Monday, September 30, 2013

What's Your Take?

Marissa Alexander who is serving 20 years in prison for firing a shot at her estranged husband during an argument will get a new trial, though she will not be able to invoke a "stand your ground" defense, an appeals court ruled Thursday. The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that Alexander deserves a new trial because the trial judge handling her case did not properly instruct the jury regarding what is needed to prove self-defense.The ruling said the instructions required Alexander to prove self-defense "beyond a reasonable doubt." But the court also made it clear in its ruling that the judge was right to block Alexander from using the state's "stand your ground" law as a way to defend her actions. That law generally removes people's duty to retreat in the face of possible danger and allows them to use of deadly force if they believe their lives are in danger.

What’s Your Take? From what you know of the case should Marissa Alexander be allowed to invoke  Stand Your Ground as a defense?

 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Despite relentless efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, open enrollment starts October 1st. In addition, there has been a lot of misinformation and confusion about the how the program will work.     
How well do you understand the Affordable Care Act and how it may affect your family?

Friday, September 27, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weeky Poll

Have you ever purchased a garment for a special occasion only to return the garment after wearing it once? The practice of "wardrobing" may be coming to an end in some high end stores. One prominent retailer will begin to place plastic tags in conspicuous places on dresses retailing for $150 and more, preventing customers from returning an item if the tags have been removed.
       
What's your take? Would you return a garment after wearing it? How do you feel about purchasing a garment that may have already been worn?  

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tanya Free and Friends Podcast

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This week’s topics include

 

  • Here we go again! Most nonessential federal operations will come to an end September 30th if Congress fails to fund a spending bill.
  • In the backdrop of a recent poll that revealed that more Americans are struggling to afford food, House Republicans are planning to vote on a bill that could push millions of people off U.S. food aid programs. Almost 48 million people in 23 million U.S. households relied on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program according to recent reports.
  • The NRA’s executive vice President Wayne Lapierre continued his push for “more good guys with guns” even after the latest mass shooting . LaPierre said more personnel who work at military facilities, including retired military personnel, should be armed so they are able to stop attacks such as the one at the Navy Yard. Are more guns the answer to gun violence?

 

Scotty Reid from Black Talk Radio Network News in Charlotte, NC will join us to discuss the case of Jonathan Ferrell, the unarmed man shot by police as he sought help after a car crash.


TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Have you ever purchased a garment for a special occasion only to return the garment after wearing it once? The practice of "wardrobing" may be coming to an end in some high end stores. One prominent retailer will begin to place plastic tags in conspicuous places on dresses retailing for $150 and more, preventing customers from returning an item if the tags have been removed.
       
What's your take? Would you return a garment after wearing it? How do you feel about purchasing a garment that may have already been worn?   

Monday, September 23, 2013

SHOWDOWN?

Here we go again! Most nonessential federal operations will come to an end September 30th if Congress fails to fund a spending bill. House Republicans advanced a bill on Friday by a 230-189 tally almost strictly along party lines that would continue funding the government at current spending levels for nearly three months, but would strip money to fund The Affordable Health Care Act. The bill which has little chance of passing the Senate has the promise of a veto from President Obama if passed.


What’s your take? Republicans have voted 42 times to repeal or defund Obamacare. My question this week is two- fold. Will there be a government shut down and do you think Obamacare will be funded?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

The NRA’s executive vice President Wayne  Lapierre continued his push  for “more good guys with guns” even after the latest mass shooting . LaPierre said more personnel who work at military facilities, including retired military personnel, should be armed so they are able to stop attacks such as the one at the Navy Yard.


What’s Your Take? Are more guns the answer to gun violence?



 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Russia's proposal to place Syria's chemical weapons stockpile under international control for dismantling has generated skepticism from both sides of the aisles of Congress due a lack of trust of both Vladimir Putin and Bashar Assad.


What’s Your Take? Should the US trust Russia and Syria? Do you really think it is possible to secure all of Syria's chemical weapons?



 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tanya Free and Friends Podcast

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This week’s topics include:

  • 12 killed in Washington DC Navy Yard Shooting
  • President Obama’s overall approval rate is now at 45% according to a recent poll. In stark contrast, an average of 89% of African Americans surveyed approve of his performance from 2009-2013.We will take a look at the numbers.

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Russia's proposal to place Syria's chemical weapons stockpile under international control for dismantling has generated skepticism from both sides of the aisles of Congress due a lack of trust of both Vladimir Putin and Bashar Assad.
What’s Your Take? Should the US trust Russia and Syria? Do you really think it is possible to secure all of Syria's chemical weapons?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The "SIP" with Coffee Black

Have You Had Your "SIP" For The Week?

Monday, September 16, 2013

What's Your Take?

A recent poll has echoed the sentiments of several of our listeners and responders last week on the Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show. The President’s overall approval rate remains at 45%.The poll also revealed that only 42% of Americans approve of his handling of foreign affairs and thirty-one percent of approve of his handling of the situation in Syria. In stark contrast, African Americans continue to support the President when it comes to overall performance. An average of 89% of African Americans surveyed approve of his performance from 2009-2013.

What’s Your Take? Where is the disconnect?  Why is it so difficult for many African Americans to disagree with the President when warranted? Why is it that any form of criticism is considered to be a lack of support? Do you think this blanket approval is deserved? On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate President Obama’s overall performance?



 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

In the backdrop of a recent poll that revealed that more Americans are struggling to afford food, House Republicans are planning to vote on a bill that could push millions of people off U.S. food aid programs. Almost 48 million people in 23 million U.S. households relied on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program according to recent reports. Monthly food stamp usage has risen more than 18 percent over the past four fiscal years. The food-assistance bill could end benefits to as many as 6 million low-income people according to projections. Under existing law, states have the flexibility to request waivers from the strict three-month benefit limit during times of high unemployment. The proposal being pushed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor would eliminate the waivers for the most part.

What’s Your Take?  Why do you think some members of Congress are pushing to cut benefits to the needy in the midst of a weak economy? Is this the right time to cut SNAP benefits?

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Pursuing a Diplomatic Solution in Syria

President Obama follows up on his speech to the nation on Tuesday and describes the possibility for a diplomatic solution in Syria, partially because of the credible threat of U.S. military force.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

The Common Core State Standards initiative seeks to set a uniform standard for grades K-12, to ensure kids all over the nation reach the same minimum level of learning.

What’s Your Take? Is a National Common Core educational standard a good idea?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tanya Free and Friends Podcast

 

 

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This week’s topics include:

  • Today marks the 12 year anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Towers in New York City. The shock of this year’s Boston Marathon bombing that killed 3 people and injured hundreds served as a reminder that the threat of terrorism is far from gone.
  • The Obama administration has been making the case that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people last month in an attack outside Damascus that killed hundreds, and that military action must be taken in response. Are you convinced that the Syrian government is responsible for the chemical attack and that a military response is necessary?
  • Syria pledges to sign chemical weapons treaty and reveal scale of stockpile.

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The "SIP" With Coffee Black

Have You Had Your "SIP" FoThe Week?

Grain of Salt

President Obama said Monday that he has not decided whether he will order a strike on Syria without congressional support — and he's not certain he'll win a vote on a resolution to authorize military action.He also expressed wariness about a new Russian proposal — "welcomed" by Syria's foreign minister — to have Damascus turn over its chemical weapons to international inspectors.

"I think you have to take it with a grain of salt initially," he said. “This represents a potentially positive development. We are gonna run this to ground."

 

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Monday, September 09, 2013

Do You Feel Safer?

Wednesday marks the 12 year anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Towers in New York City. The shock of this year’s Boston Marathon bombing that killed 3 people and injured hundreds served as a reminder that the threat of terrorism is far from gone. Reports reveal that over 1,200 government organizations and almost 2000 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States.


As we take this time out to remember the fallen heroes and innocent people who lost their lives twelve years ago, do you feel any safer today than you did after the  2001 attacks?  How will you observe the 9/11 anniversary?

Sunday, September 08, 2013

What's Your Take?

The Obama administration has been making the case that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people last month in an attack outside Damascus that killed hundreds, and that military action must be taken in response. The Syrian regime blames opposition rebel fighters for the attack. Syrian opposition rebels have also been accused of civilian massacres and other atrocities. A gruesome video reportedly filmed in 2012 of Syrian rebels standing over their prisoners with firearms pointed have added to the confusion in the minds of many when it comes to who is actually responsible for the chemical attacks?


What’s Your Take?  Has the administration made its’ case? Are you convinced that the Syrian government is responsible for the chemical attack and that a military response is necessary?

Thursday, September 05, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Forty-five percent of Virginia adults surveyed say people today are judged mainly on the color of their skin, while 44 percent say people are judged mainly on the content of their character according to a recent poll.

What’s Your Take? Fifty Years after the historic March on Washington, do you think Dr. King’s dream has been realized?



 

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Tanya Free and Friends Podcast

This week’s topics include:
 

  • How do you feel about John Kerry’s contention that we have a moral obligation to go it alone in Syria?
  • Do you agree with President Obama’s decision to seek Congressional approval before military action?
  • What's your take? Should the minimum wage be increased? If so, what hourly rate would you recommend?
  • We will take a look at the NY case that put the use of the N-word among blacks on trial.


TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll


The new school year is here. This is the time of year when parents begin the costly yearly ritual of shopping for school supplies and new back-to-school clothes. Many school districts have made the decision to require student uniforms this year.
What’s Your Take? Do you support school districts requiring uniforms?

Have you had your "SIP" for the week? The latest in Sports, Celebrity and Entertainment news! Check out "The Sip " Wednesdays on the Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The "SIP" With Coffee Black

Have You Had Your "SIP" For The Week?

Going It Alone?

The debate over if and how the US should respond to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria continues in Washington and across America. Great Britain, one of America’s closest allies rejected military action last week. Secretary of State John Kerry declared last Friday that the U.S. had a moral obligation to punish Syria for using chemical weapons. A recent poll revealed almost 8 in 10 said they wanted the president to sell Congress on military action before an attack.

What’s Your Take? How do you feel about John Kerry’s contention that we have a moral obligation to go it alone in Syria? Do you agree with President Obama’s decision to seek Congressional approval before military action?

Monday, September 02, 2013

What's Your Take?

Thousands of fast food workers took to the streets demanding the current $7.25 per hour minimum wage be raised to $15 an hour for flipping burgers and frying fries. Reports reveal that the fast-food industry grosses $200 billion per year. The average fast-food worker in New York City makes roughly $11,000 a year, compared to the $25,000 daily salary of most fast-food CEOs. The current minimum wage is still less than it was through most of the period between 1961 and 1981, when adjusted for inflation. A recent poll revealed that more than 70 percent of Americans support President Obama's push to increase the minimum wage to $9.

What's your take? Should the minimum wage be increased? If so, what hourly rate would you recommend?