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Sloppy Pimpin’

One by one we see politicians being exposed as philandering cheaters.  Often it’s the same people that enjoy climbing on their moral high horses being exposed.  I can’t even say it’s all about Republicans and Conservatives, because we see the sprinkling of Democrats being caught out there too.

Marital infidelity is primarily between a husband and wife.  Unfortunately when you are in the public eye your business is put out on Front Street with the quickness.  It climbs to the top of the CNN ticker even faster when you have a history of pointing fingers at other people when their indiscretions are publicized.    They say people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.  I say people in glass houses shouldn’t even touch rocks!!!

Speaking of rocks…you have to be living under one if you haven’t heard about South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford.  It seems Governor Sanford went missing for several days.  His Lt. Governor didn’t know where he was.  His senior staffers didn’t know where he was.  His wife also said she didn’t know where he was.  The cover story was a hiking trip in the Appalachians.  His cell phone was going straight to voicemail.  He wasn’t replying to email.  He was just MIA.  How exactly does a public official, a governor no less, think he can just dip off like that?  Sloppy Pimpin’

I DO NOT condone cheating and by all accounts by the time this little tryst took place his wife was well aware of the affair, but COMMON SENSE MUCH????  Did he really think he could take up in another country with the side boo without adequately covering his tracks?  Even the guy working on fry’s in McDonalds has sense enough to get a friend to cover for him when he dips out to meet up with ole girl from Popeye’s!

When the New Jersey Governor went down in the gay lover scandal we shook our heads.  When the Governor of New York went down in the escort for hire money laundering scandal we shook our heads….but Mark Sanford is the epitome of Sloppy Pimpin’.  Does it really get any worse?  The only highlight in this story is his wife is not doing the longsuffering stand by your man in the press conference bit!  As if the affair is not bad enough on its own, the way these politicians parade their wives out like dedicated show ponies is enough to make my stomach turn.  Glad to see Jenny Sanford had a little more self-respect.

Like I said the marital infidelity should be between the husband and wife, and if she can forgive him that is her business.  In what is probably a very tumultuous and emotional time to expect her to put your career aspirations ahead of her own pain just adds insult to injury.  Jenny, thankfully, wasn’t having it.  She let Mark’s sloppy pimpin’ do him in and refused to hold his hand and pose for pictures during his public unraveling.  At the height of his alleged disappearance she said she didn’t know where he was.  I wonder if she knew.  As a parent I would think you would let the mother of your children know when you left the country…but then again what kind of man dips out on his kids for Father’s Day?

There is no talk of impeachment, but I’m wondering…how do you not get punished for going MIA?  His sloppy pimpin’ left his state with no clear leadership.  What if there was a natural disaster while he was doing the Tango in Argentina?  Public outcry is usually swift when it’s a democrat caught with his pants down.  The only thing missing during the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal was burning crosses and pitchforks, and we knew he was right in the oval office doing his dirt!  Shouldn’t there be some type of restitution for Governor Sanford?  Doesn’t he owe his constituents that much?
JerzeeChick

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June 25, 2009 Posted by | Family, Opinion, Politics | 3 Comments

A Supreme Decision

I will never be a Supreme Court Justice.  Of course there is the obvious issue of me not being a lawyer, but also I’d never survive the confirmation process.  No, there are no life altering skeletons in my closet, but my attitude is not one that would allow me to sit by and defend everything I’ve done, publically and privately, in my lifetime.  I have no desire to go through that scrutiny.  Do I really need them parading around transcripts of conversations I had when I was twenty-three?  At the end of the day should anyone really care how many personal copies I made at work or how many two-hour lunches I took in my career?

As we gear up to watch the confirmation broo-ha-ha that will surround Sonia Sotomayor, I’m wondering what’s it all for?  Yes, we need to make sure she’s qualified, but a judge is a judge is a judge.  You don’t rise in the ranks of the Appellate Courts if you’re taking kick backs or drinking on the job.  In Corporate America you can rise to CEO status all the while embezzling funds, smoking crack on conference calls and sleeping with your subordinates in the break room…in the court of appeals, not so much!  I wonder if she were an old fogey (translation: conservative white man) would the Limbaugh’s and Hannity’s of the world be so quick to rally against her.

If she were not competent she never would have been confirmed as a federal judge.  We know this is not about competence.  When a President nominates a candidate for the Supreme Court he does so knowing that if confirmed, this person will probably sit on the bench for many years, and the decisions they rule on will always reflect back on him, long after his presidency ends.  A president won’t knowingly nominate a candidate he knows is going to try to interpret the constitution in a way that directly contradicts his own views.  Let’s be honest, would you hire a Voodoo priestess to babysit your kids if you were a devout Christian? While no President can guarantee how a justice will vote, you look at their past rulings and take a leap of faith that they won’t shock and disappoint. The issue of remarks she made in the past that have the conservative talk radio nit-wits calling her a racist will hopefully blow over.  If it doesn’t and she steps down, I’m sure the next candidate President Obama nominates will undergo the same scrutiny.

At the end of the day Democrats have the numbers, so they can and will approve President Obama’s nominee.  Republican’s have to walk a fine line because while they would love a conservative anti-abortion, anti-affirmative action, anti gay rights justice, they can’t very well say that out loud.

As we have just seen our nations first Black President give us a guided tour of the White House, shouldn’t we also be ready to see a Latina Woman wearing that black robe?
JerzeeChick

June 4, 2009 Posted by | Obama, Opinion, Politics, Race | 2 Comments

Let The Boycott Begin!!!

Back in April it was announced that Arizona State University would not bestow upon President Barack Obama an honorary degree.  (I’m sure President Obama didn’t lose too much sleep over it seeing as he’s already earned a degree from Harvard.)  There was a social uproar of course.  People were shocked that the school deemed him suitable to deliver the commencement address, but not suitable to receive an honorary degree.  *rolling eyes now* Now I’m a die hard Obama Mama, so maybe I’m biased, but I’m just saying….

The powers that be at Arizona State University had the nerve, the audacity, the unmitigated gall to actually say and I quote: honorary degrees are given “for an achievement of eminence” and Obama was not considered for an honorary degree because his body of achievements, at this time, does not fit within that criteria. WHAT?!?!?!  The man wrote how many best-sellers?  His campaign efforts registered how many new voters?  I am not even going to mention the part about him being the first Black President of the United States (because to me that is just far too obvious)!

In an effort to save face, the University instead created a scholarship in President Obama’s name, with the first recipients being announced in conjunction with this year’s commencement.  President Obama is a humble man, so I’m sure he is not tripping over their little funky honorary degree anyway.  I’m sure he is much happier knowing deserving students will be able to attend college because of this scholarship created in his honor.  That’s good for him, but I’m not so easily swayed!

In honor (or dis-honor) of ASU, I shall boycott all things Arizona and ask that you join me.  Let me first shout out my friend Fiona, as she brought this travesty to my attention, and together we hope to “shut it down” in Arizona!

•    Arizona Iced Tea, I’m through with it!  I’d rather drink a tall glass of dirty dish- water, thank you very much.
•    Sorry Amare Stoudemire.  You got game and all, but I can no longer cheer for you or the Phoenix Suns.
•    Sorry Larry Fitzgerald, but I will no longer be considering you for my Fantasy Football team.  I know you had a good run this year, but unless the Arizona Cardinals trade you, I’m not interested!
•    No Grand Canyon tour for me!

I’m not saying being the commencement speaker automatically entitles you to an honorary degree, but this is President Barack Obama after all.  If Yale gave George W. Bush an honorary degree ASU should not only have given President Obama an honorary degree, but they need to be naming a dorm and a library after him.  I wonder how much of this is sour grapes on ASU’s part because President Obama decimated McShame? The whole thing reeks of some sort of Republican/ Red State set up.  It’s all good though, because the boycott is on! Who’s with me???
JerzeeChick

May 13, 2009 Posted by | Education, Obama, Opinion, Politics | 5 Comments

Report Card Day!

Most colleges don’t bother to look at the grades from your first report card as a high school freshman.  When measuring your potential for college success your first couple of months as a high school student don’t hold much weight.  In politics however, we tend to put a lot of weight on the Commander-in-Chief’s first 100 days in office.

If we look at past presidency’s we see a good “First 100 Days” won’t necessarily mean a good presidency, and a bad “First 100 Days” won’t necessarily signal a doomed presidency.  In the case of President Obama, will his First 100 Days be an accurate measure of what the rest of his presidency will hold?

In most classes we start with no grade.  On the first day of school, every student can work toward an A or do nothing and collect a bunch of zero’s.  You don’t start with an F, and have to work your way toward a passing grade.  Unfortunately President Obama inherited an F, and the whole world was watching to see if he could work up to an A in 100 days.

In my opinion, the way he got at those Somali pirates  was worth bumping up a full grade.  So if we agree he came in with a grade of F, the rescue mission gave him a D!

The auto bail out is a tricky situation.  He can keep pouring money into the industry, knowing it’s tantamount to throwing good money after bad, or he can force them to make aggressive changes in hopes that it will turn around.  Treading lightly now and forcing the big three to act wisely is worth another 5 points in my book.

If anyone has looked at their paycheck lately, they should see a few extra dollars.  Even though it might not be a lot of money, getting a stimulus plan approved would have taken months of wrangling in congress, but reducing my tax burden was a quick and dirty way to put a little extra cash in my pocket right now.  I think that was worth another 7 points.

President Obama has already begun to reach out to foreign countries and even opened dialogue with our so-called enemies.  We are no longer seen as the bullies on the block, but rather a super power willing to listen and use diplomacy when possible.  Republicans on the campaign trail said Obama was a novice and would fail miserably with foreign policy.  All told I give him 10 points, because he is making it happen!

With regards to the economy, there is still a long way to go, but I think we are on the right track.  We are much better off after 100 days than we would have been if McShame and Sara Who had won in November.  It might be years before the damage of the Bush years can be undone, but I think President Obama has earned 8 more points here!

So let’s do the math.  President Obama walked into the White House on January 20th with a failing grade.
•    His handling of the Somali pirates bumped him up to a solid “D”, 60 points.
•    He got another five points for his handling of the Auto Crisis, so that would give him a 65 (still a D).
•    The tax cut that benefits people in my tax bracket moved him up to a 72 (C-).
•    The diplomacy he’s exhibited and his failure to further alienate our friends and foes garnered him ten points and a B!
Add to that the overall strides he’s made with the economy and President Obama has a grade of 90, a solid A-!  I am proud of our President.  I think his first marking period was a huge success, and if this were high school he’d be collecting ten-dollar bills from all his aunties.  I’ve handed out my grades, what are yours?
JerzeeChick

April 30, 2009 Posted by | News, Obama, Politics | 2 Comments

Not Yet 100…

Political pundits are all over President Obama.  Some are saying he’s not fulfilling his campaign promises.  Some are saying he’s being too bipartisan and too inclusive of Republican ideas.  He’s been in office for what, 75 days?  The presidential term is about 1461 days (assuming one leap year), which means President Obama is only about 5% or so into his job.  How much did we realistically expect the man to accomplish this quickly.  The average administrative assistant or project manager is still in the probationary period at 75 days!

Granted the President of the United States is not the kind of job that you can pooh pooh your way through and blame lack of training for a lack of competency, but of course that is not the case with President Obama.  He hit the ground running, and is making amazing strides.  Some people still aren’t satisfied.

We all agree that President Obama inherited this deficit, and is doing the best he can to make decisions that will ultimately benefit American people.  For some, that’s just not good enough.  They wanted him to come out swinging and they wanted this to be the land of milk and honey by now.  Welcome to reality.

The reality is, as a Black man, President Obama has to walk a fine line.  He can’t get too publicly agitated, as we don’t want him stereotyped as the angry black man.  I’m also wondering about the people that say he’s too bipartisan.  I agree, you can’t make everyone happy, and ultimately he has to be true to Democrats, but he did say this was not a country of Red States and Blue States, but rather the United States.  To that end he has to try to include ideas of both parties.  As we’ve seen with the past couple of votes, the Democrats are in control, so they get what they want, but can’t we all at least try to get along.  I feel like people are disappointed that he is not running through the Halls of Congress acting like Chuck D or Ice Cube.

Some are also a little disappointed because he’s not entertaining the idea of legalizing marijuana in an effort to decrease the deficit.  Epiphany, what do you think about legalizing weed?  All I’m going to say is, y’all can get over it because there is NO WAY a black man is going to legalize weed.  NEVER GONNA HAPPEN!  Are you kidding me, those talk radio snooty pants would have a field day with that one.  I could hear Rush Limbaugh now: “first marijuana, next crack, …get that pimp out of the white house by any means necessary!”

The smokers are taking a hit thanks to the bill President Obama signed that raises cigarette prices.  I think now a pack of cigarettes in Jersey is up to almost $10.  If that is not incentive enough to quit, I don’t know what is!  Smokers feel they are being unfairly picked on, but this tax increase pays for the first part of President Obama’s healthcare plan.  To me, as a non-smoker, it’s a win.

At the end of the day, we wanted to see change, and we are seeing it.  Maybe not as quickly as some would like, but slow and steady wins the race.  I don’t know why people put so much emphasis on the first one hundred days, but President Obama is being watched and polled on every move.    He’s polling well, but they never ask anyone I know to participate in this poll so here’s your chance to weigh in.  How do YOU think President Barack Obama is doing in his first 100 Days?
JerzeeChick

April 1, 2009 Posted by | Obama, Opinion, Politics | 3 Comments

REACHING!!!

So all day yesterday I was wondering what I should blog about, and then a gift was dropped in my lap today by way of the New York Post.  By now you have all heard that President Obama has signed the Economic Stimulus Bill.  As was to be expected he’s getting heat because the bill was passed will minimal support from Republicans.   Some are saying President Obama was elected because of his promises to foster bipartisanship blah blah blah.  Here is what I think about bipartisanship…in theory it’s a good thing.  It’s like that Coke commercial “…I’d like to buy the world a home and furnish it with love.  Grow apple trees and honey bees, and snow white turtle doves.”  In theory it’s a cute concept, but later for furnishing someone else’s house, I want to furnish my own.  And you can keep the apple trees and turtle doves…send me my stimulus check!

All the politicians meow meowing about bipartisanship need to get over it.  There comes a point in every President’s career that he has to make a definitive decision to do what is best for the people that elected him and worry about soothing the ruffled feathers of bipartisanship later.  The people that elected President Obama needed a bill passed.  While I’d love to debate the finer points of this Stimulus Bill and how it might impact middle class people like me, that is not the purpose of this weeks blog (sidebar: if you are a first time homebuyer or in the market for a new car, the Stimulus Package has a hook up for you ☺ !!!)

Okay so here is the background story that feeds into the New York Post broo-ha-ha.  A woman in Connecticut kept a giant chimp as a pet.  The chimp went crazy a couple of days ago and attacked the woman’s friend.  Police ended up shooting and killing the chimp because they could not gain control of the situation, and I believe the woman’s friend was critically injured.  Late night stand up routines had a field day with the story, as apparently the woman treated this animal as her child, and this was not the first time he had run-a-muck in the town.

The New York Post took a different approach.  They featured a cartoon in the paper and on their website today that showed two cops and a dead chimp.  One cop is holding a smoking gun towards the chimp and the caption reads: “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”  Needless to say people are up in arms as this cartoon seems to paint a not so flattering picture of President Obama.  At best it is mocking his stimulus bill as something so bad a chimp could have written it.  At worst it is insinuating that in some way President Obama and a dead chimp have a lot in common.  Things that make you go hmmm….

We can all agree the cartoon was in poor taste.  It’s like someone drawing a parody of a rape victim…you just don’t do it! Al Sharpton was Johnny on the spot demanding an apology, but The New York Post had this to say: The cartoon is a clear parody of a current event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut.  It broadly mocks Washington’s efforts to revive the economy.  Again Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist.  I am no huge Sharpton fan, but I don’t think this constitutes “publicity opportunism”.  Certain things common sense should just tell you not to do, and obviously there is a little common sense missing on the New York Post editorial team.  Common sense should tell you not to make fun of or do any type of parody of abused children, victims of rape, or ANYTHING that might insinuate any type of relationship between Black men and apes/monkeys/chimps.

In my opinion, the statement by the Post is in a word: REACHING!  There is no cleaning it up, and they would have done better to just come out and say they made a joke in poor taste and offer profuse apologies.  Instead they chose to dig in their heel and stand behind a dangerous and reprehensible picture.  What’s your take on this Epiphanyblog?
JerzeeChick

February 19, 2009 Posted by | News, Obama, Opinion, Politics | 4 Comments

At Last!

And so I watched all the inauguration footage I could see on Tuesday, and still felt like I couldn’t get enough.  I don’t think I’ve watched that many consecutive hours of television IN MY LIFE, but this was a once in a lifetime event.  As President Barack Obama said in his speech…this is a new era!  It took 35 five words, but it’s a done deal.  Who would have thought that after all the months of campaigning, all the blogs, all the debates, all the pseudo-scandals, all the hours of camping out on CNN/Meet The Press et al, it would only take 35 words?

I remember Reagan winning in 1980 and 1984.  I remember the first Bush presidency, and of course I was able to vote for the first time when Clinton won in 1992.  At that time I was living in Maryland, and only watched inauguration footage long enough to see Maya Angelou.   Y’all know I didn’t watch one pinky toe worth of coverage when “W” won, so this was all uncharted territory for me.  I didn’t know what to expect, but I was too afraid to turn away because I didn’t want to miss a thing.

Now that President Obama is 2 days into his first hundred days as Commander-in-Chief, I will of course keep him and his family in my prayers.  I have nothing but optimistic thoughts about his presidency, and I believe in my heart that as a nation we are entering a new era.  If we all do our part we, along with President Obama, will turn this country around.  I also wanted to take a minute to reflect on my favorite moment of President Barack Obama’s Inauguration, and on a lighter note pick out a few of the more memorable moments too!

Hands down, my favorite moment was when President Obama stood there with one hand raised and one hand on the bible and said, “So help me God.”  At that moment it was official, and I clapped.

Now regarding the memorable moments, I must shout out the church ensembles.  The Obama girls in their cute church coats, and Aretha Franklin in that church hat!  I remarked on Facebook how cute the Obama girls looked with their freshly pressed hair and church coats.  Rick, my FB friend, admonished me for not mentioning Aretha Franklin….so here goes!

First I must look at Aretha in a historical context.  She’s not just the Queen of Soul.  She’s not just one that often takes fashion risks.  She is part of the soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement.  Aretha sang at the funeral of Martin Luther King JR, so singing at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama was only fitting.  Now regarding that church hat….Black people love a church hat.  No matter the occasion; be it a funeral, wedding, christening, graduation or Communion Sunday, a big church hat is going to be somewhere on the premises.  So we might as well all get used to seeing more church hats paraded around political events, because so long as the Obama’s are in the White House, somebody will be wearing an ill-advised church hat…full of feathers, rhinestones, sequins, or some other tacky adornment!

Now I have been known to sacrifice comfort for fashion, so I know Michelle’s feet are probably still hurting today.  She strutted around in those pumps all day in the freezing cold DC weather.  Not only did she do the cute shoe thing, she also opted not to have on a real coat!  President Obama had his suit jacket and cashmere coat on, but Michelle was cute in her yellow ensemble.  PETA would have been mad at me, because I would have been walking that parade route with my full-length fur on!

And finally, I must give it up to Beyonce.  I am not a Beyonce fan (at all), but she did an awesome job singing “At Last”.  It was probably the most fitting song for President and Mrs. Obama’s first dance.  At Last, Barack Obama has been sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America, and I could not be more proud.  So Epiphanyblog, those are my faves…what’s yours?
JerzeeChick

January 22, 2009 Posted by | Life, News, Obama, Politics | 4 Comments

Shock The World

In all honesty, the only people shocked were probably Sara Who, and Elizabeth from The View.  The rest of us knew the deal!!!!!  It’s been a long time coming, but our “Change” has finally come.  It’s hard to put into words the feelings and emotions from seeing the first Black President elected.  I am glad it happened in my lifetime, and I am happy to know my contributions and vote made a difference.

Barack Obama started out with little money and many people telling him it was “not his time”.  I am so glad he didn’t listen to them.  He stayed focused and didn’t compromise for anyone.  He is truly the choice for a new generation!

As you reflect over November 4th, I hope you’ll take a moment to watch the video and share your feelings with Epiphanyblog!

JerzeeChick


November 5, 2008 Posted by | Obama, Opinion, Politics | 10 Comments

Election Day Blog #1

Good Morning Epiphanyblog!

It’s Election Day….time to cast your vote for CHANGE (if you haven’t done so already)!  I am about to go cast my vote now, but I will be back throughout the day letting you what what it’s like in Atlanta!  I hope you’ll take a moment to Barack the Vote…and tell us all about it!  Check out the video, and come back often.  I want to hear from EVERYBODY!

JerzeeChick

November 4, 2008 Posted by | Obama, Politics | 3 Comments

In 5 Days…YES WE CAN!!!

Today is my last blog before election day.  I just finished watching 30 minutes of Barack Obama addressing the nation.  As always I was thoroughly impressed and inspired.

With only 5 days left, I wanted to encourage everyone to remain diligent and focused.  They say Obama is leading in the polls, but we can’t take anything for granted!!!!  Not only do we ALL NEED TO VOTE…we need to make sure AT LEAST one other person votes.  Either knock on a few doors, make calls at your local phone bank, or give someone a ride to the polls.  This race is going to be tight, and if each one can reach one it will make a difference.

I didn’t vote yet, but I applaud everyone that exercised their right to early vote.  They say Democrats have turned out in record numbers…so Epiphany thanks those of you that have already Baracked the vote!   I am going to vote on election day, but I am committed to encouraging other people to exercise their right as well.  After I vote on Tuesday, I’m going to go back to the polls to take “supplies” to the people waiting their turn.

I’m going to take pizza to encourage people to stand on those long lines.  If it’s cold, I’ll take coffee or hot chocolate so that people don’t get discouraged and leave.  I have to do SOMETHING to make sure people are out there to Barack the Vote!

As you read this blog, take a moment to think about what you can do to be a part of the process on Tuesday.  Be it taking bottled water to your local polling place on your lunch hour, or dropping coffee off on your way to work…please do something to make sure people stay the course. Give someone a ride or call and remind people to vote. They are saying that even though the Obama campaign registered voters in record numbers, there is no guarantee those registrations will turn into actual votes.  Let’s prove them wrong.  They say African American’s and youth tend not to go to the polls, especially when there are long lines or inclement weather.  Please do your part Epiphanyblog to prove them wrong!!!  YES WE CAN!!!!!

I’ll be passing out pizza (and maybe Krispy Kreme’s)…what are you going to do to make sure you help at least one other person Barack the Vote?

JerzeeChick
P.S.  I will be blogging on Tuesday throughout the day.  Please stop by and comment on the situation in your particular part of the country!

October 29, 2008 Posted by | Obama, Politics | 6 Comments

The Thursday 10

This week’s blog is all about the 10 things I loved and loathed this week!

  • LOVED the Colin Powell Endorsement. The timing was perfect, and it further validated for some independents that Obama is the man to change this country. This endorsement from Colin Powell, should be the coup de grâce for the Republicans.

  • LOATHED the George Will and Rush Limbaugh commentary. Colin Powell is a retired general that is pretty much the highest ranking black man to ever serve in a Republican Administration and he’s endorsing a liberal Democrat, not the Navy pilot and fellow Republican. It didn’t take long for the right wingers to come out and try to minimize the endorsement and say Powell only endorsed Obama because he’s black. It is an insult and disgrace to assume that intelligent African American people will blindly follow each other down the road of damnation simply because we share the same skin color.

  • LOVED The Secret Life of Bees. It’s a cute movie, and if you read the book you’ll especially enjoy it. Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, and Alicia Keyes all did wonderful jobs, and if you are a fan on The Wire….Mike is in this one too!

  • LOATHED the “I thought I was on a slave ship” defense. Brian Nichols’s defense team is trying to get a not guilty by reason of insanity verdict. To that end, they are trying to convince the jury that Mr. Nichols had “snapped” while in custody and thought he was on a slave ship. He killed all those people in an effort to free himself from the belly of a slave ship. Now, I took AASP 202 with Dr. Sharon Harley, not to mention countless other African American Studies classes during my time at UMCP. It has been a while, but never in any of my studies do I recall there being automatic weapons on slave ships! My memory certainly isn’t what it used to be, but I would almost bet my Maxwell tickets on the fact that there weren’t any Glock 9’s during the Middle Passage.

  • LOVED the exposing of Sara Who’s expenditures. Not Miss Small-town USA shopping in Neiman’s and Saks!!! They claim the clothes will eventually be donated to charity, but I can’t wait to see how the scandal of her toting her kids all across the country on the Alaska tax payers dime turns out!

  • LOATHED the overabundance of neck tattoos and bad weaves. Is there a 2 for 1 sale going on someplace in Atlanta? Pay $100 to get a quick weave done by Bunny and’nem, then get a panther tat on your neck for free. YUCK!

  • LOVED another week of Warren Sapp on Dancing With The Stars. I only watch the show long enough to see him dance, and this week he got down with the Hustle!

  • LOATHED the week of dud play by Fantasy Football Superstars. While I won in three of my five leagues this week, the inconsistent play of superstars like T.O., Peyton, Braylon Edwards, and LaDainian, have many leagues in an uproar.

  • LOVED to LOATHE The Real Housewives of Atlanta. It’s like a train wreck and I can’t look away. When I compare these women to The Real Housewives of New York it becomes painfully obvious that there is nothing worse than new money! I’m not going to name names, but unless you are a Rockefeller, Kennedy, or possibly Will and Jada, why do you need a “governess”? It’s true what they say…money can’t buy class!

Well that was my Thursday 10. You may not have time to run down a full 10, but what did you love and loathe this week?

JerzeeChick

October 22, 2008 Posted by | Laughter, Life, Opinion, Politics, Race | 6 Comments

20 More Days

So the debates are over.  I must say, Obama never ceases to amaze me.  He is “Presidential” to say the least.  He doesn’t lose his temper and although I’m sure it pains him, he looks on intently as McShame speaks.  I wish I had the power to read minds because I’m sure the stuff going though Obama’s head as he listened to McShame shovel crap had to be comical.

Speaking of comical…..Again McShame looked like a claymation character.  Also, he was part brat part demented old man all night.  I was waiting for him to roll on the floor kicking and screaming like a two year old.  His incessant need to throw petty irrelevant digs in there was quite annoying.

As far as recaps, I think the highlight of the debate was when the moderator asked both candidates if they thought their running mates and consequently their opponents running mates were qualified.  I wanted Obama to say “No, Sara Who is not qualified”, but he was too cool for that.  He just said “I’ll leave that up to the American People”.  As an “American Person”, I have an answer…NOPE! Throw that broad off the ballot because the only thing she’s qualified to do is half way cover up her own corruption!  McShame couldn’t even fix his lips to say she was qualified.  He simply said he was “proud of her”.  I’m proud of Maxwell for FINALLY touring again, but I wouldn’t put him in the White House!

Another funny moment was when McShame talked about how much money Obama spent on negative ads.  He went on and on about how Obama has spent more money than any candidate in history.  Um, hello Senator McShame, Barack HAS more money to spend.  Don’t hate the player,hate the game.  I got an email today about donating to the Obama campaign.  They only asked for $25.  Imagine how many middle class people like me have slid ten’s and twenties to Obama…oops my bad, McShame isn’t concernd about the Middle Class!

One good thing about this being the last debate is I am one step closer to not hearing the word “repudiate”.  OMG…McShame looked extra claymation like when he was trying to express his hurt feelings over what John Lewis said.  Facts are facts, and Sara Who does use language that incites crazy people.  When people yell “terrorist” and “kill him” in regards to Barack Obama all she does is grin.  McShame keeps harping on Obama’s alleged association with Bill Ayers.  Come on now…it’s all a ploy to play on the fears of American’s and unfairly paint Obama as some type of radical.

It’s down to 20 days.  The polls seem to be going for Obama, but McShame and Sara Who are not going away quietly.  I expect to hear more negative stuff from the Republicans, and I’m sure Obama will stay on his message and keep pushing the economy, healthcare, and education.  Will it be enough?  With 20 days to go Epiphanyblog, do you think Obama will make it happen, or is the so called “October Surprise” going to wreck everything?  I’m sure Republican strategists are already concocting a way to steal the election (Oh, we’re sorry Mr. Obama, you didn’t read the fine print.  We know you won the popular vote and more electoral votes, but you have too many syllables in your name and can’t be Commander-in-Chief). *rolls eyes*!

JerzeeChick

October 15, 2008 Posted by | Obama, Opinion, Politics | 3 Comments

My Friends…Did you watch???

If I had a shot of tequila for everytime McShame said “my friends”, I’d be tore up right now…

So here we are again.  Another debate complete, and Obama is apparently exceeding everyone’s expectations.  I guess people thought the brother was going to get up there and act like he was auditioning for a season of “I Wanna Work for Diddy”.  They also thought McShame the “maverick” was going to get up there and talk circles around the black guy with the funny name.

I admit, after hearing the negative remarks from Sara Who and McShame over the past few days I was hoping Obama would get up there and flex a little bit.  Obama didn’t take the bait though.  He was cool and composed and stayed on his message during the entire debate.

McShame was another story!  Did you hear him refer to Obama as “that one”?  Talk about a condescending jerk!  McShame walked around that stage looking like a dinosaur at a funeral…with his little arms!  He was more Tyrannosaurus than Presedential if you ask me. It is obvious he has no respect for Obama.  As I learn more about McShame, I am even more convinced that he would be a dangerous President.  He’s a spoiled brat that can’t fathom not getting his way.  He wants to be President at any cost, and will smear Obama relentlessly if he thinks it will give him the keys to the White House.

My only fear at this point is, can we trust white people to do the right thing.  Can they look past the color of Obama’s skin, and vote for the candidate that will turn this country around?  Sara Who is becoming more and more unhinged with every apperance, and McShame is showing his true colors with each interview.  The choice is clear.  Eight is definitely enough, and I refuse to believe McShame can do anything but continue the status quo of Bush policies.  At this point the ONLY thing that is keeping McShame in this race is that fact that he’s a white man, and some people will gladly lose their jobs, homes, and sanity to keep a black man out of the white house!

I’m interested to hear your debate feedback.  Epiphanyblog, sound off–

JerzeeChick

P.S. I stopped counting the “my friends” comments about an hour into the debate, and he was already up to 15.

October 7, 2008 Posted by | Opinion, Politics | 2 Comments

Sound Off!!!!!

Did I or did I not say Sara Who was the queen of the “non-answer”?????  If you were able to stomach the debate I’d love to hear what you thought.  In my opinion she did too much “Stepford Wife” smiling and winking….I’m sorry since when is winking a good debate tactic?

Since she seems to know what “American’s are cravin'” she should know we want more from her than general talk about Alaska.  We need to know her thoughts for the future of this country.  It was so obvious to me that she went off topic so often because she was CLUELESS.  She threw out scripted answers and then reverted to what she thought was “charm”.  I feel almost like I was watching Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live. “You’re darn right”, blah blah blah give me a break Sara Who, you are NOT my homegirl.  She actually gave a “shout out” *Puhleeeeeeze*! And to all the teachers out there…can someone send this chick a phonics book. 

Joe Six Pack….really?  That’s her problem right there.  She has been drinking too many six packs and has convinced herself she’s qualified.  I swear if I hear her refer to herself and McShame as “mavericks” again I’m gonna slit my wrists.  McShame has been complaining about Obama’s lead being due to “life not being fair”.  What’s not fair is him subjecting us to Sara Who in primetime.  How do you flat out admit you aren’t going to answer the questions the way the moderator (and voters) want you to?  Why show up then?  SHE should have cancelled her debate appearance!  And I’m still waiting to hear her tell us what her Achilles heel is.  Maybe she doesn’t know what that means…..do they even learn Greek Mythology in Alaska?

I could go on and on about her, but I’d like to hear what everyone else thought. 

JerzeeChick

October 3, 2008 Posted by | Opinion, Politics | 1 Comment

Are You Smarter Than A VP?

With the increasing popularity of that show “Are you Smarter Than A 5th Grader”, and this debacle that is the Republican ticket (McShame/Sara Who? to be precise), I came up with my own little version of a reality game show to get you all ready for the debates tonight.

1.    Can you name at least three cases that have been heard by the United States Supreme Court?
2.    Did you get a passport before you turned forty?
3.    Do you have foreign policy experience?
4.    Do you know how to make money on eBay?

Okay class pencils down, it’s time to go over the answers.  Remember the stakes are high here.  Your answers might get you a trip on Air Force Two.  You might be qualified to be the man (or woman) next to the man in charge of these great United States!

Question 1
During her most recent Katie Couric interview, Sara Who could not answer this question.  Of course she knew Roe v Wade, but after that she was speechless.  Hmm lets see, in Final Jeopardy, as that ridiculous doom-doom-doom-doom-doom-doom-doom music played I would have scribbled Roe v Wade, Brown v Board of Education, and New Jersey v TLO.  Then of course there’s the whole Guantanamo Bay thing that the Supreme Court had to rule on, and oh yeah the 2000 Presidential Election that George W stole.  I guess those things were all of no consequence to Sara Who since she once supported the Alaska Independence Party.  All that Supreme Court stuff is irrelevant when you want to form your own country, right?

Question 2
Most of us had been to Mexico, The Bahamas, or Jamaica at least once before we turned thirty….but international jet setting diva homebody fertile myrtle Sara Who was about forty three when she took her first international trip.  Gotta love a globe trotter!

Question 3
Let’s see….I’ve negotiated taxi rates at the airport in Paris.  I’ve convinced a man in India to sell me a bunch of pashmina’s for the low-low.  Seeing as Sara Who says her proximity to Russia qualifies as foreign policy experience, the fact that I survived dysentery in Mumbai should count for something!

Question 4
I have purchased a couple of things on eBay….for a COME UP! Sara Who bragged about unloading a plane on eBay.  She failed to mention that selling it on eBay at a substantial loss isn’t good business sense.

We watched Obama hold his own last week, and prove McShame would be an extension of the last eight years. The world will be watching the Vice Presidential Debates because Sara Who has one shot to convince everyone she’s qualified. I’m sure the speechwriters are prepping her at this very moment and I expect her to spout off a lot “canned” Republican jibber-jabber and avoid giving real answers.  She’ll double talk and repeat the same things over and over again.  Surely we’ll hear a lot of useless moose hunting facts sprinkled with the conservative party line.  She’s an expert at giving a non-answer and tomorrow will be no different.

Even though we know the only cabinet she should be a part of is the one in her kitchen, the Republicans have anointed her the savior of good old-fashioned American values.  Her smug tone makes their foolish hearts jump, and nit-wits like Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh would love nothing more than to see McShame and Sara Who taking the oath of office in January.  So back to the game show…

Alright Epiphanyblog, now that you’ve evaluated your answers to my four questions…Are You Smarter Than a VP?
JerzeeChick

October 2, 2008 Posted by | Opinion, Politics | 3 Comments

You Ain’t Slick, McShame!!!!!

Hello Epiphany,

I hope you can all view the video.  If you have a problem with this link, check it out on YouTube.  Just search for the title “You Ain’t Slick, McShame”.  Post your comments below as usual.  With the debates looming it is so important for us to be on our toes and paying attention.  There are so many undecided voters floating out there and this is an opportunity for some of them to “decide” to Barack the Vote!  Hope you enjoy my video, and please pass it on!  Like I said you can view it at YouTube too!

Also, I wanted to give myself a shameless plug….I will be at the Baltimore Book Festival this Saturday from 11-7. Rain or shine, I’ll be there, so stop by!  I will be in the “Author’s Tent”.  (The Authors’ Tent is located in the very popular East Park at 17 East Mt. Vernon Place , near the Literary Salon and Peabody Library).  I will be selling books as well as giving items away.  Stop by and say hi…..I don’t want to be the only little brown face out there with no visitors at her table –LOL!

JerzeeChick

September 25, 2008 Posted by | Obama, Opinion, Politics | 9 Comments

These Broads Are Crazy!!!!

When I was in college, my roommates and I staged a mini boycott of a place called Cluck-U.  They sold these steroid infused addictive chicken wings that most students loved.  There was a period of time when we were having Cluck-U delivered every week.  I don’t remember the details of the boycott, but I believe it had to do with excessive waits for delivery (over an hour on a weekend), cold food (who wants cold soggy wings) and maybe an over inflated delivery charge.  At the end of the day the boycott probably meant nothing to Cluck-U, but we felt good about ourselves (and yes we eventually started eating Cluck-U again, but we stopped getting it delivered).

 

Since then I’ve boycotted several businesses: Wal-Mart( they can NOT get my money), South West Airlines (I wouldn’t take a South West flight if Jesus was the pilot), Nine West, DSW on Camp Creek, and Spondivits just to name a few.  I could go on and on, but the point is when I feel like I am getting bad service, or I feel like I’m being taken advantage of, (I will boycott doing my work too if I feel so moved) I cease and desist with my support.   I’ve stopped subscriptions to magazines because I didn’t like their subject matter.  I’ve stopped watching certain television stations because I found their programming offensive.  At the end of the day we are all empowered to make these decisions and should feel free to do so when the situation warrants it.

 

While I am a definite proponent of ones “Right to Boycott”…..I was more than disgusted when I heard about the latest antics of the McShame/Sara Who Cult (yes they have officially been labeled a “cult” by me)!  A GOP women’s group has now decided to launch a national boycott of Oprah Winfrey because she refused to book Sara Who on her show.  Where shall I begin…

 

First of all, it’s her show!  She can book whomever she wants, nevertheless Oprah came out months ago and said she would not have any candidates on her show because she was an active Obama supporter and it would be unfair to only have him and not other candidates. (Obama’s appearances on her show were before he announced his candidacy).  Secondly who is Sara Who to think she MUST get Oprah’s ear?  These Sara Who Culteers are crazy. (In case you are wondering, yes “culteer” is a word I made up and it means “member of a cult”….kind of like a Musketeer or a Mouseketeer).  In the article I read they actually  refer to Sara Who as an “Icon”.  Really?  Cher is an icon, Tina Turner is an icon.  Sara Who is a smoke and mirrors act put together by the Republicans to steal the votes of the Pantsuit Posse. 

 

What makes her iconic?  Is it the fact that she preached “abstinence only” in her state all the while she couldn’t even enforce it in her own house?  While these nut jobs are busy boycotting Oprah, they need to be trying to get the Palin’s on Maury or Jerry Springer.  The rumor on YouTube is that the REAL baby daddy is a wanna be rapper from Los Angeles that met the Fertile Myrtle seventeen year old while visiting his uncle Alaska.  Oh yeah, did I mention he’s BLACK.  While it is probably untrue….that story has Maury, not Oprah, written all over it!!!!!!

JerzeeChick

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September 11, 2008 Posted by | Obama, Opinion, Politics | 5 Comments

Race/Gender vs. Real Issues

Hypothetically speaking, if Tiny Tears had won the Democratic Nomination for President, most of us would be supporting her right now.  We wouldn’t have foolishly supported the Republican candidate for spite, Right?  Okay in keeping with the hypothetical, let’s just say Tiny Tears is running on a ticket with Joe Biden, and McShame announces Condoleezza Rice is his running mate.  Knowing the Condi is a George W crony all day and all night, could you look past all that in order to vote your race and or gender?   Would you vote for McShame simply because a black woman was his running mate?

In my opinion it’s not about Barack Obama being a black man, it’s about him being the right man.  Also in my opinion for Sara Who supporters it’s not about her being the right person, it’s about her knocking the wind out of Obama’s sail.  People are so floored by Barack Obama, so upset that a skinny black dude could take America by storm in the way that he has, some of them would vote for Elvis rather than see Barack Obama taking the oath of office.

I am optimistic in thinking that American’s are smart enough to see through the smoke and mirrors of the Republican Party.  I am hopeful, that people will not fall for the McShame and Sara Who foolishness.  This recent bump in the polls will eventually fade and we can focus on the issues.  In a minute the media will stop treading so lightly and put the screws to Sara Who they way they did to everyone associated with Barack Obama.

Allegedly ABC News will interview Sara Who tonight.  I’m sure her speech writers have given her talking points, and I’m sure Charles Gibson will give her ample time to pontificate on her small town values and being a hockey mom blah blah blah!  I’m sure I will have to stifle a vomit as she gushes with syrupy sweetness all while trying to play the part of the pit bull in lipstick (notice I didn’t say pig…LOL)!  These things, I’m sure of, but the mind of American voters puzzles me.  In my original question I asked about Condi.  I know I wouldn’t vote for her for the same reason I refuse to go to Wal-Mart.  Why set myself up for the disappointment?  Black woman or not, she doesn’t seem to care about the issues that concern me, and I wouldn’t give her four years to run a-muck just because she was a sistah. Is that wrong?

As the convention dust settles and the candidates get back on the campaign trail, issues will once again take center stage. Sweet Jesus be a dose of common sense for these recent McShame/Sara Who converts. What is the fascination with this chick?  Is voting your gender really that big of a deal?  The repercussions of this election will be felt for years to come.  Isn’t it more important to keep your homes and put your kids through college than to one day tell your grandkids that you helped elect the first female Vice President (and ended up living in a trailer park because you lost your job to Ramesh and Gupti)?
JerzeeChick

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Opinion, Politics | 3 Comments

I’ll Say It Again….

My last post was “Sara Who?” because I was wondering how McShame came to think she was the right person to choose as a running mate. As I read through the comments, I realized I wasn’t alone in my thinking. Against my better judgment, I watched the RNC in primetime tonight.  It was great.  It was a mess!!! Somebody slap me.  Somebody slap Rudy Giuliani!!!  For a moment I thought was watching an episode of Def Comedy Jam….then they panned through the audience and I saw all those tired outfits and old people cornballs and realized Russell Simmons would not be taking the stage.  John McShame did take the stage looking Presidential like a claymation Fire Marshall Bill.

Do I feel better about Sara Who…..NOPE!!!!!  Nothing she said made me feel even remotely better about her being in the number 2 spot.  I googled her last week so she said nothing I didn’t already know. She gave us the 411 about her family (again), she told us about her “refusal” of congress’s “bridge to nowhere” (yawn), and she showed us hygiene wasn’t a big deal in her house (did y’all see that little girl slick that baby’s hair down with spit…YUCK)! She did a lot of McShame schmoozing, but that was to be expected.  Basically I feel the same way I did yesterday…they plucked her to appeal to women and the conservative Republican base.  She has no new ideas and nothing of substance to bring to the White House or this country.

I heard a few jabs about Obama’s time as a community organizer.  It just goes to show you how out of touch the Republicans are.  A Presidential Candidate that is actually concerned with his community is a good thing.  A candidate concerned with the plight of the poor and under-served to me is more desirable than a candidate that won Ms. Congeniality.

The Republicans love to paint Obama as “elitist” and say he appeals to celebrities and not regular people.  Again they have it all wrong.  Obama appeals to people with SENSE.  Obama appeals to people wanting something different than this mess the Republicans want to keep going.  Obama appeals to the people that want to END THE WAR.  I don’t need to hear about us staying the course in Iraq.  I don’t need to hear about McShame getting it right with the surge.  What about people with no healthcare?  What about all the jobs that keep going overseas?   I want to hear how you are going to make college affordable for our kids.  Sweet Jesus be a reality check and shake some sense into the Pantsuit Posse.  John McShame and Sara Who do not have our best interests at heart.  Their pseudo-conservative values and fear tactics (If I hear them allude to Obama not being tough on terror one more time…..) are exactly what we DON’T need!

The media is falling all over themselves complimenting her speech and talking about how “tough” she was.  GIVE ME A BREAK…..so what she gave a tough speech. The speech was written by a George Bush speech writer.  I’ll say it again SARA WHO?????

JerzeeChick

September 3, 2008 Posted by | Opinion, Politics | 5 Comments

Sara Who?

Okay so I was supposed to wait until Thursday to blog….but I couldn’t resist.  Sara Who???  I refuse to watch the dog and pony show that will be the Republican National Convention.  We all know the Democrats already stole the proverbial show last week.  Michelle Obama gave an awesome speech.  Tiny Tears and Bill did what they needed to do and as expected Obama brought it home.  All was right with the world, and here come the Republicans.

We expected the Republicans to be desperate, and at the end the day nothing they do should surprise us….but Sara Who?  Relatively speaking I’m sure there were some decent VP candidates out there.  Does John McCain really think the Pantsuit Posse is so desperate they will vote for anyone with ta-ta’s?  After making such a big case about Obama’s experience, John McCain plucks a chick he spoke to TWICE?

For those that don’t know, Sara Who is the Governor of Alaska.  She is mid-way through her first term, and prior to that she was the mayor of a small town.  She has no foreign policy experience. She met John McCain one time a while back, and then John McCain called her last week to ask her if she wanted to be Vice President.   He ought to be ashamed of himself.  I had to go through a harder interview process when I applied for a seasonal job at Bloomingdales!

So what do we know about Sara.  Well, she is under investigation for trying to get her brother-in-law fired from his job.  I can’t knock her hustle though….if I felt my sister’s husband dogged her out, and I had a little pull, I might try to get him tossed from his job too…..but I’m not about to be Vice President.  Why on earth would McShame select a candidate already involved in a scandal?  Oh yeah, he’s trying to steal the Pantsuit Posse votes.  Now had Tiny Tears not been nursing her sour grapes for so long, her Traveling Pantsuit Posse wouldn’t be so much of a factor right now…but I digress.

What else do we know about Sara…she’s about to be a grandma.  Her seventeen-year-old daughter is pregnant and about to marry the “baby daddy”.  Far be it for me to judge her parenting skills, but if her kids are running wild do we really want her as second in command?  Let’s not kid ourselves, McShame isn’t getting any younger and if she couldn’t juggle running Alaska and her household what happens if she becomes top dog?

Regarding her policies and voting records, she was a proponent of “Abstinence Only” programs in public schools.  We see how well that one worked out for her.  Don’t get me wrong; the pregnant teenage daughter is sort of irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.  What is relevant is why John McShame would pick HER.  Sara Who????  I can’t believe the crazy right wing media is falling for this mess too!  Come on now….are you kidding me?????

Obama is going to win, so it doesn’t really matter, but I am slightly insulted that the Republican’s think so little of voters in this election.  This country is screaming for CHANGE and McShame picks a running mate that embodies all those old school Republican ideals that have been making us miserable since forever!   I just hope the Pantsuit Posse will come to their senses and realize this was just a ploy to steal their votes and a vote for McShame and Sara Who is a vote for Republican Mess.  When I saw the initial press conference announcing Sara Who as the running mate I was shocked and floored.  Five days later, you can add disgusted to the list.  So Epiphanyblog tell me….what’s your take on Sara Who?
JerzeeChick

September 2, 2008 Posted by | Opinion, Politics | 8 Comments

YES WE CAN!!!!

Tonight, I say to the American people, to Democrats and Republicans and Independents across this great land – enough! This moment – this election – is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American promise alive. Because next week, in Minnesota, the same party that brought you two terms of George Bush and Dick Cheney will ask this country for a third. And we are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look like the last eight. On November 4th, we must stand up and say: “Eight is enough.”  –Barack Obama

 

 

I sat on the couch and watched the Barack Obama acceptance speech last night.  I hung on to his every word, and often applauded as if I was right there among that huge crowd.  Obama brought it home last night, and I was so proud!  He got his jabs in without sounding like an “angry black man” (I hate that term by the way).Of course the main stream commentators are picking him apart for not detailing how he planned to pay for all his new ideas, but he spoke for over forty minutes, and last night was not the time for nickel and dime figures. 

On the 40th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, we saw a black man stand in front of the world to say:  with profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States”.  He was definitely humble, and grateful for the support we’ve given thus far, but it’s not over yet.  We must all remain engaged in this political process.  The election is a few months away and I expect there to be a lot of the same tomfoolery we saw in the last two elections (hanging chads, pantsuit protests, et al). 

Last night when Obama said “What the nay-sayers don’t understand is that this election has never been about me. It’s been about you,” I applauded.  This election is about more than having a black man in the White House, it’s about having THE RIGHT MAN in the White House (the fact that he’s black is just an added bonus)!  As we watch Obama campaign for these next few months lets continue to be diligent in our support.  He’s only going to get elected if we continue to support him, so let’s not drop the ball now. 

Change comes to Washington. Change happens because the American people demand it – because they rise up and insist on new ideas and new leadership, a new politics for a new time.  We can all agree that eight is enough, and like I said earlier in the week…..The Obama’s are the choice of a new generation!  I know I am not the only person that watched last night, so I am interested to hear how we all felt as we came one step closer to making the YES WE CAN dream a reality!

JerzeeChick

August 29, 2008 Posted by | Opinion, Politics | 4 Comments

We Made History!!!!!

I didn’t grow up in a time where there were separate water fountains for “colored” and “white” people.  I didn’t attend a segregated school system, and I never had to enter a hotel through the kitchen.  Even though I grew up in a northern city in the seventies and eighties, I know racism is a reality and people of color still experience injustices on a daily basis.  Having said that, I wanted to take a moment to highlight this monumental moment in our history.

Many of us have supported Obama for months and to that end today he became the official Democratic Nominee.  We have a BLACK man as our nominee!  I did not ever think I would see this in my lifetime and I am so proud.  I have written countless blogs supporting Barack Obama, and like many of you I believed in him and his message of change.  I watched the nay-sayers and the haters come out and try to knock his hustle.  I watched Tiny Tears and that silly 3AM ad.  I watched as political pundits criticized Obama’s message.  I watched the media try to assassinate his wife’s character and play the man out as un-patriotic.  I look forward to the acceptance speech tomorrow, and I look forward to watching the Obama’s take their first pictures as the official First Family.  Barack and Michelle can represent for me any day!

There are seventy four days until the election.  We’ve already made history, but we can’t stop now.  Apathy can not longer be accepted in our communities.  Barack has shown the world that if you work hard and believe in yourself and your ability to make things happen, nothing is impossible.  Kids in the hood that think being a rapper or a ball player is as good as it gets now have another option.  The Huxtable legacy might be a thing of the past, but the Obama’s are truly the choice of a new generation!

JerzeeChick

August 27, 2008 Posted by | Opinion, Politics | 1 Comment

The Pantsuit Posse

In an effort to be fair, I thought I would write something nice about Tiny Tears.  Truth be told, I think she gave an excellent speech.  The crowd seemed to enjoy it, and she did a good job of sticking it to McCain.  My problem is not with Tiny Tears….it’s with those blindly loyal followers.  If I didn’t know better I’d think Tiny Tears was passing out some Kool Aid a la Jim Jones at those rallies!  When I hear her supporters on the radio, or read about them in print, I’m like are you kidding me?

            I want to reiterate, Hillary gave a great speech last night.  I don’t think it was as good as Michelle’s from the previous night, but all in all she did what she came out to do.  With the convention half over, we still have these die hard Clinton supporters planning their own Bitter Ball.  Yes I see them dressed in their god-awful pantsuits, waving Hillary flags.  They are frowning and complaining because Tiny Tears didn’t win.  I don’t know what they thought would happen.  You lose, you go home.  You don’t try to strong arm the winner into giving you something you don’t deserve.

            They are now said to be bitter because Obama chose Biden as his running mate instead of Clinton, when she was clearly the better candidate.  They say Hillary deserved to be VP, and Obama stole it from her, so they refuse to give him their votes.  Some of them would rather put another Republican in the White House, than vote for Barack.  Tiny Tear’s pant suit posse is a mess and they need to get a grip!

            Everyone is applauding Hillary for all she’s done to unite the party.  Well correct me if I’m wrong, but had she shown a little grace months ago and stepped down when she knew she didn’t have a shot at winning, there wouldn’t be so many rifts to heal.  She took a chance and stayed in the race, hoping the tide would change in her direction.  When it was finally time to concede, and drop out, she did the flim-flam and only “suspended” her campaign.  So busy bigging herself up, she should have fully conceded and told the pant suit posse to climb on the Obama train then.

Here we are halfway through the convention and the pant suit posse is still threatening not to support Obama.  What is it going to take to get through to these people?  Hillary lost.  Hillary will not be VP.  If McCain wins because Tiny Tear’s supporters voted for him, I’ll be crushed……but I know one somebody in a pantsuit that will be doing an “I told you so” victory dance for sure!   

JerzeeChick

August 27, 2008 Posted by | Opinion, Politics | 4 Comments

It’s All About Values

You work hard for what you want in life.  Your word is your bond.  You do what you say you’re going to do.  You treat people with dignity and respect even if you don’t know them and even if you don’t agree with them. –Michelle Obama

 

Normally I don’t blog until Thursday…but I think we can all agree this is not a normal situation.  We are about to have a black family as the “First Family”!  The Democratic National Convention got underway last night.  Caroline Kennedy did a great job of endorsing Obama again, and Ted Kennedy made the trip from his sick bed to show his support for Obama.  I have never really paid too much attention to the DNC, but again, this is not a normal situation.

 

I know the buzz in every office is Michelle Obama’s speech from last night.  Girlfriend was magnificent!!!  As a black woman, I was excited to see someone that looked like me deliver such a humble yet eloquent speech.  She spoke from her heart, and her words were genuine and true.  Her speech wasn’t a campaign speech.  It was a wife and mother talking about her husband and their dreams for their children. She delivered for Barack last night!  She even spoke nicely about Tiny Tears, which I think was very classy.  When Michelle said “your word is your bond”…I knew she was a city girl for real.  When was the last time you heard someone emphatically say “word is bond” as they swore a truth to you.  On the playground if you didn’t end it with “word is bond”, it meant nothing!  Word is bond…Michelle is alright with me!

 

If the Kennedy’s were Camelot, The Obama’s are royalty for a new generation.  Their message of values and personal responsibility is something that has been lacking in recent years.  I am not sure who is on the agenda for tonight, but I’ll be watching!  In the mean time, I wanted to open the “blog” for commentary from you all!  How do you think Michelle did last night?

JerzeeChick

August 26, 2008 Posted by | Opinion, Politics | 8 Comments

Play Your Cards Right

When playing spades, there is only one card that will always ALWAYS win you the book, and that is the big joker. All the aces can be cut and therefore beat by a spade and the little joker is still not at guaranteed winner especially if the person playing behind you is holding the big boy. That’s the thing about the big joker…not only will it always win you the book, but if played correctly it will cause the opposing team to lose a book.

Bill Clinton accused the Barack Obama campaign of playing the “race card”. The John McCain team made a similar accusation last week. Here is my first question: What exactly is the “race card”, and how can I use it to get a raise????  If you are black in America is there a “race card” to play in order to gain an advantage?  Again, if we go back to spades, this alleged “race card” is an ace of spades or little joker at best. If you work at a job where you are the only black person, your tardiness might be excused the day after the King Holiday if you mention you were up late at a March on Washington commemoration ceremony. That’s your little joker. It might work and it might not. Now if you come in late on a Monday morning and throw out your big joker i.e. say you were in that 5 car pile up on the turnpike everyone was talking about in the break room you win that book. If you are rocking crutches and a neck brace you also succeed in trumping everyone else on your team. A sick kid is a little joker, crutches and a neck brace…big joker every time!

So back to this race card…everyone knows the man is black and usually the thing about the winning card is no one sees it coming. Geraldine Ferraro said the only reason Obama got so far is because he’s black. It was suggested that his victory in the South Carolina primary was insignificant because the black people always win South Carolina.  His race has been made an issue all up and through this campaign (as evidenced by the number of independent polls that ask voters if they would elect/are ready for a black president). I’m gonna go out on a limb and say race is NOT Obama’s big joker in this campaign! All the news experts and political analyst say the Obama camp is stooping low by infusing race into the campaign…obviously they didn’t get the memo that he is a BLACK MAN. Race has always been IN this campaign!  

We are 90 days away from the election and about three weeks away from finding out who will be Obama’s running mate.  The ads released by the McCain camp are becoming more and more negative, while he dismisses them as humor.   Every word Obama says is being analyzed and every action dissected to be sure he is not over stepping his bounds.  

Neither candidate is going to “run a Boston” in this election.  There are thirteen books to be had, and as of right now it’s looking like Team Obama might be “Trump Tight”.  I lost $40 playing Cee-Lo last night, so I am not gambling today, but if I were I’d say this is most likely going to come down to the wire. At the very least Team McCain has the two of diamonds and probably one other trump card. Is Team Obama holding the Big Joker?  If so, what is it, and when should he throw it out there to “set” McCain?

JerzeeChick

August 7, 2008 Posted by | Opinion, Politics, Race | 2 Comments