NEW YORK - Ja Rule and Lil Wayne have been arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon in separate incidents, police said.
The best-selling rappers were arrested Sunday night shortly after Lil Wayne's concert at the Beacon Theatre. It wasn't immediately clear whether Ja Rule had also performed.
Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeff Atkins, lives in Saddle Brook, N.J. Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, is from Miami.
OK...so does this segue (segway?) into the spates of shootings all over urban (now suburban America)? "Regular" crime's down but brothers are still shooting (and, if they have a steady aim, killing) each other at a record pace. Folks demand "protection" yet refuse to "snitch." Black mayors refuse to step on these roaches lest they are attacked for Giulianism; they point their fingers at the chiefs of police and the chiefs point their fingers back and both whine that Bush cut the community policing (which the idiot did) but they never used the program properly in the first place. And then we come back to our "heroes" and role models of the street, rappers, who pledged so solemnly to stop calling each other niggers and then do group hugs and appear with Russel Simmons and Ben Chavis. My God, folks--when are we finally going to get real with this. You don't have to be Larry Elder or Booker Rising or any one of these black buffoons on Fox as experts to say there's a moral and behavioral component being ignored. Put these rappers in JAIL and hold them up for ridicule, not heroism. Black mayors--hunt these m-fs down, Untouchables style. Their mommas, grandmommas, etc. will sit in the pews and pray but don't worry, they aren't going to vote you out of office. Secretly, they may even thank you. Indeed, you can then stop taking campaign donations from these gangstas' laundered cash businesses (you think they make that stuff up on The Wire out of thin air?) Divert resources from blowjobs to developers (have the balls to stand up to them) toward surveillance and community policing and targeting gangs as if they were mad dogs and guess what? The shootings will stop. You don't even have to promise "job training" or "fixing the schools." Cops--get out of your damn cars and walk the neighborhoods...LIVE in the neighborhoods. That way you actually will be able to tell the difference between the good kids, the folks who mind their own business and try to live a good life, and the turds. Then no one gets shot on the way to the grocery store or Abner Louima-ized.
Lord, it ain't rocket science so don't you dare say i'm over simplifying it.