Real Music Thursday: Stevie Wonder

Hello Readers,

Today’s Real Music Thursday comes from a friend who was just talking about how much she loves this song by the great Stevie Wonder.  I had just been thinking about how I wish grown men still ran R&B. John Legend and Anthony Hamilton are great singers and don’t get nearly the recognition that they deserve.

I’m shocked that I hadn’t heard of this song.  It’s called “Think of Me as Your Soldier.”  There is such a beautiful sentiment behind this song.

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Dog whistling politics in America

I’m at home sick today.   It started with sharp pains in my head and then nausea.  I passed out when I got home and my head felt like a brick this morning.  I’ve been in and out sleep since 10pm yesterday. Boo!

I was messing around on the internet and I found this article entitled “The racism at the heart of the Reagan presidency.”  The article speaks about the dog-whistle racism employed by Reagan to get himself elected and then subsequently gut the economic protections/freedoms of those that carried him to office.

Article points:

  • People only have the “liberal” view that we’re all in this together, provided the “we” is a monoracial group.
  • Other presidential candidates, both Democratic and Republican, have used dog-whistling to lure white voters, but only Reagan actually followed through with his rhetoric which in turn gave such behavior mainstream acceptance.
  • Liberal politicians have not helped their own cause by failing to call social security and medicare a form of welfare.  Yes, you pay in the system, but you get a hell of lot more out of it than you put in it.  Don’t let those yearly statements from the Office of Social Security fool you.

In America, with the way things are, it makes total sense.  I mean, how else can you explain working and middle class white people voting for people that argue against subsidies for the poor, worker’s right, consumer protection, etc?  These ideas have been wedded to communism, integration, people of color, and everything else that is the antithesis of a Christian, white America.  

Look at this Vanguard documentary from 2011 entitled “Two Americas.”  The poorer family is struggling like a mug, yet they are sitting at home watching the Republican Presidential debates agreeing with every point that’s just going to prolong their misery.  No one is saying sit at home with your hand open, but sometimes, people do need help.  What’s so wrong with accepting help, be it from charity or the government, until you get on your feet again?  The American banking industry went to Uncle Sam with fancy hat in hand to ask for a bailout (welfare!!!!) for their own stupidity without a drop of shame.  Yet, your dumb ass is sitting at home starving/struggling and living out some Horatio Alger nonsense just so you can sit and say that I’m not like those (black, brown, yellow, red) people asking the government for help.  That’s a damn shame.

Barnes and Noble: “Dog Whistle Politics:  How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class”

Ah L’amour!: 30 Dates in 2014

Hello Readers,

I will be embarking on a dating challenge with my friend and fellow blogger CJBookWorm.  It is called 30 Dates in 2014.  They say that INTJ women really come into their own during their 30’s and I’m hoping that’s true.  I was really emotional and sad about relationships going downhill in my 20’s.  Now, I’m just like “Fuck it. It didn’t work. Find someone else.” Also, I can enjoy my alone time and still want to find a companion.  They’re not mutually exclusive.

So, I created an online account on two dating websites.  I don’t get the meet-cutes at the bookstore or the grocery store like others.  And I read Why Men Marry Bitches and I’ve been embracing my INTJness.

So…

Happy Dating…hopefully.

Real Music Thursday: Sade

To quote Bender from Futurama “I’m back, baby!”  I have really been slacking on making posts in this category.  I shall try to rectify that in the coming months.

So today’s Real Music Thursday comes from my favorite singer, Sade.  She and her band have been active on the music scene since 1983.   This song is called Pearls and it is on the 1992 album Love Deluxe.

I didn’t get this song when I was younger.  I thought it was hauntingly beautiful, but it took becoming an adult to appreciate it.   Sade juxtaposes the desolation of Somalian woman scraping pearls of grain on the roadside in the blazing sun with her Western gaze of lying in the sun for relaxation.   She cannot even comprehend the pain of it and can only compare it the pain of brand new shoes.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Hello Readers!

Happy New Year!  May 2014 bring good fortune to you and your families.

I think that for the most part, 2013 was a good year for me.  I started this blog, bought my first home, and I’ve really been working on spiritual and physical health. My sister says that she can tell that I have lost weight.  Also, I think being honest and positive about who I am and how I relate to world is putting me on a better path to lasting happiness.

So for 2014, I’m going to continue on the journey that I started in 2013.   I’ll care when I need to and not give a hot damn when I feel like it.  And I won’t feel badly about that at all.

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