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February 2008

Feel Good Friday Funkiness with The Ohio Players

OK, after an almost twelve hour work day, I am through…wasted…ti-red. It's time for some funkiness to shake off the stress and prepare for tomorrow. Yeas, it's weekend but mine is already booked.

I love the Ohio Players' sound but they were off limits when I was a kid. I think those album covers really did it for my folks. Listening to the Ohio Players or even looking at their album covers would get us in as much trouble as listening to those Moms Mabley albums my aunt used to try to hide from us kids.

Here is one of my favorite OP songs…

My Crackberry Blues, Part Deux

I received my replacement BlackBerry Pearl on Monday as I sort of figured I would. Getting back up to speed would take me a couple of hours between my various at projects. I was proud that I'd replaced the both the SIM card and the media card all by myself. I'd asked the only guy in our office to help but he was pulled to do an assignment and I was way too impatient to wait for him --- sorry, I really am working on that but I'm a Crackberry head and I wanted needed to be connected to my e-mails from a lot of people that I've never actually met before. Go figure.

The AT&T folks didn't send an entire phone; they sent the phone minus the battery cover. It looked really weird but I understand the possible production cost savings and potential revenue from selling replacement covers.

Everything was cool except I think I lost some of my ringtones. No big deal in the grand scheme of things. Things got a little weird waking up Tuesday morning to e-mails invading my BlackBerry at a speed you could never imagine. No, I hadn't become oh, so, popular; many of these messages were old and re-appearing in my box. What's old? How about four and five months old?

After several AT&T customer service and tech folks, I ended up speaking to a guy at RIM {Research In Motion, the actually BlackBerry folks – the Crackmasters!). He talked me through a few fixes to no avail. He said a few of their customers were experiencing the same problem but assured me it would be corrected within the hour. How'd he know that?

At that point, there were over 7,000 unopened messages on my Berry. Keep in mind that I'd already deleted a few hundred throughout the day and there were old messages on there also. I tried waiting to see if the unit would explode. It didn't.

The problem was corrected was promised and then I was left with thousands of messages. I learned a new option on my e-mail message menu. It read 'Delete Prior'. That meant I could delete all messages prior to a certain date. Of course I took advantage of that and emptied the inboxes for all of my accounts.

I've been better about getting to my e-mails but I'm still at 622 unopened messages as I type this. I still love my BlackBerry Pearl; now I just need to learn how to use all of the unit's features.



It was Tuesday but was it Super?

John McCain appears to be headed to be the next Republican nominee for President of the United States. Of course he is a great distance from the1,191 delegates needed but there's no overwhelming to upend the McCain train. Giving credit where it's due, Mike Huckabee's showing made a contender for the second half of the ticket although I'm keeping an eye on Florida governor Charlie Crist.

Mac is back but GOP voters think he's out of step with conservatives. Some Republicans would feel more comfortable with Mitt Romney as the nominee but Romney must decide how much longer he will continue to campaign.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both claimed victory. Clinton won the larger delegate states and Obama won 13 of the 22 states. The next few weeks will be very interesting for the Dems. Of course Obama gave a rousing, unifying speech and Hillary's speech started out Obama-esque but it just didn't work.

Hillary appeared to win because of Asians and whites 65 years-old and older. Obama captured votes of blacks and white males. The final count shows less than .4 % separated Clinton from Obama. The saga continues with primaries in Kansas, Washington, Nebraska and Louisiana on Saturday.


Regardless of the spin put on the results, Hillary's win in the larger states and Obama's victories in the larger number of states, this campaign will boil down to Hillary has raised more money than Barack in total but his people appear to be better strategists when it comes to raising and spending. Obama is really giving her pause for the cause; she is the one with better name recognition an ex-husband as a former president and 'experience'.

The money issue becomes more apparent when Hillary loaned her campaign $5 million and some of her staffers will forgo pay for awhile. The money issue may force Huckabee out and may keep Mitt Romney in. Campaigns shouldn't be so expensive but they are.

Stay tuned and follow the money train.

Haitians survive by eating dirt cookies

A woman in Fort Dimanche laying biscuits to dry, biscuits made of butter, salt, water and dirt. The Haitians face shortages of food and electricity.

Photo: Ruth Fresmon, New York Times

In the midst of the excitement surrounding the results of Super Tuesday, I received another very disturbing e-mail from a friend regarding the plight of poor Haitians on the island who have resorted to eating dirt for food. Initially, I attributed the message to be a cruel hoax from an insensitive person. I live in Miami where a significant number of residents are of Haitian descent. There had been no reports, to my knowledge, in any of the local media.

I received the message again, this time from a different friend and this time more passionate in its request to help. I Googled the subject and found the article had been published in the Houston Chronicle. I would also find photos in The New York Times. It was true.

Many of my friends are Haitian and I have come to respect our shared history and African bloodline. Haitian people are brilliant and resilient. It hurts to know that some have been forced to eat these mud pies to survive. This is a human issue and these people need our help. Click here to read the Houston Chronicle article. Please spread the word about this situation.

I Love this Video: Yes, We Can!

You may have already seen this beautiful video inspired by a speech by presidential candidate, Barack Obama. I've seen it posted several places and several friends have forwarded it to me. That's a very good sign and also indicative of the change Americans want to see in our government. Enjoy and be Blessed…

If you want the words to the song/speech, click the link below.

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The Giants Ruin the Patriots Perfect Season; So Why are the Dolphins Happy?

OK, I watched the last 35 seconds of the Super Bowl. I really wasn't that excited about the game and I surely wasn't going to choose to watch over other things I needed to do. So, why didn't I know about the Manning-Manning QB connection? Dang, my football watching was definitely off this year. Too much HGTV!

Anyhoo, the Giants didn't give up and pulled off the win in the last few seconds of the game. Congrats to the Giants and their MVP QB Eli Manning. Peyton last year and Eli this year. Can you imagine the conversation around that family's dinner table?

The collective sigh of relief you heard was the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins team. Too bad this year's team was so horrible.

I am a bit disappointed that I missed the commercials; they are usually a riot. If anyone had a favorite commercial or there was one that sucked big time, let me know here.

Maria Shriver Finds Her Own Voice, Follows Her Own Truth and Endorses Barack Obama

Here is the video of California's First Lady Maria Shriver giving a very passionate endorsement of Barack Obama for President of the United States. As may know, Shriver's mother is a Kennedy and they are standing for Obama. I can't say that I remember everything about the JFK presidency because I was so young but I do still remember the magic that he inspired.

I remember hearing the word 'Camelot' but I didn't know that meant. I remember segregated areas being integrated, some peacefully, some with violence. I remember the Klu Klux Klan burning a cross in my hometown. I remember blacks protesting and some whites helping with the protest. I remember being told to always have the courage to stand for what's right.

During that era, for black people in the South, our households had three pictures in the living room and on church fans: Jesus Christ (the Caucasian version), President John F. Kennedy and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Kennedys and Kings were America's living, breathing royalty. Later in life, I would learn of the discrimination Irish Catholics endured in the United States also. To have most of the Kennedy clan step up and endorse Obama stirs emotions in me in a way that I can't describe.

Senator Obama is a viable candidate for the presidency who is black, actually bi-racial, but his ethnicity, while a source of pride to blacks may only be a part of the reason why he is supported by blacks. That sense of pride cannot be understood by anyone unless they are black. That doesn't mean anything against you if you're not black; it's the same pride women share that men can't understand. Don't get caught up in those differences, just accept that we are different; respect each other and move on --- together.

Yes, we can. Si, se puede.

Super Tuesday is the Super Bowl

Since I've been watching way more CNN than Law & Order and HGTV lately, I really can't tell you much about the Super Bowl this year. I do know that the Giants and the Patriots are playing and that's about it. I plan to go shopping while the Super Bowl madness goes on around me. I'm sure a parking space and long lines will not be an issue.

I am much more concerned about who wins on Super Tuesday. We know the Democrats are down to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton while the Republicans are still up in the air. John McCain, who seems to leading all over the place but definitely not with Chuck Norris is the scariest of all the Republican candidates.

As a matter of fact, I think McCain and Clinton are the most polarizing of all the candidates. If Ralph Nader jumps in the race as he's done in the past, we are sure to have a Republican in the White House. I still blame Nader for the mess we're in now no matter how he justified his candidacy.

If you live in any of the states below, get out and vote on Tuesday. If you're a Democrat, I urge you to vote for Barack Obama. He is ready to lead this country and is not more of the same lackluster leadership. As much as Billary would like to stand for change, a change in gender is not a change in philosophy, not a change in character and not the direction we need to continue to follow.

You can click on each state for Super Tuesday information. If you know anyone in that area, please encourage them to get out and vote on February 5.



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New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Dakota




West Virginia

I noted that Hillary says one thing but does another. I will not support her as long as she has Bob Johnson on her team. His very presence is an affront to me as a black person and as a woman. She also showed that she will allow her philandering husband to try to denigrate her opponent in a manner not representative of a former president of the United States and then pooh-pooh away a justification. Puh-leeze. That's my line in the sand and I'm not crossing it.



Hillary’s Republican roots, states’ rights and Martin Luther King

Reprinted with permission…



24 January 2008

Hillary Clinton: Goldwater Girl and The Civil Rights Act of 1964

Hillary Clinton ignited a firestorm of controversy with her casual dismissal of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's paramount role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As so many others have noted, Mrs. Clinton was wrong on the facts and the message. Yet, the many commentators have failed to point out the far more serious issue raised by Mrs. Clinton's comment.

Where was Mrs. Clinton in 1964 and what was she doing? Undoubtedly, she would have us believe that the she was an innocent high school student and already a stalwart supporter of civil rights. But was she? The evidence suggests otherwise.

In 1964 Hillary Rodham Clinton was a Goldwater girl. For those who have forgotten their history, Senator Barry Goldwater, the Republican Party's candidate for President in 1964, spearheaded the conservative takeover of the Republican Party. As a leading advocate of states rights (the rallying cry of Southern demagogues) Senator Goldwater forcefully opposed passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Upon Senator Goldwater's death in May 1998, then First Lady Clinton wrote a glowing tribute in memory of the conservative Senator. As Mrs. Clinton noted,

“My best friend, Betsy, and I were Goldwater Girls. We wore cowboy hats and red, white and blue sashes anchored by gold buttons reading AUH2O. Our job was to pass out brochures at an outdoor rally in suburban Chicago. Our clearest memory of the event is that we got to shake hands with the candidate himself. Even though it was the end of a long, tiring day, the senator patiently greeted and thanked all of the workers there, including the teenagers like myself. This is the Barry Goldwater I think of so often.

Mrs. Clinton also wrote, "But what won me over [to Goldwater] was the senator's book, The Conscience of a Conservative."”[1]

What are we to make of this today?

The Conscience of a Conservative was the manifesto of the conservative movement in America and played a major role in the influx of Dixiecrats and conservative southern Democrats to the Republican Party. Senator Goldwater vehemently opposed as unconstitutional, Titles II and VII, public accommodations and fair employment, respectively, of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“Title II, the so-called Mrs. Murphy clause, he found particularly repellent’ because it in effect stated that a landlord could not refuse rental to anybody.”

“As for Title VII, he feared that it would create a "police state" that would dictate hiring and firing policy for Americans.”[2]

Senator Goldwater was advised by then Professor Robert H. Bork of the Yale Law School who alleged that the majority of the nation's moral and intellectual leaders’ were practicing a kind of McCarthyism with regard to civil rights.”[3] As we all know, Professor Bork was later soundly and roundly rejected for a seat on the United States Supreme Court.

And Hillary Rodham Clinton was a Goldwater Girl who went on to Wellesley College and headed the campus chapter of the Young Republicans.

The Clinton spin machine would have us all believe that Mrs. Clinton was born to the cause of Civil Rights. Clearly she was not. Indeed, the evidence is clear that Mrs. Clinton was a fervent lifelong supporter of the Republican Senator who led the opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Perhaps this is why she was able to cling to her friendship with Senator Goldwater to the end.

So what does Mrs. Clinton believe and when does she believe what she says she believes?

As for those who believe what she says she believes a word of caution is in order. Mrs. Clinton's longtime friend, as The Arizona Republic termed Senator Goldwater, was not finished in 1964. In an autobiography published in 1988, Senator Goldwater had this to say about African American politicians:

“In my thirty years in Congress, the most self-serving group was the black caucus, which thrived on charges of racism. It was unworthy of them in an institution where leadership and foresight were hallmarks of innovative new solutions. Instead, they saw most black problems as civil rights issues, not questions to be solved in and of themselves. Black leadership in Congress still lives twenty to thirty years in the past. Men like Michigan's John Conyers, Jr., and Dellums peddle the past. Neither has had a new idea since he became a welfare pusher.”[4]

And the Goldwater Girl continued the friendship.

My favorite Obama photo


I love this photo of presidential candidate Barack Obama with 5 month-old Daryn Bailey Binns. The camera lens beautifully captures the humanity of this man. This is much more than a robotic baby-kissing moment that many politicians take advantage of whenever possible, his body language tells the story.

Little Miss Binns is the granddaughter of one of my co-workers. Her grandmother is so proud of that moment and the rest of the office staff shares in the significance of that historic moment. The Senator spent at least five minutes with Daryn. There are several photos on the internet of this meeting taken from various angles but this is my favorite. We've discussed getting the photo properly framed and matted and having a special keepsake made for Daryn.