May 31, 2004

Happy Memorial Day

Remember that Freedom is not Free.

The quote here has even greater meaning for me; General Stark is a distant ancestor of mine, by way of the Wilkinson family.

I'm part of the "woodpile."

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Portland State prof offers "Post Traumatic Slave Disorder" as reason for murder

America's courts are filled with shady shrinks paid by sleazy shysters ready to spout off any convenient theory for the bad behavior of pathetic people.

Add a new theory to the list: "Post Traumatic Slave Disorder."

Joy DeGruy-Leary, an assistant professor in the Portland State University Graduate School of Social Work put forward the theory, which is being used in the murder case of Isaac Cortez Bynum.

Bynum is charged with the beating death of his two year-old son Ryshawn last June. Bynum's lawyer, Randall Vogt, claims that suffering by African Americans at the hands of slave owners is to blame for little Ryshawn's death, not Isaac Bynum.

The theory is not accepted by the courts, nor by psychologists as a verifiable disorder. But a little thing like that won't dissuade DeGruy-Leary.

DeGruy-Leary testified this month in Washington County Circuit Court that African Americans today are affected by past centuries of U.S. slavery because the original slaves were never treated for the trauma of losing their homes; seeing relatives whipped, raped and killed; and being subjugated by whites.

Because African Americans as a class never got a chance to heal and today still face racism, oppression and societal inequality, they suffer from multigenerational trauma, says DeGruy-Leary, who is African American. Self-destructive, violent or aggressive behavior often results, she says.

"Post traumatic slave syndrome is rather unique; it's not that everybody has it," DeGruy-Leary testified. "If you are African American and you are living in America, you have been impacted."

Washington County Circuit Judge Nancy W. Campbell recently threw out DeGruy-Leary's pretrial testimony, based on lack of empirical evidence that the condition even exists. However, Judge Campbell says that she may reconsider the defense, if the lawyer can show the slave theory is an accepted mental disorder with a valid scientific basis and specifically applies to this case.

DeGruy-Leary said she thinks post traumatic slave syndrome can be proven scientifically once the politics of race are set aside and the white research establishment takes time to study it.

She has been studying the disorder for two decades, and claims that even though no black person alive today has ever been a slave, that the historic stress is passed down genetically through the generations.

Anything to keep from dealing with personal responsibility. And mind you, she's even getting paid to "research" it!

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A new curse enters the lexicon: Abu Ghirab

Thanks to Son of Nixon, we can inform the populace of a new expletive in the American lexicon: Abu Ghraib.

I was watching the Red Sox game versus the Oakland A's last night when all Abu Ghraibin' hell broke loose. The motherAbu Ghraibin' Sox pitchers gave up Abu Ghraibin' 15 runs last night.

Abu Ghraibin' New York. Abu Ghraib A-Rod and Jeter. They're probably Abu Ghraibin' each other after games anyway. Those rotten little Abu Ghraibers.

Al Gore can go Abu Ghraib himself. Kerry too.

I wonder if the term will join the "seven dirty words" as one that cannot be said on television...

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Equality is just as much a black responsibility as a white one.

Dr. Carol Swain, law and political science professor at Vanderbilt University, is putting the big hurt on the black educational status quo, much as Bill Cosby did a couple of weeks ago.

Swain was a part of a panel that met in New York City shortly after the 50th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision, to talk about some of the obstacles facing students and schools in the urban landscape.

Swain identified affirmative action as currently practiced by universities -- lower admissions standards for blacks and Hispanics -- as part of the problem. These policies, she said, have "created a negative incentive structure for African-Americans who have either internalized societal messages about inferiority or have chosen an easier path of not exerting themselves too vigorously" since they don't have to meet higher standards.
A columnist for the Boston Globe later asked Swain in an e-mail exchange if she felt that she was being "used" by agenda-pushing conservatives -- not unlike so many liberals that feel that black conservatives do not have a mind of their own; that conservative blacks cannot come to conservative conclusions by themselves. Those same liberals, both black and white, use some of their most vindictive rhetoric against independent thinking black conservatives.
"Do liberal blacks worry about being tokens for the status quo?" she replied. "I doubt it. I call things the way I see them."
Indeed.

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May 30, 2004

A&E Special: The Horror of Hussain; where're the moonbats now?

The Horror of Hussain goes into detail about the true atrocities of Iraq.

It shows the horror and the evil of Saddam and his sons. It talks about the executions. It talks about the torture. It talks about the sadism. It talks about the butchery.

The moonbats conveniently forget that when they talk about "a few photographs."

Charles Barron conveniently forgot that when he tried to challenge me on Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes last month.

A&E's evening of specials doesn't sugar coat the truth; it doesn't try to paint the Bush Administration as the bad guys. It tells the truth: That Saddam was an evil, brutal man, who deserves what awaits him.

And it tells an even greater truth: that Saddam killed far more Iraqis than Coalition forces ever could have killed. That Saddam brutally murdered thousands of his own citizens in cold blood.

That literally thousands more were tortured and terrorized at his hand and on his word. Men. Women. Children. Saddam didn't care. Obviously the moonbats don't care either.

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Easy Reader drives the pace car at Indianapolis

I'm showing my age, ain't I?

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May 29, 2004

"Any black who votes for Bush should be strung up and shot"

Shay at Crispus has been dealing with friends -- not unlike I have -- who are so vehemently against President Bush that their hatred is tangible.

"Voting for Bush is Voting Against Your People"
This is what the husband of one of my best friends told me yesterday, and my friend concurred. The husband also said, "Any black who votes for Bush should be strung up and shot" (I kid you not). Ouch!

This comment was in response to portions of this Washington Times article that I was reading to them. They're hotly opposed to the war in Iraq, and absolutely hate President Bush. In fact, awhile back my friend's husband said that he hoped the economy doesn't improve just so it would help Bush lose.

No one can tell me why their hatred for the man is so strong. Many people immediately point at the way, but when you point out that their level of hatred was just as strong prior to the war, their arguement falls apart.

Many are lost in the strawman arguement over the Electoral College, and even when faced with the reality of how the Electoral College works in general, along with how it played into the 2000 election, their emotion gets beyond any semblance of logic they may have.

It's pretty sad that so many allow their emotions to rule over and above any sense of logic they may have.

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Denver-based idiot equates military service with slavery

Former Denver Broncos player Reggie Rivers penned an insulting screed in the Denver Post equating military service with slavery.

You heard me. He thinks that military service is slavery, because he insists (along with most other moonbats) that they were "lied to" about the situation in the Middle East.

Yes, our slaves signed up of their own free will, but most of them were as misled about their job as the rest of us were about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Rivers has this moronic view that our fighting men and women are too stupid to make their own decisions; that they're under some sort of spell. He insists that anyone with any kind of sense would not volunteer for the military.
Our armed forces recruiters are quite adept at making military service appear beneficial (it mostly is) and safe (it's not). The threat of war is minimized, because few rational people actually want to fight.
Rivers keeps trying to claim that the military is complicit in this manner, because they sell the benefits of military service. The benefits are not without their risks. Each and every soldier is aware of the risks going in. And in their minds, the benefits outweigh the risks. This is not a matter of "slavery" as Rivers wants to put it; heck, if it were, then anyone who signs a contract -- like a player in the NFL -- would be counted as a "slave."

Oh. I guess Rivers is exempt. After all, he collected a hefty paycheck from the Denver Broncos.

Perhaps he would do well to speak to his cohorts in the League who have participated in the armed forces. He might talk to some of the thousands of veterans who have made something of themselves as a result of their military service during both war and peacetime.

Perhaps Rivers might find it useful to speak to someone who doesn't have the level of selfishness that Rivers himself has found so useful in his day to day walk through life. After all, Rivers ought to respect his elders, yes? Maybe not.

Then again, perhaps Rivers and his disdain for those with a greater sense of honor than he has might better be served if he were to be ignored.

(Courtesy Baldilocks & many others)

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Saturday morning in the King Treehouse

Saturday mornings are quiet around the treehouse.

I can usually sit downstairs with a cup of coffee before the house stirs, and surf or listen to music or think or piddle or some other such thing.

This morning, I'm given to doing half of all the above simultaneously. Life will intrude soon enough -- I've got a couple of letters that have to be done today, She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed wants to go to the new Home Depot Landscape Warehouse (which just opened close-by); the Angst-ridden, love-smitten teenager wants to go to the mall (when does she NOT want to go?); Number One Son (who scowls at his older sister when she calls him Lemonhead) just wants to get out of the house, and The Baby (who dances so much to the Badger-Badger-Badger song that her older sibs call her Badger) just wants some attention.

Add to that the wedding Rae and I have to attend this afternoon (I'm not in the mood for a frelling wedding, but She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed frowns at me when I subtly hint at other activities instead; which, of course means I'm going). Then the market journey intrudes...

But all that is yet to come this morning. Dad has yet to call - his phone call usually signals the rest of the household to stir all at once.

No, this morning, I'm actually trying to hash out in my mind, the real first chapter of the book.

The book has been playing with itself in fits and starts in my mind for more than two years now, with bits and pieces playing itself out in my articles, both online and not. I've got many of the chapters outlined in relative detail, and ongoing events push around those details like so many rubber ducks floating in the bathtub.

But the opening chapter has always eluded me.

I'm finally finding some measure of foraging in that direction though. I hope. Maybe.

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May 28, 2004

OJ the killer is now offically also "money grubbing scum."

According to Star Magazine, OJ Simpson's lawyer, Yale Galanter, is shopping around paid interview and photo ops for his client, as we approach the 10th anniversary of the brutal murders of Simpson's wife Nicole and her friend, Ron Goldman.

"It will be expensive," the mag quotes Galanter. "TV rights are going for $100,000. For print rights, between $20,000 and $25,000."

Nothing if not classy, Galanter adds that O.J. might even be willing to do a photo shoot at the Brentwood crime scene and at Nicole's grave site - if the price is right.

"It would have to be a multimillion-type deal," Galanter says. A grave site photo would be "worth $500,000 ... Our preference is a standard interview ... but it's just money."

Perhaps someone would be willing to take out a contract on the man. After all, "it's just money."

Nicole Simpson & Ron Goldman were murdered June 12, 1994.

(Courtesy A Small Victory)

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Michael "The Cryptkeeper" Jackson looks for reduction of $3 million bail

Michael Jackson's lawyers have formally asked for a reduction of the $3 million bail placed on the singer in his child molestation case. This despite fears by the prosecution that MJ might flee if faced with conviction.

Jackson's legal team claim the singer is not a flight risk (yeah, right!), and should get the same level of bail that any other individual would receive.

"As the day of trial approaches and Mr. Jackson makes a hard-headed assessment of his chances for an acquittal and ponders the unhappy but inevitable consequences of a conviction, he may well conclude that life as a wealthy absconder ... is preferable to what might amount to a life term in a California prison," prosecutors said in court papers.

Prosecutors argued in their motion that Jackson was an international celebrity "whose lifestyle to date would not have prepared him to adapt readily to a prison environment and routine and whose physical stature would present its own problems for him in making the necessary adjustments."

Oh, yeah. Right. Can you imagine MJ in a jail cell? With a massive cellmate named Bubba? Who has a problem with depth perception?

I'm thinking that MJ would either try to go live with fellow convicted child molester Roman Polanski overseas, or try to kill himself.

Then the question is how many of the fawning fans who worship the ground the has-been performer walks on would follow the Cryptkeeper-lookalike into oblivion...

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May 27, 2004

Cincinnati City Council objects, says Cops has to leave

Cameras for Cops stopped rolling in Cincinnati this afternoon, after members of the Queen City's city council objected over what the show might depict.

The Saturday night Fox staple is finishing it's 15th season on the air. It shows real-life police officers from around the nation during "ride-alongs," so viewers can see what the officers see.

The crew began filming Tuesday, and today, Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher "changed his mind" about allowing the crew to continue filming.

Streicher's decision came after Wednesday's City Council meeting, during which council members Alicia Reece, Christopher Smitherman and Pat DeWine expressed concern about the filming, which they feared would portray the city poorly. Reece said a show that "sensationalizes" crime could hurt the city's ability to attract tourists and businesses.

They also said they were concerned city council was not consulted or were not able to provide input on Streicher's invitation to the show to film his officers.

Sounds like the council is afraid of the rest of the nation seeing the truth about Cincinnati -- whatever that "truth" might be.

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You can never satisfy treehuggers

Piedmont Park in Atlanta is a park not unlike New York's Central Park or Chicago's Lincoln Park in terms of size and scope. It's midtown Atlanta's back yard amid the zillions of trees in this part of the country.

The northern part of the park has been nearly overgrown with kudzu (remind me to tell you about kudzu one day) and other plant life; very few people go over there. There's a city of Atlanta maintenance garage over there, and it backs up to subdivisions and a shopping area on the northern end of the park.

Also adjacent to the park is the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The Garden along with the Park as a whole, are in need of additional parking space.

The Garden has designed a garage with six levels of parking for 800 cars that will stretch over an acre; the garage will be built in a way that minimal impact will be placed upon the land. People will still be able to enjoy the park, and there will be less impact on the surrounding area as people try to find places to park. The garage will be built in a way that it is concealed from the surroundings, with an earthen berm and 25-foot tall trees surrounding it.

But, as you can imagine, the treehuggers are still not happy.

"We don't care that it's green and beautiful," said Susan Abramson of Friends of Piedmont Park. "We know it's concrete and steel underneath, and we know there will be cars coming in and out."
If a car parks, and you don't see it, is it still offensive?

Just damn.

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Black gay Republicans stage protest against gay marriage

I wouldn't have believed this one if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. My jaw is still stuck to the keyboard.

The Abe Lincoln Black Republican Caucus, a group of "young Black gay, bisexual and 'down lo' males" has been protesting across the nation against gay marriage.

"It is an international disgrace and an affront to every Black man, woman and child in the United States for the Massachusetts' Supreme Court to start marriage for gays on the 50th anniversary of the Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education Decision," stated Don Sneed, the political mentor for the ALBRC and a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (Bush Appointee). "I am sick and tired of seeing the white gay rights movement continue to hijack the Black civil rights movement and make these situations one and the same," stated Anthony Falls, Chairman of the ALBRC and recently elected the first Black openly gay Republican Precinct Chairman in Texas.
The group protested not only gay marriage, but what they called "unbridled racism" among white gays.
On last Saturday, at a huge rally held in the Oak Lawn area in support of Marriage for Gays and against the constitutional amendment for defense of marriage, the ALBRC staged a highly vocal and visible counter protest and demonstration against what it considers 30 years of unchecked and unbridled racism by the White gay community against Black gays and lesbians. The protest march was again taken through the heart of the Oak Lawn community to the astonishment and amazement of the local gay patrons and shopkeepers. The protesters were met with some racial slurs and threats.

"We are not afraid of the white gay economic and political behemoth that continues to treat us like third class citizens and trash. It is the epitome of hypocrisy for White gays and lesbians to base their claims for rights to marry upon prejudice, discrimination and civil rights violations, when they are prejudiced, discriminatory and disrespectful of Black gay's and lesbian's human rights each and every day," stated Mr. Sneed. "The White gay community is one of America's last strongholds for White Supremacy. We will begin the dismantling of that stronghold today in downtown Dallas," stated Willie Beard, an ALBRC member.

Seems like everyone is considering leaving the liberal plantation.

I had no clue that such an organization existed in the black gay community. I am certainly familiar with white gay members of the GOP, and by extension groups like the Log Cabin Republicans, but this completely surprises me.

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May 26, 2004

Pandering of the highest order -- only in America, and only by the GOP!

GOP Chairman Ed Gillespie, in his "infinite wisdom" (he said while rolling his eyes), is sending out three "leading" black Republicans to talk to business leaders around the nation.

This four-city trip is billed as an economic development tour, and is apparently geared toward minorities.

The problem -- and it's a big freakin' problem as I see it -- is that of the three blacks chosen, only one (Texas Insurance Commissioner Michael Williams) has any sort of credibility, and is the only one of the three that has the kind of political, business and social experience that the general public might even listen to.

The other two? Glad you asked.

The 2003 Miss America (that's right, a former beauty queen) Erika Harold and Don King.

You can close your mouth now.

Don King. As in "Only in America!"

As in the stick-your-finger-in-a-light-socket hairdo. And as in boxing promoter and heir to P.T. Barnum's salesmanship himself.

Gillespie is pushing this with a straight face.

With bullshit like this, is there any wonder that the GOP continues to play out of a hole when it comes to black America? Likewise, is there any wonder why many others (both black and white) find it hard to take black conservatives seriously?

You mean to tell me that the only viable black Republican voices that Ed Gillespie could find to talk to businessmen and women around the nation are Don King and the former Miss America?

This, truly is an insult to my intelligence, and to yours.

I just got another letter in the mail from the GOP begging for money. With crap like this, they'll be begging a long damn time before I throw good money away on 'em.

UPDATE (5/27, 9:30A): After sleeping on it, and talking to my wife (She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed), I've calmed down a little.

While I still think that this is a bad move, perhaps I should sit back and watch what happens. After all, the people who attend are at least going to listen to the trio's message. And quiet as it's kept, there are a lot of folks who would listen to a Don King sooner than a Michael King. They certainly wouldn't call Don King an "oreo," though they'd be quick to call me one.

We'll have to see.

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Enterprise cliffhanger....

"I hate Illinois Nazis..."

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Be on the lookout for these bad guys -- they want to kill you

Here are the pictures everyone's been looking for.

Attorney General John Ashcroft says these folks -- and quite probably others -- are in the US and are leading up to an attack on American soil that would overshadow 9/11.

If you see these folks, get in touch with law enforcement immediately!

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The bad guys wanna hit us real hard, real soon...

The bad guys wanna hit us here. On shore. In the states.

They want to hit us hard this summer and inflict as many civilian casualties as they can muster.

The faces and names of seven individuals will be released at a 2P ET press conference this afternoon, acoording to Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Bob Mueller.

The alerts name people being sought for questioning -- not necessarily suspected of plotting attacks. They include descriptions and basic biographical information along with the photographs.

The photographs and information will be sent to law enforcement agencies across the country and around the world, the sources said.

Supposedly, there isn't enough to raise the terror alert level (at least according to DHS Secretary John Ridge), but bottom line is to keep alert and watch yourself this summer.

There are several high profile events this summer -- the G8 Summit next month down at Sea Island, GA, of course plenty of Independance Day celebrations across the nation, the opening of the World War II Memorial on the Mall in Washington this weekend, not to mention the Democratic National Convention in Boston in July, and the Republican National Convention in New York City in early September.

There is also major concern relating to the Summer Olympic Games in August in Athens, Greece.

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Other stuff television-wise

The Futon Critic continues it's look at the fall television season with some additional info that didn't show up in the upfront presentations last week.

It's a no-go on "Transylvania." Despite a hefty put pilot commitment when it was originally announced, NBC has opted not to go forward with the small screen spin-off of the current Universal feature "Van Helsing."

-- UPN will look to expand to six nights starting next year. (CBS Head Leslie Moonves) wasn't specific on whether the new night will be Saturdays or Sundays.

-- "60 Minutes II" will drop the "II." "The Roman numeral II created some confusion on the part of the viewers and suggested a watered-down version," CBS News president Andrew Heyward told Daily Variety.

-- "The Simpsons" will once again earn a post-Super Bowl berth...after the game ends on February 6, 2005.

-- "Alias" is set to run repeat-free beginning in January. Aside from pre-emptions due to the Super Bowl and the Oscars, the fourth-year drama is set to run for 20 weeks on the network beginning in January.

-- UPN's "America's Next Top Model" and NBC's "The Apprentice" are both set to air two cycles next season. Both reality hits are slated to run for two cycles with "Model" running 26 installments and "Apprentice" a whopping 34 episodes over the course of the 2004-05 season.

-- "24" will open and close with two-hour installments as well as feature a two-hour special event episode in the middle of the season. Said moves are designed so that "24" will be able to run for 21 consecutive weeks beginning in January and close by the end of May sweeps.

TFC also reports that Fox won't give us any resolution to outcomes over their two cancelled (really trashy, but a guilty pleasure) reality shows, Forever Eden and Playing It Straight. Both shows tanked miserably in the ratings (and I'll admit to watching 'em, even if no one else will), and were yanked in mid run.

Straight had another four or five segments; Eden had another 16 to 18 episodes left to run.

It would make sense to play 'em out on FX if nowhere else, but hey, who knows what evil lurks in the mind of a network television programmer?

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Islamic Call To Prayer to sound through streets of Detroit suburb

The Islamic Call To Prayer will go forward in the Detroit suburb of Hamtramck, MI, starting Friday, after a petition drive by residents failed to stop it.

The petition drive was intended to stop a noise ordinance amendment regulating the religious messages. The City Council voted unanimously to reject the petitions and place the issue before city voters in the next election.

“I am appalled by the level of racism I have seen,” Councilman Scott Klein said. “The people opposing this amendment (that allows the calls to prayer) have nothing on the boys from Birmingham (Ala.).”

But Robert Zwolak of Hamtramck, who led the petition drive, was just as upset by the council's actions.

“The damage has been done. This is Chernobyl,” Zwolak said, referring to the nuclear power plant disaster in Ukraine in 1986. “The fallout will last for many years.”

The city council determined that they did not have the right to regulate the hours when the prayer call would be broadcast through loudspeakers in the community.

The Muslim Call to Prayer will be announced in Arabic by loudspeaker five times per day beginning Friday afternoon.

The council fails to recognize that in their zeal to promote "diversity," that personal property rights are being trampled. Doesn't an individual have the right not to be disturbed by moose-like wailing five times per day in their own home?

This not a racial issue, as the liberal member of the city councl quoted above would have you believe, but a issue of community peace.

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