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Eddie Long Trapped Between Religious Dogma And Legal Jeopardy

It’s kind of hard to live in Atlanta and not write a few words about Eddie Long, the pastor of the metro area’s own New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, who is under national scrutiny after being accused of having sexual relationships with some of his young male parishioners. Lawyers fill the airwaves on local morning talk shows, giving the kind of blow-by-blow legal analysis that Greta Van Sustern did during the O.J. trial. People you haven't heard from in awhile call, wanting to know "what's going on down there with that preacher?" And in break rooms, on Facebook and Twitter, a lot of folks are arguing over whether or not these allegations could be true, and if they are, whether or not the acts themselves constitute anything other than consensual sexual activity.




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"Let's face it: the vast majority of Americans have no idea what the president is doing on a day-to-day basis, and certainly don't know how he personally is dealing with specific policy matters."

I will be on the radio tomorrow evening at 8:30 pm EST with Sean Yoes, senior reporter at The Afro American, giving my own two cents on President Obama's approval ratings. Yoes is the host of "The WEAA/AFRO First Edition", an hour-long political talk show on Baltimore's NPR affiliate WEAA-FM (88.9 FM), which airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m.

This week we talk about President Obama's CNBC townhall appearance, where CFO Velma Hart said "I'm exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for."

Progressives lament that people like Glenn Greenwald at Salon and Jane Hamsher at FireDogLake have been voicing the same kind of concerns as Velma Hart expressed for months, but have been attacked by the Democratic faithful for speaking out.

Sean and I discuss the sentiment among Obama supporters, and what it means for the Obama White House.


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 8:00pm tonight.

As always, it was fun.





Today's topic at my blog "Resurgence" on BigThink.com:


Media Commits To "Bad Santa" Obama Narrative This Fall

After watching a few minutes of President Obama’s appearance on the townhall style “Investing In America” forum held on CNBC yesterday, you couldn’t help but get the feeling that Obama was being made to play the role of Bad Santa, because just about everyone in the audience who had a question for him sounded like they were complaining to the mall Santa Claus that they didn’t get anything they wanted last Christmas.

Except the president isn’t Santa Claus.

Nor is President Obama anywhere as powerful or as omnipotent as the CEO’s of the nation’s largest companies. The tag line CNBC chose to advertise yesterday’s meeting—“our nation’s CEO, face to face with his shareholders”—was as inaccurate as my Santa Claus analogy. Corporate CEO’s have much more control over the corporate governance process than the president of the United States has over America’s government.



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Today At Big Think: Going From 1G to 3G





Today's topic at my blog "Resurgence" on BigThink.com:


Going From 1G to 3G


My 1G phone was working just fine.

The Super Glue was still holding the curved piece of plastic along the top of my five year old flip phone, a piece of plastic that served as a backstop for the plastic hinge connecting the two sections of the phone. But it did what was supposed to do—ring when some called me and maintain the wireless signal until I hung the phone up.

Recently, I have had to come to grips with the fact that managing several different projects and multiple workplace environments is next to impossible without some means of unifying your email accounts and having access to them all in real-time. So I figured I had no choice but to finally break down and get a smartphone.


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This Summer I Became Addicted To The Wire

I became addicted to The Wire.

I know, I 'm late to the party. Very late, since the final episode aired over two years ago. But over the last few weeks I spent more time in front of the TV screen than I normally do in six months. This HBO drama that first aired ten years ago before airing its final season in 2006 has been on my list of shows to watch ever since I saw the video “100 Greatest Quotes From The Wire” on Youtube back in the spring. The hot weather, combined with a certain reluctance to sit in front of a keyboard lately, made watching one show after another a seductive proposition.

I started by watching the fourth season, which was a very compelling mix of crime, politicians, corruption, and campaign trail shenanigans that made for a full bodied story. The race between Carcetti and Royce to be the next mayor of Baltimore seemed to mirror in many ways the political climate in Atlanta, another city with an unending line of black mayors for the last thirty years whose string of victories looked like they were about to come to an end last year. It wasn’t apparent until I went back and began to watch the series from the beginning that I understood how crucial the mayor’s race and its attendant ripples throughout the city’s administration was to stoking my interest in this critically acclaimed program.



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