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Took today off. Thought I’d write and just record my thoughts about this historic day. Will update as the day goes by…

Watched some CNN video of what Kenyans and Egyptians thought about the prospect of an Obama Presidency. It sent chills down my spine. It dawned on me that Obama has a direct connection to people in Africa and white people, but not really black Americans.

I don’t have a problem with this. i don’t think Obama owes anyone anything, But as a country, the US owes Africa plenty. I hope Obama finds a way to effect REAL CHANGE in that continent during his Presidency (IF he wins). One things for sure, McCain, a direct descendent from the reasons the US owes Africa (it’s chronicled how his family was VERY involved in the slave trade), won’t do a damn thing for that continent. In fact, I believe he will do less then Dupya did for the continent of Africa if he’s elected.

The reason I took today off was because after viewing the CNN video interviews of Africans, I got a sense of excitement that came over me. Maybe my people here will take to doing better among themeselves with a black man now President.

I foresee some black males rejecting this type of conversation. But I see quite a bit of them embracing it.  The statement “now is the time for us to get our selves together” popped up in my mind. Why not use Obama’s Presidency myself to motivate me into improving some of the areas in my own life that I know need improving?

I have decided to embrace this concept. It’s probably a good reason that I even wrote this blog. I wanted to record it. If don’t follow through with the improvements, I’ve got this blog to go back to and call myself out.

I know, I know. Those of you who are white (and even black/other) are probably wondering why I would need an occurance of an Obama Presidency to effect such a change. For me to embrace such a change.

I have long been the type that believed that i would hold up my end of the bargain when it came to carrying on the struggle for equality for black people in America. While I believe I have done a pretty good job at that, I certainly see an opportunity to further advance such a cause with the onset of a Black man becoming President and my becoming the best that I can be at being a hsuband, a dad, a co-worker and a friend.

Like other cliche statements, I too never thought I would see this day. I’m only 40. if you had asked me the probability of Obama becoming President a year ago, I would have said NO WAY. I pride myself in being a realist. Though it was clear the brotha had what it took to make it happen, I just never thought I’d see the day that whites in mass numbers would be swayed to vote for a black guy for the President of the United States of America. AND WITH A NAME LIKE BARACK OBAMA AT THAT! This country never seems to amaze. That’s the beauty of it and how great it is!

This goes to show you how much George Bush and the Republicans messed up the past 8 years. They got in there and acted plum fools. Essentially caused significant damage to a Republican Machine that had been, up to now, a well oiled machine in using fear tactics and scapegoat rhetoric as a key weapon in gaining power and persuation among the “white working class electorate”. THEY WERE LIKE KIDS IN A CANDY STORE WITHOUT REGULATION. Their tummy aches will be on display after today (I hope!)

Just got a response from a guy commenting on my post predicting an 8 point Obama victory. He says that “ofcourse I’m voting for the black guy”. I guess he’s right. But the story of this election is not that blacks voted for the black candidate in record numbers (that was a no brainer). It’s that WHITES voted for a black candidate in record numbers.

Just what does this mean? There will be plenty written on this in the future that will provide a clear understanding of this phenomenal occurrence. Maybe it had all to do with Bush and the Republican’s performance these past 8 years.

No matter how you spin it, you guys F’d Up!

Update: 1pm

Some reports via CNN say that a precinct in Wake County NC had some problems. Didn’t say where. Said the ballots were wet and would not go in the scanner. Now how did the ballots get wet? So what it’s raining. I bet you these ballots are the only ones that got wet and that they belong to a South East Raleigh precinct.

Geesh.

Essentially, the election coverage via the internet sucks this early in the game. (My opinion). However, I am finding that the BBC coverage and CNN International coverage is very good. it’s refereshing to see the world take on our election.

Fox News had these slugs on this morning who were just lambasting Obama. I’m curious as to how their ratings have been lately.

O.k., O.k.. It appears the reason the ballots were wet is from the fact that voters themselves are wet from standind in line outside in the rain. The water from their hands and sleeves are more then likely getting the ballots wet causing the problems and not any “funny business”.

I stand corrected… Maybe I am a little paranoid. O.K., After 2000, I way PARNANOID!

It was interesting to see a report out of Virginina that the head of a Library over slept causing the polls open late. The polls at that site should be extended open the exact amount of time the “head librarian” was late to the polling place.

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Somewhere Harold Washington is smiling. I was young lad when Washington won Mayor of Chicago. I was old enough to understand just what a significant achievement it was for a black man in the city of Chicago to achieve such a feat. The man behind that plan, David Axelrod, did his thing again. Fact of the matter is, Harold Washington was on his way to becoming a fine Mayor of Chicago prior to his untimely death.

Update: 7pm

Had to step away and be a normal person/dad/husband and do some things. Well for the most part, it seems, overall, that things have gone O.K. My daughter is a vollunteer at a local polling place and she text me on her break saying that things had gone pretty smooth so far.

I see FoxNews is up to its old tricks…

This is certainly a desparate attempt to garner some type of attention. Essentially, since the GOP is not the toast of the politics atmosphere today, Fox News has got to do something to show it’s a legitimate news organization. This is not it. (As the interview with the poll manager in the Youtube video demonstrates above)

Now it’s “prime time” and the games really begin. Time to fire up streaming broadcasts of all of the major news sources (to include BBC and Asia Times.com)

What is all of this nonsense about “minority rule” and “blacks taking over”? These types of comments only show just how much preoccupied some white people are with race. A President is a leader of the People. ALL PEOPLE. Not just White people, but every single citizen of this country.

This has been the problem in the past. In fact, I believe that alot of White voters who are voting for Obama don’t have a problem doing so because they feel that Republican Leadership has not been looking out for all people, but just “rich people”.

This is the story of this election. Not the fact that Obama is black, but the fact that whites voting for Obama in mass is a statement that they too had had enough of tax breaks for the well to do. It’s really time for the common man to make some inroads on living a decent life IN THE GREATEST PLACE IN THE WORLD.

Gotta quote Don King, “Only in America. Only in America.”

7:24pm: Fox jut called Kentucky for McCain. We’ll see if that comes to fruition (wouldn’t be a surprise though) ABC shows that McCain has an 8 point lead in Florida and a 7 point lead in Virginia 9with less than 2% of votes counted)

It switched just as quick as that. ABC now shows Obama with a 48% to 34% lead in Florida. I know I can’t do this all night…

Text messages being sent to black voters telling them that they can vote Nov 5th. Facebook messages as well. The tricks of new millenium racial politics…

11:30pm:

OBAMA WINS!

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It’s incredible. I’m really not surprised by this though. “Psst. He’s a black guy” is rearing it’s head. That crap about Obama would not have gotten where he is if he were a white guy is just that, crap. In fact, what very well might keep him from getting where he wants to be (President) is the fact that HE IS BLACK.

I believe now what Hillary was saying about “people kidding themselves about the Celestial Showers coming down on Barack” is coming to fruition.

The fact that Hillary’s very supporters would be willing to sound a war cry for people to vote for McCain over Obama is chilling. BECAUSE THEY DID NOT GET WHAT THEY WANTED (HILLARY FOR NOMINEE) THEY ARE REALLY READY TO CONTINUE LIVING UNDER REPUBLICAN RULE FOR ANOTHER 4 YEARS.?!#$%

In-freakin-cridible!

Really, the ONLY reason this is happening is because Obama is BLACK. Period. IF Obama were a white guy, do you really think Clinton supporters would be saying “Vote for McCain” because Hillary was screwed? If you do, your full of you know what.

Basically, if all it took to get you fools to vote for McCain was to put the female Ted Nugent from Alaska as his running mate, I feel sorry for you and I feel sorry for this country if the “Maverick” wins and the Republicans remain in power in the White House.

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Where is Hillary Clinton? Isn’t she the best person to hit back at the Palin Agenda that McCains campaign is waging against the Obama Campaign. I’ll say this. If she does not come out and address the Palin Bounce and meet it head on, Obama’s toast.

Clearly, she’s holding a grudge against Obama. Hell, for the matter, where’s Bill Clinton when it comes to commentary/takes on the Palin Agenda? It’s clear they are on the sidelines still smarting from loosing the nomination.

Obama’s got to take it though. He surely should have known that this was coming after not picking Hillary as VP, let alone beating her for the nomination.

For some reason, Billary seems like the “I told you so” types.” Letting the phony Palin Agenda succeed long enough to allow Hilary to set up the type of “political comeback” role I think she is plotting by letting the Palin Agenda go unchallenged by the only REAL “change minded/maverick” female politician, Hillary herself.

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The McCain-Palin ticket is the phrase that reads the same backwards as Bush-Chaney. And no, there’s no “lite” attached. Except that it’s really “Palin-McCain”.

I’ve posted on this in the past and I’ll touch on it again. Americans, a vast majority of white ones at that, are serious gluttens for punishment.

Quite simply, it was the same “undecided” whtie citizens who voted for Bush during the second of W’s terms, who are now being swayed by Sarah “Smile” Palin’s addition to McCains ticket. This Palin “VPILF” crap appeals exactly to what McCains strategist are counting on. The immaturity of the American White Male that thinks with their libido and not with their brains…

Not talked about in serious context, George W. Bush is a perfect case study on the adolescent mindset of the 21st Century American White Male. Take a look at what types of roles/stars are revered by this segment of society in todays movies . Adam Sandler. Jim Carey. Chris Farley. Owen Wilson. Ben Stiller. Jack Black. Vince Vaughn. Will Ferrell. All White Males who play(ed) characters who have not quite grown up yet, though their clearly in their 30’s/40’s. These guys movies are all about connecting with this segment of the American population.

Fox News knows what makes these guys tick. Want their attention? Get it with a “hot babe” as your talking piece. Doesn’t matter if she has no substance. As long as she’s articulate, “hot”, nice rack AND there’s no internet dirt on her, she’s good to go. “We’ll give her the talking points and she’ll deliver the ratings… No experience par for the job needed.

Our media had the gall to criticize China for replacing the not so pretty 7 year old singer of the opening Bejing Olympics with one that fit their idea of what was pretty.

China’s official stance was, ““The national interest requires that the girl should have good looks and a good grasp of the song and look good on screen”

Where’s the medias criticism for the GOP’s 21st Century model for success: “The national interest of the party requires that the woman should have good looks, a good grasp of “Republican propaganda crap” and look good on screen.”

And Palin hits the spot.

As the Chinese replacement “lip synced” the words to “Ode to the Motherland”, Palin will speak pre-rehearsed republican propaganda about liberals, religion and taking America Back into a mic.

My question is; taking back American from who? Your own party that has F’d things up the past 7.5 years?

You can put lip stick on an elephant, but it’s still a big ole stinking elephant. Hows that!

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Don’t mess things up. You pandering to Illegal Immigrant supporters is a little unnerving. While I don’t have any worries of illegal immigrants taking my job because of their willingness to be exploited, I do have a problem with what I’ve seen the past 7 years.

Today, I was just in Wal-mart and noticed a pregnant latina woman whom I noticed did not speak english. I know so because she had her other child with her, about 8 years old, who was serving as her translator, so to speak.

I thought to myself, “she’s probably an illegal alien”and “who’s going to pay for the delivery of that child?”

Most citizens of the U.S. don’t or can’t afford quality medical care. I remember when I had my second child and the enormous bill I got from the hospital after the insurance company paid their share of the bill. I won’t say who I work for, but it is one of the largest employers in the U.S. . I’ve got “so called” good health insurance.

The thought of paying for this persons baby just didn’t sit well with me. I then thought to myself, is this the feeling whites have when they become so furious thinking about black women on welfare? Then I say to myself, ” black women are surely the scapegoat in that political game’. Fact is, there are more white women on welfare today as it was 10, 20 or 30 years ago. Those are the facts.

So why does thinking about this latina woman ‘possibly having a baby on public assistance bother me so? The only answer is that I have truly never liked welfare, personally. I did not grow up on it. Both of my parents were working class people who would never have that. While I didn’t look down on my friends I grew up with who did, I always felt like being on welfare was like being on a drug. And that’s one thing I never did. Saw first hand growing up in Gary, what they did to your life.

I would never partake in the exchanging of, say, $30 for $100 worth of food stamps scheme that I was constantly inundated with a the first of the month while either visiting family who at the time still lived in Gary, Indiana while home on leave from the Air Force, or when I owned a retail store front business in the inner city of Nashville, Tn. Boy was I ever inundated with these offers. Even after the government went to the credit card system.

I said at an early age that I would never allow the institution of racism to trap me in anyway. I always thought that the welfare system was a tool of that institutional ploy. To lull black women into a state of dependency and pass being on welfare off to their offspring as a legitimate, albeit tough way to bet by.

I’ve never let a food stamp touch my hand for this reason. Good for me (you probably say, or maybe not).

Back to the latina. The whole “we do jobs no one wants to do” statement is probably what fuels my disenchantment with illegal immigrants. The correct quote is, “we do jobs no one wants to do for low wages. Or no overtime pay. Or we do jobs that no one wants to work off the clock”. These illegal immigrants are depressing the working class job pay scale with their willingness to be exploited.

Listen, these “jobs that no one wants to do”, was being performed before Dupya opened the flood gates by someone. And it wasn’t illegal immigrants. It was blacks and whites.

Cleaners, Grocery store stockers, fast food workers, line cooks, dishwashers, construction laborers and foremen, chicken processing plant workers, and yes, even farm labor was being performed largely by blacks and white working class workers alike in small and big cities alike. Hell, these workers were doing the work for low wages then as they are now.

When the greedy business owners caught wind of the influx of cheap labor that was being let in the country illegally during the past 7 years in record numbers, they quickly jumped on board.

Do you all know that it is actually DIFFICULT for a teen to get a summer job at places like McDonalds or Taco Bell because the employers prefer to hire the illegal alien that will work off the clock with no overtime pay and the employers does not have to worry about calls from a boisterous parent threatening to turn them into the the labor board?

Just one of the effects of illegal immigration. I won’t even talk about the increase in the likelihood of you being killed or hurt by a drunk driving illegal immigrant from Mexico in particular. Google it on the internet. The numbers don’t lie.

So…………… this pregnant latina is a part of this scenario. I’ve heard that the plot is to get pregnant and bore the child here so the child gets automatic citizenship. Then theres a “family hardship” connection/ sympathy card to play if the issue of deportation comes to hand.

Obama’s site says that he’s for securing the border and then allowing the illegal aliens here to gain citizen ship by, among other things, them getting to the back of the line. I agree with this stand. There can be no “round them up in buses, drug them and then dump them off on the other side of the newly built fence (that probably won’t work). I do believe that employers should be prosecuted by knowingly hiring an illegal alien (trust me, they know and there are ways to demonstrate how the employer should have known. Want to know how? Leave a comment/ question and I’ll tell you how.)

I will pay close attention to any pandering Obama does to the pro illegal alien voter block because, as I said in a previous post, I will hold his ass to the fire the same way I hold others in this blog!

Brotha or no brotha.

Hell, you see what Condaleeza and Clarence Thomas has done for us. You could be another one them for all I know.

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That would be Mickey Kanter. Better hit that Crown Royal hard this weekend Hillary when you visit Indiana.

In 1993, Kanter said:

“Look at Indiana — wait, wait, look at Indiana. 42-40. It doesn’t matter if we win, those people are shit.”

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But don’t worry. Your buddy George Snuffleuffigus will surely see to it on Sunday that this is successfully debunked on his show. That takes care of ABC. Your friends at CBS will also give you a pass. NBC, not so sure (you know they don’t like you. so you say). Fox, their not important this election year so who cares what they report.

Remember, like I said in a previous post. At least in Northwest Indiana, those people cannot be fooled and they have good memories. If this gets a lot of play this weekend through Monday. Your going to lose Indiana because WE KNOW YOUR NOT GOING TO DENOUNCE KANTER.Kanter calling Indiana voters \

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The racist wing of the Democrat Party has been exposed. Thanks Hillary. Howard Dean, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are shaking in their boots right now. They fear (should know) the racist tone of Hillary’s campaign has caused irreparable harm to what they have always come to rely on, the black vote.

They’re wondering, hoping and praying there are enough white working class people, who typically vote for Republicans, who are willing to vote Democrat come election time.

They think this because of Dupya’s tenure in the White House has made so many people in all walks of life so angry.

What will the Democrat Party do if this doesn’t happen?

I have a suggestion. Go listen to some Justin Timberlake. Cry me a river for all I care. Maybe your much sought after Hispanic constituency will/can replace us.

Oh, I forgot, the white working class don’t like them either.

Hillary, you’ve got some serious kiss-a_s’n to do to get me and the black vote back if you steal this nomination.

Do a back flip. Dance to some Ying Yang Twins. Have a press conference and talk about how your such a fan of Three Six Mafia’s music. I have no doubt that you will try something like this.

Make a fool of yourself like you’ve been doing all along. Do whatever it takes to get back into the White House.

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