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Monday, January 14, 2008

Robert Johnson has violated The Cardinal Rule - Don’t Cut Down Other Black People in Public

That man should have his “black card” ripped up immediately!  Regardless of how one feels about Obama, Bob Johnson’s comments were out-of-line.  I have never had much respect for him because of his “booty time” television but his comments take the cake.

Jan. 14, 2008 | In the annals of improbable explanations, Bob Johnson’s ranks right there at the top. Introducing Hillary Clinton at a campaign event in South Carolina Sunday, Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, said that the Clintons were “deeply and emotionally involved in black issues” when Barack Obama was still “doing something in the neighborhood, that I won’t say what he was doing, but he said it in his book.”

Another not-so-veiled reference to Obama’s admissions of past drug use? In a statement released Sunday afternoon, Johnson said it would be “simply irresponsible and incorrect” to read his words that way. “My comments today were referring to Barack Obama’s time spent as a community organizer, and nothing else,” he insisted.

As Walter Shapiro notes today in Salon, Johnson’s explanation is “giggle"-inducing. But maybe it’s a little worse than that. Johnson’s explanation came via an e-mail message distributed by the Clinton campaign’s press office, which certainly suggests some kind of stamp of approval for a claim that’s so obviously false. And this morning, Johnson’s statement got a semi-explicit endorsement from Bill Clinton himself. Asked about Johnson’s explanation in a radio interview, the former president said: “I think we have to take him at his word.”

Clinton said that “nobody knew” what Johnson was going to say Sunday, and he insisted that it “wasn’t part of any planned strategy.” If that sounds familiar, maybe it’s because it is. When Clinton’s New Hampshire co-chair raised the issue of Obama’s past drug use as a barrier to his electability last month, a Clinton campaign spokeswoman said the remarks “were not authorized or condoned by the campaign in any way.” And when Clinton strategist Mark Penn went out of his way to mention Obama’s “cocaine” use on “Hardball” last month, he said that “the issue related to cocaine use is not something that the campaign was in any way raising.”

Then, as now, we’ll just have to take him at his word.

-- Tim Grieve Salon Magazine

Posted by Nuttshell on 01/14 at 03:13 PM in BloggingPoliticsNews
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Thursday, January 10, 2008

African Union command officially took control the peacekeeping mission in Darfur.

On December 31, a hybrid United Nations-African Union command officially took control of the peacekeeping mission for Darfur.

But the mission is already in danger of failing. Few new peacekeepers have actually been deployed because of obstructions by the Sudanese regime, and world leaders aren’t providing critical equipment essential to the peacekeepers’ success.

Right now, this peacekeeping mission does not have ANY of the 24 helicopters it needs to protect the people of Darfur.

President Bush must do everything in his power to secure commitments from world leaders.

In a region as vast as Darfur, helicopters are essential for the peacekeeping effort. This effort cannot succeed without helicopters for transport, reconnaissance, and security.

Countries in NATO collectively have 18,000 helicopters, and many other nations have the capacity to contribute as well. But no one has yet contributed any to the U.N.-A.U. peacekeeping mission. World leaders are failing to match their words with actions and are turning away from genocide. Again.

President Bush must further his commitment to Darfur and press other nations to step up to the plate and follow through on their commitments. 

Posted by SPN on 01/10 at 11:00 AM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityPoliticsInternationalNews
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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Katrina victims swamp corps with trillions in claims

See the full story here Why don’t they just sue me instead.  I funded the Corps of Engineers with my tax dollars.  Or better yet, they should sue the dinosaurs that died and decomposed into fossil fuel that, after burning, feeds global warming.

WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of people whose property was destroyed when Hurricane Katrina overwhelmed New Orleans’ protective levees have filed claims demanding the government pay astronomical sums that would be enough money to make multimillionaires of everyone in Louisiana.

The Army Corps of Engineers received 247 claims from residents, businesses and government agencies seeking $1 billion or more, according to the agency. That’s the tip of a very large iceberg: The corps, which designed and built the city’s storm protections, faces more than 489,000 claims for the damage and deaths in the post-Katrina flooding.

The claims are so massive the government could never hope to pay them. Rather, they are the hopeful — and at times inflated — requests of people reeling from losses.

Just the top filings add up to so much money that the entire annual output of the nation’s economy — $12 trillion — couldn’t pay them off, according to the corps’ listing. It is the first public accounting of the scale of damage demands the corps faces. 

Posted by SPN on 01/09 at 02:57 PM in BloggingJustice / InjusticePoliticsNewsThis is just stupid!
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Monday, December 31, 2007

Bush’s last day

Posted by SPN on 12/31 at 03:28 PM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityPoliticsCelebrityInternationalNewsPersonal
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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Stop Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s Defiance

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is at it again. He is
backtracking on his government’s agreements and attempting to
block peacekeepers for Darfur.

His obstruction must be stopped. And it is up to our world
leaders to stop it.

President Bush must make it clear that Bashir’s defiance of the
international community will not be tolerated. Click below to
send President Bush a message asking him to stand up to Sudanese
President Bashir now.
http://action.savedarfur.org/campaign/stop_bashir/ixxiisk41i5t3n8?

President Bashir is rejecting key provisions of the U.N.
peacekeeping resolution - the same resolution his government
“unconditionally accepted” earlier this year. Bashir is now
adding conditions to the peacekeeping mission that would ensure
it will not be effective enough to actually protect civilians.

If we don’t respond forcefully now, the Sudanese government will
continue to try to finish what they’ve started in Darfur. Click
below to urge President Bush to engage his fellow world leaders
and pressure President Bashir to put the peacekeeping mission
back on track.
http://action.savedarfur.org/campaign/stop_bashir/ixxiisk41i5t3n8?

More than 2.5 million lives are hanging in the balance. The
people of Darfur need President Bush and other world leaders to
stand up to the Sudanese government and put a stop to their
deceitful attempts to continue waging violence against their own
people.

Please take a few minutes to spread the word to your friends,
family and co-workers. Click below to spread the word and ask
them to contact President Bush today.
http://action.savedarfur.org/campaign/stop_bashir/forward/ixxiisk41i5t3n8?

The way the world reacts to Sudan’s latest round of game-playing
will determine if and when peace and security will return to the
people of Darfur.

Your dedication to the people of Darfur has never been more
important.

Thank you again for your help.

Best regards,

Colleen Connors
Save Darfur Coalition

PS. Make your year-end gift today! Help us fight the genocide in
Darfur in 2008. Make your tax-deductible, year-end gift before
midnight on December 31. Click below to donate now.
https://donate.savedarfur.org/08/actnow_bashir/nX7Mjcwp1BOs3?

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Los Angeles police plan to map Muslims in their homes.

Fri Nov 9, 10:54 AM ET

LOS ANGELES - Civil rights advocates criticized plans by the Los Angeles Police Department to map the city’s Muslim communities, calling it racial profiling.

The LAPD’s counterterrorism bureau plans to identify Muslim enclaves in order to determine which might be likely to become isolated and susceptible to “violent, ideologically based extremism,” said Deputy Chief Michael P. Downing on Thursday.

“We want to know where the Pakistanis, Iranians and Chechens are so we can reach out to those communities,” said Downing, who heads the counterterrorism bureau.

Downing said the plan is still in its early stages, but the LAPD wants to work with a Muslim partner and intends to have the data assembled by the University of Southern California’s Center for Risk and Economic Analysis.

Downing testified about the plan before a U.S. Senate committee on Oct. 30.

In his testimony, Downing said his bureau wanted to “take a deeper look at the history, demographics, language, culture, ethnic breakdown, socioeconomic status and social interactions” of the city’s Muslim communities.

There are an estimated 500,000 Muslims in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties.

On Thursday, several Muslim groups and the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California sent Downing a letter expressing “grave concerns” about the program.

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Posted by SPN on 11/11 at 09:21 AM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityNewsRacism / Prejudice
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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Divest for Darfur National Grassroots Action

There is an important divestment rally coming up in New York City. Join the NYC Coalition to Save Darfur and Brooklyn Parents for Peace and demand that JPMorgan Chase divest from companies that help fund the genocide in Darfur.

The rally, to be held at noon on Monday, October 15, outside JPMorgan Chase headquarters, is part of a National Day of Action. You will join thousands of activists around the country urging the top offending investment firms - including JPMorgan Chase - to divest for Darfur.

What: Divest for Darfur National Grassroots Action
Where: JPMorgan Chase Headquarters, 270 Park Avenue
When: Monday, October 15, noon - 2:00 p.m.

The National Divest for Darfur Day of Action was organized to encourage investment firms, especially JP Morgan, Franklin Templeton, Fidelity Investments, Capital Group (American Funds), and Vanguard, to withdraw investments from companies that help fund genocide in Darfur. Millions of Americans have their retirement funds invested through these firms and are inadvertently investing in genocide. The goal of divestment is to put economic pressure on the Sudanese government to end the violence.

For more information on divestment, check out http://www.divestfordarfur.org

Posted by SPN on 10/11 at 09:04 AM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityInternationalNewsRacism / Prejudice
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Friday, September 21, 2007

Bail denied for only Jena beating suspect in jail

Ruling comes day after civil rights demonstration in La. town.
As seen on MSNBC website.

Posted by Nuttshell on 09/21 at 03:57 PM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeNewsRacism / Prejudice
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Another Double Standard - Why isn’t the news media playing up the shooting @ Del State?

When Cho was shooting up VA Tech, it was breaking news 24-7.  A shooting at a black college gets barely any mention.  WTF!

Posted by Nuttshell on 09/21 at 11:21 AM in BloggingJustice / InjusticePoliticsNewsRacism / Prejudice
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A ‘bad idea’ becomes wildly successful

By LEONARD PITTS JR.

Posted on Sun, Sep. 16, 2007 in the Miami Herald

ATLANTA—The consensus was that Tom Cousins was either crooked or crazy.
The former opinion was held by residents of the gritty East Lake Meadows housing project who didn’t believe him when he said he wanted to tear down East Lake and erect a mixed-income apartment complex in its place. The latter opinion was held by observers who did.

The residents thought it was just a land grab. They thought Cousins, a wealthy developer and philanthropist, was lying when he said they would be able to move back into nice apartments at subsidized rates and that the drug gangs that had held East Lake in thrall would be banished.

The observers thought it was nuts, this idea that you could effect change by tearing down a crime factory and building an apartment complex where the poor and the middle class would be neighbors. Charles Knapp, then president of the University of Georgia, told Cousins it was a bad idea. ‘He looked at me and said, `Professor’—which he always called me when he was trying to make a point—‘I have wasted a lot of money on other people’s bad ideas, including some of yours. And now I’m going to waste some on one of mine.’ ‘’

Fifteen years later, Cousins’ ‘’bad idea’’ has produced miracles. As detailed in my last column, crime is way down, income is way up, children’s test scores have exploded. Knapp is now board chairman of the East Lake Foundation.

This is a What Works column, part of my series on programs that are successfully attacking dysfunctions that plague black children. The success of East Lake suggests you can win that battle by not isolating poverty.

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Posted by Nuttshell on 09/18 at 07:09 PM in BloggingNews
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