Your Thoughts: The Bill O’Reilly Scandal

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Bill O’Reilly has never shied away from letting people know what he thinks. But now, as more and more people come forward that expose his seemingly endless list of lies, you gotta wonder what was he thinking. As we see this unfold before our eyes after another reporter was outed for his role in lying ala Brian Williams, you can’t help but wonder why O’Reilly was chosen out of the entire peanut gallery over at Fox News? Why not go after the entire network for their hate-mongering, fear-based, conservative slant on all things reality? For that matter, you wonder who’s next on the media chopping block for lying to the public. Is the mainstream finally tired of today’s overhyped nonsense form of journalism, or is this a way to stir up news and ratings? Perhaps it’s both. Oh well.

Anyway, what do you have to say about this? What are your thoughts on the entire scandal and how it reflects on mainstream journalism? One thing is for sure. Bill isn’t taking it too kindly. We may see Mt. O’Reilly blow up a few times like he has in the past.

R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy

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From the L.A. Times:

When Leonard Nimoy was approached about acting in a new TV series called “Star Trek,” he was, like any good Vulcan contemplating a risky mission in a chaotic universe, dispassionate.

“I really didn’t give it a lot of thought,” he later recalled. “The chance of this becoming anything meaningful was slim.”

By the time “Star Trek” finished its three-year run in 1969, Nimoy was a cultural touchstone — a living representative of the scientific method, a voice of pure reason in a time of social turmoil, the unflappable and impeccably logical Mr. Spock.

He was, as The Times described him in 2009, “the most iconic alien since Superman” – a quantum leap for a character actor who had appeared in plenty of shows but never worked a single job longer than two weeks.

Nimoy, who became so identified with his TV and film role that he titled his two memoirs — somewhat illogically — “I Am Not Spock” (1975) and “I Am Spock” (1995), died Friday at his home in Bel-Air. He was 83.

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R.I.P. Earl Lloyd

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From Black Voices:

Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday. He was 86.

Lloyd’s alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death. It did not provide details.

Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals, just before fellow black players Sweetwater Clifton and Chuck Cooper played their first games.

“The State family mourns the loss of a fellow Yellow Jacket and trailblazer who was a true champion both on and off of the basketball court,” West Virginia State President Brian Hemphill said in a statement. “When Earl stepped out on the court on that fateful date in 1950, this remarkable man rightfully earned his place in the historic civil rights movement and, more important, he opened the door to equality in America.”

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Vern’s Venting: Fatty, Fatty Two-By-Four

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By Lavern Merriweather

It’s no surprise or secret that white folks in the media just love to praise themselves for the shit that they hate in us Negroes. During the Superbowl, a certain commercial aired that caused a big stir [no pun intended] featuring an attractive, size 14 white woman clad in a revealing black bikini. Some viewers weren’t exactly thrilled that the company which aired the ad hired a less than petite woman.

However, many on the morning talk shows and gabfests were falling head over heels that finally a woman with curves, as they call it, gets her very own chance to be ogled in a sexist way. Now, heavy chicks can now be reduced to body parts and objectified for the enjoyment of men just like their skinny counterparts. Hooray!

Sarcasm aside, I really am thankful that at last, women can actually strut their stuff bereft of their size. Although I believe that despite this so-called trend, there is always something sinisterly racist at the core of their jubilation.

There is even a program on the cable WE network starring a Miss Whitney Thore who was, at one time, a very svelte cheerleader in high school. Unfortunately for Miss Thore, once she got to college, she said that’s when she gained a lot of weight. Currently tipping the scales at over 250 pounds, Whitney says that she is doing this show to encourage other young women to believe that they are good people regardless of size. This is where I call bullshit since black women being any girth over 120 pounds makes them the target of either ridicule or hateful comments.

When mega talk show host Oprah Winfrey lost over 100 pounds and did a TV Guide cover emulating one done by white actress Ann Margaret she got extremely negative attention. Another case of black folks being insulted if we do and even more insulted if we don’t. For the longest of times Hollowedoutsoul, aka Hollywood, has used overweight, short, unattractive and exceedingly dark skinned African-American women in their movies to further emphasize just how grotesque and hideous we are. Not to be outdone by the stupidity of white male executives, some top black men in Hollywood have even gotten into the fray.

Eddie Murphy in that stupendously bad load of crap “Norbit” played a crude, loud, obnoxious and, of course, fat black woman. Martin Lawrence, for some reason, has deluded himself into thinking that we are the least bit entertained by his worthless “Big Momma’s House” films. Let’s not forget uber producer Tyler Perry and his ridiculous caricature Madea which has spawned over a dozen flicks. Apparently. white folks view a flaw in us as something that is perfectly acceptable when it comes to them.

Latest pop singing sensation Meghan Trainor, who is sweet, perky and blond, sings in her hit song “All About that Bass” the joys of young girls not fighting the battle of the bulge. Meghan feels that a little expand of the waistline is just fine and warbles that you can truly be happy if you’re a female who is over a size 12. That’s funny because little black girls and even grown black women have been getting the exact opposite message. There is no Melissa McCarthy equivalent for black women being touted as the greatest thing since slice bread.

Another thing, and I say this with all due respect, since when did being a fat white woman automatically equal talented? Many white male movie critics have been slobbering over McCarthy as if she were the Meryl Streep of comedy. And some rather ignorant black women on the blogs have been praising her for being some kind of pioneer.

Okay, hold up. Wait a damn minute! First off, she is just overweight, which while that might not take overnight to change, it is a marginalization that can be altered. Melissa is not a damn hero just because she has packed on multiple pounds, nor is she an exceptional actress. I agree that she is somewhat funny, but that’s only because she plays off of her size, something you won’t ever see with a black woman because our heftiness makes us the butt of the joke in damn near every scenario. The larger the girth, the more of a fool she is required to make of herself. She can’t ever be positive about her abundance of weight like Meghan, Melissa, Whitney or British actress Rebel Wilson. Rebel has even been called a ‘sex symbol’ by some critics, try being a black woman that big and see how far you get.

The pressure to denounce any and everything about yourself when you are a black woman is especially crushing in this day and age. At this point, even portraying your most ardent stereotype won’t help. Not when a white woman can come along and do the very same thing while getting raves where you got scorn.

I’m not advocating letting yourself go when it comes to weight, because I don’t think that is a very healthy lifestyle. Still, to have so many tell you that what makes you undesirable makes another woman of a lighter shade beautiful is like a knife in the heart. On top of that, the white women that I mentioned speak as if they are on some fucking empowerment tour. All it really is is yet another example of white folks who imagine that their shit don’t smell and that having white skin makes it better simply by default.

Stop preaching to me about white women having curves when you call it just plain old fat on us and treat us like we are the worst kind of lepers that you have to lock away, because our sweats fit more comfortably than our jeans. You don’t get to create the rules of looks when you keep changing them to suit your fake and racist argument.

It’s like what that columnist that I once read wrote “White people think that a black woman’s features look good just not on a black woman”. Those words put it better than I ever could have. I myself am not the thinnest woman seeing how I’m 5’6 and 176 pounds. So, I know all too well the hell we experience as black women. That’s why I felt that it was so important to speak on something that some might consider trivial. Self-esteem, like it or not, is a valid emotion that all woman have a right to protect, especially from hypocrites with an agenda. If my ass is too wide for that ride, then so is yours and no amount of white person spin you put on it will change that.

R.I.P. Ahmad “Real” Givens

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From The Grio:

Ahmad “Real” Givens, of VH1’s “I Love New York” and “Real Chance of Love,” died Friday night. He was 33 years old.

In 2013, the reality star was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, and while things seemed to look better after surgery that year, Givens was bedridden this year after a fall.

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R.I.P. Jerome Kersey

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From The Grio:

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jerome Kersey, the versatile small forward who helped the Portland Trail Blazers reach two NBA Finals and won a title with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999, died Wednesday.

He was 52.

The cause of death wasn’t immediately known.

A team ambassador, Kersey appeared Tuesday with fellow former Blazers Terry Porter and Brian Grant at a Portland high school in celebration of African American History Month.

“Today we lost an incredible person and one of the most beloved players to ever wear a Trail Blazers uniform,” Blazers owner Paul Allen said in a statement. “My thoughts and condolences are with the Kersey family. He will be missed by all of us. It’s a terrible loss.”

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Vern’s Venting: The Privilege of White Male Forgiveness

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By Lavern Merriweather

The exceptional Chauncey Devega whom I adore greatly once wrote a post that Brotha reposted on this site about Colorado shooter James Holmes. My man Chauncey said – and very accurately so – that white males have the privilege of their violence being seen as uncommon. When a white male does something exceedingly and sadistically violent, they are seen as an outsider, an anomaly. James Holmes can’t possibly represent all or most white males because he is supposedly insane.

Not only do white folks in the media believe that males who look like them are incapable of brutality, they make bullshit excuses for the ones that do.

Mr. Devega also pointed out that a white male’s behavior, no matter how wrong, is still seen as the act of an individual. Whereas when it’s a Negro, he is just going along with the badness of his environment. Black folks are never viewed as crazy or an individual. I personally don’t have a problem with the crazy part because that is a big-time cop out. However, white people damn sure shouldn’t continue to be allowed the right to absolve themselves of accountability when they commit criminal acts, particularly when the act is especially heinous.

Let’s not forget that there were children in the movie theater that night. Yet, white males in the media obviously care more about protecting their agenda than they do about protecting their young as anyone can attest by watching how they frame a story involving a white male and criminal behavior. A white male is given the ultimate benefit of the doubt while so-called experts hem and haw about how he’s ‘troubled’. There is not one peep about him coming from a bad environment or mixed up family. In fact, ‘they’, meaning the parents and siblings, have excuses made for them as well. It’s not anybody’s fault. Yet, those people killed that evening are still dead.

Maybe the white male media hypocrites can explain to the families of the victims that no one is to blame. Hell, shit happens! Can’t point fingers at a white male who is going through emotional trauma. Yeah, I know he murdered your loved one but hey, he’s white. So, that should be some comfort to you right?

Movie star Mark Wahlberg has recently demanded that the governor of Massachusetts pardon him for his past crimes. Apparently Mr. Action Hero doesn’t feel that he should be held to the same standards as most of us. Wahlberg thinks that because he is white, beloved and famous that the rules don’t have to apply to him. And it appears he ain’t alone as many of the hand wringing apologists on TV gabfests have once again come to a white male’s defense.

They whine that Wahlberg was a teen at the time and had a lot of anger issues. Also that he has moved on to become an accomplished award nominated actor. What they don’t mention is that he has never apologized publicly or otherwise, nor has he ever paid restitution to the man he mutilated. Although the Vietnamese man that he assaulted is all of a sudden singing a different tune, he is also trying to prevent Wahlberg from being the bad guy by saying that Marky Mark wasn’t responsible for permanently damaging his eye. The man claims that he actually lost his eye long ago in Vietnam during the war.

I have a problem with this new revelation for a number of reasons. First off, the age of the victim and the time of the war don’t add up. He would had to have been in his early teens if the story is true. Second, I find it highly suspicious that this part of the tale is being told now when Wahlberg wants it taken off his record. You mean to tell me that that man had something so astronomically important going on in his life that he couldn’t reveal that aspect 25 years ago? For that past two decades the report was that it was Wahlberg who brutally removed that man’s eye with a hook. One would think that if he were that concerned with supporting Wahlberg’s good guy image he would have spoken up sooner rather than have 99.9 percent of the public believe that Mark Wahlberg attacked him with a hook leaving him with only one functioning eye. He is just now changing his tune, making me think that this has more to do with Wahlberg getting what he wants than him truly being innocent. I have a strong inkling that even if Wahlberg were absolutely 100% guilty he would still have many whites in the media pleading his case. On top of that, Wahlberg himself has never denied injuring that man so severely in the attack.

You’d think that the last thing Wahlberg would want is having the public believe he’s such a sadistic asshole. Yet, it’s the same thing happening with once popular star of the CW show “Seventh Heaven” Stephen Collins. Collins has been revealed to be a pedophile which he has readily admitted. However, instead of getting scorn and hatred, he is getting the plush kid gloves [poor choice of words I know] treatment usually reserved for white male celebrities. Not one person has come out to say what a wretched lowlife piece of shit Collins is. No, they use words like ‘ugly’ or ‘sad’ situation that is code word for white people wanting to make it look good without having to actually put in the effort. As much as they don’t want the rest of us to believe that they are still kissing his worthless ass that is exactly what they are doing.

White males are given the privilege of compassion for what they do regardless of how horrific it is. Perhaps they feel that having sex with underage girls when you are a grown ass man is ok. Or maybe it’s the fact that they are forever desperate to keep up appearances. It’s those Negroes that are bad and do wrong things, not us. It’s those Negroes like Michael that rape little kids. It’s those Negroes like R. Kelly that force themselves on minors, not us.

According to their logic white males are never guilty of such a terrible thing, even the ones who confess. By the way, any dumbass who still wants to imagine that Collins came forward because of a crisis of conscience seriously needs to piss off. That asshole is only telling the truth now because he got caught. Period. End of story.

Collins would have never done that of his own accord seeing how he didn’t when nobody knew just what a sleazy sack of crap he is. Yet, he doesn’t deserve outrage? He, like most white males, needs compassion and understanding? I’m surprised that the holier-than media hasn’t trouted out that disease bullshit. It could be coming soon though. Collins is certainly getting more sympathy than Bill Cosby who many have already tried, sentenced and convicted. Even while there is zero evidence to support the women coming forward with accusations. Those same accusations are completely disregarded when the male is white cough Ah-nuld cough.

I find it hilarious that many of the white female Cosby accusers are saying that they were too ‘afraid’ of him to speak out. When the fuck have white women ever been terrified of demonizing a black man even when they are lying, especially when they are lying, lest we forget the Scottsboro boys complete miscarriage of justice. That’s not to say whether or not they are lying. I don’t know, but if I am less than enthused about believing the word of a white woman against a black man then I have good reason, particularly since Cosby is being dragged through the mud while the admitted white male child molester is allowed to skate away scot free. Funny, but some in the media think that he is the one with privilege. Bill Cosby obviously doesn’t seem to have the same amount that they do no matter how much they deny it.

President Barack Obama, Sex Assault Suspect?

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Before I say anything, I want to get some points out of the way. The President is not a sex offender. This is a Fox affiliate station. And you must be a seething, racist right wing fanatic if you remotely believe for a nanosecond that the President is a criminal.

Anyway, here’s what had happened. Fox 5, a San Diego news station, made a grave error in reporting a crime. There was a sex assault report at San Diego State University. The suspect, Francisco Paiva Sousa, was arrested on December 8 of last year. However, he will not be charged as the District Attorney rejected the case last month.

But here’s where things have gone crappy in the world of news reporting, as if the news can totally be trusted. As the broadcast opened up, Kathleen Bade explains that, “The only suspect in a sex assault at SDSU will not be charged. In almost an instant, there was a picture of the POTUS with words underneath that read ‘NO CHARGES’.

As it turns out, other Fox affiliates have made mistakes where the President is accidentally involved. Fox 40 reported that ‘Obama Bin Laden’ was dead. And another Fox affiliate reported that the President is dead.

Okay look. It’s easy to see how news stations and channels with the word ‘Fox’ somewhere in their name, is bound to somehow, intentional or not, would say or show something that would send right-wingers into a ecstatic frenzy. It’s also safe to say that anyone who would believe a shred of such lies without an ounce of critical thinking has the brain power of lint.

Vern’s Venting: It’s a Black Thing

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By Lavern Merriweather

While on Brotha’s website recently, I clicked a link to another great blog by Kushite Prince who is a frequent commenter [and one of my favorites] named Kushite Kingdom. There, he reprinted a post by Boyce Watkins where Watkins praised black athletes like LeBron James and Derrick Rose who are using tee shirts to protest the current violence and evil perpetrated by white cops against black people. Watkins also called out other black athletes such as Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan for not speaking out.

I have a major issue with Watkins’ attitude, because I often wonder why is it that black people are expected to fight everyone else’s battles but nobody has to be there for us. Many black folks are quick with the quickness to criticize other black folks. Yet, when any other racial group has a problem, we are supposed to be there for them too? So black people are so incredible that we can solve our own problems as well as other folks, but nobody should come to our rescue?

I feel that it’s more about the notion that we aren’t good enough for other people of color (POC) to worry about. That mindset always gets me to thinking; okay then, why the fuck do you keep demanding our help? You can’t believe that we should drop everything in our lives for you, but you don’t have to return the favor? FUCK THAT!

Dr. Boyce Watkins, like many other high minded Negroes, could just as easily complain about athletes of other races that play for baseball, the NBA, hockey and soccer. Not one comment ever is made that the same people of color who are forever bitching about “If this were the blacks” seem to think that we should be on our own. And even if they didn’t feel that way, it’s still fucking common decency to give a damn about your fellow man. Obviously, they really do appreciate their spot on the unspoken race ranking system of white people. You know, the one that says Asians are the model minority and that black folks are at the bottom of the totem pole.

We supposedly are the worst of the worst, which must be why other folks of color don’t have to worry their pretty little heads about our troubles. It doesn’t matter if they aren’t actually going to get treated that much better by white people. They still aren’t us, which is good enough apparently. It certainly seems to justify why it is they think we should play Zena warrior princess for their benefit as they sit silent when black lives are annihilated time and time again by the police departments of America.

It’s somehow become the responsibility of black people to protect everybody else. Yet, when it comes to us it’s our trouble, we have to fix it our damn selves. The people who don’t imagine that they need to have our backs while they scream that we should have theirs seem to be forgetting that maybe we are too damn busy. They refuse to do for us while crying how if it were black people, it would be a lot different and bitching about how they don’t have organizations like the NAACP.

I have no problem with sympathy or empathy for others. That’s why I get so pissed when I hear high minded black folks attack other black people. We shouldn’t be the only ones outraged about brutal, cruel and horrific acts against innocent citizens. And we also shouldn’t be anticipated to forgo our own trauma while other folks are allowed to ignore ours. Anybody who has an ounce of decency and humanity should be outraged.

I was very grateful seeing non-black people walking the streets of New York and elsewhere protesting particularly the death of Eric Garner. However, those people aren’t famous. So their voice, wonderful as it is, won’t be as respected.

Many famous white comedians and white folks in the media have no qualms giving black people their undivided attention when they can make snide comments about a black celebrity in trouble with the law. But when it’s the law giving US a problem, they are nowhere to be found. That means we are okay for their entertainment or to point fingers at and make fun of. Yet, when it comes to seeing us as people just like them well that’s too damn heavy a burden for those assholes. I have seen this scenario play out quite a lot before.

Obviously, other people of color feel that we are strong enough to face discrimination by ourselves. I got news for them; the only reason why black people come across as strong is because, we had to be. It’s because we knew very few people outside of our own private circle who would stand up for us as well as by us. We have had to face many a daunting sadistic situation all on our own.

Now, once again the same folks bellyaching for us to come and save them from white folks could care less about what is happening to black people. Police brutality and authority run amok is everybody’s issue and if not then it should be. Just because I’m not Jewish doesn’t mean I can’t hate on the Nazis, but when it’s a group of black people, we are continually stand alone. There is no support system from the people that whine about our lack of support for them. You don’t even hear us complaining. No, we just got out and do like we have done for countless years.

It’s very interesting that many marginalized groups like to use black people as an example. Yet when what they say comes true they can’t be bothered. I applaud my man Lebron as well as Derrick Rose. However, there should be outcry and outrage from every corner, not just the ones affected most. There has been a lot of talk about humanity from the police lately, but I guess ours is still on hold. It’s like that song says, Don’t take it personally, because you are not a person. Perhaps to ourselves, still, we can’t let the idea that defending our rights is only our fight. Not when there are so many others riding the backs of blacks to get respect as they deny us ours. You don’t have to share my skin to share my pain or experience, especially when the stakes have never been higher. Those people who speak of there only being one race the human race need to start acting like everyone actually is human. That means it should be more than just us concerned with our injustice.

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