Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
One Supreme Court justice appeared peeved during the State of the Union address. Where are Justices Scalia and Thomas? Check out this week’s ‘Wassup’ video and share your comments, or thoughts on any issue of your choice. What’s on your mind? www.tanyafree.com
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The Supreme Court recently ruled that corporations can have free and open rein to support or oppose political candidates with unlimited financial and marketing resources. In essence, the ruling reversed a campaign finance regulation that capped corporate contributions and marketing of presidential and congressional candidates. The danger of this ruling is equivalent to the deregulation of our banking system that resulted in the near collapse of our financial system and subsequent economic turmoil. Imagine the same thing happening with our political system, if those on Capitol Hill are bought and paid for by corporate America. Whose best interest do we think will be served?
The President and congressional leaders are vowing to fight back against the ruling. Members in both houses of Congress are considering legislative measures. Since the Supreme Court ruled that federal restrictions on corporate money for campaign advertisements violated corporations’ free speech rights, an amendment to the First amendment is also being considered.
This fight affects us all and is going to require each of us to get involved so that we as citizens aren’t stripped of our voice in this country. We cannot afford to sit back only to discover in hindsight that we’ve turned over control of our democracy to corporate America.
Monday, January 25, 2010
The question of providing merit pay and added incentives for effective classroom teachers has many lawmakers and teacher unions on opposing ends.
Do you think performance based incentives for teachers will improve student achievement?
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Watch President Barack Obama as he addresses the Supreme Court decision to further empower corporations to use their financial clout to directly influence elections here on TanyaFree.com
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Last week, Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake that nearly wiped the country off the face of the earth. Countless men, women and children were crushed by collapsed structures while others were trapped to their death unable to be pulled out of the rubble. Considered one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere, reports indicate, the country of more than nine million inhabitants is in a state of disarray with the loss of homes, hospitals and government structures.
Haiti is no stranger to strife and turmoil. It was the first independent nation in Latin America, the first post colonial independent black led nation in the world and the only nation whose independence was gained as part of a successful slave revolution.
It is unfortunate that with hundreds of thousands dead, and the world trying to maneuver through the logistical nightmare of delivering aid, the usual suspects including Robertson and Limbaugh continue the barrage of insensitive comments and criticism. The much needed U. S. and global relief efforts will be needed for not months but years to come. We can not allow the crisis to be lost in the ever changing media news cycles. Be advised and aware this incident will also attract the ever present scam artists that prey on the good intentions of those seeking a way to assist. Check out the charity to make sure your donation reach those in need.
The Haitian people are a resilient people. May we continue to offer our prayers, support and well wishes to them at this most unfortunate and defining period of history.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
We just celebrated the birthday of Dr. King and it's obvious that we have a long way to go in race relations, with racially insensitive comments coming from both the right and left.
What actions do you think should be taken in an effort to improve race relations and unite our country?
Monday, January 18, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Life Lived with a Purpose!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction…The chain reaction of evil—hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars—must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
Words of the great civil and human rights icon, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Born January 15, in Atlanta, Georgia, we honor this prominent leader who stood steadfast against the darkness of inequality, injustice and hatred in America. Keeping and staying with his message, Dr. King’s life and legacy exemplified hope and peace for all mankind.
Dr. King’s profound words of wisdom: “I have a dream that…one day [we] will not be judged by the color of [our] skin but by the content of [our]…character” remain as relevant and needed today as yesterday. Just this week, headlines revealed Harry Reid, majority leader of the Senate stated that then 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama could win because of his “ light skinned” appearance “with no negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”
In honor of Dr. King, it is incumbent upon us to stay vigilant and keep the dream and his legacy alive.
Happy Birthday, Dr. King!
Monday, January 11, 2010
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stated during the 2008 presidential campaign that Barack Obama could win because of his “light-skinned” appearance and speaking “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,” according to sources.
How do you feel about this comment and what exactly is a Negro dialect?
Friday, January 08, 2010
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Have you ever had a twilight zone experience? Check out this week’s ‘Wassup’ story and comment or share your thoughts on any story of your choice. What’s on your mind? www.tanyafree.com
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
There are more than 300 million people in the United States represented by 100 U.S. Senators, 435 House Representatives and the President of the United States. Only approximately 1% of the population reportedly earns more than $500,000 per year representing the wealthiest segment of our population. Our electorate, many of whom fall within that elusive 1%, were elected to represent the best interest of all 300 million of us or at least the vast majority. With 15.4 million unemployed, 11.5 million underemployed and 3.9 million foreclosures - where’s the commitment?
After trillions of dollars were committed to the bailout of the financial community, lending and services to the 99% of us including many small and emerging businesses is slow to come and in many cases nonexistent. At the same time, Wall Street hasn’t skipped a beat with awarding millions in bonuses. Again, where is the commitment?
If hindsight is 20/20, much of the same is what we can expect from our political leaders, Democrats and Republicans alike. Their political rhetoric orchestrated in more long and drawn out congressional hearings, hashing and re-hashing the financial disaster and excessive bonuses won’t stimulate the economy or create jobs and Wall Street remains Wall Street. It is without question that we, the American people have had enough.
With little to no help from mainstream media, movements are taking shape. Efforts are being organized by hard working Main Street America to fight back against Big Bank greed and corruption. “Debtors Revolt” and “Move Your Money” are two of those initiatives. Again, they won’t attract mainstream media attention, but there is power in numbers – especially when it’s 300 million strong.
Kudos to the 1% that are doing well, but it’s the 99% that are struggling to stay afloat with the least chance at the American dream – that’s skewed. Let’s commit to change by sending a message to Capitol Hill and Wall Street.
Monday, January 04, 2010
New Hampshire became the fifth state in the U.S. to allow same sex marriage with the District of Columbia expected to be next.
Do you believe marriage is a civil right for gays and lesbians?
Saturday, January 02, 2010
Watch President Obama's weekly address: The Fight Against Al Qaeda