Sunday, November 30, 2008

I Think We Need To Convert The Dean Of Cincinnati

The Dean of Cincinnati of course is a man of many quests - handicapped accessibility for Fountain Square Garage patrons; open, accountable government; and a number of other goals of IMPORT.

However, his latest endeavor is beginning to crack me up. Apparently he's lit about the fact that the media refers to Obama as "Black" or "African-American". He's even writing letters to noted linguist Noam Chomsky on the subject for the love of God.

You see, according to the Dean, because Obama had a mother that most people would have considered "White", Obama would only properly be referred to as "multi-racial".

Now, despite my lecturing him a number of times about the extensive work of Henry Louis "Skip" Gates of Harvard University (European-linked Y-chromosome and mitochondrial DNA PLUS 50% European-linked nuclear DNA but clearly part of the "African-American" community), the Dean still insists that, for starters, his own children shouldn't be considered "Black" and I am somehow being a bad parent by calling my children "Black" despite the fact I don't even have any - well - yet anyway.

I got to thinking about this a little bit and I think maybe the Jews discovered a solution to this problem thousands of years ago.

Historically it has been called "conversion". Yes - traditionally, and currently in the Orthodox community, if you decide you want to be Jewish you accost a rabbi three times, study with that rabbi for at least a year, and then undergo rituals involving dunking naked in spring water before three witnesses and - voila! - with no genetic tests or other chaos you're every bit as Jewish as Moses.

I think it is high time there is a conversion ritual for turning Black.

And of course I think the first person who needs to undergo this ritual is The Dean of Cincinnati.

I believe he should present himself to General Nikki X, Denmark Vesey, and Barack Obama, and, if they deem him worthy, declare him Black retroactively to conception. Therefore his children would have two Black parents and the issue would hopefully be put to rest so he can go back to ranting and raving about something else of IMPORT every now and again ...

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Parminder Nagra PREGNANT!

Also several days late is a report from The National Enquirer that Parminder Nagra is PREGNANT.

Apparently Parminder Nagra's boyfriend and baby daddy is a photographer named James Stenson.

The National Enquirer article describes Parminder's family as "Orthodox Sikh" and I'm counting on the Malaysian Indian contingent to leave comments on this entry to explain precisely how upset her family might be by this turn of events.

Of course by American standards this is hardly even news.

The story goes on to report that the pregnancy will not be passed on to Parminder Nagra's ER character, Dr. Neela Rasgotra. Apparently the DP is going to be using techniques first mastered during The Cosby Show when Phylicia Rashad's pregnancy was hidden from the camera so as to - I presume - prevent the Huxtable family from taking on a formation significantly different from the real-life family of Bill Cosby.

Not mentioned in this article is when Parminder Nagra's baby is due nor any mention if The Dean of Cincinnati will be petitioning the media about not referring to the baby as Punjabi, British, or anything else of ethnic IMPORT ...

UPDATE: A Daily Mail article reports Parminder Nagra is four months pregnant, and plans to marry baby daddy James Stenson before the baby is born.

That would make the baby due - what? - tail end of April? Guess poor Minder is going to miss some of the ER series-end festivities.

James Stenson Photography
ER Star Parminder Nagra Pregnant With First Child - US Magazine


Now There Really Is A WKRP In Cincinnati

Well, it looks like our local low-power TV station has changed to a digital transmitter and to mark the occasion they apparently have applied to change their callsign to WKRP.

Back in the '70's there was a sitcom on CBS about a fictional radio station called WKRP In Cincinnati, which was one of my favorite TV series from that era.

For the Malaysian contingent, I don't know if they have this blocked outside the US, but it looks like they have a live streaming feed if you'd care to see the kind of stuff filling the airwaves in this neck of the woods.

Actually I had been a little concerned about getting my digital converter boxes so early that they didn't have analog pass-thru, but now it looks like our low-power station has gone digital before the deadline so the boxes I did get should work out just fine - I hope ...

Okay ... I just took a look with my converter box. They are running 4 separate channels - all with BAD audio problems. The legal call sign looks to be "WOTH" for now. It definitely looks to have potential after they iron out the audio problems though.

The Incredible Hulk - "Homecoming"

A few days late but this time of year always puts me in mind of this one ...

Crying shame the Malaysian crowd can't watch it ...

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New Version Of Star Trek Trailer (With Leonard Nimoy)

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Sarah Palin Interview With Turkeys Being Slaughtered In Background

Some people just don't pay alot of attention I guess ...

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Star Trek Trailer - Clean Transfer

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Star Trek Trailer - Bootleg

Here's a smuggled copy of the Star Trek trailer playing with the Bond flick ...

Yes, I'm thinking that "re-imagined" label is beginning to apply ...

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

I Think Julia Sweeney's About To Have An Accident

Former Saturday Night Live performer Julia Sweeney has a blog that I have on my RSS feeds. She doesn't post very often but she has one that apparently she posted sometime this morning saying that she is breathing again over Obama getting elected.

Now, it's a foregone conclusion that I was an Obama supporter and have also been embarrassed to live in a country that TWICE elected George W. Bush to office, but some of these Obama-gasms still going on five days after the election are tripping me out.

Julia Sweeney was one of my favorite SNL performers though, so I'll cut her some slack that maybe she has been working on this piece for a few days and it captures some of the virtually indescribable elation that swept the nation - yes - let's say it this way - at 10pm Central Standard Time, 4 November, Year of the Common Era Two-Thousand-Eight.

Actually, on the subject, there was another scene that somehow came to mind that night, although I'm having difficulty translating it to this particular event - it was the scene in the original Battlestar Galactica episode "War of the Gods" when Count Iblis promised to deliver their enemy, Baltar and, as the promise was fulfilled Lorne Greene's Adama said, "This is an event unlike any we've experienced since the destruction of our civilization. Baltar's ship is reaching our quadrant and is being intercepted by an elite squadron which will escort the treasonous instrument of our holocaust directly into our hands. Word is spreading like sunbursts through every corner of the fleet. It is a jubilation unprecedented as Baltar is brought before the Council of Twelve. It is just as Count Iblis promised. Our enemy has been delivered."

Yes, if you can make the stretch, based on reports of many Bush executive orders about to be reversed, our enemy has been delivered ...


Saturday, November 8, 2008

President-Elect Barack Obama on Election Night

Well produced piece of Barack Obama's election night speech ...


Obama Birth Certificate Controversy STILL Not Going Away

I just got word that there is a movement afoot to contact the Electors from each state to insist that a "forensic team" be put together to examine the "vault copy" of Barack Obama's birth certificate in Hawaii to verify it's authenticity.

Oh dear.

There's one thing you haven't considered, gang - even if you verify the authenticity of the "vault copy" of the birth certificate you have no way of proving that it is connected to the individual speaking from "The Office of the President-Elect" about being a "mutt" and whatnot.

Although I have been giving this topic some thought vis a vis the "Hillary" angle.

Now, Obama of course mentioned yesterday that he is not privy to some intelligence he hadn't been up until now, but, did he have access to Confidential, Secret, or Top Secret intelligence even as a Senator?

In another article I read something about the fact that the military is scrambling to get clearances run on members of the Transition team so that they can get up to speed as much as possible, but where in this process would Obama himself have been cleared?

Of course, again, we're talking about a process that requires only U.S. Citizenship and not natural born citizenship, but if Obama has a DOD clearance then that at least means that the "Indonesia angle" did not deprive Obama of his citizenship.

Also, there were stories floating around that Obama's relatives in Kenya wouldn't be granting interviews until after the election. Well, it's after the election - what do THEY have to say?

Andy Martin triggers new Electoral College opposition to Barack Obama - Andy Martin: Contrarian Commentary


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

"The Right To Be A Man ... To Be A Human Being ..."

I went to an urban high school in the mid 1980's that was about 60% Black at the time.

I would never claim to be "down" to 100% understanding what it means to be Black in America, but there was one incident that always stuck with me.

There was a particularly articulate brother in my "Public Affairs" class my Senior year who got into a MONUMENTAL argument with the teacher one day.

This teacher was saying something along the lines, "I can certainly imagine circumstances where I might end up on welfare - possibly for the rest of my life, but I would spend ever single day telling my children, 'It's not supposed to be this way.'"

This brother in the class said something to the effect, "How in the WORLD do you expect me to have a positive attitude when I have to get up every morning, look in the mirror, and be faced with the fact that my ancestors were slaves?"

There were various points that went back and forth between this brother and the teacher. Eventually this brother got so upset he left the classroom.

Like I said - I would never claim to be "down", but one thing I did pick up was that due to four centuries or more of "bad blood", there were African-Americans who entertained the notion on a way too frequent basis that they might be somehow less than human or at least hopelessly a notch below "the white folks".

I once knew another brother who told me he'd never pledge allegiance to the United States because of the 3/5 clause. Again I see this theme that I presume goes something like this, "the document that created the United States made me 3/5 of a person".

Then of course there is the classic Malcolm X quote, "We declare our right on this earth to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary."

There was an evening I spent listening to a lecture by the Rev. Fred Price. It took him over three hours to explain that his own mentor had hopelessly offended him when he said he didn't believe in interracial dating. Fred Price said, "Mrs. Price and I have been married for over 50 years. I'm not looking for a date. But if you're saying you wouldn't want to see my son dating your daughter you're saying you're better than me and that I DO have a problem with."

I had African-American neighbors growing up and I remember the first time I visited them with my then Black girlfriend. I was quite surprised by the reaction. With some Whites, if a Black neighbor young man brought home a White girlfriend there would be an attempted murder before the end of the evening. My neighbors were delighted. I couldn't figure out why. Perhaps it was the opposite of what Fred Price was trying to say - if the neighbor, who looks very different from you, brings home a date who DOES look like you, maybe that somehow communicates that the neighbor thinks you're okay.

So what happened last night.

I have to admit I was somewhat overcome with emotion when 11pm hit and they called the West Coast, and the election, for Obama.

I found myself struggling to even form the thoughts of what had just happened. The foreign press keeps tossing around the simple, "First Black President", but it seems something much bigger happened.

In fact I was reminded of a conversation I once had with Buzz Aldrin when he explained to me that he gave himself communion just after he touched down on the moon because he felt something appropriate needed to be done to mark the occasion but he never figured out exactly what that would be so he borrowed something from his Presbyterian background.

What exactly DO you do to commemorate the fact that several tens of millions of White people just FINALLY granted the humanity back to the entire Black race?

And what exactly do you to do commemorate the fact that these snotty White shits FINALLY gave a tiny flash of inspiration that they ARE a race worth saving?

But, perhaps I'm getting overly emotional as I'm prone to do.

Probably the MOST appropriate analogy is what happened after President Franklin Roosevelt died in office of a massive stroke.

The story goes that Harry Truman comes up to Eleanor Roosevelt and says, "Is there anything we can do for you?" Eleanor Roosevelt says, "Is there anything we can do for YOU? YOU'RE the one in trouble NOW."

Yes ... is there anything we can do for you, President-elect Obama? You most certainly are the one in trouble now ...


President-Elect Barack Obama - November 4, 2008 - Chicago, Illinois

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Battlestar Religion

Oh Number One is going to kill me for this one ... :)

"Been A Long Way ... But We're Here"

Barack Hussein Obama II, 47-year-old African American, heading for the Oval Office ...

Yes we did.

Oh, yes we did ...

On that note:
The Blackest Man On The Planet & President of The United States - Denmark Vesey
Barack Obama elected 44th president - MSNBC
Obama Elected President as Racial Barrier Falls - The New York Times


Monday, November 3, 2008

John McCain And Tina Fey's Sarah Palin On Saturday Night Live


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Ben Affleck's Impression Of Keith Olberman On Saturday Night Live


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Another Obama Birth Certificate Suit Thrown Out

An Ohio-based Obama birth certificate suit was thrown out on Friday.

Warren County magistrate Andrew Hasselbach ruled against David M. Neal saying in part that Neal relied too heavily on Internet rumor to bring forth his complaint.

In other words David M. Neal hasn't been able to produce any more reliable information that Obama was born anywhere other than Hawaii than anyone else has.

However, what is beginning to blow my mind is that the arguments in favor of the Hawaii hypothesis tend to be just as shallow.

I think the main one goes something like this: Obama is a natural born American citizen because Hillary Clinton would have exposed him if he wasn't.

Wrong, people.

As I've pointed out in this blog quite recently, the closest "every day" analogy to the Barack Obama birth certificate issue is starting a new job.

Under penalty of fines and various other nastiness, US employers are required to ask for and examine 1 - 2 documents to verify that an applicant is authorized to work in the United States.

The most common combination of documents is the state-issued driver's license, which establishes identity, and the Social Security card, which establishes US work eligibility.

The second most common document is the US Passport, which establishes both identity and US work authorization.

Now, according to the US Constitution, in order to be qualified to serve as President, an even higher standard is required - that the person be a natural born citizen of the United States.

What the Constitution is not very clear on is who's job it is to examine available evidence to prove that the person is actually a natural born citizen.

Until we figure that out, all this other chaos going on is completely irrelevant ...


"Anything For You" - Gloria Estefan

Conspiracy Nut - You'll have to pardon my flashbacks to my DJ days until I make it through the whole database ... :)

Besides ... there are some who, for cultural-historial reasons might actually consider these videos to be of some IMPORT ...


"Straight Up" - Paula Abdul


"Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" - Gloria Estefan


"Get On Your Feet" - Gloria Estefan


"My Prerogative" - Bobby Brown


"Un-Break My Heart" - Toni Braxton


"Conga" - Gloria Estefan


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