Wayne Brady calls “bullshit” on Bill Maher.
I would be happy if anyone beat Maher’s ass in public, but especially so if it were Wayne Brady
and more context from the article:
Maher first explained his desire for Obama to be a “real black president” who “lifts up his shirt so they can see the gun in his pants” during a monologue in 2010. Subsequently, Maher referred to Obama as “your Wayne Brady,” a characterization that put into question the African-American credentials of both Obama and Brady.
“I’ve respected him as a comedian, and what he does on HBO is great,” Brady told Hill. “But when he starts to drag me in, to use me as the cultural linchpin of his not-black-enough argument, that’s bullshit.”
You should eBay off all your magic cards and buy me a diamond ring.
I should eBay off you and buy more magic cards.
So You Want Change ?
Emma Goldman once said .. ‘If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal’ .. and while that may sound unduly cynical it also has a ring of truth in relation to America these days.
I often think of that quote when I hear the usual criticisms about protesters and those who choose to take direct political action. The ones that say .. ‘we’re a democracy and if you don’t like the way things are then vote to change them’. Well yes .. yes indeed .. if only that were possible.
The problem in America, of course, is that its not possible. There are two right-of-center parties, both broadly supporting a corporate agenda. The whole system is built around wealth and power. Obscene sums of money, hundreds of millions of dollars, are required to mount any serious political campaign. The mainstream media are largely owned by those wishing to push a corporate agenda. Lobbyists swarm over Washington shamelessly buying political influence for their masters.
That’s the reality as opposed to the fantasy. Telling people in these circumstances to ‘believe in the system’ or to ‘work for change within the system’ is asking an awful lot. Its like telling them to carry on playing rigged slot-machines and hoping one day they’ll miraculously win. It just isn’t going to happen. And that simile is apt because American politics really is just like a crooked Mafia casino that’s rigged in favor of the owners and against the ordinary people.
Sometimes political systems move so far away from their intended purpose, become so corrupt and dysfunctional and hostile to the people they’re meant to serve, that the only thing to do is dismantle them completely and start again from scratch. The solution has to come from outside of the system. Its happened many times and in many countries throughout history and it may be what needs to happen now in America.
If you’re happy with the way things are, the gross inequalities of wealth, the hypocrisy, the lies, the unfairness, the crumbling infrastructure, the draconian control, and all the other failures of a broken system it may make sense to do nothing more than just vote for either the Pepsi or the Coke of politics.
But if you want real change, what will you do ?