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What's Behind Obama's Rock Star Status?
The ideations of John McCain
by Eddie Griffin
What is this business about Sen. Barack Obama having “rock star” status? When Sen. John McCain makes this reference, it has to be a mental association based up a supremacist psychosis.
First, popularity in attracting large crowds signifies “rock star” status. What is this disdain McCain has for popular celebrities? Is “rock star” status a bad thing? Or, is there an assumption that rock stars cannot be good leaders.
Second, if the man on stage is a black man, he must be a “rock star” to draw such a crowd. After all, black men especially have had a long history in entertainment and sports, for the pleasure of the elite box seat crowd. From Mr. Bojangles tap dancing for coins tossed at his feet to hip-hop Kanye West, Barack Obama must be some new form of cheap political entertainment, like other black men on stage.
The “rock star status” label is supposed to cheapen the candidate in the eyes of the public. After all, you cannot take a rock star seriously.
What is wrong with John McCain’s eyesight? What does a true world leader look like?
(Duh! I don’t know… never been there… never done that… looks like rock star status to me.)
When was the last time the world cheered an American politician, let alone when was the last time they flocked to see an American leader, with great such great masses, with enthusiasm, passion, and adoration?
(Well Duh! I can’t turn out crowds like that. I still can’t figure out why half the world hates us and our friends forsake us… I’m going to make the world respect me… I’m going to make the world come back over to my side… I’m going to make the world align with my missions and goals… I’m going to make you love me more than you love Barack Obama... This is John McCain and I approve this jealous message.)
By Billy "Hollywood" Groves
Vernon “Jiggie” Mosley Jr. of Crockett is a 27 year old successful African American businessman who breeds and sells deer for a living. I got to sit down and talk with this remarkable young entrepreneur who is also the founder and C.E.O. of his record label Billionaire Records.
The first question I asked Mosley, the owner of the 2000 acre Mosley Ranch located on State Hwy. 21 west of Crockett, was “How did a young Black man from Trinity, Texas get involved in the Deer breeding and selling business?”
He smiled and reclined in his chair at his desk, surrounded by computers, business papers and other office equipment and told me this, “My family has always been involved with farm animals, my father the late Vernon Mosley Sr. raised Brahman and Hereford cattle in Trinity.
"I was raised around cattle and farm animals and I displayed heifers and steers in high school for competition.” He said his family owned property in Trinity but when a friend showed him 972 acres of prime ranch property near Crockett, he bought it and bought more acres later to make it a 2000 acre ranch.
After purchasing the land he noticed that there were a lot of deer on the property. After a suggestion from a friend, he built a high deer fence to keep the deer on the property.
He later went to deer breeders and bought five registered deer to put in with his ranch deer and spent some time studying different deer breeding operations. Mosley said once he got started in the deer business, it became successful almost immediately.
He started in 2002 and now has a herd of over 200 strong white tailed deer.
I asked Mosley about the price of a grown deer from his ranch, who buys them and what they do with them.
He said he has sold deer off his ranch for as much as 50 thousand dollars; the people who buy them are usually big time hunters, breeders and deer business owners.
The deer are sold for their antler size and hunting value to people all over America. He added that once he got started in the deer business, the deer he invested with in the beginning paid for themselves in three years.
On the Mosley Ranch there is a lodge which can accommodate more hunters who come to the ranch to hunt for a fee.
There is a 13 acre reservoir and many lakes and ponds stocked with Florida hybrid bass and crappie fish on the ranch.
According to Mosley, there is something on the ranch for every member of the family. Youth groups come to the ranch for youth hunts, fishing and sightseeing.
He said he recently hosted a group of youth from Yates High School in Houston who got to learn about deer and ranch life.
I asked Mosley about his role models, his family, and his advice for young people and his record company.
His role models are his parents, the late Vernon Mosley, who was a rancher and construction worker and his mother, Jo Ann Mosley of Trinity, who is the matriarch of the Mosley Family.
He also credits his agriculture teacher at Trinity High, Mr. Jones, where he graduated in 1997, as being inspirational in his life. Mosley’s only sister, Veronica Mosley, a 1999 Trinity High and Texas A&M graduate, works for Houston Mayor Bill White.
Mosley said Mrs. Pat Anthony of Trinity was also one of his role models. He described her as “a leader and mother” to just about everybody in Trinity.
“Be yourself, be honest, stay focused, be careful about who you call friends, research whatever you want to get into and put in the work,” was his advice for young people.
Mosley says he practices what he preaches. He is at work on his ranch every morning at six-thirty or seven o’clock.
Vernon told me about his record label “Billionaire Records” of Trinity and his rap artist Gangster One. He said Gangster One just released his latest CD titled “Now or Later”, on July 22 of 2008 in Houston.
Vernon went on to say that he had had several rap artists and some country and western singing stars on his label, in the past. Now he only has Gangster One on his label, because he just doesn’t have the time to dedicate to his Record Company, because of the success of his deer business.
He emphasized that he is a “hands on person” when it comes to his businesses and his hands are on the deer business now.
I asked Mosley, who attends Bowens Pilgrim Baptist Church of Trinity, where Rev. Robert Thomas is the pastor, about African Americans in the deer breeding business in Texas.
He said there were only a few African Americans in the deer breeding business that he knew of in Texas and they also were successful in the business.
He encouraged African Americans, who are into ranching to try the deer breeding business, adding that he made more money with deer than he could raising cattle.
During the time that I was at the Mosley Ranch, Vernon was receiving calls and people were visiting, talking about the Deer business, the whole time we were there.
He was also checking the internet and commenting on the condition his deer stock.
In essence, Vernon “Jiggie” Mosley is a super hardworking young man, dedicated to his ranch , deer business and other business endeavors.
He is the epitome of greatness and humbleness combined with an unrelenting work ethic and spirit, which makes him a special , unique East Texas businessman.