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(no subject) [Sep. 12th, 2007|10:12 pm]
Black Thought

I have come to the conclusion that Vladimir Putin may be the smartest (and definitely the shrewdest) politician of the last 50 years. While Dubya was busy extolling the virtues of being a "C student", Russia elected a genius.

With his country in shambles after years of shoveling everything they had into the Cold War fire, Putin proceeded to solicit money from American energy companies in order to develop oilfields in Siberia. This was money that came from you and me in the form of what we paid for gasoline and heating fuel. Then, once the oilfield development was near completion, he told the American oil companies to "get to steppin'" (however you say that in Russian) and nationalized the various oil projects. Now that money from said projects is rolling in, he's investing it in.......you guessed it....rebuilding the Russian military.

Today he disbanded his cabinet and prime minister, pretty much leaving himself with unchecked power until such time as he can engineer another election in which is anointed successor is "elected".

And............this past week, they tested the largest non-nuclear bomb ever produced.

In his wildest dreams, Dubya could never be this brilliant. I think the American people have been cheated.
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Day Of Blogging For Justice - Jena 6 [Aug. 30th, 2007|10:35 am]
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If you're not familiar with the Jena Six issue you can read the Amy Goodman piece at Seattlepi

Since you may not read this whole post, I want to ask you up front to please call, email or postal mail the national media to urge them to cover this story. A list of media contacts can be found here.

Jena Noose Tree

Back to the story of the Jena 6 - Essentially at the high school there was a whites only tree that the white kids hung out under. Black students asked the school administration if they could go under the tree. The administration said anyone could, and the Black students did. The next day, 3 nooses where hung in the tree.

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Again, with this in mind, I hope YOU will step up to the challenge of contacting at least just five national media outlets. What is it for you to put some email addresses in a send box, type up or copy a few words, and hit send? Better yet though, if you have a printer it would be great to print those same letters off, sign your name, and drop them in the mail. I think it's easier for a large news company to ignore an in box full of emails, but not to ignore mail bends full of letters staring them in the face in their office. A flood of calls would be great too. Maybe you could do this every week until they get the message. Just take whatever little time you have to do your part. If we all just do a little, a whole lot will get accomplished.

The Median Contact List Is Here!

Watch this Democracy Now youtube video on the Jena 6 issue.

The Jena 6 Defense Fund mention in the piece is an NAACP Fund. The address for you to donate is
PO Box 2798
Jena, LA 71342

There will be a mass rally in Jena on September 20th, the day Mychael Bell is to be sentenced, with people coming from all around the country. This is it people - this is the moment that this generation will take a stand. We will not let racist attacks on us quietly continue. We will not let Jim Crow come back! If you have the means to make it, you need to be there.

Other InJustices To Keep In Mind

Kenneth Foster
Genarlow Wilson
Dunbar Village - Watch Video
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Pictures From The Gulf Coast [Aug. 29th, 2007|01:39 pm]
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My commentary on today's Katrina Anniversary: The Gulf Coast After Katrina…A Study In Disparities and Deferential Treatment

I thought I'd give you guys some sites from my trip down to the Gulf Coast last month. The story on my observations can be seen at Katrina: Nearly Two Years Later.

I have a lot more pics from New Orleans, but they're not on CD yet. Maybe, though I doubt it; I can have them for you Friday afternoon.

Hard Rock Cafe Boloxi
Hard Rock Cafe and Casion in Biloxi MS

Family House
This is our Family House in Ocean Springs Mississippi that my great-grandad built about 65 years ago. It weathered a bit of Katrina damage, but is still standing strong after all these decades. I slept there for a couple of nights while on this trip after all. Thanks Sharita(sp)!

Rescue Markings
This is a home with the rescue worker marking still on it two years later; marking how many people were found dead in the home. There were many houses still with these markings in New Orleans, especially out East.

House Ripped Front
Speaks for itself - New Orleans

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Latest News On Jena 6 Strategy [Aug. 23rd, 2007|11:01 am]
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From BlackPerspective.net:

First, most of you who roam the bloggosphere regularly, especially the Afrosphere are fimilar with the Jena 6 story; but in case you are not, you can read about it here.

Jena 6 Banner

For me and a number of others, we're not about just blogging about the Jena 6 and having you read and just saying, "aww, what a shame". We're about action.

If you've been following this blog you know about the Media Strategy that has been initiated to raise the national consciousness about this event that bares such social, political and legal relevance.

In furtherence of that effort, the Afrosphere Jena 6 coalition is sponsoring a "Day Of Blogging For Justice". As it stands right now, next Wednesday August the 29th, the coalition members (and all else who are willing) will blog about the Jena 6 on the same day. A head of this effort a press release is going out to the national media to make them aware of the effort and the call for them to pick up the story. We're hoping the "Day Of Blogging For Justice" can serve as a united front and a catalysis for garnishing more attention for the six civil rights abuse victims in Jena.

The press release will contain a link to a page that will list all the bloggers who have agreed to participate. If you want to be listed as part of this effort, comment here with the address of the blog that you will post from. This can include your personal LJ journals or whatever.

A couple of other notes

Villager has listed contact info if you'd like to write convicted Jena 6er Mychael Bell to encourage his spirits and show support.

Checkout Freethejena6.org for other news, information and resources.
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Buying The War [Aug. 14th, 2007|10:30 am]
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I watched a fascinating documentary on PBS this past week, called Buying The War, that was put together by renowned veteran journalist Bill Moyer and company. The documentary examines how the media basically became the mouth piece for the government in drumming up war fervor instead of taking a critical look at the evidence. It includes interviews with news reporters and editors, some of whom you’ll know on site.

You HAVE TO watch this. I don't think that even most aware and politically conscious people (much less the masses of people who are not conscious), really understand the depth and the gravity to which media collusion with government, and the lack of a truly "free and independent press" spells the death of any real freedom and democracy. I think it all goes back to how it is the common notion in grade school, which carries on with people throughout life, that history is boring and irrelevant to ones life. If you understood how throughout history such collusion has been easily one of the major weapons of oppression, tyranny and thought control of the populace, then you would realize how absolutely detrimental and relevant this is.

Buying The War

Bill Moyer's Journal

A Collection of 9/11 Frontline Reports - You can watch half of them online. I watch these and other frontline reports online all the time. They’re great.

Frontline World News – I just stumbled across this the other day. Can't personally vouch for it, but its another news source outside of the norm.

The utter lack of critical review in the run up to the war in Iraq by the media at large is why on an issue like The Jena Six we must press the media hard to pick up the story and to look into it in depth. "We The People" have to make the press do their job as "the fourth institution" of governmental "checks and balance"; otherwise our freedom is virtually dead.
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Justice For The Jena Six [Jul. 26th, 2007|11:22 am]
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Old style southern “justice” has returned for 6 young black men in Jena Louisiana. You can read about that here.

But don't just read. After you read and are outraged - ACT!

The following is provided courtesy of Villager at the Electronic Village; with his permission:

We continue to encourage villagers to sign the Free Jena Six online petition

However, Pursuing Holiness correctly noted that politicians focus their efforts on registered voters in their districts. So, in addition to signing the online petition, perhaps it is time for each of us to contact our Senators and our Representative. Tell them about the Jena 6 and demand that the Justice Department investigate.

For those of you living in Louisiana, contact Governor Kathleen Blanco and ask not just for the pardon, but for LaSalle DA Reed Walters and the Jena police to be investigated.

Office of the Governor
Attn: Constituent Services
P.O. Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9004

Fax: 225-342-7099
E-mail the Governor


Read Villagers thoughts on the situation.
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A Hot BET Mess [Jul. 25th, 2007|12:57 pm]
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If you haven't heard:

`Hot Ghetto Mess' Gets Name Change
By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer
Monday, July 23, 2007

BET's provocatively titled "Hot Ghetto Mess," which drew sharp criticism and overshadowed the rest of the cable channel's new schedule, is getting an upbeat new name.

"We Got to Do Better" is the title the series will have when it debuts Wednesday, BET spokeswoman Jeanine Liburd told The Associated Press on Monday.

"We've decided to change the name because we want to highlight the show's real intent, which is to offer social commentary in a context that sparks dialogue, debate, and most importantly, change," BET said in a statement.

The show's content remains unaltered, Liburd said.

Comentary on the issue at BlackPerspective.net
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(no subject) [Jul. 12th, 2007|09:32 pm]
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This was an interesting letter that I recieved, and I thought that I would share it with you...and present a counter argument:

You call me, "redneck" ,"hillbilly", "slaker" , "Cracker", "Honkey", "Whitey", "Gringo"and you think it's OK.

...But when I call you coon, jiggaboo, toad, sand nigger, rag head ,Towelhead, WOP, Camel Jockey, Gook, nigger, moon cricket or Chink you call me a racist.
(Ummm, ok...to make this as SIMPLE as possible, if you refer to people as niggers, gooks, chinks, etc...then YES, you DEFINATELY are a racist.)

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Prove Michael Moore Is A Liar [Jul. 12th, 2007|10:12 am]
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Let me preface this piece by saying the following.Collapse )

Going back to before Fahrenheit 9/11 people claimed that Moore is dishonest and that his film making plays loose and fast with the facts. I certainly think Moore plays up facts that support his position, while not shining too bright a light on those that don’t – and while that might not be the most academic way of arguing it certainly is normal for one to make their own argument and not the oppositions. But I don’t see where he lies or “fudges” as it is often termed.

This charge has come up again with his new release, Sicko, about the American healthcare industry. On Monday July 9th, Moore appeared on the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. Before Moore was interviewed, CNN ran what it calls a Fact Check piece by medical doctor and CNN medical reporter Sanjay Gupta. Gupta confirms some of Moore’s facts, has clips of some people praising Moore and others detracting, and then parses on other facts.

He then concludes the piece saying that Moore “fudges” in Sicko, but didn’t give any examples; and then seconds latter the piece ends. That’s horrible reporting and horrible academics. You don’t essentially call somebody a lair and then just end the report. If you make a claim, especially a factual claim and or a negative claim against someone; good, basic academics demands that you support your claim.

Read transcript of Gupta’s piece here; you’ll have to scroll about half way down until you see his name.

In neither his pre-recorded news piece, nor in the live television debate, that Gupta had more than a day to prepare for; did he provided one “fudged” fact. All he did was quibble over the use of one source versus the other, but he couldn’t impeach any of the numbers or sources that Moore used. You know, sources such as the United States government and the United Nations.

Transcript of Moore/Gupta debate on Larry King

In one case Moore used a United Nations number and Gupta used a World Health Organization number. How is the WHO’s number more credible than the UN’s number; especially when they’re only 21 dollars or just over 10 percent apart; making the exact same point no matter which one you use. And Moore chose the HIGHER number when his purpose was to show how low Cuba’s per capita spending is on healthcare as compared to the United States.

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X-posted: BlackPerspective.net
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in the news, part 3 [Jun. 18th, 2007|11:37 pm]
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"DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University has reached an undisclosed financial settlement with three former lacrosse players falsely accused of rape, while a judge said late Monday he would order the disbarred prosecutor to leave office immediately."

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