Tuesday Morning Starting Five: April 28th, 2009

The sad saga of Jayson Williams continues. (NY Daily News)

Remember Luis Tiant? I’ll never forget how sick he was. (NY Daily News)

Denver beats the stuffin’ out of New Orleans. Call the cops! (Denver Post)

Lamar Odom stands up. Lakers move one step closer. (LA Times)

Niece of Angela Davis is brains behind ‘Mixtape’. (The Villager)

Is Holy Hip Hop the new religion that will transform youth culture? (Sunday Monitor)

Exclusive interview with “Pirate” lawyer Francis Kadima. (Cedricmuhammad.com)

Is the racial divide in New Orleans overstated? (WWLTV.com)

That Harlem River quiver…

20 Responses to “Tuesday Morning Starting Five: April 28th, 2009”

  1. Patrick says:

    The Somali pirate story is an severely under-reported story. And it is has been very one-sided as well by the Western mainstream media.

    I don’t have all the details, but there is also two sides to every story. I venture to say President Obama, with his Kenyan background and paternal relatives originating from Kenya, has a more inside perspective of what is really going on and what can be done to remedy the situation. However, I don’t feel the American public is ready to deal with African issues with the current state of the American economy.

    Somalia, just like most of Africa, has had to deal with the consequences of previous colonial rule and internal strife, but other countries are taking advantage of Somali’s current situation.

    I had mentioned the issue of nuclear dumping, but also apparently European countries are attempting to pirate seafood as well.

    There is a video interview of the Somali-Canadian Hip Hop artist K’naan with HardKnock TV discussing the context of what is being called Somali “piracy.”


    I don’t want to swim too far into the waters of conspiracy, but the one-sided coverage by the Western media of the Somali ‘fisherman’ being portrayed as pirates may be a ploy some in the mainstream media (FOX) to invent a new ‘boogeyman’ — post-Iraq and could be used as a potential election tactic in 2010 or 2012 by Palin, Newt or whoever… And these pirates would become the new face of global terrorism. And with President Obama’s family ties to Kenya (which neighbors Somalia), there may be some in the primarily conservative media that may try to link Obama to the pirates in some way. I know its crazy, but Republicans have tried to go to the Supreme Court and say he is not a citizen and his birth certificate is a mystery thus he isn’t really the President of the United States or do you remember the controversy about the silly inference of Michele Obama’s so called terrorist fist-bump with Barack during 2008 campaign?

    Somalia is a war-torn country, but I think that country and Africa as continent can rebound. However, some countries continue to take advantage of their situation (i.e. nuclear dumping, seafood piracy…)

  2. TC says:

    Mizzo joined the Facebook group “End Bitchassery” on Facebook the other day. I don’t know if a 58 point loss qualifies, but I think it does.

  3. Patrick says:

    What in the heck happened to New Orleans? Getting beat by 58 at home? I am surprised no fights didn’t break out… I guess, just like Detroit, New Orleans may be ready to go home fishing..

  4. Patrick says:

    The Ft. Lauderdale (Sun-Sentinel) say Patrick White will compete for the starting job

    I am a little surprised by this, but Miami just cut John Beck.


    And will Pat White’s success in Miami influence Tim Tebow’s draft position and perceived viability as a dual-threat QB in 2010?


  5. Patrick says:

    I am not really a big fan of James Carville…

    The racial and political complexion of the city has been permanently changed. Mass relocation of New Orleans and southern Louisiana residents have made it easier for conservative whites to put the finishing touches to minimizing the political and economic power of African-Americans.

    Pre-Katrina, the black population in Louisiana was 32.5%; it was close to 66% in New Orleans.

    There had been reports the New Orleans black population has dipped to under 50%, and additionally the Hispanic population has significantly increased.>>>A 2006 study by researchers at Tulane University and the University of California, Berkeley determined that there are as many as 10,000 to 14,000 illegal immigrants, many from Mexico, currently residing in New Orleans. Janet Murguía, president and chief executive officer of the National Council of La Raza, stated that there could be up to 120,000 Hispanic workers in New Orleans. In June 2007, one study stated that the Hispanic population had risen from 15,000, pre-Katrina, to over 50,000.>>>

    Robert D. Bullard is the director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University and he had said this in 2006:


    …” Most of the estimated 60,000 to 100,000 New Orleans residents who have made it back are white and middle class, changing the racial and political complexion of the city. Holding elections while the vast majority of New Orleans voters are displaced outside of their home district and even their home state is unprecedented in the history of the United States, but it also raises racial justice and human rights questions…”

  6. kos says:

    Patrick –

    New Orleans has no heart left. They are overmatched in this series. Wonder if they’ll show any pride in the next game.

    Thanks for the links about Pat White. I was wondering if they would give him a chance. More than any other QB in the draft, he helped himself with his workouts. And I say that, because before almost every team projected him as an “athlete”. Also, his height was mentioned, even though he’s taller than Drew Brees. He insisted that he be allowed to work out as a QB. Scouts were surprised that he could make the throws that he did in the workouts because he played in the spread offense at West Virginia. I’m happy that they’re actually going to give him a chance. I don’t think he could beat out a healthy Chad Pennington this year, but next year, who knows…..

  7. Temple3 says:

    Over the past few weeks, I’ve written about 8 or 9 pieces about the events in Somalia. The link to the first few sections is here:

    1. The US has had full knowledge of this situation for more than two decades and has not lifted a finger (with respect to the dumping and illegal fishing).

    2. The US just created a new Strategic Command (AFRICOM – http://temple3.wordpress.com/2009/04/16/the-nature-of-this-beast/) that is really aimed at controlling energy on the African continent. The US gets more oil from Africa than from Saudi Arabia and that trend is going to continue. The US is engaged in an open competition with China and India for resources.

    3. Oil and food (the top 2 critical resources Africa is providing to China) is being shipped along the Indian Ocean and Somalian “pirates” provide a perfect justification for an increased US military presence in the region. Don’t be surprised if a Chinese ship is accidentally sunk in a few months — the same way their embassy in Europe was “accidentally bombed” by smart missiles that somehow lost “intelligence” upon being deployed.

    4. Not one single Italian or other European firm or individual has been hauled into a US court or international court (by the US) for committing crimes in the waters off Somalia. Meanwhile, Europeans have hauled off over $300M in fish and saved themselves billions in dumping waste. Two Italian journalists were murdered investigating this story because it implicated the Italian Army and the Mafia — among others.

    5. The Somalis used to have a middle man in the Gulf of Aden that steered them to which ships could be safely taken. This incident was the first involving a US ship and crew. The information from the middle man, historically, steered clear of American ships. When the full story is told, you will be able to see that this entire scenario is a contrivance.

    6. Some Somalis are making a boat load of loot in this deal. However, many of them were able to do so because they have the power to impose force — because they own large stocks of Western guns — supplied by the world’s number 1 arms dealer — the United States of America and her private operatives.

    7. Somalia is one of five nations in the Horn of Africa that are critical geopolitically — for Africa and for everyone else. The area is so important that when the British still dominated the seas, they had more aircraft in the Gulf of Aden than anywhere else on the planet outside of the UK itself.

    “Conspiracy” doesn’t begin to frame what is going on in Somalia and the rest of Africa.

  8. Temple3 says:

    On a lighter note, I’m wondering if the Lakers will make the Nuggets look as bad as Denver has made New Orleans.

    The Nuggets have real trouble with the Lakers. LA has bigger, bulkier, more talented size than Denver. The Nuggets are playing a short-handed team that is out of gas. Peja has been a buster for years. There are no credible offensive options on this team after CP3 and David West.

    I’d like to see Denver do some things against a squad with depth and an attitude.

  9. Temple3 says:

    I don’t see where Patrick White is in a competition with Chad Pennington for the starting job in Miami.

  10. Patrick says:


    Actually, the GM Jeff Ireland says there will likely be a competition between Chad Henne (excuse me, not Pennington) and Patrick White in 2010.

    Pennington will be 34 in 2010, and I don’t know his contract situation right now, but Chad Henne had been previously dubbed as the ‘quarterback of the future’, but the Miami GM refused to pigeon-hole White’s role as just a gimmick player or try to characterize him as a ‘Slash, Part Deux’.

    …… >>>>So the next question is more intriguing: How does Ireland envision the quarterback position with Henne and now White?

    “They’re going to be competing for the position,” Ireland said….>>>>


    White is more likely to see the field in 2009 moreso than Henne and Patrick White will work with the first-team offense as the ‘leader’ of the wildcat offense in 2009. Pennington will still be the starter for 2009, but with Pennington he has had a history of shoulder problems and last year he laid an egg in the playoffs. So as the season progresses, if White excels in his wildcat role and if the Dolphins’ defense proves to be more stingy, I believe Pat White’s role will incrementally increase and thus putting him in a more advantageous position as being a leading candidate to start in 2010 possibly if Pennington leaves Miami.

  11. Temple3 says:

    I can tell you right now that I’d rather have Pat White than Chad Henne under center. Henne is bigger and played a “classic” dropback position at Michigan, but his lack of mobility cost UM dearly in games against teams like USC and Ohio State.

    Pat White needs to make sure he knows the ENTIRE playbook. Tuna has already demonstrated he’ll give a QB with a similar background a chance to run the offense (Ray Lucas). Lucas could do a lot of things, but he was not as talented as Pat White.

    I think Henne was a major reason why Michigan underperformed over the last few years. He’s a system quarterback that needs flawless protection to be effective. He doesn’t have a super quick release, but he is accurate. Still, with the arsenal of receivers and backs he had at his disposal, the offense simply disappeared in too many games.

  12. Patrick says:

    …”Pat White needs to make sure he knows the ENTIRE playbook. Tuna has already demonstrated he’ll give a QB with a similar background a chance to run the offense (Ray Lucas). Lucas could do a lot of things, but he was not as talented as Pat White….”

    I agree. I believe Patrick White will be an impact player in a limited, but predominate role in his rookie year, similar to Mike Vick in Atlanta during his first year when Chris Chandler was still QB. I believe White will be ready to take his game to a new level in much the same way Vick did in 2002 when he went to a Pro Bowl and lead the Falcons to the playoffs in 2002.

    Parcells is ‘old school’ (like Dan Reeves), but he has a progressive, forward-thinking streak in him. As you had mentioned Ray Lucas 10 years ago, Quincy Carter with Dallas five years ago…and ultimately Pat White.

  13. Patrick says:

    Nobody really talks much about Jacksonville’s David Garrard, but he and the Jacksonville Jaguars are taking a renewed approach to the upcoming season and Garrard is apparently leading by example and has lost at least twenty pounds during the offseason.


    ….>>Having spent most of his career weighing approximately 250, Garrard has been able to rank third in rushing among quarterbacks since 2006, and he finished second last season with a career-high 322 yards.

    Ideally, the Jaguars would like to limit the frequency of the times Garrard runs. But the offense employs lots of play-action passes and bootlegs, so increased mobility would help Garrard to set his feet faster and find open receivers.

    In addition, improved mobility might have helped Garrard to sidestep some of the 42 sacks suffered last season, (double his previous high for sacks, set in 2007)….>>

  14. Patrick says:

    A positive retort (from a Tampa Tribune columnist) against the over-the-top negativity this past weekend toward Tampa’s new African-American franchise QB, Josh Freeman:


    ….”I have no idea if Josh Freeman will be any good. I don’t know if he’ll be Tom Brady or Marcia Brady.

    But could he be allowed to throw one NFL football at one NFL minicamp before we banish him to Shark Island?

    It’s fine to take a swipe or two at Bucs coach Raheem Morris and GM Mark Dominik for taking a chance. But don’t make it personal, especially when it comes to the 21-year-old Freeman….”

    Enough talk: Let the kid play

  15. GrandNubian says:

    I hate to hi-jack this thread but I had to share this with the fam:


    Perhaps this is how the swine flu originates.

  16. kos says:

    GN –

    rotfl quite possibly!

  17. Mizzo says:

    That ish was disgusting lol

  18. Temple3 says:


    How interesting. Shark Island. The site of the Germans early concentration camps — reserved for Africans in Namibia. This was all a whole generation before the round up of European Jewry. Shussshhhh!!!


    Boy, them folks down in Tampa sure let that sub-conscious run wild. Ain’t no friends of mine. Josh Freeman is really in the belly of the beast. Even his advocates have concentration camps (and mini-camp) on the brain.

  19. Temple3 says:


    Ewe!! You nast-eee!!!

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