This drop is in part an answer to my friend Gordon Gartrelle from Respectable Negroes. Respect…
I don’t think we fully understand how our economic system has conditioned us to becoming insensitive to the needs of others. We are all lust and desire as creatures now. All greed all the time. We didn’t get this way overnight though. It took us about fifty years to completely ruin our economy, our promise to future generations and our comittment to the elderly. We did it through the demonization of socialism. We did it through the dismantling of our nation’s manufacturing infrastructure.
We hold up capitalism as the ideal of freedom, but true capitalism eventually leads to one person holding all of the chips. That is the natural progression of the animal. From mergers to acquisitions to one day Disney owning everyone’s social security number. You can’t tell me that generations of celebrating opulence has not imbued Americans with a false sense of privilege and entitlement.
Rockaway peninsula comes to mind right now. Several of the Blacks that were incarcerated with me a few weeks back were from Arverne in Rockaway. The Rockaway community was a secluded wealthy area until Robert Moses constructed two bridges from Brooklyn and Queens that accessed the outer piece of Long Island. Before these bridges were built there was only one remote entry onto the Rockaways through Belle Harbor in Nassau County. Because shipping and manufacturing facilities were still viable in that portion of New York City Robert Moses also constructed public housing so the workers could access their jobs more easily.
I don’t blame Moses for the poverty that would envelope most public housing developments. That was a function of landlords and factory owners being capitalists and relocating their businesses where the profits could be maximized. Unemployment and drugs were the toxic ingredients to the decline of public housing. Arverne and Edgemere are particularly blighted areas because their construction in the early 1960s was the final salvo of public money for residential development. Acres and acres of tracts in the Rockaways are just humongous empty lots overlooking the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.
To the north of the Rockaway inlet is Jamaica Bay and the John F. Kennedy International Airport where Rockaway residents can have a daily view of people going someplace else on a jet plane. People stuck on Rockaway are going nowhere fast as if they were also jet propelled.
Capitalism tells the condo owners across the street that more police will be deployed to quell the savage unrest (and stabilize your investment, er, neighborhood). How do you go from abject poverty into a million dollar home across the street? Capitalism used to separate the haves and the have-nots with some railroad tracks or at least a highway. Now you can cross to the next sidewalk to be in full view of what you can not touch. Don’t tell me about personal responsibility today when that isn’t the modus operandi of CitiBank or AIG executives. Why must the savages then subscribe to such nobility?
If this is all these people will ever have then I suppose we should at least make it look presentable in case the neighbors from across the street come over for Thanksgiving dinner. You know, the whole settlers/natives kumbaya romantic conceit that capitalism told you.
The floors and walls have been cleaned and scrubbed. The hallways have an institutional antiseptic feel to them. Are you in a hospital, a psych ward, a prison or someone’s home? The correct answer would be all of the above. When the final grandmother is evicted from these halls we can tear down this reminder of blight and poverty. Capitalism doesn’t need these landmarks.
If you are looking to see some new sneaker acquisitions on this page you will be disappointed for at least another 6 weeks while I get my finances back in order. That is why I am going so hard in the paint to win the free sneakers in the annual DP.com football pool. If I pull this win out I will be incorrigible. The DP.com football pool is as much as a marathon as it is a challenge to be the top football fan on the internets.
Going into week 4 the top 10 is actually 13 and the entire field of 50 still has a chance even though some of the players have yet to score a point. Those players may have quit on themselves already. I’m not looking backwards though. My eyes are on the prize. The good news is that my homey Pete who owns Premium Laces NY will make sure he has a pair of Green Bay Packers Nike SB Dunks available for me to buy the winner. Someone is getting hooked the fux up for the new year.
Longtime poolers JESSE and Flacco’s Mighty Unibrow contend for the top spot at the 1/4 mark in the 2009 NFL season, after them the jumble is wild and crazy. Keep making your weekly picks and one of you players could wind up the king of the hill.
I’m a Cowboys fan, but their new stadium is a disgusting waste of taxpayer money. I’m surprised that it went down in Texas so easily by allowing the local government to spike the taxes, albeit the taxes on tourism. I thought that the conservative body politic in Texas wasn’t for all this excess taxation? That is the appeal of gaining what I call ‘Stadium Status’. People want to have any association whatsoever with these now billion dollar capital construction clusterfucks.
The new Cowboys Stadium takes the cake in my opinion. At nearly a billion and a half dollars this beast of a building is named after a team that will play at best a dozen games in the building annually. Think about that for a minute. Eight regular season home games. Two preseason games and two playoff games if they’re that good. Is it any wonder that the Yankees and the Cowboys are the two wealthiest sports franchises in America? Here are some of the financial details on Cowboys Stadium…
Originally estimated to cost $650 million, the stadium’s current construction cost has been pegged between $1.3 and $1.5 billion, making it one of the most expensive sports venues ever built
The City of Arlington provided over $933 million (including interest) in bonds as funding, and Jones covered any cost overruns. The NFL also provided the Cowboys with an additional $150 million, as per their policy for giving teams a certain lump sum of money for stadium financing
The average ticket to a Cowboys game costs $159.65, a record for the Fan Cost Index survey, which dates to 1991. The New England Patriots previously had the priciest ticket in pro sports and that cost remained the same at $117.84
There is the $150,000 down payment required of season-ticket holders for 30 years of seats — which doesn’t include ticket prices
Suites will range from $100,000 to $500,000 per year. That lease will include tickets to Cowboys games, but not third-party events
On October 20, 2008, Cowboys owner Jones and New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner announced a joint business venture called Legends Hospitality Management LLC which would operate the concessions and merchandising sales at the new Cowboys stadium and at the new Yankee Stadium, along with the stadiums of the Yankees’ minor league affiliates
Former Pizza Hut President Michael Rawlings will run the company from its new headquarters in Newark, New Jersey. The company was also backed by Wall Street investment firm Goldman Sachs and Dallas private equity firm CIC Partners LP
According to the Cowboys, the 20-inch pizzas at the new stadium will cost $60. There will be five different types of pizza available for that price.
Fortunately, beer will still be sold for only $5
Jones’ Cowboys and Steibrenner’s Yankees might be the only people not named CitiBank, JP Morgan, Bank of America, AIG, Lehman Brothers or General Motors who can have their corporate homes subsidized by taxpayers to the tune of over a billion dollars. The socialism in America certainly exists for billionaires. I wonder if the Mexican maintenance workers in the new Cowboys Stadium have health insurance? They prA’li don’t. This is why I’m fuxing with the Jets hardbody this season. At least they have the goods sense to share a building with some other teams.
Editor’s note: This drop was scooped from the homie rlfNowhere‘s webpage. Good shit.
DOOM x Mos Def x Make A Wish Foundation
Who says dreams don’t come true?
We can see now how YouTube can serve as a beacon of light for little boys whose only waking thoughts revolve around one day meeting their Rap superheroes… Or, in the heart of this week’s Wednesday’s Child, Dante, Rap supervillains.
Dante is a lively, smart, fun loving kid that enjoys playing the drums, playing the rhodes, playing the bass, playing the crowd, and playing himself…[ll]. These qualities, along with Dante’s submission video, were brought to the attention of DOOM, the New York-bred, under bridge-dwelling, creator of the new form of performance art that cult member fans have grown to call ‘Binge Rap’. DOOM had a couple of minutes to spare while on his zero-city tour, so he decided to stop by and spend time with his biggest fan, little Dante.
Dante and DOOM spent the day reciting Posdnous lyrics, synchronizing their day-glo G-Shock watches, debating on who was the coolest member of Full Force, who out of Twerk Team they wanted to make they’re main squeeze, and discovering that they were both allergic to purple Jolly Ranchers. Dante even mustered up the courage to play DOOM some cuts from his latest album, The Ecstatic. DOOM said it sounded familiar. Good times.
Lastly, right before they went to meet Puff and Jay Electronica at the mall, the two discussed possibly working together in the future. They juggled some concepts, including creating Hip-Hop’s first 34 track 17 minute album. Some of the possible project titles included:
Mostly The Vile Voices
Hear No Evil, See No Evil
These two are going to be friends for a long time, I just know it. And all this because little Dante just wanted to let his villain know how he felt… a real tearjerker if ever seen one.