Oh No He Didn’t!

So, Jesse Jackson seems to be upset by Barack Obama’s appearances at black churches where Obama criticizes black fathers for being absent. I’m not old enough to really remember Jesse Jackson’s agenda back in the day, but wasn’t he pushing for some of the same responsibility and change in the black community? Shouldn’t Jesse Jackson be happy to pass the torch to a new generation, to someone who has embraced the black community and wants to move it forward? I don’t get it, it just makes me want to ask Jesse Jackson one critical question. Jealous much?

More background and details of the drama…

Reverend Jackson is reported to have said that Senator Obama was “talking down to black people”, and referred to blacks as “niggers” when he said Senator Obama was telling them “how to behave”.

The network declined to release the full transcript of the July 6 show and did not air the comments.

Mr Jackson – who is travelling in Spain – apologised in a statement yesterday for “hurtful words”, but didn’t offer specifics. “I am deeply saddened and distressed by the pain and sorrow that I have caused as a result of my hurtful words. I apologise again to Senator Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, their children as well as to the American public,” he said in a written statement.

“There really is no justification for my comments and I hope the Obama family and the American public will forgive me.

“I also pray that we, as a nation, can move on to address the real issues that affect the American people.”

Apology accepted? Read the rest here.

It’s All in Your MIND!

Gas is not really $4 a gallon. Bread does not really cost $.10 more today than it did last year. You can still sell a house a make a decent profit. The same $20 will still get you the same amount of groceries at the store today as it did last year. Buy that SUV, splurge a little, you can afford it. I keep fighting these thoughts in my mind, it’s kind of hard dealing with financial things mentally. Maybe I should be diagnosed with something? Not anxiety, PTSD, or depression…Maybe I’m just stuck in a mental recession???

Check out the latest round of foolishness brought to you by none other than Phil Gramm…

“You’ve heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession,” he said, noting that growth has held up at about 1 percent despite all the publicity over losing jobs to India, China, illegal immigration, housing and credit problems and record oil prices. “We may have a recession; we haven’t had one yet.”

“We have sort of become a nation of whiners,” he said. “You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline” despite a major export boom that is the primary reason that growth continues in the economy, he said.

“We’ve never been more dominant; we’ve never had more natural advantages than we have today,” he said. “We have benefited greatly” from the globalization of the economy in the last 30 years. 

Read the entire interview here.

Cindy McCain

“I am a illiterate that has to rely on my wife for all of the assistance I can get.” -John McCain, after being asked whether us uses a Mac or a PC.

 

Cindy Lou Hensley was born in Phoenix, Arizona, to James Hensley, who founded Hensley & Co. in 1955, and Marguerite “Smitty” Hensley (née Johnson). She grew up as an only child in affluent circumstances. She was named Junior Rodeo Queen of Arizona in 1968. She went to Central High School in Phoenix, where she graduated in 1972.

Hensley received a Bachelor of Arts in education and a Master of Arts in special education, both from the University of Southern California. At USC, she was a cheerleader and a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. There she participated in a movement therapy pilot program that laid the way for a standard treatment for children with severe disabilities; she published the work Movement Therapy: A Possible Approach in 1978.Declining a role in the family business, she then began a special education teaching career working with children with Down syndrome and other disabilities at Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Arizona.

Read the rest here.

Michelle Obama

That’s silly talk. Talk to my wife. She’ll tell me I need to learn to just put my socks on the hamper.” Barack Obama.

Michelle was born on January 17, 1964, to Marian and Fraser Robinson on Chicago‘s South Side and graduated from Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago’s West Loop. After high school Michelle went on to Princeton University where in 1985 she graduated with a B.A. in sociology and a minor in African American studies. After college, Michelle continued her education at Harvard Law School, where she earned her degree in 1988.

For three years after law school, Michelle worked as an associate in the area of marketing and intellectual property at Chicago law firm Sidley and Austin, where she met Barack Obama. She left the corporate law world in 1991 to pursue a career in public service, serving as an assistant to the mayor and then as the assistant commissioner of planning and development for the City of Chicago.

Read the rest here.

John McCain

It’s important to know about the candidates. Not just what they stand for, but who they are and what they represent personally. With this in mind, I have composed a list of webpages that will give you great info about the candidate. Sources used include the candidate’s official site, wikipedia, etc. Read up on them and take notes if necessary… )

Meet John

Early Years

McCain was born at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone to naval officer John S. McCain, Jr. (1911–1981) and Roberta (Wright) McCain (b. 1912). At that time, the Panama Canal was under American control, and the McCain family was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone.

McCain at Annapolis, c. 1954.McCain has Scots-Irish and English ancestry. His father and paternal grandfather both became four-star United States Navy admirals. His family (including his older sister Sandy and younger brother Joe) followed his father to various naval postings in the United States and the Pacific. Altogether, he attended about 20 schools.

In 1951, his family settled in Northern Virginia, and McCain attended Episcopal High School, a private preparatory boarding school in Alexandria. In high school, he excelled at wrestling and graduated in 1954.

Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, McCain entered the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. There, he was a friend and leader for many of his classmates, and sometimes stood up for people who were being bullied. He also became a lightweight boxer. McCain had conflicts with higher-ups, and he was disinclined to obey every rule, which contributed to a low class rank (894 of 899) that he did not aim to improve. McCain did well in academic subjects that interested him, such as literature and history, but studied only enough to pass subjects he disliked, such as math. McCain graduated in 1958.

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Barack Obama

It’s important to know about the candidates. Not just what they stand for, but who they are and what they represent personally. With this in mind, I have composed a list of webpages that will give you great info about the candidate. Sources used include the candidate’s official site, wikipedia, etc. Read up on them and take notes if necessary… 🙂

Meet Barack

Early Years

Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4th, 1961. His father, Barack Obama Sr., was born and raised in a small village in Kenya, where he grew up herding goats with his own father, who was a domestic servant to the British.

Barack’s mother, Ann Dunham, grew up in small-town Kansas. Her father worked on oil rigs during the Depression, and then signed up for World War II after Pearl Harbor, where he marched across Europe in Patton’s army. Her mother went to work on a bomber assembly line, and after the war, they studied on the G.I. Bill, bought a house through the Federal Housing Program, and moved west to Hawaii.

It was there, at the University of Hawaii, where Barack’s parents met. His mother was a student there, and his father had won a scholarship that allowed him to leave Kenya and pursue his dreams in America.

Barack’s father eventually returned to Kenya, and Barack grew up with his mother in Hawaii, and for a few years in Indonesia. Later, he moved to New York, where he graduated from Columbia University in 1983.

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