Thursday, September 21, 2006

Dubya should be ashamed of himself...

Damn George!

Dubya is really drunk with power when he can act like this and get away with it.

If Bill Clinton had done something like that, The Republicans would have asked for his head!

Wake up, people!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The Characteristics Of Picaninnies...

'Sup, y'all.

Here's another informative article by Chance. I've been corresponding with him by email and he's an intelligent, humble dude. Go to his website and check out some of his other articles.

Read on...


The Characteristics Of Picaninnies
Published by Chance on Monday, August 28, 2006

Chance writes: The book titled The Birth of a Nation set the standard for cinematic anti-Black images. All of the major Black caricatures are in the movie, including, mammies, sambos, toms, picaninnies, coons, beasts, and tragic mulattos. The depictions of Lydia (black parent and one white parent therefore, making Lydia a mulatto) — a cold-hearted, hateful seductress — and Silas Lynch (mulatto) — a power hungry, sex-obsessed criminal — were early examples of the pathologies supposedly inherent in blacks.

The Characteristics Of Picaninnies
By Chance, Chancellorfiles

Chance: Picaninnies as portrayed in material culture of America have skin coloring ranging from medium brown to dark black – light skinned picaninnies are very rare. Picaninnies come in all ages, they include infants (babies) and teenagers; however, most picaninnies appear to be 8 to 10 years old. Picaninnies are both boys and girls the girls often have their hair plaited in short plaits and the plaits point in all directions. And sometimes picaninny girls have matted hair; their hair is matted because it has not been comb in a long while. Picaninny boys often are bald (no hair) and their heads shine like metal. These picaninnies have often been portrayed as having big large-wide eyes with the white part being very white, very oversized red lips, real white teeth, medium brown or very dark black skin, and oversized mouths — the oversized mouths were to accommodate huge pieces of watermelon.

These picaninny black children were poorly dressed and un-kept physically — they wore torn ragged clothes and the clothes were oversized. Also, in some caricatures picaninny children are shown semi-nude. This nudity also was a suggestion that black parents do not love their children enough to teach them modesty. A parent who loves and cares about a child would never let that child go out into society half nude and with out decent clothing. This neglect implies that blacks are less civilized than whites. Whites are known to be civilized and wear clothes. The nudity presents another problem, and that is it sexualizes black children. When black children are viewed as sexualized at a young age it opens up the possibility — that black children are so irrelevant and animal like that it is ok and alright for adults to sexually abuse them. In some caricatures black children are shown totally nude with their genitalia and buttocks exposed – and often with no shame.

Often the buttocks are oversized.

Picaninny children were neglected and had to find their own food and fend for themselves. The picaninny caricature often show black children obsessed with eating chicken and watermelon. Chicken and watermelon are the favorite foods of the picaninnies.

Chance: Picaninnies were often viewed as animal like in behavior and therefore considered less civilized. Even in postcards during the early 20th century black picaninnies were dehumanized. Seriously, for example a 1907 postcard, showed a Black child on his knees looking at a pig. The caption read, “Whose Baby is OO?” Also, a 1930s bisque match holder showed a Black baby emerging from an egg while a rooster looked on. This implied that the rooster was the father of the black child, and implying that the black mother had sex with the rooster. This gave the impression that black women were so pathologically obsessed with sex that they would even have sex with a rooster to satisfy their sexual desires. Black children in the 19th centurty and early 20th century were often shown on post cards being attacked by dogs, pigs, chickens, cashed by alligators, and other animals.

We have come a long way in America in regards to racial relations America still has some lingering racial problems. But America is better than what it use to be. In the times of today it is black people themselves who are going around portraying blacks in a negative way. Blacks create cartoons that denigrate and humiliate blacks. These cartoons and other black television shows that always show blacks displaying negative pathological behaviors for the world to see are the modern day picaninnies. In the past it was whites who were showing cartoons and caricatures of blacks as being stupid, negative, and displaying pathological behaviors. But today it’s certain blacks who have picked up the humiliation of black America torch and proudly continue where certain white supremacists left off. This type of self destructive behavior has to cease and desist.

Chance: I’m Chance
By Chance Kelsey (Chancellor)
Written during the 21st century by Chance


I think this article goes great with my "Hip Hop Minstrel Show" article.

Do you belive that they STILL use this type for advertisments in Japan and parts of South America?

The more things change, the more they stay the same...

Who's Your Hero? ... The VIBE Mag Rebuttal...

Here's a new post from the terrordome of Chuck D's Public Enemy's site.
His article has been posted in its original form: uncut, untouched, and unedited.

Check it out...

The Always Knowledgable Chuck D.


Whos Your Hero? ... The VIBE Mag Rebuttal.
September 20, 2006

.... When I was first asked to do an interview answering to VIBE's concern about reality shows and the mismanagement of female images in media, I straight out flatly refused. I'm neither arrogant, elitist, nor bitter, its just that the problems with the topic are beyond articles, sound bites, and special one off tele, broad, or even webcasts. It's worthy of dissertation, educational curriculum, and books of new social science containing cultural analysis yet to be published and exposed. Quite frankly I had my reservations until Danyel Smith took over the magazine (one which to me has had the tendency of coming off like a cultural coloring book). I wish the mag and VIXEN a testosterone-less good look and luck. And it's the main reason agreeing to the issue here at hand.

With that said, the question of how blacks are treated in the world of reality television is answered simply in that reality TV is not reality at all. It's shot, canned, edited, and processed Amerikkkan style like Mickey D fries, over 300 million served and told. The public should know that Flavor's and other reality shows are shot five months beforehand within a ten day span, so how stupid is it when people wait week by week to find out something that at happened a half a year before? Pavlovic eh? It's no secret when we don't control things, they can end up governing our existence. Black ownership in media is nil and none. Maybe there's some negrownwership in the house, because corporations (usually a squad of white males) need them around to create and endorse 'niggers' - this avoids the race tag I guess. Black media tries to justify parallel programming by saying they need numbers to stay in business. This is a root problem that quantifies black people in a rating system of eyeballs and ears rather than the old school issue of 'quality' and 'feelin' it.

But the scientific effects go beyond race as most Americans generally have a poor grip on geography and history (i.e. a shameful 18% of US citizens own passports, and many Americans we're surprised so many black folk lived in New Orleans after watching the news drunken-ality of post Katrina). When one studies mass communication you find that each situation broke a giant genie out of and busted the bottle with it. Martin Luther (not the king or the singer) with the printing press, Marconi with radio, and various events leading up to post World War Two invention of television. Television is considered the most powerful weapon/tool created to inflict influence. More powerful than a hundred trillion bibles, Korans, or Torahs in the minds of the masses. The power as far as black folk is concerned is like a snapshot of a gathering. If you were in that gathering and the snapshot was passed around, the first person you look for is yourself. This is the basic reason black folks flock and suck to the tube. Take science, drop it in some perceived culture, and you can have some millennium pied piper sht goin on.

Ok, before I lose you to whippings of ass distraction which is the reality television credo; those powers that be move the M in 'the masses', and consider 'them asses' - just consumers. In a land where a village idiot reigns at the top, it's no surprise that many citizens would be reduced to 'vidiots'. Anti-lectualism and mass dumbassification puts big brother on blast, thus television across five hundred channels comes across as candied stress relief away from the rigors of reality. Thus reality gets created for mass consumption just like the black entertainment and athlete gods are created by the 'godmakers' that the public does not or doesn't care to know.
When one examines the positioning of women and especially black women in the media, again it's reduced to whatever sells. We've heard that sex sells for the longest time but the past fifteen years corporations looking for numbers have perved their way into selling it to a severely underage demographic. Just check the nearest sixth grader nearest you. Reality TV, music, hip hop and their adult themes have indirectly invited kids to the orgy.

This disturbance is Xeroxed, reflected, and re-emitted by hip hop in the treatment of women. If mass media has basically been a locker room, that women have had to find a safe corner haven, then hip hop is that testosterone heavy, dude crib where the refrigerator's empty, rugs filthy garbage overflowed, unkept nasty bathroom for all to trip over the debris. Videos have captured the eyeballs for years, and now if they can roll ten to fifteen hot chicks per rapper/singer, marketing teams ( I'm so sick of that wack term marketing 2006 = pimpin) can keep making ugly the new cute...WTF!? This process has been followed by television programming. To hell with an idea and script for the lowest denomination.

But Viacom and reality shows are inseparable, the real world jumped it off in the early 90's. What's more disturbed is that Christina Morgan of MTV Networks, Debra L. Lee of BET, and Cathy Hughes of Radio One are all black women, and presidents of the most powerful portals of culture, image - portrayals that tens of millions of black folk visit daily, and at the same time black women's images have never been so low. ( a shameless plug here is all female rap group Crew Grrl Order debut on my label, it'll be interesting to see the support of these womens' recordings by these mega conglomerates come this October 2006) Then again when Biggie told the crowd to rub your privates if you love hip hop, and smart cats in fear of being called 'out' just did it cause Simon said it, what do you expect ten years later?

This brings me to Flav's scenario. Yes, there is a problem but he's been generally the same cat I pulled up from his humble beginnings twenty-five years ago. Flav has always existed with a somewhat conscious surrounding, and Public Enemy was a varied, diversified collection of personalities, just as our neighborhood depicted. And we reflected that black men we're still grouped in one boxed Amerikkan cookie cutter category whether lawyer, clown, militant, athlete, mechanic, drug dealer, drug addict, soldier, academic cat, thug etc.

At the crest of R&B (Reagan and Bush) black life was considered valueless in Amerikka. Flav was Skittles and Starburst to Professor Griff's okra and beets, and everything else we did was in between. Somehow along the way black life and culture was deemed profitable, and the big great white male took interest and fought over the seven seas of soul. Niggativity, which was a minority element in the hood, had its DNA corporately extracted and created the climate for a Flavor Of Love and others. It's called diminishing returns. I'm glad Flav is busy, really not surprised at all ( been traveling and living with dude all over the earth 20 years people, 56 countries, 54 tours....hello why would I be surprised?) But it's a double wince at times when the stats say that its a well watched program by the masses of blackfolk and the topic the next day amongst blackfolk at school and work. Grown people mind you.

Personally I thought Flavor was the smartest cat in the room on Surreal Life, and showed the heart he had in Strange love (although I interjected when I heard a conflict was shot between he and his ex, and I threatened VH 1 and the production company if they aired it, we'd have problems...they were calling the conflict 'good TV'...... sht) When Flav told me he was doing a Flavor version of the bachelor, I just laughed and wished him luck. Flavor Flav is addicted to fame, he ain't never changed. When he has had run ins with the law and some substance cases, it's been when his fame was on the low. In that position I know this magazine and other cultural mags, shows, blogs etc, would cover the worst news unfit to print to get black folk's knee jerk consumer response at the register.

After continued run ins and possible boredom in the Bronx, Hank Shocklee and I suggested he head to California. Hollywood, the place where every time I visit and leave there I have to take IQ rehab. You must understand twenty years ago, myself and Hank formed a noisy rap vehicle in words and sonic assault. PE was to destroy music as we knew it, because it was elitist from a position of black complacency. We knew individuals in the form of Negroes and niggers marionetted in black guise, for the sake of getting rich for self and never thinking, we're running abundant under those blonde suits. At least we knew Flav would be the loudest in whatever room, restaurant he was in. In a twisted way perhaps he was an asteroid smash landed to possibly change the terrain of imagery, and wake some people up.
The truth is that our image was forsaken in the 90's when drawing the line was blurred, set back or didn't matter as much. Black folk started calling athletes and entertainers 'heroes and legends' instead of everyday people doing real and important things. Class clowns and thugs were co signed and socially applauded and rewarded by lazier working images and shielded by money. While teachers, and valedictorians were being clowned, thus silencing the smartest kids in the room.

Corporation's millennium marketing big picture says Black people are not asked we are told, and black women are simply just ordered whether it's a demand or as virtual plate-side condiments.
We've gone from being laughed with to laughed at. Contrary to popular belief things ain't gotta be hip hop or have streetcred to cut across to us, but somebody better reverse this momentum that Amerikkan whitefolks believe, or forever culture here will be petri dished in a boardroom.
Ultimately this is a wake up call to prevent the 'falling off of black America.' It has little to do with how much money one has, when black folks stop praising and weighing cultural and social success to things and individuals just because money is made, then some of the climate will reverse itself. When culture and news props up those with degrees and key community profile instead of putting celebrity baby mama issues on the front blast page and reflects cats who work everyday for our people with no gloss, floss and glory then the climate will reverse. Perhaps Flavor is an introduction to black folks killing off the nigger in ourselves.

This just in....the rest of PE continues to do and contribute socially nationally and abroad, we're balanced as a structure and expect no coverage or publicity campaign costing 6k a month. But I don't do reality TV and won't bend for it. Amongst many things I've been on the Air America Radio network the past three years with a black woman co-host, Gia'na Garel, boosting social-cultural-political opinions nationally and abroad. We expect a minority of listeners, but also I realize the glaring fact that if I'd merely robbed a gas station I wouldn't need a publicist, I'd be put on blast on every black media outlet possible and every black person beyond reading this would easily apply my name to the negative, like what Eddie Johnson just went through .
So I would like this to be read, and thoroughly comprehended. If not and it's fulla sht and too deep then there you have it. I'm glad you've made it this far. Don't expect some reality show nearest you, I'm not for sale and quick to telling people' nunya gd damn bizness...


'I cannot teach you, I can only help you explore yourself'
-Bruce Lee

Chuck D On The Real radioshow w Giana Garel sunday nights 11p-1est.


Chuck D is deep as Hell...

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Opium Harvest at Record Level in Afghanistan...

This is a trip.

Good-bye Taliban, Hello (MORE) Opium!

Read on...


Opium Harvest at Record Level in Afghanistan

The Afghan opium harvest has reached record levels, up 49 percent from last year, the United Nations says.

Published: September 3, 2006

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 2 — Afghanistan’s opium harvest this year has reached the highest levels ever recorded, showing an increase of almost 50 percent from last year, the executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, said Saturday in Kabul.

He described the figures as “alarming” and “very bad news” for the Afghan government and international donors who have poured millions of dollars into programs to reduce the poppy crop since 2001. He said the increase in cultivation was significantly fueled by the resurgence of Taliban rebels in the south, the country’s prime opium growing region. As the insurgents have stepped up attacks, they have also encouraged and profited from the drug trade, promising protection to growers if they expanded their opium operations.

“This year’s harvest will be around 6,100 metric tons of opium — a staggering 92 percent of total world supply. It exceeds global consumption by 30 percent,” Mr. Costa said at a news briefing.

He said the harvest increased by 49 percent from the year before, and it drastically outpaced the previous record of 4,600 metric tons, set in 1999 while the Taliban governed the country. The area cultivated increased by 59 percent, with more than 400,000 acres planted with poppies in 2006 compared with less than 260,000 in 2005.

“It is indeed very bad, you can say it is out of control,” Mr. Costa said Friday in an interview before the announcement. President Hamid Karzai expressed disappointment at the results in a statement issued on Saturday and urged the international community to expand its commitment to strengthen the Afghan police and law enforcement agencies. The Bush administration has made poppy eradication a major facet of its aid to Afghanistan, and it has criticized Mr. Karzai for not doing more to challenge warlords involved in opium production.

On Saturday, a State Department spokeswoman, Joanne Moore, had no immediate comment on the United Nations report, but she pointed to a fact sheet posted on the department’s Web site that outlined efforts to support Afghanistan’s counternarcotics campaign. The increase in cultivation was mainly a result of the strength of the insurgency in southern Afghanistan, which has left whole districts outside of government control, and the continuing impunity of everyone involved, from the farmers and traffickers to corrupt police and government officials, Mr. Costa said.

Afghanistan is already the world’s largest producer of opium, and 35 percent of its gross domestic product is estimated to come from the narcotics trade.

Most of the heroin made from Afghan poppies is sold in Europe and Asia, drug officials say. Most of the increase in poppy cultivation has occurred in five provinces in southern Afghanistan, in particular Helmand, Kandahar and Oruzgan, where security has sharply deteriorated this year because of Taliban attacks, Mr. Costa said. “The southern part of Afghanistan was displaying the ominous hallmarks of incipient collapse, with large-scale drug cultivation and trafficking, insurgency and terrorism, crime and corruption,” he said in a statement released by his office.

“We are seeing a very strong connection between the increase in the insurgency on the one hand and the increase in cultivation on the other hand,” he explained in the interview. The Taliban had distributed leaflets at night, inviting farmers to increase their poppy cultivation in exchange for protection, Mr. Costa said. The rebels also profit from levies in return for protection of drug convoys passing through the border areas they controlled. There were also signs of a pernicious strategy to encourage farmers to increase poppy cultivation in an effort to force a government reaction, which would then turn the population further against the government, Mr. Costa said.

But he did not blame only the Taliban for the increase. He specifically accused the former governor of Helmand Province, Sher Muhammad Akhund, of encouraging farmers to grow more poppies in the months before he was removed from office. The result was an increase of 160 percent in that “villain province” from its harvest last year, he said, the highest rise in the country. “There is evidence of major pressure exerted by him in favor of cultivating opium,” Mr. Costa said. In the news briefing on Saturday, Mr. Costa also criticized the government’s action of removing the governor and giving him a position in the upper house of Parliament.

I have been on record for asking the president for corrupt officials not to be moved around but to be removed, to be neutralized; if records can prove conviction, to be arrested and convicted. So far we do not have much evidence for that And we hope that more forceful initiatives will be taken exactly in that area,” he said.

One province in the north, Badakhshan, where there is no problem of an insurgency, also had a significant increase in poppy cultivation. Mr. Costa attributed that mostly to the lack of government control and the presence of powerful warlords and corrupt local officials. A substantial drought also played a part, because no alternative crop could survive as the poppies did. While the government had improved its performance at eradication of the poppy crop, it had failed to do enough to catch traffickers and corrupt officials, he said.

The United Nations drugs office, which measures the eradication program, said about 38,000 acres of poppy fields were confirmed to have been destroyed, whereas only about 12,000 acres were confirmed destroyed last year. Government reporting on how much was eradicated was also less exaggerated, Mr. Costa said. In 2005, province governors had reported eradicating about 87,000 acres and the United Nations could only confirm 12,000 destroyed. In 2006, governors reported 57,000 acres destroyed, and the drug office confirmed 38,000, he said.
The United Nations drugs office surveys cultivation in Afghanistan through satellite imagery and with teams on the ground, who have even worked in Taliban-controlled areas. Usually they travel undercover on motorbikes, and they interview farmers and traders in more than 2,000 villages across the country.

International donors have put a lot of money into training judges and investigators and preparing high-security detention facilities for drug traffickers, and it was now time for the government to act, Mr. Costa said. “I am pleading with the government to be much tougher,” he said. A new high-security prison block would be inaugurated in a few weeks, he said. “We have room for 100 people and I am asking the government to fill it within six months,” he said.

Afghanistan’s minister for counternarcotics, Habibullah Qaderi, said at the news briefing that the news was a setback for his ministry and for the country. But he said the government’s strategy to combat opium production would start to show results in the next three years.
He said he hoped the government would be able to capture more high-level traffickers and corrupt officials. But he said it still lacked the capacity to investigate and catch the “big fish.”
Several hundred people have been arrested and convicted for drug offenses in recent months, but Mr. Qaderi admitted most were people who were caught carrying the drugs. One significant prosecution involved an Interior Ministry official, Lt. Col. Nadir Khan, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison two months ago for stealing 110 pounds of heroin that had been impounded by drug enforcement authorities and selling it, a Western counternarcotics official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.


92 Freakin' Percent of WORLD TOTAL?

Up from 70 % (Like that wasn't enough!) before the war?

How do you bomb a country into The Stone Age (Even though they were ALREADY THERE!) and have the heroin traffic INCREASE??!


Welcome to the Pigeonhole: The Branding of Black Leadership...

Malcolm & Martin

I read this article on Dell Gine's site.

Read on...


Welcome to the Pigeonhole: The Branding of Black Leadership

Blogged under Social Commentary by Dell on Friday 1 September 2006

What is a ‘black leader’ anyway?

If we go by the adjective as a modifier approach a black leaders is simply someone that is ‘black’ leading others irrespective of those being led’s class or color. We however know that is not the case. A black leader in reality is defined as one who leads black folks. From a real world perspective, a black leader is defined as a black person who has influence and sway over blacks on a national, state, or local level at grassroots points (Farrakhan, etc.), politically (Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, etc.) or spiritually through the Church (TD Jakes, etc.) . If you truly observe you will see those are the three general categories in which today’s American black leadership is expected to operate. That is why Bill Cosby isn’t considered a ‘black’ leader, Condoleezza Rice isn’t considered a ‘black’ leader, and Bob Johnson the black billionaire isn’t considered a ‘black’ leader.

The problem with the arbitrary limitation and mass acceptance of the definition of black leadership is twofold:

1. It pigeonholes blacks who demonstrate strong leadership characteristics and abilities in areas outside of the ‘big three’ leadership areas that I mentioned above. Perception becomes reality and conditioning determines perception. When someone who doesn’t fit the ‘traditional’ paradigm of black leadership arrives on the scene they are either rejected, or expected to eventually conform to the commonly held perception fo what black leadership is. The pressure is put on the leader to conform not only by black folks but also by whites, as both groups find comfort in what they understand and what has historically been true.

Even Malcolm X suffered the pigeonhole effect: One of the major troubles that I was having in building the organization that I wanted-an all-Black organization whose ultimate objective was to help create a society in which there could exist honest white-Black brotherhood - was that my earlier public image, my so-called “Black Muslim” image, kept blocking me. I was trying to gradually reshape that image. I was trying to turn a corner, into a new regard by the public, especially Negroes; I was no less angry than I had been, but at the same time the true brotherhood I had seen in the Holy World had influenced me to recognize that anger can blind human vision. (Autobiography, pp 320, 381) - Malcolm X

2. It pigeonholes blacks from of a broader perspective of being able to speak and have credibility in speaking to quote - unquote ‘non-black issues’. Intelligent, intuitive, and understanding black leaders who have a broad understanding of issues that aren’t traditionally considered ‘black’ issues have their opinions marginalized or minimized because, “Why aren’t they talking about things that black people need”? Probably the most salient example is Martin Luther King Jr. attempting to transition from Civil Rights Leadership to tackling the issue of Vietnam as seen in his 1967 speech Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence:

Over the past two years, as I have moved to break the betrayal of my own silences and to speak from the burnings of my own heart, as I have called for radical departures from the destruction of Vietnam, many persons have questioned me about the wisdom of my path. At the heart of their concerns this query has often loomed large and loud: Why are you speaking about war, Dr. King? Why are you joining the voices of dissent? Peace and civil rights don’t mix, they say (King, 1967).

Recognized as the greatest Civil Rights Leader or ‘black leader’ of the modern era, even when Dr. King himself attempted to step out of the pigeonhole and lead not just on black issues but on an ‘American/Global’ issue people questioned him for it.

For black folks to continue our ascension to our rightful place in American society and in the Global community, we have to allow our black leaders to truly become black leaders. We need leaders to take the lead on specific issues relevant to our condition as black men and women in America. However we should not limit black leaders to only having a voice on conditions relevant to black America. We have more to talk about than just ‘black’ things and we can talk about them from more than just a grassroots, faith based, or political perspective. As our society has transitioned into globalism and the age of information and the stressors and possibilities of those transitions affect America in general and blacks specifically, so to must blacks in leadership expand in the way in which they lead.

Blacks can lead more than just blacks and they can lead in more diverse ways but for us as black folks, for America, and the World to reap the benefits of our black leadership potential we must adapt and shut the pigeonhole down and allow new leadership paradigms and models to lead in a new way for a new era.


Dell writes some deep stuff, doesn't he?

"Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin killed by stingray...

Damn, bud.

"Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin
2/22/62 - 9/4/06


"Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin killed by stingray
Internationally recognized environmentalist, 44, was filming documentary

CAIRNS, Australia - Steve Irwin died doing what he loved best, getting too close to one of the dangerous animals he dedicated his life to protecting with an irrepressible, effervescent personality that propelled him to global fame as television’s “Crocodile Hunter.” The 44-year-old Irwin’s heart was pierced by the serrated, poisonous spine of a stingray as he swam with the creature Monday while shooting a new TV show on the Great Barrier Reef, his manager and producer John Stainton said. Irwin was videotaped pulling the barb from his chest moments before losing consciousness forever, a witness said Tuesday.

The tape has been secured by Queensland state police as evidence for a coroner's inquiry.
Stainton described the footage, which he had seen, as "shocking." "It shows that Steve came over the top of the ray and the tail came up, and spiked him here (in the chest), and he pulled it out and the next minute he's gone," Stainton told reporters in Cairns, where Irwin's body was taken for an autopsy. "That was it. The cameraman had to shut down," Stainton said. News of Irwin’s death reverberated around the world, where he won popularity with millions as the man who regularly leaped on the back of huge crocodiles and grabbed deadly snakes by the tail.

“Crikey!” was his catch phrase, repeated whenever there was a close call — or just about any other event — during his TV programs, delivered with a broad Australian twang, mile-a-minute delivery and big arm gestures.

‘It’s a huge loss to Australia’“I am shocked and distressed at Steve Irwin’s sudden, untimely and freakish death,” Australian Prime Minister John Howard said. “It’s a huge loss to Australia.”
Conservationists said all the world would feel the loss of Irwin, who turned a childhood love of snakes and lizards and knowledge learned at his parents’ side into a message of wildlife preservation that reached a television audience that reportedly exceeded 200 million.
“He was probably one of the most knowledgeable reptile people in the entire world,” Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio, told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”In high-energy programs from Africa, the Americas and Asia, but especially his beloved Australia, Irwin — dressed always in khaki shorts, shirt and heavy boots — crept up on lions, chased and was chased by komodo dragons, and went eye-to-eye with poisonous snakes.

Often, his trademark big finish was to hunt down one of the huge saltwater crocodiles that inhabit the rivers and beaches of the Outback in Australia’s tropical north, leap onto its back, grabbing its jaws with his bare hands, then tying the animal’s mouth with rope. He was a committed conservationist, running a wildlife park for crocodiles and other Australian fauna, including kangaroos, koalas and possums, and using some of his TV wealth to buy tracts of land for use as natural habitat.

Stingray’s barb struck Irwin in heartIrwin was in the water at Batt Reef, off the Australian resort town of Port Douglas about 60 miles north of Cairns, shooting a series called “Ocean’s Deadliest” when he swam too close the stingray, Stainton told reporters. Crew members administered CPR and rushed to rendezvous with a rescue helicopter that flew to nearby Low Isle, but Irwin was pronounced dead when the paramedics arrived, Stainton said. Queensland Police Superintendent Michael Keating said there was no evidence Irwin threatened or intimidated the stingray, a normally placid species that only deploys its poisonous tail spines as a defense.

“The world has lost a great wildlife icon, a passionate conservationist and one of the proudest dads on the planet,” Stainton said. “He died doing what he loved best and left this world in a happy and peaceful state of mind. He would have said, ‘Crocs Rule!”’

Irwin’s image was dented a bit in 2004 when he held his month-old son in one arm while feeding large crocodiles inside a zoo pen, touching off a public outcry. He argued there was no danger to his son, and authorities declined to charge him with violating safety regulations. Later that year, he was accused of getting too close to penguins, a seal and humpback whales in Antarctica while making a documentary. An Australian Environment Department investigation recommended no action be taken against him. Finding his elementIrwin was born Feb. 22, 1962, in the southern city of Melbourne to a plumber father and a nurse mother, who decided a few years later to chase a shared dream of becoming involved in animal preservation.

They moved to the Sunshine Coast in tropical Queensland state and opened a reptile and wildlife preserve at Beerwah in 1970. Irwin said in a recent interview that he was in his element.
He was given a snake for his sixth birthday and regularly went on capturing excursions with his father in the bushland around the park. He was catching crocodiles by age 9, and in his 20s worked for the Queensland state government as a trapper who removed crocodiles from populated areas. Irwin’s father, Bob, said his son had an innate affinity with animals from an early age, a sense Irwin later described as “a gift.” He said he learned about wildlife working with his parents rather than in school. In 1991, Irwin took over the park, Australia Zoo, when his parents retired and began building a reputation as a showman during daily crocodile feeding shows.

He met and married Terri Raines, of Eugene, Ore., who came to the park as a tourist, that year. They invited a television crew to join them on their camping honeymoon on Australia’s far northern tip. International fameThe resulting show became the first “Crocodile Hunter,” was picked up by the Discovery Channel the following year, and the resulting series became an international hit. Irwin was more famous in the United States than at home, where he typified a knockabout, rascally character that Australians call a “larrikin” and who many people worried painted a stereotypical picture of Australians as brash and uncouth.

Irwin loved Australia and its people, though, describing it as the greatest land on Earth.
By 2002 he had starred in a movie, Australia Zoo had became a major attraction and the Australian government enlisted him as the star of international tourist campaigns.
When President Bush visited Australia in 2003, Irwin was among the guests hand-picked by Howard to attend a ceremonial barbecue — and he turned up in his khakis. At Australia Zoo in Beerwah, flowers and cards were dropped at the entrance Monday as news of Irwin’s death spread. “Steve, from all God’s creatures, thank you. Rest in peace,” said a card with a bouquet of native flowers.

Irwin is survived by his wife Terri, daughter Bindi Sue, 8, and son Bob, who will turn 3 in December.


At least he went out doing what he loved...

Monday, September 04, 2006

Labor Day Thoughts, Pt. 2...


With all of the crap that's happening with City Hall, the GPD, city-sponsored corporate welfare (I'm referring to the privately-funded Center City Park which will cost taxpayers $400,000.00 A YEAR to maintain.), and allowing TRUE racist to sell grenade launchers (for those pesky deer) and sell Hitler busts and ban cameras during "The Gun & Knife Show" at the Greensboro Coliseum, why are people sooooo concerned with Blacks helping out other Blacks?

To those people I add this..


Also, let's not forget that this day is for "the workin' man" (Which I'm a part of.) so he/she can relax and chill with his/her family and/or friends.

My question is this:

Why is it cool for Latinos to march in Greensboro and to "stay out of work for a day" to show their contribution to America and for The Jewish Community in Greensboro to support their own, but bad and racist when Black folk are trying to do the SAME DAMN THING???!


Labor Day Thoughts...

Labor Day Musings...

It never fails...

Everytime Black folks try to do something for ourselves, SOMEBODY has to talk junk about it.

Many people in town think that local Black leaders asking The Black Community to "Buy Black" is being racist.

It's not.

NOONE called for a BOYCOTT of non-Black businesses!

This is how ignorance is spread. Local leaders simply wanted Black folks to spend money "within The Black Community," FOR A CHANGE!!

Everytime someone ask me, "Why don't Blacks try to help themselves?", I tell them that "There are a great many people who spread rumors and lies and get 'in our way' to hinder this."

There are 365.24 days in a year, but people are threatened when Blacks are asked to spend ONE FREAKIN' DAY supporting Black businesses!

Hell, Wal-Mart isn't going anywhere!

To the Local Black Leaders:

I've critized y'all (rightfully, of course) for a minute now, so it's time for me to say alittle something...

While I applaud your intentions, I critize your execution of said statement.


Because you should have created a list of Black businesses where we should shop for the day.

Many of the businesses that are in Black neighborhoods ARE NOT BLACK and DON'T RESPECT THE BLACK COMMUNITY THAT THEY ARE IN!

Don't ask Blacks to support Black business without a comprehensive list of where we should go!

If you had a Black Supermarket we could go to for steaks and such on a day like this would be nice. As far as I know, there isn't one in Greensboro. The only one that comes close to being "Black-owned" is the Compare store on the corner of Summit Ave. & E. Bessemer, but the owners are Black Dominicans and consider themselves Hispanic instead of Black!

And I've stated many times before, I'm not into marching, so I'll be at the house grilling.

And for all of those people that think it's bad or racist or evil that Blacks help Blacks or for Blacks to spend money with Blacks FOR ONE FREAKIN' DAY OUT OF A 365.24 DAY YEAR...


Friday, September 01, 2006

BET Sucks!!!

I read this crap off The Wikipedia website.

I had a friend of mine who knew the head of programming at BET years ago. That person told me that the man said that unless the women in the rap vidoes were mostly light-skinned and that the video was about "booty-shakin' and drug dealin' " that he wouldn't allow the video on the cable network.

When I heard that, I said, "DAMN, that's f*cked up!"

I know you're supposed to read Wikipedia with "a grain of salt," but if this is true, then BET TRULY SUCKS!!

Here's the quote:

"In 2005, BET allegedly released to employees a list of banned music videos and artists deemed "too intelligent" and not relevant to its intended audience of young black teenagers. This list included popular Hip-Hop acts such as Dead Prez, Little Brother, Talib Kweli, and others."

Here's another one:

"In 2005, BET banned Little Brother's video "Lovin' It" from the album The Minstrel Show. BET's program director commented that this was because the video was "too intelligent" for their target audience."

If this is true, then F*CK BET!!

Court Sides With Student In Bush T-Shirt Flap...

According to this article, a school tried to go after a 13-year old kid was wore a shirt that critized Dubya Bush.

It seems going after an American kid is easier than trying to find Osama bin Laden and other REAL TERRORISTS!

Shame on the school!


Court Sides With Student In Bush T-Shirt Flap
CBS News: 109th Congress

(AP) NEW YORK - Vermont schoolboy was within his rights to wear a T-shirt depicting George W. Bush as a chicken and accusing him of being a former alcohol and cocaine abuser, an appeals court ruled. Zachary Guiles' school violated the First Amendment when it ordered him to cover parts of the shirt, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said Wednesday. Guiles was a 13-year-old seventh-grader at Williamstown Middle High School in Williamstown, Vt., in May 2004 when he wore the shirt, which he had bought at an anti-war rally, to classes once a week for two months. Complaints from a fellow student and her mother who had different political views caused school officials to take a closer look.

Although teachers had told the complaining student that the shirt was political speech and protected by the Constitution, the mother complained to a student support specialist, who decided images of drugs and alcohol violated the school's dress code, the appeals court said. The front of the shirt had Bush's name and the words "Chicken-Hawk-In-Chief" beneath it. Below the words was a large picture of the president's head, wearing a helmet, superimposed on the body of a chicken. To one side of the president on the T-shirt, three lines of cocaine, a razor blade and a straw appear. Elsewhere on the shirt, the president is shown holding a martini glass with an olive in it. After the school official ordered Guiles to turn the shirt inside out, tape over the shirt's images of drugs and alcohol or change shirts, he returned to school another day with duct tape covering the offending images and "Censored" scrawled on the tape. After Guiles, who was suspended for one day because of the shirt, sued school officials in U.S. District Court in Vermont, a judge found that his First Amendment rights were violated but that the school could censor some images on the shirt. The appeals court said the school had no right to censor any part of the shirt." The pictures are an important part of the political message Guiles wished to convey, accentuating the anti-drug (and anti-Bush) message," the appeals court wrote. "By covering them defendants diluted Guiles's message, blunting its force and impact." A telephone message left with a lawyer for the school was not immediately returned Wednesday.

Guiles, now 15, said he was pleased with the appeals court ruling." I think this is a very good sign that even with the current administration and the way the country is going there can still be a justice that allows free speech," he said. His lawyer, Stephen L. Saltonstall, said the ruling goes further than previous law regarding what can be censored in schools." This case, as I see it, stands for the principle that schools cannot censor political T-shirts except in very limited circumstances, such as if they use swear words or some kind of sexual reference," he said. " It gives students a lot more freedom than they've had before to express their political views in school."

He said Guiles is a straight-A student and a talented trombonist with the Vermont Youth Orchestra, which has performed at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan. The White House had no comment on the ruling or the depiction on Guiles' shirt. Days before the 2000 presidential election, Bush was caught withholding information about a drunken-driving arrest in Maine dating to 1976. He said at the time he had not been specific about the incident because he wanted to keep the information from his twin daughters. Bush gave up alcohol about 20 years ago after concluding he was drinking too much. He once referred to his youthful drinking as a "young and irresponsible" stage of his life. Rumors have circulated that Bush used drugs, and he often is satirized as a beer-swilling frat boy.


You know it's getting bad when they take a kid to court over a T-Shirt!