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Whitney Houston Dead

In Celebrity Bio, News, Opinion on February 12, 2012 at 1:21 am
English: American singer Whitney Houston perfo...

They’re startin’ to drop like flies, but as much as we all loved Whitney Houston, I’m sure there will be many who won’t be surprised by the singer’s untimely demise.

Coming from a rich, well-connected family, born with model looks and singing ability, Whitney Houston seemed hell bent on orchestrating her own burn-out, from chasing Bobby Brown down sidewalk streets, abusing every drug she could get her hands on like they were going to disappear from the planet the next day, hooking up with Ray J, walking off concert stages because she couldn’t sing any more, being the ultimate “diva;” this woman had it all, and just didn’t want it.

It’s sad that she had so much and simply didn’t value it, maybe because it was all given to her on a silver platter. And does Bobby Brown feel anything about her death? Can he sober up long enough to acknowledge any kind of role in her downward spiral? Doubt it.

Here’s the official piece from ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/whitney-houston-superstar-records-films-dies-15565063?page=3#.TzcR_4HEeSo

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UK Recruiters Have “Racial Bias” Claims Report

In News, Opinion on February 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm
An attempt at a discrimination graphic.

Image via Wikipedia.

Oh, now, not our darling brothers and sisters across the pond in the United Kingdom! They can’t be racist, too, can they?

Afraid so, at least according to a Jobs Editor, Louisa Peacock, of The Telegraph, who cites a report from a charity called Race for Opportunity. According to the report, minorities are not only racing for opportunity, their tripping over the bodies of those who have tried to come before them and being blocked from crossing the finish line by their lighter-skinned fellow job hunters.

Here’s a link to the article referencing the report, if you are so inclined: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/9070027/Recruiters-have-racial-bias-claims-report.html

Candidate’s Ad Slammed for Racist Stereotypes

In News, Opinion on February 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm
Asian (Oriental) American girl with dimples.

Image via Wikipedia. Thank you, Michigan Republican Pete Hoekstra, for perpetuating racist Asian stereotypes! Big help!

Oh, yes, my friends, racism is still alive and kicking the soccer ball down the proverbial field. That’s why we never run out of stories. Sad, but true.

This nice little ditty comes to on behalf of US Senate candidate and charming Republican Pete Hoekstra, who decided to run a Super Bowl commercial in which a young Asian woman riding her bicycle down a country road (surrounded by rice patties and speaking broken English, of course) looks into the camera and slams his Michigan opponent.

“Thank you, Michigan Senator Debbie Spend-It-Now. Debbie spends so much American money. You borrow more and more from us. Your economy get very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you, Debbie Spend-It-Now,
says the Asian woman into the camera.

Here’s the link: http://rafu.com/news/2012/02/candidates-ad-slammed-for-racial-stereotypes/

Don Cornelius Kills Himself

In News, Opinion on February 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm
Soul Train

Image via Wikipedia. The "Soul Train" stopped in its tracks a long time ago (with no attempts to revive it that I know of), and now the train's captain has gone, too.

Hard to get happy after reading this, regardless of whatever aspersions people may have cast on the poor 75 year-old guy. He’s still the founder and former host of the TV class “Soul Train.”

Nothing like it before or after, (which is pathetic when you consider the number of black millionaires and billionaires and the success of similar shows for predominantly white audiences like “X Factor“), the program broke barriers and introduced the world to such greats as James Brown and Aretha Franklin.

No snappy jokes for this, just a depressing little note.

Here’s a link to the piece:

Romney “Not Concerned About the Very Poor”

In News, Opinion on February 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm
English: Governor Mitt Romney of MA

Image via Wikipedia. Not exactly Mr. Empathy. Open mouth, insert foot.

Now, I know many people out there are not necessarily surprised to read that Mitt Romney doesn’t exactly have an evolved social conscience when it comes to the plight of poor people, but it shows a tremendous gall to openly announce it, doesn’t it?

Whether or not CNN’s Soledad O’Brien took Romney’s statement out of context (and subsequently left it up in the air for me to reference) is up to you, gentle reader, but for an adult man with Romney’s moneyed-power and influence and education to say such a thing (on TV no less), to me, shows a lack of connection to logical reasoning and empathy. That’s just me, though.

Here’s a link to the piece from ABC News‘ Z. Byron Wolf (not to be confused with Wolf Blitzer or Z Big Bad Wolf):

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