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by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.

Tonight, United African Movement, Freedom Party and Freedom Retreat for Boys and Girls will start a two-part series on Eric Garner, including the three books Blacks must read, the chokehold applied by rogue cops of the NYPD to Eric Garner to murder him, probable causes for arrests, grand jury abuses and symbolic speech under the First Amendment that will be used at the 2014 African-American Day Parade in Harlem.

The venue for Part I of the series will be held tonight, Wednesday, September 17 at the Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Avenue (bet. Franklin and Classon) in Brooklyn at 7:00 p.m.  Take the “C” train to Franklin Avenue.  It will focus on the psychological legacy of slavery.

The venue for Part II of the series will be held at Friendship Baptist Church, 141 West 131st Street in Harlem on Thursday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m.  Part I will specifically address the three books that Blacks must read to speak the language of and to communicate with whites and Part II will specifically address grand jury abuses that lead to immunizing rogue cops.

Part II – No Taping

On this Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at Brooklyn Christian Center, for the first hour, I will identify and discuss three books that Blacks must read.  The first book was written about the psychological legacy of slavery.  The other two books are based on competition.  This country unabashedly practices “Social Darwinism.”  The master-slave relationship prohibits Blacks from competing against whites.

Descendants of enslaved Africans are not allowed to practice competition.  Instead, Blacks are given social welfare programs.  This is our reward.  Business, law, politics, sports, arts and entertainment and the top echelons of militarism are staffed by white males.  They do not have to face a glass ceiling.  Blacks are not encouraged to participate in these disciplines.

HELP is non-existent in the Black community.  HELP is an acronym for History, Ethics, Logic and Philosophy.  The Founding Fathers of HELP are Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Charles Hamilton Houston, Melvin Tolson and Marcus Garvey.  None of these men are widely promoted in the Black community because whites will never promote our architects.

The Brooklyn Christian Center is located at 1061 Atlantic Avenue (bet. Classon and Franklin) in Brooklyn.  This forum will start at 7:00 p.m.  Take the “C” train to Franklin Avenue.  No Black person should receive a high school diploma until he or she fully comprehends, in detail, their contents.  It explains why Blacks will never, among other things, maintain and operate a political party.

Last week, Yah Ammi, of the Human Rights and Justice Committee of Ferguson, MO asked me to come to Ferguson and help its residents secure a special prosecutor in the death of Michael Brown.  I was flattered.  The people of Ferguson know the difference between an “ambulance chaser” and a “social engineer.”  They know that I am the only attorney in the United States to have secured a special prosecutor on two, separate occasions.

In 1990, New York sought to resolve a political question; that is, how to “disbar” an attorney who had never been convicted of a crime; had never suffered a disciplinary complaint from a client; and had never been held in contempt of court.  Otherwise, no attorney, despite his or her unpopularity, can be disciplined or disbarred under Judiciary Law § 90.

Since a complaint from members of the New York Legislature is a political question, I prepared a calendar, “Say to No to Cuomo” to continue to November 4, 2014. The events on this calendar will not only address the issue of legal representation generally and “judicial bullying,”  in particular, but also the issues of Eric Garner, John White, Ramsey Orta, Chrissie Ortiz, Tawana Brawley and a class action involving all historically despised and down-trodden persons.

Gov. Mario Cuomo and his son, Andrew, started the practice of “judicial bullying” in 1990.  See Tawana Brawley and “Central Park 7.”  It has had a “chilling effect” on all Black attorneys and legal activism.  Since May 21, 1990, no Black attorney has initiated litigation challenging white supremacy in New York except for “hush money.”

As a political party, the Freedom Party also needs legal representation.  Similarly, United African Movement needs to retain an attorney to represent Tawana Brawley in New York and in Virginia.  The Black community and the Freedom Party need a fully-stocked law library to navigate through legal issues and to decipher and arrest “unjust laws” like the “Stand Your Ground” law.

In the past, I have represented an untold number of unpopular defendants and causes pro bono.   Otherwise, there would have never been a movement for justice in New York.  I was also the sole founder of the Freedom Party and a founder of Freedom Retreat for Boys and Girls with a connection to the “Central Park 7.”

I had also successfully represented the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, pro bono and as an attorney, in his pro hac vice application to New York to represent suspected members of the Black Liberation Army in addition to the pro bono representation of Rev. Al Sharpton in a 67-count indictment in Manhattan.

I would find it difficult to believe that any freedom-loving person would reject my effort to resume the practice of law on a pro bono basis or to donate to any effort to continue a legal effort to represent the despised and the downtrodden in the finest tradition of American jurisprudence and consistent with the speech made by Chief Justice Jonathan Lippman to the graduating law class at Pace Law School.

For more than two decades, several thousand persons have received my invaluable, writings on law and military science, free of any cost, even though the fixed costs  to publish them including research, writing, editing and publishing have exceeded over Twenty-five Hundred Dollars monthly.  There is also now a need to upgrade equipment, legal literature and software.

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Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please support the movement to Reinstate him. Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471.

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September 17th, 2014 at 10:34 pm

Is Obama Drifting Toward War with Russia?

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by Playthell Benjamin

Recently President Obama delivered an address on American policy in Eastern Europe as expressed through aims of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization – an American led diplomatic dinosaur that should have died out with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Warsaw Pact in the last decade of the 20th century. And he made much of the fact that he was the first American President to speak in Estonia. Since the raison d’etre for NATO, which is a military alliance of capitalist states formed in the post-World War II period, sixty years ago, was to contain the expansion of Russian communism, when the Russian communist Party died NATO should have died with it.

Instead, under US leadership NATO expanded into Eastern Europe and incorporated former members of the Warsaw pact, setting up military bases in what were former Russian Republics. It was an incredible act of self-righteous arrogance that the wisest American analyst of Russian affairs such as George F. Kennan, Jack Matlock and Stephen Cohen warned would prove to be dangerous folly. The motion of history now testifies to the prophetic character of their analysis.

The growing crisis in Eastern Europe – whose epicenter is in the Ukraine, a former Republic of Soviet Russia – is at its root a conflict between American Exceptionalism and Russian Nationalism. Although the American government and mainstream media is engaged in a Herculean effort to define this crisis as a struggle between a beleaguered Ukrainian people fighting for freedom and democracy against the aggression of a Russian autocracy led by Vladimir Putin, the quintessential Russian Autocrat who wishes to enslave them by reincorporating them into Russia.

In this scenario Putin is the heir to a long line of Russian autocrats and dictators that harkens back to the Czars and the Communist Party, while the US led NATO alliance is the champion of freedom and democracy. From this perspective the growing antagonism between Russia and the “western democracies” led by the US can be reduced to a morality play between good and evil. And that is precisely how this conflict is being portrayed by the most influential opinion makers in the US.

However this is a self-serving and dangerous misinterpretation of the realities in the growing Eastern European imbroglio. The fact is that we have a clash of interests between power blocs over spheres of influence in which the US refuses to recognize the legitimate national security interests of Russia. No objective reading of the facts in the Eastern European crisis can fail to admit this reality. The fundamental problem arises from the fact that the US defines its national interests as global – which is also why US relations with China are growing more antagonistic as I write. Hence there is nowhere on earth that is off limits for the projection of American power, whether “soft” or “hard” power i.e. cultural and commercial or military. This attitude was called “The Arrogance of Power” by the late US Senator William J. Fulbright, who published a book under that title during the Cold War.

 

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This arrogance is informed by the ideology of American Exceptionalism, a counterfeit myth that all America politicians, corporate sponsored pundits and think tank supported intellectuals are expected to endorse without question. It is a way of viewing the world that is reminiscent of the classical Chinese view i.e. “We are the center of the world and all else is the barbarian fringes.” This view led the Chinese to build a wall around themselves in the belief that there was nothing of value they could learn from other peoples and cultures.

However this attitude has had the opposite effect on America’s leaders, who feel that they must remake the world in our image and anyone who refuses to go along with their program is the evil enemy. This belief led the US government to overthrow the democratically elected government on Iraq instead of Iran in 1953, the Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba in 1961, the invasion of Vietnam in the 1960’s and the attack on Iraq 2003. In classical China belief in Chinese Exceptionalism led to its leaders losing touch with what was actually happening with the rest of the world and this resulted in its conquest by Europe. Alas, the bogus belief in American Exceptionalism propels America’s misguided actions in Eastern Europe and could result in our destruction.

One has only to contemplate the meaning of President Obama’s statements in Estonia – another former Soviet Russian Republic – just this morning to clearly recognize this possibility. Looking years older than when he first took office six years ago – no doubt from the many intractable crises that weigh on him around the world that he is expected to solve – the President spoke with characteristic eloquence on American solidarity with the Baltic states in a speech suffused with syrupy sentimentalism designed to tug at the heartstrings of his audience. Yet despite his moving oratory, it could prove to be a swan song for humanity.

Speaking on the Independence of the Baltic States after the collapse of the Soviet Union President Obama declared:

“You reclaimed your countries. And in your new constitution you declared the independence and sovereignty of Estonia are timeless and inalienable. But the people of the Baltic nations also knew that freedom needs a foundation of security. So you reached out to join the NATO alliance. And we were proud to welcome you as new allies so that those words of your constitution, your timeless independence, will always be guaranteed by the strongest military alliance the world has ever known.”

This was a direct challenge to Russia. But since Russia has expressed no designs on Estonia, it was an unnecessary provocation, and one that would have enraged Americans if Putin made a similar speech in Mexico. This is the kind of speech one can make in the Muslim Mid-East, or South America, where the leading regional powers are Iran is Brazil. But it borders on madness when made on the doorsteps of Russia, a nuclear superpower that can obliterate the US in a half hour. What could Barack have been thinking, maybe he drank too much vodka at the meeting with Baltic leaders that have joined NATO, when he met with them earlier in the day.

After rhapsodizing about the virtues of unfettered capitalism – conveniently forgetting the havoc it has wreaked in Eastern Europe with the rise of the oligarchs, or the fact that wealth and the class privilege it brings has virtually frozen socio/economic mobility it the US to the extent that the disparity in wealth among New Yorkers is greater than that in Guatemala – the President” declared:

“And we’re stronger because we stand together. This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the ‘Baltics in NATO. A decade ago, skeptics wondered whether your countries were up to the task. And today they need only look at our training exercises where our troops grow even stronger together, shoulder-to-shoulder. They can look at Afghanistan where our forces have sacrificed together to keep us safe and where in just three months the largest operation in NATO history will come to an end, as planned.”

I could hardly believe what I was hearing; did he really refer to Afghanistan as a model for success for Eastern Europe? This is sheer nonsense! The real lesson of Afghanistan is that after a decade of pouring American blood and treasure into that military quagmire the Taliban – which an earlier American intervention had created – remains a clear and present danger. What the US has done – and wisely so – is to declare victory and cut out, despite the actual conditions on the ground. Perhaps that’s why he went overboard assuring the leaders of the Baltic States that things will be different in Eastern Europe.

“During the long Soviet occupation, the great Estonian poet Marie Under wrote a poem in which she cried to the world, “Who’ll come to help? Right here, at present, now!” And I say to the people of Estonia and the people of the Baltics, today we are bound by our treaty alliance. We have a solemn duty to each other. Article 5 is crystal clear. An attack on one is an attack on all. So if, in such a moment, you ever ask again, who’ll come to help, you’ll know the answer: the NATO alliance, including the armed forces of the United States of America, right here, present, now. (Applause.) We’ll be here for Estonia. We will be here for Latvia. We will be here for Lithuania. You lost your independence once before. With NATO, you will never lose it again.”

Apparently not content with vague threats against the Russians President Obama got specific, down to the nitty gritty.

“The new initiative I proposed in Warsaw this spring includes several elements, and we’re working with Congress to get it done. Here in the Baltics, it would mean positioning more American equipment, so it’s ready if needed. It would mean more training and exercises between our militaries. And it would mean more U.S. forces, including American boots on the ground, continuously rotating through Estonia and Latvia and Lithuania.”

Alas, a close reading and content analysis of President Obama’s speech reveals that much of it sounds like it could have been written by the neo-con cabal of policy wonks from the Project for a New American Century that advised George Bush to invade Iraq. It is a world view that combines a fundamental belief in American Exceptionalism i.e. only the US has the vision and moral gravitas to lead the world, and the military might to impose that vision.

There was a lot of talk about the sanctity of “freedom” and “democracy” accompanied by a very selective reading of history and present realities, glossing over the fact that many in these Baltic nations willingly collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, while the Russian Communist were our allies in that great struggle against German fascism. While praising the collaborators he never mentioned that it was the Russians who paid a greater price in blood than any nation in the world, with 20 million dead and that Russian arms played a greater role in the defeat of the Nazis than any other country. And even worse was the falsification of the facts surrounding the events that led to the present crisis in the Ukraine.

The whole world heard the hacked conversation of the American Ambassador to the Ukraine on the phone with the US State Department’s Undersecretary for European affairs plotting the overthrow of the democratically elected president of the Ukraine. The response of the Obama Administration to this embarrassing tape was to denounce the Russians for hacking the phone call…. even as the US National Security Agency was hacking into the cell phone of Andrea Merkle, the German Chancellor.

Furthermore, the American Senator John McCain was photographed marching with neo-Nazis in Keiv while calling for the overthrow of a democratically elected Ukrainian government because their president chose a closer economic relationship with Russia rather than joining the European Union, with the closer ties to NATO that such a relationship required. Why would ethnic Russians want to remain part of a nation that expressed such hatred for Russia? This is what sparked the present crisis, not “Russian aggression.”

Hence Barack was engaged in an exercise of political propaganda not an objective recounting of history; the former is an attempt to rearrange facts about the past in order to justify policies in the present, while the latter is concerned with an unbiased reading of the evidence in order to uncover the truth about the past so that we can avoid making the same mistakes in the future. They are very different enterprises and are guaranteed to deliver dramatically different results.

The failure of President Obama to admit that the real roots of the present conflict with Russia is the aggressive American led expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe until this anti-Russian military alliance is now at their door steps, will not help find a path to peaceful relations with Russia. Indeed, it could lead to thermo-nuclear war if NATO makes any attempt to admit the Ukraine into this military alliance.

Yet this is the course of action that Senators John McCain, Lindsay Graham and other verbose Republican hawks are calling for. Hence despite the fact that Barack did indeed sound like “the brown face of American imperialism” he emphatically reiterated his position that there is no military solution to the Ukrainian crisis. This makes him the clearly the lesser evil. One has only to imagine the state of the world if John McCain had been President for the last six years…or if Mitt Romney were president as I write, in order to envision how lucky we are to have Barack Obama in the Oval office at this dangerous juncture in history. Compared to these pretenders Barack’s foreign policy choices looks like Solomonic wisdom.

Thus I continue to disagree with the leftist ideologues like Glen Ford and moral absolutists like Cornel West that there is no significant difference between the Democrats and the Republicans, or John McCain and Barack Obama, the kind of misguided thinking that ignores political reality and led to them helping elect George Bush over Al Gore. This nation and the world is still suffering from that disaster but the left has never assumed responsibility for their role in bringing it about. What the ideologues and moral absolutist refuse to accept is that in real politics, as opposed to rhetorical exercises, one takes the best deal one can get, and in a participatory democracy a people will get the kind of government they deserve. Hence we are in the mess we are in because of the deeply flawed people Americans have elected to lead them over the years.

I continue to believe that the low level of much of American political leadership, and thus the crux of our problem, is due to the ignorance and apathy of the American electorate. The ideologues don’t want to face this fact, so they continue to spin fantasies about the “revolutionary masses.” They refuse to admit that as a politician Barack has to get elected and his party has to win a majority of seats in Congress in order to get anything done on behalf of the American people. Thus what Abraham Lincoln said at the end of the Civil War is also true of Barack: “Clearly I have not controlled events… but events have controlled me.”

President Obama is bowing to public sentiment in taking a tougher stand against the Russians, although the public has no idea of the danger involved; he must appear to answer the constant Republican charges that he is weak and feckless in the face of the strong and decisive Putin. That this is foolishness is quite beside the point it is irrelevant in political terms. Thus he is pushed into a tough guy role with the Russians that in his head and heart he knows this dangerous folly…. and appears prepared to shoot craps with the fate of the earth for the sake of domestic politics because the Russian bear will fight if NATO continues to threaten the security of his lair.

Benjamin is a veteran political journalist out of Harlem NY. His essays can be read on his blog site Commentaries on the Times.

 

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September 16th, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Freeman Predicts a 24-17 Bills Win Over Dolphins

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by Pat Freeman

The Buffalo Bills open the home portion of their schedule against arch rival Miami on Sunday. This game should be a great challenge for the hometown team because Miami not only moved the ball against New England last week, but also sacked Tom Brady four times.

This will also be the first regular season home game since the passing of Buffalo Bills founder Ralph Wilson and also marks the beginning of a new era for the team with new owners Terry and Kim Pegula. It should be a memorable Sunday game in the newly-Renovated Ralph Wilson Stadium because it will also be Bills Alumni weekend.

Since the announcement of the accepted sale of the franchise to the Pegula family the joy of Western New York is undeniable. The new owners are committed to keeping professional football here in Western New York and must also put forth a new formula to increase revenue for themselves and the rest of the league owners with a short term plan to accomplish this. This plan must include a new multi-use facility in the commercial district of the city of Buffalo. Our elected leaders still must realize that the profit margin for Mr. Wilson was on a $25,000 investment in 1960, and this margin is not acceptable on a more than billion dollar investment. The other problem is that our stadium with all of its improvements is one of the lowest revenue sharing facilities in the NFL. There is no doubt in my mind that the Pegula’s are already looking at the best way to tackle this problem with the rest of the owners. The concern that I have is when our local leadership will face this reality so we can move forward in a reasonable fashion.

I do understand that one of the deciding factors involved was getting the new owner in place and sitting down with them to see what direction they would like to proceed. The problem is that the other NFL owners have already told our elected leaders that you need a new stadium and that the facility in Orchard Park can’t be retrofitted despite the efforts of the popular media to convince us that it can. The Orchard Park Stadium’s location and structural defects play an even larger role than most ordinary citizens can imagine. So the push for anew downtown stadium continues at full speed ahead. Let me bring you up to date with where we are now.

We have now identified three workable sites which could accommodate the proposed Stadium complex proposal which I believe will solve the remaining problem we have in keeping professional football in this area for the long term. Unlike the firm hired by the Governor all three of my sites are located in the city of Buffalo, and renovating the 40 year old stadium in Orchard Park is not an option. Time will tell how history will treat a person who has continued to fight for what he knows is the right thing to do and that is change our formula and bring a Multi use Entertainment complex to the city of Buffalo.

Buffalo Bills will win Sunday 24-17

If you enjoy talking about the world of sports tune into the number#1 sports show in the nation every Saturday from 4-5:00PM hosted by WUFO Sports Director Patrick Freeman on 1080AM WUFO radio or via the internet at www.wufoam.com. Or catch Sports Update for clbTV (ch.20 Buffalo) and YouTube. Also join us for the number#1 recap show every Monday at 7:25AM with Lee Pettigrew, and The Mighty O’Ba Pat Freeman.

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September 14th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Will There be an ISIS/MS-13 Alliance Starting in Texas?

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The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is coming … to Texas? Yes, if you listen to conservatives, particularly those from Texas.

First, let’s say this flatly: ISIS is an outrageously barbaric group that poses a real threat to the Middle East in the short term and possibly to Western countries in the long term.

And watching the beheading of American journalists by ISIS is most unsettling, to say nothing of the pain and torment it must cause the victims’ families. It offends and infuriates. The heart breaks and the eyes water. And there is a natural revulsion and rousing of anger.

But through the anger we must still stay levelheaded, and not allow politicians and pundits to talk us into armed conflict without clarity of mission and scope. And we also mustn’t allow them to inflate the image of the enemy to such a degree that we feel that caution and patience are not options.

The latter seems to be very much underway. ISIS is being presented as so great a threat that action cannot be forestalled, and that amplification of threat is even being used as a political tool in the immigration debate.

The conservative website WND “reported” in July that “a top U.S. Defense Department analyst under President Bush says ISIS, the Islamic jihadists creating a Muslim caliphate in Iraq and beyond, could use the Mexican border to infiltrate America, and it could happen ‘sooner rather than later.’”

The site continued, “ISIS may be working to infiltrate’ the U.S. with the aid of transnational drug cartels, he said, citing the violent Mexican criminal gang MS-13 as a highly likely candidate for the partnership.”

WND was not the only one to hype the cartel line. Representative Ted Poe of Texas said in August that there was interaction between ISIS and Mexican drug cartels and that they were “talking to each other.”

Fox News “reported” Friday on a so-called “situational awareness” bulletin sent out by the Texas Department of Public Safety and obtained by the “news” network. According to Fox, the bulletin read, “A review of ISIS social media messaging during the week ending August 26 shows that militants are expressing an increased interest in the notion that they could clandestinely infiltrate the southwest border of U.S., for terror attack.”

And members of the Obama administration — wittingly or not — fed the frenzy. In a joint news conference in August, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, further inflated ISIS and raised the issue of immigration and the border.

Hagel called ISIS an “imminent threat to every interest we have” and said, “This is beyond anything we’ve seen. We must prepare for everything.”

Dempsey said, “Because of open borders and immigration issues, it’s an immediate threat, that is to say, the fighters who may leave the current fight and migrate home. Longer-term, it is about ISIS’ vision.”

Broadly speaking, this is all true. Everything is possible, and one should never underestimate an enemy. But, neither should one inflate the image of the enemy. And a legitimate threat from foreign forces should not be used as political fodder for anti-immigrant, enforcement-over-citizenship border politicians.

And yet, that appears to be what it has become.

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas recently hinted that ISIS fighters might have already crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. According to Perry, “There’s the obvious great concern that because of the condition of the border, from the standpoint of it not being secure and us not knowing who is penetrating across, that individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states could be.” Perry continued, “I think it’s a very real possibility that they may have already used that.”

Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said on CNN, however, that although ISIS had a desire to strike Western targets, there was “no information that leads us to believe” that ISIS fighters had crossed the border.

The Conservative Judicial Watch issued a statement last week claiming:

“Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.”

The National Counterterrorism Center director, Matthew Olsen, said that while ISIS did pose “significant threat to us” it was not “Al Qaeda pre-9/11” and “we have no credible information” that ISIS is planning to attack the United States.

The ISIS-at-the-border hype appears to simply be an attempt to kill two birds with one stone — be pro-war and anti-immigration at the same time.

(This column originally appeared in the New York Times Sept. 3, 2014 under the title “ISIS, Deep in the Heart of Texas“)

Charles M. Blow is a New York Times Columnist and nationally-known commentator: “I invite you to visit my blog By The Numbers, join me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter, or e-mail me at chblow@nytimes.com.”

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September 13th, 2014 at 8:05 pm

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Zimbabwe President Mugabe tells White People to “Go back to England”

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by Gloria Dulan-Wilson

I absolutely love President Robert Mugabe – Africa would be much better off, and much further along if the rest of the so-called leaders took the same stance he, Julius Nyrere, Jomo Kenyatta and other intelligent Black leaders took when it came to putting Africa for the Africans first. It’s because of the psycho-sociological brain washing and continued dependence on white approval and technology that Africa continues to cannibalize herself.

Can we inject the rest of the “leaders” with his DNA? Better yet, can we clone President Mugabe???
I’m sharing this article I received from my friend, CP Ohio, with all my African and African American brothers and sisters. I truly hope President Mugabe is grooming a successor and an administration to carry his policies and principles forward.

 

 

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The brits and other eurotrash have raped, robbed, pillaged and enslaved Africans for centuries – did they really think that we should just forgive and forget and let them continue with business as usual – that the concept of “freedom” was just some theoretical thing, but not to be taken seriously? Thank goodness there is a President Mugabe in Africa to show how it’s really supposed to be done. Now is the time for the rest of the African countries and their leaders to wake up – later is too late. By now you must know that you can’t make deals with the devil. The condition your people are in is a direct result of not making the demands for parity at the outset, and sticking to them.

Now that you know, what are you going to do about it???

Stay Blessed &
ECLECTICALLY BLACK

bullet Columnist Gloria Dulan-Wilson Is a veteran New York City Journalist. Her experiences, perspective & sense of history are an invaluable combination. “check out my blog:” www.gloria-dulan-wilson.blogspot.com

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September 12th, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Feeling The Musical Vibe Of Cabo Verde’s ELL Cosme

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by ANN BROWN

Cabo Verde may be a small island nation off the coast of West Africa, but it’s big on musical traditions.

From Cesária Évora to Ildo Lobo to Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes (TLC) to jazz great Horace Silver, singers and musicians of Cabo Verdean heritage have made their mark on various genres of music.

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Enter ELL Cosme, one of the newest singers to arise from the archipelago in the Atlantic. His first single, “Koza Sab,” done in a genre dubbed Ghetto Zouk, tore up the local airwaves and even gained him media attention in the United States and Europe. His second single, “Amor na Club” was a club cut that proved he could handle many forms. Now readying his debut album to drop by year’s end, ELL Cosme says he has more surprises. “I just love music and I love to work in all genres,” he says. “My album will include some R&B songs sung in English, some Kizomba, some Zouk Love, and more.” ELL Cosme is also aiming to crack the American market with his English language songs.

ELL Cosme’s popularity has risen fast in Cabo Verde. Having only debuted on the scene as singer in the last eight months, he’s done a number of major shows, including opening for Anselmo Ralph, from Angola. Anselmo is one of Africa’s hottest star on the continent and in Europe. Rick Ross even just collaborated on a song with him.

Born Eder Luiz Cosme, ELL Cosme hails from the Cabo Verdean island of  São Nicolau, known for its morabeza—welcoming spirit. And like his hometown credo, ELL Cosme wants all to enjoy his music. “I want to bring my music worldwide. I think people everywhere can relate to my music, can have fun with my music, dream with it, reminisce with it, fly with it,” says ELL Cosme.

Among ELL Cosme’s musical inspirations are not only such Cabo Verdean legends as Cesária Évora but also American icons like 2Pac and Michael Jackson. “Of course, Cabo Verdean music is my heart, but I just love music, no matter where it comes from,” says ELL Cosme, who now lives in the capital city of Praia on the island of Santiago.

ELL Cosme loved being around music so much he took a second job at night at a local radio station. For three years, he was the drive-time DJ at Cidade FM 91.1 Cabo Verde. Being there only further fueled his own musical ambitions. “I wanted to do something different,” says ELL Cosme. “I love American R&B, hip hop, even some Rock ‘N Roll. And I love the musical traditions I grew up with—so why not put it all together.”

Besides mixing musical genres, he also combines languages and sings in English, Portuguese, and the two major dialects of Cabo Verdean Creole. “While I sing in various languages, I truly believe music is the universal language. You just feel it. And I hope people are feeling my music.”

Ann Brown is a longtime New York journalist whose columns appear in The Network Journal, New York Trend and other publications. She currently resides in Cape Verde.

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Wall Street: “Central Park 7,” Garner & Brown

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by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.

On Monday, September 8, 2014, I will be a guest on the “Carl Nelson Show” at 5:00 p.m. Carl Nelson has a history of discussing controversial, current affairs and public affairs programming. This Monday afternoon on WOL-AM will be no different. I will also hopefully discuss “How to Bridge the Communications Gap between Blacks and Whites.”

“Carl Nelson” can be heard live at www.woldcnews.com. All cadets will need to bring a pen, paper and pad to the “Carl Nelson Show” which is valued on this Monday at the very least, $500 per person. This discussion will not be available at a top-rated law school. In 1787, no one ever envisioned Black attorneys in the United States.

Language is at the core of every culture. It not only supports communications but it also undergirds critical thinking. I refused, during a trial, to allow my clients to take the witness stand. Instead, I forced the legal system to be adversarial including demanding the appointment of a special prosecutor in all racially-motivated cases. It is hard for a slave to be adversarial to his or her master.

An elected prosecutor in the case of a state-sponsored murder violates the search for truth. An elected prosecutor is an ally of the police. Thus, no elected prosecutor can prosecute a police officer without giving the appearance of an impropriety. A code of ethics militates against any impropriety.

English is about antonyms and homonyms. The law is supposed to be an adversarial system. Instead, it is judicial conspiracy. The state pays the prosecutor and the client pays the defense attorney. It is larceny by trick. This is a confidence game and it is intended to enrich both the prosecutor and the defense attorney.

I wrote a manuscript entitled “How to Represent the Black Defendant.” No course exists in any law school on this subject. Thus, every criminal defendant is the victim of the Sixth Amendment. The U.S. Supreme Court has only taken feeble steps to remedy this glaring, constitutional flaw since Powell v. Alabama (“Scottsboro Boys Case”) in 1931.

The prison-industrial complex is the exception to the Thirteenth Amendment. The United States never intended to end slavery. Thus, white supremacists are using this exception as a back-door approach to mass incarceration. Our children are moving from “Black incubators” to “white paternalism.”

On this Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., Michael Greys of “Community Cop” will be the keynote speaker at UAM’s weekly forum. I will interpret the September 6 court appearance of People v. Orta in Richmond County Supreme Court and the settlement in “Central Park 7″.

To understand the outcome in People v. Orta, you would need to know the story behind A. Phillip Randolph’s demand for a March on Washington on June 18, 1941. Seven days later, FDR who had opposed the March on Washington, signed Executive Order 8802 which placed a ban on discrimination in the war industries and apprenticeship programs. Blacks would be given the same opportunities as whites. The right of legal representation belongs to the people and not to an attorney.

This historic discussion on Wednesday night, which will include events throughout October 2014, will occur at the Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Avenue (bet. Classon and Franklin) in Brooklyn. In 1913, public transportation was in its embryonic stage in New York City. Nonetheless, This fact was not an obstacle to Blacks traveling between the boroughs. Take the “C” train to Franklin Avenue.

Rules of Engagement: Orta

Sixth Amendment

Every criminal defendant is entitled to a public trial. This includes all phases of a criminal trial including all hearings. This right to a public trial belongs to the defendant and not to the public. The right to the effective representation of an attorney belongs to the public. This is a restraint, among other things, of abuses of judicial power.

The defendants should also enjoy the assistance of counsel and the right to choose one’s own counsel if counsel is privately-retained. Counsel must be free of any conflict-of-interest which may affect the lawyer’s performance including counsel who is an organ of the state. A criminal defendant also has a right to proceed pro se.

Transcript

Black’s Law Dictionary defines a transcript as follows: “A handwritten, printed or typed copy of testimony given orally; esp., the official record of proceedings in a trial or hearing as taken down by a court reporter.” A transcript provides the basis for any legal argument before a trial court or an appellate court.

It is a disservice to any criminal defendant for any person to create a noise or to excite a disturbance while a court is in session. The criminal defendant may end up paying for anyone’s indiscretions. Any defect or omission in a verbatim transcript may cause irreversible harm to a criminal defendant.

The ideal atmosphere is to emulate a public or college library except that any violation of a quiet atmosphere may cause irreversible harm to a criminal defendant. This happened to Brian Nichols and he ended up killing a white trial judge, the white court stenographer, and a white law enforcement agent.

Nichols had been accused or raping his white “sugar mama” in Georgia after she found out that he was a “player.” Instead of providing Nichols with the trial transcript of a hung jury, the judge ordered an immediate, second trial. This was a denial of due process of law. Among other things, Nichols was unable to use the trial transcript to impeach witnesses.

Symbolic Speech

The First Amendment not only requires freedom of expression but also symbolic speech which may include the wearing of a black armband or the burning of an American flag. Absent any disruptive conduct, a state may not suppress a message according to the U.S. Supreme Court in Tinker v. Des Moines School District.

P.S. People v. Chrissie Ortiz will appear on the criminal calendar in Staten Island Criminal Court, 67 Targee Street in Staten Island on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Chrissie Ortiz is the wife of Ramsey Orta, the videographer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.  The NYPD is employing a full-court press. Call the Freedom Party at 917-947-8994.

Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please support the movement to Reinstate him. Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471.

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Spending Black Earned Dollars with Black Businesses…..

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We can do this because we’re very Smart, but Why aren’t We?

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by Zachary Husser

Dear Family of Friends Network,

Why are we, Black Folk, spending Our hard Earned Dollars with Black Businesses in the Neighborhoods we reside in? We can spend our dollars with Black Owned businesses because $900 Billion Dollars is spent by Black Folk every year in the market place. However, We give most of Our hard Earned Cash back to people who don’t give a damn about Our Well Being. I give the White Supremacist Koch Brothers as a classic example of us buying their company products and they in turn use the money to attempt to destroy Black Legacy. Do You Read Me Loud And Clear?

I’m not one who deals with this “Middle Class” BS that white folks have sold Black Folks on because my grandmother, Ms. Malinda Husser-Ellington said people “either have class or no class and there’s no Middle!” I say that all of Us can purchase goods and services from Black Owned Businesses. We build a Black Owned Business Guide or use the ones that are already available and haven’t been used. We can do this because we have the smarts to do it. Do we have the will? Check out The Empowerment Experiment. Our Family. Our Movement about one families trials to spend their money with Black Owned Businesses.

In several Cities in the United States we have local community newspapers that function and survive because Black Businesses advertise with those papers. We already have a start and just don’t know it. We must support these papers and you know the one in your City or Town. In New York City I read the “Harlem News” that was created and published by Sister Pat Stevenson and it’s a very insightful newspaper about what is going on in our neighborhood as well as telling us about the great business folk in the community. In Philly, we have the “Black Professional News” created and published by Mr. Earl Harvey. The paper is an outstanding look at Black Business working together and supporting one another. The advertising dollars along with the great stories told in the paper make it a must read in the Atlantic City to Philadelphia-Wilmington, Delaware metro areas. As I’ve stated previously, we have the network, we’re just not maximizing our efforts to spend our dollars with one another! Check out the two examples I’ve mentioned in this article about neighborhood newspapers and also check out your own local paper to see how you can become a part of keeping Black Dollars in our neighborhoods.

In concluding, we have the Black Owned business “Flecks Coffee House and Cafe in Chicago, Illinois that is owned by the mother daughter team of Zuli & Olga Turner. The business just celebrated it’s one year anniversary and brings love, jazz, and an outdoor eating area to the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago. The Business is located at 343 East 79th street in the windy City. You can’t miss the Cafe because great service and love from the owners permeates the corner location! So folks, let’s support these businesses because the more you give to them, the more they give back to our neighborhoods. We must tell our story and look out for one another. Do You Read Me Loud and Clear?

Let’s Spend Our Dollars With One Another.

Zachary Cornell Husser is a NY/NJ Community Organizer and member of the Columbia University men’s basketball teams of 1967–70. You can find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Buffalo Bills Preview

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by Pat Freeman

The Buffalo Bills open their regular season schedule against the Chicago Bears on September 7, 2014 at Soldier’s Field in Chicago, Illinois. This will be the first season since this team was founded that will start without founder the late Ralph Wilson who passed in March. Before we get started we have to pay homage to his vision that has provided us with one of our greatest passions, the Buffalo Bills

First let’s look at the offensive side of the ball beginning with the offensive line.

Left Tackle_ Cordy Glenn is primed to be one of the best in the league
Left Guard_ Chris Williams needs to show consistency in his performance and being able to stay healthy.
Center- Eric Wood is one of the best at his position in the league
Right Guard- Eric Pears has switched to right guard from right tackle should be good, but watched to see if he has leverage in the running game.

Right Tackle- Seantrel Henderson was the best offensive linemen during the pre-season excellent draft choice.

Unit grade preview- A+

Wide receivers- This is one of the best units in pro football period!!!! Beginning with Sammy Watkins , Mike Williams, Robert Wood, Marquise Goodwin, Chris Hogan, and Marcus Easley.

Units Grade- A+

Tight Ends- This unit as a whole will have to perform at a high level because the quarterback’s best friend is his tight end. High expectation for the emergence of Chris Gragg as a downfield threat with his 4.4 speed!!!

Running backs- Once again one of the best units in pro football today led by CJ Spiller, Fred Jackson Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon. Excellent group. Frank Summer’s is a powerful force at fullback also should help the running game

Quarterback- EJ Manuel must make us believers in why he was the first quarterback taken in the 2013 draft and become the franchise leader of this team.

Offensive coaching staff- This is where I believe the problem exists for the Buffalo Bills. I am not a fan of the philosophy of Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. Maybe in the last 12 months he has learned to utilize your skills of the personnel that you have best. If he does this could end up being a great year to be a Bills fan in Western New York.

Unit Grade- ????? or incomplete

Defense

The defensive line of the Buffalo Bills is also one of the very best in the NFL today led by who I believe will be named the most dominant defensive tackle in the game Marcel Dareus.

Unit Grade- A+

Linebackers- The additions of Keith Rivers, Brandon Spike, and the emergence of the hard hitting Nigel Bradham this could also be one of our strongest units.

Unit Grade- B-

Defensive Backs- This could be one of our best units in recent memory for the Buffalo Bills. This group is filled with playmakers that have an ability to change a game.

Defensive Coaching staff under new Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz should dominate!
Unit Grade- B+

Special Teams- If there is an area that has a serious concern for this team it’s special teams. The philosophy of the special team’s coach has been play it safe, and sometimes you have to try to make a play!!!!

Unit Grade- D-

The final preview look has to be Coach Doug Marrone who I think must make a sharp improvement from last year ,or he might be one of the first changes of the new owner.

Prediction week 1 Bills 27- Chicago 17.

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No White Privilege… O’Really?

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Is white privilege real? Not according to Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly.

This week O’Reilly debated the issue of white privilege with a fellow host and then returned to the topic the next day with this doozy of a statement:

“Last night on ‘The Factor,’ Megyn Kelly and I debated the concept of white privilege whereby some believe that if you are Caucasian you have inherent advantages in America. ‘Talking Points’ does not, does not believe in white privilege. However, there is no question that African-Americans have a much harder time succeeding in our society than whites do.”

It is difficult to believe that those three sentences came in that order from the same mouth. Why would it be harder for blacks to succeed? Could interpersonal and, more important, systemic bias play a role? And, once one acknowledges the presence of bias as an impediment, one must by extension concede that being allowed to navigate the world without such biases is a form of privilege.

That privilege can be gendered, sexual identity based, religious and, yes, racial.

When one has the luxury of not being forced to compensate for societal oppression based on basic identity, one is in fact privileged in that society.

O’Reilly even trotted out the Asian “model minority” trope to buttress his argument, citing low unemployment rates and high levels of income and educational attainment for Asians compared not only to blacks but to whites.

Whenever people use racial differences as an argument to downplay racial discrimination, context is always called for.

What O’Reilly — like many others who use this line of logic — fails to mention (out of either ignorance or rhetorical sleight of hand) is the extent to which immigration policy has informed those statistics and the extent to which many Asian-Americans resent the stereotype as an oversimplification of the diversity of the Asian experience.

A 2012 Pew Research report entitled “The Rise of Asian Americans” found:

“Large-scale immigration from Asia did not take off until the passage of the landmark Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. Over the decades, this modern wave of immigrants from Asia has increasingly become more skilled and educated. Today, recent arrivals from Asia are nearly twice as likely as those who came three decades ago to have a college degree, and many go into high-paying fields such as science, engineering, medicine and finance. This evolution has been spurred by changes in U.S. immigration policies and labor markets; by political liberalization and economic growth in the sending countries; and by the forces of globalization in an ever-more digitally interconnected world.”

Following the publication of the Pew report, the news site Colorlines spoke with Dan Ichinose, director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center’s Demographic Research Project, who was critical of some parts of the Pew report, but seemed to echo the role immigration had played. Colorlines put his response this way:

“The more complex and far less exciting explanation for Asian Americans’ relatively high rates of education has more to do with immigration policy, which has driven selectivity about who gets to come to the U.S. and who doesn’t, said Ichinose.”

Much of the African-American immigration policy came in the form of centuries of bondage, dehumanization and unimaginable savagery visited on their bodies. And that legacy is long and the scars deep.

O’Reilly mentions this in his rant, as a caveat:

“One caveat, the Asian-American experience historically has not been nearly as tough as the African-American experience. Slavery is unique and it has harmed black Americans to a degree that is still being felt today, but in order to succeed in our competitive society, every American has to overcome the obstacles they face.”

But this whole juxtaposition, the pitting of one minority group against another, is just a way of distracting from the central question: Is white privilege real?

In arguing that it isn’t, O’Reilly goes on to raise the seemingly obligatory “respectability” point, saying:

“American children must learn not only academics but also civil behavior, right from wrong, as well as how to speak properly and how to act respectfully in public.”

Then he falls back on the crux of his argument:

“Instead of preaching a cultural revolution, the leadership provides excuses for failure. The race hustlers blame white privilege, an unfair society, a terrible country. So the message is, it’s not your fault if you abandon your children, if you become a substance abuser, if you are a criminal. No, it’s not your fault; it’s society’s fault. That is the big lie that is keeping some African-Americans from reaching their full potential. Until personal responsibility and a cultural change takes place, millions of African-Americans will struggle.”

No, Mr. O’Reilly, it is statements like this one that make you the race hustler. The underlying logic is that blacks are possessed of some form of racial pathology or self-destructive racial impulses, that personal responsibility and systemic inequity are separate issues and not intersecting ones.

This is the false dichotomy that chokes to death any real accountability and honesty. Systemic anti-black bias doesn’t dictate personal behavior, but it can certainly influence and inform it. And personal behavior can reinforce people’s belief that their biases are justified. So goes the cycle.

But at the root of it, we can’t expect equality of outcome while acknowledging inequality of environments.

Only a man bathing in privilege would be blind to that.

(This column originally appeared in the New York Times August. 27, 2014 under the title “Bill O’Reilly and White Privilege“)

Charles M. Blow is a New York Times Columnist and nationally-known commentator: “I invite you to visit my blog By The Numbers, join me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter, or e-mail me at chblow@nytimes.com.”

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