Saturday, December 29, 2007

Abdul's Hypocrisy Reaches New Heights

Radio talk show host Abdul-Hakim Shabazz is taking up the race-baiting mantle of the man who is typically his nemesis, competing radio talk show host Amos Brown. Shabazz suggests that a post on Advance Indiana reminding readers that Deputy Mayor-designate Olgen Williams participated with a group of black ministers earlier this year in demanding that Mayor Bart Peterson cough up $25 million for their "youth programs" to combat crime in the city was a racist attack on Williams. The hypocritical Shabazz writes:

I am all for fair criticism of public officials however to the new “loyal opposition” I might caution you to temper your criticism with common sense. The latest attacks
on Williams could easily be construed as racist, as Amos Brown of AM 1310 pointed out on his radio program Friday. Anyone who knows Amos and me, knows we don’t agree on much, but we both think the only things that were missing in the attacks on Williams were white sheets and burning crosses.
Shabazz, who Amos Brown has often referred to in the past as a "black hating black", fails to mention that he was all over the issue on his radio talk show at the time the ministers' demand was made, and IndyUndercover weighed in with an edgy take on the issue as well, alleging CCC President Monroe Gray had used the "N" word in describing the ministers' action. Of course, Shabazz has conveniently deleted the entire blog entry at IndyUndercover so you can no longer read the truth for yourself. In the interest of full disclosure to your listeners, Mr. Shabazz, do you care to share with us exactly what work you perform for the Marion Co. GOP Chairman Tom John's law firm for that "Of Counsel" title you hold there?

UPDATE: An avid Advance Indiana reader found this tame version of the $25 million dispute with the black ministers which Abdul wrote about some time ago at Indiana Barrister. Of course, the edgy version over at IndyUndercover has disappeared. Notice the talk of the $5 million over 5 years and the fact that Peterson's tax increase supposedly set aside $5 million for faith-based initiatives. This begs the question, will it be Olgen Williams job to make sure that money gets doled out and is that a wise use of our tax dollars? Check out what Abdul wrote then and take note of his little dig at people who blog anonymously:

Normally I don’t write pieces that are too speculative in nature unless I have some facts to back them up. I’ve been following some items for a couple months now and have been able to piece a few items together. It makes for an interesting read, although I’ll be the first to admit it sounds like something that would show up in an anonymous blog. Luckily, anything I write, I put my name on it because my ego is just that big.

There is quite the internal struggle going behind the scenes involving the Mayor, Council President, the Sheriff’s Department and the Black Pastors. Here’s the deal. The Mayor and Black pastors have been at odds for a while concerning funding for programs. The Pastors wanted the mayor to help raise $25 million over five years for programs they would administer. The meeting went south faster than K-Fed’s career. So now the Council President, Monroe Gray, is negotiating with the Pastors to find them their money. Quite a reversal for a man who reportedly dropped the n-word regarding them a while back. By stepping in, Monroe builds a bridge between the Mayor and Pastors.

Why is this important? There is talk that the newly merged Metropolitan Police Department could go back under Bart Peterson. To accomplish that, the Democrats would have to vote for it. Gray and his chief lieutenant and fellow councilor Vernon Brown are already upset because their “juice” doesn’t fly with the new department. They’ve been told to back off several times by Frank Anderson’s right-hand men. In part, they complain Anderson has appointed no Blacks to his upper echelon. There have been quite a few private conflicts between the two parties.

So here’s the connection, by making peace with the Pastors, the councilors increase their pull, which has come under fire lately for a number of missteps. Secondly, the Mayor gets the Police department back. Gray and Brown stick it to Anderson and his staff. And if Gray can find the money, he’s a hero to the clergy and gets them off the Mayor’s back. I’m still confused about all this, but this is what’s been going on behind the scenes. Now you’re just as confused as I am.

Another Advance Indiana reader managed to find these archived posts from IndyUndercover on the subject of the black ministers' demands. I suspect someone wishes they no longer existed. Here's what they offered on the subject:

God to Mayor; "$25 Mil or Else!" Four Horsemen Mount Up for Trip to Indianapolis!:

Indyu laughed this morning when it read the Indianapolis Star. Not for the usual reasons, but because the 25th floor is now officially, and evangelically, screwed! Indyu told you the preachers were already mad at the County Democrats, now they want $25 million from the city for programs to help stop violence (which makes our lives easier by the way). The city doesn't have the money so the pastors won't see a thing. They get pissed and tell their flock to stay home, or vote for someone else. The political Apocalypse ensues. Famine, death, pestilence and plague run wild! Indyu is ready for the rapture! How about you?!

Then there is this gem from Nov 8, 2006 at 12:06pm entitled Does Sweet Pea kiss his mother with that mouth?:

Sweet pea, Sweet Pea, Sweet pea. You should be ashamed of yourself. When those pastors stopped by the Mayor's office a few weeks ago Indyu thought you would have been a little nicer to them. Indyu had no idea your response would be "Who let those n----- in here?!" Don't deny it! You know you said it! You should be ashamed of yourself! You're already going to hell, do you really want to speed up the trip?

Then there was the post from November 20, 2006 at 9:16pm entitled Peterson takes on God:

Fresh off major victories in Marion County (except for the one race with Meliar that mattered) Bart has decided to go after God, or at least his agents here on earth. Peterson has decided to go after the local Black preachers who gave him an earfull during their meeting a few weeks ago. You remember the one where Sweet Pea called them a word that rhymes with "triggers." Peterson is going to use code enforcement and other city ordinances to discredit the Pastors. Indyu may not agree with them asking for money, but even Indyu isn't brave enough to screw with God. Next thing you know we'll be beset with a plague of locusts.

18 comments:

Doesn't Hold water said...

Ruth Holladay has mentioned that at least one person has archives of all of Indy Undercover. It should be possible to track down the posts.

Anonymous said...

Good question to ask of Abdul, Advance. I looked up his bar admission records in Illinois since he's not admitted to practice law in Indiana and he listed his place of business where he practices law at WXNT's offices in Indianapolis. You know he ain't practicing law there.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 12:37, the address that you list is not necessarily the location of your home or office, just where you can be reached. And when I say reached, I mean mainly by the Bar Association. There are several possible reasons for this, but it is not really that important. I wouldn't make a big deal about that.

Gary, I note in your comments on Abdul's blog (which should be preserved here so he doesn't delete them) that Abdul was cheeky enough to ask you why they didn't serve that warrant. You then ask him who intervened. That is the question that needs to be answered. There are only a few people in the IMPD who could go over Boomershine's head, and there is one other person outside of IMPD who could order a stand down, that being Brizzi. So who did it? As has been pointed out before, Brizzi is on that show an awful lot, and it gives him a great soapbox both for his current position and in preperation for his next run for another office.

There is more to this, much more. We need to find out.

Anonymous said...

AI, Don't forget those ministers were threatening to shut down construction on the Lucal Oil Stadium if they didn't get the $25 million they were demanding. It wasn't exactly a friendly request for assistance.

Anonymous said...

Great catch. Looks like one post Abdul forget to delete from his archives.

Anonymous said...

I find it interesting that AI and others are so excited by the search warrant that was issued but never served. I am curious as to what law was broken to allow such a search warrant. There is no protection in the law for a CI that I know of.

And if no law was broken, then how do you get a search warrant for evidence. Seems extremly thin and close to a violation of the fourth amendment.

Yet, AI and others are all for it. An invasion of ones home by the authorities seems to be the type of thing we should monitor closely and demand accountability of.

Advance Indiana said...

anon 2:12, And I take it you approve of subverting the rights of that confidential police informant whose life was placed in danger because someone recklessly released her identity to the public.

Anonymous said...

and further, I never interpreted "IndyU" to be the target of the investigation per se, but rather that IndyU would have evidence of someone on IMPD who may have leaked the CI info and might be guilty of obstruction of justice or something similar(?)

Anonymous said...

Does Abdul or Greg Ballard for that matter, believe that Olgen Williams is the best that the community has to offer! I think not! It is so very apparent that what Greg Ballard and the Good ole Party wanted was a SAFE NEGRO! Well, you wanted it, you got it! Our community has "again" been sold out and bought out by putting a very marginal person into a "do nothing but talk" position. We had better watch where the money is going! Thanks Greg Ballard...for nothing!

Anonymous said...

See, it's black Republicans like Abul who are the worst kind of race-baiters.

On the one had, they denounce Affirmative Action saying race-based quotas are unconstitutional and that everyone needs to just pull themselves up buy their bootstraps - while ignoring the fact that playing field remains unlevel for minorities (Clarence Thomas).

But when they feel that one of their own (or themselves, even)is being unfairly singled out, they holler "racism!" from the rooftops. (Clarence Thomas, Abdul, J.C. Watts, et al).

Typical.

Anonymous said...

anon 2:12, And I take it you approve of subverting the rights of that confidential police informant whose life was placed in danger because someone recklessly released her identity to the public.

2:17 PM EST

Care to name the right of the CI that was subverted?

Anonymous said...

You might also want to take a look at the elements of the crime of obstruction of justice. Justice actually DOES have to be obstructed before a crime is committed. Making a CI "uncomfortable" certainly doesn't fit the bill. Truly, this was a political witch hunt. And now all you haters of AI have taken the Dems bait, and you are eating your own. Pitiful show Gary...

Anonymous said...

Being a CI is a dangerous profession. Their are no guarantees or promises given. While a handler may say "we will do all we can to protect you", their is no contract implicit in those words.

Sorry, its a rough job. This is also not the first case of a name of a CI being outed. Happens alot. Even happens in court from time to time. Have their been any search warrants before because of this?

The question is, why a search warrant for this one. That is where the story is. To go into someones home, one should have a good reason.

Our founding fathers thought that the goverment should not be able to come into our homes absent probable cause or a warrant. I agree with them.

I can't understand why everyone is giving them carte blanche in this case.

Anonymous said...

Our founding fathers thought that the goverment should not be able to come into our homes absent probable cause or a warrant. I agree with them.

I can't understand why everyone is giving them carte blanche in this case.


Because probable cause had been determined to exist, and because a warrant had been issued.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing those IndyUndercover posts, Advance. It is so obvious Abdul and IndyUndercover are one and the same.

Anonymous said...

Never thought that I would say this but "Abdul sold out"! What a shame. I actually thought that he was different! I was wrong about him and wrong about Greg Ballard!
I support the printing of Ballard Lies bumper sticters!

Anonymous said...

I love how everybody is so anti-Abdul and anti-IU all of a sudden. Both received praises from MANY for helping Indy, and now all of that is loss on trivial questions about search warrants, blog moderators, etc.
Was Abdul posting on IU? Who knows, and who cares, but you would think that those who feel Abdul is IU . . . would give him a thanks instead of saying he sold out. I just don't get it - maybe Ruth and Gary are jealous they didn't think of IU.

Bart is gone, wasn't that the point?

Wilson46201 said...

So you are saying the ends justifies the means? So Ballard was elected by bamboozlement?