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Ex-Governor Blagojevich: “I’m Blacker Than Obama”

Yeah, the ousted Illinois governor boldly said this in an interview with Esquire magazine (February 2010 issue).  In this interview, Ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich states the following:

“What the  _____?  Everything he’s saying’s on the teleprompter…..I’m blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived. I saw it all growing up.”

What????!!!!  Okay, so now I understand.  A Black person’s level of “Blackness” is based on where they live (or have lived) AND if they shine shoes (or have ever shined shoes).  Hmmmm.  I guess he’s blacker than me too!  I have been in denial about the validity of my Blackness all this time.  WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, for the record, the ousted Illinois governor has since apologized.  This morning he told WLS Radio in Chicago that it was a “stupid thing to say.”  Really????!!!!!!!!!!

Piling On the Criticism

Happy New Year!

A lot is going on and one thing is for sure: a ton of energy is being spent on bashing President Obama.  One thing I find interesting about the whole thing is that some people say Bush was bashed more while some say Obama is bashed more.  Some say Obama critics are racially motivated and some say it is politically motivated.  When you think about it, the claim of racial motivation was never mentioned about Bush’s critics, but then again race wasn’t an issue with him.

Honestly, I think race has become an issue because 1) it rubs people the wrong way when we have a black president and 2) it rubs people the wrong way when others are happy about having a black president.  Hmmm, I would call that racism, but some people think racial words and actions don’t indicate racism – Rush Limbaugh comes to mind.

I found the comment below on a site and thought some points were interesting.  Are they true or someone’s slanted opinion?  Here we go:

Funny how Republicans take responsibility for NOTHING. Kidda ironic.

Expectations are very high for Obama, period.

America is subjected to a moron cowboy and a warmonger zealot for 8 years and now we have the patience for no one. We have especially little patience for a black man who managed somehow to be the leader of the free world, who makes a REAL easy target.

Conservatives complain that they end up paying high taxes for “free-loaders,” and then they get upset when the President tells the kids who need it most to stay in school, work hard, and get good jobs.

Conservatives complain that this president is piling up the debt, but choose to ignore that he inherited one of the greatest economic disasters in the last 100 years. The Bush administration and Republican controlled congress enacted a 1 Trillion Medicare prescription benefit over 10 years – without raising or saving a penny for it.

The Bush administration cut taxes on the wealthy to the tune of 1.7 trillion over 10 years – all while spending more than any administration in history racking up the debt from a Clinton surplus.

The Obama administration is proposing 1 trillion for health care reform – with a path to paying for it – and conservatives flip their lids and cry “socialism.” What planet do you all live on?

If you prefer a government that governs the least that’s exactly what you are going to get. I don’t believe there can be a intelligent debate with toe tapping Republican propagandists hacks. Hacks don’t want to talk, they just want to be mad about something and government is an easy target.

During the Bush days, the hacks were mad at Saddam, for the wrong reasons but it didn’t stop them from supporting a two trillion dollar tax payer funded unjust war did it? Republican leaders said, “hey be mad at this”, now they are saying, “hey be mad at this”.

The fatalistic elderly of our nation fall in line. Real intelligent.

Ideas For Change

I received an email that may be old, but it was new to me.  Norma White is a lady from Texas who wrote a guest column proposing the following changes:

  • Limit Congress from serving more than two terms.  That is all that presidents are allowed.
  • Stop Congress from voting on their own raises.  How did that ever get started?
  • Stop paying lawmakers’ high-priced insurance premiums.  After all, they are only part-time employees.  They might pass some law changes on the insurance companies, if they had to find one.
  • Stop paying lawmakers their full salary after serving just one term, or at retirement.  We need to get rid of that pension plan; they’ve let other companies get rid of theirs.  You were lucky to get 40-50 percent of your salary after working somewhere for 35 years, but they get 100 percent.
  • Make Congress pay into the Social Security system.  They make laws for it.  If they spent some of their own money, they might be interested in making it solvent.
  • Stop handing out aid to illegal aliens.  If we did, then Medicaid and the food stamp program would have enough money to aid the aged and poor.
  • Secure our borders.
  • Stop allowing babies born to illegal aliens in the United States automatic U.S. citizenship.
  • Stop the abuse of our benevolent welfare system.  We feed children free meals three times a day until they are 17.  Churches give away good, clean clothes.  Companies buy and donate school supplies.  Emergency rooms provide health care at taxpayer expense and the food stamp program is buying food at home.  What are the parents doing for their children?
  • Have a computer program that cross checks Social Security numbers with fingerprints to stop fraud on many fronts.  Use it on voter registration, too.
  • Stop bailing out mortgage companies and banks that give loans to people who cannot afford them.
  • Stop companies from paying CEOs and other executives outrageous salaries and bonuses while doing away with workers’ pensions.
  • Stop all unnecessary spending so we will have the money for our nation’s security, and to help needy and elderly Americans.
  • Stop permitting anyone to have a photo with their face covered on driver’s licenses.

I wonder when this was printed; if it was a while ago it would seem almost prophetic.  At any rate, I’m sure many will agree with some and dislike other proposed changes.

Health Care Reform Terms You Should Know

Nobody I personally know works in congress or the senate.  Therefore, I don’t know anyone who is making money through lobbyists for their daily actions and votes.  Working for these institutions seems to be more of a money grab than a position where you represent the American public.  Political party affiliation doesn’t matter; on the outside and until proven otherwise, politicians are shady characters.

Cash For Cloture – The official name is H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  But this week, it has acquired an unhelpful nickname: “Cash for Cloture.”

Cloture is the legislative term for cutting off debate and holding a final vote.  The term came from the fact that a closer look at the bill uncovers man backroom deals that were made to secure the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture.  I would say this isn’t surprising at all given the (un) ethical behaviors in our government.

Louisiana Purchase – $100 million in extra Medicaid money for the Bayou State, requested by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.).

Cornhusker Kickback – $100 million in extra Medicaid money, this time for Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.).

U Con – Senator Christopher Dodd (D-Conn) had $100 million written into legislature for a medical center in his state.  Earlier, when GOP staff member mistakenly thought the medical center was destined for Indiana rather than Connecticut, they named it the “Bayh Off” for Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.).

Botax – Democratic leaders had a tax in the bill that created an appearance problem.  Fortunately, they had removed from the bill the tax on cosmetic procedures (the “Botax”) and replaced it with a tax on tanning (which would primarily impact House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio).

Handout Montana – Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) secured Medicare coverage for anybody exposed to asbestos — as long as they worked in a mine in Libby, Mont.

Gator Aid – Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) inserted a grandfather clause that would allow Floridians to preserve their pricey Medicare Advantage program.

Iowa Pork and Omaha Prime Cuts – Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) won more Medicare money for low-volume hospitals of the sort commonly found in Iowa, while Nebraska’s Nelson won a “carve out” provision that would reduce fees for Mutual of Omaha and other Nebraska insurers.

“I don’t know if there is a senator that doesn’t have something in this bill that was important to them,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) reasoned when asked at a news conference Monday about the cash-for-cloture accusation.  “And if they don’t have something in it important to them, then it doesn’t speak well of them.”

I wish we, the general public, could see through the facade and know how much money each one of these politicians will make because of health care reform.  It would be extremely naive at this point to think they are doing this without the possibility of personal gain.  It would also be naive to assume this all started in late January, when Obama became president.  Obama’s presidency is raising awareness because people are taking notice and paying attention for various “reasons.”  If we were paying attention for the past 100 years maybe things would be different.  As it stands, we may have traded one problem for another one and only time will show the better of two evils.

 

Tora Bora Revisited – We Fight Too Nice

“The failure to finish the job represents a lost opportunity that forever altered the course of the conflict in Afghanistan and the future of international terrorism, leaving the American people more vulnerable to terrorism, laying the foundation for today’s protracted Afghan insurgency and inflaming the internal strife now endangering Pakistan.”  France-Presse, 2009

The Geneva Conventions consist of four treaties and three additional protocols that set the standards in international law for humanitarian treatment of the victims of war.  If only we could get terrorists to follow the Geneva convention like we do!  Young Americans have died because we follow the rules against opponents who couldn’t care less.  When I first heard about this, I was asked if I had read about the senate report that said President Bush let Bin Laden get away.  To be fair, this could be looked at in three ways (at least):

  1. President Bush let Bin Laden get away.  For the people who are blaming President Obama for everything under the sun this is the view they should take.  That is of course if other things didn’t skew their opinion of our current president.
  2. President Bush was in charge (of course), but Donald Rumsfeld and General Franks were horrible advisers.
  3. Bin Laden was only a patsy anyway.  If all the cards were laid out on the table, some US agencies [cough, CIA] could be involved with funding some “organizations” to keep business going.

“President George W. Bush’s expression of America’s desire to get Osama bin Laden ‘‘dead or alive’’ seemed about to come true. Two months later, American civilian and military leaders celebrated what they viewed as a lasting victory with the selection of Hamid Karzai as the country’s new hand-picked leader. The war had been conceived as a swift campaign with a single objective: defeat the Taliban and destroy Al Qaeda by capturing or killing bin Laden and other key leaders. A unique combination of airpower, Central Intelligence Agency and special operations forces teams and indigenous allies had swept the Taliban from power and ousted Al Qaeda from its safe haven while keeping American deaths to a minimum. But even in the initial glow, there were concerns: The mission had failed to capture or kill bin Laden. Removing the Al Qaeda leader from the battlefield eight years ago would not have eliminated the worldwide extremist threat. But the decisions that opened the door for his escape to Pakistan allowed bin Laden to emerge as a potent symbolic figure who continues to attract a steady flow of money and inspire fanatics worldwide. The failure to finish the job represents a lost opportunity that forever altered the course of the conflict in Afghanistan and the future of international terrorism, leaving the American people more vulnerable to terrorism, laying the foundation for today’s protracted Afghan insurgency and inflaming the internal strife now endangering Pakistan.”

Republicans/Conservatives will be able to explain why Bush wasn’t responsible for this, but everything that has happened over the last 16 years and – hold on while I count from January 20th until now –  10 months is either Bill Clinton’s or Barack Obama’s fault.

“There were enough U.S. troops in or near Afghanistan to execute the classic sweep-and-block maneuver required to attack bin Laden and try to prevent his escape. It would have been a dangerous fight across treacherous terrain, and the injection of more U.S. troops and the resulting casualties would have contradicted the risk-averse, “light footprint” model formulated by Rumsfeld and Franks. But commanders on the scene and elsewhere in Afghanistan argued that the risks were worth the reward.”

What should the United States do now?  President Obama is no doubt being raked over the Republican coals for sending more troops to Afganistan, but a Republican president should have and could have done something to send a message to terrorists around the world.  I say send a message, because it will be impossible to totally erradicate the threat terrorists pose around the world.

I wish we could use our technology, strategic planning and tatical planning to end the war in Afganistan.  Yes, we may have to ask for a Geneva Convention pass, but if some other nations would temporarily look the other way, we could save the lives of some young men and women while sending a message to terrorists around the world.  If not, we should at least reduce the defense budget since we aren’t using all these cool war tools to their full extent.

Recognized Abroad and Disrespected At Home

Martti Ahtisaari

Shirin Ebadi

Lech Walesa

Do you know who those three people are and what they have in common?  If so, what I’m about to say probably isn’t for you and/or doesn’t apply to your opinion.  If you don’t know who they are and what they have in common, keep reading.

“during the preceding year […] shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

I would guess that by now those who don’t know who the three people above are have guess that they are past winners of the Nobel peace prize.  If Alfred Nobel had specific criteria for deciding the winner of his award, who are we (Americans) to question whether our leader deserves it?  Most people probably can’t name 5 previous winners, but have a negative opinion about Obama winning it.

President Obama did NOT will this award – Barack H. Obama won this award and since it isn’t decided within our country it has nothing to do with the prejudice and racial climate here in the USA…thank God!

I know what side I’m on and it has nothing to do with race, but everything to do with what is right.  I’m on our white president’s side; you might know who he is.  His name is Barack H. Obama.  Yes, he is as much a white president as he is a black president, but people don’t see it this way.

It is a “one drop” thing.  One drop of black blood makes someone black in America.  I think this is the reason Obama is criticized so much.  I anticipate people will continue to say it is about his politics instead of the color of his skin, but I would say I’m not stupid and just stop it!  Stop trying to push this off as anything other than what it really is: a race issue.  It is resentment for a black man holding the highest office in the land.  But he is only a black man, in America, because his white genes, blood and flesh have been tainted.

I would classify Americans into three broad categories: racists, dreamers and realists.  Racists are self-explanatory and deserve none of my time.  Dreamers think race doesn’t play a part in what goes on in America, they think people play the race card too much, blah blah blah.  Realists look at things realistically – this is the category I want to be part of.

At times almost every category, race and group are wrong/bad/inferior.  I have a real problem when someone says, thinks and acts otherwise.

I bet someone has looked up how they can vote for the Nobel peace prize to prevent this atrocity from happening again.  LOL.


Why Are People So Afraid Of/Threatened by President Obama?

I am getting sooooooo very tired of hearing about all of the people who want President Obama dead.  I have read of at least two pastors who are praying, or have prayed, for his death and now, someone used Facebook to start a poll on whether or not President Obama should be assassinated.  What in the world is going on?!!!!!!

If you haven’t heard, the Secret Service is trying to identify the people who launched the “Should Obama be Killed?” poll that was launched on Facebook.  The poll has since been yanked from Facebook, but 750 Facebook users had responded to the poll before it was yanked.  750 people!  That is so amazing to me.  Don’t people realize that what you put out, is usually what you get in return?  In other words,  what you wish upon someone else CAN be turned around and brought upon you or someone in your family.  What’s the term for that — Karma? 

What has President Obama done, in his less than a year in office, to cause such strong reactions in people?  It cannot be the state of the economy because guess what?  This economy was brought on during George Bush Jr.’s stint in the White House!  In other words, if you want to place the blame on someone for this economy, blame it on Bush!  That’s right!  Now, former President Jimmy Carter seems to think it’s due to racism.  Is that the case for all of this hatred toward our current president?  Just because he’s a Black man, people want him assassinated?  If so, that is one of the most ridiculous things I ever heard!

Look, if you do not agree with President Obama’s politics, that’s fine.  The right to free speech is one of America’s greatest selling points, so to speak.  But to pray for the President to die or poll people on whether or not he should be killed because you don’t like his policies, well that’s just asinine!  

7DayBuzz readers, I seriously would like to know why people are so afraid of and/or threatened by President Obama.  Do you know?

OMG! Glenn Beck Has Praise for President Obama!

Well, in a backhanded sort of way.  If you notice, this is the first time I’ve written anything concerning Glenn Beck and that’s because I think he’s a complete idiot who only talks to hear himself!  Like Rush Limbaugh, he says things that he knows will incite those closet, racial bigots, into action.  So, I’ve always told myself I would not post anything about him.  However, this is different:–)

Yesterday, Katie Couric debuted her new web show, @katiecouric, on cbsnews.com and Glenn Beck was her first guest.  Here’s what the good (I’m being soooooooo facetious here) Mr. Beck revealed on Katie’s show: 

 “I think John McCain would have been worse for the country than Barack Obama.”

What?!!!!!  Finally!  Glenn Beck is showing that he has some sense – even if it is minute!  Of course, he followed up this statement with an abashing “I can’t believe I’m saying this.”  Really?!!!!!!

Do you think he’d ever reveal this sentiment on his own show?  Heck no!  And here’s why:  He is fully aware that he’d lose those viewers who feed off of the animosity he usually shows towards President Obama!  Plain and simple!  Well, at least that’s what I think —- 7daybuzz readers, what do YOU think?

A Reason To Be Worried

Happy Friday! 

While reading some news on the Internet, I ran across something that should be troubling to us all.  This is from an article concerning president Obama’s decision to scrap Bush’s missile-defense plan:

“Obama’s decision Wednesday to scuttle a costly and technically challenged long-range missile-defense system in Europe marks his most significant reversal of a Bush foreign policy priority. It could change the dynamic of what has been an increasingly tense relationship between the U.S. and Russia, which viewed the Bush plans for missile defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic as a threat.”

Clicking on the link above will take you to the article where you can read more about it, but I want to get on with what is troubling about this situation.

…Obama’s announcement drew heated criticism from Republicans, who accused the president of abandoning central European allies and caving in to Russia in a naive bid for diplomacy.

Democrats praised the decision; Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin called it “a sound choice that will improve our security.”

I don’t want to complicate things any more than they should be; it is what it is.  Over and over again, two groups of supposedly intelligent leaders disagree AND their disagreements just so happen to fall within their party affiliation.  I call foul and say this is wrong and downright stupid.

RIGHT AND WRONG

Since many people believe in their party, this is what I think they are saying:

  1. When a Democrat is president, the Democrats think that is the best thing for the country
  2. When a Republican is president, the Republicans think that is the best thing for the country
  3. Both parties think every decision (or almost every one) made by a president from the opposite party is wrong
  4. Both parties think every decision (or almost every one) made by a president from their pary is right

Doesn’t this seem impossibly too black and white?  If I’m a Democrat, how can I responsibly think everything a Republican does is wrong and vice versa?  We are smarter than that aren’t we?  When I say “we” I’m talking about everyone who isn’t part of the political money grab.  I call it a money grab because integrity, responsible decision-making and virtually everything else is put aside so politicians can stay in the good graces of their party.

I challenge anyone who reads this to respond with one thing that a president from your party did (past or current presidents) that you didn’t like and something a president from the other party did that you did like.  Just give it to us plain and simple.

I will start off by saying I don’t like how BHO bailed out the auto industry.  I think the American auto companies produced big SUVs, trucks and car that were low on technology and reliability, but comparitive in price with foreign makes.  I think it was their time to fall because of the environment they created.  If the government wanted to get involved I think they should have helped a new company purchase equipment and factories from GM and Chrysler.  I hope I’m not alone in not believing all this talk about a “new GM.”

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