october: love in the time of evictions

Dear Readers,

Another day’s dose of All the News That’s Fit to Flip, taking up to minute headlines from the New York Times and flipping them into Hip Hop based poetics and prose you can feel.

October 16, 2007

I.  NYT Headline: Treasury Chief Urges Action on Housing Slump 

Political Poet Headline: Love In the Time of Eviction

What happens to a nation of individuals riveted by ever present threats to the home?  Lately, the U.S. has seen a host of home based issues arise and not a one has to do with more or better housing for all.  Narrower and narrower have become our rights to the home, literally and philosophically.  From the dimming right of return (post-Katrina, NOLA), to the diminished right of privacy (re-emergence of the home search as a condition on welfare, San Diego, CA), to ever diluted voting rights (evidence of election fraud in the past two elections), to what the New York Times calls, “the steepest housing slump in 16 years,” it is without a doubt an era of eviction from ways of knowing and owning “home.”

Today, Henry Paulson, U.S. Treasury “Chief,” went over to the Georgetown School of Law to make an impassioned call of action aimed at key players in the government and financial lending industry.  Paulson was basically like, “this housing slump ain’t gonna end, its not like most people are getting any richer, and 2 million motherfuckers looking for a home plain and simple, got caught up with these mortgages being offered at ‘teaser rates’, you know, like how the credit card and layaway folks do, little to no interest for the first year and then hit you with the heeeee right after, tryna ass us all out and shit, but anyway, these 2 million mortgages is about to be up for the mad rate increase within the next 18 months, and on top of that peoples are already struggling to hold on to their homes, come on now governments and banks, stop bullshitting and tryna blame each other and get to work on threading more flexibility through these loans so people bend but don’t break, cause we can’t have a nation of everyone homeless.  Well, we could, but that would be like the depression and the only thing that got us out of that was World War II, but see we already in war now and still struggling, so feel me when I say we need to work on loan modification and refinance options, aka flexibility for the people, so they can stay sheltered.”

That’s basically what he said, with a little extra gravy on the side. 

 I’m like this, let’s keep our eyes on the issue of sub-prime lending and the ensuing battles while making sure to use our peripheral to peep what’s happening to “home” as a concept, as a right, in general.  It is an era of eviction, and a time for philosophers and poets to fill in the national narrative blanks.  So that we can better understand what the hell is going on.

II.  Today’s Caspian Sea Summit Brings Up the Notable Quote of the Day

“The division of the sea is not less important than the nuclear program.” (Ahmad Nateq Nouri, a former Iranian parliamentary speaker.)

                    Oil derricks in the Caspian Sea near Baku, Azerbaijan.

The division of the sea?  Damn, if that ain’t poetic fodder.  The Caspian Sea.  Take a look at her, before and after.  She’s sitting on that black gold, and the male heads of state are getting hungery for all she’s got.  The leaders of 5 nations bordering the Caspian Sea met today, including Mahmoud Amhadinejad and Vladimir Putin, making it the first time a Kremlin leader has traveled “to Iran since 1943 when Stalin attended a wartime summit meeting with Churchill and Roosevelt.  Those 5 nations are Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.  As the price of oil rises like R. Kelly talking about temperatures rising, folks are looking to the Caspian Sea and gathering to discuss; 1. the legal status of the oil and gas that lives under the sea bed; 2. who owns this natural wealth; 3. transit routes, aka, how are we going to get that wealth up from under there to where it can be bought and sold?

So, the whole meeting turns into a discussion about Iran and nuclear threat and the largely discredited (or so it seemed) International Atomic Energy Agency.  And then Ahmad Nateq Nouri pipes up with that quotable gem. 

 I’ve ridden across the oceans of the world and have seen, smelled, the places where two oceans meet.  Colors mingle, it is a natural sight to behold.  There is no division of the sea in the long term.  And let us hope that the short term carving leaves the land in an okay spot to heal.  Feel. 

Keep feeling y’all.  Stay tuned for more of All the News That’s Fit to Flip, by political poet, NaXaL.




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