Saturday, May 14, 2011

D-Nabb: Not Black Enuff

Apparently, to boxer Bernard Hopkins, if you are not from the hood, you are not black.

If you have married, successful and hard working parents, you lack the heart to be a champion.

"Forget this," Hopkins said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News, and pointed to his own skin. "He's got a suntan. That's all."

The Philadelphia Daily News also reported:

According to Hopkins, McNabb had a privileged childhood in suburban Chicago and, as a result, is not black enough or tough enough, at least compared with, say, himself, Michael Vick and Terrell Owens.

Granted, Hopkins has suffered many jabs to the dome during his long career; and hence, his flawed reasoning.

Occupational hazard aside, Hopkins still should have enuff marbles left to realize the absurdity of his comments.

On the other hand, Hopkins does not travel down this road alone. Jalen Rose recently revealed his long held animus towards Duke University basketball players:

“For me, Duke was personal. I hated Duke. And I hated everything I felt Duke stood for. Schools like Duke didn’t recruit players like me. I felt like they only recruited black players that were Uncle Toms.”

Even though, Rose clarified that these were the beliefs of a 18 year old kid from the inner city, the comments still underscores a misconception of what it means to be black.

Ironically, the hood and racists share this stereotype:

Black is ghetto;
Black is crime;
Black is crack
Black equals thuggish;
Black is an one parent home;
Black is not speaking the King's language;
Black is not being a father to your child;

And if you do not represent more than one of the above criteria, you lack street cred to represent blackness.

And to further prove this convoluted nonsense, Hopkins ended his interview by praising McNabb's character:

Hopkins called McNabb a good family man, a good corporate pitch man, and a “fantastic guy.”

Hopkins, now I can see with those attributes, McNabb certainly can not be black!

One Last Sidenote:

What does Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Doug Williams, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali and Magic Johnson all have in common?


All were champions in their sport, had two parent households and were not from the hood.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Thank God For Tina Fey

"Show photo as warning to others seeking America's destruction. No pussy-footing around, no politicking, no drama; it's part of the mission,"
Sarah Palin

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
Abraham Lincoln

Amen, brother Abe had to be thinking about this uncouth, backwoods, classless, shoot-from-the-hip, nit-wit, mean spirited(I really could go all day) woman, when he uttered those words of wisdom.

Thank god for Tina Fey

Time For A New Afghan War Strategy?

Mr. President, major kudos for taking out Osama, the self-confirmed mass-murderer of innocent people on African, European, Asian and American soil.

Now that we have tangible evidence on the roles of intelligence, drone surveillance and special-op troops, it's time to rethink our footprint in Afghanistan.

The Questions:

Is it necessary, for our security, to have 100,000 troops - in harms way - to effectively fight terrorism?

Is it prudent, in the era of budget cuts, to continue to spend 10,000,000,000 (that's ten billion) dollars a month in this war effort?

Mr. President, it's time to reconsider the Afghan war strategy advocated by VP Joe Biden - to scale back American forces and focus more on rooting out Al Qaeda there and in Pakistan.

Monday, May 9, 2011

'Middle Africa' is beginning to thrive thanks to Asian-style economic boom


Publication: The Day

Lome, Togo - Twenty-four miles northwest of Accra in Ghana, Anthony Botchway rips a pineapple plant from the ground with his bare hands. Wearing dirty boots, a short-sleeved shirt and jeans, he looks like any other farm worker, in a region where the daily minimum wage is less than $2.

The difference is that Botchway owns 7.2 million of the pulpy, yellow fruits. He rose from poverty to become managing director of Bomarts Farms Ltd., which owns and cultivates 3,000 acres of land, partly because he got financial help.

Ecobank Transnational Inc., which operates in more African countries than any other bank, provided an initial loan of $50,000 in 2002. Since then, Botchway has gone from peddling goods on village streets to exporting his extra-sweet pineapples to Europe and the Middle East.

"Any time I request a loan from Ecobank, I get something," the sinewy Botchway, 53, says with a smile at his farm in Nsuobiri. "Though I may not get everything, it frees funds for growth that would otherwise have been used to pay salaries and bills." He plans to double production to 14 million pineapples in the next few years.

In Africa, a continent that has been synonymous with poverty, corruption and lagging development, an increasing number of people like Botchway are improving their economic standing. Sub-Saharan Africa will be the fastest-growing region in the world, after developing Asia, this year and in 2012, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Six of the 20 projected fastest-growing countries this year are in Africa. Among them are Ghana, at 13.7 percent; Ethiopia, at 8.5 percent; Angola, at 7.8 percent; and Mozambique, at 7.5 percent, the IMF says.

A move toward freer economies helped ignite the boom. In the past decade, leaders in Nigeria, Ghana and Rwanda have sold state-owned industries, cut inflation and budgeted more cautiously. Those shifts encouraged the Group of Eight nations to agree in 2005 to let the World Bank, the IMF and the African Development Bank cancel the debts of some poor countries provided they met certain economic goal.

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