February 2006


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BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter

Fred Hampton — slain state chairman of the Black Panthers party that urged followers to “off the pigs” — would join the parade of Chicagoans afforded honorary street designations, under an ordinance advanced Monday that outraged the police union.

Hampton and fellow Panther leader Mark Clark were gunned down by Chicago Police officers working under Cook County State’s Attorney Edward V. Hanrahan in an infamous December 1969 raid at Hampton’s apartment that ultimately cost Hanrahan his job.

But it was the violence that Hampton and the Panthers advocated against police officers that stuck in the craw of Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Donahue.

Finish reading at: Cop: ‘You’ve got to be kidding’

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NATIONAL WEEK OF CAMPUS ACTION Week of March 13-17 www.campusantiwar.net

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If you scroll through endorsees, you’ll find: DAHR JAMAIL, independent journalist reporting from Iraq. He’s a close friend of Jill Carroll.

http://www.dahrjamailiraq.com/weblog/

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Some suggested captions for this Kid

Little Sheet Head

Harry bin Potter

Open wide and say Aaaaaaaaaa-llah

Future Yale Undergraduate

ALL YOUR TABLECLOTH ARE BELONG TO ALLAH!

From: Free Republic

By Maxim Kniazkov

Special to Insight

LAREDO, Texas – This border area is one of the least publicized international crisis zones. More Americans have been kidnapped just in this area than in all of Iraq by Islamic terrorists.

Finish Reading at: Insight Magazine

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It is late Sunday morning, and streets in Nuevo Laredo’s commercial district remain eerily empty. As many as 176 people were killed in the city last year amid a turf war between drug cartels. (Photo by Maxim Kniazkov)

Supreme Court Backs Abortion Protesters

By TONI LOCY
Associated Press Writer

The Supreme Court dealt a setback Tuesday to abortion clinics in a two-decade-old legal fight over abortion protests, ruling that federal extortion and racketeering laws cannot be used to ban demonstrations.
Anti-abortion groups brought the appeal after the 7th Circuit had asked a trial judge to determine whether a nationwide injunction could be supported by charges that protesters had made threats of violence absent a connection with robbery or extortion.

The 8-0 decision ends a case that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had kept alive despite a 2003 decision by the high court that lifted a nationwide injunction on anti-abortion groups led by Joseph Scheidler and others.

Writing for the majority, Justice Stephen Breyer said Congress did not intend to create “a freestanding physical violence offense” in the federal extortion law known as the Hobbs Act.

Social activists and the AFL-CIO had sided with anti-abortion groups in arguing that similar lawsuits and injunctions could be used to thwart their efforts to change public policy or agitate for better wages and working conditions.
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So basically, you can harass, protest, and physically stand in someone’s way from entering an abortion clinic. (Hamper business if you will). The same people who call this a victory, think it’s wrong for the Muslim’s to want to impose Sharia Law? Talk about hypocritical.

When the postulating pious start heeding their own doctines, ALL of them and not just selective adherence… so will I.

A bad idea bred of good intentions.

BY CHRISTINE ROSEN

In 1927, physicians at the Virginia Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded in Lynchburg sterilized a young woman named Carrie Buck. Although doctors at state institutions across the country had performed sterilizations before, Carrie’s case was unusual. Her sterilization had received the imprimatur of the U.S. Supreme Court. In Buck v. Bell, the court upheld the state of Virginia’s right to sterilize, forcibly, so-called feeble-minded individuals. “It is better for all the world,” Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. wrote for the majority, “if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.” Holmes concluded: “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”

Finish reading at: Opinion Journal (Wall Street Journal) ^

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Governor Rod Blagojevich have teamed up to push legislation designed to thwart plans by a major hunting/fishing retailer to open a superstore in suburban Chicago. The bill, HB4693, would make it nearly impossible for any law-abiding entity to engage in the lawful retail sale of firearms in the state.

Cabela’s, based in Sidney, NE, recently announced plans to build a destination superstore in northwest suburban Hoffman Estates. The store would employ 400 people and feature a wide variety of gear to meet the needs of every outdoor sportsman. Of course, the retail sale of firearms would be a major component of the store’s business.

Finish reading at: Cabela’s Targeted by Latest Daley/Blagojevich Gun Control Scheme
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The type of firearms that Cabelas sells would be primarily black-powder weapons for hunting and historical reenactments. They are the guns our forefathers used to wrest liberty from tyrants like…Mayor Daley. Weapons that were good enough for American Minutemen, settlers, and the troops of Lincoln’s army.

Of course when the residents of Chicago finally decide to rid themselves of their oppressors, they’ll have to do it with sticks and stones (or maybe tar and feathers).

So say The Two Malcontents whose First Amendment rights are insured by the Second Amendment.

The Two Malcontents shop at: www.cabelas.com


By David French

The sad example of Penn State. More>

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In other words, if a student shows “contempt” for, say, Islamic fascism, or same-sex “marriage,” that student is subject to punishment. And, just to show that, at Penn State, intolerance is no laughing matter, students can also be punished if they engage in “unwelcome banter,” or even “teasing or jokes” that depict a member of a “protected class” in a “stereotypical or demeaning manner.”


By Stanley Crouch
NYDailyNews

One of the most repulsively fascinating facts about contemporary black popular culture is how it continues to reach fresh lows. It finds new ways of leaping all fences that would bar it from falling into a bottomless pit of tastelessness. All of the insults and burdens of minstrelsy have been bested by black comedians and rappers who have made stupidity, hedonism, pimping, misogyny, pornography and violence their stock in trade.

One defense of this amoral sense of life and culture is that black people didn’t invent any of it, so why shouldn’t they, like the white people, be able to make big money from it? As one imbecilic black man in television said to me, “I ain’t hating on these brothers. All they are doing is dealing with a market the same way that the white people do. This is capitalism and they’re responding to a market. You know the old saying, ‘Whatever the market will bear.’ ”

Now we find that comedian Damon Wayans has spent the past 14 months trying to copyright the N-word with “iggas” instead of “iggers.” He wants to put it on apparel and whatnot. So far, he has not been successful but one can imagine young American kids wearing that word emblazoned on clothes and listening to rap “songs” in which the N-word frequently appears, in conjunction with “bitches” and “hos,” among other denigrations.

Of course, there is a defense. One Hollywood Negro said that “Damon is no fool. He might be pulling a Brer Rabbit move that would mean that he would take control of the word and make everyone pay to use it.”

I responded rappers and others would merely put the cost in the budget. The Hollywood guy agreed.

However this comes out, it is further proof of how remarkably decadent our moment is. On the one hand, opportunistic numbskulls use the rhetoric of free speech and the liberal arts to justify the thick presence of misogyny and insult in their material, meaning that constantly referring to women as bitches and hos is an expression of their artistry and their freedom of speech. So is the constant screaming of the N-word.

Now we have a comedian attempting to copyright the N-word so that everyone who uses it will have to pay him for the right. I guess that takes its place right next to John Singleton, Spike Lee and Will Smith supporting the dehumanizing “Hustle & Flow.” In the world of entertainment, the siren call of the commercial, however hollow and denigrating, seems impossible for many to resist, a fact that transcends all ethnic, sexual and religious distinctions.

When Essence magazine began a campaign against the prevalence of misogyny and insult in rap material, literally hundreds of thousands voiced their approval. This proved that this product is disgusting to millions of black women and their supporters. Unfortunately, the most important movement in popular culture since the emergence of rap itself floundered. Essence let the campaign fizzle after editor Diane Weathers, who shaped the magazine’s response to popular muck, left the magazine.

If Damon Wayans wins his quest for ownership of the N-word, one wonders to whom – if any – he will have to answer.
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Stanley Crouch is a columnist, novelist, essayist, critic and television commentator. He has served since 1987 as an artistic consultant at Lincoln Center and is a co-founder of the department known as Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 1993, he received both the Jean Stein Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a MacArthur Foundation grant. He is now working on a biography of Charlie Parker. Email: mailto:scrouch@edit.nydailynews.com

A Phila. animal-rights group calls its tactics free speech. U.S. prosecutors say it incited violence.

The members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, a proudly radical animal-rights group based in Philadelphia, acknowledge that many of their tactics can be obnoxious.

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“The activists regularly posted personal information about Huntingdon employees, including home addresses, home phone numbers, the names of their children – even where their children went to school.”

Finish reading at: Philadelphia Inquirer ^
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Fuck with my children… I’ll shoot ya!
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In a related story:
— “. . . and a little child shall lead them”. Well, not such a little child: Laurie Pycroft is 16, taking a year off before his A levels to brood over his computer. He brooded well. He has a long-held interest in science, and as a small child lost a grandfather whose life had been prolonged by medical advance. Laurie lives near Oxford, and became aware of the “animal rights” campaign of intimidation against the building of a new research centre. So he decided to do something about it. On Saturday — Glory be!…
One kid’s blast against bigotry (Animal Rights Terrorists)

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