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February 2, 2009

Michael Steele brings Change to GOP!

Filed under: Politics — noirwomannews @ 11:00 pm
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The Republican party has elected Michael Steele the first African American to lead the GOP, and he has without doubt already signaled a new look for the struggling party as they too have sought to find change or think a black leader is needed to go up against a black president..

Steele is a former Maryland Lt. Governor and attorney who competed against four other candidates seeking the post to head the troubled party. He is considered a conservative, but compared to those he competed against for the position he is also the most moderate from the group. Steele has also had his bid as being first upon winning the 2003 election as Maryland’s first black governor.

However Steele advanced to this position remains a good thing for this country continued path toward change. Hopefully this choice was based on what is good for the republican party overall and not a placement of Steele just because he is a black male. As much as I want to see blacks continue to elevate in high level positions, it is important that they are placed in positions for the right reasons in order to be most effective and representative of the party values and the majority of its members. This does not mean the small group needed to put a leader in place. This references that large group of members that showed up at the many rallies supporting John McCain and Sarah Palin during the presidential election and the large group of supporters around the country. We have come along way if Steele is the man representing those groups.

This selection brings to mind a race between another black republican Alan Keyes who was moved to Chicago some years back as a replacement opponent to run against then Barack Obama for the Senate seat should have sent a clear message that you just can’t stick any black person on a ticket to compete in political races. Blacks really don’t vote for blacks just because of race, and whites and other races won’t support just any black candidate. If the candidate is qualified and just happens to be black well there is a strong level of support. Hopefully history will not repeat itself.

Steele landed a hot spot for himself and based on all of the issues the party faces including the racial overtures which sent many republican members up in arms during the past presidential election will be a starting place for this new leader. The interesting thing is the black vote is up for grabs when the candidates running are of a different race, but when a black candidate who is qualified, smart runs it unifies the black vote which is largely democratic. The question would be if Steel will be able to pull more blacks into the Republican Party and in doing so how will he rebuild the image to attract young and older groups of blacks and other minorities?

The interesting part of the selection of Steele is it’s coming upon the heels of the country electing its first black president. The difference is that this president was heavily supported by blacks with a record high turnout, but he was also supported by whites, Hispanics and other races due to his ability to appeal to each ethnic group with a sincere ability to understand and relate on some level.

Steels job is to revive the party as they go up against the empowered Democratic Party and the country’s first black president beginning with next falls mid term elections. With all of the ills of the current party this will be all of a challenge for the new leader who promises the dawning of a new republican party which is inclusive to all races and ages. Something he knows is important upon looking at the numbers, maps, ethnic make up and ages of those putting the current president in office.

This selection is historic and again shows that anything is possible, and if the guess is right the man that bought change to the country is responsible for Steele in this position as the new GOP leader.

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January 29, 2009

Blago is out!

Filed under: News,Politics — noirwomannews @ 11:58 pm
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Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is out following an impeachment trail today where he is on the way to cleaning out his office as his peers voted him out with a needed 2/3 vote.

Blagojevich made his rounds on every talk show last week allowing him air time to present his story to the people. Although he knew his job was on the line and this blemish would ultimately become part of his resume, he claimed he was being treated unfairly by his colleagues.

While his peers prepared to have him removed from office last week seeking to get a vote of 40 to deliver a two thirds vote needed to oust Blagojevich for good and allow his Lt. Gov. to be sworn in replacing the man accused of attempting to sell Barack Obama’s senate seat to the highest bidder.

The Gov. Said he was not being allowed the opportunity to present witnesses that would prove he was innocent. When asked directly if he tried to sell the senate seat he said no. Also, adding that the rest of the tape if heard would prove his innocence.

Not only was the secret five in the running for the hottest senate seat in town, according to Blago he even had his eye on NBC news anchor Cheryl Burton and the media diva Oprah Winfrey as replacements. Oprah said she could do the job but would have had to turn the governor down due to her other many jobs probably getting in the way.

Everyone who thought they had the Gov. Blagojevich situation all figured out got a curve ball when he appointed former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the Illinois Senate seat once held by President Elect Barack Obama.

One thing Governor Blagojevich has is nerve; he defied all opposition from state leaders and lawmakers in his appointment of Burris to a seat of controversy due to an alleged pay to play scheme where the governor was said to be asking for money and favors in exchange to appointment to the seat.

The allegations of the pay to play scandal named several persons speaking to the governor about a possible appointment to the Illinois Senate seat. The appointment of Roland Burris shows the Governors keen knowledge on how politics work and he is a master of the game. He selected a candidate of good standing and unquestionable ethics in leadership, a former Illinois Attorney general; this makes it difficult for his opposition to challenge, although they had already laid the groundwork saying any appointment made by the Governor would not be accepted.

The problem with this is that the Governor did not select any candidate mentioned or related to the pay to play issues alleged. Instead he went to someone previously not even considered, and that person happens to be very qualified to serve in the position. Therefore he should be allowed to do so, and this should not be turned into further politics where others are more concerned about themselves getting the appointment over the fact that the governor in the end did his duty with an appointment of someone not tainted by the allegations.

Whatever the outcome is for Blagojevich has nothing at all to do with Burris, his record speaks for itself and unless he can be tied to the charges against the Governor, or has his own set of credibility issues, he should be allowed to serve.

Instead of adults, sometimes it appears that our politicians behave more like children, whining and manipulating to get their way. Blagojevich can say check mate with this appointment.

Burris was sworn in as the replacement for Obama and Blago continues his fight to hold office as his peers push to get him out.
Today he is out, the next step is his lega woes.

January 21, 2009

President Barack Obama Changed America

Filed under: Politics — noirwomannews @ 7:32 am
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Tears flowing down the faces of men and women of all races as never before seen in the history of this country. Over a million people united in celebration in the nation’s capitol as they witnessed the swearing in of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States of America.

 

An emotional and overwhelming moment at times seemed to take many back in history to times when things were much different. Blacks fighting for civil rights and equality for years and maybe the very thought of this new first family making what was thought to be impossible a reality . Many thought they were prepared but learned how touching it was as the moment arrived on this cold January day. Young men and women champions of this election watched with pride in this moment of our history as a black president is sworn into office.  Someone who many feel represents all of America. His story gave way to a world far different from the one we knew yesterday on some levels.

 

 The thing about history is that we are all a part of it, just as blacks weep and thought of the past, there were many of other races embracing change, hope and goodwill to all mankind in order that our world be unified. The greatness in us all pays it forward in someway during our lifetime, and today gratification came to all representing change in America.

 

Whites, blacks, Asians, Hispanics were all living in the moment while seeing a new beginning. History teaches us all something about ourselves and it doesn’t matter if you lived it or not, what matters is acknowledging the lessons and taking part in re writing stories of hope and triumph to pass along to our children.

 

Today an African American family moved into the White House, a mother, father and two little girls. The thing is they represent families across the country. Their race is only important today because they are the first black family, as adults we take notice, but little girls of all races will look at the two Obama girls watching what they wear and the music they like. Women will look at the First Lady and take on her style while admiring her and the family, or simply critique her as they have first ladies in the past. Men will see Obama as the most powerful man in the world and continue their own quest to power to obtain that oval office.

 

The basics in life we all relate to and want, sometimes it takes moments like today to remind us in this country how much more alike we are than not, how life delivers lessons to this country right on time when a need exist. There was Martin Luther King Jr. who marched and delivered words that would years later bring tears to our eyes; yes his words still remind us as a nation to come together, while reminding us that some elements of his dream speech are still not present.   There was also John F. Kennedy Jr. who fought for equality and captured the hearts of generations during a time we needed change. His family continues the legacy of fighting for the people.

 

The word change is simple yet powerful enough that amazingly every so often a leader comes along and change actually happens. A small word that moves people stirs thought and leads the country forward to heal at precisely the right moment. The need for compassion and someone who sincerely believes he can make a difference grips at hearts and souls of Americans. The strength and determination to lessen the burden of our leaders by offering ourselves is truly what individuals are made of in the country, sometimes it just takes the right leader to remind us of how great and capable we are, and that reminder comes at the right moment and time always in our history.

 

January 7, 2009

Burris Boldness provokes Senate Silliness

Filed under: News,Politics — noirwomannews @ 1:40 am
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Roland Burris headed to the Senate only to be turned away, and he intends to seek justice from the senate gang refusing to acknowledge his appointment due to Governor Blagojevich’s political challenges in Chicago.

We’ll its no surprise that a tangled web continues to tangle itself instead of unraveling and straighten, the latter action would require compromise and a setting aside of ego’s and power for the good of the people. Burris set his self up for a challenge accepting the nomination and was obviously well prepared to fight for his right to serve as Illinois Junior Senator.

Blagojevich made a perfect choice selecting someone well qualified to serve, a one time opponent and most importantly he did not have a number given to his name as someone potentially involved or named in the play for pay scandal. As If there isn’t enough to worry about with a failing economy, now the senate chooses to fight an appointment based on the Governors credentials instead of the candidates.

Right or wrong for taking the position, Burris is qualified and since he dared to accept the appointment, he should be seated as long as he is qualified regardless of the Illinois Governors troubles. Maybe action against the Governor’s actions earlier would have prevented the citizens from having to witness more rumblings in the political circus of what should be the US Senate. Those who should know and understand the law, and who have previously tried to exercise the power to prevent another Senator from being seated named Adam Powell.

I would agree that the trouble facing Blagojevich is outrageous accusations and if, the big question if found to be true are disgusting for the city and its political climate. However until he is charged he is still Governor and has the power to exercise his granted powers, and it is a problem with our system when people can alter and change laws to accommodate disagreement and or exercise personal preferences. The laws are in place to avoid such behaviors and the courts are in place to discipline behaviors of a proven failed politician who misuses his or her office and or power, that right does not belong to the US Senate to punish the governor, it belongs to the courts.

Power seems to drive every aspect of government in this Country, yet in areas where these officials are needed to step up to prevent, credit card rates from skyrocketing, gas prices from rising and foreclosure assistance and jobs for people, you don’t see them running to a camera pushing ethics and concern for the people. Give me a break, Burris sitting as Senator is more of a concern for the senate and politicians than the citizens of Illinois; they already know the man and his record. The concerns of Illinois citizens at the moment are not as shallow, they unlike the members on the Senate floor are facing trying issues of job loss, homelessness and a host of other serious issues which directly impact their lives negatively, and Burris as senator is not one of those issues, only the politicians appear to be whining.

December 30, 2008

Saltsman’s family holiday gift to friends!

Filed under: News,Politics — noirwomannews @ 11:47 pm

 Republican Chip Saltsman obviously is in need of attention as he seeks to lead his party,  and he got it upon sending out a CD “Barack the Magic Negro” to his friends, what a great person he is to think so much of those he likes to send this billboard chart topper to his friends, a must have for the holiday season for families to enjoy while sitting around the fireplace.

 

Saltsman sent out Christmas gift to members of his party with a CD including a song “Barack the Magic Negro. The debates are once again on, some say its innocent humor, and others say its racism. I think it’s stupid and ignorant to follow the road already traveled by a female Republican member earlier this year. The food stamp incident obviously wasn’t funny enough because Saltsman selected to compete by taking things a step further with a musical track racially degrading.  Had he been smart he would have left the song where it originated.

 

The reality is that there are people that think and feel just like Saltsman, humor or racism disguised as parody, a joke so to speak. Idiots are continuously making there way into political office which is quite disturbing. When one takes a position such as to send out holiday gifts calling a future president a magic negro, there is something to be said about who he really is as a person, as well as what he represents in this country. I would like to know what a magic Negro is and how it is determined that one is such a phenomenon?

 

The song is not new, yes that person on the Fox news network thinks the song is an appropriate musical selection, but hey, a drug addict can’t be held accountable for every action, there are just times that reality and fantasy blend when you don’t say no. As for Saltsman he can breathe and release now that he got that out of his system, maybe he needed that to feel good about himself at someone else’s expense. What a leader he would make for his party.

Blago’s appointment say’s checkmate!

Filed under: News,Politics,Uncategorized — noirwomannews @ 9:58 pm

Everyone who thought they had the Gov. Rod Blagojevich situation all figured out got a curve ball when he appointed former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the Illinois Senate seat once held by President Elect Barack Obama.

One thing Governor Blagojevich has is nerve; he defied all opposition from state leaders and lawmakers in his appointment of Burris to a seat of controversy due to an alleged pay to play scheme where the governor was said to be asking for money and favors in exchange to appointment to the seat.

The allegations of the pay to play scandal named several persons speaking to the governor about a possible appointment to the Illinois Senate seat. The appointment of Roland Burris shows the Governors keen knowledge on how politics work and he is a master of the game. He selected a candidate of good standing and unquestionable ethics in leadership, a former Illinois Attorney general; this makes it difficult for his opposition to challenge, although they had already laid the groundwork saying any appointment made by the Governor would not be accepted.

The problem with this is that the Governor did not select any candidate mentioned or related to the pay to play issues alleged. Instead he went to someone previously not even considered, and that person happens to be very qualified to serve in the position. Therefore he should be allowed to do so, and this should not be turned into further politics where others are more concerned about themselves getting the appointment over the fact that the governor in the end did his duty with an appointment of someone not tainted by the allegations.

Whatever the outcome is for Blagojevich has nothing at all to do with Burris, his record speaks for itself and unless he can be tied to the charges against the Governor, or has his own set of credibility issues, he should be allowed to serve.

Instead of adults, sometimes it appears that our politicians behave more like children, whining and manipulating to get their way. Blagojevich can say check mate with this appointment, unless there is a good reason to deny Burris this seat based on his credentials, not those of a tainted governor.

December 29, 2008

Caylee Anthony

Filed under: News — noirwomannews @ 6:29 pm
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The case of little Caylee Anthony was disturbing from the beginning so much so that as a mother my instincts were to hope she would be found alive, a beautiful child full of life and a world awaiting to see her smile which had become a part of nightly news channels for months.

 

Any life lost is sad, but that of a little girl being murdered, wrapped in a plastic garbage bag then thrown out on the side of the road in a wooded area in Florida like trash is despicable and justice should be hers.

 

Most probably expected the worst, while hoping for the best when on December 11 reports came out that bones of a child had been found near the parents home of Casey Anthony’s, a home with a little girl’s bedroom empty, a home, a place of safety for child that is now questioned. The body had been there for some time according to reports and there was tissue, the next step is forth coming toxicology report from the medical examiners office.

 

Her body parts found on the scene were identified and her death deemed a homicide by police, and the meter reader, a man who called and reported a trash bag on the road side had made two previous calls reporting the bag at the scene. Police said they got 5600 calls in state and worldwide with reports on Caylee Anthony.

 

This is a case that sends chills down the spines of mothers and grandparent’s love of a child is so natural to most that one would put their own life on the line to save that of a child. A mother’s instinct and a grandparent’s paternal feeling to step in and protect a child even from their own is a part of what happens in the natural scheme of life.

 

Casey Anthony sits in a jail, she denies the murder of her daughter, yet she was unable to give information as to where her child was and with whom. Her parents believed up until the discovery of the body that the child was alive and their daughter was innocent.

 

Something went so wrong, not blaming the grandparent’s, but yet one can’t help but to wonder if there were any signs of instability obvious enough to step in and protect an innocent little girl from a confused and potentially dangerous person. Many suggest her parents were in denial.

 

Yes it’s a horrible thought that this child could have been murdered at the hands of someone who was suppose to love her, yet this is not the first time a child has died at the hands of a parent. How can we protect children in this Country and why are there so many cases to mothers murdering their on children? That’s a question we need to answer in order to hopefully prevent the discovery of the next murdered child at the hand of a parent.

 

The grandparents are preparing for a public and private memorial service for the little girl according to reports from their attorney. Casey will not be allowed to attend the services due to the charges alleged against and for security reason reported prison officials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 16, 2008

Caroline may bring ethics to the senate!

Filed under: News,Politics,Uncategorized — noirwomannews @ 8:30 am
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With all of the drama swirling around some of the most technically qualified politicians these days , one would think the last question related to Caroline Kennedy’s quest for the New York Senate seat would be her lack of political experience.

First of all she would be replacing Hillary Clinton which many have debated her qualification to first hold the seat initially, and later her qualifications to run for president. With all of those questions from critiques she ends her career in the senate as one of the most respected and powerful members. Therefore that is a mute argument.

There are several reasons she is well worth looking at for this position, first of all she is independently wealthy so we know she is not seeking the riches to be gained in the political arena, and power, prestige and privilege she already has, therefore her chances of disgracing us is far less than anyone else who would potentially want the second most important open senate seat.

Let’s keep in mind how hot senate seats are these days and New York has just as tough of a reputation as Chicago. Well not that there Governor would ever try to sell the seat, but lets face it there are some heavy hitters in the political field there and the city is strongly in favor of having things there way when it comes to who gets Clinton’s seat.

The whole legacy of the Clinton’s and Kennedy’s makes no difference to anyone other than the politicians debating the matter. The citizens are way to busy worrying about job loss, foreclosures and food cost, so which dynasty is in place is not a real life issue, and from the looks of it, experience is not all that its cranked up to be when it comes to some politicians.

Greed, power and deceit seems to lure politicians, many with legal backgrounds to the lowest of places, and while there they are far removed from the average citizen, caring only about themselves, power, prestige and money. My thoughts are if you have an opportunity to eliminate those from the mix chances are you could have a great senator, and Kennedy is removed from all three, she needs nothing but a platform to do what her family has done for years and that is simply service.

December 15, 2008

Blago’s gotta go? he say’s no resignation

Filed under: News,Politics — noirwomannews @ 3:20 am
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Over the weekend Gov. Rod Blagojevich attended a meeting with a Chicago high powered lawyer. There were reports that he may resign as early as Monday,but a spokesman for the Gov’s office denied the reports.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan said the gov would possibly resign on Monday, she continues efforts to have him removed from office with planned meetings early next week with officials. the gov’s office said he would not be resigning on Monday.

Chicago politicians and president elect Barack Obama are asking Blagojevich to resign. The heat is on and other politicians are all but calling in the movers to assist with a relocation to anywhere but the governors office in Illinois.
The problems for the governor have only just begun, names for candidates once numbered 1 thru 5 are coming to surface, such as Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., and Valerie Jarrett. The two are not named as part of the investigation into alleged corruption charges against  the governor, but their names existed as candidates interested in filling the vacant senate seat in Illinois.
Jarrett pulled her name out of the race earlier in the process and was later appointed to a position in the Obama administration. Along term friend of the president elect, and she also worked on his campaign.
Jackson was publicly seeking the seat and recently met with the governor, but said today he did nothing wrong, he Say’s he met with the governor only to discuss the interest he had in filing the vacant senate seat. At no time did he propose any pay for play initiatives to the governor said Jackson, also adding that he did not authorize any such deals on his behalf. Jackson  praised the investigation saying its long overdue to rid Illinois of this type of corruption.
President elect Obama said it would be difficult for the governor to work under the current conditions and with others in support has called for Blagojevich resignation.
The governor  went on with his daily business as usual, heading to his downtown office and reports said he would not resign, his attorney reports he did nothing wrong and resigning would make him look as if he was guilty.
Things look pretty bad based on the tapes discussing request for money from his wife being placed on boards where she could earn $150,000 a year. Top that with request of payment in exchange for the senate seat and you have a problem, especially when media attention from around the world is now focused on Chicago. The case is still under investigation.

Bush Dodges Size 10″ Shoes In Baghdad!

Filed under: News,Politics — noirwomannews @ 2:43 am
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President George Bush reacted calmly to two size 10 shoes thrown at him during a secret news conference held Sunday in Baghdad.

The president was meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al- Maliki in an unpublicized farewell tour to the Country.

The journalist threw one shoe at the president who ducked, and the man immediately followed with his other shoe before other reporters in the room tackled him to the floor in restraint offering apolizies saying his views  didn’t represent the Country.

Bush didn’t appear shocked or concerned, matter of fact he showed no concern other than moving out of the way of the flying shoes. Pretty good motor skills.

Bush then joked saying he didn’t know what the guy’s problem was, but this is what happenes when you have a free society where people are allowed to express themselves. The president also referrenced the incident to those where people expressed themselves with fewer than five fingers, or attending rallies where someone decides to yell out,  guess he means the middle finger being thrown up, and the crowds well surely he has faced them recently, not sure if he was speaking from a personal experience  encountered here in the states.

The war is Iraq has never been a globally unpopular war, with 150,000 troops still in the Country, and a death rate climbing for U.S soldiers.

The reporter was reported as saying “This is your Farewell Kiss you dog”! Obviously he was not too happy with the president.

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