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My Ride Through The Deep South. First Stop, New Orleans

History has always been an interest, no, I should say a love for me.  My parents were both born in Mississippi, my father in the Delta and my mother in the Hills.  By age eight her parents (my maternal grandparents) moved to Memphis.  Memphis' culture more permiated my mother's psyche than Mississippi however, Memphis is, in part, a child of Mississippi.  Over the last two years I envisioned a trip through the U.S. South.  

I also wanted a taste of the South as well.  I wanted to taste the variance in culinary flavor from region to region, from New Orleans to Charleston, SC and the places in between.  This would be a driving trip, no flying so I could imbibe the flavors of the South not only in food and drink but also enjoy climatic the changes in the air as well.
First stop to eat was New Orleans.  I'd seen this restaurant presented in many forums.  I first saw it on a PBS documentary that discussed New Orleans' conditions after Katrina.  This part of the documentary spoke about the origins and history of the restaurant and how so many of the famous musical stars such as Duke Ellington had dined there.  I saw it again on a show showing the best 10 places for fried chicken in New Orleans.  Being the history buff that I feel I am, I had to eat at the world famous Dooky Chase restaurant.  I ordered the buffet and  Stuffed Shrimp from the menu.

Dooky Chase was, at one time, voted the best fried chicken in New Orleans.  This was the driving desire to order from the buffet in addition to ordering from the menu.  There were also mustard greens with sting beans on the buffet along with mac and cheese, veggie soup or a salad and peach cobler.  The ambiance was nice, I had a sensation of history, of sitting somewhere that other Black leaders had dined, including president Obama that ran through me.

 So in my mind, the food had to be the bomb, period.  This food comes from the hearts and minds of native New Orleanians.  There were an equal amount of Black people and white people eating there along with a Mexican family of 5 having dinner.It had to be the bomb was my mental mantra that afternoon.  

Nope.  The buffet was just a'ight.  The chicken was without flavor, had a crispy texture but, not much flavor.  But, the greens were bomb.  The veggie soup tasted like it came from a can, nothing special.  Next, came my first dish off the menu.  A cup of Creole Gumbo.  Sorry, tasted like it was poured out of a can and there was no okra.  It can't be gumbo without okra point blank.  Yeah, it was looking weak here as far as culinary flavors I had envisioned.  

Then came the Stuffed Shirmp.  This came with a side of potato salad, homeade tartar sauce and the shrimp were stuffed with a crab meat dressing.  DA BOMB!!!!!!!  The flavor was so beautiful in my mouth.  I added some Texas Pete  hot sauce.  Nope, not good.  I added some Tabasco. Nope, worse.  The Stuffed Shrimp alone with the homeade tartar sauce was DA BOMB!!!  They killed it with the Stuffed Shrimp.  Skip the buffet and order from the menu.  Next stop Greenville, MS.




Seated left to right; Gil Noble, Dr. Ivan van Sertima, Dr. Ben-Jochannan, Dr. John Henrik Clarke (not pictured)


March 19th we lost another great scholar.  Dr. Yosef Alfredo Antonio Ben-Jochannan passed on to the realm of the ancestors.  During 1980's explosion onto the scene by Black authors I consumed almost everything that came out and, Dr. Ben's work was in my library.  His work, African Origen of Major World Religions greatly influenced my thinking when it came understanding why Black people were so much in love with Christianity and Islam.  Many of us that continued to study and put into action the teachings of the great scholars such as Dr. Ben owe a debt of gratitude for brining forth information that has inspired others to study and become.  Rise In Peace Dr. Ben!


Is Liz Cheney Right? President Obama Is Weak!

Liz Cheney is pictured. | AP Photo


"The problem is, is that we don't have a powerful president..." Liz Cheney said when responding to Chris Wallace's question as to whether the Bush asministration would have gone through the roof if Nancy Pelosi had invited a foreign head of state to the U.S. without consulting Bush.  

Cheney essentially said your man president Obama is weak.  This is the reason the invited head of state, Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, accecpts John Boner's invitation and never consulted president Obama and landed on U.S. soil. This is like your teen age child inviting company from out of town to your house and never consulting you. The parent, the home owner is never consulted.

Of course I wanted Cheney to define her use of the word powerful in this context.  Since she didn't, I decided to look at this recent action or in action when it comes to president Obama's and attorney general Eric Holder's handling of Mike Brown murderer Darren Wilson.  

The decision by president Obama to not charge murderer Darren Wilson with a crime was bad.  It smacks of a 'yessah boss' mentality. The mind of Fiddlah in Roots' when he scolded Kunta Kente for running away.  "Look heyah bwoy, you ain't gone have massa tek way mah bed and liqua, cuz you runs away..." I tried to covince myself that this was not the case until it occured to me he is getting pissed on and saying nothing.

Boner, Netanyahu and all those who stood by and said nothing are straight pissing  on him because he's not a powerful president per Liz Cheney.  And, for that matter, the byproduct of his weakness is weak control of the borders and air space.  Netanyahu just flew right on in.  Remember, he never consulted president Obama on coming through U.S. air space.

Maybe Liz Cheney is right.  Maybe, president Obama is a weak president.  He says nothing directly about issues that directly affect Black people in this country yet, they still piss on him.  Now, it shouldn't matter what they think of him if he should speak out directly about the out right murder of Black people by the government.  They piss on him anyway.

President Obama is probably being what he has always been.  There was probably a time in his life when white boys he grew up with bullied him.  I am almost sure of it.  He lived in a world where he was the odd kid out being so dark.  We know how white kids are brutal.  

They probably teased him about his dark skin and he probably went home to cry on his mommy's shoulder.  Michelle's arm is probably  drenched now that mommy is gone and the same white bulliess in Boehner and Netanyahu piss on him right now.

++++Maybe this was just my imagination playing with me.  Netanyahu wiill be here in March???++++



Even though we eat a minimum of three times per day, we are still starving ourselves to death!


The Muslim Bushido

YASUKE THE AFRICAN SAMURAIThe Muslim Bushido has been a step ahead of everyone out here at least in my mind.  Or, should I say, for my mind.  If you are paying attention to the world around you, I would think you should notice how the world (by the way world means economy in this post) is changing never to return as it once was.  Mind you, this is a global change.  Back in '09 Muslim Bushido posted of this changing economy, quoting from the book The Sovereign Individual

To the aspiring entrepreneurs in the audience: If you haven't already done so, you need to take action regarding your business plans. Now. Nothing has changed (at least, not for the better in terms of being an employee) since I said the following back in February 2009: The "Factory Age" of Rising Income Equality is OVER
From a 1997 book, The Sovereign Individual, by James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg:

"[Otto Ammon, a 19th century German economist] believed that high abilities naturally result in people rising in income and social position. . . . He also believed that the 'true form of the so-called social pyramid is that of a somewhat flat onion or turnip.' . . . Modern industrial societies are indeed all turnips, with a small wealthy and upper-professional class at the top, a larger middle class, and a minority poor at the bottom. Relative to the middle, both the extremes are small.

. . . All of this is intriguing, but the immediate interest of Ammon's work lies in the major long-term shift we are experiencing in the relations, financial and political, between the top and the middle. . . . Most people could master the skills required for operating the machines of the mid-twentieth century, but those jobs have now been replaced by smart machines which, in effect, control themselves. A whole arena of low- and middle-skill employment has already disappeared. If we are correct, this is a prelude to the disappearance of most employment and the reconfiguration of work in the spot market. " pgs. 212-213.

"Societies that have been indoctrinated to expect income equality and high levels of consumption for persons of low or modest skills will face demotivation and insecurity. As the economies of more countries more deeply assimilate information technology, they will see the emergence---so evident already in North America---of a more or less unemployable underclass. [Khadija interrupting the quote here: Guess who this is? You get one guess.] This is exactly what is happening. This will lead to a reaction with a nationalist, anti-technology bias, as we detail in the next chapter.

The Factory Age may prove to have been a unique period in which semi-stupid machines left a highly profitable niche for unskilled people. Now that the machines can look after themselves, the Information Age is pouring its gifts onto the top 5 percent of Otto Ammon's turnip." pg.214 [emphasis added].