Ben Carson: Not You Too? Corruption And Nepotism Alleged

We knew… we all knew including his supporters, that Ben Carson was unqualified to be the head of a large Federal bureaucracy as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He had previously disputed the need for the department and has done little except to oversee its gradual dismantling.

It seems Carson has shown himself quite compatible with the rest of the administration by engaging in overt corruption, even after being warned by even the Trump ethics officials that what he was about to do was wrong.

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Last year when Carson initiated his “listening tour” shortly after the election to get feedback from area business leaders, in Baltimore, where Carson was made famous for his surgical exploits at Johns Hopkins Hospital. His wife, son, and daughter-in-law attended several Baltimore events to understand about future business opportunities. After being specifically warned by Linda Cruciani, HUD’s Deputy General Counsel for Operations. Carson promised there would be “no conflict of interest.”

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Ben Carson, Jr., a local Baltimore businessman, also invited several associates and was involved in coordinating the Baltimore event. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (Crew) has filed Freedom of Information Requests to see if the public is paying Carson’s family members for things like; Bible study sessions at the White House, and private plane travel for family members. Other watchdog groups have requested information but apparently, Ben Carson has denied fee waivers for any request for information regarding subjects that might shed a negative light on Carson and his family. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRW) filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia. There are allegations of a $485 million No-Bid contract being awarded to Carson’s daughter-in-law. I’m sure Ben was taught growing up as a child that, “you can’t do what they do.” He should have listened.

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Stacey Dash: Can She Get Her Black Card Back?

Originally posted in AAMBC Journal



So, we find out that Stacey Dash was fired from her job as a contributor at Fox News… last fall. We can be excused from not knowing this earlier because neither she nor Fox News has mentioned it and on her twitter feed, it’s reported she was still shown as working for Fox although when I looked, that was gone. So you got fired and were too embarrassed to tell anybody? It’s happened to a whole lot of people before and there is really no shame in no longer being associated with Fox. It might have been a little better if you’d left of your own will. We’re not going to dwell on the past though but look forward. What are you going to do now?

In recent years, you literally made your living attacking black politicians, black institutions, black media outlets, and pretty much blackness in general…

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Stacey Dash: Can She Get Her Black Card Back?


So, we find out that Stacey Dash was fired from her job as a contributor at Fox News… last fall. We can be excused from not knowing this earlier because neither she nor Fox News has mentioned it and on her twitter feed, it’s reported she was still shown as working for Fox although when I looked, that was gone. So you got fired and were too embarrassed to tell anybody? It’s happened to a whole lot of people before and there is really no shame in no longer being associated with Fox. It might have been a little better if you’d left of your own will. We’re not going to dwell on the past though but look forward. What are you going to do now?

In recent years, you literally made your living attacking black politicians, black institutions, black media outlets, and pretty much blackness in general. Less than two weeks ago, you came for Oprah after her rousing speech at the Golden Globes Awards that started talk of her running for President in 2020. You’ve condemned the existence of and need for black television networks. Maybe you just forgot your recurring role in “The Game” on BET in 2009.

You voted for Barack Obama in 2008 but soon went to the dark side. You endorsed Mitt Romney in his 2012 bid to unseat President Obama. Once you joined Fox News in 2014, it wasn’t long before you criticized an Obama speech, saying, “I feel like he could give a shit!” Fox suspended you temporarily for the language, but you stood by your comments, endearing you to the same people who love Trump now. But Fox’s need for you was related to their need to have a black face spouting negative propaganda about a black President. Since he’s gone, so are you. But as I said before, we’re going to focus on your future. What to do now?

Let’s start by categorizing your assets. You’re 50-years old, not a great number for a Hollywood actress with no serious dramatic roles in her portfolio. Twelve years ago you posed for Playboy magazine, and while you’re still attractive, there isn’t exactly a swell building to see more nude photos. You’ve been accused of bleaching your skin to appear lighter (which you’ve strenuously denied) and having multiple cosmetic surgeries but we’re going to go high and just ignore the gossip. You’re most associated with the 1995 film, “Clueless” but that’s not quite the image we’re going for here.

What we need to do is totally remake your image, not by creating a new facade but by introducing people to the Stacey they’ve never seen. Not the holier-than-thou diva who presumes to tear down all things black, presenting yourself as being wiser than the rest of us. You have a story to tell and you should find someone to help you tell it. As Langston might say (you might not know who Langston is but just roll with me, Stacey). “Life for you ain’t always been no crystal stair.” You’ve been through some stuff that a lot of people can identify with. You did cocaine as a teenager, been married three times, considered abortion, and was raped at gunpoint by an ex in front of your newborn baby. People might be willing to give you a chance, but you have to come to them, openly, with humility and sincerity.

Now when I said someone should help sell your story, I didn’t mean me, because I’m petty. I’m never going to forget your appearances shilling for Fox, attempting to lend credibility to their agenda by allowing their views to appear more reasonable when coming from a black face. Whenever they needed a little negativity, you were right there. If you believed it all yourself, that makes you self-hating and despicable. If you didn’t believe and only did it for the money… that’s worse. I may one-day forget, possibly even forgive, but none too soon. Bye, Stacey!

Bill Cosby: It Ain’t Over!


On June 17, 2017, after five days of deliberation, a mistrial was declared in the trial of actor/comedian Bill Cosby. He was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each count punishable by up to ten years. It’s been reported on the three counts, the juror votes were (10–2), (11–1), and (10–2) in favor of guilty. Montgomery County (outside Philadelphia) District Attorney Kevin Steele, promised at that time he would retry the case, and now he’s making good. Jury selection for the retrial will start March 29, 2018.

Comic Hannibal Buress had been discussing Cosby in his stand-up routine for several months before people finally noticed. He condemned Cosby for criticizing young black men for their dress and lifestyle by saying, “Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby, so that kind of brings you down a couple notches.” He encouraged audience members to, “Google; Bill Cosby, rape.” Some did and eventually, things got crazy.

Between those that had come forward earlier and those that came after Cosby’s alleged behavior became widely known. Over 60 women came forward to make claims against Cosby, the vast majority after the statute of limitations had expired. Many feel his guilt is clear and many others feel it’s a conspiracy against Cosby for a variety of reasons.

Cosby will be age 81 in July and is in poor physical health. He has been stripped of Honorary Degrees, removed from Boards and is the target of several civil lawsuits. Guilty or not, I’m sure he never imagined his career… his life would close out in this manner. Bill Cosby and his wife Camille who continues to stand by him, have been great donors to many causes including $20 million to Spelman College in Atlanta. Spelman recently cut ties with Cosby and is returning the $20 million.

Whatever your feelings about Cosby, his legal troubles are about to be back in the headlines. Stay tuned!

Gabrielle Union Reprises Role In “Bad Girls?”

Bad news first, Gabrielle Union’s hit show, BET’s “Being Mary Jane” is coming to a close in 2018, ending with a two-hour movie in lieu of a fifth season.

The good news is that NBC just announced they’re going ahead with a “Bad Boys” spinoff, bringing Union back as Sydney “Syd” Barrett who played Martin Lawrence’s sister and Will Smith’s love interest in “Bad Boys II.”

No longer in the DEA, Syd is now with the LAPD and will be partnered with the still uncast, Nancy McKenna. The Executive Producer of the show is Jerry Bruckheimer who produced both the original “Bad Boys” films. Trade publications hinted something was in the works last October/ We now know that NBC has ordered a pilot.

While there’s no official title for the project. “Bad Girls” is the frontrunner in the opinion of many. The theme song writes itself as well.

“Bad girls, bad girls

Whatcha gonna do

Whatcha gonna do when they come for you”

Omarosa: Watch Your Back Girl!

Multiple news outlets are saying you might have secretly taped people in the White House and you’re now trying to find a lawyer to either;

  1. Protect you if you get called as a witness by the Special Counsel
  2. Negotiate a book deal
  3. Fend off lawsuits from your former friends’ associates

What you need now isn’t a lawyer. You need Jesus!

Suggesting you have audiotapes has put you smack dab in the middle of the Mueller Investigation, Italian Mob, Russian Mob, White Supremacists, and the Religious Right (In some cases also white supremacists). Which of them do you really want coming for you?

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Your best bet would be the Mueller Investigation because they will probably only come for you with subpoenas although in case you forgot. You’re still black. You’ll have to spend over $100K on that lawyer and if you lie, even if just to promote your next project, you’re going to jail. You may also have forgotten. YOU DO NOT HAVE A JOB! Maybe they can take up a special collection for you at your new husband’s church but I suspect they really aren’t feeling you like that.

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Maybe you aren’t old enough to remember that Trump has been associated with the Italian mob since his early days as a New York real estate developer. They’ve been overshadowed by their Russian counterparts but Trump has been busy taking care of his friends since assuming office. He fired all the US Attorneys and personally interviewed the ones he wants to take their place in the New York Districts. He turned the whole focus of the Justice Department towards black people, legal marijuana users, and rivals MS-13. They don’t want you messing up their good thing and removing you might be the easiest fix for their problem.

The Russian mob (not distinguishable from the Russian government) has billions of dollars tied up because of US sanctions they’re depending on Trump to remove. They need Trump to be around long enough to do that and they don’t play.

White Supremacist now have a hero in the White House, saying out loud that, “all Haitians have AIDS,” and “Nigerians won’t go back to their huts.” And that was just a couple weeks ago. All along he’s been trying to ban Muslims, deport the Mexicans who only sent us “their criminals and rapists.” You think they’ll let you be responsible for taking down their Kommander-in-Chief?

The Religous Right doesn’t really like Trump any more than anyone else. He’s put them in a position of supporting a heathen that cavorts with porn stars and had everyone scrambling through their bibles looking for, “Two Corinthians.” What they do want is an orderly transition to their preferred choice, Mike Pence, who he and they believe is, “on a mission from God!” If they think you have any tea on Pence, it’s you they’ll be coming for.

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I’m not mad at you Omarosa for trying to figure out a way to come out on top after your embarrassing dismissal from the White House. You got too comfortable and forgot who you were for a minute which could happen to anyone. Now let’s try to keep you alive the next year and maybe you’ll get to write that book after all, although you should probably think hard about leaving out some parts. I need you to run, not walk, to the nearest microphone and announce, “I don’t have any tapes!” Send a signal to everyone that you aren’t going to expose anyone and it was all just a big misunderstanding. Maybe they can even find you a little cash for your trouble? Trump’s attorney set up an L.L.C. to pay off a porn star ($130,000), surely what you know is worth something.

In summary, deny the tapes, lay low, keep quiet, and accept anything they offer you. Kenny Rogers sang, “you got to know when to fold ’em… know when to walk away… know when to run!”

Comrades United: How The U.S. Sold Itself To Foreign Interests

On Thursday, January 18, 2018, The House Intelligence Committee released seven hours of testimony recounting the interview with Glenn Simpson of FusionGPS. The Republican-controlled committee had shown little interest in releasing the testimony until their hand was forced by a release of ten hours of Senate Judiciary Committee testimony by Diane Feinstein, against the wishes of Republican Chairman, Chuck Grassley.

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Possibly lost in the House testimony which discussed Trump ties to both the Italian and Russian mobs and multiple inferences of money laundering, was the mention of Russia infiltrating the NRA and possibly funneling millions of dark money (donors undisclosed) to support Donald Trump’s bid for election. It’s true that the NRA spent three times as much ($30 Million) in support of Trump than it did for Mitt Romney four years earlier. What we don’t know is how much of that money came from Russia?

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This is all possible because the Supreme Court upheld Citizens United, which says that the free speech clause of the First Amendment allows for unlimited political contributions from nonprofit corporations, for-profit corporations, unions, and other associations for “independent expenditures for communications.” It is the law that equates corporations with people and allows for anonymous corporate donations.

While illegal for foreign nations to contribute to American elections, apparently the Russians didn’t care, the NRA didn’t care, and there is little reason to suggest that Congress will care, as all Republicans and many Democrats are beholden to the NRA for their own campaign financing.

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Also deep in the transcript of the interview, is that in addition to the NRA, Russia is using multiple outlets in its attempts to influence American elections. There is no solution which does not involve the United States Congress, passing a bill which replaces Citizens United and takes dark money out of politics. It would be nice if every member that received donations from the NRA and any other organization filtering Russian money, donated a like amount to a charitable cause that benefits this country, not another.

The NRA has some cleaning house to do, we’ll see how willing they are to address their infiltration and what actions if any they take? The issue is bigger than that, however. The issue is whether we as a country are willing to cede our independence to Russia, or China, the Koch brothers and I’ll throw in George Soros to make my Republican friends happy. What is the justification for having any dark money in our election process? I can think of none.