Since most of the 11 people who read this are already my friends & family, most of you know this already. For the rest of you, Politopics is going to take a short hiatus for the summer. As you know, I just finished my second year of law school. Surprisingly, I am still alive and yes, I hate lawyers a little less than I used to. Before I start my final stretch in the Fall, I will be studying in Europe for the summer.
Yes, I'll be traveling throughout Europe when gas is $1 million a barrel and the dollar is worth 22cents. Perfect timing, right? My course is focused on comparative law; comparing American and European Union law. I'll be focusing on International Economic Law & Environmental Sustainability.

I'll be studying in London, Paris, Brussels & Geneva with hopefully a little time to jump to Milan and Barcelona for a day. Since the dollar is $1.60 to the Euro and almost $2 to the British pound, I will be much thinner when I get back. Let's face it. If you have to choose between eating and shopping in London, Paris & Milan, you know shopping is going to win.

I'm not falling off the face of the planet, so I might drop by Politopics and post pictures to make you all jealous. Wish me luck and I'll see you at the the end of the summer.!
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The Obama camp must be quite happy to hear this. Although nothing will stop the GOP from using Jeremiah Wright in the general election, this is a strong comeback that will diffuse the argument. ABC News: McCain Pastor: Islam Is a 'Conspiracy of Spiritual Evil'

Despite his call for the U.S. to win the "hearts and minds of the Islamic world," Sen. John McCain recruited the support of an evangelical minister who describes Islam as "anti-Christ" and Mohammed as "the mouthpiece of a conspiracy of spiritual evil." Late Thursday McCain announced he was rejecting Pastor Rod Parsley's endorsement he had once so eagerly sought.
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China's leader, President Hu Jintao and Russia's uhm...leader Putin Jr. are continuing the BFF relationship began by Putin & Jintao. United in their disdain for us. Russia, China unite against U.S. defense plan - Two states sign joint statement criticizing U.S. missile defense system plan.

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This survey says that people no longer know the rules of the road and if we took a test today, without a chance to prepare, we'd likely fail. People know the rules, they just don't follow them. Survey: Millions of drivers wouldn't pass driving test - May. 22, 2008 "About one in six U.S. drivers wouldn't be able to pass a written driving test if they took it today, according to a new study. The 2008 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test found that 16.4%, of drivers, or 33 million, don't know the rules of the road."

When we see that sign saying Speed Limit 55, we know that it means that we should not go above 55, but we have collected decided that it means 55 is the bare minimum anyone should go. I was driving behind some idiot this morning that was going 20 miles an hour and kept stepping on the brakes for no reason. When I finally got to drive around her, I looked in the car and b(*& was seriously on the wrong side of 85. I call for age limits!
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"Caribbean nationals in the United States who are pushing to be included as a separate category in that country's census count are about to launch 'CaribID 2010', a campaign to urge the government to allow them to be counted as the 17th group on the census form in 2010." Caribbean nationals push for own category in US census - JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM

This is a sad, sad shame. And all these people saying father's aren't necessary will be the ones that want the state (meaning you, the taxpayers) to pay for the consequences of fatherless boys and girls. Fathers aren't needed say MPs: Commons decides IVF babies can do without a male role model Mail Online "Fathers were last night effectively declared an irrelevance in modern Britain. The requirement for fertility doctors to consider a child's need for a male role model before giving women IVF treatment was scrapped by MPs."

Time Warner Chairman likely to step down Reuters "Time Warner Inc Chairman Richard Parsons said he is likely to step down in the next year, clearing the path for Chief Executive Jeffrey Bewkes to assume the role. "This is my last shot at this," Parsons said. "I will be the outgoing chairman after this year, probably." He added: "The company is sound. The problems we had when I became CEO are behind us."
Super duper cool telescope allows Londoners and New Yorkers to view each other in real time. Wicked cool. Giant 'telescope' links London, New York -
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May 18 - In 1896, Plessy v. Ferguson decision. In 1955, Mary McCleod Bethune died.

May 19 - In 1925, Malcolm X was born.

May 20 - In 1958, Robert Nix (PA) was elected to Congress. In 1984, The Cosby Show premiered.

May 22 - In 1966, Bill Cosby became 1st black to win an Emmy for starring role in "I Spy."

May 23 - In 1871, L. Bell patented locomotive smoke stack.

May 24 - In 1854, Lincoln University was founded.
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At U-Va., a Dean Making a Difference - "More black students graduate from the University of Virginia within six years than from any other public university in the country, and here's why: institutional commitment, an admissions process that selects strong students, generous financial aid and a network of peer advisers."

The chances of your kid succeeding in school do not depend on whether or not it's a boy or girl, but on how much money you make. No Crisis For Boys In Schools, Study Says - "A new study to be released today on gender equity in education concludes that a 'boys crisis' in U.S. schools is a myth and that both sexes have stayed the same or improved on standardized tests in the past decade. The report by the nonprofit American Association of University Women, which promotes education and equity for women, reviewed nearly 40 years of data on achievement from fourth grade to college and for the first time analyzed gender differences within economic and ethnic categories."
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As it cost me almost $60 to fill up my car's tank yesterday, I still agree with Warren Brown that these gas prices are a good thing. We need to move on from gas and the only way we're going to do it is if relying on it becomes too painful. Merely inconvenient is not enough. Warren Brown - A Secret Cheer for Gas Prices -

"Although few automobile executives will say so publicly, most of them, especially in the United States, are praying that gasoline prices remain high to help protect their multibillion-dollar investments in new vehicle propulsion technologies. That is because government-mandated investments to improve automobile fuel efficiency and emissions controls in the United States historically have been accompanied by ineffective government action to get consumers to buy the results."
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For today. Tomorrow McCain will be leading. Friday, they'll be tied. Sunday Obama will be back in the lead. Monday...well, you get it. These polls don't mean much in the long run. Enjoy it while you can. Obama leads McCain in November match: Reuters poll - Yahoo! News
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Why did the chicken cross the road?
The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must first deal with the problem on 'THIS' side of the road before it goes after the problem on the 'OTHER SIDE' of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he's acting by not taking on his 'CURRENT' problems before adding 'NEW' problems.

OPRAH : Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.

Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road...

We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

That chicken crossed the road because he's GUILTY! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.

To die in the rain. Alone.

Because the chicken was gay! Can't you people see the plain truth?' That's why they call it the 'other side.' Yes, my friends, that chicken is gay. And if you eat that chicken, you will become gay too. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the liberal media white washes with seemingly harmless phrases like 'the other side'. That chicke n should not be crossing the road. It's as plain and as simple as that.

In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.

Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its life long dream of crossing the road.

Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

I have just released eChicken2007, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your check book. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken. This new platform is much more stable and will never cra...#@&&^(C% ........ reboot.

Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

I did not cross the road with THAT chicken. What is your definition of chicken?

I invented the chicken!

Did I miss one?


**bleep**Where 's my gun?

Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens

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I can't help myself. I promise, I'll try to stop after this post.

Montana Native Americans love them some Barry, so they adopted him into their tribe. Obama 'adopted' by Crow Nation; now he's 'Barack Black Eagle' - "The Illinois senator was given a Crow name, Awe Kooda bilaxpak Kuuxshish, which means "one who helps people throughout the land." And, he was presented with several gifts -- including a bolo tie for him and intricately beaded buckskin baby-carrying pouches for his two daughters.

Obama, who was greeted by a large crowd -- many in traditional clothing -- pledged to deliver world-class health care and education to tribal nations and to "shake-up" the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. "Few have been ignored by Washington for as long as Native Americans," he told the cheering crowd in Crow Agency, Mont."
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Republicans are on the verge of going six years without an African-American governor, senator or House member. When W filled his cabinet with strong, intelligent and likable (at the time at least) black characters, it could have been a spring board for the party. Didn't happen.

A few years ago, the party launched a pretty public outreach effort to black voters and they had a few candidates in the tin for high profile positions in various states, but none of those candidates won and then Hurricane Katrina happened. Ken Mehlman admits the administration's response to the tragedy has played a role in undoing some of his progress while RNC chair. While some Republicans say they don't have any viable black candidates to place in races in 2008, others like former VP candidate, Jack Kemp, and former OK Rep. J.C. Watts say this is all about a "pitiful" recruiting strategy. Then there is the whole Obama thing.

You know how I feel about this. I don't believe in party affiliation and I like the trend of less blacks identifying themselves as Democrats. Although it would be nice to have a more even representation if people insist on joining a party, we are all better off on our own. GOP fails to recruit minorities -
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While the GOP and FOXNews are trying really hard to keep Rev. Wright on the agenda, The Left is trying to circulate more clips of McCain's buddy, Rev. Hagee saying crazy stuff. Talk To Action - Reclaiming Citizenship, History, and Faith. This audio sermon of Hagee's includes his view that Hitler and the Nazis were divine agents sent by God to chase Europe's Jews towards Palestine.

Hagee also, from his 2006 book "Jerusalem Countdown," believes that Jews today are still cursed because of something that happened in the bible thousands of years ago, so what do you want to bet he thinks we're cursed too?
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They are still talking about that raid from last week. I don't remember any raid since they started back up more frequently that has had such legs in the media. Immigration Raid Jars a Small Town. Monday's raid on the Agriprocessors plant, in which 389 immigrants were arrested and many held at a cattle exhibit hall, was the Bush administration's largest crackdown on illegal workers at a single site. It has upended this tree-lined community, which calls itself "Hometown to the World." Half of the school system's 600 students were absent Tuesday, including 90 percent of Hispanic children, because their parents were arrested or in hiding.

Current and former officials of the DHS say its raid on the largest employer in northeast Iowa reflects the administration's decision to put pressure on companies with large numbers of illegal immigrant workers, particularly in the meat industry. But its disruptive impact on the nation's largest supplier of kosher beef and on the surrounding community has provoked renewed criticism that the administration is disproportionately targeting workers instead of employers, and that the resulting turmoil is worse than the underlying crimes.
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Did you think I was kidding when I said I was going to use this awesomely gay drawing of Obama all the time?

So West Virginia KKK Senator Robert Byrd gave his endorsement to Barack Obama.The Charleston Gazette - Latest News - Byrd endorses Obama for president.

First, thanks a lot Bobbie. Maybe you could have done that before he got clobbered by 3 billion votes in your state. I know you're old and slow, but damn. Second, raise your hand if you're not impressed. I'm reading on the blogs that this is "historic" and what a big deal it is to come from the KKK to this. Really? My response? Meh. I'm not going to say this 185 year old man is still a a racist, but he will always be SUSPECT no matter what he does. Maybe he made a deal with that he can get a Confederate Flag draped over his coffin if he does this.

Byrd says, "I believe that Barack Obama is a shining young statesman, who possesses the personal temperament and courage necessary to extricate our country from this costly misadventure in Iraq, and to lead our nation at this challenging time in history. Barack Obama is a noble-hearted patriot and humble Christian, and he has my full faith and support,"

Okay, that was actually kind of nice, but he's still SUSPECT!
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Okay, as we all know, I am no longer swirling, but you know I love talking about anything that pisses bigots off, so here is some of the latest in Swirl News.

You all know the Corcoran family and all their $$$, right? Well Barbara Corcoran sells sinfully expensive real estate in the Hamptons, New York on the Upper West & East Sides, 5th & Park Avenue. Her ads have always been very sleek and impressive, but lily white. Except for the occasional Asian insert, people have given her flack about the lack of diversity.

Well, this ad in her new campaign is her compromise and all I have to say is, "where the brothers at?" I guess she could only meet us halfway. A whole black family would be a bit too much. And this picture is such BS. Park Avenue people do not have 4 kids and there is no home with 4 small kids and a dog that looks that pristine, I don't care how much money you have. The nanny must have went to the bathroom when this was being taken.

George Lucas and Mellody Hobson are still going strong and she looks great in this dress at the Cannes premiere of the new Indiana Jones movie. 'Indiana Jones' debuts at Cannes A Socialite's Life. I might be persuaded to go see this, but it would have to take a lot. Harrison Ford is too damn old to be a hero for me. Anyone born in the 1940s isn't outrunning anything.

You have to scroll down for this pic, but it is supposed to be Michael Jordan with his new girlfriend. E-Zine: (FAQs) about My Views.Yeah, too young clearly, but she is absolutely adorable. I wonder if all those pictures of him dancing dirty with other "too young" girls in the Caribbean the other week bothered her. I doubt it.

A friend of mine is trying out these two new sites. BWWDI is just for the sisters and MultiMixx is for everyone. They are both matching & event coordinators so you can associate with other miscegenators.

BWWDI - Black Women Who Date Interracially
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The market has tanked so far today as Oil reaches $129 a barrel. Good times.

The retiring baby boomers are causing this and its only going to get worse. Bill for taxpayers swells by trillions - "Taxpayers are on the hook for a record $57.3 trillion in federal liabilities to cover the lifetime benefits of everyone eligible for Medicare, Social Security and other government programs, a USA TODAY analysis found. That's nearly $500,000 per household."

Economists see improvement eventually, but also more pain - "First the good news: The worst of the painful housing slump and the credit crunch might end this year. Now the bad: The economy will weaken further and unemployment will rise.
That's the latest outlook from forecasters in a survey released Monday by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), which says t hat it will take time for any rays of light to poke through the economic clouds,."

New breed of American emerges in need of food - "As economists nationally debate whether the country is in recession and policymakers discuss ways to drive down gas prices, a new category of Americans combats hunger. Since 2006, soaring food and fuel prices have combined with lost jobs and stagnant wages to boost the number of Americans needing food aid. More than 41% of those on food stamps came from working families in 2006, up from 30% a decade earlier, according to the latest Agriculture Department data."
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As a chic living in Chicago and now D.C., I have a pretty honed gaydar. It's a requirement here. So excuse me if I'm wrong, but this is likely the gayest drawing of a politician (who is not actually gay) than I've ever seen. Willamette Week “For The Love of Politics” April 30th, 2008. The theme that WW was going for was a "Messiah" sort of thing to embody this foolish worship going on, but it looks more like something that would hang on my buddy Jason's bedroom wall. People get so upset if you make any fun of the Chosen One, but I think this is hilarious. It might replace the photoshopped pic of him smoking a cig, looking half sleep as my official Obama picture for every post I ever write for the rest of my life, even after he is no longer president. It's totally gay. And by gay, I mean awesome.
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The Fire Department claims 75,000 people came to see Obama in Portland Sunday. I don't care who you are or who you're voting for, you can't not be impressed by this. This is just one picture of a few sections of the crowd and it looks crazy. Video is circulating around the net that gives an even better view of everyone watching from across the lake and those in the water.

Conservative news sites are referring to them as "the faithful" trying very hard to pick up on that "this is a cult" theme. Drudge called this gathering "Obama Mass." Barry has played the humble part well up to this point, but this would go to the head of even the best of men. His head should be almost as big as his ears now. Can you just imagine how upsetting it is to all those bigots out there to see this black man being put on a pedastal so high by white people?

All I can say is it looks hot as hell out there and I can't imagine me standing with all those people around me for anyone short of Jesus, so maybe they are his faithful. They can't even hear him and you know they're just screaming and cheering till they lose their voices. Record Obama Crowd, the Size of a City -
Sen. Barack Obama has seen his share of large crowds over the last 15 months, but his campaign said they have not approached the numbers gathered along the waterfront here right now. The campaign, citing figures from Duane Bray, battalion chief of Portland Fire & Rescue, estimated that 75,000 people are watching him speak.

The scene suggests this is not an exaggeration. The sea of heads stretches for half a mile along the grassy embankment, while others watch from kayaks and power boats bobbing on the Willamette River. More hug the rails of the steel bridge that stretches across the water and crowds are even watching from jetties on the opposite shore.
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This story is so tragic, it's hard to even write about it. Every morning, more dead. Thousands, tens of thousands. What would an earthquake of that magnitude do to us? You can say what you want about shoddy Chinese architecture but a 7.9 is a huge earthquake and we've learned that our infrastructure is not as good as it should be. What really kills me is all the children. With China's one-child policy, many families lost their only child. And I'm told, can't confirm, that there is no retirement system in China, so these people might have also lost their only means of support in their old age.

There is no silver lining in this, but we can see the changing of the mentality in China through the small things. According to this article, Chinese Open Wallets for Quake Aid -, the number of donations by Chinese individuals and companies is unprecedented. Not only in numbers but because this is a country that has for so long believed that the government will take care of everything, including disasters, from the cradle to grave.
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The numbers of voting Americans is pretty sad, but has gotten better in the last two elections. Records are breaking all over for this Democratic election and maybe this will be the election where the black vote can countervail the white "I'm not voting for a black man" vote. Despite all our grandparents went through to get the right, many blacks who can vote, don't. In the South, a Force to Challenge the G.O.P. - New York Times "Should Mr. Obama become the Democratic nominee, he would still have to struggle for white swing voters in the South and in border states like West Virginia, where he lost decisively to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential primary. In West Virginia, where more than three-fourths of white voters chose Mrs. Clinton, 20 percent of the white voters said the race of the candidate mattered in their choice. But in Southern states with large black populations, like Alabama, Mississippi and Virginia, an energized black electorate could create a countervailing force, particularly if conservative white voters choose not to flock to Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee. Merle Black, a political scientist at Emory University in Atlanta, predicts “the largest black turnout in the history of the United States” this fall if Mr. Obama is the nominee."
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I think the appointment of Michelle Rhee to D.C. Schools Chancellor was one of the best decisions Mayor Fenty has made in his short time in office. She got started right away and is already implementing a strategy that includes kicking some butt, as in firing principals at underperforming schools. Rhee Offers Plan To Improve D.C.'s Troubled Schools - "D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee detailed plans yesterday for overhauling 26 academically troubled schools, saying she will replace principals and teachers, hire private education-management firms and install instructional programs to boost student achievement. The long-awaited plan, which is 400 pages, is required by the U.S. Department of Education to improve schools that have failed for five straight years to meet academic targets required by the No Child Left Behind law."

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So we all know that Cindy McCain is loaded. She's an heir to the Anheuser Busch fortune and has millions upon millions. But it's Obama that's the elitists. Whatever.
Because she has so much money, I can understand that she doesn't know exactly all of her investments, but she should have gone over them with her husband's campaign people when he decided to run for President or at least when he got the nomination. After the way the Clinton's investments and Obama's tax returns were made media meat, she can't say she didn't expect it.
So either she looked and didn't care or didn't look. Because it wasn't until an AP Reporter pointed out to her that she has holdings in the Sudan that she decided to sell them off. Cindy McCain Sells Sudan-Related Investments - Politics on The Huffington Post. This while her husband has been a critic of the violence in Sudan and has advocated for international financial sanctions against Sudan. Cindy's funds were worth more than $2 million. Now I'm wondering why she refuses to release her tax records. What else might one find?

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6 Feet, 6 Inches
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Brazil has always had its skin tone issue and I suspect that these new demographics will spark more discussion on them. Brazil's blacks will soon be in majority -- -- South Florida "Blacks will outnumber whites in Brazil this year for the first time since slavery was abolished, but the income gap between the two groups may take another 50 years to bridge, according to a government study released Tuesday.The government's Applied Institute of Economic Research said Brazil, which has the world's second-largest black population after Nigeria, is decades away from racial equality despite public policies aimed at decreasing the gap.Blacks generally earn 50 percent to 70 percent less than whites, and hold only 3.5 percent of management positions at Brazil's 500 largest companies, according to the labor-union statistics institute Diesse."

At least they're trying to face up to it. Very sad. South Africa faces up to 'wage apartheid' - Yahoo! News. Whites in South Africa earn five times more than their black counterparts on average, according to a new study, illustrating the enduring legacy of apartheid 14 years after its abolition. A study done for the UASA union made waves in the Rainbow Nation last week when it showed that whites bring home 450 percent more than blacks on average and 400 percent more than their mixed race peers.
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After their most recent loss in Mississippi, the GOP is worried. The threat posed by Bob Barr running as the Ross Perot of the 21st century worries them as well.

They are still counting on evangelical Christians to get on board with McCain, something they seem unwilling to do. They do believe, when it comes down to it, they will vote Red just to keep Blue out of the White House. However, they shouldn't assume that young evangelicals, active in politics more than ever, are going to come around. A good number of college-aged born again Christians are voting for Obama. Politics Young, evangelical ... for Obama? Seattle Times Newspaper

The Seattle Times talks about our little friend Dudley, going against the grain that his parents have followed.

"He's a born-again Christian with two family members in the military. He grew up in the Bible Belt, where almost everyone he knew was Republican. But this fall, he's breaking a handful of stereotypes: He plans to vote for Democrat Barack Obama. 'I think a lot of Christians are having trouble getting behind everything the Republicans stand for,' said Dudley, 20, a sophomore at Seattle Pacific University.

Dudley's disenchantment with the GOP isn't unique among young, devoutly Christian voters. According to a September 2007 survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, 15 percent of white evangelicals between 18 and 29, a group traditionally a shoo-in for the GOP, say they no longer identify with the Republican Party. Older evangelicals are also questioning their traditional allegiance, but not at the same rate."
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Here is John Edward's hilarious sketch on what will get his endorsement.

I don't know how successful and Obama/Edwards ticket would be, but it would be the hottest ticket ever in terms of looks.
Edwards endorses Obama -
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Caught Without Care Suicides Point to Gaps in Treatment ( "While tens of thousands of detainees inside immigration detention centers endure substandard medical care, people with mental illness are relegated to the darkest and most neglected corners of the system, according to interviews and thousands of internal documents, including e-mails, memos, autopsy reports and other medical records, obtained by The Washington Post. Doctors and nurses who often have difficulty detecting and treating physical ailments are having even greater problems managing the nuances of mental illness, documents and interviews show. Treating mental illness is a challenge in any context, but inside this closed, overburdened world, some psychiatric patients undergo months and sometimes years of undermedication or overmedication, misdiagnosis or no diagnosis."

Caught Without Care Some Detainees Are Drugged For Deportation ( "The U.S. government has injected hundreds of foreigners it has deported with dangerous psychotropic drugs against their will to keep them sedated during the trip back to their home country, according to medical records, internal documents and interviews with people who have been drugged. The government's forced use of antipsychotic drugs, in people who have no history of mental illness, includes dozens of cases in which the 'pre-flight cocktail,' as a document calls it, had such a potent effect that federal guards needed a wheelchair to move the slumped deportee onto an airplane."
Immigration and Violence Propel Father’s Crusade - New York Times "The Los Angeles Police Department was one of the first in the nation — nearly three decades ago — to institute a procedure that prohibits officers from initiating contact with people for the sole purpose of learning their immigration status.

But in the context of contemporary immigration politics, the procedure is now perceived in black neighborhoods and beyond as a roadblock to using immigration laws as a tool against Latino gang violence. A push to reverse the procedure, led by Mr. Shaw and viewed by many as a symbol of deeper racial conflicts in South Los Angeles, has inflamed tensions between many blacks and Hispanic immigrants, groups long resentful of each other as shifting demographics and a smattering of racially motivated killings have racked South Los Angeles."
Slow economy hits Hispanics hard - "Further, the weakening job market, and state and federal crackdowns on illegal immigrants, have reduced the number of Hispanics wiring money to Latin America. Millions of families who depend on so-called remittance payments could be pushed into poverty if current trends continue, according to the Inter-American Development Bank.The U.S. Hispanic unemployment rate jumped to 6.9% in April from 5.5% in April 2007. The African-American unemployment rate is higher, at 8.6%, but has risen less sharply in the past year. The white jobless rate was 4.4% in April."
Italy arrests 400 in illegal immigrants swoop | Reuters "Italian police announced on Thursday the arrest of hundreds of suspected illegal immigrants in a sign of the new right-wing government's determination to clamp down. Police arrested 383 people including 268 foreigners, with 53 immediately taken to the border for expulsion, in a week-long operation stretching from northern Italy to the Naples area."

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Detroit is still trying to fight this foolish man to get him out of office. Detroit City Council Votes to Request Removal of Mayor by Governor - New York Times "The Detroit City Council voted on Tuesday to ask the governor of Michigan to oust the city’s mayor, Kwame M. Kilpatrick, who is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. Mr. Kilpatrick has defied a demand the City Council made in March that he resign after the disclosure of evidence that he tried to cover up an extramarital affair with his chief of staff. The Council also voted Tuesday to try to force Mr. Kilpatrick from office on the ground that he violated Detroit’s city charter. Both resolutions passed 5 to 4."

Calif. appoints 1st black female legislative leader - "California on Tuesday installed the nation's first black female legislative leader, swearing in Los Angeles Democrat Karen Bass as speaker of the state Assembly. Bass said at the ceremony that she feels the weight of history on her shoulders. 'If we could only harness the power of our common humanity, I don't think there's anything we couldn't do for the people of this state,' she said."

The NY City cops continue to impress. A few of them are in a little hot water because they recently harassed some black dude and made him get out of his car without probable cause, according to the black dude. Oh yeah, the black dude happens to be the highest ranking black police officer in the NYPD. "The officer, Chief Douglas Zeigler, head of the Community Affairs Bureau, said there was no reason for the cops to approach his car, which was parked on the street, in the first place. The cops said they saw his gun through his rolled-down window and ordered him out of the car when, instead of identifying himself, he said, “Don’t you know who I am?” Despite the differing accounts, one of the of the cops has been stripped of his gun and badge and placed on modified duty. Embarrassing." Plainclothes officers in trouble - didn't recognize off-duty chief
When Racial Profiling Goes Wrong / Stereohyped

A teenager pleaded guilty Friday to a federal hate crime of threatening and intimidating civil rights marchers near Jena, Louisiana, last year by displaying hangman's nooses from the back of a pickup truck.Federal authorities announced Friday that Jeremiah Munsen, 18, of Colfax, Louisiana, admitted that he placed two large nooses on his truck on September 20. Teen pleads guilty to intimidating 'Jena 6' marchers -

At Auburn University, they are going to try out this new software that claims to remove bias from the admissions program but also maintain diversity, so both pro and anti-affirmative action foes will be happy. Admissions by Software :: Inside Higher Ed :: Higher Education's Source for News, and Views and Jobs
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It's okay to believe in aliens and God. This is what I hope for as I believe in creation and evolution in that God created us to evolve. The big bang theory sounds great, but still doesn't explain how you can get something from nothing. Not that the idea of a powerful being makes more sense than the big bang, but is it a coincidence that almost all of us believe in one? Even if by some miracle we were to find an island on this planet, never before discovered. We could guarantee 2 things. They would have some kind of family structure and they would worship some form of higher being.

Atheists and Scientists say I'm childish for holding onto this "God," but I don't think the two are mutually exclusive. And neither does the Vatican. Vatican: It's OK to believe in aliens - Yahoo! News. It's position is that believing that there is other life, even intelligent life, in the universe does not contradict God and his plan for us on this planet. It's all part of creation. Even if you take the bible literally, which I would advise against, there isn't anything that rules this out.

We've done a good job exploring our Milky Way. I'm still suspicious of whatever is going on on Titan, but I don't think there is any intelligent life here but us. But when I look at all the myriads of other galaxies (even if you include only the ones we can see - not the rest) and know that each of those galaxies have their own stars, planets, dwarf planets, moons, constellations and more, I find it hard to believe that there is nothing else out there; that its all just dead with nothing. Aside from being a waste of space, it just doesn't make much sense that in all of that, there isn't another planet, or planets, with some kind of life.

That being said, I don't think we'll ever find out. Maybe if we don't blow ourselves off our own planet and find a way to evolve into less violent and scared beings than we are now, we might, in a few thousand years, find a way to get to the Andromeda or Pegasus galaxies, our two closest neighbors and meet someone or something else, but I doubt it. We're stuck with each other.
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It's A Different World All Over Again? Remember the white chick that roomed with Denise & Jalessa? What if she had become valedictorian of Hillman?
At Moorehouse College, which I like to call, Hottie U, its making news that this year's 4.0 GPA valedictorian is a white guy. First White Student Delivers Valedictory Address at Morehouse College. Josh Packwood is headed to Goldman Sachs after graduation. He said he chose Morehouse because of the attention lavished on him by a recruiter and that the school granted him a "perspective" he wouldn’t have gotten in the Ivy League. Of his experience, he said, "I cannot tell you what a black man is. I really learned to look much deeper. It takes a lot of effort to know people."

Whatevs, honestly. Let's not make this a big deal. Most of the students don't care, but of course you have the selected "why can't they find a 4.0 brother to be valedictorian?" You mean like every year since the school opened? More and more white kids are going to HBCUs. The tuition is much more favorable and you get access to a lot more scholarships. Besides, Moorehouse, Howard, Spelman, FL A&M and the other elite black colleges are all good schools. If you can get into Howard and some McState U, Howard is the better choice. A highschool friend of mine choose Howard over Yale. Like many people I was in that "you don't turn down an Ivy League" so I was like, WTF, but I know better now and she made the right choice. She's doing extremely well and ended up getting her Law degree at Yale.
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So the Federal Arts Commission has decided that the new MLK memorial is too "confrontational." When I first read this and saw the image, I thought this was about the scary black man because the arms crossed gesture makes him look a little pissed off. I kind of like it, but the Christian in me is NOT a big fan of statues of individual people this huge. I guess its no different than the Lincoln or Jefferson Memorial.

However, their problem is not that he looks like an angry black man, but that it makes him look like a totalitarian dictator because it is done in a similar style as several dictatorships for decades such as China, Russia or the most recent one we tore down in Iraq. Maybe its the crossing of the arms. Either way, they want it torn down and done again. Wouldn't it be awesome if this thing was finished next year and a black president gave the unveiling speech? Yes or yes? Federal Arts Commission: MLK Memorial Too “Confrontational” / Stereohyped
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This is a new ad for Bey's fashion line, House of Dereon, one of the most horrid fashion lines in recent history. Wrong - Dlisted. I can imagine they received quite a few letters for this one with little baby girls looking like they're ready to head out for the club.
Stereohyped shares with us's 25 things that are killing urban music. I'll assume that Gangsta Rap is on there, right? 25 Things That Killed (and are Still Killing) Urban Music » SOULBOUNCE.COM

Big Head McJackass is still in trouble. New indictment against slugger Bonds unsealed - "Barry Bonds was charged in a new indictment Tuesday with 15 felony counts alleging he lied to a grand jury when he denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs and that he hampered the federal government's doping investigation. The career home run leader originally was charged in November by a federal grand jury with four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice, but in February U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ordered prosecutors to rewrite the indictment because multiple alleged lies were lumped into individual charges."
I'm disappointed that Debbie Allen's version of Cat was shut out of the drama awards, but not surprised. I didn't like this cast set up too much. Noni & James Earl Jones are great, but Terrence Howard? Come on. Cat Shut Out Of Drama Awards / Stereohyped
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A few interesting tidbits from the NY Times:
The All-White Elephant in the Room - New York Times If we’re to judge black candidates on their most controversial associates we must judge white politicians by the same yardstick. Yeah, good luck with that. --------------------------

Missing Records - New York Times John McCain’s age and his survival of skin cancer impose on him a larger duty than usual to provide detailed, timely disclosure about his health. If he is in good shape, it would be in his benefit to share his medical records because his age is one of his biggest cons even among people who like him.

Ignorance is very costly, not to mention painful to watch. / W Virginia keeps distance from Obama. Not that I expected a 67 year old white man from West Virginia to vote for Senator Obama, but this is ridiculous. "Like most people in Mingo County, West Virginia, Leonard Simpson is a lifelong Democrat. But given a choice between Barack Obama and John McCain in November, the 67-year-old retired coalminer would vote Republican. “I heard that Obama is a Muslim and his wife’s an atheist,” said Mr Simpson, drawing on a cigarette outside the fire station in Williamson, a coalmining town of 3,400 people surrounded by lush wooded hillsides."

Richard Wolffe & Evan Thomas wrote a this Newsweek article, Sit Back, Relax, Get Ready to Rumble, discussing how the GOP onslaught of Obama will commence. They have accused the GOP of a h successful history of using fear and racism to their advantage whether it be the "black man" or "hippies." They believe, and we all do don't we, that this Rev. Wright foolishness will look like a love letter compared to what they'll come out with once Hills realizes she lost and goes home. However, McCain is supposed to be a "good guy" so one of his men has taken issue with the article. McCain Adviser Responds to Newsweek’s Cover Story Newsweek
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Whether we like it or not, Vogue is IT in fashion magazines. And we've all had our issues with their portrayal (or lack of) black models. In July, Italian Vogue is coming out with a black only issue with Iman on the cover and its already creating a huge buzz. Every model will be black from various continents. If I can find it, I'm buying it. Where can you get an Italian Vogue. I'll be in Paris in June, so I wonder if I can get it there. If you can get your hands on one, buy it. My favorite black model these days is still Liya Kedebe. Picking up that Estee Lauder deal was a huge win and she's very involved in her foundation. Stereohyped has pictures of some of the models that will be included in the show. Darkroom / Stereohyped

And can we not all agree that Iman is still hot b&^% at 50? Yes or Yes? Fashionista - Vogue Italia Cover: Iman
That all-black Vogue Italia Frillr
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What do you think of this E-Verify system to weed illegals out of the SSN network? It's currently a voluntary program, but many in Congress are trying to make it mandatory and want it to be implemented in every corner of the country. With E-Verify, employers can check workers’ names against databases kept by the SS Administration and the DHS. About 61,000 employers have signed up. There are supposedly 7.4 million employers in the U.S. and they would be required to fire anyone who can't prove that they have a right to work here. What Social Security Isn’t Meant to Do - New York Times. "Expanding E-Verify and forcing Social Security to take on the enormous burden of immigration enforcement would have frightening implications for millions of people."
53 illegal immigrants held captive in Phoenix - "Fifty-three illegal immigrants found Sunday had been held against their will in a fortified home by suspected smugglers demanding more money, authorities said. The group of rescued immigrants included two 13-year-old girls, three women and a mentally disabled man. The rest were men, Department of Public Safety spokesman Harold Sanders said. Authorities began investigating Saturday after getting a tip that immigrants were being held captive. Sanders said the smugglers wanted an average of $2,500 for each person's release."
I am not in favor of denying a right to adopt a highway to any group that doesn't advocate someone illegal, sexually explicit and racist. Being against illegal immigration is none of those things, so they should get their sign. My Way News - Anti-illegal immigration group wants San Diego highway sign
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It looks like one of the Bush girls got married this weekend. It says the president cried. Awww. I love seeing Daddies cry at their daughter's wedding. Love the dress. Simple and elegant is the way to go. Also, as you can see from the pic in the link, the preacher was black. I wonder how many other black people were there. Texas Sidestep -

The WAPO's annual report on D.C. Area businesses shows what we all know. The government never goes out of business, so the economy in this area, since most companies feed off it one way or another, is not doing as bad as others. Slowed but Not Stalled -

This person seems to think that HIV/AIDS in Africa is such a problem because of its very common for people to have several lovers at the same time, as opposed to other cultures, who might have several lovers over a lifetime, but only one or two at the same time. So how would you fix that. AIDS Worker: Sex in Africa Is Different / Stereohyped

This is total bulls*&^. This man should be prosecuted. I don't care what race anyone was. This is horrible leadership and treatment. - N.J. Vice Principal Makes Students Eat On Floor "The investigation found a black vice principal forced students in a fifth grade bilingual class to eat their lunches while sitting on the gymnasium floor. The weeklong 'lunch detention' stemmed from behavioral problems in the class."
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Combining Last & This week:

May 4 - In 1897, J.H. Smith patented the lawn sprinkler. In 1961, Freedom Riders began protesting bus segregation.

May 6 - In 1960, The Civil Rights Act was signed.

May 7 - In 1963, Birmingham Civil Rights Protests began

May 8 - In 1970, Chicago Seven Black Panther Indictment Dropped.

May 9 - In 1862 Slaves in Georgia, Florida & South Carolina Freed.

May 10 - In 1994, Nelson Mandela Becomes first elected president of South Africa.

May 11 - In 1865, blacks demanded equal rights & ballots in Norfolk, VA.

May 14 - Abolition of slavery in Brazil in 1888

May 15 - In 1791, Civil Rights granted to free mulattoes in French colonies

May 16 - In 1966, Stokely Carmichael named head of SNCC

May 17 - In 1954 Brown v. Board of Education SCOTUS ruling .
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This June 12th, the swirl society will celebrate "Loving Day" which is a holiday for interracial couples named after the two people whose marriage overturned miscegenation laws across the nation. Some people refer to Mildred (black) and Richard (white) Loving as the parents of American interracial marriage. We all know that swirling has gone on since the beginning of time, but in America, this is a landmark decision, so it's appropriate. These weren't political, defiant attention seekers. They were very simple, basic people and had no idea when they were arrested for "cohabiting as man and wife, against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth(VA)," they would have a place in history.

Richard Loving died in a car accident several years ago, but Mildred Loving died last Friday at age 68. So think of her on the 12th of June.
Mildred Loving Followed Her Heart and Made History -
“Matriarch of Interracial Marriage” Dies At 68 / Stereohyped
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Another article on how the work Prince William County in VA is doing is influencing other surrounding DC counties. This one in a Maryland county where Hispanics changed the culture quickly and felt welcomed for a long time. Immigrants Feel Less Welcome in Frederick - "Suddenly, however, their presence is igniting a controversy that some fear could escalate into the kind of war over illegal immigration that has torn apart Prince William County. In the past month, the Frederick County sheriff has joined with federal authorities to identify and deport illegal immigrants, and county commissioners have proposed legislation to ban free translation of county business and require public schools to track down students who are in the United States illegally."

60-Plus Illegal Immigrants Found In Big Rig - Local News Story - KNSD "Border Patrol officials said Monday that they arrested more than 60 illegal immigrants over the weekend during a traffic stop. Authorities said they stopped the semi truck in East County at a checkpoint near the Kitchen Creek Road exit on Interstate 8 on Saturday at about 9:15 p.m. Border Patrol officials said they interviewed the driver, who admitted being an illegal immigrant."
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Another reminder that you are all just a bunch of bums & slugs. People's Beautiful People selection has been released and let's see about the color. Hudson, New Moms, Gossip Cast Deemed Beautiful - Yahoo! News.

Halle Berry (12th time on the list - go girl)
Nicole Richie
Jessica Alba
Christina Aguilera
Salma Hayek
Mary J. Blige (my life - top 10 songs)
Ton Park
Eva Longoria
Jason Taylor
Zoe Saldana
Cash Warren

Check out the issue if you want to see more.
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My favorite blog, Booker Rising, turned me on to this group. It's a wonderful thing, so check it out. Future Black Men of America, Inc. "Striving to help young Black Boys become responsible Black Men.""Future Black Men of America, Inc. (FBMA) is an organization designed to improve the quality of life for African American males. We hope to improve their chances of success by encouraging them towards success in education, emphasizing the importance of morals, values, ethics, and spirituality, and by empowering them to become socially and economically responsible for our society."
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After reading this Newsweek article, Why Oprah Winfrey Left Rev. Wright's Church, I just don't understand how Oprah can support Obama? She left the church and he stayed. Doesn't that mean he represents and agrees with everything about and in that church? What a hypocrite. And kudos to Newsweek for finding a way to drag this s*&^ out even longer.

Like 75% of the other people at that church, she joined to get an "in" with the movers and shakers in Chicago in 1985, when she was only a Goddess-In-Training. But then she decided to leave and Newsweek says that Wright was one of the reasons.

"According to two sources, Winfrey was never comfortable with the tone of Wright's more incendiary sermons, which she knew had the power to damage her standing as America's favorite daytime talk-show host. "Oprah is a businesswoman, first and foremost," said one longtime friend, who requested anonymity when discussing Winfrey's personal sentiments. "She's always been aware that her audience is very mainstream, and doing anything to offend them just wouldn't be smart. She's been around black churches all her life, so Reverend Wright's anger-filled message didn't surprise her. But it just wasn't what she was looking for in a church." Oprah's decision to distance herself came as a surprise to Wright, who told Christianity Today in 2002 that when he would "run into her socially … she would say, 'Here's my pastor!' " (Winfrey declined to comment. A Harpo Productions spokesperson would not confirm her reasons for leaving the church.)"
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UPDATE: After reading more about this story, this guy is a total douche, so I think the students might be perfectly justified.

We all have prejudices. Anyone who says they don't is either oblivious to their own prejudice, an idiot or lying. This alone is not racism.

We all know those people among us who look at everything a white person might say about race that they don't like or are offended by as racism and they have no hesitation in calling that person a racist. Racist is a hard label to shake off. Once you're called one, deserved or not, there isn't much you can do to shake it off. Hell, look at Obama. He's being called a racist just because his preacher was called one. You can be a racist by association. Fear and defensiveness of this label is one of the reasons why we can't have any substantive conversation about race.

Most reasonable people of all races know that playing the Race Card is a weak-minded person's game, but many people still fall for it. There is real racism out there and there are real racists in positions of power and influence, such as a professor having power & influence over students, with potential recruiters and other faculty. So, if you have any interest in fighting and exposing real racism, then I think you should have a problem with these crying wolf attacks. And I have no problem with someone filing a defamation suit as this professor has. Now, if the students have more than the fact that he is against affirmative action as their basis for calling him a racist, he's in trouble, but it doesn't seem they do. And I'm sorry, but anyone who has a brain knows that The Onion is famous for its equally offensive articles on just about everything; particularly things people consider above jest. Law Prof Sues Students, Says They Defamed Him by Calling Him a Racist ABA Journal - Law News Now.

"The suit by Richard Peltz says he took part in a legitimate debate on affirmative action at the invitation of the Black Law Students Association, the NYTimes reports. The two student defendants, Valerie Nation and Chrishuana Clark, are 3Ls. Besides the students, the suit names the local chapter of the student association, an association of black lawyers called the W. Harold Flowers Law Society in Little Rock, and the law society's president, Eric Buchanan. Members of the law students association had complained in a March 2007 letter to the law school dean about a 2005 incident in which Peltz showed a satirical article from The Onion about the death of Rosa Parks, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports."

Now, I would be more interested in finding out more about the latter part of this sentence: He also was accused of criticizing affirmative action and promising to award an extra point to black students who scored the same as whites on an exam. Racist or just a jackass?
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Border Patrol lets some illegals go — over and over again - Yahoo! News "Gonzalez and a group of other women and children — all Indians from the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca — have no interest in staying in the United States. All they want to do is panhandle outside El Paso businesses, using the children as lures.At the end of a productive day, they wait for the Border Patrol to come pick them up and drive them back to the border. Little dramas like this play out day after day, accounting for thousands of arrests but hardly any prosecutions in the past several years."
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CBS Poll: Support For Obama Rebounds, In Wake Of Controversy Over Former Pastor, Illinois Senator Builds Lead Over McCain, Clinton "Democrat Barack Obama appears to have rebounded from some of the damage caused by the controversy surrounding his former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times poll."

Poll: Voters approve of Obama's handling of Wright situation -

"Positive assessments of how Obama has handled the situation with Wright are also reflected by a continued lead over fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton in his battle for their party’s nomination. Among Democratic primary voters (those who have voted or plan to vote in a Democratic primary) Obama’s lead over Clinton has increased -- he now leads Clinton by twelve points, 50 percent to 38 percent. That’s up from his eight point lead in the poll released just a few days ago."

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States' welfare caseloads starting to rise -"State welfare rolls, which declined for more than a decade after a 1996 overhaul of the nation's cash-assistance program, are beginning to rise, due in part to the struggling economy. Federal data for the last half of 2007 show welfare rolls rose about 0.6%, and 27 states reported increases. That follows a decline of 68% since the federal law imposed work requirements, time limits and penalties for recipients who don't follow the rules."
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WE'RE # 2!!!!!

Is the fact that our Superpower status will not last forever finally getting through to people? Yes, we will recover from our current downslide, but the future is in China, India and yes, even Russia. We see this as they slowly replace us in many of the areas that we were 1st, best or only.

Fareed Zakaria’s ‘The Post-American World’ Newsweek International "American anxiety springs from something much deeper, a sense that large and disruptive forces are coursing through the world. In almost every industry, in every aspect of life, it feels like the patterns of the past are being scrambled. 'Whirl is king, having driven out Zeus,' wrote Aristophanes 2,400 years ago. And—for the first time in living memory—the United States does not seem to be leading the charge. Americans see that a new world is coming into being, but fear it is one being shaped in distant lands and by foreign people.

Look around. The world's tallest building is in Taipei, and will soon be in Dubai. Its largest publicly traded company is in Beijing. Its biggest refinery is being constructed in India. Its largest passenger airplane is built in Europe. The largest investment fund on the planet is in AbuDhabi; the biggest movie industry is Bollywood, not Hollywood.

Once quintessentially American icons have been usurped by the natives. The largest Ferris wheel is in Singapore. The largest casino is in Macao, which overtook Las Vegas in gambling revenues last year. America no longer dominates even its favorite sport, shopping. The Mall of America in Minnesota once boasted that it was the largest shopping mall in the world. Today it wouldn't make the top ten. In the most recent rankings, only two of the world's ten richest people are American. These lists are arbitrary and a bit silly, but consider that only ten years ago, the United States would have serenely topped almost every one of these categories."
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I'm from Evanston. It's a pretty liberal town & Northwestern is somewhat liberal. Either way, they love Obama big time in Evanston. Rev. Wright's honorary degree canceled by Northwestern - Yahoo! News. ``In light of the controversy around Dr. Wright and to ensure the celebratory character of commencement not be affected, the university has withdrawn its invitation to Dr. Wright,'' Cubbage said.

Northwestern Univ. cancels honorary degree for Rev. Wright - On Politics -
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" If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years. "

----Bertrand Russell
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My feelings about that whole Detroit fiasco have been made clear. His carrying on with this chick is pure foolishness. And you might say, it's nobody's business, but there are reasons these types of relationships among politicians & their staff are discourage. It's not my business, but it is the business of Detroit citizens. My problem is that he lied under oath. My problem is that with all the economic problems in Detroit, how can this city move on when this man won't leave office? Will the latest news make a difference? New text messages have emerged that are so...ghetto... that it is beyond embarrassing to me. But then again, Kirkpatrick & I are clearly not working on the same moral wavelength.

Oh, Man. That’s Embarrassing / Stereohyped
Kwame Kilpatrick Text Messages Released » Right Pundits New Kwame Kilpatrick Text Messages, Still No Party Label
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We lost 20,000 jobs last month, which is not good, but not as bad as expected. Unemployment went down. Job losses continue but less than expected - May. 2, 2008

And Wall Street seems to be in a better mood of late, but the IHT wonders if its too early to think a turn around is coming? Wall Street mood swing: Gloom gives way to (premature?) optimism - International Herald Tribune
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Interesting update on the May Day parades. I would have thought that the increased enforcement on illegal immigration would spur these groups to be more vocal, but that isn't happening. Crowds Are Smaller at Protests by Immigrants - New York Times "The May Day demonstrations were significantly smaller than in previous years, and gone were calls for a nationwide boycott of businesses and work, as protest leaders had urged last year. The Spanish-language D.J.’s who had heavily promoted previous marches stuck largely to their regular programming. And disagreements among advocates over the best approach to winning legal status for illegal immigrants had diminished organizing firepower, with many groups turning their attention to voter registration and citizenship drives."
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The Family Guy is both funny and terribly offensive. I guess its kind of an art. It's no Simpsons, but I like the baby. He's hilarious. It turns out that, of all the side characters, Cleveland is getting his own show; the black friend. I can just imagine how many letters FOX will get from black groups after the first episode. New Details Emerge On ‘Cleveland’ Series: Do The Sterotypes Shown Set Blacks Back? Highbrid Nation Because Knowledge is Power
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Bush has fallen short on his reading initiative for inner city schools. An Initiative on Reading Is Rated Ineffective - New York Times "The program, known as Reading First, drew on some of Mr. Bush’s educational experiences as Texas governor, and at his insistence Congress included it in the federal No Child Left Behind legislation that passed by bipartisan majorities in 2001. It has been a subject of dispute almost ever since, however, with the Bush administration and some state officials characterizing the program as beneficial for young students, and Congressional Democrats and federal investigators criticizing conflict of interest among its top advisers."
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Didn't I tell you? When this whole D.C. Madame thing broke out and they said there were very prominent Washingtonians in there, I said this lady is going to go missing. A senator here, a Congressman there and a couple of government something or others later, I was starting to doubt my own prediction. Her trial ended and she was convicted, so I thought, "how is she going to reduce her sentencing? She's going to name names." Now she is dead and suicide.....I don't think so. I feel sorry for her family.

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I know that whenever we hear news about a group of blacks being singled out for anything, the initial reaction is "no they didn't!" and 99% of the time it's probably true whether the people doing the "singling out" are black or not. But what about this case? A school district in Sacramento called all black students into a special meeting in the cafeteria to discuss their test scores and tell them that they are scoring lower than whites. Is this a self-serving motive on the school's part or are they really concerned about the topic of test scores? - School District Apologizes for Singling Out African American Students

"Fields (principal) flew out of town after a morning meeting on Friday and did not return calls from News10. "What I can say is that on Ms. Fields part is it was a well intentioned attempt to bring up and discuss the issue of the achievement gap," said Hernandez(district rep). "And obviously it did not come off as she had hoped it would."

After several parents complained about Wednesday's meeting, Fields sent a note home to parents explaining her motivation. It reads in part; "The research is showing that African American and Hispanic students are not scoring as high as white students on state tests such as the STAR test. I decided to talk with students about this issue and put together a series of meetings with minority students at our school. The purpose of these meetings was to give our students a 'boost' to motivate them to do their very best."

Is that wrong? From the article, it seems the problem that most parents had was that their kids were singled out, not so much what the topic was. They seem to think it wouldn't have been as bad if it was Black & Hispanic. The school was going to have a Hispanic meeting over the same topic but it has been cancelled due to the backlash. I think the kids would have felt more uncomfortable if they called all the students there and then talked about the underperformance of black & Hispanic students. Or should they be doing this at all? Schools are being held accountable for their test scores, so they have a vested interest in getting those numbers up.

I think I might like to know more than this to decide if I think its foolishness. What was her plan? Field's will be meeting with parents soon to discuss this. Was she planning to help them improve their skills or give them tips/resources to better prep for the test or was she just goingto remind them that they don't do well and need to do better?
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The market was doing fine yesterday, but then tanked again after the Fed news came out. Still it's back close to 13,000 which is good.
It's rough all over and Cali is getting it bad too. L.A. Land : Los Angeles Times : California foreclosure "surge": Up 327% from '07 levels. From DataQuick's report on California foreclosures in the first three months of 2008: "Trustees Deeds recorded, or the actual loss of a home to foreclosure, totaled 47,171 during the first quarter. ... Last quarter's total rose 48.9 percent from 31,676 in the previous quarter, and jumped 327.6 percent from 11,032 in first quarter 2007." That translates into 517 foreclosures every day in the first quarter of 2008.
It's moving. So some of the deniers want to say that it isn't a recession until inflation outpaces growth and growth has be negative. It can't be static. Those people felt good about this news. Those of us who had to buy eggs and rice or a plane ticket...not so much. Economy grows by only 0.6 percent in first quarter: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance
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We must remember that, as compelling as a preacher having a cat fight with a senator is, there is still a war going on, American soldiers being killed and this is what we should be talking about. US troop deaths hit 7-month high in Iraq - Yahoo! News

The killings of three U.S. soldiers in separate attacks in Baghdad pushed the American death toll for April up to 47, making it the deadliest month since September.
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April 27 - In 1961 Sierra Leone granted Independence

April 28 - In 1839, Cinque led Amistad ship to mutiny. In 1847, George Vashon was admitted to the NY State bar.
April 29 - In 1899, Duke Ellington was born

April 30 - In 1828, Shaka Zulu was killed. In 1983 "Memphis Blues" honored at the Smithsonian.

May 1 - In 1867 Howard University opened in Chocolate City

May 2 - In 1920, first game of the National Negro Baseball League was played.

May 3 - In 1947, SCOTUS struck down restrictive covenants.
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Illegal immigration enforcement, backed by the economy, is effecting what Latinos in the U.S. are sending back to Mexico. Fewer Latino immigrants in U.S. sending money home - International Herald Tribune "More than three million Latin American immigrants in the United States, responding to the economic downturn and new uncertainties about their future, have stopped sending money home to their families in the last two years, according to a survey released on Wednesday by the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington. Only 50 percent of some 18.9 million Latino immigrants in this country now send money regularly to relatives in their home countries, compared with 73 percent two years ago, the survey found."
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At least someone is living large off your hard earned dollars. This is where your taxpayers are going, folks. What Would You Drive, if the Taxpayers Paid? - New York Times. These members of Congress are not footing the bill out of their own substantial salary to be driven to work Monday thru Thursday approximately 30 or so weeks out of the year because let's face it, they are on "break" more and more it seems. The most expensive? NY's Congressman Gregory Meek's 2007 Lexus cost you $998/month. Another New Yorker, Charles Rangel drives a super-sized Caddy for $777.54/month. He boast about how he can fit a desk in it. 17 feet long? This is some bulls&^%.
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First he condemns suspect RNC ads of Obama/Wright in North Carolina. Now, he's offering a spending plan that will cost an additional billions of dollars. Good way to get that base enthusiastic. Although, if they voted for W in 2004, many Republicans seem uninterested in cutting spending. My Way News - McCain promises billions in spending "Republican John McCain is making promises that would cost billions of taxpayer dollars, yet he is vague about how he would pay for them. McCain is handing around a campaign grab bag of goodies. There are little treats like a summer gas-tax holiday and new mortgages for struggling homeowners, and there are big plums like tax breaks for corporations and families with children."
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