Alright I’ll be the first to admit I was wrong…This time! I thought after Peyton Manning was traded to the Denver Broncos he was going to play the second string quarterback mentor to some young first round draft pick out of college. Boy oh boy was I wrong. But don’t forget I was the one who said that Tebow would not make it as an NFL quarterback. Could somebody tell me where the University of Florida’s superstar quarterback is hanging his jock strap these days? One thing I can say about the kid is, he’s got heart. You can’t take that away from him. Hang in there Tebow, there is always work at the post office.  But back to Peyton Manning “Denver Broncos” Quarterback. If I’m not mistaken Manning threw four; count ‘em not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 touchdown passes to place himself in a league of PEYTON his own.

Can you image how the Indianapolis Colts owner feel must be felling about right now? Here is an athlete who underwent what appeared to be a career ending spinal surgery. Manning underwent an anterior cervical fusion of one joint. I honestly thought his career was over. Let’s face it, Manning was never the quickest Philly out the stables. So to expect him to come back from this type of procedure seemed a bit far fetched at best. Not only did Manning win the 2013 NFL MVP, he also broke both the single-season passing touchdown (55) and passing yard (5,477) records on the way to leading the Broncos to Super Bowl XLVIII—all in just his second season back from injury.

After an impressive game against the 49ers Manning stands alone at the top of the list after an 8-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas with 3:09 remaining in the first half. The pass gave the Broncos a 21-3 lead in the game. Manning finished with four touchdown throws to run his career total to 510 in what ended as a 42-17 win.  I am officially a Peyton Manning Fan. Just in case you think I’m a wagon jumper, take a look at what Manning had to overcome to be where he is right now and then make your assessment.

The Surgery: Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

After undergoing other, less-invasive procedures aimed at reducing pain, Manning underwent an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) in 2011. Surgeons use ACDFs to alleviate pressure from a bulging cervical intervertebral disc—the cartilage cushion between two spinal vertebrae.

A diagram of Manning’s Surgery 
Intervertebral discs, seen here in red, cushion the vertebrae and allow for the flexibility of the spine.

Two different types of material compose an intervertebral disc. On the outside sits a ring of relatively tough material known as the annulus fibrosus. Inside of it lies the jelly-like nucleus pulposus.

For a better picture, imagine a jelly donut. The jelly represents the nucleus pulposus, and the bread represents the annulus fibrosus.

With enough time and trauma, intervertebral discs can wear down. Eventually, the nucleus pulposus leaks through a weakened annulus fibrosus—or “herniates”—causing inflammation and placing pressure on nerves as they leave the spinal cord.

Compressed nerves in the cervical spine can then lead to weakness, numbness and pain in the neck, arms or shoulders. Ideally, by removing the offending disc, doctors cut out the root cause of the problem, thereby allowing the damaged nerves to regenerate and regain function.

All right let’s see what’s new in the news today. All this talk about a possible Ebola outbreak has got me on edge. Dre and Nicki Minaj did their thang at the BET Hip Hop Awards, a shot goes out to Actress Elizabeth Pena’s family members, our prayers are with them. It appears Elizabeth Pena passed away this week of natural causes at the age of 55 after a brief illness. Man…I can see 55 in the very near future. I’m talking like right around the corner. Well, maybe not right around the corner, I mean I don’t feel as though I’ve knocked out half of a century just yet. (SERIOUSLY IN DENIAL) Damn!  It seemed like yesterday I was in the mall playing pacman, eating a box of M&M’s, with one hand and holding a dollar ticket for the madina in the other. It may sound cliche’ but “those were the good ole days”. The only thing we had to worry about back then was someone stepping on our new Converse Sneakers we spent bleaching the night before. Or who to sit next to at the school pep rally on Friday. I’m sorry, but  the nostalgia from the past sometimes take hold and I can’t help but reminiscence.

Man Laughing At Antics

Man Laughing At Antics

I have a stack of articles on my desk and for some reason the ink appears to be running off the pages. Don’t you get tired of seeing the same headlines? Isis is the new al qaeda on steroids, Talor Swift releases a new pop track “Out Of The Woods”, and the Sentencing Commission keeps dicking around with the federal inmates about changing the  “Good Time” credit they received. Oh and by the way, I see the elephant in the room…Somebody pass me a bucket, I think I’m going to throw up. Just when I thought I’ve heard it all. I am over ran by reports of a Dallas

Cowboys RB Joseph Randle receives hefty fine for shoplifting

Cowboys RB Joseph Randle receives hefty fine for shoplifting

Cowboy Football Player; not to be confused with–“A Player”, is caught red handed with his hands in the cookie jar. “C’MON MAN!”  What in the hell was Joseph Randle thinking? I think we all may be guilty for plucking a grape off the stem of a bunch in the fruit section of your neighborhood grocery store. Or being reminded by the store clerk of the grocery store the magazine you’ve been reading in line hasn’t been paid for before checking out.

Not trying to get in the brother’s business or anything but I’m certain he received a hefty salary for carrying a deflated object made out of pig hide. His job entails, eating good, maintaining his health, and mastering the art of avoiding 360 men covered in armor. So will somebody please tell me why in the hell did Cowboys RB Joseph Randle get caught shoplifting? These athletes are beginning to get on my nerves. Don’t they realize with moe’ money comes moe’ problems. Which means they have to do a little more to stay under the grid. I realize money isn’t everything, but lets face it, these guys are making ends meet like a mu#@%$er. It appears Dallas Cowboys backup running back Joseph Randle’s Monday arrest for shoplifting will cost him a significant fine in the range of $29,117, the amount the second-year back earns per week on his scheduled $495,000 base salary this season.

Randle was charged with a misdemeanor Class B theft of $50 to $500, according to Frisco, Texas, police, for shoplifting a tester bottle of cologne and a two-pack of underwear at a suburban mall. “C’MON MAN!” Are you kidding me? Life is too short, we have to sometimes take a break from our mundane lifestyles and live a little. We can’t get so caught up in making a living, that we forget about life. This is your man Maestro…I’m out!

This is none other than Maestro doing a follow up on the Ebola epidemic which has found it’s way into boarders of the United States. Here are some MYTHS ABOUT EBOLA YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT. Allow me to invade your space for a few moments to help you better understand what this Ebola Virus is all about.  I feel compelled to weigh in on this discussion to add a bit of color to help combat the whitewash. First of all, I want to be measured in this conversation. I am not an expert on infectious disease and know even less about the protocol to contain such a formidable virus. I recommend that if you feel any symptoms related to the outbreak, go to your nearest emergency room.


Africa appears to be losing the fight against the Ebola Virus

Africa appears to be losing the fight against the Ebola Virus

Fears that a widespread outbreak of Ebola in the United States were heightened today as health officials revealed that a second Dallas nurse infected with Ebola flew on an airplane just a day before being placed in isolation. And as troubling as this second case may be, especially in terms of possible lapses in protocol, it also could serve as a much-needed wake-up call to public health officials nationwide about how vigilant they must be, experts said.

“The issue is with the healthcare workers at hospital in Dallas who were exposed while caring for a sick individual. The average person does not have to be concerned,” said Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has reportedly claimed more than 4,000 lives, and World Health Organization officials believe the true death toll could be far higher. An international response — including U.S. Military personal, as well as assistance from several other countries and nongovernmental organizations — has begun, yet global concern about the virus is spreading. So with all of the confusion and media spin with the latest development how worried should we be? I mean, what are the risks involved? Let’s separate fact from fiction in this crisis and get a better idea what we are facing. I don’t know about you, but I ascribe to the idiom, “Believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see”.

1. Ebola won’t spread in rich countries.

Until nurse Teresa Romero Ramos contracted Ebola in Madrid, the wealthy countries of Europe, North America and Asia seemed confident that the virus could be contained in advanced medical facilities. As Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, put it after the first U.S. Ebola case was confirmed in Dallas: “We’re stopping it in its tracks in this country.” Such assurances help calm people’s nerves but may be overstated. No system of protection is 100 percent. The Spanish government has concluded that Ramos got infected as she was removing her protective suit, touching her face before disinfecting her hands.

Like Ebola, the SARS virus spreads in hospitals, primarily through physical contact with contaminated fluids. As SARS spread across Asia in 2003, some hospitals, including in Hong Kong, had large numbers of health workers infected, while nearby facilities with similar populations of SARS patients had no employee infections.

Hubris is the greatest danger in wealthy countries — a sort of smug assumption that advanced technologies and emergency-preparedness plans guarantee that Ebola and other germs will not spread. It was hubris that left Toronto’s top hospitals battling SARS in 2003, long after the virus was conquered in poorer Vietnam. It was hubris that led the World Health Assembly in 2013 to cut the WHO’s outbreak-response budget in favor of more programs to treat cancer and heart disease. And it is hubris that causes politicians to routinely slash public health budgets every time the microbes seem under control, only to cry out in desperation when a new epidemic appears.

2. Post-9/11 emergency preparedness has the United States ready to fight Ebola.

Who can forget 9/11

Who can forget 9/11

In the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the anthrax mailings to political and military targets, the George W. Bush administration ordered a massive overhaul of bio-terrorism preparedness. From the CDC and Defense Department down to rural community clinics, doctors, nurses, hospitals and rapid-response teams went through drills imagining the arrival of pandemics or terrorist bio-attacks. Routines were put in place that supposedly prepared every health department in America for the arrival of a highly contagious disease. Military and health agencies were given billions of dollars to create rapid diagnostics, vaccines and cures for highly pathogenic organisms. On every list of biological organisms of concern was Ebola. So it is reasonable to assume that billions of dollars and countless exercises later, the United States is prepared.

But most of the training — both military and civilian — imagined the biological equivalent of an attack, in which something evil is found; responders from police, fire and health departments swoop in wearing hazard suits; and boom: The infected people are found, isolated and treated, and the danger to the community is gone. Even in 2005, when the White House feared that a highly virulent pandemic strain of bird flu would sweep across America,preparedness plans  focused on isolating a germ and its carriers the way a bomb or chemical weapon might be isolated and defused. Missing was preparation for a long haul of contagious patient treatment, with health workers repeatedly exposed to possible contamination.

Today, in the face of requests for help in West Africa, the answer from the U.S. Agency for International Development is:”There isn’t an existing cadre of people who have experience in treating this epidemic.”

3. It could go airborne.

Don't Take This Ebola Outbreak Lightly

Don’t Take This Ebola Outbreak Lightly

Yes, the virus is mutating — a recent paper in Science shows that more than 300 mutations have occurred. But what is now a virus that latches onto receptors outside endothelial cells lining the circulatory system won’t change into one that can attach to the alveolar cells of the lungs. That’s a genetic leap in the realm of science fiction.

Viruses mutate for two reasons: random error and natural selection. Random transformation from a virus solely adapted to infect cells that line blood vessels into one that can attach to entirely different classes of proteins found in the lungs borders on the impossible. Natural selection can overcome the impossible if great pressure is put on a viral population, forcing it to alter or die out. But in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, there is no such pressure on Ebola: The virus is spreading readily and infecting thousands of people without any need to change into a radically new form.

Far more realistic and perhaps equally worrisome is that the outer coat of the virus — the parts that are recognized by the human immune system and trigger production of antibodies and killer cells that devour viruses — might respond to immune system attack by mutating their outer proteins. If Ebola made such an adaptation, it might mean that people who have survived the disease could be reinfected, and vaccines now in the pipeline could prove ineffective.

4. Travel bans would keep Ebola from spreading in the United States.

The only evidence that any travel ban in the 21st century slowed down viral spread occurred right after the 9/11 attacks, when airports in the eastern United States were shut down for days, and few Americans traveled far from home for several weeks. Possibly as a result, the influenza season was delayed about two weeks in 2001. But the flu eventually came.

Many nations have banned flights from other countries in recent years in hopes of blocking the entry of viruses, including SARS and H1N1 “swine flu.” None of the bans were effective, and the viruses gained entry to populations regardless of what radical measures governments took to keep them out.

The days of Ellis and Angel islands screening out diseases effectively disappeared with the jet age.

5. A vaccine is around the corner.

There are several vaccine candidates in development right now, two of which recently got green lights from a special WHO scientific panel. That go-ahead means the potential vaccines

Vaccine expected in late 2015

Vaccine expected in late 2015

are now being tested on human volunteers. If after a few weeks of such testing the vaccines are shown to cause no undue side effects, the next phase of trials will be carried out, probably in the epidemic countries, to see if the vaccines can protect people from the virus. If it’s obvious in that phase that the vaccine is protecting people from Ebola, the products move to the final, and most difficult, phase — a clinical trial comparing vaccine vs. placebo in hundreds of people, also in the epidemic area.

The No. 1 question I hear privately from vaccine manufacturers regarding Ebola is: How will people dressed like space aliens in their protective gear get terrified, healthy people in Liberia or Sierra Leone to stand still for a poke in the arm?

At best, a vaccine might be ready for final testing by spring 2015 — and that question of trust will still remain.

The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. Ebola virus disease (EVD) first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, one in Nzara, Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter occurred in a village near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.

The current outbreak in west Africa, (first cases notified in March 2014), is the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976. There have been more cases and deaths in this outbreak than all others combined. It has also spread between countries starting in Guinea then spreading across land borders to Sierra Leone and Liberia, by air (1 traveller only) to Nigeria, and by land (1 traveller) to Senegal.

The most severely affected countries, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have very weak health systems, lacking human and infrastructural resources, having only recently emerged from long periods of conflict and instability. On August 8, the WHO Director-General declared this outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

A separate, unrelated Ebola outbreak began in Boende, Equateur, an isolated part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The virus family Filoviridae includes 3 genera: Cuevavirus, Marburgvirus, and Ebolavirus. There are 5 species that have been identified: Zaire, Bundibugyo, Sudan, Reston and Taï Forest. The first 3, Bundibugyo ebolavirus, Zaire ebolavirus, and Sudan ebolavirus have been associated with large outbreaks in Africa. The virus causing the 2014 west African outbreak belongs to the Zaire species.

  • Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.



  • The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
  • The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks.
  • The first EVD outbreaks occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, near tropical rainforests, but the most recent outbreak in west Africa has involved major urban as well as rural areas.
  • Community engagement is key to successfully controlling outbreaks. Good outbreak control relies on applying a package of interventions, namely case management, surveillance and contact tracing, a good laboratory service, safe burials and social mobilisation.
  • Early supportive care with rehydration, symptomatic treatment improves survival. There is as yet no licensed treatment proven to neutralise the virus but a range of blood, immunological and drug therapies are under development.
  • There are currently no licensed Ebola vaccines but 2 potential candidates are undergoing evaluation.

Symptoms of Ebola virus disease

The incubation period, that is, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms is 2 to 21 days. Humans are not infectious until they develop symptoms. First symptoms are the sudden onset of fever fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding (e.g. oozing from the gums, blood in the stools). Laboratory findings include low white blood cell and platelet counts and elevated liver enzymes.


Nurse who treated Duncan is infected:

On Monday, a Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital nurse by the name of Nina Pham has been diagonosed having Ebola.  She got a blood transfusion from American Ebola survivor Kent Brantly, according to Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for Samaritan’s Purse. Brantly was working for Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia when he contracted the virus.

The nurse had numerous contacts with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there may have been a “breach in protocol.” It didn’t say what the possible breach was.Duncan died last week.

The nurse is “clinically stable,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said Monday. The CDC said others who cared for Duncan could have been infected, but so far no other health workers are showing symptoms.

“They always helped other people and they take pride in helping other people. That’s what this family’s all about.”

U.S. nurses union calls for better preparation:

The National Nurses United union says 76% of nurses it questioned in 46 states said their hospitals have not communicated a policy on the potential of admitting patients infected by Ebola.

The union is asking for immediate upgrades to Ebola emergency preparations that include hands-on training and enough protective gear. The CDC said Monday it is “doubling down” on training and outreach to make every hospital “think Ebola.”


It can be difficult to distinguish EVD from other infectious diseases such as malaria, typhoid fever and meningitis. Confirmation that symptoms are caused by Ebola virus infection are made using the following investigations:

  • antibody-capture enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)



  • antigen-capture detection tests
  • serum neutralization test
  • reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay
  • electron microscopy
  • virus isolation by cell culture.

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has emerged as the standard-bearer — and sometimes the scapegoat — on Ebola.

Public health is the purview of the states, and as the nation anticipates more Ebola cases, some experts say the way the United States handles public health is not up to the challenge.

“One of the things we have to understand is the federal, state and local public health relationships,” says Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. “Public health is inherently a state issue. The state really is in charge of public health at the state and local level. It’s a constitutional issue. The CDC can’t just walk in on these cases. They have to be invited in.”



  1. The official power to make legal decisions and judgments.




In the United States, there are two separate and distinct jurisdictions, such being the jurisdiction of the States within their own territorial boundaries and the other being federal jurisdiction. Broadly speaking, state jurisdiction encompasses the legislative power to regulate, control and govern real and personal property, individuals and enterprises within the territorial boundaries of any given State. In contrast, federal jurisdiction is extremely limited, with the same being exercised only in areas external to state legislative power and territory. Notwithstanding the clarity of this simple principle, the line of demarcation between these two jurisdictions and the extent and reach of each has become somewhat blurred, due to popular misconceptions and the efforts expended by the federal government to conceal one of its major weaknesses. Only by resorting to history and case law can this obfuscation be clarified and the two distinct jurisdictions are readily seen.

The original thirteen colonies of America were each separately established by charters from the English Crown. Outside of the common bond of each being a dependency and colony of the mother country, England, the colonies were not otherwise united. Each had its own governor, legislative assembly and courts, and each was governed separately and independently by the English Parliament.

The political connections of the separate colonies to the English Crown and Parliament descended to an unhappy state of affairs as the direct result of Parliamentary acts adopted in the late 1760’s and early 1770’s. Due to the real and perceived dangers caused by these various acts, the First Continental Congress was convened by representatives of the several colonies in October, 1774, the purpose of which was to submit a petition of grievances to the British Parliament and Crown. By the Declaration and Resolves of the First Continental Congress, dated October 14, 1774, the colonial representatives labeled these Parliamentary acts of which they complained as “impolitic, unjust, and cruel, as well as unconstitutional, and most dangerous and destructive of American rights,” and the purpose of which were designs, schemes and plans “which demonstrate a system formed to enslave America.” Revolution was assuredly in the formative stages absent conciliation between the mother country and colonies.

Between October, 1775, and the middle of 1776, each of the colonies separately severed their ties and relations with England, and several adopted constitutions for the newly formed States. By July, 1776, the exercise of British authority in any and all colonies was not recognized in any degree. The capstone of this actual separation of the colonies from England was the more formal Declaration of Independence.

The legal effect of the Declaration of Independence was to make each new State a separate and independent sovereign over which there was no other government of superior power or jurisdiction. This was clearly shown in M’Ilvaine v. Coxe’s Lessee, 8 U.S. (4 Cranch) 209, 212 (1808), where it was held:



“This opinion is predicated upon a principle which is believed to be undeniable, that the several states which composed this Union, so far at least as regarded their municipal regulations, became entitled, from the time when they declared themselves independent, to all the rights and powers of sovereign states, and that they did not derive them from concessions made by the British king. The treaty of peace contains recognition of their independence, not a grant of it. From hence it results, that the laws of the several state governments were the laws of sovereign states, and as such were obligatory upon the people of such state, from the time they were enacted.”

And a further expression of similar import is found in Harcourt v. Gaillard, 25 U.S. (12 Wheat.) 523, 526, 527 (1827), where the Court stated:

“There was no territory within the United States that was claimed in any other right than that of some one of the confederated states; therefore, there could be no acquisition of territory made by the United States distinct from, or independent of some one of the states.

“Each declared itself sovereign and independent, according to the limits of its territory.

“[T]he soil and sovereignty within their acknowledged limits were as much theirs at the declaration of independence as at this hour.”

Thus, unequivocally, in July, 1776, the new States possessed all sovereignty, power, and jurisdiction over all the soil and persons in their respective territorial limits.

This condition of supreme sovereignty of each State over all property and persons within the borders thereof continued notwithstanding the adoption of the Articles of Confederation. In Article II of that document, it was expressly stated:

“Article II. Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every Power, Jurisdiction and right, which is not by this confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled.”

As the history of the confederation government demonstrated, each State was indeed sovereign and independent to the degree that it made the central government created by the confederation fairly ineffectual. These defects of the confederation government strained the relations between and among the States and the remedy became the calling of a constitutional convention.

The disservice of prima facie racism

has taken this country by a storm!

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The disservice of prima facie racism must end.

Just as the (regressive) burning of gunpowder grains started to wither from the pallets our taste buds, another young African American falls victim at the hands of a law enforcement officer.  This can’t be happening in the land of the free…oh but it is the home of the slaves! This is the military that helped overthrow Saddam Hussein for God sake. A country that prides itself on being the beacon of justice for the free world.  For the life of me, I can’t bring myself to understand why, the United States of America invades other countries to protect it’s citizens and are not willing to do anything to ensure justice is served within the boarders of it’s own jurisdiction. So why in the hell is there a headline that reads, “OFF DUTY ST. LOUIS OFFICER KILLS ANOTHER AFRICAN AMERICAN TEENAGER”. It almost sounds like the synopsis for some crazy movie expected to be out in theaters this summer. But unfortunately for many of us living in these torn communities, this is all too real. In fact, we predicted that this type of police brutality would continue to escalate. It appears all of the recent killings can be contributed to the simple fact, there are no current deterrent protocols in place to punish over-zealous officers who take it upon themselves to act as Judge, Jury & Executioner.

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Stop police brutality

First and foremost, there needs to be a boycott organized by the community leaders for the citizens of MISSOURI to demonstrate their protest for the recent murders of two African American teenagers. The taking of innocent lives cannot be tolerated, regardless if the perpetrators in question are law enforcement officers. In a civil society parents are expected to teach their children to obey law enforcement officers, not advise them of being fearful of radical cops. It’s enough having to deal with the chore of raising children in a society where prejudice and racism interact with one another on a daily basis – from the overt to the sublime. The disservice of prima facie racism is more than a race of people trapped in a paradigm of foolish pride and regret. This disease cuts down deep into the core of our nation and often finds itself in the hearts of men with shallow dreams and contagious ideologies.

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50 grams of crack was a mandatory minimum of 10 years.

We as parents and BLACK people have to ensure this type of aggression isn’t tolerated and the only thing that will make the government and corporate America take heed to our plea,  is to hit them where it hurts. Take your dollars and place them in places where they are better served.  If individuals could sacrifice for a month or until change is implemented; and I’m not talking about slapping someone on the wrist or suspending an officer with pay, I’m talking about long-term prison sentences or even the death penalty. A strong message needs to be sent to law enforcement officers to make them realize the days of killing slaves died under the heels of civilization and for those men unwilling to adapt to the changes will be better off buried beneath the ignorance which fester within them.

Hell, the Sentencing Commission feels that handing out longer prison sentences is a deterrent to criminal activity and surely a mandatory minimum is in order for those who take the lives of the citizen who they; so patriotically, take oaths to protect and serve. Back in the day, 50 grams of Crack Cocaine would get you a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years. Let me be very clear for those of you who maintain “the ends justifies the means”. As you can see in the image to the left, 50 grams of crack cocaine is the size of a quarter and for more than 20 years the federal government locked away first-time non violent offenders for most of their productive years. And generally all it takes is another person to point their finger to gain a conviction. Now we have hundreds of videos showing law enforcement officers brutally beating and in most instances killing young black men all over this nations soil. All under the guise of JUSTICE!




Ashanti Publishing Group welcomes another author into their family, Kim Willis.  Take a deeper look behind the scenes of the music industry through the pages of the book “DROPPIN’ GAME”. This book is guaranteed to give you a better understanding of the working mechanics of an industry so misunderstood. Whether you have the ambitions to be behind a mic on stage in front of a live audience or the burning desire to sit behind a desk making the call for a record company, you can’t go wrong reading this book. DROPPIN’ GAME will answer those hard questions about what’s involved in a record deal or simply explain the steps in copyrighting a song you spent six months writing.

Kim Willis will be interviewing everyone from Rap Artist to A & R reps. He will provide you with an up-close and personal glance into a world only a few people are exposed to.




Man accused in Oklahoma Beheading is Awake

Alton Nolen, 30, remains hospitalized in stable condition after Thursday’s attack at the Vaughan Foods plant in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said. He said that Nolen will be charged Monday with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon and that he may also face federal charges. The incident happened late Thursday afternoon at a Vaughan Foods processing plant in Moore, Okla., about 10 miles south of Oklahoma City.  Alton Nolen, 30, had just been fired when he drove to the front of the business, hit another vehicle and walked inside. He tracked down 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and attacked her with a knife. He stabbed her several times, eventually severing her head. He then sought out another woman–identified as 43-year-old Traci Johnson–and began attacking her. Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business, shot Nolen, who’s in stable condition at a hospital.

This is Maestro sitting in the laboratory trying desperately to make sense of world events. Despite the obvious local Oklahoma authorities have requested the FBI to assist in the case to see what ties if any the suspect has with Islamic organizations outside the boarders of the U.S. I think there are 5 facts you should be award of about the man taken into custody. Here at Street Justice we refuse to post the picture of the suspects involved in these types of inhumane acts. Our prayers goes out to the families affected by this horrific act of violence.

1. Co-Workers Say He Tried to Convert Them to Islam

2. He Allegedly Beheaded One Woman & Was Slashing Another When He Got Shot

3. He Has a Long Rap Sheet & Once Sparked a Manhunt

4. He Was Shot by an Off-Duty Sheriff’s Deputy, the Company’s COO

5. This Comes Amid Warnings of ‘Lone Wolf’ Terror Attacks






It’s been a long time since we’ve had a chance to sit down and have a conversation. I won’t patronize you with excuses or long drawn out interpretations on how the plantations affected us as a race. The truth is, I’ve been busy entertaining myself.  Life is a perpetual event with certain drop offs, which sometimes leaves us alone drifting in a stream. I for one, need to come clean and stand on my own two feet and stop blaming someone else to keep my mind at peace.

I’m almost 50 years old, I don’t have anything left and what makes matter worst, I have absolutely nothing to show for it. Everything I’ve done in my life up to this point, has been predicated solely on a views. So many lies to mend, have left me wondering in loss. I’ve been so concern with complying with everyone else’s perceptions rather than living within the confines of my dreams. Having the attention span of a climax, I’ve wasted more time than I care to remember.

Subliminal thoughts have the tendency of occupying most leisure time and making a living is more than a state of mine when the bottom line continue to fall directly at my feet. The constant badgering of relationship coupled with the need to survive have all but taken its toll and the slim possibility of success wears on my subconscious from the distance. Is the rudiment principle I’ve used to ascertain so obvious? Trying so desperately to understand things I recorded from dreams I create. Only to end up dying to make cents in fact. Rigamortis is the metaphor I’ll rely on for that.

Everybody seems to have an opinion of how the story has been told, now sit back for a second to hear how the shit really unfolds. There are so many internal voices constantly haunting me, so I created high expectations of how my life is suppose to be. So if you feel Adam and Even were part of God’s magnificent plan, then what you see here standing before you is the image of the original man. My mind typically wonder at night but I’m focused today. Therefore I’ll keep using these metaphors and popping pills until the pain goes away.

You can’t recant, retract or regard it as fate. Because this breads from a source of everyday living, not something you can record on tape. You entered into an agreement which you thought was discreet and now every single thang you ever worked for belongs to the streets.

Tormented disfigured reels of insanity play, so many opinions invade the storm holding my intuition at bay. I WAS ERECTED FROM A STORM JUST PASSING THROUGH, AND YOU HAVE THE AUDACITY TO TRY AND CHANGE the clarity of MY point of VIEW. Gravity tends to take hold when I struggle at night and every downer I sneak and take, leaves my head feeling light. This ain’t the type drama you can vicariously get. I grew up listening to stereos, 8-tracks, and Summer Breeze on cassettes.

So what is the basis of this letter? Is it another fad or a LONG drawn out attempt for attention? This is by no stretch of anyone’s imagination some fairy tale ending that leaves us in a comatose state holding hands singing “kumbaya”, only to wake up and return to the mundane lifestyle on the horizon. Some of us sprint to the finish line, but in the end…it’s just a matter of time…..


Copyrights of Antonio Moses/Publisher Ashanti Publishing Group


You recall this video of a Black homeless woman being beaten repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol Officer on the side of a freeway a few weeks back which caused a media frenzy. Out of respect for the homeless woman and family we will refer to her as “Marlene Pinnock”. It’s easy to lose focus and not treat Mrs. Pinnock as though she’s a human being with God given rights and not just a Black homeless woman. For those of you who have their eyes wide open SHUT this may come as a surprise or even unusual. Just imagine if the technology of smart phones were not in place, or even worse, the countless times this type of behavior goes down where there are no phones or electronic devices to record these type of events.



The perception that cops are too aggressive has been fed not just by the high-profile deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Every moral quality law enforcement is suppose to ensure the populace uphold are being desecrated by the action of law enforcement officers all over the United States. And don’t try to hand me that lame ass excuse, “well it’s just a hand few of them nonsense.” It’s real easy to sit back and say jokingly, Not all Muslims are terrorist but all terrorist are Muslims. The same thing can be said about these out of control over zealous cowards hiding behind badges. How do you rationally discern the difference between an officer with a chip on his shoulder or one who is flat out a racist? I don’t know about you but if a police officer  flashes his lights behind me on a dark road, they might as well get the helicopters involved because it’s going to be an OJ chase. They won’t kill me on a dark & lonely highway and then charge me for battery on an officer and resisting arrest.

My question is, What’s really going on? Is this the governments way of attempting to desensitize us to what’s in store for minorities in the near future? Or is it an experiment to see how much pressure can be applied before the pipe burst and all hell breaks lose? So what Marlene Pinnock was awarded 1.5 million. There are some things you can’t pay your way out of. Miss Pinnock’s human rights as well as her civil rights were violated and no monetary value can be placed on that. Daniel Andrews needs to be held accountable for the laws he so arrogantly refused to uphold. Well I’m about to pull over and get my registration and webcam in order. Ya feel me? This is Maestro, I’m out!

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