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Saturday, February 7, 2009

End Of Rent Help Is A Disaster For Many Hurricane Katrina Victims.

After reading this story I agree with Kanye West : Bush don't like black people. As a longstanding disaster rent subsidy ends this month, thousands of families might be unable to pay their March rent. Among them is a nursing assistant from Algiers who just got laid off. The federal Disaster Housing Assistance Program, known as DHAP, will no longer pay rent for nearly 15,000 New Orleans-area households and thousands of other families displaced by Katrina, including more than 5,000 in the Houston area. On the Bush administration’s last day, federal housing officials refused to continue the program. The Louisiana Recovery Authority and Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., are pushing for a one-year extension, arguing that New Orleans still faces an acute affordable-housing shortage and that thousands of Louisiana homeowners still await Road Home money.

How Did Black Folks Make It To D.C. But Couldn't Make It Out Of New Orleans And Died?

Did you hear the hilarious joke about black folks and how they couldn't manage to make it out of New Orleans and DIED trying, but managed to make it to D.C. for the inauguration?

No it's just another forwarded email from a Florida state politician. Here's the exact text as reported by the St. Petersburg Times:

From: Carol Carter

Friday, January 30, 9:30 AM

Subject: FW: Amazing!

I'm confused

How can 2,000,000 blacks get into Washington, DC in 1 day in sub zero temps when 200,000 couldn't get out of New Orleans in 85 degree temps with four days notice?

Carol Carter

I don't understand how you can say such horrible things then say it's a joke.

Her next email:

From: Carol Carter

January 30, 5:54 PM

Subject: Earlier e-mail

I have been asked to send this apology for my earlier e-mail. I am sorry that it was received in a negative manner. I do hope that we are going to be allowed to keep our sense of humor.

As you can now see, it went to very few people. I did add Todd Marks in this apology, as he is in the mix now. I am also sorry to learn that some of these persons are not real team players. There really was no reason for this to go beyond those that I e-mailed (8 people). This was not an e-mail blast as I do not have that capability.


What do Carol mean by a real team player? I have to say I don't even understand the premise of this "joke." Is it that blacks care more about history than their own lives? Is it that they're lazy because they only leave town for inaugurations? This is not funny in any kinda way. Or maybe I'm just not a "real team player." Sorry, Carol.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Etta James Says I Rather Go Blind Than Allow Beyonce Too....

So Etta James doesn’t like Beyonce’s redition of her signature song, “At Last” Hey! I might not like it either especially if I am still alive and feel like I am being cheated. Etta might feel as if her hard work has been stolen or taken over by someone else. I kinda see it as a slap in Etta's face. Any way this post is about Etta's other song. "I Rather Go Blind" I remember reading this piece by Andrew Chan’s on Cadillac Records, about the film. Chan has nothing but praise for Beyonce: (" Etta Version")

In the film’s climactic number, Beyoncé seals the deal with her rendition of “I’d Rather Go Blind”…as an actress and a singer, she finds ways to make her interpretation both faithful and fresh. Sung directly to an impossible, already-married love interest, label founder Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody), the performance begins from the point-of-view of the male, gazing at Etta from behind with his puppy-dog eyes. From the start, the pace and phrasing of Beyoncé’s vocals follow Etta’s with surprising fidelity. Then, as the camera inches forward, eventually framing the singer’s face in close-up, the scene builds in intensity, climaxing with a sneer at the corner of her mouth, and a few defiant, gut-wrenching wails. It’s clear her version is not the original’s moan of resignation, but an enactment of all the bitterness and resentment on which Etta James based her take-no-prisoners persona…. ( "Beyonce Version")

By the time Beyoncé is finished with “I’d Rather Go Blind,” she has achieved what neither Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles nor Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash could manage: a respectful embodiment as well an expansion of a mythic figure. She takes us across a curiously under explored frontier, where the emotional and physical abandon of an R&B performance becomes both the means and the substance of great melodramatic acting.

Etta’s version of “I’d Rather Go Blind” is embedded above, and Beyonce’s is down below. Judge for yourself. For me it would have to be Etta.

Freedom For Very Intelligent Negroes Only.

I have a confession to make this new Abe Lincoln is not the one I remember from my history class. The Lincoln in my mind didn't want to let my people go. Etch in my brain from early on is a Lincoln who did not like my people. I remember reading about the great abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, who was a constant thorn in Lincoln’s side. I believe the work of Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr is some of the best there is. Professor Gates have a documentary airing Wednesday Feb. 11 on PBS in which he talk about the myths of Honesty Abe. Professor Gates says there are two Lincolns—the one we studied in school, the one full of myths that we have made into the image we wanted him to be, and the other, the real Lincoln. Gates also said many believe, erroneously, that because Lincoln signed The Emancipation Proclamation, he was always against slavery and an advocate for black people. Many believe that the Proclamation freed all slaves immediately and forever. The book and film show the real Lincoln as a man who struggled, along with his country and culture, over the inherent worth of black people. Article here..

Gates said Lincoln wrestled with his own use of the ‘n-word,’ which he used publicly until at least 1862, and which most Lincoln scholars today find so surprising and embarrassing that they consistently avoid discussing it. In the early 1860s, Lincoln seriously considered a proposal to deport all black people and colonize them in Liberia, the Caribbean, and/or Latin America. He was dissuaded primarily by the high cost, not by the immorality of such a venture. In April 1865, Lincoln gave a speech in which he advocated the right to vote for “Very Intelligent Negroes” and 200,000 black Civil War veterans. The rest he apparently would allow to remain in sub-citizenship because of a lingering belief that blacks, as a race, were not as gifted or intelligent as whites and the few who were should be regarded as exceptions.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Cheating In The Next Room Making Plans To Meet Soon.

A dating service is targeting its advertising at married people — encouraging them to commit adultery. The television commercials are from the Ashley Madison Agency. According to Bill Johnson of the American Decency Association, the commercials are “basically giving married people a place to find attachment with others who are available — whether married or unmarried." More....

I wonder what would happen if some one marriage was broken up by this service could they sue them as part of the divorce? I smell a class action law suit here and how about alienation of affection charge. I don't think a moral arguments will work. What do you think? Any way some months ago the hubby and I was out to dinner and we overheard some ladies talking about when cheating is acceptable in a relationship. Yes they were talking that loud.

They were saying that they loved their man/husband had no plans to leave , but if certain factors are present in their sex life, then they would HAVE to cheat just to be satisfied. They were saying that it’s reasonable, acceptable and down right expected if their man/husband couldn’t satisfy them. So my question is , do you agree….Are there ever any circumstances that make cheating reasonable, acceptable and expected? If so, what circumstances would make you cheat? If not, why wouldn’t you? Would you consider pornography cheating?

For me under no circumstances is cheating acceptable, reasonable or expected. Whatever you do not want done to you, do not do to others. I have been on the receiving end of cheating and it do not feel good; I still remember the pain. It was before meeting and marrying my husband. This is what the Bible has to say.. .......

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Free Denny's Breakfast Was A Hit!

Did any one get their free Denny's breakfast yesterday? Unfortunately for me it was too late. My co- worker mention the free breakfast after the promotion was over.
If you watched Sunday's Super Bowl, you probably saw the Denny's ad announcing it was serving free "Grand Slam" breakfasts, from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., yesterday. With a bad economy and people always wanting free stuff, I wondered how large the turnout would be. Well, two million Americans--that's 2/3 of a percent of the U.S. population--took Denny's up on the offer and ate the breakfast.

One Chicago Tribune reporter went to five different locations and ate FIVE Grand Slam breakfasts. So, how much did this giveaway cost? Denny's says it cost a total of $5 million, including the cost of the Super Bowl ad and other promotion. $5 million to feed 2 million people--that's not bad. Denny's actually made money or at least broke even on the giveaway. How did the restaurant chain do it? Here's the catch: the drinks were not free.

The entire promotion - including food, labor and airing an ad on Sunday's Super Bowl - cost Denny's about $5 million. "We're re-acquainting America with Denny's," says CEO Nelson Marchioli. "We've never been thanked this much - and folks are saying they'll come back."

The gambit earned Denny's something that money alone can't buy: positive public relations, and lots of it. By Denny's estimates, it got $50 million in free news coverage, almost all of it positive. No injuries - or police issues - were reported at any locations, say Denny's officials.

Denny's didn't do this just out of the goodness of its heart, however. The because its franchise sales at sites were down 7.2% last quarter at a time the hobbled economy ought to be giving it an opportunity to nudge the market-share needle. Consumer response to the promotion has been all Denny's could hope for. Besides guests at restaurants on Tuesday, the Denny's website has had 40 million hits since the Super Bowl ad aired.

I think this was a smart investment. People who might never have tried Denny's--due to it's image, might have changed their minds after tasting the free meal. And, you'll note from the video (and in other reports I saw), a sizeable portion of the customers for the promotion were Black. In the past, many Blacks shunned Denny's, after it was sued over alleged discrimination against Black customers. Perhaps this is the way for Denny's to re-attract them. So did you get your free breakfast?

Joe Scarborough And Mika Brzezinski Stop Using Code Words

Hey! do anyone watch Morning Joe beside me? They seem to be on a mission like their counterpart Fox and that is to mislead the country by putting out false information:

Mika Brzezinski claim that funding for "welfare programs" included in the recovery bill, such as "food stamps and helping low income people pay for college," would not stimulate the economy. In fact, economists have said that programs that provide aid to state governments and individuals would, in the words of Congressional Budget Office director Douglas W. Elmendorf, "have a significant impact on GDP

Let me get this right, the republicans held the White House for the last 8 years, and congress for 12. Their economic policies are what brought us to the current situation. So this last November, Every Americans was given the option of 4 more years of the same economic policies But we smart Americans decided for change and hope. Now you got the pissed-off folks on the right fighting against The Americans who voted for change and wanted change. Another thing has anyone noticed not one of these guys said a word about the Bush Stimulus with 70 per-cent pork? If I am not mistaken aren't the Republicans the one who approved the bridge to no where? Joe Scarborough And Mika Brzezinski how many times did you attack Bush foolishness? It's looking like Michale Steele have picked up his talking points also.

If people would go on line and read the Obama Stimulus one thing will stick out . The money can only be used for what it’s assigned for, so none of the money can go to anything else like a raise in personal friends salaries. So why everyone else is broke and struggling those on the right are still getting their full pay check and State tax refund. We all know those Republicans know how to deal themselves a winning hand.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

End Black History Month!

I propose that, from this day forward, we stop telling the tale of two Americas and instead document and celebrate the full and storied, multicultural and multidimensional story that is America in all of its colors, geographies and passions, in all of its ups, downs and exhortations.( Article here.....)

I don't agree with that at all. Why not get rid of Dr. King's day will be next and Oh, let's not for get Christmas, Easter, Hanukkah and ALL the Jewish holidays! How about Women’s History Month, held in March, or even Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins Sept. 15?

Why can't we celebrate the beauty and accomplishment of African Americans even if' it's only for 28 days? Black History Month doesn't "separate" anybody it simply recognizes the achievements and the contributions of black Americans to the American story. We were the only people that was force into this country and the only people who are force to forget. THAT"S SAD!

Is there still a need for Black History Month?

Monday, February 2, 2009

Do You Think Condolezza Rice Got A Pass From The Black Community?

I recently read a interview of Spike Lee and in the interview he raised some good points about Ms. Rice I am not saying I agree. As far as Ms.Rice I have respect for her personal accomplishments. I admire the fact that she is loyal to her party and she's a black woman.

Below is an excerpt from the interview:

People say "She's so successful" and "Look at her position as a Black Woman". She is a black woman who grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and said that she has never experienced a day of racism in her life. Condi, stop smoking that crack! I know you love you Ferragamo shoes, but come on. While people were drowning in New Orleans, she was going up and down Madison Avenue buying Ferregamo shoes. Then she went to see Spamalot.

We all no how , Colin Powell caught major flack and some called him a sellout for his place in the Bush administration yet Condi has caught little to no flack from the black community leaders. Why do you think that is? She was and had been part of some of the biggest cover ups in the Bush administration. We all saw her "testimony" to the 9/11 committee.
I am not agreeing with Spike nor disagreeing but I personally thinking Spike Lee might have a point.
What is your view on this? Did Condi get a free pass or was Spike too hard on her?

Putting Money Into The Hands Of Those People.

I was watching Morning Joe this mornig and thought Joe was going to blow a vessel or something. Scarborough, Buchanan and even Mika screaming about how the recovery bill "gives tax breaks to people who don't pay taxes"."Putting money into the hands of those people" But I thought the working poor pay sales taxes and payroll taxes. Scarborough went on to say the federal governments writing checks to people for doing nothing. For doing absolutely nothing. Well Joe isn't that what we just did for the banking community? Did we not just gave them free cash with no strings? For Joe to call it a socialist bill is total stupid. I believe money in the hands of the elderly and the poor and the middle class will stimulate the economy much faster than giving all those banks and CEOS the money.

They're talking about the article, in the The Washington Post. I thought when times are tough Congress usually decides to work together in the best interests of the country. We all know Bush was in charge when everything collapsed after years of his incompetency. Now we have a new man at the helm and he wants to do the best he can for the country, so how do the GOP react? They oppose, they obstruct, they act the fool. I believe by opposing the president they oppose the rebuilding of the country. So what the Republican Party is showing to the Average American Citizen we don't give a darn. If the Republicans have a better policy plan bring-it-on. The Republicans needs to understand they've failed at governing. They brought us two disastrous wars. They've destroyed the economy. So, where do the Republicans find hope .By throwing opposition at the new President. They sacrifice the good of the nation to their own desire for political power.

The Three-Fifths Clause.

Three-fifths Clause a clause that equated five slaves to three free persons in The USA? Even though the effects and implications of it has gone through legal amendments in the U.S. Constitution, the Clause is still there. In Article I, Section of the U.S. constitution appears the Three-fifths Clause, which explains the apportionment of representation and taxation. So still today that Article is in the Constitution. Some thing to think about.

During our nations history there was alot of compromises being made about the slaves and their freedom. This was the first compromise. While the U.S. Constitution was being written, the good old south decides not to sign it. The good old south wanted their slaves to be used for the purpose of the counting of taxes. The northerners did not want this to happen. If the South were to be allowed to do this, they would have more Representatives. This was a problem because the north thought it was unfair for the slave owner to vote and have the right to vote for all their slaves, too. For the south to have more Representatives would make the southerners have more of a say in all the decisions that were going on. they would only be Representatives for only another 2 years, until they would pick new representatives With making some changes, the United States Congress decided the slaves would be counted, when they decided representatives for both sides, as three fifths of a free white or black person. That's why the Three Fifths Compromise got it's name. Anyway the slaves didn't vote, but were counted for three fifths of a free white or black person. More valuable than a cow, but not quite as valuable as a free white person.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

“If You've Ever Been Disappointed, Betrayed,Rejected, Abandoned.....

I found and old copy of a book that I read many years ago it was the line on the back of the book that led me to purchase my first copy of a book by Iyanla Vanzant that was over 20 years ago. I learned some valuable life lessons from reading this book (Valleys). At that time in my life I was going through a lot and her books was a great help. "Is it the job you hate but need in order to pay the rent? Is it that relationship that you gave your all to only to end up with a broken heart...again? Perhaps it's your children, a family member or a lifelong friend doing you in, dragging you down, pushing you to the brink. If you are an honorary member of the Black Woman's Suffering Society, you have probably been told that it's all your fault. Or that struggling and suffering is your lot in life. Iyanla Vanzant says NO! Life is an Act of Faith and suffering is optional!" Those everyday challenges, obstacles, and dilemmas are what Iyanla calls valleys. As bad as they may seem, there is a purpose or, as Iyanla says, "There is much value in the valley." Reading this books always made me feel better and it help me a great deal. I've always held on to that book and went back to reference it at different times in my life when I felt I needed it. Any way I purchased another book by Iyanla sometimes later "Until Today" which is a great devotional. Her books are not traditional Christian books, but Iyanla definitely writes for those seeking a closer relationship with God and spiritual healing. Any way the other day I ran across an interview she had with Tavis Smiley on PBS last year which I found to very interesting. She's talking about a ocean of a death season that's being visited upon Black America. Have you ever read any of Iyanla Vanzant books? and if so which one had an impact on your life?