5.02.2005

BILL MAHER SOLVES [TOLEDO] DEM'S PROBLEM

I think the head of the OFFICIAL Democratic Party and Bill Mahr see it the same way!
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The problem with American politics today is that one party has the monopoly on all the anger. To be a Republican is to walk around all day madder than Paula Abdul with a fistful of Vicodin and nothing to wash it down with. [laughter]

And to be a Democrat means…I don't know. Your guess is as good as mine. [laughter] [applause] It seems like ever since Michael Dukakis was asked how he'd feel if his wife got raped, and he said, “Whatever,” [laughter] the Democrats have been the party that speaks softly and carries…Massachusetts. [laughter] When Dick Cheney says, “Go fuck yourself,” they say, “How hard?” [laughter]

In the last election, George Bush called John Kerry “a coward, a liar, a wimp, a flip-flopper and a war criminal.” And Kerry got so incensed, he almost fell off his windsurfer. [laughter] It's bad when the person in your party with the biggest balls is named Teresa. [laughter] [applause]

So, Democrats would do well to remember this: Anger can be good. Anger can be cleansing. Anger can be a force for change. Anger is what made America what it is in the world today: a hulking pariah whose only friends are toadies and sheiks. [laughter]


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Hip Hop Generation v. Civil Rights Generation

Watched my first episode of BET's Cousin Jeff Chronicles and I have to admit, BET got it right for once.



Hosted by Jeff Johnson, former University of Toledo's first Black President of the UT Student Body, the show covers a variety of topics important to the African American Community. Sunday's installment was an interesting discussion about the generational gap between the Hip Hop Generation and the Civil Rights Generation.



After the show and a bombass Sunday dinner (thanks Mom), I discussed the topic myself with my mother. It occured to me that the gap was created when we relied less on our family and more on the State for our well being:

  • The introduction of Public assistance v. Family assistance.
  • Integrated Public Schools v. Segregated Schools.

Furthermore, our culture relied more on Television than Community to define Who We Are.



The show focused a lot on what the Hip Hop community is doing to tear down the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement. I wish they had discussed in greater detail how the CR Generation failed in their responsibilities to prepare us to carry the Torch/the Struggle.

I even asked my mother if her generation resented the Hip Hop generation. She didn't answer my question directly, but by describing the major differences in education, lifestyle, socio economic structures, I couldn't see why my Mother and her peers Couldn't Resent Us.

Look at how Spoiled and Previliged we are compared to how they were at our age. Look at how hard they worked to get what they have yet we squandor such previleges daily.

In addition, we are forced to Compete with these same individuals in the work place. The best illustration of this is in the Public Sector; where Young Adults are forced to Wait in Line or Pay Their Dues before they advance...more often than not, they are unable to advance because they are Road-blocked (better yet Cock-Blocked) by a member of the Civil Rights Movement.

5.01.2005

GLASS CITY POETRY + BILL MAHER

Jus a few Poems about where I'm from...



Home

the day Church's Chicken
opened their doors

there was a line
a mile long

'cause they claimed their
cookin was like
down Home

and we were in line
'cause we never knew
what Home tasted like

it ended up tasting
like chicken

and nothing like
Home at all


Bancroft Se-gue #2

there's a R Kelly song
that went something like the way
you and that dude
left the long hot summer
Tuesday night and entered
the shadow behind the
American Petroleum gas station

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Bill Maher is the sh/t check out the transcript for Fri. Night's episode. What he says about Hate in Politics is very reminiscent of the Hate is Good Campaign toted by the "Monroe St. Democrats"...Team B.


Look for the April 29 Transcript