God Bless Barack Obama and The United States of America!


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Jesus IS love!

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“Greater love has no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

One of the most significant events that had ever occurred in the history of the world was the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at Calvary. It was a horrible and despicable act, which had been preordained and deemed necessary for the atonement of sin. Those who saw this historic event saw love triumph over evil. The proverbial captives who were bound and blindfolded were set free–not because they were innocent. But because of the grace of God. Here, is how the apostle Paul puts it: “For by grace, you have been granted a stay of execution through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, and not a result of works, so no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

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RU Black? There’s a Campaign to Keep You from Voting in 2012


As a black American, I am concerned about the Presidential Election in 2012.  I have a driver’s license which is a “picture ID” in my state which will required to vote. A large number of blacks and the elderly in the South have no picture ID.  Some are too poor to own a car and need a driver’s licensed.  Their Social Security card used to be sufficient ID in business affairs where they had to prove who they were.  Republican dominated legislatures all over the nation are orchestrating a campaign to reduce democratic access to the ballot box in 2012 to secure a republican victory…like the one in the last mid-term election.  It is said that the infamous Koch Brothers are behind this seemingly uncoordinated scheme.  Please read this excerpt from Rolling Stone.

Rolling Stone

The GOP War on Voting

In a campaign supported by the Koch brothers, Republicans are working to prevent millions of Democrats from voting next year

by: Ari Berman

As the nation gears up for the 2012 presidential election, Republican officials have launched an unprecedented, centrally coordinated campaign to suppress the elements of the Democratic vote that elected Barack Obama in 2008. Just as Dixiecrats once used poll taxes and literacy tests to bar black Southerners from voting, a new crop of GOP governors and state legislators has passed a series of seemingly disconnected measures that could prevent millions of students, minorities, immigrants, ex-convicts and the elderly from casting ballots. “What has happened this year is the most significant setback to voting rights in this country in a century,” says Judith Browne-Dianis, who monitors barriers to voting as co-director of the Advancement Project, a civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C.

Republicans have long tried to drive Democratic voters away from the polls. “I don’t want everybody to vote,” the influential conservative activist Paul Weyrich told a gathering of evangelical leaders in 1980. “As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.” But since the 2010 election, thanks to a conservative advocacy group founded by Weyrich, the GOP’s effort to disrupt voting rights has been more widespread and effective than ever. In a systematic campaign orchestrated by the American Legislative Exchange Council – and funded in part by David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who bankrolled the Tea Party – 38 states introduced legislation this year designed to impede voters at every step of the electoral process.

All told, a dozen states have approved new obstacles to voting. Kansas and Alabama now require would-be voters to provide proof of citizenship before registering. Florida and Texas made it harder for groups like the League of Women Voters to register new voters. Maine repealed Election Day voter registration, which had been on the books since 1973. Five states – Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia – cut short their early voting periods. Florida and Iowa barred all ex-felons from the polls, disenfranchising thousands of previously eligible voters. And six states controlled by Republican governors and legislatures – Alabama, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin – will require voters to produce a government-issued ID before casting ballots. More than 10 percent of U.S. citizens lack such identification, and the numbers are even higher among constituencies that traditionally lean Democratic – including 18 percent of young voters and 25 percent of African-Americans.

Taken together, such measures could significantly dampen the Democratic turnout next year – perhaps enough to shift the outcome in favor of the GOP. “One of the most pervasive political movements going on outside Washington today is the disciplined, passionate, determined effort of Republican governors and legislators to keep most of you from voting next time,” Bill Clinton told a group of student activists in July. “Why is all of this going on? This is not rocket science. They are trying to make the 2012 electorate look more like the 2010 electorate than the 2008 electorate” – a reference to the dominance of the Tea Party last year, compared to the millions of students and minorities who turned out for Obama. “There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today.” [To read the this excellent entire article click here.]

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Blacks (and whites)  had to demonstrate and protest to help overcome the “Jim Crow” laws which preventing them from voting. It is conceivable that many young people are not aware of The Civil Rights Act-The Voting Right Act.  They ended an ugly chapter in American history that David and Charles Koch are trying through money to reverse ex post facto. We must learn the lessons of our past, my fellow Americans.  ‘To diminish the rights of one American diminishes us all.’  Watch this capsule history of our struggle and success:

 

SCOTUS HAS A BLACK SPLOTCH (NO PUN INTENDED)


The justices of the US Supreme Court enjoy a unique status in American governance: They have the job for life and have no code of ethics.  The Court has a storied history of legal decisions which carried out what our founding father wrote in The Constitution and they went beyond, but, always within the bounds of spirit of the law and intent. At first the Court was not powerful, but, Chief Justice Marshall took actions which made the Court supreme.  And, that is how we all view the US Supreme Court: The final interpreter of law and legality.

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English: Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A large part of our reverence and respect for the Court is grounded in their seclusion from the public eye and lack of scandal. They probably had their own sense of propriety back then.  When Clarence Thomas, black, became a candidate for the Court, I was so proud (even though he is from the other party).  The nomination hearings in the US Senate took us down a sordid lane.  On TV we watch gray-haired white men relish digging into the sex life black people, in this case, Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill, also black. IMHO, the hearings were perverse. ‘A pubic hair on a Coke can?’  What has that to do with interpreting the law?

Regrettably, Justice Thomas and Justice Scalia have chosen to come out of isolation and show us their somewhat clear political views.  Justice Scalia involved himself with a Tea Party class on The Constitution and Justice Thomas is under scrutiny for his wife’s receiving questionable campaign contributions.

He has received certain gifts from a powerful real estate magnate whose lawsuits came before the Court.  Justice Thomas failed to the honorable thing and recuse himself. It is reported that Thomas received a wealth of gifts. Thousands of dollars! The Supreme Court reviewed Bush vs Gore and chose a President. Americans long for the days when certain people were good and some were not. And, we knew the difference!

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has been very busy accepting gifts from organizations that file briefs before the court, attending political fundraisers, ruling on suits in which he or his wife have a conflict of interest, and hiding income. No wonder he hasn’t had time to ask a question from the bench in five years.

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DID YOUR SENATOR VOTE FOR CLARENCE THOMAS

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 102 nd Congress – 1 st Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On the Nomination (Nomination – Clarence Thomas )

Vote Number:

220

Vote Date:

October 15, 1991, 06:03 PM

Required For Majority:

1/2

Vote Result:

Nomination Confirmed

Nomination Number:

PN456

Nomination Description:

Clarence Thomas, of Georgia, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, vice Thurgood Marshall, retired.

Vote Counts:

YEAs

52

NAYs

48

Vote Summary

By Senator Name

By Vote Position

By Home State

Alphabetical by Senator Name

Adams (D-WA), Nay

Akaka (D-HI), Nay

Baucus (D-MT), Nay

Bentsen (D-TX), Nay

Biden (D-DE), Nay

Bingaman (D-NM), Nay

Bond (R-MO), Yea

Boren (D-OK), Yea

Bradley (D-NJ), Nay

Breaux (D-LA), Yea

Brown (R-CO), Yea

Bryan (D-NV), Nay

Bumpers (D-AR), Nay

Burdick, Quentin S (D-ND), Nay

Burns (R-MT), Yea

Byrd (D-WV), Nay

Chafee (R-RI), Yea

Coats (R-IN), Yea

Cochran (R-MS), Yea

Cohen (R-ME), Yea

Conrad (D-ND), Nay

Craig (R-ID), Yea

Cranston (D-CA), Nay

D’Amato (R-NY), Yea

Danforth (R-MO), Yea

Daschle (D-SD), Nay

DeConcini (D-AZ), Yea

Dixon (D-IL), Yea

Dodd (D-CT), Nay

Dole (R-KS), Yea

Domenici (R-NM), Yea

Durenberger (R-MN), Yea

Exon (D-NE), Yea

Ford (D-KY), Nay

Fowler (D-GA), Yea

Garn (R-UT), Yea

Glenn (D-OH), Nay

Gore (D-TN), Nay

Gorton (R-WA), Yea

Graham (D-FL), Nay

Gramm (R-TX), Yea

Grassley (R-IA), Yea

Harkin (D-IA), Nay

Hatch (R-UT), Yea

Hatfield (R-OR), Yea

Heflin (D-AL), Nay

Helms (R-NC), Yea

Hollings (D-SC), Yea

Inouye (D-HI), Nay

Jeffords (R-VT), Nay

Johnston (D-LA), Yea

Kassebaum (R-KS), Yea

Kasten (R-WI), Yea

Kennedy (D-MA), Nay

Kerrey (D-NE), Nay

Kerry (D-MA), Nay

Kohl (D-WI), Nay

Lautenberg (D-NJ), Nay

Leahy (D-VT), Nay

Levin (D-MI), Nay

Lieberman (D-CT), Nay

Lott (R-MS), Yea

Lugar (R-IN), Yea

Mack (R-FL), Yea

McCain (R-AZ), Yea

McConnell (R-KY), Yea

Metzenbaum (D-OH), Nay

Mikulski (D-MD), Nay

Mitchell (D-ME), Nay

Moynihan (D-NY), Nay

Murkowski (R-AK), Yea

Nickles (R-OK), Yea

Nunn (D-GA), Yea

Packwood (R-OR), Nay

Pell (D-RI), Nay

Pressler (R-SD), Yea

Pryor (D-AR), Nay

Reid (D-NV), Nay

Riegle (D-MI), Nay

Robb (D-VA), Yea

Rockefeller (D-WV), Nay

Roth (R-DE), Yea

Rudman (R-NH), Yea

Sanford (D-NC), Nay

Sarbanes (D-MD), Nay

Sasser (D-TN), Nay

Seymour (R-CA), Yea

Shelby (D-AL), Yea

Simon (D-IL), Nay

Simpson (R-WY), Yea

Smith (R-NH), Yea

Specter (R-PA), Yea

Stevens (R-AK), Yea

Symms (R-ID), Yea

Thurmond (R-SC), Yea

Wallop (R-WY), Yea

Warner (R-VA), Yea

Wellstone (D-MN), Nay

Wirth (D-CO), Nay

Wofford (D-PA), Nay


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Republican Audience Boos Black Fox Journalist Who Dared Expose Gingrich’s Appeal to Racism in South Carolina


Juan Williams Booed At Republican Debate

I could not stomach another Republican debate last night.  They are a diversion for big money interests who want to make our political debate(?) about keeping economic opportunity from blacks (and the poor in general) in bastions of the Old South, like South Carolina.  Noted journalist, Peggy Noonan, said this morning that there are parts of South Carolina that have over 20% unemployment!  I remember that morning in January when John Boehner (R-OH) assumed the power of Speaker of the US House of Representatives.  He announced that under his administration, “the mission of the Republican Partywill be JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!” Years have gone by and he has created no jobs and this shows disrespect to South Carolina, the “Republican King Maker State.” Are South Carolina’s

Flag of South Carolina

South Carolina State Flag

Republicans sheep or what?  They are certainly not gullible.  Is tradition and history more important to the white people who run South Carolina than making South Carolina a land of opportunity for all her citizens regardless of race, creed and color?  What’s to be gained from clinging to past?  There’s no need for cotton pickers in South Carolina anymore. Today, black people are educated and hold important jobs and will not be relegated to cleaning and cooking for the rich and powerful in their states. Mowing their lawns. Hauling away their garbage. My morning began with subject clip from last night’s debate. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has been criticized for his overt racist hopes for black children to learn about the values of work through cleaning school toilets, was asked to defend his comments.  Of course, Newt was embarrassed on national TV in front of whites he hoped shared his views on race in America and whose votes he needs to exact revenge on former Gov. Mitt Romney for having more money than he (Newt) had to best him (Newt) in recent GOP primaries.  Instead of “manning up” and answering the black Fox journalist, Newt does what he always does: He used hatred for President Obama (who is only half black) to avoid being forced to be “truthful and “factual” on live TV with all Americans…No, the entire world watching!  Newt’s success came when the audience of 3000 people in Myrtle Beach, SC, booed the black journalist who had the temerity to hold a powerful – although disgraced – white, Georgia politician accountable for his actions.  I have never heard Newt Gingrich admit to being wrong.  In fact, he “gets off” on being right!  He still won’t admit that the US House’s $300,00 punishment was a “fine”or that he was forced out of Congress BECAUSE OF HIS ACTIONS!

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Former Speaker Newt Gingrich

“Newt Food Stamp President”

Yes, Mr. Gingrich, “Work is great.” And, 14 million Americans would work if your job creator tax cheats would repatriate foreign profits and create domestic jobs and stop obstructing the American Jobs Act which would create jobs we need and you Republicans are directed to oppose by the TOP 1%, secret contributors to Republican SuperPacs and those corporations who will prosper by denying re-election to our first black President…just because he is a Democrat and a “Warrior for the Middle-Class!”  You and your supporters should remember this admonition from The Bible: What you do in the dark will be brought to light!  What a day of reckoning that will be!

One noted political analyst, Mark Halpern (MSNBC) gave Newt a grade of “A-” on his performance last night.  Let’s hope that those who booed the calling out of racism in South Carolina are only a vestige of South Carolina’s historical relationship with the sons and daughters of the Africans they forced to immigrate to America and be slave labor. Newt you spoke of ‘people being uncomfortable with facts.’ You, sir, reject the FACT that there are more whites on Food Stamps than blacks or Latinos. Your lies to the contrary are immoral!  You owe us, blacks, an apology!

Tennessee Tea Party Would Take Blacks Out of the History Books! 1


Slavery in the United States

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SLAVERY IN TENNESSEE

Tennessee Stored Her Stolen African Slaves (Property) in Cabins Similar to This One

Slavery in America is a horrifying part of our nation’s history–there’s no arguing with that. Even the painful parts of our history are important, though, because we can learn how to prevent the same mistakes. But now the Tennessee Tea Party is trying to erase all mentions of slavery from the state’s history books. »

According to the Tennessee Tea Party, the image of our founding fathers must not become tarnished. But pretending that the years of slavery and genocide in our nation’s history never happened isn’t protecting anyone. As far as I’m concerned, it’s basically racism.

Omitting slavery from history is equivalent to erasing segregation, Jim Crow laws, and the entire Civil War! Slavery is a huge part of American history whether the Tennessee Tea Party wants to admit it or not.”

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God Bless President Obama and Both of His Bloodlines


Barack Obama and his mother, may she rest in peace

 

COLOURS

If roses can be red, yellow, pink and white,
And still be roses

If hair can be blonde, brown, black, white and red
And still be hair

Then why can’t we be be brown, black white pink and yellow,
And still be people?

By Aoife

People’s True Nature Surely Comes Out in Trying Times – Don’t They Mitt?


President Obama with new friends and relations when he visited Ireland

ANTI-RACISM

It shouldn’t matter how I speak,
Or the colour of my skin,
It shouldn’t matter how I pray,
Or what God I believe in

It shouldn’t matter what food I like,
Or what clothes I like to wear.
It shouldn’t be about my style
Like the bangles in my hair,

You shouldn’t care if I’m rich or poor,
Or if I’m young or old,
I see the same sun as you,
I can feel the cold.

You should come and sit with me,
You could be my guide.
There’s no need to pass me by,
There’s no need to hide.
Come talk with me, you’ll understand,
That both our homes is Ireland.

By Rachael

SECRET VIDEO: Romney Tells Millionaire Donors What He REALLY Thinks of Obama Voters


When he doesn’t know a camera’s rolling, the GOP candidate shows his disdain for half of America.

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| Mon Sep. 17, 2012 1:00 PM PDT

During a private fundraiser earlier this year, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a small group of wealthy contributors what he truly thinks of all the voters who support President Barack Obama. He dismissed these Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, who don’t assume responsibility for their lives, and who think government should take care of them. Fielding a question from a donor about how he could triumph in November, Romney replied:

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.

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Havin’ “shuckin’ an’ jivin’ ” used to refer to Obama is nothing compared to the indignities Whites Have Used for Entertainment


Al Jolson – Rockabye

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Al Jolson – Who Played Poker With Pocahontas (When John Smith Went Away) 1919

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Recorded August 24, 1919 Columbia Records A2787Al Jolson (May 26, 1886 — October 23, 1950) was a Lithuanian singer, comedian and actor. He was famous for performing in black-face.
Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup used in minstrel shows, and later vaudeville, in which performers create a stereotyped caricature of a black person. The practice gained popularity during the 19th century and contributed to the proliferation of stereotypes such as the “happy-go-lucky darky on the plantation” or the “dandified coon”. blackface minstrel shows were the national art of the time, translating formal art such as opera into popular terms for a general audience. Early in the 20th century, blackface branched off from the minstrel show and became a form in its own right, until it ended in the United States with the U.S. Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The Netherlands continues to celebrate St. Nicolas Eve with Zwarte Piet in full blackface Moorish costume.

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