Iran Done Did It
It was only a matter of time before Iran put their foot far enough up their own ass for it to be patently obvious that Crazy A is.. well, crazy. Their abduction of 15 British sailors and marines in Iraqi waters is a double provocation after their announcement that they're backing off their nuclear agreement with the UN. I agree with commentators who say Iran wants to exchange these 'spies' for their own Quds personnel captured earlier this year.
Snide Remarks About American Feminism
Women just want money so they have the freedom to do what ladies of leisure do. It is our free society, more than feminism, that has allowed them to get that money from jobs instead of from men.
American Feminism includes a change of gender roles, and it's full of itself. Women have had plenty access to power in all kinds of societies around the world, but they have done so by accepting traditional upper class roles. What's different is that American working class and middle class women are expecting that some change in gender roles is going to get them that power, but that all boils down to matters of self-esteem and other sorts of Jenny Jones stuff. Attitudes. Concepts. Feelings. Psychology. These are not the fundaments of power, they are the fundaments of 'empowerment'.
Power is something that comes from you. Empowerment is something that is done to you. Distrust it.
Pharoah Sanders & Sun Ra
I don't know how it happened that I got a bunch of this music into my iTunes library, but I'm coming to regret the decision. I just cannot listen to this kind of jazz for any length of time, like three minutes.
What's so odd about it is that I can remember people from my youth who would be telling me that this was the deepest music on the planet. Just like those folks who were talking about the rappers Paris and X-Clan. Who else can't I stand. Oh, Sonny Sharrock.
Don't get me wrong, I can get into some free jazz. Pops is deep into Keith Jarrett and since he has about 40 CDs, he's managed to find some that I actually dig, and nothing is more pleasing to me than Chick Corea's improvisations. I can even get into Cecil Taylor. But the rest of this stuff is crap. There. I said it.
Now I know somebody is going to tell me that I'm just listening to the wrong stuff, which is possible since I think that Sun Ra's version of When You Wish Upon a Star is pure genius. Nevertheless...
I remember Randall Kennedy's Reconstruction Magazine. Do you? I still have some of the first editions of it somewhere in my library. It was part of the conversation I'd always wanted to sustain with blackfolks. It was full of great writing with which I was rarely disappointed. Then it disappeared. It went broke. People stopped writing. I can't remember exactly what the circumstances of its demise were, but its end was certain.
Today as I reflect on it, especially with the jabs of a recent commenter, there was another multicultural progressive magazine that used to hold a lot of sway. Can you recall it's name?