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Barney is coming out against Obama

Well the first shot across the bow has been made.  One of the loud mouths of the House of Representatives has made it unmistakenly clear he disapproves of some of the decisions Barack Obama has made regarding selecting as Pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inaugural.  Now on the surface we could simply dismiss Barney Frank given his reputation for spouting irrelevant information from time to time.  But he had been a very strong ally of President-elect Obama.  The issue is not so much his ramblings as it opens the door for others to openly criticize him.  Presidents are always criticized, but it seems this is a little early given he is not even in office yet   You woul think the honey moon would last some after the marriage but the marriage has happen nor has it been consumated and groups are lining up to destroy the honey moon.  The problem Barack faces is unrealistic expectations.  Gay groups, women groups, and black groups think he is going to pander to them and promote their agendas.  Barack is a shrewd politician and haven said that he is a politician.  He speaks of being post-partisan which means he will not govern as a Democrat.  Now to not govern as such he will piss off a lot of people who helped elect him.  That is dangerous water to navigate.  That will be a delicate political dance that he may pull off.  We will have to wait and see.  Should Barack ignore those loyal constituents who elected him and do what he feels is best?   What do you think?

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December 23, 2008 Posted by | barack, Black Experience, black history, Education, politics, power politics, race, religion, world affairs | Leave a comment

The passing of an era

 

Hi all,

It has been a while since I have posted. Since that time, the family has celebrated the life of my grandmother who was at least 104 years old. There are only two sad facts surrounding her death. First, we are not sure how old she is since the records of her birth were not well kept. Secondly, she will be missed, even though she was old, her death was unexpected at this time.  She had been released from the hospital and simply went away in her sleep.

I can’t fathom 104 years old but just think of what she witnessed in her lifetime. She lived a modest life living off the land and raising 10 kids. She had a hand in rearing a host of niece, nephews, and even a few of her sisters as well. Technology from the car, the television, the airplane, the internet, space travel, satellites, and list goes on have exploded on the scene with her giving witness to each advent.

She was as graceful as they come and would endear you to her with that smile and look that says you better be good or I am going to get you even if you and I both know I am too old to get you. She took out time to teach me the Lord’s prayer. She also encouraged me to read the bible. In short she was a lovely lady. You knew from the life she displayed that she had to be a very obedient child growing old with virtues abounding within her. The world did not know her, but in my world she loomed large. I am glad God gave me the opportunity to have her as my grandma. If you still have yours with you, take the time to appreciate what she represents and give her a hug and a kiss. You never know how long you have with one another.

December 23, 2008 Posted by | Black Experience, black history, Education, family, Health, Relationships | Leave a comment

OJ and the Plea Deals

O.J. Simpson and Yale Galanter

By now, most of you have heard that OJ was found guilty.  I had pinned an article when I found out the jury was all-white that he would not be alright.  I was sure he would be found guilty.  The shocking new is that he was offered numerous plea deals and either through arrogance or ignorance he turned them down.  Maybe he was hoping there was some reservoir of goodwill towards him.  Boy was he wrong if that was the thinking.  Do you believe OJ’s lawyer would have advised him to turn down the plea deals?

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December 8, 2008 Posted by | Black Experience, black history, Education, jail, race | Leave a comment