Monday, September 26, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg Warns Of Rioting If Unemployment Remains High (click title to entry - thank you))

From the article at title:
Pedestrians were seemingly content on the streets of upper Manhattan Friday, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes there’s an undercurrent of economic distress that could upset the tranquil street scene.
“You have a lot of kids graduating college, can’t find jobs, that’s what happened in Cairo. That’s what happened in Madrid. You don’t want those kind of riots here,” Bloomberg said on his Friday morning radio show....
Michael Bloomberg's prediction is an excuse for police brutality?  Since when?  Oh, I know, the Egyptian demonstrations began with one woman and a cell phone.  Right.

...Turns out Anthony Bologna (click here), the police identified by Annonymous as the guy holding the pepper spray, had been accused of civil rights violations six years earlier. 
The Guardian talked to civil rights lawyer Alan Levine, who filed an action against Bologna in 2004—during the lead-up to the Republican National Convention in New York—on behalf of a man named Post A Posr. According to Levine, Posr approached a man in a car "festooned with anti-abortion slogans" in order to engage in discussion—until Bologna became involved:

Levine said: "Police contend that Posr hit the man with a rolled-up newspaper. He said he was just talking to the guy. Bologna ordered another officer, Camejo, to arrest Posr."
Posr was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of second degree harassment, and held until September 2. On November 8, all charges against him were dropped.
Levine said that, in a departure from normal police procedure, his client was held in a special detention facility, at Pier 57, where he and others arrested were held until the protests were over.

New York City promotes men that incite incidents with citizens to be a role model to all the others. They are all paid for it at that.  Bologna is a commander.

President Obama gave a rally cry to all that cared enough to hear it. More should heed the message.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, wave to the crowd at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards in Washington Saturday Sept. 24, 2011.

In an inspiring speech to the Congressional Black Caucus all Democrats should have been called to their own purpose.

The year has seen a higher unemployment rate for the African American community.  To that end there have been disgruntled rumblings from the CBC in regard to the President's perceived in ability to instantly remedy the problem.  Somehow the President should be able to wave a magic wand and make it all better.  In his speech he reminded the audience to recall the difficulty that exists in capturing civil rights and freedom in the USA. 

I applaud him and First Lady Michelle always is lovely.  She never disappoints.

There are some realities the President needs to keep in mind when approaching job creation and legislation in general and that is the African American community is far behind the rest of America in obtaining wealth that acts as a buffer to such difficult times.

I believe in his words.  I walk them daily.  I am not African American, but, I am a woman that has seen many struggles and many disappointments.  I was pleased he reminded us of our challenge to 'being American.'  I appreciated that.

What he does not sometimes address and perhaps he'll find the 'right time' to do so is the fact how the majority of African Americans haven't been born with a benefit of a wealthy family.  Most all have had to work for their wealth and their lives.  This community is the first to receive huge setbacks when times get tough.  It is not unusual for a well employed member of a family to support more than one family in Middle Class and Poor communities.  In that lies the reality as to why it has been difficult for these citizens to accumulate wealth.  It is not for  the trying, but, more for the compassion and love of all our family and children.  It is these families that cling to each other and find comfort during difficult times, but, also have little or no residual to rely on.

Additionally, the mortgage market crash had targeted minorities so there are far more of the nation's minorities that will be suffering profound losses due to the banking collapse of 2008.  The collapse hit hardest in these communities and among these families.  It is these families that more than ever need programs such as Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.  Their promise needs to be returned to them.  

But, knowing the facts doesn't make it any more right or any more wrong, simply another hurdle for a community to examine and move forward.  Disappointment is the way of change.  It always has been.  When looking at the most recent victims of hate and discrimination is the gay community.  They too have had their disappointments and still do.  

The President is correct and more than able to point to the need to rally around the disappointment, the hardship and forge a way forward together.  It is the American way.  It is the best way and the values are important, they must sustain.

I appreciate all the President and the First Lady do to help this country recover and his rally speech was just another one of those times.

I also believe the mass media mischaracterized his speech.  He was uplifting and not punitive.  How could they get it so "W"rong?

Roy Blunt, a senator from Missouri actually voted "No" on the FEMA funding bill. That is outrageous.

Rob Muir (C) of the Kansas City Fire Department Rescue Team, travels house to house to look for survivors on May 23, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri. A powerful tornado ripped through the densely populated town of Joplin yesterday killing at least 116 people. (Getty Images) (click title to entry - thank you)

Senate Vote 153 - Approves Stopgap Spending Measure (click here)

Has the man no conscience even when it comes to his own constituents.  I dare anyone to explain that one.  The other senator Claire McCaskill voted 'Yes."  

That is unconscionable.  If Blunt doesn't even care about his own constituency what makes anyone believe he cares about the country.  Why he is in office?