” I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive. “
One year into his first term President Barack Obama is flirting strongly with becoming a “one hit wonder” like former President Jimmy Carter. Unpopular fiscal bailouts of AIG and auto makers General Motors and Chrysler are but a few of the decisions which will haunt him as he seeks to add equally unpopular health and national security proposals to the agenda.
It has become painfully clear that the only thing that can get prompt attention in an Obama administration is uncontrolled spending ultimately at the expense of poor and middle class people. Given the way things are going over-all there will be little difference between the two shortly.
Supporters of Obama have constantly blamed former President Bush for everything but that must all end. There has been plenty of time and opportunity for Obama to be judged on his own merits. Judge him we must if this country is to endure.
Beyoncé first cited artistic reasons for canceling an earlier concert appearance in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2007. A Muslim country that has a female dress code. Now she must answer critics who want to know if she could not follow a modest dress code how is it she could give a private performance for Muslim leader Hannibal Gaddafi whose father has supported terrorism and who personally has a reputation for disrespect towards women and servants. One might also ask how her husband Jay-Z could go along with the performance given the reputation of Hannibal Gaddafi for a reported 2 million dollars.
It goes without saying that Beyoncé is talented and beautiful but somewhere the ball was dropped from a PR point of view.
I am sure it was very flattering to be asked by a foreign leader to do a private performance and even more flattering to have your fee met. We are living in tight times … but did she really need the money? Did she really need to have her ego stroked?
Her husband Jay-Z is reputed to be a business guru but the fallout publicly leaves one to question the wisdom he offered his wife in this matter.
I think if Beyoncé or Jay-Z had personally lost a loved one to the Pan Am Lockerbie jet bombing, the 911 attack of 2001, or common US domestic violence they would hold a different attitude.
On December 21, 1988 I was flying home on a domestic flight with loved ones wondering about my status after the news broke about flight 103.
Having an in-law who lost a beloved female relative in 2001 in the towers on 911, and having had several female relatives and friends who have survived domestic violence there is not enough money in the Gaddafi bank account to buy good will here.
A personal note to Beyoncé and Jay-Z … not your best judgment here!
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick resigned today after dragging the city through months of financial pain suffering. As one watched the feed from the Wayne County Court room that Kilpatrick and his co-defendant, former Chief of Staff, Christine Beatty, both occupied, you could not help but feel sadness for the two who have laid waste a community, and promising careers for a few moments of physical pleasure.
His agreed to plea deal strips him of his Law License, pension benefits, requires him to pay one million is restitution, forbids political office for 5 years, and, places him in jail for 4 months. Not to mention what it does to his wife and children.
Perhaps none of the above concerned him when he committed the offenses that ended his run as Detroit’s mayor. It is certain that it will occupy his thoughts now.
Barack Obama has blazed to a South Carolina victory but along with that he picks up a prized endorsement.
The most note worthy and to me the most important endorsement to date comes on the heels of Dr. King’s birthday observance and the haunting memory of his “I Have a Dream” speech.
President John F. Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy, has formally endorsed Barack Obama today bringing to bear an even bigger force than Oprah! The memories of the late John and Bobby Kennedy legacy to America.
The fat lady is not singing yet but we are definitely heading into a Super Tuesday primary that is taking on an even more super meaning.
Have we finally arrived at the time Dr. King referred to? The day when we as African Americans will be judged on the content of our character, and not on the color of our skin? God only knows but I sure pray so for us all!
Just as Olympic star Marion Jones starts to settle into her prison time for perjury charges in her doping case, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick may soon be following!
Media news outlets are reporting that The Detroit News / Free Press has obtained copies of emails sent between the mayor and his Chief of Staff, Christine Beatty, implying that they lied to the court during the “Whistle Blower’s” trial that took place August of 2007.
The outcome of that trial was that the city of Detroit has to pay out millions of dollars as a judgment due to the mayor terminating city employees who brought his questionable behavior to light. Part of that behavior was the alleged affair between Mayor Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty which it now appears both of them lied about under oath.
The Detroit News / Free Press is not disclosing how they got the copies of the emails but have made text from them public. The emails were sent via the City of Detroit server system and Mayor Kilpatrick’s city issued “BlackBerry”.
If the prosecutor presses forward with charges Mayor Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty could face up to 15 years in prison.
For the record former President Bill Clinton lied to a special prosecutor, and the country about his affair yet did no time … I wonder how this one will play out?
For a video checkout this CNN link: http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/01/24/detroit.mayor/index.html#cnnSTCVideo
Banita Jacks a mother of four is being held in the connection of their deaths in their Washington, D.C., home.
According to Medical Examiner Marie-Lydie Pierre-Louis, the bodies were in the home for as many as 15 days based on the insects that were also found there.
Washington, D.C. Mayor, Adrian Fenty remarked, “I don’t think anyone in the city can remember a case involving this many young people who have died in such a tragic way.”
Former Mayor and present councilman Marion Barry who represents the poverty riddled neighborhood where Jacks and her four daughters resided stated, “Some systems have failed somewhere.”
U.S. Attorney Jeff Taylor said Jacks faces a mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison on each count if convicted. A maximum penalty of life in prison without parole is also a possibility.