Vote for Barack Obama, wife tells blacks
The wife of Barack Obama, who is seeking to be the Democratic presidential candidate, has urged black Americans not to be afraid of voting for her husband because they think he could not win.In an impassioned interview, Michelle Obama, a 43-year-old Harvard lawyer, went far farther than her husband in stressing what his occupation of the White House would mean for African Americans.
“Some black folks think Barack won’t win because white folks won’t vote for Barack,” she told MSNBC.
“It’s a huge psychological barrier, but Barack has been told in every race he has ever run that he shouldn’t do it, he couldn’t raise the money, that his name was too funny, his background was too exotic, we have heard that… but we want to show our community that they can do it too.”
Mr Obama is aiming to become the country’s first black president, but first he has to defeat Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. She leads him by 20 percentage points in most polls and by 10-12 points even among black Americans, who were strong supporters of Bill Clinton.
- Study: African-Americans add $44.7B a year to N.C. economy
African-Americans contribute $44.7 billion every year to North Carolina’s economy while costing the state $4.5 billion in health care, education and prison costs, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said Tuesday.
The findings are part of a study on the economic impact of the state’s African-American population by researchers at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. On average, the study says, each African-American resident contributes $22,272 per year to the state’s economy while accruing $2,498 in costs.
The North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development was a major funder of the study, which used data from 2004 and 2005 in its analysis.
African-Americans comprised 21.8 percent of the state’s total population while accounting for 20.4 percent of its population growth between 1980 and 2004, the study says. Black residents have a median age of 32, well below the median age of 39 for the state’s white residents.
White residents make $11,970 more, per capita, than African-American residents, the study says, even though the median education level for both groups is a high-school diploma. That’s because black residents are more likely to take low-paying jobs.
Justifiable Homicide: Black Youth in Peril
MOSQUE MARYAM (FinalCall.com) – The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered a stern message and a warning regarding God’s law of justice and respect for human life to the standing room only crowd at the national headquarters of the Nation of Islam, and those viewing in 120 cities across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and South Africa on Oct. 28.
Speaking directly to the hearts of those who came to hear his serious message of concern for Black youth, Minister Farrakhan set the tone for his message, titled “Justifiable Homicide: Black Youth in Peril,” by deconstructing the baseless claims of those attempting to describe him as a hate teacher.
“Today, I don’t want you to think that I am trying to teach hatred. To teach the truth, that might produce hatred, is not my fault,” said Minister Farrakhan. “If the truth of something makes you dislike it, that is not teaching hate; that’s teaching truth.”
Minister Farrakhan mentioned the increase in displays of anti-Black hatred in the United States and the spate of nooses being hung in many cities. He also pointed out increased incidents of racially motivated physical attacks against Blacks.
“This is to let Black people know that there is still a great deal of hatred for us in this society,” he said.
Using the example of the Armenian people, who teach their youth about the injustices they suffered at the hands of the Turks during the rule of the Ottoman Empire, as well as the Jewish people, who teach their children of their suffering during the holocaust, Minister Farrakhan said Black people fail to teach our children of the indignities that our forefathers suffered. Minister Farrakhan cited statistics from a U.S. Department of Justice report which showed that in the year 2005, Blacks were victims of 800,000 violent crimes, and approximately 8,000 homicides. Black males between the ages of 18 and 25 accounted for 52 percent (6,800) of the nearly 13,000 male homicide victims in that year—most of them losing their lives at the hands of another Black man.
“Is this justifiable? If it’s not justifiable, then it is not excusable. And if it is not excusable, what price are we going to pay for the destruction of ourselves?” Minister Farrakhan asked.
“Black youth are in peril because you are killing your own people whom God wants to save, and killing your brothers is not justified. It is not excusable, therefore it is punishable by death. You have now invited death into our communities. The very enemy who is made a liar and a murderer by nature will be set loose by God and he will slaughter us just like he is [slaughtering] the Palestinians.”
- Sex Diseases Still Rising; Chlamydia Is Leader
The incidence of gonorrhea, which had declined sharply, has risen in the last two years in this country while the number of chlamydia and syphilis cases continue to rise, federal health officials said yesterday.Chlamydia and gonorrhea are the two most common diseases among those doctors must report in the United States. And the 1,030,911 cases of chlamydia in 2006 are the highest ever recorded for any nationally reported disease in any year, the officials said in releasing their annual report on sexually transmitted diseases. They said that because of underreporting, a more accurate estimate is 2.8 million new chlamydia cases annually.The three reported sexually transmitted diseases affect African-Americans disproportionately. The black to white ratios are gonorrhea 18 to 1, syphilis 6 to 1 and chlamydia 8 to 1, Dr. Douglas said in an interview. The reasons for the disparities are not clear. Lack of access to health care may be one problem.
- The Big Question: Why is there such violence in Gaza, and is there any hope of a resolution?
Why are we asking this now?
Because a massive and – for at least 90 minutes – peaceful commemoration in Gaza City called by the once dominant Fatah movement in memory of the late Yasser Arafat ended in bloodshed on Monday. Gunfire by the Hamas forces left seven of the demonstrators dead, shocking much of Gaza’s already beleaguered and impoverished 1.4 million population.
On the face of it, the shootings serve once again to underline the depth of Palestinian political disunity; with two competing and opposed administrations. One in the West Bank is loyal to Palestine president Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, and another in Gaza, controlled by Hamas which won free and fair elections in January 2006, briefly shared power with Fatah between March and June this year under a coalition deal brokered in Saudi Arabia, and then seized full control of Gaza after a week of bloody infighting that cost more than 100 lives in June.
Secondly they can hardly fail to add to the sense of frustration felt by a Gaza public facing ever-deepening poverty, isolation, and for most Gazans imprisonment within its Israeli-controlled borders without even the compensating – if still extremely vague – prospect of the ” political horizon” being dangled in front of their fellow Palestinians in the West Bank in the run-up to the forthcoming international meeting in Annapolis, Maryland, USA.
- Muslims “Demonized” in UK Media
CAIRO — A torrent of negative and imbalance stories in the British media demonize the sizable Muslim minority and their faith by spreading prejudices and portraying them as the enemy within, a government-commissioned study has found.
“Muslims in Britain are depicted as a threat to traditional British customs, values and ways of life,” concluded the 180-page study commissioned by Mayor of London Ken Livingstone.
The study is an amalgam of research projects individually prepared by 9 leading academics and professionals from the media industry and experts on Islam.
They examined newspaper articles published nationwide during the week from May 8-14, 2006, and found that 91 percent of articles about Muslims were negative “in tone and content”.
Only 4 percent of the 352 articles studied were positive.
“The dominant view is that there is no common ground between the West and Islam, and that conflict between them is accordingly inevitable,” said the study.
It accused the media of using a language that is “emotive, immoderate, alarmist or abusive” when reporting on Muslims.
- The Muslim Belief in Good
Muslims believe that every event that happens to the believer has some sort of goodness in it. God states that even events that seem to be unfavorable may have a lot of good in them:
[ It may well be that you dislike something in which Allah has placed a lot of good.](An-Nisaa’ 4:19)
[It may be that you hate something when it is good for you and it may be that you love something when it is bad for you. Allah knows and you do not know.](Al-Baqarah 2:216)
Aware of this secret, believers seek goodness and beauty in every event. No seemingly adverse incident, hardship, or mischief ails or worries them. They maintain their composure, whether the experience is insignificant or a serious ordeal.
Sincere Muslims even see goodness and Divine purpose in the loss of all their hard earned possessions. They express gratitude to God for the gift of life.
Why I Think Hillary Will Win
If the 2008 presidential election were held today, Hillary Rodham Clinton would win.
Hillary’s minor stumbles in the MSNBC debate notwithstanding, she is simply running the most disciplined and effective campaign. She’s one of the most able politicians in America, and no one should underestimate her desire to be President and her calculating focus.
What you need to understand is that Hillary Clinton is, quite simply, craftier and more aggressive than the rest of the field. I know this firsthand, having battled with the Clinton Administration throughout the 1990’s while serving as a leader in Congress.
She’s only gotten tougher since then.
Early on, there were many fights, but one of the most important was over Hillary Clinton’s 1993 plan to expand government control of the health-care system. We were lucky to stop it, and we did so by standing our ground on the principle of putting patients ahead of bureaucracies. But now she’s back, and the health-care issue is a perfect example of the way she’s learned on the job and evolved her tactics.
Her latest health-care plan is more of the same stuff—greater federal control of our lives—but this time she’s presenting it in a way that is far more politically savvy. She leaves open questions of funding and enforcement, and is actively working to buy off the groups who opposed her plan in 1993.
- Queen Hillary’s disruptive court
Nov. 14, 2007 | The mainstream media have been in a breathless tizzy about how Hillary Clinton waffled, tripped, stumbled or generally screwed up at the Democratic debate in Philadelphia two weeks ago.
But Hillary’s performance at prior debates was never as deft or “flawless” as the media claimed in the first place. Conventional wisdom has now flipped, and the air-headed lemmings of our free press have turned on a dime and are stampeding in the opposite direction. This is the same crew who passively swallowed administration propaganda about the urgency of an invasion of Iraq. Don’t ask for critical acumen from this lot.
Hillary’s stonewalling evasions and mercurial, soulless self-positionings have been going on since her first run for the U.S. Senate from New York, a state she had never lived in and knew virtually nothing about. The liberal Northeastern media were criminally complicit in enabling her queenlike, content-free “listening tour,” where she took no hard questions and where her staff and security people (including her government-supplied Secret Service detail) staged events stocked with vetted sympathizers, and where they ensured that no protesters would ever come within camera range.
That compulsive micromanagement, ultimately emanating from Hillary herself, has come back to haunt her in her dismaying inability to field complex unscripted questions in a public forum. The presidential sweepstakes are too harsh an arena for tenderfoot novices. Hillary’s much-vaunted “experience” has evidently not extended to the dynamic give-and-take of authentic debate. The mild challenges she has faced would be pitiful indeed by British standards, which favor a caustic style of witty put-downs that draw applause and gales of laughter in the House of Commons. Women had better toughen up if they aspire to be commander in chief.
Whether John Edwards or Barack Obama (toward whom I’m currently leaning) has conclusively demonstrated his superiority for the top of the ticket remains to be seen. They may unfortunately split the anti-Hillary vote (a majority of registered Democrats) so that she slips through. If Hillary is the Democratic nominee, I will certainly vote for her. But I continue to find it hard to believe that my party truly craves that long nightmare of déjà vu — with scandal after scandal disgorged and an endless train of abused women returning from Bill Clinton’s sordid, anti-feminist past.
- Buffett backs U.S. estate tax and decries wealth gap
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Billionaire Warren Buffett on Wednesday warned of widening U.S. income disparity and endorsed the estate tax as a check on wealth accumulation, while two senior lawmakers said they want the tax repealed.
Revisiting a long-standing debate over the controversial tax, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing where Chairman Max Baucus said he supports ending the estate tax.
The Montana Democrat was joined by Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, the panel’s top Republican, who said, “The estate tax is unjust. … Death should not be a taxable event.”
But Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N: Quote, Profile, Research), said: “Dynastic wealth, the enemy of a meritocracy, is on the rise. Equality of opportunity has been on the decline. A progressive and meaningful estate tax is needed to curb the movement of a democracy toward plutocracy.”