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Vox Populi / Musings
« on: December 02, 2007, 08:13:45 am »
So it's 1988, the end of Reagan and the Democrat nominee is high in the polls. At the Democrat convention I remember so well he had the smile of coronation. Maybe I had the same smile BUT I remember it clearly on him that day, that night: Dukakis, the next President of the United States of America.

There was the mandatory debate with the anchors of several networks, and for the first time CNN was there and represented by Bernard Shaw the first REAL Black news anchor at the newly respected CNN. So it was Mr. Shaw's turn to ask a question of Mr. Dukakis. It was at the beginning of the debate and hey: Black guy from the Turner network asking the Democrat the question. What could be easier. The smile on my face was "knowing". And then Bernard spoke. On global or national affairs? No, what Bernard said next would be in the papers for weeks and firmly place CNN into respectability:

"Governor Dukakis, if your wife were attacked, what would you do?"

The smile evaporated from my face followed by the thought of 'What right does he have to ask that question!!!! Now with a scowl, I anxiously awaited for our little Mr. Shaw to ask the Republican a similar question...He didn't, how unfair. I still feel a tinge of sadness to this day at how Dukakis fumbled at the question. His numbers fell like a dollar bill in the southern part of Canada. The Willie Horton thing...and that cursed tank!!! )-:

The President above all things must be prepared for surprises.


PS: This is similar to another thread, but CNN specifically is being criticized rather hard...I wanted to speak to that.

Vox Populi / Obama/Muslim...Public?
« on: November 28, 2007, 03:47:30 am »
There are rumurs and reports of reports that Barack Obama is a Muslim. To me it's no big deal, I have a very close friend who is in the "community" BUT in certain Red States it gives them another reason to write off everything north of the Mason-Dixon line.

But here's the kicker...

As you may know John McCain fell victim in the 2000 election in South Carolina that he had a "Black love child". To date everyone denies this ever happened and to date no one ever made this "Black love child" claim in was all just rumors, fliers left on cars, and "polling questions" but no one ever made the claim in public.

Just who, what and where is making the Obama/Muslim claims in PUBLIC?

Sports Talk / Eagles Are Here
« on: November 26, 2007, 09:03:25 am »
Yesterday was a rare football day for me. First there was the Chicago/Denver game. I chanced upon it looking for the Eagles game but then couldn't turn away after they were literally going blow for blow. Then the Eagles came on. I merely wanted to see how they would engineer another massive loss and was almost torn away by 60 Minutes and their credit card report and the Eagles (Rock and Roll band...The Eagles are GOOD: Hotel California...CLASSIC!!!!! Their hatred for each other: Legendary) interview. Clicking over to the Eagles football game I saw they were down 7-0 early in the first quarter, the massive loss had begun. Flipping back to 60 Minutes they still hadn't started either the credit card report or the rock and roll interview. When I turned back to my MASSIVE surprise the score was 7-7.

Final: 28-31

As a Philadelphian, this was one of the most satisfying losses of all time.


Vox Populi / The New Pew/Juan Williams
« on: November 15, 2007, 03:31:02 am »

Well there is a new Pew poll concerning "Black Unity". The thing I noted from Juan Williams opinion of this poll is that the overwhelming majority of Blacks still see "racism" as a factor in their lives. Beyond that there is a noticeable split between the "upper classes" and the "poor" folk, along the lines of 'boot straps' and "I am owed".

Hard Choices / To Sue or Not to Sue?
« on: November 12, 2007, 05:15:20 am »
I think I have an opportunity to sue my dentist. They were sloppy and it left me in some pain, that probably has to be surgically (oral and minor) resolved.

Should I sue? Maybe I can win 50K.

Vox Populi / The Philly "10,000: Thing
« on: October 22, 2007, 02:19:05 pm »
You may of heard that the Black police commisioner, Sylvester Johnson (It should be noted that he is a muslim) called for 10,000 men to stop the crime in the inner-city. Yesterday there was quote/unquote meeting for these 10,000 men to concgregate. At the last minute I was persuaded to go by a phone call. It was massive there at the Liaquoras Center on North Broad and the crowd could claim the 10,000 that many thought that many men wouldn't show up. Naturally such events are very peaceful right down to the obligatory "hug the brother next to you" next to you: Routine.

I was looking for leadership, either from a good committee or an exceptional individual. I stayed until congressman Bob Bradley spoke which was after Sylvester Johnson and Mayor John Street. I registered, left my e-mail, address and phone number.

I did the voter registration thing after the MMM...We'll see.

Vox Populi / The "Cough Syrup" Thing
« on: October 20, 2007, 04:52:47 am »

There is a chapter in my life when I hooked up with this guy from Houston...Back in the days when I was going to be a drug selling millionaire in the Army...Too funny, I know. We're talking Jimmy Carter days before the hostage/Iran thing happened. We were at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and took a drive to Houston to "score" and while there he introduced me to a concept I had never heard of before in my life: Using cough syrup as "drugs". Anyway he ripped me off. I later heard, second hand as he was later in jail, that he said it was like "I wanted to get ripped-off"...But that was a chapter in my life that introduced me to the concept of Syrup drugs. So odd to hear of a rapper dying perhaps from abuse of cough syrup.

I digress to a large degree...but for me there is a connection.

This week they are pulling "baby medications" off the shelf. Medications people have been using for years, at the same time as childhood diabetes and ashma rates took an upswing. I remember when my 16 year old kid was as infant/baby the doctor would tell us to get cough syrup but the instructions were so conflicting. It would say for 18 month old babies but the fine print said 'so many' pounds which my kid didn't fit and I doubted if any normal 18 month baby would fit: Perplexed!....Today we are told that the whole THEORY of giving these medications was flawed. A system of "perfection", worthless and, in all probability, damaging.

Ni**ers knew it was dope all along.

Time and time again so many THEORIES prove flawed.,4670,StaphInfections,00.html

In The News / Clarence Thomas
« on: October 07, 2007, 07:04:48 am »

As you may know Clarence Thomas has been making the rounds with his book since last week's 60 Minutes show.

Need I say more, but I digress.

The first thing that hit me last week was his stance on Abortion. His whole argument was that the word "Abortion" was not in the Constitution.

It hurts even to look at Clarence Thomas.

Sports Talk / The Phillies Are Gone
« on: October 06, 2007, 11:10:25 pm »
I don't see too many comic book/Gamer/BET types at the Ballpark and I imagine that most reading this find baseball to be boring but at this moment, about an hour ago, the Phillies' baseball season came to an end against the hottest team in baseball (17 of their last 18 hames).

Every year I make between 10-20 games at the ball park and was at what proved to be their last win on September 30th. The closest I could explain it is that it's like fishing where you can sit for an hour or two and then BAM, GRAND SLAM HOME RUN. From one perspective with this loss, next year's tickets won't go up as much and the stadium won't be overcrowded, thus I can go on a whim and not worry about perpetual sell-outs. Yet from another perspective it would of been nice if "my" team could win it all. (I never respected the Sixers. The Eagles never were "exciting" to me. Their best running back was the quarterback, Randle Cunningham. And hockey, well....)

The Phillies are the oldest team in baseball and have only won one World Series, and even that was kinda late in the game. They so mirror me.

I figure that when I hit the Lotto, I'll buy season tickets, guurantee my seats and then they'll win 4 of the next five World Series...That's what I figure.

In The News / "Blackwater"
« on: October 06, 2007, 10:06:17 pm »
Blackwater / Whitewater...It's too good to be true.

If you were a writer in hollywood right after Clinton left office in 2000/2001 and you presented to a producer a story about a (Republican?) scandal called "Blackwater" you would of been laughed out of hollywood.


Vox Populi / Every Man For Himself
« on: October 06, 2007, 04:54:47 am »
Back on a Wednesday morning in November of 1994 I sat on my bed sad and in deep thought. The night before the Republicans had won every election in sight (With one BIG exception, more on that later.) Clinton had just lost his battle for universal health care and on the new 24 hour news cycle of TV the Republican message seemed to make the "liberal" Democrats look like idiots, but I never expected that the Republicans would win EVERYTHING. But on that election day in November, 1994 that's just what they did. From dogcatcher to Senator and thanks goodness there wasn't a Presidential election that year. I clearly remember sitting on my bed the following Wednesday morning there in East Orange, NJ wondering if my political philosophy was wrong. After all even I realized that the lifetime welfare policies were robbing many around me from developing a sense of self worth, self esteem and self motivation. But I also realized that even though there were more Whites on welfare than Blacks, I knew that on a percentage basis it was destroying the ghetto far more than it was detroying trailer parks. I also knew that the main target of these newly elected Republicans was the ghetto and not the trailer parks. Still I was sad that it would be a Republican Congress inspired by Ronald Reagan that would solve this "Welfare" problem and not the believers of Franklin Roosevelt. And above all else everything that the Republicans said back there in 1994 made sense, as much as I hated to admit it. I sat on that bed wondering why was I a Democrat. Was it time to jump on the Republican bandwagon? Democrat/Republican? I could find no defense for the Democrats...Then it hit me.

I will NEVER believe in a world of "Every man, city, state and nation for itself"..."Every Man For Himself".

With that one thought I have stood down every conservative argument I have confronted since 1994, often without articulating my main theme of "Every Man For Himself"...(Themes are funny like that). In light of this massive defeat for Progressives, (Though "liberal" is no longer a bad word), Bill Clinton was still able to stand down the conservatives in the first post election battle when the government was shut down less than a year later and while the conservatives were "heady" with their 1994 victory their cockiness led them to presidential defeat in 1996 and Clinton showed Democrats that in spite of the political defeats that would continue until 2006 there was no shame in saying that "I am a Democrat."

When the thought hit that I would "never believe in a world of every man for himself" I immediately called every identifiable Democrat I could find in the phone book to share with them on that Wednesday morning of defeat my new insight. Of course I only reached the clerks, receptionists and secretaries almost all of whom had no clue what I was talking about. Except for one who actually said "Thank you, I appreciate that." She and she alone understood what I was trying to say on the day that Democrats lost control of Congress for the first time in 50 years. The majority of those I spoke to reacted as if I were crazy and they went on to lose every election for the next 12 years. Then I heard perhaps the most articulate Democratic spokesman of the last 15 years, Barack Obama, speak little than a year ago and he said word for word "Every Man For Himself." It was the beginning of a new day for Democrats. I am proud that I can produce message boards that show I have been saying those words for years but once Obama said it, the Democrats woke up and now Republicans are stuck with "None of the above".

1994 was the lowest turnout for Black voters since they started keeping such records in the early 1960's...There was one exception, Virginia. There the Democrat candidate for the US senate was a political enemy of Douglas Wilder who had refused to support or endorse him. At the last minute though Wilder threw his support behind the Democrat candidate and Blacks, unlike anywhere else in America that year, turned out in droves and defeated perhaps the most famous of all Republicans running for office that day in 1994: Oliver North.

General Discussion / The Conservative "LOL"
« on: October 06, 2007, 04:11:36 am »
There was a great column in the New York Times concerning the "LOL" mentality that many conservatives use as their last reserve of logic. Apparently it is a mentality that started with Ronald Reagan.

In The News / Surprise (NOT): Marion Jones
« on: October 04, 2007, 05:20:15 pm »
Marion Jones is said to be admitting her steroid use tomorrow...I think her marriage to the Shot Put guy was a sham too.,2933,299501,00.html

I never had a warm fuzzy feeling with her.

Vox Populi / Most Conservatve Forum
« on: September 28, 2007, 12:40:54 pm »
In the search for good political conversation I stumbled across the most conservative forum I have ever seen. It is supposed to be open as it is sponsored by the newspapers in Alabama but I routinely get kicked off. This site has taught me a conservative mindset that is shocking, yet explains why the South can't be dis-lodged from the Red States.

I often go under the handle GOPXXX (Which is often booted)as they have booted my TanksleyD handle weeks ago and quickly boot anything that looks like it.

I thing I learned is that there is amindset of Conservatives who take the technical definitions of Democracy and Republican to heart with a logic like people are too dumb to vote in pure Domocracies and need smart representives to vote for them in a Republic. There are a couple of other beliefs that I find very interesting but number one, in my opinion, is "I don't want my tax dollars spent on THEM".

Vox Populi / Racism In Brazil
« on: September 04, 2007, 07:11:57 pm »
I just saw a show called "Wide Angle" on PBS. The subject was a new Affirmative Action law just put into place in Brazil this past year...The issues are COMPLEX. First of all people acknowledge that Blacks (Afro-Brazilians) make up as much as 54% of the population. Yet this is complicated by the fact that many years ago Brazil outlawed racial classifications and so much of the population is highly mixed with Indians, Europeans (Portuguese) and Africans. What is clear and forced the need for Affirmative Action is that the higher up you go in all aspects of Brazilian society the lighter and whiter it becomes. The media for instance is almost all light/White as is Brazil's national legislature. This year with Affirmative Action Brazilian public universities admitted more acknowledged Blacks than at any time in their history. There are so many different factors; there are obvious people of "majority" African decent who don't want to be officially labled as Black, there are identical twin brothers with one classified as Black the other classified as White.


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