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Soledad O’Brien on Starbucks and Race

“I think for Starbucks there was something — well, brave isn’t quite the right word — but there was something aggressively interested in challenging people to have a conversation who were not the kind of people who generally have these conversations,” said former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien.

In an interview with The Washington Post, O’Brien talked about what she learned about Americans’ attitudes about race on her tour, what life as a person of color has taught her, and how people might best go about launching conversations about race in their daily lives. 
Read the Q&A on the Inspired Life blog here:  Soledad O’Brien on Starbucks: On the issue of race, ‘It’s okay to ask and it’s okay to answer’

This Washington Post magazine cover pricked a nerve

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My plan for this Sunday was simple. Church. Pick up a sub and pick up the Washington Post. Watch the Ravens and take a nap, but this cover drove me to the computer. First, let’s agree that this was not a banner year for the President, but did he deserve to be depicted with this trio? The admitted crack smoking Toronto mayor, the performance enhancing drug using disgraced former cyclist champion and the twerking former Hanna Montana? The president should not be included with this group, and to add insult to injury they gave him a black eye. Washington Post really…the president deserves better than this.

Jonathan Capehart and Gov. Chris Christie clash on Morning Joe

Morning Joe facilitated a lively exchange this morning between Gov. Chris Christie and openly gay Washington Post editorial writer, Jonathan Capehart. Christie recently vetoed a gay marriage bill and said the gay marriage issue should be decided by the voters not the legislature. However, he did say he supports civil unions. Capehart challenged him and said that he views gay rights as civil rights. Even when Joe Scarborough brought up imagery of the deep south with the water hoses, Bull Connor, church bombings Capehart stood by his contention that gay rights was akin to civil rights. Christie said that he has the same position as President Obama, but he is criticized, but the president is celebrated. Capehart countered by saying the president’s position is “evolving”. Is this a word game or does Christie have a point? Read the link and watch the clip, and tell me what you think.

Note to the GOP Presidential Candidates: Foreign Policy Matters

The economy is the issue of the election, but it is not the only issue. Foreign policy still matters and if one of the GOP contenders occupies the White House he or she is going to have to know something about foreign matters. Michele Bachmann made a statement that indicated she did not know Libya was in Africa and Herman Cain has seemingly reveled in his lack of knowledge. Not all of them have this dearth of knowledge, but sadly the ones that know the most: Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman are not contenders. This morning Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post offers an interesting perspective on the dearth of foreign policy knowledge.

Thank You Ken Holt for Knowing Local Matters really Matter

I live in an area that once had a thriving mall. When we moved to this area 15 years ago the mall had Saks 5th Avenue, The Gap, Lord and Taylor and other stores of this same caliber. Over the years all of  those stores have moved out, and a large wing of the mall remains vacant. We have two men running for the office of Baltimore County Executive. Since a virtually vacant mall is really no good for anyone I asked both candidates to tell me if they knew of any plans for the mall. I wrote my email to the two men on Monday morning and that same day I received a response from the Republican candidate Ken Holt. As of this morning I have not heard from his Democratic opponent. The Democratic opponent came to our church and smiled and waved to the people, but he nor his staff has bothered to answer my inquiry. I need to know that if I have a question regarding my county that if the county executive can not answer it he can direct me to someone who can, but more importantly I need a county executive who will at least answer my email. So thank you Mr. Holt for taking the time to send a reply.

Should a Congressman’s Address Be Posted on a Website?

This morning I was reading a Washington Post article, Health-care protest site: Ohio congressman’s house by Krissah Thompson. Rep. Steve Driehaus voted yes on the healthcare bill and a group of protesters picketed in front of his home. Driehaus is a Democrat who lives in an area that is adjacent to some Republican strongholds. Minority Leader John Boehner in response to Driehaus’ yes vote said, (Driehaus) “may be a dead man. He can’t go home to the west side of Cincinnati.” In typical Republican fashion Boehner said his analogy was political not literal because of course he was not condoning violence, but even if you disagree with the vote does a voter have the right to picket a lawmaker’s home. In an effort to get people to attend the protest the congressman’s address, as well as a map and a best place to park information was published on protest leader’s website.  There is something wrong about this. Let’s look at a typical manager who from time to time has to fire an employee. What if that former employee showed up on the doorstep of the employer? What would he do? The employer would call the police and the ex-employee might be arrested for stalking or harassment well what is this? It is harassment. When the Congressman is in Washington he is at work and when he is at his home with his family he should not be harassed by angry zealots. This is not an act of patriotism this is more like an act of terrorism.

I Came in 4,990 in Washington Post America’s Next Pundit Contest

In today’s Washington Post they revealed the 10 finalists in their writing contest. They said close to 5,000 people submitted entries and out of that group they picked 10 finalists. On Friday all of the “almost” pundits received a very polite “it’s not you” email. The winner will get the opportunity to write 13 articles for the paper. It has to be quite the rush to be a finalist, but today I am proud of my entry and although it didn’t make it to the WP here it is for all of you:

 The Danger of Underestimating Sara Palin

 When Sarah Palin appeared on the national stage last year she was met with cheers from the right and jeers from the left. She energized the right and alienated the left. Her first televised interviews proved that she needed to learn a little more about the lower 48, but it was obvious we had not heard the last from this feisty Alaskan.  She has recently completed her memoir Going Rogue: An American Life which will detail her journey from governor to vice presidential candidate. The book gives her the opportunity to tour the talk show circuit and share her vision for America. Palin is still the butt of jokes for comedians, but I think it is a real mistake to underestimate the power of this woman. John McCain needed a game changer last fall when he selected Palin as his running mate. She was prematurely thrown on the main stage, but now she has time to prepare for her next curtain call. Some have suggested she take this time to read up on real issues affecting America, and be able to give comprehensive answers to questions posed to her, but this does not seem to be the route she wants to take. Palin is more of a shoot from the hip character. She simply wants to speak her mind. She is unadulterated and unfiltered. You like her or you hate her, but she will probably thrive in the current climate. This is the America that does not blink when a US Congressman calls the president a liar at a televised joint session of Congress, this is a time when an organized group continues to question the birth certificate of the president, and where a television personality calls the president a “racist”. We are now in a time when Palin’s campaign statement that the president “palls around with terrorists” sounds almost tame. It would be foolish to deny the appeal of Sarah Palin. In January of 2007, a freshman senator declared that he was a candidate for the presidency. Americans kind of chuckled and believed this was the quixotic dream of a “wanna be”, but two years later that “wanna be” is now the president. My advice to the Palin detractors is to stop laughing and really start watching this woman she might just be the change America seeks in 2012.

Do the Obamas Love Themselves A Little Too Much?

 George Will wrote an article  today for the Washington Post entitled An Olympic Ego Trip. In it he criticizes the president and his wife for the speeches they delivered to the Olympic committee regarding the Chicago bid for the 2016 Olympics. Will said “both Obamas gave heartfelt speeches about . . . themselves. Although the working of the committee’s mind is murky, it could reasonably have rejected Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Games on aesthetic grounds — unless narcissism has suddenly become an Olympic sport. In the 41 sentences of her remarks, Michelle Obama used some form of the personal pronouns “I” or “me” 44 times. Her husband was, comparatively, a shrinking violet, using those pronouns only 26 times in 48 sentences. Still, 70 times in 89 sentences conveyed the message that somehow their fascinating selves were what made, or should have made, Chicago’s case compelling.” *I initially thought that Will was completely off base, but I had to really look at the point he was trying to make. Barack and Michelle Obama are symbolic of what is good about America. They are proof positive that if you set goals and work hard you can achieve the impossible. They both have freely shared their stories on the campaign trail and their life history has been covered extensively by major media. Now they risk the backlash of familiarity. Even when someone has a life story that is incredible if you have heard dozens of times it starts to lose its impact. I believe the Obamas mission was to do a good thing for the country and I do not believe narcissism cost Chicago the games, but I do believe the Obamas now need to become more selective in sharing their stories because by now we along with the rest of the world have heard it.

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Why are There 4000 Unsolved Murders in the Nation’s Capitol?

Today I was reading the Washington Post. I had just finished reading the obituary of Wayman Tisdale. Tisdale lived a rich full life. He was successful in two different careers. He was a standout in the NBA, and he also enjoyed great success as a jazz musician. I glanced to the next page and a picture of a young man caught my attention. His story was quite different from Tisdale’s. The young man’s name was Damion Mikel King and the caption beneath the picture showed he was born Sept. 13, 1977 and he died May 16, 2000. This information was followed by this statement “One of the 4000 plus unsolved city homicides.” The chance of someone being charged with the murder of King at this point is between slim and nil. It has been 9 years and at this point this case is beyond cold it is in the deep freezer. Why did the police not find his killer? Could it be they are overworked and understaffed? Could it be that they could find no witnesses? Could it be that witnesses are afraid to talk because of fear of reprisal? There are so many possible reasons but the bottom line is this is a young man who died at the age of 23. How does a family move on without any real closure? They move on because they have no choice, and they grieve for their loved one whose legacy is reduced to being one of the 4000 plus unsolved murders in DC.

Wanda Sykes Went Over the Top with the Limbaugh Joke

The White House correspondent’s dinner was a hoot. It was fun to see the President just have fun. Wanda Sykes was the headliner and she was very funny, but she did go over the top. She said that Rush Limbaugh was one of the president’s chief critics and suggested that the president should check out Rush Limbaugh, and see if he was the 20th highjacker on the 9/11 flights. She said he probably missed his flight because he was strung out on drugs. Some in the crowd booed and others nervously laughed. This simply was not funny. It was in bad taste and it gives Limbaugh and his cronies fodder for their shows and their websites. Some things are off limits and 9/11 falls into that category.  Rush Limbaugh is in fact a hatemonger, but to compare him to the 9/11 terrorists who killed over 3,000 innocent Americans is way over the top.