Thursday, September 30, 2010

Islamophobia

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Curve Ball

Reality shows must be a dime a dozen. It seems as though there is at least one on every network every day of the week. The lives of those that were once famous to those aspiring fame and fortune have sparked such a fascination that much of what is seen and sometimes scripted for effect is actually perceived to be reality by many. Reality TV is perhaps entertaining to some and should be accepted as such. To be honest, I am not a fan of reality shows.

True reality comes when the cameras are off and there is no censoring or editing of what is said or done when life throws us a curve ball. The shocking experience of a longtime employee suddenly laid-off or a family losing their home are devastating circumstances.  When our backs are up against the wall and the possibilities appear bleak, chances are our thoughts, feelings and actions may not be suitable for primetime.

While we can’t always be our brother’s keeper, there are some real life circumstances that affect us all collectively one way or another. Unfortunately, the loss of jobs, long term unemployment and foreclosures have for too long been chalked up and somewhat dismissed as just a statistic. If we to start to treat others as people rather than numbers, we have a better chance of collective progress. There are those in our midst that choose to blame the unemployed for being unemployed! Somehow misfortune is now categorized as laziness. The REALITY is that many are suffering from no fault of their own. The REALITY is that many companies are also suffering from no fault of their own.

True Reality should spark great concern and serve as a catalyst for real change.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Deal Breaker?

President Obama condemned Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s comments alleging that some segments within the US Government played a part in the 9/11 attacks.

What do you think? Should this latest barrage of inflammatory comments affect the U.N. Security Council’s offer to enter into negotiations with Tehran?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Freedom of religion?

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Get Off the Sidelines!

Last week’s post focused on doing our homework before choosing a candidate for the upcoming midterm elections in November. The political pundits on TV are already predicting the outcome of seats and which party will be in control of Congress on their newly enhanced computer generated color coded maps and graphics. Depending on your choice of cable news channels and their selected pollsters, you may get the opinion that the outcome is inevitable and predetermined.

 Wait a minute; this is September, not November. The outcome will be determined by those of us that will be committed to the work of electing politicians that will represent what we feel will be in the best interest of all Americans, not just those privileged enough to have lobbyists working the golf courses in the Metropolitan DC area to effect their brand of change.

Doing your homework is the first step. The next step is to get involved in a campaign. What can you do to support YOUR candidate? Making a donation, volunteering at a campaign office, making calls, or maybe just placing a sign in your yard can and will make a difference. Politics, no matter how dirty a game it can be, is definitely not a passive game. Midterm elections may not have the glamour and intrigue of a Presidential campaign, but arguably is just as, if not more important. What you get out of your elected officials is directly attributable to what you as a voter are willing to do to make a difference.

Get off the sidelines! Get involved! Make a difference! Start today! Contrary to what you may hear on cable news. It’s still September!

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Monday, September 20, 2010

The Race is On

Tea Party backed candidates have garnered a lot of attention recently with major primary victories in New York, Delaware, Nevada, Alaska and Kentucky.

How do you think these successes will affect the direction of the Republican Party and upcoming midterm elections?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

No lighting up

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lesser of the Evils

In the upcoming election there will be 435 House, 37 Senate and 37 gubernatorial seats up for grabs. Democrats, Republicans and Independents are once again vying for our support with the ceremonial kissing of babies, handshakes, smiles and lip service. Thanks to the media, we will again be inundated by sound bites, many times pulled out of context or no text at all that amounts to no more than cheap PR and propaganda.

Keep in mind that the smiling and inviting candidate on the campaign trail has proven many times not to be the same individual we eventually send to Capitol Hill. Current congressional leaders on both sides have been a disappointment to the American people with their endless political rhetoric, posturing and gridlock.

Spending billions of dollars, Democrats, Republicans and Independents will undoubtedly come out swinging and slinging- mud while failing to deal with many of the issues of substance and truth that matter to constituents. Oh, let’s not forget about the endless phones calls to sway or confirm our vote. Did I miss anything?     

Unfortunately our choices seem to have been relegated to the lesser of the evils. It’s critical that we do our homework and be well informed of the positions and history of the candidates running to be elected to office on our behalf. We will be in a much better position to determine fact from fiction when the spin doctors take over our airwaves.

Let’s rewrite the script and demand substantial answers to the questions that we have previously allowed our candidates to avoid or dance around. We can no longer blindly accept campaign rhetoric from either party on face value alone!
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Reflection

Thank you Bob Schieffer!

Monday, September 13, 2010

On the Rise

Religious tensions continue to escalate over the on again, off again threats of Quran burnings associated with the proposed Islamic Center near Ground Zero that have now triggered violent protests worldwide.

What do you think is the root of this resurgence of Islamophobia nine years after the attacks of 9/11?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A National Day of Service and Remembrance

Watch as President Obama marks the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks as a National Day of Service and Remembrance to honor those who lost their lives. www.tanyafree.com

"Not Today,Not Ever"

Watch the latest video on www.tanyafree.com as Pastor Terry Jones cancels burning

 

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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Unbelievable!

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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Back to School

I went to an athletic outlet store recently to purchase some tennis shoes.  I suddenly found myself in the midst of the annual “back to school frenzy.” Parents and kids alike appeared dead serious about the purchase of the newest trends in footwear. I was lucky to squeak out with a basic pair of sneakers that will have to do for now.

As a parent, I can relate to and remember the enthusiasm of “back to school” shopping, trying to make sure that my children had all of the required school supplies and necessities while trying not to succumb to the materialism of all of those “must have” fashion trends of the day.

School shopping and preparation is not even half of the battle. The real battle and challenge is for parents to find a way to be involved year round in their child’s academic progress including extracurricula activities, and maybe most importantly parent - teacher contact and regular collaboration.

Parent participation from elementary school through high school is a long, crucial and critical requirement for parents. I understand that working parents today have countless other day to day responsibilities, making the tasks of checking homework daily, contacting teachers, and going to parent-teacher conferences or PTA meetings certainly a challenge. We must continue to remind ourselves that slacking off, quitting or giving up should never be an option for us parents just as it should never be an option for our kids.

Education is undoubtedly, one of the BEST investments that a parent can make in their child’s future. Let’s work to maintain the enthusiasm of “back to school” all year long. This is the one investment that will generate returns for a lifetime and should never be left solely in the hands of teachers and school systems.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Hindsight

President Obama recently declared an end to combat missions in Iraq.

Considering the loss of more than 4400 lives along with approximately $700 billion spent over seven years and the fact that there were no weapons of mass destruction, in hindsight, was the war in Iraq worth the cost?

Monday, September 06, 2010

Yes We Can or No We Can't!

Watch as the President sets the tone for the midterm elections  on www.tanyafree.com

Happy Labor Day

The Origin of the Day (video) www.tanyafree.com

Friday, September 03, 2010

What's our excuse?

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Thursday, September 02, 2010

Unacceptable!

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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

IT IS WHAT IT IS

Less than a month since the Shirley Sherrod incident, here we go again reacting to another racial incident in the spotlight. The N-word, a word supposedly buried a few years ago is back in the spotlight with a vengeance. I guess Dr. Laura didn’t get the memo of its death since she boldly used the word on her radio show a record eleven times. She made the point that rappers and comedians use the N-word and thus supposedly gave her the “right” and the comfort level to use the word several times with ease. 

There are those in the African American community that want to gain power over the N-word and redefine it as a term of endearment. REALLY! If that’s the case, the word then becomes open game to be used across racial lines. So when a white person says to a black person “What’s up my N-----?” No harm, no foul - RIGHT?  Sorry, I’m not feeling it by any means. 

While I can understand the efforts of trying to turn a negative into a positive, I believe that there is TOO much pain, blood and history tied to the “N” word to ever be considered acceptable for use by anyone. I challenge anyone to tell me how the “N” word has empowered any person of COLOR anywhere from the classroom to the boardroom. It seems as though the only person empowered by this latest incident is Dr. Laura, who while walking away from her radio show, made it clear that she is not quitting or retiring and stated that her intent is to be “stronger and freer to say the things that I believe need to be said for people in this country."

As a person of color, I find no power or endearment in the word. The “N” word will only continue to stigmatize all African Americans, not only in the media and justice system but society as a whole.

The dictionary is full of original words of power and endearment. Pick one. How about love?
 
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