Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick - For not only having an affair with his chief of staff and lying about it under oath, he also was allegedly holed up in a hotel with another woman (Carmen Slowsky) enjoying a whirlpool bath and champagne just last week before attending an MLK prayer breakfast.
Former President Bill Clinton - For playing the race card yet again and comparing Obama's potential win in South Carolina to Jesse Jackson's victory and for losing the endorsement of his BFF Ted Kennedy to Obama.
Bobby Brown/Sisqo - Two Words: Gone Country.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
- "I'm madly in love with you." Kilpatrick to Beatty.
- "I hope you feel that way for a long time. In case you haven't noticed, I am madly in love with you, too!" - Beatty to Kilpatrick.
- "I've been dreaming all day about having you all to myself for 3 days. Relaxing, laughing, talking, sleeping and making love." - Kilpatrick to Beatty.
- And, did you miss me, sexually?" Beatty to Killpatrick. "Hell yeah! You couldn't tell. I want some more." Kilpatrick to Beatty.
- "This is one of those little things I had to tell you. Last night when I was laying on your shoulder in the car and you held my face and sang whatever song it was, that felt so good. It was just one of those little moments when you just made me fall some more," - Beatty to Kilpatrick.
"Yes," Kilpatrick replied.
The next morning:
"They were right outside the door. They [the mayor's bodyguards] had to have heard everything..., So we are officially busted! LOL." Kilpatrick to Beatty.
I feel bad for their spouses having to go through this kind of public humiliation. It's bad enough they've been betrayed, but to have it play out publicly. Horrific. Cheating is so common place that it's left me to ponder, is monagamy possible? And I mean monagamy for the longhaul - not one slip up.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Sherri Shepherd - For saying that Shirley Caesar was the Black Patti LaBelle. I'm guessing she meant the gospel Patti Labelle, but who knows?
Traceddie - For being part of a symbolic marriage for only two weeks.
Golf Magazine - For putting a picture of a noose on its recent cover in the wake of the Tiger Woods/lynch in the back alley scandal. Tacky. (Nadja recommendation!)
George W. Bush - For coming into office with a $236 billion budget surplus, squandering it and leaving us facing a recession and massive debt.
I don't know who I'm voting for...
Sunday, January 20, 2008
MLK Jr.'s Dream----
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."²
This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.
With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:
My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that:
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!
Friday, January 18, 2008
You voted and it was two-way tie between Bob Johnson for his comments on Barack Obama and The Juice (O.J.) for his recent confinement and overall tomfoolery. I think the judge's words in the O.J. trial fit both of these winners - ARROGANT AND IGNORANT. Jokers of the Week indeed.
Who is going to be nominated next week? Traceddie and Sherri Shepard from The View are definitely looking like contenders............
I have had this argument with several people. For me, I understand that preachers are human and yes, they are trying to get into heaven just like us. BUT, I cannot and will not sit under the leadership of a man who has numerous extramarital affairs, fails to repent and walks around like he's holier than thou. Are people willing to accept adultery because that's just what "men" do? Or, would they accept any "sin" committed by their preacher? For instance, if your pastor was a drug addict, would you still follow him? In no way am I suggesting that a Man of God cannot have flaws. However, I need a preacher who falls but then realizes his mistakes and picks himself up--not one who continues sinful behavior.
Like I told one of my friends, even if I am at the club on Saturday night, I don't want to see my spiritual leader there. I think we should hold them to a higher standard. If not, why should they be leaders?
What do you think?
Thursday, January 17, 2008
How to simplify your finances in the New Year - Simple ways to stay on top of your dollars and cents in 2008 - By Stacey Tisdale
Do you always resolve to organize your bills, pay off your debt, and save more money, but just don’t know where to begin? Financial journalist Stacey Tisdale, author of “The True Cost of Happiness: The Real Story Behind Managing Your Money,” has a few simple tips to help you stay on top of your finances in the New Year.
Nothing will simplify your finances faster than focusing on your most important goals. Set specific goals like “I want to save $1,000 and take my wife on that dream vacation” or “I want to put $75 a month into my child’s college fund.” Ideas like “I want to save more” and “I want to invest more” are vague and overwhelming.
A great way to stay connected to your goals is to put your budget on the refrigerator or on the wall where everyone can see it. It’s important to list your goals right at the top.
For example, my husband and I want to go to Paris this summer. I keep a picture of the Eiffel Tower in my wallet right next to my credit card. I have a friend who wants to save $5,000 this year for her child’s college education. She keeps a picture of him wearing a cap and gown where she used to keep her credit card.
These things motivate you to make smarter financial decisions that will make things easier down the road. Another way to make our financial lives simpler is to hold a good old-fashioned monthly family meeting to make sure that everybody is on the same page when it comes to money.
I know some people are thinking they can’t get their kids to sit down for dinner, let alone a monthly meeting. Tell them you need to talk about the money they will have to spend. You’ll be surprised by how they suddenly find time. These meetings allow you to reconnect with them and share your goals. You can let family members know what is expected of them when it comes to financial contributions. You can address challenges before they turn into problems. Set a regular date, and designate someone to take notes. That will help you avoid confusion at future meetings.
Organize financial documents
If your family cannot find the information they need when they need it, you have put them in the most complicated of all financial situations. Let them know where things are, where your finances stand, and if you have any special desires for your money. This is a good time of year to do this because a lot of us are getting our financial documents in order as we prepare for tax season.
Consolidate your accounts
If you have a lot of financial accounts, it’s difficult to keep track of them, and therefore difficult to figure out where you stand financially. I know people who have had five different jobs and have five different 401(k) accounts. They have no idea of what they have accrued in retirement savings.
Cut down on credit cards
If you have credit card debt, use only cash or debit cards until your debt is paid off. Each transaction is making your life more complicated and expensive.
None of us needs more than one credit card unless we have an additional card for business. The Federal Reserve Board has a Web site that will help you pick a card that is right for your needs. For example, if you pay off your bill each month, you don’t necessarily need a card with the lowest interest rate.
Automate your financial transactions
I urge people to get their bills, saving and investment money automatically deducted from their paychecks or bank accounts. Your bank and your employer should be able to help you set up everything you need. It’s important to remember, however, that online accounts are still managed by people and therefore subject to error. So it’s up to you to check on your financial transactions and make sure that they are correct.
See a financial professional
The days when managing money meant putting some of your savings in the stock market are long gone. Financial planning has become a complicated business. There are different investment options, saving options, estate-planning options, the list goes on and on.
Getting professional help can relieve your worries about money whether you have a little or a lot. If you are looking for a planner, the Financial Planning Association can help you find one in your area. You can expect to spend between $100 and $200 for a one-hour session.
Also, look at the areas where you need help. For things like investing and debt reduction, you may just want to find a specialist.
Stacey Tisdale Photo
Excerpted from the Today Show on msnbc.com
Last year I swore off American Idol after that Sanjaya debacle and Blake Lewis outlasting mousy but talented Melinda Doolittle. I was convinced this time I could keep the resolution because AI was no longer holding my attention anyway. But I'll be damned if I didn't watch Tuesday's and Wednesday's episodes last night after winding down from an evening round of Taebo with Billy Blanks. (sigh). It's the writer's strike and the end of scripted television that ruined my Anti-Idol resolution. I can only read and watch the news so much. Eventually, I need to veg out, and since there's nothing new coming on (aside from The Wire woohooo!!!), I find myself glued to American Idol and generally watching reality programs that should not interest me (i.e. Crowned: The Mother of All Beauty Pageants and Celebrity Apprentice). I hope they reach a resolution soon....or I could do the unthinkable and tune in to American Gladiators.
(Sidenote, comedian Huggy LowDown commented on Randy's new sideburns this morning on TMJS. He said that Randy looked like "an overweight vampire with glasses." L M A O!!!!!!!!!!)
Personally, if I were marrying someone like Jigga, I'd sign and just suddenly forget to take my birth control a few times and have like 3 kids. That way, I'd be guaranteed 90 grand a month and that's enough, I wouldn't need millions. Hey, don't judge me. A girl has to secure her future.....
What do you think?
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
- Other short-lived celeb weddings:
Oprah Winfrey - Say what you will about Oprah Winfrey, but she is an entrepreneur. Yesterday it was announced that she is launching her own network in conjunction with Discovery Communications--the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Do you Oprah!
DMX - Oh X. First you state your plans to release a gospel album in an announcement laced with profanity. Now word is a judge has ordered you to pay $1.5 million to the mother of your child for defamation for claiming in an interview in Sister 2 Sister magazine - "She raped me. DNA says it is (my child). I don’t know. If I did (have sex with her) I would remember. It ain’t like she’s a pretty girl." Classy X. Real classy. Clearly your mouth is writing checks your behind can't cash.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Oprah, you play the race card and the gender card too. You are a closeted republican and chose Barak Obama because you do not like other women who actually stand for something to working American Women besides glamour, angels, hollywood and dieting!
When Americans find out that Obama backs right wing corporate racist anti worker bullsh*t, they will not vote for him, and the victory will go to the most racist right wing republican ever.... Mccain, who is a fascist!"
I haven't been single for many years so I'm not sure. But, I would hope that if I felt comfortable enough to sleep with someone on the regular, I would have the "balls" (no pun intended) to ask if they were seeing/sleeping with someone else. However, I've been out of the game for more than a minute. So, I'd like to know what you think--thoughts?
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Apparently, people are in an uproar about a recent airing of MTV's Sweet Sixteen where Rev. Vernon (Word Church in Cleveland) threw his sixteen year old daughter a $500,000 bash at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Many say that such an extravagant display (which was allegedly paid by tithes/offerings) is unGodly like. Does the preacher have a right to use the tithes/offerings or his salary (set by the church) in any way he sees fit (bentleys, million dollar homes, designer wardrobe) or is he obligated to sow much of that money into community/church efforts? Do we hold preachers to a different standard than any other affluent person? Hmmmm.... What do you think?
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Ice Cube (in Complex magazine on GW) - He (George W. Bush) doesn’t give a f*ck about anybody. That’s my main frustration. He cares about making his families rich and his friends. That’s how his daddy is, and that’s how he is. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. They don’t care about nobody, they just want to be rich, and use their position to get richer. They know they have four or eight years to snatch and grab all they can and they did. And people are going to say “worst president ever,” and he’ll say “who gives a sh*t? I’m rich.” (Ice Cube take them to school and teach! He's so right!).
Halle Berry (on being pregnant and walking the red carpet) - "It is true that I am three times the girl I usually am. I have to say there are some really wonderful things that come along with that. This is the first red carpet that I've really walked down where I didn't have to think about holding in my stomach – because I can't."
Mr. Blackwell (on Posh Spice being named the worst dressed of '07) - "Forget the fashion spice - wearing a skirt would suffice! In one skinny-mini monstrosity after another, pouty posh can really wreck-em."
Baseball player Roger Clemens (on whether the steroids scandal will jeopardize his Hall of Fame potential) - "You think that I played my career because I'm worrying about the damn Hall of Fame? If you have a vote and it's (turned) because of this, you keep your vote. I don't need the Hall of Fame to justify that I put my butt on the line and I worked my tail off. And I defy anybody to say I did it by cheating or taking any shortcuts. OK?"
Roger Clemens' trainer's lawyer Richard Emery (after Clemens secretly recorded his client regarding the steroids issue) - "He wants to play that game, he's going to get buried. I have no compunction about putting him in jail. This is war." And the plot thickens. If Clemens did take steroids as it appears many in the baseball arena were, then he needs to calm the heck down and take his lumps.
A recent poll showed that 3 out of 4 black Democrats support Hillary. Now, I'm not suggesting that every person of color should support Obama solely based upon "color". But, there has been a lot of criticism among black folk that Obama isn't "black" enough and that he won't do much for "us". Why do you think most blacks aren't supporting Obama? Is it because he's not "black" enough? (whatever the hell that means) Is it because "we're" like crabs in a barrel and hate to see one of us make history? Is it for legitimate reasons (for example, don't believe that he's the best candidate for the job)? Or, is it just plain old brainwashing (white is always better)?
Tell me what you think.
Monday, January 7, 2008
From the message boards it was a close race between Amy Winehouse and Brit Brit for Joker of the Year, so let's call it a tie. Other notables were Larry Craig, Don Imus, Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter.
So, we're off to the races for the first Joker of the Week nominations of 2008. And the nominees are......
Ryan A. Mueller - Wisconsin man busted for sneaking into a home and stealing $20 from the bank of a 2 year old girl. LOSER!
Vivica Fox - For allegations of a Paris Hilton like sex romp tape going around. Say it ain't so Viv!!!! I thought she hit rock bottom getting low for Lil' Jon on the VMAs.....
Hilary Clinton - The former front runner got PUNISHED in the Iowa caucus by Obama and narrowly edged out by Edwards. Now polls show Obama with a 10 point lead over Clinton for the New Hampshire primary. Step up your game Hil.
Republican Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll - For indicating that African Americans should be thankful for slavery because they're in the good ole USA now. Yes, the brutalization and victimization of millions of people was well worth American citizenship.
Raz B, Ricky Romance and Chris Stokes - For the allegations of molestation against Stokes by the former B2Kers, the retractions and the general shadiness of this whole Michael Jackson/R. Kelly-esque situation. Ewww.
Friday, January 4, 2008
Ryan A. Mueller, of Sheboygan Falls (Wisconsin), was charged Thursday with burglary, after DNA evidence allegedly linked him to the Aug. 10 crime in the town of Wilson.
Mueller faces up to nine years, six months in prison if convicted on a charge of felony burglary.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
The gospel album’s lyrics will be without cursing — how ’bout that one? No songs about b—-es, no songs about robbing, just straight ‘Give God the glory.’
Normally I don't talk about gifts because someone took time, effort, etc. in giving, so they should be appreciated. However, my mother received a Christmas gift from a relative who shall remain nameless that was pretty darn atrocious--a candle. Seems like a nice enough gift right? But this candle wasn't from Yankee Candle, Bath and Body Works, or even the Dollar Store. OH NO--this nameless relative regifted a candle that was given out as a wedding favor two years ago. I KID YOU NOT. There was a sticker on the candle that said "Donna and Michael's Wedding, September 22, 2005." (insert blank stare). It gets worse: a) the candle was partially used; b) my mother and said relative attended the wedding together so my mother already had the candle; c) the joker didn't even have the sense to remove the sticker from the candle; and d) the relative actually had the audacity to get angry when my mother, hurt and offended that her "close" relative would regift a used candle, later confronted her about the gift. How on God's green earth do you regift a damn wedding favor? Who walks around their house, picks up something used and wraps it? If you don't have money for a decent gift, just don't give anything!