A Bad Day
Ice Cube had an old song “Today Was a Good Day”, well yesterday day was as a bad day. I did not sleep well, the restaurant closed as I was walking to the door so I didn’t get a meall to after midnight, I was on the subway with a crazy Jamaican Rastafarian, there was a mix-up with an apartment I am trying to rent, and a few other things.

When listening to the rantings of the crazy Rasta-man, who i didn’t know what he was saying half of the time, I thought about urban white liberals like Elizabeth and I said ” maybe these are the only black people they know and see and so they think all black people are crazy”. Just a thought; but I can only imagine how some of those from affluent backgrounds think about the craziness they see on the subway.

Errol Louis and Orlando Patterson
I may be spelling his name wrong, because I can only open one window on this computer and cannot check, but Errol Louis in his column in the Daily News today talked about the need for a cultural civil-war in the African-American community between those who are committed to strong families and traditional values and those who participate in and glorify a thug lifestyle that calls for violence, sexual conquest and immediate gratification. He also cited writers Orlando Patterson and Stanley Crouch as other people who have made similar calls.

On another Daily News item they ran an editorial against Teamster workers in Connecticut, and they are supposed to be the Democratic paper. This comes after Eliot Spitzer announced plans to crack down on the Transit Workers Union. This leads to the question; who, in these days, will stand for the America worker?

Release of Jill Carroll
Somehow I knew that she wasn’t going to get killed. Actually I somehow thought for some reason, that she would end up marrying her captors ( knowing the Arabs obsession with white women and I thought maybe she would exploit this for personal safety reasons to secure her freedom). Now people are comparing her to Patty Hearst and saying that she possibly has the Stockholm Syndrome because of the way she has talked nicely about her captors. I am sure this will be all the talk on the cable news shows.

Truth About Liberals
Finally , through a reader, we are getting the reluctant truth about liberals to come out. What is that truth? That truth is the the modern liberal minions, contrary to generations past and what the media would have you believe, have no love for Africans-Americans, Latinos and other minorities, do not care about workers rights and the right to organize, hate men, glorify women, and are only concerned with advancing the cause of the wealthy urban liberal elite. They only give lip-service, and a few token gestures to workers blacks and others, because they are a pathetic small minority who needs to exploit larger groups in order to advance their social agenda.

Culture and Growing Up

When Your Age Isn’t Your Age, Growing Up Fast

David Brooks in a recent New York Times column talked about the way upper middle-class parents raise their children as opposed to the way working-class parents raise their kids. In toady’s world the life of the upper-class kid is full of scheduled piano and music lessons, organized tutoring and non-school learning, and organized sports activities. The upper-class kid has an active life and goes to bed exhausted at night after a day that is completely regimented often organized by a mother who is more Mike Ditka than June Cleaver.

Working-class kids, in the argument of Brooks, are raised by their parents in a more freewheeling way. The parents believe that life is going to be tough so the kids should have fun while they are still young and their will be plenty of time for work later. The kids are allowed to ride their bikes by themselves and just hang-out with kids in the neighborhood and have unorganized fun. They are also involved in sports; but do not have their parents send them to all the specialized camps and the like ( but the working-class, and the poor, still dominate American pro sports despite not having the benefits of these camps and special treatment).

In his argument, where Brooks is saying that culture often matters more than economics in determining the outcomes of peoples lives, a notion that I agree with and one that is rooted in the prophetic tradition and the Quran ( “Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change the condition of themselves”) . So the upper-middle class are raised to inherit the position of their parents, and even more, and the working-class are raised to do the same.

Critics argue that Brooks is not taking into account the fact that working-class don’t have the money that upper-class parents do so that it is ridiculous to even critique them for not sending the kids to expensive basketball camps or to cello lessons with a Cambodian master and Brooks recognizes this. He points out that some cultures, such as the Chinese and Jews, tend to do well no matter where they are in the world and there has to be a reason for this and that is culture and I do not see how anyone can argue with this.

At a time when the masses in Brazil, Argentine, Paraguay, Uruguay and other Latin American counties were mired in poverty German immigrants came to those nations and within a few years advanced further economically than their neighbors and created successful and prosperous enclaves of German culture.

Jewish immigrants from Europe came to Palestine and did with the land, and economics of the area, more than any Arab state has been able to do in the region in centuries in just a few years. When in the middle-east I looked at the poverty and misery of the Palestinians and felt bad; but when I went to Jordan and Egypt I asked who was occupying them because they were doing just as bad if not worse? Similarly the Iranians, who have the history of a great civilization, have advanced farther scientifically, economically and culturally then their neighbors (other than the Jed Clampett oil states)

In Nigeria, and amongst the Nigerian diaspora, members of the Ibo tribe tend to do well no matter where they are and be economically more prosperous than their neighbors even though they do not control the power of the state and in Nigeria, where the Hausa tribe has dominated government, they are the poorest. In other parts of Africa Indians and Lebanese have been able to come and dominate local economies not based on conspiracy theories; but based on a tight-knit culture that produces achievers ( although limited).

If you go to Malaysia and Indonesia there is a bitter hatred for the Chinese; but without the Chinese living in those nations their economies would completly collapse and why is it that a few million Chinese can dominate hundreds of millions of Malays and Indonesians? It is culture.

In America, go to the African-American and Latino communities, and you will find that the businesses in those communities are ran by Arabs, Koreans, and generally people not of those groups. Many times, despite having economic resources, the communities do not have the culture that it takes to even handle the small-business of their own community ( and this is not because banks will not give them money or they give loans to Arabs and Koreans).

Culture matters. It is why my ancestors the Irish and other groups like the the Scots and the Scots-Irish, Italians, Poles and Slavs came to America and made up the great working-class and middle-class of this nation while the English, French, Germans, Scandinavians and Jews would come to dominate the upper-class.

It is not genetic, it is cultural; because some people in all of these groups prosper and some fail and an example of culture is this. The families that I grew up with believed that it was a great thing of their kids went to college, any college. If the kid went to the local community college it was considered a good achievement. Other families just thought it was good enough for the dad to get his son on at the plant or with a good union job when the kid got out of high school or following the family tradition into the military. Those were the goals that those families set-up for the kids as they were growing-up and those are all fine goals and they will lead to a decent and rewarding life and it is these people who form the backbone of society.

Other families I know had no goals and the families could care less about their kids education and would repeatedly tell them that when they turned 18 they were on their own. These families didn’t make sure their kids did their homework, much less help them or get them a tutor, and these kids tended to be dropouts or just barely got by in school. Of course many of these kids became criminals or teenage mothers and the like or addicted to drugs at a young age and I went to school with many who did not live to see their twentieth birthday because they were murdered or otherwise taken-out. These kids were also raised to be what their parents were; for the girls that would be multiple baby-mammas living on welfare in section 8 or public housing collecting a government check, and for the guys being thugs who spend their lives in and out of jail making fast money until they get killed or a life sentence.

The upper-class kid is expected to be an achiever and to do well on all levels. It is not good enough t go to the state college or the local public university; these kids have to go to expensive private universities. They are raised with a sense of entitlement that they will lives of ease and everything will be handed to them on a silver platter ( and that is why so many are in therapy or on drugs because they cant figure out why life isn’t working like that) and when they get out of school they then will gradually climb the economic stairs to affluency.

It is in the early twenties that all three of these groups are the same age but at vastly different stages in their lives. The working-class kid at say, 24, is working a 40 hour week, and probably putting in overtime, and may be married with kids already and is saving up to by his own home if he doesn’t have it already. He doesn’t go out and party all that much, maybe on the weekends every now and than or to sporting events, but after a hard day of work ( probably physical hard work) he comes home and drinks a few beers, watches the game, kisses the wife and babies and then goes to sleep. He is not care-free and he has financial and economic worries, he may be behind on the bills, and his job may be outsourced to China or El Salvador, so he goes to bed with a lot of shit on his mind. Many of his friends are not doing as well as he is so at least he can be thankful for what he has.

The poor male kid at age 24 has probably already been convicted of a felony or two, has done some time, is ineligible for many good jobs, has a baby or two and is behind on his child support, has had many friends murdered and sent to prison an has a shady living arrangement. If he has avoided a life of crime he is travelling on the bus an hour or two each way to work a shitty dead-end job. The female already has 1 kid, maybe 2,3 or 4, looks like she is 40 and does not go out and party anymore but when she wants to have fun sits at home and smokes a blunt while watching a DVD with friends.

At 24 the upper-class kid is out of college and has just got back from backpacking Europe and maybe Asia and Latin America. He is living in an apartment in the city with roommates and working a bullshit job just to make money to party. He eats out everyday, never cooks, parties every night, dates different women casually on both ends, and has a carefree existence and has no worries. When he wants to get serious he has a degree from a prestigious university and connections, for now he is partying at 24 like the working class and poor kids did at 15 and 16 and while they are working hard, or doing hard time, he is having the time of his life and is a yuppie living in the city.

So 24 isn’t 24 for everyone, for many 24 is like 44 and for others it is like 14.

Tariq Nelson Piece on Muslims and Immigration
If you read nothing else today read the article of Tariq on his blog about immigration, intermarriage, the development of a white ethnicity, and the future of the Muslim community. I tend to be on the pro-immigration side of things; but there are limitations.

This is from Jim Hacking
I was reading this in the New York Post and then I got this email from Brother Jim. Read this story and tell me why Muslims should be obliged to make taqleed to these ignorant and backwards mullahs or whatever these fools call themselves. Read this if you wanna see a clear example of ignorance in the ummah.

Alec Baldwin-Sean Hannity Rift
If you wanna know why liberals cant be talk radio hosts Alec Baldwin is a prime example. He went on the show of Hannity, who I dislike, and ridiculed him for being an “ex construction worker from Long Island” amongst other things and in this he showed the liberal snobbery that much of that crowd has. What is wrong with construction workers? They are fine when you are trying to get union workers to vote Democrat; but, I get it, they are just problematic when they start voicing opinions. Baldwin later stormed out of the studio and refused to come on the show, he couldn’t take it, and I am sure he was off to his Manhattan therapist or domintarix.

The closest thing to national liberal radio, besides Air America, is NPR which I love; but I understand it is boring as hell to most people and that conservative talk-radio is at least entertaining. These liberals hosts are snobbish, sarcastic, elitist, and most are monotone with no emotion whatsoever.

Immigration Rally Sen.McCain and Tom Tancredo

It would be foolish not to mention that history was witnessed over the weekend with the Pro-Immigrant Rally in Lose Angeles that attracted over 500,000 people. The media and the police, both clueless to the groundswell of support the movement was getting, expected only 10,000 to 30,000 but more than 500,000 people showed up according to the official account and with this something monumental has happened in American history; Latinos have made s statement that they are here, organizing and voting and will have a say.

On the other side of the argument you have Congressman Tom Tancredo and the Minuteman who lead the anti-immigration crowd and call for tighter borders and the deportation of undocumented workers and they too have grassroots support from white Americans who seek to preserve a white-majority in this nation and others.

With the House having passed the immigration bill, and the senate debating it, this could be one of the most divisive issues since the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam Era and could dramatically effect the 2006 and 2008 elections.

Tom ” we should bomb Mecca” Tancredo is expected to run for president on an anti-immigrant platform in the 2008 elections and this will swing the GOP to the right on that issue during the primaries. Many in the Democratic Party would like to support immigrant-rights but they know that is an unpopular stance with the American people who are worried not about overpopulation or anything else other than racial and cultural realities.

Is there a middle-ground? Maybe,and I will be attending a speech sponsored by the Legalize the Irish Campaign by Sen. John McCain in the Bronx on Friday who is calling for a middle-path and he is running for president in 2008 as well.

Inside Man

I saw Inside Man yesterday and I liked it but it wasn’t the nest work of Spike Lee and Denzel Washington. What Lee did do, as he has done in many films, is capture the spirit of New York in many nuanced ways with his characters and the camera. Why is he able to do this? Because Spike loves his New York like Woody Allen loves his different New York. The film gets a thumbs up from me and is an entertaining two hour sand personally I always love when these types of films end the way this one did; but I cant tell you how or why.

I can tell you that on the way home on the subway a Salafi brother with a super short thobe got up and started trying to sell DVD’s of Inside Man, 16 Blocks, the new Steve Harvey film and even the Chronicles of Narnia.

Muslim News

Muslim Pol in Paterson, New Gerzee claims he is “shocked” by being double-crossed by the local Dems. That is like being shocked you got a haircut at a barber shop.

The case of Adam Blake an American-Muslim, who like many traveled around the Muslim World seeking knowledge with little or no money and is now under scrutiny for it is highlighted in the Daily News.

The essays on gender-relations are going to be made into a short book and I will let readers know when it is done Insha’Allah.

Abdul-Rahman and the Afghan Execution for Conversion
It would be unwise and foolish for the Afghan government to execute the man named Abdul-Rahman for converting to Christianity. Do I think he made a bad choice? Yes, I do; but he should not be killed for converting during a time of peace. Furthermore; following the fundamental principal of fiqh of what is the lesser of two evils, the mans life should be spared because it will create more harm than implementation of the Afghan law will. We should also understand that this has been a calculated move by the Christian forces behind Abdul-Rahman who are seeking to use this issue to challenge the Afghan law and force the US to press the issue of freedom of conversions with the Afghan and Iraqi governments and Muslims should not fear this because there will be very few such conversions.

Christians Have No Historical Perspective On This Issue
Let us be clear on this; when Christianity was the dominant cultural force in the West and the masses of the people were adherents to the faith people were executed for apostating and theological differences. Christians today will say, as they are saying on other blogs, that those types of things have not happened in any numbers in a couple-hundred years and they are right. However, this is not because of Christianity, this is because of the weakening of Christianity and the dominance of secularism in the West.

Freedom of speech, freedom to offend the pious, freedom to convert, so-called sexual freedoms and other freedoms are not the product of Christianity rather are symbols of it’s weakness. If you put the church in power once again you will see the erosions to all of these freedoms; but during a time when European churches are being turned into discos and more people are watching the NFL on Sundays than going to church in the US it is absurd to thank Christianity for these freedoms. In a similar manner, Jews in the past have executed apostates and this does not happen in Israel today because the laws are based on secular values.

The freedom to convert is not a Judeo-Christian value; there is no such thing as Judeo-Christian values. One faith is monotheistic and calls for the adherence to the law and has a reverence for scripture ( Judaism) and one is polytheistic and sees the law as oppressive and has a freewheeling approach to the scripture (Christianity). The only thing Jewish tradition has to do with Christians is that they were traditionaly enslaved, killed and beaten by Christians.

The freedom to convert comes from the emergence of secularism in the West and nothing else.

‘V" for Vendetta

‘V” for Vendetta
On the recommendation of my friend Omar I went to go see “V” For Vendetta today and decided to see “The Inside Man” tomorrow ( Denzel is my favorite actor and Spike Lee one of my favorite directors) and I was not disappointed.

The film is set in the future Great Britain that has once again become the worlds superpower after America self-destructed afters wars in Iraq, Syria and Sudan followed by an ongoing civil war in America.

The new British strongman, is not like her latest strongman (woman) in real life who was democratically elected and followed most laws even in her pursuit of territorial conquests and religious superiority for the Crown; the new British leader in the film is Hitleresque in that he came to power democratically and then turned the nation into a one party state dedicated to a reclamation.

A Bill O’Reilly like character in the film uses his show to tell the people what to think and spread fear in a Fox News like manner. Viewers are told by the British O’Reilly that he was around “during the time when Muslims and homosexuals and other filth” were running wild and instructs the people to obey their oaths of allegiance to the state. The people are told to fear “others” and to trust the state to protect them. They are told that the new anti-speech and curfew laws are for their protection and safety and to not question the government ( was that part written by Ann Coulter as her hopeful vision of the future?).

Muslims come up a few times in the film. One man was executed for having a copy of the Quran in his home and Muslims are mentioned a few times and it is implied the the whole seizure of power by the right-wing in Britain was done after a biological terrorist attack was committed by covert forces and was blamed on Muslims who confessed and were executed. After the deaths of thousands the people decided to turn to the right-wing, military, police, and the church to protect them from all others and that is how the government took power.

V is the hero in the film who lives behind a Guy Fawkes mask because he is horribly disfigured from the treachery of those in power and takes revenge on the state and the elite and calls for a mass convergence on the British Parliament Building a year from the beginning of his campaign. He lives underground and is surrounded by art work and other things that have been confiscated by the government and have been reclaimed by V. On an interesting note he has real butter in his hide-out, which has apparently been banned by the state; maybe this is saying that in the future the liberal food Nazis will merge with the right-wing.

Evey, the character played by Natalie Portman works for BTN ( the future FOX), and after being rescued by V one night ends up being wrapped-up in the whole plot and eventually, after a lot of shit, predictably falls in love with V and joins him in his campaign. This comes after she initially cannot understand what V is doing; she does not like the government either, her parents were killed by the government, but like many today and in years past she has been trained to look at the revolutionary as a criminal villain because he seeks to give the tyrants a small taste of their own medicine. By the end of the film she has come all the way round and she eventually makes the final blow against the state possible ( along with a cop who had a change of heart) and the British military and police are forced to stand down due to the sheer weight of the masses flooding the Parliament area.

I must say that this part of the film is very unrealistic. It has been very rare that people just hand over power and in real life the military and police would not have stood down; rather there would have been a blood bath in the streets and in order for the revolutionaries to win they would have had to make the street run red with blood. That is revolution, history is written in blood, and it is not written by disaffected children of the elite marching with puppets with the permission of the state who get sprayed with mace and think the world has come to an end and go crying to their mommies.

The film contained a lot of things that will fly over the average film goers head, and definitely the average Americans head. They will not be able to understand the references to Muslims , will not get that there are actually people in America who are plotting the invasion of Syria and Sudan, that we are in the midst of a real “reclamation” from conservative Christians, and there are other references, such as a detective being questions because he has an Irish mother, that most Americans will not get.

What American viewers will get, after having been bombarded by the media on gay issues, is the constant reference to the reclamation’s outlawing homosexuality and given the producers ( the Wachowski Brothers), I am not surprised that director James McTeigue put it in the film.

Is this a fantasy film? I do not think so. As I said we are in the midst of a reclamation in America and if you combine this with the advancements in surveillance technology and a religious revival and you have the making of something like this really going down. How about this question right now; if there is another 9-11 like terror attack what will we see?

In this country we have already had a civil war once before and it is not impossible that we will have one again. However, if there is another civil war in this country, the Left will be crushed. The Left calls for a weapons ban and gun control, and therefore has no weapons and doesn’t know how to use them while the Right is firing away at the range. Go to the gyms and you will see a lot of right-wingers and go to Leftist rallies and you will see a bunch of puny vegetarian quasi-males and females. Not a lot of Leftists in combat sports either. The only physical opposition to the Right, in these times can come from the only people not among them who still know how to fight and those are African-Americans, Latinos and Muslims and in this country they would put up a fight at least; but would be crushed along with the Mini Cooper drivers, Woody Allen watchers and gays. In this country any revolution, in my opinion, would be instigated by elements in the military and law-enforcement with aid from Christian leaders and would have religious and racial objectives but would serve the needs of the wealthy. Most on the white-left would decide to stand on the sidelines and later join this revolution.

Brawl in Brooklyn and NYPD
While waiting for the B60 bus at the corner of Rockaway and Fulton in Brooklyn last night I stood with a very pleasant older woman from Trinidad and watched a wild brawl for about twenty-minutes before the bus came. I was not suprised to see such a thing on a Friday night; but I was surprised at the fact that there were at least a dozen police officers within a block of the incident and I saw that a few saw the brawl ( which involved more than ten people) and did nothing. Instead they were conducting some kind of random checks on drivers and pulling them over. Before the bus came a Puerto Rican woman ran up to me and told me to get out of the area and that they may start shooting and I told her “what do you want me to do, I have to catch the bus”.

The essays on feminism are coming but they will have to wait a few days as I am overwhelmed right now with the beginning of the new job and trying to learn things and navigate my schedule.

The Criminal Underclass and the Working Class

To make a distinction of these two groups a lot of times is a falsehood and they are two sides of one coin. Go to any working-class neighborhood and it is full of criminals and go to any crime-infested area and it is full of working class people.

In many families you will see four brothers and two of them will be working guys and the other two criminals and many times you will also see people move back and forth between the two. The strict working-class guy, in cities, knows criminals and doesn’t have the same hatred for them that you will find amongst the upper-classes, but rather views them as being just one of the guys.

Many of us, who earlier in our lives were part of what is called the “criminal class”, later entered the working-class of our fathers and grandfathers ( my father was an auto-worker and my grandfather a pipefitter). Now there may be some, who are more similar to American right-wingers than they think in their hatred of anything not affluent and not white, who will say that once you are a criminal you are always are one but that is foolish. People evolve and society should let them evolve and not force them into second-class citezenship for the rest of their lives.

The beginnings of the lives of the worker are similar to that of the criminal; they are both just trying to find a way to get ahead and both are doing what they gotta do and one is making a better decision than the other. There may be strong distinctions between the two amongst those in ivory towers and in coffee shops in wealthy neighborhoods but working people know the deal.

Tariq Nelson
I encourage all of my readers to read the blog of Tariq Nelson and what he has written about the crisis in the African-American Muslim community and especially how it relates to males. I cannot link right now but go to the page of Umm Zaid and it is on her brothers links.

Imette St. Gullien: White or a Latina?
Even though she was a Spanish-speaking female whose family came from Venezuela the media has constantly described her as a white female. On the NPR show News and Notes with Ed Gordon there was even an entire segment dedicated to this issue of her being a white female purportedly killed by a black male.

The whole issue of her being a Latina, and being perceived by the media and the public as a white female, is something we should all recognize as an example of how Latinos can, and do, become white in this society and others remain despised people of color. Therefore, comparisons that will be made between the future of Latinos being similar to that is African-Americans is not correct because the most wealthy, educated and talented of African-Americans was always, in the words of Muhammad Ali. “still a nigger”.

New Read

Nothing But an Unfinished Story: Bobby Sands, The Irish Hunger Striker Who Ignited a Generation by Denis O’Hearn. I began this book yesterday on the long ride out to Long Island to go to work and I think it is going to be pretty good.