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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

House Democrats try again on Iraq

House Democrats on Wednesday continued to work on a compromise plan for the Iraq war that would try to bridge differences within the party after backing away from legislation that would set conditions on war funding.

On Tuesday night, Democrats met behind closed doors to work on the plan, which attempts to strike a balance between rank-and-file members who want to cut funding as a way to end the war and others squeamish about appearing to be turning their backs on U.S. troops.

Rep. John Murtha, D-Pennsylvania, a close confidante of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, had been pushing to withhold some of the president's $93 billion war request unless U.S. troops had the proper training, equipment and required time back on U.S. soil between deployments.

But House Democratic leaders announced after a caucus meeting Tuesday night that they would instead couple the war funding with a requirement that the administration either meet standards for U.S. troop readiness or sign a waiver and explain to Congress -- and the American public -- why those standards were not being met.

Democratic leaders said the goal of the legislation, which has not yet been written, is to put the onus on the president, hold the administration more accountable and end the days of troops going into battle without the proper equipment.

Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emmanuel, D-Illinois, said the objective is to "raise the bar of accountability." Emmanuel said the proposal would ensure that "the administration is held accountable as well as the Iraqi government."

I'm gaining ground, Castro tells Chavez phone-in

Fidel Castro chatted on the phone with the Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez, for 30 minutes in a live broadcast early yesterday, the first time the ailing Cuban leader has spoken publicly since emergency surgery forced him from power in July.

"I'm gaining ground. I feel I have more energy, more strength and more time to study," President Castro said, speaking slowly but confidently during a relaxed conversation broadcast live on Venezuelan radio.

The conversation formed an apparently unscheduled highspot of President Chavez's regular chatshow, Aló Presidente, and was accompanied by video footage of the Venezuelan leader's last visit to Mr Castro's sickbed in Havana in January. Cuban television later interrupted its nightly news programme to broadcast the exchange.

The Venezuelan leader broke into English at one point to ask: "Fidel, how are you?" The Cuban leader, 80, barely missed a beat before replying "very well", to applause and laughter from the studio audience.

The telephone encounter was reported extensively on the websites of Spanish newspapers yesterday, complete with video and audio coverage.

It seems that the Cuban leader took the initiative to call President Chavez, who sounded surprised to receive an on-air call from Havana. "You don't know how happy we are to hear your voice and know that you are well," Mr Chavez said......

McCain launches White House bid

The US Senator, John McCain, has announced that he will officially enter the race to be the Republican candidate for the presidency in 2008.

Mr McCain confirmed the news in a TV interview, to be shown on Thursday.

He formed an exploratory committee last November and since then has been making public appearances throughout the US.

But in recent weeks the former mayor of New York, Rudolph Giuliani, has widened his lead as the favourite candidate among Republicans.

Mr McCain, 70, made the announcement during a pre-recorded interview for CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," which will be broadcast on Thursday evening.

"I am announcing that I will be a candidate for president of the United States," he stated.....

Chicago Mayor Could Set Record in Office

Poised to surpass the tenure of his legendary father and become Chicago's longest-serving mayor, Richard M. Daley said he's not obsessing about his legacy.

"Once you start worrying about legacies, you start making decisions to make your legacy," Daley said after trouncing two little-known challengers to win a sixth term Tuesday. "You get too caught up in this, 'I have to write a book, I'm worried about my legacy, I'm worried about maybe a movie, a documentary.' I think it's not worth it."

Shaking off questions about a City Hall corruption scandal, Daley coasted to victory in the nonpartisan election over Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown and William "Dock" Walls, an aide to the late Mayor Harold Washington.

With 96 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday, Daley had 311,417 votes, or 71 percent of the total, while Brown had 86,964 votes, or 20 percent, and Walls had 38,012, or 9 percent.
"I think my dad would be very proud," Daley said.

Daley will have served 22 years as mayor at the end of this latest term. His father, Richard J. Daley, died in office after serving 21 years.....

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Senate Democrats Have a Plan to End the War

Finally Senate Democrats are trying desperately to end the war in Iraq and now they feel they have the right plan to do so. Only time will tell but as for now let's see what the Senate Democrats have come up with. I really want to know what will work now that didn't work two weeks ago when a vote to discuss the war failed.

Vilsack to End Presidential Bid

Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack will end his 2008 Presidential Bid because of lack of money. He says he wasn't able to raise enough money to continue to pursue the Democratic Party Presidential Bid. Vilsack was already a long shot to win the Democratic Party nomination but in a field full of Goliath, Vilsack was perhaps the best David to perhaps overcome all the odds and pull out a victory. However Vilsack enjoyed his run and doesn't look at it as a failure but as a stepping stone to other future aspirations.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Democrats To Propose Legislation Limiting Scope Of Mission In Iraq

Determined to challenge President Bush, Senate Democrats are drafting legislation to limit the mission of U.S. troops in Iraq, effectively revoking the broad authority Congress granted in 2002, officials said Thursday.

While these officials said the precise wording of the measure remains unsettled, one draft would restrict American troops in Iraq to combating al-Qaida, training Iraqi army and police forces, maintaining Iraq’s territorial integrity and otherwise proceeding with the withdrawal of combat forces.

The officials, Democratic aides and others familiar with private discussions, spoke only on condition of anonymity, saying rank-and-file senators had not yet been briefed on the effort. They added, though, the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to present the proposal to fellow Democrats early next week for their consideration.

The plan is to attempt to add the measure to anti-terrorism legislation that scheduled to be on the Senate floor next week and the week following......

The Clintons and the vast left-wing conspiracy

The "two for the price of one" sales pitch for Hillary Rodham Clinton holds dangers for her presidential campaign in 2008, as a nasty commentary on the former first couple by an ex-Clinton Hollywood supporter so vividly illustrated.

Sen. Clinton, the Democrats' presidential frontrunner, has so far avoided a direct reprise of the 1992 Bill Clinton slogan. But she has talked positively about the impact Bill Clinton could have on her presidency, especially in foreign affairs. And Bill Clinton recently signed a fundraising appeal in which he said he looked forward to campaigning with his wife, noting how the pair had defeated "time and time again" attacks from "Washington Republicans" in the 1990s.

Bill Clinton is a net positive in his wife's campaign because he remains so popular among Democrats and independents and because he has one of the sharpest tactical minds in American politics. That's why it was a surprise when Clinton's rival, Barack Obama, did not back away from the harsh assessment of the Clintons by one of Obama's big-name supporters, Hollywood movie producer David Geffen.

Geffen had a falling out with Bill Clinton over pardons the president made — and didn't make — as he left office in 2001. It was Geffen who indirectly reprised the "two for the price of one" Clinton slogan — but in a decisively negative light. Geffen told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd that the public is tired of the "Clinton royal family" and that Hillary Clinton comes with so much baggage — her husband included — that she would be the easiest Democrat for Republicans to defeat in '08.....

Flirting with Obama risks Clinton's wrath

The message to donors: Don't play the field

As she watched a stream of A-list Hollywood actors and movie moguls crowd into the elegant ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel to mingle with Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama this week, powerhouse blogger and author Arianna Huffington noted that many in the room were uneasy about being there.

"It's like being married, and suddenly you fall in love. You're a good person, and a loyal person ... you have a history with the Clintons,'' she said. "And you feel like you're cheating.''

If some Democrats have cheating on their minds, it coincides with the rise of Obama, the junior senator from Illinois, who has attracted big crowds and evidenced that elusive quality of political charisma, "something you cannot manufacture,'' Huffington said. "It is priceless -- and we haven't seen it for a long time.''

And that has posed trouble for the old love: Hillary Rodham Clinton, the New York senator, front-runner for the Democratic nomination in 2008 and the wife of former President Bill Clinton.

Hillary Clinton, who is scheduled to attend a lunch fundraiser in San Francisco today, expected in her presidential campaign to tap the same liberal Democratic sources of money in Hollywood and elsewhere that backed her husband's successful bids for the White House. And, Huffington and others say, the Clintons tend to play a style of politics that is all or nothing -- you're my friend or my enemy......

Is America Ready for a Female or African American President?

In my drama class yesterday, my professor asked this question and many students responding saying no America isn't. It's funny because majority of my class is female and they are African Americans. So I shocked as well as amazed to hear this but its sad to think that many youth of today female American isn't ready for either a female or African American President. Why isn't America ready for such a combination of leadership? Why does gender or race have to factor into a job?

While my classmates might be right in terms of America not being ready, I beg to differ because I feel if we as youth of today and tomorrow work to change the perception that is currently out there than we will make a difference toward achieving success. Race and gender should not be a reason for someone not to get elected to a job, instead we need to work to speak to people about the qualities of an individual and the things that they have accomplished in life in order to bring about a better America.

If we as individuals continue to think the way we think than will we ever get ahead in America.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Hillary Rodham Clinton To Visit L.A. Thursday

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit Los Angeles Thursday to conduct a series of fund-raisers for her presidential campaign, one day after a former ally's criticism sparked a dispute between her campaign and that of Senator Barack Obama.

DreamWorks SKG co-founder David Geffen made sharply critical remarks about Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.

"Everybody in politics lies, but they do it with such ease, it's troubling," Geffen said.

Geffen's comments prompted the Clinton campaign to issue a statement calling for the Obama campaign to return the money it received through Geffen's fund-raising efforts.Geffen and his DreamWorks SKG co-founders -- Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg -- hosted a reception Tuesday at the Beverly Hilton that raised $1.3 million to the Obama campaign.

"If Senator Obama is indeed sincere about his repeated claims to change the tone of our politics, he should immediately denounce these remarks, remove Mr. Geffen from his campaign and return his money," Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson said.

Geffen stated that he has no formal role with the Obama campaign. He added that his comments were quoted accurately and "reflect solely my personal beliefs regarding the Clintons."

The Obama campaign said, "We aren't going to get in the middle of a disagreement between the Clintons and someone who was once of their biggest supporters. It is ironic that the Clintons had no problem with David Geffen when he was raising them $18 million and sleeping at their invitation in the Lincoln Bedroom."

At a candidates' forum in Nevada, Clinton said, "I want to run a very positive campaign, and I sure don't want Democrats of the supporters of Democrats to be engaging in the politics of personal destruction."

Geffen split with the Clintons in 2001 after Clinton pardoned fugitive financier Marc Rich and declined Geffen's request to give one to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, convicted in 1975 of killing two FBI agents, but whom supporters say was wrongly convicted.....

Clinton-Obama feud goes public

The campaigns of Democratic presidential candidates U.S. Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton clashed at a Nevada political forum.

The Washington Post reported that what had been a quiet feud became public after remarks by producer David Geffen, a backer of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and a major Democratic fundraiser, appeared in a Maureen Dowd column in The New York Times. Geffen criticized Clinton, D-N.Y., for failing to apologize for her 2002 vote to use force in Iraq. "It's not a very big thing to say 'I made a mistake' on the war and typical of Hillary Clinton that she can't," Geffen said.

Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson issued a statement calling on Obama, D-Ill, to return a portion of the $1.3 million Geffen raised Tuesday at a California fundraiser, the Times reported.

"While Senator Obama was denouncing slash-and-burn politics yesterday, his campaign's finance chair was viciously and personally attacking Senator Clinton and her husband," Wolfson said.

The candidates tried to steer clear of the fighting. Obama was not at the forum. "I think we should stay focused on what we're going to do for America," Clinton said.....

Prince Harry Looking Forward to Proving Himself in Military

The Third in Line to British Throne Will Ship Out to Iraq in April

The British Ministry of Defense announced today that Prince Harry would be sent to Iraq in the next rotation.

Although British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced Wednesday that Britain would begin withdrawing troops from Iraq, more than 5,000 soldiers will stay.

Harry's unit is expected to ship out in April, and Harry will serve his tour of duty in the southern city of Basra, becoming the first British royal in 25 years to see military action.

Since Prince Harry enrolled at Sandhurst Military College, people have been asking: Would the Brits really send the third in line to the throne, the queen's beloved grandson to Iraq?

Harry himself always knew the answer.

"If they said, 'No, you can't go to the front line,' I wouldn't have dragged my sorry a— through Sandhurst," he said..............

Clinton vs. Obama

Isn't it a little too early for both camps to be exchanging words. After weeks of hearing that they are not against each other but this was simply going to be a clean primary amongst Democrats, the gloves have clearly come off now. You might ask why, well reportedly, its about whose giving money to who now. A former Clinton supporter has decided to back Obama with huge amounts of money and not Hillary Clinton. Clearly this made the Clinton camp angry and now both sides are exchanging words amongst each other, which I do a friend of mine a couple of weeks ago when Obama officially announced he was running is that the Democrats might just defeat themselves in 2008. With Obama and Clinton going for the Democratic Presidential nomination, they as well as the other Democrats involved in the race, will practically spend all their money to just try to get out of a primary battle which could give the Republican Party an advantage in the General Presidential race in 2008. Time will tell all but clearly the war of words between the Democratic Party top two candidates is something to watch and listen to.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Barkley supporting Obama's White House bid

Former NBA star Charles Barkley told CNN Tuesday he is supporting Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, for the Democratic presidential nomination, but said neither him nor Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York will likely be elected president.

"I am going with Sen. Barack Obama," Barkley told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I like him a lot. I respect him. I really think he'd make a fantastic president."

But Barkley, who is black, questioned whether the American people are ready to elect either an African-American or a female to be the next commander-in-chief."

I do not think they are ready for it," Barkley said when asked whether he thought Americans would vote for an African-American to be president. The former NBA star also went on to say he did not think Americans would vote for a woman.

"That's why I don't think Sen. Clinton can win, either.""But that's why I say the next two years, America's going to really get a chance to show their true colors if they can look past Barack being black or [nor] Clinton being a woman," he added.

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Dobbs: Will the Democrats save their souls?

The battle for the soul of the Democratic Party is under way. And the outcome of this battle will likely not be determined by any one of the rising number of candidates for the party's 2008 presidential nomination, but rather by the Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill.

The House of Representatives passed important legislation designed, at least politically, to focus on the needs of our middle class, beset by stagnating wages, failing public education, destructive so-called free trade policies, skyrocketing health care costs, out-of-control illegal immigration and the soaring price of higher education.

So in Congress' self-proclaimed first 100 hours, speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered on her promise to have the House pass bills raising the federal minimum wage, cutting interest rates on student loans and helping bring down the cost of prescription drugs. But none of that legislation has passed the Senate.

The ascension of the so-called Lou Dobbs Democrats in the November election gave hope to many that our representatives and senators were awakening to the need to represent the largest single group of voters in the country, 150 million working men and women and their families. The reality is, however, corporate America and special interests still dominate our legislative and electoral process.

A successful Democratic candidate running for his or her party's nomination is as dependent as any Republican seeking the nomination of his party, and $100 million is the price of the ticket. Who has the money? Corporate America and Wall Street, of course.....

Clinton, Obama Trade Barbs Over Donor

The rival presidential campaigns of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama traded accusations of nasty politics Wednesday over Hollywood donor David Geffen, who once backed Bill Clinton but now supports his wife's top rival.

The Clinton campaign demanded that Obama denounce comments made by the DreamWorks movie studio founder, who told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd in Wednesday's edition that Sen. Clinton was ambitious and polarizing and her husband "reckless."

The Clinton camp also called on Obama to give back Geffen's $2,300 contribution.

Aides to Obama refused and spokesman Robert Gibbs fired back.

"We aren't going to get in the middle of a disagreement between the Clintons and someone who was once one of their biggest supporters," Obama communications director Robert Gibbs said. "It is ironic that the Clintons had no problem with David Geffen when he was raising them $18 million and sleeping at their invitation in the Lincoln bedroom."......

Who-bama? Let's explore hype

This is a very thought provoking and interesting article that I felt needed to be shared!

Ask the nearest 20-something listening to Muse, and they'll tell you that the next president is going to be Barack Hussein Obama.

The senator himself suggests this is a foregone conclusion, stating his rivals in this race are not the other candidates or even the opposing party but cynicism. Has anyone told Mr. Obama that the last junior senator Democrats ran for president didn't lose to "cynicism"?

But Obama has something that Sen. John Kerry never did: genuine excitement and electricity. And it's nearly two years before the election. Unfortunately, it's easy to be excited about an unknown commodity, since consumers simply fill in the gaps themselves.

What do Americans really know about Barack Obama?

Raised by his white mother, he identified with his absent father's African heritage in his early teens. Obama introduced himself to the world at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. There he declared that there was no black America or white America, only the United States of America, a surprising sentiment from a liberal Democrat who has championed traditional affirmative action and stated that he believes race should be a factor in academic and employment considerations.

In his new book, "The Audacity of Hope," Obama quietly crosses party lines and advocates a shift toward universal (race-irrelevant) programs, reminiscent of the Gingrich Congress and Bush governorships of the 1990s. These are not the only Republicans the senator recalls regarding civil rights. After announcing his candidacy for president, he gave a nod to the first GOP president, Abraham Lincoln, also from Illinois..........

Eisenhower, Too? Were There More Than 5 'Black' Presidents?

I came across a website discussing whether or not there were 5 Black Presidents in the United States or not already. So I hope you guys check it out and let me know what you think about what they are saying.

America's greatest president?

What better day is there than President's Day to have a discussion about which U.S. president was the greatest of them all? Despite the fact that the Oval Office has seen its share of mediocrity over the last couple of centuries, America has also had some brilliant leaders. For me, Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy were the first to come to mind. However, while both made indelible contributions, particularly in the areas of crisis management and civil rights, their time in office was cut short by assassins' bullets, leaving us to speculate about what each would have accomplished had they been able to serve two full terms.

So, I've decided that my choice for greatest U.S. president would have to be Roosevelt. Both of them. Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, and his cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, our 32nd president. Yes, I bent the rules a bit and, yes, I even chose a Republican. Teddy, though, wasn't a true Republican in the conservative sense but rather a liberal reformer whose growing disillusionment with the party led him to abandon the G.O.P. and create his own National Progressive Party also known as the Bull Moose Party.

In addition to giving a voice to the ambitions of an emerging superpower, Teddy Roosevelt provided the vision that helped make this country great. Under his leadership, America began to flex its muscles in foreign affairs by building the Panama Canal and by negotiating an end to the Russo-Japanese War for which T.R. was awarded the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize, the first American to be so honored. And though he stressed peace, Teddy cemented the United States' image as a global player by building up the Navy with his "Great White Fleet."

Yet what truly made Teddy Roosevelt a great man and ultimately a great president was his willingness to fight for the rights of the common man and to take on the "robber barons." As governor of New York, the job he held before President William McKinley chose him as his running mate in 1900, T.R. had pushed legislation to improve the conditions in sweatshops, bolster state inspection of factories and introduce the eight-hour workday. Just a few months into his presidency, which began after the assassination of McKinley in 1901, Teddy took measures to stop the growth of the huge, monopolistic corporations that had a stranglehold on the U.S. economy and kept a large percentage of the nation's wealth in the hands of a few. He called it the "Square Deal" and its principles influenced domestic policy until the 1980s when the Reagan Administration began eliminating social programs.....

Blair and McCain: A Double Blow to Bush

In the afterglow of the successful invasion of Iraq in July, 2003 — just when hints of an insurgency were beginning to simmer — John McCain praised outgoing Army General Tommy Franks for his stewardship of the war at a Senate hearing. Franks basked in the kind words, as did his superior, Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld, sitting alongside him. "I'll reserve any praise for Secretary Rumsfeld until he retires," the Arizona Republican said, triggering a laugh from Rumsfeld.

Well, Rumsfeld has retired. McCain isn't praising him, and Rumsfeld isn't laughing. ''I think that Donald Rumsfeld will go down in history as one of the worst secretaries of defense in history,'' McCain told 800 South Carolinians at a retirement community on Monday. McCain long complained during the war that the Bush administration had not sent sufficient troops to Iraq, but his Monday comments ratcheted up the criticism several notches. "We are paying a very heavy price for the mismanagement — that's the kindest word I can give you — of Donald Rumsfeld, of this war,'' he said. "The price is very, very heavy and I regret it enormously.''

McCain's blunt talk, coming atop the announced withdrawals of British and Danish troops from Iraq even as Washington dispatches more GIs, highlights the continuing erosion of the President's position. McCain is not only a war hero and a former POW; he is the ranking Republican on the Armed Services committee. The European pullouts have rendered the original coalition of the willing into an all-but-all-American show.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Australian criticizes Obama's Iraq policy

A day after Senator Barack Obama's announced he is running for President, he was quickly criticized by Australia's Prime Minister who is a friend of President George Bush. In fact he is more than just a friend but a huge ally of President Bush. Words have been exchanged between sides with Obama calling for Australia to send more troops to Iraq if you really want to talk about what's going in Iraq. Currently Australia only has appromiately 1,000 troops in Iraq compared to the United States having hundreds of thousands in Iraq. Therefore with words being exchanged between all sides, it is extremely important to understand why this has occurred. However I agree with Senator Obama on the issue that Australia needs to send more troops to Iraq if it really wants to start criticizing any strategy that America might have regarding Iraq.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

A New Generation of Leadership

I never thought those words would resurface so soon. I say that because after spending so much time working on Harold Ford Jr. United States Senate campaign in Tennessee, I just didn't expect Senator Obama to use that phrase as he was announcing his candidacy to be President. Well I commend Obama for running, I am deeply shocked and amazed at least to say that he used the words, A New Generation of Leadership. It just brings me back to working day and night on a campaign that brought me so much hope as well as heartache than hope again. Therefore for all those who will work on Obama's campaign, don't ever g-i-v-e u-p, always believe, always believe that History can and will be made, some how, some way.

Kerry accuses GOP of stifling Iraq debate

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., blamed Republicans for squelching Senate debate on the Iraq war and warned that President Bush's plan for more troops in Iraq is a mistake.

"Another 21,000 troops sent into Iraq, with no visible end or strategy, ignores the best advice from our own generals and isn't the best way to keep faith with the courage and commitment of our soldiers," the Massachusetts Democrat said Saturday in his party's weekly radio address.

Kerry branded Bush's proposal for additional forces as "nothing more than the escalation of a misguided war."

The Pentagon is in the midst of implementing Bush's order to raise troop levels by 21,500, part of a plan to help quell sectarian violence in Baghdad.

The 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, who has said he will not run for the White House in 2008, criticized Republicans for blocking Senate debate on Iraq.

The GOP stalled a Senate resolution backed by Democrats and several Republicans that expresses dissatisfaction with Bush's call for additional troops and sets benchmarks for the Iraq government.

The measure fell 11 votes short of the 60 required to move the debate forward.

"If there was a straight up-or-down, yes-or-no vote this week on whether the United States should keep up an indefinite presence in Iraq, it would be voted down," Kerry said.

The senator called on Congress to take stronger action to end the war.

Obama makes 2008 bid official

With an appeal to his generation to "transform this nation," Illinois Sen. Barack Obama said Saturday that he's running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Obama made his announcement outdoors in frigid temperatures to a cheering crowd at the Old State Capitol, where his hero Abraham Lincoln said in 1858 that "a house divided against itself cannot stand."

It was here during his tenure as a state senator, Obama said, "that I was reminded of the essential decency of the American people — where I came to believe that through this decency, we can build a more hopeful America."

Obama took the stage hatless to the U2 song City of Blinding Lights with his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia, 8, and Sasha, 5. "I know it's a little chilly, but I'm fired up," he said.

Obama, 45, who has been a U.S. senator for two years and served seven years in the Illinois legislature, acknowledged his inexperience."I recognize there is a certain presumptuousness in this, a certain audacity to this announcement," he said.

"I know I haven't spent a lot of time learning the ways of Washington. But I've been there long enough to know that the ways of Washington must change."

It is time, he said, to end "the failure of leadership, the smallness of our politics" and "take back" the government."

The time for that politics is over. It is true. It's time to turn the page, right here and right now," he said.

Obama joins a growing roster of Democratic candidates that includes New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards, the 2004 vice presidential nominee. Clinton made her first trip to New Hampshire in more than a decade Saturday. Obama will campaign in New Hampshire, host of the first primary election, on Monday.

Obama calls for new generation of leadership

Democrat Barack Obama launched his 2008 White House run on Saturday with a pledge to end the war in Iraq and bridge the partisan divide that has blocked political progress on issues from energy to health care.

"I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for president of the United States of America," Obama, the only black U.S. senator, said outside the old state capitol building where Abraham Lincoln began his fight against slavery with a famous 1858 speech that declared "a house divided against itself cannot stand."

Obama, 45, a rising party star who would be the first black U.S. president if elected, told a cheering crowd of supporters who braved sub-freezing temperatures that the United States had overcome many difficult challenges, from gaining independence to the civil war to the Great Depression......

Obama: I'm running for president

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama formally entered the 2008 race for the presidency today, contending he has the experience to know that "Washington must change" and billing himself as the leader who will bring a new generational attitude to address the nation's challenges.

Speaking in a single-digit, morning chill and sunshine to thousands of supporters outside the Old State Capitol, the first-term Democratic senator delivered an address that built upon his biography as a community organizer in Chicago, state legislator and U.S. senator to call for quick action on issues ranging from bringing a close to the Iraq war to the need for health care and an end to foreign-oil dependence.

The historic announcement by the state's 45-year-old junior Democratic senator--launching a three-day wave of campaign events in Iowa and New Hampshire with a Chicago fundraiser in between--are heavily tinged in symbolism for the first black candidate with a realistic chance of obtaining the broad-based support necessary for securing a major party presidential nomination.

Using the home of Lincoln's 1858 "House Divided" speech as a backdrop, Obama frequently paid homage to the 16th president for using his will and words to bring a country divided by war together as one through the goal of freedom."

In the shadow of the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln once called on a divided house to stand together, where common hopes and common dreams still live, I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for President of the United States," Obama said......

Obama announces he's running

Illinois United States Senator Barack Obama has announced that he is running for President of the United States of America. He speaks of a new generation bringing Washington D.C. back to where it should be. He spoke of change and of hope but will all of that deliver him the Presidency in 2008. With the Democratic Party list of Presidential candidates getting thicker and thicker with Obama, Edwards and Richardson all announcing that they are running for President and possibly Hillary Clinton saying she's officially running in the next upcoming days, the race for 2008 will be heavily contested. No one is a shoe in although Hillary leads in the early polls. Obama's announcement in Springfield, Illinois came before a jam packed crowd of hundreds of thousands of individuals.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Who Is Barack Obama?

The Man the Public Loves to Love

Few politicians have ever been so adored with so little known about them as Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.

Ever since Obama burst onto the scene at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he has been exposed and overexposed as the center of a media and public frenzy.

The details of his life make one want to know more — mom from Kansas, dad from Kenya, grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia. He was the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review, and the name Barack means "blessed" in Swahili.

It's a flood of impressive and exotic detail that has turned the calm and charismatic senator into a potential legend in the making.

He's an impressive orator, wowing crowds with a message that matches the title of his best-selling book, "The Audacity of Hope.".....

Tony Snow Defends Nancy Pelosi Over Plane Request

President Bush's spokesman Tony Snow defended House Speaker Nancy Pelosi against an onslaught of criticism over her request to use a government plane to make a nonstop flight between Washington and her home district in San Francisco. Pelosi is entitled to use a military plane to fly to her district, but to get home without refueling would require a larger plane that Republicans are calling an extravagance.

The Pentagon agreed to provide Pelosi with a military plane to fly home for increased security after the 9/11 attacks. But former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, a Republican from Illinois, made his trips on a small commuter-sized Air Force jet.

However, that jet wouldn't be able to get Pelosi home without refueling. A non-stop flight would require the use of larger plane.

Republicans said the Democratic speaker made an unprecedented request for a gigantic "flying office," calling it too expensive and polluting.

"The jet that Pelosi has produces 10,000 pounds of carbon dioxide an hour, far more than the previous speaker used," AP quotes Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., as saying.

Rep Mark Kirk, R-Ill., said taking a bigger air force plane "appears to remove any spending controls from our operations and dramatically increases our impact on the environment, especially climate change."....

Black voters still unsure about Obama

Recent Articles say Barack Obama isn't getting the type of support from the Black community that would help him secure the Democratic Party Presidential nomination. Many polls show Obama behind in polls to Senator Hillary Clinton where only African Americans are surveyed. Is this a sign of change amongst African Americans who are not just going to vote for a candidate because he's black but are really looking at the body of work and the issues the candidate stands on. Only time will tell so come tomorrow as many watch to see whether Senator Obama will announce he is officially running for President or not

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Hillary is truly in it to win it

When Hillary Clinton announced she is running for President and she is in it to win it, I will skeptic at first because she only announced she was going to have a Presidential Exploratory Committee. However after weeks have gone back. Hillary has gone to Iowa to make strides in the political campaign and recently at the Democratic National Committee Winter Meetings, she delivered perhaps the most dynamic and influential speech out of all the Presidential candidates. Senator Clinton for the first time I can remember gave a speech that possessed charisma and showed a true spirit of passion. So now after much speculation, Senator Clinton is truly in it to win it. The speech she delivered and how the crowd responded, clearly she was the winner of the first round of campaigning as she out spoke and delivered a well better performance than Barack Obama and even my boy, John Edwards.

So when Hillary says let's start a conversation, I am willing to listen now more than before because it seems as if Senator Clinton is for real about being in this reace to win it.

House Democrats Set Framework for Iraq Vote

House Democratic leaders said today that the Iraq war resolution scheduled to be debated next week would be limited to President Bush’s plan to dispatch more troops to Baghdad, leaving any controversial decisions over war spending for a later discussion.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, and other party leaders met with members of the Democratic caucus for more than an hour today to discuss the framework of the first major debate over Iraq since Democrats took control of Congress last month. The three-day debate is set to begin next Tuesday.

The leaders reassured Democrats that the nonbinding, symbolic vote against the troop buildup plan would be the first — not the final — expression of opposition to the war. A letter signed by 71 House Democrats urged the party’s leaders to take a stronger stance, including outlining a six-month troop withdrawal plan.....

Edwards keeps controversial bloggers

John Edwards, the former North Carolina senator and Democratic presidential candidate, is keeping his hired bloggers who, after what must’ve been a very sober talk with him, have promised they’ll be more temperate in their language than they were before they joined his campaign.....

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Could Mrs. Edwards win the Presidency for John Edwards

After spending a moment with Mrs. Edwards and hearing from the many that adore and praise her, it seems that Mrs. Edwards has some political clout. Similar to the same clout that Hillary had when Bill Clinton ran for President. However some actually want Mrs. Edwards to seek office one day but for now she is content on being the First Lady of the United States of America. She speaks well and is very friendly and approachable which are key to any politican. Therefore if she decides to pursue a future political office, she might be able to pull off a possible political career.

GOP Losing Another PR War?

The day after Senate Republicans effectively blocked debate on an anti-"surge" resolution, some in the caucus are growing increasingly alarmed over indications that they are losing the public relations battle to the Democrats. The Los Angeles Times says that although Republicans continue "to insist...that they simply want a fair debate," by yesterday some Republicans were concerned "the public would misunderstand their stance." The Capitol Hill publication Roll Call describes a concerned Senate Republican leadership yesterday struggling "to shift their focus away from complaints about parliamentary procedure and onto which party is best supporting the troops." Republicans, adds Roll Call, "found themselves on the losing end of the public relations fight as they woke up to headlines across the country pinning the blame squarely on them. 'It doesn't matter what's going on the floor. It's all about media,' one senior GOP aide said Tuesday."

The Washington Times reports Senate minority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell previously insisted he won't "allow a vote on the resolution of no confidence" without a vote on two other resolutions. One, authored by Sen. McCain, "would endorse the 'surge' plan but set benchmarks for Iraqi self-governance." Another GOP-backed resolution, sponsored by Sen. Judd Gregg, "would promise not to cut funding for the war." By late yesterday, McConnell changed his position and "offered to allow the [Warner] resolution to go forward in exchange for a vote on the 'no funding cutoff' resolution only." But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, says USA Today, told McConnell "negotiations are over." And The Hill reports that as Senate Democrats "seek votes on capping troop numbers and funding for Iraq, they may use the pending bill on the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission as a vehicle.".....

What does the word clean mean?

I never thought I would have to ask this question but since when does the word clean have a negative connation. Since when does saying someone is clean making it a racial or historically racially slur. Well last week when Senator Joe Biden referred to his fellow collague and possible Presidential opponent, Senator Barack Obama as being clean, many people in the media accused him of using clean in a negative way. Las time I checked clean meant someone is dressed well or that they are looking good.

I have never heard clean be referred to in an negative matter. So how is it that everone blow the word out of portion and accused Senator Biden of applying something that can't even be applied when using the word clean. Therefore for all of those who say that the word clean can be used in a negative way than I need you'll to look the word up and show me its negative meaning.

Now some might say that Senator Biden was referring to Senator Obama's past drug habitat. However I really don't think Senator Biden was applying such meaning to the word and I believe it was blow out of portion.

Thus here are some various definitions of the word clean:

1. Free from dirt, stain, or impurities; unsoiled.
2. a. Free from foreign matter or pollution; unadulterated: clean air; clean drinking water.
b. Not infected: a clean wound.
3. a. Producing relatively little pollution: a clean fuel; a cleaner, more efficient engine.
b. Producing relatively little radioactive fallout or contamination: a clean nuclear bomb.
4. Having no imperfections or blemishes; regular or even: a clean edge; a smooth, clean joint.
5. a. Not ornate or intricate; spare: “the clean lines and exquisite proportions of early modernism” (Judith Thurman).
b. Sharply defined; clear-cut: a clean outline against the sky.
6. Free from clumsiness; deft; adroit: a clean throw.
7. Devoid of restrictions or encumbrances: a clean bill of health.
8. Thorough; complete: a clean getaway.
9. Having few alterations or corrections; legible: clean manuscript.
10. Blank: a clean page.
11. a. Morally pure; virtuous: led a clean life.
b. Having no marks of discredit or offense: a clean voting record.
12. Fit for all readers, listeners, or audiences; not ribald or obscene: a clean joke.
13. Honest or fair: a clean fighter; a clean competition.
14. Slang.
a. Not carrying concealed weapons or drugs.
b. Innocent of a suspected crime.
15. Informal.
a. Free from narcotics addiction.
Showing no evidence of using banned or performance-enhancing substances: proven to be clean before the race.

The Democratic National Committee Winter Meeting

You wouldn't believe me unless I had pictures but I was able to meet 8 out of the 10 possible Democratic Presidential candidates. They all spoke to the crowd and I must say that Hillary Clinton gave the best speech out of all the candidates. She out spoke Obama and Edwards and if there was any doubt about her being charismatic than it got whipped away this past weekend. Also Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico got some thunder as well. Don't get me wrong the race for 2008 is just now heating up but no means is it over.

Jay-Z - History

(Jay-Z - History)Jay-Z - History with Lyrics

LYRICS : [Chorus: Cee-lo]
Now that all the smoke is gone
And the battle's finally won
(Gimme a lighter)
Victory (Lighters up) is finally ours
(Lighters up)
History, so long, so long
So long, so long

[Verse 1: Jay-Z]
In search of victory, she keeps eluding me
If only we could be together momentarily
We can make love and make history
Why won't you visit me? until she visit me
I'll be stuck with her sister, her name is defeat
She gives me agony, so much agony
She brings me so much pain, so much misery
Like missing your last shot and falling to your knees
As the crowd screams for the other team
I practice so hard for this moment, victory don't leave
I know what this means, I'm stuck in this routine
Whole new different day, same old thing
All I got is dreams, nobody else can see
Nobody else believes, nobody else but me
Where are you victory? I need you desperately
Not just for the moment, to make history

[Chorus: Cee-lo]
Now that all the smoke is gone
And the battle's finally won
Victory is finally ours
History (yeah), so long, so long
So long, so long

[Verse 2: Jay-Z]
So now I'm flirting with death, hustling like a G
While victory wasn't watching took chances repeatedly
As a teenage boy before acne, before I got proactiv I couldn't face she
I just threw on my hoodie and headed to the street
That's where I met success, we'd live together shortly
Now success is like lust, she's good to the touch
She's good for the moment but she's never enough
Everybody's had her, she's nothing like V
But success is all I got unfortunately
But I'm burning down the block hoppin' in and out of V
But something tells me that there's much more to see
Before I get killed because I can't get robbed
So before me success and death ménage
I gotta get lost, I gotta find V
We gotta be together to make history

[Chorus: Cee-lo]
Now that all the smoke is gone
(Lighters. Up.)
And the battle's finally won
(Lighter. Up.)
Victory is finally ours
(Lighters. Up.)
History, so long, so long
So long, so long

[Verse 3: Jay-Z]
Now victory is mine, it tastes so sweet
She's my trophy wife, you're coming with me
We'll have a baby who stutters repeatedly
We'll name him history, he'll repeat after me
He's my legacy, son of my hard work
Future of my past, he'll explain who I be
Rank me amongst the greats, either 1, 2, or 3
If I ain't number one then I failed you victory
Ain't in it for the fame that dies within weeks
Ain't in it for the money, can't take it when you leave
I wanna be remembered long after you grieve
Long after I'm gone, long after I breathe
I leave all I am in the hands of history
That's my last will and testimony
This is much more than a song, it's a baby shower
I've been waiting for this hour, history you ours

[Chorus: Cee-lo (2x)]
Now that all the smoke is gone
And the battle's finally won
Victory is finally ours
History, so long, so long
So long, so long

Man in the Mirror--By Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson - Man in the mirror

I'm gonna make a change,
for once im my life
It's gonna feel real good,
gonna make a diference
Gonna make it right...

As I, turn up the collar on
my favorite winter coat
This wind is blowing my mind
I see the kids in the streets,
with not enought to eat
Who am I to be blind?
Pretending not to see their needs

A summer disregard,a broken bottle top
And a one man soul
They follow each other on the wind ya' know
'Cause they got nowhere to go
That's why I want you to know

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
(If you wanna make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)
(Na na na, na na na, na na, na nah)

I've been a victim of a selfish kind of love
It's time that I realize
That there are some with no home, not a nickel to loan
Could it be really me, pretending that they're not alone?

A willow deeply scarred, somebody's broken heart
And a washed-out dream
(Washed-out dream)
They follow the pattern of the wind ya' see
'Cause they got no place to be
That's why I'm starting with me
(Starting with me!)

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
(If you wanna make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Change his ways - ooh!)
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make that..
(Take a look at yourself and then make that..)

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
(Man in the mirror - Oh yeah!)
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Better change!)
No message could have been any clearer
(If you wanna make the world a better place)

Michael Jackson - Man in the mirror

A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cook

It's been a long time coming but a change is surely going to come in America and the World! I am the Future of America and the World and that is the message that each of us must carry with us each and every day that we wake up on Earth! I am the Future! You are the Future! We are the Future of America and the World! That is way every election is important--primaries, special elections and general! So vote every year and hold our politicians accountable. Hold our political officials accountable by writing them, calling them and making sure they attend meetings that we the people have. "The Time for Change is not Now but Right Now!"

"EmPOWERment By Any Means Necessary" should be our anthem and should be our creed as we make the positive differences in America and the world that so many people beg for and hungry for year after year! A Change is Gonna Come, A Change is Gonna Come, that's what we must say as we say "God grants us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, Courge to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference" each morning before we go about the task of making a positive change in America and the world a reality.

Born In The U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen

“When will people realize that we are Americans first and foremost, not Democrats or Liberals, not Republicans or Conservatives, not Independents or moderates. We are Americans. Stop putting a political party above America and stop putting any politican above America. America succeeds because of us the people holding our government responsible no matter the political party because the main two political parties are to blame for the condition America is in."—Hodari P.T. Brown

America with its flaws and all is a country I am proud to have been born in. America is not perfect but my love for it is perfect. That’s why all Americans must realize that we are all Americans. In fact we are Americans first and foremost. We are not Democrats or Republicans. We are Americans.

We are not Muslims, Christians or Jews. We are Americans. Too many times we recognize our differences with others rather than appreciating our similarities which are, we are Americans. We are Americans first and foremost, no matter if we were born here or moved here legally. We are all Americans, here in this country to make not only our lives better but the lives of other Americans better so future Americans can enjoy the rights and freedoms that make us all Americans.

We are all Americans. We are one party united under God. We are Americans and this is the only political party that matters. We are Americans and this is our country so let’s make sure that we make America better than how we found it so future Americans can live prosperous and joyous lives. We are Americans and must not ever forget that.

America will prosper as long we make sure we are doing our part to make it prosper and that means we can’t put any political party or politician above America. Long live America forever and long live America’s service to the world. Together, America and the world will prosper for future generations to enjoy America and the world we live in.

Lift Every Voice and Sing

This video of the ' Negro National Anthem' was originally screened at the historic African-American Church Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC on January 18th, 2009. Many of the esteemed individuals featured in this video in attendance and we presented with the ' Keepers of the Flame' award for the monumental contributions to social justice.

This version of the song was performed by the Grace Baptist Church Cathedral Choir, conducted by Derrick James. The video was produced and donated by Ascender Communications, LLC ( at the request of The Balm In Gilead, Inc.

If I Was President--Wyclef Jean

If I was President that is the people's anthem. We all have ideas of what we can do as President and through this website, we will fulfill our deam as a people!

Somethings Gotta Give--Big Boi ft Mary J Blige

Somethings Gotta Give people and it begins today for all us to make sure that something is us. We the people are sick and tired of suffering. Where is our piece of the Dream that so many people dead for so that we all could see today. This is our time people to change America and the world so that the Next Generation has a better future than the past we inherited.

This is our call to service. This isn't about one political candidate or one political figure. This is about us as people coming together to finally leave up to our potential and achieving the great feats that those before us have achieved. This is our moment to lead our nation and our world to greater heights.

Somethings gotta give people and it starts with us the people making it happen. We have to improve our education system in America. We have to rid the world of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We have to go to the streets and lift a hand to another in order to decrease poverty in this world. We have to take a stand today and make sure that the future of America and the world is brighter than it has ever been.

Somethings Gotta Give and that is why we must "Remember Each One, Reach One and Teach One so America's future and the World's future continues to prosper."

John Legend - "If You're Out There"

If you're out there than you need to get started in helping to change America and the world. The world and America won't change until you get involved in making the changes you want to see in this world. If you're out there, than you must know that tomorrow started now and today started yesterday so you are behind in helping to the change. If you are tired of hatred, racism, poverty, war, and violence than the time to change it is now. If you want universal health care, world peace, democracy for every nation, equal rights, and happiness for all than you must get involved now to help the save world.

You must believe in the change that you want to see and you must act on making that change a reality. If you're out there than say it aloud and show the rest of America and the world that you're out here to make a real positive change in the communities we stay in. If you're out there than get involved now. I'm calling every women and men to join me as we take back our country right here, right now. If you're out there than the future started yersterday and we are already late so we have lots of work to do but I know we can do it together as one.


Yes We Can accomplish anything that we set out to do! We don't need charismatic or inspirational leaders to believe in ourselves and to take responsiblity for our own faith, we just need each other. Yes We Can build a new America and a new world if each of us would take action now to make the changes that we want to see in the world. Yes We Can control government by holding our political officials accountable for their actions by calling them out when they don't pass legislation that supports the common good of all man and by voting in every election to ensure that we have people representing the people locally, state wide, nationally and in the world.

Yes We Can be great! Yes We Can be what we want to be! Yes We Can be glorious in not only America but the world! Yes We can put action behind our worlds and change the world starting right here, right now! Yes We Can as Republicans, Democrats and Independents become one as we freely think about our fellow men and women and make decisions that will be in the best interest of all people and not one single group.

Yes We Can be the change that we want to see in the world! Yes We Can show the world that the youth are ready to lead! Yes We Can put our egos, our social economic statuses, our religions, our educational statuses and our skin color to the side for the better good of the world! Yes We Can be Greater than we have ever been and help others be Greater than they have ever be!

YES WE CAN and YES WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS IN ALL THAT WE DO! YES WE CAN, no matter what others may say, we will be glorious! YES WE WILL and YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN!

YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN is what will be sung from every mountaintop, every riverbank, every household, every school yard, every factory, every sporting event, every college campus and even every place you can imagine in the world is where YES WE CAN, will be said and heard!


Keep On Pushing - Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions

Wake Up People! No matter who is elected to any public office, we have to “Keep On Pushing” as a people to make sure they don’t leave us in a worst state than what they inherited. We as a people have to “Keep On Pushing” to make a difference in the lives of others. We have to have an “EmPOWERment By Any Means Necessary” attitude as we continue to push our agenda that we the people deserve and want better. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to bring about change in a positive way that will benefit all Americans no matter their age, their religion or skin color. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to bring about change that will improve our education system, improve our military, improve our national security, improve our healthcare system and improve our economy. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to bring about change that will leave America’s future in a better than how we found it and that will leave the world’s future in a better state than we imagined we could live it. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to make life better for our neighborhoods, our families and even our quote on quote enemies. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to inspire, to uplift and to guide those who need help spiritually, physically and mentally. We have to “Keep On Pushing ” so that our lives, our future generation’s lives and the lives of those who came before us does not die in vein.

“Keep on Pushing”

A War For Your Soul

A War For Your Soul-regular version from Erisai Films on Vimeo.

The moment has come for us as a nation of people to finally wake up and realize that our destiny and fate in society has rests on our shoulders. We cannot allow the forces of evil and darkness to drain us out. We have to continue to overcome all odds in order to make the future of our nation better and the future of future generations of Americans better. We have to continue to pray to our Lord and we have to continue to uplift each other in prayer as well as take action against those things that are trying to destroy us. We have to stand up once and for all and be the future that we want to be. Now is our time and we shall do together by any means necessary.

This video was created to inspire young African-Americans not to fall prey to some of the problems they face in society. The use of the voice "Master of Darkness" represents evil, which is where the blame of all problems should be placed, and not on any one group of people. This video should not to be used to divide people (Black & White), there are images of heroes that are white in this video, and there are images of Black & White coming together with the words of Dr. King in the background. Some of the images from the past can be unsettling, but they are used to show all Americans how far we have come, and how far we still have to go. This film is being strategically placed in school systems, churches and youth orgs around the country, in hope of helping a lost generation of kids that we as Americans have forgotten. As fellow Americans we must continue to love each other, and take that love and spread it to the rest of the world. **THIS VIDEO IS NOT FOR SALE & I AM NOT ACCEPTING DONATIONS FOR THE FILM, I ONLY WANT THE MESSAGE TO REACH AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT ANY HIDDEN POLITICAL OR FINANCIAL AGENDA.
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Sitting On the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding

"The time for sitting is over! The time for action is now! The time for hope without action is hopeless! The time for change without a positive attitude is a change that we can't believe in! We need change that is positive of helping all people! Our time for action is now, our time for hope is now, our time for change is now and our time to believe that we can do whatever we set our minds to is not now but right now!"


The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key

O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming;
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream;
'Tis the star-spangled banner; O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave,
From the terror of flight and the gloom of the grave;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land,
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just.
And this be our motto— "In God is our trust; "
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

Black President

Our Time is not now but Right Now! Our Time has finally come to change the world not now but Right Now! If you don't believe that we can change the world than watch as we do it by changing your mind into believing in us and what we can do! This is OUR TIME RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!


We got to FIGHT THE POWER! We can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch injustices take place. We can no longer sit by and allow our right to vote to become unexercised. We must FIGHT THE POWER for our past, present and future! We can no longer allow our rights to be oppressed and our voice to become drained by the powers at be. We must FIGHT THE POWER and show that we have a lot to say that needs to be heard by the mainstream media. We must FIGHT THE POWER and live up to our potential as dynamic, unbelievable and phenomenal people.

We must not believe the hype but we must become the hype. We are not Harriett Tubman, Marcus Garvey, MLK, Malcolm X, Booker T. Washington, Carter G. Woodson, W.E.B. DuBois, the Black Panther Party, SNCC, or any other activists but we are the fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, uncles, aunties, and relatives of those who came before us to pave the way for us to FIGHT THE POWER! We are not next Generation of leaders who will not be honored and praised until they die but that’s the fight we accept. We are not fighting the power for glory or fame but we are fighting the power for just causes that most men and women will not understand until years or decades later.

We are fighting for our sisters and brothers in Darfur, Georgia, Iraq, Iran, China and Mexico. We are speaking for those who are poor and have no food or water. We are fighting for those who are sick and dying. We are fighting for universal healthcare across the world and human rights for all people. We are fighting for rich and poor! We must FIGHT THE POWER no matter how hard and tough the road may be. We must FIGHT THE POWER for a better today and an even greater tomorrow!



“People Get Ready” our time is coming! We have come too far to turn back now. Our train is coming and it is coming in waves. “People Get Ready”, we don’t need a ticket but we need faith and the Lord will help guide us as we take back America and the world. “People Get Ready” our moment is now and we are ready to see the change we want in America and the world. All we got to do is have faith, hope and prosperity. “People Get Ready” to face your fears. “People Get Ready” to face your demons and the challenges of yesterday because today and tomorrow we will conquer & be victorious. “People Get Ready” a change is coming and our actions will make sure that change is a real positive change that lasts forever.

“People Get Ready” because we have had enough of just talking but now is our time to show action. “People Get Ready” to take back America and the world. “People Get Ready” to take back our communities and to make our streets safer and schools better. “People Get Ready” to make all our dreams come true. “People Get Ready” to see a better present for everyone and a better future for future generations. “People Get Ready” to live up to your potential and to help others live up to their own potential. “People Get Ready” to move past hatred, bigotry, racism and sexism. “People Get Ready” to fulfill the dreams of those who came before us and those who will come after us.

“People Get Ready” as we make our actions speak louder than our words. “People Get Ready” to make words mean something again as we put action to back up our rhetoric. “People Get Ready” as we embark on a new journey that will re-write America’s history as well as the world’s history. “People Get Ready” as we make the lives of others better and the lives of future generations better. “People Get Ready” because all we need is faith, hope and action to make this world a better place. “People Get Ready” to make a difference. “People Get Ready” to fulfill the American dream. “People Get Ready" to live out the American Dream as our founding fathers wanted us to live it. “People Get Ready” because our time is now, our moment is now and our moment in time to change America & the world is not now but right now. “People Get Ready” because a change is coming!

(Let me tell you now)
People get ready, there's a train comin'
You don't need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin'
You don't need no ticket, you just thank the lord

People get ready, for a train to Jordan
Picking up passengers coast to coast
Faith is the key, open the doors and board them
There's hope for all among those loved the most

There ain't no room for the hopeless sinner
Who would hurt all man kind just to save his own (believe me now)
Have pity on those whose chances grow thinner
For there's no hiding place against the kingdoms throne

[Alicia & Lyfe]
So people get ready there's a train coming
You don't need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels humming,
You don't need no ticket, you just thank the lord


God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood

Lee Greenwood-god bless the U.S.A