Friday, September 30, 2005

Bennett: Black Abortions Would Lower Crime

Former Education Secretary William Bennett is shown in this 1996 file photo. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield)

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON Sep 30, 2005 — The White House on Friday criticized former Education Secretary William Bennett for remarks linking the crime rate and the abortion of black babies.

"The president believes the comments were not appropriate," White House press secretary Scott McClellan said.

Bennett, on his radio show, "Morning in America," was answering a caller's question when he took issue with the hypothesis put forth in a recent book that one reason crime is down is that abortion is up.

"But I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down," said Bennett, author of "The Book of Virtues."

He went on to call that "an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down. So these far-out, these far-reaching, extensive extrapolations are, I think, tricky."

Responding later to criticism, Bennett said his comments had been mischaracterized and that his point was that the idea of supporting abortion to reduce crime was "morally reprehensible."

Bennett was education secretary under President Reagan and director of drug control policy when Bush's father was president.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

What was the British SAS doing in Basra?

By Chris Marsden
28 September 2005

Al Jazeera quoted Sheik Hassan al-Zarqani, spokesman for the Mehdi army, stating, “What our police found in their car was very disturbing—weapons, explosives, and a remote control detonator. These are the weapons of terrorists. We believe these soldiers were planning an attack on a market or other civilian targets.”

The news agency continues, “What needs to be given more attention in the wake of recent clashes that broke out in Basra following the arrest of two British soldiers last week is whether those commandos were planning an attack or not, whether their car did have explosives or not. The answer to this question is crucial for the future of Iraq and Bush’s so-called ‘war on terror.’

“If allegations that the soldiers’ car was loaded with explosives were proved, this will strengthen the theory suggesting that the British and American intelligence is involved in the persistent and violent acts of ‘terror’ spreading across Iraq, which means that the current ‘counterinsurgency’ efforts involve the premeditated killing of innocent civilians to achieve the US policy objectives. Isn’t this the very definition of terrorism?”

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Slave Revolt Radio: Hurricane Sam part 4 (FEMA The Beast has Landed)

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09-16-05 Fema has landed and the police state grows strength from chaos. Uncovering Sam's lies and scams amidst disaster recovery.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Poverty Equals Abandonment

Deja vu all over again. Time for the "Underclass" to organize and revolt against Uncle Sam and the Republicrats who serve him. Aim and squeeze people, aim and squeeze.

These New Orleans evacuees were trying to leave Houston ahead of Hurricane Rita. Except the Greyhound bus terminal in town closed its doors.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Slave Revolt Radio: Hurricane Sam pt3 - Profits of Misery Prophets of Doom

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09-12-2005 "Beyond the Shadow" the storm continues exploring the Katrina aftermath as Sams contractors are hard at work making millions as the poor die.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

US media hails martial law general in New Orleans

By Bill Van Auken

It is not merely a matter of turning to the military out of expediency, however. There are deep concerns within America’s financial oligarchy about the country’s political stability. The gulf separating the super-rich at the top of the economic ladder—who control both major parties—and the great majority of American working people has become so great as to render any form of democracy unworkable.

The storm that hit New Orleans brought this social chasm starkly into the open and, with it, the potential for social upheavals. The greatest fear within the American establishment is that out of this deepening crisis there will emerge a mass political challenge to the profit system. These are the conditions in which a martial law general is being offered as an “icon of leadership.”

Friday, September 09, 2005

George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People (the song)

We watched Kanye say it on television, now hear the song.

George Bush Don't Like Black People mp3 by K-Otix

Rape Rumors and The Bigotry of Low Expectations

By Matt Welch

"The police, for example, confiscated a single knife from a refugee in one Baton Rouge shelter," Witt reported. "There were no riots in Baton Rouge. There were no armed hordes." Yet the panic was enough for Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden to impose a curfew on the city's largest shelter, and to warn darkly about "New Orleans thugs."

Even before evacuees could get comfy in Houston's Astrodome, rumors were flying that the refugees had already raped their first victim, just like that 7-year-old in the Superdome, or the babies in the Convention Center who got their throats slit. Not only was the Astrodome rape invented out of whole cloth, so, perhaps was the case reported 'round the globe of at least one prepubescent being raped and murdered in New Orleans' iconic sports arena.

"We don't have any substantiated rapes," New Orleans Police superintendent Edwin Compass said Monday, according to the Guardian. "We will investigate if the individuals come forward."

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Slave Revolt Radio: Hurricane Sam Part 2 (the storm continues)

09-05-05 Hurrican Sam continues to blow his deadly winds into the lives of the poor, the Black, the hungry.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Slave Revolt Radio: Hurricane Sam (the real problem)

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09-02-05 Hurricane Katrina aftermath. The real genocidal hurricane winds blowing is 'Hurricane Sam'. The show has live coverage from New Orleans. 1st hand accounts. Documentary footage of New Orleans' vulnerability to floods and hurricanes outlined years ago.

Audio on Katrina's Real Meaning

Download: Katrina, racism, and the moral failure of American capitalism mp3

The intersection of racism, classism, and failed economic theories as exposed by Hurricane Katrina.

Download: Sonny Crack Show 09-04-05 (HURRICANE SPECIAL) mp3

More coverage of Hurricane Katrina from an urban perspective.

Download: What They Don't Tell You: Fear Itself mp3

It's not as if. in the words of Michael Chertoff, this event was "breathtaking in its surprise." Let's hear what Ivor Van Heerden, director of Louisian State University's Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes, had to say one month before Katrina hit: "If a hurricane comes next month, New Orleans could no longer exist."

Download: Mayor Nagin mp3

Listen to a House Negro beg his white masters for help. This is what happens when you put all your faith in a system known for its brutality towards the poor and people of color.

Download Video: Kanye West, "Bush don't care about Black people" wmv

Kanye West might be waking up as he refused to play the good Coon. Mike Meyers and Chris "Coon" Tucker looked like they were about to die as Kanye speaks the truth.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Rapper Kanye West blasts Bush on TV benefit show

WASHINGTON, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Rapper Kanye West surprised viewers of an NBC benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina victims on Friday by accusing President George W. Bush of racism.

"George Bush doesn't care about black people," West said from New York during the show aired live on the East Coast on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and Pax, just before cameras cut away to comedian Chris Tucker.

West, who is black, suggested moments earlier that delays in providing relief to survivors of the hurricane that hit the U.S. Gulf Coast on Monday and flooded New Orleans were deliberate. He said America was set up "to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off as slow as possible."

The Grammy award-winning singer, who was paired with comedian Mike Myers, also said in what NBC described as unscripted remarks, "We already realized a lot of the people that could help are at war right now, fighting another way, and they've given them permission to go down and shoot us."

He was apparently referring to shoot-on-sight orders issued to National Guard troops to halt violence and looting in New Orleans.

West also criticized the media's portrayal of blacks, saying: "I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family, it says they're looting. See a white family, it says they're looking for food."

In a statement, NBC, a unit of General Electric Co. ,said, "Kanye West departed from the scripted comments that were prepared for him, and his opinions in no way represent the views of the networks.

"It would be most unfortunate," the statement continued, "if the efforts of the artists who participated tonight and the generosity of millions of Americans who are helping those in need are overshadowed by one person's opinion."

The program, hosted by Matt Lauer of NBC News, urged viewers to donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. It included 18 presenters, and featured performances by New Orleans natives Harry Connick Jr. and Wynton Marsalis, as well as Louisiana native Tim McGraw and Faith Hill of Mississippi, which was also struck by Katrina.

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Friday, September 02, 2005

Racism in Pictures

Tuesday, Yahoo! News posted photographs from the Hurricane Katrina disaster area gathered from various sources.

An Associated Press photograph of two African-American women was captioned, "Looters carry bags of groceries through floodwaters after taking the merchandise away from a wind damaged convenience store in New Orleans on Monday, Aug. 29, 2005."

A similar Agence France Press (AFP) photograph of two caucasians was labeled, "Two residents wade through chest-deep water after finding bread and soda from a local grocery store in New Orleans..."

The vast majority of people who did not evacuate from the famous city were poor and non-white; many were unable to obtain transportation.

Yahoo! News later released a statement on the images, saying, "...we present the photos and their captions as written, edited and distributed by the news services with no additional editing..." Yahoo! agreed to AFP's request to remove AFP-supplied photographs after the controversy began, fueled by articles on the topic by Salon, Flickr, and other news sites.

Hurricane Katrina, Race, and the Class Divide

In an effort to poison public opinion about the incompetence of the government, the media lapdogs have bit on stories of looting, law and order, and the need for policing out of control Black folk. American racism permeates the newscasts, and the cracks in the system widen with each day people -- poor people -- sit in sewer water, rotting in the heat while the rich sit in comfortable chairs remaining disconnected from the reality around them.

There are a few articles which bring attention to the true concerns surfacing from beneath the rubble, but there's still a denial of the blatant racism in the media. I have heard the people of New Orleans referred to as "Animals" on networks. "Chaos," "refugees," "Third World," "National Disgrace" were the codes in speech used to describe Blacks who were angry, hungry, and in desperation began "looting."

When stores have closed because the upper class got in their SUVs and left town, and your home has been washed away, and no help is in sight, and your family is dirty, hungry, defeated, and you have a few soggy dollars in your pocket, and the stores are shut down, it is only human to say fuck the system, I'm getting my hands on what I need to survive. So you'll break into a store, take a few things, and at the very least you'll be taken by cops to a place that is safer than the infested water you and your family had to struggle through for three days.

For those who question the "looting" of items not needed for survival, I'll turn to what was written on another blog called the YellowLine. I didn't agree with everything written on that blog, but this sums up this particular subject neatly.

I'm not too broken up about people stealing from Wal-Mart, another highly questionable capitalist organization that will have no difficulty recouping their losses through insurance. Also, I take some small satisfaction in seeing people steal Nikes, a corporation that has built its empire on the backs of the poor in sweatshops worldwide. When a pair of $150 basketball shoes only cost you $12 to manufacture and $8 to market, there's a kind of equitable symmetry in seeing poor people steal these shoes...

Fuck this government and fuck all y'all who still vote for these clowns who serve the needs of the ruling class.

Articles of interest are below:

The hurricane disaster: US capitalism stands disgraced

With at least 100,000 people trapped in a city without power, water or food and threatened with the spread of disease and death, the government has proven incapable of establishing the most elementary framework of logistical organization. It has failed to even evacuate the critically ill from public hospitals, much less provide basic medical assistance to the many thousands placed in harms way by the disaster.

Hurricane Katrina Exposes Racism And Inequality

The levee system, crucial to the survival of a city surrounded on three sides by water, hasn't been upgraded to withstand a Category 4 or 5 storm. Thanks to George Bush and his "war on terror."

What Katrina Says to Us All

The fact that nearly 30% of New Orleans lives below the official poverty level (which itself is affixed at an absurdly high level) is astounding.

Timidity No Answer to Racism in Katrina Debacle

Is it any wonder that these citizens, like the working poor all across America, felt abandoned long before a powerful storm blew off the cover of their ignored and invisible lives?

Listen to a House Negro beg his white masters for help. This is what happens when you put all your faith in a system known for its brutality towards the poor and people of color.

Download Mayor Ray Nagin on WWL Radio mp3