Tuesday, September 30, 2008

NOW THAT'S A GREAT IDEA !!!!!!!

Yocheeta..

MR. PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS:

IT'S OUR MONEY YOU'RE GIVING AWAY!

President Bush told us last night that he is giving 700 billion dollars
to the financial institutions to "save them" and help the economy.

We think there's a better way . . .

Instead of awarding Wall Street - who created this mess and will be
rewarded for it - why not give 1 million dollars to each American
citizen-man, woman and child--to pay off their mortgages, cars and
credit card debts (which would be mandatory) for receiving the money.
The added bonus would be that the banks and lending institutions would
then be solvent or well on the road to being solvent.

With the money left over, we Americans could then pay for our children's
education, maybe start a small business to employ more people to help
the economy, or spend it to help the retail market.

There are over 306 million citizens in America. If each person received
1 million dollars that would be only 306 million that the government
would pay out. That amount sounds so much better than 700 billion--don't
you think!

I think everyone that receives this email should email, write and call
their congressman and the local newspaper to let them known the people
have a better idea on how to use OUR tax money.

If you agree, send this to everyone you know. At least our elected
officials will know how angry we are over the mess that they have
allowed to happen!

Leatha J. Patton

Leatha J. Patton



What do you expect from Bubba (William Jefferson Clinton)who, other than being a Rhodes Scholar, is also a member of the Illuminati Trilateral Commission, and holds a membershipship with the Bilderburger group, i.e., the founders of the New World Order. If you wish to know more about this, please visit that website and, yes, he is listed in all categories. In 1994, Clinton signed into law NAFTA causing jobs to begin to leave this country for foreign lands and slave wages. I cannot for the life of me fathom how the majority of American people often act as if brain-dead. Remember Ohio during the primary and how that state (white folks!), riddled with poverty because of job loss, voted for the cheerleader of NAFTA, Hillary Clinton? More black men were imprisoned during Clinton's term than at any other time. This is just the tip of the iceberg (at least the remainder that has not melted into the sea due to global warming problems). Problems, problems, problems y'all. I believe Bubba doesn't want Obama to win and the party be damned. Their strategy, he and that wife of his, is to wait four years. Hillary can run again and Billary (the two of them) can then make it to the White House for Bubba's third term.



Posted by Anonymous to CONSIDEROURSOURCE at Monday, 29 September, 2008

Don’t Blame the New Deal

Published: September 27, 2008
This year’s serial bailouts are proof of a colossal regulatory failure. But it is not “the system” that failed, as President Bush, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and others who are complicit in the calamity would like Americans to believe. People failed.

For decades now, antiregulation disciples of the Reagan Revolution have eliminated vital laws, blocked the enactment of much-needed new regulations, or simply refused to exercise their legal authority.

The regulatory system for banks, securities, commodities and insurance is unwieldy and in need of modernization. The system has gaps, like the absence of regulation for “innovations” such as credit default swaps, the insurance-like contracts now valued at $62 trillion whose destructive potential prompted the bailouts of Bear Stearns and the American International Group.

But the failures that have landed us in the mess we are in today are not mainly structural. To assert that they are masks deeper failings and sets false terms for the upcoming debate on regulatory reform.

Under a law passed in 1994, for example, the Federal Reserve was obligated to regulate banks and nonbank lenders to curb unfair, deceptive and predatory lending. Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chairman, ignored his responsibility, even as junk mortgage lending proliferated in plain sight.

Mr. Greenspan later said the law defined “unfair” and “deceptive” too vaguely. If so, he should have asked Congress for clarification. Instead, he did nothing — and the Republican-led Congress did not question him. When Ben Bernanke took over as Fed chairman in early 2006, the negligence continued. It was not until mid-2007, after the housing bubble had begun to burst, that federal regulators offered guidelines for subprime lending.

The systematic dismantling of laws that called for regulation also contributed to the current crisis.

In 1995, Congress passed a law that restricted the ability of investors to sue companies, securities firms and accounting firms for misstatements and pie-in-the-sky projections. That helped inflate the dot-com bubble and contributed to the Enron debacle. It also engendered a sense of impunity that helped to foster the excessive risk-taking so prevalent in the mortgage mess.

Then, in 1999, Congress dismantled the Glass- Steagall Act, a pillar of the New Deal, which separated commercial and investment banking. That enormous change was undertaken with no thought or effort — or desire — to regulate the world that it would help to create. Now we know that an entire “shadow banking system” has grown up, without rules or transparency, but with the ability to topple the financial system itself.

But perhaps no deregulatory effort had more catastrophic effect than the 2000 law that explicitly excluded derivatives, including those credit default swaps, from regulation under the Commodity Exchange Act of 1936.

And there is probably no greater missed opportunity than the reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac passed by the House in 2005. If the law had been enacted, the takeover of those companies may have been avoided. It failed in large part because President Bush wanted to fully privatize them and feared that if they were adequately reformed, privatization would lose steam.

Indeed, it was in the Bush years that antiregulation and deregulation found full expression, fueled by an ideology that markets know best, government hampers markets, and problems will magically fix themselves.

The nation is now painfully relearning that the opposite is true. Christopher Cox, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, admitted on Friday that his agency’s “voluntary regulation” of investment banks was a failure that contributed to the current crisis.

That is a good starting point for a debate about how to get back on the road to sensible, responsible government regulation.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Are we doomed for a possible economic catastrophe


Will the market suffer, if the Government does not intervene?
How will the Republicans benefit from this?Today the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 777.68 points, its biggest one-day drop in HISTORY.

House Votes Down Bailout Legislation

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, AP
The House on Monday defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue for the nation's financial system, ignoring urgent warnings from President Bush and congressional leaders of both parties that the economy could nosedive into recession without it.
Stocks plummeted on Wall Street even before the 228-205 vote to reject the bill was announced on the House floor.

Bush and a host of leading congressional figures had implored the lawmakers to pass the legislation despite howls of protest from their constituents back home. Despite pressure from supporters, not enough members were willing to take the political risk just five weeks before an election.
Ample no votes came from both the Democratic and Republican sides of the aisle. More than two-thirds of Republicans and 40 percent of Democrats opposed the bill.
The overriding question for congressional leaders was what to do next. Congress has been trying to adjourn so that its members can go out and campaign. And with only five weeks left until Election Day, there was no clear indication of whether the leadership would keep them in Washington. Leaders were huddling after the vote to figure out their next steps.
A White House spokesman said that President Bush was "very disappointed."


We're all worried about losing our jobs," Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., declared in an impassioned speech in support of the bill before the vote. "Most of us say, 'I want this thing to pass, but I want you to vote for it - not me.
' "
With their dire warnings of impending economic doom and their sweeping request for unprecedented sums of money and authority to bail out cash-starved financial firms, Bush and his economic chiefs have focused the attention of world markets on Congress, Ryan added.
"We're in this moment, and if we fail to do the right thing, Heaven help us," he said.
The legislation the administration promoted would have allowed the government to buy bad mortgages and other rotten assets held by troubled banks and financial institutions. Getting those debts off their books should bolster those companies' balance sheets, making them more inclined to lend and easing one of the biggest choke points in the credit crisis. If the plan worked, the thinking went, it would help lift a major weight off the national economy that is already sputtering.
The fear in the financial markets send the Dow Jones industrials cascading down by as over 700 points at one juncture. As the vote was shown on TV, stocks plunged and investors fled to the safety of the credit markets, worrying that the financial system would keep sinking under the weight of failed mortgage debt.
"As I said on the floor, this is a bipartisan responsibility and we think (Democrats) met our responsibility," said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.
Asked whether majority Democrats would try to reverse the stunning defeat, Hoyer said, "We're certainly not going to abandon our responsibility. We'll continue to focus on this and see what actions we can take."
Several Republican aides said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had torpedoed any spirit of bipartisanship that surrounded the bill with her scathing speech near the close of the debate that blamed Bush's policies for the economic turmoil.
Without mentioning her by name, Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Fla., No. 3 Republican, said: "The partisan tone at the end of the debate today I think did impact the votes on our side."

A Note to Bill Clinton

Good Morning my Sister. I am glad to read this. I heard Clinton on Meet The Press yesterday and he is not fully behind Obama. He continue to say how much of a friend McCain is of his and then as an after thought that he is supporting Obama. He wouldn't even dismiss Palin. The article below says it better than me.TLW


Given that we would never have had the odious George W. Bush in the White House in the first place if it wasn't for your blow jobs, Bill, it seems obvious that you owe it to the people of this country, and especially to the parents whose kids died in the Iraq War that Gore would never have started, and to all the parents whose kids would be killed in the WarFest that would be a McCain/Palin -- sorry, Palin/McCain -- administration to do everything in your power to get Barack Obama elected.
But that's not what you're doing, Bill, and it's not going unnoticed. We see your rage, Bill, it's too huge to hide. We see that -- as Chris Rock so brilliantly pointed out -- it pains you to even speak Obama's name. We see you petulantly rooting against him even as you go through the motions of doing the barest minimum on his behalf to avoid being blamed if he loses.
You're not fooling anyone, Bill. You've gotten so caught up in yesterday that you've stopped thinking about tomorrow. You have the power to influence millions of voters and you're spitefully sitting on it. Surely you've noticed what's going on in the country. Surely you're aware of what's at stake on November 4th. This is not a game that you can afford to take your ball and go home with if you don't get to play the position you want. An Obama loss will most certainly be part of your legacy.
There's still time to fix it. How about this for an October surprise? Bill Clinton gets on the road and spends every day until the election sincerely and wholeheartedly communicating the urgency of electing Obama. You're the greatest politician of your generation, Bill. Surely you can fake enthusiasm for a month.
Oh, and stop talking about how much you like Senator McCain. Have you forgotten the vile joke he told a decade ago at your wife's and daughter's expense? Let me remind you: "Do you know why Chelsea Clinton is so ugly? She's the child of Janet Reno and Hillary Clinton." Are you saying, Bill, that you can forgive McCain for calling Chelsea "ugly" but you can't forgive Obama for defeating Hillary?
If Obama loses a close election -- one in which even one state where you could have made a difference goes for McCain because you sat home and pouted -- it will be on you. We will remember that you couldn't be bothered to rise above your petty resentments for something as trivial as saving your country from the enemies of everything you profess to believe in. We forgave you for Monica, Bill, but we won't forgive you for this.

SB , Officer Shot and Killed over the weekend.....

Unfortunately the bad guy is still alive. If I had been on scene, he'd be hanging with Satan right now.

SB.... Stephen, is a Chicago Police Officer
Anonymous said...
My prayer goes to the Officer. It's Very Unfortunate. I can't help to believe that all of the violence against officers is a result of bad administration. When Department Supervisors / Exempts / Supt...etc cater the public /Revs/ thugs and continue to make work more difficult for the Officers'.... it's a free ticket for assaulting Officers. The fight know is to stay alive on this job. Peace Brothers.......

Christine M. Flowers: Patrick McDonald: It's time to bury the excuses

By Christine M. Flowers
Philadelphia Daily News
WE SHOULD be used to this.
I'm not talking about the murder of heroes. Or the grieving loved ones, faces contorted in pain. The flag-draped coffins. Or the phalanx of blue sending brother and sister officers home with a final, heartbreaking salute.
God help us if that ever starts feeling familiar. Each new police killing has to convey the same sense of futility and horror as the one before it. It's a necessary part of being human.
But there is something we've become accustomed to, something that causes us to shake with anger and wonder how people lose their moral compasses.
After Officer Patrick McDonald was assassinated by Daniel Giddings on Tuesday, neighbors came out of the woodwork and did what neighbors often do.
They made excuses. Worse, they eulogized Giddings, who was also killed.
Here were people who could justify the murder of a police officer by playing the race card, forgetting that so many of their own black brothers and sisters are soldiers in the battle between good and evil that takes place every day on Philadelphia's streets.
One onlooker named Kelly White had the audacity to say, "That is someone's son that is lying dead there. We aren't ever told anything. All we know is that another young black man is dead and another cop is dead, too. They want us to give the cops respect, but the cops don't respect us."
That's what White sees. That another young black man is dead. That another young black man "wasn't respected."
And, apparently, a lot of people have the same pair of glasses.
I'm blind to that type of reasoning. I want to know why we owe respect to a person who has a record of robbery, aggravated assault and extortion. Who orchestrated an assault on a prison guard, who had 25 misconducts lodged against him. What is there to respect in any of that?
And who cares what color he was? Evil comes in every shade of the rainbow.
But you have to give Kelly White some credit. He, or she, had the guts not to be anonymous. According to a report in the Daily News, one such person stated, "He was a Muslim . . . they killed him."
Another lamented that jobs were scarce in that part of town, implying that unemployment gives you an excuse for killing, or at least to blame society for being a failed human being.
Let's say this once and for all, without mincing any words:
Daniel Giddings was a worthless piece of trash whose exit from this world can only make it a better place. The horror is that, in leaving, he took with him a man like Patrick McDonald.
But still there are people who lament his passing, who see in him a symbol of the toll that racism and poverty have taken on a community. They are prisoners of the past, victims of a mind-set that looks everywhere but inward to find the cause for their misfortune.
One bystander said, "It's just going to get worse before it gets better. . . . If there were more jobs and more opportunity, people would be less hostile."
And we're left to wonder: Does having a job give you a conscience? Do you need to pull down a paycheck to know the difference between right and wrong, to understand that the thug mentality is poison in the veins?
Reflexively playing the race or poverty card is a legacy of the welfare state where people stand with their hands out and their eyes closed. To believe that Giddings would have turned out differently if he'd had a job and wasn't the object of a racist society absolves him and everyone defending him from taking responsibility for their own mistakes.
Fortunately, there are people who do get it. Tragically, though, they are often victims of the same brutality practiced by the Giddingses of this world. Miles Mack was one of them. He fought the odds with a tremendous heart and a belief in the redemptive power of achievement.
He didn't need a job to show him how to live a life of value. He didn't embrace race as an excuse.
And he would have been repulsed by the lame excuses offered by those at 18th and Dauphin, where Giddings died.
Another police officer is dead. Grieving parents and other loved ones will fill another church, and prayers will be prayed that this, finally, is the last time.
But it won't be. Not as long as we absolve the Giddingses of this world of the evil they've brought into it. *
Christine M. Flowers is a lawyer. See her on Channel 6's "Inside Story" Sunday at 11:30 a.m. E-mail cflowers1961@yahoo.com.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

This is Your Nation on White Privilege

Felicia~ I couldn't agree more

By Tim Wise

For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.

White privilege is when you can call yourself a “fuckin’ redneck,” like Bristol Palin’s boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you’ll “kick their fuckin’ ass,” and talk about how you like to “shoot shit” for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.

White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action.

White privilege is when you can claim that being mayor of a town smaller than most medium-sized colleges, and then Governor of a state with about the same number of people as the lower fifth of the island of Manhattan, makes you ready to potentially be president, and people don’t all piss on themselves with laughter, while being a black U.S. Senator, two-term state Senator, and constitutional law scholar, means you’re “untested.”

White privilege is being able to say that you support the words “under God” in the pledge of allegiance because “if it was good enough for the founding fathers, it’s good enough for me,” and not be immediately disqualified from holding office–since, after all, the pledge was written in the late 1800s and the “under God” part wasn’t added until the 1950s–while believing that reading accused criminals and terrorists their rights (because, ya know, the Constitution, which you used to teach at a prestigious law school requires it), is a dangerous and silly idea only supported by mushy liberals.

White privilege is being able to be a gun enthusiast and not make people immediately scared of you.

White privilege is being able to have a husband who was a member of an extremist political party that wants your state to secede from the Union, and whose motto was “Alaska first,” and no one questions your patriotism or that of your family, while if you’re black and your spouse merely fails to come to a 9/11 memorial so she can be home with her kids on the first day of school, people immediately think she’s being disrespectful.

White privilege is being able to make fun of community organizers and the work they do–like, among other things, fight for the right of women to vote, or for civil rights, or the 8-hour workday, or an end to child labor–and people think you’re being pithy and tough, but if you merely question the experience of a small town mayor and 18-month governor with no foreign policy expertise beyond a class she took in college–you’re somehow being mean, or even sexist.

White privilege is being able to convince white women who don’t even agree with you on any substantive issue to vote for you and your running mate anyway, because all of a sudden your presence on the ticket has inspired confidence in these same white women, and made them give your party a “second look.”

White privilege is being able to fire people who didn’t support your political campaigns and not be accused of abusing your power or being a typical politician who engages in favoritism, while being black and merely knowing some folks from the old-line political machines in Chicago means you must be corrupt.

White privilege is being able to attend churches over the years whose pastors say that people who voted for John Kerry or merely criticize George W. Bush are going to hell, and that the U.S. is an explicitly Christian nation and the job of Christians is to bring Christian theological principles into government, and who bring in speakers who say the conflict in the Middle East is God’s punishment on Jews for rejecting Jesus, and everyone can still think you’re just a good church-going Christian, but if you’re black and friends with a black pastor who has noted (as have Colin Powell and the U.S. Department of Defense) that terrorist attacks are often the result of U.S. foreign policy and who talks about the history of racism and its effect on black people, you’re an extremist who probably hates America.

White privilege is not knowing what the Bush Doctrine is when asked by a reporter, and then people get angry at the reporter for asking you such a “trick question,” while being black and merely refusing to give one-word answers to the queries of Bill O’Reilly means you’re dodging the question, or trying to seem overly intellectual and nuanced.

White privilege is being able to claim your experience as a POW has anything at all to do with your fitness for president, while being black and experiencing racism is, as Sarah Palin has referred to it a “light” burden.

And finally, white privilege is the only thing that could possibly allow someone to become president when he has voted with George W. Bush 90 percent of the time, even as unemployment is skyrocketing, people are losing their homes, inflation is rising, and the U.S. is increasingly isolated from world opinion, just because white voters aren’t sure about that whole “change” thing. Ya know, it’s just too vague and ill-defined, unlike, say, four more years of the same, which is very concrete and certain…

White privilege is, in short, the problem.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Obama, McCain to attend economic bailout talks/ AP




By LIZ SIDOTI
Associated Press Writer


WASHINGTON (AP) -- John McCain and Barack Obama say presidential politics should have no role in the government's efforts to save the crippled financial system. Yet, each is playing his own politics toward the same goals - showing leadership during crisis, getting credit for any solutions, and, ultimately, winning the presidency.

The latest example: a debate over whether the candidates should debate Friday.

McCain called for his Democratic rival to agree to a postponement until Congress agrees on a $700 billion government plan to rescue banks from enormous debt, saying, "We are running out of time."

Obama rebuffed his GOP rival, saying the next president needs to "deal with more than one thing at once."

Both were heading back to Washington on Thursday, summoned by President Bush to attend a White House meeting with congressional leaders in hopes of securing the legislation to rescue the fragile economy.

The stakes were huge for both presidential contenders: The financial upheaval has become an audition of sorts as each man tries to prove to voters that he would exhibit the best judgment and leadership during a national crisis.

Portraying himself as a bipartisan leader in a time of turmoil, each is carefully navigating the potentially perilous political terrain. Both candidates are trying hard not to appear to be using the situation for political gain - even though politics certainly weighs heavily in every move each makes.

Voters - including the 18 percent an AP-Yahoo News poll found are undecided or still could change their minds - certainly are paying close attention with the election little more than five weeks away. And the candidates' postures may tell them a lot about how each would act as president.

Polls show the race competitive, with Obama having a slight advantage in a political landscape that dramatically favors Democrats and appears to be further trending toward them in part because of the intense focus on the economy. Obama leads McCain on that issue.

Neither candidate can afford to simply support fast-tracked legislation; they could be seen as insensitive to taxpayers' concerns about the massive bailout and sweeping government intervention. But they also can't be seen as doing nothing by opposing the measure outright; many economists warn that failing to address the crisis in a meaningful way could plunge the economy into further chaos.

McCain also would certainly leave himself open to criticism that he was again siding with Bush if he supported the administration-backed legislation. However, he also could try to put his own stamp on a Republican Party going through somewhat of an identity crisis; congressional Republicans have suggested they are waiting for a signal from McCain on how to vote.

Both tried to strike a balance Wednesday.

In a brief moment of comity, the two issued a joint statement recognizing that the country was facing "a moment of economic crisis" in which "the jobs, savings and prosperity of the American people are at stake." They called the legislation flawed but also said it must not fail.

"Now is a time to come together - Democrats and Republicans - in a spirit of cooperation for the sake of the American people," they said. "This is a time to rise above politics for the good of the country."

But political maneuvering was exactly what went on during most of the day.

First, the two senators spoke privately about the possibility of issuing a joint statement.

Minutes later and before the two campaigns had hammered out their agreed-upon comment, McCain beat Obama to the punch as he sought to gain ground on the economy, stunt Obama's momentum and put himself in a position where he can claim he put his words into action - and the country ahead of his campaign.

The Republican went before TV cameras in New York to say that he had spoken to Bush and asked him to convene a leadership meeting in Washington that would include him and Obama. He said he would halt campaign events, advertising and fundraising to return to Capitol Hill to work on the crisis until an agreement on legislation was reached.

What's more, McCain called for Friday's debate to be postponed - and for Obama to curtail campaign activities as well.

Shortly thereafter, Obama held his own news conference to reject McCain's challenge.

The Democrat said he would continue with his debate preparations while consulting with bailout negotiators and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

In a political calculation of his own, Obama repeatedly stressed that he called McCain first with the proposal for a joint statement in support of an economic fix. He said McCain called back several hours later and agreed to the idea of a statement but also said he wanted to postpone the debate and hold joint meetings in Washington. Obama said he suggested they first issue the statement.

© 2008 The Associated Press.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sending Absentee Ballot Applications




What a shame! See below.

The story is all over Progressive Talk Radio today about the McCain campaign sending absentee ballot applications to registered democrats or people that have donated to Obama's campaign. These ballots are deliberately misleading and have postage paid return addresses that are for an election clerk that is outside of your city or town.

What this will end up doing is either having your vote not counted, or if you return one of these, they will cite you for election fraud, saying that you already voted absentee. These ballots are only being sent out in 'purple states' and this is a big deal. This is called voter caging, and is a huge problem.

The McCain campaign is stealing this election as we speak. Please get this information out to as many people as you can and tell anyone you know who has received one of these ballots that they need to contact their city election clerk or the supervisor of elections immediately. Also call the local media and let them know what is going on.

The main stream media is never going to cover this so we have to depend on our ground campaign to get the word out to our voters.


My Sweetheart, Aunt Sarah, is currently volunteering in the State of Florida for Obama's campaign-Cheech..

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

This email message was sent to me in love and appreciation for the voting process. Please read the message below and be advised about the voting regulations and use wisdom when you vote...

Although I have made up my mind of who I will vote for, this is a general message to everyone who believes in the power of voting and not just a particular candidate. Let's keep the ground level (follow policies and procedures) so everyone can participate and not one person be turned away from the polls.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

Message from a friend, see below...

"PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE ADVISE EVERYONE YOU KNOW THAT THEY ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT GO TO THE POLLS WEARING ANY OBAMA SHIRTS, PINS OR HATS, IT IS AGAINST THE LAW AND WILL BE GROUNDS TO HAVE THE POLLING OFFICIALS TO TURN YOU AWAY.

THAT IS CONSIDERED CAMPAIGNING AND NO ONE CAN CAMPAIGN WITHIN X AMOUNT OF FEET TO THE POLLS. THEY ARE BANKING ON US BEING EXCITED AND NOT BEING AWARE OF THIS LONG STANDING LAW THAT YOU CAN BET WILL BE ENFORCED THIS YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THEY ARE BANKING THAT IF ARE TURNED AWAY YOU WILL NOT GO HOME AND CHANGE YOUR CLOTHES.. PLEASE JUST DON'T WEAR OBAMA GEAR OF ANY SORTS TO THE POLLS!! PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION, OH AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WERE ALREADY AWARE THIS WAS NOT MEANT TO INSULT YOUR INTELLIGENCE. JUST TRYING TO COVER ALL GROUNDS."

Use wisdom my friends and family...


Cynthia Allen
VP/Compliance Officer
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

Emerson




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The Language of Race

"This is a damn shame but true"...TLW


Barack Obama,and John McCain

By BRENT STAPLES
Published: September 21, 2008
It was not that long ago that black people in the Deep South could be beaten or killed for seeking the right to vote, talking back to the wrong white man or failing to give way on the sidewalk. People of color who violated these and other proscriptions could be designated “uppity niggers” and subjected to acts of violence and intimidation that were meant to dissuade others from following their examples.

The term “uppity” was applied to affluent black people, who sometimes paid a horrific price for owning nicer homes, cars or more successful businesses than whites. Race-based wealth envy was a common trigger for burnings, lynchings and cataclysmic episodes of violence like the Tulsa race riot of 1921, in which a white mob nearly eradicated the prosperous black community of Greenwood.

Forms of eloquence and assertiveness that were viewed as laudable among whites were seen as positively mutinous when practiced by people of color. As such, black men and women who looked white people squarely in the eye — and argued with them about things that mattered — were declared a threat to the racial order and persecuted whenever possible.

This obsession with black subservience was based in nostalgia for slavery. No sane person would openly express such a sentiment today. But the discomfort with certain forms of black assertiveness is too deeply rooted in the national psyche — and the national language — to just disappear. It has been a persistent theme in the public discourse since Barack Obama became a plausible candidate for the presidency.

A blatant example surfaced earlier this month, when a Georgia Republican, Representative Lynn Westmoreland, described the Obamas as “uppity” in response to a reporter’s question. Mr. Westmoreland, who actually stood by the term when given a chance to retreat, later tried to excuse himself by saying that the dictionary definition carried no racial meaning. That seems implausible. Mr. Westmoreland is from the South, where the vernacular meaning of the word has always been clear.

The Jim Crow South institutionalized racial paternalism in its newspapers, which typically denied black adults the courtesy titles of Mr. and Mrs. — and reduced them to children by calling them by first names only. Representative Geoff Davis, Republican of Kentucky, succumbed to the old language earlier this year when describing what he viewed as Mr. Obama’s lack of preparedness to handle nuclear policy. “That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button,” he said.

In the Old South, black men and women who were competent, confident speakers on matters of importance were termed “disrespectful,” the implication being that all good Negroes bowed, scraped, grinned and deferred to their white betters.

In what is probably a harbinger of things to come, the McCain campaign has already run a commercial that carries a similar intimation, accusing Mr. Obama of being “disrespectful” to Sarah Palin. The argument is muted, but its racial antecedents are very clear.

The throwback references that have surfaced in the campaign suggest that Republicans are fighting on racial grounds, even when express references to race are not evident. In a replay of elections past, the G.O.P. will try to leverage racial ghosts and fears without getting its hands visibly dirty. The Democrats try to parry in customary ways.

Mr. Obama seems to understand that he is always an utterance away from a statement — or a phrase — that could transform him in a campaign ad from the affable, rational and racially ambiguous candidate into the archetypical angry black man who scares off the white vote. His caution is evident from the way he sifts and searches the language as he speaks, stepping around words that might push him into the danger zone.

These maneuvers are often painful to watch. The troubling part is that they are necessary.

Monday, September 22, 2008

THE KAPPA LEAGUE PROGRAM

THE KAPPA LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE-CHICAGO

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Martin begins his new role as senior analyst for the TJMS

Roland S. Martin for September 22, 2008


(Dallas, TX - September 22nd, 2008) - Roland Martin, a popular CNN analyst and TV One Cable Network commentator, has joined the Tom Joyner Morning Show as senior news analyst to the nation's No. 1 nationally syndicated urban radio show, company officials announced today. Martin's daily contribution can be heard every morning at 6:20 am CST. He will offer daily insight into major news events and other issues affecting Black America.

"I am excited to join The Tom Joyner Morning Show, which has been at the forefront of community advocacy in urban radio," said Martin. "As senior analyst, my goal is to bring clarity and a sense of purpose to the morning show's eight million listeners on the issues surrounding the current presidential election, but also provide a common sense perspective on the many other social and cultural issues of the day through interviews with top newsmakers, and occasionally commentary."

As one of Black America's most recognized journalists, just this year alone Martin has been named by Ebony Magazine as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States and won a NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for "In Conversation: The Sen. Barack Obama Interview." Martin was also named one of the top 50 political pundits by the Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom and was awarded the 2008 President's Award by the National Association of Black Journalists for his work in multiple media platforms.

"This is a time when people need to be challenged where they are on the issues, regardless of ideology, class, race and gender, and I intend to be honest and 'real' in every way possible," explains Martin.

A seasoned member of the press, Martin is the former executive editor/general manager of the Chicago Defender, the nation's largest Black daily newspaper, as well as the former founding news editor for Savoy Magazine and BlackAmericaWeb.com. He earned a B.S. in journalism from Texas A&M University and recently received a Masters in Christian Communications from Louisiana Baptist University.

Martin's segments can be heard on a local Tom Joyner Morning Show affiliate or online at BlackAmericaWeb.com (http://www.blackamericaweb.com). Also, reports will be available on demand on the "If You Missed It" page.

Additionally, Martin hosts his own talk show on WVON-AM/1690 in Chicago and is a special correspondent for Essence Magazine, writing a bi-monthly column and a daily blog on Essence.com. His last day at WVON will be Oct. 3, but until then, he will simulcast his Joyner segment on WVON and TJMS.

About the Tom Joyner Morning Show

The nation's # 1 syndicated urban morning show, which airs in over 115 markets reaching nearly 8 million listeners, has distinguished itself over the years as continuously giving back to its audience with quality programming, highly popular promotions, special events and philanthropy. Since 2004, Joyner has awarded millions to nearly 2,000 contest winners and his Foundation has raised more than $55 million to help keep students in historically black colleges and universities. The Morning Show with co-hosts Sybil Wilkes and J. Anthony Brown also features news analysis with Roland Martin and special issues reporting from Jacque Reid; political commentary Stephanie Robinson and Jeff Johnson; and celebrity news with Jawn Murray, as well as comedic observations and lifestyle tips from Sheryl Underwood, D.L. Hughley, and the Celebrity Snitch Huggy Lowdown. Joyner's website, BlackAmericaWeb.com, has more than 1.5 million registered users and delivers news with special reports by award winning journalists and exclusive political coverage as well as interactive elements with on demand audio.

For additional information, contact Maiya Hollie, Communications Manager, REACH Media, (972) 371-5851 or maiya.hollie@reachmediainc.com.



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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Making America Stupid



By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Published: September 13, 2008
Imagine for a minute that attending the Republican convention in St. Paul, sitting in a skybox overlooking the convention floor, were observers from Russia, Iran and Venezuela. And imagine for a minute what these observers would have been doing when Rudy Giuliani led the delegates in a chant of “drill, baby, drill!”


I’ll tell you what they would have been doing: the Russian, Iranian and Venezuelan observers would have been up out of their seats, exchanging high-fives and joining in the chant louder than anyone in the hall — “Yes! Yes! Drill, America, drill!” — because an America that is focused first and foremost on drilling for oil is an America more focused on feeding its oil habit than kicking it.

Why would Republicans, the party of business, want to focus our country on breathing life into a 19th-century technology — fossil fuels — rather than giving birth to a 21st-century technology — renewable energy? As I have argued before, it reminds me of someone who, on the eve of the I.T. revolution — on the eve of PCs and the Internet — is pounding the table for America to make more I.B.M. typewriters and carbon paper. “Typewriters, baby, typewriters.”

Of course, we’re going to need oil for many years, but instead of exalting that — with “drill, baby, drill” — why not throw all our energy into innovating a whole new industry of clean power with the mantra “invent, baby, invent?” That is what a party committed to “change” would really be doing. As they say in Texas: “If all you ever do is all you’ve ever done, then all you’ll ever get is all you ever got.”

I dwell on this issue because it is symbolic of the campaign that John McCain has decided to run. It’s a campaign now built on turning everything possible into a cultural wedge issue — including even energy policy, no matter how stupid it makes the voters and no matter how much it might weaken America.

I respected McCain’s willingness to support the troop surge in Iraq, even if it was going to cost him the Republican nomination. Now the same guy, who would not sell his soul to win his party’s nomination, is ready to sell every piece of his soul to win the presidency.

In order to disguise the fact that the core of his campaign is to continue the same Bush policies that have led 80 percent of the country to conclude we’re on the wrong track, McCain has decided to play the culture-war card. Obama may be a bit professorial, but at least he is trying to unite the country to face the real issues rather than divide us over cultural differences.

A Washington Post editorial on Thursday put it well: “On a day when the Congressional Budget Office warned of looming deficits and a grim economic outlook, when the stock market faltered even in the wake of the government’s rescue of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, when President Bush discussed the road ahead in Iraq and Afghanistan, on what did the campaign of Senator John McCain spend its energy? A conference call to denounce Senator Barack Obama for using the phrase ‘lipstick on a pig’ and a new television ad accusing the Democrat of wanting to teach kindergartners about sex before they learn to read.”

Some McCain supporters criticize Obama for not having the steel in his belly to use force in the dangerous world we live in today. Well I know this: In order to use force, you have to have force. In order to exercise leverage, you have to have leverage.

I don’t know how much steel is in Obama’s belly, but I do know that the issues he is focusing on in this campaign — improving education and health care, dealing with the deficit and forging a real energy policy based on building a whole new energy infrastructure — are the only way we can put steel back into America’s spine. McCain, alas, has abandoned those issues for the culture-war strategy.

Who cares how much steel John McCain has in his gut when the steel that today holds up our bridges, railroads, nuclear reactors and other infrastructure is rusting? McCain talks about how he would build dozens of nuclear power plants. Oh, really? They go for $10 billion a pop. Where is the money going to come from? From lowering taxes? From banning abortions? From borrowing more from China? From having Sarah Palin “reform” Washington — as if she has any more clue how to do that than the first 100 names in the D.C. phonebook?

Sorry, but there is no sustainable political/military power without economic power, and talking about one without the other is nonsense. Unless we make America the country most able to innovate, compete and win in the age of globalization, our leverage in the world will continue to slowly erode. Those are the issues this election needs to be about, because that is what the next four years need to be about.

There is no strong leader without a strong country. And posing as one, to use the current vernacular, is nothing more than putting lipstick on a pig.

Nicholas D. Kristof is off today.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Polls.....

hate to point fingers at the Media, but why is it that the Media speaks about the results of polls as if they reflect the voice of the American Public when the polls only reflect the opinions of approximately 1,000 persons that have been interviewed, with a +/- error rate?

The number of people polled are always reflected in print media, but are never shared during the Media's verbal (televised) descriptions of poll results. The Media's verbal description of the polls always give the impression that one party is winning (57%) and the other party is not (32%) with the undecided voters bringing up the rear (11%).

I would feel comfortable with the poll results if the sample population were larger (i.e.,100,000 plus, but not at 1,000 or less).

When do we get to the point where the Media gives full disclosure about the polls (i.e., they state how many people are interviewed for each poll and reflect those numbers, not only in their print, but in their verbal reports)?

So let's keep our wits about us and not get excited about the polls as they do not reflect reality. So, before you say, "But the Polls said. . .," check the number of people sampled.

Emma

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Check this out!"The ethics bill she offered was so incomplete"

ANCHORAGE -- Three years ago, when a Democratic state legislator tried to get bipartisan support for investigating charges of unethical conduct by a senior Republican official, only one member of the GOP answered the call: Sarah Palin.

Palin pursued the allegations -- as well as ethics charges against another top GOP official -- so vigorously that both had to leave office.

The public acclaim that followed helped propel her into the governor's office a year later with promises of reform and a more open, accountable government that would stand up to entrenched interests, including the big oil companies.


Yet a strange thing happened on the ethics issue once Palin became governor: She appeared to lose interest in completing the task of legislating comprehensive reform, some who supported the cleanup say.

The ethics bill she offered was so incomplete that its supporters had to undertake a significant rewrite. Moreover, when it came to building support for the bill, politicians in both parties say the new governor was often unaccountably absent from the fray.


And the seeming paradox of the ethics reform fight -- the combination of bold, even courageous readiness to take on a tough issue, coupled with a tendency to drift away from the nitty-gritty follow-through -- appears to be a recurrent theme of her record. Some lawmakers were so perplexed by her absence from a recent debate over sending oil rebate checks to Alaskans, for example, that they sported buttons at the state Capitol reading "Where's Sarah?"


A spokesman for the governor's office rejects such criticism. Bill McAllister, Palin's press secretary, said: "She has always been sufficiently informed and engaged. . . . In just two years in office, she accomplished more than most governors in their entire careers."

Even her critics credit Palin with a major role in pushing a state known for its relaxed approach to political ethics into a long-overdue housecleaning. And Palin has pushed hard to make oil companies pay more for access to the state's oil and gas reserves.

At the same time, she has fallen short of her proclaimed goals in other areas, especially concerning how she governs.


Her administration has not been marked by the transparency she promised: She invoked executive privilege in refusing to disclose information about one ethics case, and last week she moved to hobble a legislative inquiry into her role in the firing of a state public safety official.

Several legislators also say the governor's office is not a place for open debate: Palin does not tolerate much dissent, they say, sometimes cutting off relations with those deemed unhelpful or critical.

And she shows only marginal interest in crafting policy proposals and getting them passed, these critics say.


"Her ethics proposal had to be beefed up substantially with very basic additions," said state Rep. Les Gara, an Anchorage Democrat who tried to get the governor's attention on ethics and other issues.

It lacked such long-needed provisions as language making legislators subject to prosecution for bribery if they exchanged votes for campaign contributions. To Gara and to some others, including Republicans who have often supported the governor, their experience on the ethics bill has proven disconcertingly similar to their experience with Palin on other issues.


"When it comes to the real work of crafting policy, she's often not there," Gara said. He acknowledged her broad accomplishments, but added: "I don't know if she's disinterested in details or not comfortable with them, but the bottom line is: She is not truly a hands-on governor."

During the recent debate over how much of the state's annual oil royalties to rebate to the state's citizens in the form of individual checks -- a highly sensitive issue in Alaska -- Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature said Palin took little part in the final stages of the discussion.


In interviews, more than a dozen Alaska politicians described Palin as a master at burnishing her image and building a popular base. She won statewide applause for selling the state jet, rejecting a big security entourage while driving herself, and firing the chef at the executive mansion.


No one questions her readiness to fight for cleaner government either. After she agreed in 2005 to help Democratic legislator Eric Croft get an independent investigation of state Atty. Gen. Gregg Renkes, she immediately incurred the wrath of the party establishment. The same thing had happened a year earlier, when she raised conflict-of-interest allegations against the state GOP chairman, Randy Ruedrich, who had sat with her on the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

Palin was vindicated in both cases: Ruedrich resigned from the commission and paid a $12,000 ethics fine. The attorney general also resigned and received a reprimand.


A spokesman for Ruedrich and the state party said that the past was not a factor and that Ruedrich was backing the McCain-Palin ticket. Renkes could not be reached for comment.

Croft, who is running for mayor of Anchorage and backing the Barack Obama-Joe Biden ticket, said he was impressed with Palin's willingness to join him in the case involving the attorney general.

"She got it right away" and never backed down, Croft said. "Her sense was that this was wrong and that she had to speak out."

Many officials are less positive, however, about her record of working with the Legislature and running the state government.


Republican state Sen. Fred Dyson, a friend and fellow reformer who praises Palin for taking up the issue, acknowledged that she was not fully engaged in the details of the ethics bill and that some legislators had been rankled by her lack of engagement in other issues as well.

Still, he points out, her popularity in Alaska remains undiminished.


Other legislators say that the governor has been so focused on her own priorities that she has been unwilling to consider other significant matters -- including the state's poor ranking in providing health insurance to children. Alaska ranks near the bottom of the states in making children from lower-middle-income families eligible for a government insurance program.


She used the line-item veto this year to cut funding for $268 million in capital projects from spending bills, including money for a senior citizens center and batting cages for the Ketchikan Little League. At the same time, the Anchorage Daily News reported, she preserved $2 million for an academic conference highlighting arguments that global warming isn't threatening the survival of polar bears.

A former associate director of the governor's Washington office, Larry Persily, said that some of the governor's problems resulted from the fact that she "underestimated exponentially how much more complex state government is than the city of Wasilla."


Palin is smart but was "never deeply engaged," he said.

Though she had good instincts with the public, her approach to legislators and fellow elected officials was often counterproductive, he said. For example, he said, when she made a four-day visit to Washington in February, she did not meet with any members of the congressional delegation.

Similarly, when she reversed her campaign decision and finally killed the "bridge to nowhere," the much-ridiculed project to connect Ketchikan with the island airport that serves it, neither the mayor of the town nor the congressional delegation was notified in advance.


"When she makes a decision, she wants it executed immediately," Persily said. "In politics, sometimes 'immediately' is not the most productive way to do it."

But McAllister, the governor's press secretary, praised her attention to detail. He noted that during her second year in office, she met with legislators in groups of three to go over budget concerns for each district. "That shows her willingness to engage even at the level of minutiae," he said.


Republican Lyda Green, president of the Alaska Senate, who has clashed frequently with the governor, said: "It has been very difficult for her to accept 'no,' and after a 'no' was spoken, going forward after that amicably was very difficult. After that, you didn't get in. No conversations. She would very much slam you in her next press conference."

Green, who represents the Wasilla area, is retiring from the Legislature at the end of this year, citing the conflict she has had with Palin as one reason she's stepping down.

McAllister dismisses Green's criticism as "bitter personal resentment."


Palin has also stirred controversy over her abrupt firing of prominent officials. State legislators were upset earlier this year, for instance, when she dismissed the state's well-liked public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan.

The governor agreed to a legislative inquiry by an independent investigator who was going to probe whether Palin had abused her authority in seeking Monegan's precipitous dismissal. The Palins were angry because Monegan failed to fire a state trooper in the midst of a fierce custody battle the trooper was having with the governor's sister. For years, the governor and her family had complained that the trooper was abusive and dangerous.


Since being chosen as John McCain's running mate, however, Palin has started a legal maneuver to prevent that inquiry from going forward.

State Rep. Andrea Doll of Juneau, a Democrat, says she thinks the governor is learning from her mistakes. "One thing she learned is that you are not a lone ranger -- you can't go marching off, ignoring the people at the legislative front lines," she said. "To get something done, you need more than just the public applauding wildly."

tom.hamburger@latimes.com

kim.murphy@latimes.com

serena


Serena Williams celebrates her straight-set victory over Serbia's Jelena Jankovic in the U.S. Open women's final on Sunday.


NEW YORK -- A woman who at 17 won a U.S. Open and looked almost disbelieving won a U.S. Open at 26 Sunday night and commenced thoroughly hopping.

So this Serena Williams hopped and hopped and hopped, seven hops in all, her euphoria suggestive of the wait it took to attain it and the struggle of beating Jelena Jankovic to earn it.

"I'm sorry, I'm so excited," Williams told Jankovic as they hugged at the net after their stirring 6-4, 7-5 final that gave Williams her third U.S. Open title, her ninth Grand Slam singles title and, more poignantly, her first U.S. Open title since 2002 and her first Slam title since January 2007.


"I think this title meant more to Serena than any title Serena ever won," her father, mentor and co-coach, Richard Williams, said while leaning on a table just outside Arthur Ashe Stadium moments later. "I can't speak for her, but that's what I think."

Serena differed from that only slightly, deeming all nine Grand Slams special and speaking of aiming toward double digits, but said, "I'm so excited I can't even describe it," later adding, "I feel so young and I feel so energized."


The meaning certainly seemed palpable when Richard stepped out onto the court after a tense 2-hour 4-minute final, and Serena just about keeled over leaning into him for an embrace. It reflected her five-year struggle to return to No. 1, which she did with the win, and her woe over her Wimbledon final loss to her sister Venus, plus the strife of her tete-a-tete with the human backboard known as Jankovic.


As Jankovic graced her first Grand Slam final and won over New York with her serial smiling, she displayed her knack for running down just about every ball in creation. Williams' hitting partner Aleksander Bajin said that in emulating Jankovic in practice, "I was running . . . and just trying to get as many balls back as I could."

A harbinger of how the finalists would crush groundstrokes came early when Williams creamed a forehand and dropped an earring.


Repeatedly, the No. 2-ranked Jankovic would push Williams to toil, and repeatedly, Williams would reveal her reacquired knack for shutting off her error flow in the pivotal moments. She made 39 unforced errors to 22 for Jankovic, and also 44 winners to Jankovic's 15, but Williams grew airtight late in the second set, during which she faced four set points.

All the while, Richard Williams sat in the second row fretting, noticing how Serena couldn't push off from an infirm ankle and hoping Jankovic wouldn't notice and start hitting everything toward Williams' backhand.


Facing three set points while serving at 3-5 in the second set, Williams played three impenetrable points to get to deuce, and facing a set point while Jankovic served at 5-4, Williams caught a break when the Serbian double-faulted, the second fault flying long and looking so awkward it seemed burdened by the moment.

"I let it go," Jankovic said in a typically jovial news conference in which she dredged frequent laughs from the audience. Seeing as she had another double fault while serving for the set, she said, "I don't know. . . . I gave her a lot of gifts when it was crucial."


As for Williams, "I just got so positive," she said. "I was like, I really want to win, and all I have to do is break and hold, break and hold, break and hold . . ." In the end she won all 14 U.S. Open sets and fended off 14 set points, including 10 in her quarterfinal against Venus.

For an appreciative audience that occasionally gave standing ovations to two players who adore the moment -- Jankovic enjoyed gawking up at herself on the big video screen -- Williams presented a viewing of the bottomless will her father calls "unbelievable."


Finally, on Jankovic's serve, they played a two-deuce game in which Williams made one forehand error that looked simply exhausted. But the will kicked in, and she engaged Jankovic in an 11-shot rally on deuce that led to a Jankovic backhand into the net. On match point, 14 shots in all, Williams lined up a backhand that would end her wait for a Grand Slam title in her year of renewed labor and organization.

She mauled that thing cross-court for a clean winner that landed near the doubles line, and her racket went airborne, and she began to bounce at 26 in a way she didn't do even at 17.

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Happy Birthday Lo...



Thank you, friend, for all the things
That mean so much to me--
For concern and understanding
You give abundantly.
Thanks for listening with your heart;
For cheering me when I'm blue;
For bringing out the best in me;
And just for being you.
Thanks for in-depth conversation
That stimulates my brain;
For silly times we laugh out loud;
For things I can't explain.
For looking past my flaws and faults;
For all the time you spend;
For all the kind things that you do,
Thank you; thank you, friend.
By Joanna FuchsHappy Birthday Lo,Love Patrice

Is this crazy or what?! Leatha.. Thanks!

This sounds like something he would agree to. I imagine the only reason he agreed to sign this bill is b/c he would have used this option, had it been available to him back in the day! He's dumber than a box of rocks - I'm shocked he went to college at all!

Although it appears to be an alternative to not receiving one's high school diploma, it leaves a lot to be desired - It has no valuable benefit whatsoever! It would leave virtually anyone who chose to accept it, in the poverty line, on welfare, and with no hope for the future.


The 'Certificate of Completion or Attendance' that is being offered in lieu of high school diplomas, is a part of Bush's 'No Child Left Behind'.
This is how it works:
It is for students who are unable to pass both the Language Arts and Math portions of the 10th grade ISTEP. Students must take the same 10th grade test over in the 11th and 12th grades until they pass both portions. If they are unable to pass the 10th grade test by the 12th grade then they have two options:
1. Drop out and go to a GED p program or,
2. Accept a 'Certificate of Completion' - it is NOT a diploma.
Once a student accepts it, they cannot ever get a diploma or a GED. A
Certificate of completion means that a student can never (as long as they live):
1. Go to the armed services
2. Go to college
3. Go to trade school
4. Go to journeyman's school
5. Go to beauty school
6. Go to culinary arts school
7. Get a federal loan in their lifetime
This is the portion of NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND (2001) that Bush slipped in during the 2004 revision of the NCLB bill. It has not been publicized. At a high school in Indiana, in 2005, there were 87 seniors in the graduation class. Five got diplomas and 82 got 'Certificates of Completion'. This is being referred to as the 'Paper Plantation'. It is better for students to drop out and get into a GED program so they may seek other forms of education, later in life, if they desire to do so. All 50 states have 'Certificates of Completion or Attendance'.0D
http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/index.html

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Cindy McCain,adopted daughter, Bridget,


Cindy McCain arrives inside the arena Tuesday night with her adopted daughter, Bridget, at the start of the convention session.


What the Sam Hell! Is she Black? Ok,she's Indian... Cheech

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

What are the Republicans up to now?


What are the Republicans up to now? The Presidential election is beginning to resemble the farce of an election held in Illinois when Barack Obama ran for the Senate. If you recall Alan Keyes, who is a bona fide buffoon, was brought in from Baltimore to represent the Republican ticket. They would not run a white candidate. Now you have John Mc Cain who was struggling in the primary and all of a sudden his campaign was revitalized and he and he went on to beat a field of candidates who in my opinion were much more qualified. And what does he do, pick a VP running mate from Alaska with no experience. A woman who has served less than 2 years as Governor of Alaska and is a former mayor of a small town of less than 10,000 population. He couldn't find a with more qualifications? Especially if he was trying to attract Hillary's female supporters. For certain there are women in Congress who have better credentials. And what about Condoleesa Rice, who I think would have been a more formidable choice if they were serious. Why not a white male as a running mate? What are they really up to or are they throwing in the towel?


TLW

Monday, September 1, 2008

Palin's, 17 Year Old Daughter Pregnant


Bristol Palin, 17, holds her brother Trig during the campaign rally where Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain introduced Bristol and Trig's mom, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, as his vice presidential running mate in Dayton, Ohio, Friday, Aug. 29, 2008. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

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