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The Reverse-Decision

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Who Said You Can’t Go Home Again?

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by Chris Stevenson

Lebron James is headed back to Cleveland, who dared hoped or dreamed this would happen? Judging by the reaction of the sports media or American media in general as well as Northeast Ohio fans you’d think the Beatles had all miraculously returned and announced they were moving there from Liverpool. Isn’t Cleveland the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? Well for the first time in four years there, Lebron rocks.

For years prior to June 8, 2010 Lebron was held up to God-like proportions. The last universally-known Kings were James Brown, and Michael Jackson. What would novelist Thomas Wolfe say about Lebron?

As critical as I have been towards King James over the years, even I can’t find fault with this move. Not that I am any threat to Lebron, but Stevensons have been a bane to James’ career, lol. Particularly DeShawn and Lance (spelled Stephenson), in the end they didn’t always beat James, but they took a toll on him. In the 2008 NBA Playoffs James’ Cleveland Cavaliers met DeShawn’s Washington Wizards, and though James’ team won the physical play and war-of-words between them, it had a lasting effect on him to where the Cavs lost to the Boston Celtics in the next round, the Eastern Conference Finals. In later seasons James would start winning MVP awards and go on awesome scoring sprees, but still not win a title. Then came 2010. Lebron became an unrestricted free agent. By this time he was a 2-time MVP, the Bulls, Heat, Knicks, Nets, Clippers and Cavs were vying for him. LBJ decided to make a production out of it, on 6/8 ESPN aired a special press conference called “The Decision” from their headquarters in Greenwich CT. That’s when he announced “I wake up one morning it’s this team, I wake up another morning it’s this team… this fall I’m going to take my talents to South Beach.” Of course part of that became a catchphrase, but on the other hand it turned the sports world upside down. He became the bad guy, most of the fans who gave him a pass by calling him “the greatest player ever” in spite of having yet to win the NBA championship at that point were now his most strident critics.

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert topped this off by writing a scathing letter to the teams fans first published on the Cav’s official website. Black sports and political pundits said it was strong enough language and tone in it to invoke a disgruntled master bawling out a former slave.

Thus was born the Big Three. They finished the 2010/2011 season 58-24. They made it to the finals, but suffer a huge upset to a team of veterans on the Dallas Mavericks with defense from DeShawn while coming off the bench to shut down James. But the mind-games and pressure he took from Lance Stephenson in this year’s Eastern Conference Finals stuck with him after the Heat’s victory over the Indiana Pacers, and provided the basic blueprint for Kawhi Leonard to stop Lebron when it mattered, enough for the San Antonio Spurs to win their championship rematch. Simply put Lebron wasn’t the same. You can still get to him, he can still be had.

This should be of no surprise to those honestly observing Lebron. There is actually two sides to his game; clutch-Lebron, best manifested early in his NBA career with some last-second playoff shots, and since game-6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics. And then there’s prima-donna-Lebron; The same Lebron that got his coach (Mike Brown) fired in Cleveland, the same Lebron that mocked Dirk Nowitzki for playing with a sinus infection in game-4 of the 2011 Finals. The same Lebron that complained of “cramps” in game one of this years finals against the Spurs because their air-conditioner malfunctioned (nevermind there was 25 other players in that game who labored under the same conditions), almost making it sound like a conspiracy. Unlike most players there is no closure to either side of the tale of two Lebrons, they can make their appearance at any given moment. The question here is, which Lebron made the decision to go back to Cleveland? We probably won’t really know the answer for years to come, but given the timing of sporting events and Lebron’s attention-junkie nature, we can make some pretty safe assumptions in the immediate term.

Off the court it’s safe to assume he is a model citizen. This is refreshing given the mentality of many of today’s American athletes, the majority of which nowadays come from homes headed by single-mothers. Lebron comes from a single mom, often the worst that results from that type of upbringing is the boy acting like a troubled female and not knowing it. He will mistake it as masculine behavior, but won’t really know because he didn’t have a male role-model to use as a guide. He’ll hold a grudge, he’ll take minor things personal, he’ll do dumb things based on petty jealousy, he’ll be a sneaky murderer like Aaron Hernandez or a wife-abuser like OJ Simpson, or have an uncontrollable temper like Pacman Jones. Most of these are usually the traits of problematic females. Lebron has his own mind. It’s safe to assume he’s charitable, he gives back. Even The Decision was in part a charitable effort. It’s all about the kids to Lebron.


This is the day of the FIFA World Cup Championship in Brazil, don’t assume Lebron didn’t think about this, in fact he’s going to be in attendance. No way does the Chosen One play 2nd fiddle to the world’s biggest sporting event even if the US is late to catching on to it, no way does Lebron get upstaged by Argentina’s superstar Lionel Messi. The King no doubt wants to see how much international media will take notice of him. I could be wrong, but just my opinion. Timing is everything. Understand, the problem with Lebron Raymone James isn’t what he has or hasn’t accomplished, the problem is what he has gotten away with or been allowed to get away with. This new deal with Gilbert shows he has grown much, but a young team will test his patience.

Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, and a contributor to the Hampton Institute, his own blog www.thebuffalobullet.com, 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 for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio  interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the link below.

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July 13th, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Putin’s Periscope

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by Chris Stevenson

After months of ogling over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s selfies and memes of him hunting, wrestling alligators, driving F1 race cars and flying fighter jets, the American right are now wrestling with the crickets that began drowning them out after news of Putin’s phone call to President Obama late last March. What would make this latent darling of the American right suddenly jump up right before giving some polar bear the 3-count to call our liberal non-military president a buzz on the hot-line? The PoliticsUSA.com site ran some of the readouts to the call:

“President Putin called President Obama today to discuss the US proposal for a diplomatic resolution to the crises in Ukraine, which Secretary Kerry had again presented to Foreign Minister Lavrcv at the meeting at the Hague earlier this week, and which we developed following US consultations with our Ukrainian and European partners… President Obama underscored to President Putin that the United States continues to support a diplomatic path in close consultation with the government of the Ukraine and in support of the Ukrainian people with the aim of de-escalation of the crises. President Obama made clear that this remains possible only if Russia pulls back its troops and does not take any steps to further violate Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.” Mircea Geona, an economist from Romania stated in Bloomberg News “we’re witnessing the start of a new geographical and economic cold war and I think it will take at least 2 or 3 years to establish some sort of equilibrium.” Bloomberg estimates these sanctions could shrink Russia’s economy by 2 quarters.

You know what this means don’t you? That’s right the cold war never ended. The cold war between the American right and the left still continues even in the midst of the Russian incursion of the Ukraine. Yes people are up in arms over it, few people know that post-Soviet Russia has been playing themselves and testing their parameters for years now. At times they been right under our nose. The main reason for this is their new military hardware, chief among them is a new fleet of very powerful and dangerous submarines known as Borei Class. They been building these since the mid-’90’s while phasing out their Typhoon, Delta 3 and Delta 4 subs. The Boreis are smaller than the Typhoons but carry more armaments. Russia doesn’t care about you knowing about their Boreis, in fact they insist on it. That’s how cocky they are and really have always been. This information shouldn’t come as a shock once you know Putin’s father served in the Soviet submarine fleet during the early ‘30’s.

The BBC said according to a meeting of NATO’s defense ministers in Brussels, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen stated “Russia had increased its military spending by 50% in the last five years, while NATO cut funding by 20% over the same period. The decrease hasn’t stopped Rasmussen from accepting Obama’s plan to raise $1 billion to increase US military presence in Europe. The thing to remember here is, American government generally have had a problem with world nations that benefit their own citizens economically. During the time Putin has been either president or premier unemployment was cut in half, real income has increased and “real wages more than tripled.” Perhaps pressure is being put on Obama to make Putin the new Qaddafi by using the Russian incursion into the Ukraine and subsequent annexation of Crimea as an excuse.

Back on May 7 Putin announced he was pulling his troops out from the border of Ukraine. Yet on another occasion he was considered to blink, once again due to sanctions against Russia and it’s economy. But some perceive him to be feigning. According to a May 8 Chicago Tribune story: “One reason to suspect a Putin feint is that Russia’s major trading partners in Europe-the ones who could do serious damage to Russia’s economy and Putin’s oligarch buddies-have resisted broader sanctions. Save Ukraine? Not if it means disrupting business in Russia. So Putin may be calculating that a brief tactical retreat will slow what little momentum there is on sanctions.” On the other hand Thomas Friedman’s column in the May 27 New York Times makes the daring but inevitable comparison to who else but Nikita Khrushchev and the old Soviet Union back in ‘62. Even going so far as to use the quote of then-US Secretary of State Dean Rusk who compared it to a street face-off, “we were eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked” wrote Friedman comparing the last minute turn-back of Russian warships just miles away from Cuba and the American naval forces, to Putin’s pulling back his troops from Ukraine’s border, thereby letting their presidential election proceed.

Make no mistake about it, Putin did “blink,” but it’s akin to a snake blinking. While he did allow for the Ukraine to hold their election, he refuses to acknowledge Petro Poroshenko as president or president-elect. Before Putin’s March 28th phone call to Obama he didn’t want to recognize him as US President. The ex-KGB officer promised on several occasions to withdraw troops from the border. The latest being on May 19. According to NATO (5/28) while thousands did withdraw many Russian soldiers still remain. While his moves seem dictated through what he gauges through his political periscope, Putin knows the world is watching him with a side-eye glance.

Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, and a contributor to the Hampton Institute, his own blog www.thebuffalobullet.com, 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 for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio  interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the link below.

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On Crime And Religion

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Questioning the Necessity and Rationality of fighting wars started by Ancient Wild People

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by Chris Stevenson

I do not imply the ancient men of old lacked morals or character. But it seems there are always new people on the scene today taking their words and every aspect of their life and time-period too literally. Take for example the Middle-Eastern practice of tossing acid on a woman’s face, or executing them for marrying outside of the Muslim faith, consider these sick practices as proof of how troubling their male members are taught to be. What’s going on in these cases has nothing to do with God, or Allah, but everything to do with false authority replacing education, understanding and most glaringly, common sense.

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Another byproduct of religious worship-gone-wrong is the mid-April 2014 kidnapping of over 300 girls from from a school in Nigeria (Chibok) while they were sleeping no less. The alleged mastermind of this is yet another highly-insecure, violent and delusional clown named Abubakar Shekau of Boko Haram. He is quoted as stating his reason for doing this as there’s a market for them therefore he intends to sell them off to slavery and marriage, “by Allah, I will sell them off and marry them.” “Allah” seems to be talking to quite a few people over the centuries, what a guy. Sekou-described in an article as “one of those who believes that you can sacrifice anything for your beliefs”-is also a known mass-murderer. He is a recluse who likes to post videos of himself ala Osama bin Laden. In January 2012 a Boko Haram attack killed over 180 in Kano (northern Nigeria’s largest city), suspicion is strong that he is at least in part financed by al Qaeda.

The name Boko Haram itself means “Western Education is Forbidden” in Hausa language. So this flake of a leader somewhat sees himself as rescuing young black girls from the evil western education by making them slaves, which is still a common practice in some quarters of the west. Okay does anyone reading this see a tie-in between Muslim religious extremism and the GOP? Sharia law is nothing more than the White American control-freak desire to deprive women of their right to vote, control their reproductive system, and advance themselves economically. Shekau’s idea of worship is doing nothing more than promoting the same weak exaggerated, anti-woman philosophy that conservative white male republicans and religious Christian right proponents preach. He is simply a nobody undeservedly granted the ears of many who should have laughed at him and kept it moving, leaving him alone to figure it out. How long would he have lasted were those white girls he kidnapped? Obama’s drones would have blew him and his masculine-deprived gang to smithereens before they even reached the gate.

As of May the 22nd the UN Security Council approved sanctions against Boko Haram which will result in an arms embargo and asset-freeze. According to the United States Institute of Peace: “Boko Haram is an Islamic sect that believes politics in northern Nigeria has been seized by a group of corrupt, false Muslims. It wants to wage war against them, and the Federal Republic of Nigeria generally to create a ‘pure’ Islamic state ruled by Sharia Law.” Since 2011 this one man’s version of “pure” Islam (founder Islamist cleric Mohammed Yusuf in ‘02) has bombed churches, and set fires to schools. In March of 2012 twelve public schools alone were burned down at night. This put 10,000 students out of an education.

Of course it’s not fair at this point to pick on the Quran or Islam. The Bible is no Saint when it comes to inspiring similar behavior. In fact it is governments from mostly Christian and Jewish dominated lands that help push these Muslim nations to the brink through waging wars and sanctions against them or through divisive deals made with their governments to the disadvantage of their common citizens. The Bible is a confusing book to quite a few, the final authority to many, and misunderstood by most. The first bit of contention is what many people feel the Bible advocates; slavery, war, misogyny. What is not being widely broadcast is the fact that what we call the Bible has been hijacked during the Middle-ages. This is important because it was then that this book of worship became a weapon. There is now a school of thought that claims the Bible was written then.

Boko Haram-as with all terrorist groups-come from economically disgruntled and impoverished people. Oftentimes they are only able to watch their own resources sucked away in exchange for money they never benefit from such as from a huge oil company like Royal Dutch Shell. This gives rise to them feeling they are being exploited and outside their own country. Another angle to the Boko Haram story is targeting children is nothing new for them, and on at least one occasion the boys got it even worse. Last February a boarding school in Yobe was attacked during the middle of the night by suspected Boko Haram militants, killing 29 boys and seriously injuring others. Far be it from me to consider child-killers as militants, but this news only scratches the surface. What has been ongoing is a gross return to slavery with girls having been sold to perverts for something called “rape-marriage” or “biblical marriage” for as little as twelve dollars ($12).

Kidnapping and rape are what they are no matter how you categorize it. Those who practice these forms of abduction and sexual atrocities reportedly use a few select scriptures in the Bible to justify themselves; Exodus 12:7, Numbers 31: 17, Deuteronomy 12:11, and Judges 21: 10-23. All these scriptures prove what a gross hypocrite Abubakar Shekau is. He claims to use hatred of western education as motivation for his kidnapping young school-girls, but has no problem with using one of the west’s most popular books, the Bible, to cover himself, or sending the girls to their eventual final destination; American cities like New York, New Jersey, Boston, Los Angeles, Oakland, Honolulu, and Canada to profit from.

Reports of the Nigerian government being slow to react to the warning and news of the 300 kidnapped girls is no-doubt due to what Aljazeera America quoted Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan as recently admitting. He disclosed that Boko Haram has infiltrated “Nigeria’s power structure,” this includes all three branches of government, executive, legislative, judicial, as well as police and armed forces. It’s not that fighting wars started by ancient quranic or biblical people have kept modern society from moving forward, these wars were generally lost even if an army won the battle because they are mostly based on religious exclusivity. Trying to convince church members to give up the only thing many of them identify themselves with would be a waste of time, and start another war of words. The best solution is for each individual worshipper to become more here-and-now based and take their holy books be they Quran, Bible, Book of Mormon etc., with a grain of salt and judge for yourself what passages lean too far toward the edge… and not go there.

Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, and a contributor to the Hampton Institute, his own blog www.thebuffalobullet.com, 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 for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio  interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the link below.

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June 22nd, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Wolves in Wolf Clothing

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by Chris Stevenson

Is it possible for a female to shoot herself in the head with a rifle? An M-16 assault weapon? Before you decide whether the shooting was before or after she poured lye into her vagina, snap her own neck, punch out her teeth, and set herself on fire, some of you will probably answer ‘well that depends on who told me.’ Well whether you know of this case or not, the US Army is telling you. Of course we all know the Army doesn’t lie. The specific case I’m telling you about is regarding a black female. Yeah sisters get depressed, but not that depressed.

Army officials are right now scratching their heads wondering why more than a few people out there don’t believe them, yet when I think of the ruling that passes itself off as a plausible explanation into the death of private first class (PFC) LaVena Johnson I can only think about Tawana Brawley and how the powerful white man (i.e. key decision makers) now has millions of people believing a young black girl can rape, beat, mutilate, and smear animal feces over her nude body and then stuff herself in a plastic bag. Of course this is their way of telling us not to ask questions, on the other hand I know of no one encased in white skin who is worth all that protection in exchange for acts of abuse, and murder. This of course includes any soldiers or officers in any branch of the military worth protecting, the answer is no.

The best way to find a suspect or suspects is to know specifically all the people who were in her platoon or regiment, because even if none of them were directly involved, what are the chances at least one of them knows someone who is? I understand the Army’s job is to protect democracy and not be a democracy. But for them to arrogantly expect people to take their conclusion that Pfc. Johnson committed suicide at face-value means they must be fantasizing they are the Watchtower Society and the rest of us are mindless door-knocking Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The lengths organizations go to, to protect reputations whether real, imagined, tainted or crushed into pieces is astonishing. The US Military has long been tied to corruption. Years ago near Buffalo, NY there was a similar situation, back on 3/4/98 Army National Guard Captain Gordon Hess of nearby Jamestown, NY was found in the bed of a creek with 26 stab wounds. After 13 whole months the Army Criminal Investigations Command and Armed Forces Institute of Pathology determined his cause of death to be “suicide.” Barbara Wolf on the other hand said it was homicide. Wolf is a Forensic Pathologist who worked on OJ Simpson and Flight TWA Flight 800. Now in all honesty, you shouldn’t have to be a Forensic Pathologist to suspect murder. Especially regarding 26 stab wounds. An Army captain wants to take himself out, he has access to a half dozen quicker and less painful ways. The same rule applies to Johnson.

Most of you out there will conclude 26 stab wounds is homicide, a no-brainer. Yet there are a large segment of people out there that will deeply resent you for it, if an official ruling says differently self-appointed status quo followers with no dog on either side will go for the official ruling and defend it to the death if necessary. What about the military community? Reporters from “Essence” magazine (which used to be a journal devoted to black women) and other major news reporters were chased away. Understand Pfc. Johnson’s evidence is more glaring than Capt. Hess.

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It’s not so much the idiocy of the ruling that bothered me back then. This was/is Buffalo, a lot of people here were good with it. If we try to stop others from uncovering the truth based just on ‘people won’t like this’ we would have to examine ourselves, we would still be living in medieval times if we listened to them.

LaVena’s killer(s) seem to be the most meticulous forensic-cloaking suspects in history. Other than the aforementioned condition, she was found “completely dressed in the burning tent. There was a blood trail from outside a contractor’s tent to inside the tent.” One doesn’t just brutalize themselves, pour acid over their private area and get dressed do they? What needs to be found out is not just who the killer or killers are, but who are the “high officials” that stopped her homicide investigation and re-classify it a suicide. There is reportedly strong evidence out there.

Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, and a contributor to the Hampton Institute, his own blog www.thebuffalobullet.com, 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 for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio  interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the link below.

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June 13th, 2014 at 8:50 pm

There’s No Place like (retractable) Dome

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz’ said in his column  in the Amherst Bee that the 2013 lease agreement will keep the Buffalo Bills playing in Erie County through “at least 2020.” Problem is, they’re not the Erie County Bills. Buffalo is the major city within Erie County.

Since we’re on the subject of 2020 there’s also UB 2020; the plan to expand Buffalo’s medical corridor directly through Buffalo’s black community-especially the area known as the Fruit Belt-which includes immediate segments of the East Side. Many local African Americans see it as a plan to bring white professionals and laborers back into the same city they were so anxious to get away from during the ‘60’s, ‘70’s and ‘80’s, with plenty of freshly-built new homes waiting for them. Make up your minds will you. The question is, what will happen to the blacks who were born and raised downtown like myself? Will most be gradually forced out into the surrounding towns, or shelved into some remote area of the city? Here’s one more angle, some of the proponents of what I call Bring Whites Back to Buffalo (BWB2B) still want the the Bills to continue playing in the stadium out in Orchard Park.

If these UB 2020 planners and their supporters want a bang for their buck it would only seem natural to support the plan of the Greater Buffalo Sports Entertainment Complex (GBSEC) who’s principles are financing a brand new state of the art retractable-dome stadium on the Outer Harbor just behind downtown Buffalo. This is a scenario most cities would find to be naturally logical and in flow with their plans, but not Buffalo. There are 2 reasons for this. 1- UB 2020 is really a means of gentrification. 2- Poloncarz and those who support his outlandish and expensive Ralph Wilson Stadium renovation don’t like where the idea of the downtown stadium comes from, a man outside their inner circle from Buffalo’s east side, Patrick Freeman. Freeman is the talk radio/TV/Youtube host who is the latest to push the idea of a downtown facility, he is also the Sports Director for WUFO.

Freeman is not just some guy from the street corner spewing  ideas. Anyone wanting to know who initiated the idea of merging Harvard Cup football into the Sectionals can look no further than him. Poloncarz is trying to de-legitimize his plan although the people Freeman has brought onboard to finance the new facility offer a much more economically feasible option to the county. Although Poloncarz has met privately with Freeman he has very intentionally steered clear of including him on two of his new stadium boards. Nicholas Stracick and George Hasiotis are perfectly prepared to start breaking ground. And the time is running out for key officials in light of Bills’ owner Ralph Wilson passing away, and additional offers being made by others who have their own ideas for purchasing the Bills and plans for their own stadium that are not in the best interest of Buffalo.

Apparently $800 million in payroll salary just during the construction phase is just too farfetched (translated: too good) for the City of Buffalo. In a recent interview with me on my show “3600seconds” Hasiotis stated his goal was to make Buffalo “integrated and thriving.” This is no-doubt part of the problem with this proposed project with too many around here. They scoped this plan with the same black and white binoculars they used during Obamacare and see an underlying plot to benefit blacks. “The Horror, The Horror.” LOL! some of these geniuses will see the Bills go to Toronto or LA before they do that. Buffalo has high crime, due mostly to high unemployment. What is poor Eyewitness News going to report if the crime rate drops? UB 2020’s purpose will be defeated if a lot of black employees are able to afford those nice homes and apartments being built around the medical corridor. Can’t have that.

Yet another question arises as to how do you wake up a city so historically against itself? Current issues in Buffalo center around race that can be safely considered an immediate and long-range fear of black achievement; the recent schoolboard election, police brutality is again rearing it’s ugly head for the long (somewhat) hot summer here, the racial makeup of key boards, job hiring, secret meetings, and the shut-down of a state corruption commission by the same governor who proposed it. To change Buffalo means to change the mentality of maybe half the population and decision makers. This is a northeast city, but anytime a northern metropolitan city has pretty much equal to or more country music stations than rock music stations (four- WYRK, WCJW, WXRL, and WLVL) this can give you a shortcut to the local prevailing political views. I’m not attacking personal tastes in music, just drawing comparison. There’s a feeling in urban Buffalo that the whites just want to stick us in a corner somewhere so they can reap all the benefits and dosey doe amongst themselves.

According to the Buffalo News a lot of the new $130 million facelift for the Ralph was designed by the fans. Nothing like having some of the same people who get drunk and slide down the railing now helping out with renovation blueprints. Seriously, 70 % private investments toward a new stadium is not impossible. Los Angeles has a proposal by Ed Roski and Majestic Realty for a 75k seat complex with luxury suites, club seats, and sponsorships at 100% private funds. Most likely LA will be granted an existing team (Don’t imagine the Bills aren’t one of the teams they’re looking at). An article by John Kryk says “some of the chains binding the Buffalo Bills to Ralph Wilson Stadium could raise an ocean-liner’s anchor.” Oh really? All Al Davis would do is go to court and have a judge piss on it. Robert Irsay would simply load his Mayflower trucks and say ‘later bitches.’ Non-relocating agreements aren’t new and started with Major League Baseball during the late ‘80’s. Before then Buffalo had a chance to land an MLB team and just sat and watched that fastball wiz by. I’m not saying the Ralph deal deal won’t work, I’m saying nothing in Buffalo is a lock, no matter who tells you it is. Freeman has seen how new downtown facilities work in other cities, if the NFL is as interested as they claim, then theres no place like dome.

Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, and a contributor to the Hampton Institute, his own blog www.thebuffalobullet.com, 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 for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio  interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the link below.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is deservedly taking some heat for disbanding an ethics investigation commission according to the Buffalo News. A commission that was his idea. No other state seems to love corruption as much as New York save for perhaps Illinois, Cuomo since his campaign has been promising to bring about change (as have most gubernatorial candidates), but once in office some way or another the song remains the same.

Claiming he formed the Moreland Commission to “pressure lawmakers into adopting ethics reforms” back on 7/2/13, it seemed they were poised to make the most complete exposure of entrenched public corruption in decades, only to make them pay the ultimate price for… well, doing their jobs, by shutting them down. Typical New York. If you root for government corruption this shutdown came just in time according to the News. “While the files contained some cases that could result in criminal prosecutions, there was nothing that was likely to result in scandals or arrests of high-profile officials.”

One prime agency of concern is located in Western New York and has been there since 1890. Gateway by their own account is a child and family service organization with a focus on orphaned and abandoned children. In 1996 they merged with the Longview Niagara Group to provide services to children and families through 18 different programs. Their E. Ferry location in particular has been cited for various improprieties; directors and officers using income and assets for personal gain, engaged in deceptive and improper fundraising practices, racial discrimination and workplace harassment and bullying, fraudulent use of public money and it’s subsequent cover-up through secret meetings. One wonders where Gateway_Longview (GL)  fits on Cuomo’s investigative commission or whether or not it’s even on the radar.

On a site oddly dated “July 25, 2014” (2 months in the future) Cuomo is quoted stating that crimes involving public corruption to be a “double crime” and a “separate and inexcusable offense” in contrast with other crimes: “Public corruption is a double crime. It’s the underlying crime and then it’s the crime of breaching the public trust.” Most likely the was a summer of 2013 statement. At any rate it seems the members of his blue-ribbon team  (Judge Frank A. Sedita III is a special advisor on the commission, as is former NYPD Ray “Stop & Frisk” Kelly) agree with him, and that’s part of the problem. A couple of them have broken rank with their own views and disclose they feel he’s the one that’s corrupt. One of them is Onondaga County Executive Joanne Mahoney. At that time told Capitol Tonight host Liz Benjamin: “I think the Moreland Commission is making a mockery of this whole process if we pretend that a group of us that’s been appointed by the attorney general and the governor is investigating the attorney general or the governor.”

Another skeptic of Cuomo only saw politics behind the commission’s purpose: “Andrew Cuomo see’s the Moreland Commission as a tool to punish his political opposition. When it comes to his friends, Cuomo pulls his punches for political purposes” said NYGOP Chairman Ed Cox during the time the state Board of Elections voted to investigate campaign finance violations by the Western New York Progressive Caucus. Cox feels that Cuomo’s commission can’t help but be corrupt since the man that formed it is corrupt. The Moreland Commission is also said to have ignored complaints from County Legislature Betty Jean Grant and former Legislature Tim Hogues having no-doubt to do with illegal coordination of campaign activities.

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GL garnered the building at 347 East Ferry for a $1.00 from the YMCA in 2006’ with a specific condition.  The condition of that $1.00 purchase was that Gateway maintained an Advisory Board which is comprised of community members. Like Frank Wills who was just doing his job during the Watergate Scandal of June ’72, the Gateway-Longview Family Resource Center Advisory Board members are doing their job.

The law provides criminal penalties for official corruption, and the government generally must implement the law effectively. There were isolated reports of organizational corruption occurring at Gateway-Longview that the Family Resource Center Advisory Board attempted to investigate for over two years while working with the Director, Managerial hierarchy (VP’s and CEO), and the Gateway-Longview Board of Directors. The web of privilege and deception has been woven into a fabric of corruption in the following ways: Corruption: Nepotism, corrupt financial and legal practices exist. The GL Board of Directors and the New York State auditing agencies are responsible for combating organizational corruption.  The New York State auditors are aware of the misappropriations of funds under former Gateway CEO James Sampson’s leadership which continues in his absence.  Private deals are being cultivated to devise a payback system that imbues the least amount of negative impact on Gateway’s operations; business as usual.

Whistleblower Protection: Gateway-Longview’s Whistleblower Protection Team is comprised of the same individuals who have engaged in practices of discrimination, harassment, and bullying in the workplace.  Although Gateway-Longview touts there are specific laws that provided protection for public and private employees for making internal disclosures or lawful public disclosures of improprieties there are special rules for people of color.

Financial Disclosure: There are financial disclosure laws, regulations, or codes of conduct requiring officials to disclose their income and assets as it pertains to the 501(c) 3 IRS regulations.  GL has exercised a cooperative but resistant attitude toward providing the Gateway-Longview Family Resource Center Advisory Board financial information has it pertains to the Gateway-Longview Family Resource Center.

Public Access to Information: The law provides for public access to not-for-profit organizational information, but the organization has not complied with several written requests made by the Family Resource Center Advisory Board.  Requests for access originally were met with the marginalization, then threats, special rules, and finally a physical lock out from the building 347 East Ferry.

Public Appeal:  The Gateway-Longview Family Resource Center Advisory Board has contacted many public officials with their concerns namely:  US Attorney’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, EEOC, The State Department of New York Comptroller, The County Legislator Representatives, The New York State Assembly Representatives, The City of Buffalo Masten District Councilman, The ‎Executive Director, City of Buffalo’s Commission on Citizens’ Rights & Community Relations, NYS Department of Human Rights, The Internal Revenue Service, The State Department of New York and a plethora of others.  The requests are simple from the Advisory Board Members that forensic accounting is performed targeting the last decade during the Sampson reign and that a Commission be installed.

Due to the numerous shared concerns from citizens who felt they had been discriminated against the Family Resource Center’s Advisory Board Members filed formal complaints.  The members exercised their social responsibility and reported to those public officials and agencies that must be dutiful and investigate formal complaints.  The goal is to work to change the culture of entitlement and discrimination, examine the recent past and current financial climate in which this organization operates, and of course and most importantly investigate the condition of the children.

Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, and a contributor to the Hampton Institute, his own blog www.thebuffalobullet.com, 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 for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio  interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the link below.

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May 8th, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Avoiding, Disarming & Exposing All things Insular

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by Chris Stevenson

Rule no.1. Avoid All things Insular. ‘Insular in this particular context is just the art of bringing someone down into your own reality, and keeping them there by some type of coercion. You will find the American intelligence community to be masters of this art of insular, the question is did they use some religious faiths as a testing-ground to accomplish this? The worst outcomes lead to outright prolonged abuse and death, the least-harmful outcome leads to psychological slavery and mental illness. I of course am not speaking of necessary insular, such as family affection.

This is a sinister type of insular meant to break through logic and probability. The trick of mastering what is essentially described as a closed system of logic is the stopping of someone or a group of people from participating in something seen as common practice in the world. It can’t be illegal. What’s the fun of restricting someone from shooting heroin if they never used heroin? On the other hand the heroin addict whom you assist in stopping his use, will be very open to your insular teachings. It has to be something they enjoy or benefit from in the long-run, the object is to get them to love an idea, person, or group more than reality. Most things people love are things they are naturally inclined to do, and oftentimes take for granted. The goal is to wrap the follower up so tightly in the insular, that cognitive dissonance will kick in automatically once the most glaring proof is presented that they have been loving or following a liar(s).

You can spot the insular attitude in individuals even from a young age. This doesn’t mean they will continue this behavior when they grow up, but some do. The childhood friend or neighbor who prefers to separate you from your friends and/or family when he or she notices others coming to visit you etc. It’s big with children because it’s a natural sign of immaturity. Most kids grow out of it. Some don’t. The short-term goal of the insular individual is to keep you off-balance, to make or force you to be at odds with things or people you are naturally conducive to. They often know they’re wrong, but it’s worth it to them to prevent you from getting the resources you need. Insular individuals also generally feel they can’t be figured out. Their way is deeply private, remote, detached, narrow-minded. The same holds true for many of these fundamentalist faiths.

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Muslims in the Middle East are most successful in this. They have an 11th Century mindset, and force their followers to dress and think 11th Century. The Watchtower allows for contemporary dress, but maintain 11th Century thinking. This is an accomplishment in itself. Same goes for the Hebrew Israelites and Christian Scientists. If you check the history of the individuals who founded these religions, you will just find the same Joe-Blow who you thought was an oddball in your childhood; The “Prophet” Muhammad- A recluse in his early years, Charles T. Russell- An Apostate several times over strictly by dictionary definition, reportedly married a woman he never made love to, predicted return of Christ in 1914 and then 1915, narcissist, no formal religious education, L. Ron Hubbard- Founder Dianetics and Scientology, served in military, commanded anti-sub boat, lied about sinking submarines. Joseph Smith- Founder LDS, Mormons, 32 Wives.

Insular is to be watched and avoided because it is the starting point for zealotry and extremism. The problems arise when people who believe in God have just got to manifest this by going out and finding religion, which eventually at some point becomes a platform for their obnoxiousness. Insular is how they set you up. Insular groups are infamous for convincing or trying to convince people they need to be watched. If you think you need to be watched, then you probably need to be watched. Insular is a dominant trait of a low-performance culture.

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Resistance to change and a politicized internal milieu are also traits. Other than religions and cults (and some police and construction union-fanatics because they’re oft-exclusionary and go to extremes to maintain that), street gangs are the most dangerous insular groups to stay away from. In most cases this is a male child’s first encounter with something insular, street gangs often find their commonality with strict religions in the false proclamation that they are family.

Being born in an insular town and religion I feel like an expert. We will now turn our complete attention back to the Watchtower Society. Compare them to one of those highly-advertised over-the-counter medicines whose benefits sound wonderful, until they read off that long list of side effects. If what you been committing your time, emotion and energy to brings more pain in other areas, then the Watchtower or any other faith I can name is pretty much like Zoloft. You been taking Jehov-off; Jehovah according to the Watchtower, and you need to get off my friend.

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On one hand I don’t trust anyone suggesting that I read their religious literature more than the Bible, not so much that I love the Bible, but because I smell megalomania. On the other hand, too much Bible can be dangerous. Ancient wild people. The new danger fundamentalist faiths present is in their pitching their fluctuating archaic views to a markedly different public than they have in yesteryear. High technology, unbalanced thinking. Simply put, the Watchtower NEEDS their disfellowshipping penalty, it’s gives those shunned low self-esteem, it gives false-esteem to most still in. The “my country right or wrong” has morphed into ‘my religion right or wrong.’ This makes way for the cognitive dissonance which is really external narcissism. False titles, false authority, real damage. It’s not hard to imagine really. If your house were on fire who are you going to call, me (who’s had no experience or credentials whatsoever in firefighting) or your local fire department? What if I were persuasive enough a hustler to make you think I put out fires?

Followers can only adopt a bunker-mentality toward the outside world under such control.

Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, and a contributor to the Hampton Institute, his own blog www.thebuffalobullet.com, 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 for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio  interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the link below.

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Mandela & The CIA Surveillance that led to his Incarceration

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by Chris Stevenson

 After Nelson Mandela and his co-defendants’ miraculous acquittal of the treason trial, he went into exile. It was then that the Central Intelligence Agency began or intensified their surveillance of him. Though this is news to many, it shouldn’t be, given the CIA’s history on the Dark Continent. The agency was already deep in the Congo holding up African progress, how far of a stretch would it be for some of them to move operations toward the south?

 Mandela was arrested in ‘56 for “high treason” and attempting to “violently overthrow the state.” In all 156 were arrested, four days later they were released on bail. When Mandela got home on bail his wife Evelyn had already moved out of the house leaving it bare. Rumors of infidelity plus her membership in the Jehovah’s Witnesses prevented her from supporting him in the struggle even though the Watchtower had no immediate viable answers for black South Africans either. Trial began in 1957 and went on for three years. In the midst of 17 African countries due to become independent in 1960, South Africa seemed to be going backwards. If the treason trial didn’t prove it, something more devastating soon would. The 3/21/60 Sharpeville Massacre where South African police-while in front of their own headquarters-would fire blindly into a crowd of black protesters, women conversing and laughing amongst each other first according to eyewitnesses, and then children, in all 69 people were murdered, over 180 wounded.

 Some time ago a former African National Congress (ANC) bombmaker named Dennis Goldberg said during an event: “We believe that there was a British Intelligence agent in the nearby caravan park. Everyone thought he was a birdwatcher because he would climb up a telegraph pole with binoculars every day. But I think we were the birds he was watching,” according to a 7/11/13 story by Hannah Osborn for International Business Times. The British spy agency MI5 also was known to spy on him at the same time. Goldberg was arrested during a raid in July of ‘63, at a farm once known to be one of Mandela’s hideouts; Lilies Land in Johannesburg. Mandela operated under the assumed name David Motsamayi, a farm worker.

 ANC activists and communists conducted their activities there. The US/UK spying led to the 7/11 raid and the arrest of 19. Some believe Mandela was already arrested for a minor charge, others thought he was still at large underground. Much of this info came out last July while Mandela was seriously ill. Nelson had begun a relationship with Winnie during the treason trial. They got married and had kids, but during his prison sentence for sabotage she would plot brutal violence.

 A first wife who believed in political passivity, and a second who went so far over the edge she almost single-handedly destroyed his movement. What’s the chances of any man involving himself with two such women back-to-back, much less a man trying to change the face of his country? For black men the possibility is not so farfetched. People hear the latest verbal attacks on black-female obstructionism, but it’s wasn’t new, and evidently got it’s start in the Motherland. Can you find women of any other race or ethnic group who are so obtuse either purposely or inadvertently to their men’s goals? Yes Nelson would initially voice how he appreciated Winnie’s love and devotion, and he would stick by her for a couple years after his release. But whereas Winnie loved him, his adversaries manifested a quality more important to him at that time.

 To best understand the magnitude of Mandela’s accomplishments from an American perspective, picture Huey Newton being imprisoned for 27 years after forming a special strike force within the Black Panthers which literally made them more of a threat than the KKK and Mafia. Imagine a scenario where they begin sabotaging white supremacists facilities mostly under Newton’s direction while incarcerated, until Reagan and Bush etc., try to meet with him and negotiate his freedom an end to American White Supremacy. After which Newton is freed, and later is elected President of the United States. Only then will you begin to get a clue of who Mandela was, and why he was so highly respected.

 I mention CIA spying and manipulating in African Affairs and figures along the lines of Mandela, Steven Biko, Patrice Lumumba, Kwame Nkrumah, and as of late even brown Africans Mubarak and Qadaffi. The same question regarding Lumumba also applied to Mandela; Why would the intel networks of powerful nations like the US bother themselves to allocate a budget to spy on a mere barefoot African? “I don’t like it when people question our motives on blacks or on Mandela because of an incident that happened 20 years ago in another administration,” said former George H.W. Bush Press Secretary Merlin Fitzwater. In fact he shouldn’t like it, at the time of those episodes Bush was a high ranking CIA official. People on the left call Eric Snowden a hero, black activists in Africa and America were under constant government secret watch way before the NSA, and there was no Wikileaks to expose them. Our NSA was a miserable racist cross-dresser named J. Edgar Hoover. The success of American government in this reportedly came by way of infiltration into the ANC by an undercover agent who managed to work his way into their inner circle. Cox News Service named senior CIA official Paul Eskel as admitting it.

 “It is one of our greatest coups,” stated a former US official, CIA officer Donald C. Rickard, who worked undercover as a “consular official in Durban” and disclosed to the agency information that led directly to Mandela’s arrest, even stating he would be disguised as a chauffeur. Rickard is said to be living in Colorado today (Pagosa Springs) according to a news release by William Blum. Corporations like IBM, Kodak and others assisted with resources in the murder, torture and incarceration of ANC activists.

 There is much to be said regarding whether or not all the people the US classifies as communist or terrorists are really bad people. One gets the feeling nowadays that you don’t have to do much to earn those labels. What is really going on with the Western powers is fear, and the message is don’t question them. In search of another Mandela? Pop culture says don’t even think about it. All you need do is to finally figure out who really controls pop-culture and major media?

Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, and a contributor to the Hampton Institute, his own blog www.thebuffalobullet.com, 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 for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio  interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the link below

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January 29th, 2014 at 1:09 am

Shhhhh… lo’ the Impeachment Whisperers

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by Chris Stevenson

You may have missed it, I know I did. But last month, December 3rd 2013 to be exact, there was a hearing, almost like a secret hearing or meeting among members of the House Judiciary Committee to discuss the implementation of something they didn’t want to reveal.

A 12/4 article by Tom Kludt for TPM LIVEWIRE shows this to be a republican thing that even they don’t understand. “Republicans Try To Discuss Obama Impeachment Without Using the ‘I-Word,” was barely a blur on my rotating newsfeed before it went off. But I have to admit, I remembered it a few days or weeks later and Googled it. Steve King (R) of IA was quoted by the Washington Post as saying [impeachment is] “the word that we don’t like to say in this committee, and I’m not about to utter here in this particular hearing.” In others words 1st they don’t want to be seen as kooks. 2nd Consider this a dry-run before the 2014 midterm elections, republicans victories overwhelming both the House and Senate won’t find them backing down on impeachments as the dems did with the George W. Bush impeachment talks after the ‘06 midterm election.

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As far as their fear of looking like kooks is concerned, unfortunately the House GOP has already beat themselves to it. You see, as soon as the first I-word rolled off from between the first republican lips, they have already sank themselves to the same level as that nutty black preacher from Harlem who not long ago held just such an imaginary court martial of President Obama and is still trying to pass it off as real. I suppose no one told Obama he was ruled guilty, but that’s beside the point.

Of course the Washington Post, and TPM face stiff competition on Obama impeachment coverage when compared to the awesomeness of the Weekly World News and Pastor David Manning of Atlah Ministries and of course Alan Keys who always seems to find a way to rear his “conservative” head on occasions like this.

Since the reasons for the proposed impeachment hearing are even more hilarious than the news of the impeachment hearings itself, I won’t bother you with any details. The truth is most of the items they charge him with look more applicable to Congress. One commenter on Kludt’s page said it best, “If you ain’t got the guts to say it, you don’t have the balls to do it.”

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This sudden silence by congressional republicans on impeachment is a departure given the many bold and shameless things they outwardly said and done to get back at Obama for many of his policies. You will find even back in early-’07 I wasn’t on board with him running just yet, I thought it was too early. Hillary was my candidate. I began backing Obama when Hillary played too cautious about backing the Rutgers girls basketball team after shock-jock Don Imus attacked them on the air, and I haven’t regretted it since.

Make no mistake about it, Barack Hussein Obama is a remarkably amazing individual and US President, but he’s not perfect nor should be seen as such. Yes there are things you could take him to task on; the rendition program, NSA, George Zimmerman… once many of you black and white, get past his skin color. That’s not going to happen because the President’s skin makes them so mad at Obama, that they fail to see clearly.

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Why for instance didn’t President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder didn’t pursue federal charges against George Zimmerman after his acquittal even though he continues to be a danger to others and himself? Opting instead as late as Nov.5 to give us a teaser with Holder then being quoted in the Washington Times and Breitbart.com saying “he’s still not sure if the federal government will pursue civil rights charges against Zimmerman.” As far as Obama’s recent statement about unveiling his plan to bring about new restrictions against spying on foreign leaders and the handling of phone and internet personal information, it almost doesn’t matter. The damage has already been done. Who really cares if coach Bill Belichick stopped spying on other teams? By now he already has enough info on them to know most of their plays and their habits. Get it?  You see, Obama has a tendency to brush you off with a quick ‘may consider’ statement which goes unnoticed by a lot of republicans critics and some on the left. This is what happened to his inference he was going to take members of the old Bush Administration to task on torture.

It is good for voters to know who the personalities behind these impeachment talks are, rest assured they are light years away from the figure Alan Keys claims is the driving force, Jesus Christ, in more ways than one. Among them King, Michele Bachmann, James Inhofe (an anti-environmentalist), Kerry Bentivolio, and Blake Farenthold.

What the republicans need much more than an Obama impeachment, is more abandonments. Last fall North Carolina’s Jason Thigpen announced his departure from the Republican Party to join the democrats. Thigpen is not a member of Congress, but is currently running for the 3rd Congressional District. His website news page explains his shift: “Enough is enough, after discussing it with my wife and family, I’ve decided to run as a democrat rather than a republican. I simply cannot stand with a party where it’s most extreme element promote hate and division amongst people. Nothing about my platform has nor will it change. The government shutdown was simply the straw that broke the camel’s back.” It seems republicans everywhere are nearing the brink, in Buffalo a local right-wing talk jock named Tom Bauerle admitted himself to ECMC for psychiatric evaluation after police found him searching his yard in a blizzard, with a loaded gun.

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Thigpen is an Army veteran. His big reason for leaving the republicans is his objection to the NC voting laws. “I didn’t go to war to defend the liberties and freedoms of one party, race, sex, or one income class of Americans,” he was quoted in The Raw Story. The raw truth is I don’t know if Thigpen is sincere or just see’s an opportunity, he’s running against incumbent Walter Jones (R)  (a former Democrat) who has a conservative challenger (Frank Palombo) who could split the GOP vote in light of his switch. But what I do know is he’s right about what the Republican Party has come to, and this is even more proven with these reports of impeaching President Obama. The government shutdown made more than a few republicans take a 2nd look at their party, a party seeming more bent to make economy-damaging moves based on personal spite.

Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentatorPolitical Affairs Magazine, and a syndicated columnist. Follow him on Twitter, and Facebook, you don’t have to join any of them. Watch his video interviews and commentary on  Policy & Prejudice  for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio  interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the link below.

 

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Days of Future Lies

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100 Years After 1914 What Lies (are) Ahead For the Watchtower Society?

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by Chris Stevenson

‘Jehovah’s organization is moving.’ Just ask United Van Lines. The move to Patterson years ago was just white flight, the moves they’re doing now (Warwick, NY) is more based on ‘strapped for cash.’ Pedophile scandals have taken a bite out of Watchtower assets, making unlikely millionaires out of members they only considered good for door-knocking or disfellowshipping. No doubt their “worldly” financial strategist advised them to start downsizing or turn to chapter 7 of their Fiscal Liquidation Mystery book.

The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society (WBTS) is an evidently small-but-powerful organization. Not even the Mafia has been able to protect so many under-educated, unlearned laymen within countless congregations from the justice they so sorely deserve. Not even the much-more-known and powerful Catholic Church has been able to avoid major media scrutiny as they have. The reason for this goes way back, picture a small group of white males during the ‘50’s sitting at a table in a dark room with one of them telling the rest ‘we need rules where our members will nit-pick each other for the slightest hint of infractions so much, that they won’t see the glaring scandals even when the general public make them common knowledge.’ The rub is William Miller, Nelson Barbour, George Storrs, and Charles T. Russell, had no thought to use the name Jehovah-a name discovered by Ramundus Martini, a Spanish Catholic Monk credited with being the first to use the name during the 11th Century, and Petrus Galatinas, a Catholic Priest who in 1518 was the first to translate JHVH to Jehovah-much less use it as a marketing tool.

To begin with, it takes a certain mindset for most people to choose to stay in any relationship whose time limit has expired. How much more so a religion? Nosy people and families know how to to use strict religion to their advantage just as long-tenured employees know how to stay with companies whether corrupt or not. At least the employee gets something tangible in return, pay, medical benefits, workers comp., social security, perhaps a pension. Very few religions ask more from their followers, while repayment is so little. The best of these men knew how to create anticipation in people, like their founders who megalomaniacally blurted out end times dates and predictions of the return of ancient prophets as if they were Elvis.

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In 1929 The Watch Tower Society bought property and built a house under the direction of Joseph Rutherford, Beth Sarim, in California for the return of King David, Abraham, Samson etc. Rutherford himself moved in when the Bible prophets were a no-show-cs

For minority groups the Watchtower couldn’t have caught them at a worse time, a time of social upheaval for blacks in particular found a lot of them moving up north now being recruited by JW ministers. Whereas the early Watchtower articles revealed a condescending racist attitude towards blacks in particular, black prospects began to give them their full attention during the ‘50’s and ‘60’s. This was pretty much across the board for black church-goers seeking what author/filmmaker Jeremiah Camara (“Contradictions”) calls “a scratch-off, a win” from the decaying conditions surrounding their blocks. “All we have is Jesus, the lottery, and liquor.” This characteristic was evident in many of them before they joined, or if their parents chose another religion while they were still children or became Atheists. You’ll find them to be good manipulators, knowing how to turn the now into the future. I just so happened to have grown up with one of them. He is what they call a Circuit Overseer today. As a young boy Alvin Thompson practiced his trade of rambling-talking, manipulation and guilt-mongering. We would at times sit together before that meeting started and watch the one or two of the congregation committee walk by, and he would every so often say to me “I always wanted to be one of them big time brothers.” As we grew older the committee of three would now become elders, but Al’s words were the same. He wanted to be a “big-time brother.” This is important because a trait that developed in him where he would be more drawn to a position or title more than money-even a dummy-position intended to keep his mouth shut-would in time manifest itself. I think some people who have been damaged by strict over-assuming faiths can trace the success of their victimization to an Al-like person once they dig the bottom of the barrell.

Fast forward some 15 or so years later and Al is now living in Rochester, NY by way of Brooklyn Bethel and marriage. I moved to Rochester from Buffalo four years later one summer, and for a couple months wound up in the same congregation as him. Al is now an elder, and finally “one of those big time brothers.” He was a man co-presiding over the most dilapidated Kingdom Hall in the city, the men’s room amounted to a small space in the basement with a hole in the floor (there were rumors it was for urinating). The ladies room at least was in better shape, with more room for women with babies, but not much better. And air conditioning? What’s that? The Presiding Overseer was I believe, the only white brother in the congregation; Gary Mills. To give you an example of his detachment, Mills had a good job at Kodak and he was walking around bragging about how he cut his work-hours in half so he could spend time as a full time regular pioneer. “Taste Jehovah and see,” he was known to say quoting a scripture out of the infamous New World Translation of The Holy Scriptures. The neighborhood the Hall was located in was the hind-end of urban Rochester, most of the brothers earned under 10K a year. What did Mills want, for us to cut down to $5,000 a year? He had tenure and had gone from something like $80 grand per year to $50,000 and wanted us to think he made this big sacrifice. It was 1984.

Soon the Circuit Overseer John Caister decided the area Halls were too segregated, and initiated a massive split tossing everyone around as if we were in a big giant salad bowl, and (mercifully) closing down our crumbling building. It was around that time that I met a sister who was married to an abusive non-JW piece-of-shit. I would eventually move behind her and she told me about a time when her husband had beat the tar out of her, and she went to the elders for help. The elders she talked to were Gary Mills (“Taste Jehovah and see”), Dave Loftus (another white elder whom by the time I moved to Rochester was the City Overseer, and serving in the Monroe congregation), and my friend Al. Waiting to hear of the great way the elders rescued her from this ghetto-urchin she said “I do” to one day, she instead recounted some words from Al that stunned me. Al told this beaten and battered sister “you got to take it” while the other two looked on. I was almost floored at just hearing that. Even though I would eventually learn of Rochester having a lot of black elders either scolding or giving black sisters misinformation in front of silent white elders, this would still stick out as highly disturbing to me. I confronted Al about this later on, and he reluctantly admitted it. Taste blood and see… hmmm.

You see, I would later learn firsthand about the sister’s husband one evening just walking by her porch in a driving rainstorm with him in front of her backdoor calling her out of her name with her frightened younger kids clutched to her while she tried to tell him to go away. I was on my way to the Ministry School meeting, but not before I hopped on the porch and stood directly between him and her door. Now to be honest with you, this was over 25-years-ago, so I can’t remember the words exchanged. But I vaguely remember telling him to stop using the b-word, scaring her kids (it really bothered him that I called them her kids) and it was time for him to get moving, he responded with threats of cutting me, blah blah blah. All I could see was a thin man in a big leather coat, snakeskin shoes with one hand in his pocket staring me straight in the eyes before backing down the stairs and almost slipping down on the wet pavement. He angrily rushed to a car parked out in front with a driver who no-doubt drove him around on babymama-cursing-out errands.

Even given that most women-beaters are known for their cowardice when confronted with a chance to equal their brutality against another man, I knew this guy was still a huge threat to his estranged wife. And Al knew it was wrong to tell her to “take it.” He was trying to impress the two scared white elders, and it wouldn’t be the only time he would give out misinformation to black females within his own congregation who entrusted him with their spiritual well-being. You see Al-though trying to dazzle Mills and Loftus in his early days in Rochester-was trying to move up and become an elder, he would later brag to me that the key case that got him appointed was when he went along with Loftus and Mills to see two women in his congregation who were roommates. In his estimation he outed them as lesbians in front of the two elders, and his selling point was “one of them was wearing a negligee.” Before you fall out of your chair screaming with laughter at this brilliant detective work, understand this was among the key things that got the two of these women excommunicated or as Jehovah’s Witnesses called, disfellowshipped. Along with his required 15 hours a month in door-to-door Al was now a “big time brother.” I really don’t know nor care whether or not the two of them were munching on each other’s cream donuts. What became known was two sisters in the hood were left without the honor of association in a cold crumbling tenement of worship that neither Al, Gary nor Dave expended any energy trying to improve. Nosy people know how to use strict religion to their advantage. In this case nosy for the purpose of ambition and advancement.

As a matter of fact this was not the first incident of spousal abuse in that congregation where several of us banded together to protect the wives. There was an incident where Brother John Stanford helped a sister and her children move to a downtown hotel with some of us keeping watch outside. She was just frightened he was going to find her. This guy was a big muscular fireman with a hell of a mean streak, a former Witness himself who was already out when I joined the congregation. On another occasion some of the sisters hid the wife of a close friend of mine who had an alcohol problem to an undisclosed location. The overall view then was pretty much what Brother Caister told us in one of his talks after he left the circuit work and joined our Hall; in cases where the sisters are getting beaten by the husbands, the first priority was to get them out of the point of immediate danger. You can decide for yourself what has happened to this type of instruction today if the Watchtower Society is bent on making the woman think she is not being a good enough wife.

The Watchtower as of late is dishing out bad information regarding battered wives, people are still talking about the 2/15/12 Watchtower that claims to give good advice for wives undergoing spousal abuse. While their solution is along the same line as Al’s and not worth repeating, the scripture I remember using back when I was an active member when confronting men who thought this was okay, is simply Ephesians 5: 28,29. You will find that this is not a popular scripture among Bible-hacks in general. I will quote the New International version because it’s not safe to post from the Watchtower’s New World Translation because there’s no telling what they will change the wording to at any given time. “28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church—” Note where I added bold text to highlight this clear and logical reasoning. Abusive husbands in various religions have misinterpreted several scriptures to justify their own violent nature and acts, but have yet to find a way to manipulate this one. They can’t. In a collection of 66 schizoid books espousing every range of human interaction from tender love to mass-murder, this is the perfect scripture. Ephesians strongly implies that unless husbands intend to start beating and whipping themselves, hands off your wife. Unlike the Quran (Surah Nisa 4:34), the Bible has no scripture whatsoever outright advocating or even mildly suggesting a husband having the right to hit his wife.

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As big a problem as spousal abuse is, it pales in comparison to what has become the Watchtower’s two biggest problems; 1-Pedophilia, 2-Their outright Refusal to report pedophilia to the authorities. Pedophiles seek safe-havens. A safe-haven is a powerful organization that will go to any length to avoid embarrassment, and sadly today the best of those organizations are religious. Part of the safety these perverts benefit from is through the lack of outrage from the majority members of that faith. Jehovah’s Witnesses for example exhibit signs of individual and collective mind-control that resembles they have been to a CIA training camp and later set free to carry out the rest of this Watchtower matrix on their own. The starting point to this control is the Watchtower’s knowing how to use time, in particular the present or now. The Watchtower Society has skillfully and persuasively positioned themselves between two groups of people that have literally carried them way past their expiration date; blacks and young people. It’s commonly known they discourage college education, in the old days it was way better, Armageddon was near. At one point (1992) they relaxed that policy and then conservative hardliners gained positions on their Governing Body and restored the higher education prohibition.

I have written before about the duality of their hating to see their members get a college degree, while hiring obviously college-trained attorneys, accountants and doctors when their individual needs arise. “You don’t drop off of a turnip truck and start balancing books,” said talk radio host Rick Fearon of “Six Screen of the Watchtower” in one of his broadcasts. Historically it’s been easy for the Governing Body to control blacks, especially African Americans. I wouldn’t doubt if they take note of how commercialism and pop-culture controls young blacks, just look at how quickly that “Knockout” game has spread. It’s young black boys pushing it.

The secret to dealing with JW excommunication, I concluded way back when I was growing up that you can’t take disfellowshipping but so seriously. When it came to blood, that was common sense. In any strict religion you have to think for yourself, I was told by older worshipers in silence. Over the decades the Watchtower has only intensified this policy. Family members, blood relatives are being ordered to not speak to another if a such a letter of disfellowshipping has been read of them in front of the congregation. As of summer 2013 a talk at their large convention now officially classifies Apostates as “Human Apostates” and they strongly suggests they are mentally ill. At lot of these classifications are merely a return-fire against the wave of information about the Watchtower and it’s suspect history that average JWs are not allowed to view. The truth is religious shunning of any kind is just some organization of old men shooting a gun with blanks, with various individuals falling down as if dead or wounded because they accepted the blanks as real bullets. Stop imagining blanks are real bullets.

Do not base your self-esteem on someone else’s timeline, especially an organization that’s not paying you. Anyone or anything less is not even important. In 100 years since their prophecies of 1914 and 39 years after 1975 (the 1914 deadline year), I see the Watchtower trying the same games to draw followers pretty much the way they have back in 1931. The more old hat-JWs look back the more it seems they are going in circles. This also means you can expect them to denigrate those who built and sacrificed to establish their organization and that is what they are currently doing.

The prime reason the Watchtower went from not allowing blacks to join them, to blacks suddenly being allowed to join is simple. More members equal more money, blacks represent easy money. During slavery Charles the II of England commissioned the Council of Foreign Plantations (later known as  Board of Trade and Plantations from 9/1672)  to convert all slaves to Christianity in 1660. It bears mentioning that Apartheid and Jehovah’s Witnesses disfellowshipping both started in the same year; 1948. Before 1947 the Watchtower viewed excommunication as a pagan practice, the common timeline between Apartheid and excommunication may be more than coincidental. In spite of shunning being a violation of the UN Declaration Article 12, in 6/87 the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the right of the Watchtower to shun: “The defendants are entitled to the free exercise of their religious beliefs.” During that same period Margaret Thatcher clashed with Canada’s efforts to sanction South Africa.

Donald Alderman breaks down shunning further (edited by Barbara Anderson): “Harsh shunning practices are part of many religions. For instance, for thousands of years, the people of India were separated into four main hereditary classes or castes into which Hindu society was divided. The lowest of these castes were the ‘Untouchables’ and were viewed as a contaminating influence and thus members of the higher castes would not associate with them. The mere touch, even of the shadow of one of these Untouchables was considered polluting. The Untouchables had to be avoided at all costs. Although India banned treatment of persons as Untouchables since the 1950s, human rights abuse of these people continues in some areas.

Abusive treatment as well as shunning occurred in a political system in South Africa known as Apartheid which generated international concern because one group of humans were segregated and treated as if they were sub-humans.”

When I say to that the Governing Body is shooting blanks when they disfellowship an individual from the ranks of Jehovah’s Witnesses I am not in denial of the harmful effects such treatment has done or can do to an individual. This is deadly serious. People have committed suicide or contemplated it as a result. The understanding given to me during my years in the cult to justify the very word the Watchtower invented for shunning was a scripture where Jesus is quoted as saying he has come to cause a division; Luke 12: 51-53 “51Do you imagine I came to give peace on the earth? No, indeed, I tell YOU , but rather division. 52 For from now on there will be five in one house divided, three against two and two against three. 53They will be divided, father against the son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against [her] mother, mother-in-law against [her] daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against [her] mother-in-law.” It is this among several scriptures that this has appeal with shun-happy JWs because of the word “division” and it’s application to family. Like other verses, they have taken it and run around the block.

Perhaps the best way to handle this is to just do you. De-emphasize all things and people who attempt to discredit you. It won’t be easy, it takes time. In this particular case don’t focus on making individuals change on how they react to you, in the case of your relatives and loved ones still in that faith help them see what they aren’t being allowed to see. Ask them the questions, ask when did Jesus ever shun his followers, in particular Peter who denied him three times? Ask them about 1914 and how many people from that generation is left? Recent literature and JW lecture overkill on Apostates and shunning family proves an effective method of taking attention away from the generation of 1914 debacle. Left them know about the reports of suicides and mental illness with the organization. And by all means ask them about the Watchtower’s downsizing and why the move to Warwick? Remember, you’re not the one planting the “seeds of doubt,” the Watchtower Society already beat you to it.

I leave you with the most practical counsel I can give you albeit without the emotional high and spiritual guidance many of you are used to, words of wisdom from Roz Shepard: “Ignorance is not bliss. The world contains good, evil, healthy, dysfunctional, trustworthy and untrustworthy people. Being positive is good, but being realistic, informed and balanced is better.”

Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentatorPolitical Affairs Magazine, and a syndicated columnist. Follow him on Twitter, and Facebook, you don’t have to join any of them. Watch his video interviews and commentary on  Policy & Prejudice  for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio  interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the link below.

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