Your Monday Random-Ass Roundup: A drinkable moment

If this post from Thomas Lifton passes for true American Thought, then we’re all doomed: “I think this photo constitutes another major Obama blunder. As some AT commentators point out, this picture becomes a metaphor for ObamaCare.” A former colleague once told me, “Blackink, don’t argue with logic. Because logic will argue with you.” Truer words …

On a slightly more positive – and logical – note, here’s your PostBourgie-approved reading material from the weekend:

Have you all seen President Obama’s official Kenyan birth certificate? The document that finally proves – once and for all – that Obama is the Antichrist sent back to Earth to turn the U.S. into a third-world mudhole and bleed hard-working real Amurikins of their tax dollars in the form of reparations? No. Of course not. Because one doesn’t exist. (Blackink)

According to a bunch of economic indicators, the recession may be slowing down. Good news, but any potential recovery probably won’t be quick enough for the 1.5 million people who will probably run out of unemployment benefits in the next few months. (G.D.)

This is your new Republican party: Writes Like She Talks posts 13 candidates in the GOP “Young Guns” program — an initiative to challenge sitting House Dems (unsurprisingly, very few of them are actually “young”). Guess what? Out of the 13 GOP challengers, one is a woman, and two are Asian men. Meanwhile, five of the races are challenging Democratic women. (Shani-o)

Our very own Jamelle, Matt Y, Steve B and Ezra offer thoughtful rebuttals – some might call them smackdowns – of Ross Douthat’s column today praising Texas as a “model” economy. As a sort of aside, I had quite a chuckle when Jamelle referred to Ross “an affirmative action hire.” Good one. (blackink)

Adam at TAPPED notes the state of leadership in Black America. It ain’t pretty. (Shani-o)

Lou Dobbs has become a “publicity nightmare” for CNN. (G.D.)

In case you missed it, here’s the text of the e-mail Boston police officer Justin Barrett sent to Boston Globe columnist Yvonne Abraham. What’s funny is that he criticizes Abraham for her “ridiculous” and “substandard” writing. What’s scary is that he thinks suspects don’t have rights. Here’s hoping no one ever again sees this guy trailing them in their rearview mirror. (Blackink)

In the early 1800s, firefighting was a private, for-profit industry in most urbanized U.S. cities. And it might surprise you – or not – to know that the industry was “corrupt, bloated and expensive.” Sound familiar? (Blackink)

Hortense at Jez takes to task another one of the “stupidly named sociological gangs” women frequently find themselves placed in by the world. Like Cougars, MILFS, and PUMAs, the latest term is “TWITS” and it stands for “Teenage Women in their Thirties.” Ugh. (Shani-o)

Michael Pollan, self-appointed champion of food and foodies everywhere, pens a piece in the Times Magazine on television’s role in the death of real home cooking. mute sees his latest pronouncement as snobby and ineffective; Amanda Marcotte calls him antifeminist. (I wonder what our resident kitchen maestros universeexpanding and Jamelle think about his conclusions) (G.D.)

There’s absolutely no reason that a cop should tase a 72-year-old woman on a dare. (Blackink)

Business woman and blogger Penelope Trunk muses about when to work on romance, and when to work on … work. (Shani-o)

A luxury condo in downtown Fort Myers, Fla., has 32 stories and only one tenant. (Blackink)

College Humor offers a solution to MySpace’s problem: dead accounts. (I think I might need that MySpace Hospice option.) (Shani-o)

Baatin, one-third of the original Slum Village lineup, was found dead in his home. He was 35. (Jay Dilla, the hugely influential producer who was the group’s most famous member, died in 2003 from complications due to lupus.) (G.D.)

New York, Boston and Chicago round out the top 3 on Forbeslist of best cities for singles. But Milwaukee at No. 9 and Miami at No. 29? Really? (Blackink)

The best take on Michael Vick, The Commish and the sanctity of The Shield that I’ve read so far: “Since he was first covered by the media, prosecuted by the government, and admonished by the NFL with such brio, Vick has served as a vessel for the country’s anger toward black men. There was little effort made to understand what he did and why he did it, as though stopping to do so would necessarily excuse it. Beyond this lack of general curiosity and empathy, there was an ugly racial element. To be blunt, Vick’s crime was a black one.” (Blackink)

Rob Neyer, Scott Lemieux, Allen Barra and Will Weiss take issue with Toure’s somewhat poorly reasoned review of three books largely centered on steroids in baseball. (Blackink)

Joe Jackson explains to us the difference between spanking and beating. (Shani-o)

And at this point, Mariah has pretty much proved her point about Eminem being obsessed with her. Who keeps the voicemails of someone they slept with once, several years ago? More on this later in the week. (Blackink)

Oh. And could someone tell Stephon Marbury to turn off the camera? Please?

11 thoughts on “Your Monday Random-Ass Roundup: A drinkable moment

  1. Jill August 3, 2009 at 5:56 pm Reply

    What a great round-up, and website. Oh and okay – I love the writing too. Thanks very, very much for linking to my post about the “Young Guns.” Ugh. So predictable. Here in Ohio, the GOP is looking to replace one of their 21 state senators – only ONE of whom currently is a woman. There are two women in the House that might get the nod, but honestly, if I have to hear someone say, “Only the best qualified” and then not be able to find a woman conservative politician, I’m gonna fume. Yeah – I’m left of center, but the dearth of women over there drives me nuts.

    Anyway – thanks – appreciate the mention. I’ve added your blog to my blogroll.

    • shani-o August 3, 2009 at 6:43 pm Reply

      Thanks for posting that, Jill. And I really dig your blog.

      And re: women conservatives, it’s completely ridiculous that they aren’t being promoted by party leaders, even as the party is falling apart. And when they are, it’s the Palins and the Doles we keep seeing — women who seem to hate women.

      • Jill August 3, 2009 at 8:33 pm Reply

        And maybe for another day or post, but I was on another blog that says its about women’s rights and a commenter rightly commented about how many on that blog write as though sexism is the only ism (and she’s right) and that comment was followed by a challenge to name a single black female politician (implying that there just aren’t any so why would they cover that). Yeah – don’t ask. So I left a comment later listing several WOC politicians I know of right off the top of my head but…it did lead me to google around to find a good list or compilation and I didn’t come up with anything. Do you have any suggestions/knowledge about a good resource on minority and/or African-American female politicians? I apologize for it being a surprise to me, but I was surprised to not find something – and I am sure there must be.

        Hope it’s okay to ask about this. There just should be more, it seems, but sometimes I’m not always looking in the right places.


        • shani-o August 3, 2009 at 9:11 pm Reply

          Of course it’s okay to ask.

          And I’d start with the Congressional Black Caucus as a resource for black Congress members.

          I’m not sure where to get the most up=to-date info on Latino congressmen and women, but I found this link:

        • ladyfresh August 3, 2009 at 9:58 pm Reply

          hi jill

          try NALEO – National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

          • Jill August 3, 2009 at 10:02 pm Reply

            Thank you both – I can’t believe I didn’t think of the Congressional Black Caucus, d’oh. Feeling clueless white women thing coming on – but appreciative you’ll let me ask here. 😉 Definitely have blog post in mind compiling what I can – don’t know if any of you browse over at from time to time, but they’re letting me do an every other week series on what it’s like running for office for the first time in a small city with a family and obligations etc. and I’m trying to make the posts useful/things that people can apply. I’d love to do one focusing on, “hey, it’s not even really that hard for me – I’m pretty privileged; what’s it like for WOC etc.” and help with resources.

  2. Samia August 3, 2009 at 8:25 pm Reply

    I’m kind of dismayed to see people mentioning Amanda Marcotte lately. Amanda “I take ideas from brown people and then get all pissed off when someone notices” Marcotte. Yeah. I dunno.

    “Snobby” is a good word to describe Michael Pollan. It’s just weird to me how many people enjoy this person’s writing. He’s not…logical. He does decent research and then draws crazy conclusions from it. There’s something half-baked about his work.

    Re: Michael Vick, I think some of the comments on the article you linked said it better than the OP did, actually. Especially noteworthy is the observation that Vick has caught a lot more shit for what he did to dogs (as much crap as he’s gotten, I really think a lot of the indignation about the suffering of the animals has kinda been translated into Rage at What the Black Man Did) than Chris Brown has for what he did to a woman. It says a lot about “our” sensibilities.

    • G.D. August 3, 2009 at 10:21 pm Reply

      I feel you, Samia. The Marcotte thing (we blogged about it here: was fairly early in my forays into the feminist blogosphere, and my perception of her has always been colored by it.

      But you really didn’t like “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”?

      • shani-o August 3, 2009 at 10:30 pm Reply

        Berg does a pretty interesting takedown of Pollan in “All You Can Eat,” actually. He says the same thing: Pollan is snobby and classist.

      • Samia August 4, 2009 at 1:28 pm Reply

        I’m just surprised to see some of my favourite writers still find Marcotte relevant. Clearly she is not above playing the “The Shrill WOC Bloggers Are Boooooothering Me!” card when someone raises valid concerns about appropriation. Consider the way the BFP blow-up turned into a discussion about one white woman’s oh-so-important career, deflecting attention from the matter at hand– the exploitation of immigrant women of colour at the hands of U.S. authorities. At the end of the day, I think Marcotte is more concerned with her image than the causes and people she writes about. BFP took her blog down to stay out of the firestorm, and instead of mourning the loss of an important voice and considering what she might have had to do with it, Marcotte chose to pretend it was a ploy to take down some kind of damning evidence. Because apparently women of colour exist to hate on and be jealous of white women.

        So yeah. The “Marcotte thing” gets to me. :/

        Michael Pollan’s writing about vegetarianism has always struck me as silly and poorly thought out. Plus his writing style is just…I dunno, maybe I’m not so big on “foodie writing.”

        • blackink12 August 4, 2009 at 2:04 pm Reply

          Just for the record, this is all very new to me. I had no idea about the Amanda Marcotte and BFP incident. I’m still processing all of that as I write this.

          It’s disappointing, but not all that surprising. I’m still a fan of Marcotte and Pandagon but, at times, I find her overly reactionary and mean-spirited. Then again, I guess some people could say that about me.

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