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Religious freedom my ass… The assault on women’s rights is so laughable that each and every Republican who voted for the Blunt/Rubio amendment should be voted out of Congress when their time comes. I am so glad that it was defeated yesterday. This amendment served two purposes; the first, to eventually repeal Roe vs. Wade, the second, to weaken The Affordable Health Care Act. The very idea to allow insurance companies to determine what they will or will not pay for is ludicrous. I’ve never met an insurance company that wanted to pay any claim.
Let’s touch on two topics regarding the Catholic Church! Both are Church Dogma that serve insidious purposes. First, is “chaste” amongst the Catholic Clergy. The only reason that Catholic priests are not allowed to marry or have sex is because the early Church did not want claims against its property by the offspring of its Priests. What has that line of thinking gotten us? An international child abuse sex ring spanning centuries.
The second reason is contraception. Why would the Catholic Church endorse a policy of contraception when that policy means fewer Catholics? The Pope wants all the tithers that he can get. What has this line of thinking gotten us? The likes of Rick Santorum and his 187 children that will propagate this outdated line of thinking for centuries to come. We don’t need 20 children anymore to work the farm…
The Constitution of the United States of America, as far as I know, does not make any exceptions for religious liberty. As long as no law makes a direct attack on religion, there is no legal argument to be made against Obama care and his insistence that the insurance companies foot the bill for contraceptives.
How ironic is it that the Republicans will fight tooth and nail for you to be born, and then have no regard for you once you get here. The hypocrisy is not lost upon me, and neither should it be upon you…
I am so happy to live in a country where these arguments can be made and won or lost in the halls of Congress. But more so, for a President, that is not afraid to do the right thing. Every woman in America should support a man that has their best interests in his heart. For you to do otherwise, I have a choice adjective for you…
I just sat through two grueling hours watching MSNBC’s “Debating the Black Agenda” hosted by Tamron Hall and Ed Shultz. The show was an extension of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network’s convention this weekend in which members of the black intelligentsia, Sharpton, and other political pundits discussed issues that make up this supposed black agenda. Tavis Smiley hosted a similar symposium a few weeks ago and “The Black Agenda” was included in the title. Before I get into what is the black agenda, I just think that term is not the best slogan due to the heated discourse we find ourselves in.
I believe that those on the far right would misconstrue just what the black agenda is an try to fashion it into an anti white movement. Sharpton and Smiley have tried to suggest that the black agenda is America’s agenda. Yeah right! Try selling that to the Teabaggers. A recent CBS/New York Times poll came out with these startling numbers, (See poll links). Clink the link to see what the Teabaggers think. You can check out this link to see who they are. The numbers speak for themselves.
A lot of the conversation was based on past inequities suffered by blacks at the hands of whites. It almost teetered on the fact that blacks were somehow owed something but that is an argument for another day. They addressed others issues such as Affirmative Action, education, crime, and the disintegration of the black family. Three of these items can be accomplished without the government getting involved. Blacks must reestablish the traditional family. I certainly had the advantage of growing up with both parents in the home and can attest to the benefits of having a strong father to keep me in line. Next, education must become a higher priority in black America. The higher the level of education that is attained will invariably lead to the reduction of crime. If you don’t do the crime then you won’t do the time. And we already know what a conviction can do to ruin any legitimate shot at a successful career.
On the other hand, whites must realize that by uplifting the poor we can eliminate many of the stereotypes that they have regarding blacks. Only when everyone is on equal footing, can we say that the American dream has been realized. The notion that President Obama is doing more for blacks than he is doing for whites is absurd. President Obama has often stated that he is not the president of white, black, gay, straight, red state, or blue state America but that he was the president of the United States of America. So think twice when you say “I want my country back.” Which way and how do you want it back? You’ve barely taken your foot off of the back of my neck… There is no black agenda or conspiracy thereof, there is only agenda and that is the American one. United we stand, divided, we shall surely fall.
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In February we celebrated Black History Month. Most of my friends posted facts on Facebook, some known and some unknown. But here we are, halfway through March and I haven’t seen one post on Women’s History Month which happens to be this month. I don’t know if people are aware of this fact or that everything has been obfuscated by all the new friendships, Cafe World, and Farmville notices that are making Facebook increasingly unbearable to use.
I’d like to honor a woman that frankly, I’d never heard of before this week. That woman’s name is Juanita Goggins. She recently froze to death in he home and her body was not discovered until two weeks later. That’s a horrible way to go. As she aged, Juanita became a recluse and may have suffered from some form of mental illness or dementia. Which is kind of sad considering the life she led.
Life of Juanita Goggins
1935 Born to sharecroppers in South Carolina
1972 First black woman to represent South Carolina at the Democratic party’s national convention.
1974 First black woman appointed to the US civil rights commission.
1974 First black woman elected to South Carolina legislature. Served three terms.
1976-80 Twice invited to the White House by President Jimmy Carter.
1977 Instrumental in passing a law that remains the basis for education funding in South Carolina, helping to reduce class sizes.
1980s Leaves legislature to become a social worker. Increasingly reclusive and estranged from her family who fear she is suffering from mental illness.
2009 Part of Highway 5 in Rock Hill, South Carolina, named after Goggins.
For more info on Juanita, click on one of the following links: Huff Post Guardian
Rest in Peace!
By now, we are all familiar with the acronym NIMBY (not in my back yard). It is currently being touted by the far Right and Republicans in Congress concerning the 9/11 trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) and his accomplices. I was very impressed by the Obama Administration and Attorney General Eric Holder deciding to try these terrorists in civilian courts. It’s already been proven that military tribunals do not work. On top of that, defendants facing the death penalty in military tribunals are not allowed to plead guilty. So that means there will be long drawn out trials when a simple guilty plea in civilian court can be over in a matter of minutes.
Republican representative Peter King (R) of New York and Senator Lindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina are proposing legislation to cut off funding for trying terrorist suspects in the United States. This is a course of action that would further diminish the reputation of the United States throughout the world. We’ve had a judicial system in place for over two hundred years that generally works depending on your point of view. I see no reason to bastardize the judicial process now. What difference does it make when the verdict is already inevitable?
KSM has already pleaded guilty and wants to go to Paradise and receive his 72 virgins as I am sure the rest of his colleagues also desire. I am 100% percent against the death penalty but I don’t get to make the rules. But what the fuck? But what the hell are you going to do in front of Allah? I don’t think you want to be trying to get some pussy in front of your God. I’d like to see them get life sentences and imprisoned in the state of California. Either the Northern or Southern Mexicans would make all of them their prison bitches.
I guess the point that I am trying to make is that the atrocities of 9/11 happened on American soil so the trials of the suspects should be held on American soil. All of the Republican bullshit is a superfluous argument. It’s time to stop undermining the President in bringing these thugs to justice. 9 years of stupidity by the American public must come to an end. Let’s try and execute these bastards as soon as possible. And let’s do it in a way that follows the way of American jurisprudence. American courts for American justice. Fuck the Republicans!