Posts Tagged ‘Obama’

Stop The Killing

When I see stats like these:

45 Palestinians dead; 3 Israelis dead.

I have to wonder at the obvious imbalance of it all.

The Buddhist and Quaker in me is mortally offended at any war at all, and my compassion for the injured dead and dying on all sides hurts me to the bone.


I knew that there would come a time when our hand-in-glove relationship with Israel would have to come up on a reckoning.

Shame on you President Obama with your backing of “right to defend” nonsense. You know good and damn well Israel “defends” itself by being the aggressor and raining down death on Gaza.

But I guess you are used to that what with all your drones you got going on.


Where is the United Nations? What about Human Rights?

Are we just to stand by and watch people kill each other? How are we “civilized” nations that we cannot deal with our problems in any other way?

“The United States has given us full backing to take whatever measures are necessary to defend our citizens against Hamas terror.”

Thank you Michael Oren. Yet another reason for me to be embarrassed to be a US Citizen.

In early 2009, a ground war in Gaza left some 1,400 Palestinians dead, the vast majority civilians, in a conflict that was similarly intended to stop rockets from being fired from the region. Thirteen Israelis were also killed.

Again, I hate to bring up numbers but LOOK AT THAT!! What on The Good Green Earth do think is going to happen if there is a continuation and a repeat of hostilities?


Somebody has to do something. I am brought to mind the picture of that lone Chinese man standing in front of those tanks. Enough is enough. What is it going to take?

I leave you with this statement because maybe my words have little weight. Who am I but an ordinary human being who simply wants the killing to stop?



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Just want to thank all you Fam and Friends who got out there and ROCKED THE VOTE! Who all saved the day: Record numbers of Black voters, young voters, WOMEN, and the Latino voters who are a force that every politician needs to reckon with from here on out.

Really great day for my LGBT peeps too so YAY!!

That is the Sweet. Here comes the Bitter.


Very bad taste in my mouth. I’m a Black Woman in America. I’ve had to deal with racism in so many different ways all the time, every day. Nothing new. Unlike those squigits talking about “post racial America” I figured there would be a backlash to Obama’s election the first time around and I was right, but I wasn’t expecting the racists to be so unashamed about it. That was the only surprise.

Actually no. I was surprised that they went and created a whole political party/faction around their racism and even won major seats in our governing body running primarily on their racist agenda and little else.


I want to share with you some of the stuff that got thrown around in the last four years. Maybe you missed it, maybe you’ve forgotten some of it. I think we need to remember and never forget. Because until this country deals with its deeply rooted origins of white supremacy and racism we will not make it.

~That young Black man shot by police officers on the eve of Obama’s inauguration. Nothing new there, Black men are shot and killed by the Po-Po all the time in this country. Business as usual no matter who is president.

~Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates arrested in his own home. Suspicious behavior called in by a neighbor. Gates got off lucky. Black, male and “suspicious” is a death sentence these days.

~Just ask Trayvon Martin. Profiled, hunted down and shot point blank. Murdered because he was Walking While Black.

~New York has a wonderful Stop and Frisk Program going on right now. Blacks and Latinos are being targeted nearly exclusively. Watch THIS VIDEO to see exactly what is going on there. Apartheid much? More on this LINK HERE.




~A Spanish magazine features The First Lady of the United States of America as a partially nude SLAVE on their cover.

~RNC attendees throw peanuts at a Black camerawoman and shout “this is how we feed the animals” at her.

~That racist agenda I was talking about? There are so many examples, but Tim Wise gathered nearly all of them in one place. If it walks and talks like a duck… Happy perusing! He’s got even more if you’re not sure I’m telling the truth on this.

That is called Southern Strategy. It is old and nothing new. In American politics, the Southern strategy refers to the Republican Party strategy of gaining political support or winning elections in the Southern section of the country by appealing to racism against African Americans.


This is what you do with a Black male to keep him in his place. You never acknowledge him being an adult. You infantilize him. You always call him “boy”. And if he still gets too uppity you chop off his foot or castrate him and lynch him from the nearest tree and then set his body on fire when you’re done.

Did you hear GOP elected officials, surrogates and pundits calling Obama “a child” and saying things like “let the adults handle things” or refer to his policies as “infantile”? Well I heard them, and those words were not chosen idly.

Obama being hung in effigy via a noose got so commonplace I barely twitched an eyelid. Many got creative and started hanging empty chairs after the RNC, and this past Halloween brought those wannabe lynchers out in droves.


What was your response to seeing the President of the United States showing his long form birth certificate? Were you slightly miffed that all “that birther nonsense” had gotten that far? Click below and experience what that was like for Black America to see the leader of the free world being asked to show his papers.



If this is still confusing to you, then this will help make things very clear:



The GOP and its members tells people like me things like this:

Black kids better off during slavery than they are today because back then they had a two parent family.

Slavery was actually a blessing for Black people!


And now we come to the response of white America to the results of Election 2012. We got The Donald calling down a Jihad on Democrats. We got people on facebook and twitter talking about how they are going to ditch out of the USA and move to Canada. Or Australia. Might want to research up a bit before ditching, cuz Australia: “for all you Americans talking about moving here, our PM is a single atheist female, we have national healthcare and mandatory voting.” Best tweet evar.

Speaking of twitter here are just a few of the torrential gushing of racist posts in reaction to Obama’s win.

Another comment I copied from the web:

My homegirl Noelle said one of her co-workers facebook status this morning was:

“I guess fried chicken will be free all day today. Congrats”


Like I said, America has a serious problem and it didn’t just crop up because we had the audacity to elect a Black president that first time. Or this time around again. There is the institutionalized and systemic racism and there is the racism of the citizens themselves.

I am in less danger than say Doover or my son – I might survive walking down the street or being deemed “suspicious”. I might survive my next doctor’s visit, or I might be considered trash and ignored and be LEFT TO DIE. Little Black kids playing and driving their go-carts COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED simply because the color of their skin made them a target.


You don’t get to skip off from responsibility like that woman did, nearly killing those children and not even getting a ticket much less arrested. Something needs to be done to get this country turned around and living up to its true potential.

I know there are civil rights groups and what all that you can turn to to help with this huge project.  You were a bunch of damn hypocrites to think all was right in our world because look we did a good thing and elected Barack in 2008. You can’t even cry the same game this time around, because the alternative was so disgusting, pretty much anyone damn else would have been the better option.

You should thank the GOP and their Southern Strategy machinations for bringing the racism out into the foreground. Now you can’t pretend that it doesn’t exist anymore. That its really “not that bad actually”. You have to begin to understand what the real America is. I know its heartbreaking. Trust me, I know. You want to believe that the America you THINK should be or WISH should be is – but the reality is much more sobering. But they say that the Truth shall set you Free. So why not start there?

Be warned. This sort of thing will happen a LOT when you confront a white person with their own racism:

“…whites’ chronic misunderstanding of the nature and mechanisms of racism so we hear racists calling out minorities for being racists for calling racists out on their racism”.

Don’t get caught in that web. Refocus, bring things back around. Think of it like AA – once you acknowledge the problem – that is the first HUGE step and you are ready to get to work and change your life, other peoples lives and hey our country and maybe the world?

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Every Vote Counts

Who do you want in charge of “restocking” the Supreme Court? There are four seats that will become vacant very soon.

The Supreme Court does things like decide on Equal Marriage. DOMA was recently ruled unconstitutional in a Federal Appeals court on its way to the supremes.

The fact that we are discussing things like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in this day and age is scary. Who do you want in charge of deciding what your civil rights (if any) should be?

Why is fair pay even up for discussion? It seems a no brainer to me.

I’m also not interested in discussing other no brainer issues like family planning and women’s health care with politicians waving hypocrisy in one hand and a bible in the other.

Last I checked there was separation between church and state and aside from that, I believe women should have every single option available while making private and personal decisions for their own families and their own health and well-being.

Your vote COUNTS. Get out there and let your Voice Be Heard.

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Early Vote Ballot

My early vote ballot came in the mail yesterday.


I was getting a bit antsy because I’d heard that early voting was open in Arizona and I was like I KNOW I signed up for it soooo WHERE is mah ballot!??

Some peeps might have issues about voting by mail and the supposed “fraud” that occurs with absentee ballots. Well whatevs. All I know is voting by mail allows people like me – who aren’t always sure if we are going to be actually physically able to get to the voting place – and people like my parents who were overseas for years and for the women and men in the military overseas – to participate in our country’s politics and policies.

HuffPo sez My Prez is leading in Early Voters so WOOT!

I’ll be spending the rest of today working on getting everything filled out properly. There are a lot of propositions on the ballot I gotta figure WHAT HECK THEY MEAN – wade thru all the legal jargon and politspeak.

Why they can’t just say: A vote no on this prop means the proposed amount of money does not go here; a vote yes means it does.

Instead you get a page and a half of confusing words and phrases. Usually if I can’t figure out what the right way to vote is on a proposition, I abstain. Better to do nothing than to accidentally do harm – let the chips fall where they may.

I’m sorry if that seems whatever it seems, but I DO try my best. Some of this stuff is just buried beneath crap or written in ways to mislead, so well as soon as people learn how to write a proposition in PLAIN ENGLISH, I’ll be voting on more stuff. IJS!

But at the very MOST – I get to put my vote down for the Obama/Biden 2012 ticket and that does this ole heart a WORLD of good :)

Vote Early!

Remember how it felt… and go out and VOTE:

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Oh NO He Di’int!


*record scratch*

say whaaaa??

I know errbody else including myself has jumped in on this but when you have the MittBot spouting his usual lies and nonsense and Barry off his game – nothing else really sparked in that debate on Weds.


Run the numbers!!

The federal government appropriated about $445 million in fiscal year 2012 to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports both PBS and NPR.

The amount allotted for federal office space acquisition: $864 million a year.

The amount budgeted by the State Department for either Afghanistan or Iraq in 2012: $2.3 billion and $1.0 billion, respectively.

The defense budget: $676 billion this year.



One of my FAVE astrophysicists Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted:

I concur.


And now for some closing arguments:


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I’m voting for Obama this time around for many of the same reasons I did the first time around. What are those reasons? (In no particular order, really):

1. He’s a black guy with roots in Chicago, the city I was born in. I can relate.

2. He’s of African descent – Kenyan no less, where I spent years of my life as a kid. I can relate.

3. I’m a dyed in the wool Democrat and will vote that way until my dying breath.

4. The candidate in opposition seems almost nightmarish and yes a bit cartoonish too, like you can’t believe what comes out of his mouth is actually real.

5. I want a president I can be proud of on the foreign policy front. Both Bushes cut a swath of disrespect, hatred and ignorance across the the wide world of geo-politics. Don’t want to go there again.

6. First Lady Michelle. Nuff said. ’bout time we had a FLOTUS with some damn oomph. Last time we came close was with Hillary. The Bush wives? Sitting around in your pearls and polishing the Lincoln China does not a first lady make.

7. Plain and simply I want to stick it to those people who are having serious racial issues about a black guy being in the white house. It would be fun to make them have to confront those issues again for four more years :)

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I Blame Obama

For the first time since I moved to the Zona 6 years ago, I got pulled over by the cops.

Yah, I know.


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Bo Obama Debut

Sasha and Malia finally have their promised pooch!

Bo is a six month old Portuguese water dog and watching him frolic with the First Family on CNN was a treat :)

Bo First Dog

Bo First Dog

 Awwwww ain’t he cute? Reminds of when we got Amanda the family dog and when I got my puppers. The Obamas have never had dog before so they all have their work cut out for them.

Now the First Family is complete :)

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I’m just saying, like.

Whether you’re a disgruntled Democrat or a rebellious Republican…

You must understand that Barack Hussein Obama is not messing around.

What he envisions for America will come true.

If you do not understand what I’m talking about, take a gander at this guy’s life story. This human being did not get to where he is by accident. Whatever he wants in his life: he gets.

Whatever he invisions for himself, his family, our nation: will come to fruition. Mark my words.

I’m calling it as I see it, and if it turns out I’m wrong, then I’ll own up to it.

But I’m not wrong.

And you will see.

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Building Blocks of Society

My jaw dropped when I checked twitter a few minutes ago. Literally dropped. Here’s the lovely emoticon I use for represent what my face looked like:


Bulging eyes, and lower jaw descending toward the floor. Yes.
This is what made me stare with disbelief at my computer screen:

Dead rodents in peanut butter plant lead to recall

I hadn’t really given too much thought what might have lead to the salmonela poisoning, but come to find out it was dead rats and other unmentionables just floored me. (see article if you haven’t already).

This got me to thinking. I had always wondered why we needed things like auto emissions laws, and so forth. You know those laws that guide manufacturers on the limits on how much pollution making stuff they can or cannot build into a car for example.

I’m sure there are laws that guide food making plants such as the one in question that are guidelines on cleanliness, safety and so on. I think those type of things are helpful. But I always wondered…


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Ignorance Is Bliss


As we all know I’m now a certified CNN addict. Well  now I’m keeping an eye on the President’s economic stimulus package, and how its being recieved by both Dems and Reps.

Well I’m having issues! Some of these peeps are stretching both my Buddhist training and my Quaker upbringing. I have always told my friends that the world is pretty darn lucky I’m a pacifist. There would be some seriously snapped necks otherwise.

Or at least slightly bruised necks. I keep my fingernails short for computer work, so there’s another plus.

Oh Em Gee! Okies I’m not going to break down the whole dang package, but there’s one part of it that I practically cheered when I saw it. The part that wants to allocate  $100K on family planning and contraception for lower income people.

This Republican dude, bless his heart – (I’m trying to stay NICE here, work with me!) stood up in congress and stated for all the world and everyone’s mamma to see: how he just could not see how family planning and contraception was going to stimulate the economy.



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A Vignette

A day or two ago, at a preschool or kindergarten somewhere in England. Perhaps London, but it doesn’t really matter really.

A young lady of perhaps 4 or 5 years (who happens to be white) is working on an art project. Maybe she’s pasting bright shapes of paper onto another paper. She has that absorbed concentration that we, as adults have forgotten.

Her teacher (who happens to be black) is sitting next to her at the table and showing her photographs. She points to one and asks the little girl if she recognizes the person.

She glances up from her project, takes a look at the photograph and says immediately and precisely: oh, that’s Barack Obama. In her charmante accent it comes out like “Bareck Obema”. Adorable.

Her teacher seems surprised that the girl identified the photo. So she asks another question. Do you know who he is.

With aged patience beyond her years (while continuing to paste shapes onto her art project) she says (with a hint of mild chastisement that her teacher herself ought to know): He’s the president.
To quote Trigger Vachon, one of Stephen King’s interesting characters in the book Insomnia:

“Beauty, beauty”.

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Today is a very moving day for me. I’m stuck between my tendency to Not Go Outside and being a part of A Day Of Service. So I sort of did both. I looked up on USAservice.org to see what stuff was going on in my local area.

The only thing that I felt I could actually do was to go out and pick up trash and garbage in the streets and put it in its proper place. I thought about that as I went on my compromise “service” errand ~ paying off some outstanding bills in person (I know its at cheat but hey I do what I can); and I looked at the streets in my neighborhood. Scoping out for trash. Well I guess a group had already gone through or I just never noticed how clean the streets are here. Its the thought that counts isn’t it?

The good thing is that Barack said he expects us not to just do this Community Service thing today. But to extend our efforts for years to come. That made me feel better about skipping out on stuff today. I get the chance to renew my determination to Help Out.


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CNN Addict

Barack Obama has already changed my life. A scant 3-4 months ago I was all business as usual when it came to the news. I would duck dodge and avoid. I was even known to “hate the news”. I had (and still do actually) the notion that The News should be called The Bad News. I don’t suppose people in the industry of reporting What’s Going On have realised the level of negativity they choose to talk about versus positivity.

And when they do report on things with a positive bent, they have this air of incredulity and amazement. Like they’ve just unearthed a puzzling fossil at a dig site. Puhleez. So with me having enough personal issues going on, watching the news was last on my list. I would glean What Was Going On simply from the teaser bytes that were unavoidable as I tuned into my shows on network TV. You know, the “tune in at 10pm blah blah after CSI” type things. No thank you.


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I Couldn’t Sleep Last Night
a Poem
by JEL

I couldn’t sleep last night
My heart kept hammering in my chest
I lay down and curled my body under my blankets
I closed my eyes
They snapped open within seconds and tears began to flow
I couldn’t sleep last night

I couldn’t sleep last night
Maybe I was afraid that if I slept I would wake up
And find it all had been a dream
Then I realized it WAS a dream
A Dream that had come true
I couldn’t sleep last night

I couldn’t sleep last night
Because I saw things that I’ve never seen before
Because I felt things that I’ve never felt before
I saw my country’s people take to the streets in celebration
Celebrating love, unity, and hope for the future
I felt for the first time
The first time in my life what I had always wondered about
I had seen on history reels of people so excited about JFK
In my heart I just could not understand
Now I understand
I couldn’t sleep last night

I couldn’t sleep last night
Rest did not come to me, no matter how much I wanted it
How my life echoes this
How things are circular and how the past and present and future
Are linked inside me
I never knew this could ever happen
I couldn’t sleep last night

I couldnt sleep last night
And now last night is this morning
The sun is yet to rise on this new day
But the sun shines bright inside me
Bright as Lady Liberty’s torch who’s welcoming rays shine forth to all
Maybe tonight I’ll be able to sleep
How my soul trembles to see history alive and in the making
I was there, I was a part of it, I helped
I couldn’t sleep last night

I couldnt sleep last night
Strange to say this, but when that grand lady passed away
I knew that the day was won
Deep in my heart I knew. Because she knew and could finally leave this plane
Knowing that her job had been well done.
Bless her, and Bless Us All
I dream awake, and wonder at the world and hope to the future
I couldn’t sleep last night
I couldn’t sleep last night
I couldn’t sleep last night


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