Our esteem president decided to allow us to participate in this Superbowl Sunday with him. With out further introduction here he is.
Our esteem president decided to allow us to participate in this Superbowl Sunday with him. With out further introduction here he is.
So the republicans are rejoicing over the so called pulling of the distribution of any of the stimulus going towards planned parenthood?
I hope they where not planning to make it a waltz.
Postponed, Not Canceled
Damn right. It better be.
The family planning section of the recovery bill is being yanked out. But…
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama supports the concept but wants it included in a different bill.
Oh…I’m so impressed. What the heck? Sorry folks, I’m black and loving one another is not a mystery. This is just too get on the couch for analysis for me. Why is it now we need to examine why people that actually like and love one another do it? Props for those that are ready to embarrass themselves by pointing out the reality of the fact that Obama is not white and does not live in the world of being a lying cheating player (not that all white people do, or black people. But in the world of politics the whites have the blacks beat in cheating).
Oh yea, dig the commentators use of the word “fisting” when it comes to describing the fist bump. Jeez…what is wrong with these people?
My daughter (11 yrs old) and I started our improbable journey at 10:30 pm Monday evening. Upon our arrival at the Bus Station we were presented with the typical confusion and mind numbing cold. I believe the temperature was in the 20s. It had crossed my mind that if I was having difficulty handling New York City cold how was I going to withstand the cold in Washington for hours on end? No matter I was happy to be on my way.
We arrived in Washington, D.C. that Tuesday morning at 5:30 am. and were very excited about beginning our journey. We felt the cold but was eager to put it behind us and begin our quest to participant in the inauguration.
The lines were phenomenal and mind numbing. The ticket groups were broken into silver, purple and yellow. As life would have it there were more tickets then seats and lines were moving very slowly, snail crawling slow. At about 10:30 am I decided to ditch the whole ticket viewing spot and decided to go for the National Mall viewing. I didn’t want my daughter to miss President Obama taking the oath, which to me was the most important part. Getting out of line was not easy, much less getting to the National Mall. The crowds were daunting, massive and never ending. But there was no missing everyone’s excitement. It seemed that people came from all over the country and from out of the country as well.
We finally made it to the National Mall. By time we got there everything on me hurt and everything on me was freezing. We could not have been there more than 30 minutes before every fiber in me rebelled against the unending cold. My daughter was not a happy camper either. I once again came up with the plan to return to Union Station, some where I knew was warm and offered giant screens showing our new president taking the oath.
Once again, a good plan with a drawn back. There was very few resources to facilitate the execution of my plan. With all the various street closings, subways stations closed down and ticket lines to fight against we were not making rapid headway. After several pit stops, including a deli and McDonald’s to restored some of our massive body heat lost
and a very long walk to find a subway that was actually open where we could get back to Union Station we finally had some success.
I must admit where the sidewalks were exceedingly clean, the subway lacked that same attention. There was much garbage located in the subway cars and in the subway seats. No matter, we finally arrived at our destination, Union Station were warmth was in abundance. Of course it crossed my mind that I could have stayed at home and enjoyed the inauguration without half the drama and numb freezing cold. Just call me crazy, but I was more than happy to enjoy the thought that I was there participating in my new President’s first day of office.
By time I sat down to listen to my new President take his oath and give his speech, I was cold beyond belief and my hands were way too shaky to continue to try to take pictures. I was having serious thoughts about trying to catch a plane and getting the hell home. I tapped down my desire to run home and settled down and watched the show. After which I took my daughter out to lunch. I did notice that there was a lot of construction going on, minus any body working on the constructions.
Didn’t quite find out what that was all about, but it was all over the place. Nevertheless, I was very happy to see 2:30 pm and knew I could head back to the bus and get ready to get back to normal. My poor baby was happy to have seen the inauguration and her new hero, President Obama; but, she was more than ready to go home too.
Would I do this again after this experience? Oh, hell no. Am I glad I did it this time? Very much so. I’ve become a part of history that I can pass on to my children’s children and you can’t top that.
I thought this was an appropriate post to end tonight’s posting on. May J. Blige is awesome and is so filled with soul and she did the inauguration justice with her presence. What can one say about the beautiful Beyonce? She is just wonderful. Enjoy and good night.
I want to once again address what’s going on in Zimbabwe. The crisis is of epic proportion. I know we as a nation have plenty of trouble at home and really can’t take the time to look at what’s going on beyond our borders; but, if you can give a fig about Israel and Gaza then you need to open your heart to what is going on in Zimbabwe.
The fact that the situation is so scarcely reported should send up warning flags. That we would invade a country (Iraq) for no reason but let one that is perpetrating a horrible injustice go unnoticed only shows just how disgusting President Bush’s administration has always been. Here’s what the Physician’s for Human Rights (“PHR”) has to say about the situation.
PHR found that the Mugabe government has withheld food aid, seed, and fertilizer to rural provinces in order to starve political opponents; that the regime nationalized and then withheld routine support for municipal water and sewer systems from cities that elected political opponents; that the health care infrastructure and the economy itself is nearing utter collapse; corruption is the rule not the exception; and that the regime brutally silences critics to cover its crimes, profound corruption and incompetence (see report here).
“While we were there,” Frank Donaghue, CEO of Physicians for Human Rights told Religion Dispatches, “human rights activists were imprisoned and tortured.”
“People think that the most compelling problem is cholera,” he said (and indeed, the cholera outbreak has been widely reported). But, adds Donaghue, it is also a symptom of more profound underlying problems. “The issue is the collapse of the government, the economy, and the health system” he said. “Human waste is running down the streets. Kids are playing in it. The sewage system is in such bad repair that you get sewage in tap water.”
Now that I am involved in writing post for other sites there will be a slow down at my site. I will make short post and sometimes just a few post. But I am currently involved in three sites, work full time and have two children. I girls got to get her sleep sometimes. I will always try to post at least 1 or 2 post per night. That’s a far cry from the 8 to 14 post I use to post.
Yet, it is about growth and one of the new sites I am posting at I am part of the development of the site and that is very exciting. I will be posting when that site will finally be redesigned within the coming weeks.
Thanks everyone for your readership and tolerance for my rants, raves, and mush.
I thought it would be a good time to check up on what’s being reported regarding the arrest and indicment of Sharell Butler.
[Sharell] who is being charged as an adult, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years to life imprisonment on each murder count, according to a release from District Attorney Robert Johnson‘s office.
Butler, of Morris Park, is being held without bail. She is to be arraigned Feb. 9 on the grand jury indictment.
Also yesterday, Johnson announced the arrest of Carlos Colon, 20, of Harlem, in connection with the two killings.
Colon allegedly took part in the Dec. 21 slaying of Hopkins-Drago, who was stabbed multiple times, and fired the shot that killed Umpierre on Dec. 19, the district attorney’s release said.
It is also being reported that a third suspect, Robert Pastore, 19, is also being charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter in the death of Hopkins-Drago.
Finally it was mentioned that in a brief court appearance it was announced by Butler’s lawyer that she would not be testifying in front of the grand jury.
Absent still was any information that showed how Sharell Butler was linked to the murders or the linkage to the others that are being accused. As noted in my first post there is still a lack of any information being provided to substantiate how any of the accused or involved in the crime.
Since I have my eye on this case, I will continue to provide weekly updates. Althought at this rate it might be a post saying no new information has been provided.
Some organizations have no shame what so ever. This is not a joke or made up story. I posted about the coal industry spilling 5.2 millions tons of coal in TN and the effects such spillage would cause and I got a reply from the damn Coal Industry in Australia. See it here since I approved it just to show I’m not crazy.
They are pushing how clean coal will help us. That point is still debatable since currently we have no clean coal. But the audacity to attach that message to a post about an environmental disaster? What the hell were they thinking? This is like when AIG contacted me about a post they didn’t appreciate.
Who the hell is working in these people’s marketing/IT departments? Do they shoot up their drugs, smoke them or just snort them? Crazy has a name and it’s now known as big business.
Let me send out my apoligize to gay females. No, sorry no picutres of hot women. I just doen’t go in that direction. But I will in the future give props to your cause by listing some hot women, just not right now.
Happy New Years to one and all. Let our dreams be of possibilities. Oh, yea.
The leader of the moral majority, Bill Fu_ked-Up-O-Reilly, has spoken. I just love how he has two black hm…pundits even though one was a complete idiot to show how irrelevant it is to call a Black person the magic negro.
Keep in mind the word was first published by a Black writer from the NYT. Of course Bill the azz-hole Kristol comes from the NYT as well. And, also, of course the problem is not that the fat pig of a racist Rush Limbaugh introduced the song on his radio show.
No, the only argument is that a RNC member sent it out as a Christmas gift. Saltsman, the politician who sent out the CD, is showing me just how inclusive the republican party is towards people of color. I guess we are all magic negros.
In fact I plan on naming one of my children “whitey is an ass hole” just to show I too feel that that the term magic negro is being taken way out of proportion. I also am looking forward to releasing my own parody song entitled “Whitey was a slave owning rapist bastard.” I think it has the potential of hitting number 1 on the chart of completely stupid and racist, right along with the Barack Magic Negro.
As we all prepare for the new year, I thought I would take a moment to look back on 2008. It was a year where I made some very awesome friends (and probably enemies), that would be you the reader. I forged alliance at work that are very dear. I was introduced to some wonderful blog sites. I watched both my daughters graduate. One from High School and the other from Grade School. I got to experience one of my daughters going to college and all the financial agony that comes with that bold move.
I’ve had times where I went on a rampage and got to rant with complete joy and bliss. I got to watch our current crop of politicians continuously remind me why I don’t trust them with their lying azzes.
The best fun of all was campaigning for President Obama and watching him win. I will remember 2008. It was the year that the people won and the collapse of the economy was the collapse of the GOP ideology.
This post is only dedicated to my best friend who is leaving me to go overseas and live in London. I am so happy that his dream is being realized. I am equally sadden that we will no longer share the dark side, a knowing glance, an informative smile or a burst of trivia song expressing a multitude of meaning.
To my best bud I wish him well and that all that his move can grant him will be reached. Though I am both sadden and happy I can only say you go dude and knock them dead. We stay in contact via email and make the best of that. No it will never replace the spontaneous hugs or glances and smiles but will have to be enough. Especially until I get up off my butt and go and see him in London.
If ever two people were destined to be soulmates and forever friends that would be me and my very perfect buddy, Michael.
Much love and success to my special friend Michael.
Just as can be expected, there is little being done to clean up the mess of the coal spillage in TN by the coal company. Why do we even bother to have the EPA? What is the point of such an agency? To protect the private investors of private companies?
That the city had the nerve to tell people that the water was safe is what is so disgusting. How in the hell can water that is filled with millions of pounds of toxic waste be deemed safe by any stretch of the imagination?
Of course now they are reporting that the water is not safe a full week later. The crap our current administration gets away with is absolutely scandalous and would make for a great movie if it wasn’t so real.
I thought to end the night I would report non-news that still slightly irritate me. Why? Bristol’s mother won conservative of the year award for her American values! Trust me this having nothing to do with an underage person having a baby. In America? So what. I really hope Bristol and and her baby are doing fine and congrats. Having babies is hard work.
I digress, It’s being reported that Bristol Palin gave birth to a son who weighted 7 pounds 4 ozs.
We think it’s wonderful,” said Colleen Jones, the sister of Bristol’s grandmother Sally Heath, who confirmed the news. “The baby is fine and Bristol is doing well. Everyone is excited.”
The baby’s name is Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, according to Jones.
And so the issue of birth control still is not a topic of discussion while uneducated teens have babies.
Bristol is taking correspondence courses to obtain her high school diploma. The couple has been together for three years. [Read full post here]
You know what? I’ll stick with my mom’s values. She had a problem with me be uneducated as a young adult and not having protection. Guess what? It worked. My mom is very religious and certain conversations are taboo. I can not dare speak about prayer being removed from public schools with out setting her off. But, she was a realist and did not cater to absolute stupid.
Teenagers who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are just as likely to have premarital sex as those who do not promise abstinence and are significantly less likely to use condoms and other forms of birth control when they do, according to a study released today.
The new analysis of data from a large federal survey found that more than half of youths became sexually active before marriage regardless of whether they had taken a “virginity pledge,” but that the percentage who took precautions against pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases was 10 points lower for pledgers than for non-pledgers. [Read full post here]
I am so glad that I do not cater to the pledge of ridiculous that is currently having no impact what so ever on curbing teenage pregnancies. Yes, I am one of those bold moms that believe in protecting their daughters from STDs and AIDs/HIV, as well as unwanted pregnancies. I speak freely about birth control. My problem is that I am not adjusting to the whole concept that its okay if you are a conservative to allow your child to be so ignorant about protecting her/his self.
Forgive me for being a real mom with real American values (non-BS-conservative current values). Pro-life only works if you are prepared to make sure life is created from real choice and not ignorance!
This story caught my attention because of the person’s age and the brutality of the crime. It’s being reported that a 15 year old, Sharell Butler of the Bronx, NY, is being held and charged for 2 separate murders.
A 15-year-old girl has been arrested in the stabbing of a man whose dismembered body was found stuffed in a garbage bag in the Bronx – and in a second unrelated murder.
Baby-faced Sharell Butler, known by pals as “Lady Red,” was charged with murder, manslaughter and assault in the death of John Hopkins Drago, the adopted Russian son of a Bronx family.
Butler, of the Bronx, was also charged with second-degree murder and robbery in a Dec. 19 home invasion that led to the fatal shooting of a Throgs Neck man whom she and another suspect had intended to rob. [Read the full article here]
Of course we must operate under the premise of innocent until proven guilty, but if any of it is true, how depraved. Her father is claiming she is innocent. Most parents do make that claim.
The news is reporting that Sharell is known as Lady Red on the street and is apart of the notorious gang known as the Bloods. Where that information came from is not being reported. Of course being objective I can not put too much faith in unsubstantiated speculation. The people in her neighborhood do not believe she could have committed those crimes.
Residents of Butler’s apartment building in Morris Park were stunned at the news that the seemingly friendly teenager was responsible for two cold-blooded murders.
“She’s a good kid,” said one woman who refused to give her name. “I don’t think she could do that.”
“She plays with my grandkids,” the woman said. “She’s like my granddaughter.”
Of course no one really knows what another person is capable of until after something has happened and is proved. Equally, since I live in New York, our police force is known for locking innocent people up based off of part laziness, sloppiness and a certain amount of bias towards a particular race.
I will be watching this story for its shock value alone. I am fully aware that a 15 year old can commit some of the most hideous crimes absence any remorse, but until there is more substantiated information given by our police department on how this young lady is connected, I think I’ll stay with being undecided for now.
Pictures of the victims below:
You would have thought that from the moment the Mexican beauty queen, Laura Zuniga, was booked for drug trafficking and weapons violation her dethroning would follow shortly there after.
A Mexican beauty queen detained on suspicion of drug and weapons violations has been stripped of her crown in the Hispanoamerican Queen pageant, contest organizers said Saturday. [Read the full story here].
Bigger question? Why is this classified as News? Outside of questioning their screening of applicants, which since this is held in Mexico there probably is no screening, where’s the news part?
Earlier last week I wrote a post regarding gun control. This is what prompted me to write that post. The NRA is forever pushing the idea that President Obama has a hidden agenda regarding gun control which is no more than a marketing ploy considering no such agenda exist, I propose more people buy guns and level the playing field against racism.
The outcome of the bigotry and racism in our country led a group of people in New Orleans to kill 11 innocent people (which the exact figure is not really known and could be higher) under the guise of protecting their property during Katrina. My only goal was that the victims might need to start leveling the playing field and give those that victimize a run for their money.
That this is another chapter in the sad representation of the American people and their propensity towards hate is as sad as it is appalling. This was not a real group of people protecting their property. This was the KKK in action doing what they have missed doing for quite some time, killing people just because…______ (fill in the blank).
As I always feel, nothing shows the truth like a video. The fact that the truth surrounding Katrina was bad enough, now its compounded by the citizens being as dumb as president Bush.
I am neither shocked or surprise that Louisiana’s broken law enforcement agencies are refusing to investigate the crimes. After all its not like it was OJ Simpson robbing people to get his own property back and we could use that criminal act to make him pay for a previous crime. This was serious red necks exercising their rights as citizens. Thank goodness for the “Color Of Change Organization.” They are pressing the issue that Gov. Jindal investigate these allegations and are promoting a campaign to bring this situation to the state and federal governments attention. If you click on the link you too can add your voice.
Every now and again I meet such wonderful bloggers and get their permission to share their thoughts on my site. I bring you Austin Texas Lady who has so much compassion and an in your face approach to the human factor. Please enjoy her excellent point of view (block quote turned off to conserve space):
Tis the Season…for Cutting Girls
This is not a joyful time of year for girls in Kenya. It’s the cutting season. Girls 10 years old or younger have their clitoris and sometimes their labia removed so they will be “clean” and to prepare them for marriage. This process is called Female Genital Cutting (FGC) or Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
This barbaric practice, considered a human rights violation by the United Nations, is done to girls as young as two years old with no anesthesia and a razor blade, knife, or even broken glass. Besides the initial severe pain, girls often experience lifelong problems and effects such as shock, excessive bleeding, infection, infertility, higher death rate for newborn babies, and even death.
The World Health Organization estimates that 100 – 140 million women and girls have experienced FGC. 2-3 million more are at risk every year, mostly in 28 countries in Africa, some Middle Eastern countries, some ethnic groups in South America, and Indonesia. FGC is a long-practiced custom and it is difficult to convince women to stop having it done to their daughters or granddaughters. In places where it is common, girls who are not cut are often ostracized.
The country where FGM is most prevalent is Egypt, with 78-97% having experienced it, followed by Sudan, Ethiopia, and Mali. Egypt passed a law banning FGM in 2007, as have many other countries. The U.S. passed a federal law banning FGM in 1996.
February 6, 2008 marked the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) fifth International Day against Female Genital Mutilation. The UN has launched a multi-million dollar program to reduce the practice by 40% over the next seven years.
This video features some village women in Lunsar, Sierra Leone talking about the practice of cutting. Amongst their many startling (to our way of thinking) assertions is that if a girl bleeds excessively from being cut, it means that she is a witch.
Many girls in Kenya have recently fled to churches or rescue centers to wait out the November to December cutting season and escape forced genital mutilation. At this time of joy and celebration, if you’d like to do something to help protect the rights of these girls and women all over the world, consider making a donation to Americans for UNFPA.
You can read her other excellent post here.