Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Obama: "A new beginning for US and Cuba" and Sen. Marco's run for the highest office

PBO is not finished, no lame duck president here, he is still adding to his ever impressive and growing resume:
  • Economy  humming along and adding 200,000 plus new jobs for several months
  • Unemployment cut to 5.8%
  • Cheap gas -- always a holiday season plus
  • Dow Jones at all time highs
  • Historic climate treaty with China
  • Economic sanctions hitting Russian President Putin where it hurts the most -- the wallet
  • Forbes Magazine naming him the best modern era economic president -- sorry Ronnie, the Forbes index has Obama surpassing you with ease.
And now President Obama has historically normalized international relations with Cuba. For the first time in over 54 years, Cuba and USA will have diplomatic ties to each other -- effectively ending the Cold War between the two nations.


The NY Times writes:

The administration’s decision to restore full diplomatic relations, take steps to remove Cuba from the State Department list of countries that sponsor terrorism and roll back restrictions on travel and trade is a change in direction that has been strongly supported by this page. The White House is ushering in a transformational era for millions of Cubans who have suffered as a result of more than 50 years of hostility between the two nations.
 
Mr. Obama could have taken modest, gradual steps toward a thaw. Instead, he has courageously gone as far as he can, within the constraints of an outmoded 1996 law that imposes stiff sanctions on Cuba in the pursuit of regime change.
 
Just after a mid-term election Democratic shellacking, losing the Senate majority and losing more seats in the House, Obama continues to deftly prove his relevance and boldness on domestic and international issues.
 
And, of course,  the Right-Wing Boys Choir, right on note, continue to condemn Obama in unison with their songs of doom, gloom, fire and brimstone.
 
Cuban-American Senator Rubio, as lead singer, garbled out something remotely intelligible about Obama being the worst something or another in the history of mankind -- oh, he did this right after he lectured Pope Francis for being down with PBO's Cuba move.
 
Rubio, a potential presidential candidate in 2016, has been a longtime critic of the regime in Cuba and of Obama's foreign policy -- which he dubbed on Wednesday as "not just naive, but willfully ignorant of the way the world truly works."

"This president is the single worst negotiator we have had in the White House in my lifetime," Rubio said.
 
And on the Pope:
 
Sen. Marco Rubio, a Catholic, criticized Pope Francis on Wednesday after the pontiff played a key role in helping the United States and Cuba forge an agreement that resulted in the release of American Alan Gross from Cuba.

Rubio said he would “ask His Holiness to take up the cause of freedom and democracy.” Read more

Some political observers say Rubio is positioning himself to run for president in 2016, I say Rubio is aiming higher:

Marco Rubio for God 2016 and beyond - vote now!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Shout-out to all the athletes on the collegiate and professional levels for their very public support of the movement to address police abuse and the usage of lethal force against unarmed African-Americans.

The Notre Dame female basketball squad donned "I Can't Breathe" pre-game T-shirts before their Saturday game.

Various NFL players have suited up with pre-game Jerseys indicating their solidarity for the cause. And NBA ballers, including elite players like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, have joined the "I Can't Breathe" movement.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Dr Claude Anderson: Power of Group Economics and how to control the Police Force

When I reflect on the heightened level of community response to police abuse of power, whether it may be in Ferguson, NYC, Philly, Chicago, Houston or LA, I am pleased to see people taking the call to duty in the fight for justice.

The marches and rallies -- not riots and looting -- are excellent starting points to affect change.

Friday, December 5, 2014

America Back to work: More Jobs and Higher Wages: U.S. Recovery Starts to Hit Home

No selective amnesia or short term memory here, hence, I vividly recall the palpable desperation in the air as #44 placed his hand on Abe's bible and took the presidential oath of office.

I can't forget:

The Dow Jones was in a free fall, banks and lending institutions collapsing in debt, unemployment approaching depression like numbers, the American auto industry on the brink of shutting down all operations, the housing market deep under water.

The weight of the catastrophic Cheney/Bush co-presidency -- two wars fought on the credit card, lobbyist writing laws on the congressional hallowed floors, Reaganomics on steroids (rob the poor and give to the rich), energy policy developed by Enron, token response to one of the worst natural disasters in USA history (Hurricane Katrina) and the list goes on and on -- had just about broken the spirit of our country.

And no thanks to our do nothing congress, the USA economy continues to resiliently and now at bit more robustly recover under the stewardship of #44 (thank you sir):

After more than five years of elusive gains, ordinary Americans may finally be about to see the benefits of the recovery where it really counts: in their pocketbooks and wallets.
 
The Labor Department reported Friday that employers added 321,000 jobs in November — a much stronger number than expected — but perhaps even more significant was the biggest gain in average hourly earnings since June 2013.
 
Hourly earnings rose by 0.4 percent in November, double what economists had been expecting. That gain in hourly pay was significantly above the measly 0.1 percent increase in October, let alone the unchanged number in September. At the same time, the number of hours worked ticked up by one-tenth, adding to pay envelopes.

“The pairing of strong hiring and wage gains is a really strong indicator of the health of the economy,” said Tara Sinclair, chief economist at Indeed.com, a leading job search website. “Now, we want to see people coming back into the work force and also finding the right jobs for them in terms of wages, skills, and hours.”  read entire story

Now let's pray the mid-term elected GOP majority in the house and senate don't screw things up again.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cop plants drugs on African American business establishment

You may humorously recall the Dave Chappelle's comedy bit on sprinkling a little crack cocaine on a so-called black suspect to frame him/her as a guilty drug dealing criminal.

Well this video is proof of art imitating life or is it life imitating art (if the true criminal planting crack stole his idea from Chappelle).

Chris Rock on American Race Relationship

Chris Rock in his own words:

When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it's all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they're not as crazy.

To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before…

Pastor refuses to bury 93 year old long-time member over lack of tithes

Rev Houston: "Ya gotta pay to pray"
After reading the below appalling story, I thought it was another fabricated satire story by some Onion like media website. However, after verifying the validity of the report, I was disgusted beyond belief:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Putin's Russian economy nightmare

Remember, in the not so long ago past, how GOP leaders and cheerleaders were tooting Russian President Vladimir Putin's horn?

Putin was showered with unconditional praise for (in their opinion) outmaneuvering and outsmarting President Obama on the world stage.

And with Obama hate so acute, our Republican brethren decided to give a big ole political bear hug to a former KGB agent/leader; a man who despises the west and has visions of rebuilding the former Soviet Union empire.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ferguson Grand Jury: Nullification of Justice for Brown family

Before I comment on the Ferguson decision not to indict patrolman Darren Wilson for shooting and killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown, let me emphatically state for the record:

Wonton violent reactions are not only reprehensible they do not help advance the cause.

Burning down and looting your community, neighborhoods, homes, businesses, restaurants, shops etc. because you are angry and frustrated by justice denied is counter-productive and stupid. 

Furthermore, a vast majority of these rioters are thuggish opportunists that rarely make positive contributions to the welfare of our communities. If fact, I am fairly sure that many of the looters and rioters have committed violent black-on-black acts.

And most important, once again, this method of protest is highly ineffective.