Why It Doesn’t Matter Where President Obama was Born….

Now that President Obama has shown that he is a real person and not an alien, what does this mean for our country? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

You know why? One of my twitter followers said something very poignant the other day, “I don’t know care where President Obama is from, we have people starving and dying everyday.” This statement put a lot of things in perspective. Why are we wasting our time wondering where President Obama is from, how he got into Harvard, is he qualified, etc.

The fact remains that aside from these ludicrous accusations, we have life and death public policy issues that need to be solved. People are experiencing homelessness, dying on our streets, and looking for hope with $1.00 in their hand.

This is not to say that people are doing well and making a decent living but their is a significant portion of Americans who are not economically stable in their everyday lives.

So all of this hoopla over proving facts over using our energy to create positive change, is not helping anyone. At the end of the day — the birther movement is creating chaos with racial motivations  instead of being apart of the solution.

We all rely on this administration for solutions for today’s most pressing issues. It’s not fun and games — this is a life and death situation. We cannot afford to divert our focus on something as trivial and petty as a birth certificate. Hopefully, we can now focus on the issues of substance and importance, so we can save lives.

Why Kemba Walker Isn’t the First to Admit…..

If you are College basketball Superstar like Kemba Walker, who is  being courted by the best of the best to become the next NBA Legend, you are better than #winning right now.

Kemba Walker, basketball sensation from the University of Connecticut recently announced his decision to enter the NBA draft. Soon after, he admitted that he recently finished his first book, “Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete” by New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden as apart of his independent study as he prepares to graduate college on May 8th.

What’s surprising to people is how could a college student graduate with only reading one book cover to cover.

Matt Keibus of deathandtaxesmag.com writes, “I’m sick of pundits saying these kids should be paid on top of being given, oh, just a couple hundred thousand dollars in scholarship money. They get an invaluable college education for free, something to fall back on when their professional career finishes or their body inevitably fails them over the course of the next twenty years. And they get all of this without the debt of normal college students, and seemingly only a quarter of the academic effort.”

For me, this is not surprising. He’s probably not the first nor the last to admit to his academic shortcomings.  There is an underlying fundamental piece that is being ignored… It’s about mentor-ship and your value system.  What is important to Mr. Walker is becoming a successful basketball player, What is important to Mr. Walker is entering the NBA.  What you value, what is important to you, drives your success. His mentors, coaches, and those around him did not reinforce the vital importance of college and how it is a life-changing experience that helps you develop your goals and values. Therefore, taking advantage of your education was not a top priority. I’m not saying that Kemba Walker does not have positive people around him or that isn’t an intelligent young man. But it is a shame, that his education took a backseat to journey to the NBA.

I am a believer in every person utilizing every opportunity that is afforded to them especially Education. Take a look at Carolina’s  Harrison Barnes outlook on College & the NBA:

“As an 18-year old, I’m in the early stages of my life journey,” Barnes says. “I’m honored and blessed for the chance to play in the NBA. And because of my family, teachers, passion, and work, I have the ultimate dream of one day playing and experiencing a fulfilling career in the NBA. Opportunities, both beneficial and life changing, can seem to make the next phase of my journey an easy decision. But I am a student-athlete at the University of North Carolina. I’m here to experience college life, grow as a person, receive a quality education, and be part of the greatest basketball family in college sports.”

I can only hope that parents, coaches, and teachers that surround these young men being recruited to top tier colleges and universities stress the dire importance that education is the gateway to accomplishing anything that you want. Education cultivates your values, beliefs, and enhances your life experiences.  It is the ONLY thing that no one can take away from you. 

“We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate.”  -Martin Luther King Jr. 

Digging Up Old Dog Bones…

In the land of digging up the Bush Administration dog bones of wrong doings, Former Presidential Aide Karl Rove interviewed with members of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday (July 7th).

So what’s the reason you ask? According to the Washington Post, the committee is investigating why the Bush Administration fired 9 top federal prosecutors in 2006. This has raise many suspicions. (and so it should). The reasoning behind these dismissals (from Rove & other White House Senior Advisers), is cloudy because the Bush Administration has executed the privilege to prevent the turnover of executive branch email messages and other documents to Congress (exercept from the Wash Po).

The question of the hour is, What is the relevancy of this situation? I think we all can agree that the Bush Administration made poor decisions during their elected years, but what does this have to do with the Obama Administration and the future of our nation? I can tell you this: my concern right now is how this Health Care policy is gonna turn out and will there be enough funding for education.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/08/AR2009070802543.html?hpid=topnews

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That’s Legacy For You!

Michael Jackson’s Legacy is soooooooo ENORMOUS that New York Congressman Peter King ( a Long-Island Republican), wanted to voice his opinion on the media storm surrounding Jackson’s death. I am proud to say that I am a Michael Jackson fan, I respect everyone’s opinion’s about his private life. However, I do not tolerate disrespect especially when someone has not even been in the grave yet. The fact of the matter is that Jackson was NEVER convicted of the accused crimes. So let’s get over the fact that Jackson never lived a normal life. Yes, he might have had strange habits, but can you blame the man? He didn’t live in a normal family and did not have a normal life. I could go on and on about this, but I won’t. Rep. King should not be name-calling or promoting his opinions on this subject. No one asked you what you thought of Michael Jackson as a person. Can you please return to your desk and serve your constituents of Long Island, New York? Thank-you.

I’m all about expressing your opinion. Do I think that Jackson’s memorial is turning into a spectacle? It’s questionable. What I really want, is for the Jackson Family to grieve in the manner to which they see fit, without the camera’s and the media in their face. As Janet Jackson so eloquently stated, “To you Michael is an entertainer, but to us He is Family.”

This man, the genius of a musician, was a FANTASTIC, OUT OF THIS WORLD ENTERTAINER. His artistry is unprecedented and he single handily was able to unite the world through his music.

Thank,

Management

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Health Care & You!

You’ve seen the headlines and heard the debates about health care, but as we uncover the mundane and intricate language of policy makers, what does President Obama’s Health Care Policy mean for you and me?

According to the Washington Post, “Fifty-five percent of Americans said they or other members of their household postponed or neglected medical care because of the cost over the past 12 months, according to a June 2009 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.” This is a problem that has reached a moral dilemma, enough is enough!

The President has promised that the new health care policy will cover ALL Americans even if they lose their job. Sounds too good to be true right? But the question comes to mind, How will this happen and What is the cost ?  Below is a summary from an article written by Julie Rovner from NPR (What does Obama’s Health Plan Really Cost?)

According to  health economist Joe Antos, He states that Obama’s health care policy won’t cover EVERY American. However, his concern is how much spending will be involved with this new health care policy. One of President Obama’s promises under the plan is that everyone will be able to receive a health care plan comparable to a Congressman. Antos states that this is not feasible, “If your congressman is like your average federal employee, he’s got the Blue Cross Standard Option (plan), and it costs in excess of $12,000 a year,” Antos says. “That isn’t going to happen. It can’t happen (NPR.org).”

If this “promise” actually becomes a reality, where is this money going to come from? What does this mean for Health care premiums for employers and employees & their families? As I re-read Obama’s Health Care plan, I give a kudos for this bold progressive thinking in seeking to expand existing programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP.  Obama’s bold initiative by inhibiting state flexibility would restrict states from experimenting on various health care policies. Thus, the President is requiring that state innovations to meet the specific minimum standards of the pro­posed new government health plan. I support this aspect of the President’s plan, because it calls for uniformity.  All states should have accountability especially with this moral dilemma—Health Care in America. Although I have concerns about his policy, I am putting my faith and trust with President Obama. No one really knows how this will turn out, but all we can do is wait and see.

Here are some links about health care enjoy!

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95204017

http://www.heritage.org/Research/HealthCare/bg2197.cfm

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Helping Our Kids…

What’s up my beautiful people!

Today I have an interesting social justice cause. It’s called “Stop the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse track”.

Here’s the Mission & Background:
We have harsh school policies and practices with an increased role of law enforcement has created a clear path from the school house to the jail house. This comes from out of school suspensions, expulsions, and school-based arrests to deal with behaviour issues among students (especially for minor incidents). The proponents of this movement are calling this not only an educational issue but a criminal justice problem as well.
Morever, it is said that “When students are pushed out of school through harsh disciplinary policies, their education is interrupted. For many students, harsh discipline is part of a vicious cycle. Students who are already struggling are more prone to misbehavior out of frustration. When they do “act out,” they are harshly punished, which in turn leads to further academic struggle and frustration.”
Thus, by initiating the stopping the school house to jail house track, we are treating each child with the respect that they deserve while giving each child an opportunity to make a positive step in education and beyond.
Until next time, I’m currently getting my head wrapped around this health care reform, will be posting about that soon!
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An Apology? Really Now?

I read something so interesting today in the Washington Post. The senate is issueing an apology for slavery. Now my first thought is this, What exactly are you apologizing for ? Are you really apologizing for 400 years of unjust cruelty? Is this apology going to to come in a neatly wrapped box with a bow? And what is the response, “Thank you from the bottom off my heart”. PUH-LEASE!

The definition of an apology,”a written or spoken expression of one’s regret, remorse, or sorrow for having insulted, failed, injured, or wronged another,” (Thank you Webster’s Dictionary dot com).  Now, I guess what I don’t understand (a people, please help to understand if I’m missing something), Is the Senate supposedly apologizing for slavery because those who “owned” slaves were remorseful?  To be honest, the people making the apology did not own slaves themselves, so I’m not understanding the whole apology business.

The bottom line is, you can’t apologize for one of the most heinous oppressive acts in our history: to strip one of their diginity and pride (Africans were Kings and Queens) rape, beat, and de-moralize a group of people. You can’t do it. It doesn’t make any sense. And the other thing that’s crazy, is that we are still talking about Reparations? You cannot give me anything to make me feel better about what happened to my descandants.

My bottom line is this: I am unclear of what the “apology” is supposed to do (i’m not against the apology, but again tell me, what is the purpose? and what is the appropiate reaction to it?  I guess this is the perfect opportunity of Congress to announce to the nation that there were wrongdoings against African Americans—how timely is this to pop up again now that President Barack Obama is elected? (Think about it people)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/18/AR2009061803877.html?hpid=topnews

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Education is the Key:

I normally don’t do two post in one day, but I got an interesting email from Virginia 21 congratulating our 2 Gubernatorial candidates: Senator Creigh Deeds and Fmr. Attorney General Bob McDonnell.

This is hott off the press: both candidate have released their Education Plans

Take a look below:
Creigh Deeds—


http://www.deedsforvirginia.com/files/BetterSchools.pdf

Bob McDonnell

http://www.bobmcdonnell.com/index.php/issues/higher_education/

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Timing is Everything…

The title of this post is fitting:  Timing is everything.  Just after the devastating and horrific shooting at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr appeared before lawmakers this morning to pledge his commitment to passing hate crimes legislation. This is among Holder’s top priorities.

I’m probably not the first to say this, but I believe that Holder’s position is one of the most toughest/heaviest/stressful/ positions in the White House administration. You probably ask why is that?  He is head of the Justice Department and is concerned with the legal affairs and is the law enforcement officer of the United States government. Is that heavy or what? Simply put, His timing is necessary and required especially after the last week’s shooting.

Attorney General Holder was dogged with questions about national security issues, especially our favorite hotly contested topic: the closing of Guantanamo Bay. What will happen to the 229 remaining detainees?  Release them to the US or drop them in other countries? Personally, I see this as a HUGE security risk, How do you transition 229 detainees? The Washington Post reports that half of these detainees will still face trials. We just have to wait and see right?
And let’s give a hand clap of praise for Twitter…Apparently the US State Department and Twitter have a budding relationship, after a request for Twitter not to shut down for maintenance in light of the recent uproars of the Iranian elections. Not surprisingly, the Iranian government is imposing restrictions on the newest social media craze, so that citizens cannot communicate their frustrations about this rigged election. This is a another classic case of freedom of speech being restricted. The Iranians have no other outlet to express outrage, and Twitter and other social media tools allows them this freedom. Its really a darn shame. It makes you wonder, why are they so bent on restricting sites like Twitter and Facebook? Got something to hide? I think so. We all have to send up our prayers for this country. I’d like to see Twitter & the US State Department win this battle!

Check out these cool links:


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/17/AR2009061701447.html


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/17/AR2009061701512.html

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Two Key Elections: One Devasting Outcome

Its been too long readers, but now I back refreshed and ready to get to it. Firstly, Congrats to Creigh Deeds on Virginia’s Gubernatorial Race. He beat out 2 of Northern VA’s most respected politicians: former DNC chair Terry McAuliffe and former delegate Brian Moran.  Critics are saying Virginia’s Gubernatorial Race is going to be front and center  from both political parties. All eyes are on Creigh Deeds and his opponent Bob McDonnell.

The underdog turned TOPDOG is now the pride and hope of VA’s Democratic Party to win in November. So what do we know about Mr. Deeds? Here are some fast facts:

Creigh Deeds is from Bath County, VA. After graduating law school (Wake Forest School of Law in ’84), three years later Deeds was elected to be Commonwealth Attorney for Bath County, defeating his opponent by 65% of the vote.

In ’91, Deeds was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates defeating the incumbent Emmett Hanger with 57% victory.  While in the House of Delegates, Deeds introduced Megan’s Law to the Virginia Assembly and passed in 1998.  After becoming state senator of bath county due to an unfortunate death of the incumbent in 2001.

In 2005, Deeds set his sights on the Attorney General Race. His rival, Bob McDonnell who outspent him by nearly 3 million dollars to edge out the victory to 49.96 % to 49.95 % . Pretty close huh?

Well let me say this, Deeds is a fighter. His story of humble beings makes me believer in him.  With his experience, Deeds knows the challenge of running against tough competitors.  He’s resilient and thrives in the face of obstacles. This is the kind of Governor I want for Virginia. This time around he needs a more than just your verbal support. Deeds needs your help whether making phone calls, talking to neighbors, or knocking on doors. If you want a better Virginia Vote Deeds in November

Now onto the second election topic of the day: I wish I could say that the outcome of the Iranian election was pleasant experience, but unfortunately its more devasting that I intially thought. Thousands of Iranians protested throughout the city today in solidarity to show their disappointment and betrayal of the electoral system in their own country. My compassionate side kicks in when I see law enforcement using “force” to silence the protestors.  The only  question I have is this: Was this election really rigged? And if so, What can be done? Can there really be anything about this situation? Many citizens say that the incumbent was hand picked and that there votes mean nothing. I happen to agree. What is the point of voting if your opinion is not taken into consideration? I know what you are thinking, Iran run’s a different political machine from the United States, where democracy is a unicorn. I get it.  To me, what is so upsetting is seeing the pictures of tears and frustruations of their citizens (see the link below).  We all have to take a step back and be thankful that our voices can be heard if we oppose a candidate or any issues for that matter.  This reminds me of a that classic saying, “Freedom Ain’t Free”.

Till Next Time!

Check out the link below:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fhashemi/sets/72157619758530748/show/with/3626907952/

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