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“We have art in order not to die of the truth.” – Nietzsche

Our friend, Dustin Ogdin, says, “In light of the tragic miscarriage of justice in the Philando Castile verdict, I offer my friend Nadir’s response to these never-ceasing American tragedies. Part P-funk, part Curtis Mayfield, and wholly of our current times.

"Ask yourself if a minor traffic stop is likely to trigger reasonable fears that your life could be in jeopardy for reasons wholly out of your own control. I suspect I know at least one factor that might determine your response.”

I’m Not Listening

My friend and former MTV Street Team colleague Anthony Wojtkowiak suggested I check out this TED Talk by his boss Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute. I recommend that you take 15 minutes of your life to do the same.

Why?


Our world has become more polarized and more divided along political and ideological lines. So much so that we just don’t get anything done. Continue reading

How Hillary Clinton Used Legal Money Laundering and Bribery to Buy Democratic Party Loyalty

I used to be one of those people who said, “Even though the super delegates have pledged themselves to Hillary Clinton, that also happened in 2008. When Obama showed he was going to win and was a better candidate, the super delegates switched their vote to Barack. The same thing can happen with Bernie Sanders.”

Now I’m not so sure. As CounterPunch first reported, and Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks explains below, the Clinton cabal bought the super delegates lock, stock and barrel back in August 2015, before a single primary vote had been cast.

Using legal methods made possible by the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, and a lesser known SCOTUS ruling from 2014 called McCutcheon v. FEC, Clinton’s billionaire backers are able to legally skirt campaign finance rules and funnel money to Clinton through state Democratic Party coffers. This effectively funds Clinton and helps her purchase Democratic super delegate loyalty at the same time.

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Happy New Year!

*sigh* I spent New Year’s Eve playing warden to two promising young creatives who said goodbye to the old year by…

Posted by Nadir Omowale on Thursday, December 31, 2015

Blocked

So an old friend and roommate of mine blocked me on Facebook today. He was angry because I had the audacity to suggest that not all Muslims are extremists. That's the same as believing that all white Christians are members of the KKK. And I chastised him because I know he knows better.When the formerly reasonable and clear headed among us begin to lose our way, it is THEN that we know the terrorists are winning. Before we start lashing out in anger at whomever happens to be around, let's stop, breathe and think rationally. Only then can we understand the best ways to create PEACE...

So an old friend and roommate of mine blocked me on Facebook today. He was angry because I had the audacity to suggest that not all Muslims are extremists. That’s the same as believing that all white Christians are members of the KKK. And I chastised him because I know he knows better.

When the formerly reasonable and clear headed among us begin to lose our way, it is THEN that we know the terrorists are winning. Before we start lashing out in anger at whomever happens to be around, let’s stop, breathe and think rationally. Only then can we understand the best ways to create PEACE…

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