Less Talking, More Plumbing

May 5, 2008

Why I haven't been posting.

(Expanding on my comments in the last NPR roundtable)


Posted by jsmooth995 at May 5, 2008 6:23 AM


Posted by: Du B at May 5, 2008 6:49 AM

So... is this video representative of the 'acceptance' stage?

Posted by: shani-o at May 5, 2008 7:44 AM


I totally agree with you! I was talking to my brother about this last night. I can't even stomach watching any of the news programs when they are discussing the election anymore.

I'm done. Pick a person...ANY person at this point, so this chapter can be over and done. I can't stand when people prolong things longer than needed.

You spoke for me today (I'm sure I'm not the only one)!

Posted by: Cynthia at May 5, 2008 8:59 AM

I had to stop watching Keith, Chris, and Russert about a month ago because it was all to much. Part of me felt like I was acting like a baby because this is always how it goes, but then I realized if something always happens a certain way it doesn't make it right.

QUESTION; I don't personally prefer McCain over the other two candidates, but doesn't it seem he's doing the most pandering and 'politicking'?

I personally don't think there is anyway that McCain is going to do half the stuff he says he is. While I don't agree with him, his platform in the senate is completely different from that which he is running on now. He just agreeing with the only people who can actually get him elected, Republicans. He's playing the game better than anyone. It's not right but when you have only two parties dominating the system that's the way it goes, right j?

Posted by: Stealthgator at May 5, 2008 9:18 AM

yo man, this is the truth. i'm a hillary man, but i still feel obama. i'd be happy either way, i just want a candidate once and for all. i think either of them could take mccain, but its like....give them a chance. mccains just posting up and not facing any heat while the democrats are tearing each other apart.

your blog is the truth man, i dig every video. keep it up, man, its what we need

Posted by: jack mccoy at May 5, 2008 11:55 AM

I'm tired of them being tired.

Honestly, I'm tried of talking about Obama Vs. Clinton, black vs. white, man vs. woman, historical vs. unprecedented, Fans vs. Supporters, Preachers Vs. Media, Media Vs. Blogs, Yankees Vs. Mets, and Soulja Boy Vs. Me.

Alright, maybe the last two "verses" don't have anything to do with the Primary Election.

Posted by: Nukirk at May 5, 2008 12:04 PM

I know it's their job to rag on each other but I don't think I'll ever get used to it...

Posted by: gwen at May 5, 2008 1:16 PM

Hey J,
Big-ups from Canada. My wife and I have experienced primary fatigue for the past two months, and we don't even live in your country or VOTE for your president... Everything has sounded like the voice of Charlie Brown's teacher for a long time for us...

Great post, and another reminder that talk is cheap, but it does create ratings for the machine.

Wondering what suite/app you use to create your vlog? Ever think about doing a "the making of illdoctrine" set? I'd love to see aht kind of gear and software you're rocking the vlogosphere with.

Also, did you write/produce your own soundtrack, and, if not, who hooked you up? Trying to find a cool track for a vlog I'm developing for my students.

Keep on keepin' it real. Dig your stuff. Big maple leaf love from the Great White North.

Posted by: Paul Wozney at May 5, 2008 4:30 PM

Well put. A big part of me wants to see them join forces on the same ticket, but overall I'm quite indifferent.

Posted by: AD at May 5, 2008 4:48 PM

The voice of the people.

Jay you gotta get more videos up. If it's not for your humor in the irony of today's politicians, or the fact that you are the next Soulja Boy (thanks to Fox news), we gott just hear the words of a wise man.

Posted by: Elofosho at May 5, 2008 5:34 PM

Absolutely right. I love the plumbing metaphor. Loved it.

Posted by: Bennybing at May 5, 2008 6:20 PM

You should keep talking because at least your comments and all your talking makes sense and it's funny. Watching all those news guys and ladies talk just makes me angry, annoyed, or frustrated.

Sometimes I like to watch the plumber work because I want to know how he fixes things.

Posted by: Mai at May 5, 2008 6:42 PM

Jay, your message here, as always, is well respected and needs airing. But, I still refuse to believe we need to accept the "game". We need to make the dirty shit not be the predominant modus operandi, heck we need to minimize that stuff as much as possible.

Political platforms (in both senses of the word) offer a powerful opportunity to inspire us to believe again.

Posted by: Arjun Singh at May 5, 2008 7:51 PM

Dear J,

Thank you! Knowing when to stop talking (i.e. *before* the conversation totally disintegrates) is a life skill that could, I believe, save lives. That being said, I hope that you don't stay quiet for long.

Posted by: Kelly at May 5, 2008 7:57 PM



[ Harvard Law School '83 IN HISTORIC MEETING

PIP participates in diplomatic events at the Vatican
Press Release
May 5, 2008

ROME, Italy.—The Secretary for North American Relations and former Puerto Rican Independence Party senator, Manuel Rodríguez Orellana [Harvard Law School '83], attended a series of events together with a number of Latin American and European diplomatic delegations to the Vatican government of the Holy See presided by Pope Benedict XVI, who recently visited the United States and delivered a major address at the United Nations.

The main event took place in Rome, last Friday (May 2) at the Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum, to discuss the status and development of Human Rights in Latin America upon the 60th anniversary of the promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the U.N. It was officially sponsored by the Chilean, Costa Rican, and U.S. embassies to the Holy See, to discuss the subject of “Latin America and the International Human Rights Project: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.”

Among the topics discussed were, “The Origins of the Human Rights Tradition in Latin America,” and “Latin American and Caribbean Influences on the U.N. Charter and the Universal Declaration.”

Rodríguez Orellana was a guest of the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Mary Ann Glendon, a former law professor of the PIP Secretary for North American Relations. Rodríguez Orellana, now retired from teaching, was himself a professor of International Law in Boston’s Northeastern University and Puerto Rico’s Inter-American University law schools, as well as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School.

According to Rodríguez Orellana, “Puerto Rico’s colonial status is a continuous affront to the peoples of Latin America and a violation of the inalienable right to self determination, which has been universally recognized and incorporated into the principal international Human Rights treaties and documents.”

“One cannot properly address Human Rights projects for Latin America while ignoring Puerto Rico, a Latin American nation of the Caribbean under a U.S. colonial regime for more than a century,” Rodríguez Orellana added.

In the days following the forum, Puerto Rican Independence Party North American Relations Secretary Rodríguez Orellana was a guest at a prayer service conducted by Pope Benedict at the Santa María Maggiore Basilica in Rome where the two met personally. Subsequently, the former PIP senator held private meetings with top officials of the diplomatic corps from Europe, the United Kingdom, and the Vatican itself.

Several well-known Latin American jurists, diplomats, and intellectuals participated in Friday’s forum, among them Pablo Cabrera Gaete, Lawrence Chewing, and Vera Barrouin Machado, ambassadors to the Vatican from Chile, Panama, and Brasil, respectively. Pablo Pérez-Cisneros, a Cuban banker currently residing in the U.S. reminisced about his father, Guy Pérez-Cisneros, who was the Cuban delegate at the U.N. Founding Conference and ambassador before the General Assembly in 1948. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Thomas A. Shannon, also shared his views on the development of U.S. policy towards Human Rights in the afternoon panel on “Building on the Legacy: Today and Tomorrow.”

The historical and analytical bases of Latin America’s contributions to the process culminating in the adoption of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights were discussed in detail by Dr. Paolo Carozza, President of the Inter-American Comission of Human Rights, professor of law at Notre Dame Law School and currently visiting professor at Harvard Law School; and professor Mary Ann Glendon, U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, currently on leave from Harvard Law School, who also delivered the forum’s closing remarks.

Posted by: Vatican Times at May 6, 2008 12:02 AM

I could not agree more, and plumbing is an only-too-appropriate analogy. (I love your vlogs in general, by the way!) Hearing McCain talk about how he'd definitely appoint conservative judges really brings home the fact that the in-fighting needs to stop...we need to re-focus big time.

Posted by: R at May 7, 2008 1:48 AM

Didn't realize my post on hiphopmusic.com wouldn't show here as well. Please don't mind my double posting, but I wanna be in this discussion also. This may be out of date, though, now that this thing might be under wraps:

I'm with you Jay. I don't know, I stepped away from my standard cynicism for MONTHS and became a nearly zealous Obama supporter. For the first time in a long time I was able to think of a politician as not only a "plumber", but as a plumber I'd like to buy a beer and talk to and maybe ask for advice too. I was taken in by his charisma, and even though I feared that I wasn't being lectured to, but was instead being preached to, I overcame that fear and trusted in his plan. I defended him against his haters, all while doing my best to keep the high ground and not bash Clinton-ites back, because you know, I'm cool for her mostly too (her censorship history is unsettling, though.)

But then Pennsylvania happened. At again, it's effectively stalemated. If she'd have won by 15 or more, or by 9 or less, I feel like I'd still have that fire. "We can come back from this!" or "We got it now! Just push forward!" Instead I just feel... fatigued. Exhausted. Worn out. Nearly depressed over all of this.

I don't feel like fighting anyone anymore, not even the real opposition who wants to to keep us in Iraq for decades, start new wars with Iran, and whose own pastor believed that Hurricane Katrina was sent by God to stop a Gay Pride Parade in New Orleans.

That old cynicism, that old fatalism, has come crawling back into my brain and I'm not sure I can hold it at bay anymore. Here's hoping tomorrow give us something closer to closure. When it doesn't, I'll be the one with headphones on and a good novel in hand, just waiting out the storm.

Posted by: Austin Walker at May 7, 2008 10:39 AM

THAT'S exactly what I'm thinking over here.
What are guys doin' over there - it's the same party. Even right here im Germany every day news, who's on top now, why and whatnot.


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Posted by: chela at May 9, 2008 2:24 PM

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Posted by: Korey at May 9, 2008 8:44 PM

"i have a lot of thoughts that i'm thinking...."
that was funny

oh.. and i totally agree with you


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