Game Review: Star Trek Online

Another Ruined Franchise

In discussion with other reviewers and gamers of big franchises that go into game form, I often get the “well they can’t do that.” This is always in response to my saying that they have watered down and turned a completely story driven franchise into a flash, point and click game. If they can’t translate a story driven franchise even 50% of the way, why bother even naming it after the franchise.

Yes I am talking about the Cyptic’s Star Trek Online game. If you are even remotely a Star Trek fan, this game fails. You will be completely disappointed at the horror of this god awful game. One idiot tried to excuse it by saying “oh it’s in the future and they are at war, that’s why there’s all the shooting.” Hogwash! The developers fail at life and have zero brain activity going on. They ruined a perfectly good name that had a ridiculous amount of spin offs and lore.

Star Trek at its core is a preachy, social commentary franchise. Whether you like it or not, Star Trek has had some very ground breaking storylines. It has tackled issues that no one else dared touch. It broke racial barriers, along with that other ground breaking show “batman” and the Eartha Kit kiss. Who could forget the Lieutenant Uhuru kiss.

On to the game review:

Star Trek Online Review

Graphics: The graphics overall are actually pretty bad. You cannot go back in graphics, especially when you are trying to present a photorealistic view of the characters and world. In fact it is as if the design teams on graphics did not get together to decide and overall quality of graphics level. [more later]

– landscape: this is the worst part of the graphics. Where a game like Eve Online made you gasp at the panoramic views of space, this makes you gag. Not only are thew space views badly drawn, they are completely unrealistic. They have clouds in space? Really? They are just awful. There is not even a sense of 3 dimensions to it. You look like you’re on a cheesy star trek 1950 t.v. set. It is just ridiculous

– character: the characters are drawn photorealistically. There is nothing cartoon about them. However, you don’t see much of the character, that you spend 30 minutes playing barbie dress up. There are space stations you can walk around and landing party missions where you can see your character, but for the most part you are in your ship. A vast majority of all missions are in the ship. You are either fighting in the ship or exploring in the ship. In fact after the beginning of the character development unfolds you can just phone in your missions from the ship, no need to return to the space station.

Just a side note. There were so many horrible graphical bugs in the beta that after awhile I turned off all the graphical goodies, so everyone looked like water color paintings. It didn’t help by the way.

– hardware capability: Does this game test your hardware graphically. This is a catch 22. If I say yes, it might just be due to the tremendous amount of bugs. If I say no, that the graphics are so bad they shouldn’t strain anyone’s hardware, again it might just be due to the bad programing.

Gameplay: this is simply to cover how fun and easy the game is actually to play from the start and from day to day.

– chargen: character generation is the same as Champions Online or Heroes Online. It doesn’t have near the depth of the Heroes Online chargen though. There is really nothing to it. It is just barbie dress up. People were completely upset, however, when they found that their first piece of armor completely covered up their character. So, probably those that spent and hour matching the glove seems to the coat seem color, went over the top angry when they bought a +1 shirt that covered everything on the character. LOL! They were screaming in chat about it for some time.

– controls: awful. Simply awful. It is not even a case of a learning curve. They are just awful. Remember you are in a ship. The camera swivels in every direction but the direction you want it. This would be great if you were filming the game, but this is not what a gamer wants. By default, they have a chase-target-fixed camera. This would normally be a good thing, like if you were pvping in WOW. But, in a space battle with you controlling a ship and trying to maneuver your highest percentage shield to stay between you and the enemy, it is maddening. And, I bet you think taking off that stupid camera control would fix it? No. It then follows your ship and completely ignores the target.

Also, the controls to keep you targeted, maneuverable and alive are just god awful. It is as if the developer literally sat down and said, I want to show the grace and beauty of my ship, let the player be damned. That is exactly what we get.

Also, the controls and space flight is not 3d. There are no barrel rolls. There are no 90 degree dives. There are no loop de loops. Remember, you’re in a space ship with a gravity pull to the floor of the ship so that there is no outside reference of gravity. There should be no reason why the ship shouldn’t be able to barrel roll. Ok, forget barrel roll, it doesn’t point straight down into a dive position. Another, “my ship is gracefully descending,” moment.

– ui: what ui? You literally have to go into game options and open up a skills panel to retrieve skills to put on your bar. The bar is so tiny you have to expand it 3 times so you have enough room to put the orders to land the ship on the space station. I am all for a designer trying to be unique in his design, but this UI works against the player at every possible turn.

– story: ok this is where the story and “plot” of the game is supposed to go. I am not kidding. There is nothing to put here. Everyone who argued with me about the other points of the game all agreed there was no plot or story to the game. Wait! No plot to a Star Trek spinoff? How could that be? This must have literally just been made by game designers, and not a developer, i.e. someone with ideas. Oooooh ideas are dangerous.

– lore: meh, they throw around Star Trek like words. They have lore pop up in between loading zones on the splash screen. But as far as lore being part of a big picture and story… [see above]

Advancement: this is where the great telling feature of character progression goes. While in other games even minute progression is noticeable, in Star Trek online it is invisible.
– rpg: I guess I could say you get better clothes, armor, ships and officers, but it seems nearly pointless when it doesn’t really matter. The enemies get harder and so do you sorta. Honestly, I find the 3 round of public server counter strike more progressive than this game. Can you get into the story? What story? They fail at the entire RPG of this game.

– hacknslash: they definitely get the hack n slash aspect going in this game. If endlessly shooting a ship from your ship is your idea of fun, then this is the game for you. Half the time, you are so far away from your ship and the enemy ship is so far away that you barely see them. You can see the laser beam pew pew pew more than anything else on screen.

Overall: this is an excellent game, for someone that is brain dead and wants to spend money on this instead of 5 other games that blow this away.

– immersion: are you immersed in “star trek”ness in the game? No. And, I am being very honest. If you removed the name Star Trek from anything appearing in the game and sat 100 people in front of it and had them play for 4 hours, I bet 80 of them would never guess this was Star Trek. Given that scenario I bet 40 of them would think it was a new starship troopers game.

– must have: is this a must have just on the basis of it having the name Star Trek Online on it? No. Will this be a gamer nerd library must have? No. The gamer nerd is always a connoisseur of fine games. There is no way he would attach his good name to this trash.

Whoever owns the licensing for Star Trek were probably paid a lot of money to let their name go out on this. This is the only reason I could think of them attaching their name to this. Shame on Cryptic for doing this. And, before you start thinking I’m some crazed Treky, I am not. I have never been nor even heard of a Star Trek convention. LOL!

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Crowds Seeking Aid in Haiti Met With Pepper Spray and Rubber Bullets

It Was Just a Matter of Time Before They Started Killing Black Folk

United Nations troops used pepper spray yesterday to hold off a crowd of hungry Haitians queueing for food at a makeshift camp in the grounds of the wrecked presidential palace.

“They’re not violent, just desperate. They just want to eat,” Fernando Soares, a Brazilian army colonel, said. “The problem is, there is not enough food for everyone.”

The UN’s Brazilian troops are experienced — they have been stationed in Haiti for years — but they were struggling to hold the line. As they began deploying the pepper spray, the crowd broke up and ran back across the road coughing, eyes streaming.

Raoul Gai, 36, pulled his T-shirt over the head of Dalima, 9, his daughter, as she cried and spluttered. “They are giving food but I don’t like the way they are doing it,” he said.

Yesterday, the 14th day after the Haitian earthquake, the World Food Programme (WFP) was trying to deliver 107 cubic tons of rice and oil and beans to the starving of Port-au-Prince, enough to feed 20,000 people for 15 days. Two rice trucks were heading for the palace.

Will Pavia
London Times
Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

The Real Story Behind the Pepper Spray and Rubber Bullets

Here’s my beef. I knew it would be just a matter of time before they started massacring these people. Europeans coming into their country is a bad thing, all the way around. They are not going to just give away food, regardless how bad and sad the average world citizen feels for these people. Apparently this rubber bullets and pepper spray thing has been going on from the very beginning.

The president of Haiti needs to remove the “peacekeepers” out of the country completely. They need to be removed if Haiti is ever to maintain its sovereignty. The president of Haiti also need to denounce and remove all trade treaties. He needs to implement tariffs on all imports into the country. He needs to implement a policy of Haiti first. Otherwise his country is going to CONTINUE to starve. They have been starving BEFORE the earthquake. The earthquake is simply being used as an excuse to execute an agenda that was in place well before the event.

If you know a friend of a friend of a friend that knows the president of Haiti, have him contact me. I will set the record straight and show him how his he and his own people are being used. It is unheard of that in the aftermath of a natural disaster that there should be “peacekeepers” brought into a country. “Peacekeepers” are normally sent in under the pretext of warfare. Where’s the warfare here?

All of this aid that is going to Haiti is not used to REBUILD Haiti. The aid is simply used to give and hand out food. And, they aren’t even doing that. They have trucks with tons of food and they are parceling it out to great mass panic and disturbances as an excuse to then call in the peacekeepers to spray and shoot them.

To what end?

So that when they officially or unofficially invade they can point to these instances and say “see it’s chaos down here and we need to settle it.” All as an excuse to kill off this rich Black nation. There should be no reason that Hatians should be starving. Haiti used to be one of the countries that fed the world, along with the U.S. and other countries.

Doctors Told to Leave Haiti by the United Nations

In a final act of total evil, the U.N. ordered all the doctors to leave Haiti. CNN broke the story. The U.N. then tried to cover up the story and say they did not order the doctors to leave and that it was the doctors own will to leave. It is obvious when the doctors come up to Dr. Sanjay Gupta that they don’t want to go but point out where the supplies are and the patients are, that it is not the doctors own will.

The only reason I think Dr. Gupta was left out of the loop is because he is not only a doctor, but has “reporter” status and thus cannot be ordered around. As I said, the U.N. tried to impliment damage control on their P.R. and say it was not them that ordered the doctors to leave. However it was too late. Several news organizations reported on the order once CNN broke the news.

If this does not prove how vile and evil the U.N. is, I don’t know what will. Even Anderson Cooper reported that people were dying needlessly down there. When pressed what he meant by needlessly, he remarked that people are dying from mere infections that simple antibiotics could cure; that diseases are being allowed to spread throughout the body unabated.

Finally the U.N. is not distributing the aid money to Haiti. This has been reported and remarked on by several news organizations. The money is literally vanishing. The amount of money raise, compared to the amount of aid received as pennies on the dollar. People are sending enough to feed the entire country lobster and steak and mere rice and beans are being rationed to just Port au Prince. The money is just vanishing and no one is accounting for it.

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The Austrian vs. Keynes Rap

Keynes vs. Real Economists, the Austrians

I personally hate rap. In fact I really hate white rappers. I’ll take the Daniel Tosh approach and say if God intended white people to rap he would have given them rhythm first, taken away their trailers and stopped them from marrying their cousins. [oh that is such a Daniel Tosh joke, I can’t believe how good I am.] And, if you don’t know who Daniel Tosh is, you obviously don’t have your finger on the pulse of the intelligent design of comedy.

All kidding aside… I actually got this video from none other than Peter Schiff of all people who twittered it to me. [gasp! Peter Schiff listens to rap music?] It boggles the mind.

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Eliot Spitzer: Federal Reserve is a Ponzi Scheme

The Sheriff of Wall Street says Federal Reserve is a Ponzi Scheme

Far be it from me to ever praise MSNBC, but I could not help but take my hat off to this interview with Elliot Spitzer describing the Federal Reserve as a large ponzi scheme on the American taxpayer. And, that the Ron Paul legislation to audit the Fed, which still has not passed the Senate, needs to go through.

Spitzer says the Federal Reserve has benefited for decades from the notion that it is quasi-autonomous, its supposed to be independent. Let me tell you a dirty secret: The Fed has done an absolutely disastrous job since [former Fed Chairman] Paul Volcker left.

The reality is the Fed has blown it. Time and time again, they blew it. Bubble after bubble, they failed to understand what they were doing to the economy.

The most poignant example for me is the AIG bailout, where they gave tens of billions of dollars that went right through — conduit payments — to the investment banks that are now solvent. We [taxpayers] did not get stock in those banks, they did not ask what was going on — this begs and cries out for hard, tough examination.

You look at the governing structure of the New York [Federal Reserve], it was run by the very banks that got the money. This is a Ponzi scheme, an inside job. It is outrageous, it is time for Congress to say enough of this. And to give them more power now is crazy.

The Fed needs to be examined carefully.

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Did Pope John Paul II Flagellate Himself to Become a Saint?

The Flagellation and Asceticism of the Pope

Flagellation is the practice of methodically beating or whipping one’s or another’s body as a religious act. It is a form of punishment used in certain cases under Islamic Sharia law. It also practiced in Christianity with mild self-flagellation using an instrument called a “discipline”, a cattail whip usually made of knotted cords, which is flung over the shoulders repeatedly during private prayer. It’s a highly criticized practice and has become rare these days. The late Pope John Paul flagellated himself regularly to emulate Christ’s suffering and signed a secret document saying that would resign instead of ruling for life if he became incurably ill, a new book shows. The book, called “Why a Saint? was written by Monsignor Slawomir Oder, the Vatican official in charge of the process that could lead to Roman Catholic sainthood for John Paul. It includes some previously unpublished documents. The book, which was published Tuesday, reveals that even when he was not ill, he inflicted pain on himself, known in Christianity as mortification, so as to feel closer to God. The book also confirmed that as his health failed, John Paul prepared a document for aides stating that he would step down instead of ruling for life if he became incurably ill or permanently impaired from carrying out his duties as pope. He signed the document on February 15, 1989, eight years after the failed assassination attempt. The existence of the document had been the subject of many rumors and reports over the years but it has been published for the first time in full in the book.

Asceticism is basically a lifestyle of abstinence from various sorts of worldly pleasures which is done with the aim of pursuing religious and spiritual goals. Some of the religions like Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, & Jainism, promote asceticism as it is believed that salvation and liberation involve a process of mind-body transformation affected by exercising restraint with respect to actions of body, speech, and mind. People might say, where would they get this idea? Well for Christians it is throughout the New Testament. Christ is quoted as saying that it is hard for a rich man to enter Heaven and that people’s riches would get in the way of being saved.

However, it has been revealed that King James in his translation sought to make sure that the feudal system was kept in tact and removed any notion of challenging kings or the rich. Instead he made sure that it was promoted that one should not seek to be rich himself. Furthermore, for those that question the notion that there are now hundreds of English translations of the Holy Bible, need not look further than the Council Nicaea , which removed whole books from the New Testament and declared certain verses heresy. Yes, the Catholic church rewrote the Holy Bible. In Fact the book you read today is not even the Holy Bible, but a very watered down and tiny version of it.

What is rather stupid is that most seminary schools know this and have not corrected it. The modern Catholic church knows it and has not corrected it. I am not sure protestant religions like the Baptist and Protestants know this, since they simply adopted the Catholic bible and did not think for themselves, so much for a Protestant Reformation.

One thing of note about the Council Nicaea. One of the chief reasons they convened the council was not to rewrite the Holy Bible per se, but the larger agenda was to have a concise doctrine of what Christianity was. To that end, the council decreed in that Meletius of Lycopolis and Arius the Berber Christian of Alexandria was not to be given credence in their doctrine that Jesus of Nazareth was not God. In fact the entire world wide Christian church was divided right down the middle on the question. Arius pointed out that “son of God” was something made up and that the entire virgin birth and son were stolen and adopted from Egyptian mythology. He contended that it was not the son that they worshiped but the SUN. And that the halo that is found in pictures is not a “halo” but is the sun sitting behind him. The Asian and Eastern Christians sided with Meletius’ and Arius’ view that Jesus, if he were Jesus at all, was not to be considered as co-equal with God and thereby eternal, but that he was begotten by the father as a perfect being.

[what is funny is I could not find an adequate picture of Arius nor Meletius. Both were very dark Black people. In all the catholic pictures they are portrayed as very pale and nordic white people. Arius was a Berber, which are people that are darker than me. I know, because I lived in Africa for a time. They are extremely dark and very beautiful people. Their skin is like black wax or black porcelain. It is a shame that white people would be so ashamed that one of their founding fathers of the Catholic church were Black. In fact most of their founding fathers were Black. But, the Europeans could not accept that their core beliefs were started by African people, down to their own doctrine of Jesus.]

If you listen to the Catholic decree you’ll note the complete confusion on this point. They compromised to bring together both viewpoints and you have both a “begotten not made of the father” and “light from light, true god from true god”, all in one decree.

As it stands, the Ethiopians are, in my opinion, are the only ones with all the books of the Bible and are the true Jews. They are said to still guard the Arc of the Covenant to this day.

Conspiracy Corner: Stop Blacks From Talking Amongst Themselves

Rush to Judgment Against Blacks

Have you ever noticed that when Black people start talking amongst ourselves that white people always rush to hush us up? Have you noticed the media rushes to label us as racist? Have you noticed that it is the very same white people that rush to hush us up that are completely silent when white people say clearly racist remarks? I have noticed all of these statements are true. I have noticed that if you say a white person is racist that 10 white people stand up and say Black people are racist too. I have noticed however, that their definition of Black racism is a stretch compared to the obvious white racist.

For example hypothetical situation:

Let’s say you have a nationally syndicated talk show host that says –

“Black welfare queens sit at home and collect paychecks and have more children on your tab. They are unfit to live.”
[please note this is completely false. A majority of the welfare recipients are white, nearly 3 to 1, 61% white compared to 20% Black. Also welfare does cover married couples.]

Conversely let’s say you have a Black “leader” that is on a talk show that says –

“White bankers have been targeting and taking advantage of poor Black people in the south. They have been rewriting their mortgages from fixed low rates to adjustable loans with teaser rates that balloon into usury levels upwards of 15%. It is modern day slavery.”

In the news the Black “leader” is characterized as making a racist remark and the media is completely silent on the white racist. Clearly the Black “leader” is making a factual statement, vs the white talk show host is just being racist, and he knows the real facts and data.

Now the question is, why is this?

Stop Those Negros from Talking

Clearly had the Indian tribes gotten together and had a massive pow wow, we would not be sitting in U.S.A. today. Clearly the white man would have been slaughtered and kicked out of North America. Regardless of technological differences at the beginning, Indians traded for guns and ammunition. After some time, Indian tribes were as well armed as the white man. However, Indian tribes were kept at odds with each other. Divide and conquer! Time and again Indian tribes were led to believe they had sovereign treaties with the white man, only enough to let their guard down and then be slaughtered by white troops. And, that happened over and over and over and still over and over. Everyone could clearly see that there was a concerted effort to eradicate the Indian tribes off of their own lands. It continues till today. There is a long history and evidence that Indian tribes were the target of germ welfare, i.e. diseases and alcohol. And, to this day Indian tribes keep themselves separate and involve themselves in petty politics. If they would only band together, and gather everyone that is in their bloodlines, they would be powerful today.

I present the story of the Native American history [which I am part native myself] as an obvious and clear evidence of what is going on in the Black population. The one differen ce is that, instead of being just slaughtered, to perpetuate slavery and asuage their own conscious [if they had one] they started categorizing Black people as second class citizens, not human and not fit to live outside the care of white people. Can you imagine the Black freemen of the north? They must have been in shock when that started to happen.

Know the history of America. Black people weren’t always categorized as second class citizens. We didn’t always have slavery in America. In fact there were Black people on Christopher Columbus’ ships. We helped “discover” the Native Americans’ lands. Slavery didn’t come till like a century later. Not to say that Blacks and whites lived in peace and harmony, but history will show that Blacks were in Europe for centuries before all this Nigger stuff started.

In fact the Moors, who were Black, ended the “Black Plague” by showing white Europeans basic sanitation practices and introduced them to plumbing. Contrary to popular be lief that the Romans or Greeks invented it. Before the moors came, white Europeans pooped in pots and in the morning the maids would come and throw the poop out of the pot right out of the window, onto the street. This is why you have that story of the “gentleman” offering the “lady” to step on his coat which he put over the “puddle”. It was not a puddle of water.

When Black people come together, to learn and discuss issues, the white man scoops in and stops it.

Historically Black Colleges

Right now in America there is a huge attack on “Historically Black Colleges.” They are being shut down and categorized as racist. Black people are not standing up to these charges. Nor are they armed with facts like:

  • the Black attrition rate as historically white institutions are 90% higher than Historically Black Colleges
  • Black entrance requirements are higher at white institutions, whereas Historically Black Colleges have full remedial programs to bring underprivileged undergraduates up to speed
  • Black student grades are 50% lower at white institutions than they are at Historically Black Colleges
  • Black retention of information at Historically Black Colleges is drastically higher than at white institutions

Just the fact that white institutions will not allow Blacks into their colleges, alone should be enough to stop shutting down Historically Black Colleges.

[this is still regardless of affirmative action. Know your facts and figures before someone tells you affirmative action did away with institutional racism. 20/20 did a piece that showed that Black applicants are still rejected from Colleges, even with the exact credentials of their white, Asian or Latino counterparts. Scientifically gathered data also proved the 20/20 piece correct. Also research into affirmative action shows that removing Black applicants altogether from an application process, only increases the chance a white person is admitted to an institution by 1%. Also, that quite a few “minority” applicants have significantly higher grades and scores than white applicants. Even with affirmative action in place Black applicants are competing for 7% of an admission spot. Of these 7%, only 4% actually join and of these only 1% graduate.]

But, Black folks don’t seem to believe in themselves, and they trust that the white man must be telling the truth when he says “this is no longer needed”. Clearly shutting down a Black college, and then turning around and not allowing 70% of Black applicants to enter the white institution should send up huge red flags that we need more Historically Black Colleges, not less.

Miss Black America and Miss Black USA

I know, I know, you’re saying, there can’t be any reason to defend a pageant. I know you’re saying, pageants only objectify women. You couldn’t be further from the truth. The pageants, still to this day, sets the standard of womanly beauty in America. Clearly the Black woman was never seen as being capable.. yes not even capable, of being an object of beauty in America. So, yes I need to defend the Black pageants. Because everyone has short memories in America, I’ll tell you this fact.

Black women were excluded from the pageant systems.

Oh you forgot about that? Whey would you want to be a part of something that excluded you just 30 years ago. That’s like Tiger Woods wanting to pay $1 million to belong to a country club that LAST YEAR excluded Blacks. It is like Black people wanting to join the Mormon church that said Blacks were cursed by God and wore the mark of Caine and therefore excluded from being members of their church, until recently. It is just low class and undignified to even join such a system. You have no self esteem if you want to join something that considered you not human enough to belong to it 20 years ago. And don’t give me that B.S. “times have changed”. No no and no.

GET YOUR OWN!

That’s the answer. Never go to another man for something you can make yourself. Never go begging to another man to accept you, when you can’t accept yourself. Accept yourself first, and rest assured the other man will come snooping around, to see what you got.

Unfortunately, and this might just be me, the Black pageant system doesn’t have the balls to put up a real Black woman, with natural hair and natural curves. Every single one of them has processed or, worse, fake hair. The whole point of being Black is lost to them. Too often, the Black pageants produce winners that could pass for white women with a tan.

BE THAT AS IT MAY.

This is taken directly from the Miss Black America website:

The Miss Black America Pageant is proud to celebrate over 40 years of excellence.
Our system is a familiar one to some, a fond, reminiscent memory to others, and yet a new, exciting opportunity for thousands of young, teens and women across the country today.

Founded in 1968 by J. Morris Anderson, the Miss Black America system was developed to reverse the negative propaganda of the Black woman and her role in America. Today, as our nation embraces Black beauty, we remain ever committed to the empowerment of women of color throughout America, representing all of our sisters of the African Diaspora.

And, Wikipedia says:

With all of the progressive changes over the past several years, the pageant is now deemed “racist.”

A.K.A. they are trying to shut down the pageant because 6 Black women were crowned Miss America. Yes, 6. It is 2010 and 6 Black women were crowned Miss America and supposedly racism has disappeared all of a sudden. Can you count? Miss America started in 1921. They crown a woman every year. Do the math.

The Miss Black USA pageant is much younger than the Miss Black America, but it is equally a good system that promotes Black womanly beauty.

Taken directly from their website:

The Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit corporation, recognized under the 501(c)3 code of the Internal Revenue Service. It is the mission of the Miss Black USA Pageant to provide educational opportunities to outstanding young women of color and to develop the “whole woman mind, body, and spirit.

Miss Black USA Pageant celebrates scholastic achievement and believes that education is the key to lifelong success and empowerment. The Miss Black USA Pageant promotes education and leadership by providing scholarships opportunities to its winners.

The Miss Black USA Pageant is a community driven organization and is committed to addressing health and education, two leading social issues in the African American community. The winners of the official “Miss Black USA” state pageants will use her civic platform to promote awareness of these issues during her reign.

These are pretty decent goals. And the pageant winner receives full scholarship rides through college. You can’t beat that with a stick. I applaud them completely for that.

Conclusion

Please don’t go out like the Indian tribes of America. If someone comes at you saying you’re racist for talking to each other, just simply ignore it and carry on your conversation. More than likely, you’re talking about something that might change someone’s life. More than likely you’re saying something that needs to be said. We need to gather together more. We need to come together more. There is no one looking out for our best interest other than us. If a Harvard doesn’t let Black folks in, make a Black Harvard. If a Miss America doesn’t let Black folks in, make a Miss Black America. If a golf country club doesn’t let Black folks in, make a Black golf country club.

And, if you make a Black country club, and the white man comes along and says “you’re being racist”, just ask him to close all the “white only” country clubs first, before he comes pointing the finger at you.

This fact seems to escape people. Everyone seems to forget the fact that there are still TO THIS DAY many many “white only” institutions and areas. I almost have a law degree and I looked into Black hires in the big boy law firms in New York. Pretty dismal. You can count the Black folks in wall street firms. And they’re passed around like the ketchup bottle at Denny’s. I did come across a Black law firm that is a major player in the big boy games, Barnes, McGhee, Neal, Poston & Segue.

We as a people will get nowhere if we don’t talk to each other. We as a people will get nowhere if we don’t come together and do our own thing. The time for looking to the government to aid us or protect us or stand up for our rights is long gone. It is a forgone conclusion that no one but ourselves will aid us. If the white man doesn’t want to see us talking to each other, we can simply stop talking in front of the white man. There’s no reason to need to talk to someone who doesn’t want to be talked to. There’s no need to seek acceptance from someone that thinks it is their place to deem who does and doesn’t qualify for acceptance. Accept yourself first, and then maybe you can stand on your own two feet.

I’m sure people will deem this article racist. Why? Because I am talking to my Black brothers and sisters and not to them. As soon as you let someone else define what racism is to you, and you don’t have the brains to define it for yourself, that’s when you lose.

Just remember:

  • Rush Limbaugh makes $30 million a year [if not more]
  • Bill O’reilly makes $40 million a year
  • Michael Reagan makes millions a year
  • Michael Savage makes millions a year
  • Glenn Beck makes millions a year
  • Lou Dobbs makes millions a year
  • John Stossel makes millions a year

Yes and they are all admitted racists. There is no defense for the horrible things they have said, on live national T.V. They keep the racism alive and well. They have millions of viewers and sponsors are falling over themselves to get in on the action.

So if anyone comes at you and tries to quiet you down, pull up that list and hand it to them. Tell them to take care of that list first.

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Was Senator Reid Behind Indicting His Biggest Opponent on Criminal Charges?

Senator Reid vs Lt. Gov. Krolicki

From the beginning, the case brought against Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki of Nevada was known to be politicized, days after he announced running against Senator Reid. In fact some of the members of the audit committee that knew the facts from beginning were shocked actual charges were brought against him. The person that brought those charges? Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto! But, who is Catherine Masto and how does Harry Reid fit into this? Anyone familiar with Nevada politics knows Catherine Masto as THE rising democrat star in Nevada politics. She won where no democrat had ever won before. Is it possible that this star, in this position, could hand Reid safety when polls had already been showing signs of impending doom for him?

The charges against Lt. Gov. Krolicki and Kathy Besser, who was Krolicki’s chief of staff when he served as state treasurer and is now his chief of staff in the lieutenant governor’s office, arose after the 2007 audit of a $3 billion dollar, state-run college savings program. No state funds were reported missing, but Krolicki was accused of ignoring state rules in spending and bypassing budgeting rules. What is perplexing is that Krolicki used the state attorney’s office as advisers how to distribute the money. It is this last point that raises suspicions among many politicos in Nevada.

Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie, D-Reno, chairwoman of the audit committee when the College Savings Program was under review, said she “was surprised when formal charges were brought forward, given that audits are used to find problems and focus mostly on getting them fixed.”

Now given the fact that Lt. Gov. Krolicki was using the attorney general’s office as advisers, and investigators into the funds were not particularly alarmed as the dispensation of the funds, is it hard to fathom that there may have been a deal to offer up Krolicki’s political career to Harry Reid from the democrat star of Nevada? In my opinion that is exactly what happened.

“I think the attorney general, at the very least, owes me an apology,” Besser said. “Catharine Cortez Masto should be ashamed of herself and what she allowed her office to do.”

After the dismissal of the charges by judge Valerie Adair, it came out that even the democrat base had concerns as to how Attorney Masto was conducting herself. They are concerned that she was very aggressive in her tactics. Later it was found out that her, Attorney Masto, husband was to hold a fundraiser for one of Krolicki’s Democratic opponents for the lieutenant governor’s seat. Clearly this woman is rotten meat. Republican contenders to the Attorney General position are coming out of the woodworks.

With all of these facts, it would have been prudent that this woman kept quiet. Her position is a political one at its core. What could have compelled her to throw her own political career away? What pressure could have been brought against her to pursue a man in a case where the facts were not in her favor from the beginning? Why would she bring charges in a case she knew was false and that she could not win?

This stinks of politics more than any other case in the history of cases. Senator Reid’s polls were already showing a great decline. Congress in general were only marginally ahead of Bush’s approval rating. Senator Reid is no fool. He and his campaign managers knew that finally there was a serious threat that his seat could be in jeopardy. Obviously removing the top contender that had won 3 statewide elections was of utmost importance.

Now, with the win of Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts, the hand writing is on the wall for democrats and especially for Reid. Nevada is 2nd in the nation for foreclosures, 2nd in the nation for unemployment, first in the nation for unemployment amongst Black men, and 33% of the population is uninsured healthcarewise. Reid has all but ignored the wishes of voters in Nevada and will pay the ultimate price for his arrogance. His offices have received time and again overwhelming response in opposition to bailouts and other legislation, all to no avail. They fall on deaf ears.

In my own political opinion there can be no other explanation for Krolicki’s woes other than Senator Reid wanting him out of the way.

But, that’s just my opinion.

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