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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

RF 23 - Answer the Question, Senator...

RF23 - Answer the question, Sen. Obama!

Look I like Sen. Obama, I think he's a breath of fresh political air, for now, but now I'm thinking that maybe, just maybe he should have kept his self imposed boycott of Fox News. And maybe he should have picked a different interviewer, than Chris Wallace (Registered Democrat).

Yesterday, I took the time to listen to and look at the transcripts of the interview and I gotta say it, Wallace kicked Obama's ass and the bad thing is that these two weren't debating or as Jeremiah Wright said, [Wallace] talked about his momma. Obama came off looking bad and took the worst of wear. Check out the questions and Obama's well, um, responses...

Barack Obama on "Fox News Sunday": http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,352785,00.html


As you all know, one of the strongest themes of Obama is that, he's going around saying "change" and "unite." Well Wallace asked him about this "uniting":

Wallace: Senator, one of the central themes of your campaign is that you are a uniter who will reach across the aisle and create a new kind of politics. Some of your detractors say that you are a paint-by-the- numbers liberal, and I'd like to explore this with you.

OBAMA: Right. (did he just acknowledge that he is a liberal)

WALLACE: Over the years, John McCain has broken with his party and risked his career on a number of issues — campaign finance, immigration reform, banning torture.

As a president, can you name a hot-button issue where you would be willing to buck the Democratic Party line and say, "You know what? Republicans have a better idea here?"

(Remember the question is "Where YOU (Obama) would be willing to.....)

Obama: Well, on issues of regulation. I think that back in the '60s and '70s a lot of the way we regulated industry was top-down command and control, we're going to tell businesses exactly how to do things. (okay, what about YOU, senator, YOU would be willing to..)

And you know, I think that the Republican Party and people who thought about the markets came up with the notion that, "You know what? If you simply set some guidelines, some rules and incentives, for businesses — let them figure out how they're going to, for example, reduce pollution," and a cap and trade system, for example is a smarter way of doing it, controlling pollution, than dictating every single rule that a company has to abide by, which creates a lot of bureaucracy and red tape and oftentimes is less efficient. (Senator, senator the question, YOU, sir, YOU!! where are YOU!!)

I think that on issues of education, I've been very clear about the fact — and sometimes I've gotten in trouble with the teachers' union on this — that we should be experimenting with charter schools. We should be experimenting with different ways of compensating teachers that...

(So you're not going to answer the question - I know folks on JCP's board that could answer the question for you, Senator. So one more time, back to the question)

WALLACE: You mean merit pay?

OBAMA: Well, merit pay, the way it's been designed, I think, is based on just a single standardized test — I think is a big mistake, because the way we measure performance may be skewed by whether or not the kids are coming into school already three years or four years behind.

But I think that having assessment tools and then saying, "You know what? Teachers who are on career paths to become better teachers, developing themselves professionally — that we should pay excellence more." I think that's a good idea, so...

(okay so now Wallace still hadn't gotten his answer and decides to "dumb" down the question so Obama could tell us, where and how he plans to unite Republicans and Democrats, Liberals and Conservatives and so on...)

WALLACE: The gang of 14, which was a group, a bipartisan coalition, to try to resolve the issue of judicial nominations. Fourteen senators came together. You weren't part of it.

On some issues where Democrats have moved to the center — partial birth abortion, defense of marriage act — you stay on the left and you are against both.

And so people say, "Do you really want a partnership with Republicans, or do you really want unconditional surrender from them?"

OBAMA: No, look, I think this is fair. I would point out, though, for example, that when I voted for a tort reform measure that was fiercely opposed by the trial lawyers, I got attacked pretty hard from the left. During the Roberts...(Still no answer to the question)

WALLACE: John Roberts, the Supreme Court.

OBAMA: ... the John Roberts nomination, although I voted against him, I strongly defended some of my colleagues who had voted for him on the Daily Kos and was fiercely attacked as somebody who is, you know, caving in to Republicans on these fights.

In fact, there are a lot of liberal commentators who think I'm too accommodating.

So here's my philosophy. I want to do what works for the American people. And both at the state legislative level and at the federal legislative level, I have always been able to work together with Republicans to find compromise and to find common ground.

That's how I was able to provide health care for people who needed it in Illinois. That's how I passed ethics reform both at the state and the federal level.

That's how, you know, I've worked with people like Dick Lugar from here in Indiana on critical issues like nuclear proliferation.

It is true that when you look at some of the votes that I've taken in the Senate that I'm on the Democratic side of these votes, but part of the reason is because the way these issues are designed are to polarize. They're intentionally designed to polarize.

On an issue like partial birth abortion, I strongly believe that the state can properly restrict late-term abortions. I have said so repeatedly. All I've said is we should have a provision to protect the health of the mother, and many of the bills that came before me didn't have that.

Now, part of the reason they didn't have it was purposeful, because those who are opposed to abortion — and I don't begrudge that at all. They have a moral calling to try to oppose what they think is immoral.

Oftentimes what they were trying to do was to polarize the debate and make it more difficult for people, so that they could try to bring an end to abortions overall.

So the point I'm simply making is that as president, my goal is to bring people together, to listen to them, and I don't think that's any Republican out there who I've worked with who would say that I don't listen to them, I don't respect their ideas, I don't understand their perspective.

And I do not consider Democrats to have a monopoly on wisdom. And my goal is to get us out of this polarizing debate where we're always trying to score cheap political points and actually get things done. (never mind...)

and oh!! this is for Tom Joyner:

Wallace: Senator, for all your efforts to run a post-racial campaign, isn't there still a racial divide in this country that is going to make it very hard for you to get elected president?

OBAMA: Well, Chris, if you look at the general election polls, we are doing better against John McCain than Senator Clinton is. We are putting states in play like Colorado and Virginia that have not been in play for a very long time.

Here in Indiana, we just — you just saw polling by the Indianapolis Star showing me beating John McCain. And so, look. Is race still a factor in our society? Yes. I don't think anybody would deny that.

Is that going to be the determining factor in a general election? No, because I'm absolutely confident that the American people — what they're looking for is somebody who can solve their problems.

What they're looking for is somebody who can pull the country together and push back some of the special interests that can have come to dominate the agenda, who will tell them the truth about how we're going to bring down gas prices, how we're going to bring back jobs.

And if I fit the bill, then they will vote for me. If I lose, it won't be because of race. It will be because, you know, I made mistakes on the campaign trail, I wasn't communicating effectively my plans in terms of helping them in their everyday lives.

But I don't think that race is going to be a barrier in the general election.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Alert! No Price Gouging...

No evidence of price gouging...none!!

http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2006/05/katrinagasprices.shtm

RF 23 - "So What!"

There's a song by Ciara titled, "So What" and it's about all the negative things about her boyfriend..He's doing this and he's doing that, but with all that, so what.

Maybe someone should respond to the sports media, like Ciara is responding to her friends, because some of the stories the sports media is printing and reporting about....So what!

For example, this past weekend, the NFL held it's draft and with the fourth pick of the draft, the Oakland Raiders picked Darren McFadden, a running back from Arkansas and Heisman Trophy Candidate. According to the media and it's experts, McFadden was supposed to drop in the draft to the late first round...

Why?

Because he apparently has kids out of wedlock, well ten to be exact and oh yeah, he got into trouble with the law. So with that, folks are perceiving him to be a potential problem player coming with negative press..Well with thanks from the media, it reported this man judgment to not wear a rubber. Here's a question, what the hell does this have to do with the fact that the Raiders could use this utility back and improve it's dismal record since getting their asses handed to them in the 2002 Super Bowl. Look the young man is there to play football and if he chooses to be irresponsible by not playing child support for his allegedly ten children....

So what! It's on him..

Next..

I fired up the 'net and boom! embarrased pitcher Roger Clemons has had a ten year relationship with some country music star. Well okay, it's something you'll find on the National Enquirer and the fact that the singer was 15 at the start, is something I might fire open the pages to read with disgust..Problem is the report makes a point to point out that it was not sexual. So where's the freaking story, it's a non story!! and it totally irrevelent, but what it did was, add more embarrassment to Clemons and his family...

Hey media, here's something..

so what.

Friday, April 25, 2008

RF23 - They weren't Believable...

RF23 - They weren't "Believable!!"

A verdict in the case of the three undercover police officers who were involved in the death of Sean Bell, a young man, who was going to be married came down as not guilty, by reasonable doubt the presiding judge.

After eight long weeks of testimony in regard to this tragic event, that ended one life and forever change three others. The judge acquitted the three officers citing that the people's witnesses....

Weren't BELIEVABLE!!!

I'm pretty sure lying on the stand and changing your testimony recently taken via deposition will pretty much get the opposite results. The truth will always come out and having said that, the defense attorneys made a good decision by putting the case in a judge's hand instead of a downtown police angry jury. Although tragic and since his boys decided to lie on the stand and change their testimony, we'll never know the truth about what happened, but what the people of the city of New York will know....

Is how much the parents of Sean Bell is going to get in an out of court settlement. And this without having the burden of proof that these officers wrongfully took this young man's life..

Text of Judge Arthur Cooperman's comments...(partial)

1. Reference was made earlier to the credibility of witnesses. The court has found that the people's ability to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt was affected by a combination of the following factors: the prosecution witnesses' prior inconsistent statements, inconsistencies in testimony among prosecution witnesses, the renunciation of prior statements, criminal convictions, the interest of some witnesses in the outcome of the case, the demeanor on the witness stand of other witnesses and the motive witnesses may have had to lie and the effect it had on the truthfulness of a witness's testimony. These factors played a significant part in the people's ability to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt and had the effect of eviscerating the credibility of those prosecution witnesses. And, at times, the testimony just didn't make sense.

Full Text: http://breakingnews.nypost.com/dynamic/stories/N/NY_POLICE_SHOOTING_STATEMENT_BAOL-?SITE=NYNYP&SECTION=HOME

Thursday, April 24, 2008

RF23 - Laker Pass Card Violation...Grounds for Revocation

Magic, Kareem, Worthy, Scott, AC Green, Norm Nixon, Jamaal Wilkes, Jim Chones, Mark Lansberger, Kurt Rambis, Mychal Thompson, Bob McCadoo, Sam Perkins, Vlade Divac, Nick Van Exel, Cedric Ceballos, Eddie Jones and who can forget Shaquille O'Neal...

In the 80's, I loved the lakers, Kareem and Magic Show. Slick back and trendy 80's suit wearing Pat Riley, oh it was a good time to be a laker fan and although they were a perennial power house, it didn't happen for me until 1979 - 80 season, when the captain, Jabbar, went down with a bad ankle during the NBA finals against Dr. J and the 76ers. And this is when Magic served notice that he was a superstar and was going to be here a long time..He played point guard, forward and center and dropped a plus 40 spot on the talent heavy sixers that consisted of Doc, Bibby, Cheeks, Doug Collins and Caldwell Jones. Oh and Jamaal "Silk Wilkes dropped 3 dimes and seven cent on 'em too...Wilkes was my boy!! Cornbread!!

Anyway the NBA in the 80's forced itself from being on taped delay to being primetime with likes of Magic and the hick from french lick, Larry Bird. And this is where I might lose my laker card...It's in danger of being pulled faster than any ghetto card I have for Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta and Los Angeles. You see in the 80's, I hated the Boston Celtics, hated!! and although I respected Larry Bird, Dennis Johnson, Kevin McCale, Robert Parrish and Danny Ainge, I hated the Boston Celtics, I hated that ugly parkay basketball court floor, I hated seeing Red Auerbach fire up his cigars after a victory and don't even get me talking about Tommy Heinson when he was CBS calling the games.. I hated them!! couldn't stand their colors and they're stank ass fans chanting Beat L.A., when they were getting punked by Philly. But now after years of bad years, below mediocrity and Red Auerbach no longer in the stadium but in a special section of Heaven, called Boston Celt -ven, he's waiting along with Dennis Johnson for the rest of boys to get there so they run in Heaven's gym for eternity. The Celtics are back and after one of the greatest season turnarounds in NBA history..It's possible this team might bring back the O'Brien Trophey, to familiar grounds.

VIOLATION: I'm pulling for them.

I'm pulling for Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. Those three have given Minnesota, Seattle and Boston fans their all and I would like to see them get the fruits of their labor. So, whether they face the Lakers or the Spurs...

VIOLATION: I'm pulling for them..

Well there you have it...It's in print and I'm guilty...

Laker card is in trouble of being revoked...But in my defense!

The Lakers left me before I left them, picking Shaq over Kobe! trading Norm Nixon for unknown Byron Scott and still disrespecting Jamaal Wilkes! So there's some wrong doing there! I know it's weak but damn...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

JFK on tax cuts - Google Search

JFK on tax cuts - Google Search

Sports Unrelated News: Adam Jones Extorted...

Apparently Adam Jones, was not playing about getting back into the league. According to MSN sports, Jones cooperated and identified a Washington man who fired shots into the Minxx strip club during the 2007 NBA All Star game in Las Vegas, (damn vegas, they took my money!!). Also according to court documents, after a thorough investigation with again Jones cooperation, it was found out that Jones, was being extorted by the shooter to make payments to keep his [the shooter] mouth shut.

Problem point: On HBO's Real Sports, in an interview with Jones, empathically denied knowing who the shooter was and denied ever seeing the shooter. Did he lie?


Here's what going to happen: I believe this is the report that the commissioner was waiting and therefore will clear Jones to play in the league again. It appears Jones, through cooperation helped tie up loose ends about an incident that should not have happened. Well, there's the case of the injured bodyguard, but I'm assuming that will be cleared up via outside the court settlements.

Okay Cowboys fans, are you ready for Adam Jones? you better be...
because he's coming.

Story: http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/8059462?MSNHPHMA

Monday, April 21, 2008

Tom Joyner to Blacks: Feel Proud...Vote Obama

JOYNER TO BLACKS: Feel Proud...Vote for Obama

I caught this on Joyner's site, today and once again, we have a liberal supporting entertainer telling us to do what my brother in law said, "do the right thing."

Never mind the issues, never mind that Obama has holes in his campaign and never mind that Joyner's comments is equivalent to Former President Clinton's remarks about South Carolina voters. I find anyone who is advocating that blacks should vote for a black candidate, because he's black, insulting, and folks that do it, not only does it not help, but it cheapens the victory by Obama if he is nominated and President elect.

FLAG!!: Imagine the outcry if Howard Stern urged his listeners and website visitors to vote for Sen. Clinton and McCain, because they're white and they should feel proud that a white woman and man is running for president....

Fortunately, the second largest media market is unaware of Joyners love-fest for Obama and unable to hear his show. I also think it will be fortunate that other folks in Joyner's listening audience do what, L.A., has done to him on three occasions....Shut him out and vote for the candidate that has addressed your issues or concerns...

JOYNERS COMMENTS ON HIS BLOG:

You know how every time a black person is in the news for doing something stupid, ignorant or pathetic, we cringe? Because they’re black, we feel some connection to them.

Well, guess what? It works both ways. Whenever someone black is honored for an accomplishment, we as black people get a warm and fuzzy feeling. We’re entitled to it, too. We walk taller and prouder. That's why I do the Black History Fact every day. We need to hear about the good and great things black people have done and are doing every single day.

So, whether you are voting for Barack Obama or not, because he's a black man, he represents you and me if you are black. That should give you chills. Not only is he doing the darn thing; he's got an excellent chance of winning and being our first black president. How could you not support him?

If he’s representing you, why wouldn't you represent him? I’m not talking about someone who is a slug, a questionable guy or a mediocre dude. I’m talking about a person anyone of any race would (and does) support. Other races have a lot of reasons for voting for Obama. So do we. Just one those reasons, for me, is because he’s a black man.

Wanting Obama to win because he’s a black man isn't wrong. Racism and racial pride are two entirely different things. I can't honestly see how anyone who is African-American, no matter what he or she has said publicly, can NOT vote for this qualified black man. As a black man with a father whose wish before he left this earth was to cast a vote for Obama, I could not look at myself in the mirror if I hadn't done all I could to put this black man in office. When my first grandchild is old enough to read about this period in American history and says, “Fly Pop, did you vote for Obama?” I want to look in her eyes and say, “Yes.” I don't know how I could explain it to her if I didn't. I already have to explain why I'm only 23 years old.

I cannot vote in tomorrow’s primary election in Pennsylvania. All I can do until November is to beat the drum as loudly and as boldly as I can for Barack Obama and to encourage everyone to vote for him. If you have a black child or a black grandparent, how could you not?

RF23 - Still Pro Death Penalty....

Over the weekend, I caught a documentary that I've seen on HBO and now on A&E, the execution of the Wanda Jean Allen. Allen was the first black woman since 1954 to be executed since the death penalty was re-instated back to the states.

Now of course, the documentary was supposed to make the audience feel sorry for Allen, feel opposition towards the death penalty and of course find some type of compassion for a woman, who had it rough coming up, controversy as to her educational background and of course, she's black.

No where in the documentary, did the audience get a chance to feel sorry for the two women she murdered. No where did the audience get to say, "well damn, you got off easy on the first murder charge, by serving only two to three years and then you turn around and do it again." No how many bites of the apple does one get? How many murders will an anti-death penalty advocate accept before they even say, "damn, I can't do nothing for ya, mayne?"

Look I get that these criminals find the light and guidance of religion and yes, according to his word, Jesus does forgive...but like Tookie Williams, no matter how redemptive and repentant...Justice needs to be served, a wrong needs to be righted and quite frankly, if you take a life...you gotta give a life. The death penalty is my only tit for tat, I'll accept. And to tell the truth, for the SCOTUS to have wasted it's time in reviewing whether or not lethal injection is humane. How about asking the relatives of the victims, who had to have closed caskets or opt to cremate, because of the gruelsome act. And that is what's lost in this whole thing, the victim...Where is the justice for that victim? Who protests for them vigorously on the news? And oh yeah, Jesse Jackson protested over this prisoner's execution in 2001 after comparing her death to Martin Luther King, Jr.

You know what else I got from this documentary, well I can make it political, but this is an social issue, but back to what else, the executed prisoner had someone working hard to keep her alive, gave her the best shot to beat the death rap and the system, like it should, the system did it's job. Now how come we can't have the same thing in California? Well, one, there's no money for these long drawn out appeals process for attorneys. Two, the state doesn't pay enough for the prosecuter side to see these things through, so the few who are in the courtroom trenches are backed up with cases, which takes too damn long to get these prisoners executed. Meanwhile states like Oklahoma, where the executed received her actual punishment and justice was served by the people. They got it right, by not dragging the family down this emotional rollercoaster ride, no one paid admission for or wanted part of. If executed Allen really had remorse for her murder(s), she should have saved the state the money of housing her for 10-12 years and paying a physician to carry out the wishes of the people of Oklahoma, by killing herself in front of the same police station, where she shot her second victim, an ex-girlfriend and cellmate. Better yet, why are we questioning the method of death of convicted murderers? Russia and other countries got it right, a bullet to the head, a rope around the neck or french revolution ol skool...the chopping off with the head.

I'm sure murders will slow down if a person is aware that their head could resemble the holes in a coconut, they can swing like a tea bag or be a dropped head of lettuce....

The executed: http://www.clarkprosecutor.org/html/death/US/allen687.htm

Baltimore teacher attacked in classroom by female student

Baltimore teacher attacked in classroom by female student..

Jolita Berry, an art teacher at Reginald F. Lewis High School in Baltimore was attacked by a student and the video has been everywhere. This attack caused African American Political Pundit to ask if Black American has lost control of its children.
What is going on black America? Why are we as black adults allowing our children to control adults? Run amuck in our own homes, neighborhoods and communities? Why are we allowing these types of activities to occur across our communities? What's going on Black America! OK, what am I talking about? Is it time to bring back reform schools? oops that's called prison - Right? So what should black adults be doing?AAPP


My answer is that not all of Black American has lost control of its children. I kow plenty of little Black children and teens who wouldn't dream of attacking their teacher at school, that being said, I think the pricklier question is should the children whose parents have control of them be forced to sit in a classroom with the children of parents who do not have control of their kids?

One of the hazards of blogging and of READING BLOGS *hint* is that you tend to hear about the foolishness. The kids who are going to school and want to learn, who are managing to function in chaos don't make the news unless someone shoots them. We do stories on all of the people who get attacked or killed, but we rarely do posts about the people who survive and thrive. So on one hand I recognize that there are a bunch of folks behaving badly on YouTube, we do have to pause and recognize that there are lots of decent parents whose kids are not on YouTube.

To read more and see video: http://whataboutourdaughters.blogspot.com/2008/04/black-teacher-attacked-in-baltimore.html

HBO's John Adams

Well the last installment of the HBO mini series ended with a bang and like other past HBO shows, I am saddened. I'm saddened because one, John Adams will probably be the last good show on that network. With FX's Nip Tuck, The Shield and Rescue Me and Showtime's Brotherhood and The Tudurs. HBO will lag behind these well written shows after giving us, The Sopranos and The Wire.

Anyway, John Adams ended obviously with the former president living in retirement, dealing with the deaths of his daughter and his beloved wife. I thought the last installment of this mini-series really showcased the bitterness Adams had after leaving the presidency and in his retirement years. If you missed the program, I'm sure HBO will show it again..The DVD's when they come out are worth it. Also, Paul Giammati played his ass!! off portraying President John Adams. Overall the cast was solid and the story was historically accurate...Even the President's reaction to the first congress painting that hangs in the rotunda of the House of Representatives...

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Something to think about....

"would it be better if whites did think of themselves more often as a distinct race? I'm not sure you (or I) really want that. Look what happens when whites do think about this: KKK, Aryan Nation, Nazis, etc. OK, those people are kooks, but thinking more about race, instead of less, doesn't get us any closer to a society where it's the content of our character that matters the most." - Prescott, a contributor on Joseph C. Phillips blogsite..when the question of whites thinking about their race...

Alicia Keys Lost Her Damn Mind....

While "Falling" Alicia Keys lost her damn mind!! Did you all hear the latest entertainer/movie star chime in with her conspiracy theory? Apparently Keys' believes the Tupac/Biggie Feud was "That the bicoastal feud between slain rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. was fueled “by the government and the media, to stop another great black leader from existing.”

And she went further with her insane conspiracy with this, “‘Gangsta rap’ was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. ‘Gangsta rap’ didn’t exist.”

Whatever happened to normal conspiracy theories, such as the assassination of President Kennedy and Lincoln. The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr and if we really landed on the moon! Not some crazy bullbleep that doesn't make sense. So Alicia in essence you're saying Eazy E ain't dead, he's in gov't protection and all the other gangsta rappers are government agents sent in to make black people kill each other....O. Kay.

And what's with this Tupac/Biggie thing, and which one was the black leader? Look I hate to see you talking like this, you're too beautiful of woman to have thoughts like these. Let's make a deal, you keep singing and looking good and leave the thought provoking stuff to us.

Now to be fair, you have denied the quotes in The Blender Magazine interview, but the magazine is standing by their story, which means they probably have a tape. So let's drop this, so this insane conspiracy theory comes out in a form of a tape....

Story: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24074067

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Movie Quote: Vito Corleone "The Godfather"

I forego my vengeance for my dead
son, for the common good. But I
have selfish reasons. My youngest
son had to flee, accused of
Sollozzo's murder, and I must now
make arrangements so that he can
come home with safety, cleared of
all those false charges. That is
my affair, and I will make those
arrangements.
(with strength)
But I am a superstitious man...and
so if some unlucky accident should
befall my youngest son, if some
police officer should accidentally
shoot him, or if he should hang
himself in his cell, or if my son
is struck by a bolt of lightning,
then I will blame some of the
people here. That, I could never
forgive, but...aside from that, let
me swear by the souls of my
Grandchildren that I will never be
the one to break the peace we have
made.

AP News - Some gay couples are having trouble obtaining divorces..

Ray Henry - AP News
Some gay couples are having trouble obtaining divorces

Unbelievable!

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gay couples had to struggle mightily to win the right to marry or form civil unions. Now, some are finding that breaking up is hard to do, too.
In Rhode Island, for example, the state's top court ruled in December that gays married in neighboring Massachusetts can't get divorced here because lawmakers have never defined marriage as anything but a union between a man and woman. In Missouri, a judge is deciding whether a lesbian married in Massachusetts can get an annulment.

"We all know people who have gone through divorces. At the end of that long and unhappy period, they have been able to breathe a sigh of relief," said Cassandra Ormiston of Rhode Island, who is splitting from her wife, Margaret Chambers. But "I do not see that on my horizon, that sigh of relief that it's over."

Over the past four years, Massachusetts has been the only state where gay marriage is legal, while nine other states allow gay couples to enter into civil unions or domestic partnerships that offer many of the rights and privileges of marriage. The vast majority of these unions require court action to dissolve.

Gay couples who still live in the state where they got hitched can split up with little difficulty; the laws in those states include divorce or dissolution procedures for same-sex couples. But gay couples who have moved to another state are running into trouble.

To read more: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D902ENIG0&show_article=1

Response: Why is this so hard, if you went to Massachusetts to get married, then go back to get unhitched!

Monday, April 14, 2008

RF23 - Does this white boy wanna be president or what?

I'm sure by now everyone has heard barack obama's comments over the weekend and I have one question..

Whats wrong with that boy?!

How is it that he can run off motivational after motivational speech and yet can't prevent his left or right foot from entering his mouth...

I know you've read it or heard it, but....

"It's not surprising, then, that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." B.O.

Now when I first read and heard it, I thought he was talking about the ghettos...I mean there are some bitter people there and some would like to cling to gun and most do cling to religion. They're not happy when [illegal] immigrants move into their neighborhoods....But when I found out he was talking about the small towns in Pennsylvania and other small towns or communities throughout the United States, I was like damn does this boy wanna be president or what?! By now he should have his game tightened up and his lie straight, but presently he comes off as naive.

Get your game right, boy! and unlike that other guy, I'm not apologizing for calling you, boy, white boy.

Movie Quote: Sin Lasalle in "Be Cool"

Have you lost your mind? I mean, how is it that you can disrespect a mans ethnicity when you know we've influenced nearly every facet of white America... from our music to our style of dress. Not to mention your basic imitation of our sense of cool; walk, talk, dress, mannerisms... we enrich your very existence, all the while contributing to the gross national product through our achievements in corporate America. It's these conceits that comfort me when I am faced with the ignorant, cowardly, bitter and bigoted, who *have* no talent, no guts? people like you who desecrate things they don't understand when the truth is - you should say thank-you, man? and go on about your way. But apparently you are incapable of doing that! So...

[shoots his gun] and don't tell me to be cool. I *am* cool! - Sin Lasalle (Cedric the Entertainer)

Barack Obama's Statement

Barack Obama's statement

"It's not surprising, then, that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." Barack Obama

"Around election time, the candidates can't do enough -- they'll promise you anything, they'll give you a long list of proposals and even come around, with TV crews in tow, to throw back a shot and a beer," Barack Obama


Response: For a minute I thought he was talking about black folk...

Favorite Movie Quote - Pulp Fiction

The following movie quote is from what I think is one of the best Quentin Taratino movies of all time, Pulp Fiction. And although the movie is filled with a bunch of quotables, I think this one really stands out...

The scene is Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames:

MARSELLUS (Ving Rhames)


I think you're gonna find -- when
all this shit is over and done -- I
think you're gonna find yourself
one smilin' motherfucker. Thing is
Butch, right now you got ability.
But painful as it may be, ability
don't last. Now that's a hard
motherfuckin' fact of life, but
it's a fact of life your ass is
gonna hafta git realistic about.
This business is filled to the brim
with unrealistic motherfuckers who
thought their ass aged like wine.
Besides, even if you went all the
way, what would you be? Feather-
weight champion of the world. Who
gives a shit? I doubt you can even
get a credit card based on that.

A hand lays an envelope full of money on the table in front of
Butch. Butch picks it up.

MARSELLUS (OS)
Now the night of the fight, you may
fell a slight sting, that's pride
fuckin' wit ya. Fuck pride! Pride
only hurts, it never helps. Fight
through that shit. 'Cause a year
from now, when you're kickin' it in
the Caribbean you're gonna say,
"Marsellus Wallace was right."

NBA Playoffs...Fan-Tastic?

Well with the NBA season winding down and the playoffs beginning. I guess it's time to talk basketball. The West is awfully tight and any team can come out of it. Unlike past years, it's not a given that the number one seed will play in Championship round, like it's evident in the East.

So lets talk about the West, the Lakers are a half game ahead of the New Orleans Hornets, yeah you read it right, the New Orleans Hornets are contenders and like the other eight teams in the West, have just as good of a chance of winning it all. Props to Byron Scott and MVP candidate Chris Paul for an exciting season for the folks of New Orleans..

I mentioned earlier, the lakers, and when you talk lakers, you think of Kobe Bryant. Let's get this straight, I respect his game, but as a person from my perception, I don't like him, never have and suspect never will. Now if I were a general manager, and he was available...I'll pick him, pay him in a quick minute.

And that's all.

He's not personable and when he attempts it...it's fake

And although die hard laker fans, may forgive him...I can't forget that he held the organization hostage, by bitching and complaining last summer, especially about Andrew Bynum. This ain't the second time Bryant, held the team hostage, he complained about being Robin to Shaq's Batman and eventually the dynamic duo that could have won 4, 5 maybe 6 championships broke up. And like Robin learned in DC comics, without Batman, he's just another dude in tights and killed. Well as soon as Shaq left the locker room, Kobe -Robin was getting killed and watching Shaq become the Ben Grimm to Dwaynne Wade's Fantastic Four and winning a championship. Now Kobe has received a second and third chance in a new Andrew Bynum and the pick up of Pau Gasol, and by the way folks, I feel you can't be a MVP contender waiting on your center, power foward/center to get back from injuries.

All in L.A. news papers, they are waiting for the same Andrew Bynum to come back so the Lakers could make a championship run. What?! You got Kobe!! there's no waiting for a guy who he called a sorry ass punk or scrub!

For that and other reasons, like scoring 53 points and still lose, go on a four game skid, while other players are out...and not making any one better on your team and you have people saying he's the MVP?

I don't think so. I like Chris Paul and after that Kevin Garnett.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Richard Morin - The Hidden Truth About Liberals and Affirmative Action (1997)

The Hidden Truth About Liberals and Affirmative Action
Richard Morin - 1997
Washington Post

Surveys typically show that most political liberals and Democrats support affirmative action while most conservatives and Republicans reject it.

But everybody knows that people don't always say what they really think when they're talking about race. So are all of those liberals revealing their true feelings about affirmative action?

No, say Paul Sniderman of Stanford University and Edward Carmines of Indiana University. They've discovered that white liberals are just as angry about affirmative action as other whites -- they're just less willing to admit it, they argue in their new book, "Reaching Beyond Race," published by Harvard University.

Sniderman and Carmines say their results are very bad news for supporters of affirmative action as well as the Democratic party, which "is now threatened with a loss of support at its center because of resentment over the new race-conscious agenda."

These political scientists uncovered liberals' little secret through a series of novel experiments designed to measure attitudes toward affirmative action without tipping off poll participants as to what they were doing...

...Also very revealing: When the researchers analyzed the results, they found the political divisions over affirmative action found in other polls were conspicuously missing. "White liberals were as angry as conservatives, [57 percent versus 50 percent] and Democrats [65 percent] were as angry as Republicans [64 percent]," Sniderman said -- a result that they've replicated in subsequent surveys using longer lists and different wording of the affirmative action statement...

...


Affirmative Action Part II: When Words Anger
Carmines and Sniderman discovered just how potent the words "affirmative action" were in provoking white anger in an experiment they called the "Mere Mention" test.

In a national survey, the political scientists varied the sequence of a question asking about attitudes toward affirmative action with a group of questions measuring agreement with several racist stereotypes: Did the respondents believe that "most blacks" were "lazy"? Were they "irresponsible"? Were they "arrogant"?

The results surprised even the researchers. When the affirmative action question was asked first, 43 percent of all whites said most blacks were "irresponsible," compared with 26 percent when the affirmative action came after the questions about the negative characteristics.

Likewise, the percentage who identified blacks as "lazy" increased to 31 percent from 20 percent when the affirmative action question came first, and the proportion saying most blacks were "arrogant" rose from 29 percent to 36 percent.

"It is impressive that merely changing the order of the questions should have made any difference whatsoever." Also dismaying: The power of the mere mention of affirmative action "to sharpen hostility toward blacks," they reported.

© Copyright 1997 The Washington Post Company

Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Audacity of Bill Cosby's Conservatism

Atlantic Monthly
Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Audacity of Bill Cosby's Conservatism
"This is how we lost to the white man"

ast summer, in Detroit’s St. Paul Church of God in Christ, I watched Bill Cosby summon his inner Malcolm X. It was a hot July evening. Cosby was speaking to an audience of black men dressed in everything from Enyce T-shirts or polos to blazers and ties. Some were there with their sons. Some were there in wheelchairs. The audience was packed tight, rows of folding chairs extended beyond the wooden pews to capture the overflow. But the chairs were not enough, and late arrivals stood against the long shotgun walls, or out in the small lobby, where they hoped to catch a snatch of Cosby’s oratory. Clutching a cordless mic, Cosby paced the front of the church, shifting between prepared remarks and comic ad-libs. A row of old black men, community elders, sat behind him, nodding and grunting throaty affirmations. The rest of the church was in full call-and-response mode, punctuating Cosby’s punch lines with laughter, applause, or cries of “Teach, black man! Teach!”

He began with the story of a black girl who’d risen to become valedictorian of his old high school, despite having been abandoned by her father. “She spoke to the graduating class and her speech started like this,” Cosby said. “‘I was 5 years old. It was Saturday and I stood looking out the window, waiting for him.’ She never said what helped turn her around. She never mentioned her mother, grandmother, or great-grandmother.”

“Understand me,” Cosby said, his face contorted and clenched like a fist. “Men? Men? Men! Where are you, men?”

Audience: “Right here!”

Cosby had come to Detroit aiming to grab the city’s black men by their collars and shake them out of the torpor that has left so many of them-like so many of their peers across the country-undereducated, over-incarcerated, and underrepresented in the ranks of active fathers. No women were in the audience. No reporters were allowed, for fear that their presence might frighten off fathers behind on their child-support payments. But I was there, trading on race, gender, and a promise not to interview any of the allegedly skittish participants.

“Men, if you want to win, we can win,” Cosby said. “We are not a pitiful race of people. We are a bright race, who can move with the best. But we are in a new time, where people are behaving in abnormal ways and calling it normal … When they used to come into our neighborhoods, we put the kids in the basement, grabbed a rifle, and said, ‘By any means necessary.’

To read more: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200805/cosby

Jason Whitlock: Protests are only thing compelling about Olympics

Jason Whitlock: Olympics - Protests are only thing compelling about Olympics
MSN.com

If not for the protests, would there be a compelling reason to pay attention to the Olympics?

Seriously, that's where we are when it comes to the summer and winter Olympics. There are no star, must-see athletes. The one and only star is Political Protest, the former supporting co-star who will now be asked to carry the Games alone.

I think she's up to it, and I'm going to enjoy the show.

Let's don't kid ourselves by pretending the seemingly worldwide organized protest of the Olympic torch is somehow bad for the Games in China. Hell, I half suspect NBC employees are spreading pro-Tibet, anti-China propaganda. Dick Ebersol is so smart that he probably commandeered a couple of choppers and dropped leaflets detailing China's human-rights violations across San Francisco in the days leading up to Wednesday's torch relay.

Nope. The Summer Olympics will rise or fall economically/commercially on the strength or weakness of this controversy. We can only hope that in the attempt to drive ratings and sell newspapers and magazines that the desperate U.S. media cover China and the Games responsibly.


To read more: http://msn.foxsports.com/olympics/story/8009276

Jason Whitlock: Protests are only thing compelling about Olympics

Jason Whitlock: Olympics - Protests are only thing compelling about Olympics
MSN.com

If not for the protests, would there be a compelling reason to pay attention to the Olympics?

Seriously, that's where we are when it comes to the summer and winter Olympics. There are no star, must-see athletes. The one and only star is Political Protest, the former supporting co-star who will now be asked to carry the Games alone.

I think she's up to it, and I'm going to enjoy the show.

Let's don't kid ourselves by pretending the seemingly worldwide organized protest of the Olympic torch is somehow bad for the Games in China. Hell, I half suspect NBC employees are spreading pro-Tibet, anti-China propaganda. Dick Ebersol is so smart that he probably commandeered a couple of choppers and dropped leaflets detailing China's human-rights violations across San Francisco in the days leading up to Wednesday's torch relay.

Nope. The Summer Olympics will rise or fall economically/commercially on the strength or weakness of this controversy. We can only hope that in the attempt to drive ratings and sell newspapers and magazines that the desperate U.S. media cover China and the Games responsibly.


To read more: http://msn.foxsports.com/olympics/story/8009276

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Associated Press - Democrats want Iraqis to use oil surplus

Democrats want Iraqis to use oil surplus
Anne Flaherty - AP

"Now that will be 'war for oil'"

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats plan to push legislation this spring that would force the Iraqi government to spend its own surplus in oil revenues to rebuild the country, sparing U.S. dollars.
The legislation follows a recommendation by Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, that the Bush administration halt troop withdrawals in July. Petraeus on Wednesday was wrapping up two days of congressional testimony in which he has said security gains in the war zone are too fragile to promise further drawdowns.

Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said pausing troop reductions would signal to the Iraqis that the United States was committed to the war indefinitely.

"Rather, we need to put continuous and increasing pressure on the Iraqis to settle their political differences, to pay for their own reconstruction with their oil windfalls, and to take the lead in conducting military operations," said Levin, D-Mich.

Iraq has about $30 billion in surplus funds stored in U.S. banks, according to Levin.

Iraq is looking at a potential boon in oil revenue this year, possibly as much as $100 billion in 2007 and 2008. Meanwhile, the U.S. military is having to buy its fuel on the open market, paying on average $3.23 a gallon and spending some $153 million a month in Iraq on fuel alone.

To read more: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8VUB9AO3&show_article=1

RF23 - Jamiel Shaw...Is Going To Make A Difference...

RF23 - Jamiel Shaw..Is Going to make a difference

This is going to be an emotional post, so I don't want any comments that don't apply to this. As a matter of fact, I want answers and solutions and this is hard coming from me, due to the fact that I stay party lines, stick to my guns on social issues and all the other bullshit we deal with in politics or in our case talking politics.

The title of my blog entry is Jamiel Shaw, the young man shot on his way home by an illegal immigrant, is going to make a difference. In life, this young man wanted to make a difference for himself, educationally and athletically. A young man who lived in the same household of duty, honor and country. His mom at the time of his death was serving her country in Iraq, putting her life on the line for her country to avoid another 9/11 and what did she get? while other families were burying their sons or daughters coming from Iraq, she's burying her son from the streets of Los Angeles. Again, I'm going to be emotional here and I'll keep the expletives down but damn it! Every red blooded American should be pissed! Let me once again summarize the tragedy:

17 year old Shaw was on his way home, he was stopped by some latino gangmembers, asked what set he was from, Shaw either didn't respond or said he didn't bang, he was then shot, a few steps from his house. But theres more to this story, and don't get me wrong, Shaw is not the first black or latino innocent shot and killed from gangs. This has been going on for years and all the politicians, especially the sorry sons of bitches sitting on the Los Angeles City Council, could do is try to pass laws that prevent law abiding citizens from getting weapons by making them go through hoops of fire, walk a few feet on nails or hot coals! meanwhile the criminal is fully armed and ready to continue their reign of terror. Shaw's mother was right, they are terrorist! and they have had a jihad against the law abiding for the longest.

And when these cowards are jailed and probably given the death penalty, they are martyred like Tookie Williams was! What is going on in our world, in our country! that thug life is glorified and justified and the kid who is doing right, acting right and taking care of business is just another statistic and heaped on the "oh well" just another dead black boy pile!

Jamiel Shaw is going to make a difference.....

It's time we make a new pile of "oh well" it's just another illegal immigrant deported. Because the sorry son of bitch, that shot Shaw, is an illegal immigrant.

Jamiel Shaw is going to make a difference..because he was being raised to make a difference. A difference that politicians refused to make, unless polls say they should. In L.A., they have special order 40, that prohibits the police from inquiring about the legal status of immigrants. The reasoning was because, some of these people witness crimes and won't come forward in fear that they'll be deported. Special order 40 was not to protect the illegal alien criminal and the fact that the illegal was in jail a mere 24 hours before he killed Shaw, makes the City, the County and probably the federal gov't liable for wrongful death...And maybe! that will get these so called politicians to wake up! Sue the hell out of them for wrongful death and Shaw's case to me seems rock solid.

A: you have a municipality, with a order that is essentially protecting criminals, let's face it, the reason why these people won't come forward is because they know they're criminals themselves. Having a law to protect criminals should not be...

B: Said city or county had an illegal alien in their custody, failed to contact the federal agency to process him for immediate deportation for his first charge of weapons possession charge...

C: said illegal then commits murder on an American citizen.

Sounds like wrongful death to me. If the city could with a good conscious give a fireman, $1.5 million for eating cooked dogfood and then turnaround and pay his supervisors, the same amount for letting him eat cooked dogfood...

Then why in the hell couldn't innocent victims killed by illegals within the borders of cities and counties that harbor illegal aliens with laws like special order 40 receive compensation for a loss that will never come back?

I told you Jamiel Shaw is going to make a difference...


LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-specialorder9apr09,0,870582.story

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

RF23 - Wow Senator! What a question....

With a question like that, you deserve to be president...

Later on today, Barack Obama will have his chance to ask the big questions, get filed in on what's really going on and what the situation is in Iraq. And of course, ask questions, but before I post his "key" question, let me pose a question or two, to the general before the senator gets his grip into him:

Sen. Lewis (Hey it's not impossible): General Patreus thank you for coming to the senate and answering questions and letting the american people know what's going on and not going on in Iraq. I have a couple of questions...first question...General could you fill us in on the recent attacks that has sprung up in the last month or two? Who's behind it and is it under control?

Gen. Patreus: Thank you Senator for your welcome and I would like to say, how proud the United States Army is of you from coming from out of our ranks and now a representative for our soldiers and veterans....Ahhh, the recent violent outbreaks are from the usual cast of characters, most notebly al sadr and his militia. ahhh, unlike outbreaks of the past, when we had suicide bombers, which seemed like everyday, US forces, her allies and the Iraqi forces, mainly the Iraqis forces are responding and subduing those situations.

Sen. Lewis: So the Iraqis, unlike last time or before the surge is taking control of their security..

Gen. Patreus: That's correct, senator, but there's some work to be done..

Sen. Lewis: What about the benchmarks set? Has there been any progress?

Gen. Patreus: Yes, sir out of the 18 benchmarks, 14 have been completed and in effect

Chair: Sen Obama

Sen. Obama: thank you chair, I have one key question I would like to ask, how has this war made us safer, and at what point do we know that there's success so we can start bringing our troops home?

Gen. Patreus: Well senator, thank you for the softball questions, I was expecting someone who is running for president to get me a little dirty, but in response to your first question, the fact that there has not been an attack on our country since September 11, 2001. Next, as I mentioned, although the Iraqis are getting to full strength in their own security, I don't think it would be wise to unilaterilly pull out. Now there should be some troop reduction as Iraqi's continue to build up and even then, I feel we should have a presence, like we do in Korea and Germany.

Chair: Sen. Obama is that all?

Sen. Obama: huh? oh...yeah...

End -

The question Obama asked was from his interview on the Today show, in which the host let slide.

RF23 - Black Radio Stations Dwindling.....

Blogger correction: I wanna correct the first few lines of this blog, I was told by a friend of mine of all the changes and the eventual sell of V100 aka The Beat. I then went to all access to get more information to form my opinion...Thanks for the correction, Kathy!


According to All Accesss and a friend telling me that V100 formerly known as "The Beat" was sold to become a rock station. I was a little taken back, surprised? maybe? but the truth of the matter is that the writing was on the wall, graffetti style for the past four or five years. The writing was placed by the ousting of comedian Steve Harvey. When Harvey was on the air competing strongly against KPWR's (Power 106) Big Boy. The station was ranked third and cornering a demographic of young, middle and old audiences that identified with Harvey. Harvey recognizing that he had that demographic and wanted to appease to all audiences by playing the type of music that satisfied the youngest of heart and bring back the memories of the older folks. KKBT disagreed and wanted to appease to the younger audiences forcing Harvey, in protest,to play music or raps that were degrading.

In an emotional ending for Harvey. They parted ways and this was the beginning of the end of KKBT.

Now to it's credit, KKBT tried to refill Harvey's spot with former Detroit Bad Boy, Chicago Bull and Los Angeles Laker, John Salley. It failed. Next, in an apparent "huh" moment, they picked up nationally syndicated Tom Joyner and Michael Baisden. As usual Joyner failed and Baisden managed to hold on to his afternoon spot until he heard through rumors that Radio One sold the L.A. market.

Now that the bottom has dropped for KKBT, it leaves Los Angeles with only three black urban radio stations: KJLH 102.3, KDAY (which in June, 2008 which will take the name The BEAT) and KPWR 105.9.

I guess Steve Harvey and Nephew Tommy got it right, when they triumphantly returned back to Los Angeles airwaves under Premiere Radio. They said that the K-D-A-Y meant:

K -ickin D-ey A-ss -Y-all

And that's what they did.



Chronicle The Beginning of the fall: 2005

I wrote this on Steve Harvey's last day on May 20, 2005:

Today a voice was silenced temporarily. A voice that everyone knows and when that voice was heard, brought laughter.

Realizing that most of us live in different parts of this great country. We, as black folk, have something and if not everything in common. When we bring up favorite comedians today..A list of maybe four or five names would come up. And the person on my list is Steve Harvey. You see right there, everyone just said "oh hell yeah, thats my boy!". The original member of the Kings of Comedy, host of It's Showtime at the Apollo, star of two good quality t.v. shows, "Me and the Boys" and the "Steve Harvey Show". One show depicting a single black man raising three sons. Hell it worked with Fred McMurray in "My Three Sons"..but the network, ABC, rejected the notion that a single black man could raise boys and the show was cancelled.

Next, on a lesser network, the WB, which has been accused of putting on black shows just to build it's (white viewer) base, Steve Harvey starred in his own show, named "The Steve Harvey Show" and Stevey Harvey's Big Time, a talent/variety show. This show depicting a talented musician going back to his old high school to teach and become a role model for his students. The show lasting longer than the first, then all of sudden it changed writers and ghetto stereo types rose out of it. And now this, here in Los Angeles, Steve held one of the most popular morning radio show spots for four and a half years. The key word being held, because now, this show is over.

When Steve Harvey first came on the radio waves here in Los Angeles, it started a wave of other radio stations to hire comedians to do radio shows. Sinbad and George Lopez for starters were hired and eventually cancelled. But Harvey being the third of four black morning radio shows hit home and became popular and I hate to say it, but it was Los Angeles..You either listened to one of the four radio shows, Big Boys neighborhood (Power 106), The Cliff and Janeane Morning Show (Hometeam, 102.3 KJLH), who ever was on 92.3 FM and Steve's show with his co-host Shirley Strawberry. I remember when he first signed on with his original co-hosts, it was billed the Steve Harvey Morning Show with the Angels and they were entertaining and most of all it was it was Steve Harvey being the man and the comedian he is. Then all of sudden, the show started to change, it was more hip hop music being played, then you heard less Steve and more music. The Angels were reduced to just an angel and the show started to suffer. And suffer it did. And despite the many changes the station managers and executives (Radio One) imposed on the show, Harvey stayed true and dug in. He didn't change himself. Why? because he couldn't. I believe that if he did, he wouldn't sleep at night nor style himself in the mirror, because of the man he is, would have turned into some sell out to himself and his fans.

Steve literally cared about the community, said Magic Johnson and those who called his final show today echoed the same sentiments and love. And it made me think to myself. Although I didn't agree with opinions or thought every joke was funny. I respected and showed respect to this man by listening to his final show. Hoping that his final show numbers blew away his competition. And by the way, his competition called and gave respect. So what does it say about a man, that went on despite it all. It shows strength and courage to be yourself, any damn way. It showed me and in the five hours he was on, that despite what people may think of me or my ideology. I'm going to follow the path, God is giving me. I'm going to keep my head up when I'm lambasted for my thoughts or my opinions. Because like Steve Harvey, I wouldn't be able to sleep at night, being something or someone i'm not.

RF23 - Kareem Adbul Jabbar is making historic waves....

I recently finished the latest book by Kareem Abdul Jabbar, called, "On The Shoulders of Giants." It is basically a look back into the Harlem Renaissance and how blacks played a huge role of what is probably the greatest generation in regard to music, arts, sports and so on.

I found the book to be inspirational and look forward to seeing the film documentary on that period. But most noticeably I'm proud that Kareem has finally found something that sportswriters and radio talking heads can't take away because of his perceived attitude. Kareem like in his playing days, is leaving a legacy and continuing the story of black pride in America. For that I'm proud to have bought the book and so many other books written by a true hall of famer of life.

RF23 gives this book two thumbs up! Oh! on another thread in regard to JCP's picture, the subject of Pam Greier came up...

Kareem tapped that and dribbled those twins...

Check out the trailer for "On The Shoulder of Giants." http://www.osgmovie.com/Filmpages/Filmpages/trailer.html

Thursday, April 03, 2008

RF23 - How Stupid Can You Be? Chris Henry

RF23 - How Stupid Can You Be? Chris Henry

when I look at programs such as HBO's Hard Knocks, about the goings on in a NFL training camp and management. The show looks through the eyes of the veterans and the new rookies looking to either earn a starting position or make the team if they're drafted in later rounds. Some of them make it and like one season looking at the Baltimore Ravens, get cut like former Oregon Duck and Long Beach Jordan alum quarterback, Ortege Jenkins. Jenkins was a highlight reel in Oregon and won a few games. Not drafted, but a undrafted free agent, is a good kid, great upside but like my boy Duane Cooper could not perform at a high level.

Both great athletes and actually Duane, a childhood friend, made it to his dream and donned a Laker uniform for at least a season. But back to my point of what I'm trying to convey. Both athletes, especially Jenkins had a dream of playing in the NFL, that's what he imagined when he played touch football in streets, that's what he imagined when he saw pro scouts looking at him and analyzing his skills and that's what he dreamed every night after his favorite team either lost and he imagined that the game would be different if he were playing. Unfortunately, former coach Brian Billick called Jenkins in and told him, sorry, you have talent, but you haven't brought it out yet. Cut.

Which brings me to this, Cinncinati had a kid on it's team that has his values and common sense off kilter. Chris Henry, a talented, talented!! wide receiver, with great upside as a receiver, but the common sense of a doggon' two year old and I think a two year old might have him beat, seems to have his priorities all messed up.

In case you all are in the dark, about Henry, he's the guy that gives athletes a wrong name, he's the guy that gives the black community a bad image, he's the guy that embarrasses his family with no remorse, if they even give a damn about the image he's portraying. He's the one that been arrested not once, but what 5 times and each time given chance after chance to rehabilitate his image and behavior.

Do you think he even considered his actions were hurting him, his community, his family and his team?! Hell no!! According to reports, this numbskull assaulted an 18 year old kid and damaged dude's car! Today he turned himself in to account for the incident. This is the kid that is linked to Adam Jones, hell all Adam is guilty of is poor judgment and wrong damn friends. What's Henry's excuse, he's alone when he breaks the law! time and time again.

And each time he's given a bullbleep suspension for two, four or like last year eight games. You would think that common sense would show up and realize that one, it's not a right to play professional football, if so, Maurice Clarett would probably not be in prison, hell all he wanted to do was get paid and play a game a little earlier than the rules allowed. The Supreme Ct. agreed with the league and denied Clarett's petition to enter the draft after his sophmore year in Ohio State. Two, other players that played your position was cut because you were head and shoulders better.

Maybe the Bengals are culprits in signing you despite your past. But that's on them, what you did with your second, third and fourth chance is on you and now since you've been cut...

You'll have more time to think about...How stupid you really were. And if that doesn't sink in...

How stupid you are.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

When Illegal Aliens Die in the U.S., So!

RF23 - When Illegals Aliens Die in the U.S., So!

This morning while I sat on delayed train trying to get to work. I noticed a man reading todays L(ying) A(ss) Times and saw a photo of a man standing over a coffin, which appeared to have a woman and a newborn child in it. I tried to get to a look at the caption but I could only get a partial, but I knew it had something to do with mexicans and probably illegal aliens and I was right. When I finally got to work, I went to the Lying Ass Times and saw the story. Well actually I went to one blog and saw a story that made it fully comprehensible of why newspapers and now news rooms are laying off people. Somebody in Cleveland did a story on funeral violence...No, not the battle of the baby mommas, but the one, when gang members go to a funeral and attempt to send the departed more company with his homies, who were just about to tip a forty and drop their saggin' pants one inch lower as if they were performing "half mast." The local funeral directors couldn't come up with anything that supported the writers assertion that funeral violence is on the rise, so it made the story a waste of a tree and most definitely 2 to 3 minutes of my life I won't get back.

But back to my other non-story, or as I delicately put it, the "So!" story in the lying ass times. This was obviously an attempt to get the reader, to feel sorry for said illegal alien who dies in our country. Apparently, the illegal alien deceased, died from having a potential $120,000 anchor baby (@$10,000 a year in LAUSD) and whatever aid, this child would have gotten such as WIC and food stamps, oh the baby died too...Anyway illegal alien deceased and anchor baby dies and the illegal alien boyfriend is faced with a catch 22, either go back to mexico and bury his girlfriend and child and risk never coming back or stay in America and continue being a criminal. He chose option B. Now the paper wants us to feel sorry for him, the illegal alien deceased and the huge tax liability they had. I'm sorry, but I don't, and quite frankly, it's the price you pay when you break U.S. laws willingly.

Hell the times did a better story, err! fabrication on the Tupac-Combs deal then what's on todays fishwrap.

L(ying) A(ss) Times, "Divided by death and the border" http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-me-burial2apr02,0,6478107.story

Cleveland Plain Dealer, "Black Funeral Homes in Cleveland take up security measures,"
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/120712503818500.xml&coll=2

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

USA Today: Has the "Notion of Sin" Been Lost?

USA Today: Has the "Notion of sin" been lost?

What Americans call sin..

• Adultery: 81%

• Racism: 74%

• Using "hard" drugs, such as cocaine, LSD: 65%

• Not saying anything if a cashier gives you too much change: 63%

• Having an abortion: 56%

• Homosexual activity or sex: 52%

• Not reporting some income on your tax returns: 52%

• Reading or watching pornography: 50%

• Gossip: 47%

• Swearing: 46%

• Sex before marriage: 45%

• Homosexual thoughts: 44%

• Sexual thoughts about someone you are not married to: 43%

• Doing things as a consumer that harm the environment: 41%

• Smoking marijuana: 41%

• Getting drunk: 41%

• Gambling: 30%

• Not attending church or religious services regularly: 18%

• Drinking any alcohol: 14%

Source: Ellison Research, August 2007, based on 1,007 adults through a representative online panel ad adjusted to be demographically representative of the USA Margin of error: ±3.1 percentage points.

To read more: http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2008-03-19-sin_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip&POE=click-refer

Harry R. Jackson: Five Racial Absolutes Become Myths

Harry R. Jackson: Five Racial Absolutes Become Myths
www.townhall.com

Jeremiah Wright’s controversial sermons have created a huge media buzz concerning race in America. Most of us have heard nothing else on the cable news networks for nearly two weeks running. Last week I sat in the green room of the Lehrer News Hour preparing to discuss Wright’s theology and the role of the church to bring healing to the race problem in our nation. The segment just before me featured the head of the Pew Research Center.

The Pew representative stated surprising results from their survey conducted from March 19-22. Although 35% of voters cited that their opinion of Barak Obama has grown less favorable and most voters were offended by Wright’s comment, the debacle had somehow not undermined the support of the Obama faithful. He has maintained a 39 to 49 percent advantage over Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. The turning point for Senator Obama was his nationally televised speech on race. The speech distinctly stopped his political bleeding. Pew concluded that the speech was positively received by his base. In addition, both Clinton and McCain supporters also gave Obama high marks for the speech. While many believe that Jeremiah Wright’s sermons will come to haunt Senator Obama in the general election, the Senator seems to have dodged a bullet.

As I mused on the dynamic changes occurring in American culture, I could not help thinking that many racial “absolutes” are shifting dramatically. Let’s take a moment to think about 5 absolutes that may be changing.

MYTH #1 - SUNDAY MORNING: THE MOST SEGREGATED TIME IN AMERICA

Sunday brunch and “mall patrol” are becoming part of many unchurched American’s routines. Sunday is often a leisure/ outing time for the secular community. Increasingly places like Georgetown and Tyson’s Corner in the Washington, DC area are awash with a multi-racial group of “mallers.” Additionally, mega churches are actively attempting to integrate the pews. White churches no longer have an invisible “no blacks wanted” sign hung over their doors. The integration of congregations is not just being led by white pastors. In 1981, I was one of the first black preachers in America to lead a predominately white congregation.

What was novel in those years, is becoming more and more common place today.

MYTH #2 - BLACKS WITH COMPARABLE EDUCATION TO WHITES GET PAID LESS

As my co-author and I searched the dusty pages of income data by race in preparing our new book (Personal Faith, Public Policy), we were shocked at how close salaries actually are. Black PhDs actually make more money on average than their white counterparts, while black bachelor degree holders make less than 9 percent fewer dollars than whites.

MYTH #3 - ONE RACE IS SUPERIOR OVER ANOTHER

The inferiority of one race versus another has been debated back and forth from the beginning of the nation. For example, one of the justifications for slavery was the “inherent inferiority” of black people. Time and time again sports authorities have claimed superiority of blacks in certain sports along with the limitations of whites.

Careers have risen and fallen on an announcer’s statement about black sports prowess. Most shocking in recent years was Michael Irvin's comments that Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboy superstar quarterback, had to have black blood. Ironically, Irvin is a black, pro-football great, turned sportscaster. Similar statements by white media figures would have gotten them fired. Whether cultural truisms acknowledge it or not, racial distinctives in adulthood are due to nurture not nature.

To read more: http://www.townhall.com/Columnists/HarryRJacksonJr/2008/03/31/five_racial_absolutes_become_myths

Asbury Park Press: Louisiana unveils Black American Heritage Trail

Asbury Park Press: Louisiana unveils Black American Heritage Trail
Mary Foster, AP

Louisiana tourism officials have unveiled the first 26 sites on an African American Heritage Trail running from New Orleans to northern Louisiana.

"It will tell the stories of African Americans who have made contributions to Louisiana, to America and to the world," said Chuck Morse, assistant secretary of the Louisiana Office of Tourism. "It makes us proud, but it's not about pride totally. It's also about the economy."

There are 26 stops on the trail to begin with, although that will be expanded. Included are the expected - plantations with details about slaves' lives, and the early roots of jazz - and the unexpected - such as Melrose Plantation, built and owned and operated by a former slave, who in turn became a slave owner.

To read more: http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080330/LIFE02/803300444

Washington Post - The Hidden Truth About Liberals and Affirmative Action

The Hidden Truth About Liberals and Affirmative Action
Richard Morin - 1997
Washington Post

Surveys typically show that most political liberals and Democrats support affirmative action while most conservatives and Republicans reject it.

But everybody knows that people don't always say what they really think when they're talking about race. So are all of those liberals revealing their true feelings about affirmative action?

No, say Paul Sniderman of Stanford University and Edward Carmines of Indiana University. They've discovered that white liberals are just as angry about affirmative action as other whites -- they're just less willing to admit it, they argue in their new book, "Reaching Beyond Race," published by Harvard University.

Sniderman and Carmines say their results are very bad news for supporters of affirmative action as well as the Democratic party, which "is now threatened with a loss of support at its center because of resentment over the new race-conscious agenda."

These political scientists uncovered liberals' little secret through a series of novel experiments designed to measure attitudes toward affirmative action without tipping off poll participants as to what they were doing...

...Also very revealing: When the researchers analyzed the results, they found the political divisions over affirmative action found in other polls were conspicuously missing. "White liberals were as angry as conservatives, [57 percent versus 50 percent] and Democrats [65 percent] were as angry as Republicans [64 percent]," Sniderman said -- a result that they've replicated in subsequent surveys using longer lists and different wording of the affirmative action statement...

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Affirmative Action Part II: When Words Anger
Carmines and Sniderman discovered just how potent the words "affirmative action" were in provoking white anger in an experiment they called the "Mere Mention" test.

In a national survey, the political scientists varied the sequence of a question asking about attitudes toward affirmative action with a group of questions measuring agreement with several racist stereotypes: Did the respondents believe that "most blacks" were "lazy"? Were they "irresponsible"? Were they "arrogant"?

The results surprised even the researchers. When the affirmative action question was asked first, 43 percent of all whites said most blacks were "irresponsible," compared with 26 percent when the affirmative action came after the questions about the negative characteristics.

Likewise, the percentage who identified blacks as "lazy" increased to 31 percent from 20 percent when the affirmative action question came first, and the proportion saying most blacks were "arrogant" rose from 29 percent to 36 percent.

"It is impressive that merely changing the order of the questions should have made any difference whatsoever." Also dismaying: The power of the mere mention of affirmative action "to sharpen hostility toward blacks," they reported.

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