I've noticed that many conservative foolios have trouble shutting the hell up and frequently hang around out where no one likes them. The dislike is general, not in a personal sense, considering that they're so whacked out very few try to know them well. But their presence, particularly in cyber settings, and constant interjecting of stale dialogue is an immediate alert to discerning individuals that a mentally imbalanced person, possibly a convicted felon of unstable parents who also had to be incarcerated, is in the vicinity.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/11/29/opinion/main1083723.shtml

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is, supposedly, a very smart man. Indeed, he is frequently referred to as the intellectual giant on the current high court.

Yet, when Scalia was confronted by comedian and social commentator Al Franken with a basic question of legal ethics, it was the funny man, not the "serious" jurist, who proved to be the most knowledgeable.

The confrontation took place last week in New York City, where Scalia was the guest of Conversations on the Circle, a prestigious series of one-on-one interviews with Norman Pearlstine, the outgoing Time Inc. editor-in-chief.

After Pearlstine tossed a predictable set of softball questions to the justice, the session was opened to questions from the audience. Up popped Franken, the best-selling author and host of Air America's The Al Franken Show.

According to a scathing article that appeared in the Scalia-friendly New York Post, "Franken stood up in the back row and started talking about ˜judicial demeanor' and asking ˜hypothetically' about whether a judge should recuse himself if he had gone duck-hunting or flown in a private jet with a party in a case before his court."

Franken's reference was to Scalia's refusal to recuse himself from deliberations involving a lawsuit brought by public-interest groups that said Vice President Dick Cheney engaged in improper contacts with energy-industry executives and lobbyists while heading the Bush administration task force on energy policy. A federal court ordered Cheney to release documents related to his work with the task force, at which point the Bush administration appealed to the Supreme Court ...
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Originally posted by Isome:
I've noticed that many conservative foolios have trouble shutting the hell up and frequently hang around out where no one likes them. The dislike is general, not in a personal sense, considering that they're so whacked out very few try to know them well. But their presence, particularly in cyber settings, and constant interjecting of stale dialogue is an immediate alert to discerning individuals that a mentally imbalanced person, possibly a convicted felon of unstable parents who also had to be incarcerated, is in the vicinity.


** I feel ya...if I hated black people that much...i'd just go to protestwarrior, stay there and tell ya'll to stick aa.org up your azzes...that makes more sense than being where i'm not wanted...or want to be myself..........
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Originally posted by Kevin41:
** I feel ya...if I hated black people that much...i'd just go to protestwarrior, stay there and tell ya'll to stick aa.org up your azzes...that makes more sense than being where i'm not wanted...or want to be myself..........


Strange isn't it?! It must be a genetic defect. Wink
General Comment:

I consider someone a conservative loser who will not help his momma pay the $5k she owes, and posts constantly on a messageboard how well he's doing in life. I mean, come on!

The woman has to go in front of LA regional officials to beg for injunctive relief, while the half-wit brags about his 20-year gubamint job.
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Originally posted by Isome:
General Comment:

I consider someone a conservative loser who will not help his momma pay the $5k she owes, and posts constantly on a messageboard how well he's doing in life. I mean, come on!

The woman has to go in front of LA regional officials to beg for injunctive relief, while the half-wit brags about his 20-year gubamint job.


....too bad, neither an Empty Purnata, an Isome, a Kevin41, or otherwise can make erroneous mistatement of facts, a fact.

.....but on another note, a reality that surely fits....

...more likely the Black community's time is up, because the longer that misfits, traitors, liars, criminals, and/or sleazy individuals are praised, the shorter will be the life of the Black community. In the interest of my own survival, and/or others within my circle of relatives, close friends, etc., I have distanced myself from this reality, by disassociating my life from Black people who fit this description to the letter.

Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke is an idiot, a traitor, a university educated fool, unfit to hold elected office, a carpet-bagger, a liar, and many Black people who live in South Central Los Angeles have nicknamed her "Brentwood Burke". This being said that pdf file is nonsense, and the misguided words of an Isome, and the two bit pompous excuse for a university professor Kevin41 are also worthless.

Case #C895188 is also of public record, where the defendants being the Los Angeles Unified School District, through the Los Angeles County Counsel have admitted guilt to each every allegation as charged. Since when do the defendants, the defendants being the County of Los Angeles, have the right to demand payment from a plaintiff, when clearly the Los Angeles Unified School District has been proven to be criminal in every way in civil court, as documented by Los Angeles Superior Court case #C895188. The very day that I violate the law by speeding, Felony Hit and Run, or otherwise, to which the government would be the plaintiffs, and I the defendant, to which the government would be responsible for all payment of my criminal violations would be the day that this would be true, meaning it won't happen....

.......the exception being the Black community, where this would be a possibility because the Black middleclass although university educated, either don't know, or don't care as to what they are doing, in that perverted activity is honored, and/or praised by so-called university educated individuals from the Black communty. The Black middleclass who believe falsehoods are the problem, and not the Mr. and Mrs. Leon E. Lofton, and/or the Lofton family.

Plenty of proof exists to prove that Michael Jackson is a Child Molestor, Jesse Jackson is a thief, etc., etc., the Black community just happens to be an ignorant community to which misfits, traitors, and criminals are praised while individuals worthy of praise are kicked to the curb, thrown to the wolves, ignored, subjected to unwarranted character assassination, etc.

This being said, I have no reason to respond to any two bit lying pompous excuse for a university professor, be it in a Kevin41 or otherwise.

...and Internet Technology sure beats the "Hell" out of the old "Snail Mail" method of circulating information!

Sincerely,

Michael Lofton
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Originally posted by Michael:
quote:
Originally posted by Isome:
General Comment:

I consider someone a conservative loser who will not help his momma pay the $5k she owes, and posts constantly on a messageboard how well he's doing in life. I mean, come on!

The woman has to go in front of LA regional officials to beg for injunctive relief, while the half-wit brags about his 20-year gubamint job.


....too bad, neither an Empty Purnata, an Isome, a Kevin41, or otherwise can make erroneous mistatement of facts, a fact.

.....but on another note, a reality that surely fits....

...more likely the Black community's time is up, because the longer that misfits, traitors, liars, criminals, and/or sleazy individuals are praised, the shorter will be the life of the Black community. In the interest of my own survival, and/or others within my circle of relatives, close friends, etc., I have distanced myself from this reality, by disassociating my life from Black people who fit this description to the letter.

Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke is an idiot, a traitor, a university educated fool, unfit to hold elected office, a carpet-bagger, a liar, and many Black people who live in South Central Los Angeles have nicknamed her "Brentwood Burke". This being said that pdf file is nonsense, and the misguided words of an Isome, and the two bit pompous excuse for a university professor Kevin41 are also worthless.

Case #C895188 is also of public record, where the defendants being the Los Angeles Unified School District, through the Los Angeles County Counsel have admitted guilt to each every allegation as charged. Since when do the defendants, the defendants being the County of Los Angeles, have the right to demand payment from a plaintiff, when clearly the Los Angeles Unified School District has been proven to be criminal in every way in civil court, as documented by Los Angeles Superior Court case #C895188. The very day that I violate the law by speeding, Felony Hit and Run, or otherwise, to which the government would be the plaintiffs, and I the defendant, to which the government would be responsible for all payment of my criminal violations would be the day that this would be true, meaning it won't happen....

.......the exception being the Black community, where this would be a possibility because the Black middleclass although university educated, either don't know, or don't care as to what they are doing, in that perverted activity is honored, and/or praised by so-called university educated individuals from the Black communty. The Black middleclass who believe falsehoods are the problem, and not the Mr. and Mrs. Leon E. Lofton, and/or the Lofton family.

Plenty of proof exists to prove that Michael Jackson is a Child Molestor, Jesse Jackson is a thief, etc., etc., the Black community just happens to be an ignorant community to which misfits, traitors, and criminals are praised while individuals worthy of praise are kicked to the curb, thrown to the wolves, ignored, subjected to unwarranted character assassination, etc.

This being said, I have no reason to respond to any two bit lying pompous excuse for a university professor, be it in a Kevin41 or otherwise.

...and Internet Technology sure beats the "Hell" out of the old "Snail Mail" method of circulating information!

Sincerely,

Michael Lofton


Too bad Lofton can only repeat the same talking points over and over again!
....but that is the value of being truthful, no matter how many times the truth is referenced it is still valid. Perhaps, the Empty Purnata's should be more truthful, so that they won't have to resort to foolishness to support their contentions.

***************************

"- Here's proof -" by Isome, another misguided soul

Public records:
  • Ms. Ester Lofton: ...IF I CANNOT HOLD MY SUPERVISOR ACCOUNTABLE TO THE RULE OF LAW, THIS DISINGENUOUS, UN-AMERICAN DEMAND FOR $5,000 AND ITS RULINGS AND FURTHERANCE STANDS.

  • SUP. MOLINA: MS. LOFTON, DO YOU WANT TO SUMMARIZE, PLEASE? YOUR TIME IS UP.

  • MS. LOFTON: OKAY. WELL, I URGE YOU TO USE YOUR POWER TO GIVE ME EXTRAORDINARY RELIEF AND I'D LIKE TO LEAVE COPIES OF THIS
    FOR YOU.
pp. 145-147 of the pdf file[/QUOTE]

...more likely the Black community's time is up, because the longer that misfits, traitors, liars, criminals, and/or sleazy individuals are praised, the shorter will be the life of the Black community. In the interest of my own survival, and/or others within my circle of relatives, close friends, etc., I have distanced myself from this reality, by disassociating my life from Black people who fit this description to the letter.

Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke is an idiot, a traitor, a university educated fool, unfit to hold elected office, a carpet-bagger, a liar, and many Black people who live in South Central Los Angeles have nicknamed her "Brentwood Burke". This being said that pdf file is nonsense, and the misguided words of an Isome, and the two bit pompous excuse for a university professor Kevin41 are also worthless.

Case #C895188 is also of public record, where the defendants being the Los Angeles Unified School District, through the Los Angeles County Counsel have admitted guilt to each every allegation as charged. Since when do the defendants, the defendants being the County of Los Angeles, have the right to demand payment from a plaintiff, when clearly the Los Angeles Unified School District has been proven to be criminal in every way in civil court, as documented by Los Angeles Superior Court case #C895188. The very day that I violate the law by speeding, Felony Hit and Run, or otherwise, to which the government would be the plaintiffs, and I the defendant, to which the government would be responsible for all payment of my criminal violations would be the day that this would be true, meaning it won't happen....

.......the exception being the Black community, where this would be a possibility because the Black middleclass although university educated, either don't know, or don't care as to what they are doing, in that perverted activity is honored, and/or praised by so-called university educated individuals from the Black communty. The Black middleclass who believe falsehoods are the problem, and not the Mr. and Mrs. Leon E. Lofton, and/or the Lofton family.

Plenty of proof exists to prove that Michael Jackson is a Child Molestor, Jesse Jackson is a thief, etc., etc., the Black community just happens to be an ignorant community to which misfits, traitors, and criminals are praised while individuals worthy of praise are kicked to the curb, thrown to the wolves, ignored, subjected to unwarranted character assassination, etc.

This being said, I have no reason to respond to any two bit lying pompous excuse for a university professor, be it in a Kevin41 or otherwise.

...and Internet Technology sure beats the "Hell" out of the old "Snail Mail" method of circulating information!

Sincerely,

Michael Lofton
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Originally posted by Empty Purnata:
LOL, more Scorned B*tch PMSing! laugh


Still coming up empty huh, Empty Purnata....

....but that is the value of being truthful, no matter how many times the truth is referenced it is still valid. Perhaps, the Empty Purnata's should be more truthful, so that they won't have to resort to foolishness to support their contentions.

***************************

"- Here's proof -" by Isome, another misguided soul

Public records:
  • Ms. Ester Lofton: ...IF I CANNOT HOLD MY SUPERVISOR ACCOUNTABLE TO THE RULE OF LAW, THIS DISINGENUOUS, UN-AMERICAN DEMAND FOR $5,000 AND ITS RULINGS AND FURTHERANCE STANDS.

  • SUP. MOLINA: MS. LOFTON, DO YOU WANT TO SUMMARIZE, PLEASE? YOUR TIME IS UP.

  • MS. LOFTON: OKAY. WELL, I URGE YOU TO USE YOUR POWER TO GIVE ME EXTRAORDINARY RELIEF AND I'D LIKE TO LEAVE COPIES OF THIS
    FOR YOU.
pp. 145-147 of the pdf file" posted and introduced by Isome, the other misguided soul

...more likely the Black community's time is up, because the longer that misfits, traitors, liars, criminals, and/or sleazy individuals are praised, the shorter will be the life of the Black community. In the interest of my own survival, and/or others within my circle of relatives, close friends, etc., I have distanced myself from this reality, by disassociating my life from Black people who fit this description to the letter.

Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke is an idiot, a traitor, a university educated fool, unfit to hold elected office, a carpet-bagger, a liar, and many Black people who live in South Central Los Angeles have nicknamed her "Brentwood Burke". This being said that pdf file is nonsense, and the misguided words of an Isome, and the two bit pompous excuse for a university professor Kevin41 are also worthless.

Case #C895188 is also of public record, where the defendants being the Los Angeles Unified School District, through the Los Angeles County Counsel have admitted guilt to each every allegation as charged. Since when do the defendants, the defendants being the County of Los Angeles, have the right to demand payment from a plaintiff, when clearly the Los Angeles Unified School District has been proven to be criminal in every way in civil court, as documented by Los Angeles Superior Court case #C895188. The very day that I violate the law by speeding, Felony Hit and Run, or otherwise, to which the government would be the plaintiffs, and I the defendant, to which the government would be responsible for all payment of my criminal violations would be the day that this would be true, meaning it won't happen....

.......the exception being the Black community, where this would be a possibility because the Black middleclass although university educated, either don't know, or don't care as to what they are doing, in that perverted activity is honored, and/or praised by so-called university educated individuals from the Black communty. The Black middleclass who believe falsehoods are the problem, and not the Mr. and Mrs. Leon E. Lofton, and/or the Lofton family.

Plenty of proof exists to prove that Michael Jackson is a Child Molestor, Jesse Jackson is a thief, etc., etc., the Black community just happens to be an ignorant community to which misfits, traitors, and criminals are praised while individuals worthy of praise are kicked to the curb, thrown to the wolves, ignored, subjected to unwarranted character assassination, etc.

This being said, I have no reason to respond to any two bit lying pompous excuse for a university professor, be it in a Kevin41 or otherwise.

...and Internet Technology sure beats the "Hell" out of the old "Snail Mail" method of circulating information!

Sincerely,

Michael Lofton
direct from the democratic underground
    Guess what? You'll never believe this, but it turns out that the Bush administration has been secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to plant pro-U.S. stories. According to the Los Angeles Times, "The articles, written by U.S. military 'information operations' troops, are translated into Arabic and placed in Baghdad newspapers with the help of a defense contractor."

    Who would have thought it? I mean, it's not like the Bush administration ever did anything similar on the home front, is it? Well... apart from Armstrong Williams. And Maggie Gallagher. And Michael McManus. And there was that incident with the fake news reports and the actors. But hey, it's not like the Bush administration was breaking the law. What's that - they were? Oh.

    But as the Washington Post pointed out in an editorial last week, "In hindsight, maybe it shouldn't be surprising that the Pentagon has been secretly paying Iraqi journalists and news organizations to write and run positive stories about the war. ... But saying it was predictable makes it no less loathsome and damaging to find that the Bush administration has treated the Iraqi press, the Iraqi people and the very idea of Iraqi democracy with even greater contempt."

    That's right folks - it appears that "freedom and democracy" isn't really turning out to be much of a reason for invading Iraq either. So... we're not in Iraq because they had ties to Al Qaeda, we're not there because they had weapons of mass destruction, we're not there because Saddam Hussein was going to attack America, and we're not there to bring them freedom and democracy.

    But hey, we can't leave. That would be cutting and running. And if there's one thing more important than the lives of U.S. soldiers, it's the Bush administration not having to admit that they made a mistake.


Propoganda-spewing corporatists at their finest!
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Originally posted by Isome:

Who would have thought it? I mean, it's not like the Bush administration ever did anything similar on the home front, is it? Well... apart from Armstrong Williams. And Maggie Gallagher. And Michael McManus. And there was that incident with the fake news reports and the actors.


No one can really believe we live in a true democratic society. At best, this is "spectator democracy", a product of "engineered consent". At worst, we live in a self-imposed totalitarian state.
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Originally posted by Pace Tua:
No one can really believe we live in a true democratic society. At best, this is "spectator democracy", a product of "engineered consent". At worst, we live in a self-imposed totalitarian state.


In discussing today's political situation, I've often heard the saying, "people get the government they deserve." I agree.

The price of freedom (democracy) is not war and relinquishing our civil liberties, it is our time and attention. The average citizen uses the vagaries of life and the minutiae of day-to-day living as excuses for not being at a minumum aware of, and active in, politics. The result is wholesale apathy, ignorance and cynicism about the process.

Too small a percentage of the masses do not consider that their lives could be greatly improved if they stood up so that the elites couldn't stand on their backs and ride them into prosperity and power. Many hold the opinion that large scale corruption will happen anyway and there is nothing they can do about it; they don't think of how many more of us than there are of them, and that their acquiesence, if not outright complicity, makes that corruption possible.

This is a democratic republic, but without the participation of the masses it will cease to exist.
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Originally posted by Isome:

In discussing today's political situation, I've often heard the saying, "people get the government they deserve." I agree.

The price of freedom (democracy) is not war and relinquishing our civil liberties, it is our time and attention. The average citizen uses the vagaries of life and the minutiae of day-to-day living as excuses for not being at a minumum aware of, and active in, politics. The result is wholesale apathy, ignorance and cynicism about the process.

Too small a percentage of the masses consider that their lives could be greatly improved if they stood up so that the elites couldn't stand on their backs and ride them into prosperity and power. Many hold the opinion that large scale corruption will happen anyway and there is nothing they can do about it; they don't think of how many more of us than there are of them, and that their acquiesence, if not outright complicity, makes that corruption possible.

This is a democratic republic, but without the participation of the masses it will cease to exist.


Exactly, Isome!



But the idea that " they don't think of how many more of us than there are of them " is not a random one. This idea is promoted with design and intent. The idea is to have everyone believe that they are alone and that there is something wrong with them if they think, "Is this all there is to life, sitcoms and sports and electronic toys?"

People in our form of democracy must be isolated, segregated, and left to feel alone. Otherwise, they might start to organize and that's really threatening to the people who own everything. People might actually want to become participants in the political process, they might become more than just spectators.

In our form of democracy, organization is discouraged and even illegal in some cases. This is a trademark of a totalitarian state. Organization only causes trouble.

The last clear legislative victory for organized labor was the Wagner Act in 1937. That scared the hell out of those who own America and since then they've spent millions on PR designed to destroy a very rich working class culture. In that, they succeeded.

In the 1960s, organization scared them again with the Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-War movement. The people who own America and their intellectual minions whose job is to explain everything to the "bewildered herd" even had a name for it. They called it "a crisis in democracy". Again, they poured millions into propaganda and PR to portray the Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-War movement as "un-American" and anti-American".

These ideas are not new or original. They've been around for awhile. It is thought control through the use of PR and propaganda. There is no clearer example then the propaganda campaign of the Bush administration beginning in October of 2002 and leading to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
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Originally posted by Pace Tua:
There is no clearer example then the propaganda campaign of the Bush administration beginning in October of 2002 and leading to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.


"Remember the Maine", the rallying cry for the Spanish American War, was commonly known as the lie that it was, but by the time it made it into modern day text books the truth was scrubbed from the story. And, I just heard on the radio the other day that there was finally unassailable proof that the Gulf of Tonkin was pure balderdash. *snicker* But I'd had that understanding since ... a long time ago, well over 10 years.

*sigh*
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Originally posted by Isome:

And, I just heard on the radio the other day that there was finally unassailable proof that the Gulf of Tonkin was pure balderdash. *snicker* But I'd had that understanding since ... a long time ago, well over 10 years.



Yes, the attack on the USS Maddox on August 2, 1964 and the second attack on the Maddox and the C. Turner Joy on August 4 were lies and a pretext to attack North Vietnam. Yet another example of the US pursuing policies contrary to its own best interest, at a cost of two – four million Vietnamese dead (no one is sure of the real number) and fifty-eight thousand American dead.

These men never learn, do they? Or, they just don't care, at least about other people's lives.
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Or, they just don't care, at least about other people's lives.
I see no reason why the assumption should be made that they do care... as if the apparent "miscalculations" are things of concern. There is nothing for them to learn save how best to pull wool over eyes.

I mean, I seriously have problems with granting the benefit of the doubt that "these men" who parade themselves around as American patriots adn the like give a single shit about "America" outside of preserving a traditional "home" base.
Nmaginate:

They don't care... tis' true, tis' true!

Does anyone remember Shannon Reeves - repug from California with long locs, and a local NAACP head?

His name was mentioned a lot when Chimpy first got elected and they needed to add to the illusion of a growing Black conservative contingency. At the time, the hype was that Shannon would be big in politics soon and we should all look out because the conservatives were on the march.

Needless to say, he hasn't become big, yet. But the reason may be because despite Shannon's fervent belief in integrating the GOP and plowing ahead despite opposition (racism), he ran into some opposition (called the TRUTH about what the GOP really thinks of you) that ended his meteoric rise.

Here's the story:

    It started out as another boneheaded statement. But unlike other situations where apologies were offered and accepted (or not), this has escalated into what now is being called a "feud".

    A couple of weeks ago Bill Back, candidate for California Republican Party chairman, was outted by the Associated Press for a belated political email he sent including an essay written by Bill Lind of the Center for Cultural Conservatism. It said in part, "Given how bad things have gotten in the old USA, it's not hard to believe that history might have taken a better turn. The real damage to race relations in the South came not from slavery, but from Reconstruction, which would not have occurred if the South had won."

    Okay. Again I'm suspect why the press would dig up an email that was around two years old and make a big deal about it now. I do believe in Republican character assassination, especially in the aftermath of the Trent Lott saga.

    The California Black Republican Council ...called for Back's withdrawal from his chairman run. There was silence, until ...

    Randy Ridgel, member of the California Republican Party Board of Directors, ...publicly responded to Shannon Reeves, the only black member of the board and president of the Oakland chapter of the NAACP ...

    "I, for one, am getting bored with that kind of garbage. Let me offer this suggestion to Mr. Reeves: 'Get over it, bucko. You don't know squat about hardship.' I personally don't give a damn about your color ... so stop parading it around. We need human beings of all human colors in our party to pull their weight, so get in without the whining or get out."

    Wow.

    Not that Shannon Reeves needs anyone to defend him, but I'll let Mr. Ridgel's statement speak for itself as I put in my two cents.

    Nobody is asking for tears or sympathy, Mr. Ridgel. But there is a dynamic you just don't seem to get, and quite frankly based on your tone, wouldn't expect you to get.

    Black Republicans, unlike black people in America, can be called (not necessarily in this order), house nigger, Uncle Tom, sell-out, "trying to be white", just for agreeing with conservative principles. Something that Mr. Ridgel probably doesn't go through everyday. Liberals of all colors and races can use these epithets without criticism and in fact, are sometimes applauded for doing so.

    So he can be bored with this "garbage", but when a candidate for party chairman sends out materials that make it harder for us to not only defend the integrity of the party, but ourselves for our ideological choice, it is an issue.

    According to published reports, Ridgel agrees with the Lind essay...

    Ridgel has even offered to resend the Lind email and dares people to "to come after me. You sure as hell won't see me apologize to these turkeys."

    According to Ridgel, Back said it "was horribly destructive to the party" to parley the matter publicly. Mr. Back, take that up with the Associated Press. Someone there waited years to dig this up and let you have it. But your boy Ridgel needs to be reigned in because he's not helping your situation.

    "For the good of the party, he is not going to defend himself in public," Ridgel said of Back. "If he feels that way, I'm sticking with him."

    Reeves mentioned incidents at the 2000 Republican national convention in Philadelphia, where delegates asked him six times to "fetch them a taxi or carry their luggage."

    Ridgel has called Reeves "a bombastic gasbag" and bashed him for writing "a lengthy whining letter explaining how awful it is to be a black Republican."

    ]"Your sniveling letter makes me sick, young man; you are a superstar because you are a black Republican, and you love it. Now I wonder if you can make it as just a Republican ... like the rest of us. And don't try any of that Jesse Jackson, Maxine Waters racist garbage on me."

    Well, at least there are consistencies in life. What I love about the First Amendment is the ability to know who your friends are and who are your enemies.

    And you can clearly see why to call the Republican Party in California the minority party is an understatement. These are the people who run the show. These are the people who claim to want "inclusion". I've always criticized candidates who've said the GOP needs to be more inclusive. That statement implied they haven't been.

    And now I'm man enough to apologize to them because apparently, I've been wrong. Thank you, Mr. Ridgel, for setting me straight. ...


Let me point out what some of us have said for a very long time: Black repugs are put up front and made into stars precisely because they are the black face on atrocious policies for our community. The white folks smell their neediness, their desire to be seen as special and their desperation to be part of the winning team. And, they use it to their advantage. Need-to-grows are very sad folks.
ISOME, my point here intersects with your Masomakli Repost:

"White people in America are not intentionally your enemy. They really could not care less. They don't mean to hurt and disenfranchise you. It's just that when they work in their own best interest, black folk who don't move fast enough, sometimes get crushed."

It goes without saying that "they" have exported that domestic product abroad.

Another problem I have with speaking from the assumption that "they care" is that it falls prey to the traditional White frame that paints "them" and their intentions as honorable despite the facts or results.

I guess I would need Noam Chomsky or someone to characterize it best but the idea that the U.S. approaches situations with honorable intentions (which grants a huge benefit of a doubt especially considering the historical track record) but just stumble-fucks its way unwittingly into quagmires, etc. with all types of disasterous effects and unanticipated collateral damage is tantamount to promoting White Manifest Destiny and holding to the belief that they were/are "good Christian folk" just trying to "civilize" the "savages" around the world as oppose to them fulfilling their own self(ish)-interests. (See the Masomakli Repost again.)

Conservatives being the most resolved and [openly] articulate of those promoting The Manifest Destiny policies of the 21st Century.
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In the 1960s, organization scared them again with the Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-War movement. The people who own America and their intellectual minions whose job is to explain everything to the "bewildered herd" even had a name for it. They called it "a crisis in democracy". Again, they poured millions into propaganda and PR to portray the Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-War movement as "un-American" and anti-American".
E.P.

Isn't it funny [in a Hell Naw sort of way] that citizens acting democratically would be termed "a crisis in democracy"; while, an administration promoting the curtailing of individual and civil rights, the consolidation of power in the executive branch, and the wholesale abdication of the national agenda to corporate interests/entities, is seen as capable of fighting to establish democracy elsewhere?
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Needless to say, he hasn't become big, yet. But the reason may be because despite Shannon's fervent belief in integrating the GOP and plowing ahead despite opposition (racism), he ran into some opposition (called the TRUTH about what the GOP really thinks of you) that ended his meteoric rise.


I had to go back to the blog to realize that this insult, or what should have been an insult, happened almost three years ago. But Reeves is still associated with Republicanism, even though the likes of Ridgel loom heavy in the California GOP leadership. http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/elector_list_2004.pdf

Here's more about this tolerant and welcoming representative of the republican party:

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For many years Randy has been at the top of the local GOP apparatus, and shortly after 9-11 publicly stated his belief that anyone suspected of being Arab or Arab-like in appearance should be demoted to a status beneath that enjoyed by the rest of us civil rights-wise, an unsurprising position to take given his upbringing in Jim Crow's Louisiana.


So ... would that place them ahead of or just behind Reeves in the "deserving america" pecking order?

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The sad part with Ridgel is that he isn't like the people who really run the GOP, the rich. Randy is just like tens of millions of other fellow middleclass Republican dupes who are told the GOP is saving them from the democrats


The sad thing is just as Black republicans seek to connect with a political body that clearly holds them in destine; so too do these poor-a$$ed [or would be poor-a$$ed if it weren't for the public trough that they criticize so much] white republicans.
Yet another absurdity:
    Back in June of this year, William C. Bradford, an associate professor at Indiana University School of Law, claimed that he had been discriminated against by a faculty committee. Bradford was a Special Forces major who fought in Desert Storm and Bosnia, and was awarded the Silver Star. He said the committee had voted against him for tenure because they were liberals who didn't like his military service.

    Bradford did radio interviews, appeared on Fox News with Bill O'Reilly, and was championed by David Horowitz. According to the Indianapolis Star, "He wore a Silver Star lapel pin around campus. He had a major's gold-leaf insignia plate on his vehicle."

    And last week he resigned from Indiana University because it turns out that, funnily enough, he wasn't actually a Special Forces major at all, nor did he win a Silver Star in the first Iraq war. In fact, Bradford was a second lieutenant in the Army Reserves. He was in military intelligence, never saw active duty, and was not awarded any medals.

    But hey, I guess this is all the fault of those evil liberal professors who just hate veterans. They probably forced him to wear that Silver Star pin, put that major's plate on his car, and made him lie about his service record. Because it can't possibly be William Bradford's fault.
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Originally posted by Isome:
Yet another absurdity:
    Back in June of this year, William C. Bradford, an associate professor at Indiana University School of Law, claimed that he had been discriminated against by a faculty committee. Bradford was a Special Forces major who fought in Desert Storm and Bosnia, and was awarded the Silver Star. He said the committee had voted against him for tenure because they were liberals who didn't like his military service.

    Bradford did radio interviews, appeared on Fox News with Bill O'Reilly, and was championed by David Horowitz. According to the Indianapolis Star, "He wore a Silver Star lapel pin around campus. He had a major's gold-leaf insignia plate on his vehicle."

    And last week he resigned from Indiana University because it turns out that, funnily enough, he wasn't actually a Special Forces major at all, nor did he win a Silver Star in the first Iraq war. In fact, Bradford was a second lieutenant in the Army Reserves. He was in military intelligence, never saw active duty, and was not awarded any medals.

    But hey, I guess this is all the fault of those evil liberal professors who just hate veterans. They probably forced him to wear that Silver Star pin, put that major's plate on his car, and made him lie about his service record. Because it can't possibly be William Bradford's fault.


I beat you to that one ISOME. Wink Posted it to the thread about the collegiate liberal conspiracy. Sorry.
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But hey, I guess this is all the fault of those evil liberal professors who just hate veterans. They probably forced him to wear that Silver Star pin, put that major's plate on his car, and made him lie about his service record. Because it can't possibly be William Bradford's fault.



* I guess that includes me, but since I am black.....i'm a two-bit pompus professor of pomposity (lofton's ignunt azz quote)...hilarious......
Eloquent Prose from The Rude Pundit -
    12/7/2005
    Gettin' High Off the Fumes of Bullshit:

    Man, if bullshit was Prozac, what a chill nation this'd be. Sure, there'd be precipitously more suicides, maybe a smilin' serial killer or two, but mostly, it'd be chill America. 'Cause whenever the President speaks, the wafting scent of bullshit that emanates out of his mouth oughta have more of a purpose than stinkin' up the joint and fillin' the ozone with methane. Otherwise, why the fuck does he talk at all?

    Take Bush's speech on Monday about the economy. Bush was massaging the rhetoric like a man whore puttin' pressure on an old moneybag's prostate. Talkin' to the "people" at a John Deere plant (get it? It's for the workin' people, like Bush) in Kernersville, North Carolina, the President bizarrely listed all the horrible things that have happened on his watch: "In the past five years, our economy has endured a stock market collapse, a recession, terrorist attacks, corporate scandals, high energy costs, and devastating natural disasters." Now, a humble man might bow to the forces, economic and natural, that have brought about such nightmares. A wise man might take some responsibility. A smart man might not have mentioned them at all.

    Bush, though? Well, see, all that shit happened despite his best efforts, you stupid, ungrateful fucks: "These were all shocks to our economy, which I felt required decisive action. I believe that economy grows when people are allowed to keep more of their own money, to be able to save and to spend." See the economic genius at work there? If people can save and spend their own money, then corporate scandals won't happen and God'll be so ...happy that he won't send hurricanes to fuck with the overtaxed citizenry of the South. Oh, and, hey, thanks for the "decisive action" there on Katrina and Enron.

    By the end, after a laundry list of shit promises that'll never happen or will happen in a way that dicks over the majority of the workers at that John Deere plant, the speech reached a point of embarassment of praise of the mythical American worker: "You know, the great thing about our history when you look at it is the American people have always proved the pessimists wrong. At the start of a hopeful new century, the American worker is the most productive worker that human history has ever known." Then, the money quote, the one that says, "Hey, it's shitty now, but we're not gonna acknowledge it": "[T]he best days are yet to come for the American economy." Which is not unlike saying to a group of rape victims, "There will come a time when you're not raped. We'll call those the 'salad days.'"

    The regional press was not, let's say, impressed. The lead editorial from today's Winston-Salem Journal (which has the same initials as the Wall Street Journal, but is significantly less evil) about the Bush visit is titled "Walk the Walk." The Journal comments, "[Bush] painted his administration as one that's fiscally conservative, when its reckless spending has been anything but. He noted encouraging economic figures released last month, but those figures hardly offset all the manufacturing jobs that have been lost - especially since the jobs being created often pay less than those lost." However, the speech was, typically, a set-up, a little play for the cameras: "[T]he president spoke to an invitation-only crowd at the plant Monday, so nobody was questioning him, at least publicly."

    And the Greensboro News-Record dared to fact check the shiny, happy numbers Bush touted. In the speech, Bush, in one of those festive misspeaks that make him so much fun to hear and read, said, "Today, one of every 12 jobs in North Carolina is exported by -- is supported by exports. In other words, one in 12 of the people who work in this state do so because they're selling a product overseas." However, Marta Hummel notes, "Since Bush took office, the state has lost 172,000 manufacturing jobs, many in the Piedmont Triad" (the region of the John Deere plant).

    So perhaps it was fitting that Bush chose to make his economic speech at a factory that makes machines that spread manure. Poetic, if you think about it. For we're wallowin' neck deep in it now.

    // posted by Rude One @ 12:46 PM
I guess when you're conservative, saying whatever unsupported "facts" that comes off the top of your head or flat out lying, comes as natural as rain.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/K/KS_SCOKAN_GOP_HO...=2005-12-09-16-18-02

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Supreme Court disbars GOP candidate for lieutenant governor

By JOHN HANNA
Associated Press Writer

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A Republican candidate for lieutenant governor who accused court officials of misconduct and other attorneys of participating in illegal baby trafficking lost his law license Friday.

The Kansas Supreme Court disbarred Bret D. Landrith, of Topeka, citing his comments about officials and other attorneys, which it said he had failed to support with "even an iota" of evidence. The court also questioned his competence ...
:: The Conservative Bubble ::
    [NBC anchor Brian Williams] ...showing the president the Newsweek cover picturing him trapped in a bubble.

    "This says you're in a bubble," Brian told W. "You have a very small circle of advisers now. Is that true? Do you feel in a bubble?"

    "No, I don't feel in a bubble, I feel like I'm getting really good advice from very capable people and that people from all walks of life have informed me and informed those who advise me." He added, "I'm very aware of what's going on."

    He swiftly contradicted himself by admitting that "this is the first time I'm seeing this magazine" ....

    ...The president's bubble requires constant care. It's not easy to keep out huge tragedies like Katrina, or flawed policies like Iraq. ...Newsweek noted, a foreign diplomat "was startled when Secretary of State Rice warned him not to lay bad news on the president. 'Don't upset him,' she said."

    Heaven forbid. Don't burst his bubble.
:: Winning by Hook or By Crook ::

An ex-GOP official was convicted by a jury on Thursday of telephone harassment for his role in a phone-jamming plot against New Hampshire Democrats in 2002.
    [James] Tobin, 45, of Bangor, Maine, was regional political director to the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2002 election, the year of a closely watched Senate race between Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and Republican John Sununu. Sununu defeated Shaheen, 51 percent to 46 percent.

    ...For nearly two hours on Election Day 2002, hundreds of hang-up calls overwhelmed Democratic get-out-the-vote phone banks and a ride-to-the-polls line run by Manchester's firefighters union.

    The state GOP's former executive director, Chuck McGee, who admitted hatching the plot, has completed a seven-month sentence for conspiracy. After speaking with Tobin, McGee hired Allen Raymond, former president of Viginia-based GOP Marketplace LLC, to carry out the jamming. Raymond pleaded guilty to his role and hopes a five-month sentence will be reduced in exchange for his cooperation with prosecutors.
http://www.wbay.com/global/story.asp?s=4220243&ClientType=Printable

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Alderman Accused of Calling Radio Station with Racist Message
Dec 9, 2005, 05:12 PM MST
By Kathryn Bracho and WBAY.com

A radio show caller who made what some say are racist comments has been exposed as embroiled Green Bay City Council member Earl Van Den Heuvel. WTAQ Radio commissioned a lab voice analysis to show that Van Den Heuvel used a false name to speak his mind.

WTAQ says the caller on November 2nd identified himself as Don, who called to discuss minorities living in the Green Bay area.

"Don" said he thought minorities were the cause of much of the area's crime. "They are committing the crimes and they are doing these things, and I'll tell you what, it's about time we start cracking down on these people."

"If he's got his pants hanging down to his knees, like most of these young black youth have, I'm gonna call the police. I have and I will."

He continued, "Being a racist may be a smart thing to protect your property in this city. Until the people start changing, until the people start doing the things they need to do to bring around their people, you're not stupid for being a racist, you're smart and you're looking out for your property."

The radio station had the call analyzed by a forensic audiologist, who determined it matched Van Den Heuvel's voice. Action 2 News tried but was unable to reach Van Den Heuvel for this story. He has acknowledged to other media organizations that he made the call.
Thursday morning, WTAQ's Jerry Bader, who had the audio analyzed, called for Van Den Heuvel to resign from the city council and the Brown County Board -- not just for his remarks but for the lie that followed.

Bader said the conversation went like this: "I said, 'Earl, did you call my show last night?' 'No, no I didn't call your show.' 'You didn't call my show pretending to be Don in Green Bay?' 'No. Why would I do that?'"

Bader told listeners, "I think he should resign and resign immediately. He's an embarrassment to the city."

The consensus of most callers was that Van Den Heuvel should step down, including a fellow council member. Tony Theisen said, "I'm a strong believer in taking responsibility for your actions. If I'm Earl, I would resign."

Another caller said, "He needs to hang his head in shame, clean out his desk, and get out of county and city government. I'm so ashamed of him."

"In society alone there is no reason for that type of behavior let alone being a representative of the community. It's despicable."

Few callers defended him.

"I think if he believes what he said, he should defend what he said and put it up to the people to be re-elected. You know, it's not like he perjured himself in front of a grand jury," said another caller.

"I think he should not resign, and I think we should let the people in his district decide if he should be in there or not, not all the other people from all over the city. Leave it up to the people of his district."

Van Den Heuvel made news just this week when he apologized for calling a person a profanity after that person emailed his concerns about Van Den Heuvel's position on the downtown boardwalk plan. Before he apologized, some alders had called for censuring him.
I know this piece is long but I think it's informative and from a great site.

[Note to some folk ... after each statement, there is a citation for where the statement can be found. That's called verification of facts.]

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Most outrageous statements of 2005
Here are the most outrageous statements Media Matters for America has documented this year. From attacks on women, Muslims, and African-Americans to a call for the assassination of a foreign leader to an open invitation for Al Qaeda to "blow up" San Francisco to a claim that gay marriage would lead to unions between "a man and his donkey," these statements acutely represent the extreme conservative speech we found in the news media in 2005. (We tried to limit the comments to a Top 10 list, but it was simply impossible.)

Former Reagan administration Secretary of Education Bill Bennett: "[Y]ou could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down." [Salem Radio Network's Bill Bennett's Morning in America, 9/28/05]
Pat Robertson: "If [Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez] thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it." [Christian Broadcasting Network's The 700 Club, 8/22/05]
Bill O'Reilly to San Francisco: "[I]f Al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. ... You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead." [Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly, 12/8/05]
Bill O'Reilly, agreeing with caller that illegal immigrants are "biological weapon[s]": "I think you could probably make an absolutely airtight case that more than 3,000 Americans have been either killed or injured, based upon the 11 million illegals who are here." [Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly, 4/15/05]
Rush Limbaugh: "Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society." [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 8/12/05]
Rush Limbaugh on the kidnapping of peace activists in Iraq: "I'm telling you, folks, there's a part of me that likes this." [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 11/29/05]
Ann Coulter: Bill Clinton "was a very good rapist"; "I'm getting a little fed up with hearing about, oh, civilian casualties"; "I think we ought to nuke North Korea right now just to give the rest of the world a warning." [New York Observer, 1/10/05]
Ann Coulter: "Isn't it great to see Muslims celebrating something other than the slaughter of Americans?" [Syndicated column, 2/3/05]
Radio host Glenn Beck: "[Y]ou know it took me about a year to start hating the 9-11 victims' families? Took me about a year." [Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program, 9/9/05]
Tucker Carlson: "Canada is a sweet country. It is like your retarded cousin you see at Thanksgiving and sort of pat him on the head. You know, he's nice, but you don't take him seriously. That's Canada." [MSNBC's The Situation with Tucker Carlson, 12/15/05]
American Family Association president Tim Wildmon: Liberals "don't have the kind of family responsibilities most people have, and certainly not church responsibilities." [American Family Radio's Today's Issues, 5/11/05]
David Horowitz on Cindy Sheehan: "It's very hard to have respect for a woman who exploits the death of her own son and doesn't respect her own son's life. ... She portrays him as an idiot." [MSNBC's Connected: Coast to Coast, 8/16/05]
Radio host Neal Boortz on the execution of Stanley "Tookie" Williams: "[T]here will be riots in South Central Los Angeles and elsewhere. ... The rioting, of course, will lead to wide scale looting. There are a lot of aspiring rappers and NBA superstars who could really use a nice flat-screen television right now." [Boortz.com, 12/12/05]
Pat Buchanan: "Our guys" in Iraq "have got every right to have good news put into the media and get to the people of Iraq, even if it's got to be planted or bought." [MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, 12/1/05]
National Review editor Rich Lowry: Given EPA-mandated "small-flush" toilets, "[h]ow is it possible to flush a Quran down the toilet?" [Young America's Foundation speech, 8/5/05]
Neal Boortz, suggesting that a victim of Hurricane Katrina housed in an Atlanta hotel consider prostitution: "I dare say she could walk out of that hotel and walk 100 yards in either direction on Fulton Industrial Boulevard here in Atlanta and have a job. What's that? Well, no, no, no. ... Well, you know what? [laughing] Now that you mention it ... [i]f that's the only way she can take care of herself, it sure beats the hell out of sucking off the taxpayers." [Cox Radio Syndication's The Neal Boortz Show, 10/24/05]
Focus on the Family founder and chairman James C. Dobson: Same-sex marriage would lead to "marriage between daddies and little girls ... between a man and his donkey." [Focus on the Family radio program, 10/6/05]
Accuracy in Media editor Cliff Kincaid: "Have you noticed that many news organizations, in honor of former ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings, have embarked on a quit smoking campaign? So why don't our media launch a campaign advising people to quit engaging in the dangerous and addictive homosexual lifestyle? ... It appears that the homosexual lifestyle is as addictive as smoking." [Accuracy in Media column, 12/14/05]
courtesy of democratic underground

Condoleezza Rice


    George W. Bush gave Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice a very important job last week. According to the Financial Times:

    President George W. Bush on Wednesday announced that the State Department would lead all US post-conflict reconstruction, a move that supersedes the controversial decision to give that task to the Pentagon in Iraq following the 2003 invasion. ... A former senior official involved in what he called the "chaos" of post-war reconstruction efforts in Iraq said yesterday's announcement also affirmed the growing power and influence of Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state.

    Ah yes, those "chaotic" postwar reconstruction efforts. Now who was in charge of those again...? Let me see here... (cue wobbly visuals and bleepy keyboard music as we travel back in time)
    quote:
    USA Today, 10/6/2003:
    President Bush is giving his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, the authority to manage postwar Iraq and the rebuilding of Afghanistan. ... Rice will head the Iraq Stabilization Group, which will have coordinating committees on counterterrorism, economic development, political affairs and media messages.


    Huh. So... how did that work out?

    quote:
    Washington Post, 5/18/2004:
    With all the chaos and uncertainty in Iraq, this would be a good time to call on the White House's Iraq Stabilization Group. At least it would have been a good time to call on the Stabilization Group if the group itself had not become, er, unstable. ... Critics of recent U.S. actions in Iraq, including some within the White House, said the destabilized Stabilization Group is a metaphor for an Iraq policy that is adrift as U.S. ambitions in the country are thwarted by an insurgency and a prisoner-abuse scandal.


    I can't wait for Dubya to announce that he's got this great new guy called Mike Brown to run FEMA.

    Incidentally, Condoleezza Rice also said last week that "I should remind people we are there [in Iraq] under a U.N. mandate." Really? UN Secretary General Kofi Annan thinks differently; he's called the invasion of Iraq "illegal" and "not in conformity with the UN Charter." I guess someone must have their wires crossed.
.....be it Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green Party, or otherwise.....

.....the Black community is being looked upon as being insignificant, perverted, criminal, sleazy, wreckless, backwards, un-American, treasonous, self destructive, poverty stricken, social welfare dependent, bigotted, lazy, hateful, uncaring, selfish, useless, begging, continuously playing the race card, etc., ......

......an outlook that has more to do with a ethnic group's financial status, holdings, consumer spending power, business ownership, competency, criminal tendency, attitude, etc....

....than racism.....

......and Hispanics, Koreans, and/or other ethnic groups, tend to be more supportive of each other, and more willing to live together in apartments, homes, or otherwise, such that they share the expenses of renting or buying, be it for renting an apartment, buying a home, and/or purchasing a business.

Heck, by and large, before killing each other when faced with poverty conditions, Latinos will live like sardines in a can, and make sacrifices to stretch their meager income, and before long, the next thing you know they have saved enough money to purchase a building, a business, etc.


Slim chance exists where Black people will live two in room, without a disagreement, a falling out, etc. More or less, all this talk of circulating Black dollars, and Black unity, is just talk, be it from those in poverty, to those of affluence, as it applies to our Black middleclass, and/or our inept elected officials, which more or less is making it very easy for any outsider, or group of outsiders willing to make the necessary sacrifices, and/or willing to pool their resources, to take over any community formerly predominated by Black people.

Furthermore, be it the Rampart Scandal, the atrocities of a "Killer/Butcher King", and/or otherwise, Hispanic representatives, Hispanics in positions of influence, and/or the Hispanic people are more apt, or willing to sue government for redress when violated, (and less likely to commit acts of treason to keep their people in poverty, distress, and/or otherwise) which is yet another source of lawful revenue, revenue to the tune of multi-mega bucks.

In addition to their numbers, Hispanics also have the purchasing power, to which Corporate America, is not about to overlook.

The Black community must become much more competitive as it concerns "free enterprise", in the best interest of its' own future survival.

..and today there is definitely a advantage to be bilingual. In many cases, to speak more than one language is rewarded and considered a plus, as it pertains to any area composed of so many immigrant groups, such as the State of California, Texas, and/or any other State with such a large number of immigrants. In many cases California Public School teachers are expected to be bilingual.

Sincerely,

Michael Lofton
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I wonder why there is sooo much laughter when the guy speaks.....I guess it is hard to take a tom serious....when you know their first and foremost motive is to defend the stats quo and their white masters....I thought the term conservative idiot applied here.........

My dad's barbershop ...byLarry Elder
and personal responsibility

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Posted: December 29, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

Editor's note: The following column contains language that may be offensive to some readers.

By Larry Elder



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© 2005 Laurence A. Elder

While off for the holidays, I took my 90-year-old, former Marine, Republican dad to his inner-city barbershop. Dad goes to the same barbershop that my brothers and I went to when we were growing up. Different people now own the shop, and I hadn't set foot in there in probably 35 years. Is it still, I asked Dad, the same "afro-centric," white-man-done-me-wrong, trash-talking joint? "Yes," sighed my father, who taught my brothers and me to overcome racism through hard work and personal responsibility.

When we get there, it's packed. Two barbers, cutting hair, with about six or seven people waiting. But the walls no longer sport posters of an angry, finger-pointing Malcolm X, or Elijah Muhammad, the founder of the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam, or Marcus Garvey, who urged blacks to leave racist America and return to Africa. I remember them staring down at me as my barber ranted about how "the white man" oppresses us. But on this day, as my dad and I walk in, one of the barbers recognizes me.

Barber: Mr. Larry Elder, how you doin'?

Larry: This is my dad. (My taciturn dad never told him that the notorious Sage from South Central was his son.) How many ahead of him?

Barber: Two.

The barber offered to take my dad right away, cutting in front of others, but dad and I quickly refused. As we waited, one of the barbers and I began talking about what the barber called the "problem of racism." I argued that racism no longer posed a significant obstacle to black progress. What other country could produce a Colin Powell, a Condi Rice, an Oprah Winfrey, a Tiger Woods, a Barack Obama and a Snoop Dogg?


Larry: What about my dad? How did he manage? How do you compare what it's like now to what it was like then? He grew up in the Jim Crow South during the Depression, when black adult unemployment was 50 percent. He dropped out of school at age 13, after his mother threw him out of the house in favor of her then-boyfriend. Hard jobs followed, and he served in World War II. When he came out, he worked two full-time jobs as a janitor, cooked for a family on the weekends and went to night school to get his high school G.E.D. He saved his money and somehow managed to start a restaurant when he was in his 40s, which he ran until he was in his 80s. If racism didn't stop him then, how can racism stop you today? And he votes Republican!

Most of the customers, and the barbers, start laughing. But another customer could take it no longer.

Customer: But you have to admit, Elder, that the playing field is not level. White people have more money and more property than we do.


Larry: (Turning to him.) Let's say I'm white and I got money. (Laughter.) Either I worked for it or my dad worked for it, or my grandfather worked for it and I inherited it. Still, it's my money. And guess what – I'm not giving it to you! I'm sorry about Rodney King. I'm sorry about Emmett Till. I'm sorry about Rosa Parks. I'm not giving you my money. I'm sorry they turned water hoses and dogs on Martin Luther King. I'm sorry about Rosewood. I'm sorry about the Tuskegee Experiment. I'm not giving you my money. I'm sorry about slavery. I'm sorry about Jim Crow. But I never owned a slave, and I don't use the 'N' word. I am not giving you my money.

The barbers laughed.

Larry: Now, what are you gonna do about it? Take it from me? Hah! I believe in the Second Amendment, and I own a gun. (More laughter.) Try and come and get it. (More laughter.) Try and take it from me through politics, and I'm gonna vote Republican to keep my taxes down. (More laughter.) Now I ask you again, what do you intend to do about it? Let me offer a suggestion – invest in yourself. Get an education, learn a trade or a skill, get a job, and get your own stuff. So you can BMW – bitch, moan and whine – all you want. But I am not giving you my money.

By now, most of the men in the barbershop, including the barbers, laughed.

Barber: The man makes sense.

Larry: When can we blacks get to the point where you and I can have a disagreement – about racism, affirmative action, the War in Iraq, whatever – without someone who thinks like me being a sell-out or an Uncle Tom? Is that at all possible? Am I asking too much?

Barber: (Smiling.) No, man, that's not asking too much.

While driving home, my dad said, "That was something, Larry."

"No, Dad," I said, "you are something. Besides, I said nothing you hadn't heard before – or said."
"I wonder how many Black people really give a schit about how they are LOOKED at..." by Kevin41

"I wonder why there is sooo much laughter when the guy speaks.....I guess it is hard to take a tom serious....when you know their first and foremost motive is to defend the stats quo and their white masters....I thought the term conservative idiot applied here........." by Kevin41

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".....be it Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green Party, or otherwise.....

.....the Black community is being looked upon as being insignificant, perverted, criminal, sleazy, wreckless, backwards, un-American, treasonous, self destructive, poverty stricken, social welfare dependent, bigotted, lazy, hateful, uncaring, selfish, useless, begging, continuously playing the race card, etc.,......

......an outlook that has more to do with a ethnic group's financial status, holdings, consumer spending power, business ownership, competency, criminal tendency, attitude, etc....

....than racism....." by Michael Lofton

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Crime Is Easing Its Grip on L.A.

Serious offenses and gangs still plague two of city's toughest areas, but improvement is visible.

By J. Michael Kennedy and Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writers

January 3, 2006

In the toughest part of Los Angeles, that stretch of neighborhoods that fan out from the southern border of the USC campus, more homicides are committed than in any other area of the city. Gangs still roam the streets. And yet there is reason for hope, a sense that things have gotten better.

Swaths of South Los Angeles communities are posting improving crime statistics. In the southwest area of Los Angeles, for instance, police say homicides are down by 21% from 2004 and aggravated assaults have been reduced by almost half, from 2,208 in 2004 to 1,277 as 2005 came to an end. Even shootings are down, by 31%.

And it is not just there.

Take Pacoima, nestled at the base of the mountains in the northern reaches of the city. This once was serious gang country. Its streets remain grimy and most of the buildings could use fresh paint. But here in this working-class suburb, life is looking up, if only by degrees.

"It's not Beverly Hills, but it's a lot nicer," said Edwin Ramirez, the president of Pacoima's neighborhood council.

Yards are being cleaned up. Parents, even those only recently arrived in this country, are doing more in the schools to help their children. There is a palpable sense of progress in the effort to eradicate Pacoima's old criminal image.

For Fabiola Cruz, owner of In Style Beauty Salon & Supply, it's a matter of feeling safer in a nearby Pacoima park and seeing fewer groups of intimidating young men.

"When I came, there were lots of groups of persons who did many bad things," she said. "But over the years, things got better. The park is OK now, but some areas are still so-so. I think parents have become more careful with their kids. They put them in programs to learn baseball and basketball.

"I think before it was really difficult. When I came to Pacoima, I saw a lot of cruising by a lot of young boys. They drank and did drugs."

These days, police make regular runs in front of her shop and the most visible evidence of gang activity is the tagging that goes on around town when any blank wall presents itself.

Police Chief William J. Bratton credits the Los Angeles Police Department's assertive policing for reducing crime by about 10% citywide for the third year in a row. Among other factors, he cites the increased use of computers, extra detectives and patrol officers in high-crime areas and an emphasis on closely monitoring repeat offenders as reasons for the drop-off.

Crime reports always ignite disputes over whether tougher policing or a generally aging population coupled with improving economic conditions explain decreasing crime, and last year has been no different.

But Bratton and his subordinates say the effect of a more rational, uniform approach to policing can't be ignored.

"We study crime daily in an aggressive way. We don't just hope we're lucky," said Capt. James E. Craig, the commander of the LAPD's Southwest Division. "We have a methodology, a surgical way of looking at crime trends and patterns. We work in a very collective way."

In Craig's division, as in other neighborhoods, the emphasis among residents and activists is more about what needs to be done than what has been accomplished.

In Leimert Park, the cultural heart of the Crenshaw district, where African art galleries, cafes, and shops line the streets, merchants say crime has not dropped enough to celebrate.

Although the area has never looked so good, or had so much art and music or so many restaurants and clothing stores, patrons vanish by nightfall. Then the soaring sounds of a saxophone and floating aroma of coffee waft over lonely sidewalks.

Twins Richard and Ron Harris, who opened the popular Lucy Florence Coffee House in 2000, say they measure success by foot traffic, not statistics.

"I don't believe crime is down in this area because there are not enough people walking," Richard Harris said.

While praising the individual officers who work the neighborhood, merchants said the overall relationship with police still needs improvement if crime is to drop in a way that creates a broader sense of security.

"It is our hope that people begin to work more closely with the police, cooperating more with them because there is crime here," Ron Harris said. "I think the community needs to stop looking at LAPD as the enemy."

And the police, he said, need to create the impression they are patrolling to prevent crime, not seeking it out.

Up the street at Gallery Plus, Laura Hendrix, outgoing president of the Leimert Park Merchants' Assn., said she was recently robbed by a customer who gave her a $100 bill, then grabbed both the bill and the change and fled. She used the incident to underline her positive experience with LAPD and pulled a sheaf of business cards with the names and cellphone numbers of police officers from her wallet.

"They were excellent in responding, and I think the relationship with the police is better now than it has been in the past," Hendrix said. What happened to her, however, illustrates the petty crimes that require constant vigilance.

"It's not people breaking in and taking things; it's that you have to always be cautious. You can't slip," Hendrix said.

At the nearby Gwen Bolden Youth Foundation, founder Bolden said a recent breakthrough came when parents of the 150 youths who receive tutoring and other services at the center spent an evening meeting with police.

"The parents could actually see some of the officers and know their names instead of saying 'Who is that cop?' Now it's 'Oh, that's Officer Morales.'

"We've had officers in to talk to the kids about their own children and our kids found out that some of their children had difficulties too," she said. "It made them more a part of the community."

Farther north, in Pacoima, meanwhile, Albert Hernandez, who owns Mission Auto Electric Co. on Van Nuys Boulevard, said the community had seen darker days.

"People were always breaking into the cars and my building," he said. "If it got dark here and you didn't have to come, you wouldn't come. Today you see some strange people on the street, but it's not the same."

These days, the Los Angeles police are paying attention to Pacoima and other communities, including adjacent Sylmar, where it is sufficiently safe that one of the major issues among homeowners is whether a new set of baseball fields should be built north of the 210 Freeway. In the northeast Valley, homicides were down 17%, burglaries down 19% and robberies down 30%, according to last year's report.

Capt. Jerry Szymanski, whose division takes in Pacoima, said a police presence was key to success. Szymanski's Foothill area is now ranked last in crime within the city and he said his officers' jobs are vastly different from those working the inner city. Still, he said, nothing would have been possible without changing attitudes on both sides.

"Relations between Foothill and the community have never been better; it's a matter of respect," he said. "The key for us is staying on top of things."

Copyright 2006 Los Angeles Times

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....now it would behoove anyone with even a minute amount of common sense, to be concerned as to how they are perceived or looked upon, because those with the money to invest, be it Caucasian, Black, Hispanic, Korean, Islamic, Jewish, or otherwise tend to invest stronger in areas with low crime rates, lower levels of risk that might result in loss due to criminal activity, etc., etc.

It would behoove any community to sell itself as being law abiding, ethical, competent, loyal, lower risk, etc., to bring about interest, prosperity, business growth and development!


Sincerely,

Michael Lofton
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Originally posted by Kevin41:
I wonder why there is sooo much laughter when the guy speaks.....I guess it is hard to take a tom serious....when you know their first and foremost motive is to defend the stats quo and their white masters....I thought the term conservative idiot applied here.........


Thanks for staying on topic Kevin! Great article! Funny!! I have to say it again, you KNOW Larry Elder is one of the conservative's last remaining mean queens that do their bidding with gusto!!

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