Brief Thoughts on my Hatred for Water Chestnuts

February 6, 2008

Real quick reaction to the Super Tuesday excitement from a lefty perspective. Recorded on Tuesday night but I didn't have a chance to post it till now. (Because I had to set up a last minute trip to Istanbul.. thanks for nothing NY voters!!)

Posted by jsmooth995 at February 6, 2008 6:20 PM

At first when I came through I was like "water chestnuts?" But of course being a stan, I clicked on the video, heard what you had to say and liked the analogy.

Hopefully they'll continue to play nice, and I think they will considering they are in a tight race. Maybe stumping will keep the negativity to a minimum? Who knows. It's hard to play nice with the other side sometimes. It seems like they tend to "go there" before anything. If I hear "Barack is a MUSLIM!!! I must vote for Hillary" one more time, I'm pulling a Mike Douglas in Falling Down.

P.S. I eat water chestnuts! Their great in stir-fries :D

Posted by: Seattle Slim at February 6, 2008 6:50 PM

while i'm more a sesame chicken kinda girl - i abhor water chestnuts. Always have.

what possible nutritional value can they have? aside from fiber, maybe. ugh. disgusting, crunchy white bits. [a more fitting metaphor for 'the other guys' than i realized.] :)

Posted by: jen* at February 6, 2008 8:01 PM

Looks like you'll be speaking Turkish, my friend.

Posted by: Pyreezy at February 6, 2008 8:03 PM

yo ill, your words are so smooth they blow the hair clear off your lip.

seriously tho maybe its the cam but it looks like there is more hair on the right side of your 'stache then the left. whats up with that?

Posted by: Ally at February 6, 2008 8:11 PM

this blog was tight until you start nutriding obama every video

and ur not movin anywhere dude, stop frontin

Posted by: wtf at February 6, 2008 8:23 PM

I voted but I never told anyone who.

Does it matter if I tell them who I voted? I say, do your own homework and vote for the person that fits your needs.

Before I die, I want to see a Woman President and a Brother President.

Posted by: Al at February 6, 2008 8:46 PM

I love your videos. And forming a united front is so true. We always are so passionate and stubborn about our canidate we feel like we are caving in if we form a united front.
I look forward to all your videos, they always give me something to talk to my friends about and something for me to digest before i take on the world tomorrow.
Have an awesome night.

Posted by: Kayla.Sublime at February 6, 2008 9:04 PM

I'm not worried about water chestnuts for the next four years so much as I'm worried about water-boarding. And McCain, who oughta fucking better know better, doesn't seem too concerned.

Posted by: Jemaleddin at February 6, 2008 10:14 PM

i actually like water chestnuts with my general tso's. i mean this in the non-metaphorical sense of course...

Posted by: SNICKA at February 6, 2008 11:58 PM

finally some sane words amidst a sea of bullsshhhh~ nice work (as usual) jay!

i just sent an email response with pretty much the same sentiment of this vlog back to a friend who keeps sending me pro-one-particular-candidate. i too appreciate the enthusiasm and passion (i've learned a lot about myself while researching my choice), but i get really turned off to anything resembling missionary-work or proselytizing.

i'm just really happy to see that there are some people who are reminding everyone to keep our eyes on the prize. plus, i'm getting really sick of this racial/sexist crap that's dominating election "coverage." what's really killin me is that in 2008 America, apparently only 3 races exist: black, white and latino. the last time i felt this pissed that the yellow people of this country were this invisible in the media was the LA riots, and that was 14 damn years ago. i thought things would be different by now.

and for the record, i actually LIKE tofu and water chestnuts, but not as far as the metaphor you laid out goes =D
water chestnuts have a fun crunch. buy a can. put it on a salad. they're tasty!

Posted by: seoulsonyk at February 7, 2008 12:31 AM

I like water chestnuts.

Posted by: Ninoy Brown at February 7, 2008 12:46 AM

What!? Some craziness you experienced! People have been civil on the Upper West Side. Not one incident did I experience today running around. I only saw one person with a Hillary Clinton sticker that was all torn up, and I ran out the house without the right coat on because it was HOT today. I guess the LAWD was trying to say just chill out and give a brother a break! ;)

Posted by: Jennifer at February 7, 2008 1:05 AM

True as always.
Go Obama!
Peace from Sweden.

Posted by: E at February 7, 2008 6:58 AM

J, too bad your in NY. First time I felt the need to vote and the guy I voted for took GA. Who knew a black man would win Georgia? Looks like it's gonna be a tight race. But, Hill will take it. I justify this feeling of dread because I know she at least comes with Bill. That can't be all bad. Can it?

Posted by: Mike at February 7, 2008 9:38 AM

Now that it has come down to McCain as the Republican candidate, Obama and Clinton have to fight to the death in a CNN cage match.
Once Hillary unhinges her jaw and peels back her headmask to expose her metal endoskeleton, will Obama have the chance to take her out as well as her "trainer," Bill.
Jokes aside, we need Barack Obama to be the Democratic candidate. As much as the media loves to skewer him on inexperience, he does represent change and intelligent action. Do Americans really want to have these revolving Clinton and Bush dynasties? I forget who said that presidents are like diapers, they need to be changed every so often

Posted by: Jay B at February 7, 2008 2:36 PM

Yo Jay I was ready to rip ya a new one for beefin' with the Dub C(Water Chestnuts), then I looked it up on Wiki and found out they are a common carrier of the largest intestinal fluke known. I just ate some yesterday! I guess I should go ahead and get an absentee ballot. I don't feel so good. Oh yeah, I'm voting for Eric B. Yo what happened to Peace?


Posted by: Jay+ at February 7, 2008 3:38 PM

Well spoken...brilliant!!!!!

Posted by: usickmonkey at February 7, 2008 8:09 PM

So does that mean there is a 2% chance that you are heading to Turkey. If so hit me up I got some good peeps over there you have to meet.

Posted by: Andy Coon at February 8, 2008 8:57 AM

mannnnn Obama SMASHED Brooklyn!!! you would've thought he lived here. Brooklyn stand up!!!

Posted by: Jason Reynolds at February 8, 2008 11:28 AM

you speak the truth...i actually fear for your safety on some mumia abu jamal type ish

Posted by: frank at February 8, 2008 7:27 PM

I really, really, really, really-really need these links to work, Smoove.

My crusdae will not stop.

You are singlehandedly destroyin Hip Hop. It all rests on your shoulders.

Um, oh! yeah, cuz with great responsibility comes great power.

naw, hol' up. i think i messed that one up.

um, naw! ok boom the whole world is depending on you.

yeah, that should convey the urgency.

sike but yo, I'm tryna show people out here what this sorta thing is when people spin original breaks and this is the only proof I got.

come on, man!

I'm even willin to buy burned CDs. I don't care.

I'll send all my bank information to prince's email in Nigeria. when it come to these old breaks I suddenly trust them dudes.

lookout for the cookout, smoove. this is your one good deed of the year.

you saw The Secret and What The Bleep Do We Know, right?

well I ont know, somethin on one of them DVDs applies to this and your good fortune.

-Black People
(ay yo, you know back in the day when buckwild got fired off the radio? and you had like 300 comments on that shit? yo, i think if you weren't runnin a one man show, and you woulda kept that shit up, or had some staff or something, would be the #1 site out there. i think)

Posted by: Black People at February 8, 2008 8:27 PM

hahahahhaa.... a message straight from hillary.... keep it up and she'll bumper sticker your mail box to death....

another dope post!




Posted by: RIZZ at February 8, 2008 11:30 PM

I look at youre blog everyday to se if you have anything new to say about the american goverment and hiphop ofcorse. I just love youre way of playing with words and youre way of showing the world what you think, u have great belives and i just have to say one thing: In four years when its time to pic a new president, you shuld try it out:)

I realy hope that al you americans will get a better president cuz Bush is a real dickhead and he makes me ashamed to be human.

(sry for my bad spelling)

Posted by: Alexandra - Sweden at February 9, 2008 12:20 AM

hahaha that was amazing
marry me, Jay Smooth?

Posted by: toronto at February 9, 2008 10:15 AM

As usual, great perspective, but you know sesame chicken is where it's at.

Also, I know the real reason you were late getting this post up - you were trying out for American Idol:

I expected a little more outta you j.

Posted by: Jay Solis at February 9, 2008 10:53 AM

Well said. Your blogs are simply eloquent.

Posted by: Amellea at February 9, 2008 10:21 PM

I hate water chestnuts too! The real ones for sure. The repub dudes don't sit too well with me either. We all ARE on the same team. The team of being content as we are doing what we do to make each day alright. Sometimes it seems like folks complicate so much. But then sometimes so do I.

Mr. Smooth you always say something that means something to me. If I weren't gay I'd ask ya to marry me ; )

Posted by: Frances at February 10, 2008 10:08 PM

Not stalkin', but your mailboxes seem very familiar– do you live in LT?

Posted by: Pol Pot Pie at February 12, 2008 9:28 AM

Do you really 'hate' tofu and water-chestnuts or are you just playing to your audience?

Hey, if you're going to give whole brain thinking a go, whole food eating is nice too my man.

tofu spread, better than hummus

but that probably sounds like eating sandpaper, better than eating glass, to you right?

Posted by: bigbadbillybrad at February 19, 2008 12:43 AM

dude... post something already

Posted by: the little hater at February 20, 2008 7:53 PM

Sorry to do this Jay, but I need to know where this relationship is going? One week you are here all the time and the next you disappear. We just can't go on like this. So I'm cutting you from my RSS subs until you can make a commitment. I thought what we had was special!

Seriously though, dude, post up or I have to say later.

Posted by: Dave Conrey at February 21, 2008 4:14 PM

C'mon Jay, don't tell me the little hater got the best of you. It's been over two weeks.

Anyways, props on the video, and thanks for accepting my FaceBook request.

Posted by: G-Harp The Producer at February 22, 2008 6:22 PM

well spoken, jay. btw, where is the kitteh? we need moar kitteh. plz? kthnx!

Posted by: antihero496 at February 23, 2008 5:05 AM

Don't you think it's time you posted something? or at least let us know what the wait is? It's not like we demanding you finish out the month of October (*cough*).... I mean Feb. posting something everyday; but if you going to be on break feel free to drop dimes.

Posted by: stealthgator at February 23, 2008 8:02 AM

Looks like somebody's Little Hater has gotten the best of them. February 6? Step your game up....we're fiendin'.

Posted by: Skittles Ferrari at February 23, 2008 10:17 AM

"still on some 'what have you done for me lately?'" (c) slug

Posted by: Brent at February 24, 2008 11:54 PM

Well I was gonna post the usual: "WHERE U AT?.... " but seems like every1 else beat me to the punch. So I'm sure you got big-thangs-popppin right now so do what cha do. JUST DON'T LET IT BE THE LITTLE HATER keeping you back! ATL checkin in ... holla

Posted by: badassigma at February 25, 2008 11:07 AM

Not only are Water Chestnuts disgusting, there always seems to be 3x as many water chestnuts as any other ingredient in those dishes. WTF!

And I was thinking the same as I was in the Democrats abroad Super Tuesday event here in London. I was happy to be around like-minded Americans passionate about making a change and being proud of their home even though they live abroad for whatever reason. But after we saluted the flag, it was announced that we should go to our separate candidate's corners. What followed was a game of who can shout the loudest.

The warm-and-fuzzies I was feeling disappeared really quickly...and then so did I.

Posted by: o: at February 25, 2008 11:24 AM

Jay whats the deal? Is it something we said? or didnt say?

Posted by: madoo at February 25, 2008 11:30 PM

I think he's dead!

Posted by: pyreezy at February 26, 2008 2:02 PM

I'm with you General Tao is better than Sesame in more ways than one. And hell no, nobody wants the tofu and water chestnuts. Great analogy, and as usual great post. Can't wait to hear tonights show.

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