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Evening Open Thread

11 Jul 2009

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It might be hot where you are…just remember..winter is just around the bend.

Good Evening.

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And continue to have a peaceful day.

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US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, their daughters Sasha and Malia stand at the entrance of the ‘Door of No Return’ during a guided tour in Cape Coast Castle, a former slavery outpost, in Cape Coast, Ghana, on July 11, 2009.
The visit marks Obama’s first to subsaharan Africa as President.
——-AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB

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US President Barack Obama holds a child as he tours with US First Lady Michelle Obama the La General Hospital in Accra on July 11, 2009.
———— AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB

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US President Barack Obama speaks at Ghana’s Parliament in Accra on July 11, 2009. The visit marks Obama’s first to subsaharan African as President. Huge crowds lined the streets of Accra hoping to catch a glimpse of the first Black US president, the son of an African immigrant, after he arrived from the Group of Eight summit in Italy.
—————-AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB

Text of Obama’s speech in Ghana
By The Associated Press – 2 hours ago

Text of President Barack Obama’s speech Saturday in Accra, Ghana, as prepared for delivery and provided by the White House:

Good morning. It is an honor for me to be in Accra, and to speak to the representatives of the people of Ghana. I am deeply grateful for the welcome that I’ve received, as are Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama. Ghana’s history is rich, the ties between our two countries are strong, and I am proud that this is my first visit to sub-Saharan Africa as President of the United States.

I am speaking to you at the end of a long trip. I began in Russia, for a Summit between two great powers. I traveled to Italy, for a meeting of the world’s leading economies. And I have come here, to Ghana, for a simple reason: the 21st century will be shaped by what happens not just in Rome or Moscow or Washington, but by what happens in Accra as well.

This is the simple truth of a time when the boundaries between people are overwhelmed by our connections. Your prosperity can expand America’s. Your health and security can contribute to the world’s. And the strength of your democracy can help advance human rights for people everywhere.

So I do not see the countries and peoples of Africa as a world apart; I see Africa as a fundamental part of our interconnected world — as partners with America on behalf of the future that we want for all our children. That partnership must be grounded in mutual responsibility, and that is what I want to speak with you about today.

We must start from the simple premise that Africa’s future is up to Africans.

I say this knowing full well the tragic past that has sometimes haunted this part of the world. I have the blood of Africa within me, and my family’s own story encompasses both the tragedies and triumphs of the larger African story.

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Saturday Open Thread

11 Jul 2009

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Good Morning.

As you spend time this weekend with family and friends, don’t forget JJP.

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And always, have a peaceful day.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
greet Ghana’s President John Atta Mills and his wife Ernestina Naadu Mills (L)
upon Obama’s arrival in Accra, Ghana, July 10, 2009.
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U.S. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their children Malia and Sasha arrive in Accra, Ghana July 10, 2009.
———REUTERS/Jason Reed

 

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Goodbye Rome…Next Stop…Ghana.

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at the lame excuse put out by the Philadelphia Swim Club, now that their little “faux pas” involving 60 Black kids whose parents paid for them to swim there, is generating more heat under their asses.  Peep this:

HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. – The head of a suburban Philadelphia swim club says safety, not racism, was the reason for the cancellation of the memberships of dozens of minority children.

Soooo, they’re concerned for the SAFETY of Black children swimming in that pool.  Yeah, Right.

How many of us KNOW that excuse doesn’t pass the bullshyt smell detector test?

Remember, former MLB exec Al Campanis told all of America on “20/20″ twenty-three years ago that the reason there weren’t that many African-Americans in management positions in Major League Baseball was like the reason Black folk couldn’t swim: “Black folk have no buoyancy.”

That came from an executive in the Dodger organization – the same organization that was brave enough to intergrate Major League Baseball by putting a brotha named Jackie Robinson on the baseball field to let crackers know we could play baseball.  And Ted Koppel, bless his heart, gave dude THREE OPPORTUNITIES to take his damned foot out of his mouth, but Campanis kept right on chewing, and was fired the next day for that shyt.

I don’t know about you, but I’m crying BULLSHYT at the top of my lungs on this one.

It is not enough to refund money, or apologize for being a bigot.  There should be more consequences and repercussions for this shyt.

Just like Al Campanis had to face over twenty years ago.  Our children have enough challenges without having to deal with bigotry this early in their lives.

Did anyone REALLY THINK that just because a brotha’s in the White House, that America simultaneously became POST RACIAL?

Me neither.

Evening Open Thread

10 Jul 2009

Good Evening.

Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.

And continue to have a peaceful day.

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Afternoon Open Thread

10 Jul 2009

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Good Afternoon.

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And continue to have a peaceful day.

Just heard Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison on The Ed Schultz Show. He’s going around interviewing members of the House to get their opinions on a public option. Take a look:


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