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Thursday, July 29, 2004
Stanley Crouch ain't no punk!

Man I was still musing over my comments last night about Sharpton, trying to figure out how I could clip and cut it to make a pretty decent column.  (By the way, thanks to Booker for linking it.  I need to step up my blog game any way I can.)

But then, this pops up and I damn near forgot about it....and it had me almost in tears.

That is the funniest column I've read in a while.  Now, I don't know that much about Stanley Crouch, other than he's supposedly a conservative and he rails against hip hop and civil rights pimps.

But a punk he's not, at least according to Ta-Nehisi Coates.  In fact, Crouch has a tendency to get caught up in heated arguments, and he lets his temper get the best of him.

Check it:

On July 12, out for lunch at Tartine in the West Village, Crouch spotted Peck, who'd trashed his book Don't the Moon Look Lonesome a few years back. After greeting Peck with one hand, Crouch smacked him with the other. "What I would actually have preferred to happen," says Crouch, "was that I had the presence of mind to hawk up a huge oyster and spit it in his face."

Crouch claims he recieved several calls thanking him for the act, which wouldn't be a surprise given that Peck made his name by penning extended negative and, often personal, reviews of other fiction writers.
Now that's just fucked up, folks.  At least give ole boy a warning, or a mean mug, or something.  You gon SNEAK him, Stan?  That's just wrong.  That's dirty. 

And the simple fact that Crouch SLAPPED that kat speaks volumes, too.  Getting punched is bad.  But to get slapped...by another man?  That's just total disrespect.  That's saying "You aren't worthy of getting knocked out, so I'mma pimp slap you like Dolemite would do one of his hoes."  C'MON STAN!!!

But this....THIS...is what takes the cake, tho:

There was the time Crouch was arguing with jazz writer Russ Musto and told him that if he were a foot taller he'd knock his block off. Musto kept arguing, since he knew he wasn't growing any. Crouch went back on his word, and swung at him anyway. After the two men were separated, Crouch calmed down and offered to buy Musto a drink. Musto says they're friends to this day.

Then there's what happened to Guy Trebay, whom Crouch stalked through the Voice's old offices threatening to kill him, relenting only after writer Hilton Als intervened. Another time, writer Harry Allen approached Crouch, hoping to exchange some notes on hip-hop. Instead Crouch, evidently in a bad mood, caught Allen's neck in the cobra clutch, prompting the Voice to give Crouch his walking papers.
Man, I ain't gonna lie to yall.  I'm STILL laughing at this shit and it's been an hour since I've read it.

You gonna clown a short dude, telling him you ain't gonna hit him because he's too short.....and then HIT him anyway.  Offer this kat a drink, and yall become friends.  If that ain't some schoolground shit, I dunno what is.

And it says alot about the Village Voice that it takes a Cobra Clutch (Coates knows his wrestling terminology, doesn't he?) to get Crouch fired.  He's threatened editors, interviewees musicians, etc...but you put someone in a cobra clutch, and that's crossing the line.  If Crouch acts like this, I can imagine how the rest of that paper acts.  It's probably Gangstas Heaven over there.  They should have thought twice about publishing this, because it makes them look just as bad as it does Crouch.

I think all white people need to keep this in mind, tho:

But never let it be said that he who purports to be a black male gives up the beast. That it's all an act, and he really won't kick your ass. That in the middle of politicking over Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and tea, he won't go David Banner, upturn your table of crumpets and coffee-cake, grab you by the collar, drag you out into the darkest alley, and show you that, yes, what you have heard is true. That he will not swing through on his dick and snatch your Jane on a vine like Tarzan. Never let it be said that Jim Brown was not the essence of him. Never let it be said that he—whether Crip or Crouch—failed to be a nigga.
Ditto.  And I ain't mad at him for doing that, at least on occasion.  Because as I said, sometimes people just think they can say whatever they want, ala Ted Rall, and think you're just gonna let them slide.  Sometimes you just gotta whup somebody's ass before you get some respect.

Now Crouch?  WAAAAAAAAYYYY over the line.  But this did provide me with a good laugh for a day or two, so I aint mad at him.

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Let's take care of Al Sharpton real quick.

Before I start, lemme say that I have no personal grievances against Al Sharpton.  I, trying to get my foot in the door of broadcasting, which stresses excellent public speaking, have an appreciation for Sharpton's great public speaking skills.  And I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt that he means well.

But while he tore the roof off of the Fleet Center with his speech at the DNC Convention, he wasn't tearing anything up around here.  You see, Democrats are easily suckered in with these hustlers that are all talk and no substance.  When given a choice between substance and style, they will always choose style.

Don't believe me?  They nominated a man to be their presidential candidate simply because of the fact that he spent four months in Vietnam and was rewarded purple hearts, thinking that will stalemate the foreign policy issue of the incumbent president.  They nominated a one-term senator who wasn't even popular in his home state (I should know. I live here.) and won't even be able to deliver it to the Democrats in the presidential election simply because he's charismatic and good-looking.   For this and this alone they should be beaten by a landslide in this election.

But back to my point.  Sharpton can talk all that jive and get people in that convention all whooping and hollering, but then there comes a time where the things you say have to be analyzed and scrutinized.

This is where I come in.  Let's start it off in which Sharpton responded to Bush's comments to the Urban League last week (transcript courtesy of CNN:)

Mr. President, as I close, Mr. President, I heard you say Friday that you had questions for voters, particularly African- American voters. And you asked the question: Did the Democratic Party take us for granted? Well, I have raised questions. But let me answer your question.

You said the Republican Party was the party of Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. It is true that Mr. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, after which there was a commitment to give 40 acres and a mule.

That's where the argument, to this day, of reparations starts. We never got the 40 acres. We went all the way to Herbert Hoover, and we never got the 40 acres.

We didn't get the mule. So we decided we'd ride this donkey as far as it would take us.

Sharpton, as usual, dabs into revisionist history.  And it is quite disgusting too.  He disparages, knowingly or not, our ancestors that came before us, thinking they only supported the Republican Party for some corrupt, crooked scheme like reparations.

But hey; this is how black leftists have portrayed black people for years!  Begging for money and possessions from the white man, and since ONE side didn't give it to us, we'll just go on the other side and squeeze them for whatever they're worth.  You know, it's amazing at what depths they will go to try to rationalize such filth.

When I was a child, I was raised in Hyde County, North Carolina, one of the most rural and poorest counties in North Carolina.  There wasn't, and still isn't, a stoplight in the whole county.  It wasn't surprising to find someone who lived in a house that didn't have indoor plumbing.  But see, at that time I didn't even know what poor was, or I didn't realize what it was.  Why?  Because noone told me.  We were all in the same boat.  I thought because I had clothes on my back and food in my stomach and I was able to play with some toys and we had a car that I was okay. 

That was the 1980's.  Imagine what was going on in the 1930's, when Herbert Hoover was around.  Indoor plumbing, electricity, etc...was unheard of.  Most of them worked in the fields.  Everyone was trying to scrounge for what they could get.

But I tell you what:  what little they DID have, they were PROUD of it.  They had their own land.  The ones that could had their own fields.  They had their own schools.  They hunted and fished and grew what they ate at dinner that night.  And they NEVER had their palms out asking a white man for something they didn't earn.

When it was time to fight for their rights, they were there


When the KKK started spreading leaflets all over Engelhard, and defaced my uncle's barbershop, it was one black woman who picked them all up, went straight to the county Grand Dragon, threw those leaflets in his face, and said "Next time, use the mail." 

When they tried to close down our black schools, they marched from Swan Quarter to Raleigh.  They faced down police, faced down dogs, were battered, bruised, and arrested.  They felt so strongly about it and were so determined, that no black child went to school in Hyde County during the 1968-1969 school year.

When the KKK held a big rally in Middleton, and they shot at a car that had black teenagers in it that were passing by, it was my family, and our community, that took up arms and stood up to the KKK.  And they haven't been seen in Middleton or that county ever since.

For Al Sharpton to stand in Boston at that convention and talk about black people switching to the Democratic Party -  a party who at that time was CONSUMED by hate, bigotry, racism, oppression, and was at the FOREFRONT of white supremacy - because we didn't get "40 acres and a mule" insults not only my people, but the families and the ancestors of millions of black people.

These were people who had pride for who they were and what they had, and they weren't going to let anyone take it away from them.  Sharpton's sorry attempt to get a one-up on President Bush and the Republican Party is nothing more than rewriting history to advance your goals and your aspirations.  And I will NOT let him use the memories of not only my people, but millions others that lived during those times, to do so.

Al Sharpton and these other hustlers may go to these public appearances and give these grand speeches and have these naive, ignorant people get off their feet and applaud with vigor, but ignorance is still ignorance, no matter how good you sound saying it.

I think I've said enough.  Let's move on:

Mr. President, you said would we have more leverage if both parties got our votes, but we didn't come this far playing political games. It was those that earned our vote that got our vote. We got the Civil Rights Act under a Democrat. We got the Voting Rights Act under a Democrat. We got the right to organize under Democrats.

Mr. President, the reason we are fighting so hard, the reason we took Florida so seriously, is our right to vote wasn't gained because of our age. Our vote was soaked in the blood of martyrs, soaked in the blood of good men (inaudible) soaked in the blood of four little girls in Birmingham. This vote is sacred to us.
Al likes to decide what history he wants to remember at what time.  So let me finish the history lesson:

- It wasn't a Republican who stood in front of the doors at the University of Alabama.

- It wasn't Republicans who filibustered the Civil Rights Act in the Senate.

- It wasn't Republicans who set the dogs and the hoses on marchers in Birmingham and Selma.

- It wasn't Republicans who killed those four black girls when they bombed a Birmingham Church.

- It wasn't a Republican president who introduced segregation to the federal government.

- It WAS a Republican president who was in office when Brown v. Board of Ed was argued in front of the Supreme Court.

- It WAS a Republican president who first enforced that decision.
- There were a higher percentage of the Republican Party that passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than the Democrats.

- It WAS a Republican Congress who passed the first 4 Civil Rights Acts.....in 1866, 1870, 1871, and 1875.

- It WAS a Republican, who appointed the only dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court that ruled the Civil Rights Act of 1875 unconstitutional.

- It WAS two Republican presidents who sought Booker Washington as an advisor during the late 1800's
But hey....why get into specifics, right?  I mean, this is the man who doesn't even know that the two men who created and helped passed the bill that helped protect and establish organized labor - the Taft-Hartley Act - were both Republicans.

If Al actually took Florida seriously, then he would have called for STATEWIDE recounts.  You know...so the black people that live in Northern Florida could make sure THEY had their votes counted?  Why didn't you call for Florida Democrats to end that lawsuit trying to get military absentee ballots thrown out, Al?  Black people DO join the military, too.  I'm sure my stepfather, who did 20 years of active military service would attest to that.

And while you're at it Al, why don't you talk to your brother Jesse, who was exposed when he went on a talk radio show when there was voting errors during their recall election.  When asked if then-Governor Gray Davis won the election, would he still file a lawsuit disputing the election on the basis of racial disenfrancisement the good Reverend plainly stated "NO".  I guess counting the vote only matters when the person he wants to win is elected.

Like I said, it's all about STYLE over SUBSTANCE for them.  It doesn't matter if you get the facts right, as long as you look good when you say it.  But to millions of people - black, white, or whatever - these things have a profound effect on how we look at the world and how we react to it.  One day I hope that Al and many others realize how powerful their words can be and how carefully they choose their words.  I doubt it, but it's always good to hope.

I'll have more about other thoughts about the DNC Convention by tomorrow afternoon.  I had to just get that out of my head.

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Major Kerry campaign fundraiser linked to mob.

Man, the hits keep on coming with these boys.

As Edwards was speaking at the DNC Convention tonight, and they were making John Kerry their official nominee soon afterwards, ABCNews broke a story exposing another fundraising problem for the Kerry campaign, making it the second campaign finance problem in less than a week and the third in a month.

First, a Kerry fundraiser collects money from the son of a disgraced South Korean president who was recently charged for failure to pay inheritance taxes.  I posted about that here.  Earlier this week, Edwards gave back over $44,000 in campaign contributions raised by a lawyer who's now being investigated by federal authorities over his fundraising tactics.

Now, Kerry's biggest fundraiser is connected to the mob.

Guys, you can't MAKE stuff like this up.

Stephen Bing, who's supposedly a successful film producer, and made headlines when he told the tabloids that he might not be the father of Elizabeth Hurley's baby, has raised over $16 million dollars for the Kerry campaign.

Well he has a friend and business partner named Dominic Montemarano aka Donnie Shacks.  Here's how Shacks was described:

"Donnie Shacks' main activity was murder. No question about it. That was his main function for the Colombo family and for organized crime in general. He was one of the top hit men in the New York area," said Joe Coffey, a former NYPD investigator.

That's nothing to play with.

Now Shacks's lawyer states he is an employee.  Some employee.  According to the Los Angeles Times, Bing paid Shacks's legal fees after his latest legal battle.  I'm sure you and I know plenty of bosses that pay for their employees' lawyers, especially when it is tied up in the mob.

Of course, ABC had to remind everyone that Republicans have had campaign finance problems, too:

Throwback to Nixon Days?

Campaign reform advocates say the role of secretive big money is all a throwback to the days of Richard Nixon and the scandal that grew out of the 1972 Republican Convention.

The telephone company that helped pay the costs of that convention, ITT, later got favorable consideration on an antitrust issue, when it became the world's largest conglomerate.

Yeah.  Bring up a campaign finance scandal from 32 years ago, as if that's the latest one you could bring up. 

As if you couldn't remember the FEC fining the Democratic Party over $700,000 for various campaign finance scandals stemming from Election 96, which is one of the reasons why people were yelling for campaign finance reform.  Here is also a great CNN report detailing the many Clinton-Gore campaign finance scandals investigated by the Justice Department and by Congress.

It's comforting to know that the Democrats haven't learned a thing from those scandals, huh?  Is this the party you want in the White House?

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Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Computerized machines loses Florida 02 vote.

The New York Times reports that all of the electronic records from Election 02 have been lost in that voting paradise of Miami-Dade County.

You see, this is precisely what I expected.  People that were panicking because of the uproar of Election 2000 - problems that were normal occurrences in elections but was amplified because of how close it was - demanded "updated" machines using computerized technology.

But we NEED a paper trail.  That's the only way to know for sure how many votes there are and if one person actually voted.  You get some computer geek into that system to "tweak" it, and we'll have widespread problems.  At least with paper ballots we have solid visual proof of what people voted.  With computers you never know, because all the information are in microchips.

So I'll never be in favor of computerized voting, and I sure as hell would never support online voting either.

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Tuesday's DNC Notes:

- Wow.  Ted was actually sober tonight.

His nephew:  "Uncle Ted, are you alright?  I don't smell Seagram's Gin on you."

- I missed the Howard Dean speech, as I was on my way home from work.  I'm sure I didn't miss anything.

- *sighs*  Ruby and Ossie should have stayed home, or at least got someone to read whatever was on that paper while they stood there and smiled.  Their speech was horrible.

- I guess this was black night.  I'm sure that's the last time you'll see black people speaking at the convention, other than Al.  Speaking of Al, I wonder if they gave him a prime time speech?  You know he'll tear the house down too.

- Moore vs. O'Reilly sucked.  Both of them are weak, but O'Reilly was more disappointing.  I wish Moore would have given Hannity that weak mess, because I know he would have knocked it out the ballpark.  Now I think Hannity is too much of a self-promoter, but he does not pull punches in debates.  Ask Ralph Nader, or Al Franken.

- Ron Reagan's speech was ABSOLUTELY pointless.  I was about to go to sleep on it.  Why they had him come behind Obama to kill the crowd off is one of those mysteries in life.  And check this out:  at the end, he told people to go to the polls and vote for stem cell research.  I didn't know it was going to be on the ballot.

- Kids for Kerry?  These little snot-nosed kids can't hardly read, yet they're supposed to help Kerry win an election?  This is just P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C.  You see how they had that little girl bashing Vice-President Cheney?  They used a KID to bash their opponents!  That is a crying ass shame, folks. 

That was a perfect example of why kids should be SEEN and not HEARD.

- Somebody must have put Teresa Kerry-Heinz back on her prozac again.  And the very NEXT time I see a two-bit reporter or political analyst call her sexy or gorgeous (as some blonde dope did on Aaron Brown's NewsNight) I swear I'mma throw a rock into my TV.

- And finally, Obama himself.  I'm sorry folks, but I don't give ANY National Democrat the benefit of the doubt (in Georgia?  Yeah.  NC?  Maybe.  Washington?  No.).  I'm sure Obama has a nice smile.  He definitely has good b.s.  But I'm not a black conservative simply because I oppose the black establishment or current black political figures.  It's because I believe in conservative ideals.  So with that said, Obama is no different than the rest of them.

I've said this before, and I'll say it again, the first black president won't be a Democrat.  He'll be a Republican/Conservative.  America is apprehensive about electing white leftists, so what you think they're going to do when they get a black one?  He claims he's not ashamed to call himself a "liberal"  (I call him a leftist.  Calling them "liberal" implies they believe in liberty, which they don't.).  We'll see once he goes through that Senate ringer and then has to run for reelection.

Don't believe me?  Well think about it:  there's a good reason why the top black political figures are linked to the Republican Party:  C. Powell, Rice, M. Powell, Thomas, Paige and a year or two back, Watts.  It's because the black establishment are so partisan and consist of a bunch of party hacks that veer to the far left of the political spectrum.  They claim Obama represents a new generation of black leadership?  Yeah.  I'll believe it when I see it.  The only way he can be that is to denouce the left, and I don't see him doing that.  So he's just another phony-baloney-plastic-banana-good-time-rock-n-roller (c) Rush Limbaugh.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Congrats to Brock Lesnar.

The former NCAA amateur wrestling champion and WWE Champion has signed with the Minnesota Vikings.  Ever since leaving the WWE after Wrestlemania, he has stated that entering the NFL was his goal.

This guy is a genetic FREAK.  He's about 6'2, weighs about 285, benches close to 500 and squats about 700.  AND he runs a 4.6 40!  All he needs to do now is learn the game, as he hasn't played football since he was in high school.

Either way, good luck.  I hope his attitude has changed since the ESPN feature he did earlier this year.  He came across as a caveman. 

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DNC Notes:

- Jimmy Carter didn't look too hot.  Everytime he paused I thought he was about to keel over.  Sorry; it just looked like it to me.

- Slick Willie is a trip.  I'm not going to hate; Bill has always had some pretty good b.s., and I envy his speaking prowess.  If I could speak half as good as him, I'd have a successful broadcasting career.  It was a good speech, albeit he was lying his ass of the whole way.

- Slick Willie's insightful scripture quote?  "Be not afraid."  Oh yeah.  I heard that and was ready to go to church right then and there.  I had the Holy Ghost come all through me an everything when he said that.

- How much you wanna bet Bill's speech will be better than Kerry's?

- Hillary should NEVER scream.  Period.  She reminds me of one of the MacBeth witches.

- When Hillary was wobbling up onto the stage, they adjusted her podium for her height....or lack thereof.  Why did I instantly think of Napeleon?

- CSpan kept panning over to check out this fine Sioux chick with a cowboy hat and a smile that would melt the coldest heart.  So to the cameraman:  I'm not even mad atcha.  I would have done the same thing.  It's definitely better than watching Senator Mikulski's old mug taking up the whole camera.

- Drudge has the ratings for Monday night, and it doesn't look so good.  Hell; WWE Smackdown gets better ratings than that, on occasion.  And I'm telling you people; Slick Willie is as good as it gets.

- Only a few days ago, Moore wasn't even invited to the convention.  Last night?  He was in the presidential booth with Jimmy and Rosalyn.

- Obama is up tonight.  Once again, a young, charismatic member of the Party that will eventually be shown to be a far leftist.  There's already been campaign ads by him calling for socialist healthcare among others.  Hopefully this lovefest will end after a few sessions in the Senate.  Remember:  He isn't even being challenged in the Senate race this year.

- They're going to have to get a hold on to Theresa Kerry Heinz (I did that on purpose).  First she snaps at a journalist for saying something that she ACTUALLY SAID, now the Boston Herald finds statements bashing the Democratic Old Guard.  Once again, she's becoming a hinderance rather than helping anything.

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Monday, July 26, 2004
Wife of Iowa Gov. comments on speech of blacks and Southerners

Well the Boston Herald found a little goodie.

Christine Vilsack, the wife of Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack and Tuesday's primetime speaker at this week's DNC Convention, wrote a 1994 column that commented on the speech of blacks, Southerners, and Easterners, particularly in New Jersey and West Virginia.

I say "commented", although the Herald said "derided", because some of the comments are kind of blurry on whether it's an insult or not.  I'm trying to find the whole column online, and when I do I'll post it on this site.

But here are some of the excerpts:

``I am fascinated at the way some African-Americans speak to each other in an English I struggle to understand, then switch to standard English when the situation requires,'' Vilsack wrote in a 1994 column in the Mount Pleasant News, while her husband, Tom, was a state senator.

Vilsack wrote that southerners seem to have ``slurred speech,'' wrote that she'd rather learn Polish than try to speak like people from New Jersey, and wrote that a West Virginian waitress once offered her friend a ``side saddle'' instead of a ``side salad.''

The future Iowa first lady seemed to be promoting English as the nation's official language, an issue that tripped up her husband, Gov. Tom Vilsack, with many Democrats.

Now the comments about Southerners, West Virginians and Jersey people (Jerseyans?) can be seen as insults.  I don't know if you can actually say the black comment can really be taken as an insult without seeing more of the column.  So far, I can't find it online.  I'm sure someone in the blogosphere can get their hands on it.

I'm sure John Kerry is breathing a sigh of relief, happy that he dodged that bullet, albeit partially.  As you SHOULD know, Tom Vilsack was one of the leading candidates to be Kerry's running mate.  Most pundits say it was the "English as the offical language" issue that dropped Vilsack off of that list.

Did Kerry know beforehand?  I doubt it.  Remember; this is the same man who didn't know about Berger's investigation.  I'm sure if he's that in the dark about that investigation, and she is still on the speaker's list, then he didn't have a clue about this either.

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Sunday, July 25, 2004
Palestinian businessmen take wall money on the side.

As you probably know, Israel has taken alot of heat for the wall they are building in the West Bank to keep out suicide bombers and the like from attacking the mostly Jewish communities.  Israel is going to do it anyway, and has even stated that UN Resolution encourages Palestinian terrorism.  They told the same thing to the European Union.

But what alot of people don't know, and has been highlighted, once again, by Drudge, is that Palestinian businessmen sold the concrete for the wall to Israel, and made millions

And check this out:

Palestinian businessmen have made millions of pounds supplying cement for Israel's "security barrier" in the full knowledge of Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader and one of the wall's most vocal critics.

A damning report by Palestinian legislators, which has been seen by the Telegraph, concludes that Mr Arafat did nothing to stop the deals although he publicly condemned the structure as a "crime against humanity".

The report claims that the cement was sold with the knowledge of senior officials at the Palestinian ministry of national economy, and close advisers to Mr Arafat. It concludes that officials were bribed to issue import licences for the cement to importers and businessmen working for Israelis.
So.....Palestinian businessmen wanted a piece of the action.   They went to the officials, who knew what they were up to, bribed them to get licenses to work with Israeli importers and businessmen to sell their concrete.

And - get this - Arafat knew all along.

You think any Palestinians are calling for Arafat to resign?  Yeah right.  Only the lackies:

One of the report's three authors, Hassan Khreishe - an independent legislator and long-term critic of Mr Arafat - last night called for the Palestinian cabinet to resign.

"Wealthy Palestinians with connections at the highest levels have been making millions helping Israel build this wall while Arafat and the Palestinian Authority have been urging people to fight against it," said Mr Khreishe, a council member from the West Bank city of Tulkarm.

"Why Arafat did nothing about it, we just don't know. These people are traitors who have brought shame on us, and they should be punished."
While the officials should be fired immediately, why aren't they going after Arafat too? 

The answer:  because they know he's untouchable.  And anyone that calls for his resignation will be committing political suicide....if not physical suicide as well.

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Saturday, July 24, 2004
Teacher gets H.S. students to taste flavored condoms.

When I found out about this, I found it to be absolutely deplorable.

Who in the world could actually think this was a good idea?  You have to actually taste condoms in order to learn protective sex?  This is a perfect example on how public schools have gotten out of control.  If I'm fortunate to have kids one day they will NEVER be allowed to take a sexual education class, and definitely not in a public school.

Sure; teenagers should be taught about condoms and other forms of contraception.  But tasting condoms goes over the line.  In fact, it probably makes the child look forward to using them, which will encourage more sexual activity than before. 

I'm not a abstinence-until-marriage advocate, but I do think that kids at that age should not have sex.  Of course, these "enlighteners" will say "that's unrealistic".  Is it unrealistic to expect every teenager to abstain from sex?  Yes.  But it's not unrealistic to encourage whomever you can.  Believe it or not, some just might listen.

But what this guy did?  Absolutely over the line:

According to a report in the Santa Fe New Mexican, parent Lisa Gallegos said that when her 15-year-old daughter balked at putting a condom in her mouth, instructor Tony Escudero told her, "Come on, sweetie, have a little fun."

Also, Gallegos quotes her daughter as saying when a male student expressed his disgust with homosexual activity, Escudero said, "Never say never, because you never know. Someday you might like it that way."
This is not a teacher that should be in charge of high school teenagers, or any children for that matter.  There are too many naive teenagers out there that will swallow (no pun intended) the indoctrination that this guy is serving up.  Even to joke with kids like that while pressuring to participate, as he did to Gallegos's daughter, is very irresponsible.

This is why I cringe at the thought of being a parent; there is no telling what is being told to your child by whom.  And with parents and children spending less and less time with each other nowadays,  it gives an opening to influences outside the family that could result in behaviors that you never thought your child would have.  All you can do is prepare them for that world and just hope they don't get caught up in it.

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