…And Let the Games Begin: Scalia is gone and Washington is doing Its ritual dance

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia testifies before a House Judiciary Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee hearing on ?The Administrative Conference of the United States? on Capitol Hill in Washington May 20, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT) - RTR2E5RK
The Late Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia. Photo taken May 20, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Well, Justice Antonin Scalia is dead of a heart attack and the President is in another prime position to forge the country further into political progressiveness by appointing a suitable replacement for the former, conservative, Reagan-era appointee.  As usual, the Republicans are openly agitated about the idea of Obama making a strategic replacement that could tilt the political stance of the court and weigh heavily on the decisions that are awaiting a final judgement by its surviving members.

Yahoo reports that Scalia had heard and may have already cast votes in several high-profile cases like the ones concerning immigration, whether universities can continue to use affirmative action and if unions can collect fees from nonmembers to survive…just to name a few. Republican contenders like Donald Trump are calling for delays and Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, is preparing to obstruct Obama’s court appointment in any way possible.  The Huffington Post reports that McConnell, in 1988, voted to confirm a Supreme Court nominee when it was Ronald Reagan’s final year in office (Huffingtonpost.com, 2/13/2016).  They also stated that McConnell is calling for intervention in the court appointment process by the American people by stating that people should have a voice in the process with a possible Republican win in November.

Well, Mitch, you can only delay for so long…so what else is on tap?  A lawsuit, perhaps?

It’s no secret that this government has been known, on occasion, to invalidate its own laws in order to institute strange, unwritten policies designed to suit the status quo. One can clearly observe that this tactic of  political obstruction and delay has been used excessively during the Obama presidency by his political opponents.

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks to reporters about the fiscal cliff in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barak H. Obama. Photo taken Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Speaking of lawsuits, remember the one where House Speaker, John Boehner, wanted to bring a law suit against the President for enacting an Executive Order to get important transportation legislation passed, among other things, to get Americans working again and move the Country forward economically? -(CNN.com, 7/31/2014)

Why impede progress and seek to punish those who mean to do good?

The Republicans openly and unapologetically engage in and advocate political illegalities and irregularities.  This may seem like a minor issue, but based upon the Republican track record, it may be an indicator of thing to come if they take back the White House in the next term.  Supreme court appointments are chosen by the sitting President and then confirmed or denied by the Senate. End of discussion…right?

So what delay are the Republicans proposing and how are they going to pull this one off…what about the Constitution, fellahs?

“Senator Warren said in a statement, “Senator McConnell is right that the American people should have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court justice. In fact, they did – when President Obama won the 2012 election by five million votes.”–(Politicususa.com, 2/14/2016)

While there are some who still believe in common-sense politics and harbor a sense of political wisdom and understanding, I will never cease to be amazed at the gall of many of our politicians to openly advocate possible illegality in order to maintain power in Washington, D.C…even to the point of openly whining about it.  A lame-duck Presidency?  Absolutely not in the cards for Obama, however, more sleepless nights of plotting for nervous Republicans like Mitch McConnell…

you can put MONEY on it!

Too harsh? What’s your two cents?

 

 

Stacy Dash…What Happened, Girl???

Fox News contributor Stacey Dash was suspended for two weeks by the network on Monday after claiming President Barack Obama doesn’t “give a s***” about terrorism on air, but this is far from the first time the former “Clueless” star has generated controversy with her conservative rhetoric.  The 48-year-old actress, who emerged as sociopolitical commentator after publicly endorsing the Romney-Ryan presidential ticket in 2012, has criticized women who highlight wage disparity, attacked Oprah Winfrey for linking the death of Trayvon Martin to Emmett Till, defended embattled celebrity cook Paula Deen against accusations of racism, suggested campus rape accusers are often “bad girls” acting “naughty” and claimed African-Americans who support Obama are getting “money for free.” –MSNBC.com, (Updated 1/4/2016)

THE VIEW - (11.15.12) Actress Stacey Dash (?Clueless?), who recently made headlines for her endorsement of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, guest co-hosts today, Thursday, November 15th.  "The View" airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network.     (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) STACEY DASH
THE VIEW – (11.15.12) Actress Stacey Dash
(Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images)
STACEY DASH

 

If Ms. Dash’s Black History Month comments didn’t spark enough outrage in Black America, this one about the Prez, to me, should take the cake.  I, for one, would’ve never guessed in a million years that the “Mo’ Money” leading actress would turn into a “brain-dead” conservative for FOX News…and then get suspended for being too over the top…even for FOX!

I believe that some African Americans have taken this “assimilation” issue a bit too far.  While she may have a point, with her recent comments, that African American history is historically intertwined with American history; just the same, she seems to miss the mark in the understanding that most African Americans seem to naturally digress towards concerning our standing as a people here. We understand that because of our historic slave labor and systematic oppression, we comprise an enormously significant portion of the foundation upon which this country stands and we still need to erect establishments to our own greatness as a race within this country because our history and our conditions here demand it.

Where’s the sensitivity, Stacy?!

Is it me, or is this former, sugar-brown skin, green-eyed bombshell getting lighter and her eyes bluer?  Understood…we all have to live here in America and if you want to speak your mind, you can. Stacy is entitled to her warped, historically unaware, self-hating rhetoric, but I just have to wonder….

what the heck, planet, is this Sistah on?

Share your thoughts on the madness of Stacy Dash…

An Encore of No Anticipation: Is this the year the Academy Awards finally gets its bias under wraps?

“It would, the Academy promised, “take immediate action to increase diversity by adding new members who are not Governors to its executive and board committees where key decisions about membership and governance are made”. The board passed a series of measures to remove from its voting rolls members who have not been active in the film industry for many years, and establish a precedent requiring active engagement in the industry for new members.”–TheVillagesSunTimes.com

Despite the good news that the Academy Awards is finally going to clean up its act after years of blatant racism, my eyes still glaze over at the hoopla surrounding it.  This has always been an issue despite the indifference it has been met with by the general public in the past.  I say that because the Academy has been racist longer than it has exercised acceptance and tolerance on a consistent scale. Many of the African-American celebrities who voiced their sentiments in protest against attending this year because of the unabashed prejudice in the Academy’s upper echelons, seem like people screaming about spilled milk on the floor when the entire house is on fire.

The Academy Awards is just one facet among many of America’s institutions that need a good enema. Still reeling from the open and unrepentant blood lust of police departments all across this country, I, like so many other African-Americans have grown weary of the racist culture that seems to thrive amid all this “diversity.” Trying to cover all the bases and nip this kind of insidious bias in the bud is like playing a never-ending game of “whack-a-mole.” The Academy Awards is just another river to cross.  For those who don’t see the connection between dead, Black bodies on the street and snubbed Black thespians watch the images you are fed through the media even closer.  What you are being presented with on the golden screen as opposed to the ugly that happens behind the scenes is incalculable.

That last statement might have been a bit much, but I’m still surprised that many people just don’t get it., STILL..

To add insult to injury, we still have to wait 4 more years in order to see any changes that the Academy heads propose.  What are these folks preparing for?  How many years has it been since these changes were desperately needed, anyway?  Okay, okay, I understand…it’s a business thing…these plans have to be rolled out, right?  Understood, but what fresh madness will be waiting on the horizon in 2020 when the first phase of Operation “Make it Right” comes to full fruition.  Sure, business-as-usual will change for the better and more renown African-American thespians will finally get their just do, but I think African-Americans in this area will still be playing catch-up to keep in stride with the pack.  Somehow, things just always seem to play out that way over time. It’s sickening.

I hope history ceases to repeat itself!

What’s your take on the Academy Awards debacle?

So…You’re a Freelance Writer, Huh?

I was piddling around wondering what my first topic of discussion would be and I came across an obvious one for me, as a freelancer.  Some folks I deal with wonder how in the world anyone can make a living as a writer.  In today’s world, with internet start-ups popping up everyday, the prospect proves itself to be a highly feasible one.  But, I remember the days when freelance writing was a literal hustle.  I was trained and mentored by a person I consider to be one of the best, little-known writers in the business.  I was her apprentice back in the early 90’s.  She ran a clean, crisp start-up and was soon able to move out of her house into a swanky office. Sounds like a success story, but she ran into big-business sharks who didn’t want to pay for her research and writing…her sweat!  There were times when I didn’t get paid either because the business didn’t profit from a huge project.  So, my work went unrewarded, as well.  The work was stellar, however, it didn’t garner the respect of a fair payment for work performed. The contracts I drew up went blatantly disregarded by horrible business people. Needless to say, the business went under…but not my mentor!  What a lady!  It just goes to show that as real writers, we put up with all kinds of injustices just to be able to do what brings us joy.  I’m one of those people who was never dissuaded by the negativity of the business world, then or the naysayers now, thanks to a strong example. Funny…today, this lady is still my mentor and my only cheerleader in my endeavor to make this PWS project work.  She hasn’t given up, either.  She’s a small-time, playwright for a non-profit theater project in her locality and a darn, good playwright at that…but, again, little-known.  Such is the writer’s life.  She’s happy doing her thing and so am I!

I’m sure I’m not the only writer with war stories to share, so let us know your story.  Share how you braved the freelance-writing storm.  Perhaps your experience can help others who may be struggling internally with the notion of becoming a full-fledged freelancer, despite the all the “hot air” out there.  Perhaps you’re one of those who thinks this whole “freelance writing thing” is useless and a moot service that really doesn’t deserve its own market.  Either way, let us know what you think.

Hello Everyone!

Writing

This is the initial post to my first website endeavor.  I hope that we will work together, share great writing, speak our opinions and discuss solutions to today’s issues, all the while, keeping the spirit of decorum and positivity.  Look for more of my blogs and work in the future.  But for now, read some of my latest stuff.  Introduce yourself, leave your thoughts…Enjoy!  http://hubpages.com/politics/The-Illusive-Mr-Jones