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Hey!!!! Conservative Girl- Don’t Come Around Here No More July 4, 2011

Back in the 1980’s I never knew that a song from one of my favorite musical artist would be so politically polarizing.   My high school boyfriend and I were on the outs (again) because it was a union that was never consummated beyond some heavy petting in the stacks of the Chicago Public Library. During my romantic  off seasons, my Sony Walkman was playing some sad tunes.  This was how I came to know Tom Petty- at least in song and video.  “Don’t Come Around Here No More” summed up my teenage angst perfectly.  African American Afrocity in hormonal wonderland- ends up nothing more than a piece of cake to be indulged and devoured piece by piece in the mouths of the pubescent patriarchy.  I borrowed the identity of the visual- the wandering girl- little did I know that I would be at the wrong end of Tom Petty’s preferred customer spectrum because I am a conservative.

From an article in the Washington Post:

Posted 06/28/2011

Tom Petty not pleased with Michele Bachmann’s use of ‘American Girl’

By Sarah Anne Hughes

Michele Bachmann may be an “American Girl.” But Tom Petty wants to make it clear, she’s not his.

NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell interviewed Bachmann on Monday’s “Nightly News with Brian Williams” as the presidential hopeful kicked off her campaign in Waterloo, Iowa. During the interview, Bachmann made the now well-known John Wayne gaffe. But there was another mistake made that day.

O’Donnell reported that Petty’s manager has asked Bachmann’s campaign to stop using the song “American Girl,” which was played at the end of the kickoff.

Petty’s people previously asked George W. Bush to not use his music. But Hillary Clinton did use “American Girl” during her 2008 campaign.

Ok Mr. Petty lets be honest here. If it were Hillary Clinton that used your song would you have been okay with it?
Was Fleetwood Mac horrified when Bill Clinton’s campaign used “Don’t Stop”?
No of course not- the Clintons are liberals after all and therefore it is okay for them to play whatever they want during public appearances because most musicians are liberals- so it seems.
Was the music band Heart upset when the played “Barracuda” as Gov. Palin – a conservative pro-lifer – took the stage during the 2008 Presidential Campaign as John McCain’s running mate?  You betcha.
Normally when you want to use an artist’s song, you pay them for the rights to do so.  The McCain Campaign claimed they did so.  These same musicians are not sending “cease and desist” letters to the millions of Republicans that download their music on iTunes or Amazon.  Our conservative money seemed good enough for you then.  However, when a conservative wants to use music as a means of “rallying the base”  suddenly an acid test for rights and reproductions seems to come into play.

Chicago Tribune Photo of Men at last week's Gay Pride Parade...Would Tom Petty have approved if "American Girl" was playing loudly as they paraded in the streets?

I did not know that a musicians listeners had be a part of some sort  political affinity group of their choosing.  When I listen to a song, I do not care if the singer is a liberal or a conservative- at least I didn’t until recently.   My Apple downloads happen about once a month.   In March of this year I was in the grocery store and they were playing “Road to Nowhere”  by the Talking Heads.  Ah, another one of my 80’s favorites. Immediately, I made a mental note to download it later.  That night I purchased the song along with “It Ain’t Enough” by Corey Heart,  “Hungry Heart” by Bruce Springsteen,  “Go Insane” by Lindsey Buckingham,  “A Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen and “Water of Love” by Dire Straits.    Stop laughing!!! I was having a longing for my youthful past and slimmer thighs.
While dancing around my apartment channeling a smooth derriere, imagine my surprise when I saw this:
Obviously, the main trouble here is that Christ did not ask for permission to use the song- but is that all that is to this.
Do Democrats ever get sued over the usage of songs from popular musicians.
According to this article at Slate.com, the answer is yes…but rarely:

Do Rock Stars Dislike Democrats, Too?

By Stephen Spencer Davis

Posted Thursday, Jun. 30, 2011

…When news broke of Bachmann’s legal troubles, reporters and bloggers who weren’t already mocking her John Wayne Gacy gaffe happily rattled off the names of other politicians who’d committed similar copyright crimes. The Toronto Star offered a long, decidedly Republican, list: Jackson Browne sued John McCain in 2008, for example, when the then-presidential contender used the song “Running on Empty” in campaign ads. Canadian rockers Rush (politely) told Rand Paul to stop using their song “Spirit of Radio” during his quest for the Senate. And when Sarah “Barracuda” Palin’s campaign team used the Heart song “Barracuda” in its marketing, the band served it a cease-and-desist letter. (Palin’s team responded that it had purchased the rights to the song.) This wasn’t even the first time Petty has barred a Republican presidential candidate from using his tunes: After George W. Bush used “I Won’t Back Down” during his 2000 campaign, Petty’s lawyers threatened to sue unless Bush’s team pulled the song.

That’s gotten some people wondering: Have any Democratic candidates ever been asked to stop using a song in their campaign?

Well, the president has. In February 2008, soul music legend Sam Moore told Obama to stop playing the Sam and Dave song “Hold On, I’m Comin’.” The then-candidate’s team had been blasting the tune at rallies without Moore’s permission, and some audience members had been adopting their preferred lyrics: “Hold on, Obama’s comin’.”

The tension between musical artists and conservative politicians is difficult to deny. My question is what I am supposed to do as a listener?  Should I punish the musician for being liberal?  Should I delete my songs from Springsteen, the Dixie Chicks, Talking Heads, Michael Jackson?  Should I erase Tom Petty from my lifetime playlist?
Through music, these artists have been free to express themselves. Would they object to my quiet conservative assertions?  Worse, if I ever ran for political office and wanted to use a Tom Petty song would he send me a cease and desist letter despite my having been a follower for over two decades?
Today is Independence Day. 
I wonder of Star Spangled Banner lyricist Francis Scott Key would send a cease and desist letter to the millions of liberals who sing the song?  Who did he have in mind when he wrote it?  Americans- and that’s all that should matter.
Music activists or police should appreciate the freedoms they receive. How about letting your listeners do the same. Understand that your songs mean different things to different people. We bought your music and made you rich. You did not care that my debit card was tied to a conservative account.  I will not delete your songs Mr. Petty because I respect your opinion and will give your the respect that you did not give to Michelle Bachmann, or George Bush.
Obviously you “Don’t Know How It Feels”.
In this case the “it” is freedom.
Happy Independence Day to Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, Conservatives- To AMERICANS  everywhere.
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AFROCITY
 

The Fog Lifts…Maybe May 20, 2011

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Yes, it has been a while.  In December, I penned my last blog post and never returned.

Zip.  Nada.

Never even visited my WordPress page.

It was never intended you know.  What was supposed to be a short Christmas break turned into a six month hiatus.

Maybe unlike Sarah Palin, there was not any fire in my belly.

For Palin, this obviously refers to her possible 2012 run for the presidency.

For Afrocity it means getting the courage to come back to something that she was not sure was helping any one.

For Sarah and I.  Time will soon tell.

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Afrocity

 

America Has 99 Problems and a Tax & Spend President is one of Them December 5, 2010

Conservatives have a an initial distrust of anything or anyone that uses tax payer dollars as a means of survival.

But if you ask a Democrat, America has 99 problems and they need your money to fix them.   Included in the list of 99 problems is not one bitch.

Not one Hillary.

Not one Palin.

For some people, the 99 problems equate to 99 weeks.  The exact number of weeks they may or may not have money to feed their families.

I have 99 problems which make me much too busy to blog. Work more, buy less.

From this article on the Future of Capitalism.com

 

December 4, 2010

Harvard economics professor and former Bush administration official Greg Mankiw has a post up about whether to extend unemployment insurance:

‘when I hear economists advocate the extension of UI to 99 weeks, I am tempted to ask, would you also favor a further extension to 199 weeks, or 299 weeks, or 1099 weeks? If 99 weeks is better than 26 weeks, but 199 is too much, how do you know?….’

I should note, by the way, that economists who strongly favor the extension of UI benefits, such as those who signed this letter, also tend to favor more income redistribution in general. I suspect, therefore, that the foundation of their support comes not from having weighed the specific pros and cons of UI per se, but rather from a more general desire to “spread the wealth around.” That issue is, as I tell my students, more a matter of political philosophy than it is of economics.

One of Professor Mankiw’s objections — that extending unemployment insurance “reduces the job search efforts of the unemployed” — could be addressed in part by turning unemployment into something more like a health savings account, where if an individual gets a job before the benefits expire the individual gets to somehow keep the unused portion of the benefits in an account that can grow for the next time around.

Are unemployment benefits the same as welfare?

Conservatives and Democrats will give you a different answer.

Afrocity is on the fence.  My mother went from one form of government assistance to another. The scales tipped more in favor of welfare but once in 1979, she worked for the “city” as a desk clerk.  When she was subsequently laid off, she received unemployment.  Unsurprisingly, I felt more legitimate when she was on unemployment.  The check was larger- $625 as opposed to the paltry $225 we received on welfare.  Unemployment also meant my mother had at one time actually had a job.

We were not on unemployment for 99 weeks…It was more like 20 weeks. I believe it ran out then mom made the transition back to the welfare boat.  It would be 15 years before she looked for work again.

But getting back to my actual question of is unemployment welfare and are the Republicans being meanie weanies for cutting it off at 99 weeks and before you answer– do you know how long 99 weeks is?

99 weeks =1.89737112 years

That is a long time to be unemployed.

That is a long time to create 99 problems.

Whole Foods-  November 15, 2010.

Afrocity is standing in the grocery line chastising herself for once again succumbing to the lure of organic produce and wholesome pumpkin flavored ice cream at $5.99 (on sale) for a 1/4 of a pint.   The woman in front of me spread her grocery selections on the checkout conveyor belt . Aloe Vera Juice at 8$, green tea rice $5 a bag, venison,  apple hickory duck sausage.  The total bill came to $254 and she paid with a foodstamp card.   Suddenly my guilt melted away. No longer did the $5.99 ice cream seem so bad, or my fennel bulbs, or horseradish cheese spread. My bill was around $57 and I paid with my own hard earned cash.  That woman was eating better than I was and using my tax dollars to do it.   Does this woman have 99 problems?

Michigan Avenue- Chicago, Il- December 4, 2010

Crate and Barrel had a 20% off all Christmas ornament sale.  I needed a topper for my tree. Instead of being greeted at the door by carolers, I was greeted  by protesters of extending the Bush tax cuts to evil rich people who make over $250K- You know like the small business owner- a woman recently widowed, who runs a small chain of mom and pop knitting shop in Chicago’s fabric district. She has lots of medical bills to pay from her husband’s Hospice care and cancer treatments.  Two kids in college too.  Does this woman have 99 problems?

She is a woman and the tax cuts are not bad for her but apparently NOW thinks so because she has a vagina .  Oh I forgot to add that NOW would have no problem with her being called a whore or a cunt-especially when they know that she makes over $250K.

Does NOW have 99 problems?

All throughout the year, Michelle Obama, eats lobster, wears $500 tennis shoes…  She has even released her favorite things list- Just like Oprah.  Too bad the average American cannot afford most of it.

Does Michelle Obama have 99 problems?

You see everyone has 99 problems and a bitch ain’t one of them but I can certainly tell you who is…

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY

Harvard economics professor and former Bush administration official Greg Mankiw has a post up about whether to extend unemployment insurance:

when I hear economists advocate the extension of UI to 99 weeks, I am tempted to ask, would you also favor a further extension to 199 weeks, or 299 weeks, or 1099 weeks? If 99 weeks is better than 26 weeks, but 199 is too much, how do you know?….

I should note, by the way, that economists who strongly favor the extension of UI benefits, such as those who signed this letter, also tend to favor more income redistribution in general. I suspect, therefore, that the foundation of their support comes not from having weighed the specific pros and cons of UI per se, but rather from a more general desire to “spread the wealth around.” That issue is, as I tell my students, more a matter of political philosophy than it is of economics.

One of Professor Mankiw’s objections — that extending unemployment insurance “reduces the job search efforts of the unemployed” — could be addressed in part by turning unemployment into something more like a health savings account, where if an individual gets a job before the benefits expire the individual gets to somehow keep the unused portion of the benefits in an account that can grow for the next time around.

 

Catty Corner: How Liberal Women Get Skin In The Game November 17, 2010

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Can someone please tell me why Tina Fey cannot seem to keep Sarah Palin’s name out of her mouth?  Could it be because she is desperately in need of attention despite having 30 Rock be a hit?  Could it be that she needs a personality?

After all if you Google “Tina Fey” and look for images, all you will mostly find is Tina’s bony ass posing in provocative tiny leg showing outfits.  Obviously, Tina really wants you to dog ear every page of a magazine she appears in. ” Wow, that Tina Fey is funny and sexy” she wants you to say.   However, we seem to have an epic fail here because all I see when

I look at Tina Fey is a confident-less woman who feels physically unattractive and uninteresting so she needs to bare as much skin as she can in every magazine and attempt to ridicule a woman (Sarah Palin)  over and over and over and over and over and over and over again, so she be the cool girl on the block.

It is also an amusing irony that Ms. Fey authored the screenplay Mean Girls.  Obviously something she knows a lot about.  We all remember mean girls in our lives.  One of mine was named “Ronetta”.  She was a heartless bitch who lived most of her high school life in the principals office.  She dressed well, wore too much make-up but didn’t we all at that age???

Some were more forgiving of Ronetta slathering deep red lipstick on her huge square shaped lips than she was forgiving of myself and other girls doing nothing besides going to class and breathing.   A rare exception it was indeed for Ronetta to pass me in the hallway and not roll her eyes.  This girl was a junior mind you and I was  a peasant freshman- why did she care about me?   The worse day came during 8th period study hall which was held in the school lunchroom.    Innocently, I was sitting with a friend talking about boys, Duran Duran- not studying- who did in study hall?

You could hear Ronetta and her band of assholes in the background- loud cackling- sitting on the lunch tables – not at them.

“Why are they so loud?”  my friend asked.

“You mean why are black people so loud?”  I asked back jokingly.

Nodding, my friend replied “I so wanted to say that.”


Further Example of Catty Liberal

I just shrugged my shoulders and shook my head.   Somehow Ronetta’s evil radar picked up on us and she started in on me.

“Look at that bitch over there with the purple eyeshadow.”

Suddenly everything was quiet as Ronetta’s lackeys obeyed the queen bee and hum buzzed to my table.

I would be lying if I said I was not afraid.  I would be lying even more if I said I did not want to be invisible.

“This heifer looks like Nancy Reagan with the eyeshadow.”

Laughter erupted throughout the lunchroom, rivaling the sound of Mount Saint Helen.

“Look at her fizzy wuzzy nappy ass hair.”

By now you are asking Afrocity “what did you do?”.

The answer is – nothing.

Because my mother always taught me to ignore bullies, I usually just walked away from threatening situations .  In this case, I could not. I sat there without a hall pass to escape.   The bell literally saved me as the bitch crew scurried off to their next adventure of  wreaking  torment.

That day would go down as one of the worst in my high school history.  Today, I would not handle it that way.   A transformation came over me in college.  I developed a “back off gene”.   What happened to my mean girl?   I have only seen a picture of her but she still slathers red lipstick over her ugly square lips and looks FAT.

Mean girls may turn into mean women but inside there is still a whiny person screaming for attention at the expense of someone else.

Not all women follow the path of liberalism.  To Tina Fey and other liberal loudmouths like Rosie O’Donnell and Joy Behar, that is a sin against women.   Gee Rosie and Joy,  what disconnected names for two women who are so obnoxious.

Sadly, Tina actually got slight applause before she ruined her gratitude to Sarah with her further comments. What a missed opportunity of true grace and class.  Tina could have stood up for all women.

But I suppose she feels that Jerry Brown beating Meg Whitman was good for all women because Meg was a whore.  Or that Sarah Palin losing in 2008 was good for all women because she was a cunt.  Obama is good for all women because he calls us “sweetie”.

From I own the World

Much has been made of PBS cutting some of her speech, which I find ironic because had she been a conservative woman, Anderson Cooper would have no problem with cutting off her head let alone a speech  How dare you deprive everyone of the full experience of Tina’s anti-Palin rant?  Palin is like Marilyn Monroe to these women but what makes them hate her more is that Sarah ain’t no candle in the wind.

This is all pretty pathetic but not as pathetic as Tina Fey.  Her behavior actually further dumbs her down and really only makes her look like someone who owes her fame to a woman that she agrees on nothing with.  Hmmm,  now if I disliked a person so much why would I give them so much importance in my life?

Tina was your career nothing before Sarah Palin came along?

Sarah and her 5 million viewers want to know, and like you Tina- your material is getting OLD.  Time to find another target- one who gives a damn.  Wasn’t there a moment when Tina said that she was glad McCain lost the election so she would not have to “play” Sarah again???


 

Well Tina, America helped you “be done playing this woman”…Now what is your excuse.

Just pathetic mean girl with nothing else to do with her life?

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY


 

Thanking Our Veterans November 11, 2010

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Taking the time today to thank every man and woman who has served our country through the military is something we all should attempt. On my side this includes my brother and three of my uncles.  We should respect and admire their service, regardless of whether or not we agree with the circumstances under which they served. My uncles were in the Koren War.  My brother was in during the Gulf War. It is not really their duty to question why they are where they are.  They just do.

The military was never something that Afrocity was born for.  I thought about it once and even took the test after college- had a recruit officer come to my apartment.  He gave me an aptitude test on his laptop. I did well but I never made the next step.  He called to ask what was the problem and I told him I suspected that I would be worse than Private Benjamin.  Trying to diminish my hesitancy, the recruit officer had a “female officer” contact me.  She explained that she was 5 feet tall and 99 pounds- which was smaller than I.    Still Afrocity chickened out and went to graduate school instead.    Fatigues and nights in the trench would not agree with my personal aesthetic.

Why was I considering the Army anyway?  I asked myself that question and realized no matter what my justifications were, it would not be for the right reasons.  Frankly, it was for the free room and board and the benefits a soldier received when she  gets out. What was 4 years?  After all somethings last longer than that right?   Graduate school costs were skyrocketing and I already had debt from undergraduate days.  Serve your country and take the money and run..

However, I knew that my heart would not be in it.   I knew that I was coward and could not endure boot camp, or waking up at Oh-five-hundred hours.

So I did not enlist and I did it for America.

Aren’t you glad that I loved my country enough not to give it the awful gift of Afrocity in the service?

For those who did serve through the military, thank you. Thank you for keeping us safe and sacrificing your time and personal lives for Americans. You veterans are more of a man or woman than I will ever be.

God Bless.

Autographed Letter Signed,

Afrocity


 

America: A Long Cool Woman in a Red Dress November 3, 2010

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This is like Christmas morning where you received some of the gifts you wanted and some that you did not want.

Congratulations to the Republicans for winning back the house and sending the Wicked Witch of the West Coast Pelosi packing as Speaker of the House.

Congratulations to Mark Kirk (R-IL) for beating Obama basketball bank fraud mobster buddy Alexi Giannoulias.  We still do not have a governor.  Quinn (D-IL) is beating Bill Brady (R-IL) by 8,000 votes and it hinged on “Crook ” County. We will have a recount I am sure. Brady won nearly every county but Cook. Remember Brady was impeached Blago’s replacement.

Congratulations to Allen West (R-FL)  a new African American Republican man in Congress. Allen is terrific.

His victory speech.

Incidentally, this was a inside joke among us conservatives on Facebook:

The awful Racist Teabaggers Elect Allen West (African American), Nikki Haley (Eastern Indian), Tim Scott (African American) & Marco Rubio (Cuban American).

And look no African American in the U.S. Senate… Understand this black people. Until African Americans start becoming more centrist or conservative, they will only win House races which are more localized.

I have lots of thoughts going through my head but I am low on sleep.  Geeze California.  I understand that you are a liberal state but did you have to elect a has-been boyfriend from your past life as a hippy Helter Skelter youthful days whose campaign called your opponent a whore?  Did the women of California actually vote for a man that laughed at mammograms and once made the quotes:

The real solution to racial problems was for “the white boys to teach black boys how to read and for black boys to teach white boys how to fight.” -Jerry Brown

More women should be in the home, taking care of their children. Then we’d have fewer social problems.”– Jerry Brown

California are you kidding me???

My real heroes are Wisconsin for ousting Feingold (D-WI) and Ohio for electing Kasich (R-OH).  I love Mark Rubio(R-FL) too. Ha ha Christ !!!

Ha ha Obama and the rap singer Common did not even help Giannoulias.  Guess the lobster and arugula was not enough.

Good job conservatives.  I am proud.

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFOCITY

 

Put On Your Big Girl Panties and Vote !!!! November 2, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — afrocity @ 4:31 PM

I did my part today you do yours!!!!

Republican, Democrat, Green Party, Libertarian-  get out and vote woman!!!

-AFROCITY

 

 
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