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The Wicked Wails of a Megalomanical Clown
Although there has been no absence of charlatans, churls and damned fools in the history of the US Congress Ted Cruz, a Republican Senator from Texas – is setting new standards for buffoonery. And his antics may well doom the GOP – Grand Obstructionist Party – in national politics. His fake filibuster, which one wise wag aptly called “a sillybuster,” in the Senate debate over the budget, insisting that the Senate vote to defund the Affordable Healthcare Act, could set the stage for a shutdown of the government despite the fact that after talking smack for 21 hours he voted for the continuing resolution that is designed to prevent this impending tragedy.
This is the behavior of a classic charlatan and demagogue. He stirred up the primitive passions of the untutored mob in a marathon speech designed to put…
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Commentaries On the Times Weekly Essay
A California Thug in the People’s House!
Thug Life: Yo you talkin to me?
Daryll Issa is a Menace to America
Why wasn’t I surprised to discover that before he became a Congressman Daryll Issa was a car thief, a liar and a repeat offender? Because he is still a liar, a bully and runs his committee like a gangster. The way he conducts his committee is so outrageous that Attorney General Eric Holder, a mild mannered gentleman not given to hyperbole, called his behavior “shameful” to his face. And he is still a thief; now he is trying to steal the last election by misusing the investigative powers of his committee to nullify the Democratic victory by tying up key components of the government in an attempt to make it impossible for President Obama to govern; to do the job the people elected him twice to do.
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Standing in the Shoes My Mother Made: The Making of a Womanist Theologian
Diana L. Hayes is Emerita Professor of Systematic Theology at Georgetown University (retired).. She holds the Juris Doctor (LAW), PhD (RELIGIOUS STUDIES) and Doctor of Sacred Theology (STD) degrees and is the first African American woman to earn a Pontifical Doctorate in Theology (Catholic University of Louvain). Hayes is the author/editor of 7 books: Trouble Don’t Last Always: Soul Prayers; And Still We Rise: An Introduction to Black Liberation Theology; Hagars Daughtser: Womanist Ways of Being in the World; Taking Down Our Harps: Black Catholics in the United States (co-edited by Cyprian Davis) Wre You There: Stations of the Cross; Many Faces of the Church (co-edited with Peter Phan) and her most recent book “Standing in the Shoes My Mother Made: A Womanist Theology as well as over 85 articles and book chapters. Her next book…
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Sharing the Fire As It Grows
S P I R I T M A T T E R S
Spirit Matters Journal
Host, Soul AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
Spirit Matters Journal
March 9, 2013
Where are you?
“And the Lord called unto Adam, and said, Where art thou?” (Genesis 3:9)
Although we sometimes individualize the story of Adam and Eve, it is clear on any sensible reading that the story is addressing all of us. “Where are you?” is the perennial question addressed to each of us and the collective race of human beings. “Where are you?” We get lost in our activities, plans and daily routine. We drift through the reeds on life’s river but unlike Moses we have no particular direction or destination. We fail to orient ourselves with definite purpose and consequently end up like Saul hidden in our own baggage when God would…
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SOUL AFIRE with Dr. Matthew V. Johnson
“Chris Donner and the Perils of a Misplaced Faith”
February 13, 2013 10 pm ET
“Spirit Matters Talk Radio”
” . . . The principal swatted Jim for using a derogatory word toward me. He then for some unknown reason swatted me for striking Jim in response to him calling me a n****r. He stated as good Christians we are to turn the other cheek as Jesus did. Problem is, I’m not a f***ing Christian and that old book, made of fiction and limited non-fiction, called the bible, never once stated Jesus was called a n****r. How dare you swat me for standing up for my rights for demanding that I be treated as a equal human being. That day I made a life decision that i will not…
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All eyes are on Christopher Dorner the fired LAPD officer who is the subject on a massive manhunt that involves more than 1000 cops up and down the state of California and in Nevada. He’s accused of gunning down three people including Monica Quan, a popular basketball coach and the daughter of a former LAPD captain and her fiance Keith Lawrence who is described as mentor to many and recently graduated from a police academy. ..
Dorner’s also accused of shooting 3 police officers killing one in Riverside California…In an 11 page manifesto that he posted on-line, Dorner lays out the reasons he’s on the rampage and why he’s down to take out his fellow officers and their family members. He feels they are racist, unfair and done him dirty by tarnishing his name and reputation. In this manifesto which is an epic read, he describes in great…
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“A More Perfect Union: Choosing Our Better History”
January 23, 2013
The offer of a political proposal on King Day.
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Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree
I recently watched the debate between columnist Stanley Crouch and percussionist James Mtume on the evolution of modern jazz with great interest. Crouch, the steadfast jazz purist, essentially took the position that much of what’s passing for jazz today is actually a corruption of the art form, while Mtume took the position that Crouch was simply out of touch with the new face of jazz.
In my opinion, Stanley Crouch was right, and James Mtume was simply remaining consistent with what his musical philosophy seems to advocate – playing to the audience and giving applause priority over substance. But Crouch made the mistake of not framing the issue in a way that would allow him to sieze the bottom line. It’s not about the new versus the old; what the discussion is actually about is quality versus lesser quality, and that can be measured.
First, just because something is new doesn’t mean that it’s better. The problem with a lot of electronic music is electronics is being used to camouflage a lack of technical competence. There’s so much noise and electronic distortion going on that it gives the musicians the “freedom” to play bad notes, be less than melodic, and play musical nonsense. Where, on the other hand, acoustic music is intimate. It’s purely about the musician and his technical ability. Period. If Bud Powell played a bad note, or played the wrong chord progression, it would stick out like a soar thumb. But if he was playing electronic music there’s so much chaos and distortion going on that nobody would notice.
Yvette Carnell: What Black People Have in Common With Pavlov’s Drooling Dogs
Pavolov was a scientist who studied physiology, and this was Pavlov’s experiment:
Pavlov became interested in studying reflexes when he saw that the dogs drooled without the proper stimulus. Although no food was in sight, their saliva still dribbled. It turned out that the dogs were reacting to lab coats. Every time the dogs were served food, the person who served the food was wearing a lab coat. Therefore, the dogs reacted as if food was on its way whenever they saw a lab coat.
In a series of experiments, Pavlov then tried to figure out how these phenomena were linked. For example, he struck a bell when the dogs were fed. If the bell was sounded in close association with their meal, the dogs learnt to associate the sound of the bell with food.
Black people react to racism, or the mere suggestion of racism, the same way Pavlov’s dogs reacted to lab coats and bells. It is a learned response to a perceived threat, but it makes us weak prey to people who would much rather have us distracted than engaged. And this reflexiveness is damning us to permanent second class status, especially here in America.
Take for example the highly sensationalized reporting on Ron Paul’s 20 year old racist newsletters. Republicans didn’t even need to do any heavy lifting to get Ron Paul disqualified based on that inflammatory accusation. Why? When all they needed to do, all they did, was mention that Paul supposedly wrote racist newsletters two decades ago and, instinctively, black writers went in for the kill, and wasted their time and valuable platforms fighting a battle that wasn’t their own.