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Monday, October 29, 2007

Response To Article Sent To Me....

Someone on one of the many blogsites I frequently visit, posted this for me to see and asked what my thoughts were about the article. This person and I in the past have debated in regard to the influence of Race Hustlateers Sharpton and Jackson on black America. He argued that they don't have that much influence and I asserted that they do in some way. One can look no further than the circus that was Jena, LA. Where thousands of misinformed black people verged on a small town in Jena, LA and protested for Mychal Bell, a five time, visitor to the Juvenile system, who was videotaped along with six other black boys beating the mess out of a Justin Barker, a white boy, as he laid motionless.

Jackson and Sharpton rolled up in the Hustlelateer Caddy in Jena, LA and brought thousands with them. But they're not influential....

Article:
The Irrelevant Rev. Sharpton
By Ta-Nehisi Coates
Sunday, October 28, 2007; Page B01

When the news broke last week that the rapper Nas intended to use a racial epithet as the title of his next album, it was no shock that a television reporter immediately thrust a microphone toward the Rev. Al Sharpton for a response.

People who use the N-word in their music "wouldn't put out a record against whites or cops or Jews because they ain't got the guts to do that," the longtime activist declaimed, warming up for the killer sound bite. "They only got the guts to beat up on their own."

Toss another one onto the pile of headlines. It has been a banner year for Sharpton. Whether he's mixing it up with Don Imus, harassing Sen. Barack Obama, raising a ruckus over legal discrimination in Jena, La., or urging a boycott of the New York Knicks because of how they treated a female employee, Sharpton seems to make news every time he opens his mouth.

His presidential run in 2004 landed him far afield of the White House, but it succeeded in perhaps its only real aim: convincing the national media that in all things black, Sharpton is a one-stop shop. Journalists thus follow the good reverend's every move as though galaxies hang in the balance. At night, he routinely accrues even more face time, matching wits with the squawking chickens of cable news.

So potent is Sharpton's visage that in its recent puff piece on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, "60 Minutes" needed only to unveil decade-old footage of Sharpton to show the vast numbers of blacks who opposed Thomas's nomination. Some black intellectuals cried foul, arguing that the news magazine used a wild-eyed Sharpton to trivialize legitimate criticism. But the black pundits are missing the point. To much of white America, and much more of the white media, Sharpton isn't a front man for black America. He is black America.

It should be said that Sharpton has the support of some African Americans. Even those of us who question his methods are happy to see someone take an aggressive stand against white racism. In an April poll conducted by NBC and the Wall Street Journal, almost half of black Americans said they had a positive opinion of Sharpton.

But Sharpton's overstatements and overexposure have rendered him a divisive figure in the black community. The remaining half of blacks polled either had no opinion, a negative opinion or didn't know who he was.
Still, once upon a time, to qualify for the title of "black leader," you had to actually lead and, more important, have a following. Harriet Tubman was the paragon: Black people quite literally followed her out of slavery. W.E.B. Du Bois helped create the NAACP, then godfathered the Harlem Renaissance. More than any single figure, Malcolm X arguably rebuilt black America's collective self-esteem, eliminating "brown bag tests" (the color caste system among blacks) and making the rest of the world safe for dreadlocks.

In more modern times, black leaders could point to real events to show their worthiness. Louis Farrakhan resurrected the Nation of Islam as a mass movement and reached his zenith in 1995 at the Million Man March. During his presidential run in 1988, the Rev. Jesse Jackson won five primaries in which almost all blacks voted for him, an accomplishment that Obama may find hard to repeat. More important, the momentum from Jackson's bid helped New York elect its first black mayor and Virginia its first black governor.

Sharpton's r¿sum¿ isn't even in the same pile. His list of misses includes backing Tawana Brawley's fraudulent accusations of rape and his shilling on TV for predatory lenders. His 2004 campaign was a farcical remix of Jackson's. According to published reports, Sharpton's campaign was backed by Roger Stone, a controversial Republican political operative.
And when the votes were counted, Sharpton came up lame. In South Carolina, where African Americans made up almost half of the Democratic primary electorate, he not only lost overall but lost among blacks. He finished third among his alleged followers, outdone by Sens. John F. Kerry and John Edwards.

Any other public figure with such a comic r¿sum¿ and dubious traction among his constituency would find himself swiftly jettisoned from the Rolodex of reporters and network anchors. But Sharpton endures. He is black America's first virtual leader, a product of a collective longing for the romance of the 1960s and an inability to cope with the complexities of 21st century African Americans.

National Public Radio recently held a discussion titled, "Who's in Charge of Today's Civil Rights Activism?" The host asked, "If there was an 'American Idol' for civil rights leader, who would be the winner?" The panelists intelligently declined to answer, but in the question we have the seeds of Sharpton's ubiquity. The implicit idea is that there is always one person through whom the goals and aspirations of black people can be channeled.

This was always fiction. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., for instance, was more representative of Birmingham than of Detroit. Indeed, the one thing that King and Sharpton share is the use of media and spectacle to advance their ends. For King, it was the very real sight of Southern cops siccing dogs on peaceful marchers. But King's moral appeal became so great that he ultimately became larger than the movement he led. In the nostalgia of hindsight, he has become a messiah. And he left behind the impulse to look for another towering figure to helm black America.

This "black Jesus" paradigm has become even more useful in the era of the 24-hour news cycle. It allows a struggle -- indeed, millions of people -- to be boiled down to a single, preferably colorful, person. The problem is that the past 30 years have seen the rise of a generation of African Americans with unparalleled opportunities. From their ranks have sprung leaders in nearly every field. If there is a message in the Obama candidacy, it's that being president of black America is irrelevant in an age when you could take the whole thing.

But the many competing and cooperating strains of black activism are impossible to capture in a sound bite or a five-minute "Crossfire" segment. Thus Sharpton is invoked as shorthand, as a way to avoid the time it takes to show complexity, nuance and humanity.

There's another reason why the media have elected the reverend president of black America. For cable networks, Sharpton is the gift that keeps on giving. He provides an easily disposable villain, a simple out for his most loyal constituency: white racists. For those who already doubted the humanity of black folks, who believe that we spend our days counting the ways white people owe us, who think we chant "Reparations now!" at least once every seven minutes, the bombastic Sharpton is a perfect confirmation.

Sharpton ceded the high ground long ago. When he becomes the face of often legitimate racial injustices, his critics are then free to snort, "Yeah, but it's Al Sharpton." Sure, that's unfair to the cause. But the reverend is no victim. Largely lacking mass traction with black America outside of New York, Sharpton needs the media to keep up the illusion of his relevance. The pact is simple: He gets a platform, and the media get great television.

A few weeks ago, when Fox News's Bill O'Reilly ventured to Harlem and discovered that black people, like other sentient beings, consume solid food and inhale oxygen, it was no shock that Sharpton was his guide. In describing the encounter, O'Reilly asserted that African Americans were moving away from "the Sharptons and the Jacksons, people trying to lead them into a race-based culture. They're just trying to figure it out. 'Look, I can make it. If I work hard and get educated, I can make it.' "

How ungracious.

This is America's racial rift transformed into a reality show -- a place where Sharpton can cross swords with O'Reilly one day and take him out for fried chicken the next. O'Reilly was, of course, widely criticized for his dim comments. In his defense, he summoned the very man whom he claimed African Americans weren't listening to: Sharpton.

Memo to everyone everywhere: Al Sharpton isn't a black leader, he just plays one on TV.

Of Course my response:
Interesting article and it's self explanatory. I don't know what to say, except that I think I came off, my earlier assertions that black folk follow or do whatever the Race Hustlateers say. As a matter of fact, with the exception of the believing that Sharpton owed some type of comment or apology for his support of that rogue DA in North Kakalacka in regard to the Duke lacrosse team. I found myself in agreement of his January 2007, assertion that the NFL and professional sports have all but eliminated the little man from attending games due to the high prices of the games and the cost of these game that are on cable television. I agreed with that.

Other than that, I agree with the article and the part about Malcom X rings true. During my ahem! radical days of blasting X-Clan and blaming everything from the price of white milk to chocalate milk as racist. I always believed that Malcom X was slightly more influential than Dr. King. However, both men served the black community VERY WELL on both fronts of racial issues in the North and South.

Movies: Saw IV

Well. I went to see SAW IV and, well. It was alright. Not as a gory as II and III, but the twist and tests of the show are good. Of course the plot was interesting and SAW fans, who are up on the show, will be surprised at the end of the show....
Movie Rate: A weak 8...

RF23 Sports Commentary: The Skipper's Report

The Skipper's Report.

Well, sports fans, the 2000 and 7 Baseball season is over and while I would like to give props to the Bosoxs for winning it's second WS in three to four years. I would rather go the route of the losing team, the runner-up, the second best team for the 2000 and 7 MLB season, the supposed to be Cinderella team for the season and last but not least the "feel good" story for major league baseball in an era of alleged steroid and known steroid users season.

Last week, I managed to stomach a few minutes of the Jim Rome Show formally known as "The Jungle," right after game 1 of the WS and a caller from Denver called with a plea to the Rockies. He basically said, "look, if you're going to lose that way, like you did last night, then come home! don't waste our time and don't tear our hearts out like that!"

Well it looks like the Rockies obliged his wish and put up a decent effort, after a 13-1 drubbing in game 1 to make their loses, well, more respectable? I guess. Look the Rockies came up against a well oiled and still warm from playing Cleveland, team that never lost a beat. Unfortunately the Rockies got 9 days vacation waiting on the Bosoxs and didn't pay attention to the time. You see, unlike Cinderella, she had to be home by midnight to avoid turning into the mess she was. The Rockies on the other hand, left the dance early and transformed into bums. Second place bums.
Well that's the commentary, lets recap the weekend that was:

MLB: Congratulation to Bosox supporters for calling their shot and watching your team of choice sweep the Rockies.

NFL:
New England Patriots: I dunno if I want to hate the Patriots, or just respect them..Naw, I hate 'em. What was the point of running up the score on the Redskins? You know I'm not a huge Colts fan, but man I'm hoping they beat the Patriots like the stole something, and they have, they stole the souls of some teams and ripped the courage from others. Then again, they, the Patriots could be the 1998 Viking team that went 15-1 and lose in the playoffs. Wishful thinkin' if the
Colts don't beat them on Sunday, and they themselves get beat like the Redskins did...I don't wanna think about it...let's move on

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts have quietly kept pace with the Patriots and with a big red medic cross on it's back. Marvin Harrison was inactive for yesterday's game against the Carolina Panther's, but you wouldn't know it, cause like the well oiled machine they are. They just plowed through the Panthers and now have sights on slowing the Belinchek express.

The Oh and Ain'ts: There are two teams with a perfect record in reverse, that football fans need to root for and hope they don't do the possible. The Rams and Dolphins are both, so far, perfect defeated teams this season. Let's give them the discouragement to "quit when times get hard." I dunno who I would rather see go the perfect season in reverse, the Rams or the Dolphins. Screw it! let's go Dolphins. Nothing will be more fitting than to see those old guys from the '72 season pop champagne and celebrate that either the Patriots or the Colts lost for the first time and at the same time, end those stupid celebrations when they're own team goes Oh fer! Don't Go Dolphins!! Yeah!

The Best Two and Five Team: Da Ray-Dahs are the best 2 and something team in the league, hands down. The Raiders, did the same thing they did last week. Lost. This time to the Tennessee Titans. I dunno, but maybe somebody ought to go talk to Marcus Allen and see if he has a hex on the team, cause it's bad luck or plays that are killing this team. With less then a minute and a half left and the Titans are up by 2 points, with the Raiders driving the ball on a persistent defensive Titan squad. Raider QB Daunte Culpepper threw a straight as an arrow pass to Mike "yes, the same Mike Williams that went to SC" Williams, it hit Williams right between the numbers, well, almost. You see William's hands got in the way and the ball bounced off his concrete hands and Raiders gave up the ball on downs...bad luck.

NBA:
Los Angeles Lakers: As I watching the college games on Saturday night and flipping back to ESPN News, a report came across the board that the Kobe Threat Level moved up one spot to make Laker fans nervous like a garden tool in church.

Whoa wait a minute, is that Ed McMahon?

JC: Hey there Ed...
Ed: Sorry kid, no autographs.
JC: Wait a minute, Ed, I was just tellin' my crew about a garden tool being nervous in church...
Ed: What? what are you talking about kid? are you someone of importance that I can sponge off for thirty years.
JC: Well no, Ed, but I get your point, I guess I can move on with my skipper report. Nice seeing you, sir...but before you go, let's do a little bit of the Johnny Carson Show.
Ed: What do you want, the Heres!!!!Johnny!!?
JC: No Ed. I was telling my crew here, about a garden tool in church. never mind, the joke is draggin' on....Hey Ed?!
Ed: Hoo!!
JC: How about the autograph?

Well anyway, back to my report: according to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Lakers and the Bulls are reportedly looking to swap disgruntled and crybaby Kobe Bryant for Ben Gordon. The Lakers are getting a playa in Gordon, and Bulls are getting a spokesman for the Baby Bulls.

NCAAF:
UCLA: www.firekarldorrell.com If Bruin fans haven't overloaded that system, something must be wrong. How can this team, get up and take the heart of CAL and then turn around play down to Washington State. Never mind, I'm not going to waste one more typed word on them until basketball season. But huge props to my former boss, Michael J. Collins, Esq. of Collins & Bellenghi, LLP.

Mike's son, Jed Collins aka Jed-zilla was instrumental in beating that inconsistent team from Westwood.

USC: For us SC fans, it's time to prepare for the Outback Suzy Q GMAC Bowl in Boondocks, Tennessee somewhere. SC lost to a good Oregon team 24-17. QB play and turnovers once again bit the Trojans in the arse!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

More Info in re: Jena 6

Below is an editorial by Craig Franklin of Jena, LA presenting more facts to many unanswered questions in regard to the Jena 6 situation. As you know by now, one of the defendants is back in jail for violating his probation. Although Mr. Franklin makes a good effort to fill in some of blanks, I feel there is more that needs to be addressed, for instance the market incident. What happened? What was the cause of the incident and so on. Franklin only paints a picture of three boys jumping a white boy and taking his weapon. Why?! and how come hate crime charges weren't pressed since a ration of fights between whites and blacks have started. I need more information, however, I do believe that Bell should be in jail for being stupid enough to not recognize the severity of his situation of violating his probation not once, but according to this report and others I have read, twice!

Please remember, that the race hustlelateers are out to serve their interest and pick and choose what they want to plaster on our TVs. Both Jackson and Sharpton were in protest or supported the conviction of the Duke Lacrosse players only to see that the alleged accuser now false accuser lied about the incident and mix that in with a district attorney hell bent on staying in office fabricating evidence to railroad those boys for a crime they didn't commit. You would think that of all the claims of injustice in the legal system that Jackson and Sharpton would use those boys as a good example of what happens to underfunded defendants regardless of race. but no! they moved on to Jena, La., where three of the of boys have a criminal record, with Bell leading the pack with five incidents prior to the beatdown of the Barker kid. Theo Shaw, another defendant was charged with assault and robbery of firearm of the market incident, where his attorney claimed that the white boy came after Shaw and his crew only to have that interview testimony discredited by three witnesses not related to either parties, that said Shaw and his boys jumped the white boy...Yet, the dynamic duo of the race hustlelateers want us all to wear black and boycott for these thugs...Please! someone dig up Rosa Parks and the people involved in her refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger, and I'll recreate the protest of that! And that's a shame, that I have to look that far in civil rights history along with sit in's and marches to think of something to protest and boycott for....This Jena Bullshhh 6 is some booohl.




USA Today Editorial:
By Craig Franklin
Wed Oct 24, 4:00 AM ET

Jena, La. - By now, almost everyone in America has heard of Jena, La., because they've all heard the story of the "Jena 6." White students hanging nooses barely punished, a schoolyard fight, excessive punishment for the six black attackers, racist local officials, public outrage and protests – the outside media made sure everyone knew the basics. There's just one problem: The media got most of the basics wrong. In fact, I have never before witnessed such a disgrace in professional journalism. Myths replaced facts, and journalists abdicated their solemn duty to investigate every claim because they were seduced by a powerfully appealing but false narrative of racial injustice. I should know. I live in Jena. My wife has taught at Jena High School for many years. And most important, I am probably the only reporter who has covered these events from the very beginning. The reason the Jena cases have been propelled into the world spotlight is two-fold: First, because local officials did not speak publicly early on about the true events of the past year, the media simply formed their stories based on one-side's statements – the Jena 6. Second, the media were downright lazy in their efforts to find the truth. Often, they simply reported what they'd read on blogs, which expressed only one side of the issue. The real story of Jena and the Jena 6 is quite different from what the national media presented. It's time to set the record straight. Myth 1: The Whites-Only Tree. There has never been a "whites-only" tree at Jena High School. Students of all races sat underneath this tree. When a student asked during an assembly at the start of school last year if anyone could sit under the tree, it evoked laughter from everyone present – blacks and whites. As reported by students in the assembly, the question was asked to make a joke and to drag out the assembly and avoid class. Myth 2: Nooses a Signal to Black Students. An investigation by school officials, police, and an FBI agent revealed the true motivation behind the placing of two nooses in the tree the day after the assembly. According to the expulsion committee, the crudely constructed nooses were not aimed at black students. Instead, they were understood to be a prank by three white students aimed at their fellow white friends, members of the school rodeo team. (The students apparently got the idea from watching episodes of "Lonesome Dove.") The committee further concluded that the three young teens had no knowledge that nooses symbolize the terrible legacy of the lynchings of countless blacks in American history. When informed of this history by school officials, they became visibly remorseful because they had many black friends. Another myth concerns their punishment, which was not a three-day suspension, but rather nine days at an alternative facility followed by two weeks of in-school suspension, Saturday detentions, attendance at Discipline Court, and evaluation by licensed mental-health professionals. The students who hung the nooses have not publicly come forward to give their version of events. Myth 3: Nooses Were a Hate Crime. Although many believe the three white students should have been prosecuted for a hate crime for hanging the nooses, the incident did not meet the legal criteria for a federal hate crime. It also did not meet the standard for Louisiana's hate-crime statute, and though widely condemned by all officials, there was no crime to charge the youths with. Myth 4: DA's Threat to Black Students. When District Attorney Reed Walters spoke to Jena High students at an assembly in September, he did not tell black students that he could make their life miserable with "the stroke of a pen." Instead, according to Walters, "two or three girls, white girls, were chit-chatting on their cellphones or playing with their cellphones right in the middle of my dissertation. I got a little irritated at them and said, 'Pay attention to me. I am right now having to deal with an aggravated rape case where I've got to decide whether the death penalty applies or not.' I said, 'Look, I can be your best friend or your worst enemy. With the stroke of a pen I can make your life miserable so I want you to call me before you do something stupid.'" Mr. Walters had been called to the assembly by police, who had been at the school earlier that day dealing with some students who were causing disturbances. Teachers and students have confirmed Walters's version of events. Myth 5: The Fair Barn Party Incident. On Dec. 1, 2006, a private party – not an all-white party as reported – was held at the local community center called the Fair Barn. Robert Bailey Jr., soon to be one of the Jena 6, came to the party with others seeking admittance. When they were denied entrance by the renter of the facility, a white male named Justin Sloan (not a Jena High student) at the party attacked Bailey and hit him in the face with his fist. This is reported in witness statements to police, including the victim, Robert Bailey, Jr. Months later, Bailey contended he was hit in the head with a beer bottle and required stitches. No medical records show this ever occurred. Mr. Sloan was prosecuted for simple battery, which according to Louisiana law, is the proper charge for hitting someone with a fist. Myth 6: The "Gotta-Go" Grocery Incident. On Dec. 2, 2006, Bailey and two other black Jena High students were involved in an altercation at this local convenience store, stemming from the incident that occurred the night before. The three were accused by police of jumping a white man as he entered the store and stealing a shotgun from him. The two parties gave conflicting statements to police. However, two unrelated eye witnesses of the event gave statements that corresponded with that of the white male. Myth 7: The Schoolyard Fight. The event on Dec. 4, 2006 was consistently labeled a "schoolyard fight." But witnesses described something much more horrific. Several black students, including those now known as the Jena 6, barricaded an exit to the school's gym as they lay in wait for Justin Barker to exit. (It remains unclear why Mr. Barker was specifically targeted.) When Barker tried to leave through another exit, court testimony indicates, he was hit from behind by Mychal Bell. Multiple witnesses confirmed that Barker was immediately knocked unconscious and lay on the floor defenseless as several other black students joined together to kick and stomp him, with most of the blows striking his head. Police speculate that the motivation for the attack was related to the racially charged fights that had occurred during the previous weekend. Myth 8: The Attack Is Linked to the Nooses. Nowhere in any of the evidence, including statements by witnesses and defendants, is there any reference to the noose incident that occurred three months prior. This was confirmed by the United States attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, Donald Washington, on numerous occasions. Myth 9: Mychal Bell's All-White Jury. While it is true that Mychal Bell was convicted as an adult by an all-white jury in June (a conviction that was later overturned with his case sent to juvenile court), the jury selection process was completely legal and withstood an investigation by the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Court officials insist that several black residents were summoned for jury duty, but did not appear. Myth 10: Jena 6 as Model Youth. While some members were simply caught up in the moment, others had criminal records. Bell had at least four prior violent-crime arrests before the December attack, and was on probation during most of this year. Myth 11: Jena Is One of the Most Racist Towns in America. Actually, Jena is a wonderful place to live for both whites and blacks. The media's distortion and outright lies concerning the case have given this rural Louisiana town a label it doesn't deserve. Myth 12: Two Levels of Justice. Outside protesters were convinced that the prosecution of the Jena 6 was proof of a racially biased system of justice. But the US Justice Department's investigation found no evidence to support such a claim. In fact, the percentage of blacks and whites prosecuted matches the parish's population statistics. These are just 12 of many myths that are portrayed as fact in the media concerning the Jena cases. (A more thorough review of all events can be found at http://www.thejenatimes.net/ – click on Chronological Order of Events.) As with the Duke Lacrosse case, the truth about Jena will eventually be known. But the town of Jena isn't expecting any apologies from the media. They will probably never admit their error and have already moved on to the next "big" story. Meanwhile in Jena, residents are getting back to their regular routines, where friends are friends regardless of race. Just as it has been all along. • Craig Franklin is assistant editor of The Jena Times.

Pdf file: http://www.thejenatimes.net/Chronological_Order_of-Events.pdf

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

None of your business!!! Let 'em screw!!!

RF 23 Commentary: None Of Your Business!! Let 'Em Screw!!

Okay okay, fanz got caught watching the Tyra Banks show for the last 15 minutes yesterday and of course the subject had to be something for me to stop the remote for hitting the next channel in line...You guessed it, sex. Sex was the subject, but this wasn't no ordinary one on one man / woman screwpoolooza. It was group sex and of course, sex with more than one partner that is not your partner of wife to spice the bedroom is something the fanzster needs to listen too....Anyway the show had two sisters on and eventually added a latino woman, all three were attractive and seem to be strong minded sisters, who at the point of their lives want sex and sex with many partners. They being adults and the key word is adult, have chosen to participate in sex parties. Now the fanzster has attended pool parties where he was fourth down and inches from getting his thang on, before his punk azz, drunk azz friend, who I won't name to protect the truly guilty had to go home, cause he decided to drink the equivalent of the pool!! EVERYTIME I THINK ABOUT THAT DAMN POOL PARTY AND THE FINE ASS HONEY I WAS ABOUT TOO!!

Never mind...Lets move on.


Anyway, the subject was sex parties and I know of at least three people who have participated in these types of adventure, but they are masked as pajama parties or lingerie shows. And to get in you got to know the person on the invite list and not be shy about getting oral sex in front of a group of people who may be watching and if you're not shy about that, then surely you can't be shy about having sex in front of them. The whole scene is dark with only candles, and damn if those candles don't illuminate the whole room. Well anyway! these women either host or go to these parties and the subject of condoms came up. The women argued that the condoms are optional and it shocked the crowd. My thing is why did it? I told you the key word in this whole thing was and is, Adult. Two adults made the decision for themselves to expose themselves to HIV or some other STD. Did I mention the key word was adult? So condoms are optional and I know some guys, who don't like wearing a condom and tell the women they bed down they don't like or use them...and still get dat azz! I'm not saying it's right, but what I am saying is that the key word of this entry is in full effect, which brings me to this...

The next two guest on the show were two women, of the same age against sex parties and women who attend them. One, so what they are against sex parties, don't like them don't go and two, it's none of their business what these three grown adult women choose to do with their life. So what if they get HIV Aids or some other STD. They take the risk, they take the shots or the death. What is it to you, what these adult women do with their sex lives that effects you.

I think for these women to take a position of giving their morality to others who choose to live their life their way is imposing. If they wanna screw multiple guys or girls, let 'em!!

Now if they wanna make money on these events, invite ESPN to broadcast the orgies and have it sponsered by "Trojans." Hell, the broadcasting on ESPN is turning x-rated anyway, with the same plot like a porno.

Fanz Sports Report, II

Fanz Sports Report, II

You know the Skipper is not a happy camper, yesterday, well over the weekend. The house the skipper lives in, was inuadated with nothing but high winds and eventual smoke. You see the skipper resides in the boonies, where the mountains are pure brown and sand colored rock and around that, is desert! The skipper's allergies was not feeling that and it put him on the CIS [Call in Sick] list for Monday. Anyway, with a stuffy nose and wheezing like I smoke ten packs a day for twenty years, I was able to catch some games and attend a Middle School 6-8th Grade girls volleyball game. Props to Janelle Blackwell for showing her father's competitive appetite for actually caring that her team came up on the short end of victory. Her team was defeated by Landmark Middle School, two games to none. All the girls on both sides, played hard, showed grit and competed hard. And that's all you can ask for, especially when the admission is free.


Next, this commentary is my opinion and I reserve the right to take it as fact.

1. Prior to the game 7 of the ALCS, word came down that a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians bought HGH from 2002 - 2005. Now before I go on this Stephen A. Smith rant, let me say this, if an athlete chooses to do steroids or use Amphenterines to give them an edge to continue performing in the high level that the athlete and his or her fans are accustomed too...I say so what. who cares? it's their body and they choose to do so, oh freakin' well. You see I'm not caught up in the stats, figures and records that most sports fans are in too and I get their argument that they need to know that things are on the up and up. I get that and I respect that, but here's my question, Why?! The reason why these athletes get all the chedder they get is because, dammit, they can do things that you or I could not do on a basketball court, baseball diamond and football field. They were willing and some were given the god given talent to take it to the next level and some were willing to go that extra step of doing anything to not leave the game they grew up playing. So if you're telling me that you the fan, need to know, what an athlete eats or drinks throughout the day, there is something wrong with the fan and the numb nuts that report it. But hey! this is the era we live in and I gotta half heartedly accept it....and if I gotta except it, then the reporting has got be on the up and up.


Sports media can't pick and chose what stories are revelant and irrevelant. For instance the pitcher for the Indians. He said he used HGH for some type of ailment and that his doctor prescribed them. Now I have two problems with his story, one, he bought them and used a place that was recently busted for selling these illegal drugs. Two, if they're were a prescription, then how come are we just hearing about this and why wait until your team is in the biggest game of it's history to admit you used HGH.....Again I don't care if dude injected, ingested or drank the stuff, but don't lie to me and make it seem like it's no big deal! and sports media don't under-report the story, just because the person, you all are hoping for, name hasn't popped up.


And that's the most disgusting thing about sports media and sports talk. It's turned into main stream media reporting and it's biased. For instance, and this is recent, In August, Allen Iverson and his group stopped and gave aid to accident victims, who were up side down in their vehicle. Iverson gave aid and stayed until medical assistance arrived. No one mentioned it on ESPN or FOX Sports, a few internet sites reported it, but not many...In September, Iverson failed to attend a basketball camp and everyone reported it! like the man committed a felony. You know what, never mind....lets move on.

UCLA: My investments came in on Sunday, but unfortunately I wasn't able to spend on a new club or fishin' rod. Props to UCLA, I still say fire Karl Dorrell. UCLA fans need a coach that is going to keep his team consistent and fired up and take out the top competition and the dogs they play. I dunno, as long as I can see that 44-6 butt whoopin' from Utah and that Notre Dame loss, I still say fire Dorrell.


USC: What SC did to Notre Dame, UCLA should have done the same. SC beat down the Irish and spared them their worse loss in ND history. Quite frankly, I would have run the score up on them. For the the improper firing of Tyrone Willingham.


Arizona St: Is ranked number 4 in the BCS after not playing this week. I guess I should be grateful to the comp-boo-ter for that PAC 10 ranking.


MLB: I'm still pissed, but props to the Bosoxs for punking the new lovable losers the Cleveland Indians. How much can one city take, how many times are we gonna see teams from this city get their hearts torn from them. Who cares, we need a red head step child to be mistreated...

NFL: The Paycheats are good enough for me to call the Patriots. The Colts slowly but surely pull apart the Jaguars on MNF. And speaking of MNF, last week Jimmy Kimmel made fun of former MNF contributor, Joe Theisman and all of sudden found himself banned from MNF broadcast. All he said was that he would like to say hello to the now sitting on the couch Theisman.


Soccer: The U.S. women's national team fired their coach. On the noise meter..it registered a .001. Someone reported they heard a tree fall in the forest.


NASCAR: Jeff Gordon is ahead by 53 points on Jimmy Johnson in the Nextel Points Board.


Other News: KLAC 570 AM's Lee Hacksaw Hamilton was on the John Ziegler show (640 KFI) last night saying that his home may have been damaged in the fires in the San Diego Area. Hamilton who used to have the afternoon-drive home slots, said that he had to evacuate his ailing mother and wife from their homes yesterday. Today Hacksaw appeared on the Today show. No word of the status of the homes....Also, Football's MVP and cry baby Ladainian Tomlinson and Baseball HOF Tony Gwynne had to evacuate their homes. Gwynne was quoted as saying, "that's why we have insurance." Nice to know that Tony, so you won't be taking federal tax payers fund to rebuild.
Well that's it for this week

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Jena 6: Wasted Air

hat tip to the Black Informant: http://blackinformant.com/2007/10/17/wasted-air/

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Jena 6 - DC Victicrat Rally

Yahoo! News
Lawmakers seek US Action in Jena 6 Case

WASHINGTON - Democratic lawmakers denounced federal authorities Tuesday for not intervening in the Jena Six case, citing racist noose-hanging incidents far beyond the small Louisiana town where a school attack garnered national attention.

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing with federal officials and community activists examining the case of the six black teenagers charged with the beating of a white student. The incident happened after nooses were hung from a tree on a high school campus there — a symbol of the lynching violence of the segregation era.

Democratic lawmakers, many of them black, blasted federal authorities for staying out of the local prosecutor's case against the six, particularly that of Mychal Bell, who is currently in jail after a judge decided he violated the terms of his probation for a previous conviction.

"Shame on you," Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, said to Justice Department officials, directing most of her fury at Donald Washington, the U.S. attorney for Louisiana's western district — and the first black person to hold that position.

"As a parent, I'm on the verge of tears," Jackson Lee said.

"Why didn't you intervene?" she asked repeatedly, raising her voice and jabbing her finger in the air as some in the audience began to applaud.

Committee chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., called for quiet before Washington spoke.

"I was also offended, I too am an African-American," Washington told the panel. "I did intervene, I did engage the district attorney. At the end of the day, there are only certain things that the United States attorney can do."


To Read More of this bullbleep!: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071016/ap_on_go_co/jena_six


Response: What a crock of bleep! This is nothing more than a dog and pony show! A victicrat rally at it's best. A committee with criminals in it talking about criminals. I guess Rep. Jefferson didn't excuse himself from the victicrat rally! Taxpayer dollars at its best being used by tax users. And check out the line, that said, "Democratic lawmakers, many of them black, blasted federal authorities for staying out of the local prosecutor's case against the six, particularly that of Mychal Bell, who is currently in jail after a judge decided he violated the terms of his probation for a previous conviction."
Decided? No he didn't decide, he did his job by doing what Bell's father, Marcus JONES said they didn't do. And that was to lock his thuggish-son's backside in jail, where he obviously belongs. Hey this is not me saying it, Jones said this:
"But see, the thing about that, Larry [King] -- see, in Jena, Louisiana, if you're doing -- if you're benefiting the town in some kind of way where Mychal was, by him being a good football player, putting Jena High School on the map, creating the revenue for the Jena, giving Jena publicity, having different scouts come in for -- for to scout him and watch him and everything. He was doing a good work for the town. So all of this so-called other charges that he is supposed to have, they were all fine and dandy back then."
Marcus JONES father of Mychal BELL
I guess the moral to the story is: Ask and you shall receive.....ain't that right Marcus JONES father of Mychal BELL

Quick! To The Race Hustle-lateer Caddy!

Uh-Oh! someone hurry up and unplug the dynamic duo search light for the "Race Hustle-lateers," and warn KFC that they are about to make a huge donation to the Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, "Race Sensitivity and How to admit that you are a racist seminar (No public appearance necessary, if right amount of funds reached and winks and nods are completed)." If appropiate amount not reached, then KFC will have to make it's workforce 60% black in two weeks and 50% black on the executive levels.

The Race Hustle-lateers will then provide protection and security for KFC for exactly one week, with the option of providing additional security for one more week , if they bring back "barbeque" chicken and mix in pork chops. The third Party of the Race Hustle-lateers, Louis Farrakhan will also request that bean pies become part of the sides order permanently, citing that Muslims don't live by chicken alone...

What's the fuss? Many are complaining about a commercial that shows a single black mother and her children sitting down to have dinner...I'll let that sink in a little bit....


Ready?

Oh need more time?

No, take your time and re-read it....


Got it?

Okay! that's the issue! KFC decided to show a reality in some homes in black america...Not all! but a good majority and a few insensitive boobs are crying like Ladainian Tomlinson. That's why KFC needs to be warned because this is right up Al and Jesse's alley, along with the ineffective NAACP. And! a good reason to tell Marcus Jones to keep his head up, while his monster of a son remains exactly where he needs to be! While they add funds to their bank account err!!! Race Fighting Fund!! And this is right up Bill Cosby's alley due to the fact that his book just came out and spoke about the high percentage of single mother families in the black community. Now before I get replies saying, well, the race hustle-lateers addressed these issues on the Tom Joyner Show or the Steve Harvey Morning Show, let me say this, if they did it went on deaf ears cause no one paid attention to it cause it's supposed to be an "in house" or "black thang."

And KFC wasn't supposed to understand......

Monday, October 15, 2007

Remarks by LTG (RET) Sanchez and heartbreaking News for Demos and MSM

Lt. General (Ret) Sanchez's Remarks:
GOOD AFTERNOON LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
SOME OF YOU MAY NOT BELIEVE THIS BUT I AM GLAD TO BE HERE. WHEN SIG ASKED ME IF I WOULD CONSIDER ADDRESSING YOU THERE WAS NO DOUBT THAT I SHOULD COME INTO THE LION'S DEN. THIS WAS IMPORTANT BECAUSE I HAVE FIRMLY BELIEVED SINCE DESERT SHIELD THAT IT IS NECESSARY FOR THE STRENGTH OF OUR DEMOCRACY THAT THE MILITARY AND THE PRESS CORPS MAINTAIN A STRONG, MUTUALLY RESPECTFUL AND ENABLING RELATIONSHIP. THIS CONTINUES TO BE PROBLEMATIC FOR OUR COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY DURING TIMES OF WAR. ONE OF THE GREATEST MILITARY CORRESPONDENTS OF OUR TIME, JOE GALLOWAY, MADE ME A BELIEVER WHEN HE JOINED THE 24TH INFANTRY DIVISION DURING DESERT STORM.


TODAY, I WILL ATTEMPT TO DO TWO THINGS - FIRST I WILL GIVE YOU MY ASSESSMENT OF THE MILITARY AND PRESS RELATIONSHIP AND THEN I WILL PROVIDE YOU SOME THOUGHTS ON THE CURRENT STATE OF OUR WAR EFFORT. AS ALL OF YOU KNOW I HAVE A WIDE RANGE OF RELATIONSHIPS AND EXPERIENCES WITH OUR NATIONS MILITARY WRITERS AND EDITORS. THERE ARE SOME IN YOUR RANKS WHO I CONSIDER TO BE THE EPITOME OF JOURNALISTIC PROFESSIONALISM - JOE GALLOWAY, THOM SHANKER, SIG CHRISTENSEN, AND JOHN BURNS IMMEDIATELY COME TO MIND. THEY EXEMPLIFY WHAT AMERICA SHOULD DEMAND OF OUR JOURNALISTS - TOUGH REPORTING THAT RELIES UPON INTEGRITY, OBJECTIVITY AND FAIRNESS TO GIVE ACCURATE AND THOROUGH ACCOUNTS THAT STRENGTHEN OUR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND IN TURN OUR DEMOCRACY. ON THE OTHER HAND, UNFORTUNATELY, I HAVE ISSUED ULTIMATUMS TO SOME OF YOU FOR UNSCRUPULOUS REPORTING THAT WAS SOLELY FOCUSED ON SUPPORTING YOUR AGENDA AND PRECONCIEVED NOTIONS OF WHAT OUR MILITARY HAD DONE. I ALSO REFUSED TO TALK TO THE EUROPEAN STARS AND STRIPES FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS OF MY COMMAND IN GERMANY FOR THEIR EXTREME BIAS AND SINGLE MINDED FOCUS ON ABU GHARAIB.


LET ME REVIEW SOME OF THE DESCRIPTIVE PHRASES THAT HAVE BEEN USED BY SOME OF YOU THAT HAVE MADE MY PERSONAL INTERFACES WITH THE PRESS CORPS DIFFICULT:

"DICTATORIAL AND SOMEWHAT DENSE",
"NOT A STRATEGIC THOUGHT",
LIAR,
"DOES NOT GET IT" AND
THE MOST INEXPERIENCED LTG.


IN SOME CASES I HAVE NEVER EVEN MET YOU, YET YOU FEEL QUALIFIED TO MAKE CHARACTER JUDGMENTS THAT ARE COMMUNICATED TO THE WORLD. MY EXPERIENCE IS NOT UNIQUE AND WE CAN FIND OTHER EXAMPLES SUCH AS THE TREATMENT OF SECRETARY BROWN DURING KATRINA. THIS IS THE WORST DISPLAY OF JOURNALISM IMAGINABLE BY THOSE OF US THAT ARE BOUND BY A STRICT VALUE SYSTEM OF SELFLESS SERVICE, HONOR AND INTEGRITY. ALMOST INVARIABLY, MY PERCEPTION IS THAT THE SENSATIONALISTIC VALUE OF THESE ASSESSMENTS IS WHAT PROVIDED THE EDGE THAT YOU SEEK FOR SELF AGRANDIZEMENT OR TO ADVANCE YOUR INDIVIDUAL QUEST FOR GETTING ON THE FRONT PAGE WITH YOUR STORIES! AS I UNDERSTAND IT, YOUR MEASURE OF WORTH IS HOW MANY FRONT PAGE STORIES YOU HAVE WRITTEN AND UNFORTUNATELY SOME OF YOU WILL COMPROMISE YOUR INTEGRITY AND DISPLAY QUESTIONABLE ETHICS AS YOU SEEK TO KEEP AMERICA INFORMED. THIS IS MUCH LIKE THE INTELLIGENCE ANALYSTS WHOSE EFFECTIVENESS WAS MEASURED BY THE NUMBER OF INTELLIGENCE REPORTS HE PRODUCED. FOR SOME, IT SEEMS THAT AS LONG AS YOU GET A FRONT PAGE STORY THERE IS LITTLE OR NO REGARD FOR THE "COLLATERAL DAMAGE" YOU WILL CAUSE. PERSONAL REPUTATIONS HAVE NO VALUE AND YOU REPORT WITH TOTAL IMPUNITY AND ARE RARELY HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR UNETHICAL CONDUCT.


GIVEN THE NEAR INSTANTANEOUS ABILITY TO REPORT ACTIONS ON THE GROUND, THE RESPONSIBILITY TO ACCURATELY AND TRUTHFULLY REPORT TAKES ON AN UNPRECEDENTED IMPORTANCE. THE SPECULATIVE AND OFTEN UNINFORMED INITIAL REPORTING THAT CHARACTERIZES OUR MEDIA APPEARS TO BE RAPIDLY BECOMING THE STANDARD OF THE INDUSTRY. AN ARAB PROVERB STATES - "Four things come not back: the spoken word, the spent arrow, the past, the neglected opportunity." ONCE REPORTED, YOUR ASSESSMENTS BECOME CONVENTIONAL WISDOM AND NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO CHANGE. OTHER MAJOR CHALLENGES ARE YOUR WILLINGNESS TO BE MANIPULATED BY "HIGH LEVEL OFFICIALS" WHO LEAK STORIES AND BY LAWYERS WHO USE HYPERBOLE TO STRENGHTEN THEIR ARGUMENTS. YOUR UNWILLINGNESS TO ACCURATELY AND PROMINENTLY CORRECT YOUR MISTAKES AND YOUR AGENDA DRIVEN BIASES CONTRIBUTE TO THIS CORROSIVE ENVIRONMENT. ALL OF THESE CHALLENGES COMBINED CREATE A MEDIA ENVIRONMENT THAT DOES A TREMENDOUS DISSERVICE TO AMERICA. OVER THE COURSE OF THIS WAR TACTICALLY INSIGNIFICANT EVENTS HAVE BECOME STRATEGIC DEFEATS FOR AMERICA BECAUSE OF THE TREMENDOUS POWER AND IMPACT OF THE MEDIA AND BY EXTENSION YOU THE JOURNALIST. IN MANY CASES THE MEDIA HAS UNJUSTLY DESTROYED THE INDIVIDUAL REPUTATIONS AND CAREERS OF THOSE INVOLVED. WE REALIZE THAT BECAUSE OF THE NEAR REAL TIME REPORTING ENVIRONMENT THAT YOU FACE IT IS DIFFICULT TO REPORT ACCURATELY. IN MY BUSINESS ONE OF OUR FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS IS THAT "THE FIRST REPORT IS ALWAYS WRONG." UNFORTUNATELY, IN YOUR BUSINESS "THE FIRST REPORT" GIVES AMERICANS WHO RELY ON THE SNIPPETS OF CNN, IF YOU WILL, THEIR "TRUTHS" AND PERSPECTIVES ON AN ISSUE. AS A COROLLARY TO THIS DEADLINE DRIVEN NEED TO PUBLISH "INITIAL IMPRESSIONS OR OBSERVATIONS" VERSUS OBJECTIVE FACTS THERE IS AN ADDITIONAL CHALLENGE FOR US WHO ARE THE SUBJECT OF YOUR REPORTING. WHEN YOU ASSUME THAT YOU ARE CORRECT AND ON THE MORAL HIGH GROUND ON A STORY BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT RESPOND TO QUESTIONS YOU PROVIDED IS THE ULTIMATE ARROGANCE AND DISTORTION OF ETHICS. ONE OF YOUR HIGHLY REPECTED FELLOW JOURNALISTS ONCE TOLD ME THAT THERE ARE SOME AMONGST YOU WHO "FEED FROM A PIG'S TROUGH." IF THAT IS WHO I AM DEALING WITH THEN I WILL NEVER RESPOND OTHERWISE WE WILL BOTH GET DIRTY AND THE PIG WILL LOVE IT. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOUR STORY IS ACCURATE.


I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THIS IS WHAT OUR FOREFATHERS INTENDED. THE CODE OF ETHICS FOR THE SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS STATES:
...PUBLIC ENLIGHTENMENT IS THE FORERUNNER OF JUSTICE AND THE FOUNDATION OF DEMOCRACY. THE DUTY OF THE JOURNALIST IS TO FURTHER THOSE ENDS BY SEEKING TRUTH AND PROVIDING A FAIR AND COMPREHENSIVE ACCOUNT OF EVENTS AND ISSUES. CONSCIENTIOUS JOURNALISTS FROM ALL MEDIA AND SPECIALTIES STRIVE TO SERVE THE PUBLIC WITH THOROUGHNESS AND HONESTY. PROFESSIONAL INTEGRITY IS THE CORNERSTONE OF A JOURNALIST'S CREDIBILITY

THE BASIC ETHICS OF A JOURNALIST THAT CALLS FOR:
1. SEEKING TRUTH,
2. PROVIDING FAIR AND COMPREHENSIVE ACCOUNT OF EVENTS AND ISSUES
3. THOROUGHNESS AND HONESTY


ALL ARE VICTIMS OF THE MASSIVE AGENDA DRIVEN COMPETITION FOR ECONOMIC OR POLITICAL SUPREMACY. THE DEATH KNELL OF YOUR ETHICS HAS BEEN ENABLED BY YOUR PARENT ORGANIZATIONS WHO HAVE CHOSEN TO ALIGN THEMSELVES WITH POLITICAL AGENDAS. WHAT IS CLEAR TO ME IS THAT YOU ARE PERPETUATING THE CORROSIVE PARTISAN POLITICS THAT IS DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY AND KILLING OUR SERVICEMEMBERS WHO ARE AT WAR.


MY ASSESSMENT IS THAT YOUR PROFESSION, TO SOME EXTENT, HAS STRAYED FROM THESE ETHICAL STANDARDS AND ALLOWED EXTERNAL AGENDAS TO MANIPULATE WHAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC SEES ON TV, WHAT THEY READ IN OUR NEWSPAPERS AND WHAT THEY SEE ON THE WEB. FOR SOME OF YOU, JUST LIKE SOME OF OUR POLITICIANS, THE TRUTH IS OF LITTLE TO NO VALUE IF IT DOES NOT FIT YOUR OWN PRECONCIEVED NOTIONS, BIASES AND AGENDAS.

IT IS ASTOUNDING TO ME WHEN I HEAR THE VEHEMENT DISAGREEMENT WITH THE MILITARY'S FORAYS INTO INFORMATION OPERATIONS THAT SEEK TO DISSEMINATE THE TRUTH AND INFORM THE IRAQI PEOPLE IN ORDER TO COUNTER OUR ENEMY'S BLATANT PROPAGANDA. AS I ASSESS VARIOUS MEDIA ENTITIES, SOME ARE UNQUESTIONABLY ENGAGED IN POLITICAL PROPAGANDA THAT IS
UNCONTROLLED. THERE IS NO QUESTION IN MY MIND THAT THE STRENGTH OUR DEMOCRACY AND OUR FREEDOMS REMAIN LINKED TO YOUR ABILITY TO EXERCISE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS - I ADAMANTLY SUPPORT THIS BASIC FOUNDATION OF OUR DEMOCRACY AND COMPLETELY SUPPORTED THE EMBEDDING OF MEDIA INTO OUR FORMATIONS UP UNTIL MY LAST DAY IN UNIFORM. THE ISSUE IS ONE OF MAINTAINING PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND STANDARDS FROM WITHIN YOUR INSTITUTION. MILITARY LEADERS MUST ACCEPT THAT THESE INJUSTICES WILL HAPPEN AND WHETHER THEY LIKE WHAT YOU PRINT OR NOT THEY MUST DEAL WITH YOU AND ENABLE YOU, IF YOU ARE AN ETHICAL JOURNALIST.

FINALLY, I WILL LEAVE THIS SUBJECT WITH A QUESTION THAT WE MUST ASK OURSELVES--WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING THE ETHICAL STANDARDS OF THE PROFESSION IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT OUR DEMOCRACY DOES NOT CONTINUE TO BE THREATENED BY THIS DANGEROUS SHIFT AWAY FROM YOUR SACRED DUTY OF PUBLIC ENLIGHTENMENT?

LET ME NOW TRANSITION TO OUR CURRENT NATIONAL SECURITY CONDITION.
AS WE ALL KNOW WAR IS AN EXTENSION OF POLITICS AND WHEN A NATION GOES TO WAR IT MUST BRING TO BEAR ALL ELEMENTS OF POWER IN ORDER TO WIN. WARFIGHTING IS NOT SOLELY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE MILITARY COMMANDER UNLESS HE HAS BEEN GIVEN THE RESPONSIBILITY AND RESOURCES TO SYNCHRONIZE THE POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND INFORMATIONAL POWER OF THE NATION. SO WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPING THE GRAND STRATEGY THAT WILL ALLOW AMERICA TO EMERGE VICTORIOUS FROM THIS GENERATIONAL STRUGGLE AGAINST EXTREMISM?

AFTER MORE THAN FOUR YEARS OF FIGHTING, AMERICA CONTINUES ITS DESPERATE STRUGGLE IN IRAQ WITHOUT ANY CONCERTED EFFORT TO DEVISE A STRATEGY THAT WILL ACHIEVE "VICTORY" IN THAT WAR TORN COUNTRY OR IN THE GREATER CONFLICT AGAINST EXTREMISM. FROM A CATASTROPHICALLY FLAWED, UNREALISTICALLY OPTIMISTIC WAR PLAN TO THE ADMINISTRATION'S LATEST "SURGE" STRATEGY, THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS FAILED TO EMPLOY AND SYNCHRONIZE ITS POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND MILITARY POWER. THE LATEST "REVISED STRATEGY" IS A DESPERATE ATTEMPT BY AN ADMINISTRATION THAT HAS NOT ACCEPTED THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC REALITIES OF THIS WAR AND THEY HAVE DEFINITELY NOT COMMUNICATED THAT REALITY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AN EVEN WORSE AND MORE DISTURBING ASSESSMENT IS THAT AMERICA CAN NOT ACHIEVE THE POLITICAL CONSENSUS NECESSARY TO DEVISE A GRAND STRATEGY THAT WILL SYNCHRONIZE AND COMMIT OUR NATIONAL POWER TO ACHIEVE VICTORY IN IRAQ. SOME OF YOU HAVE HEARD ME TALK ABOUT OUR NATIONS CRISIS IN LEADERSHIP. LET ME ELABORATE.


WHILE THE POLITICIANS ESPOUSE THEIR RHETORIC DESIGNED TO PRESERVE THEIR REPUTATIONS AND THEIR POLITICAL POWER -OUR SOLDIERS DIE! OUR NATIONAL LEADERSHIP IGNORED THE LESSONS OF WWII AS WE ENTERED INTO THIS WAR AND TO THIS DAY CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT VICTORY CAN BE ACHIEVED THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF MILITARY POWER ALONE. OUR FOREFATHERS UNDERSTOOD THAT TREMENDOUS ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL CAPACITY HAD TO BE MOBILIZED, SYNCHRONIZED AND APPLIED IF WE WERE TO ACHIEVE VICTORY IN A GLOBAL WAR. THAT HAS BEEN AND CONTINUES TO BE THE KEY TO VICTORY IN IRAQ. CONTINUED MANIPULATIONS AND ADJUSTMENTS TO OUR MILITARY STRATEGY WILL NOT ACHIEVE VICTORY. THE BEST WE CAN DO WITH THIS FLAWED APPROACH IS STAVE OFF DEFEAT. THE ADMINISTRATION, CONGRESS AND THE ENTIRE INTERAGENCY, ESPECIALLY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE, MUST SHOULDER THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS CATASTROPHIC FAILURE AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MUST HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE.

THERE HAS BEEN A GLARING, UNFORTUNATE, DISPLAY OF INCOMPETENT STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP WITHIN OUR NATIONAL LEADERS. AS A JAPANESE PROVERB SAYS, "ACTION WITHOUT VISION IS A NIGHTMARE." THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT AMERICA IS LIVING A NIGHTMARE WITH NO END IN SIGHT.


SINCE 2003, THE POLITICS OF WAR HAVE BEEN CHARACTERIZED BY PARTISANSHIP AS THE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC PARTIES STRUGGLED FOR POWER IN WASHINGTON. NATIONAL EFFORTS TO DATE HAVE BEEN CORRUPTED BY PARTISAN POLITICS THAT HAVE PREVENTED US FROM DEVISING EFFECTIVE, EXECUTABLE, SUPPORTABLE SOLUTIONS. AT TIMES, THESE PARTISAN STRUGGLES HAVE LED TO POLITICAL DECISIONS THAT ENDANGERED THE LIVES OF OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS ON THE BATTLEFIELD. THE UNMISTAKABLE MESSAGE WAS THAT POLITICAL POWER HAD GREATER PRIORITY THAN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY OBJECTIVES. OVERCOMING THIS STRATEGIC FAILURE IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARD ACHIEVING VICTORY IN IRAQ - WITHOUT BIPARTISAN COOPERATION WE ARE DOOMED TO FAIL. THERE IS NOTHING GOING ON TODAY IN WASHINGTON THAT WOULD GIVE US HOPE.


IF WE SUCCEED IN CRAFTING A BIPARTISAN STRATEGY FOR VICTORY, THEN AMERICA MUST HOLD ALL NATIONAL AGENCIES ACCOUNTABLE FOR DEVELOPING AND EXECUTING THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC INITIATIVES THAT WILL BRING ABOUT STABILITY, SECURITY, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC HOPE FOR ALL IRAQIS. THAT HAS NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL TO DATE.


To Read More: http://www.militaryreporters.org/sanchez_101207.html

Meanwhile on the war front....


Al-Qaida in Iraq [Believed to be] reported crippled
MSNBC..
The U.S. military believes it has dealt devastating and perhaps irreversible blows to al-Qaeda in Iraq in recent months, leading some generals to advocate a declaration of victory over the group, which the Bush administration has long described as the most lethal U.S. adversary in Iraq.

But as the White House and its military commanders plan the next phase of the war, other officials have cautioned against taking what they see as a premature step that could create strategic and political difficulties for the United States. Such a declaration could fuel criticism that the Iraq conflict has become a civil war in which U.S. combat forces should not be involved. At the same time, the intelligence community, and some in the military itself, worry about underestimating an enemy that has shown great resilience in the past.

To Read More: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21299285/


And what about this....
Editorial: Getting Iraq to Work
Washington Post 10/14/07
Jim Golby
Jim Golby is an Army captain on his second tour of duty in Iraq.

Outside TIKRIT, Iraq

I'm sick of hearing about all the horrible things that happen in Iraq without ever hearing about any of the good ones. That's not because horrible things don't occur here every day; they do. I've witnessed far more death and sadness than I wish anyone ever had to see. And it's not because I believe in some left-wing media conspiracy. If I'm affiliated with a political party at all, I honestly can't remember which one it is.

Rather, I'm sick of hearing about all the horrible things that happen in Iraq because I've been deployed here for more than 24 months since this war began, and I think I have a story to tell that's heroic, maybe even noble. It's not my story. In fact, I'm quite average, and I'm certainly not noble. But I've been blessed to serve with some amazing officers, noncommissioned officers and soldiers who have sacrificed another 15 months away from their families -- and, for once, produced something that I don't think looks all that bad, even in this desolate country.
Over the last six months, I've served at a large U.S. base in Iraq. My soldiers and I have been responsible for securing the area around the main entrance. We've played a major role in protecting thousands of soldiers and civilians who reside on the base. That's a significant accomplishment in itself, even though it's not sexy, and it has required a lot of discipline and dedication from my troops to do it so well.

But this past summer, we accomplished something else that seems to me almost unequivocally good.

In April, I began working with a group on an initiative that the U.S. government calls the IBIZ. As adept as most of us in the military are at deciphering acronyms that would befuddle the average man, we couldn't figure this one out. I think my first sergeant guessed closest, hypothesizing that it stood for "Iraq's Big-Ass Iguana Zoo." Unfortunately, IBIZ involves no arboreal lizards. It stands for "Iraqi Business and Industrial Zone."

This is an initiative intended to give Iraqi companies better access to U.S. contracts, establish security to let Iraqi companies develop, and train individual Iraqis in skills such as carpentry, plumbing and electrical work. It consists of a contracting office, two Iraqi industrial plants -- one for producing concrete and the other for crushing rock into gravel -- alongside a shipping and receiving yard and a skills training area. It also has the potential to save the U.S. government a significant amount of money by using cheaper Iraqi labor for many jobs usually performed by other contracted foreign nationals.

That's it? you say. That's all we get? Plumbers? Carpenters? I understand your frustration. It's not the stuff of a box-office hit or a gripping novel. But it's heroic. And it's noble, and I'll tell you why.

Every day, soldiers here pull duty in numerous defensive fighting positions or in guard towers, risking their lives for this idea called IBIZ. Our soldiers run the access control and security systems that screen the Iraqis and the thousands of other personnel and vehicles that come through here each week. Or they sit in up-armored Humvees and oversee contractors who construct fences or barriers around the new concrete plant and rock crusher.
And, for once, it really seems to be about Iraqi freedom.


I'm often surprised that many Iraqis still take us seriously. They see the news and listen to us lament the nearly 4,000 U.S. troops who have died while forgetting the far greater tragedy to Iraqis. I have to admit that I was shocked at what I saw when I arrived back here this year for my second tour. If the local electricity, water or sanitation systems had improved, I couldn't tell; meanwhile, the base where I was living had grown threefold and was much cozier than the two smaller bases where I had lived just 20 months earlier.


Several Iraqis I talked to at the time expressed genuine concern about how much better Americans were living in Iraq than Iraqis themselves. But then things started to change. It didn't happen as quickly as I would have liked, but some Iraqis started to see that some things might be improving for them, too.


To Read More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/12/AR2007101201888.html?hpid=opinionsbox1&sid=ST2007101500512


The Decade After:
OP-ED: Iraq: The Decade After

This op-ed originally appeared in THE WASHINGTON POST on December 20, 2002.

IRAQ: THE DECADE AFTER
By Joseph R. Biden and Chuck Hagel

The United States will face enormous challenges in a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, as well as broad regional questions that must be addressed. These are both matters that members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have been focusing on for some time. During a week-long trip to the region, we came away with a better understanding of the possibilities and perils that lie ahead.

In northern Iraq we saw the extraordinary potential of Iraqis once they are out from under Saddam Hussein's murderous hand. New hospitals, schools, roads and lively media are testimony to the determination of Iraqi Kurds and to the bravery of coalition air crews patrolling the no-fly zone. Just a few hours' drive from the oppressive rule in Baghdad, a freely elected regional government and legislature (which we were honored to address) are embarked on a path of clear-eyed realism. While neighboring countries fear an independent Kurdistan, Kurdish leaders appear committed to working together for a united Iraq. They realize they could lose everything they have built in the past decade by pursuing independence.
Although no one doubts our forces will prevail over Saddam Hussein's, key regional leaders confirm what the Foreign Relations Committee emphasized in its Iraq hearings last summer: The most challenging phase will likely be the day after -- or, more accurately, the decade after -- Saddam Hussein.

To Read More: http://biden.senate.gov/newsroom/details.cfm?id=189649&&

Excerpts from Bill Cosby's New Book

It looks like Bill Cosby and Alvin Poussaint is going to shake a tree that will drop the likes of Eric Dyson and Cornell West like leaves. But once again the Cos is right. Here are excerpts of Bill Cosby's book, Come On Black People!


Sunday, October 14, 2007

RF23 Thoughts on Why Did I Get Married

Well I saw the movie on Saturday and.....it was good. Perry provided a little eye candy for the fellas and a shirtless eye candy for the ladies. However, fellas if you go see the movie with a date or your spouse, be prepared to cover your ears from all the hollering the movie will cause. There are some "Waiting to Exhale" moments in the movie and it's definitely a ladies movie. The title of the movie does not fit the movie, cause the married couples issues are deeper than a soul searching lovey dovey type of movie. I'll say one thing for Taylor Perry, he knows how to make a "chick flick" and throw a little of religious themes in the show.

Now the funny thing about the movie going experience and folks going to see the movie is that I saw a lot of single women in there without dates or spouses. Oh! they took their kids, but why? I hate to be insensitive, but seeing a show titled Why did I get married wasn't for them, if anything, Saturday was a perfect time for them pop in a DVD of waiting to exhale or watch reruns of girlfriends....And as for the fellas, again the movie speaks out on all the issue we fellas are hit with, infidelity, selfishness and joblessness. Take a pick of the three and you'll definitely get the other two.

Overall, without giving away the plot. The movie was good, and I'll see it again on DVD or Satelite. Going to have too, cause I damn sure won't see it on Lifetime...

and it's one of those movies....

Oh! before I forget. I totally forgot that there were two award winning singers on the movie...That's how well Janet and Angie did on the show. Hell, I would nominate Angie for best supporting actress for her role...She did great for her first movie role...

Friday, October 12, 2007

OOOOWEEEE! Hit Em' No Pun intended for young Mr. Bell

GaNeane sent this to me while ducking under her desk for Chocalate Bride Friends...Hey don't back down, black folk hate to hear other pressing issues than the weak one, they're supportin'..

ok...I am going to flip the script. I realize that my view is going to be unpopular but I gotta say it.

This kid is NO ANGEL. He should NOT be the face of "racism" in America! And having the, as my husband calls them, "Race Hustlateers" at his side is NOT lending this situation any credibility! I don't doubt that there are SERIOUS issues in this town. I don't doubt that AT ALL. The school board messed up MIGHTILY by simply letting the issue of the nooses just lie. I also agree the charge of attempted murder was excessive.But all this rallying around a kid who, while he MAY be a great football player is OBVIOUSLY a kid who likes to get in trouble too? His father is all visible and present now but where the hell was he when this kid needed him to put his foot up his ass? Where the hell was he when he needed a grown man to show him how to BE a grown man? Where the hell was he when he was charged the FIRST few times in juvenile court? No, he waits until it is serious enough to warrant the big R in the sky for the Super Race Heroes Jackson and Sharpton to find them a photo op! And here they come running..just like they did to Duke, and just like they did to LA just this week! Not nare one of these grown men were around to see this boy grow up and THAT is the real crime!His father wants all his past charges to just be dropped and make it disappear "like it never happened". what kind of message is that teaching him? That if you make a loud enough noise all your dirt will go away??? Yes, he got sent back to jail: HE VIOLATED THE TERMS OF HIS PROBATION THAT HE WAS ON WHEN HE AND THE OTHERS GOT IN THE FIGHT TO BEGIN WITH!! HE WAS ON PROBATION FOR ALREADY BEATING SOMEONE ELSE DOWN AND YOU CAN BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR THAT PERSON WASN'T WHITE!! It was someone in his OWN neighborhood!! He wasn't walking home from Bible Study with a book in his hand and simply felt the need to lay hands to deliver someone from evil!!! This is no choir boy yet Black America simply heard the BLACK signal and went screaming about racism.Now don't get me wrong. I believe racism is alive and well. From both WHITE FOLKS AND BLACK FOLKS. It goes BOTH WAYS. I know I have been guilty of it...lemme see a Black man walk by with a White woman...and Lawd don't let her be UGLY!!! I got all kinds of thoughts running through my head!!! So I am not saying that the actions of certain other folks in that town were justified.However just as I refuse to call Jackson, Sharpton and others like them my "Black Leaders", I will not paint Mychal Bell as some innocent "victim" in this. He was a victim when his daddy chose not to be involved in his life until it got national exposure. However he has made choices that he MUST deal with the consequences! If this all just goes away as his father wants he will learn NOTHING from all of this...from all the well-meaning and good hearted folks who rallied to his cause, to his aid.Folks, lest we forget...there are victims of every race and color. Al Sharpton owes a HUGE apology to the players of the Duke Lacrosse team..I ain't heard it yet....Just this week a little girl claimed a security guard broke her arm here in LA...Jesse Jackson was on the scene immediately...now it turns out that she got in trouble for THROWING A BIRTHDAY CAKE on the ground and refusing to pick it up and starting a altercation. She's been wearing a splint for weeks, but her family gave permission for her doctor to talk to the media and guess what? He says her arm is NOT broken and she had no injuries! But all of Black LA is up in arms and ready to do battle, shine the big R in the sky!We need to learn to act and not to just REACT. I am guilty of it myself..truly I am! I'm talking to ME too! But we as a people need to realize that alot of our ISH is NOT the White Man's fault! It is our OWN. And when things do happen that are undeniably FOUL, we have no credibility...because we have cried wolf so many times...we rally at the slightest provocation...yet how many of us don't vote, don't participate in the political process, are apathetic to the greater world around us, UNLESS we perceive that it is preventing us from getting what we feel is our just due? WE need to take responsiblity for US.I feel sorry for the Mychal Bells of the world..it is a shame that he has to go back to jail. But it is an even greater shame that Black America thinks that simply because he is Black that he shouldn't have to expiate for his crimes.Please note: I do feel that racism is alive and well in this country..and this is a point that my husband and I differ on. He feels that because it isn't necessarily expressed as openly as it was in our grandparent's generation that that means it pretty much doesn't exist. I disagree and we have agreed to disagree.I do agree that within the court system there is disparity, within the judicial system the law is not always applied fairly. However I also know that each one of the women posting on this board are smart, intelligent THINKING women who have actually taken the time and passion to THINK about this issue. My concern is for the person who hasn't a clue what channel CNN or FoxNews is, yet all they hear is someone shouting about racism and they are up in arms. And I mean in ARMS, ready to riot and destroy their own community. That kind of ignorance is what I am talking about.I simply have to maintain my opinion of the Sharptons and Jacksons of this world. If they are fighting for equality and justice then they need to do it across the board, whether they are seen or unseen for EVERYONE. MLK fought for EVERYONE not just Black folks! He wanted everyone to know what a dream is about, what the love of Christ is. The Hustleteers only seem to show up when it is going to be inflammatory or make the local news. I do not respect their tactics and their motives, IMHO are questionable. However I do agree that the TRUE leaders are the ones who are NOT ringing their own bells with their own press corp. They are the ones who are quietly raising their children, being involved in their communities, loving their wives, having a career...etc.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Old Man and The Fool....

You know that saying that it's good to listen to a old man, cause he's lived his life and has life's experience.....Well something like that goes with A old wise man walks the earth and the earth is fool of dead young fools, yada, yada....By now you know where I'm gettin' at....

I'm, I'm afraid that only goes for relatives. You know, my late grandfather had wise words, for instance, one day I went to visit him and my cousin Darryle was living there and also there was my cousin Paris. Well anyway, while grandpa was sitting in his chair watching the cubs plays and in between innings, getting in the conversation Paris and I were having. He asked if we wanted a beer. I said no, and so did Paris, but Darryle chimed in and said he wanted one....Now let me get this out, Paris worked...I worked and Darryle didn't. Now here's the wisdom part:

My grandfather told him no, cause he doesn't drink with his grandchildren. Now this blew Darryle away, cause he knew he heard grandpa ask Paris and myself if we wanted one. And grandpa put him in his place. He said, the reason why he's not drinking a beer with him is because he can't replace the beer that he drunk. Now as for Jimmy (my nickname) and Paris these men can buy their beer and their grandfather one if they wanted...You on the other hand is depending on me to give you one...I'm sorry, I don't drink with my grandchildren."

You see, he equated Darryle to a child who still needs to depend on a grown up, usually his parent to supply his needs and wants. Notice he called me and Paris, "men" not children or boys. You see. Wisdom....

Now lets fast forward to today, it was a good day in Los Angeles, the weather was just nice, not too hot, not too cold and for you East coast guys, it's a difference!! but anyway, there was this old guy manning a shoe shine stand, and he asked if I needed a shine and I looked down at my shoes and decided to get one...Now this whole thing would have been fine, if he kept his conversation or his beliefs to a minimium. And if he was wise, he should've known that in his business, not only does he depend on the cost of the shoe shine, but tips if given. Right off the back, he bitches about the stand being in a bad area and how much money he makes in that spot. No sooner than he said that, a nice proportionately sized woman walked by and guess who almost broke his neck to look...well it was me but the old man looked longer!

After the walk-by two more attractive women walked by and I commented that the area may not be that bad...he disagreed. Next, he works on killing his tip and I'm gonna say this. You know it's no wonder why the democratic party takes the black vote for granted, cause most blacks assume that you're a democratic voter or supporter. So you know what this guy does, he goes on some rant about the president, being an evil son of a bitch and it's his [Bush] world. I think mother effer was used at least four times. Did I mention that the shine was $5.00, so if I tip the usual 15%, he's looking at what? less than a dollar? but we never give someone like that $.75, we give a dollar or two!! but as for this old man, he was working his way to a nickel.

So I give him a hint that I support the war and I think it's just...His reply, you don't know nothing about a war, you didn't serve? When I told him I did, he said it wasn't wartime, like he did in WWII and when I said I served in peacetime and in military conflict, he dismissed it. He said he served in the Army and the Navy and when I asked him how was that possible, he went on to mumble something about his grandmother and him having nine kids by nine different women. And oh! he was proud of being the beginning of a black community problem. So I tried to get him to explain how was he in two military services at the same time and of course he changed the subject and told me that his grandmother told him to not get with a big girl and if she's skinny, go look at her momma and her grandmother and if they are big, get outta dodge and oh! if you're dark skinned woman, forget about it...His grandmother forbide him to date dark skinned women. Did I mention the old man was 80?

So after five more attractive women go by, this time of Asian and Hispanic descent, he goes on a rant on how he hates illegals. Almost a subject we can talk about, until he went on a rant about Condaleeza Rice and her being a bitch...and that was it...

I could stands no mo'. I said, sir, with all due respect, could you finish my shoes because, one, I don't agree with your assessment of the Secretary of State, next, I voted republican and I support the president's efforts in the Middle East. Next, I hate to call you a liar, but you're a liar cause you can't answer how you managed to serve in two different services. And! this is a slap in the face of men your age who served and put up with what they had too for me and our next generation.

He looked shocked, but finished his job. and I paid him...but before I said, "for you to be 80 years of age, you did overcome something...he said, "what." I said, "you managed to live this long and still be a fool.

I tipped him.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Ken Burns' War (II) Series

I don't know how many of you have watched the above WWII documentary by Ken Burns. I have and still have the remaining three episodes in the DVR chamber to watch. First, the series as all Burns' documentaries is very well done and a little slighted. I think that he tried to bring the so called greatest generation to this pedestal of American's coming together in effort to defeat the Germans and her Axis allies. On paper, in history it all looks wonderful and encouraging that a whole country would come together in a time of war, lawd knows that baby boomers missed that memo and taught a different course of supporting troops and a country at war. I think its called, Professor Liberal's talk of support but act of no support class.

In the case of the new professor's class, I hate to say I would be a student in, if I was around in the 1930's to 1945. A lot of people's jaws are going to drop when I write this, cause one, I stand proud of my grandfather's efforts in support of his country to participate in WWII.

But it wouldn't be me. Not during that era. And I'll tell you why...

There is no way in hell, I could fight, yet again after falling for the trick of equality, basic civil rights for my people, not once! but for every damn war leading up to the Vietnam War. Lets review history real quick for black serving in the military:

Revolutionary War: This was the war for independence from England. Blacks who were either indentured servants or slaves, was either sold into or made to serve both sides with the promise of freedom! and what did they get, returned back to slavery and if not returned to slavery, treated like trash and this went on oh hell lets jump to the ...


Civil War: This according to Rated G teachers, who taught that this war was because of slavery and Abraham Lincoln wanted to free the slaves so, brave men fought for it...Well, the rated R version of the true story of the war is that Lincoln had no intention of freeing slaves already held in captivity, but ending the slave trade...which meant that the sold out by other africans, slave went to other countries that continued in the slave trade. Other words, the war was about other trades and the Southern states wanting to succeed from the Union, because of the wealth the South was generating from the backs of slaves. The North and Lincoln didn't want that and thus the war...Blacks who either ran away, and let's get this out, it took a lot of beat downs from the South on the North for the Union to even accept blacks in the military. But blacks who ran away or lived in segregated Northern states volunteered to fight. And even then the so called liberators of the enslaved men and women, screwed over the new soldiers either by intellectual insult or through military pay. Blacks who served believed that their tomorrow was going to be different...Well it was, in the form of KKK and other terrorists groups in the form of lynch mobs. During this, blacks endured poverty, lack of education and those basic civil rights didn't exist in white america.

So lets fast forward to WWII: Still living in a country where one part of the nation is practicing Separate but equal, while another is practicing racial discrimination in housing, jobs and so on. The country is attacked by the Japanese on December 7, 1941 and a pissed off America goes to war. Short on men, they institute a draft which takes young men to war or accepts volunteer recruits to serve. But let's go back to this draft, a paper comes in to a young black man, which says that the nation is requesting his service to serve in the United States Military, or go to jail for refusal to serve. He has two options, and an effective NAACP and other groups are protesting the drafting of black men into a war, where the very country they live in is oppressing them here, yet! they're supposed to leave and represent this country to free the oppressed in Europe and in the Phillipines!! are you kidding me?!! Reports of race riots, young black soldiers beaten and lynched while wearing their uniforms and lets not even get into the manufacturing jobs in places such as talked about Mobile, Alabama where white workers attacked and beat black workers for being leaders and demanding equal pay. According to Burns' documentary, there were two different ferries, one for whites and one for blacks.

So knowing what I know now and if having to live in that so called greatest generation. My ass would be on the chain gang, cause I would not serve....in the greatest hypocritical generation. Now again, don't get me wrong, I still have the greatest respect for those who did and trailblazed a path for me when I served. I didn't experience segregation or racism in the military. It's because of those who served anyway in hopes of a better tomorrow. Unfortunately, that tomorrow didn't happen until twenty-eight years later, with the deaths of civil rights soldiers to gain a dream for that long awaited better tomorrow.

Fanz 23 - Oh My Goodness!! Say What?

Last week NY Knick President/GM/Coach Isiah Thomas was found justly liable for sexual harrassment. This week one of the partners of the infamous super bitch, moan and whine federation of black so called leaders called the "Race Hustlelateers," Al Sharpton called for a boycott against the Knicks organization until Isiah Thomas issues an apology for calling Anucha Sanders a bitch and a ho, in Thomas perceived term of endearment that it's okay for a black man to call a black woman that.

Well, again, I have to agree with race hustlelateer, Sharpton to a point. Yeah, Thomas should apologize privately, probably to the public because his comments were made public, and for sure to the women who are employed by the Knicks via letter or video in a conference.
But!!! this is where I get off the cape of the hustlelateer and jump off to a nearby building.
Hustlelateer Al, remember an incident down in Durham, NC, where three white boys were wrongfully prosecuted for a rape they didn't commit. Remember the firestorm, you and your partner Hustlelateer Jesse Jackson caused by likening the event to some slavery day white man going into the shacks and raping female black slaves....Hustlelateer Jesse even offered to pay the alleged, now mentally unstable accuser college tuition, saying no woman should have to strip for a living. I'm going to assume Jesse is unaware that a female stripper, if she's good can make more than me in a hour, hell in a day.

*writer's note: Someone please forward the song by Prince, titled "Pussy Control." I'm sure Jesse will get it..


But anyway, we now know these young men was innocent and put through hell and of course the race hustlelateers moved on to Jena, LA to ruin that town. But they moved on without issuing an apology, I guess they figured like my parents used to do, when we got punished for something we didn't do...You know, it's for something you either got away with or about to do...Somehow, everytime that happened, my parents defaulted on that azz whoopin' credit. So surely the race hustlelateers is saying the hell these boys white through is for something they did, but didn't get caught or for future perceived racist acts. And like my parents, I'm sure the next time these boys names come up. They'll default on the race protest and bitch, moan and whine anyway....

So lets save all that and do the right thing. The Race Hustlelateers should admit they were wrong and apologize.


Which brings me to this, I'm not a huge Whoopi Goldberg fan, I liked her performance in the Color Purple..."I may not be pretty, and I'm black and I may be even ugly, but I'm here, I'm here!!!" sorry got off track..but on "The View" she said she's down with Al, in regard to the demand for an apology from Thomas, but not until....


Sharpton issues one to the Duke LaCrosse Team...
Maybe Whoopi should have put her three fingers to the camera and say to the race hustlelateer, "Until you do right by me, nothing good is gonna happen to you."

Vid - did- eo of Whoopi demanding an apology from Sharpton:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=dd0_1192025762&p=1

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Fanz23 Sports Commentary....

It is with disappointment and sorta sadness to have to write down the debachle of the USC Trojans, who lost to the lowly Stanford Cardinal on Saturday. You know one of the things I counted on Saturday was well, death, cause the day or tomorrow ain't promised to you and sales taxes of a purchase. And even though I tried to tie in a Trojan victory over Stanford, it never occured that the unthinkable and improbable could happen. Well it did and that didn't stop the black cloud of bad sports news in the Los Angeles area:


NCAAF:

UCLA: Congratulations to the Notre Dame "Fighting" Irish for getting a win where bad teams have been sucessful in finding. Just two weeks ago, the Bruins got mugged by the winless Utah Utes 44-3 and now bitch slapped by the Irish 20-6. But for the Trojans getting punked by Stanford, this would've been a big story and the end of Karl Dorrell's coaching career at UCLA.


But this wasn't only thing that dampened Los Angeles over the weekend:

MLB (Amer. League):

After celebrating their fourth divisional championship and pretending like they won the World Series. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim went to Boston got "Big Papi" slapped there and came home to get their halos wiped clean. The Angels were swept 3-0 by the BoSoxs...Just sickening.

But back to the rest of sports:

NFL:

You know that Denny Green quote after his melt down when his Arizona Cardinals choke err!!! gave up a big lead to da Bears last year. You remember: "The Bears are, who they thought they were - Now if you wanna crown their asses, then crown them, but the bears are, who we thought they are"

Now that little spewl is not the thing you wanna hear from your boys or in the barber shop. Cause if you do, it means that your team just lost and lost in the fashion that they lost last year. Thus, the saying, The (Fill in the blank of your team) are, who we thought they were...

Well last night, I got that call, in the third quarter of the Cowboys / Bills Monday Night Football Game, by my boy OB. And at that time, the boyz were down 24-16 and it looked like the Cowboys had a little life in them, but a life that can be squeezed out if Romo threw another interception. He already threw 6!, which accounted for two defensive scores. And to make matters worse, the cowboys gave up a touchdown on a kick off return. So the boyz "O" was going away. So we thought....After marching the team down eighty yards, the Cowboys scored to make the game 24-23. They tried for a two point conversion which failed by a terrific defensive play on Terrell Owens. Next came the onside kick, which the Cowboys succeeded in recovering the ball. Next, was the most exciting twenty seconds in football history. The Cowboys managed to get a big reception for 20 yards, two seconds ran off the clock. Then, after a Terrell Owens, drop, the Cowboys managed to get two completions and their kicker on for a fifty something yard field goal for the win...

First kick, straight and long enough..good, but...a timeout was called by the Bills...Next, kick the same kick and no time out and Cowboys win!!! Wow good game and the Boys ain't what we thought they were....yet.

Green Takes a Nap on the 45 yard line:

Miami Dolphin QB Trent Green took a shot to the head from a knee after attempting to block defensive line Trent Jackson below the knees. What would be a good block turned into a black out, for Green who knocked unconcious and suffered his second concussion in back to back years. What made this interesting is the comment by Jackson, who said he had respect for Green, but after pontificating on the event, said "Eff! Green, cause he tried to end his career by cutting him below the knees." Now what did he go and say that for, the majority white sports media and analysts jumped all over that and called Jackson classless. In my opinion the only thing that was classless was the on the field taunt, Jackson did while Green laid motionless on the ground. I imagine Green didn't hear Jackson due to the fact that he was back in the "Land of the Lost, " roaming the pre-historic jungles with his friend Chaka. Look the taunt was classless the hit was unavoidable and incidental for the game....Green should retire, yesterday and Jackson should move on.

San Diego Chargers: got a win, but it's against Denver, so what.


New England Patriots: looking forward to it's biggest test in Dallas on Sunday.

Dallas Cowboys: So are the Cowboys going against the Patriots. Last time these team played, it was pretty close until the third quarter.

Green Bay Packers: Left the group of the unbeatens by getting beat by the Bears...

Kansas City Chiefs: Are, who we thought they were...a bad team!!

Boxing News:

Manny Pacquio proved he's the baddest little man in the ring by placing Marco Antonio Barrera to retirement. Pacquio out pointed and boxed Barrera to win the rematch. Of course Pacquio knocked out Barrera in the first fight...Which brings me to this...

If Pacquio is a bad man, then the heavyweight division is a bad division and I'm not talking about the slang version of the word bad, but atrocious! bad. On the same night, different card of the Pacquio fight heavyweight, Sam Peter who should've fought like a caged tiger because of all the bullbleep he went through to get another title shot, was mugged in the second round and managed to lull the crowd to sleep by eeking out a decision over Jameel McCline. Yawn!!

Racing:

Jeff Gordon pulled a race out of his backside, this past week, I imagine this places him back on top of the cup race....

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Quote of Day: Right at Sean Penn

"These kids [U.S. soldiers] are very young and a lot of them think people who oppose the war are against them. You have to be very careful with what you talk about - especially when you are some Hollywood [bleep]er. Just because you made a great movie doesn't make you are an expert on foreign policy."

Kid Rock

Response: Nice quote by Rock, apparently it was aimed at Sean Penn. Thing is, will Penn confront Rock like Tommy did and will we read that Penn was pimped slapped....ahhh Go 'head Penn. I need to read that on TMZ.com

Friday, October 05, 2007

RF23 Commentary: Steroids, Race and Sports Media Bias

RF 23 Commentary: Steroids, Race and Sports Media Bias

Steroid Usage: Inject, ingest, snort, mail order whatever the means. In today's sports section of your local dwindling circulated newspaper. Its being reported that athlete A is either suspected of or tied to some allegation of steroid use. Just yesterday, Marion Jones, admitted to using a cream based steroid after lying about even taking it for two years. Today, a heavyweight fight between Sam Peter and Jameel McCline is under review before the fight happens tomorrow because of a report that McCline received more than $12,000 worth of steroids and HGH for the past two years.

Where does it end? The witch hunt that is. It seems that those watching and reporting on athletes are interested in the National Enquirer aspect of the athlete than the games we like to watch. The media chooses and picks which athletes are the good guys and which ones are the bad guys, based off their interaction with a certain athlete or in Jim Brown's case...too much intellect...They don't get Jim Brown and where he's coming from and even if Brown spotted them a few advanced thoughts, they would still be lost. Which brings me to, Barry Bonds, media most hated enemy number one. Well, for one, Barry in his prime and going back two or three years had huge game. The man received seven, "we hate 'em-but we gotta give him" MVP awards, multiple golden gloves, holds the official all time home run record and has received more walks to start his own, "Walkin' with Barry Bonds" exercise DVD. Yet, the media ostracizes him to no end and all Barry does is take it and remain quiet against my chagrin. I want him to reply with the same ventriole he receives and not use his son as a shield when the media, and they will, fires back. But I want him to man up and tell them the media to kiss his ass and to go to hell. Maybe he'll do it in five years. What better forum to do it. Instead when steroids are brought up, it's all about Barry, like he's selling and breaking drug dealer rule number one, using his own product.


But again where does it end? and as a fan do you really care? One of the few times I agree with Al Sharpton is in regard to his op/ed he scribbled in the San Francisco Chronicle in February. Sharpton criticized professional sports team of taking the little man, the blue collar man and his family from sporting events due to the high prices of the game and the fact that low income families that enjoy sports can't watch the games on regular televison because the games are on cable networks. I agree, but if I'm one of those lucky enough to get to a game, I don't care what the athlete is amped on. What I care about is getting the best entertainment for my dollar. So if a steroid ridden guy is at the plate and on the mound in the battle of who got the best product. I don't care! What will piss me off is a guy on the mound on steroids and compounding his advantage by using vaseline or other methods of cheating. That means that I would be subject to this guys pitching effort in form of one to nothing game. That's boring! I've always maintained, especially in baseball that I need to see big home runs, like football fans wanna see big offensive plays from it's quarterback in form of fifty or sixty yard bomb to a diva like wide receiver. I've yet to hear anyone say, wow I can't wait to see Adam Vinateri kick four or five field goals.


Another thing about this steroid business, is the type of people who are getting caught as actual users. With the exception of Marion Jones, think about it. McCline, a boxer is 38-7 with only 23 knockouts and theres no "Former" champion attached to his name. Wow! steroids really worked for him! and what about the baseball players, all of them are scrubs, they're sorry on the professional level! So what advantage does this drug have. Maybe the criteria should be this for sports media writers, if they sucked earlier in their professional careers and all of sudden become all stars over night...they're using. I can give you a bunch of examples, Eric Gagne comes to mind.


Maybe the sports media should go back to focusing on the games and quit being big brother to athletes. As a fan, I don't care what hotel Alex Rodriquez goes into with a woman who's not his wife. But I do care about is why this guy can't perform in the playoffs. You see that's a sports story related to baseball.


And Speaking of the media:

How can you take the sports media serious? on what stories they print or talk about. Need an example? Well I got one. While driving to the train station the clowns on Fox Sports Radio reported a good story about an athlete, the athlete was Allen Iverson. Apparently Iverson and his crew stopped and gave aid to a woman who was in an auto accident and turned over. Iverson stopped, made sure the woman was okay, and waited until help arrived. This happened in August. Yesterday, plastered on the sports web, it was reported that Iverson is being sued for not showing up to a basketball camp. That incident happened on Monday, this week, this month and every sports news media reported it. Yet we're not supposed to believe that there is no media bias. No wonder athletes feel they are more scrutinized....and since I mentioned scrutinized, I was going to stay away from this subject, cause, well, it's Donovan McNabb. Two weeks ago, McNabb said that black quarterbacks are more scrutinized than whites. The sports media ate it up and broke out thei tissues and wept along with McNabb and wanted to know why that is. No one did their homework and found a report by David Niven, not the actor, but a professor, who did a study and found that both white and black quarterbacks were scrutinized equally. That's equally! Now if these guys would have done their homework, someone should have hit Dovovan with that report and see what his response was going to be. Let me help you, I'll play both the media and McNabb:


Media: Donovan your remarks on " Real Sports" was profounding and I would like to know if you heard of a report by Prof. David Niven, not the actor, that says both black and white quarterbacks were scrutinized by us, the media equally?

McNabb: No, I haven't. But I'm talking about me, I'm sure that professor didn't talk to me.

Media: But Donovan, he didn't need too, you said that black qb's are more scrutinized than whites, the report says differently. what do you say?

McNabb: I can't talk for other qb's. I was just talking about me. and all I went through with the Rush Limbaugh thing.

Media: But you didn't say you..you said black qb's. and if you're using Limbaugh as a scrutinizer, you forgot to mention the NAACP President in Philedelphia. As a matter of fact his comments were stronger Limbaugh's.

McNabb: Well, I dont' know what to tell you, I spoke my mind, and right now all I'm concentrating on the Philedelphia Eagles.

You see, in a nutshell that would have been McNabb's Q&A. The object of a non-objective and non-biased media member is too get more out of the athlete. Make him or her prove up their idiotic statements. Although Donovan may have had a good issue and something for the media to talk about. The problem is that the conversation is way too late, lets say 25 years late and hundred of millions of dollars in African- American Donovan McNabb wallet.

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