Archive for the ‘Human Factor’ Category

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Last Post of the Night: Obama and the Superbowl

February 2, 2009

Our esteem president decided to allow us to participate in this Superbowl Sunday with him.  With out further introduction here he is.

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The Jerks Are Dancing in the Street

January 28, 2009

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.

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Why People in Love Stay Together?

January 25, 2009

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?

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The Final Journey – The Inauguration

January 21, 2009

OATH-mediumvariable 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

DSC00579 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.

DSC00581 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.

DSC00586Would 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.

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Sign Off: Mary J. Blige – Lean On Me & Beyonce – America the Beautiful

January 19, 2009

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.

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As the World Crumbles…We Pretend It’s Not happening?

January 15, 2009

mudge-bsI 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.”

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Posting Slow Down

January 6, 2009

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.

Peace,

Chamay0