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The world as it unfolds - told from an African American woman's perspective...

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Hodgepodge

I simply think Harriet Miers is a ruse.

The Patrick Fitzgerald investigations make me wonder who the Bush Regime pissed off. They are plucking off the Lieutenants and Generals surrounding the chiefs. It's as if someone said, you are not in charge, we are and you will feel our power through these investigations. Already, Scooter Libby and Tom DeLay both have been indicted, while Bill Frist is being investigated for insider trading.

Who will be next? What about Rove, the man they call Bush's brain?

What about the culpability of Bush? Excerpt from Truthout: Legally, there’s no significant difference between the fraud perpetrated by Enron CEO Ken Lay and the prewar intelligence fraud perpetrated by George W. Bush. Both involved persons in authority who used half-truths and recklessly false statements to manipulate people who trusted them. The difference is this - the presidential fraud is wider in scope and far graver in its consequences than the Enron fraud.

What about Cheney? I know there are rumors floating around about his resignation, but shouldn't he be indicted too and sentenced to jail?

While Americans are being preoccupied by the Bush Regime, we are still feeling the economic impact from Katrina, Rita, and now Wilma.

We are being gouged by the Big 5 oil companies. They made a $364 million profit, when gas prices peaked over the summer. Quarterly results from Exxon Mobil Corp., BP Group, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron Corp. and ConocoPhillips, show a $32.8 billion in net income in the three months ending Sept. 30, according to Marketwatch. The industry's profits are now so bloated that they're becoming problematic. Big-oil behemoths are making out like bandits, while the average American family is getting killed by high gas prices, and soon-to-be record heating oil prices.

We are facing rising insurance (health, auto and homeowners) and other basic utilities costs, while the US is embroiled in the corruption from the White House.

Finally, lest not forget about the environmental impact of our actions. The government should take into consideration the impact on the environment of waste removal. Surely, the hidden life of garbage is having an adverse effect upon global warming. This year alone, there have been 23 named storms and the Republicans are having a hard time believing that there may be a connection between the frequency and the severity of hurricanes and global warming in spite of mounting evidence (National Geographic and Science) that hurricanes around the world are intensifying and perhaps being driven by global warming.

The corruption and abuses continue while we watch the circus...

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

What about the Chicago White Sox

White Sox sweep World Series. The first World Series for the Sox since 1917. Go Sox!!!

Chicago has a serious class problem (Northside vs. Southside). The affluent whites on the Northside support mainly the Cubs while the less affluent whites on the Southside support both teams from what I understand. And, well blacks, they are just happy to be moving on up to the Southside.

Can you believe that Mayor Daley had to urge all residents of Chicago to support the White Sox because of this silly class war? He had to remind them that the White Sox is a Chicago team and everyone should support them and be happy for their success.

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Monday, October 24, 2005

Civil Rights Pioneer Rosa Parks Dies at 92

A legend is gone.

Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man sparked the modern civil rights movement died today at 92.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

White House Watch: Cheney resignation rumors fly

This is an interesting development, "Condi as the new Veep"

Sparked by today's Washington Post story that suggests Vice President Cheney's office is involved in the Plame-CIA spy link investigation, government officials and advisers passed around rumors that the vice president might step aside and that President Bush would elevate Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise...

I heard an interview with Farrakhan last Sunday on the Cliff Kelly show (WVAZ - V103) about how black ministers from the black mega churches were called to the White House and given a mandate to distance themselves from Farrakhan and the Million More Movement. I guess when you are taking money from the Christian Right, being controlled by them is expected of you. Interestingly, these same ministers were also given a mandate to concentrate their efforts on spreading Christianity to their African brothers and sisters on the continent to prevent 1) the spread of Islam and 2) to stop the Al-Qaeda movement. I guess one can conclude that Africans are going to be the next victims in this fictitious fight against terrorism and the spread of democracy.

At this time, I should mention that the Cliff Kelly show was cancelled on V103 after interviewing Farrakhan just like the Arsenio Hall show was cancelled after Arsenio had Farrakhan as a guest on his show. Do you think powerful people are against little ol' Farrakhan?

The biggest surprise is this - the Catholic Church finally admits what many of us knew - that everything in the bible is not the absolute truth of God. It's interesting to note that although the Catholic Church can no longer swear that the bible holds the "absolute truth" on all issues especially that creation story, which proponents of ID are trying to teach as an absolute truth in schools, the President of this good ol' US of A wants this type of nonsense to be used as a tool to subdue Africans. I can only guess that this whole religious thing is about control, on the one hand, you have the Arabs' dogma in the form of Islam, on the other hand, you have the Europeans' dogma in the form of Christianity vying for control of the African psyche. Either way, we as African people should be ashamed to be controlled by other people's stories/fables, especially in light of everything that has been done to us in the names of those religions. No wonder we are out of our friggin African minds!!!

All in all, I guess the leaders of the Catholic Church deserves a hat tip on this one. I wonder if the leaders of the Islamic faith will ever have the decency to face up to the lies in the Qur'an. Lies, lies, and more lies have always been told and will continue to be told to control unsuspecting victims.

The moral of this story is - if some of the stories in the bible are untrue, then one has to suspect everything else contained within its pages.

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Sunday, October 02, 2005

New Deal, Raw Deal - How Aid Became Affirmative Action for Whites

Hurricane Katrina's violent winds and waters tore away the shrouds that ordinarily mask the country's racial pattern of poverty and neglect. Understandably, most commentators have focused on the woeful federal response. Others, taking a longer view, yearn for a burst of activism patterned on the New Deal. But that nostalgia requires a heavy dose of historical amnesia. It also misses the chance to come to terms with how the federal government in the 1930s and 1940s contributed to the persistence of two Americas.

It was during the administrations of Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman that such great progressive policies as Social Security, protective labor laws and the GI Bill were adopted. But with them came something else that was quite destructive for the nation: what I have called "Affirmative Action For Whites." During Jim Crow's last hurrah in the 1930s and 1940s, when southern members of Congress controlled the gateways to legislation, policy decisions dealing with welfare, work and war either excluded the vast majority of African Americans or treated them differently from others.

Between 1945 and 1955, the federal government transferred more than $100 billion to support retirement programs and fashion opportunities for job skills, education, homeownership and small-business formation. Together, these domestic programs dramatically reshaped the country's social structure by creating a modern, well-schooled, homeowning middle class. At no other time in American history had so much money and so many resources been targeted at the generation completing its education, entering the workforce and forming families.

But most blacks were left out of all this... Southern members of Congress used occupational exclusions and took advantage of American federalism to ensure that national policies would not disturb their region's racial order.

This is unsettling history, especially for those of us who keenly admire the New Deal and the Fair Deal. At the very moment a wide array of public policies were providing most white Americans with valuable tools to gain protection in their old age, good jobs, economic security, assets and middle-class status, black Americans were mainly left to fend for themselves. Link

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