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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.
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!
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."
Super duper cool telescope allows Londoners and New Yorkers to view each other in real time. Wicked cool. Giant 'telescope' links London, New York - CNN.com
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.
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 - washingtonpost.com "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."
"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."
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.
GEORGE W. BUSH :
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.
COLIN POWELL :
Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road...
ANDERSON COOPER - CNN:
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.
JOHN KERRY :
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.
NANCY GRACE :
That chicken crossed the road because he's GUILTY! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.
PAT BUCHANAN :
To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.
MARTHA STEWART :
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.
DR SEUSS :
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.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY :
To die in the rain. Alone.
JERRY FALWELL :
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.
BARBARA WALTERS :
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.
JOHN LENNON :
Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.
It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.
BILL GATES :
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.
ALBERT EINSTEIN :
Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?
BILL CLINTON :
I did not cross the road with THAT chicken. What is your definition of chicken?
AL GORE :
I invented the chicken!
COLONEL SANDERS :
Did I miss one?
**bleep**Where 's my gun?
AL SHARPTON :
Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens
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' - USATODAY.com. "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."
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 - Politico.com
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.
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!
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
The retiring baby boomers are causing this and its only going to get worse. Bill for taxpayers swells by trillions - USATODAY.com "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 - USATODAY.com: "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 - USATODAY.com: "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."
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 - washingtonpost.com
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.
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 - washingtonpost.com, 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.
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 Sun-Sentinel.com. "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.
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."
Caught Without Care Some Detainees Are Drugged For Deportation (washingtonpost.com) "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."
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."
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."
Calif. appoints 1st black female legislative leader - USATODAY.com "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 - CNN.com
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.
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?
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.
Stereohyped shares with us Soulbounce.com'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
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. FT.com / 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."
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
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 - washingtonpost.com
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. wcbstv.com - 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."
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 .
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 - washingtonpost.com
“Matriarch of Interracial Marriage” Dies At 68 / Stereohyped
Halle Berry (12th time on the list - go girl)
Mary J. Blige (my life - top 10 songs)
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?
"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."
States' welfare caseloads starting to rise - USATODAY.com"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."
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 Newsweek.com "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."
Northwestern Univ. cancels honorary degree for Rev. Wright - On Politics - USATODAY.com
Oh, Man. That’s Embarrassing / Stereohyped
Kwame Kilpatrick Text Messages Released » Right Pundits
ABCNews.com: New Kwame Kilpatrick Text Messages, Still No Party Label NewsBusters.org
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
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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