What will you do Team Obama

29 07 2008

Although everyone is complaining that the media is obsessed with Obama–which is true–no one is mentioning the fact that because of this fascination the media is giving Sen. McCain a free pass and are not scrutinizing him–except for Keith Olbermann–as they should.

People say that Affirmative Action is not needed but I say that it is. To be honest AA has benefited white women more than it has benefited anyone else. Yes white women still only makes $0.76 to every white man’s dollar, black men makes $0.72 to every white man’s dollar and black women makes $0.67 to every white man’s dollar. How about this, 5 years ago I was paid $2 less than a blonde haired, blue eyed Mexican girl–I had to give you her physical characteristics because they thought she was white– who had 3 years less experience than I did in the same job. I had more world experience because I was just recently discharged from the military 3 years before. I say, even though Affirmative Action is flawed and need to be redone–i.e. removing quotas, I feel it is still necessary, so let’s make a case for it or introduce a better policy.

Now, let’s look at why Affirmative Action is needed based on a national event. Running for the highest office of the land is a Black American man who graduated the top of his law class, was the first black American president of the Harvard law review, serve 8 years in his state senate and currently 3 years in the U.S. Senate. Was a community organizer for 4 years, ran his own Civil Rights Law Firm and has sponsored or co-sponsored over 1085 bills since he has been in the U.S. Senate. Has lived in a foreign country and has traveled all over the world. He supports women’s rights, veterans and anti-discrimination laws and restrictive power of law enforcement and also support green efforts.

On the other hand we have the other guy who is a white male, graduated five from the bottom of his Naval School class, served in the Navy because his father was a high ranking Admiral, was a POW, serves a 17 year senate run in his home state, voted against all women rights policies, equal pay policies, extension of the veteran’s G.I. Bill, the Martin Luther King Holiday; voted for the end of Affirmative Action in his state. He has only sponsored or co-sponsored 18 bills since he has been in the Senate. He does not know geography –thought Iraq borders Pakistan– and does not know the difference between Sunni and Shia.

Now here is the question, under normal circumstances, which candidate would you pick to be in your company? I would choose number 1 because he is well rounded and has a diverse resume but in this country candidate number one is dubbed inexperienced and candidate number two is supposedly the candidate of experience. Experience in what, I ask because honestly, there is not experience difference in the two.

So here’s what Team Obama University of Houston, I have recently found out that Obama is only behind 5% in Texas which means that it is possible to turn this state Blue. So, I ask, what will you do to make it happen?

Check out this website–

http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/map/polling/

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A picture says a thousand words

24 07 2008
So if it is true that a picture says a thousand words, then how many words do these pictures say?
Teddy from England in Berlin with Obama
Go Teddy

And all these were in Berlin and not the U.S. I believe we can make a comeback in the eyes of the world. I do, I really do.

Tanisha

“No civilization would ever have been possible without a framework of stability, to provide the wherein for the flux of change. Foremost among the stabilizing factors, more enduring than customs, manners and traditions, are the legal systems that regulate our life in the world and our daily affairs with each other.”





The Truth about Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright

29 03 2008

So they have diminished the Rev. to a sound bite and made him look like a Nazi, but how many of you have actually seen the ten minute sermon? I bet not many. I am Jewish and I just sat and watched and what a mess the media has made. This man has lost his integrity and his reputation because Fox does not want a Dem in office and because CNN is too lazy to research the facts before posting information–wait I am sorry CNN is more concerned with ratings then the truth and that to me makes me ill. The media is despicable, deplorable, and downright dirty.

I have attached the true sermon–by which the Rev. Wright was quoting a “white ambassador named George Peck” who was interviewed on Fox after 9/11. Rev. Wright went on to denounce violence, terrorism and told his congregation that they need to reflect on what they have done to cause harm to this nation and to their relationship with G-d.

After this debacle I will never again watch the News. I am sick to my stomach because of the lack of journalistic integrity that journalists portray. Please watch and learn.

I have also included a white pastor who knows Rev. Wright. Listen to what he has to say about what the news media is doing to this man’s reputation.

Here is an explanation on the foundation of Obama’s church. Watch it all the way through.

McCain and Huckabee are defending Obama. How many news outlets are talking about this? Don’t you think it is amazing the way people defend him? It says a lot about Obama’s character, when the Republicans are defending a Democrat against a Republican, rightest news media. Amazing. Now put that in your pipe and smoke it, Fox news.





Obama’s Race Speech: A Response from a Rwandan

29 03 2008

There are things that move me and then there are things that move me to action. This YouTube clip of this young man who grew up n Rwanda and left when he was a young boy because of the genocide and his experience in America with racism will make you want to move, move to change this nation. Move to change those around you. Move to make this world a better place. Move to heal the chasm that swallows us up when we try to join hands to narrow it and move to unite this nation.

Is it possible? Can America with its dirty seedy past be healed? Can America, a country that started by eradicating a nation of people who were friendly and on the backs of a people stolen from their homeland and brought to another in chains, be healed?

I am not an idealist, I have never been, I have seen hate in the eyes of black, brown, yellow and white but I have also seen hope and understanding in those same eyes. Despite my cynical heart, somehow I believe it is possible for us to be just America without all the hyphens. I believe the hyphens divide us, I believe those hyphens are strategically placed to make us feel as if we will never truly be an American. It is those hyphens that divide us not our race, our skin or our cultures.

When I lived in Europe, no one had hyphens in their ethnic title. They weren’t Afro-Italian or German-Italian. They were Italian. Although subcultures existed people were proud to be apart of the larger culture without giving up or not celebrating their own.

I have been saying this for years now and watching this video and experiencing this young man’s pain, tears and even joy; there is nothing more in this world that I wish to be right now, except JUST American.





Huckabee defends Obama’s Pastor

28 03 2008

Of course being the bleeding liberal that I am–not–I have been quite annoyed by the press coverage of the negative aspect of Sen. Obama’s pastor’s statements about the U.S. and particular ethnic groups. What the media does not talk about is those who have come out to defend Obama and his relationship with Rev. Wright.

The latest person to defend Rev. Wright is none other than Mike Huckabee. I was quite stun to hear Gov. Huckabee come to the defense of his rival, enemy, foe–Sen. Obama. It just goes to show you that even the right is saying enough is enough. There is something about Obama that causes people to trust him and believe him. Maybe its a thing called integrity, honesty and character.

Thanks Huckabee for going against the status quo and speaking out against media bias and bringing reality to the table in America. Let’s own up and face the music folks about our country’s past and let’s deal with it together so that the wounds will no longer fester but be healed so we can move forward together.

Here’s the transcript from Gov. Huckabee’s interview on MSNBC and the recording of it here so that you can watch it yourself.





What does Hilary Clinton’s Pastor have to say

27 03 2008

8:43am Today
26 Mar 2008 07:27 am

“The Reverend Jeremiah Wright is an outstanding church leader whom I have heard speak a number of times. He has served for decades as a profound voice for justice and inclusion in our society. He has been a vocal critic of the racism, sexism and homophobia which still tarnish the American dream. To evaluate his dynamic ministry on the basis of two or three sound bites does a grave injustice to Dr. Wright, the members of his congregation, and the African-American church which has been the spiritual refuge of a people that has suffered from discrimination, disadvantage, and violence. Dr. Wright, a member of an integrated denomination, has been an agent of racial reconciliation while proclaiming perceptions and truths uncomfortable for some white people to hear. Those of us who are white Americans would do well to listen carefully to Dr. Wright rather than to use a few of his quotes to polarize. This is a critical time in America’s history as we seek to repent of our racism. No matter which candidates prevail, let us use this time to listen again to one another and not to distort one another’s truth,”

– Dean J. Snyder, Foundry United Methodist Church, March 19, 2008. Snyder is Hillary Clinton’s pastor





Catching Up

24 03 2008

It has been a while since I last wrote on this blog. 3 weeks in fact, but forgive me my absence. I have been working hard on the Obama campaign here in Texas and many things have taken place since then.

So I will start from this moment and go backwards and fill you all in on the happenings on the campaign trail. Firstly, I received an internship in Philly to work for the Students for Barack Obama while on Spring Break. I am typing this blog 30,000 feet in the air on Continental Airlines. I am excited but the road to getting me on the plane was quite hellish.

First, I saw my friend off to NYC. She had the audacity to leave her minivan with me because I am the responsible one. Needless to say I was in a car accident because some idiot decided to slam on his brakes causing the woman behind him and myself to hit each other. Of course he kept driving, oblivious to the mayhem he caused behind him. Unfortunately, through all this, I came to find out that my friend only had liability insurance and her vehicle was totaled. The SFBO did a fundraiser and raised $600 dollars for me including $440 given to me by my boss who was impressed by the fact that I was sacrificing every thing so that my friend was not assed out. She felt it showed I had character, which caused her to have pity on me.

I realized that my friend’s string of bad luck spilled over into my life the day she brought me her car. I know now not to ever drive anyone’s car. Also, I had already purchased my airfare to Philly and the ticket was non-refundable so my family and friends gave me another $200 so that I could eat while on my internship since I had gave $400+ to my friend’s car fund, emptying out my nest egg. Sidebar–I am currently looking for full time employment, if anyone in the Houston area know of any openings in a law firm or government agency please email me.

After all that, I arrived 20 minutes late for my flight but the one of the workers took pity on me when he heard I was on my way to intern for Obama in Philly and now I am on my way. I am one of those people who refuse to freak out in the midst of grief and stress. I kept a level head and spun my wheels until things were taken care of. Hopefully, my friend will have a car by tomorrow so that she can return back to Austin and my life can return back to normal and I can begin to repay my family and friends what I owe them.

New York

The wonderful state of New York has sworn their 55th governor who happens to be their first black American governor and the first blind governor in this nation’s history. I find it quite amazing that black Americans are making history all over the place this year because of circumstances.

First, Barack Obama and now, Gov. Patterson. I am amazed at how everyone in New York are opened to the possibility but also sadden that Gov. Spitzer represent the day of old politicians who did not practiced what they preached.

This scandal is just another blemish on the American political history and another sore spot in the Clintons’ campaign. What people do not know is that Gov. Spitzer was a super delegate that supported Senator Clinton. He was forced to step down because of his $80,000 involvement in a prostitution ring. Which by the way was what he built his career on—that is, prosecuting government officials for their involvement in the seedy business of prostitution. I find it ironic but not unbelievable. Just a few years ago, we found out that Strom Thurman, a fanatical supporter of segregation and a self proclaim racist had a bi-racial—half black—daughter.

I have come to find that those who are fanatical about particular things tend to be those who are guilty of indulging in those very, same sins. The one thing that did actually disturb me about this incident was how Gov. Spitzer’s wife stood by his side as he announced to the whole world that he is another man guilty of not only illegal dealings but also of humiliating his lovely wife who stands by him solemn and near tears.

As a woman, this situation borders on abuse. I find it quite distasteful that he allowed her to stand there with him. Even if it were her idea, as a man of integrity—oh yeah he has proven that he lacks integrity– he should have told his wife that this walk he had to walk alone and refrain from humiliating her further. 2 months ago the Gov. of Michigan did the same thing to his wife. It makes me ill, and believe me I can taste the bile in my mouth, that women in this country have not come much further from the women of the 1800’s who stood by their men no matter what.

I need to step off of my soap box before I drown in the deep end, but needless to say this month has been rife with scandal. The good thing is we have another super delegate throwing his hat into the ring for Obama. Woohoo.

Philadelphia, PA

Currently, I am in Philly helping out with the campaign while on Spring break. I have met many people since I have been here. Took pictures with “Black Thought” at a student rally and took pictures of Caroline Kennedy when she came into the HQ to phone bank.

I have had a rough and tumble ride in Philly. My luggage was lost by the airlines when I first got here. I had to spend $50 on my first day for cab fare because my ride had his car locked in the garage—he showed up too late to retrieve it. I have gotten sick and have had my debit card stolen by the security guard who frisked me at an event—I will never see it again, I had to cancel it—and was harassed by a wino on the train. Despite all this I have met the most brilliant of minds, although most of them were a bit narcissistic and micro-managing.

I was especially moved by Sen. Obama’s speech on race last week. I liked the fact that he did not let anyone push him into a corner and pretty addressed an issue in this country that needed to be addressed for a long time. I was very proud that he did not throw his pastor under the bus but instead stood firm on his loyalty to the man while denouncing his words. I particularly loved the fact that he brought into the light the grievances that both whites and blacks feel toward each other and at the same saying to each respective groups that these grievances are real and need to be dealt with by working together.

I shed a tear when I heard the “We are the ones song” two days ago for the first time—and I am not the least bit emotional–but seeing little Zoe Kravitz all grown up moved me. I almost swallowed my tongue when I saw Bill Richardson endorse Obama–now that’s an interesting turn of events and was equally sadden that Michigan and Florida have to suffer and not allow their voices to be heard because the democratic party in their respective state did not stand up to their Republican councilmen when they moved the primaries up knowing full well that their democratic constituents would have to pay the price for it–of course this was done on purpose to cripple the democratic party.

I am somewhat perturbed that Donna Brazile, Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean have not put an end to this bickering between Clinton and Obama and pressure Hillary Clinton to end what is becoming a dirty campaign that has begun to split the democratic party. Let’s end this nonsense and form a unified front and stop giving the Republicans ammunition against the front-runner. And for God’s sake don’t say on national TV that you think Sen. McCain would be a better C.I.C than the guy in your own party. And then say after discrediting him that you think that he would make a good VP–what? Everyone knows that Sen. Clinton cannot catch up to Obama’s tally and what is up with her saying that the smaller states do not count–what is she going to be the President of the big states? What happened to running for the President of the United States? Interesting.

Despite it all, this movement has proven time and again that when people unite as a stalwart front they will not and cannot be moved.