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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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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) “…..no 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………..

The ABC’s of the Buyout Tax Loopholes

With the narrative of Larry the Loophole, we are given a basic overview of the tax loopholes that were put in place during the Bush Administration and the impact of these loopholes on the average American household.  These are the same loopholes that have allowed the burden of infrastructure maintenance and upkeep , i.e. power generation and distribution, highways and bridges, state facilities and parks, etc, to fall upon the taxes collected from the average American.  Ironically, the founding fathers never intended taxes to be collected on wages earned but on products we buy and land we owned.  Larry provides a fundamental understanding of the overall impact of the loophole systems that are in place as well as insight into some of the practices that created the current financial crisis.   Check-out http://www.warongreed.org for more links to provide help in understanding systems and practices that have been put in place that continue to expand the separation between the “Haves and the Have nots”.

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.

Bill vs. Barack Is Getting Nasty

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I am willing to bet my house that Barack Obama never figured he would have to fight two Clinton’s on his quest for the Democratic nomination. That is exactly where Sen. Obama finds himself in the midst of this very tight race for the White House. Former President Bill Clinton has been relentless during the past several weeks and has caused a tidal wave of controversy.

Many senior members – Sen. Ted Kennedy and Rep. James Clyburn – within the Democratic party have personally reached out to President Clinton asking him to reduce criticism of Obama. The Senator from Illinois even made an appearance on ABC television this morning proclaiming he will not tolerate the assault much longer from Clinton.

The Clinton campaign released a statement that they will not change their approach… stay tuned for the potential beginning stages of the exodus of African-Americans from the Democratic Party.

Bill Doesn’t Want Hill To Win

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Former President Bill Clinton is a political star and has the ego to prove it. His is gifted in the most important aspect of being a politician… he knows and relates to people… and more importantly, people honestly believe he does. President Clinton has that “it-factor” oozing out of his ears and has forever changed the political landscape by the way he campaigned and governed. 

That is why I don’t believe he wants his wife – Senator Hillary Clinton – to become the party nominee and possibly the next President of the United States. Can you imagine President Clinton being referred to as “The First Man?” He’s a leading actor, he is a main atttraction, he’s the “go-to” guy of the Democratic Party and now we are to believe he’ll be ok with being Robin to Hillary’s Batman? No way is Bill ok with that regardless of what you’ll hear coming from his pie hole.

Even as Hillary is slipping in the polls, her campaign continues to seek out Bill to save her and win the nomination. I think he’d be trying a lot harder and saying smarter things if he really wanted his wife to sit behind the big desk of the Oval Office.