Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Indiana politician comments on Wright in Time article

Many of the people "Amen-ing" were attendees at a two-day conference for black theologians and not journalists, who were largely stuck in the balcony. "I know it's hard being quiet when you're attacked," says Vernon G. Smith, chairman of Indiana's legislative black caucus, who says he's known Wright for nearly two decades.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Elect Barack Obama for President of the United States

Two hot mp3 songs sing the praises of voting for Barack Obama!These songs are hot in and of themselves!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Indiana's May 6 Primary is crucial: Vote early, Vote Obama!

@ news commentators (excellent job btw)
The wheels aren't coming off of the wagon but it is awfuly difficult to change those who are considered "culturally insensitive" into those who are liberal and don't mind voting for Barack Obama. (some, I think, really fear African-Americans in charge)
It will take all of those, "lunch bucket,blue-collar Catholic whites," that it is said Sen. Obama can't sway to his side, to really get reamed by Hill and Bill in the White House to change their minds but by then, it will be too late. (those two will cut a deal behind your back in a New York minute)
Even if Barack ran again--after Hillary's term(s)--those types of people would still be resistant to vote for Barack Obama.
So what do we Obama supporters do? (pray)
All Hillary had to do was show up in their state and tell tales of Republican childhood memories of hunting. Woo wee. I don't know if Barack has any of these memories. She really didn't have to work hard and everyone is forgiving of her gaffes. When she was in Indiana, she showed kids how to drink shots of good whiskey. Woo wee--she can't be the education president. (yeah, kids read the newspaper too, Hill)
So what do we do?
Barack can't change his color or race, so that's out.
Maybe raising more money and pressing more flesh could work however, Barack is one man--how much can he do?
It's hard to change people's ideas--especially regarding race and especially when Hillary's wedge issues really strike a chord with those Lunch bucket, blue-collar Catholic whites who are older (?).
Those people are hard to change. They are not intellectual by far, so how to reach them? How many of them even have regular and positive interactions with African Americans on a daily basis? How could they vote Obama 08 when they are hard pressed to recite even the names of Blacks they say they know?
Barack would have had to start his campaigning in their state and invite all of the Chicago politicians who would, to come along with him.
It's sad but true.
I hope my state, Indiana, doesn't disappoint Sen. Obama like Pennsylvania did.

The Clinton Chronicles (GOP creation)

Pennsylvanians are switching parties to vote for Obama

"Since Jan. 1, more than 178,000 people in Pennsylvania have changed their party affiliations, and 92 percent of them have gone from Republican or independent to Democrat... They've warmed to Obama for two key reasons: They find him inspiring, and they want sweeping change."

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Beautiful Gary, Indiana

Beauty is where you find it or Beauty is everywhere or the sunset is beautiful wherever you watch it.
Now try to guess where I shot these photos! (place your guess in comments)

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Boy flees Islamic school that makes beggars of African kids

On the day he decided to run away, 9-year-old Coli awoke on a filthy mat.Like a pup, he lay curled against the cold, pressed between dozens of other children sleeping head-to-toe on the concrete floor.

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Obama greeted by largest crowd of his campaign

PHILADELPHIA - Barack Obama was greeted by the largest crowd of his campaign Friday night in Philadelphia. Some 35,000 people jammed into Independence Park to see the Democratic presidential frontrunner, four days before this state's crucial April 22 primary. Obama told the cheering multitude that the US is at a crucial moment in its history.

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Former Clinton Cabinet member endorses Obama

Sen. Barack Obama received key endorsements Friday from a top former Clinton administration official and two former Democratic senators.

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The Indiana Earthquake!

The earthquake woke me up 5.2 was out of southern Illinois. My whole room was shaking and swaying--I could actually hear the foundation creaking. My bed wouldn't stop moving so I jumped out of it. It scared the mess out of me! I could hear a low humming/rumbling like when a hurricane is trying to tear the roof off and vibrations like a huge freight train was right outside my door--but other than that it was quiet--no train noises.
(I thought it was my neighbor but don't tell him I said so.)
Go to the USGS website if you felt the earthquake too. I looked at the clock (which is fast) and it said 3:41 a.m. I was trying to watch Shepard's Chapel.
I sprang out of bed and went into my children's room to check on them--to play it off because I was scared.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

ABC Democratic Debate: One-on-One

Well Sen. Barack Obama, Democratic Presidential Nominee, has won this debate fair and square.
Here is my take on the debate:

Hillary was raised Republican and those GOP memories she shares with us are wonderful but they are not an accurate portrayal of the typical democrat--whoever that person is.
Who is the typical democrat. Is he or she black or white, working class or wealthy? Who is the typical dem? The duck hunter?
George Stephanopolous--didn't get his yes or no answer out of Hill but Hillary's jewelry looked spectacular! Who made the diamond necklace and earrings?
Barack said on the Bitter controversy: It would be pretty hard to be condescending towards people of faith because I'm a person of faith. They have large numbers of sportsman and gun owners in Illinois--he listens to them and in turn they sent him to Washington DC.
However, none of this type of conversation is helpful to the everyday person trying to stretch his or her budget.
Hillary is more of the same Barack is not--a vote for Barack is a vote for a change from the old guard politicking. He has said this again and again. That is why he is ahead in the polls.
People are bitter about their economic situations if they have gone sour. Who wouldn't be?
Hillary still speaks about her days as first lady as experience. Here We Go Again
On the subject of Rev. Jeremiah Wright: Why are people so rubbed the wrong way
about this man? It is only certain ones who have a problem in this area.
Barack knew certain ones wouldn't accept Rev. Wright's views.
People with sense understand what point Wright was trying to make during the particular sermons.
Barack is trying to move beyond those types of divisions and problems that hang up some Americans. No one person is all good or all bad.
Watch who and the types of people who are hung up on statements and actions that
divide. Examine these people and their motives.
There are those in this country who would have the races remain divided for their own
selfish purposes.
The only thing anyone could do for those who are hurt by Rev. Wright's is to buy them
some salve, give them a hug and tell them time heals all wounds. There have been some
ugliness in America's past. What can anyone do about the past?
Move on people. Move on.
Racist people should walk in the shoes of someone who has been discriminated against
before they make an uninformed snap judgement that can only serve to further divide the races.
Some in this country for so long, have decided that it is the color of a person's skin that is the deciding factor of who is the most patriotic.
These people know nothing of this country's history--haven't even read a book and won't go to the bookstore to get one on this issue.
Some people are so scared to vote for a man who is black that they don't look at what
could be gained by voting for Barack the Candidate for President. LISTEN TO ONE OF HIS SPEECHES!
I bet some racist people think that blacks all over the country will rise up and exact revenge on all racists because of slavery and acts of discrimination committed against blacks if they vote for Barack or at least fear that scenario when Barack wins the general election.
1. That is a whole lot of doing and planning and we have to get up and go to work in the morning.
2. I married a cute, wealthy white man and have no intention of harming one hair on his pretty little head.
3. My babies are half white and half black so what do you do about that?
Is that enough? Now do you see fears of that sort are unfounded?
Can we come together now? (Oh by the by: I'm not really married and I am also
unemployed and to my knowledge, my children are African American--but you get the
point I was going for.)
On GOP contender John McCain: Barack would easily win against Sen. McCain and
everyone knows it.
Hillary would be the pig at the roast if she has to meet McCain head-to-head in anything.
The Republican party can't wait for that to happen. When it comes to electability what is not being said is the most important.
Some people feel Barack is not electable because there are pockets of racists out there who would never vote for any black running for anything. These same people don't talk to blacks or have anything to do with black people and definitely don't want them for neighbors. These same people secretly applaud the KKK when they burn crosses in the yards of their victims or they have white hoods of their own proudly nailed to the living room wall of their homes.
The KKK and it's members will not endorse Barack Obama or campaign for him or vote for him. How is this a surprise? How does this fact make Barack not electable?
Think about it!
Let us not ignore this country's longstanding, quiet endorsement of the KKK, it's principles and practices against minorities.
So what is really being said?
These same folk would vote for Hillary. That is the unsaid statement in the electability issue. The KKK would support Hillary, not Barack. Racists would support Hillary, not Barack.
I guess no one in the housing crisis is a member of the KKK. I guess there are no economic issues at stake for members of the KKK--or there are but they can't let a black solve their problems.
This is really embarrassing for America--the KKK and racists who make it so Barack is not electable. The vote based on what the racist thinks--what about this country?
On the Economy: All I know is this: My PayPal account used to pay five percent on the
money market fund and now that rate is two percent. What is all of that about?
Share holders who make more understand already they have to pay more in tax. Why are
all of the pundits (who make up the base of these people making over $200,000 per year) trying to skate out on paying their taxes? YOU CANNOT GET SOMETHING FOR NOTHING.
Choose to stop funding the Iraq effort if you want to save money. Save on that.
Understand that the people guiding your news are paid well. They are not poor or working poor. They are a part of the in crowd. They don't want the bulk of the weight now being carried by the middle class and working class shifted to them as far as taxes are concerned.
It's their turn at the wheel and they don't want to take it. How un-American is that? How can we be Americans when its convenient and when it comes to paying some taxes we are all of a sudden foreigners to our dear nation? Pay your fair share. Pay it so that you don't have to find out what it feels like to be poor. There are some folk out here who would love to have the rich man's problems instead of signing their family up for Food Stamps.
Right to Bare arms: Status quo? I missed much of this because I had children I need to see about.
Affirmative Action: we will take into account hardships but it can only be in the context of looking at the whole situation of the young person. So base (what is gained through affirmative action) it on need not race--cant be quota system must be holistic. Want people to walk through those doors of opportunity.
This is what Barack Obama said. What is it about Affirmative action that rubs folks the wrong way? that blacks may get ahead in life? that women are paid equally (and they are not) that any minority gets a fair shot at a job (they don't) so many loopholes have been shot through affirmative action that it is only something employers do to be compliant. It is not helpful in getting a minority foot in the door. Without quotas, a whole bunch of black folks and women and disabled folks would not have the jobs they have today. Seriously. Now the goal is to hire any minority but a black. Look around you.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Carter and Gore to ask Clinton to step down

DEMOCRAT grandees Jimmy Carter and Al Gore are being lined-up to deliver the coup de grĂ¢ce to Hillary Clinton and end her campaign to become president."They're in discussions," a source close to Carter told Scotland on Sunday. "Carter has been talking to Gore. They will act, possibly together, or in sequence."

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Hillary supporters: is this good judgement?

Hillary ends visit with a shot and a beer

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Obama '08: Sen. Barack Obama comes to Gary--the series

Those who chose to, wore or bought Obama shirts of all styles--from the official blue or white ones sold at campaign headquarters to those airbrushed in an array of colors with Obama's face and signature look emblazoned upon them.

Joy and confidence shined on the faces of each ticket holder who emerged from campaign headquarters victoriously. Take a peek.

Find out why the people love and support Barack Obama. More of these videos may be found on my You Tube page. Click on the My Videos link to the right in the links column.


Watch entire speech of Dem. presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama at Roosevelt H.S. in Gary, Thursday.

Listen to "Reclaiming the American Dream" on my blogtalkradio show:

I promised a series and here it is:

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Science-fiction drama Knowing, an "apocalyptic kind of story"

American actor Nicholas Cage filming 13-week, $50 million flick down under

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TheAge.com.au reporter, Daniel Ziffer, filed a kinda-sorta profile piece on Nicholas Cage April 7, 2008 and I have pulled some of the quotes.

Describing a scene, Ziffer wrote, "a flustered Cage enters an exhibition about 2 a.m. in the Melbourne Museum. He sidles up to co-star Rose Byrne and introduces
himself. It's awkward. He thrusts his hand at her, too fast. But she accepts, smiles, and responds with her name. The meeting is important. He needs her to
help save the world," Ziffer wrote.
Nick said...
"It's subject matter that definitely makes one think about what one
would do in the face of these incredible circumstances, " Cage said
yesterday. "Where you go to find comfort, to survive it."

"It's important to be cautious, but it's also important to be
positive," he said, weighing each word before speaking. "It would be
uncomfortable to advocate doomsday, or the possibility of doomsday.
It would be more preferable to look at all the options and find
solutions to the various concerns, as opposed to writing it off as a
done deal."

"Cage smiled while describing an upcoming holiday he will take with his young family, who are living here during the 13-week shoot. With them, he said, he could go longer without feeling the desire to work," Ziffer wrote.

"It's getting better," (Cage) said. "The length of time is longer now, before the need to dive in is right there."


Director: Alex Proyas (I, Robot, The Crow, Dark City)
Starring: Nicolas Cage (National Treasure, Leaving Las Vegas), Rose Byrne (Troy, Two Hands)
Budget: $50 million+
Release: Autumn 2009
Synopsis: Cage plays a teacher who opens a time capsule dug up at his son's primary school. Chilling predictions are contained inside: some have come true and others seem about to.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Sunday News Wrap Up

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Mark Penn, the pollster and senior strategist for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential bid, left the campaign Sunday after it was disclosed he met with representatives of the Colombian government to help promote a free trade agreement Clinton opposes.

“After the events of the last few days, Mark Penn has asked to give up his role as chief strategist of the Clinton Campaign,” campaign manager Maggie Williams said in a statement released Sunday. “Mark, and Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates, Inc. will continue to provide polling and advice to the campaign.”

Beckham gives in-laws $16mn Palm home
by Talal Malik on Sunday, 06 April 2008
ISLAND LIVING: England football star David Beckham has given his $16 million mansion on Dubai's Palm Jumeirah, pictured here in February, to the parents of his pop singer wife Victoria.England football star David Beckham has given his $16 million mansion on Dubai's Palm Jumeirah to the parents of his pop singer wife Victoria, press reports said on Sunday.

British weekly tabloid News of the World reported on Sunday that Beckham has given the keys to the waterfront villa on the palm-shape artificial island to his in-laws Tony and Jackie Adams, parents of ‘Posh' Spice Girls singer, Victoria.

An Indian girl, born with four eyes, two noses and two mouths is watched by another child as she rests on a cot at the Saini Village of Noida, some 55 kms from New Delhi, on April 5. The parents of the girl say that the toddler is doing well and that they have no plans for a surgery.
(AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)

Friday, April 04, 2008

Ronald Eugene Pincham, dead at 82, leaves rich legacy in law, the judicial process and the community

(left to right) Atty. Andre Mandell Grant, Ill. Appellate Judge, ret. R. Eugene Pincham, Atty. Lewis Myers. This photo was taken by a Chicago Defender photographer (Rod) on the steps of the Defender at 2400 S. Michigan, its old location, in connection with a story on the Ryan Harris case.

R.Eugene Pincham was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 28, 1925. He died Thursday April 3, 2008 of cancer.
According to a bio on nationalbar.org Judge Pincham's parents divorced when he was seven months old. Reared in a single parent home in Athens, Limestone County, Alabama he attended Trinity School, a grammar and high school founded in Athens in 1866, by an abolitionist organization, the American Missionary Association, to educate the newly emancipated slaves.
Read more about what the nationalbar.org had to say about the life of Judge Pincham.
Read what the Chicago Tribune wrote and watch the video of what Attorney Andre Grant said, about Judge Pincham.
I met Judge Pincham as a crime reporter with the Chicago Daily Defender during the initial legal proceedings against the two little boys accused of murdering Ryan Harris. As it was told to me, he and Attorney Andre Grant, who was defending one of the pre-pubescent boys accused of the little girl's heinous murder, worked on the boy's defense together.
Apparently, Mr. Grant had trouble accessing information from the Cook County State's Attorney Office. Judge Pincham aided in making that information accessible to Mr. Grant and spoke to the media about things like probable cause and the likelihood that 7 and 8 year-old boys could commit a sex crime against an 11-year-old girl. The case was historic and received world wide attention.
Judge Pincham woke up the entire black community that year.
In 1999, I wrote a number of news stories on the case and about the two boys. Eventually, Mr. Grant won his case against the Chicago Police Department in that his client was awarded an amount of money. I remember Mr. Grant and Judge Pincham saying to me that nothing in the world and no amount of money could blot out what happen to the boys or Ryan Harris--may her sweet soul rest in peace--and that his client deserved restitution.
If it had not been for Jugde Pincham taking me aside and explaining what the little boys were going through (I believe they were placed in a regular jail? at first) and how police needed to keep searching for the real killer of Ryan Harris I would have never written so many news stories about it. Judge Pincham stood up for those who were defenseless against wrongdoing. I will always remember him for that.

Autism in Action: Lauren Goes Bowling

My daughter, 16 and the special needs students at her high school, enjoyed a day at the bowling alley this week in nearby Merrillville Indiana.