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December 2008

LA Voters to William Jefferson: Buh-Bye!

William_Jefferson Each election in our country is important but some are more historic and Cao_img1 more significant than others. We are still basking in the glow of the election of Barack Obama as POTUS but quietly, the people of Louisiana, District 2 made a significant statement in electing little-known, Vietnamese, Republican attorney Anh “Joseph” Cao their Congressman.

He will replace incumbent and beleaguered long time representative William Jefferson. For some reason Jefferson thought his constituents would vote along Party and ethnic lines and send him back to DC for another term.

Well, that didn’t happen. The people wanted CHANGE and they got it. Voters are sick and tired of politicians like Jefferson. Voters refused to overlook the indictment of Jefferson and others close to him. I pray that this is the continuation of the revolution of the American voter and notice to pols that their usual foolishness will be tolerated no more.

 

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Locked Up but Not for Life: O.J. Simpson Goes to Prison

Simpson O. J. Simpson and Charles Stewart were sentenced yesterday by Las Vegas judge Jackie Glass. Charged with twelve counts including armed robbery and kidnapping, Simpson was sentenced to up to 33 years in prison. He must serve at least nine years before he’s eligible for parole.

In delivering the sentences, Judge Glass made the point several times that the sentencing was based on the current trial and was not impacted by Simpson’s murder trial in 1996. It’s really hard to believe that the previous trial did not influence the Vegas trial but it would be difficult to prove otherwise.

If you think me one of the folks who celebrated when Simpson was found not guilty in the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman you’re wrong. I do believe the occurrences leading up to the Vegas trial and the circumstances surrounding it a bit contrived, questionable and overkill. I mean who records conversations between people who are supposed to be friends unless there is an ulterior motive?

That aside, I’ve always thought Simpson should have been locked up for something from the double murder trial. His actions or more appropriate, antics, were further proof of his cry for help.

Pick something --- his domestic issues with Nicole look-alike girlfriend, Christie Prody; whack videos; theft of cable service or especially that book, If I Did It. I mean, really. That’s just the foolishness I can think of off the top of my head.

The harsh words of the judge and frequent use of the word “stupid” when referencing Simpson was a stark contrast to the dignity he displayed during the double murder trial. It was truly pathetic.

As expected, Ron Goldman’s dad and sister expressed their feeling of vindication for his death. Is it just me or was anyone else ticked off by the statement from Denise Brown,"It is very sad to think that an individual who had it all, an amazing career, beautiful wife and two precious children has ended up like this." Excuse me, before marrying Nicole, O.J. had another beautiful wife, Marguerite. Before Sydney and Justin with Nicole, there were three precious children --- Arnelle, Jason and Aaren with Marguerite. Surely, she didn’t intentionally ignore O.J.’s other wife and children; all are in pain except little Aaren who passed away as a toddler in 1979.

The saga of O.J. Simpson is far from over because his lawyers will appeal this last case. At 61, one would think O.J. Simpson wouldn’t find himself in this situation. With all of the opportunities he was afforded it’s unbelievable he’s messed up his life so much.  Will prison afford him time for retrospect and repentance? Only time will tell.


 

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Ed Rendell's Hot Mic Moment

Why is it that seasoned public figures seem to have not yet learned not to say anything damaging around a hot mic? Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is the latest culprit/victim. Here's what Rendell said about President-elect Obama's pick for Homeland Security secretary, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano.

"Janet's perfect for that job. Because for that job, you have to have no life. Janet has no family. Perfect. She can devote, literally, 19-20 hours a day to it," said Rendell, whose comments were picked up by the open mic.

CNN's Campbell Brown shares her opinion on the matter and I agree with her. Perhaps the Obama administration will also provide women the opportunity to shatter the glass ceiling that limits advancement and shapes perspectives on leadership potential of those of us of the female gender.

Rendell apologized for his remarks and explained his intent. At this point, I'll take him at his word. Rather than belabor the point, let's use this as a teachable moment and hope that Napolitano and other women will serve as shing examples of excellent leaders regardless of gender.



Chambliss Wins GA Senate Run-off; Could an Obama Visit Have Changed the Result?

Election2008-275x275 There will be no Democratic supermajority in DC under the first term of the Obama presidency. The AP already predicts a Saxby Chambliss victory with 65% of the vote. Disappointing but no surprise, if you recall, since Georgia was one of the states that went to John McCain instead of Barack Obama.

Do you think the result would have been different had Obama actually visited Georgia in his endorsement of Jim Martin? In my humble opinion, if Barack Obama didn't win Georgia, Jim Martin wasn't going to either.We always hold out for a win but it's Georgia.

Obama likely chose to devote his time to preparing his leadership team to right this ship called the United States of America and to limit his support to recorded messages and use of his campaign office space. But that's just my opinion, what say you?




 

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World AIDS Day 2008: We Can Stop HIV/AIDS

WAD_anniversary-EN[1]_Page_1 Today is December 1, 2008, the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day (WAD). This is the day selected to bring attention to HIV/AIDS worldwide.

Many events will be held today around the world. Statistics will be shared and names and faces of those infected or fighting for those impacted directly by HIV/AIDS will be spotlighted today.

Prayerfully, young people will read something today or hear something today that will move them to choose life when it comes to sexually dangerous and irresponsible situations. Prayerfully adults, heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual and any other category, will choose life also.

Then there are the people who become infected by contaminated blood through transfusions and infected mothers who infect their babies through breastfeeding. They are truly innocent victims.

It’s estimated that 33 million people around the world are living with AIDS. That means that AIDS is not an automatic death sentence anymore. Survival rates have improved tremendously over the last twenty years but the rate of infection is on the rise in many countries around the world.

With the proper medical care and attention, those infected live productive lives. Those infected still live with the stigma and sometimes discrimination once their status is made public. That emotional assault upon their psyche can be more devastating than the physical effects of the infection itself.

In my humble opinion, there is not enough discussion about HIV/AIDS. The more educated we are about HIV/AIDS, the more we can help stop it from spreading. So, as we commemorate 20 years of WAD, let’s pledge to be more vigilant about helping in the fight against HIV/AIDS during the other days of the year.

Lead – Empower – Deliver. We can stop HIV/AIDS.


 

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