2007-09-29

The Greatest Band of All Time....The Pixies

I have loved this band since I was 14 years old. Seriously. They changed my view of music forever. Velouria changed my life. I saw them in concert a couple of years ago, and was blown away. I love the Pixies, I will love them forever.









Oh My God....I am the white girl at work

Why am I the white girl at work? Because I grew up upper middle class, I am educated, I listen to alternative, punk, college, indie, music, like sushi and thai food (my favorite), I am married to a white man, and I talk like a professional when around co-workers and on the phone. More proof I am white: My father and mother are both degreed and hold professional jobs. Gasp!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow stereotypes abound. The other black girl at work was talking about taking me to South Dallas. I hang out in Oak Cliff all the time, just the nice part. My great aunt lives there, she has for over 40 years. She was a school teacher, her husband was a manager of a grocery store warehouse for years, they were active in civic organizations, and they were not poverty stricken. I go all the time, I just don't go to the ghetto. Last I checked ghetto does not equal black, it equals crime and gang activity. That is not fun,javascript:void(0)
Publish Post there are plenty middle and upper middle class blacks that hang out in other areas of Dallas. I will go hang with them, like I am already doing. If that makes me white so be it. It at least I am not 30 in booty shorts at the club on Saturday nights...that is just wrong.

My Response to Adrianne Curry's Dumb Ass Post about BET and Black History Month

Adrianne Curry posted a blog on her myspace account, wanting people to boycott and ban BET and African American History Month. I will respond to her comments here, with my standard answers to her ill informed post. This is what happens when you drop out of high school, you say stupid sh*t trying to sound intelligent.

"How dare we have Black History Month! In my eyes, the Native Americans deserve it MUCH more, seeing how we destroyed their ENTIRE SOCIETY. There are hardly any of them left! They also have been proven to have the WORST living conditions on their reservations. I want AN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH. One where we learn about EVERY race, ALL OF OUR LEADERS, EVERYONE! I think by having a month dedicated to one race, and not one for any other, is RACIST. Every fund set up to only help people of one race is SICK and RACIST."

So since the Native Americans had it worse than blacks, we should celebrate their month.....oh I forgot we do in November, American Native History Month has been recognized since 1990, and Native American Day has been celebrated since 1915. There is also Asian Pacific American Month, Hispanic American Month, and tell your hubby in May he can celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month. So yeah we celebrate all different races, they all got a month, just like the blacks. The problem is Adrianne, for years the only thing minorities learned in school about history was Martin Luther King, and slavery.....blacks contributed more to society than that, but since history at school was focused on European American history, read white......we didn't learn anything else about any other races, not even Native Americans. That is why there was a need to have all these months to celebrate all the races to begin with.

In terms of funds set up for just one race, why weren't whites complaining when scholarships were focused exclusively towards them because they didn't even bother to admit blacks, asians, or native americans to their schools?

This particular comment pissed me the hell off:

"Black people were slaves here once. You know what? That does suck some major balls, however, it is time to move the fuck on."

Do you think racism and oppression of black people in America ended with slavery? Seriously. Whites love to continually forget about Jim Crowe laws, segregation, and the fact that blacks and whites couldn't even marry each other until 1967 (refer to Loving vs. Virginia, 1967). How old is Adrianne's husband (Peter from the damn Brady Bunch), wasn't he alive when that happened. Hell he was alive during desegregation.....does he not tell you what the hell happened way the hell back then. My parents still vividly remember segregation. It wasn't that long ago Adrianne, but you must have dropped out of high school before all that was discussed in history class. Why don't whites move on from slavery and realize I am not thinking about Great Great Grandpa Joe picking cotton in the fields. I am thinking of Rodney King, discrepancies in pay between whites and minorities, cops and security guards racially profiling me, nooses hanging from trees and school yard fights turning into attempted murder convictions (Jena 6), and why in this day and age I still have to tell white people that slavery isn't the only thing that blacks had to endure in this country.

"Do we hear the Jews crying that they were made slaves for thousands of years? Do we hear them whine that they should OWN the pyramids in Egypt because THEY broke their backs making them? Do we hear them bitch and moan about Hitler, etc? (my hubby is a Jew)"

Yes!!!!! What the hell we still know about Anne Frank, we know about Moses wandering the desert, we have museums and tours dedicated to never forgetting the Holocaust, we shouldn't forget it, and we shouldn't want to!!!! Not to mention Jews were given a whole damn country for compensation of the Holocaust (refer to Israel). Blacks for slavery, segregation, lynchings, and everything else got nothing but a "get the f*ck over it".

"I do not think that singling out one race, giving one race opportunities to go to college (I know a TON of poor white.asian, indian, american indian, etc etc that could use that too!), giving one race the EXCUSE to blame things on others for being whatever nationality they are, is a good way at making sure we NEVER kill racism."


Again, there are scholarships for asian, native americans, and people of all races from lower socio economic backgrounds. Just because you don't know about them, doesn't mean they don't exist.

"If any other race had a chanel dedicated to just them, we would think it was racist. If any other race demanded a month be set aside for ONLY them, they would be considered racist."

Hispanics have channels targeted towards them, so do asians, middle easterners, and others......you are just too ill-informed to research and expand your knowledge.


"I know what racism is. I dated a guy named "Justin" in Junior high. Nothing serious, but I really liked him. He was the blackest of black...BEAUTIFUL skin, kinda like Alex Wek's. He was handsome, and athletic, etc. I was called a nigger lover. But you know what? I was called that by a whole 2 people out of a school with HUNDREDS of students."

I like how we throw the interracial dating experience in there to show how down she is with black people. I date and marry inter racially as well, (refer to pale white husband), that doesn't exclude you from having racist thought and a racist mindset. Hell, even Strom Thurmond has a half black child!!!!!!! Do you think he was a bastion of racial equality? Uuuhhmm no. He was a Dixiecrat spouting segregation now segregation forever. Your dating of a black man in middle school is the equivalent of "I'm not racist, I have a black friend"


"So, I will no longer tune into BET. This is going to suck, but I do NOT like the idea of having a chanel for only 1 race."


I have boycotted BET for years, not because they are singling out 1 race, but because it is dumb as hell, and white people like you get your view of black people from this damn buffoonish channel. For years until the damn late 70s, early 80s you have White Entertainment Television on three channels. ABC, CBS,and NBC, where was the outrage when there were virtually no blacks or any other minorities on televisions. Hell you had white people in black face, white people playing Native Americans, Hispanics, and Asians, because whites didn't want minorities on television. Ask your husband how many blacks were on the show during the entire run of the Brady Bunch. I am going to guess less than 10, and they were extras with no speaking parts.

I say since we are boycotting BET and Black History Month, we should Boycott Ignorance. I am tired of Ignorance of blacks, whites, asians, hispanics, and native americans. I am boycotting ignorant people from now on, I refuse to deal with them. Call me racist, but I hate the ignorant folks.

2007-09-27

O'Reilly Inserts Foot in Mouth ........Again

Was he expecting a bunch of people from G-Unit to dine in there with dew rags and baggy pants, armed with their glocks, cursing out folks? Damn this again shows the ignorance of folks. It shows that many people still view us as animals, no matter how many examples they see of the opposite, the stereotype rings as truth.


September 27, 2007
O’Reilly Dines in Harlem, Talks About It, Then Hears About It
By MANNY FERNANDEZ and JOHN ELIGON

It was not your typical day at Sylvia’s restaurant, the famous soul food institution in Harlem. A CNN crew showed up around lunchtime yesterday, interviewed patrons and filmed some close-ups of a plate of food. Reporters cornered tourists with questions about their dining experience, and the restaurant’s regulars called, not to make an order, but to ask about the controversy.

The food, atmosphere and clientele at Sylvia’s were a matter of nationwide attention yesterday because Bill O’Reilly, the Fox News Channel talk show host, recently described being surprised to find that the black-owned establishment was as pleasant as other restaurants.

“It was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun,” Mr. O’Reilly said on his nationally syndicated radio show on Sept. 19. “And there wasn’t any kind of craziness at all.”

His comments have outraged some black leaders and baffled black New Yorkers, many of whom said yesterday they were puzzled by what sort of craziness Mr. O’Reilly would expect to find at Sylvia’s, since the Lenox Avenue restaurant is a favorite of Harlem residents, international tourists and former President Bill Clinton.

Indeed, yesterday afternoon, as Mr. O’Reilly accurately described, iced teas were ordered with civility, not hostility. Servers behind the counter were shoveling ice into glasses and dishing out macaroni and cheese, greens, chicken and some of the other specialties. Black and white customers described Mr. O’Reilly variously as living under a rock, or ignorant of black Americans, or, in the words of one diner, George Hymen, 68, “nutty in the head.”

“The idea that people would be in here acting out, cussing, is kind of archaic,” said Beverly Wilburn, 63, a clothing designer who lives nearby and sat at the counter munching on a sandwich and sipping coffee. “I would laugh if I didn’t think it was sad.”

Some diners said they did not want to judge Mr. O’Reilly too harshly. Samuel Johnson, 49, who went to Sylvia’s after reading about the controversy, said he had met Mr. O’Reilly in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. He was working as a chef at a Lower Manhattan restaurant where Mr. O’Reilly had worked as a volunteer, serving meals. “When I heard the derogatory comments I was like, ‘Wow,’” Mr. Johnson said. “Over all, I don’t think he’s a bad guy. He just made some bad comments.”

Mr. O’Reilly told The Associated Press yesterday that his comments had been taken out of context. “If you listened to the full hour, it was a criticism of racism on the part of white Americans who are ignorant of the fact that there is no difference between white and black anymore,” he said. “Circumstances may be different in their lives, but we’re all Americans. Anyone who would be offended by that conversation would have to be looking to be offended.”

Irena Briganti, a spokeswoman for Fox News Channel, said the network had no comment beyond the statement given earlier this week by Bill Shine, the network’s senior vice president for programming. “This is nothing more than left-wing outlets stirring up false racism accusations for ratings,” Mr. Shine said. “It’s sad.”

The Rev. Al Sharpton, whom Mr. O’Reilly had been dining with when he visited Sylvia’s, appeared on Mr. O’Reilly’s television show last night and said he wanted to hear the radio show before reaching any conclusions. “You and I have gone to dinner before in Harlem, and I’ve never heard you say anything offensive,” Mr. Sharpton said.

H. Kenneth Woods, the president and chief executive of Sylvia’s and the son of Sylvia Woods, the restaurant’s founder, seemed to take the publicity in stride. He said he was happy that Mr. O’Reilly enjoyed his visit. “I was surprised that after all these years in business he would have thought that he would’ve possibly seen something different,” he said. “He’s welcome to come again.”

Mr. O’Reilly, who has earned legions of fans and detractors across the country for lashing out at Democratic politicians, illegal immigrants and a daily cast of characters he calls pinheads, found himself in the middle of a controversy caused not by a rant but by what he considered to be a compliment. Mr. O’Reilly’s Web site, www.billoreilly.com, posted an audio clip of the show and asked people to listen to the actual broadcast and “decide for yourself.”

The strange tale of Mr. O’Reilly’s dinner in Harlem shows what can happen when a right-leaning talk show host shares a meal with Mr. Sharpton, has a splendid time and then discusses the experience in detail on a national radio program, diving into the thorny matter of white perceptions of black culture.

It started like this: Mr. O’Reilly treated Mr. Sharpton to dinner at Sylvia’s several weeks ago, to thank him for appearing on his television show, “The O’Reilly Factor.” On Sept. 19, on “The Radio Factor,” Mr. O’Reilly’s radio show, he talked about his experience at Sylvia’s, comments that went largely unnoticed until Media Matters for America, a liberal nonprofit group that monitors the conservative media, publicized them on its Web site on Friday.

Some of the comments came in an on-air discussion between Mr. O’Reilly and Juan Williams, a political analyst for Fox News Channel and author who is black. They talked about racial relations in a meandering discussion.

About black culture, Mr. O’Reilly said: “I think black Americans are starting to think more and more for themselves. They’re getting away from the Sharptons and the Jacksons and the people trying to lead them into a race-based culture.”

He noted that he attended an Anita Baker concert, and seemed surprised to find the crowd was “50/50, black/white, and the blacks were well-dressed.” He said the band was excellent, “but they were dressed in tuxedos, and this is what white America doesn’t know, particularly people who don’t have a lot of interaction with black Americans. They think that the culture is dominated by Twista, Ludacris and Snoop Dogg.”

Last night, Mr. O’Reilly said on his TV show that Media Matters had distorted “a very positive discussion on race,” an opinion echoed by Mr. Williams. Mr. O’Reilly said Media Matters, CNN “and the other media in bed with the far left” lied about what happened on the radio program. “My words on the radio were an attack on racism, that’s quite clear,” he told viewers.

On the radio show, Mr. O’Reilly had sympathized with black Americans who face personal insults because of the color of their skin. “We don’t need any racial tension in this country, we really don’t,” he said.

Assemblyman Keith L. T. Wright, a Democrat whose district includes Sylvia’s, said Mr. O’Reilly’s comments revealed his ignorance about black culture. “In the year 2007, if he’s surprised that black folks can sit in a restaurant and have cordial conversations, where has he been all these years?” he said.

Sylvia’s opened in 1962 and was featured in the Spike Lee movie “Jungle Fever.” It offers not so much down-home but brand-name soul food. There are two Sylvia’s cookbooks, Sylvia’s canned foods and even Sylvia’s beauty products.

Mr. O’Reilly had said on his radio show that he enjoyed soul food, and he gave Sylvia’s a stellar review. “I had the meatloaf special,” he said. “I had coconut shrimp. I had the iced tea. It was great.”

Bill Carter contributed reporting.

2007-09-22

R.I.P. Alice Ghostley





Actress Alice Ghostley dies at 81

Sat Sep 22, 6:35 AM ET

Alice Ghostley, the Tony Award-winning actress best known on television for playing Esmeralda on "Bewitched" and Bernice on "Designing Women," has died. She was 81.

Ghostley died Friday at her home in Studio City after a long battle with colon cancer and a series of strokes, longtime friend Jim Pinkston said.

Ghostley made her Broadway debut in "Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952." She received critical acclaim for singing "The Boston Beguine," which became her signature song.

Miles Kreuger, president of the Los Angeles-based Institute of the American Musical, said part of Ghostley's charm was that she was not glamorous.

"She was rather plain and had a splendid singing voice, and the combination of the well-trained, splendid singing voice and this kind of dowdy homemaker character was so incongruous and so charming," Kreuger said.

In the 1960s, Ghostley received a Tony nomination for various characterizations in the Broadway comedy "The Beauty Part" and eventually won for best featured actress in "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window."

From 1969 to 1972, she played the good witch and ditzy housekeeper Esmeralda on TV's "Bewitched." She played Bernice Clifton on "Designing Women" from 1987 to 1993, for which she earned an Emmy nomination in 1992.

Ghostley's film credits include "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Graduate," "Gator" and "Grease."

She was born on Aug. 14, 1926, in Eve, Mo., where her father worked as a telegraph operator. She grew up in Henryetta, Okla.

After graduating from high school, Ghostley attended the University of Oklahoma but dropped out and moved to New York with her sister to pursue theater.

"The best job I had then was as a theater usher," she said in a 1990 Boston Globe interview. "I saw the plays for free. What I saw before me was a visualization of what I wanted to do and what I wanted to be."

She was well aware of the types of roles she should pursue.

"I knew I didn't look like an ingenue," she told The Globe. "My nose was too long. I had crooked teeth. I wasn't blond. I knew I looked like a character actress.

"But I also knew I'd find a way," she added.

Ghostley, whose actor husband, Felice Orlandi, died in 2003, is survived by her sister, Gladys.

2007-09-21

Commentary: 'Jena 6' rally was about equal justice, not race

By Roland S. Martin
CNN contributor
(CNN) -- As I watched thousands of people gather in Jena, Louisiana, via CNN and CNN.com, tears were streaming down my face.

Even though I was doing my radio show on WVON-AM in Chicago at the time, it was truly emotional watching the display.

It was reminiscent of the Million Man March in 1995, when black men gathered in the nation's capital in a mass show of unity.

As a 38-year-old African-American man, I have no memory of the Civil Rights Movement.

I was born November 14, 1968, and Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated seven months earlier.

His death, in many ways, signaled an end to that long but peaceful resistance against America's systemic and deeply rooted oppression of African-Americans.

It was great seeing so many people exercising their free speech and right to protest, but to also demand a change to what they felt is an unjust legal system.

Many people have commented on what is taking place in Jena, with some suggesting that the six black teens accused of beating a white teen deserve years in prison, while others say they should be freed. VideoWatch Martin talk about the rally and the case »

It is true that Justin Barker, a white teen, was beaten and left unconscious. The disturbing photos clearly show that.

Yet, the question as to whether a school fight -- one that sent Barker to the hospital, only to see him released the same day and attend a party that night -- warranted the teens to be charged with attempted murder.

Folks, that's the primary reason for the outrage that you have seen and heard.

Much of the reporting and commentary on this has been shallow, choosing to see it as a black-white issue, as opposed to the various views of how do you define equal justice in America.

Let's try this exercise for a moment. We can remove all racial tags and ask ourselves some critical questions.

* If you heard that six teens had beaten up another teen leaving him unconscious, would you think that those accused deserved to be tried as adults and face upwards of 80 years in jail?

* If a group of teens hung a noose on a tree, and the principal recommended to expel them, and then the school board overruled them, what would you say about that?

* Prior to Justin Barker being beaten, another teen (who was black) was beaten, and no charges were filed against the (white) students in that case, would you question the district attorney's action in Barker's case?

Lady Justice in America is supposed to be blind. We all want to have confidence in our legal system so that when someone is prosecuted, it is fair and just. But so many people know that is not the case.

Look at O.J. Simpson. Thirteen years later, people are still mad that he got off.

Fine. So if you're mad about O.J., are you equally offended about Jena?

Frankly, I wish the crowds in Jena were far more integrated. I was hoping more whites would show up to express their displeasure with this justice system. And I am hoping that those who see this case -- and O.J. -- as wrong will look at the case of former Chicago police commander Jon Burge, who has been accused of leading the torture of upwards of 200 black and Hispanic men over nearly two decades.

Many of them went to prison based on beaten confessions, and when they were freed, the city paid millions in settlements.

But what happened to Burge? He's sitting in his Florida home, collecting a big pension, while the city spends millions defending him (because he was a city employee). He has never been charged.

We can travel all across America and find case after case after case of men and women who have been wrongfully imprisoned, some sitting on the doorsteps of the death chamber.

What should we take away from Jena? We must all be vigilant in demanding that our legal system is fair and just. We must not be silent and say it's not in our backyard, so therefore it doesn't matter.

It might be the Jena 6 today, and it just might be your household tomorrow.

Write. Call. E-mail. Petition. Protest. If all of that leads to more fairness and equality, then the march was valuable.

Your race doesn't matter in this. Your voice is what counts.

Roland S. Martin is a nationally award-winning, multifaceted journalist and CNN contributor. Martin is studying to receive his master's degree in Christian Communications at Louisiana Baptist University, and is the author of "Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith." You can read more of his columns at www.rolandsmartin.com

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the writer.

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2007-09-15

Gumbo Recipe with no measuring

I have been going to message boards where someone will ask for a gumbo recipe and no one will give it to them. It is a "creole" secret and they don't want people messing it up. Well number one, there are a ton of different ways to make gumbo. How I make it, might be completely different than someone else. I am using my mother and grandmother's recipe. Yes I am from Texas, but my mother's side of the family is from Lousiana, and might I add I was born in Beaumont, TX close to the Louisiana border, and is considered part of Cajun country, so I got at least three different recipes to go by, but I give you the non measurement recipe my momma uses.

Here is what I use for the recipe, this link

http://www.gumbopages.com/food/gumbo.html is right on the money for the most part, I have a little bit of different stuff my family does, which I will share with you.

The roux is the trickiest part, if you can do this, you have won half the battle. Cook this stuff on medium high and keep stirring. At some oil and flour in a skillet (cast iron preferably) like you are making gravy, my grandmother's and momma secret here is to add some flavouring to the roux, a little bit of the stock you will be making and some salt and pepper. When you get to the color you want, turn it on low. Stir until a dark brown (some people like it lighter, I have always had it darker), if you keep it on low heat, it will not burn. Patience and CONSTANT stirring is key here. Or you can buy roux jarred, but that will get you tarred and feathered in some circles.

Trust me you will have all kinds of pots on that stove cooking making this.

While stirring and caring about the roux, get out a huge stock pot, I mean huge for like feeding a family of 10, I don't know how to make small batches of stock, it freezes well though.

Your stock will be made with

-a large onion,
-a whole chicken, cut up
-some shrimp shells and heads, it is gross, but worth the flavor
-salt
-pepper
-chopped up green peppers
-my grandmother and mom would sometimes add a dash of crab boil to this.
-fill up the stock pot with water
This is where you would do the sachet which is just a cheesecloth with spices in it, the one from that link I sent is pretty darn accurate:

# Sachet d'├ępices: In a small cheesecloth bag or tea ball, place:

* 1 teaspoon or so black peppercorns, cracked
* A few parsley stems
* 1 bayleaf
* 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
* 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon leaves
* 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
* 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves



Pour in water, heat up, add ingredients, cook as long as you want to desired taste......make sure the chicken is thoroughly cooked before tasting. Salmonella ain't no joke. Drain it so you aren't eating shrimp heads and shells

Now for the other stuff. We always in our gumbo meat wise used sausage (your choice), chicken (a trick we use is we use the chicken from the stock that has been boiled already), shrimp, and crab meat. Frozen shrimp will suffice. I know I am going to hell for that. I do try to get fresh crab meat, blue crab (which is a regional classic)

You are going to need another onion
Another green pepper
Okra, a butt load of it, okra is what makes the gumbo thick.
Celery-another thickener
bay leaves
parsley
cayenne pepper
salt
pepper
green onions

OK after your roux is done, which could be hours and your stock is up to par taste wise:

Saute the peppers and onions. Now add them to the stock, now add the roux slowly, but surely to the stock. You can add about half the okra here....the sausage as well. Let it start boiling and then set it to low to start simmering, put a lid on it. Cook for minimum two hours, stirring every once every ten or so minutes. Skim the fat off the top as well. Finally add the rest of the okra and cook for about 30 minutes, and then about 15 minutes into that 30 minute session, add seafood, unless you are using whole crab, add that in about the same time as the okra, but the shrimp should not cook any longer than 15 minutes.

OK While you are doing all this, boil up some rice. Plain white rice, not uncle ben's instant rice...... Once it is cooked, put some in a bowl, add the gumbo on top, and sprinkle some file powder on it, it is optional, but a good touch for authenticity.

I hope no one puts any voodoo on me for giving this recipe away. I asked my mom, she wasn't all that concerned about creole and cajun secrets being revealed.

2007-09-14

Larry Craig, 1982 fighting rumors of homosexuality

His current debacle is like deja vu for him.

Larry Craig in 1982 denying his gay and has a penchant for Congressional Pages


Here is a man who claims in 2004 he had oral sex with Mr. Craig

Read the transcript from the 40-year-old man who says he had sex with Craig (with audio)
A 40-year-old professional man with close ties to Republican officials told the Idaho Statesman he had oral sex with Sen. Larry Craig at Washington's Union Station, probably in 2004.

The man spoke to the Statesman on the condition he not be named. He said he was sure it was Craig he had oral sex with but said he had no evidence other than his word.

Craig denied the allegations, and said, "I am not gay and I have never been in a restroom in Union Station having sex with anybody.

"There's a very clear bottom line here," Craig said. "I don't do that kind of thing. I am not gay, and I never have been."

Here is what the man told the Statesman, with some of the details of the men's room encounter edited out:

"Upon walking into Union Station one day, I made eye contact with a well-dressed older gentleman whom I recognized as Sen. Craig. We, after having made eye contact for 30 seconds or so, we began walking towards one of the restrooms in Union Station.

"I followed him in there. We went to the urinals, where we both unzipped ...

"The restroom became busy, too busy to do anything. So we zipped up and then followed each other to the second restroom in Union Station, where we began the same process. And had a -- I also performed fellatio for a very, very short amount of time, as that restroom became busy as well. At that point we both zipped up and left and went on our separate ways.

"Walking time included I would say maybe three minutes, four minutes. Not very long.

"It was unmistakable. I mean, I just recognized him, you know, as being Sen. Craig. I just didn’t have any doubt in my mind that that’s who it was. And when the encounter was over I proceeded to search on the internet and confirm that you know with a picture of him, and sure enough it was him.

"I contacted Mike Rogers via email after having read on his web site he was at that point outing staff members, which I am less comfortable as a gay person outing staff members than people like Sen. Craig who are actually voting on legislation negatively affecting gay people as they are themselves having gay sex.

"I’ve always been interested in politics and probably if you showed me pictures of the hundred senators I could probably name 75 or 80 of them. And that would be true over the last probably 20 years. So, I don’t think it’s unusual that I did recognize him. There’s no doubt in my mind that that’s who it was."

America Doesn't Care About Black People


unless we are committing crimes against whites. This editorial from Roland Martin, a CNN Correspondent, says it much more eloquent than I ever could.

Commentary: Where is the outrage when humans are abused?

By Roland S. Martin
CNN Contributor

(CNN) -- When federal prosecutors in Virginia released details of the dogfighting charges against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, all hell broke loose.

Folks were protesting, calling for him to be immediately kicked out of the league, and demanding long jail sentences for Vick and his co-defendants.

Many lawyers went on television and admitted that had Vick beat a girlfriend, shot or even murdered someone, he wouldn't have been slammed as hard as he was for the vicious acts committed against dogs.

I suppose those lawyers are right.

Just look at the case of Megan Williams. The 20-year-old West Virginia woman, Megan Williams, was kidnapped by six sadistic individuals and held in a mobile home.

They raped her, forced her to eat rat and dog feces, made her drink from a toilet, stabbed her multiple times, and called the black woman a "nigger" every time they beat her.

Thank God she lived, and may be released from the hospital in a few days. VideoWatch the alleged victim's mother talk about hearing the news »

But it still raises the question: What causes such outrage and fervor in one case involving dogs and not another?

The same thing was said about the shocking details surrounding the deaths of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. The two University of Tennessee students were on a date when they were carjacked by several men. They were taken to a house where they were held. Christopher was raped, doused with gasoline, shot and his body dumped on the side of a road.

Channon? She had a household cleaner poured down her throat and was later raped. She, too, was murdered.

Although the two were white and their alleged attackers black, police say race was not an element in this case.

These two cases are heinous and despicable. But why do we respond with speed to one case and not another? Is it celebrity? Or do we not have the same compassion for human beings as we do for dogs? Was the Vick case that more important?

Take, for example, the U.S. Senate floor speech of Robert Byrd, the senior senator from West Virginia.

Calling the allegations sadistic, Byrd thundered: "Barbaric! Let that word resound from hill to hill, and from mountain to mountain, from valley to valley, across this broad land. Barbaric! Barbaric! May God help those poor souls who'd be so cruel. Barbaric! Hear me! Barbaric!"

He later added: "I am confident the hottest places in hell are reserved for the souls of sick and brutal people who hold God's creatures in such brutal and cruel contempt."

So, Sen. Byrd, where is the floor speech for a woman from your own home state? Where is the outrage when a woman is viciously attacked?

This is when the media gets slammed. We've determined that Vick, Paris Hilton and the shenanigans of Lindsey Lohan are far more important than the viciousness of what took place in West Virginia and Tennessee.

But maybe the problem isn't just the media. Maybe the problem is you. The reader. The viewer. Maybe you've decided that you care more about discussing a celebrity than nobodies like Megan Williams, Channon Christian or Christopher Newsom.

Roland S. Martin is a nationally award-winning, multifaceted journalist and CNN contributor. He is the author of "Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith." You can read more of his columns athttp://www.rolandsmartin.com/

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the writer.

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2007-09-13

What is Going On in West Virginia?!?!?!?!??!

Details emerge in W.Va. torture case

By John Raby And Tom Breen, Associated Press Writers
BIG CREEK, W.Va. — For at least a week, authorities say, a young black woman was held captive in a mobile home, forced to eat animal waste, stabbed, choked and repeatedly sexually abused -- all while being peppered with a racial slur.
It wasn't until deputies acting on an anonymous tip drove to a ramshackle trailer deep in West Virginia's rural hills that she was found. Limping toward the door with her arms outstretched, she uttered, "Help me," the Logan County sheriff's office said.

Six people, all white, including a mother and son and a mother and daughter, have been arrested and could face federal hate crime charges in the suspected attack on 20-year-old Megan Williams, who remained hospitalized Tuesday with injuries that included four stab wounds in the leg, and black and blue eyes. Her right arm was in a cast.

"I'm better," Williams told The Associated Press in a voice barely above a whisper.

"I don't understand a human being doing another human being the way they did my daughter," Carmen Williams said Tuesday from the Charleston Area Medical Center. "I didn't know there were people like that out here."

The AP generally does not identify suspected victims of sexual assault, but Williams and her mother agreed to release her name.

A prosecutor said police are investigating the possibility that the victim was lured to the house and attacked by a man she had met online, but Carmen Williams insisted that wasn't the case. "This wasn't from the Internet," she said.

Authorities were still looking for two people they believe drove the woman to the house where she was abused, said Logan County Chief Deputy V.K. Dingess. Deputies also interviewed Williams on Tuesday morning. An FBI spokesman in Pittsburgh, Bill Crowley, confirmed that the agency is looking into possible civil rights violations.

The case is "something that would have come out of a horror movie," Logan County Sheriff W.E. Hunter said.

The home is in a forlorn part of Logan County about 50 miles southwest of Charleston, where the scattered homes are marked by "No Trespassing" signs. An old shed linked to a mobile home by an extension cord is what authorities say became a hellish prison for Williams.

Deputies found her when they drove to the home on Saturday after receiving an anonymous tip from someone who witnessed the abuse, officials said.

The woman was forced to eat rat and dog feces and drink from a toilet, according to the criminal complaint filed in magistrate court based on what the suspects told deputies. She also had been choked with a cord, it alleges. Deputies say the woman was also doused with hot water while being sexually assaulted.

One of those arrested, Karen Burton, is accused of cutting the woman's ankle with a knife. She used the N-word in telling the woman she was victimized because she is black, according to the criminal complaint.

Carmen Williams said doctors told her daughter she may be well enough to leave the hospital within a few days, although a nurse said the young woman's condition was listed as "under evaluation."

"I just want my daughter to be well and recover," Carmen Williams said. "I know the Lord can do anything."

The six suspects were arrested Saturday and Sunday. Frankie Brewster, the 49-year-old woman who owns the home where the suspected attacks occurred, is charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, malicious wounding and giving false information during a felony investigation.

Her son, Bobby R. Brewster, 24, also of Big Creek, is charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, malicious wounding and assault during the commission of a felony.

Frankie Brewster was released from prison in September 2000 after serving five years for voluntary manslaughter and wanton endangerment in the death of an 84-year-old woman, according to court records.

Burton, 46, of Chapmanville, is charged with malicious wounding, battery and assault during the commission of a felony.

Her daughter Alisha Burton, 23, of Chapmanville, and George A. Messer, 27, of Chapmanville, are charged with assault during the commission of a felony and battery.

Danny J. Combs, 20, of Harts, is charged with sexual assault and malicious wounding.

All six remained in custody Tuesday in lieu of $100,000 bail each, and all have asked for court-appointed attorneys.

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Tom Breen reported from Charleston, W.Va.

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Stories You Never Hear About In the Media

Black girls don't get raped, especially by white guys, what white man would risk jail for a black woman.....::sigh:: This story will never get national coverage. Hell the story about the black girl being held against her will for a week in a trailer by six people in West Viriginia can barely be found.

Accused rapists have ties to KKK, investigators say

(Manning) July 10, 2006 - Investigators now say the alleged sexual assault and stabbing of a teenage girl in Manning was a hate crime.

Jeremy Sweat and Dustin Evans are charged with raping and stabbing a 15-year-old girl one week ago.

Sweat and Evans are white. The alleged victim is black.

The sheriff says officers believe Sweat and Evans targeted her because of her race, and may have been targeting any African-American woman.
As a teenager, investigators say Jeremy Sweat liked the Ku Klux Klan.

Deputies showed News 10 a report from a camp for troubled teens in Louisiana, stating he "frequently makes references to his involvement in the KKK."

The 1997 report also said Sweat "threatens to kill specific staff members."

Since moving to Clarendon County a year ago, deputies believe Sweat's violent feelings grew.

"He doesn't make references to the KKK, but he does make references to the lack of value he places on the young woman's life. Basically he said, she's just a black whore-- no one's going to care about her," says Tommie Burgess.

Lieutenant Tommie Burgess says officers also believe Sweat and Evans raped a black woman from Summerton last month.

Both women said the men talked about killing them.

"The first victim ... They talked about throwing her to the alligators ... The second one, they discussed tying blocks to her legs and throwing her in the lake," Burgess says.

Investigators believe Sweat and Evans may have approached more black women. A group of girls told deputies the men came up to them at this Waffle House, and asked if they wanted to go to their house and drink beer. The girls said no.

As of Monday night, both men remained in jail after a judge denied bond.

Charges, background and timeline

21-year-old Dustin L. Evans was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and assault and battery with intent to kill. He was taken into custody without incident at approximately 9:05 Thursday morning at his mother's home in Manning. He's now at the Clarendon County jail.

Evans' wife says he'd been gone for three days, but gave up, saying he couldn't run anymore. "All he could do was cry. Like he was just really scared. He let them handcuff him. He didn't try to fight."

24-year-old Jeremy Shay Sweat was arrested last Monday afternoon and faces the same charges.

Investigators say inside the mobile home, the victim was choked and had her neck cut with a knife before she was repeatedly raped by the two men.

They then forced her into a shower, told her to turn around and began stabbing her. The teenager fell into the bathtub and played dead.

She played dead and overheard the men talking about getting some trash bags and dumping her body in a lake. That's when her attackers left.

Then she ran away, climbing over the back fence to get help next door. Oather Webster tells what happened next, "I could hear somebody stumbling and banging on the wall as they were going down the porch."

The girl was soaked in blood and pounding on Webster's house, begging to be let in, "I had this blood-soaked figure come bolting in the house."

"She was starting to go into shock. I'm assuming from loss of blood. I mean the amount of blood that she had left on the walls and the spot where she had sat in my dining area, was tremendous."

A sheriff's spokesman says the victim is recovering from her wounds, and doing well. Authorities said Thursday she has been released from the hospital.

The case will be prosecuted by the 3rd Circuit Solicitor's Office. As always, officials stress all defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

That's important to Evans' wife Crystal. Two years ago, Dustin Evans was a proud new father of his first child with Crystal, who's now pregnant with the couple's second baby. "He was a gentle guy. I mean he'll appear to be kind of rough to people, but he's really gentle. I mean, because of the tattoos and his body build, I mean he appears to look rough, but he's just always been real gentle."

Investigators say they have also linked Sweat and Evans to the rape of a 45-year-old Summerton woman June 20th. She was also black.

Reported by Jack Kuenzie & Jennifer Miskewicz with AP

2007-09-11

Britney Talentless and Fat?




OK I am weighing in on the Britney at the VMA's. FIrst off let me say, I have always hated Britney Spears, she is all that is wrong with America. We value looks way over talent and as a result end up with medicore music fed to the mainstream. Artists like Otis Redding, Sly and the Family Stone, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, and others would have never ever been popular in today's music scene because they would have been deemed too ugly, and their performances on stage would be lackluster since they had no pyrotechnics or widescreens in the background. MTV in my mind has killed the concept of true musical talent. Music videos, although I love them, were the downfall of all good music. The VMAs have always sucked, and they still do, Britney and all. That being said:

Britney was horrible. She couldn't even lip synch, and that is bad, very, very bad. You should be able to at least lip synch. That being said if you are lip synching, you should be able to dance. She looked like a robot on stage. Then finally, let's talk about the outfit and her body. Yes Britney had a slight tummy, but I think that had more to do with her outfit being a size too small, rather than her being fat.

The sources I have been reading have focused extensively on how fat she looked. Yes it was tacky to wear a bikini on stage, at any age. Yes she does not have washboard abs. But she is hardly fat. Far from it. I bet her body fat percentage is lower than the majority of Americans, and if she did indeed gain some weight, consider she is no longer 17, she has had two kids, and is fresh out of rehab. Maybe she didn't have time to do the 1,000 crunches per day work out she once did. Maybe, just maybe she needs to hire a new manager or rehire the old one she fired so that they can provide her a stylist that will give her better fashion advice. Obviously what she wore wasn't flattering, but it wouldn't be flattering on most women. Not to mention she isn't fat, she just isn't the toned Britney she once was.

The jabs at her weight, are just further proof of how hypocritical America is. We complain that everyone is overweight, then we complain that the celebrities we worship in our star obsessed society are too skinny, and when one such as Britney no longer looks anorexic, we condemn her as fat. We live in a fat society obsessed with weight, who obsess over skinny, rich, celebrities, who then turn on said skinny, rich, celebrities, when they start looking more like real people, and not like bobble head dolls.

Is Britney talentless, yes.....definitely, I thought so years ago. Is Britney fat, hardly.

2007-09-08

Baby You Can't Taste Racism.....



This cracks me up every time I see it. I know it is wrong, I just can't help it.

Her eyes were watching.........

This is Alexyss K. Tylor, An expert on vagina power. The woman next to her as she talks in disgusting detail about anal sex and potential health issues with anal sex gone wrong (maybe I should consult a medical professional about the dangers of anal sex, this is the first I heard of such things), penises, male prostitution, and vaginas is her mother. Her mother!!!!! God I would cry if I ever had to utter the word vagina to my mother. Ick!!!!



In this video she is responding to some negative criticism of her show.



Here she is "piloting the pussy"

Adoption is an option.......

I am going to be a big sister to my cousins two youngest kids. My mom and dad have decided to adopt them since currently they are in foster care in West Virginia. They are 8 and 9, that means my dad will almost be 68 years old, when the youngest graduates from high school. I will admit at first I was apprehensive about them doing this, they should probably let someone younger do it, but hell I didn't step up to the plate, neither did anyone else. My mom has assured me I will be helping out with the kids, who have some emotional problems, but hell who wouldn't with the lives they have lead. K is 9, and partially deaf in one year from her mother hitting her. T is 8, and has anger management issues due to the last foster home he was in. Apparently they were after a check and not really looking out for any of the children of the home. Their mother was on crack, and herself had some emotional issues. They had been in foster care for almost 2 years now. Their mother lost her parental rights, and didn't bother to tell anyone about it. Her mother, my aunt (not blood, through marriage) declined to take care of them due to health, and never bothered to contact any of us to let us know where the kids were.

I am excited now, but I am scared as hell for my old parents. They don't know how to raise the children of today. I asked them about K and T having a cell phone, my father looked at me as if I was crazy. I know mothers who gave their kids cell phones at age 10. It seemed reasonable to ask. My dad is also old school, they will be getting spankings. Beat downs as me and my brother fondly remember them.

Another thing to worry about my brother. My brother is autistic, not artistic, but actually he is artistic, he is totally into painting. He has asperger's syndrome, aka Bobby Boucher disease. He is smart as a whip, but lacks what they call the social skills. He also has had the run of the upstairs for literally a decade, and now he has to share the upstairs with K and T. He won't hurt anyone, but it will take time for him to adjust and now he has to share, but dammit he should have to share. I did, when I lived at I always had to share with his stinky butt. Take him with me outside, drive him to basketball practice, clean up after his dirty tail. Ick, flashbacks of scrubbing down a bathroom after his musty butt took a shower, I was so glad when he got old enough to clean up after his self.

I think everything will work out, and now my mother has fulfilled her dream of having a butt load of kids, and she only had to do half the work. Two girls 31 and 9, and two boys 24 and 8, she spaced them out real good.

TMI people TMI.......

My husband had to do some consulting work for a client in San Antonio. He left yesterday at 7:00 pm and returned to day at 6:00 pm. He hadn't slept since 8:30 yesterday morning and he is out like a light. I picked him up from the airport this evening, stopped by Chipotle, his favorite fast food place, and then let him eat, shower, and go to sleep. Even though he had the hardest time trying staying awake in the car, while eating, and even in the shower, he still found the strength to get him some lovin'. I love that man :)

2007-09-03

Candles and Shopping Oh My!!!!!!

Me and my friend at work have been ordering candles in bulk. You want to know why, because of Suzzette's Hand Poured Scented Cabin Candles. That's why!!!!!! If you buy 12 or more 8 oz. candles, they are only $3. White Barn Candle Company and Yankee Candle can go to hell. These candles are strong smelling and are $3 damn dollars a piece, so what you have to spend $36 for 12 candles. That can last you months!!!! I highly recommend these candles, and they have other sizes online as well. I am addicted. My husband has made me stop buying candles until I burn up the ones I currently have.