AMERICAN INTERESTS IN AFRICA
In the West, very few college students or college graduates are well informed regarding the resplendent history of Africa. Hypothetically, was the Dark Continent’s history “lost” or deliberately destroyed? For example, a century after conclusive archaeological research by Gertrude Caton Thompson and others, many college professors in the United Kingdom and the United States still portray an image akin to Tarzan among savages rather than the intelligentsia at the Library of Alexandria. Until South Sudan gained sovereignty in 2011, Sudan was the largest country on the African continent. Sudan, South Sudan, and Egypt now comprise what once was ancient Nubia, one of Africa’s earliest and richest civilizations. In the context of CIA involvement under Pres. Bush and Pres. Obama, is it possible that “American interests” abroad always have been about controlling oil or other natural resources? Starting with Afghanistan and Iraq, is it possible, probable, plausible, or preposterous to believe that the World Trade Center “terrorist attack” was an inside job orchestrated to incense the American public against Muslims in the Arab World? Hypothetically, is the United States’ foreign policy in the Third World influenced more by the machinations of the CIA, a mendacious Commander in Chief, or are they alter egos of Old Nick? Explain. After all, didn’t the US and Britain choreograph the sinking of the Lusitania to insure that the US would enter World War I? Similarly, didn’t Pres. Roosevelt instigate the Pearl Harbor attack as his spurious justification for entering World War II? A decade later, didn’t the National Security Agency [NSA] predicate the Gulf of Tonkin Incident on false intelligence in order to justify Pres. Johnson sending over 58,000 ground troops to die in the Vietnam War? Déjà vu…does history repeat itself? Explain. IF under the Obama Administration, the CIA’s black special operations already have trained, funded, and militarized rebels on both sides of their regional conflict throughout the Arab World, then what “justification” would Pres. Obama need to promote AFRICOM? After all, Pres. Obama stated that his administration has been working on “the situation in Sudan” since the day he came into office. Is it possible, plausible, probable, or preposterous to think that circumventing Russia’s and China’s access to Middle Eastern or African oil is a primary objective of American interests in Africa? Perhaps, Minister Farrakhan’s Savior’s Day speech regarding the “Arab Spring” was prophetic…you be the judge.
“And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever.”
[Exodus 12: 1 – 14]
THE VENTRILOQUIST AND HIS PUPPET
Whereas the Bush Administration plunged the United States into a morally unjustified invasion of IRAQ, has the Obama Administration’s hubris exceeded the former President’s crimes against humanity? What ethical standard or moral compass entitles our Commander In Chief to deploy drones rather than diplomats throughout the Middle East, especially when the collateral damage is incalculable? IF US military personnel and mercenaries are not terrorists, then neither are members of ISIS. Instead, might they be “puppets” in the hand of a British/American ventriloquist? Explain.
“And there appeared a great wonder in Heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in Heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of Heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. And there was war in Heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in Heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
And I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye Heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the Devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
[Revelation 12:1 – 17]
IS OBEYING GOD’S COMMANDMENTS “HOMOPHOBIA”?
IF your son’s first grade teacher declared, “The kat klimbed the tree while karefully karrying her kitten,” then would you nominate him or her for Teacher of the Year? Explain. Yet, IF a Cornell, Harvard or Stanford professor proclaimed that modern teaching methods now allow either spelling with a “c” or “k” as being correct, then would you acquiesce to such an expert? Similarly, IF a pope, pastor, or President of the United States declared that “kat” now is the preferred way to spell “cat”, then would you change, “The cat climbed the tree while carefully carrying her kitten,” accordingly or would you check the dictionary? In the context of Christianity, is not the Holy Bible our “dictionary”? Despite iconic public figures such as Rev. Carlton Pearson, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Vice President Biden, and even President Barack Obama, etc., supporting the very powerful and very Satanic GLBT Movement, homosexuality never can have ethical or moral parity with heterosexual marriage. Similarly, the Torah and the Koran explicitly condemn sexual perversion as anathema in Judaism and Islam respectively. Stated differently, sexual perversion is prima facie evidence of one’s allegiance and soul ties to the Prince of Darkness, Satan himself.
Biblical prophecy affirms that the proliferation of homosexuality will reach a zenith prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Therefore, in our modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah, marvel not whenever pastors, popes, presidents, or other politicians pay homage to Lucifer via pontificating that “cat” now should be spelled with a “k” rather than a “c”. Despite our nation’s political conundrum, perhaps, Lucifer is laughing at the GLBT community the same way he laughed at Eve when she induced Adam’s disobedience to God. According to the Bible, will any fornicator, homosexual, lesbian, murderer, adulterer, or child molester [lest they repent] reign with Christ or will they all roast in Hell’s Lake of Fire? I rest my case.
“All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from Heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the Heavenly, such are they also that are Heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the Heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” [I Corinthians 15:39 – 58]
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” [II Timothy 4:1-8]
RACISM OR A RATIONAL RESPONSE?
Any nation that vacates GOD’s commandments, by default, will become more ungodly and more evil. Ergo, while racism is real, Victory In Christ Ensemble [VICE] challenges African American students to take a candid look in the mirror at your core values! Stated differently, rather than playing the race card, should we take responsibility for our actions? For example, IF any student dresses, speaks, and behaves in respectful ways that conform to the administration’s expectations, then will that comportment increase or decrease the probability of his or her arrest? Explain. IF such a civilized comportment is “acting white”, then should African American students act so white that even white students may become jealous of their “whiteness”? Explain. Today, with more women than men in administration, is it plausible that public school officials will continue calling the police rather than using the rod of correction or risking bodily harm? Explain. IF any African American student, indeed, is a “menace to society” at school or elsewhere, then is calling the police racism or a rational response to unacceptable behavior? Explain. Yet, should administrators and legislators alike strive for a paradigm shift, akin to Urban Prep Academy, the Black Star Project, or Eagle Academy for Young Men, which promotes the best interest of our children rather than the best interest of the privatized prison industry? IF the school to prison pipeline is real, then to what extent do African Americans mandate that our children walk circumspectively in public? Hypothetically, IF one team in the Super Bowl has an excellent offense, then should the opposing team’s head coach complain to the officials [the score is 56 to 3] or ameliorate his team’s defense? Therefore, IF the school to prison pipeline is real, then what defense should African American parents, pastors, politicians, and Village Elders implement in order to send more of our progeny to Princeton rather than to prison? Explain.
IF the school to prison pipeline is real, then would parents insisting that African American students be among the most articulate and the best behaved students at school be a rational response? Yet, IF millions of parents lack the cognitive wherewithal or life skills necessary to bring this to fruition, then should our Talented Tenth perpetuate narcissism or educate and empower those most at risk? Beyond erudition and higher education, is there a direct correlation between religion and morality? Stated differently, is much of the ineptitude, violence, dysfunction, and immorality within our Village attributable to our having forsaken the “God of our weary years”? In a nation wherein “In God We Trust” has become a mere creed on the money upon which it is printed, is there a correlation between “politically correct” ideology and immorality? Explain. IF there is a spiritual motive, a sexual motive, or both for virtually everything that we do, then Victory In Christ Ensemble [VICE] invites its members of any race to holistic workshops wherein you can ameliorate the synergy necessary for physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual self-actualization. WE can’t fix it IF we can’t face it.
God of our weary years, God of our silent tears,
Thou who has brought us thus far on our way.
Thou who has by thy might led us into the light.
Keep us forever in the path we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee.
Lest our hearts drunk with the wine of the world we forget Thee…
[Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson]
And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in Heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are His judgments: for He hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear Him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. And I saw Heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in Heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND Lord OF LORDS. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of Heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him that sat on the horse, and against His army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of Him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of His mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
[Revelation 19:1 – 21]
WE’RE THE GOOD GUYS!
To the Honorable Kofi Annan: With all due respect, I must proffer one correction to your statement below. We Americans can and do disassociate today’s chaotic situation in IRAQ from our decade-long invasion, occupation, and record-breaking profits from their oil. To do otherwise, Sir, would be tantamount to holding two US Presidents and their Cabinet level advisers accountable for the destruction of Iraq’s economic, political, medical, and religious sovereignty, which we will evade at all costs. According to former Pres. George W. Bush, WE Americans are the “good guys” who helped to rid IRAQ of Saddam Hussein. He even went so far as to say that the Iraqi People thank us for “Iraqi Freedom”…remember? Allow me to go so far as to say nothing could be further from the truth.
“And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from Heaven unto the Earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the Earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the Earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the Earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter. And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” [Revelation 9:1 – 21]
BAD BOYS, BAD BOYS, WHA ‘CHA GONNA DO NEXT?
CIA DRONE STRIKES KILL MORE INNOCENT CIVILIANS!
IF Pres. Obama has orchestrated more genocide in the Middle East than Pres. Bush, then how will his legacy compare to that of his predecessor? IF human life abroad becomes inconsequential to hegemonic expansion of the United States’ Global Empire, then are we substantively any different from Stalin, Hitler, and Mussolini? Explain. In our blood thirst to subsume OPEC, have not American soldiers and mercenaries already killed millions of “sand niggers”, which is only one pejorative the US military employs to describe Muslims in the Middle East? In the context of drones firing indiscriminately upon civilians, are we incensed now only because eight Americans were killed? IF only the lives of Europeans and Americans matter, then is the New World Order tantamount to a twenty-first century reprise of the Crusades or Colonialism? Explain.
Is this the same US President who “earned” the Nobel Peace Prize? IF so, then shouldn’t Vladimir Lenin posthumously be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize as well? After all, are not 1) an unprovoked increase in international militarism, 2) an unprovoked increase in crimes against humanity, 3) and the legalization of homosexuality three things they have in common? Explain.
“And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”
[Revelation 14:1 – 13]