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Wanna be member of the anti-word police, author, columnist, activist and muckraker extraordinaire. Author of:

Land, Legacy and Lynching: Building the Future for Black America

Urban Asylum: Politics, Lunatics and the Refrigerator Woman

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Red, Black, Brown & Green: Ethnic People and the Move to Economic Self-Suficiency

Screaming Doors (novel)

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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 2, 2009
Europe riots, food prices rise and jobs disappear: what's next for the US? Europe is already seeing unrest, and many European leaders are worried about the fallout from the high energy prices and skyrocketing food prices. France's Minister of Finance said as much to the BBC, noting that the world's leadership needs to send a reassuring message to their citizens.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 8, 2008
Heating, eating or sleeping: pick one This is the beginning of an American fiscal revolution. Life as our parents knew it may well be beyond future generations for some time to come. Simply put, what was once a burgeoning real estate market, with couples purchasing "McMansions" and single men and women investing in condos and luxury living may well be fiction for future generations.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Days from Economic Meltdown: "Dr. Doom" says up to 33% of regional banks could fail "Dr. Doom" economist says up to 33% of regional banks could fail. Bank mess turning from a liquidity crisis to an insolvency problem.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 22, 2007
Kids Charged As Adults: The Death of the Infancy Defense As the emotional throw a ways and castaways bloat our prisons at a cost of more than $20,000 a year, too many of our resources are being diverted to the Prison-Industrial-Military Complex. What will happen to the children on the edge if the economy tanks and what few resources we have devoted to juvenile mental health and education disappear?
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Legacy of the Debt Industrial Complex: Wrecked marriages, stress, suicide The human toll of the nation's shaky loan industry has yet to be measured, but social workers and family counseling experts say family financial problems are leading to divorce, spousal and child abuse, even suicide.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 28, 2009
Tanking Economy Generating Worldwide Violence, Drug Abuse Around the world, law enforcement officials and sociologists are closely watching the current economy-driven rise in crime. Domestic violence, robbery, theft and murder are rising, as people fail to cope with job loss, repossession and uncertainty.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The Looming Food Crisis If Food Stamps, soup kitchens and food pantries are inadequate to provide food security to the nation's poor, unemployed and destitute, then we must come up with another model for food security.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Young Executives' Report: 1972 Declaration of War Against Family Farmers The Young Executives' Report of 1972 provided the foundation for the USDA's anti-family farm bias and set the stage for a generation of institutional corruption, bigotry and lawsuits
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 3, 2009
One flu over the cuckoo's nest, or: Whatever happened to context and analysis in the news? When it comes to reporting the "swine flu" epidemic, we confuse quantity of reporting on "news" with quality reporting and until we learn to tell the difference "they" will continue to manipulate us with scaremongering tactics and distraction. We have seen the enemy and the enemy is us.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 24, 2009
82 year old black farmer arrested on terroristic threatening charges Feds arrest 82 year old black farmer in Kentucky for allegedly threatening farm loan agency employees. Harry Young, the farmer in question, says he didn't threaten anybody.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 28, 2008
Regulators backdate records: What are the real numbers of the bank bailout? A bank regulator allegedly allowed a bank to backdate information, resulting in the loss of nearly nine BILLION dollars, when the government finally assumed control. What good are regulations if the regulators are in bed with the regulated?
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 14, 2009
Birth of a Financial Engineer: Who Creates Weapons of Financial Destruction? With some of these exotic derivatives, computer models generate the only valuation that exists. No "real world" value exists, because, these products are valued on the fly, and some haven't been valued, even though they are part of "credit default swaps" which have been bundled and sold worldwide. Who puts a value on these financial instruments?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 15, 2007
Black farmer takes to the streets to protest KKK activity on his farm The President's reason for deploying hundreds of thousands of American troops to the Middle East is so we don't have to fight terrorists here. However, the rise in nativism and home-grown terrorism in the US remains a centuries' old problem at home.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 11, 2007
Corn Country Revolution Battle Lines Drawn Over Bio-Fuels For all of the hype about "alternative energy," for all of the political hoopla touting gasohol as a way to wean the nation from its dangerous dependence on foreign oil, a group of activists in Southern Indiana is sounding the alarm about to the side effects of the rising corn-based ethanol industry.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 11, 2008
Domestic terrorism: 81 year old black farmer being threatened: sheriff says--get a gun Black farmer being threatened-Again!
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 30, 2007
Don't throw those loan records away--You might need them 20 years from now! A growing underground industry of farm, student and mortgage debt collection targets people who have already paid off their loans.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 29, 2008
Mixing Religion and Government: the making of a dangerous two way corruption When church and state become too cozy, the danger of incestuous theocracy rears its head. America is not immune to the danger.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I guess we're going to bend over for the corn cob, because our "leaders" are too busy hurling insults, playing politics Bend over Beethoven, the little guys ar losing thir houses and their shirts, while the bank execs who let this mess explode are getting bonuses.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 4, 2007
More single women buying homes-and becoming targets for real estate thieves There are thousands of desperate single mothers out there, desperate to create a better life for themselves and their families, desperate to stop enriching greedy landlords, desperate to hold a piece of the American Dream for their own. And, in their desperation, they have become lunch meat for the predatory loan industry, even if they have "good credit."
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 20, 2009
Bail Out Miracle: How to fill a $500 trillion hole with a $2.5 trillion bailout Despite the multi-billion dollar meltdown, Wall Street hasn't lost its addiction to unreliable models. And we haven't lost our addiction to government bailouts.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 19, 2009
Welcome to Bailout 2.0: Are We Still Looking at Financial Catastrophe? If the banks really have no clue as to what their exposure is; if they don't know exactly how many bad debts they hold, how can we even contemplate bailing them out, when we don't know what we are bailing them out of, what the bill is, or if we have the money to effect a realistic bailout?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 29, 2007
What's Race Got to do with It? Across the board, from auto loans to mortgages and credit card interest rates, black consumers, along with Hispanic borrowers often are targeted for expensive, high risk loans, lesser medical care and consumer credit fraud.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 13, 2007
It's going to be a lawsuit moment: class actions slated to restructure real estate market Industry critics say lawsuits will restructure the American real estate market. Is it already too late?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 7, 2007
U.S. Attorney Scandal Diverting Attention From Greater Issue The attention directed at the Bush Administration's US Attorney scandal ignores a larger issue: bias, corruption and incompetence on the bench.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 14, 2008
New Shoes on Old Debt-Current economic woes have 1980's roots Debt, debt service, and debt manipulation have often been used as political tools and economic warfare. Even now, foreclosure-generated land and wealth redistribution has the potential to restructure economies and political systems worldwide.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 2, 2007
Mortgage fraud: It's so bad feds just track cases over 50K Mortgage fraud has long since left the small operator behind. These days, the meat of the fraud is generated by organized rings of specialized thieves, including bankers, real estate brokers, government loan specialists and drug king pins.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 1, 2008
Showdown on Capital Hill-Auditors get bounced out of USDA USDA bounced a team of GAO auditors out of its offices, banning employees from talking to auditors. Congress is outraged.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Political profiting from disaster capitalism: Campaign 08 Today's political candidates are trying to out do each other on how tough they would get on the financial industry, but the fact remains: anything "to be done" is merely closing the barn door after the fat cats have made out like bandits.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 17, 2007
Foreclosure, fraud and third world living-In the United States All over the country, "Home, Sweet Home" isn't sweet any more. Through no fault of their own, thousands of people who live in apartments that are being foreclosed on, are left out in the cold. Although many have paid timely rents, owners, property managers and others have managed to keep from paying the mortgage on their property, sending apartments around the nation into foreclosure.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 10, 2007
Desperate Times for Black Land Crimes Victim in Texas It's getting down to the wire and Sam Mims is getting desperate. The young black Texas rancher says he is the victim of what appears to be a long-standing conspiracy to run him off of his ranch-by any means necessary.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 8, 2009
Are Food Processors Gaming the System with Lab Shopping? We need to open our eyes and look at our real vulnerabilities. One careless or directed Typhoid Mary in our food production industry is just as dangerous as the terrorist that our "shoe police" are trying to keep out of the country. Congress needs to put teeth, personnel and passion into our food safety network.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 7, 2009
Is SEC ideology or structure at the root of the regulation fiasco? The catastrophic meltdown that we are currently experiencing was fueled by crony capitalism in Congress, the banks, brokerage houses and regulatory agencies. Congress lit the match and the whole thing went up in flames, which now threatens economies worldwide. The question of the day is: what's going to be left when the fire burns out?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 24, 2007
Suckered Again: American Public Being Played for Stooges Many armchair pessimists continue to believe that the public is being used as puppets, in a variety of issues. Briefly put, somebody is yanking our chains and we are dancing like a herd of string puppets
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Is the preoccupation with illegal immigration a WMD-weapon of mass distraction? The nativists are restless and they often do not distinguish between illegal and legal immigration.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 2, 2007
Do Something! Stop Foamin' at the Mouth on the Lunatic Express Today's activists are ordinary people who have risen above their human limitations--for a while. Unless we help them recharge their batteries, they get worn down, worn out and wiped out.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 23, 2008
There's much to do: let's start saving lives our ownselves If ten people donated their month's latte or snack budget to an energy assistance agency, we could keep somebody's lights on, put some fuel in their oil tank, and, perhaps, save a few people from freezing to death.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 12, 2007
The 51st State in the Union: PTSD Post Traumatic Stress is so prevalent in the US that it should be declared the 51st State in the Union.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 1, 2008
2008--The Year They Killed the Golden Goose The cost of the war, the risky derivative-based housing investments, and the weaker dollar are creating a perfect storm of financial catastrophe here and abroad. We have been playing Russian roulette with the economy and the bullet's now in the chamber. The piper will have his due-who's going to pay him, and in what currency?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 10, 2008
A few questions for the bail out bandits-Tell us why we should front your speculation? The creeping infection of toxic mortgages, institutional financial fraud and credit card fraud threaten this economy. With so many unknowns, how can the loss be quantified, and if it is not quantifiable, how an it be solved?
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Hey Candidates: It's still about the economy and foreclosure Mortgage fraud and criminal conspiracies have spread financial poison throughout the world in the form of risky securitized mortgage investments.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 16, 2007
Banks aren't buying it: optimism fading on housing-head hunters seeking "foreclosure specialists" Bankers not buying foreclosure rescue from gov't; pessimistic industry gearing up for massive foreclosure fire sale.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 23, 2009
Fiscal tsunami swamps economy: Green Light for "Green Economy" Six months ago, many of the businesses and homeowners who are now sinking like a rock were creditworthy. Now, with Fortune 500 companies going down for the third time, they are taking Main Street, Wall Street and Electric Avenue with them.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Choosers of the Slain: Criminal conflicts of Interest in farm loan industry Gary Grant is a black farmer who fully understands the challenges black farmers face in their quest for property rights and justice. Grant, founder of the Black Farmers and Agricultural Association, is locked in a legal battle with the federal government over a loan, which his father purportedly took out in 1981.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 30, 2007
Who's Watching the Watchers and When Will Lady Justice Remove Her Blindfold and Kick Butt! Farm activists across the country say there is a major connection between corruption in the Department of Justice, political cronyism and the scores of allegedly illegal farm auctions in farm country. Black farmers and white farmers have joined forces in many parts of the country, having seen that the divide and conquer strategy of the "black farm settlement" put them at each other's throats while few received relief.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 17, 2008
For all of the talk, we know nothing of true 'free markets'-and what we know should be a caution Now we are facing a historic transfer of wealth, as millions of property owners face foreclosure, eviction and possible homelessness. Many attribute the current mortgage crisis to deregulation, criminal conspiracy and a massive lack of financial literacy among the nation's homebuyers
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 22, 2007
Energy prices manipulated: millions to go without heating assistance Start looking for a second job to pay your heating bill this winter-you're gonna need one.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 14, 2008
Negating Negroes, whipping up Whites and the Third Rail: Sexism as a valued added tool in Race and Class Warfare Manipulation of malleable masses has a long tradition in the United States, particularly when it comes to the manipulation of race and racial politics. Now, women have become a strong part of the mix--the "Third Rail" of politics
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 21, 2008
Belching, bloviating and biociding our way to extinction Are we smarter than gold fish? Lessons from a fish tank full of dying fish.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 10, 2007
Mind altering substance slimes national airwaves: Viewers still recovering Sudden cable coverage of possible impeachment move must have been some kind of alien mind control--or a hallucination.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Breaking ranks in Bushland-insiders bailing out on Lame Duck, Inc No one knows how much economic damage we will sustain in 2009, but one thing is for certain. We are nowhere near being prepared to ride out the storm. Some of us will drown.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 23, 2008
How Much of the Nation's Assets Will the Next Generation be Able to Claim? Today, we cannot afford to depend solely on one person, company or institution for our livelihood, investments and safety. It is incumbent on us to make sure that the foxes are not in charge of protecting the hen house.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 2, 2007
Small Pockets, Big Hearts: Making a Difference a Dollar at a Time Good health and education are essential to raising poor people out of poverty and giving them the educational skills and the physical health to be productive, self-reliant citizens.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 25, 2008
Language obsession riles writers and fuels social engineering Today, thousands of languages are no longer part of living memory. Many ethnic groups, most notably several Native American tribes, are seeing the last living native speakers of hundreds of languages slowly die out, taking their rich linguistic heritages to the grave with them.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 9, 2007
Guliani's ex-business partner's troubles sticking like a coat of dead fish Ex-Giuliani partner accused in a 16-count indictment
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 5, 2007
Bucks, Bread and Bullets: Farming Under the Gun In Pakistan, the situation is increasingly dire for millions of subsistence farmers and peasants. According to one source: Most of the farmer community [in Pakistan], approximately 80%, constitute haris, or agricultural labourers, men and women, who do not own any land.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Breaking ranks in Bushland-officials publically disagreeing on policy As Congress wimped out and sailed into pirate waters with the latest financial Trojan horse, economic terrorists have finally unleashed a weapon of economic distraction worthy of Machiavelli at his finest. Our Mayberry Machiavellis are doing their very best to walk off with the store, while the nation's bank regulators dance around this bonfire and pay homage to the gods of financial chaos.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 20, 2007
Where's the Deed? Who's Hijacking billions of dollars in Farmland? An Arkansas farmer wants to know who is squatting on his land and why his county Recorder is balking at letting him have access to his land records.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Theft by Paper and Crooked Clerks The litany of land theft victims is slowly reaching a crescendo, as more victims tell their stories. A corps of land thieves and their minions, people who are apparently flaunting Open Records Laws, run some counties in this country. Some are actually intimidating landowners from demanding access to their own land records, recorded deeds, etc.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Specter Gives Up the Ghost on the Republican Party Senator Specter's change of parties may well be the breath of fresh air both parties need, but it still isn't going to be all sweetness and light.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 15, 2008
Signed, sealed and delivered: the enemy within is alive and well In a time, which may well be one of the pivotal epochs in human history, we are sitting on our collective behinds, applauding Nero as he fiddles the nation into destruction.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Success! Permission obtained for protest The persistence of an 80 year old black farmer who is an alleged victim of land theft has paid off. Kentucky State University officials in Frankfort, Kentucky have changed their minds about pushing his protest to an obscure location at the football stadium.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 4, 2007
Press Release: Black farmer getting runaround on protest permission An 80 year old Kentucky black farmer is getting the run around in attempts to organize an informational picket coinciding with a farm conference October 15, 2007 on the Kentucky State University campus in Frankfort, Kentucky.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 25, 2008
News media getting desperate--interviewing actors about Wall Street Media getting desperate and absurd in its quest for economic "answers": they're interviewing actors about "Wall Street."
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Another Political Avert and Avoid Mission: the 2008 Election Campaign 2008: it's not about hairstyle, race or religious persuasion. It's still the economy, stupid.

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