A moment of brevity


I knew there was a reason why one should hate ‘reality tv’. Now is this the same thing as calling her a scam artist? medium

“Long Island Medium” star and “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” author Theresa Caputo is under fire from her fans because many of them are upset about their readings and complaining that she ripped them off during various events. Private investigator Ron Tebo of SciFake has been interviewing Caputo’s dissapointed fans about the readings…..

Many of Caputo’s fans insist that she doesn’t have a real gift and that her assistants are helping her pull off a giant scam to defraud people of their money……

Duh! Do you think??  Seems she made stuff up after all!

Israeli racism bares its fangs again


Macy Gray, a five time Grammy award nominee  singer, got caught up in the controversy about whether to perform in Israel, so she decided to give her fan base a say in the matter. That was her first mistake. Her second mistake was to categorize Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in the occupied territories  as”disgusting”. That did it. The flood gates of racism were unleashed and Gray was its target.  Here is a sampling of what was said

“afro american.” Nice name that the niggers made for themselves. Max

Black music is inferior music that fits you. No name

[Another commenter calls him a racist.] “No name” replies: What is racist about that? To say “black” is racist?

Who wants you? You look like a monkey. Mikhal

It’s really disgusting that Israel is going to see black!!! music. Disgusting. Contaminates your soul. Ayela

Don’t come we don’t need your ugly fat ass here. Dude

Blacks and Muslims always go together. Brainless fraternity of people. Shai

[Responding to other commenters denying that any occupation exists]: Right, what chutzpah of us to survive in the jungle around us, as if she can’t understand the jungle. M

They [Americans] killed thousands of innocent people in Iraq but they come to complain here. moshe

I returned the ticket. And you?Maybe they will let her perform in Gaza. Raymond

Go to Gaza, perform and fuck for the Hamas. May your name be cursed.pessey

Go find whoever is going to shag you you fucking whore. Every piece of garbage open their cunt on us. muslimit

What’s worse is all this vitriol came after Grey AGREED to perform in Israel!  You can read more about this latest despicable Israeli act of racism at  Max Blumenthal’s blog. As you can see from the video below, such racism is not uncommon in Israel.

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Good hair, bad hair


I recently saw Chris Rock’s excellent documentary, ‘Good Hair’, and didn’t know how much women (he specifically focused on women in his piece) spent on getting their hair done!  Nor was I aware at the depths people go to get good hair, those who want it on their own heads and those who purchase it to sell to others. The exploitative side of a good ‘do can reach the point where it  rates up there with an international crime on the magnitude of human trafficking. I strongly recommend getting a copy of the movie and watching it.

I came away with a greater appreciation for the ‘hijab’ for Muslim women after watching this movie because of two very striking comments made in it.  One was my Maya Angelou who said, ‘hair is a woman’s glory’ and Rock’s statement at the end of the film, ‘it’s not what you put on your head it’s what you put in your head that counts’ that seem to make the point that is made by women who wear, out of a sense of conviction, the head scarf.

Modesty is not just in appearance but in how you shape that appearance is an essential element of the “good hair” debate as well.  Take the photo above.  I found it on a forum where someone was asking for a barber who could cut his hair like the picture and he went on to say, ‘Price does not matter just want a good haircut’ which could almost mean anything! Rock et. co explored the debate how can people “afford” to do so much to/with their hair in this time of economic uncertainty and the implied answers are as stark as the given ones.  It’s scary what we are willing to do to get ‘good hair’.

Another Empty Talking Head that ruins America’s airwaves


I usually don’t give much credence to the many pundits and talking heads on television and radio, because they are full of nothing but hot air and don’t have anything of substance to add to the general discourse taking place in America.  They are prominent because of their personality….the ability to turn a phrase as it were, or because of their appearance and a lot of people connect to them in a way that brings advertising to the medium on which they pontificate.  That’s their job, to attract listeners and sponsors and they do an excellent job of it, but they don’t do much in the way of enlightening people or making them think about the topics of the day.

Dr. Laura (Schlessinger) is no exception and has managed to stay off the pages of Miscellany101 because she is as inane as the others.  I didn’t even care when I read she had used the word “nigger” several times while talking to a caller who was offended because in keeping with the idiocy which drives such on air people, her excuse for doing so was because others do it and the principle of frequency implies legitimacy is pretty much par for the course for such brain dead air heads.  I felt pity and empathy for the caller who thought she could find some solace in this “Dr’s” comments, when all she got was ridicule and contradiction from someone whose life has been full of the same.

What really got my goat was this comment of hers

All right. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Can’t have this argument. You know what? If you’re that hypersensitive about color and don’t have a sense of humor, don’t marry out of your race. If you’re going to marry out of your race, people are going to say, “OK, what do blacks think? What do whites think? What do Jews think? What do Catholics think?” Of course there isn’t a one-think per se.

because for me I’m trying to figure out what race did the caller marry that was different from her/his own?  Was it another species of animal….dog, cat, snake, rat because for the “Dr” to dispense advice on an issue of concern to a caller to say something like that implies to me the object of the caller’s concern, her husband, is not HUMAN and therefore incapable of understanding the feelings the HUMAN caller had about the particular subject at hand.  Indeed the “Dr” catches herself and realizes her mistake by saying ‘of course there isn’t a one-think per se’.  Duh, “Dr.” Laura…most people ask the question what do YOU think; the art of generalizing is usually known as stereotyping which implies objectifying people based on superficial notions of color or ethnicity thereby denigrating the individual which was the point the caller was trying to make!  Brilliant, “Dr.” now do us a favor and get a real job please because this one just isn’t working for you or for the people who listen.

Levi Stubbs-RIP


The Four Tops lead singer passed away Friday, 17 October.