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Misconduct review imminent for Anti-Obama judge

LA Times reports:

The Judicial Council of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals opened a misconduct review of Montana’s chief federal District Court judge for forwarding a racially charged email about President Obama from his courthouse computer.

Judge Richard F. Cebull asked for the review as calls mounted Thursday for his immediate resignation. Legal ethics experts predicted the incident would result in a public admonishment.

The judge, appointed byPresident George W. Bush12 years ago, maintained after the email became public that it was meant to be seen as anti-Obama and not racist, but added, “I can obviously understand why people would be offended.”

What is all this over, you might be asking. This is all over the following email, which this federal judge obviously couldn’t help but propagate.

Subject: A MOM’S MEMORY

“Normally I don’t send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine.

“A little boy said to his mother; ‘Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?’ His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!’ “

Now, it does seem this guy is at least more apologetic than most conservative Republicans have ever been toward Obama, but I’ll let you decide how sincere they are; especially in the face of this misconduct review:

“I sincerely and profusely apologize to you and your family for the email I forwarded,” Cebull wrote. “I have no one to blame but myself.” Before adding, “Please forgive me.”

I don’t even know what to think of this type of shit anymore.

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Misconduct review imminent for Anti-Obama judge

LA Times reports:

The Judicial Council of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals opened a misconduct review of Montana’s chief federal District Court judge for forwarding a racially charged email about President Obama from his courthouse computer.

Judge Richard F. Cebull asked for the review as calls mounted Thursday for his immediate resignation. Legal ethics experts predicted the incident would result in a public admonishment.

The judge, appointed byPresident George W. Bush12 years ago, maintained after the email became public that it was meant to be seen as anti-Obama and not racist, but added, “I can obviously understand why people would be offended.”

What is all this over, you might be asking. This is all over the following email, which this federal judge obviously couldn’t help but propagate.

Subject: A MOM’S MEMORY

“Normally I don’t send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine.

“A little boy said to his mother; ‘Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?’ His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!’ “

Now, it does seem this guy is at least more apologetic than most conservative Republicans have ever been toward Obama, but I’ll let you decide how sincere they are; especially in the face of this misconduct review:

“I sincerely and profusely apologize to you and your family for the email I forwarded,” Cebull wrote. “I have no one to blame but myself.” Before adding, “Please forgive me.”

I don’t even know what to think of this type of shit anymore.

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The DMT Experience

The Craziest Trip of My Life: An In-Depth DMT Experience Report

I tripped DMT last month. It was the most terrifying and profound psychedelic experience of my life.

The following article details my experience of tripping on a hallucinogenic drug called DMT – but I promise it’s not an obnoxious recount of how silly it made me and my friends act, or anything of that vein.

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Don't Touch My Goddamn Internet

Have you Google searched the word SOPA this past week? Have you noticed the Facebook statuses about how the passing of SOPA will literally destroy all mankind, by taking away creativity and innovation online.

The Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) is by far the most opposed bill to be presented in the United States Congress since the Patriot Act (After people read what was in it). This bill intends on stopping online theft and security violations that hinder “prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation” for the already established and rich.

Sounds like its a crazy conspiracy theory?

Now, in theory, it is a good fight. The internet has grown since its origins almost 25 years ago. It has gone from being a tool for business, a tool for the military, a tool for children and games, and now, it is a the most social place on the face of the earth. And with that being said, it does have problems. One of those problems is the fact that corporations, entertainment industries, and government’s are losing revenue because of the free access of the web.

Picture the internet as one big ass party, a looting party. Everyone comes in the door with something that they don’t own, but its not exactly stealing either. It is like free advertisement for the creator and it is a form of admiration on the part of the “thief”.

Some people will go viral and make money, but for others (like me) they will only take more away from the haves in this country, by “stealing” something (mostly photographs) off the web for a website or personal usage.

The question being asked is simple. Should the internet remain the final place for individuals (like me, James, and YOU) to be able to get information, and express ourselves, freely or shall we turn this life changing device into another market-place, where we are separated based on how much we can purchase.

I ran across an interesting blog displaying the names of corporations that support SOPA. Take a look, you’ll be shocked by who you see on this list (I wasn’t). Almost 360 corporations that don’t want YOU to be able to surf the web, unless you are buying their merchandise. They range from corporations like Zumba to television network’s such as News Corp and NBC-Universal.

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Adding Up Slavery


When I was a child I learned about slavery and some teachers were extremely creative in their method of teaching the sensitive subject matter. However, this story takes creativity to a whole entirely different level. In Atlanta, (Gwinnett County) there is a huge uproar (not really) about a group of teachers using slavery to teach their students math.

Now, when I first read the story I was outraged! This had to be some racist BULLSHIT and I was gonna get the details on why these teachers thought it was alright to teach third graders about slavery via mathematics applications.

I calmed myself down, because I work with all white people, and I didn’t want to go to jail, and I read it again. This time I imagined I was a white man reading the same story.

It  still sounded fucked up! But not because of the obvious racism (especially if the teachers were white) but rather because I remember learning about slavery in grade school and the one thing I remember about learning about it as a black kid, was it was hard to look at yourself and others, black and white, the same after learning it.

You begin to wonder, “What the fuck did I do wrong, in order for white people to hate me so much and do such a horrible thing.” It turns into self-hatred if not treated properly and that turns in to a black child becoming a Conservative man, like Clarence Thomas or O.J. Simpson (the Juice).

I’m not upset that teachers talked about slavery or even that they incorporated it into a math assignment. I am upset because those children are the one’s who will suffer at the hands of ill-prepared teachers.

From what I read about the story, none of the teachers looked over the assignment before passing it out, some teachers who did, opted out of teaching the material all together. And the biggest problem is, this comes on the heels of MLK Day of Service in a metro area which is MAJORITY Afro-American and minority culture(s).

The teachers haven’t been punished at all and the local NAACP in Atlanta wants them to be held accountable, even though officials feel that they did nothing wrong.

They did! But its not what the parents are fussing about. The parents didn’t want their third graders to hear about this in school, and that is wrong. Schools are built to teach the good, the bad and the hideous. However, they should do so in a manner that respects ALL individual and cultural identities, especially with a school so diverse as this one.

Adding up how many beatings Frederick Douglas got in a week is a bit laughable to hear, but only because you’d never imagine such a question in a third grade math class. I wish they’d put questions like this on the math portion of the SAT. Shit!

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Hopefully the lazy ass teachers get some sort of discipline.

What'd He Say Wrong?

I didn’t even read this “attack-ad” Huffington Post article that came with the video, but I could only imagine it saying something to the degree of “Santorum bashes gays, by comparing being gay to Mormonism.” I don’t know who Santorum offended most with this latest revelation of his.

I’m gonna be honest here and it may sound wrong to those who know my political leanings. Santorum makes sense.

Now, wait a fucking minute and let me tell you why. So, what Santorum is responding to is the stupid lady’s question about “happiness and liberty” for all, regardless of sexual preference. What Santorum says is, “okay, so is it okay if that preference is multiple spouses?” Instead of saying, “Yes, if they wish it to be that way” the crowd awes and starts taking sides. The lady says, “That’s irrelevant”, but wait, its not.

The Way of the Future

Why is it relevant? Because their is another very opposed type of marriage. That marriage is called polygamy. And if EVERYONE deserves these same rights and legal liberties (which they do), then why get offended when he mentions another “unpopular” form of [il]legal marriage and relationship rights.

Now, I believe that EVERYONE should be able to suffer the consequences of marriage and marry and love who ever they want, and it all should be legally recognized by our nation(s).

Americans fear that one day marriage will be ruined (as if it hasn’t been already) by the gays, the Mormons, and other infidels who “hate Christian America”.

Divorce rates? Fuck 'em.

In a political sense they are the best of allies on this issue (gays and mormons). They should team together to spread justice and equality throughout the married world. Mormons marry in Utah and gays have New York (and I think Massachusetts) but both groups want national recognition in the realm of marriage (I don’t know if the Mormons are so pressed about it as the gay community is).

Marriage is a joke in the 21st century and we have a whole host of people (mostly straight celebrities) to thank for that, but it shouldn’t be exclusive to any few groups who deem themselves ‘normal superiors’. In today’s world, I’m surprised that we don’t have a more modern view of love and marriage.

Some religious institutions have already started the progressive step toward marrying same-sex-couples, but our national discourse isn’t so clear.

One has to admit that polygamy and gay marriage are in the same boat, and that’s not to belittle either cause or faith. Threy are fighting the same “anglo-devil” and I wished they’d recongize that instead of trying to compare and contrast the two to show differences. Shame on the Huff (my favorite online news-blog) for making a big deal over a otherwise boring College Convention.

An Episode of the Boondock's? Nope. Real Black People…

Possibly the most ignorant thing I have seen in a while. Black’s going ‘hog-shit-ass crazy’ over a motherfucking shoe. Excuse my English, but it is one of the worst stories I have ever heard and really is a testament of where my brothers and sisters heads are now that they have a black man in the oval office.[joke]

Seriously though, this video is proof that the ignorance is far from gone within the black culture.

Now, as everyone already knows (if you have any hip-hop/sports friends) Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. He is a mogul and a sort of evil genius for being the first NBA, NFL, or any other sports player to market himself and his brand so well. He has been retired from the game for at least 10 years and still, his merchandise (mostly shoes) bring him a gross income that easily puts him in the top 2%. Even after everyone gets their slice (including the poor ass 3rd world countries who make the damn things). So, it goes without having to mention that he is a very popular brand.

I don’t consider this man human, he is a legacy and a brand, nothing less, but sadly nothing more. I know nothing about him except for that gambling problem he was accused of having (we all got our poison).

Anyway, the problem isn’t with Michael Jordan. As a huge fan of the game and of the player, I understand the history of this “legendary purchase”.

However, I never owned a pair of Jordan’s and while all my friends wore them and chastised me for not being able to afford them (and later in life not giving-a-fuck-enough about a pair of shoes that cost more than an entire outfit) I never understood the importance of the shoe (or of any shoe for that matter).

Nowadays, most kids who wear the shoes aren’t even athletic. They wear them simply to say they have a pair (or 5 pair).

This is why I claim to hate capitalism so much, because it does something ugly to blacks and lower class, urban culture. It makes material, god-like. These people grow up not knowing what to think about for themselves because constantly others (including the media) have told them what to think, how to feel, and what to like and not like. It is so ugly to watch this as a black man. Ugh!

The lady at the end says that it was worth the wait, the fight, and the price to get her children the “things they need”.

THEY DON’T NEED NO FUCKING JORDAN’S!

I really hope she has that great attitude with her children’s school.

I can’t help but to ask if that were a book, or something useful to our children would there have been news coverage of it? Would people be in line and step on each other to get it. I’m afraid the answer is “NO, only for a pair of sneakers!”

“If black’s were to go this crazy about voting, Jesse Jackson would have been the first black president in ’88.”-anonymous Youtuber

"Can't Get Enough of Ron Paul…"

I really like talking about Ron Paul and for a number of reasons. Firstly, because the media and the mainstream opinion make him out to be a crazy-know-nothing, who somehow has been elected and re-elected as a congressman of the state of Texas since before most of his supporters were born. The state of Texas may be a little looney-tunes (no offense) but you got to admit the man has appeal. I mean Obama-like appeal, in a time where people are looking for someone to blame (other than themselves).

The second reason I love talking about Ron Paul is because he is so fucking politically-incorrect. A man who speaks his heart should be trusted more than one who can tip-toe around offending some group. Anyone can make excuses and charm the masses with rhetoric. Paul is not one of those charmers.

Now, I have seen chatter on the web and one of my colleagues also seems to believe that what Paul is doing is running a “fundraising scam”, by attempting runs for the White House and mysteriously vanishing as soon as the primary season comes around. Taking his “supporters” money and going back to Washington all smiles, as Congressman Paul.

Now, I would believe this if he were any less passionate about his crazy ideas for America. I mean, he could be a great actor, but any better of a performance by the man, I’d nominate him for an Oscar, regardless of motives.

I must also admit that I usually get like this about a candidate during election years. I like underdogs and leaders with cult (or cult-like) followings.

In 2007, I was a huge Dennis Kucinich fan and maybe it was because of his super model, ginger, amazon of a wife. She is hot! Or maybe it was his opposition to the Iraq War and the Bush administration. Either way, Obama came out of no where and fucked that up. Even though, if it were not for Obama we would have had another Clinton. Leaving the United States looking like communist North Korea (or a monarchy like old Great Britain), electing a Bush Sr, Clinton, Bush II, then Clinton’s other half all one after another.

This wouldn’t be a problem if times were good (as people say), but in a time when we need results from leaders, none of the front runners seem to have the right solution.

The media either ignores or demonizes the Paul’s and Kincinich’s for whatever reason. And in my opinion it is because these candidates are talking about changing  in a radical way.

Ron Paul may be a lot of things, but he is no racist. And when a crazy fringe candidate from the right of the political spectrum gives you a straight answer, you take it and shut-the-fuck up!

I also have to say that a lot of Paul’s supporters may be racist and have problems with race (they are Texans at the end of the day (again, no offense), but the most bigoted thing Paul has stated is about the Civil Right bill that he’d repeal if he had it his way (or the anti-Israel stuff, which isn’t all that uncommon). To be honest, he’d get rid of a lot of amendments that are a bit “out-dated”. That’s where I lose Ron Paul and Libertarianism all together. Believing that private institutions will do the right thing and not discriminate is a bit too hopeful and trusting of the American citizen/businessman. We need certain laws and amendments in order to keep certain customs. Paul thinks that that is absurd.

The third and final reason I love writing about Ron Paul is because I would love to see a third party candidate beat any Democrat or Republi-nut. Paul has the ability to do it. He could win some black votes if it were not for the media portrayal of his old news publication. Contrary to popular belief, black people hate the government, too.

Either way, it is almost 2012 and I still don’t know if I am going to the polls to support either lame-ass party. However, I would support a Colin Powell campaign, but he’s too smart to run for President of this America.

"Virginia Really is For Lovers"

”]I know you don’t really care, but being from Virginia (the capital state of the south) and living and working in Atlanta, Georgia (the capital city of the south) I am really proud of my southern heritage (even though I am black). I love history! And history has been made once again in the great commonwealth of Virginia.

At first, I saw the image above and simply thought it was about soldiers returning from Iraq to loved ones. A closer look at the photograph, I realized, “shit, that’s a lesbian couple!” in military uniform, making out. I was proud.

Now, the story gets ten times better with the details. For starters, they were at Virginia Beach, VA (Where I used to live) and it totally happened by chance that this couple was the couple chosen to have their picture taken while kissing.

I am not the best ally for the gay community, but I am more than a political campaigner for the cause. I have gay family members, gay friends, and even a gay roommate. I always say that I’m the gayest a straight guy can get.

I must also bring up the politics of this picture. Had it not been for the great efforts of left wing policy-makers (and some on the right), that picture would not have been acceptable. Its amazing to see the hard work of those in Washington actually play out. DADT has been a long awaited repeal that has forced men and women to hide their sexual preference while serving.

I personally don’t understand what the fuck sexually has to do with killing Arabs and Muslims, but its been a topic of debate for a while now. I say that if you have the guts to go a join our armed forces (especially nowadays) who cares who you like to fuck.

I must also admit that its a funny fact that most of the men and women I know who serve this great country, are gay. And still, so many people take issue with this fact.

My advice: get over it and support the gay troops. They deserve it!

Politifact Lies

Politifact is a news organization that measures the truthiness of political statements. Well, they’re liars now too.

Politifact Has Decided That A Totally True Thing Is The “Lie Of The Year,” For Some Reason


The Huffington Post

Paul Krugman wakes up this morning, mourning the death of Politifact. He has good cause! In announcing its 2011 “Lie Of The Year,” the truth-squadding agency has settled on something that isn’t so much a “lie” as it is “100 percent true on its face,” and the selection seems to have been made because it doesn’t seem to understand some very basic things about Medicare’s defined health benefits.

As Politifact sees it, the “lie of the year” is the phrase, “Republicans voted to end Medicare.” Okay. What is “Medicare?” Medicare is a single-payer health care system that primarily benefits seniors aged 65 and up, but it also covers younger Americans who have certain disabilities or who require kidney dialysis for any type of end-stage renal disease. It helps to cover the following things: hospital care, doctors’ visits, outpatient care, prescription drugs and some preventative services. It’s a defined health care benefit provided by the federal government.


Mediaite also has a great article about the controversy:


Politi-f**ked: Why Politifact’s ‘Lie Of The Year’ Is Not Just Wrong, It’s Irresponsible

Mediaite

Since announcing “Republicans voted to end Medicare” as its “Lie Of The Year” yesterday, Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-check outfit Politifact.com has faced more blowback than a chronic spitter on a Ducati. While they apparentlythink this is just griping by the left, even the conservative National Review says they got it wrong. What Politifact doesn’t seem to realize is that this wasn’t just a wrong decision, it was anirresponsible one that undercuts their own, and journalism’s, duty to serve the public.

After their announcement, Politifact editor Bill Adairwent on CBS’ The Early Show to propagandize, and even lie, about the Paul Ryan budget plan, while the site’s Twitter feed blithely retweeted cherry-picked criticism of their decision (notably not that National Review post, nor Mediaite’s calling out of their editor), and retweeting people who cast the blowback as a left/right issue. They also made sure to buttress their decision with support fromWaPo fact-checker Glenn Kessler (himself prone to bad judgment), and by pointing out that FactCheck.org made a similarly bad ruling.


You know we’re fucked when the ‘fact checkers’ reveal themselves to be liars too.

Huff Post: "Quote of the Year: 'I am the 99%'"

As the 2011 year comes to a close, and I step one foot closer to the end of my six month grace period for my student loans, now is the time to look at our year in review. Journalist and news sites are already claiming that the Occupy moment takes the cake for quote of the year. Their slogan, “I am the 99%” doesn’t only sound like an ad for STD awareness, but also sounds like the spirit of America, according to some.

Now, I’ll let my judgments rest for now about the movement and what it stands for. They have gotten quite organized. Ron Paul is apparently the political face of the movement, which makes it anything but democratic.

Atlanta's Woodruff Park

I actually like Ron Paul. He’s smart, honest (unlike most Washington fat cats) and he’s a doer. Not big on rhetoric or fancy speeches and stuff. My problem with this Occupy movement is a silly little issue. I live in Atlanta and work Downtown near Woodruff Park and Peachtree and Pine (where Occupy Atlanta lives). Everyday I pass dozens of homeless men and women, accompanied by Georgia State and Tech students protesting the big corporations and fighting the good fight. The rallies look dull and sort of cult-ish. I am sure you’ve seen video’s like this:

To me, it is laughable that they actually call this a revolution. In the 1960’s, anti-war and anti-jim crow protesters didn’t sound like they were at a Jim Jones sermon. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m down for the cause. I hate the 1% just like the other 50% of Americans who have now realized that the American Dream lives no more. See, I knew that the American Dream was dead once we elected Obama. That is the white man’s strategy. [joke]And not that I am comparing movements (which I clearly am), but I just don’t see where  Occupying parks and city streets can change how people feel and spend their money (especially the top 1%).

I want to beleive that this is the beginning of something powerful, because the issue they are addressing is the new civil rights issue of our time. But when the Movement is almost a year in stride, has no leader(s) and no clear alternative to how things are, besides making every-fucking-thing free (which wouldn’t be that bad, I guess) it makes me wonder how successful it can be.

I guess quote of the year is a good start, but now where do they go from here? In Atlanta it has already lost its fired and even though they are located in cities throughout the United States, I wonder how many people are ready to take control, and how many are simple-minded hipsters trying to be a part of a game they don’t fully understand.

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