5.02.2005

BILL MAHER SOLVES [TOLEDO] DEM'S PROBLEM

I think the head of the OFFICIAL Democratic Party and Bill Mahr see it the same way!
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The problem with American politics today is that one party has the monopoly on all the anger. To be a Republican is to walk around all day madder than Paula Abdul with a fistful of Vicodin and nothing to wash it down with. [laughter]

And to be a Democrat means…I don't know. Your guess is as good as mine. [laughter] [applause] It seems like ever since Michael Dukakis was asked how he'd feel if his wife got raped, and he said, “Whatever,” [laughter] the Democrats have been the party that speaks softly and carries…Massachusetts. [laughter] When Dick Cheney says, “Go fuck yourself,” they say, “How hard?” [laughter]

In the last election, George Bush called John Kerry “a coward, a liar, a wimp, a flip-flopper and a war criminal.” And Kerry got so incensed, he almost fell off his windsurfer. [laughter] It's bad when the person in your party with the biggest balls is named Teresa. [laughter] [applause]

So, Democrats would do well to remember this: Anger can be good. Anger can be cleansing. Anger can be a force for change. Anger is what made America what it is in the world today: a hulking pariah whose only friends are toadies and sheiks. [laughter]


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Hip Hop Generation v. Civil Rights Generation

Watched my first episode of BET's Cousin Jeff Chronicles and I have to admit, BET got it right for once.



Hosted by Jeff Johnson, former University of Toledo's first Black President of the UT Student Body, the show covers a variety of topics important to the African American Community. Sunday's installment was an interesting discussion about the generational gap between the Hip Hop Generation and the Civil Rights Generation.



After the show and a bombass Sunday dinner (thanks Mom), I discussed the topic myself with my mother. It occured to me that the gap was created when we relied less on our family and more on the State for our well being:

  • The introduction of Public assistance v. Family assistance.
  • Integrated Public Schools v. Segregated Schools.

Furthermore, our culture relied more on Television than Community to define Who We Are.



The show focused a lot on what the Hip Hop community is doing to tear down the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement. I wish they had discussed in greater detail how the CR Generation failed in their responsibilities to prepare us to carry the Torch/the Struggle.

I even asked my mother if her generation resented the Hip Hop generation. She didn't answer my question directly, but by describing the major differences in education, lifestyle, socio economic structures, I couldn't see why my Mother and her peers Couldn't Resent Us.

Look at how Spoiled and Previliged we are compared to how they were at our age. Look at how hard they worked to get what they have yet we squandor such previleges daily.

In addition, we are forced to Compete with these same individuals in the work place. The best illustration of this is in the Public Sector; where Young Adults are forced to Wait in Line or Pay Their Dues before they advance...more often than not, they are unable to advance because they are Road-blocked (better yet Cock-Blocked) by a member of the Civil Rights Movement.

5.01.2005

GLASS CITY POETRY + BILL MAHER

Jus a few Poems about where I'm from...



Home

the day Church's Chicken
opened their doors

there was a line
a mile long

'cause they claimed their
cookin was like
down Home

and we were in line
'cause we never knew
what Home tasted like

it ended up tasting
like chicken

and nothing like
Home at all


Bancroft Se-gue #2

there's a R Kelly song
that went something like the way
you and that dude
left the long hot summer
Tuesday night and entered
the shadow behind the
American Petroleum gas station

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Bill Maher is the sh/t check out the transcript for Fri. Night's episode. What he says about Hate in Politics is very reminiscent of the Hate is Good Campaign toted by the "Monroe St. Democrats"...Team B.


Look for the April 29 Transcript

4.30.2005

DOH!



looks like i have a potential Conflict of Intrest...I am curently lookin for a New Name....
Seriously. Hip Hop is all about being Fresh, Original, and Unique....

I gotta step my game up!

4.29.2005

SHOCK + AWE



With the Strength of the Coroner's office ruling Jeffery Turner's Janurary death a Homicide, the Toledo Chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. has asked for a moratorium on Taser use in Schools, Jails, and by Toledo Police in the community.

The Blade Reports:

A Blade analysis of reports from Aug. 20, 2003, to Feb. 5, 2005, showed Toledo police used their Tasers in 199 incidents involving African-Americans. That's 66.8 percent of the 298 times they used Tasers on people during that
time.


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Not many people know this, but Cincinnati recently experienced a Taser related death soon after we did. She died days after her tasing due to health related complications. She was a mentally ill woman whose obesity didn't allow for the tasers to take much effect. They tased her 9+ times before they subdued her.

She was not a violent criminal. In fact the Blade states that most cases of Taser use involve people fleeing from Drug arrests and the Mentally Ill.

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i have mixed feelings about this. Of course we would be tased the most if we are involved in the Crime where tasers are used the most. Where the criminals are more than likely to resist arrest.

however, there should be some type of limit regarding tasers that is State regulated.

4.28.2005


The Food Basics Store on Cherry and Bancroft Posted by Hello

THE HITS KEEP COMING

Aldi's is following Food Basics lead by leaving the Central City. Instantly the Inner City is without a major grocery store or discount alternative.

With Aldi and Food Basics gone, we are left with Save-A-Lot, Right Aids, and Convenient Stores. If you've ever shopped at a corner store you know that they get their kicks by buying or boosting (stealing) products from low discount stores and raising the price by 50%.

I'm beside myself with fear thinking of the cheap supermarket knock off that will take the place of Food Basics. Analysts are saying that we can't expect a major chain to come to our rescue because they aren't looking to expand due to a slump in the grocery chain market.

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Whatsmore, Farmer Jack (the parent company of Food Basics) was offered by the City an opportunity to wriggle their way out of $85,000 a year in taxes with econonomic development packages. I have yet to find anything to confirm that they took the assistance. I wouldn't put it past them.

4.27.2005

DEVELOPERS GONE WILD

I just heard that Food Basics (formerly Farmer Jacks) will be closing its stores in the next 90 days. I heard this on WSPD. (sorry I have no other details than that) That's probably the whole idea...its sickening how these people do these things in the Dark.

Thats 300 Jobs, Gone!

This is a disgusting example of Developers Gone Wild! Councilman Ashford and Mayor Ford supported Farmer Jack whole heartedly when they came to town and opened a "Not-All-That-Supermarket" at Cherry/Bancroft.

Not even 5 years into the deal they change their stores into Glorified Aldis (low variety...low customer service....) Councilman Ashford and Mayor Ford were Mum!


Now their looking to close their stores leaving My Community with a big empty Shell!....I'm waiting on a Word from My Councilman and Mayor.

4.26.2005

Good Ol' Boyz

The Blade is hanging Fords dirty drawls out on the line. His campaign reports show he took contributions from Ball and Jackson...the Developers for the new Steam Plant project.

What's the Problem!? Can't Black Folks have a good ol' system too. Can't black people look out for one another...You'll notice Ludeman (the leading Repub on council) is careful to say that the Mayor is not playing favorites...What's good for the Elephant is good for the Donkey right!?

If Noe can contribute Thousands to the Republican Party and rake in a 1million+ return thru State contracts...than Ford can look out for a couple of HomeBoys for a measily Grand.