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Be Glad You have enough money to complain about paying taxes

Buy the book! Buy the book Eighteen Months and Short Stories, Real Life today! How much more tax will the affluent have to pay to ensure a healthier and better America? Is it much more or what they used to pay several years ago? Most people wish they had enough money to complain about taxes. Most people are looking at a huge refund, instead. Wealthy people don't get refunds because they have write-offs and tax shelters and tax loopholes--whatever they are because it's not like I actually know. People who are self-employed pay taxes but it's the taxes that an employer would have paid for them, so that is different. I am one of those people. If you want to complain, complain about taxes on small businesses.

The President highlights Ethics, Education and Entrepreneurs during his Joint Session of Congress Address

Buy the book! Buy the book Eighteen Months and Short Stories, Real Life today! What the President said about doing the right thing......But in my life, I have also learned that hope is found in unlikely places; that inspiration often comes not from those with the most power or celebrity, but from the dreams and aspirations of Americans who are anything but ordinary. I think about Leonard Abess, the bank president from Miami who reportedly cashed out of his company, took a $60 million bonus, and gave it out to all 399 people who worked for him, plus another 72 who used to work for him. He didn’t tell anyone, but when the local newspaper found out, he simply said, ''I knew some of these people since I was 7 years old. I didn't feel right getting the money myself." And I think about Ty’Sheoma Bethea, the young girl from that school I visited in Dillon, South Carolina – a place where the ceilings leak, the paint peels off the walls, and they have to stop teaching si…

National Office of Urban Affairs

Buy the book! Buy the book Eighteen Months and Short Stories, Real Life today! The U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting held this week in Washington D.C. was highlighted by a meeting with the President and Vice President of the United States on Friday, February 20 inside the White House East Room. President Obama announced that he signed February 19, an executive order establishing the White House Office of Urban Affairs, where former New York City Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion will head up the agency. The office was created to, ”provide leadership for and coordinate the development of the policy agenda for urban America across executive departments and agencies; (b) to coordinate all aspects of urban policy; (c) to work with executive departments and agencies to ensure that appropriate consideration is given by such departments and agencies to the potential impact of their actions on urban areas; (d) to work with executive departments and agencies, including the Office of M…

The Albino Chimp and NYP Cartoonist

Buy the book! Buy the book Eighteen Months and Short Stories, Real Life today! I do not stand alone... Open Letter to the NYP Editor from John Legend Okay, picture this: An albino chimp sprawled out on the sidewalk with mgsw (multiple gun shot wounds) to the chest and two black cops standing over the funny chimp with the caption of, "I guess they'll have to find someone else to draw the next tasteless, political cartoon." Is that shit funny? No it's rather grotesque. How many black reporters work at the NYP? Guess. How many do you think work there? This is the problem within newsrooms across the nation, not just the Post. Execs swear up and down they can find no qualified blacks to work in their newsrooms as reporters. That is a bunch of horse shit and lies. They apparently are not welcome in American newsrooms. Ask around. I've been unemployed since 2006 and have a pretty good stringbook on display at Scribd. I know several white and black reporters who ju…

FYI for newsies

Buy the book! Buy the book Eighteen Months and Short Stories, Real Life today! Reel Journalism With Nick Clooney Features 'Citizen Kane' Feb. 23 With Panelists Tom Shales and Frank Mankiewicz WHAT: "Citizen Kane" will be the third film featured in the Reel Journalism film series, sponsored by the Newseum and American University's School of Communication. Loosely based on the life of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, Orson Welles's 1941 classic is hailed as one of the greatest films ever made. Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post television and film critic Tom Shales and Frank Mankiewicz, son of Herman Mankiewicz, winner of an Academy Award for writing the "Citizen Kane" screenplay, share their thoughts on the film's legacy. Reel Journalism is presented by the Newseum and American University's School of Communication as part of an effort to use films about journalism to encourage discussion about the critical role and responsibi…

To Hell in a handbasket? Nope.

Buy the book! Buy the book Eighteen Months and Short Stories, Real Life today! My comments: (go to the site and add yours) Amen, Roger and luxury is not a thing of the past. Buying things one cannot afford to keep up appearances is a thing of the past. Heck, if you cannot afford steak--eat chicken. Can't get chicken--eat tuna and so forth. Our decent into this situation may be viewed in full at your local library's microfiche newspaper archives. It's called independent research. Go back 16 to 25 years. There are some who can afford to spend because they have plenty of disposable income. I'm not one of those people but I understand that they have more money than me and thus, on many levels, a better life. So many people cannot accept this bit of reality. People for so long only wanted to show off to people that they 'got it like that.' Some still do but those who were going into debt to front, gots to chill. Economy in the toilet over frontin' = F'kd …

Our President really cares about America

Buy the book! Buy the book Eighteen Months and Short Stories, Real Life today! Today, I signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. This is a historic step -- the first of many as we work together to climb out of this crisis -- and I want to thank you for your resolve and your support. You organized thousands of house meetings. You shared your ideas and personal stories. And you informed your friends and neighbors about the need for immediate action. You continue to be a powerful voice for change throughout the country. The recovery plan will create or save 3.5 million jobs, provide tax cuts for working and middle-class families, and invest in health care and clean energy. It's a bold plan to address a huge problem, and it will require my vigilance and yours to make sure it's done right. I've assigned a team of managers to oversee the implementation of the recovery act. We are committed to making sure no dollar is wasted. But accountability begins wit…

Run Away Slave Syndrome and other little irritations

Buy the book! Buy the book Eighteen Months and Short Stories, Real Life today! President Obama's election means many different things to many different people. I say, "We is free, yall!" Which means you shouldn't be worried with your freedom of speech being trampled upon--within reason. Some are only looking for the President to be Captain Save' Em and pull us our of the nightmare economic situation the Republican party has seemed to gotten us into. Yeah, I'm calling the game thata way. They were the last ones at the wheel so who the hell else to blame. Dems? They have been getting swatted about like flies for the past eight. Puh-leeze. So, some of us are looking to pay as little as possible in taxes. I feel ya. I pay self-employment taxes which is never much since I have deductions (kids) but it is still money that I pay that an employer would have been paying. I found out today that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a conservative body which explains why th…

Where to go for help in these tough economic times

Buy the book! Buy the book Eighteen Months and Short Stories, Real Life today! If you want to interact with members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce here is a link. If you want to interact with those who regulate banking and finance go here: Banking and Finance I just heard on the news that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a comprised of mostly very conservative Republicans.

Thank You for the passage of the stimulus bill

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan has passed the Senate and is on its way to difficult House-Senate negotiations. The House and Senate have passed two different versions of the economic stimulus bill. Before the bill can be signed into law, the two chambers must reconcile their differences and pass a final version of the package. Just three Republicans helped pass the plan on a 61-37 vote and they're already signaling they'll play hardball to preserve more than $108 billion in spending cuts made last week in Senate dealmaking. Obama wants to restore cuts in funds for school construction jobs and help for cash-starved states.

Are Katherine and T.R. Leaving Grey's Anatomy?

By Kristin Dos Santos Tue Feb 10, 12:11 PM PST After months of rumors that Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight may be leaving Grey's Anatomy, costar James Pickens ("The Chief") has added fuel to the fire. "Yes, she is," he told Us Weekly when asked if Heigl will exit the show. "Wherever Katherine goes, I wish her nothing but the best." As for Knight, Pickens said, "He's going too."

What I don't understand could fill up a book

Buy the book! Buy the book Eighteen Months and Short Stories, Real Life today! What I don't understand is that the solutions to our problems lay in bipartisanship and other types of reaching across the isle handshaking. Was this the solution four years ago? Many of the same ideas are still being put to use. What about eight years ago when the Big R bandwagon was helping people shove money and contracts in their pockets like greedy kids at the candy store after church. Why is it we have to stop and think and wake up? I think we are plenty up now. We have been asleep for the past eight, snoring for the past four. President Obama is correct in his thinking and many people believe how he believes and we want his way to work--not the way of hard line conservative Republicans. The only thing Republicans need to be doing right now is explaining in detail their role in "breaking the world." How did you help or what was your role in draining all available money from the American…

The problems we have today started many years ago — This is an archived Chicago Tribune article that is more relevant today that it was last year this time. Its topic? Crippling unemployment, a crumbling city and how blacks are disproportionately affected. Recession and unemployment started a couple of years ago within the black community and is an ongoing issue. Now what? Go tell the GOP.
Don Lemon of CNN is interviewing someone who performs grassroots HIV education and she says 18-24 age group is a growing aids problem in aa community amid the down-low brothers. Wrap it up please!

Tentative deal in the works for Stimulus Package

Buy the book! Buy the book Eighteen Months and Short Stories, Real Life today! I hear a Republican right now hollering on a news show about the previous admn successful efforts in promoting "growth" in this country. Anyone with two years of college understands that within any organization, fast growth--like what this country experienced--is dangerous. Fast growth leads to failure. We found this out when the late president Ronald Regan was in office. There are businesses created models to do just that--grow fast make lots of money and then implode. There isn't an incentive to keep a business afloat when there are so many tax breaks for a money-losing venture. Now I know if a dumb-ass unemployed black woman from Gary, Indiana knows that, all of those smart asses on Capital Hill know it too. Don't they know the whole world is looking to see if the powers-that-be have finally learned their lesson and will choose to do the right thing? The right thing may not make your po…

You Tell 'em Mr. President!

Buy the book! Buy the book Eighteen Months and Short Stories, Real Life today! I hear the President will be in Elkhart, IN to promote our stimulus package. He has taken off the gloves with everyone involved in holding up the process too. Mitch McConnell Republican Minority Leader basically said we don't need frivolous spending but where was he when the economy was getting wrecked worse than a drunk college girl at a wild frat party? Huh? Where was the concern then? Fn hypocrites. The problem is that no one wants to do anything for anyone they consider to be poor or poorer than them. Selfishness. And Rush Limbaugh isn't helping. I guess former VP Dick Chaney had to get in it too, sending a warning to the media that there is some nuclear proliferation on the horizon. All of this and the SEC getting hammered for not doing their job. This was a lot to take in this week. But how do the everyday American feel about the Stimulus package and the SEC and Nuclear proliferation? They ar…