Friday, August 19, 2011

What I liked about "Toya, A Family Affair" on the show today...

...was that she had to move out of her comfort zone and have her daughter move out of her comfort zone to be available for her mother who was entering rehab.  She was entering rehab for the first time voluntarily and without Toya insisting.  Toya was hopeful this was going to be the time when it was going to be successful and she would see her mother recover from her long addiction to drug.  

I worked for nearly six years at UMDNJ in Newark, New Jersey and came to know the community in that city.

President Barack Obama (click title to entry - thank you) boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.,Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, en route to Martha's Vineyard for a family vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Oh, yes, this is nothing short of a lecture to the media that insists on depriving joy to a President that continues to try to win over country, but, falls short because of the 'news being turned into sports casting.’

The Black Community in the USA is a dedicated community to family and God.  They are always fighting for the right path for their children, unable to overcome the odds of wholesome living in a hostile environment.  They are some of the most devoted people to God I have ever witnessed and I grew up in a fairly devout Roman Catholic household.  

This country never gave President Obama the chance to be the pride of the African American Community.  Before he was inaugurated there were movements to defeat his plans to help the USA recover from eight years of exploitation and wrongful wars.  But, the African American Community of the USA was never spot lighted and this Harvard Lawyer was never to outshine anyone that came before him.

President Obama has never been militant a day in his life, he brings pride to this country and his method of 'governing' to attempt in any way he can to include all the people of the USA in a discussion that is benevolent and moves the country forward with confidence.

He is the pinnacle of Grace Under Fire.  No other modern day President has had to sustain the onslaught of viciousness the media has dished out.  Where President Obama is not respected and his reputation is 'leaned' into as a man without quality but simply enjoying the view; it is bigotry and racism talking.  When he is maligned for his faith and personal expressions of openness; it is a slam to every African American in the country.

I have never witnessed a media so inclined and so willing to treat a President as less than he is.  It could be the influence of the internet, but, it goes beyond that.  

President Obama does not have to prove himself as an ally to the Inner City or
Black Community.  He did that in Chicago.  He earned his stripes when he didn't have to and should have been soaking up a six figure salary straight out of Harvard.  

I don't know what it takes to be the First Lady to this President, but, she is special. She is lovely beyond expectations and a smile and faithful hand when none are found anywhere else.  She is above reproach and I'll be darnned if I can find her message from day to day anywhere in the media in this country.  She is drowned out by hate speech against her husband masquerading as political speech.  

This country should be ashamed for the political agenda of hate and misdirection by the Republican Party and their willingness to allow their own constituents to continue to believe hate and lies.  The AMERICA the Republicans portray is not the country I was raised in and it is not the vision I ever expected from a prominent political party.  

The Republicans are about extremism, about hate and about bringing down the Middle Class and Poor while we discard every safeguard available to them.  THAT is bigotry.  There is no other word.  The Middle Class may as well be aliens for the hate speech that victimizes unions as well as the 'idea' of good pay and benefits.  

Pitiful is not the word I would use to describe the ignorant and hate-filled discourse out of the RNC these days.  But, bigotry of many venues does define it well.  If the media doesn't have the guts to call a bigot a bigot then what good are they?

I worked for nearly six years at UMDNJ in Newark, New Jersey and came to know the community in that city.

The Best Reality Television I ever watched I saw today on BET (Black Entertainment Television).

It is blockbusters and I continue to watch a wonder family take on the challenges of the modern day experience.  It is a great show.  I congratulate all the people that make this show possible.

May 24, 2011

Watch Toya: A Family Affair Season 1 Episode 7 – Strength to Overcome (click title to entry - thank you)

Speaker Boner learns he has to "Go along, to get along" at a fund raiser for Mark Amodei.

Friday, Aug. 19, 2011 | 2 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Mark Amodei is getting some powerful Republican assistance on the campaign trail today: House Speaker John Boehner, the nation’s top-ranking member of the GOP, is coming to Reno.
It’s primarily a fundraising trip. Boehner is speaking at a $5,000 and $10,000 per-head breakfast for Amodei. Boehner won’t attend any public events as he did for Jane Corwin in New York’s 26th in May — the last closely contested special election, which Republicans lost in an upset.
Still, his visit will be the first official pairing of two men who don’t really see eye to eye on the biggest issues confronting the GOP since Amodei announced he would seek to fill the seat vacated by Dean Heller’s appointment to the U.S. Senate....

Mark was the favorite in the GOP in his Nevada district because he stated China will take over the USA if he was not voted into office.  Evidently, Mark is an expert on China and their aggressive campaign to invade the USA.

The Republican candidate (click here) for Nevada’s special congressional election has released his first ad and he makes one thing clear — vote for me or China will literally take over the United States.
Mark Amodei, who has served as the chairman of the Nevada GOP, recently became the Republican nominee for the state’s 2nd Congressional District. The ad itself, which will be featured in Reno markets, doesn’t go after any particular  candidate as Amodei doesn’t yet have a clear Democrat opponent. Not that it’s stopped Amodei from coming out strong....

People in Nevada must sleep well at night knowing Mark is 'at the helm' when it comes to the covert actions of China.  I know how they feel.  I was relieved when the Grand Dragon of the KKK was finally in a seat of power in DC.  No one would believe the truth about that either.

Mark prefers that confused look in most of his official pictures.  That works for him given his constituency and their 24 hour lifestyles.

So, the only question I have is how much money is coming in to his campaign dinner from covert donors backed by China?  $5,000 to $10,000 a plate.  That is a lot of China.
"Yahweh will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand, "a nation of fierce countenance, which does not respect the elderly nor show favor to the young. And they shall eat the increase of your livestock and the produce of your land, until you are destroyed; they shall not leave you grain or new wine or oil, or the increase of your cattle or the offspring of your flocks, until they have destroyed you.

We can speculate on who this nation is, but it is possible that it could be an asian country.

When one reflects on that a minute, it could be the Muslims.  I betcha Governor Perry could answer the question on that one.

Could it be that "The Green Jobs" that would transform some communities actually needed a czar?

With the resignation of green jobs advisor Van Jones, the conservative firing squad is setting its sights on other White House czars.John Shinkle
The Republican Right Wing Bozos in the Media are directly responsible for the continued unemployment rate along with their puppet legislators.  What is there to understand?
...Mr. Reed (click title to entry - thank you) called the opening of the new headquarters of SolFocus, which produces large, free-standing solar panels, an “enormously important” development for the city’s economy....

...But SolFocus assembles its solar panels in China, and the new San Jose headquarters employs just 90 people....

China?  China has solar panels?  Joking.   You mean to tell me China is not as antiquated in their energy sources as the USA?  I'll be darn.

...“I won’t say I’m not frustrated,” said Van Jones, an Oakland activist who served briefly as Mr. Obama’s green-jobs czar before resigning under fire after conservative critics said he had signed a petition accusing the Bush administration of deliberately allowing the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a claim Mr. Jones denies.
A study released in July by the non-partisan Brookings Institution found clean-technology jobs accounted for just 2 percent of employment nationwide and only slightly more — 2.2 percent — in Silicon Valley. Rather than adding jobs, the study found, the sector actually lost 492 positions from 2003 to 2010 in the South Bay, where the unemployment rate in June was 10.5 percent.

Federal and state efforts to stimulate creation of green jobs have largely failed, government records show. Two years after it was awarded $186 million in federal stimulus money to weatherize drafty homes, California has spent only a little over half that sum and has so far created the equivalent of just 538 full-time jobs in the last quarter, according to the State Department of Community Services and Development….
The federal efforts have failed?  Well.  I am not surprised the state efforts are failing then because whom on the federal level has coordinated these efforts? 
Upfront costs to any homeowner is an issue regardless of solar panels or not.  Why was it that Cash for Clunkers was such a successful program?  By some chance was it because it had an Auto Czar?  Ya think.  But, wait wasn't the Car Czar a White Guy?  I think he was.

Yep.  Ron Bloom.  White Guy.

Ford Chief Technical Officer Paul Mascarenas, center, shows off the automaker's electric car battery to Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Ron Bloom, President Obama's Senior Counselor for Manufacturing Policy at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011.

...Ron Bloom, car czar for the Obama adminstration, says the federal government is looking to sell of its remaining shares of General Motors as quickly as possible, and personally, he's looking to buy a new Dodge Durango.

That's not to say he's playing favorites.

GM launched its initial public stock offering in November, allowing the federal government to recoup another $13.6 billion from the 2009 bailout. To date, the Treasury has recovered almost half of the $49.5 billion it invested.

As it stands, the government retains a 37 percent stake in GM, but speaking with reporters Tuesday during a tour of the Detroit auto show, Bloom said the Treasury is looking to get out of the business all together....

Well, hell and tar-nation how come President Obama could not find a White Guy to run the Green Jobs Program for the Inner City?  I hold him responsible for not finding a White Guy and therefore the failure of the program.  Absolutely.  I mean just because he is the President and believes he has to follow some "Equal Opportunity" principle that is the law of the land doesn't he know yet that isn't the way Washington works?

While Israel was not left a choice in striking Gaza, they will have to reconstruct when all is done.

A Palestinian man looks over the damage in Bin Zayed mosque after an Israeli air strike in Gaza August 19, 2011. Israeli warplanes resumed air strikes on the Gaza Strip on Friday noon after eight Israelis were killed in a series of attacks in the southern city of Eilat, bombing training sites for militants and other targets, witnesses and security sources said. (Xinhua/Wissam Nassar)

I sincerely believe the militants of Gaza have to be stopped.  They are at the root of the disruption and now they are armed with missiles and not just rockets.  Gaza is not sincerely part of Palestine.  It has gone on its own path and seeks no productive dialogue with Israel or Fatah.

A day after Secretary Hillary Clinton asks for the Syrian's President resignation, he responds by reviewing his defense department.

 "We want to see Russia cease selling arms to the Assad regime," she said in a recent interview with the television network CBS.
The export of Russian weapons to Iran and Libya has already been suspended, and now officials in Washington are raising the issue of Russia's arms sales to Syria.
This is an extremely sensitive issue, even for such an inherently sensitive sector as military and technical cooperation. The business interests of Russian arms manufacturers and the Russian leadership's complex Middle East policy run up against the hard line of Israel and the United States.
In recent years, Russian-Syrian military ties have often come under the barrage of criticism from Tel Aviv and Washington. Moscow has terminated some bilateral contracts in response, so as to avoid further tensions.
One example is the contract for the Iskander E tactical missile system, which was cancelled in 2005....

And Russia opposes the USA position.  

2011-08-09 01:56:52

DAMASCUS, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad replaced his ailing defense minister on Monday in the context of recent shake-up covering a number of officials, the official SANA news agency reported.
Al-Assad has named Lt. Gen. Dawoud Bin Abdullah Rajha as the new defense minister replacing Ali Habib, said SANA, adding that the replacement came following a number of meetings with popular delegations and citizens.
Habib, 72, named as defense minister in 2009, was removed due to deteriorating health situation, said SANA.
Rajha, 64, a military college graduate, was head of a number of administrations and bodies of the armed forces before being appointed as deputy chief of staff in 2004. In 2009, he was named as the army's chief of staff.
Meanwhile, a military source said army units, entitled to bring back life to normalcy in the restive province of Hama in central Syria, have started evacuating the city after they "fulfilled a qualitative mission" there by protecting the lives of residents and tracking down armed and terrorist groups, which have brought life there to a standstill and committed a lot of sabotaging acts...

The Chinese New Big Boat - not a flat top, but, a curved top.

Good job, Joe, confidence building never hurts.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (C) (click here) and United States Vice President Joe Biden (3rd L) attend the China-US Business Dialogue aimed at enhancing the bilateral trade and economic ties, in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 19, 2011. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

I happen to believe China is correct to be prudent about their currency.  Their economic growth is rapid and somewhat unstable.  While everyone expects great success for the Chinese economy it is still untested on a sustainable basis.  The Chinese don't want to lose what they have gained and I don't blame them.  They need to change any dynamic within their growth as a rate that stabilizes as the country's booming economy grows.  The willingness of the Chinese to now look at the value of their currency is more than encouraging.  The fact they see a link between a healthy US economy and their own is not only correct but a realization they are not blind to their place in the global market.
BEIJING, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- China's currency (click title to entry - thank you) should appreciate against the U.S. dollar, but at a gradual pace and within a certain extent, Bank of China President Li Lihui said before the opening of the China-U.S. Business Dialogue, which was held in Beijing on Friday.
"Rapid appreciation will strike a heavy blow to Chinese enterprises, particularly export-oriented businesses. This will hinder China's overall economic restructuring," Li said."
The yuan has already appreciated more than 20 percent against the U.S. dollar since China unpegged it from the greenback in 2005 as part of its exchange rate reforms. In the first half of this year, it gained 2.33 percent....

HONG KONG, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (click here) concluded a 3-day visit to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Thursday afternoon and returned to Beijing.
Before boarding his plane, Li told reporters at Hong Kong International Airport that he had deep feelings and more knowledge about Hong Kong as a result of this trip.
The first feeling is that Hong Kong's role in the nation's reform and opening drive is irreplaceable, and cooperation between the mainland and Hong Kong is blessed with wide areas and huge potential, he said.
Secondly, Hong Kong compatriots are hard-working and wise, and the Hong Kong society is open, diversified and full of vigor, Li said.
Thirdly, whatever the environment might change, Hong Kong under the rule of "one country, two systems" has strong vitality and is capable of dealing with challenges and maintaining prosperity and stability....

Chinese Ambassador (click here) to Japan Cheng Yonghua (R) delivers aid which were shipped through the new route to Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida (L) during the launching ceremony of a new shipping and trucking route at Niigata harbor, Japan, Aug. 18, 2011. China and Japan have jointly launched a new shipping and trucking route linking northeast China's Hunchun City in Jilin Province and Japan's Niigata, via Russia's Zarubino. On Thursday, Panamanian-registered freighter "Teddy Bear" entered Niigata east port, marking the success of the new route's first voyage from Zarubino in Russia's Far East. (Xinhua/Ji Chunpeng) 

BEIJING, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Vice President of the United States Joseph Biden arrived in Beijing Wednesday evening, kicking off his six-day official visit to China.
Biden is making the visit at the invitation (click here) of his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
Shortly after his arrival, Biden attended a friendly men's basketball game between China's Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons and the United States' Georgetown University Hoyas held in a stadium inside the National Olympic Sports Center.
After a fierce competition, Hoyas beat Brave Dragons at 98:81....