Tuesday, February 24, 2009

"Give Us Hope For The Days Ahead"

The most important message President Obama can give tonight is a message that everything will be alright.

The American people know that we are headed for hard times. We know that it isn't going to be easy. As the late Martin Luther King, Jr. once said we "difficult days ahead" of us.

Now we need, I need for my President to say, "It's okay. We're going to get through this together." No matter how long it takes we as a Nation will survive!
Give me hope to believe!
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"and we are not saved..."

Friday, February 20, 2009

CENSORSHIP OVER CARTOON


I recently had two stories yanked from the internet posting news site iReport owned by CNN.

On Thursday, February 19, I wrote two commentaries “Monkey Business” and “Double Standard” both appearing on this site accompanied by three pictures.
One picture was the now infamous New York Post cartoon of a chimpanzee being shot and another picture of a monkey with President Barack Obama's face (widely circulated on the internet). Needless to say the story was pulled. Why? I was told the second picture might have been the reason.

Yet on the same day I posted a picture of former President George Bush and a comparison to chimps. This story was removed but later replaced. Interesting.
Perhaps I should be ashamed for my apparent transgression, but I am not. You may not agree with me, but I have the right to say what I will and if iReport does not select what it publishes my stories should not have been removed or censored. After all, the powers that be have the withal to add advisor labels to anything story deemed offensive, but my story wasn't offensive.

So my question is: Were the stories removed because they were offensive (including the pictures)? Or were they removed out of fear that CNN headquarters in Atlanta would be boycotted (as News Corp the owner of The New York Post is being boycotted in New York)?

I sinned. I was punished through CENSORSHIP.

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"and we are not saved..."

Thursday, February 19, 2009

"Monkey Business"


To infer that this picture is a caricature or represents the President of the United States in any way is down right ludicrous!

This is a simple case of someone blurring the lines of intention and reality. The artist of this piece new fully well of the outcry he/she would get and by golly he’s got it. He worked his magic and now he is the center of attention and not his intent.

Of course, it was only a matter of time before this would happen _ that is _ for someone to scream the race card. Why do people sit and wait for such negativity? Almost a year ago President Barack Obama gave a speech on race. Have we not learned anything from his speech? Why can’t we rise above subjectivity? Why must we always look for a victim? If the intent by the artist was to label the President a monkey then shame on him, but we further his intention (including myself) by allowing it to stay in the media and play guess work on what he was thinking or why the paper ran the cartoon.

There are more important things to discuss other than this monkey business.
On any given day, one can pick up a newspaper, turn on TV or go to the movies and see stereotypes. When it’s at the movies or on TV, it seems to get a pass for we all laugh. But the moment it appears in a rightwing leaning paper we are at arms.
Come on America let’s be bigger than this and stop allowing labels to define us. Define ourselves by what we do.

Do we actually think a monkey could be President? And how many times did we see unfavorable cartoons about former President George Bush?

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"and we are not saved..."

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

"We The People"



What would I fix: The idea and forgone conclusion that we will loose this battle of being a great Nation.

We are not quitters. We are fighters. History has proven time and time again that when we are up against a hard place we become stronger. We fall but we get back up for it is our destiny!

Sure there have been major stumbles, corruption and let downs on all sides in our society. Yes Wall Street was greedy and lured many astray, but Wall can’t take all of the blame. As the old adage goes, “the grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence.” To be fair it is a lot greener, but that doesn’t mean the green grass won’t turn brown. Congress…our Government has let us down and continues to do so in many ways. And the people?

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

These are the words spoken and written by our forefathers. Lest we forget? No! We must keep going and identify that which is wrong and correct it and move on. The race isn’t given to the swift nor to the strong, but to the one that endures until the end. It is a triumphant end my fellow brethren that will sustain us. We must keep soldering on despite of our circumstances. Quitting is not an option. We must help all and all must give. Sacrifices are in order and must be partaken by all walks of life: the rich the poor the young and the old. And above all else to whom much is given much is expected. This is not a time to draw back and expect others to do and you not do your fair share. We did not get to this state of what seems bleak and perilous overnight nor will we rise out of it overnight. Hard work and discipline will be our fortitude and keep us going.

Expecting a defeatist attitude is not and will not be an option for, “We the people…”
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"and we are not saved..."

Monday, February 9, 2009

"CAN HE PERSEVERE?"


He hit the ground running. He was good looking, popular and was on a winning team and the media in his corner.

He thought nothing could stop him ___ until he met the Republicans on the Hill.

The media lead us all to believe that President Barack Obama had enough steam coming out of the primaries to win the general election and then go to the White House and command things be done his way. Leave it to the media to create a distorted perception of reality.

Truth is we are now seeing what President Obama is made of. Granted this is his first major test, but if he is to reign supreme for the next four years how he handles this will be the benchmark on how his Presidency will be judged.

The new President is now realizing the hype the media gave his Presidency “ ‘the first African American President’ no one will refuse him” was just that hype. The Republican don’t seem to care who he is or where he came from they are beating down his stimulus package.

Yes he invited them to the White House for afternoon tea and biscuits. The media said he was Ronald Reagan and would surely prevail with this move. Ha! The Republicans came; they drank; they ate and still said no. Now he will have to take his show on the road to get the people to rally his cause by contacting their senators/representatives.

Every day now we see a tired and perhaps frustrated President Barack Obama on television telling saying it is important his stimulus package is approved.

What else is left for Mr. President to do? I suppose it is now time to put aside the first African American title and the media hype and just be the President who needs to get his stimulus package planned. Perhaps he should try strategizing like President Lyndon B. Johnson with a twist of President Reagan.

If only it were so easy as the media claimed it would be.
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"and we are not saved..."