Mocha Mr. Clean's The Dirty Truth

October 26, 2010

Shame on You, NPR!

Filed under: Current Events,Media — mochamrclean @ 1:02 am

No matter what your political beliefs are – whether you go left or right, Fox News Channel or MSNBC/CNN – everyone should be outraged by National Public Radio’s firing of longtime analyst Juan Williams.

NPR fired Williams for comments he made on “The O’Reilly Factor,” where he had been a frequent contributor. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for Williams, he was a lot more honest about his feelings about Muslims in traditional garb in a post-9/11 world than most folks dare to admit. He confessed that he gets nervous whenever he sees Muslims in traditional attire on a plane.

Williams, to his credit, was open with The Dirty Truth about his feelings. Most people are too ashamed or PC to admit the fears and prejudices they have. Williams never said he was proud of it; he never demanded that anyone subscribe to his feelings. He was being honest – and giving his opinion, which is what analysts mostly do.

What happens? About 36 hours later, NPR gives Williams the axe, without so much as giving him the courtesy – the decency – of a face-to-face meeting with the corporate honcho that wanted his head.

Listen folks, NPR was long aware that Williams was a frequent face on Fox News Channel. It’s not like he could hide it. Besides, wouldn’t they have to give their blessing to that type of thing? It’s also well-known within news industry circles that NPR didn’t really like what Williams had to say on FNC. He didn’t say the things they thought he should say.

But to fire a man for giving his honest opinion – which is what he was supposed to do as an analyst – that is an absolute disgrace. When Bill O’Reilly, Whoopi Goldberg and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough all fall under the same tent of agreement and defend the same person, you know someone’s been done wrong. And Williams, often an eloquent voice of careful thought and reason and honesty on Fox, was done wrong. That’s The Dirty Truth.

~mmc

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October 15, 2010

A Different View on the O’Reilly-Joy-Whoopi Spin Machine

Filed under: Current Events,Media — mochamrclean @ 10:23 pm

Mocha Mr. Clean knows a lot about things that are brown and quite frankly, stink. And this hullabaloo involving Bill “No-Spin (Wink-wink)” O’Reilly and the wenches from The View stinks.

If you missed seeing the clip, watch the video below. O’Reilly got into it with View co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg over the Ground Zero mosque controversy, prompting them both to storm off when he said, “Muslims killed us on 9/11.”

Watch the O’Reilly Skirmish on “The View”

Ok folks, it is a fact that the folks responsible for 9/11 are Muslim. But it is important – vital – to point out that they were extremists, the worst of the very worst. We cannot condemn an entire religion for the acts of a few.

But here’s The Dirty Truth about the O’Reilly-View dustup. It had nothing to do with 9/11, mosques, Muslims or extremists. It had nothing to do with perceived hate speech.

You see, Billy Boy has a new book to sell, Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama. That’s why he was on The View to begin with. And does it surprise you that the Fox News Channel machine wasted absolutely no time capitalizing on the fracas, cranking out those promo commercials faster than Lindsay Lohan crack binge.

O’Reilly could hardly hide his shit-eating grin as Whoopi and Joy waddled off the stage. He knew he had just mapped out half his show for that night and would milk that brouhaha with a week’s worth of segments. (How soon will that B.S. body language expert show up on The Factor, “analyzing” the encounter?) He also could probably hear the cash registers ringing as his book flew off the shelves.

Hell, even Joy got a little joy from the spectacle, as Bill paid a visit to her own show on CNN’s Headline News. And The View reminded people early in the new season why it’s must-see TV for so many.

So, you see, everybody got a little something out of The View fracas – except those who thought the players involved were fighting any kind of “good fight.” Don’t be a pinhead, folks. Bill, Joy, Whoopi, Barbara – phonies, all of them, playing their roles to perfection. And that’s The Dirty Truth.

~MMC

Mocha Mr. Clean knows a lot about things that are brown and quite frankly, stink. And this hullabaloo involving Bill “No-Spin (Wink-wink)” O’Reilly and the wenches from The View stinks.

If you missed seeing the clip, watch the video below. O’Reilly got into it with View co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg over the Ground Zero mosque controversy, prompting them both to storm off when he said, “Muslims killed us on 9/11.”

Ok folks, it is a fact that the folks responsible for 9/11 are Muslim. But it is important – vital – to point out that they were extremists, the worst of the very worst. We cannot condemn an entire religion for the acts of a few.

But here’s The Dirty Truth about the O’Reilly-View dustup. It had nothing to do with 9/11, mosques, Muslims or extremists. It had nothing to do with perceived hate speech.

You see, Billy Boy has a new book to sell, Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama. That’s why he was on The View to begin with. And does it surprise you that the Fox News Channel machine wasted absolutely no time capitalizing on the fracas, cranking out those promo commercials faster than Lindsay Lohan crack binge.

O’Reilly could hardly hide his shit-eating grin as Whoopi and Joy waddled off the stage. He knew he had just mapped out half his show for that night and would milk that brouhaha with a week’s worth of segments. (How soon will that B.S. body language expert show up on The Factor, “analyzing” the encounter?) He also could probably hear the cash registers ringing as his book flew off the shelves.

Hell, even Joy got a little joy from the spectacle, as Bill paid a visit to her own show on CNN’s Headline News. And The View reminded people early in the new season why it’s must-see TV for so many.

So, you see, everybody got a little something out of The View fracas – except those who thought the players involved were fighting any kind of “good fight.” Don’t be a pinhead, folks. Bill, Joy, Whoopi, Barbara – phonies, all of them, playing their roles to perfection. And that’s The Dirty Truth.

March 22, 2010

Some Good News for a Change …

Filed under: Current Events — mochamrclean @ 2:11 pm

The headlines shouldn’t always be about gloom and doom – even though that’s what folks/haters seem to revel in. Check out this story from the Chicago Tribune … Why aren’t there more stories like this in the news? Because it doesn’t whip up the haters out there and it’s a $$$- maker … and that’s The Dirty Truth!:

Charter School in Tough Neighborhood Gets All Its Seniors Into College

The entire senior class at Chicago’s only public all-male, all-African-American high school has been accepted to four-year colleges. At last count, the 107 seniors had earned spots at 72 schools across the nation.

Mayor Richard Daley and Chicago Public Schools chief Ron Huberman surprised students at an all-school assembly at Urban Prep Academy for Young Men in Englewood this morning to congratulate them. It’s the first graduating class at Urban Prep since it opened its doors in 2006.

Huberman applauded the seniors for making CPS shine.

“All of you in the senior class have shown that what matters is perseverance, what matters is focus, what matters is having a dream and following that dream,” Huberman said.

The school enforces a strict uniform of black blazers, khaki pants and red ties — with one exception. After a student receives the news he was accepted into college, he swaps his red tie for a red and gold one at an assembly.

The last 13 students received their college ties today, to thunderous applause.

Ask Rayvaughn Hines what college he was accepted to and he’ll answer with a question.

“Do you want me to name them all?”

For the 18-year-old from Back of the Yards, college was merely a concept–never a goal–growing up. Even within the last three years, he questioned if school, let alone college, was for him. Now, the senior is headed to the prestigious Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. next fall.

Hines remembers the moment he put on his red and gold tie.

“I wanted to take my time because I was just so proud of myself,” he said. “I wanted everyone to see me put it on.”

The achievement might not merit a mayoral visit at one of the city’s elite, selective enrollment high schools. But Urban Prep, a charter school that enrolls using a lottery in one of the city’s more troubled neighborhoods, faced difficult odds. Only 4 percent of this year’s senior class read at grade level as freshmen, according to Tim King, the school’s CEO.

“I never had a doubt that we would achieve this goal,” King said. “Every single person we hired knew from the day one that this is what we do: We get our kids into college.”

College is omnipresent at the school. Before the students begin their freshman year, they take a field trip to Northwestern University. Every student is assigned a college counselor the day he steps foot in the school.

The school offers an extended day–170,000 more minutes over four years compared to its counterparts across the city–and more than double the number of English credits usually needed to graduate.

Even the school’s voicemail has a student declaring “I am college bound” before it asks callers to dial an extension.

Normally, it takes senior Jerry Hinds two buses and 45 minutes to get home from school. On Dec. 11, the day University of Illinois at Champaign- Urbana was to post his admission decisions online at 5 p.m., he asked a friend to drive him home.

He went into his bedroom, told his well-wishing mother this was something he had to do alone, closed the door and logged in.

“Yes! Yes! Yes!” he remembers screaming. His mother, who didn’t dare stray far, burst in and began crying.

That night he made more than 30 phone calls, at times shouting “I got in” on his cell phone and home phone at the same time.

“We’re breaking barriers,” he said. “And that feels great.”

March 15, 2010

A Piece of Advice to a Bastard for Handling Creeps

Filed under: Current Events,Politics,Pop Culture — mochamrclean @ 9:19 pm

Creeps. We see them in our lives every day. On the train to work. In the workplace. Sometimes they’re our bosses; sometimes we’re related to them. Sometimes we sleep with them.

In recent days, our headlines have been inundated with them. Last week, we had “Tickle Me” Eric Massa. (Let’s face it – some conservatives in the GOP were ready to adopt him as their next poster boy – the Democrat shunned because of his opposition to the health care reform bill – until not even Glenn Beck could stand what an absolute, skeevy, slimy creep he was. Now, nobody wants him.)

And this week? We opened with John Edwards and his paramour, Rielle Hunter – now that’s really creepy. Edwards punched his express ticket to straight to the Scumbag Hall of Fame when he cheated on his cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth. (Don’t you see the warmth and love in the picture below?)

But the photos Rielle took for GQ – with lovechild in tow – ick, ick, ick … And yet, somehow this bleached-out New Age dipsy-doodle  is upset and crying her eyes out about the photo shoot. Huh? So, it’s respected photographer Mark Seliger’s fault that you look “repulsive” in your photos? Honey, it’s time someone told you The Dirty Truth and forced you to look seriously in the mirror.

Rielle and “Johnny” – these two sleazoids deserve each other. I’d say someone should drive them off a cliff, but that would deprive Frances Quinn of her, ahem, parents.

However, it would also deprive the Edwards bastard baby of revenge. Frances Quinn, if you learn no other piece of Dirty Truth in this life, take this to heart: Revenge is a dish best served cold. One day, when you are about 5 or 6 , you should kick both your daddy and your momma in the shins, just for the hell of it. You will get punished, but at least you’ll feel better.

Then, when your parents are old and decrepit and hobbling around in walkers and canes, kick their walking sticks right out from under them. Let them fall right on their dentures.

We can’t help our parents, folks. But if they’re creepy dirtybags, you can always send them a message.

Still, there are good kinds of creeps. For example, there’s the kind practiced by Radiohead.

Or maybe you prefer the Stone Temple Pilots:

But personally, the lovely ladies below are my favorite kind of creeps (miss ya, “Left Eye”):

~mmc

March 11, 2010

A Life Lived Hard … and Hardly Lived

Filed under: Current Events,Pop Culture — mochamrclean @ 3:22 pm

Let’s face it – it’s tragic when anyone, even an ’80s child star burnout like Corey Haim, dies at age 38.

It’s just not natural for anyone to die that young. And it’s sure not natural for a parent – like Haim’s cancer-stricken mother – to have to bury their child. Most parents expect to experience the joy of bringing a life into the world; they never expect to watch that life die. They never expect to bury their own children.  It’s against the laws of nature. Children grow up and bury their parents. At least, that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

Haim was troubled for a long time. It’s easy to say that he was just another child star who went bad – and that is the truth – but we all know it’s probably a lot more complicated than that. Just look at his face towards the end of his life. Yes, we all get worn down by time. But in Haim’s case, you could practically see the tiretracks of his hard-living, drug-addled life all over his face. Dark shadows covered his once-bright eyes. What was once vibrant and energetic was bloated and depleted.

Corey Haim couldn’t get past his early stardom and fall. And for much of his life, he couldn’t find his own self-worth. You can’t stay stuck in the past folks. Because, like anything, it can eat you alive, from inside out. And unfortunately, that’s The Dirty Truth.

~mmc

February 24, 2010

Grown-up Talk vs. Kids’ Play

Filed under: Current Events,Politics — mochamrclean @ 10:11 pm

If you want an illustration of the difference between children and adults, here’s one.

This is what children do:

This is what adults do:

Now, does President Obama tend to rely too much on the teleprompter. Perhaps. But Sarah Palin sure made a strong case a few weeks ago in favor the teleprompter.

Could you imagine what all the right-wing blogs and Fox News Channel would have been saying if Obama had scribbled notes on his hand? I mean, we’d be hearing jokes about a childish, socialist, communist, weak-on-terror, wussy president for 8 years – even if Obama turned out to be a one-termer.

But when Sarah does it, those righties say that proves she’s “down to earth.” “Folksy.” “Can adjust on the fly.” “Resourceful.” Yeah, okay. You go ahead and keep telling yourself that.

C’mon, at least Sarah could have used index cards. (Check STAPLES – they still make them. Honest.) To think, a part of me once thought she was a viable threat to Obama. Still, Sarah’s folks love her and will say and accept almost anything, as long as it’s not pro-Obama – and that’s perhaps one of the things that should keep our president up at nights.

Is all this petty? Yes, it is. Unfortunately, that’s what politics is all about these days and all sides are guilty of it. And until both sides stop washing their hands of responsibility, our country is going to continue to be in the mess it’s mired in – and that’s The Dirty Truth.

~mmc

September 11, 2008

9/11: Seven Years Later

Filed under: Current Events — mochamrclean @ 9:55 am

Let us mourn our lost loved ones, the innocents … let us honor them and keep them alive in our minds and hearts. Let us never forget that fateful day. But let us not be defined by that day.

~mmc

September 4, 2008

Obama, Beware of this Pitbull with Lipstick

Filed under: Current Events,Politics — mochamrclean @ 7:11 pm

37 million people – 37 million – saw the stirring address before the Republican National Convention given by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain’s GOP VP running mate. It’s amazing that this woman was unknown to most of the country a week ago. Now, she’s practically the new savior of the the Republican Party and perhaps the biggest threat to Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Why is she such a threat? It’s simple: Last night she showed something that no other Republican or politician, period, had displayed in a while. Moxy, fearlessness. A set of balls.

Like her politics or not, Palin attacked Obama in a way no one – not even Democrats, or fellow Republicans – had been able to get away with. And she hit him hard on his most glaring weaknesses for all the world to see. She pretty much summed up the suspicion the middle of the country had about Obama by implying that he was an elite slickster who who comfort people to their faces but then talk badly about them behind their backs, several states away.

Palin then defended her own questionable resume and experience by poking at Obama’s own somewhat thin leadership experience:

“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.”

If you believe Palin, Obama is a vapid phony, willing to say anything in eloquent poetic lingo, to make his public swoon and get votes

“But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed, when the roar of the crowd fades away, when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot … what, exactly will be our opponent’s plan?” she asked.

I’m scared for Obama … as mentioned last week, Palin is as conservative, anti-abortion, blue collar as they come.

Throw in the fact that she’s an attractive Supermom of five kids, she’s exactly the type of person the middle of the country loves. Obama, unfortunately, is exactly the type of person, the middle of the country views with suspicion. Could it be that two turning points in this presidential election came on both Aug. 29, 2008 and Sept. 3, 2008?

Stay tuned …

~mmc

August 29, 2008

A Ladies’ Touch …

Filed under: Current Events,Politics — mochamrclean @ 8:53 pm
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

Well, you have to admit it. John McCain proved that he still had a little mischievous maverick left in his 72-year-old body when he announced Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate. I could hear the rest of the country ask, “Who???”

But after hearing and watching Palin, a conservative, NRA card-carrying, self-described “hockey mom” of five, she is arguably the middle of the country’s dream. Her brunette hair rolled up in a bun, she comes off as no-frills, tough as nails governor with brains and beauty. Palin’s like the ultimate Super Mom – she’s the mother to both an entire state and her five kids and still takes care of her dock-working, dog-racing husband. Palin’s as blue collar as you can get and throw in the fact that she’s staunchly anti-abortion, she’s almost the perfect Republican.

McCain is undoubtedly trying to target the truly pissed-off Hillary supporters who are either not sold on Barack Obama or just won’t vote for him – even after their woman urged them to back him. It was a gutsy move that probably have many within the GOP nervous, even though they’re putting up a united front and saying all the right things publicly.

As the first-ever member of a GOP presidential ticket ever, Palin is already making history and she didn’t waste any time playing the Hillary card in her first appearance with McCain when she referred the “18 million cracks” the New York senator made in the glass ceiling. She paid homage to Hillary Clinton as a groundbreaker, even though her anti-abortion beliefs theoretically clash with to the disgruntled anti-Obama voters she and McCain are trying to court.

It’s amazing – Palin and Obama are both young and very inexperienced – or at least arguably too inexperienced for the jobs they want. But our times have made them pioneers and they have changed the political landscape. Obama and Palin and their respective “old guard” partners Joe Biden and McCain are making this the most exciting presidential race in ages.

Who needs cinematic superheroes when real life can be stranger and more exciting than fiction?

August 28, 2008

‘America, We Cannot Turn Back …’

Filed under: Current Events,Politics — mochamrclean @ 11:30 pm

On August 28, 2008, we saw a moment in time.

Whether you like Barack Obama or not, you couldn’t help but be awestruck by the sight of 85,000 people at Invesco Field in Denver cheering him during his acceptance speech of the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States.

We saw history tonight, the fulfillment of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream on the 45th anniversary of his “I Have a Dream” speech. The fact that was standing in front of a legion of cheering, tearful supporters as the first African-American nominee of a major party for President of the United States should have sent a chill up anyone’s spine, regardless of political affiliation.

AP

AP

You will see much dissection and analysis of Obama’s speech – whether is was too long on rhetoric and too short on specifics, which is becoming the most common critique among his detractors.

But give Obama credit: He didn’t use MLK as a crutch.

He didn’t lean on his own status as a history-maker-glass ceiling breaker. Obama looked ahead to the future – because the dream is not yet complete. Next stop: the White House.

You have to feel a little sorry for John McCain, though. Next to the pure spectacle of Obama’s presentation, the old man is going to look like he’s in a small barn with a few firecrackers going off when he takes the stage during the Republican National Convention next week in Minneapolis.

But Obama must be careful. He may feel euphoric now, but John McCain is a survivor. You don’t come out of being a prisoner of war for years and years without being other-worldly tough. And we still don’t really know how the middle of the country – the mayonnaise sandwich eaters – feel about you or what they will do come November. The Dirty Truth will be known in less than three months.

~mmc

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