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Hard Choices / Re: A choice for Ladies Only...
« on: April 28, 2010, 04:40:24 pm »
I suspect 50 would bore me into a stupor after just 20 minutes.[/color]

Ah yes, but what a 20 minutes it might be!

Hard Choices / Re: A choice for Ladies Only...
« on: April 28, 2010, 04:38:39 pm »
This ain't Hard at all!
Colin Powell of course!
Just because he looks stodgy and boring in uniform, doesn't mean he's not a freak in the bedroom!

Somehow, Secretary Powell being a "freak in the bedroom", never occurred to me!
Now I'm wondering what we just learned about you, Magic Wand??

Hard Choices / A choice for Ladies Only...
« on: April 28, 2010, 07:39:56 am »

Considering the ongoing debate about why successful black women can’t seem to find an adequate supply of men they consider to be marriage material, and Hard Choices postings like “Big Ass or Big Breasts”, here is a hard choice for ladies only.

Colin Powell (at age 35) or 50 Cent (at age 35).
Solid (arguably boring) marriage material vs. fun, exciting & unpredictable

Make a choice, be honest, and argue the merits.

In The News / Re: PIMPIN' AIN'T EASY
« on: April 26, 2010, 06:21:37 pm »
"Mama Pimp," 73, Pleads Guilty After Son Rats Out
Updated 3:15 PM EDT, Tue, Apr 20, 2010

A 73-year-old woman admitted today to  pimping in New Jersey today after being squealed on her own son.

Tecora Brown, pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution between April 2000 and December 2004 in Jersey City Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon. Prosecutors asked for probation of one to five years for Brown.

Brown's son, Allen E. Brown, aka "Prince," 48, pleaded guilty pleaded guilty to first-degree racketeering and second-degree theft by extortion on April 1in Superior Court. The state has recommended that he receive 20 years in prison.

Prince's plea required him to implicate his mother, who owned the Society Hill home he ran his prostitution ring out of. The son reportedly lured desperate girls into his web of sex for money with promises of "the good life" then forced them into prostitution.

The prostitution ring also included a niece and a nephew of Tecora Brown, authorities said.

I would not want to be “Prince” and on my way to prison for ratting out Momma Pimp.

First, ratting out one’s own mother can not be viewed, by fellow inmates, as a positive.

Second, after years in business, there’s a decent chance some of Momma Pimp’s clients, may be lunch buddies with Prince at his new cafeteria. Odds are, one or more of Prince’s new (former client) lunch buddies, may be displeased with the prospect of needing to find a new source of comfort when they get out…

I’m just sayin… if my mom takes up pimpin, here secret dies with me!

Hmmm, a pretty heavy (no pun intended) choice, ala “Sophie’s Choice”.

In 2010 America, a time of hope and change, in the land of plenty, why would anyone subject themselves to making such a choice? Stay optimistic – you can have it all!

what a cop out.
choose bruh.
make the choice of a new generation

I’ve studied architecture enough to know that the laws of physics don’t allow a cantilevered condition to continue to exist with out a proportionally weighted counterbalance.  ;)

:o, didnt even know that this man did all of this other stuff. Whenever he is mention it is only about his work on peanuts. I wish he would had live longer to finish the research he was doing for Ford. I am also surprise that he helped out white farmers as well.

He had to be a lot more about his work than about hating or revenge. I doubt he thought about “helping out white farmers” He had a plethora of reasons to hate, but he helped people regardless of color. He deserves more ink in our history books.

I can’t believe it wasn’t common knowledge that he was only serving 2 days a week! What kind of punishment, if any, is that?

Afro Samurai, you called him a “dead man walking”. If he has been out, and about, 5 days a week, I would have thought he would have left us long ago. Certainly, many people must have known that he was out. Seems like there has to be a lot more to this than what has been reported so far.

Hmmm, a pretty heavy (no pun intended) choice, ala “Sophie’s Choice”.

In 2010 America, a time of hope and change, in the land of plenty, why would anyone subject themselves to making such a choice? Stay optimistic – you can have it all!

After I posted a smart-alecky reply suggesting putting comic books in churches, I listened to the ABC piece.

I was struck by how bitter and angry Sherri Shephard sounded.

Not many things turn a man off, more than a woman who directs anger at him. This may fall under the proverbial chicken and egg example, but being angry at men, who you want to fall in love with and marry, is hurting your cause.

Not sure how you turn the ship around, but men respond to kindness and appreciation that is given with out a quid pro quo attitude.

When I look around church, I see 90% women. Judging by the posts on Hudlin Entertainment Forum, I’d bet comic book stores are 90% men.

…put some comic books in churches. Problem solved!

Finance / Re: If I could only own one stock...
« on: April 22, 2010, 02:24:04 pm »

I respect your choice of Google as the stock to own, if you could only have one. A year ago, I might have even agreed with you. Lately, Google has been swinging for the fences and one, or some, of those cuts might make it the ultimate winner. But today, Apple is executing like nobody's business!

The good news is you can own both GOOG & AAPL, sit back, watch and enjoy the race.

If you are a buyer of Google, I'd bet you can be patient and buy it between $520 - $530/share in the near future.

One more to add to your list of potential ultimate stocks is Intel (INTC). It is trading at $23.80 and I wouldn't be surprised to see it trading in the $40's this year.

George Washington Carver's Rise
Posted 04/21/2010 04:38 PM ET

Carver was born a slave in 1864 in Missouri, studied botany at Iowa State and spent 47 years focusing on farming techniques at Tuskegee. AP View Enlarged Image
George Washington Carver knew the value of an education.

Born a slave, he studied hard and saved his money so he could go to college.

And when Highland College in Kansas accepted him in 1885, he was delighted.

But there was a problem.

Highland College thought he was white. When a black man showed up to start his higher education, the door was closed.

Fortunately, Carver also knew the value of perseverance. He wouldn't give up, and it's a good thing he didn't. The future professor and inventor's work can be tasted in peanut butter.

Though he applied for just three patents — a peanut-based pomade and two for a type of paint and stain — he laid the foundation for 300 other products, including axle grease, buttermilk, adhesives, bleach, chili sauce, instant coffee, mayonnaise, plastics, shaving cream and synthetic rubber.

"George Washington Carver undoubtedly changed the world," said Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, an agriculture history professor at Iowa State.

Carver's Keys
•Laid the basis for 300 products, including axle grease.
•"There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation — veneer isn't worth anything."
The Start

By many accounts, Carver was born in 1864 in Missouri to a widow.

His family ran away from its owners, the Carvers, when George was a week old. Night raiders caught up to little George, his mother and his sister and sold them back into slavery.

The Carvers wanted the family back but could find only George and bought him back, leaving him separated from his mother, says Lisbeth Gant-Britton, author of the textbook "African American History." The Carvers then taught him how to read and encouraged his interest in agriculture. After the Highland College rejection, Carver roamed until he landed in Winterset, Iowa. There he built up the courage to give college a second try, this time becoming the first black student at Simpson College in nearby Indianola.

By now, 1894, he was 30 and had been farming for himself.

But farming wasn't all he was doing. He was researching and collecting data that would push him to the top of his class, says Gant-Britton, an administrator at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Carver knew what he wanted to study. His passion was agriculture. But Simpson College focused more on the arts. So he switched schools, entering the Iowa State College of Agriculture & Mechanic Arts.

There he studied botany. Low on savings, he supported himself by doing his classmate's laundry.

The wall of racism hadn't fallen, but he climbed it by helping out any student struggling with studies. One good deed particularly paid off with links to the top, since the tutoring recipient was Henry Wallace, who decades later would become FDR's agriculture secretary and vice president.
Posted 04/21/2010 04:38 PM ET

Once Carver graduated in 1894, his hunger for knowledge continued. Now he pursued a master's degree, zeroing in on fungus infections of crops. Even after achieving his master's, he stayed in education, this time teaching at the future Tuskegee University in Alabama.

Carver kept a hand in the college arena throughout his 47-year career. He taught former slaves farming techniques in order to be self-sufficient.

He also taught white farmers how to better use their land.

"He believed education to be the golden door of freedom," David Vaught, a history professor at Texas A&M University, told IBD. "He sought to aid farmers with practical agricultural research and advice. But most rural people who went to college in the early 20th century, including African-American students at Tuskegee, saw education primarily as a means to escape the farm."

In his push to help poor farmers, Carver saw that what plagued them was low-quality soil. That made trying to grow food formidable.

Carver knew this wasn't because of the soil itself, but due to how people treated the earth. For years, Southern farmers tilled the ground to grow cotton and cotton only. And cotton plants sucked nutrients out of the soil without replacing them.

Carver figured out a solution: crop rotation. He urged farmers to alternate produce and try growing sweet potatoes or legumes such as peanuts and soybeans instead of cotton.

With new crops came new uses.

Still at Tuskegee but now a national figure, he became the go-to guy on agriculture, especially peanuts.

In 1920, white farmers lobbied Washington to complain that they were being undercut by farmers in China.

When they needed an advocate to speak to Congress, whom did they pick? Carver.

"Here come a bunch of Southern senators, and they're looking at a well-dressed, well-mannered black man. They didn't know what to make of him," Gant-Britton said. "At first, they didn't want to talk to him. They said, 'OK, we'll give you 10 minutes.'Since he was speaking for the whole peanut industry, he needed more time than that. When his 10 minutes expired, he had the wary senators on his side. They give him another 10, then another 10. He essentially gave them a university lecture and stopped only when he was ready."

The peanut industry had the right man. By 1921, it had its desired tariff.

Line To The White House

Later in the decade, President Coolidge called on Carver for agriculture advice, as Theodore Roosevelt had and Franklin Roosevelt would in the 1930s.

Carver was more than a peanut expert, as fellow innovator Henry Ford discovered.

By 1942, five years after they met at a conference, Ford had recruited Carver to figure out how to use soybean oil to help run engines as America faced shortages amid World War II.

In 1943, in the infancy of his work with Ford, Carver died.

"Just imagine if he had lived long enough to (finish) his research with Ford," Gant-Britton said. "The world would have an even bigger Carver thumbprint on it."

« on: April 22, 2010, 06:57:46 am »
The “tech bubble” was a classic study in human nature. Remember Alan Greenspan coining the phrase “irrational exuberance”?

In the early 1600’s, there was a parallel to the tech bubble; the Dutch Tulip Bubble (really!). In 1637, the market for tulip bulbs got so overheated that a single tulip bulb could be sold for more than ten times the annual income of a typical Dutch worker. The frantic market for tulip bulbs got so crazy that tulip bulbs were traded like stocks. It got so extreme that futures contracts were even created for tulip bulbs (think Goldman Sachs today).

What we think of as the tech bubble, was really no different from the tulip mania of the early 17th century. It had less to do with tech and more to do with hysterical demand for stocks. At the height of the tech bubble, stocks of “tech” companies were gobbled up by speculators, and would be speculators, at prices with no basis in reality. People bought tulip bulbs in the 1600’s and tech stocks in 1999, because they believed the prices would continue their wild asscent, and they would profit.

The trajectory of the tech bubble was the same as the tulip bubble, the housing bubble, and dozens of other historical examples.

As far as bringing lost jobs back to the United States, you are right, it is more complicated than just cutting taxes. Some jobs are never coming back – think steel workers. Tax cuts can’t level the playing field between US workers and competing labor in emerging markets, but they can bring back jobs on the margin. And more importantly, tax cuts can spur innovation that creates new jobs (think green energy).

At the end of the day, Friedman’s premise is right; Obama has momentum coming off the health care vote. My hope is that our President will use that momentum to fix the economy. If he does that first, he will have enough momentum to pass the remainder of his agenda, more easily than you could have sold tulip bulbs in January of 1637 (the month before the bubble burst).

Finance / Re: If I could only own one stock...
« on: April 21, 2010, 03:31:45 pm »
Thanks man.

So is this essentially what you are saying: the hours I’ve poured over charts, financials, and annual reports, achieved the exact same result as your “feeling”?

Just kidding

« on: April 21, 2010, 10:16:50 am »
Real jobs, sustainable jobs, come from innovation and economic expansion. Government spending on programs like WPA, or cash for clunkers is a short term solution to a longer term problem.

There are times, when government needs to step in with spending/programs to pull the economy from a spiraling free fall. But with the economy now relatively stable (compared to 18 months ago), the focus has to be on private sector job creation.

For the government to spend a dollar, they have to collect it in taxes, or borrow it - to be repaid with future tax revenues. President Obama’s chair of his council of economic advisors, Christina Romer, recently completed a study that shows, for one dollar collected in taxes, three dollars is taken out of private sector spending. So increasing taxes, to increase spending, could throw our already precarious economy, deeper into recession. In my opinion, the risk associated with this type of solution is too high.

The Obama administration has correctly pushed for hiring tax credits. Those credits can be expanded and tailored to encourage expansion of specific sectors of the economy (high paying, forward looking jobs), but it is unlikely that, significant, industry specific credits would work or be politically feasible.

As unpopular as it is, lower marginal tax rates for businesses and entrepreneurs is the solution with the highest likelihood of sustainable success.

The rate of unemployment + discouraged workers no longer looking for work + part time workers who want to work full time, is over 17% nationally. For African Americans, that number is way north of 20%!

Until those folks are working in real jobs, that will be there long after the completion of next WPA(like) project, the economy ain’t fixed! That kind of sustainable economic health will have to come from a vibrant growing private sector.

So the answer to your question, “… how should he go about it?” is - encourage private sector hiring & growth, through policies and lower taxes, that bring off-shore jobs back to the US, stimulate innovation, filing of new patents, etc.

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