I’ve decided to take a brief break from recognizing National Poetry Month to get a few things off my chest. These are some random rants that are currently on my radar:
Michelle Obama dancing: So the First Lady of The United States of America shook her groove thang during the Easter Celebration at the White House this past weekend. She had some fun on the Jimmy Fallon show with the return of the “Mom” dance, and she challenged Ellen to a little dance off. Several Conservative outlets have taken this as an abomination of one of the most dignified positions in America. One headline talked about the how the First Lady “disgraced” the title once again. Another says: “First Lady dons stretch pants and shakes her rump.” Really people!?! Since when is it disgraceful, disgusting, and undignified to show how using dance can be a way to live healthy and feel better. I didn’t see the First Lady twerking on a pole or wall, dropping it like it’s hot, or grinding on some sexy young backup dancer as can be seen on any social media outlet. She was dancing a choreographed dance that incorporated simple moves that children and adults can do to get moving, feel good, and be healthy. That’s the message! So all of you stuck-up, pompous, high and mighty stuffed shirts who wouldn’t know a rhythm if it jumped down your throat need to find a new life and get over yourselves. I think the lack of respect in the coverage of the First Lady is much more disrespectful than anything she has done to address childhood obesity. Maybe if they caught a beat every now and then, they wouldn’t have time to sit on their plump rumps and criticize our First Lady’s moves! IJS
Another Cop Shooting: I’m sure you have seen or heard of the South Carolina officer who gunned down a 50-yr. old man during a traffic stop and decided to use the popular adage of: “I was in fear of my life!” Well, why not? It worked for those other guys so he figured that was all he needed as justification for shooting and killing an unarmed man running AWAY from him. Then he proceeds to handcuff the man as he lies on the ground dying. The precedence has been set, right? So imagine his surprise when he gets hit with a murder charge and denied bond! Rut ro…Hey it worked for those other guys!
Something a little more personal: Okay so I’ve been trying to change my diet and eat healthier to feel better and lose weight. So, of course, I check the internet for the advice, recipes, nutrition, etc. Well as expected there are any number of resources but what is boiling my blood is all of the contradictions. Eat plenty of wheat and whole grains says one…stay away from wheat adds another. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables advises another especially bananas which are high in potassium and other nutritional benefits to help with depression, joint pain, and stamina….bananas will make you fat and bloated says another. Eat plenty of fish like tuna and salmon says one article….tuna and salmon are high in mercury and should be avoided reads another article. Fried foods in moderation is okay….fried foods are the devil! I’m soooo confused…should I just suck air and drink water? Of course not, because the air and water are polluted and I’ll die from cancer. What’s a girl to do?….DANCE!