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Recently I’ve seen a few things that were a little strange, and begged the question, is it just me or is this just all kinds of wrong? 

  1. Too old for tank tops – I saw an older woman with gray hair wearing a midriff top.  Now, she wasn’t that much bigger than this girl in the pic to the right, but still, it was wrong. She was old enough to be somebody’s grandma (or great grandma in these days). Soo, how old is too old to wear a midriff top? 18? 21? Or just when it should be obvious that you shouldn’t be walking out of the house looking like that?
  2. Questionable parenting – Over the weekend I saw a couple come in the restaurant I was at and while they were figuring out where to sit, placed their baby (who was still in his/her car seat) on the floor of the restaurant. Now, I don’t even have kids, but if I did, I sure wouldn’t be putting them on the floor at a FRIDAYS restaurant. No telling what was on that floor… Is it just me? Is it ever OK to put your baby on the floor of a public place/restaurant?  
  3. Auto tune in Gospel music – I feel some type of way about this. I caught Marvin Winans Jr.’s video recently for “Never Let Me Down.” It took me a minute to realize it was a gospel song even though it was on BET on a Sunday. It was the same reaction I had to “The God In Me,” by Mary Mary (which I like). At first, I was like, who is this? What are they saying? And then finally realizing it was gospel. I remember when I was younger and Kirk Franklin was getting big that there was this controversy with older folks saying his music was too secular sounding. I was a big Kirk Franklin fan (still am) and couldn’t see what the issue was. I don’t know though… I still feel some type of way about gospel songs in auto tune. If you listen to gospel, do you see an issue with it, or is it just like with Kirk Franklin in the ‘90s — the artists are trying to stay current to reach young people?
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Why Lord? Why? And I saw this mess after watching the BET awards. Straight foolishness. A piece of my soul died after watching BET for 3 1/2 hours last night. The other half wept at this video. Who thought this was OK?  Child, boo. Extra boo on you for doing that to yourself.

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Pastor Ken Pagano says he wants to show that gun owners are law-abiding. AP

Pastor Ken Pagano says he wants to show that gun owners are law-abiding. AP

A pastor in the US state of Kentucky told his flock to bring handguns to church in what he said was an effort to promote safe gun ownership.

 

Pastor Ken Pagano told parishioners to bring their unloaded guns to New Bethel Church in Louisville for a service celebrating the right to bear arms.

He said he acted after church members voiced fears the Obama administration could tighten gun control laws.

When the service began, some 200 people were present.

“We are wanting to send a message that there are legal, civil, intelligent and law-abiding citizens who also own guns,” Mr Pagano told the congregation.

“If it were not for a deep-seated belief in the right to bear arms, this country would not be here today,” he said.

 

The pastor also held a handgun raffle, as well as providing information on gun safety.

About 10 members of a private local militia also attended, the Courier-Journal said.

A coalition of religious groups and campaigners held a rival gun-free event at the same time on the other side of Louisville. BBC News

 This whole story just rubs me the wrong way. From the fact that he was inspired to do this because so many of his parishioners were afraid President Obama is coming to take their guns away, to the fact that he’s encouraging them to bring guns to church. I’m sorry, but I don’t want my pastor brandishing a gun at church. I just don’t. And members of the local militia were in attendance to that particular sermon. That’s a sign right there. I’m disturbed on a couple of levels.

What do you all think about this story?

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jaime betOverall thoughts of this uber-long show:

1. The highlight: When Janet Jackson walked out. Janet’s first appearance as the selected family member to speak sobered up the show.She looked like a family member in mourning. Joe Jackson on the other hand…

2. Why was Joe Jackson there? No, really, why was Joe Jackson there? Your son just died and you’re partying it up with BET? Not a good look.

3. BET could have cut out half of the first half of horrible performances to make more time for better M.J. tributes. But that’s expecting too much from BET.

4. Why did ya’ll let Don Cornelius talk so long?

5. For real though, who was in charge of the M.J. tributes?

6. The ads for the upcoming new BET shows looked a hot mess. Tiny and Toya? Frankie and Neffie? A Monique late night show? An obvious rip off show from The Food Network? Do Better BET. Do Better

7. Half-way through I realized why I can’t watch this much BET. Wheww Lord this was some hot mess thrown together on a platter of randomness.

8. Other highlights: Maxwelllilwayneomggirls‘s performance. Queen Latifah popping up with Mary Mary. The O’Jays.

Note: How I turned away from the screen for two seconds and missed the young tweens dancing on stage to “Every Girl in the World” I don’t know.But it’s still disturbing. SMH at Wayne, Drake and BET for this. But if you’ve ever watched BET, this doesn’t come to all that much of a surprise.

7: 58 — I missed the pre-awards show because I was working on something else. My brother informed me that I missed a Pleasure P performance. Looks like I made the right decision skipping the pre-awards stuff.

8: 00 — So we’re starting off with the M.J.! Okay then.

8: 01 — Is that New Edition!

8: 02 — And Bobby’s there. Aww lawd! I don’t know what he has on though (more…)

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Note: If you’ve read the blog for a minute, you should know of my undying Lupe love.

Anyway, I don’t know if I’m just in a goofy mood today or what, but I’ve been laughing all afternoon at videos I’m finding online. This is Lupe during a recent concert in Chicago last night. He stopped to pull an audience member up to dance. The dance battle killed me. I died laughing a couple of times watching this video. Man, I wish I was at that concert.  So funnty.

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Aww lawd, the audio clip below made me laugh sooo hard. Apparently Rush Limbaugh has found a connection between the cheating S.C. governor and President Obama. Give a listen:

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Obama’s trying to kill spirit! Sanford was just trying to govern and then Obama came in with all that stimulus talk and just messed him up. He had no choice but to cheat on his wife! He just wanted to enjoy life before Obama took away everything he had.

LMAO at Rush Limbaugh for this foolery. So now we’re just blaming everything on Obama?

Okay, well I’m just going to tell my credit card company that I’m late on the bill because I lost my spirit once Obama took office. “To hell with it all!”

I’ll get back to you Mr. Rush on how the situation with the late payment plays out.

One of the comments on Media Matters.com says it all:

THIS JUST IN:

Rush blames Obama for Michael Jackson’s death!!!

“MJ had a cardiac arrest because he knew his taxes were going to go up in the future because of Obama!”

Too funny.

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I haven’t written a Do Better post in a minute. But this story was just crying out to make it into the series. 

MIAMI (Reuters) – A fight broke out on a Florida bus when news of Michael Jackson’s death sparked debate over whether he should be remembered as a great musical talent, and one passenger was charged with assault, police said on Friday.

The bus was moving through the city of North Lauderdale on Thursday when passenger James Kiernan received a text message about Jackson’s death on his cell phone, and he read it aloud on the bus, the Broward County Sheriff’s Department said.

The unidentified bus driver opined that “Michael Jackson should have been in jail long ago,” prompting Kiernan, 60, to retort that “the world just lost a great musical talent,” the police report said.

It said the last remark enraged another passenger, Henry Wideman, who started a swearing match with Kiernan, then pulled out a knife and chased Kiernan down the aisle with it.

The driver called his dispatcher and pulled over near a convenience store to wait for sheriff’s deputies, who arrested Wideman, 54. He remained in jail on Friday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

I just have to shake my head from the beginning to end of this story. First of all, this would be foolery regardless of age, but why are 50 year olds and 60 year olds brawling over M.J.’s death? I can’t accept this mess. At first reaction, I wanted to laugh at the ridiculessness of this, but I can’t. It’s been said that with age comes wisdom. Well, that’s clearly not the case here. Miami/Lauderdale folks – please get your people. Yes, your people. Go on ahead and claim ’em.

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