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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!!!

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Juneteenth… I don’t think so!

What is really being celebrated?

What is really being celebrated?

Some of you are going to be mad at what I’m about to write, but that’s just how it is. It is directed at the day which has become more than a symbol of the legacy of the African in America (Black People). In most urban areas, June 19th aka Juneteenth, has taken on a celebratory date for Black People.

Wikipedia describes Juneteenth as follows:

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. State of Texas in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday in 31 of the United States.

Why are we so happy? What are we happy about? To make my point, the U.S. Senate just passed an official resolution apologizing for slavery yesterday (read here)? This act by the Senate compells me to believe that this country feels something is still incomplete with the integration of its Black Americans in society. Why else are they making the point on the eve of Juneteenth? Could it be that they’ve done it because we have a Black President?

Regardless of the Senate’s reasons, I still want to know why Black People by the millions are so jovial on this day. This is a day for mourning, reflection, and condemnation of slavery. Yet, we’re going to see people partying, selling bootleg goods, eating bad food, and not understanding what Juneteenth really symbolizes.

Juneteenth was the end of forced, illegal slavery not the freedom of Black People. I will argue that unleashing millions of Black Men, Women, and Childeren with no resources (uneducated, no land, no legal standing, etc.) was not freedom. It was a path to destruction. If America was just, it would have assisted the fomer slaves with a serious integration plan in order for those people to thrive in America. It did just the opposite.

The time is for Black People to take our history more serious and use it to empower each other. Juneteenth is not a day to celebrate, it is a dark memory and horrible marker in the legacy of the African in America.

Respect.

The New York Post Apologizes

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The New York Post has released an official apology regarding the controversial cartoon showing a chimpanzee being shot dead by two police officers. Here’s the statement.

Wednesday’s Page Six cartoon – caricaturing Monday’s police shooting of a chimpanzee in Connecticut – has created considerable controversy.

It shows two police officers standing over the chimp’s body: “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill,” one officer says.

It was meant to mock an ineptly written federal stimulus bill.

Period.

But it has been taken as something else – as a depiction of President Obama, as a thinly veiled expression of racism.

This most certainly was not its intent; to those who were offended by the image, we apologize.

However, there are some in the media and in public life who have had differences with The Post in the past – and they see the incident as an opportunity for payback.

To them, no apology is due.

Sometimes a cartoon is just a cartoon – even as the opportunists seek to make it something else.

The First Steps in January

First Steps in the Journey

Cireal Americanus

Just 138 years after the XV amendment gave Blacks the right to vote, 45 years after the Civil Rights Act outlawed Segregation, and after 21 months of a Brilliantly fought 650 Million Dollar campaign, we see the emergence of the Country’s first Black President, Barack Hussein Obama. This journey, although long, is not over. The next steps of President Obama will lay the foundation for his administration’s focus and success.

Potential Pitfalls

The Economy – Experts are now indicating that the Sub-prime Mortgage issues is only the tip of the iceberg in the Economic Crisis. In addition to Major Financial Institutions getting in-line for their piece of the Bail-out package (Troubled Assets Relief Program – TARP), you now have other industries, i.e. Automotive, Consumer Credit, Manufacturing, etc., lobbying for Bail-out assistance as well. The Country is looking to an Obama administration to instantly implement a resolution that will save their houses, jobs, bank accounts, investments and grow the economy. The wrong action could cause irreparable damage to the Credibility and Confidence in the transitioning administration. This is not only important to the U.S. economy but the World Economy as well.

Health Care – Health-care spending is the single largest component of personal consumption. Spending on health-care services currently exceeds 15 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) (approx. 2.1 Trillion Dollars).–larger than spending on either housing or food. In 2006, a total of 47 million Americans, or almost 16 percent of the population, lacked health insurance. Couple this with rising cost in medical care and increased demand from the Baby Boom generation and this issue is second only to the current Economic Crisis. Expedient and effective actions are a mandatory for this new Administration.

Global/Foreign Policy – One of the most vulnerable times for any administration is during the initial Transition of a new administration. The Obama administration will be faced with a two front war, a Terrorist leader who has yet to be brought to Justice, a dramatic decline in the Russian Stock Market brought on by there recent Military actions, A Chinese Government that is increasingly concerned about its stability, and a new world system that does not look to the U.S. for authoritarianism but as a interdependent player with a major role in the World economy. The World is looking for the Obama administration to make a distinct break from policies of the past in its attempts to set and accomplish Global/Foreign Policy goals and be a Galvanizing force in the Global Community. The Obama administration must structure itself in a manner that leads in an intelligent fashion that recognizes this new reality of interdependence.

Leftover G.W. Bush Policies – The Bush Administration leaves behind a number of controversial policies consisting of the Patriots Act, FISA, the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, a severely damaged Global U.S. image, and Unilateral Authority over the use and deployment of U.S. Troops. The manner and speed at which an Obama administration addresses these residual policies will be a key indicator to the People, Congress and Global Community on the Administration’s ability to create, set, and administer policy.

A well planned Administration Transition will ensure that Obama is not snared by similar errors of the transition efforts of Administrations of the past. This transition to the White House will show and communicate a new form of Government, where our involvement did not stop with the end of the Presidential Campaign but has been and will continue to encourage our involvement. The initial transition and policies of an Obama administration will not be a spectator sport. Visit www.change.gov to see how you can get involved.

The View Discuss The “N” Word

Your thoughts?

Open Letter To Jesse Jackson, Sr.

CNN: Black In America… 40 Years A.K. (After King)

It’s not very often when you can praise network or cable news for its courage in tackling issues concerning “race” in America. CNN has boldly step into this void with its “Black in America” series. On July 23rd and 24th, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien moves this series forward by examining the harsh reality still confronting Black Americans 40 years post Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s murder. 

Peep the preview… tune in to catch the entire 4 hrs… Respect to CNN!

I had to give you some Spike Lee… hear the little big man from NYC.