G20 Brief Thoughts (Non-Political)

27 June 2010 at 1:30 pm (#Kanyeshrug, Campaigns, Local Events, News, Politics, Rants, Toronto Life, World Issues, WTF!?) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )


I’m not going to sit here and go into what the actual G20 summit is about … I’m gonna say something extremely brief, short, sweet and to the point about what’s been happening in my city of Toronto these past couple of days.

First and foremost: all you idiots that came from far to come and mash up my city need to go back to wherever you came from and mind your own. This shit has gotten out of control. What are you really protesting about? When the first car was set ablaze I said on twitter: “If this unrest continues over the rest of the weekend, how much of it will really be about the G20?” This weekend is just an excuse for SOME people to wreck havoc and cause chaos. GTFO of my city with all that there bullshit. This is embarrassing Toronto. Canadians don’t get down like this. For the ones that do, I’m appalled at the behaviours of the city’s citizens. But at the same time, I’m not surprised either (if that makes any sense).

I’m just happy that so far there have been no major injuries or human casualties because that would just set me over the edge.

In conclusion: here’s a word to the masses that wanna damage Toronto: if you fuck up a Tim Horton’s people will burn you at the stake. Timmy’s is a national treasure. DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT, SON!

Photo Credits: Tosha Dash (1&2), Jay Jones (3&4), Zoi the Femcee (5)

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

4 April 2010 at 10:07 am (Life, News, Politics, World Issues) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


42 years ago on this day, the world lost a GREAT man. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and killed for trying to guide humanity to a better understanding of each other. Let us never forget his legacy. Let us never forget his dream.


Rest In Eternal Peace
Martin Luther King, Jr.
(January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

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As we celebrate the rising we mourn the fall as well. RIP to MLK” © 89 The Brainchild

Dr. King was Killed 2day remember what he and Jesus were willing to sacrifice in the name of freedom!” © Mike Bigga
-both quotes via Twitter


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Race Baiting 101

30 July 2009 at 12:42 pm (Campaigns, News, Politics, Why Is This News?, World Issues) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


I got this in an email this morning and I wanted to pass it along:

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Lou Dobbs is using his platform on CNN to revive paranoid conspiracy theories about whether President Obama was born in the U.S.1 While the question was put to rest long ago, Dobbs is pretending that this extremist nonsense is a legitimate national conversation.

Intentionally or not, he is stoking the fires of racial fear and paranoia in the same way that the McCain/Palin campaign did when they cast Obama as “not one of us.”2 Even after being called on this, Dobbs refuses to stop.

CNN, which is held in high regard by many Americans and describes itself as the “the most trusted name in news,” is allowing one of its hosts to give legitimacy to debunked, racist conspiracy theories.

Please join us in calling on CNN to dump Dobbs, and ask your friends and family to do the same:

http://www.colorofchange.org/dobbs/?id=2069-290706

For more than a year, folks on the far right have been claiming that President Obama is not a U.S. citizen; that he was born in Kenya, and as a result can’t be president3. This theory has been repeatedly debunked. Not only has the state of Hawaii provided a birth certificate to media organizations several times, there were also birth announcements in two separate Hawaii papers when Obama was born in 1961–for most reasonable people, that would remove any doubt.

Members of Dobbs’ own staff have said they’re uncomfortable with his insistence on pursuing this story4, but Dobbs insists on claiming there must be something to it because, “Obama refuses to produce the long-form of his birth certificate.” Other news outlets have refused to give the idea any credence. The head of MSNBC, Phil Griffin, had this to say about the claim: “It’s racist. It’s racist. Just call it for what it is.”5

Dobbs and race

Lou Dobbs has a history of attacking immigrants by spouting hateful rhetoric and lies. He once claimed that “the invasion of illegal aliens is threatening the health of many Americans” through “deadly imports” of diseases like leprosy and malaria.6 This kind of rhetoric feeds anti-immigrant hate, the kind of hate that leads to horrors like the beating death of Luis Ramirez in Pennsylvania and the shooting death of nine-year old Brisenia Flores in Arizona earlier this year. Dobbs’ rhetoric has led organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to call on CNN to reign in Dobbs in the past.7

Now, Dobbs is going after President Obama by giving voice to the same kind of xenophobic rhetoric, stoking the deep-seated fears of angry right-wing extremists who, as CNN analyst Roland Martin has said, can’t accept the fact that their president is Black8.

Dobbs may not like Obama, but it’s a real problem for him to use his powerful position as a moderator of discussion about the news to validate a dangerous falsehood that’s rooted in racism.

Several watchdog groups have demanded action on the part of CNN. The head of the SPLC wrote CNN last week asking that they fire Dobbs based on his recent actions9. Media Matters and others have launched efforts to hold CNN accountable as well.10

CNN has the opportunity to live up to its description of itself as the most trusted cable news network. Or it can ignore the problem of Lou Dobbs and communicate something very different: that delivering real news and analysis is not its top priority, and that legitimizing extremist propaganda is an acceptable part of doing business.

Join us in calling on Jon Klein, the president of CNN, to take Dobbs off the air:

http://www.colorofchange.org/dobbs/?id=2069-290706

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American Politics, Canadian Interest

17 September 2008 at 11:49 am (News, Politics, World Issues) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


I’ll admit it. I’m NO expert on politics. I find politics quite boring, actually. Especially Canadian politics. They aren’t engaging at all. I usually do my research on the parties the month before I actually vote (yea, I know, I know. Be quiet).

I’m definitely NO expert on American politics that’s for sure but I’ll be damned if I know more about their politics than ours. Why is this? I’m not 100% sure. Could it be that the president of the U.S (not George STANKIN ASS Bush – but just in general) seems more powerful and relevant than our prime minister? I know that sounds wrong but think about it. A lot of Americans I talk to say that they don’t even know we don’t have a president. lol.

Anyway, I didn’t find myself paying much attention last election. The Gore vs. Bush election was only interesting because of the ballot controversy. I wasn’t even interested in the Clinton administration until AFTER he was elected into office. But man oh man. This Obama vs McCain election has me seeking out information. Daily.

If you haven’t guessed by now, yes, I am black. So ONE part of my fascination stems from history being made. As everyone knows Barack Obama could be the first black president of the United States of America. That alone has me interested. But it’s also because, the man can SPEAK. He is charismatic, he is positive, he is change. He is just captivating. His wife, Michelle, equally so. And then, before McCain, I was also fascinated by Hillary Clinton. She’s Bill’s wife, so, of course, I would be, right? lol. No, but all jokes aside, she, of course, could have been the United States’ first FEMALE president. 

I felt like I was back in 2002, when Halle and Denzel won Oscars. Such a change. Such excitement.

So, Hillary’s chances are kaput; we know this now. but, here comes Obama. Endorsements from Oprah (holla!), The Kennedy’s and more. He’s been accused by McCain as being a case of celebrity. McCain has huge jowls. He bothers me, but that’s neither here nor there. How fitting is it then, that his hockey mom, Tina Fey dead ringer running partner, Sarah Palin, is now in the same position as Obama? Hmmm. Depending on who you ask, some will say this election seems like a soap opera. They could be right. They could be wrong.

I am in no position to vote. I’m Proudly Canadian over here! But if I could, I’d be voting for Obama and NOT just because he’s black but because after eight years of Bush, my American friends and loved ones, you deserve a capable and passionate leader. All politicians, American, Canadian and Yaddadadian, are master manipulators. They all makes promises they can’t or don’t keep. They all talk a pile of shit BUT you always choose the best man for the job. From the information I’ve read and heard, Obama is that man.

I hope he wins.

If not, Canada better prepare itself. A lot of Americans pulling for him say: “If Obama doesn’t win, I’m packing my shit and moving to Canada!”

LOL.

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