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REFLECTIONS

December 31, 2011

THE BEST BOOK I READ IN 2011

On December 31, 2010, who among us knew that 2011 would be the year that:

  1. The U.S. Government finally hunted down and killed Osama bin Laden and officially ended combat operations in Iraq.
  2. Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno would be brought down by a sex scandal.
  3. Donald Trump was for even a brief moment, considered a serious candidate for president
  4. A black man would lead polls in the Republican presidential race.
  5. A woman (Pippa Middleton) would become famous just for carrying her sister’s wedding dress train into a church.
  6. Ryan Seacrest would be considered as the replacement for Today show anchor Matt Lauer.
  7. BET would put on a good show (The Game).
  8. Al Davis would actually die (technically, he’d been dead for years).
  9. The Dallas Mavericks would finally win the NBA title.
  10. Oprah’s media empire appeared to weaken and her bestest friend Gail would take a job somewhere else (CBS).
  11. Both Casey Anthony and Amanda Know would get away with murder. Allegedly.
  12. The world’s least talented “celebrities” ever would be three sisters named Kardashian, one of who rose to fame (and considerable fortune) on the back of a home-filmed sex tape with her black then-boyfriend.
  13. The Speaker of the House of Representatives wouldn’t attend a public service honoring a fellow representative who had been shot by a deranged gunman while meeting with her constituents and that same Speaker would tell the POTUS, “Pick another night for your speech to America”, somebody who calls herself Lady Gaga would be one of music’s biggest stars and last but not least, the Clippers would get a player who actually wants to be on the team.

Today, as one year ends and another begins, I want to say thank you to my family and friends who blessed me with unconditional love and support throughout 2011. Tomorrow, I start a new year just two semesters away from earning a college degree and there’s a real hope of success with one or more of my writing endeavors.

In 2012, I pledge to be a better, healthier and more spiritual person, a better son, brother and friend. I pledge to live by the principles my late mother and grandparents instilled in me from birth. I pledge to be wiser financially and live by  The Black Enterprise Wealth for Life Principles. I pledge to do better in school and in my personal relationships. I pledge to be more loving and patient. I pledge to give more than I receive.

And last but not least, I pledge to do everything I can to ensure the reelection of Barack Hussein Obama as President of the United States.

 Happy New Year and may God Bless and keep you in his amazing grace and love!

Monday, December 26, 2011

December 26, 2011

President Barack Obama holds 1-month old Adeline Valentina Hernandez Whitney as he and First Lady Michelle Obama visit members of the military and their families during Christmas dinner at Anderson Hall on Marine Corps Base Hawaii on December 25, 2011.

All Quiet on the Iowan Front

Obama changes his election focus

THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS STATEMENT OF 2011 BY A REPUBLICAN NOT NAMED MICHELE BACHMANN, HERMAN CAIN, NEWT GINGRICH, SARAH PALIN OR DONALD TRUMP

The following is a verbatim exchange between Mitt Romney and a 21-year-old college student, Kallie Durkit, in New Hampshire on December 22:

Kallie Durkit: “Relatability has been a large issue for you on this campaign trail, and as a college student many people in my generation find it especially hard to relate to you as a candidate,” said 21-year-old Kallie Durkit, who attends Bowling Green State University in Ohio. “Why should we mobilize for you as a candidate instead of Obama, which we did in 2008?”

Mitt Romney: “What I can promise you is this – when you get out of college, if I’m president you’ll have a job,” said Romney. “If President Obama is reelected, you will not be able to get a job. That’s the reason I will hopefully get young people who are in college is to say, You know what, I understand what it takes to get jobs in America.”

The promise closely echoes something Romney said on an entirely different subject back in November. “If we re-elect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon,” Romney said during a debate on foreign policy sponsored by CBS News and National Journal. “If you elect me as president, Iran will not have a nuclear weapon.”

So, in summary: If Mitt Romney is elected there will jobs for everybody graduating college and a nuclear free Iran. If Obama is elected nobody graduating college will find work and the world will be one step closer to nuclear annihilation.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Just because you were too busy taking a Greek vacation this summer with “Mrs Toad #3” and interrupted your “campaign” several times for book signings and “movie” premieres to put in the hard work of organizing a staff and field operation that would ensure your inclusion on the primary ballot in the state you LIVE IN, is no reason to become completely f**king insane [Newt Gingrich campaign manager Michael Krull said] “Newt and I agreed that the analogy is December 1941: We have experienced an unexpected set-back, but we will re-group and re-focus with increased determination, commitment and positive action.”

Frankly, I can’t wait to hear Gingrich’s “clarification” of Krull’s statement. This could be even better than the one when Gingrich blamed his having an affair with wife #3 while still married to wife #2 on his being a tad bit “over-patriotic.”

As I’ve been saying/writing for months now, the 2012 Iowa Caucus is much different from what we saw four years ago.

Am I the only one wondering just how good “Santa Claus” was to Mrs. Herman Cain yesterday?

NY Jets coach Rex “Slim” Ryan’s mouth continues writing checks that his fat ass and team just can’t cash and one has to wonder how much longer team owner Woody Johnson, a very conservative Republican, puts up with his increasingly tired act.

What Denver Broncos fans saw on Saturday – four interceptions, 2 of which were returned for touchdowns and 13 of 30 for 185 years and 1 TD – was the real Tim Tebow. Not hatin’; just sayin’.

Many of the so-called experts who are proclaiming Stanford QB Andrew Luck as a sure-fire first pick in the upcoming NFL draft and future star in the league are the same ones who earlier this year were expressing doubt that Cam Newton would be a success in his rookie year with Carolina.

Speaking of Andrew Luck, why is he and not Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, who plays the same position, still considered a “lock” to the be the #1 pick in this spring’s NFL draft?

USC quarterback Matt Barkley made the decision he felt was best for him and that’s all that really matters.

Slow your roll Laker hater who emailed me after yesterday’s 1-point loss to the Bulls. It was one game, one of four without Andrew Bynum who’s out on suspension. Don’t think for a minute that if Bynum had played, the Lakers wouldn’t have most likely won.

One of these days/night­s, and God knows I hope it’s real, real soon, somebody is going to whip Kevin Garnett’s a** and I’ll be the first one cheering and chipping in to pay his fine!

FINALLY

Will 2012 see the return of an African-American television show to broadcast television?

Monday, December 12, 2011

December 12, 2011

Like Newt Gringrich: “I’m Back!” Well, at least until the Spring semester starts in Feburary.

“Didn’t I tell you that I’m smarter than the rest of my ‘opponents’  combined? I can beat these clowns in my sleep.”

OUTTAKES FROM THE DEBATE

The line of the debate, as far as Democrats are concerned, is Mitt Romney’s offer of a $10,000 bet to Rick Perry. The DNC blasted out an email titled: “Here’s What the Average American Family Can Buy with $10,000” saying the sum equals four months of pay for many American families, a year of college tuition at a state school, three times what the average family spends on groceries annually, and a year’s worth of mortgage payments for “the typical American home.”

Rick Perry took a novel position, saying the Palestinian “invented” comments by Newt Gingrich are “a minor issue that the media is blowing way out of proportion.”

“I understand how the economy works,” Romney said, positioning himself as the businessman with private sector experience and Gingrich as the lifelong “career politician.”

Gingrich shot back, “Let’s be candid. The only reason you didn’t become a career politician is you lost to [Sen.] Teddy Kennedy in 1994…You’d have been a 17-year politician by now if you’d won. That’s all I’m saying on that.”

 “I spent my life in the private sector,” Romney said in response. “Losing to Teddy Kennedy was the best thing I could have done for preparing me for the job I’m seeking, because it put me back in the private sector. I worked in the private sector. I learned lessons there. However, we don’t need people who are lifetime Washington people…We need people from outside Washington, outside K Street.”

MAGGIE HABERMAN’S TAKEAWAYS on Saturday night’s ABC News/Des Moines Register debate : “For nearly two hours, six Republican candidates (minus Jon Huntsman) duked it out on a stage at Drake University in Iowa, drawing blood, getting under one another’s skin, and – for a few moments – getting warm and fuzzy about which rival they’ve learned the most from. The main focus was expected to be Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, and neither disappointed the viewing public. … Gingrich thrives on political combat, and he showed why again last night. Gingrich stood smiling through the barbs and even fired off some shots of his own. The former House Speaker managed to deliver one of the night’s most memorable lines, when he turned to Romney and said, even-voiced, that his rival would have been a career politician had he not lost to Ted Kennedy in a 1994 Senate race. …

“[On the question of infidelity, Gingrich] admitted, as he has on the campaign trail, that he has made mistakes in his life and is now happily married. More significant was the fact that he said he welcomes such questions. This may make it harder for his rivals – most notably Romney – to continue pressing the issue, because, once the question has been asked and answered that way, voters may start to tire of it being raised at all. … Rick Perry still has some game: The question is whether it’s too late to matter, which it probably is. But Perry executed one of the best debate performances he’s had since September.” http://bit.ly/uGJX2x

–Des Moines Register Political Columnist Kathie Obradovich, “Romney bet was one of his worst debate moments”: “The time Rick Perry has spent campaigning in Iowa finally began to pay off … He slathered on the Iowa mentions and shoutouts to prominent state Republicans. … Rick Santorum also made the most of the time he’s spent in the state, referring to stops he’s made at Iowa businesses and delivering the first Branstad mention of the night.

“But Perry really made his mark when he successfully goaded Mitt Romney into one of the worst moments he’s had in a debate so far. Perry challenged Romney on a passage in his first book, claiming an early edition said the Massachusetts health-care program should be a model for the national plan. Romney disputed the claim and when Perry persisted, he jokingly offered a $10,000 bet. Perry didn’t take the bet, but he won the point. Romney was casually offering the equivalent of about one-fifth of the average median income for an Iowa family. … Gingrich … showed no sign of collapse. Gingrich was the only target for Romney, who mocked his idea of establishing a lunar mining program and changing child labor laws.” http://dmreg.co/veIOeB

–ABC News, ‘Spin Room: Romney Camp Insists $10K Bet Was No Gaffe’: ‘As tweeters, bloggers and commenters worldwide asked each other what $10,000 buys, Mitt Romney’s campaign insisted that the candidate’s bet was not a gaffe. ‘Romney made that bet because he knew Rick Perry wouldn’t take it,’ Romney strategist Eric Fehrnstrom said in the post-debate spin room. Another top Romney adviser, Stuart Stevens, called the line ‘a very human thing to do to get someone to shut up when they’re not telling the truth.” http://abcn.ws/sSXcHI

–N.Y. Times col. 1, above fold: “G.O.P. Debate Sets All Eyes On Gingrich” (Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg) with 2-col. pic, “Mitt Romney … sought to raise questions about Newt Gingrich’s temperament during Saturday’s debate in Des Moines” http://nyti.ms/uk6h2J

–WashPost A1, lower right corner, “Rivals criticize Gingrich during Iowa GOP debate” (Dan Balz and Philip Rucker) http://wapo.st/tqX0Fh

NEWS

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RANDOM THOUGHTS

Mitt Romney’s campaign is now officially in trouble.

Poor Mitt Romney. He’s running on a platform of “Competence” at a time when the Republican Party as a whole, wants “Crazier than a Loon” and nobody in the current field, including Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann, can “out-loon” Newton Leroy Gingrich when he puts his mind to it.

I’m not a campaign expert nor do I play one on TV, the radio or Internet, BUT if you’re running for president and you find it necessary to take a  no adultery-pledge, you’ve got some baggage.

Is it just me or does Jerry Sandusky look slightly retarded?

Alec Baldwin just doesn’t seem to get that he’s a pompous prick and total jackass.

If Jennifer Anniston is the sexiest woman of all-time, Kwame Brown is the greatest Laker center of all-time.

Does anyone really want to see Lindsay Lohan naked in Playboy? Or anywhere else?

Wow, it appears that the Lakers were determined to get rid of Lamar Odom one way or the other. You know, this might be the best thing for Odom. Anyone who’s watched LO over his career knows how sensitive he is and it was clear by his recent comments that he had mentally checked out of being a Laker and he wasn’t coming back emotionally anytime soon. One thing’s for sure under the “new” Laker front office; they really don’t care what Kobe Bryant thinks about the moves they’re making Kobe’s not happy about Odom trade.

I’ve said it several times since July 2010 and I’ll say it again; after what Bosh, James & Wade did to come together on the Miami Heat, David Stern and NBA owners have no intention of letting these young African-American men have any real control over their careers anymore. And Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher are responsible for giving in on this very important point of the just negotiated CBA. I can’t imagine the MLB or even the NFL players association being so acquiescent on something like this.

If Ryan Braun’s positive test is upheld, what happens first; he returns the MVP Award or is stripped of it by the baseball writers and, if either occurs, does it automatically go to Matt Kemp AND would Kemp want it under these circumstances? 

FINALLY

I believe that on last night’s episode of 60 Minutes, President Obama made a compelling case for the choices Americans face at the polls next year. Let’s hope Democrats and Independents realize what the Republicans want to do this country if they are able to retain the House and take over both the Senate and White House in November 2012.