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is it ‘opposite day’ in sarah palin’s world?

For those of you who have been in a decontamination center: Sarah Palin apparently got caught with her hand in the cookie jar. With the swell of information regarding the 2008 elections, Obama being a “terrorist”, John McCain hating “gooks”, and the economy vaporizing – someone easily could have missed the scandal that the McCain-Palin ticket has worked hard to bury.

Basically, Sarah Palin’s sister married the wrong guy and her governor sister came to her aid when things seemed to spiral beyond her sister’s control. Being the arrogant maverick that she is – she fought back, and basically wanted to show her brother-in-law, who was a State Trooper, who had the most swagger in the state of Alaska. Palin attempted to impose “impermissible pressure…on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda” and used her role as governor to cast unethical influence on others to push for the termination of the in-law, and ultimately to fire the subordinates who resisted. And she got caught, and has proceeded to intervene and disrupt the investigation in any way possible – often referring to the legitimate investigation into her as a “circus.

So what is Sarah Palin’s response to the investigation’s findings which showed she was unethical and abused her powers?

“Sometimes the most important thing you need to know about a politician is the frequency and enthusiasm and skill with which they lie to you.” [Note: It’s no longer if they lie, it’s how well they do it.]

The easiest way to verbalize what Mrs. Palin showed us in her responses – is to say – she thinks it is “Opposite Day.” Remember that great childhood game when if you wanted someone to do something, you asked them not to – and if you wanted them to not do something, you begged them for it. What if the politicians involved in Watergate simply said “Finally, the investigation shows we are innocent!”? I’m not sure of the actual power the investigating committee has, but it seems from Palin’s comments that she is playing semantics. Her emphasis in both comments of being cleared of any legal wrongdoing is probably how she justifies with herself that it is in fact NOT lying – but merely pointing out the lack of authority of the committee, who cannot find her legally guilty of anything.

In honor of this great display of undeniable support for the spirit of “Opposite Day” – Sarah Palin, we love you.

Related article: Son of Troopergate, Sarah Palin files an ethics complaint against herself?

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chris rock is one of my favorite americans, pt. 2

I wonder how strategic (if at all) it is for him to create that aura that he would never worry about being labeled a sell-out or ostracized for pointing out stereotypes of every race, and even pinpointing faults with his own sub-culture of our country’s culture.  He “gets it” when so many don’t. He gets to be himself, but at the same time look at himself from an outside perspective.  From that of the media, from that of the fans.  He gets to unwittingly have insight into perception. and instead of taking advantage – he mocks it, plays it down, and humbles every person listening to him in the room, whether intentionally or not.

On hard work via a monologue for his version of his childhood self: “Many people believe that you can succeed against all odds. And i believe that. I believe that the odds are, if you don’t prepare, you won’t succeed.”

Social commentary on gangster epidemic on the black community: “Why spend the next 20 years in jail…”

On the current road to the White House: “Now in real life, Giuliani is like a pitbull…he’s great when you have a burglar, but if you don’t – he just might eat your kids.”

Chatting with Jon Stewart: “There’s this weird McCarthy-ism going on right now.”

When Keeping It Real Goes Right

I also applaud Chris Rock for not falling trap to the #1 problem that so many celebrities, entertainers, famous people do…focusing on themselves, talking about themselves, shameless promotion of…themselves, to the point where it’s ridiculous really.  He keeps it real.  Can Dave Chappelle give him a “When Keeping It Real Goes Right” award or something?  This is why we should value our comedians. It’s rarely about them. It’s about us. What we do. Why we do it.  How funny it sounds that we do what we do.  I think Chris gets a bad rap when listeners say that he brings too much attention to race in America.

On police propensity to racially profile: “But this is what the cop heard…and he was black, and black black black black black black blackity black-black, and he walked with a black, and black black black…”

On overreactions of white-dominated media: “I always say there’s nothing that comes quicker than white praise or white scorn…and they’re both overreactions.”

Talking About Racism Creates Racism?

I’m glad someone does still reflect on racism in America, rather than everyone floating around on their 2008 high-horse like it wasn’t just a little over 50 years ago that America learned the name, Rosa Parks.  Let’s not act like some of the people who perpetrated grave racial injustices are not still alive.  Let’s not act like all his been diluted and it’s water under the bridge in just a short time frame stretching just from my grandparent’s generation to my own.  Don’t tell me we are an imaginary version of the Wiggles or The Teletubbies where it’s all “I Love You” and “you Love Me.”  I’ve watched with my own eyes the glaring reality when my middle-aged mother married her best friend of 20 years who happened to be black.  I’ve seen, my grandmother, with just one generation between us, who I would describe as the most devout “Christian” (as far as practicing, I suppose?)  I know, go from completely baffled to angry to resentment to uneducated to fearful to distant to intrigued to accepting to once again baffled, but this time about how she could have felt her earlier feelings about someone she has come to love.  Thank you, Chris Rock, for being one of my favorite Americans and saying what everyone else is thinking.

Tonite Chris Rock goes back to what made him so popular, his HBO specials.  Here’s a preview of where Chris’s mind is at in 2008 in our current world climate.  Consider yourself warned:

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read the economic bail-out proposal.

Download the US Government Economic Bail-Out Proprosal (pdf)

With reports that George W. Bush and Ron Paulson’s initial plan was only 3 pages in length, I suppose this 451 page monstrosity is a bit of an upgrade, or maybe just a bunch of legal jargon meant to hide the hidden gems.

Either way, SOMEONE (other than just our congressman’s least favorite assistant) has to read it…I’m not saying it’s going to be me. I say we get 451 people together and each read a page, then we discuss it amongst ourselves.

I call dibs on page 227.

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chris rock is one of my favorite americans, pt. 1

“When you tell a joke and everybody laughs, it’s not cause they disagree with what your saying. They get it.” -Chris Rock

Laughter is something triggered in our subconscious minds as a way of bonding and connecting with other people. It’s almost a universal “I get you” – and who hasn’t chuckled themselves through an embarrassing situation, brow sweating until it was over?

Chris Rock is one of my favorite Americans. As someone who values rebellious voices, Chris Rock is not only one of the loudest, he is one of the most concise and straightforward. No innuendoes, just honest observation. I can imagine him sitting back and marveling at how he has built a career on just “telling it like it is.” Of all the comedians and actors in showbiz, I think Chris Rock would be the most honest in a self-parody of themselves.

Speaking on Politics & Social Issues

On political parties and left and right wing extremists: “No normal decent person is one thing.”

On whatever happened to people just being crazy?: “The trenchcoat mafia…no one would play with us, we had no friends, we’re trenchcoat mafia. Hey, I saw the yearbookpicture, there was six of them. I didn’t have six friends in high school. I don’t have six friends now.”

On Obama: “Is America ready for a regular black guy to be president? Hell [expletive] no. But, is America ready for this extraordinary genius, charismatic guy…”

On the state of race relations between black people and the police in 1988: “So I hate life. Want to know why I hate life? Because I was born a suspect.”

We Can’t Be Just One Thing

I think, even if it’s subconsciously, Chris Rock sets a good example for other Hollywood stars. The reality of fame in our society is that people get famous because their personality exhibits something different. What happens though is that they end up becoming the cartoon version of that trait. There’s no balance – only the presumption that to maintain their status, they must give more of the same, only bigger and badder. I think an underlying theme of Chris Rock’s comedy has been people cannot be just one thing. I appreciate how he handles himself away from the stage, the “real Chris”, as well as how he transforms into his alter ego during routines.

I can see why so many other entertainers admire him. I feel as if he is the “one” that is idolized in the entertainment world by his peers. Certain tappers are always talking about themselves being a “rapper’s rapper” – the one whom those that share their craft are checking for. I think Chris is the comedian’s comedian – the entertainer’s entertainer, the celebrity’s celebrity. They all envy how he can thrive in an industry, with his own brand, and still speak his mind and say what they wish they could see, but don’t – for whatever reason, the fear of losing endorsements, fear of losing fans, fear of losing revenue, fear of losing stock in the celebrity world.

Chris Rock is the middle finger to the preppy, popular kid in school. The coolest is the one’s who don’t need to say their cool. The one’s who don’t even need to entertain the notion, because they know it’s irrelevant.

Satirical miracle? Or…Chris Rock, what’s wrong with his head, Doc?

Raunchy in the nth degree, perhaps just another example in his lifelong statement that he gets it, and he’s going to do his best to tell you about it. For your own good. I love how he deals with the media. I love the satirical tone. Too many people claim sarcasm nowadays, not knowing while satire and sarcasm are both mocking something, only one’s goal is to improve the situation brought up. Chris Rock can be borderline self deprecating, and in fact – it’s almost societal deprecation. But, he includes himself in that grab bag, too. it’s not an elitist commenting, passing judgment, criticizing, patronizing, celebrating societal woes, pointing the finger. He is more like a next door neighbor, talking about his week in our country, on what’s in the headlines, on things that piss him off, and things that make him laugh, just talking about it with his neighbor, standing by their property lines, cold beer in hand, almost reminiscent of the guys from King of the Hill. And he just might happen to say it like you’re running the lawnmower right next to him.

On rap music degrading women: “Women that like rap don’t care what they saying, if the beats all right, she will dance all night.”

On the difference between rich and wealthy: “Rich is something you can lose with a crazy summer and a drug habit.”

Unafraid to host the Oscars and tell the truth: “See at least they make movies for white people to enjoy, real movies with plots, with actors, not rappers. With real names…like, say “Catch Me If You Can”, “Saving Private Ryan”. Black movies don’t have real names. We get names like “Barbershop.” That’s not a name, that’s just a location. “Barbershop”, “The Cookout”, “The Carwash”…they been making the same movie for 40 years.”

On government backing of the pharmaceuticals industry: “They don’t want you to use your drugs, they want you to use their drugs.”

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See Part 2.

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this is the sound of my voice.

This is the sound of my voice.

And with this, begins my journey into our world’s digital community.  I’ve been fairly intuitive at recognizing new trends, music, and crazes before they hit the mainstream – but I missed all 365 days of the boat cruise with blogging.  The internet and I have always had a fairly enthusiastic relationship. If our experiences were a movie, maybe the internet would be Mel Gibson from “The Man Without A Face”.  But, keep in mind – the internet is not that fancy, little, cursive E that sits on your computer’s desktop.

The internet is actually what we make it.  That’s the concept anyways.  The inter-networking structure comprised of our thoughts, news, emotions, questions, stories, art, commerce – all coming from a variety of sources, with no one part of the network being the sole owner of the massive entity (for now).

Yes, I know – the dreaded network.  That thing you curse when your computer freezes and the tops of your windows become blurred images of their former selves from your rampant clicking, exiting attempts, and ctr+alt+del-ing.  That mythical creature protected by those guys who talk so condescendingly to you when all you want to do is just figure out why tmz.com won’t load – because, dammit, it’s causing you to see Kanye West’s videotaped LAX papparazzi backlash thirty minutes later than everyone else in the world.

The so-called “nerds” of the world built the infrastructure and made it as easy as possible for the laymen to join in on all the excitement.  But, what good is brain with no soul?  The technical components keep it alive (just existing), but the people make it live.  A network.  An association.  Made up of individuals having common interests.  Existing to provide mutual assistance and helpful information.

Never has there been a time when the human mind has been exposed to so much information. Instantaneous news alerts, opinions by the bushel, unlimited access to unheard-of books.  Amazingly, we are only 20 or so years into this grandiose project of ours.  Although the conspiracy-loving, authority-hating side of me says that this just gives “big brother” a better means to keep track of the hens – I think the ability to connect with the rest of the chicken coop and lay our own golden eggs outweighs any downside.

This begins my Choose Your Own Adventure -style journey into the world of internet contribution.  Thanks to those who pioneered the frontier and taught us the game is to be told (and emailed, facebooked, and digged) and not to be sold – well, except for Google Ads, of course.

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