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Classic, Classics, And Classicals

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Joseph A. Bailey, II, M.D.
Originally the scriptor classicus wrote for the upper Roman classes in the 2nd century AD and to them "Classic" meant "a first-class author of acknowledged excellence." Every feature of the ancient Greeks and Romans elite was expanded into the world of eminent authors. Those of ancient Romans were termed Classici Auctores (Classic authors)-i.e. authors of the best or first class because of their masterpieces having been declared to be Classic, Classics, or Classical. However, "Classic" should mean nothing more than "belonging to a certain class." But by a process analogous to that whereby we say a person has "taste"-when we mean she has ‘good taste'-by common usage "Classic" came to refer to "belonging to the first class of excellence, the best." For scholars of the Middle Ages the best consisted of writings deemed worthy of preservation and study. During the Renaissance, ‘Classic' referred to the Classical ("the height of an achievement" in art or literature) in the sense of "a writer read in the classroom" (i.e. of an ancient author and not necessarily of first class). Throughout the Renaissance the high esteem in which ancient Greek and Latin, but especially Ancient African authors, was held bestowed on these authors the name "Classic."

At the end of the Renaissance, Classical was applied to serious or conventional music (as distinct from light or popular music). The period of the 18th century marked the development of the symphony and the rise of such composers as Bach, Beethoven (a mulatto), Brahms, Tchaikovsky Handel, Haydn, and Mozart. In the Western world those who specialized in classical Latin were known as classical ‘scholars'-not to be confused with the vastly different African speculative ‘scholars.' The works studied, the subject itself, and the study of the subject took the label of the Classics-meaning first-rate works. Characteristics of such first rate Classical works were deemed to be: formal elegance, correctness, dignity, order, balance, unity, proportion, restraint, and "noble simplicity and quiet grandeur." Supposedly as a result, the Classics of Art or Literature are regarded as forming the basis of modern culture.

Today, Classic, Classics, and Classical refer to masterpieces of ancient cultures--the implication being that nothing can be taken away from or added to it without doing it some injury. This determination is best made by Sages of all culture and certainly not by Europeans. Classic are works of acknowledged excellence and used as standards and foundations-or to establish them. ‘Classic' points to the highest class-- a standard of excellence-a perfect instance-the highest or pre-eminent excellence (e.g. Homer's Iliad). Western Classics point to works of great and lasting value; to the character of the author's achievement as authoritative, significant; and to great merit (based on wide agreement)-although it may have been superceded by some subsequent person. Because of its vagueness, "Classical" can apply to the Classics; to Classicism; to a way of thinking; or to a period of style (e.g. music, education) related to or typical of the Arts, Literature, and Culture of the ancient Greeks (400 to 350 BC) and Romans (50 BC to AD 50). Classical Thought is of enduring importance or significance; with a high standard of principles; and of simple and basic (i.e. rationality, objectivity, logic, and clarity) conclusions. Classical Art has balance, idealized beauty, and perfected form (i.e. form over content). Even though Western Classic, Classics, and Classical customarily refer to the Arts and Literature of ancient Greece and Rome, both the ancient Greeks and Romans borrowed their foundation and models from Ancient Africa. However, whereas Europeans honor perfecting, elaborating, or expanding on lofty patterns of a Material World nature, Spiritually and Creativity are at the core of Africans' Classic, Classics, and Classical masterpieces.




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Joseph A. Bailey, II, M.D.

Men & Parents Beware: Minor Females Post Suggestive Profiles Online To Attract Adult Males

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Richard O. Jones
The popular weekly television news show, Dateline has a series called, "TO Catch a Predator," that I rate as a well intended but lukewarm effect sexual crime deterrent against children. The ongoing series aids law enforcement in catching Internet Chat Room adult male sexual predators of young girls.  The sting operation works by an under cover policewoman entering an Internet Chat Room and posting her profile as a young girl usually 13 or 14 years old in search of friendship or a chatting buddy. The profile attracts other youth desiring friendships; however, it also attracts adult males seeking sexual relationships with female minors. Ultimately the men go for the jailbait and are led my their perverted lust to a house where they expect to meet the a sexually permissive young girl.  Upon arrival they are arrested on national television.

Although the sting operation is a service to the community because it endeavors to protect innocent girls from Internet predators; however, it puts the safety and/or lives of the men in serious jeopardy by exposing them on national television.  There are many people that like to take the law into their own hands when it comes to child molesters. However, besides being bothered by the ‘Dateline' inadvertently setting the men up for harm, I am also bothered that little or nothing is being done to curB the solicitation of real minor girls on the Internet seeking cyberspace relationships with older males for sexual experimentation and/or profit.

There are minor girls making themselves available via the Internet. Recently, I discovered that a 12-year old girl on my street has a My Space profile where she described herself as 19 years old, bisexual and seeking new friends. This is a girl that has twice babysat my grandson. I soon began to check other My Space sites of some of the kids I knew from the neighborhood, church, and within my family. I soon discovered other young girls that I knew boosted their age to 18 or 19 years old and included their wild sexual desires and/or fantasies.

My point in sharing this information is that I believe that the juvenile authorities should launch their own sting operation to catch young girls that lure men into the trap of Statutory Rape by pretending to be older. These kids are inviting strange men and boys to their parent's home for acts that could send naïve men to prison. Perhaps undercover agents should respond to some of these My Space profiles and save these kids from themselves. However these kids need higher morals and counseling, not incarceration.

While it is justice that the adult males in pursue of young girls are busted and face imprisonment, it is unjust that no uncover law enforcement agency is conducting sting operations to catch the young girls that are misleading older males online. Every parent should check up their child's My Space profile and also the profile of their friends.


Email: richardojones1@verizon.net

Eyes & Ears of Moreno Valley

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Bishop Donald Hilliard said: "Tell Them" there are basically five reasons why we don't share our faith often. (1) We think it's the preacher's job. (2) We aren't sure of our salvation. (3) We fear being rejected. (4) We've never taken responsibility for learning how. (5) Our love for Christ has grown cold. But not Paul: he said, whatever a person is like, I try to find common with him. Can you say that?


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Juanita Barnes
HELLO MORENO VALLEY

Where Dreams Soar


Moreno Valley the "MORENO VALLEY BLACK CHAMBER" IS CELEBRATING THE FIFTH ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET. October 24, 2008. They will be installing new officers and award individuals for their service to the community at the event. The Chamber is asking that the attendees "donation" be $70.00  for the banquet. Proceeds will enable  entrepreneurship in Moreno Valley. The banquet is to start at  6:00 p.m. at the "Moreno Valley Conference Center." 14073 Frederick Street for information (951) 697-7772.


This is the 34th "BETHUNE RECOGNITION PROGRAM" The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. The Moreno Valley Section.  Cordially invite you to attend the them is "United to Serve" Saturday November 1, 2008 Social Hour: 11:30 a.m. meal Served 12: 15 p.m. Hap Arnold Club March Air Reserve Base, California. Donation: Adults $30.00 Youth $18.00. Please RSVP by October 22, 2008 for information contact (951) 247-8193 or (951) 242-6952. Just a reminder  "A valid Driver's License / Registration / Car Insurance. All checks "make to Bethune Recognition, see you there.



This past Friday night, if you were unable to attend the Full Gospel Baptist State Rally, there was a word in the house for us all, Pastor Jamal Bryant  came from Judges 16:19 - 22 title "I WONT WEAR A WIG." And the rest is history.


COPIM and the Harvest Community Development Center is inviting all "Residents" of the INLAND EMPIRE to participate in a Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday October 18, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for information contact Elder Alma Derritt  at (909) 874-8676.


If you are an Intercessor  and have faith the size of a mustard seed meet here at the Worship center every third Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. At COPIM for information contact (909) 874-8676.


Be Blessed

JB

Wall St. Gets the Money and the Contracts Too

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By Harry C. Alford

NNPA Columnist


P.T. Barnum once said that there is a "sucker born every 5 minutes".  Well, the famous hustler would have been proud of the Wall St. lobbyists and Treasury Secretary Paulson as they shook down over 300 million suckers - the American taxpayers. 

Not only did they get the $700 billion of quick money, but the opportunistic Congress decided to take the opportunity to pull out their wish list and add 16 earmarks to the Bailout for an additional $140 billion dollars. That's right, the Bailout or should we say Rip Off totals $840 billion. 

That is $2300 for every man, woman and child living in this nation. That equates to a family of four now increasing their debt by $9,200.  Congress could have been more productive just passing that money out to the citizens of America and letting Wall St. pay for its own sins.  Even "anti-earmark Sen. John McCain" went along with all of this pork.  The lobby is too strong and the perks for the cooperating legislators is too sweet. Our Congress was bought and sold.

Now, they have the money and the world is still in the same predicament. The economy is in the tank as much now as it was before the giveaway. They played the stock market to scare and fake out Congress. After the Bailout was passed many assumed the market would increase. Silly folks - the stock market dropped over 400 points from a plus 250 to a minus 156.  We are still in the fix but only about $1 trillion deeper in debt.

They have the money and now they must steal all of the big contracts that will come as a result of the supreme hustle. They will do this through No Bid Contracts. This form of deception was created in the early days of Iraq and perfected during the Hurricane Katrina recovery. 

No Bids and severely inflated dollar amounts for work they will find someone else to do at predatory rates. This is done by declaring an emergency and waiving contracting law - Federal Acquisition Regulation, the FAR, thus eliminating affirmative action and minority participation requirements.

The Procurement Director for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) declared a waiver after Katrina for 90 days.

Ninety days was all they needed to set all the inflated contracts for the political favorites all of whom were white. Corruption was rampant and even the OMB Director eventually went to jail for favors he did for the infamous Jack Abramoff who is also currently in jail.

Section 107 of the Bailout allows for this: "For purposes of this Act, the Secretary may waive specific provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation upon a determination that urgent and compelling circumstances make compliance with such provisions contrary to the public interest".  Public interest hell - it is special interest such as good old white boys.  It fakes out the Congressional Black Caucus and others by further stating:  "In any solicitation or contract where the Secretary has, pursuant to subsection (a), waived any provision of the Federal Acquisition Regulation pertaining to minority contracting, the Secretary shall develop and implement standards and procedures to ensure, to the maximum extent practicable, the inclusion and utilization of minorities". 

If you believe this, then I have a bridge in Florida to sell you.  In the end, like Katrina and Iraq, there will be some fronting going on and some fake contracts but no true Black business participation. 

They will find a few Alaska Native Corporations who will sign contracts as minorities but then flip all of it to white firms. They do this in corrupt ways now and get caught from time to time. Only this time, it will be perfectly free of prosecution because the law is waived!

The cadre of Black firms in the housing and financial business that former Secretary of HUD Alphonso Jackson developed will be totally ignored.  Normally, their contracts would be enlarged to include the new volume. With the above waiver they can be totally ignored and they certainly will.

If Senator Obama is elected President we may have a chance at the back end of this to break off some "bones".  However, these guys have well over 90 days (like Katrina) to set all the traps and bring in the fat contracts for their chosen few.  A contract will be for "4X dollars".  The contractor will then go to the marketplace and find someone to do it for "2X dollars" and that person will find someone to do it for "X dollars" which is the true value of the work. 

The culprits will pocket the excess.  When you deal with wholesale corruption like that via a "license to cheat and steal" Black folk need not apply. This isn't true federal procurement it is corruption at its worse replete with pure racist vile.  The American taxpayer is the major victim and Black business will be "road kill".


Harry Alford is the co-founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc.  Website:  www.nationalbcc.org.  


Vote By Mail -- It’s Beneficial to Us All

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By Kari Verjil


Early voting for the November 4 election begins this week, and I encourage all San Bernardino County registered voters who have not done so already to consider applying for a vote-by-mail ballot. Here's why:

Voter turnout for this presidential election is expected to be 75 to 80 percent. Not only are we casting ballots for our next president, there are a number of state and local offices at stake as well as twelve state propositions and numerous local initiatives. This will require a larger-than-average ballot.

In addition, we will be using paper ballots rather than electronic voting machines, which were decertified last year by Secretary of State Debra Bowen.  The upshot is that the large paper ballot requires more time to be completed at the polls, and when combined with a large voter turnout, the likelihood of long lines at the polls is high.

In addition, the large paper ballots take longer to process. The optical scanners in the Registrar of Voters office count 10,000 to 14,000 ballots per hour; two new machines have been added to speed up the counting, but it still may take two days to before we have the final results.

This is a challenging situation for us all, but there is a partial solution -- the Vote By Mail program. The benefits of voting by mail are several: You avoid long lines at the polls; you can vote in advance from the comfort of your own home; mail-in ballots are the first to be counted and the results released online; and the final results will be reported sooner.

Another advantage of Vote By Mail is that ballot processing begins on Oct. 24, ten days prior to the election, which will speed up the overall counting process.

And please do not fall for the tall tale going around that mail-in ballots are counted only when an election is close. Absolutely false. The Registrar's office is required by law to process every ballot in an expedient manner.

Registered voters who have not applied for a Vote By Mail ballot may do so through Oct. 28. Those who are eligible to vote but are not registered must do so by Oct. 20.

For those voters who would rather cast their vote at their local polling place, please arrive at the polls with a premarked sample ballot in hand to speed up the voting process. Voters who want to cast their ballot early, but not through Vote By Mail, may do so in person at the Registrar of Voters office beginning today.

Additional information and an application for Vote By Mail is available online at http://www.easyvoting.org/.


Kari Verjil is the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters.

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