My generation grew up with Bill Cosby as a hero for American families. Watching his shows and hearing his comedy was truly a joy. That Bill Cosby is now being accused as a rapist makes me sick to my stomach. He was someone that made me laugh and happy. Now, I truly believe Bill Cosby is guilty of raping and sexually abusing potentially hundreds of women. If that’s not bad enough, his story of lies has been going on for more than 50 years. He was molesting and raping women while being revered by the American public. Bill Cosby a rapist. No way that could have been true and now I can’t imagine it’s not true.
If this was the story of one woman and her accusations, I might believe the possibility that she was lying to gain fame at his expense. When the number of women coming forward becomes too many to ignore, it’s impossible to see that he could be innocent. The chilling stories from these women, all telling roughly the same Bill Cosby nightmare experience, remove any doubt. These women have nothing to gain – well, maybe the embarrassment and pain that comes with having to acknowledge that America’s hero raped and sexually abused them, but I don’t think that’s much of a reward. Bill Cosby drugged, raped, and abused these women before shaming them into silence and screwing the American people with his lies.
Is this really front page news? With so many other things going on it would seem to me that Lilo’s latest foible wouldn’t even make the front page of the entertainment section. Unfortunately, the opposite is true and it would appear that every media outlet is running full coverage as though a different outcome was expected or deserved.
Maybe it’s more simple than that – maybe the American people need a comedic relief from all the pain and suffering that they’ve been going through in recent months. Speculation of a double-dip recession, concerns about the environment, concerns about BP dumping millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, and even concerns about mainstream, oft-trusted companies like Johnson & Johnson poisoning their children. Maybe America does need a break; because it just doesn’t seem like Lindsay Lohan going to jail for 90 days should be this big of a deal.
More of my two cents.
I’m not even sure how a normal American could comfortably say “I’m blacker than Barack Obama,” but to hear those words come from a seasoned, albeit scandalous politician is mind-boggling. That’s right – he’s done it again – Rod Blagojevich has shown his lack of intelligence one more time, in an interview on WLS Radio in Chicago, he claimed to be speaking “metaphorically” when “expressing frustration that the policies of this new administration still haven’t really been focusing on the great deal of inequities we have in our society.” Sounds like he’s covering his ass in preparation for a prison term.
He does on to say that Obama was elected on hope, and apparently his qualifications, public personality, and ability to hold his own in debate (not to mention Sarah Palin is an idiot) had nothing to do with it.
“I’m blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived,” Blagojevich said. “I saw it all growing up.”
The blubbering idiot continued along while trying – too late – to cement his point, but the damage has been done. I’m not sure when this fools twenty-minutes of fame are going to be up, but I think that time has passed and it is definitely time for him to move on and accept that the people have seen enough – shut up and move along.
It has taken four months for the indictments to come down, and if any of them are true, and I suspect they all are, it’s not a day too soon. That’s right, I’m talking about former Governor Rod Blagojevich who is now being charged with 16 felony counts, including racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud, extortion conspiracy and lying to federal agents. The government is seeking forfeiture of $188,370 from Blagojevich and will try to take his Ravenswood Manor home in Chicago if needed.
And to think, this started with everyone thinking his pay-to-play effort to sell President Obama’s vacated seat on the US Senate. Now it seems like that’s the least of his crimes, and considering his elected status, that’s pretty bad. What bothers me most is that of all the groups that should self govern – politicians appear least willing to look at their own and ask the hard questions. Rod Blagojevich should be publicly stoned by anyone that cast their vote, and those that stood with him, knowing of his crimes, should be right there with him.
For a while I was so caught up in how stupid it would be for Alaskans to elect convicted felon Ted Stevens that I didn’t keep up on what this could have meant for Sarah Palin. As I discussed in an earlier article, a win by Ted Stevens could have resulted in a special election after his getting kicked to the curb ousted by other party members. Assuming that Alaskans were voting their ticket, the Republican Sarah Palin (with her fancy clothes) could very easily have assumed Ted Stevens seat in the senate. What a nightmare that could have been.
Proposition 8 passed in California, along with similar legislation in Arizona and Florida, preventing same-sex marriages in those states. These propositions were supported and primarily funded by the Mormon and Catholic churches. Unfortunately, it seems that the very people that succeeded getting Obama the presidency – African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans from lower/middle class families – are the ones that propped up this legislation. Of course, these same families are predominantly Catholic and Christian likely to have voted Yes on Proposition 8.
One article I read quoted some idiot man saying, “God says marriage is supposed to be between a man and a woman.” What? Are you kidding? Come on people – I don’t care what your religious convictions are, God didn’t write the bible and if he’s talking to you, I have a jacket I’d like you to put on. Marriage, as we’re talking about it today, is a civil and judicial process, and accordingly it has nothing to do with church, God, or your beliefs. Separation of Church and State, remember?
This election is going to be historical for reasons beyond Obama being the first African-American Presidential candidate. This election is going to be historical because of the passion that it has raised in America and how many people have returned to the battle cry “Vote!” Unfortunately, for some large corporations, it’s also going to be a reminder that no good deed goes unpunished.
Starbucks, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, to name a few, have all offered incentives to voters just to vote – to do their patriotic duty. Unfortunately, some state laws consider these incentives illegal. Georgia, for example, has it written into their law:
“Any person who gives or receives, or offers to give or receive, or participates in the giving or receiving of money or gifts for the purpose of registering as a voter, voting, or voting for a particular candidate in any primary or election shall be guilty of a felony.”
I’m really not sure how I’ve missed any of the debate on Proposition K, but it came to light only recently when people started searching my Blog for information/rants on the legalization decriminalization of prostitution in the city of San Francisco. Wow! All of a sudden Proposition 8 seems downright boring, although this does beg the question of how much sense Proposition 4 makes if this passes.
What it does: Proposition K would decriminalize prostitution in San Francisco, deny funds for the First Offender Prostitution Program, commonly known as “John school,” and forbid the city from using state or federal funds that involve racial profiling to identify human trafficking victims.
In 2000, for the fourth time in history, the winner of the popular vote didn’t win the electoral college or the Presidency, resulting in George W. Bush being elected President of the United States. Very few are talking about this as a possibility in the upcoming election, but as MSNBC reports, some observers are beginning to wonder – could it happen again?
Their article, and other like it, go on to suggest that perhaps McCain is using the electoral college and campaigning to win in the places that would matter enough to allow him a chance of taking the 270 electoral votes necessary. Fortunately, the mathematical experts are suggesting that it’s very unlikely that a split vote could happen, while at the same time admitting that the polls are only so accurate.
The Republican Party has taken it’s fair share of knocks lately, and I believe that the Senate’s longest-serving Republican, Senator Ted Stevens, is another example of why their future isn’t looking so bright. Surprisingly (NOT!) he hails from Alaska, which begs the question what’s in the water up there in Alaska – which is also home to Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin.
Fond of saying “the only special interest I care about is Alaska,” Ted Stevens was convicted today on seven counts of lying about more than $250,000 in gifts and home renovations he received from corrupt oil and field services contractor Bill Allen (founder of VECO, Corp.) I guess he figures because his home is in Alaska, that was an improvement that everyone could appreciate.