Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pelosi Takes the Heat: 'If I Were Not Effective They Wouldn't Care About Me'

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The world's worst criminals don't get the hatred that the current Speaker of the House is getting in political ads leading to the mid-term elections. If you don't know much about all that Nancy Pelosi has accomplished during her term as Speaker, read the articles below.  Personally, I think Nancy Pelosi did one hell of a job.

How any one could sleep at night thinking about John Boehner becoming Speaker of the House is beyond me. As Aunt Sarah says "good luck with that".

Pelosi Takes the Heat: 'If I Were Not Effective They Wouldn't Care About Me'
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What’s Really Behind the Frustration With President Obama - BLACK ENTERPRISE

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Interesting article in Black Enterprise. I thought you might want to check it out.

On the Daily Show recently when asked how his Presidential term is going Obama had this to say, “I am feeling great about where the American people are, considering what we have gone through,” the Commander-in-Chief said. “We have gone through two of the toughest years of any time since the Great Depression … . There is still a lot of good stuff happening, but people are frustrated.”

Closing the interview the President encouraged Americans to get out a vote on Tuesday, “Go out there and vote Nov. 2,” he said. “A lot of you have early voting in your states make sure…to make use of it.”

What’s Really Behind the Frustration With President Obama - BLACK ENTERPRISE
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Now You Get Mad?

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After The 8 Years Of The Bush/Cheney Disaster, Now You Get Mad?

You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq.

You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.

You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.

You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn't get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn't get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.

You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people.

You didn't get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden. You didn't get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.

You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn't get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.

You didn't get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.

You didn't get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.

You didn't get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

You didn't get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.

You finally got mad when a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick...Oh, Hell No!!

Source: Email Post

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

AskMen's List: Most Influential Men

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"The man who tops AskMen's list of the Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2010 is one of our youth's most trusted sources of information and a voice of both reason and hope in these economically and politically turbulent times."

Well, if you said the President of the United States you'd be dead wrong. (He's number 21.) Jon Stewart of "the Daily Show" heads the list at number one.

"This year's top five — (Stewart), Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, and Kanye West — all found success in their fields . . . by breaking the rules of their industries."

I'll leave you to your thoughts about AskMen's choices and their criteria.  I personally thought it was a joke that gained the desired moment of fame and controversy for the men's lifestyle website.  Life goes on.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Britain - Saudi Prince Gets 20 Years in Servant’s Killing -

Need a break from our country's mid-term elections? Do you wonder what's happening in the rest of the world. Take a look at this breaking news story.

Britain - Saudi Prince Gets 20 Years in Servant’s Killing -
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U.S. Advances Saudi Arabia Arms Deal -

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While we focus on whether Christine O'Donnell is a witch or not, our government is selling mega arms to Saudi Arabia. This issue will miss a national discussion while we keep our eye on toxic political ads and colorful candidates. Wonder if this decision will pass Congress. Wonder what the long term effects will be on Israel and Iran.

U.S. Advances Saudi Arabia Arms Deal -
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NPR fires Juan Williams for Muslim remarks on Fox | The Upshot Yahoo! News - Yahoo! News

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Another case of foot in mouth disease. What was he thinking?  Wonder why Bill O'Reilly is still working despite his comments on The View.
NPR fires Juan Williams for Muslim remarks on Fox The Upshot Yahoo! News - Yahoo! News
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Voters Low Expectations Support Tea Party Ignorance

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During the Delaware debate Christine O’Donnell was asked to name what recent Supreme Court decision did she disagree with. She was unable to answer the question. When Sarah Palin was interview by Katie Couric she was asked what magazines did she read and she was unable to respond. In a second interview, Christine O'Donnell asked her opinion where was the separation of church and state outlined in the Constitution. Most recently, Sharon Angle, Nevada Republican party candidate for Senate, debated Democrat Harry Reid.  Her most famous lines from the debate were "man up Harry Reid" and her inquiry about how Harry Reid got rich during his time as a Senator. Reporters say Sharron Angle "won" the debate.

Here's what Nevada reporter Jon Ralston said about the debate:
Let's get the easy part out of the way first:

Sharron Angle won The Big Debate.

Angle won because she looked relatively credible, appearing not to be the Wicked Witch of the West (Christine O'Donnell is the good witch of the Tea Party) and scoring many more rhetorical points. And she won because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid looked as if he could barely stay on a linear argument, abruptly switching gears and failing to effectively parry or thrust.

Whether the debate affects the outcome - I believe very few Nevadans are undecided - it also perfectly encapsulated the race: An aging senator who has mastered the inside political game but fundamentally does not seem to care about his public role (and is terrible at it) versus an ever-smiling political climber who can deliver message points but sometimes changes her message or denies a previous one even existed.

It seems that Republican legislators and candidates can reveal their ignorance while avoiding the issues. They spout catchy phrases like Mama Bear Sarah Palin but not explain their extreme stance on abolishing Social Security, Depts. of Energy and Education, and the Veterans Administration.  They can run from the press and reinvent themselves in political ads sponsored by the millions of dollars provided by corporations and the rich. They can make racists statements and share racists emails, i.e. Carl Pallidino, etc. They never answer what the plan is to address issues after the election. but, why should they when voters are just plain mad and seem ready to throw the bums out. They can trash the unemployed as "lazy" and withhold their approval of unemployment benefits.

Low expectations support Tea Party ignorance and will give us just what we ask for in the coming election.
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Church, State and the First Amendment: What O’Donnell needs to know - Yahoo! News

"I am not a witch."

Tea Party Candidate Christine O'Donnell got a lesson from her Democratic opponent Chris Coons during their recent debate. She asked him where in the Constitution does it state "separation of Church and State".
Well, you might know the answer? Can you also name five freedoms outlined in the first amendment? Obviously, you don't have to know the answers to these questions to run for Senator.

Church, State and the First Amendment: What O’Donnell needs to know - Yahoo! News
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Did You Know???

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Voters are poised to vote against Democrats due to their dislike of the stimulus, health-care and TARP.  The prevailing opinion is that Dems are spending far too much and voters look for a change by flipping back to Republicans.

Did you know the Bush/GOP Medicare prescription-drug law will cost more over the next 10 years than the stimulus, health-care law, and TARP combined?... And did you know taxpayers received a $25 billion return on TARP?...Did you know two-thirds of the TARP money has been paid back...

Voters are ignoring the facts and voting from their anger at the current economic situation.  here in Nevada, voters vow to dump Harry Reid and elect extremeist Sharron Angle dispite her position on abolishing Social Security, the Veterans Administration and the Department of Education.

The beauty about a democracy is that voters get what they ask for when they cast their votes (or don't vote). I hope we can live with the results of casting a vote in anger and voting for the same old George Bush agenda that we threw out in 2008.  Sharron Angle, Chistine O'Donnell, Rand Paul, Carl Palladino...God bless us all everyone!

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Thomas" Wife Asks Apology from Anita Hill

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Anita Hill is refusing to apologize for accusing then-Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her, in an issue that Thomas' wife has reopened 19 years after his confirmation hearings.

"I have no intention of apologizing because I testified truthfully about my experience and I stand by that testimony," Hill, now a Brandeis University professor, said in a statement released Tuesday night.

Thomas' wife, Virginia, had left a voicemail message on Hill's phone on Oct. 9 asking her to say she was sorry for the allegations that surfaced at Thomas' confirmation hearings for a seat on the high court bench in 1991.
Source; Yahoo! News

I believed Anita Hill then, and I believe her now.
She was credible then, and she is credible now.  Virginia Thomas should wake up and admit the truth about her husband.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Nikki Haley Hits a Snag South Carolina Governor Race - The Daily Beast

Affair accusations that won’t die, tax mishaps, powerful conservatives coming out in opposition—all are threatening one of Palin’s favored Mama Grizzlies. John Avlon reports on the strange twist in South Carolina’s gubernatorial race.

Nikki Haley Hits a Snag South Carolina Governor Race - The Daily Beast
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sharron Angle's Huge War Chest

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Former Nevada state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle raised $14 million over the last three months for her race against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. That is the largest amonut ever raised during any similiar 3 month period in history. Reid hasn't reported his third-quarter fundraising numbers yet. So far this election cycle, Reid has raised $18 million,

There's no word about where the money came from, but it's clear that Republicans intend to give Angle enough money to remake her image and mollify some of the disturbing positions she's taken in the past. It no secret that the GOP is taking advantage of its ties to big business interest and the super wealthy to raise money in an effort to win seats in Congress to support their interest. We'll see if the money from the fat cats talks louder than all other considerations.
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Why do Americans resent upward mobility? - By Anne Applebaum - Slate Magazine

"I'm not a witch."

Why do Americans resent upward mobility? - By Anne Applebaum - Slate Magazine

I thought this article was interesting and wanted to share it with readers of my blog. Let me know what you think of Anne Applebaum's point of view.
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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Forbes List: Michelle Obama No. One

President Obama and Michelle Obama

Forbes released it's 2010 list of the world's 100 most powerful women.  Michelle Obama was number one and Ophrah Winfrey was ranked number three. Second on the Forbes list is Irene Rosenfeld, Kraft Foods CEO. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was number 4 and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ranked number 5.

2010 Forbes Most Powerful Women In The World top 10:

1. Michelle Obama, US First Lady
2. Irene Rosenfeld, chief executive Kraft Foods
3. Oprah Winfrey, media mogul
4. Angela Merkel, German Chancellor
5. Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State
6. Indra Nooyi, chief executive, Pepsi
7. Lady Gaga, singer
8. Gail Kelly, chief executive, Westpac
9. Beyonce Knowles, singer and fashion designer
10. Ellen DeGeneres, talk show host

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Angle: Muslim law taking hold in parts of US - Yahoo! News

Here's another puzzling comment from Sharon Angle. Read it and weep.

Angle: Muslim law taking hold in parts of US - Yahoo! News

 "U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle told a crowd of supporters that the country needs to address a "militant terrorist situation" that has allowed Islamic religious law to take hold in some American cities."
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Desiree Rogers" New Post as CEO at Johnson Publishing Company

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Ever wonder what happened to Desirée Rogers after she left her job as White House social secretary last winter? During her 15-month stay in Washington, Ms. Rogers broke molds. She was the first black person to occupy the position of social secretary.

Since August, Rogers has been chief executive of the Johnson Publishing Company, owner of Ebony and Jet magazines and Fashion Fair Cosmetics. At Johnson Publishing, a company run by her close friend Linda Johnson Rice and founded by Ms. Rice’s father, no one is telling Ms. Rogers to hang up the couture, stay out of the press and ease up on the branding talk.

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Howard Kurtz Leaves Post for The Daily Beast

In a surprising move, powerhouse media reporter Howard Kurtz has left the Washington Post to become Washington bureau chief for The Daily Beast.

Kurtz, who also hosts "Reliable Sources" on CNN, has worked for the Post for 29 years and has become one of the most prominent media reporters in the country. In an announcement on its website, the Daily Beast said Kurtz will "oversee the two-year-old site's coverage of Washington and will report and write regularly on politics, media, and the intersection of the two." Kurtz will also continue hosting his CNN television show, "Reliable Sources."

"After a lifetime in newspapers, I'm ready for the challenge of fast-paced online journalism," Kurtz said in the announcement.

Kurtz's move is only the latest high-profile new media hire. In recent weeks, the Huffington Post has added longtime Washington correspondent Howard Fineman and business reporter Peter Goodman to its staff.

Source:Huffington Post
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Christine O'Donnell: "I'm Not A Witch."

Marketing consultant Christine O'Donnell (R) takes her negative public image on directly in the first ad of her general election bid for Delaware's Senate seat, declaring: "I'm not a witch."

This statement may or may not be true, but she lied when she said "I'm you."  She may be one of the Not Ready For Prime Time Players, but she definitely is not me!
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Life Sentence for Time Square Bomber

Faisal Shahzad-Time Square Bomber
The Pakistani immigrant who tried to detonate a car bomb on a busy Saturday night in Times Square accepted a life sentence with a smirk Tuesday and warned that Americans can expect more bloodshed at the hands of Muslims.

"Brace yourselves, because the war with Muslims has just begun," 31-year-old Faisal Shahzad told a federal judge. "Consider me the first droplet of the blood that will follow."

His punishment for building the propane-and-gasoline bomb and driving it into the heart of the city in an SUV last May was a foregone conclusion, since the charges to which he pleaded guilty carried a mandatory life sentence, which under federal rules will keep him behind bars until he dies.

But the former budget analyst from Connecticut used the courtroom appearance to rail against the U.S., saying the country will continue to pay for occupying Muslim countries.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Gallup Polls Foretell Election Losses

Public approval of Congress remains in short supply in September, with 18% of Americans now approving of the job it is doing, similar to the 19% approving in August. Congress' approval rating has not been above 20% since May, and has not surpassed 30% since September 2009.

Presidents' approval ratings at the beginning of October in their first midterm election year are generally similar to what they will be at the time of the election. Richard Nixon is the only president whose rating improved significantly (from 51% to 58%) in the final weeks leading up to his first midterm election. If Obama's approval rating does not improve in the coming weeks, his support will be similar to that of Ronald Reagan (42% in 1982) and Bill Clinton (45% in 1994), both of whose parties suffered substantial congressional losses in the midterm election.

Ezra Klein forecasts who'll be voting in the mid term election:
I'd just note that if you were profiling the people who typically turn out in midterm elections, you'd probably say something like "married, white, conservative Republicans above age 65."
Obama's approval rating for these categories are extremely low:
Married               39%
White                  36%
conservatives       23%
Republicans         12%

If you take a look at Obama's strongest supporters, you'll find the following:
Non-Hispanic-Black .....91%
Democrat ...79%%
18-29 year olds...57%
Hispanic... 55%
Post Graduate...53%
Non married...53%
East... 52%
Monthly income
less than $2,000...51%

If  non-white, non-married, young, college educated, Democrats, and liberal fool Republicans and vote in the mid term elections, Democrats have a chance.  If these groups stay home as Republicans are counting on, we can rest assured that we'll be returning to the politics of George W. Bush.

In a democracy, you get what you ask for.  Consider the high cost of not voting in November and make sure you get to the polls and vote.

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Predatory Lending Hurt Blacks in Foreclosure Crisis

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Surprise, surprise.

Although the rise in subprime lending and the ensuing wave of foreclosures was partly a result of market forces that have been well-documented, the foreclosure crisis was also a highly racialized

Predatory lending resulted in the foreclosure crisis intensifying among Blacks. Read the details and weep. Somethings don't seem to change.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

"Reprehensible Research" Forces U.S. Apology To Guatemala -

"Reprehensible Research" Forces U.S. Apology To Guatemala -

I saddens me to know that our country was responsible for a 1940s Syphillis Experiment in Guatemala.  The related articles give all the details, but what we need to understand is the racism behind these studies that once again used people of color as human guinea pigs.  What frightens me about the climate today is that I feel strongly that prevailing racial attitudes could well manifest itself in similiar outrages against non-white citizens.
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Friday, October 1, 2010

Report gives stimulus package high marks

Report gives stimulus package high marks

The massive economic stimulus package President Obama pushed through Congress last year is coming in on time and under budget - and with strikingly few claims of fraud or abuse - according to a White House report to be released Friday.

The report shows that the administration has met that target, spending $551 billion of the original $787 billion. That figure includes $242 billion in tax breaks to families and businesses and $232 billion in payments to states, unemployed workers and other victims of the recession, the report says. The administration has also written $77 billion in checks for thousands of public works projects, with an additional $127 billion unspent but committed, the report says.

Read more details in the related articles.

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