Archive for February, 2011
Written by Alberta Parish
From Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1926) to The Passion of the Christ (2004), Hollywood has portrayed a false reality of ancient black cultures and its people since the days of silent films. For instance, the character of Ben-Hur from the 1926 film is a Hebrew, and the Hebrews are a dark race of people. The Hebrew Israelites are of the ancient nation of Israel, who was also known as Jacob, the third patriarch of the Hebrew Israelite tribes. In the hiding of the true heritage of Black Americans, who are truly the descendants of those Hebrew Israelites that were exiled by the rulers of Spain and Portugal in the 15th Century to the territories off the West Coast of Africa, and thereby, sold into slavery via the Atlantic Ocean (From Babylon To Timbuktu, by Rudolph R. Windsor, pp. 115-117), the Hollywood machinery made countless films portraying Biblical and historical characters as white men and white women when, in fact, those characters were Black people. To further substantiate my argument regarding false Hollywood historical films, the second Ben-Hur film, released in 1959 starring Charlton Heston, also portrayed the character of Ben-Hur as a white male. In this same film, Jesus is portrayed as a white male. Jesus is also portrayed as a white male in Jesus of Nazareth, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Robe, etc. In the 1956 film, The Ten Commandments, the king of Egypt played by Yul Brynner is also a white male.
Historically, Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV), king of Egypt, said to be the reigning Pharaoh during the exodus of the Hebrew children, was jet black with a wide mouth and wide nose. “Excerpts from Manetho’s history quoted by Josephus and the Christian historian Eusebius (chronicler to Constantine) place the Exodus specifically under Moses during the reign of Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten) following a 13 year period marked by pestilence, rebellion and the violation of Egyptian temples and their gods,” said Ahmed Osman, author of Moses: Pharaoh of Egypt, p. 28. In The Ten Commandments, Rameses II is the Exodus Pharaoh. There is obviously a historical discrepancy, but both Pharaohs were indeed jet black.
A lot of people will probably be offended by this article, including some Christians, because of the simple fact that they’d rather remain ignorant and continue to promote false histories, and a false white (Messiah) Jesus. However, for those of you who want to know the truth, here’s another fact to consider: the Hebrew Israelites were sold into slavery by the African kings and tribe leaders to the Europeans, and got very rich off the slave trade of Hebrew Israelites.
“Of course, Alfonso I, the king of the Congo, in the continent of Africa, wasn’t the only king to get involved in the slave trade. There were other kings in Africa that did it out of profit, and there were some kings that were pitted against each other by the Europeans. But either way it goes, the Hebrews went into slavery by the hands of the kings of Africa and by the hands of the Europeans,” said Rudolph R. Windsor, author of From Babylon To Timbuktu. The Arabs also have a long history of selling their Hebrew Israelite brothers into slavery. Author and historian Paul Lovejoy states that between AD 650 and 1600, an average of 5,000 “Africans” (Hebrews) were shipped out by the Arabs. He states that 9.85 million “Africans” (Hebrews) were shipped out as slaves to Arabia and, in small numbers, to the Indian sub-continent. The Arabs too are a dark race of people.
People occupying and controlling the lands of the Middle East and northern Africa today are mainly a result of the mixing of the races. However, in ancient times, the people who controlled and dominated the Middle East and Africa were predominantly jet black people. In addition, the Middle East and Africa have come under numerous occupation of different tribes and nationalities. One of those nationalities was the Hurrians who ruled Egypt for two hundred years. They were also called the Hyksos by the Egyptians, which mean foreign rulers. The Hyksos controlled Egypt during the 15th and 16th Dynasties of Egypt. The Hurrians also controlled Syria, and the ancient land of Israel.
“At this point, we encounter one of the strongest arguments for a Hurrian and possibly Indo-Aryan presence among the Hyksos. This is based on the fact that, while there is no indication of their presence among the Syro-Palestinian population in Egyptian documents from the Old and Middle Kingdoms, Hurrians are reported in considerable numbers in those of the New Kingdom, to such an extent that by the Ramessid period in the 13th century, one of the names of Palestine was “Land of the Hurru”, said Martin Bernal, author of Black Athena: The archaeological and documentary evidence, p. 344.
The Egyptians were jet black people when the Hyksos rose to power in Egypt. Who were the Hyksos/Hurrians? Historical records indicate that the Hurrians came from the Armenian Highland (which currently includes Armenia, Turkey, northwestern Iran, western Azerbaijan, and southern Georgia in Russia). From Wikipedia: “Hurrians were an Armenian tribe which migrated west from their homeland around the 3rd millennium BC. Haran was the capital of the Hurrians. “Har”-minni is the alternative way of saying “Ar”mani, which the “H” is silent and its pronounced as “Ar”mani. To this day Persians call Armenians by “Armani” from the 2300 BC Akkadian inscriptions referring to them as Armani. The land of Ararat or the Armenian Highland is the home of the “Aryan” (Indo-Europeans) people. Armenians refer to themselves as “Aryaee” (Aryan) in their language.” In the Bible, the Hurrians were known as the Horrites. The Armenians were the Hurrians. Therefore, the Hurrians were of the seed of Japheth, who was the youngest son of Noah. Shem and Ham were also the two elder sons of Noah. The seed of Japheth (also called Japhites) comprise the white Europeans. The seed of Shem (also called Shemites) are the Hebrew Israelite tribes, and also the Arabs. The seed of Ham (also called Hamites) are those of Africa like the Egyptians, Ethiopians, etc. Historically, the three sons of Noah had to have been all Black men just as their father and mother were Black. Therefore, the original Europeans, which were the seed of Japheth, those who migrated to the Caucasus region after the scattering of the people from the land of Shinar into all parts of the earth, were dark people. See Genesis 11:8,9 for knowledge concerning the Lord scattering the people abroad upon the face of the earth. This event had occurred in the days of Nimrod.
Nimrod, the ancient king of Babylon, had gathered the people into one place in the land of Shinar, which was also the land of Babylon. This area was originally known as Sumeria. Historically, Nimrod was a Cushite, which was another name for Ethiopian. Biblical and historical accounts indicate that the people under the kingship of Nimrod had travelled from the east, which is Africa. Genesis 11:1,2: “And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.” The Cushites had journeyed from the territories of not only Ethiopia but also Egypt. The dawning of civilization began in Egypt and Ethiopia. In fact, Eden, the ancient name for Africa, was the beginning point for the garden of Eden. Genesis 2:8: “And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.” The man Adam, although not the first man ever created, was the first man who had become a living soul. The Hebrew name Adam means red earth. Therefore, the man Adam was taken from the red earth, which was in Eden (Africa). Black people range from jet black to chocolate to caramel to red to orange to yellow to light. Only Black people can produce all skin tones. Believe it or not, White people originated from Black people. There is both scientific and historical evidence to prove this fact.
The Bible as it relates to events regarding the generations of Noah and his three sons also give evidence of the origins of races. However, Genesis Chapters 10 and 11 are out of chronological order. I assume this was an attempt by the early church fathers to hide the true origin of the white Europeans (comprising the seed of Japheth). As the Bible indicated, the whole earth was of one language and one speech. They were one people…Black people. Under the rulership of Nimrod, these Black people had migrated from the east (which was Africa) to the land of Shinar (which was ancient Babylon), and there they began to build a tower. However, this tower as well as the city in which it was located was not completed, because the Lord had scattered the people from the land of Shinar into the four corners of the earth. This is when the seed of Japheth had migrated to the Caucasus region, and other areas considered present-day Europe and its islands. Genesis 10:2-5: “The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah. And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.” The city in which the tower sat was named Babel, because it was there in the land of Shinar when the Lord had confused the language of the people. The Tower of Babel was not completed until the days of Nebuchadnezzar II, king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire. He was a Chaldean, which were dark people.
Today, Black people remain the predominant races of people throughout the four corners of the earth. The Hebrew Israelites continue to thrive throughout the earth. Black Americans, most of whom are very clueless of their ancient heritage, are truly the children of Israel, and are the royal seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (who was later renamed Israel). It is by design that Black Americans are kept ignorant of their true national identity. Beginning from kindergarten to college level education, our true Black history is not being taught. It is not being represented throughout Western civilization. Our true heritage is not being consistently represented in pictorial images, film, television, and other forms of media. If you want to know your true heritage as Black people, you have to put in the time and energy to search for this information. Lies are consistently being taught to Black children, which perpetuates a sense of worthlessness among many Black girls and Black boys. Many of them are ashamed of their own skin tone and woolly hair. Many of them, including Christian black youth, do not know that the Savior (whose name in Hebrew is Yehoshua) had brown skin and woolly hair. Jesus was Hebrew Israelite, and not the white man you’ve seen in the film, The Passion of the Christ, starring James Caviezel as Jesus of Nazareth. I’m tired of Hollywood promoting false historical images of Christ as well as the ancient Hebrew Israelites, who were dark people. The Israelis and Jews you see controlling the State of Israel today are white people, and not the original seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The word Jew did not originate in the English language until the 18th Century. Therefore, Jesus was not recognized as a Jew by the ancients, but as a Judean because he was an inhabitant of Judea, which was the ancient Roman province of the land of Israel.
The following is an excerpt from an article called The Jewish Conspiracy – Origin of the Word “Jew”: “The original chroniclers used the Greek “Ioudaios” to denote people who lived in Judaea, that is, in English, for “Judaeans.” Thus: “Ioudaia” in Greek is, in English, “Judaea” (or “Judea”) while “Ioudaios” in Greek is, in English, “Judaeans” (or “Judeans”). Moreover, when the word “Jew” was first introduced by the redactors into the English language in the 18th century they intended its one and only application was to denote “Judaeans” (or “Judeans”).”
In my opinion, the translators of the Bible decided to insert the word Jew in Biblical passages, because they wanted to change the origin and history of Jesus and His descendants. Having lived in Nazareth, Jesus was also known as a Galilean. He was born in Bethlehem of Judea, however. He also lived in Egypt for a little while shortly after His birth. Jesus, of the tribe of Judah, was specifically a Judahite Hebrew, and not a Jewish man. The Jews or Jewish people are those who adopted the religion of Judaism. However, they are not the original Hebrew Israelites or Judahites like Jesus was. They are not Benjamites, which is another Hebrew Israelite tribe. Neither are they Danites, Levites, nor of any other Hebrew Israelite tribe. The Jewish people (those persecuted by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis) are really the Khazars, which are an Indo-European people that occupied parts of Europe, and who now occupy and control the State of Israel.
by CHARLES M. BLOW
President Obama is under renewed pressure from his base to demonstrate that he is, indeed, a principled man of unwavering conviction rather than a pliant political reed willingly bent and bowed by ever-shifting winds.
This time the issue is gun control.
Pre-presidency, Obama had been a strong supporter of gun-control initiatives. Since then, however, he has remained curiously quiet on the issue in general and following the Tucson shooting in particular.
The question now is: which Obama will show up at the State of the Union?
Obama, the politician, must be hesitant. He’s enjoying a surge in the polls following a successful lame-duck session of Congress in which a few concessions bought substantial gains. And his handling of the shooting seemed to strike the right balance with the overwhelming majority of Americans. He’s on a roll!
Furthermore, according to a 2005 Gallup poll, gun owners are almost twice as likely to be white as nonwhite, are more than three times as likely to be male as female and are more likely to live in the South and Midwest than in the East or West. Yes, you guessed it: This fits the profile of the voters Obama has lost and needs to win back if he wants to be re-elected.
And no one wants to upset the powerful gun-rights lobby, whose campaign-finance clout dwarfs that of the gun-control lobby. According to data from the nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog group the Center for Responsive Politics, the gun-rights lobby has contributed more than $24 million in election cycles from 1990 to 2010. About 85 percent went to Republicans. By comparison, the gun-control lobby donated less than $2 million in the same period, mostly to Democrats.
That said, Obama the gun-control supporter surely knows how anomalous we are among comparable nations. We are a violent society whose intense fealty to firearms has deadly consequences. Sensible restrictions on the most dangerous weapons could go a long way toward making us safer.
According to 2005 data from the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, a comparison of member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development for which data were available showed that the U.S. is in a league of its own, and not in a good way. We have nearly 9 guns for every 10 people, and about 9 out of every 10 of our homicides are committed with one of those guns. No other country even comes close.
At the moment, there is popular support for more restrictions. According to a NBC/Wall Street Journal survey, 52 percent of Americans asked believed that laws covering the sale of guns should be made more strict. Will Obama seize the sentiment? This is a test of character: Will the president choose what is right over what is convenient and speak out for what he believes in?
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by Basil Waine Kong
I will leave the answer as to whether my life’s work has been worthwhile and even whether I am a man of substance but I am the only one who can judge whether I am happy. I now make that claim. I am married to an incredible woman. Our four children are phenomenally successful and we have six of the most beautiful grand children ever conceived. I am a happy man. According to my friend, Dr. Malcolm Taylor, the recipe is as simple as: “If you have God, family and friends, you may stumble, but you will never hit the ground.”
At 68 years old, I am retired with great health and my golf game is better than ever. The objective of my symphony was never to get to the end. I am focused on the journey in which I constantly feast on the vast storehouses of joy like a Negril sunset. I have the peace of mind about our financial well being. We have loving and generous children who all assured us that they will tend to our needs. After a lifetime of adventure, satisfaction from the work I have done, I am now able to accept the differences that I used to find objectionable and I am much more willing to expose myself to rejection. I sleep well and no longer have an alarm clock. But as the cock crows, I wake up. My ambition is no longer to conquer the world. So after a cup of Blue Mountain Coffee, I am ready to get on with doing what a man’s got to do such as meeting with friends to play a round of golf.
I used to live in fear that someone may judge me wanting and now care far less what others think about me. My daily prayer is:
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him, forever in the next. Amen.” (Reinhold Niebuhr )
I forgive transgressions immediately. I learned to do this driving in Jamaica. Just smile and let them pass you. I no longer obsess about the other wrongs that others may heap on me. I am less self centered and much more willing to accept my shortcomings. Yes, I am a show off and over-competitive. If I obsess about anything, it is to get rid of the clutter. I now believe that I didn’t need all the things we have accumulated over these many years. I am less attached to material things and more attracted to interesting experience and my important relationships, particularly with our grand children. I try to treat everyone with kindness and freely offer compassion to others as well as myself. It comes much easier as I grow more patient with age. Unfortunately, I also have a need to impart the knowledge I have accumulated. My penchant for doing so is not always appreciated. I have come to realize that my children and others do not want quick and easy solutions to their problems and must eventually discover these truths for themselves. I am at peace with that as well. The greatest truth I have learned over these many years is that for every truth one discovers, the opposite is also true. Neither I or anyone else have all the answers.
The world offers so much. There are many exciting possibilities and so little time to enjoy them. When I was young, time passed very slowly and I was anxious to grow up. But time accelerates as one gets older. The years pass quickly. Is it Christmas again? Didn’t I have a birthday a few months ago? I now feel like I must fill ever minute with 60 seconds of bliss. The brevity of life and the certainty of death is a fact we must all contemplate.
I don’t want to just get by. I made a commitment long ago to be happy. I know a gentleman who was born in Jamaica and retired in the United States whose goal is just to live another day. His retired life is eating, watching television, playing caluki with friends once a week and sleeping till noon each day. I asked him why he doesn’t return to Jamaica and let the sun again shine on his face and he can only think of negatives. I asked him (half jokingly), if this is how you spend his time, what are you doing here? Then I ask him to forgive me as I have no right to dictate to anyone else how they should live their lives.
When I was twelve, I walked on cloud nine when a pretty girl smiled in my direction. It may have been directed at the boy behind me but I took it very personally. The first time another girl tickled my palm leading to my first kiss, it was a divine and indelibly imprinted in my brain but not as sweet as a rum raisin ice cream cone, “bust me jawbone”, pepper mint sticks, corn pone and bullas. These provided memorable delights of my youth.
The source of great truths are found in the Bible.
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” (First Corinthians 13:11)
“For everything there is a season; a time for every matter under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to seek, and a time to lose; A time to keep, and a time to throw away; A time to tear, and a time to sew; A time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate,; A time for war, and a time for peace.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
God has ordained seasons and cycles in our lives. I believe I have planted, fertilized, kept the weeds away and watered. I saved, exercised daily, nourished my mind, body and soul so I could arrive at this point in my life when I can enjoy the fruits of my striving. At every other stage of my life or having reached a goal I found another goal was waiting. A prisoner who stares through steel bars often believe that his only problems are the bars that keeps him caged. When he is released, he multiplies his problems by a factor of 100. You may not know this about me, but I was locked up in prison once. Under the direction of Randall Robinson, a group of us were demonstrating in front of the South African Embassy during apartheid and was arrested (as expected) and sent by paddy wagon to the pookie, booked and locked up for four hours.
In my own life, I have been guilty of many arrival fallacies. “If only I could break that track record…graduate from college… get a job… have my own car… get married… complete my Ph.D. dissertation… graduate from law school… pass the BAR… make more money… own a BMW… have successful children… have pretty grandchildren… retire without worry… break 80 in golf, etc., etc., etc.” Each time I arrived at a hard fought for goal and celebrated, I automatically went on to yet another. There is always another hill to climb and another river to cross.
I have never been unemployed, depressed, had a broken bone, a serious illness or an addiction (except to my wife). I have never been overweight. I am able to eat or drink whatever I wanted because I have always been active. I did divorce and suffered through that trauma with my teenage children but found that sometimes you must die a painful death to reach heaven. It took a long time to get over the complications and hurt feelings. What became readily evident was that one can only be as happy as their unhappiest child. Being a parent means that you must wear your emotions on your sleeve. My children are my pride and joy but from time to time, they have also been the source of my greatest agony.
According to the Buddha: “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” I make a conscientious effort to invest in the happiness of others believing that most of our happiness arises from these supportive relationships.
First and foremost, my enlightened self interest tells me that a happy wife increases my chances of a happy life. “If mamma aint happy, aint nobody happy.” If you want happy children, make sure their mother is happy. While we have survived difficult times and challenging adversities, we are now more committed than ever. I love her more today than yesterday but not as much as I will tomorrow. Whether my motivation is sex, conversation or just snuggling, we go to bed at the same time. According to Proverbs 26:20: “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out.” The most delightful of pleasures is pleasing my wife.
While I used to be more dogmatic about having my way, it is so simple these days to just say: “Yes darling!” Richard Carlson says: “Don’t sweat the small stuff and everything is small stuff” A hundred years from now, nothing I do will matter and no one will even know I even existed. I cannot think of anything that is now worth arguing over. As a result of my unwillingness to be at loggerhead with her, she is constantly thinking about how she can enhance my happiness. When our children visit, we treat them like we would if President Obama and Michelle were here. We never serve our family the broken cookies and often put out the best china and silver even when they protest that we should be more informal. When it comes to the special people in your life, use your best stuff—now! I marvel that some families save the best for company and show the worse to their own families.
Our home is a storehouse of happy memories. My wife is absolutely the best person I have known to keep happy memories vivid. Every Christmas, we summarize the highlights of the past year for our nuclear family. We have twenty of these Christmas letters that have become our family history. For important birthdays, she creates a book of photographs with appropriate notes for our children and grand children. For all the trips we have taken together, we have a detailed diary of each day’s adventure. I cannot wait to get old and wallow in these memories. We have a treasure house of happy memories of our family. We are particularly keen on preserving these memories when the grand children visit without their parents for extended time over the summer. And my wife’s crowning achievement is that she creates a personal calendar with family photographs that she shares with all our family with all birth dates, anniversaries and important family anniversaries printed in the calendar. We are always thirsty for more news and developments about our children and grand children.
Last summer, we invited my mother, a favorite aunt, our four children and their five children (The youngest had not yet arrived) to spend a week in Montego Bay. As they are scattered throughout the United States, we realized that the grand children did not know their uncles and aunts. It was a marvelous week showing them where I lived and went to school and grew up. They also all learned to swim, play dominoes and to love Jamaican food. I even made a maypole. As much as I advertised how wonderful my childhood was, none of them would consider living in Woodlands. On the other hand, they would consider living in a fancy Villa in Montego Bay with helpers and a swimming pool. They also enjoyed Duns River Falls, the Beaches and water parks.
According to Gretchen Rubin: “Happiness has four stages. To eke out the most happiness from an experience, we must anticipate it, savor it as it unfolds, express happiness, and recall a happy memory.”
My grandmother told me that good deeds are seeds that when planted will always bear fruits to be enjoyed later. The giver is always more blessed than the receiver. We really should thank those we help for the opportunity to earn a blessing. “One is not always happy when one is good; but one is always good when one is happy.” (Oscar Wilde)
My mother is now 88 years old. While her physical body is failing but her mind is sharp. While I have been diagnosed with CRS (Cannot Remember S—t), the best assurance that I will not have old-timer’s disease is to have parents who do not. Her favorite retort to my telephone calls to inquire about how she is feeling: “I am still above the ground and taking nourishment”. She continues to challenge me with intellectual conversations and more than anything else, she has a wonderful sense of humor. She taught me that I could only be happy if I lived a life of service to others. When we do things for others, we please God and inspire ourselves. “If you have something to do, do it as if all depended on you but praying as if all depended on God.”
I find that my generosity often cost me nothing but connecting people. I asked my golfing friends in the United States to donate golf clubs and shoes to the caddies at Caymanas and they did. I brought representative from Food for the Poor to see the deplorable living conditions of some of the people in St. Elizabeth and they built and donated over 100 houses out of this initiative. I was having breakfast with some friends at the Pegasus Hotel one morning a year ago and saw fifty people wearing lab coats, I went over and introduced myself and found out they were medical missionaries from Florida who annually visit Jamaica, I suggested that they consider bringing their services to St. Elizabeth. One year later, their team came and treated 1,000 under served people and distributed 500 free eye glasses. I get a great deal of satisfaction from seeking out opportunities and seeing them inure to the benefit of the village that raised me when I was a child.
Everything goes better with happiness. When I am in a happy frame of mind, my performance is at a peak, the quality of my golf improves and I feel strong and healthy. The people I encounter are beautiful and engaging. Whatever I eat or drink is delicious. The music I am listening to goes to my soul. The sunshine on my face is warm and radiant. The cool breeze is delightful against my skin. The songs of the birds are everywhere and the bloom of the flowers are rich and colorful. God is in his heaven and all is right with the world. When I am in a bad mood and feel bored, worried and tired, makes me withdrawn, irritable, critical of others, I feel overwhelmed and nothing please me.
The story of the woodsman has always had important meaning for me. The Woodman was hired to fall trees. On his first day, he was able to tumble six of them. Working even harder, the second day, he was only able to fall five and on the third day, only four. He was tired, puzzled, embarrassed and frustrated as he explained the situation to his wife who listened and responded: “Darling, have you stopped to sharpen the axe?” Golf has always provided this respit for me to keep my axe sharp.
Do bad, feel bad. Feel bad, do bad. Do good, feel good. Feel good, do good. Comfort the sick and dying to find health and well being in ourselves. I focus less on my own worries and more on relieving the suffering of others. You cannot hurt other people without hurting yourself. Criminals are very unhappy people.
According to Eric Burn, we need at least a dozen “strokes” per day. Strokes are positive encounters. The smile from someone bidding you good morning or good night, someone expressing gratitude for a good deed you have done, receiving a hug, a complement, someone offering you a cool drink, demonstrating respect or biging you up are all examples of strokes. Unfortunately, you cannot obtain more than twenty percent of these strokes from the same person. So, we have a responsibility to make ourselves lovable to a wider audience so these transactions can be genuine. False and fake complements don’t count. The rituals of a birthday cake and the singing of the birthday song and important as we take turns being the center of attention for each other.
I am on a mission because having a sense of purpose is important. I try to put passion and energy into everything I do. I have always brought intensity, diligence and enthusiasm to every task. Sometimes I have had to practice a poem, speech or song repeatedly so I could perform with gusto. It takes a lot of practice to make things look natural. The older I get, the longer it takes to commit these things to memory and it does not linger after the performance. I was amused when a character on “Saturday Night Live” said he could teach anyone four years of Spanish in one easy lesson. According to him, the only thing we can recall after studying Spanish for four years are: “¿Cómo está usted? ¿Cómo estás? Bien gracias, ¿y usted? ¿Cómo te llamas?” He promised that he could teach us those phrases in one session.
Most people wake up, have breakfast, go to work, put in 8 hours, get home, watch TV and go to bed. People with passion, WAKE UP, HAVE BREAKFAST, GO TO WORK, PUT IN 8 HOURS, GET HOME, WATCH TV AND GO TO BED. While we may be doing the same activities, one set of people are bored with the routine while others are happy and exhilarated because of the energy and passion they pour into it.
Making progress is the definition of happiness. What does a patient want to hear from the doctor? “You are getting better Ms. Jones”. What does an employee want to hear from an employer: “You are making good progress Mr. Jones.” Happiness is all about making incremental progress. If you spoil your child and provide an expensive automobile and access to all the luxuries of life, your child will be doomed to unhappiness as he or she will have nothing to look forward to with joy and will be unhappy as they cannot keep up with the lifestyle to which they are accustomed. A millionaire losing a thousand dollars in unhappy. An employee receiving a $100 raise on a $10,000 salary is happy. “Best is good but better is best.” (Lisa Greenwald) Don’t indulge every whim even if you can afford it. Leave room for improvement—forgo something. All human beings love to make progress and interestingly, we are happier making progress up the summit than after reaching the top of the mountain. I told my youngest son that the highest prestige he will ever achieve was being a medical student. Now that he has graduated, he is just another doctor.
There is no more happiness than a recovered patient, a deaf mute who has discovered his hearing and his voice, no more joy than sight to the blind. There is magic to the words, whether it is a sudden catharsis or actual vision: “I can see! I can see!! I can see!!!” Without having gone blind, what if you woke up each morning and scream: “I can see! I can see!! I can see!!!”
“Happy people are more altruistic, more productive, more helpful, more likable, more creative, more resilient, more interested in others, friendlier, and healthier. Happy people make better friends, colleagues, and citizens. I wanted to be one of those people. I knew it was certainly easier to do good when I was happy. I was more patient, more forgiving, more energetic, more lighthearted, and more generous. Working on my happiness wouldn’t just make me happier, it would boost the happiness of the people around me.” (Gretchen Rubin)
It also helps that I live in the third happiest place on earth. I have contemplated why, among the poverty, the limited opportunities, crime and violence, why we are a happy people. I believe it is our sense of gratitude. We are happy and grateful that no matter what comes, we survive. But at 68 years old, like Robert Frost: “I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.” And I will be happy doing it as I persist, in my own way, to making this world a better place.
Bullet Columnist Basil Waine Kong has written several pieces for this journal and especially likes to expound on his favorite subject: his beloved Jamaica. He is a former Atlien (resident of Atlanta GA), and was the CEO of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) for 22 years before his retirement in 2008 to return to Jamaica. This article is reprinted with his permission from his blogsite; Coming in From the Cold… Bob Marley
by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
The best way to learn a subject is to study the masters. In the area of critical thinking, Malcolm X was a master. He mastered the subject the old-fashioned way he taught himself. Self-study is the highest form of education. It is a better education than attending an Ivy League school.
I can personally attest to the effectiveness of self-study. No law school actually teaches law students how to effectively represent Black defendants. Since profit is the motive of a law practice, it was unnecessary for me to engage in self-study. The Sixth Amendment does not apply to Black defendants. I, gratuitously, taught myself how to represent Black defendants after I was licensed to practice law.
If anyone had comprehensively read “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” no one would have been sucked into attending the so-called “founding convention” of the black and white Freedom Party. The dictionary defines a convention as an assembly of delegates. This means local organizations choose their delegates.
For example, the Democratic Party holds a national convention every four years. Not all enrolled Democrats are able to attend, however. Instead, delegates are elected to attend the national convention. Similarly, Jitu Weusi and Viola Plummer would have to be elected to co-chair the black and white Freedom Party. All conventions require elected delegates. Councilman Charles Barron would be arrested for attempting to disenfranchise white Democrats.
Malcolm X had a plan in prison to teach himself critical thinking. His course of study started with how to use the dictionary. Words are the building blocks for language and thinking. Words are more than sayings. There must be an understanding of the meanings of words. The wrong meaning of a word will inevitably lead to the wrong conclusion.
Anyone who was interested in attending the “founding convention” of the black and white Freedom Party should have first consulted a dictionary to avoid participating in a fraud. A dictionary meaning of a convention speaks of an assembly of elected delegates. This means local organizations must hold elections for delegates. No member of the black and white Freedom Party has ever travelled beyond metropolitan New York City on its behalf.
Under New York Election Law, a political party must be statewide in nature. In other words, there must be a minimum number of signatures in 15 of the 29 congressional districts. The effort is to secure signatures statewide. The Freedom Party collected 45,000 signatures statewide only because of my vision of a gubernatorial campaign for Blacks in 2010.
If I had not mentioned a third political party, Councilman Charles Barron would have been campaigning for Andrew Cuomo in 2010. Blacks are a vital part of the Democratic Party. They constitute the only faction that has refused to demand a quid pro quo. This is akin to the plantation. Blacks picked the cotton. Whites reaped the benefits.
Unfortunately, I am the only person who is embracing Malcolm X by speaking out publicly. Revs. Al Sharpton and Herb Daughtry in addition to Councilman Charles Barron have no problem with our people making a fool of themselves for the benefit of whites. On the other hand, Blacks like to be tricked by whites. This is a dilemma.
United African Movement will show “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” on Wednesday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. SHARP to remember the assassination of Malcolm X on February 21, 1965. The venue is Elks Plaza, 1068 Harriet Tubman (Fulton Street) nr. Classon Ave. in Brooklyn. Take the “C” train to Franklin. Refreshments will be served at 6:00 p.m.
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. Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471
Was it strategically organized by globalists?
by Alberta Parish
Uprising in Egypt: Was it strategically organized by globalists?
First, it was the uprising in Tunisia that brought about a change in government. Now, there’s the uprising in Egypt in which President Hosni Mubarak has been technically forced out of his government and is now under protective custody. He said that he would step down as President of Egypt in September, but the people demanded that he step down now. When I first saw and heard this story, I didn’t really know what was going on since CNN, HLN, and Fox News didn’t report the true facts during the first few days of the riots as to why the people have risen against their government and were demanding that President Mubarak step down. Furthermore, what was happening in Cairo and Alexandria are not really riots. The word “riot” is the word the media chose to use (and they love to play word games), but it is the wrong word for the situation currently happening in Egypt, Jordan, and other countries in the Middle East. Since I know that we are being purposely fed disinformation via the news media, I closely examined the situation in Egypt and the fact that the U.S. government called for an immediate transition into a democratic form of government.
Of course the White House staff, including the President pretended like they had no idea why there was a sudden uprising of citizens against the Egyptian government and its dictator. The same with the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Former President George W. Bush, Jr. and his staff, the CIA, the FBI, and others in the hierarchy of the U.S. government had prior knowledge that the 9/11 attacks were going to happen. Osama Bin Laden was in fact a CIA operative working on behalf of the U.S. government. It was by design that the 9/11 attacks happened. There was an agenda (still continuing) that had to be carried out by those who are behind the scenes and are the ones really running the governments in every country. The U.S. government is not being ran by the people you think are in control. It has been bought and paid for by the Illuminati. There are many Illuminatists working behind the scenes in our Nation’s Capitol. These people control the money. They are the international bankers. At any given time, they could collapse any current monetary system in any country and then establish a new currency. Many are of the royal families of Europe and Asia. Many are well-known figures in the United States. They also control Wall Street. They control Hollywood and the music industry. They now control all of the housing market and auto industry, thanks to the $700 billion-dollar bailout plan known as the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, signed by President George W. Bush, Jr. on October 3, 2008. And the Democrats in the House of Representatives and the Senate were happy to vote on the passing of this bill.
The Illuminati globalists are at work bringing about democracies because in order for there to be a New World Order, every country in the world has to be democratized or brought under “progressive” liberalism, which can easily turn into socialism. Right now, America is a Republic, which is rapidly becoming a socialist nation. The current monetary system in this Republic like the American Dollar will be destroyed by the globalists, because their agenda is to establish a one-world currency and a one-world banking system. The Euro as well as other currencies will also be destroyed by the globalist elite.
Was the revolution in Egypt strategically organized by Illuminati globalists? I say yes. Although you can see for yourself the people in Egypt protesting against their government in the streets, do not believe the propaganda you see and hear on CNN, Fox News, HLN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, etc. You know the people are tired of the oppressive government that’s been in Egypt for the past three decades. The people are tired of living in forced poverty, and they want a change in the country. Even this is all by design to accomplish the agenda of the globalists. We know the citizens obviously connected via the Internet and other forms of media. But who are the people behind the scenes that put out the information for the people to obtain? Who caused people to strategically organize a revolution? Those who really control all forms of media to begin with. The Illuminati elite have caused the French Revolution and the American Civil War. They also caused both World War I and World War II.
The Muslim Brotherhood comes up on the scene in the midst of all the chaos in Egypt, and they want to make Egypt an Islamic state. Just as the Illuminati control all forms of government and even dictators (which include President Mubarak who they have to remove from power in order to establish their agenda of a New World Order), the Illuminati have also infiltrated Islam. The Illuminati secret societies are also funding terrorist networks no matter what side they are on. The Illuminati has been doing this for centuries, which is creating opposition on all sides. Even if Egypt becomes an Islamic state, it will still be under the control of the Illuminati just like the State of Israel is controlled by Illuminatists. They are known as the Zionist Masons. Through the chaos, they plan to bring about “social order” under the New World Order. They must destroy existing governments, existing monetary systems, and existing religions to accomplish the New World Order.
and other Non Profit Organizations
by Gloria Dulan-Wilson
Didn’t I just do an article on Prince recently? Yes, I did. And I must admit, I didn’t expect to have the honor of having to do another one quite so soon. But never underestimate the brother’s capacity to surprise and amaze.
Prince wound up his Welcome 2 America Tour at Madison Square Garden, not only with a bang, but with a whammy, as he used his time and fame to recognize locally community based non profit organizations for their valuable work in their respective neighborhoods. The recipients of his beneficence were: The Uptown Dance Academy, The American Ballet Theatre, and the Harlem Children’s Zone.
Ms. Robin Williams Executive Artistic Director of the Uptown Dance Academy, and Ms. Rachel Moore, of the American Ballet Theatre, each received a credit line in the amount of $250,000. It should also be noted, that he featured Misty Copeland one of the premiere soloist ballerinas with the American Ballet Theatre – at one of his Welcome 2 America concerts.
Harlem Childrens’ Zone Founder, President and CEO Geoffrey Canada received a line of credit in the amount of $One Million Dollars – an unprecedented donation for the organization, or for any community based educational facility from one donor thus far. But it goes without saying that Mr. Canada is more than deserving of the funds, for his tireless efforts in providing quality education to more than 11,000 youth in the inner city of Harlem and the surrounding areas.
But more to the heart of the matter, and I do mean “heart” is the level of generosity on the part of the donor, Prince, who selected these organizations himself after doing his own research. It is stated that he initially learned of Canada’s great works through his friend, Tavis Smiley, and decided to do some further investigation. Further affirmation of his continued alliance and support with the concerns and needs of the community, is that he followed through and contacted Canada personally.
Instead of issuing checks, however, Prince opened up lines of credit for each organization so they can withdraw funds as needed for upcoming projects, and so he could remain tied in and involved with their future progress.
Syndicated columnist, Harriette Cole, formerly of Essence and Ebony Magazines, did the honors as mistress of ceremonies, at the Madison Square Garden Press Conference, presenting the gigantic check replicas to each of the recipients.
In speaking on behalf of the mega-super star, Ms. Cole stated, “Prince is absolutely passionate about young people; passionate about the arts;” “he’s passionate about ensuring that our children have an education and an opportunity to express themselves.”
Geoffrey Canada upon acceptance of the generous donation: “I got a call from Prince, and he said, “I want to be helpful”. And it was just him and I – there was one else there, and he said that he felt that all of us must be invested in America’s children. I was happy just to have the meeting; I didn’t know that Prince was going to come forward with a million dollars in support for my organization.”
Mr. Canada went on to say that having been involved in providing quality educational programs for youth for 28 years, “This is the first time in my life that someone from the music industry, one of the great artists – you know I love Prince; and I’ve loved Prince for a long time – that someone has called and said ‘let me help you; and let me financially figure out how I can support you. So let me say thank you to Prince, I am touched – I am blown away – by his generosity. This is unprecedented in my lifetime for an artist to come forward and say, ‘Let me invest in Americas children.’”
Ms. Cole announced that an impromptu charitable auction, being launched by Prince, would auction off one of his famous gold guitars. The guitar was played on day one of the tour at the Izod Center in Rutherford, NJ. The event which took place following the Monday evening concert, took place at an after party held in a nearby venue. She stated that Spike Lee intended to bid on the guitar, whose minimum bid was set at $1 million. The proceeds of the funds are to go to assist in Prince’s mission to continue paying it forward by helping other locally based organizations in cities throughout the United States.
Again, according to Ms. Cole, “He’s not just dropping the money and moving on; he’s intends to continually remain involved. He will also be working with the organizations to ensure that they continue to get the support they deserve.”
While he does receive recommendations about choices from people in different communities, Prince is largely doing his own research, homework, and selection of the recipients. He is integrally involved from beginning to end. In other words, this is hands on and personal for him.
While many of the media were clearly disappointed that he did not personally do the presentations himself, the most important part – that of having actually made the donations available – was his main concern.
(AN ASIDE FROM ME: It was rather disgusting to witness some of the mainstream media’s rude and ignorant behavior when it turned out that Ms. Cole was awarding the checks instead of Prince himself. The fact that they totally overlooked the value of the event in terms of the overall benefit to the youth is clearly why there are so many more negative than positive articles dominating the press today. Prince was not, as one reporter put it, a “no show”, because he’d already shown up in a manner they apparently could not comprehend. But if you don’t have a heart, or if you’re operating from a negative value system, it’s difficult to recognize one when you see one. OKAY, GETTING BACK TO MORE POSITIVE ISSUES):
In addition to the line of credit, Prince had selected from among students at the Harlem Children’s Zone, those who were interested in being involved in the music industry, on one level or another. He provided them an opportunity to work side by side with his staff, musicians and artists, to get some hands on experience in learning the ropes – talk about an OJT (on the job training) opportunity! Again reflective of his genuine concern and involvement in issues in the community. The Brother does not operate from remote control.
The first six Welcome 2 America Concerts are only the beginning, according to Ms. Cole. “He will be traveling all over the United States looking for organizations that support our young people, and is creating the Prince New Power Generation Lines of Credit.”
It should be noted, however, that this is not the first time Prince has made it a mission to be of service. This writer remembers when, in the 1990’s, Fisk University, an historically Black College, once attended by W.E.B. duBois, was on the brink of bankruptcy, with all the electricity and lights turned off on campus for non-payment; and students facing being sent home because lack of funding. It was Prince who gave the college $90,000+ to help them in the climb back to solvency. He did it without fanfare, without a press conference; without papparazzi. The fact that he’s continuing in his bent to share the wealth speaks volumes for the heart of this brother.
In speaking with Canada after the presentation, we hearkened back to the humble beginnings of the Harlem Children’s Zone when it was originally located on West 144th Street, between Frederick Douglass (8th Ave) and Adam Clayton Powell (7th Ave.) Avenues in Harlem. Even then he was setting records and raising the bar on education for inner city school children.
“We’ve been blessed. We’ve focused on saving kids, and have focused since I started here in 1983, and it’s still my main focus today. I built a terrific team of men and women who are committed to this work. I think it’s been focused and disciplined around this effort, and we’ve been really focused on outcomes. And this is about not saying we’re doing a good job, but showing the work, and how many kids are doing better. As we went from 500 kids to a thousand, to 5,000, it shocked people when we had proved that our methods worked.”
With some 11,000 kids currently in their program, Canada has 20 different program sites throughout Harlem and Manhattan Valley. Now with Prince’s recognition, and his first million, the prospect of Prince doing more for the Harlem Children’s Zone in the future, Canada stated: “You know this is the first time I had an artist come and say ’let me help.’ I did not call him, did not know how to reach him in any case. He called and it’s sort of overwhelming that this is something that he cares so passionately about that he wanted to do this. I had no idea what he wanted to do. He said, ’I’m going to see if I can be helpful.’ And I thought, that’s great. I thought that maybe he’d come and take some pictures with us at the Zone. I had no idea he was going to put so much money where his heart is in terms of this work. The reaction on the part of the kids, when they think a million dollars, it’s just beginning to sink in. It’s great for them, though, because every kid who looks up to people in the music industry, the movie industry, always wants to know “do they care about me?” That’s not money for me, that’s money for them. And they understand that here’s this wonderful artist has decided this is something he wants to do for them. It’s just great.”
Canada says Prince has never been to Harlem Children’s Zone. “We’ve talked a number of times, but he’s not had the opportunity to come up and visit. Since we talked he’s been touring.”
The Harlem Children’s Zone, which is located at 125th Street and Madison Avenue, is a magnificent organization. Canada hopes to leave a lasting impression in the Harlem Community “That we care about our kids. They’re number one for us. We have a bunch of kids involved in education and youth development; and I think that’s going to be terrific,” he stated.
Canada, who was accompanied by his wife, and son, Geoffrey, Jr., and some 30 youth from the Harlem Children’s Zone, got an additional treat as Prince, who did not personally do the presentation of the checks, showed up shortly after the press conference for an on-stage sound check and spent some time talking with him and the students. They were further entertained as he rifted through some of the songs he would be performing at the Garden later that evening. Wearing a royal blue jump suit, with white calf-high fur boots, with see-through soles, and a white knit cap, he had youth and adults alike rocking as he tuned up, then played his guitar.
I heard one student say, “Hey Money, he’s the whole package!” Which is a fitting way to end this article. Prince is the epitome of showmanship, soul and heart – a wonderful, generous, fabulous heart.
Stay Blessed &
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
And Get RUTHLESS!
by Chris Stevenson
Mayor Trouble? Call Washington. Not the White house, the ‘hood. Washington DC may no longer be “Chocolate City” anymore, but it’s still caramel-enough to send an ego-deflating message to former Mayor Adrian Fenty; Get Lost! Fenty-like many of today’s so-called “new black leaders” thought he could ignore his black voting base and just make white concerns look important.
If Fenty understood the history of DC’s voting blacks, he would have listened to them more often. When blacks in the nation’s Capitol smell a rat, they make their presence known to white DC. This happened in ’94 when they re-elected Marion Berry after his crack cocaine bust. Even though they knew Berry had issues, they suspected his televised setup was payback for something deeper than just his personal narcotics use. Barry won that election just two years after being released from a short prison stint and won 48% of the Primary vote and 56% of the general election vote.
The backlash from Barry’s crack-cocaine setup created such furor from blacks local to national, that the issue of whether he was transformative or transactional was never really an issue in ’94. During the primary all the Democratic candidates were black, and according to one conservative website: “indeed all black elections are often about which candidate is the most authentic black.” The Late Ron Walters observed, “people voted against the white power establishment’s attempting to dictate their lives.”
Fenty’s wife Michelle (coincidentally one of 5 high-profile black elected official-wives who carry that name) saw the handwriting on the wall weeks before the DC Democratic Primary when she was broadcast crying about how misunderstood he was. I don’t know this sister, but I wonder how she feels about her husband’s handiwork with Washington’s public educational system?
1-Their City Hall’s takeover of DC public School’s
2-His School’s Superintendent Michelle Rhee’s duct-taping her students’ mouths back when she was a teacher?
3-The overboard attention Fenty focused on white recreational activities such as the dog-racing, and even the Triathlon on the weekend prior to the election?
The major press predictably, concurrently acknowledged and belittled Fenty’s ouster, suggesting DC blacks don’t know what’s good for them. This is to be expected. But as the song says, “Express Yourself” caramel city, we in some other cities could take a lesson from you; particularly in Buffalo NY.
Coincidentally Buffalo has a Mayor who was elected just prior to him and continues to plot and scheme against his voters and supporters. Like Fenty, Byron Brown thinks he’s one of them and Buffalo voters are much less demanding than their supporters 6 hours to the south.
-Brown is well-known in Buffalo for recently making his Human Resources Commissioner the fall-girl, however it’s been recently revealed there is more missing money ($10 million) than what we were previously told. Its not surprising that Brown would turn his back on Karla Thomas. History shows us that this is a common practice of the Brown camp, Part of Brown’s latent misogamy is his figuring out a way to scapegoat a black female, wash his hands of the situation and leave her high and dry.
It’s an old story now that police and fire unions both were strong supporters of Brown when he first ran for mayor 5 years ago. For their efforts, neither one of them have had a new contract since Brown got elected. In fact, some black veteran fire fighters retired early to save the jobs of younger firefighters threatened by layoff. The most interesting thing on this point is we all know Brown did not conduct a nation wide search for police chief. Yet it was Karla Thomas that had the Mayors back with the press. Sadly Brown was not there for her when the press was after her.
-Fenty imposed a highly controversial $40 million educational budget cut that saw a reduction in teachers and city employees of whom are mostly black. Brown has revamped the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) loan department. This is the department that makes loans to small businesses. The problem here is, Brown has yet to make a single loan to anyone in a while – Black or white. Some Black businesses have had their loan applications on hold for over a year. Like the vacant BMHA position, this is another lost opportunity to help Black businesses. In his State of the City address Brown said he found $5 million for Mark Croce, hell he found that money some time ago, back on 12/14/10 he talked about how essentially allocating money to whites only was in the “best interest of the taxpayers.” For you novices in coded lingo, this usage of the word “taxpayers” is a racial buzz-term and in this particular context means No Money for Black Businesses.
Croce is a huge funder of the Brown Administration (he was previously awarded $6 million for the “adoptive reuse and historic Curtiss Building to create something called a “boutique hotel”). So Croce will now get started on the 18-story ghetto some of you call the Statler Building (reportedly even Paladino didn’t want it).
-Our new police chief was the brain child of none other than Steve Casey. The problem is, with all the money Derenda gave the Brown campaign; along with “in-kind services”, this was a simple case of “pay-to play”. I guess with enough money, you can get any job you want with the Brown administration. This would explain why there are more whites on the payroll than blacks. Derenda’s paid suspension of one of Buffalo’s worst police officers for choking a fellow officer while in the precinct was just a skillful method of protecting him until his personal, sick and vacation days were used up right up until the time of his retirement eligibility. In fact I’m beginning to wonder if his whole choking incident was staged.
-There’s an old saying, “your only as good as the people you surround yourself with”. Why has Brown surrounded himself with an all white advisory staff? Who has the most input for Brown’s decision? Maurice Garner and Steve Casey!
-Does the name Henry Littles ring a bell? Littles was the guy forced to resign as the Manager of the BMHA Marine Drive Apartments. Littles, along with Stanley Fernandez, and Ron Brown are all the Mayor’s NYC “home boys”, as well as Buff State classmates.
-Voters have already started to see through the Grassroots veneer, it’s no longer working. They run everything and should except all the responsibility when problems happen, they have no one to blame but themselves. Most Black elected officials are Grassroots. Mayor Byron Brown, Ellicott District Councilmember Pastor Darius Pridgen, Masten District Councilman Demone Smith, Chair of Erie County Legislature Barbara Miller-Williams, State Assembly member Crystal Peoples-Stokes, as well as the C.A.O. at 70 Harvard Place with Nate Hare in charge. There is no reason why they cannot deliver for this community.
-This is very important. We must convince the community that we can be just as critical of Black leaders as we are of whites like they do in Washington, and we need to start holding them accountable at the ballot box. We must hold our own to a higher standard.
-During Brown’s last election; he and “his advisers” did not think it was important to attend the Mayoral forum held by the Black Journalists of WNY. Just another slap in the face of this community. Rod Watson of the Buffalo News has been one of Brown’s biggest supporters. Not even that fact made a difference to the Brown Camp.
Part of our problem in Buffalo, is too many blacks aren’t really as angry as we want each other to think we are. Case in point again is Karla Thomas. Word has it that Brown asked Thomas to order something called a “Deathmaster” last April, and the shit hit the fan in August. She blames Casey for much of what’s happened to her, this is part of the black denial we’ll get into later. It’s not that Casey’s an angel, he is the Mayor after all. But Thomas has to make herself believe Casey is “poison” to prevent herself from realizing Brown can be as bad and backbiting as he’s been.
There was an all-woman’s meeting Karla reportedly held (at least it was women only who came) so that people in the community can hear her side of the story at a local church. One of Brown’s black female firees; possibly Michelle Barron from One Sunset said something along the lines of ‘I wasn’t going to say anything, I’m from One Sunset. I took the fall, it was Byron and Stokes who signed off on the bar (apparently they took the money from her dept.) and they refused me my unemployment… I wasn’t the only one.’ Now the very idea of any black-owned prospective business-even in good standing-bypassing the gratuitous “No” by white lenders, and getting one from a black firm, whether governmental or private, is tantamount to war in this area. How much more so with one whose financial dealings and political connections are reported to be along the lines of One Sunset; with it’s charges of having money loaned to them without disclosing it’s financial troubles, re-allocation of Ellicott District money to a Delaware District business, and the maneuvers to break the payments up so as to fly under the radar of the BERC loan committee. White people in Buffalo value their No’s as much as they value their smear campaigns, no position is too high to overcome you’re giving them ammunition.
According to one source, Thomas’ position today is more along the lines of ‘I don’t want it to be like a black woman fighting a black man.’ She is not the only close associate of the Mayor that takes this position after being rolled-over in forward and reverse by him. Last November saw the Buffalo Mayor remove a slew of GR members from committee seats, members related to elected officials, supposedly long-time friends of his. Hot anger from blacks toward Brown was rampant throughout East Buffalo. Brown had burned them and he did it the way he likes to, from a clean distance. Betty Jean Grant posted an angry letter to Brown in the Challenger Community News that pretty much summed up her personal anger and frustration, and then concluded with her talking about she still wants him to be her friend. Even for a known political flip-flopper like Grant, that’s weak, it made scalding hot water lukewarm, but that’s Buffalo.
I talked to a GR member who felt that Brown did the same to her family as he did Grant’s, it’s not that I mind listening to people’s stories, I like to hear what they intend to do about them, and when you ask, the tone changes. They go off into outer-space, talking about leaving it to “Jesus” or “the Lord.” They get real airy with you, it’s not that I don’t believe in God or Jesus, but I don’t believe in him the way some of these black Buffalonians do. To them Jesus is just a sci-fi safety-valve to avoid saying they are too afraid. Don’t they know Brown prayed to the same Jesus to help him stick it to they black ass? Along the same lines as Ms. Thomas not wanting it to look like “black-on-black” after being stepped-on by Brown, is they’re articulating to you an excuse made to sound like racially or spiritually-pragmatic thinking. All these spiritual officials, all this physical blight.
The thought hit me that day I listened to the complaints about Mayor Brown from yet another of his howling victims; yeah but you’d vote for him again wouldn’t you? I mean if Election Day were tomorrow Betty Jean, Karla Thomas, and that whole slew of people Brown shafted would be in line in freezing weather no-doubt, ready to vote Brown back in. And they would rationalize why they are doing it with their fluffy words of forgiveness, Jesus, and black-on-black love, why you could almost hear the Church organ player in the background if you listen hard enough.
Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, Political Affairs Magazine, and a syndicated columnist. Follow him on Twitter, and Facebook, you don’t have to join any of them. Watch his video commentary Policy & Prejudice and The Network for clbTV. Respond to him on the link below.
by Richard Prince
“A former banking executive who helped launch the nation’s first Muslim television station faces 15 years to life in prison after a jury convicted him on Tuesday (Feb. 8) of murdering and decapitating his wife nearly two years ago,” Omar Sacirbey wrote Thursday for Religion News Service.
“Muzzammil ‘Mo’ Hassan, 46, never denied killing Aasiya Zubair Hassan, who he met while visiting his native Pakistan in 2000. They married the same year, and settled in upstate New York.
“Shocked by what she considered to be anti-Muslim hostility in the American media, Hassan’s wife persuaded her husband to start a television station to help improve Muslims’ image and their relationship with other Americans. Read more…
by CHARLES M. BLOW
Republican state lawmakers, emboldened by their swollen ranks, have a message for minorities, women, immigrants and the poor: It’s on!
In the first month of the new legislative season, they have introduced a dizzying number of measures on hot-button issues in statehouses around the country as part of what amounts to a full-throttle mission to repeal, restrict and repress.
It wasn’t supposed to happen like this.
As Reuters pointed out this week, in the midterms, “Republicans gained nearly 700 state legislative seats and now have their largest numbers since the Great Depression, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.”
Judging by the lead-up to those elections, one could have easily concluded that the first order of business on Republicans’ agendas would be a laserlike focus on job creation and deficit reductions to the exclusion of all else. Not the case.
As MSNBC and Telemundo reported recently, at least 15 state legislatures are considering Arizona-style immigration legislation. If passed, four of the five states with the largest Hispanic populations — California, Texas, Florida and Arizona — would also be the most inhospitable to them.
As Fox News Latino recently reported, state legislatures are poised to break the record on the number of immigration measures and resolutions introduced this year, having already introduced 600 by the end of last month. For comparison, 1,400 were introduced in total last year, according to a report issued last month by the state legislatures’ group. A record number of those laws were enacted.
And, according to the State Legislators for Legal Immigration, which was founded by State Representative Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican of Pennsylvania, lawmakers from 40 state legislatures have joined the group that last month unveiled “model legislation to correct the monumental misapplication of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”
On another note, Republicans in Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska and Oregon are pushing legislation that would require drug testing of welfare recipients.
This despite the fact that, as the American Civil Liberties Union rightly pointed out, the policy is “scientifically, fiscally, and constitutionally unsound.” Other states have considered it but deemed it not feasible or impractical. In Michigan, the only state to implement it, only a tenth of those tested had positive results for drugs and only 3 percent had positive results for hard drugs, which the A.C.L.U. points out is “in line with the drug use rates of the general population.”
Most importantly, the Michigan law was struck down as unconstitutional, with the judge ruling that the rationale for testing people on welfare “could be used for testing the parents of all children who received Medicaid, State Emergency Relief, educational grants or loans, public education or any other benefit from that state.”
Despite all this, these states are pushing ahead because the made-for-the-movies image of a crack-addicted welfare queen squandering government money on her habit is the beef carpaccio of red meat for spending-weary, hungry conservatives.
On the gay rights front, Republicans in Iowa, Indiana, West Virginia and Wyoming (where Matthew Shepard was tortured to death) are pushing constitutional amendments to ban same-sex marriage.
Republican Rick Snuffer, a freshman delegate from Raleigh, W.Va., turned logic on its head when arguing for that state’s amendment. He chided Democrats’ pro-choice position, and reasoned that, “They don’t want you to choose your definition of marriage, so they’re not really pro-choice. If they’re pro-choice, let the people choose their definition of marriage.” So let me get this straight. To be pro-choice, one has to submit to the tyranny of the majority, which may seek to restrict the rights and choices of others?
This is exactly the kind of thinking that the shapers of the Constitution worried about. A quick read of the Federalist Papers would help Mr. Snuffer understand just how concerned they were about the danger posed by majority rule to personal freedom.
Republicans in New Hampshire have filed bills to overturn that state’s same-sex marriage law, even though, according to a recent WMUR Granite State Poll, the state’s residents want to leave the law in place by a majority of more than 2 to 1, and when asked which were the most important issues the State Legislature should address, “almost no one mentioned dealing with hot-button social issues such as gay marriage or abortion.” I guess that “let the people choose” argument only works when the people agree with the Republican position.
A Republican state representative in Utah has even gone so far as to introduce a bill that would bar same-sex couples from drafting wills.
According to The News and Observer in North Carolina, Republicans are considering severely narrowing or repealing the state’s recently enacted Racial Justice Act, which allows death-row inmates to use statistics to appeal their cases on the basis of racial discrimination.
Two studies of the death penalty in the state have found that someone who kills a white person is about three times as likely to be sentenced to death as someone who kills a minority.
And in Wisconsin, Republicans are pushing a bill that would repeal a 2009 law that requires police to record the race of people they pull over at traffic stops so the data could be used to study racial-profiling.
Furthermore, abortion rights advocates are now bracing for the worst. NARAL Pro Choice America is now tracking 133 proposed bills thus far this legislative season, and that’s just the beginning. Donna Crane, the policy director of the group, said earlier this month that thanks to the gains by conservatives in the Nov. 2 election, “2011 will be a banner year for anti-choice legislation in the states.”
Richard Gephardt once said, “Elections have consequences.” He was right, and the consequences of the last election could well be a loss of liberty, choice, access and avenues of recourse for many. Brace yourselves. It’s on!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.”
by Alberta Parish
Tonight, as I was sitting at my laptop Googling information regarding the Illuminati creating Roman Catholicism, there was a knowledge that suddenly popped into my head as I had responded to a Youtube user minutes earlier. I posted a comment to the Youtube user stating that the Illuminati probably created Roman Catholicism, which then prompted me to Google it. Immediately, I found an Internet article entitled The History Of The Illuminati by Benjamin Fulford. When I read the article, I was pleasantly fascinated by the information contained therein.
According to the author, the Masons (of Freemasonry) predates Jesus Christ going all the way back to ancient Mesopotamia under the rule of Hammurabi, the king of Babylon. The same king that created the Code of Hammurabi. Please note that Freemasonry is an Illuminati organization.
In addition, the author talks about how the man called Jesus Christ had rebelled against the Masonic rulers in His time. The author states that there were many rebellions against these rulers. The author wrote concerning Jesus Christ, “He talked about things like men being born free and equal, about basic human dignity, about the duty to protect the weakest members in society. Although he was executed for treason, his radical ideas spread like wildfire among the poor and down-trodden…When the Romans invaded Judea and scattered the Jews, the Masons began offering their services to other kings and despots…One faction of them eventually convinced a Roman emperor by the name of Constantine to compile a book that would both encompass the folk beliefs of his people and provide a way to herd them like sheep (The lord is my Shepherd). This was the birth of the Roman Catholic church. Over the years it expanded, absorbing ideas from other religions and folk beliefs along the way. Ideas that were not considered palatable were persecuted relentlessly in an effort to preserve and maintain a universal mental mono-culture.”
The author must’ve meant by his statement of the Romans invading Judea and scattering the Jews the invasion of Jerusalem (in Judea) by the Roman general Titus and his army in 70 A.D. during which time the city and the Temple of Solomon were destroyed. In 312 A.D., the Roman emperor Constantine had converted to Christianity, according to historical accounts. According to the author, the Masons had a hand in convincing him to compile a book that would enslave the people and maintain control over them. Could this book have been an earlier version of the Bible? But wait! There were books (which are contained within today’s New Testament Bible) that existed long before Constantine, who was born in circa 272 A.D. These books are the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Also, the Acts of the Apostles, I Peter, I John, Revelation, and more. So, Constantine never compiled the Bible. The Bible was not compiled as a result of the Council of Nicea, which was called by Constantine in 325 A.D. There were other councils, called in 393 and 397 A.D., which were responsible for forming a decision on the list of previously existing books that would make up the New Testament. These books were already widely known long before the first Council of Nicea convened in 325 A.D., and the others that followed.
If the Masons had a hand in convincing Constantine to compile a book that would encompass the folk beliefs of his people and provide a way to herd them like sheep (which, in my opinion, means enslaving the people and maintaining mind control over them), then what was that book he was convinced by the Masons to compile?