Wednesday, April 23, 2014

While You Were Sleeping


While You Were Sleeping or watching the Real Housewives of Atlanta....The Supreme Court  upheld the State of Michigan's ban on Affirmative Action....

Did that copy?I guess congratulations are in order for those who have considered affirmative action some form of reverse racism. 

While I will get into this a little deeper later on this week...(I just got home from class..I'm dog tired), for some reason I can't help shaking my head at the fact that at the University of Michigan, only 4.6 percent of undergrads are black. But check this out, the majority of the Michigan football team is black, and the basketball team is littered with black athletes, too.

 I t just goes to show that admissions standards don't mean a damned thing so long as you can throw a football or sink a basketball for the Plantation Owners of college athletics, oops, Did I say that?  I meant the athletic department that invariably funds the academic departments that non-athletically inclined blacks won't get an opportunity to matriculate within.

Think on that for a minute...I'll be talking about this some more...I promise....

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Boston Strong


An American named Meb Keflezighi, yeah that's right...Meb Keflezihi won the Boston Marathon yesterday...The first American to win it in a long while I'm told...So glad that that was the main news coming out of Beantown yesterday!..

One year after a bombing there killed three people and left more than 260 injured, Meb Keflezighi added Boston to a resume that includes the New York City Marathon title in 2009 and a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics.

Running just two weeks before his 39th birthday, he had the names of the 2013 bombing victims on his bib.
The names included the three people killed in last year's marathon and the name of a police officer from MIT who was allegedly killed by the bombing suspect days later.

Meb Keflezighi (got to get used to saying and writing his name) said he hoped to have his picture taken with the victims' families after his win Monday, but they weren't immediately available.

 The victims were 8-year-old Martin Richard, 29-year-old Krystle Campbell and 23-year-old Lu Lingzi. MIT Officer Sean Collier was shot three days after the marathon in a wild gunbattle with the two suspects.


"At the end, I just kept thinking, 'Boston Strong. Boston Strong,'" he said. "I was thinking give everything you have. If you get beat, that's it."
Meb Keflezighi completed the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to the finish on Boylston Street in Boston's Back Bay on Monday in a personal-best 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds. He held off Kenya's Wilson Chebet, who finished 11 seconds behind.

Meb went out early and built a big lead. But he was looking over his shoulder several times as Chebet closed the gap over the final two miles. After realizing he wouldn't be caught, Keflezighi raised his sunglasses, began pumping his right fist and made the sign of the cross. He broke into tears after crossing the finish line, then draped himself in the American flag.

No U.S. runner had won the race since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach took the women's title in 1985. The last American man to win was Greg Meyer in 1983. Meyer and Keflezighi embraced after the race.
"I'm blessed to be an American and God bless America and God Bless Boston for this special day,"    Meb Keflezighi said.

Rita Jeptoo of Kenya successfully defended the women's title she said she could not enjoy a year ago. Jeptoo finished in a course-record 2 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds. She is a three-time Boston Marathon champion, having also won in 2006.

Rita Jeptoo of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the Women's Elite division of the Boston Marathon.
"I came here to support the people in Boston and show them that we are here together," she said. "I decided to support them and show them we are here together."

Ms.Jeptoo broke away from a group of five runners at the 23-mile mark. Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia finished second in 2:19:59. Countrywoman Mare Dibaba was third at 2:19:52. All three women came in under the previous course record.

American Shalane Flanagan, who went to high school in nearby Marblehead, Mass., finished seventh after leading for more than half the race. She gambled by setting the early pace, but fell back on the Newton Hills about 21 miles into the race.

"It does mean a lot to be that my city was proud of me," she said. "I'm proud of how I ran. I don't wish I was it was easier. I wish I was better."

After breaking a 27-year American drought at the New York marathon, Meb Keflezighi contemplated retiring after the 2012 NYC Marathon. But that race was canceled because of Superstorm Sandy, and he pulled out of the Boston Marathon in April because of injury.

Meb was the first American to win a medal in an Olympic marathon since Frank Shorter won gold in 1972 and silver in 1976. His 2009 New York victory broke a 27-year American drought there.

Another American, Tatyana McFadden, celebrated her 25th birthday Monday by winning the women's wheelchair race for the second straight year. She was timed in in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 6 seconds.

Tatyana McFadden was born in Russia and lived in an orphanage as a child before starring at the University of Illinois. She also won the 2013 NYC Marathon women's wheelchair race after taking the titles in Boston, London and Chicago last year.


Ernst van Dyk of South Africa won the men's wheelchair division for a record 10th time. The 41-year-old crossed the finish line in 1 hour, 20 minutes, 36 seconds.

ErnstVan Dyk holds the record for most all-categories Boston Marathon wins. This was his first win at this race since 2010.

Marathon officials said 35,755 runners registered for the race, with 32,408 unofficial starters. The field included just less than 5,000 runners who did not finish last year and accepted invitations to return this year.

Soooo..A good time was had by all...No bombs, no lost lives ,no lost limbs....If the only news coming out of Boston this year was an American , whose name I can't pronounce or spell won the who thing, then that is good news...The only type of news that should come from the Boston Marathon!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

HAPPY RESSURECTION SUNDAY! (HE IS RISEN!)

The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. "Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you."…Matthew 28:6

Thanking My Lord and Savior for his sacrifice!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Weekend Humor

Connie, who was an exotic dancer down at the local strip club dropped off her black dress at the cleaners.

On her way out the door the lady at the counter said ''COME AGAIN".....

Connie replied: "No. its toothpaste this time you nosy B***H!!"

Have a Super Groovy Weekend!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's Great Being A Black Man In Amerika~!



I don't watch Fox News...In fact unless an Eagles game is being broadcast on Fox...I don't watch the network at all...Not even the Simpsons or Family Guy which is probably the most intelligent commentary on the whole network...

So I wasn't watching when Brit Hume(pictured above) made his comments...which have my Black Twitter, Facebook and Blogger friends about to blow a gasket...I mean ,what do you expect? He's a 70 year old conservative Republican White male talking to the few like minded individuals like himself that are still alive and lucid....

During this week’s broadcast of Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace brought up Attorney General Eric Holder’s remarks before Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network on Wednesday. During the event, Attorney General Holder implicated that race was a factor in the treatment he has received from Republicans in Washington.

ChrisWallace wanted to have a discussion about how big a factor race is in Washington, especially when it comes to how President Obama and Eric Holder are treated.

Of course, since we are talking about Fox News, the panel that Wallace had on for this discussion was quite diverse. That is if diverse means all white. Yes, just as we’ve seen these past few days, Fox News loves to discuss race and the impact of racism, but only if they can do so with an all-white panel. The first person that Wallace discussed this topic with was Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume...Pictured above...

WALLACE: Attorney General Eric Holder complaining about treatment of him and also the president after another testy exchange with House Republicans on Capitol Hill. And we’re back now with the panel. Well, Attorney General Holder said the Obama administration has faced, his words, “unprecedented, ugly opposition” and speaking to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, he clearly implied it’s because of race. Brit, does he have a point?
HUME: I don’t think so. And I think, you know, first of all, it’s false that no attorney general and no president have been subjected to this kind of treatment. After all, Bill Clinton was impeached. Think about that for a moment. John Mitchell went to jail. I mean the list is long of attorneys general and other officials who have been subjected to some very rough treatment on Capitol Hill and elsewhere. And this strikes me as kind of crybaby stuff from Holder. My sense of that this is that both Eric Holder and Barack Obama have benefited politically enormously from the fact that they are African-American and the first to hold the jobs that they hold. And this, I don’t know if he’s specifically meant race or not. I suspect perhaps he did. But to those two men, race has been both a shield and a sword that they have used effectively to defend themselves and to attack others. And I think it is depressing at this stage in our national life after all we’ve been through on this issue and given the overwhelming consensus on the issue of civil rights that this kind of stuff is still going on.

Yes Mr. Hume...They have benefited greatly from being African -American males...I know if it were left up to you and your kind....by that,I mean conservative Republican Tea Party types...Civil Rights legislation would be pushed back to 1954 levels...and it would still be great to be an African-American man in this great country of ours...Excuse me...Negro!!!

I digress....I don't get bent out of shape at conversations like the one Wallace and Hume have...The reason why is because I know that they aren't talking to me...They are never talking to me on that network...And no matter how much they cry and whine and complain...here is the fact...The American People...Black,Latino, Asian, Indian and yes...White people elected a Black man president twice....And we have a Black Attorney General and a Latina Supreme Court Justice...There is nothing they can do about that until 2016 and I have a feeling that in 2016 ,they are in for another bitter pill...A woman in the white house!!!

So Britt Hume...You are so right....It's Great Being a Black man in America at this day and time...I wish my grandfather and all of those countless, nameless ,faceless now brothers hanging from the trees in the old south were here to see this day!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Weekend Humor


Have a groovy weekend everybody!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

An Almost Awesome Evil

 
It always amazed me during the last presidential election how Mitt Romney gave President Obama so much grief over the affordable care act....If you study what Mitt did when he was Governor...You'll see that his healthcare plan and President Obama's plan or what it finally morphed into were not so very different after all..

I'm just glad that recently, someone in a position to know was able and willing to speak on this and give Republicans the tongue lashing they so desperately need for trying so hard (some would even say) above and beyond the call of duty to gut the affordable care act, also known as the dreaded Obamacare!

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber brings a unique perspective to the health care debate. He’s not only an expert in health care policy and the director of the health care program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, he’s also one of a small number of wonks who helped design both Mitt Romney’s health care system in Massachusetts and President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
 
Mr. Gruber sat down for a fascinating talk a few days ago with Harold Pollack about where the broader policy debate stands, and while the whole discussion is worth your time to hear, I myself was struck by their focus on Medicaid expansion in particular. Jon Gruber insisted we “cannot talk enough” about the “life-costing tragedy [that] has taken place in America.”
 
He had this to say-
 
 
“…I’m offended on two levels here. I’m offended because I believe we can help poor people get health insurance, but I’m almost more offended there’s a principle of political economy that basically, if you’d told me, when the Supreme Court decision came down, I said, ‘It’s not a big deal. What state would turn down free money from the federal government to cover their poorest citizens?’ The fact that half the states are is such a massive rejection of any sensible model of political economy, it’s sort of offensive to me as an academic. And I think it’s nothing short of political malpractice that we are seeing in these states and we’ve got to emphasize that."
 
He also said-
 
"Conservative policymakers in these states] are not just not interested in covering poor people, they are willing to sacrifice billions of dollars of injections into their economy in order to punish poor people. It really is just almost awesome in its evilness.”
 
That's it in a nutshell...Awesomely evil the way they are working so hard to deny millions what they've had from day one...Healthcare.....and not just any healthcare, but the best healthcare....
 
 
Take, for example, the increasingly heated fight over Medicaid expansion in Virginia, where Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) campaigned on Medicaid expansion as a key element of his 2013 platform, but where Republican lawmakers in the commonwealth are prepared to do practically anything to block the policy – including a possible shutdown of the state government.
 
 
Dahlia Lithwick published a powerful piece two days ago,I believe, making the case that she’s “pissed” because “there is no excuse, not one, to block the Medicaid expansion.”
 
The Commonwealth of Virginia is modeling dysfunction yet again this month, as the legislature fights to the death over Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proposed two-year, $97 billion budget. The government is imploding in large part due to the fact that state Republicans in the House of Delegates have decided to fight tooth and nail – up to and including shutting down the whole government if this is not resolved by July – to avoid expanding Medicaid benefits to cover up to 400,000 lower-income Virginians who fall into the health care coverage gap
 
These are the folks who can’t afford to purchase health care under the ACA, but make too much money to qualify for Medicaid. The ACA would have taken care of those people through an expansion of Medicaid – money from the federal government to the states to cover the gap. The high court, in 2012, left it to the states to decide whether to accept the expansion. Virginia is one of the states having a hard time making up its mind. As with all government shutdowns, the answer to “why is this happening?” is “Republicans hate Obamacare.” 
 
 Last week Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe proposed a two-year pilot expansion of Medicaid, which could be canceled if it proved unsuccessful. This seemed very reasonable. The House Appropriations Committee killed it. So yesterday, in Richmond, both the Senate Finance Committee and the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission met to argue and vote about stuff. Republicans blamed Democrats. Democrats blamed Republicans. Everyone blamed gerrymandering and gridlock and ideology.
 
And so on and so on and scooby dooby doobie!
 
 
Dahlia Lithwick added that without Medicaid expansion, it’s quite likely that some struggling Virginians will, in fact, die unnecessarily. She added that “the sheer nihilism on display in Richmond shows what happens when you convince yourself that government can fix nothing..And this is what in fact they have done.

Awesomely evil...Awesomely sad...Awesomely unnecessary!
 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Another Giant Falls


I want to take the time to write a tribute and to honor a man I consider my mentor... If not for this man, I might not have wanted to be a journalist....

Mr. Chuck Stone....If you are African-American and of a certain age and from Philadelphia....You read the Daily News.... Why?  The Daily News was smaller and cheaper than the Inquirer and spoke to the poor and the working class in a way the other two papers ,The Bulletin and The Inquirer did not...

If by chance you read the Daily News...You had to have read columns by Mr. Chuck Stone... I consider him the dean of Black journalists...He was in fact the first Black journalist to have a regular column in the Daily News..

I had been reading the Daily News since I was in High School...(It made me feel more like an adult...and I always liked to know things....It made for good conversation...)

After I read the sports column...I had to read his column....He spoke to me and people who looked like me in a way no other columnist did...



Born in St. Louis and raised in Hartford, Chuck trained with the Tuskegee Airmen as a navigator during World War II. Later, he graduated from Wesleyan University and received a Master's from the University of Chicago.

 Chuck Stone's first career was in journalism, where he quickly became a leader in African-American media in New York City, Chicago and as a White House correspondent. To support other emerging writers, he helped create the National Association of Black Journalists, serving as the organization's first president.

  Chuck Stone next worked as a special assistant to Harlem Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, writing about that experience in the bookBlack Political Power in America and the novel King Strut. Chuck then became the first Director of Minority Affairs at the Educational Testing Service (ETS), where he studied bias in standardized exams. That position, he always said, led to his early involvement with FairTest.

 As a member of our board of directors, Chuck was distinguished by a non-confrontational, almost courtly, style which made his often-pointed questions even harder to answer. After ETS, he returned to journalism as a columnist at the Philadelphia Daily News.

There, he became nationally known for negotiating the safe surrender of crime suspects sought by our city's notoriously brutal police force.

Widely respected by both law enforcement and community residents, Chuck's unique role earned a flattering profile in the Wall Street Journal and two Pulitzer Prize nominations. After leaving Philadelphia, he held the Walter Spearman Chair in the School of Journalism at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

He passed away a few nights ago.... It is still hard to believe .......If Not for him...There would be no Keith's Space...No Field Negro , and few other blogs in which young blacks speak the truth and fight the good fight...

He showed us how to do it and with dignity...

Rest Well Good Soldier!

Chuck Stone- 1924-2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

Issa You Are Or Issa You Aint Serious?


The Crown Prince of the Republican Party west,House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa of California is famous for his witch hunts and conspiracy theories concerning the Obama Administration...He has clearly spun more half baked theories than Agent Fox Mulder of the X -Files.
And it appears that not only the Democrats, but people from his own party are getting a little tired of him and his theories and witch hunts which go nowhere and turn up nothing.

It has never been a secret that congressional Democrats have been frustrated with House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and his often-ridiculous handling of various investigations. The frustrations recently boiled over  last week during a hearing into the discredited IRS “scandal,” when Issa refused to let Democrats speak – and then cut the mic off when Ranking Member Elijah Commings (D-Md.) tried to address the committee he helps lead.
 
What’s less appreciated is the fact that Republicans aren’t exactly happy with Issa, either.
…10 months out from the first IRS scandal headline, some Republicans are unhappy with their party’s investigation – and they point a finger at the man who helped sustain the national uproar: Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). How ironic that he's the uh OVERSIGHT committee chairman!!!


In background interviews with more than a half-dozen House Republicans on the Oversight and Ways and Means committees, the two panels probing the matter in that chamber, members expressed frustration that the investigation has become a spectacle that’s dragged on and distracted them from serious charges.
It’s funny, in a way...Kind of Ironic too. Democrats have naturally been disgusted with Darrell Issa overseeing witch hunts for some time, But away from the cameras, Republicans have been nearly as disgusted with Darrell Issa for being incompetent while overseeing witch hunts. That's a laugh!
 
GOP officials on the Hill aren’t disappointed that he wastes time and public money on manufactured nonsense; they just wish he were better at it. Go ahead..Laugh...It's a shame that this is true.


“There’s a far better way to take this on. … There’s broad frustration with how this has played out, with the road he’s taken,” one Oversight Republican, who asked for anonymity to speak frankly, said of the investigation.
 
The list of complaints includes: Darrell Issa waited nearly a year to bring a key IRS witness back to his panel; he let an offer to hear that witness speak slip and may even be causing sympathy for ex-agency official Lois Lerner.
In fairness to Darrell Issa, some of his Republican critics may not realize that the IRS controversy is a mirage. They seem to think Darrell Issa has failed to oversee an effective investigation into meaningful Obama administration wrongdoing, which is partly true, but it overlooks a nagging detail: there was no meaningful Obama administration wrongdoing to investigate. I'm not just saying that....There really wasn't.
 
Even the most rabid, partisan scandal-mongers can’t get blood from a stone.
 
With that said.., note that it’s not just the IRS story. Mr. Issa has invested an enormous amount of committee time, energy, and resources into all kinds of “scandals,” all of which he assured the political world would be a huge deal, rocking the very foundations of Washington.
 
And in each instance, the California Republican over-promised and under-delivered, producing nothing!
 
Leave it to Darrell Issa to infuriate Democrats with his pointless obsession, while infuriating Republicans for being bad at it.
 
Olivia Pope!!!  Somebody could use your help!
 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Weekend Humor


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