Honestly, if I was in my 70s, I wouldn't want to go with accusing my opponent, who is in his low 40s, of being a relic of the past. ABC News: Mac Attack: Obama Represents the Past

In his back-and-forth with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., over Iraq, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Thursday morning sought to portray the Democratic front-runner as representing the Iraq politics of the past by focusing on the decision to invade in 2003 rather than what to do now.

"That's history, that's the past," McCain told attendees at a town hall meeting at Rice University. "That's talking about what happened before. What we should be talking about is what we're going to do now. And what we're going to do now is continue this strategy which is succeeding in Iraq and we are carrying out the goals of the surge, the Iraqi military are taking over more and more of the responsibilities."
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Sean Wilentz thinks its about time the media start realizing that Barry is an empty suit, probably not even American and is totally to blame for that Somali dress picture. Okay, I exaggerated a little on the citizenship issue, but not really because he's accusing Obama of playing the race card and blaming Hillary. "Playing the Race Card" - That's a phrase not used nearly enough, right? The New Republic: Race Man

"After several weeks of swooning, news reports are finally being filed about the gap between Senator Barack Obama's promises of a pure, soul-cleansing "new" politics and the calculated, deeply dishonest conduct of his actually-existing campaign. But it remains to be seen whether the latest ploy by the Obama camp--over allegations about the circulation of a photograph of Obama in ceremonial Somali dress--will be exposed by the press as the manipulative illusion that it is."
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Whenever the courts say that something can count but only some of the time, lawyers get so excited. The challenge is in getting your "time" included in that some. Such as the case with a recent discrimination lawsuit. A Case-by-Case Ruling on Discrimination - New York Times

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a closely watched job discrimination case that allegations that a plaintiff’s co-workers had also suffered discrimination, offered as evidence of a biased corporate culture, may be admissible in court — some of the time. At the same time, the justices said that such evidence should be kept out of court — some of the time.

The unanimous decision, in an age-discrimination case against Sprint/Nextel, did not answer the bottom-line question in the case: whether five co-workers of the plaintiff, Ellen Mendelsohn, should have been allowed to testify. All had lost their jobs in the same reduction in force and claimed, as she did, to be victims of age discrimination.

But the way the court analyzed the case, in a somewhat cryptic nine-page opinion by Justice
Clarence Thomas, may prove more significant in the long run than the absence of a specific answer.
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Plastic money is dangerous. I understand the lure of credit cards. I was one of those college students who got a few and thought it was free money. My daddy had to bail me out when I graduated, but never again. Credit cards are a trap and what we're seeing happening, people using them as cash because they're strapped, is only going to make the economic situation worse. Buying things you can't afford is one of the main reasons we got into this mess. More Americans using credit cards to stay afloat - "Across the nation, credit counselors are reporting the same trend. Credit bureau analyses of consumer payment data show that financially squeezed borrowers have begun paying their credit card and car bills before their mortgages. That's a striking reversal from the norm, one that reflects rising desperation. It suggests that some people essentially have given up trying to stay current with their mortgages and instead are focused on using credit cards to squeak by. If the trend persists, many economists say, it could accelerate mortgage losses and further drag down the economy."
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Now that Asian economies are growing, women have more choices and many of them are choosing to live in the city and have careers instead of staying home and taking care of a husband. They'd rather wait to get married or even....gasp....not get married at all. This has required men in rural areas looking for a farm wife to seek out women in poorer countries where being a farmer's wife would likely be a step up or at least satisfying enough. Asian men seek brides from poorer nations - "Instead, the men increasingly seek women from countries such as China, Vietnam and the Philippines, where income levels are much lower. The practice has led to some complaints of abuse and exploitation, particularly when the unions are arranged by third-party brokers, although some couples say their marriages are as happy as any other."
The 2008 Olympics will symbolize progress in China if things continue after they are over. For now and during the Olympics, the government will behave. Of course they will. And no one is denying the economic progress and small amounts of free choices given to the middle class, but the country is a far, far way from where it should be. Across a Nation, Olympic Fervor - "Up and down China's political, social and economic hierarchy, from new millionaires to dirt farmers, party cadres to protesters, the country has embraced its role as Olympics host with an ardor and unanimity rarely matched in previous Games. The enthusiasm does not stem from the love of sports, though. Rather, the Olympics are being interpreted here as a testament to how far the country has come over three decades of economic reforms and modernization."

Interesting changes in China's family planning policies. China may scrap one-child policy, official says World Reuters "China, worried about an ageing population, is studying scrapping its controversial one-child policy but will not do away with family-planning policies altogether, a senior official said on Thursday. With the world's biggest population straining scarce land, water and energy resources, China has enforced rules to restrict family size since the 1970s. Rules vary but usually limit families to one child, or two in the countryside. 'We want incrementally to have this change,' Vice Minister of the National Population and Family Planning Commission Zhao Baige told reporters in Beijing."
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Many Fairfax parents are very upset at the zoning changes because, like the mother in this WAPO story, the school played a major role in where they would decide to buy a home. Now she might have to move or put her kids in private school. Vote on School Zones in Fairfax Pits Neighbor Against Neighbor - "The proposal, which could reshuffle high schools for thousands of students in coming years, has thrown the Fox Mill area and other western Fairfax enclaves into turmoil as parents weigh the county's need for demographically and academically balanced schools against personal ambitions and expectations for their children. It is a drama that has played out over the years in growing communities across Virginia and Maryland but rarely on the scale faced in Fairfax."

On a local level, some communities are trying to halt the foreclosure epidemic and some people aren't happy about the bailout. Foreclosure Aid Rising Locally, as Is Dissent - New York Times

Some of these municipal and state efforts have met resistance from people who consider the assistance undeserved and adamantly oppose anything that resembles a taxpayer bailout. Seattle, which has nowhere near the kind of foreclosure problem other cities have, began a modest program last month offering loans of up to $5,000 to help a few dozen homeowners avoid losing their homes. Not only are people in Seattle relatively prosperous, but they have a reputation for being nice, too. Yet no sooner had Mayor Greg Nickels announced the program than opposition surfaced.

The trial of those NY cops who shot Sean Bell 50 times...which I still can't believe...has begun and it started ugly as you would expect. Trial of Police Begins in 50-Shot Case - New York Times

Prosecutors went first, describing the detectives as a careless and incompetent group run amok the morning of Nov. 25, 2006, unorganized and desperate for an arrest as their nightclub detail was coming to a close. “The story of how this tragedy occurred is a tale of carelessness,” said Charles A. Testagrossa, an assistant district attorney, adding that the shooting “can only be characterized as criminal.”

Defense lawyers argued that Mr. Bell’s actions that morning led the detectives to believe themselves at deadly risk and provoked a shooting both justified and reasonable. One lawyer went a step further, implying that Mr. Bell’s actions were motivated by racial stereotype, and he described his client, Detective Gescard F. Isnora, as a hard-working black man whose actions were misread that morning because of assumptions.

Sterilizing your pet may be hard. You think you're doing something wrong or maybe you want to see her have some little puppies or kitties, but thousands of animals are put to sleep in cities all over America because there are too many. This is a better solution. My Way News - Pet Sterilization Becomes Law in LA "Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday signed one of the nation's toughest laws on pet sterilization, requiring most dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered by the time they are 4 months old.
The ordinance is aimed at reducing and eventually eliminating the thousands of euthanizations conducted in Los Angeles' animal shelters every year. 'We will, sooner rather than later, become a no-kill city and this is the greatest step in that direction,' Councilman Tony Cardenas said as he held a kitten at a City Hall news conference."
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Seriously, I don't even know what to say. Just read it.
An Irishman blinded by an explosion two years ago has had his sight restored after doctors inserted his son's tooth in his eye, he said on Wednesday.

Blind Irishman sees with the aid of son's tooth in his eye - Yahoo! News
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Trevor Phillips is supposed to be one of the UK's most influential black figures and he has a problem with Barry winning. He thinks that voting for him will make whites feel absolved of any remnants of racism and I guess Phillips wants them to stay feeling guilty. He also says that Obama is cynically exploiting America's racial divide and by doing so would make racism worse in America instead of better. Hateration on blast! Obama victory will prolong US racial divide, says British equality chief - Times Online "'If Obama can succeed, then maybe they can imagine that [Martin Luther] King's post-racial nirvana has arrived. A vote for Obama is a pain-free negation of their own racism. So long as they don't have to live next door to him; Obama has yet to win convincingly in white districts adjacent to black communities,' he wrote."
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More problems with the Virtual Fence. I know this wasn't going to be what it promised. Disappointing. 'Virtual Fence' Along Border To Be Delayed "The Bush administration has scaled back plans to quickly build a 'virtual fence' along the U.S.-Mexico border, delaying completion of the first phase of the project by at least three years and shifting away from a network of tower-mounted sensors and surveillance gear, federal officials said yesterday. Technical problems discovered in a 28-mile pilot project south of Tucson prompted the change in plans"
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As people already seem to think Obama will be the next U.S. president, talk of a national slavery apology are getting stronger than ever. Five new states apologized for slavery in 2007. IA Democrat Senator Harkin and Kansas Republican Senator Brownback are heading efforts in their states and hoping for national action. Lawmakers to push for U.S. apology for slavery -
"Harkin says he and Sen. Sam Brownback R-Kan., will propose as early as March an apology not only for slavery but for subsequent "Jim Crow" laws that furthered racial segregation. So far, they have 14 Senate backers, including Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. A similar House measure introduced last year has 120 co-sponsors. "I think 2008 will be the year," says Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. He says an apology could begin a dialogue about race that Obama could continue as the nation's first black president."
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It seems like it was just a few months ago that the last "State of Black America" report came out and this one is saying the same thing. Things are better, but still not where they should be. Goals for black America not met - "The USA has made great strides in the past four decades toward expanding a black middle class and producing black political leaders, including the first viable candidate for president. Yet blacks still lag behind whites significantly in income, education and other measures of well-being, a study out today concludes. Forty years after the Kerner Commission warned of a country heading toward 'two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal,' the Eisenhower Foundation, a private urban-policy institute, finds the country has failed to meet the goals laid out by the presidential commission."
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February 25 - Hiram Revels elected 1st black in U.S. Senate in 1870.

February 26 - Fats Domino was born in 1928 & Carter G. Woodsoon announced Nego History Week in 1926.

February 27 - Debi Thomas became the 1st black to win a medal at Winter Olympics in 1988.

February 28 - In 1708 there was a slave revolt on Long Island where at least 7 white people were killed & in 1842 Charles Lenox Remond testified before Massachusetts.

February 29 - Pan-African Congress organized by W.E.B. Dubois in 1919 & Tuskegee Airmen Initiated in 1942.
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Are there already suggestions that McCain will pick someone other than Mike Huckabee as a running mate? The Hill Blog» McCain-Crist? Come on. Huckabee has earned that spot in my opinion. Besides, McCain needs someone who will appeal to conservatives. They might be considering Florida's Governor Crist because he has such a high approval rate among African Americans, but honestly, that would be a waste of a pick if they think that will mean anything.
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Good news. U.S. Steps Up Deportation Of Immigrant Criminals - "Immigration officials are increasingly scouring jails and courts nationwide and reviewing years-old criminal records to identify deportable immigrants, efforts that have contributed to a steep rise in deportations and strained the immigration court system.

Long accused of failing to do enough to deport illegal immigrants convicted of crimes, federal authorities have recently strengthened partnerships with local corrections systems and taken other steps to monitor immigrants facing charges, officials said.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that in the 12-month period that ended Sept. 30, it placed 164,000 criminals in deportation proceedings, a sharp increase from the 64,000 the agency said it identified and placed in proceedings the year before. The agency estimates that the number will rise to 200,000 this year."
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Honestly, is that effective on anyone? I mean anyone who might have voted for Obama? Let's all agree no. As a matter of fact, talk show host, Bill Cunningham, actually did a good thing for Barry by continuing to use his middle name. It's too obvious. Even FOXNews hosts were calling it lame this morning. Radio show hosts need to remember that foolishness doesn't go over very well on the tube.

"A conservative radio talk show host who helped introduce Senator John McCain before a rally here Tuesday used Senator Barack Obama’s middle name, Hussein, three times, while disparaging him, prompting Mr. McCain to apologize and repudiate the comments afterward.Bill Cunningham, who hosts “The Big Show” with Bill Cunningham, a local program here that is also syndicated nationally, was part of a line of people lauding Mr. McCain and revving up the crowd before his appearance here before several hundred people at a theater here."

McCain didn't need to apologize for this joker, but he did and now Cunningham says he's was thrown under the bus and he's voting for Hillary Clinton.
McCain Repudiates Hussein Obama Remarks - New York Times Blog
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There are several articles out about the worry over Obama's safety, but based on the tone of Hillary's voice when she made her "shame on you" statement, the secret service need to watch out more for her than anyone else. Many Blacks Worry About Obama's Safety
For many black Americans, it's a conversation they find hard to avoid, revisiting old fears in the light of bright new hopes. They watch with wonder as Barack Obama moves ever closer to becoming America's first black president. And they ask themselves, their family, their friends: Is he at risk? Will he be safe? There is, of course, no sure answer. But interviews with blacks across the country, prominent and otherwise, suggest that lingering worries are outweighed by enthusiasm and determination.
Report: Security relaxed at Obama speech
The Secret Service told Dallas police to stop screening for weapons while people were still arriving at a campaign rally for Barack Obama, a report said.Police stopped checking people for weapons at the front gates of Reunion Arena more than an hour before the Democratic presidential hopeful appeared on stage Wednesday, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram reported.Police said the order to stop using metal detectors and checking purses and laptop bags constituted a security lapse, the newspaper reported.
------------------- Secret Service says Obama rally was secure
The U.S. Secret Service Friday denied reports that security measures at a recent Barack Obama rally in Texas were relaxed or deviated from established plans.Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren said there was no order from the Secret Service to stop screening people going to the Obama rally Wednesday at Dallas's Reunion Arena. He said that the event's security plans didn't involve having each participant pass through a magnetometer, as may be the case at other events.The Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram reported that some police at the event expressed concern about people not passing through metal detectors.
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I believed Condi when she said she would never run for President. But her denial that she's interested in VP doesn't seem as strong. Rice says has no plan to run for vice president Politics Reuters.

"Having long played down the idea that she might someday run for president, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday said she had no plans to serve as a vice president either. There has been speculation that Republican presidential front-runner Sen. John McCain of Arizona might tap Rice as his running mate. "I have always said that the one thing that I have not seen myself doing is running for elected office," Rice said at a news conference. "I didn't even run for high school president. It's sort of not in my genes."
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When I saw that Michelle Obama's thesis was listed on Drudge Report, I groaned. The "very proud" issue didn't take off because of a sensible clarification on her part and the NYTimes sketchy McCain break. So the right is hoping that they can pull her thesis out and say what? She talks about race, the racial divide and feeling alienated at Princeton and being seen as black before being seen as Michelle by her white classmates and teachers. Michelle Obama thesis was on racial divide - Jeffrey Ressner -

The thesis, titled "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community" and written under her maiden name, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, in 1985, has been the subject of much conjecture on the blogosphere and elsewhere in recent weeks, as it has been "temporarily withdrawn" from Princeton's library until after this year's presidential election in November. Some of the material has been written about previously, however, including a story last year in the Newark Star Ledger. Obama writes that the path she chose by attending Princeton would likely lead to her "further integration and/or assimilation into a white cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant."

So what is the strategy? And don't say there isn't one. We're all adults here. I guess it should be a compliment to the whole Obama clan that this is the best they can do now.
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An incredibly odd story that hurt me and made me think of the strong link between forced abortions and suicide among women in China. This woman wasn't forced, but clearly didn't want this to happen. Now three lives are done. Artist hanged herself after aborting her twins - Telegraph

An artist killed herself after aborting her twins when she was eight weeks pregnant, leaving a note saying: "I should never have had an abortion. I see now I would have been a good mum."

Emma Beck was found hanging at her home in Helston, Cornwall, on Feb 1 2007. She was declared dead early the following day - her 31st birthday. Her suicide note read: "I told everyone I didn't want to do it, even at the hospital. I was frightened, now it is too late. I died when my babies died. I want to be with my babies: they need me, no-one else does."
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As we you look forward to the Oscars, here's a breakdown of how many black people have taken the golden statue home. As you might guess, it is quick reading. It's actually not that bad. Black Oscar winners and nominees Academy Awards - Entertainment Weekly
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The only thing I miss about L.A. is Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles. If you haven't been, check it out because it is some good stuff.

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Being in Orlando can be difficult for someone who doesn't like being around kids. It's like they're giving them away for free down here.

I do find some joy in my frequent trips to Gizmodo, my favorite gadget site.

Yes, a $7.50 increase for a social security card is a bit steep, but combating I.D. Theft isn't cheap. Identify Theft: Biometric Social Security Cards Proposed to Combat ID Theft
Two Illinois congressmen are introducing legislation with the goal of upgrading that flimsy paper piece of crap we call a social security card to include a photo, fingerprint and computer ID chip. Recent data shows that nearly $45 billion is lost each year due to identity theft, which makes it increasingly necessary to safeguard our important documents from fraud. The only drawback is that the new cards will cost around $8 to make as opposed to the current 50 cent price tag. Damn...we've been paying 50 cents for those things?

I was watching an episode of Boston Legal and learned how it takes so much more waste to create a hybrid than it does to create a regular car. Well, this follows along that same theme. World's Largest Solar Farm Opens: A Billion Trees Probably Died to Build It
A solar farm has opened in Spain that consists of 120,000 solar panels over 100 hectares (247 acres). It also has a peak capacity of 20 megawatts and it can power up to 20,000 homes—making it the world's largest solar farm to date. The farm is expected to generate an estimated annual income of $28 million and reduce CO2 emissions by about 42,000 tons a year

Waterworld: Aquadom Is Largest Cylindrical Aquarium on the Planet

You know how your daddy told you money doesn't grow on trees? Well, it does in Dubai. They are building the most expensive, ridiculously luxurious stuff there. This is the coolest thing ever! I've always been a HUUUUGE aquarium fan. I love water. Under water, over water, by the water, whatever. I will definately make a trip there to see this.
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You can't make some black folks happy. Although I wouldn't consider it cool for him to avoid black events because we are a big part of why he is the front runner, it is not to his benefit to be painted as the "black candidate" or the candidate for black people. We know he's not and it would have been cool for him to go, but his opposition within the party and outside of it are salivating to marginalize him to race. And so what if Hillary is going? They still won't vote for her. Obama takes heat for skipping State of the Black Union - "Sen. Hillary Clinton is the only major presidential candidate to accept invitation Sen. Barack Obama told organizers he needed to focus on his campaign Talk show host Tavis Smiley: It's a missed opportunity on Obama's part Smiley tells Washington Post he's gotten angry e-mails, threats for criticizing Obama"
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I have no love for the old man, but dang John. CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - McCain hoping Castro dies "Likely Republican presidential nominee John McCain says he doesn't look for any major political reforms in Cuba until after Fidel Castro dies, adding he hopes that's not far off. As McCain put it during a campaign stop in Indiana Friday, 'I hope he has the opportunity to meet Karl Marx very soon.'"
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It's always the middle class getting screwed. We do all the work, but get none of the credit or benefits!

Stanford is joining the trend of Ivy League and other top colleges and extended financial aids to middle class kids. This is a great thing and I'm glad they're all doing it. Most kids, including most black kids are from middle class families and there is no way they can afford the $50K a year it takes for tuition, room & board, etc. at many of these schools for 4 years. The kid ends up taking out student loans and being saddled with enormous debt that limits their post-education options. At these schools you only get a good deal if you're from a poor family or a rich family. These schools have always given free or close to free rides to the poor and the rich...well, obviously they can afford it. Harvard & Yale previously gave a free ride to kids from homes making $30K or less. They're all raising that number and offering some grants to kids from homes making up to $75 or even higher. Stanford Set to Raise Aid for Students in Middle - New York Times
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I am off to Orlando for business, so I'll hit you up next week. If I see something interesting, I'll post it. Otherwise.....
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someone forgot to take their meds. Cops: N.Y. woman stabbed man who called her ugly - On Deadline - "Kyeisha Fuller, 23, is accused of stabbing a 26-year-old man after he made a disparaging comment about her appearance on Tuesday while visiting her apartment in Yonkers, N.Y. 'The dispute turned physical after the victim called the suspect 'ugly' and she then stabbed the victim with a kitchen knife in the shoulder,' Yonkers police Lt. Sean Mullins tells"

First, I'm happy this man is going to jail and getting his license suspended, but that should have happened way earlier than the 19th DUI. The Enquirer - Man gets 8 years for 19 DUIs "A Hamilton man's 19th drunken driving conviction earned him eight years in prison and a lecture about his 30-year record, which ranks him among Ohio's six worst drunken drivers.

'You knew a long time ago that you had a problem with drinking and driving and you've never chosen to do anything,' Judge Noah Powers told Stephen W. Wolf in Butler County Common Pleas Court during sentencing Tuesday.

Wolf faced up to 10 years in prison as a result of a hit-and-run crash in Fairfield Township last summer."

Good luck with that. Possible Cell Phone Ban In S.A. WOAI.COM: San Antonio News A proposed cell phone ban goes before San Antonio's City Council Wednesday. Council Member Justin Rodriguez proposed the ban, which would require drivers to hang up their phones when they see a school zone sign.
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The news story for the day is the NYTimes break on McCain having a "close" relationship with a female lobbyist and using his influence and voting power to support her efforts in the telecommunications industry. Both McCain and the woman denied it and McCain bit back pretty hard this morning. The article is iffy. There are a lot of anonymous sources, but I know that doesn't mean it isn't true.

The whole affair thing is a "who knows" situation and that's between him and his wife. Any relationship between a married man and single woman is going to raise eyebrows these days even if all they are is close friends. Aides say the reason they stressed she stay away from McCain was because his relationships with lobbyists had been in question for a while during the 2000 campaign and she was around too often.

However, to accuse a man running for President of serious ethics violations is a serious thing and something the voters need to know more about IF its true. McCain has a good reputation on The Hill even according to conservatives who hate him. I don't think people will be inclined to believe this report unless something more concrete shows its face.
Political Radar: McCain Campaign Responds Angrily to Report Questioning Ethics
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Deporting illegal immigrants that have committed crimes is about the only thing that both sides of the illegal immigration issue can agree on. More states are doing just that while waiting for some solution on the other illegal immigrants. If California did more of this, it would make a dent in its Latino gang activity. Immigrant Sex Criminals Being Deported - "More than 170 immigrants convicted of sex crimes are being deported after authorities found their names on Virginia's sex offender registry, state and federal officials announced yesterday.
Some of those being deported are undocumented immigrants, and others were in the United States legally, but all were convicted of sex crimes once they entered the country. All immigrants are subject to removal under federal law if they commit crimes of 'moral turpitude.'"
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Poor Fly
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Now that the writer's strike is over, are black shows going to be the collateral damage? The Feed - Will the End of the Writers' Strike Also Kill Off Black-Centered TV Shows?
One of the troubling footnotes to the fallout from the Hollywood writers' strike is the death of one of TV's longest-running, black-centered TV shows, the CW's Girlfriends.

Like NBC's Scrubs, Girlfriends was thought to be in its final season before the writer's strike. So there wasn't much surprise in Tinseltown when the CW announced the show wasn't coming back when the rest of its programs resumed production.

I've never been a fan of Girlfriends -- it always felt like a low-rent, blackified version of Sex and the City. But I sympathize with those who wonder what this means for the state of black-centered programming on TV.
Booker Rising turned me on to this blog called Stuff White People Like. Honestly, you won't be able to stop laughing.

I am NOT, I stress NOT, a fan of Sean Combs. But in between collecting awards for illegitimate baby maker of the year, he has done a good job in Raisin In The Sun, which is now an ABC movie. We need to watch this stuff, folks. We complain about all the negative stereotypes and empty images we see of blacks on TV and the movies. We have to support an attempt to spread out wings and show another side of us. That's why I'll watch this (plus its also a pretty good play) and that's why I'll go see Debbie Allen's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof even though I don't like Terrence Howard. 'Raisin' has a new day in the sun as ABC television movie -
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What did I hear when I turned on the news this morning? "Well now Clinton has to win Ohio & Texas or she's done." Everyone seems so reluctant to cut her loose. If Obama had lost 10 primaries in a row, I think he might be marginalized like Huckabee. People would be asking him to step out of the race. And yes, I realize that the delegate/super delegate count is still close and she'll probably win Ohio, but if she doesn't win Texas, can we let this end? If the Republicans did a percentage share instead of winner takes all, McCain & Huckabee would be very close too.

Either way, Barry won in Hawaii and killed it in Wisconsin, where they were hoping Clinton would do better. The analyst were all saying, "With a 6% black population, Clinton..." Hello! Iowa, Idaho, Alaska, Kansas...need I continue? I think these states show that race really need not be a factor anymore.

I'm sure the Clintons are livid that their attacks haven't really worked, but Bill remembers this in 92. No matter what the Republicans stuck him with, it didn't work.

And McCain called him "Eloquent but Empty." Child's play people. Child's play.
Analysis: Obama continues to chip away at Clinton's base -
Obama scores 10th straight victory - Yahoo! News
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This is in a zoo, but I think its quite fitting commentary on the fast approaching extinction of the polar bear.
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In his new book, The World That Made New Orleans, Ned Sublette talks about the history of this complicated city in this state that has exchanged quite a few hands. He shares a lot of the slave history and black culture. He talks about slave revolts, slave militias and how slaves were the entire economy for some time. He also talks about the color system for blacks and all the swirling going on at the time.

Slavery may be the great sin of American history; however, it had its ambiguities. In New Orleans, free people of color made up a sizable slave-owning class — even though they identified with revolutionary France’s Declaration of the Rights of Man. Such ironies converged in a Creole society that the French would call un métissage culturel — a culture made of mingled bloodlines.

Just because they were owned by people of color too doesn't really make it ambiguous to me. It's still a great sin.
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What we've heard people say is now turned into an Ad Campaign. Illegal Immigration hurts black labor. Is this about telling the truth to open up people's eyes or about causing a greater divide between black and brown to the advantage of someone who is neither? Ad: Immigration Costs Blacks Jobs - WGCL Atlanta. Check out the ad at the link.

A provocative new immigration advertisement just hit Atlanta’s airwaves. The ad links black unemployment with the rise in illegal immigration. The Coalition for the Future American Worker paid for the spots. Latino advocates like the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Elise Shore are concerned that making a direct link between immigrants and black unemployment is stoking the fire of racial divide. Department of Labor unemployment rates from January show that black unemployment is highest at 9.2 percent, compared to whites and Hispanics.
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I agree with much of what activist Bob Geldof said when he explained why he thinks President Bush has done more for Africa than any president. The Washington Times - Bob Geldof in Rwanda Gives Bush His Props

"This is the triumph of American policy really," he said. "It was probably unexpected of the man. It was expected of the nation, but not of the man, but both rose to the occasion."

"What's in it for [Mr. Bush]? Absolutely nothing," Mr. Geldof said.

Mr. Geldof said that the president has failed "to articulate this to Americans" but said he is also "pissed off" at the press for their failure to report on this good news story.

What he has tried to do has not been perfect and without criticism, but its has been admirable. And it has been overshadowed by so much that has gone wrong here and elsewhere as well as our lack of action in Darfur. In addition, America doesn't seem to place a high value on Africa, so his work there was bound to be underappreciated. And I do think the media could have done more on this issue, but that's just MHO.
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No way? Yes, massive unemployment exist in a country of 1.5 billion people, but does that mean a recession? World Tribune —Is the party over in China? Massive unemployment looms

China watchers are predicting a drop in the GNP growth rate this year and for the foreseeable future. Most are attributing the expected fall off this year — from last year’s official 11.4 percent, the fifth year in a row of double digit expansion — to the expected downturn in the U.S. and the world economy in general.

It’s now believed that urban unemployment increased by about 8 percent annually in the mid 1990s, but in the next decade the number of laid-off workers increased by around 40 percent annually with the attempt to collapse the old Soviet-style bankrupt state owned enterprises (SOEs). Nor did the officially “unemployed” include men past the age of 50 and women over 45 or those who have migrated to the cities and are thus not registered as formally urban dwellers.
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I didn't even know there was a Soul Food museum. Seriously? Showcasing soul food of the American South - International Herald Tribune. Kenneth Willhoite, 6-foot-4, or 1.92 meters, plus a chef's hat, dark suit and bow tie, greeted visitors. Dr. Willhoite, as he calls himself (when pressed, he explained that the title came from an honorary degree), is the impresario behind the Soul Food Museum, a curiosity cabinet in the form of a convenience store, filled with relics like a cast iron stove and an old ice-box, blow-ups of photographs of Willhoite with celebrities and shelves full of products developed and marketed by blacks - products that are often found only in mom-and-pop groceries, gasoline stations, truck stops or street festivals.

A city about to become the first in American history to go bankrupt. Vallejo On Brink Of Bankruptcy - News Story - KNTV San Francisco. The city of Vallejo is on the brink of becoming the first California city ever to declare bankruptcy, City Council members said Tuesday.
Vallejo may run out of cash as early as March, council member Stephanie Gomes said.
"Not only that, but now we have 20 police and fire employees retiring because they are afraid of not getting their payouts," Gomes said. "That means we have another few million dollars in payouts that we had not expected. So the situation is quite dire."
Gomes said the situation has been building for more than a decade.

This is foolishness and Bloomberg better address it. Report: Blacks, Hispanics stopped on NYC subways -- Almost 9 in 10 subway riders stopped and questioned by police are black or Hispanic, although the two groups together represent just under half the ridership, a newspaper reported Sunday.Some 35.5 percent of straphangers are white, but whites made up only 8.1 percent of the riders stopped last year, the Daily News reported. Blacks and Hispanics together comprised 49 percent of riders, but 88.3 percent of the stops, according to the newspaper.Police stopped almost 11 times as many blacks and Hispanics as whites last year -- 23,909, compared to 2,186, the Daily News said.
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February 17 - In 1950, Thomas L. Griffith was the first black man admitted to the L.A. Bar Association. Huey P. Newton was born.

February 18 - In 1688 Quakers held the first formal protest against slavery. Toni Morrison was born.

February 19 - Smokey Robinson was born.

February 20 - Sidney Poitier was born. Frederick Douglas died in 1895.

February 21 - Malcolm X was assasinated in 1965.

February 22 - Adam Clayton Powell was stripped of his seniority in 1967.

February 23 - W.E.B. DuBois was born and in 1868 and died in 1963.
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I realize that the Right is desperate at this point and that might be why they've decided to take Michelle Obama's statement and use it to turn her into Teresa Heinz Kerry. Here it is:

"What we've learned over this year is that hope is making a comeback. It is making a comeback and let me tell you something, for the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment. I've seen people who are hungry to be unified around some basic common issues, and it's made me proud. And I feel privileged to be a part of even witnessing this, traveling around states all over this country and being reminded that there is more that unites us than divides us..."

They are questioning her patriotism and saying that her statement means she has never been proud or very proud of anything about America before. Their accusations are without merit for many reasons. One reasons is because anyone who is even mildly objective knows that she was speaking in the moment to a crowd. Another reason is that any reasonable person would believe that a woman seeing her husband (of any race) have a real chance to be president would be the proudest moment in her life and no reasonable person would believe she meant she'd never been proud of this country before.

More importantly, what I see here is the problem with race in America. It isn't about the KKK or your everday bigots. It's about men like Joe Scarborough and Sean Hannity (who I like, but I'm just picking on them because I saw them ridicule her) who come from the most privileged group in America passing judgment on the American experience and perspective of someone not from that group. Is her patriotism really in question? Of course not. Michelle would be the first to tell you how good this country has been to her and how much she loves and is proud of America. Seriously, would she be risking the safety of her entire family by supporting her husband's quest for the White House if she didn't think this country was worth it?

The problem is that too many, although not all, men like Scarborough & Hannity have a lack of tolerance for anyone who's recollection of America isn't the same as theirs. When they think of the signing of the Constitution, they think of a perfect time in history when wise, just men declared life, liberty, justice and freedom for all. Michelle probably remembers a great time in history where the groundwork for democracy and a great country was laid, but we were also still slaves for another 100 years. Many of those wise, just men owned slaves and more than a few of them were not so kind to their female slaves. Those men don't recall that, but a black woman does whether she wants to or not. If she were to bring this up, her patriotism would be questioned because she doesn't see a "perfect time."
When men like Scarborough & Hannity ask why can't the world be like it was in the 50s, they imagine/remember a time where life was perfect, there was good will, prosperity and values made us a strong country. Michelle remembers all the good things about the 50s, but she also knows that black men were being lynched every weekend as a picnic theme among other things.

She also knows that while Scarborough & Hannity remember an America that said "yes" to everything, she, as she has mentioned before, remembers the "yes," but also the "no" and "wait" heard many times too. Still she fought and prospered. For them to be proud of America is easy. For her to be is truly patriotic. The Right is going to have to do better than this.

Stop The ACLU: Is Michelle Obama the Next Teresa Heinz Kerry?
Hot Air: Michelle Obama hasn’t been proud of America in at least 26 years?
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I know I overdose on the kittys, but come could I pass this up?
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If you thought the city of Detroit had enough to worry about from its Mayor's office, the wife of Congressman Conyers(D) has added another chapter. Report says Monica Conyers made threat. An aide to Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick filed a police report Thursday claiming Monica Conyers, the short-tempered City Council president pro tem and wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers, threatened to get a gun and shoot him at a city pension board meeting. But a spokesman for Conyers says she was the real victim in the hubbub. According to the police report filed Thursday by DeDan Milton, an assistant to Kilpatrick, Conyers "threatened to shoot (Milton) with her gun" and made "several aggressive movements" toward Milton "in a threatening manner."

While real estate sales are slumping almost everywhere, they're actually doing quite well in guess where? What? Detroit! Metro home sales up by 15%

Some legislators in Boston admit that many groups are struggling, but black males seem to be doing the worst and they want to look into it more. Lawmakers urged to create panel to study black males - The Boston Globe. "Leaders in the black community urged lawmakers at a Beacon Hill hearing yesterday to create a state commission to examine the "social status" of black men in Massachusetts. more stories like thisThey called on lawmakers to pass a bill that would appoint 21 people to study trends among African-American men, assess existing programs for blacks, and propose new ones to benefit black men."

Yeeeeaaaah!!!!!! Arizona cops claim large smuggling ring busted -
48 indicted on human smuggling, money laundering charges, Phoenix police say
Ring among biggest in Arizona -- busiest illegal entry point into U.S., say police
Probe led to 13 of estimated 1,000 holding houses for smuggled people
Smugglers paid Mexican recruiters, police and trail guides, Arizona cops say

More on the black fight from Los Angeles. Urban flight from Los Angeles Straight outta Compton Between 2000 and 2006 the black population of Victorville and Apple Valley swelled from 11,900 to 24,500. Two hours' drive from central Los Angeles and surrounded by Joshua trees, it is an improbable black haven. Victorville is a former military town on the edge of the Mojave desert to which Orson Welles exiled the writers of “Citizen Kane” to ensure they would finish the film without distractions. Yet Victorville is typical. Other sprawling exurbs, such as Palmdale and Lancaster, are also seeing an influx of blacks looking for cheaper housing and safer streets. They reveal a dramatic shift in southern California's population, and provide clues to how America is changing.
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The latest on Wisconsin & Texas polls as of yesterday for both parties. In Wisconsin McCain and Huckabee are only 8 points apart while Obama leads Clinton by 10. Interesting.American Research Group
I absolutely believe that people believe this. Some voters say sexism less offensive than racism I believe there are a good number of people who prefer Barry to Hills because they prefer a man over a woman more than they prefer white over black. There is a line between acknowledging the difference in the sexes and what those roles mean and sexism. Many people cross that line and do not get the same rebuke when they do they seem regarding race. I don't like either the Bword or the Nword, but I know which one would make me knock somone upside they head if they called me it. Hell, I'll tell you right now I'm a b*&^%. What?
I know who Putin didn't get a valentine from last week. Putin vs. Clinton - Ben Smith's Blog - . "The former KGB lieutenant colonel appeared to lash out at U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton — a leading Democratic candidate for president — when one reporter quoted her as saying that former KGB officers have no soul:"At a minimum, a head of state should have a head," Putin said."
This is why he's doing so well in Texas. If you like guns, Texas likes you. Obama Supports Individual Gun Rights "The senator, a former constitutional law instructor, said some scholars argue the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees gun ownerships only to militias, but he believes it grants individual gun rights. 'I think there is an individual right to bear arms, but it's subject to commonsense regulation' like background checks, he said during a news conference."
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Seems like everyone is trying to claim black, right? Just because someone was swirling a few generations ago doesn't really mean you're black, but it doesn't matter either way so whatevs. 171 years ago, one of Russia's most famous poets, Alexander Pushkin, was born. Fitting that it is in February, right? It's actually a pretty interesting story and he does look black(ish) in his pictures. The Original Black Russian Views Pushkin's great-grandfather, Abram Gannibal, was born in Sub-Saharan Africa, probably on the territory of what is now Cameroon, in the late 17th century. Taken captive in his boyhood, he was transported in 1705 by a Russian emissary from the court of the Turkish Sultan and presented as a gift to Peter the Great. Peter had the boy baptized and made him his godson. Since Abram was apparently a quick study, Peter gave him a job as his personal secretary then, as part of his crash program of modernizing Russia, sent him to France to study military engineering.
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INDY IS BACK! Here is the trailer for Indiana Jones 4 - Dude is old, but looks like he's still getting it done.

La Shawn Barber did a post on a sister doing country music. Yeah, you heard right. Rissi Palmer is her name. Hearing a black woman in country music is a likely as....well, hearing a black woman in country music. La Shawn Barber’s Corner » Rissi Palmer Review

Here is her home page Rissi Palmer. You can listen to some of her songs. I like that song, "Hold On To Me"
As an author who does not do Street Lit, I'm not the most biased person on this issue, but it does bother me how popular the genre is. All the heroes are the most negative stereotypes out there. Drug dealers, gang leaders, pimps, former hookers, groupies sleeping to the top, gold diggers and crime boss. WAPO's The Root offers a way to break free from this fad. Break the 'Street Lit' Habit -

Honestly, if you need a book, then don't bother. The White Man's Guide To Dating Black Women by Adam White. I like that his last name is White though.
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You may think I'm a perv for submitting a picture of Apes having sex, but if you read this article, Gorillas in a Tryst - TIME, you'll understand how incredibly interesting this is.
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IT'S ON NOW, B&^$#!

Hillary Clinton's tone and words have taken a sharp turn in the last couple of days.
Clinton sharpens attacks on Obama - The woman is fighting for her life; what she's worked towards for 30 years. She has a good lead in PA, OH & TX and she plans to keep it. She's attacking Obama's voting record and saying that he only gives inspiring speeches but offers no real solutions. She's saying things like "Talk is cheap," and this:

"My opponent says that he'll take on the special interests," she said. "Well, he told people he stood up to the nuclear industry and passed a bill against them. But he actually let the nuclear industry water down his bill -- the bill never actually passed."

and this:

"There's a big difference between us -- speeches versus solutions, talk versus action," she said.

No she didn't!

These are good manuevers. His record is very liberal and she's moderate like most Americans. He has been explaining more of his platform of late, but the majority of his speeches do consist of inspiration quotes and idealism. This way, her opponents will not be able to play the race card with her. I mean we all know there will be people who see any criticism of him as racist, but that isn't reasonable or logical, so there is nothing that can be done about them. They'll still throw "racism" out there to see if it will stick, but if she sticks to this strategy, it likely will not.

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As a hint hint to Congress as they put together the foreign aid budget, Bush is charting a change for our relationship with Africa before he heads to the continent. Bush Says Paternalism Over in U.S. Aid

"America is serving as an investor, not as a donor,' Bush said in a tone-setting preview of his six-day trip to Africa, which begins Saturday.The president said the United States has a moral imperative and a vital security interest in helping Africa overcome disease, poverty and instability. His message reflected that foreign aid goes over better with lawmakers and the taxpaying public when it turns up tangible results and lasting change."
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Although I am very happy that LOST came back, I'm sad that the final word on 24 is nothing until next season. I half expected it, but was still hopeful for a summer series. Heroes is also over for the season. I'm glad the strike is over, but this TV season is pretty much shot. I'm proud of how little it has mattered to me, with the exception of 24. Netflix & the BBC saved me. But being fair to the writers and the living they have to make is more important than a TV show I probably shouldn't be watching anyway. After Strike, TV Shows Hurry Up and Wait - New York Times

Black people I beg you. Please do not watch this. Daily News - : Luke Campbell Rap Reality Show Coming To VH1. If you want to watch a black family show, how about Run's House or Liberty Heights? There are options, but not this.
Yesterday I shared TIME's list of top 25 Movies about race. Today, I offer you's Top 100 African American Films List.
FOX has decided to make an American version of my favorite crazy Japanese game show. This is going to be fun. Check out the clip below. It's HUMAN TETRIS:
Fox to remake 'Hole in the Wall' - Variety
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Biggest Jesus Statue in the World Gets Hit By Lighting
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A staunch liberal supporter of school vouchers does an about face, suprising everyone. A Reversal on School Vouchers, Then a Tempest - New York Times. Despite his many earlier City Journal articles calling for vouchers and charter schools, in the new essay Mr. Stern focused on the shortcomings of the voucher movement. He argued that in recent years, vouchers had steadily lost political support. And citing the need for a “Plan B,” he urged educators to focus on improving curriculums instead. To support his idea, Mr. Stern pointed to Milwaukee’s experiment with school vouchers.
Our kids are our awesome! Md., Va. Among Top 3 In Passing '07 AP Tests - "Maryland public schools had the second-highest percentage of graduating seniors who passed Advanced Placement tests last year, and Virginia's had the third-highest, College Board officials disclosed yesterday. Maryland also ranked second in the nation for gains on that measure of college readiness."

Montgomery accounting for most of the MD high scores and Northern VA pulled up the rest of the state.
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Yeah, I'm back on the namesake posts again.

This is interesting.
Mark McKinnon, a top adviser to John McCain said he won't stay on the campaign if Obama gets the blue nod. He says that although he disagrees with Obama on some very fundamental issues, he wouldn't be comfortable being on a team that attacks Obama. This seems odd to me. If you think McCain would make a better candidate you have to point that out. That doesn't mean you have to be nasty, but you have to attack his policies, his experience. No candidate is above this and you aren't doing Obama any favors by treating him as if he is. Maybe he has some early indication that the team plans to get nasty, in which case I would quit too.
This little town called Obama in Japan is rooting for their namesake just for the heck of it. I think its cute. Obama, Japan, roots for accidental namesake - Yahoo! News
The Republicans are sending out ridiculous valentines posts on Hillary and Obama. Here isthe Obama one focusing on his lack of experience. Wonkette seems to be amused. He 'hopes' You'll Be His Valentine: Republicans Begin Hilarious Anti-Obama Campaign
Some at Booker Rising pointed this out to me. Wonkette picked up on a horribly inappropriate and obvious gutter attack on Obama. I'm almost speechless at its brazen content. Hopefully everyone will respond to it the way the commenters on the blog have. It's really sad. Wonkette: The Christian's Case Against Barack Saddam Hussein Obama
The GOP has started the Obama Spend-O-Meter, tracking the cost of all the proposals Barry puts forward. He's at $874 billion now. Republican • National • Committee
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This is probably the work of Coyotes. Officials: Wire could have decapitated Border Patrol agents - They are suffering due to increased border patrol and want to fight back. They set up this wire that could totally decapitate a border patrol officer. Check out the picture in the article. It's sick.

"It was configured in a way so that, if it was pulled, it would take off the head of a Border Patrol agent riding in an opeAdd Imagen car," Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said at a House budget hearing. The wire was discovered Saturday when authorities monitoring a surveillance camera saw two people on the north side of the border east of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, in the San Diego sector.
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The Ethics Committee did a slap of the wrist on ID Senator Larry "I am sooo not gay" Craig. Ethics Panel Says Craig Acted Improperly. The Senate Ethics Committee said Wednesday that Idaho Sen. Larry Craig acted improperly in connection with a men's room sex sting last year and had brought discredit on the Senate. In a letter to the Republican senator, the ethics panel said Craig's attempt to withdraw his guilty plea after his arrest at a Minneapolis airport was an effort to evade legal consequences of his own actions. The six members of the committee—three Democrats and three Republicans—told Craig they believed he "committed the offense to which you pled guilty" and that "you entered your plea knowingly, voluntarily and intelligently."

Whatevs. He said he would quit the Senate if he didn't win his plea to withdraw his confession, but that was a lie too.
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As voters contemplate putting a woman in the White House, Nicholas Kristoff reminds us that the historical record of women leaders has been good enough for them to deserve the chance to be perceived as both competent and liked. When Women Rule - New York Times

A notable share of the great leaders in history have been women: Queen Hatshepsut and Cleopatra of Egypt, Empress Wu Zetian of China, Isabella of Castile, Queen Elizabeth I of England, Catherine the Great of Russia, and Maria Theresa of Austria. Granted, I’m neglecting the likes of Bloody Mary, but it’s still true that those women who climbed to power in monarchies had an astonishingly high success rate.
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Yes, the strike has been resolved, but you won't see any new shows for a while, so if you're looking for something to fill up your Netflix queue, check out TIME's list of the The 25 Most Important Films on Race. How many of them have you seen? What's missing from this list? Will Netflix even have them?

They are listed in order of release year. The ones in bold I saw:

Body & Soul
Judge Priest
Imitation of Life (I liked both versions)
God's Step Children
The Duke Is Tops
Gone With the Wind (can kiss my a%%. I may be called a blasphemer, but that movie was nothing more than a movie to me.)
The Blood of Jesus
The Jackie Robinson Story
Carmen Jones (oh, the drama)
The Defiant Ones
Native Son
In The Heat of the Night (when he slapped that white man back, I know everyone in the theatre gasped)
Sweet Sweetback's Baad Assss Song
Lady Sings The Blues
Cooley High
Killer of Sheep
Richard Pryor Live In Concert
A Soldier's Story (sad, but very good)
Do The Right Thing (put some more mozzarella on that MF!)
Boyz In The Hood (shows it takes a man to make a man)
Eve's Bayou
Madea's Family Reunion (really?)
I Am Legend (uhm..really?)

I would probably replace Madea & Legend with The Color Purple or Beloved.
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The only choice for execution in Nebraska used to be the electric chair which is incredibly barbaric to me. It was the only state with no other choice. Finally, the court has banned it. Electrocution Is Banned in Last State to Rely on It - New York Times.

Working on a clean slate, Nebraska may opt for a form of lethal injection that does not rely on the combination of three chemicals that is the subject of a pending challenge in the United States Supreme Court. It may also explore entirely different methods of execution. Seven states allow at least some inmates to choose electrocution instead of lethal injection. Two others, Illinois and Oklahoma, have designated electrocution as the fallback method should lethal injection be ruled unconstitutional.

I'm glad that I'm still conflicted by the death penalty. I'd be afraid if I reached a point where it didn't matter to me or I was happy to enforce it. People always say that it doesn't matter or that its even a good thing that an execution hurts, but I disagree. It matters a lot. Executing someone is not about revenge and it should bring no one pleasure. Let's face it. It's murder, but that doesn't mean it has to resemble the pain and torture of the murders that put these men and women on death row in the first place.
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Some people range from being so easy on young criminals that they might as well not punish them at all to being so hard on them that they might as well abolish the legal differences between adults and children period. There is something in between. There are definately young people who deserve to be kept away from society forever, but we have to take responsibility for the ones who are redeemable and make that redemption a priority.

Some juvenile criminals commit horrible crimes, and the justice system should punish them accordingly. Juveniles, though, are not adults. Even their brain development is different, making them less able than older people to resist impulses. Consideration should also be given to the nature of the crime. In some cases, juveniles have been imprisoned for life for acting as accessories or lookouts for adults. Putting a 16-year-old who played such a role in jail for perhaps 65 years is an extraordinarily harsh, and expensive, societal response.
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According to Bishop Tom Wright there is no heaven. At least not one we'll get into. In his TIME interview, Christians Wrong About Heaven, Says Bishop, Wright supports his theory by saying:

There are several important respects in which it's unsupported by the New Testament. First, the timing. In the Bible we are told that you die, and enter an intermediate state. St. Paul is very clear that Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead already, but that nobody else has yet. Secondly, our physical state. The New Testament says that when Christ does return, the dead will experience a whole new life: not just our soul, but our bodies. And finally, the location. At no point do the resurrection narratives in the four Gospels say, "Jesus has been raised, therefore we are all going to heaven." It says that Christ is coming here, to join together the heavens and the Earth in an act of new creation.

He says no one has been raised from the dead yet? What about Lazarus?

It appears that Jesus was a just a big liar and was only trying to be nice to that criminal that was dying next to him on the cross. He explains:

There is Luke 23, where Jesus says to the good thief on the cross, "Today you will be with me in Paradise." But in Luke, we know first of all that Christ himself will not be resurrected for three days, so "paradise" cannot be a resurrection. It has to be an intermediate state. And chapters 4 and 5 of Revelation, where there is a vision of worship in heaven that people imagine describes our worship at the end of time. In fact it's describing the worship that's going on right now. If you read the book through, you see that at the end we don't have a description of heaven, but, as I said, of the new heavens and the new earth joined together.

A "good thief" is an oxymoron unless you're referring to his superior talent at theivery.
Wright goes on to explain more in the article and I didn't understand most of it, but I don't care because I'm going to heaven, dammit! Christian Bummer: Experts Say There's No Heaven
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Who did you watch the results with? If you say C-Span, you're a loser. You have to have commentary to get through this stuff. I watched MSNBC. You can't beat Tim Russert, Chris Matthews, Brian Williams & Tom Brokaw. Tim is always so serious and Chris is as close to crazy as they will allow on TV News. I don't know if you saw Brian Williams' stint on Saturday Night Live, but he is ridiculously funny. If you've seen him guest on The Daily Show you'd know. Bringing Tom Brokaw back for the results analysis is great. We love him, don't we? NBC also has the mechanical, stodgy, pasty types, but they're still good. Stone Phillips was the quintessential boring newsman, but he's married to a sister, so I'll give him swirl points.

I already told you that Chris Matthews said he wept when he heard Obama's Iowa speech, but he got personal last night too, saying that he felt a "thrill go up his leg" during Obama's victory speech again. Creepy. Honestly, you know he's sending Barry flowers on the 14th. Even Brian Williams made fun of him. But the folks at NewsBusters, a site devoted to exposing media's liberal bias, was not amused.
Matthews: Obama Speech Caused 'Thrill Going Up My Leg'
Hot Air » Blog Archive » Video: Chris Matthews gets a “thrill up his leg”

This morning, as the analysis continued, Pat Buchanan simply stated that Obama is beatable. Tim Russert & Mike Barnacle looked at him like he was crazy and Chris looked at him as if he'd just said something about his Mama. But does it really bother people? Chris is good at what he does and that includes being occassionally inappropriate and showing his bias. He's honest. Now if Brian Williams were to do this, it would be a problem, but not Chris.
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After his overwhelming defeat of Hillary, Obama is declared as the front-runner officially, but you know Hills is like, "Frontrunner? B*&^@, please, everyone knows Texas and Ohio are the only two states that really matter."

Hell, if Barry wins Texas, we might as well just move him into the White House the next weekend. If he can get white guys with guns and big hats on his side, world domination is all that is left. If you examine his VA & MD numbers, he did well with white males, women and people over 50, so he has pretty much broken all the barriers set before him. VA was Hillary's only chance and she was whipped like a red-headed stepchild in my state. Obama also began building his platform for his McCain speech last night. Did you count how many times he said "McCain" right after he said "Bush?"

What will Hillary's next move be? How scared are the Republicans about the Democrat VA turnout as opposed to the Republican VA turnout? Are some of their reliably red states turning purple?

McCain won both states and the district as expected. Did conservatives think they could scare him? Remember who you're dealing with, people. Waving your bibles means nothing to a man who spent several years in a Vietnamese prison. Did you notice in his victory speech that he took a dig at Obama's "hope" theme? He talked about it being nice, but not enough. He also talked about how he was not ordained for this spot by his party (hint hint). He's building his platform. A big "Yeah!" for Huckabee giving him a run for his money in Virginia. Huckabee has now set his sights on the Lone Star state where he believes he has a good chance because, as he put it, "I understand BBQ." The thing about Texans is that they are Texans first and Republican or Democrat second. The differences are a fine line. I know Wisconsin is coming up, but can anyone provide the poll numbers for Texas?

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A lot of people are discussing China, the Olympics and whether or not this should just be about sports and not politics. As there are many aspects about China that are getting better, there are still human rights violations that can't, and shouldn't, be ignored. But is the Olympics the time to point that out? Or is the only real chance anyone will have to point it out? I don't really watch the summer Olympics, but I have no problem with peaceful demonstration like we saw here in 1968. But many groups are planning very big, over the top events. How do you feel?

China has made it clear that unauthorized protests will not be tolerated. They especially want those "Free Tibet" folks to check themselves. China takes tough line on Olympics protests World news The Guardian
They is also an uproar over this contract some countries, I assume those China feels are the most troublesome, with a promise to behave. Are they going to make American athletes sign this contract? Britain kow tows to China as athletes are forced to sign no criticism contracts - Daily Mail "British Olympic chiefs are to force athletes to sign a contract promising not to speak out about China's appalling human rights record – or face being banned from travelling to Beijing. The move – which raises the spectre of the order given to the England football team to give a Nazi salute in Berlin in 1938 – immediately provoked a storm of protest."
In other areas, to guard against lead, steroids, ebola and whatever else they might find, the U.S. is sending its own food to China to protect its athletes. Wary U.S. Olympians Will Bring Food to China - New York Times. In preparing to take a delegation of more than 600 athletes to the Summer Games in Beijing this year, the U.S.O.C. faces food issues beyond steroid-laced chicken. In recent years, some foods in China have been found to be tainted with insecticides and illegal veterinary drugs, and the standards applied to meat there are lower than those in the United States, raising fears of food-borne illnesses. In the past two years, the U.S.O.C. has tried to figure out how to avoid such dangers at the Olympics. It has made arrangements with sponsors like Kellogg’s and Tyson Foods, which will ship 25,000 pounds of lean protein to China about two months before the opening ceremony, but will hire local vendors and importers to secure other foods and cooking equipment at the Games.
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As expected, tough illegal immigration laws are causing some illegals to go back to their countries, but most of them are likely just migrating to another state. MyFox Houston Illegal Immigrants Leaving Arizona, Oklahoma for Texas. I know I always argue state's rights, but on some issues, the federal government has to create a unified policies.

"Illegal immigrants are coming into Texas, but not from where one might think. The rush is coming from Arizona, Oklahoma and other states -- places that have recently passed tough new anti-illegal immigrant laws. The two toughest measures are in Arizona and Oklahoma. The Oklahoma statute, which took effect in November, makes it a crime to transport, harbor or hire illegal immigrants. Effective Jan. 1, the Arizona law suspends the business license of employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers. On a second offense, the license is revoked."
In Arizona, Missouri and Oklahoma, the courts are supporting illegal immigration laws, giving hope to towns like Hazleton, PA, which was one of the first to enact tough illegal immigration laws only to be deemed illegal by the courts.In Reversal, Courts Uphold Local Immigration Laws - New York Times The recent federal decisions will probably give new encouragement to states and towns seeking to drive out illegal immigrants by making it difficult for them to find jobs or places to live.
The mayor of Danbury, CT says he is leading a compromise in the fight against illegal immigration by only taking action to oust illegal immigrants (of which his city has an estimated 10,000) who have committed crimes beyond just being here illegally. “The intention is to target criminal aliens,” the mayor said in an interview. “It’s not going to be the horrible thing the opponents think it’s going to be. On the other side, it’s not the sweeps and roundups the far right want it to be.”
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Republicans must be elated. When they heard there was another sex scandal in Florida, they must have known it was one of them. Steam Room Antics: Hurrah, Another Gay Florida Sex Scandal!. They've been on a hot streak of late. But no, this time the perv plays for the Blue team. He's not an actual politician, so this isn't as interesting as it could be, but does involve an underaged boy, who later reported the incident, so unlike in some cases when people get in trouble for just being nasty, it looks like we have a real criminal here (allegedly). He works for Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts.
In other news, remember religious leader and Bush buddy Ted Haggard? He liked getting massages from men but spoke out about how gay people were sinful? Remember when you first saw a clip of him on the news and knew in like 5 seconds that he was gay so you were confused as to why so many people were surprised? After the scandal, Haggard stepped down from his pulpit and went to a gay rehab facility where they turn you straight. He had said he was completely 100% heterosexual after going through some of the program, but he is no longer in the program and might still have a little of "the gay" in him. The pastor that took his place at the megachurch he ran says "the process of restoring Ted Haggard is incomplete." Colorado Confidential:: Ted Haggard Quits New Life 'Restoration Team'
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I voted this morning. It was cold as a b*%$ outside BTW! It only took me about 15 minutes, but as soon as I got to work, I heard that many people were in line for 45 minutes or more and some left because it was too long and too cold to wait they plan to go back later during lunch. I'm happy to be voting and I'm glad that its over so the commercials will end. I have to say that even though I don't like Hillary, her commercials were good. She's a tough chick and definately comes across as someone who can handle being in charge.

If you live in the ghetto Potomac primary area, what was your experience?
Voters Get Early Start at Polls Today -
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FOXNews' John Gibson won't be happy about this. No one is listening to his pleas for white people to make more babies. U.S. Hispanic population to triple by 2050 - If today's immigration, fertility and other population trends continue, the U.S. population is expected to reach 438 million by 2050. That's a lot of people in only 42 years. 82% of this growth will be immigrants and their families/offspring. Comparing this to the 2005 numbers, the foreign born population will go from 12% to 19% and whites (non Hispanic) take a big blow going from 67% to 47%. Hispanics will go from 14% to 29%, Asians from 5% to 9% and what about us black folks? We will go from 13% to 13%. WTF?

Then there are the baby boomers. They'll go from 40 to 81 million. The last of them will reach 65 in 2029. Older Population to More Than Double. By the time we reach retirement, we're going to owe social security money. My generational retirement age will come in 2040 and my dream is to live in Maui, so I don't plan to leave the U.S. I hope I don't have to.

Doesn't this same report talking about how everyone will be Hispanic by 2050 come out every six months? It's completely unreliable because there are too many unforeseens in this volatile global landscape. Plus, by 2050, there will be so many more biracial or multiracial people that these distinctions will simply not hold. Besides, according to my Mama, Jesus will be back before 2050 anyway.
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Detroit is already a city in a bad situation. Its recession began long before the rest of us and some economists say its a full out depression. What will this latest move by GM mean? The car company, which posted the worst loss in history for 2007, has 74,000 workers represented by the union and its offering them all buyouts. This is the company's entire U.S. hourly workforce. Honestly, I would take the package and use the money to either go to school and learn a new trade/skill or start over somewhere else. GM offers buyouts to all UAW members; beats earnings target

About 46,000 of the GM employees are eligible to retire today and they can take pension incentives worth between $45,000 to $62,500 to retire. In addition there are inducements for those who are five years from retirement to leave early and receive benefits. Those who leave and agree to sever all ties with the company - including giving up lucrative pension and health care coverage - will receive a lump sum of $140,000 if they have 10 years of service, or $70,000 for those with less than 10 years.
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Gary Sillett doesn't understand why people are mad at him. All he said was that he wants to make sure citizens of Franklin County, Kansas do not betray their heritage in exchange for that Muslim candidate's false promise of change.

"To elect Barack Obama to the highest office in the land would be nothing less than spitting on the graves of the victims of 9/11, as well as the memory of the countless thousands of American loyalists who have pledged and given their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor in defense of those tired old symbols and icons of the greatest nation on earth."

He expressed this in his local Ottawa Herald, but the original copy was been replaced with a censored version, then deleted altogether, but luckily copied it first. See the link below. Here is some of the good stuff:

The Democratic Party actually intends to put a Muslim fundamentalist in the White House. Yes, you read it right. They want to put a man of Muslim origins in the White House. Barack Hussein Obama hit the campaign trail from nowhere and continues to gain momentum as his political handlers crank out generic catchphrases to lure the unsuspecting voter with words like hope and change... But to even consider turning over the reins of government to a Muslim fundamentalist would be, as my grandmother used to say, throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

Notice how he remembered to put that middle name in there. Ignorance would be entertaining if it wasn't so dangerous.

Of course Wonkette makes fun of the article One Man's Opinion: Brave Newspaper Press Operator Will Stop 'Muslim Fundamentalist' Barack Obama as well as the Editor trying to cover up for him. Nation Of Retards: Kansas Newspaper Sort Of Regrets Calling Obama A Muslim Fanatic.
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Can a narcissist truly apologize? No, but he can say he learned a lesson, which is what Billy said about how his pre-South Carolina statements that helped his wife lose. - Bill Clinton: ‘I learned a valuable lesson’

Though Bill Clinton maintained that nothing he said about Obama was factually incorrect or a personal attack, he admitted that he made a mistake to “think that I was a spouse like any other spouse who could defend his candidate.”

He also did a tour of black churches in this area prior to the voting on Tuesday and never criticized Obama. In this video we see him saying he understands the immense pride of the black people and how it has propelled them to vote for Obama, but still thinks his wife would be a better choice.
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This is an average middle class suburb in Kenya. The well-established middle class is thought to be one of the factors that separates Kenya from other African countries that have been consumed by ethnic conflict. Kenya’s Middle Class Feeling Sting of Violence - New York Times

"George G. Mbugua is a 42-year-old executive with two cars, a closet full of suits and a good job as the chief financial officer of a growing company. His life has all the trappings of a professional anywhere. He recently joined a country club and has taken up golf. But unlike anywhere else, this executive has to keep his eyes peeled on the daily commute for stone-throwing mobs. When he gets home after a long day, he has to explain to his daughters why people from different ethnic groups are hacking one another to death. Even his own affluent neighborhood has been affected. Some of the Mbuguas’ neighbors recently fled their five-bedroom homes because of the violence that has exploded in Kenya since a disputed election in December turned this promising African country upside down."
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Last week several economist told us to stop looking for a recession to come because its already here. Today, we have economists saying we will have slow growth, but not likely a recession. Growth May Slow, but Recession Looks Unlikely - If we keep lowering interest rates as if we're in a recession and it turns out not to be one, inflation is a gonna kick in and things will get worse.

Daniel Kruger at Bloomberg says, "Before you can say 'Barack Obama is president of the United States,' the economy will be growing faster again. Economy Rebounds Before Election, Treasuries Show.

Our sluggish economy has also deterred illegal immigrants from coming here for jobs. I guess there is a silver lining. As a matter of fact, Mexico's economy is doing so well that poverty rates have declined. Some illegals will probably be going back. Mexican Migration May Fall as Economy Improves. "Mexico created 950,000 jobs last year, helping meet demand from the 1.1. million people who entered the labor force in 2007, USA Today said. The number of migrants caught by U.S. border agents fell 20 percent during about the same period, the newspaper said."
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When Baltimore, Chicago and Philadelphia began the live street camera operations, many in D.C. said we were next. It took a little while, but the cameras are up and running. Police Go Live Monitoring D.C. Crime Cameras

"D.C. police are now watching live images from dozens of surveillance cameras posted in high-crime parts of the city, hoping to respond faster to shootings, robberies and other offenses and catch suspects before they get away. Since August 2006, the city has installed 73 cameras across the city, mostly on utility poles, at a cost of about $4 million. But until recently, officers were using them mainly as an investigative tool -- checking the recordings after crimes were committed in hopes of turning up leads and evidence."

New York is also on board and has added public parks to the list of places they plan to watch for criminal behavior. If they can get the funding. NYPOST: KEEPING AN 'EYE' ON PARK CRIMES. "While they might be appropriate in some sections of some parks, there needs to be a commitment to protecting the privacy of individuals on romantic trysts and athletes whose bumbling might be captured on tape."
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Yesterday, Barry beat Hillary Clinton...again by winning Maine. But that wasn't enough. His bloodlust for victory spread clear across the continent as he went on to beat Bill Clinton by winning a grammy for Best Audio Version of his book "The Audacity of Hope." Bill's "Giving" was also nominated. Barry is relentless in his hunger for power. - Barack Obama Wins Grammy for Spoken Word Book. Chelsea better watch out because the next time she bids for something on Ebay, he'll be there. Barry also won this award for his earlier book "Dreams From My Father." I think its odd to win a grammy for reading your own book, but congrats either way. CNN Political Ticker: Obama beats two Clintons in one day. As he has been far too victorious of late, I feel compelled to remind you via this doctored photo that he smokes. Jesus would never smoke.
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When I heard that Bey was going to play Maggie the Cat in Debbie Allen's broadway version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, I threw up in my mouth a little bit. I love Bey, but you need a broadway style actress for that role. Can you imagine Bey trying to pull off that long, slow southern drawl? Exactly. Did you see Jessica Lange play Maggie? No one will ever come close to her perfection, but someone can do beter than Bey. Well, it turns out that Kerri Thompson is playing Maggie and Terrence Howard is playing Brick. James Earl Jones is playing Big Daddy and Phylicia Rashad is Big Momma. - Terrence Howard Will Lead Cast of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof;
Bey will get the chance to play Etta James in Darnell Martin's movie, Cadillac Records. Etta has won a ton of grammys, but she's most famous for that song that everyone plays during their first dance at their wedding, At Last. Jeffrey Wright (great actor), Ced the Entertainer & Adrien Brody will co-star. While Bey had to slim down for her role in Dreamgirls, she'll have to gain weight for this role. I like how she's been looking more natural these days. Dark hair, less makeup and if you zoom in, you can see her actual natural hairline. Who knew? Paste Magazine :: News :: Beyoncé to play Etta James in Cadillac Records
Forbes Names Top Earning Black Celebs / Stereohyped Uhm...I take issue with #2, but whatever. Looks like Bey & Shawn did quite well last year. Must be nice. You know Shaq is pissed off!
10. LeBron James, $27 million
9. Beyonce, $27 million
8. Will Smith, $31 million
7. Michael Jordan, $31 million
6. Shaquille O’Neal, $32 million
5. Kobe Bryant, $33 million
4. 50 Cent, $33 million (his Vitamin Water deal occurred after June 2007)
3. Jay-Z, $83 million
2. Tiger Woods, $100 million - Really?
1. Oprah Winfrey, $260 million
Flavor Flav is going to be the star of MYNetwork TV's first sitcom. Really? MyNet sets Flavor Flav comedy - Entertainment News, TV News, Media - Variety
XM comes free with my car for a year. I'll have to pay for it after that. One of their channels is the only radio channel in America dedicated to African American talk, The Power. Reverend Hot Comb has a show on there. Beginning this Monday, they're expanding it to include new shows featuring Tavis Smiley, Kojo Nnamdi, Blanche Williams, and the sports talkradio duo The 2 Live Stews. XM Launches New Shows on The Power (XM Channel 169) . I've listened to Kojo on NPR and he's not bad.
Halle Berry is jaunting around Asia to promote "Things We Lost In The Fire" which went straight to Netflix for me. I was nervous for her being over 40 and diabetic and still being very active, but she appears to be doing well and still looks better than most women being 6/7 months pregnant. I like the new natural do as well. Let's abolish all the weaves, ladies. I would say I can't wait to see this baby because both she and her Canadian boytoy are hot, but that's what I thought about Brad & Angie's baby, Shiloh, and she is...sorta cute. Halle Berry Is Hungry & Ready to Evict Her Child from Her Uterus - A Socialite's Life
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China Olympics
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The Sudanese conflict is a cancer that is running out of space for destruction on its land and spreading into Chad. Darfur conflict threatens Chad.

"Churches, houses and hospitals are still filled to capacity in this Cameroonian border town on the banks of the Chari River where between 20 and 30,000 Chadians fled to when fighting broke out in N'djamena on 2 February. Although home is just a short walk away over an iron bridge that crosses the river and back into Chadian territory, the refugees prefer to watch and wait to see if calm will hold at home. The estimated 3,000 rebels who launched an assault against the city are still unaccounted for."

They say at least 100 civilians have been killed so far. The U.N. has called for help and France has come in to help the thousands of refugees struggling to get out. There is resistance by the Chadian government, but how long can it last? The EU says peacekeepers will be coming into Chad next week.
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Jon Stewart had the best take on Mitt Romney's dropping out speech on The Daily Show last night. My favorite part was when Romney said, "America is becoming the France of the 21st century" and Jon said, "Uhm...isn't France the France of the 21st century?" Check it out for a laugh.

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In my daily life of going to work, going to school, writing, painting and trying to have a life, I always ask myself what can I do to fill up all that free time I have? I decided to learn a new language. The high school I went to was worthless. They taught us Latin. This is a school that offered cross country skiing, archery and bowling as legit courses, so I guess it figures they wouldn't teach us anything practical.

So, I chose to learn Mandarin because I'm crazy and prefer confusion to sanity. I'm extremely unhappy with my choice but too stubborn to give up. The Rosetta Stone is a great learning tool, and although it isn't cheap, the total immersion method is effective. There is no English at all. Out of the almost 30 languages it offers, the only African language is Swahili. But if you're looking to learn a new language, I recommend this product. You can also do a demo at the site in Turkish and get a feel for what you're in for. They allow you to order a free, more detailed and extensive, demo in the language of your choice. The best thing about the software is that it comes with a mic you can plus into your laptop and, using soundwaves, it will compare your pronounciation of the language with a native speaker and rate the likeness.
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Richard Thompson Ford is a semi-hot law professor at Stanford who recently wrote a book titled "The Race Card: How Bluffing About Bias Makes Race Relations Worse. In it, he says the national dialogue on race needs to change. Really? Because I thought it was going along just fine.

He argues that "when people talk about race relations, they too quickly try to ferret out racism without looking at the larger issues. In doing so, they leave open the possibility that opportunists will unfairly paint someone as a racist to further their political ends, while de-legitimizing some very real problems. 'I decided to write the book out of dismay and frustration with the way questions of racial injustice are typically taken up,' Ford says. 'Right now, we tend to deal with questions of race and race relations in the context of scandal. There's not much conversation about the day-to-day issues with racial tensions and injustices.'"

I hope the book gets better. If you read it tell me. I am interested in hearing what you think of his chapter titled "Racism Without Racists." And the facts frequently complicate what appears to be a simple case of racism: The widely circulated nugget about a Hermes store closing when Oprah Winfrey tried to enter is simply not true. The store was closed for the day. But people were quick to draw upon actual occurrences of retail store discrimination in putting it out there that even Oprah is refused service because of her race. The story resonated, even if it wasn't accurate.
Good luck getting picked for Oprah's book club.
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Bryant R. Purvis, one of the black students in the center of the Jena 6 controversy, was arrested on an assault causing bodily injury charge. His mother should shut her mouth and not talk about it. Bryant R. Purvis' mother said he got in a fight at Hebron High School in Carrollton on Wednesday because he'd heard a classmate had vandalized his vehicle. Denton County jail records show Purvis, 19, was arrested on an assault causing bodily injury and released today on bail.

Needless to say, the media was interested. Countless news stations and papers have picked up the generic AP stories with others doing their own thing. The comments and forum posts are pretty ugly.
'Jena 6' defendant faces assault charge in Texas - Houston Chronicle

For me this doesn't change the fact that the Jena police department choose not to act on the growing tensions and racially motivated fighting and assaults on and off campus by students until a white kid was hurt. I never said they shouldn't have been arrested. I was upset that they were charged with attempted murder absent the intent.

These boys lost a lot of support when the video of them laughing while playing with all the money that was raised by citizens for their defense hit YouTube. They lost even more support when a couple of them showed up at the BET awards looking like this. This wasn't supposed to be about them. It was supposed to be about the local justice system. If (he hasn't been convicted of anything) this is true, then sad.
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In, And Obama Wept, ABC Correspondent Jake Tapper discusses the cult of Obama and how its gotten out of hand. "It's as if Tom Daschle descended from on high saying, "Be not afraid; for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city of Chicago a Savior, who is Barack the Democrat."

I was personally amazed at some of the statements by media folks who act as if they've fallen in love for the first time. MSNBC's Chris Matthews, who said he wept after Obama's Iowa victory speech, says, “I’ve been following politics since I was about 5. I’ve never seen anything like this. This is bigger than Kennedy. [Obama] comes along, and he seems to have the answers. This is the New Testament."

Tapper goes on to discuss the feelings expressed by other news personalities and popular bloggers who agree their cohorts need to get a grip. One says, "Excuse me, but this sounds more like a cult than a political campaign. The language used here is the language of evangelical Christianity – the Obama volunteers speak of 'coming to Obama' in the same way born-again Christians talk about 'coming to Jesus.'...So I say, we should all get a grip, stop all this unseemly mooning over Barack, see him and the political landscape he is a part of in a cooler, clearer, and more realistic light, and get to work."

Could this end up creating a backlash movement? I'm the kind of person who generally becomes skeptical of something that so many just jump unquestionably on board with, but I still like him. And wasn't just a few weeks ago people were complaining about a media bias for Clinton?
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New Baby White Tigers - CUTE!
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When it became common knowledge that American stores on the Canadian and Mexican borders were accepting Canadian dollars or pesos, some people weren't too happy. You can imagine they might not be thrilled to see the growing number of "Euros Accepted" signs outside stores in the U.S., but its just smart business. Euros Accepted signs pop up in New York City U.S. Reuters

"The increasingly weak U.S. dollar, once considered the king among currencies, has brought waves of European tourists to New York with money to burn and looking to take advantage of hugely favorable exchange rates."

When Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen was falsely accused of refusing American dollars for her jobs for American companies, it was all over the blogosphere and Americans got upset? Why? She's not even American, but even if she was, I don't see cause for alarm. There is probably some relevant Freidman "World Is Flat" reference that could go here, but it isn't necessary. The blending of global economies has been a reality for everyone for the longest, but many Americans let their pride and sense of superiority make them believe its all about the Benjamins. They all adjust to us, not the other way around. Wrong. So whether its a Euro, Renminbi/Yuan, Riyal or whatever, it's money so take it. The more these tourists buy, the better our economy, and thus the dollar, will be.
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CNN Commentator Roland S. Martin says that the recent rash of conservatives saying they will vote for Hillary as a protest vote against John McCain is just irrational and further indication of the breakdown of the party. Commentary: Conservatives' hatred of McCain makes no sense - He says, "Listening to the irrational and hysterical response of conservatives to the presidential candidacy of Sen. John McCain would be laughable if it wasn't so serious."

He blames the Right's quest for a new Ronald Reagan as blinding them to issues that are more important. "Let's be clear -- conservatives don't like McCain. But with conservatives one seat away from having a majority on the Supreme Court and the next president having the power to name up to three justices, do you actually think the folks who've fought two generations to re-take the Court actually want to see three Clinton jurists?"

I don't blame it on a quest for Reagan, although their rose-colored image of the conservative icon is probably a part of it. I mostly blame it on resentment for McCain/Feingold and the restriction of money in federal elections. Many Republicans blame the 2006 election on this, although there was that whole war in Iraq thing. Recent polls have said McCain has the best chance against either Hillary or Barry. McCain is pro-life and he is a fiscal conservative. He was right about needing to go full force on the war, which both he and Colin Powell advised the president of and Rumsfeld & Cheney said no. And yes, they are very upset about his view of immigration, but he is in favor of securing the borders aggressively. He just doesn't believe it will be possible to ship 12-15 million illegals out of this country. Many reasonable people don't, even if that is what they want.

Regardless, Romney will not get independents and moderates and will likely lose to Hillary or Barry. And I love Huckabee, but come on.
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As ridiculous as the Republicans have been with spending, we can always count on the Democrats to want to spend a little bit more. That $600-$1200 check you might have been expecting in June or July, has been delayed. Why? Senate Democrats wanted to add another $44 billion for the elderly, disabled veterans, the unemployed and "big business." Stimulus package, with $44 billion add-ons, blocked

"Republicans banded together to block the $205 billion plan from advancing Wednesday, leaving Democrats with a difficult choice either to quickly accept a House bill they have said is inadequate or risk being blamed for delaying a measure designed as a swift shot in the arm for the lagging economy."

This might end up being a good thing. If they can squabble about it long enough, maybe they'll all realize rebate checks are not the right idea anyway. We have to learn to deal with the changing economic landscape and little bandaids aren't the answer. Do they really think it will stave off a downturn, which BTW we are already in?
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Because I'm too lazy to look this stuff up every day, I will do a weekly Black History Month Post.

February 3, 1920 - The Negro Baseball League was founded. The Chicago American Giants is a boring team name, so I'm going to say my favorite was the Atlanta Black Crackers. Black Baseball's Negro Baseball Leagues . However, this article says it was started in 1896 in Texas.
February 4, 2007 - Tony Dungy became the first black head coach to win the Superbowl. Also, Rosa Parks was born on this date some time earlier than 2007.
February 5, 1934 - Hank Aaron was born
February 6, 1820 - U.S. Blacks Emigrate from NY back to Sierra Leone. How's that working out? ------------------

February 9, 1964 - Arthur Ashe Jr. became 1st Black on U.S. Davis Cup Team
Next week is looking good - Hint - It has something to do with Atlanta.
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I go to Stereohyped: Once You Blog Black, You Never Go Back for my gossip fix. Here are a couple of stand outs.

This is some bulls&^%. Lewis Hamilton Met With Blackface and Jeers Instead of Cheers / Stereohyped. Canadian black(ish) McLaren driver and global phenom, Lewis Hamilton, loves Spain, but some fans were totally foul when he was there for the Circuit de Catalunya. They screamed out racist slurs and wore blackface. His response was dignified.


What the damn?

Judge Rules Vick Can Keep $20 Million in Bonuses - New York Times Michael Vick only has to give up $3.75 million of his bonus money, leaving him with $20 million which the NFL tried to take back after his federal conviction. The bonuses were from 2004-2007. I can see him getting his salary he contracted for, but bonuses? They are supposed to be forthe extra stuff, right? He should have to donate it to an animal shelter or something. Maybe he will when he gets out for some PR.
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Next Tuesday, Virginia, Maryland & D.C. will go to the polls. We refer to it as the Ghetto Super Tuesday - Beltway Style. All the excitement is completely dead and it looks kind of pitiful. They could at least throw in Pennsylvania or something.
Aside from the big wigs, one of the local primaries is getting more and more attention. Maryland's 4th District Congressman is Democrat Albert R. Wynn. I didn't know who he was until his crazy wife went on the "he left me for a white woman" campaign to try and get him defeated a couple of elections ago. Bitter crazy is my favorite kind of crazy, so I love this woman.

It didn't matter. He's won pretty easily since then. But he might have a formidable opponent in Donna Edwards. Wynn and Edwards Change Tacks in Democratic Race - His decision to go hard on the accusations makes me think he might be a little worried. She's responding with the "I'm a single mother so you know I work hard" card. She's also raised more money than him. Just a little bit. When all is said and done, I think eight-terms is enough.
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Some of the conversation around California is that Hispanic voters are the ones who put Hillary & McCain over the top in California. CNN Political Ticker: How Clinton, McCain may have won California. No surprise that the Hispanic vote made the difference, but is there a black v. brown racial component? No, but I'm sure the media will find one. And what about other states. According to NPR, Hillary won the Hispanic vote by a two-to-one margin in New York, Cali & New Jersey. I admit, New York I get and maybe even New Jersey because its so close, but Cali?
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I'm going to be doing most of my political blogging at Shay's website, Booker Rising, but I'm also super swamped today at work, so there won't be a lot of blogging at all.
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This has got to be one of the worst collection of storms in a very long time. I'm afraid we'll see more by the end of the day. Why so many dead? Severe weather, tornadoes kill 48 across South -"

"Violent storms and tornadoes killed at least 48 people and injured more than 100 others across the mid-South Tuesday night and early Wednesday, authorities said. Union University staff and students search through dormitories destroyed by a tornado in Tennessee. 1 of 2 more photos » The storms ripped apart homes and a shopping mall, and trapped residents of university dorms and a retirement home in debris. The trail of death stretched across four states, with four people killed in Alabama, 13 in Arkansas, seven in Kentucky, and 24 in Tennessee."
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No one is exempt from the big R. The Tire industry has joined the list of those with a bunch of bigots. Is anything sacred anymore? I mean tires? Come on. I love America a little less today.

In my first novel, Only You, the male character was an architect and the female character was a writer who was ghost writing a book for him on the influence of black architecture in America. In researching the topic, I found some very interesting stuff. You should check this out.
African influences on U.S. homes explained -

The Food Network finally has a show feature black people. A new married couple. Haven't seen it yet, but I love me some Paula Deen. She cooks like my Daddy's people from MS.
A Chat With Pat and Gina Neely neelys yumsugar - Food, Drink, & Entertaining.

Hat Tip: Stereohyped
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The Dow is down more than 300 today.

I guess its a waste of time to call it the "impending" apocalypse update. If today hasn't pushed us over the edge, I'd hate to see the day that does.
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A Big 'Arrested' Development
Jeffrey Tambor dropped the Bluth-bomb on XM Radio’s The Ron & Fez Show yesterday. “I think we’re going to make a movie,” he revealed.

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How long is the United Nations going to let the Sudan spread its cancer of death and destruction? They've recently tumbled into Chad and now more people are dying there. It's being described as "full-scale warfare" in the capital. And of course thousands are trying to flee. This morning, the French said they were going to head into Chad to try and get some of the people out of there, but its going to take more than France. The UN's Security Council adopted a statement condemning the attacks and asked countries to help. What more can it do? What more can we do? Hanging Chad - New York Times Blog

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Remember that stack of cash you were supposed to be getting from Bubba that you were supposed to spend on something that boost the economy, but you know you probably won't. You might not get it at all.
The Democratically led Senate is doing what you would expect a Democratically led Senate to do. Delaying the bill until they can change it so that tax payers get less and everyone else gets more. Senate calls timeout on economic stimulus plan -

"Senate debate bogged down Monday night on a bill meant to boost the sagging economy by putting more money in consumers' pockets and cutting some business taxes. Senators voted 80-4 Monday to cut off debate on a $146 billion economic plan overwhelmingly passed by the House last week. But the Senate postponed a final vote until at least Wednesday after Republicans asked for more time to examine Senate Democrats' proposed changes to the House package. The Democrats' proposal would reduce the amounts of rebates to taxpayers, but would extend benefits to the elderly, disabled veterans and the unemployed."
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This is not going to work. There are to many fat people in Mississippi, except they call it "thick" or "swole." Mississippi Pols Seek To Ban Fats

"Mississippi legislators this week introduced a bill that would make it illegal for state-licensed restaurants to serve obese patrons."
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BLACK HOMICIDE CAPITAL Missouri Claims Sad Title: Black Homicide Capital

"Missouri posted the highest 2005 homicide rate for African-Americans of any state, according to a report issued Tuesday. The report, based on FBI crime data, set the state’s black homicide rate at 32.79 per 100,000 people — six times the nation’s overall homicide rate and more than 10 times the rate for whites. Kansas ranked 12th nationally, with a rate of 20.73 per 100,000. "
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I'm sorry I forget to blog about this Friday. I was so caught up in LOST from the night before, I forgot all about the 28 days the country acknowledges that we have contributed more than entertainment and good food.

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"Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III has been reprimanded by the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities for referring to three women of color in the Public Defender's Office as "the Supremes" and for suggesting that a defendant who wanted to replace his public defender be given an "experienced male attorney."
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Interesting. Now more students at schools with a low graduation rate will have to take out more loans. Sallie Mae cuts student aid - News "Sallie Mae's decision to cut loans to students at colleges with low graduation rates will affect only a small number of AU students, according to Martha Holler, managing director of corporate communications for the company. 'A small number of AU students with low credit scores and no cosigner may see a decline in their approval rates and may need to work with another lender to secure a private loan,' Holler said in an e-mail."
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Bob Herbert has some sobering words for everyone drunk on the non-white male movement toward the White House. Stop smoking that weed of hope. Lowering the Volume - New York Times

"Those who may think that a woman or a black man will have an easy time winning the White House this year should switch from whatever it is they’re smoking."
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Aside from 24, this is my favorite show. I wanted to stab someone with a spoon when I heard it was moved from Wednesday to Thursday. I'm free and clear Wednesday, but I have class until 10pm on Thursday. I used to love watching it while communicating with my dysfunctional, confusion-addicted friends online.

So I watched last night's episode when I got home. Nothing much to say. The black guy that visited Hurley in the psych house scared me, but Locke looking through the peephole from INSIDE Jacob's house scared me more. I know a lot of people like Locke and I liked him in the 1st season when he was buddies with Walt and just sort of weird, but he is full-fledged crazy now. I still hate Jack, love Hurley and think Sawyer, Jin & Sayid are the hotness. I will still be awaiting the return of Mr. Eko and his Jesus stick and will not be satsified until he comes back.

Remember when Ben said to Jack "If they come here, everything living on this island will die?" Like me, you were probably thinking what a redundant statement. But think about it. You hav always suspected that not everyone on that island is living.
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Here's a video of a woman and the male lion she rescued. She is visiting him at the zoo she sent him to after he was healed. He loves her so much. This is really a sweet video of how he reacts to seeing her.

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Payrolls Drop for 1st Time Since 2003 - "Nervous employers cut 17,000 jobs in January _ the first such reduction in more than four years and a fresh trouble sign that the economy is in danger of stalling. The Labor Department's report, released Friday, also showed that the unemployment rate dipped slightly to 4.9 percent, from 5 percent, as the civilian labor force shrank slightly."
As noted on Thursday, the employment data in December and January are hard to read. Economist Ray Stone calls them the "dirtiest of the entire year," because weather and the usual swings in employment can cloud the underlying reality. But most economists believed weather and the seasonal factors would work in favor of January data that looked better it really was. Uh oh.

There is a 69% chance that the Fed will cut its target rate by 100 basis points to 2% by the end of April. Late Thursday, the contract price implied an 82% probability of a reduction to a 2.25% target rate, and a 62% chance of a 100 basis point cut.
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Seriously, can you get a bigger love fest than last night's debate?

I'm glad I didn't tape it. The 50 clips I've seen on TV and online this morning let me know it was quite the meet up. He held her chair out for her, they whispered into each other's ears. Personally I was hoping for a couple of impatient "Al Gore" type sighs, some rolling eyes and at least one, "B*&^ please," but what we got was an "I love you," and "Yes, but I love you more."

Obama is becoming more and more of a politician every day. It must be painful for Hillary to be so nice for so long. She probably went home and slapped Bill around for a couple of hours just to get her Mojo back. Boring.
Clinton, Obama debate with less finger-pointing -
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I really don't know why She Who Will Not Be Named doesn't like Hillary more considering they are so much me at least. Well, the neo-con war against John McCain has gotten its devil queen to attack the moderate. But she has to hate Mormons and blacks too, so I guess she has no choice but to vote for Hillary. YouTube - Coulter: I'll campaign for Hillary if McCain is the nominee
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Uhm...Cosby should probably stop taking advice from crazy people. This is one of the worst ideas ever. And BTW Bill, if you're going to talk about proper parenting, remember to mention that if you have out of wedlock children, you should probably not ignore that they exist until they grow up and try to extort you. Daily News - : Bill Cosby Working On Rap Album

"Bill Cosby - a staunch critic of some rap music - is set to release a Hip-Hop album called State of Emergency, which will be a sanitized, issue-oriented CD. Sources told that the actor, comedian and philanthropist will address issues like proper parenting, teen pregnancy, drug abuse, Black-on-Black crime and the dropout rate in America's high schools."
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"The Clinton campaign is buying an hour on the Hallmark Channel on the eve of Feb. 5 Super Tuesday presidential primaries to air part of a 90-minute national town hall meeting."
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Everyone is in love with him, I get it. I see the whole Messiah thing and I'm a little bit on board. But remember what his politics are. He is a liberal and, according to this latest poll, the most liberal out of 100 Senators. That includes Kennedy and Schumer and the rest. Seriously. CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time - Blogs from "Barack Obama has demonstrated his appeal to independent voters and even some Republicans as he campaigns for president, though a just-released study from the National Journal indicates the Illinois Democrat was the most liberal senator in 2007. Chief rival Hillary Clinton held the 16th most liberal voting record last year, the non-partisan survey of 99 major Senate votes found"
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