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50 Cent worth of Transitions


I am not racist.

But, everyone is so excited about our new black President, and I feel compelled to be controversial.

Obama and 50 Cent /1 are being identified as two iconic figures that will (seriously) set the bar for black youth.

By the way…  I believe they can set the bar for us all. Both men are charismatic leaders that know how to deliver a message with a punch.

I am optimistic.

But, lets remember why we are so thrilled to see men such as this rise.

NOTE:  I freely admit that from time-to-time I do say things that others have the common sense not to.

Or, I care about everyone (anyone) enough to point things out that that can be resolved.



But, the following is satire (it’s just painful)…
In a decision that’s expected to send shockwaves through the African-American community – and yet, give much relief to teachers everywhere – a federal judge ruled today that black women no longer have independent naming rights for their children. Too many black children – and, many adults – bear names that border on not even being words, he said.   

“I am simply tired of these ridiculous names black women are giving their children,” said U.S. Federal Judge Ryan Cabrera before rendering his decision.

“Someone had to put a stop to it.”

The rule applies to all black women, but Cabrera singled out impoverished mothers.             

“They are the worst perpetrators,” he said. “They put in apostrophes where none are needed. They think a ‘Q’ is a must. There was a time when Shaniqua and Tawanda were names you dreaded. Now, if you’re a black girl, you hope you get a name as sensible as one of those.”

Few stepped forward to defend black women – and, black women themselves seemed relieved.

“It’s so hard to keep coming up with something unique,”said Uneeqqi Jenkins, 22, an African-American mother of seven who survives on public assistance. Her children are named Daryl, Q’Antity, Uhlleejsha, Cray-Ig, Fellisittee, Tay’Sh’awn and Day’Shawndra.

Beginning in one week, at least two white people, an Asian, Hispanic, and Native American must agree with the name before a black mother can name her child (unless it is previously approved by Emily Poste).              

“Hopefully we can see a lot more black children with sensible names like Jake and Connor,” Cabrera said.

His ruling stemmed from a lawsuit brought by a 13-year-old girl whose mother created her name using Incan hieroglyphics.

“She said it would make me stand out,” said the girl, whose name can’t be reproduced by The Peoples News’ technology. “But it’s really just stupid.”

The National Association of Elementary School Teachers celebrated Cabrera’s decision.

cartoon | unsinkable brian cork“Oh my God, the first day of school you’d be standing there sweating, looking at the list of names wondering ‘How do I pronounce Q’J’Q’Sha.’?” said Joyce Harmon, NAEST spokeswoman. “Is this even English?”

The practice of giving black children outlandish names began in the 1960s, when blacks were getting in touch with their African roots, said historian Corlione Vest. But even he admits it got out of hand.

“I have a niece who’s six. I’m embarrassed to say I can’t even pronounce her name,” said Vest, a professor at Princeton University. “Whenever I want to talk to her, I just wait until she looks at me and then I wave her over.”

Cabrera’s ruling exempted black men because so few of them are actually involved in their children’s lives.


barack-obama-votes-for-brian-cork1Barack Obama is sworn into office today.

Lead on Mr. President.

But, don’t forget to listen to 50 Cent from time-to-time.

“Hate it or Love it” by 50 Cent.


Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


1/ Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975),better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper. He rose to fame with the release of his albums Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003) and The Massacre (2005). Both albums achieved multi-platinum success, selling over twenty-one million copies combined.

NOTE:  Brian also has a business Blog that apparently fascinates world leaders and decision-makers alike (but, few others). It can be viewed and relished at: The Human Capital Blog.

Question everything and accept nothing


I have decided to regale you with my current thoughts for anyone interested in the short-term causes of this financial crisis. 

The long-term buildup of debt guaranteed problems for America, but a long series of public policy errors produced a severe crisis.  

In a forthcoming article in Vanity Fair slated for January 2009 (yes – I have both the power and will to do this), entitled “Capitalist Fools”,  Joseph E. Stiglitz will write:

“Behind the debate over remaking U.S. financial policy will be a debate over who’s to blame. It’s crucial to get the history right, writes a Nobel-laureate economist, identifying five key mistakes-under Reagan, Clinton, and Bush II-and one national delusion.”

You can learn more about Mr. Stiglitz by reading this summary from Wikipedia:  He has credibility and my attention. Mr.  Stiglitz  is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is a recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal (1979) and the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001). He is also the former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank.

In any event…

There will come a moment when the most urgent threats posed by the credit crisis have eased and the larger task before us will be to chart a direction for the economic steps ahead. This will be a dangerous moment. Behind the debates over future policy is a debate over history; at issue – the causes of our current situation. The battle over the past will determine the path for the present. So it’s crucial to get the history straight.

What would Thomas Jefferson and Ayn Rand say?

I believe Mr. Jefferson would advise us to keep asking questions.  And, Ms. Rand would encourage not to accept any answers.

I Blog about both quite a bit.  Go indulge yourself when you have some time. NOTE: See below for some quick links.

What were the critical decisions that led to the crisis? Mistakes were made at every fork in the road.  We had what engineers call a “system failure – when not a single decision, but a cascade of poor judgment calls, produced tragic results. 

The truth is most of the individual mistakes boil down to just one: a belief that markets are self-adjusting and that the role of government should be minimal./1 Looking back at that belief during hearings this fall on Capitol Hill, Alan Greenspan said out loud:

“I have found a flaw.”

Congressman Henry Waxman pushed him, responding:

“In other words, you found that your view of the world, your ideology, was not right; it was not working.”

Greenspan responds:

“Absolutely, precisely,”

Such a simple rsponse to a tragic and enormous result.

The embrace by America, and much of the, of the world, of this flawed economic philosophy made it inevitable that we would eventually arrive at the place we are today.

The administration talked about confidence building, but what it delivered was actually a confidence trick. If the administration had really wanted to restore confidence in the financial system, it would have begun by addressing the underlying problems-the flawed incentive structures and the inadequate regulatory system.

Was there any single decision which, had it been reversed, would have changed the course of history? Every decision including decisions not to do something, as many of our bad economic decisions have been (eg the SEC and the IRS regarding Bernie Madoff), is a consequence of prior decisions, an interlinked web stretching from the distant past into the future. You’ll hear some on the right point to certain actions by the government itself-such as the Community Reinvestment Act, which requires banks to make mortgage money available in low-income neighborhoods. (Defaults on C.R.A. lending were actually much lower than on other lending.) There has been much finger-pointing at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two huge mortgage lenders, which were originally government-owned. But in fact they came late to the subprime game, and their problem was similar to that of the private sector: their C.E.O.’s had the same perverse incentive to indulge in gambling.

More later – to include historical foundation, root cause and relevance. And, potential solutions.

Meanwhile… Please go listen to “In The Sun” by Michael Stipe with Coldplay.  The original song was by Joseph Arthur. Both are brilliant. But, I think I like Arthur’s version better. It’s raw – like my feelings so often are.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


1/ Ayn Rand might agree with this.  But, it neglects the sophism that everything is likely manipulated at some point.

NOTE: I also have a business Blog that apparently fascinates world leaders and decision-makers alike (but, few others). It can be viewed and relished at: The Human Capital Blog.

Blog Posts with references to Thomas Jefferson – and, certainly Ayn Rand:

What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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