Militant Mondays – When did Facts stop being enough….

Sunday’s episode of the ‘The Newsroom’ (I’ll Try to Fix You) was timely; in the episode Will McAvoy (Anchor) reports on the misinformation campaign against President Obama concerning his record on gun control.  McAvoy runs clip after clip of Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Glenn Beck talking about how Barack Obama wants to take your guns and destroy the 2nd Amendment.  The only problem is there is no evidence of such a campaign by President Obama, to show this McAvoy talks about the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence‘s report card on how Obama has performed in strengthen gun regulation.

*** This report card was based on Obama’s record after 1st year as president ***

Candidate Obama in 2008 was way tougher on gun control then President Obama; basically Obama has been a GREAT friend to the gun industry!

Information like this is not top-secret, you can easily Google this and find the facts.  Or at least I thought so….  Before last night’s episode of ‘The Newsroom’ I just so happened to engage my colleagues at work in a debate concerning gun control.  For the record these guys are smart guys who happen to love guns, and I respect the right for people to own a gun.  But the conversation quickly went into a death spiral when one guy stated that, “Barack Obama wants to circumvent the 2nd Amendment and take away everyone’s guns…”

Ummmmmm…….

Of course I tried to correct him but he was adamant that; when I asked where he got this information from he said the head of the National Rifle Association aka NRA.  GTFOH, so the organization that fights any attempt to regulate guns was his source?!?!?!?

Folks this is what we are dealing with today, I could understand if this was 1980… Before the internet, the 24 hour news cycle, and GOOGLE!!! But this is 2012, this is the INFORMATION AGE and we still have people who are just as ignorant as if it was the stone age.  As usual my stubborn nature did not allow me to just walk away shaking my head, so I went into how the president has not introduced any legislation toughening gun control.  I showed article after article supporting what I was saying…

Did it work??

Nope, instead of believing numerous sources this guy preferred to believe the opinion (with no facts to back up) of a few people aka NUTBAGS.  So what do we do when people prefer to believe the non-factual rantings of nutbags?

I have no idea….

I am the type of person who relies on facts and it disturbs me when people ignore them; I will always stand by the facts but I have ask.

Have I been fooling myself in thinking that at the end of the day facts will always win out?

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Militant Mondays – Basketball Wives the Movie…

I am not even sure what to say about Basketball Wives the Movie

The TV show Basketball Wives irritates the hell out of me; watching Black/Latino women make fools of themselves was fun at 1st but this has gotten out of hand.  It has gotten to the point it is sad to watch these women sell themselves out for the fame.  I wrote before how much of a pimp Shaunie O’neal was for making money off these broads, and also had sad it was.

And now Shaunie’s pimp game is about to hit the big screen….

So far it sounds like the movie version of Basketball Wives will be a fictional story about a woman who deals with her NBA boyfriend and the other basketball girlfriends.  I wonder if the story will ACTUALLY have women who are wives???

Now I will do what I can not to pass judgement before watching the final product, but it is going to be difficult.  To be successful you have to believe that the movie will attempt to follow the formula that has made the TV show so successful.  It will be interesting to see what direction Tracey Edmonds will take the movie; there has been a lot of bad press recently with Basketball Wives lately as this season has seem to go over the top with all the fighting/violence.  Evelyn Lozada has been the focus of the criticism as she has gone into overdrive with the bitch calling and table hopping.  It’s so bad that a petition was started on Change.org against Evelyn and her upcoming show ‘Eve and Ocho’ with Chad Ochocinco.

You know I am not sure if this is what they meant when people talked about what the success of ‘Think Like A Man’ would do for future “Black films”.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Militant Mondays – Trayvon Martin

By now you have heard the story about the senseless death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.  Trayvon was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman while patrolling his neighborhood.  Zimmerman acting as a wannabe cop suspected Trayvon to be a shady character in his neighborhood and felt the need to take matters into his own hands.

Against the orders of the 911 dispatcher, Zimmerman carrying a legally concealed weapon pursued Trayvon and what we know some kind of altercation occurred which led to the shooting death of Trayvon at the hands of Zimmerman.  Since that tragic night Zimmerman has claimed self-defense….

Ummmm, yeah so Zimmerman is going to claim self-defense when HE was the one pursuing someone he referred to as “a real suspicious guy”???

Up until recently the story was suspicious, but once the city of Sanford (Florida) released the 911 tapes from that night it became clear that Zimmerman’s self-defense was not adding up.

“This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something,” Zimmerman told the dispatcher. “It’s raining, and he’s just walking around looking about.” The man tried to explain where he was. “Now he’s coming towards me. He’s got his hand in his waistband. And he’s a black male…Something’s wrong with him. Yup, he’s coming to check me out. He’s got something in his hands. I don’t know what his deal is…These assholes, they always get away.”

After discussing his location with the dispatcher, Zimmerman exclaimed, “Shit he’s running,” and the following sounds suggest he left his vehicle to run after Martin.

“Are you following him?” the dispatcher asked. Zimmerman replied: “Yep.”

“Okay, we don’t need you to do that,” the dispatcher warned. (from Mother Jones)

So how can Zimmerman even claim self-defense when it looks like he initiated the event?

In Florida there is a law called “Stand Your Ground”; enables people who perceive a threat to use deadly force without first trying to retreat from a confrontation.  This law was meant to protect citizens, but due to what I believe are flaws this law seems to lead to more of a vigilante mentality.

Without a doubt we want citizens to feel safe, but this is not the Wild Wild West!

A very good point was made by several commentators concerning this shooting…  If this was a police officer involved shooting, more than likely that officer would be removed from duty or place on administrative duties (desk jockey) until further investigation.  In this case Zimmerman is still allowed to walk the streets with his legally concealed weapon; what makes Zimmerman better than cop???

Nothing!!!

Thanks to the work of people like this case has been brought to the national stage.  The Department of Justice and the FBI just announced that they will be launching a probe into what happened in Sanford.  The “Stand Your Ground” is dangerous and according to reports there are 16 other states with a more lenient interpretation of the law.

Something needs to before we lose another Trayvon Martin….

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Militant Mondays – Ladies cut your toe nails!!!

I am going to stray a bit from my usual content but I felt compelled to write about what happened to me recently.

Feet and I do not get along, and I don’t know when this started I just know we ain’t all that cool.  For the most part it doesn’t matter if they are cute or ugly, you’re probably not getting that foot massage on the 1st date (who does that anyway?).  It takes a lil bit for me to get comfortable with any chick putting her dawgs up in my face.

This all came to a head when this one particular lady accidentally scratched me with one of her toe nails during an intimate moment, you can imagine the horror!!!!

OK so “horror” is a lil extreme but I did nervously laugh as the image of a crusty toe nail scratching me distracted me from the task at hand.  I’m sorry ladies but along with a great personality I do expect a lady to keep the whole package up to date.

  • Hair
  • Nails
  • body

etc….

I mean women expect men to be clean and well-groomed, so I would expect the same from the ladies.  The last thing I want are claws digging into me while I am trying to put in some work. HAHA!!

Luckily for me she wasn’t too upset that I was “easily” distracted, at the end of the day she was cool about it.

At least I think she was….

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Militant Mondays – Court Order for President Obama…

President Obama

Amazingly enough the birther issue is STILL out there!!!

Even after President Obama released his long form birth certificate and shut down idiots like Donald Trump, we still have nutbags who believe that Barack Obama illegally became President of the United States in January of 2009.  Queen of the nutbags, Orly Taitz has had this crusade to prove that there is a conspiracy to cover up that Obama is not a natural-born citizen.  Her crusade has taken her to Georgia where a resident made the complaint that Pres Obama’s name should be taken off the state’s ballot in Georgia’s March presidential primary.

You know I would not have believed this story if I didn’t read it for myself, what else does the president have to do to prove that there is no conspiracy?

Well….

Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi (Georgia) has issued a subpoena that requires PRESIDENT OBAMA to show up in Georgia’s Office of State Administrative Hearings.  So the ONLY way Mr Malihi believes this so-called ballot issue can be resolved is if the Leader of the Free World drops everything to show up in person to prove what has ALREADY been proven!!!

I can just imagine…

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: “Yes Mr President I would like to discuss a peaceful solution to my country’s (Iran) nuclear program.”

President Obama: “Yeah M.A. I would love to talk BUT…. I got this citizenship thing I have to handle in Georgia.  Let me call you back in a couple of days when I got this thing all cleared up.”

Come on folks, stop the nonsense!

No disrespect to the Deputy Chief Judge but this is some Kangaroo Court BS!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Militant Mondays – The Birther Issue Again???

Rick Perry

When President Obama released his birth certificate I thought this BIRTHER issue was dead.  Unfortunately in this circus known as the Republican Primary; we have FOOLS like Rick Perry who STILL want to grasp to crazy talk like birtherism.  At this point Rick Perry is struggling to put his campaign back on the right track, so in his infinite wisdom he has decided to go the route of Donald Trump and continue to question the president’s citizenship….

Reporter: Governor, do you believe that President Barack Obama was born in the United States?
Rick Perry: I have no reason to think otherwise. 

Reporter: That’s not a definitive, “Yes, I believe he”— 
Rick Perry: Well, I don’t have a definitive answer, because he’s never seen my birth certificate. 

Reporter: But you’ve seen his.
Rick Perry: I don’t know. Have I? 

Reporter: You don’t believe what’s been released?
Rick Perry: I don’t know. I had dinner with Donald Trump the other night. 

Reporter: And?
Rick Perry: That came up. 

Reporter: And he said?
Rick Perry: He doesn’t think it’s real. 

Reporter: And you said?
Rick Perry: I don’t have any idea. It doesn’t matter. He’s the President of the United States. He’s elected. It’s a distractive issue. 

1st off, Perry’s response to the reporter when asked for a definitive answer on if he believes the president was born in the United States

Well, I don’t have a definitive answer, because he’s never seen my birth certificate. 

HUH????

WTH does Rick Perry’s birth certificate have to do with the president?

But in all seriousness, we know Rick Perry will not be the Republican nominee to challenge President Obama.  So we should not focus on the fool Rick Perry but focus on the one who didn’t say anything… Mitt Romney!  Time and time again Romney has made it a point to say that President Obama has failed at being a leader.  So where is Romney now?

This is the time when leaders step up and call out stupidity; but instead Mitt is TOO worried about offending nutbags on the FARRRRR right.  Actually we should not be surprised by the silence.  These are the same fools who remained silent when a Gay soldier was booed, and the idea of letting someone die because they don’t have health insurance was cheered at GOP Debates.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Militant Mondays – Shaunie O’Neal, the biggest pimp of them all…

For years we have heard how rappers, record labels, and T.V. have taken advantage of Black women and their image in our society.  Some of the biggest offenses and criticisms have come within the Black community; with rappers being criticized for their misogynistic lyrics/videos.  And in many cases the criticism is necessary, in no way am I trying to make excuses for what has happened and continues to happen.

BUT…..

There is a new pimp in town pimping out the image of Black women, and HER name is Shaunie O’Neal.  The ex-wife of Shaq O’Neal is the executive producer of VH1‘s ‘Basketball Wives’ (more like Basketball Non-Wives), a show meant to follow the adventures\misadventures of women who have been romantically linked to professional basketball players.  In watching this show I have failed to find one female that I would have much respect for; these broads walk around Miami, Fl as if they are hottest shit on the planet.  Viewers of the show have witnessed episode after episode of fighting and nonsense; there are barely any positive moments in the show as it seems to focus on the LOUD tales of women who lack class.  There are plenty of mentions of “Bitches”, “Hos” and “Non Motherfucking Factors”.  Recently Shaunie attempted to address the shows critics in an interview with CNN:

“I have gotten both good and bad responses from viewers about “Basketball Wives,” and I certainly understand the opinion that the shows portrayal of black women is beginning to look somewhat negative.

As you see on the show, I’m not a big supporter of the bickering, drink throwing and fighting, but when you put a group of strong, independent and vocal women who are going through or just came out of a bad relationship together, there’s bound to be a little drama.

Let’s face it, we all know women like the ones on “Basketball Wives” and countless other reality shows: Women who are vocal if you cross them.”

Yes Shaunie, we may know women like Tammy, Evelyn and Jennifer but they are not the majority.  If you’re going to show the “bickering, drink throwing and fighting” you should have a balance and show the positives (whatever they may be) as well.  Instead Shaunie and VH1 decide to exploit the best assets that sell; right now Shaunie is killing the game with Basketball Wives and like a good pimp you expand…

The result, ‘Basketball Wives LA’!!!

For the record I like Shaunie and I can appreciate that she has stood up as an independent woman and developed something of her own and is not just sitting back living off of what she got from her divorce of Shaq.  But she is responsible for how her show depicts Black women, she can’t just say that she doesn’t condone the fighting on the show and leave it that.  The truth is you are condoning when you show it week after week and then you sit there on the reunion show and allow these women to make a fool of themselves.

At the end of the day Shaunie O’Neal has some control of the content, and has to take some responsibility for the nonsense that occurs on her show!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!