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Hurricanes & Conventions

8.31.2008

What will the RNC do if Gustav continues on its course at this strength? Will they postpone? Will it look like more Republican apathy to the suffering of Americans if they don't? Can you imagine confetti and appluase while New Orleans floods again?

Governments are already evacuating cities and poor New Orleans, only 3 years after Katrina. Can these people take it? Honestly, I wouldn't live in such a hurricane-prone area after experiencing Katrina, but I understand that home is home to many people. At least people are actually taking it serious enough to leave and not wait around for the government to help them out.

NY Daily News: No shelter for those that stay in New Orleans as Gustav approaches
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The Palin Pick


I'm not sure what to think? I like that she's young, but completely inexperienced, especially in foreign relations. The only way I know about her is that Stephen Colbert talks about how hot he thinks she is on his show.
Here's her Wiki Page. I think it might be a little too obvious a ploy to get angry women over Hillary's absence on the blue ticket. We'll certainly see.

Palin’s hubby and son not Republicans - Kenneth P. Vogel - Politico.com: "Democrats may be blasting Sarah Palin as a doctrinaire conservative, and Republicans may be embracing her for the same reason, but her husband and oldest son are independents. Or, more precisely, their party affiliation is listed as “undeclared” on voter registration records retrieved from the Alaska Division of Elections."

Op-Ed Columnist - Vice in Go-Go Boots? NYTimes.com: "The guilty pleasure I miss most when I’m out slogging on the campaign trail is the chance to sprawl on the chaise and watch a vacuously spunky and generically sassy chick flick. So imagine my delight, my absolute astonishment, when the hokey chick flick came out on the trail, a Cinderella story so preposterous it’s hard to believe it’s not premiering on Lifetime. Instead of going home and watching “Miss Congeniality” with Sandra Bullock, I get to stay here and watch “Miss Congeniality” with Sarah Palin."


Drawing Women’s Attention, Maybe Not Allegiance - NYTimes.com: "Some, particularly women leaning toward a Republican ticket or who share Ms. Palin’s staunch anti-abortion views, see it as a winning choice that they can happily embrace. But others, particularly the undecided women Mr. McCain is trying to reach, say this is the wrong woman, lacking experience and on the wrong side of the issues, like abortion, the Iraq war and the environment, that matter most to them."

Campaigns Shift as McCain Choice Alters the Race - NYTimes.com: "Senators John McCain and Barack Obama have begun recalibrating their strategies for the presidential campaign — and reconsidering some of their basic assumptions about which states and voters are in play — in a contest recast by Mr. McCain’s unexpected selection of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate."
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Black History Week

August 31 - In 1863, Henry Blaire patented the cotton planting machine.

September 1 - In 1977, Ethel Waters died.

September 3 - In 1886, Alain Locke, the 1st black Rhodes Scholar, was born.

September 4 - In 1974, The Black Caucus had its 1st meeting with President Ford

September 5 - In 1877, Pap Singleton founded Singleton's Colony in Kansas

September 6 - In 1800 James Durham was 1st black recognized doctor
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I Was There

8.29.2008




Okay, so I wasn't actually there, but I watched it on TV and I was aware of the history and in my opinion that's what it was about. Obama did better than good. He did a very good job. He didn't do a great job, but he didn't have to. The significance of the moment was what mattered. I don't care what your political affiliation is or whether you plan to vote for him or not. How can that moment not matter to you?

General consensus was that the speech was great. Even conservatives that try to paint him as the worst thing that could ever happen to America were impressed. Even Bill Kristol thought it was glorious. This may be one of the signs of the apocalypse, but I agree with Pat Buchanan. Pat loved the speech. He thought it was great because he thought it was a "strong, manly speech" and the Democrats haven't had that in a long time. They've had emotional, inspiring, entertaining and logical speeches, but there was no sign of Dukakis on that stage last night.

I saw a man give the audience standing in front of him what they wanted. They didn't want to hear about HOPE. They wanted to know he was not going to be John Kerry. He was not going to let the Republicans bash him about the head and neck without fighting back. I think he did that. He attacked McCain very specifically and deliberately several times and he said, "Come get me. I'm not afraid and I will get you back." I guess that's what Buchanan meant.

I thought the bells and whistles afterward was a bit too circus-like and he spent too much time on the laundry list, but I loved seeing that beautiful black family on the stage. And WTF with the b*&% in the McCain camp trying to steal the moment with VP speculation? Foul. It's like A-Rod trying to upstage the World Series. McCain is a better man than that. He needs to get his boys under control.

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She Gave It A Good Try

8.27.2008


What did you think of Hills speech last night? I never believe anything she says, so putting that aside, she seemed somewhat sincere in her support of Barry. We all know better, but you gotta do what you gotta do. This party has been too good to her for her to not support its candidate, even if it isn't her.
I saw the video of women in the audience with tears on their face. Grow a pair, ladies. Your candidate lost. It happens every 4 years and the rest of the party gets behind the winner.
Worried about Hillary? Don't be. She's either fine tuning her 2012 acceptance speech or trying on that SCOTUS robe right now. She'll be just fine.
Clinton Rallies Her Troops to Fight for an Obama Victory - NYTimes.com





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Michelle's Speech

8.26.2008

I didn't see the whole speech. Law school is back on, so I'm limited in what I can watch on TV. What I did see of it was very good. She wasn't very passionate and I know some people were disappointed with that, but she was herself. She was intelligent and logical. She is a practical woman who focuses on her message and doesn't include the bells and whistles. I thought she looked great and held herself with class. Mentioning her father and her upbringing was touching. Other than that, I guess Kennedy was the star of the evening.

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Illegal Immigration Update

8.25.2008

Why was the offer even made? They know that the chances of them getting caught and put in jail aren't worth deportation. They know that ICE is overloaded and the process takes forever. Immigration Authorities’ No-Jail Offer Is Withdrawn - NYTimes.com

"Immigration authorities on Friday ended a trial offer not to jail illegal immigrants who had been ordered to leave the country if they surrendered at government offices. In the three weeks that the federal immigration agency tested the program in a handful of cities, only eight people came forward.

How, why and even whether the program flopped was debated by the agency, Immigration and Customs and Enforcement, and advocates for immigrants. The latter called the program a publicity stunt and predicted that the agency would now stage more of the raids that have forcibly removed record numbers of illegal immigrants over the last few years."

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Editorial - That’s 8 Out of 457,000 - Editorial - NYTimes.com: "This month, the Bush administration rolled out a new strategy to solve illegal immigration and just as quickly rolled it back in. It was called Operation Scheduled Departure, and it was simply this: It asked people to turn themselves in.

Those who showed up would have 90 days to get their affairs in order — to find foster parents for their citizen children; to settle mortgages and car loans; to prepare themselves for new lives in the old country. Of the 457,000 people facing deportation orders, eight took the bait. The program was scrapped after three weeks.

It is tempting to mock the administration for naïve conception and even worse execution, but that would give it too much credit for sincerity. Immigration and Customs Enforcement could never have expected to reap a big crop of undocumented people this way."
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Race In The Race


MATT BAI, with the NYTimes, says it would be naïve to suggest that race won’t figure in the election. But the danger for Democrats is that dark prophecies of prejudice could be self-fulfilling.
The Race Isn’t About Race - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com

"LIKE so much in his presidential campaign, Barack Obama’s search for a running mate was shadowed by the specter of race. In the weeks leading up to his decision, as a flurry of new polls showed Mr. Obama and John McCain to be almost deadlocked, many Democrats and some members of the news media embraced a new article of faith: Lower-income white voters are resisting Mr. Obama’s candidacy principally because he is African-American. “Where he’s lagging is among white voters, and with older ones in particular," John Heilemann wrote in New York magazine this month. “Call me crazy, but isn’t it possible, just possible, that Obama’s lead is being inhibited by the fact that he is, you know, black?"

Based on the individual issue responses of most Americans, this contest shoudl no be a close as it is.
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Progress for some means no more excuses for others. I've read a lot of blog posts and articles on how Obama's achievement as a real Democratic presidential candidate and ultimately his election to President of the United States and Leader of the Free World if it happens, might put a chink in the "America is unfair to blacks" crowd.

Blacks Debate Civil Rights Risk in Obama’s Rise - NYTimes.com "Mr. Harrison, a demographer who is black, says he expects to feel chills when Mr. Obama becomes the first black presidential candidate to lead a major party ticket. But as the Democratic convention gets under way, Mr. Harrison’s anticipation is tempered by uneasiness as he wonders: Will Mr. Obama’s success further the notion that the long struggle for racial equality has finally been won?

Mr. Obama has received overwhelming support from black voters, many of whom believe he will help bridge the nation’s racial divide. But even as they cheer him on, some black scholars, bloggers and others who closely follow the race worry that Mr. Obama’s historic achievements might make it harder to rally support for policies intended to combat racial discrimination, racial inequities and urban poverty."
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Singer/Actress Aaliyah died ten years ago today. Very sad. Aaliyah Memorial Fund (Aaliyah.com)

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Disney Is Taking The Lead In TV Diversity Generation Mix - Youth TV Takes the Lead in Diversity Casting - NYTimes.com

"Of the 15 nominees for lead actress in a drama, comedy or mini-series, two are members of ethnic minorities: America Ferrera, who won in the comedy category last year for “Ugly Betty,” and Phylicia Rashad, nominated for the television movie “A Raisin in the Sun.” Three of the 10 nominees for supporting actress are members of minority groups as well: Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson of “Grey’s Anatomy,” and Vanessa Williams of “Ugly Betty.”

It is, perhaps, no coincidence that those five women were all nominated for roles in programs broadcast on ABC, which, like the Disney Channel, is owned by the Walt Disney Company.
“When you look at our programs, the most popular ones — ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Lost,’ ‘Desperate Housewives’ — one of the things they have in common is diversity in lead characters and stories,” said Robert Mendez, senior vice president for diversity at the Disney-ABC Television Group. “We believe that diversity makes those shows much more interesting.”
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Lisa Bonet is pregnant again. I guess if Jason Momoa was my husband, I might be as well. This is a picture of her, her belly and her daughters. Her oldest daughter is from her first husband. Jason is just ridiculously beautiful on TV, but in real life, they look like slobs. Lisa Bonet Spends Day Out with Daughters : Celebrity Baby Blog
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Regina King is a very good actress and she does not get meaty enough roles. I was very disappointed at how slim her role in 24 was last year. Hopefully, this will be better. EURweb.com - REGINA KING BOOKS NBC DRAMA: Actress cast as detective in pilot, 'LAPD.'
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Black History Week

8.24.2008

August 24 - In 1950 Edith Sampson was the 1st black person appointed to the U.N. In 1927, Althea Gibson was born.

August 25 - In 1862, 5,000 slaves were armed by the Secretary of War

August 26 - In 1943 William L. Dawson elected Black Democratic Party vice president candidate

August 27 - In 1963 W.E.B. DuBois died.

August 28 - In 1963, the March on Washington happened.

August 29 - In 1977, Lou Brock set stolen base record.

August 30 - In 1800, Gabriel Prosser led a slave revolt in Virginia. In 1983, Guion Bluford became 1st black astronaut in space.
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BIDEN?...MEH

8.23.2008


I am very underwhelmed by this choice. Biden has some good qualities but he wreaks of old, old Capitol Hill and he never shuts his mouth. Besides, who cares about Delaware? And yes, I am aware that Biden brings considerable foreign policy experience to the ticket, but I still do not believe that was Obama's soft point. I really thought that Evan Bayh was going to be the choice. Obama could really have used the conservative balance.
Obama Chooses Biden as Running Mate - NYTimes.com

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A New Site to Check Out

8.21.2008


The site has nothing to do with Kerry Washington. I just saw this picture of her and I liked it. She's a black girl.


That Black Girl Site The Place Where Sisters Have Their Say
Being a black girl has nothing to do with your age or income and has everything to do with your attitude. We know it is the feeling that resides at the very core of your being. It is also the part of you that needs to be nurtured and celebrated. There is no better place to do that but in the company of your sisters. That’s why we’ve created this site. This is the place to figure out what matters at every age and stage of your life. So we invite you to explore, contribute, connect and soar.
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Illegal Immigration Update


Supervisor at Iowa Meat Plant Asks That Judge Step Aside - NYTimes.com
A packing house floor supervisor who is facing criminal immigration charges stemming from his work at a meat plant in Iowa has asked the federal judge hearing his case to recuse herself, claiming she is not impartial. The supervisor, Martin de la Rosa Loera, worked at the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa, where 389 illegal immigrant workers were detained in a raid on May 12, the largest immigration enforcement operation at a single workplace.

Immigrants’ Speedy Trials After Raid Become Issue - NYTimes.com
Immigration and criminal defense lawyers were stunned in May when nearly 300 illegal immigrant workers who had been detained in a raid at an Iowa meatpacking plant were convicted on criminal charges and sentenced to prison — all in just four days. After nearly 300 illegal immigrants were taken into custody in May in Postville, Iowa, they were tried, convicted and sentenced, based on scripts prepared by the court and prosecutors. Now the legal blueprint for those extraordinarily swift proceedings has come to light, and it is raising questions about the close collaboration in the months before the raid between the federal court in Iowa and the prosecutors who pressed the charges.

Editorial - Day Laborers and Home Depot - NYTimes.com "It’s rare, in the parched landscape of the immigration debate, to come across policies that are simple, realistic and humane. But here is one: The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote on Wednesday on an ordinance requiring big-box home-improvement stores to protect order and safety when day laborers gather in their parking lots looking for work. The ordinance is primarily aimed at Home Depot, which has 11 stores in Los Angeles and would like to open at least a dozen more. It would require new or renovating stores to have a plan for what to do when the day laborers show up, as they almost always do when Home Depot moves in"
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Jesse Jackson


I think a rejection of a Jackson speech at the DNC would be about the strongest symbol of out with the old and in with the new.
TheHill.com - Jesse Jackson’s convention streak in doubt
"The Rev. Jesse Jackson has spoken at every Democratic convention since 1984, but that streak may come to an end this year. Jackson, a controversial civil rights activist who ran for president in 1984 and 1988, last month had to apologize for saying Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) “is talking down to black people.” With a microphone recording what Jackson thought was a private conversation prior to an appearance on Fox News, he went on to make other critical comments about Obama. Jackson used a racially charged remark and also said he would like to remove a part of the male anatomy from Obama."


Jesse Jackson Speaks On Obama, Race, and the N-word : Essence.com
"More than a month has passed since the Reverend Jesse Jackson uttered remarks about Senator Barack Obama “talking down to Black people” and “telling n—s how to behave.” The comments, picked up by a microphone during a break for a Fox News interview, prompted critics to dismiss the civil rights activist and two-time U.S. presidential candidate as a relic from the past. In a candid conversation with ESSENCE editors Tatsha Robertson and Cynthia Gordy, Jackson responds to the backlash and explains why he thinks he’s just as relevant as ever."
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China's Bible Problem

8.20.2008


"Chinese customs officials confiscated more than 300 Bibles on Sunday from four American Christians who arrived in a southwestern city with plans to distribute them, the group's leader said. The Bibles were taken from the group's checked luggage after they landed at the airport in the city of Kunming, said Pat Klein, head of Vision Beyond Borders. The group, based in Sheridan, Wyoming, distributes Bibles and Christian teaching materials around the world to "strengthen the persecuted church," according to its Web site."

China confiscates Bibles from American Christians - Yahoo! News
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IN THEIR OPINION

8.18.2008

NY Times columnist, Paul Krugman, says that the Obama camp has not been vocal enough on the issue that Americans have made clear means more to them than anything else; the economy. Op-Ed Columnist - It’s the Economy Stupor - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com


Judith Warner says that the Democrat's new stand on abortion is not cool with many Pro-Choice advocates. I think its great that pro-life messages within the party are getting louder. It will go a long way in focusing the conversation more on lowering the massive amount of abortions instead of just keeping it legal to have one. Walking the Abortion Plank - New York Times Blog
I didn't watch this weekend's debate, town-hall or whatever its called because I'm trying to have as much of a life as I can before school starts next week, but William Kristol's column says that McCain outperformed Obama. I'm not sure he's the most objective analyst, but what did you think?
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THE FOOD NETWORK GETS SOME COLOR


The Food Network used to be considered porn for fat people, but not anymore. We all love it. Paula Deen, Alton Brown and Bobby Flay are my favorites. I've been watching the network for years, but have also complained about there not being enough black people on there.

Man have they come through. Check out the schedule.

The Neelys are adorable. Watching their show, Down Home with the Neelys, is like being in the kitchen as a kid when people are over and the kitchen is full of laughter and great stories. It's nice to see a real, as opposed to fiction, strong black family on TV. The Neely's have two shows. The other is a road show called Road Tasted that I haven't seen yet.

Big Daddy's House features the brother that won The Next Food Network Star last season, Aaron McCargo. This guy is a character and his mouth goes non-stop, but he's funny too. Many of his show's segments include family members as well.

Sunny Anderson is a sister who hosts a show called Cooking for Real with Sunny. She's sort of like a black version of Rachel Ray in that she cooks with basic stuff keeping in mind that most of us don't have a herb garden in the backyard and very little time. She tells us stories about her family and growing up while she cooks. Her other show is called How Did That Get On My Plate? where she travels to the origin of foods we eat every day and shows how the process works.

Sugar Rush features Warren Brown the well-known owner of Cake Love here in D.C. With the exception of ice cream and the occassional pie, I don't do sweets and I don't like cake, so I've never watched this, but this brother used to be a lawyer and left it al behind to open a cake store.

The Chef Jeff Project is a reality show about a former brother who used to be a drug dealer in L.A. and choose to turn his life around. He made it to be Head Chef at the Bellagio and he runs this project for kids. All of these kids have gotten in trouble, a few of them have already been in jail and he puts them through a Culinary Boot Camp. It's a sort of tough love show while he teaches them about honest work, taking responsibility and wanting something positive. I think it might be good. The brother is trying to do something real and the Food Network is going to pay him for it, so cool.
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Swift Boating Barry


The man, Jerome Corsi, who wrote the book that experts say sunk John Kerry's campaign, has released a book he hopes will do the same to Obama. In Obama Nation, Corsi attacks everything about Obama, appearantly whether its true or not. He targets Obama's radical liberalism and his attempts to cover up his extensive connections to Islam. He also says that he's a druggie. Book on Obama Hopes to Repeat Anti-Kerry Feat - NYTimes.com

I think the biggest issue with the swift boating was the Kerry's camp refusal to take it seriously and attack back with vigor. It looks like the Obama camp isn't going to wait and see if it sticks this time.

"Significant parts of the book, whose subtitle is “Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,” have already been challenged as misleading or false in the days since its debut on Aug. 1. Nonetheless, it is to make its first appearance on The New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction hardcovers this Sunday — at No. 1."

I have the book and I'll be reading it. I'll let you know some time next month what I thought of it.
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Black History Week

8.17.2008

August 17 - In 1972 Andrew Young was elected to Congress. In 1887 Marcus Garvey was born.

August 18 - In 1963 James Meredith graduated from the Univ of Mississippi

August 19 - IN 1884 M.C. Harvey patented the lantern

August 20 - In 1619, 20 Africans brought as involuntary settlers to Jamestown.

August 21 - Nat Turner led slave revolt. In 1989, the Atlanta NAACP office was tear gassed.

August 22 - In 1843 Hentry Garnett called for a general slave strike. In 1989 Huey Newton was shot to death.

August 23 - In 1796 the AME Church was incorporated.
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Racial Slotting

8.13.2008

These are some of my nieces and nephews at my sister's wedding a couple of weekends ago. Matt, Elle & Jade. They are biracial and they don't really consider themselves white or black. Basically, we think of them as black, but they aren't really concerned with that. They grew up in Madison, WI and Evanston, IL, so they have been around a higher than usual amount of biracial children. They have biracial, black and white friends. Matt's girlfriend is black. Elle's boyfriend is white. Jade is too young, but I hear she has a secret boyfriend too. She just made cheerleader. They're just the cutest. Their brother, Ches, didn't come, but complexion-wise he is the lightest and he continues to wish he could be darker.
I'm talking about them because they are who I thought of when I read this article about the challenges of being of mixed race origin in the U.S. Editorial Observer - Contemplations on Being of Mixed Race in America - NYTimes.com. I think this is all relative to where you live and how the people who shape your sense of self treat you. I can imagine in some parts of America, it is very difficult. But I think for most of them, the only complex they have is what we as people caught up in that "black or white" state of mind force on them.
My nieces and nephews have stated more than once that part of why they love Obama is because he's "one of them" and it doesn't phase them to see how everyone else considers him black. My niece said that this is because we are in charge now. When they get in charge, they'll define themselves and we'll be the ones that have to adjust.

"Mr. Obama is not just politically atypical. He is unusual demographically. A recent paper by economists from Harvard, Yale and the University of Chicago said that in 2000 only one in 70 births in the United States came from mixed, black-white parents. In the 1980s it was one in 200. In the 1960s, when Mr. Obama was born, there were virtually none. Black-white teens are so rare today, the researchers argued, that they feel they have to engage in more risky behavior to be accepted by others: drink more, fight more, steal more, do illegal drugs more than either blacks or whites — a pattern of behavior known to social scientists as the “marginal man.”"
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Black Gold

8.11.2008


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Racists For Obama


While some are concerned about the consequences of Obama's rise to near Messiah status upsetting racist groups, which it has (bonus!), some might be surprised to hear that other white supremacists groups are eager to have him become President. They genuinely feel the election of this black man will finally be the wake up call to white Americans that they have lost control of "their" country. They expect the sight of him standing behind that desk at the Oval Office will frighten them and lead many folks their way. Racist Groups Eye Boost If Obama Elected - WNBC New York
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Record ratings for NBC's Olympic opening ceremony--The Live Feed



The record ratings were well deserved. That opening ceremony was as close to perfection as any I've ever seen. I wouldn't have understood much of it without the NBC commentary, but it would have been amazing either way. I loved the drums in the beginning, but my favorite part was the Tai Chi sequence. How did they stay in line through all that running around? The shapes were perfect. And some of the dresses were absolutely beautiful.
Record ratings for NBC's Olympic opening ceremony--The Live Feed
China strides onto Olympic stage - Los Angeles Times
edmontonsun.com - Commentary - Breathtaking. Extravagant. Spellbinding.
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Obama & McCain News



Notice that the press is giving McCain a lot more attention these past couple of weeks. Someone reminded him that he is a candidate for president. He's reaping the benefits of these celebrity ads against Obama which seem to be effective. And Obama is on vacation this week, so if McCain is smart, he'll take advantage. New Spots from McCain and Obama - Channel 08: The 2008 Election on Video

People are coming up worth new and interesting ways of predicting who will win the November election. Wonkette: The D.C. Gossip » Large Heap Of Trash Points Way To Obama Landslide

Considering voters recently voted 53% to 25% in favor of McCain or Obama for who would make the better Commander-In-Chief, this Russian-Georgian conflict could be an opportunity for Obama to show his stuff. If he has it. It really is an incredible shame to see this happening at a time where we're supposed to have an international truce.
Georgia Conflict Tests Candidates on Foreign Policy - WSJ.com
ABC News: Obama, McCain Fire Away on Georgia War

We're all caught up in the excitement of China, but this madness is going on. It's such a shame.
Reuters AlertNet - Russian jets targeted major oil pipeline-Georgia
30,000 homeless as a chaotic conflict intensifies - Europe, World - The Independent
Bloomberg.com: Russian Ships Steam Toward Georgia as Conflict Grows
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Seriously, They Need To Give Us Some Money


I first heard about this on The Daily Show and laughed about it, but it's really not funny. We are bleeding deficits because of Iraq. I'm not counting the money we have spent on the war, because that was our choice not theirs. But we have given them billions for reconstruction and now they are overflowing with money as a result of high oil prices which are high because of the war we started. Seriously, we need to print out some invoices. Editorial - Time for Iraq to Pay the Bill - Editorial - NYTimes.com

"It has been five years since Paul Wolfowitz, the former deputy defense secretary, offered his infamous assurance that Iraq would be able to finance its own reconstruction “relatively soon.” Now, finally, part of that prediction has come true. Iraq is awash in oil money. But it is still not spending it on reconstruction.

Federal analysts reported Tuesday that the oil market has produced a bonanza for Iraq, which has the third-largest reserves in the world. The report, by the Government Accountability Office, said that from 2005 to the end of this year, Iraq is expected to have earned at least $156 billion in oil revenues and amassed a budget surplus that could go as high as $79 billion. Roughly $29 billion of that surplus is piling up in Iraqi banks as well as in a fund at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York that was supposed to be used for Iraqi development."
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Black History Week

8.10.2008

August 10 - In 1965 Thurgood Marshall was named solicitor general

August 11 - In 1974, Dr. King's picture hung in the Georgia Capital. In 1921, Alex Haley was born.

August 12 - In 1890 Systematic exclusion of blacks from political life began in Mississippi.

August 13 - In 1892, 1st issue of Afro-American newspaper printed.

August 14 - In 1862 President Lincoln addressed black audience at the White House
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MICHELLE O?

8.08.2008


Michelle Obama is looking very First Lady-like on the cover of September's Ebony. Love that lining in the jacket. Sharp and feminine. The article allows her to tell everyone who she is and what matters to her, but the cover has fashion magazines suggesting she is the new Jackie O.
This is a compliment in some ways. After all Jackie had a grace and simple elegance about her that almost everyone admired. But Michelle is about more than the clothes she wears and she wasn't on the sidelines as her husband made his rise. I guess any First Lady who looks even remotely attractive has to deal with this kind of stuff, but I don't doubt she'll show anyone who doesn't already know that she's one of a kind.
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New Black Politics


Picked this up via Stereohyped. Whether Obama wins (and yes people there is a possibly he won't) or not, history has been made and the NYTimes examines whether or not black politics have been changed forever. It's about time.
Magazine Preview - Post-Race - Is Obama the End of Black Politics? - NYTimes.com

It's been going on for some time. Younger leaders do things differently than older leaders. Different landscape, education, etc. Whatever the case, the only thing we can all count on, regardless of race, is that everything changes.

The old guys are a little jealous and we saw some of that as Obama emerged on top.

"This time, however, a lot of the old activists stood in the path of an African-American’s advancement rather than blazing it. While Democratic black voters embraced Obama by ratios of 8 or 9 to 1 in a lot of districts, the 42 House members in the Congressional Black Caucus, for a time, split more or less down the middle between Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the country’s leading black ministers and mayors trended toward the Clinton camp. Clyburn himself declined until the very end to endorse a candidate in this year’s primaries, saying that his leadership role required him to remain neutral, but he made no effort to disguise his relief at having been able to invoke that excuse. “Being African-American, sure, my heart was with him,” Clyburn told me. “But I’ve got a head too. And in the beginning my head was with Clinton. The conventional wisdom was that this thing was going to be over in February.”

The New Generation of Black Politicians Vs. The Old School Mainstays / Stereohyped
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Minorities, Majorities and the Future

8.07.2008


Minorities Often a Majority of the Population Under 20 - NYTimes.com

"Racial and ethnic minorities now account for 43 percent of Americans under 20. Among people of all ages, minorities make up at least 40 percent of the population in more than one in six of the nation’s 3,141 counties.

The latest population changes by race, ethnicity and age, as of July 1, 2007, were generally marginal compared with the year before. But they confirm the breadth of the nation’s diversity, and suggest that minorities — now about a third of the population — might constitute a majority of all Americans even sooner than projected by census demographers, in 2050."
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Illegal Immigration Update


I am clearly against illegal immigration, but I've always thought that churches and hospitals were the two places where enforcement was not a good idea. I know a lot of people disagree with me on the hospital thing and they might be happy to read this. Immigrants Facing Deportation by U.S. Hospitals - Series - NYTimes.com
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Olympics & Politics


Whether or not American athletes plan on making a statement during the Olympics in China has been debated pretty much everywhere. I like to enjoy the games and I don't want them being interfered with by some crazy activists. However, how can anyone who values democracy and freedom be in such a spotlight in China and not do or say something? If we want to get back to being the America that the world looked to for hope and freedom, are we obligated to do something, risk something for someone other than ourselves? It's not as simple as yes or no and although I have no problem with a black power fist pump on the medal stand, it would only make us look rude and arrogant to actually interupt the games.

One of the many issues human rights advocates have with China is its involvement in Darfur. So, is it just a coincidence that the athlete who will be carrying the U.S. flag this weekend is a victim of the Sudan war? ESPN - Former 'Lost Boy' Lomong chosen to carry U.S. flag - Olympics
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Get Used To It


He's not as special as he thought he was. He thought an apology would help him avoid jail. Yeah, right. Detroit mayor arrives at jail - CNN.com

"Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was jailed Thursday after a judge found he had violated terms of his bond by taking an unauthorized trip to Canada last month.

Kilpatrick, who is facing felony charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and misconduct of office, had been free on $75,000 bond.

Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans told reporters the mayor will be treated like any other high-profile inmate at the jail. Measures will be taken to ensure his security as well as that of other inmates at the facility, the sheriff added."
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A Shame In Harlem


Neighborhoods change. That's reality, but its hard to see Harlem losing some of what made it great. Ever since President Clinton announced his headquarters would be in Harlem, everyone and their uncle wanted to move there and change was inevitable. But not the food, please.


"Louise’s is among a handful of culinary survivors of an older Harlem, when inexpensive, family-run restaurants operated by black Southern transplants dominated the streetscape.

“People are used to eating soul food the way we make it,” Julia Wilson, 63, Louise’s owner and the daughter of the restaurant’s founder, said on a recent afternoon. “A lot of people like it how I keep it, old-fashioned.”

But Louise’s is on the wrong side of several trends. Soul food is dying in Harlem and elsewhere in the city, and not being able to fill 18 seats is as good an indication as any. The reasons can be chalked up to the vagaries of contemporary city life: Changing tastes; health consciousness; the fast-food culture; and an influx of wealthier young adults — including African-Americans, long a customer base for soul food restaurants — who are more comfortable eating Indian or Thai dishes."
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Bittersweet Moments & Sisterhood

8.05.2008



So this is Mr. & Mrs. Joel Roper. Yes, my sister got married this past weekend. It was a very nice wedding at Stone Manor in Loudon County, VA. A lot of our family was there and more friends from Evanston than I expected. His family is mostly from Missouri and there were a lot of them there as well. Good times, good food, beautiful bride and all that. But he has stolen her away from us. If you are a woman with sisters, you know what I'm talking about. It is a special relationship and we are very connected to each other.

Diane moved out to VA from Evanston first. Two years later, I followed. Two years later, Pam followed with her family. And a few years ago, my sister Vell finally convinced her husband to move the family out here. It's been great, but now Diane is going all the way to Scottsdale, AZ. It breaks my heart, but I'm happy for her. She was married at 18, divorced at 29. Diane had a few opportunities to get married as in she was proposed to by a few men, but she waited. She's in her 40s and believes she has found what she was waiting for. I wish her happiness forever, but you can be sure I'm scheming on how we can convince her to convince Joel to move back to VA.
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I'm not saying, I'm just saying.

"Tallahassee Democrat senior writer Stephen Price on Friday was singled out and asked to leave a media area at the Panama City rally of presidential candidate Sen. John McCain.


Price was among at least three other reporters, and the only black reporter, surrounding McCain's campaign bus — Gov. Charlie Crist and his fiancee, Carole Rome, were already aboard — when a member of the Arizona senator's security detail asked the reporter to identify himself.

Price had shown his media credentials to enter the area. Price showed his employee identification as well as his credentials for the Friday event.

"I explained I was with the state press, but the Secret Service man said that didn't matter and that I would have to go," Price said.

When another reporter asked why Price was being removed, she too was led out of the area. Other state reporters remained."

Tallahassee Democrat - Tallahassee, FL.
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Interesting Tid Bits


Two black people and a Jewish man are arguing over a tv ad about the leaders of the KKK. Don't you just love politics. TheHill.com - KKK founder statue finds its way into another race.

"Democrat Nikki Tinker has launched a television ad spotlighting Cohen’s vote against renaming a Memphis park that is named for the Confederate general. It is narrated by former Shelby County Commissioner Walter Bailey, and it juxtaposes a picture of Cohen with a statue of Forrest.

Both Bailey and Tinker are black. Cohen, who is white, is trying to hold on to a district that is 60 percent black. Cohen said he wanted to avoid the racially divisive process of renaming the park, and he pointed out that city leaders never acted on the recommendation."
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Climate Change & Race

8.04.2008


House Majority Whip: Climate Change Hurts Blacks More
"Climate change is no longer just an environmental issue. It’s now an issue of race, according to global warming activists and policy makers.

“It is critical our community be an integral and active part of the debate because African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change economically, socially and through our health and well-being,” House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., said July 29.

Clyburn spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to help launch the Commission to Engage African-Americans on Climate Change, a project of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies."
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Black History Week

August 3 - In 1908 Allenworth Township established California for former slaves

August 4 - Louis Armstrong was born in 1901. In 1896 W.S. Grant patented curtain rod support.

August 5 - In 1864, Gunner John Lawson earned a Congressional Medal. In 1966, MLK was stoned while leading demonstration in Chicago.

August 6 - In 1964 President Johnson signed Voting Rights Bill.

August 7 - In 1893, Black longshoremen struck for better wages & working conditions in TX.

August 8 - In 1965, the Voting Rights bill passed.

August 9 - In 1936, Jesse Owens won 4th Olympic gold medal in Berlin
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Italian Black Vogue Setting Records



To address the issue of black models in the top magazines, Vogue's Italian publication came out with an all black model issue. It seems to be a big hit and has been republished due to demand. I tried to get one while in Europe, but couldn't find it. Too bad its only one issue in one country.

LIVESTEEZ - Italian Vogue 'Black' Issue a Global Hit

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Offering Deals To Get Him Out

8.02.2008


Yes, the Detroit mayor is still in the news and the prosecutor's office is offering him a deal if he would stop disgracing the office of mayor and step down. You know he won't. Detroit mayor offered deal in assault case - msnbc.com

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