Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ferguson Grand Jury: Nullification of Justice for Brown family

Before I comment on the Ferguson decision not to indict patrolman Darren Wilson for shooting and killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown, let me emphatically state for the record:

Wonton violent reactions are not only reprehensible they do not help advance the cause.

Burning down and looting your community, neighborhoods, homes, businesses, restaurants, shops etc. because you are angry and frustrated by justice denied is counter-productive and stupid. 

Furthermore, a vast majority of these rioters are thuggish opportunists that rarely make positive contributions to the welfare of our communities. If fact, I am fairly sure that many of the looters and rioters have committed violent black-on-black acts.

And most important, once again, this method of protest is highly ineffective.

Back to the subject at hand.

Yes! Deja vu all over again. Jury nullification of justice.

Once again a jury/ panel or body of people has sanctioned the killing or brutal abuse of  an unarmed black youth or teen (and possibly pre-teen; read: 12 year old killed by cop) by a lethally and heavily armed white male authority figure who feels threaten.

Let's marinade on that thought for a minute.

A fully mature, well trained (I hope) and empowered authority figure, packing serious WMD feels threaten by an unarmed teen or pre-teen. And in some cases these officers feel mortally threatened by any black movement, even a twitch.

Black man seeking help killed by police after traffic accident.

Rookie cop kills unarmed innocent black youth.

Video: South Carolina trooper shoots unarmed black man.

Contrary to popular belief, these are not outlier events, these tragedies and miscarriages of justice occur more often than some believe:

The killing of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, was no anomaly: As we reported yesterday, Brown is one of at least four unarmed black men who died at the hands of police in the last month alone. There are many more cases from years past.

As Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Missouri chapter put it in a statement of condolence to Brown's family, "Unarmed African-American men are shot and killed by police at an alarming rate. This pattern must stop."

"We need not look for individual racists to say that we have a culture of policing that is really rubbing salt into longstanding racial wounds," NAACP president Cornell Williams Brooks told Mother Jones. It's a culture in which people suspected of minor crimes are met with "overwhelmingly major, often lethal, use of force," he says.  source

I personally believe, contempt more than fear is the primordial emotion that is driving this violence. Many of these officers, overwhelmingly white officers in black neighborhoods, lack bonds of trust and humanity with the community they've taken oaths to serve and protect.

Just listen to former NYC mayor -- infamous for a tenure that supported and condoned heavy handed police tactics -- Rudy Giuliani:

The former mayor of New York City argued that the real issue was “the fact that 93 percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. We`re talking about the exception here...I would like to see the attention paid to that, that you are paying to this and the solutions so to that.” source


The white police officers won’t be there if you weren`t killing each other. 70 to 75 percent of the time...  source

While there indeed are nuggets of truth in Giuliani's above quote:

  • The African American community has to be more passionate in our endeavors to lower crime and violence in our neighborhoods.
  • Even though FBI statistics indicate crime, murder and violence are indeed significantly lower (and steadily dropping) than the 1990's, 1980's, 1970's and in some urban metropolitan areas since the 1960's, we still have unacceptable levels of crime in African American inner city neighborhoods.
Most of his diatribe reveals the cynical belief and false equivalence shared by many far too many Americans:

"Black folks kill black folks all the time so why should they vigorously object to police violence, abuse or murder. What's the big deal? Just another dead black boy."

OK, let's ride with this logic.

Central Park Jogger rape case 1989


90% of  raped white women are raped by white men. White women (alarmingly 1 in 5 college girls) get raped every single day by white men -- date rape, stalking rape, fraternity gang bang rape etc. -- so why did the then mayoral candidate Rudy and NYC passionately freak out when they mistakenly believed a group of black teens committed a rape against a white women?

Shouldn't white men be just as passionate about rape when it is white-on-white rape?

Side Note: Their convictions were overturned in 2002 and NYC settled a wrongly convicted lawsuit for 40 million dollars. source


More whites are killed by other whites than by terrorists. Over 87% of white murders are committed by other whites. So, why does the media and American communities freak out over all public violent attacks until they learn that the source is good ole home-grown domestic violence as opposed to international terrorism?

I could go on and on with this absurd, frivolous and stupid charade -- but it does nothing but deflect from the issue on hand. And the subject is how to eliminate unwarranted police murder and abuse against any innocent person or the usage of deadly force on suspects of minor offenses.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bill Cosby: finding his inner Cliff Huxtable

Cliff vs Bill
Comedian Hannibal Buress ripped legendary Bill Cosby new one and the fall-out continues...

Hannibal Buress:

“It’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the fuckin’ smuggest old black man persona that I hate,” Buress said. “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the 80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.”  source

And now, three more woman claim, Bill Cosby drug and raped me them.

Another fallen icon?

Serial rapist?

Not the Bill I was reared on.

Affectionately known as Coz, Dr. Cosby -- a one man renaissance institution -- has been a groundbreaking comedian, actor, author, educator, historian, avid art collector philanthropist, and commercial pitchman.

Cosby's illustrious career has spanned several decades.

Who can forget?

  • Crossover comedy superstar
  • 60's I-Spy co-star: first African-American Emmy award winner
  • Fat Albert creator, writer and producer.
  • 70's movies: Uptown Saturday Night, Let's Do It Again, Piece Of the Action -- and many more.
  • 80's to 90's Stereotype breaking and arguably one of the best family sitcom of all-times, The Cosby Show.
In North Philadelphia born and raised (thank you Fresh Prince)

As a Philly native of Richard Allen Projects (now called Richard Allen Homes) -- notorious for being one of Philly's roughest and most dangerous neighborhoods -- Cosby was not born with a silver spoon. However, not to be defined by humble beginnings, Cosby embodied the Norman Rockwell American dream of upward mobility.

Mr. Cliff Huxtable: TV's most lovable dad.

Mr. Cosby eschewed playing roles typically assigned to black actors: pimps, uneducated thugs, drug dealers, gangbangers, buffoons etc. By way of his well crafted creations -- Dr. Cliff Huxtable, numerous comedy albums and concerts, he successfully depicted the universality of the African-American experience.

Bill Cosby successfully navigated being socially accepted by mainstream audiences (white people) and not being perceived as sell-out by African-Americans.

Bill Cosby: The judgmental curmudgeon.

In the autumn of his life, Mr. Cosby has appeared to have morphed into the ever surly Mr. Wilson (Think Dennis the menace) -- angry old man ranting: "Get off my yard you young whippersnapper."

He has repeatedly and publicly lambasted poor blacks, still languishing in the inequality of poverty, to get their act together and start striving to be a credit to their race.

From the sterling peak of Mount Cosby he issued edicts to pheasant blacks on behavior and morality.

"Let me tell you something," Cosby, one of America's most admired men, told the group. "Your dirty laundry gets out of school at 2:30 every day, it's cursing and calling each other [the N-word] as they're walking up and down the street. They think they're hip. They can't read. They can't write. They're laughing and giggling, and they're going nowhere."

No argument. But context and tone matter.

By contrast, when Malcolm X lectured about self-determination and personal responsibility he seemed to be talking us up to our potential.

The Cosby approach seemed rooted in contempt and classism.

Malcolm was motivation, Cosby was condemnation

Anyhow, at the end of the day, the moral of the story is:

If you are a man with numerous rape allegations and out-of-court settlements, the soapbox should not be your altar.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fox Guest: President Obama most racist president in history.

Mr Ben "Delusional" Stein
Ben Stein, never to be confused with Einstein, has spoken from Mount Caucasus -- better known as Fox Nation -- stated his opinion that President Obama is the most racist president ever.

Really, Ben?

Now, as I see it:  Ben doesn't know squat or Ben knows squat but wants to rattle the cage of the denizen Fox Nation lynch mob.

Me, personally, I am rolling with Ben (a pseudo economic guru) is purposely stirring the pot. He intentionally wants the already pissed off Obama haters to be further antagonized.

Why do I think so?

First, the Ivy League educated Stein used to be a speech writer for President Nixon; and Nixon was never shy in sharing his racism or anti-Semitism:

On Jews:

Take a phone call with Henry Kissinger on April 19, 1973 about an upcoming U.S.-Soviet summit. Nixon was concerned someone would cause problems, and if they did, they would pay for it, he said: "Let me say, Henry, it's gonna be the worst thing that happened to Jews in American history."

Nixon continued, "If they torpedo this summit — and it might go down for other reasons — I'm gonna put the blame on them, and I'm going to do it publicly at 9 o'clock at night before 80 million people." ("I agree completely," Kissinger, who is Jewish, said. "They brought it on themselves.")

Then Nixon really got going about the Jews. "I won't mind one goddamn but to have a little anti-Semitism if it's on that issue," the president says. "They put the Jewish interest above America's interest and it's about goddamn time that the Jew in America realizes he's an American first and a Jew second."

On blacks:

In a June 14, 1973 Oval Office meeting with Anne Armstrong, counselor to the president, Nixon said black people couldn't run Jamaica. "Blacks can’t run it. Nowhere, and they won’t be able to for a hundred years, and maybe not for a thousand.  … Do you know, maybe one black country that’s well run?"

Second, several Presidents supported genocide or forced removal of Native Americans. Arguably, President Andrew Jackson was the most passionate Native American hater of all presidents. In 1830 Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act.

“Andrew Jackson was a wealthy slave owner and infamous Indian killer, gaining the nickname ‘Sharp Knife’ from the Cherokee,” writes Amargi on the website Unsettling America: Decolonization in Theory & Practice.

“He was also the founder of the Democratic Party, demonstrating that genocide against indigenous people is a nonpartisan issue. His first effort at Indian fighting was waging a war against the Creeks.

President Jefferson had appointed him to appropriate Creek and Cherokee lands. In his brutal military campaigns against Indians, Andrew Jackson recommended that troops systematically kill Indian women and children after massacres in order to complete the extermination. The Creeks lost 23 million acres of land in southern Georgia and central Alabama, paving the way for cotton plantation slavery. His frontier warfare and subsequent ‘negotiations’ opened up much of the southeast U.S. to settler colonialism.” Read more

Third, five presidents embraced and exalted the KKK as members:

President Warren G. Harding, President Woodrow Wilson, President McKinley, President Calvin Coolidge, and President Harry S. Truman.  source

Next, several Presidents were slavers (good ole George owned over 300): source

1) George Washington, 1st President, Virginia
2) Thomas Jefferson, 3rd, Virginia
3) James Madison, 4th, Virginia
4) James Monroe, 5th, Virginia
5) Andrew Jackson, 7th, South Carolina/Tennessee
6) Martin Van Buren, 8th, New York
7) William Henry Harrison, 9th, Virginia
8) John Tyler, 10th, Virginia
9) James K. Polk, 11th, North Carolina
10) Zachary Taylor, 12th, Virginia
*) James Buchanan, 15th, Pennsylvania
11) Andrew Johnson, 17th, North Carolina
12) Ulysses S. Grant, 18th, Ohio

So, if Stein is remotely privy to the above info, what is he basing his charges on? Perhaps, in his circles, Obama is the most racist president in history because he failed to make the Lindsey Graham pledge:

“If I get to be president, white men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency.”  read more

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sen. Graham's Platform: “...white men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency.”

The GOP, since 2012 election returns, have vowed to vigorously outreach beyond their most prominent base: white males.

To be certain, as the demographics become more diverse in the United States, relying on the white male vote for national elections is rapidly becoming a defeatist strategy.

But old habits die hard:

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bristol Palin responds like Moma Palin: Blame the Press.

Yo mofo! You want some of this?
This act is so, like 2008, tired.

Are you as sick of it as me?

Every time Sarah P. steps in it, she never takes responsibility for her miss-steps and misadventures, she plays the Victim card.

After all, isn't it a violation GOP 101: Never play the victim card.

John Legends' wife tweets: "Just another Wednesday"

Wednesday, Wednesday just another day
Before I proceed, I must make a full disclosure:

The gun culture and I don't see eye to eye. Real talk: I understand hunters, gun collectors and folks that maintain a fire piece in the crib for family protection.

This ain't me, but I get it, even though, I don't get it.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kill The Messenger: How The Media Destroyed Gary Webb

"National security and crack-cocaine in the same sentence?"  Gary Webb

I can vividly recall, like it happened yesterday, when San Jose Mercury reporter, Gary Webb rocked the DC power establishment by his investigatory article detailing the CIA's role in flooding the black community with crack.

As Webb wrote:

"For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles and funneled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, a Mercury News investigation has found."

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Addicting Info: Long list of Obama accomplishments

If you’re one of those folks who thinks President Obama is a “disappointment,” you haven’t been paying attention the last few years.

And those of you who try to draw comparisons with the Bush Administration should put away the hallucinogens and have your memory checked.