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A former homeless man in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, I am now back to my first love since being homeless no more, politics & racial oppression. Come join me on this adventure.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Black America Suffers From Amnesia.

I truly believe that some of Black America is suffering from Functional Amnesia because they have put up a defense mechanism to shut out the truth.  When Ronald Reagan took office in January 1981, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate among African Americans was 14.6 percent.  In December 1982, it was 20.9 -- 43 percent higher. When Barack Obama took office in January 2009, seasonally adjusted unemployment was at 12.7 percent.  In December 2010, it was 15.8 -- 24 percent higher.  I arrived at those figures from an article by Media Matters that was trying to dispel l some information in an article that wanted to say that Ronald Reagan was actually our first Black President before they called Clinton our first Black President.  I quickly adjusted my lens to see if I had gone into the Twilight Zone.  I knew I was wide awake but something just had to be wrong with me.  For the life of me, I could not call President Clinton or President Reagan our First Black President.
In the 80’s jobs were scarce and we even had a CTA Bus Strike.  I had taken a job as a Computer Operator.  I lost my job because I was the last to get hired.  Banks and other businesses were closing left and right and it was very difficult to find a position.  I have always been a workaholic and so I ended up taking a job in a Distribution Company in a Warehouse.  I had three children and worked hard and went back to school and took more computer classes.  It took at least 3 years before the market opened back up.  We struggled and we suffered but we persevered like we always have.  There was nothing that made me feel all warm and fuzzy about President Reagan because the poor suffered.  I remember the government cheese, butter, peanut butter and potted meat that some were receiving.
Tavis Smiley and others are acting as if we have never been here before.  This is a statement that was made by Tavis Smiley during President Reagan’s presidency.  Ronald Reagan “tortured” blacks. Tavis Smiley, the PBS television host, once said this about the former president.  NBC’s Bryant Gumbel and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, among many others, consider Reagan a racist. 
In 1992, 10 million Americans were unemployed, the country faced record deficits, and poverty and welfare rolls were growing. Family incomes were losing ground to inflation and jobs were being created at the slowest rate since the Great Depression.
When President Clinton and Vice President Gore took office, economic growth averaged 4.0 percent per year, compared to average growth of 2.8 percent during the Reagan-Bush years. The economy grew for 116 consecutive months, the most in history.
President Clinton also got rid of Welfare as we know it and he also got rid of General Assistance and thus the reason why he had a surplus.  When General Assistance was abolished, I saw more homeless people than I have ever seen in my life.  Most of our Service Men and Women were on General Assistance and it was a program that assisted them in transitioning from being at war or taking care of our country.  No one wants to admit that this also helped to increase poverty.  Where did they think these people were going to go?  After the demise of General Assistance, I was on my way to work and saw hundreds of people lying in front of Carson Pirie Scott and other stores.  They had been turned out of their homes and the shelters were too full.  The South saw a large influx of homeless people because it did not get cold there as it did in the North. 
Under President Bush II, the national debt has grown by more than $4 trillion. It's the biggest increase under any president in U.S history.

On the day President Bush took office, the national debt stood at $5.727 trillion. The latest number from the Treasury Department shows the national debt stood at more than $9.849 trillion. That's a 71.9 percent increase on Mr. Bush's watch.

The bailout plan in Congress could add hundreds of billions of dollars to the national debt – though President Bush said he expected that over time, "much if not all" of the bailout money "will be paid back."  The government is taking no chances. Buried deep in the hundred pages of bailout legislation is a provision that would raise the statutory ceiling on the national debt to $11.315 trillion. It'll be the 7th time the debt limit has been raised during this administration. In fact it was just two months ago, on July 30, that President Bush signed the Housing and Economic Recovery Act, which contained a provision raising the debt ceiling to $10.615 trillion.

Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto declined an invitation to comment on the enormous jump in the national debt during Mr. Bush's presidency. He referred to OMB – the Office of Management and Budget, which tried to make the case that as a percentage of the economy, the national debt is not that big.

In its budget documents in February, OMB estimated that next year's national debt would hit $10.4 trillion – which it said would amount to 69.3 percent of the gross domestic product – the standard measure of the size of the economy.

That's high – but far from an all-time high. After World War II, the national debt soared to over $270 billion – a quaint figure by today's standards. Numerically, it's less than the amount of federal deficit we now run up in a single year.  But back in 1946, the Debt amounted to 121.7 percent of the size of the total economy.

OMB press secretary Corinne Hirsch, renewed the oft-made government argument that reporters should focus on just that part of the national debt that is held by the public – now about $5.6 trillion and not include that portion billed as "intra-governmental holdings" – money the government owes itself – especially the Social Security and Medicare trust funds.
President Obama has won passage of a number of sweeping pieces of legislation, notably a health care bill that will eventually provide near-universal coverage, a goal that had eluded Democratic presidents for 75 years. Other big victories included the $787 billion stimulus bill, passed in February 2009, meant to shore up a failing economy, and a financial regulatory reform measure, passed in July 2010, meant to reduce the odds of another Wall Street meltdown.
President Obama has been stymied on measures like immigration reform and a cap and trade system to reduce carbon emissions by the steadfast opposition of Congressional Republicans, who were joined on some key votes by conservative Democrats. His popularity fell steadily — from 70 percent to under 50 percent — as unemployment stayed stubbornly high. By official accounts, the recession ended, but the recovery was too tepid to knock more than a few fractions off the jobless rate. The White House admitted that it had underestimated the extent of the recession, the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s. 
With voters angry about the economy and frustrated with Washington, the Tea Party Movement rose to prominence pushing a radically anti-government agenda, while on the left, pride in accomplishments like the health care bill was diluted by a belief that President  Obama was too quick to compromise, too concerned with the well-being of the banks and too reluctant to fight.  This President did fight but because of the same divide and conquer that we are witnessing now, the Republicans had their greatest gains in 80 plus years.  They recaptured the House and cut into the Democratic majority in the Senate.
Later that month, Congress returned to Washington for a lame-duck session that Republicans said would be shaped by their new ascendancy. In fact, after striking a compromise with Republican leaders on the Bush-era tax cuts, Mr. Obama and the Democrats reeled off a string of victories, winning passage of the New Start treaty, the repeal of the military's "don't ask don't tell policy'' and a fund for workers at the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11th attacks.
President Obama was held hostage and chose the poor and the Middle Class thus extending the Bush tax cuts for all income, not just that below $250,000 but in return the Republicans signed on to agreeing to keep benefits flowing to the long-term unemployed, cut payroll taxes for all workers for a year and take other steps to bolster the economy.  The agreement provoked anger within the Democratic ranks.  You complacency tied his hand.  Your staying home or voting Republican has made people have to fight harder.
President Obama would never had to be held hostage if we could have gotten our Black Leaders and others that voted for President Obama to give him the same respect and time that had been allotted  our other Presidents.  We now have some of our Black Leaders and our Scholars calling on President Obama to address the poor.  The poor did not begin on President Obama’s watch and while I can understand where some of them are trying to come from, he is the President of the United States.  The more programs we allow the Republicans to disband, the more poor we will have.
Please contact our Government officials and ask that this President be respected.  Please give him the same time that you gave your other Presidents.  We have been here before and it is time that Black America gets back behind this President.  We have a long fight ahead of us and we cannot allow complacency to put us back to pre-Civil Rights.  This is still a Civil Rights Moment and it is time that we act like it.  He is our First and we have no idea what he is up against in that White House.
We want jobs but we also want training for all Americans.  We don’t want any less for all of America.  When we come together, we are a force to be reckoned with.  If they see us behind this President, they have no other choice than to join us.  If we fight him and call him names, you open up the floodgates and he deserves so much more.  He is not weak.  He is very strong and he has shown you time and time again.  Wake up from that deep sleep and work with President Obama.

"Disagree Intelligently, Use Facts & Truth."

Hatred In America.

By Jueseppi B.

Hatred In America....The Who.....Part One.
This will be a series of post on the subject of hate groups in America, racial hatred In America and how America has reversed the progress of racial acceptance in the 949 days since Barack Hussein Obama has taken the oath of office.
I will attempt to compile a list of the active hate groups by state.

The Southern Poverty Law Center counted 1,002 active hate groups in the United States in 2010. Only organizations and their chapters known to be active during 2010 are included.
All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.
This list was compiled using hate group publications and websites, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources and news reports.
Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing. Websites appearing to be merely the work of a single individual, rather than the publication of a group, are not included in this list. Listing here does not imply a group advocates or engages in violence or other criminal activity. But it is highly likely they advocate violence and criminal activity as a means to an end. Racial cleansing.
The complete list of hate group names can be found at the Southern Poverty Law Center's Hate Map web site, just follow this link.......

                                          The List By State
Alabama         (33)          Louisiana          (25)       North Dakota            (4)
Arizona           (22)         Maine                 (3)         Ohio                          (32)
Arkansas        (29)         Maryland           (17)       Oklahoma                (23)
California       (68)         Massachusetts  (10)       Oregon                    (15)
Colorado        (19)         Michigan            (35)       Pennsylvania          (36)   
Connecticut   (6)           Minnesota          (7)         Rhode Island           (2)
Delaware        (5)           Mississippi        (40)       South Carolina       (30)   
D. C.               (12)         Missouri             (26)       South Dakota           (2)
Florida           (49)         Montana             (13)       Tennessee              (35)
Georgia         (38)         Nebraska            (8)         Texas                       (59) 
Idaho             (13)         Nevada               (15)        Utah                          (6)
Illinois           (29)         New Hampshire  (5)         Vermont                   (2)
Indiana          (24)         New Jersey         (47)       Virginia                   (29)
Iowa              (6)           New Mexico         (3)         Washington            (13)
Kansas         (6)           New York             (41)       West Virginia          (13) 
Kentucky     (15)         North Carolina    (28)        Wisconsin                (8)
                                                                                Wyoming                  (5)

Absolutely amazing, each state has at least one hate group. 

This series will continue with a short profile of each significant hate group, there are far too many to do all 1002. America is truly destined for failure if we "real" Americans allow these hate groups to flourish.

"Disagree Intelligently, Use Facts & Truth." 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Disappointed MY Black ASS

By Jueseppi B.

Disappointed my Black ass. Wake the fuck up. Politics was never a game of winner take all, never. Comprise is what diplomacy is all about, and THAT is why I AM AN ObamaCrat and not a fuckin Progressive, Independent, Left Leaning, Liberal. THIS POTUS has proven to be for ALL Americans, not JUST those fake ass phony fair weather supporters of the many "factions" of the Democratic Party!!!

U want to see disappointment, allow the GOPukes, Teatard-baggers, Reich Wingers to take control of this government.

"Disagree Intelligently, Use Facts & Truth".

Monday, August 22, 2011

Eric Cantor

By Jueseppi B.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) will play a leading role in blocking all job-creation measures in Congress. The dimwitted Majority Leader is deliberately against lowering unemployment. President Obama, much to the dismay of his own party, was willing to make sweeping entitlement changes as part of a package of $4 trillion in debt reduction. And it was Cantor and his GOP allies who refused to even consider the offer. 

As for Standard & Poor’s, Cantor said our “nation’s credit downgrade” came as a result of a large debt. Maybe Cantor hasn’t read the S&P analyses yet — he’s not much of a reader — but he should probably take the time to learn what he’s talking about before writing an op-ed for a major newspaper.
The ratings agency hasn’t exactly kept the reasoning secret: congressional Republican expressed skepticism about the serious consequences of a credit default; they undermined confidence in the American political system; refused to compromise; they ruled out additional revenue; and they deliberately played a radical game with the full faith and credit of the United States. S&P didn’t leave much doubt about which side of the aisle the agency considers responsible 

This isn’t ancient history. This just happened and should still be fresh in everyone’s memory. For Cantor to blame Obama for Republicans’ borderline-criminal misconduct, hoping that we won’t remember the events of July and August, is pathetic.
I’d also note that Cantor’s piece repeatedly referenced tax increases as part of that rascally president’s agenda. It’s worth realizing that (a) Obama has cut taxes repeatedly; (b) Obama even agreed to keep Bush’s failed tax policies in place beyond their expiration date; and (c) the only folks who actively want to raise taxes immediately are congressional Republicans.

Cantor may find reality inconvenient, but that’s no excuse for pretending it doesn’t exist

"Disagree Intelligently, Use The Facts & Truth."


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Facebook Nazi's

By Jueseppi B.

This is going to be a rant and a vent against Facebook.
I am a small time blog writer, and I enjoy writing in my unusual blog style. I write a blog about politics and racism for another blog site on a semi daily basis. Which means some days I write, some days I do not. I always thought a writer should only write when you have something you know others will want to read. The great thing about writing is that you can make a reader see what you think and feel. Now for the bad part about writing a blog.
You write the blog, get it all polished and proofread and ready to publish. Then you hit the “publish” button, and cross your fingers in hopes it goes to every place you want it to go. See that’s the thing about blogging, if nobody reads your blog, whats the use? You need the blog you write, to be syndicated or published, to a ton of places so, the public will read and follow what you have to say. So…in order to get my blog to the most readers possible, syndication in Facebook is not enough, I have to manually post the URL of the blog to each group that I am a member of, or that I have “liked” as a Facebook member.

Now being politically connected to a lot of groups, I do believe the total is 615 pages and 41 groups all total. I don’t post my blog to all the pages or groups each time I publish a finished entry, I mix it up using different sites pages and groups. But I have to do each post to each group or page by hand, no one “click” method to reach the highest number of readers. Last Tuesday, after writing a blog entry, I went about my business posting to most of my groups and pages I either “like” or are a member of….abd all was well. Wednesday I logged onto Facebook to find a message from the Facebook nazi’s informing me of the following…..

“This Feature Is Blocked For You. As we notified you earlier, this feature is temporarily unavailable because you’ve been making spammy and irrelevant posts on Facebook Pages”. I was further instructed my punishment would be a 15 day ban from posting to any Facebook page or group.

Facebook is a social networking site, that punishes its members for being social. I know many Facebook members who are punished when they reach a certain number of Facebook friends, everything from being refused new friends request, to the script not working for your home page, to not being able to use Facebook at all until you “un friend” some of your friends. If Facebook created this social networking site for social networking, what is the purpose behind banning and suspending accounts of those who are social….in Facebook’s social networking site??
The past couple of days I have read of Facebook, because of pressure from members and media exposure, offering apologies to its many banned and suspended members, as well as lifting the ban/suspension. I have heard no such thing personally, and I am still banned and suspended. Well, sort of. I am a former computer “person” for the U. S. Military, so I know of more than one way around the Facebook Nazi’s. BUT many do not.

OK, That was my rant/vent….

“Disagree Intelligently, use Facts & Truth.”


By Jueseppi B.

Bachmann, Michele: Her husband is gay, and together they run a clinic that re-educates gay men to not be gay anymore. This woman, from insaneville, has as much chance of being elected POTUS as Warren Jeffs....matter of fact, Warren Jeffs has a better chance than she does.

Palin, Sarah: does not know a single thing about the American government or how it works, she has no clue about American history, and is not knowledgeable about anything political, she has as much chance of being POTUS as a hooker has of keeping her thighs closed at a pimp convention.

Ron, Paul: is a known white supremacists...enough said, my dick will be elected POTUS before Ron Paul.

Cain, Herman: has angered the Muslim community, and the GOPretenders would never send a Black American to the White House...if they hate POTUS Obama for being Black, what makes this jerkoff think he can skate into D.C. as POTUS, this baffles me. Cain has as much chance of being the next POTUS, as a fish does of survival, after walking into the White House during a fish fry on a Friday night.

Santorum, Rick: or however you spell his name, wait, is his first name even Rick??....well thats just what I mean, nobody even knows how to spell his name....he is shit out of luck. His chances...slim, none and hell no.

Gingrich, Newt: I am sorry but America is NOT going to vote for anyone named "Newt" to represent Americans to the world. That and the fact that he is a loser, he can not campaign with no staff,  and his staff quit on him a few weeks ago...knowing full well he is a joke. Newt has a better chance of waking up Black and a movie star, than he has of ever waking up as POTUS in the White House.

Last but not least is Perry, Rick: a gun toting, "God told him to run", TexASS fool of a Governor who thinks his hair will win him votes, because he has nothing else to stand on but his hair...and a good tailor. He has driven TaxASS into the toilet, is singlehandedly responsible for the drought, and he seems to think he is the typical candidate with good looks and a smile, but his personality is dog stupid. He says the most ungodly ignorant things. Perry has as much chance of being POTUS as his hair does of getting mis-shapen going thru a car wash in a convertible.

All of the GOPretender candidates are lacking in leadership ability, knowledge about foreign affairs and basic politics. And ALL of them have uttered some of the most remarkably stupid things I have ever heard.
It sucks to be a RepubliCANT, GOPretender, TeaPartyPotHead, Conselfishservative these days I'll tell Ya.

"Disagree Intelligently, Use Facts & Truth."