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Random Thoughts

November 23, 2012

“You looking at me, punk?”

And the move away from Grover “Poopy Head” Norquist is on.

Anyone really think Republicans would be doing all this “soul-searching” and “deep reflection” if Romney had won?

Bad 25, the excellent documentary on the making of Michael Jackson’s second-biggest selling album, is a must see at abc.com. I can’t wait for the full length 2-hour + DVD release in February.

Bill Kristol’s been awfully quiet since the Sunday after Election Day. I wonder what loser he’s got his eye on now.

Blaming Chris Christie for Romney’s loss is like blaming ice cream and cake for all the weight you gained last year.

Egg Nog lattes at Starbucks. ‘Nuff said.

Even though I’m on record as saying America’s not going to have any more “old” presidents and we need to move on from anyone named Bush or Clinton, I have to admit that Jeb versus Hillary in 2016 would be intriguing to say the least.

For the sake of all of us who dislike Notre Dame (except for the Rudy movie), USC must win Saturday’s game at the Coliseum in Los Angeles.

I can’t wait to see how Republicans blame the closure of Hostess on First Lady Michele Obama’s “Let’s Move” program: “Ever since the First Lady injected herself into what parents should be feeding their children and how much exercise they should be getting, people stopped eating Hostess’ fine products.”

I wonder who had the worst Thanksgiving dinner; the Petraeus or the Broadwell family: “Your grandfather slept with a whore” – “your mother is a slut.”

If I ate Papa John’s pizza, I’d boycott it from here until the end of time and the next day too. But since I never have, I don’t have to worry about that.

In case anyone cares, and judging from the lack of response on talk radio and online no one does, the NHL has cancelled more games and from the looks of things, they may lose another season. You know, in case you care.

Interesting how no one in the MSM seems to call out Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey McCain for being the total and craven pricks that they really are.

Jerry Jones has got to be getting tired of these comebacks that keep falling short, right?

John McCain has become an even bigger national embarrassment now than he was after the ’08 campaign and considering how bitter he was back then, that’s saying something.

Just for the sheer hell of it, shouldn’t the Chargers and Jets just trade head coaches and give the local reporters in each market new targets to shoot at?

Not to make light of the incident at Halle Berry’s house on Thanksgiving that led to her current and former lovers fighting it out in her driveway, but wasn’t this the inevitable outcome of her bitter custody battle with her daughter’s father?

“The Promise of America” by Charles L. Freeman

November 20, 2012

Originally written on November 7, 2012 for English 103 at Los Angeles Trade Technical College

If one accepts the idea that America’s founders truly believed in a society based on individual freedoms and a government “of the people, for the people and by the people”, the one must also accept the premise that we are all created equal. This idea, in its purest form, works regardless of one’s color, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, etc. The problem America faces today in making this come true is the lingering intransigence of those in power that embrace and strive to uphold the long-standing status quo. In order to make President Obama’s inspiring words come true, Americans must come together without the burden of who and what we are hanging over us like the sword that hung over Damocles.

President Obama is one hundred percent correct when he says “you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try”, without who and what you are, what you look like, where you came from and who you choose to love mattering. However, one day after his re-election as president, Mr. Obama’s words, eloquent and inspiring as they are to many, stand as a stark threat to those who prefer things to remain status quo. These people, who cling to the quaint notion of “an America I grew up in” and/or want to “take back America”, would be the first to disagree with the president’s acceptance speech, for it is the changing demographic face of America that scares them to death.

Ideally, our president shouldn’t have to remind us of our differences. It shouldn’t be necessary to point out that one’s color, race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. shouldn’t be a barrier or obstacle to one’s achieving their goals and aspirations. But, because those who have had the power for so many years see it and their dominant cultural identity fading away, President Obama was correct when he reminded us of this. In fact, based on the polarization that has marked our political process in recent years, it’s almost his duty or obligation as our first non-white president to do so,

We live in a much different time than just twenty years ago when the last Democratic president to win a second term, Bill Clinton was elected. It was during his time in office that many people of color, women and different backgrounds served in some of our nation’s highest governmental positions. And yet, Clinton was the Commander-In-Chief who instituted the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on sexual orientation in the armed forces. Who could have imagined that an African-American president, less than two decades later, would be the one to repeal that policy and one year later, come out in support of same-sex marriage.

Fear, in and of itself, is a powerful tool that those in charge use to keep their underlings, or in this case, citizens under control. By declaring that “anyone willing to work hard…if you’re willing to try”, can make it in America, President Obama has issued both a challenge and a warning in the same speech. For those trying to make it, he sought to inspire them to put in the time and effort needed to achieve their dreams and goals. And at the same time, he warned those seeking to maintain the status quo that there’s a new day in America and they need to get with the program.

The promise of America is both an ideal and a reality. It’s up to all of us to turn that ideal into reality for as many as possible.

Election 2012 Recap

November 11, 2012

Well, that was fun! Especially the part where Mitch McConnell’s stated goal of “making Obama a one-term president” went up in a popular and electoral college cloud of smoke. By the way, the best line of the night for me was Megyn Kelly on FOX News to Karl Rove when he futilely argued against the network calling Ohio for Obama: “Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?” Priceless.

I said it when President Obama kicked off his re-election in April 2011 and when the Republicans began jockeying for the nomination: 2012 was going to make 2008 look like a walk in the park and the Republicans, believing that the economy was the key to defeating Obama, weren’t going to risk what they truly felt was a good chance to regain the White House on anyone but Mitt Romney (even though I initially thought Tim Pawlenty would be a formidable contender). And that’s exactly how things played out leading up to Election Day 2012. By the way, just for fun, Romney should go on Letterman now and bring along copies of his tax returns for the last 10 years.

Sony Studios; Culver City, CA

Who can remember such names as Chris Christie, Mitch Daniels and clown-ass Donald rhymes with Chump actually giving serious thought to running for the Republican nomination? Desperate party leaders and fundraisers even pushed the idea of Jeb Bush aka the “Smart Brother” but he knew that his last name would doom him so soon after ‘Dubya’s sterling run (and maybe forever) and eliminate any chance of victory so he wisely sat it out.

Only the economy, lingering racial anger and a still curiously poor performance in the first debate by President Obama kept this race as close as it turned out to be. I mean, if they had tried, could the Republicans have come up with a worse group of primary candidates than the ones that ran this year? Take a stroll for a moment with me down Memory Lane as we could consider the motley crew of GOPers who actually ran for president this year: Michele “Skills” Bachmann, Herman “Where Da White Women At?” Cain, Newt “Three Wives and Counting” Gingrich, Jon “Benedict Arnold” Huntsman, Ron “Senior Crazy” Paul, Tim “White Bread” Pawlenty, Rick “Oops” Perry, and my personal favorite because he was just flat-out insane with righteous anger and indignation, Rick “The N-Word Wants To Send Your Kids To College” Santorum. The sight of angry white people applauding Santorum when he, a man with THREE COLLEGE DEGREES, derided the idea of Americans going to college was sad and hilarious at the same time. Forget the fact that he lied about what President Obama actually said about higher education and training; what struck me then and stays in my mind now was the outrage shown by his supporters that a black man would actually be in favor of their children getting an education beyond high school – “Nobody, especially not a black man, is going to tell me what my kids need to do!” Unfreaking believable and believable at the same time.

The fact that President Obama was re-elected with relatively weak economic numbers is a testament to his overall goodness, decency, competency, political skill and likability as much as anything. Sure, he didn’t accomplish everything he promised or talked about during the ’08 campaign, but his steadfastness in doing such things as healthcare reform, saving the auto industry, ending combat operations in Iraq and moving to do so in Afghanistan, stood in stark contrast to Mitt Romney’s craven and desperate attempts to convince Republicans that he’s a “severe conservative” during the primaries and then con Americans into believing that he wasn’t during the general election. You may not like everything Barack Obama’s done and believes in, but at least Americans know what he stands for and believes in.

Sarah Palin in ’08 and Paul Ryan in ‘12. Somewhere Dan Quayle is kicking back with a cold one and laughing his dumbass off. “You people thought I was unqualified to be VP? Ha! These two nitwits make me look like a Roads Scholar.” (Misspelling intended).

I hated the fact that President Obama needed to be validated to some white people by Bill Clinton, but hey, winning this election was so important that I can overlook the irony of America’s least moral president in modern history vouching for the most moral one.

Then there’s this. Most Americans love the Obama family and that meant a lot in this election.

Barack and his Angels

Michelle Obama was a much more likable and relatable surrogate for her husband than Ann Romney was for hers. Ann Romney’s occasional flashes of anger and contempt for the average American, coupled with Mitt’s general discomfort and distaste with everyday life, made them the least likely First Couple this country could have ever had.

Today, the GOP is facing a crisis within its ranks as it tries to figure out which way to go from here. While many elected officials, leaders and pundits call for a different approach that includes reaching out to Latinos, women and younger voters with a new message of inclusion and less focus on social issues, some insist that Republicans must not change their core principles ever. House Speaker John Boehner is trying to get his membership to-fall-in-line but no one, not even he, knows how that will turn out. Boehner’s biggest problem is that truth be told, he’s not as conservative as he’s been forced to act and he’s not the future of his party in the way that Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio are (or hope to be).

Karl Rove and his Super PAC ilk, unleashed by one of the worst Supreme Court decisions in modern history, threw a LOT of money at President Obama and while they did succeed in retaining the House, they lost seats in the Senate and gained absolutely nothing with women and minority voters across the country. Demographically, they’re losing ground with every single group except white men over 50 and that’s a rapidly shrinking base. More women and openly gay candidates were elected last Tuesday than ever before. Somewhere, somehow, the GOP has to figure out a way to remain relevant on a national basis and do it before the mid-term elections of 2014.

On the other side of the aisle, Democrats face the task of identifying the successor to Barack Obama and in my opinion, that doesn’t include Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton. We’ve seen our last “old” (over 60) president and Democrats, unlike the Lakers who are apparently going back to the future with Phil Jackson once again, need to look forward with up and coming leaders such as Andrew Cuomo, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Deval Patrick. The Congressional Black Caucus needs to identify up and coming new leaders across the country who can appeal to voters beyond the traditional black districts which are also shrinking.

The best and most important thing about Tuesday’s results is that they proved that ’08 wasn’t a fluke after all. Voting for Obama four years ago was easy and thrilling. Who didn’t want to be a part of history? But 2012 was a grind-it-out re-election campaign that featured an incumbent struggling with economic recovery and job creation that wasn’t big and fast enough for many. And the fact that he won against a businessman with a track record of wealth creation if not job creation is simply amazing, even with all of Mitt Romney’s weaknesses.

Every single future office seeker would be wise to learn Spanish and support the Dream Act, embrace the rights of gays and lesbians, accept a woman’s right to choose, be digital media savvy and support affordable college and vocational education for all Americans. Or get left behind.

I am heartened and relieved by the re-election of Barack Hussein Obama II because I truly believe that America and the world are better off for it.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

David Petraeus – pussy claims another victim.

Is it just me or does Katie Holmes look “normal” again?

Lakers can’t and won’t be saved by re-hiring Phil Jackson because the path to the NBA championship no longer runs through Staples Center.

ONE LAST TIME JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT

FINALLY

Dear America, thank you for keeping at least one black man employed this year. I, the girls, my mom and Bo really appreciate four more years of government housing and food, chauffeured ground transportation and private flights on Air Force One and Marine One. Peace out, Michelle Obama aka FLOTUS.”

Why I Voted for Barack Obama and Joe Biden

November 4, 2012

I voted absentee this year because I caught a bad cold last week that had me in bed for two straight days and I thought to myself, “What if something like this happens next Tuesday and I can’t get out to cast my vote? How will I feel about that?” So, I fired up the iPad – one of the truly greatest gadgets I’ve ever owned – went to the LA County Registrar of Voters website and ordered my absentee voter package. And as soon as it arrived, I opened it, sat down with my voting guide and quickly selected Barack Obama and Joseph Biden for President and Vice-President.

I did so for several reasons. One, I am a lifelong Democrat. Two, I’ve never voted for a Republican presidential candidate and based on what we’ve seen these past few election cycles, I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Third, and most importantly, I made my selection because deep in my heart and soul, I believe that at this time in history, America needs the political and moral leadership of Obama and Biden far more than whatever it is that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would bring to the White House.

I would be less than honest if I didn’t admit that race didn’t play a major role in my decision. But, it’s not that Barack Obama is African-American as much as it is that Mitt Romney, when one takes an objective look at the crowds at any of his campaign events, appears to be running for the presidency of “white America.”

When one looks at our country today, we see an America more multicultural than at any time in its history. Barack Obama’s supporters reflect that fact clearly and Mitt Romney’s don’t. As much as the 2012 presidential campaign has been about these two candidates’ starkly different philosophies and policies on defense, economic, ideological and social issues, it has also been about where we are as a society. A president must work for all Americans, regardless of political and economic status, and shouldn’t have to try to convince us that videotaped comments aside, that he will if elected.

I voted for Barack Obama and Joe Biden because I want them to continue bringing America back and not “taking” it back and I hope you did and or will too this Tuesday.