Thursday, January 31, 2008

Obama vs Clinton: Dem Debate down to the wire




Obama is a class act and from what I heard, people are listening.
Obama's answer during the CNN debate on what and who this country needs as far as national intelligence, was the most astute and in tune response from anyone

running for the White House that I have ever heard.

Good intelligence is what makes or breaks. I'm glad Sen. Obama knows that.

The difference between the GOP debate and the Dems are the

questions.
GOP questions are specific. The Dem questions are more general. The GOP is clearly

for those of us who earn $75,000 or more. The Dems realize all of us

matter. Dems in this case means Barack Obama.
Thinking Americans who make a difference, vote Obama. Those who

don't listen well or who think debates are boring--well they sway

easily.
Don't get me wrong-- I like Hillary, she's cool but like she said in the

debate--the president will have lots of problems to deal with when he

gets there. This country needs a real leader who will get respect--not a follower or an administrator. Their place is not as commander-in-chief but as support staff.

Obama thinks before he acts and speaks. Watch him carefully when he responds to a question and compare his thoughtful response to the off-the-cuff auto-responses of the other candidates. Who do they care about? Who are they speaking for--special interest groups only? Lobbyists? What about the American people for once! Don't we matter?

Obama is more translucent than Hillary and any of the Republican candidates--and he looks cleaner morally--which matters (respectfully) to
leaders of other countries. We have to keep that in mind. Americans are

not the only people on this planet. Obama can think globally--which

will advance this country as the days roll on. He's already

international and inclusive. That type of thinking works out better

macro economically. Look at how well the Euro is doing and how many of the wealthy have moved there to enjoy that wealth. That wealth used to be the strong American dollar. Oh and by the way, in Indiana, the poverty line for a family of four is $40,000.

It's hard to forget some of the things Hillary and Bill did while they

were there in the White House. It got this country laughed at and

humiliated--which isn't good when speaking of leadership and leaders.

We have to be respected and respectable. However, nothing the the Clintons can ever do or have done makes the case for yet another insensitive Republican elected to this nation's highest office. This country can do better than that. We're not desperate.

Will the Clintons really care about me and you this time around?
That is why I'm going with Obama because he is more of a trail blazer

-- like many of us in this country.
We are making our own path in this world the best way we can.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Zenni Optical



I am a contact lens wearer but because I use a computer, I need glasses. I had a pair with a coating on them used to protect my eyes but I lost them long ago. Besides, glasses are making a fashion comeback and I want to be a part of it.
This time, I am taking my prescription to Zenni because Zenni Optical: Sell Rx Glasses $8 with case!
Using the latest modern materials, manufacturing and marketing systems, they bring their product direct from their factories using their brand names.

Join the Obama in '08 Campaign!


I caught a little of Presidential Candidate, Barack Obama's campaign rally speech on C-Span today and this is some of what I heard:
Sen. Obama talked about his dad and his first trip to Kenya to visit his paternal grandmother.
While there, he read letters from his dad where he had applied for colleges across America.
He said John F. Kennedy sponsored legislation that led to a grant that helped his father travel to the U.S. to study and it was in college where his parents met.
Also in the speech, I heard Sen. Obama talk about his vision past winning the nomination and general election but changing America, in his campaign rally speech.
This is an e-mail I received because I signed up for updates on the Sen. Barack Obama Presidential Campaign. I am encouraging all Barack supporters to get on the bandwagon and help Sen. Obama not only win the nomination but the general election in November.

Here are a few details about our victory in South Carolina. According to the official results and CNN exit polls, Barack won:

55% of the total vote, more than twice as many votes as any other candidate
57% of voters who had never voted in a primary
66% of voters who had never voted before at all
Every type of community -- urban, suburban, and rural
58% of voters between ages 18 and 64
67% of voters between ages 18 and 29
The clear lesson from South Carolina is that voters are ready to bring this country together and solve the problems that matter to ordinary Americans.

This election isn't about race or gender, income level or education level.

It's about the past and the future.

The moment to act is now. We're campaigning from Alaska to Georgia, from California to New York. Your donation right now is more important than ever. Please donate $50 today. (click the title to link to the campaign's secure site)

Monday, January 21, 2008

Free vs Plantation: Happy Birthday MLKJr. and I'm sorry I failed you.

I am free when I think for myself and rebuild my house on firm ground so that I don't have to sharecrop no more or take from massa's table or starve.

I am free when massa asks me when I'm going to get me some nobodies like he got so that I can be like him. (that means he no longer thinks of me as a nobody)
When I am free I can think how I like and vote the way I want.

When I am on a plantation, my basic needs are provided to me in exchange for constant abuse at the hands of cruel massa. I cannot go against massa or he will take the things I need away from me or kill me by lynching--like he did to those other nobodies that set his house on fire last week. Or he will break up my family or rape me or throw me or my nobody in jail. Sometimes being a nobody is like being a prisoner.

Even if massa was nice to me and said I could do as I please as long as I wasn't steppin' on his toes or standin' too close, I still would do as he say because I am loyal to massa and I tell on the other nobodies on the plantation when they try to escape or read or think for themselves or run for president.

Massa will always be in charge of me because I am a happy-go-lucky nobody. As long as I'm doing better than the next nobody--massa will always be my man! Gimmie five Jay-Jay and make me some coolaid and dance!


I am a nobody and I live on massa's plantation and I will raise my kids on massa's plantation and die on massa's plantation and will kill any nobody that tries to mess with massa or his ways.

Massa and his people live on the plantation too but its different because they seem to stick together and get along and think like one person. I can't break into that group--they just looks at me and shakes their head when I walk past their shack. Some of them feel sorry for me because I am a nobody and I ain't got a chance. Then the menfolk makes them go inside--they ain't really free either but theys better off than me.

I am a nobody and I depend on massa and his plantation--even though it is killing me a little bit everyday. So if a black man were to run for president one day, I wouldn't vote for him because I am a nobody and I can't make a fist.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Supermediastore.com

Are you looking to burn a lot of DVDs? If you are then Supermediastore.com is the place for you. Thry carry DVD and CD duplicator towers, recorders, publishers, and DVD/CD printers for those with compatible, printable blank media. Some models are stand alone, all-in-one solutions, featuring automation for DVD/CD loading in a variety of Targets such as 1 to 1, 1 to 4, 1 to 7, up to 1 to 70 duplication.
They also have Brother ink cartridges in a variety of sizes and styles.
The good thing about Supermediastore.com is that you can order items and have them delivered to you instead of hunting and pecking your way through every electronics store in the mall.

Say no to Fat in the 'Sip?

MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE

2008 Regular Session

To: Public Health and Human Services; Judiciary B

By: Representative Mayhall, Read, Shows

House Bill 282
AN ACT TO PROHIBIT CERTAIN FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS FROM SERVING FOOD TO ANY PERSON WHO IS OBESE, BASED ON CRITERIA PRESCRIBED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH; TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT TO PREPARE WRITTEN MATERIALS THAT DESCRIBE AND EXPLAIN THE CRITERIA FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A PERSON IS OBESE AND TO PROVIDE THOSE MATERIALS TO THE FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS; TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT TO MONITOR THE FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS FOR COMPLIANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:

SECTION 1. (1) The provisions of this section shall apply to any food establishment that is required to obtain a permit from the State Department of Health under Section 41-3-15(4)(f), that operates primarily in an enclosed facility and that has five (5) or more seats for customers.

(2) Any food establishment to which this section applies shall not be allowed to serve food to any person who is obese, based on criteria prescribed by the State Department of Health after consultation with the Mississippi Council on Obesity Prevention and Management established under Section 41-101-1 or its successor. The State Department of Health shall prepare written materials that describe and explain the criteria for determining whether a person is obese, and shall provide those materials to all food establishments to which this section applies. A food establishment shall be entitled to rely on the criteria for obesity in those written materials when determining whether or not it is allowed to serve food to any person.

(3) The State Department of Health shall monitor the food establishments to which this section applies for compliance with the provisions of this section, and may revoke the permit of any food establishment that repeatedly violates the provisions of this section.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2008.

Cast Your Vote Wisely, Vote for the Future: Barack Obama

I sense fear in some as the poor and workers of all kinds come out in droves to vote. These groups have been ignored for so long and now finally they get a chance to be heard. They had better speak loud and clear because the chance to be heard may not come around again.
Besides the U.S. Constitution, who do we people have to thank for this chance to be heard--Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barak Obama (D-IL). He is the one to thank.
Please do not misunderstand--whatever he does, others in the campaign do as well. He is leading them as he will do the country when he is nominated by his party and then wins the presidential election against whatever Republican he runs against.

Cast Your Vote Wisely, Vote for the Future: Barack Obama

Cadence Logistics & Warehouse Management

Cadence Logistics & Warehouse Management Software transforms a typical warehouse operation into a totally connected logistics and fulfillment business. Their software allows end users to take orders over the web, process them in real-time with voice directed operations and automate shipping. Cadence unified supply chain management software incorporates a real-time Warehouse Management Software System. Using their logistics software end-users can increase efficiency and expand their business.
A leading packager and distributer of over-the-counter pharmaceuticals will be adopting the industry’s most sophisticated warehouse management system. The company will implement Cadre Technologies’ Cadence software system to manage its more than 100,000 square feet of warehousing capabilities.

Prosecutorial Misconduct

Prosecutorial misconduct is not a myth. Please read the following statement and ask yourself how can we function as a country if this is allowed to go on...
"Anyway, judges are not immune from societal pressures. Judges would like to be appointed to higher courts; they would like to be appointed as CIA or FBI director; they would like to continue their friendships with the persons who appointed them as judges in the first place. Also, most importantly, they want to have a family life, something which they could never have if they did not dismiss most cases assigned to them."

I believe the following statemnt is true. And it is sad--a sad statement of what this country has become. I would hate to think it has always been this way and we have actually improved...

"It's something similar to reading a judge's decision for anyone except the involved parties and their attorneys. Almost every decision is written in a way to convince persons unfamiliar with the case that the decision is a just one. Accordingly, when a judge says something such as "there is absolutely no evidence at all in favor of the plaintiff", a person not familiar with the affidavits, testimony, exhibits and other documents in the case would probably assume that the decision is accurate, and not realize that the decision is using the language required to be used to dismiss a case."

Consumers Creditnet

I want to rebuild credit and to do so I plan on contacting Consumers Creditnet.
Creditnet is an online marketplace where consumers connect with a wide array of credit card products and services. They help you find credit cards or services which best match your criteria and credit standing.
According to them, their web site also acts as an industry filter, sheltering you from those predatory products and services which plague the subprime market and jeopardize the integrity of valid offers.
While other web sites feel that quantity is key, Creditnet believes in the power of selection. They say that they refuse to market products which prey, mislead, deceive or take advantage of consumers deliberately.

IGS Energy

In the mail I recieved anotice asking me to lock in a fixed rate today on my natural gas. it said my gas utility company offers a program that allows me to control my natural gas costs by choosing them as a supplier.
It also said would get a discount from October of next year until.
What about electric? Is there a carrier that can give me a discount on my electric energy? The gas is never that much but the electic is.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Welcome to the Rodeo--Yeeha!


If I could score National Rodeo Finals tickets I would really be going just to see the bare back riding competition because it seems much more exciting.
The National Finals Rodeo, organized by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, is the top-of-the-top in championship rodeo events in the U.S. Wrangler Jeans is the title sponsor.
The National Finals is held for 10 days each year in the first full week of December, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

An interesting fact is that he rodeo uses special dirt, which is stored on the UNLV campus for use in next NFR.

Another interesting fact is that because of the large amount of money awarded during the NFR, the leader in an event going into the NFR is frequently dethroned at its end.
There are seven main events: calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, and team roping.

Like I said before, I want to see the bareback bronc riding because the cowboys seem to enjoy that more--looking at the expressions on their faces. I have watched many rodeo events on television and the bare back actually seems more dangerous.

South Shore Commuter Rail Expasion

I received in the mail this week a flier about expanding the South Shore Commuter Rail. It said it will be a "Major Boost to Northwest Indiana's economy."
It also said that 26,000 could be added to the area but also the rail expansion could provide "a real shot in the arm for our pocketbooks," it read.
How?
The flier said expanded transit lines will be a magnet for new businesses and emerging industries, good-wage construction jobs on new lines and added staff for train and station operations could be added as well.
There are also claims that there will be more options for small businesses to grow around the transit stops and an increased access to 150,000 jobs in downtown Chicago.
The community should be involved in this decision.

Merit Capital Advance


If I ever get to start my own business I will probably need a Small Business Cash Advance at some point and time.
Merit Capital Advance looks at the bigger picture by offering a financing program that provides you with working capital now based on your anticipated future
credit card sales. There is no fixed payment schedule, and repayments are made only when you get paid by your customers.
The cash advance will be deposited into your business checking account allowing these funds to be accessible immediately. This is not a loan; it will not require a complicated application process, collateral, or unnecessary fees. You can choose to use your cash advance to fulfill any of your business needs.

Clay goes to South Carolina

The mayor of Gary, Rudolph Clay, has endorsed Democratic Presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and is traveling to South Carolina to campaign on his behalf.
Clay is president of the Lake County Democratic Party (Committee?) and was previously a Lake County council member in Northwest Indiana.
While trying to verify if Clay is president of the Lake County Dems, I ran across this blog with some interesting albeit hateful musings. Ai-yai! yai!

The Credit Exchange



What if you had a company in your employ that analyzed your financial situation and found the right debt management service for you? The Credit Exchange Corporation is a debt consolidation referral service. Besides Credit Card Counseling, they provide debt referral services for customers seeking help with debt consolidation and debt management.

Compounded interest affects the total amount that consumers pay on unsecured debts. Credit counseling helps consumers understand and choose the best way to pay back that debt. Evaluating financial services is a long, arduous process and could be the reason you may put off finding the right company. The Credit Exchange helps with that process. They have selected several companies that share their ideals and professionalism.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Young Pats Fan Booed

This Just in from Yahoo News--Patriots owner Robert Kraft sat behind his wide desk and marveled at how his team's jersey could be the target of so many boos -- even when it's worn by a 14-year-old girl.
I have the feeling that this young girl is tough. She is a survivor!

Rapid Glass

Minneapolis auto glass replacement company, Rapid Glass, provides the highest quality auto glass replacements and windshield repair in Minneapolis and St. Paul, at affordable prices.
Anyone who has every had a crack in their windshield knows how important it is to get it fixed fast. One time my dad put a small piece of scotch tape over a crack in his windshield and it held until he got it fixed. (I guess it was tape)
At Rapid Glass, they use Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts and installers are certified to ensure your repair or replacement meets or exceeds the strictest auto glass industry standards. They even offer a National Lifetime Warranty.

Vote Democratic

No one has asked me my opinion or how I'm voting but I read a news story addressing Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama's (D-IL) fiscal stimulous package and it looks as if he has put some thought in how he will effect change. He's not just talking.
I'm casting my vote for Sen. Obama and I don't have to fall out of love with the Clintons to do so. I have a photo of president Bill Clinton posing in church with Coretta Scott King and her son Dexter King on my dining room table.
However, nowhere in history have I had a chance to vote for some one in my Generation who shares some of the same values and memories of America that mirror mine. I think the Obamas reflect my ideals and goals and I am standing behind them for what it is worth. I vote a straight ticket, then again.
Honestly, I don't think this country has progressed enought to accept a woman president and would probably spend a lot of time undermining Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) if she won the party nomination and the presidency.
Working women know what I'm talking about. Sometimes you have to fight and smile just to get work done and not make enemies. It's tiresome, the burden of women.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Contract Furniture Company

I've always thought of owning a bar and grill because it seems so Cheers and so fun. I'd be popular and lots of people would patronize me but I don't think it is as easy as that.
I spoke to an owner once and she told me it was a lot of work. Like, I would have a building and a grill but then I'd have to order restaurant tables and try to figure out which size would go best etc.
Where would I go to get restaurant grade furniture? I mean, it would have to be able to stand up to lots of use and washing.
Contract Furniture Company has a wide variety of the latest bistro style furniture to classic styles that never go out of style. I'd go there if I owned a restaurant.

What's On

I've been kind of brain dead for the past few days. Actually, I signed up for Blogtalkradio.com and am working out some of the technical difficulties like adding sound to my broadcast. Oh, everything is live and in one take basically. I had to find some royalty free music too. That is when I discovered that I may not get the music I like.
I was watching the news earlier and it said Arabs in Saudi Arabia would be helping out financially Citibank--I think. All I remember is some people on TV disagreeing with that move but like, what are we supposed to do? Good looking out President Bush.

Bad Credit Offers



It's better to compare bad credit loans instead of jumping at the first one because you are in need. It's better because you still have to pay it back and why pay back a loan at a higher rate than needed?
I like the idea of a site having instructions on credit repair because that is what most people will need after climbing out of debt. Repairing one's credit helps you in the long run because if you need another loan or a credit card you may qualify for a lower rate. The rule is supposed to be the better the credit, the lower the interest rate.

What should we make of American Politics?

This is the greatest country in the world. The diversity in this year's presidential campaign is unparellelled. But what does that mean?
Are we running out of traditional candidates or is the American Dream finally coming to fruition in these generations?
Whatever it is it is great and it's great to watch.
The newscasters are excited to report on something that isn't the same old same old for once and everything is harder to predict. That type of situation wakes you up a bit and gets you back to the point of why you chose to go into the business.
That's my guess anyhew.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Hawthorne Direct

I may be an odd bird but I've always paid attention to TV commercials because I considered it a glimpse into the personality of the company. Usually, they made it clear why I needed their product or service--which is the purpose of a commercial.

Hawthorne Direct is a full service direct response advertising agency. They boast over 600 clients such as, AARP, Nikon, Time-Life and the U.S. Navy.
Think about how those commercials affect you. They command both your attention and your respect.

Hawthorne Direct is responsible for that. They help empowered consumers control their exposure to ad messages. If you rely on just one type of media, you'll miss thousands of potential best customers. Their Integrated Response Solutions allow you to manage your multi-channel marketing efforts under a unified creative strategy.

The result is a one-stop solution that maximizes your return on investment and provides a big boost to your brand.

Yeah and --So What!

I guess my Google Page Rank went up. I'm glad about that because it means I can buy things again.
I've been improving my blog as much as possible. I've been writing on it since 2005 and there is quite a bit of information on here.
I have posts that stand out in my mind listed in the sidebar of this blog and my photo/video/audio blog, photosmidwest.
I hope you like my blog and continue to read and subscribe to it.
Thanks!
(see, I can be calm and mild mannered!)

Small Business Loan

I need a Small Business Loan to get my newspaper off of the ground. It's nice that there are a variety of places business owners can go to get lines of credit, unsecured loans and working capital.
Starting a business is the best way for me to gain financial freedom because I still have the desire to make a difference in the world--no matter how many times I get kicked in the teeth.
A loan can turn my dream into a reality and then I can be the rudder of my life.
EZUnsecured.com makes sure there is complete and correct preparation of your application so it gets approved the first time. With their extensive network of financial institutions that are willing to finance your business they are confident you'll get your loan with no upfront funding fees.

There is not much left to say

Well, I think the candidates have said a mouthful on both sides. This is an exciting campaign with things turning "ugly" and all.
I don't think race is the topic for the candidates but for the voters. This is the way the country is that is why anything out-of-the-way said to anyone is seen as incendiary and is questioned and sound-bited into the next stratosphere.
This is the way we talk it out in the USA. At least it is out in the open.
I wish they would point out some of the flaws in a Republican.
(only because I'm a Democrat and it's Red against Blue against whatever color the Independent is.)
Let's look at some of the new media words:
surrogate = people who speak on behalf of the candidate of their choice

HIV/AIDS Statistics

I know longer know how to jump rope or double dutch so don't ask me to play with your kids. Now that I have your attention please read this very interesting article on HIV and a man named John.
John. (not his actual name) is in a family of three brothers and two sisters. Of them, two of the five are living with HIV/AIDS.

John for the sake of his family members, wants to keep his illness quiet, so his name has been changed.

"When my sister was diagnosed it was before the disease had a name. She was diagnosed in 1979," he said.

Her only symptom, he said, was her boyfriend's unexpected death.

By the time the words GRID, (gay related immune deficiency) or, Slim (how researchers said the affected population in Africa referred to the disease), AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) and more recently HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) were known, Kevin was had already been diagnosed.

In 1996 at the age of 46, he told his partner about the diagnosis. His partner was in shock when John told him so he got retested. Although they are still friends and his partner didn't become angry, he still moved out-of-state. He said he and his partner were having unprotected sex.

"I didn't think I was positive or my partner. The tests didn't always show in those days. The tests were not as sensitive and weren't always picking it up," he said.

John said he wasn't bitter when he found out, he took it in stride. He looks at his disease the same way a person who has heart disease would, he said.

"These things are going to happen. It is to be treated as any other public health concern. Are you not going to have a breast exam because of the public stigma? --No," he said.

The 52-year-old gay, white male is a stroke victim and wants retain some anonymity as he, in his own way, educates others about the disease--which is easier now since he has become disabled after having a total of four strokes.

"My only recover is to be involved. The main thing I'm trying to do is get people to care.

But even with being involved he says there is a stigma attached to having the disease, which is why he stays within the realm of those who walk his same path.

"You have to understand, Palm Beach County is very unique were the only county in the state that has the health care district covers health care not just hospital care. A lack of insurance keeps them from seeking services," he said.

Wednesday June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. The Palm Beach County Health Department in conjunction with it's community health partners organized a number of sites starting June 24 to June 27 to test for the virus that causes AIDS.

John said this would be the first year since his positive diagnosis that he won't be participating because of health concerns.

"We have seen 450 new HIV infections in each of the last two years. With the advances in the diagnosis and treatment of HIV/AIDS people need to know their status to be able to take advantage of these advancements and control their health. It's better to know," PBC Health Department Director, Dr. Jean Malecki said.

Health officials said Palm Beach County is unique in that their numbers of HIV/AIDS are always high.

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, over 230,000 Haitians live in Florida, making the state home to the largest Haitian population in the U.S., followed by New York. At one point, the Haitian community had been blamed for the high numbers but that has changed.

"It's not limited to the Haitian community. Statistically, there is no way of telling if the Haitian female or Jamaican or any other African-Caribbean race is being affected because statistics aren't broken down that way," Tim O’Connor, spokesman for the PBC Health Department said. The statistics show information broken down to White, Black, Hispanic and other, most times.

He said the most troubling fact is that there are 38 new HIV diagnoses each month.

A study conducted in 2002 by the PBC Health Department shows there are hot spots where teen pregnancy rates and risky sexual behavior are highest.

Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, Pahokee, Belle Glade, West Palm Beach/Haverhill, Riviera Beach, Delray Beach, Canal Point, Boynton Beach, and West Palm Beach/Greenacres, are areas where women ages 15 to 19 are having babies and engaging in risky behavior.

Additionally, health department officials say women in their childbearing years are the fastest growing group of HIV positive patients. Studies also show in 2002, Black children accounted for 90 percent of the total pediatric AIDS cases in Palm Beach County and the state led the U.S. with the highest number of pediatric AIDS cases.


Estimates show that as many as 25,000 of the 100,000 HIV infected persons in the state don't know their HIV status, information from the Palm Beach County Health Department said.

Comprehensive AIDS Program South County Regional Manager Kai Johnson and Rose Joseph are two of three regional managers that will help coordinate the county testing this month. Johnson said beware of statistics because they don’t tell the whole story.

"At one time there was a large incidence of HIV/AIDS that began with the Haitian community but that hasn't really been true for a number of years now," Johnson said.

CAP statistics show in December 2002, an estimated 5957 blacks (includes African Americans, Haitians, Jamaicans and all Caribbean Islanders) were living with HIV or AIDS in Palm Beach County, representing 67 percent of all those living with HIV/AIDS in the county at that time.

Within the state, 1 in 46 Blacks are affected by HIV/AIDS and one out of 131 people living in Palm Beach County is living with HIV/AIDS.

"Intoxicated Infant"

I'm watching Family Guy again. I can't help it--it's funny. Stewie took a liking to the 'shine.
Anyway, my newest endevor is Blogtalkradio.com where I get to host my own show. the only think is that I have to host said show after my children go to bed.
Feel free to call in to check me out!
Blogtalkradio.com/lala60610

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Friday, January 11, 2008

I'm bitter, I'm frustrated and Fed Up!

I watched the Republican debates on Fox Thursday night or as I like to call it, the
"I love Regan" contest.
Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Rudy Giuliani and Ron Paul reminded me of a box full of the cutest puppies all vying for mamma's attention.
McCain: I love Regan!
Thompson: No, I love Reagan
Huckabee: I've always loved Regan!
Chorus: We love Reagan! We love Regan!
Now, I've never heard a Democrat ever chant the name of a Democratic president like that.
Are they supposed to?
Kanye sang it on his new CD Graduation. He called a spade a spade when he did it--
"talking on TV like it's just you and me"
Characterized as getting back to the party line, the debate evolved into all of the Republican candidates trying to prove how far right they were willing to go. And folks, its pretty damn far.
I don't think a poor dummy like me was supposed to hear all of that.
I'm not a Republican. So maybe this is what it is like to be one--I don't know. Matter-of-fact, if this country's electoral college picks one more Republican president, I'll never get to see what it feels like to be one.
Come on delegates--let's get a Democrat in the office please and make it for more than one term.
Let's count the number of years we have had a Republican in office.
-Cut taxes but then spending too--no matter who it hurts.
-Fund the war until the American people protest in the streets and stage sit-ins to make us stop.
-Love president Regan but don't fund stem cell research to help Alzheimer patients.
-Kill the terrorists and make them pay for 911 (can't argue with them there)
According to the Voice of America Web site, Sen. McCain--who leads Republican polls-- summed up the Red Right's stance the best.
"In Thursday's debate in South Carolina, McCain emphasized his commitment to conservative ideals, similar to those held by former President Ronald Reagan.
"We have to return to those principles of less government, lower taxes, strong family values, strong national defense, and those [values] that made us the Reagan revolution that brought about a new dawn of a new day in America," VOA writes of McCain.

It's nice that they all love the 80s. I remember the era of Regan and he apparently was not intact during his last few years in office and the Iran Contra hearings and the inundation of coc-i-ena into this country and the Republicans not wanting to fund stem cell research--something that can help Alzheimer patients--a disease that affected our beloved former president.
Go figure.
Well, as long as the Welfare State that Ron Paul speaks of doesn't get worse, all will be well with the world.
I now know what Ron Paul is for: Reviving the role of Ross Perot.
He spoke out on the issues most everyday Republicans and conservative Democrats think about. He's just a sounding board but he's a good one.
Sometimes it just needs to be said out loud.
They all wanted to prove how in lock-step they are with the current president on the war just to flip flop later in what they'll know to be a mixed crowd instead an audience of their clones.
President Bush previously posed only one question to all of the Republican candidates: Do you have a set of values that you are willing to stick to?
This is coming from a two-term president whose father was a one-term president. Take his question seriously.
I didn't hear a clear answer. I heard them mention "Regan" and then voting for the war in Iraq.
Fox news jumped on it too.
They kidded Barack Obama on his newest support from Mr. Money money bags, John Kerry--who I think wanted to spite the other Dem opponents--but so what about that.
I think, like the rest of us, he really likes Sen. Barack Obama.
He had words with Hillary once. I can't remember what MSNBC said about why he didn't choose his former running mate.
To really get involved with the Republican Party you'd have to be doing fairly well in your personal life but I want them to care more about the corporate tax that is killing the smaller businesses. Heck, they won't even fix the SBA so that individuals can start businesses to support themselves.
They only care about businesses who have growth potential to support many. Many often starts out as a few. My business may grow that large but I will never get the chance to find out thanks to the SBA. There is a difference in being prejudiced against the poor, women and blacks and being a Republican but it's just that I cannot tell the difference anymore.
Only Romney said that he remembers what it is like to work a job.

Oh, Mr. Huckabee, stop getting people's hopes up about ending the IRS. It just won't happen because it will take change and change in government is something for idealists. You don't appear to be an idealist.
Yeah, I'm bitter--very bitter and I'm not alone.
One more thing about job growth--they are mostly service industry jobs that require specific training. I'm not working at any more gas stations. I'm a college graduate with a degree in Journalism. I need help starting a newspaper in my community or at least using my existing, transferable skills in a comparable industry.
Have a good weekend.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The Copycat Crew and the Big Red Elephant

I don't know why I am compelled to write anything about the the 2008 Campaign--I'm unemployed. I'd rather be at work getting paid to write but all I have is this blog. So I write.
So what's up with these theme songs at the end of all of the campaign speeches? I think they're nice because it gives the American people a glimpse into the personality of each candidate.

"Go Johnny Go"--John McCain
"Signed Sealed Delivered"-Barack Obama
"This is God's Country"-Romney or Edwards?

Anyway, I watched the speeches after the NH primary Tuesday and here is my take.
"Yes, We Can"
"I am still fired up and ready to go!" said Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) as he congratulated Sen. Hilary Clinton (D-NY) on her winning the New Hampshire primary Tuesday.
I could see flashes of disappointment in his face as he spoke. I can tell he doesn't like losing or coming in second.
His speech differed Tuesday after placing second in the primaries in that he started to add details on how he would get both sides together to make a better America.
"They can get a seat at the table but don't get to buy every chair."
He said that a few weeks ago, no one could have imagined what happened in Iowa and then again in New Hampshire. They figured he was dreaming when he told them he wanted to be the next American president.
Keeping with previous themes of speeches, he told a more subdued crowd
"they know deep in their hearts, that it must be different this time."
Credit goes to Obama for energizing the race for the nomination and usage of the word change. I credit him for his heart-to-heart talks that his speeches had become.
"We are ready to take this country in a fundamentally new direction.
Obama means what he says--you can see it in his face. He believes what he is saying to his audience.
Watching Obama run for president is like watching the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King run for president--if then were now. It's just that I feel almost as if Dr. King would be doing some of the same things as Obama.
The Senator took the second place win on the chin, for the team. He referred to all of them who are running for president as patriots and worthy of respect.
"...Roll up our sleeves and keep going..."
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY)is now taking center stage. The look on her face is 'whew, I'm finally up where I belong.'
"I listened to you and in the process, I've found my own voice," she told the audience.
"I felt like we all spoke from our hearts...let's give America he kind of comeback New Hampshire has just given me."
"Too many have been invisible for too long--well you are not invisible to me,: she said.
She talked about standing up for the little guy.
A lawyer, standing up for the little guy? Sounds like a movie.
I've been getting walked on for so long--I'm a cynic in that area but I'd love it if someone stood up for me.
"We are in it for the American People. We will all be called on to deliver on the promise of America."
"Mac is Back"
McCain seemed just as shocked as everyone else as his newly charged raucous fans/supporters left Obama and joined him. The way they were chanting his new mantra "Mac is Back" was almost frightening.
This group of what seems like mostly male supporters are American through and through. They are fighters and are well-worth courting. I hope Obama can win them back.
There was a Caller on C-Span who spoke after the televised portions of the speeches were over who said he cannot imagine any of the candidates trying to figure out how to cover $3,000 in household expenses with a $2,500 budget. He said he wants to vote for the candidate that can show him how to do that or at the least, has had to do it him or herself.
I feel ya on that one, Caller.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Obama 's Rochester NH rally at the Opera House

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.)is the Michael Jordan of politics--if not told by the rabid cheers of his supporters then the
fire of his campaign and rally speeches--even when he is late.
He got heckled by a group of right-to-lifers who were in the

crowd and he handled it beautifully.
"I have no problem with you guys," he said, promising to speak with them after the rally if they wanted.
"They organized to do that and that is a part of the

American tradition," he said of them.
This is why he will be elected the next president of the USA.
"Organizing is hard to do, especially in the midst of people who

don' agree with you," he told the crowd reminding them that he started out his political learning about grassroots campaigning.


He gave his remarks before a packed crowd at the Rochester Opera House in New Hampshire.
"You will experience an epiphany. You will say, 'I have to vote for

Barack," he told the crowd.

He said people still say the Iowa win was a fluke but

it wasn't.
He lead at one point 49 percent but the gap was closed to 39

percent from Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-NY) surge to 29 percent and
democratic nominee for vice president in 2004 and one-term North Carolina Senator John Edwards', 19 percent.
The New Hampshire Primary will be held Tuesday January, 8.
Obama said that people told him they are excited about the end of this current Republican rule.
"In one more day, we have the ability to say to those in Washington, your days are over. They will not run my White House," he said.
Anyone honest can tell you that attractiveness is a factor in

leaders. Obama is an attractive man with strong features. It

doesn't hurt that he is a Harvard grad. It doesn't hurt that he is

charismatic and projects good leadership skills.
However, according to his self assessment, if he were a doctor

he would be the type to tell you this is gonna hurt right before the nurse stuck you in the arm with the penicillin shot.
He is not promising miracles but truth and change. These items

hurt if given in high dosages or very quickly. Be prepared.
Who knows where the big bolder of change and truth will land

once it is pushed down the hill. It has a momentum of its own.
American people will have to change and cooperate.
Read between the lines in Obama's speech and ask yourself if you

are ready for change and truth. If not, then get ready. Let it

happen now while we have someone who knows how the change and

truth routine goes.
Example: Changing your body through diet means skipping fast

food joints from time to time. It hurts--especially when you

really wanted that Philly cheese steak or that slice of thick

pizza or that Vienna Beef hot dog. You may get a little grouchy.
If you want to change your lifestyle and that means no more

smoking and drinking, gossip or hanging out with people who are

detrimental for you--withdrawal of some sort will occur. It

pains you a little but if you are strong, you will win and be

better.
That is what Change and Truth are about.
Obama promises to college students $4,000 tuition credit in

return for community service or aiding foreign countries. It is

a double effect: it spreads the good news that all Americans

aren't ugly and that we have values and that we believe in a

better world.
The word American both hurts and soothes.
To do the same thing over and over but yet expect different

results is called insanity.
Obama is not about insanity but the clear opposite.
When corporate profits are cut, there has to be some

kind of mandate that people won't loose jobs or wages but that

owner or CEO will not be able to get a new yacht or move to a

bigger mansion. It is the corporate greed that hurts America.

Profits yes, shareholder's gain--yes--but greed no. There has to

be limits.
Maybe if that super rich CEO can go without that new

and bigger mansion or yacht, maybe they will understand what the

workers go through when they have to choose between extra good

tasting food like steak every once and a while or a vacation

for the family as opposed to paying that deductible to include

their teenager so that they too can drive the car or a house

that can actually accommodate aged parents and their family.
That is what the working poor think about.
They usually give up stuff like a new car when they should get

one or a bigger house out of the starter they bought years ago--

or, helping children go to college.
Hell, we can't even speak up in this country with out being

persecuted or blacklisted for opinions and thoughts that are

real. At the least, you'll be considered un-American.
Barack is a grown-up and he is reflective of the age group of people who

have the knowledge and strength to make the change and vote for

him.
I am 41 and a part of the forgotten generation

between Baby Boomers and the Generation X

the popular culture recognizes. Obama is 46, I believe--not too much older.
Generation X really starts at 1964 and beyond. I was born in 1966.

I grew up totally sixties and seventies before I got to the 80s

graduating high school in 1984. You know what was going on

then. Everyone was preppy and or Valley Girl-ish. I am still

sort of like that because preppy never goes out of style, it

just gets pushed to the back of the closet.
However, me and you bridge the gap--in that I remember what

older relatives did in the 1970s. The thin brows and afro hairstyles and

elephant leg pants and bell bottoms and platform shoes and the

"Spirit of '76" Bi-Centennial themed clothing.
The "hey baby everything's cool attitude" and "don't let the

Man get you down" and the relaxed attitudes on casual sex and

drug usage. It was at an all time high back then and we were

exposed to it whether we wanted to be or not. We were too young to say no. Gratefully, it all turned around.
The 1960s were not just about the Civil Rights Movement. There

were other things going on that were non-political.
Everything was groovy and protests were common. If it hurt,

speak-up and let the Man know--or drop some acid or other drug.
No, I'm not like the sixties children of the past an I don't take illegal

drugs. Cigarettes, coffee and whiskey are good enough. Or Vodka

and beer. You get my drift.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Godly people need money too

Every now and again, we will all need a little help. There is no shame in that however, not everything is for everybody.
When seeking payday loans both the lender and lendee should make an appropriate match. The lender should not have unreasonable interest rates as God's people have a tendency to repay their debts and should not be penalized with high interest rates.
Also, Christians are not often given to excess and won't borrow money for frivolous matters. Money lending is a serious issue and fairness in lending is important.

Obama's New Hampshire countdown begins

People who are anti-establishment and who are not insiders or

who are not a part of the status quo, are looking toward U.S.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) and his campaign to lead them and the

rest of the country.
These are the Believers Obama speaks of in his campaign--except

they aren't really a part of his campaign--yet. They are the

so-called fence riders, independents, disillusioned Republicans

or youth.
They seem to have been waiting for a man like Obama to show up

and lead them into a new century and a civilized, more refined

America.

The free Obama rally held Saturday morning at
Nashua High School, in northern New Hampshire, was filled to

capacity and in overflow sections. Many people wanted to see for them

selves the crowd and hear the message of hope Obama has been

delivering across the country.
Parents who have older children who are Obama supporters, are

now becoming Obama supporters themselves.
One C-Span caller said Obama is energizing the youth. She

admitted that she graduated high school in 1968 and is ready

for the excitement of her youth that presidential candidates

exuded.
Many who spoke to C-Span reporters Saturday at the rally,

expressed that they either never attended a political rally or

felt they had no real choice among candidates or wanted to get

a taste of Obama just in case their Republican candidate didn't

make the cut.
Words like truthful, logical, trustworthy, wisdom and

inspiring have been used by callers in New Hampshire to

describe Obama as a person and as a presidential candidate.
These people believe he is a candidate of change.
Explaining to the crowd that he moved to Chicago after college

to work for a group of churches in a South Side grassroots

movement, he admitted he was used to long hours and low pay.

That job paid him $12,000 a year and carfare.
He worked with the program for three years setting up job

training and other social service programs.

All eyes are now on Obama if all eyes weren't on him already.
The momentum of winning the Iowa Democratic Caucuses seem to

swing right into play in New Hampshire on Friday night before a

frenzied crowd at the 100 Club Dinner and Saturday morning at

the high school.

He encouraged them to vote and to vote for him. He promised to

be persuasive.
He asked of the undecided in the crowd to show their hands. He

pointed out to his campaign workers there were a lot of them.
"I'm putting you on warning. We are coming after you today,"
the charmer said with a smile.

He spoke of the Iowa win to the crowd. He spoke before a sea of

people at the high school about having three days to prove

himself to them and to change America.
Many of the signs expressed love and he expressed that love

right back.
His whole campaign seemed to be based on love--for America.
"We have a chance to come together as Democrat, Republican and

Independent... and say we are one people. The time has come to

move beyond the anger. It's time to move beyond tearing

opponents down and instead bring the country together.
He said he is about healing fractures in the country
but is he only an anomaly? A spectacle?
Has he obtained superstar status and in the minds of voters

and thus stands on a pedestal?
No, because after his speech Friday and again Saturday at the

high school, he descended the platform, came from behind the

podium and walked amongst his people.
Those with signs of support, the undecided, those with camera

phones poised to snap photo pressed against him as he and shook

hands and greeted the people. He answered questions, had copies

of his book waved at him for an autograph. Boom mikes and

television cameras were thrust into his face. He looked to be

at home there in that environment among the regular people like

him who have not quite given up hope--those who still believe.
It puts one in mind of Biblical stories where Jesus is

described as pressing through the crowds--the throngs of people

who would show up to here his voice. Obama is a draw, a magnet

and many people are sticking to him.
I heard a man holler out, voice resonating with hope, "Barack

we're all betting on you man. We're all betting on you," as the

end of the event played out on C-span.

During his speech he basically said vote for honesty,
believe in action instead of talk, believe in the American

Dream again where everyone in the country really gets a chance

at success and the common man doesn't suffer from basic needs

going unmet--like in undeveloped countries.
"I know what it's like to see a loved one suffer," he said.
Obama told the story of his mom, who while sick with cancer and

dying in a hospital bed, was still reading insurance papers to

see if her treatment would be covered. He said she had just

gotten a new job and wanted to know if she was covered. He said

she spent the last few years of her life reading insurance

papers. She died at the age of 53 never, getting to see her

grandchildren.
He capitalized on his boldness in front of automakers in

Detroit.
"That's what people are looking for -- an honest assessment of

choices we have to make. America is back and we are ready to

lead once again. I will not hesitate to strike against those

who mean us harm but I will bring troops home," he said.

He said he is not running because of a long held ambition or

because he thinks its his turn but because of--quoting the Rev.

Dr. Martin Luther King--the fierce urgency of now.

"This isn't about me. It's about you and saying we can do

better than we've been doing," he said.
But how to go about change? Turn the hear up on the

Republicans?
No, he said it's best to engage with opponents and figure out a

comparable solution--the lawyer in him talking--about negotiating

a good deal.
On both sides, there have been casualties, so bringing all who

feel disenfranchised together is a good strategy.
"We don't need more heat--we need more light."
Obama's grandfather fought in General Patton's Army, he said,

during his speeches and his grandmother stayed home with the

baby and later worked on an assembly line making bombs.
He talked about being raised by a single mother and those World

War II era grandparents--making him a bridge of generations.
He talked about not having much by way of luxuries but having

an education and hope--something that his nay sayers say have

made him idealistic and in the words of some of his opponents

-- unelectable.
"I should not be standing here ..and there is no other country

on earth where I could be standing here, so yes, I believe in

hope," he said.
However, the going is going to get tough and Obama is nowhere

near the end.
"I know it's going to be tough...but there has never been

meaningful change in this country unless somebody somewhere

stood up (for what is right). That's how the colonists threw

off the evil empire...slaves became free."

Thursday, January 03, 2008

A great day for the Senator from Illinois

"Hope is what led me here today--with a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas--and a story that could only happen in the United States of America. Hope is the bedrock of a nation...we are ready to believe again."--U.S. Senator Barack Obama


I watched the speech on CNN.

During his speech and after making history by winning the Iowa Caucuses,

Jr. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), said, "they said this day would never come."

The crowd erupted in cheers.

"They said our sights were set too high--that this country was

too divided, disillusioned to come together on a common

purpose...but this night you have done what the cynics said we

couldn't do."

IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN POLITICS, NO BLACK MAN HAS EVER WON THE IOWA CAUCUSES.

"In lines that stretched around schools and churches we came

together to say we are one nation one people and our time for

change has come," Obama said during his speech.

He said he feels his campaign win will end bitterness and

divisions in Washington.

"We are choosing hope over fear and choosing unity over

division and sending a powerful message that change is coming

to America."

The crowd chanted, "USA, USA!" in the background.

As pointed out by CNN commentator and Chicago radio talk show host, Roland Martin,

(WVON 1690 AM)there was truly a rainbow coalition standing behind Obama.

He reached out to New Hampshire and asked for the same as in Iowa.

The crowd cheered, "Obama! Obama! Obama!" during parts of his speech.

He is the great unifier, seems like.

His message is apparently working.

This is news people. Wake up.

The Senator from Illinois has been recognized--finally.

My son scampered down the stairs a minute ago and looked to see

what I was watching. It was CNN coverage of the Iowa Caucuses.

He didn't say much but he heard. He's only nine but I too have

that child-like excitement of the unthinkable.

In all of every living person's life there has never been a

black American president nor has an African American won the

Iowa Caucus.

People across this country are hurting. Illegal aliens are

moving back to Mexico. The dollar is weak.

Barack Obama will be the next American president.

Our nation's first Black President of the United States.

His campaign is based on Change and we are looking for him to

bring it.

I have faith in my country right now.

I feel so much pride right now for my country. I feel good

saying my country--finally. I no longer feel pushed aside.

Obama won Iowa (38 percent) over Hillary Clinton (29 percent)

and John Edwards (30 percent)

Mike Huckabee won the Republican caucus and the pundits say he

will make a formidable candidate.

Can this country handle have an African American for president?

I think so because politics is politics and people are people

and there are certain things that must be done by whomever wins

the presidency. The job will always be the same. It's a hard

job being president as well as first lady but this win in Iowa

will bring out the truth in everyone you know. Watch and listen

and learn from these things that are happening now. It will be

then that you know where you stand among your crowd, co-workers

friends and family.

I went to the Democratic National Committee site and saw an

article on how Mike Huckabee wouldn't be a good choice for

president.

I didn't see a word about Obama's win.

He took the 17-29 vote, said the best political team on

television, (CNN).

Well, maybe that is the way it goes, so I went to the GOP site

(Grand Old Party=Republican National Committee) and saw a map

asking me to find out how bad my state was at voter fraud. I

passed on the offer.

A blog post said today was "Test day for Clinton."

I hope some black newspapers out there are watching the news

and writing--like I am.

(Hint: If you will not be publishing tomorrow (Friday) then use

a second or third day lede because the story will be OLD by the

time it hits the streets in your town)

Take the hint please.

Now, when O.J. Simpson does anything everyone writes about it.

How could there be not a word on the blogs about Obama?

A quick search of "Obama" on Yahoo! returned mild manner

headlines like "Obama, Huckabee win Iowa" etc.

USA returned a headline of "Edwards, Clinton vie for second

place." At least Obama's name was mentioned in the lede.

They also had a pull out box "Close-Up Barack Obama,"

as they did for all of the front runners in the campaign.

Yawn.

Congressman Pete Visclosky holds Town Forums

Congressman Pete Visclosky announced he will be holding 24 Town Forums throughout Indiana’s First Congressional District during the month of January. Each year Visclosky holds forums throughout the region to hear directly from constituents and provide an update on the issues facing Congress and Northwest Indiana.



Congressman Visclosky addresses the Unites Steelworkers rally. Leo Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers, looks on as Visclosky makes his remarks. (6/26/06)



“There are many important issues facing this country and Northwest Indiana right now, including rising gas and energy prices, creating good-paying jobs, working to make high-quality healthcare more accessible, and establishing a responsible timetable for redeploying our troops from Iraq. As the New Year and the new session of Congress begin, I want to hear directly from the people of Northwest Indiana on the issues that matter most to them,” Visclosky said in a press release.

Just like in the past years, a local middle or high school student will have the opportunity to introduce Congressman Visclosky in his or her community and lead the forum in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Thursday Jan. 10
6 p.m., Gary Wildermuth Library, 501 S. Lake St., Gary. Introduction by Tremaine Tillotson, Dunbar-Pulaski Middle School

Friday, Jan. 11
6:30 p.m., Merrillville Town Hall, 7820 Broadway, Merrillville

Saturday, Jan. 12
9 a.m., Gary Public Safety Center, 1st Floor Community Room, 535 Polk St., Gary. Introduction by Oliver Thornton, Tolleston Middle

11 a.m., East Chicago Public Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive, East Chicago. Introduction by Tatiana Brito, Block Junior High

3 p.m., Hammond Main Library, 564 State St. Introduction by Calvin Sanders,Eggers Middle.


In December Visclosky announced that he secured $12 million for Northwest Indiana for a wide-range of programs including educational programs, disaster preparedness, and transportation projects throughout Northwest Indiana.
The funding is part of the Consolidated Appropriations Bill (HR 2764), which has passed the House and Senate, and is expected to be signed into law by the President.
This funding is in addition to the over $58 million in energy and water infrastructure projects and $4.6 million in crime prevention funding, also in HR 2764.

IUN
Also included in the legislation is $931,000 for a range of educational initiatives in Northwest Indiana, including after-school programs for K-12 students, funding for an urban academy geared for college bound students, and support for Indiana University Northwest’s (IUN) Health Research Institute.

Specifically, the Indiana University School of Medicine in Gary will receive $502,000 for facilities and equipment at the newly formed Northwest Indiana Health Research Institute, which advances new knowledge and information about the health and care of urban populations.

YWCA
Visclosky also secured $191,000 for after school and summer programs at the YWCA of Gary. The Gary YWCA will offer an after school and summer program, called Kids Café, designed to provide a safe haven for children and prevent them from engaging in risky behavior. The program aims to serve youth throughout Northwest Indiana.



Purdue Calumet Urban Academy

Visclosky also secured $238,000 for to help fund the Hammond Purdue Calumet urban academy focused on technology and science with a college-bound curriculum.

Purdue University Calumet, with the support of the Civil City of Hammond, will create an urban academy as an alternative educational opportunity for Hammond residents.

The academy would begin as a middle school focused on technology and science with a college-bound curriculum, with the academy adding grade levels each year until it becomes a middle/high school.

The academy would serve approximately 90 students per grade, and parental involvement would be a prerequisite for application. Total Purdue Cal School of Technology funding is $9.15 million.


The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will receive $1.476 million for land acquisition. The funding for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore fits into Visclosky’s vision for investing in Lake Michigan to improve the area’s economic and recreational opportunities.
Also included in the legislation is $1.225 million to align 45th Street and Calumet Avenue in Munster. By allowing this east-west thoroughfare to be aligned, traffic congestion and train interruptions will be greatly reduced.
Visclosky also secured $196,000 for Rohrman Park in Schererville. This funding will be used for park expansion and improvements, including improvements to the athletic fields in the park.
Also included in the legislation is $817,000 for Valparaiso University to help purchase a dual-polarization detection Doppler weather radar system.

Transportaion
Visclosky was able to secure funding for several transportation infrastructure projects throughout the 1st Congressional District, including $4.9 million for the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District’s (NICTD) efforts to continue to invest in commuter rail throughout Northwest Indiana, which was also supported by Senator Richard Lugar and Congressman Joe Donnelly.

Lake County Sheriff
The Lake County Sheriff’s Department is set to receive $658,000 for two major and much needed technological upgrades. A majority of the funds will be for the Wireless Network Project, which will serve as the fundamental vehicle by which the Lake County Sheriff Department, Fire Department, EMA and EMS will establish an interoperable communication system, which was a regional recommendation of the Good Government Initiative. The funds will be used for the purchase of data sharing software and interoperable wireless communications devices.


“As the Sheriff’s Department continues our efforts to track down those who have committed crimes, it is crucial that we have access to high-quality equipment and technology that will assist in our efforts, and I thank Congressman Visclosky for his continued assistance,” said Lake County Sheriff Roy Dominguez.

The remainder of the $658,000 will be used to purchase digital photography equipment and software for the Lake County Sheriff’s Crime Lab, which was also a recommendation of the Good Government Initiative. According to the initiative, the current photography equipment in the lab is over 20 years old and current processing of photos is inefficient.

Local Police Divisions
Another law-enforcement tool that will receive funding, and is part of the Good Government Initiative is the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), which will receive $376,000. In an effort to increase the safety of Northern Lake County Indiana, six police departments; Hammond, Gary, East Chicago, Whiting, Highland and Hobart, have agreed to create an integrated booking system that electronically captures, prints and transmits fingerprints and data. The implementation of this system will allow these departments to share their resources and to more efficiently identify and arrest criminals. The funds provided will be used to purchase and install the equipment in the six departments.


The Gary Police Department will receive $451,000 to complete Phase IV of the Shot Spotter Gunfire Detection System by purchasing additional sensors. The Gary Police Department will use the system to deal with gun-related crime, including a significant number that are directly related to drug trafficking and gang activity.

Juvenile Justice
Also included in the legislation is $94,000 for the “No Workshops No Jumpshots” Program. This program, which is based in Gary and is part of the Department of Justice’s Juvenile Justice Program, provides programming activities for youth between the ages of 13-18 years old. The goal of the “No Workshops No Jumpshots” program is to provide a positive, structured environment in which the participants work to improve academic achievement, social skills and emotional maturity.

HIDTA
Visclosky was also able to secure $3.022 million for the Lake County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). The Lake County’s HIDTA’s goal is to reduce illegal drug-trafficking and drug-related crime throughout the area. “Because so much of the crime in Northwest Indiana is related to drug activity, it is critical to invest in anti-drug programs like HIDTA,” said Visclosky.

Also included in this appropriations bill is $25.850 million for the nation-wide Bullet Proof Vest Partnership Program, which Congressman Visclosky authored in 1997. The program works with local law enforcement agencies throughout the country to provide funding for the purchase of bulletproof vests. The purpose of the program is to save the lives of law enforcement officers engaged in local crime-fighting activities.

Earlier this year, in addition to this funding for crime prevention, Visclosky announced he secured $800,000 for the Indiana National Guard’s Drug Demand Reduction Program, which will provide support to several drug-prevention programs for area students in Northwest Indiana.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Fortress SSH Server

In an effort to start a newspaper on line, I was told by a salesman and a consultant that it would have to be hosted on my on server. Anyone in the business of Internet anything will at some point need to consider a secure shell server for their business to keep hackers out of the mix.
I am still researching this subject because I will need an influx of capital by way of many advertisers and this SSH will not be optional--I'll have to have it in order to work.
One way to cut overhead is to have minimal office space and have writers work off-site. They would log in to the computer to submit and or edit stories. I will have a software intensive environment with the newspaper. Files will have to be backed up and I will need lots of memory for high-resolution photos and e-mail accounts. The list is endless and can be overwhelming at times.
Owning my own business will require me to learn more about things like a SSH Server.
I have found that to host a newspaper site that supports advertisers and subscribers submitting payments over the Internet in addition to a print edition published twice a week cannot be accomplished with my current set up because of the Internet traffic.
No, I am not an expert but by the time this plan becomes an actuality, I will be.

I am an editor for Topix.com

I am an editor for Topix.com as I mentioned before in a post.
What I get to do is edit news for my area, Gary, IN. It was free to sign up and I utilized the site anyway because I liked that I could get a variety of local news on one page. Also because I saw one of my friends was an editor, I, being the copycat that I am, decided to sign up too.
This is not a paid position but since I am up sitting at my computer reading news on line anyway, I might as well add some news to the page I'm looking at because who could know an area better than it's inhabitants?
I can also add stories that I write but so far I have only added a weather photo and caption.
Also, a blogger of note is Dwight Taylor. I don't think I know him personally but his blog, Uncensored Reality is informative and he can be heard on WLTH Radio quite often.

Learn to Play the Piano in 2008



Children and adults who want to learn how to play the piano should plan this new year to make good on that promise to themselves or their children. People who know how to play a musical instrument are considered to be more interesting and also of a higher intelligence that the average person.
Piano lessons & piano chords unfortunately, are in a world unknown to me.
I have friends who know how to play the piano and my mother is teaching herself chords on her organ but I don't know a note. This is a fact that saddens me but makes me want to learn.
I found a site recently--Playpiano.com--where they send out DVDs to you so that you may learn at your own pace. They even have a free newsletter they'll send you upon request.
The site is easy enough to navigate so that you can see how the DVD's can help you and so that you can read the testimonials from satisfied customers.

I listen to WLTH Radio 1370 AM

I am an avid listener to WLTH Radio. The hosts and hostess also known as the "Tri-City Connection" take callers from all over the Northwest Indiana area but the subject of the day is almost always Gary, Indiana.
This morning they touched on the city's murder rate and how bad some of the grocery stores are in terms of cleanliness.
The murder rate story may be found at Topix.com where I am an editor. I cannot help you with the source of the other story.

Bad Credit Auto Loans


People who use bad credit auto loans to get a car after experiencing financial problems also improve their credit score.
The more you pay on time on a loan, the better your credit will be. Credit reporting occurs at 30, 60 and 90 days--especially if you are late with a payment.
Being late with a payment is how consumers end up in a situation where they have to take bed credit auto loans. The interest is higher.
When I go to buy a car, I will probably have to obtain a bad credit auto loan. I hope the interest rates aren't too high.
The lower the interest rate the more car you can buy with the loan amount.

Clean the snow off of your property

Make sure you clean off your stoops, steps and sidewalks. People coming to your home do not want to stumble over ice and snow drifts trying to knock on your door.
Besides that, it is rude and lazy.
If you cannot do it yourself make sure you hire someone to do it.
The reason I am writing this post is because my father just yelled at me about not sweeping the snow off of my porch.
Other than that, I hope everyone had a happy New Year because I know I did.
I hope the rest of the year is just as good.

I'm on Facebook too

I'm on Facebook too
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