Times are tough this holiday season.  People don’t have jobs and kids are looking for the next big thing to play with and store in their closet. So, while we don’t condone robbing, we can understand some of the sociological pressures to have the latest things.

Yes, the AJ11's are hot, but are they worth getting jumped, or shot? For many, the answer is yes...

People at the Hilltop Mall in wonderful Richmond, CA (no sarcasm intended or implied) risked life and limb to get these shoes.  There was gunfire, where a guy tried to pull a Cheddar Bob, Plaxico Burress and let off gunfire while waiting for the stores to open.  But, it was an accident, so that doesn’t count. We grew up with some snatch and grabbers, but not with fools robbing with guns.  When you go that far, you have to be ready to use. That was the Bridge too Far for most of the dudes we hung out with.

But, this time justice prevailed.  For those who have a job, they understand that they work hard for usually meager wages to make it work. They get up every day and in some cases, do a job they hate.  Robbing is easy, but you have to have some skill.  This is the story of Mostafa Hendi, who needs to take a remedial course in how to rob, or at least listen to my man 50.

By: WLOS | NBC17.com
Published: December 26, 2011

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. –A robbery suspect got a lot more than cash when he tried to hold up a North Carolina store.

An employee knocked the suspect unconscious at the “We Buy Gold” business on the Spartanburg highway in Hendersonville on Friday and held him down until police arrived.

“He came through the door. He had his hand down here on his waist, hoodie on his head, he said ‘Gimme the money, gimme the money, gimme the money,’” said employee Derek Mothershead.
“And I got up, and I threw my hands up and said take the money if you want it.”

Mothershead took matters into his own hands.

“He had a bag and instead of putting it in the bag I kind of handed it to him,” he recalled. “I said here, take it take it. And I just kind of came in and hit him.”

Mothershead knocked the robber, 25-year-old Mostafa Hendi, unconscious.

No means no, Ben. You reap what you sow buddy boy....

“If he wants money get a job, work like everybody else in this world.”

Mothershead held down Hendi, who was bleeding, and called police.

“We Buy Gold” manager Juan Cruz said knocking out armed robbers isn’t exactly store police. But he had a message for anyone considering robbing the store:

“Merry Christmas … Mostafa Hendi.”

Hendi is charged with armed robbery with a dangerous weapon.
He’s in jail on $100,000 bond.

Video can explain why good triumphs over evil this holiday season.

Wow.  And that was with the left.  He never saw it coming.  Didn’t he see Friday?

I still think that the worst part was that he had to clean up his own blood, because he was leaking all over the place.  This is the picture..,remember that this is one punch.

They should have given him some makeup for the mugshot, or at least reset his nose for the picture.

These days are long gone...focus on the books

I certainly hope so.  The time of prison might have shown him that playtime is over…

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University says former football star Maurice Clarett has been granted re-entry to pursue his degree after he spent more than three years in prison.

They are not escorting you to the Heisman ceremony or class

Ohio State spokesman Jim Lynch says in a statement that Clarett started classes on Monday after he was readmitted by the College of Education and Human Ecology, where he was originally enrolled.

Clarett says in a statement that it is a “surreal feeling to be back at Ohio State” and that he doesn’t want to be a “distraction or nuisance” to the football team or other students.

Clarett led the Buckeyes to the 2002 national championship in his only college season. He pleaded guilty in 2006 to aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon, and served 3½ years in a Toledo prison, where he took college-credit courses.

Maybe he got some credits in prison…I hope him good luck and that he truly learned from this lesson.  The education can take him farther than football…

Don't shoot! I'm not armed! Seems like he had foreshadowing working

Since we were in Philly with Freeway yesterday, it got me thinking about another Philadelphia rapper, Steady B.  This man could have used some stimulus help.  This can also be a warning to rappers.  Here is a story of a man with some talent, who went for the quick score.

On January 2, 1996, Steady B, along with C.E.B. band mate Cool C, and another local Philadelphia rapper, Mark Canty, attempted a bank robbery at a PNC bank branch in Philadelphia. During the botched heist, where Steady B served as the getaway driver in a stolen minivan, Philadelphia Police Officer Lauretha Vaird, who responded to the bank’s silent alarm, was shot and killed by Cool C.[2][3] Officer Vaird, an African-American woman and the single mother of two children, was the first female Philadelphia Police officer slain in the line of duty.[4] The incident inspired the song “Slipped Away (The Ballad of Lauretha Vaird)”, which appeared on Philadelphia trio G. Love and Special Sauce‘s album Yeah, It’s That Easy.

Steady B was arrested at his apartment shortly after the bank robbery. Two handguns left at the scene by Cool C and Canty, including the murder weapon, were traced back to Steady, and he eventually confessed his role in the crimes to police during interrogation.[5]

At his trial, the State presented evidence, including testimony from Steady’s wife, that Steady B, Cool C, and Canty met at Steady’s apartment shortly after the robbery, where they watched media coverage of the event on television, and discussed their escape.[5] Incriminating statements by Canty were also admitted into evidence at Steady’s trial.[5]

On October 30, 1996, Steady was convicted of the second degree murder of Officer Vaird.[2] On December 13, 1996, Steady B was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.[5]

You had talent, but you pissed it away, with the people that you hang around with.  Friends will lead you from trouble, not to it.  You have served 14 years of your life in the poke, and you have nothing else to look forward to, but more time.  But, your beat was tight…

With the church shooting this week, I know that criminals will do anything to get their hands on that gwap.  As I reflect on the question, I have to say that you are really never too young to be a dumb nigga and I think that the story explains why.

Now, Mr. Softee needs to carry a gat and wear a vest...SMDH

15-year-old arrested in ice cream truck shooting

A 15-year-old suspected of shooting an ice cream truck driver in Vallejo has been arrested.

The Associated Press

VALLEJO, Calif. —A 15-year-old suspected of shooting an ice cream truck driver in Vallejo has been arrested.

Police say the boy was arrested around 7 p.m. Wednesday in Oakland as he was leaving a home carrying a suitcase and bag. He is being held at Alameda County Juvenile Hall in San Leandro.

First, the kid had the wherewithal to try and escape with some of his belongings.  I guess that he needed a little more hitch in his getty-up.  Second, this little punk is cooling off in my town of San Leandro.  I don’t know where the juvie detention center is, but one of his punishments should be no more ice cream.  Whenever they serve it, the biggest, strongest kid should come over and forcibly take it from him to teach him a valuable lesson.  Personal property is fun and is the right for all.

Police say the teen shot 39-year-old Amarjit Kaur in the chest after demanding money on the afternoon of Feb. 3 as her truck was parked near Springstowne Middle School.

The boy’s alleged 14-year-old accomplice was taken into custody last week and police say the gun used in the shooting was recovered from his home.

Kaur remains hospitalized.

14 and 15 year old shooters are shocking to say the least.  I was a sophomore in high school at 14 and all I thought about was getting some trim (see I am trying to bring back that word…) and playing sports.  I still think ass beatings are a cure for some of this. I am also shocked (and this is where you can call me sexist) that they shot a woman.  I can’t imagine that she was a threat to harm them after the robbery took place, so it seems senseless.

Hopefully the hard reality of prison life will get them straightened out.  Although all it will really do is make them a better brand of criminal, one that has been tested in the system, spit out and ready to go again.

France is able to avoid not qualifying to participate in the World Cup, but they had to cheat to get there. ABC Grandstand Sport has details of the match.  Now, I am not one to get all up in arms about soccer.  I think that it is a great sport for little kids to get some exercise and play.  I don’t particularly care about soccer, but I will be the first to proclaim their amazing physical condition and their undeniable athleticism. But, the sport does not sing out to me, unless it;s a championship match, or they are playing for the pride of the country.  Being a U.S. citizen, from the inner-city makes this less important, but I root for the hometown Americans, even though worldwide, we are kinda trashy.

Contentious victory

Giovanni Trapattoni’s visitors, beaten 1-0 in Dublin last Saturday in the first leg of their play-off, had taken a shock lead in the 32nd minute through Robbie Keane and the Irish were unlucky not to score more before forcing the match to extra-time.

In the first additional 15-minute spell France had an appeal for a penalty turned down after striker Nicolas Anelka tumbled to the turf under pressure in the eighth minute.

The French are floppers. Here is video from 2006.

Five minutes later France skipper Thierry Henry, who had moments earlier been denied a free kick after falling to the ground 25 yards out, won the match for the hosts when his angled pass amid a goalmouth scramble was met by the head of William Gallas.

This is another reason why I hate soccer, because too many people are diving around on the floor like they have been shot, when in reality, no one has touched them.

Henry’s pass, however, came after the ball came off his hand prompting a rash of immediate protests by the Irish players to the match referee, Martin Hansson.

Hansson waved away appeals allowing France to qualify and avoid a repeat of its humiliating failure, at the hands of Bulgaria, to qualify for the 1994 World Cup finals.

Ireland, especially captain Robbie Keane, had the lion’s share of the chances in regulation time, and it will be kicking itself having last qualified for the 2002 World Cup where it made it to the second round.

Ireland might have had other opportunities, but that was a crime….

Most of you already know how I feel about Facebook.  It is a colossal waste of time and leads to some of the worst conversation in history. I don’t really care about what peoples status is, and if I did, I would call and ask them.  I know people who have broken down and gotten it, but don’t count me in that group….until now. (not really)

Now, I am still not going to get it, but I can see why Rodney Bradford is hecka happy he has it….

Hit me up at Facebook and Twitter and friend me and follow me! I might need you as an alibi!

New York teen proven innocent by Facebook

(AFP) – 2 hours ago

NEW YORK — A New York teenager narrowly avoided a 25-year jail term for armed robbery thanks to a Facebook status update he posted about pancakes, his lawyer told AFP Thursday.

I just hope he wasn’t eating these pancakes….

Plus, I am a Cowboy fan....

Rodney Bradford was held by police for 13 days, accused of breaking into a Brooklyn residence, but was able to corroborate his alibi thanks a posting to his Facebook page that showed what he was doing at the time of the crime.

As an addendum, the Post talks about the time spent.

“They had me on Rikers Island for 12 days. It was really miserable,” Bradford told The Post last night.

“If it wasn’t for Facebook I’d still be on Rikers Island.”

Rikers Island....This would be the wrong place to ask for syrup

His joyful stepmom, Ernestine Bradford, agreed, saying. “Facebook saved my son,” she said. “Normally, we yell at our kids, ‘Oh, you’re on the computer!” It’s completely different. If it wasn’t for Facebook, my son wouldn’t be here.”

Bradford’s comment, teasing his girlfriend about not having joined him to eat pancakes and accompanied by a time-stamp, “was probably instrumental in the District Attorney’s decision to drop the charges,” his lawyer Robert Reuland said.

Bradford was accused of breaking into a sprawling 1,390-apartment complex in Brooklyn, New York with a gun, when in fact he was eight miles (13 kilometers) away at his father’s Manhattan home.

Jonah Bruno, a spokesperson for the Kings County District Attorney’s office confirmed “the case was dismissed.”

If charged and convicted, Bradford could have spent 25 years behind bars.

Reuland, who is also a celebrated crime-fiction author, said it was the first time he had come across a case in which Internet evidence had been used to disprove charges.

The popularity of social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter have propelled them into the legal cases in recent years, but usually as evidence of a transgression.

Who knew that vanity could get you out of a 25 year sentence?  For once, I have to give Facebook dap on saving a black man’s life and preventing for his condemnation to the Prison Industrial Complex, where far too many reside currently.