Everyone is buzzing about Bronx rapper Tim Dogg and whether or not he’s alive or if he faked his own death..A warrant has been issued for arrest, as authorities are seething, saying Tim faked his own death to avoid paying a women he swindled for 32k..If this woman was hustled, I feel bad for her, but I gotta be honest, I could give a rats ass about Tim Dogg… What I’m concerned about is that authorities in our beloved country will go all out to look for him, bring him back from ‘the dead’ and arrest him for unpaid bills..
Meanwhile we have Wall street bankers who fleeced the Black community alone for over 93 BILLION dollars in fraudulent housing foreclosures. These shady bankers have kept these ill gained homes off the market to create a new housing bubble which will soon send our economy in a tailspin again.. Last I checked those Wall Street crooks are alive and well and free of any warrants for their arrest..
We have Wall street Bankers who tanked the economy globally and are currently hording trillions of dollars off shore to avoid paying taxes.. Yes, we are looking at you Apple... We are looking at you GE..
We have Wall street crooks who are alive and well who have scammed millions of students on über high-priced student loans, which has led to not only another economic bubble, soon to burst and destined to cause widespread financial meltdown, but will also keep students in debt for lifetime..The student loan debt is greater than all our other debts combined.. The people behind those economic atrocities are alive and well and instead of being arrested, they been given sweet heart bail out deals and protected from prosecution.
In some cases they are given apologies as we saw earlier this week when Senator Rand Paul apologized to Apple for being questioned for not paying their fair share. We’ve seen the billionaire Koch Brothers backed Tea party be given kid glove treatment around their questionable finances, but we’re looking for Tim Dogg?? This is the big news of the day for our authorities? Where’s the zealous spirit and courage to go after those who really did us harm? If anything lawmakers
Now don’t get it twisted, if Tim Dogg did someone dirty, he should pay the price.. I’m no way arguing or suggesting he should get a free pass..I’m just comparing notes and connecting dots.. It’s hard to look at this Tim Dogg case and separate it from current scenarios where the government has pulled out the stops to get their money.. I’m thinking about Lauryn Hill sitting in jail for the next 3 month for not paying 1.6 million in taxes. She was sent to jail and separated from her 6 children even as she landed a record deal that would allow her to pay it back..Prison time was not handed down to country singer Willie Nelson who racked up an IRS bill of 16 million dollars..When I see entertainers like Wesley Snipes, Beanie Sigel and most recently Ja Rule all do jail time for owing the government money and others not even investigated, questions have got to be raised..
Two years ago just before this country and NATO invaded Libya, it was discovered that after George Bush ‘normalized relationships with the country several artists including Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Usher and 50 Cent and others did shows there. When this was discovered, they were pressured to give the money back or donate it to charity. You can read about that HERE. They were deemed scum for doing a show for former ruler Gaddafi’s son. Meanwhile the trade group US-Libya Business Association which had in its membership many big American companies from Citigroup to Cocoa Cola caked over a billion dollars worth of business and weren’t asked to pay back one dime. That association just relaunched their website and are up and running like nothing ever happened..
But again Tim Dogg is now headline news with folks ready to drag his ‘dead ass‘ from ‘the grave’ and into court so he can pay his bills. How much are we paying each day for the War in Iraq??.. How much money did non-bidding companies like Halliburton and the now defunct Blackwater make? How many Billions and millions? Now that right there was Grand Larceny.. What Tim Dogg did to that poor women pales in comparison..
While we’re looking for Tim Dogg, keep in mind one of the biggest ‘crooks’ in the US, subprime loan Queen Penny Pritzker is about to become Secretary of Commerce.. Y’all better wake up and smell the coffee for real for real.. Our country will be better off when criminals on that level are sent to jail, not Tim Dogg.
Tea Party candidate Al Reynolds says minorities prefer drug dealing over college
With 6 days away from the election more and more racism and outrageous behavior is being blatantly displayed. Let’s start with this doozie. Here we have Tea Party candidate Al Reynolds who is running in the 52nd district in Illinois who during a candidate’s forum said minority men preferred drug dealing vs going to college.
“I’ve been in the city and the dichotomy of the women and the men in the minorities, there is a difference in the fact that most minority women, either the single parent or coming from a poor neighborhood, are motivated more so than the minority men,” Reynolds said, when asked what he would do to increase diversity at state colleges. “And it’s a pretty good reason. Most of the women who are single parents have to find work to support their family. The minority men find it more lucrative to be able to do drugs or other avenues rather than do education. It’s easier….We need to provide ways that are more incentive, other than just sports avenues, for the men for the minorities to want to go to college and get an education and better themselves before the women have to support them all.”
We’re not sure if he saw a BET comedy show or if watched one too many rap videos. Perhaps he overheard the rhetoric of one of those self hating token Black and Brown folks who are a part of the Tea Party. In any case, it’s an erroneous statement and quite offensive. It’s also indicative of the Tea Party and their supporters.
The big irony here is the other day after I put out my article about the parallel’s between the rise of the Tea Party and the rise of the Klan at the turn of the century when the movie ‘Birth of a Nation‘ was released, these Tea Party folks went and found a some Black guy to write a blog calling me a bonehead for speaking on their racism. My guess is he’ll defend these remarks. Thats how such folks usually do..
The other incident that has everyone talking involves Tim Profita volunteer co-ordinator Kentucky Senator Tea Party candidate Rand Paul and a 23-year-old woman named Lauren Valle who is a member of MoveOn.org. A video shows Valle being stomped by a group of men who support Rand. Included in that footage is Profit actually stomping on her head.
Valle explained that she was in Kentucky to bring attention to Paul being a puppet of corporate interests and she has been using street theater as a way to get her message across. The night of the debate, when Valle got beat up, she was wearing a sign and wanted to satirically give Paul and ’employee of the month award’.
Paul supporters who knew who she was had surrounded her claiming they were doing ‘crowd control’ and might have to ‘take some one out’.
Valle describes what was shown in the footage;
When Rand Paul’s car arrived a couple of them stepped in front of me so I stepped off the curb to get around them to get back out front. At that point they started grabbing for me and I ran all the way around the car with them in pursuit. The footage is after I’ve run all the way around the car and I’m in front of the car and that is when they took me down. One or two people twisted my arms behind my back and took me down… It was about two-to-three seconds after that another person stomped on my head. And I lay there for 20 seconds or so and my partner Alex came and got me up and that’s the point where there is the media clip of me speaking.
So what we have at the end of the day is Tea Party members stating unabashedly that Black men prefer drug dealing over education and a young 23 year old woman who wearing a sign getting stomped by a group of men. This is the same Tea Party folks who were running around just a year ago disrupting Healthcare Debate Townhalls. Have people forgotten that? Sadly the Tea Party is reminding the world that violence is a way of life for them. In the words of former SNCC member H. Rap Brown ‘Violence is as American as Apple pie’. If you think that assertion is far-fetched we remind you of this infamous confrontation involving the Tea Party misfits confronting a man with Parkinson’s disease.
This interview with Rand Paul is interesting on a number of levels. The way its being spun is that he handed ABC host George Stephanopoulos his ass. I can see that being the case only in the sense that Paul was prepared for the inevitable questions on his controversial stances around Civil Rights. Up to now a lot has been made about his take on things in this arena and to be honest it’s more than obvious what conclusions you can draw from them-dude is smooth, but anyway you slice it-He simply wasn’t down for the advancements of the Civil Rights Movement.
In this ABC interview Paul skillfully deflects the questioning by simply saying he would not repeal Civil Rights legislation. He then flips the script and asserts that the Civil Rights discussion is a ‘red herring’ and Stephanopoulos is using Democrat talking points, even though George was quoting from Paul’s own writings. Paul concludes by saying Stephanopoulos would be better off by going after Senator Robert Byrd who actually filibustered Civil Rights legislation.
Because many people don’t have a sense of history and truly understand the emotions and the fight and the scars and born during the Civil Rights Movement, its easy for Paul to dismiss it reduce it down to ‘democratic talking point’. Stephanopoulos would’ve been better off asking Paul his position on modern-day scenarios like:
1-Did he agree with Bush extending the 1964 Voting Rights act and should it be permanent?
2-Did he agree with Arizona banning ethnic studies?
3-should our government being monitoring hate groups which are on the rise and be concerned that they may commit acts of domestic terrorism?
4-Should Latino organizations like MeCHA and La Raza should be monitored by our government?
5-Who he liked and would’ve confirmed for Supreme Court?
Congressman Ron Paul has lots of contradictory views-Is his son rand the same way?
Questions like these would’ve quickly revealed Paul’s stances on Civil Rights, race and glaring contradictions that folks like him and his dad Texas Congressman Ron Paul tend to have. For example, they may talk all this stuff about ‘less government’ until it comes to what’s taking place on the border. Suddenly they feel we need to go all out and enforce laws even if the border communities disagree. Case in point the Texas Border wall, Paul’s dad voted for it even though many along the border weren’t feeling it.
Rand Paul wants to build underground electric fences, have helicopter ports and damn near set up army bases on the border…Here’s his take.
My plan includes an underground electric fence, with helicopter stations to respond quickly to breaches of the border. I would include satellite and increased aerial surveillance, and a boost of funds and training to the border agents. Finally, instead of closing military bases at home and renting space in Europe, I would advocate for more strategic location and construction of some of these bases to protect our border.
It would be interesting to have seen if Rand is a strict constitutionalist and agrees with his dad in amending the constitution to take away birthright citizenship. We could go on and on.
I interviewed Rand a couple of years ago and what I recall was he defended his father for taking money from the KKK. Nothing more needs to be said.
Moving along what I found most fascinating and even more disturbing is Paul’s take on the BP Gulf Coast Oil spill. It’s here that I thought either he’s a deep in the pocket of the oil giant or he’s just woefully ignorant. Most people’s jaws dropped when he said it was Un American for Obama to go after BP Oil. My jaw dropped when he classified this catastrophe as merely an accident. At first I thought I mis-heard him, but he repeated a couple more times by saying things like ‘accidents happen’ ..
It’s at that point Stephanopoulos should’ve smashed on him and reminded Paul of BP lengthy track record of ‘accidents’, deaths and fines in the past 5 years. A recent Newsweek article lays a lot of these so-called accidents..
The company’s most recent effort at damage control—before the spill—occurred after a 2005 explosion at the company’s Texas City refinery (the third-largest oil refinery in the country). That was among the most deadly disasters to befall the U.S. oil industry in modern times. The blasts and subsequent fires killed 15 workers, injured 180 others, and sent 43,000 people fleeing to indoor shelters. The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board later concluded that the explosions were caused by company deficiencies “at all levels of the BP Corporation”—including repeated cost cutting that affected maintenance and safety.
In 2006 the EPA and the Justice Department launched a criminal investigation into two massive BP oil leaks in Alaska caused by corroded pipelines. One of the leaks spewed 200,000 gallons onto the tundra. Once again, EPA investigators pushed to charge company officials with a crime. “Everybody was convinced we had a humdinger of a case,” says Scott West, the EPA special agent in charge of the probe, who has since retired. Witnesses—including workers on the pipelines and midlevel managers—had told investigators how BP executives had ignored repeated warnings about corrosion. “There was a corporate philosophy that it was cheaper to operate to failure and then deal with the problem later rather than do preventive maintenance,” West told NEWSWEEK.
We can pull up a lot more examples, but the point here is that Paul’s lasse faire philosophy is the type of thing that would embolden corporations even more. He seems to be giving them a pass by saying it was accident and Bush who was an oil man actually had his people at the EPA hit them with fines. Up till now no one including Obama and the current congress has reigned in companies like this and make them adhere to strict standards so all of us won’t be severely impacted by ‘accidents’.
Yes, we know BP will ‘pay for the accident’..probably by raising gas prices-so in effect we’ll be paying for it sooner or later. My question is who’s gonna pay for our fish? Who’s gonna get the wildlife restored? How many accidents is BP allowed to have? My drivers license gets suspended after a 3 tickets in a year. Also who’s gonna help out the fishermen which consists of about 40% people of color?..Mostly Vietnamese who just barely survived the setbacks of Hurricane Katrina..
Paul asked where his honeymoon was with the media? I say it’s happening now. Not a whole lot of folks heard of him till 3 days ago and now everyone is chatting him up. He’s rapidly becoming a hero because he’s smoothly defiant. I say pay attention not just to his stance on race, but his take on regulations and oversight thats where he’ll do major damage as a Senator. That man’s a beast.
Kentucky GOP Senate Nominee Responds to Critics After Civil Rights Act Comments
By JONATHAN KARL and DEVIN DWYER
Rand Paul, the Tea Party’s rising star from Kentucky who won the state’s GOPSenate primarythis week, says criticism of his views on the Civil Rights Act and other pieces of anti-discrimination legislation are “red herrings” and Democrats’ attempt to “trash” his campaign.”When does my honeymoon period start? I had a big victory,” Paul toldGeorge Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America” today. “I’ve just been trashed up and down and they have been saying things that are untrue. And when they say I’m for repealing the Civil Rights Act, it’s absolutely false. It’s never been my position and something that I basically just think is politics.”
Paul’s comments came amid a firestorm of criticism sparked earlier this week when he appeared to question the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which he said went too far in banning discrimination by private companies.
In an interview Wednesday with MSNBC’sRachel Maddow, Paul was asked whether he believed private businesses should have the right to refuse service to African-Americans.
“Yes,” Paul said. “I’m not in favor of any discrimination of any form. … But I think what’s important about this debate is not written into any specific ‘gotcha’ on this, but asking the question: what about freedom of speech? Should we limit speech from people we find abhorrent? Should we limit racists from speaking?”
His comments drew a range of criticism, including a rebuke from the White House Thursday, with press secretary Robert Gibbs telling reporters, “a discussion about whether or not you support those I don’t think has a real, shouldn’t have a place in our political dialogue in 2010.”
Republicans also seemed to distance themselves from Paul’s views. Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steelemade it clear the GOP supports the Civil Rights Act, whatever its Senate nominee in Kentucky says.
Paul has said he doesn’t believe the government has the right to tell a private business who they have to serve but insists he has not — and has never — called for a repeal of the law.
“If you want to bring up 40-year-old legislation, why don’t you bring me on with Sen. [Robert] Byrd, and we’ll talk about how he filibustered the Civil Rights Act,” he said of the 92-year-old West Virginia Democrat. “Make him, call him to task for something he actually did as opposed to calling me to task for something they insinuated that I might believe that’s not true.
“What is going on here is an attempt to vilify us for partisan reasons. Where do your talking points come from? The Democratic National Committee, they also come from Rachel Maddow and MSNBC.
Paul’s political philosophy, which is shared by many members of the Tea Party movement, emphasizes a more limited role of the federal government in U.S. business and society.
Earlier this year, for example, Paul told the Fox Business Channel that he believes government agencies should reduce their regulation of the energy industry. “Get theEPA out of our coal business down here, get OSHA out of our small businesses. We need to restrain government to let small businesses create jobs,” he said.
Paul affirmed the comments on “Good Morning America,” saying that he finds the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent regulatory initiative on greenhouse gas emissions, independent of Congress, “particularly galling.”
“I think that’s a regulatory commission run amok and I think we need to have congressional oversight,” he said. “I don’t think regulatory agencies should write regulations without approval of the people through their representatives. And I stick to that and that’s absolutely my point of view.”
The Kentucky Senate candidate also criticized the Obama administration’s treatment of BP in the wake of the ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill.