A Tradition Like No Other…

    AfAm Crooks
    BobLee
    August02/ 2019

    A “Tradition” Like No Other…

    Why is anyone surprised or all shook up about this Baltimore / Elijah Cummings Brouhaha?

    Friends and Neighbors… this sort of Urban AfAm Flim Flam Fleecing has been going on non-stop all across “Urban America” for over 60 Freakin’ Years.

    Elijah “What billion $$$… I don’t know nuthin’ … Impeach Trump” Cummings is not the first practitioner of this political ponzi scheme.  Elijah definitely is not the only currently active practitioner and … Elijah’s sticky fingers won’t be the last sticky fingers in the “urban redevelopment” cookie jar. No sireee.

    Being a Congressman  (or woman) from an urban AfAm Congressional district is a more sure-fire way to rake in $$$$ hand over fist than owning the only whorehouse in Dodge City in 1874.

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    Those four infamous Flim Flammers’ faces up top there… in order:

    Charlie Rangel … NYC Harlem – 46 years in Congress

    “Maxine” (no last name needed) … South Central LA – 28 years in Congress

    Elijah Cummings … Baltimore – 23 years in Congress

    Sheila Jackson-Lee … Houston “Inner City” – 26 years in Congress

    Marion Barry

     

    But for the constraints of pixels, I could have included John Lewis (Atlanta – 34 years in Congress)

    And the Infamous Marion Barry (Notorious Mayor For Life of Washington DC for 16 years.) … and many others.

     

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    There have been A LOT of other AfAm politicians on the local / state / national levels who have enjoyed looooong terms in public office and reaped MUCHO $$$$ for their service (wink… wink … wink).   Pick pretty much any large metro area where “white flight” to suburbs leaves the inner city ripe for the pickins.  Atlanta – Detroit – Philadelphia –  Dallas – Houston – Newark – etc etc.

    North Carolina’s own “Queen City” – Charlotte – certainly qualifies.  The “rap sheets” on several of its recent mayors have been “colorful” to say the least.  “Colorful” being a polite euphemism for “political thug” … “criminal” … “embezzler” … “ghetto godfather” … … …

    These colorful scallywags are straight out of an AfAm edition of a Damon Runyon short story.  Damon Who?  OK… some of you may be products of American public education within the past 30 years and be somewhat lacking in “general Jeopardy knowledge”.Damon Runyon

    Damon Runyon was a novelist in the 1930-40s whose characters were over-the-top street hustlers, scammers, hoodlums, flim flammers and rascals of the highest order.

    The Broadway play Guys & Dolls personifies a Runyonesque type.  Had Runyon survived until the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960s, his colorful character files would have multiplied enormously.

    Baby Boomers surely recall TV (and radio’s) Amos ‘n Andy shows from the 1950s.

    George “The Kingfish” Stevens... and The Kingfish’s wife “Sapphire” … shyster lawyer Algonguin J. Calhoun … gullible AndyLightin’ the custodian down at The Mystic Knights of The Sea Lodge…

    One memorable line from an episode where “Calhoun” was defending The Kingfish when his latest ill-fated scam had, alas, gone awry (they all did)…

    “Your Honor, you have heard the prosecution tell you that my client is dishonest. Your Honor, it’s easy for him to say that because my client is a crook! …”

    The TV show was very popular thru the 50s and mid 60s but was finally shut down by NAACP protests.  Protests NOT that it “misrepresented” Scallywags in the AfAm Community but that it EXPOSED them.

    .Fred Sanford

    Then there was Sanford & Son in the mid 70s.  South Central LA Junkyard owner Fred Sanford (Red Foxx) was not himself a flim flamming shyster … but he could spot one coming a block away.  The same ghetto rascals and street hustlers lampooned in Amos & Andy reappeared in Sanford & Son.

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    OK, BobLee… so whats the point of this little trip down Memory Lane?

    THE POINT IS … The current crop of duly-elected urban flim flammers, shysters, street hustlers and all-around “bad boys (and girls) – see pictures up above – were apparently watching Amon & Andy and Sanford & Son and taking notes.

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    These modern day “Kingfishs” realized that for their scams to succeed they needed PROTECTION from The Man… by The Man.

    The Man in this case is…… The Democratic Party.   

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    The Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968 provided these “Kingfish Wannabees” with a sellable product-in-demand – The Votes of The AfAm Community.  So a deal was struck …

    The Democrat Powers-That-Be would back “their chosen candidate” in a black district… ensure his/her election and re-election ad infinitum thru “don’t ask / don’t tell” means … and, in return, their elected Congressperson / Mayor would deliver a 95% vote certainty thru “don’t ask / don’t tell” means.

    These flim flammers traded the hopes and dreams AND TRUST of their constituents for their own personal financial gain.  Yes… they SOLD their constituents to The Democrats … condemning them to The Entitlement Subsistence Plantation for the past 60 years and counting.

    So long as the elected official “delivers the votes”, he/she is free to flim flam and scam to their hearts’ content… especially as regards “Federal $$$” coming into their community.  The Democs  run cover for’em as necessary.

    Skim X amounts off the top… enough to pay-off the precinct block captains and any pesky bureaucrats … with a very nice cash flow to their own special off-shore accounts.

    Then there are those quite illegal “not-for-profit” foundation scams that AfAm elected officials are taught how to set up to “employ” (wink wink) their ne’er do well relatives.  MORE public $$$ siphoned off to nefarious pockets.

    Maybe you will “enjoy” these comments by a Baltimore inner city resident – LINK

    The citizens i.e. victims in those districts never benefit from all that “guvmint $$$” as we are now seeing in Baltimore; but – hey –

    So long as “the media” is in cahoots with the Democrats nobody is going to know … right?  And “the media” is DEFINITELY in cahoots with the Democrats.

    NOTE:  I have mentioned those quite illegal “non-profits” scams at the NCGA to various N&O reporters on several occasions but nothing ever seems to happen.  Huuumm.

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    You may have noted that I have not mentioned The Race-Baiters …. Rev Jesse … “Ol Sharpie” … “Bully” Barber … et al.

    They are in a class all their own separate from “elected officials”.  Maybe we’ll get to them another day.

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    Hopefully you “enjoyed” the above enlightenment.   Had some laughs, etc.  Now what? Well certainly

    (1) Forward this along to EVERYBODY YOU KNOW even to those it might SHOCK & AWE. That goes without saying.

    (2) Continue the daily socio-political jousting and commiserating you normally do.

    President Trump notwithstanding… there really is not much hope for the “good people”  – and there ARE a lot of “good people” – in those urban areas.

    Their duly-elected flim flammers “treat them like mushrooms”.  They are not about to stop fleecing them …. The Democrats HAVE TO HAVE their votes … and “the media” lacks the integrity and intelligence to do anything at all.

    MAGA 2020…

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    BobLee
    • Dr Wire Reply
      2 months ago

      Thx for the video link to Ms Dickson. She covers the issue very well.

      One thing about Trump, his experiences in real estate development have exposed to him to many of the ratholes for government appropriations and various scams/schemes. His experience as a big donor to both political parties exposed him to the lack of integrity of the political class.

      We are in a time where those of us who believed MLK about judge on character rather than color are now called racist because we desire to call out someone of color for their character and political policies. Sad.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 months ago

        IMO… its DJT’s exposure of (1) the mainstream media AND (2) The (Bi-Partisan) Swamp that fuels 98% of the toxic hatred towards him. HOW DARE HIM reveal who/what both entities really are !!!

      • BobLee Reply
        2 months ago

        IMO… its DJT’s exposure of (1) the mainstream media AND (2) The (Bi-Partisan) Swamp that fuels 98% of the toxic hatred towards him. HOW DARE HIM reveal who/what both entities really are !!!

    • Former96Heel Reply
      3 months ago

      I am going to guess that after this many generations of the same old scam, there has to be a certain level of ‘he may be a crook, but he’s OUR crook’ thinking in the AfAm voting block. It’s not like the white Dems have been any sort of high role model for them. The Clinton Foundation may be the biggest flim flam non-profit ever. And Queen Mary at State College just last decade showed that state jobs are simply a payout for state funding. The patronage system still rules in NC. I have heard many a frustration from state employee managers who say it is very near impossible to fire a state employee, especially one registered to vote.
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      White voters don’t seem to hold their elected officials to any higher degree that anyone else, I think, or incumbency rates in the US would not rival those in Communist elections. But the AfAm seem to bring a certain flair that brings a hearty belly laugh. I haven’t seen cowboy hats like Fredericka since Hee Haw got cancelled.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        It has long been my contention that “vices” are among humankind’s most unbiased / non-partisan elements. They (vices) can be found in every civilization thru recorded history regardless of ethno-racial-political category. That said …
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        The AfAm flim flammers do have “a flair” for going GONZO in their perpetrations.

    • Radio_Smuggles Reply
      3 months ago

      The aforementioned modern day Kingfishers owe the surviving family members of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. a debt of gratitude and should pay $$ and homage to the Godfather, blueprinter, and founder of the modern day USA (Urban Scam Association.
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      You correctly mentioned the illegal scams taking place in these urban scab neighborhood. I believe us deplorable’s call them shitholes. Modern day colored politicians call them opportunity zones. “Colored” politicians? Apparently it is OK and fashionable again as many of these same shysters and members of the lapdog media (N&O) included) now reference “people of color” in speeches and print. Apparently “people of color” is OK but saying “colored people” somehow delineates the good vs bad guys and still pisses them off a bit so I’ll stick with CP.
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      One scam type was not mentioned in your commentary. The most egregious types are often not the illegal ones The legal scams are far more damaging to blighted communities, paid for by decades of voting for more of the same but expecting better results. You’d think at some point someone would think, huh?

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        At some point the “they don’t know no better” defense/excuse wears out. The voters in these communities must accept responsibility for the flim flammers they keep reelecting. … Not unlike why Abused Wives keeps going back to their serial abusers.

    • sweetsie Reply
      3 months ago

      Most excellent column today Bob. There are billions of tax dollars squandered via so-called non profits to keep the democrat votes coming. Usually headed by a reverend and run by his hangers on and family members. There is a lot of money in non profits. Nice salary, cars, etc.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        Thank you. These ethno-political ponzi schemers have reaped considerable personal profit from the naiveté of their constituents… and continue to do so.

    • DrJay Reply
      3 months ago

      You’re right, of course. I wish more people had the guts to say these things.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        Blondie is sending me out to Lowes this AM for more concertina wire and claymore mines to reinforce the perimeter of BobLee HQ. 🙂 …

    • Edward.T Reply
      3 months ago

      I had a version of this discussion with a long time Democrat several years ago. The best “excuse” he could muster was…
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      “It’s just how colored people (!!) do things in their world …”
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      I just stared at him stunned. I figured he would blame it on eating too much watermelon and collard greens.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        I bet I know “that guy”. You can’t spell Democrat without “hypocrite”.

    • Queen City Reply
      3 months ago

      Former Charlotte Mayor Cannon served less than 2 years before getting busted by the FBI for accepting bribes. Unfortunately his short term stint as a film flammer will not elevate him into first ballot hall if fame status with the legends you have chronicled.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        It can be a matter of “quality” as well as “quantity”. Cannon was quite notorious in his short tenure.

    • Sharon43 Reply
      3 months ago

      You are absolutely correct. There are A LOT of Good People in these “urban communites” that are being used and abused by these shysters and flim flammers. But no prominent white Democrat will ever dare to say STOP… No More. And certainly The Media will never speak up.

      Thank you for doing so.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        Thanks. I have no illusion that my doing so will even make a ripple on the pond.

    • SilenceDogood2010 Reply
      3 months ago

      BTW — THIS is one of your best works EVAH!

      Respectfully submitted by SD2010

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        Thank you. Alas, I’m pretty sure not everyone is going to agree with you. 🙂
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        FWIW… I have a few more along this line “in the works”. The next 14-15 months are gonna get “Interesting”.

    • SilenceDogood2010 Reply
      3 months ago

      Dagnabbit BobLee — Now ya got me JONESING fer an ol’ skool Amos N Andy Hotdog

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        My commentaries affect different people in different ways. Go to Red Lobster and order “a Kingfish” …

    • geek49203 Reply
      3 months ago

      You forgot the recently-departed David Conyers of Detroit. He held that seat for, what, 40 years? The only thing that he did well was to help his wife pack for her prison stay. Beyond that, his district kept on the downward trajectory it started in his first term, when the 12th St Riots hit.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        Correct! Certainly Detroit is a prime example as are the others I mentioned. I couldn’t list them all. There are soooo many.

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