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Top Ten Reasons Why Black Leaders Are Ignoring President Obama's Good Cop-Bad Cop Attack on Social Security

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    After a decades-long drumbeat led by the Peterson Foundation, corporate media, Wall Street and their minions of both parties, Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare are under attack. The current raid is being led by nobody less than Barack Obama himself. Only Nixon could go to China, only Clinton could end welfare, and only a black Democrat can undermine Social Security. But where is black leadership? Why are they silent? We think we know...

    Top Ten Reasons Why Black Leaders Are Ignoring President Obama's Good Cop-Bad Cop Attack on Social Security

    by BAR Managing Editor Bruce A. Dixon

    In the full week following the November 10 release of draft proposals by President Obama's Commission on fiscal Responsibility, also known as the Cat Food Commission, the silence of black leadership has been deafening. Among other things, the president's commission would cut Social Security benefits and exacerbate unemployment by raising the retirement age, would lower taxes still further for corporations and wealthy individuals, while instituting co-payments for all veterans medical services, all in the name of austerity and stabilizing the national deficit.

    The president's political strategy, as Glen Ford pointed out last month, is clear. Obama's commission and its draconian cuts will be the bad cop. President Obama will then play the part of “good cop” offering some “compromise,” a point between actual hell, and just a very, very hot and uncomfortable place. When Bill Clinton did this, it was called “triangulation.”

    But the burning question is this: Why is there no visible opposition among black leadership to these awful economic measures, measures which penalize every working and poor person in the United States?   Since an outsize number of these are African Americans, that ought to make it a black issue. Nevertheless, black advocacy organizations, the black churches, who, to hear them tell it, were the sole authors and inventors of the Freedom Movement, along with virtually all the black politicians, journalists, academics and opinion leaders, are silent. Why?

    We think we know. Hence and herewith, we offer the top ten reasons black leaders are silent on Obama's campaign to cut Medicaid, Medicare and social security.

    Reason #10

    Quite a few black “leaders” have no idea the Cat Food Commission even exists.

    This kind of radical cluelessness says a lot about the content and style of their “leadership.” Let's just say their eyes are elsewhere. Watching God, maybe, in some cases.  Lots of prominent black preachers, for instance, are busy campaigning against gays and vying for faith-based funding for their ministries. Both these pursuits consume copious amounts of time and energy, and the latter can be quite lucrative

    Reason #9

    Some black leaders with a vague idea that the Cat Food Commission exists haven't read its recommendations or just aren't paying attention.

    Like the ones who have no idea at all, these are busy and important people. You can't expect such folks to spare the time to read a 50 page report, or even talk to anybody that has. There are just so many more important things to do.

    Reason #8

    Some others are silent because they DO KNOW the Cat Food Commission exists.

    Black leadership these days, such as it is, is dependent on corporate and foundation largesse. SCLC's Atlanta headquarters was paid for by a major utility company. The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation is run by corporate execs and puts on its annual CBC Week with funds from Wells fargo, Lockheed, Bank of America and Wal-Mart. Telecom, insurance and other corporate execs on the “business roundtables” of everyplace from the NAACP to the National Association of Black State Legislators fund the activities, provide the “research” and literally set the organizational priorities. Even the black church, once financed solely by contributions from the faithful, has become shamefully dependent on faith-based taxpayer dollars. The corporate sector which bankrolls them all has unalterably opposed Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare since their inception. None of these “leaders” will bite the hands that feed them.

    Reason #7

    Some of what are called “black leadership” actually believe the corporate okie-doke about Social Security already being insolvent, a Ponzi scheme, or immoral.

    For a significant share of “black leadership” being a leader means getting your opinions from the Washington Post or CNN or the New York Times. These established “leaders” value being accepted by the folks they regard as their peers, their donors, their party leaders, their professional colleagues, golfing buddies and the people that fly them to conferences and endow their departments. Not foolish enough to bite the hands that feed them, many black leaders regard it as their job to take the cues of the business world and corporate media, rather than to respond to the multiple crises of debt, incarceration, housing and joblessness experienced by the great mass of ordinary black families. Corporate media and their peers say the deficit and “entitlements” are the problem, and plenty of “black leaders” actually buy this crap.

    Reason #6

    Many black leaders imagine the cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security are a done deal.

    Who can blame them? The same disaster capitalists who created the mess, who orchestrate the drumbeat against Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security do offer a solution. Since their class owns the media, they make certain their twisted picture and disastrous remedies are the only items on the table, they really DO look inevitable. It's no coincidence, for example that transnational disaster capitalists coined the term “globalism” for submission to their system of latter day debt slavery. The very name makes it sound like those fighting for the interest of ordinary human beings are nothing but morons railing against the fact that the world is round.

    Reason #5

    Quite a few of this black misleadership class think that they don't need Social Security.

    Maybe they don't. Maybe a lot of them imagine themselves that well off. Some certainly are, but no working populace in any country on earth since the dawn of the industrial age has been able to save or invest enough to pay for its own retirement without some kind of guaranteed retirement income program. Without these programs, the elderly are a drain on younger family members, and many go hungry and live their last years in poverty and want. It's never happened any other way.

    Reason #4

    A few delusional black leaders sincerely believe President Obama is playing on the side of the people. Many more stake their standing as “leaders” on selling this delusion to their people for as long as possible.

    Admittedly, it's a stretch at this point for actual leaders of any sort to believe this. The only way to explain it is that some shepherds are sheep themselves, and really, really want to believe it. For them, reality is too terrible a place to dwell for long. In any case, what BAR's Glen Ford has called the “Obama Delusional Effect” among African Americans is widespread and debilitating to the prospects for any kind of democratic struggle. Although black incarceration and unemployment are at record levels, although health disparities and the gaps between black and white wealth have never been greater, blacks are more, not less optimistic about the nation's economic and social prospects. Go figger.

    Reason #3

    Some black leaders are keeping their mouths shut because they imagine Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare are not black issues

    Don't laugh. “Black issues,” if we go by the list of workshop topics at the CBC's Annual Legislative Conference, the gathering of our alleged best and brightest, don't include opposition to imperial wars or gentrification, either. They are mostly about government subcontracting, securing personal wealth, getting mortgages, voting rights, HBCU funding, black history, finding love and hanging out with celebrities. Leutisha Stills of CBC Monitor was viciously scolded a few years ago by Rep. Mel Watt for claiming that digital redlining and minority access to broadband were “black issues.” In fact, the relatively low incomes of black workers, and their relative lack of access to private pensions, make them more dependent on Social Security than other elderly.

    Reason #2

    Almost none of the current crop of “black leaders” have any actual experience of a people's movement.

    Some understand all too well that a vicious raid on the living standards of all Americans is in progress, a raid led by the president and leaders of his party. But they've never seen the American people, or any segment thereof successfully stand up, fight the power, and win. They wonder if it can be done, and have little idea what such a fight might even look like. Sad, but true.

    Reason #1

    Some black leaders and their organizations aren't clueless. They're disciplined. They're waiting for the Obama White House to tell them what their position ought to be, so they can fall in line.

    The heads of the biggest shops, like the NAACP and the Urban League, and some others we won't mention, are not about to serve their constituents on this one. They see their duty not as standing up for millions of ordinary black families, but worshipfully covering the president's behind. When the White House tells them their position on Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, then they'll have one. Till then, they remain silent.

    Is there still a place for black leadership? If so, what would it look like?

    As long as black people are separate and unequal, and that looks like some distance into the future, there will be a need for black leadership, a need which is currently unfulfilled.

    If we had real black political leaders they would be ignoring the president's call to calmly assess his cat food commission's recommendations. Real black leaders would stand up for the interest of real black families, real American families, millions of whom are hurting. Real black leadership would be orchestrating meetings, daily conference calls, heading raucous and disrespectful demonstrations of elderly and not-so-elderly. Real black leadership would be marshalling youth and elders against mass incarceration and against gutting Social Security. Real black leadership would be throwing shoes.

    If some of these leaders were preachers they would be thundering the word from their pulpits and calling prayer meetings at rush hour in the middle of busy intersections. If some of these leaders were creative artists, the heirs of Fela, they would have us all dancing to poems and songs that heaped hilarious scorn and disapproval on suggestions to raise the retirement age instead of creating new jobs. If they were academics and researchers they would be countering every TV and radio and print voice in our community that tells us this is all we can expect, this is as good as it gets.

    If there was ever a time for black leadership to begin to emerge, this is it.

    Bruce Dixon is managing editor of Black Agenda Report, and based in Marietta GA. Dixon is on the state committee of the Georgia Green Party. He can be reached at bruce.dixon(at)blackagendareport.com.


     

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    Defend Social Security Coalition

    To be fair, the NAACP is apart of the steering Committee of the Strengthen Social Security Commission.

    http://strengthensocialsecurity.org/about

    Rep. Elijah Cummings has denounced the findings of the Deficit Commission.

    Ten Reasons

    Right on Bruce. It seems incredible, but sadly true. but then not anything new- pardon the rhyme.   What else can we expect from the capitalist class.  How can they continue the bailout of the Banks and Corporations, except by sucking the life blood from poor and working class Americans, like the vampires of folklore; with the blood of blacks highly valued  for its richness in sustaining the longevity of ruling class debauchery

    It is not enough for us self styled progressives to bear our hearts and souls to a largely captive audience on black agenda report and other forums.  The question remains: how do we manage some serious unity and create mass organizations which can inspire and captivate the imagination of the masses. 

    Just because the organizations we have created so far have not done the job does not mean it cannot be done.   Despite the Obama delusion, the poor and working classes are ripe for the pickings, so to speak.  You only have to immerse yourself in their world to realize this.  If the Tea Party can do it, we can too

    I ride public transportation nearly every day where many of the the poor and working classes are found.  While overhearing some of the conversations, especially among black people, I sense a deep frustration and disappointment,  along with a reluctance to repudiate Obama out of some kind of misplaced loyalty, but it is clear that people are looking for something else to deliver them from their dilemma, and that is leadership.  We have not provided that, at least the kind that can inspire and captivate the imagination of the masses, for one reason or the other.

    I am not saying I have all the answers but we must continue to experiment with different tactics and  strategies until we find something that works without submitting to opportunism. I supported and worked for some of the Green party candidates. They did not represent everything I would have liked to seen in an organization, but they did represent some kind of alternative and nothing else was on the horizon.  I also support the Black is Back Coalition, although I am not fully convinced of their potential. The fact is however, both represent some movement in the right direction, at least for me.  

    It is important that we continue to embark upon the kind of self criticism to help us put aside petty differences and reject ideological rigidity  in favor of principled unity. I plan to do so, how about you.  This is serious sisters and brothers. It is no reason we have to live like this.  I know many of us are trying but we must try harder.

    peace

    We get the "Rally for Sanity" here's what the French get

    This is slightly off subject matter, but does go to the heart of how weak, ineffective, and uncreative Black leaders are.  No one in America would dare say what the French footballer has said:

    Eric Cantona's call for bank protest sparks online campaign

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/20/eric-cantona-bank-protest-ca...

    Thousands of French protesters have taken up the former Man United footballer's call for a mass cash withdrawal

    Cantona, wearing a bright red jumper, dismissed protesters who take to the streets with placards and banners as passé. Instead, he said, they should create a social and economic revolution by taking their money out of their bank.

    He said: "I don't think we can be entirely happy seeing such misery around us. Unless you live in a pod. But then there is a chance... there is something to do. Nowadays what does it mean to be on the streets? To demonstrate? You swindle yourself. Anyway, that's not the way any more.

    "We don't pick up weapons to kill people to start the revolution. The revolution is really easy to do these days. What's the system? The system is built on the power of the banks. So it must be destroyed through the banks.

    "This means that the three million people with their placards on the streets, they go to the bank and they withdraw their money and the banks collapse. Three million, 10 million people, and the banks collapse and there is no real threat. A real revolution.

    "We must go to the bank. In this case there would be a real revolution. It's not complicated; instead of going on the streets and driving kilometres by car you simply go to the bank in your country and withdraw your money, and if there are a lot of people withdrawing their money the system collapses. No weapons, no blood, or anything like that."

    He concludes: "It's not complicated and in this case they will listen to us in a different way. Trade unions? Sometimes we should propose ideas to them."

    Cantona's call appeared to touch a popular chord and generated an instant response. Nearly 40,000 people have clicked on the YouTube clip, and a French-based movement – StopBanque – has taken up the campaign for a massive coordinated withdrawal of money from banks on 7 December. It is claimed that more than 14,000 people are already committed to removing deposits. The movement is also gaining increasing attention in Britain."

    Brilliant!!! 

     

     

    Hey

    Oversight and Investigation: “Why Should They Take You Seriously?”

    http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2010/11/21/oversight-and-investigation...

    Rep. Maxine Waters questions whether servicers have been investigated, disciplined

    FiredoglakeTV

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulPjCWC2mK8

    Maxine Waters takes on the Loan Modification Lenders for her constituents

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktu8RaxWoOQ

    Good for Maxine

    Good for Maxine that she has more backbone than the average, worthless Black Congressperson who is too timid to push back and strike the craven, morally bankrupt, greedy bastards with the FACTS.

    Maxine's actions, in constrast to Obama, reminds me of the old saying we used "back in the day."  "President Obama, if you were only half the man yo Mama was."

    President Obummer, have you not learned ANYTHING from the Rethugs, that the best defense is often a good offense?   (Sorry, Obama can't be Black, Black people would have disappeared from the planet if they had Obama's "wisdom" and survival skills.)

    Please start referring to this man as the mulatto president, he's giving Black folk a bad name, being outsmarted by dimwit Whites.

    Reason #12

    Obama Revives "Operation Frühmenschen" ("Operation Primitive Man")

    by Jeffrey Steinberg

    Aug. 2—On Jan. 27, 1988, Rep. Mervyn Dymally (D-Calif.), the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, entered an affidavit into the Congressional Record, from an Atlanta attorney and FBI informant named Hirsch Friedman. Friedman provided an eyewitness account of a secret and illegal 40-year, ongoing FBI program, known within the Bureau as "Operation Frühmenschen" ("Operation Primitive Man").

    Friedman described Frühmenschen in graphic terms: "The purpose of this policy was the routine investigation without probable cause of prominent elected and appointed black officials in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States." FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and other top Bureau officials, Friedman explained, believed that African-Americans were incapable of serving in high public office, and took it upon themselves to railroad countless African-Americans from elected office, through trumped up charges, and worse.

    Several authors have subsequently linked the FBI to the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination—and tied that murder to Frühmenschen, as well.

    As the result of Dymally's initial efforts, and a campaign waged throughout the 1990s by the Schiller Institute and a broad spectrum of civil rights activists and other close allies of Lyndon LaRouche, Operation Frühmenschen was widely exposed.

    But now, Frühmenschen has been revived, with the full complicity of President Barack Obama and the "Chicago crew" at the White House. A senior U.S. intelligence source has confirmed crucial details of EIR's own investigation into a "marriage of convenience" between the FBI and the Obama White House. A select list of African-American legislators, who have been critical of key Obama policies, have been targetted for destruction, and, in return, the Obama Administration has given the FBI the green light to expand its illegal surveillance programs, targetted at American citizens.

    "It is the worst of Chicago politics wedded to the worst FBI abuses of power," one source declared.

    http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2010/3730obama_fruhmenschen.html

    Rahm Emanuel's Secret War Against
    The Congressional Black Caucus

    By Wayne Madsen

    3-13-10

    http://www.rense.com/general90/rahm.htm

    Abolish Pelosi's Racist
    OCE Hit-Squad—Now!

    by Edward Spannaus

    http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2010/3731end_polosi_oce.html

    "Pssst...did yall hear Charlie got f**ed? & Maxine's next?" oooh

    Now hear this.  The CBC and Black elected leadership is suppose to save our bacon, notwithstanding no one heard a peep out these bitches when Rangel's ass was tossed into the frying pan.  Poor ol Charlie, pathetic sight, left on a limb, like those other Negro politicians:  Roland Burris (we don't have 62 votes), Patterson, Meeks et. al.  Maxine Waters up next.

    If these bitch-ass pols won't stand up for Rangle, are so timid to illustrate, with fucking power pts. if necessary, the extent to which White pols milk the goddamn system---just to save their own crumbs--then what makes Black folks think they'll look out for us???

    Rangel for all his purported "ethical lapses" is a broke motherf***ker when it comes to US political royalty and their rape of the taxpaying public.  Remember the article on first-class prick Palladino I posted?  Mr. Anti government getting his grill gold-plated with taxpayer funds.  Mr. Free Market/Capitalist.  Charlie hasn't pimped the system near as much as his White counterparts.  Same affliciton as Blago:  doing the same shit as every other prick, but lacking the "class," color or station in life.  Fucking niggas and Polacks, not much difference.

    "Ambassador" Peter Gailbraith, that epitome of class, standing, gravitas, and intellectual rigor, tried to cut a $300 Million dollar deal representing the Kurds, after his "noble" service in Iraq.  Blago, Burris, and apparently Rangel lack the good lawyers and structures that come with the fee.  Poor broke bastards.

    My point in all this is, for all his faults and lapses and irrelevancy (Black folks have a hell of a time mentoring yougins and passing along leadership, stems from slavery and racism and having so little "public sphere" power), my point is Rangel has done some good works, and if the Chairman of the (use to be most powerful) Ways and Means Committee) is drawn and quartered, humiliated by his "colleagues" and not one nigga says, "boo," what makes you think these spineless pricks will protect your interests??

    Your Black elected officials are bought and sold; to borrow from Wm. Rhoden, "$40 M dollar slaves," to borrow from Cam Newton's pop, "Mules."  Oh we didn't get our forty acres, but we damn sure got our "mule."

    R.I.P. (so-called) Black Leadership

    Sad indeed, some of these folks from predominantly Black census tracks, not facing ANY electoral threat, and STILL silent as a goddamn lamb, afraid to point out the utter and complete corruption that IS Congress.  Reminds me of the ass holes complaining about Karzai's corruption.  Fuck yall. 

    An increase of what?  30 or 40 K additional troops, "the Taliban is on the run," yet the fucking poppy crop rivals Iowa's corn crop this Fall?  Yall ain't that fucking stupid are ya???  Or, to borrow from Arthur, "Stupider than shit?" 

    Charlie Rangel

    I wouldn't worry about Charlie, he knows how to make friends and influence people. He is one of the 39 democrates to sign a letter to Obama requesting the release of the israeli spy, Pollard. Barney Frank, Anthony Weiner +, not your progressive, left of center democrates. This is what BiBi Netanyahu is demanding plus all the other bribes Obama has promised for a 90 day freeze of the settlements. Charlie will be taken care of.

    Thanks, PAUX...

    ...for pointing this out, and please allow me to add on a more personal note that a number of us political activists (two-thirds Black, the rest a mixture of White and Hispanic) met with Rangel and Conyers back in '79 or '80 about the legislation they had written and were lobbying for (with the full support of the BCC) which removed defense industry jobs off the restricted list of jobs which couldn't be offshored, with the resulting tax breaks to corporations for offshoring them.

    We attempted to convince them how dangerous this was, as Black-American workers were just now moving in to some of these jobs due to Nixon's (and hurts me to say this) expansion of affirmative action laws, and it would penalize all American workers, period!

    Unfortunately we lost and they were successful. Later, Rangel would successfully push for those Singapore Accords several years back, which was loopholed to allow for a sizable increase in foreign visa workers to America.

    Which is why I was pissed off when Cynthia McKinney was vote out of congress, with the collusion of the DLC, but could give a rat's ass about Rangel.

    Maxine's case is going to get dropped

    I actually want the proceedings to go forward so the nation can see the Soetoro/Pelosi/Hoover COINTELPRO panel for what it is. The evidence clearly shows that the "ethics" panel forgot to charge Barney Frank when they decided to lynch Maxine in their Kangaroo court. All she did was set up a meeting between a group of minority owned banks and the Soetoro administration. They got some nerve investigating Maxine Water on trumped up charges while the Zombie banks are out on capital strike, sitting on trillions and not investing in America at a time when unemployment is through the roof.

    Kangaroo Court Indeed

    BAR wrote about Maxine who was just doing her job, trying to get some crumbs for a struggling minority bank while Wall St. took trillions and paid $49 Billion in bonues to themselves this year, I think $28 Billion in bonuses the year before.

    Sort of like the US having the nerve to round up the Russian Arms dealer when the US government is the largest arms dealer and dope dealer in the world.  Where did the "first" Taliban (Carter's Freedom Fighters) or the Mexican Drug Cartels get their weapons from?  I could go on and on, but the story is a broken record.

    The world is going to get tired of US hypocrisy; let alone the fact we have no moral standards at all, our "moral fiber" is quicksand and a central reason the country is going down the tubes.  This is why I cringe when I hear politicians and others talk about us being a "Christian Nation."  Puhleez.

    I have no doubt there is a shred of truth in what you posted.  Folks need to go back and read Sibel Edmonds, carefully. Edmonds's testimony under sworn deposition will send chills through your spine:  sexual and other blackmail, bribes, nuclear materials being bought and sold on the black market, the highest members of Congress and of both parties involved.

    The US government has tried and tried to gag Edmonds.  Now they are going after Assange, but folks need to read Edmonds the first true "wikileak."  Edmond's story is among the top 5 most censored stories of all time.  Most people don't know who she is, the MSM won't touch her.  Yet, when you listen to Edmond's tale there is no other conclusion to be drawn but that the US and it's elected officials and leadership is a criminal enterprise, and also, sadly, there is nothing we can do to thwart terrorist attacks, because in the shadowy world these people operate in, the left hand doesn't know what the right is doing.

    Fatalism is a healthy choice under the present set of circumstances.  TSA porn scans?  Puhleez, nothing can stop the combined criminal forces from executing a WMD attack.  Stay tuned.

    http://www.justacitizen.com/

    http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7374

    EC:I had similar thought re arms dealer Bout arrest,etc...

    My quip to someone was that the US gov't didn't want any competition for arms sales. especially after hearing the gov't PR hype on radio "most dangerous man in world" "fueling civil wars"....

    Off Topic, But Extremely Important

    The warmongering class never, ever sits still.  Gareth Porter has an important article that reveals the depths of lying the US, EU and IAEA have fallen too.

    What can the citizens of the world do to protect itself against monsters hell bent on war???

    Exclusive Report: Evidence of Iran Nuclear Weapons Program May Be Fraudulent

    Thursday 18 November 2010

    http://www.truth-out.org/the-iaea-and-fraudulent-iranian-nuclear-documen...

    ..."These telltale indicators of fraud bring into question the central pillar of the case against Iran and raise more fundamental questions about the handling of the Iranian nuclear issue by the IAEA, the United States and its key European allies."

     

    Reason # 11: Stupider than shit

    I was reading some of my fav blogs and came across this one from Arthur Silber, written over 2 years ago, but even more appropriate today:

    http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2008/09/stupider-than-shit.html

    "You want to know why Democrats, liberals and progressives keep getting rolled like the easiest, stupidest mark in the world? First is the fact that they don't disagree about the basic goals of governance. Here, the relevant goal is the establishment of an unassailable, all-powerful corporatist-authoritarian state at home. (Scroll through the archives if you're interested in finding the numerous essays on that subject. I frankly don't have the patience or interest for holding anyone's hand at this point.) Second is the fact that:

    THEY'RE STUPIDER THAN SHIT.

    Fasten your bleeding eyes on this:

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement today that Congress will take action this week, while adding that Democrats want more oversight of the proposed federal program. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama also said lawmakers must insist on more oversight.

    Pelosi said that the administration's $700 billion proposal "does not include the necessary safeguards."

    "Democrats believe a responsible solution should include independent oversight, protections for homeowners and constraints on excessive executive compensation."

    "We will not simply hand over a $700 billion blank check to Wall Street and hope for a better outcome," she said.

    Make sure you get the message. The Democrats will provide the check, it just won't be a blank check. The Democrats want "independent oversight." But the money will flow -- to insolvent financial institutions, precisely those institutions responsible for this debacle, and to buy up bad debts which will thus not be allowed to wash out of the system.

    The Bush administration is not genuinely intelligent by any measure, but these criminals are shrewder than hell. Why do you think they made the initial proposal in the extreme form they did? Because they know that if they finally give the Democrats a few "safeguards," if they "attach a few strings," and perhaps if they allow for "independent oversight," the Democrats will give them the momentous bailout they want -- all to be paid for by American taxpayers for the next hundred years (assuming the U.S. survives in any recognizable form, which becomes more doubtful by the hour). The Democrats have already announced to the world that is exactly what they'll do.

    The Democrats, liberals and progressives fall right into the trap, as they do every single fucking time."

    Now, do you see why I love Arthur Silber so much???

    Bruce Dixon...

    I know you're well aware that the Black "leadership" already got their marching orders from George Soros:

    Forget about American citizens benefits and fight for illegal aliens benefits... Forget Black American fraudclosure/unemployment, and block for illegal aliens, Obama, and George Soros' austroturfing operation, against attacks from Fox News and the Tea Party.

    In-State Tuition For Illegal Immigrants Upheld By California Supreme Court

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/15/instate-tuition-for-illeg_n_783...

    Al Sharpton and ACORN Call For Arizona Sheriff To Resign, Or Else

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dawn-teo/al-sharpton-and-acorn-cal_b_18444...

    Common Ground, African-Americans & Latinos

    Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., today criticized the new anti-immigrant law in Arizona. "It is a punitive, negative, unconstitutional law, which presumes guilt and selectively punishes Latinos," Jackson commented.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-jesse-jackson/common-ground-african-am...

    Jesse Jackson: 'You can't vote against health care and call yourself a black man'

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-5712116-503544.html

    Jesse Jackson: Arizona Immigration Law is “Terrorism”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsQ4RVqMTtw

    Jesse Jackson: Repealing Health Care Reform Means "Genocide"

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/11/10/jesse_jackson_repealin...

    NAACP chief: Arizona immigration law targets ‘people of color’

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/05/naacp-cap-arizona-immigration-law/

    NAACP backs report that ties racist groups to tea party

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/20/AR201010...

    Al Sharpton: Glenn Beck Rally Distorts King's Dream

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/27/al-sharpton-glenn-beck-rally-ki...

    .

    Sorry that this is off-topic but I have to get the word out.   Well we can add Firedog Lake to the list of left gatekeeper piece-of-shit blogs. Onto the growing heap that counts Crooks & Liars, My Left Wing, MoxieGrrrl, Daily Kos and others of ill repute. See, this is the way the elites try to control the discourse. On the one side there are the openly right-wing blogs that are allowed to spout whatever reactionary b.s. they want to spout because it only helps the conservatives.

    Purportedly opposing them are phony progressive blogs like Firedog Lake that pretend to be giving a voice to liberals but make very sure to keep the discourse well confined within the narrow parameters that are safe for their elite puppetmasters. Oh they'll rail against Obama for being too much like Bush and they'll rail against Bush and Cheney for exploiting the fear from 9/11 to further their agenda but they surely won't countenance anything beyond that, like an honest analysis of the 9/11 mythology that underpins the right-wing worldview ever since that morning. I posted a diary with a lengthy examination of the details of the 9/11 false flag operation and it was up for all of about three hours before it was flagged as "spam" and removed. They can't argue against it so they remove it. I've now been banned from their little elite-enabling circle jerk blog. So screw you Firedog Lake. You're an accessory after the fact.

    Again, sorry that this is off-topic. I'm glad that Black Agenda Report is here as one of the extremely few voices of sanity in the wilderness and a genuine megaphone for the working people of this country.

    Fake Leftist

    Of the blogs you mentioned, that I am familiar with, none of them are "gatekeepers" or tools of the elite but are great progressive resources. The progressive position
    is that 9-11 is blowback from U.S. support of the Muhajedeen against the Soviets in the 80's and support for the Taliban during the 90's while the U.S. wanted a gas pipleline through Afghanistan. Heres a good article about that.

    http://paeditorsblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/some-questions-and-answers-abo...
    Firedog and others are the are the real leftists whil you are a fake leftist for distracting progressives with the truther comments and accusations of being gatekeepers.

    "Brutal Truth"

    Not quite sure what your beef with FireDogLake is, because as far as I know, they were one of the few leftist sites (including BAR) that were reluctant to drink the Obama cool-aid (They also covered Larry Sinclair). They eventually relented but now they're calling for Obama's ouster:

    Time for a Dump Obama movement

    By: jeffroby Saturday September 11

    http://my.firedoglake.com/jeffroby/2010/09/11/time-for-a-dump-obama-move...

    Also checkout the Ulsterman reports from White House insider:

    http://newsflavor.com/politics/world-politics/the-ulsterman-report-white...

    As for the controlled demolition that was executed on 9/11/01, many sites are reluctant to come out of the closet about what they think really happened, but times are a changin!

    1,270 Architects/Engineers Reveal Hard Evidence of Explosive Demolition at World Trade Center on 9/11

    http://www.forbes.com/feeds/prnewswire/2010/09/07/prnewswire201009071854...

    1,270 Architects/Engineers Reveal Hard Evidence of Explosive Demolition at World Trade Center on 9/11

    http://www.sunherald.com/2010/09/07/2458052_1270-architectsengineers-rev...

    This is the actual 10-minute statement read by Richard Gage, AIA, to the media at the AE911Truth press conference at the National Press Club in Washington DC on September 9, 2010

    http://ae911truth.org/en/news/41-articles/386-ae911truth-delivers-the-ev...

    What Happened To World Trade Center Building 7?

    http://buildingwhat.org/

    Building 7 Implosion: The Smoking Gun of 9/11

    http://www.infowars.com/building-7-implosion-the-smoking-gun-of-911/

    Video: 9/11 Firefighters Reveal Huge Explosions Before Towers Collapsed

    Newly obtained video that was reluctantly released by NIST after a lawsuit by the International Center for 9/11 Studies shows two firefighters on 9/11 discussing how secondary explosions occurred immediately before the collapse of the twin towers, providing damning new evidence that explosive devices were used to bring down the buildings.

    http://www.infowars.com/video-911-firefighters-reveal-huge-explosions-be...

    CBS Report On 9/11: Ground Level Explosion Caused WTC To Collapse

    Yet another video describing bombs in the World Trade Center suppressed by NIST

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/cbs-report-on-911-ground-level-explosion-cau...

    Washington’s Blog: If even the 9/11 Commissioners don’t buy the official story, why do you?

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/09/anniversary-of-911.html

    VIDEO SHOCKER!! Fox News Finally Questioning The Official 911 Story - Only 9 Yrs Too Late

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Au9wK8tB4

    EXCLUSIVE: Al Qaeda Leader Dined at the Pentagon Just Months After 9/11

    By Catherine Herridge

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/10/20/al-qaeda-terror-leader-dined-pentag...

    EXCLUSIVE: Witnesses in Defense Dept. Report Suggest Cover-Up of 9/11 Findings

    By Catherine Herridge

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/10/04/exclusive-witnesses-defense-d...

    Cleveland Show 911 was an Inside Job

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erH1nHK29YQ

    9/11 Report Is A Cover Up From Start To Finish

    Appearing on Judge Napolitano’s show, Colonel Anthony Shaffer alleges a cover-up at the highest levels of the US government surrounding 9/11.

    http://www.infowars.com/911-report-is-a-cover-up-from-start-to-finish/

    ‘Operation Dark Heart’ Author Alleges 9/11 Cover Up

    Infowars.com | Judge Napolitano’s Ground-breaking interview with Lt. Col, Anthony Shaffer and Former CIA Intelligence officer, Michael Scheuer.

    http://www.infowars.com/operation-dark-heart-author-alleges-911-cover-up/

    Pentagon Paid $47,000 to Destroy Veteran's Memoir

    | FoxNews.com

    The Department of Defense paid $5 per book to burn the 9,500 copies of "Operation Dark Heart," Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer's memoir about going undercover in Afghanistan that the Pentagon claims revealed too many national security secrets.

    A source confirmed to Fox News that while the Defense Department is making significant budget cuts, it spent in excess of $47,000 in taxpayer money to destroy the book that had earlier been cleared by the U.S. Army. 

    The Defense Intelligence Agency objected to the book's publication, spurring a review that resulted in its being blocked over recollections in the book about the controversial pre-Sept. 11, 2001, data mining project called "Able Danger." 

    Shaffer claimed in the book that Able Danger had successfully identified hijacker Mohammed Atta as a threat to the United States nearly a year before the Sept. 11 terror attacks but that information -- shared with the Sept. 11 commission after the attack -- was left out of the commission's final report.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/09/26/pentagon-paid-destroy-sept-me...

    News Corp’s number-two shareholder funded ‘terror mosque’ planner

    By John Cook

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100820/bs_yblog_upshot/news-corps...

    Untangling the Bizarre CIA Links to the Ground Zero Mosque

    By Mark Ames

    http://www.observer.com/2010/politics/untangling-new-intrigue-behind-gro...

    US, Zionists prime suspects of 9/11 attacks: Indian Leader

    http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=56273

    'US, Mossad played roles in 9/11 event'

    Following the Iranian president's doubts on the 9/11 event, a top military adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution says the CIA and Mossad were involved in the attacks.

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/144012.html

    (Former Prime Minister of Malaysia)

    Mahathir: 9/11 was staged

    By Joshua Foong and Shamini Ann

    KUALA LUMPUR: There is strong evidence that the Sept 11 attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 could have been 'staged' as an excuse to mount attacks on the Muslim world, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

    'I am not sure now that Muslim terrorists carried out these attacks. There is evidence that the attacks were staged.

    'If they can make Avatar, they can make anything,' the former prime minister told a press conference here yesterday after delivering his speech at the General Conference for the Support of Al-Quds to aid the Palestinians.

    He said killing innocent people to provide an excuse for war was not new to the US.'But whether real or staged, the 9/11 attacks have served the United States and Western countries well. They have an excuse to mount attacks on the Muslim world,' he added.

    Mahathir also criticised US President Barack Obama for failing to fulfil his promises concerning the country's commitment in West Asia, including his promise to resolve the prevailing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 'I am a bit disappointed because so far none of his promises have been kept. He promised to get out from Afghanistan but he ended up sending more troops there instead.

    'He promised to close down Guantanamo but he has not closed down Guantanamo.

    'It is quite easy to promise during election time but you know there are forces in the United States which prevent the President from doing some things. One of the forces is the Jewish lobby, AIPAC,' he said

    http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/1/21/nation/5516554&sec=...

    (Japanese) Lawmaker takes 9/11 doubts global

    By JOHN SPIRI

    Special to The Japan Times

    In a September 2003 article for The Guardian newspaper, Michael Meacher, who served as Tony Blair's environment minister from May 1997 to June 2003, shocked the establishment by calling the global war on terrorism "bogus." Even more controversially, he implied that the U.S. government either allowed 9/11 to happen, or played some role in the destruction wrought that day. Besides Meacher, few politicians have publicly questioned America's official 9/11 narrative — until Diet member Yukihisa Fujita.


    Speaking out: Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker Yukihisa Fujita addresses the Diet and Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda on his doubts about the official story of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S.

    http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20080617zg.html

    Michael Meacher: This war on terrorism is bogus

    The 9/11 attacks gave the US an ideal pretext to use force to secure its global domination

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2003/sep/06/september11.iraq

    REBUILDING AMERICA’S DEFENSES

    Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century

    A Report of The Project for the New American Century - September 2000

    ABOUT THE PROJECT FOR THE
    NEW AMERICAN CENTURY

    Established in the spring of 1997, the Project for the New American Century is a nonprofit, educational organization whose goal is to promote American global leadership. The Project is an initiative of the New Citizenship Project. William Kristol is chairman of the Project, and Robert Kagan, Devon Gaffney Cross, Bruce P. Jackson and John R. Bolton serve as directors. Gary Schmitt is executive director of the Project.

    PROJECT PARTICIPANTS

    Roger Barnett
    U.S. Naval War College

    Alvin Bernstein
    National Defense University

    Stephen Cambone
    National Defense University

    Eliot Cohen
    Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

    Devon Gaffney Cross
    Donors' Forum for International Affairs

    Thomas Donnelly
    Project for the New American Century

    David Epstein
    Office of Secretary of Defense, Net Assessment

    David Fautua
    Lt. Col., U.S. Army

    Dan Goure
    Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Donald Kagan
    Yale University

    Fred Kagan
    U. S. Military Academy at West Point

    Robert Kagan
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

    Robert Killebrew
    Col., USA (Ret.)

    William Kristol
    The Weekly Standard

    Mark Lagon
    Senate Foreign Relations Committee

    James Lasswell
    GAMA Corporation

    I. Lewis Libby
    Dechert Price & Rhoads

    Robert Martinage
    Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment

    Phil Meilinger
    U.S. Naval War College

    Mackubin Owens
    U.S. Naval War College

    Steve Rosen
    Harvard University

    Gary Schmitt
    Project for the New American Century

    Abram Shulsky
    The RAND Corporation

    Michael Vickers
    Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment

    Barry Watts
    Northrop Grumman Corporation

    Paul Wolfowitz
    Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

    Dov Zakheim
    System Planning Corporation

    The above list of individuals participated in at least one project meeting or contributed a paper for discussion. The report is a product solely of the Project for the New American Century and does not necessarily represent the views of the project participants or their affiliated institutions.

    http://cryptome.org/rad.htm

    Released State Department Documents Mention ‘Failed Pipeline Negotiations’ With The Taliban Right Before 9/11

    http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2010/09/20/newly-disclosed-documents...

    The History of Wirt Dexter Walker: Russell & Company, the CIA and 9/11

    Kevin Ryan | World Trade Center security company Stratesec has been a topic of considerable discussion among independent 9/11 investigators.

    http://911blogger.com/news/2010-09-03/history-wirt-dexter-walker-russell...

    Why is the American press silent on the Israeli role in NW Flight 253?

    By Patrick Martin

    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/jan2010/f253-j16.shtml

    Carl Cameron Investigates Part 1 - Israel Is Spying In And On The U.S.?

    Author: Carl Cameron (Fox News)

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7545.htm

    Pennsylvania’s governor apologizes for monitoring activists

    By John Cook

    Buzz up!


    Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell apologized yesterday for allowing the state's office of homeland security to monitor and distribute intelligence reports on activist groups in the state, including protesters who were planning an anti-BP rally. The bulletins, which went to local law enforcement as well as businesses in the state, were designed to warn about potential terrorism risks, but they also included warnings about a planned candlelight vigil to protest BP, a gay and lesbian festival, and the work of local activists opposed to Pennsylvania's booming natural gas drilling industry.

    Rendell insisted that he had no knowledge of the reports, which were prepared not by state officials but an Israeli-American consulting firm called the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response. The state paid the firm $125,000 to generate the bulletins. "I am deeply embarrassed, and I apologize to any of the groups who had this information disseminated on their right to peacefully protest," Rendell said at a press conference to address the issue. The contract to produce them, he said, will be canceled.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100915/us_yblog_upshot/pennsylvan...

    Not really off topic, it's a subset or a "set"

    The Brutal Truth has been spoken. I would also add the Daily Report, Colbert and Bill Maher to the mix.  Their purpose is to give the "liberals" an outlet but not a voice.  I posted last week how Maher was mimicing Samuel Huntington and Bill O'Reilly and Juan Williams and how the "Rally for Sanity," was a crock of  "let's nuetralize the extremists, centrist bullshit."

    Huffington Post??  Puhleez.  About as DLC centrist as you can get. You'll find some "radicals" at Truthdig, Common Dreams and Raw Story to an extent.  But the "Left Blogosphere" is a contraption of the Dimocrap Party.  It's the same cheesy and bullshit access.

    In fact, let me end by saying this:  None of these punk mother fuckers would dare allow Dixon, Ford or Kimberly to speak truth to power.  Dixon on "Real Time with Bill Maher" speaking truth, putting John Legend in his place? (Have yall noticed how many times Maher has Darryl Issa and Coulter on his show??).  It's a jerk off fest. 

    No, I disagree, not off topic.  Your analysis goes to the heart of the article:  Top 10 Reasons Black (Mis)Leadership Ignores Obama's bullshit."  You could start your own list with some, not all, White Liberal Blogs:  "Top Ten Reasons White Liberal Blogs Ignore Obama's Bullshit."

    For what it's worth let me give a shout out to some of my favorite white bloggers who tell it like it is and speak truth to power:

    Arthur Silber, Chris Floyd, Joe Beagant, all unique and superb in their own right. 

    Ciao.

    Piece de Resistance

    This essay is timely and prescient for me.  I'm listening to another deficit reduction cabal on NPR-- Tom Ashbrook-- as I type this.  You know, the "serious, centrist, corporate-sell out types."

    And it struck me (and you've hit a home run saying it) that any Black politician who is not engaging this issue, engaging it let alone fighting for their constitutents, let alone pushing back against Obama, let alone holding their own "town hall meetings" to EDUCATE and PUT POLITICAL PRESSURE ON OBAMA OR THE SYSTEM, is a worthless piece of shit.  Period, point blank.

    Because that politician is unequivocally ABDICATING their responsibilities to lead and govern. "That" politician is leading his/her constituents into a quagmire by refusing to assist them in plannning for future possibilities, by aiding and abetting their ignorance.

    I'm pissed because all I hear, all day long, on NPR and elsewhere is White folks, rich, successful, connected ones at that, explaining how we should embrace austerity. 

    Frankly, I might select "The Obama Delusional Effect" as number 1.

    NPR may cause brain death

     

    “If you are reading the mainstream newspapers or listening to National Public Radio, you are contributing to your own mental illness, no matter how astute you believe yourself to be at “balancing’ or “deciphering” the code”.

     

    (Keith Harmon Snow cited in Censored 2007)

    HA You've been hanging around C.N. too long

    My friend, I realize NPR was taken over during the Bush Era, remember they stacked the NPR board with neo-con mouthpieces.

    That being said-- a la C.N.-- it's instructive to hear what the "liberal" media thinks (despite the respect I've lost for the NPR wing of that long, long ago).  Ironic that the Repukes want to abolish their funding. Lesson for Obama and his bots, the Rethugs are nasty, unforgiving bastards, do unto them before they do it to you.

    Say what you will about the Repukes, at least they know how to vanquish the defeated, something Obama and the Dimocraps "took off the table."  I would have used every executive, administrative and judicial instrumentality at my disposal to destroy the Repukes, but oh, no, not Mr. Bipartisanship.  At least the Repukes "don't suffer pussies gladly."  lol  More than I can say for the Dimocraps.

    Absolutely on target, Ms. Beverly

    About the only two media shows left in America, with a national reach that is, are Bonnie Faulkner's Guns & Butter, originating out of Berkeley, and tucradio.org, originating out of Northern California.

    While Amy Goodman's Democracy Now!, is a good source, occasionally she has on planted shows (although I'm sure she's probably unaware they are plants).

    Reason 11

    Black charlatans are receiving tons of cash from Goldman Sachs and other brokerage firms who will profit from the privatization of Social Security.

    Slight correction

    Only a narrow handful of Black Charlatans will get Sachs money for S.S. privitization.  But in as much as they are our (yalls anyway) leaders, they'll convince the sheeple that it's all good in the hood.  LOL  As I've said before, the only reason anyone gets into politics is to line their pockets.

    These asses couldn't spell commonwealth even if they were natives of Pennsylvania.

    People living long enough (or not) to collect SS now -

    I live in rental housing "middle income" with a percentage of "low income"(formerly Mitchell-Lama based on the law's name, NYS), same apartment since 1968.  On my floor are 10 apartments.  Many of us are original tenants.  Integrated colors and geography.  People die in situ or I know of, on other floors, the landlord,etc has managed to get them out, into a nursing home (so the apartment can be "redone", get removed from rent regs and go to "market value" = luxury rental).  I am not Black, 70 and on social security (spouse works, needs to and can, so far). 

     

    Many of my neighbors, people of color have died before getting to 65 and collecting social security.  One couple, Black, a nurse retired  by disability and her husband, a retired butcher are one  apartment.  Another is a woman, Black, who was around 65 and died suddenly, heart, in her apartment.  One woman is on social security, a retired clerk, and alive.  Three Latinos in one family died: one was old enough to collect but the son died two months after getting on to social security disability (several year battle despite stroke) and the mother was not old.   It's not unusual for people to die before being old enough to be collecting social security benefits.

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