Monday, June 27, 2011

Congressional Frosted Flakes: Youuuu're Great!

Rep. Michelle Bachmann has formally announced her candidacy for the U.S. Presidency and this past Sunday was asked very bluntly by Fox's Chris Wallace,"Are you a flake?" She was pissed! I personally think she was over reacting. Wallace has since apologized. She did NOT accept, saying it was "insulting to insinuate that a candidate for president is less than serious." C'mon!
Sour grapes.
Even funnier is this tweet from her fellow Republican House rep from Arizona
Bwahahaha! You're awesome Rep. Flake. You're alright with me.
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What the F?


North Carolina has had a 50 year policy of forced sterilization of people that are um...less than favorable to society. Read: poor, minorities, unwed mothers, poor minorities, poor unwed mother's who are racial/ethnic minorities. Their Eugenics Board was abolished in 1977, which is crazy. I mean, that is a decade after the Civil Rights era. However, the law was a actual state statute until 2003.

One victim says:
"A social worker convinced my mom to sign for me to undergo an operation that would prevent me from getting pregnant, not knowing all the while that I was being set up to be sterilized like I was some kind of animal."
While this is indeed upsetting, most upsetting is the states response to the victims of such a heinous policy. About 3000 of the more than 7500 citizens are still living but the legislature feels that $50,000 is too much compensation for their citizens who have suffered mutilation.

CNN says "At least seven other states have issued formal apologies for similar eugenics programs. So far, only North Carolina has considered establishing a program to compensate individual victims."

Such a shame.
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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Funk.

I'm in an interesting place right now. I haven't the words to describe it... which is terribly unfortunate. Blogs need words. This one anyway.
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Thursday, June 09, 2011

Talk About Oil Spills!

Yesterday's feature on In Focus w/ Alan Taylor  over at The Atlanta looks at Nigeria and it's oil industry, in photos of course.
Nigeria is the world's 8th largest producer of crude oil, yet remains one of its poorest nations -- an estimated 70 percent of its 150 million residents live below the poverty line. The environment is paying a steep price as well. An estimated 500 million gallons of oil have spilled into the delta -- the equivalent of roughly one Exxon Valdez disaster per year.
And that is as damn shame.

One of the fundamental issues that I have with my country of heritage is the level of inequality. There is no discernible middle class. If almost 70 percent is poor, almost 30 percent of the population is relatively rich and benefits from the corruption and poor management and distribution of the country's resources. Don't know how they operate with a clear conscience.

Check out the remaining 30 photos here.
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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Things that I hate

One thing that turns me off, like "flip the light switch and unscrew the light bulb" off, is pure unnecessary rudeness. I especially hate my date being rude to the server at a restaurant and I just was reminded of a few dates during my single days. Ewww. I have been a server/waitress at various restaurants and so I can relate to their experience. But then, it is just plain ugly for a man to be nasty and moody. Gross...

I remembered one man picked on everything our server did "So are you going to give us butter with our bread? I don't see you writing our orders down." Another kept barking at the poor girl and rolling his eyes when she came by our table. This is only going to discourage her from doing so. The next time comes by he asks her out of nowhere "I mean, can I have some more tea in my glass? Dang!" There is a difference between server and servant and one you don't get for only a 6 dollar tip.

Can you believe that man tried to kiss me after that date??? WTF!

One date merely told me an instance of his unnecessary rudeness, which quite frankly revealed his ability to be quite cold.  We were casually discussing our past relationships-- the point in which many first date conversations tend to travel--over Jimmy John subs and sodas. Here this man was boasting about how he would see his past girlfriend of 4 years in the street and walk right by her. They broke up over a misunderstanding for goodness sakes and because he was a stubborn jerk. Yet, he told of how they still share mutual friends and he could stand next to her and not say a word. This is despite her many attempts to make contact. He laughed and spoke of it as though he should be commended and they had been broken up over a year! I later told him that I can't see us hanging out because he was an evil bastard mean-spirited. And that was that. He didn't accept it right away but his persistence couldn't change my mind. I could tell deep down in my soul...that he'd be the type of man who'd be rude to a waitress.
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Monday, June 06, 2011

I'll Tell You a Secret

                                 
                                  I. Don't. Give. A. Crap. 
I didn't last week and now that he admits that it was indeed his photo, I still don't. Like we didn't know! After the last few months with Edwards, Schwarzenegger and Ensign affairs in the headlines, the fact that it was a photo of his covered penis still in the rightful place of his Hanes or Fruit of the Looms...made me change the channel. Every time. This should be relegated to the late night talk show circuit at best. No matter his political affiliation I couldn't care less if I was paid to.

[photo source]
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What's So Bad About Drug Testing...?

"Studies show that Welfare recipients use drugs more than the rest of the population". ---Florida Governor Rick Scott.



         I watched the Governor's interview yesterday on CNN's Sunday Morning with TJ Holmes (and his handsome self ) in which the Governor defended the new Florida policy on drug testing welfare recipients. It is unfortunate that this policy feeds the misconception of the lazy, welfare queen of the 80's strung out on crack rock (do people still say "crack rock" ??) giving birth to multiple crack babies. Oh yeah, and Black. It is unfortunate that even though there are more White women on the welfare rolls than Black women (Blacks are only 13% of the entire population...duh!) the racialization of issues like this gets these ridiculous and condescending policies passed. What is more unfortunate is this is just another example of how the rich hit the race button to manipulate the masses to support something that is purely beneficial to them.

          The rich have touched upon our in-group/out-group inclinations and need for a distinct underclass that preferably preserves that of which was at the country's founding. Here, we find that now the state will force welfare recipients for drug testing and the Governor (well his wife now) owns shares in a drug testing company. Hmm...oh he said they will be selling it at the end of the month?? To whom? Someone on craigslist? Of course not, it is someone he knows, who too will benefit from such a policy.

            Lastly, it's unfortunate that studies do show increased drug use among Welfare recipients than the population. None of which is more recent than 7or 8 years ago. One in particular out of U.of Michigan concludes that roughly 21% of Welfare recipients that reported recent drug use in their survey but only a very small fraction show a chemical dependency. The National Household Survey of 1997 (1997 Geez!!) Says that 18% households in which one person was a welfare recipient reported drug use in the past year. This is compared to 11% of those without a welfare recipient. In addition, drug use was highest among 12 to 17 year olds and showed no income preference. AND that the results comparing the welfare households should be interpreted with caution because they have MORE YOUTHS! Besides, this isn't even state specific. Florida already tried this before and it was shut down because it showed no difference and was wasteful.

Where is Al Sharpton on this? Better yet, where is Cornel West??? *Crickets*
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Sunday, June 05, 2011

Too many shoes...

            Often when we loose loved one's we are reminded just how precious life is. It often sparks great dialog about how "tomorrow is not promised"; it encourages people to finally make that gutsy move they have been debating for a years. It forces us to make those uncomfortable phone calls to friends and family members we have been avoiding because well, they are annoying and offensive as hell. They make our blood boil at times...many times...but we can't see life without them.
             Recently, I have been forced to re-assess what matters to me, true in form to when you lose someone you care for. I have come to notice and appreciate all the individuals that provide me support and help my life, as I know it, stay afloat and run. I have come to redefine the term 'family' to extent further than blood and marriage. I have come to the place that with all the abnormalities and my lack of millions, I wouldn't trade my life and those in it for anything. I have come to the conclusion that I have too many shoes.

              When I am overcome with the feeling of having too many shoes, it is a tale-tale sign that I am a little depressed. I'm sad about the loss, but I am not depressed. I'm just over material things and numerous Ivy League degrees. God will not ask you about those in the end. If you don't believe in God, that's even less reason to care. To whom much is given, much is required. I have decreasing patience for those who talk about what that have but not how they give back. I buy shoes and bags because I don't enjoy buying clothes and that is because my weight fluctuates...and I had a need for material things. Faced with those reasons, life is too precious to loose it to emotional eating and spending. So many other things are more important to me than "stuff ".  Now that my definition of family has expanded my idea of "inessential stuff" has too.

I need to clean out my closet.
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