I had something of a fumbly radio day today. I wasn't as prepared for today's segment as I should have been. My head was a little elsewhere are I actually blanked twice. Also, I kind of forget that Farai's show is a longer format than The Barbershop, which kills me because in fact I'd rather be elaborate. Next time I'll do a better job.
The first time I couldn't remember the name of Dan Quayle, and that was partially because I was trying to suppress the dirty joke about him in my head. So I was self-censoring at a million miles a minute in that brief few seconds. The second time I couldn't remember if John Burns was a reporter for the NYT or the Times of London. In fact he is with the NYTimes and based in London, although he spends a lot of time in Iraq.
Michael Vick & R. Kelly
Seeing as that I'm not the sort that watches much football or listens to anything but talk radio, I'm at something of a loss to see why either of these two mental midgets should be taken seriously by anyone but their defense lawyers. If they both vanished from the planet, I'd never miss them.
I'm at a crossroads at the moment at Cobb and asking myself whether or not it is still a good idea for me to craft some defense of blackness. I mean on one hand, I'd like to say of Black Culture, that it simply doesn't include these two. They don't rank, they don't merit. They are not righteous. So I want to say that Black Culture is only righteous and they get booted and we don't have to care, period. On the other hand, if they say they're black, who can deny that? Nobody really owns 'black'. The question is, should I try? I'm going to leave that on the back burner for a while because it gets tremendously involved.
In either case, objectively speaking, they have no class and I think can only be popular with people who have no class. The world will survive without their talent, and there's something to say about talent yes, however if they can't respect themselves, then why should I respect them or their talent?
Of the two, I agree with Jasmyn. Kelly is the greater culprit and he should go under the jail. As for NAACP defending Michael Vick. They are making themselves into the new N-word.
I expected a little more backtalk on the political matter of the War in Iraq, but nobody seemed to be paying that any mind. Cool. Simple. The Surge is working and Harry Reid has a lot of explaining to do. I still think that the impact of the OHanlon & Pollack report is still being felt. But not many folks are feeling it in the black blogosphere.
Obama vs Hillary
I think Obama should stick to his guns but I know if it came down to it, he'd kiss up to Hillary. It's too early to tell, either one of them could implode between now and the Democratic convention. But I want and expect Obama to get stiffer in his differentiation between himself and Clinton. I think it's happening gradually, and the difference in geopolitical thinking is becoming clearer. That's kind of unfortunate for Obama because he's making dorky statements. Meeting with Assad and with Castro, and now his new thing for a unilateral invasion of Pakistan. Huh? What? I mean is he trying to prove? We need to handle that in detail.