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Thursday, May 10, 2007

State Report: African-Americans Lose Faith in Public Education

"Velma Sykes worked hard to ensure that her children received a quality education at their public high schools in Sacramento.

“'I was very involved, and I’m not talking about just helping with homework or weekly meetings with their teachers. I mean sending emails to their teachers every single day,' she says. Sykes saw firsthand what happened to the African-American children in her school district who didn’t have this kind of parental involvement. 'They were ignored.' Sykes says that she has completely lost faith in the public school system’s ability to serve African-American children like her own."

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Link between race, hazardous-waste sites still strong

"Twenty years after a landmark study showed that people of color were more likely to live near hazardous-waste sites than any other demographic, a follow-up report has found that the disparity is even greater across the U.S. today.

"The problem is more entrenched in metropolitan Phoenix, where 63.7 percent of the residents living in neighborhoods adjacent to hazardous-waste facilities are of color, according to the new report commissioned by the United Church of Christ. Nationally, the figure is 56 percent.

"Black and Latino residents are more likely than Anglos to live next to facilities storing the most dangerous types of wastes. They are exposed in disproportionate numbers to the potential health and safety risks of living next to volatile chemicals."

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United States of Africa is the aim

"The formation of a 'United States of Africa' will dominate debate at the three-day retreat of African foreign affairs ministers which opened at Zimbali Lodge, north of Durban, on Tuesday.

"Fifty ministers are discussing methods of achieving political and economic integration on the continent, which would end with the formation of a union in Africa along the lines of the European Union."

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Cult Leader Yahweh Ben Yahweh Dies Of Prostate Cancer

"Former cult leader Yahweh Ben Yahweh, who was linked to nearly two dozen killings in the 1980s and said to have ordered victims' ears cut off as proof they were killed, has died, his attorney said Tuesday. He was 71."

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Russell Simmons Issues Apology to Obama, Clarifies Kucinich 'Endorsement'

"Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has publicly apologized to Sen. Barack Obama whom he referred to as a 'mouse' in a recent New York Times interview. Simmons says his comment was taken out of context and was not meant to downplay Obama's viability as a presidential candidate."

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

A Million Moderate Muslims on the March

"A young woman carrying a huge Turkish flag, Muge Kaplan, explained that the crowd is Muslim and believes in Islam, but it doesn't want Islam 'to become our whole way of life.' A farmer, Bülent Korucu, asserted that the crowd is defending its republic 'against religious fundamentalists.'"

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Oh Please!!!!!

"PARIS Hilton has urged fans to sign a petition to keep her out of jail because she 'provides beauty and excitement to (most of) our otherwise mundane lives.'"

Did she actually say that???

"The petition reads: 'Paris Whitney Hilton is an American celebrity and socialite. She is an heiress to a share of the Hilton Hotel fortune, as well as to the real estate fortune of her father Richard Hilton. She provides hope for young people all over the US and the world. She provides beauty and excitement to (most of) our otherwise mundane lives."

"'We, the American public who support Paris, are shocked, dismayed and appalled by how Paris has been the person to be used as an example that Drunk Driving is wrong...

"'This petition is to ask Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to pardon Paris Hilton for her mistake. Please allow her to her return to her career and life.'"

Paris, welcome to "The Real World."

Princess Diana she is not.

'I propose a North American Community'

"... I do not propose a North American Union; I propose a North American Community. They are very different. A Union – like the United States – is a merger of states into a unified central government. A Community is composed of three sovereign governments that seek to strengthen bonds of cooperation. Each government – according to its constitutional procedures – retains the power to decide whether and how to cooperate. A 'North American Union' could not be created by 'stealth,' as some fear. Indeed, any significant initiative to strengthen cooperation would require a wide-ranging and public debate and approval by Congress of all three countries."

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Goodbye U.S. dollar, hello global currency

"Benn Steil, writing in the current issue of CFR's influential Foreign Affairs magazine, says 'the world needs to abandon unwanted currencies, replacing them with dollars, euros, and multinational currencies as yet unborn.'

In the article, 'The End of National Currency,' Steil clearly asserts the dollar and the euro are temporary currencies, perhaps necessary today. He argues 'economic development outside the process of globalization is no longer possible.'

"His inevitable conclusion is 'countries should abandon monetary nationalism.'"

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Bush OKs 'integration' with European Union

"President Bush signed an agreement creating a 'permanent body' that commits the U.S. to 'deeper transatlantic economic integration,' without ratification by the Senate as a treaty or passage by Congress as a law.

The 'Transatlantic Economic Integration' between the U.S. and the European Union was signed April 30 at the White House by Bush, German Chancellor Angela Merkel – the current president of the European Council – and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.

The document acknowledges 'the transatlantic economy remains at the forefront of globalization' arguing that the U.S. and the European Union 'seek to strengthen transatlantic economic integration.'

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Court ruling does support incest, polygamy

""It turns out the critics were right," the magazine said in a recent article addressing the use of the precedent in a series of other cases. "Plaintiffs have made the decision the centerpiece of attempts to defeat state bans on the sale of sex toys in Alabama, polygamy in Utah and adoptions by gay couples in Florida."

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Monday, May 7, 2007

Critics blame Recording Industry for degradation of black women

"The Hip Hop Summit Action Network, while discouraging radio stations and other media from the airing of racist and misogynistic lyrics that particularly degrade Black women, has a board that is top heavy with chief executives that financially benefit from the record industry.

"'They are funded by the record companies,' says activist Al Sharpton, who vowed to hold record companies accountable for degrading lyrics after he led protests that got talk show host Don Imus fired. 'There are many people on the board who are in the record companies who could make the decision to stop using the words rather than pressuring people not to play the words that they're using and manufacturing.'"

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R-Rated Movies Dominate Production but Continue Losing Market Share

Since 1988, R-rated movies have lost more market share than the Ford motor company, a decrease in market share of 60%. While Ford is closing plants and laying off workers, the movie industry is still keeping the number of R-rated movies the same, despite this loss in market share. Motion picture companies do not work on the same principles as automobile companies. If sales of light trucks slow down, production of light trucks slows down as well. If production didn’t slow down, there would be massive unsold inventory. The movie business does not have inventory in the same sense as the auto industry. In the movie business, you compare the cost of production to the box office returns.

"Highly offensive R-rated films like BORAT and JACKASS: NUMBER 2 had low budgets and large returns this year, but they are exceptions. The big story on R-rated movies is that while production remains nearly the same, market share continues to drop. The more good quality G, PG and PG-13 product being offered, the more the R-rated market suffers. Foreign car makers gained American market share because their cars were seen as better quality. The key to achieving high market share in the motion picture industry is to make quality entertainment that appeals to a broad audience. The real magic happens when people are entertained enough to pay more than once to see the same movie.

"R ratings cut the broadness of the audience even if the quality of the movie is excellent. Many appeal only to small audience segments. This is particularly true of independent art house movies aimed at homosexuals, extreme liberals and other small groups. Many of these movies are made by activists for activists with little regard for profit."

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the groovy black and white man

"The Black And White Man was an ethnic superhero based in Bronx, New York. Like most superheroes he was concerned about regular crime but, much like his tutor Luke Cage, B&W Man had a special fondness for fighting racist organizations.

"The Black And White Man was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, under odd circumstances. His mother was a KKK white supremacist while his father was a Black Panther black supremacist. With such hatred involved in his deep-drunken conception, instead of being born a mulatto his genes split by the two sides of his body, making him literally half black and half white. This weird configuration is considered to be the source of his powers, one side concentrating the gifts of blackness and the other the flaws of whiteness (original titles from the California Liberal Institute for Mutants). Another point of notice is that his brain lacks a corpus callosum, vis a vis the two sides of his brain are not connected, leading to a double personality. These physical quirks and his predictable family issues - his parents broke up when he was aged 15 minutes (counted from conception) and he was raised in an orphanage - lead to a very unusual personal life, being him the only person known to have been both a Quantum Physics PhD and a high school dropout. In other words, the white side, the one who was expelled from high school, was hopelessly dumb, scoring an I.Q. of 76, while the black side was a genius with an I.Q. of 189. According to research conducted by Professor X this has nothing to do with the genetic quality of either of his parents, both of whom were very stupid (I can't believe you've thought one side was dumb because of being black or white, you racist prick!). The theory is that Blacky took the left, or "rational" side of the brain, while Whitey was installed on the right, 'impulsive' side."

D.C. Circuit: Congressman had no right to leak phone call

"Rep. Jim McDermott had no right to disclose the contents of an illegally taped telephone call involving an Ohio congressman and other House Republican leaders a decade ago, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.

"In a 5-4 opinion in Boehner v. McDermott, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that McDermott, a Washington Democrat, should not have given reporters access to the taped telephone call.

"McDermott’s offense was especially egregious since he was a senior member of the House ethics committee, the court ruled."

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Sunday, May 6, 2007

RZA: "Rappers are glorifying their hell."

"RZA is sick of hip-hop's singlemindedness, and released a statement blasting rappers who paint the ghetto as a good place to be. According to various news sources, RZA said, 'Hip-hop is just unbalanced. Right now, rappers are glorifying their hell. How you gonna tell me it's cool to live in the ghetto? Who wants to live where you got rats, roaches, pissy elevators, shootings, killings, rapings, drug addicts, alcoholics, all in a four-block radius?

"'Now, out of nine Wu-Tang members, seven are felons... We were the problem of our communities, but we never bragged about it. We kept moving on about life,' he continued. "But right now, these hip-hoppers are stuck on one thing. They stuck on sex and violence and drugs and partying. Life is way more than that. Especially the day after the party ends. When you get the f**k up the next day, what you gonna do?"

Al Sharpton Decency March: Where was Hip Hop at?

"So here I am at this March for Decency, looking around for Hip Hop somewhere in here and all I could find was Kurtis Blow. LOL.. Kurtis Blow was the only Rapper besides myself that was there which was unreal to me. Where was Hip Hop at??? Why weren't we there making our collective voices heard. Many of us are established men and women with families and careers and in some cases political and corporate influence. Hip Hoppers span a wide demographic now.. we are at the minimum between the ages of 10 – 50. No one was out there to support our culture except Kurtis Blow and I … I guess these are the breaks. "

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Oprah Endorses Obama

"In Chicago, there is no question who carries the title of the Big O. That would be Oprah Winfrey. It’s a safe bet that Senator Barack Obama doesn’t mind playing second fiddle to the talk show icon, particularly when he has her endorsement at his disposal."

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Obama criticizes African-American community

"Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is delivering pointed critiques of the African American community as he campaigns for its votes, lamenting that many of his generation are 'disenfranchising' themselves because they don't vote, taking rappers to task for their language, and decrying 'anti-intellectualism'' in the black community, including black children telling peers who get good grades that they are 'acting white.'''

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Barack Obama vs. Hillary Clinton: Barack Swipes the Hollywood A-List

"While Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have cemented themselves as the Democratic frontrunners early on in the campaign for president the question from Hollywood is still a bit unanswered. Which candidate will reach the Hollywood A-list stars and how much cash can they pull from Tinseltown."

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Republicans defect to the Obama camp

"DISILLUSIONED supporters of President George W Bush are defecting to Barack Obama, the Democratic senator for Illinois, as the White House candidate with the best chance of uniting a divided nation."

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