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The Minority Vote 2010

BE SURE TO GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!

 A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, 
“Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.” 
The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude. 
She rolled her eyes and said, “You must be an Obama Democrat.” 
“I am,” replied the man. “How did you know?” 
“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help to me.” 
The man smiled and responded, “You must be a Republican.” 
“I am,” replied the balloonist. “How did you know?” 
“Well,” said the man, “you don’t know where you are — or where you are going. You’ve risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. 
You’re in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it’s my fault.” 
  
 COMMENT: You hear the political pundits say that President Obama´s Democratic Party will not do well during the upcoming election. It’s an easy call based on historical fact (the party in power always loses seats). A big reason according to a poll by the Pew Research Center is that MINORTIES tend to not vote in mid-term elections. Let’s change that 
 
 
It’s clear that the Republican Party has no interest in helping the President fix the economy or anything else and if they regain power the country will be in far worse shape. We all know that the withering attacks that this President faces daily are really racially motivated. In spite of how the media couches their words we know that white (tea party) America does not believe he should be President under any circumstances. 
The President has done many good things that have not been publicized and he deserves our support. 
  
This could be the most important midterm of our generation, encourage your family and friends to participate; the party that got us into this mess are trying to compound what they did, do not allow this to happen. If the Democrats lose control of the Congress the Republicans will not help Obama to govern, thus he becomes a lame duck and the country will be headed over the cliff. 

  
REMEMBER POLLS DO NOT VOTE PEOPLE DO!!!

The Break-Through: Politics and Race in the age of Obama

Gwen Ifill’s book, “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the age of Obama” is a true political page turner that takes an in-depth look at the world of politics within the “African American Community” as its focus broadens from the micro perspective of the African American Community to the macro perspective of the “Global Community” and the roles in Politics African Americans are forging for themselves.

In taking this hard hitting look at the evolution of Political Power as it transitions from the “Old Guard” of the Civil Rights Movement, i.e. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Julian Bond, etc., to the emerging group of Leaders, i.e. Newark, New Jersey’s Mayor Corey Booker, Massachusetts’s Governor Deval Patrick, and New York’s Governor David Patterson as well as lesser known up-and-comers, who have come into Political power during the era of the Obama Candidacy and Presidency, Ifill skillfully captures the internal challenges & struggles of race, gender, sexism, ageism, and the conflicts, i.e. “Sandpaper Moments”, these groups face between each other as well as those of the African American Politian.

The Break-Through is a must read in understanding the Political landscape, challenges, successes, and future role of African Americans in various Political arenas and their impact on our homes, our lives and future generations to come.

The Quiet Before The Storm

If you are like me, you may think that “Peak Oil” is a product that comes from the oil producing company “Peak”. In reality, Peak oil is the point in time when the maximum rate of global petroleum extraction is reached, after which the rate of production enters terminal decline. The concept is based on the observed production rates of individual oil wells, and the combined production rate of a field of related oil wells. The combined production rate from an oil field over time usually grows exponentially until the rate peaks and then declines—sometimes rapidly—until the field is depleted. This concept is derived from the Hubbert curve, (fig. 1) and has been shown to be applicable to the sum of a nation’s domestic production rate, and is similarly applied to the global rate of petroleum production. Peak oil is often confused with oil depletion; peak oil is the point of maximum production while depletion refers to a period of falling reserves and supply.

(Figure 1)

A bell-shaped production curve, as originally suggested by M. King Hubbert in 1956

Why is this important?

As an increasing number of households in China, India and other advancing overseas economies join the world’s middle class, they’ll start making such basic purchases as electronic goods, houses – and automobiles. The fact that China’s oil imports jumped 18% in one month is evidence enough that this is happening. And the fact that leading India automaker Tata Motors Ltd (TTM) has unveiled a $2,500 dollar car, the Nano, underscores that international carmakers are looking to recruit a whole new group of motorists.

The Fallout: For U.S. refiners, oil will first get lots more expensive, and then supplies will start to dry up as countries opt to halt exports and keep the ever dwindling commodity for themselves. As the U.S. currently imports approximately 70% of the oil it consumes on a daily basis, 25% of the World production totaling approximately 21 million barrels, this would be a devastating chain of events.

What can we, as consumers, do?

As consumers, our purchasing power plays a key role in the mitigation of rising fuel costs and overall effects of the “Peak Oil” principle by:

  1. Purchasing American goods and services that will in turn strengthen the purchasing power of the U.S. dollar.
  2. Ensuring that our cars and trucks are tuned to ensure they are capable of achieving the best possible fuel efficiencies.
  3. Minimizing household fuel consumption by weather proofing, insulating and lowering thermostats to 68 degrees.
  4. Minimizing unnecessary travel or using mass transportation when possible.

Taking aggressive actions to reduce our dependence on oil will avoid the ramifications of production Peak.

Perjury Charges For Detroit Mayor

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Photo By: Carlos Osorio, AP 

Today, the hammer fell on Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick as he was hit with formal criminal charges. The person swinging that hammer was Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy.

Look for the chorus to get louder calling for his head and for him to resign immediately.