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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS THIS IS AFRICA

Human beings all over the world do crazy things, sometimes even irrational things. Take Africa for instance__

In Nigeria, you had better be very careful about what you say about a government official on Facebook. Man, there ain’t really no freedom of speech. A man ranted about the governor in January on his Facebook page, which has since be removed. For speaking his mind, he was arrested for traumatizing the governor so badly, the gov had to be hospitalized. Read about here. The dude called for Allah to curse the governor and his friends. Hey, man in Africa, you don’t put no curse on nobody cause they take their curses serious.

The BBC website reported on it website that in Malawi the government has proposed a law against farting in public. Hey, man I want that law brought to the shores of the good old US of A. one person was quoted as saying the government criminalizing the “release of intestinal gases…is a joke of democracy.”

How in hell the question of democracy has anything to do with farting is beyond me.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS MOONING COPS DUMB IDEA

In a county here in East Tennessee not to far from my county of Knox, a woman glanced out her front door and saw the cops arresting her brother. She was, to say the least, pissed. After giving the cops a piece of her mind, she shut the front door, turned her rear to the window in the door, and dropped her drawers. For this mooning, the next day she later joined her brother in jail.

Some folks just plain do stupid things. Now I ask you, what did she think mooning the cops would accomplish?

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED…

The creationists, you know, those folks who claim the science of evolution is false and God made the earth and the creatures thereon, follow the old maxim “if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” So, you liberals on the school boards around the country brace yourselves because they’re coming at you with a new tactic. The intelligent design tactic failed when a federal judge pointed out that intelligent design was not science but “religious strategies that evolved from earlier forms of creationism.” Thus failed did the backdoor try at sneaking creationism into the schools.

Their new strategy argues for teaching the evidence against evolution so as to instill in young minds the process of critical inquiry. Never mind that there is no evidence against evolution, despite what some scientist who want to push intelligent design say.

The scientific debate is not about whether evolution happened but about how it happened. The creationists want to debate the facts of evolution so as to show that it is false, not to get at the truth. Creationists have already made up their minds, so how can there be a debate if one party has already rejected one side of the argument.

Anyway, never argue with a Christian or deeply religious person because you can’t win when their tactic is to fall back on God.

 

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON’S THOUGHTS ON LEAVING 2010

What is going to take to convince those fools in South Carolina that the South lost the “War Between the States?” And secession was no act of bravery, it was an act of stupidity that resulted in the death of whole lotta young men north and south.

To the governor of Mississippi: man, pick up a good history book and find out how it really was for us Black folks in Mississippi, including your hometown. I sure hope he don’t make a run for president of the United States of America cause, baby, he either don’t know his history or he historically blind. I give the dude credit for releasing from prison the two sisters who were given life sentences for their part in an armed robbery that netted $11.00. But consider this: they shoulda never been given such a sentence in the first place.

The President of the United States called the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles football team and congratulated him on giving the felony, Michael Vick, a second chance after he served his time in prison for his participation in dog fighting. I don’t think Vick deserved the attention the President gave him. The President must have more pressing problems to deal with. After all, he is the most powerful man in the world.

I also don’t agree with the talking head, a Christian no less, who thinks Vick should be executed.

For the best analysis of the Vick situation read Richard Cohen’s article in the Washington post.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS ANOTHER WAR WE LOSING

For 40 years or so, the US has been fighting a losing war against drugs, and it is another war no one wishes to admit is being lost. I read in my hometown newspaper the Knoxville News Sentinel recently that over the 40 years, the drug war has cost 1 trillion dollars. Man, that is a one with a lotta zeros behind it.

According to the story in the newspaper, “Records indicate marijuana and prescription drug abuse are climbing, while cocaine use is way down.” Man, the Feds are grabbing more drugs than ever, yet they aint cut down on use. Demand and supply, baby, that’s what is workin in the drug trade.

Every time I read bout the police seizing so many pounds of weed, I just wait, and sure enough, in a few weeks out comes a report showing drugs still traveling north from down in Texas or somewhere.

But help may be on the way, for you see, the DEA is looking for folks who can interpret ebonics. What is ebonics, you may ask? Well, some say it is Black English and is a separate language. I be Black and I aint never heard no ebonics. Anyway, the DEA feels it needs interpreters to translate conversations heard on wiretaps. The speakers, apparently, are speaking ebonics.

Me, I think them drug dealers are just speaking in code cause they know The Man is listening.

I aint no expert, but it do seem to me that to win this here war on drugs, you got to stop demand.

But ifn you want a job and can speak ebonics, by all means apply to the DEA. Hey, maybe you’ll help make a dent in the drug war.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS SOME POLITICIANS HAVE FOUND A SCAPEGOAT

Blaming immigrants has been a part of our American history from the day the country was born. Only now, we want to get rid of not legal but illegal immigrants. Don’t git me wrong here. I don’t think any individual should be allowed into the United States illegally. I also don’t believe those who are here illegally should be deemed criminals and held responsible for everything that has gone wrong in a state.

Oklahoma, South Carolina (huh!), and Utah already has some legislation against illegal immigrants and are now considering laws similar to Arizona’s during their next legislative sessions. This, despite the fact that the Justice Department has filed a suit against the Arizona law.

Here in my home state of Tennessee, the State Senate passed a bill that requires citizens who register to vote to present proof of citizenship. In the South before the voting rights act, there was the poll tax and some registrars required Black voters to recite portions of the US Constitution or State Constitution or to do some other stupid thing, all in an effort to prevent them from voting. I aint saying that is what them folks in Nashville are doing, but since we aint no border state and the number of illegal immigrants in our state aint very high, why do a perspective voter need to present proof of citizenship, something not required in the past.

Nobody has presented any evidence to show that non-citizens have voted in our elections. As I see it, using my common sense, it’s a way for politicians to show voters they are fighting for their rights by keeping them illegals from voting in Tennessee.

Now to change the subject. I discovered that a non-gay man can sue another non-gay man for sexual harassment. Their is a case in hometown of Knoxville, a Federal judge is deciding whether a non-gay man claiming sexual harassment by another non-gay employee can bring suit against the employee, the city, and his supervisor. It seems the US Supreme Court has okayed such claimants as legitimate under the anti-discrimination laws.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS SHAME ON US

According to the Amnesty International USA website, the Convention on the Rights of the Child that the UN adopted in November 1989 “is the only international treaty to guarantee civil and political rights as well as economic, social, and cultural rights” of children. I mention this because of a disturbing reports in the newspapers and blogsphere.

In Somalia, both the Islamic insurgents and the weak transitional government use child soldiers, some as young as 9. What is disturbing is we, the United States, through our aid to the transitional government, are helping pay the salaries of the child soldiers fighting for the government.

193 countries have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Guess which two countries have not signed. You’re right, the United States and Somalia. I understand that the United States often refuses to sign international treaties for fear international laws will undermine our sovereignty. As some against the treated on the Child have suggested, we don’t want some foreigner telling American parents how to raise their children.

However, this doesn’t explain why the United States continues to give aid to a weak government that uses child soldiers.

The United States’s response has been that there will be an investigation as to whether the Somalia government is using child soldiers. Somalia, likewise, has promised to investigate and to stop the practice if it is found that child soldiers are being used.

In an earlier report, one Somalia official indicated that the government sorely needed troops to fight the insurgents and was using what was available.

I say shame on us, the United States, for supporting, even inadvertently, the practice of using child soldiers.

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