Let's talk about the reactions to the torture report

Yes President Obama, we did indeed "torture some folks".

Former president Bush said that we did not, but now, of course, we know that is a lie. Or maybe not. Maybe former president Bush was misled as well. I bet Dick Cheney knew that we "tortured some folks". Methinks he protests a bit too much about the release of this report by The Senate Intelligence Committee.

It's not a "bunch of hooey" Mr. Cheney, you should be in jail.

We are now being told that the CIA used tactics that are "brutal and flawed", and according to one of the senators who was responsible for the release of the report; it is a "stain on our values and history."

Those on the right side of the political divide will tell you that this is no big deal, and that this program was needed to stop the next September 11 type attack from taking place in our homeland.

This is the position of Dick Cheney and some of the other apologists for the ignoble and inhuman act that is torture. We know now that this is not true. These torture programs did not stop one terrorist act from taking place on our shores, and it did not help us to kill Osama bin Laden.

So now that we know that America is no different than any other Third World country, and that we do not respect the rule of law; we have to ask ourselves if it was all worth it. I, for one, do not think that it was. But I am just a small time left wing progressive blogger from Philadelphia. Senator John McCain, who was himself tortured, apparently has no love for torturing folks, either. I will defer to him on this subject."
Um, excuse me...but is anyone else unimpressed with the cries of shock and dismay about the torture report?  People talmabout "we're not that kind of country" and "we shouldn't sink to other countries' level" - bitch, please...the United States of America was born on "that" level, okay?  It was built on that level.  Some of the shit the CIA did looked like it came straight out the pages of The Slave-Owner's Guide to Running a Plantation (While Keeping the Natives at Bay).

America's addiction to violence, degradation, and overall sociopathy is not news, children.  At least not to some of us.  We knew shit like this has been going on for a while.  Before the report came out, were we not just talking about a black man being murdered on camera and his killer walking fancy free?  Were we not just talking about police slaughtering literally hundreds of civilians of all colors every year without no repercussions?  Were we not just talking about a black man being killed every 28 hours in this country by white cops and vigilantes?

So what's with the "surprise"?  Commenters across the web are decrying governmental hypocrisy - what about the social hypocrisy?  What about all the deniers - who vote and paid taxes - who've gone on and on and on about how American history isn't as fucked as colored folk some people make it out to be, how this is "the greatest country on urf" and that anyone who has a problem with, well, anything needs to just leave*?

Negro, please.  *sips rum and Pepsi*

See Also

"But What about Black-on-Black Crime?" is not a valid answer to Ferguson or Anything

*By the way...just an FYI: a lot us ARE trying to get out of this fucking country.  If we weren't stuck in an awfully convenient situation of shitty wages + long hours + rising costs of living, we'd've saved our money, learned new languages, and long been out this mug.  Instead, every time we want a new sweater for winter or some gas in our tank or just to go out to grab a burger from the cheapest joint we know, we get stuck making life-and-death decisions...wondering if the numbers in our checking account are randomly, drastically going to change overnight after we swipe our card.


Motherland (2010)

So while browsing African music to jam to in my car, I came across Sona Jobarteh's Motherland, which is the score to a documentary of the same name. Peep the trailer:

Motherland (Enat Hager) is the most powerful documentary on Africa. Fusing history, culture, politics, and contemporary issues, Motherland sweeps across Africa to tell a new story of a dynamic continent.

From the glory and majesty of Africa’s past through its complex and present history. Motherland looks unflinchingly toward a positive Pan-African future. With breathtaking cinematography and a fluid soundtrack, Motherland is a beautiful illustration of global African diversity and unity.


Oumar (@hey_khalifornia)

Y'all...that fro....*breathless sigh*
Some of you will recall a while back that I did a post on actor Khalif Boyd.  The intent was to cover Mr. Boyd and then cover Nigerian singer Brymo directly after him.

However...around that time, Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri and that immediately drew the Bar's attention.  And to me, in a way, that was social commentary in and of itself.  Here we are, POC of the blogosphere and vlogosphere, trying to build each other up, celebrate each other's accomplishments, and then a horrific event comes along and disrupts our positive momentum.

With Khalif Boyd, Brymo, and Michael Brown all on my mind in a constant furious rotation, I immediately began to wonder: what if a young brown man is killed by the cops...but doesn't exactly stay dead?

Thus Oumar was born. Part of Middle Child Press's ongoing Free Fiction Series, Khalif Boyd inspires the character of Oumar, a young psychology doctoral candidate who's murdered by the Houston police.  In death, Oumar discovers he has an extremely rare gift.

As for Brymo...his music helped with the opening credits.

Now that I finally have a laptop again, I can happily write all the chapters I want this weekend.  Stop by Dark & Twisty and let me know what you think of Oumar!


The Bar Loves Carlos Valdés (@Tha_Los)

So after weeks of dodging The Flash, I'm officially hooked.  I didn't think the CW had it in them.  I mean these are the people who gave us Reign for pygmy's sake.

In addition to the fabulous Candice Patton, Carlos Valdés as Cisco Ramon caught my eye immediately.  Patrons...every so often TV unleashes a character that is so much of what you want that you have to wonder if your prayer's been answered personally.

Cute nerd?  Check.  POC?  Check, check.  Long hair???  Aw, shit....


Open Mic Night

Like I was saying on my Dark & Twisty blog, I'm not silent due to lack of time or ideas; it's a comfort issue.  I'm counting down to when I can get a laptop so I can put my feet when I write.  I have a lot to say.

So for now, drink and talk amongst yourselves while I interview one of the actresses from MisSpelled.  I even have a topic in mind, like how ISIS and Ebola were strictly about getting the world to stop talking about Ferguson.  So mad love to We Are Respectable Negroes for refusing to stop talking about the murder of Michael Brown.

What about you, Bar Patrons?


The Bar Loves Gina Rodriguez (@HereIsGina)

After the cancellation of Selfie, I'm on Red Alert for other POC-led shows.

I just watched all four episodes of newcomer Jane the Virgin and I gotta say...1) This show is awesome, and 2) Gina Rodriguez is flawless.

Without a doubt, Jane the Virgin is a telenovela, filled with zany twists and highly unlikely events.  But that's the point.  It's Ugly Betty with neither the ugly nor the nerd factor.  The idea of a steadfast virginal "good girl" getting knocked up via accidental insemination is the stuff of genius.  The scene where the doctor tells Jane she's pregnant is incredibly hilarious.

The show is also totally helping me learn some Spanish.

And Gina is just sexy, y'all.  She's slender, but curvy, with beautiful eyes and skin.  And she's a great actress; her interaction with the actresses playing her mother and grandmother are electric and genuine, and her comedic timing is laugh-out-loud good.  Not only do I want her show to have several seasons, I want her career to really go somewhere.  At the age of 30, she's ready to take off.  She's ready to have all eyes on her.

She's totally earned it.


The Bar Simply Adores Marsai Martin

I don't know why more people aren't talking about ABC's Black-ishThis show is hilarious and actually provides some great commentary on sexism, racism, parenting, childhood, and being a nerd.

I love, love, love Marsai Martin who plays Diane Johnson.  Diane is the smarter half of the twins (the two younger children of the four) and a quintessential Black Girl Nerd.  I am completely ecstatic that such a character exists on TV right now.  She wears glasses and prim outfits, and she uses big words.  Her siblings never fully comprehend what she's saying, and Rainbow, her mom, has already accepted that out of all the kids, only Diane can follow in her footsteps and become a doctor.

Marsai herself is an eloquent, phenomenal young actress.  Her comedic timing is flawless, her facial expressions are on point, and her voice is made of the purest charm.

I also like how Diane's perception vastly differs from her siblings.  At the end of Episode 5 (the most talked about episode of the series thus far), her older siblings think Jack has gotten spanked and are terrified about being next.  But Diane's biggest concern is that she owes her grandfather fifty bucks.

Like...this is so my girl!!!!

You Vote

There's a lot going on right now in these disunited states, and although I prefer to celebrate the lives of POC and their accomplishments (you know, stuff to make us happy), I'll let you decide.  Do you want me to weigh in on some shit or do you want me to continue doing what I do?  Because I've been going back and forth and I can't make up my mind.