Some of our Leaders Seem to Have a Problem with “Brain-Mouth Disconnect Syndrome”

By Natasha L. Foreman

Some people need to just think before they speak, or simply refrain from answering a question when they have absolutely nothing of intelligence to say in response. Case in point…again… Oklahoma state Representative Sally Kern.

This woman appears to have what I call, “brain-mouth disconnect syndrome” whenever a microphone or reporter is nearby. Her mouth gets to yapping but her brain is totally disconnected from the process. She needs a handler who does a better job screening what comes out of her mouth. Do you remember when three years ago she made the comment that gay people are destroying the United States and were a greater threat than terrorists? If not, I have included the link to this footage at the end of this post. Do you remember Kern’s Divorce Bill that would have made it hard for people to get divorced in Oklahoma? Yes, I included that link below as well.

Well Ms. Kern has really stepped in her own mess last Wednesday during an affirmative action bill debate she back-handed both women and African-Americans by saying that women don’t work as hard and earn as much as men because they are more concerned about raising their families, and the high incarceration rate of Black people must have something to do with them not wanting to work hard in school.

We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and that’s tragic, but are they in prison just because they are black or because they don’t want to study as hard in school?…I’ve taught school, and I saw a lot of people of color who didn’t study hard because they said the government would take care of them.

But let’s hear it directly from the horse’s mouth shall we? Oh and look at the body language and reaction from her constituents in the audience! Thank goodness for YouTube…

Yep, she said it and after coming under attack and her people returning from their extended lunch break (I’m joking about the latter) she tries to clean up her comments by saying that women are some of the hardest workers in the world, and that what she said didn’t come from her “true spirit“. Okay so where did it come from? Will people have to question which spirit (true or false) she’s speaking from every time she opens her mouth?

Maybe it’s time for Ms. Kern to take some sensitivity training, or re-training. Anthony Davis, the President of the NAACP Oklahoma chapter is cutting Kern no slack and is standing firm in his call for her resignation, and urging Kern’s constituents do the same- saying, “Let’s send a message out that in Oklahoma we will not tolerate racism at its ugliest level.”

See the Oklahoma news KOCO report that covered the story and interviewed both Anthony Davis and state Representative Mike Shelton:

I’m all for freedom of speech but when do we draw the line especially when words of hate, bigotry, and racism come from the mouths of our country’s leaders, influencers, and those who intend to lead?

If we are to be the example for the rest of the world to follow why then should we be surprised that there is so much hate spewed about our country and our people? We talk about athletes and entertainers being role models and that they should watch what they say and do, but what about highly visible business people and those in government positions who serve the people of this nation? What standards are set for them, or are they not considered role models?

What are your thoughts?

Oh and by the way here’s the link to her Divorce Bill recommendation:

And her remarks about gays in 2008 in case you never heard it or need your memory refreshed:

Copyright 2011. Natasha L. Foreman. All Rights Reserved.

>Molded Clay Can’t Ask the Potter What He’s Doing


There is not one person on the planet that does not have issues in life. There has always been “bumps” in the road that have served as obstacles that they have either overcame or succumbed to and failed. It is difficult to think on the broader scale and realize that our problems are no different than anyone else’s and that oftentimes someone else has even bigger issues than the one’s we’re currently dealing with.
Over the past few years I have “beat myself down” as to how I could go from making roughly $50,000 annually at the age of 21 (a long, long, time ago) to at one point hitting an all-time low of $5,600 in one year. A rate of $50,000 annually stretched out over 10 (and more) years I should definitely be making a comfortable six-figure salary but I’m not.
How did I survive off of a mere $5,600? One word…GOD!
How is it possible that my income has gone up and down like a yo-yo, and I still have not attained the level of success that I should have reached? Simple….not listening to God!
God has always opened doors for me, sometimes I walked through them, sometimes I let doubt steer me down another path. I’ve heard myself say how “humbled” I have become since my jet-setting days of rolling around in a brand new 5 series BMW without a care in the world…to losing basically all of my worldly possessions in a series of events that included a storage unit theft.

What I have realized is that although I have been humbled into not feeling as though I need certain materialistic things that I used to work 60+ hours a week towards attaining, I have not been humbled enough to realize that every opportunity that God presents to me I am supposed to take it- no matter how “beneath me” it appears. I have a lot to learn.

It doesn’t matter how much work or life experience you have, it doesn’t matter how many degrees you have earned…if God points you down a path…take it…the clay doesn’t ask the potter, “hey what are you doing to me?…what will I become?…where are you taking me once you’re done molding me?” The clay sits there as the wheel turns, and the potter’s hands methodically kneads and shapes it into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. 

You never know what God has planned for your future, how exactly He intends on molding you, or what riches he has in store for you! Why don’t you try finding out? Why don’t you listen to Him instead of reading your daily horoscope, tuning in to a psychic, having your cards read, or listening to a friend who is just as lost as you? Instead of thinking what you could lose by doing it God’s way, think about what more you can gain…then take that step!

Copyright © 2010 by Natasha L. Foreman. All rights reserved.

*Note: Above potter and clay image retrieved from