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Did Dr. Ben Carson compare Obamacare to 9/11?

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Tavis Smiley clashes with Academy award nominees Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer

Tavis Smiley has learned to sandwich bad news with good news. He first says he celebrates the work of Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, then he asks why are we still playing maids? What follows is a spirited exchange. What do you think? Did Viola Davis overreact? Was Smiley simply asking Hollywood for more diversity in roles for black people or was he diminishing the talents of his guests?

Eating Healthy “Ain’t” Cheap


Americans are getting fat. We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic, but what’s the solution? Eat healthy. That sounds so easy, but take a trip to the grocery store. Blueberries are said to be so good for you that eating them daily can increase your life expectancy, but they cost $3.49 a pint. Strawberries cost $3.99 a pint.  So what do you do if you are trying to stretch a dollar? You buy EasyMac or Ramen noodles. They are not good for you but they are cheap and filling and that’s one of the reasons Americans are getting fat. Too many people do not have the luxury of looking at the long term effects of their eating habits. They are simply trying to feed a family during tough times and $3.49 for a pint of blueberris is simply a luxury that too many Americans can not afford.

Fred and Kim Goldman on the Today Show Say the System Finally Worked

This morning Fred and Kim Goldman appeared on the Today Show. Meredith Vieira asked them their reaction to the verdict. Fred Goldman said he was glad to see OJ in shackles coming in the courtroom and leaving the courtroom because in their other encounters OJ had left a free man. The Goldmans like many Americans believe OJ got away with murder, but the Goldmans have made it their life’s work to pursue Simpson for every dime he has or might get. Vieira asked them was it inappropriate for them to be in the courtroom for this trail. They responded no, but one wonders did their mere presence factor into the judge’s decision making. The jury that acquitted OJ in the first trial was vilified by the media. Their intelligence as well as their understanding of the law was challenged because they did not deliver the verdict that the majority expected, but this case the jury is celebrated. This morning Kim Goldman said, “It’s justice for our country to see the system work.” That same system worked in 1995 the majority just did not like the verdict.

Detroit Church Praying for an Auto industry Bailout

When black people started moving from the South in the 1940’s and 1950’s many of them settled in Detroit. The auto industry was booming and the steady work offered them the opportunity to grab the American dream. Generation after generation would find their way into one of the Big Three auto companies, but now we see Detroit is another dying urban area. The jobs are either gone or face the real possibility of being gone in the very near future. Last week we saw the leaders of the Big Three auto companies literally begging Congress for some relief. Today in Detroit the church is trying a different approach and that is the request for some divine intervention. With sport-utility vehicles at the altar and auto workers in the pews, one of Detroit’s largest churches on Sunday offered up prayers for Congress to bail out the struggling auto industry. “We have never seen as midnight an hour as we face this week,” the Rev. Charles Ellis told several thousand congregants at a rousing service at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple. “This week, lives are hanging above an abyss of uncertainty as both houses of Congress decide whether to extend a helping hand.” The Reverend went on to say ,”It’s all about hope. You can’t dictate how people will think, how they will respond, how they will vote,” Ellis said after the service. “But you can look to God. We believe he can change the minds and hearts of men and women in power, and that’s what we tried to do today.” One of the parishioners Michelle McDade, 50, who attended the service, said her late father had worked at GM for 30 years and her mother was now living on his pension. “I pray in good times and in bad times, but I pray these days because it’s something that directly affects our lives. “Politicians forgot autoworkers for ages. You can’t just forget them. We’re also part of the country.” That pretty much says it all the autoworkers are just as American as the Wall Street bankers, and hopefully relief will be forthcoming for them too.



84,000 Flag Waving Americans No One Can Criticize That

Last night we saw 84,000 proud Americans cheering the Democratic nominee for President. It was an electric moment that you could literally feel in your own home. All week everyone has said what Barack Obama should say, but he came out and said all that he needed to say. He laid out his case for change but he did not do it in broadstrokes he did it with specificity and that is what made this speech so powerful. He criticized the policies of John McCain but he did not demonize his opponent. He talked about patriotism by affirming his own but never questioning his opponent. It was truly a study in contrast. Prior to the start of the proceedings Tom Brokaw questioned the venue by asking was it too much, but afterward no one could question the choice. The Republicans criticized Obama when 200,000 Europeans came out to hear him this summer they mocked him and called him a celebrity, well it would be a true insult to the spirit of Americans to try to diminish this gathering in any way. The only thing that I would have asked for is if he had spend more time talking about Dr. King’s contribution to this moment. Other than that I can only say I was proud to be an American and proud to see this day. It was a day for the history books.

The African-American Vote Obama’s Sure Thing?

When Sen. Obama became the presumptive nominee one could hear a resounding halleluiah throughout the African-American community. We took pride in his personal success and we as a people were proud of what we had done to help get him there. We are what one would call a sure thing.  We are going to go to the polls in November and vote for Obama and we are going to encourage all of our friends and relatives to do likewise. The only problem with being a sure thing is you don’t get as much love. In order for Obama to win he is going to have to get votes from other significant voting blocs: white women, evangelicals, the Jewish community and independents just to name a few. He will spend most of his time making a case to them and not much time will be spent talking to the sure thing. That’s understandable but in courting everyone else there are issues in the African-American community that need to be addressed by the candidate. On Father’s Day he spoke at a black church on the subject of absentee fathers. Some have said this message was for two audiences: the one in attendance and the so called “values voters.”  Values voters is that group of folks that make their decision based on moral issues. Absentee fathers is just one issue that plagues the community, there are plenty of other issues that need attention. The community does not just want the candidate to just stop by, and deliver a corrective speech every now and then. Throughout the primary season we kept hearing the statement. Senator Obama “transcends race”, I always thought the phrase was ridiculous. No one transcends race. Obama is a son of the African-American community, and we are committed to him becoming the president, but even a sure thing needs a little attention.


If Obama is President…The Campaign Button You Have Got to See

obama-button.JPG This button was sold at a Republican Covention in Texas this past weekend. The party spokesman claimed no knowledge of the button and says there were hundreds of vendors at this affair. Is the strategy to come as close to saying the N-word as possible without saying the word?

John McCain the Ladies Man

John McCain is aggressively courting the Hillary Democrats. McCain believes that this group fueled by their anger might possibly vote for him. Immediately after the Clinton camp loss in the rules battle over the seating of disputed delegates many women made their displeasure known. Supporter Harriet Christian’s tirade became an Internet sensation. She has even appeared on Fox News. The interesting thing about the Christian video is the level of her anger. If we are to believe she was reflective of the majority of the Hillary Clinton supporters then we would have to conclude that Senator Obama would have no chance of bringing this group back into the Democratic fold, but anger does eventually subside. Sen. McCain is reaching out to them and portraying himself as their champion, but women need to remember that the Supreme Court is aging and the next president will be appointing new judges to the court. One of the priorities of the right is to overturn Roe v Wade. This is very important to the women’s movement. My mother used to always say beware of wolves in sheep clothing. Women need to really look at McCain’s record and see if his views reflect the views of the women’s movement. When women are hurt they do become vulnerable but this election is too important to be fooled by someone who will say what you want to hear. Hold both candidates accountable for their past record and their current party platform. The election is too important, gas is over $4 a gallon, milk is $4 a gallon and a loaf of bread is $2—we can not afford to be taken in by a Republican masquerading as a Hillary Democrat.

Will Women’s Groups Show Any Love to Michelle Obama?

Lately the issue of sexism is being discussed in the context of Senator Clinton’s defeat. Many of her supporters believe that journalists crossed the line in their coverage of Sen. Clinton. It was late in the campaign that sexism became the main topic of discussion. Katie Couric, anchor for CBS News has been an outspoken critic of her media colleagues. The women’s movement has been an effective advocate for Senator Clinton. Her surrogates were everywhere discussing the subject and keeping it on the minds of Americans. This past week Fox News did a story about Michelle Obama and the caption underneath read “Obama Baby Mama”. This was insulting on so many levels. It is part of the broader Republican attacks that are currently being waged against Mrs. Obama. Their hatred stems from the fact that Mrs. Obama is a strong advocate for her husband. Michelle Obama tends to speak her mind and occasionally strays from the talking points. The right has only attacked one other spouse with this kind of viciousness and that was Hillary Clinton.  They have already promised that they will be targeting Michelle Obama. Will the women’s movement be as protective of Michelle Obama as they have been of Hillary Clinton?  Hopefully they will show her the same love that they have shown to Sen. Clinton, but that is yet to be seen.