Monthly Archives: September 2008

America Loves A Free Market System!

We live in a capitalistic society & that’s the integral part of the American dream. You know, the white house with the picket fence & all that jazz! That’s why a large minority has found the “bailout” to be quite an atrocious idea! What is even more appalling is the partisan blame game! How is it that the officials that the people elected are unclear on what the resolution should be? Maybe congress has no clue about what is taking place in the economy.
The average U.S. citizen really doesn’t understand. We’re just scared of losing our free market system. Perhaps we already have if you trust the information in this video.

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Our Citizens Are the Most Heavily Armed in the World!

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSL2834893820070828 Follow the link to this article to read about how heavily armed we are in comparison to the rest of the world. You’ll be stupefied by it!There is a ongoing debate on whether or not gun control works. If you’ve lived in the ghetto, you’ve probably seen your fair share of weaponry. With all the crime in places like Flint & Oakland, it’s hard for me to argue against it. By the same token, I know what happens when most citizens are armed. It can prevent crime or it can create it. Let me tell you that being broke with artillery within reach is not an ideal situation for anyone. Even if you are not criminally inclined, it is tempting.

Living in the ghetto gets to be very dicey. Almost on a weekly basis, you’re pulled into the drama that is the streets. Having a gun has led to many unintended shootings. When you’re outnumbered by an angry mob of people, it’s too easy to start popping off caps. Since America has the most heavily armed people in the world, we should have better control on who obtains them. If we cannot do that then we need to control the guns.

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America Is Still A Beacon Of Democracy

With all the talk of our corrupt government due to this bailout, you forget just how bad other democratic societies are. We have enjoyed the best political & economic system in the world! Unfortunately, the damage done by this Wall Street debacle is like has had a domino effect. We are still watching them fall.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, there is terrible greed & corruption. The civilians are being murdered & terrorized by numerous militia groups. This has been an ongoing ordeal for years & it has virtually been ignored by America. As one of the greatest countries on earth, we must not let that beacon of democracy fade away.

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The World’s Biggest Sex Symbol Was Born & Bred Here

 World's Greatest Sex Symbol

 Marilyn Monroe was one of the world’s sexiest women of all time! She oozed sex appeal & encouraged sexual freedom in women. She is a different kind of feminist but she is one. This woman was intelligent because she gained her fame from exploiting a stereotype. She was the stereotypical dumb blonde. In her life, she was a determined young woman who had a enviable drive. Most people are not as fearless as she was. They are scared to take a chance in life. If she would have just stayed Norma Jean, America may not have the women they have come to love today. Women like Pamela Anderson, Anna Nicole Smith, Paris Hilton, etc… They all were inspired by this great American movie star. We love ya, Marilyn!!!  We will always remember you.

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The 2008 Election Is One Of The Most Fascinating In History!

Did you ever think you’d live to see such a grand sight as we did tonight? With all of the troubles that befall America, this debate was a very important one. We are facing a great depression here & I’m glad Senator McCain showed up. This is truly a time of change in America & the stakes have never been so high! That’s why those who have never been involved in the political process are registering to vote in record numbers. If you have not registered to vote, make sure you do it now! Time is running out!!

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An African American Woman is One of the Most Powerful Women In The WORLD

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http://www.forbes.com/lists/2006/11/06women_Condoleezza-Rice_MTNG.htmlI  You will have to click on to the video link in order to view it. I have also included a link to an article in Forbes magazine that listed 100 of the most powerful women in the world. The second woman on the list was Condoleezza Rice. As if you didn’t know, she is a 51-year old african american woman who advises George Bush regularly. She has a major role in his cabinet as the Secretary of State. This woman handles foreign affairs & has a very distinguished career. Her involvement in this administration may taint her accomplishments in the public’s eyes.  In fact as this video demonstrates, she is detested by many because of the war in Iraq. But she has achieved a lot & has paved the way for Barack Obama to be taken seriously as a presidential candidate. After all, she has proven that blacks are able to play the game of politics just as well as whites.

The view of blacks may still be negative & there is much to be done if that is to be corrected. Whether you like her or not, Condoleezza Rice has elevated the views towards blacks worldwide. She is noted in Forbes magazine as being “America’s top diplomat“.  Unfortunately, she was mentioned on MSNBC today as being a war criminal that should be prosecuted for violating the Geneva convention. It seems to me like Condoleezza Rice & Colin Powell were among the many that were used as proxies for President George Bush. If his administration should be prosecuted, then the president’s fate should be much more severe. Since I am not privy to all of the facts, I won’t be so quick to condemn her. I will commend her for obtaining one of the most powerful positions in the world. Believe me, she broke a lot of glass ceilings which benefited Hilary Clinton as well. Who knows if America is ready for a black or female president? I think that she prepared the country for that to be a possibility. In Condoleezza Rice, America got to see the potential for a black female president. For that, you have to give her props! The fact that those of african descent are making measurable progress is one of the greatest things about America!

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Global Warming Will Affect Poor Countries More Than Rich Ones

  

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=21448&Cr=climate&Cr1 If the economy keeps plummetting, we won’t be classified as rich too much longer. For now, everybody is scraping up the $4 bucks for gas & etching out their existence. People who reside in poorer countries aren’t worried about gas. They’re worried about food & other basic needs. But they also need to be concerned about global warming. Follow the link for the full story.

Basically, the United Nations Secretary-General warns that poor countries will suffer more because of global warming. We all have not come to an agreement, here in America ,on whether global warming is real or not. Apparently, the majority of the world has come to the conclusion that it is an impending threat.  Global warming is caused by human activity which has affected the environment.  Poor countries that may not have contributed to global warming at all will suffer greater consequences. Since America’s still a rich country, we’ll suffer less from global warming. It all depends on an economic turnaround.

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Arranged Marriage Is Not The Cultural Norm

http://www.alternet.org/sex/92561/the_rise_of_arranged_marriage_in_america/
Preceding this entry is a link to an article that really gets in-depth on this subject. There are some arranged marriages here in America. But it is not common. Personally, I do not think there is anything wrong with it. When someone is forced into a marriage it is wrong. Many courtships past & present were arranged for financial reasons.

For instance, I know a lady who got hitched to help a Spainard gain U.S. citizenship. That type of arranged marriage is common in the U.S. She knew what she was getting into & she increased her assets in the process. Another chick I was acquainted with actually wound up paying the guy she married. He was from Saudi Arabia & he worked at a liquor store. For some reason, she thought he really loved her when he proposed. But she knew that his citizenship was not permanent. In his mind, he made an arrangement to marry a girl until he was legal. To her, it was real love. Imagine her dismay & suprise when he dumped her. You see, his family had arranged for him to marry someone from Saudi Arabia. Although he could have bucked tradition he did not. It just so happened that his intended was hot!

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In Comparison To Other Countries, We’re Still Rich!

The U.S. dollar bill is declining in value in the world . Food & gas seem unobtainable to most. I had to quit my job when I got relocated. That would have added an extra 30 miles a day to my commute! In these times, that’s an absolute no-no. We are facing another great depression in America. Even so, we are still one of the wealthiest countries in the world. This video shows how the food crisis affects different parts of the world. By compiling news bits from various countries, they show you the different reactions to it. The news report from the United States had no sense of urgency or panic to it. In other countries, they were dealing with riots, starvation, & death. Here we’re trying to compromise on a trillion dollar bailout to save our ass! In comparison to other countries, we’re not doing so bad.

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Only in America, Baby! Hip Hop Emerged from South Bronx!

I like Nas wit’ his prolific/gifted/ ill ass flow.
Talent is not the status quo/ like it was in this video
What would this country be like without hip-hop? As someone who grew up immersed in it, I don’t ever want to know. All of the exhilaration I felt after going to a rap concert hasn’t ever been matched. Well, maybe when I went to the Reggae Sumfest it was.

But, I am proud to be an American that grew up with this music. Hell, my dad’s favorite rapper is Slick Rick. That in itself adds to his cool hip image. Even he couldn’t resist the pull that those hypnotic melodic raps had.Unfortunately, my mom was a huge MC. Hammer fan. He seemed like a great entertainer but that was it. She later told me that she liked Biggie Smalls which redeemed her in my eyes. 

What music stirs long lost memories for you? Is it new wave, punk rock, soul, funk, jazz… For me, it’s funk music & rap that brings back my childhood.  I’m so glad to that I found this video. Biz Markie is hilarious & a beat box phenom! Big Daddy Kane was recently in a low budget straight-to-dvd flick that I saw. He has put on some weight since this video. I forgot how good he used to look. He reminds me of Tupac in the way he finesses you with his voice. He can be strong & sexy at the same time.

Soulja Boy, Hurricane G, Lil’ Boosie, etc… is all that we see on 106 & Park. I have nothing against them but that shit is not my cup of tea. I loved Jay-Z because he really knew how to manipulate words. There is still good rap out there. These days you really have to find it. The gems are hidden & bullshit gets promoted to the masses. What a shame!

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