Don’t Disrespect My President

I haven’t done a post on a Friday in far too long.  I was going to highlight some things that have happened in recent weeks that I haven’t really talked about, like Arnold cheating on Maria, the News of the World scandal, and the traumatic death of “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn; I’m not even touching the Casey Anthony trial.  What I will comment on is the blatant disrespect of President Barack Obama. 

Now, we’re family, so we can be honest with each other.  We may not and will not like EVERYTHING our leader does, but he’s still our leader.  You may not like his politics or his policy, but you will at least show him the respect he deserves.  In my short life on this Earth, I have never seen or heard such apathy and flippancy towards the President of the United States…until our 44th President took office.  It all started when South Carolina Republican Senator Joe Wilson (darn you from being from the home state) yelled, “You lie” to President Obama while the POTUS was addressing the House.  The ramifications?  None.  Next, you have GOP Presidential nominee and Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann claiming she’ll “help him find a job” when she wins the Presidency in 2012.  Maybe not disrespectful as much as it was just poor taste.  And lastly, lest we not forget how Mark Halperin, co-author of Game Change and Editor-at-Large for Time magazine, used an unflatteringly slur just last week to describe the President while on the show “Morning Joe”.  He has been suspended and did make apologies, but what would make him think this was appropriate in the first place? 

When Dixie Chicks frontwoman Natalie Maines told a London audience that she was “ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas” (referencing 43rd President George W. Bush), there was such a backlash for the band.  Until that point they were sucessful and touring the world and performing in front of sold-out arenas.  All of that changed after Maines’ remark.  The band received death threats, shows were cancelled, and there were bonfires of Dixie Chicks paraphanalia. 

So, why is it ok to disrespect Obama?  Your guess is as good as mine.  One of the awesome things I can say about the current POTUS is that he is graceful, humble, and has a forgiving spirit.  As the song goes, he “dusts his haters off” and keeps it moving.  He knows why he’s in the White House and realizes he has a job to do.  If everyone took responsibility for their actions and handled their business, this country, heck this world, would be a much better place.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.


Why There was No “This Week in the News” Post

Happy Monday!  This week should be very calm, since there was so much going on last week.  There were multiple reasons as to why I didn’t do a “This Week in the News” post on Friday.  The main reason is I didn’t feel like writing.  But most importantly, what was I going to say that hadn’t already been said???

Let’s start with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver.  Yes, the former governor of California cheated with the help and had a son with her, who was born days after the son he had with his wife.  We all know that Arnold was foul; I don’t need to blog about it. 

Next, Don Lemon admitted that he was a homosexual.  I don’t need to blog about this, either.  I did mention on my Facebook page that I was more surprised to find out that Don was 45 than the fact that he was gay.  Don has a book coming out.  I personally think his sexual orientation revelation coincides with his upcoming book release…but I digress. 

I didn’t give any credence to this Rapture thing.  Why?  Because according to the book of Matthew “No man knows the day nor the hour.”  So at 6:00 pm on Saturday, I was walking out of Macy’s.

So, to be perfectly honest, there wasn’t any news worth mentioning last week where I felt like we would have differing opinions.  I decided to take a little break.  In case there was anything newsworthy going on in your life or city, please feel free to share.  As for here, my life was pretty boring.  Hopefully this Friday, I’ll have something worth mentioning. 🙂  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

This Week in the News

Happy Friday!  If you’re like me, you’re super-excited about the 3 day weekend…that is if you have one.  A lot of things-some exciting, some boring, some completely ridiculous-have happened this week and have people reacting all sorts of ways. 

James E. Swann, Jr. requested a family visit this week with his father.  This may not seem like a big deal, but in 1993, Swann injured five people and killed four in Northwest DC.  Having the nickname the “Shotgun Killer“, a judge found Swann not guilty of the 32 charges he received by reason of insanity because he claimed he was forced by evil spirits to commit these killing in retaliation of the killing of Malcolm X.  James has been a patient at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital since 1994, and now his father, Swann Sr., is requesting to spend time with his son outside of the hospital.  This is a ridiculous request.  This man is a criminal.  That’s like Charles Manson asking for a leave request from prison.  Swann, Sr. stated he watched his son before the crimes and could watch him again.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but if he was watching his son before, then how did he commit these crimes?  Point blank, Swann, Jr. needs to stay locked up. 

Congrats to Fantasia for winning her Grammy on Sunday.  But I don’t know how I feel about her boycotting the awards show because she wasn’t asked to participate in the tribute to Aretha.  I know everyone would have enjoyed her kicking her shoes off and running around the stage and seeing her perform, but maybe the powers that be thought she would have been too much.  Some people think she was pouting while others salute her for standing up to what she believes in.  But I personally think that if she respects Aretha as much as she claims, she still should have gone to the Grammys.

Speaking of the Grammys, some people (read: Justin Beiber teeny-bopper fans) are PISSED that their little teen crush didn’t win the award for Best New Artist.  So who did?  Newcomer Esparanza Spalding.  Admittedly, I’ve never heard any of her music, but Prince loves her.  If she has the Purple One’s stamp of approval, she’s fine with me. 

Writer Tracy McMillan wrote this article that tells women why they still are not married.  Tracy pretty much tells every single woman on Earth the reason she’s single is because something’s wrong with her.  Yes, we may meet men who are shady and sheisty, but when it comes down to it, we’re the reason we’re still single.  While I agree with certain parts of the article, I don’t suscribe to all of it.  First, I’m still tired of people talking about single women (can we find somebody else to talk about?); second, I’m tired of people assuming all single women want to get married; third, her article was just poor taste (most of it).  Even though I’m an individual, I don’t think I fall into the categories that she mentioned, and I don’t think any of the single girlfriends do, either, well, except maybe one…but that’s a different story.  I’ve just come to realize that most people like to stir some ish up, and it seems like Ms. McMillan wanted to stir some stuff up and make a name for herself (I mean, who knows the writers on TV shows?  Not me, but now we all know about Tracy).

I hate to end on a bad note, but I just want to give you an update on Mitrice Richardson.  Eight bones were found near a ravine close to where her remains were found last year, and authorities believe they may belong to Mitrice.  It doesn’t appear that this case is going to get closed anytime soon, so just pray that her mother and her family get the solace they need and they find out who killed this girl soon.

I hope you all have a safe, enjoyable weekend.  Feel free to comment on anything I’ve shared or share your own bit of news.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Today’s Black History Fact:

On this date in 1688, the first protest against slavery took place.  The Germantown Protest was organized by a group of white Quakers in Germantown, PA where they denounced slavery and the slave trade. 

Why Is It???

So, I have some questions today, and I’m hoping you guys can answer them for me…or least give me some insight into some things.  Here goes:

-Why is it some guys claim to be attracted to you and/or like you as a friend, but they don’t hang out with you?  I have enough pen-pals.  I want someone I can see…in person…on at least a halfway regular basis.

-Why is it some guys (re: same guy from before) will send you messages commenting on how good you look? Excuse me, but we haven’t seen each other, so how do you know how I look?  Pictures don’t count, buddy…

– Why is it people are now sniffing bath salts to get high?  Are times that hard that people can’t afford regular narcotics and have to use household items?

– Why is it these bath salts cause hallucinations and suicidal thoughts?  One man cut his stomach and facial areas after sniffing this stuff.

– Why is it bath salts are now banned in Louisiana and are about to be banned in Mississippi?

– Why is it Kim Kardashian has a single out?  Does she think she can sing?  And why are people who have actual talent supporting her? 

– Why is it Flavor Flav opened this fried chicken joint in Iowa?  Is he sniffing bath salts?

– Why is it we have to allow men to guide the course of relationships?  Why can’t women say what we want as opposed to waiting on men to tell US what THEY want? 

– Why is it I can say all of these things on this here blog but can’t say it to the people who need to hear it?

– Why is it Ted Williams checked out of rehab early?

– Why is it we are ALL wishing we were Oprah’s long lost half-sister?

Ok, I’m done for now.  What are some questions that you have?  And if you have the answer to a few of the questions I asked, feel free to answer.  Or if you just want to share a laugh with me, feel free to do that, too.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!