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What iPhone Doesn't Have
Songs as Ringtones
Any flash support
Picture messages (MMS)
Voice recognition or voice dialing
Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Streaming (A2DP)
One-size-fits-all headset jack (May have to buy an adapter for certain headphones)
Stuff we already knew it didn't have
A real keyboard
Direct iTunes Music Store Access (Over Wi-Fi or EDGE)
Bloomberg.com: Buffett, at Clinton Fund-Raiser, Says Congress Favors The Rich(really? I've never heard that before!)
This makes John Edwards want to cry. DesMoinesRegister.com: Yepsen: Clinton's Fine Showing Should Help Her In Iowa
The SCOTUS ruling on diversity programs in schools yesterday, didn't blow up until this morning. I've always been against diversity for diversity-sake. It's not right to move children around and out of their community just so school districts can achieve their little rainbow classroom and feel good about themselves.
In general I think it is better if kids are educated in diverse settings, but that is not what is most important. These plans do nothing for the issues that really effect the educational experience. What if kids are so far from their communities that they can't seek after school tutoring or participate in extra-curricular activities? What if kids are shipped to a school where all the authority figures are one race and the only people they see of their race are janitors and lunch ladies? What if the teachers call on students of one race over the others?
I'm not against integration, but it has to be for a purpose other than wanting brown, yellow and white faces sitting together. This has led to more editorials on separate but equal and Brown v. Board of Education. There are a slew of interesting pieces below that you may or may not agree with. It just seems like everyone thinks this is a horrible thing and I just don't.
Roberts steers court right back to Reagan - USATODAY.com
Since comparing himself to Malcom X & Marcus Garvey didn't work, fool has resorting to the "slavemaster" card. A man this self-centered must be horrible to work with. He is making a clown of himself. Google him and see how everyone is making fun of his inability to shut up about this. Good luck getting another job. Angry Black Man? No, just Foolish Black Man. Just foolishness up and down.
"Well, it didn't help me on the set that I was a black man who wasn't a mush-mouth Negro walking around with his head in his hands all the time. I didn't speak like I'd just left the plantation and that can be a problem for people sometime. I had a person in human resources tell me after this thing played out that 'some people' were afraid of me around the studio. I asked her why, because I'm a 6-foot-1, black man with dark skin and who doesn't go around saying ‘Yessah, massa sir' and 'No sir, massa' to everyone? It's nuts when your presence alone can just scare people, and that made me a prime candidate to take the heat in a dysfunctional family."
He does remember that the person running the joint is a black woman, right? And why did he ask the "HR" person the question, if he already had the answer himself? You notice he didn't offer that person's answer. He probably wasn't listening and can only hear the sound of his own voice. And what is an HR person doing on the set of a TV drama anyway?
The latest is that the Senate switchboard has been shut down due to calls to the Senators. This bill has cost Republicans so much that they have had to fire several of the people that accept donations via phone. People are ticked.
Senate immigration bill suffers crushing defeat - CNN.com
Divided court rejects school diversity plans - CNN.com
Unfortunately, unlike black political blogs, here's an article on the power of black gossip blogs. Philadelphia Daily News: Believe the hype. My favorite is Young, Black & Fabulous. The sister who runs it is funny and she's not mean-spirited. Crunk & Disorderly is my second favorite because the author on that one is beyond hilarious. Other sites like Bossip and Sandra Rose are so mean-spirited and envious. You would think that Beyonce did something personally to the two of them the way they blog about her. They post gossip so ridiculous that anyone with half a brain would know its not even remotely true, but just because its negative, they'll go with it. Even gossip should at least sound feasible.
When you read some of the comments at these types of blogs, it is kind of disheartening. No matter what the topic, Kanye West, Tyra Banks or BET, every comment log ends up being a back and forth retort showing how much black men and women can't stand each other. It's sad. Whatever the case, these women are making some serious bank through advertising. Oh, and can I add that I love Bey, but whoever is dressing her (which I assume is Mama Tina), please stop.
Here's a list that I visit off and on
Young, Black & Fabulous
Crunk & Disorderly
Cake & Ice Cream
Bossip --- Sandra Rose (avoid these two if you'd prefer every other post not be about how horrible Beyonce is)
New Democratic Senators of majority Republican states are also breaking from the crowd on the bill. New Senators Resist Overhaul of Immigration - New York Times
Immigration bill won't work - Politico.com
Honestly, the video is boring, but I watched the whole thing because Reggie Bush & David Beckham is too much hotness to pass. Becks really doesn't talk a lot ever.
It's an Adidas video:
Edward's new ad is out. ‘Strength in America Is Not Just in the Oval Office,’ Edwards Says - New York Times
I'm sure there are several different factors that contribute to this. The quality in the school systems of high-property tax counties, more 2-parent families, etc. I think a lot of it may have to do with the success of blacks in this area. One of the negative results of integration was that many successful blacks left the community and kids didn't see them on a day-t0-day basis. The only role models they had didn't emphasize education. The D.C.-metro area is filthy with successful, well-educated black people and although it is a very integrated area, black kids can see themselves in positions of authority and power everywhere they go on a day-to-day basis. Also, you don't see that "trying to act white" nonsense as much in the suburbs although it still exist within the District according to my friend who is a guidance counselor in the public school system. Success is not white here; it's just smart.
Will 24's 7th day have a female president? As long as it isn't Wayne Palmer, I'll be happy. I did read that the 7th day will likely take place in a country other than America, so it might be as juicy a role as it has in the past. I miss David Palmer so much. Considering Hillary's chances, I think it would be a good idea to make her a woman and make her about half as crazy as Jack is. Exclusive: 24 to Elect First Female Prez? - TVGuide.com
In my city, Alexandria, the city had to pay two parents $1.1 mill because two cops shot and killed their son for trying to to skip out on a bill at IHOP. I mean, they knew that was all he was doing too, so they shouldn't have even had guns out. For a $26 bill. Of note, the kid was 18 and he was white. $1.1 Million Settlement in Teen's Death - washingtonpost.com
"The comments came a day after Britain's Foreign Office voiced "deep concern" after a Pakistani minister said that the Rushdie award could justify suicide bombings. Outrage mounted in the Muslim world Wednesday over Rushdie's knighthood, with protests spreading to Malaysia and a top Pakistani cleric calling for the novelist to be killed."
Muslim law rules in Muslim countries, but this is not a Muslim country. Shame on England for offering this apology. Britain 'sorry for upset' over Rushdie honour
WSMV-TV: Thompson Announcement Set For Nashville
In 2006, Americans gave almost $300 billion to charitable causes. That's a country of less than 300 million giving $300 billion. That's even more than in 2005 when Katrina hit and the early days of giving for the Tsunami the December before. This country that everyone accuses of being selfish and apathetic is full of very giving people. Not that comparing is necessary, but this is twice as much as the next most charitable country. In philanthropic giving as a percentage of gross domestic product, the U.S. ranked first at 1.7 % with Britain at 0.73%. France gave 0.14%, which is less than South Africa, Singapore, Turkey and Germany.
And the bulk was not from major corporations or foundations. 75.6% came from individuals. About 65% of homes with incomes less than $100K gave to charity. We focused our giving on religious efforts and education. And yes, there are a lot of people who give for PR purposes or tax breaks, but so what? The food that goes into a homeless child's mouth fills his belly just as much. Americans set record for charity in 2006 - Yahoo! News
A lot of blogs and web sites are putting in their 2cents about the series and the man.
However, on the issue of choice, I have to give the thumbs down to the Democrats. While Pro-Choice candidates like Fred Thompson and Rudy Giuliani are in line to become a Red presidential nominee, how many Blue candidates are Pro-Life? I mean candidates for President, not Democrats. In my experience, anyone who claims to be a Democrat and is Pro-life is shouted out of the room and would never, ever get their party's nomination for President. This intolerance could work against them in '08. Why Pro-Choice Is a Bad Choice for Democrats - New York Times
AP Writer, Alan Fram, says its okay that Barry is doing well with well-to-do Democrats, but he's got to broaden his appeal if he wants to keep the money coming. ABC News: Achievers' Support Not Enough for Obama
Barry Won't Go to Prison For Late Taxes, Judge Rules - washingtonpost.com. Seriously, Marion "the bitch set me up" Barry is my hero and I don't even care if he's a crack addict, which no one can really prove anyway. And the judge said that the prosecutor couldn't prove that Barry intentionally didn't pay his taxes in 2005. This after being warned for not paying taxes for quite a few years previously and threatened with prison. I guess he just forgot...for five years. He's a busy man; inventing things and stuff.
Besides, who says you have to pay your taxes anyway? Maybe this was his way of protesting the lack of representation in Congress. His ability to avoid punishment for his misdeeds has even surpassed that of R. Kelly. I still have faith in that gasification machine and now that he's not going to jail he'll have more time to figure out how to make it work.
New Orleans deaths up 47% - USATODAY.com
And I've said it before, I need him to define what "black" is. Why do I get the feeling if she had an arrest record, a couple of illegit kids and called people racist every day, she would fit into what he thinks "black" is? And if there are different definitions of black, which kind of black would you want to be? Oprah-black or 25-cent-black? I pick 25-cent, because I like how he dressed his little son up in that bullet-proof vest for a photo shoot. If he was catering to whites, he would have put him in a suit and tie or even worse, khakis and a polo.
"There is the father from Honduras who was imprisoned, then deported, after a routine traffic stop in Miami. He was forced to leave behind his wife, who was also detained by immigration officials, and his 5- and 7-year-old sons, who were placed in foster care. Not understanding what had happened, the boys, when they were taken to visit their mother in jail, asked why their father had abandoned them.There is the father from Honduras who was imprisoned, then deported, after a routine traffic stop in Miami. He was forced to leave behind his wife, who was also detained by immigration officials, and his 5- and 7-year-old sons, who were placed in foster care. Not understanding what had happened, the boys, when they were taken to visit their mother in jail, asked why their father had abandoned them."
This stuff is upsetting, but it is the fault of the parents. Every parent that commits a crime is responsible for the harm the consequences of their behavior inflicts on their children. This is so for every group of people, so why should it be different for illegals?
At Least 14 U.S Soldiers Die in Attacks in Iraq - washingtonpost.com
U.S. military: 14 U.S. soldiers killed over weekend - CNN.com
So if you get caught up on weapons charges (Sean), make sure you donate to some sick kid disease organization a couple of weeks before your trial starts.
And if you get indicted for $2.7 billion in securities fraud (Scrushy), make sure you drive from your 20K square foot mansion all the way into the black part of town to go to Church.
If you're about to be questioned about shady financial dealings(Mong Koo), pledge to donate $1 billion "to society." If it's $1billion you don't even have to name a charity, just "to society" is enough to grease the wheels.
I won't lie. I always think of the tax benefits when I donate items to charity, but that isn't why I do it. And when I volunteer at places like DC Central Kitchen, I don't get anything but a sore back, but its good to know that I do it because I love it and not to avert attention from who I really am.
However, I don't see how you deport a woman, even if she is illegal, married to an Army specialist who is MIA in Iraq while on his second tour. On his first tour, he received a Purple Heart and he is legal. Hiraldo arrived illegally from the Dominican Republic in 2001. She married Specialist Alex Jimenez in 2004, whereupon her status was first brought to the attention of immigration officials. I thought that you get citizenship if you marry an American, but apparently only if you marry that person and then come to America. She came to America illegally and then married him later. TheHill.com - Kerry asks DHS not to deport wife of MIA soldier. Senator Kerry is trying to help her because they are residents of Mass.
But the polls say she is widening the gap between her and Barry, so I feel she can make up for that by putting Bill more in the spotlight and that is exactly what she plans to do. Bill Clinton steps into spotlight in wife's campaign - CNN.com. It's about time she got her money's worth out of that man. He's certainly cost her a lot.
WANT TO HELP? A fund has been set up to help the families of the nine fallen firefighters. Donations can be sent to: City of Charleston Fireman’s Fund P.O. Box 304 Charleston, SC 29402
Big Chicago mob trial promises to be a hit - CNN.com
1000 slave kids in brick jail The Daily Telegraph
'Tornado of flames' kills nine firefighters - CNN.com
Here's the latest on Fred:
Former McCain Donor and Personal Lawyer Switches to Thompson - NYSun
Rasmussen poll: Fred Thompson now tied with Giuliani at top of GOP field - USATODAY.com
This stupid video on YouTube has gotten a lot of play. I'm not impressed. ABC News: 'Obamagirl' Unsure If She's Voting Obama
You know that Maureen Dowd would have something to say about this video. She's just jealous because she went through all the trouble of putting her own Obama video together, but this chick beat her to it. Can He Crush Hillary? - New York Times
More on how his team is more focused in Chicago than Washington D.C. Chicago is heart, brain center of Obama campaign Chicago Tribune
"Not all ethnic and racial graduations are well attended. The 2003 figures at UCLA showed that while 300 of 855 Hispanic students attended, only 170 out of 1,874 Asian-Americans did. Some students are presumably eligible for four or five graduations. A gay student with a Native American father and a Filipino mother could attend the Asian, Filipino, and American Indian ceremonies, plus the mainstream graduation and the Lavender Graduation for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered students."
Poll: Clinton establishes sizable lead over Obama - USATODAY.com
Everyone is on Healthcare, healthcare, healthcare. Whatever you do, do not turn us into Canada. I'd hate to have to wait a year to see my doctor. Here is what he thinks Freep: Edwards details health care fix
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards called for stopping AIDS in Africa, rebuilding New Orleans and saving Darfur. Instead of war, he argued the United States should invest in universal healthcare, education and bio-fuels." Rarity: Candidate access costs $15 - 06/14/2007 - MiamiHerald.com
The latest blah, blah, blah on Romney.
ABC News: Is Romney's Pro-Life Conversion a Myth?
Daily Herald: Romney Talks About Abortion & Gay Marriage
He goes after Clinton. ABC News: McCain Says He'll Fight Clinton's 'Pork'
He is seriously going after Romney. He has purchased a site called http://www.mittvfact.com/ and is launching it in a few weeks. Ouch.
More on his
It looks like he isn't as loved as the media makes it seem. He's only in front because none of the other candidates are interesting. Fred Thompson is already right behind him and he still hasn't formerly declared. Conservatives would bolt GOP over Rudy - Politico.com
She's going to the Harvard of India to talk to students. Why? Just because they work for American companies doesn't mean they can vote. Clinton Taps Newly Active Indian Donors - The New York Sun
Gonzales Meeting With Aide Scrutinized - washingtonpost.com
Immigration bill will come back to Senate, leaders say - CNN.com
My Way News - Senators Plan to Revive Immigration Bill
Now Russians are blaming the U.S. for messing with the computers on the space station. Whenever something goes wrong in the world, it's either us or the Jews. Whatever.
ABC News: Computer's 'Fatal Flaw' Puts Space Station in Jeopardy
Shuttle's thermal blanket to be repaired - Human Spaceflight - MSNBC.com
Look at the little love. Isn't it funny how even the ugliest animal is adorable when its a baby. I'm a sucker for this stuff. Baby mountain gorilla found clinging to body of mother 'executed' by rebels in Congo the Daily Mail
Sudan is giving peacekeepers trouble by demanding that they be Africans. It has recently agreed to a United Nations and African Union partnership. Sudan Relents on Peacekeepers in Darfur - New York Times
What is this promoting? At least have enough morals to say "If you had to choose just one of these sexy celebrity men, who would you like to marry and make a baby with?" Is it that hard? Whatever. And look at the choices. Isn't Mos Def the baby daddy to five randomly dispersed kids already? I wouldn't want to make a bastard with any of these guys. Well...maybe LL & Boris, but I would still feel bad about it.
BAW: Your Fantasy: Celebrity Baby Daddy
So the world's best mayor, who stays getting arrested, wins again. If they want to get him they'll have to get some kryptonite. Good luck trying to get him to pay his taxes this year. He thinks he's invincible. And as I always say, before you send me nasty e-mails, I warn you...I will bring out the YouTube of him dancing at Fenty's inauguration.
The Daily Times: Marion Barry Acquitted Of Druken Driving, Related Charges.
If you live in the D.C. Metro area, show up at the D.C. Central Kitchen one morning to volunteer. I love it. They work you like a slave and you don't care because you're having fun. That is until the next morning when your body aches.
Stephen Benjamin was an Arabic translator for the Navy who graduated in the top ten of his class and spent two years (2003-2004) helping troops interpret Arabic. He wanted to go to Iraq, but he was kicked out of the Navy because someone found out he was gay. His NYTimes Op-Ed, Don’t Ask, Don’t Translate, is worth a read.
"The lack of qualified translators has been a pressing issue for some time — the Army had filled only half its authorized positions for Arabic translators in 2001. Cables went untranslated on Sept. 10 that might have prevented the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. Today, the American Embassy in Baghdad has nearly 1,000 personnel, but only a handful of fluent Arabic speakers."
It also bothers me that so many men and women who act as Arabic interpreters are being kicked out of the army because of their sexual orientation. Is there a fear that a gay man will be so consumed with sexual urges when he spots the hot UPS guy deliver that day's packages that he'll mis-translate a crucial message and end up getting our troops killed?
This concept that homosexuality is so deviant that one can't belong to that group and concentrate on anything other than sex doesn't make sense. Gay & Straight people can be obsessed with sex to the point of distraction 24/7. However, most people can focus on their job, education and express their sexuality at the appropriate time, including homosexuals. I'm still waiting for someone to give me an explanation for why its important Arabic translators be heterosexual.
Bush to meet with GOP over immigration - USATODAY.com
I'm surprised that Gonzales has lasted as long as he has. I wasn't so eager to trash him for the actual firings because I don't really think he broke the law. His performance at both Congressional Hearings were so embarrassing, he should be fired on principle. Is it even possible to "not remember/recall/recollect" that much information from only 5 months ago? Either he's lying or wicked incompetent and Bush seems to be satisfied with both. He really needs to quit. And I think.....Senate plan to rebuke Gonzales dismissed - The Washington Times. Nevermind.
My Way News - Powell Gives Obama Foreign Policy Advice
Spencer Green, with AP, took a really good picture in the My Way News article with Michelle in the background.
I just started watching Sopranos about a year ago. I got all the DVDs on Netflix and kind of got into it. With a new season starting every 3 years or so, I'm not surprised that a lot of people just got over the series. If I was watching the show on regular HBO, I would have never waited that long for the next season. I would have just moved on. I never thought it was the magical show that others have, but its a good show.
'Sopranos' door opens and closes - USATODAY.com
In the season/series ender, I wasn't surprised that it was very simple and mundane. It's part of Chase's gift. Everyone was speculating who would kill who; which tragic ending would have us screaming WTF!!!! for at least 10 minutes after it was over. Phil got whacked in a very awful Sopranos way. I was scared to death that car was going to get hit with the babies inside. That would have been awful even for that show. The last scene was expertly done. What was going through your mind every time that diner door opened? What was the point of the song, "Don't Stop Believing?" What is the significance of Meadow's inability to parallel park? "Did my power just go out or is that it?"
When Pauli said he moved Christopher's picture and the cat was still staring at it, I almost fell off the sofa laughing. Pauli is probably the character I like the least on the show, but him and that cat had me rolling.
The episode will probably get great ratings, which for HBO is about 12 million or so households. But I know at least 2 people who had a "Soprano's Party" and invited a ton of people too cheap to buy HBO. The only reason I have HBO is for the series.
FT.com / World - Putin calls for new financial world order
He also said he might be running for Pres again in 2012. There's only one problem with that. He's constitutionally barred from seeking a third term and he knows it. Okay, well actually, he can't serve 3 terms in a row, so he's going to take a 4 year hiatus and come back, but still. Whoever the current Anti-Christ is, he better watch out. He's the under-study and waiting for you to break a leg. BTW- I'm joking, so don't start sending me scriptures from Revelations.
Report: Putin not ruling out 2012 run - Yahoo! News
Congrats for Hamilton though.
Hamilton wins Canadian GP in landmark victory - NASCAR - Yahoo! Sports
Here's his Wiki page. Lewis Hamilton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaHe looks biracial to me, but both his parents are from Grenada, so who knows. He also looks about 10 years old.
Despite Heroes, LOST, Ugly Betty, Greys Anatomy and almost everything on CW, there is still an issue with diversity on TV. Diversity still an issue at TV networks - Los Angeles Times. That has always been my gripe with Seinfeld. I love that show, but come on now. The episode with George trying to prove to his boss that he had black friends was pretty funny though. "Though minorities are featured in most of the 29 new series on the major networks, only five feature performers of color in central starring roles. While most of the shows have at least one regular minority cast member, the performers are mostly in support of the main white characters. Many shows with ensemble casts (ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money" and "Big Shots") feature predominantly white casts."
Most of my favorite shows are pretty diverse:
24, LOST, The Office, Prison Break, My Name Is Earl, MI:5, The Shield, The Unit, CSI Miami, Ugly Betty, Stargate Atlantis, Nip/Tuck, The Cell, Battlestar Galactica, 4400 (although Jack killed Curtis on Day 6). Heroes has actually grown on me.
Some of my other favorites...not so much:
Boston Legal, NCIS, Desperate Housewives, Sopranos, Brotherhood and L&O: Criminal Intent aren't very diverse anymore or never have been. It does matter to me. If its really quality acting or a quality show, it bothers me even more because black actors in those roles could really broaden the range of characters we play.
I think 24, in the past, has been the best with David (my baby's daddy) Palmer, crazy Sherry Palmer, and Tony Almeida (Cubs fan!) . But being that its 24 and Crazy Jack, all of them are dead.
Oh, and I watch too much TV.
Men in Algeria are not interested in using the more than 10 million free condoms the government wants to give them. Some 19,000 of this north African country's 33 million people -- 0.05 percent of the population -- live with AIDS, according to the UN agency. May not seem like a lot, but that number will change drastically by this time next year if they don't scoop up a few of those free condoms. No takers for condoms in Algeria - Yahoo! News
Bloomberg.com: Obama Faces 'Glass-Houses' Attacks Over Fund Raising
iWon News - Deep Divisions Derail Immigration Bill
The Lord is blessing us once again. I know I'm ridiculous about these pandas, but I just think they're the cutest. Mei Xiang was inseminated a little while ago and her hormone levels are at the "pregnancy level," just like they were when she was pregnant with my baby, Tai Shan. It's funny how just a couple of years ago, it was almost impossible to breed pandas and now between the U.S. and China, they're breeding like rabbits. The fact that they had 19 babies in Woolong in 2006 is the only reason we were able to keep Tai Shan longer than the two years previously committed to. He was born July 9, 2005 and was supposed to go back next month.
Now I'm afraid he'll get sent to China anyway to make room for the new baby. I know he's not little anymore, but a big, fat baby is still a baby. Nothing is set because Pandas show hormonal false alarms all the time, but if she is preggers, I hope it's a little sis. Whatever the case, it won't get the fanfare as Tai Shan did because he was sort of a miracle. The last two pandas we ended up with something like 4 miscarriages or stillbirths. Now, anyone with a turkey baster can get a Panda pregnant. Take a look:
National Zoo's Panda May Be Pregnant - washingtonpost.com
And don't act like you don't think he's cute because you know you're lying.
The book, Half of a Yellow Sun, is set during the Nigeria-Biafra conflict in the 60s. She was also a finalist for this award in 2004 with another book. She's also absolutely adorable and I love that sash/belt matching her headdress. The earrings...perfect. Young Nigerian wins British book award - Yahoo! News
ABC News: Fred Thompson Offers 'Comeback Trail'
Didn't I tell you the wife would come up sooner or later? 24-years? Wow. BABE WIFE, 40, BOOSTS GOPER, 64 - NYPost
Star Power & Reagan revisited aside, it's all about the money. Thompson's First Test: Raising Funds Fast - WSJ.com
Equal Time might result in less than 100 episodes of Law & Order on various channels per day. From his TV show to radio pitches, Fred Thompson gets prime airtime - The Boston Globe
More people of color are going for cosmetic surgery and this means good business for firms that specialize in that. I need to hit up Cultura myself. It's right in my back door and I hear they specialize in permanent hair removal for women of color. A friend of mine had permanent hair removal for her arms and underarms and it looks great. Cosmetic Surgery Goes Ethnic - washingtonpost.com
Am I the only person who thought Trent Lott was dead or something? Or as good as. He's actually still a Senator and he's going after the insurance agencies over Katrina damage in his state of Mississippi. Bloomberg.com: Lott, 'Scorned' After Katrina, Targets State Farm, Allstate
Al Sharpton is still trying to ask rappers to clean up their lyrics. It's funny how he's only asking them, but demands it from anyone who isn't black. Detroit in spotlight of effort to clean up hip-hop lyrics
The state is offering free tuition to Native American state citizens. With Tuition Waiver, Maine Invests in Its 'First People' - New York Times
Also, New Orleans is aggressively recruiting teachers to either come back or move there to help with their desperate school situation. Returning students are enrolling at a rate of about 100 a week and thousands more are expected by fall, when the total enrollment is projected to be about 36,000 — about 54% what it was before Katrina. In New Orleans schools, it's like starting over - USATODAY.com
NY Mayor Spitzer, who would be totally awesome if he was less 'big government,' wants to force all suspects indicted for rape to undergo HIV testing. I thought they were already doing it. H.I.V. Testing Bill Starts ‘War’ Among Assembly Democrats - New York Times
Black lawmakers split on Jefferson - Politico.com
FindLaw: The Fortieth Anniversary of Loving v. Virginia The Personal and Cultural Legacy of the Case that Ended Legal Prohibitions on Interracial Marriage
Also, a movie (pic above) was made of this experience called Mr. & Mrs. Loving. Rent it if you like sappy love stories with happy endings.
And I can't mention anything interracial without a nod to one of the sites that totally blew up the hits on this blog, the interracial e-zine of black women and white men: black female interracial marriage: E-Zine on black women and interracial marriage options, which also has a post celebrating the holiday.
Those in the refugee camps have to forage for wood, which is scarce in the areas around their camps. The men can't do it because the Janjaweed, government-supported militia men, will simply kill them. So the women have to do it, sometimes spending 7 hours a day to find wood. Although the Janjaweed don't usually kill them, they do rape them. This is so bad that many women are exchanging food rations just to buy wood and avoid having to forage.
For $30, you can buy one specially designed stove that will allow women to cook for their families with 75% less wood. It's small change that can make a huge difference by keeping women safe and alleviate the environmental damage caused by excessive use of firewood. They need about 300,000 stoves for the more than 2.2 million refugees.
Check out the site at CHF International: Donate: Empowering Refugee Women in Darfur, Sudan
BBC NEWS UK England London Epilepsy fears over 2012 footage
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GOP debaters keep distance from Bush - CNN.com
More crime involved in illegals being housed in overcrowded homes. 59 illegal immigrants found after shooting, assaults
The new immigration bill includes a point system, so if you're an illegal who has gotten amnesty, whether or not your husband, wife, etc can join you will depend on how many points they get. The better educated get more points than others. Obviously some have a problem with this. A Point System for Immigrants Incites Passions - New York Times
I'm still not sure why they are so surprised people are angry. It's as if they expected our priority to be their ability to get Hispanic votes. Sorry, no. Anger over immigration plan surprises GOP senators - CNN.com
Their economy is growing out of control, but the distrust that countries still hold for China hasn't changed. Most countries do not China will act responsibly with its new found wealth. So while their economy is catching up and will definitely pass America's, its safe to assume that distrust of the country will grow. Communism and disposable income...not so good.
China to catch up with US economy: world poll - Yahoo! News
Nick Kristof tells us how we can compete with China's increasing economy and educational advantage. The Educated Giant - New York Times. "One reason China is likely to overtake the U.S. as the world’s most important country in this century is that China puts more effort into building human capital than we do."
"Women make up 70 percent of Algeria's lawyers and 60 percent of its judges. Women dominate medicine. Increasingly, women contribute more to household income than men. Sixty percent of university students are women, university researchers say.
In a region where women have a decidedly low public profile, Algerian women are visible everywhere. They are starting to drive buses and taxicabs. They pump gas and wait on tables."
Maybe I'm backwards, but I still prefer the guy pump the gas.
Here's one example why:
"He clearly failed the test when he ruled for a social worker who was rightfully fired for calling a black colleague “a good ole nigger.” Judge Southwick is known for siding with employers over employees — but not in this case. In his ruling, he revealed a thorough lack of understanding of the odious impact of such language when he accepted the social worker’s claim that the use of the slur was “not motivated out of racial hatred or animosity directed toward her co-worker or toward blacks in general.” Judge Southwick did not even vote to direct the state to consider a penalty short of firing, as the Mississippi Supreme Court later did."
TheHill.com - Rep. Jefferson indicted on 16 counts
Arkansas GOP head: We need more 'attacks on American soil' so people appreciate Bush
For a real black princess, check out Princess Angela of Liechtenstein. No, I'm not talking about myself. This is a different Angela. She's a beautiful American-born sister who married a Nordic Prince and they have a cutey pie for a little bit (pic below). She is the only black Princess in a reigning European dynasty. Come on sisters, we have to step that presence up. Angela & Max were actually married here in New York seven years ago and I love the very conservative wedding dress (left). He proposed to her in a freakin' castle for Pete's sake. Go on, girl.
She is referred to as Her Serene Highness. They seem to be favorites of the royal bloggers.
Understand that I know nothing about war, so I'll agree there are probably one million factors I'm not considering, but I still feel at the core of it is bad leadership because we have the best army in the world. After four years, is this the result they even imagined? You can't plan for everything in war; especially a war of the type we've never fought before, but I get the feeling that Bush/Rumsfeld/Cheney didn't plan for much of anything past the initial victory. Prayers to the families of the brave.
June off to deadly start for U.S. - USATODAY.com
16 US troops died on start of June- Hindustan Times
"Moscow could aim nuclear weapons at targets in Europe as part of "retaliatory steps" if Washington proceeds with building a missile defense system on the continent, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday."
What about this program we are building means we intend to attack Russia? It's Russia who has pulled away from us, not the other way around? For whatever reason, Putin has decided to turn back time and return to a Cold War. Is there anyone in Russia that can stop him?
Putin raises spectre of nuclear war in Europe-News-World-Europe-TimesOnline
He's asking..."Have you had a sexual encounter with a current member of the United States Congress or a high-ranking government official?" read a full-page advertisement taken out by Larry Flynt's pornographic magazine in Sunday's Washington Post."
Here's more than you could or should ever want to read about it:
Contenders clash on Iraq, immigration, health care - CNN.com
"They want to break down the white, Christian, male power structure, which you're a part, and so am I, and they want to bring in millions of foreign nationals to basically break down the structure that we have." - O'Reilly
Seeing the Forest: McCain, O'Reilly: It's About Keeping Jews, Blacks and Women Out Of Power
The Hyde Park and the Kenwood areas in Chicago kick butt. That's where a bunch of rich, black folks live and have lived for a long time. Some of the turncoats move to the northern suburbs (shout out to Evanston!) which are majority white. They think they're better than us. Really, the area has some of the nicest McMansions and many are pretty old with a lot of distinction and character about them. Mostly old money, but new money finds it way in there. A Hyde Park tour with Mrs. Obama- CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
More about his religion. Good to know the media is sticking with the issues this time around.
BBC NEWS Q&A: Challenges for new World Bank boss
RNC faces donor falloff, fires solicitors - Nation/Politics - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper
In The Two-Year Solution, Michael Lind tells us why we would all benefit from a "jump to the front of the line" naturalization process.
Ex-aide to Rove resigns amid U.S. attorney flap - CNN.com
Why is Dan Bartlett stepping down? Top Bush Aide Leaving White House - washingtonpost.com. Maybe he's tired of getting blown off the screen by Chris Matthews? At least he didn't give the obligatory "spend more time with my family." He says he wants a future out of government which means he wants to make some money.
The move was announced on Bartlett's 36th birthday. He has been with Bush for nearly 14 years, from Bush's first campaign as governor of Texas, through two races for the White House and more than six years of a presidency marked by costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and an ongoing battle against terrorism.
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