Where Two Or More Are Gathered..........

This is the place where all are welcome to join in and engage in spiritual, uplifting and intellectual conversation.Please do join us,won't you.....

Thursday, June 30, 2005

I Love Connie Rice!!!

Not Condi Rice !! No , not that WITCH!!! Not that unattractive , sellout who is nothing more than a hand puppet for rich white men!!! No, not that skank!!! I wouldn't touch her with my worst enemie's privates!! Not the one who learned Russian to become a dominatrix for Russian ambassadors, and have since adjusted her sexual mind games to accommodate Israeli pigs!! I guess she wasn't smart enough to realize that the cold war would be OVER by the time she trained to be a cheap sex whore spy against Russia!! I guess she could always cross-train to be an Israeli dominatrix without much additional training, simply because the so called "Jews" are just Croats , Poles and Russians after all!!

No , not Condi, her fine ass cousin Connie!!!! Connie is everything Condi wishes she could be!!! Connie is smart, very beautiful, witty, personable, did I mention beautiful? Man, this situation reminds me of some fairy tale where there's the wicked WITCH cousin , then there's the beautiful lovely other cousin who has to defeat the evil witch in order to save the world from evil and tyranny!!! I could not make this stuff up!!!! Connie really has to try and defeat her evil WITCH of a cousin Condi, in order to stop world domination , cruelty and war!!!! I listened to Connie speak on some program, and I instantly fell in love with her!!! Not just her beauty, but her mind , body and SOUL!!!Yes ladies and gentlemen, she actually has a soul!!! I LOVE CONNIE RICE!!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Mind Candy...

Riddle 1

A mile from end to end,
Yet as close to you as a friend.
A precious commodity, freely given.
Seen on the dead and on the living.
Found on the rich, poor, short and tall,
But shared among children most of all.

What is it?

Riddle 2

Three lives have I.
Gentle enough to soothe the skin,
Light enough to caress the sky
Hard enough to crack rocks.

What am I?

Riddle 3

Luke had it before,
Paul had it behind.
Doctor Lowell had it before and behind,
And twice as bad as before.
Miss Gallager had it twice in the middle,
Before she was married.
Girls have it,
Boys do not.
It is in life,
But not in death.

What is it?

Riddle 4

Touching one, yet holding two,
It is a one-link chain.
Binding those who keep words true,
'Till death doth rend it twain.

What is it?

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Blacks should've been grateful for segregation...

I can still remember the stories Big Mamma would tell us about the good ol' days of segregation. As a young girl growing up in the early 70's, I dreamed of living in the world she spoke about. I dreamed of going to an all black school. Dreamed of having teachers that looked like me. Dreamed of being surrounded by folks that understood my history and were as willing to teach me as I was eager to learn. Instead, I went to a predominately white suburban school, where I was told I would get the best education. I didn't have any teachers that looked like me, nor were they as willing to teach me as I was eager to learn. Unfortunately, I paid a grave price for this "quality" education. The price resulted in my lack of confidence and shattered self-image. It wasn't until later in life that these qualities would be restored.

Although there were many harmful aspects of segregation, there have been many obvious detrimental effects to the Black community due to desegregation. Black businesses- especially farms- don't flourish like they use to. In 1920, Black Farmers owned 14% of this countries farms. Today, that number is less than 1%. This represents a loss of 13,000,000 acres of black owned land.

Only 50% of black males graduate from high school. And only a 1/3 of them go on to higher education- most because of athletic scholarships. Less than one percent of college enrolled black men actually graduate. Enrollment at HBCUs is so low, that many have been forced to close their doors, due to the lack of endowments and federal funding. At predominately white colleges, due to the push of affirmative action, many have actively recruited Black students in order to meet their mandated quotas. Unfortunately, a significant number of these students fail and drop out because they are ill prepared to compete academically- mostly in part because of the substandard education that they received in their "integrated" primary and secondary schools.

During segregation, the Black community was filled with black lawyers, black doctors, black teachers, black dentists, and black business owners. There was even a huge black upper class society. Through desegregation, blacks are being systematically forced into a permanent underclass. The pride that was once so prevalent in the community has faded with the infiltration of drugs and crime. I know that many people sacrificed their life so that I could receive that segregated quality education. I know that things weren't all good under Jim Crow. I just wish we could have some of those good things back in our community.

Monday, June 20, 2005

A Call to Action!!!!

As many of you may already know, the federal government is threatening to cut funding to PBS. The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on cutting 45% of federal funding to WGBH! The House may vote on these cuts as soon as June 22. These cuts will affect PBS , NPR and your local WGBH stations. If you would like to voice your opposition to these proposed cuts , there are steps you can take!!You can go here to the WGBH homepage and read more on how you can make a difference !! Thank you!!

EDITORIAL: I know that people are tired of the bickering back and forth between Democrats and Republicans, but this is just another example of how the Republicans are trying to silence the voice of truth. Republicans have accused WGBH of being a leftist, liberal station that only shows the views of one side!!This could not be further from the truth because programs like Frontline and Nova , focuses on facts.

So, if PBS is being accused of being liberally biased, then the truth must be "liberal". I have always hated being labeled as one thing or another, because it enables the labeler to put you into a group, when your views might just simply be the truth!!!Last time I checked, the truth was neither liberal, nor conservative !!!It has always been the truth!!Notice how Republicans have a problem with anything that tends to give people the truth!!This is because they want you to get your information from a Rupert Murdock owned outlet !!!Yes, it's called propaganda folks!!

I have seen these slimeballs go from accusing Cookie Monster of teaching American children to become obese, to trying to censor Postcards From Buster , when Buster visited a same sex household!!What's next, Bert and Ernie are GAY? Big Bird is a lesbian from the WNBA?What could be the problem with Reading Rainbow? Is it because Kunta Kinte can read, and is teaching others to read?

I must admit , I watch a lot of Frontline and Nova, as well as other informative programs on WGBH!!But this is not about me, this is about the millions of children who will lose out on great educational programming that has been around for years helping children to read , write, and be loving and TOLERANT of others!!!I hope Republicans are PROUD of themselves!!!! They have let the tobacco industry off the hook by some 120 BILLION dollars , during the same time that they proposed the cuts to children's educational programming!! I guess they would rather children smoke cigarettes than learn to be tolerant of ALL people!!

Update: I have just gotten late word that Republicans in some circles have come out and accused Oscar the Grouch of being a liberal bum, who is teaching American kids to be lazy and live a lifestyle of homelessness and mooch off the taxpayers!!Also, this just in, Mr. McFeeley from Mister Roger's Neighborhood has been charged with 11 counts of child molestation , and is responsible for the moral depravity of millions of children!!!And sadly, I have to mention that Republicans have arrested Barney and the Teletubbies, and are holding them indefinitely at Gitmo!!Apparently, they were charged as co-conspirators with conspiracy to conspire against the U.S. When asked about these charges, unnamed Republicans say that this in "NO WAY" has anything to do with Bush's dropping approval ratings!!Tinky Winky has issued a statement through his lawyer stating that he is neither a terrorist, nor is he gay!! The jury is still out on that one!!

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Maybe I like Rehnquist and Thomas after all...

In a unanimous 8-0 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that marijuana may not be distributed to persons who prove a medical necessity for the drug. The court's decision upholds an existing federal law that classifies marijuana as an illegal substance and offers no medical exceptions.

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Clarence Thomas dissented.

Writing for the three, O'Connor noted that she "would not have voted for the medical marijuana initiative" in California, but she chided the majority for stifling "an express choice by some States, concerned for the lives and liberties of their people, to regulate medical marijuana differently."

In a separate dissent, Thomas added that if "the majority is to be taken seriously, the Federal Government may now regulate quilting bees, clothes drives and potluck suppers throughout the 50 states."

If the Government's own study has concluded that there are medicinal benefits to marijuana, they should stop doing what's in the best interest of the drug companies and start acting on behalf of the people that employ them.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The Race Card

All throughout my life , I have heard the term , "the race card", used to describe and justify many incidents and situations! Often, it is used by whites who need to label a situation in which race is involved, but want to make it a point that race has nothing to do with an issue!! I have come to the conclusion that first , whites cannot determine anything about race concerning blacks simply because they are not of the affected group! Secondly, race has to do with EVERYTHING, at least from my point of view!!

Many are quick to say, well, that's the reality in which you choose to look at things. Others say , we live in a color blind society today in which race is no longer an issue!!!Of course , most of these people are guess what....White!!! I know that I may come across as an angry black guy who chooses to see race as an issue. Well, I am a man who has experienced life in many different settings, and I can honestly say that as a black man living in the United States, race is a BIG factor in everything!!

Let's start from present and work our way backwards, shall we!!!Yesterday, Michael Jackson was found "NOT GUILTY" by a jury of his peers. I was not present for the trial, so I don't know the details, and the testimony given. However, I made it a point to watch Fox to see what angle they took on the matter. This is a trick I frequently use to see where white Republicans are going with a certain topic!! Suprisingly enough, Fox stayed fairly neutral, until the end of the trial , then their true colors came shining through!!!Fox played it neutral until just before the end of the trial , then poured on the anti Jackson propaganda . They even went as far as to show the cell that Michael would serve out his conviction, and describe his daily routine and how he would be stripped of his wig and nose!!One day after the trial, I have noticed that many whites believe that he should have been found guilty!!!Based on what? Were they present at the trial? Did they hear the full testimony of the witnesses? NO, they are reacting from the media's interpretation of the event, not the facts of the matter!!

The other big story has been the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba! Musafir posted a very interesting article about how America has fallen into the "Damsel in Distress" syndrome! Basically, this means that the US media frequently focuses on stories in which white , petite , women are made into national headlines whenever something happens to one of them. Cases such as this , as well as Chaundra Levy, Laci Peterson, the runaway bride, etc., all are used to reinforce a message. Each year, literally thousands of women , and men for that matter, disappear , or is murdered. The US media likes to focus on petite white women because it puts them up on a pedestal as the thing to most cherish in society!!Two "natives" were originally arrested for her disappearance and their images were beamed across the globe , but it turns out that it was actually three "white Dutch men" that are being held for her disappearance!!!I have had trouble finding photos or footage of these three men!! I know these photos exist, I just find it less accessible than those of the two black men that were originally held!!

From O.J. , Kobe, and now Michael, it seems that race should no longer be an issue in the US, but these events only serve to bring out the reality of just how prevalent race is in today's society!! After all, with the 80 year old ring leader of the 1964 murders of three men during the "freedom summer" in Philadelphia, Mississippi set to go on trial, and the senate issuing an "apology" for not acting against lynching in America, it seems that we have come a LONG way........The problem is it took such a LONG time and we still have a LONG way to go!!Maybe I'm just playing the race card!!

Friday, June 10, 2005

Planned Attack? Or Terrorist Act?

"Most people prefer to believe their leaders are just and fair, even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which he lives is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it. To take action in the face of corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones. To choose to do nothing is to surrender one's self-image of standing for principles. Most people do not have the courage to face that choice. Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all."
~ Michael Rivero









Monday, June 06, 2005

After Careful Consideration.......

After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that religion is bullshit!!!All of it!!!I know that people might find fault with this, but give me one solid , real , indisputable proof that ANY religion is based in fact, and I will be willing to rethink my position!

First of all, we are dealing with a bunch of incredible stories that remind me of fiction!Sure, God created the heavens and the Earth in six days, and rested on the Sabbath!!!Yea, I know that one day is like a kazillion to God, so when he rested for the Sabbath, he rested for like a trillion years. Sure, he created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!!!Yep, so when archaeologists find remains of "Lucy" , the female Neanderthal, that was probably Eve!!!Don't tell me, Dinosaur bones and fossils of Cro-Magnum man was planted by the Devil!!I got it!!!Furthermore, who was there to document the "beginning"?It sounds as if the story is being narrated in the third person!Yep, God had a personal biographer there to take it all down!

Many will be quick to claim that certain landmarks and locations mentioned in the Bible exists in REAL LIFE!!!WOWZERS!!!!You know , I thought about this very long and carefully before it finally dawned on me that Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz lived in Kansas!!!So, because Dorothy lived in a place in which we can all go to and visit today, Dorothy and the story of the Wizard of Oz MUST be true!!!In that case,King Kong must have been true because I saw him atop the Empire State Building in New York !O.K., Enough monkeying around!!!

I won't get into all the details about what a pile of rooster shit this is, I will spare you the details!!I will however say that religion serves a valuable purpose!It teaches people morals and values that they can use to guide them through life. It's the same as Mother Goose stories, or Dr. Seuss, or even Aesop's fables, they all attempt to teach mankind important lessons in human virtue and behavior. Love, understanding , compassion , fairness, justice, honesty, and peace, are all morals and values that we all need to comprehend and exercise!!If a two year old can learn not to lie from the story of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", I think he might be better served by Aesop , rather than King James!

Sidenote: I would like to state that I do believe in a higher power!!I don't need to affiliate myself with any religion to understand the concept of energy. So to clarify, Jesus and Mohammad mean nothing to my religious beliefs. My spirituality doesn't need affiliation to be validated!!!!

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Opinion Corner

I hate the war!!!I know most people don't want to hear anymore bickering about Bush, the war , etc. I just feel that if everyone stops talking about it because of complacency, it creates the atmosphere for these things to continue. I have learned that during Vietnam, many people took to the streets in protest, and kept constant pressure on our government. I have also learned that many anti - war protesters were targeted by our government and were killed , discredited, or jailed.

I can see why people today might be resigned to the fact that there is nothing that can be done. With the past knowledge of what happens to anti-war protesters, coupled with the fact that this has been framed as a fight between good and evil, I understand people's reluctance to even deal with the reality of what is happening!!!

I see the news report U.S. casualties on a daily basis, and for some reason, it gets me upset!!I know some people can see the reports and say " uhhh, that's too bad", or "that's so sad",then go about their daily routine. I try to do that, but I think deep down inside it hurts me. Maybe it hurts me because I don't buy in to the reason for the war in Iraq, and I see it as an unnecessary war, making the death of those soldiers unnecessary.Maybe because I was a former soldier and I understand the dilemma that these soldiers face: Either follow orders , or face court martial and disgrace.Then again, I understand that it's simply a matter of self preservation for them now. I just think that it's an unfair position to be in!!

I notice that even though the death toll continues to rise each month, the media coverage seems to be getting less and less. I think it is unfair to restrict media coverage of fallen troops as they make their final trip home to the land that they represented in their ultimate sacrifice! I know that this is by design, because if the American public were allowed to see the flag draped caskets, it might cause some to rethink the situation. I really think that if Americans thought about what is actually going on, and was made to face the grim reality , I truly believe that they would feel as upset, if not more, than I do!

Sidenote: It is my opinion that if the war supporters were really behind the principles and reasons for this war, they should not only volunteer to serve in any and all capacity possible, but they should make sure that their children serve without reservation!!