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            Wednesday, June 30, 2010

            No Time To Blog Today.

            Sorry folks, it beez like this sometimes. My current assignment is kickin' my behind, so I gotta focus right now.

            If ya'll wanna get somethin' started in the comments section, have at it. Fresh content tomorrow!

            Tuesday, June 29, 2010

            Elin Woods Is One Cold-Hearted Chick.

            Name That Sample - "Fallin' In Love"

            Name That Sample is simple: I play the original song, you tell me who sampled it. Winner gets a day's supply of Cyber CapriSuns™. As always, no Googling! Google is for losers.



            This obscure tune by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds has only been sampled once to my knowledge. If you've had your ears littered by commercial Power/Hot/Kiss radio, you should prolly be able to smiff this one out in your sleep. The guy who recently sampled this song is currently being sued for copyright infringement. It wouldn't be the first time this guy's been sued over this song this year alone. Maybe some originality wouldn't hurt, but hey, this is the cRap game we're talkin' about.

            Difficulty Level: Eaaaaasy. I should probably be ashamed of this sorta cherrypicking.

            Question: How dumb do you have to be to sample someone's song for a Top 10 hit, and not pay royalties TWICE?!?

            Monday, June 28, 2010

            AB.com NewsBriefs - BET Awards Edition.

            Another tough week ahead. We'll get back to our regularly scheduled features soon, but till then, here's the rundown.

            The BET Awards - Folks, lets stop hatin'. Sure, it's easy to keep poppin' sh*t about how bad BET used to be, but the network's not half bad anymore. No, I don't care for those reality shows either, but they're hardly the biggest problem black America has. I can give credit where it's due. The BET Awards was well done, very entertaining, and very low on overall coonery. Can we give these folks some credit, for slowly, but surely getting it right?

            Chris Brown - I still can't figure out of C-Breezy was actually crying during his MJ tribute, or if that was a rare stroke of PR brilliance, but what's certain is that guy has his career back now. He atoned for the whole Rihanna thing. He paid his debt to society. Let the man breathe. On a related note: I sure hope Trey Songz invested well, cause his 14 minutes are over.



            Twitter, FTW! - What did black people do before Twitter? I'm still trying to remember, but what's clear is that an "event" like the BET Awards is 20x better if you're following your timeline.

            Elena Kagan Confirmation - Sorry, I don't care one bit. The fact that yet another qualified black woman was passed up for a SCOTUS nod, just so Obama can check everything on his 2012 demographic "To Do" list irks me. If this makes me racist, then so be it.

            Chris Henry RIP - An autopsy is now revealing that recently deceased Bengals WR Chris Henry suffered a form of degenerative brain damage as a result of all those hits, which contributed to his death. It's time for the NFL to get serious about head injuries and do something about it. Yeah, it's a man's sport, but that doesn't mean something can't be done to make it safer for these guys longterm.

            Bob Byrd RIP - Meh.

            USA Loses To Ghana - Who cares? No, seriously, who cares? America didn't care about soccer two weeks ago and now that our team's out of the World Cup, won't care about it two days from now. Just bein' honest.

            Jan Brewer Must Be Stopped - She now refers to all illegal aliens as "drug mules". [Insert your own punchline about Jan Brewer's face here.]

            Question: What did you think of the BET Awards? Was Chris Brown sincere, fakin', or both?

            Sunday, June 27, 2010

            What's On AB's iPod?!? - Roy Ayers Tribute Mixtape.

            Friday, June 25, 2010

            Get On Your SoapBox Day.

            Not that you didn't already notice, but it's been a real struggle for me to deliver the usual AB.com quality of daily posts here of late. The Day Job's been kickin' my butt even more than usual, I been back on the road, The Fam needs their time, and something's gotta give. Lately, it's been this blog.

            I appreciate everyone that rolls thru everyday to help keep this thing going. Without you guys, there would be no reason for this blog, so pat yourselves on the back.

            Anyways, today, the floor is open. You guys have proven to be a relatively self-sustaining online community. So, start some chatter amongst yourselves. Drop links. Get it poppin'. If you've ever wanted to write your own post for the rest of AverageNation™ to respond to, this is your day!

            Just in case you guys are equally strapped for ideas, here's a few to mull over:

            NBA Draft - The Wiz picked John Wall, which more or less makes them the winners. How'd your team do? What's up with all these squads dumping salary for Lebron though? Miami, New York, and Chicago all have lots of cap room, but someone's gonna get screwed when the dust settles.

            Obama's General Problem - I didn't do a post on the whole Rolling Stone brouhaha because honestly, I don't give a sh*t, but what do ya'll think? Did Obama do the right thing?

            Tiki Barber - Man, this guy's divorce/custody battle is real grizzly. You could argue that he bought a lot of this on himself by creepin', but there's always two sides to every story. Still, $150k/month in support? No way.

            i北京体彩网官方网站Phone 4 Lines - Sorry, if you stand in line for more than 24 hours to buy anything, you are a loser. It's called pre-ordering, folks. Get familiar.

            Financial Reform Bill - Raise your hand if you honestly have any clue what this accomplishes. Be honest.

            Rand Paul Is A Jackass - Turns out this guy wasn't even a licensed eye doctor. Great job, Kentucky!

            More Obama Navel Gazing - Wingnuts and Health Nuts equally enraged that Obama takes Russian President to greasy spoon for burgers and fries.

            Okay, have at it kids.

            Thursday, June 24, 2010

            A Black Republican I'd Actually Consider Voting For.

            .[1] He's the type of Republican I've voted for in the past, and would vote for in the future.

            If the GOP's smart, they'll find and push sensible, non-mouth breathing candidates like this, regardless of color.

            Meh, who are we kidding, this is still the GOP we're talkin' about.

            Question: Is Scott's election a signal that the GOP is moving in the right direction?



            [1] Go watch that campaign speech. If I didn't know his party affiliation, I'd assume this guy was a liberal.

            Wednesday, June 23, 2010

            Whatever Happened To Journalistic Integrity?!?

            Tuesday, June 22, 2010

            What The Heck Is Going On In Chicago?!?

            Too Much Glenn Beck, Not Enough Common Sense.

            Monday, June 21, 2010

            Why Detroit Stays Losin'.

            AB.com NewsBriefs

            I'm workin' harder than usual today. Here's the quick rundown.

            So, The President Can't Even Take His Kids To A Ballgame, Huh?!? - Folks, let's be honest: nobody works 24/7, not even in times of crisis. So the latest wingnut attack on Obama for going to a baseball game with his daughters is particularly silly, given the fact that it was Father's Day weekend. Getting on Obama for enjoying a round of golf and some time to rewind with family is just as silly as those critics who argued that Bush didn't deserve a vacation on his ranch in the weeks after 9/11. If Obama was down there in Louisiana cleaning pelicans all day everyday, folks would criticize him for not worrying about the economy. Enough already. Unless you personally spend each and every waking moment on your Day Job, just shut up.

            So, A CEO Can't Even Take His Kids To A Regatta, Huh?!? - Likewise, BP CEO Tony Heyward is under fire for being seen at a yatch race this weekend. Come on, people, what more do you want from the man. His company's just been hit up for $20B to clean up the Gulf, and reality is, he probably won't be able to afford that yatch much longer. Let the man live for Crissakes.

            Strasburg Mania Takes A Hit. Sorta. - The casual sports fan might not know, but Obama went to the baseball game the other night to see Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, an MLB rookie sensation who is essentially the baseball equivalent of Lebron. I'm not even remotely a baseball fan, but the guy's good enough to make me tune in and watch entire games, which is quite a feat. If you haven't seen him yet, do yourself a favor and get familiar. Sadly, until the Nats get some hitters, this guy's brilliance is being wasted.

            Tiger Loses - Ehhhh, who are we kidding? I didn't watch this sh*t. Still, come November, I'm betting nobody even remembers all those strippers and Perkins waitresses. Does anyone even remember right now?

            Happy Belated Father's Day - Hope the kids treated ya'll good yesterday.

            Question: What's on your mind right now?

            Sunday, June 20, 2010

            What's On AB's iPod?!? - Tupac "16th Of June" Mixtape



            Question: Am I blasphemous for saying Pac's a wee bit overrated, or does he truly deserve to be mentioned among the greatest evar?!?

            Saturday, June 19, 2010

            Frederick Douglass Should Have Left You N*****s Enslaved.

            I know some of ya'll have sorta been giving me the side eye for calling out female cRappers the past few weekends. In the interest of gender equity clowin', I present to you this ignant sh*t, which I'm kinda shocked didn't end up as a Tea Party anthem. As usual, ya'll tell me all the stuff wrong with this video, since I can't bear to type anymore.



            And they say The South ruined hip-hop. Hmmmph.

            Friday, June 18, 2010

            Is Obama Too D*mn Smart For His Own Good?!?

            Thursday, June 17, 2010

            When Should You Stop Resisting Arrest And Just Shut Up And Take The Cuffs?!?



            [1] for quoting anything more than 3 paragraphs, BTW. Beware.

            Sarah, Just Shut The F**k Up, Already.

            This woman's 15 minutes ran out 20 minutes ago,. Why her followers are still making her rich when it's clear she's dumb as dirt is beyond me. At least Bill-O doesn't give her nonsense a free pass.



            "the Dutch... they are known, in The Norwegian"

            "known for dykes and for cleaning up water and for dealing with spills."

            "with the proverbial can't even got a phonecall back"


            Jesus, please, please, please let Miss Sarah declare for 2012. Watching her have to debate serious GOP candidates who've paid their dues is going to be must-see TV. I'm already clearing space on the Tivo.

            Question: What's up with the media's (and my) continuing interest in this woman?!?

            3 Play Thursday - Minnie Ripperton.

            It's 3 Play Thursday. Today: classic soul singer Minnie Ripperton.

            Minnie Ripperton is the textbook musical example of "what if?". In her truncated musical career, she delivered perhaps one of the most beautiful songs of all time, the classic "Loving You", which showcased her breathtaking 5-octave range. While many think she was a one-hit wonder, she'd go on to make other great music during a life that was shortened by breast cancer at the age of 31. If nothing else, Ripperton's discography provided a boatload of material for sampling. Listen to any one of the songs below, and you can start rattling off dozens of songs that looped these delightful bars.

            Anyways, here's a trio of my favorite Minnie Ripperton tunes. Cop them headphones and go in.

            "Loving You"



            "Inside My Love"



            "Memory Lane"



            Question: What's your favorite Minnie Ripperton tune? How many songs can you count that sampled her work?

            Wednesday, June 16, 2010

            Game Seven's Tonight: Who Ya'll Got?!?

            A few weeks ago, I predicted The Finals would go to a Game Seven. It was inevitable, given the parity between the two teams and the injury woes of Lakers' center Andrew Bynum. Honestly, I expected better games to this point, but most of them haven't really been all that competitive. Doesn't matter, David Stern wanted ratings, and Celtics/Lakers is Neilsen gold. Game Seven is just a cherry on top, and the fact that it's the first one in 16 years only shows you how big a deal this is.

            So far this series has provided everything but a signature performance. Sure Derek Fisher's Game 3 heroics, and Ray Allen's 3 point spree were notable, but we've yet to really see a performance for the ages. Tonight, we shall witness that performance, as Kobe Bean Bryant will drop 40 some points to lead his team to victory.

            That's just my prediction, what's yours?!?

            Question: Who will win tonight's Game Seven and the 2010 NBA championship? Is Kobe due for a "for the ages" performance, or will the Celts find a way to pull it off?

            AB.com Open Discussion: Anchor Babies.

            , it's clear the state is in many ways living up to its reputation of intolerance. As if those incidents weren't enough, witness what's about to go down next in The Valley Of The Sun.

            The author of Arizona’s controversial new immigration law is considering a new proposal that would block the children of illegal immigrants from becoming citizens if they were born in the United States.

            Critics of the bill that Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce is weighing say it would fly in the face of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which grants citizenship to anyone born in the U.S.

            Pearce contended that the bill would not violate the 14th Amendment, saying only that “we would write it right.”

            Previous efforts to get around the citizenship provisions in the amendment, including one in the late 19th century challenging the citizenship of the children of Chinese immigrants, have been unsuccessful.

            Still, Gov. Jan Brewer and other Arizona Republicans have indicated their support.

            “It is illegal to trespass into our country北京体彩网官方网站. It has always been illegal, and people have determined that they want to take that chance,” Brewer said in a recent interview with Tucson ABC affiliate KGUN. “They can take their children back with them.”
            Well, say what you will about Jan Brewer, but at least the woman's upfront about her intentions. No need to wonder where you stand with her. Hopefully Arizona voters will show her where she stands this fall when re-election time comes.

            For those unclear about what an "anchor baby" is, here's a bit of background info from .
            "Anchor baby" is a term used by immigration reductionists in the United States to describe a child born in the U.S. to illegal aliens. It is generally used as a derogatory reference to the supposed role of the child, who as a U.S. citizen through the legal principle of jus soli, may facilitate immigration for relatives through family reunification. Family reunification, or family-based immigration, in the USA is a lengthy process and limited to categories prescribed by provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.

            The term "anchor baby" assumes that having a US citizen child confers immigration benefits on the parents and extended family. This is generally a false assumption, as immigration law does not allow a US citizen child to sponsor his parents until he or she turns 21. Once the child turns 18, immigration law also allows a US citizen child to sponsor his own siblings with a 15 to 23 year quota delay. Immigration law does not provide categories for any other relatives that would apply in this situation. In addition, if the parents are illegal immigrants, they are usually barred from immigration despite having a sponsor.

            In the public debate surrounding "anchor babies", it is also frequently assumed that an "anchor baby" would be beneficial in deportation proceedings. Such benefits do not exist except in the very rare case of extreme and profound hardship on the child. Approximately 88,000 parents of US citizen children have been deported in the past ten years. Federal appellate courts and the Supreme Court have upheld the refusal by the Immigration and Naturalization Service or Immigration and Customs Enforcement to stay the deportation of illegal immigrants merely on the grounds that they have U.S.-citizen, minor children.
            Legalese aside, I can sorta understand where opponents of the whole "anchor baby" concept are coming from. On the surface, a person benefiting from an illegal action shouldn't be rewarded with citizenship simply because they have a child on US soil. While I've repeatedly said here that I think under the table cheap labor is the disease and cracking down on illegal immigrants is merely treating a symptom, reality is these folks cost taxpayers a grip in entitlements without paying their fair share in return. And that's wrong. Especially not when there are millions of people trying to become US citizens via the proper channels.

            On the flipside, much like all the rest of the immigration-related sabre rattling in Arizona, I can't help but think that is yet more election year posturing by Brewer. Suddenly getting concerned about an issue when your job is up for grabs is a bit disingenuous, and since "anchor babies" seldom have prevented deportation proceedings in court, this just seems like more "Us vs Them" style politricks as usual.

            What say ye'?!?

            Question: Should having a child on foreign soil automatically make you a citizen? Is Arizona wrong for cracking down on "anchor babies" or is this just political posturing?

            AB.com Guest Post - Obama's Wasted Race Card.

            has his take here. As usual, show our guest some love you-know-where.]

            I never thought I'd see the day that I actually agreed with Bill O'Reilly on something, and publicly admit it. Sure I might lose some of my street cred and a few ghetto passes for this one, but I think he's right. Yeah, I know that's strange coming from a veteran racism chaser such as myself. But defending the criticisms of Obama's lack of an emotional response to the disaster in the Gulf by throwing down the "Angry Black Man" race card is foolish. If anything, what it says, is that the president is weak and incapable on leading because he happens to be a black man:



            I'm sorry, I'll defend Barack Obama from obvious racial attacks from the likes of assholes on the right. You know the stuff I've highlighted on this site for the last two years. However, I refuse to accept the argument that suggests that he cannot afford to show anger towards BP and their obvious incompetence, for fear of being seen or perceived as an angry black man. Especially when said black man defied all the odds to become America's first black president, who has taught us to take responsibility, and shed all excuses.

            You see, when you throw out race cards when it's not necessary, you open up doors for slave catchers like the black dude in the video above to run his bullshit rhetoric that even Bill distanced himself from. Listen, America is angry about the fifty plus days of oil spewing into the gulf; and rightfully so. If Barack Obama stood up and showed his disgust about what's happening at the hands of BP, nobody white is going to stand up and criticize him or judge his behavior to be typical of black men, or any black person in America.

            The sister on the panel has a valid point as does as far as the stigma of the angry black man or woman. However, in this case, I just don't see where being cautious of this is applicable. The truth is, we all want this crap in the gulf to come to and end; and if it means gettin' a little gully and snatching some collars, then so be it. It doesn't matter whether the president is black or white, what matters is that the American people feels a connection between themselves and the president.

            The real irony of this is as Bill points out, president Obama has responded to his critics with a shift in tone and presentation. This is the very reason the administration is pulling out all the stops in regaining lost political capital, with his current tour of the gulf states today and tomorrow. But hey, don't tell that to the some of his strongest supporters who refuse to be critical of the man they voted for to run this country北京体彩网官方网站 and lead the free world. A man who they themselves looked past color and voted for based on his capability to do a better job than his opponent.

            Question: Could/Should Obama display a bit more anger at what's going on with the oil spill, or does he legitimately have to worry about being tagged with the "Angry Black Man" label?

            The AB2010 Campaign Starts Today!!!

            [1], I'd be lying if I said I wasn't slightly salty to watch the returns come in with my name conspicuously absent the last couple of seasons. So before I get all Susan Lucci up in this piece, I'm gonna have to ask ya'll for a favor.

            The BWA's are accepting nominations for Best Blog in a number of different categories from now till mid-July. Please don't wait till the last minute to go vote, because as we all know, that sometimes results in some very strange outcomes.

            Word to Alvin Greene.

            The process is simple, (or your other 2nd favorite blogger) for something, anything. Actual voting (this is essentially the primary) begins in August, I'll hit ya'll up again when we cross that bridge.

            Thanks.

            -Jay

            [1] I know, I know. I've won one of these already, back in AB.com's first year, so it's not like I'm on some Karl Malone/Charles Barkley "never got a raing" sh*t. Still, I want more, so nominate me already.

            Tuesday, June 15, 2010

            To Weave, Or Not To Weave?!?

            , you might wanna consider rockin' a natural. Seriously.[2]

            If all this sounds incredibly sexist, then feel free to hand me a cyber-kick in the nads just for good measure.

            Question: Fellas, what do you think? Do you prefer women with their own hair, or does a weave work, so long at it's well done? Ladies, assuming you've worn one before, did you see a difference in how men approached when you've worn a weave?

            [1] Too bad we only had boys. All this knowledge is going to waste, I prolly coulda done some wicked hair braiding.

            [2] Yeah, I know, Brady wears a lacefront. Save the comments.

            Poll Position: Kobe Needs Some Help.

            Like many of ya'll, I've been watching these NBA Finals, and while I'm not a Laker fan by any means, I'm pulling for them cause I really don't care for the Celtics at all. I ran a poll for the past week or so asking who ya'll thought would win this year's title. The results are pretty inconclusive, as has been the series to this point.
            With the series sitting at 3-2 and the Lakers on the brink of elimination tonight, your guess is as good as mine about how this series could end. But a few things stand out.

            Where's Kobe's Help?!? - We already knew not to expect sh*t from Ron Artest (although he's done a decent job on Paul Pierce), but what's up with the rest of the Lakers. Pau Gasol has regressed. Derek Fisher helped win Game 3, but otherwise, Rajon Rondo has eaten his lunch. Andrew Bynum is injured and hurts more than he helps. The one that married the Kardashian looks like he'd rather be on E! than the court. Seriously, if Kobe's gotta go for 40 tonight (which he could), the Lakers are toast.

            The Celtics Bench Is Better - Who figured Lil' Nate and Big Baby would be playing crunchtime minutes. Rasheed Wallace is defending the post and those Robert Horry 3's are finally falling. Tony Allen is making Kobe work. Who saw this coming?

            Change The Format Back, Please! - I hate this 2-3-2 format with a passion, and David Stern should change it. There's really no point. Teams travel in AirForce-1 level accommodations, so travel shouldn't be an excuse. How dumb is it to reward the team with the lesser record by giving them a 3 game stretch at 北京体彩网官方网站?

            Still, The Lakers Will Prevail - As I told ya'll before, supporting cast or not, Kobe is in Dynasty-building mode right now, and nobody is going to stop him. I see an easy Lakers win tonight, followed by an epic Game 7 which will probably be the most watched NBA game of all time. Expect greatness from Kobe, we're talking 50 point for-the-ages Kobe in Game 7.

            Question: How can the Lakers get back in this series? What happened to Kobe's supporting cast?

            Name That Sample - "A Night in Tunisia"

            Name That Sample is simple: I play the original song, you tell me who sampled it. Winner gets a day's supply of Cyber CapriSuns™. As always, no Googling! Google is for losers.



            This classic tune by Miles Davis & Charlie Parker has only been sampled once to my knowledge. After all these years of wondering where it came from, I stumbled across it the other day.

            Difficulty Level: Easy like Sunday Mooannn'in'.

            Question: Did you know this was the song sampled for the mystery tune before now?

            Monday, June 14, 2010

            Vince Young Has Waaay Too Much School Spirit.

            Is "Ladies' Night" Sexist?!?

            Saturday, June 12, 2010

            Harriett Tubman Should Have Left You Behind.

            Are these chicks really rhymin' about gettin' paid for the nookie, or am I just missing something here?!? I don't have enough time to count all the things wrong with this video, maybe you can make your own list, you-know-where. Go at it.



            Friday, June 11, 2010

            Is Alvin Greene The Real Life "Distinguished Gentleman"?!?

            if you wanna get familiar.



            Anyways, not that South Carolina isn't already pockmarked with enough political scandals this year, but there's another "strange as fiction" story brewing after Tuesday's Democratic primaries.

            Alvin M. Greene never gave a speech during his quixotic campaign to become this state's Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. The mystery man of South Carolina politics didn't launch a Web site or hire consultants or plant lawn signs. There's only $114 in his campaign bank account, he says, and the only check he ever wrote was to cover his filing fee.

            Indeed, in the course of a rambling, repetitive and frequently inchoate three-hour interview, this jobless military veteran could not name a single specific thing he'd done to campaign for lofty political office. Yet, more than 100,000 South Carolina Democrats voted for Greene on Tuesday, handing him a resounding victory over a well-funded ex-judge who has served four terms in the state legislature.

            "I'm the Democratic Party nominee," he says. "I mean, I mean, the people have spoken. The people of South Carolina have spoken. The people of South Carolina have spoken. We have to be pro-South Carolina. The people of South Carolina have spoken. We have to be pro-South Carolina."

            Things have gotten even stranger since Greene's startling win. First, the Associated Press reported that Greene faces pending felony obscenity charges for allegedly showing pornography to a University of South Carolina student. Then, the state's Democratic Party chairman called on him to withdraw from the general election. He's been accused of being a Republican plant and listened to his victory explained away as a fluke that resulted from his name coming before his opponent's in the alphabet.

            All of this barely fazes Greene. He says he has no intention of withdrawing and is challenging his opponent, the incumbent Republican Jim DeMint, to a September debate.
            Okay, so it's not quite like that Eddie Murphy movie, but it's just as freakin' weird. Here's Greene, explaining why his bid for US Senate is real, and why he ain't droppin' out.



            I normally find Keith Olbermann to be an obnoxious d-bag, but he actually won some points with me by showing rare constraint in dealing with Greene, who clearly is a few footlongs shy of a Quiznos.

            This story just ain't addin' up. How an unemployed cat living in his father's basement can scrounge up 10 stacks for a longshot political campaign, yet doesn't actually campaign at all, then ends up winning the Democratic bid in a landslide over a freakin' judge is beyond me. Of course, the LameStream™ media is digging up every bit of dirt they can on this cat.

            Thursday, June 10, 2010

            WorkPlace 101: The Office Hoochie Mama.

            to express her plight at having been discriminated against, with each picture more revealing than the prior.



            While I sympathize with someone getting canned unfairly, reality is if she's proud enough to flaunt it for sympathy in the papers, she prolly is all about getting attention, not getting work done. I realize this could come across as entirely sexist, but I don't care. I cannot take you seriously. If you were truly wronged, I need to see pain & suffering, not suggestive titillation.

            Anyways, I suppose this raises an interesting question.

            Question: Ladies, is there a thin line between dressing for success, and trolling for attention in the workplace? Have you even been discriminated against in the workplace for dressing too sexily? Have you ever purposely dressed sexy to further your career? Fellas, are ladies like this in the workplace much appreciated eye-candy, or a needless distraction?