All Pimp’d Out

At first we thought that it would be a cute idea, but this Halloween costume has ended up causing our family all sorts of confusion.  We dressed up our 9 year-old son in this pimp suit and took him trick-or-treating downtown.  It was pretty crowded on the streets and as a result we lost him for a bit.  When we finally found him and got him back home, he took off the costume and he had turned into a 40 year-old Black dude with a strut and a disturbing tendency to want to slap around my wife and teenage daughter.  I guess it’s nice that he doesn’t wet the bed anymore, and he says he can find some good work for our daughter, which is something he has never shown an interest in before.  But we just don’t understand why he keeps wanting to call her “Suga Smoov.”  Was there some sort of chemical in the fabric that we were supposed to wash out?  We keep thinking that perhaps we should have washed the costume before we put it on little Stevie (who now insists that we refer to him as “The Hand”).

Thanks to 3quarksdaily.

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Barack Obama Speaks About Race

“We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.”

Senator Barack Obama spoke on Tuesday morning at Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, about matters of race and the fundamental path by which America can work together to pursue a better future. During that speech, Senator Obama often touched upon the theme of both African-American and white racial grievances. Obama had been determined to deliver a speech about race from the beginning of the campaign. However, it was the confluence of last week’s Ferraro and Wright stories, and after he’d been peppered with questions on the Friday night cable rounds about how the pastor’s inflammatory rhetoric squared with his message of unification, that he told his senior aides, “I’m going to give the speech.” The candidate’s wife, Michelle Obama, sat in the front row during the speech. She was very emotional and could be seen crying backstage after the speech was over, given the personally touching subject matter of her husband’s speech.

The video of Obama’s speech is presented below:

A Listener Tears Up During Barack Obama’s Speech

Barack Obama Speaks about Race

The New York Times has published the full text of Obama’s speech here.

Senator Obama’s speech has received glowing reviews by Jodi Cantor and Janny Scott in The New York Times, by Courtland Milloy in The Washington Post, by Jonathan Cohn in The New Republic, by David Corn in Mother Jones and by Andrew Sullivan in The Atlantic.

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