Saturday, March 31, 2012

Keith's Music Spotlight

Before it's all day, R.Kelly will go down as one of the great Singer,songwriter ,instrumentalists and Producers of our time... I see him in the same conversation with Prince, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the like.

He keeps expanding his musical horizons with nearly every release.... I thought his last single- "When a Woman Loves " was a bit overblown....but I applauded his effort...He got that late 50's , Early 60's groove just right....And with this new release, "Share My love" ...He get's the 70's Disco groove just right! Enjoy!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Feel Good Story!

With the nation on the verge of a racial explosion over the Trevon Martin's nice to find a real feel good story in the papers once in awhile...

House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that despite a toxic political climate in Washington and his deep ideological differences with President Barack Obama, the two "have a good personal relationship," even as he criticized the president's health-care plan and stewardship of the economy.

The Ohio Republican also opened up about the GOP presidential field during an interview with TODAY’s Matt Lauer. “I’ve got a big job to do here in the Capitol,” he acknowledged. “Voters around the country who choose to vote in Republican primaries will pick one of these candidates. And whoever that candidate is, I will support.”

John Boehner and Matt Lauer spoke on the same day presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich announced he was dropping a third of his campaign staff and asking his campaign manager to step down. Now that makes me feel good...I don't know about you.

The previous night, fellow GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney appeared on the Tonight Show and made a few jokes in an attempt to shake his reputation as stiff and humorless..It didn't work.

This was also a day when the U.S. Supreme Court justices (The Supremes, minus Diana Ross)listened to oral arguments on the president's health reform law — legislation Speaker Boehner opposes as “the most far-reaching law that Congress has ever passed and signed into law by a president.”

According to a new CNN poll on the health care law, 23 percent of respondents say, "Leave it like it is," while 43 percent say "just overturn some provisions." Ten percent who don't like it say it's because it doesn't go far enough. Meanwhile, Congress’ approval rating hovers at roughly 12 percent, according to an analysis by Real Clear Politics, while the president’s approval rating is at roughly 47 percent.

“All I know is that when I talk to employers around my district — they're concerned that Obamacare is getting in the way of them hiring more people,” John Boehner said. However, he acknowledged that there are “certainly signs of life” in the slow but steady economic recovery.For him to admit even that is pretty big.I know that it must have hurt.

The New York Times recently published a story that offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the tensions that arose last summer as Obama and Boehner’s efforts to resolve the nation’s mushrooming debt unraveled. But Boehner has also spoken in the president's defense, chiding Romney for Romney's criticism of Obama's "hot mic" comment to Russian president Dmitry Medvedev that after the 2012 general election there would be more “flexibility” to negotiate issues of missile defense.

Indeed, Boehner portrayed his relationship with the president as amicable. The two have shared meals and have played golf together.

“We have our disagreements. We know we come from different parties. We come from different backgrounds,” Boehner told Lauer. “We have different ideas about what the appropriate role of the federal government is. But having said that, we get along just fine. We have a good personal relationship. And I think that's important in this town.”
“But it does put some Republicans in a difficult position,” Matt Lauer pressed. “You've got better job numbers. You've got better manufacturing numbers. Consumer debt is down, consumer confidence is up. Isn't it hard to run against a recovering economy?”

“But I would argue that it should be doing a lot better,” Boehner said. “It’s doing better in spite of what Washington is doing to the economy.”

Oh well, what did you expect?   But just for a moment...didn't you get the impression that maybe...just maybe...We might get to a real post racial America????

Me neither!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Just Something To Think About.......

Hmmmmmmm, It does kind of  make you wonder, doesn't it?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Is it or Aint it ( A Tax?)

While My mind as well as probably the rest of the nation has been on the Trayvon Martin case....A battle has been waging on Capitol Hill or more accurately at the Supreme Court over the legality of President Obama's Healthcare overhaul...Or what the Republicans and tea party crowd like to call...the dreaded 'Obamacare."

After the first day of oral arguments in challenges to the landmark 2010 health care law, it seems clear that Supreme Court will not let a procedural tax issue stand in the way of deciding the constitutionality of the law.

“If there were any members of the court who were looking for an off ramp – who did not want to decide this case now during an election year, this would have been the way to go,” said NBC's Pete Williams after hearing the first day's arguments. But “none of them seem to want to take that,” he said.

At issue Monday was a law called the Anti-Injunction Act. Does that law require that those who challenge the penalty for failing to buy insurance actually pay the penalty first? That won’t occur until 2015, after the insurance purchase requirement takes effect.

The question hinged on the justices accepting the contention that the penalty is effectively a tax.

After hearing Monday’s argument, Williams reported that “there didn’t seem to be a single member of the Supreme Court that bought that argument.”

I don’t believe there’s a single justice on the court who believes that it’s a tax. End of that question. So we’re obviously going to go on to the main event which is the individual mandate which will be argued tomorrow,” Williams said.

Monday’s argument was the prelude for the main event: Today's two hours of argument over whether Congress has the power to require that almost every American purchase health insurance.
(Excuse me, but aren't we all required to buy automobile insurance of some kind? Just asking!)

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli told the justices, "This case presents issues of great moment, and the Anti-Injunction Act does not bar the Court's consideration of those issues."

One justice, Samuel Alito, focused on the apparent inconsistency in the government's argument that the penalty is not a tax, under the terms of the Anti-Injunction Act -- and yet the government also will claim in Today's oral argument that when Congress created the individual mandate and the penalty for failing to buy insurance, it was acting under its constitutional power to tax.

Donald Verrilli said, "Congress has authority under the taxing power to enact a measure not labeled as a tax...."

In a question to Donald Verrilli, Samuel Alito said, "Today you are arguing that the penalty is not a tax. Tomorrow you are going to be back and you will be arguing that the penalty is a tax. Has the Court ever held that something that is a tax for purposes of the taxing power under the Constitution is not a tax under the Anti-Injunction Act?"

Verrilli replied, "No, Justice Alito, but the Court has held... that something can be a constitutional exercise of the taxing power whether or not it is called a tax."

He said, "the nature of the inquiry that we will conduct tomorrow is different from the nature of the inquiry that we will conduct today. Tomorrow the question is whether Congress has the authority under the taxing power to enact it" and the precise words used in the law don't have a crucial effect on that question. Confused by all of this? Of course you are...So am I.

At least two justices, Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, seemed to accept the government's contention that the penalty was not a tax, with Ginsburg saying "this is not a revenue-raising measure, because, if it's successful, they won't -- nobody will pay the penalty and there will be no revenue to raise"

Since the plaintiffs challenging the ACA had not made the Anti-Injunction Act argument, the justices appointed lawyer Robert Long to argue for the position that no one can file suit against the ACA’s individual insurance mandate until after the penalty on those who fail to buy insurance has been assessed.

As soon as President Obama signed the ACA into law, several states and private organization filed suits to overturn it, arguing that the Constitution gave Congress no power to force people to buy insurance.

Long pointed out in his brief that the text of the ACA says the penalty imposed on people who don’t purchase health insurance shall be “assessed and collected in the same manner as taxes” – so it is effectively a tax.

Long also said if Congress had wanted to create an exception
to the Anti-Injunction Act in this case it would have done so when it passed the ACA in 2010.

He argued that for the Supreme Court to decide now on the constitutionality of the ACA “would be contrary to the policy that courts avoid deciding constitutional issues unless it is necessary to so do.”

And it would premature, he said, for the court to act since it’s possible that Congress “could amend or repeal the Affordable Care Act at some point before penalties are assessed and collected, beginning in 2015. An amendment (to the law) could avoid the need for this Court to decide the constitutional issue presented in this case.”

But despite those arguments there’s tremendous pressure on the high court to resolve the uncertainty over the health care overhaul now – since many of the provisions of the law are interrelated and the court itself has created the expectation that it will finally settle the constitutional issue.

Arguing the case on Monday for 90 minutes were Long, Verrilli, and former Assistant Attorney General Gregory Katsas, now in private practice, representing the state of Florida and other states and the National Federation of Independent Business.

Make no mistake about this...This is not the Health plan that I wanted....but it is better than what has existed....If the Supreme Court over-rules this, then we are right back to square one...Thousands or more people un-insured and with no chance of any reasonable health benefits.....

That's not a winning situation for anyone. So whether it is or it isn't a tax is not really the question here..The real question here is will we or won't we have a health care initiative?

Monday, March 26, 2012

Hoodies,Skittles and Guns!

They are trying to criminalize Trayvon, reporting that he was on suspension from high school at the time of his death (for having an empty marijuana baggie) and stories (from George Zimmerman) that Trayvon decked him with one punch and was on top of him punching him when he pulled out his gun and shot him...

Trayvon isn't around to tell his side of the story unfortunately..So they are going to make him out to be a criminal so his killing can be justified..I knew this was going to happen.

How about...If George Zimmerman had heeded the damn good advice from the 911 operater that night and not pursued Trayvon, Not attempted to detain him, Not questioned him...None of this would have happened? 

Forget about race, forget about all of this....This is a case of simple right and wrong and common sense....(Or lack of it!!!) This isn't about hoodies or whether George Zimmerman is or isn't a vile's about right and wrong.  He had no right to stop,question or detain anybody that night...He was not and is not a police officer!  It wouldn't be anymore less tragic if this had been a white youngster who had been slain...but if it had..I'm 100 percent certain that George Zimmerman wouldn't have just been allowed to walk home that night and WITH his GUN!!

Think about that long and hard!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

Weekend Humor

Wife: “There’s trouble with the car. It has water in the carburetor.”

Husband: “What? Water in the carburetor? That’s ridiculous.”

Wife: “I tell you the car has water in the carburetor.”

Husband: “Oh Get out of here..You don’t even know what a carburetor is. Where’s the car?”

Wife: “In the swimming pool.”

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Keep The Pressure On!

No matter how you look at it, the killing of Trayvon Martin is an ugly, ugly story that touches on any number of touchy subjects; vigilantism, gun control, possible police misconduct, issues with the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, and the touchiest of all, race. Ahhhh, that word!

The killing has become a huge national story thanks in part to the contributions of black media figures bringing it to people’s attention, but also due to the 911 calls that local Sanford police released to the public late last week. Most of the recordings are from local residents who heard the altercations and called the police (in one you can actually hear a male voice screaming for help and then the fatal gunshot). One though, was from Zimmerman himself. In it, he speaks to the police and explains that he sees a young black man whom he finds “suspicious.”

Most of the attention that tape has garnered has been over the portion where the officer specifically tells Zimmerman he’s not to follow Martin. Had Zimmerman followed these instructions (which are also part of the national guidelines for any Neighborhood Watch, which Zimmerman was a part of), Martin would still be alive.

However, now the attention has moved to the seconds before that back and forth. In those moments, Zimmerman can be heard moving after Martin (the sounds of his movements are what caused the officer to ask if he was pursuing Martin). In the midst of these sounds, there seems to be a quick comment made under Zimmerman’s breath and some now say is “fucking coons,” coon obviously being a racial slur against black people.

Some White people like to say that African-Americans are always playing the race card.  It's not a card I'd like to play...Really hate to mention race at all on most days. Some of you may find that hard to believe, but it's true. I don't judge people by the color of their skin or their religion or their sexual orientation...and have more white friends and associates than the average reader of this blog might imagine. I know that sounds so cliche', but it's the truth never the less.

Seems like ever since Barack Obama was elected President..The nastiness and mean spirtedness in this country towards him and African-Americans in general has been raised a notch. Some of it , unhidden...

Your Politicians, Your Tea Party movemant, Chants of lets "Take OUR country back!" (Back from who?, Back from where??)has been heard more and more.I don't find it at all co-incidental.  My grandmother used to say that there was very few co-incidences in this world.  She was right.

If you want us to stop playing the so called "race card" then stop with the racial code words, stop with the stereotypes...stop with the more than obvious double standards, such as the facts in this case.

A 17 year old boy is dead!  He commited no crime and was minding his business. He was killed basically because he looked suspicious.  This kid was doomed the minute his path crossed with George Zimmerman....He would have been killed regardless of what he did, because Zimmerman supposedly "felt threatened"...I feel threatened too.. Everytime I walk out of my door...I feel threatened..That I or my grandson or my cousin might cross the path of another George Zimmerman who feels threatened and who has an itchy trigger finger.

NO!  No more of this crap... Zimmerman and people that think like him must be held accountable for that type of thinking...especially when it results in the loss of innocent life.

KEEP THE PRESSURE ON!   "We aint forgot about ya Georgie!"

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The True Cost of Freedom

Oh with yet another Republican primary coming up there's a longer-term issue that will affect voters in several states come November: These Photo-ID laws. While arguments about the disparate impact of these new laws are usually couched in lawsuits and research studies, some activists are now pushing beyond identifying the problem to help voters get the information they need.

I wrote about this last week..But what I didn't write about was a group that is basically saying...Let's move beyond all of the lawsuits and challenges.
The Cost of Freedom Project, a crowd-sourced initiative that is developing a Web application to provide people with information on how to get a voter ID.

The project has focused its efforts on the sixteen states(including mine) where photo-ID laws -- which require government-issued photo ID to be presented at the polls in order to vote -- will go into effect this November.

By typing in an address, users will get a list of the documents needed for a state ID, the offices where they can obtain said documents (as well as their hours of operation and public transportation directions) and the costs. Voters will also be able to get the information through text messaging.

"I got frustrated with only hearing about lawsuits and studies around the problem of voter-ID laws," said Faye Anderson,project manager for the Cost of Freedom team.

"Yes, it's important to challenge voter-ID requirements. But the clock is ticking, and a lawsuit and yet another study will not help one voter who needs a photo ID to get one."

Faye Anderson presented the idea last December at Random Hacks of Kindness Philadelphia, a competition held at Drexel University to develop technological solutions for real-world problems.

From there a team of Web developers, graphic designers and researchers began forming. Faye Anderson demonstrated the application on Feb. 14th during a panel at the Social Media Week conference in Washington, D.C., and she officially launched the site A few weeks ago on March 7th.

The Cost of Freedom tool was designed to be concise, offering just the information voters need. "We don't want to overwhelm them with information. When you start talking about 21st-century poll taxes, people's eyes glaze over," said Ms. Anderson.

She added, however, that such an argument is nonetheless valid. In most states with voter-ID laws, citizens must present a birth certificate to get their ID. "That can cost as high as $25. If you get it online, tack on another $12," said Anderson. "During a recession, having to provide a series of underlying documents is an unreasonable burden. And as a practical matter: While you need a birth certificate to get photo ID, in order to get a birth certificate, you need photo ID."

But despite the many aspects of photo-ID laws that may block voters from accessing the ballot, the Cost of Freedom is focused simply on helping people get what they need in time. "We want to give voters information as quickly as possible," said Anderson, "To minimize the number of voters who say 'Oh, forget about it.' "

You know, I joked about needing a birth certificate last week. These fools aren't joking though... I don't know about you, but I don't carry my birth certificate around with me.

As I stated before...While this is all well and good..Most people have a drivers license...(Which is a valid State issued form of identification.) If you work somewhere or get any kind of public assistance you have a photo ID of some sort..

If not...You can go to your local Driver's Education center and have a State ID made for you for a minimum cost..It looks just like a Drivers License", except that it says Indentification card.

This is crazy...I never heard of such....These people (and you know who I'm talking about) will go to any length to discourage us from voting...We must be vigilant and we must do everything possible to meet their challenge and thwart it...

They're trying to rig the game in their favor....  They stole an election once...We can not afford to allow them to steal another one.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Too Many Times

I look at this boy and this could have been me...Many years ago.  This angelic faced boy is dead...Killed by some body who has been listening to and fed stereotypes for years..Killed by some loser who couldn't make it on the police force, so he decided to pack a nine milimeter and become a vigilante...Masquerading as a "Town Watch" operative.

I first heard about this case on The Michael Baisden show last week.  This kid went into a store in a gated community in Sanford ,Florida and bought some skittles and some iced tea.  This "town watch" individual named George Zimmerman didn't think that he looked like he belonged in that community...and so he called 911...Who told him to sit tight....

Can't tell you how many times I have been stopped by police when I was a young man because I didn't look like I belonged somewhere.  What surprised me is when I found out that the same thing happened to one of my cousins...Who is eight years my senior and it happened to some of my other cousins , who are a generation younger than me....  The rites of passage of being a Black man in America sometimes...

But moving away from me... This guy, the shooter claims that he killed the kid in self defense. According to the 911 reports...this is not so.

Calls made to police show that a black teenager was terrified as he tried to get away from the white neighborhood watch volunteer who shot him, and that the volunteer was not defending himself as he has claimed, the teen's family told The Associated Press on Saturday.

Sanford police released eight 911 calls late Friday. The neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, tells a dispatcher in the first call that he is following 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

He says Martin is running, but the dispatcher tells him not to follow the teen.

"How can you claim self-defense and you are the aggressor?" Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin's father, told the AP on Saturday.

George Zimmerman had called police to report a suspicious person walking through the gated community. He had said he shot the teen in self-defense. Zimmerman's father said in a letter to the Orlando Sentinel that his son, who is Hispanic, has been cruelly and unfairly portrayed in the media as a racist.

The teen had gone to a convenience store to buy candy and was walking back to his family's home in the neighborhood.

"This guy looks like he is up to no good. He is on drugs or something," Zimmerman told the dispatcher from his SUV. He added that the black teen had his hand in his waistband and was walking around looking at homes.

"These assholes. They always get away," Zimmerman said on a 911 call.

He has said he acted in self-defense, but Martin's family said they are now more convinced than ever that Zimmerman should be
charged in the shooting. Several of the 911 calls made by neighbors describe some sort of scuffle or fight outside, someone yelling for help and a gunshot.

"(Zimmerman) was chasing him, he was following him, and my son was afraid," Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother, told the AP.

"He didn't know who this stranger was."

Tracy Martin said the calls paint a stark picture of what were his son's final moments.

"He was yelling for help, and no one could help him. He saw his life being taken away from him," Tracy Martin said.

That assertion was bolstered by two other neighbors who came forward on Friday, according to a report from NBC Miami.

The two women, roommates, came forward to say they heard the teen calling for help.

"I feel it was not self-defense, because I heard the crying, and if it was Zimmerman that was crying, Zimmerman would have continued crying after the shot went off," said Mary Kutcher, speaking to television reporters.

The case has been turned over to the State Attorney's Office, which can decide whether to file charges or present evidence to a
grand jury.

Trayvon Martin's family said they will continue pushing for charges to be filed against Zimmerman.

We're hoping this doesn't happen again to another family, and that America opens their eyes ... even though this won't bring
Trayvon back, we don't want there to be another Trayvon," Tracy Martin said.

Moments after Zimmerman's first call, dispatchers were bombarded by seven 911 calls from frantic neighbors describing a fight between two men, screaming and then a gunshot.

"There is somebody screaming outside," one female caller said, as an unknown male voice can be heard crying in the background.

Then a shot is heard!!!

A male caller described a physical altercation between Martin and the shooter.

"I just heard a shot right behind my house," The caller said.

"They're wrestling right behind my porch. The guy is yelling `Help.' I'm not going outside."

Earlier Friday, Martin's parents called on the FBI to take over the investigation, saying they no longer trusted the Sanford police department.

Sanford police Sgt. David Morgenstern said the department stands by its investigation but welcomes help from any outside agency. FBI agent David Couvertier said the agency has been in contact with Sanford police and is monitoring the case.

"We are committed to having somebody review this to see if we made a mistake," said Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett. "If we made missteps and there is something there, we will act accordingly." Misteps?? Misteps???

Several Sanford residents who spoke to The Associated Press Friday said they think there would have been an arrest already if the shooter had been black and the deceased had been white. They said blacks and whites in this city of 53,000 residents were pretty much in agreement that an injustice had been done with no one arrested, and that there was no racial divide in how the case is being perceived. The city is 57 percent white and 30 percent black.

It has a median household income of almost $42,000.

"It's just about ... to be able to take somebody's life in 2012 and not even go to jail for it, that is just sad. No matter, for any color. Not just black or white. Any color," Ladonna Williams, 38, who is black, said as she shopped at the Seminole Towne Center shopping mall, more than a mile from where the shooting took place.

In the letter to the Sentinel, Zimmerman's father says his son has received death threats and moved out of his home. George Zimmerman is Hispanic and grew up in a multiracial family, the statement says.

"He would be the last to discriminate for any reason whatsoever ...," the letter says. "The media portrayal of George as a racist could not be further from the truth."

We can argue that and other things until the cows come home...but I want to ask this...If Trayvon Martin had killed George there any doubt in anyone's mind that he'd at least of been charged with something?? The Sanford Police have yet to even bring charges up against this guy...

This type of thing happens too many times and too many times people sort of just brush it off with an "oh well"...OH WELL MY ASS! That's right I'm saying it...When does this bullshit stop? Where does it end?

How many more have to die because of these stupid stereotypes that are perpetrated by the news media, Television shows, Movies and at times our own people in our own entertainment mediums that we create? How long will there be a bullseye on the chest of every young black man???   This just happens too many times.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Keith's Favorite Quotes

When I Give Food to the Poor.....They Call Me A Saint...

When I ask why the poor have no food...They call me a Communist!- author unknown.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Keith's Music Spotlight

It's sexy woman time again!... My girl, Melanie Fiona drops her sophmore album next week... It's called the "MF" Life...Am I dating myself by saying album?  Well, I was gonna purchase the CD...That might even be a little dated considering that most people I know, download everything...  Here is her new release.. "4:00 Am"
I hope you like it!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Weekend Humor

Mrs. Carter declined to serve on the jury because she was not a believer in capital punishment and didn’t want her beliefs to get in the way of the trial.

“But, Mrs.Carter,” said the public defender, who had taken a liking to her kind face and calm demeanor, “This is not a murder trial. It is merely a civil lawsuit being brought by a wife against her husband. He gambled away the fifteen thousand dollars he’d promised to spend on a chinchilla coat for her birthday.”

“Hmmm,” reflected Mrs.Carter. “Okay then, I’ll serve, I could be wrong about capital punishment.”

Have a great weekend everybody!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

What My State Did

I was just writing about this yesterday...and look what happened in my state of Pennsylvania..The Pennsylvania State Senate, along nearly partisan lines, passed a bill Wednesday that would make Pennsylvania the 16th state to require its residents to show photo identification at the polls.

After more than four hours of debate, senators voted, 26-23, to approve the so-called voter ID bill. Its Republican sponsors contend it is needed to protect the integrity of elections. What integrity? The Democrats countered  that it is nothing more than a partisan attempt to suppress their side's votes in a presidential election year, which is true.

The bill now heads for the House, which passed a stricter version last summer. If approved there - as is expected in that GOP-controlled chamber as early as next week - it would go to Gov.Tom Corbett, who has said he supports the concept, and would take effect in time for the Nov. 6 election.How ironic! That's exactlywhat it was designed for...They aren't fooling anybody.

"This bill is a simple, commonsense measure to protect the integrity of the voting process, which is the very foundation of our democracy," said Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R., Delaware) as debate on the bill commenced Wednesday.

One after another, Democratic senators rose to argue the exact opposite. Those senators, as well as the Pennsylvania chapter of the ACLU, said Wednesday night they would challenge the measure in court if it becomes law.

Democrats contended the bill would disproportionately hurt the elderly, the poor and the disabled, who make up the lion's share of voters who typically do not have photo IDs. Those groups also tend to vote Democratic.

Over the last year, Republican legislators in state after state have introduced similar voter ID bills - so many that the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks legislation nationwide, has called voter ID the hottest election-related topic.

The push for such laws, Democrats contend, is part of a national effort to skew state and federal races in favor of Republicans. "I call you a hypocrite today if you vote for this bill," State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams (D., Phila.) said in Wednesday's debate.

Williams and other Democrats challenged Republicans to cite specific studies or evidence of voter fraud being rampant.

During the floor debate, Pileggi cited a 2005 report by an election commission headed by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker that supported the use of photo IDs - the two men called for standardized photo IDs in the states - as a way to ensure fair elections.

But neither Pileggi nor any other senator cited a specific example of fraud. Of course they didn't...and you know why??..Because there is none!  This is just more Republican mythology designed to hide the fact that they really don't have a clue how to solve the nation's economic ills...and also that they intend to do everything humanly possible to keep this president from being re-elected.

My Grandfather used to say that in between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh...Pennsylvania might as well be Alabama..He was right!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Voter Fraud?, Really?

And here we have it...Another Republican talking point...Voter Fraud!!!  Last week it was their job to save the nation's feeble minded female population from"having too much sex"  or was it, "having sex outside of marriage" or was it, "having an abortion without making an intelligent judgemant...a judgemant that the woman would be too feeble minded to make herself and therefore would need a man's opinion..profferably her wise all knowing husband.

Now this week... The noble Republicans are out to save the nation from mass voter fraud.  A number of states are trying to pass what is being called a voter I.D. bill ,which will require voters to have a picture I.D. when they go to vote.  I think that these people think this will discourage many Black and young voters...but the basic truth is...If you drive and or have a job or receive any kind of public assistance...You already have a photo ID....or do they want us to get a seperate photo ID in order to vote??

Are we going to be asked to recite the constitution too in order to vote?  Will we have to bring our birth certificates also? It gets sillier and sillier... Where was this concern in 1960, When Chicago Mayor Daley was registering dead people and having them "vote"?  Where was this concern during every other Presidential administration?  Why now? This smacks of the same type of crap they used to pull in the south during the 50's and the 60's to turn away Black voters...

It Seems as though the Republicans want to talk about everything except the economy and job growth, which is what they should be talking about... I 'm just shaking my head...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Those Women Voters

You know...I don't understand the Republican party...They have aileanated the largest group of voters in the country. Women! With all of this talk about contraception and abortion amongst other things... Now would be a great time for the Obama campaign and the Democrats in general to rach out to them. In fact..That just may be what is happening.

President Obama's re-election team campaign appears to be intensiing its efforts with female voters this week, according to the New York Times.

Using the current debates about birth control coverage in his health care law, President Obama hopes to connect with women who may feel that they are in danger of losing their rights at the hands of the Republican Party.

President Obama is trying to recapture the traditionally Democratic women's vote. Women were 53 percent of the national vote in 2008 and accounted for 56 percent of his votes, despite leaning Republican in the 2010 midterm elections.

I've been reading and hearing on CNN that The President's campaign will begin sending out mailings to more than a million women in a dozen of the so called battleground states.

Three separate versions of the mailing will be sent out to young women, older women and mothers. An effort called "Nurses for Obama" will begin on Wednesday, with nurses natonwide enlisted as advocates for the president's health care law.

A New Web site will include links to video testimonials about the health care overhaul signed by Mr. Obama in 2010, including from a former critic who subsequently was found to have breast cancer.

Through the month,President Obama's campaign field offices will organize phone banks, campus activities, house parties and media events featuring local residents helped by the health care law, culminating in a "Women's Week of Action."

The Obama campaign’s effort to rally women around the health care law had been long planned, to coincide with the second anniversary of Mr. Obama signing it on March 23, campaign officials said. But the effort has gained intensity, they added, because of recent controversies over contraception, abortion and education in Washington and in state capitals that have energized people in the campaign’s far-flung field offices who are essential to putting any national strategy into action.

For example, in New Hampshire, a swing state, the seven field offices will hold 16 phone banks to contact female voters about the benefits for them in the health care law. On Wednesday, when the “Nurses for Obama” effort is to be announced, nurses in New Hampshire will be making the calls, field organizers say.

In Virginia, another battleground state, Barbara Kanninen volunteered a month ago to help lead a “Women for Obama” network and said “it’s growing fast” thanks to the debates in Washington and Richmond. “The conversations at these house parties are very much dominated by women concerned about all this,” said Ms. Kanninen, a freelance economist and mother of two teenage boys.

 Her own house party drew women that she did not know and three members of her choral group with whom she had never discussed politics, Ms. Kanninen said, and each day brings at least one new message of interest on her Facebook page from some woman who has heard of the group.

"Up until six weeks ago, Democrats suffered from an intensity gap, but this has closed as women -- particularly suburban women -- have turned against the GOP," Peter D. Hart, a Democratic pollster who is not affiliated with the campaign, told the New York Times

This is good...This is further proof that Romney, who I will call "Flipper" from now on because he flips positions so often...
Newt 'Sexy Beast " Gingrich, Rick Santorum (No name I can write aabout him is printable) and crazy ass (Ron Paul)have no business even running for President.

The way they have systematically aileanated everyone except maybe Asians and White males is amazing...Amazingly stupid...and like I said..With candidates this bad...Why waste money campaigning?? They'll win the election for you.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Keith's Favorite Quotes

“Passion is the quickest to develop, and the quickest to fade. Intimacy develops more slowly, and commitment more gradually still.”-   Robert Sternberg

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Keith's Music Spotlight

This is one sexy woman....Oh and I love her music too!  An import from across the pond... This is Estelle

Friday, March 9, 2012

Weekend Humor (Oxymorons)

Okay,just so you don't think I'm being overly deep..Let me explain to you what an oxymoron is...An oxymoron is a combination of two words that are completely opposite in meaning. So with that taken care of...Here are a few-

46.Kinder Gentler Republican administration

45. Act naturally

44. Found missing

43. Resident alien

42. Advanced BASIC

41. Genuine imitation

40. Airline Food

39. Good grief

38. Same difference

37. Almost exactly

36. Government organization

35. Sanitary landfill

34. Alone together

33. Legally drunk

32. Silent scream

31. Living dead

30. Small crowd

29. Business ethics

28. Soft rock

27. Butt head

26. Military intelligence

25. Software documentation

24. New classic

23. Sweet sorrow

22. Child Proof

21. "Now, then ..."

20. Synthetic natural gas

19. Passive aggression

18. Taped live

17. Clearly misunderstood

16. Peace force

15. Extinct life

14. Temporary tax increase

13. Computer jock

12. Plastic glasses

11. Terribly pleased

10. Computer security

9. Political science

8. Tight slacks

7. Definite maybe

6. Pretty ugly

5. Twelve-ounce pound cake

4. Diet ice cream

3. Working vacation

2. Exact estimate

...And the number 1 oxymoron is..
1. Microsoft Works

Have a great weekend everybody!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Monster in Uganda!

This powerful film says it all...I don't believe that you can watch this and not be moved....I saw it on Facebook last night and I felt that I had to share it with you!
This should be something we all, Democrats and Republicans can agree on.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

5 Things I'm looking Forward to

1. Apple is coming out with the ipad 3 soon!

2.A Second Obama Presidential Term

3. Baseball Season  (Especially since it looks like the Sixers season is about to go bust!)

4.Plaxico Burress coming to the Eagles...

5. Good Friends, A Good  Independent Movie and Hot Buttered Popcorn at the Ritz... (With stimulating conversation afterwords.)

I Thought I'd lighten up today...This isn't much, but it's something for me!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

(Not So ) Super Tuesday

For the's so called ''Super Tuesday"...That's the day in presidential races when a number of states and delegates are up for grabs and theoretically....The person who emerges with the most wins and delegates is most assuredly the one the party will be backing for president.

So who will walk away with the most chips? Will it be Mitt? , Rick? , Newt?? or crazy (Ron Paul)?? and do you care???

The battle for the Republican presidential nomination stands to gain a degree of clarity if that's possible after tonight – amid signs that the race has hurt the eventual nominee’s chances in the eyes of some Republicans.

The nominating fight has stretched for two months already has been marked by an especially negative tone. And it’s taken a toll; 40 percent of U.S. adults – and 23 percent of GOP primary voters – said the primary process has given them a less favorable opinion of the Republican primary, according to Monday’s NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

“I think if you polled folks, they very much want to have a spokesperson — an identified candidate — sooner rather than later,” said Rep. Steve LaTourette, a Republican who’s backing Romney, and a veteran of Capitol Hill.

Ohio is the consumate swing state...It's a state that plays host to one of 11 contests on Super Tuesday in which delegates are at stake. The competition is especially fierce in Ohio, where Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are rehashing their fight from Michigan’s primary just a week before.

A week later, the tables have been turned for Rick Santorum. He’s now the candidate who must beat expectations and halt Mitt Romney’s momentum. Ohio, and, to a lesser extent, Tennessee, have become the proving ground for the former Pennsylvania senator today.

"Politics is a game of expectations — who overperforms, who underperforms ... I still believe a coalescing needs to take place behind an alternative to Romney," said Bob Vander Plaats, an influential social conservative leader from Iowa whose support helped propel Rick Santorum to an ultraslim victory over Mitt Romney in the state's Jan. 3 caucuses. "I think what he [Santorum] needs to do is he needs to over-deliver on expectations."

Sad to say, I think he has already over delivered on people's expectations..The fact that he's gotten this far is a miracle to me.

In both Ohio and Tennesee, Santorum has witnessed his lead over Romney evaporate after Romney successfully defended his native Michigan, and defeated the former Pennsylvania senator in the state. Super Tuesday might not offer Romney an opportunity to deliver a knockout blow, but, at a minimum, he could put Santorum on the ropes by beating him in one or both states.

Team Romney believes that factors within the Republican Party are beginning to move in the former Massachusetts governor’s direction. Romney enjoyed his highest-ever level of support among Republicans compared to past NBC/WSJ polls, and the closing gap in some Super Tuesday states, especially in Ohio, suggests momentum.

“There is a feeling that we have had a vigorous debate about the direction we want to take as a party, and how we want to prosecute Obama on the No. 1 issue, which is the economy,” one Romney adviser said. “We are seeing a movement by many voters to consolidate all the different factions behind one candidate, that candidate being Romney.”

The GOP logic is that once the nomination fight has wrapped, the eventual nominee will be able to pivot toward President Barack Obama, and reverse the damage to the party’s brand. (Is that even possible?)

“Right now there's a media narrative that none of them are up for prime time,” said Jim McLaughlin, a Republican pollster who argued the prolonged primary has actually made Romney a sharper candidate. “The good news for Republicans is once we have a nominee, he'll be able to define himself.”

Whether the campaign will reach that inflection point tonight is a matter of campaign mechanics as much as raw votes and momentum.

Vander Plaats called  Mitt Romney the “odds-on” favorite to win the nomination as long as Republican voters fail to rally — quickly — behind  Rick Santorum as the lone alternative to Mitt Romney. He argued that Newt Gingrich should consider exiting the campaign after Tuesday night if the former House speaker fails to score any significant wins.

But the Gingrich campaign has worked intently on winning Georgia, which offers Tuesday’s largest kitty of delegates. And a Gingrich surrogate, Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston, argued that recent weeks of focus on Santorum’s social views have illustrated the risk in making the former senator the GOP’s nominee. Oh really?
Now you're saying that??

“We’re not 100 percent sure that Santorum has the right language. You have to be very delicate and diplomatic about the things you say,” he said. “I think there are some things that he has said along the way that weren’t vetted that would come back to haunt him.”

And as for Vander Plaats’s wish that  Newt Gingrich drop out if he loses Georgia? “I think that he would probably look at that, but I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Kingston said.

If it’s the case that Mitt  Romney wins tonight and none of his challengers exit the campaign, the race for the nomination may shift into a new stage with  Mitt Romney in  a more commanding position, all while fighting to keep his momentum going and bleeding his rivals of support and finances.

One pundit had this to say about Rick Santorum's future in the race..Comparing him to Bob Dole in his race against incumbant, Bill Clinton...this guy said- "There comes a point in time when it's too late. I remember Bob Dole and President Clinton. He never got rolling, if you will,” he said. “I would expect Santorum's money to dry up if he doesn't pull out a couple rabbits tomorrow … If he wins it goes on for a little bit, but I really don't see him capturing the hearts and minds of the average Republican voter.”

I really don't see any of these clowns posing the president a serious threat...but...stranger things have happened!


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