What is America?

Senator Hillary Clinton and Sentor Barack Obama
Senator Hillary Clinton and Sentor Barack Obama

We’ve been waiting for something like this to come out.  If this is as good as it gets, then we’re in for a treat.  But I doubt America as a whole will be taking any indulgence in the war of words between our political leaders.  Maybe it’s just not our political leaders.  Like it or not, they do represent the thoughts of millions.

Not to beat around, but this time what I’m specifically referring to is a memo that Atlantic Magazine has gotten a hold of.  It’s a March 2007 writing of former Clinton campaign chief strategist Mark Penn, that he suggested she bring in to the campaign against rival Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination.  The memo set out to challenge the “American roots” of Obama, who did have a different background and upbringing than some other Americans.  The memo had things of, “all of these articles about his boyhood in Indonesia and his life in Hawaii are geared toward showing his background is diverse, multicultural and putting that in a new light.  Save it for 2050.”  It continued, “it also exposes a very strong weakness for him — his roots to basic American values and culture are at best limited.”

Let me go ahead and save you the trouble and get this next phrase out of the way…OH MY GOD!  Let me preface this by saying, thankfully Senator Clinton did not choose this direction of her campaign and eventually chief strategist Penn was let go (for other reasons).  Even still, let’s look at what was suggested.  What do you think was meant when Penn commented on Obama’s basic American values and culture in saying that they were limited?  Because Obama was raised in Indonesia and Hawaii he doesn’t have what it takes as far as basic American values and culture?  Or maybe because of which, makes him less of an American than you or I?  Well here’s another question, what are basic American values?  Well, I can think of ten of them right off the top of my head.  They’re in the Constitution, at the head of the Amendments section.  So Penn’s accusation of Senator Obama of being, “not at his center fundamentally American in his thinking,” would ring true if Senator Obama knew nothing of those first basic ten.  But maybe Penn meant that Obama doesn’t share the same idea’s, customs, or institutions as other Americans.  Regardless, that’s a powerful accusation.  He might as well tell him he’s not American.  Oh wait, here’s one he can use; he was raised by a mother who’s white, so now his ability of being African-American comes in to question too.

Not for nothin’, even though this was a “lone gunman” saying this, I wouldn’t be surprised at the number of people in our nation who actually feel that way.  There are a lot of people in this country.  Many of them may not like our Democratic nominee for a number of reasons.  He wants to raise taxes, his healthcare plan, he’s too liberal, he’s too inexperienced, he’s black, he’s too black, he’s not black enough, he’s not attractive, he’s long-winded, he’s just good rhetoric and nothing else, he’s this, he’s that.  That bottom-line is, you do not have to vote for him for whatever reason you see as valid.  It is your opinion to voice and that’s likely one of our most basic American values.

Click here to view the article from the Atlantic Magazine.

Science Fiction Becomes Fact?

The Invisible Woman
The Invisible Woman

Okay, so I used the picture of Jessica Alba to get your attention.  But the fact of the matter is, she does have some relation to this topic.  I just heard that scientist are close to creation of an invisibility material.  Yes that’s right, soon humans will have the ability to seemingly and literally make things disappear!

The research will be published next week in a science and technology magazine.  But apparently scientist at the University of California, Berkley, have demonstrated the ability to cloak three-dimensional objects using artificially engineered materials that redirect light around the objects (or person).

The science behind it, is all rather confusing, and probably too much to understand for the lay person, but the fact of the matter is, someone now possesses the ability to make something or someone invisible to the naked eye!  This could have broad applications if and when used.  Lets not forget about every which way the United States Military could use it.  But outside of that, where would we go with it? 

Imagine as a kid, we’d play around and ask each other different silly scenarios.  One of those questions we would ask as kids were, “Would you rather fly or be invisible?”  People would take their pick and imagine all the wonderous, albeit devious things they could get it to.  Will we have to replace closed circuit cameras with cameras equipped with lenses that pick up the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum?  Will that work?  Who knows?

Either way, one of those options we’d ask as playful kids are coming true.  But why stop there?  Where’s the artificial material that would be able to make me run faster and jump higher?  And in the reference to Sue Richards, the Invisible Woman, can we begin to make people elastic to no ends, or flame up with no scaring, or turn to a rock creature with superhuman strength.  And then there’s the super serum, and turning people to big green angry men, and acquiring superpowers from radioactive spiders.  I know I could go on, but it’ll get ridiculous…see my point.

Not for nothin’, but I’d still rather fly.

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The Passing of Another Great One

Aug 20, 1942 - Aug 10, 2008
Aug 20, 1942 - Aug 10, 2008

Well in my first attempt in writing a news and information web log, I wrote about the most current news and informative piece I could find, the untimely death of comedian Bernie Mac.  With my first post being on the death of Bernie Mac, a highly visible and successful entertainer, whose death comes as a shock to the public, how could I ignore the death of another, probably more famous, visible and successful individual than Bernie Mac.  In which case, I do not write this because I may feel I have to, but because I want to.  And I promise you, this is not a death tribute web log.

Similar to the shock and sudden death of comedian Bernie Mac, singer and actor Isaac Hayes has passed away this afternoon.  I could go on and on saying how much of an impact Isaac Hayes has had.  He probably didn’t mean that much to some, but to others he meant much more.  Me personally, I could go in either category.
As being someone in their mid to late twenties, I cannot attest to the musical prowess of Isaac Hayes.  I can only go by what I hear; apparently he was a force to be reckoned with on the soul/R&B/disco musical scene.  Through popularity or word of mouth, in some way we’ve all heard of the movie Shaft.  Well Isaac Hayes will always be connected to the film, probably as much if not more than Richard Roundtree, the man who portraited the title character.  That is what I know of, or from what I can remember in my PG-13 years.  The name Isaac Hayes became more prominent to me upon recognizing him, his bald head, beard, sunglasses, voice, and knowing him as the public figure he is.  Then came I’m Gonna Git You, Sucka where Hayes played Hammer, part of the crime-fighting group that consisted of Hammer, Slammer, Slade, Kung-Fu Joe, Flyguy, and Jack Spade.  For me, that’s when Isaac Hayes became much of who he was.  He would later add more to his star power and being an icon in Black American culture, by other movies, music, and social impact, including why he’s most recently famous for as the character Chef in the cartoon South Park
I can end this post with much similarity as I ended the previous one.  You will not see too many more people able to sing in the same tone or manner in the genre he sang.  Nor will anyone be able to take his place or replicate what he meant.  His shillouette could be just as recognizable as Hitchcock’s.  Not for nothin’, but it’s unforetunate that the American entertainment community, but primarily the Black American community lost two of it’s high profile leaders in the second successive day.  To continue in this eerie coincidence, Isaac Hayes will also be in the afore mentioned movie of my previous post, Soul Men, with Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac.  The movie is on pace to have on sad premiere opening.
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The Death of Bernie Mac

Bernie Mac, Oct. 5, 1957 - Aug 9, 2008
Bernie Mac, Oct. 5, 1957 - Aug 9, 2008

The entertainment community as well as millions of Americans mourn the loss of comedian and actor Bernie Mac.  Mac passed away Saturday morning of complications due to pneumonia. 

Bernie Mac rose to fame to mainstream America when he toured with Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, and Cedric the Entertainer as the Original Kings of Comedy.  Further accolades came when he appearred in Ocean’s Eleven movie series with George Clooney and Brad Pitt among others, and when he starred his own television series, “The Bernie Mac Show.”

Many of the Black American community knew of Mac’s work before then from smaller movie roles in Above the Rim, House Party 3, Friday, Booty Call, How to Be a Player, and Life.  But before his movie career, he already had established success as a stand-up comedian in Chicago, and finally got national recognition from HBO’s Def Comedy Jam. 

Bernie Mac will be missed.  I’m not one to get cliche-ish, but no one will be able to replicate his type of comedy.  He did it in a way, manner and tone that was clearly recognizable as Bernie Mac, not afraid to bring black stereotypes in the forefront of mainstream comedy. 

Not for nothin’, but I can’t wait for the release of his next live feature length film.  He’s pair with Samuel L. Jackson in Soul Men.  That will be a sight to see, and likely a proper legacy.

For the full story of the death of Bernie Mac, click here.

Not For Nothing…

“Not for nothing,” is a term you may have heard before.  It’s a term that can seemingly come out of nowhere, followed by a thought or phrase that a person feels he or she has to say.  It’s almost used as an adjunction to change a subject or to simply add something in a topic that hasn’t been said and that needs to be said.  Urban Dictionary is a web compilation of words and phrases that are commonly used, but you’d never find it in a contemporary dictionary.  They define it as a phrase meaning, “What I’m about to say is important.” Or that is, “I’m not saying this for my health”.  That essentially gives a people an idea on the meaning or origin of the phrase, which also gives meaning or origin to this web log.  What I’m about to say is important.

 

Not that what I say is important, or unimportant, that would depend on your view or why you want to hear what I have to say.  I would like to think that anything I say has some importance to it, whether its to help, educate, promote, cause, effect, make you feel good, sooth you, give you hope, entertain, or whatever have you.  I would also like to say, that if you are here, then some interest in what I say does exist somewhere.

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