I saw a recent HBO documentary and had to reflect on it. It’s called the Newburgh Sting.
Now I’ve never been one to advocate or even listen to anti-government sentiments, but I tell ya this documentary will get a rise out of you. And if it doesn’t … well it should! It should make you angry. That’s our money people!!
It’s a story about the ultimate entrapment organized by none other than government agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation a.k.a the FBI.
Essentially, the documentary tells the tale of how four middle-aged black males were arrested and convicted on crimes of homegrown terrorism. In 2008, mass media reported that they were all Muslim men who met in prison and planned attacks against a mosque and US cargo planes. But somehow all was saved! The FBI had an informant in the group that helped thwart the fatal terrorist plots.
For me, this was one of the saddest documentaries that I have ever seen. Not boohoo-sobsob-streaming tears sad, but deflating sad. Like I said, I have never believed in U.S. conspiracy theories. I never want to think badly on our government – that there’s a gross misuse of power and money in our freedom country. But this documentary shows otherwise. It’s similar to the feeling I had when I found out Santa wasn’t real. 😦 All the footage, can’t be denied. I can’t help myself. There are just so many things that frustrate me about it.
Oh hello, List of Frustrations:
– They weren’t all Muslim.
– They didn’t meet in prison.
– None of the four men were the criminal mastermind.
– The FBI Informant did ALL of the planning. He promised a 6 figure pay day, chose the targets, and supplied the weapons.
– The FBI Informant had an extremely sketchy background before becoming employed by the government.
– Surprise! Secret Sting! So secret ALL of the police and news were there at the scene to document this momentous event.
– The terrorist attacks weren’t done in the name of Allah, but in the name of CASHMONEY.
– It’s good to know that the justice system spent $$$$ to drive to an empty field, rig real bombs and blow up a car to demonstrate the damage that COULD have been done as evidence. Even though the four men were provided with tampered and ineffective bombs/missiles.
– The power of mass media. Continued play on the story that four Muslim men devised an elaborate terrorist plot during their incarceration. The Trickle Down – from the head of FBI, NY Mayor, NY Commissioner… so it must be true.
– None of this would have ever happened, if Cromitie had never met the FBI Informant.
Did these men ultimately agree to join in on this plot? Yes.
Would plans have ever gotten as far as they did if not funded by the U.S. government? No.
I still want to believe in my government, that they serve to protect the American people.But by golly, I can’t say that I’m completely untouched by this documentary.
EXTRA! EXTRA! Eminem says he’ll “punch Lana Del Rey” in freestyle
So when I saw all these headlines reading, “Eminem rhymes that he wants to punch Lana Del Rey in the face” I was like, 😮 I gotta see what this is all about. Let me see for myself!
(Eminem freestyle starts at 11:54)
This is what I have to say about his freestyle. The whole time I watched and listened I thought GOT DAMN this guy could rap for days – rhymes on rhymes, bars on bars. The man is a pure word genius. But I won’t lie. As a self-proclaimed feminist, I cringe when I hear lyrics of domestic violence, violence against women, or really any kind of violence ‘cause I’m a big ol’ softy.
But here’s what you have to realize about Eminem. Throughout his entire rap career, he has consistently expressed himself via controversial lyrics. He’s never shied away from topics regarding murder, homophobia or misogynist-stained content. That is who he is. No, it is not fair to ask the general public to simply accept him for who he is, flaws and all. Do I wish he would use his awesomeful-amazeballs rap skills and legendary fame for good? YES! I would LOVE that. Like damn! This man is a rap god AND he’s sensitive to the world’s social, economical, and political atmosphere?! If that were so I would claim him, wear all of his paraphernalia ANY and EVERYWHERE without shame (which reminds me I need to do that for John Legend – God, love that man for claiming himself a feminist and equal rights enthusiast). But alas, I cannot rep him like that. Not all “celebrities” can serve as role models. I know people argue that we should hold them to a higher standard and at some level I do agree. However, some celebs genuinely don’t intend to be a role model, from the very beginning –case in point, Eminem. I digress! You are asking WAY too much from Em, for politically correct, empowering and egalitarian lyrics. You’re just not being realistic.
I do wonder sometimes though. I know in interviews he has said that he views himself as father first and a rapper second. But I’m most curious to hear what his daughters think of his lyrics. Do they realize that they are overwhelmingly angsty and violent toward women? If so do they agree? Or do they all just understand that he does it to boost his career as a provocative rap artist? Hmm… I wonder. I really do. In any case, before you get all riled up about his offensive lyrics, remember who you’re fuming at. He hasn’t changed since he entered the scene. He’ll always be the real Slim Shady, the angry-womanizing-explicitly-vulgar rapper that will shred you to pieces in seconds with his quick and unmatched “word crimes”.
With that I shall end with this positive image: