Thursday, October 29, 2009

Time to stop the no snitching, and change it to I have to tell it.

Eric Holden has stated when it comes to the United States that we have become a nation of cowards. I'm going to agree with that statement and place it in the following manners.
When we see the injustices that are done by others to each other, to hurt and destroy their soul, we are cowards, we will not speak out. When we see someone being beaten to death, we will not intervene nor call for help for that person, we close our eyes to it. When we see a young girl become gang raped and beaten, we become specters as is we are watching a movie with a terrible scene that is not real, only pretend. When we see people being robbed, we walk by and pretend not to notice and only hope that we ourselves do not fall prey to the same fate that has become cast upon that person, we are cowards. We witness and see things that may not be of such a violent scale but yet we see injustices all around us, and never beat an eye, we don't get involved, we don't pick up the phone to call for help for people, we just walk away. What has happened to us, have we become so desensitized that we cannot feel another person's pain? Do we view everything as if it were a movie and afterwards we can just turn it off and feel bad for a moment, but continue to pretend that it was not real, it was just actors on a screen or movie reel that was placed there for our entertainment? Why is it that we can see when injustices are made against people by people of authority and be quick to call them out and to tell that story, but not tell the story of what a person has endured by someone on the street or in their own home. Where is the outrage at then? We see the outrage when it comes to our own families that these violent acts are done against and then we are quick to shout and ask for help from anyone that has seen these things being done, often we find that we will receive what we have done and just be silent, so in turn we receive silence.
Have we become so programed that we can see people suffering and yet do nothing to help, even in small things, feed someone that is hungry? Lord, we hardly even speak to people on the streets and to ask the time of day is almost like asking for that person to give you their life savings. Have we ourselves become a victim to a society that can just view suffering and become so afraid that we almost don't go outside of our homes? Is it the video games, or t.v., music that has taken over our compassion for each other. Have we become immune to injustices and can carry out our day as if nothing is unusual because after all it did not happen to me? Are we walking around in a trance, see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Perhaps we are walking around and thinking that we are still asleep and that what we saw was just a bad dream, because after all, we could not possibly be around these things, because that always happens somewhere else or to someone else, but never to my neck of the woods.
So therefore if we have convince ourselves that it is not real, then it just becomes entertainment and not something that demands action to try to correct it. This is just my take on what is going on in the world today, especially after the Richmond High School Gang rape with the 15 year old girl. I just wonder what is it going to take, for people to drop the no snitching law of the streets, and start the snitching law of love thy neighbor? It is time to for us to deprogram ourselves, cut the T.V. off, cut off the video games and change the music and rap videos that has done such damage to our minds. It is time to do things as a family so that we can restore family values and pride in ourselves and our children, so they we not become victims or the criminal behind the horrific acts that is always present for us to see, that is real and unreal.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

From California to Philadelphia, leave our daughters alone

On the west coast in California a 15 year old girl is gang raped outside her high school dance. Where she was beaten and raped for over two and a half hours in an unconscious state, and over a dozen people watched. She was flew to the hospital.
I am relieved to hear that some of them were caught, I can only hope and pray that the rest of them will also be caught. As for the people that witness this horrible act they also should receive the same punishment for failure to not to even make a phone call to 911 to help this young girl. In the Germantown Area of Philadelphia, there is a sick man walking as a serial groper targeting young teenage girls. The suspect description was similar to seven similar assaults in the area as far back as June 2008. In all of the previous incidents, the suspect groped female teenagers, ranging in age from 14 to 17, as he jogged past them.
The subject has been described as a black male, about 40 to 50 years old, over 6' tall, dark complexion and medium build, sometimes with a beard and wearing jogging clothing. In one case, police said the suspect had a noticeable limp as he was jogging.
As parents, what are we to do? Do any of these men, have women in their lives that they respect and give honor to? How would they feel if this was their family member or friends? As a society what are we to do? What are the schools and local officials going to do, not just in these states but in every state? Do we need to have more police officers around school functions at bus stops and walking routes to schools. In the budgets should not funding be in place for the protection of these girls and boys? Do we not need a Rev. Jesse Jackson to have a representative of himself in every state as he stood up when it came to the senseless beating and killings in the streets of Chicago where the children are going to and from school. NO, I a not saying that the Rev. Jackson, should take and do a personal representation in every state, I am saying that in the states it's self, a person of that standing should stand up for the children's protection. Who is the watcher over the children.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

WTF, Brasskey keepsakes has a black baby doll called Monkey

I am sick and tired of the racist people that are walking the planet. In the news papers on the T.V. and from different news commentaries I hear little racial slurs. Now to top all insults Brasskey keysakes has made a doll called lil' monkey which is a black doll, and the doll comes with a monkey laying beside her and a hat that says lil monkey and a banana. The box says lil monkey has a book and a bottle and they the monkey and the baby wear the same pampers. After all the accomplishments that Black Americans have contribute to this country, we are still slapped in the face with this racist bigotry, why because it appears that this group of society feel that black people will never be seen in their small minded bigoted view as people. It is time once again for President Obama, to see that we are not living in a post-racial society, that the bigots are coming out in full force once again to show their level of hatred towards black Americans. As for the stores that are or had these dolls on their shelves, such as Costco and Target and any other stores that carries these dolls.
These companies and all of those who wish to continue to demonstrate their racist ways, will not get my black dollar for anything. Should not these companies be charge with a hate crime? I feel that they should and right away. What is this going to breed when you have these racist parents who buy these dolls for their kids and they bring them to school and it causes problems in the schools against the children who see that they are being seen as monkeys? How far is this going to travel and how much trouble is this going to cause? These racist bigots fail to see that there is some monkeys that are more intelligent then their racist's butts are. Yet they continue to say that we cry racism at all times. I would like to thank

Min.Dr.LaDonna Blaylock's Page for exposing these racist retailers who are now out to think that I or any person of African descent would buy anything from them. Please read her page to get more information.

There is also a doll made from Heavenly Handuls called daddy's little monkey.

Is George Rogers of Upper Darby mentally unstable or is he really the 'Last Samurai Warrior?

While on the phone with the police dispatch of Upper Darby, PA, George Rogers called 911 on Sunday morning and stated that he had just doused the rowhouse apartment that he shares with his mother with gasoline. George Rogers threatened to torch their home and kill himself with a crossbow. Police found Rogers in a room in the back of the apartment on Dayton Road, Cheswold, Upper Darby.
Officer Dan Lanni of the special-reaction team had armed himself with a bat shield, (an oversized Kevlar shield shaped like a bat) and pushed threw the door that Roger, had barricaded himself in.
Officer Lanni, was attacked by Rogers, by a sword that was so forceful that its blade was bent in the assault. The shield that Officer Lanni had on had protected him from the downward blows, had the sword gotten past the shield it would had been sturdy enough to put in his heart and to of ripped it out. While Rogers was attacking Officer Lanni, Lt. Mike Kehrle, the commanding officer on the scene used a stun gun on Rogers which caused him to fall to the ground.

"We dubbed George Rogers the 'Last Samurai' because he's not going to be swinging any more knives or swords trying to kill cops anymore," Chitwood said.

Police did not find any accelerants, like the gasoline Rogers claimed to have poured over the apartment, but they did find an arsenal of weaponry in his bedroom, including nunchucks, a crossbow, a hunting bow, a large sword and several throwing knives.

Rogers was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and weapons offenses. He is being held at Delaware County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

"He obviously thought he was a real samurai," Chitwood said.

Rogers, who has several arrests on lesser charges in his criminal background, is covered in tattoos, including one on his neck that reads: "Only God can judge."

"He has more tattoos than grass on a lawn," Chitwood said. At this time one has to wonder about Rogers mental state, I am sure that he is going to need mental help. What could of caused Rogers to go to this measure of manifesting his mental state to police officers, by calling 911 and giving a false report and then to attack these police officers. What could of led to this state one only has to wonder.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Bring Mitrice Richardson Home, A father's plea

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Richardson Family's Official Website~ Summary of Events In Mitrice Richardson's Disappearance PLEASE Help US Find Mitrice Richardson MITRICE RICHARDSON ~ Date of Birth ~ April 30, 1985 HEIGHT: 5’5 WEIGHT: 135lb EYES: Hazel brown HAIR: Medium brown (natural/curly) TATTOOS: Lower abdomen, and behind neck Last wearing: Brown Bob Marley T-shirt & Blue Jeans. On September 16, 2009, at approximately 10:00pm, Mitrice Richardson was in the Malibu, California at Geoffry's restaurant, alone, where she was arrested for being under the influence, and for not having money in her possession to pay the tab. Mitrice sat at a table with indivduals whom she told that she was from Mars and spoke gibberish. The police were informed of this by the Geoffry's restaurant owner. (Please note that it was determined that she WAS NOT intoxicated.) Before the arrest was made, Mitrice Richardson's family insisted they would pay the bill and had payment in hand in the form of a debit card, or credit card, whichever the manager, John, preferred. However payment was declined unless it was done via facsimile, which was not immediately available to Mitrice Richardson's family. Subsequently, her car was towed, and she was taken to the Lost Hills division of the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department, where she was originally booked for DUI. The charge has been changed to failure to pay tab. John, the manager of Geoffrey's stated she appeared under the influence when she arrived. Mitrice Richardson was booked into custody sometime after 10:00pm, and then released shortly after 12:38AM. The officer in charge initially told her mother that she would be released at 4:30am. He later told her mother that she was released at 1:30am. (Please see inconsistencies in post below) The officers where aware Mitrice Richardson was not from the area. Deputy Cummings acknowledged that Mitrice Richardson left alone, walking up Agoura, but has recanted that statement. Mitrice Richardson had no money, food, water, identification or cell phone, wandering in a desolate area of canyons, coyotes and etc., foreign to her, while in a depressed state of mind. Mitrice Richardson is loved and supported by her family and friends. Mitrice Richardson is a crisis and is in danger. We must find her! The Deputies were immediately made aware that this is not characteristic of Mitrice Richardson, and she is highly responsible, educated, employed, and is always in contact with family and friends. Mitrice Richardson is a College Graduate from California State University of Fullerton, in Psychology, with a 4.00 GPA. She has recently taken, and successfully past the CBEST test to become a Substitute Teacher in the Los Angeles School District. Mitrice Richardson has been gainfully employed through her stint as a college student, to present. Mitrice Richardson is bi-lingual (Spanish). Mitrice Richardson has begun the process of acceptance into the Psychology Professional College, Alliant, to pursue her Doctoral Degree as a Clinical Psychologist. Mitrice Richardson has volunteered numerous hours at Hampton and Associates, as well as volunteering at non-profit organizations assisting children in disadvantaged areas in Orange County. Mitrice Richardson was 1st runner-up in the Miss Azusa Pageant, and a contestant in the Miss Fullerton Pageant. Mitrice Richardson is a trained and gifted dancer, in tap, jazz, lyrical, and with her focus and passion being ballet. Everyone who knows Mitrice Richardson, From Professor, Doctors, and Employers, to her family and friends, know her as a responsible and determined young lady, with many goals and aspirations. What has occurred within the last 48 hours in uncharacteristic of her. Mitrice Richardson is a danger to herself, and Mitrice Richardson is in danger. Please, we need your help locating Mitrice Richardson. Please contact Mr. Michael Richardson - Mitrice's Father 0 comments Michael Richardson Contacted Mayor of Malibu, CA , Andy Stern, Regarding Missing Daughter Mr. Richardson called Andy Stern, Mayor of Malibu On September 25, 2009 around 11:00 a.m. When mayor Stern answered, Mr. Richardson asked, " is this Mr. Stern, he replied yes it is". Mr. Richardson then asked, Andy Stern Mayor of Malibu, he again replied yes it is, who is this. Mr. Richardson then began to introduce himself and was cut short after the mayor heard that he was speaking to Mitrice Richardson's father, the young lady who became missing after being released from the Lost Hills Sheriff Station. In a very rude and annoyed tone, Mr. Stern stated that he was sorry for Mr. Richardson's daughter and that he had nothing to do with that. He told Mr. Richardson in a very rude tone that he had one (1) minute to get his point across because he has a meeting to get to. As Mr. Richardson began to explain his concerns, he cut me off and said, "I told you I don't have anything to do with that, I do not tell the Sheriff's how to do their job, and he stated that Mr. Richardson needed to follow up with them. He then stated -If there isn't anything further he had to go because he was late for a meeting and before Mr. Richardson could reply he hung up on Mr. Richardson. Mr. Richardson called Mr. Stern right back and stated I believe we were disconnected, he stated no, I told you there isn't anything I can do for you and please stop calling me, and hung up again." After staring at Mr. Stern's Coldwell Banker Realtor page, which is how Mr. Richardson was able to obtain his phone number, Mr. Richardson came up with an idea. He called Mr. Stern from a different number and informed him that he played professional football and was interested in the property located on, 31522 Broad Beach Road listed at $5,600,000.00 (Five Million - Six Hundred Thousand Dollars). Jokingly, he started the conversation off with negotiating the price, and would you know it, Mr. Stern showed him a more gentler side? Mr. Richardson could picture a smile just like the one below, however it was quickly removed when Mr. Richardson had to inform Mr. Stern that he thought that it was really down right heartless when the mayor could get excited abut a commission as opposed to finding his daughter. Mr. Stern then hung up on Mr. Richardson once more and did not bother to pick up again. Strange thing though, the following Monday, September 28, 2009, Mr. Richardson received a call from Sgt. Jeff Price, of the Lost Hills Sheriff's station to relay the following: Mr. Richardson, Andy wanted me to call you to let you know that he's the Mayor and doesn't have anything to do with police work, but we are doing everything we can to find your daughter. " Mr. Richardson responded to Sgt. Price the following, tell Andy why not be a man and call me himself. Also, if Andy doesn't have any say so on what the Sheriff does then why are you on my phone telling me what Andy asked you to do?" There was a pause, and I stated, that's what I thought have a nice day and hung up. 0 comments The Facts Surrounding Mitrice Richardson's Disappearance Written By Mr. Michael Richardson Mitrice Richardson's Father 1. 2 ½ Weeks To Obtain Police Report 2. Submitting Altered & Late Addendums To Police Reports 3. Andy Stark, Malibu Mayor Hung Up On Me, But Discussed Buying Property With Me 4. Failure To Provide Phone Records & Video Tapes of Entering & Departing 5. Recorded Conversations with Officers Altered, Erased, & Recording Numbers Missing 6. Taking Credit for Follow Ups, Searches, & Sightings Conducted By Family & Friends 7. Failure To Have Behavioral Assessment Conducted By Trained Professional 8. 3 Male Officers Failed To Request Female Officer To Provide Search & Seizure 9. Released With No Money, No Car, & No Cell Phone Into The Wilderness At 12:38 A.M. 10. 12 Inconsistencies To Date With Sheriff’s Spokes Person Steve Whitmore 11. Case Transferred To City 60 Miles Away from Malibu 12. Released Due To Overcrowding, But Only One Inmate In The Holding Cell 13. Released On Own Recognizance (O.R.) Which Was Not Ordered By A Judge 14. Initial Charge Was Drunk Driving, Later Changed To Defrauding An Innkeeper 15. Family Was Initially Informed By Jailer We Do Not Baby Sit Mitrice Richardson’s Disappearance 2 comments $10,000 Reward - Letter From Mr. Michael Richardson - Mitrice Richardson's Father ~ $10,000.00 REWARD~ Hello, Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, we have not found my daughter as of yet, but great things are happening to get her home as soon as possible. The following events have occurred thus far: on the evening of 10/14/2009; I spent 3 hours on the phone with Chicago Detective, Lisa Campbell. Ms. Campbell appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show on Tuesday, 10/13/2009, where she was granted the opportunity of speaking about her amazing capture of Phillip Garrido. As you may know, this is the guy who kidnapped a young lady 18 years ago. Ms. Campbell was great in pointing me in some very positive directions based on our conversation last evening. Prior to speaking with Ms. Campbell, I had a 2 1/2 hour telephone interview with Scotty Reid from "Black Talk Radio, based out of Gastonia, North Carolina. Prior to this meeting, I sent the above attachments regarding my rebuttal to the Los Angeles Times regarding their article printed last Thursday, 10/8/2009 along with the REAL FACTS REGARDING MITRICE RICHARDSON'S DISAPPEARANCE. Exposing the true facts. After conducting many interviews after Leo Terrell, on KABC Talk Radio, Mr. Reid enabled me to once again educate the mixed and the undecided audiences with recent information, causing the new website to overload! The new website was created to appeal to Mitrice in a way that her family, friends and concerned citizens can reach out to her based on our individual personal experiences and relationship with her. For example, when logging on to the website you will see a very tranquil scene of an ocean view because Mitrice loves the ocean. In addition, this website will allow you to speak and communicate directly with me, Michael L. Richardson, the Father of Mitrice. This accessibility is provided to provide the facts and discuss any concerns, misquotes or misprints added to make for a good story. We are also advertising the $10,000.00 reward being for Mitrice Richardson's return. Last but certainly not least, there is a soft button to click on for information regarding the needed resources to continue our efforts to find Mitrice, (e.g., flyers, posters, water, retainers, etc.). Unfortunately, now that we have exhausted all of our monetary resources, I now have to set aside my pride and seek monetary assistance to help with lodging, car rentals and other expenses for the selected Private Detective. The great news is that most have agreed to waive their service fees in lieu of covering their miscellaneous expenses mentioned above. Thank you for the continued interest and support in helping us to BRING MITRICE HOME!! Father of, Ms. Mitrice L. 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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Rev. Al Sharpton and Radio-host Rush Limbaugh should try the boxing ring instead of court

Rev. Al Sharpton is demanding an apology from radio-host (and racist right winger) Rush Limbaugh if he does not receive this apology, Al Sharpton is threatening to sue Rush Limbaugh.

“Not only did Rush Limbaugh try to criminalize the NFL,” Sharpton told a columnist with the Palm Beach Post."But now he is saying I’m a criminal. He can call me a race-baiter and all that stuff like he does. But don’t call me a criminal.”

Rev. Al Sharpton's reasons for this much needed apology is as following.
  • In Saturday's Op-ed, Wall Street Journal, Rush Limbaugh stated that Rev. Al Sharpton played a leading role in the 1991 Crown Heights riots, which over a 7 year old black boy that the driver had not been arrested.
  • Al Sharpton states that his second reason is that Rush Limbaugh called his a criminal, which Rev. Al Sharpton replied that you may call me (Al Sharpton) a race baiter, but that he was in no way a criminal. These comments Rush Limbaugh made to the Palm Beach Post, regarding the purchase that Rush Limbaugh was trying to make of the NFL. Rev. Al Sharpton felt that Rush Limbaugh was trying to criminalize the NFL.
Rush Limbaugh states that his attentions to buy the NFL is Limbaugh’s attempt to invest in the National Football League’s St. Louis Rams franchise was overshadowed by a controversy over his “racial views,” which Limbaugh says were false. In the op-ed, he also lashes out at several media outlets, including CNN and “the sports writer community,” for what he calls "contempt in the news business."
  • In the op-ed published in Saturday's Wall Street Journal Limbaugh writes Sharpton "played a leading role in the 1991 Crown Heights riot (he called neighborhood Jews ‘diamond merchants’) and 1995 Freddie's Fashion Mart riot."

According to a statement put out by Sharpton’s media consultant, a study New York Governor Mario Cuomo commissioned showed Sharpton was not involved in the Crown Heights incident until after the rioting concluded.

"Mr. Limbaugh's blatant and defamatory statements regarding the Crown Heights Riots falsely give the impression that Rev. Sharpton was present during the violence that occurred when in reality he had been called in by the family after the violence," Sharpton’s statement says.

In reply to the allegations brought against him by Rev Al Sharpton, Rush Limbaugh said that “ ‘Racism’ is too often their sledgehammer," Limbaugh writes. “And it is being used to try to keep citizens who don't share the left's agenda from participating in the full array of opportunities this nation otherwise affords each of us… It was employed against patriotic citizens who attended town-hall meetings and tea-party protests. These intimidation tactics are working and spreading, and they are a cancer on our society." As quoted in CNN's political Ticker.

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Of course anyone has the right to attempt to sue anyone. The question is, is this going to turn into a circus of media events or is this 2 high strong men with strong opinions with their views going into a court room to battle it out instead of in a boxing ring?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Herman Thomas
Former circuit judge Herman Thomas has denied abusing inmates
There is a trial set for former USA Circuit Judge Herman Thomas 48, of Mobile, Alabama for what could lead to him spending the rest of his life behind bars. Judge Thomas is being charged with sodomy and kidnapping , extortion, sex abuse and assault, against 15 current and former prisoners. The inmates stated that in exchange for these sexual acts he would grant them leniency.
In 2007, Judge Herman Thomas resigned as a judge because there was allegations made against him then that he was "spanking" inmates with a paddle", in his private office at the County courthouse. Now in April of 2009, Judge Thomas was indicted on holding private meetings with inmates. Court records show where Judge Thomas had signed defendants out of the jail, for meetings in his car or his office, and this is where the allege abuse occurred. Judge Thomas attorney and other spokes people for him has stated the following reasons for the accusations that are being brought against him are the following. stated his lawyer Robert Clark
  1. alleged victims are trying to ruin his career
  2. high-tech lynching, that is politically motivated
  3. they don't like uppity black folks
  4. NAACP, states that he is being prosecuted because of his race
Is Judge Thomas just facing a high-tech lynching or is Judge Thomas now just receiving the justice on the injustice that he has placed on men that he felt that did not deserve justice ?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Finally we see some spunk coming out of the White House, Anita Dunn the White House Communications Director has come out swinging against Fox's News.

A fight at last! Finally we see some spunk coming out of the White House, Anita Dunn the White House Communications Director has come out swinging against Fox's News. Anita Dunn has stated that Fox News operates “almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party.” Anita Dunn has also stated that Fox News, is not a reliable news source as CNN.
The President Obama avoided Fox when he visited five Sunday morning news shows last month, and a recent White House blog post accused Beck of lying. Anita Dunn, has stated that President Obama, is not going to be a passive bystander, that will allow Fox News to tear down his Presidency and him being President.
In a very weak response from Fox's News executive Michael Clemente says most viewers know the difference between news and opinion shows. He says attacking the messenger does not work.
Hold on Folks! We buy the products that sponsor the shows that are on Fox News Broadcast, while they think that we do not know the difference between news and opinions. Perhaps Michael Clemente the executive of Fox News, will understand my opinion that their sponsors will know my opinion of their products, when they are no longer purchased by me and used in my household. Since Fox News appears to think that their listening audience appears to be unable to comprehend any information of importance that effects the country.
How about CNN's Lou Dobb's with his commentaries that are not based on a solid foundation.
Now we can look to CNN's Lou Dobb's with the rise in the rise of guns being purchased by Right-wingers who feel that President Obama is striving to take their guns away from them. I hope that now Fox News, will come to appreciate the viewing audience of their network. I have to thank White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, for coming out boldly on this issue to show what the American People are thinking also.

The phone companies of the United States are the arm of the Government

Are you aware that now the phone companies of the United States are the arm of the Government the US Justice Department argued in a recent court case. The records that the government has seized in illegal wiretapping under the Bush Administration is considered legal. According the The Raw Story the In a lawsuit over the Bush administration's decision to give immunity to telecom companies over its warrantless wiretapping program, the Justice Department argued that it doesn't have to publicly reveal what it discussed with the phone companies because those discussions were "inter-agency communications," explains Ryan Singel. It appears the Bush's administration is sticking around like a demon still out to torment the people of the United States with it's law in 2008, granting reotroactive immunity to phone companies that participated in the warrantless wiretapping program. On September 24, a US District Court judge sided with the EFF and ordered the government to "release more records about the lobbying campaign to provide immunity to the telecommunications giants that participated in the NSA's warrantless surveillance program," the EFF stated. The US District Court judge sided with the EFF (privacy watchdog group Electronic Frontier Foundation) that ordered the government to relelase more records to provide the immunity to telecommunications giants that participated in NSA's warrantless surveillance program on September 24, which the government appealed the 30 day stay of the Judge's order. Dispite the order being denied the judge has delayed any further decisions on the case for another week. As a country that is free that is what it is defined as, are we really free? Have we become a country where everyone is a suspected criminal? Are with a people who after paying a phone bill, now turns to the government and asks it to now spy on us on our dime? Has it become so important now, to know every detail of what is said between family and friends and yes, sometimes foes over the phone lines?
contribution made by Sister Ngonea
Are we still a free nation, or have we under Bush's Regime, that is still carried out under the change that President Obama made in his campaign speechs a nation of change? Where is the change and where is the freedom.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Was shooting death of Corey Croom by Delware Swat team, justifiable?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

1996 Olympic games in Atlanta gives concerns to Chicago hosting Olympic games in 2016

If we take a look back in time to 1996, when the United States last hosted the Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, we will find that at that time, "Atlanta benefited more than any other city in the history of the Olympics," said A.D. Frazier, the chief operating officer for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. "Afterward, we had no debt and we left behind a legacy of privately funded structures the city would not have seen otherwise." Now it has been said the city claimed to fame in hosting the games, failed to put into place long-term goals of improving infrastructure and community development.
The Olympics games also holds a bad memory of the 1996 games, It was in Atlanta's 1996 Olympics games that a bombing that killed one woman and injured more than 100 people took place. At this date and time in history when we are at war with Iraq and Afghanistan, and dealing with threats here at home with terrorist here in the states is this a good time for the United States to consider hosting the Olympics games? Mayor Andrew Young of Atlanta at the time of the 1996 Olympics whose bid for the Olympics games did not see the pitfalls in hosting the games in Atlanta. For minority and small business owners who at that time paid $10,000 to $20,000 to sell their items on the street, and the homeowners who thought that they would be able to rent out their homes for a large profit, instead they sued the city of Atlanta and caused the city to go bankrupt. Munson Steed, who was the contractor to market the games stated "The Olympics is about economic development of cities' institutions. It's a corporate event, not a common-person event." If this is not a common-person event as stated by Munson Steed, should whole cities with homes and business be destroyed? What is fate of the people that call these cities home?

Ebonee Stevenson fears the Washington Park of her childhood won't be the same if the Games come to Chicago. (WBEZ/Natalie Moore)

At first, South Side resident Ebonee Stevenson was excited about Chicago as the potential 2016 host city. Then she weighed in city politics with its tradition of haves and have-nots, and her optimism waned. Stevenson works with a community group called Southside Together Organizing for Power, or STOP; her group joined in with the anti-Olympics effort-No Games Chicago. Stevenson says promises of Olympic accountability don’t resonate with her. STEVENSON: Given the history that Mayor Daley has with the south side communities-with Washington Park, with Woodlawn with tearing down the public housing, the Plan for Transformation, I don’t think we can trust our current mayor and city council. Two years ago she visited Atlanta, site of the 1996 Olympics. She wanted to hear from low-income residents there. One mother’s story stuck out. According to Switzerland-based nonprofit Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions, the Atlanta Olympics displaced 68,000 people – most of them black. But earlier this year Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin dismissed that criticism when I asked her about displacement. She says neighborhoods were rebuilt, a claim that is challenged by Atlanta Olympic critics, who say housing prices soared and pushed people out.

STEVENSON: There’ll probably be a Whole Foods on the corner of 55th King Drive. There’ll probably be some workout center or things like that. But there won’t be housing that’s really affordable to people. There’ll be high price condos. And condos that won’t even be affordable to middle-class people but only affordable to high-income people.

I have a concern if having a game opens a city to possible terrorist attacks like it did 1996, and with people losing their homes and not being able to afford the communities that they are forced out of to come back to is it worth the price for all concern to host the games here. When you have an outcry from the residents of Chicago saying that they do not want the games held in their state, do you listen to the people who reside in this city and have business in this city or do you listen to who is to financially from the profits of hosting the games.

What is the value that is placed on a human life and lives of people who will be uprooted from their homes and community roots? Who is advocating for the rights of the poor and underprivileged that reside in the communities in Chicago and who is going to listen to the concerns of the residents that live there.

I would like to know, isn't there an island or some undeveloped land on this planet that the games can be held at, not just in 2016 but on a permanent basis? Is it truly necessary to uproot and destroy communities for the pleasure of saying that you hosted games?

For everyone that is hoping for the Olympic games to be held in the United States in 2016, I ask that you reconsider your position and think of the people and what we have already been through in this country in our history.