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MEDIA JERKS – 2010’s Most Annoying

By Sandra Lord and Allison Lord – Caribbean (read bios) with contributions by Sandra Glushankoff Argentinian (read bio)

THE MOST ANNOYING MEDIA PERSONALITIES OF 2010:

• Nancy Grace-Glenn Beck-Rush Limbaugh &  Bill O’ReillyNancy Pelosi • Perez Hilton • Kate Gosselin • Gloria Allred Tiger Woods & Jesse James • Sarah Palin

Tired of sanctimonious media talking heads, unscrupulous and opportunistic politicians, no talent celebrities and self-made nobodies? So are we! Here is our list of 2010’s most annoying media personalities – media jerks – whom we think should have been “tarred and feathered” for their shenanigans in 2010. They will appear in no particular order as the level of annoyance is about the same for all.

THE MOST ANNOYING MEDIA PERSONALITIES OF 2010

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Nancy Grace, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly:

The Three Stooges/Curly, Larry and Moe + One. However, what binds these four oddballs together is everything that is not genius. Grace, Beck, Limbaugh and O’Reilly are the epitome of today’s mean-spirited talk show hosts who seem to delight in their extraordinary ability to polarize the American people (er, despite the “extraordinary ability” part, this is not a compliment, guys), and their skill in the use of drama and theatrics to spew self-indulgent garbage on a daily basis. With the mistaken notion that they alone are the arbiters of truth, justice and liberty…oh, and let’s not forget American pride, these four angry, insecure, narcissistic loudmouths take the cake for belittling and berating their guests to show who can best shoot opposing viewpoints into oblivion. This grouping reminds us of a charming little saying we learned while growing up in the Caribbean, “Empty vessels make the most noise.” For us, listening to these yell and scream is akin to getting one’s wisdom teeth pulled…with no painkillers. Ayayay!! Funny thing is, while they love to denigrate, intimidate and dish it out to any and everybody, they have a haaaaaard time taking criticism. Our advice – they should each get a copy of Beck’s little book, “Arguing with Idiots,” and have a conversation with the mirror.

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NANCY PELOSI
(by Sandra Gluschankoff)
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In 2007, Nancy Pelosi made history when she was elected the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House. However, in December 2010, there is an old phrase which sums up Nancy Pelosi’s political career in the Democratic Party: she has, to put it bluntly, “overstayed her welcome.” Get a clue woman! When your own people fear your presence at their public appearances when running for office, as if you were jinxed,  you have overstayed your welcome. When your popularity amongst registered voters plummets to 29 percent, as it was the case in this past November elections, it means it’s time to wrap up the show, hit the road and put a new face to the Democratic Party. No, we are not talking about another plastic surgery on (more…)

9/11 MOSQUE-Worship Place or Victory Flag? – By Sandra Gluschankoff

By Guest Blogger: SANDRA GLUSCHANKOFF — Argentinian (read bio)

A few years ago my husband invited me to a convention he was attending in Europe, my favorite travel destination in the world. He handed me the catalogue for me to make the necessary arrangements for the trip, and suddenly I froze.

Berlin?” I couldn’t for the life of me travel to Germany. Having been to Europe several times before, Germany was always a country I avoided. Germany! Many emotions invaded me until I hit the point of fear.

The idea of traveling to that country gave me an uneasy and anxious feeling. It is the birthplace of one of the major massacres in humanity, and where many of my ancestors were either murdered in extermination camps or suffered the devastating results of vicious persecution at war.

What disturbed me was beyond the history of the country. It was the people, who for years stood either silently or participated willingly in the mass genocide of everything the Nazi regime did not see fit to exist.

As I packed my bags, I decided it was time to face my demons and see for myself where everything started. Was I in for a surprise when I arrived in Berlin! The people were wonderful and welcoming, their food was great and so were their wines. But what amazed me the most was what they had made of their city.

I was brought into a complete state of relief. Whatever was left after the devastation had been kept as a constant reminder of what their ancestors did. Berlin pays homage to those who suffered under its country’s murderous reign. They do not choose to erase a part of their shameful past, a dishonorable piece of history that Ahmadinejad or filmmaker Oliver Stone intend to make look like a fantasy. Instead, it is displayed publicly for their youth to learn from the atrocities of the past.

Why can’t we do the same thing in this country? Why can’t we just say NO to the building of a mosque at the foot of Ground Zero? There should be a resounding (more…)

Shock Treatment…I still remember Hiroshima – By Kaz

By Guest Blogger: KAZ MATAMURA — Japanese (read bio)

I still remember Hiroshima after 65 years

We couldn’t do the Girls Gone Wild thing during our summer breaks; instead, we had home schooling with tons of homework.

We were forced to keep a journal everyday. That’s how Japanese keep kids from going too out of control during the long break. Well, our breaks weren’t that long; they were only five weeks.

August 7 and 15 were special summer school days. Usually, I didn’t show up to these special days, but that particular morning, my mom needed to clean the house thoroughly, so she kicked me out. After hanging out with friends in the classroom, bragging about how tanned we all were, we were lined up and marched to the auditorium.

When the baldheaded principal showed up at the podium, we bowed to him as he bowed. He talked about how healthy we looked and said that we shouldn’t overeat. Then he told us about the meaning of this day.

In 1945, this day, around eight o’clock in the morning, eighty thousand people disappeared in a flash. He told us if it happened right now in this city, that we, our parents, friends, neighbors, the man at the fish shop, the newspaper deliverymen, would be all gone. He’s a good speaker – he knows how to “personalize” history for us. (more…)

My Brief Affair with George W. Bush & My Political Observations – By S. Lord

By SANDRA LORD — Caribbean (read bio)

Caricature: (©) 2010 Lord Sisters. All Rights Reserved.

My sister, Allison, cringes everytime I publicly admit to having voted for G.W. Bush. Although I am quick to add that it was ONLY the second term (I voted for Gore first time around), it is something, which for obvious reasons, I am still not proud.

While my Republican friends embraced me like “E.T., the prodigal daughter,” who had at last ‘come home,’ my Democrat friends were aghast. After all, in their eyes, that was inconsistent with the person whom they knew – one who subscribed to the belief that government should play some role in alleviating poverty and social injustice, one who had herself created and supported community outreach programs for the less fortunate.

The thing is, as someone who comes from a different political system; who had no preconceived ideas about American politics; who got to take a good impartial look at the two major parties in this country, I must say I don’t consider myself (more…)

Immigration Reform – “The White Washing of America” – By Sandra Lord

By SANDRA LORD – Caribbean

When I attended performing arts school in New York, each semester I found myself one of few black students in the classroom. The rest of the students were primarily Caucasian, many from Europe and Canada.

I thought nothing much of it until one day a fellow classmate from Holland asked me if I knew how she could get her Green Card. I was taken off guard. The fact is, until that moment, it had never dawned on me that any of my fellow classmates was in the U.S. illegally – after all, they were um…white.

It turned out that several of them were here illegally, including those from CANADA.

I’ve never stopped thinking about that for like many Americans, I had (more…)

Media Jerks – Sarah Palin

By Sandra & Allison Lord

THE MOST ANNOYING MEDIA PERSONALITIES:

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SARAH PALIN

How has Sarah Palin managed to seduce so many people into thinking she could conceivably be the President of the United States and Leader of the Free World?

There are a few things in her favor: her feistiness – she gives as good as she gets; her sense of humor – she knows how to laugh at herself and minimize the effect of a multitude of humiliating faux pas; her marketing skills – she has perfected the art of playing the media like a hooker practiced in the art of seduction and has them eating out of her hand; her brazenness – she has a unique ability to look you squarely in the face, with unwavering eyes and that beaming, shameless smile while she gives uninformed, meaningless, answers to pointed questions; oh, yeah, and she’s sexier than McCain, Newt, Giuliani or any of the Republicans to boot!

But none of these things is presidential. (more…)

Allison’s Post – Obama is Still My Guy!

By ALLISON LORD – Caribbean

From the time I was able to vote in America, everyone who knows me knows that I have always longed for a young, intelligent, energetic and vibrant President. I would take good looks too.

Bill Clinton came close. He was my sweetheart for years! Oh, how I fantasized about that sexy man holding his cigar. Anyway, sidetracked!…I really didn’t care about race or gender, but I was certainly tired of the stream of old men making out-of-touch decisions that affected everyday Americans.

When Barack Obama threw his hat into the ring for Elections 2008 my prayers were finally answered. I was ecstatic. But, with just one year into office, I can’t believe there are already some grumblings about his performance. People are blaming him for the lack of change, unfulfilled promises, unemployment, recession and starvation, yes, even starvation – in India! (more…)

Universal Healthcare? Yes, Please!

By Guest Blogger: JASMINE RAFATI – Iran

When I was in France couple of years ago, I got very sick and had to spend some time in the hospital. The French healthcare system, a complex mix of private and public financing is reputed to be one of the most effective systems in the world. (In the last global rankings by the World Health Organization [WHO] on healthcare, France was ranked #1, Iran #93, and the U.S., #37.)

However, my experience wasn’t great to say the least…although I went to two of the biggest hospitals in Paris. Beds and pillows were covered in plastic. A cotton sheet was laid over the plastic, but it wasn’t enough to stop me from sweating and as a result, I felt sicker and even more nauseous. They couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me and so many doctors and residents examined me, I felt like a lab object.  When I flew back to the U.S., I was still sick and went to the hospital immediately. I (more…)

Dan & Me

By Guest Blogger:  KAZ MATAMURA – Japanese

When I was 13, I was involved with a theatre company, turned into a night owl and stopped going to school. I came home at 1 AM, then stayed up reading and watching old movies, and around 5 AM, turned the TV on to watch “I Love Lucy”, where I learned English from Lucy and Ricky. Then I stayed up for CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.  Well, because of the time difference, the evening here was the morning in Japan.

At first, Dan Rather was speaking to me in Japanese.

There was a time that instead of saying, “That’s the way it is” – he signed off by saying just one word: “Courage.” That was it. “Courage.” The Japanese didn’t know how to translate it, so the Japanese voice just said “KA-RAIJI”. (more…)

American Way, American Dream in Danger

By Guest Blogger: Dr. MELODY JACKSON – American

Let me start by saying that this foray into a public expression of my not-so-P.C. ideas and ideals is different for me.  I was hesitant to write this blog because I very much dislike arguing, and I don’t care what most people think anyway, so why bother?  However, when someone starts talking trash about America or messing with my rights and my money, then I do get a bit riled up.

As I listened to the rhetoric of this year’s State Of The Union address filled with great ideas and catch phrases that could very appropriately be painted on a bouquet of Mylar helium balloons at a Tony Robbins seminar, I figured it was a good time for me to exercise my First Amendment right in this public venue. (more…)

 
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