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6.29.2007


I saw this tombstone at The Moderate Voice, a great centrist site that I guest blog on every now and then. Everyone is saying the Immigration Bill is the nail in the coffin for Bush, hence the Tombstone. Yes, it is a devastating blow for him, but remember the SCOTUS rulings yesterday. Bush has made his mark on this country and it will continue to be felt for a long time. So he wins and he loses.
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YOUR JESUS PHONE IS FLAWED


So, all of you people who are salivating at the chance to pay $5-600 for a phone you think is the coolest thing since Jesus himself, should know the truth. Gizmodo has confirmed that your Jesus phone does not have many of the basic thingys that the $100 phone you have now does. From reading this list, I think you're a bunch of suckers. Finally Confirmed: What the iPhone Doesn't Have - Gizmodo

What iPhone Doesn't Have
Songs as Ringtones
Games
Any flash support
Instant Messaging
Picture messages (MMS)
Video recording
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
3G (EV-DO/HSDPA)
GPS
A real keyboard
Removable battery
Expandable Storage
Direct iTunes Music Store Access (Over Wi-Fi or EDGE)
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QUICK GIZMODO POST

If you're ever board, check out gizmodo.com. You'd be surprised how addicted to you get.
I can't decide whether or not I think this kiddie riding vacuum promotes laziness in children or will kill them. Design Concept: Riding Vacuum Lets Kids Help Out With the Housework - Gizmodo





I would greatly encourage you not to buy a Chinese made car. Or if you buy one, never, ever get in an accident. Crash Test Video: Chinese Sedan Earning its 1-Star Crash Rating - Gizmodo
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Based on my science, tin foil will not prevent you from being burned alive. As a matter of fact, I think it will hasten your fiery death. But according to these guys, it will actually keep you from burning up in a fire. Human Burritos: Fire Condom will Keep You From Burning Alive if You can See Out of It - Gizmodo
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RUDY POST



Rudy Giuliani & Pat Robertson holding hands? WTF? Somebody please send Robertson Rudy's personal portfolio. Giuliani Gets a Standing Ovation At a Christian College - The New York Sun
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Terrorism: Giuliani's running mate - Los Angeles Times - He's going to ride it all the way to defeat.
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Finally, right? RUDY LOSING STEAM NYPost
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He gives his 2cents on the Israeli-Palestinian problem. Giuliani Calls for Increasing American Support for Fatah - New York Times
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CLINTON POST


The latest blah, blah, blah on Clinton. Maybe she does really have a chance. I don't know, but at this point is it worth blogging about anyone other than her, Obama, Rudy & Thompson?

Bloomberg.com: Buffett, at Clinton Fund-Raiser, Says Congress Favors The Rich(really? I've never heard that before!)

Yeah, this is really going to help because if there is anything Americans love, it's Canada's approval. Hillary, forget U.S. -- Canada adores you :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES


Her pollsters are going negative so she doesn't have to. Clinton's pushy pollsters? - Newsday.com

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SCOTUS FOLLOW UP


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
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ANGRY BLACK MAN WON'T SHUT UP

6.28.2007


Okay, since no one around Isaiah Washington is going to tell him to shut up and stop playing the victim and race cards all together, I am putting a call out to his mother. Wherever you are Mrs. Washington, please come and get your son. Isaiah Washington Speaks His Mind - Newsweek Entertainment - MSNBC.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?
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DOWN GOES AMNESTY


Did you see this pic at CNN.com? Kind of shocking to see, but but I am glad the immigration bill is defeated. It's bad legislation. Now, hopefully they'll understand that they need to separate border security and amnesty in two different bills.

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
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COURT SAYS NO TO RACE-BASED DIVERSITY


More diversity rulings by a conservative SCOTUS. It's a sign of things to come. People better start adjusting.
Divided court rejects school diversity plans - CNN.com
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3 ILLEGALS FOUND IN CAR ENGINE


There really isn't more I can add than the pic that came with this story. Agents: Illegal Immigrants Found In Truck Engine - KNBC Los Angeles
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BLACK BLOGS


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
Bossip
Concrete Loop
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)
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OBAMA POST


Another city, another big showing by wealthy, professional black donors. Obama, in Houston, brings out first-time donors Chron.com
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The New Yorker comes out of obscurity to talk about Barry's writing skills. Roses Are Red: Obama, Poet: The Talk of the Town: The New Yorker
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Some woman won a free dinner with Obama mostly because she is a former Republican-turned-Democrat(they love that) and military vet. She forgot to leave out the fact that she used to be a man. Why do I get the feeling Barry's campaign staff will not see the humor in this that I do? NYDailynews.com: Transgender may KO Barack dinner
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Michelle assures us that her husband's inexperience doesn't mean he isn't up to the job. OBAMA 'IS READY TO LEAD,' WIFE VOWS NYPost
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He's got some ads out now. I haven't seen anything yet, but when did the Virginia primary ever mean anything, right? I guess the strategy is to focus on his pre-Hill career to show folks that he has a history of leadership and political involvement and didn't just quit some job like a high school guidance counselor and become a United States Senator. Obama, in New TV Ads, Focuses on His Pre-Senate Years - New York Times
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Barry takes a dig at Hill's experience because her camp is trying to do a reach around on his lack of experience. Of all the areas he can attack Hills, and there are many, he should probably stay away from experience. Remember, she's been in politics in one role or another for more than 30 years, including 8 years in the White House. SFGate: Obama Swipes at Clinton's Experience

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He is still being tied to the Rezko scandal because of donors who are connected to it. He really needs to tighten this thing up. Obama to get rid of 2 campaign donations :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES ::
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He talks about how some people have hijacked faith, and by some, he means Republicans. Obama Says Some Have 'Hijacked' Faith - washingtonpost.com
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION UPDATE


I let my Illegal Immigration inbox fill up, so here they are:

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
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Nobody seems to know how to get this right. This is why I thought they should separate the bill and focus on securing the border first, where I think most people agree. Dealing with the illegals we have here now is much more complicated. Proposals From Both Sides Fail in Immigration Debate - New York Times
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Bush & the few people still on his side are doing everything they can to give this bill CPR. Bush, Senate Leaders Push for Immigration Overhaul - June 27, 2007 - The New York Sun
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But yeah...not so fast.

Immigration bill won't work - Politico.com
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A very odd story on a growing concern over illegal immigrants dying while in ICE custody. New Scrutiny as Immigrants Die in Custody - New York Times
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More on the labor unions on both sides of the bill. Labor Coalitions Divided on Immigration Overhaul - New York Times
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Oh, and here's a little bit about how Canada's open policy on immigration is coming back to bite them in the butt. Canada’s Policy on Immigrants Brings Backlog - New York Times
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BECKS & BUSH: FUTBOL meets FOOTBALL

6.27.2007

This has absolutely nothing to do with politics, but who can pass this up.

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:
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EDWARDS POST


John E's wife, Elizabeth, said that she disagrees with her husband on the issue of gay marriage. Edwards, wife split on gay marriage - USATODAY.com. Honestly, the woman is dealing with cancer. She isn't going to concern herself with why two people want to marry each other.

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Mens Vogue interviews Edwards in a piece that both insults and compliments him. John Edwards Can he convince America to see beyond blue and red?: mensvogue.com
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There is more to this than Iowa, which is why Edwards better come up with something quick. He is fading quickly. His wife is getting more pub than he is. WAPO - Edwards Looks Beyond Iowa - The Fix.
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Elizabeth made the big mistake of believe that SHE WHO WOULD NOT BE NAMED is actually a human being and can be reasoned with. She is a shepherd for the devil, so it was wrong for her to think that she would take back her evil words about hoping John would be killed in a terrorist attack or making fun of their dead son. I think SWWNBN is an atheist. She can't possibly believe in judgment. All you can really do is pray for her; that God would have mercy on her because when her judgment day comes; b*&^ is in trouble. SFGate.com: Ms. Edwards Asks Coulter to Stop Attacks
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HILLARY POST


Margaret Carlson doesn't share the opinion that Hill's "Sopranos" ad was funny. Bloomberg.com: Hillary's Sopranos Ad Is Too Close To Home. "I'm nearly alone in thinking that while it's clever, it's completely wrong for drawing attention to a curious marriage and injecting her husband prematurely into the campaign."
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The former President followed his "Sopranos" gig with a speaking engagement in Arizona where he collected $600K for his wife and told the crowd that "The Country Is Coming To Us Again." Somebody should tell him that the Dems are already screwing up.
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Clinton knows everyone is back on the Universal Healthcare tip because health insurance has just gotten completely out of hand, but she also knows she needs to tread lightly because of her past failures. ABC News: Clinton Cautious on Health Care Reform
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Someone who is no one wants you to know that he hopes Hillary gets the Blue nod, because then he knows the Republicans can stay in the White House. Inglis hopes for Hillary GoUpstate.com
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The Arkansas faithful continue to work for their girl and will until the end, whatever that end might be. Raising help for Hillary - Newsday.com. But do they have any more money?
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Remember when that big hoopla about someone in the Obama camp criticizing Hills for her relationship to the Indian community completely backfired and Obama said he didn't have anything to do with it? Well, Hillary has benefited by the mistake to the tune of $2million. 2M for Hil after Bam Indian dis
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From Drudge Report, I picked up that Fortune is almost ready to say Hills is their girl. Money.cnn.com: Which candidate is business betting on?
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GETTING IT DONE


Here's more good news on how black students in my area are excelling academically. In both Montgomery(MD) & Fairfax(VA) County high schools, black students are more successful in AP testing than black kids in nine of the 10 school systems located in areas with the largest black populations. Blacks in Fairfax, Montgomery Outdo U.S. Peers in AP - washingtonpost.com. Their pass rates aren't just better, but much better. There is a significant and widening gap. Participation is AP courses has doubled in 10 years.

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.
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FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, STOP THIS!

6.26.2007


This is incredibly annoying. Whether its confusing former Congressman Harold Ford with current Senator Barack Obama or Congressman "Dollar Bill" Jefferson with Congressman John Conyers, the media is just ridiculous with the "all black men look alike." They have struck again. Yesterday when a local judge told that insane guy, Roy Pearson, that his $54 million lawsuit against the Dry Cleaners for losing his pants was ridiculous and threw it out, ABC posted a picture of America's Best Mayor Ever, Marion "the bitch set me up" Barry. Apologies ensue.


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PIC OF THE MONTH

There is just so much I could say from this picture, but it really speaks for itself. Darth Cheney is from the Dark Side and you know it. Just looking at him standing there staring gives me the chills.
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ENTERTAINMENT POST


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
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Is there someone close to this man who loves him enough to tell him to shut his mouth? EXCLUSIVE: Isaiah Washington Breaks His Silence In Revealing Interview keithboykin.com. I was never a fan of his because I had heard he was a jerk on the set well before Grey's Anatomy ever came. But when he compared himself being fired for using the word "faggot" to Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey, I decided he was a little touched, so I have sympathy for him now. But he still needs to shut up. He'll never get hired again.
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This phone that everyone is acting like will change the world in a way nothing has since the appearance of Christ himself is affecting Hollywood and will solidify AT&T as the most enduring company ever. Hollywood Seeks Ways to Fit Its Content Into the Realm of the iPhone - New York Times. Personally, I'm happy with my pink RAZR.
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I am heartbroken over this. I loved Creature Comforts in its original form which I saw on The BBC. It's such a simple idea that because hilarious. I was so hopeful it would do well in America and I loved the first few episodes. Last week's "Zoo" skit was great. The kid with the Brooklyn accent talking about polar bears had me rolling. Too bad. It's been cancelled. They don't give any show a chance anymore. NYDailynews.com: Inner Tube: Brit Import 'Creature" gets yanked by CBS
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I've said it before and I'll say it again. Planet Earth is the best thing on television in the longest. It will mesmerize you. 'Planet Earth' looks great in HD and to the BBC - USATODAY.com
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ON GOD & BOOKS


Stanley Fish gives his opinion of the God-problem after reading three of the most prominent books supporting atheism. Stanley Fish - Think Again: Is Religion Man-Made? Has anyone ever argued that religion wasn't man-made? Every religion, no matter how far back you go was started by someone. And since none of these someones were perfect, no religion is perfect. Jesus didn't start a religion. He started a spiritual belief. On the topic of God, he covers both Sam Harris & Richard Dawkins most recent books. Sam Harris' "The End of Faith" is the best book I have ever read supporting the idea of atheism. Harris makes a lot of sense. Not enough, but a lot. I haven't read his latest book which includes all of the violent hate mail he received from "believers" because of his first book. I haven't read Dawkins, but Fish also covers Christopher Hitchen's book "God Is Not Great." Hitchens is too vile a person for me to even consider reading. I'm just so happy I get to use my fav pic for this post.
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WHAT'S HAPPENING IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD

Here's the recent, and not so recent, news of interest in the D.C. Metro area.
"NO TOUCHING!" isn't just for Arrested Development. Some foolishness in Virginia schools because a middle-schooler put his arm around his girlfriend. Va. School's No-Contact Rule Is a Touchy Subject - washingtonpost.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
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The district is again taking on the role of parent because actual parents won't do it. It wants to move the 12pm summer curfew to 10pm to get crime down in the city. Idle kids during the summer always spurs on a bit of a crime increase. And you know those same parents who wouldn't even demand their kids be home by midnight are not going to tell them to be home 10pm. Earlier Youth Curfew Is Proposed - washingtonpost.com
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A couple of weeks ago, D.C. did this crime blitz to show they are stepping up the campaign to fight crime and ended up with a 70% increase in arrests. Nearly 500 Arrests In First 2 Days of Blitz - washingtonpost.com

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In this area, half of black males fail to graduate with their original class. The Regrets of a School Dropout - washingtonpost.com. In New York & Chicago, it's closer to 70%. Ridiculous.
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So this says, Voucher Students Show Few Gains in First Year - washingtonpost.com, but they need to give it more time. I have to believe more choice for parents will end up being better for the kids. Parents have a lot of faith in the program. Voucher Use in Washington Wins Praise of Parents - New York Times
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CHINA POST


An editorial by someone who is upset that Congress is finally standing up to China about unfair trade practices. China and the Chest Thumpers - New York Times
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To keep up with needs, China is building close to two power stations every week. Yes, you read that right. Two power stations every week. The world energy crisis is just beginning. BBC NEWS Asia-Pacific China building more power plants
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China is also a bigger polluter than we are now as well. And this is only the beginning of their Co2 output. China overtakes US as world's biggest CO2 emitter - Guardian Unlimited Environment. Seriously, every country has a right to grow, but when you have 1.3 billion people, your growth can create world crisis.
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FOREIGN POST


So the non-Aborigine Prime Minister of Australia has decided to restrict welfare benefits and ban porn and alcohol for certain Aborigines because he feels this will curb what he says is a child-sex abuse crisis. A recent study has shown child abuse is rampant and one aspect of a breakdown in civil society among the natives of Australia. Aborigines banned from booze, porn - CNN.com. Some Aboriginal leaders immediately slammed the plan as paternalistic, saying they had not been consulted about it and that they objected to restricting how indigenous people can spend welfare benefits." "Family welfare payments would also be linked to children's school attendance. However, some warn that such a system -- applied only to Aborigines -- could breach federal discrimination laws."
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The world's most expensive city for expatriates to live in is....Moscow? Yes, for the 2nd year in a row, Moscow is the Park Avenue of expats. I is 35% more expensive than New York. London is 2nd, ranking 26% more expensive than New York. Seoul and Tokyo follow. Moscow ranks as world's priciest city - Yahoo! News. The falling dollar pushed New York & Los Angeles (the only 2 U.S. cities included) down the list.
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Iran is giving labor leaders, universities, the press and women's rights advocates a hard time. He's even put Iranian-Americans in prison just for being Iranian-Americans. Really? I would have never thought Ahmadinejad would do something like this. He seems like such a reasonable person. Iran Cracks Down on Dissent - New York Times. Wait, what? Iran has a press? Well, they're just asking for it.
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AFRICA POST

"The rebels march 300 strong across the crunchy earth, young men with dreadlocks and AK-47s slung over their shoulders." - An all too familiar sentence. More war in Ethiopia. In Ethiopian Desert, Fear and Cries of Army Brutality - New York Times
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Some rich guy on Park Avenue had nine carved Kenyan statues in his apartment for 20 years. He died and his daughter handed the very valuable and meaningful statues over to the Kenyan government, so they'll now be viewed on display at the Nairobi Museum for all Kenyans to see. Kenya Artifacts - United Nations - Art - New York Times
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This fool is still trying to avoid the consequences of his behavior. Charles Taylor Boycotts War Crimes Trial - washingtonpost.com. Can't you just picture him sitting in his jail cell yelling, "I am the President of Liberia! I will not tolerate this treatment!"
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Is this one of those "teach a man to fish" debates? What Does Africa Need Most: Technology or Aid? - New York Times. You can't argue they don't need aid. Many of the people in countries across this continent are starving to death. But they do not benefit from AID for any longer than they get it They will benefit from technology, education and a government that doesn't go corrupt after 5 minutes of being in office.

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A country that is in desperate need of qualified doctors is only losing more and more as conditions become unbearable for them. Two for the Road - New York Times Blog
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APOLOGIZE FOR YOUR APOLOGY


The country that is considering putting an end to teaching school children about the Jewish Holocaust because it offends Muslim students is now apologizing to Muslims who are upset over the government's decision to award knighthood to writer Salman Rushdie. Whether it is a bombing or a hangnail, there are always a group of Muslims who will take to the streets, burning something in protest and demanding someone be killed. Why is Britain so weak? This is England and in England, literary prose is rewarded for its quality and content. The man is a good writer. But these people protesting don't care about quality. They just feel like anything that offends them is like a declaration of war.

"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
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SAM ALEXIS WOODS

6.25.2007


Although I'm not a big fan of celebrities showing off their babies like they bought a new car, I guess Tiger Woods' baby is newsworthy. He's like a super, uber global star. Besides, he put the pictures up on his official Web site. The baby girl, named Sam Alexis Woods, looks like absolutely every other baby at that age, so no news there. I don't think his wife likes her picture taken. She's always looking away from the camera or up or down. I know she's not the star here, but at least one pic of her looking at the camera with the baby would have been nice. She did do all the work.
So some people are a little upset that he said he's going to pass up the next Open so he can spend time with his new family member. If this was his second or third kid, maybe, but it's his first kid. Unlike the losers who are mad at him, he realizes that the first weeks of your first child's life is a special thing and he's excited about it. At least one person has his priorities in order. Also, Tiger should keep shaving his head. His hair in these pics looks like something from the 80s. Other than that, I'm happy for them. As long as it's not mine, every baby is a blessing! There are more pictures at the site. Official Website for Tiger Woods
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THOMPSON POST


The general consensus is that Fred Thompson will win because the ladies love him. Even his ex-wife says he is every woman's dream and she will be campaigning for him. I don't know who this woman is, but can I just say that somebody is still living in the past. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but every woman's dream? Thompson is well past his sexy expiration date IMO, but I still like him and I'm looking forward to him knocking Rudy off his post.

WSMV-TV: Thompson Announcement Set For Nashville
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION UPDATE


There is no real surprise that while Congress & The White House think only of votes when it comes to immigration reform, it has fallen on the states to actually get something done. Some are doing more than others and some are saying a lot but doing nothing. Illegal Immigrants Targeted By States - washingtonpost.com. I'm in favor of state's rights, but the problem with this tactic is that if 50 states and the District have their own rules there will be confusion and the opportunity for abuse. Then the federal government will have to step in anyway. But at least someone is doing something without poll numbers guiding them.
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The House is as good at giving Bush warnings as they are at ignoring his warnings. House conservatives warn Bush of immigration's cost - The Washington Times
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As illegal immigration is debating, the debate over the need for legal immigrants to do jobs is still going on. Are companies seeking legal advice that will help them get around the "no American interested or qualified" requirement to hire cheaper, immigrant labor? Need for immigrant workers in dispute - USATODAY.com
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One of the highest ranking Hispanics on The Hill is benefiting from the immigration debate. Senator Menendez of New Jersey is a junior senator, but he's getting the access of a senior citizen because of his knowledge about immigration issues and his Cuban heritage. In Immigration Debate, Menendez Sees Opportunity - New York Times
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You know I'm a big fan of Bill Gates for one reason: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. However, I don't agree with Gates on immigration. He wants to make it possible for companies to get more visas for foreign workers. He is doing his part to influence the quality of education in America so that we are more tech, science & math focused, but he feels we are pretty shallow at the level right now and he's not happy with the immigration bill as it stands. High-Tech Titans Strike Out on Immigration Bill - New York Times
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I had to laugh at this, although it is wrong. WOAI in San Antonio says that illegals are given Red Bull and Ephedrine for stamina as they break into America. Red Bull was my Jesus during law school finals, but doesn't Ephedrine give you heart attacks? 1200 WOAI: Illegals Being Given Red Bull, Ephedrine
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Ruben Navarrette Jr is happy that the amnesty bill is making a comeback. Commentary: Border security talk a bluff for bill's critics - CNN.com
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Boeing is delayed in building the high-tech fence between the U.S. & Mexico? DHS Secure Border Initiative Delayed Chron.com
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If you want an immigration bill to go through, you certainly could use the support of the senior senator from Texas, one of the states that would be mostly effected by the law. However, Kay Bailey Hutchison says she won't do it. Hutchison to defy GOP leaders on immigration Chron.com
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WOULD A COUNTRY FULL OF INFIDELS DO THIS?


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
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CHENEY IN-DEPTH - SOUNDS SCARY


WAPO is doing a new series on Dick Cheney, who I refer to regularly as a Shepherd for the Devil. He only seems to get more powerful with every heart attack. Pushing the Envelope on Presidential Power Cheney washingtonpost.com. Here's the thing I like about Cheney. He has an approval rating of 18%, which is ridiculously low, and you know he doesn't give a s&*%. People always say they don't care, but you know they do. It's only human, but not Cheney. His approval rating could go down to -1% and he will still tell us all to eat it. I won't say anymore because I'm afraid I'll go missing or end up in Cuba if I do. "Over the next four days, The Washington Post will present an in-depth investigation of the vice presidency of Dick Cheney, the most influential and powerful man ever to hold the office. The stories will examine Cheney's largely hidden and little-understood role in crafting policies for the War on Terror, the economy and the environment." There's also an audio slideshow, which for some odd reason, I found humorous.

A lot of blogs and web sites are putting in their 2cents about the series and the man.

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THE DEATHLY DEATH TRAP OF DEATH--SUPRISINGLY STILL DANGEROUS


If you live anywhere on the East coast, you have to know that the Mixing Bowl is a Deathly Death Trap of Death. The Mixing Bowl is the name for the Springfield Interchange in Northern Virgina and it will very likely kill you. This is about 5 minutes from my home if you take 395 S. Since I moved here 8 years ago, I have been scared for my life even driving buy that cross section where 495, 95, 395 meet. In order to keep traffic open, they did a huge overhaul recently and we ended up with 50 ramps and 24 lanes going one way or another. Look at that picture! It's insane. Needless to say, people are complaining. I won't even tell you how many times I've got lost only 5 minutes from my house in that mix. Dust Settled, Drivers Still Get Dizzy in Mixing Bowl - washingtonpost.com
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ENTERTAINMENT POST

6.22.2007


Remember when George Michael was winning all those R&B awards and people got all mad because he was white? It's odd how whenever a black person wins an award in an area usually reserved for other races its something to applaud, but when its the other way around..."WTF? That's not fair! These are our awards!" It's as if a form of music belongs to a race. But that sounds ridiculous doesn't it? Not to some, so don't be surprised to hear balking about all the pub guys like Robin Thicke are getting. Hell, as long as it isn't rap music, I'm fine with it. BAW: Is the Current Onslaught of ‘Blue-Eyed Soul’ Performers Overshadowing Black Music Culture?
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BET continues to make the moves. In addition to its new "less booty & reruns" format, it is collaborating with Reality TV folks to create an interactive game/talk show where viewers can act as contestants online. Hey, if this can up the bandwith in black households, cool. BET baking "Cake" for late-night - Yahoo! News

Also, the network is expanding into the United Kingdom. Broadcasting - Black TV network to expand to UK - Digital Spy
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Completely irrelevant story, but this little animated film looks cool and the twist is that this peaceful village are going about their business and end up getting attacked by the mean humans. First look: 'Terra' has twist as Earthlings attack aliens - USATODAY.com. The pics actually look interesting, but the director is going to get attacked for suggesting that humans might be the bad guys. Even though this is just a stupid animated movie, I see boycotts by conservative wackos already being formed.
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I was planning on staying out of this feud between Isaiah Washington and ABC, but he pulled me in with this foolishness. About getting fired, he said, "This happened to Malcolm X, this happened to Paul Robeson -- this misconception can happen to any man of power that loves himself and wants to spread that love and that humanity throughout the world." I had to do a double take too. No, it's not a spoof. He really said it. SFGate: Daily Dish : Washington Likens Himself to Malcolm X. Uhm...buddy, I hate to break it to you, but getting fired because you call people names and act like a jerk everywhere you work isn't exactly on the same level. I almost feel sorry for him.
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LOCAL RACE & POLITICS ROUNDUP



The problem of black farmers continues; this time its a tale on inequity in support in Mississippi. A Slow Demise in the Delta - washingtonpost.com. "From 2001 to 2005, the federal government spent nearly $1.2 billion in agricultural subsidies to boost farmers' incomes and invigorate local economies in this poverty-stricken region of the Mississippi Delta. Most residents are black, but less than 5 percent of the money went to black farmers. They own relatively little land, and so they generally do not qualify for the payments. Ninety-five percent of the money went to large, commercial farms, virtually all of which have white owners."
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People who go to college make more than people who don't. How much more ranges from $500K to $1 million over their lifetime. But the pieces of the college grad economic pie is not distributed evenly. It's good news for women, but not really anyone else. Economic Life After College - New York Times. And yes, this is a Times Select article.
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David Brooks ponders what to do when all that preaching we do to kids in school doesn't work. Safe sex, abstinence, the environment and multiculturalism are a waste of time. When Preaching Flops - New York Times
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If you thought it was over, think again. The NYTimes is still taking the lead on exposing the problems, the bad math and the influence-making between loan companies and colleges. Many people have quit, been fired and fined. Now they're trying to figure out how to do it right.
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Still on the topics of colleges, many schools are just fed up with U.S. News & World Report and are just opting out of the survey for their rankings. So many people have relied on this system to judge the quality of school choice, but in the past few years, the lobbying and money involved have exposed it as not exactly merit-based. That tainted its authority, but now that colleges aren't even going to participate, it will become less and less influential. Some Colleges to Drop Out of U.S. News Rankings - New York Times
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Probably from pressure due to charter schools and private school vouchers, the public school system has become a little more accepting of merit pay. The teacher's union can't be happy about this. Long Reviled, Merit Pay Gains Among Teachers - New York Times
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John Lott, Jr's article, It's Not Enough To Be Wanted, in the WSJ, takes the opinion that the problem of illegitimacy has risen in this country because of legal abortion. Among the consequences he cites are "a sharp increase in pre-marital sex," and "a drop in the number of children placed for adoption."
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PRO-CHOICE OR BUST


Democrats always talk about how they are so tolerant of others while Republicans are racist, sexist...add as many "ists" as you want. IMO, I've come across just as much racism, sexism...add as many "isms" as you want, in either party.

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
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OBAMA POST


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
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His secret service name is Renegade.
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I've blogged about Barry's church in Chicago. It's very famous in the area as the church for all the upper middle class blacks in the area. I know people who will drive all the way from my town in Evanston to that church because "that's were the good people go." I've only been there once and it's definitely "clean" money. "Clean money" is a termed used for blacks who are wealthy in any area other than entertainment or sports. The church is actually pretty active politically (which I disagree with) and its liberal slant has already provided fodder for conservative critics. Obama's liberal church under the microscope :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
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This would have been more relevant if I had posted it on the 19th when it was published. Eugene Robinson covers Barry's recent speech on black fathers and responsibility. Absent fathers in the black community are a serious problem. Just ignore the fact that Barry had an absent father and could likely become president of the United States. A Father's Absence and a Son's Message - washingtonpost.com
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Four people who donated practically nothing to Obama got to have dinner with him. I haven't donated anything to him, so where is my invite. I want to see an invite or all my money is going to Fred Thompson. Obama breaks bread with $25 Bronx donor
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I wouldn't believe this if you told me, but I saw I on The Daily Show last night. Barry has ring tones of little quotes from his speeches with music in the background. You can sample them all. Letter To Obama is my favorite, because it's sort of a hip hop theme and is less unsettling than the other ones. It's the oddest thing I've heard of in a while and that includes that cat that gave birth to a half cat-half dog litter. Oh yeah, and you can also get mobile wallpapers of his face if you're some kind of freak you want. BarackObama.com Obama Mobile
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He blames that memo last week that exposed Hills ties to India in a comical way on his campaign people and says he's sorry.
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In WAPO's The Fix, Chris Cillizza talks a little bit about that black tax. Obama's Higher Standard?
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A CITY MOURNING


The funeral for the dead firefighters is today and hopefully the city can begin to move on after this closure. I'm sure up to this point they are all just feeling numb, but the point of funerals is to say goodbye, God bless. It's so sad, but it sounds like a very nice memorial service. There is a procession of 100 fire trucks and firefighters will from all over the country will be there. I don't know why Rudy Giuliani is there considering he was the mayor of NY, but whatever.

Follow this link to the home page of Charleston.net, which will live stream the memorial service.
Charleston prepares memorial for fallen firefighters - CNN.com
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THE GREATEST MAYOR EVER WINS AGAIN -- PART II


Why even bother? At this point, just leave him alone.

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.
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THIS IS MUCH BETTER


Remember all that talk about how New Orleans was supposed to be back on track? In addition to crime climbing back to pre-Katrina rates, lack of access to health care is killing the residents of that city. "Hurricane Katrina's tragic aftermath lingered for at least a year after the storm abated, boosting New Orleans' death rate last year by 47% compared with two years before the levees broke, researchers reported Thursday. Doctors say the dramatic surge in deaths comes as no surprise in a city of 250,000 mostly poor and middle-class people who lost seven of 22 hospitals and half of the city's hospital beds. More than 4,486 doctors were displaced from three New Orleans parishes, creating a shortage that still hampers many hospitals, says a companion study released Thursday."

New Orleans deaths up 47% - USATODAY.com
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FOOLISHNESS

6.21.2007


25-cent is taking another dig at Oprah. Someone should just stamp "fool" on his forehead. His latest, "she can escape the fact that she’s black because she’s a billionaire." Comment Of The Day / Jossip. Again, let's compare what she has done for blacks (and anyone else) all over the world to what he has done for us? He goes on to talk about how she caters to "white women," but who does he think he caters to? The overwhelming majority of his fans are white teens.

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.
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HEALTH POST


For women, ovarian cancer is very deadly because you don't usually find out until it has advanced in your body. But cancer experts think they can identify some early symptoms that could save lives. Symptoms Found for Early Check on Ovary Cancer - New York Times. This is good for most people, but for me it only feeds my suspicion that I have every disease known to mankind. "The symptoms to watch out for are bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and feeling a frequent or urgent need to urinate." If you get this every day for two-three weeks, you need to call your GYNO.
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An editorial on what Congress can do to help that $66 billion the G8 promised for Africa along in the process so it actually reaches the patients who need it. Two Cheers on Global AIDS - New York Times. And they better work quick because, Spread of AIDS in Africa Is Outpacing Treatment - washingtonpost.com.
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It's all about the health crisis, isn't it. It's getting worse everywhere and what is happening now in Houston lets us know that we have to do something before its like this everywhere. What does a health crisis look like? See Houston - USATODAY.com. People are forced to go to the emergency room and wait 4-6 hours for any illness because they have to wait 1-2 months if they make a regular doctor's appointment. Because they have to get all kinds of approvals for tests and end up having to wait another month to take it at some radiology center three towns away, they prefer the emergency room where you get all the test right away.
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THE CONSEQUENCES OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

This NYtimes Op-Ed, Impounded Fathers, talks about the harm to families who parents are deported or put in jail for their illegal status.

"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?
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION UPDATE



Will the fact that the AFL-CIO no longer supports the immigration bill have any difference on its chances? They have a strong, well-funded lobbying group. I can't imagine any labor or manufacturing union being in favor of a program that will lead to an influx of cheaper workers who are being rewarded for breaking the law. Unions Differ on Immigration Legislation Guardian Unlimited
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The WAPO talks about how the way immigration works in D.C. could give us an idea of how it would work all over if the Amnesty bill is passed. Employers, Not Family, Drive Area Immigration - washingtonpost.com
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Republicans Losing the West - New York Times: "He was loud, he was blustery and he was clear: our country is being overrun by Mexicans. To back his bark, he wrote, “Whatever It Takes,” as subtle as a cactus poke. He had money, and he had the power of office, a 12-year incumbency." - Who is guest columnist, Timothy Egan, talking about? That was Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth, who was kicked out of Congress last November. I wonder why? What is interesting about this piece is how the strong rhetoric by Republicans is really costing them in Hispanic heavy areas.
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Senate Leader Harry Reid is planning on keeping Congress in session until they come to a conclusion on the immigration bill. This could even interfere with the campaign plans of Senators running for President, of which there are about 50 of. TheHill.com - Reid wields July 4 threat. I could save you all the time and tell you to toss it, meditate on what July 4th really means and come back and try again.
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The Red bloggers, who are making me real angry by not posting about the 14 U.S. soldier deaths in 3 days in Iraq, are also making a stink about the immigration. They are taking a dig at Bush and all the Red players who are thinking more about votes than the law. Conservative bloggers in full revolt over immigration - CNN.com
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They had to lock down an elementary school for 10 minutes because a group of illegals broke free from custody in a nearby neighborhood and were actually going into people's homes. It is very common for people who live near the border to have their homes broken into by illegals. KRGV5: Illegals Caught Near Elementary School
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The White House is not giving up on selling this bill. Good luck with that. White House Report Lauds Immigrants’ Positive Effects - New York Times
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Some people don't want a border fence because it will make their day to day more complicated. When I weigh that against the complications illegal immigration causes, I'm not really trying to hear about traffic back-ups for people in Texas. Some Texans Fear Border Fence Will Sever Routine of Daily Life - New York Times
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14 DEAD U.S. SOLDIERS IN 48 HOURS

As horrible as this is, it isn't a surprise. We've picked up our efforts in areas all over Iraq, and we're starting to see battle casualty numbers again. It's just heartbreaking. My only question is, were they killed fighting al quaeda or because they were caught in the middle of a civil war?
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
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THE DECENT INTERVAL - DOING GOOD FOR PROFIT


What does Richard Conniff, columnist for the NYTimes, mean by the Rule of Decent Interval? He means that the value of a good deed decreases in direct proportion to how badly you need the resulting good will. Any article that with pics of Chung Mong Koo(Hyundai Chair), Sean Combs (CEO of Stuff) and Richard Scrushy (HealthSouth CEO) together would catch my attention no matter what it was about. Basic Instincts - Times Select - New York Times Blog. There are plenty of celebrities or sports stars that contribute because they know they are blessed and want to share some it. There are others who do it for a tax benefit. There are also those who do it because they know they aren't any good and they need it to offset all the bad stuff they do.

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.
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PERFECT TIMING II



Sammy Sosa waited until he was playing the Cubs to hit his 600th Homer. Sosa Hits 600th Homer in Win Over Cubs - washingtonpost.com. I love how he couldn't speak any English when he came before Congress to talk about steroid use in the baseball industry last year, but last night he was very fluent about how happy he was with his accomplishment. Oh yeah, and how he spoke English just fine all those years he was in Chicago too. Go Cubs!
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DOLLAR BILL'S BROTHER IS IN TROUBLE TOO



As the case against Jeff Money and the money he stuffed in the little frozen peas and succotash cartons in the freezer continues, his brother, Mose, is trying to steal the alleged criminal spotlight. Congressman’s Brother Is Said to Have Bribed School Official - New York Times. Doesn't this remind you of that Philadelphia Mayor whose brother is planning to run for mayor despite his "sketchy background" with tax issues and a previous career in hot dog vendorship. "The former president of the Orleans Parish School Board pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday to taking $140,000 in bribes from a political operative thought to be the older brother of Representative William Jefferson, who has been indicted on bribery charges."
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PETA WILL NOT BE HAPPY

Okay, I hate squirrels because I was attacked by one when I was at school in Champaign, IL. He was almost the size of a cat and he threw nuts at me from a tree and when I started to run away, he chased me across the courtyard. When I slammed the door behind me, he was standing on two feet right at the door looking up. So squirrels are the devil. However, this is mean and I wouldn't condone it. Oh, Food! I'll Just - Wahhhhhh!!: Squirrel Catapult is Awful, Yet We Can't Look Away - Gizmodo . The choice of song is pretty hilarious though. I tried to embed, but it didn't work, so you'll have to go to gizmodo.
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DEPORTING ARMY WIVES



I am not in favor of this immigration bill. I think it rewards bad behaviors and refuses to acknowledge what is simply impossible. I think we should have dealt with border security first and then focus on illegals here.

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.
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PERFECT TIMING



After the success of the Sopranos spoof commercial, Hills ruined everything by picking a Celine Dion song as her theme song. It is my theory that Republicans put together a grass roots effort to make certain that she would pick a song by a Canadian that many, many people cannot stand. Also, she's married to her grandfather.

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.






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WHICH ONE OF BRAD & ANGIE'S KIDS IS THE HAM?

6.20.2007



I wonder. This little handful is such a cutey pie. You can see that "It's all about me" smile on her face. Daddy has spoiled her. Those little backpacks are the cutest.
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A COUNTRY IN CRISIS


Washington Post is a great paper and they do interactive very well. Here is the latest, a focus on Sudan past and present. Focus on Sudan: A Country in Crisis. Some of the pictures are difficult to see, but if it spurs only a few people to help, it's worth it.
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The UN Secretary General blames global warming for the violence in Darfur. Climate change behind Darfur killing: UN's Ban. "UN statistics showed that rainfall declined some 40 percent over the past two decades, he said, as a rise in Indian Ocean temperatures disrupted monsoons. "This suggests that the drying of sub-Saharan Africa derives, to some degree, from man-made global warming," the South Korean diplomat wrote."
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BLOOMBERG SAYS THANKS & SEE YA


In discussing Bloomberg's defection from the Republican party, a friend said, it was a "you're money is on the dresser, I'm through with you," move. The former Democrat turned Republican turned No Affiliation is a little suspect. Did he just turn temporarily Red to get elected? Is he planning to run, but doesn't want to compete with the other 5,000 candidates in the ring now? From what I read, he's been a okay mayor, but that's for New Yorkers to decide. I did see him speak at a conference in NY in May and he is very much in favor of illegal immigration amnesty, which would prevent me from voting for him if I had the chance.


Everyone has their own take on his motives:
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FALLEN HEROES

Names & Pictures have been released.


Almost all of these men had families, so if you want to donate, here's the info:
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
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NOT AGAIN


Can we just get one election's break from this guy?
Examiner: Options still open for Nader
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CLINTON POST

I thought this Sopranos spoof (below) was funny. It was odd seeing President Clinton walk into the diner. He's really getting up there in age. Also, the carrots on the table was cute. And yes, I did notice the Johnny Sack cameo. Clintons spoof 'Sopranos' - USATODAY.com.

Of no surprise, Maureen Dowd puts in her two cents on Hills Sopranos bit and what she wants from her husband. Carmela Got Gold Jewelry. Hillary Wants a White House. - New York Times


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GIULIANI POST


If he thought being passed over by Thompson in some polls was bad, this certainly wasn't what he wanted to wake up and see. South Carolina treasurer indicted on cocaine charges - CNN.com. I knew something sounded weird with Giuliani & South Carolina. More blah, blah, blah on Rudy.


Despite being pro-choice, pro-gun control and pro-gay civil unions, Rudy promises people that he's really a conservative because he doesn't like taxes.



Other stuff:
Giuliani Left Group on Iraq After Warning, Article Says - New York Times
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CHEROKEE SHAME

6.19.2007


This is still going on? The Shame of the Cherokee Nation - New York Times. Earlier this year, the Cherokee Nation revoked the tribal citizenship of 2800 descendants of slaves once owned by the tribe. Everyone threw a fit, so they tried to compromise by restoring minimal rights to some. It's an ongoing fight that is just very shameful. Many of these men and women are of both black and Indian heritage and they are the ones who should decide where they identify, not the tribe. Here's an excerpt about the history of this struggle. It didn't just start this year. "Black tribal rights were also upheld last year in the Cherokee tribe's own supreme court. Then the tribe voted to expel black members. This could potentially deprive them of their cherished tribal identities, along with access to medical, housing and tribal benefits."
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FEMA IS THE BEST GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION EVER!



More incompetence by FEMA with storm victims. In addition to the abuse by people taking advantage of the storm, FEMA has overpaid more than $485 Million. It wants the money back and many say they don't have it. FEMA is not differentiating between the people they overpaid and the people who used fraud to collect from them. Everyone has to pay up now. They have already recovered $15.6 million. $485M overpaid to storm victims - USATODAY.com
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SINGLE MEN & ADOPTION


More single men are adopting foster kids. The numbers have doubled. Why? The Child Welfare system has come to realize that men aren't incapable of nurturing and love. And although one good parent isn't better than two good parents, it is much, much better than no parents at all. They are more than paychecks and like many women who adopt, they don't want to wait around till their 40 to have a kid because they'd rather not be on the verge of retirement when that $50k tuition comes around. They also say that men are more willing to take older kids and problem kids who are tougher to place in families. The only single men I know who have adopted are gay men and most of them have adopted from out of the country. One couple just adopted a little Vietnamese girl. My friend has always wanted a little girl, but most agencies still will not let single men adopt girls, so they went to Vietnam. She's the cutest little fat baby and I don't doubt that my friend will be nurturing. That is his nature. Number of single men adopting foster kids doubles - USATODAY.com
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DRIVER'S LICENSE CHANGE BY 2013


How do you feel about the states that refuse to require all new extra secure driver's licenses so that everyone has them by 2013? The intent is to help prevent identity theft, fraud and terrorism, but states say it cost too much and invades personal privacy. The issues of privacy and safety are going to always butt heads. By itself, many of these requirements don't seem like too much of a price to pay to prevent I.D. theft, which can be a nightmare, but when you add all these little requirements from here and there, they began to seem like a lot. And once we've agreed to these compromises, what is next? Despite what side your on (privacy over safety or vice versa), it's not that simple. There are consequences for each choice. Personally, I think safety means everything. I'm only concerned by the fact that governments abuse power; even Democratically elected government. Who will protect us from those who are protecting us from others? 6 states defy law requiring ID cards - USATODAY.com
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REDISCOVERING KUSH


The NY Times has a cool story on the African nation of Kush and the race by Egyptian history scholars to recover what they can of it. It was overshadowed by Egypt, but besides having plenty of gold, Kush was more influential than previously thought. Archaeology - Kingdom of Kush - Egyptian Civilization - New York Times. "Scholars have come to learn that there was more to the culture of Kush than was previously suspected. From deciphered Egyptian documents and modern archaeological research, it is now known that for five centuries in the second millennium B.C., the kingdom of Kush flourished with the political and military prowess to maintain some control over a wide territory in Africa."
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WELL, DAMN


I mean what more can you say but, "well, damn!" 10th Bengals player arrested - NFL - Yahoo! Sports. And the number is likely going to go up to 11 once they finish with Monday's mess with Jones again. Just cancel the whole team's season and give whoever is playing them another Bye week. Cancel it or replace these fools with real men. This is beyond ridiculous. I know that these are grown men, but where is the leadership? Who are the captains of this team and what is up with Coach Marv Lewis? He was doing a great job there, but he's not doing a lot for his professional reputation as a leader. He might be better off getting out of there or all this is going to be attributed to him.
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THE CHICAGO MOB


Chicago is the best city in the world. If it wasn't for the weather, I wouldn't have left. I go back at least once a year, but I still miss it so much. Half my groceries consist of online orders from Chicago companies like Lou Malnati's, Portillos, Carson's, Heckys and Garrett's popcorn frozen and shipped to me. I get pretty nostalgic about the city, and I have to admit, I'm a little excited to see we're having another big mob trial. It's been forever. No, it's not going to be as flashy as John Gotti, but Chicago doesn't have to be flashy to be interesting. I am NOT condoning organized crime. It's just a part of the flavor that is Chicago. Also, Patrick Fitzgerald, who prosecuted the CIA Leak Case (say hi to Paris, Scooter) is in charge.
Big Chicago mob trial promises to be a hit - CNN.com
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CHINA POST

Slavery is alive and well all over the planet, and here is one story of rescue in China. You know there are probably a ton more of these in China alone. Men and little children living in hell beaten and brutalized. The pics for this are too gruesome to share, but look for yourself.
1000 slave kids in brick jail The Daily Telegraph
The media is doing its part to make someone on high accountable. That doesn't generally go over to well in China, but the effort is commendable. China slave scandal brings resignation calls - washingtonpost.com
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Also regarding China, more senators are trying to keep legislation alive that would penalize China for its unfair export practices. 4 in Senate Seek Penalty for China - New York Times
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HEROES EVERYDAY


What happened in Charleston is a tragedy. Firefighter Squads are like family and they've lost nine members of their family in one day. It's a dangerous job and the people attracted to it are usually natural born risk takers. To run towards a raging fire is beyond my comprehension, so I can only imagine the courage it takes to do this daily. Firefighters are heroes.
'Tornado of flames' kills nine firefighters - CNN.com
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I'D STILL EAT IT

6.18.2007


They found another rare blue lobster, which is kind of freaky. I've seen a blue one and an albino lobster before. I saw a King Crab that had 6 legs instead of the regular 4. My only response: Take a picture or run the video real quick, because I'm still eating it. I'm not nostalgic, but I am hungry.
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THOMPSON POST


Now that he is officially unofficially in the race, the articles on Fred Thompson have gotten a little more bite. The polls don't seem to care. All we need is for Rudy to have one of his textbook blow ups on screen and Thompson can slide. He's completely blown McCain out of the water. And McCain thought that Romney was his biggest problem. Also, Thompson's views on abortion will rub a little the wrong way, but if they were willing to vote for Rudy, then it's not a make or break.

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
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OBAMA POST


The Inbox is piling up, so here are some of the more interesting articles on Barry in the last week.

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

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More on the experience front. The Unknown: Is Obama Ready? - Forbes.com
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More on how his team is more focused in Chicago than Washington D.C. Chicago is heart, brain center of Obama campaign Chicago Tribune
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Mike Dorning & Christi Parsons tells us how this charm and gravitas is not necessarily a born trait, but actually a focused strategy and has been since his first days in the Senate race. Chicago Tribune: Carefully Crafting The Obama Brand
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Local Billionaire Sheila Johnson has decided to take her millions and back Obama. I believe her Ex, Robert Johnson has chosen Hills. BET billionaire Sheila Johnson: Hillary's terrific, but Obama's her man - On Politics - USATODAY.com
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He went to John Edwards' state to get some money. newsobserver.com Obama comes collecting
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More on his severed relationship with the Rezko people and their sketchy fast food/real estate business. An Obama Patron and Friend Until an Indictment - New York Times
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He campaigned in the state that surprisingly has looked over Edwards and placed him on the throne. For now at least. The State 06/15/2007 Obama to campaign in Republican-rich Upstate
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USA Today says that uppity black folks have not bought into the Clinton mystique and are backing Obama. Upper-income black donors back Obama over Clinton - USATODAY.com
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The NY Sun is accusing his campaign of sending anonymous mean messages to the press about Hills. Obama Oppo Targets Hillary's India Ties - Latest Politics Blog
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Wonkette says that his style of open button, no tie, blue jacket is now being copied by men who wish they could be loved by the people like he is. Obama Responsible For Rich Douches Dressing Even Douchier - Wonkette
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The media went crazy with speculation when he met with Colin Powell last week. Obama Seeks Powell’s Advice on Policy Issues - New York Times
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SEGREGRATION EFFORTS


In Let the Segregation Commence, John Leo talks about the ultimate in ridiculousness as this years UCLA graduating class has been separated by race, gender and sexual orientation for graduation commencement. The school is having a hard time scheduling them all. The blacks, Hispanics, women studies students and Middle Eastern students want their own graduation. Making things even more complicated, while Asian Pacific Islanders used to be happy with an Asian heritage commencement, now want a separate ceremony for their ethnicity alone. So you have Filipino, Vietnamese, Chinese, etc. all wanting their own event. In keeping with this trend, I guess the African students now want separate programs based on their state of origin. Or maybe even their tribe within that state. Who has the time for all this? This school should be ashamed of itself for letting it get this out of hand. They need to announce this is the last year for this crap and they will all graduate together from now on like normal people.

"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."
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FOR NOW

Understanding that the polls will change about 100 times between now and November of 2008, the latest stats are interesting. Hills seems to be separating from Obama and Edwards is starting to disappear. The general consensus is that although Obama is a good speaker and embodies the hopes and positive feelings of America, he doesn't impress in debates (I haven't watched any, so I don't know). Hillary does have much more experience. She's been in various roles in politics for the last 30 years. I'm not a big Hillary fan, but I see this as almost an inevitability.

Poll: Clinton establishes sizable lead over Obama - USATODAY.com

John Edwards must be having a fit over this. He is from North Carolina and was expected to do well in South Carolina, but he's doing horribly. Obama is ahead. Yes, in South Carolina. It does seem surprising, but a lot of black people live there and when they vote it makes a difference. To add salt to the wound, even Hillary is ahead of Edwards. And it is no surprise that Fred Thompson is number one on the Red side. That Tennessee drawl almost makes him family. And poor McCain. He has plummeted in South Carolina, which is the state that sunk him in 2000. I wonder why? Might it be the fact that he's almost the only candidate that agrees with Bush on Iraq & Immigration reform?

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EVERYONE BUT THE MAN PART II

6.16.2007


Someone other than the man in charge at the Justice Dept quits.

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EMMYS & REMAKES

6.15.2007


Recently Emmy Nominations were announced and Ray Richards explains why he's upset that Tichina Arnold wasn't nominated for "Everybody Hates Chris."Past Deadline: The White Cloud That Hangs Over the Emmy Awards. One reason might be because only 2 to 3 people watch CW on any given night. I've only watched a total of 45 minutes of this entire series, but the few scenes I've seen her in, she appeared to me to play the stereotype of overly aggressive, loud, mean mother. That was just my take. I loved her on "Martin."
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There is a lot of rumbling in Hollywood about the possibility of an "all black" remake of the classic movie, Big Chill. I've never seen it and never plan to. That movie was not made for me or anyone I know. While I am upset about the idea of casting Beyonce & LL Cool J for the leading rolls on Broadway's Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (because NO ONE can top Jessica Lange), you can cast Ice Cube and Lil' Kim in this one for all I care. Let me be fair. I do love Regina King and I'm still mad at 24 for not giving her a better role this past season. I wish her well. An aside, when I read that she and her sister, Reina King, will be producing it together, my ghetto alert went up. How do you name one child Regina and the other Reina? Isn't Reina the same name less the G? The point is, I'm sure a good number of white people, who loved this movie as if it was The Bible on screen, will not be happy.

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EDWARDS, MCCAIN & ROMNEY POST


The latest blah, blah, blah on Edwards.

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
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Funny opening line on his visit to Key Biscayne, where it cost $15 to go see him. "It was a speech that would force a bleeding-heart liberal to use a tourniquet.
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
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He worked with his grass roots guys to improve his standing in Ohio. Not a fundraiser, but a brainstormer. I know you're salivating to read this one. AP Wire- Edwards meets with Ohio backers in private
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The latest blah, blah, blah on Romney.

Things are not looking up for Mitt. He's becoming the John Kerry of 2008. I thought his religion was going to be his biggest Achilles Heel, but it's his flip flopping for convenience.
ABC News: Is Romney's Pro-Life Conversion a Myth?
Daily Herald: Romney Talks About Abortion & Gay Marriage

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The latest blah, blah, blah on McCain. He's still in the race? Oh, my bad. He's like an attack dog on everyone now.

He goes after Clinton. ABC News: McCain Says He'll Fight Clinton's 'Pork'
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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.
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GIULIANI POST


This is probably my last Giuliani post because I am just so over him.

More on his first second third wife and former mistress. For Mrs. Giuliani, Not the Usual Campaign Trail for a Candidate’s Wife - New York Times

He's abandoned Bush like all the others (except McCain who has more reason than any of them to). He's referencing Reagan now. That's refreshingly unique (sarcasm). Reagan was only divorced once though.
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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
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CLINTON POST

The latest blah, blah on Hills.

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
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The late Mother Teresa's religious order asked Hills to take the photo of her and Mother Teresa waving to someone off her website and she did. Hillary Removes Mother Teresa Photo - Politico.com
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She spoke at Manchester Central High, which is New Hampshire's biggest high school. It probably has 11 or 12 students. Clinton tells grads only minor genetics make them different - Boston.com
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To avoid any conflicts of interest, she has had to liquidate her & Bill's assets. They supposedly have assets valued between $10 and $50 million. Who is doing this math? 10-50 million is a huge gap.
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And she's doing better than expected in Texas, the good ole boy state. Carry permits and no-alimony laws can't stop her. Poll: Clinton no pushover for GOP in Texas Dallas Morning News

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After the last Democratic debate, everyone was talking about how good Hills looked and I agree. She looked better than she has in a long time. This article talks about how a cosmetics maven softened her lines and got rid of the baggy eyes. I think it was kind of mean to call her a miracle worker, but she really did a good job. Miracle worker: Cosmetics maven wrought a marvel of makeup on Hillary - BostonHerald.com
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ONE WAY OR ANOTHER


They are determined to get this guy. Now his own agency is investigating him. Whether or not they have a case, who knows. I think they just plan to push and push and push until this becomes annoying enough for Bush's aides (cause you know Bush won't do it) to tell Al its time to resign.
Gonzales Meeting With Aide Scrutinized - washingtonpost.com

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THE BILL THAT WON'T DIE


I forgot that the only thing more important to Congress than votes is money. Bush adds a $4 billion dollar cherry topping to the bill (supposedly for border patrol), and all of the sudden the Bill that was about to be taken off life support is alert and talking.
Immigration bill will come back to Senate, leaders say - CNN.com
My Way News - Senators Plan to Revive Immigration Bill




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SO THIS IS OUR FAULT TOO?


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
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NON POLITICS ROUND UP

6.14.2007

I am obsessed with anything from Ancient Egypt. My friend Teresa says that it is one of my past lives. When a past life is particularly joy-filled, we will remember some of it in new lives. So, like I said, I'm obsessed with anything about Ancient Egypt, I worship the sun and I love cats. Teresa says that is the Trifecta. Well anyway, here is a neat story on an ancient city that you can see from space. I love this stuff. Ancient Egyptian City Spotted From Space - Yahoo! News
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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
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I think the intention was to make a cute piggy bank, but it ends up being really freaky and scary. Robots: Robotic Piggy Bank Eats Money, Gives Me Nightmares - Gizmodo

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You have to watch this. It's a crazy rotating wall. I guess this is what happens when an engineer wishes he had had gone to architect school instead.

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REMARKABLE


For our remarkable piece of news for the week, we have this story at CNN.com. A weapon that was found in a whale's neck is between 115 to 130 years old and scientists believe someone shot the whale around 1890. The whale died last week from a 21st century bow. These whales can live up to 200 years. Pretty cool, aside from the whale being shot dead. Weapon dates bowhead whale to 1800s - CNN.com
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AFRICA POST

Nicholas Kristoff writes a depressing Op-Ed on The Rwanda-Burundi Border. Africa’s World War - New York Times. And yes there are still problems in Rwanda & Burundi. The first three sentences set the tone for the story. "Speciose Kabagwira lost another baby last week. It was the end of her 12th pregnancy, and the infant was stillborn on delivery.It was her fifth stillbirth or miscarriage. And of her seven children born alive, four have died."
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An editorial in the NYTimes, A Different Sudan,wants us to remember the Sudan is all about murder, helplessness, torture and pain. Like Africa, the Sudan has a great deal of beauty and nature. The animal population hasn't been as negatively effected by the war as once thought. Maybe its a testament to the power of nature over man?

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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
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Photo Essays are the best, aren't they? Photography is just as much an art as painting. Nigeria is the most productive country in Africa (oil, oil, oil). In this TIME article, The Two Sides of Nigeria, we see the difference between dirt poor Nigerians, wealthy Nigerians and affluent Lebanese. The contrast is striking. Thanks Rikyrah



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IRAQIS NOT STANDING UP


Remember Bush saying, "We'll stand down when Iraqi's stand up?" When I heard it, I was like...yeah, good luck with that. Once the administration realized that this, like many of their other ideas, wasn't going to work, they created benchmarks for the Iraqis in a "this becomes yours by this time whether you're ready or not." And they aren't ready. Seriously, that is not our problem. We need to go. Iraqis Are Failing to Meet U.S. Benchmarks - New York Times
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COME ON, NOW


What kind of foolishness is this? Black America Web has a little game going on (to celebrate Father's Day) where you can choose your Fantasy Celebrity Baby Daddy. It says, "If you had to choose just one of these sexy celebrity men, who would you like to ask, "Hey Daddy…Can we go half on a baby?"

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
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THE WORLD'S BEST MAYOR WINS AGAIN


I've said it before and I'll say it again. You can't keep a crackhead down. No, seriously, the fact that former D.C. Mayor Marion "the bitch set me up" Barry was acquitted of DUI yesterday is not a surprise. Yes, he was driving near the White House with red eyes, an odd walk, seemed disoriented and slurred speech, but the breathalyzer said. 02. The legal limit is .08. So either the device was broke or he wasn't drunk. Does that thing check for drugs too? I mean the man is up in age and has led a pretty rough life (with the crack and hookers and all), he may have an illness that causes this behavior. Or, he could've been on something other than alcohol. Either way, he wasn't drunk so no DUI.

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.
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PREFERRING HOMELESSNESS

6.12.2007


The idea that someone who is homeless could be given the chance to live inside, have that all-important roof over their head, is a dream come true, right? Why would someone like that go back to the streets? This article, Off the Street and in an Apartment, but Unable to Escape Homelessness - New York Times, follows a man who was given that chance, through a charity called Bridges, and couldn't deal with. Reading how he refused to touch a white napkin while eating dinner in his home because it was too clean and he didn't feel worthy tells you a lot. He's back on the streets and when he explains it, it won't seem as ridiculous as you thought.

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.

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DON'T ASK/ DON'T TELL HELPS TERRORISTS


I understand what President Clinton was trying to do with Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but I disagreed with it then and I still do. We've all heard stories about people getting kicked out of the military for being gay despite completely honorable records and substantial skills. Did you think that was unfair? I do. Now, if that person was imposing his/her sexuality onto others who weren't interested is another thing. However, there should be no different rule for homosexuals who do that than heterosexuals. Ask any woman who has had a guy come on to her over and over again despite her clear refusal. It's sickening.

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.

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FENTY MAKES BIG MOVES IN EDUCATION



District Mayor Adrian Fenty's efforts to improve the public school system has been met with both support and opposition. You can never underestimate how much the teacher's union wants more money, but not higher standards. But Fenty isn't swayed. He has fired the D.C. School Superintendent, Clifford Janey, as a message that he wants "to bring radical change to the failing 55,000-student system." He's going to replace Janey with Michelle A. Rhee, the 37-year old founder of the NY-based teacher-training organization.
Her BIO is on this page, The New Teacher Project: Who We Are
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THE NEXT CULTURE WAR

NYTimes Op-Ed Columnist, David Brooks, tells us that the next immigration-related culture war is on the education front between the well-educated and those who aren't. Both Dems and Republicans are supporting one side or another on this topic, so it isn't as partisan as most issues. Brooks also offers interesting insight into Anti-Immigration & Racist trends, saying that hostility to immigration often increases in periods when racist attitudes are in decline. The Next Culture War - New York Times
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION FALLOUT...continued

6.11.2007


Here is the blah, blah, blah about it all. I'm just really disappointed in this whole process and what has come of it. They act as if the only people this bill will effect is them and their voting blocks. No surprise there, but still.

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HILLARY POST


Hillary is getting it from all ends. Although in my opinion, Michael Moore dissing her can only work in her favor. Ben Smith's Blog: Michael Moore Hits Clinton In Sicko - Politico.com
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Why is it that so many people don't like Hillary Clinton? Personally, I never warmed to her, but I take it a lot of the hate is just because she isn't a "traditional" wife, which means what? From her baking cookies statement in 1992 to her black/southern talk at black churches, I just never felt this chick. I don't hate her though and if anyone (in the race now) other than Fred Thompson gets the Red nod, I might even vote for her. Can Hillary Overcome Her Likability Gap? - Newsweek Politics - MSNBC.com
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I guess she gave Hollyweird another chance. Hillary Clinton enjoys renewed Hollywood clout - Los Angeles Times
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She is repeated her Pro-Choice/Pro-Life come together to bring abortions to zero speech. She totally stole that from me. I came up with this when I started this blog in04, except I wasn't stupid enough to guarantee zero. That would be like Paul O'Neill promising to hit two homeruns in one game. Seinfeld fans will get that. Hillary's 'zero' abortions goal hit - Nation/Politics - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper
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EDWARDS POST


Edwards raked in $100K last week in Utah of all places. That's like 10 haircuts. deseretnews.com Edwards to pull in $100,000 during a 3-hour stop in Salt Lake
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Someone asked him for his opinion on Paris Hilton the other day. He should have had them beaten and thrown out of the room. I would have gladly done it for him, but I wasn't there. What About Paris? - New York Times Blog
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The One & Only True AntiChrist says that Edwards time has passed and he needs to just go home. Robert D. Novak - A Contender's Worn-Out Welcome - washingtonpost.com
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He gets in his daily "dig on Hillary" comment. My Way News - Edwards Assails Clinton's Terror Remarks
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I HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN TODAY'S NO CONFIDENCE VOTE


In case you forgot, a lot of people have, the Democrats, and a few Republicans, are still trying to get AG Alberto Gonzales fired or force him to quit. Today they are planning their No-Confidence vote, which will probably do nothing.



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.

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COLIN POWELL & BARRY OBAMA


So what does this mean? They were playing up the fact that the former Secretary of State and only likable Bush Administration member, Colin Powell, has been spending some time with Barack Obama. Colin is a moderate Republican and I don't expect him to switch parties, but I wouldn't be that surprised if he gave some support to Obama. Right now it's just advice that Barry solicited, which Powell isn't the kind of man to turn down. Right now, Powell has his own problems. He is well aware of the harm his reputation took when he went before Congress with all those "WMD in Motion" arguments. His recent comments about closing GITMO and his "I told you so" regarding the war are making some people angry. They might be able to call him a traitor, but they can't call him liar because everything he said would happen has.
My Way News - Powell Gives Obama Foreign Policy Advice
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SOPRANOS


SPOILERS BELOW!!!

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.
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PUTIN'S NEW WORLD ORDER & PLANS TO RUN IN 2012


Looks like somebody is interviewing for the role of the next "Anti-Christ." Between his recent call for a new financial word order (hint: the mark of the beast is 666), his roll back to Communism, efforts to forge partnerships with China and recent threats to the U.S. and Europe, he's compiling a good audition tape. I think this part is a little above his head, but he's ambitious.
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
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LEFT HANGING


Excuse my language before I start, but this is some bullshit. Left hanging upside down? For a half hour? 150 feet above the ground? Roller Coaster Riders Left Hanging, Power Outage Strands 12 Upside Down On The X-Coaster At Magic Springs - CBS News
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BLACKS v HISPANICS IN BASEBALL

6.10.2007


William Rhoden writes for the NYTimes. He recently wrote a book comparing the life of multi-million dollar athletes to that of black slaves. Here, he talks about Gary Sheffield's recent statement that the MLB prefers Hispanic players over black players because Hispanic players will do whatever they're told. The Bottom Line: Sheffield Is Right to Speak Out - New York Times. I was surprised at the number of Hispanic players that agreed with hm. Some say that out of fear of being fired and deported, foreign born players will go along. I think it was more of an insult to blacks than Hispanics. He basically admitted that blacks will complain about everything, which is not something to be proud of. It is why many employers who have a choice will continue to pick Hispanics over blacks. Hispanics just show up to work while blacks show up with 400 years of slavery accusations in their back pocket. I know these are generalizations, but you know what I'm talking about. And I don't know anything about baseball, but the Cubs - hence the irrelevant pic.
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A FIRST FOR RACING



Lewis Hamilton, never heard of him, became the first black person to win a Formula One race in the Canadian Grand Prix. I don't know what is the difference between Formula One, NASCAR or any other part of racing. I don't understand the appeal of watching cars go in a circle over and over again and I'm not eager to see someone crash and burn, so I'll just have to let racing fans be.

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.
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DIVERSITY IN TV

6.08.2007


To usher you into getting your weekend on, here's something on the entertainment front:

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.
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HIV POST


AIDS is killing elected officials in Africa faster than they can be replaced. No one can stay in office long enough to get anything done. This is complete and total madness. AIDS seen as new threat to African democracy - Yahoo! News
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So what does this mean? Are they downplaying that its spreading rapidly or have they found out its not spreading rapidly? From all other indications, India is right behind Africa, with China following close behind in sheer numbers of people contracting HIV, so I wouldn't downplay anything even if they might be overestimate the spread. India, Said to Play Down AIDS, Has Many Fewer With Virus Than Thought, Study Finds - New York Times

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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
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I wonder if W is going to throw up on someone at dinner tonight like his Daddy did with the Japanese Minister? It will be on YouTube in 5.2 seconds. Besides getting sick, Bush and his G8 buddies have pledged a total of $60billion to help with HIV/AIDS in Africa. Bush is taking the lead on this and it is one area with, despite any strings attached, I have to admire him. Playing to the Crowd: A Real Plan for AIDS - New York Times
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NAACP STAFFING DOWN

Is the NAACP suffering the consequences of its very partisan direction or is this just what all organizations go through from time to time. NAACP Will Cut Staffing, Close Offices - washingtonpost.com
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PAYBACK IS A VICIOUS CIRCLE


Is it always true that power corrupts completely?While those who aren't in power complain about the oppression and intolerance of those who are, don't they become what they were complaining about as soon as the tables have turned. Joe Klein warns about the increasing intolerance of Left-wing websites and blogs. Beware the Bloggers' Bile TIME
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A NEW BABY IN D.C.?

6.07.2007


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


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YOUNG NIGERIAN WINS BRIT BOOK AWARD


I'm a huge book fiend. I write and read them; fiction and non-fiction. But since starting law school a little over a year ago, I've stopped reading for pleasure. I will, however, buy Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's book. She's a Nigerian and the youngest person to win Britain's Orange Prize for fiction by women. Nice award, plus the $60K that comes with isn't too shabby either.

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
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THOMPSON POST


Fred Thompson has officially graduate to his own Inbox on my Webcrawler. Until now, only Obama had his own inbox because he got 3x the pub as all the other candidates. Everyone else into the "2008 Candidates" inbox. Rudy was close, but he's too inconsistent. Fred, congratulations. Here's stuff on him:

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

Back to Basics - New York Times - David Brooks reviews a recent speech by Thompson in CT where he didn't mention W even once.

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

Went on Hannity. Don't stand too close to the devil, you might get burned. F. Thompson on Fox - The Caucus - New York Times Blog

Someone is questioning his work ethic and wondering if he has what it takes to undergo a rough, long campaign season. Thompson and the 'Laziness' Issue - MSNBC.com

The Actor/Reagan thing. This has been done to death. Move on. In Casting for President, Will Actor Rate a Callback? - New York Times

He's got that TN drawl, so I'll think he'll do just fine in South Carolina. The State - Who will run to back Fred Thompson if he comes to S.C.?

The country facing a different challenge than it ever has is Thompson's major theme. Union Leader - New Challenges Push Thompson Into Race


Lobbyist has unfortunately become a dirty word, but it's not a fair paint. Most lobbyist groups aren't rich corporations, but small companies, associations and organizations that are exercising their 1st Amendment rights to air grievances to Congress. But some are total leeches. Which type was Fred? Past as lobbyist may play into future as candidate - USATODAY.com

His view of the other night's Republican Presidential candidate debates. Political Radar: Fred Thompson Weighs In
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NON POLITICS ODDS & ENDS

Avandia has been targeting the black community because we are more likely to Type 2 Diabetes than anyone else. However, now that safety issues are coming to the forefront, that race-focused strategy might bite them in the foot. A Niche Strategy Now Under Stress - New York Times
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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
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How cute are dolphins, really? Don't you love them? I do. Dolphins have different 'accents' - CNN.com
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Unless you come up with a genius idea before 28, no bank or venture capitalist will support you. A sister can't catch a break. Don’t Finance Anyone Over 27 - New York Times
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The NYTimes has an interactive calculator to let you know whether you are lower, middle or upper class. It doesn't factor in all the issues that might effect class. Graphic: How Class Works - New York Times
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I fly all the time for my job. I can't remember the last time there were extra seats on the flight. I've had to fight tooth and nail just to get an upgrade to 1st class. The last three flights I've been on have asked at least 2 people to give up their seat. Whenever I'm going anywhere on the East coast, I'll take the train out of Union Station. It takes longer, but no headaches. I hate flying. Bumped Fliers and No Plan B - New York Times


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You remember my post about Conservapedia, Wikipedia for Christians? POLITOPICS: Wikipedia Isn't Christian Enough For Me. Well, they clearly don't care for The Boston Globe. Just the facts -- and they're always right - The Boston Globe
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I cried when I read this. McDonald's fries lose the transfats within a year - May. 24, 2007. And yes, I know McDonald's fries are the last thing I need, but I loved them. First they retire the McRib and now this? I'm in mourning.
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God will strike this building with lightning. You mark my words. The 60-storey house for just one family the Daily Mail. How cool is that he is going to build this ridiculously garish house in a country that is still so poor in most places.
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If you're like me and you have allergies, you have to check your bags whenever you travel now. I can't use hotel soaps, lotions or whatever. I'll break out. So, I have to check even a little carryon. Yahoo! has a way to get around that. Travel Tips: Getting Around the 3-Ounce Rule - Skin Type Solutions on Yahoo! Health
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TALK ABOUT RIDICULOUS


You know I'm already mad at Bank of America for offering illegals home and car loans and credit cards. Now they've gone and attacked victims of I.D. Theft. DOUGH UNTO OTHERS - NYPost This woman's I.D. was stolen and her accounts were emptied out. Because the bank wasn't doing their job, the thieves were able to steal thousands more than she actually had, making her account overdrawn by $23,000. Yes, you read that right, $23-thousand! So, she did all her paperwork for the amount of money they stole, but even though Bank of America knows she was a victim of I.D. Theft, they still want to bill her for the $23,000 overdraft. She refused to pay so they are now suing her. They are suing her for being a victim of I.D. Theft!!!!!!!! Even though it would have never gotten there if their I.D. Theft systems had been working. She should sue them for $23 million and I'd bet she'd win. When she does, she should write them a check for $23,000.
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WHAT'S HAPPENING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?

MISSISSIPPI
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
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MARYLAND
In this area, Tiger Woods is still trying to get the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda to be permanent home of the AT&T National and his new signature golf tournament. For some reason he has to ask Congress. The event is in July, where he will play unless his wife gives birth to their baby due around that time. CC is a very snotty, but beautiful club. I went there for a luncheon once. Congressional Testimony - washingtonpost.com

College recruiters are running around the PG County for talented black kids like William Chin (sounds like an Asian name, but he's black), who scored 2000 on his SAT, is an Eagle Scout and a Maryland Distinguished Scholar. Oh, and he has a fan club on his Facebook page. Recruiters Come Calling For Talented Minorities - washingtonpost.com
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MICHIGAN

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
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MAINE
The state is offering free tuition to Native American state citizens. With Tuition Waiver, Maine Invests in Its 'First People' - New York Times
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LOUISIANA
More problems with damage claims, people waiting too long and insurance companies. Louisiana Sets Deadline for Storm Damage Claims - 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
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NEW YORK RACE & POLITICS ROUNDUP

John Gibson is not going to be happy about this. A Mexican Baby Boom in New York Shows the Strength of a New Immigrant Group - New York Times. Not only are they not the white babies he's been telling people to have, the vast majority are from Women born in Mexico.
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I don't know who Bob Herbert is, but he clearly has some issues with the NYPD. And he's also mad at all the black elected officials that turn a blind eye to what the NYPD is doing to black and Hispanic males in the city.
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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
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NY's 1 million public school students are going to have a whole bunch of standardized tests over the next five years and the city is spending $80 million on it. Can't you already hear the complaints of bias? Testing is good. Even if its bias, so is the real world, so it's good to know how well your kid can perform in a biased world. New York City Expands Test Program in Schools - New York Times
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More big government initiatives by Spitzer. Spitzer Pushes Paid Leave Plan for Workers - New York Times
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DOLLAR BILL JEFFERSON FALL OUT


Now its time for black people to chime in on Jeff Money's indictment. Remember how the CBC Foundation gave him a standing ovation at the beginning of the session? Where's the applause now?
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SOME PEOPLE ARE SO CRUEL IN THE NAME OF LOVE

6.06.2007

My cat, Jordan, died a few years ago. I loved him to death. No one on this planet could tell me that wasn't my baby. But even then, I didn't do stupid stuff like this to him. Although most cats will kill you if you try this, I wouldn't even have done it if I had a dog. It's just wrong.
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INTERESTING ODDS & ENDS

Former CNN great, Bernard Shaw, talks about how bad FOXNews has been for news. Bad news :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
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Bill Gates had a dinner at his house, invited the President of China and the President of America and one of them didn't show up. Billionaires and Bake Sales - New York Times
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More elite colleges creating specific plans to go after poor kids. The joy of being the first in your family to graduate from college is good stuff and only better if it's from a Top Tier college. Elite Colleges Open New Door To Poor Youths - New York Times
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Those JFK Terrorist wanna-bes used Google Earth to help in their exploding gas line plot. Yes, the Internet can be used for both good and evil, just like Jedi Mind Power. Google As Terror Tool?
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Last week Justice Ginsberg made a fuss about SCOTUS rulings that are harmful to women. I agree with her. This ruling is ridiculous. In wage disparity cases, each time you get that check an offense has been commmitted against you in my opinion.

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Richard Cohen calls Bush the Neo-Liberal now. Might as well. With this Immigration Bill, he put the nail on the coffin to his base. He doesn't care. He's not running for anything again. Richard Cohen - Bush the Neoliberal - washingtonpost.com

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The Right is battling the Farther Right over the issue of abortion. Only benefits the Left. Supreme Court Ruling Brings Split in Antiabortion Movement - washingtonpost.com
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The Student Loan fiasco that won't die appears to be making some progress towards a resolution. U.S. Puts Limits on Lenders’ Ties to Universities - New York Times
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Rapes, murders and robberies are up across America. Violent crime up again, more murders, robberies - Yahoo! News. If you live in Orlando, Miami, Oakland, San Diego, Phoenix, Corpus Christi, Grand Rapids, Reno, and Little Rock, watch out because your cities have the highest increases.

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eHarmony is being sued for the "no gays allowed" thing. Woman sues eHarmony for discrimination - USATODAY.com
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MISCEGENATION DAY IS HERE AGAIN!


Booker Rising, a black issues blog, reminded me that the 40th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia is coming up. What I lovingly call "Miscegenation Day" is a better day for some than others. If you're single, find someone of a different race and buy them ice cream or something. If you're in a relationship or married...you're out of luck. So to all the Joy & Darnells and Halle & Gabriels out there, happy Swirl Day. I just made that up to. I should probable TM these things since they're so clever. I believe the actual date is June 12th.
FindLaw: The Fortieth Anniversary of Loving v. Virginia The Personal and Cultural Legacy of the Case that Ended Legal Prohibitions on Interracial Marriage


The "Official" term is "Loving Day" which is ridiculously easy and not at all creative. Loving Day: Celebrate the Legalization of Interracial Couples. This is complete with a list of formal celebratory events in cities across America.

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.
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$30 MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN DARFUR


For those of you who want to do something more for those suffering in Darfur, here's a chance to really make a difference for very little cost. CHF International is an organization helping all over the world. For Darfur, they are asking you to donate $30.00 for a new stove to help keep women safe and reduce rape.

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
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TEST SCORES & NO CHILD BILL


The teacher's union is going to be pretty upset to hear this. Scores Up Since 'No Child' Was Signed - washingtonpost.com. But how much of it can really be linked to the NCLB Act? I think it's a legit claim if you can show that the only thing that has changed in the area of testing children has been the enactment of NCLB standards. I'm sure the teacher's union will try to point to any and everything else. "We added an hour to school a day!" "We switched to uniforms!" "We changed the menu in the cafeteria!" "We got rid of pop machines!" Anything but NCLB. I wonder how much better the kids would have done if NCLB was actually funded the way Bush promised it would be.
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ALL BLACK MEN LOOK ALIKE, RIGHT?


I know how excited FOXNews was to announce LA Congressman William Jefferson's indictment. They had it flashing at the top of the screen for a long time. I was pretty excited the case has moved on as well. I didn't know, however, that they told the story on the news using a picture of MI Congressman John Conyers. It made for a great skit on The Daily Show and now Conyers is using it to take a stab at FOXNews. They deserve it. This is a stupid mistake. They are about 20 years apart in age and look nothing alike except for maybe the lack of a full head of hair. Shame on them. This isn't as bad as that one NY paper that used Serena Williams' picture for a story about Beyonce, but still... FOXNews has since apologized and blamed an employee who is probably totally fired. Conyers has not accepted the apology yet.

In other Dollar Bill news, Jeff Money resigned from one of his committees. I was in favor of him resigning when this all started, but I guess its only fair to wait for an indictment. TheHill.com - Jefferson resigns from Small Business Committee
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LONDON OLYMPICS & EPILEPSY


Remember the episode of "South Park" when everyone was pissed at Kyle's Jewish mom for ruining the Christmas celebration. It was a parody of how PC was making Christmas almost unrecognizable. The highlight of the episode was when they were told they couldn't use the flashing Christmas lights because it was offensive to people with epilepsy. I thought that was funny, but then again I'm very immature. Well, London is having its own case of PCitis since people are suggesting the 2012 Olympic Logo is going to cause epileptic fits. Then again, this is a city where schools are considering no longer teaching the Holocaust because its offensive to their Muslim students who don't believe in it.
BBC NEWS UK England London Epilepsy fears over 2012 footage
Some people are suggesting that it looks a little like a swastika, but I don't think they're serious.
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ANOTHER DEBATE I DIDN'T WATCH


I was in class until late last night, so that's my excuse on this. Besides, all the best parts will be on YouTube anyway. The only person I really like in this group is Gov Huckabee, who I hear didn't charm the crowd as much as he usually does. I still think he's a good guy. I'm not hating on Mitt Romney either, but I'm just suspicious of the flip-flopping. I will start watching/taping these debates when they get the field down to less than 5,000 candidates and add Fred Thompson.

Here's more than you could or should ever want to read about last night:
GOP debaters keep distance from Bush - CNN.com
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION UPDATE

6.05.2007


More crime involved in illegals being housed in overcrowded homes. 59 illegal immigrants found after shooting, assaults
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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
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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
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Yeah, right. Maybe those who haven't picked up a paper or listened to talk radio in two weeks. Backers of Immigration Bill More Optimistic - washingtonpost.com. If they've forgotten, they'll be reminded when election time comes around.
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Bush is suggesting that the only GOP members that are against his immigration bill are those that haven't read it. Seriously? Then why are they pointing out the specifics, line-by-line, of what they don't like in the bill? Bush Chides GOP Critics of Immigration Plan - washingtonpost.com
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From the debate a couple of nights ago, Ruben Navarrette says that the Dems just don't know what they're talking about on immigration. Commentary: Democrats lack clarity on immigration - CNN.com
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Tancredo is the only person madder than Lou Dobbs at this immigration plan and he is going to send dead horse heads to everyone who doesn't get with the program. Political Radar: Tancredo Declares War on Republicans Who Support Amnesty. Well, that's the word on the street.
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The GOP grassroots are gaining steam out of their anger over this bill. Republicans thought 2006 was bad? Between the War and this bill, they're all about to be out of a job. Opposition to illegals bill aiding grass-roots GOP - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper
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Oh, and this is going to cost a heck of a lot of money to implement which is okay since we're just rolling in dough as a country. Hell, why not raise the taxes of law abiding citizens even more? I mean, if there is anything that is worth it, it's to reward and support illegal immigrants. Fiscal lift, burden in immigrant legislation - The Boston Globe
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This is wrong, wrong, wrong. My Way News - City OKs ID Cards for Illegal Immigrants. City officials approved a plan Monday to offer illegal immigrants identification cards that would let them open bank accounts and use other services that may be unavailable without driver's licenses or state-issued IDs. - How can this be fair to the rest of us who are here legally? Hopefully when they get amnesty, the government can raid these accounts for that $5K that each of the 15,000 illegals in this city owe because you and I both know they aren't willingly going to pay it.
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New immigration law could change the makeup and economy of several cities and states around this country, but I'll bet cities like New York & Los Angeles will be affected the most. Overhaul of Immigration Law Could Reshape New York - New York Times
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More rallies with a lot less people than before. Thousands Rally for Changes to Immigration Bill - New York Times
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If the 100 amendments people are trying to attach to the Immigration bill don't kill it, the time it takes to get through all of them will. Senator Cornyn of TX wants to amend the list of who can and can't immigrate to the U.S. by affecting who can get amnesty. Immigration Sabotage - New York Times.
"Mr. Cornyn would do this by significantly expanding the universe of offenses that make someone ineligible for legalization. Some people who used fake identity papers — a huge portion of the undocumented population — would be disqualified. The amendment would also expand the definition of “aggravated felonies,” an already overbroad category of crimes, to include the act of entering or re-entering the country illegally."
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Someone's solution to the illegal immigrant problem is to let them enter the Army. Most of them aren't even willing to pay taxes. Do you really think they want to die for this country? Why Won't We Let Them Fill the Ranks? - washingtonpost.com
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AFRICA POST



By way of Spain, a bunch of North Africans were there trying to recruit terrorists/insurgents/militants to come back to Iraq to fight American soldiers. Spain Arrests 16 North Africans Accused of Recruiting Militants - New York Times
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Remember Baghdad Bob? The crazy Iraqi Information Minister who would say that there were no U.S. forces in Iraq when the tanks could be seen blowing stuff up just behind him? Well, Dana Milbank says that Darfur has its Baghdad Bob who he names Khartoum Karl; a man who is trying to tell us we aren't seeing what we see and aren't hearing what we hear about Darfur. Dana Milbank - Denying Genocide in Darfur -- and Americans Their Coca-Cola - washingtonpost.com.

"Karl -- a.k.a. John Ukec Lueth Ukec, the Sudanese ambassador to Washington -- held a news conference at the National Press Club yesterday to respond to President Bush's new sanctions against his regime. In his hour-long presentation, he described a situation in his land that bore no relation to reality."

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The news is looking up for Darfur after Bush's latest push for sanctions against Darfur, but not all is good within advocacy groups. Darfur Advocacy Group Undergoes a Shake-Up - New York Times. "At the heart of the shake-up are questions of whether the former executive director of the organization, the Save Darfur Coalition, wisely used a sudden influx of money from a few anonymous donors in an advertising blitz to push for action."
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Another African President who comes to power promising to stop bloodshed and bring peace and prosperity. Nigerian Takes Helm With Call for Unity - washingtonpost.com. I fall for it every time because I have to believe that not every person in Africa is corrupt. If he means it, I feel like its just a matter of time before he is completely corrupted and becomes worse than whoever it was he replaced. And so on, and so on...
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Some people have issues with international/trans racial adoption, but when I look at this picture, all I see are two sisters. Even before Angelina went and got little Z and proceeded to spoil her rotten, Americans have been attracted to Ethiopia as an adoption choice. up from 82 in 1997, Americans adopted 732 Ethiopian children in 2006. Part of this is because the 5 countries ahead of Ethiopia in international adoptions are tightening their restrictions on who can adopt and Ethiopia doesn't feel it is prepared for this influx of agencies wanted to work with their orphans. Surge in Adoptions Raises Concern in Ethiopia - New York Times. There's a little cute multi-media piece attached to this story which focuses on a family in Minnesota.
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CHINA POST



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
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More on the revolt against the "one child" rule in China, which continues to force women to abort babies, which in turn, results in growing numbers of female suicide. Chinese villagers denounce brutal 'one-child' blitz. How do you balance what an economy and society can handle and a God-given right to procreate?

"Many women have been forced to have abortions. Authorities are going into their homes and destroying their homes to implement the policy. Authorities had even forced women pregnant with their first child to undergo abortions merely because they had not completed paperwork required before getting pregnant."
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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."
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When I first saw this title, Gates Offers to Work With China’s Military - New York Times, I thought they were talking about Bill Gates and I was going to get upset. But its DEFSEC Robert Gates who wants to work with China's military. Still, that doesn't sound good to me. "During a speech delivered from the same podium where Donald H. Rumsfeld said in 2005 that China’s growing arsenal of ships, missiles and submarines threatened Asia’s security balance, Mr. Gates steered away from a direct challenge to China about its military modernization and said he was hopeful about future dealings between the countries."

I hope he's right, because it is in our best interest. I think at least the benefit for us would be that we might get some insight into what they're up to. Stuff like this: PC World - China Crafts Cyberweapons. The Defense Department reports China is building cyberwarfare units and developing viruses.
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MIDDLE EAST POST


Despite the ongoing civil war and devastation in Algeria, or maybe because of it, women are making strides in economics and politics at a rate that you just don't see in most Arab countries. THE STRUGGLE FOR IRAQ; A Quiet Revolution in Algeria: Gains by Women - New York Times. They still aren't in the highest positions of power, so there is work to be done, but good for them. A country is like a home. When the woman is happy, the home is happy. When she's not....

"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.
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Can you blame them? Cheated of Future, Iraqi Graduates Want to Flee - New York Times. Their country is in a complete shambles. If they stay there, and stay alive, all they have to look forward to is cleaning up this mess which will take decades. Or, they could go somewhere else and reap the benefits of a strong education in a place that isn't like a hell on earth.



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UNNACCEPTABLE....AGAIN


Another Bush appeals court nominee that a NYTimes Editorial says has a disturbing history with blacks and other minorities. An Unacceptable Nominee - New York Times.

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."


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DOLLAR BILL JEFFERSON UPDATE


So they aren't giving up on him. I thought it was going to disappear because its been a while since anything was done. FOXNews had this in its flashing color, top of the screen BREAKING NEWS when it came out. Of course Jeff Money is still innocent until proven guilty, but deserves to be convicted of being ghetto for putting the money in his freezer no matter where it came from.
TheHill.com - Rep. Jefferson indicted on 16 counts
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AMERICA NEEDS MORE ATTACKS?


Picked this up from Digg.com. The chair of the GOP in Arkansas, Dennis Milligan, said that America needs to be attacked by terrorists so we can appreciate all the work that Bush has done for the country. First of all, someone slap him for saying this. He is aware that he's saying he wants Americans to suffer & die for the sake of Bush's poll numbers, right? Second, if we were attacked again it would only look bad for George because it would point out his inability to protect us.
Arkansas GOP head: We need more 'attacks on American soil' so people appreciate Bush
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A REAL BLACK PRINCESS

6.04.2007


With the good news that Disney is coming out with its first black princess movie, a lot discussion about black females in the world of animation has been going on. In my mind, Storm of X-Men comes to mind first. Then there was that one girl in Josie & The Pussycats. Who else? I'm not very up on the cartoon world.

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.
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PLANET EARTH - THE BEST DOCUMENTARY EVER


If you haven't seen Discovery's PLANET EARTH series, you're really missing something. Discovery Channel :: Planet Earth :: Portrait of the Planet. It is absolutely beautiful, awesome, heartbreaking and inspiring. They say it took 130 cameramen and techs five years to make this documentary and it cost $8 million, but it was worth all the money and time. I'm not surprised to hear how popular it is and how much money it is making. This is the kind of stuff IMAX theatres were made for. I know I'll sound like a loser by saying this, but it's almost a spiritual experience. Even if you watch Discovery often, you'll see so many things you've never seen before or even knew existed. The angles will make you ask, "how in the heck did they get a camera there?" Real camerawork, like real photography is an art and they just did it up in this series. Screen giants of Earth, the year's biggest film Uk News News Telegraph.
The doc breaking records all over the world and of course, Oprah saying "you have to see this" hasn't hurt it either. But really, you don't need Oprah's seal of approval to love this. It may seem impossible to be amazed at the sight of a mushroom growing in the jungle, but it isn't. It truly is one of the most special programs ever on TV. This is the kind of series that will make you go out and buy a HD TV if you don't have one already.

I also highly recommend "The Deadliest Catch" and "Man v. Wild" series.
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ANOTHER DEATH RECORD IN IRAQ?


Didn't I say this in May? More U.S. soldiers died in May than any month in 2.5 years. I said that a surge, without a plan, would only result in more U.S. deaths. I also said that June would likely be higher than may and so on. So far, it is June 4th and we've had at least 16 U.S. deaths. Four days. It's not them. They have to follow orders. Their orders are not good. They deserve better leadership.

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
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PUTIN TARGETS EUROPE


In addition to saying he is the world's only true Democrat, Putin says Russia may aim it's nuclear weapons at Europe. Why? Just why? What is it with some leaders that feel the world isn't right unless they are on the brink of war? What has anyone in Europe done to Russia except disagree? What have we done to Russia, except disagree?
"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?
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$1 MILLION FOR HILL GOSSIP


Larry Flynt (ewww) is doing the same thing he did during the Monica Lewinsky nonsense. He wants dirt of a sexual nature on anyone in Congress, the White House or any other high government-related position. Honestly, if he just cleaned out his ears and spent two hours in any bar around The Capitol, he'd hear a ton of smut for free. Maybe he should just hook up with the D.C. Madam. She needs the money for her defense. Hustler offers $1 million for sex smut on Congress Politics Reuters

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."

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DEBATE RECAP


Didn't watch it again. When they get it down to less than 100 candidates, I'll start watching. From listening/watching morning news, I hear that Obama either underwhelmed or triumphed, Richardson completely flopped, Edwards went on the attack(good for him) and Hillary still came out on top without impressing anyone. I think Edwards really understands that NH, IA and SC have to be his. I agree with the critics who say that this is all happening too fast. At this point, by June of 2008, Democrats are going to be sick of all these guys and want something new.

Here's more than you could or should ever want to read about it:
Contenders clash on Iraq, immigration, health care - CNN.com


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PUNISHING CHILD TERRORISTS


We all knew that young boys made up the majority of the killers and rapists in the African conflicts around the continent, but watching Blood Diamond made it a more intimate issue for me at least. They steal these innocent boys from their families and turn them into drug addicted, furioius, brainwashed killing machines. So, should they be punished if caught?
That's a debate that is being waged in Guantanamo now over a Omar Ahmed Khadr, who was 15 when he threw a grenade that killed a U.S. soldier and wounded others. A Legal Debate in Guantánamo on Boy Fighters - New York Times. These boys are brainwashed from the beginning under the guise of religion that they must do this to be faithful to their God. So what do you think should happen to Omar?
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ENTERTAINMENT POST

6.01.2007


Taking advantage of Oceans 13 coming out soon, the cast members decided to hold a fundraiser for Darfur in Cannes. They raised $9.2 million. Seriously? Good cause and I so have the hots for Matt Damon. Don Cheadle is a good actor too, but you couldn't tell from his Oceans role. I will break law school curfew to go so this movie. A Socialite's Life: Oceans Thirteen Cast Are Some Pretty Good Fundraisers
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So Comedy Central is really going through with "David Alan Grier's Chocolate News?" David Alan Grier is hilarious. The man who created the term breastssess was one of the best parts of In Living Color, but he's not funny if he's not in some silly character. So unless he's dong this ala The Colbert Report, I give the show three weeks tops. Here's why I don't think it will work. There isn't enough news on black folks to make fun of 4 nights a week for 48 weeks a year, so it has to be a weekly. Even then, black people can only laugh at ourselves when we're the audience. He's going to start telling on us for an audience full of non-blacks and somebody is going to get all upset.
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Do you ever watch Footballers Wives on BBCAmerica? I got caught up in a marathon one Saturday and I couldn't find my remote, so I had to watch it for about 5 hours. It's funny and very naughty. When I heard that ABC was trying to make an American version with "football" players instead of "soccer" players, I was like.....hmmm. Americans don't have the same sense of humor that the English. All the drug taking, wife beating, cheating, bisexual and miscegenation would not go over well on a National Network. ESPN tried it and word is the NFL pressured them to stop or lose all NFL games. Maybe they did the same with ABC. They already have an image that is on the same level with the NBC almost, so they don't need the extra pub. American Version of Footballers Wives Was Stretching ABC’s Budget / Stereohyped. I've missed you, Becks. Whenever you're done with that pig-nosed wife, call me.
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Except for the fact that Turtle is dating a black girl (who is far too hot for him), there are no blacks on Entourage and what's up with that? Considering it is loosely based on Mark Wahlberg's life, I would assume there would be some brothers. Didn't he think he was black for like 4 years? Where's the rest of the Funky Bunch? I've been pressured into watching Entourage and I finished Season 1. Season 2 is in Netflix, but it's pretty far down. It does nothing for me. A Socialite's Life: Does Entourage Need Expanding?
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WHAT? WHAT DID I SAY?


Cop a look at Bill O'Reilly telling John McCain that immigration will break down the white male dominated culture of America and he's just not having that. Don't they know, that white men are supposed to be in charge? O'Reilly says they "have to cap it" so they can stay in power.

"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

Most of the sites offer a clip of McCain saying, "I totally agree with you, dude," in gestures and words. The Democratic Party: O'Reilly Defends "White, Christian, Male Power Structure," McCain Smiles in Nods
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BET'S NEW (LESS BOOTY & RERUNS) LINEUP MOVES FORWARD


The latest on BET's new 16 show lineup. No more reruns and less booty videos is the promise. At BET, Fighting the Rerun - New York Times. It's news to me that the BET Music Awards has become the highest rated award show on cable. Seriously? Even bigger than MTV Music Awards, ESPN’s ESPY Awards and the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Go on then, Debra Lee. There's also the obligatory picture of Beyonce.
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MICHELLE OBAMA POST


Michelle is getting her own post now, so I guess she gets her own picture sans Barry.

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

It's all about the man now. ABC News: Obama's Wife: 'It's His Time'. My last manager and her husband are both very high-level execs. They moved from Pennsylvania to D.C. about 5 years ago for her. She got this great job at Capital One, so they packed up and moved. Just recently, he got this great job in San Francisco with Wells Fargo or whatever they're called now and they are going to pack up and move. Dual sacrifice. It can always be worked out. I would do the same thing. Unless it's somewhere cold, in which case, I will file the divorce papers and wish him the best. Obama: I'll bake if that will butter up voters - Concord Monitor

I'm totally cool with the executive, wife, mother & social maven role turned campaigner, Michelle Obama Adds New Role to Balancing Act - New York Times, but I do think she needs to soften her makeup and use more earth tones. This from someone who wears lipstick only and maybe mascara if I'm feeling a little nutty. I'm really into a natural look and I just think it's more feminine, softer. I know she's not 29 anymore, so she might have some stuff to cover up, but I'm not crazy about all the color. And her husband needs to gain about 10 lbs.

I love that they use Razz. That is such a Midwest term. Almost as good as "pop".
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CLINTON POST


The latest blah, blah on Clinton. Yeah, she's boring to me too.

Union Leader: Clinton Calls For An End To Favors For Big Business . After they all donate to her campaign of course.

One piece of advice. No woman candidate should use the word "fairness" when discussing her strategies or goals. That's the word that sexists are waiting to pounce on to prove that the candidate will try to feminize the White House and America. Get a Thesaurus if you have to, but find another way to phrase it. Of course, this doesn't apply to men. TheHill.com - Clinton focuses economic plan on middle class

To me, it makes you sound like the Mommy that wants to make sure everyone gets their say at the table, including the idiot kid who just learned to talk two days ago and can't contribute anything worthwhile to the conversation. We Are All in It Together, Clinton Says: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance
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ROMNEY POST


Yeah, the NYPost is basically the best newspaper in the entire world. ANTI-MORMON MORON'S BIG FIT AT MITT HURT - NYPost. Only a genius could come up with this headline. Seriously, I'm sending my resume in today. I don't even know what the article is about, but odds are its about his religion. It sounds like complete foolishness, but they get props for the title.
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Nice try, buddy. After you sit in that office for a few days, you'll be saying that they can't pay you enough for all this stress. Romney says he'd forgo president's salary - The Boston Globe. If you don't want it, then send it to me because law school cost $25K a year and mama needs a new car.
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McCAIN POST


Howard Fineman explains that McCain's reputation for going off on people is a byproduct of bad luck. Or maybe he's just a hothead. Fineman: McCain and the Upside of Anger - Newsweek - MSNBC.com
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McCain is serious about opposing this immigration bill. I'm not surprised. While many states have cities or areas that could be affected, the whole state of Arizona could be affected by any decision made in securing the borders and dealing with illegals already here.
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He's getting some big Bush supporters. I guess they found out that he doesn't have a black baby, so they'll give him a chance. Seriously, I'm still bitter about that and I don't even like McCain. Part of me is madder at him for not calling Rove out on it, but it's his choice.
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POSSIBLE NEW WORLD BANK CHIEF


This is him? Well, you better hold on to your receipts because this guy looks like the kind that goes over EVERYTHING with a fine tooth comb and doesn't have those little things like a girlfriend to distract him from checking up on your expenses 24/7. Look at him. I'm overcome with the urge to ask him a square root question.

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REPUBLICAN IMPLOSION


Jeffrey Goldberg writes about those ever increasingly unfaithful Republicans. Many are deserting Bush and this war and a growing number are second guessing the Immigration bill. Letter from Washington: Party Unfaithful: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker. Who is to blame for this? How about the gazillion of scandals in the past 3 years? Maybe that could help, but I think the biggest problem was that the scandals hit leaders like DeLay & Rove. Mark Foley doesn't help, but he is insignificant in the hierarchy of conservatism. Plus, more and more soldiers dying so Iraqis can have cell phones and schools might have something to do with it.
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MORE AMNESTY BILL FALLOUT


Republicans put votes before what was right and they seem surprised that their base is not cool with that. Go figure. The RNC is being hit with a 40% fall off in small donor contributions and has been forced to lay off all 65 of its telephone solicitors. They all site backlash for Bush's bad immigration policy.
RNC faces donor falloff, fires solicitors - Nation/Politics - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper


Bush is also becoming more vocal in his disappointment with the Republicans who aren't siding with him on this bill. He wants them to know that they are dead to him. Oh well. It's not like his endorsement is worth much anyway. This might actually help them in the long run. For Bush, fight over immigration bill is personal Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
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OPINIONS ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION


The New York Times is full of well-written opinions on illegal immigration, amnesty, terrorism and border security of which almost all of them I disagree with.

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.


Richard Clarke, who has done a good job of turning his 15 minutes into fame as a writer and author, reminds us all that although immigration is about the economy, law and resources, the real security concerns are the OTM's (Other Than Mexicans). A Back Door for Terrorists - New York Times

Dani Rodrik says that in a world where you can buy and sell anywhere you want, it's unfair not to be able to work wherever you want. The amnesty bill is a step towards rectifying this problem; which Rodrik believes will improve the world's working poor. Be Our Guests - New York Times. Why are we responsible for the world's working poor?

Jorge Castaneda says that since no country has more at stake than Mexico when it comes to American immigration reform, their cooperation is necessary. What Mexico Wants - New York Times. I disagree. We don't need other countries input to decide on what laws are best for our country. Of course we can use their cooperation by securing their side of the border, but they aren't going to do that. They want as many Mexicans as possible to get over here because they send their money back to Mexico.

Someone on the front lines. Janet Napolitano wants to make sure we Don’t Forget the Border - New York Times. As a border state Governor, she is on the front lines and sees how focus on dealing with the illegals we have here is taking over the debate. Meanwhile, Bush is already reducing by nearly half the number of National Guard members assigned to support the Border Patrol in the Southwest. Like I said. We need to figure out the border issue and then deal with the illegals already here.
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THE WORST JOB IN THE WORLD


I guess it has become "Aide to (INSERT PERSON REALLY RESPONSIBLE HERE)." They better be paying these guys/gals some serious money, because in this administration the buc clearly stops just before The Man, as in Gonzales, Cheney or Rove to only name a few. They probably have a template for the "you're taking one for the team" conversation. Even on 24, Karen was going to let her husband, Bill, take all the blame for what they did together to let whatever the terrorist guy's name was get away because she was works directly under the president and he was only Head of CTU. It's a cruel game.
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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