Your Tuesday Random-Ass Roundup: Al Greene Gets Next to You.

If ever there was a state that deserved Senator Al Greene, it would definitely be South Carolina:

Also, we could probably stand to tone down our self-righteous indignation at Greene and the voters in South Carolina’s Democratic primary. The Senate can’t be that exclusive. After all, “Diaper” David Vitter has a seat in the chamber too.

Anyway, sorry for being late. But hey, stuff happens:

1. Mother Jones asks if people should boycott BP? (Blackink)

2. Also, BP doesn’t want you to be sad about the oil spill. Better if you don’t see it at all. (Blackink)

3. George W. Bush raised a socialist. (Shani-o)

4. The Texas GOP presses forward in its efforts to alienate Latino voters. I sorta doubt this YouTube outreach campaign is going to help much either. (Blackink)

5. Mr. Justice Clarence Thomas for President? It’s hard to tell if this Washington Post piece by Kashmir Hill and David Lat is serious or satire. (Blackink)

6. Don’t believe the hype: South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley is not evidence of Republican diversity. “‘When Republicans say ‘diversity,’ what they mean is ‘people of color that act like us even when we say racist shit to them.'” J Boogie gets shown some love too. (Blackink)

7. Rand Paul don’t need no stinking ophthalmology certification, staying true to his libertarian roots. (Blackink)

8. More than a dozen women told the St. Petersburg Times that The Church of Scientology pushed them to get abortions so they could “remain productive workers without the distraction of raising children.” (Blackink)

9. Via Monica, we learn Wal-Mart “has found another way to take money from people who can’t afford it” through its plan to partner with a for-profit online university. (Blackink)

10. Jessica Bennett and Jesse Ellison of Newsweek make the case against marriage. “With our life expectancy in the high 70s, the idea that we’re meant to be together forever is less realistic.” (Blackink)

11. Rebutting Hanna Rosin’s “masculinity-crisis meme” in this month’s Atlantic, Ann Friedman argues that men aren’t the problem; gender stereotypes are. “The narrow, toxic definition of masculinity perpetuated by Rosin and others — that men are brawn not brains, doers not feelers, earners not nurturers — is actually to blame for the crisis.”  (Blackink)

12. Will Drake’s debut album, “Thank Me Later” sell a million copies in its first week? If so, he’d join an exclusive club with only Eminem and Lil’ Wayne as its members. Either way, the NYT has crowned Drake the “new face of hip-hop.” (Blackink)

13. Should athletes have sex before a big game? Shawn Kemp would say yes. (Blackink)

14. The World Cup and the vast left-wing conspiracy. (Blackink)

15. Stephen Fried proposes six ways to fix the NBA. But does it really need fixing? (Blackink)

If you’ve got more links or some general comments, please share them in the usual spot. Until then, Buggin’ Out will remind you of where your rooting loyalties should be when it comes to tonight’s NBA Finals.


Joel Anderson —blackink —  writes about sports, politics, crime, courts, and other issues far beyond his competence at BuzzFeed. He has worked at media outlets in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Atlanta and contributed to a number of publications, including The Root and The American Prospect, among many others.
  • I thought about it but no amount of Kobe hate can get me to root for the Celtics. F*k Boston. 😀

    • Leigh

      Ew. Go Celtics!

  • Christian

    Ew is right…Go Celtics!

    If I may, are there any suggestions you guys have for improving the NBA (See #15)?

  • Momma!

    @Mike…why do people hate Kobe? Really, is it his arrogance, his infidelity with his wife, what is it? that he snitched out Shaq? or all three? i personally do not know the man, and i think that his character is flawed but, sheesh, arent we all?

    and to whomever picked that song…yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssss! i am loving Al with his half’fro/half pressncurl!

    little known trivia fact: the same lady, i believe her name was Mary Wilson, that threw the hot grits on Al Green back in the day, yes, that very same night, she shot and killed herself in his home.