Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

December 31st, Saturday... OK. It is only fitting for me to be watching the HISTORY channel, with a program talking about marijuana and how it is distributed throughout America. So, 9 to 1 Blacks & Hispanics to Whites are arrested for marijuana possession. I was not surprised to hear that. But, when I looked up to see a dude delivering marijuana to a cat who called him to bring it by like he was bringing the dude his dry cleaning... OK, hurry up 2011... Get out of the way so that I can make my attitude adjustment for 2012. I'm doing a whole different thing next year!
I ONLY resolution is that I am not doing it like I did previously. I'm flipping my personality! I may become a marvel to modern medical science! I plan to act "chilled" like someone who is on marijuana without smoking marijuana! I understand "double standard" America. I get racism. I know bigots still exist. Yes, I suffer from race, age and general discrimination. I know I'm not liked by everyone. My walk with Jesus Christ is croaked. I'm set in my ways and I don't really give a fuck about much anymore. Those are the qualities of someone who smokes marijuana minus the munchies! So, that's my plan and I sticking to it!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Friday, December 30, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

December 30th, Friday... It's that time again! Time to make those New Year's resolutions that you know you're not going to keep! So, what will it be this new year? Gonna lose weight? Gonna stop smoking? I know, you're gonna eat healthier foods!
Maybe you'll stop beating your wife! What about child support? How about stopping referring yourself to being a "gangsta?" Are you gonna put on a belt this new year? How about not becoming a "baby daddy" for the fifth time? Will you eliminate larceny in your heart? Will you stop kidding yourself? How about coming out of that "denial" you've been in for awhile? Would you become more honest with yourself? Will you fall in love this time or not fall in love because you don't want to fall into something you cannot fall out of?
I guess what I am asking is, will you be able to stop all the bullshit in 2012?

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

December 24th, Saturday... I truly understand the meaning of Christmas! I understand it because the secular meaning is some BS! I NEVER have any money at Christmas time! There is always some insane thing that happens to me that causes me not to be able to buy any presents! This year, my car broke down! Last year, I didn't have a job! Who knows what next year will bring? (I might be... well, you know...)
So, tomorrow will be quiet for me. I will think about the good times I had when I was a kid. I'll also think about when it all turned sour! I'll think about how cool it was that Jesus was born and all that we share in common. I will think about the unfortunate and how blessed I am to also be unfortunate. I will think about how homeless I am and how I don't eat regularly. I will think about not having my cell phone operating in case of an emergency because I ran up the bill with idle chit-chat conversations. I will think about how I have alienated myself because I trust no one. I will think about how I am not in love because I fell out of it a while back. I will think about how optimistically pessimistic I am! I will do a lot of thinking. But, what I will most think about is what will happen after New Years! In about a week I will have a new year to live the same life I have been living until next Christmas... Then, as now< I will experience Groundhogs Day when the vicious cycle repeats itself!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

December 21st, Wednesday... I just read an article about Kobe Bryant's (Los Angeles Lakers superstar guard) wife Vanessa waited for ten years to pass in their marriage before divorcing him to get a maximum payoff! WOW!
Is it any wonder why the perception of American Society has a bad reputation in other parts of the world? I'm not saying that one society is better or worse than another but... What the hell happened? As far as I can see it, the economy is to blame. If the economy is bad, the move seems to be that some sort of alternative method of creating income has to take place. What better way of earning an income than to sit on your ass and deceptively plot and scheme a plan to systematically embezzle cash from your estranged spouse? That is some cool shit! As far as I can see it, the world hates America because their systems and beliefs will not allow their to consider such a plan and if, by chance one derives such a plan and gets caught, punishment is swift and just.
Of course, in America, you can go to jail but prison may not be so bad. You get three square meals a day. You have a master bedroom with a bathroom. Okay, you do have to do a communal bathing thing but at least you have company. You have exercise privileges and you do get to go outside for a little while. (It seems like it's not long enough but who wants to be out in the sun all day?)Okay, there are gangs and homosexuality and punishments within the confinement of the prison but it's no different than being on the outside. You have a job. You can worship (You can even worship Satan if you prefer!). Come on, I'm talking country club living here!
Maybe it is not worth fixing a bad economy. The alternative looks so much better! (Depending on who you ask!)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

December 17th, Saturday... OMG! As if things were not bad enough, the worse has settled in! The Los Angeles Lakers lost out on Chris Paul (Thank you David Stern), lost their award winning 6th man Lamar Odom and received nothing in return, and now their Michael Jordan clone Kobe Bryant is getting divorced from his wife of 10 1/2 years! I'll tell you, when it rains (in Cali) it pours! Things were looking pretty good when the lockout ended but now dark clouds loom.
How much can the Lakers take? The tried to rid themselves of Pau Gasol, didn't happen. Phil Jackson is gone and so is the infamous Triangle Offense Kobe thrived in. Mike Brown is the new coach (post LeBron James/Cleveland Cavaliers). Who knows what that means? Kobe's pissed off! The Lakers got swept by the Dallas Mavericks and now have sent Odom there...
Truth be told, I was never a fan of the Lakers so it might be fun to watch them sink slowly into the abyss of the NBA. Time for new meat to talk about!
"This gone be good!"

Friday, December 16, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

December 16th, Friday... I was reading an article about the hazing incident that took place involving the death of a marching band member by the hand(s) of the band itself. The Florida A&M marching band participated in a (traditional) hazing to initiate members into the band and caused complications that ultimately killed him! My question is: What the hell is it with this kind of activity to intro someone into a group that is so damn pleasing to those involved? Why do it and why want it done? There is no group I would want to be involved with that could not wait to kick my ass and then call me "Brother!" I'm not a masochist but that's just me!
I went to a Black college where pledging a fraternity was a big deal and I have seen and heard about some of the hazing that went on. Someone paddling my ass was not my idea of bonding! From what I have seen, a part of being in a fraternity was to (easily) attract women. I did not want to be a part of being the affection of some "big brotha" who was (still) having women problems and took out his frustration on my ass! Next thing you know, parties at the frat house would turn into wanting conjugal visits like in prison!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

December 15th, Thursday... I keep reading where the extremely rich wants to maintain Bush's tax cuts while the economy sinks deeper and deeper into the abyss. CEO's of Fortune 500 companies are getting buyout increases... Bogus mortgages are being issued. Foreclosures are (still) on the rise. The perception of a recession is present while construction of new buildings is also present and I have to ask myself, why does the powers that be in America keep fucking with its people!
Maybe I have the wrong explanation about politics and politicians. Maybe what's happening is supposed to happen. I thought (like an ass) that the system was in place to help the poor and middle class. I (now) see that it (the system) was designed to destroy those entities! I mean, where else can war be looked upon as a business? Capitalism is about statistics... Body counts and dollars and cents. Fuck the people! Procreate so that the species can be replenished so that the numbers will be there when it's time to do the fucking over!
2012 is the year when it has been prophesied that the world would come to an end,,, C'mon 2012!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

December 14th, Wednesday... I love going to the movies! As a matter of fact, I like everything about going to the movies. First of all, I do not like being late! Oh hell no! I enjoy waiting in line so that the buildup... the heightened anticipation gets my blood bubbling! I'm not all that enthused about paying $12 to $15 buckaroos for a ticket! (Oh hell yeah I'm doing the matinee piece and I'm using my Senior Citizen benefits too!)
Hopefully I get the seat I want (advantage: matinee!) I've got my soda or water, popcorn and a pack of Raisonettes! Then comes the slide show and then... the features!
So, the other day I was watching TV and I heard an argument about Hi Definition TV vs. 3D! Now I don't know what 3D TV looks like (I haven't seen one- yet!) The winner was Hi Definition TV! But I have to say there is something to be said for 3D movies! I saw The Green Hornet in 3D and I was trippin'! Man, it looked like things were floating over my head! I was reaching for stuff and everything! Even the glasses were cool! No more of those flimsy paper thingies. I had on hard frame nerdy looking glasses!
I'll tell you... If I wasn't such an old punk-ass I would smoke some weed and go to a 3D movie and trip but it would be just my luck that the cops would smell it on me, watch be buy all of the munchie food, then bust me for consumption! I'm too old to do time!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

December 13th, Tuesday... So what is the significance of a social network like Facebook or SINGLENET when a society of people are anti-social? Communication among people outside of family and tightly woven social circles is a joke.
I used to really like Facebook but my experiences reading false profits and pseudo-intellectuals post sayings and comments that reflect some cosmic understanding about life that everyone else also understands and shares the same feelings about what is said. So the poster gets credit for posting the obvious. But, when their name pops up in the chat box and you speak to them, they go into avoidance mode and have nothing profound to say! What the fuck is that all about?
In the case of a dating network, how do you connect with someone who you find out has posted a false name and made up profile? Can you really trust the process?
I'm cool with the technology and the intent but the result is some BULL!
The idea of "policing thyself" is a joke if you understand that people don't even want the police to "police" them. (Uhh, policing IS their job! DUH!)
So, now I hate Facebook and SINGLENET and any other social network. If I am going to ignore some one's advances, I'd prefer to be ignored the old fashion way. You know... The two ships passing in the night thing. We meet on the street or in a grocery store... We make eye contact... A decision is made to speak by me... And... and, I get no response!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

December 11th, Sunday... There is hope for me! I broke up with my woman a couple of weeks ago. I have not been paid in 4 months from my job. ( We are being punished for an discrepancy that we are, apparently, guilty of). We are in the throws of Winter in America. (Yeah it's cold!) My car needs a tune up and an oil change. I have no money, no gas, no food, I am hungry, and, I am feeling a bout of depression coming on...
So I got up this morning and went to church. The music was good. The congregation was into it and I felt a little chill, thinking that maybe, just maybe the LORD heard my prayer. I get home and go online. (Facebook of all places.) I thought maybe if I read what other people were going through, I would not feel so lonesome... And then I saw it! I SAW IT!!!
I saw an article about Paris Hilton! Paris Hilton is one of my favorite people to write about. She ranks right up there with Lindsey Lohan and the Kardashians! Those girls provide so much comic relief to me, I lose my mind just thinking about the crap they get into! But, here lies the rub... Paris has converted to ISLAM! Oh damn! Paris has found purpose in life! She has a direction! No more running out of gas in a Bentley! No more wild parties, getting high, dating new guys every two weeks, making idiotic comments to the press and, OMG, no more getting out of cars with no panties on! Shit... Now I have a real good reason to be DEPRESSED!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

December 10th, Saturday... I'm watching a show called "Life After..." and it reviews the career of selected Black celebrities from "back in the day!" Jayne Kennedy, who was the first Black woman to co-host NFL Today, and the first Black woman to be on the cover of PLAYBOY, was pretty much victimized in Hollywood just because she was Black and beautiful! Here you are born beautiful by the hand of GOD and you get treated like shit! I wonder if that is just an American thing?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

December 7th, Wednesday... LeBron James has come out of the closet! No, he is not gay... Never was. He is now tired of playing the "villain" role in the NBA. You see, LeBron was vilified when he left Cleveland and joined the Miami Heat of the NBA. There was this contrived drama... He made people wait for his decision because he became a free agent. He's from Ohio so the owner of the cavaliers and the fan base felt betrayed, blah, blah, blah...
Now he has had time to reflect and he is tired of being in the "villain" role. Here is what bothers me about this BS! Be the professional that you have achieved to be. Stop playing roles and play the game! You have always been a spoiled punk-ass! Maintain the role. You are paid! No one will disrespect you because of it. You will be worshipped by the pathetic masses that have nothing else to do with their time as usual. All you have to do is play the game and keep your mouth shut!
Every time athletes become false profits, they fail in some respect. You cannot have it both ways. be the "superstar in your chosen profession OR heed the call and become a pontificator and procrastinator and call it a day! Your choice. (Message: Professional sports pay better unless you become a pastor of a mega church!)

Friday, December 2, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

December 2nd, Friday... I was on Facebook (man, I have to get off Facebook!) and I read an article about Vanessa Long (Pastor Willie Long's woman) filing for a divorce and then rescinding the petition. When I finished reading, I got to thinking, what is it about people doing what they do? Money? Power? Recognition? Then it hit me... She wants to be the First Lady Of Pedophilia! What else could it be? (LOVE?)
Okay... Lets say it is love. Are women so weak to love that they would subject themselves to circumstances so despicable? (First Lady of Pedophilia!/ LOL!)
I blame Michelle Obama for this. (JOKE!) She started this Black First Lady thing. She brought dignity and class to the position and now Black women are losing their minds trying to be a first lady.
Give it up! The economy is so bad, people will forsake their dignity for some prestige and the almighty dollar. If homeboy really wanted to get down, he should get down with the Atlanta Housewives' freaks. I know pedophilia is a power trip thing but I'd bet Long would be taken on a real power trip with those two! (I can see it now... Bedroom lit with a red bulb and Coolio playing in the background!)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

November 30th, Wednesday... I said it! I said it to a friend of mine that another pedophilia situation would come up after the Penn State thing and here it is! This is going to sound real weird but parents don't have a clue what they are releasing their kids to when athletes are recruited and exploited by major universities. Hell, these days it is just college period! Just this year two females were killed on campus at two different colleges in the state of Maryland.
How sad is it to think that you allowed your son to go to a school to aid in his becoming a man and he comes back a... well... violated? Or, your daughter goes away and never comes back home? Sure parents send their kids away to college to get rid of them but they don't want to (really) get rid of them!
And... and... What the hell is this shit? Old, prune faced freaks preying on youngin's? Are you kidding me? Outside of what has been revealed, my fear is that it is STILL going on somewhere! When caught, what should be done with them? Screw rehab! (Pun intended!) Jail the freak and subject his ass to the realm of possibilities! (Pun intended again!) "Allegedly."

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

November 27th, Sunday...Yeah, I attended church this morning and the Pastor talked about how people worship. Oh he cited John, Chapter whatever, verse whatever... He followed with Mark and he made his point. I get it. So I make it home and I'm watching TV, flipping channels, and I come across the mighty Oprah, doing her thing. What is her thing? She is interviewing some guy who wrote a book, and he is explaining his mastery of understanding his character and I'm trying to get what he is saying and then the Big O chimes in: It was her understanding of what he was trying to say that she KNEW! How could she know what he was trying to say when he wrote the book and was trying to explain what he wrote? Was she there every pain staking minute when he clicked on his computer or uncapped his pen?
I wonder, by what authority, is Oprah an authority on anything? Was she in the ministry? Did she write a bible? When she was not Oprah, was she Oprah? At what point, in her life, did Oprah become Omnipotent? If I ever met Oprah, would I have to wash her feet like Martha? (Or was it Mary... Or Gail?) Does Oprah use a teleprompter? If she does, is she reading what She wrote or what some producer wrote? And lastly, should I stop attending church and just watch "OWN" all day long?
Help me LORD!

Friday, November 25, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

November 25th,(Black) Friday... (Why is it called "Black Friday?") Okay, this is the time of year when I see contradictions in Society. Like it's Thanksgiving and people are supposed to be humbled but some seem to be very stressed out and just plain nasty. Crowds of people go shopping for gifts and mob scenes break out at stores with people fighting over material things! And... and, celebrities find it in their hearts to go to missions to serve the poor when the majority of their time, during the year, is to act like "assholes!" (Can you say "photo op?")
Why do I have such a hard time watching this BS transpire year after year? I think if I were in the position where I had to accept a handout, I would have to muster up some integrity from somewhere and not accept a plate from some bogus ass celebrity. (I would probably have the hook up in place where I would be out by where the trash bins are and have my boy slip me a plate through the side door or something...)
That being said, I am not feeling this time of year! I just want it to go away quickly...But, maybe I should not be in such a hurry for it to end. After all, 2012 is the year when the world is supposed to come to an end! Maybe all the photo celebrities will just disappear?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

November 13th, Sunday... What's the point of watching 60 Minutes? Don't get me wrong... The 411 is all good. I love watching the "legal" criminals act like they have done nothing wrong (like the Congressmen and women I'm watching right now who trade on stocks based on inside info, that is supposed to be ILLEGAL!!!), get called on it by 60 Minutes reporters, and lie their collective asses off!
What saddens me is that no one black can do this without doing time! I mean, this shit has been going on since "time in memoriam! America was discovered with Indians on the land and a whole reservation (city, town, what???), the discoverers are met at the shore, offered food and shelter and they kill the Indians and steal the land! What the f--k?
Last time I heard, there was a recession going on and all I have seen around where I live is massive construction on roads and housing. Gas prices are through the roof and SUV's are bumping me off the road! Hell, I have (Black) women turning their noses up at me as they pass me in their Mercedes Benz's!
So, I have decided to stop watching 60 Minutes because I am tired of the truth! Keep the lies coming, like the Kardashians!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

November 10, Thursday... Lately I have had way too much time on my hands so my mind has been wandering... aimlessly! Just the other day I was walking along the trail and I started to think about things that plague me.
Ok, so I was wondering if a mother has her baby in a mall eatery and she starts to breast feed the baby, from the baby's point of view can he/she consider it "take out?"
Just a thought...

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

November 3rd, Thursday... I was flipping the channels on my idiot box and I stumbled on an interview with the newly wed/newly separated/soon to be divorced Kim Kardashian. She was whining about how sad she was and about how hard it's going to be for her to go on... blah, blah, blah...
I started thinking. How hard can it be for a woman who claims to be distraught about her failed marriage? She claims that she needs to find a secluded place to lick her wounds. If she is so hurt, I'm thinking it would be very easy to go away... Just GO AWAY!!! Point your ass towards the horizon and get ta steppin'.The problem with her is, she cannot get enough attention! I'm right this minute listening to an interview with her mother explaining that her daughter wants marriage and have babies desperately. She could have had those things several times over. The problem is that those things do not require a camera and a live microphone and someone asking personal questions you claim you won't answer while you are answering them for your "reality" show public who has nothing else to do but live their life vicariously through yours!
I don't know... maybe it's me! I have a problem with a woman who cries about taking off her clothes in front of a camera, then complains about taking taking off her clothes in front of a camera! (Yeah, right, that pimple on your ass and the cellulite on your legs is butt ugly!)
What price freedom?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

October 23rd, Sunday... I attend a church in the state of Maryland and it is a nice church. I have been a member since the mid- nineties but the pastor said, to my face, that he does not recall that I even joined. (Maybe he said that because of that tithing thing?) Anyway, I noticed that the members of the hierarchy flat out refuse to speak! Ok, maybe it's a bad Sunday. But not every Sunday!
I'm thinking that one of the missions of the church is to promote fellowship. I don't know... I could be wrong!
Sometimes you can speak to them and they will look you right in the eye and not say a word! There are some Sunday's when they come around and want to "pray" for you, then they start "laying hands" all over you like you are in a church massage parlor. I have a problem with the Quickie" prayer thing. It reminds me of police officers pulling black drivers over for no apparent reason to meet their ticket quota!
Another thing I don't see at my church is a suggestion box! I wonder why?

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

October 23rd, Sunday... Sometimes my mind just wanders aimlessly. I think about things other people probably would NEVER think about. Like earlier today I was watching TV and I saw a baby breast feeding and I wondered if the phrase, "You are what you eat!" applied to that baby? Far be it from me to disrespect a baby but... Well, I was just wondering.
So I'm watching this baby breast feed and another thought popped into my head. I wondered if breast feeding in public is a baby's version of "Take Out?" Ok... When a baby is in a stroller in a mall and it vomits, can it be arrested for a DWI? I was in church this morning and while the pastor was preaching, a baby screamed out the word "SHI" but did not pronounce the "T." No one reprimanded the baby! I hear a lot of grown black folks say curse words and do not pronounce the last letter. Why is the baby allowed a pass?
I guess what I am getting at is, why do babies get away with so much "shi...?"

Friday, October 21, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

October 21st, Friday... I hate poverty! I'm from the Groucho Marks School. "I don't want to join any club that would have me as a member!" The problem is that I'm poor and I am in the poverty club but not by my choice! If it were left up to me, I'd be RICH!
Anyway, I owe(d) big cheese on my cell phone bill but I paid 2/3's of it yesterday. Apparently that means nothing because the poor are treated as though they have NO DIGNITY! Not only do I not have any service, I also have a bill collector calling me for the other third of the cheddar. She took me to task about when and how I would pay the rest of the money. First of all, if I had it to pay I would have paid it. I had been paying it on time... Now she is riding my ass about the rest. Secondly, I have no service!
I get it! When you're poor, you are scum. Screw your circumstance... Fuck your situation. Who should be concerned that your "American Dream" is an all American nightmare?
As soon as I can get out of my cell phone contract, I'm not talking anymore! Hell, it costs to talk in America. Who would have thought that "freedom of speech" was so damn expensive?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

October 12th, Wednesday... I just got finished watching the whole first season of BRAVO's A Work of Art and I am absolutely inspired... to do nothing! I thought the artist's were great. They did motivating work but my issue is how do you get the opportunity to create art considering the state of the world?
I don't really fault the artists. I guess I got caught up with the critics assessments of the works. Who are these people? How do you get to sit on your ass and look down on the creative masses and judge their work? Can you even judge the concept of some one's work? If I'm judging how you perceive the world, I am saying that my perception sets a standard that you have to align yourself with to be relevant! WHAT? And, where is your work being displayed so that I may be able to make my comparisons? And, how can I get me one of those "judging" gigs? And, if I lose the competition, am I now irrelavant in the world of art (after all that work I did)?
Shit... considering what I just wrote, am I now what I detest?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

October 6th, Thursday... I've been going to church regularly lately and I've been bombarded with so much 411 about the word I haven't had time to think about the debate about what color was Christ. Personally, I don't care. I'm sure I have my prejudiced moments but I really don't care what color he is.
That being said, I am puzzled about someone else's color that is mentioned in the Bible. I'm wondering if Satan is really red? I mean, is he always blushing or is it so hot where he is, he is just red hot?
I don't think any person should be tagged by the color of (his) skin but red? C'mon... Holla at a brother.
I'm not feeling like asking my pastor because he may not take it in the light I intend it to be in but I am thinking about asking Bishop TD Jakes. I listen to him and he seems like he has a real good sense of humor. If he can sing, off key, to millions of people with no shame, I think he might be able to give me an honest answer!

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

October 5th, Wednesday... So what's with the Hitler reference from Hank Williams about Obama? Hank Williams is the Monday Night Football theme song singer who took the stance that President Obama reminds him of Hitler. Of course he recanted and apologized for the statement but... I mean, doesn't that always happen when true feelings slip out and the "big bitchin'" politically incorrect cry rings out from the critics?
To be honest, I don't care what people say or think. Doesn't matter. Opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one and they all stink! Really, it only matters what I think, to me. Don't get me wrong... I used to care about what other people thought. I used to seek my (so called) friends advice until I realized that they meant me no good. I found out that there is two ways to help someone. You either give someone the help they need or you give them what you think they should have. I always got the latter. Fuck that and fuck them! Right or wrong, I only listen to myself now. If what I say to myself is wrong, then I only have myself to blame, which is not all that different from listening to others. I would only have myself to blame in that circumstance also.
So, if I EVER ask any of you for advice, don't give me any if you really care about me. Ten times out of ten, I'm just fuckin' with you and patronizing you anyway so don't fall for that shit!

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

September 26th, Monday... So I'm sitting here, flipping channels and I come across the Basketball Wives LA show. While watching, I am asking myself, "Why do Black women allow themselves to be psychologically prostituted on TV?" What the fuck is that? I mean, does a "reality show" have a script? And, if so, why do they say stupid shit? Who writes the dialogue? Why are the "red bones" former strippers? What is the deal with having a violent fight in boxing gear? (That has got to be some male fantasy thing!) Why are the LA BBW's not adhering to the cry of Rodney King? "Why can't we all just get along?"
Anyone who defends the media and entertainment business by saying that kids are not influenced by the perpetration of bullshit is way beyond me! What is it with the anger management piece? Why be so angry? Why is it when a woman has baggage, the bag is a designer bag? Where do these women work? Do they work? Where can I meet this type of woman?
Shit, I just exercised my option and changed the channel... I'm now watching the Kardashians!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

September 22nd, Thursday...I made a big mistake in my judgement of George W. Bush and his band of merry men when he was in office. I thought they all were a bunch of bumbling idiots!But, after watching Obama and his boys in action, Bush is coming off like a genius!
The economy is so bad, Obama does not seem to have a clue as to how to fix it. Shit, the whole world is fucked! You have to be some kind of good to screw up the global economy! And, he (GWB) timed it just right. He was on his was out and when he left office, he went into a Saddam Hussein exile. Hell, where is he? I saw him at a baseball game...ONCE! He loves baseball! Just one game? What, no speaking engagements? No museum shrine in his honor? George, where are you?
Bush is a tough act to follow for a first time Black president... Any first time Black president!
Damn... Obama's in the right place but the wrong time!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

September 22nd, Thursday... Ok... A Black man was murd... Wait, I mean executed by the state of Georgia in light of evidence that was contrary to proving his guilt. That being said, I am wondering where are we going to go as a (Black)people now? What happened is not new. What is new is our attitude. We, as a people, are very accepting to what is taking place as we take the posture of "business as usual!"
I have to indict the hip-hop movement somewhat because there are elements of it that need to be condemned! We cannot keep making a distinction and be in full compliance with the language used to describe us in the music. I realize that the reality of the street is being reported but do we really need to hear the report? I get it! The "hood" is the hood. News Flash: The hood has always been the hood! The condition of it (hood) is only that way because it is allowed! We can do something about the condition of where we live and who we are! I mean, it's not like there is some outside force desecrating where we live! The body politic of America does a damn good job of that without crossing the border!
So, when are we going to start rethinking this thing about our condition as a race? I think "right now" is as good a time as any!

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

September 21st, Wednesday... Okay... I'm confused! Back in the day, I got twisted around when Dennis Rodman was dressing up in women's clothes and wearing makeup and being one of the fiercest rebounders in NBA history! I got through that. Then I see my "homeboy" Ron Artest snap and commence to taking out a row of seats in Detroit! (I gave him the benefit of the doubt because, technically, he did not start the fight!) But I draw the line when "Ron-Ron" changed his name to "Metta World Peace" then signed on with Dancing With The Stars! Are you kidding me? Dancing With The Stars? That lame ass shit? Queensbourough Ron and DWTS... DAMN!Then, to add insult to injury, he LOST in the first round! I can see a... Oh let's see... A reality show participant doing that! Why not? All they do on their show is walk around and say the dumb ass shit they say during the course of the day anyway! But a "baller" on a "world championship" team in the annals of NBA history blowing up the cha-cha? How do you screw up the cha-cha? It's one, two, cha cha cha! Then, to take a page out of "The Worm's" wardrobe book and wear what he wore? Would Dennis wear that outfit even on a bad hair day? (They have both had bad hair days and looked better!)
Time for me to start watching the NHL!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

September 20th, Tuesday... I attended my alma matta's homecoming this past weekend and I had a half ass time. I should have been excited to see the people I went to college with but I saw them last year and the year before that and the year before that, ad nauseam. They are a year older (as am I), they look tired (as I feel), and they are still telling lies (as I did!).
The routine was the same... I walked around the campus w/ a group of guys I hung out w/ in college. We laughed, we ate, we reminisced, and we talked about people. We talked about the young ones, who we thought did not have a clue about how to manage college like we did, back in the day. In retrospect, who gives a shit if they don't do it like we did? Why would they have to? Actually, homecoming is intended for the alumni to come back and see how things have changed but the events seem to cater for the present students so I'm thinking, "...why even go back every year?" There is no real getting together w/ them. The fraternities and sororities cook, eat, and dance on their plot of land. Everyone else walks around like a bunch of well dressed transients... There's music, loud talking, drinking (under the disguise of some popular drink container), men watching ass shake in skin tight pants and women wondering what the hell they are looking at?
Did I have fun? Not really. Am I glad I went? Yeah, pretty much... I always say I am not going to go but I usually do attend. Will I go next year? I'll say that I'm not but I probably will. How long will I keep up this charade? Hell if I know...

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

September 12th, Monday... DAMN! The summer's over! Now what? The weather's changing and I need a plan. Maybe I'll put more time into watching sensible television? Maybe I will watch more football and basketball? I'll focus on the action more. Pay attention to the statistics. Maybe I'll pay more attention to who the players are? Maybe I'll go to more live games? I used to coach basketball... I might show up to see who's coaching what team now and reminisce about old times? Maybe the spirit of old rivalries will crop up and old scores will have to be settled? Maybe I'll get pissed off like I used to and start fights, only to have to be escorted out by security and question them about knowing who I am (was), which will fall on deaf ears because I haven't coached in 30 years and they won't know who the fuck I am, or was! Maybe I'll be hauled off to jail for being a public nuisances and create a criminal record that will follow me the rest of my life. (I'm 60 now!) Maybe I will set a bad example for the kids...! Maybe no one will want me around, like they did when I did coach?
Now that I really think about it, maybe I'll just stay home and watch games on television.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

July 14th, Thursday... DAMN! The summer months are messed up for sports fans! No football business (unless you call the lockout REAL football business!), the NBA lockout... Unless you are a Derek Jeter fan, a fan fell over the rail trying to catch a short thrown baseball! That's just bad news! Wait a minute... The women's World Cup soccor team is winning! Does anybody really care? No hockey news to speak of. Shit! It's just hottttt!!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

May9th, Monday... Yesterday I watched the Mavericks vs. Lakers NBA game. Yeah it was a lopsided game and Dallas looked like the better team. Hell, they "Hoovered" the Lakers in the series and they deserved to win.
I also saw the flagrant fouls delivered by Odoms and Bynum. I understood their frustration. Given the circumstance, it wasn't hard to accept their behavior. But, I didn't accept their behavior because they were frustrated. I accept their behavior because they have been walking around w/ that "sense of entitlement" attitude for quite awhile!
Hey, I get it! They have won BIG games, several championship rings and trophies... They have experienced tickertape parades and are talked about, favorably, in all the sports rags. But now, They have managed to turn all of that goodwill into garbage w/ 2 flagrant fouls!
There is nothing like watching the balloon of arrogance get deflated! It just doesn't seem to deflate like all the other balloons! The reaction by those who watch it isn't the same either. I know when I see a balloon deflate, I feel a sense of sadness. I sure as hell didn't feel that way after that game! I was cracking up! "Oh how the mighty have fallen! All of the "cockiness" went limp!
I didn't feel sad for Phil Jackson either. He's won enough games and championships. (Time to roll out Phil!) The zen thing has disintergrated. They are not listening to you anymore. The lava from the "meltdown" has covered their ears and they can't hear you anymore. The entitlement has blinded them from the mission. You are no longer relevant to them. Hop on your Harley and do a "wheelie" right on out of town.
I will always remember the Lakers as rich, spoiled, baby bullies who got their swagger taken away from them. I guess it really "...ain't no fun when the Mavericks got the gun!"

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

April 28th, Thursday... So I'm reading an article online about Former Secretary of State Condelessa Rice and The Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, did not get along and are now going through the process of "backbiting" each other in the press and in their memoirs. C'mon, is this a secret? Are we to believe that they were ever "warm and fuzzy" towards each other? The positions they held did not dictate "warm and fuzzy" to me.
How could these people get along? The American people were duped into buying two, count then, 2 wars. People lost their lives on both sides and, as a country, we are STILL trying to get out of the stench that is a result of those decisions!
Now we have a Black President, who will never be able to "fix" it!
When will it be understood that the whole damn thing is broken and "business as usual" will NOT repair any of it? Maybe I will read their books and digest all the horrid details about how our government was run by dysfunctional politicians... Wait a minute... Don't you have to be dysfunctional to actually be a politician?

Monday, April 25, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

April 25th, Monday... I just read this: Washington, DC is implementing pay-by-phone parking meters this Summer. You pull into a space, call the appropriate number and your credit card is charged!
Ok... Maybe it's just me but I started thinking about the whole gentrification thing and how the city is being retaken by, well... you know. So, considering the ways of the economy right now and seeing how credit is real bad amongst the poor and disenfranchised, does this mean that if you drive, at $4.00 a gal., maybe you can't afford a cell phone, does this mean that you can't drive to DC? Then there is the pressure of taking METRO into the city and the price is going up on that. Is the METRO money to take the place of the gas, parking, and cell phone bill money and are we to believe that it will be cheaper to take METRO, even though crime has risen in the system and we stand to lose more than just our money?
To that notion, I say "goodbye SMITHSONIAN Museums, take care VERIZON CENTER, see you later Washington Monument! I will just drive to the dividing line between the county line and DC, get out of my car, and stick my nose across the line and sniff the DC stench!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

April 19th, Tuesday... I just read a sad commentary from Halle Berry explaining why she is not good in marriage. She explained that her father left the family and she had no positive role model to follow relating to men. So, as a result, she is better at being older because of her marriage failures.
It all sounds like a nice, neat summary of her life and probably speaks to most women who have gone thru the same situation. BUT, I have one question?: Why do older women get upset when an older man desires a younger woman?
Sure there are some pitfalls to the "Winter-Summer" piece but why even stick your nose in that? Looking at it, the whole model is screwed up and no one seems to be claiming responsibility for the failure of it, so it is what it is applies here. Whatever the situation is, curb your enthusiasm when it comes to condemning someone else's bad choice. Everyone has the right to screw up their life for whatever reason.
"My daddy left so I have no man to talk to, to help me make a bad decision about choosing a man!" Yeah right!
That whole "being attracted to a bad boy" thing been played out. Nine times out of ten a good guy got castrated in the process. Maybe that's a reason for him becoming a bad father? Who's to say?
Damn, look at the time! I gotta go call my daughter to explain to her why my child support payment is late!

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

April 18th, Monday...I'm in a play w/ some talented middle school kids (thespians) called "Real Talk." It's about a DJ/Radio Talk Show host who fields telephone calls from troubled teens.It's cool but the play is not the thing. It's the rehearsals where things jump off! (The cast is middle school kids from a performing arts school in Maryland.)We have had a couple of sessions where we, the cast, was allowed to reveal our inner most "whatever" about ourselves and you talk about drama! (Pun intended!) I heard some things that made my life seem like that of a middle school kid and they were the adults! I'm talking teenage angst, dysfunctional families, peer pressure, bullying, low self-esteem, high self-esteem, jealousy, envy, dead beat dads, dead beat moms, suicide, abandonment... Man, when those sessions were finished, I was ballin' harder then the kids! To hell w/ a psychiatrist! I may do another play just for the therapy in rehearsal!
I feel released, free, cleansed, clear, non problematic... I don't know, better? Oh, I'm terrified about being on stage, in front of problem riddled, guilty parents, teachers/administrators, and students who are less fortunate and deprived of the sessions I've experienced but, I'm thinking that my stage fright will pass after the first show. No, I don't know all my lines but I expect the kids to carry me... Since they keep insisting that "everything will be ok!" (I wish I had their courage!) I will go up there... I may be 1/2 drunk though.
What the hell. Maybe I'll get lucky and "break a leg?"

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

April 3rd, Sunday... So I'm sitting here, watching Sunday Morning and a segment comes on about the job market and the (perceived) elderly. I'm like, "Oh shit, I'm in the age catagory that they are saying cannot and, possibly, will not be able to find a job ever again (Unless they are hiring in Heaven or Hell!). CRAP! What am I going to do now?
I do have a job; but, I get paid when they feel like paying me. There is no chance of upward mobility. Don't even think about getting a raise and I can't even threaten my boss w/ "If you don't meet my needs, I'll find another job!" What has America come to?
What happened to the good ole days when a man could threaten his present employers? When did Capitalism fall from its fundamental foundation to its now dysfunctional existence?
I have no nest egg. I've been walking on the tight rope w/out a net all my life. I don't even have a wife to which I can argue about money, or the lack thereof! Why am I even living?
When you're young, life is a blast because someone will give you some money. A birthday, a lost tooth, just because... When you get older, life is butt ugly w/ out money! Nobody is gonna give me any money "just because...!"
However, I am in therapy. This blog is providing me w/ the peace of mind needed to drive away my more evil thoughts! So what if I'm broke w/ no future to look forward to? All I do now is become retrospective and remember the fun I had. DAMN! If I only kept that bank account my aunt started for me when I was twelve!!!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

April 2nd, Saturday... I hate Face Book! No, no... The idea is good. The concept is cool. What bothers me about it is all of the fake ass amateur philosophers that are spewing their BS about life everyday! Everybody has a feeling... An emotion... Some state of being that means nothing to anyone but themselves! I read advice about love and relationships from women who are not even in a relationship or just broke up w/ someone! I see ego-driven individuals displaying an inordinate amount of pictures of themselves! People wanting to be friends w/ people they have nothing in common w/. There are people selling something to read that is not worth reading... Showing their (fat) asses that are not worth looking at... Talking about what they like and don't like that has nothing to do w/ what others like and don't like. I mean, who really gives a shit?
Then there is the Face Book people who are controlling the content... I'm trying to expand my brand by making friends w/ whomever I can and I get flagged for sending "SPAM" friendship requests and then I see a chick put a porno video of herself having sex! Not that I minded watching it, but come on...
What is so interesting about Face Book is that it is so fucking addictive! It's like a mind control mechanism! What is so uninteresting about Face Book is that it's the same shit over and over again! (Inside the box thinkers! F%@king boring!)
I'm thinking about coming up w/ the same concept called Ass Book! Maybe all of the elements that has made FB a success will work in my favor? I want to see how many of those who are so quick to "philosophy," will take snapshots of their ass and spread it all over the home page???

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

March 30th, Wednesday... So, what's w/ the Black guy on Survivor? I'm watching him complain about the (social) condition of his tribe and he is really upset. I mean, he's acting like equal opportunity translates into equal results because he's on an island w/... Well, you do the math. All is not equal anywhere now-a-days! (Never really was for that matter!)
He actually bitched about not getting any of the (differently) prepared rice! Seems like Boston Rob has the ladies on lock down!
I don't know... I'm confused. Is the brother pissed because of the rice thing or the brainwashing of the women thing? He didn't brain wash them, nor did he cook the rice! Shit, he ain't even... in... the... game! Plus, he's an older man! Everybody knows that the elderly suffer amongst Americans. I mean, how can you be BLACK and be on Survivor and not think that you need to use the survival skills you grew up w/?
Why am I even psycho-analyzing this shit? I need to get a life!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

March 29th, Tuesday... I'm sitting and working on my journal and I have the TV on. It's the Housewives of Orange County (Yeah, I watch shit like that sometimes!) So I'm listening to a woman explain her life which is no job, controlling husband, nannified kids and she is talking about how she is designing a fashion line! That shit is amazing to me! How does one get on a "make believe" (fake ass) reality show and just get a seamstress and start a fashion line?
I remember when I was in school and the teacher asked us what we wanted to be in life, all I ever heard was policeman, fireman, doctor, lawyer, Indian Chief. As an adult all I hear about is these exotic careers! Out of the box ideas that have made millions for dropouts!
"Venture capitalists" who throw their money into hair brain schemes (Bernie, where are you now?) on the strength of a powerpoint pitch. Where the hell was I when this stuff was going on? I went to college! (Obviously the wrong one!)
I'm even amazed that people can make money doing a blog. (I haven't made a dime off of mine! SHIT!) I was even told that my blog was of the op. ed. variety. What do they know?
In my next life, I want to come back as the star of a reality show called Black Househusband of Bed-Stuy! Wait a minute, on second thought, never mind. I'm not feeling like being the brainless, stupid Brotha!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

March 23rd, Wednesday... I'm in a play. I haven't done a play since I was in college, some 100 years ago. I'm vervous as hell because I am working w/ a performing arts middle school, the kids are really sharp; and, I don't want to mess up and be all embarrassed! So I'm working my way through that stuff. But, I have one other problem that is wearing my ass out! The director keeps trying to reduce me to the level of her students! What the hell is that shit all about?
Hey, I'm not trying to be treated like a middle school, unfocused, adolesent teenager. My hormones are not raging. I don't have acne and my parents are not trying to get me to do my chores! I'm a responsible adult. I'm on time. I'm in my place. I have a hard time running in the middle of the circle and yelling out, "I'M A TREE!" "I know my motivation!"
When this deal is over, the director and I are going to have it out! Right now I am boiling just below the surface... tryin' to keep my cool... Hell, I'm older than her! I never asked her "...Get in line w/ the rest of the 13 year olds!" Get in line? What the hell is that? Next thing you know, I'll be ordered to give up my lunch money! (Actually it already happened. I was approached by a 5 year old thug life wannabe gang banger!)If I'm not careful, I'll find myself beinging jumped into a gang and I'll be somebody's bitch! (Maybe the 5 year old's!)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

March 22nd, Tuesday... And another thing, something has to be done about deer gang violence! I had a friend call me to tell me of an incident she had w/ a deer gang. She was driving about 35 mph around a curve and a gang of deer ran into her car! It was a full moon and an eerie backdrop to the whole scene.
She said that the deer jumped out from the darkness and plowed into her, on purpose!
One was killed, one maimed and the other got on his cellphone to call the other gang members. My friend said that she didn't hang around for fear of the shady aftermath. She also said that the live deer was flashing gang signs at her! He had a bandana around his antlers and was smoking a cigarette.
She was not hurt, only shaken up but a deer was killed! And for what? To be jumped into a gang? And what about the poor family that lost a son or daughter because of a senseless act of car jacking to join a gang? That's "jacked" up!
"Wake up America!"

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

March 22nd, Tuesday... I'm addicted! No, it's not drugs or alcohol... I'm addicted to sports talk radio! Dammit! I can't stop listening to it. Ok, I do have an excuse. It may not be a good one but I have one. For whatever reason, I love hearing the stupid comments from both the hosts and the callers. What amazes me is when a caller states his opinion, if it does not comply w/ what the host believes, the host treats the caller like shit! What's really sad about that whole exchange is the caller will call back the next day to do it all over again! Hey, insult me once, shame on you. Insult me twice, shame on me! Insult me thrice, I'm psychologically unbalanced and need professional help!
I never call. I think I'm right most of the time and I want to argue my point. I also know that once I get started, they will hang up on me and I WILL get pissed! Next thing I know, I'm thinking boycott and protest and million (sports) man march!
I know, it's not that serious but the bigger picture is why are people so compelled to voice an opinion then allow a radio host to be rude to them for simply stating an opinion? Just because they are on the radio does not mean they know more than you. Nor does it mean that you know more than them. It also does not necessarily mean that what's being talked about means anything at all.
Last time I checked, there was (is) more serious shit going on! Can you say Libya?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

March 20th. Sunday... Well, I am out of the closet! I am an exposed atheist!/ Actually that's not true. I have separated from a girlfriend, who is a devout Christian. I'm hurt because she is totally committed to her faith and beliefs in the spiritual world, but has (absolutely) no respect for my existence in the secular world. She is a confirmed procrastinator, poser, posturer, bigot/racist, but she steadfastly proclaimes that she is GOD's child! How can you be that and carry so much baggage? (Her baggage is like being packed for a year's trip to Europe but traveling by a Trailways bus! She has prejudice issues!)
Things were going well until she stopped all affection w/ me and decided that she'd rather be affectionate w/ Jesus! Ok, how was I supposed to be able to compete w/ HIM? Now going to church is awkward for me because I am listening to my pastor talk about the man who stole my girl, in favorable terms! He can do no wrong! (Shit, HE stole my woman!)
Hey, if the church is going to condone that kind of behavior from their ("Superstar!"), why should I even go there? And, she's not the only one! Every woman in the church is dating HIM! But to be honest, I didn't see where being a concubine is one of the 7 deadly sins so...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

March 17th, Thursday... Damn! I hate sports talk radio! But, like a cracked out junkie, I listen to it religiously. (That's my issue to only be discussed w/ a therapist!) Anyway, yesterday I was listening to some idiot explain why he had a problem w/ President Obama filling out the NC2A bracket(s) for the tournament. Are you f#@king kidding me? He stated the President has more pressing issues to tend to. (I guess President George W. Bush did not have more pressing issues when he dropped his ass in bed every night by 9:30p?) Every president in the history of presidentdum has had some quirk... Some...thing that he did that broke from protocal. I'm sure that if a woman President is ever to come into being, there will be some quirk she will have that will take a minute out of her day. She may want to go shopping w/ the girls or there might be a personal female thing she has to do before reassuring America that she will bring peace to the Middle East during her trip there!/ Matter of fact, I'm glad the Pres filled out a bracket.For once we have someone "human" in the office. Just like I had no problem w/ Clinton acknowledging a loyal follower who felt that it was her duty to "kneel before the seal!" I think he did what any self-respecting "human being" Pres would do given the same circumstance?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Warped POV by A. Dacosta Brathway

March 15th/ Monday... DAMN! I haven't written anything since May of last year! What is wrong w/ me? I have writer's block, that's what's wrong! In case you don't know what that is or feels like, let me help you get the picture... Writer's block is like constipation! Nothing comes out no matter how much you strain and push!/ Yes, I have been frustrated lately. I was dating someone who is what I call a "Super Christian" who managed to reduce me to an atheist. My worn out porno DVD's are boring. My friend's are dull and 2012 is coming. What do I have to even write about w/ all of that crap going on? March Madness is here and I love basketball but all I want to do is drink rum and beer. I have a car (now) but I cannot afford the gas.I have a cell phone but have a hard time sticking to the restricted minutes contract... AND, I have writer's block!/ You would think that w/ all of that going on, I would have plenty to write about, wouldn't you? If I had any balls I would commit a Shawshank Redemption pardon but I'm too much of a punkass to take my life! I tried doing FACEBOOK, but that is taxing my nerves reading about the every "freakin'" minute account of someone's day. (Thank GOD I don't Tweet!)My life smells like BUTT right about now./ BUT, I'M NOT COMPLAINING! I'm just ranting! (Get a grip, there is a difference between ranting and complaining!)