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Life In Fast Forward?
Welcome to the online home of me, some guy given the name John Cleveland Payne. In the grand scheme of life, I am just another guy with another blog. But to myself, and hopefully to all of you who actually read this, I am something a little more special. From a young age, I fell in love of the idea of ‘the message’ and medium in which you try to transmit.

Basically, everyone has a message to give to the world. Some are basic, some complex, some have the power to up lift and some are just out there to bring as many people down as possible. But everyone has a message, and most people have problems identifying their message. And the ones who get that far can seem to figure out how to get the world to listen.

Well, I have a message, and this is where I will get a chance to share it. Hopefully, you’ll get plenty of things to keep you motivated or inspired, provide knowledge and comfort, and just have a little fun. Apologies for the state of flux and state of seemingly confusing messages that you’ll get here for a while, as I am doing a lot of personal soul searching, and scrubbing of old ideas to take the best of the past to build a new beginning.

In 2007, I changed the name of blog from “The Mis-Adventures Of The Jazzy Cool One” to “Life In Fast Forward.” I began to tear down old blogs and newsletters and try to find places for them here. My goal is to take the focus off of me the person, and show the world the life I live and share with every human on the planet. I aspire to life at a very high standard, and instead of dealing with people who rather slow us down, I want to find ways to help people pick up there own pace. As you get to see an insight to the further adventures I hope to lead, hopefully you’ll enjoy the ride, and want to come along.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2005
As my wife and stepson sit in the other room watching a boot leg DVD of Disney's "Song of the South." This 1946 combination live-action/animation film that was "quietly retired" in the US in 1986 because of its unrealistic depiction of the post-Civil War "Reconstruction" era, and the various rumors of what is and isn't depicted in the movie that can and can't be seen as racist and derogatory. But images of past cinema is not the race debate for tonight. Tonight, we're still focusing on New Orleans, and the race debate that has come straight to life thanks to Hurricane Katrina and some poor decisions by a gaggle of politicians that caused a lot of problem with evacuation and aid in the area.

I've decided to post links to commentary by Michael Graham, Jack Shafer, Rich Lowry, and Randall Robinson, but that is not from a lack of available commentary. Yes, rapper Kanye West did say "George Bush doesn't care about black people," on live TV. Yes, former First Lady Barbara Bush probably shouldn't have talked about the "underprivileged" flood evacuees at the Astrodome in Houston now actually were a step up from their pre-Katrina life, which people will read in as black people. And very true, the focus of coverage had the camera pointed on the majority of the poor people being evacuated out of New Orleans, the city, which seemed to be black, while a lot of the poor whites out in the suburbs are just now seeing aid and helicopters.

But it's not true that poor black were going cannibalize to stay alive during the floods. Stories of gang rapes at the convention center were exaggerated. Some people who have heard yet another mandatory evacuation are still refusing to leave, for a bevy of reasons, and they now have a better place to go. The levies were not blown up by the government to flood the poor areas as a way to save the French Quarter.

And George Bush probably doesn't hate black people. I'm not so sure about how much he cares about poor people, but we'll deal with that one later . . .

The big discussion on race is yet to come in this country, and this isn't the event that needs to spark it. We've got enough real problem to deal with, and a real disaster to clean up, that freakish rumors that do absolutely nothing but scare those who need to be caught up in drama the least will do nothing but confused the issue, and push back any true discussion.
posted by J. Cleveland Payne @ 7:05 PM  
  • At 10:58 AM, Blogger laurie said…

    i do think pres. bush doesn't care much for the poor people. hasn't that been like a republican mantra for the past kazillion years? i guess because the most publicized poor people affected by this storm are black, kanye had a point too. they can try to spin it any way they want, but i have a feeling that no matter what republican they put up for president in 2008, the gulf coast is voting democrat.

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