It’s getting late on Capitol Hill this Saturday evening. And it’s only going to get later — the Senate vote on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s plan to raise the debt limit is coming after midnight, meaning members of Congress are cooling their heels and getting frustrated. (Read more)
WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House has rejected a Senate Democratic bill that would slash spending and avert a federal government default.
The vote was 246-173. It was a pre-emptive vote in the high-stakes political fight as the Senate still hasn’t voted on the measure from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The measure would raise the debt limit by $2.4 trillion while cutting spending by $2.2 trillion. (Read more)
My condolence goes out to the Edge and Boddie families on the loss of your love one Ida Ruth Edge Boddie.
Ida was a die hard activist. She was the most willing, caring and more person that I have ever met when it came to community activism. I stood with her in the BWFJ (Black Workers For Justice) and the NAACP (National Association For Advancement of Colored People). I enjoyed working with her because I know that if she was at the meeting that I would have another person who was there to take care of business unlike some other folks who was just there for the fame but not Ida.
History will record that a classier president than BHO has never sat in the Oval office.
I agree with the message – the degree of disrespect is appalling, disgusting, and shame on us as a nation to disrespect the office of president as well as the person.
author unknown – wish I had been the one to write it.
This is an excellent article written by a someone who is realistic (and happens to be White).The very last paragraph says it all.
A little long but worth it read to the end (even if you don’t agree!)
AUTHOR UNKNOWN but it is all over the web.
ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW!!!!!
Arrogance of being President while being Black
I don’t think anyone was under some real illusion that the election of Barack Obama actually means the end of racism in America . I’m pretty sure that the president-elect knew it better than anyone. After all, he saw it every day, from the moment he announced his candidacy. To some degree, he saw it within his own party during the primaries. And he saw it in all ugliness during the general election. For half of this country, he was "That One". No matter how big and clear his victory was. No matter how smart he is. No matter how decent he is. No matter what a true patriot he is. No matter how optimistic and positive his vision for America was. All that didn’t matter. Because at the end of the day, he was still black.
I’m quite old. I remember, vaguely, where my parents were on November 22, 1963. I’ve seen so many presidents. Some were feared, some were hated, some were adored, some popular and some not. But all of them, without exception, were treated with the highest respect deserving the office of the president of the United States .
That is until a black man won the right to occupy this office. It’s been 13 months now, and in the eyes of so many, Barack Obama is still that one. He is being disrespected and at the same time being held to the highest standard of any president I’ve ever seen – and not just by the Republican side! He has to perform three times better than any president in history, and even that may not be enough.
For the media, he is many more times just "Obama" than "President Obama". They create scandals out of nothing issues. It took them at least 6 years to start giving Bush a small part of the shit he deserved. It took them 6 months to begin crap all over Obama because he’s yet to fix the catastrophe that was left for him.
They use condescending tones when they talk about him, and only mildly less condescending when they talk TO him. With anyone else, CNN wouldn’t dare go to commercials every time the president speaks, like they did during that summit on Thursday. They wouldn’t dare be counting how many minutes George Bush or Bill Clinton were talking. Chris Mathews wouldn’t dare make an issue out of Ronald Regan calling members of congress by their first name, like he is not actually the president. They fully cooperate with the Right-Wing smear machine when it comes to president Obama’s national security performance – even if almost every independent and military expert actually thinks that he’s a terrific Commander-in-Chief. You’ll never see them on TV, and virtually no one from the Left, in congress and outside, defend the president on this matter.
I don’t care about the Far-Right. They’re just crazy ignorant Neanderthals. It’s the way the beltway and the mainstream treats this president that is shocking. On Thursday, almost every Republican had no trouble interrupting him in the middle of a sentence. They looked like they’re going to vomit every time they had to say "Mr. president". They all had this Eric-Cantor-Smirk whenever he spoke. Then they went out and started to spit their stupid talking points, to the delight of the media. Sarah Palin, a woman who can hardly read, thinks that he was "arrogant" towards John McCain, and somehow this is an important news. Because you see, "Obama’s Arrogance" is the talking point of the day.
Oh, those talking points. He is arrogant (because he knows the facts better than all of them combined). He is an elitist (because he uses big words that they don’t understand). He is weak on national security (because he actually thinks about the consequences). He divides the country (well, he did that the day he had the audacity to win the election). Worst of all, he actually thinks that he’s the president. He even dared to say so on Thursday. How arrogant of him. You’d think that previous presidents didn’t have any ego. Somehow it turned out that the one president who treats even his biggest opponents with the utmost respect – is the arrogant one. I wonder why?
I expected that his winning the Presidency would bring out some ugliness, but it’s been far worse than I imagined. The racism coming from the Right is obviously clear and shameless, but there’s also some hidden and maybe subconscious and disturbing underline tone behind some of the things that I read here and throughout the Left blogosphere, even before the end of Obama’s first year – ‘He’s weak, he’s spineless, he’s got no balls, primary him in 2012’. It’ll be dishonest to deny that.
The fact is that for millions in America, Barack Obama is this uppity black man (Not even a "real" black), who received good education only due to affirmative action, and has no right to litter the sacred Oval Office with his skin color. They just can’t accept the fact that the president is a black man, who unlike his predecessor, was actually legally elected. But what’s really sad is that it’s not just the fringe, its deep deep in mainstream America .
Barack Obama’s ability to remain above all this slob, to keep his optimism and his strange and mostly unjustified faith in people, while continuing to gracefully deal with an endless shitstorm – is one of the most inspiring displays of human quality I have ever seen. And I can only hope that the Cosmos is on his side because God is and He never makes a mistake.
Sometimes, they make me feel ashamed to be a white man!!
Thanks to those was wondering where I was. My laptop was down and I took a break for the past couple of days. I could have used my son’s laptop or my wife’s desktop but I decided I could just take a break.
Oh yeah had car issues as well, had to do some repairs which took exactly a week so got that back rolling.
I am back!!
This much is clear: Mad Maxine Waters’ cronyism of color can’t be whitewashed, no matter how long Washington stalls – Waters critic Michelle Malkin
Serious allegations have been made about the conduct of the House Ethics Committee in its case against Los Angeles’ Black Congresswoman Maxine Waters. The House Ethics Committee’s investigation has dragged on more than two years only proving that “improper conduct” occurred on the part the Ethics Committee itself. The recent hiring of an outside counsel will guarantee an independent review and faster resolution of the case.
Waters’ case is fraught with racism and politics and rife with questions as to whether the committee’s staff acted improperly in its investigation. The case has been “put off” since the 111th Congress and the committee’s delays have drawn broad criticism from Washington watchdog groups. Time will prove that the House Ethics Committee has no case. Now, the 10-member committee has hired prominent African-American trial lawyer William R. "Billy" Martin to examine whether the House Ethics Committee’s own staff acted improperly in its investigation of the veteran Los Angeles congresswoman.
Waters applauded Billy Martin’s appointment and said it came about because the committee recognized that its investigation was “misguided, flawed and could go no further.” Ms. Waters expressed confidence that Martin will conclude that "further investigation of me is not warranted." Waters has been accused of intervening on behalf of a bank where her husband owned stock and served on the board. But the case against her, which started two years ago, has been stalled by strife within the committee, which operates for the most part in secret.
Part of the complaint is that Waters, a high-ranking member of the House committee that oversees banking, called then-Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson to set up a September 2008 meeting between his staff and representatives of minority-owned banks. What some members of Congress think of as “improper conduct” was Waters insuring that minority-owned banks got some of the “troubled assets fund” that helped keep America’s financial industry afloat during that crisis. Complaints started because Black-owned banks including OneUnited, received $12 million in federal bailout funds due to Ms. Waters’ position and influence. What’s wrong with what Waters did? For Blacks, Maxine should be commended, not chastised, for her initiatives to tap Blacks into capital flows normally only intended for “the mainstream.”
Now, a Black man will review the committee’s past conduct and give a “go” or “no go” as to whether to pursue the case against Ms. Waters. The hiring of Martin helps to ensure a publicly credible investigation. Plans are for Mr. Martin and his staff to get to work immediately and up to $500,000 has been authorized for his work through the end of the year, when the committee hopes he will help them reach a decision about Waters. Options include dropping the case or moving ahead with a trial.
Martin has been involved in a number of high-profile cases. He is a member of Washington’s “Black Establishment”. He defended NFL football player Michael Vick, represented the parents of slain Washington intern Chandra Levy and, during the investigation of former President Clinton, served as counsel to Monica Lewinsky. Billy Martin is a graduate of Howard University and the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law and is married to National Public Radio host Michel (McQueen) Martin.
In the ethics case against “Miss Maxine”, it’s mostly “allegations” and there is no real “there” there. The House Ethics Committee could not have made a better choice to get out of the untenable situation it has created for itself. The evidence against Maxine is slim and lacking, and in the end Billy Martin will tell us that. Unbowed, the 72-year-old Waters continues to defend her actions, saying that she didn’t benefit financially and was acting on behalf of minority banks in general, not just OneUnited. Waters’ husband, Sidney Williams, served on OneUnited’s board from January 2004 to April 2008. The couple’s net worth is less than $500,000.
(William Reed is available for speaking/seminar projects via BaileyGroup.org)
Sources say former Mayor Fred Turnage is terminally ill. Prayers go out to the former Mayor.