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New Drilling Proposal Puts Obama At Odds With His Supporters

President Obama, along with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, will present his new oil drilling proposal at Andrews Air Base in Maryland today. It proposes a dramatic expansion of allowable deepwater oil exploration sites up and down the East Coast from Florida to New Jersey, an area previously off limits for offshore oil drilling platforms. It also proposes opening up two new offshore drilling areas in Alaska, while making the state’s largest commercial fishing bay a protected area.

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There's Nothing To Yell At On My TV Tonight

S. is downtown tonight with the Resident Diva at Phillips Arena for the Alicia Keys concert, which means I have to yell at the TV by myself.

But there's nothing to yell at tonight. The "Killers for Christ" interviews on CNN are ridiculous and redundant - "so why did your brother do this? You didn't notice anything going on with him?"

Joy Behar has finally taken a break from the seven day a week marathon schedule of her show, but she's got Valerie Bertinelli, who seems to have problem reading her cheat sheet, as her fill-in host.

And then I turn to FOX News to find Sean Hannity holding a revival in the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley in front of the whitest white people I have ever seen outside of North Dakota.

The only thing I could think of as I watched this shit was Elmer Gantry crossed with The Flim Flam Man. Hannity was getting his audience riled up pretty good, but unless he's got a time machine laying around somewhere, there is no way he can make the rest of us disappear.

The thing I began to wonder as I listened to these people, who are convinced that simply by being elected to office and cutting taxes and unregulating business and worshipping unfettered capitalism and repealing or rewriting so-called "liberal" agendas, this nation of 300 million plus people would return to the mythical "good old days."

How many times can you possibly say "Ronald Reagan" in one hour? How many times can you invoke the term "liberal media" before someone begins to actually measure who really delivers the majority of the media in this country?

By the time I switched to Nancy Grace, my patience had worn thin, partly because Twitter had cooled off, so I didn't get to find out just how they planned to compare Sandra Bulloch's famous cheating husband ordeal with Elin Woods famous cheating husband ordeal to figure out who has been wronged the most.

Now on HBO Bill Maher and his collection of dopers and drinkers are holding court - Christopher Hitchens looks like he has dropped by to take a break between Bar #4 and Bar #5 - where they are trading insults about the Catholic Church's abuse scandal.

I haven't even been moved to yell one of the run-of-the-mill four letter words I normally warm up with when someone on the tube gets me hot.

Oh well - Christopher Hitchens doesn't need to be drinking alone - plus he just said "suppose you and I were drinking a martini" - so I guess I'll get a beer and try to figure out how to get invited to the next GOP "Young Eagles" strip club outing.

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Voters Sign On With Meek For Florida Senate Seat

In the age of streaming video, Twitter, smart phones and email, Kendrick Meek literally took his candidacy back to the streets to build support for his Florida senate candidacy. Meek amassed 145,000 signatures from Florida voters in a highly symbolic petition drive to have his name added to the ballot. Currently representing Florida’s Miami-Dade and South Broward congressional district, Meek is the presumptive Democratic nominee – his opponent, former Miami mayor Maurice Ferre, has little financial support and barely registers in the poll numbers.

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Shirley Franklin Helps Close the Broadband Divide

Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin has taken on a new role as an advocate for broadband access for the underserved. She was recently named by the Alliance for Digital Equality as a senior policy adviser. In a special report to Roll Call, Franklin and former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz collaborated to spell out the role they saw high-speed Internet access playing in disadvantaged communities. "Broadband is the cornerstone to providing more affordable access to health care for the unserved and underserved, and is really the bridge to the future for our children."

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For all of you who have been waiting dejectedly as you watched your president become everybody’s proverbial whipping boy…

…for all of you who were wondering if all of the testosterone had been drained out of your commander-in-chief…

…and even for all of you who have long ago given up hope because the black man in the White House didn’t show his ass the way you SAY YOU DO when things don’t go your way on your job…

…the O-Man is back.

Still no cape, still no x-ray vision, still no ability to leap over recessions in a single bound, but even without these things, President Obama is beginning to show us why the way he wants to operate is the right way to do things when you want to get a lot accomplished.

Maybe it’s the Kenyan in him coming out that allows him to remain committed to the long view, even when everybody else around him seems to be freaking out, and the press is writing his political obituary. Maybe it’s that world renowned endurance the Kenyan marathon runners excel at that he inherited from the father he never really knew. Or maybe it’s the effect a mother carefully planning the framework of her research for her dissertation might have had on a young Barack.

In any case, that swagger all of you wanted is back. Barack Obama is in full effect these days.

I would imagine, if I were a Republican, that I would be raising money to buy the Obamas a ranch somewhere, the way they raised money to buy one for the Reagans, just so he would have a reason to leave D.C. for eight to ten weeks a year.
The only thing that could be worse than the prospect of a well rested, vacation home-less Obama this summer is the growing possibility of an impeachment battle to eject Michael Steele as the chairman of the GOP. If Steele talks his way out of this S&M strip club thing, Rush Limbaugh should start calling STEELE the Magic Negro.

Meanwhile, back on this metaphorical ranch that is the Real America, the one the rest of us sane folks in the country live in while we watch the Tea Party folks and the “Killers For Christ” crazies lose what is left of their minds, Barack Obama looks like he is just warming up.

Stay tuned.

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Surprise Visit To Afghanistan Increases Obama Momentum

President Obama surprised the nation when he surfaced Sunday in Afghanistan after a whirlwind week in which he signed his health care reform initiative into law. While the Sunday morning political talk shows mostly played “Monday morning quarterback,” dissecting and debating the Obama administration’s strategy to get the historic health care legislation passed, President Obama was at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, getting ready to meet with President Hamid Karzai. The president, while wearing a brown bomber jacket over an open collared shirt, also spoke to the American troops stationed in the war zone.

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"I flipped to Fox News right after the president signed the bill into law and I thought I was watching a Confederate news show."

The last week seems to have passed by in a blur after the passage of the historic healthcare bill into law last Sunday night. I will be on the radio this evening at 8:30 pm EST with Sean Yoes, a senior reporter at The Afro American, to talk about the racial slurs, spitting, and threats of violence against congressman voting for the healthcare bill.

Yoes is the host of "The WEAA/AFRO First Edition", an hour-long political talk show on Baltimore's WEAA-FM (88.9 FM), which airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m.

You can click this link and push the "Listen Live" button at the top of the page to hear the show. my segment comes on at 8:30pm.

This week, we talk about the virulent animosity towards President Barack Obama that still lurks just below the surface that has erupted during the final stages of the healthcare debate and seems to have intensified after its passage in many parts of the country.

And I share a few of my FCC friendly Tweets from the historic Sunday the healthcare bill passed.

Find out what Sean Yoes and I think about it all tonight at 8:30p.m.

As always, it was fun. Check it out tonight if you have a chance.

A Letter From Iraq To The Conservative Uprising

I don't know whether this is a letter from a real soldier or not - one of the guys in my writing group was a soldier in Iraq who posted stories to us from the field regularly, so this could be authentic. Or it could be an artful writer who has done a damn good job of impersonating a soldier. In any case, the logic is unassailable.

The South LOST the Civil War, in case these Tea Bagger nincompoops forgot. All the money in our economy emanates from NEW YORK CITY - the same place it did when the Civil War began, and one of the main reasons why the underfunded South lost. 

In any case, whomever wrote the letter below echoed sentiments I didn't even know I had.


Brown Man

It's been said that the military is always preparing for war. That is true. We prepare for combat every day. We ran 5 miles today to the rifle range and shot nearly 200 rounds a piece at targets and then ran back. However, we also pray for peace. I would love one day to be completely unnecessary. But alas, I am a realist, and I know that day will never come.

The headlines of the last week have reminded me more of glimpsing at the S2 Daily Briefing Sheets while in theater or the Al-Jazeera than the NY Times or the Washington Post. Think about that for a moment, let it sink in.

Before I get into the main premise of this article, I need to make two statements here.

First and foremost, when it comes to the back and forth of who did what to whom and why - I don't give a shit. It doesn't change the action. In life we're judged by our actions, nothing more, nothing less. One of the greatest things of the military is when it comes to an enemy, the politics behind the situation don't matter in accomplishing that mission. For the military, life is simple in that regard.

Secondly, Regardless of your political ideology, you've earned the right as U.S. Citizens to say your piece - no matter how wrong it may be. That is your right, and I will give my life to protect it.

But this government of ours is a democracy. We vote for our representatives, and they vote in our interests. Sometimes, the votes don't go our way. That's life, better luck next time. Exhaust your legislative options, and then focus on gaining the required votes and/or seats to achieve your desired legislative vote next election time. That's the way things work.

But the SECOND you start committing acts of violence and vandalism, then you've usurped that Constitution. You in a way have assaulted it. And then you and I (I being every servicemember who has sworn to defend said Constitution) will have a MAJOR PROBLEM.

For those of you calling for a civil war, I implore you to stop and think about what you're saying. Look around your neighborhood and your city. Now imagine using that terrain to survive. Imagine dodging semi-automatic rifle fire as you scramble from cover to cover, dragging your wounded child behind you. Imagine the deafening report of a mortar as it strikes the ground a 150 feet in front of you, the overpressure enough to shatter your teeth and perforate an ear drum. Try and envision a Stryker rolling through neighbor's front lawn or a F/A-18 making lazy loops over your head in Close Air Support for the troops in the distance.

Now with that vision in mind, stop by your local Marine Corps base, being they will be the first military units you'd face in an all out 'civil war' . Look at them for a moment, examine their 'work environment'. They're running the track, they're climbing ropes, they're grappelling with each other in mock hand-to-hand combat, and shooting targets while moving in raid lines on a daily basis. Nearly everyone on that base, down to our 'secretaries' has a combat award of one type or another, they've faced some of the most stressful situations on Earth where succumbing to the stress can get you killed, and they flourished.

Now ask yourselves and be honest - when is the last time you've run anything other than late to work, climbed anything other than a flight of stairs, grappled with anything other than a paper jam, and shot off anything other than your mouth? When's the last time you were in any situation more stressful than a traffic jam?

Now I'm not blaming you for your career choice, not in the least. I can't think of a single job that's not useful in some way or another. I just want you to simply compare and contrast your work environment with ours and ask yourselves "Who is better suited to win this battle ?" We both know the answer here, and if you doubt that answer, look at the results from Fallujah in 2004. Over 1200 of them 'lost' and we 'lost only 28. That's a 'win-ratio' of almost 60-1, and they've been fighting their whole lives.

Put this in another scenario. You and your officemates think your local pro football team sucks , so you put together your own team of the best your company has and challenge them to a game. Even if your team might be good, they're professionals. This is their job. Your job is to answer phones and type on a keyboard. In short, they've forgotten more than you will ever know about football. The result, will be a slaughter for you, and a practice for them. But at least you'll get a chance to sit at home, ice your wounds and say 'whew I never should've done that!'

Not so with combat. The results of combat are far...FAR..more permanent. There are no second chances, no time for regrets, and no do-overs. This is not Call of Duty.

Now I 'd like to disperse a myth here - many of you think that US military would not fight civilians. I can't speak for all, but in my case - the moment you declare civil war, you're no longer civilians. 

The moment you attack the constitution, you're now enemies of that constitution. And I swore to defend and support and if necessary give my life for that Constitution and utilize every tool, technique, and weapon at my disposal to do so. And trust me, I'm not alone.

I hope some of you heed my words and cool the rhetoric and focus on achieving your goals diplomatically instead of physically. I would never want to receive a frag order to Maryland, or North Dakota, or Texas, but it is an order I will follow no matter how much it pains me to do so.

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GA Attorney General Says No To Lawsuit Against Healthcare Law

Georgia attorney general Thurbert Baker finds himself under attack by Georgia governor Sonny Perdue and the Republican members of the Georgia legislature this week, who are rumored to be introducing a resolution to introduce Articles of Impeachment against Baker. Governor Perdue, who joined the chorus of GOP governors across the country in denouncing the new healthcare law enacted by the Obama administration, ordered Baker to sue the federal government earlier this week. Baker, a Democrat who has thrown his hat in the ring as a future gubernatorial contender, refused to join the dozen or so AG’s filing suit against the federal government.

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Working Poor Confused About New Healthcare Law

The mother of a young South Carolinian shared her daughter's story earlier this week on a political blog I frequent. Her daughter was pretty upset about the "poor people" around the country "who don't want to work". It was these people, her boss swore, who were causing him to have to cut her daughter's pay to cover the cost of the insurance he was going to have to provide. So the mother asked her daughter a question. "You have a full-time job. You work hard. Could you afford your own health insurance?"


"Then you're a poor person."

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It looks like Blacksheep Political Consulting will have to quit living off the money it defrauded its last paying clients out of by guaranteeing to deliver the Vietnamese immigrant vote for Congressman Roscoe P. Coltrane (RR-GA) and come out of semi-retirement to give the beleaguered Republican Party a hand.

Because whoever they are paying to advise them now needs to be brought up on crimninal charges.

This latest shenanigan - the Senate work slowdown - at a time when what's left of their tattered image is tottering over the edge of a cliff is beyond frat boy stupid, beyond redneck rowdy. These are the kinds of actions that make me think of an old dog that starts walking around in circles just before it lays down to die.

But don't worry, John Boehner and friends - Blacksheep Political Consulting is coming to the rescue, just as soon as we can set up the off-shore account where you're going to wire our fees.

There are no guarantees though - we've learned our lesson from the Vietnamese unregistered voter fiasco.

But I know I can do better than Frank Luntz, your messaging guru. As a matter of fact, I can turn your whole year around with just one change.

"Quit contradicting yourselves."

Well, okay, two changes - "quit contradicting yourselves" and "find somebody other than old fish faced Mitch McConnell to stand in front of the cameras with nasty-assed frown - he is scaring away every voter under 35."

And before you start getting all defensive, Mr. Agent Orange Orange Red, I just want you to look at the research/stuff we are "borrowing" from Russell King's blog so you can see what the public sees when they see the GOP:

You can't flip out -- and threaten impeachment - when Dems use a parlimentary procedure (deem and pass) that you used repeatedly (more than 35 times in just one session and more than 100 times in all!), that is centuries old and which the courts have supported. Especially when your leaders admit it all.

You can't vote and scream against the stimulus package and then take credit for the good it's done in your own district (happily handing out enormous checks representing money that you voted against is especially ugly) --  114 of your members (at last count) did just that -- and it's even worse when you secretly beg for more.

You can't fight against your own ideas just because the Dem president endorses your proposal.

You can't call for a pay-as-you-go policy, and then vote against your own ideas.

Are they "unlawful enemy combatants" or are they "prisoners of war" at Gitmo? You can't have it both ways.

You can't carry on about the evils of government spending when your family has accepted more than a quarter-million dollars in government handouts.

You can't refuse to go to a scheduled meeting, to which you were invited, and then blame the Dems because they didn't meet with you.

You can't rail against using teleprompters while using teleprompters.   Repeatedly.

You can't rail against the bank bailouts when you supported them as they were happening.  (It was Bush who came up with that one.)

You can't be for immigration reform, then against it.

You can't enjoy socialized medicine while condemning it.

You can't flip out when the black president puts his feet on the presidential desk when you were silent about white presidents doing the same.  Bush.  Ford.

You can't complain that the president hasn't closed Gitmo yet when you've campaigned to keep Gitmo open.

You can't flip out when the black president bows to foreign dignitaries, as appropriate for their culture, when you were silent when the white presidents did the same. Bush.  Nixon. Ike. You didn't even make a peep when Bush held hands and kissed (on the mouth) leaders of countries that are not on "kissing terms" with the US.

You can't complain that the undies bomber was read his Miranda rights under Obama when the shoe bomber was read his Miranda rights under Bush and you remained silent.  (And, no, Newt -- the shoe bomber was not a US citizen either, so there is no difference.)

You can't attack the Dem president for not personally* publicly condemning a terrorist event for 72 hours when you said nothing about the Rep president waiting 6 days in an eerily similar incident (and, even then, he didn't issue any condemnation).  *Obama administration did the day of the event.

You can't throw a hissy fit, sound alarms and cry that Obama freed Gitmo prisoners who later helped plan the Christmas Day undie bombing, when -- in fact -- only one former Gitmo detainee, released by Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, helped to plan the failed attack.

You can't condemn blaming the Republican president for an attempted terror attack on his watch, then blame the Dem president for an attemted terror attack on his.

You can't mount a boycott against singers who say they're ashamed of the president for starting a war, but remain silent when another singer says he's ashamed of the president and falsely calls him a Moaist who makes him want to throw up and says he ought to be in jail.

You can't cry that the health care bill is too long, then cry that it's too short.

You can't support the individual mandate for health insurance, then call it unconstitutional when Dems propose it and campaign against your own ideas.

You can't demand television coverage, then whine about it when you get it. Repeatedly.

You can't praise criminal trials in US courts for terror suspects under a Rep president, then call it "treasonous" under a Dem president.

You can't propose ideas to create jobs, and then work against them when the Dems put your ideas in a bill.

You can't be both pro-choice and anti-choice.

You can't damn someone for failing to pay $900 in taxes when you've paid nearly $20,000 in IRS fines.

You can't condemn critizising the president when US troops are in harms way, then attack the president when US troops are in harms way, the only difference being the president's party affiliation (and, by the way, armed conflict does NOT remove our right and our duty as Americans to speak up).

You can't be both for cap-and-trade policy and against it.

You can't vote to block debate on a bill, then bemoan the lack of  'open debate'.

If you push anti-gay legislation and make anti-gay speeches, you should probably take a pass on having gay sex, regardless of whether it's 2004 or 2010.  This is true, too, if you're taking GOP money and giving anti-gay rants on CNN.  Taking right-wing money and GOP favors to write anti-gay stories for news sites while working as a gay prostitute, doubles down on both the hypocrisy and the prostitution.  This is especially true if you claim your anti-gay stand is God's stand, too.

When you chair the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, you can't send sexy emails to 16-year-old boys (illegal anyway, but you made it hypocritical as well).

You can't criticize Dems for not doing something you didn't do while you held power over the past 16 years, especially when the Dems have done more in one year than you did in 16.

You can't decry "name calling" when you've been the most consistent and outrageous at it. And the most vile.

You can't spend more than 40 years hating, cutting and trying to kill Medicare, and then pretend to be the defenders of Medicare.

You can't praise the Congressional Budget Office when it's analysis produces numbers that fit your political agenda, then claim it's unreliable when it comes up with numbers that don't.

You can't vote for X under a Republican president, then vote against X under a Democratic president. Either you support X or you don't. And it makes it worse when you change your position merely for the sake obstructionism.

You can't call a reconcilliation out of bounds when you used it repeatedly.

You can't spend tax-payer money on ads against spending tax-payer money.

You can't condemn individual health insurance mandates in a Dem bill, when the madates were your idea.

You can't demand everyone listen to the generals when they say what fits your agenda, and then ignore them when they don't.

You can't whine that it's unfair when people accuse you of exploiting racism for political gain, when your party's former leader admits you've been doing it for decades.

You can't portray yourself as fighting terrorists when you openly and passionately support terrorists.

You can't complain about a lack of bipartisanship when you've routinely obstructed for the sake of political gain -- threatening to filibuster at least 100 pieces of legislation in one session, far more than any other since the procedural tactic was invented -- and admitted it.  Some admissions are unintentional, others are made proudly. This is especially true when the bill is the result of decades of compromise between the two parties and is filled with your own ideas.

You can't question the loyalty of Department of Justice lawyers when you didn't object when your own Republican president appointed them.

You can't preach and try to legislate "Family Values" when you: take nude hot tub dips with teenagers (and pay them hush money); cheat on your wife with a secret lover and lie about it to the world; cheat with a staffer's wife (and pay them off with a new job); pay hookers for sex while wearing a diaper and cheating on your wife; or just enjoying an old fashioned non-kinky cheating on your wife; try to have gay sex in a toilet; authorize the rape of children in Iraqi prisons to coherce their parents into providing information; seek, look at or have sex with children; replace a guy who cheats on his wife with a guy who cheats on his pregnant wife with his wife's mother. ***

You say you didn't catch how much Blacksheep's fee was, Agent Orange Orange Red? Well, since your RNC chairman Michael Steele insists that "a million dollars really isn't a lot of money" just add another zero to that bid we emailed to you.

You know how it is. Jet fuel is kinda high these days. And with Tiger screwing up the bimbo market, our "out of pocket" expenses could run to six or seven figures...


***This list REALLY WAS compiled/created/crafted by Russell King of Street Prophets  -  if you go by his site to thank him, where he has a much, much longer list of GOP "can't do's", please let him know that his check from Blacksheep Political Consulting is "in the mail." 

Joe Biden Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth

Joe Biden took the words right out of my mouth.

"This is a big fucking deal" is what microphones say he whispered into the President Obama's ear after the president signed the bill this morning.

After being blasted by right wing wackos and weak sister Democrats for months, I think he was being a gentleman about it. This is yet another reason why me and Samuel L. Jackson would never get to be the vice-president.

The East Room looked like Obama campaign headquarters. All that was missing was the "Obama For America" signage and the blue and white balloons.

Why my friends in the media are trying to keep soft pedaling this achievement as if it was nothing more than a run of the mill accomplishment is nothing short of astounding.

Why don't they have Jim DeMint on camera? Or is he packing his bags in a hurry so he can catch Rush Limbaugh's charter to Costa Rica?

Looks like Obama's Waterloo has turned in DeMint's Alamo.

And how come nobody is talking about how significant the Chamber of Commerce's decision to drop the push for healthcare repeal is after the Cracker Convention outside the House of Representatives this weekend committed the cardinal sin of reopening the racial wounds Chamber of Commerce companies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in fines and civil judgements trying to close?

How come no economist is standing in front of a chalkboard explaining how much our taxes would have to increase - A WHOLE LOT, LIKE MAYBE DOUBLE WHERE THEY ARE NOW - and how many services we would have to give up - MORE THAN HALF, PLUS TEN PERCENT - for how many years - SEVERAL DECADES - to pay off the national debt from where we are right now?

Do these people think they are corporate CEO's who believe you can save your way to prosperity without growing revenues? We need MORE citizens, not less - an extra 40 or 50 million people who need houses, cars and TV's is just what we need right now. 

Don't these wet Tea Baggers realize that black people are America's Most Favored Minority, and that it costs big bucks these days in bad PR when white people are unable to explain why they are still acting like it is 1955?

Do you know what the GOP's worst nightmare should be? That Obama doesn't take as many vacations as George Bush. Obama doesn't have a ranch, or a beach hideaway, or a mountain cottage where he can take breaks. It really doesn't matter, though, because Obama knows as well as anybody that the first black president cannot be taking off entire months at a time to commune with nature, so guess what?

He will be on the job this week, next week, and every week after that. As Rush Limbaugh lamented yesterdy on his radio show, "they may not even break in August" when he ranted about how much "damage" the Democrats were about to do to the country this year.

Is this law perfect? Nope, not by a long shot.

But the lawsuits from Republican attorney generals in 13 states that was/were (no idea if it was one suit or thirteen) filed almost simultaneously with the stroke of President Obama's pen has got to be hands down the dumbest shit the GOP has done in months. This isn't even grasping at straws -- when this fails, as it will, like all the other cockamamie, testosterone driven bullshit they've thrown up the last twelve months, this will have "witch hunt" written all over it by the press.

Speaking of them - I turned to FOX News immediately after the signing ceremony. From the pained, strained expression on that motherfucking Bret Baier's face as he announced "the president has just signed the healthcare bill into law", you would have thought you were watching the Confederate News channel. I was half expecting them to cut to a Civil War re-enactor to give us a few Jefferson Davis homilies.

Doesn't matter.

I don't care.

Because today, in America, despite all the ideological flag waving, all the posturing and pettiness, all the futile outrage and ridiculous racist rhetoric, the only signature that counts right now is the one below.

Change Is A Verb - Why YOU Need To Take Action

I’ve been pretty busy these past few days keeping up with the healthcare vote. Last night felt just like it did during the presidential primary back in 2008, with people hooting and hollering about the Obama Administration’s major victory last night in the House when the healthcare bill passed. The internet was crazy. Twitter was wild. My phone was ringing off the hook.

And I am as happy as many of you are that the president prevailed against a fierce opposition.

But since I spend way too much time explaining to people who call me why Obama cannot just "man up' and provide some sort of mythical, manly, testosterone laced "leadership", I think now is a good time, while all of the machinations that just took place in the House of Representatives are still fresh in your mind, to revisit why your president needs you now more than ever.

You can throw most of the opinions you hear on your nightly news out the window, in the trash, on a roaring fire – they aren’t really good for much but bait to attract you to see the advertisements.

If you look at the raw numbers of Democrats versus Republicans in both the House and the Senate, it would seem that things look pretty good if you are a Dem supporter. But if you were paying attention even a little bit last weekend, you saw how difficult it is, in a party not known for message discipline, party platform litmus tests, loyalty pledges or sworn blood oaths, to get 50% + 1 of them to agree on anything.

They don’t all agree on much, even when it comes to working against the Republicans.

So when I am on Twitter, or Facebook, or other blogs around the web, I wonder how any of the president’s detractors in his own party can come to the conclusion that “the president isn’t progressive enough” or “the president promised change – where is it?” when they can see with their own eyes that it takes A COMMITTED PARTY and STRONG PARTISAN ELECTORATE SUPPORT to do the heavy lifting the president’s initiatives require.


If you came here before I updated my blog last month, you saw that maroon and gold banner all the time, and you will again, as soon as I get around to recalibrating the dimensions to fit these new columns. “Change is a verb” means it can be used in a sentence, like “I change political momentum when I call my congressman.” Or a sentence like “Eight years of Obama in office changes the trajectory of America.”
This change also applies to African Americans too, for those of you black folks who forgot you are an American and need your own personal shout out to feel like somebody cares about.

I like smart black guys who can figure out how to turn raw intellect into accomplishment.

A very, very encouraging sign that I have seen on the web in the past few days is the number of YOUNG AS IN UNDER 30 African Americans who are plugged in to what’s going on in D.C. these days.

Why am I so hard on your nightly news providers?

Because they are so concerned about the whacked out crowd of Tea Party activists wherever they show up that they neglected to put a spotlight on THE OTHER PROTEST going on in D. C. this week – the immigration advocate rally that dwarfed the Tea Party minions. Change is coming to America in more ways than healthcare, and it is coming soon to a town near you.

Which is why "take action" was such an important part of the phrase I used to display. Change is coming, but if YOU don’t take any action - if YOU aren't willing to put your back into it - YOU probably aren't going to get the kind of change YOU want.

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The Obama No Fear Victory

President Obama, whose presidency has been battered by public opinion and the media in recent months, appeared to regain solid footing shortly before 11:00 pm Sunday night after the House of Representatives passed the reconciliation package for the Senate approved version of his administration’s healthcare reform bill.

"Tonight we answered the call of history as so many Americans have before us. We did not avoid our responsibility, we embraced it. We did not fear our future, we shaped it."

President Barack Obama, East Room of the White House

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A Glorious Waste Of Time

We were in the middle of a conversation around the table at a restaurant when our first year art student made a comment about her classes. "You might be a better artist than you know," I said. "You've just got to put the time in. They say it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at something." She looked at me with the kind of skepticism only a teenager could muster, her eyes widening in disbelief.

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“I Know This Is A Tough Vote”

President Barack Obama spoke to the House of Representatives Saturday afternoon to rally support for his healthcare reform bill. The president emphasized in his speech over and over again that he understood how hard this vote will be for some of his party members. He also spoke directly to the lack of bipartisanship, calling the Republican contribution to the healthcare debates ideas that were “rejected” without any of the usual political equivocation.

Of the dozens of speeches President Obama has made over the past few months to build support for this bill, this one was the most poignant. The tone of the speech was remarkably intimate for a commander-in-chief known to rely on lofty campaign style rhetoric to get his points across. Reporters who wanted access to the text of the speech were told that there was no text – the president, they offered, was giving this address without one.

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Play "GOP Talking Point Bingo" This Weekend

Republican Strategist Frank Luntz released a memo last year explaining to Congressional Republicans that they could "kill health care reform" if they used the right scare tactics.

Since then, the Republican Party has fought tooth and nail against the Democratic Party to thwart their efforts at healthcare reform. On the eve of the historic vote in the House of Representatives tomorrow to vote on the Senate-approved version, the airwaves are filled with nasty partisan rhetoric, and Tea Party protesters have gathered in the nation's capitol to shout down any attempts by House members to break with the past and move America forward.

You can play this bingo game whenever the conservative political pundits on your TV start talking about health care tonight and tomorrow. Download your own card here.

There is obviously more to the healthcare reform bill, which looks very likely to become law next week. There are a lot of minor issues, and a few major ones, that will need to be addressed going forward.

This is not about those things right now. Right now, this is about winning. A victory tomorrow is as crucial for the Democrats as March Madness is for the teams who are competing to advance to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA basketball tournament.

Every journalist in America should be wielding a metaphorical 2 X 4 at Bret Baier’s head for the worst imitation of a journalist every recorded on video when he interviewed President Barack Obama for FOX News. But mostly, all I’ve seen is a few tepid media responses to the hackneyed hectoring Baier insisted on maintaining, as if he had a bonus coming to him for each instance the he could interrupt the president after asking a question.

It took Charles Blow at the New York Times to make me sit back in my chair this morning as I was reading his Friday column. "Finally," I said to myself, "someone with the balls to write about Baier’s bullshit the way it needs to said." I would have dapped Blow up and given him a man hug if he had been in the room.

Because these were the headlines everybody else was pushing:
    Obama On Fox News: Accuses Bret Baier Of Interrupting, Two 'Going At Each Other' 
    Obama-Fox sitdown gets testy Obama Pushes Health Care Bill in Combative Fox Interview 
    Baier-ly substantive health-care interview with President Obama 
    Obama on Fox: The Interrupt-a-thon 
    Fox News Cares About Process, Even if Most Voters Don't

These aren't blog headlines - they are from CBS, Newsweek, Time, and the Washington Post.

And as I thought about the reality of this – that as on the money as Blow’s assessment was, it was practically a voice in the wilderness of yawning pundits who see nothing wrong with focusing on the same three themes when writing about the Obama presidency, as if absolutely nothing else is going on in his administration.

What does this mean to us?

It means that when my buddy, AN OBAMA SUPPORTER, calls me about once a week to complain about Obama, it takes me about fifteen minutes of explaining things to him before he says "I didn’t know all these things were going on. The way they talk about it on the news, you would think Obama needs to resign."

THAT is the power of our media, a power the fraternity of punk motherfuckers who are the arbiters and architects of the Fourth Estate's perspective know all too well.

They know that for all the communication devices we have, we are more interested in listening to the political gossip and innuendo from our friends on our IPhones than we are in taking the time to simply look up the facts. That we are more inclined to go along with conventional wisdom, even if it is dead wrong, than stand alone on top of the truth. That we take more comfort in the familiarity of failure than the uncertainty of success – especially when it breaks ground so new we have no way of measuring it against the yardsticks we traditionally use.

Don’t take my word for it – go read what Mr. Blow has to say for yourself.

Go see how he has spotlighted the kinds of statistics many of his punk assed colleagues sweep aside in favor of their preconceived narratives they dare not deviate from. And go see how he may have coined my new catchphrase - "Barack The Unbreakable" - that should be ringing from the headlines of every Obama-friendly publication next week.

This really wasn’t the post I wanted to do today – "GOP Talking Point BINGO" - was a little something I’ve been working on that I still may post later today. But I just had to say "thank you" to Mr. Blow for taking the vinegar out of my morning and starting my day off right.

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Closing The Deal On The Healthcare Reform Bill

If you are on the outside looking in, the scene in Washington can seem very chaotic right about now as the House Democrats and President Obama make their final push to gather the votes necessary to pass their healthcare reform legislation. Cable news networks exacerbate this frenzy by featuring every development as if it were truly breaking news, and not a regular part of the legislative process. In some ways this reminds me of the mortgage business, where the end of the process seems to be very chaotic to the borrower, but is just another day in the life of loan officers, closing attorneys, and closing departments.

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I've been writing for a new political site called Politic 365 for a couple of weeks now. One of the reasons I decided to do it was to expand my reach to a larger audience - its not that I don't appreciate the readers I have now, but I am a real American, which means it is hard to think any other way than "bigger is better."

It's been fun. I've learned a lot. And even though it is a more news oriented style of writing than what I do here at Brown Man Thinking Hard, in the end it is still the same mission -  to tell a story in a way that touches readers.

Peggy Sheehy was touched enough to share her own story on an article posted earlier this week at Politic 365, Obama Education Blueprint Proposes No Future Left Behind. Sheehy, an instructional technologist, is an award winning virtual worlds educator. She advised the middle school students from Suffern Middle School in New York, who used machinima from their Island in Second Life to dramatize their grand prize winning Net Generation presentation, a video now on YouTube titled "No Future Left Behind."

Ms. Sheehy said her students were "pleased to see their slogan catching on."

The video itself reminds you of one of those "I am IBM" commercials. Sheehy, who also acted as the producer, used one of my favorite literary devices - repetition - to great effect. 

Everybody under the age of 18 is buzzing, beeping, or button pushing something electronic all day everyday, whether it is a video game, the internet, or a cell phone. We have got to look at new ways to keep the educational process relevant in a changing world AND figure out how to convince these kids that understanding Shakespeare and Descartes and Copernicus and Da Vinci is essential to fully exploiting this new electronic frontier.


100 Accomplishments of President Barack Obama

After that disastrous hatchet job of an interview Bret Baier did with the president last night, I had to quell my urge to go upside Baier's head with a 2 X 4 and slowly work my way back to a more positive state of mind.

May Rupert Murdoch be interrogated by a real-life Jack Bauer wielding a blowtorch who doesn't believe Murdoch's telling the truth.

But back to positive:

Below is a list of 100 Accomplishments of President Barack Obama as posted via Status Updates on the “Accomplishments of President Barack Obama” Facebook Page. To be alerted of further accomplishments, please become a fan (!

Since coming into office on January 21, 2009, President Barack Obama has:

1. Signed an Executive Order on government contracting to fight waste and abuse:

2. Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers:

3. Renewed dialogue with NATO and other allies and partners on strategic issues:

4. Announced a plan to responsibly end the war in Iraq:

5. Provided funding to families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB:

6. Ended media blackout on war casualties and the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB:

7. Signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:

8. Launched to track spending from the Recovery Act, an unprecedented step to provide transparency and accountability through technology:

9. Announced the "Making Home Affordable" home refinancing plan:

10. Launched a $15 billion plan to boost lending to small businesses:

11. Invested heavily in education both as a way to provide jobs now and lay the foundation for long-term prosperity:

12. Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America’s Veterans:

13. Signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Office of Urban Affairs:

14. Limited lobbyist's access to the White House:

15. Issued an Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making:

16. Answered questions at the first online town hall from the White House that were submitted and voted on transparently by the public at

17. Established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities:

18. Launched – enabling conversation and online collaboration between small business owners, government representatives and industry experts in discussion forums relevant to starting and managing a business:

19. Appointed the first ever Federal Chief Information Officer to provide management and oversight over federal IT spending:

20. Signed the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act on February 4, 2009, which provides quality health care to 11 million kids – 4 million who were previously uninsured:

21. Issued an Executive Order repealing the Bush-Era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research:

22. Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis:

23. Announced creation of a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record for members of the U.S. Armed Forces to improve quality of medical care:

24. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date:

25. Committed to phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdates weapons systems, which weren't even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan:

26. Provided federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research:,8599,1908954,00.html

27. Provided new federal funding for science and research labs:

28. Played a lead role in G-20 Summit that produced a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis:

29. Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system:

30. Ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay and a review of our detention and interrogation policy, and prohibited the use of torture:

31. Appointed Special Envoys for Climate Change, Southwest Asia, the Middle
East, Sudan, and a Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan:

32. Empowered states to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards:

33. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect:

34. Increased minority access to capital:

35. Developed a comprehensive new strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan that will help defeat Al Qaeda and authorized the deployment of more than 21,000 troops to Afghanistan:

36. Signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act which gives the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud, from lending to the financial system, and creates a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial practices that brought us to this point:

37. Signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures, providing $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness, and helping to stabilize the housing market for everybody:

38. Increased, for the first time in more than a decade, the fuel economy standards for Model Year 2011 for cars and trucks so they will get better mileage, saving drivers money and spurring companies to develop more innovative products:

39. Issued a Presidential Memorandum to the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances, like dishwashers and refrigerators. Through this step, over the next three decades, we’ll save twice the amount of energy produced by all the coal-fired power plants in America in any given year:

40. Unveiled a program on Earth Day 2009 to develop the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. These regulations will enable, for the first time ever, the nation to tap into our ocean’s vast sustainable resources to generate clean energy in an environmentally sound and safe manner:

41. Announced a new U.S.-Mexico border initiative:

42. Concluded cyberspace policy review:

43. Announced a strategy to address the international nuclear threat:

44. Established a new "U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue":

45. Announced new policy steps towards Cuba:

46. Increased minority access to capital:

47. Issued a Presidential Memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act instructing the Attorney General to issue new guidelines to the government implementing those same principles of openness and transparency in the processing of FOIA requests:

48. Funded the design of a new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History scheduled to open on the National Mall in 2015:

49. The Executive Order on Presidential Records brings those principles to presidential records by giving the American people greater access to these historic documents, severely curtailing the ability to use executive privilege to shield those documents:

50. Signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, a hallmark piece of legislation:

51. Signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act to protect Americans from unfair and deceptive credit card practices:

52. Signed an Executive Order establishing a White House Council on Women and Girls to provide a coordinated Federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls and to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and

53. Launched a U.S. financial and banking rescue plan:

54. Ordered secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed:

55. Ended the previous policy; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards:

56. Launched U.S. Auto industry rescue plan:

57. Provided better body armor to our troops:

58. Authorized cutting the missile defense program by $1.4 billion in 2010:

59. Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols:

60. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic:

61. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions, and addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference:

62. Supported the first steps of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide:

63. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office:

64. Managed several natural disasters successfully, including severe winter ice storms and flooding in several states:

65. Provided new car tax credit:

66. Provided attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles:

67. Purchased fuel efficient American-made fleet of vehicles for the federal government:

68. Endorsed Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax havens:

69. Nominated Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. She was confirmed and becomes the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice:

70. Helped reverse a downward spiral of the stock market. On January 19, 2009, the last day of President Bush's presidency, the Dow closed at 8,218.22. Today, the Dow closed at 10,309.24:

71. Earned an unprecedented success rate of 96.7% on winning congressional votes on issues where he took a position. He did even better than legendary arm-twister Lyndon Johnson who had a 93% success rate in 1965:

72. Provided affordable, high-quality child care to working families:

73. Restored America's reputation as a global leader that will do the "right thing" in world affairs:

74. Issued an executive order to create the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform:

75. Increased funding for student loans and pell grants for 2010 students:

76. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals:

77. Provided tax credit to workers thus cutting taxes for 95% of America's working families:

78. Cracked down on companies that deny sick pay, vacation and health insurance to workers by abusing the employee classification of independent contractor. Such companies also avoid paying Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance taxes for those workers:

79. Signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act that made it a federal crime to assault an individual because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity:

80. Appointed the first Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy:

81. Signed the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act authorizing advance appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs by providing two-fiscal year budget authority thus enabling better medical care for veterans. Endorsed by the American Legion, American Veterans, Blinded Veter...ans Association, Disabled American Veterans, Jewish War Veterans, Military Officers Association, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Vietnam Veterans of America:

82. Held impromptu press conference to urge Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross and other corporate health insurance companies that raise premiums in high amounts without explanation. Rep. Henry Waxman launches probe. In this case, Anthem Blue Cross wanted to raise premiums 39%. They have now put the increase on hold for two months (as of February 2010). Legislation preventing such increases pending:

83. Designated $1.5 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in the states hardest hit by the housing crisis: California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan. The MBA forecasts that foreclosures will peak in the last quarter of 2010:

84. Protected 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors through the Recovery Act that would have otherwise been lost:

85. Extended discounted COBRA health coverage for the nation's unemployed from 9 months to 15 months. Workers laid off between September 1, 2008 and February 28, 2010 qualify:

86. Extended unemployment benefits for 2,000,000 unemployed Americans by 20 weeks. At the time the bill was signed 7,000 unemployed Americans were losing their unemployment benefits each day:

87. Eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education which was significantly increased during the Bush Administration to $176 million annually:

88. Rescinded the Global Gag Rule:

89. Appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history including more women appointees than any other incoming president:

90. Committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq through the Defense Authorization Act. For your reference:

91. Provided tax credits to first-time home buyers through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 to revitalize the U.S. housing market:

92. Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs the largest spending increase in 30 years to improve medical facilities and national cemeteries, and to assist states in acquiring or constructing state nursing homes and extended care facilities:

93. Strengthened the Endangered Species Act:

94. Empowered states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves. Fourteen states have allowed some use of marijuana for medical purposes: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Maryland, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington:

95. Enhanced earth mapping:

96. Increased funding for national parks and forests in 2010, and plans to do it again for FY 2011:

97. Changed failing war strategy in Afghanistan:

98. Allocated special funding to the Labor Department to provide green job training to veterans:

99. Allocated funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police or firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession:

100. Created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economy 3.5% [as of December 31, 2009] through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: