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  1. Dear Cynique: It is 2010. Try to promote somebody who at least recorded in the last 30 years.
  2. Disgusting display by these old hags. The next time you wonder why the younger generation has no respect, consider the whorish activities of these pathetic crones, trying to act like teenagers. Sickening and disgusting. Some timeless wisdom-- ACT YOUR AGE!
  3. Black Men and the White Left http://www.counterpunch.org/reed09172010.html Why Some White Progressives Make Me Sick By ISHMAEL REED Ralph Ellison wrote his novel, “Invisible Man,” in an elliptical style because HUAC was breathing down the necks of black writers. Langston Hughes, appearing before the committee, had to renounce his left leaning pro-Soviet poetry. But stripped bare, Ellison’s book is about the left’s abandonment of the issue of housing foreclosures. Progressives of the day turned their attention to saving the Communist revolution abroad, under attack by German fascists. Ellison was furious about what he considered a betrayal. I thought about this switch in concerns when I recently received an email inviting me to participate in No Torture week by a progressive Berkeley group. They meant torture at Abu Ghraib. Nothing about torture in Illinois, New York, New Mexico and California prisons, recently uncovered in an investigative report from The Sacramento Bee. Recently, Amy Goodman found a case of torture in the Phillipines, when torture is occurring at Riker’s Island, not far from her firehouse studio. Ms. Goodman has become the progressive voice on CNN. Appearing there, she threatened President Obama that if he didn’t bring about universal health care, progressives would stay home during the November election. One of her recent guests was Eve Ensler, the creator of “The Vagina Monologues.” She is directing an all black women ensemble in a performance called “Swimming Upstream,” about the Katrina disaster as though black men were out of town when the flood occurred. Maybe partying in Las Vegas with Tiger Woods and Mike Tyson. There doesn’t seem to be any room for minority men in the world of this kind of feminist. During her appearance on “Democracy Now,” Ms. Ensler was right to denounce the rape of Congo women by soldiers, but she spent only a fraction of her time on the multinational corporations that are financing “rebels” all over Africa and the arming of the soldiers by American firms (That’s not all that American firms are arming. Ninety percent of the weapons used by Mexican drug lords have an American source, and the illegal weapons are pouring into cities like mine from the suburbs). As Hugh Masekela, the great South African trumpeter told me, during an interview, “All African wars are surrogate wars.” Malian writer Manthia Diawara (We Won’t Budge) chair of Africana Studies at NYU says that whites still run Africa. So blinded by her fury at black men in the Congo, Haiti and New Orleans, she gave little attention to the manipulation of African wars by the misogynists operating behind the scenes. She said that what united the Congo, Haiti and New Orleans was rape. Even The New York Times, which runs mug shots of blacks everyday, while giving scant attention to corporate crime (hidden away in the Business Section), exposed the fraudulent reporting that had widespread mayhem rape and looting occurring during Katrina. But at least Ms.Ensler didn’t accuse the blacks of New Orleans of cannibalism. It took the progressive Huffington Post to float that lie, according to Robin Solit, a genuine progressive.The Huffington Post is run by Arianna Huffington the Multimillion dollar progressive whose telegenic smile and accent gets her on a lot of shows. She’s been Obama’s bane. Calling upon Joe Biden to resign, a stunt that got her more air time. In the 1950s, I used to attend socialist meetings in Buffalo, New York. Once in awhile Corliss Lamont (son of the chairman at J.P. Morgan) would address the meetings. He was a multi millionaire progressive like Ms. Huffington. The socialists would take his money but snicker at him behind his back.A multimillionaire progressive was considered a joke in those days. The crime of rape is historically one of the most atrocious acts of war. It doesn’t just happen in Africa, Haiti and New Orleans. Some of Ms. Ensler’s comments smacked of Gyno Fascism. She said: “And I began to understand that violence against women is central to everything. You know, if you’re destroying the female population, if you’re destroying your mother and your sister, you know, and your daughter, you’re essentially destroying life itself. So, how do we as human beings continue on, if what is essential about life is being eviscerated and devastated?” Men aren’t essential to life? British scientists have found a way to make human sperm from embryonic stem cells , but isn’t it still a good idea to have men around? Morever, what about the millions of men who actually get murdered in these wars? I’m all for the emancipation of Iraqi and Iranian women, but what about millions of men who were killed in wars between Iraq and Iran- wars manipulated by the same crowd that is now fighting China over Africa’s resources? Men who were killed by chemicals supplied by American firms. What about the high male casualties that resulted from the Gulf War and the thousands who’ve been killed as a result of the American occupation of Iraq- an occupation that has resulted in rape and the kind of prostitution that has occurred wherever American troops have found themselves? One of the reasons that the left is teetering is because of women like Ensler, who suggested during her interview that men are not as essential to life as women. In the 1960s, The Nation of Islam promoted a myth that became a vogue in black intellectual and artistic circles (while the majority of working and middle class blacks remained Christians). It had white people created by a black scientist named Yacub. This Yacub character grafted whites from blacks and set them loose upon the world to do evil. Even someone as hip and smart as Amiri Baraka wrote a Yacub play called “A Black Mass,” (1966). At the end of the play, the newly created whites, played by black actors in white face, leap from the stage and, foaming at the mouth, begin to attack members of the audience. When Wallace D. Muhammad succeeded his father, Elijah Muhammad, he, an Orthodox Muslim, abandoned Yacubism. Baraka abandoned the idea in the 70s and became a communist. The man responsible for popularizing the myth, Elijah Muhammad, never really believed it. In connection with my new book, “The Fighter and the Writer,” I’ve discovered that Elijah Muhammad entertained whites at his dinner table. A sort of gender Yacubism is operating in white and black feminist circles, but instead of evil whites being created by a scientist, it’s evil men. Just as a movement that demonized whites failed, a movement that favors one gender over another is a loser and as a result the power of black men on the left has been diminished. Unfortunate because they once were a potent force on the left. While Ms. Ensler’s “Swimming Upstream,” was made available in large spaces, including the New Orleans Superdome and Harlem’s Apollo theater, there is little space in the progressive branch of the Jim Crow media available for the testimony of New Orleans black writers like Mona Lisa Saloy, Kalamu ya Salaam, and Jerry Ward (his classic is “The Katrina Diaries”), writers who actually survived Katrina. They don’t get on CNN or “Democracy Now,” or “Air America.” We need Eve Ensler, David Simon and Harry Connick, Jr., and Dr. John, the singer who covers the legendary Professor Long Hair, to tell us what it was like. While Goodman progressives long for the kind of homophobic dictatorship that now runs Cuba, Nation magazine progressives want another Roosevelt. Appearing on Ms. Goodman’s show, The Nation’s John Nichols suggested that President Obama make a Roosevelt-styled speech about Us, the masses of people, against Them, the moneyed interests. What Mr. Nichols doesn’t understand is that millions of whites identify with the Them. Why else would they join faux populist groups bankrolled by billionaires who get them drunk on the cheap draft beer of white supremacy. (Carrying racist signs. One of them showed Barack Obama laying in a coffin. I couldn’t believe it! I put the TV set on pause and took a picture of it.) These Tea Partiers are loyal to the 14,000 families who own one quarter of the country’s wealth as long as members of the one percent use their media to flatter them at the expense of scapegoats, blacks, Hispanics, Muslims. The mental illness of white supremacy, an infectious super bug, is evident when you consider that the young black president ,who is hated by these media coached rabid howling mobs, saved them from a depression. The majority of economists agree about that. Moreover, the status of whites during the 1930s was different in Roosevelt’s time. Nichols ought to read the fiction of Jack Conroy, or Tillie Olson, proletariat writers who wrote about the millions of whites whose 1930s existence was one of desperation. Read William Kennedy’s Ironweed. Though white poverty still exists (check the Jerry Springer show any day or the films of Debra Granik) millions of whites, after entering the middle class, became Reagan Democrats. Where once there were Italian Americans, Irish Americans, Jewish Americans, there are now “whites.” Some of those who had forged alliances with blacks went uptown on them. Started playing the Harpsichord. Started giving money to the Metropolitan Museum. Some Irish Americans began publishing a magazine called The National Review, which supported quack Kantian anthropology about African inferiority. Ironic because early Nativists didn’t want the Irish to come here because they said that the Irish had a “crime gene.” How did Roosevelt feel about black unemployment? He made a deal with the Dixecrats that excluded blacks from receiving some benefits of the New Deal. (See: When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth Century America by Ira Katznelson.) Robert Scheer, interviewed on Berkeley’s KPFA by Kris Welch, is another example of a progressive who hasn’t a clue about the situation of blacks and Hispanics. During his critique of the banking policies that led to a near depression, he longed for a mythical Mr. Pillsbury, the neighborhood banker who used to hand out mortgage loans to qualified borrowers like candy. That might have been true for white borrowers, but whether Mr. Scheer knows it or not, there was rarely a Mr. Pillsbury for black and Hispanic borrowers as a result of the historic racist practices of the mortgage industry. These racist practices and those of the FHA have placed blacks in the position where their savings have been used to finance white businesses and home ownership. Since Reconstruction! That’s got to add up to trillions of dollars. A sort of reverse reparations! Denied access to capital, they become renters who help white investors pay off the mortgages incurred by their investment properties. They are denied the chance to develop equity. They can’t take advantage of the 60-year-old tax deduction for interest on mortgages, a white entitlement program. And these people who listen to people like Goebbel’s protege Rupert Murdoch and his Beelzebub assistant, Roger Ailes, believe that blacks are getting all of the entitlements? Scheer seemed to blame those whom he referred to as “minorities, the poor and drug addicts” for the recession because of policies that opened the mortgage lending market to people like these who couldn’t afford to pay. He agrees with billionaire Antoinettist, Thomas Friedman, who came to the same conclusion, a conclusion disputed by Freidman’s Times colleague Paul Krugman. On 06/14/2010, Peter Hart cited a Tom Friedman column of the day before in which the columnist blamed the housing bubble on selling houses to poor people.” We--both parties--created massive tax incentives and cheap money to make home mortgages available to people who really didn't have the means to sustain them.” (Freidman’s colleague Ross Douthat, the Times’ idea of a conservative, says that there is “white anxiety” over Affirmative Action prompting yet another letter from Julian Bond reminding him that Affirmative Action is a white program and benefits whites the most.) Moreover even The Wall Street Journal reports that over 60 percent of those who received subprime loans were eligible for conventional loans. Why didn’t they receive them? Something that Scheer overlooked. Recent studies from Brandeis University and the Center for Responsible Lending offer clues: According to the study by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University, the wealth gap between African-American families and white families has jumped dramatically in 23 years. In fact, the difference in financial assets between these two groups has increased over four times in a generation, from $20,000 in 1984 to $95,000 in 2007. The Brandeis report also found that middle-income whites experienced a greater increase in net worth than high income blacks. Average white families earning $30,000 had accumulated $74,000, while blacks earning more than $50,000 owned only $18,000, for a wealth gap of $56,000. To make things worse, 10 percent of African-Americans owed at least $3,600 in debt, nearly doubling their debt burden since 1984. And sadly, at least a quarter of black families had no assets to rely upon when times get rough. So, what's the problem here? The problem is that income equality is not translating into wealth equality and economic security for black households. Some of this is due to bad public policy, including tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, and other measures that have redistributed wealth upwards-- to those who are already rich and arguably don't need more. But there is another reason, namely, institutional racism in housing, labor and lending. The deregulation of the lending market has resulted in systemic discrimination against people of color and the poor, who pay more for credit. Those who live paycheck to paycheck borrow just to make ends meet, depending increasingly on payday lending, a.k.a. legal loan sharks, and check cashing stores that prey on these poorer communities. Blacks and Latinos have been steered into risky, costly and sketchy subprime mortgages, more than twice the rate of whites with the same income. The foreclosure crisis has wiped out what little wealth many of these families owned, placing a stranglehold on the ability of the African-American community to build wealth. Similarly, according to another report, communities of color were disproportionately cut out of conventional mortgage loans after the housing bubble burst.” Progressives have been telling blacks that class not race determines status in American society at least since the 1920s when Mike Gold of the Communist Party and poet Claude McKay had a falling out over the issue. But when it comes to the racist and corrupt mortgage industry this isn’t true. Whites with lower credit ratings receive better loans than blacks with high credit ratings. This from the Center for Responsible Lending: “It is well documented that African-American and Latino families disproportionately received the most expensive and dangerous types of loans during the heyday of the sub prime market. According to analyses of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data, higher-rate conventional mortgages were disproportionately distributed to borrowers of color between 2004 and 2008. For example, in 2006, among consumers who received conventional mortgages for single-family homes, roughly half of African-American (53.7 percent) and Hispanic borrowers (46.5 percent) received a higher-rate mortgage compared to about one-fifth of non-Hispanic white borrowers (17.7 percent).14 Center for Responsible Lending 5In addition, a CRL study showed that African-American and Latino borrowers were more likely to receive higher-rate sub prime loans than white borrowers with similar risk profiles, while another study provided evidence that loans in minority communities were more likely to carry prepayment penalties than loans in white communities, even after controlling for other factors.15 Risky loan products—especially sub prime products—have been shown to be more likely to default.16 It therefore stands to reason that borrowers of color, which were targeted by sub prime lenders and steered into the most abusive products, would be disproportionately bearing the brunt of this foreclosure crisis.” Minorties, the poor, and drug addicts taking out mortgages that they couldn’t afford to pay, Mr. Scheer? While some progressives believe that class is, using multi-millionaire Gloria Steinem’s phrase, “the most restrictive factor in American life,” feminists, genderists, and others believe that it’s sexual orientation. After my essay on “Precious” appeared in the New York Times I got letters from white gays arguing that blacks and gays share a similar history or in a couple of cases that gays have been more restricted in American life than blacks. Who do you think had a better chance of receiving bank loans in San Francisco, which is now regentrified? Blacks or Gays? (Rick Santelli, appearing on Chris Matthews exploded a loud fib when he implied that minorities get all of the entitlements, a propaganda line that Ronald Reagan performed. Santelli, who calls himself “ the lightening rod” for the Tea Party movement, says that this is what galvanizes the Tea Partiers, people who have helped themselves to government programs: FDR’s, The Great Society, The War On Poverty, Medicare, Social Security, the G.I.Bill, etc.) While Scheer went off on President Obama about his polices other progressives are annoyed with his style. David Corn says that Obama should put more passion into his speeches, but Corn said he liked Obama’s critique of the black family. He is one of those who believes that fatherless homes is a black problem, exclusively, in a country where 50 percent of marriages end in divorce and the nuclear family comes in at about 5 percent. As someone who has lived in the inner city for thirty years and grew up in one, I can assure you that there is a man in these homes. As the late playwright August Wilson said, “On the weekends, the parking lots in the projects are full.” Ishmael Reed is the publisher of Konch. Reed's latest book is Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media. His new novel, Juice!, will be published in the spring. He can be reached at: Uncleish@aol.com
  4. Her backing Obama hurt her. This is why most entertainers stay out of the political arena. Look at what the Dixie Chicks's FANS did to them when they spoke out against Bush. Look at what has been happening to Kanye since he spoke out against Bush that time. Especially in today's poisonous and partisan environment--you speak out for the Democrats you got all the Republicans against you. And Black folks are not in the position to rescue her since most of the tv audience is white. Please don't come in here talking about the Constitution. Let's talk about how it IS, not how it OUGHT to be. Like George W. Bush says, when you get right down to it, it's just a piece of paper (HIS words, not MINE). Also she is getting payback for years of meddling in family affairs--a single woman giving marital advice, a childless woman telling folks what to do with their kids. Oddly enough, I think she showed guts I never thought she had backing Obama like she did. I think we should support her--but that and a dime won't even get her a cup of coffee.
  5. http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/judge_judy_knocks_oprah_off_top_AVkY89z91qr8srHhdoCkAM
  6. Troy, you are lucking this ain't back in the day. Folks would be calling you a MALE CHAUVNINIST PIG! Dat ain't you,izzit?
  7. "Oh oh! Unca Carey's been at the corn jug again! Boil up a big pot of coffee. It's gonna be a loooooong night!
  8. A man is known by his enemies. I'm honored to make this list!!
  9. Ironic that on an African American book discussion page we have not discussed the proposed public burning of the Quran by that Florida minister and others. I suppose the man has the right to burn anything he wants to as long as he physically does not harm anybody or violate any environmental or safety laws and ordinances. He probably could not do it in the St. Louis City limits outside at least, because we have ordinances against fires outside. I suppose he could burn it here in his church. And I suppose folks ought to understand that burning a book cannot harm them--then wonder what would happen if he had said Bibles instead. Actually he and those who support him (who seem to be in a distinct minority, Praises Be to the Omnipotent Creator, Most Just and Merciful)are making themselves look real stupid. And it can't help but cause trouble for Americans abroad. Again, think of burning a Bible in the Vatican. Maybe you'd get some violence there?
  10. "You are a pathetic person. When you drag yourself into your hovel, to use your one claw probably to masturbate, you should remember that one day, if you are lucky, you will be a helpless invalid who will be waiting on such a person to come wipe your butt"
  11. "You LOVE George W. Bush. You still wish he was President."
  12. For 80,000 days and several wars later, they've managed to build a castle in the sky for them and theirs, and yet, a few of my black friends are quick to point fingers at President Obama. They say he's not moving fast enough and he's staying mum on black issues. I wonder if my nay say friends can trace their family history? I also wonder if they've read a few history books? More importantly, I've often wondered what rewards they are receiving from regurgitating negative opinions about our president? Could it be they adore speaking in a quasi intellectual tone, while missing the fact that they are being ineffectual? Frequently, their misguided "constructive criticism" is nothing more than 10 dollar words of bubbling babble that's used to stroke an inflated ego. "Here is one reason why I had qualms about a Negro being in the White House. Other Negroes would start to say we shouldn't say anything about him. We were not to criticize him. To Hell with that. I did not vote for Obama so he could be a King, above reproach. He knew what the job was when he lined up for it, dammit. Nobody put a gun to his head. He is and will be doing just fine when you are here moaning about how unfair people were to him. Well, unfair is part of the job. Deal with it. Because there ain't nothing you can do about it. What about all the white folks on his case now, eh? I suppose dat's a--ite!
  13. "Reporters" have been known to pay people to perform before the cameras like this. Who is at fault? He who acted out before the cameras? Or the many layers of people this had to pass through to get on the air? What you are seeing is the attitude of those who sit in the Boardrooms who somehow get a pass when we talk about racism. Did you call/write in to complain?
  14. Good point. Chris is the in resident self-anointed public defender for intransigent ghetto life with all its self-perpetuating rancid pathologies. He is a passionate critic of anyone who dares to question or speaks negatively of coonery. No, he will not tolerate open dissent or honest questions about the failure of personal responsibility or self-destructive behavior. He is on a grandiose personal crusade to tar and feather any black person with fictitious (and improvable) accusations of self-hate, self-loathing, Uncle Tomism and other race traitor epithets as punishment for questioning his Tar Baby orthodoxy. These are contentious tools he uses since he has no other way to defend the indefensible. "You know my problem? I hate bullies. It's real easy, shooting fish in the barrell, to beat up on somebody who can't fight back, even if they deserve it. I notice your criticisms are always directed against people who will never get a chance to speak for themselves. People who don't even come on here. It is probably because they are too close to you. No, I hate bullies. One trick ponies. Toms. House Negroes. If you ain't one of these, my use of the term shouldn't bother you at all. Plus, I am insulted that you imply that we are these kinds of people. Why don't you go talk to them? Why are you coming to us to get you to cosign your barbarisms, which could have come from the mouth of David Duke?" As you correctly suggested -black people are not monolithic mindless drones who dwell within a black Borg. They are diverse within their perspective class, educational, political and economic stratification -just as other groups. But bro Chris is not havin’ any of this! In his twisted black world of Bizzaro, any black person who dares to question his farcical ghetto supremacy and hood ethics, must be punished and openly castigated as a race traitor, self-flagellating Uncle Tom and an flunky agent for the white man. Why? Well, what other salient argument can he possibly submit? It’s not as if he can produce an intelligent, compelling and factual counterpoint. That’s not going to happen. Not hardly. So, as you stated, he has to resort to the theatrical self-hate card. What else can this Negro do since he has no other tools to work with? Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! "When I throw a rock in a pack of dogs, the only one hollers is the one who been hit. But this is good. This is THERAPY. We are getting someplace. Get it out! Get them demons out, brother!"
  15. OK, Chris, the ball's in your court. Bring it on. "Just like your idol George W. Bush said that about the Iraqi insurgency. Lay back. Get you a sody or something on me. I am about to bet all over you like a cheap suit" The obvious question to ask you, Chrishayden, is: as a black man, are YOU full of self-loathing? Do YOU look at yourself in the mirror and hate what you see? "At this point in my life, I don't. But you forget, as you do constantly, that I was in the generation of Clarence Thomas, the generation that was being schooled to be a bunch of self loathing Uncle Toms like all previous ones, that got hold of Black is beautiful. So I must work at it constantly. But I am free of self loathing on the basis of race? Why? Is it because I am hip? Smart? No. I realize that it is a sin against GOD, who made me that way. So I am strengthened in my resolve. What I must guard against still is that projection of self loathing against other Negroes. At this point, I must admit it is very strong against Middle Class and Upper Class Negroes, the weakest and most pitiful upper class on the planet, who thinks it is entitled to some respect from some people that they are powerless to help and always seek to agrandize themselves by putting down, ie Bill Cosby Syndrome" If you don't, then why do you think others do? "You really can't have been black so long and be serious asking me that question. Take it back, or convince me that you are really that dumb" If you do, then how can you scold people when you are as guilty as they? "I don't. So nyeh nyeh nyeh neh neh! By the way. I am not SCOLDING anyone. You feel like it's scolding don't you, the bringing up of these unpleasant truths. How are the ill to be healed when they will not admit they are sick?" You regularly distance yourself from the crowd, covering yourself in the "onlooker" cloak, as you criticize "Negoes" who offer opinions about the black problem. Yet you, yourself, do what you accuse these "Negroes" of when you attempt to assess Blacks who are not in your proximity, painting all of them with the broad brush of a self-hating slave mentality. But, what makes the scenarios you concoct anymore valid then the scenarios of those with whom you disagree? You delude yourelf into thinking your perspective is infallible and that you are incapable of misinterpretation "I don't understand the above at all. Please elaborate" The "black problem" cannot be encapsulated in one view! It is full of contradictions. What's true is some cases is false in others, all of which contributess to the familiar claim of Blacks not being monolithic. One size does not fit all, "Of course it doesn't. But, my ole grandaddy told me, if you throw a rock in a pack of dogs the only one hollers is the one that gets hit. Obviously, somebody is getting hit" What's irrefutable is that the younger generation needs to shape up. "You just did what I did. You hold ALL younger generation as failures. You, like Cosby, look at an audience full of college graduates and see welfare mothers and poundcake theives. Why? Hmmm? Is it because they are black?" IMO, they'd do well to get back to basics, to be re-programmed and moderated, their minds weaned from the electronic gadgetry and computerized dependency that is pacifiying and stultifying them. "Again, you are tarring them all with the same brush. What happen? Some youngster play his boombox too loud? Somebody walk down the street with his pants hanging down? You know why they do it? Because it gets pettyfogging idiots to screaming that's why." Their shameless pregnancies also need to be put in check. "Somebody else is saying they are having too many abortions. What is it?" Will this happen? I doubt it. What masquerades as progress is really seduction as the technology whore fucks up initiative and creativity and the mindless need to breed spirals out of control. "A young black woman told me she has aspirations of being President of the United States. I told her that if she does, she should shoot most of the Negroes over the age of 12 and all of the so called middle and upper class Negroes, mostly on GP. I hope, if she makes it, she remembers my advice"
  16. Good for business? For who? Suppose the Judge decides to throw the book at him. He gets his ass stabbed in the slammer? Was it good business for DMX? For Mystikal? No it's good business for the record company. That's Massa. So your comment, Xeon is another Exhibit in the Slave Mentality file. What will you think of next?
  17. (Just cuz YOU say they were good books don't mean nothing. They Stink. Why? Here we are in the midst of unprecedented developments. Before, when you had unprecedented developments, you had writers come forward to write about them. "For Whom the Bell Tolls". "The Grapes of Wrath". "Uncle Tom's Cabin". Today, when you had two disputed presidential elections, the invasion of a country by fraud, a U.S. city wiped out by a natural disaster, economic collapse, the election of the first African American President, a terrorist attack on US soil that killed thousands all these clowns are still writing about their intrapersonal relationships and how they feel a little pain and "loss", like it's 1975 or something. They make me want to puke.
  18. (You must can't read. Probably a result of that substandard segregated schooling you got coming up over in them Indiana cornfields. "It Stinks" does not mean "It Stinks" except for some unnamed books I either forgot to list or will provide upon further prodding. "It Stinks" means "It Stinks" without exception. Your position is weak. Lick up your doctrine.
  19. (That's no surprise. Millions of books are written and never see the light of day. That's the game. At least she got something out)
  20. (I know AI is a cause celebre in the Black womanyst femnist LGBT crowd. She's one of them people who, because her heart is in the right place, everybody is supposed to just knee jerk say they dig her. She ain'tthe only one. That's the game. I have been accused of being a poet. I write poetry. I read poetry. I don't dig AI. Don't mean she ain't good--I just don't dig her. Art is very subjective--and I, for myself. The fact that only seven people viewed it should have told you something (ie maybe nobody really digs AI--whoops! By the way, why did YOU postit? Are you an AI fan? What is your favorite poem by her? Why?)
  21. Slate Magazine fighting words White Fright Glenn Beck's rally was large, vague, moist, and undirected—the Waterworld of white self-pity. By Christopher Hitchens Posted Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, at 12:03 PM ET One crucial element of the American subconscious is about to become salient and explicit and highly volatile. It is the realization that white America is within thinkable distance of a moment when it will no longer be the majority. This awareness already exists in places like New York and Texas and California, and there have even been projections of the time(s) at which it will occur and when different nonwhite populations will collectively outnumber the former white majority. But it also exerts a strong subliminal effect in states like Alaska that have an overwhelming white preponderance. Until recently, the tendency has been to think of this rather than to speak of it—or to speak of it very delicately, lest the hard-won ideal of diversity be imperiled. But nobody with any feeling for the zeitgeist can avoid noticing the symptoms of white unease and the additionally uneasy forms that its expression is beginning to take. For example, so strong is the moral stature of the Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement that even the white right prefers to pretend to emulate it. (This smarmy tactic long predates Glenn Beck, by the way: I remember Ralph Reed trying it when he ran the Christian Coalition more than 10 years ago and announced that he wanted to remodel the organization along the lines of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.) Thus, it is really quite rare to hear slurs against President Barack Obama that are based purely on the color of his skin. Even Beck himself has tried to back away from the smears of that kind that he has spread in the past. But it is increasingly common to hear allegations that Obama is either foreign-born or a Muslim. And these insinuations are perfectly emblematic of the two main fears of the old majority: that it will be submerged by an influx from beyond the borders and that it will be challenged in its traditional ways and faiths by an alien and largely Third World religion. This summer, then, has been the perfect register of the new anxiety, beginning with the fracas over Arizona's immigration law, gaining in intensity with the proposal by some Republicans to amend the 14th Amendment so as to de-naturalize "anchor babies," cresting with the continuing row over the so-called "Ground Zero" mosque, and culminating, at least symbolically, with a quasi-educated Mormon broadcaster calling for a Christian religious revival from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. At the last "Tea Party" rally I attended, earlier this year at the Washington Monument, some in the crowd made at least an attempt to look fierce and minatory. I stood behind signs that read: "We left our guns at home—this time" and "We invoke the First Amendment today—the Second Amendment tomorrow." But Beck's event was tepid by comparison: a call to sink to the knees rather than rise from them. It was clever of him not to overbill it as a "Million"-type march (though Rep. Michele Bachmann was tempted to claim that magic figure). The numbers were impressive enough on their own, but the overall effect was large, vague, moist, and undirected: the Waterworld of white self-pity. The Washington Post quoted Linda Adams, a Beck supporter from Colorado, who said, "We want our country to get back to its original roots," adding that "her ancestors were on the Mayflower and fought in the American Revolution." She was also upset that some schools no longer require students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Well, the U.S. population is simply not going to be replenished by Puritan pilgrims from England, and the original Pledge of Allegiance was fine with most people as a statement of national unity, until its "original intent" was compromised by a late insertion of the words "under God" in the McCarthyite 1950s. But one still sees what she means and can feel sympathy with the pulse of nostalgia. Slate V: Coverage of Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally In a rather curious and confused way, some white people are starting almost to think like a minority, even like a persecuted one. What does it take to believe that Christianity is an endangered religion in America or that the name of Jesus is insufficiently spoken or appreciated? Who wakes up believing that there is no appreciation for our veterans and our armed forces and that without a noisy speech from Sarah Palin, their sacrifice would be scorned? It's not unfair to say that such grievances are purely and simply imaginary, which in turn leads one to ask what the real ones can be. The clue, surely, is furnished by the remainder of the speeches, which deny racial feeling so monotonously and vehemently as to draw attention. Concerns of this kind are not confined to the Tea Party belt. Late professors Arthur Schlesinger and Samuel Huntington both published books expressing misgivings about, respectively, multiculturalism and rapid demographic change. But these were phrased so carefully as almost to avoid starting the argument they flirted with. More recently, almost every European country has seen the emergence of populist parties that call upon nativism and give vent to the idea that the majority population now feels itself unwelcome in its own country. The ugliness of Islamic fundamentalism in particular has given energy and direction to such movements. It will be astonishing if the United States is not faced, in the very near future, with a similar phenomenon. Quite a lot will depend on what kind of politicians emerge to put themselves at the head of it. Saturday's rally was quite largely confined to expressions of pathos and insecurity, voiced in a sickly and pious tone. The emotions that underlay it, however, may not be uttered that way indefinitely. Like Slate on Facebook. Follow Slate and the Slate Foreign Desk on Twitter. Christopher Hitchens is a columnist for Vanity Fair and the Roger S. Mertz media fellow at the Hoover Institution. Article URL: http://www.slate.com/id/2265515/ Also In Slate * Applebaum: Five Ways the Iraq War Weakened America * Ruth Bader Ginsburg Was the Original Mama Grizzly * How To Keep Your Spirits Up When You're Trapped in a Mine * Who Was Really the First To Call Journalism "the First Rough Draft of History"? * Our Insatiable Appetite for TV Shows About Kids at Fat Camp * How Do They Count Crowds Like the One at Glenn Beck's Rally? * Help! My Son's Ex-Girlfriend Won't Tell Me Why She Dumped Him. Copyright 2010 Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive Co. LLC
  22. I think it will be easier for me to provide examples of Literary Fiction that did NOT stink. At this point, I cannot. Ergo, It All Stank. Contemplate all this on the Tree of Woe.
  23. (Let me see: You cannot make cartoons showing Jews as moneygrubbing thieves. You cannot show Irishmen as drunks an laggards. You cannot call a person of Polish descent "Polack" though they can do it. You cannot call poor rural southern white people hillbillies. Until all the rest of these people stand for it, I see no reason for us to. Only a slave hates himself so bad he encourages people outside his group to belittle him--usually in the hope of getting some crumb or two. Yes, I think this is Slave Mentality Exhibit C. You're doing pretty good for yourself.
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