Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Family Guy vs. The Simpsons: The Simpsons Guy

Family Guy vs. The Simpsons: The Simpsons Guy
I haven't really watched much of Family Guy or The Simpsons recently, but I had to watch this crossover. For years, there have been major attacks against each show on their own shows. At one point, FOX had to step in and tell them to stop taking so many pop shots. I remember Seth talking about it on a commentary track. This crossover is clearly a peace treaty between the two shows.

And, I really dug the episode a lot.
Yeah, this is a Family Guy episode with The Simpsons universe. You can tell the cleaner jokes were Simpsons and the edgier things were FG jokes. Overall the two shows' styles worked well together.
I actually liked the episode a lot and loved the hour long crossover because it deserved it. Heck they even mention the fact the episode was a hour long. Most of the jokes worked with exception of the payoff of Santa's Helper. Has that dog been on the show that much?
I also like the not-too-subtle jabs at the Internet community and the hyper-sensitive aspects of said medium. I guess they knew their rape joke wasn't going to go over that well. And, I also like the swipes toward the state of the newspaper comic section now. Kind of meta, huh?
Speaking of meta, the show closes its second act with a lawsuit over beer branding, but it is clearly talking about the similarities between the two shows. Yes, Family Guy is influenced by the Simpsons, but the episode displays the differences between the shows.
I should also mention how amazing the animation is in this episode. It is smooth and bright and shows the differences in animation styles between the two. It does seem the animation turns up a notch with the major (Man of Steel) fight and the car wash scene. From what I read, both series did work on the animation for this episode (along with the Korean animators I guess). It just seems a lot more effort was put into the animation for this episode.
Does the crossover live up to the hype? Yes, with a few missteps. Maybe The Simpsons should have had an episode connected to this one to flesh out some of the left out portions of the story. I loved the final battle and the various jabs to each show. Will this get me to watch either show again? Probably not on a regular basis, but it was a fun one hour romp.
-Reddit mentioned: I really liked that call out, because this was discussed on reddit.
-Over 20 years: They mentioned the strange continuity in animated shows.
-Car Wash Montage: I didn't need to see that, but it was certainly a reference to all those car wash movies with those topless montages.
-Bob's Burgers cameo: I've never seen this show, but I loved the reference.
-James Woods and James Woods: I forgot he's been on both shows.
-Fred Flintstone as the judge: Well, yeah both characters are based on him and Fred was strongly based on The Honeymooners.
-American Dad cameo: I was surprised to see this cameo.
-Why do I get the feeling there's more to Harry Shearer  not showing up to do voices on this crossover? I know people say he was busy.
-Lisa and Meg: This episode does show us how much of a good person Lisa really is overall.  
Grade: B+

Monday, September 29, 2014

Random Stuff

Random Stuff
~I had to go to a funeral for a not so close family member. I am always uncomfortable with notion of sitting in a room with a dead person. And, for me, people dying is bit more unsettling because I am a nonbeliever in the afterlife. This is your life on this planet and that's it. The End. There's no more. For me, how you spend your life is the most important thing because there isn't anything afterward to look forward to. I know it gives people comfort when they're on their deathbed, but that's not for me. Anyway, it sort of drove me into a slump this whole weekend thinking about the death. 
 ~Trish Stratus: Why is she trending currently on Yahoo? I remember she was a part of that sexy WWF diva stuff. I never found her that attractive. I was more of a Miss Kitty (SP) fan and Leta was sexy to me. I guess Trish is now a yoga person from what I am reading about her. Was she the one that showed her boobs on a live PPV show or was it Kitty? 
~The Simpsons vs family guy: I watched the last 10 minutes of this crossover. First off, I truly think that they really bashed Man of Steel's last battle between Zod and Superman. Homer and Peter turn into mutants and start flying around destroying things in the town. Some people actually die in the battle and both character fly through buildings. I am almost sure they were making fun of Man of Steel. I think everyone wanted to see Peter and Homer duke it out for once. I can't wait to see the rest of the episode. I'm going to check and see if FOX has it online yet.
~Get to the chopper: A man refuses to move his car when a medical chopper tries to land to assist an accident victim: Dude, let them land so they airlift the victim. Why would you refuse? Of course, this happened in Florida. Shocking huh?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Talking White or right: Speak the truth, lady

Talking White or right: Speak the truth, lady
Damn, this is what I've been saying for years. I've been called a sellout or acting white because I don’t use broken English or slang words all the time. Both black and white people have told me this. I talk too “proper”. It is true that our culture does look down at people trying to be smart or intelligent.

Every time I see one of the thuggish black teens with their pants hanging down and talking ignorant, I want to tell them to cut it out. People aren't going to take you serious if you look and act like a clown.  

Forza Horizon 2: Prisencolinensinainciusol by Adriano Celentano

Prisencolinensinainciusol by  Adriano Celentano
I posted this earlier, but something caught my ear while watching Sons of Anarchy. An ad showed up for the game Forza Horizon 2. They played the song from above in the ad.  I laughed realizing someone on the XBOX marketing noticed the meme for this song and put the song of gibberish in their ad! Or I hope they realize the song is total nonsense on purpose to sound like English words.
Here it is
Here's an amusing attempt to translate the gibberish. And, it is nice to see other people notice this silly song.
The story behind this 70-ish song is rather funny too. From NPR.org, (("So at a certain point, because I like American slang — which, for a singer, is much easier to sing than Italian — I thought that I would write a song which would only have as its theme the inability to communicate," he says. "And to do this, I had to write a song where the lyrics didn't mean anything." ))
Well, you pulled it off, brother. Also, this guy is now in his 70s. And, yes, he literally made this stuff up on the spot.  Heck, I like the damn song.  
There are a few amusing translations out there.
Celentano did a “Hip Hop” version with real lyrics and gibberish from the original song.

Here's Will Smith's encounter with the song...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mindhunters (2004)

Mindhunters (2004)
What do you get when you blend a horror/thriller movie with a CSI type concept?  You get a flaming turd directed by Renny Harlin and it stinks up the place.  MH is an unintended comedy.  It tries it hardest to be a stunning thinking man’s thriller, and it is partly a movie version of all those CSI shows from the mid-2000s.  None of it works.  It just represents Harlin’s career. 
Mindhunters is about a group of profiling students trying to get into the FBI.  They go into deep training.  Within this deep training, they find out they’re being hunted one by one using their weaknesses.  They start to turn of each other because they believe the killer is among them.  
Mindhunters is that ugly kid that keeps trying to get the phone numbers from the prefect ten girls.  He just doesn’t get that he’s way out of his league.  Mindhunters tries so hard to be a clever movie, but fails every single time even harder than other movies of its genre.  This partly has to do with Renny Harlin.  He’s not up to the task either because he doesn’t care or have the skill.  I swear Renny Harlin might be one of the worst directors working today.  Bay at least knows how to direct action scenes and he knows how to make things look cool.  Harlin tries hard to make things look cool, but the shots come across as comedic skits.  Harlin forget he was making a movie in the 2000s instead of the 90s.
One point, the team discovers Val Kilmer’s body hanging on some strings like a puppet.  Then, the strings start to move around making Val’s lifeless body move in a jerky fashion.  The team is horrified by the sight, but Harlin directs it in such a way that it seems like a comedic scene.  I actually laughed out with glee when I say Val’s body dancing around. 
Oh, there is another scene where a person seems to be just sitting there, and then their head flops off.  That was supposed to be shocking, but it was just plain funny.  So, this person was just sitting there dead the whole time. 
Another murder happens where a woman literally begins to melt before our eyes.  I laughed over and over.  That actually happened. 
Then, there are these strange zooms on things that make us want to think of better movies with this style.  This is clearly Harlin trying to be Ridley Scott.  Again, he fails. 
And, there is the appearance of Christian Slater and I say appearance because he’s not in this movie that much thankfully.  We also get LL Cool J playing a similar character to the one he played in Deep Blue Sea.  Here, his character should be called Red Herring.  Because, he’s in the movie only to be known as a red herring, IE someone the characters are not supposed to trust.  Yet, the script is so stupid that it just comes across very generic. People don’t trust him and then they do, and we repeat it over and over again.  I will give LL credit for actually trying to take this movie seriously.  He gives it all he has and more, but many of the rest of the cast members know that they are in a Harlin film. 
The movie climaxes with the villain and good guy shooting their CGI bullets underwater and we get a lethal game of Marco-Polo.  I am not making this up.  
The movie carries all the horror tropes we’ve come to hate in the 2000s, while also bring the boring science and blandness of those CSI shows and its clones.  It tries so hard to be a smart thriller/horror movie, but belly flops every time.  Renny Harlin is a hack director that somehow convinces studios to keep funding his movies.  This movie is just another one of those movies that proves his lack of skill. 
Truth be told, MH is probably the funniest movie I’ve seen this year.
Even though I am giving this movie a low score, I highly recommend you see it because it is so bad that it funny. 
Grade: F+

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rape Shirt for sale? WTF

Rape Shirt for sale? WTF
Back in my day, we had Big Johnson shirts and that was considered offensive. Now, we got shitty shirts like this. It makes no sense. Plus, it is not funny. Why would anyone walk around in a pro-rape shirt.
This shirt was found in some malls in the Philippines under the roofs of SM stores. 
From the Daily Mail, ((Karen Kunawicz uploaded a picture of the T-shirt onto her Facebook page with the caption: 'Really? In the boy's section? 'It's Not Rape, It's A Snuggle With A Struggle?' ))
It's a snuggle with a struggle? What the frack does that mean? I am surprised this shirt was even there given that the Philippines is a very religious place. I'm all for jokes and laughs, but why make a shirt proclaiming rape even as a joke? It makes no sense.  I'm not Social Warrior, but this is just wrong in every way.  
By the way, I believe this Karen person is a writer/journalist that has her own wiki page.
If I see a douche dongle wearing this shirt, I'm walking on the other side of the street.  
Let's go back to wearing Big Johnson shirts.  You know the ones that were banned in middle and high school.  

Yee Victory

Yee Victory
Yep, this actually made my day. I was really feeling bad and just this clip made me chuckle.
Give me the Jam...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

An overview of Starscream

An overview of Starscream
NC has a great overview of this character. Starscream is one of the best/worst characters ever from our 80s show. Why Megatron keep him around? He really wasn't that good of a warrior anyway and would turn on anyone good or bad in a second. However, kids liked his character growing up.
I also remember that they finally killed him off in The Transformers movie from the 80s. Once Starscream threw Megatron's wounded body off the ship, that was the final straw for Megatron/Galvatron. He came back and killed him. That was something he could have done numerous times on the show. Also, the movie jumps ahead 20 years to the year 2005. Uh, Megatron kept Starscream around for another 20 years, even after Starscream tried to build his own army.
20 years of Starscream's bullshit.
He comes back as a ghost two more times on the TF show and then he shows on Beast Wars.
The Bay movies did a disservice to Starscream.
What is interesting is Starscream is very similar to Cobra Commander on GI Joe. Chris Latta  did the voice of both characters and CC ended becoming second in command of Cobra by the second season. Just like Starscream. And, CC was supposed to be written out of the GI Joe story like Starscream, but another studio took over development of GI Joe and brought back CC.
Cobra Commander would actually show up as a villain in the third season of Transformers, thus connecting the two series into the same universe. And this gave Latta more work.  Also, Latta would show up on Star Trek at least three times.  

Yeah, CC (Snake) yelled out Cobra!  I love that bit. 

How to make eye-contact...and creep people out.

How to make eye-contact...and creep people out.
Look, even the ugly guy like me has had those moments too, but I am more interested in the sells that week than picking up a woman in a grocery store. And, I used to work at one for about 5 years. That look gave the chick was more than a bit creepy.
By the way, the video has more dislikes than likes.
I just a problem spitting game to a woman between the dog food and light bulbs.
It gets worst...
Talking about donuts always gets you a phone number. Always...
How to approach a woman in a park...

How to approach someone in the park and rob them? I spend a lot of time in parks and I generally tend to avoid people because everyone is usually on edge anyway because the homeless might harass them. All this might work, but 50% is also if the woman even finds you attractive.  

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Father’s Day: A tale of violence and anger (Part 3 of 3)

First off, thank you to all the people reading my Father’s Day posts.  It seems they are garnering a lot of attention.  I just hope my story will help others that had similar incidents their troubled lives.  I will have an epilogue to this story in a few days summing up my thoughts and stances on these things. 
Anyway, let’s move on.
I really can’t remember when my mother arrived at home.  And, I don’t remember the travel to the ER.  However, I do remember sitting in the room in the hospital with my mother teary-eyed by my side as I sat on the bed.  Looking in her eyes, I knew that she blamed herself for being with this monster for so long.  But, she didn’t need to take blame for it.  We really didn’t have the information on abuse and the toll it takes on people. 
I felt my forehead and noted there was a giant bruise right in the middle.  I figured my father’s powerful fists caused that. 
The nurses and the doctor took care of me as the police showed up.  And, that was when I felt violated because they had to take pictures of my bruises and cuts.  Under normal conditions, I was never a guy that liked taking pictures, but it was even worst when I had a cop taking the pictures.
Then I had to relive the horrible experience again by recounting everything that happened just a mere hour ago.  I really understand why people are uneasy about pressing charges and making a statement.  We as violence survivors have to relive that awful thing again…where you second-guess your choices and feeling bad about yourself.
Retelling the story, I realized I was beaten and could have very well been killed by my father.  The police tried to give me comfort.
Nothing feels as worst than being a victim of something that intense.  Especially, when someone that was supposed to protect you and care for you does such a horrible act.   You tend to lose trust in anyone or anything.  You feel defeated and overwhelmed with sadness.  Getting your ass kicked by a family member completely changes everything in your life. 
I started to realize that our family unit was going to change…It HAD to change after that incident. 
I didn’t go back to school for at least a couple of days.  However, at home, my father was no longer there.  He didn’t live there anymore, and that was a relief, but also there was a large amount of confusion too.  Up to this point, we always had our father there.  Good or bad, he was there, now he wasn’t…because of me.  Because of what I did, he wasn’t there anymore. 
Because of the incident, rightfully my mother was going to divorce him.  This gave her the courage to leave this man that was truly no longer her husband or our father. 
Our full family, while not normal, was a traditional family structure.  That was gone.  And, I actually started to feel apprehensive about the future.  Dare I say I felt guilty about it?  Was the blame all on me?
Survivors should never ever feel this way.  You’re not the one that savagely beat someone down.  You survived and you made the choice to put an end to the domestic abuse. 
Going back to school, everything really didn’t matter anymore because my entire home structure had changed within a couple of days.  I really didn’t have any friends to talk to me to give me support, so everything was internal.  I was pretty much all-alone in this.  And, I was never going to get a girlfriend in middle school.  As I stated before, I was always depressed and this incident just made it worst, but I did have an outlet with the concert band stuff. 
The divorce was completed and my father was no longer a part of the household.  As time went by, we were all the better for it.  And, I am certain I would have committed suicide if he continued to live there.  I’m not saying everything was great, but things actually got better for all of us…with the exception of my father. 
I found out my father found a place to live somewhere in the West End of Louisville.  It was pretty far from our house.  He also paid child support and had visitation rights.  My father would come to visit from time to time.  The anger I felt grew every time I saw him, yet I was civil.  And, truth be told, I grew as person without him around.  The flaws I saw in him made me not want to repeat them. 
I was as nice as I could be to him.  For the most part, he was more low-key than before.  I guess losing his family and his house humbled him some.  Yet, the anger for him still grew.  I hated him every time he showed up.
After a while, the visits started to become less and less frequent.  He stopped paying child support, but my mother didn’t really take him to court over it.  She was aware things had gotten pretty bad for him.  He could barely take care of himself financially before the divorce.  Now, things were worst for him. 
We also heard rumors that he shacked up with some white woman that had a couple of kids.  Rumors where people saw them together.  I never asked, because I wanted nothing to do with him.  I had no idea if he worked at the prison or if he was still a parole officer.  I didn’t care anymore. 
Later, we discovered that he promptly left Louisville and went back to his home city of Memphis.  He moved back in with his elderly mother.  We only heard there was some kind of mental or financial breakdown and he couldn’t take it anymore.  Now, we just got a few random long distance phone calls.  
He had a major stroke and a few heart problems over the next 20 years that turned him into a shell of the opposing figure that loomed over my bed with that belt.  He was no longer the guy I feared when I didn’t do something he approved of.  He was just a regretful old man. 
I saw him a few years ago and it wasn’t pretty.  He lives in a shitty apartment by himself.   He can barely walk and is frail as can be.  Giving into my anger for him, I could kicked the living shit out of him and put him in the hospital.  But, I won’t because I am a better person than him.   

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Random Thoughts

Random Thoughts
~Scotland is still a part of the Union: I've watched some really good videos talking about the relationship between Scotland and the rest of the Union, and I've watched Braveheart (That is a joke). It looks like the referendum failed with 55% against Scotland's independence. Perhaps someone can fill me in on the whole Scotland/UK thing. What is interesting is how much coverage this thing has gotten here in the states (IE a lot).
~Iran “Happy Group: Do you remember that group that made the Happy video from Iran? Do you remember that they got arrested. Well, six of them were given a six month sentence...and 91 lashes. However, the sentences were suspended it seems. These people can't do anything to piss off the government for the next three years. By the way, check out Iran Wire for an interesting view from that side of things.

~Gamer Gate: Who knew Gamergate was actually a real term for ants? And, it has nothing to do with battle between gamers and game writers. Basically, a female worker ant can change and start reproducing like a queen ant. I love this story. Now I know, and knowing is half the battle. I also like that Wiki has to have a message pointing people to the OTHER gamergate instead of the ant one. Somewhere, someone is trying to do research and discovering a wiki page about ants. “I had no idea this was all about ants.” Can we teach ants how to play video games?  

Friday, September 19, 2014

Penis Home: WTF?

Penis Home: WTF?
First off, this post WILL be disgusting yet amusing. So, if you are offended easily, don't read this post.
When I saw this link in the Know Your Meme site, I was like... “Oh, God, no. Don't let this be what I think it is. It is.”
Mark Driscoll made one of the dumbest statements I've ever read and it makes me laugh. It has something to do with female lady parts. Mark wrote a blog about this penis house back in 2001. Let's go through this statement shall we?
From Know YourMeme, ((While His penis is on loan you must admit that it is sort of just hanging out there very lonely as if it needed a home, sort of like a man wondering the streets looking for a house to live in.  ))
So, my penis is a lonely fellow that you see hanging out in front of a bar? Wait, my penis is a homeless guy? Calling my dork a bum isn't going to win you any favors, Mark. And, what the hell is the “on loan” bit? How does one pay back a penis load? Wait, I don't want to know. 
It gets better.
Moving on, ((Knowing that His penis would need a home, God created a woman to be your wife and when you marry her and look down you will notice that your wife is shaped differently than you and makes a very nice home. ))
Newsflash, men and women look different. I had no idea. I also like that someone HAS to notice AFTER marriage that their wife has different sex organs. That's like buying a car and checking for the engine after making the purchase. Is that really smart?  You want to kick the tires and give it a test drive before making the purchase.  Wait, I just made a metaphor like Mark.  I'm calling women cars and marriage purchasing.  Damn it, now I am doing it.  Damn you, Mark!
((Therefore, if you are single you must remember that your penis is homeless and needs a home.  ))
So, a woman's vagina is a home for a man's penis. All this time I thought it was for sex and reproductive uses. Does the homeless penis choose what kind of furniture goes inside? Does the drapes match the carpet? (yes, I had to use that one.) I'm not sure he chose his metaphor correctly.
((But, though you may believe your hand is shaped like a home, it is not. And, though women other than your wife may look like a home, to rest there would be breaking into another man’s home. ))
This where he really starts to lose me. (actually when he called men's junk homeless and women's junk houses is when he lost me) So, masturbation is “pitching a tent”? Tents are basically fake houses in the shape of a home, but not a home. So, having sex with another woman is breaking and entering? Nothing about this sounds right at all. And, I am a little uneasy with this whole ownership and loan thing involving women.
((And, if you look at a man it is quite obvious that what a homeless man does not need is another man without a home. ))
I have no idea what the hell he's saying in the last statement. So, a homeless penis doesn't like seeing other homeless penises?
Home sweet home?
What about squatters?  Do they have squatters rights on your "home"? 
By the way, do not Google Penises Homes.  Trust me.  
Why does this Penis House stuff remind me of this woman's discussion?

Yes, this is real.  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

2 Guns

2  Guns
Basically, this movie is about guys robbing a band that houses the money of a Mexican drug lord.  With some twists, they discover that there may be more to the money trail.  They find out who are the real people that own the money. 
Pure and simple, this is a part heist movie and part action movie.  And, I almost get the sense this would have been a Tony Scott movie with the edits and slow motion.  And, you can also add Denzel Washington to the mix, so you can get that vibe. Scott passed away a few years ago, so this is a  Baltasar Korm├íkur joint.  Baltasar keeps the action steady without a lot of shaky camera work and that is a plus, because sometimes Scott would get a little crazy with it. 
There are a few boring moments here and there, but the action is pretty well crafted for the most part.  Where the movie really shines is its two leads AKA its 2 Guns. 
Marky-Mark Wahlberg is surprisingly very good as the “Badass” sharpshooter.  He is rather charming in the role without coming across as stupid or annoying. I truly liked his character a lot.  By the way, there isn’t a love interest for Marky-Mark in this story.  Can you believe it? 
Denzel Washington is great as always.  I really don’t remember a movie he’s been in where he’s phoned it in…even when I’ve hated the movie.  Without giving away the twist, he’s more than what you see at the beginning of the movie.
Together, these two are really cool.  Even when the characters screw up big time, they seem relaxed about it.  Plus, the interplay between Washington and Marky-Mark really makes this movie stand out from the rest of these heist/action hybrids. 
- Paula Patton:  Did I mention that she gets naked in this movie for extended period of time?  Damn, she’s hot.  I’ve always liked her acting.  She’s the amazing woman in MI4.  She is a pretty woman, and I can’t get enough of her. 
- Bill Paxton : Paxton has become one of my favorite actors of late.  He was simply great in Agents of Shield and just fun to watch in this movie.  He’s plays a really bad tracker of sorts looking for the money.  I only wished there were more scenes. 
- You can’t go wrong with a bull attacking our leads and people shooting heads off chickens.  I am not making this up. 
Anyway, there is a lot to like about this little action movie.  There are some interesting directions the movie goes.  I also liked the interplay between the two main leads.  The multiple villains may confuse some people, but I like these types of movies where everyone is after the heroes.  If you’re bored and need to put something on, you can’t go wrong with 2 Guns. 
Grade: B-
 Come on, come on.  Feel it Feel it.  
 I could make a ICP joke, but I fear ICP fans. 
 Game over, man!  Game over!
 So say we all.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Steven Seagal The Blues Singer...

Steven Seagal The Blues Singer...
Yes, I've been looking for this video for a while and I finally rediscovered it. Mr. Seagal has been in the news recently with Russia. Steven has cursed Russia with his shitty blues music. Yep, Mr. Under Siege was invited to preform his “wonderful” blues music in Crimea. Of all the artists in the world, this is the one you wanted, Putin?
I've always been fascinated by the career of Seagal, because he fails at everything. Yet, he rises to the top like a super turd in a bowl. And, I like that about him. His movies are now terrible. His energy drink is the worst thing I've ever tasted in my life. He sucks at reality and regular TV shows. Yet, the man keeps on farting along.
He's like the bloated version of Nic Cage. But, Steven likes bees and things getting “burned”.
At this point, does Steven even believe most of the bullshit he spouts out?
By the way, did you know he even tried to get a video game released too? I am not making this up. It failed and was never released. In some alt-universe, this thing was released and the gaming market crashed and burned and there weren't any Playstations or Xboxes.
Yep, you actually go around beating up random scientists and repairmen.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This Guy is Pissed

This Guy is Pissed
I love that his friend tries and tries to get him to go home and calm down. Everything got worst when he called that woman the c-word. That was a bit too far. I have anger issues, but even I won't take it that far.
things could have gotten a lot worst that's for sure.
The lawyer's name is Kirby, but I don't think he's a fluffy-looking marshmallow thing that eats everthing.
By the way, this appeared on Reddit this week, but the video is over a year old. I did some digging and it seems the people outside were protesters and this Kirby guy. Kirby has been released from working with the school district.

As AOL stated, Kirby isn't listed on their law firm site. Was he let go from the firm or just removed from the site? By the way, here is the story behind the story on This American Life. It seems to be pretty shitty.  

Kanye West, come on, man

Kanye West, come on, man
What does it matter if everyone some stands up or not? The man is just crazy with his super ego. Man, this is cringe worthy.
Come on, Mr. West.  Shake it off. 
When I heard and read this story, I couldn't believe it first. The two people that “refused” to stand up were disabled. One was in a wheelchair another one has a prosthetic leg.  Was Mr. West going to go into the crowd and "heal" them with the power of his ego?  
 Oh, but it gets worst...
From CNN.com, ((After sending someone over to investigate why the two concertgoers weren't standing, West quickly clarified that "if you're using a wheelchair, then it's fine. ... Only if he's in a wheelchair." ))
Wow, that pretty douche baggy for even him. You had to send someone over to confirm it?
What gets me is the audience boos the two disabled people.
From CNN.com, ((When he spotted two people who still weren't standing, West initially griped, "This was the longest I've had to wait to do a song. It's unbelievable." ))
Shut the F' up Kanye and this is coming from a man that loves his music. That really got to me.
And, here is his foolish rant that goes nowhere.

You're not a bad person, Kanye. You're just an a-hole almost in the same league as William Shatner. I like Mr. West's music, but he makes it hard to like him though.  
Here's a great Kanye West moment or "movement"

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Father’s Day: A tale of violence and anger (Part 2 of 3)

Father’s Day: A tale of violence and anger
Side Note: After writing up the first post, I recently saw a picture of my entire family.  All four of us were sitting in a professional studio taking a family picture.  There we were, sitting together all smiles.  I looked so young and skinny.  My brother was tiny.  Yet, we looked like one big happy family. 
Maybe we played it up for the camera, or maybe we truly believed everything was going to all right with our family of four. 
We were wrong…
The Incident
As I wrote before, my father progressively got more and more violent and angry.  So, much so, that I realized he changed.  He was no longer really my father, but someone I deeply feared.  Not to really be too writer(ry) but he become a monster of sorts. 
If I didn’t do something correctly, I’d get the belt. 
I believe this happened around my first year of middle school. I could be wrong. 
One school night, my mother I believe was out at the store.  It was late, and I believe my brother and I stayed up a little too late…way beyond our bedtime.  
I remember my father yelling at us to go to bed.  He was REALLY pissed at this point.
Why was he filled with so much rage tonight?  Why was it so important for us to go bed? 
My brother and I had different rooms.  In my doorway, there stood my father belt in hand.  We got into an argument as I lay in bed. 
“I said go to sleep!” father yelled out.  After stating this, he swung his belt downward, striking me in my bear legs. 
The pain was instant and greater than beating I’ve ever had before.  As the tears ran down my cheeks, I looked up at him.  He was out of control.  I was looking at someone that wasn’t my father anymore.  He hated me and he wanted to do me harm. 
“Stop it!” I yelled back, holding my legs. 
“I said, go to sleep!” he spat back to me.  He followed this up with a harder strike from his belt. 
The strike was one of the worst things I’ve ever felt. 
It was at this moment that a hundred thoughts went through my mind.  The hate was really strong in mind.  I actually remember all the times he called me a “dummy” or threats of physical violence.  I remember every time he didn’t want to be bothered with me.  I also remember the recent beatings.  This all came to me as the pain ran through my body. 
I had to make decision at this moment.  Was I going to let this monster continue to strike me and perhaps turn on my younger brother?  Or Was I going to stand up to him? 
The pain was even worst.  Damn, the pain. 
This had to end one way or another. 
“Stop it!  Stop it!” I yelled. 
He struck me again.  And that was the final straw.  I leaped from my bed and on to him like a cat.  I started to punch him with my 12-year-old fists.  I really can’t remember where I punched him, but there were numerous. 
Sadly, this was a powerful and fully-grown man.  I wasn’t even a teen yet. 
My fruitless punches stopped. Because I felt a hard force come down on me.  I felt pain and a blackout.  He hit me a few times.  The blows were so hard that the strength just pushed me down to the floor.  These punched were far more powerful than the belt strikes. 
I am not sure what was worst, the physical pain or the mental pain of being beaten down.  I lay there on the floor crying. 
“James, are you okay?  I’m sorry.  Get up,” my father said.  His voice had softened at this point.  There was concern in his voice.  He had finally realized the severity of what he did. 
He touched my arm. 
I quickly shrugged his gesture of “goodwill” off.  “Get away from me.  Just get away,” I managed to say through the pain and tears. 
He quickly left my room, and I managed to crawl back into the bed.  I encased myself with my covers as if they were force shields.  The tears still flowed. 
I heard his footsteps throughout the house.  They were hurried footsteps.  A few minutes later, I heard twin latches to a suitcase open for a few moments and close.  I heard his voice. 
“I’m going away for a while.”
With that statement, I heard him run down the stairs and through the front door.  He started up his car, and I heard the sound of his car driving off. 
Even with the sharp pain to my head, there was a sense of relief.  The monster was gone. 
In the distance, I heard something.   Sniffling in the other room.  My brother was crying because he heard everything.  EVERYTHING.  I wanted to get out to the covers and console him, but I was too afraid to leave my bed.  
So, we lay there crying. 
With all the horrible things that happened that night, this was a major turning point in all of our lives.  In some ways, our lives turn out for the better. 
  I’ll get into what happened next time, but this has been really intense for me to write this.
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