Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama’s Full Speech to the DNC

This was the first time in my life that I felt “connected” to the government...I became proud to be an American when I heard this speech given by Barack Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. I now believe in the Pledge Of Allegiance”...for liberty and justice for all”. Y-E-S, we can win and we will change this world policies for the better for every man, woman and child. When you are reluctant to change...Think of the beauty of autumn. Get it? Change is Beautiful...Change is Powerful...Change is of Greatness!!!...Let’s not be afraid of change. Let’s welcome it with an open heart, open mind and open arms.

I hope you will enjoy and appreciate this speech as I have.

Hi Stephen, I know it’s been a very long time since I have submitted an article-I just couldn’t resist sharing this piece of history.

BELOVED

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Favorite Quote

I’ve heard some great speeches this week at the Democratic Convention but this is a great line by Bill Clinton.
“...people have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power.”

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Reflecting

I’ve been dealing with a lot recently and my outlet for stress is poetry. I sometimes keep things bottled inside but on some occasions it helps me to put pen to paper to put things in perspective.

Reflecting

Here I sit reflecting
Reflecting in my cube of solitude
Looking at my world and life around me
Things that affect me

Reflecting on my feelings, my hopes and my dreams
Reflecting on my past and my present
Trying to find out what it all means

Contemplating life without you
Contemplating life with you
Are they both interchangeable
Can I have my cake and eat it too?

Reflection is bringing about my perspective
Is it too late to start anew?
Do I look upon the boldly rising sun or squint into it not quite sure if I’m worthy
Worthy to work my way back to the being I once was
The being who was able to move mountains, cross valleys, and overcome any adversity

Or do I just continue to sit here in my cube of solitude and continue to just be.

I think my reflecting has come to an end and I know what the end shall be.
To reflect no more and to stand strong and firm and end this cube of solitude and embrace the path I’ve chosen to deflect all past wrongs before and smile boldly
Walk right through the door because my reflection is all done.

Copyrighted Alondra DeGroat-Reid August 15, 2008

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Paris Hilton for President.

If you came here looking for naked pictures of Paris Hilton, you’ve got the wrong website.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

France accused in Rwanda genocide

From http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7542418.stm

Some 800,000 people died in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda

Rwanda has accused France of playing an active role in the genocide of 1994, in which about 800,000 people were killed.

A justice ministry report said France was aware of preparations for the genocide and helped train the ethnic Hutu militia perpetrators.

The report also accused French troops of direct involvement in the killings.

It named 33 senior French military and political figures that it said should be prosecuted. France has previously denied any such responsibility.

Among those named in the report were the late former president, Francois Mitterrand, and two former prime ministers, Dominique de Villepin and Edouard Balladur.

Also named was former Foreign Minister Alain Juppe.

The French foreign ministry told the BBC it would only respond to the fresh allegations after reading the report, which was released on Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier this year France’s Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner denied French responsibility in connection with the genocide, but said political errors had been made.

The Rwandan government has urged the relevant authorities to bring the accused French politicians and military officials to justice
Rwandan justice ministry

Some 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered by Hutu militias in just 100 days in 1994.

The report says France backed Rwanda’s Hutu government with political, military, diplomatic and logistical support.

It accuses France of training Hutu militias responsible for the slaughter, helping plan the genocide, and participating in the killings.

“French forces directly assassinated Tutsis and Hutus accused of hiding Tutsis… French forces committed several rapes on Tutsi survivors,” said a statement from the justice ministry cited by AFP news agency.

“Considering the seriousness of the alleged crimes, the Rwandan government has urged the relevant authorities to bring the accused French politicians and military officials to justice,” the statement said.

It further alleged that French forces did nothing to challenge checkpoints used by Hutu forces in the genocide.

“They clearly requested that the Interahamwes contine to man those checkpoints and kill Tutsis attempting to flee,” it said.

The BBC’s Geoffrey Mutagoma in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, says the commission spent nearly two years investigating France’s alleged role in the genocide.

It heard testimonies from genocide survivors, researchers, writers and reporters.

The 500-page document was presented to the Rwanda’s government last November, but was not made public until now.

Rwanda has repeatedly accused France of arming and training the Hutu militias that perpetrated the genocide, and of dragging its feet in co-operating with the investigations that followed.

France has maintained that its forces helped protect civilians during a UN-sanctioned mission in Rwanda at the time.

The two countries have had a frosty relationship since 2006 when a French judge implicated Rwandan President Paul Kagame in the downing in 1994 of then-President Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane - an event widely seen as triggering the killings.

President Kagame has always denied the charge.

He says Mr Habyarimana, a Hutu, was killed by Hutu extremists who then blamed the incident on Tutsi rebels to provide the pretext for the genocide. 

Someone to be proud of.

I love this girl.

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Monday, August 04, 2008

I apologize if you’ve already seen this, but…

I felt that you needed to see it again.  If for no other reason, the reasons outlined in the video should be enough to bring our troops home where they belong.

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