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OBAMA’S Calculated Flop!

So he brings Gays back home.  Will Joe Biden now make some revelation about Immigration? HISPANICS how, now?

Ah president Obama! My president. You love him passionately or hate him with equal fervor! It’s hard to BE indifferent when it’s comes to our 44th President. Obama who? Ah, I don’t care. Huh-huh!

So he’s brought his feelings out of the closet…and he supports gay marriage. Well that puts Mitt Romney on the spot! The Republican Presidential challenger can’t even breathe if the Tea Party does NOT allow it. Romney, poor guy, he tried…he hired a gay consultant. But PRESSURE from the right forced him to cave in. NOPE, he can’t have a gay anything or even appear to favor anything gay – which is why he looks so morose. If he’s funny and gay – oops I used gay. Nope, Romney can’t

Makes you wonder how he would govern — with Rick Santorum and the Tea Party ALREADY breathing down his neck…during the primaries!

So Joe Biden announces he supports gay marriage and of course somebody just HAD to ask the President too – and he naturally just HAD to tell you. That’s a scoop, but I don’t know whose scoop!

Did the reporter get Obama or did Obama get the reporter?

I feel about President Obama the way I feel about my son: frustrated! I love my child but by God sometimes I want to thump him – and I’m planning all kinds of punishments in my mind – and then I try to reason with him – and he charms me – and I forget what the hell I was upset about – and I end up giving him money to go buy some game I absolutely detest!

By gosh if I was married to President Obama I’d already have pulled out ALL my hair! Can you imagine trying to argue with this guy – especially if like me you THRIVE on argument? You’re deliberately smashing the plates Rham Emanuel gave you as a house warming present – he’s just sitting there – watching you… ARRGH!

Here is a brilliant guy who swept into office on a tsunamic surge of approval and within 2 years he’d squandered his political Capital on Health Care Reform that’s no reform? Four years later, we’re still fighting over “Obamacare.” Why? Because it was badly done! Why? Because President Obama wants to please everybody – and whenever you do that, you end up pleasing NOBODY and EVERYBODY ends up NOT liking you!

He tried sooo hard (well he appeared to try) to please Republicans. He dined them and breakfasted them and played golf with them and begged them…and they said: NO. We intend to make you a ONE-TERM president.

Me, I’d have told Republicans to…er, get lost…long ago, but not Obama. He’s the Little Engine That Thinks He Can…The Energizer Bunny of Politics. He keeps going and going. He’s losing Democrats in his zeal to win Republicans. They ain’t never gonna like you, no matter if you give them a kidney! Both kidneys! Forget them!!!

If President Obama had spent all that time he wasted trying to woo Republicans on pleasing Democrats and Independents, he’d be riding high today.

Finally, this black opposition to Gays NEEDS  to change.

Let’s hope black pastors in the U.S. follow Obama’s lead and understand the DIFFERENCE between Legal Rights and Religious Beliefs. Without the courts Blacks and Whites would NOT be able to marry today, either. In fact without court rulings, blacks in America would be treated like gays – or worse!.

The black church’s views on homosexuality do not MAKE black gays go away. It makes them go UNDERGROUND – on the “Down-Low” and that deception is destroying black lives.

Here are the Facts from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

  • African Americans are the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV.
  • In 2009, African Americans comprised 14% of the US population but accounted for 44% of all new HIV infections.
  • Young African American gay and bisexual men are especially at risk of HIV infection.
In 2009, black men accounted for 70% of the estimated new HIV infections among all blacks. The estimated rate of new HIV infection for black men was more than six and a half times as high as that of white men, and two and a half times as high as that of Latino men or black women.
 
In 2009, black women accounted for 30% of the estimated new HIV infections among all blacks. Most (85%) black women with HIV acquired HIV through heterosexual sex. The estimated rate of new HIV infections for black women was more than 15 times as high as the rate for white women, and more than three times as high as that of Latina women.

2011. The Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus: http://chiblackgaycaucus.org

BLACK pastors! Help BREAK the stigma. Stop gay black men from having sex with females to COVER their gay inclinations. This leads to negative/deadly results for these women. Few black males DARE to be openly gay. They’re too ashamed to come out due to the rigid and intolerant anti-gay attitudes of black people…fostered by PASTORS who are often unschooled in theology and teach the opposite of love and tolerance. Thanks…! You’re really helping.

Wake up, pastors. Don’t wait until your black congregation is dead…or dying!

The Dark Lord of Politics Is Back!

It’s POLITICS Season…and guess who’s cleaning his weapons?

“The Architect”

He who Must NOT be Named – Karl Rove, the Voldemort (Dark Lord in the Harry Potter books) of politics. And Rove is trying to ensnare you once again in his black magic.

Beware, if you fall within a category Republicans consider “mudbloods!” (wizards and witches who come from non-magical families.) Meaning to Republicans: Non-Anglos, Liberals, Gays, Hispanics, Blacks, Muslims, etc…).

Matt Latimer, a speechwriter to President George W.Bush describes Rove as: less a Voldemort who was “what all the liberals said he was, the villain.”

Rove sowed the seeds of the Divisive brand of politics we are reaping in America, today. I hold Rove responsible for 8 years of George Bush. Bush even described Rove as “The Architect” of his victory over John Kerry in the November 2004 presidential election.

Senator Phil Gramm, Texas: 1985 – 2002

To me, Rove is the reason so many people now dislike and distrust the Republican party. He’s the reason we got politicians like John Ashcroft and Phil Gramm.

What did Phil Gramm do? According to Wikipedia, Gramm: co-sponsored the Gramm-Latta Budget in 1981 which increased military spending, cut other spending, and mandated the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981.

Included in the act was an across-the-board decrease in the marginal income tax rates in the U.S. by 23% over three years, with the top rate falling from 70% to 50% and the bottom rate dropping from 14% to 11%. This act slashed estate taxes and trimmed taxes paid by business corporations by $150 billion over a five-year period.

Rove is also the reason (again to me) that we now have the Tea Party. He’s the reason the Republican party is split to the point they can’t even accept their anointed candidate, despite the pretense of unity. Karl Rove is the reason American politics has become so nasty! 

  • Rove was accused of being behind a phone poll called a “push-pull poll” that asked voters questions like: would people be “more or less likely to vote for the Democrat Governor Ann Richards of Texas if they knew her staff was dominated by lesbians? Rove naturally denied being involved in circulating these rumors about Richards during the campaign, although many critics nonetheless identify this technique, particularly as utilized in this instance against Richards, as a hallmark of his career.

  • One of the more notorious dirty tricks of which Rove is accused is the so-called “push-pull poll” conducted in South Carolina during the 2000 primaries, when George W. Bush and John McCain were vying for the Republican presidential nomination. The poll suggested that McCain, who has an adopted daughter from Bangladesh, had fathered an illegitimate child with a black woman. Rove denied having anything to do with it.
  • 1996 Harold See’s campaign for Associate Justice, Alabama Supreme Court. A former campaign worker charged that, at Rove’s urging, he distributed flyers that anonymously attacked See, his own client. This put the opponent’s campaign in an awkward position. If See’s opponent publicly denied the flyers, he’d be damned anyway. Guess who won? Rove’s client was elected.
  • In one campaign, a former Rove staffer reported that a whisper campaign alleging the opponent, a democrat, was a pedophile (a pedophile!?) started with Rove. But that could not be proved.
  •  In the 1986 Texas governor’s race, when the contest between Rove’s Republican client, Bill Clements, and the Democratic incumbent Mark White was neck and neck, Rove announced he had found an electronic listening device in his office, and cried foul. The furor swung the election to Clements and to this day Texan Democrats are convinced Rove concocted the whole episode.

Valerie Plame CIA scandal links

  • In July 2006, conservative columnist Robert Novak confirmed Rove leaked the name of CIA undercover agent, Valerie Plame Wilson. Plame was married to Joseph Wilson, a former ambassador who had questioned the Bush administration’s claims about Iraq’s alleged nuclear program. Rove allegedly told the journalists that Plame was “fair game” because her husband had gone public with his criticism.

This is documented online. In some cases, I quote passages in whole or in part…

How can any politician, Republican or Democrat, CONDONE this type of behavior? They do this ALL the time because YOU, voters, ALLOW this to go one. Once it’s your candidate who will benefit, you go along. Now see where it’s taken us. The good candidates run for cover and we get people like Mitt Romney who are willing to DO anything, SAY anything to win!

If Republicans (and ALL politicians) are smart – they will get RID of people like Carl Rove and aim for the moral high ground.

But Republicans won’t. Because these days it’s “Win at ANY Cost” no matter how high. I don’t know how many ethnic and social groups Republicans feel a need to antagonize but they are going for the record!

Ronald Reagan (left) debates Democrat Walter Mondale

BEFORE Karl Rove became “The Architect” of Republican politics, we had Ronald Reagan. During a 1984 presidential debate with Walter Mondale, Reagan said: “I want you to know that…I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.” Brilliant. But then Rove was NOT running Reagan’s campaign, though he did handle some mailings.

Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986. It, among other things, gave amnesty to about 3 million illegal immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982. If Reagan ran for nomination today, the Tea Party would OPPOSE him. Imagine that!

Thank Karl Rove for the insidious destruction of the Republican Party. Republicans seem to attract, gather, collect, embrace these destructive forces and revolve in their orbit. The Karl Roves, the Rush Limbaughs, the Glen Becks, the Sarah Palins who have hijacked the Republican Party, but Republicans are too scared to depose these polarizing elements as their icons. What good is it doing for them except to make Republicans appear more and more extremist and out of touch?

Wolves in SHEEP clothing!

Sometimes I speculate the current crop of Republican politicians we have today are not real Republicans at all, just wolves in Republican clothing!

Until Republicans become strong, bold, mature, gutsy enough to say to these divisive elements within their party: “YOU do NOT represent ME!”...they may eke out a few more wins, but  I don’t see a rosy future. Maybe I’m the one with blinders!

We need a new, charismatic, yes a COOL republican to come along and rescue the Republican party – because America NEEDS two parties, two sane parties. (Democrats, you’re not off the hook, either.)

Can you imagine a Republican presidential candidate who will tell Rush Limbugh: “You may preach your hate-mongering and disharmony. If encouraging presidential failure and disdain for immigrants and various ethnic groups is your thing IT’S NOT MINE. So hear and know this: YOU do not speak for the Republican party and you especially DO NOT speak for me! You speak ONLY for you”.

Obama Cool! Karl Rove ad for Mitt Romney says Obama’s too cool. FAKE Romney better. How about Rove ditching his “cool” smartphone or laptop for a much more dated version? NO? So YOU like cool…?

A Republican Presidential candidate who will tell Carl Rove: “No thanks. I’ll find another person to advise my campaign.

It’s ONLY when Republicans get such a candidate that they will understand the concept of “cool”. UNTIL THEN, Republicans…NO THANKS.

In May 2008 the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Karl Rove to testify on the politicization of the Justice Department under George W. Bush.  The Bush Justice Department was accused of FIRING U.S. attorneys who refused to go after Democrats!  (NO concern for job losses, then.)

Lost White House e-mails, CIA leak scandal, Cheney adviser – Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigns – one scandal after the other under Bush/Rove? In August 2007, Karl Rove resigned without responding to the Senate Judiciary Committee subpoena. Rove is running ads for Mitt Romney…

DO YOU WANT MORE OF THAT?

One of George W. Bush’s nicknames for KARL ROVE is “Turd Blossom”  a Texas term for a flower that blooms from cattle poo! That’s documented online too. Just follow your nose…

Bruins Lose – No Presidential SNUB This Season, Boston!

Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas won’t get to snub President Obama this time around.

Ever since THE Curt Schilling of Ice Hockey aired his dislike of the president in January…I’ve  gone OFF him big time. I want to make a suggestion to Sports figures. I’d keep my politics out of it, if I was you.

For those of you who missed the drama, Boston Bruins Ice Hockey goalie his controversy-ness, Tim Thomas, refused to join other team members for a White House ceremony in January (2012).

The Michigan native claims that he’s: Opposed to what he called the “out of control” growth of the federal government. So when President Obama invited the team to the White House for the usual congratulatory ceremony, he turned it down.

Two other players did not go. They could very well have had similar reasons but they were smart enough NOT to Tweet/Blog or snipe about it on Facebook…far as I know. 

Politics is a Divider.

Yes, you’re free to express your opinion, this is America and all. But remember, when you bring in the politics, you turn a lot of people off. I watch Big Pappy (David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox) and Tom Brady (New England Patriots) and Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics) and I see popular sportsmen…and I don’t know or CARE which party or President they support. 

I look at Tim Thomas and I see the guy who snubbed the President! 

The minute you start bringing in politics, start campaigning for a Republican or a Democrat, people begin watching YOU differently. Even team members see you differently. The coach is seeing you differently, whether he supports your stance – or the guy you just snubbed. Team members who support your political views see you differently – team members who don’t see you differently. The team owner is seeing you differently…fans see you differently. We now see you through our own prejudices.

White House. Most of us will never see this place, let along get INVITED inside. It is a great honor, regardless of WHO is president.

Call it what you will, that’s human nature. And as a sports athlete, it’s best to NOT unleash these emotions in fans and potential supporters.

You may also lose endorsements too. There may be companies who are thinking of offering you an endorsement  but won’t NOW because they don’t want political views associated with their products.

When a sports team wins a championship and the President of America INVITES  that team to the White House it is a GREAT HONOR that only a handful of people ever get. The 99-percent of us may never visit the White House at all.

When the TEAM is invited, YOU DO NOT SHAME THE TEAM and the city by NOT going because YOU don’t like the President’s policies. He did not invite YOU, he invited THE TEAM. It’s NOT about you. Shut up! Or go and ask for Tea…if that’s your Party!

It’s about YOU if he meets you at some event and invites YOU and your family to the White House. THEN you are within your purview to say NO for whatever reason you choose, sensible or not.

People NEED to be able to MAKE that distinction and Tim Thomas could not – or would not.

 “Out of control growth of the federal government – or YOUR ego, Mr Thomas? Your prejudices? 

And I don’t CARE who the president is, George Bush, Barak Obama or Sarah Palin.

Can you see the Celtics invited to the White House to meet President Palin and one of them saying: “I’m not going – I can’t stand her!” No, YOU DON’T SAY THAT. If you really, really don’t want to go, don’t go. Just keep quiet. Be cool. Be smart and DON’T SHAME THE REST OF US with your nonsense.

Boston Bruins with President Obama at White House Ceremony after winning Stanley Cup. Thanks to those of you who WENT...whether you agree with Obama's politics or NOT!!! You knew it was NOT about you, it was about THE TEAM.

Do you get it, Mr. Thomas. It is NOT about Democrats or Republicans, black presidents or white presidents. Deficit presidents like George Bush or surplus presidents like Bill Clinton. It is about the OFFICE of the President of the Untied States of America.

And if we don’t like the fact that it’s a BLACK person or a WOMAN or an ATHEIST holding that office that’s fine. But unless that person’s a real jerk we RESPECT the

Stanley Cup

office. Some of us don’t get it. We don’t like Obama so we demean the office. But then some sports have their demographics.

Go work on your values Mr. Thomas and may it occupy a prominent spot on your trophy wall!

Again: Feel free to express your views – just as I feel equally free to express mine. Guess neither of us LIKES the others views, but I don’t have endorsements or fans or contracts…

So NO white House visit – unless Mitt Romney wins, Tim?

Who lost now…YOU, Mr. Thomas – or the TEAM?

Take a page out of that other lovable Tim’s book. Tivo it…

PS: Re Racial Slurs

  • I live in Boston and I want Capitals forward Joel Ward to know that Boston is a great city. Yes we have our share of issues but please note: The few who made racial slurs DO NOT REPRESENT US HERE IN BOSTON. We congratulate you on a great game – and DO GO TO THE WHITE HOUSE if the Capitals win. Make sure you’re at the front!!!

It’s Better Already – America!

Think of it…

Here is a “Flip-Flopping Right Wing Ideologue” (just quoting a TV pundit describing Mitt Romney) who appears to be the Republicans likely Heir…and you know, you KNOW, that many conservatives and Tea Partynistas are having a fit!

  • Want to know how conservatives really feel?

Rick Santorum (who’s scheduled to meet with Romney May 04) still cannot bring himself to say outright that he supports Romney, dancing around the issue in a CNN interview last night.

  • President George W. Bush made himself scarce when his dad, H.W. endorsed Romney. You got to hand it to W., he sticks to his guns…

So of course it’s already better…because they have a candidate they detest…and with reason, too.

Mitt Romney essentially declared VICTORY in the Republican Primary in New Hampshire last night (April 24)…even though there is still one candidate left in the race.

Imagine how you’d feel if YOU, as Newt Gingrich, watched Romney take the baton and fling it far over the finish line while you were still running!

Romney does appear to have the nomination sewn up. So he could have at least waited graciously for Gingrich to drop out or negotiated with him behind the scenes, BEFORE claiming victory. But Mitt Romney must be Mitt Romney. Muscle Gingrich out of the race. Crush the opponent with money, negative ads or a well-timed shove. Goodbye…

Gingrich is not feeling the love. He told ABC a couple of hours before Romney’s grand speech: “I think it’s a very substantial mistake for Governor Romney to be having, quote, ‘a general election’ speech…in New Hampshire. He’s the frontrunner but he’s not the nominee…I think it’s a little bit presumptuous. There’s a big difference between being the front-runner and being inevitable and I think he is mistaking the two.”

Gingrich will probably drop out under pressure – but, hey, let Republicans SORT their mess out.

  • Meantime, Romney last night said people’s hopes and dreams have been diminished by false promises and weak leadership.

As opposed to George Bush who gave America STRONG leadership? So strong, in fact, the joke going around said Dick Cheney was the one running the show. The puppet master who reportedly elbowed out level-headed people like Colin Powell because Powell warned about foreign intervention: If you break it, you own it. Is Joe Biden running the show? If he is, we’re not hearing about it…so that at least is a plus for Obama!

Was there any hope MORE false than: “Mission Accomplished”? or has Romney forgotten? Is that mission accomplished – and just WHAT was the mission again, candidate Romney?

  • Romney said: People are working harder for less.

OK Mr. Romney, I don’t know how many maids and housekeepers YOU have at all your houses. But let’s start with some of them. Charity, it’s said, begins at home – where the heart is! According to one online report, the Romney’s 2010 tax returns show his income was nearly 22 million, but he paid only 21-thousand-dollars in taxable wages for household help (to four women at ONE of the 3 homes they had) in 2010.

According to the source, the breakdown (rounded off): $5,000 for one woman, $9,000.00 another woman, $2,000.00 – third woman and $5,000.00 – fourth woman.

START the ball rolling by paying MORE.  I’m not judging you, Mr. Romney. Maybe these workers worked part-time or Mrs. Romney cleaned the house herself? We speculate because the Romney campaign declined to clarify…

All that aside, HAS ROMNEY TOLD YOU HOW he’s going to ensure that YOU work harder for MORE? Be sure he explains THAT to your satisfaction before you vote!

  • What else did he refer to? Single mom who feels heartbroken when she has to explain to her kids that she needs to take a second job…YES, indeed…like his wife. OH sorry, she’s NOT a single mom and I’ve already dealt with the “JOB” thing in a previous post: “Romney’s Back-Flip Flop on Work“. (You notice he did not use the term ‘work’?. He used job. Finally he gets it! But I’m sure he’ll tell you that his wife (with four helpers in one home) can sympathize with what we single moms who need 2 jobs go through.

And as for the mom and dad who never thought they’d be on food stamps — thank God Romney and Republicans DID NOT GET THEIR WAY to completely gut food stamp programs.

Just this month, Republicans pushed their BUDGET plan to CUT food stamps by $8 billion over the coming year and $34 billion over a decade. The average monthly benefit for a family of four is about $500…Democrats assailed the cuts, saying Republicans were targeting the poor while boosting the Pentagon budget above levels agreed to last summer.

(Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/food-stamps-federal-pensions-face-gop-cuts-in-drive-to-protect-pentagon-budget/2012/04/18/gIQAZT7kPT_story.html

Romney says he was successful in business…but he won’t also SAY he caused thousands of people to LOSE their jobs? That’s true too. Or does his Life Balance Sheet only show credits with NO debits?

He plans to get to know America’s families. He doesn’t KNOW you yet after spending much of his life in politics running for senator and governor and president? Introduce him to your gay partner and ask him why you don’t get to have the same rights he does – let him meet your illegal immigrant relative hiding in your house. Well, don’t…on second thought. Do offer him some Meat Loaf – press him to eat it. Watch him swallow. MAKE my day!!!

  • Do we pay less at the pump, now?

Do we? I recall gas prices were very high under George Bush, about $5.00 a gallon when people parked their gas guzzling SUV’s and you could not EVEN TRADE IT IN? And his wife still had her Cadillacs, I presume…Back when Bush was hobnobbing with Saudi royals, his dear friends who sell us the oil?

  • Easier to sell your home and buy a new one now?

It could have been, if Republicans had pushed for Oversight and REGULATED Wall Street and big banks. Republicans could have forced the issue. Then today we could say: They did try…let the records show. WHERE is their record?

  • Only in America could his dad, who grew up poor, and never graduated college, pursue his dreams and be successful. Check…

And ONLY in America could a black, black man from Africa marry a white, white woman, and have a mixed race skinny little kid with a funny name…(divorced parents, raised by grandmother). Only in America could that kid drag his way up to be president. Mate…

No Mr. Romney, we are NOT stupid, though YOU keep thinking that we are!

  • You will stop the unfairness of politicians giving taxpayer money to their friends businesses.

One word: HALLIBURTON. Does that ring a bell… Huge non-bid multi-million dollar contracts in Iraq? Dick Cheney…ting ting?

And above all, DON’T apologize to other nations for American wrongdoing. Not EVER. Not even when our soldiers go on killing sprees and brutally gun down innocent children. Just tell them to f— off.

Thanks…

Compromise is NOT a “Dirty” Word…

Who knew…?

Compromise: NOT a dirty word!

I knew. You knew, too. Only Republicans had no clue!

If you tell House Speaker Republican John Boehner that ‘compromise’ is indeed a word…he’ll argue that the Obama people just coined the term…to draw attention away from the president’s failed economic policies.

Republicans wasted 4 years SABOTAGING President Obama’s efforts.  Now, 7 months ahead of a Presidential election, Boehner is on TV saying:

“I would say that there is a 2 in 3 chance that we win control of the House again. But there’s a 1 in 3 chance that we could lose. And I’m being myself, frank, we’ve got a big challenge and we’ve got work to do.”

How does he PLAN to get Republicans to work? By crying, I guess. Because don’t expect compromise!

  • Yes, lose the HOUSE
  • Lose the SENATE

    House Speaker, Republican John Boehner:

  • And especially — LOSE the PRESIDENCY

Not because you’re Republican. That’s enough of a reason, of course — but I WANT YOU TO LOSE because of the trauma you Republicans and Tea Party-nistas inflicted on the country…in your zeal to destroy president Obama.

Do you think that by heading down a narrow, winding one lane road with a sign proclaiming “Failure for Obama” you were hurting Obama and helping America…?

How do you hurt Obama if he is a one-term president?

Of course it’s more of an ego-booster to serve two terms. But if Obama leaves the White House in January, what’s he going to lose personally that he could have saved with another 4 years in office? 

  • Obama is going to be much in demand everywhere, around the world
  • He will make major dollars in speaking/other fees, jobs
  • He won’t get MORE health care
  • He won’t get MORE Secret Service protection
  • He will still be in the history books as the FIRST Black President (He won’t change color after a second term!)
  • Actually one less term might be better for his health!

President Obama. First Lady Michelle Obama. What's NOT to like...?

He’ll go to his big house, with a big job, health care for life, will be able to afford the best education for his kids and will not have to worry about the day-to-day grind MOST of us have to deal with. US, the “we” in people – we’re the ones who are screwed. NOT Obama!!!

So I don’t understand HOW you’re hurting Obama by making him a one-term president? If I’m missing something here, please let me know…

THEY HAVE A PERSONAL VENDETTA AGAINST OBAMA that goes BEYOND his policies…

What Republicans have done, in their desire to hurt Obama, is HURT America.

  1. Do we have Immigration Reform? NO
  2. Do we have Tax Reform? NO
  3. Do we have sound Health Care Reform? NO
  4. Do we have a sound Energy Policy that is forward-looking? NO
  5. Do we have Education Reform? NO
  6. Social Security Reform? NO
  7. Medicaid/Medicare Reform? NO

What the hell do we have..? Ask Boehner…

Now he says: “…we’ve got work to do.” Wow – way to go, Mr. Speaker. You have May, June, July, August, September and October to rush through as much of the above as you can. What did you do with the other 3 years and 6 months? Republicans spent it trying to derail Obama.

The Republican Code of Intent to Crucify Obama (CICO) pronounce it as: Psycho! 

Anti-Obama sign...remember those? WHY? Because he's (1) Black (2) Muslim - according to them (3) a Foreigner, so Anti-American - according to THEM.

  1. 1.    Mitch McConnell (Fox News Sunday/ July 2011):  Well that is true (Making Obama a one-tern President is) my single most important political goal along with every active Republican in the country…”
  1. Michelle Bachmann. It’s her rallying cry! (May 2011/on her website):  Please make a contribution and join my money bomb to raise $240,000 in 24 hours and make Barak Obama a one-term President. — An unauthorized biography about Bachmann is titled: Let’s make Obama a one-term President. — In a speech (Feb 2011) to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington: “The all-important must have for 2012 is making Barack Obama a one-term president.”
  1. 2.    Paul Ryan (Oct 2011): “The only way we can restore our prosperity and save our great nation from President Barack Obama’s failed policies is to elect conservative Republican leaders from the Court House to the White House in 2012 — and make President Obama a one-term president.
  1. Rush Limbaugh (Obama Inauguration/2009): I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long: “Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails.” Somebody’s gotta say it.
  1. RNC: the RNC continues our efforts to make Barack Obama a one-term president.

While We're Falling Behind - Republicans are fiddling. One tune, over and over: Make Obama a one-term President".

Making Obama a One-Term President is a very worthy goal that has pushed America forward and given the country a competitive edge when it comes to technology and innovation.

That’s why when politicians leave Congress, they become lobbyists and other high-earning hot-shots in the private sector! Approve Pink Slime as your food then go work for the beef industry? Nothing wrong with that. Protest the war in Iraq? You’re a Values Underminer…

So who’s going to be working with Boehner? His Tea Party obstructionistas whom he can’t control? Boehner again: “…if Republicans were walking in lockstep, my job would be a whole lot easier.”  Did he say lockstep or lockjaw?

Meantime, while Republicans like John McCain and Rudy Giuliani are chewing on Maalox tabs after endorsing Romney…Jon Huntsman, one of the BEST candidates the Republicans had in the race is now comparing the Republican Party to “communist China” and questioning the strength of this year’s presidential field. A Republican with guts! About time…

In Boston we dumped the Tea in the hah-bah…

Trayvon Martin – Proceed with Caution

Florida teen Trayvon Martin’s death (Feb 26/2012) has turned the lowly Hoody/Hoodie into a Political or is it a Racial — Exclamation Point!

Trayvon Martin

 People are donning Hoodies and what…daring vigilantes to shoot them…?

In rallies, marches and online petitions, people are demanding that the 17-year-old’s alleged killer George Zimmerman should be arrested…that the police chief be drummed out-of-town!

Hoodies have become a national symbol of Oppression…?

I URGE CAUTION!

Over and over again we see examples where we rush to judgment, especially in cases including race, WITHOUT waiting for ALL the facts to fall into place. Wait! Maybe there are no MORE facts – but wait!

Yes – 28-year-old Zimmerman could be a racist – maybe! Or a hotheaded vigilante – maybe!

The town of Sanford (median family income 2009: 50K) describes itself as: “one of Central Florida’s oldest incorporated cities, is home to brick lined streets, towering oaks, elegant store-fronts and large, nineteenth-century Victorian homes.”

Yes – police in Sanford could be morons and insensitive racial-profiling jerks – maybe!

Trayvon Martin could be a saint – maybe!

Sanford, FL - Lake Monroe

 BUT WE DON’T KNOW…

Those of us who were not there, who get their news from third-party sources like TV or the internet, who have NOT spoken to either of those involved, who do not KNOW the individuals involved, should NOT rush to try, convict and demand execution at this point.

There are things we know – and things we don’t know. Or do we?

OK, things that make sense – and things that don’t make sense – to non-legal brains like mine!

For instance, Zimmerman’s claims of self-defense under Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law.

People are blaming the law. Just because people abuse the law does not mean it’s a bad law! If someone wants to f-uss with you, just shoot ’em all. Self Defense…YOU ARE STANDING YOUR GROUND. 

Sanford, FL

Unless the law does not care what circumstances lead up to the feeling of being threatened? So I can punch you, but if you pull out a knife than I can shoot you…? YOU follow the person and, I suspect, don’t just follow at a distance, silently, (person stops-you stop) far enough away to observe but not interact…?

  • Cops tell you DON’T follow the person, but you follow anyway…?
  • YOU create an environment of provocation where a likely outcome is either you confront  the person or the person confronts you…?
  • THEN shoot and kill in self-defense…? Because now you’re feeling threatened…? Is that why you were following and baiting the person..? You were afraid? STANDING YOUR GROUND?
  • Seems to me your left your ground a ways back – way over there!

I’m obviously missing something ’cause I don’t get it.

So who was Trayvon Martin? What kind of kid was he? Information now coming out paints Trayvon in a less than stellar light. Police have leaked some information about Trayvon being suspended from school over issues like marijuana possession – traces found in his bag? Does marijuana possession make you a bad person? ‘Cause then some Presidents are going down!

What if Trayvon was the worst thug know to police.  “Just walking along, minding his business in a thug kind of way?” Even then, based on what I’ve heard SO FAR, seems to me Zimmerman would still be wrong.

But…? Yeah – but! Do we know ALL? Maybe. Maybe not!

Might there be more to know? Maybe yes. Maybe no.

Still – Let’s wait. Zimmerman’s friends and counsel are hinting that there is more. Bring it! What if there is more…?

Trayvon Martin's Parents

I can’t see many scenarios that would make Zimmerman look better. The kid was holding a bottle of Iced Tea and a bag of candy, for goodness sake! Not a spiked club!

Did Trayvon grab the gun? If I got into a scuffle with somebody packing a gun, I’d try to grab that gun too!

Last I checked, anyone, including blacks, can walk a public area in America without being considered guilty of a crime UNTIL the person’s actually committed a crime. We can’t shoot and kill people just because WE think the person looks likely to commit a crime.

What if I locked myself out of my home, got a ride to work, then called and asked someone to go to my house and break a window to get my keys?

Should a neighborhood watch vigilante who does not know the person I sent shoot and kill that person?

Trayvon Rally

No! Mr./Ms. Neighborhood vigilante should call the cops, who will come and do their job – meaning they will not assume that my relative, friend, co-worker is a thief who is trying to break in, but will order the person to climb down and explain him/herself. Then they will call me and I’ll explain – and they’ll say sorry, misunderstanding, and I’ll say: You were doing your job.

That’s THEIR job! The cops. Paid and trained by you to handle such cases. That’s why you/we wait…for the cops to arrive.

Why we should wait now, before rushing to judgment. Much as it looks like a cut and dried case, WE DON’T KNOW.

Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton go home!!! Just go home. If it turns out that the version we’re hearing is indeed what happened, THEN come back!

In the meantime, my advice to some kids:

  • No hoodies

    Sanford Police Chief

  • No Skittles
  • No bottled drinks!

Any one of these can be construed as a liability. But apparently when combined, all three constitute enough of a threat that Stand Your Ground Law or NO Stand Your Ground Law, you won’t have a leg to stand on!

Oprah Winfrey/Joe Jackson

I watched Oprah’s show where she reflected on her February 1993 interview with pop icon, Michael Jackson.

Oprah showed a clip where Jackson spoke about his relationship with his father. This made me remember an article I read in Boston’s black newspaper: The Bay State Banner, (August 20, 2009/Vol. 45, No. 2).

So I dug it up. And here it is:

Opinion

Another side of the maligned Joe Jackson

George E. Curry

In the non-stop hoopla surrounding the death of Michael Jackson, Joe Jackson has become the person everyone loves to hate. TV commentators drop all pretense of objectivity, openly dismissing him as a kook and making fun of his admittedly incoherent answers. And though he was later proven correct, they laughed at his assertion that Michael Jackson may have been killed.

What made me take a second look at Joe Jackson was a statement he made on CNN’s “Larry King Live.” The elder Jackson said that he had recommended that his son be paid in euros rather than U.S. dollars for his upcoming concerts in London. That showed me that, as one of my elementary school teachers said, he was using his head for more than a hat rack.

And I began to think about what they said about the domineering fathers of Tiger Woods, Venus and Serena Williams and, in this case, the original Jackson 5. Yes, they were all pushy and ambitious fathers — so pushy that they pushed their children right to the top of their respective professions.

Of course, Joe Jackson’s greatest claim to fame was not that he molded one of the most successful groups in music from the rough streets of Gary, Ind., but that he beat his kids. There were many stories told about Jackson pounding his kids with his fists when they made a mistake, of his throwing them against walls and, in one instance, holding Michael upside down by one leg and pummeling him.

If true, no one can condone such acts.

However, lost in all the storytelling is the fact that the Jackson 5 became the first American group to have their first four singles rocket to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. And that Michael and Janet went on to international stardom as solo artists.

If you’re going to talk about Joe Jackson, talk about the good as well as the bad.

The most interesting perspective of Joe Jackson came from Michael in a fascinating speech he gave at Oxford University on March 21, 2001.

“You probably weren’t surprised to hear that I did not have an idyllic childhood,” he said. “The strain and tension that exists in my relationship with my own father is well-documented.

“My father is a tough man and he pushed my brothers and me hard, from the earliest age, to be the best performers we could be,” Michael continued. “He had great difficulty showing affection. He never really told me he loved me. And he never really complimented me either.

“If I did a great show, he would tell me it was a good show. And if I did an OK show, he told me it was a lousy show.

“He seemed intent, above all else, on making us a commercial success. And at that, he was more than adept. My father was a managerial genius and my brothers and I owe our professional success, in no small measure, to the forceful way that he pushed us. He trained me as a showman and under his guidance, I couldn’t miss a step.”

Looking at his father from the perspective of an adult, Michael said:

“I have started reflecting on the fact that my father grew up in the South, in a very poor family. He came of age during the Depression and his own father, who struggled to feed his children, showed little affection toward his family and raised my father and his siblings with an iron fist. Who could have imagined what it was like to grow up a poor black man in the South, robbed of dignity, bereft of hope, struggling to become a man in a world that saw my father as subordinate? I was the first black artist to be played on MTV and I remember how big a deal it was even then. And that was in the ’80s!

“My father moved to Indiana and had a large family of his own, working long hours in the steel mills, work that kills the lungs and humbles the spirit, all to support his family. Is it any wonder that he found it difficult to expose his feelings? Is it any mystery that he hardened his heart, that he raised the emotional ramparts? And most of all, is it any wonder why he pushed his sons so hard to succeed as performers, so that they could be saved from what he knew to be a life of indignity and poverty?”

He explained, “I am forced to think of my own father, and despite my earlier denials, I am forced to admit that he must have loved me. He did love me, and I know that. There were little things that showed it.”

Michael said for his own healing, he needed to forgive his father.

“I have begun to see that even my father’s harshness was a kind of love — an imperfect love, to be sure, but love nonetheless. He pushed me because he loved me. Because he wanted no man ever to look down at his offspring.

“And now with time, rather than bitterness, I feel blessing. In the place of anger, I have found absolution. And in the place of revenge, I have found reconciliation. And my initial fury has slowly given way to forgiveness.”

If Michael Jackson could forgive his father, why can’t everyone else?

George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine and the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator and media coach.

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