Monthly Archives: February 2008

Video: Hillary’s Fearmongering 3am Attack Ad

Oh Lord…Who DO you want answering the phone???  In his response Obama said that the red phone moment was Iraq and that Clinton, McCain, and Bush all gave the wrong answer.  Good counter!

She must have been mad about this…

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IRS investigating Obama’s church

The IRS is investigating the United Church of Christ due to a speech Obama gave at their national convention last year after he became a candidate for president. Obama belongs to the 1.2 million-member Protestant group through his Chicago congregation headed by Jeremiah Wright.

The Washington Post reports that according to a copy of an IRS letter that the church received Monday, the IRS is launching the inquiry “because reasonable belief exists that the United Church of Christ has engaged in political activities that could jeopardize its tax-exempt status.” Under federal law, churches are barred from becoming directly or indirectly involved in campaigns of political candidates.  UCC has denied any wrongdoing.

Eurweb reportsThe IRS said in the letter that it was concerned about articles posted on the church’s website and on other sites stating that Obama had addressed nearly 10,000 people at the event. The agency also said Obama volunteers had staffed campaign tables “outside the center to promote his campaign.”

     Obama, a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, spoke about faith and public life at the denomination’s June, 2007 General Synod in Hartford, Conn. UCC had invited Obama to speak a year before he announced he was running for president because of his involvement in the denomination, said Rev. J. Bennett Guess, a spokesman for the Cleveland-based denomination. The church leaders say that they consulted lawyers before the event and even told the crowd that the senator was not talking on campaign-related issues.

You can’t even speak at your OWN church!  Wow.  You know black folks love their churches.  Maybe he just forgot about the rules. 

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Friday Five: Who are your African American Heroes?

1. Martin Luther King Jr.
2. My enslaved ancestors
3. My father
4. Nat Turner
5. Madame CJ Walker

What about you?

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Imprisoned in America…

According to the below Washington Post article, more than one in a hundred Americans is in jail. (That’s awful) 11%of black men between the ages of 20-34 are in jail. (Dayum!) What’s worse it what they could be doing otherwise (in the best scenario, of course), like going to college, being gainfully employed, getting married…

More than one in 100 adult Americans is in jail or prison, an all-time high that is costing state governments nearly $50 billion a year, in addition to more than $5 billion spent by the federal government, according to a report released today.
With more than 2.3 million people behind bars at the start of 2008, the United States leads the world in both the number and the percentage of residents it incarcerates, leaving even far more populous China a distant second, noted the report by the nonpartisan Pew Center on the States.The ballooning prison population is largely the result of tougher state and federal sentencing imposed since the mid-1980s. Minorities have been hit particularly hard: One in nine black men age 20 to 34 is behind bars. For black women age 35 to 39, the figure is one in 100, compared with one in 355 white women in the same age group.While studies generally find that imprisoning more offenders reduces crime, the effect is influenced by changes in the unemployment rate, wages, the ratio of police officers to residents, and the share of young people in the population.In addition, when it comes to preventing repeat offenses by nonviolent criminals — who make up about half of the incarcerated population — alternative punishments such as community supervision and mandatory drug counseling that are far less expensive may prove just as or more effective than jail time.Florida, which nearly doubled its prison population over the past 15 years, has experienced a smaller drop in crime than New York, which, after a brief increase, reduced its number of inmates to below the 1993 level.

“There is no question that putting violent and chronic offenders behind bars lowers the crime rate and provides punishment that is well deserved,” said Adam Gelb, director of the Pew Center’s Public Safety Performance Project and one of the study’s authors. “On the other hand, there are large numbers of people behind bars who could be supervised in the community safely and effectively at a much lower cost — while also paying taxes, paying restitution to their victims, and paying child support.” Continue reading

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Clinton camp pushes photo of Obama in African dress, turban

Clinton’s camp knows that the average American doesn’t know if what Obama is wearing in this photo is traditional Pakistani garb or traditional African dress! They see turban, turban, turban! We know that for a lot of Americans turban = terrorist. This is not brain surgery, it’s racism and stereotyping! Now, I know there is nothing wrong with a turban, but the reasons behind this photo being released are obvious. This is a very juvenile move. Desperate!!!

Here is the story from SHM – RACIST or just mischievous politics? That is the question being asked after the Barack Obama campaign accused the Hillary Clinton camp of circulating via the internet a photo of Senator Obama in African dress.

With just a week to go until the make-or-break primaries in Texas and Ohio, the reaction from the Obama camp was swift.

“On the very day that Senator Clinton is giving a speech about restoring respect for America in the world, her campaign has engaged in the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election,” the campaign manager, David Plouffe, said.

The photo, taken in 2006, shows Obama dressed in traditional garb during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in north-eastern Kenya. The website The Drudge Report, which broke the story, said the image came from the Clinton campaign.

“Everybody knows that whether it’s me or Senator Clinton, or Bill Clinton, that when you travel to other countries they ask you to try on traditional garb that you have been given as a gift,” Senator Obama later told a San Antonio, Texas, radio station.

“The notion that they would try to use this to imply in some way that I’m foreign, I think is, you know, unfortunate,” he told another station in Dallas.

The Clinton campaign issued a response but did not deny staff had circulated the photo.

“Enough,” the campaign manager, Maggie Williams, said of the Obama outrage. “If Barack Obama’s campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed. Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely.”

The Clinton campaign was forced to let a volunteer go in December after he suggested in an email that Barack Obama was a Muslim. Who comes out worse out of this latest verbal jousting remains to be seen but the Obama camp’s tactics of pushing back against any slur seem to have been effective in the past. Given the sensitivities in the race, it just might be that Senator Clinton is the one who is most damaged. It underscores the difficulty she faces in tackling Senator Obama.

Campaigning in Ohio on Monday, Senator Obama packed out two campus arenas, each with capacity for 13,000. The crowds have become increasingly large and raucous as each day goes by. There were further signs that Senator Clinton is in real trouble in both Texas and Ohio and Senator Obama has raced ahead of her in national polls.

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Race and Sex: South Carolina Teacher Student Scandal

Again…I have to say it.  I don’t want to say it, but I have to. 

What the hell is wrong with these White Women who continue to mess with these little boys!!!  Come on!!!  If this was a black man taking advantage of white children…he’s be put under the jail.  This is the second case in a year’s time.  In both cases the teachers got some real TIME instead of the standard white-privilege slap on the wrist that I’ve seen in other cases.

In Laurens County, S.C., where the tawdry topic of teacher-student sex is drawing far more attention than any of the townsfolk would like, there’s another issue being whispered out of earshot of the TV cameras – the issue of race.

In Laurens County , a northern South Carolina community of about 10,000 residents – 54 percent of whom are White and 44 percent of whom are Black – Tuesday’s jailing of 24-year-old Allenna Ward for six years marked the second imprisonment of a White female teacher for sex crimes against Black boys in less than a year.

Wendie Ann Schweikert, a former elementary school teacher, began serving a 10-year sentence in June for having sex with an 11-year-old Black boy.

Ward, the daughter of a preacher, admitted to having sex at the school where she taught, a park, a motel and a restaurant after school officials found a note she had written to one of the boys. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison for each of three counts of lewdness against the 14- and 15-year-old boys, but they were reduced to six years in prison, to run concurrently. – BET

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RIP Johnnie Carr

On Friday, Johnnie Carr, the childhood friend of Rosa Parks who took the reins of the Montgomery Improvement Association from Dr. Martin Luther King, died Friday. She was 97.  Carr remained active in civil rights, running the association that led the Montgomery Bus Boycott from 1967 until her death. “Johnnie Carr is one of the three major icons of the Civil Rights Movement: Dr. King, Rosa Parks and Johnnie Carr,” Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, told The Associated Press. “I think ultimately, when the final history books are written, she’ll be one of the few people remembered for that terrific movement.”

During her tenure at the association, she worked tirelessly to improve race relations, helping desegregate Montgomery schools by naming her then-13-year-old son, Arlam, as the plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit.

Source: BET News 

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Hello Negro Shirts

Back By Popular Demand – Hello Negro Shirts

Baby T’s, Fitted T’s, Regular T’s, Tank tops…even baby onesies.

Also, check out shirts from Nappy University! Everybody Loves A Black Girl!

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Hillary at the Black State of the Union

I SO wanted to see her have to go toe to toe with Sharpton and Farrakhan. Oh, Tavis, you PUNK! LOL

Hillary left her campaigning duties to take advantage of the drama Tavis created around his “Black State of the Union” event in New Orleans (Obama won Louisiana’s primary by a margin of 57 percent to 36 percent by the way). She had to defend her husband’s civil rights record, discuss why he didn’t apologize for slavery during his 1998 trip to Africa, and how he did apologize for the Tuskegee experiment. Wait a min, who is running Hill or Bill? I don’t want to here about him?!?!? Why is she apologizing for him? (Not a good sign…they set you up on that one Hillary. Those Negroes! LOL)

Clinton must win in Ohio and Texas. Honestly, I don’t think that catering to African Americans at this late hour is going to help her. It might actually hurt. Black people know when someone is desparate. So many of us are familiar with desparate circumstances. I personally am not impressed. Barack is winning by appealing to all voters. He is not the Black Vote candidate, like Jesse was back in the day. Most black people agree…you can’t win a presidential election via the Black Vote alone in America in the year 2008.

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Only one Black nominee on the televised Oscars…

Ruby Dee

And she didn’t win.  Surprise, surprise.

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