Friday, April 13, 2012
The J-O-B of a good friend places him in contact with international tourists on a daily; and he often finds himself in engaging political conversations.
As an intelligent and articulate black man, he is invariably asked by befuddled European travelers about the state of American politics. In particular, they want to know why so many white, middle-class Americans continue to vote against their own economic interest. Million dollar question.
Candidly, he explains that after a steady diet of Rush Limbaugh, FOX News, and GOP propaganda so-called middle America has been brainwashed to reject a middle-class agenda/platform -- they call it anti-free market socialism. That's right, these Foxoholics fervently embrace economic policies that hurt their wallet and help the one percent super-rich further loot our country in the name of capitalism.
Speaking about Foxaholics, I recently ran into a Fox junkie in a restaurant. Apparently, she and her husband had just been smoking some killer Fox rocks because they had that no one's home, glaced, wild-eyed look and they were incoherently yapping on some President Obama is the anti-Christ nonsense. Usually I just shake my head and keep it moving. This day, against my better judgement, I decided -- coyly -- to have some fun. The banter as follows:
Junkie: Obama with his spending is destroying our country. He is the worst president that we've had. He is driving up our national debt and bankrupting our country...blah blah blah...
Me: Don't you think after being handed two wars costing trillions -- which by the way Bush kept off the books which lead to a fuzzy math accounting of his true debt -- and a free falling economy, government had to spend money in order to re-boot the economy, as most economist agree. And can you explain, why do I never hear the right complain about Dick Cheney's -- remember him, he said Reagan proved the deficits don't matter -- Haliburton company being granted no bid contracts during the Iraq war and subsequently caught over billing the USA taxpayers by billions and billions of dollars?
Blank stare and silence for about 45 seconds
Junkie: His failed socialist policies are strangling our country and leading us down a path to destruction.
Me: Didn't his successful policy save the American car industry from ruins and thereby save millions of American jobs. In the waning moments of Bush's term, our economy was losing 800,000 jobs per month. Obama policies has the economy creating jobs again. And is it your desire to vote back in the same people and policies that created the mess Obama and the Democrats have been trying to fix with no help from the GOP. You and I both know the GOP is praying for this fragile recovery to fail so they can get the Mittens (Romney) back on the purse strings.
Chirping of the crickets and the ending of the conversation. They abruptly exit the bar area -- no rebuttal -- perhaps to hit some more FOX crack rocks.
Never Let Facts Get In The Way Of Beliefs
A recent poll revealed, 52% of Republicans in one southern state believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim. First, nothing wrong with being Muslim. The problem is that despite Obama openly worshiping his Christian faith, the majority of southern Christians have ignored facts and formed erroneous beliefs based on bogus and often bizarre Birther like conspiracy theories.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The advantages include urban renewal, a healthier food supply system, urban economic and job opportunities and there are numerous ecological benefits as well.
Not to mention, bringing this food growing technology to countries lacking an adequate food supply.
One new cutting edge method of urban farming is Aquaponics: Growing plants and fish in a closed, recirculating system.
Former NBA player, Will Allen has served as an early ambassador for this transformative method of farming. An urban farmer since 1993, Allen via Growing Power, Inc in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has lead The Good Food Revolution.
The Will Allen Story
Will Allen was a high school state champion at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, MD in basketball, playing the forward position. Allen played collegiately for the Miami Hurricanes at the University of Miami, where he was on basketball scholarship. He was the first African-American to play basketball for the University of Miami.
After college Allen was selected by the Baltimore Bullets in the 4th round (60th pick overall) of the 1971 NBA Draft. He never played in the NBA, but appeared in seven games with The Floridians of the ABA during the 1971–72 season. He also played professionally in Belgium.
Allen retired from basketball in 1977, when he was 28. Upon retirement, Allen moved toMilwaukee, his wife Cynthia's hometown.
Will Allen’s parents were sharecroppers in South Carolina until they bought the small vegetable farm in Rockville, Maryland, where Allen grew up.
Finishing a career in marketing, Allen left a job at Procter & Gamble in 1993 and purchasedGrowing Power, a derelict plant nursery that was in foreclosure, located on the north side ofMilwaukee. Around this time, Allen also purchased a 100-acre farm in Oak Creek, previously owned by his wife's parents.
Allen currently serves as director of Growing Power, a now mature urban farming project inMilwaukee, with a 40-acre acre farm west of Milwaukee in the town of Merton and an off-shoot project in Chicago run by Allen's daughter, Erika.
In 2005, Allen was awarded a Ford Foundation leadership grant on behalf of his urban farming work In 2008, he was awarded the MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" for his work onurban farming and sustainable food production. In 2009, the Kellogg Foundation gave Allen a grant to create jobs in urban agriculture.
Will Allen appears in the documentary film, Fresh. The film refers to Allen as "one of the most influential leaders of the food security and urban farming movement. source
To learn more visit Growing Power.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Kevin Love is a beast:
Love's incredible March Madness stat line looks just like, well, no one else's stats have been this overwhelmingly dominant. The 6'10 forward's ability to score, rebound and play defense has been dominating for the Minnesota Timberwolves 15 games in March: averaging 31 points and 14 rebounds, a single game stat line that has been achieved a combined 22 times this season by all other NBA players --Love has done it 9 times.
Love's stock has been consistently rising since he entered the league 4 years ago. Like many emerging young superstars playing in a small market -- it begs the question -- how can a small market like Minnesota keep a rising superstar like Love? History tells us they cannot and will not be able to keep him.
In this day and age of self-promotion, players are thinking about their brand, image and marketability off the court as well as on it. A small market team might give them a big check, but these players want to be playas on a big stage.
LeBron left Cleveland for the glamour of " South Beach," not Miami, if you remember correctly. That's because South Beach is the hot spot; Miami is just the name of the city. Carmelo Anthony was in Denver, now he's in Broadway, New York City. Same player, same -- well almost same numbers -- on a team no better than the ones he played on in Denver, but now on a much bigger stage. source
And there may be others seeking the brighter lights of a big market team:
As reported by today's New York Times:
Mike Wallace, the CBS reporter who became one of the nation’s best-known broadcast journalists as an interrogator of the famous and infamous on “60 Minutes,” died on Saturday. He was 93.
On its Web site, CBS said Mr. Wallace died at a care facility in New Canaan, Conn., where he had lived in recent years. Mr. Wallace, who was outfitted with a pacemaker more than 20 years ago, had a long history of cardiac care and underwent triple bypass heart surgery in January 2008. source
Mr. Wallace (with Louis Lomax), famous for his intense interviewing style, introduced Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam to the broad American audience in 1959, in a segment titled, The Hate That Hate Produced.
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