I hadn't planned on posting again this year, but this was too good to resist. Enjoy!!
Boxing, Kids, and Crime Reduction
48 minutes ago
“It is the responsibility of Michael Jordan and Nike to stand up and be part of the solution. Right now it’s a public safety issue with children wearing those sneakers,”So, it is Nike and Michael Jordan who are responsible for the violence?
“The people that can least afford these shoes are buying them, and what happens as a result of that? Well there’s more crime,”
"Republicans buy sneakers, too."Jordan made millions and possibly billions from endorsements. His life has always seemed to be about the conquest and the next thing. Some call that arrogant, I have always preferred to look at as the "eye of the tiger" if you will. He always maintained an edge that made him better and more competitive. His juices for the next title, the next trophy, the next accomplishment kept him at the top of his game for the majority of his basketball career. He made very few errors until the very end of career and once he went to the management side of things. He has every right to go out and make money. I believe in capitalism so have at it. But I, for one, have always been disappointed that they he didn't take some stands on important issues. Such as child labor in China, the breakdown of the black family (while since it has come out that he had more than one affair while he was married, that could be part of the reason) as he had an image of a family man, who grew up in a close family, and many other issues. But he always kept his mouth shut and picked up his next check. The same was true of Tiger Woods.
“These shoes have always had a place of value in Black life,”Maybe instead of going after Nike to lower the price to keep up with the demand (I will let go of that obvious ignorance of how economics work) they should be having the discussion with parents of the kids who were rioting. They should be talking to the kids themselves about coveting a pair of sneakers instead of looking at what the Christmas season is really about. Maybe we should be telling these kids that expecting your parents to spend almost $200 on a pair of sneakers when they don't have a great deal of money isn't such a great idea. Take this moment to teach them about personal responsibility instead of what we want and when we want it. Let this be a teachable moment about how if we really want something we need to go out and work for it. No, instead they are saying that Nike should lower the price. How low should the price be? Should Nike also give some away at no charge for the neediest of people because after all these shoes are part of "black life". What about the non blacks who want these shoes too and can't afford them?
“Another cause of long-term unemployment is unionization. High union wages that exceed the competitive market rate are likely to cause job losses in the unionized sector of the economy.”
"We've got a lot of wonderful candidates who would fit that bill, easily comes to mind I think would be Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina. Marco Rubio of Florida certainly would be in that category. There's a lot of great people out there. And Donald Trump is someone that I think a lot of people would be intrigued with, too."Donald Trump? I don't find that so intriguing.
The Gingrich campaign responded that "only a failed system" would disqualify Gingrich and other candidates. It said Gingrich would pursue an aggressive write-in campaign in Virginia.
2008 – Barack Obama, Dennis Kucinich, Hillary Clinton, Bill Richardson, Joe Biden, John Edwards; Ron Paul, John McCain, Fred Thompson, Mike Huckabee, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney.
2004 – Al Sharpton, John Kerry, Wesley Clark, Howard Dean, Joe Lieberman, John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich, Dick Gephardt, Lyndon Larouche.
2000 – Alan Keyes, Gary Bauer, George W. Bush, John McCain, Steve Forbes.
Abu-Jamal has been made an honorary citizen of about 25 cities around the world, including Paris, Montreal, Palermo andCopenhagen. In 2001, he received the sixth biennial Erich Mühsam Prize, which recognizes outstanding activism on behalf of a liberatory vision of human society in keeping with that of its anarchist namesake; in particular, most of its awardees have been activists in the cause of social justice for persecuted minorities. In October 2002, he was awarded honorary membership of the Berlin-basedAssociation of Those Persecuted by the Nazi Regime – Federation of Antifascists and Antifascist Groups (VVN-BdA).On April 29, 2006, a newly-paved road in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis was named Rue Mumia Abu-Jamal in his honor. In protest of the street-naming, US Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) introduced resolutions in both Houses of Congress condemning the decision. The House of Representatives voted 368–31 in favor of the resolution. In December 2006, the 25th anniversary of the murder, the executive committee of the Republican Party for the 59th Ward of the City of Philadelphia—covering approximately Germantown, Philadelphia—filed two criminal complaints in the French legal system against the city of Paris and the city of Saint-Denis, accusing the municipalities of "glorifying" Abu-Jamal and alleging the offense "apology or denial of crime" in respect of their actions.Any fair reading of the transcripts of the trial of this man would leave one to conclude that he is indeed a murderer. He certainly never deserved all of these honors. But, at least now the family of officer Faulkner can put this behind them and no longer have to keep going through the torment of will he or won't he face execution. His widow was with the prosecutor as the announcement was made.
"[He was] being playful with his child, people play with their children differently."
‘It makes me feel like I raised him well.’
"As much as you don't like talking about Calllista Gingrich, I think the fact that she was a third wife and a mistress and is coming off somewhat icy and [her] reputation of being somewhat controversial within their campaign is doing damage. Maybe just to politicos, but I think it's something that people, and especially values voters, will bring into the race."Meghan McCain on Calista Gingrich being Newt's third wife.
“This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him, both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.”
"I didn't want to interfere with their weekend."Joe Paterno on why he waited to report that Jerry Sandusky was seen raping a child in a shower at Penn State
My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time. And anyone who disagrees with this can pick a number, get in line and kiss my ass.I disagreed with Mr. Hitchens on virtually everything. We had very little common ground. But, I loved his writing and sharp wit.
“It was not an easy decision because I too think any of our candidates would make a great president and a great candidate going against Barack Obama,” O’Donnell said. “But I think there are certain tie breakers and I know that in making my decision I might be hurting some people but I think infrastructure and executive experience are important, and for that reason I’m endorsing Mitt Romney.”
“I hope the fact that I stood up to the liberal establishment within my own party gives me the bona fides among conservatives to say this,” she said. “I find the tone and nastiness of some of the things circulating around the Internet about Romney extremely offensive.
At the First Light shelter in Birmingham, Ala., the fastest-growing group is women with children, executive director Ruth Crosby says. She says the emergency shelter, which houses about 125 women and children, is full every night. An overflow room with mats on the floor fills up every night, too.Sadly, not all of these people bringing these children to the homeless shelters are not single parents or people who have lived in poverty for long periods in their lives.
Shelly Jordan, a case manager for the homeless in Hattiesburg, Miss., says it has become common for two-parent households or families headed by professionals to turn to the city's lone homeless shelter.
"People had savings or unemployment and that's run out," she says. "This is their last resort."Although, the government is not reporting this number. The federal government is reporting only a 28% increase. The reasons for this is that they don't count everyone. Sort of like the unemployment number.
"Many unfairly expected a messiah that could cure the U.S. of all its problems, and now we see it's not that easy. This is not a political diatribe by the way. It is simply stating the obvious."A tidbit of the sermon heard by the Obama's today. Yes, they actually attended church this fine Sunday morning.
....then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when began to provide care for the sick and good job to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal;Barack Obama on June 3, 2008