Monday, April 25, 2011

The Book of Culture- Introduction

Hello America,


I promised you all that if I made it through Easter safely, I would change the book.  I try my very best to keep my word when I can.......


I took some links so folk at the media research center, don't take it personal, your stuff will be back up.  I am just by myself on this right now.  It's different you know when you got a staff.  I want to really update the site as I am getting ready to start running political ads online on this site.  I just wanted to see how the page looks vertically first and see how much room I have and stuff, so Brent Bozell, it ain't like that.  Give me a month, but your links will be back.  I gotta add townhall, all kind of stuff.


I am going to do something different today, there is a story I really want to tell because I don't like for my actions to be taken out of context, but I asked God to help us rise with strength and courage, trust and faith so I am going to do that today.  I am going to step out on faith and trust the membership of my sister's church Friendship West Baptist Church.  I am going to trust my sister and her fellow members that walk to the beat of Senior Pastor Freddie Haynes know why I did what I did and realize that sometimes choice is an illusion we fool ourselves with....


So we are going to have a story, and we are going to introduce this new book, and we are going to keep marching.


For those who are new, I have these talks with God which I really do, I edit them to have a point, but it's not My God can whop your God's butt, this is not the forum for that.   Use God in whatever context is right for you, I grew up in a black baptist church in Dallas, Texas.  These are the contexts I use, these are the concepts that comfort me in time of trouble, that contain me in times of triumph, no disrespect intended.......


And they say you don't learn anything in private schools in California.......... #pepperdine.


God is up early this morning, so am I.  I haven't slept since 2 am this morning, my circadian rhythm is off. I am usually able for some reason to fall asleep at the same time in different time zones.  It's weird like if I am in a rhythm of going to sleep at 6 am in Cali, I'll do the same in Dallas.  A weird kind of consistency that is slightly unnerving.....but I digress.

I am up early.  I got this new chapter in my head.  I have made some serious life decisions as of late.  I did some things to show God that I am serious about trust and faith even though the mere contemplation of those words scare me.  I don't like trusting other people, I don't like not having control.

But I am not a big girl anymore................

I am grown woman who understands that there is submission in power, and power in submission.........

One cannot master one concept without complete understanding of the other.

So slowly but surely, I am building a circle of folk that I trust..........I trust enough to chill when they ask me to, I trust enough to go forward when I want to remain still.  It's fragile, but it's building.......

God meets me on my back balcony.

"I see you made your choice, huh........"

"Choice was only an illusion, God.  I really feel like my words in some way can help the legal citizens of this country, the rightful owners of America, the ones that support our way of life, they can help save this country, God.  And right now, there is nothing bigger than that in my life.  If there is no America as we now know it, what's the use of a future?  Obama ain't playing fair, and I am not going to start being another version of him blaming everything on him........I see further God.........I see beyond that."

God looks at me with a look of sadness and pride.

Touching his beard, he remarks "Those grey hairs are coming............"

"Man........Dude..................I know.................I was thinking about dying my hair, but then I read this tip from Donna Brazile about people taking you more seriously with some grey.........But don't time just fly."

"Yes, it does, Tiffani, think about it from my perspective, all of these lives, all of these destinies.......And look at you, you went from a loud mouth to a loud mouth with something to say......."

We laugh, it is a very hot summer coming, we won't get these moments too often.

"I apologize, God.  I had to do it my way because there is no need to say I trust you, if I don't.........There is no need show you I trust you, if my actions reflect such.  It just took a minute, it's like learning social media stuff for me.......just something I don't want to do, but I know I have to.  But trusting you completely is going to mean changes in my life that I can't control, and consequences that I didn't account for and even though you pulled me off the battlefield about six months ago, it took my mind a little bit longer to catch this learning curve and understand that I can never play the game on that level again.

I apologize..........I thought I would get more done, I was just trying to make so much wrong right and I just ran out of time......My bad.  I am sorry."

God looks at me like how Ving Rhames character looks at AJ Henson on Baby Boy when he meets Tyrese Gibson's character on John Singleton's Baby Boy.

He looks and squints his eyes and looks at me for real.

That moment last so long, St. Peter is bringing the drug test kit, shaking his head.

God holds his hands up and tells St. Peter to stop.

He asks" Tiffani..................................

Tiffani................

Tiffani.....................what did you give up for lent, what did you really give up for lent?  What did you give up so that what could rise for Easter.  Don't lie to me.......Don't."

The seriousness in God's voice sends storms all up and through Missouri (you all are in my prayers), the thunder rolls so hard, Garth Brooks ain't got no choice but to play that song in his head........

I ain't crying, but I got tears in my eyes.  I give God a book, a black book.

Keys to kingdoms y'all never even had a clue that I knew about or had.

I walk away.................

God rumbles "Tiffani.........don't walk away with answering me"

I do.....................

I feel God's wrath burn the hairs on my neck.

God looks down and opens the book and in it is a note.

I'll tell you the first part.

"I knew you were going to ask for something of me.  And I wanted this lent to be special, I wanted it to mean something to me, I am getting older, meaning matters more and more to me each day.

So I gave up bullsh**ting myself, sorry that's the only word for it because I want to be able to trust others around me and not have to figure out all of this by myself.  I want to enjoy and appreciate the blessings you put in front of me this time and not lose them b/c I am hurting so bad that I would rather bulls*** and let my time pass......

I know it ain't drinking or smoking or in certain interpretations fornicating, or cursing or not judging or my temper or none of that.  I know people got way better gifts.........But I wanted to give you something that I rarely give anyone, trust and I knew what I had to do to achieve that.

I need people and all that type of corny stuff that I am not going to write no long letter about......now flip the letter over so I can tell you what all these names mean.....I walked away b/c if I had started talking, I would have just told you what you wanted to hear........and I don't want to live that way anymore."

I'm back at home, and getting ready to go to write.........God taps me on the shoulder.  I never turn around.

He gives me a note.........

"If you trust me, then pay attention to the story that resonates to you this morning, I sent a message for you, but I want to see if you trust me enough to listen through the messenger I selected.  You didn't have to embarrassed, I was honored that you though enough of me to give something you felt would be meaningful.  You will rise, babygirl, you already have.......take your American brothers and sisters with you and y'all get the flag burning high in the land and in their hearts again......take care."

That's the end of the story......That's what I gave up for lent.  For someone like me, will is my tool.  I will a lot of things through people, upon people, to people.  That's my power and that's my strength, but the caveat of will is momentum.  And sometimes I need folk around me to stop the will before it starts........b/c once it gets momentum, there is no stopping it only bracing for the consequences.  And I'm tired of using band-aids if you will.


So let's get on with today, I have other things to do.  I am having surgery this month, and gotta explain to my land lord,  I will be laid up for six weeks b/c I have to take care of my health first.  There was a time where instead of writing, I would be looking for drugs to sell, or checks to bounce, or "folk" to talk to, but those days are over......


You can't ask of which that you can't freely.  I can't ask God to bless me like I need to be blessed, if I ain't willing to give up which he requires, trust.......


So Gov. Nikki Haley, this is all on you.  For good or for bad, all of this is your fault.  You message spoke the exact sentiment God and I discussed in the unedited version of this morning.


I was reading this morning headlines, and frankly I was bored...........We broke, this congress acting like dope fiends on fiscal withdrawal because we want to reduce our deficit in half.  Obama is rolling around in the kill the rich folk and people are tired, hungry, jobless, can't feed their families, can't fill up their gas tanks, it's getting bad.

This is the hope and change that Obama and Producer Oprah was counting on.  Hard times and those evil rich, mostly white folk and they money and we sitting down on the hill hungry mentality is spreading quicker than HIV.  AIDS still kills...........use a rubber, or just settle down and don't cheat, be honest.........You would totally be surprised what it will get you.  Trust....

The Obama team is not going to increase drilling, he is going to start talking about clean energy more and more because its campaign time.

So Gov. Haley message of change your message, kind of gave me the direction I was looking for.  Right now, GOP we are like the Celtics in the second half of the season, changes, everybody's ain't playing right, doubters emerge, more heat and bulls jerseys are sold.......  The tea party is staring to get fed up, the right is losing their minds........

Senator McCain, how you look yourself in the mirror and ask to arm Al-queda I don't know brother...Maybe what I gave up for lent, you took up.....

I surround myself with women on my team..........I was raised in a household where females didn't hang with the men folk.  It has nothing to do with sexual attraction.  It's my comfort zone.  There will always be men and I accept that, but anyone who has worked with me knows that I am very forceful and need personnel in which  everyone is going to have to be assertive b/c I am .........to the point where I can be aggressive if not properly........I don't even know the word.  I love male hair stylists for the same reason, i appreciate the aggression.......Please, you think a dude with some marcels in his hand telling you what he will and won't do to "his" hair, ain't aggressive......  Wake up.

Bear with me, this is the introduction, you always need to know why so you can think for yourself.......

Most of the independent voters, the voters that are going to swing are women.  Women are survivalist by nature in the sense due to the genetics, no ladies we can't do everything men can do, and I am one woman who is thankful for that.......

Women are forced to in most societies identify needs and achieve to get them met outside of their own abilities.  Let's not turn this into a sexism thing, it's not that deep.  All I am trying to say is that women are better seasoned at sizing up people as far as identifying needs.  Whether women admit or not, you looking at your man and going down the checklist...........He watch the kids, he does the yard, he will go the grocery store with a note, you get my point.

Same thing with politics.

I like to hire women who don't think like me politically, I like to hire folk that are not into politics like I am, it gives me balance. And ear to the street if you will.  Lately, I have been hearing, the sentiment that Gov. Haley is alluding to in her message.........

Okay, yeah, I know all that, but what are you going to do?  Where is the person who can get us out of this mess? I already know hope and change is the reason, but what you going to do?

This what independent primarily female voters of every race are thinking.

How do I know this?

B/c this is the same thing my staff is saying to me.  I have staff who read these posts, I have staff I don't allow to read these posts.......It helps me see where the message starts and where Tiffani's personal ends in my writing.

So it occurred to me, last night, culture...........The first thing that Obama attacked was culture, and when I say Obama, I mean his team, he is only one dude.


The beauty of the Obama 2008 thing is that they used culture to make the right the enemy.  I am going to use culture to show the right's truth.  Women will drive this election because in the end, in this society it is usually the female that has no choice to but to face the fiscal bottom line and there is no pride to color any figures........


We are the moms, sisters, wives, girlfriends, baby mommas, homewreckers and everything in between that fill in all the blanks that our male counterparts don't address because testicular issues like pride are on the line.  We as women don't have time to not win this way because of our legacy........We are the producers of legacy.  We work behind the scenes to ensures legacies are created and sustained.......We don't have time to say what we won't do, our male counterparts have taken that option away from us.


This book of culture is going to encompass Americana and I am going to use this movies, these sports stories, these acts and popular news and culture to get all of us on the same page for good or for bad.  I do not do this out of arrogance, but to see Spike Lee twitter about Jesus Shuttlesworth, tells me........


somebody's reading.


The point of this chapter is put this country on the same page, not worried about whether you like what I say, so when we have discussions at the barber shop, regardless of race, creed, culture, religion or the beauty shops, or mission at church, or at the dinner table at home.  We all pretty much know what we are talking about.


Obama and the left has Hollywood.


The right has me with 36 years of American culture ingrained in my bloodline b/c America is all I know and I ain't ashamed to say so.


The only way Gov. Haley to change the message is to first define what the message is, and let Palin (not worried about Rev. Graham) or Bachmann emerge.........


B/c women who are leaders are going to do just what you did Gov. Haley, they are going to stand up and tell the truth.


Tiffani, Gop, Tea Party, yeah all that's fine and dandy but I need something more than that.


And it is my obligation to show the Obama nation, the illegals in this country that being an American is more than a pell grant, and you have to fight for the military or pay taxes or think you are better than anyone else.........


It is my obligation to show that America is special, we got our own ways, we got our own hustles and they work, if the government with get his luda on and just move , get out of the way of how we foster prosperity through small business and capitalism and free market enterprise.


And each chapter goes, more and more people are going to read and follow, why because you would truly be surprised what these eyes have seen...........I keep telling you all I walk the line better than Johnny Cash.  B/c I am ready for that spotlight now, I ain't hiding no more, we are going to show America for what it is, what it can be


and we are going to take our country back simply to put it in your hands.


Let these folk debate, we ain't doing things the old way no more.


This real talk.


We are going to win the elections by using real talk to reach real people.


A preview of what I am talking about as we will EVERY CHAPTER, HAVE A REFERENCE TO THE NFL, EVERY CHAPTER........OBAMA NATION, Y'ALL NOT TAKING AWAY FROM MY YOUNG MALE CITIZENS HAVE A WAY TO LEARN ABOUT SPORTSMANSHIP, POWER, AND A CHANCE AT A COLLEGE EDUCATION OR FISCAL SURETY.........AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, A CHANCE TO SAY,


ONLY BOYS AND MEN CAN PLAY THIS GAME.........


YOU WILL NOT TAKE THAT AWAY FROM MY BEAUTIFUL STRONG AMERICAN BROTHERS.....


NOT ON MY WATCH,


NOT IN MY BOOK.


Chapter Zero- a preview.

Yesterday had its moments, but I got home to watch the second half.  Boston was clowning, so I started watching the NFL draft preview.  For those who are new or don't really care about our culture.  THE NFL IMPACTS LIVES. DESTINIES.

DON'T JUST THINK OF THESE DUDES AS NO OVERSIZED BULLIES, THEY ARE INTELLIGENT MEN WHO GIVE US THE VISUAL SATISFACTION OF PHYSICAL CHESS IF YOU WILL.  The tackles move like the what's the crown thing.........right to left, the receivers can move like rooks, the one square over and then like four one way.  The quarterback is like the queen, he got the ball, he can go where he wants.......you get my point.  Knight that's what i mean with the crown.  Knights.

Every summer, our young male citizens hit the football fields for lessons and memories they keep for life.......Every teacher who is a urban environment knows the power of using nfl stats for math.  You think these kids don't know math, talk to them about their madden team, how many yards per rush, they got benson or barber going, ask them how many sacks Ware got?  Math is right there in their face but because of the stupid dysfunctional biases we have in our urban environments, these are ways to make math cool.

You think a 6'5  ,320 guard running 4.7's b/c they out there, ain't math.........ain't science.

The science and health developments that have come from the nfl affects us all.  Although motivated by profit, look at the advancements of knee surgery........So what Jerry Jones paid Dr. Suess five million dollars to find a way to fix Emmitt's knee (i'm just using examples).........did it not revolutionize the way knee surgeries are addressed.  If Marino was playing now, would that Achilles heel injury end his career?  The same surgeries and techniques are used on you, the common every day person.

B/c when you got a team, which plays in a stadium in which thousands of people work at, which houses cameras in which more thousands of people work to televise the games on tv and the internet, and radio, which both reside in a city that enjoys publicity, businesses frequented all on your back...............

to let Dr. Suess play with the tools you got to walk with..................

see if you can walk in their shoes.

To have folk like Dale Hanson and Obama b/c these are those type of fans, tell you your heart ain't in it, but your mama died, you dog passed, you just having a bad day and can't say nothing.  Teaching these young men, sometimes you can win for losing..........

The cable channels showing how the physics of Jolly's swim move engages especially males into science and math in a perspective with an enthusiasm where they don't have to be worried about being called a nerd or that it's not cool.  The families, the school districts , the colleges, that get every drop of blood, sweat and tears. BABY, Y'ALL NOT REALIZING THAT THE MONEY THESE NFL PLAYERS GET AIN'T NOTHING FOR WHAT THEY HAVE GIVEN UP.

TO BE BUTT NAKED FOR A JOB INTERVIEW..........You don't know what coach or reporter looked at you the wrong way, but you can't come out and tell 50,000 fans at a stadium, I can't focused because his or her eyes lingered to long.

College gives opportunities for some young people to grow up and develop traits and characters that some football field and some flag football instilled in our young men a long time ago..........

Y'all not going to take that away from my American Babies, Obama Nation, Roder Goddell.  You ain't going to rob some family from Hutchins, Texas a chance to go see Cowboy stadium and sit next to someone from Preston Road in Dallas, and let that child see that regardless of socioeconomic status when we yell, scream, curse cheer, our words mean the same.

And b/c we are physical...........b/c we do in the South, especially in TEXAS, PRODUCE MORE NFL Athletes THAN ANY OTHER STATE. We will not let you take the lessons THESE MEN PUT THEIR FREAKING LIVES ON THE LINE FOR EACH SUNDAY, EACH SATURDAY, EACH FRIDAY NIGHT..........................Not going to take that from them.

I leave with this story as that was just my communication to some entities that read this, THAT NO LOCKOUT WILL BE TOLERATED, SCREW THE SEIU, YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE THE SILENT PROTESTS THAT WILL HIT EVERY OWNER, IN EVERY TOWN....YOU ALL SHOULDN'T HAVE LET JERRY JONES BREAK THE MARKET WITH DEION, YOU KNEW WHEN HE DID TEX SCHRAMM LIKE THAT, HE DIDN'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THE LEAGUE, BUT THAT'S ON YOU.

Last night, I watched the game coming in the second half and the knicks were coming back.  They got it down to a 4 point deficit.  And Doc Rivers put the vets back in............


Rondo comes down, makes a shot right after the timeout.


Paul Pierce comes down with nothing but net................


Ray Allen comes down and just glares at Madison Square garden and makes a shot.  Mind you all of these are coming right after another, nothing but net.


Rondo comes down again, dishes to Garnett, nothing but net......


They knew that the knicks ain't a bad team, they just gotta get to the point where they realize that great ones, in any industry, don't blame nobody, they rise, they conquer and they don't apologize for it.


On twitter, after the game, I tweeted spike lee and told him the truth, when the knicks play their games all game like they did the second half of that game.........no more brooms.


I read that he asked Paul Pierce after the game and he said the same thing.


In a news conference, Paul Pierce said something that I think exemplifies American culture, and I apologize Boston Celtics......I apologize for loving y'all and because of that it brings attention and flack for good or for bad that ain't y'all fault.  That's on me.


He said that we had to end it, because no matter being up 3-0, you let them win, you never know what is going to happen.........


Ain't that America...........


In this country, you give someone a chance, who is to say what they will do with it.


They can be a Tom Brady, 6th round........we only keeping him because we don't want nobody else to have him and have how many rings........Tom? three.


Or he can be a Charles Woodson, first round, and at the end of his career get his first ring?


Who are we to judge whose story is more worthy b/c I am sure if you ask both of those men, their blood, sweat and tears were sacrificed just like all the rest of their NFL brethren.....


In this country, we use sports, we use words from the Paul Pierces to show children, to show the world, conquering ain't about winning no game, ain't about winning no series, although you have to do that to achieve the goal.  It is about removing all obstacles to the goals.......


Kevin Garnett after the same game, asked the reporter why me? I didn't do anything.  The reporter says you got 20 points in the second half........But Mr. Garnettt didn't reply, he's a pro, he knows how it goes, but you can see in his tone, my team carried me that half.  He says he didn't do nothing special, his job is to take the ball away, and I'm paraphrasing and get it to his teammates.......Which he did, those are some big ole hands grabbing at that ball, go back and look at film, not as his hands, get your mind out of the gutter, but the way he grabs that ball, like some of us grab that check before someone puts a stop payment on it.........


Humility, respect, showing what it takes to be a champion, and hell no.............it ain't pretty.  


Nobody wanted to touch the Celtics, nobody wanted to talk about them.


B/c they did something we rarely see in our politicians and in our leaders these days.


They did what had to be done, ugly and all.   They needed to let the Knicks get their run out and say in spite of..........We will rise to be victorious, we don't celebrate moments, we celebrate championships.........


and damn if it ain't a difference.


Our sports figures don't just get a trophy, they give us more than we can ever give them, because we use their lives, their legacies to help define our own, for our community, our children, and our country.


We are champions over here, Obama nation.


We not here to win, to play hard and get an A for effort.


We dunk, we pass, we hit home runs, we get the checkered flags, we slap that puck and say Blackhawks.............what?, we do touchdown dances with popcorn, we name ourselves ochocinco, we knock quarterbacks to the next dimensions, we make corners break ankles.


More than anyone else has suffered under the Obama regime, men, have suffered more than anyone.  And when the men of the country suffer, we all suffer.


Little Boys need to see Tom Brady's slide in the draft, just to rise on the field.  Little Boys need to see players that we never hear of on the NFL who went to college and got degrees and went on with life in a different path.  Little Boys need to hear men grunt and talk about things that only they know........


Only boys and men know what's said in a huddle.............


The book of culture..........


We coming Celtic style, every game we coming to win, every series we coming to close, everything it takes to get the championship in their case that trophy, in our case the white house, the senate and the house, WE ARE GOING TO DO.


We not going to change the message necessarily Gov. Haley, we are going to use culture so that America can start hearing it......


We leaving everything on the court, we leaving everything on the field, on the ice, on the mound, on the track.


We are going to kill spirits, we are going to remove hope because a real champion leaves nothing for chance........


We have a team where anyone of us got the ball in the last minute and we all made our shots, 


We represent a team who didn't get no crowns until after we earned, didn't get no endorsements until after we won........


We conquering.


get ready.


chapter 1 starts tomorrow.
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