Monday, November 17, 2008

Parking Wars: A World of Warmth

I'm usually not one to watch reality television, especially not voluntarily. However, when flipping through the TV Guide, back to back to back to back episodes of a show called Parking Wars on A&E caught my attention. For a person who misses all things Philadelphia, Parking Wars is a great remedy. I figured that this show would be as smut-filled as everything else on the air, but wow was I wrong. There are heartwarming personal stories coming from all angles, and I have honestly developed a new respect for Meter Maids, especially those on the mean streets of Philly. I am a changed man-child.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Analysis

For the many critics out there, I am aware that there will be spelling and grammatical errors throughout the following post, but I don't really give a shit, because I've got some pretty important things to say.

The first class I took as an undergraduate at Penn was "History of the South" taught by Sheldon Hackney, a brilliant scholar and former President of the University of Pennsylvania. From day one, Hackney's thesis for the class was essentially that race relations have been the most defining, ubiquitous trait of the history of the American South.

Non-Sequitor.

Tonight, I cried. I didn't plan to cry, and as I watched the returns with Lisa, I thought it crazy that she was so emotional. After we watched the McCain concession speech and the Obama victory speech within the confines of the Friedman/Apostolides residence at 9th and Lombard I did some serious thinking. But it wasn't until Lisa and I walked to Broad Street that it all hit me like a ton of bricks. I missed the creme de la creme (sp? I don't give a shit!) of Philadelphia celebrations last week as I was three thousand miles away from an athletic championship that brought this city so much pride.

But, tonight was the most magical night I've ever lived through, at least for an hour. I'm no jingoist. I'm hardly a nationalist, and as of late I've been prone to question ALL predisposed beliefs, no matter how simple. Thus, post-Obama victory, at the corner of Broad & Chestnut, giving high-fives to everyone in sight ("that's what we do in Philly," says Lisa), I realized that the hundreds of young African-Americans around me really do have something to strive for and to believe in. The leaders of our country surely will have a tough road ahead of them economically, but when I heard countless chants of USA, USA, USA, like never before, I realized that maybe the American hegemony that is now in question will carry on for quite some time longer.

It was beautiful. I wanted to buy every bling bling Obama rhinestone studded t-shirt that was being hawkwed on the street. But I resisted temptations...that's the benefit of this economy.

Will Obama make due on all of his campaign promises? Probably not.

Will Obama radically change our world? Probably not.

But, as a frequent globetrotter, I must admit, that an Obama presidency makes ALL Americans seem more enlightened. America HAS lost respect around the world, and we must regain it.

We are giving Barack Obama a chance. That's what we decided. We hope that he won't be financially or morally corrupt, but if he is, we must know that the people have spoken.

And I forgot my camera tonight, which made me reminisce of the John Mayer song "No More 3X5s." This song has always been so personal to me, usually at times when I forget my camera. In such situations, I try to take mental notes that will make up for my lack of technology.

Future posts: 1. The divisiveness/failure of the GOP. 2. The abysmal failure of the American mainstream media. 3. Why America must recalibrate politically. 4. Failure of two-party democracies.

To be continued...

Saturday, November 1, 2008

What you haven't heard and what you didn't see

When you have a chance, go to Foxnews.com, and then head over to CNN.com. Notice that NONE of the headlines or top stories are the same. This, more than ever, shows that the news is not news. It is all slanted, just like it was in the early days of print journalism when people read newspapers that extolled their choice of communist/leftist/rightist/conservative/liberal/socialist/nihilist/plutocratic beliefs.

It's sad.

Note this absurd quote from one of today's CNN headlines:

"Of 23,298,564 total in-person and mail-in ballots in 25 states, at least 6,057,527 -- or 26 percent -- were cast by Democrats or Republicans, according to election officials. Of that 6 million, 57.8 percent were Democrats, and 42.2 percent were Republicans."

THIS IS THE DUMBEST THING I'VE EVER HEARD. WHAT THE ARTICLE SHOULD STATE IS THAT 74% OF VOTES WERE CAST BY INDEPENDENTS (WHICH IS AN EXTREMELY SIGNIFICANT AND IMPORTANT STATISTIC) OR PEOPLE NOT ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS! BUT CNN ONCE AGAIN USES MANIPULATIVE TACTICS TO SPREAD ITS MESSAGE.


Remember the "estate tax" known to some as the "death tax" and those little things called stem cells that the rest of the world is currently using for research purposes while we let them wither away in laboratory freezers? These were both HUGE issues in the 2004 election cycle that have all but vanished today. Thanks American Media for screwing up priorities and forgetting about issues that used to be considered very important.