although I'm leaning in one direction....
Have a great weekend!
Angelina Jolie - For flaunting her adulterous affair and being completely disrespectful to the sanctity of marriage and another woman. Boo!

"Reverend Donald Spitz" - This nut responded to one of my Palin-related blogs last week that it was perfectly acceptable to bomb abortion clinics because they are sinners. He then told me to say this prayer: "Dear Jesus, I am a sinner and am headed to eternal hell because of my sins. I believe you died on the cross to take away my sins and to take me to heaven. Jesus, I ask you now to come into my heart and take away my sins and give me eternal life." LOL. What a nut job. I'm a Christian and I'm saved, but right wing conservative Christians slay me with their hypocrisy. Murdering doctors, patients and innocent passersby is righteous? Give me a break.

Acid Throwing Terrorists - These radical Taliban supporters threw acid in the faces of schoolgirls in Afghanistan who were walking to school. The Taliban is completely against women obtaining an education and these nuts wanted to punish and terrorize teens going to school. Two girls were blinded in the attack and others suffered injuries. Sometimes it is really difficult for me to understand the lack of humanity in this world.

Silvio Berlusconi - In a conversation with a Russian leader, much to the chagrin of his countrymen, Italy's Prime Minister said of President-Elect Barack Obama, ''Obama is young, handsome and also tanned, so he has all the qualities to agree with you." Let's put aside the lack of logic in this statement (i.e. because someone is handsome they would be more inclined to have similar political views as another political leader). But Tanned? Really?

Kanyeezy - The jury is still out, but apparently Kanye West was arrested AGAIN at the airport today for some sort of altercation. Kanye pull it together. You are not above the law!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Jolie vs. Aniston

People is reporting that in an upcoming issue of Vogue, Jennifer Aniston is responding to Angelina Jolie's comments about when she and Brad Pitt fell in love. Apparently, Jolie commented that she could not wait to get to work on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith to see Pitt, along with other remarks about how the relationship developed. Ummm, problem, Pitt was still married to Aniston at the time, and Aniston said that some of the things about the Jolie-Pitt relationship she did not know about and Jolie's comments were inappropriate, not discrete and uncool.

I know no one knows about what goes on behind closed doors, but I'll have to hop on Team Aniston on this one. Pitt was married and thus off limits in my mind. So while this may have been a happy ending that Brangelina can tell their kids about, it doesn't stop the fact that their relationship arose out of adultery and they were gallivanting at work while Pitt was married. So Jolie gets a thumbs down on this one from me.

What say you?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Out With The Old

In with the new!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This photo brings a huge smile to my face and a tear to my eye. GO OBAMA FAMILY!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

One Last Word On Palin

Not to be an obnoxious winner, but I had to say one last word on the Palinator. Now that the campaign is over, the news media is revealing all sorts of juicy tidbits that were covered up. (Ironic given that the media is allegedly so liberal). In any event, according to the Huffington Post, some media outlets are now revealing that Governor Sarah Palin did not know that Africa is a continent. She thought it was a country. Moreover, Palin apparently did not know which countries were parties to the NORTH AMERICAN Free Trade Agreement. Boy did we dodge a bullet....

Reports are surfacing that Palin was indeed a diva--reducing her staff to tears after she interviewed poorly and her approval poll numbers started to slip. In addition, she allegedly spent much more than $150,000 on clothes--she spent additional thousands more on clothes for her husband and children. So much so that one McCain campaign aide described the Palins as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast.” Yikes! And these folks were all on the same team?

With that, I will leave you with some Palinisms to ponder, with a laugh and a sigh of relief.

  • "I'll try to find you some and I'll bring them to you." --Sarah Palin, asked by Katie Couric to cite specific examples of how John McCain has pushed for more regulation in his 26 years in the Senate, CBS News interview, Sept. 24, 2008

  • "All of 'em, any of 'em that have been in front of me over all these years." --Sarah Palin, unable to name a single newspaper or magazine she reads, interview with Katie Couric, CBS News, Oct. 1, 2008

  • "There's a place in Hell reserved for women who don't support other women." --Sarah Palin, misquoting former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, who said women should "help" other women," Carson, Calif., Oct. 4, 2008

  • "They are also building schools for the Afghan children so that there is hope and opportunity in our neighboring country of Afghanistan." --Sarah Palin, speaking at a fundraiser in San Francisco, Oct. 5, 2008

  • "I like being here because it seems like here and in our last rally too -- other parts around this great Northwest -- here in New Hampshire you just get it." --Sarah Palin, Laconia, New Hampshire, Oct. 15, 2008

  • "I don't know if you're going to use the word 'terrorist' there." --Sarah Palin, asked if people who bomb abortion clinics are terrorists, NBC News interview, Oct. 23, 2008

  • "We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, D.C. ...We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation." --Sarah Palin, speaking at a fundraiser in Greensoboro, N.C., Oct. 16, 2008

  • We realize that more and more Americans are starting to see the light there and understand the contrast. And we talk a lot about, OK, we’re confident that we’re going to win on Tuesday, so from there, the first 100 days, how are we going to kick in the plan that will get this economy back on the right track and really shore up the strategies that we need over in Iraq and Iran to win these wars?" --Sarah Palin, suggesting we are at war with Iran, FOX News interview, Nov. 1, 2008

  • "Ohh, good, thank you, yes." --Sarah Palin, after a notorious Canadian prank caller complimented her on the documentary about her life, Hustler's "Nailin Paylin," Nov. 1, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Yes We Did


Hello to the new first family!!! I think we will all remember where we were and how we felt at 11:00 pm last night when they called the election for President elect Barack Obama. The pride, the sense of accomplishment and sheer joy that this election has brought me is immeasurable. Congratulations to Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden and their families. Now the real work begins!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


FINALLY! We've been talking about this election for months and months and months. In some ways, I cannot believe it is here. I got up early this morning to go and vote. I planned to go later in the day, but my excitement would not allow me to sleep. When I arrived at my polling place I could not believe the line. It was so long that I could not see the end of it when I drove up. As I walked and talked with other voters, it became clear that every single African American around me was excited, proud, emotional and enthusiastic. There was an air of camaraderie and a sense of history all around us. Everyone had cameras, and I took a picture of the line as I stood there. Ultimately, I waited for 3 hours. I was tired, but when I cast my ballot for the Obama-Biden ticket, a smile spread across my face and I honestly felt like I was casting a ballot for a family member or brother. I never thought the day would come when I could cast a ballot for an African American President. I'm so glad that I was wrong. This is a magnificent day for ALL Americans.
Wherever you are, please vote. And if you run into problems at the polls, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Joker of the Week Nods

Hola folks,

This week there are a number of potential contenders, and it's been difficult to narrow them down. Happy voting and have a great weekend!

  • Joe The Plumber - This jabroni has a publicist and is working on a country music record deal all because he's become the every man symbol of the Republican Party. He's unlicensed, doesn't own a business, owes back taxes and has the nerve to challenge Obama's plan. But beyond that, this idiot said on Fox News that Obama would bring about the "death of Israel." I really loathe stupid people with a platform.
  • Kadeem Hardison - For appearing as Flavor Flav's sidekick on the sitcom Under One Roof.
  • John McCain/Sarah Palin - This is a preemptive nod--as I am cautiously optimistic that they will LOSE to the Obama/Biden ticket on next Tuesday.
  • George W. Bush - This joker is going out on some of the worst approval ratings ever. His presidency has yielded the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, soaring health care costs, multiple wars, etc. Yet, he still provides gems like this - "This thaw -- took a while to thaw, it's going to take a while to unthaw." -- (speaking on liquidity in the markets, Alexandria, La., Oct. 20, 2008)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Kadeem Hardison: Under One Roof

While I was working out last night at the gym, I noticed a show on the MyNetwork called Under One Roof. While I had heard about Flavor Flav's new sitcom, I had never actually seen it. The premise of the show is that Flav and his brother are polar opposites. However, Flav took the rap for his brother when he got into a car accident and went to jail. His brother, went on to great success with a mansion in Beverly Hills, a white wife and a successful career. Now, Flav is out of jail and his brother owes him one and they all live...under one roof. Comedy ensues! Yes Flav is a Fresh Prince in the new millennium, without the good looks, charm and comedic timing.

However, that is not the story. The story is--who was guest starring in the role of a fellow ex-con on the loose? Kadeem Hardison. At first, I didn't recognize him. But then I did and I said, "My God. Dwayne Wayne? What the h*ll happened?" I know the credit crisis is hitting everyone, but dang it! A guest appearance on a Flavor Flav sitcom? As a child of the 80s who grew up watching Dwayne navigate black college life on A Different World, I was sad to see him as Flavor Flav's sidekick.

Pic Source - Hardison

Monday, October 27, 2008

Thoughts and Prayers

Our thoughts and prayers are with Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson--whose mother and brother were senselessly and horribly murdered over the weekend. It is believed that her nephew's body has been found in Hudson's deceased brother's SUV. This is such an unimaginable tragedy--to lose your mother, brother and nephew so violently and suddenly. It's really unthinkable and I sincerely hope the culprits pay. Justice, however, is little solace under the circumstances.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Ummmm, What?

Kanye has released some promo pictures for his new album. I know he likes cutting edge fashion, but is it me or does he look like Pee Wee Herman (Black 2008 Edition)? Kanye's Big Adventure?

Monday, October 20, 2008

My Evening with Danny Glover

For the past several years I have had the pleasure of working with TransAfrica Forum. TAF is a non-profit organization whose goal is to advocate on behalf of people of the African diaspora to effectuate change in U.S. foreign policy in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Danny Glover is the Chairman of the Board. Harry Belafonte, Chuck D., Walter Mosley and a host of others are members of the Board. Last night they hosted an "Evening with Danny Glover" at a private home in Potomac, Maryland. It was fantastic. Danny was humble, had a great sense of humor and was extremely passionate about his work for people of African descent.

I had the great pleasure of meeting him and he thanked me for all of my work with TAF and gave me a hug and a kiss. (As a movie aficionado, all I kept thinking was The Color Purple, Beloved, Lethal Weapon, Witness, Dreamgirls, EEK!). I maintained my cool though. LOL. And when my fiance told Danny he was from Senegal, Danny even started speaking Wolof to him. DANNY IS THE MAN! What a great evening.

These pics are from my cell phone camera. I should be getting a few more from my friends at TAF from their digital cams.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Joker of the Week Nods

1. LL Cool J - For being a no show at the Janet Jackson concert in D.C. This one is personal. If Janet can show and she has vertigo, why the heck couldn't LL?

2. Clinton Portis (of the Washington Redskins) - This comes courtesy of 12Kyle. Portis recently said, “I don’t think I’m going to vote. Because I make Republican income, but I need the Democrats in office, so which way do I go?” Newsflash Portis--people DIED, DIED so that you and I could have the right to vote. How DARE you sit on the sidelines because you're worried about your money? I don't even care if you vote for McCain, but to not vote? That is irresponsible and disrespectful to our parents and grandparents and other ancestors. You disgust me.

3. John McCain - For being a grumpy old man, losing three debates in a row, being totally erratic and an overall losah.

4. Joe the Plumber - This Republican bonehead challenged Senator Obama during a rally and then Joe's tax crisis figured prominently during the Presidential debate. But it turns out, not only will Joe do better under Obama's plan, but further investigation has shown that Joe owes back taxes and is not even a licensed plumber. HA!

5. Anti-Obama radicals - All of the racists nuts at the Klan, excuse me, McCain/Palin rallies calling Senator Barack Obama a terrorist, Arab, Muslim, Obama bin lyin; shouting out for Obama's murder and holding stuffed monkeys with with Obama's name on them. What a great way to show that we are the land of the free and a place of tolerance.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Janet - Ms. Jackson If You're Nasty!

I went to see the diva known as Janet Jackson last night at her D.C. leg of the Rock Witchu tour, along with my girls Lily and Nadine. One word- FANTABULOUS. I've seen her a couple of times before so the awesomeness that is Janet is no surprise to me. I have been a fan for a million years. I remember borrowing my father's "Control" album and playing it on my record player or having the Rhythm Nation tape (not the CD, not an I Tunes download--but a good old fashioned tape). So my JJ love goes waaaay back.

Even with the vertigo and all of the postponements, she still brought her A game! And she had to bring it even harder because that joker LL Cool J was a no-show!! (I'm so tempted to send him a nasty gram. I was all set to hear "Around the way girl" and "I'm going back to Cali" --instead we sat there for an hour listening to a DJ--Quicksilver is the man, but I wanted LL! Bum! I know who will make the Joker Contender list this week...)

ANYHOO, Janet came out fierce as ever. Since I've seen her before I knew she wasn't necessarily dancing as hard as she normally does, but she was still gettin' it. From the moment she opened the show with "Pleasure Principle," she treated the audience to a futuristic travel through time and I literally danced for 99% of the show. She sang ALL of my favorites and not just a verse--she did a couple of verses and even the breakdown. I nearly lost my voice screaming when she did the "If" dance breakdown. Here are the songs I remember:

  • Pleasure Principle

  • What have you done for me lately

  • Control

  • Nasty

  • Let's Wait awhile

  • Feedback

  • Call on Me

  • Alright

  • Escapade

  • Got Til it's gone

  • Funny how time flies

  • Come back to me

  • Doesn't Really Matter

  • Miss you much

  • Rhythm Nation

  • If

  • If you want this

  • Together again

  • Runway love

  • Rock Witchu

  • When I think of you

  • So Excited

  • All for you

  • Anytime, Any place

  • Love will never do without you

  • One love

  • That's the way love goes

  • Again

  • I get so lonely

AND SO MUCH MORE. AND she was sexy. She once again pulled a man out of the audience and made his life. She did things to him that he will NEVER forget. HA. At 42, she is still gettin' it. Take notes Bey and Rih. That's a legend.

Sidenote--Her man Jermaine Dupri was there in the middle of the audience in the Rock Witchu lounge, bobbin' his head, supporting his woman. Love it!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Ok, so we profess to be some big friggin Melting Pot but we all know that's a load of crap. And if you didn't know before, this election has proved this to be true. Here, we have a formidable African-American candidate who exemplifies this so-called American Dream I've heard of all my life. He's pulled himself up from his bootstraps to become (prayerfully) the next President of the United States. Isn't that a good thing? Apparently, not. Here's the twist--what they didn't tell us about the American Dream is that it applies to some but not all Americans. Or, if it does apply to all Americans, there are limitations for your "dreams". Becoming an attorney, doctor, entrepreneur, athlete is enough. But, for an African-American (or any racial minority) to become the President of this Melting Pot is a bit too "high minded" "uppity" "ambitious" for some to accept. So, when labeling him as "inexperienced" didn't work or merely questioning his "patriotism" failed--then they called him a "terrorist", "dangerous", "Arab and Muslim". There are actually people screaming "Off with his head" and "kill him" at Mccain/Palin rallies.

And when some Redneck ignorantly claimed that Senator Obama was an Arab, McCain's response was "No, he's not. He's a decent man". Other than the fact that his defense of Senator Obama seemed insincere, I didn't think much of his statement at the time. But, now I wonder what he meant by "no he's a decent man". Is he somehow suggesting that Arabs and Muslims are not decent individuals? While I was offended when that Redneck called him an "Arab", I'm now asking myself "why"? When did calling someone an Arab or Muslim become a "slur"? Yes, I understand that her comment contained a racist and ignorant undertone BUT what if he was a Muslim or Arab would that be a disqualifier? Would he still have my vote?

I'd like to think so, but I'm not sure. I'm a Christian and I don't believe that individuals with other religions are evil heathens destined for hell. But, would I be more comfortable with another Christian as my President? I'm a rational thinker so I know that all Arabs and Muslims are not terrorists. But would I feel comfortable with an Arab-American as my President? I'm embarrassed to admit this but apparently I'm not the only one with these thoughts. People are either saying that Obama is an evil Arab or no, he's not--"He's a good man, he's one of us". So, are we saying that something is wrong with being an Arab or Muslim? What about the millions of Arabs and Muslims living in this country who are patriotic and are voting in a few weeks? They are our fellow Americans who are law abiding, tax payers who were either born here or came here to get a piece of the American Dream. Should they feel like a "slur"? Who the hell should they vote for--the right who says vote for McCain and not the evil, unpatriotic Arab terrorist who just pretends to be Christian when he's really just some Muslim or the left who says vote for Obama because he's a Christian not some terrorist.

Is it just me or should Arabs and Muslims be offended?

Friday, October 10, 2008


So, the ever vocal Tiffany "New York" Pollard added her two cents to the "engagement" of Punk and J-Hud. Here's what "Miss Ghetto Fab (well, not really "Fab") had to say:

"He’s really loving being Mr. Jennifer Hudson. I think he’s loving the lavish things she brings to his life, he’s seeing the world due to Jennifer’s success” “[But] can you love this person if they lose all of this tomorrow? She needs to find out. I just hope people are marrying each other for the right reasons.”

“It’s a mixed match, it won’t work,” she says. “He’ll be in her shadow like Al Reynolds was to Star Jones, like Stedman Graham is to Oprah.”

Is New York just hating or does she have a point?
You make the call...

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Riot Corner

Hello bloggers,

I hate the John McCain Campaign. There, I said it. It's not just because I'm pro-Obama or anti-Palin or anti-McCain. While that is true, my hatred stems from the desperate, blatant xenophobic and racist slant the McCain camp is taking as it tries to come up in the polls a few short weeks before the election. The latest "Who is the real Barack Obama?" crap is ticking me off. They're trying to link him to a domestic terrorist, they're calling him by his full name with an emphasis on Hussein, they are looking at his fundraising records for foreign sounding names to see if he's got Osama and his cousins donating to his campaign--it is disgusting. It has gotten to the point where at Palin rallies, nuts are shouting out about Obama "Terrorist" "Treason" "Kill him." Seriously? We are in the worst financial crisis in decades and the best thing the McCain camp can do is race bait and portray Barack Obama as a black American hating treasonous Islamic terrorist? That's the best the McCain campaign can offer--fear mongering, religious intolerance and racism? I've gone beyond losing respect for John McCain and his campaign, I loathe them for their disgraceful tactics. I will definitely not be voting for "that one."

Final Note - If I see Sarah Palin squinting and saying in a twangy voice "Who is Barack?" again I'm literally going to throw something. Who is Barack? I've known about him for years--he's been in 23 or 24 debates and has been running for president since 2007. Maybe if the Palinator read a newspaper she would know who Barack is. And... Who the h*ll is Sarah Palin? Nobody knew who she was before a month ago. She has the audacity to question Barack's values and his ties when her own husband was a member of the Alaska Independence Party that believed that Alaska should secede from the U.S.; and Palin even spoke at an AIP event recently. The founder of the Alaska Independence Party professed hatred for the American government and cursed the American flag as that "d*mn flag." And she has the audacity to question Barack Obama's loyalty to this country and question who he is? SMH

This is my riot for the week. Riot on about whatever is annoying you today...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

TD's Hot List

Hey bloggers,

From time to time I like to post the things I'm feeling. Here are my current favs:

Sergio Mendes' cd Encanto - A great follow up to Timeless--Mendes' new cd is a perfect blend of Brazillian jazz, soul, and samba. Definitely worth a purchase.

The new tv season - AAAAAAAH - The Game, Heroes, Grey's Anatomy, Ugly Betty, 30 Rock, The Office, the Amazing Race, Desperate Housewives--I could go on!!! Given the state of the economy, a little television comedy, adventure or drama can go a long way.

Tina Fey as Sarah Palin. Nothing more needs to be said.

What is the What - Finally my book club is reading this book by Dave Eggers, a real life story of a Sudanese refugee.

So what's on your hot list?

Pic Source - Ugly Betty
Pic Soucre - Tina Fey
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Friday, October 3, 2008

Jokers Of The Week

Sigh. I'm sure many of you saw the debate. You betcha, doggonit, darn right, maverick, reform, energy, change, "nuculur" - delivered with a smile and a wink. I think that sums up Sarah Palin's performance. But I'm not sure who I am more disgusted by: Palin who delivered written talking points with a twangy energizer bunny like enthusiasm, but expressly refused to actually answer questions; or the media analysts who are falling over themselves because she didn't start crying and quit, but was "folksy" and likeable. Ummm, she responded to a question about the credit crisis and bankruptcy by talking about her record on energy. WTF? Is this serious? Joe Biden demonstrated passion and a vast knowledge of both domestic and foreign policy issues and the media is falling over themselves because Palin winked at the American people.
Thank goodness the instant polls show that Americans thought Biden won the debate. Some people are actually using their brains.
That is why I am naming both Sarah Palin and media political analysts the Jokers of the Week.
Biden is my winner of the week for gracefully smacking Palin down with facts and not just campaign slogans. Go Joe!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Ummmm, What?

Note to Trina: Look in the mirror from the front, from the side and from the back before leaving the house. If you look like a before picture in a Taebo workout ad--change clothes. There are more flattering clothes for your shape that you can rock and rock well.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ebert Gives A Thumbs Down To McCain

We all know Roger Ebert for his famous movie reviews, but he recently reviewed John McCain's debate performance and found him lacking. Man--Ebert must have his own riot corner.... Well said Ebert! Two Thumbs Up!

I do not like you, John McCain. My feeling has nothing to do with issues. It has to do with common courtesy. During the debate, you refused to look Barack Obama in the eye. Indeed, you refused to look at him at all. Even when the two of you shook hands at the start, you used your eyes only to locate his hand, and then gazed past him as you shook it.

Obama is my guy. If you are rude to him, you are rude to me. If you came to dinner at my house and refused to look at or speak with one of my guests, that would be bad manners and I would be offended. Same thing if I went to your house. During the debate, you were America's guest.
What was your problem? Do you hold this man in such contempt that you cannot bear to gaze upon him? Will you not even speak to him directly?

Do you think he doesn't have the right to be running for President? Were you angry because after you said you wouldn't attend the debate, he said a President should be able to concern himself with two things at the same time? He was right. The proof is, you were there. Were you angry with him because he called your bluff?

During the debate, Jim Lehrer repeatedly called upon both candidates to speak directly to each other. Obama looked at you. He addressed you as "John," which as a fellow senator is his privilege. His body language was open. You stared straight ahead, or at Lehrer, or into space. Your jaw was clinched. You had a tight little smile, or a grimace, or a little shake of your head.
I had to do two things at once while watching the debate. I had to listen to what was being said. And I had to process your rigid and contemptuous behavior. If you were at a wedding and the father of the groom refused to look at or speak to the bride, how would that make you feel? Especially if you were the father of the bride?

You made a TV commercial showing the moments Obama agreed with you. Everybody knows he did. Did his agreement show honesty, or weakness?

It is significant that you said it proved he was not ready to lead.
What is the better leadership quality: (1) Willingness to listen to your opponent, and keep an open mind? (2) Rigidly ignoring him? Which of the two of you better demonstrated the bipartisan spirit you say you represent? Was there anything he said that you agreed with? Could you have brought yourself to say so?

I'm not the only one who noticed your odd, hostile behavior. Just about everybody did. I'm sure many of your supporters must have sensed the tension. Before the debate, pundits were wondering if you might explode in a display of your famous temper. I think we saw that happen, all right, but it was an implosion. I have instructed my wife to exclude you from any future dinner parties.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Riot Corner

We're starting a new segment on CITC. I was having lunch with a friend and we were discussing the election; and my friend said he didn't know what he would do if Barack Obama lost in November. After some thought, I said jokingly, "I would riot in the streets." That lone silly comment gave me the idea to start a segment where we can just rant on about whatever issue is plaguing us on a given day. It's called The Riot Corner. Take a seat.

My first rant is on GOP Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. As a thinking, educated woman, I find her nomination to be an insult to the American people. She clearly lacks substantive knowledge of the domestic and foreign issues facing us today. First Lady Laura Bush said that Palin did not have any foreign policy experience, but she is a "quick study." Campbell Brown called on the McCain campaign to free Sarah Palin--since it is shielding her completely from questions from reporters and not allowing her to do press conferences. And in a recent Palin interview with Katie Couric, the following exchange was had:

Couric: “But [McCain's] been in Congress for 26 years. He's been chairman of the powerful Commerce Committee. And he has almost always sided with less regulation -- not more.”

Palin: “He's also known as a maverick though. Taking shots from his own party, and certainly taking shots from the other party. …”

Couric: “I'm just going to ask one more time, not to belabor the point -- specific example in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation.”

Palin: “I'll try to find you some, and I'll bring them to you (she actually said "bring 'em to ya").”

Are you friggin' kidding me? I don't want someone leading me who is a "quick study." I want someone who knows what the h*ll she is doing! Reading the transcript cannot even show how inept she was at answering the question. She can't name one example of her running mate's deregulation efforts? She can't give one example of John McCain taking it to Wall Street?! Now we know for certain why the campaign has been shielding Palin from the press--she is a female George Bush! I'm HORRIFIED that she is a serious contender and I pray that the polls are right and the economic downturn is pushing people towards a change in Washington--because frankly, this beauty pageant runner up, mooseburger eating, weather girl reporting, 5 college attending, gun-toting nitwit cannot lead me out of a paperbag.

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Feel free to riot on this or any other topic that strikes your fancy. LOL.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Bailout

So, Congress is trying to decide whether we should pay a trillion dollars to bail out Wall Street and Main Street. I am not an economics scholar by any stretch of the imagination. But I am seriously conflicted. If this is absolutely necessary, then okay, let's do it. But I am really not happy about bailing out greedy companies, investors, and people who made poor choices and bought houses they can't afford. I'm all for "it takes a village," but this is ri-damn-diculous if you ask me. Why should I be on the hook for the rest of my natural life? I've got my own debt to contend with. Why should I be burdened with the rest of America's debt? And must action be taken now? I'm all for a real solution, but something that has just been kicked around for a few days seems hasty to me.

What say you?

P.S. Don't get me started on a certain Fox news analyst who says that giving loans to minorities and other risky persons was the root of the downfall. Joker.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Joker of the Week Nods

OH MY. Congrats to Sarah Palin for a first in CITC history. She was named the Joker of the Week two weeks in a row! Not only that, but she has garnered more votes than any other nominee in CITC history. Let's put that in perspective--former nominees include George Bush, Bill O'Reilly, Larry Craig, Naomi Campbell, Kanye West, Diddy, murderers, rapists, racists, sexists, a rapper who tried to sneak a cake file into Rikers' Island to visit his girl--some real losers. But Sarah "moose-huntin' hockey mom" Palin beat them all. This is clearly one contest that she will not come in second. I'm tempted to nominate her again because when pitched a softball question to outline her foreign policy credentials at a recent town hall meeting--she couldn't name one!! She just said she'd be ready by January. (insert blank stare).

I won't nominate her, but I've got some other whoppers this week for you to choose from. Happy voting!

  • Sen. John McCain - For saying that the "fundamentals" of the American economy are strong on a day when the stock market dropped five million points, and then having the audacity to say that the "fundamentals" of the economy are the American people. Yeah, right John; For having a surrogate spokesman for his campaign say that neither McCain or Sarah Palin have the skill set to run a company (LOL); AND for not knowing who the prime minister of Spain is, saying Spain (A NATO ALLY) is an adversary, and he won't meet with Spain basically if they don't agree with us. His attitude and ignorance are making headlines across the world--as Spain is shocked to find out that it is an enemy of the U.S. Spain is now an adversary??! Who knew? Why because Zapatero pulled Spanish troops out of Iraq when he took office? This is truly unbelievable. McCain's ignorance/belligerence is ridiculous given that foreign policy is supposed to be his area of expertise...Even the White House issued a statement saying that Spain is our friend.

  • Kanye West - I could not let his revenge of the nerd style attack on the paparazzi at the airport go unnoticed. Easy Yeezy.

  • Dr. Phil (courtesy of Lily Lily) - Apparently, Dr. Phil was on Larry King live and was asked to discuss the psyche of the female voter during this election. During that interview, Dr. Phil said he was undecided. First--who the heck cares what he thinks? Shouldn't he be off stalking Britney Spears or some other troubled starlet? Second, he's undecided? WHAT? Umm, unless you have been under a rock, don't know the issues, and don't know your own views--what the heck is there to be undecided about? There could not be a clearer choice between Obama and McCain as they are polar opposites and anyone who is trying to figure out which way the wind is blowing is actually baffling to me--particularly someone in the "media" who by trade should have been following this from the beginning.

  • Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild - This insanely rich former Hilary Clinton backer publicly endorsed John McCain this week. Why? Lady Rothschild said, "Frankly I don't like him. I feel like he is an elitist. I feel like he has not given me reason to trust him." She then went on to say that Obama offended "rednecks" by calling them bitter. Umm--Rothschild is married to a billionaire, lives on a massive spread in Buckinghamshire and jet sets between London and New York. And the very people she says Obama is out of touch with--she called "rednecks." Wow. Hypocrisy at its finest. She's just salty because her candidate lost and she's letting her bitterness and likely racism drive her to a candidate that presumably is diametrically opposed to her views. Loser.

  • Wall Street insiders, greedy corporation, Republican de-regulators, the Bush administration, etc. - Whoever is to blame for the Wall Street woes...
Honorable Mention - The Blacks Against Obama who interrupted Senator Obama's speech today. It is fine for people to disagree with his views on abortion and rights for homosexuals. African Americans are not a monolithic group or blind followers of candidates based on race. But I believe one sign said that Jesse Jackson hates Obama--so basically Obama is not for African Americans. I'm all for free speech, but I hate stupidity.

NEW ITEM! Every week we acknowledge the jokers--but we need to start acknowledging those we're proud of too. So, every nomination will now include a shout out to someone who did something we liked. This week's winner:

Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, who said of Sarah Palin:

"I think it's a stretch to -- in any way -- say that she's got the experience to be president of the United States. She doesn't have any foreign policy credentials. You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don't know what you can say. You can't say anything...

I think they ought to be just honest about it and stop the nonsense about, 'I look out my window and I see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia. That kind of thing is insulting to the American people."

I couldn't have said it better myself Chuck!

Pic Source - Hagel

Pic Source - Kanye

Pic Source - McCain

Pic Source - Rothschild

Thursday, September 18, 2008

On the Grind

Hey bloggers! Unfortunately, I'm tied up at work and don't have time to blog today. I hardly can complain since Sassy has been up for basically four weeks straight doing an Erin Brocovich style investigation in Africa. LOL.
But CITC will return with a Joker of the Week post manana. I think.....

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Yes We Can

Okay, so unless you have never been to this site, or are living under a rock, you know we are huge supporters of Senator Barack Obama for President. Since February, I have been donating every month to his campaign. But this week, I decided to try to be a little more proactive and start my own Obama fundraising page. The monies raised will help him combat the string of lies being hurled from the Republican side and maintain a ground game in every state to get out the vote.

I don't know about you, but I am truly horrified and I do mean horrified at the prospect of continued Republican economic, domestic and foreign policies being imposed on the American people. It shocks the conscience that people can actually look at gas prices, look at the stock market collapse, look at the hundreds of thousands of lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan, look at health care costs, etc. and honestly say we should have four more years of a Republican administration. It boggles the mind that Senator John McCain admittedly does not know much about the economy, and still believes the economy is fundamentally strong. He's going to lead us out of this mess? What? And don't even get me started on "I only have a bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho after going to five other colleges first--mayor of 5 people-only travelled outside of the United States once in my life" Governor Sarah Palin. I'm supposed to trust her with my future? Seriously?

But as part of my proactive support for a new administration and a change in direction, I will be working election protection, and I have started a fundraising page:

Feel free, if you are inspired, to go and donate whatever you can. Thinking Americans cannot allow Bush 44! Also, you can set up your own fundraising page if you go to the site.

P.S. I've been awarded a blogger award by Smarty Jones. YAAAY!. I'm going to do that post manana chica.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Random Monday Morning Tidbits


Oprah Winfrey - Oprah is facing a boycott from a group of Florida female Republicans because she refuses to have Sarah Palin on the Oprah Winfrey show until after the election. Oprah has reasoned that since she publicly supports Obama, she will not have any candidates on the show and try to even pretend to be objective and fair. That makes sense to me.

J Hud to marry Punk - What in the heezy? Word is that Jennifer Hudson is going to marry Punk from I Love New York 2. Huh? I know he's a Harvard-educated lawyer and all, but come on, he kissed New York! He expressed feelings for New York! Sweet merciful Jesus. Something about this is oddly reminiscent of Terry McMillan and Star Jones too... Since 12Kyle wasn't familiar with Punk, here's a pic. LOL.

Joe On the Attack - Okay, so Joe won't get my vote for Joker of the Week over his refusal to mess with his brand. I hear Joe is going to go on the attack this week, and it's about dang time.

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Pic Source-Florida Federation of Republican Women

Friday, September 12, 2008

Joker of the Week Nods

Congrats to Sarah Palin for a resounding victory for Joker of the Week last week. Thanks to all who voted. I'm struggling to resist the temptation to nominate her AGAIN for her complete ignorance and lack of confidence during her first interview yesterday with Charlie Gibson. I'm struggling.....

But on to this week's nominees. This is a close call. I don't even know who I'm voting for...

  • 50 cent - For saying that he and his little son spend quality time together by kickin' it with "h*es." Isn't his son like--10 years old? Way to teach your son how to respect and treat women.

  • Sen. Joe Biden - For worrying too much about his "brand," refusing to be an attack dog, and basically doing nothing to help the dems win the election. Where's all of the tough talk he's been known for all of these years? Man up Joe!

  • Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, - For saying of Barack and Michelle Obama, "Just from what little I've seen of her and Mr. Obama, Senator Obama, they're a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they're uppity." Then when the reporter rightfully asked whether uppity was the right word choice, he said, "Uppity, yeah." I guess they are keeping it real in Georgia--no need to hide the Klan hoods there.

Oh what the h*ll? I can't resist. Let's add Palin to the mix too! HA!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Biden Doesn't Want To Mess With His Brand

I'm not going to turn CITC into all politics all of the time. However, this site is about discussing whatever comes to mind. And this morning as I drove into work, I was listening to the Young Turks on Air America radio and I heard something really disturbing. Joe Biden, the Democratic VP candidate, has said he will not be an attack dog during this campaign and he will not attack John McCain and Sarah Palin. Why? His exact words were - “I’m not going to be an attack dog. I’m not going to fool with my brand.” WTH? Well, what exactly are you here for Joe?

To be fair, his reasoning was that he wanted to work across party lines when he and Barack Obama win and not burn any bridges. That is consistent with the kumbaya, change message. However, let's be real--he needs to be on the attack. He needs to call Palin and McCain out on the issues--and run those jokers down. This is war and the Dems are down in the polls. This isn't time to hold hands and sing "We are the World." Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying Biden should play dirty--but this is not the time to be concerned about his "brand"--this is the time to do what needs to be done to win in November. Step up Biden!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bridge To Lies

Since arriving on the scene a couple of weeks ago, GOP VP Nominee Sarah Palin has consistently denounced the "Bridge to Nowhere" and has claimed that she was against earmarks from the federal government. Yet fact checkers have repeatedly debunked those claims--citing her public support of the infamous bridge and her acceptance of hundreds of millions of dollars for the bridge and in earmarks. Yet she and the McCain campaign continue to make those claims, and the American people are buying it. And when people try to call the campaign on it--the McCain camp cries sexism.

It constantly astounds me how blind and uninformed we can be. And it's scary too. There is so much at stake in this election and the idea that the GOP may actually win this thing because people believe Republican propaganda is alarming. It happened in 2000 and it happened in 2004 (i.e. they magically turned John Kerry's Vietnam service into a negative when, G.W. never even served).

Thoughts on the election? Comments on Palin's avoidance of Sunday morning political shows and interviews? Nauseous over the claims of sexism?

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Early Joker Nod

Hater Hasselback is at it again. I seriously wish she was stranded on some Survivor island again. Apparently, she took a swipe at Michelle Obama and said that Cindy McCain was open when she appeared on The View, but Obama came in with a list of topics she didn't want to discuss. I'm not a journalist--but that seems like bad form to me. Smarty, you're a journalist--what say you?

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Ummmm, What? (Fashion Week Edition)

First the VMAs, now this. Is that a backpack? Is he going to school? I thought he dropped out? Is Kanye trying to put nerd chic on the map?

Befuddled and Confused in Maryland

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Monday, September 8, 2008


Did anyone else see the VMAs on MTV last night? To be frank, I was completely underwhelmed. The show lost me somewhere between Lil Wayne's pants following to his knees and Britney Spears winning three awards for a song I've never heard....

At least there were interesting fashion selections....

  • Can't we find a happy middle ground between Kanye and Weezy? I mean really. I know Kanye worked on Farnsworth Bentley's new album, but does he have to shop with Diddy's former manservant too? And Wayne, nobody and I do mean nobody wants to see your Calvin Kleins and overly tatooed upper torso.

Fiasco indeed.

What say you of the ladies? Katee Perry was clearly going for the Lil Kim day after buzz....

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