Sunday, May 25, 2008

Badass of the Moment: Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

"I wish somebody would!"

So alot of cats talk about being revolutionary. But Ms Aung San is actually doing it. Even more badass is she is not hiding about it. Now i know i don't know the entire politics of the situation, but i've read enough to understand that the Junta don't take no mess. (Remember the Saffron Revolution crackdowns.) In fact, up until recently they didn't take anything; criticism, surveys, protests, aid, time for the people - you name it.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Hold up?! Lindsay Lohan is signed to Motown?!!!*


Hmm, how do i say this…. oh right…. “WHAT THE F*CK?!!”
My how you’ve fallen Motown. There are SO many artist that should be carrying the legacy of Motown. I mean sure… Lohan… cash cow… if you got the time and materials. But at what cost, Motown?! At what cost?!

Granted, somebody has to profit off of her. Hell, i’ll even promote the reverse-oppression of the black label sending the white girl out to trick on stage then bring that dollar home (essentially pimpin’… with what we’ll call … music?!) That’s fine, they (the melanin-deficient) stole and mangled all the styles of music we created so why not bank off their efforts. (In this case, collect royalties from a Lohan.) “Royalties… like the reparations we never had”.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Badass of the Moment: Kimbo Slice

Kimbo Slice

That's right, Kimbo f*ckin' Slice!!

Now, there are some cats you know you'd rather not fight if you can avoid it. Sure you'd try if you had to but you know you wouldn't win. Like Mike Tyson... he has made it clear that he wants to eat your children. Maybe it's that slight bit of crazy that puts a dude into the category. For instance, Kimbo Slice.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Everyone who doesn’t disagree is invited!!

Myanmar general votes

Cliff note: If I say “Jump”, don’t ask “how high?” just jump til you get it right! Who said you could question me?! You plottin’ on me?!

Recently I was talking to a friend who went to a function in support of the Burmese people. I say “Burma” in support of the opposition in contrast to the officially declared “Myanmar”; besides Bibbidy just sounds better. Anyway, at this function my friend was talking to cats who had been political prisoners in the country. They told him about all the conditions in the prisons (four to a cell, a bucket for biowaste), protests and the zero-tolerance with which they are embraced.

So my friend asks one cat how he finally got out of the country. The gentleman answered ‘actually quite easily. They know protesters are more trouble inside than out, so the govt kind of give us the boot.’ Which sounds peachy until you realize that this cat was a doctor in his homeland and since that government won’t substantiate his credentials, he had to start from scratch here. Sucks.

Recently the junta government ruling Burma passed a new constitution as supposedly approved by a vote of the public. They claim 92% of the public voted for this constitution; a claim balked at by external agencies and internal opposition forces as no more than ‘make-believe’. Why you ask? Well on May 10, the government passed the referendum stating 99% of the populous turned out at the ballots. Did they now? I’m sure we all know that 99% of Myanmar was NOT chillin’ on the 10th waiting to cast a vote. Even the government has said tens of thousands are still displaced from the cyclone and will cast their vote on May 24. Pick a story, y’all.

The constitution enshrines the junta’s hold on power and excludes the main opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, from holding office.

Under its terms, 25% of seats in both houses of parliament would be guaranteed for the military - making it impossible to alter the constitution without their backing.

Source: BBC News | Burma ‘approves new constitution’

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Badass of the Moment: Barack Obama

Obama Hope Stencil

Had to wait for the primaries…

And then i had to wait for the spin consensus. I mean you got to give this brother props on patience alone. Every other week something is trying to get in his way. Somebody is trying to talk down on him. And SOMEBODY is trying to act like she is the better candidate, knowing good and well she fell off.

This week though, he is the democratic party’s “likely presidential nominee” according to the dude who was all set to be Vice President in 2004. He has also taken the Super-Delegate endorsement lead; not to mention holding the pledged delegate lead and primary lead. All he needs now is for his nomination rival to make some disastrous blunder than even her most secret of ‘arm-twisters’ can’t clean up. But that wouldn’t be as much fun as making people admit that he just plain won, rather than she lost.

Badass Theme Song: James Brown - Superbad

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

NOW You're Older...

chocolate bday cake

Did anyone ever appreciate the ‘one to grow on’?

Just a quick thought. It’s funny how people act like they aren’t a year older until their birthday… as if they haven’t been aging for the last 11 months. Funny, yet understandable. After about 21, you stop having that desire to be one year older. Personally, if i could work out some Highlander-ish immortality at age 26 I’d be set. (I imagine the cat that realizes he’s immortal at 86 is just pissed off.)

Maybe those old people you keep being surprised aren’t dead yet are immortal and just haven’t reached that ‘f*ck it’ stage yet. I’m sure most people don’t have the patience to be old for eternity. Hence the world record for age. They real feat is not that you fought off death that long, oh no… it’s that you could stand to be that old for yet another year. Ain’t nothing new under the sun, yet you stuck around for the ’same ole different day’ anyway. Bravo. Clearly you had a vast stock of patience that you were in no rush to burn through. (No pun intended.)

I’ve always been amused by the sitcom character of the elderly person somewhat bitter they are still alive. They aren’t suicidal, just tired of the majority of life. So they wake up and cuss more before dawn than you may all day. (Old folks wake up EARLY.) They have a few pleasures left, but the rest passed on far before their host; leaving a mind tired of thinking, a smile tired of smiling, and a person generally exhausted of the common niceties feigned as part of civility. Thus you have … your grumpy old man.

(As opposed to your dirty old man, whom you probably have a good idea who that will be right now… don’t you? ::shouting as Herbert:: "There can be only one!")