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Bill Cosby's words seem to be coming back to haunt him what with the release of an old tape of a court deposition. Admitting in it  that drugs were his aphrodisiac of choice when seducing young women, seems to be a very self-incriminating act.  His  career now looks to be irrevocably damaged.  Apparently drunk with power, Cosby made his own rules to live by. Catering to his penis instead of listening to his brain has brought about the ruination of his reputation, as has been the case in so many prominent men. And unprominent ones, too. Even Jared of Subway sandwich fame, has been removed from his spokesman position over suspicion of child porn charges.  Losing weight on a diet of Subway menus, apparently reduced his ability to exercise good judgment.  tsk-tsk.  And speaking of "dickheads", Donald Trump is leading the Republican presidential polls, thanks in no small part to his verbalization of racists remarks about Mexican immigrants.  Ironically, this ludicrously-coiffed hot air balloon has found an audience because America is full of people who appreciate someone they believe is telling it like it is, even if this exposes their ignorant misguided views. I must confess that even I, in all of my ignorant misguidance, liked how Trump made that twit, CNN anchor Don Lemon, look like an idiot during the portion of an interview with him that focused on Trump calling Mexican immigrants rapists, to which Don informed that it wasn't clear who was raping the women...  Making things even more bizarre is black Republican political candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, accusing Obama of trying to start a race war by speaking out against racism.  'Guess this myopic neurosurgeon believes in letting "sleeping dogs lie".      

Presumably, against the will of "Uncle Ben", South Carolina finally gave up the ghost and its state legislature has voted to take down the confederate flag that flies over its capital. This reminds me of how the Berlin Wall just one day collapsed, - brick-by-brick.  And the overwhelming disapproval of same-sex marriage also did an abrupt about-face and just fell apart.  All of which reinforces the idea that nothing stands in the way of an idea whose time has come. Makes one wonder about whether the idea of Blacks getting it together will EVER come - its delay undoubtedly stemming from reasons as varied as the black "race", itself.  I also find myself wondering about  the black religious naysayers insisting that all the bad things happening in this country can be attributed to God being displeased with such abominations as gay marriage. Has it occurred to them to question what message God is sending with the burning of and murders in black churches?

Increasingly,  I'm beginning to regard political correctness as a caveat whose time has passed because it can also be repressive. I think the trophy for courage that ESPN is awarding former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner for transistioning into a female, is a ridiculous gesture.  Gimme a break. This decision didn't take guts, It took having the money to implement a weird whim, and I am coming out of the PC closet by declaring Brucilyn to be a walking, dysfunctional freak show - which I would buy a ticket to gawk at.    

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Classic Cynique!

I'm not surprised Trump made Don look like an idiot (though I'm not familiar with the specific circumstance).  I just stumbled across this video of Don interviewing Ben Carson, and I think this video illustrates precisely what is wrong with Don Lemon's interview and reporting style which is a reflection of what is wrong with mainstream American journalism as a whole.  

Don focused so much on Ben's statement about Obama Care being worse than slavery, so much so that we never got an understanding of why Ben feels that way.  Don wasted time trying (and failing) to trip Ben up on a controversial sound bite, which Ben explained away, that we have no idea what Ben specifically finds wrong with government run health care. 

As far as Bruce Jenner is concerned, it is a slippery slope. Some view gay marriage the way you view Bruce Jenner.  You know better than I, that there was a time when all of it was considered bizarre, aberrational behavior.  Today in places like NYC everything goes, something is wrong with you if you think Bruce is dysfunctional.  This was not always true.  

When I was a kid, boys that acted like girls were called sissies, which, at the time, was considered an insult.  Today sports platforms gives them trophies.  But we now live in a world where everyone gets a trophy, so they really don't mean much?  

All the Black religious people who claim to know the mind of God are the worst.  No matter that happens good or bad these folks claim to know why this is God's punishment for for some specific sin.  These are also the same people who would know what would appease an angry God as well.

 

 

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I want to comment on what you wrote about Brucilyn, but I just can't find the words to match what I'm feeling. That was too funny. I don't know what to say about Bill Cosby, but I heard Whoopi's comment and the other girl [can't remember her name] on THE VIEW, but I agree with them. I will wait to see what Bill says. Anyway, who gave the press to right to release some statement like that from some court proceedings? I don't know, it just sounds fishy to me. I mean, if Bill did all of that, I just don't understand why didn't this come out years back? What is so different now as opposed to years ago that would cause these women to speak up now? I mean, is the government going to go after all of these ballers and rock stars and etc. that have also had a reputation for having many women follow them? What if these 'season girls' start saying that the ballers and rock  stars encouraged them to have drugs? I just don't get it yet, but I'm listening up though to see how this is going to unfold. I heard that Bobby Brown was being blamed for Whitney's drug use, but it was all cleared up when Whiteney's brother spoke up and said that Whitney was on drugs before she even met Bobby. i think sometimes, the press distorts some issues. I just recently saw a documentary about some girls that were given terrible press as 'the lesbians who beat up a man'  yet, they were approached first and seems like to me, they acted in self-defense. As a result of bad press, in my opinion, some of them were sentenced to prison. That man pursued them first and the videotape showed too, that there was another man, that clobbered that guy, yet the girls were prosecuted. Times are changing it seems, for the worse.  

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Looks like the nails are being hammered into the coffin of Bill Cosby’s dead career.  All the critters are abandoning his sinking ship and his house of cards is collapsing.  Like all of these metaphors, the deserters are mixed, a cross section of former supporters who are now denouncing him, including staunch defender Whoopi Goldberg and a former male cast member of the Cosby show.  Other unnamed sources are also starting to reveal that it was common knowledge among  people he worked around that Cosby was a lecher. And this well-kept secret perhaps explains why all of  the high profile black organization have been so quick to condemn and abandon him. Were they themselves familiar with Cosby’s behind the scenes piccadillos and for this reason had no problem believing the current accusations being leveled against him?  

It’s too bad that in the twilight of his long and successful show business tenure,  Bill will live out his remaining days in disgrace. I am not that sympathetic toward him because so much of what has doomed him was brought on by the ego that let his fame and fortune go to his head  - and I don’t mean the one on his shoulders…  Here’s a guy who didn’t think the rules applied to him and his hypocritical credo seemed to have been don’t do as I do, but do as I say do.  This is borne out by the harsh criticism aimed at the black underclass who he chided for embracing a welfare lifestyle and an Ebonics mentality. Yes, he did demonstrate a black consciousness about racial injustices and he has been very generous, using his millions to aid  black colleges and prestigious institutions, but now one has to question his ulterior motives and whether these gestures and gifts were to enhance his image as a man worthy of the admiration he thinks he deserves. It is even coming out that he didn’t write his masters or doctorate thesis but hired 2 academics to complete the requirements that elevated him to the status of an intellectual scholar. tsk-tsk.

Admittedly, I have never been a big fan of Cosby and, to me, his rambling anecdotal monologues were more corny than funny.  One thing that struck me about  him  was how obvious  a control freak he was.  Whenever he appeared on talk shows, he would always take over the interview and turn it into a subject of his own choosing, while giving the host instruction on how to be his straight man.  And to think that he reprimanded comics like Richard Pryor and later Eddie Murphy, pointing fingers at these upstarts for stooping to gutter humor and using profanity in their stand-up routines, apparently expecting them to emulate his clean, family-friendly approach to evoking laughter. To further implement this wholesome philosophy, he made the momentous decision to introduce the world to an affluent overachieving black family via The Cosby show. Early on, black critics of this long running sitcom, dismissed the Dr. Cliff Huxtable family as not being an accurate depiction of the average black household, and Cosby’s attempt to counter the idea that all Blacks were struggling working-class stiffs reeked with the implication that they had to be twice as accomplished as Whites in order to be on a par with them. Even so, this well-produced, ground-breaking show did serve to dispel negative misconceptions about black people. It also provided Cosby with the perfect cover for his sleazy hobby.  Like all of his victims claimed when questioned as to why they didn’t come forward with their accusations:  Who would believe anyone accusing the alter-ego of the respectable, consummate father figure, Cliff  Huxtable, of being a rapist?

In the final analysis, Bill Cosby made the mistake of  becoming too big for his britches.  And when he pulled them down in order to assault helpless females, he exposed his penis as being an erection to his sordid underbelly.  Yes, he still has his millions, but is sadly paying  the price for allowing power to corrupt him. Unfortunately, Cosby is not the first man to whom this has happened, and he won't be the last. 

 

 

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Hey Del, yeah it seems pretty clear Bill did some very shiesty things with women, using his celebrity and drugs to take advantage of them.

My position that the social media fueled media exaggerated the claims, and were sloppy with the facts, making Bill seem more guilty than he was.  I still would not be so quick to throw an inportant brother (any Brother) under the bus because of media acussations.

My suspicion that these allegations, coming to light now, after 40, 30, 20 years is no coincidence.   But it does not seem likely this will ever be proven, bcause this poition is relatively extreme--admittedly fringe consipricary theory type stuff.  But I would not put anything past very powerful people.

On a related topic.  Dr. West who, I have come to admire, really disappointed me by trashing Ta-Nehesi Coates.  The statement I found on his facebook page which I have copied here, really forces me to rethink my opinion of Dr. West.  But, honestkly it will take more than one crazy statement to obilerate a life time of service.

 

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In an interview I heard on New York Magazine, it was stated that it was social media, initiated by the comedian, that brought this issue to the public's attention.  

From New York Magazine "‘I’m No Longer Afraid’: 35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the Culture That Wouldn’t Listen" By Noreen Malone  and Amanda Demme

All of this is very powerful imagery. Obviously the media has convicted Cosby, let's see what the criminal justice system does.  

Man, I'm still taken by the sheer number of the women.  Who has the time to assault all of these women?  

  

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It's not funny at all, but I'm dying at the "Who has time to assault all of these women?" question. The imagery is powerful because it is in multiples of ten which further cements the sheer number of his abuse. 

Money is power. Somewhere these women are thinking and saying these words and wishing they could beat the snot out of The Cos.

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