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It may have been cold… but we showed up again to celebrate not 1 but 2 moments in our great history… both the 2nd inauguration of President Barack Obama… and of course, the birthday of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.
They say about a million people showed up this year to President Obama’s inaugural… but we all know that it was probably far more than that. They said only a few thousand for the Million Woman March in Philly… but nobody could tell me that. There had to have been a least a million plus women there… because when you looked out over that massive crowd of Black Women… all you could see were the top of heads for as far as you could any which way you looked.
The Hawaiians showed up… our native American Indians showed up… Mexican dancers … drilled teams from high schools, Jr. Colleges and various college campuses including those Grambling University high-steppers… a gay band… military of all types… forest ranges… mounted patrols… Tuskegee Airmen… 50 floats… and I can’t remember it all. And President Obama waved and smiled all through it. It was wonderful… and full of all kinds of people… young and old… including 6 buses of folks from New Hampshire with their band… who all came out to celebrate the commencement of our President’s second term in the Oval Office.
And yes, we did it… And no devil from hell or all the money from hell could not stop us.
What a great day in American History… Monday, January 21, 2013.
Truly history to be savored forever…
And what makes it doubly so Obama made sure to include a lot of our history in it… including a traveling Bible that Dr. King used to carry with him during his travels from town to town during our Civil Rights struggle here in America.
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Just finished reading that between them Venus and Sererna have amassed over $50 million in tournament earnings. Wow…that really should motivate some people to get up and go out and learn how to play tennis…big time. However, as strong as they may be on the court the endorsement dollars still have not totally represented who they are and their standing in the tennis world.
Considering the fact that there are other players who have yet to see the type of wins and tournament money that Venus or Serena have managed to win…yet they have not been able to match their court success with bigger endorsement dollars…unlike some of their white counterparts.
For example Maria Sharapova reportedly has earned about $30 million in endorsements while having won only a mere $10+ million in tennis tournament money.
It seems to me that something is terribly wrong with that picture. Considering the fact that Serena Williams most recently became the highest grossing female athlete of all times. Based upon this fact alone the ad agencies and major companies should be running to her to sell or aid in branding their companies and/or products. But this is far from the case.
Perhaps, Venus and Serena aren’t complaining about it. Maybe through the years they have come to grips with the way the world is…and how it operates. But it is a shame that with all their skills and finesse upon the tennis courts…the mega ad deals and corporate sponsorships have not come their way. Clearly they have earned the right to reap the full benefits of their labor…not just the tournament wins…but lots more of that other money too.
In her joyous victory over Serena in the Women’s Final, Saturday, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus jumped for joy…she managed to do what many wish to do. She beat Serena. 6-1, 6-1.
Wow…what a lost.
This past weekend Serena and Venus had another finals show-down. Playing down in Florida in the Sony Erricsson tournament, They played hard…and in the end Serena won over Venus, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3…in the Women’s Semi-Finals.
It is amazing how they can compete against one another and not let it interfere with their love, appreciation and respect for one another. It is just amazing…truly in their own rights they are not only great sports women but also fantastic role models for how siblings should feel about and treat one another.
Oftentimes, when one isn’t playing…the other is up in the stands cheering on and rallying support for her sister…which ever one it may be whether she is awaiting her turn to play…or out of the tournament because she lost. As well as, their mother, Oracene, and other family members…including their father…who by this time has probably married his young girlfriend (that is in another blog along with a picture or 2). As he had planned their wedding for the end of March or sometime during the first of April.
Of which…being that the young woman isn’t much older than them…or somewhere near Venus’ age…and for other obvious reasons the girls…Venus and Serena were not quite tickled pink at the announcement that their father was heading to the altar with the young woman whom he has been seeing for some time now. And it seems that she loves to shop…which means…spending their money.
Mighty Michelle…that is the name that the folks abroad have dubbed
her. She was indeed stunning…with beauty and brains to match it is hard to beat First Lady Michelle Obama. And with his hand in hers…and hers in his they looked liked 2 teenagers in love over in Europe.
The Queen too was smitten by the Obama aura…something which seems to have swept the world. France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy loves him…and calls Obama friend.
Who would have thought that a man who many had debated whether he would be able to answer the call if a call came in the wee hours in morn concerning some type of U.S. calamity. They questioned his…what they called ‘his lack of experience.’ They questioned his ability to be able to handle foreign affairs…and how he would be able to handle himself around other world leaders.
Well, Obama put all those fears to rest this past week during his first visit to Europe for the G-20 Summit. For a guy who many scoffed at…and grinned over what they called ‘his lack of credentials.’ Told him that ‘he was wet behind the ears.’ I don’t know…but maybe that community organizing stuff that people laughed about paid off this past week…when Obama managed to mediate between a riff that developed between France and China during the summit…when both men became angry at one another and were nearly about to fight.
Obama not only managed to calm them both down but also got them talking and they came to some type of an agreement.
You know what?
There are benefits to learning how to work with people in the community that can really pay off when you come together with world leaders…and it is called knowing how to break up a fight…how to negoiate…and things like that. You can’t learn that sitting in some office shoving papers all day and playing like politics is all there is.
Imagine…at his first time on the world stage as President of the United States, President Obama brokered a peace agreement between 2 nations…that were well on their way to disrupting the entire G-20 Summit by having a fist fight. That’s pretty good. Better than good…for a man who many questioned whether or not he was qualified.
At the location where I am currently working to launch my website…there is this guy name Josh, who coincidently shares my birth date…he was telling me the most interesting story about his little niece, who happens to be the apple of his eye. He says that every time she sees Obama on the television she begins pointing at the television screen saying gleefully-
She is only about 2 years old…and can’t pronounce ‘Obama.’
Well, that will clearly change as she grows up. She will learn in history that one of them started the war and that other one put an end to it. As I am sure that the history books will be filled with information on the controversy that the Iraqi War brought not only to this country but around the world.
After 8 days of trying to re-new the spirit and trust of foreign leaders in this country…Obama paid a surprise visit to Iraq. There is something about going somewhere in order to get the full impact of the real situation. I found that out for myself following my mother’s passing.
I had relied upon others…my siblings…as we spoke on the phone or during my weekly visits home…which would always be on one of my days off from my job…but I depended upon others to be my source for what was happening at home…in the house with my father once my mother had passed. I never would have believed that the sources of my information were anything but truthful. It was not until I was forced to go home to stay amid my father being what literally amounted to kidnapped…by another sibling (who was more interested in his money than him)…that I found out the truth…and nothing but the truth…as it started to be revealed to me slowly over time.
Had I never been forced to return home…I would still be living in oblivion and listening to lies about what was really going on at home.
Going and seeing for himself…was something that yes…President Obama had to do. And judging by the pictures…the troops were happy to see him…greet him…and take pictures of him. All of which was something I never saw in any of the media stuff when Bush went to Iraq.
The job that those young people and others have been forced to do was huge and the outcome was never one that was going to be good. For one thing though no one says it…it was an act of aggression on the part of the George Bush Administration to initiate a strike against a country that posed no possible immediate threat or otherwise to us. Thus, there was and is no way that what started off as being bad in the first place could possibly be turned around…as nobody who lost their life…or a limb…or mental or physical state of being…or other problems or complications due to that war…there is never any way that they…or their families…or their love ones will ever be the same. Nor this country…but perhaps somebody thought this when we dropped that bomb on Hiroshima …and then on Nagasaki.
When President Harry Truman, in August of 1945, made the decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Like Bush…Truman had committed political suicide by believing war and killing people is the real show of power. Truman’s fear of communism…the Red Threat…and whatever else that was running through his head at the time…including like Bush…he too had a plunging voter approval rating.
It is interesting how past Presidents used war like some type of commodity to use at will…as a means of vamping up their voter approval. War to them has long been held as a means of engendering country loyalty and solidarity. And they used war also as a means of creating jobs…and all with little care for the lives these wars would exact in return.
The unleashing of the single most dangerous weapon known to all of mankind…the atomic bomb by Truman was the most atrocious thing that any country could do to any group of people. And from that time to this…this country has sought to wide the memory of it from history.
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It is my hope that such weapons are totally removed from society…as the technology is entirely too dangerous…to even be used as an energy source. And as it renders those countries which have it trying to monitor and prohibit others from obtaining it…which speaks to the fact that the world would be a far better place without nuclear weapons.
But I applaud President Obama for being strong willed about bringing to an end a war that never should have been started in the first place.
I really do not know how long the Somali pirates believe that they can continue to interfere with the waterways by pirating ships?
At some point somebody…some country will not take it. And frankly, I do not believe that Obama is somebody to be played with. I know that there might be those of you who have a different opinion of him…but I can tell that he is nice and easy-going as long as you do not cross him. It was in the way he looked into the camera and kind of smiled one morning…though you knew he really wasn’t smiling…and then he said-
“Leave my wife and my children alone.”
You do remember that…that is when the Republican party during the campaigning period decided to go after Michelle Obama. Once Obama stared into that camera and said what he had to say…that campaign launched against Michelle Obama came to an abrupt halt. An immediate halt. I couldn’t blame them…you could tell that Obama meant business. And that is why I say-
“Obama is not a man to be played with.”
Yes, he can kid and joke with the best of them. But for anybody who believes there is not another side to him…look out. Everybody has another side…even me. And as kind as I am (lol)…I have scared my share of people…and still do…when I have taken all that I was or am going to take.
It would be very foolish of the people of Somali to believe that the events that happened when that Black Hawk aircraft was shot down in their country years ago under Carter…will ever be allowed to be repeated again…with them dragging the bodies of Americans through their streets.
No…I don’t think so. America is not going to take that twice.
First Lady Obama, Michelle’s mother, Marian Robinson, is gracing the pages of Essence magazine. Didn’t like the make-up job though…or maybe it was the photoshop touch-up…but she is still beautiful. And Michelle looks just as beautiful sitting beside her mother.
I have said it before…and I am going to say it again.
“What a family.”
It is great to see the type of black families I have known all my life finally hit mainstream media in a continuous manner.
I think that the above story is sad. The Shriners Hospitals are really just too valuable to allow them to close…even one of their facilities much less 5 of them. There must be someone who is capable of aiding them. The number of children who need special medical care is growing…and the Shriners Hospitals because they are made to service children their medical facilities are happier and brighter places for children who have to be hospitalized due to a variety illnesses and accidents…burn victims etc… And can provide them with long care treatment right in their hospitals.
I have a younger cousin who fell out of a 3 story window years ago. She had to spend a very long time in the Shriners Hospital here. The injury impacted her growth andshe had other medical problems which were brought about due to that fall. It caused her to have to stay there for quite a while. That hospital provided for her a happy atmosphere with a great team of care providers who really know how to deal with every need of children from fear…to tears.
There have often been times when I wished I had money…so I could give it away. This is one of those times. I would give it to them.
If you would like to make a donation or contribution…you can do so via their website… http://www.shrinershq.org/
Or by contacting: Shriners International Headquarters
2900 Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, FL 33607
Well, today is so beautiful…that I shouldn’t even tell you about it. But just keep it to myself…and not share it with anyone…as if I could bottle it up and store it somewhere.
Was in New York yesterday. Bought some things for Easter. I decided that I wanted something new and springy. So, I settled on something yellow and can’t wait to get my hair done and put on my new earrings and new wears.
I am looking forward to Easter…not because I want to show off some new clothes…but because I am just so thankful that God loved us enough to endow us with a special gift…his son. And that his son in turn loved us so much…that he laid down his life that we might live…might walk in liberty and free from the yokes and bondage of all the things we once allowed to hold us hostage. And if you did not understand that…you should get yourself a Bible and begin to search it out for yourself. It is something that I am still doing…and have no doubt that I will be doing for the rest of my life. Continuing to read and search it out for myself.
And to all of those of you abroad serving this country with pride and dignity…I wish you well. And with God’s speed hopefully you will soon be home.
Well, it is just about Easter…
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Well, the US House of Representatives has made their voices known and they say-
Rod Blagojevich threw away his life by making a foolish and highly selfish mistake…that will see him facing not only legal charges but impeachment removing him from his office as Governor of Illinois. Though Blagojevich has vowed to fight…it is hard to believe that he will have any success since there is hard evidence and audio tapes of him seeking payoffs for his choice to fill the Obama Senate seat.
But the more I see and hear of Roland Burris…no matter how it happened…or the cloud hanging over his head…it seems he is going be a great civil servant for the people of Illinois. He seems to be a highly humble man…and that really speaks volumes for anyone. The people of Illinois should get behind him with all of their support. It is perhaps because of the problems brought about by Blagojevich that caused him to finally chose Roland Burris in the first place.
The Bible does say this-
“That He is working it out for your good.”
I think Illinois may come to agree.
Regarding Al Franken vs Norm Coleman, the incumbent Senator of Minnesota. Coleman not being happy at Franken finally being declared the winner of the Minnesota Senate seat has vowed to fight on. All I can say is Minnesotians are funny people…after all they did elect that guy who used to be on WestleMania, Jesse the Ventura.
Wow, if these politicans fought as hard for the people they supposedly went into office to represent…they wouldn’t have to fight so hard to keep their seats. Evidently the good people in Minnesota were not satisfied Coleman. Now, who’s fault is that?
Atheist have gone to court to block Obama from saying at the end of the oath during the Presidential Inaugural…they are seeking to have removed-
“…so help me God.”
It is sad that such a group of people does exist in this world anywhere. That they hate and have such a fear of God…so much so that they can’t even stand to hear the name ‘God’ or read it. That these people look to band even the calling of His name from any and everything where it is publicly displayed or said. Now, how sad is that?
I loved this story…how Marian Robinson, Michelle Obama’s mother, will be joining them in the White House. It is a great story…what a family. And they are not ashamed or embarrassed to care about one another…and for each other…no matter what it looks like or sounds like to to others. I admire those Obama’s.
With the schedule that they both will have who better should they leave their little daughters in the care of? And I really do not blame them, neither Obama or his wife, for wanting to ensure that their children were left in the best possible and safest hands in the world…not to mention…loving and caring.
And at 71 this ex-secretary…and current track runner…is being solicited by all kinds of senior groups who are just as excited about her, her children and grand-children…as we all are.
Oh, give me a break. Sarah Palin needs to stop complaining.
The reason that Sarah Palin became such a big joke was really one of her own doing. Nobody but Sarah Palin herself decided to go on Saturday Night Live. Who would do that after the jokes they made of her?
And to get upset about something being said about her pregnant daughter… Well… She should have gotten mad at her daughter who did not think that her mother’s public position was a consideration when she decided to lay down and have unprotected sex…or sex at all…knowing what the outcome might be…and ultimately was. She became pregnant. And being a public family such things follow all those who are in the public eye. It is unfortunate…but it goes with the territory.
And for Palin to say that she will be looking how Caroline Kennedy will be treated by the media as Caroline seeks to fill Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat in the State of New York.
How strange of a statement was that?
The first thing that Palin should learn…is this. It is how you walk and carry yourself that matters. The Kennedy’s…none of them have ever carried themselves as a joke. But that is not anything that Palin can say about herself.
I actually think that it is interesting, however, that after having gotten involved in the Obama campaign that Caroline somehow has gotten bitten by that thing which runs strong in the veins of all her family members…politics. I think that in any capacity Caroline works in…she will be an inspiration to all…dedicated and diligent at the job. Having lost so much so early in her young life due to politics…it is amazing at this time she is seeking to do it. What a legacy she would bring to people of the State of New York.
Now, I’m going to go to the Tavis Smiley issue. Everybody knows about the controversy prior to Obama becoming the President between Tavis and how Tavis felt about Obama. I mean he was all over the radio and then he hit the TV circuit denouncing Obama. All over Obama not being able to attend his annual conference.
When Obama due to his heavy schedule during the primary or election season of his campaign…Obama offered to send his wife, Michelle, to go to Tavis’ conference in his place…and Tavis said he didn’t want her.
Can you imagine that Tavis said ‘no’ to Michelle Obama coming in place of her husband?
Now, most people would have leaped at that. But nooooo….not Tavis. He was insulted. He became angered. He felt offended…that an affront had been made. And he tried to make it seem that it was to black people…when it was in fact a Tavis Smiley ego issue. And then he started bad mouthing Obama.
Now, he is saying how…we need to help to make Obama a good president.
I find that humorous…and an utterly ridiculous statement…not to mention a slap in face to Obama. Particularily from a man who preceives himself as having a stamp of ‘excellence’ himself. “Good”…
The Bible says that you can judge a man by the thing that proceedeth out of his mouth. It would seem like Jesse Jackson last year…Tavis Smiley still has plenty of problems getting over Obama not being a part of his conference. And the things that proceedeth out of his mouth speak volumes as to who Tavis Smiley truly is.
Obama doesn’t need us ‘to help to make him a good president.’ He didn’t enter that race unequiped to handle the job…nor was he not able to run a great Presidential race…and probably the greatest Presidential race of all times…to get to where he intended on going. And Obama is not going to be just ‘a good president,’ Tavis.
No, Obama will probably be the greatest president that this country has ever had. And those capabilities were born in him…which his mother helped to nourtished within him…and his life experiences did the rest. And he doesn’t need any help from us…you…or anyone else outside of God, his wife and family…and the team he has put in place around him…to be more than capable of handling his duties and responsibilities as President of the United States.
‘Eyes have not seen…nor ears heard’ what works God has put in Obama’s heart for the benefit of this nation…and the world.
And no…I do not believe that Obama is some super human…or a prophet. That would be foolish of me. But who knows…I don’t know…maybe he is. But I do believe that God does rise up men…and women to do phenomenal works…even in ‘such a time as these.’
Grow up, Tavis. You are not a child…everybody has schedule conflicts. I am sure that it has even happened to you.
And oh, yeah….
Jeb Bush for President?
Give me a break.
America is not a monarchy. We have no real dynasties here.
The Presidency of this country is not a ‘rite of passage’ for any family.
Something is seriously wrong with the Bush family if that is the only way those boys have of proving to their father that they love him. And on top of that it was Jeb Bush in that set-up regime down in Florida…where he had been put strategically in place for the course of actions and events which took place during the 2000 Presidential Election in which his brother stole his way into the White House over Al Gore who should have legitimitely become the President of the United States.
How in the world could that man run this country when he couldn’t even run his own home or oversee his own children. And imagine being paid $474,500–for 13 days of work per year. Oh, yeah…Jeb Bush he’s our man. These people are crooks…just a bunch of out and out theives…that whole Bush family.
The sun is out today…and I’m up and about. Hope you enjoy your weekend.
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