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  1. Hey M-432, 

     

    You're 1 of the guys that always makes me laugh man. I mean that in good way not a faint praise kind of way. Anyway, nice to see you posting again. 

     

    Okay, I'll shut up now. Love your sarcasm. Keep it up! 

    1. Malakai432

      Malakai432

      Thanks SW and I always appreciate the friendly comments!  I haven't been posting much besides of late but I've definitely still been checking in on you all and see what's new.  I can't wait until we get this season under way buddy!

    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      I hear ya. I haven't been posting as much as I normally do because of a family situation I addressed in the thread "Musical Mecca Has Arrived Again: SW1 Reviews the 2016 Rock N Roll HOF under Misc. topics. Sorry for the shameless plug from yours truly. My bad. haha 

       

      Seriously though, it's my best commentary yet on the HOF. That's probably because secretly I wanna be a record producer for a major label. It'll never happen, but I can dream can't I? Just Kidding! 

       

      I pride myself on telling my audience when something is spectacular or something sucks. You can read my reactions like a darn book man, but I digress. 

  2. Now, I wanted to examine overwhelming themes in the ESPN documentary. Identity affiliation, the quest for fame & fortune, domestic violence & a distorted view of love, & the perception of 'To Protect & To Serve' in the LAPD from the perspective of the black community. Back in 1968, when OJ won the Heisman Trophy at USC; Mr. Simpson made a choice to ingratiate himself with white alumni & rich people with a connection to the university since OJ had no desire to be considered controversial. Comedian Bob Hope even said this at a function with Simpson in attendance: "I want to congratulate OJ on not having participated in or had a riot, a demonstration, or even a sit-in while he was there." OJ had no inkling to associate himself with say the Black Panther Movement, taking a stand against the Vietnam War, or ending the practice of segregation or police harassment in this country against African Americans who sought equal housing rights, voting rights, & employment rights among their contemporaries. OJ merely wanted to lay low, not ruffle any feathers, & make millions of dollars in corporate America pitching Chevy trucks, mainstream soda pop, & rental cars. He saw himself as white not black because he surrounded himself or immersed himself really with caucasian entrepreneurs & leaders of business, industry, & entertainment. By 1994, OJ completely underwent a total reversal of loyalty. On trial for double murder, OJ & his legal team under the stewardship of Johnny Cochran appealed to black jurors as means to appear the victim of a corrupt & brutal police force under the biased eye of Detective Mark Fuhrman driven to frame him. What's funny here is that until OJ was undergoing jury selection protocols for sympathetic candidates who would rule in his favor; OJ wanted nothing to do with the black community at large. During the documentary, Simpson said to his defense team "if this [largely black] jury convicts me of murder, then maybe I did do it." Remember, back when heavy weight boxing champion Muhammad Ali chose to not fight in South East Asia in the 60's, OJ wanted nothing to do with supporting any civil rights gesture of defiance. The problem with fame & money is this: After awhile your clout & celebrity status tends to go to your head & you're not careful, your inflated ego gives you a sense of entitlement. And often that enormous sense of entitlement creates a dangerous situation where the word no is not part of your vocabulary. You take what you want when you want it, even if that means domestic violence & physical & psychological abuse toward a woman [Nicole Brown] that Simpson supposedly loved. In Part 3, of this 10 hour miniseries that lasts 463 minutes in duration, we learn that OJ often stalked Nicole hiding in the bushes outside watching other men have sex with his estranged wife because he was very possessive of her. In addition, as you listen to frantic 911 phone calls to emergency operators in 1993, it becomes abundantly clear that Nicole feared for her life & the safety of her children Sydney & Justin. We see diary entries on screen where Nicole reveals that other men made her feel beautiful & safe while OJ just insults her, demeans her, beats her, & forces himself upon her when he feels like it. When Nicole screams & shouts he's gotta get off the phone or he will hit her again, we feel her anxiety. That's the thing about abusers: They get excited where their victim is terrified because it's all about dominance & control it's not even about intercourse. They wanna call all the shots & be in complete control 24/7. And, to the abuser, everything revolves around them. How you don't appreciate everything they do to provide for the family financially & it's okay for them to cheat with other partners socially, but if the victim leaves the home & starts romantic relationships with other men, then they are falsely labeled promiscuous, a sexual deviant, not a good mother to their kids, & disrespecting him, the habitual abuser & playboy. As I listened to Nicole petrified on the phone after cops had been called to the Simpson estate over 8 times for domestic violence with no arrest of OJ in custody in the early 90's prior to the trial, it dawned on me how domestic violence calls are like morse code. Here's what I mean: If you feel relaxed, happy, & safe, you tend to laugh, joke around, & embellish stories. But if you are scared, on edge, & think your life is going to end any moment at the hands of an abuser: Your sentences are very short & direct, you go into survival & preservation mode, & all you care about is the welfare of your children & somehow showing them that there is nothing to be afraid of like momma bear; security blanket mode. Once the not guilty verdict was handed down in the double murder case, a division transpired between 2 communities. Whites were stunned & in widespread disbelief that OJ got off scot free when OJ kept coming up with different excuses as to how he cut his finger. A broken glass in Chicago, a golfing mishap, or dropping his cell phone injury. Nobody bought Simpson's hotline to find the real killers of his wife either. Plus, the DNA evidence appeared to be overwhelming in the white bronco, on the scene, & the gloves Nicole purchased for him 1 Christmas where only a limited number had been sold on the west coast in that specific style. Whereas, several members in the black community felt that OJ Simpson was to be celebrated because he played the white man's legal system & beat them at their own game claiming that Mr. Fuhrman tried to almost legally entrap him. One prominent civil rights leader even said "now you know how it feels" [to be mistreated by the police white america]. I understand the wear & tear of being perceived as a 2nd class citizen by some authority figures in this world. I truly do. However, cases are supposed to be judged on their individual merits based on the facts in just that case alone. Perceptions can be different based on backgrounds & how you grew up sure, but it's never a good idea to use a murder case to rewrite or re-litigate race relations for an entire country especially using revenge as the sole reason for jury nullification. That's exactly what happened too. Jurors were angry that officers who beat Rodney King were absolved of all wrongdoing, rightly so I might add, so they decided to not deliberate & instead, use their nationwide platform to level the playing field of gross injustice in their eyes by basically pardoning OJ Simpson from any wrongdoing. Look, I'm not here to point fingers or blame a societies rifts on 1 race or another. I just want black people & white people to feel safe & respected in the communities where they live. I may understand the trials & tribulations of every minority in America but I'm willing to listen, question any blind prejudices I might have, & try to change my way of thinking while walking in somebody else's shoes for awhile. Always remembering to not condemn what I might I might not fully grasp outright & don't forget that the world doesn't operate in absolutes, but rather in nuance & following the golden rule: Treat others how you wanna be treated yourself. All lives matter. I care about black citizens feeling safe, respected, & protected just like I do decent law enforcement officers who are entitled to the same courtesy. Director Ezra Edelman deserves an A+ for her outstanding 5 part miniseries broken down into 2 hour viewing blocks called OJ Made In America. This film showed how far we've come as a society & sadly how far we have yet to go. On the 1 hand, it's nice to see interracial couples accepted into mainstream society as normal with no distinctions or negative stigmas attached to it, but on the other hand, love is not shown thru a furious fist & law enforcement personnel need to engage in a stronger community presence where they are seen as treating all citizens with respect so that when a catastrophe does occur like say a tornado or a home fire; everyone living in a city looks for what brings us together as opposed to what may fracture & sever our longterm bonds. This video by Van Halen called "Don't Tell What Love Can Do" was released during the OJ Simpson Trial highlighting the dangers of domestic violence & that we can never ignore it or turn a blind to it when we see it. I always think of Nicole Brown whenever I watch it. I'm also reminded of a TV commercial I saw once where a couple in reading in bed while they hear a women screaming thru the wall next door. We can tell the woman is being violently abused. On the couples night stand, there is a lamp & a telephone. They look at each other & we think the husband is going to call 911 & save his neighbor's life, but instead, he just turns out the light & goes to sleep. In big white letters, the screen says "IT IS YOUR BUSINESS." Wow, I was blown away how effective that advertisement really was.
  3. We will now continue to explore the 2016 ESPN documentary. Judge Lance Ito proceeds to let the jury take a field trip to O.J.'s house. Why still perplexes me since all the scientific evidence from both murder victims would have already been photographed, collected, & placed in the relevant store facility for trial purposes. Yes, I know. The defense claimed that police officers & detectives on the scene mishandled blood & hair samples, were sloppy in how they preserved & cataloged what they found, & that DNA testing & forensic science in general was new, foreign, & untrustworthy as a tool that could determine who the alleged killer of Ron Goldman & Nicole Brown truly was with absolute certainty. Well, before the jurors arrived Carl Douglas & other members of the Cochran Dream team went through OJ's residence removing or thinning out all the pictures of white executives & prominent friends on his walls. They needed to make Simpson appear more culturally diverse to a number of black citizens in the jury box so the dream team preceded to put up more pictures that would make OJ more sympathetic to African American culture. I wasn't offended by this act too much since lawyers on the defense are being paid to do whatever they can to make their client more everyman in appearance & elicit favor with the community who can get you an acquittal. Fat pocket buys celebrities the best representation possible. Justice is based on fairness not necessarily a limitation on the size of their client's wallet. The duration of the trial lasted 9 months & something like 267 days. That's a long time to be sequestered, isolated, & quarantined in a hotel room with no newspaper or current events TV coverage. When both the prosecution & the defense rested their case, it was time for the jury to deliberate over a mountain of physical evidence. Marcia Clark was confident that OJ would be convicted because the white bronco had blood everywhere indicating matches for Nicole, Ron, & OJ presumably under a special black light since a person can't eliminate all traces of DNA no matter how hard they clean & scrub. In addition, during the bronco chase/diplomatic police motorcade escort, OJ refused to turn himself into the LAPD peacefully as previously arranged by Robert Shapiro, he took $10,000 with him, & low & behold a passport. So, let's review shall we: Simpson is now a fugitive from the law, has a large amount of bills on him, & passports usually allow you to leave the United States & go to a country with no extradition treaty in practice. Oh yeah, I almost forgot he's suicidal pointing a gun to his temple. Now, does sound like a stable, innocent man of sound mind & body with all his mental facilities operating on all cylinders to you? Hmmm... Deliberations ended in like 3 hours with a decision of a complete acquittal. Wait. What? How seriously did these jurors take their responsibility? 1 juror named Yolanda Crawford claimed that she just wanted to go home & that freeing OJ was payback for the Rodney King beating. Whoa. So, black jurors were compelled to release OJ from federal prison in CA as a means of revenge for decades of mistreatment by the LAPD? Seriously? Not all white citizens thought Rodney King deserved to get beaten & they wanted a minimum of 30 yr. prison sentences on the 4 white cops that committed assault & battery nearly killing a black man. I was one of those people & I'm sure I wasn't alone in that assertion either. I remember when I heard the verdict. I was like what just happened? Did they say what I just thought they said? What? Okay, I get that Mark Fuhrman is a racist, but do you know how enormous of a conspiracy there would have to be across the entire LAPD to frame a HOF RB from the Buffalo Bills? It would require cops, coroners, district attorneys, DNA experts, property clerks, & detectives all working in concert with each other always knowing what the other personnel are doing in order to avoid an appearance of impropriety, fraud, & corruption during a fluid & ever twisting trial dynamic. That's like a billion to 1 odds. To quote Jim Carrey from the movie 'Dumb & Dumber,' "so you're telling me there's a chance?" Look, I know excessive brutality & harassment takes place when black people sometimes get pulled over by the police because I've seen in 2nd hand with black relatives driving their cars while I sit shotgun in the passenger seat. However, OJ Simpson is not the perfect candidate to prop up as the poster child for representing the plight of all African American citizens tormented & tortured by cruel & vindictive police officers drunk with power. I don't expect celebrities or famous people to be saints, but I would prefer it if icons of society didn't routinely beat the mother of their children, show up at their spouse's wake, & only give a darn about their own ego, popularity, & immediate self gratification since they believe ordinary codes of conduct & decency don't really apply to them. My roommate in college at the time in the dorms was named Al. Al was an Oneida Indian & he and I often had insightful discussions about race relations as a minority. Al as a Native American & me as a person born with a disability. We would often talk about discrimination we'd experience in our lives growing up & we established a comfort zone with each other where we could ask each other anything because we knew it was meant to learn & expand our knowledge not belittle, mock, slam, & condemn. We both knew OJ had a tremendous ego who used his glory days in football to get women, sex, money, power, & influence. We also knew OJ was very possessive of his image, his brand, & his girlfriends. They were his property & they didn't a right to resist whatever they wanted him to do. If they do, there would be black & blue consequences for Nicole Brown. The irony is that from 1966-1994, OJ attached himself completely to white America. However, from 1994-2007, OJ attached himself to the black community since corporate america had cut him off from the world of Naked Gun comedy movies & Hertz Rental Car spokesman permanently now. It's strange to watch a needy man in Simpson craving to be beloved by the white masses roll his preferences toward a new community he previously ignored & viewed with contempt & that was only because black citizens put him on a pedestal for getting an acquittal in an era of police unrest & tension on a wide scale. The people are really have empathy for are Fred & Kim Goldman, the father who lost his only son & the sister who lost her brother. Ron's death get's overshadowed by OJ's popularity/smugness & Nicole's struggles with domestic violence courtesy of Mr. Simpson. Ron is treated like an afterthought. He was planning on opening his own restaurant & he was even doing a good deed [dropping off glasses for Nicole's mother] & unfortunately was stabbed to death because of it. Later on, we learn that OJ left CA for FL where he relocated to South Beach, bought a house, enjoyed a vivid nightlife, & became decadent taking drugs & sleeping with several women. Fred Goldman slowed down this gigolo like lifestyle by suing OJ in civil court where the burden of proof is significantly lower than criminal court. This jury found Simpson guilty of double murder, awarded the Goldman's a $33,000,000 dollar settlement for pain & suffering, & could start selling possessions of OJ's into order to fulfill the terms of the settlement. OJ even attempted to publish a fictional book called If I Did It hypothetically describing how he allegedly committed these double murders. Sick man. Just sick. First, OJ claims he's innocent & now he desecrates the memory of the mother of his children Justin & Sydney. Unbelievable. SMH. I was disturbed by a radio interview OJ did in Florida with a black, female DJ where by the end of the conversation this woman is flirting with Mr. Simpson. She's smitten with a double murder for crying out loud. Grr! I realize con artists & cold blooded killers can lay on the charm quite thick but come on lady. It's like befriending a convicted pedephile; you just don't do it period. Funny how after OJ lost his civil trial no large crowds of free Simpson supporters showed up or even rallied around "the juice" after that. OJ did have gang bangers come to his defense, but that's about it. In 2007, 13 yrs after the murder trial, OJ Simpson got busted in LA for stealing his own memorabilia in a hotel room at gunpoint. I laughed my caboose off when he stood before a magistrate in Nevada. I said out loud when the story broke on TV, "Hey there OJ., Karma is a [rhymes with witch] eh juice!" LOL! Bye Bye Mr. Simpson. Actually, he stole Pete Rose & Joe Montana stuff too. Also, OJ didn't own anything he took in that room since dealers already paid him years ago for his signature so they could turn a profit. So OJ gets charged with robbery & kidnapping 4 people at gunpoint. My, my, my, how the once mighty have fallen eh? It ticked me off how Marcia Clark working as a journalist for Entertainment Tonight covering OJ in Nevada said that the civil case attorneys presented the same case her team did in CA. Shut up Marcia. You don't get to ride these new coattails to glory lady because I'm sure they never put a racist cop under oath or try on any gloves so zip it please. SMH. She doesn't deserve to be rich & famous after her debacle back in 1994. I truly loathe this woman. She screws up primary witness testimony in not vetting Mark Fuhrman, loses a case with a mountain of physical evidence in it, & she acts like she was awarded a not guilty verdict. Grr! I also find it to be a weird coincidence that Johnny Cochran defended both Michael Jackson & OJ Simpson 2 iconic celebrities who both made a conscious decision to flee from their African American roots &, in their eyes, embrace the white community full throttle. 2 men with gigantic identity crisis issues IMO. Made In America was a groundbreaking documentary because it proves that money can't buy love or universal acceptance among the masses. I do wonder if Sydney & Justin reached out to Denise, Nicole's Brown's sister, to reconnect with the Brown Family after their dad went away to prison for 33 yrs though.
  4. I just finished watching this remarkable documentary on OJ Simpson AKA "The Juice" from his college days at USC [University Of Southern California], through the double murder trial of Nicole Brown & Ron Goldman, & finally his downfall when he attempted to steal his own memorabilia back at gunpoint. I tried to watch this miniseries previously on my DVR, but an intense thunderstorm prevented me from seeing the whole program in it's entirety. Fortunately for me, the whole documentary was run yesterday morning & afternoon so I received the historical context I needed & I was pleased to watch it with no interruptions or technical difficulties. The 1st thing that shocked me was how OJ Simpson didn't perceive himself as a black man while being a superstar running back at USC. Now, maybe part of was that OJ was attending school in Hollywood, CA the land of celebrities & movie stars. It's easy to see how an incredible athlete would be seduced by fame, the limelight, motion picture actors who were alumni of USC; & how being surrounded by white people everyday of your university existence might persuade to be-friend this affluent community of movers & shakers almost immediately to rise above your poverty stricken humble beginning & improve your lot in life for a better financial future. According to the documentary, OJ wanted to transcend race & make a name for himself by becoming wealthy & famous while at the same time ejecting his biological, black background totally. Being driven to become famous & live in the lap of luxury is perfectly fine. There's no problem there except for 1 thing: You can't abandon your community, pop it like an unwanted zit, & pretend like the Watts riots in 1966 or police mistreatment of black citizens on the south side of the west coast wasn't happening or not even taking the time to care or educate yourself about it. There's something troubling about a man who doesn't want anything to interfere with positive publicity OJ is receiving from white community power players in society because he can run really fast with a football scoring touchdowns while dark skinned individuals are being harassed, beaten, rounded up, sprayed with fire houses, & having German shepards lunge at innocent victims in an aggressive manner. Okay sure, OJ Simpson was a young college kid & perhaps expecting him to be a civil rights advocate or a Nelson Mandela in training is a tad bit unfair to an 18 year old man. However, as OJ grew older, he made a conscious decision, really a final decision, to attach himself to the white corporate america community in order to become filthy rich as the spokesman for Hertz Rental Car Co., RC Cola, & Chevrolet automobiles. He wanted to appear non-threatening to white America & the only way to do that was to steer clear of Mohammad Ali's controversy of dodging the draft, refusing to fight in South East Asia, & becoming a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. Ali said famously "No Vietcong [citizen] ever called me the N word; Why would I wanna fight them?" OJ wanted to shy away from anything like this. Any move or gesture that associated him with radical tendencies or alliances Simpson refused to touch because it might stand in the way of the almighty dollar or making money & living comfortably. When we fast forward to the double murder trail & OJ gets arrested in 1994 on the grounds of his estate, he's surprised to see all the people & cameras assembled there & he says in the back seat of a squad car, "What are all these N words doing here?" My mouth dropped. OMG! He didn't just say what I think he did did he? I hit rewind on my DVR & sure enough he did. Whoa. I just sat there in silence for a moment. This man really believes he's above race literally. That is scary & delusional at the same time. It reminds me of when Tiger Woods said he wasn't black that he was Polynesian. Wait. What? Come on Tiger really? Stop playing semantics & being cute man. It's 1 thing to be embraced & accepted by more than 1 race or culture sure, but don't pretend that you can visibly deny your own identity Tiger & OJ. You're not fooling anybody except maybe yourself gentlemen. Yet another thing I found peculiar is that jurors tended to idolize OJ in the courtroom. The found him sharply dressed, well groomed, good looking, & charismatic. Raving above his smile & how he flirted & waved back at them. Is part of the reason they acquitted him is because jurors felt that if we let him walk we'll get a taste of the good life ourselves thru book deals & tabloid TV appearances? It sure seems like it. Just because you claim OJ is not guilty on all murder charges, it doesn't mean you're part of OJ lavish lifestyle now you know. Has OJ expressed an gratitude to the jury for releasing him from prison at all? Did he offer to take them out to dinner say as a final thank you? Nope. And why did jurors not hold OJ's infidelity to Nicole & frequent domestic violence 911 calls against him? That just baffles me to this day. The reaction to adding Cristopher Darden to Marcia Clark's prosecution team was hilarious to me. Here's what I mean: Carl Douglas on Johnny Cochran's Dream Team for the defense displayed a textbook case of reverse racism in this documentary when Darden became a member of the prosecution. Carl pretended to be so appalled that he was added to the opposition's ticket just to add a flavor of diversity & win points with the jury. Are you kidding me Carl with that fake outrage sir? Well, that's richly insincere when OJ your client wanted nothing to do with the black community until 1994 & now he wants to embrace the community he has shunned for years simply because a black jury pool might lead him to freedom huh? Or that the lead defense attorney shifted from a white Robert Shapiro to a well respected attorney in the black community named Johnny Cochran? Purely coincidental, I'm sure right? Chris Darden had it so tough man. He can't win in either community no matter what he does. If OJ got convicted for double murder, the black community views him as a traitor to their race & by losing; he takes heat because he worked for the enemy or white community that tried to take away a football god from the world. Chris also took unfair flack from Johnny when Cochran was expressing fake outrage over Darden's claim that derogatory use of the N word in open court would prevent jurors from looking just at the physical evidence accumulated against Simpson alone. And then Johnny turns the whole thrust of his case on a conspiracy of police brutality with Mark Fuhrman as the poster child for law enforcement bigotry because the detective who found the bloody glove frequently used the N word when interacting with black citizens on patrol in the Watts district. Was Mark Fuhrman biased & racially insensitive to members of the African American community? Absolutely, he was. The man should have been fired from LAPD years before the OJ Trial saw the light of day man. Marcia Clark totally blew this case by letting him testify. What kind of detective doesn't pick up the glove without a partner present? You do this for another witness who can be sworn in under oath if you run into a problem with your star witness. Marcia Clark was so darn incompetent it's not even funny. What kind of chief prosecutor with experience didn't vet her main witness man? Grr! Gee, your guy hates black people & sues the city of Los Angeles over the stress of patrolling Watts & you Marcia feel no need to verify that fist? Hello! What a colossal bafoon you are Miss Clark. I'm still royally ticked off today over her gross trial mismanagement. If you didn't want Darden to have OJ try the gloves on, you put your foot down & say no. How hard is that? You're the chief prosecutor correct? SMH. I did admire the fact that Mark Fuhrman did answer all questions posed to him during this miniseries though. He didn't tuck his tail & run. He's still racist but he deserves credit for facing the criticism music. I have to give him that. I remember seeing the Rodney King beating on TV like yesterday. I was shocked & horrified at the same time. Jesus. Stop it! Nobody deserves being beaten within an inch of his life with nightsticks. He's darn near unconscious on the ground & multiple white cops claimed they feared for their lives. How?! They were the ones distributing unlawful & excessive punishment. So, Rodney is a threat bleeding & bruised on the ground? Are you kidding me? That's absurd man. And then, somehow 4 officers charged with excessive force get the location of the trial moved & they are acquitted? What the hades? The abuse is on tape man. I was furious. I truly was. I swear. Jury nullification pure & simple. A darn travesty. I understood why Watts exploded again in 1992. Black men & women had reached the breaking point of being harassed by the LAPD, frequent choke holds being used to immobile, arrest, & terminate their lives as a means of containment. The Watts community just erupted in frustration & that frustration led to fires, rampant property damage, & explosions. So many in the white community asked why are they destroying everything where they live? How does that benefit them? The reason the African American community in Watts lashed out is that they were tired of being beaten, harassed, arrested, & killed with no justice in the eyes of the law. There isn't supposed to be a different set of rules & protections based on a person's gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or income level. And what's so outrageous is that when those 4 police officers were acquitted after beating Rodney King, many black citizens felt like their lives didn't matter because there were no repercussions for either excessive force or dehumanizing their race, culture, & daily existence. I understand that there are good police officers out there. They aren't all Mark Fuhrmans. I just needed to say that. I will continue my review of OJ Made In America later I promise. It just helps me to put my thoughts down on paper or online I guess for my own sanity & piece of mind.
  5. I just finished watching the 2016 BET Awards on TV from my DVR. Here are my impressions overall: The producers & presenters paid tribute to Prince, Mohammed Ali, & actor Samuel L. Jackson received a lifetime achievement award. 

    1. southwest1

      southwest1

      Found it. Yes! Hands down the best Prince performance of the night. "Nothing Comes 2U"

       

       

      This is a textbook case on how you deliver a killer cover.

       

      Shelia E. played with Prince for crying out loud & this is the best she can do? SMH. 

       

       

      It was sloppy percussion playing & just not good at all IMHO. 

    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      Laila Ali gave a nice eulogy to the memory of her father. She talked about how her dad taught all 11 kids to love themselves & their neighbor regardless of their gender, race, income level, & religion. That we all need to spread more love than hate. It was really quite touching. 

       

      Spike Lee gave Samuel L. Jackson his introduction & lifetime achievement award. Sam thanked his wife, daughter, & grandmother for his tenacity, drive, & work ethic. He did theatre for a longtime for peanuts before "Pulp Fiction" made him a household name. Sam doesn't mince words. He's short, sweet, & very funny in his own suave way. 

       

       

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      It should also be noted that special attention was devoted to the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement & exercising your right to vote in the upcoming election too. I found the show quite good even though hip hop, rap, & R & B aren't exactly in my wheel house. It's always good to try new things musically out of your comfort zone though & I'm glad I did.

       

      Maxwell & Stevie Wonder brought down the house IMO. While every other tribute toward Prince felt insufficient to me. To each their own I guess. 

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  6. Hey there Gramz, did you just change your username recently? No need to justify your reasons for doing so of course. 

     

    It's cool. Maybe you just feel like hibernating for awhile or sitting silently like a bird chilling on a telephone wire soaking about your surroundings. :hat:

    1. Gramz

      Gramz

      and to clarify,  sometimes I feel like :wall: when trying to communicate with certain people, because they only understand things the way they "want" to understand.  Thus the reason for the name change.    

    2. radiogirl

      radiogirl

      I love your new name!  HA!

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      I get it Gramz. Some people just can't be reasoned with or they prefer clinging to their POV until their final breath. Some people call that devotion & others an alternate universe where their field general can do no wrong. 

       

      True, you're a strong woman that never hides from anyone or anything. Timid is not the adjective to describe you Gramz; brave & comical are. :D

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  7. Hey Gramz, 

    I can't believe Christmas is fast approaching already. Wow, when I was a kid, it took an eternity to get here. Anyway, Merry Christmas early just in case you need to fly across country in a week or so. 

    I hope the jolly old fat man brings you lots of loot & goodies. No Ron, the fat man reference was Chris Cringle not you BTW. haha

    Happy Holidays to you & your family Gramz...

    1. Gramz

      Gramz

      Aww, Thank you SW1.  And the same to you. 

    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      I just appreciate my friends now more than ever this year in particular. Thanks to you & my other forum friends for their kind words of support & encouragement regarding my nephew. I can't thank you guys enough. God bless all of you. You know who you are. 

  8. Hi Yehoodi, 

    I sent you an PM or e-mail telling you how to delete a post say for instance if you quote the wrong one for example. Nice chatting with you today as always. :thmup:

    --SW1

  9. Hello Nadine, 

    Thanks for your useful guidance as always. Anyway, I was talking with Yehoodi on a forum topic & the subject on deleting a post came up.

    What's the proper way to remove a post or say for example you quote the wrong post, want to delete that 1 & quote the reply you originally intended without leaving the actual thread?

    Thanks

    1. Nadine

      Nadine

      If you hover over it you should get a popup that says right click

      the right click menu gives you the option to delete

      also I believe on a mac you can hit cmd/delete

      on a pc it's control delete

    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      Thanks for your help again Nadine. I e-mailed Yehoodi your instructions too. Have a nice day. 

  10. Hey Nadine,

    Is there a way to display You Tube clips in my movie thread again rather than just the link itself because I can only access the updated forum site in my Firefox browser now. My Safari browser built specifically for MAC computers doesn't work with your new upgrade at all. Grrr!

    Anyway, is there something your IT staff can disable or unlock in order to display You Tube videos properly via metadata coding in my seen any good movies lately thread?

    Thank you for your cooperation. It is immensely appreciated.

    1. BrentMc11

      BrentMc11

      I am on Chrome.

      I am not getting any of PT's posts as notification unless he replies to me.  Radiogirl, Jay, and PT have the same problem.  For example, PT has the Hoosier Hysteria thread.  I follow the thread and I never get notifications on the post.  Sporadic on Pacers and the MLB.  Thank you for checking into it .

    2. Nadine

      Nadine

      @BrentMc11 you are not following the Hoosier Hysteria thread.  

      I turn on this setting for you in your notification settings 

      Someone I am following makes a post

      Since you are following Princeton Tiger now you should get notifications when he posts

    3. BrentMc11

      BrentMc11

      It had been on...maybe I need to check all that I follow to see if they moved over.  Thank you.

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  11. When I read the line "100GFB started following you now" I laugh because this song always pops into my head...

    https://youtu.be/OMOGaugKpzs

    1. southwest1

      southwest1

      That line after you start following a forum member "I hope it's okay" makes me chuckle too like does this mean that my email will get flooded with junk mail now too? :D

      Or maybe, I'm supposed to pick up your mail when you go on holiday now...Maybe all liked & followed members do it in shifts depending on which member is geographically closest or their turn to do it in the rotation cycle. Do I need to pick up your dry cleaning too if you are gone on vacation as well? Just being sarcastic.

  12. Hey Brent,

    I thought I started following you on the forum a few days ago. In the battle of man vs machine, apparently machine won in the 1st round anyway. I think I am actually tracking you now. Sorry that sounded like a drown attack didn't it? Just kidding!

    I think I forgot to click on the follow tab the 1st time on your profile page. It should be fine now.

    1. BrentMc11

      BrentMc11

      Thanks!  Wanted to make sure...:)

    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      Of course, it's fine Brent. You know, I think the world of you brother. I just haven't figured out status updates yet on this new site yet. It's a work in progress I guess just like everybody else in the same boat. Just like the passengers on the Titanic, I have no idea what I'm doing, but I know what song we can sing in unison as a fond farewell before we all drown & freeze to death. LOL!

      My dad always said I had a way with words. Yep, just a sentimental old fool I guess. :thmup:

  13. I was listening to 101.5 WIBA FM yesterday driving home & the DJ on duty was talking about buying a ranch home with a 2nd story tower on it with his wife. He said he goes up in 1 room in there & blares Dio music which according to him "can lure & summon dragons to his residence." LOL!

    1. southwest1

      southwest1

      I appreciate the complement RG. Thank you. Wait, are you saying I'm nuts? Just kidding. Yeah, I probably do have a few screws loose. Ha! Ha! It's the good kind of off kilter though where you shake your head, laugh, & say SW what are we gonna do with you man? Like that goof ball uncle 1 in every family where nobody really knows what happened but everybody just tags along for the ride which is always unpredictably memorable. :)

    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      I'm with ya Fish. Dio never gets old or goes out of fashion. Touche.

    3. radiogirl

      radiogirl

      Everybody has a few screws loose, SW! That's what makes life interesting and fun!

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  14. Wow, that is nice to hear that Papa John's management saw fit to recognize Amy for all her years of service & dedication to the company. No job is insignificant & I'm sure that there's an artform to folding that many boxes over the years. I hope Amy was touched by all the well deserved attention she was given for her hard work, steadfast loyalty, & sense of team cohesiveness. Delicious pizza, thirst quenching refreshments, relaxing music provided by Gramz & Ron, & a roomful of proud people. Way to Go Amy! Thank you Gramz, Ron, & all the people who make disabled individuals feel part of the crowd & everyday society. You Rock!
  15. Yes, but La'el Collins wasn't being indicted though. Mike Mayock mentioned this on NFL Network with Rich Eisen during the draft. He was assisting the police with the investigation at LSU. He wasn't a primary suspect in a homicide. I wouldn't have shied away from Collins as an NFL GM. Don't you want a player to fully comply with the authorities? Why was this deemed so toxic by NFL front offices? I still don't get it.
  16. Today, in the mail, I received a notice from my car company asking me if I wanted to expand my power train warranty coverage. The notice came on a card labeled "Personal & Confidential." It arrived not in a sealed envelope, but a card anyone can flip over & read. Way to handle "sensitive" info there Honda. LOL!

    1. HungarianColtsFan

      HungarianColtsFan

      Imagine it hadn't been sensitive...they'd announced it in the radio... :-))))

    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      HA! HA! Good point maybe I will hear about it tomorrow, see it on TV, or have the Good Year blimp display the notice with flashing lights. Thanks HCF! :)

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      I've had a few bills delivered like that. No envelope, just a card with the numbers on it. It bothers me too.

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  17. I was listening to Steve Miller's "The Joker" last night driving home & this line always cracks me up: "You're the cutest thing that I ever did see; I really love your peaches. Want to shake your tree." Famous rock stars can sing that & be called clever & funny, but if you said that in real life to an attractive woman you'd get slapped across the face. Rightly so. I still like the song though. LOL!

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    2. Gramz

      Gramz

      SW check your messages. :-)

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      Now, you have officially peaked my curiosity Gramz. I need to check my Colts Forum e-mail now. Be right back...

    4. Gramz
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  18. I was listening to CBS sideline Thursday Night Football reporter Tracy Wolfson talk about Saints WR Kenny Stills having to "tape up his groin" in the 2nd half & that phrase made me cringe because ankles I get, but tape & a sensitive region of the body doesn't sound all that wonderful to me. Enough said.

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    2. Coltsince4

      Coltsince4

      It's New Orleans I'm talking about, not Carolina SW!

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      Oops! Clearly, I need to work on my reading comprehension skills bro! LOL! Thanks for setting me straight. I need all the help I can get. :)

    4. mom terp

      mom terp

      nice to be back , southwest.nice to hear.that we won.i have been busy.since my husband retired.have a great evening...

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  19. I appreciate the info TYG, but it just struck me as comically ironic to say the following statement: "This is posted in case it is missed in the other thread. Please do not respond here." I get your point TYG, but it's just funny to me to start a thread saying "Do not respond here." It's like inviting everyone to a picnic & then not letting them eat any hotdogs or hamburgers because no one remembered to buy any buns, Dixie plates, or plastic cups. LOL! Only teasing brother. ;) Yes, I am fully aware that by replying to this topic I am violating protocol BTW. Ha! Ha! SW1 has always been a rebel & I never colored between the lines as a child either. When I drive though, I do try to keep my car in between the telephone poles & buildings though. It keeps my insurance premiums down that way & just because an attractive woman walked across the street in front of me my agent won't accept "Peter, that tree just slammed into my car out of nowhere as a legitimate accident claim unfortunately. Major bummer man."
  20. On ESPN 1st Take today, the guest host said "How much does love cost?" He was referring to NBA player Kevin Love who plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves & might be traded. I've never laughed so hard in my life. LOL!

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    2. alawai

      alawai

      His former team will not be singing "Love Will Keep Us Together".

    3. BrentMc11

      BrentMc11

      Jungle Love? Muskrat Love.....HA HA!

    4. mom terp

      mom terp

      happy fourth of july.i just sang the star spangled banner to my next door neighbors.they let me swim in their pool.so i had to say thanks for the invite.it is very hot down here.maybe kevin love just needs a bit of new team love!

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  21. Okay, it's official now UCF QB Blake Bortles said recently that he models his NFL game after BIG Ben in Pittsburg & Andrew Luck in INDY due to their body types & game changing clutchness. I will follow his career closely now. Anybody who gives Chewbacca some props is awesome 2 me...Nice!

    1. southwest1

      southwest1

      Mr. Bortles decision making skills off the field are not bad either. Have you seen his girlfriend Lindsay Duke? Not too shabby. Google her name. You can thank me later. :) QBs always seem to land the prototype blond, cheerleader persona females don't they. It must be the money as CB Deion Sanders sang about so many years ago. Ha! Ha!

    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      " I follow the style and techniques of SW1, Mozart, Zarathustra, and Miss Piggy!" LOL 100GFB! A nerd, a piano man, a German philosopher, & a sassy, opinionated pig walk into a bar...Hi Yaw! Miss Piggy Got Mad & hit me so SW1 couldn't finish my spectacular punchline. Clearly Miss Piggy brings home the bacon. Oh crap, she heard that. Gotta Run away quickly now. Bye. Ha! Ha!

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      Big Ben is an awesome, and very underrated.

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  22. I just watched the debut of NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" & I was not very impressed at all...They gave Conan O'Brien the axe for this guy? Are you serious? LOL!

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    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      I like Craig Ferguson because he reminds me of my father meaning you never know what he's going to say. He'd ask the same question to his neighbor, the President, or the Queen of England. He has no filter. He just says whatever pops in his head depending on his mood. Craig is also good at reading people & matching their tempo/body language. Plus, his Scotland stories always crack me up. :) Craig is comfortable in his own skin & what U see is what U get.

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      Jimmy Fallon also did a rap song to a Brian William's newscast, but why is this technique only applied to rap & hip hop songs as opposed to rock, blues, reggae, country, or heavy metal? It was clever though. See...

      http://youtu.be/-YCeIgt7hMs#aid=P--xC5lDTww

    4. mom terp

      mom terp

      i have never been a big jimmy fallon fan.i prefer conan to jimmy any how.

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  23. Peter Seeger died today. It's also sad for me when influential protest singers pass on. "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?" My dad used to sign that to me as a little boy whenever I had trouble falling asleep. I just appreciate singers who use the power of music to change peoples minds to do things that they didn't think were possible. Very Cool. :)

    1. alawai

      alawai

      The Byrds -It Ain't Me Babe!

    2. alawai

      alawai

      Mr. Tamborine Man

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      They should do a followup hit to their hit "Mr. Tamborine Man". Call it "Mr. Triangle Man." LOL! :)

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  24. I just saw a new fad straight out of Norway called "Slow TV." You watch a cruise voyage for 7 days or go on a train trip, or watch ladies knit something from start to finish. With America's short attention span, I don't see this idea taking the US by storm anytime soon...Do you?

    1. southwest1

      southwest1

      Here is a some additional background material on what "Slow TV" actually is for clarification purposes:

      http://www.today.com/video/today/53971956#53971956

    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      Hey, does this mean citizens in North America can now watch paint dry with unbridled enthusiasm now? Or watch an entire hot rod car being taken out of a junkyard & rebuild back to it's pristine form? What other tedious tasks could slow TV find a use or audience to spend countless hours viewing a project for? Writing an entire symphony, practicing, & performing in Carnegie Hall? The possibilities are endless...

    3. alawai

      alawai

      I've counted raindrops once but I lost count after 12!

  25. Did you ever notice when someone says to you "May I be frank?" No one ever replies back. "You can be Frank as long as I can be Steve." LOL! And how come no one ever says "Well, to make a short story long." Ha! Ha! Not enough comedians discuss language anymore. God, I miss George Carlin. Sigh...

    1. BrentMc11

      BrentMc11

      SW: I always say "To make a long story longer...." I may have said it to you a couple of times :)

    2. Coltsince4

      Coltsince4

      Well they should have named me Frank...

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      Ha! Ha! Great responses everyone! Thank you all for your witty humor & keen insights. :D

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