Black Centrist, Webster Brooks, has decided to take his message all the way to the White House in 2008 as an Independent candidate.

"I am seeking the office of President in 2008, because the challenges that now confront America are unique to our national experience, and will require a different universe of solutions than Democrats and Republicans are prepared to offer."

Nicknamed "The Architect," Brookes is 49, lives in West Hartford, CT and has already created his website:

Sounds interesting. Politopics will definitely follow because I'm down with the centrist movement and anything that will get the only real voices of reason in modern politics out there.

"My candidacy is an invitation to the electorate to engage in a new "politics of truth" that defines our generational responsibilities, and sets forth an agenda to guide America's ship of state out of perilous waters."

My only problem is that he listed his favorite color as Turquoise and I simply can't support that kind of thing.
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When would the love begin to fade? That was the question that many asked when IL Senator Barack Obama came to town. The media, the voters, the Democrats and Independents were enamored. He's done well in keeping a high low-profile; obviously a hard task to accomplish. He has shown some of his liberal leanings, but hasn't gone too far to the left in the way those on the right like Rush Limbaugh are salivating in wait for him to. Below are some recent articles on him or on issues he has spoken up about.

Chicago Defender: Obama voices opposition to photo voting requirement Barack Obama Steps (Carefully) Into the Spotlight

Chi Sun Times:Obama dissent gets thumbs up Obama: White House blind to poverty in U.S.

The Moderate Voice: Obama Continues to Amaze


A little under the radar, TN State Republican Congressman Stacey Campfield, who is white, says he was denied entry into the state's black caucus based on his skin color. He goes further to compare them to the KKK, which he says doesn't require you be white to be a member. There really isn't any need to respond to that.

TN State House: Campfield

Current member, Larry Miller, thinks he knows what Campfield is up to.
"He is using this as a joke. This is an insult coming from him," Miller said. "Why he chose to focus on the Black Caucus, I have no idea other than he is crazy and a racist."
The Tennessean: White lawmaker 'just curious' about joining Black Caucus
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The Black Commentator is all up on Congressman Ford again. At least this time they aren't just picking on him. It's an overall assessment of the Congressional Black Caucus, but you know they can't go without digging into Ford again. I'm telling you, it's one of those I'm-uncomfortable-with-how-much-I-like-you-so-I-act-like-I-hate-you things. I don't know if there is any such thing; I think I just made it up, but you know what I mean.

CBC Monitor: Watchdogs of the Black Caucus

I'm cool with Ford. I think he's a pure politician, so he's too prepared and rehearsed for my taste, but he's sensible and centrist, so he'd have my vote if I lived in TN.


Marcia Davis writes about the CBC's focus at their annual legislative conference in the WAPO. At the CBC Conference, A Whirlwind of Emotions. There is a schedule in place and it will stay pretty much in tact, but this is a prime opportunity to discuss what we can do for ourselves. I hope it isn't a blame game or pity party. Most of the CBC is quite liberal, so I'm afraid their answer to what they saw in New Orleans will be more government programs.

Everything does need to be put on the table, but the focus should be on what we need to do for ourselves. What are our priorities? A thought: We need to STOP depending on the government in times of peace and crisis.
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I'm back. Just a run through of a couple of issues circulating the websites and blogs. Yes, they are about Katrina even though I said I would stop blogging about it.

Of course the conspiracy theorists are out over Katrina and if it wasn't so sad, it would be funny. So, I guess there is a group of men, most certainly all white, old, rich men, sitting in a room somewhere saying, "This Hurricane Katrina is coming in a couple of days and it's conceivable she will break the levees. This is our opportunity to get rid of all the poor, black people we hate so much!" LSU storm expert rejects levee failure explanation 09/22/05
A Response From ::
Man Claims he heard New Orleans Levees Dynamited into flooding city Best Katrina Conspiracy Theory?


Black liberals have a problem with Bush and his connection to black churches. Since his 2000 campaign, he has made an effort to connect with this segment of our society and he's apparently made some progress.

As he worked hard to repair his image in the aftermath of Katrina, he made several appearances with black ministers. He made several promises as well and Judge Greg Mathis, a guest writer at BlackAmericaWeb, wants to know if those black ministers will hold his feet to fire while Bush faces upcoming battles with conservatives who aren't happy with the price of those promises.

Will Bush-Backing Black Ministers Get Him to Keep His Katrina Promises?
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I'm off to Jackson, MS for a few days, so I'll leave you with a few articles discussing the opportunities Katrina is offering her victims. No one wishes the misery that Katrina caused, but you have to look at every opportunity for what it offers. A lot of people criticized Barbara Bush's statement on things going well for many of "these people" and it was a very insensitive comment, but let's look at it closer.

BlackAmericaWeb: Victims of Hurricane Katrina Must Turn Their Pain into Power

Cobb: Say Thank You, Dammit

The Seattle Times: Recovery offers opportunity, black allies say

The Courier Journal: An opportunity to rebuild the South

For many of the poverty stricken, government dependent citizens of New Orleans, this is the first time they have been able to remove themselves from the violence and hopelessness that attaches itself to poverty. Let's face it, New Orleans was an exceptionally violent town; I think 10% above the national average. They are extremely stressed out and have to be given time to adjust to the reality of their situation. They are going to be given healthcare, money, donations and assistance that they might not have had access to before or might have had access, but never took advantage of.

Yes, some people will choose to continue to be victims. They will choose to return to a life of crime or poverty because they are so blinded by their own miserable lives they can't see anything else. There are others who will do nothing, because they simply don't want to do the work it takes to lift themselves up. They just expect someone else to do it for them. There is nothing that can be done for people like that.

But most people want a better life and are willing to work for it. Most people want their children to have a better life and are willing to take chances to get it. There will be some wonderful stories that arise out of this tragedy. I just hope the media covers them.
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Let's all pray for people in Texas because if Rita hits there, it's going to be ugly. There's always hope that she will calm down, but the way she sped up, I don't think they'll be as lucky. Whenever I think of Houston, I think of Lakewood Church. I'm sure they're helping out all they can. It is a wonderful church.

A little while ago, I told you about a new black conservative group, Low Country & Chesapeake Society. Unfortunately, the group folded, but one of its founders has created a new blog. South Of The James

South of the James offers "a different perspective on politics & life in Metro Richmond, Virginia, the US, and The World beyond." and includes many of the best posts from the Low Country movement website. Give it a look.


I wrote about young black Republicans lifting their voices at some black colleges last month. TWO TAKES ON THE GOP & AFRICAN AMERICANS. At BlackAmericaWeb, Tonyaa Weathersbee has something to say about it.
Young Black Republicans Want to Trade One Plantation for Another


At BookerRising, I read about the controversy blooming over this cartoon drawn by a student at the University of Florida.

If a black student had drawn it, most would probably laugh. But after finding out it was a white student, madness ensues. Students are protesting, writing letters, you know the whole gamut. I don't like the cartoon because I don't like the use of the N-Word at all and I don't discriminate whether the user is white or black.

The thing I'm wondering is if those people up in arms over this guy, who appears to be on the conservative side of the aisle, were as offended when so many leftist cartoonists, mostly white, drew such racist cartoons about Condi when she was promoted to Secretary of State. I doubt it.
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There are various discussions on the effects of Hurricane Katrina, mostly about gas, oil, race and the economy. Here's an interesting article on its effect on the black voting block.

Pacific News Service: Will Katrina Wallop Black Voting Power?

You know with the conspiracy theorists deciding that there is an effort underway to make the new New Orleans less black and less poor, which many equate to less Democrat, this discussion will continue through next year's elections as well as 2008.


Remember just a little while ago I told you about a new black GOP organization? National Black Republican Association. They had it going on with all their lists and what not. They even had a little magazine with Condi on the cover. I was expecting to hear from this organization going forward. Then I read at my favorite blog, Booker Rising, that the house is a mess.

From Booker Rising: "However, there is dissension, with resignations and emails sent to me about it. The conflict is apparently over a news release that went out - without the approval of the board of directors - praising President George W. Bush's response to the Hurricane Katrina aftermath and about signing some commitment letter. Six of the 10 board members resigned over this conflict."

So, I went back to the website and found this: This web site is down. Here's more information from New Leadership Blog, a black conservative website. NBRA Resignations
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The WAPO talks about Mayor Anthony Williams' plan for Oak Hill, a Juvenile Detention center serving the district in Laurel, MD. It holds 11 to 21 year olds.
Mayor Vows 'Nurturing' at Oak Hill

Oak Hill has a pretty bad reputation and since they are dealing with kids, it is a different thing than a prison. Of course the kids need discipline and they need to NOT want to ever go to a place like this again, so it shouldn't be a pleasant experience. But I think it is a good idea to focus on creating smaller facilities (Oak Hill is 800 acres) out of this big building, because this will help them keep better track of the kids, give them more attention and make the challenge of rehabilitating them easier.

I hope he gets the support he needs and gets it done in the four-year time frame he planned.


In the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, here's an article on a calling for true leadership in the black community by a local Reverend.

"The recent shootings and killings of young black people in the city are a direct indication of the urgent need for authentic black leadership. A leadership that is not built on personality, but rather a collective consciousness that clearly articulates the black socioeconomic reality and offers realistic solutions in addressing this ongoing crisis."

There is always an argument that we should focus on fixing the problems within our own communities before trying to focus on diversity and integration, which is part of what the Reverend is inquiring about. The argument makes some good points.

The author also blames low expectations we set for our own kids on current black leadership. Why is it that the only times black leaders want to discuss the SATs, it's to talk about how so-called biased they are? Why aren't they in their communities helping kids study, prepare and beat the SATs instead? I guess they think their skin color makes it impossible for them to succeed, so why try?


There's an update on Lynn Swann former Steeler and now Republican candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania at Lancaster online. Local GOP behind Swann for governor. I wasn't so sure what his chances are because I only know him as a former football player, but the reigning GOP in the state got on the bandwagon real quick. Now he's got the support of a very conservative wing of the PA GOP and that will boost his chances.

It will be interesting to watch his campaign over the next year. I think enough has gone wrong in California for voters not to allow themselves to be star struck, so what will make Independents & Democrats, who run the state now, want to vote for him?


The Baltimore Sun talks about Lt. Governor Michael Steele's plans for MD schools that may tick off the teacher's union. Steele pushes market-style schools changes. The teacher's union is a very powerful and influential and they do NOT like merit based pay or similar programs that hold them responsible for the success of their students. I think accountability has to be reasonable, but it has to be a part of every school program.

Steele, who is rumored to be the Republican's candidate for MD Governor in 2006, was promoting the plan as part of a report from the Governor's Commission on Quality Education. The report stems from a year-long study designed to ensure that money from the landmark education funding formula that lawmakers approved four years ago is spent wisely.
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Trouble within the Huxtable family.:-) At BlackAmericaWeb Joseph C. Phillips (Denise's Husband) doesn't think the Cosby way is the best way to deal with the woes of Black America.
Pointing the Finger at Our Problems Does Precious Little to Solve Them.

I've always said that finger pointing only breeds resentment and more stubborn resolve. It doesn't so much bother me that Cosby accused lower income parents of not parenting, because it's true. Of course he didn't mean all, but he meant a significant number and we can't ignore that. If they were, their kids wouldn't be in as much trouble as they are. None of the elements they face are stronger than good parenting. The problem is that he doesn't acknowledge the other outside forces that are making parenting hard on them and most importantly, he doesn't offer some advice on how they can turn this around.


At conservative, Jeff Jacoby talks about the outpouring of support and relief from people after Katrina showing the true heart of folks and how race shouldn't be the issue here. Katrina's colorblind relief. There will always be the race baiters who see everything as racism, a product of racism or an effect of racism because they can't think of anything else. But the truth is, this was about class. There are wealthy, black families in New Orleans. There are middle class and working class black families in New Orleans. They got out.

Mistakes were clearly made, but race had nothing to do with it. No one cares about poor people. They see them as an annoyance at best. But hopefully the outpouring of relief from those around the world of all classes and races will make people think more about those that are left behind every day; which come in every color all over the country.
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Here are some new and/or interesting sites worth taking a look at:

The 2005 Black Weblog Awards have been announced:
The 2005 Black Weblog Awards.

Daily Views, Pop Culture, Rants, and News seems to be a favorite. I thought it was okay.

Negrophile has been on my blogroll for a long time. If only the author would update it more, I would remember to check it out.

BankBlackwell is the nation's first ever African American Direct Community Bank. Looks like the people behind the ShareBuilder investing websites. Could be just a visual thing.

I don't know what to think about this blog. No Bastard Kids-The Urban Revolution
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The Black Commentator publishes another article on why they hate on TN Congressman Harold Ford Jr. Why We Can't Trust Harold Ford Jr.. An opportunistic politician? How is that possible? Is this hate a veil for hidden love unrequited? I'm sensing the tension here.


As Judge Roberts starts the inquisition today, here's a recent article on who some view Roberts upbringing as a concern for blacks. Blacks see Roberts racially 'secluded'. I'm clearly not down with this idea. The fact that he was secluded from black people doesn't mean he won't be a fair judge. Besides, didn't he work in the District? So, although he didn't grow up with black folks, he's certainly aware we exist in terms other than defendants for trial. Not to mention, there are plenty of black people who grew up around black people and absolutely hate black people. Find a different argument.
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Our prayers go out to all the families remembering those they lost on September 11, 2001. Although wounds heal, they never go away and we all share them to some extent. We'll never forget.

The Black Informant has a list of all the deceased to remind us of just how much innocence was lost that day.


Now that we are back on a less insane news cycle, I feel safe to re-enter the blogosphere. I tend to shy away when one story completely dominates the news cycle. It just becomes so overwhelming.

George Curry writes about The King of Right Wing Lunacy for the Chicago Defender, where he proclaims his disdain for the way conservatives try to neuter Martin Luther King, Jr to fit their message. I think there is plenty of company when it comes to matching MLK's message with someone else's political ideals. I've seen those on the Left and Right do it; black and white. The truth is, MLK wasn't partisan, so for liberals to claim he belongs to them is disrespectful of what he stood for.


In The American Prospect, Michael Tomasky writes about the Unbearable Whiteness of William Rehnquist, the recently deceased Supreme Court Judge. This is supposed to be The Other Legacy, where Tomasky claims that Rehnquist had a real and disturbing problem with race.


This is coming out of nowhere, but since we're talking about judges, Gregory Kane, my favorite writer at, ask the question, Was Thurgood Marshall a FBI Snitch? Inquiring Minds Want to Know. Where did that come from? It's more about a thing between Marshall and Robert Williams, who Kane describes as:

"the baddest brother in the country. Badder than Martin Luther King Jr. Badder than Malcolm. Badder than anybody."

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I come back from taking a holiday break only to go on another business trip. Somehow I find myself going to the Hershey, PA area twice in one year. Obviously I'm making some bad choices.

To hold you, I just wanted to share some news about the crazies that always come out with natural disasters.

Of course the gays are to blame for Katrina. Who else could have caused such death and destruction. This from
Gays 'Responsible' For New Orleans Devastation Group Claims. To be fair, any group called REPENT AMERICA is certain to have nut jobs, but I'll share it anyway.

Personally, I never even heard of Southern Decadence, the gay holiday that these people are referring to, but what's important is that God knows everything and he's not above killing innocents if their neighbors are fornicating. Michael Marcavage is REPENT AMERICA's Director.

"Although the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked city." Marcavage said. "From 'Girls Gone Wild' to 'Southern Decadence', New Orleans was a city that had its doors wide open to the public celebration of sin. May it never be the same."

So, if God wanted to prevent Southern Decadence from happening this past weekend, why not just make it rain or something? You know the girls don't like getting their hair messed up.

Now we know that gays are to blame for everything bad that happens, but this one was new:
Eve's Apple: I do not make this s*^# up!.
From: Columbia Christians for Life
Subject: Hurricane Katrina satellite image looks like 6-week fetus
If only New Orleans didn't have so many abortion centers, this wouldn't have happened. I was a little frightened myself to think of 5 centers in one city. What is that about?

I have a great deal of compassion and understanding of the pro-life movement, but these people make me sick. Can they explain why God killed pro-life advocates in Katrina? I mean we're talking about Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, so you know there are quite a few. Why can't he just kill the baby killers? Very sloppy of him.
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The scenes in New Orleans brought me to tears today. I didn't think it could possibly get this bad. The pictures of babies and children basically dying is heartbreaking. Seeing people living like animals in that filth and chaos, starving with people dying all around them in the streets makes it no surprise they're going crazy.

I mean regular crazy. I'm not talking about the shooting helicopters, hijacking nurses in ambulances crazy. Those people just need to be shot. They have established themselves as enemies of the state and have to be dealt with if the rescuers are going to be able to get to the innocent victims waiting for help.

We thought the transfer out of New Orleans would make things better. Now the crazy is moving to parts of Baton Rouge and Houston is next. I'm seeing reports like this all over the net:

"Some of the people being transported from New Orleans are starting to go crazy, for lack of a better way to put it. Either that or they always were crazy and this was just the best time to bring it out. They're hungry, tired, frustrated, and pissed off - pretty understandable.

However downtown Baton Rouge has begun having shootouts, looting, and rioting. There was a story about people refusing to pay for their food at Subway and threatening with violence. My dad just hired a security guard for his business.

If you need gas, go with someone else. There are people at some gas stations desperately begging for money, only to threaten you if you refuse. I know it sounds like the basic chain letter rumors, but it has happened. People in that area are being told to stay home as much as possible"
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