Video presented below without comment — except that Facebook took down the original video before a user brought it back.
Crazy love to my Sis Maya P. for putting this on my radar …
Video presented below without comment — except that Facebook took down the original video before a user brought it back.
Crazy love to my Sis Maya P. for putting this on my radar …
shaq-fu koon took his mushmouf flow to hit the very same willie kitsune horn that wished jiyū to the embassy prisoner who we know is all breezy among the fading pallid male nigra haters club these days as long as dem leaks can drain the hnic sucking the chicken bone marrow outta black planet visions a trick we should know by now to be james bonding as the one of longest azz hidden fundraisers for suitin-azz liars redirect those forklifts gentlemen and get some mo coal for dem chevy pickups y’know how they love to run and hate on dat ish so shaq-fu koon is called out of retirement to play the role he’s familiar with since those young fool days stand yo duteous azz under the net pick up the ball and suramu dat mugh while we keepers find new ways to turn that trick into roe besides what he know about grown folk bidness any damn way or remix the 16-bit console version where like then and now we kept asking what the jigoku where does he fit in and what’s this all about with no answers provided as we watch him mawashigeri ol skool sistas poppin magic spells outta poom poom outfits muted african drums tryna keep a beat no wonder shaq-fu koon still can’t find one for his constipated flow which could explain why he then hirateuchi the sugar honey sun state iced tea out of communities wit dat virgin bodega champagne still leaving us with the same three damn questions betcha he can’t even spell capers if they started hollering letters at him twerkin on mass produced bottle labels and while we on dat block some a y’all remember how shaq-fu koon got earth wind and fire’s instruction manual twisted and pointed at GOD with his shiri when asking no telling or was it imploring mamba to scale taste and tell well damn shaq-fu can you match a wine with that meal for us amateurs u know we don’t know how to act but c’mon shaq-fu oh wait let’s call you mr koon for the remainder of this segment make yo azz feel like somebody before the director says action remember you representin us we don’t want them to say y’all don’t know how to act so do dat under the basket dance again and tell the ungrateful kneeled the real dope bout dat quarterBUCK who don’t know his damn place don’t he know we rid that place of chocklats at least 50 years ago minnie’s left fillmore out reppin the 7 seas leaving behind putanesca for nerd hoes swimming in cappuccino masturbations couldn’t even keep a bs awning around for tsumi purposes but u here to spit on the kitsune bout caper and these other nigras to which you say iwouldneerdothat in a stream of colliding syllables bringing a new definition to fightin words mixing bang bang and five o but we’ll give you that we do the same thing these days you know we were like hol up when you went cantshowussomethingandthenshowussomethingelsebecauseofcertainissues hidin dat nōto ya tried burying under yo mata we assume both have the same owner yo who the hell even told you about how that stuff you put in martinis has a slow alarm clock as if there’s sumpn wrong with wakin up at all shoulda helped out sears broke azz and bought one yo damn self but we already know your response idontrunoncoloredpeoplestime.
[Note: It’s not my style to interpret pieces I write, but I felt a little bit of guidance is needed, given the times we live in. The poem was inspired by Fred Moten and a recent interview Shaquille O’Neal gave on national television. I respectfully used a writing style Moten used for his book The Feel Trio and removed letter case distinctions, punctuation marks and line breaks, leaving you with the freedom to channel your inner artist and improvise the piece’s delivery amidst a sea of abstractions and imagery. I’ll leave the rest for you to configure … ]
I just completed my second reading of John A. Williams’ novel Clifford’s Blues — a well-written but far from feel-good story of a black, gay jazz musician imprisoned in Nazi Germany.
The book frequently mentions the gruesome medical experiments performed on prisoners by Nazi physicians — which made me think of the 1932–1972 Tuskegee, Alabama syphilis study where over 400 African descendants with the disease were denied treatment by US government physicians in favor of observing syphilis’ long-term effect on humans. Clifford’s Blues also refers to the infamous American study.
In real life, 23 Nazi doctors were placed on trial in Nuremberg for crimes against humanity. 16 of them were convicted.
Conversely, there were no criminal trials for the Tuskegee experiment, but President Bill Clinton formally apologized for the government-sponsored study in 1997. Only seven of the test subjects at the time were known to be alive to hear the apology.
Here’s my Sunday Smack:
song currently stuck in my head: “doo wop (that thing) [the soulboss jazzbounce]” – lauryn hill
My editorial policy for mentalunrest is simple, if not to a fault: write about events, ideas, truths and creators that others don’t see or attempt to neglect.
So — I chose not to write about the Star Spangled Banner sit out by Colin Kaepernick.
As a person who decided to sit out the National Anthem at 15 years of age — a decision that had nothing to do with any imaginary scant hatred for America, but rather my inability to rationalize the violent themes raised by the song and the concurrent absence of freedom for the African slaves who lived or were killed when Francis Scott Key penned the lyrics — I figured that everyone had that historical background, even if they disagreed with Kaepernick’s actions.
I was wrong about that decision.
I learned that many people weren’t aware the song’s racist roots, while others have drowned Kaepernick’s intent and meaning with Trumpesque memes and cherry-picked their targets of anger.
But even if there was a broad awareness of the song’s history, I’m still wrong for not raising my pen.
A number of you — and I’m specifically referring to the right-ringers who I know are reading this — are more angry with Kaepernick’s sitout than you were with Dylann Roof killing innocent Americans and burning the country’s flag.
The case of Colin Kaepernick has taught me that there are times when I need to shift my focus away from being a solitary voice in favor of joining a chorus that will call out the pearl-clutching, fake patriotism staged by far too many people.
Therefore, I apologize.
The outrage against Kaepernick has historical linkages to scores of decades where fake patriotism is used to protect perverted social norms.
Arguments against American slavery were met with ululations of “You’re an enemy of America” — or more specifically, the democratic principle of respecting property rights.
Resistance against Jim Crow was met with accusations of a communist attack against American Freedom.
Anti-lynching efforts were killed by Congressmen, armed with the arguments that such opposition is unconstitutional and infringed on what I can only call the government-blessed domestic terrorism paradigm disguised as “states’ rights.” The murderous masses defended their lynchings by calling themselves protectors of a good American society.
But the fake patriots are silent when Native Americans — whose land ownership has been forcibly reduced to reservations over the course of five centuries — protest the further loss of land, livelihood and safety presented by the Dakota Access Pipeline construction project. As of today, attack dogs and pepper spray are being deployed in an attempt to break these protesters’ spirits.
And even a modest inquiry about why African descendants are the disproportionate target of police traffic stops, when White Americans are more likely to carry contraband, is met with more pearl-clutching, fake patriotism.
So of course we should expect nothing less than a pearl-clutch response when Kaepernick began his protest.
Nevertheless, it’s a shame that fake patriotism leaves no room for subtleties or other degrees of distinctions — keep “Either you’re with us or against us” in mind …
Kaepernick gives us no reason to believe he hates America, but like the country’s first African American President — who criticized the quarterback’s protest — Kaepernick wants the nation to deliver on its promise of liberty, opportunity and equal justice, which includes the disenfranchised descendants of slaves.
And protesting for this promise seems more patriotic to me than police officers who want to boycott protection assignments because they don’t like how an American citizen exercises his constitutional rights …
song currently stuck in my head: “focus on sanity” – ornette coleman
Along with providing safe place for bigots to be bigots and becoming a mass media target as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s boy, presidential candidate Donald Trump has earned a new distinction — an endorsement of sorts by the medieval warriors of Islamic State (ISIL).
(Laughing) a lot of knowledge must be a really dangerous thing, which would explain why the American public is being safely led away from it …
Let’s first discuss what should be common knowledge by now: Trump is a walking recruitment sign for all kinds of Islamic extremist groups. This is an inevitably cyclical byproduct of deploying an extremist solution to an extremist problem. Look no further than Bush the Second and Osama bin Laden for proof.
But making Trump the American gathering point for Islamic State love is intellectually dishonest, if not downright insulting. I’ll also add that starting any discussion about Syria’s civil war with how President Obama is an undercover Muslim who big-ups Jihadists at any available moment is dumb.
HOWEVER — as I turn away from the Alt-Right to focus on Liberals for a moment — a more relevant story is the way Team Obama, in pursuit of regional, hegemonic objectives, has created fertile ground in Syria for Islamic extremists to not only form and grow, but the administration’s tactics are also destroying much of the Middle East while creating a global refugee crisis.
It’s amazing how the “fertile ground” part is ignored by so-called Progressives.
But this piece won’t.
Let’s dispose of the BS line about America arming and supporting moderate Syrian rebels to overthrow Syria President Bashar Al-Assad.
These cats are not moderates.
But if you think they are, take a look at how these moderate Syria rebels, backed by American tax dollars, pracice moderation. This video shows members of the US-backed US-backed Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement beheading an injured Palestinian boy in Aleppo, Syria. Be warned: this video is highly graphic:
You can thank BBC Foreign News producer Riam Dalati for bringing that video to our attention.
Admit it, yo — beheading isn’t moderate behavior. Extremists do that kind of thing. And Team Obama supports it.
The administration appears to have cast aside its own self-discovered evidence that America’s proxy wars have historically made funky situations even worse, and is engaged in the unfathomable: much of the arms and equipment the US provides to the so-called moderate Syria rebels have landed in the hands of Jihadists.
And yet, the US hasn’t stopped the weapons pipeline from flowing.
Foreign Affairs published a must-read piece about this continual weapons siphoning:
Hard-core Islamists in the Nusra Front have long outgunned the more secular, nationalist, Western-supported rebels. According to FSA officers, Nusra routinely harvests up to half the weapons supplied by the Friends of Syria, a collection of countries opposed to Assad, and has regularly smashed FSA factions that were corrupt and inefficient — or that Nusra thought were getting too strong or too popular.
The US is well aware of this and continues to enable the provisioning of weapons. Tons of weapons. To fanatics who dig beheading boys.
In fact, Jihadist fighters in Syria have been receiving arms shipments, thanks to America and the Gulf states, for years.
A UK Ministry of Defense report concludes that US allies Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar have been covertly supporting Islamic State Fighters. I suppose the US had no idea …
A relatively rational thought comes from Peter Wittig, Germany’s ambassador to the United States, who politely said his country refuses to send arms to the Syria rebels because no one can clearly see if the right people are being armed.
The US supports Syria rebel groups Ahrar al-Sham and Jaysh al-Islam. The former has been linked to Al-Qaeda and both groups exhibit such extremist behavior that they differ from Al-Qaeda in name only.
Okay — Jaysh al-Islam only wants to take over Syria while Al-Qaeda wants a larger footprint. Local Jihadist vs. Global Jihadist …
Anyway, check out the State Department’s reaction on May 11, 2016 when publicly confronted with Team Obama’s support for these extremists.
There’s too much evidence to refute this fact: America is NOT supporting moderates in Syria. And that means the US is risking another Afghanistan and Towers incident.
Trump is wrong about Obama being the founder of ISIL, but the administration did something else to enable ISIL’s that’s just as dangerous.
I wrote a while ago that Team Obama ignored intelligence reports of ISIL’s emergence at least two years prior to the movement snowballing into the mainstream media.
Team Obama more or less said “Oops, my bad” while telling us they mistakenly relegated ISIL to JV squad status during the group’s early days.
But that excuse doesn’t stand up to the facts.
The same block-lettered intelligence breifing Team Obama ignored made the following prediction in block letters:
THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A DECLARED OR UNDECLARED SALAFIST PRINCIPALITY IN EASTERN SYRIA (HASAKA AND DER ZOR), AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE SUPPORTING POWERS [The West, Turkey and the Gulf states] TO THE OPPOSITION WANT, IN ORDER TO ISOLATE THE SYRIAN REGIME, WHICH IS CONSIDERED THE STRATEGIC DEPTH OF THE SHIA EXPANSION (ITAQ AND IRAN).
Isolating the Assad regime and checking Shia influence are enablers to delivering “What the supporting powers want.”
This explains the US’s odd behavior in this civil war — dragging its feet to bomb ISIL’s stolen oil facilities which became a major revenue source for the rogue state more than a year after America launched air strikes; observing ISIL’s geographic reach expand in the face of those air strikes, until Russian planes conducted strikes of its own; US-managed arms shipments which seem to find their way to Al-Qaeda or some other jihadist group; Team Obama’s lack of willingness to mention or do anything else about Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait or Qatar supporting jihadists in Syria.
Hell, I can’t even use the term “Syrian rebels” because many of the
fighters jihadists are not Syrian and have been imported from at least a dozen countries.
Syria’s civil war is really a mercenary war. US is fully aware of this fact, but has done nothing to stop the stream of so-called rebels from entering the conflict.
The US has even used the media to rebrand some terrorist groups as kind and gentle ones. Al-Nusra Front has been linked to Al-Qaeda for years, but the Wall Street Journal calls Nusra moderates when referring to the conflict principals who control land in Syria:
The other areas listed are largely dominated by moderate rebel factions or Islamist groups, such as Ahrar al-Sham and the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front.
By the way, Al-Nusra Front is attempting advance its rebranding by changing its name to Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham and supposedly severing ties with Al-Qaeda. If the past serves as a guide, we’ll eventually accept that story and continue to talk about how electing Donald Trump will be the best thing that’s ever happened to ISIL …
song currently stuck in my head: “love within a time of turbulence” – connie crothers, ken filiano & andrea wolper
This week’s Sunday Smack inspiration comes from reading Eric Foner’s Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, where I was reminded of how the British promised Africans enslaved in America their freedom in return for fighting against George Washington’s patriots during America’s war for independence.
That would mean any slave who fought against America — regardless of the slave’s distaste for bondage — would be guilty of treason, correct?
Probably not, if you buy the argument that African slaves in America were viewed more more like expensive working pets than human beings, let alone American citizens. But that line of reasoning didn’t stop patriots from charging and even executing slaves suspected of being Tories.
So, here’s my Sunday Smack:
song currently stuck in my head: “juba dance” Bobby Hutcherson
Wu-Tang is Right: “C.R.E.A.M.” Same goes for you and your neighbors.
The Institute of New Economic Thinking’s recent and somber research (PDF) proves that money spent on political campaigns b***h-stomps the people’s will almost all the time.
INET director Thomas Ferguson, along with researchers Paul Jorgensen and Jie Chen, examined more than three decades of congressional campaign spending — by political candidates as well as their dark money supporters — and found a strong and direct relationship between the money spent on these campaigns and subsequent election victories.
As an example, the research looked at the 2012 US House of Representatives elections and the associated Democratic candidates’ share of two-party campaign spending. After comparing spend share with percentage of votes won, the research produced this eye-opening chart:
Each point in the chart represents the intersection of a 2012 democratic candidate’s campaign spend share (horizontal axis) share and the percent of votes won (vertical axis). The cluster of points veer upward as you follow the spend percentage from zero to 100. The resulting trend line drawn in the chart is crystal clear: more money spent meant more votes.
The same correlation exists for every election year analyzed in the study.
“Dolla-dolla bill, y’all … ”
Here’s one for you algebra geeks – the relationship between loot and votes is so strong that the trend line isn’t the least bit complex, nuanced or curvy. We’re talking about a line that’s boldly linear like an arrow.
“So, what if the will of the rich is the same as the will of the poor and middle class, or that the three groups could at least dig the same candidate?”
Corporate taxes as a share of America’s Gross Domestic Product are among their lowest levels in 70 years. You and your not-so-wealthy friends have been paying a larger share of US taxes while corporations are paying the lowest share in decades. Campaign donations undoubtedly ensured that outcome.
And what have lower corporate taxes done for most of you? Jobs continue their migration away from America, infrastructure remains embarrassingly shabby and getting worse, plus wages are lower than they were a decade ago.
Did your will include the passage of NAFTA, TPP, the preservation of too-big-to-fail banks or the approval of the National Security Agency peeking into your Snapchat stories? The INET paper also deals with all that silly common will stuff, by the way.
While politicians sell you on the idea of “shared sacrifice” just as the income of the wealthiest Americans continues its flight away from everyone else, domestic propaganda attempts to richsplain the rebellious episodes you see on the streets,
Occupy Wall Street was painted as a movement bunch of spoiled and bored Hipsters.
Bernie Sanders was depicted as Quixotic and his followers delusioned by the luxury of White privilege.
Yes, Donald Trump’s core supporters1 have a big problem with race and just about everything else, but their economic experiences are vividly real.
For many who feel like “Living in the world, no different from a cell,” the INET study should send a clear message: big money must leave American politics if folks ever want to see freedom while living …
song currently stuck in my head: “aquarela do brasil” egberto gismonti &nanà vasconcelos
1When you get to “Muslim is not a religion part,” let me know what you think.
There are fewer of us liking and sharing Facebook posts today in recognition of how the social media giant shut off Korryn Gaines’ access to her Facebook and Instagram accounts — at the Baltimore County police department’s request — just before a SWAT team ended an hours-long standoff with Gaines by kicking in her apartment door and shooting her dead. The police also shot and wounded Gaines’ five-year old son.
Gaines was streaming the standoff on Facebook Live just before her accounts were deactivated.
While I’m tempted to dig into the thought processes involved with a local police department calling someone in a multi-billion dollar global corporation — presumably at a very senior level — to help them suppress live video evidence of an armed standoff that stemmed from vehicular fines, I’ll stick to one main point: I’m off Facebook and Instagram today.
We may have to do more of these logouts …
song currently stuck in my head: “on sonho (moon dreams)” airto moreira feat. flora purim
This past week has presented a compelling case for even presidential candidate Donald Trump to turn down his ego for a moment to acknowledge that he’s having a rough time.
Aside from his dramatically sliding poll numbers against opponent Hillary Clinton that warrant a separate discussion, the mainstream media has now replaced their “His damn quotes are sweeter than effin’ BuzzFeed clickbait!” primaries strategy with an all-out web, print and airwaves assault to topple his candidacy.
For example, CNN.com’s home page featured so many anti-Donald Trump stories one day that you would think they were hosting a Trump writers’ slam.
Sounds crazy for a media organization to devote so much energy against a single topic, right?
Well, not really …
Anyway, take a look at this mobile-friendly screen grab, if you don’t believe me:
The headlines centered around a pretty obvious theme:
We also have the growing defection wave of high-profile Conservative government officials and advisors — including Richard Armitage, Henry Paulson and Brent Scowcroft — who plan to vote for opponent Hillary Clinton while exclaiming that the racial hatred Trump seems to galvanize is not what America, or their party, stands for.
Kumbaya, y’all. Bigotry is finally at the end of its lifecycle, right?
Unfortunately, you can’t even offer the rudimentary argument that CNN, Armitage, Paulson and Scowcroft are merely attempting to scrape off the diseased patient’s pallid, dead tissue surface with the hope that vitality and color will return. A strategy, regardless of intent, that will fail.
But do you see what’s at work here?
Look at it this way — what would happen to public opinion if CNN provided the Home Page Treatment to the fact that infant mortality among African Americans is twice that of White Americans?
If a home page was filled with cases of racial profiling and police brutality from around the country?
Or a home page stuffed with stories which prove the US is supporting the same brand of Islamic Jihad to overthrow the Syrian government as the one that’s sworn to destroy the West, America included?
Can you imagine how fully informed the conscience of American citizens would be?
Do you see what’s happening here?
As an example, Maria Comella, a longtime communications advisor for Conservative New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and one of the advisors responsible for feeding Christie talking points to use in his failed presidential campaign — like the one that questioned the integrity of White House hopeful Hillary Clinton — has announced that she will vote for Clinton in November.
Do you see the game taking shape here?
I’m not talking about the nut job radio host who wanted to shoot Hillary in her coochie. His lunacy is really-real. No games there.
But don’t you think it’s a game when elites from the political party with a four-decade record of racial hang-ups, and has derided the other side of the aisle as Socialists who want to anesthetize poor folks with free government services, now thinks the so-called socialist nominee is better bet for America, and has turned on their own presidential nominee for having racial hang-ups?
The real game has no color — except for the one they want you to play during news broadcasts and on social media.
The real game is focused on themes Trump has not yet wrapped his brain around: trade deals, wars, financialization and perfectly legal gunrunning in support of more wars. Middle class be damned.
Hillary? At the top of the class. She totally gets the real game.
Otherwise, Trump would be branded by party elites — even with his fixations on Great Walls and Muslim bans — as an excellent candidate, but with a few flaws he needs could work on.
You know by now I’m not a Trump cheerleader, but I also know that the world is nowhere close to a binary Blue-or-Red one.
Lesson? The hater of your hater may still came heavy to your doorstep …
song currently stuck in my head: “cecil b” – amina claudine myers
I was going to publish a post on Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s impressive campaign moat which prevents opponent Hillary Clinton from putting him away this summer, but I think it’s more important to discuss his emotional instability first.
(Laughing) Before you Conservatives start groaning, let me remind you that Liberals take plenty of lumps from me as well
I keep having a recurring visual of Trump driving his urgently pregnant wife to a hospital when another driver flipped him off for driving too slow.
Trump is the kind of guy who would immediately abort the hospital mission — despite Melania shooting amniotic fluid all over the windshield, almost like that Lou Reed song except she’s neither black or a man — to chase the car and its offending driver for disrespecting him.
Thus, the hospital exit is now in the rear view mirror, and Melania can now see the head …
But I’m sure Melania is sufficiently intelligent to know that her husband chases nearly any form of stimulus placed near him, so she’ll make other transportation arrangements.
If I can figure out Trump’s weakness as a layperson, I’m sure that elite intelligence agencies across the world have already created a psychological playbook for suckering “The Donald.”
Trump is correct for opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel can change his mind by calling him a “B**ch-azz” for not supporting it.
Trump could be provoked into starting a war with China — and that conflict is a real possibility, mind you — by calling him a “Pussy” for avoiding a throwdown.
The Kahn family incident supports the case for how Trump’s emotional instability makes everything worse. As Ezra Klein pointed out, Trump couldn’t take the idea of his reputation being “savagely attacked” on television, so he launched some culturally ignorant responses toward the parents of a fallen US soldier that inflated the original story’s news cycle by at least 300 percent — with the vast majority of the new stories attacking him some more.
(Laughing) Vote for Trump if you want, but you’d better hope that he stays medicated for four years …
song currently stuck in my head: “time and space” – eddie henderson