Friends of Webster

Raised in the house, but field certified.

Forty Days Until the Hearing at C.A.A.F.

Can someone win if someone doesn’t lose?

Does winning and losing always have to be mutually exclusive?

Webster Smith.jpg I just want to walk away from this with my head held high. I don’t want anyone to lose. I don’t even remember how to be angry or upset with anyone. I would just like to have my honor back already. I have carried myself with dignity from the very first day of this all, in anticipation that that day would come. 

Ironically, honor seemed so cliche at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Then you leave and that is what you impassionately strive for. So, I just want my honor back. I didn’t lie, cheat, steal or attempt to deceive. I laid it out there with the CDR’s laser-eyes meeting my laser-eyes. I didn’t stutter, choke, stumble or regret a thing that I said when I spoke for myself, despite my life being on the line. I chose to tell the truth and let the cards fall as they may. Truth was more important to me than comfort, convenience or career. So can I please have my honor back?

That day of reckoning was well over three years ago. It has been long enough.

September 30th, 2009 Posted by | 100 posts in 100 days | no comments

“Forever” by Drake, Kanye, Wayne, Eminem and Lebron James

Title Track For Lebron James’ “More than a Game” Motion Picture to Premier on October 3, 2009. Get past the anger that accompanies their ambition and you’ll hear some meaningful lyrics.

September 28th, 2009 Posted by | News | no comments

Ronald Machen to become the Capitol’s U.S. Attorney

Ron Machen and the legendary John Payton reached out to me when I was at my lowest. They saw foul in Connecticut from a thousand miles away. Just a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit and talk with Machen. We talked mostly about life and progress, not details and such. I am honored machen_ronald1.jpgto have crossed Machen’s path and I look forward to watching his career in the Obama Administration blossom.

 Today’s Washington Post Article

On my appellate team, I have had some of the nation’s finest attorneys. Payton leads the NAACP’s storied legal arm, Crossley is shoring up the Democratic National Committee’s national legal office, Delery is now Eric Holder’s Chief of Staff. These men served my cause and I am grateful. Without that phone call to the U.S. Naval Submarine Base on that July afternoon, I would have surely lost hope in a fight that the media already felt was over.  It has never been over for me.

With my Oral Arguments at C.A.A.F. on the horizon and with the recent interlocutory order to finally unseal my case, I am harboring conflicting feelings. I am feeling the human emotion of unassuredness. But spiritually, I feel more sure than ever. This is how God works and I am confident in His plan for me.

September 17th, 2009 Posted by | 100 posts in 100 days | 2 comments

E Pluribus Unum?

See for yourself at The Drudge Report. Granted, Maher’s skit was 75% satirical but there is some truth to it. Seldom does Matt Drudge cast liberals, African-Americans and sympathetic conservatives in a positive light.

No, Pat Buchanan, Barack Obama is not the source of our country’s ceasing sense of “Country.” Unlike Jeezy and Jay-Z’s ignorant 2008 rant about Obama’s inauguration, Drudge doesn’t play within the lines of conscious context. He is an artist of sorts, he paints using carefully selected words and photos to illustrate a “preponderance of evidence.” P.O.E., while completely baseless and unrelated, can persuade a jury.

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Many of the stories that Drudge links to his “aggregator” aren’t of substantive interest to those that visit Drudge, instead, it is comfortable scenery that sets the mood for the archetypal reader’s primal senses. Drudge knows that negative press about African-Americans is great press for the conservatives seeking midterm victories in 2010. And thus, he holds a large key to the G.O.P’s resurgence with only the Huffington Post’s straightforward partisan news and opinion to stop it. In Drudge’s world, the victim is always: Coulter, Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, O’Reilly, Buchanan, Gingrich and now, even the imbecilic Joe Wilson (R) of good ole’ South Cackalacky. Ironically, the victims that he portrays often lambast the media for portraying liberals as victims. He takes a different approach for the intelligent, temperately moderate and well-liked former-Congressman Joe Scarborough (R) of MSNBC’s Morning Joe.  

I am a frequent visitor to Drudge and I have noticed this tendency for a while: “Cognac-swigging Kanye,” “Pimp & Hooker catch ACORN staff in NYC,” “They Can’t Stop Us,” and the like. Today, Drudge slanted the media’s coverage of his own antics, ignoring the context of their coverage and instead highlighting “First Lady: Hoein’ the Garden” and “Obama Beats Old White Man.” This is the tone of the morning version of the September 14, 2009 edition of The Drudge Report.

I align myself with the conservative party in almost every category. I believe that many African-Americans would agree with this common conflict of social interest. Until the government decides to quit outsourcing the message to charismatic TV personalities and contain executive, justice and legislative branches’ operations within the state and federal walls that our ancestors built, Michael Steele (R) will stand alone. Many middle-class African-Americans will continue to set aside their own political idealogies for the comfortability of a liberal idealogue’s social identity. Case in point, Pat Buchanan’s recent overflow of the heart:

The European-Christian core of the country that once defined us is shrinking, as Christianity fades, the birth rate falls and Third World immigration surges. Globalism dissolves the economic bonds, while the cacophony of multiculturalism displaces the old American culture.

It will be difficult to side with the de facto leaders of the Republican Party. Never was this country’s core “European-Christian.” The governing body was of that ilk but not the natives who owned the land before Europe’s arrival, the enslaved that tilled the land after or the 19th and 20th century immigrants (of all faith’s) who manned the machinery that drove the industrial revolution.

E Pluribus Unum?  Out of many, conservative pundits are sure focused on one sect of American culture.
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FOOTNOTE:
“A liberal is a man who leaves the room when the fight starts.”
Heywoud Broun

Calling Professor Marc Lamont Hill! Calling Professor March Lamont Hill! At least the Columbia Professor and professed “hip-hop intellectual” fights the war of partisan rhetoric behind enemy lines.

September 14th, 2009 Posted by | 100 posts in 100 days | no comments

Pennsylvania Ave?