Before you go any further, read this...
1. an uneducated white farm laborer, esp. from the South.
2. a bigot or reactionary, esp. from the rural working class.
It goes on to say that redneck is A slang term, usually for a rural white southerner who is politically conservative, racist, and a religious fundamentalist. This term is generally considered offensive. It originated in reference to agricultural workers, alluding to how the back of a person's neck will be burned by the sun if he works long hours in the fields.
While I can't say all that fits me to a tee, a lot of it is pretty damn close.
You see, I lost both my parents before I turned 12 years old. I bounced around in a couple of foster homes before moving in with my uncle when I tuned 15. By age 17, I was on my own. I dropped out of school half way through 11th grade so I could go to work full time. Three months after my 18th birthday, I got behind the wheel of a cab for the first time.
I've learned more about life in 28 years in a hack than any philosopher ever could know. I've had multi-million dollar businessmen, celebrities and pro athletes as well as crack whores, drug dealers and murderers in my cab. I refuse to be an airport jockey or one of those guys that only stages at the hotels, so unfortunately, I have to deal with more of the bottom feeders of life than I do the upper crust.
It is the dealings that I've had the bad apples that has made me what I am today...
The Redneck Cabbie.
You see, to escape the madness of the city streets, my mind drifts off (not while I'm driving) to a quiet country town. A place where everyone knows everyone, and a man's handshake is as binding a contract as a person needs. A place where friends gather to down a couple of cold ones and listen to music that you can actually understand the words.
A place where young men don't walk around with their pants falling down over their ass, and young ladies don't have to dress like sluts to draw a man's attention.
I think you get the picture. I know, boring as whale shit to most city folks. I'd be living in a town just like that if it weren't for the fact that there's just not much demand for my line of work in most small towns.
This blog will reflect these feelings. If I seem a little bitter now and then, its just because that wonderful little town is nowhere in my near future, and because the life expectancy of someone in my line of work doesn't extend much past retirement age, all I can do is dream about it.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
“HGH [human growth hormone] is nothing,” the 61-year-old actor tells Time magazine in its Feb. 4 issue.
“Anyone who calls it a steroid is grossly misinformed.”
Because it is nearly undetectable, human growth hormone has become a substance of great concern in major league baseball and other sports battling allegations of rampant doping.
“Testosterone to me is so important for a sense of well-being when you get older,” Stallone says. “Everyone over 40 years old would be wise to investigate it because it increases the quality of your life. Mark my words. In 10 years it will be over the counter.”
Stallone directed and co-wrote the new Rambo movie, which arrived in theaters Friday.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
I saw this pic, from what I think was last April, posted in a usenet group attributed to fans of Rush Limbaugh.
The post suggested that Obama was buddy-buddy with race huckster, Al Sharpton.
As noted, this image was posted in the New York Times last April, long before Obama announced his run for the White House.
I also remember hearing since that Sharpton is backing Hillary Clinton.
You have to remember, Sharpton has never met a photo op he didn't like. While supporting Clinton, mark my words, if Obama isn't your next president, "America is a nation of racists" will be the the battle cry from Sharpton's mouth.
I like Barack. I think he has the leadership skills to bring this country back together. I just hope there is not a cabinet post awaiting Reverend Al should he win the election.
So here goes...
Lori and I are leaving Corpus Christi at the end of the month. We are going to attempt to settle in Little Rock.
Lori was having a hard time finding a job for her skill set (other than cab driving) that paid worth a damn. She already has some leads up there. As for me, I'm just going to do what I do best. Well... other than sleep.
I will miss Corpus. Unfortunatly, the economy is just a little too sluggish down here. The city has a world of potential. Hopefully, some day, it will realize it.
There will be a couple of things I won't miss. Corpus is going south... literally. Instead of redeveloping the area west of the bayfront, the city has sprawled southward into what once was farmland. Developers are building faster than sewer, water and road development can keep up. Meanwhile, the area due west of the downtown bayfront is full of abandoned buildings and transient motels that double as meth labs and crack houses.
One other thing that makes my skin crawl out here is the way people treat the public restrooms. In my line of work, using a gas station bathroom is a way of life. Unfortunately finding piss covered seats and tagged walls is all too common. (even in better neighborhoods) The worst though is finding a trash can by the commode filled with used toilet paper. Am I missing something here? Was this a tradition brought up from Mexico. Please...
Anyway... I look forward to the challenge of learning yet another city. Thank God for my Garmin.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
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Saturday, January 19, 2008
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008
As Obama and his wife, Michelle, strolled triumphantly into his victory party in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 3, Jay-Z's "99 Problems" was blaring — a song where Jay raps, "I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one."
Most listeners took it as a not-so-sly reference to Clinton. "We didn't know he used that," a shocked Clinton spokesperson said.
Obama has no problem admitting he's a rap fan. "I tell you what. I can tell you the kinds of stuff that I love dancing to, and that is, I'm sort of, of the generation of Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire," he told CNN along the campaign trail.
"But I'm sort of hip to the younger stuff. You know, like Beyoncé's 'Crazy in Love.' That's a good song to dance to. Eminem . . . although he curses sometimes." Clinton seems less committed to any theme-musical style. She made a "Sopranos" spoof video last year to unveil her official campaign song, "You and I," by Céline Dion. The lyrics go: "High above the mountains, far across the sea, I can hear your voice calling out to me." The song later disappeared from her campaign, however.
But maybe Clinton could use a rap number of her own. Lil' Kim's hit, "Can't [bleep] With Queen Bee," would have been perfect to celebrate her win in New Hampshire. It goes: "It's a new day, and all you . . . back-stabbing . . . haters, you're all history. So you can hate, or hail the Queen. I got a vision, I think for the future, baby."
Instead, she entered her New Hampshire victory party to "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. But now, she's using the Big Head Todd and the Monsters rock song, "Blue Sky." The lyrics go: "Yes you can change the world, true love discovers. She stands, and she won't back down. Oh, yes, you can change the world. There is no other one, just see if you can find blue sky." "We use a variety of songs, those are the most recent," said Clinton's spokesperson.
Washington Post Staff Writer
A day after his remarks about Sen. Barack Obama helped fuel a rancorous debate about race in the Democratic presidential contest, an unapologetic Robert L. Johnson described how frustrating it is to be on the other side of a candidate he compared to Teflon.
"We've always said we need a perfect, well-spoken, Harvard-educated black candidate who would prove we've transcended race," the billionaire African American businessman and supporter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) said in an interview yesterday. "Well, now we've got him and nobody knows how to campaign against him."
Johnson reiterated that he was referring to Obama's earlier career as a community organizer when he said during an appearance on behalf of Clinton on Sunday in Columbia, S.C., that the senator from Illinois needs to explain his past. And he elaborated on what he meant when he called Obama "Sidney," a reference to Sidney Poitier's well-mannered character in the film "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner."
"What has happened, in my opinion, is that what we have created is the quote-unquote 'perfect candidate' that's like in the movies, that has absolutely no blemishes," a vision that is unrealistic, said Johnson, who started Black Entertainment Television and has been a friend of the Clintons for two decades.
He said Obama has avoided talking about race, a tactic that Johnson said made him acceptable to the largely white electorate of Iowa. Obama won the state's Democratic caucuses on Jan. 3. "White America is saying, 'He's safe for us, he should be safe for you guys,' " Johnson said, referring to blacks. "We're letting other people pick our leaders."
"The Obama campaign -- win, lose or draw -- is going to have to address race," Johnson said. "If we don't have this debate about race within the Democratic Party . . . we could find ourselves with a division in this party as we go up against whoever the Republicans put up."
Johnson said that one of President Bill Clinton's political strengths was his ability to connect with black voters, and that it is an ability shared by his wife. "This is a fight between who's going to control the liberal soul of the party," Johnson said. "The people who don't like the Clintons have found the Clintons' worst nightmare -- a very dynamic, talented black man to run up against them."
Johnson is known within the media industry as a tough-dealing, visionary businessman, apt to take a high-stakes risk in a sometimes unpredictable fashion, somewhat like fellow media mogul Ted Turner. He launched BET in 1979 with $15,000. Johnson earned praise for creating a cable channel that catered to black viewers, but he also drew criticism for its raunchy hip-hop videos, which some viewers said reinforced negative stereotypes.
Unbowed, Johnson and his wife, Sheila, became billionaires when they sold BET to Viacom in 2000 for $3 billion. The couple later divorced. Sheila Crump Johnson, now president of the Washington Mystics WNBA team, is backing Obama.
Johnson, 61, met the Clintons at a weekend retreat two decades ago at the Martha's Vineyard home of activist Marian Wright Edelman. He reconnected with them in 1988 and joined other prominent blacks from business and entertainment in backing Bill Clinton's presidential run in 1992, donating to the campaign and the party. "But I never got to stay in the Lincoln Bedroom," Johnson said.
Since 1990, Johnson has donated $2 million to congressional and presidential candidates, and 99 percent of that has gone to Democrats, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. He has given $14,800 to Hillary Clinton since she first ran for the Senate in 2000. He gave $4,500 total to Obama during the 2004 and 2006 cycles, but none so far during this campaign, the CRP reports.
After Bill Clinton left office, he and Johnson traded professional favors, Johnson said. When Johnson was bidding to buy the Charlotte Bobcats NBA team, he asked Clinton to call league Commissioner David Stern and put in a good word for him, which Clinton did.
Likewise, when Hillary Clinton was considering her presidential run in late 2006, Johnson got a call from her staff, asking if she and her husband could use Johnson's vacation home in Anguilla. Johnson said he was staying there at the time but left to make room for the Clintons.
Staff researcher Richard Drezen contributed to this report.
Could it be that just maybe, there our more important issues facing our country than race?
BTW... I'm still looking for someone to help me bankroll WET (White Entertainment Television) We'd start with David Allen Coe videos and reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard an My Name is Earl. Maybe a little Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy for the weekends.
I'm sure Barack will get around to addressing race. When he does, will Bob Johnson listen? Or does he think he's not black enough to know from which he speaks?
Friday, January 11, 2008
...if he would have stood by his word.
Not that anyone would, but if someone were to publish a newsletter in my name, I'd be damn sure I read every word before it hit the streets. If you think about it, was anything attributed to this newsletter wrong?
Even if the the words in these newsletters were were written by Ron Paul himself, it does not make him a racist, it makes him a realist. Now maybe there was a little sarcasm mixed in, but the point made was right on the money.
It's about time that ALL Americans get their head out of the sand, and understand what's really happening in our inner-cities.
A man on the run from police since his teenage daughters were found shot to death in a taxicab on New Year's Day had threatened to hurt one of the girls for dating a non-Muslim boy, according to police documents.
Authorities deflected questions Wednesday about whether the sisters, who had both a Christian and Muslim memorial service, might have been victims of an "honor killing."
"There's a lot of speculation out there right now," Irving police spokesman Richard Gilmette said. "We have no solid information."
Amina Said, 18, and her sister Sarah, 17, were found shot multiple times in a cab outside a suburban Dallas hotel. Police found them after one of the girls called 911 from a cell phone and said she was dying. A capital murder warrant has been issued for Yaser Said, 50, who has not been seen since the Lewisville High School students were found dead.
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Gail Gattrell, the sisters' great-aunt, has called the deaths an "honor killing," in which a woman is murdered by a relative to protect her family's honor.
According to a police report released Tuesday, a family member told investigators that Yaser Said threatened "bodily harm" against Sarah for going on a date with a non-Muslim.
The police documents, first obtained by Dallas television station KXAS, also show that Patricia Said fled with her daughters in the week before the girls were killed because she was in "great fear for her life."
She asked police if she needed to do anything to prevent her husband from getting information about the girls when they enrolled in a different school, according to the documents.
Gilmette said police had no information on the father's whereabouts. The department on Wednesday taped a segment for "America's Most Wanted" in hopes of finding him, Gilmette said.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
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Sunday, January 6, 2008
No... this is not my video.
Yes, it does make you wonder why we invaded Iraq. Were they a direct threat to this country? To our "interests?"
It's no doubt that the US was looking for a fight after 9-11, and smoking the Taliban out of Afghanistan was just too easy. But, why Iraq? Osama was not there, was he?
In my opinion, we lost focus. Instead of stopping at nothing to find Osama, this country opted for "shock and awe" in Iraq, and yes, many innocent people died.
Now one could make the argument that our presence in Iraq drew al-al-Qaeda "out of the wood work," but I still think we should have continued to pursue them in Afghanistan and maybe Pakistan. But, I'm sorry, I still think Iraq was a mistake.
One we'll be paying for, for a long time.
Friday, January 4, 2008
Huckabee's campaign featured a glowing cross in one television commercial and the ancient Christian symbol of a fish as the backdrop in another. And he slipped Biblical quotes and paraphrases into his campaign rap -- even suggesting when he pulled an attack ad that he did so because "we want to do unto others as we wish they would do unto us."
It worked in Iowa, where evangelical Christians have been prime players in Republican politics for three decades.
A CNN survey of Republican caucusgoers Thursday found that six in 10 identified themselves as "born-again" Christians. Huckabee won the support of 46 percent of them, while just 19 percent backed Romney.
So it was that, while he was outspent by what he estimated to be a 15-1 margin, and while he faced a withering attacks from rival Mitt Romney's camp and independent groups, Huckabee was able to hold his position and score a remarkable statewide win in Iowa.
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican who did not endorse a candidate, bluntly said after Huckabee beat Romney by 10 points that the victory of the former Arkansas governor could be attributed to "loyalty from evangelical Christians."
To Grassley's view, Huckabee's scripture-sampling campaign was a smooth "fit" with Iowa evangelicals -- both stylistically and emotionally.
But now the campaign moves to New Hampshire, a state where the religious right has never enjoyed a political foothold. New Hampshire Republicans are anti-tax and anti-government crusaders, but they have never been Christian crusaders.
They also vote in a primary, as opposed to caucuses that favor campaigns with committed supporters who are willing to give not just a vote but a full evening to the cause.
So the Huckabee campaign is retooling itself fast.
Suddenly, the "Christian leader" is just a "leader."
Huckabee arrived in New Hampshire Friday morning with new literature that drops the religious references used in Iowa and plans for a television advertising campaign that will eschew the crosses and fish that meant so much to his Iowa base.
Huckabee is nothing if not consistent. Sure, he losing the religious trappings that served him well in Iowa, but he's remaining every bit the crassly calculating and cynically manipulative politician that he has proven himself to be from the start of this campaign.
Maybe so... At least he hides it better than Hillary.