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A House Divided

By Cireal Americanus

A far cry from the 1773 Boston Tea Party, the political landscape of the Republican Party has been expanded to include the emergence of an extreme right faction known as the Taxed Enough Already Party or Tea Party.  Although, both the 1773 and the 2009 movements originated as a result of frustrations over what was believed to be unjustified, unfair and over taxation levied by “Government”, their final impact, however, on their overall causes is turning out to be very different.

 Today’s Tea Party, consisting of a large coalition of small groups, is more primarily focused on “fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free markets”, while deliberately avoiding the more traditional conservative social philosophies such as banning Gay Marriage and Abortion.  This dramatic move from the parties more traditional social focus is an attempt to attract/retain potential allies found in the younger Republican, Independent and disenfranchised Democrat voters.   Party leaders justify their break in tradition on the basis that social issues hold little value when faced with the threat of passing on enormous debt to future generations. 

 The Tea Party’s emergence, however, does not come without a cost to the GOP, i.e. Matthew 12:25 (amplified) “… city or house divided against itself will last or continue to stand.”  Many Republican Incumbent candidates seeking election have found that fear of this movement has forced them to take positions far to the Right of the same fiscal values that initially got them into elected office. 

 While recent elections held on June 8th found Tea Party backed candidates to be the victors in some of the GOP Primaries, i.e. Meg Whitman ( Gubernatorial Candidate CA), Susana Martinez (Gubernatorial Candidate NM), Nikki Haley (Gubernatorial Candidate SC), and Sue Lowden (Senate Candidate Nevada), political analyst have expressed concerns that these same candidates may have now alienated essential voting demographics necessary for them to secure sought after offices in November, thus providing dramatically weakened opposition to their Democrat opponents. 

 Although the Tea Party started out with a lot of steam, the final impact may result in a great bit of fizzle.  Only time will tell………..


Stand-up and be counted

By Cireal Americanus

In 2010, the United States Census Bureau will take on the task to enumerate the country. This enumeration process takes the form of the country’s decennial Census. 

Under the mandate of the United States Constitution (Section 221, of Title 13 of the U.S. Code), a specific count of persons dwelling in the U.S. residential structure is to be conducted. Included in the Census tally are citizens, non-citizen legal residents, non-citizen long-term visitors and illegal immigrants. The results of the U.S. Census are used to allocate the number of seats states occupy in the U.S. House of Representatives, electors in the Electoral College, advocate for causes, disease prevention, research markets, locate pools of skilled workers and more.  One of the most prominent uses of the 2010 Census data is the allocation of approximately $400 Billion dollars of federal funding.  These funds are used to improve:

l        Hospitals

l        Job training centers

l        Schools

l        Senior centers

l        Bridges, tunnels and other-public works projects

l        Emergency services

Question: What is my role in the 2010 Census process?

Answer:  In March of 2010, census forms will be delivered to every residence in the United States and Puerto Rico.   Our role, once we have received the 2010 Census questionnaire, is to answer the 10 short questions on the questionnaire and then mail the form back in the postage-paid envelope provided.  

By participating in the 2010 Census process you are standing up for your community’s current and future needs.  The choice is not hard but required.  Be sure to answer and return your Census card when received.

So this is Post-Racial America?

Post-Racial America

Post-Racial America

By Cireal Americanus

The impulse may be to write a piece that says Barack Obama represents a ‘Post-racial Politics’. That term I reject because it implies that some how my campaign represents an easy shortcut to racial reconciliation. It’s similar to the notion that if we’re just color blind, some how problems will be solved. I just want to be clear so there’s no confusion….that solving our racial problems in this country will require concrete steps and significant investment. We have a lot of work to do to overcome the long legacy of slavery and Jim Crow. It can’t be purchased on the cheap. I am fundamentally optimistic about our capacity to do that and I do assert that there is a core decency in the American people and in White America that makes me hopeful about our ability to deal with these issues. But these issues aren’t just solved by electing a ‘Black President’”. President Obama during an interview at the outset of his Presidential campaign in Iowa.

With the Election of the Countries first African-American President, many non-Minorities think that we have entered into an era of a “Post-Racial” America. A period of time in which we have out-grown those gross injustices of our past, i.e. Slavery, Lynchings, Jim Crow, Segregation, etc., and have moved to a time period where the playing field has been leveled between non-Minorities and Minorities and in many cases where Minorities have received an advantage through Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity programs.

This belief, however, overlooks the existence of Structural, Systemic, and Institutionalized racisms of the day, i.e. the high incidents of incarceration for Blacks/Latinos vs. Whites, the broad disparity and ever increasing divide of wealth between these groups, the double unemployment rate of Black/Latinos vs. Whites, the impact of the Sub-prime lending crisis on Blacks/Latinos, etc. In many cases, the U.S. is stuck in the paradigm where racism and racist are defined as individual perpetrators who spew hate filled rhetoric and/or commit violent acts of aggression against Minorities.

The issue in the arrest of Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was not whether arresting Officer Crowley was a racist but whether he was a participant in the systemic racism within Law Enforcement. These very same practices enable some Black police officers to engage in police brutality and racial profiling against members of their own community. These practices may also give indication as to why Officer Crowley felt the need to lie in his police report when he characterized the “perpetrators” in the infamous 911 call as “two black males”. A characterization that feeds a legal system relative to who fits the “stereotype” of a criminal and criminal behavior thus attempting to validate his egregiously unconstitutional behavior and unlawful arrest.

This same issue can be found in the Confirmation hearings of now Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor. Leading up to and during Justice Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings we find the media and members of the G.O.P. intently focused on Justice Sotomayor’s “wise Latina” comment. The comment, taken out of context, was an attempt to label Justice Sotomayor as a racist vs. the comments original attempt to focus on broader issues, i.e. the need for Diversity within our Judicial System and the value diverse backgrounds bring to the adjudication process. This argument overlooks the 3000+ cases in which Justice Sotomayor consistently proved to be a “thorough and centrist” Jurist.

When our Citizens, Media and Government sincerely focus on the elimination of Structural Racism within our Law Enforcement, Judicial, and Economic systems then and only then will our society experience the full benefits of being a United States.

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.

35 mpg or Bust

“So we have a choice to make.  We can remain one of the world’s leading importers of foreign oil, or we can make the investments that would allow us to become the world’s leading exporter of renewable energy.  We can let climate change continue to go unchecked, or we can help stop it.  We can let the jobs of tomorrow be created abroad, or we can create those jobs right here in America and lay the foundation for lasting prosperity.” -President Obama, March 19, 2009

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.  Couple these facts with the U.S.’ consumption of 21 million barrels of oil per day and the net result is not only the accelerated depletion of a valuable finite natural resource but an exponential increase/advancement of carbon emissions and other destructive “Greenhouse” gases.

To meet the challenge of an ever increasing Demand juxtaposed to an ever decreasing Supply, President Obama has recently called for higher fuel efficiencies, i.e. 35 mpg for some of the 2011 car models sold in the U.S., as well as further exploration of alternative sources of energy and fuel.  U.S. Entrepreneurs and the Government are stepping up to the challenge by exploring alternatives such as Wind Energy to off-set our insatiable consumption.  One Such Entrepreneur from Texas, proposes to build an experimental Wind Energy power plant (in Pampa, Texas) that will serve as an initial model for the next evolutionary step in Energy generation.  This plant will not only produce/generate approximately 4,000 Mega Watts (MW), which is enough energy to power 1.2 Million U.S. homes, but will also result in the creation of thousands of “Green Collar” jobs.

Why Wind energy?  The U.S. Department of Energy has indicated that Wind energy can provide in excess of 20% of our overall energy needs, approximately the same percentage of energy production provided through the use of Natural Gas.  With Wind substituting Natural Gas as an energy fuel, Natural Gas can solely be used as a transportation fuel.  This would reduce our need for Imported Oil by nearly 40%, a reduction of approximately $300 Billion dollars in annual Foreign Oil consumption.  In addition, the use of Wind generated energy provides a “clean” alternative to the use of carbon emitting fossil fuels.

For the economy this would mean lower prices at the pump as well as additional revenue streams from newly created jobs in the area of Power generation, Facility/Community retro-fitting, alternative vehicle production, and Wind Mill/Generator manufacturing.  Thus solving a new and increasing problem using an old and “Sustainable” alternative

Dr. King’s Children Continue Fued


Press Release: c/o Glaud預roductions SG Media, LLC

ATLANTA, GA – USA      Yesterday’s report that DreamWorks has entered an agreement brokered by Philip Madison Jones and Susan DePasse is the latest in a series of actions taken by our brother, Dexter, without notice to us or legal authority from the shareholders and directors of our family’s company and while we are in the midst of an ongoing suit filed by us last year to protect our rights and the integrity of our family’s legacy. 

At the core of our dispute with our brother and Philip Madison Jones is whether Dexter has the unilateral authority to serve as King, Inc.’s chief executive or enter agreements on its behalf without our knowledge or consent. As has been clearly stated in our previous statement as well as legally challenged by us, there have been no annual meetings of the shareholders and/or directors of King, Inc. conducted in five years. This has prevented our family from carrying out the legal business of reviewing its financial position and the results of its operations, participating in its decision making, and conducting business required by its bylaws and the laws of the state where it is incorporated. These activities are the minimum requirements of any business; why should King, Inc. be any different?  Perhaps more importantly, it questions whether Dexter has the legal authority to enter into such agreements or commitments on behalf of our family, since annual elections required by the bylaws have not taken place in those five years.
The purpose of the King Estate Corporation is to give structure to the way our family conducts business related to our father’s intellectual property. That purpose has been thwarted.  For the past several years we have been denied the opportunity to offer input or exercise our right to vote on significant decisions Dexter has made about our father’s legacy that impact us directly.  While we are the majority and equal shareholders and Directors, the passing of our sister and mother caused a technicality in the bylaws that now require unanimous agreement in order to hold an annual shareholders and/or Directors meeting(s).  Because Dexter refuses to hold or participate in an annual meeting he has in essence hijacked our family corporation and is running it like it is his own personal empire.  As a result only a court of law can now resolve this and many other issues.
In today’s climate of corporate mismanagement and malfeasance, every American who is a shareholder of any corporation would understand that our rights as shareholders, directors and officers of King, Inc. must be recognized and protected.  True to our father’s legacy we are fighting for our right to vote, have input and to be treated equally.


Laughs on Limbaugh

Sykes was in rare form at the Annual Correspondence Dinner.  15 minutes of serious laughs.