Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Interesting Reads

By Neil Bortz:

According to National Review's Michael Ledeen, Osama Bin Laden died from kidney failure last month and is buried in Iran. I guess the only way to know for sure is to dig him up and do a little DNA testing.

We haven't had a candidate for Senate who has this much chance of winning since Alan Keyes ran against Barack Obama. John Spencer, who is running against Shrillary, criticized The Hildabeast for being weak on national security.

Paul Bremer, who used to be in charge in Iraq, now says the biggest problem in Iraq was....not enough troops. Of course, he's pushing a book...a motive the mainstream media never seems to recognize. How does government lift a million people a month out of poverty?

Thomas Sowell says you won't believe what country is doing it: China. This one should really make the left wet its pants. The Republican Congress is increasingly bought and paid for, sending pork home to their constituents and wallowing in the pleasures of power.

George Will reports. Ted Kennedy quoted a study in his opening statement at yesterday's confirmation hearings for Samuel Alito. The accusation: defendants don't get a fair hearing in Alito's court room.

Byron York takes a look at this so-called "study."The left is continuing their effort to demonize Samuel Alito...but David Limbaugh says it all comes down to the fact that Alito is just not enough of a right-wing extremist for liberals.

Gas prices are going up again....and while the left will jump up and down and blame George Bush, they will do nothing to actually bring the prices down. You know, like drill for more oil in the United States and build more gasoline refineries.

Senator John Kyl says Congress should make some New Years' resolutions of their own....and one of those includes border enforcement. Good luck...doesn't seem to be much political will on either side of the aisle to do anything about the problem of illegal aliens.

Speaking of illegal immigration, Mort Kondracke opines that the president needs to talk some sense into his fellow Republicans when it comes to immigration.

For a white man's execution, where are black protesters?

Outcry on behalf of Tookie might be viewed as race-based
Jasmyne A. Cannick

Los Angeles -- In the wee hours of the morning of Jan. 17, another man will be put to death by lethal injection in the state of California. This comes exactly 36 days after the execution of Stanley Tookie Williams. But where are the protesters?
With just a few days to go before the scheduled execution of a 76-year-old blind and deaf man who uses a wheelchair, there has been no public outcry of support for clemency for Clarence Ray Allen, who is white. There have been no planned protests and celebrity read-ins in support of saving an old man's life. Community activists and civil rights leaders aren't organizing statewide tours to bring attention to Allen's execution. There hasn't even been one "Kill Clarence Ray Allen Hour" from KFI-AM's "John and Ken Show."
Which raises the question: Was the community cry for clemency for Williams because he was a black man, or was it because the death penalty is immoral, inhumane and cruel?
Granted, Allen hasn't written any children's books, been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, or had a Hollywood actor play him in a film, but that doesn't mean his life isn't worth saving.
The fight for clemency should not have died with Williams. With two more executions scheduled in California, including that of Michael Morales, who was convicted at the age of 21 for the rape and murder of a 17-year-old female, now is not the time for all of Williams' supporters to retreat to their separate corners of the world. In fact, it's time for the opposite. We need to get back into action and show the world that the fight for clemency for Williams was not solely based on the fact that he was a black man but rather that he was a man who did not deserve to have his life prematurely taken from him, no matter how heinous the crimes he was convicted of committing.
The state Legislature is considering a moratorium on the death penalty. Although a decision didn't come soon enough to save Williams' life, our work could aid in saving the lives of many other condemned prisoners.
Black Californians who supported clemency for Williams need to re-examine their reasons for wanting Williams to live. Was it because he was a black man? Was it because he co-founded the Crips? Was it because of his anti-gang and anti-drug work? Or was it because we abhor the death penalty?
Allen poses no significant risk. Blind and deaf, it's very unlikely that he will be ordering the killing of anyone if left to live his remaining days on Death Row.
Many of the black leaders who supported clemency for Williams vehemently denied they were racists when challenged by a pair of conservative radio DJs in Los Angeles who sponsored the repulsive "Kill Tookie Hour." Accusing the black leadership of getting involved in the fight to save Williams only because he was black, the shock jocks noted that these same activists were going to be nowhere to be found when the next execution of a nonblack person came up.
If all of the protests around clemency for Williams were not just for show, it should be no problem for the black community to reassemble for the fight to save Clarence Ray Allen. He may not have been our homeboy from back in the day, or demonstrated to the world that he is a redeemed man. He may not even be likable, but his life is worth trying to save. What kind of message does it send if we sit back and do nothing while another person is systematically put to death on our watch?

Are Black Men Retarded? No, really, what the hell!

Even if you are not a sports fan many of you can still relate to the emergence of absolute ignorance and stupidity of some people right before your eyes.
Another young black dude with unlimited potential fucks up his chance at millions of dollars and a promising career because he acts like a fucken jackass.
First you had Clarett , now Marcus Vick, whom his brother says is better than he is.
I’m so sick of seeing these young brotha’s fuck up opportunity after opportunity it’s not even funny. Hence the re-post of the “Are Black Men Retarded.”
This is getting real old, and this is why it harder and harder for young black MEN to get opportunities in this country. Oh don’t get me wrong the doors are open and the opportunities are there, but for every triumph of the likes of Vince Young you get the idiot fucks like Clarett and Vick.
Yes somewhere down the road “whitey” will be blamed for his misdeeds.
Will dude get an opportunity in the NFL? Of course because some greedy and hungry NFL executive will say fuck it and throw caution to the wind hoping he can be the one who “rehabilitates” his crazy ass.
Dude is broke and a big phat NFL contract will only make him a bigger idiot than he already is.

Marcus Vick's new issue: Gun charges

By Kristen Gelineau
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. -- Former Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick, booted from the team last week for his behavior on and off the field, was charged Monday with pulling a gun on three teenagers during an altercation in a restaurant parking lot.

Timeline of Marcus Vick's Troubles - Yahoo! News

Marcus Vick's new issue: Gun charges - Chicago Tribune

Marcus Vick arrested on gun charges - Reuters

No way Marcus Vick should be allowed in NFL - MSNBC

Holier-than-Vick attitude found disconcerting

Vick turning pro after dismissal from Virginia Tech
Sports Illustrated

By Minister Paul Scott

All my Brotha's eatin' chicken and watermelon, talk broken English and drug sellin' See I'm tellin' and teaching real facts. The way some act in rap is kinda wack.
("My Philosophy" -Boogie Down Productions)
Every family has one, that cousin who got stuck in a 1980's time warp and just refused to grow up. You see him at every family reunion walking around in a Members Only jacket with a 40 ounce braggin' about how he has 10 children by 10 different women and is too smooth to pay child support. While the rest of the grown folks slip away to the family room to discuss important family business, Cousin 'Junior' stays outback with the children trying to do the Cabbage Patch off of the Whisper Song, not much different than what he was doing 20 years ago....
If we look in the dictionary, we will see the definition of retarded as 'slow or backwards in mental or emotional development ' along with a big picture of one of the Ying Yang twins. While the off the chain behavior of some Brotha's has been discussed in detail by some of our greatest scholar's such as Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, this issue is rarely discussed in a Hip Hop-centric context.
Historically, white supremacy has made it virtually impossible for Black boys to become Black men. Back in tha day (and even now in a small town just south of Tupelo, Mississippi) it was common for 70 year old Black men to be called 'boy' by 10 year old white children. The system has put so many obstacles in our way that it is hard to live up to the basic meaning of manhood: one who provides food, clothing, shelter and security for his family. So much so that many Black men choose to live in a perpetual childhood instead of risking the wrath of white supremacy by asserting their manhood. This is why, in 2005, we see that our development has gone way beyond being arrested; it is on major lockdown.
So today, you have 35 year old men acting like they are 14 year old teenie boppers. They may not be going around singing that jingle from the commercial from back in tha day 'I don't want to grow up, I'm a Toys R Us kid, but they are singing the Hip Hop remix, 'It's plain to see, you can't change me cuz I'm a be a nigga for life...'
While back in the day a rapper was shipped off to the Happy Valley Hip Hop Retirement Home on his 21st birthday, thanks to the industry's potent Hip Hop viagra, a rapper can still be pimpin' all over the world well into his 40's. So the natural progression to manhood has been altered.
While many Brotha's come into the rap game in their late teens with the 'product of my environment/ just keepin' it real like it is on tha streets' excuse,' it becomes problematic when the 18 year old kid becomes a 33 year old multimillioniare who has traveled the world several times over but still kicks lyrics about standin' on tha block with a 40oz, hollerin' at ho's. There is something very wrong in a society when in 2005, Snoop Dog is talking about virtually the same thing he talked about in 1992.
Also, problematic is the 'school yard brawl' mentality where instead of threatening to beat someone up after 6th period woodshop class, grown men like 50 cent and the Game threaten to annihilate each other if they cross paths in the hotel lobby after the after party.
Most disturbing is the crunk music coming out of the Dirty South which has done more to destroy Black manhood than when JJ Evans from Good Times was running around in those red pajama's screaming 'Kid Dy-no-mite !!!' With few exceptions, like Durham's 'Street Ambassador' Crown King, who is developing a sound called 'Conscious C.R.U.N.K. (Consciousness Raising Unleashing Nubian Knowledge) the subject matter is pretty much the same. It usually doesn't go much deeper than a Brotha threatening to shoot another Brotha over a parking space in front of the strip club or a Brotha whispering to a Sista like some sick pervert calling one of those 900 numbers at 3 in the morning threatening to do things to her that are illegal in most states. (Wait till ya see my.....OOOOh!!!)
This Father's Day, in communities across the country, Black men should join together and put a mandatory age limit on actin' the darn fool. We must develop a Rites of Passage for the Hip Hop Generation that doesn't include a 10 year bid in the federal pen.
Just as in some countries every male is required to serve in the military, we should require every Black man to do a tour of duty in the Afrikan Liberation Army (or at least enlist in the Hip Hop DROP Squad). Also we must join efforts to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, like Bro. Sile, National Chairman of the RBG SOULdiers, is doing with the Take Back Black Music Campaign.
We, as Black men, must join together and boldly proclaim the words of Eldridge Cleaver, [We shall have our manhood or the earth will be leveled by our attempts to gain it!]
Minister Paul Scott represents the Messianic Afrikan Nation in Durham NC.