Thursday, October 30, 2008

HAVE YOU TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF EARLY VOTING?




Record numbers of eligible voters have taken advantage of early voting, which is available in some states. I am proud of the record shattering voter turnout so far.

Tomorrow is the last day for me to take advantage of early voting in my state. I took advantage of early voting in the last election. But I must admit. I have not taken advantage of early voting this election. I can't say that I am undecided. I know exactly who I am voting for. Perhaps I do not trust the early voting process to register my vote this time. Sigh.

Sidebar: Why do I feel that this election will not be over on Tuesday due to voting machines malfunctioning and absentee ballots not being counted?? I miss New Jersey. Up until the time I relocated to another state, NJ was still using the old time voting machines. I have more confidence in them than I do the new electronic voting machines.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

YOU CAN VOTE HOWEVER YOU LIKE by Ron Clark Academy 7th Grade

www.ronclarkacademy.com


Lyrics:

Obama on the left
McCain on the right
We can talk politics all night
And you can vote however you like
You can vote however you like, yeah

Democratic left
Republican right
November 4th we decide
And you can vote however you like
You can vote however you like, yeah

(McCain supporters)
McCain's the best candidate
With Palin as his running mate
They'll fight for gun rights, pro life,
The conservative right
Our future is bright
Better economy in site
And all the world will feel our military might

(Obama supporters)
But McCain and Bush are real close right
They vote alike and keep it tight
Obama's new, he's younger too
The Middle Class he will help you
He'll bring a change, he's got the brains
McCain and Bush are just the same
You are to blame, Iraq's a shame
Four more years would be insane

Lower your Taxes - you know Obama Won't
PROTECT THE LOWER CLASS - You know McCain won't!
Have enough experience - you know that they don't
STOP GLOBAL WARMING - you know that you won't

I want Obama
FORGET OBAMA
Stick with McCain and you're going to have some drama
We need it
HE'LL BRING IT
He'll be it
YOU'LL SEE IT
We'll do it
GET TO IT
Let's move it
DO IT!

Obama on the left
McCain on the right
We can talk politics all night
And you can vote however you like
You can vote however you like, yeah

Democratic left
Republican right
November 4th we decide
And you can vote however you like, I said
You can vote however you like, yeah

I'm talking big pipe lines, and low gas prices
Below $2.00 that would be nice

But to do it right we gotta start today
Finding renewable ways that are here to stay

I want Obama
FORGET OBAMA,
Stick wit McCain you gone have some drama
MORE WAR IN IRAQ
Iran he will attack
CAN'T BRING OUR TROOPS BACK
We gotta vote Barack!

Obama on the left
McCain on the right
We can talk politics all night
And you can vote however you like, I said
You can vote however you like, yeah

Democratic left
Republican right
November 4th we decide
And you can vote however you like, I said
You can vote however you like, yeah

SANDRA ROSE AND MR. ED, SIT YOUR AZZES DOWN




To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven…. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.... Ecclesiastes 3: 1 and 4


And there is a time to update my “Sit Your Azz Down” list.

It is official. I am adding Sandra Rose, creator of the famous and successful Sandrarose.com, to my “Sit Your Azz Down” list.

Sandra Rose is the first blogger to be added to my list. How did she win such a distinguished honor? I am glad you asked.

As many of you have read or heard by now, Oscar-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and 7 year old nephew were murdered a few days ago. Several blogs, including Character Corner, posted information from various news agencies that covered this story. But Sandra Rose covered the story extensively. Not only did she update her readers on developments in the case, she also took the liberty of questioning Julia Hudson’s choice in a husband, hairdo and accepting friends on her Myspace page during such a horrible crisis in her life.

After Julia Hudson gave a passionate plea for the return of her son on Saturday, Sandra Rose felt that today was an opportune time to address Ms. Hudson's hairdo and demeanor during the press conference by writing the following on her blog:

“Questions first started to arise early Saturday morning when it appeared that Julia logged into her Myspace page to accept friend requests.

In an emotional plea Saturday for the safe return of her son, Julia King appeared well-rested and her hair was immaculately laid. Now I’m not judging Julia Hudson, but I can’t see a grieving mother sitting in a beauty salon for hours while her hair is curled and spritzed.

Add to this the fact that Julia reportedly returned home from work Friday to find the body of her mother lying on the living room floor. But Hudson is a school bus driver and Friday was a teacher work day in Chicago. Meaning, school was out for children. (Source)”


Then after reporting that the body of Julian King had been found, Sandra posted exerts from a post by another blogger, Ed Dunn, owner of Dreamandhustle.com, that supported Sandra Rose “going there” with regard to Julia Hudson’s “affinity for low life thug mentality.” Ed Dunn writes:

“To those comments and anyone else who think SandraRose.com comments were unnecessary and uncalled for, I’ll be happy to answer that question – you damn right it was necessary and called for to point that out. There is a glorification in the Black community by Black women to date these thug scumbags and try to dismiss good brothas out there. Then when ish goes predictably bad, cats don’t want to talk about it. I’m tired of that kind of nonsense in the Black community – that’s why our communities are so f*cked up because people want to walk around pretending ish, playing with fire and act shocked when things go predictably wrong. (Source)”

In response to the above posts, I added the following comment to both Sandra’s and Mr. Ed’s sites:

"I concur with many of your blog supporters. Now is not the time to discuss Ms. Julia Hudson’s choice in men and myspace page updates. It is inappropriate and shows very little regard for the trauma that the she and Jennifer Hudson are experiencing at this present time.

Can we at least allow the Hudson family to bury their beloved family members before we pass judgment on them?? Is time of the essence to the point that man choice and myspace updates had to be addressed at this time?

I may have to add some bloggers (and anyone else who felt the need to address these issues at this particular time) to my “Sit Your Azz Down” list. Your actions are tantamount to embalming the bodies during the funeral services while their loved ones are present.

I am flabbergasted that anyone can be so cold and heartless or indifferent to the magnitude of these women’s loss.

Remember just because you think [it] does not mean you have to write or say it. Selah."

I understand that Sandra Rose is a well-known celebrity gossip blogger, but there are times like these when she should have used discretion and refrained from the thug luv-myspace updates-hairdo criticisms against a young woman trying to recover from the trauma of losing a mother, brother and child.

Hello, Sandra and Mr. Ed. This woman’s immediate family was senselessly wiped out, and you two want to talk about her choice in men and hairdo and myspace page updates.

I recommend that you both read Romans 12:15 which states, “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” Selah.

In the meantime, I am adding both of you to my “Sit Your Azz Down” list.

Sidebar: If you want to learn more about a Hot Blog Mess, please click here.

Monday, October 27, 2008

FBI CONFIRMS THAT BODY IS JULIAN KING'S


CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- The body found inside an SUV Monday morning has been confirmed to be Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson's 7-year-old nephew, a top FBI official said.


The white SUV where the child's body was found is taken away to be examined by investigators.

The medical examiner positively identified the body found in the Chevrolet Suburban as Julian King, Monday afternoon.

Earlier Monday Deputy Chief Cmdr. Wayne Gulliford said police had responding to "a call about a suspicious auto" in the west side of Chicago at approximately 7 a.m. when they found the body inside a parked white Chevy Suburban, which had a license plate matching the description in the child's Amber Alert.

He had no details on the body, pending the medical examiner's report.(Source)


UPDATE: The body of Julian King was identified by Jennifer Hudson earlier today. (Source)

BREAKING NEWS: CHILD'S BODY FOUND



CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- The Cook County medical examiner's office is investigating reports on Monday of a child's body found in an SUV in Chicago, a spokesperson for the office told CNN.


The white SUV where the child's body was found is taken away to be examined by investigators. The Chicago Tribune -- citing the medical examiner's office -- reported that the body of a boy was found Monday morning in a white SUV connected with Julian King, the missing nephew of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson. (Source)

Update: Click here for extensive news coverage of this story.


Sidebar: I am deeply saddened by this story. My condolences and prayers are with Jennifer Hudson and Julia Hudson. I am speechless. I was hoping this story would end on better note for Julian King.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

JULIA HUDSON'S PLEAS FOR THE RETURN OF HER SON



FULL REPORT

WHAT IS GOING ON IN CHICAGO???

My blog buddy, Johnny, left the following comment on my previous post about Jennifer Hudson's family murders:

"Hey there AM, Johnny here, I live not too far from the Englewood area of Chicago where this all went down. If you read the report, there was a report of gunshots fired at 9AM that morning and police did not respond until 8 hours later at 3PM..... It is not the first time that the CPD has been lazy.... There have been times I have personally called more than once for gang activity taking place right outside my door and there has been an absence of police..... It is not that shocking, but the real tragedy here is that Jhud's brother was shot in the stomach, at 9AM which means his TOD was probably hours after the initial shooting. I wonder what would have happend had the police responded to the report of shots fired at 9 AM?"

I know this is not the time to talk about the police response time when Julian King is still missing, but Johnny brought up a great point. Why did it take so long for police officers to respond??? Did any of the neighbors call 911 to report hearing gunshots??? Have shootings become so common place in this area of Chicago that police and residents have become indifferent to hearing and responding to gunshots??

Saturday, October 25, 2008

SUSPECT'S MOM PLEAS FOR THE RETURN OF HUDSON'S NEPHEW



Michele Davis-Balfour, the mother of 27 year old murder suspect William Balfour, confirmed that her son is being questioned by investigators in connection with the murders of Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother.

Davis-Balfour complained that she and her family are being harassed by the police. She stated that focus should be on finding 7 year old Julian King.

"Whoever has Jennifer Hudson's nephew or Julia Balfour's son, please, I'm begging you, me and my family are begging you to return that son," Davis-Balfour told CNN affiliate WLS. (Source)


Friday, October 24, 2008

SUSPECT IN CUSTODY



27-year-old William Balfour, who is suspected of killing Darnell Donerson and Jason Hudson and abducting 7 year old Julian King, has been apprehended. News reports state that Balfour is the husband of Jennifer Hudson's sister, who is the mother of the still missing 7 year old. (Source)


JENNIFER HUDSON'S MOM AND BROTHER FOUND DEAD



"CHICAGO (CBS) ― The mother of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson was reportedly found dead in a South Side home.

Two adults were found fatally shot at a home at 70th Street and Yale Avenue at 3 p.m. Friday, authorities said. Willie Davis, the pastor of the Hudson family's church, Progressive Baptist, confirmed that 57-year-old Darnell Hudson Donnerson was one of the victims." (Source)


UPDATE #1: US Magazine website is reporting that the second victim killed was Jennifer Hudson's brother pictured above. Click here to read report.

UPDATE #2: An amber alert has been issued for Hudson's 7 year old nephew, who police believe was abducted by the suspected killer. (Source)

Monday, October 20, 2008

TO ALL THE PLUMMER'S PULL YOUR PANTS UP!!

I MISS GOOD FEMALE RAPPERS



Remember when it was the "style" to wear clothes that covered your behind and your breast. Oh where have those dayz gone??

Last week female rapper Yo Yo (in the above music video), DJ Spiderella and MC Lyte were guests on the Frank and Wanda Morning Show (WVEE 103.3 Atlanta). From the looks of the Youtube videos of the show, all of the ladies are aging well. Listening to them talk about their careers reminded me of the void that exists in Hip Hop today. The rap field is void of good female rappers.

The Old School female rappers were more about empowering young women and teaching them to value their self worth. It seemed that female rappers were conscious of their influence on their younger female fan base.

However, as sex and violence hijacked the rap game, female rappers had to go from classy sexy (with their clothes on) to soft porn stars like Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown. From Nubian Queens to criminal-minded princesses like Charlie Baltimore. From ladies first to b*&%h crawl (remember that infamous beatdown scene in the movie Sparkle) Sigh.

I was sold on rap from the first time I heard Rapper's Delight by the Sugarhill Gang. However, when I heard female rapper Sha Rock rock her verses on That's The Joint by the Funky Four Plus More, I fell in love with rap music. The female of the "crew" brought that special something to the rap routine. That extra flavor for your ear.

Well, I want the female rappers to return with a vengeance. I want the void in Hip Hop to be filled with conscious female rappers that remind us that LADIES ARE FIRST.

MODERN DAY CHRISTIAN MARTYR

CNN.com is reporting that Gayle Williams, 34, was shot and killed today in Kabul by a Taliban gunman for preaching the Gospel to Afghans. Williams, who had dual British and South African citizenship, worked for SERVE Afghanistan (Serving Emergency Relief and Vocational Enterprise), an inter-denominational Christian charity that helps the disabled. She was killed while walking to work.

Mike Lyth, chairman for SERVE Afghanistan, stated that "[Williams] was a person who always loved the Afghans and was dedicated to serving those who are disabled."

According to CNN.com, Williams was one of 23 expatriates who worked for SERVE Afghanistan, which also employs 450 Afghans in the country. (Source)

Question: Are referees suppose to tackle the quarterback?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

COLLIN POWELL ENDORSES BARAK OBAMA


Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has temporarily brought Attorneymom out of retirement with his endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States.

Powell, also a Republican and a retired U.S. general, cites Sen. Obama's "ability to inspire" and the "inclusive nature of his campaign" as reasons for his support.

According to CNN, "Powell [also] questioned Sen. John McCain's judgment in picking Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate because he doesn't think she is ready to be president. He also said he was disappointed with some of McCain's campaign tactics, such as bringing up Obama's ties to former 1960s radical Bill Ayers." (Source)

I am shocked by Colin Powell's public endorsement of Sen. Obama. I thought Powell would remain silent about his dissatisfaction with the Republican Party. I am sure there are many other high profile Republicans who feel the same way as Colin Powell.

Sidebar: I miss you all. I am now going back into retirement. LOL.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

JUANITA BYNUM IS BACK AT IT AGAIN!!!




It seems that Juanita Bynum is back at it again. She is sponsoring a women's retreat and the registration fee is $1,200.00 per person. The registration fee only covers meals and seminar attendance. WT____????


Part 1 of 3: Don't Drink The Kool-Aid: Of "Profitess" Bynum

Friday, October 10, 2008

Donna Brazile Is Not Going To The Back of The Bus


"At the time where we're in crisis I want the the best, I want the brightest, I want somebody to take me where we've never been as a country. Perhaps we've been too stuck in the past that's why we can't go forward."

- Donna Brazile, American author, educator, and political activist and strategist.


Hypothetically Speaking


You are the second of your mother's three children.

You have two sisters - one slightly younger, the other slightly older. The only male, it's an unspoken rule in the household that whenever either of your sisters are in need of your help physically, you're a simple phone call away.

Last year, the live-in boyfriend of your older sister, choked her for a brief moment. In your mother's home. In front of your mother and other sister. Supposedly, a misunderstanding. All hell broke loose until order was finally restored.

Afterwards, a deafening silence overtook the entire room. One that spoke eerily of the boyfriend perhaps having death upon him. Of course you weren't present this particular day. Out of fear of knowing what you would have done to the boyfriend, both your mom and two sisters wisely kept this incident hidden from your ears.

Your standing in front of a judge and being sentenced to life is the last thing they would ever want too see. Besides, for whatever reasons, your sister somehow remained within the relationship. For the most part, her boyfriend treats her nice.

Fast forward one year later. One day, while you and your sister are standing inside your mom's kitchen helping to prepare food for a cookout, you notice what appears to be freshly-made fingernail marks engraved into the lower part of her neck.

You immediately bring these bruises to her attention. "Leah, who did this to you? Tell me."

Tears stream down her quiet and suddenly saddened face, she remains silent.

"Anthony?" you question, already knowing the answer.

She breaks down and starts crying profusely.

You stormed outside into the backyard where Anthony quietly sits awaiting his prepared plate. Your mom and a few family and friends are also gathered. Hardly anyone in the crowd notices the angered look which now sits upon your face, as you beeline directly towards the unknowing boyfriend.

In a fit of absolute rage, you pull the chair directly from underneath him, causing him to fall embarrassingly to the ground.

"You're putting hands on my sister?" Voice raised, as people rush to grab your arms and shoulders, attempting to hold you back.

Your sister has now made it outside, as well.

Her boyfriend stands, clearly shaken yet hardly afraid. "Why do you have a problem with anything that happens between me and your sister? She doesn't. If she did, she would have said something last year when I handled my business in front of your mother and your other sister. You see she's still with me, don't you?"



Question: What would you do if this happened to you?





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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Bishop Weeks: Put On Blast By Callers On Radio by Ringo4life

Thomas Weeks is delusional. Even after being blasted by callers, he still refuses to see the error of his ways. Thomas Weeks is worst than Puffy, P Diddy Combs. He refuses to sit his azz down and stop making a mockery of marriage.

Bonus: Click here for Thomas Weeks' appearance on The Tom Joyner Morning Show.

Sidebar: Forgive me. Azz is the last cuss word in my vocabulary. Don't trip. God is not through with me yet. : - )

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

McCain calls Obama "that one"

Barack Obama’s campaign did not like it when rival John McCain referred to the Illinois senator as “that one” during tonight’s presidential debate.



Obama spokesman Bill Burton sent a one-line message to reporters after McCain made the comment that said, “Did John McCain just refer to Obama as ‘that one’?”

And again at the conclusion of the debate, the Obama campaign emailed reporters,
“Did John McCain refer to Obama as ‘that one’?” (Source).


Barack Obama, it won't be too much longer now


After watching the second Presidential Debate last night I have come to one well-known conclusion - Barack Obama is the best man to lead this country during the next four years, at least. Nevermind the significant amount of politics that are or aren't involved. Let's look past the lack of experience on Obama's behalf for a moment.

Like McCain, regardless of what is or isn't being said at these debates, no one knows for sure what particular policies either man will be able to incorporate into their presidency. It's not like McCain or Obama has a magic wand or anything.

But what Barack Obama has, which I feel McCain lacks, is dignity and integrity - two characteristics which speak of a human being who is willing to go the extra mile in order to appease not only himself but those who depend on his tact.

No knock on McCain, but as I watched I couldn't help but notice how he tried his best to turn the event into something nasty, similar to his personality. McCain appears to be the type of gentleman who simply wants to prove his own personal points, even at the ignorant cost of others.

And this much was apparent while watching last night's debate.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Ten Inspirational Quotes


Mahatma Gandhi
A friendly study of the world's religions is a sacred duty.

John Fischer
A good man is not a perfect man; a good man is an honest man, faithful, and unhesitatingly responsive to the voice of God in his life.

Joseph Fort Newton
Belief is truth held in the mind; faith is a fire in the heart.

Becky Laird
By living fully, recognizing that all we do is by His power, we honor God; He in turn blesses us.

Frederick Buechner
Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.

Charles Wesley
Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees, And looks to God alone; Laughs at impossibilities, And cries it shall be done.

Thomas R Kelly
For God Himself works in our souls, in the deepest depths, taking increasing control as we are progressively willing to be prepared for His wonder.

Augustine
For what is faith unless it is to believe what you do not see?

Richard J. Foster
God's heart is the most sensitive and tender of all. No act goes unnoticed, no matter how insignificant or small.

The Dalai Lama
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

SIMPSON FOUND GUILTY



OJ Simpson was convicted on all 12 counts by an all white jury late Friday. The verdict comes 13 years after Simpson's acquittal for murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

I don't like to use the word payback," defense attorney Yale Galanter said. "I can tell you from the beginning my biggest concern ... was whether or not the jury would be able to separate their very strong feelings about Mr. Simpson and judge him fairly and honestly." (Source)

The 61 year old Hall of Fame football star is scheduled to be sentenced on December 5th.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

WILL PALIN NEED A LIFELINE TONIGHT DURING VP DEBATE?




After the mundane exchange between Sen. Barrack and Sen. McCain on last week, I am looking forward to the debate between Senator Joe Biden and Gov. Sarah Palin scheduled for tonight. I am sure Palin will not disappoint SNL writers and Biden will more than likely put his foot in his mouth.

Join Gina of the What About Our Daughters blog and me as we weigh in on this Vice Presidential Debate. Gina will also live blog during the debate.


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