Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Romney Squeaks By Santorum In Michigan, Wins Arizona Walking Away



Results for Michigan Republican Primary:


Feb 28, 2012 (>99% of precincts reporting)
Mitt Romney 410,517     41.1%

Rick Santorum 378,124     37.9%

Ron Paul 115,956     11.6%

Newt Gingrich 65,093     6.5%

Other 29,152     2.9%



Results for Arizona Republican Primary


Feb 28, 2012 (100% of precincts reporting)
Mitt Romney 216,805     47.3%

Rick Santorum 122,088     26.6%

Newt Gingrich 74,110     16.2%

Ron Paul 38,753     8.4%

Other 6,875     1.5%


Is it back to being a wrap for Romney or should we wait for Super Tuesday?
Is the fact that Santorum came mad close to winning in Michigan - where he was outspent by Romney nearly 10 to 1 - say anything about Romney's chances going forward?
What exactly are Gingrich and Paul doing these days?
If Gingrich and/or Paul had dropped out, would Santorum be winning?

Black Stuntmen's Association


"You can go out here today and ask who is the BSA, 99% of the population do not know. We accomplished a hell of a lot, because we fought back and I don't think that the studio ever forget what we did and I think its time for the public and the world to know who we are and what we did." - Alex Brown, BSA Founding Secretary





Sadly, I was a part of this 99% that Mr. Brown referenced. Earlier this month the NAACP Image Awards honored The Black Stuntmen's Association with the President's Award. Before this I had no idea who these brave men and women of film were, and was amazed to learn of their story and plight. Today is the last day of Black History Month and yes it's totally cliche for me to drop this on you today, but I think it highlights something greater about the importance of making African-American history a part of everyday life and not just a crash course during the shortest month of the year.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Detroit: Heads Spikes Walls!!!

I used to rush to defend Detroit (and by extension all inner cities) against detractors. I would point out that high unemployment, internalized hatred, a ghettotization of the mind, combined with segregation and a paucity of other opportunities explained much of the problematic behavior that we saw. I would also note that crimes or violations which received probation or a wink and nod in other areas were often prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law (and then some) in majority black areas.

I still believe that -at least to an extent but two three recent incidents also made me realize that statistics aside some people are just "evil",  for lack of a better word. It's not because of their race or that their father wasn't around or that they didn't get enough hugs as a child. There are some people who should be in prison permanently. And some people DEFINITELY need to be removed from the planet-thus the Tyrion Lannister quote in this post's title. You put a few heads on spikes and everyone else will get the hint.

Monday, February 27, 2012

So...We Go To College to Become "Indoctrinated" Into Liberalism??? Really?

Flipping through the Sunday talk shows as I sometimes do, I came across quite a few which were featuring the latest and greatest soundbites from Mr. Rick Santorum the (almost?) front runner in the Republican primary who has been going toe to toe with former governor Mitt "Mo-Money!" Romney.  Now what I like about Santorum is that this guy doesn't give a rat's ass what you think about his convictions - he's gonna say 'em anyway.  And in a race like the Republican primary where each man is trying to "out-conservative" each other, some of Santorum's material can't be beat.  But with this latest quip about college, he may have gone just a little too far...even for most conservatives:
“President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college, What a snob!”
[OK, so far so good.  Standard red meat for a conservative crowd.  Mandatory Obama insult: check.]
"Not all folks are gifted in the same way. Some people have incredible gifts with their hands! There are good decent men and women who go out and work hard every day and put their skills to test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor trying to indoctrinate them. Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image. I want to create jobs so people can remake their children into their image, not his."
You can almost hear the Troy, Michigan Republicans in the room internalizing this statement and realizing that they're clapping for an anti-college message.  Like, "Yeah, fuck college!!!...um, wait a minute...don't we kinda need college?"

Snob-In-Chief

Look, I understand that the Republicans have staked their political futures, not on policies, but on simply saying the exact opposite of President Obama; I got that. This, of course, in addition to just making up bullshit as the Janitor so eloquently pointed out here – like Obama being weak on foreign policies. But when does it go from a political strategy to… oh, I don’t know, jumping the shark? When does it clearly become a pathetic attempt – a gimmick – to try and woo under-educated extreme right wing voters? I’m not even a Republican and I’m ready to have Jeb Bush get in the race just so we can have someone with some sort of common sense; someone who would actually raise the level of discourse in our politics.

Urban Beat: Breaking News - School Shooting in Ohio


Breaking News: Four Students Shot at Ohio High School



Gunfire at a high school outside Cleveland injured a number of students Monday morning, and at least one suspect has been taken into custody, officials said.

The shooting was reported around 7:30 a.m. at the 1,100-student Chardon High School about 30 miles east of Cleveland, said Civil Deputy Erin Knife of the Geauga County Sheriff's Office. She didn't know the number of victims, but multiple news reports cited four students shot.

Television news footage showed anxious parents escorting children away from a school building, and ambulances could be seen outside.

Superintendent Joseph Bergant II told television station WKYC that the culprit is in custody. He said he didn't know the extent of the students' injuries.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland's MetroHealth System said a medical helicopter was dispatched to the high school. Schools in the area were locked down.

Bob Herp, a Chardon trauma nurse, was at a command scene at a local Wal-Mart store where he said helicopters were on the ground.

Chardon is a city of about 5,100 residents.
As additional details become available this morning we will update you.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Movie Reviews-Killer Elite, Gosford Park, Supernatural Season Three, Dracula AD 1972

Killer Elite
I enjoyed this movie even though it was paint by the numbers. Perhaps I was just in that kind of mood.  It was supposedly based on a true story.


Hero has a moral crisis while doing his (morally repugnant but well paid) job. Hero leaves job to go smell roses, watch rainbows and dance with puppies. Hero is brought out of retirement by Shady Operative because Hero's Mentor/Advisor/Father figure is in danger. Hero puts the band back together to rescue father figure. Hero says that he may be back in the game but it's only temporary and it's not about the money. Shady Operative smirks and disagrees.


While he's kicking butt and taking names Hero runs into his Opposite Number who is just as deadly and dangerous as he is. Occasional professional courtesies are exchanged because game recognizes game although Hero and Opposite AREN'T friendly and try to kill each other multiple times. There is late reveal of multiple setups, traps and a new threat to Hero's naive and beautiful Main Squeeze. (who has no idea how dangerous and morally conflicted hero really is) Question remains as to whether Hero, Mentor and Main Squeeze can survive and if so will Opposite Number help them? And who the hell set them up?? And why is Shady Operative smiling all the time? Doesn't he know that's shady?

Friday, February 24, 2012

Rihanna's Memo to Everyone: Stand By a Man (Even If He Beats You)?

[Survey completed by Glamour Magazine conducted March 3 to 17, 2011 among 2,542 women aged 18-35]
Domestic Violence Statistics:

NEARLY 60 PERCENT OF ALL YOUNG WOMEN HAVE EXPERIENCED ABUSE


29% of women surveyed said they’d been in an abusive relationship.
62% of those women have been hit, shoved, or slapped.
33% choked or strangled.
11% who say their partner is currently abusive predict he “will seriously hurt or kill me.”

In 2009 Chris Brown contributed to these statistics. In exchange for his violent and unjustifiable attack on Rihanna he was rewarded with a #1 Album on the Billboard Top 200 (F.A.M.E. - 2011), over 800,000 albums sold and a Grammy. On top of the accolades, Chris Brown's victim has added to his success by recording two duets with him for his forthcoming album Fortune.




“Haters keep on hating cause somebody’s gotta do it.”  - Chris Brown

Busted Looking at Royal Cleavage

Sometimes I don't mind talking about something silly with little to no redeeming value. Like today. Men look at women. Always have and always will. One of the hazards of looking is that you may inadvertently cross the line between a quick admiring glance and a long creepy ogle. If a lady blocks your view, yup you just might be a creepy little perv. Pentti Arajarvi, man that he is, may know all about that. The husband of the Finnish President, Arajavi was attending a state dinner in Denmark last month when he evidently noticed something quite interesting about the Danish Princess Mary, wife of the Crown Prince of Denmark. Watch the video below.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Close your curtains and don't.open.the.door....


Break Yo Self and buy a box of cookies B**ch!
tvtroups.org
 The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) maintains a list of the most vial and hateful groups in America. This list serves not only as a resource for the FBI but as a reminder to the entire country that there are groups of people that “…have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” As of 2008, there were 926 groups on this list. Groups whose activities include hate speeches, marches, rallies, and publishing hateful material. Well ladies and gentlemen, I’m here to tell you that selling cookies should be included on that list. It appears the SPLC should have 927 groups...

They left one off… *sinister music playing*… The Girl Scouts of America!

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Fisher v. Univ. of Texas: How Entitlement Killed Affirmative Action

Yesterday, The Storyteller published an excellent post about the very sad state of affairs that is taking place today among young Black men in higher education.  One of the most interesting stats was the fact that there are so few Black men in college. On the heels of this report, we also learned that the Supreme Court has officially agreed to hear the case of Fisher v. University of Texas during its next term starting in October.  Abigail Noel Fisher is yet the latest White woman in a growing tradition of White women who feel that racial minorities have "taken their seat" when they were unable to get into the college of their choice.  (see also Barbara Grutter of the landmark case Grutter v. Bollinger and Jennifer Gratz of the landmark case Gratz v. Bollinger).  Even if we accept the premise that Affirmative Action ("AA") is unfair and has run its course, that still does not explain how AA - and only AA - is to blame for these women not being admitted into their respective universities.  

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Leaving Our Black Boys Behind

Education has long been the hallmark of making it in America. Lack of education allowed chattel slavery to run undisturbed for 400 years. The presence of it has allowed all racial groups, majority and minority to prosper from it's influence by simply knowing to be better. But for all the positive attributes having an education has, a piece to the academic puzzle is missing. Black men.

A report from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School for Education seeks to find a way to increase the success for Black men in higher education. To do so it first addresses the dismal statistics surrounding Black men in education before suggesting solutions to the problem.

Santorum questions Obama's "phony" theology

Sometimes I  like respect people that are unafraid to stand up and tell you what they think, right or wrong. Many people can't always do that, whether it's because we'd like to keep our job or because we realize that maintaining a good relationship with a loved one is more important than sharing exactly what is on our mind.


There is a big difference between saying what you think or believe and insulting someone else's beliefs. There is also a contrast in stating that you believe that someone is wrong on an issue and saying that someone is a bad person. Unfortunately Rick Santorum seems to find it constitutionally impossible to make those distinctions. These are really important distinctions to make in a country where there are a multitude of beliefs about God, sexuality, reproduction and any other hot button issue you care to list.
"It's not about you,' Santorum declared."It's not about your quality of life. It's not about your jobs. It's about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible -- a different theology."
"I can't help but think that those remarks are well over the line," Senior Obama Campaign Adviser Robert Gibbs said Sunday on "ABC This Week." "It's wrong. It's destructive."
LINK

Monday, February 20, 2012

A World With No Black People

Okay, so I awoke from my gentle slumber to read about a nobody named Jenny Hyun, a song writer for the group Girl's Generation, who decided to go on a racist twitter spree and insult the entire black race in response to a single misguided tweet from Floyd Mayweather.  No, it's not that you aren't keeping up with pop culture, I've never heard of her either.

Now, I am pretty level-headed about these things, so I kept calm, and I read the entire article a couple of times.  First, I wanted to see if this was a joke.  Next, I wanted to find out who held a gun to her head.  And lastly, I tried to figure out what her motive was, other than mental illness, to tweet such ignorance and insult an entire race based on the words of one person.  Then, I read her "apology" for the third time where she says "I regret nothing," and her attack on the recently deceased Whitney Houston, and then it hit me: this wanna-be is trying to drum up controversy so that she can become more popular.   Well Missy, you're getting no more pub from the The Urban Politico.

Maybe she wants a reality show or a movie deal, or hell maybe she wants a sex tape with Ray J.  In any case, her tweets were so incredibly stupid that I am NOT going to reprint them here or link to them, nor will I waste any more precious paragraphs on her.  That's right, this post is not about the brainless, psychotic, callous,  jealous, non famous co-writer, whom I've never even heard of. So, what am I writing about today?  Glad you asked!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Movie Reviews-Beneath the Darkness, Drive, Phantom Punch, Death to Smoochy

Beneath The Darkness
"And I would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for you meddling kids!!"
If you recognize and are amused by this quote then Beneath the Darkness might be tolerable for you. If you know where it comes from and don't find it funny at all then you should probably skip this film. If you never heard that before then this film will be new to you but I still can't recommend it without reservation.
Dennis Quaid plays a small town widower Texas mortician and former football hero named Ely, who in the opening scene jogs up to a neighbor walking his dog, boasts about his biceps and then produces a gun and tells the neighbor he's had this coming for a very long time. Ely takes the neighbor for a ride in his van. A one way ride that is.
Well at least the dog gets away. I wouldn't have liked it if the dog had gotten killed too. Dogs are cool. Neighbors? I can take them or leave them. Some neighbors I'd miss. Others???
I'd have to think about that for a while. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Urban Beat: Patricia Stephens Due

A problem with the "great man" view of history is that it not only elides the fact that there were also "great women" but more importantly it overlooks that fact that social movements are indeed just that. They are made up of numerous people (men and women) who made contributions, both big and small. Many of these people don't get into the history books but were it not for their collective actions, the man or woman in the media spotlight wouldn't have the ability to make the changes they did.

One such woman who just passed away who may have not gotten the recognition from us all while she was here was one Patricia Stephens Due, a leading civil rights activist, author and mother of author Tananarive Due and mother-in-law of author Steve Barnes.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

You Need to Get Up, Get Out and Get Somethin'

What would you do if you suddenly came into $150 million dollars?  It's one of those psychological questions that is supposed to reveal the true essence of your character.  For instance, if you're a generous person, you may give most of it away to charity or to friends and family who are in need.  If you're a goal-oriented type of person, then perhaps you might come up with creative ways to use the money in order to achieve a life long dream such as owning your own business or running your own nonprofit.  If you're a responsible person, you'd likely use it to pay off all of your current debts and then place most of it in interest-bearing accounts so that you can live off of the interest for the rest of your life.   And if you're an ambitious person, you may try to double or triple your fortune by investing it in high-risk/high-reward securities on the stock market.  But if you're like the former Philadelphia 76'er Allen Iverson then you wouldn't do any of those things.  You'd simply spend it all on bling, poppin' bottles, big rims and other stereotypical forms of hood-rich ignorance.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Young Black "Doogie Howser" Invents Medical Technique at Age 14


In honor of Black History Month we thought it would be nice to highlight history in the making - Tony Hansberry II, now a 17 year-old high school senior in Jacksonville, Florida, was recently recognized for an invention he made three years ago at the age of 14.  Per the Milwaukee Courier:


At the time, Hansberry was a high school freshman at the Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School of the Medical Arts in Jacksonville, Florida, a special medical magnet school that allows its students to take advanced classes in medicine. Informational documents cite that students at the school are able to master suturing in eighth grade. Suturing is the surgical stitching of a wound.
The son of a registered nurse and an African Methodist Episcopal church pastor, the Darnell-Cookman student said that “I just want to help people and be respected, knowing that I can save lives.” His goal is to become a neurosurgeon.
Jones reports that the idea for his unique procedure was conceived during the summer of 2008 while enrolled as an intern at the University of Florida ’s Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville.
It was noted that Hansberry responded to a challenge to improve a procedure called the “endo stitch” used in hysterectomies that could not be clamped down properly to close the tube where the patient’s uterus had been. Using a medical dummy, the 14-year-old devised a vertical way to apply the endo stitch, completing the stitching in a third of the time of traditional surgery.
“It took me a day or two to come up with the concept,” Hansberry said in the Jones interview.
He was supervised by urogynecologist Dr. Brent Siebel and Bruce Nappi, administrative director of the Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research. Hansberry’s accomplishment, it is reported, won second place in the medical category regional science fair in February 2009.

Second place?  What took first place, a talking chihuahua? In any event, any student who can come up with a brand new medical technique at an age where most kids are playing video games and speaking broken English on facebook deserves a serious pat on the back and a "job well done."  The article goes on to note that Tony was recognized by President Obama last year for his accomplishments.  We're sure his parents are very proud.

Tony Hansberry, we at The Urban Politico salute you.  Keep up the good work, son.

Mitt Romney converts dead people

Do you know what happens when you die? Well Mitt Romney does. He's going to baptise you into Mormonism. Since you're dead you won't be able to object. And another soul is saved from the fires of hell. Praise the Lord!!! Someone should tell the Jehovah's Witnesses of this approach. It just saves a LOT of time and hurt feelings. Think about it. Rather than go door to door and have people pretend they're not home, slam the door in your face, set their dogs on you or openly mock your "kooky" beliefs, you just wait until AFTER they're dead and convert them anyway. No muss. No fuss. And no expenses for Watchtower pamphlets. All in all it's the perfect approach for the more introverted missionary, or perhaps a missionary who's just tired of trying to outrun the local Rottweiler.


Who could object to such a swell setup? I mean it's a win-win for everyone right? The church gets "converts" and you don't have to explain to the pious young person standing on your porch that no you aren't interested in coming to a Bible reading,  no you aren't giving him any money and no you don't want any literature. 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Jason Whitlock Racially Insults Jeremy Lin

If you don't keep up with the NBA you might have missed this year's current feel good story. The Knicks, in a fit of desperation after injuries, absences and players that weren't quite working out, turned to the end of the bench and started playing Jeremy Lin, a journeyman guard that was about THIS close from being bounced from the league altogether.


However Lin so far has not only shown that he belongs in the NBA, he's shown that he's someone other teams need to plan for and worry about. The undrafted Harvard grad is playing with (and outplaying) people like Kobe Bryant. Time will tell if he can keep up this pace but right now he's handling his business.

Of course anytime someone is successful there will shortly be along someone who feels it's their duty to bring them back down to earth. Enter one Mr. Jason Whitlock, previously best known for making insulting comments about Serena Williams' looks, physique and work ethic.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Whitney Houston Dies at 48.


WHITNEY HOUSTON (1963-2012)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Music Reviews-Otis Redding, ZZ Top, The Velvetones

Otis Redding
That's how strong my love is
I generally reject the idea that anyone was the best at anything when it comes to art or music. For me, art is about communication and transcendence. If someone can draw you into their world and show you something that you like that's really all that matters. I don't have the interest or the talent to say anyone is the best. There are however some artists who do tempt me to say that they are the best and Otis Redding is one of them. If someone wrote that "Otis Redding is the best soul singer that ever existed" could anyone disagree with that? I mean if you're not Al Green, David Ruffin, Wilson Pickett or Marvin Gaye, could you?  And if you mention D'Angelo or Mayer Hawthorne I'm going to throw something heavy at your head. Seriously. You should duck.

Unfortunately Redding's life was tragically cut short in a 1967 airplane crash that also killed most of the Bar-Kays. So we never got to hear everything that he was capable of doing.  He was really just getting started. I don't listen to a lot of modern R&B. One reason I don't, besides a generalized distaste for pseudo-disco, excessive melisma, synths and drum machines, is that I just haven't heard many modern male singers that have the kind of power and control that was exemplified by classic soul singers and most particularly Otis Redding. He was nicknamed "The Big O". (He stood 6-4 though judging by how some women carried on at his concerts there may have been other reasons for that sobriquet)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Westboro Baptist Church: Toeing the Free Speech Line

Imagine.  Today is the funeral of your loved one who has perished in a most tragic way.  You wake up on the morning of the funeral and manage to somehow dress yourself.  You go into your kitchen for breakfast and you find yourself staring out of the window, day dreaming about your loved one who used to greet you there each day.  As you take the second bite of the toast that you just made, you realize that you are not even hungry.  You sit at your table and think about crying because the pain is just too much to bear.  But you don't because you need to be strong.

The black stretch limousine pulls up to your house where other family members, dressed in all black, await you with somber stares.  As you approach, a few of them get out and give you the type of hugs reserved for the moments when you cannot adequately comfort yourself.  But you muster the strength to get inside and go on.  At some point, all of your family is in the limo and the driver heads to the funeral.  Everyone in the limo is respectfully silent and completely still.  You stare out of the window and daydream about the times you had seeing, feeling, and hearing your loved one.

And then you see the protestors.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Why GLAAD is RIGHT and Roland Martin is WRONG



GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has succeeded in drawing attention to the offensive comments posted on Twitter by CNN Political Analyst, Roland Martin. A media firestorm erupted on Sunday when Martin posted comments that subliminally called for violence against Gay men. When confronted on his comments, Martin was unapologetic, outraged at the expressed concerns, and directed those who disagreed with his comments or took offense to simple unfollow him.

I am not surprised that this is the route that Roland choose to take. Maybe if Roland Martin would have taken a moment to think about his words or the feelings of others he could have brought himself to immediately apologize. Instead, he foolishly went on the offensive and now he may have cost himself his job with CNN. The network announced on Wednesday that they were suspending Martin indefinitely.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

One! Two! Three Primaries! Ah Ah Ah!


Results for Colorado Republican Caucus (U.S. Presidential Primary)
Feb 07, 2012 (100% of precincts reporting)
1. Rick Santorum26,37240.2%
2. Mitt Romney22,87534.9%
3. Newt Gingrich8,39412.8%
4. Ron Paul7,71311.8%
Other1810.3%

Results for Minnesota Republican Caucus (U.S. Presidential Primary)
Feb 07, 2012 (95% of precincts reporting)
1. Rick Santorum21,42044.8%
2. Ron Paul13,02327.2%
3. Mitt Romney8,09016.9%
4. Newt Gingrich5,12810.7%
Other1400.3%

Results for Missouri Republican Primary (U.S. Presidential Primary)
Feb 07, 2012 (100% of precincts reporting)
1. Rick Santorum138,95755.2%
2. Mitt Romney63,82625.3%
3. Ron Paul30,64112.2%
Other18,4447.3%

Questions:
1. Did Romney sleep on Santorum?
2. Will Santorum now be perceived as the official "front runner?"
3. Does the fact that these 3 states did not provide any delegates (yet) to Santorum take away from his victory?
4. How did Romney's underperformance here affect his inevitable persona?  

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

What’s The Point Of Black History Month?: A Personal Journey





I can remember being a Kindergartner in the public school system and being taught many things for the first time and learning the very basics of what would eventually be my “education.” I remember Dick and Jane and Tom and all of the other characters my teachers used to give during our lessons in order to provide a context, but in retrospect none of those characters looked anything like me. I remember early on in my education I was excited about learning and about the possibilities that all of this information provided my life, yet I could never pinpoint how I fit into any of it. I never understood how my life and the realities that I knew outside of the classroom connected to the information I was given. I knew that for some reason I related to Martin Luther King Jr. but back then I didn’t know why.


Urban Beat: California Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Ruled Unconstitutional


Federal Appeals Court Rules California's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage is Unconstitutional 


A federal appeals court on Tuesday declared California's same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, putting the bitterly contested, voter-approved law on track for likely consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that a lower court judge correctly interpreted the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court precedents when he declared in 2010 that Proposition 8 was a violation of the civil rights of gays and lesbians.

It was unclear when gay marriages might resume in California. Lawyers for Proposition 8 sponsors and for the two couples who successfully sued to overturn the ban have repeatedly said they would consider appealing to a larger panel of the court and then the U.S. Supreme Court if they did not receive a favorable ruling from the 9th Circuit.

"Although the Constitution permits communities to enact most laws they believe to be desirable, it requires that there be at least a legitimate reason for the passage of a law that treats different classes of people differently. There was no such reason that Proposition 8 could have been enacted," the ruling states.

Super Bowl Commercial: Republican Racism or Fair Criticism?


There is a honest way to criticize the role that China plays today in our world-its devotion to mercantilism, its general refusal to protect US intellectual property rights, its contribution to climate change, its currency manipulation, its reliance on cheap labor and repressive central government. However Michigan Republican senatorial candidate (and former congressman) Pete Hoekstra decided not to make any of those thoughtful arguments in his campaign ad attacking Michigan Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow. No, Hoekstra went for the more visceral approach.

Monday, February 6, 2012

On the Grid Iron: How Theodore Roosevelt Saved Football

Lately, your good friend Old Guru has been, and I admit it, pretty hard on the GOP.  Now although, I truly believe they deserve the pointed criticisms I lash at them, I must note that I am fair and reasonable, and I can give Republicans credit when they do the right thing for our great country.

Now many of you probably have red eyes this morning because you stayed up long after the Super Bowl ended and many of you probably don't plan to head to work at all because you just had to prove that you're still "Frank the Tank" during the party.  Leading up to the Super Bowl, you probably talked football all day to everyone that would listen and even those that wouldn't -  and you didn't even care.  Yup, you probably updated your authentic jersey collection and you probably spent nights watching highlights from the 2011-12 NFL season and studying your favorite players' stats.  Ok, maybe that was just me but you get my point.

But guess what?  Our glorious holiday, commonly known as Super Bowl Sunday, was made possible thanks to the leadership and negotiating skills of Theodore Roosevelt.  That's right, the GOP Rough Rider saved football.  Here's the skinny on how he did it.

The Obama Straw Man

If you've been keeping up with the Republican Primary as much as we have (which is probably not good for your health) then you've probably noticed that when the candidates are not taking swipes at each other they can all come together to agree that President Barack Obama is the worst thing to ever happen to America since rap music.  Indeed, when Michelle Bachmann was still on the stage, her entire stump speech was effectively a 30-minute infomercial about the evils of one President Obama.  The remaining candidates (Romney, Gingrich, Santorum and Paul) are all too happy to tell us about how Obama has caused the down economy, weakened our military, created a government controlled health care system, attacked big business, hasn't provided a jobs bill...and the list goes on and on.  As somebody who you could say "does this for a living," I've come to observe that much of this rhetoric is simply par for the course for a Republican primary.  Mere "red meat," if you will, aimed at stirring the emotions of the Republican voters who want nothing more than to reinforce their beliefs that Obama is a low down dirty socialist, Kenyan-born Muslim who is coming for our guns...or something to that effect.  That is, after all, how you get votes in politics: know thy audience.  If the crowd wants to hear Obama is a socialist who destroyed big business, then, by all means, scream it from the mountain tops.  There's only one problem with all of this rhetoric - none of it is based on what Obama actually did.  Instead, it's based on what Republicans think Obama did.  Big difference.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

New York Giants Win the Superbowl Over New England Patriots 21-17


Thoughts on the game?
What were the best and worst commercials?

You Like Me, You Really Like Me!



Results for Nevada Republican Caucus (U.S. Presidential Primary)
Feb 04, 2012 (71% of precincts reporting)
1. Mitt Romney11,82247.6%
2. Newt Gingrich5,62322.7%
3. Ron Paul4,61918.6%
4. Rick Santorum2,74911.1%
Other00%

So...is it back to being a wrap again?