Empire: The Idiocy of Terrance Howard

Empire: The Idiocy of Terrance Howard

By N Oji Mzilikazi

22 March 2015

Empire, the Fox hip hop soap drama, starring Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard is without a doubt the breakout television show of 2015, as evidenced by its unprecedented eight-week growth streak in the key demo, adults 18-49.

And per Variety, viewership gains for a tenth straight week and a demo delivery not seen by any broadcast series in nearly six years.

In a March 16, 2015, interview with hosts Kit Hoover and Billy Bush of “Access Hollywood Live,” Howard opined that the N-word should be used in Empire to make the show more authentic, and queried, Why is it that we don’t hear it on TV anymore?

When Hoover asked, “What does the n* word mean to you though?” Howard response included that “It could mean love.”

Terrence Howard should be the last person to endorse the N-word.

In a December 2011 filing in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Howard stated that his ex-wife, Michelle Howard, who isn’t black, on several occasions called him a monkey and the n-word and threatened to have him killed by a group of Russians.

Jews were the original ghetto dwellers; ghettos were coined and made for them, yet you would never hear any self-respecting Jew “big-up” the ghetto or express love for the ghetto.

For all the stereotypes associated with Jews and slurs used against them, you’d never see them portrayed or expressed in films or on television, while Jewish producers and directors in film and television continually uphold Black stereotypes in their works.

For all the stereotypes associated with Jews and slurs used against them, you’d never hear a Jewish actor employ them to disempower them or to have a conversation about them.

Terrence Howard is one clueless kneegrow…

Taber, Alberta: Canada’s First Police State

Taber, Alberta: Canada’s First Police State

By N Oji Mzilikazi

17 March 2015

Last month, the town council of Taber, Alberta, passed the Community Standards Bylaw that bans public swearing, spitting and yelling. The bylaw was recommended by the police commission and the Taber Police Service.

The police have body armour and the world of sophisticated law-enforcement technologies not to mention weaponry at their disposal. All John Public has is their mouth to swear and yell — at the police (and others), and those acts are now criminalised. And to know the government want to prevent radicalization…

I guess the legislature don’t see anything oppressive in the bylaw.

The bylaw also grants power to peace officers to break up assemblies of three or more people.

Interestingly, in May 2011, Curtis David Paradee, the chairman of the police commission in Taber, was arrested and charged with child pornography offences by Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit, and Taber Police Service.

Given that the tip came from the US Department of Homeland Security, the Taber town council ought to focus more on its police force than on draconian bylaws against its citizenry.

Then again, bylaws like those are enacted by municipalities as a tax-grab.

Netanyahu Reveals His True Colours

Netanyahu Reveals His True Colours

By N Oji Mzilikazi

17 March 2015

Fighting for his political life in a tight parliamentary election, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to shed his veneer of statesmanship and dive headfirst into the politics of hate and the nastiness and divisiveness of tribal/ethnic and religious politics.

Backtracking from his own policy, Netanyahu declared yesterday that a Palestinian state will not be established if he is re-elected.

Although Netanyahu’s open reversal on a two-state solution is at odds with the (powerless when it comes to Israel) United States (and other Western allies) Mideast peace policy, Netanyahu hopes it will guarantee him the approbation and votes from Israeli right-wingers/hardliners and the undecided and keep him in power.

Interestingly enough, Palestinians have always been the ones painted as duplicitous and never wanting peace.

To further convince the electorate that he is indeed the best person to run the country, Netanyahu decided to pander to, as well as fan the flames of anti-Arab/ethnic fears, which, by extension becomes an appeal to Jewish racial and religious identity, solidarity. Netanyahu posted on his Facebook page, “Arab voters are going to the polls in droves.”

Since only citizens can vote, Netanyahu’s aforementioned Facebook post exposes his racism. It also infers that Israeli Arab citizens/voters are a threat.

Tomorrow, Israel’s western allies will fall on their knees to proclaim each is friend of Israel, and newspaper op-eds will reiterate that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East.

Canada Ex-Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird: Still The Israeli Agent

Canada Ex-Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird: Still The Israeli Agent

By N Oji Mzilikazi

3 March 2015

 

For all Israel’s long-established opposition to a nuclear Iran and fear mongering against same, Israel is one of the four UN member states that is not a signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Iran is. As such, Israel is not subject to international monitoring.

In constantly exploiting her Nazi victimization, Israel has succeeding in the having her powerful allies excuse or turn a blind eye to her excesses, wrongs, nuclear program and nuclear arsenal, as well as afraid of confronting Israel in any way shape or form. Plus the Israel Lobby and moneyed Jews have ensured they have so much political influence, Israel’s interest takes center stage and no western government dare tie the billions in aid to Israeli to settlement issues as often done to others; tie their aid to issues/their interests.

Israel is the only superpower in the Middle East. In 2008, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said that Israel holds at least 150 nuclear weapons – knowledge that had to be gleaned during Carter’s one term (1977-1981) in office. Given the secrecy surrounding Israel’s nukes, who is to know the current size of Israel’s nuclear weaponry?

Not one of Israel’s staunch supporters would ever question why she isn’t a signatory to the Treaty or press her to do so – given the size of her arsenal. Much less discuss or query as to how or who enabled Israel to obtain the technology.

For all the mouthing of Israel being a friend, downplayed are its espionage units against allies.

AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy) lobbyists’ Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman had their spying case dropped, dismissed. No doubt the Bush administration too scared – over their witness and/or subpoena list. Imagine called before the court the likes of Douglas Feith and Paul Wolfowitz!

Ben-Ami Kadish, 84, was charged in 2008 with spying for Israel between 1979 and 1985; giving classified documents about nuclear weapons, fighter jets and air defense missiles to an Israeli Consulate employee.

Fined $50,000, Judge William H. Pauley III, said prison would serve no purpose for a man so old and infirm.

Jonathan Pollard, the Jewish American naval intelligence officer arrested in November 1985 for spying for Israel is a national hero in Israel. Though presidents Clinton and Bush both refused to pardon Pollard for espionage, the campaign for Pollard’s freedom is supported by all of Israel and organized American Jewry.

On the other hand, Mordecai Vanunu was snatched; kidnapped in Rome and return to Israel in chains for reveling secrets of Israel nuclear weapon/program to the world  in 1986 via the British Sunday Times newspaper.

Vanunu was sentenced to 18 years in an Israeli prison and spent eleven and a half in solitary confinement, and subsequently forbidden to travel abroad or deal substantively with foreign journalists.

Vilified and regarded as a traitor, upon his release, Vanunu was slapped with six months in jail for speaking.

For all the mouthing of Israel being a friend, downplayed is its usage of the passports of its allies to facilitate its spying operations as well as to execute acts of terrorism.

Israeli operatives/Mossad has a long history of abusing – using Canadian passports. In 2004, New Zealand caught and arrested two Mossad agents falsely trying to obtain New Zealand passports. In January 2010, Mossad agents using forged British passports murdered Mahmud al-Mabhuh in Dubai.

You would never hear anyone in the Israeli government say what a great friend it is to Canada or anyone else. Yet, Canada’s politicians/government will lie prostrate to demonstrate how great a friend Canada is to Israel.

Thus, former Canadian foreign affairs minister John Baird had no qualms about standing on an AIPAC podium yesterday to mouth the Israeli government perspective; express skepticism about America’s nuclear talks with Iran because only the bombing of Iran serves Israel.

Baird says he “worries about the consequences a nuclear Iran might have on the entire region,” and “The last thing we need is a new nuclear arms race in the Middle East.” For that endorsement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly declared Baird to be a champion of Israel.

Would John Baird be a champion of Canadian interests instead of a mouthpiece for Israel?