1) I do like the idea of punishing governments for their actions, but the problem with this example is that the people who were in charge of the government when slavery was legal aren't around to be punished. Hanging would be too good for them.

2) There are a few children of slaves alive, but there really are some more pressing issues today that could actually help people.

3) Blacks would be more likely to get reparations if advocates said that they wanted reparations in exchange for ending affirmative action.

4) People deserve punishment for slavery, let's round them up.

5) If my 38+ million black brothers and sisters ever get reparations, I'm buying Nike stock.

6) If a reparations check comes to me, I'm cashing it. I cash any and all checks made out to me.

7) Instead of reparations, I'd prefer to live tax-free for 20 years.

8) Instead of reparations, I'd prefer to be able to opt-out of the government's Social Security program and put my retirement savings in a private account.

9) Education, not reparations, is my focus. Focusing on education as well as reparations sounds nice, but being successful at getting people educated is tough enough already...

10) If I'm paying for slavery, then I want some slaves.


A Better Way to Honor Sen. Kennedy

Some members of Congress apparently want to honor Sen. Kennedy by passing major health care legislation.

Couldn't the nation just give him a gold watch and a handshake? That's the way corporations did it in the past for valued employees who were retiring.

It would even be worth giving him a gold watch for each year he has served in Congress. It would be much cheaper than coming up with a plan that would involve NINETEEN percent of the U.S. economy. I'm not a Kennedy supporter but it I would support giving him a parade at taxpayer expense all the way from D.C. to Boston.

I know gold might not seem appropriate to some. After all, Kennedy and his colleagues have done so much to devalue and debase the American currency that it might be more appropriate to give him a paper watch (perhaps even one that is water resistant).



Destroying some cities to save them...

"It became necessary to destroy the village in order to save it."
An American major after the destruction of the Vietnamese Village Ben Tre

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I heard on Rush Limbaugh that there is chatter about bulldozing Flint, Michigan. The talk was started by a UK Telegraph piece.

If some lousy cities are going to be bulldozed then I would like to add all or parts of Newark, Baltimore, D.C., and Detroit to the list...

If the areas don't officially get leveled then you can probably get some great real estate deals:

"According to the Michigan Association of Realtors and Detroit Board of Realtors (data here), the average sales price of a Detroit home fell to $11,533 in March (Year-to-Date), a -43.8% decline from the $20,514 average home price during the same period last year (see chart below)."

I guess it shouldn't be surprising that there aren't any major chain stores operating there, according to the Wall Street Journal.

It is also noted in the article: "The city's 22.8% unemployment rate is among the highest in the U.S.; 30% of residents are on food stamps."

In unrelated news, "U.S. Senate passes apology for slavery." According to another article: "Congressman John Conyers, D-Mich., a longtime reparations advocate, will be among dozens of proponents who will address the issue [of reparations for slavery at a gathering in Texas this weekend]."



Dead ex-felon on the lam

You would hope that someone in Mayor Fenty's office saw the article and called off the search. A DC agency has been hunting for a dead man. His death has allegedly been confirmed. Still, the agency is searching for him.

There may be a perfectly reasonable bureaucratic explanation for the search, I do realize that...

many priceless quotes in the article, the family is horrified...

But things could always be worse:

* He could cast a vote in the 2010 and 2012 elections. I always hear that an election could come down to a single vote...would be terrible if the dead man decided who would be in office.

* He could be on the payroll in Maryland ("Another state audit this week found significant financial troubles in the Baltimore City public school system -- including wage overpayments in some cases to deceased employees.").

If I were feeling really mean then I would set up a blog with posts from the guy talking about his success in evading the agency reps chasing him...

But I don't kick a dead man when he is on the loose...




Another war we've lost

First, we lost (or tied) Vietnam.

NYT op-ed now declares: "Drugs won the war." I wonder how many people who predicted the war on drugs would be a disaster were dismissed as crackpots who just wanted to get high?

Has anyone with the NYT admitted yet that we've also lost the War on Poverty?

And will it take 40 years to admit most of Obama's plans have failed?

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An Obama plan to be derided in 40 years or less
About Obama's health plan: "The government competes in the private sector the way an alligator competes with a duck."
--Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)

High-Stakes Tests, for real

NYT has the latest "those Asian kids study real hard" story. I taught English in Asia for six years, I learned that those stories are true! When I came back to America, I had a tough time taking Americans seriously when they complained about "high-stakes tests." Studying for 15 hours a day, sleeping just four or five hours, and then just having one shot once a year to take a test that will determine based on numbers where you will go to college?

The Middle East--please, go away...
I was listening to the radio when the announcer man said they were going to play a speech by someone talking about the Middle East.

Several years ago I decided that I wouldn't focus on the Middle East until the year 2018. I figured that nothing would be resolved by then anyway...

At some point Israel will take my advice...just keep trading promises of peace with promises of land...

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National Man Day
No kidding.

And what do they do the other 364 days of a typical year?



Living (and dying) in America!

Living in America!

Michael Kinsley says it is time to scrap the Star-Spangled Banner. I'm on board with this. Doesn't sound bad, great historical references and all that, but it is even tough to lip-synch it...

Kinsley makes a couple of tepid recommendations. My choice?

Living in America by James Brown!

Can you get more American than James Brown? Drugs. Women. Jail time. Illegitimate children. Car chases. Mixed race. More women. Battle over his estate.

Not only should the song be the National Anthem, but the video should also be the National Video...

Whistling Past the Graveyard

Last night I picked up the June 6-12, 2009 issue of the Washington Afro-American. A page one article in the paper as well as an opinion piece by George Curry document the recent case of the white woman who claimed she was kidnapped by two black men.

As I recently asked: Why in the world would anyone believe that such a thing could happen? Why didn't she blame Native American Indians?

Looking through the news section, that's the only "crime" story in the news section.

Thankfully, the Washington Post is always on the case to report about crime! There's a story, B4, with the headline, "Despite More Policing, Another Man is Slain."

In this case, the man was shot and killed "just steps away" from a new post where an officer is stationed. There's also a security camera nearby.

Jean Bland, a resident who lives nearby and has "several old bullet holes" in her home from people shooting, says the obvious: "Something has to be done."

Something is right! I'd suggest we spend more time tracking down more white women who make up stories about black men...

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Will he hear this by 2029?

Sherrilyn A. Ifill ties the recent shooting at the Holocaust museum to right-wingers. When I have trouble quickly distinguishing between Jew-hating leftists and Jew-hating rightists then I check with Ifill.

Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post joins in today with the type of hackneyed thinking he should be remembered (then, quickly forgotten) one day.

In unrelated news, noted Republican Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. says "Them Jews" won't allow Pres. Obama to meet with him.

Pres. Obama sat in Rev. Wright's church for 20 years without hearing the things he said...perhaps he'll catch up with this story by 2029...

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Eugene Robinson is still a clown

When he first replaced William Raspberry a few years I tried to read his writing. I had read Raspberry's columns on a regular basis for about 15 years. While I often disagreed with Raspberry's conclusions when he reached them, I could appreciate that he seemed to be thinking out loud and didn't mind changing his mind or admitting he had been wrong.

But Raspberry being followed by Robinson is like going from Martin Luther King Jr to Al Sharpton. Whereas Raspberry was thoughtful, Robinson is a hack. There were some days that Raspberry couldn't decide which shoes to put on; Robinson prefers clown shoes.

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How much more Magical could he be in person?

According to Ray Friedman of Vanderbilt University, the scores of black students increased after Obama's nomination and election victory.

If true, then just think what the Obama effect would have been if he had given the commencement address at a black college or university?

According to DeWayne Wickham, the White House refuses to answer his question: "I wanted to know how many black higher education institutions have asked Barack Obama to be their commencement speaker this spring."

linked by Booker Rising and I stole the great graphic from her...