Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’


Now I can talk. After all the mess. Most recently, our so-called President 45 had to question about folks who come to our country from poor countries. What has that set up a firestorm you asked?  Dude had the nerve to ask this ridiculous  question which is not so surprising:

“Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?”

CALLOUT: What kind of Ish is that?!

I know that had to be the most ridiculous question ever! Make that racist! It’s so ridiculous that many feared that it was deemed racist.  Why are many are so shocked about the statement? We all knew what we expected. Getting a crazy man like 45 into office being jealous about Obama’s success in 8 years. Let’s be real America, the hate is real. Matter of fact, the hate has always been real. It’s been real since slavery, since apartheid, since the wars fought, politics formed up and many other things that got the jealousy of the attitude that sparked. We know!

I thought AMERICA was supposed to be the “Land of Opportunity”.

I thought AMERICA was supposed to be this country where folks can actually come here and settle for new dreams.

I thought AMERICA was supposed to have this moniker of welcoming frontiers! BUT after what 45 said about Africa and Haiti being SH*THOLE Countries, I’ll bet those in Africa and Haiti had that feeling like, “this is what America thinks about us”. To our African and Haiti neighbors, NOT ALL AMERICANS think like this. AT ALL. Many of us got neighbors, church members, lawyers, doctors, teachers, scientists, construction workers and supervisors, communications, pastors, bishops, nurses, and countless other occupations that we know very well. Why is that so hard to understand?

Chris Rock back in 2004 described this in his comedy at the time called Never Scared:

Now if you swam here from some sh*tty country that didn’t allow you Bubblicious,  you too are American cos you overcame obstacles and made sacrifices to actually get here. You are a true American, OK? You really are. Don’t let nobody tell you no different.

I hope that many in TrumpLand 45 repeats this AGAIN with conviction. Even though that many of you won’t. Now you probably are saying, “why hasn’t Chris Rock said this recently? “UM……again this was said WAY BACK in 2004! The very same 2004 that many AGAIN that gave George W. Bush the chair for his misconstructed 2nd Term! Yeah you Bush Backers know it. Every pre-first Generation Immigrant American, even if you came from Africa and Haiti, you know the real deal why you chose this country to come to. Maybe you came because of Education, Jobs, or to bring something new to the table in order to have that great opportunity to thrive. Of course yes, you have done it, and in some essence still want to do. But we all know that the biggest mistake we did in November of 2016 is picking this dude Trump to lead our nation. That was and is now, a slap in the face! We can only blame us, matter of fact we blame the 50% of us who chose him over Hillary Clinton. Now personally, Hillary was the favorite (WITH EXPERIENCE) that should have been in the chair right now. OF COURSE, she also was denied of being this concern about the 1994 Crime Bill and many others that see negative. People, we need to stop. If this past election has not taught us anything, I don’t know what has.

Like Chris Rock said in 2004, don’t let nobody tell you no different. Don’t let this comment about your native lands of Africa and Haiti being well “Sh*thole Countries” all because it’s looked poor on paper. Many of you had to withstand the poor situations to rise up from that. I’ve heard stories here in America about Americans GROWING UP from NOTHING. And there are those whom became business owners, teachers, lawyers, doctors, even also Public Service and many others. We heard many time that America is the Greatest Country on Earth. A shiny beacon on the hill and many others. And yes there are times America gets caught in evil situations that should have not been in. It’s the truth. And does that make that a “Sh*thole Country?”

We better watch our words. Matter of fact, 45 needs to stop tweeting his!

Also, I should ask: Is America still that thing call a “melting pot?”

 

 

 

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Back in the old MySpace Days, (yes I still at times go to MySpace), I use to ramble and blog about anything that comes to mind. Even about Wisconsin. And many others. Plus this blog was my commentary about Wisconsin, and Juneteenth Day. Which officially became a “State Holiday” in 2010. 

Special New Thought: Wisconsin’s New Official Holiday – Juneteenth Day

In case any Wisconsinite didn’t get the memo: the state has a new official holiday, under Juneteenth Day. Despite of what most felt about it, it is now and forever a State Holiday. So I don’t want NO Wisconsinite of any color, including those who are just opposite of me getting an attitude about why the state needs to add Juneteenth to the Badger State’s calendar.

For those who want to know, this was made official last year by Gov. Jim Doyle. But the struggle of getting the holiday to be official, goes back to Milwaukee’s beginnings around 1971. But why it has taken 39 years? Oh let me see: maybe there were some in Milwaukee or Wisconsin felt that it shouldn’t be celebrated. Leave it to Texas.  Or it may not have a belief. Blah, blah, blah. But I have to say after 39 years making it an Official State Holiday, it was well worth it. Now it has to be kept real. That means all of us Wisconsinites can’t shut it down for no reason. Nor escape it. That means more history for us to learn from. For Wisconsin, it means no slacking up, like not enough retaining degree students from colleges.
Now I know what those particularly on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel comments are thinking. They probably are going to assume things with race, and how blacks are treated in public. Lord knows that is what I think the JSOnline has right now. Having commenters who still are stuck by who feel that black people are their enemy. And having a commenter like Eugene Kane leading the pack.  Let me tell you about what I think of Eugene Kane. Personally, I feel he’s a gifted columnist who has a reason to write whatever he wants. He has a decently and brilliance (ala President Obama) and more interesting, he has a direct approach on issues. As far as the issues concerning race, I may not agree with this, but I’ll say it – Milwaukee this for you: Milwaukee whether you like it or not, is a good place on a great lake, got a good basketball team, a huge supporter of the Packers, Brewers, euro centric arts, jazz in the park, Summerfest, the ethnic festivals, etc. Hell, even Lakeshore State Park is good spot. Gotta love the Mil.
But when it comes to be a “segregated city”…..guess what? Truth has just hit you in the face. When Bill Cosby was here in 2004, he had a quote that it was very truthful: “Milwaukee, you are city that has been put on notice. I didn’t do it. You notified yourself.” I hate to say it but Milwaukee is still segregated. Even though it has some nice areas and relations, but still. Some has said years ago that it’s fading out. Has it really? And why is Eugene Kane STILL  reporting this? Well first of all, it’s his job to report things like this in order to inform and summarize. I was writing a blog a month ago on my Fox Affiliate blog, Is there a place for Milwaukee for black people?” and oh, I got on blast. It was a direct reference from NBA Player Josh Smith who dissed the brew city in the sentence “There ain’t nothing to do in Milwaukee, Man. Everybody knows and they know that.” That’s what he said. NOT ME! And plus, another columnist, Mikel Holt went deep about his summary about how the entertainment aspects, jobs, and others don’t appeal much to black professionals. Excuse me, make that Young Black Professionals. And guess what, they move to other climates that they treat them with respect, and never looked back. I hate to tell my Fox 6 Milwaukee blog friends, but that is the sentimental truth in which that some nor most don’t understand. Do I apologize for saying this? Hell NO! But I did say in the beginning, “forgive me for writing this topic”. Have I been forgiven? Really? I don’t know. As for my spiritually, I was raised United Methodist, so technically, I’m a Christian. And I did not, I repeat DID NOT use my spiritually in a way to piss off those to be unforgiving. This topic has nothing to do with your spiritually in any way shape or form.
I was reminded of a quote that Frederick Douglass once wrote: A true patriot, is a lover of his country, who rebukes and does not excuse it’s sins. Let me paraphrase: A true patriot, is a lover of his or her country, who rebukes and does not excuse it’s sins. I was being a true patriot of my game. In similar fashion, I still love the Midwest atmosphere in Milwaukee, but I have to rebuke the segregation, being behind or a tail-end city, and lack of black professionals that is NOT AN EXCUSE! So I have a right to put that on blast, Fox 6 Bloggers. That’s right I said it. Not to hate those who went and lived in Atlanta in all, like I said. I don’t have nothing against the ATL nor those who were born there. I got kin folk living there, and I don’t put them on blast on anything. Nor I think that they don’t have anything against me just because what? I’m black, hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin? Born in the same city that Harley’s, Candice Michelle, The Crusher, Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, and now Danny Gokey?!!!! Get real ATL. And America. Don’t forget, this was the same state that easily voted for President Barack Obama.
In conclusion: Juneteenth Day is now real in the Badger State. So let’s just get with it, will ya?

 


My Take: Colin Powell’s factor on Obama

Going back into my old MyFoxMilwaukee Blogs from way back when, I wrote this blog about Gen. Colin Powell endorsing the then-Sen. Barack Obama to be President. Now this was my first of a series in tales why I felt it was vital for him to make the endorsement, just like recently today.

Oct 19, 2008 | 12:47 PM

Category: Political

Like many of you, or some of you, there was another endorsement that was given to Sen. Barack Obama. His name? General Colin Powell. Yep, the retired General had officially given the props and nod to the Senator in which for his pick to become the next president. Now , I know that there are going to be alot of the naysayers who probably would break out their blogs, comments, viewpoints, and any other thing that might say, and I know this:

  • “Yeah, I saw that interview and the only reason Gen. Powell is backing Barack because he’s black. It is obvious?”  Duh!
  • “Well whoopee do! Another brother endorses another brother. So what? The Republicans and Sen. McCain will have a field day with him. Watch.”
  • “That explains it! Of course he’ll endorse him because he can be a crutch to Obama in gaining that experience. Big deal.”

OK. Enough preliminary sarcasm! As I watching the Meet the Press interview, before going to church this morning, I think Gen. Powell was real of what he had to say. Yes, he did analyzed both Sen. McCain and Obama, in his view was beneficial to lead the U.S. in the next four years, but the part of the General’s commentary was reflected on McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin, William Ayers, and overall tone of the McCain/Palin ticket. For the description of Sen. Barack Obama, Gen. Powell described him as a “transformational figure”, in which his view of being a new generational figure that might have some ingredients of making an additional element of being a potential candidate for the presidency. And he was very clear about one thing: He’s not backing up Sen. John McCain because of their long 25 year relationship, and not backing up Sen. Obama because of his skin tone. Or in most cases, black.

On his view of Gov. Sarah Palin: Gen. Powell commented that thusly that she is not ready to be President in sense of judgment. Now there might be disagreements with that statement but, I’ll bet alot of those on the outside would say, “I’ve been saying that from the very beginning. Yes, Gov. Palin has her style and swagger in all, but did she say during the VP Debates that she’s been on the presidential campaign for 5 weeks? I question that.”

On his view of William Ayers: This has been, in my view, old and overblown. The General commented the Senator’s view of the ex-radical, in which from him, asking: “Sen. McCain says he a washed-up old terrorist—then why does he keep talking about him?”

And the General also commented that Obama on numerous occasions, condemned the acts the William Ayers did during the 60’s at the time of Radical Protests was inflicting the country. Plus the comments about that William Ayrers made in which he reviewed about “not bombing enough” – that was again in reference to the Vietnam War Protests.  To the General, I think that is a non-issue to further derail Sen. Obama.

On his view of John McCain/GOP:
General Powell commented that he’s troubled by the actions of his own party. Why wouldn’t he be? I know that some might jump on him in all, but as far as he sees it, it’s not just the actions of words or displays, it’s the overall setup in which that was generated. It reminds me of the use of power in which can be at times powerful, but also at times could be worked against you. Like those Robocalls, in which I think is nothing more than a distraction to think that “oh, Sen. Obama is not a good fit for a president because of his “association” with being a Muslim and hanging around Terrorists.” Gen. Powell commented that as inappropriate, while Sen. McCain thinks of it as a logical sense. At the closing part of the 30 minute interview, the retired General talked about Muslims. He heard from his Republican party about the comments about Sen. Obama being a Muslim which raised a red flag. But the General talked about a solider who was American born, died during Iraqi Freedom and was a Muslim. Plus, his viewpoints of Muslims in general:

“Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer is no. That’s not America. Is there something wrong with a seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing he or she could be president? Yet I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion that he is a Muslim and might have an association with terrorists. This is not the way we should be doing it in America. I feel particularly strong about this because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.




And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay, was of a mother at Arlington Cemetery and she had her head on the headstone of her son’s grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone, and it gave his awards – Purple Heart, Bronze Star – showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death, he was 20 years old. And then at the very top of the head stone, it didn’t have a Christian cross. It didn’t have a Star of David. It has a crescent and star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan. And he was an American. He was born in New Jersey. He was fourteen years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he could serve his country and he gave his life.”

When I thought about this statement, it makes me wonder the goodness in those who make their mark as good citizens of this country. Even as those of Muslim faith like this individual, who was during his peak into adulthood, risked his life in defending America’s freedoms. Despite of his religious background. If Sen. John McCain talked about “Country First”, which there’s nothing wrong with that, he should take a look, maybe a second look, this soldier’s life. And Sarah Palin. And Michele Bachmann who once criticized Sen. Obama as “Very Anti-American”. – Oh really! What does it take being  “a real American” these days?

Summarizing the thought, despite of whatever, I feel that the retired General was on point. His comments and viewpoints were accurate. And despite of his Republican and Conservative Views, like James T. Harris, he’s made his choice to pick of his endorsement or in this case his own pick as a potential Presidential choice. Like any other person, yes we have we have our own preferences. But I think what Gen. Powell said and hypothesized, stood out on his own beliefs.

This is my take. Right or Wrong. Just my thought.

FYI: In case you missed it, there are three clips on Youtube that has three parts of the interview. Just look up: General Colin Powell, and it might have Gen. Colin Powell Endorses Barack Obama pts. 1-3


Barack Obama Courts Black Vote With New Radio Ad

If you’re just now tuning in, the President unveiled a new radio ad this week for the election. But the thing is, it’s going for the African-American voters. Now to those who believe that this all racist and segregated,(ala Glenn Beck) I don’t think so. Most likely that this would be played on urban stations around the country to see if it generates buzz. Yes, it’s an ad to get the voters, revved up for November.

Just take a listen. Even if you’re non-black, take a listen anyway WITHOUT JUDGEMENT!


There seems to be a buzz about the big news this week. Straight from the Oval Office and straight from the President. If you’re referring to his stance on Gay Marriage, it is. What I am about to say that might make you mad. It might make you feel whatever, and like always like a Sagittarius, I’m going to tell the truth whether it helps, or hurts. And for those who are extremely sensitive about this topic, I will advise you not to read this blog. Now if you’re not afraid, you have my permission to read on as usual.

Yesterday, the President gave his response about his view of Gay Marriage, and many like others have an opinion about it. There are many viewpoints from both sides for and against. And third option of truth. Yes, he does support it and I think I may have read a earlier clue in Rolling Stone about having equality for all families. The issue of Rolling Stone that just came out for May 10th. He described in context that after “don’t ask don’t tell” that he is working on fairness for the Gay and Lesbian folks in terms as being full fledged members of the American family. Folks there’s proof in the pudding right there. So that is one part of the news that rocked the nation sort of speak. I heard what he said on Good Morning America like everyone else, but my mind goes back to Rolling Stone, in my view.

Obama Kids Shaped President on Same-Sex Marriage

Now what is my stance on this? I’ll tell you . My stance on Obama’s viewpoint of Gay Marriage is fair game. Technically, I will say this as a Christian, a Citizen, an African-American, a registered voter,  and many other things that I label or connect to (OK I’ll put that on the shelf for a second as an individual). Here’s something I need to know: I have NO PROBLEM with President Barack Obama’s viewpoint of Gay Marriage in terms of support. NONE!  There might be those who maybe against it because of the stance of religion, or upbringing in families with the One Man and One Woman thing. Fine. However, speaking of religion, hate to provoke the thought, for those who say it’s a sin, or they’re setting a bad example per say, why is it always that I hear in church that you should “love thy neighbor” or my personal favorite, “judge not yet ye be judged”? Or what happened to respecting other people? My late grandfather once said treat people as if YOU wanted to be treated! That was and is REAL TALK! How many of those who go to church ACTUALLY keep that in mind each time, without bashing  or commenting the thought of some folks having the lifestyle of being Gay or Lesbian or involved with Same Sex Marriage? How many of those who go to work, ACTUALLY keep in mind about treating workers fairly with respect without bashing or commenting the thought of some folks on their job being apart of the LGBT community or Same Sex Marriage? Chris Rock once said if you don’t like gays, you might have a gay son. Or whoever you hate, might be in your family! Can I get a witness? How many of those who go to movies, the mall, the concerts, the clubs, a best friends wedding or funeral, special project or whatever ACTUALLY keep in mind about not talking smack about those who are in Same Sex Marriages? Just asking. Simply because it’s a humanity thing to realize that it’s just a way to keep peace and respect for all. And for that, can Bristol Palin do the same thing without bashing Sasha and Malia Obama? For God’s sake, they are kids! Bristol needs to check herself badly of what her previous situation having a baby out of wedlock, while being a teenager! (***KIM Effect = Keep It Movin***) All of this or part of this needs to ponder. I thought that this country of America needs to remind itself about the part of Declaration of Independence when it says that “we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.” We see this every 4th of July, and sometimes in classes way back. But the more we read it, do we actually do this everyday? If that were to be the case, there wouldn’t be folks being racists, sextists, against the LGBT, or many other citizens who declare and take upon themselves truthfully as American citizens. No matter what they got in them.  Some of us probably have folks who are part of the LGBT groups. And they probably do everyday jobs to help their kids, families and community.  So what’s the fuss?

Frankly, the announcement itself I think wont probably last. We’ll go back by talking about the debates, the economy, jobs, health care, and many other things that America needs to understand of going to important issues. Sort of like if Tom Barrett wants to get Walker in a corner and boot him out by June 5th.  Obviously, this will be more talked about in various terms or examples. And yes it will be on the campaign trail. However since this is a “sensitive topic” and I’m going there as is, this NEEDS to be talked about without our heads being stuck in the sand for the next generation to ask “why this?”

Once again, do I have problem with this despite whatever? Absolutely NOT!  No reason to be.


Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

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I can’t even express the thoughts of what I’m about to write here. Then again, I might have some thoughts of feeling of ecstatic in a good way. I titled this as “My Special Take” in which I believe is my special Election Day 2008 blog. At 10:00pm, I was watching MSNBC, (on Satellite) and I was focusing on the words that Keith Obermann was commenting about the soon to be win for the now President Elect-Barack Obama. Get used to saying that: “President-Elect Barack Obama”. Like it or not. When the score of votes of 207-136 were flashed on the screen, the states of California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii began to turn blue, and when that happened: “GAME OVER!” Those two words were my reaction to the Obama victory, and out of reach for Sen. John McCain. I mean, I’ve heard from others older than me, like my late grandparents, great-grandparents, older family members, church members, and immediate family members, hearing and speaking that this day, those of my color (as on paper) would never get to see someone like Barack, a presidency. Well folks, let me be the first to say that has to be buried. Put that negative thought, and the “Bradley Effect”  into a mahogany prison and seal it.  I think this goes to show that this victory,( I can’t say for the next election,) but this election was something to prove. Of course, America can elect someone of a minority to lead the country, as someone would say on the outside. But the question is, how despite of the differences? By the way: A mahongany prison is a casket. Just to clarify.

Now what about Sen. McCain? Let me be the first to tell you all, that I think Sen. McCain as a human being, has nothing to be ashamed of. I’ll be the first to admit, that he’s given Obama a challenge among the obstacles. Not because he served this country, but as of staying in the game as long as he can during the debates and his campaign. For Gov. Sarah Palin, whom I think came out of the blue, no pun intended, also gave Obama/Biden a challenge. I can somewhat say this that she might be a formidable candidate to contend with, despite of her previous issues. And I say this out of respect.

Also, some or most of you are going to ask yourselves. And I know this:

  • How can our soon-to-be President Obama can lead?
  • How can he lead this nation as some would say “on the real?”
  • How can he do this?
  • What would he do?
  • What wouldn’t he do?
  • And how would this teach us and educate us in ways in which we must observe?

All of those questions I think would require some thinking, note taking, thought, prayer, brainstorming,  and overall I think: judgment. Those are the things I think, would get the new President-Elect going.

So you can say about much about Barack Obama. I don’t care. I mean, we all have our own opinions and mindsets, and that’s cool. But I can say this: Like him or not, you have got to give it to him. Give him his props, or as I Iike to call it: “Mad Respect.” I think it’s going to take time to get used to this. And I can add, that this country is still the land of opportunity. And I think Barack’s opportunity, starts now. I tip my hat to him, although I did put my money on him. But now, we’ll see how this 44th President really comes out. Time will tell. Why this post on a faith blog? Well, it’s about one word: Joy. Partially, Ecstatic in dictionary terms does mean joy. Already, Barack lost his grandmother, but gained a presidency. Some of us know what is like to have that dark/light scenarios. But I can fairly say, that now since he’s got this, he’s got really work it out. I can somewhat compare this victory to some sport and political historical moments:

  • The 1999 Wisconsin Badgers Football Team in which one sports analyst thought that the Badgers were the worst team to play in the Rose Bowl. They won the Rose Bowl.
  • The Packers winning the Superbowl in 1997 and waited 29 years to do it. Remember that?
  • Check this: 10 years ago, Minnesota elected Jesse Ventura as Governor and that was in his words “We shocked the world.” An ex wrestler winning the State’s Governor position.
  • 1992 when Bill Clinton won his election by beating former president George H.W. Bush in a landslide.
  • Or this past year when the U.S. Men’s Swim Team beat France in the finals to get the Gold Medal in the Summer Games. Hank Aaron grasping his homerun victory, Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Baseball. Former wrestler Ron Simmons won the WCW Championship in 1992 and became the first African-American Wrestler to do it.
  • Don’t forget about Tiger Woods in 1997 and winning the Masters at 21 years old.
  • The Chicago Bulls winning their first NBA Title, with Michael Jordan, or if you’re a wrestling fan, this reminds me of going to Wrestlemania, and winning the Championship on the grand stage. The Boston Celtics winning their 17th NBA title, and yes, a World Series moment in which I can remember when the Florida Marlins, at one time beat the NY Yankees to secure their championship in an upset.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Oakland Raiders in their Superbowl victory. A proven point that defense wins championships.
  • Or like WWE’s Monday Night Raw surpassing 15 years and over 800 shows.
  • Or to be fair, the Brewers going into the postseason after 26 long years. I know that the Phillies beat them( and later went to the World Series), but at least they made it to the playoffs.

I could go on and on. Why I’m putting this on here? It goes to show you that despite of those examples, faith played a role in those scenarios! Imagine the church sermons on Sunday. I can hear them talking about this. Believe me!  Also, no doubt that this historic win will be talked about for years to come. And I know families, especially black families, will be telling their children, that you too can be anything you want as long as you put your mind to it. We need to tell our children that. I don’t have any kids, but I tell them, whether they know me or not. One of my living uncles once told me at age 18, that don’t let nothing stand in your way. I’m not going to let anything get in my path!

Former President, Ronald Reagan used the term “It’s Morning Again in America.” Well for most of us, it is morning and I think, were all awake. Now it’s time to really work together. Get the country back in order, and mostly get ourselves back in order. That’s right. If you want to be strong on the east coast, or the dirty south, you better be strong of where you are in your life. And show the rest of the world that America could carry this out. I may not like some bloggers outbursts of disappointment, but I can say I respect them as human beings. Were all human. We probably don’t know the full extent of what the future holds. But we have to work at it. Just like looking for a job in a brutal economy. I’m out everyday looking for work not only because of my Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Management, but to better myself. That is an objective in the works.  So, it’s time to work it out and get moving.

This is my “special take”. Right or Wrong. Just my thought.

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