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Hair on Fire!

As expected the Labor Department has released employment report for November and it is dire. Employers laid off 533,000 workers last month raising the unemployment level to 6.7% its highest level since 1974. Secretary of the Treasury Paulson believes unemployment could rise to 11% before this is through. I recall a Risk Rap post from 5/1 that quoted Paulson saying that we were half way through the economic slowdown. If Paulson’s past prognostications concerning the duration of the recession matches his assessment of its severity I fear that an 11% unemployment rate might just be a best case scenario.

This should have all the lights on Capitol Hill and in the nations corporate board rooms flashing red. This is truly a hair on fire moment. But as the country floats along in the existential netherworld of the Bush/Obama interregnum, America’s economy is in a free fall, rudderless and bereft of any leadership. Our leaders see the flashing red lights but they are more concerned with “free market” political posturing on the right and “big business bashing” on the left then getting down to the business of fixing a very broken a listless ship of state.

First order of business is too expeditiously lineup a credit facility for the Big Three auto makers. That will send a powerful message that America is dedicated to its workers and the country’s future by supporting and encouraging its manufacturers to reaffirm their preeminent position as world class providers.

You tube video: Bing Crosby, Brother, Can You Spare a Dime

Risk: depression, unemployment, government policy

December 5, 2008 Posted by | jazz, Paulson, recession, unemployment | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gangsta Plax

Plaxico Burress is such a bad ass dude that he shot himself in the leg to prove it. Thats hard man, real hard. But I got to tell you, that if dynamite were brains ole Plax wouldn’t have enough to blow himself to Hell and his apparent lack of the gray matter may just have ended his days as a Giant and possibly destroyed his career in the NFL.

Lets back up a minute and try to decipher this story which is as instructive as it is tragic.

Plaxico Burress a very gifted and well paid professional athlete for the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants went to the Latin Quarter, a NY night club on the Friday after Thanksgiving. He was inside the club at 2:00 AM with teammates Antonio Pierce and Ahmad Bradshaw when an illegal hand gun Plax was carrying discharged wounding him in the thigh. Apparently Plax enlisted the help of his teammates, club personnel and the medical staff of the hospital where his wound was treated to cover up the incident to avoid criminal prosecution for carrying an unlicensed illegal hand gun.

Plax a married man in a club at 2:00 AM on the day before a big game with division rival Washington shows poor judgment. Plax said he was carrying a gun because he “wears lots of jewelry and carries lots of money” demonstrates idiocy. Apparently, if someone tries to bum rush Plax he’s fully prepared throw down for his trinkets by engaging in an all out gun battle to defend his street cred and protect his precious bling.

Pretty dumb. Here is a guy who just signed a contract extension at the beginning of the year that will earn him $35 million over the next six years. Evidently Plax was willing to risk his life, professional career and this substantial pay to protect his gold necklace, wristwatch and his fat billfold.

But it doesn’t stop there. Plax is also set on sacrificing the careers of the confederates who helped him cover up his folly. Does Plax care about the well being of his team and his teammates? Does Plax care about the doctor’s career who failed to report his gunshot wound to the police?

More importantly does Plax care or is he even aware of the role illegal hand guns play in the daily carnage of black on black violence that visit the inner cities of our nation almost every day? Will Antonio Pierce do the right thing and tell the truth about what happened? Will AP dare to break the street code of silence that abhors a snitch? I hope he does, not so much for himself but for all the inner city kids that desperately need an example of an upright man that does the right thing. AP needs to stand up, take responsibility for his actions and break the code of silence so that the truth may live. His correct example and proper response may save the life of the next unsuspecting innocent bystander that gets murdered by an errant bullet from a cheap handgun, shot by an idiotic knucklehead for an idiotic and terribly insignificant and misguided reason.

On Sunday I attended a Peace and Unity March in Newark NJ. It was sponsored by the city’s churches and community organizations. One of the themes of the march was to put an end to black on black crime by getting guns off the street. Guns on the streets of Newark take a terrible toll and horribly end the lives of way too many promising youths. Plax should know this and he should coach kids that packin heat don’t make you a man. Being responsible for ones actions and showing gratitude for your abundant gifts by sharing them with others is the real mark of a mature, sober and aware adult.

Plax your time is about up. You can be a really big man by taking responsibility for what you did and make yourself an example for the kids in Newark who desperately want the horror guns bring into their lives to stop. Stand up Plax. Take one for the kids. It may be the greatest catch you’ll ever make for yourself, a community and your battered integrity.

I’ll be praying for you Plax.

You Tube Video:William DeVaughn Be Thankful for What You Got

Risk: guns, urban violence, black on black crime

December 5, 2008 Posted by | community, crime, RnB, sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment