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Friday, May 30, 2008

RF23 - Is It A Church or Klan Meetin'?

I don't know what it is about Obama's church, but I gotta funny feelin' they're choir robes are white with hoods. This may be the first all integrated Klan group.

"When Hillary was crying and people said that was put on, I really don't believe it was put on. I really believe that she just always thought, "This is mine. I'm Bill's wife. I'm white, and this is mine. I just gotta get up and step into the plate," and then out of nowhere came, "Hey, I'm Barack Obama," and she said, "Oh, damn! Where did you come from? I'm white! I'm entitled! There's a black man stealing my show! Aaarrrgggh." She wasn't the only one crying, there was a whole lot of white people crying." Grand Kleagle Rev. Pfleger

Note: If you heard the tape, you will notice a stadium like roar when these statements were being made. What's also missing is the introduction by Obama's bright and breath of fresh air new preacher, Otis Moss, who after the 1st Wright incident happened said this to the church:

"Now I want everyone to stand up and look at the person to their right and say: Neighbor, O Neighbor be careful of what you say, cause it might get you crucified...Amen!! Now turn around to the person and say (repeat)"

Next, there is a "rumor" of Michelle in the same pulpit spewing "whitey this" and "whitey that." If it's true, and I hope that it is, I really do. I wonder if Obama is going to do a follow up 60 minutes interview.....Something like this:

Croft: Well, Obama, the election is over and well, what happened.

Obama: Well, it seems that my message was not articulated well enough and the American people have made their choice and they have chosen to go with the same ol same ol of Washington politics and let a republican remain in office. I have to say this, there are going to be americans without health insurance, more americans are going to go to bed hungry and of course we'll still be in Iraq...more americans are going to waste their lives for a war, I didn't vote for nor should have been started..

Croft: Well, Obama, what went wrong? was it the Jeremiah Wright incident, followed up by Pfleger, your wife saying she's just being proud, your credibility in regard to what you heard in Trinity United in all of twenty years, what happened?

Obama: Well all of those issues were legitimate, and I answered all questions in regard to -

Croft: But did they hurt you?

Obama: Well, honestly, it didn't help, but you would think the American people would be better than that and -

Croft: Better than that...the words coming from YOUR church were hateful..

Obama: yes.

Croft: So why wouldn't you think this might hurt you - possible first lady, your wife says she's just being proud to be an American - why wouldn't that hurt your election?

Obama: Look I explained that and it was all jumbled up by the media and the right wing conspiracy..

Croft: So it was the possible defeat for the media and the right wing conspiracy that made her say, she's was just now-then proud to be American?

Obama: yes and a whole litany of items..Chris Wallace interview showed me up..he works for a right wing news station and he tried to undermine my presence...what kind of question is, Can you name when you went against the grain of my party?

Croft: Well, you ran on the premise of being this "uniter"?

Obama: yeah, I didn't mean that litarally, I mean - will that be edited?

Croft: Sure, we're part of the left wing conspiracy..we got your back..

Obama: Cool. And I ran my campaign as the uniter, did you see all the people in Oregon...did Bush do that? what about McCain? H. Clinton? I brought those people together, white, black, yellow, red hell! I saw a dead people and martians!!

Croft: Speaking of blacks, you started off as not being black enough..

Obama: Yeah..

Croft: then B. Clinton makes the mistake of saying the folk in So. Carolina are going to vote for you, well because...you're black. He handed you the black vote..

Obama: (looking into the camera) thanks Bill. laughs

Croft: What do you say about some blacks famous - non-famous saying that blacks should vote for you because you're black?

Obama: I think folks, regardless of how they voted, were able to do so and articulate the reasons other than race.

Croft: Well that's a reason, I, black voter, am voting for the black guy because he identifies with me. What does that say..

Obama: It says "hope" it says "pride" it says " a dream"

Croft: What about whites that supported your campaign? does it say the same thing..

Obama: Of course, but with less soul. Less conviction...but they supported me the same..

Croft: Will you be back?

Obama: I dunno, I don't think the country is ready for a black man to be president...Not ready for all out change...So I dunno, right now all I want to do is smoke this last cigarette and enjoy my family and church family..

Croft: Thank you.

Why I Have Problems With Kobe...

Last week the Los Angeles Lakers took out the San Antonio Spurs, last years champions and those who know me, know, that I picked the Spurs, but with a caveat. I said as long as the Spurs are in the playoffs or until I see them ousted, I'm going to pick them. Well that ship has sunk and I already posted a blog entry, questioning their place in history. It ain't good.

But enough of the Spurs, lets talk about the one person, I don't like, let's be real, I've always had a dislike for Kobe. It's no secret to anyone and when he got busted for allegedly raping a woman in Colorado. I kinda took a delight and a position of....that n-word is guilty! and on that same case, he turned "locker room rat" and dropped quarters, not dimes! to the police on other players, specifically Shaquille O'Neal on their off the court activities. So everything was full circle, I had a player, who I respected his game and that only, but the person, from what I perceived...didn't like. Fortunately, I'm not alone. And he's not alone in my PAB category. Oh, PAB stands for PUNK ASS BITCH and it's for players, who get all the media love, but when the going gets tough, PAB shows up.

So why the dislike for Bryant, well you can go back to his rookie year. He was smug and came across as a spoiled little child. He wanted the spotlight without paying his dues, he felt ENTITLED to a starting spot, and of course, he thought he was bigger and more of a draw than Shaq Diesel. Next, if folks had problems with R-Kelly, it's amazing that no-one said jack nothing, that Kobe, two years removed from high school, is hanging around a Orange County high school to see a girl, who would eventually be his wife. Next, he ruined a potential Laker dynasty, well he was part of the reason. Some of the blame has to go to O'Neal, Jackson and the Laker organization, but when everything was strained, Kobe held the organization hostage and refused to sign his extension, until O'Neal had enough and requested a trade or divorce from the Lakers.

Let's fast forward to this year, after seeing Shaq get his fourth ring, one year removed from the Lakers, Kobe was experiencing first round ousting and having his butt handed to him. He goes on this baby rant about the team lying to him and wanting to be traded. He throws a young player, who like Kobe came out of high school, under the bus and demands that he be traded, called the owner a liar and called the gm gutless and all this happened this summer.

What happens, he's rewarded with league MVP, when he's not even the MVP on his own team. Something ain't right and he's not right.

I not aware of any apologies from him to his team, organization and fans.

I like Kobe's game, he's a bad mofo on the court, but I can't watch him.

It's real difficult...

Thursday, May 29, 2008

RF23 Sports - What's A Dynasty?

RF23 Sports - What's A Dynasty?

Memo to San Antonio fan: Please feel free to not use the word "Dynasty" "Spurs" "San Antonio" in the same sentence, subject or arguement. Because out of the three, two belong. San Antonio and Spurs. Dynasty, hell no!

Now excuse me, but my own definition of a dynasty is the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers and in basketball, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls and the lakers. What do these teams have in common? They won back to back and at times back championships. In Boston and Chicago's runs, they busted out 3 or more titles, took time off and busted out three or more. Dynasty! The Steelers, Cowboys and 49ers busted off three or more titles in a decade. Dynasty!

What the Spurs are doing or have been doing, is bullbleep, they haven't established themselves as a dominant team. They win one year and gone the next year or two and win again. Meanwhile, teams like the 2000-3 lakers ran off repeats. Possible dynasty. And you can throw Detroit in this too! San Antonio in order to be remembered as one of the greats and don't get me wrong..you had a great run being the New England Patriots of the NBA....boring! who said that?!

But to be remembered as one of the greats..the greats..you need to pull out consecutive championship runs. At this point and being down 3-1 to a team, you should be pushing out the door. Your inconsistency is great!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Obama. Can we trust him?

Obama. Can we trust him?

http://www.eyeblast.tv/Public/Video.aspx?rsrcID=2036

San Francisco Chronicle: Next Wave of Black Leaders Finds Fresh Voice

San Francisco Chronicle: Next wave of black leaders finds fresh voice

The Bay Area's Benjamin Jealous, who will become the youngest president in the history of the NAACP when he takes office in September, embodies a shift in the country's African American leadership.

African American leaders have typically ascended out of the church and the civil rights movement, while younger activists outside of those traditional paths have struggled to find success.

The times, they are a-changin'. The selection this month of Jealous, the 35-year-old Alameda resident and San Francisco foundation director, to lead the nation's oldest civil rights group underscores the dramatic nature of the change.

"There's been a real split, a generational split between people of my generation and the civil rights generation," said Van Jones, 39, an Oakland activist who founded or co-founded the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, ColorOfChange.org and Green For All. "This is the first step toward real healing."

Jones, as well as ColorOfChange.org co-founder James Rucker of San Francisco, are seen as part of the vanguard of the "hip-hop" generation. ColorOfChange.org has, in three years, emerged as a powerful online coalition that has galvanized the black community's attention on particular issues, such as the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the controversial prosecution of six black youths in Jena, La.

"There are folks who believe that to be a civil rights leader, you have to have strong ties to the church," said Rucker, 38. "I just don't think that is in touch with where things are today."

To read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/05/26/BANG10QF1I.DTL

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day: In Rememberance

To all my brothers and sisters in arms, for their sacrifice for our country...

Thursday, May 22, 2008

NY Times: Kennedy Talked, Khrushchev Triumphed..

Obama, while you're defending your appeasments and throwing JFK's name into your indonesian gumbo about talking to the enemy...by the way, memo from presidential heaven, it's from JFK, it says keep his name out your mouth!

Better yet, take heed of what happened to him when he met with the Rushkeys..

Kennedy Talked, Khrushchev Triumphed
By NATHAN THRALL and JESSE JAMES WILKINS
IN his inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy expressed in two eloquent sentences, often invoked by Barack Obama, a policy that turned out to be one of his presidency’s — indeed one of the cold war’s — most consequential: “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.” Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Kennedy’s special assistant, called those sentences “the distinctive note” of the inaugural.

They have also been a distinctive note in Senator Obama’s campaign, and were made even more prominent last week when President Bush, in a speech to Israel’s Parliament, disparaged a willingness to negotiate with America’s adversaries as appeasement. Senator Obama defended his position by again enlisting Kennedy’s legacy: “If George Bush and John McCain have a problem with direct diplomacy led by the president of the United States, then they can explain why they have a problem with John F. Kennedy, because that’s what he did with Khrushchev.”

To read more: Kennedy Talked, Khrushchev Triumphed
By NATHAN THRALL and JESSE JAMES WILKINS
IN his inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy expressed in two eloquent sentences, often invoked by Barack Obama, a policy that turned out to be one of his presidency’s — indeed one of the cold war’s — most consequential: “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.” Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Kennedy’s special assistant, called those sentences “the distinctive note” of the inaugural.

They have also been a distinctive note in Senator Obama’s campaign, and were made even more prominent last week when President Bush, in a speech to Israel’s Parliament, disparaged a willingness to negotiate with America’s adversaries as appeasement. Senator Obama defended his position by again enlisting Kennedy’s legacy: “If George Bush and John McCain have a problem with direct diplomacy led by the president of the United States, then they can explain why they have a problem with John F. Kennedy, because that’s what he did with Khrushchev.”

To read more: Kennedy Talked, Khrushchev Triumphed
By NATHAN THRALL and JESSE JAMES WILKINS
IN his inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy expressed in two eloquent sentences, often invoked by Barack Obama, a policy that turned out to be one of his presidency’s — indeed one of the cold war’s — most consequential: “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.” Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Kennedy’s special assistant, called those sentences “the distinctive note” of the inaugural.

They have also been a distinctive note in Senator Obama’s campaign, and were made even more prominent last week when President Bush, in a speech to Israel’s Parliament, disparaged a willingness to negotiate with America’s adversaries as appeasement. Senator Obama defended his position by again enlisting Kennedy’s legacy: “If George Bush and John McCain have a problem with direct diplomacy led by the president of the United States, then they can explain why they have a problem with John F. Kennedy, because that’s what he did with Khrushchev.”

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/22/opinion/22thrall.html?_r=3&hp=&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print&oref=slogin

Quotable: John Hoffmeister

Quotable:

"In the United States, access to our own oil and gas resources has been limited for the last 30 years, prohibiting companies such as Shell from exploring and developing resources for the benefit of the American people. It is not a free market. According to the Department of the Interior, 62% of all on-shore federal lands are off limits to oil and gas developments, with restrictions applying to 92% of all federal lands. The Argonne National Laboratory did a report in 2004 that identified 40 specific federal policy areas that halt, limit, delay, or restrict natural gas projects. The problem of access can be solved in this country by the same government that has prohibited it. Congress could have chose to lift some or all of the current restrictions on exploration and production of oil and gas. Congress could provide national policy to reverse the persistent decline of domestically secure natural resource development.

There is simply no way to keep up -- let alone get ahead of demand -- except by producing more oil and building more refining capacity. That's because of the makeup of the barrel of crude. Only a third to a half of a barrel of crude oil can be used to make these products. We can't use more than half of a barrel of oil to make diesel and aviation fuel. To meet this demand we need more capacity. So we need policies that enable both more crude supply and more refining. Higher taxes would only serve to diminish the expansion capacity of this critical capital investment. I urge you on behalf of American consumers to resist such punitive policies."

John Hoffmeister, CEO (Shell Oil Company) to Senator Patrick Leahy

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Stephen A. Smith - Up Front......

Stephen A. Smith: Up front - Don't Pretend to care if OJ Mayo got paid. You'll just encourage the NCAA (and the media).

The year was 1993. One day the location was a park in Harlem. The next, a playground in Brooklyn or Queens. The subject was always basketball players, and how easy it was for shady characters to funnel dollars to them behind the proverbial back of the NCAA.

I was covering high school sports in New York back then. At a time when the only O.J. who mattered was Simpson, everybody knew an O.J. Mayo. There have been O.J. Mayos all over this country for decades. Some of them we became aware of—Marcus Camby, Chris Webber, Keith Lee—but the vast majority we did not.

The topic of players getting handouts—particularly players from economically disadvantaged families, whose idea of prosperity is survival—is as old as sport itself. With so-called amateur basketball, we're talking about a system that evolved before any of us were born and will remain long after our days have expired.

So what exactly is the big deal, folks? We in the media especially need to stop insulting the rest of America's intelligence with all the rhetoric about another kid gone bad. When so many people willingly participate in something that is supposedly wrong, and everyone knows they are doing so, it's disingenuous and cheap—not to mention patently unfair—to single out any one player.

In New York, and later in Philadelphia, I learned how the game works: Sports agents, aspiring to gain influence over a big-time player, tell their "runners" to find the right spot, and squeeze. They cozy up to a family member or a friend of the player, then open a bank account in his or her name. Or maybe, in the fashion of the day, they start a charitable foundation. The goal is to set up access to cash. The money can be used to buy sneakers for the player one day, lease a car the next. The kid needs to supplement his wardrobe, or pay a relative's rent? Done. Over time, it's easy for a college athlete to accumulate loot worth well into six figures. The dollars, devoid of diligent investigation, are presumably untraceable.

The player gets paid. The runner gets paid so the player can be paid. The agent gets paid if, indeed, he snags the client. And all the various professional entities know they will eventually be paid, as soon as the athlete starts to generate revenue for them.

College basketball, like college football, is a billion-dollar business. Money pours into athletic departments, coaches' pockets, sneaker companies, hotels, airlines, restaurants, souvenir merchants, networks, newspapers and, yes, magazine columnists. Meanwhile, the laborers who are most in need are expected to watch everyone else pad their wallets?

Please!

Let's say it's true that some West Coast event promoter was used as a runner by the BDA Sports agency to funnel money to Mayo while he was in high school and at USC. Would anybody be surprised?

Thank you!

"Of course there are players getting perks under the table," one prominent D1 coach told me recently. "But it's almost never through the university. It starts early, with unsavory influences in their lives long before they even get to campus."

You may think a college scholarship is compensation enough. And in a perfect world, it might be. But a scholarship is not a guarantee of anything, least of all spendable green. I'm reminded of Don King's philosophy: "I could have a $1 million check in my hand to give to someone off the streets. They'll say, 'To hell with that. Give me $10,000 in cash.'"

Years ago, I was talking shop with an East Coast runner. "We're not going anywhere," the guy told me. "Know why? Because there will never be an end to athletes who have friends who want to profit off their talents. And there will never be an end to athletes who will let us in because they know everyone around them is getting paid."

I'll never forget those words. As long as today's kids know they're working for a multibillion-dollar industry for free, they're not about to fail to ask, "Where's mine?"

So tell me: What, exactly, is wrong with that?

Give Stephen A. a piece of your mind. E-mail stephena@espnthemag.com. But keep it clean!

RF23 - Charles in Charge? Nope.

I was going to let the subject of Charles Barkley's gambling problem go. But after several minutes of chiding from my friend, Kathy..I had too, she was outlining, well, she pointed out...I would be hypocritcal if I didn't. She said you wrote about everything under the sun and dammit! you even talked about the sun! You downed a dead man, in Sean Bell, you down Al Sharpton and you even downed other athletes including Kobe Bryant and LaDainian Tomlinson.

I had to stop her, Chris Henry deserves to be talked about, nonstop, with his stupid azz!!!!

Well anyway, it appears the round mound of fun, the NBA court jester, has a gambling problem.

So what! ooowooo!

Barkley according to ESPN and his own admission, admitted that he had a gambling problem and Barkley admitted that he's lost millions on gambling and according to the press, Las Vegas ain't *afraid of the big black man, cause they want they money, all $400 grrrrr (grand). And they want it now.

Look the handwriting was on the wall, when Barkley stuck up a Las Vegas casino for huge loot, which caused the sports booker to now be seen at Primm Valley Resorts, dude was kicked out of Vegas for a dumb bet. So what makes anyone, who've been to Vegas think that the casino ain't gonna quit nonstop to get Charles' backside in their casino to get some of their loot. Hell even if you win $20, the casino is working to get that back....But this isn't about the casinos, it's about Charles Barkley. The same Charles Barkley who slammed the GOP for, excuse me, believing in God and believing in their morals. Apparently Barkley hasn't figured out that once he downed God.....God got him back and look at him...

A gambling junkie...

Whose gubernatorial dream is now over. Then again it is Alabama.

Memo to Chuck. When you're on the street, peddlin' for change. Make the sign funny, I give to funny signs.

Story: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2432043

*refers to Barkley's most recent book, "Who's Afraid of the Big Black Man?"

RF23 - Charles in Charge? Nope.

I was going to let the subject of Charles Barkley's gambling problem go. But after several minutes of chiding from my friend, Kathy..I had too, she was outlining, well, she pointed out...I would be hypocritcal if I didn't. She said you wrote about everything under the sun and dammit! you even talked about the sun! You downed a dead man, in Sean Bell, you down Al Sharpton and you even downed other athletes including Kobe Bryant and LaDainian Tomlinson.

I had to stop her, Chris Henry deserves to be talked about, nonstop, with his stupid azz!!!!

Well anyway, it appears the round mound of fun, the NBA court jester, has a gambling problem.

So what! ooowooo!

Barkley according to ESPN and his own admission, admitted that he had a gambling problem and Barkley admitted that he's lost millions on gambling and according to the press, Las Vegas ain't *afraid of the big black man, cause they want they money, all $400 grrrrr (grand). And they want it now.

Look the handwriting was on the wall, when Barkley stuck up a Las Vegas casino for huge loot, which caused the sports booker to now be seen at Primm Valley Resorts, dude was kicked out of Vegas for a dumb bet. So what makes anyone, who've been to Vegas think that the casino ain't gonna quit nonstop to get Charles' backside in their casino to get some of their loot. Hell even if you win $20, the casino is working to get that back....But this isn't about the casinos, it's about Charles Barkley. The same Charles Barkley who slammed the GOP for, excuse me, believing in God and believing in their morals. Apparently Barkley hasn't figured out that once he downed God.....God got him back and look at him...

A gambling junkie...

Whose gubernatorial dream is now over. Then again it is Alabama.

Memo to Chuck. When you're on the street, peddlin' for change. Make the sign funny, I give to funny signs.

Story: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2432043

RF23 - Oh Oh the "R" Word is in action...

Once again the dreaded "R" word has been passed around like a fat ass doobie. NY Mets manager Willie Randolph, a black american, apparently implied racism is the cause for his rift with a local television station, who has criticized Randolph for not being emotional enough in the dugout and with his players.

Whatever.

So instead of saying, well, this station is not privvy to my conversations or not in the players locker-room or in my office, how in the hell do they know what I do, when I interact with my players or keep it Ozzie Guillen simple..

Tell the local news media, to kiss my ass..Now that's simple!

But no, when backed into a corner, with simple bullbleep. Randolph calls home and asks the wife to bring in a new deck of cards, so he can play "I declare racism." And without cause, he pulled out the little race card aka little joker, cause later on he said his claims weren't that serious and it was tongue and cheek...Ahh the tongue and cheek race card aka little joker. Willie should know better when he plays that card, cause in any moment, someone could have a bigger bullbleep non-issue, like Barack Obama. I guess that's why Willie played the little race card than the big race card. Obama has it and keeps getting it.

Maybe the new deck is marked...hmmm

Look Willie, you need to be careful when you play "I declare racism" because all racism is not present. Not unless, you're Ty Willingham..he experienced racism and as of yet has not played his big joker aka the big race card. Not unless you're Rodney King, well he may not know his ass whoopin was racially motivated...Not unless you're the three white college students in Long Beach, CA., who got the hell beat out of them by a mob of black teens.

Then you can play the race card. Being criticized for having a so so season and lets not forget you were at the helm of one of the biggest meltdowns a team could have last season. To think it's not fair for the media to scrutinize you, is a little naive...

Come Willie, you're better than that....I think.

News Story: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3406079

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The New Republic: "Maybe We Can't"

Cinque Henderson: Maybe We Can't
The New Republic

www.tnr.com

Ninety percent of black Democrats support Barack Obama. So that might leave an observer wondering: What the hell is up with that other 10 percent? Are they stupid? Do they hate their own race? Do they not understand the historical import of the moment?

I can shed some insight on this demographic anomaly. In gatherings of black people, I'm invariably the only one for the Dragon Lady. I'll do my best to explain how those of us in the ever-shrinking minority of a minority came to our position.

But, before going any further, let me fully disclose my predispositions. I disliked Obama almost instantly. I never believed the central premises of his autobiography or his campaign. He is fueled by precisely the same brand of personal ambition as Bill Clinton. But, where Clinton is damned as "Slick Willie," Obama is hailed as a post-racial Messiah. Do I believe that Obama had this whole yes-we-can deal planned from age 16? No, I would respond. He began plotting it at age 22. This predisposition, of course, doesn't help me in making the case against Obama, especially not with black people. But, believe me, there's a strong case to be made that he isn't such a virtuous mediator of race. And it's this skepticism about Obama's racial posturing that has led us, the 10 percent, into dissent.

Let's begin with the locus classicus of Obama love, Andrew Sullivan's encomium in The Atlantic. He writes:


Earlier this fall, I attended an Obama speech in Washington on tax policy that underwhelmed on delivery; his address was wooden, stilted, even tedious. It was only after I left the hotel that it occurred to me that I'd just been bored on tax policy by a national black leader.


This is presented as a confession, and Sullivan honestly admits his reaction is based on his stereotyping of blacks. Add to that another Obama supporter, Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, calling Obama the first black politician to "come to the American people not as a victim but rather as a leader." You hear this kind of talk all the time. Never mind the dignified glories of Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Colin Powell, Kurt Schmoke, and others. We have arrived at the crux of the matter. So much of the educated white people's love for Barack depends on educated white people's complete ignorance of and distance from the rest of us. Barack is the black person they want the rest of us to be--half-white and loving, or "racially transcendent," as the press loves to call him. And, since picking a candidate makes you allies with his other supporters, why would I want to be allies with educated whites whose glorification of Barack depends in large part on their implicit denigration of the rest of us?

To read more: http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=331c77bb-9591-422c-aa2b-11a741c6ebb9&p=1

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

RF23 - On Talk Radio Waves...All White...All Night...

When the Imus incident happened last year and all talk show and talk radio hosts were looking for comments from self elected and elected Black American leaders. Ol' skool self elected black leader Jesse Jackson mentioned that all political talk shows don't have minorities as the main host on them..Jackson said, (para) "It's all white..all night." Those partial comments came after MSNBC pulled Don Imus from his morning show and what happened was 4 to 6 weeks of tryouts from political talking heads. What went under the radar was that MSNBC pulled a "Rooney Rule" by having then syndicated talk radio host, Larry Elder "tryout" for a week. After Elder, there were no more Black American talk radio host tryouts..Not one...

Now this may come to a shock to you all, but I agree with Jesse Jackson, and would support a some type of "fairness" of having minority hosts on MSNBC, FOXNEWS and CNN. Jackson had a show in the 90's and I can't remember anyone else having one doing the same...

What's happened?

Are producers thinking that if they have someone like Jackson on one show and two hours later or so, someone like Elder on is going to be repetitive. Or over-repetitive, since most of the shows talk about the same news of the day or issue of the day...

But that's political...what about sports talk?

If the same thing can be said about news/political shows, then sports talk is guilty of the same thing.

In the past, I used to listen to the Jim Rome Show and as time went on, I got tired of the same off racial double standard, the host and his callers were practicing. What broke the camel's back is the Barry Bonds issue and white sports radio hosts blaming the steroid, well not blaming, but placing the face of the era on Bonds, when in fact Bonds was just a player in a leagued ok'd, sanctioned event. But Bonds, Sheffield and Gary Matthews, Jr. are what's wrong with the league and when, for the second time Roger Clemons and Andy Petites (spelling) came up in a report..There was a benefit of the doubt and outright hurt that these white players also took advantaged of the blind eye of the league.

And it's not only baseball, last year, Denver Nugget guard Allen Iverson received barely a blip on the sports news wire, when he stopped to give aid to auto accident victims and didn't leave until help arrived. The victims, said that Iverson was helpful, encouraging and demanding that help get there as soon as possible. ESPN..nothing, Fox Sports..Nothing...But! two weeks later, Iverson misses his youth basketball camp...All sports news channels reported it.

Need more...

Most recently, Indianapolis wide receiver Marvin Harrison was questioned by the police in regard to a shooting incident at one of his clubs. Notice I put "questioned" and not "arrested", "detained" and a "person of interest." But the sports media and sports talk host were talking like Harrison was the latter. Now we find out, that Harrison have had trouble with a patron and someone else fired a gun that belonged to Harrison...The police released a statement, saying that, but do you think the media would acknowledge that...nope.

Look I get that there are athletes that are trouble makers, I get that and agree that they should be let go...but when these shows only point out that black athletes are the trouble makers and ignoring white athletes. I choose not to listen anymore...

For instance, the media loves Cal Rykien, Jr., so much that they neglected to plaster all over ESPN and sports talk radio that he beat his wife...Yet, let 9-1-1 be called from Tony Gwyne's house and we wouldn't hear the end of it...And that's why I stopped listening to white sports talk...and listen to now only two black show hosts...

The Michael Irvin Show, which is blowing up and suspect will be national soon and the 2 Live Stews, which are national. My boy Stephen A. Smith relinquished his show last month, but suspect will be back. These shows bring a different perspective, I might not agree, but I'm cool with the conversation.

For instance, Michael Irvin is bringing straight up truth and telling it like it is. He said something that sold me on his show and still sticks with me..When he was asked about his past and whether he's tired of talking about it..Irvin said no, why? because his past is his testimony of how good God is and as long as he has a venue to talk, he's gonna talk about where God brought him from. Monday through Friday, you can hear Irvin preach and basically witness. And what did I hear a few weeks later...Some no-name son of a bitch from NBC sports, call him an idiot...I emailed the jerk and reminded him that Irvin is up and coming, what's his excuse..by the way, jackoff was white.

The 2 Live Stews, these two actual brothers bring barbershop debate and humor and definitely is here to stay. Doug and Ryan Stewart can argue over anything, including fractions!

So if Jesse Jackson is leading the cause of more minorities on radio and news/politics stations..I agree, just like I agreed with Sharpton, when he said that professional teams are turning away "The Average Joe" from sporting events based on pricing. Just like I agreed with Charles Rangel in regard to implementing the draft.

You see, who said I'm right wing conservative, all night..all day..

Black Leaders Want Funds for Re-Entry Services for Prisoners

Black leaders want funds for re-entry services for prisoners
By JENS MANUEL KROGSTAD, Courier Staff Writer

WATERLOO --- An expansion of Waterloo's correctional-based facilities --- a move lauded by state Democrats --- drew some criticism at an event for State Rep. Deborah Berry, D-Waterloo.

House Speaker Pat Murphy, D-Dubuque, visited the Talk Shop Cafe, 1015 E. Fourth St., on Monday to lend his name to Berry's re-election bid this fall. When taking questions from the audience, leaders in the black community criticized the Legislature for allocating $6 million to expand the number of beds at Waterloo's correctional facility.

Social activist David Goodson, who helps prisoners re-enter society through his nonprofit Social Action Inc., scolded the Legislature for not using the money to beef up services like counseling and job and housing searches.

"I'm disappointed in the Democrats' accomplishments in the area of community-based corrections," he said. "We want you to champion this issue in the Statehouse."

Last week, Sen. Jeff Danielson, D-Waterloo, said the move was a first step in eliminating crowding and Iowa's high black incarceration rate. A 2007 study released found Iowa led the nation in the percentage of blacks in prison.

The Rev. Michael Blackwell, director of the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education and a Democrat candidate for Black Hawk County supervisor, said community leaders had been meeting with key state officials to secure funding for more re-entry services.

In fact, those talks, Blackwell said, are a reason why the governor reserved money in the state budget for correctional-based facilities. That's why finding out later that the funds would be used for additional beds was so disappointing, he said.

"We were looking forward to getting this money," he said.

Murphy encouraged them to continue meeting with state officials to secure the funds in the next legislative session.

"Not everything happens in one year," he said. "It's not a dead issue. Don't feel frustrated that it didn't happen this year."

Discussions in Iowa:

Rights Economy Environment State Government About Us
Why Are So Many Blacks in Prison? Panel to Discuss Issue Tonight
by: Dana Boone
Sep 13, 2007 at 11:39 AM

Participants will discuss why a disproportionate number of African-Americans are imprisoned in Iowa during a town hall meeting tonight in Waterloo.
This first-in-the-nation status is nothing to gloat about: Iowa tops the nation for imprisoning blacks at a rate 13.6 times that of whites, according to national study released in July by The Sentencing Project. Latinos here are imprisoned 2.5 times the rates of whites.

The meeting will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Payne AME Church, 1044 Mobile St., in Waterloo. A panel of judges, prosecutors, prison and law enforcement officials, state lawmakers and others will discuss possible reasons for the disparities.

To read more: http://www.iowaindependent.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=1013


Iowa Independent: What will it take to end racial (prison) disparaties

No one has the solution.
Not the judges who hand down sentences. Not the law-enforcement and prison officials who work in the trenches. Not the community activists who are fighting to keep Iowa's African-Americans out of prison.

No one seems to know exactly what it will take to end the complex factors involved in blacks being imprisoned in Iowa at a rate a national study showed was 13.6 times that of whites.

More than 250 people gathered for more than three hours Thursday night to discuss racial disparities in the criminal justice system. They met with a panel of judges, court officers, a prosecutor and community leaders at Payne Memorial AME Church in Waterloo.

They admit they don't have all the answers. Still, they have ideas about why the disparities exist and a sense of urgency to find solutions that work.

Racism. Drugs. Deficient school systems. Unemployment. Lack of personal responsibility and discipline. Broken families. Hopelessness. The panel, audience and presenters cited these reasons and many others as contributing to the racial disparities detailed in a study by the Sentencing Project.

"Race is still the decisive factor in who goes to jail and who goes home," said David Goodson, founder of Social Action Inc., a Waterloo agency that helps black male adolescents with life skills and employment, and forum organizer.

The Rev. Belinda Creighton-Smith, a meeting analyzer, said racism plays a definite role in the problem.

"It's so easy to blame the victim," she said. "It's going to take just as much courage to ask, `What is going on inside of me that is making it easier for me to do this to this person who is of darker hue than I'm doing to the other person.'"

To read more: http://www.iowaindependent.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=1024


Iowa Department of Corrections - Report to the Board of Corrections: http://www.doc.state.ia.us/Documents/BOCPopulationGrowthReport.pdf

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

NY Times: Flava Cigs Out..Except for Menthols...

Let me get this straight, they are gonna get rid of flavor cigarettes, except for the Menthol flavored ones..The flavor that is used by a huge proportion of blacks. A democratic led congress passed a bill to continue a type of cigarette that will continue to be a cause of cancer for blacks. Interesting....


NY Times: Cigarette Bill Treats Menthol With Leniency

Some public health experts are questioning why menthol, the most widely used cigarette flavoring and the most popular cigarette choice of African-American smokers, is receiving special protection as Congress tries to regulate tobacco for the first time.

The legislation, which would give the Food and Drug Administration the power to oversee tobacco products, would try to reduce smoking’s allure to young people by banning most flavored cigarettes, including clove and cinnamon.

But those new strictures would exempt menthol - even though menthol masks the harsh taste of cigarettes for beginners and may make it harder for the addicted to kick the smoking habit. For years, public health authorities have worried that menthol might be a factor in high cancer rates in African-Americans.

The reason menthol is seen as politically off limits, despite those concerns, is that mentholated brands are so crucial to the American cigarette industry. They make up more than one-fourth of the $70 billion American cigarette market and are becoming increasingly important to the industry leader, Philip Morris USA, without whose lobbying support the legislation might have no chance of passage.

“I would have been in favor of banning menthol,” said Senator Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire, who supports the bill. “But as a practical matter that simply wasn’t doable.”

Even the head of the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, a nonprofit group that has been adamantly against menthol, acknowledges that the ingredient needed to be off the bargaining table - for now - because he does not want to imperil the bill’s chances.

“The bottom line is we want the legislation,” said William S. Robinson, the group’s executive director. “But we want to reserve the right to address this issue at some critical point because of the percentage of people of African descent who use mentholated products.”

Supporters of the tobacco legislation, including the Senate bill’s sponsor, Edward M. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat, say the bill addresses the potential health risks of menthol by giving the F.D.A. the authority to remove cigarette additives, including menthol, if they are proved harmful.

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/13/business/13menthol.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp


More from the NY Times, "A Flavoring Seen as a Means of Marketing to Blacks," http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/13/business/13mentholside.html

Monday, May 12, 2008

RF23 - Took Money? Gettin' Paid Under The Table? Whatever.

Took Money? Gettin' Paid Under The Table? Whatever.

In case you all were caught up in Survivor or not interested in the NBA Playoffs. ESPN published a report on outgoing USC freshman, OJ Mayo in regard to being paid under the table and having an agent, while playing his one year at USC. Look, I'm not going to be naive and give an excuse for this, although it looks funny and smells funny. However, I am going to say this...

So what.

Yeah, so what and what else is new. This is what makes this collegiate slash professional athlete a joke. We know these high profile players are gettin' paid. We know the parents of these kids are getting hooked up...My problem is, why the hoopla. Why continue make believe, when in fact, unless you're that naive to believe that all amateur sports are pure, the athletes is clean, the athlete is untouched and he or she represents all that is good about collegiate sports. That's bull! and if you're one of those people...Sorry!

It seems that every year we hear about a player or players who either made deals with agents, going back to when they were in the 8th freaking grade! In back to back years, we hear stories about colleges signing 8th grade kids. And yet, we're shocked, angry, disappointed and pissed offed when we turn on the digital telly and see kids like Mayo, Bush and others were gettin' paid to do the one thing, they only wanted to do. Play their damn sport. These kids are "now" athletes. Not future minded ones. They put up with 12 years of general education, being told they needed a minimum of 2.0 to play, satisfactory conduct and bare minimum in SAT's and the rest is gravy. Hell before the NBA instituted that useless, one year college requirement, all they needed was the correct age. So before you shake your head at the player, parent and the agent. I hope the NCAA, schools and professional organizations get the same disgust.

ESPN Story on OJ Mayo:

Former USC basketball player O.J. Mayo, a projected lottery pick in this year's NBA draft, received thousands of dollars in cash, clothes and other benefits in apparent violation of NCAA rules while he was still in high school and during his one year in college, a former Mayo associate told ESPN's "Outside the Lines."

Reached by ESPN.com after the show, Mayo denied the claims. He declined comment to "Outside the Lines" prior to the airing of the show.

Louis Johnson, who was a part of Mayo's inner circle until recently, said Mayo accepted around $30,000 in cash and gifts during the past four years from Rodney Guillory, a 43-year-old Los Angeles event promoter. In addition to cash, the gifts included a flat-screen television for Mayo's dorm room, cell phone service, a hotel room, clothes, meals and airline tickets for Mayo's friends and a relative, according to Johnson, others with knowledge of the gifts and store receipts.

When Mayo was in high school in Ohio and West Virginia, Guillory was receiving monthly payments from the Northern California sports agency Bill Duffy Associates. Johnson said BDA provided Guillory with around $200,000 before Mayo arrived at USC, and that Guillory used most of the money to support his own lifestyle but also gave a portion of it to Mayo.


To read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=3390695

Thursday, May 08, 2008

RF23 - So The Rev. Stole Somebody's Wife..

So Revvy Rev. (wright) got busy with somebody else's woman...Man I can just imagine, how that counseling session went.....hmmmmm..

A nicely dressed woman comes up to Rev. Wright's assistant and informs her that she is there for one on one marriage counseling...

Woman: Hey sister Irene, I'm here to see the pastor, I have a 3:30 appointment..

Irene: Hey sister Jackson, I'll let the pastor know you're here...


Sister Jackson: Thanks, I like that blouse, where'd you get it?

Irene: a little shop right off the Kedzie "L"...

Sister Jackson: You gotta give me direction..

Irene: Okay, when you get through, I'll have it...Hey pastor, sister Jackson is here to see..

Wright: Oh, praise the lord, send her in...amen, amen...(sister jackson enters) Oh sister, good to see you, amen, praise the lord, ayyyy man...yeah the lord is good..

SJ: All the time...

Wright: (laughing) yeah, sister amen...ahhh sister the reason why i asked you come in this afternoon, because I spoke with Raymond and he told me the main reason of why he feels your marriage is suffering...

SJ: Okay

Wright: Well, sister, he feels that you're feeling lonely because of the long hours he works and there's no time for you...

SJ: Well, if he knew that, then why did'nt' he change it,,I understand he gotta's work to keep food on the table and a roof over our head...and I appreciate that, but when he's gone..man pastor...

Wright: Well you understand, but you want your man home..Let me ask you this, how do you present yourself to him..

SJ: Huh?

Wright: your appearance, are you dolled up or are you Maude upped, with the rollers and everything..you know sometimes a man needs something to rush home to...how's your sex life, is everything okay?


SJ: Well, it could be better, I sometimes fake and at times I'm like Cellie on the Color Purple, just laying there..


Wright: oooo, oww! well sweetie, excuse sister jackson, maybe it's you..do you mind if I do a little checky up there..

SJ: excuse me?

Wright: Let me check inside you for any off or loose...Oh! don't worry, sister, if your thinking about sinning by committing adultery...don't, cause I'm a man of God, called to do the shepherds work, and I got it in the scripture right here in Rev. Ike's "I can do all things and thangs!" urban bible, right here, sister, in the book of "Leroy" where it says, " a man called to do great thangs, can check out the inner woman of his stock...For it is not adultery to make sure all the screws are in place...amen!! homina, homina...

SJ: Well if the book says it pastor, I'll obey...

Wright: Bless you sister..

SJ: Do I take off my clothes..

Wright: Naw, just remove the undies, dear...yeah, oh pink....my favorite..yeah lawdy, now lean on the table...I dunno I might want you to remove that skirt...yeah, sister, you have been truly blessed....homina, homina...

SJ: Oh Pastor whats that...oooo

Wright: Oh, it's my ruler to see how loose the problem is...

(just then Mr. Jackson comes in)

MJ: What the (bleep)?!

SJ: It's okay honey, he's just checking depth of the looseness..

MJ: Pastor, when you're done, I better see numbers on that funny looking measuring stick under your waist...Pastor? you okay...Honey? Pastor? you gotta funny look on your face...ay man what you doing with that measuring thing, ay man! Honey? hold up I'll get help...

Wright: whew, oh lawd, whew, sit down sister...I gotta tell you, your inner woman is nice...real. nice..

SJ: Thanks Pastor...come back tomorrow?

Wright: oh yeah, by all means, I need to put hands on you...
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"I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault." Jack Tatum

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

RF23 - Kobe MVP? If you say so....

Look Kobe has won the MVP...Although I can see the arguement in support of his winning, I don't agree with the choice. And I live in the Los Angeles area among Laker fan. I liked Chris Paul, I thought the job he did under the Coach of the Year: Byron Scott, should have gotten him the nod...but I'm okay with Kobe winning, a little.

Remember this is the same Kobe, who went on the Stephen A. Smith show and said he wanted to be traded, because the Lakers lied to him. He then went on a local sports radio show and changed his story and demand and by the night's end...it was back to being traded. We then was treated to a reconciliation of Kobe and Shaq, cause Shaq agreed with Kobe in his position. Phil Jackson, although quiet, hinted agreement with Kobe and to top it off, we were treated to a rant by Kobe about the teams young center, Andrew Bynum and inspite all that! He wins MVP...

Isn't America great?

Look, I mentioned I respect the game Kobe has, but. He's not likeable and when he tries, it seems fake. Next, Kobe violated a huge man rule, he ratted on his team-mate, broke locker room bylaws....can't forgive that..and he robbed the Lakers of probably five or six championships and robbed NBA fans of a probable Laker/Spurs/Pistons rivalries, if he and Shaq could have worked through the issue, they were having. Hell, they were until Kobe, took his mistake and thrusted it on Shaq.

Congratulations Kobe and you were right, it's the unit's trophy...feel free to pass it to Pau Gasol or Derek Fisher.

What Were Those Nine Percenters Thinking?

What Were those Nine Percenters Thinking?

In yesterday's North Carolina primary, 91% of the black vote went to Barack Obama...Wow! 91 huh? I guess I have one question, what were the other 9% thinking?

Look, if Obama wins the nomination of his party, he won't win! not because of his race, well that may play a role for hispanic voters, because Obama received no! viable hispanic support to get him over. Next, if Hillary's a liar, well guess what, so is he. By now, you all should have heard the taped reading of his book, "Dreams of my father," where Obama said that while he was looking for a church and been told that Rev. Wright's church was the place to be at on Sunday mornings. Obama said he went to meet with Wright and while waiting for de fuerher err!! pastor, he talked to one of the members, who said that her husband passed and that she was thinking about moving to the suburbs, because one, the schools were better, two, the streets were safer for her sons, three, her son played in the band and the city school, he attended, didn't have a band program so going to a better school with a band program seemed right...Then Obama says, Wright comes in and he discusses his conversation and Wright slams her by saying and I'm paraphrasing, "I told her that if she moves to the burbs, her boy ain't gonna know who he is, and as a black man it's already hard...you know that Obama!"

Folks, even before he walked that aisle, when the pastor said, "Perhaps you're saved and you're looking for a church home, I would like to be your preacher, is there anyone?"

He knew...But all that doesn't matter? Because Wright isn't alone in the spreading of government trying to kill us black folk theory. And apparently a good portion of blacks believe til' this day! Check out this phone call to the Larry Elder show last night:

Larry: Darryl from Inglewood, how you doing Darryl?

Darryl: I'm good, how are you?

Larry: Fabulous..

Darryl: Well, I wanna talk about the "aids in the black community" thing...I I think it's true, because we got the aids problem and how come it can't be true?

Larry: Well, Darryl you tell me, you believe that the gov't would do this and no one not tell?

Darryl: It could happen...I mean, I heard aids started in Africa and something about the people having sex with the animals...

Larry: I heard that also, but Darryl, if the virus was meant to kill black people how do you account for so many whites who have died from it, were they collateral damage?

Darryl: Yeah, that's cover-up...

Larry: Oh, well thanks Darryl...

Now Darryl is a regular Joe, who works for a living, I guess and we wouldn't know Darryl from Earl...but we know this person:

Will Smith: I don't want to sound like this big conspiracy guy, but I do believe that the Gov't put aids in the black community...

Barbara Walters: oh! Will, you don't believe that do you?

Will Smith: Yeah...

So despite all the above compounded by what Wright said, it didn't matter to whatever percentage of black voters that voted for Obama, because he's black.. or as Tom Joyner put it, "proud" and black folks should do the right thing and vote for Obama..Never mind the issues, Never mind the inconsistency of what he heard and what agrees with Wright on...

He's black! He's blacker now, than he was about this time last year! When he wasn't black enough...Had no connection with the so called black plight..Had no connection with Black American life...

So what were those 9%, who didn't vote for Obama thinking?
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Monday, May 05, 2008

It's only a bet...Ef! The Horse...

This weekend was the hundred and something Kentucky Derby and in three years, tragedy struck. For the horse, not the rider. Eight Belles was euthanized on the track on Saturday after breaking both front ankles.

Last week at work, I sent an e-mail to my co-workers outlining what I deemed are sports. Horse racing, didn't make the list, due to the fact that horses aren't athletes and the midgets riding them aren't either. To me, horse racing is a bet and I wondered why, auto racing does not have betting window so all racing fans could really cheer their favorite driver on..

But horse racing involves the incessant beating of a horse to make him go faster. Isn't that cruelty? And yes, although horse racing is legal....How is beating a horse acceptable and fighting dogs that are bred to fight so dispecable...I don't get it.


Speaking of betting...The Boston Celtics finally woke the hell up and did the Atlanta Hawks. Great! unfortunately, it was three games too late. The Hawks forced a game seven on the NBA's best team and had all New Englanders worried like a mofo....First their beloved Patriots whip out a league best record by going undefeated in the regular season, go to the super bowl and get punked by the Giants...And now the Celtics are looking to mirror the Dallas Mavericks.


MVP? Can someone tell me the criteria of selecting the MVP...Because somewhere I got it mixed up...I thought in order to be considered a MVP, you would have to meet the following:

1. Play in a (x) number of games, this got Kevin Garnett, who missed a huge portion of the season due to injury..


2. The player's team would not win, but for the player...example..Steve Nash was given the MVP because the thinking was, if you take him off the Suns, the Suns would suck, but with him on the floor, well they're better..

3. Huge reason of why the team is in the position it's in...

So having said that, can you tell me, when longitivity is the main reason why a player should be MVP. Over the weekend, it was reported that Kobe Bryant has won the MVP award. I got no problem with that, but based on the criteria...lets go down the list..

number one, he played all season

number two, I believe the lakers would win without Kobe, with the new additions of Pau Gasol and the reemergence of Lamar Odom.

number three, see number two...When Andrew Bynum went down, the lakers were on a losing skid and the local media all but spelled doom for the lakers, but up comes Pau Gasol and the lakers overnight became favorites...But Kobe is the MVP? He's not MVP on his own team....

Meanwhile you take Chris Paul:

number one, check..played all year

number two, the hornets would be missing a huge asset to it's team, would not be the same..

number three, was part of the reason why the Hornets had the best season...

sounds like the MVP to me...But to give a player an award because he's played longer and been deserving doesn't fly with me. Regardless of Paul played one year of fifty, based off the season...His was better than Kobe's

Sorry Lakers fan...

Heather MacDonald: Is the Criminal Justice System Racist?

Heather MacDonald
Is the Criminal Justice System Racist?

www.cityjournal.org

The race industry and its elite enablers take it as self-evident that high black incarceration rates result from discrimination. At a presidential primary debate this Martin Luther King Day, for instance, Senator Barack Obama charged that blacks and whites “are arrested at very different rates, are convicted at very different rates, [and] receive very different sentences . . . for the same crime.” Not to be outdone, Senator Hillary Clinton promptly denounced the “disgrace of a criminal-justice system that incarcerates so many more African-Americans proportionately than whites.”

If a listener didn’t know anything about crime, such charges of disparate treatment might seem plausible. After all, in 2006, blacks were 37.5 percent of all state and federal prisoners, though they’re under 13 percent of the national population. About one in 33 black men was in prison in 2006, compared with one in 205 white men and one in 79 Hispanic men. Eleven percent of all black males between the ages of 20 and 34 are in prison or jail. The dramatic rise in the prison and jail population over the last three decades—to 2.3 million people at the end of 2007 (see box)—has only amplified the racial accusations against the criminal-justice system.

The favorite culprits for high black prison rates include a biased legal system, draconian drug enforcement, and even prison itself. None of these explanations stands up to scrutiny. The black incarceration rate is overwhelmingly a function of black crime. Insisting otherwise only worsens black alienation and further defers a real solution to the black crime problem.

Racial activists usually remain assiduously silent about that problem. But in 2005, the black homicide rate was over seven times higher than that of whites and Hispanics combined, according to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. From 1976 to 2005, blacks committed over 52 percent of all murders in America. In 2006, the black arrest rate for most crimes was two to nearly three times blacks’ representation in the population. Blacks constituted 39.3 percent of all violent-crime arrests, including 56.3 percent of all robbery and 34.5 percent of all aggravated-assault arrests, and 29.4 percent of all property-crime arrests.

The advocates acknowledge such crime data only indirectly: by charging bias on the part of the system’s decision makers. As Obama suggested in the Martin Luther King debate, police, prosecutors, and judges treat blacks and whites differently “for the same crime.”

To read more: http://www.city-journal.org/2008/18_2_criminal_justice_system.html

Friday, May 02, 2008

The Difference....

John McCain and Hillary Clinton were walking down the street and came to a homeless person. The Republican, John McCain, gave him his business card and told him to come to his office for a job. He then took $20 out of his pocket and gave it to the homeless person. Hillary was impressed, so when they came to another homeless person, she stepped forward to help. She gave him directions to the welfare office, then reached into McCain's pocket and got out another $20. She kept $15 for administrative costs and gave the homeless person $5.

Now, do you understand the difference?

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Deborah Mathis: Black Cops Involved in Bell Shooting...Racist!

You all remember an episode of "Good Times" when JJ was wrongfully arrested...Anyway, when the family goes down to the police station to clear things up and get JJ out, a black desk sargeant is there to give what information or lack thereof to the family, when the Michael screams out, Ay brother, you supposed help us brothers out....and then James interrupted and said he may look like us, but he ain't one of us..Meaning since the officer was black...he wasn't one of them. And this is what this woman is saying and let me get this out, I can't stand this woman and her victicrat mentality. But her saying, never mind that the cops who were involved in this officer shooting are black..They're racists! because of the environment they work in...The people they come in contact with and never mind! the fact that black commits a nice portion of crimes, the officers are racists, sellout or whatever. I wonder if Deborah Mathis expressed the same sentiment, when Jesse Jackson said this in 1993:

"There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery -- then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved."

Yet, these officers who put their own lives on the line to protect their fellow citizens are called out their names, these same officers who answered the call of many protesters, who BMW'd about there not being enough minority cops are insulted.

Did I mention I dislike this woman....


Deborah Mathis: Even with Black Officers as Shooters, Sean Bell's death was clearly a case of racism...

As yet more evidence that American racism is not only pernicious but regularly mischaracterized and unexamined, the verdict in the Sean Bell shooting incident has brought a new round of admonitions to delete the word from any conversation about the case.

The premise of the no-racism argument is that two of the three New York City police officers who killed Bell hours before his wedding in November 2006 are, like Bell, black men and, therefore, were most unlikely to harbor racial animus toward Bell.

It is a common mistake, however, to presume that racism is only about racial hatred. That is its severest form, but there are others, including stereotyping and devaluing a particular ethnic group. Tragically, a person can hold such prejudices even against members of his or her own ethnic group, especially when those messages have been pervasive and constant, as is the case here.

Consider the instance of two young boys who went running, cash in hand, when they heard an ice cream truck in neighborhood. Unknown to them, the driver had exited the truck momentarily to use a nearby pay phone. So the boys simply waited by the truck until the vendor returned.

But, when the man looked up from the phone and saw two little black boys standing there, he flew toward the truck, waving his arms, cussing the boys, shooing them from his vehicle and threatening to “break your heads with my bat.”

Although the ice cream man was black, is it unreasonable to believe he took the boys’ blackness into account and would have thought differently of two little white boys waiting by the open counter?

To read more: http://www.blackamericaweb.com/site.aspx/sayitloud/dmathis429