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Friday, November 30, 2007

Classic Movie Lines....Kill Bill Vol. 2

As you know, l'm quite keen on comic books. Especially the ones about superheroes. I find the whole mythology surrounding superheroes fascinating. Take my favorite superhero, Superman. Not a great comic book. Not particularly well-drawn. But the mythology... The mythology is not only great, it's unique. Now, a staple of the superhero mythology is, there's the superhero and there's the alter ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker. When that character wakes up in the morning, he's Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. And it is in that characteristic Superman stands alone. Superman didn't become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he's Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red "S", that's the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears - the glasses, the business suit - that's the costume. That's the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent. He's weak... he's unsure of himself... he's a coward. Clark Kent is Superman's critique on the whole human race. - Bill/Snake Charmer

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Economy: Does it take a Clinton to clean up after a Bush?
Larry Elder

"There seems to be a pattern here. It takes a Clinton to clean up after a Bush."

So said presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., during a speech -- specifically on the economy -- before a crowd in Knoxville, Iowa. Okay, we understand campaign sloganeering -- purportedly funny lines and the like during the campaign season. But shouldn't the Associated Press, in reporting Clinton's line, provide the reader with a little information?

Let's look at what incoming President Bill Clinton "cleaned up" when he took over from President George H. W. Bush in late January 1993. Despite the relentless economic news by the traditional media, Clinton entered office with an economic recovery two years old. During Bush-41's last year in office -- 1992, the year voters elected Clinton -- the economy grew 3.2 percent. President Clinton's average economic growth during his eight years was 2.4 percent.

Now look at what incoming President George W. Bush faced. The economy peaked in September of 2000. Many economic indicators, such as industrial production, peaked in September 2000 -- Clinton's last full year in office -- and continued to slide through January 2001, when Bush took office.

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a non-profit organization the government uses to determine economic cycles, states the recession began in March 2001, some six weeks after Bush took over. So when W entered the White House, he dealt with an economy entering a recession -- a recession that, according to the NBER, lasted until November 2001.

Sen. Clinton's quip elicited applause from her audience, but how many in the crowd knew about the economic conditions Clinton enjoyed when entering office, or the downturn W confronted when he did so? Small wonder that so many remain ignorant about this when the Associated Press, in covering Clinton's economic speech, provides no information.


To Read More (Paste or click on link) :
http://www.townhall.com/columnists/LarryElder/2007/11/29/the_economy_does_it_take_a_clinton_to_clean_up_after_a_bush

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Sense-less Part II

I knew this column was coming from Jason Whitlock and as stated earlier, I wasn't ready to hear, hip hop this or that in regard to this young man's death. For one, I was taken back that the crime happened in his home with his daughter and fiancee in the house. Now, I'm not going to be naive and not think that the perpetrator ain't black, cause he is. If he ain't black American he's black something. Anyway here's Jason Whitlock's take....

damn.

Article quotes: "Let's cut through the bull(manure) and deal with reality. Black men are targets of black men. Period. Go check the coroner's office and talk with a police detective. These bullets aren't checking W-2s.

Rather than whine about white folks' insensitivity or reserve a special place of sorrow for rich athletes, we'd be better served mustering the kind of outrage and courage it took in the 1950s and 1960s to stop the white KKK from hanging black men from trees.

But we don't want to deal with ourselves. We take great joy in prescribing medicine to cure the hate in other people's hearts. Meanwhile, our self-hatred, on full display for the world to see, remains untreated, undiagnosed and unrepentant." Jason Whitlock

Article: http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/7499442?MSNHPHCP&GT1=10637


ESPN's Jemele Hill chimes in: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=hill/071127&sportCat=nfl

Bill Clinton...Enough Said....

Some things are self-explanatory.....No really they are...
Here's President Bill Clinton, former president....

"Even though I approved of Afghanistan and opposed Iraq from the beginning, I still resent that I was not asked or given the opportunity to support those soldiers. So what did we do? We borrowed the money to give Bill Clinton a tax cut and pay for our soldiers."

You opposed Iraq?! Let's roll the tape....

2003: "I supported the president when he asked the Congress for authority to stand up against weapons of mass destruction in Iraq." Bill Clinton on May 18th, 2003.


1998: "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program. We have to defend our future from these predators of the Twenty-first Century. They'll be all the more lethal if we allow them to build arsenals of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them. We simply cannot allow that to happen. There's no more clear example of this threat than Saddam Hussein." Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998.

2003: "Saddam is gone, and good riddance, Bush should not be faulted as banned weapons of mass destruction are not found. 'I don't think that you can criticize the president for trying to act on the belief that they have a substantial amount of chemical and biological stock. That's what I was always told.'" Bill Clinton, April 16, 2003

2004: ""So you're sitting there as president, you're reeling in the aftermath of September 11th, so, yeah, you want to go get Bin Laden and do Afghanistan and all that, but you also have to say, 'Well, my first responsibility now is to try everything possible to make sure that this terrorist network and other terrorist networks can't reach chemical and biological weapons, or small amounts of fissile material. I've gotta do that. That's why I supported the Iraq thing.'" Bill Clinton, June 28th, 2004

Nuff Said....

Well I tried to remain silent....

Over the long thanksgiving weekend, I was out talking to one of my neighbors, you know, shootin' the shit and talking about a planned camping trip in July. When all of sudden he took the conversation to a different level. First, let me get the tale pf the tape out....Willie, that's his name is over 50 and of course, I'm 39. So between us is probably 14 or 17 years different and a whole new experience between the both of us. Willie is from New Orleans, LA and I'm from, well...Long Beach, CA via a lot of stops in between.

So let me set the table up for you. Prior to the holiday weekend, a local talk radio host brought up the subject of what do you do, when someone is bashing the war, republicans and so on...Do you stay quiet and let them go with their non-facts and outright untruths. Or do you try to engage them in a civil conversation of point and counter point...Please take note, that out of the 4 or 5 years I've been doing political talk and debates with liberals. Civility is never no where to be found. So in Willie's case I tried to take the high road as he said two things that were outright wrong and something that would make jury convict a guilty person. You see, Willie is cool and although he's old skool I gotta respect the road he's been on and his lifes experience. You see, although I have never experienced outright bigotry and racism, Willie has and as far as he's concern his experience is enough to say the country he lives in is as racist as it was 400 years ago...I can't argue that and I can't believe I used too and to a certain extent still do after finding out what made a particular situation racist. Hell, I think the whole thing against Barry Bonds is racist and smells to the high heaven. Whereas someone else may disagree.

But back to Willie, after he got off his points of opinion, I did well by not saying anything until the issue of global warming came up and I could stands no more. You see Willie feels that the temperature is changing and that he feels that certain days in a certain season is more than it was when, oh hell, yesterday! And to tell the truth, I should've let that go also, since he said that it was global warming that caused the floods and hurricanes that damaged New Orleans instead of what Farrakhan and Spike Lee went around telling the rest of country. That being from a unnamed source [Ray Nagin] told them that the levys were blown up and that caused a whole area, a predominately black area to flood, causing said blacks to loot and commit additional crimes against each other, make false claims to get FEMA checks and oh yeah, leave New Orleans and become tax users in neighboring states, but as I digress! I would have accepted global warming as an explanation from Willie.

Chalk that one up for being young...

So after argueing over global warming, he brought up that a nephew is locked up because he's black. So I asked him, to explain what happened and how come no news stories haven't broken this headliner. Here's his explanation:

My nephew is a college student and he was at a party in Fullerton (a suburb in the OC), CA., when someone's (white person) cell phone came up missing. Police were called and since the nephew had no reason to run and didn't have a cell phone, he felt safe to stay...

And then the story took a different twist....

The police questioned the nephew and checked to see if the cell phone the nephew had on him was his...

I interupted, "Whoa, Willie! I thought you said your nephew didn't have a phone."

Willie replied, "No I didn't..I said he had his own phone."

So he continued his story and diatribe that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton should do something about the huge number of us black men locked up. I was shocked, I hadn't realized I had been imprisoned for 20 years. So I asked him, why so many black men are locked up..

His answer almost floored me...he said it was racism and racism period...

What?! I exclaimed, "are you kidding me?"

Willie: Nah, they would rather lock us up and throw away the key..

Me: Willie come on, are you saying everybody in prison, who is black, is in there because of racism...What about the guy who killed GaNeane's cousin? he's black.

Willie: I didn't know about that, but I'm talking about the ones locked up for drug and stuff...

Point and Counterpoint situation....

Me: Well Willie, the president just signed an order changing the sentencing guidelines for crack and powder cocaine and this eleviate the huge number of black men going to prison...

Willie: Well I don't know about that...

Me: I just told you..

Willie: You sure

Me: Positive, and by the way, when this same issue came up for Bill Clinton, by his appointed committee to look into this, he dismissed and it remained until...George Bush and his appointed committee did something...ain't that something..and Kanye West said that Bush doesn't care about black people...

At this time, Willie is still steaming over the global warming argument..

Willie: You think global warming had nothing to do with the hurricane that hit Nawlins'

Me: Nope. I think the city and state neglected to maintain the levys and spent the federal funds on gamblin' and women...and besides the city is sinking...

Willie: The city ain't sinking!! you see what happened was that all the sediment at the bottom of the Mississippi river built up along the levys and at the same time caused the river water level to rise.

Me: What?! So you're telling me that the city is not sinking because of sediment build up and thus the reason why the waters breached the levys...

Willie: Yeah!

Me: Interesting...it seems to me that the same sediment that the river was moving along, should have moved the same sediment along the levy...Nevertheless, no one did anything about the levys...

Willie: That's global warming!

Luckily one of his friends pulled up and it ended the conversation....Ol' Willie was steamed....

Next, a friend of mine, told me over the phone that she had a cousin over and she thought about me and wished I had been there, based off what he was saying. When she told me what was said, I simply told her...Naw, me being there would not be a good idea.

You've Come A Long Way....

When I think about how far I've come in my writing and the ability to put down on print my thoughts, whether it be funny or serious. I think about how far I've come. This week I wrote my weekly sports take and review and it got good reviews from folks that read it. For instance, Assistant City Attorney Andy "the professor" Nocas wrote:

"I think you will all agree that JC is one of the better and more interesting writers in the office. And he can do it in either "sports-speak" or standard English."

I think that says a lot and this goes for my parodies in which folks on different boards can't wait to read in anticipation of laughing their asses off.

I mean who would have thought that I, a simple soldier boy from Long Beach, CA would be able to break down sport and political stuff with such ease and fun for my reader to digest. Now of course there are folks who oppose my thoughts, but they respect me and of course in return..I do respect them.

Well anyway, heres to more laughs, more political breakdowns and parodies....

Sports Takes: [The] Sarge Report

[The] Sarge Report formerly known as [The] Skipper Report

Atten!! Hua!! This is the "Sarge" speaking and yeah it's the same sarge formerly known as the "Skipper." But since Major Minor (a co-worker) has a dog named Skipper, I can't be confused with a four legged creature....So now, hear this!! all hands on deck and check out the new "Sarge Report." (note: how come the Major didn't name his dog "*Spot"? that way we could have changed his nickname to "Cal." He even has a jingle, check it out:

Announcer: Here's John "*Cal" Minor and his dog spot!!!

Cal Minor: Well howdy folks, come on down to my office where I got some interesting sports talk and memorabilia. For instance, I got this old tin can of chew that was used by the great Josh Gibson and just in I got two bats signed by Reggie Jackson. Come on down to my office, it's located one office down left of the "exit" sign in Los Angeles, City Hall East, Seventh floor!!

Jingle: "When you need a sports memory go see Cal" "When you need sports trivia go see Cal"

Cal: I'll run to Coach's office and get the answer!"
Go see Cal - Go see Cal!

Alright, Alright.....At ease.

First, I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving and enjoyed sharing the day with family or friends. The sarge spent it with friends and family and enjoyed a good sports weekend of pro football, college football and basketball. So lets get this inspection started! ahem...Squad! Atten!!! hua!!

NFL:

Let me start with the Thursday games, The NFL has got to be giddy over its scheduling this year and the teams that are playing some serious football. For instance, who beside Packer fan had the packers being 10-1 this season. And who would have thought my beloved Cowboys would be 10-1 under Wade Phillips...Not me...but they are and on Thursday somebody's one has got to go. Both the Cowboys and Packers made easy work of their Thursday opponents and sent messages to one another. Sarge Pick. Cowboys of course. +5

UPDATE: Since the game is on the NFL channel about 60% of the country will not see the game. I assume congress will be holding hearings with DIRECTV and the NFL wanting to know the reason why a huge portion of their constituency can't see the game...The Sarge's reply, drop cable and get DIRECTV....or miss games...Now drop and gimme 10!!! Prrrry Vit!!

On a sad note, I woke up Tuesday morning not only to find I had a flat tire, but that Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor had passed away from a gun shot wound to the leg. Now if you listen to a lot of sports radio or if you read the story in regard to Taylor, you should have noticed the "Sean Taylor died from his gun shot wounds this morning..Taylor was the Redskins fifth round pick in 2004. Taylor would be remembered for his off the field and on the field conduct." Look the man was shot in his home!! he wasn't on the streets leaving some gang fight at a strip club! He was shot where his daughter and his fiancee' laid their heads. Look the man started his career on rocky ground, but from all accounts he grew up when he realized he had a child and a loving woman who he was going to marry. The team made him team captain and oh by the way he studied more and learned the game, thus making him the league leader in interceptions this year!!. No one said that...

Patriot fans were given a scare yesterday, when the McNabb-less eagles almost punked them at home. The patriots remain undefeated and clinched its division. I'm not sold on them until I see four zeroes on the clock at the end of the fourth quarter in the Super Bowl. Of course with them on top...Last week Kansas City Star columnist Jason Whitlock wrote that the real MVP of the Patriots and the league is Randy Moss. Hell, I agree. Brady would not be doing what he's doing without him....If the writers screw this up, I won't be surprised.

San Diego fans are luke-warm these days, they're not happy with their coach and they see Bum's son doing well in Dallas at 10-1, while they are two games above .500. They're happy they are in first, but the division they play in...come on lets face it, they suck...The Raiders are one game better than they were last year and! speaking of the Raiders, they can feel free to let Demarcus Russell play so raider fan can get a glimpse of what they're future has in store for them..Or they can continue looking at Tennessee and get the ideal. The only difference is that Russell may be the better passer than Young...Hey Raiders! let the rook play!!

I mentioned that the Raiders got their third win and first division win since 2003 and we can thank Herm Edwards for it. Hey Edwards, what happen to "we play to win the game?" The play calling for that last drive looked like you were playing for something else...get it together..

I wonder if Arthur Blank misses Michael Vick. the NFL network does, it was absolutely horrible watching the Colts v. Falcons....so I didn't...instead I watched...

(Quick note: and who is going to watch tonights game? besides Steeler fan. ESPN should exercise a flex schedule and pull that game for a more competitive one)

Update: Not only was the Steeler/Dolphin game ugly, but it was ugly and props to Ricky Williams for ending his season one day into starting his season. This time it wasn't the blow that ended it, it was a blow from a steeler defender's cleat that did it...Memo to Steeler brass, mix in some turf! I appreciate a good slippin' and slidin' mud field like anyone else, but realize that millions upon millions of dollars out there....

College Football:

Props to the USC Trojans for going into Sun Devil stadium and sending Arizona St. to AP/Coaches/BCS poll hell. The Trojans wore down Arizona State and now the table is set for them to play in the Rose Bowl against Ohio State.

Oh!! Les!!! Last week a few of us were bringing up situations in the BCS, and I know I mentioned that LSU can be done in by Arkansas...Well, they were...Props to coach Houston Nutt and his Razorback team for going into the Tiger Stadium and crushing Les Miles' dream of playing for a national title.... Hey Les, wanna know the answer to your question, in whose better, the Pac 10 or the SEC? Schedule a Pac 10 team, not named Stanford, Arizona, Washington State, Washington and oh hell UCLA and CAL. Looks like you're playing for Oranges.

Mizzou and Kansas Game was off the chain (a great game or good) on Saturday night. Mizzou jumped on Kansas early and rocked them defensively in the first half. But give credit to Kansas, they showed a lot of heart, but came up short. The sarge is not upset about their ranking in the BCS. They deserve a good BCS bowl game.

I was going to let this issue slide in regard to Karl Dorrell's comments in a L.A. Times article written by Kurt Streeter, but I can't. This season I was and still calling for the firing of Dorrell for coaching inconsistent games. I know he went 10 and 2 last year and he beat USC. But he also turned around and lost to Florida State, a bad Florida State team in a bowl game. Inconsistent. Now I am aware of the number of black college head coaches, but so far there is only one coach that can use race as the possibility for his ousting. And that's Ty Willingham. As you all know, Willingham was let go Notre Dame way short of completing his fifth season. After having a good, above average and average seasons at Notre Dame. The school hires Weis and he has a good, average and way below average seasons at ND and he gets an extension. Willingham's reaction to his termination? "This is what happens when you don't win enough games." Not this is bullbleep they fired me because I'm black and I'm coaching on uneven ground..No! we can save that last statement for Karl Dorrell who disappointedly played the race card..No! played "Race Softball" because Streeter tossed him an underhand slow pitch softball and Karl hit it in the foul ball section, because his comments were foul!...

How dare you Karl use race as an issue for your coaching inconsistencies. And this is not your first time at bat in playing "race softball." because you were quoted as saying when asked:

TJ Simers: "Would this feeling you have that you must do more than anyone else to be successful be any different if you were not an African American?"

Dorrell: "No, it wouldn't," "I've just always felt that I needed to do more to get where I am."

Like what?! Karl if you are talking about game preparation...yeah, if you are talking about hiring assistant coaches with sketchy backgrounds...yeah! what about players?! and what about this glaring feature, Karl? WIN SOME GAMES AND BEAT TEAMS YOU SHOULD BEAT!! with your 1st or 2nd string quarterbacks. How about having your third string quarterback up on the plays instead of having him moth balled with the b-team. 12 yards passing in a half against a totally different Oregon team...Karl? That type of play is a good reason to tell you to prepare a statement about your firing. Not your race. Cause you know what..You'll get another gig somewhere else...believe that..

I'm sorry squad for the long diatribe, but in closing. Dodger fan where are the big free agents? Oh! one of them is playing for Los Angeles....of Anaheim....I hope Torre isn't it...

Footnote: The "spot" and "Cal" reference refers to a Southern California icon, Cal Worthington, a car salesman.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Senseless

On New Years Day, Denver Bronco cornerback Darrent Williams was shot down in his humvee limo after leaving a night club with friends and teammates. The person or persons who did it...black.

Lets go back a little further, you all remember Merlin Santana? He's the kid that played on the Cosby show as Rudy's boyfriend and most noteably he had a role on the Steve Harvey Show. He was gunned down in his car after leaving a young lady's house. The person or persons who did it...black.

Now lets go to the events of what transpired in all but 48 hours. Washington Redskin safety, Sean Taylor and his girlfriend are awakened by sounds of an intruder in his Miami home, this being the second break in a week, is shot in the leg, the bullet hits a major artery and after surgery and reports of being in a coma, Taylor succombs to the injury. The person or persons who most likely did it....black.

A few days ago, Mongoslade asked and basically said he was tired of reading and hearing negative news stories about blacks. Hell, I agree, I get tired of firing open a news wrap and reading that blacks are leading in this disease and most likely to have or die from this or that.
It's gotten to a point, where I was trying to separate American Blacks from African Blacks to see if the numbers are different.

But what can you say or do about stories like these and I named three people who left this earth between the age of 17 - 34 due to black on black violence. 17 -34? that's the age of a young person eligible to join the military, get a skill, further their education and yes, if need be, die for their country.

So how senseless is this, and where do we as black people as a whole say enough! I know there are groups of black men in different cities coming together and taking back their streets. Black men are starting to come back to their sons and taking them by the collar and raising their sons and yet all this is commendable, the latter I ask the question...what? do they want a cookie? They're supposed to raise their kids or at least be in their lives physically, emotionally and financially.

So after all this, where does this leave us, because Sean Taylor is not the only young man to have died in that same Miami Dade Hospital. Only difference is Sean Taylor's name is on ESPN. And although I heard white sports media men and their callers make jokes and compare the death to Tupac and Biggie, I don't think and I'm not ready to hear the comparison to hip hop.
I don't think it's the same thing nor the same sport. The man was in his house and had that space invaded. His daughter and girlfriend was in the house. Last checked, Tupac was leaving a Tyson fight and Biggie was leaving the gangsta err!! Soul train awards.....

Senseless.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

10-Month-Old girl's death ruled homicide

10-month-old girl's death ruled homicide
Monday, November 19, 2007
By Nate Guidry, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Allegheny County medical examiner yesterday determined that 10-month-old Daniyah Jackson died from multisystem organ failure precipitated by injuries to her abdomen and from a sexual assault. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

Police are expected to charge Clinton Smith, 30, with homicide. Before the child died, he was charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person in the case.

According to police, the girl's mother, Latoya Jackson, left Daniyah in the care of Mr. Smith on Thursday morning at her Herman Street home in Troy Hill when she left for work. Paramedics were called to the home that evening.

To read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07323/835131-53.stm

Response: This is just plain sickening and quite frankly this is another case where a person should be killed right on the spot...To hell! with justice system for a sick mutha fugga, who rapes a baby!! This is not human and I recognize a sickness!! and a bullet in the head is the prescription needed!!! Ef that! three in a tight azz shot group....

Whites Take Majority on New Orleans Council

Whites Take a Majority on New Orleans’s Council
By ADAM NOSSITER
Published: November 20, 2007
NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 19 - In one of the clearest signs yet of Hurricane Katrina’s lasting demographic impact, the City Council is about to have a white majority for the first time in over two decades, pointing up again the storm’s displacement of thousands of residents, mostly black.

In local elections on Saturday, a veteran white politician, Jacquelyn B. Clarkson, defeated an African-American candidate, Cynthia Willard-Lewis, by 53 percent to 47 percent, in a contest for an at-large Council seat decided largely along racial lines. In addition, substantially more whites than blacks appear to have voted. Ms. Clarkson will become the fourth white member on the seven-member Council.

The total number of votes cast in the election - 52,614 - was sharply down from 113,000 in the election for mayor in May 2006. The low number called into question recent optimistic estimates that the city’s population had attained as much as two-thirds of its prestorm level, which was about 450,000.

In the 2006 election, many of those displaced by the hurricane voted absentee or drove into New Orleans to cast ballots. That vote from elsewhere appears to have been largely absent on Saturday, over two years after the storm.

"I think many people have moved on," said Gregory C. Rigamer, a local demographic analyst whose work has been widely cited here. "When you look at this, you have to think the lower voter turnout would indicate that some people who previously cast votes from afar have lost interest."

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/20/us/nationalspecial/20orleans.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&ref=us&adxnnlx=1195588829-yoK9zsoz8fvDRDCXCmS3pQ


Response: So much for Nagin's chocalate city.....good for the people of New Orleans and props to the state of Louisiana for copying what Mexico has been doing for over twenty years. It, like Mexico found places to dump it's poor.

West's Doctor Discusses Her Death....

Donda West's Doctor discusses her death

The plastic surgeon who operated on the mother of rap star Kanye West says she likely died of a heart attack, embolism or accidental overdose.

By Scott Glover, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
November 20, 2007

The mother of rap star Kanye West, who died earlier this month after undergoing routine plastic surgery, likely succumbed to a heart attack, pulmonary embolism or accidental overdose of drugs prescribed to her for pain after the procedure, her surgeon said in an interview Monday.
In his most detailed public comments on the case, Dr. Jan Adams told The Times that nothing went wrong Nov. 9 when he performed a breast reduction, tummy tuck and liposuction on 58-year-old Donda West.

When she left this office, there was no problem whatsoever," Adams said during the interview at his Wilshire Boulevard medical office.

Based on his years of experience as a surgeon -- and after conversations with a West family representative and a coroner's official -- Adams said there was a "small list of possibilities" that could have resulted in West's death.

Adams would not say why he thought West could have suffered a heart attack. Another surgeon said through a spokesperson last week that West had approached him months ago about having cosmetic surgery but that he did not perform the procedure because of an undisclosed preexisting condition that might result in a heart attack.

Adams said he considered a drug overdose a possibility in West's death because he had prescribed Vicodin to combat the considerable pain associated with the procedures she underwent.

Adams said West "probably [had] a rough night," after the operation and had complained of pain the next morning. Asked whether he thought West may have taken too many of the painkillers, Adams replied: "That's one speculation on my part, yes."

To read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-west20nov20,0,1260100.story?page=1&coll=la-home-local


Response: I wasn't going to comment on this issue, due to the fact that someone's mother died. And regardless of what I think about Kanye West and his babbling idiotic statements. The walk he had or has to take to bury his mother is a walk we all are going to have to do.
Now the article is about a black prominent doctor who performed the surgery on Donda West, either knowingly that she had a pre-existing condition and if that's the case...then he is liable for the allegations outlined in this article and others.

But!! if he was not aware of West's existing condition in regard to her health, then it's on her. She chose to have work done on her despite of her bad health....

Oh well....

Monday, November 19, 2007

It's True: Iraq is a quagmire

It's true: Iraq is a quagmire

But the real story is not something you have heard
Sunday, November 18, 2007

We're floundering in a quagmire in Iraq. Our strategy is flawed, and it's too late to change it. Our resources have been squandered, our best people killed, we're hated by the natives and our reputation around the world is circling the drain. We must withdraw.

No, I'm not channeling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. I'm channeling Osama bin Laden, for whom the war in Iraq has been a catastrophe. Al-Qaida had little presence in Iraq during the regime of Saddam Hussein. But once he was toppled, al-Qaida's chieftains decided to make Iraq the central front in the global jihad against the Great Satan.

"The most important and serious issue today for the whole world is this third world war, which the Crusader-Zionist coalition began against the Islamic nation," Osama bin Laden said in an audiotape posted on Islamic Web sites in December 2004. "It is raging in the land of the Two Rivers. The world's millstone and pillar is Baghdad, the capital of the caliphate."

Jihadis, money and weapons were poured into Iraq. All for naught. Al-Qaida has been driven from every neighborhood in Baghdad, Maj. Gen. Joseph Fil, the U.S. commander there, said Nov. 7. This follows the expulsion of al-Qaida from two previous "capitals" of its Islamic Republic of Iraq, Ramadi and Baquba.

Al-Qaida is evacuating populated areas and is trying to establish hideouts in the Hamrin mountains in northern Iraq, with U.S. and Iraqi security forces, and former insurgent allies who have turned on them, in hot pursuit. Forty-five al-Qaida leaders were killed or captured in October alone.

Al-Qaida's support in the Muslim world has plummeted, partly because of the terror group's lack of success in Iraq, more because al-Qaida's attacks have mostly killed Muslim civilians.

"Iraq has proved to be the graveyard, not just of many al-Qaida operatives, but of the organization's reputation as a defender of Islam," said StrategyPage.

Canadian columnist David Warren speculated some years ago that enticing al-Qaida to fight there was one of the reasons why President Bush decided to invade Iraq. The administration has made so many egregious mistakes that I doubt the "flypaper" strategy was deliberate. But it has worked out that way. It may have been a mistake for the United States to go to war in Iraq. But it's pretty clear now it was a blunder for al-Qaida to have done so.

You may not be aware of the calamities that have befallen al-Qaida, because our news media have paid scant attention to them.

"The situation has changed so unmistakably and so swiftly that we should be reading proud headlines daily," said Ralph Peters, a retired Army lieutenant colonel. "Where are they?"

Richard Benedetto was for many years the White House correspondent for USA Today. Now retired, he teaches journalism at American University in Washington, D.C.

When U.S. troop deaths hit a monthly high in April, that was front-page news in most major newspapers, Mr. Benedetto noted. But when U.S. troop deaths fell in October to their lowest levels in 17 months, that news was buried on page A-14 of The Washington Post and mentioned on Page A-12 in The New York Times. (The Post-Gazette put the story on the front page.)

"I asked the class if burying or ignoring the story indicated an anti-war bias on the part of the editors or their papers," Mr. Benedetto said. "While some students said yes ... most attributed the decision to poor news judgment. They were being generous."

Mr. Peters suspects the paucity of news coverage from Iraq these days is because "things are going annoyingly well."

Rich Lowry agrees. "The United States may be the only country in world history that reverse-propagandizes itself, magnifying its setbacks and ignoring its successes so that nothing can disturb what Sen. Joe Lieberman calls the 'narrative of defeat,' " he wrote in National Review.

If what Mr. Peters, Mr. Benedetto and Mr. Lowry suspect is true, it must have pained The Associated Press to see a correspondent write Wednesday: "The trend toward better security is indisputable." It'll be interesting to see which newspapers run the AP story, and where in the paper they place it.

"We've won the war in the real Iraq, but few people in America are familiar with anything other than its make-believe version," said the Mudville Gazette's "Greyhawk," a soldier currently serving his second tour in Iraq.

First published on November 18, 2007 at 12:00 am


Just Staggering

Hattip: Cobb


More Statistical Morality

Fresh of the Kwaku Network.

From the L. A. Times Not a hot bed of conservatism!!!

1. 40% of all workers in L. A. County ( L. A. County has 10.2 million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants working without a green card.

2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.

3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.

4. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal , whose births were paid for by taxpayers.

5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally.

6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.

7. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.

8. Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.

9. 21 radio stations in L. A. are Spanish speaking.

10 In L. A. County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish.
(There are 10.2 million people in L. A. County. )

(All 10 of the above are from the Los Angeles Times)

Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare.
Over 70% of the United States' annual population growth (and over 90% of California, Florida , and New York) results from immigration.
29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens
We are a bunch of fools for letting this continue.

It looks as though blackfolks are starting to take this situation a great deal more seriously. Hmmm.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Sometimes I Just Don't Know.....

First before I go on some tirade or profanity laced rant, let me say this. I don't know if Barry Bonds used HGH or steroids. I can entertain to a point that he possibly did, but I can't concede and I won't concede that he's a cheater. I just won't. You see to me it's a helluva lot more than if he perjured himself to the grand jury or if he used steroids or performance enhancing drugs. Quite frankly I don't care! I really don't and I'm on record as saying that I don't care what a player chooses to do to their body. It's theirs! I've gained weight and whose fault is that if I just dropped dead...Mine or if I get so big my deeck shrinks and I can't have sex, cause I don't have the one essential tool that's needed to do the do! So why is it so important that the media and baseball statistics geeks need to know, that what they're seeing is real. I guess these people haven't seen a magic show. But this is not my rant I wanna talk about. I wanna talk about the continued hatred and indignation of the sports media. Why most of the sportstalk host and writers who don't share the same skin complexion as Bonds are giving each other missed high fives and bruising their knees from missed low fives. They're happy and they sense blood that they are gonna get that nigger! He's been on his high horse for years and their tired of seeing this uppity nigger! looking down on them. He won't yassir or yassa ma'am them...He won't smile and bojangle to them because he's too proud of what he knows what he can do on the field of play....He's no damn politician so he ain't kissing white journalistic ass!! so therefore bullshit questions won't get answered with a bojangle smile and dancing...Hell no!! and who in the hell said he should.

He witnessed the indignation his god-father had to go through, being the best black ball player, having to smile and kiss media ass, cause the weight of a whole race is on his and other black athletes shoulders. They had to bite their tongue and bottom lip cause if they told a white media member what they really thought...never mind....

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

FBI agent says Hussein cried at last meeting...

See I Told You!!!
In book, FBI agent says Saddam Hussein cried at last meeting
James Gordon Meek
NY Daily News

WASHINGTON - After confessing to slaughtering 180,000 Kurds and plotting to build a doomsday nuke, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was so upset when his FBI interrogator left for home that he cried like a baby.

FBI Special Agent George Piro whipped out two Cuban Cohibas - Saddam's favorite cigar - and they smoked on the patio behind his cell at Baghdad's airport.
"When we were saying bye, he started to tear up," Piro recalled in the new book "The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack."

The self-effacing G-man was hardly surprised - he had spent nearly a year carefully becoming Saddam's best friend in a successful ploy to extract confessions from the notorious brute.
Piro's inside account of spending up to seven hours a day, every day, for eight months with Saddam is revealed in the new book by journalist Ronald Kessler.

Piro, then 36, began grilling Saddam in early 2004.

Instead of bright lights, loud music or waterboarding, the Beirut-born Arabic speaker - who immigrated to the U.S. as a teen - built a rapport with the dictator nabbed in a spider hole. He treated him with respect and took care of his every need.

On his birthday, Piro showed Saddam news clippings showing that Iraqis no longer celebrated the date. But then the agent gave him baklava Piro's Lebanese mother sent him in Baghdad.
They talked about sports and Saddam's pulp novels, and soon the despot was spilling his guts over thick cups of Folger's.

Saddam never used body doubles - as was widely believed - because no one could "play" him, Piro quoted Saddam as saying.

He admired Americans, particularly ex-Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan - but loathed the two Bushes he fought wars with.

The "Butcher of Baghdad" also confessed he ordered Kurdish civilians gassed and slaughtered thousands more, their remains left in mass graves.

Until 9/11, Saddam thought UN sanctions would go away and he could make a nuclear bomb. His prewar weapons of mass destruction deceptions were a ruse to convince Iran - whom he feared - that he had an arsenal.

Kessler said Saddam trusted Piro more than his own monstrous sons Uday and Qusay, for whom he had little love before G.I.s gunned them down.

In more human moments, Saddam tried to hit on a "cute" American nurse. And despite praying and reading the Koran, he had a fondness for whiskey and cigars.

Response: See! I told you so! I said Saddam manned up at the wrong time when it came to declaring his WMD's capabilities. And now we have a "reasonable" reason why he did not. He wanted to make Iran think he had the biggest sack and it backfired! Cause not only did he lose his country, but Iran is invading anyway! He controlled his fate and he chose wrong....dead wrong.
Can you imagine, if he just would have declared and cooperated with the UN inspections? We would be fighting on one front in the war against terrorism and by now would have found and chained Osama Bin Laden to a rolling platform and showcased his ass! in New York, like they did King Kong....

Twenty-five years is a long time to carry burden..

Ray Borges
ESPN

Bob Arum wouldn't take the word of his longtime matchmaker, Bruce Trampler, when the subject of Duk Koo Kim and Ray Mancini first came up.

It's not that he didn't trust him; it's just that the pain was still too deep, even 25 years later, to take a chance.

Some scars never fade. The death of Kim was like that, a sad moment that happened in the past but which never disappeared. Twenty-five years is a long time to carry a memory, especially a leaden one, but the man who promoted Kim's last fight still needed to hear from Mancini himself before he'd release the film of that fight for use in a documentary on the former lightweight champion that will air Tuesday night.

After all, who wanted to relive that again?

If you were at ringside that hot afternoon behind Caesars Palace, the sun beating down and Mancini beating up a brave Korean fighter who had wrongly been named the No. 1 contender in the world for the lightweight title Mancini held, did you need to see the replay? When sadness like that has washed up against you, you don't need a video to remind you how it felt.
Arum, who had denied the film's release for all those years, told Trampler that if Mancini wanted to ask for the film's release, he needed to hear it from Mancini himself.

"I told Ray after that fight I would never, ever release the film and I intended to follow that," Arum said last week. "Then Ray asked me to … I did, but I don't think it's something I really relish seeing again."

What happened on the sunny afternoon of Nov. 13, 1982, would change the lives of both fighters and the future of boxing. By the time it was over, Kim lay in a coma from which he would never awaken, dying five days later at the Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas.

Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini was never Boom Boom again. Maybe one small boom but seldom boom boom and never, ever Boom Boom. Never the same package of aggressiveness he'd been.

Those days were over.


To Read More: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=3107079

Also Read this: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=3105556

and This: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=3105787

40% of poll takers don't believe AIDs is fatal

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a nine-country survey released today, more than 40 percent of respondents did not understand that AIDS is always a fatal disease.

The survey from the MAC AIDS Fund, a philanthropy set up by Estee Lauder-owned MAC cosmetics, involved 4,510 interviews conducted in the US, UK, Russia, France, China, India, Mexico, Brazil and South Africa. The release of the findings coincides with a Fund board meeting and comes in advance of World AIDS Day on December 1.

"The strength of the survey lies in its exclusive focus on issues related to AIDS, its span of nine countries and the fact that it poses frank, specific questions at a time when we need frank, specific answers to increase the effectiveness of our global response to the epidemic," Nancy Mahon, Executive Director of the MAC AIDS Fund, told Reuters Health.

While most respondents believed that AIDS is always a fatal illness, many wrongly believed that a cure for HIV infection is available. For instance, 59 percent of Indians believed that a cure is available. In France, older adults were more likely than younger people to believe that the disease is curable. In the US, African-Americans were more likely than whites to think there is a cure.


More: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071113/hl_nm/aids_survey_dc
Response: Unfreakin'lievable!! are you kidding me!? Is this some sick sadistic joke poking fun at the intellect of people, like they do on the Jay Leno Show. It's hard to believe that 40% percent of a nine country survey believe that if you get AIDs...it's all good....Wow!! I need to see the by country breakdown of this survey.....

Quote of the day: Gen. George S. Patton

"Men, all this stuff you've heard about America not wanting to fight, wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of horse dung. Americans traditionally love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, big league ball players, the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost, and will never lose a war... because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans. "

Gen. George Patton

Monday, November 12, 2007

Veterans Day

Ay special cheers to all of the Veterans who made the sacrifices and answered the call of duty.



Sr. Chief Petty. Officer JC Lewis, Sr
US Navy

SFC Robert D. Lewis
US Army
Logistics


Spc JC Lewis, Jr
US Army
Chemical Operations
Combat Vet.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

RF23 Interviews dog....(parody)

The following parody was in response to another blog, where the issue of the duane "racist dog" chapman came up and shaun hannity's weak ass interview...

I don't get that either...why the softball questions to an obvious racists and let's not forget that he's a criminal. Hannity should be embarrassed and ashamed of himself. I think "dog" should be a guest on the Fanz Magic Hour...here's the interview:

Audience Clapping...

Me: awww, you're too much, sit down, sit down, we. we. have a controversial guest on tonight's show and he's made headlines lately for some truly dumbazz rant he went on....Well, let's get this over with....Everyone Duane Chapman...dog!!

dog comes out

Me: Now you're tamed aren't you? I won't need mace or anything...

dog: nah, I'm cool..

Me: Well, the jury is still out on that. What you said wasn't cool and either is all that native american feathers on you...you trying to be "*Billy Jack"?

dog: wow, I haven't heard that name in a long time...you sure you're 39?

Me: Let me ask the questions...SIT!

dog sits

Me: good dog...

dog: Is this mine? (pointing to a cup on the desk)

Me: Hell no! your bowl is near the exit and if you gotta go Numbers one and two, we have a dog pads nears the exit...but let's talk about why you're here.. You were taped going on this racial rant about a girl, one of your sons was dating and she happened to be black...

dog: Yeah and I'm not proud of it and I apologized to Al Sharpton for my remarks..

Me: Whoa, the girl your son was dating is named Al Sharpton?

dog: No, obviously not...

Me: You said you apologized to Al Sharpton? Why?

dog: Well isn't he your leader?

Me: excuse me and didn't I say I'll ask the questions..

dog: sorry..

Me: I know...I I I um I'm not going to ask you what you were thinking, cause it's obvious you weren't....Are you racists?

dog: No, I'm not, I made a mistake and I regret what I said...

Me: How come you're not racists?

dog: huh?

Me: How come you're not racists?

dog: well, for all the work I've done in my community?

Me: as a bounty hunter?

dog: well yeah, who else is gonna get all those black guys...

Me: Excuse me, did you say all those black guys?

dog: huh, what? no!!

Me: You did, let's review the tape...

replays dog's all those black guys statement...

Me: What do you mean, are you saying all black guys are criminals..

dog: Well no, it's just that, it's just that..

Me: It's just what! bark it out! and why do you call yourself, dog..

dog: why do you black people, most noteably thugs call themselves dogs..and by the way, you people use the n-word more than I did on that tape...

Me: Mutha(bleep!) what?! what?! mutha(bleep!) you got caught saying it and you're true pinkish skin tone got caught! and another thing, you're an ex con aren't you?

dog: Yeah, so what, man!! what does that have to do with anything?

Me: You were in prison, right?

dog: Yeah, like you?

Me: excuse me! I've never been convicted of anything, what about you!? man you lucky we on television, you'ze about to get busted on...

dog: Ay! see (gestering to audience) look at that, he stopped talking proper english, he's mad...look!

Me: Man get your azz off my stage....before I do what the pound does to all mad dogs...

dog: Is that a threat?

Me: Nah, it's a promise! get you and that big thing you brought in here, you call a wife and bounce...see you on television...Oh! You ain't go no show!!! We'll be right back after this Uncle Ben's commercial and guess what Jesse's saying....we'd bee righhh bax....

*Billy Jack - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Jack
A 1971 movie...

Larry Elder - Government: If It Ain't Broke, They'll Break It

The story you are about to read is true. The names have been changed to protect the bureaucrats.

A few months ago, I met a contractor in a bar. He told me about his business, and I asked him how many people he employed. He said, "Forty-nine. If I have one more, then the federal Family Medical Leave Act and the California Family Rights Act kick in. Then if somebody goes out, I have to hold his job open for months, whether I can afford to keep him or not. That's bull----." So here we are. A man that wants to hire more people refuses to do so, because an additional hiree takes a hammer to his profit margins.

I recently visited a friend who lives in the Bay Area. I got through security at Los Angeles International Airport, even through my carry-on toiletry bag included hair paste, toothpaste and deodorant. All went through the security screening, no problem.

On my return flight through San Francisco Airport, however, security made me open my toiletry bag, and I received stern instructions to -- in the future -- place stuff like shampoo, hair paste, toothpaste, sunblock and deodorant in a zip-lock plastic bag. "No one told me to do that on the way up here," I said. The security screener said, "Those are the rules. Somebody simply didn't follow them."

Not long ago the government released results of a test run last year to determine the efficiency of airport security at detecting fake bombs. The Transportation Security Administration report reveals that screeners at Los Angeles International Airport failed to find fake bombs in 75 percent of tests. Chicago O'Hare screeners failed more than 60 percent. But only 20 percent of the bombs made it through security at the five U.S. airports allowed to use private firms to run their security screenings. Contractors for those five airports are reimbursed for their actual costs, with profit from awards based on performance. San Francisco, coincidentally, uses private screeners, while Los Angeles uses government employees. So which screeners were more efficient -- government employees or private ones?

Now consider health care. Great Britain's taxpayer-funded National Health Service (NHS) covers the medical needs of every British citizen in the country's population of 61 million. Yet 60,000 Britons traveled abroad for medical care in 2006. Another 70,000 are expected to do so this year. By 2010, experts estimate the number to increase to 200,000. Credit the frustration of interminably long wait-lists and inadequate care. According to the London Times, the NHS "is in deep trouble, mired in scandal and incompetence, despite the injection of billions of pounds of taxpayers' money."

To read more: http://www.townhall.com/Columnists/LarryElder/2007/11/08/government_if_it_aint_broke,_theyll_break_it

RF23 Commentary: So he was bullied...boohoooo!!

RF23 Commentary: So he was bullied...booohooo!!!

So the nut who decided to join a list of past other nuts, weaklings who chose to take the cowards way out, instead of taking up for themselves and doing what other people and this may include some of you on this board, who were bullied and chose to FIGHT BACK!!

There are some things that mommy and daddy can't do and this is one of them in regard to being a victim of bullying from other kids...You kick their ass!! You retort with the one one liner that will never ever "not ever" be funny when you're being teased....In case some of you don't know what the line is. It's "Yo Momma." A "Yo momma" blast with additional smack shuts down all conversation and at times lead to the one thing that'll end the bullying and the teasing...a fight....Yeah a fight, this is where you show the bully and his or her crew that you ain't the one to be effed with. Win, lose or draw you walk away as the winner and free from all other bullbleep until the next fool decides to try you.

Look what this kid and others went through is a simple strong v. weak. It's a game of tag and the slow fat kid is always "it," Until he finally catches someone else, usually an uncoordinated slower kid. It's the law and it's not supposed be messed with or have the rules changed because the school nerd decides to implement his or her policy to stop their off spring from being in the same fate.

Yesterday, I posted a story of a tragic story of a 22 year old woman, who was pregnant and killed over some bullbleep...Well a no good "NAACP recently buried word." I said that was senseless....Well so is this. And guess what? the shooter is still a scary ass punk who couldn't go through a passage all before him overcame.

And now he's definitely going to a place where evil looms for eternal torment.

How ironic...

Story: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071108/ap_on_re_eu/finland_school_shooting_47

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Poem: As Death Approaches by Susan Deborah King

Susan Deborah King,"As Death Approaches,"

As Death Approaches

I can't believe I'm laughing!
I'd have sworn I'd be
shaking or sniveling.
And I sure didn't expect
a limousine.
I've never been in a limousine.
No biggy.
I've had better than fame.
Who needs the pressure?
As for fortune, I'm filthy.
That's why I'm laughing.
I've had so much love:
the giving, the getting.
It's shameful.
It's embarrassing.
And it's too late.

To Read More of Poem: http://larryelder.com/asdeath.html

Favorite Movie Quote/Speech

"You listen to me. You say you don't want to tell me how to live my life. So what do you think you've been doing? You tell me what rights I've got or haven't got, and what I owe to you for what you've done for me. Let me tell you something. I owe you nothing! If you carried that bag a million miles, you did what you're supposed to do! Because you brought me into this world. And from that day you owed me everything you could ever do for me like I will owe my son if I ever have another. But you don't own me! You can't tell me when or where I'm out of line, or try to get me to live my life according to your rules. You don't even know what I am, Dad, you don't know who I am. You don't know how I feel, what I think. And if I tried to explain it the rest of your life you will never understand. You are 30 years older than I am. You and your whole lousy generation believes the way it was for you is the way it's got to be. And not until your whole generation has lain down and died will the dead weight be off our backs! You understand, you've got to get off my back! Dad... Dad, you're my father. I'm your son. I love you. I always have and I always will. But you think of yourself as a colored man. I think of myself as a man. "

Sidney Poiter as John Prentiss in
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967)

What The World Needs Now...

I guess in this time of wars and reports of genocide in Africa. I guess I'm feeling a little compassionate 'bout thangs and just feel that the world needs a little live.....So here is my dedication to the world....We need a little love...

What the world needs now is love, sweet loveIt's the only thing that there's just too little ofWhat the world needs now is love, sweet love,No not just for some but for everyone.What the world needs now is love, sweet loveIt's the only thing that there's just too little of

What the world needs now is love, sweet love,No, not just for some but for everyone.

Lord, we don't need another mountain,There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb

There are oceans and rivers enough to cross,

Enough to last till the end of time.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No, not just for some but for everyone.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love

It's the only thing that there's just too little of

What the world needs now is love, sweet love,No, not just for some, oh, but just forEvery, every, everyone.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Is There A Double Standard?

Recently in sports news there have been at least two stories that, well, kinda flew under the radar of good discussion. One story for instance is the story about the NBA and it's handling of a referee that was indicted on gambling charges and fixing NBA games. And the next is about the Philedelphia Eagle's coach Andy Reid. Last week a judge said that the Reid home was the "drug emporiam" of all houses and the family is dysfunctional. But wait! theres more, one of Reid's son tried to get in prison with his stash, thus causing the police to search the Reid home where, the judge's assessment was correct. The Reid home was "drug emporiam."

Now the question. If this were a athlete's home and he was indicted on gambling charges and fixing games or had his home searched and drugs were found. What exactly would be the headlines on ESPN or other sports cable shows? And God help the athlete if he were black. But in this case, both subjects are white and in the Reid case, no scrutiny of any kind.

Now I spend a helluva alot of time finding reasons for why racism and discrimination has curved and when stuff like the above and things that happened last week, with MLB Commissioner, Bud Selig exempting the Dodgers from interviewing a minority candidate and the Yankees only entertaining one minority with a contract already drew up for their hire. It's making my arguments awfully hard and I have to listen to other arguments and say begrudgely, "you're right." And I hate that.....

1. Double Standards from David Stern
"So you can't blame jazz musicians/or David Stern with his NBA fashion issues."

-- Nas, "Hip Hop is Dead"

When I first read about NBA commissioner David Stern's recent revisions to his league's rules regarding referees and gambling, I thought it was a Stephen Colbert parody. Stern -- the man who has consistently ruled with an iron fist regarding players -- was all of a sudden being considerate and reasonable? He couldn't be serious.

But he was serious. In the aftermath of the Tim Donaghy scandal -- a scandal that cuts right to the core of the NBA's credibility -- Stern determined the league's rules involving referees and gambling were outdated. He decided to relax the rules regarding referee gambling, in an attempt to bring these rules more in line with contemporary social attitudes. Stern's change of course suggests he recognizes that, as times change, rules sometimes need to be adapted. Stern demonstrated he is not a strict constructionist, but is instead someone who is willing to admit fault and make appropriate changes when necessary. This is all quite admirable, I think.

It is also quite hypocritical.

Story: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=boyd/071105


More Double Standards

2. Double Standard Train Arrives in Reid's Station

It's not often that broadcaster Al Michaels, as skilled as they come, triggers my gag reflex. But he did during the Philadelphia-Dallas broadcast on Sunday.

There are few people who don't feel for Eagles coach Andy Reid on some level. He is the parent of two delinquent and dangerous sons, one of which is an alleged drug dealer. You remember what drug dealers do, right? They destroy neighborhoods, families and the very fabric of society.

Michaels expressed such syrupy sympathy for Reid it was unclear if Michaels was talking about Reid or Martin Luther King. He spoke of how unfortunate it is that Reid is in the public eye and if it were the children of a Fortune 500 CEO getting into trouble with the law, it would not be headlines.

Ah, Mr. Michaels. Can I call you Mr. Michaels? Reid decided to get -- and stay -- in a profession that requires 20-hour days and he enjoys the multimillion dollar salary that accompanies it. Reid didn't join the Peace Corps.

While there is sympathy for Reid and his family, you cannot be anything but floored by the double standard the Reid case demonstrates.

Imagine if quarterback Donovan McNabb had two kids who were such dangers to society. They were driving while high on heroin. They were drug dealers. McNabb's home was described as a "drug emporium" by an unbiased judge who also stated there was no structure in the home. What would the reaction be?

To Read More: http://www.sportsline.com/columns/story/10453823




Not so much of a happy birthday...

Mae Jewel Lewis 1947 - 2007

Aunt.

Well what can you say about Mae Jewel...She was one of a kind....

Friday, November 02, 2007

Why Bother....

The day before yesterday it was announced that the NY Yankees were going to hire Joe Giraldi to take over the helm as manager of the Yankees after Joe Torre. Upon hearing that, the Dodgers, who were prepared to hire any "Joe," had a manager fired via the sports media under the auspices of his resignation, ended up hiring Joe Torre.

Now I don't have a problem with the hire, Torre won 4 World Series Championships managing the Yankees and was handling a group of players worth $200 million. So the man can definitely manage high profile players and young players to perform at a championship level...

What I do have a problem with, is the hiring practice of both teams and with the help of the commissioner, Bud Selig. Before Torre was hired, the commissioner "exempted" the Dodgers from having to interview a minority candidate for the managerial position. It seems that all ball clubs have to interview minority candidates that is similiar to the Rooney Rule in the NFL. It's baseball's equal to affirmative action to allegedly level the playing field and the dugout.

So if there is a rule that says you got to interview a minority candidate...Why exempt the Dodgers from doing it and deny a minority candidate the opportunity to at least get a handshake , a cup of coffee and an opportunity to talk baseball. Again, I have no problem with the hire, but I do with the charade of interviewing minority candidates with the ideal of having no intention of hiring them. Why do it? Need a good example of playing charades?

The Yankees brought in one minority candidate, while at the same time writing up Joe Giradi's contract. To me that's worse, because you have one candidate hoping, praying that he says something that gets his foot in the door, only in reality.....

That door was never open....

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Damn Dog! Whatcha Thinkin' 'Bout

Quick Al and Jesse!! To the Race-Hustlelateer Caddy!!!

Next Stop: Honolulu, Hawaii to get yet again an apology from Duane "dog the bounty hunter" Chapman for using a slur that can be heard in every rural and urban area where black folk congregate and this slur is still being heard after the NAACP called itself burying the word.
Oh Dog, do you know what is going to happen? Even Don Imus is shaking his head and wondering what you were thinkin'.

Didn't you know it's huntin' season for white males, and the duo that make up the Race Hustlelateers, Al and Jesse are the black Elmer Fudds, huntin' for wabbit, which is you dog....
Damn man, I bet you thought the loss of your daughter last year and Mexico's extradition order to have you returned back to face charges for capturing the grandson of Max Factor was hell...Dude, the race hustlelateers are going to drag your azz to New York, sit you down in the death chair that Don Imus sat in and execute you.

And this is after you made numerous contributions to the personal bank accounts err!!! to racial sensitivity issues, made numerous apologies and apologized in public for all to see...and what's worse is.....

The Liberal Leftist Death Squad!!! They are the ones that hate everything American, until you say something that pisses them off!! then they'll strap you on top of their Toyota Prius and haul your bounty huntin' carcass to the Fidel Castro School of Why America Sucks....

And just when you thought you were, ahem! re-educated. Gloria Allred is going to sue you on behalf of the victim, who just got through listening to any rap song that called her the n-word, the b and h-word and told to get face down, back up and that's the way she needs to F%&k!....
Article: http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/11/01/dog.chapman.ap/index.html#cnnSTCText


UPDATE: To the surprise of no-one! it was reported that Chapman's son sold the tape to the National Enquirer....

39 and still tickin'

Well today is my birthday and I just turned thirty-nine years old....You know when I think about my life at this point, I have some smiles, some joys, some ups and definitely some downs. It's all in a matter of a season and we all gotta go through it.

I am where I wanna be at thirty-nine, nope, not by my standards.

When I turned thirty, I wanted to be retired by the time I turned forty. I have 52 weeks, starting at exactly 3:03 a.m., I got up at 5:00 a.m., one hour and fifty-seven minutes left.

Of course with all birthdays, you think about all the men my age, who didn't make it to thirty nine...My friend Termel comes to mind, he was killed, well he was murdered four years ago this past May. My friend, Lebernan "Squirt" comes to mind, he is now wheel chaired bound with MS from complications Desert Storm....shit! now I got that over my head, cause where Squirt was, I was and oh, I already had surgery from that damn war....

but boy did we have fun!! Can't take it back and it's part of us...

Greg Pasternak comes to mind, he was killed in auto accident, 15 years ago. He was only 22. Greg is famous for the line that made everyone put out there $6.00 to see Batman...

"Ay I went to see Batman, and he ain't a fag in tights anymore."

I also think about my friends, who are doing extremely well and I'm so proud of them...My boy Oliver and his wife Latrice....We go back over twenty years.

I think about all the loves and hurts and I wonder if I ever apologized enough or ever gotten over enough to move on....

Oh well, I'm thirty nine. Happy Birthday to me.....