September 23, 2007 - The “outside agitators” have gone home, boarding the busses that brought them for the return to from whence they came. Al Sharpton has gone back to New York and Jesse Jackson has gone home to Chicago to continue their never ending quest for more TV time and newspaper space. The Jena Giants got whipped Friday night 38 to 12. Of course they were without their star Number 10, quarterback and strong safety Mychal Bell. He wasn’t in the lineup. It wasn’t academics that kept him out of the game, he carries a B+ average. It wasn’t an injury, at least not a physical one. Mychal Bell hasn’t been available since December 4, 2006. He is sitting in the LaSalle Parish Jail as he has been since his arrest ten months ago.
Life goes on in Jena pretty much as it had before last school year. Jonny Fryar is still President of the Jena School Board but Scott Windham is no longer the principal at Jena High. The tree that had been planted back in 1974 as a symbol of unity by a group of Jena teens, Black and White, is gone; removed by order of the School Board because it had become a symbol of something else. The few Black families in Jena still live in the Tall Timbers section, that eclectic mix of ramshackle huts, rundown trailers and neatly kept modest homes that would have been called “nigger town” a half century ago. Truth be told in many homes in Jena it is still called “nigger town” when no one outside of the family can hear.......click here for entire article
September 20, 2007 - In ancient days storyteller Kai Lung described a most effective curse, a trilogy of dire fates:
May you live in interesting times.
May you come to the attention of those in authority.
May you find what you are looking for.
President George W. Bush has certainly led America into interesting times indeed. Has he come to the attention of those in authority? The highest authority in our Constitutional Republic rests in its people and Mr. Bush has certainly come to their attention. All one needs to do is look to the depth of his approval ratings in the opinion polls to realize that his conduct of our interesting times has gotten the peoples’ attention. Has he found what he was looking for when he took us into Iraq?.......click here for entire article
If you are Ray L. Hunt you know that the President intends that Iraq will develop as a unified nation, friendly to the US and its policy objectives and that the key to that development is an agreement on the equitable disposition of oil revenues. You know that oil revenue represents 67% of Iraqi GDP and almost all of its government’s revenue. You know that without that agreement as to the disposition of oil revenue there will be no Iraq; that it will spin apart and become a chaos of tribes fighting for control of its oil resources. If you are Ray L. Hunt what do you do?.......click here for entire article
If we have deposed the Iraqi dictator and sponsored free and fair elections in his country; if we have deposed the Taliban and rendered Bin Laden and his Al Qaeda “virtually impotent” then what remains of the mission on which we sent our young men and women to be accomplished? We have brought democracy of a sort to the Iraqis. We have brought democracy of a sort to the Afghans. If Ms. Townsend is correct we have emasculated Bin Laden. Is it now our military’s mission to choose and support a winner in the intractable Iraqi civil war? Is it now our military’s mission to police Afghanistan to again suppress the Taliban? Have we abandoned the task of bringing Bin Laden in, dead or alive? Can we not bring the troops home?.......click here for entire article
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