sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Criticizing Cosby


There are a lot of Bill Cosby rape jokes circulating on the Internet. It's a type of 'black humor' -- or is that racist? The two dozen women who have come forward claiming that Bill Cosby raped them are not a joke, and it's interesting that Bill Cosby has remained silent in this regard. It makes me wonder how many women are currently on his pay-off list.

"Cosby loves pudding...pudding his dick where it don't belong."

This is an interesting link. It discusses Tina Fey making Bill Cosby rape jokes on Saturday Night Live in 2005. The plain truth is that in Hollywood, Cosby the rapist is an open secret. Everyone knows that if Bill Cosby hands you a drink, the next thing that you know, you'll be waking up 'messy' with your trousers around your knees.

But Bill Cosby is black, which means that criticizing him publicly means that you're going to incur the wrath of the politically correct. It's generally the same thing as criticizing President Obama or suggesting that he's a Muslim.

The Gift for Somebody who has Everything

Welcome to the Sunday Sermonette.

If you've hung around my blog, you'll know that I carp about exchanging items to put in landfill at Christmas time. I am not in the least bit anti-Christmas, but I hate to give people things like hideous sweaters or fruitcake (that could be 100 years old or 1 day old, at this point, what difference does it make?).

So every year I struggle to find a gift for people who pretty much have everything and I prefer to give something that won't end up in the trash.

This year I am giving DNA testing kits out to those people who always drop something off at the house for me. Almost everyone has some curiosity about who THEIR people are, where they came from, who their ancestors are, etc. While they can go onto https://familysearch.org and get a sense of that but it doesn't go deep enough. 

I bought test kits from Twenty-three and Me  (https://www.23andme.com) for my sons-in-law (because I'm interested in those results) and for friends. Close family knows that they all descended from the crowned heads of Europe (in-bread freaks who passed their genetic flaws down to the ages).

Their advertisement:
23 pairs of chromosomes.
One unique you.
Find out what percent of your DNA comes from populations around the world, ranging from East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and more. Break European ancestry down into distinct regions such as the British Isles, Scandinavia and Italy. People with mixed ancestry, African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans will also get a detailed breakdown.
A genealogical DNA test looks at a person's genome at specific locations. Results give information about personal ancestry. In general, these tests compare the results of an individual to others from the same lineage or to current and historic ethnic groups. The test results are not meant for medical use, where different types of testing is needed. They do not determine specific genetic diseases or disorders. They are intended only to give genealogical information.

I just hope that people enjoy them and don't simply throw the test kits out with the wrapping paper.

Sermonette portion - I think that it's important that we know who we are, that we appreciate our distinctiveness and that we consider that all of our ancestors were successful in that they lived long enough to reproduce. I had an ancestor who arrived on the Mayflower, which means that he was a misfit who couldn't get along with people back home and fled. Other ancestors came to the new world from Britain, Switzerland and some were here, native American Indians, when Europeans settled the land. Most of them that I know about came to the New World in search of opportunities, not hand-outs. They built that (unlike the Obama and Clinton relatives who apparently didn't), and I'm proud of those people who made my life possible for me. Yes, that and $6.00 will buy me a cup of coffee at Starbucks, but it's interesting all the same.

And a parting shot for the Sermon minded:


(drum roll with a rim shot) I'll be playing this room all week...