Last call before the 4th

Posted: July 3, 2008 in Headlines

Here are some quick hits before I jet for the weekend.

Tripping about the Black national anthem

Folks are still gabbing about the woman who chose to sing the Black national anthem in place of the national anthem in Denver recently. While I have no problem with the anthem itself, I thought the way it went down was TACKY. The Rocky Mountain News tries to butter up the situation with this following excerpt:

Taking risks is something her parents taught her when they were among a group that tried to desegregate a restaurant in Warrington, Va, Marie’s hometown, in the 1960s. In fact, it was her parents’ courage that enabled her to do what she did on Tuesday.

“Let me tell you, I was so scared before I sang that,” she said.

But thinking of her parents and determined that “you can’t let other people decide for you how you are going to express love for your country,” she opened her mouth and sang.(more…)

No sis! You were not desegregating a restaurant. You were asked to sing a specific song and chose to use that time to play the race card. Express you patriotism however you wish, but not like this.

I like Johnathan Slocumb’s version better. Click on #11 (not the complete song, but you can at least hear part of it).

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Interesting quote

Here’s a quote from sistah talking about her days growing up in a rough neighborhood.

Where did you grow up?

Beaumont, Texas. I lived in a neighborhood called Hollywood Village. It was a rough neighborhood. It was the neighborhood where, when it was time for our bus route to be combined with another bus route, the parents were complaining: “We don’t want our kids on the bus with those kids.” The funny thing about it is that it was African-American parents complaining about not wanting their kids with us. (continue reading “Kids find math, science cool and fun here”…)

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Should menthol cigarettes be banned? (BET)

Too much fried chicken can also be bad for your health. Should we ban that as well? I vaguely remember the push to put warning labels on cigarette boxes–a push that was supposedly going to make people think twice about lighting up. Now that we see folks still are going to do what they want, we want daddy government to put away our “toys” like little children.

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Dying for service

This story was just plain wrong and unfortunate. While some folks out there in cyberspace are spinning this story as a race issue (I bet this would not have happened is she was not Black), there was a similar case where this same thing happened out here in LA. What really ticks me off about all of this is that you will find the usual politicians fighting like mad to keep these cesspools open. So what they will do is fill up these hospitals with unskilled and overworked medical professionals and use them as human shields to deflect any criticism about these institutions. In the end, the people in the community suffer.

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Black Press Told To Speak Like Moses

There was one line in there that caught my attention.

He says a church in Atlanta requires people to show their W-2 tax form in order to become a member.

Some time ago someone said this same thing to me. When they told me the name of the church, I was surprised to hear that it was a church that not only I attended, but my family and I were members. When I told them this, the response was something like “Well, that is what I heard.”

Huh?

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The cell phone ban out here in Cali is one of the most silliest laws to date. My average speed on most highways hovers between 75-80. There is no way a cop (unless he is right next to me) is going to see a black man in a car with tinted windows talking on the phone. Yeah, I’m a complete rebel on this issue.

In the meantime, thank you Lauren for making my point!!!!

The oft-repeated “driving with a cell phone equals drunk driving” comment is based on a small 1997 Canadian study that didn’t take other driving distractions into account.

A much more comprehensive 2001 University of North Carolina study found that cell-phone use was responsible for only 1.5 percent of distracted driving accidents — completely contrary to popular belief.

Much larger risks were outside events, other occupants in the vehicle and drivers adjusting radio and CD players.

Yet, while having kids in the car is apparently much riskier than using a cell phone, nobody has suggested banning children from private vehicles. Because cell phones are relatively new and laden with controversy anyway, they’re an easy target.

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‘nother scary report regarding global warming


Plasma, LCDs blamed for accelerating global warming

I was going to make a joke about tying flatulences (that’s farting for the rest of us) to global warming, but I see that someone has already done that for us.


Scientists Seek Vaccine for Livestock Flatulence

Friday, June 06, 2008

It’s a silent, but possibly deadly, problem.

Feeling guilty about their country’s greenhouse-gas emissions, New Zealand scientists want to squelch the biggest source: livestock flatulence.

Methane pumped out the backsides of New Zealand’s 45 million sheep and 10 million cattle helps make the tiny country a bigger per-capita climate culprit than notoriously polluted China, reports the Times of London.

So it was with great pride Wednesday that Phil Goff, the Kiwi trade minister, told a Paris meeting of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development that the genome of the microbe responsible for all that methane had been isolated.

That would pave the way for a vaccine against bovine flatulence, he added, according to the Daily Telegraph. (more…)

Looky what are farts contain (from askmen.com)

So why do farts smell? Fermented food produces different types of fumes, some of which smell. Flatulence contains odorless gases, such as nitrogen, carbon dioxide, oxygen, and methane, but it also contains the “oh-so-nasty” hydrogen sulfide, which causes the smell. If you have not noticed by now, some of the aforementioned fumes are flammable, like methane and oxygen, so you can, in fact, burn farts. (more…)

What I highlighted in red are gases that are believed to contribute to global warming. What I highlighted in blue is believed to be a by-product of global warming (not to mention that this same gas is believed to have caused the extinction of dinosaurs). So the million dollar question here is using the same silly logic to tie the farts of animals to global warming, what is stopping this crowd from doing the same thing to humans?
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Article from 2007~

“We’ll say things like, ‘You’re special. God made you special.’ Because there aren’t very many little girls out there that have a penis.

There are some very SICK people out there. [link]
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And lastly…

Obama opens door to altering his Iraq policy
msnbc.com

FARGO, N.D. – Democrat Barack Obama struggled Thursday to explain how his upcoming trip to Iraq might refine, but not basically alter, his promise to quickly remove U.S. combat troops from the war.

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“I am going to do a thorough assessment when I’m there,” he said. “I’m sure I’ll have more information and continue to refine my policy.”

He left the impression that his talks with military commanders there could refine his promise to remove U.S. combat troops within 16 months of taking office.

Less than four hours later, after the town hall meeting, Obama appeared before reporters for another statement and round of questions to “try this again.”

“Apparently I was not clear enough this morning,” he said. He blamed any confusion on the McCain campaign, which he said had “primed the pump with the press” to suggest “we were changing our policy when we haven’t.” (more…)

HOLD UP! HOLD UP!!

You do not make a comment like this unless you are planning on changing you position in the first place.

In 2006

Sen. Obama: Iraq withdrawal should begin in 2007

In 2007

Obama Pushes for Iraq Pullout Deadline

>>”Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama said Tuesday U.S. combat forces should be out of Iraq by spring 2008 to end “a foreign policy disaster” but he stopped short of endorsing a cutoff in funds.<<

Earlier this year, his tough stance in calling for an immediate pull out began to soften once word got out that the surge was actually working. He continued to hold on to his stance (somewhat), while at the same time slowly injecting the notion that he would listen to commanders on the field (mind you, commanders on the field have been calling for patience all along while he has been steady calling for an immediate withdrawal).

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Comments
  1. There is a continual rumor in our town about the W-2 “requirement” at our church. Crazy.

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