Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Academy Award Boycott? Not Me
Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee announced they would boycott the Oscar Awards because, for a second straight year, a black actor didn't receive a single nomination. I, too, have a protest. For the 25th year, I was not picked in the NBA draft.
I'm sure that the fact that Will Smith (Jada's husband), who was not nominated for his role in "Concussion" and Lee's "Straight Outta Compton", which was also bypassed for a best picture nomination, had nothing to do with the pair's angry rhetoric.
Naturally, Al Sharpton has jumped on the band wagon and is calling for an Oscars boycott with a strategy aimed to affect ratings and advertisers. Race baiting is how ol' Reverend Al makes his money.
Spike Lee wrote on Instagram, "How is it possible for the second consecutive year all 20 contenders under the acting category are white?"
Hey Spike, why are there few or no whites at the NAACP Image Awards or on BET (Black Entertainment Television)? Is it okay to have White Entertainment Television?
Personally, I'm a bit miffed that there were no French-Irish among the Academy Award nominees. I imagine that this obvious snub is driving American Indians and Asians crazy, as well.
Spike, how is it possible that most of the players in the NBA and the NFL are black? The answer is that most black NBA and NFL players are better than most white players. And apparently, most of the white actors for the last two years were better than the black actors.
It's a relatively easy concept to understand. Affirmative action does not apply in the NBA, NFL or the Academy Awards. One must be qualified and rely on one's own abilities. Quotas are not used.
Quite frankly, I don't give a damn who watches and/or attends the Oscar awards.....
The News As I See It: Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It’s a very important day where the struggle for racial equality is remembered by Americans and snubbed by the Oscar committee.
Khloe Kardashian has announced she’ll be hosting a new talk show where she drinks cocktails with her guests. The show will be called, "Throwing Up With The Kardashians."
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has endorsed Jeb Bush for president. Though I imagine getting an endorsement from Lindsey Graham is about as helpful as being backed up in a bar fight by Lindsey Graham.
Executives from Chipotle have announced their restaurants will be giving away twice their usual amount of free food as part of a promotion to restore the company’s image following its ecoli outbreak. Although I’m not sure it was a good idea to call the promotion, "Free-Coli."
Amazon has begun revealing details about its upcoming drone delivery program, such as drones adapted specifically to the city they are in. For example, the Seattle drone will be water proof and the Chicago and Detroit drones will be equipped with 50 caliber machine guns.
Obama seems to have already mentally checked out of the White House. It's like he has total senioritis. If you want proof of this, he's started signing every bill in Congress with: "Have a great summer. Stay cool. Barry."
This Date In History: 1801; John Marshall was appointed Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1841; As a result of the First Opium War, Hong Kong was ceded to the British. 1942; The Nazis formulated their "Final Solution" regarding the Jews at the Wannsee Conference.
1964; The Beatles released their first album in the United States, Meet the Beatles. 1981; 52 American hostages seized from the American Embassy in Tehran were released after 444 days in captivity.
1981; President Ronald Reagan became the oldest president to take office (69 years and 349 days). 1986; Martin Luther King day was celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.
2009; Hundreds of thousands of people watched in front of the Capitol as Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are sworn into office. Obama makes history as the first mulatto U.S. president. 2012; Singer Etta James died less than a week before her 74th birthday.
Picture Of The Day: Actress Jada Pinkett Smith to boycott 2016 Academy Awards?
Printable Things I Never Told You: 1) Ninety percent of women that wear yoga pants probably don't do yoga. One hundred percent of straight men don't care. 2) What if God is a woman. Not only will I be going to Hell, but I'll never hear the end of it. 3) I once dated a female magician. She put her hand on my leg and I turned into a motel. 4) Many brave flute players were killed by cobras in picnic baskets before one of them tried playing an Indian song. 5) Give a someone a fish and they can eat for a day. Give a someone a jelly fish and you can pee on them.....and that's five !
Today's Horoscope: Aquarius - January 20th: Chin up and best foot forward. Love may come your way this week. If it doesn't then you can at least console yourself with the fact that there's a good chance at parole at your next court appearance and evaluation.
Birthdays: Richard Henry Lee, political leader 1732, Walter Piston, composer and teacher 1894, George Burns, actor, comedian 1896, Joy Adamson, writer and conservationist 1910, Federico Fellini, filmmaker 1920, DeForest Kelley, actor 1920, Buzz Aldrin (Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr.), American astronaut 1930, David Lynch, filmmaker 1946.
The AREA 51 Retirement Home Bar And Grill: Into a Belfast pub comes Paddy Murphy looking like he'd just been run over by a train. His arm is in a sling,his nose is broken, his face is cut and bruised and he is walking with a limp. Sean the bartender asks, "What happened to you? Paddy says, "Jamie O'Conner and me had a fight."
Sean says, "That little shit, O'Conner? He couldn't do that to you, he must of had something in his hand." Paddy says,"That he did. A shovel is what he had and a terrible licking he gave me with it."
Sean says, "You should have defended yourself! Didn't you have something in your hand?" Paddy says, ''That I did. It was Mrs. O'Conner's right breast and a thing of beauty it was, but useless in a fight."
The Pope was finishing his sermon. He ended it with the Latin phrase, "Tuti Homini" - Blessed be Mankind. A women's rights group approached the Pope the next day. They noticed that the Pope blessed all Mankind, but not Womankind.
The next day, after his sermon, the Pope concluded by saying, "Tuti Homini, et Tuti Femini" - Blessed be Mankind and Womankind.
The next day a gay rights group approached the Pope. They said that they noticed he blessed Mankind and Womankind, and asked if he could also bless gay people. He said, "Sure."
The next day the Pope concluded his sermon with, "Tuti Homini, et Tuti Femini, et Tuti Fruiti."
The Hits Just Keep On Coming: Two hookers were riding around town with a sign on top of their car which said, "Two hookers....$50.00" A policeman, seeing the sign, stopped them and told them they'd either have to remove the sign or go to jail.
Just at that time, another car passed with a sign saying, "Jesus Saves". They asked the cop why he let the other car go and he said, "Well, that's a little different, it pertains to religion." So the two women took their sign down and took off.
The following day found the same cop in the area when he noticed the two women driving around with a large sign on their car again.
Figuring he had an easy bust, the cop began to catch up with them when he noticed the new sign which read..."Two Angels Seeking Peter.....$50.00."
A Greek and a Scotsman were sitting in a Starbucks cafe discussing who had the superior culture. Over triple lattes the Greek guy says, "We Greeks built the Parthenon" and arched his eyebrows. The Scotsman replies, "Well, it was the Scots that discovered the Summer and Winter Solstices."
The Greek retorts, "We Greeks gave birth to advanced mathematics." The Scotsman, nodding in agreement says, "Scots were the ones who built the first timepieces and calendars."
This went on until the Greek comes up with what he thinks will end the discussion. With a flourish of finality he says, "The Greeks were the ones who invented sex!"
The Scotsman replies, "Aye, that is true, but it was we Scots who introduced it to the women!"
That's it for today, my little meadow larks. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder but a beer holder with a Budweiser in it would be handy, just in case. I'm heading over to AREA 51 for happy hour.
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