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ECLIPSE OF HARLEM POLITICAL FACTOR?

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index1The so called “leak” of attorney General Andrew Coumo’s letter to Mayor Giuliani indicating his intent to run for Governor of the State of New York, and urging him (Giuliani) not to run next year has a quality of political calculation, some say.  Although, it is true that Gov. Mario Cuomo and Mayor Rudy Giuliani have an affectionate relationship despite their apparent partisan juxtapositions.

The public political linkage between Rudy and Mario made news in 1994, when Mayor Giuliani endorsed Governor Cuomo, and snubbed Republican gubernatorial candidate George Pataki, who ultimately beat incumbent Cuomo and became Governor.  Sources close to Andrew Cuomo insist that the letter was a friendly heads up to a family friend and had no ulterior political subtext.  But other observers suggest that the leak of the letter is designed to eclipse the seriously weakened Harlem political leadership in general and Governor Paterson’s electoral ambitions for a full term, in particular.

Political analyst Gary James observes, “The leak comes in the wake of President Obama’s suggestion, by way of State Senator Malcolm Smith of southeast Queens, that he (Paterson) should not run…  The signal to Andrew from Smith’s “message from Garcia” was that race is a moot point in the election, therefore its okay to directly challenge the storied Harlem political leadership, of which the Governor is an heir apparent.”

Some say the decline of Harlem as a political force began in 2002, when Mr. McCall, the Democratic candidate for governor, won less than a third of the vote in a three-way race.  For others, the signal moment was the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, when Rangel, along with most elected officials in the state, threw his support behind Hillary Clinton, then New York’s junior senator.  Joining him was Governor Paterson, who campaigned for Mrs. Clinton in Iowa.

Still others have their unique take on the relative political status of the Harlem machinery, history and future.  Life long resident of New York and resident of Harlem since 1981, Gary James makes his observation.  “Harlem’s significance as the hegemonic political leader of New York City’s black community began in the 1970’s, with the emergence of Brooklyn elected officials and growth of the black American demographic in that borough.  Ultimately the black community in the city bifurcated into two leadership camps popularly dubbed, the Harlem “old guard” and the Brooklyn “vanguard.”

According to James, the political attrition rate was greatly assisted by a lack of political mentoring of a young leadership cadre, hence the iconic Harlem political leadership base may be in its final throws.  It remains to be seen if there will be a political resurrection, or rebirth of the Harlem political brand in 2010, and 2012.  Therefore hope springs eternal…

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October 31, 2009 at 11:52 pm

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MEDICARE FOR ALL…

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By George S. McGovern

ObamaInterviewFor many years, a handful of American political leaders—including the late Senator Ted Kennedy and now President Barrack Obama—have been trying to gain passage of comprehensive healthcare for all Americans. As far back as President Harry S. Truman, they have asked Congress to act on this national need. In a presentation before a joint session of Congress last month, Pres. Obama offered his view of the best way forward.

But what seems missing in the current battle is a single proposal that everyone can understand and that does not lend itself to demagoguery. If we want comprehensive healthcare for all of our citizens, we can achieve it with a single sentence: Congress hereby extends Medicare to all Americans.

Those of us over 65 have been enjoying this program for years. I go to the doctor or hospital of my choice, and my taxes pay all the bills. It’s wonderful. But I would have appreciated it even more if my wife and children and I had had such healthcare coverage when we were younger. I want every American, from birth to death, to get the kind of healthcare I now receive. Removing the payments now going to the insurance corporations would considerably offset the tax increase necessary to cover all Americans.

I don’t feel as though the government is meddling in my life when it pays my doctor and hospital fees. There are some things the government does that I don’t like—most notably getting us into the needless wars that cost many times what healthcare for all Americans would cost. Investing in the health of our citizens will enhance the well-being and security of the nation.

We know that Medicare has worked well for half a century for those of us over 65. Why does it become “socialized medicine” when we extend it to younger Americans?

Taking such a shortsighted view would leave nearly 50 million Americans without health insurance and without the 1-WS02-obama-200gvs102109means to buy it. It would leave other Americans struggling to pay the rising cost of insurance premiums. These private insurance plans are frequently terminated if the holder contracts a serious long-term ailment. And some people lose their insurance if they lose their jobs or if the plant where they work moves to another location—perhaps overseas.

We recently bailed out the finance houses and banks to the tune of $700 billion. A country that can afford such an outlay while paying for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan can afford to do what every other advanced democracy has done: underwrite quality healthcare for all its citizens.

If Medicare needs a few modifications in order to serve all Americans, we can make such adjustments now or later. But let’s make sure Congress has an up or down vote on Medicare for all before it adjourns this year. Let’s not waste time trying to reinvent the wheel. We all know what Medicare is. Do we want healthcare for all, or only for those over 65?

If the roll is called and it goes against those of us who favor national healthcare, so be it. If it is approved, the entire nation can applaud.  Many people familiar with politics in America will tell you that this idea can’t pass Congress, in part because the insurance lobby is too powerful for lawmakers to resist.

As matters now stand, the insurance companies claim $450 billion a year of our healthcare dollars. They will fight hard to hold on to this bonanza. This is a major reason Americans pay more for healthcare per capita than any other people in the world. The insurance executives didn’t cry “socialism” when their buddies in banking and finance were bailed out. But to them it is socialism if the government underwrites the cost of healthcare

Consider the campaign funds given to the chairman and ranking minority members of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over healthcare legislation. Chairman Max Baucus, a Democrat, and his political action committee have received nearly $4 million from the healthcare lobby since 2003.  The ranking Republican, Charles Grassley of Iowa, has received more than $2 million. It’s a mistake for one politician to judge the personal motives of another. But Senators Baucus and Grassley are firm opponents of the single-payer system, as are other highly placed members of Congress who have been generously rewarded by the insurance lobby.

1-WS02-obama-200gvs092709In the past, doctors and their national association opposed Medicare and efforts to extend such benefits. But in recent years, many doctors have changed their views.  In December 2007, the 124,000-member American College of Physicians endorsed for the first time a single-payer national health insurance program. A March 2008 study by Indiana University—the largest survey ever of doctors’ opinions on financing healthcare reform—concluded that 59 percent of doctors support national health insurance.

To have the doctors with us favoring government health insurance is good news. As President Obama said, “We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it.”

George S. McGovern, a former senator from South Dakota, was the Democratic nominee for president in 1972.

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October 26, 2009 at 12:29 pm

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Letter From a College Student…

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The other day, a friend of mine visited me in the lobby of my dorm just to chat while her laundry was drying.  As we were chatting, two young freshmen came by. One of the 2 boys wanted to ‘talk’ to my friend (as in date).  She asked him how old they were, and both of the boys replied 18.  My friend and I both laughed hysterically because we are both 22 years old.

After my friend left, the young men were still hanging around and one wanted to know how he could gain her interest.

The first thing I told him to do was to pull up his pants!  He asked why, and then said he liked    saggin   ‘ his pants.  I told him to come over to my computer and spell the word    saggin’.     Then I told him to write the word    saggin   ‘ backwards…

S-A-G-G-I-N

N-I-G- G-A-S

I told him the origin of that look was from centuries ago.  It was the intent of slave owners to demoralize the field workers by forbidding them to wear a belt as they worked in the fields or at any other rigorous job.  In addition, men in prison wore their pants low when they were ‘spoken for’.  The other reason their pants looked like that was they were not allowed to have belts because prisoners were likely to try to commit suicide.  And,  saggin’   pants prevents you from running.

We as young Black people have to be the ones to effect change.  We are dying.  The media has made a mockery of the Black American.  Even our brothers and sisters from   Africa   don’t take us seriously.  Something as simple as pulling up your pants and standing with your head held high could make the biggest difference in the world’s perception of us.  It is time to do right by ourselves.  We need to love and embrace each other. No one is going to do that for us.

It all comes down to perception.  What people perceive is what reality to them is.  We have to change not only the media’s perception of us, but we need to change our perception of ourselves.  Remember all eyes are on you Black Man. All eyes are on you Black Woman.  All eyes are on your Black Child .  People point the finger at us and expect us to engage in negative and illegal activities, to manifest loud, boisterous behavior, to spend our hard earned money in their stores, buying goods we don’t need, or really want.  We have allowed not only the media, but the government and the world to portray us as a ‘sub-culture. ‘ They have stripped our culture down to the point where the image of Black people is perpetuated as rappers, athletes, drug users, and consumers of junk food, expensive tennis shoes, expensive cars, expensive TVs, cell phones and not investing in homes for our families.

We are so much more!!!!!!!

To all our Black Men   :     It’s time to stand up.  There are billions of Black Women who want to do nothing more than worship the ground that you walk on.  We are so in love with your potential.  We want to have your back, we want to love, support and cherish every ounce of your being. But with that you have to show that you are willing to be the head of our households.  You have to prove yourselves worthy of our submission.  We need you to be hard working…Not a hustler.  We need you to seek higher education, to seek spirituality.  We need you to stand!  And trust us; we will have your back.  We know that it gets hard.  We know you get weary.  Trust and believe that there is nothing that a Black Man and a Black Woman can’t handle with GOD on their side.

To all our Black Women       :     It is also time for you to stand up.  It is time for you to stop using our bodies as our ObamaPants1primary form of communication.  It is time to be that virtuous woman that Proverbs spoke of.  You cannot sit by the wayside while our men are dying by the masses.  You are the epitome of  Black Love .  It starts within you.  You need to speak with conviction to let not only our Black Men know, but the world, that you are the Mothers of this world.  You are so powerful.  You are so beautiful.  You need to love and embrace every blessing God has given us physically, emotionally and spiritually.

For all our Black Children   :     We need to love them.  We need to teach them.  We need to stand up for them.  We need to protect them.  We need to show them that there are no ‘get rich quick’ schemes.  We need to tell them that they WILL die trying if they submit to a life of crime and deceit.  We need to teach our children that no one will love them the way we can.  And being a basketball player, a rapper, or a drug dealer is not reality.  It’s not realistic and only a small percentage of people ever make it as a rapper or professional athlete.  We need to teach our children that we can be more than rappers and athletes.  We can be the owners of these sports teams.  We can be the CEO’s of OUR fortune 500 companies.  We need to believe in literacy.

This is the year of empowerment. ‘ God will empower us to accomplish things this year that will be mind blowing’.

GOD BLESS,

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October 24, 2009 at 12:03 am

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BILL COSBY DOES IT AGAIN!…

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ATT00001I  HAVE DECIDED TO BECOME A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT IN THE YEAR 2012..
HERE IS MY PLATFORM:

(1).   Any use of the phrase:    ‘Press 1 for English’  is  immediately banned.    English  is  the official language;   speak it or wait outside of our borders until you can.

(2).   We will immediately go into a two year isolationist  attitude in order to straighten out the greedy big business posture in this country.    America will allow NO imports,  and we’ll do no exports.     We will use the  ‘Wal-Mart ‘s policy,  ‘If  we  ain’t got it,  you don’t need it.’    We’ll make it here and sell it here!

(3).. When imports are allowed,  there will be a 100% import tax on it coming in here.

(4).   All retired military personnel will be required to man one of the many observation towers located on the southern border of the United States  (six month tour). They will be under strict orders not to fire on  SOUTHBOUND  aliens.

(5).    Social Security will immediately return to its original state.    If you didn’t put nuttin in, you ain’t gettin nuttin out.   Neither the President nor any other politician will be able to touch it.

(6). Welfare.    —    Checks will be handed out on Fridays,  at the end of the 40 hour school week,  the successful completion of a urinalysis test for drugs,  and passing grades.

(7).   Professional  Athletes — Steroids?    The FIRST time you check positive you’re banned from sports … for life.

(8).   Crime  –  We will adopt the Turkish method,  i.e.,  the  first  time you steal,  you lose your right hand.    There is no more  ‘life sentences’.    If convicted of murder, you will be put to death by the same method you chose for the victim you killed:   gun,  knife, strangulation,  etc.

(9)..   One export of ours will be allowed:      wheat; because the world needs to eat.    However, a bushel of wheat will beCosby4Prez the exact price of a barrel of oil.

(10).    All foreign aid,  using American taxpayer money, will immediately cease and the saved money will help to pay off the national debt and,  ultimately,  lower taxes. When disasters occur around the world,  we’ll ask The American People if they want to donate to a disaster fund,  and each citizen can make the decision as to whether,  or not,  it’s a worthy cause.

(11).   The Pledge of Allegiance  will  be said  every  day at  school and  every  day  in  Congress.

(12).   The National Anthem  will  be played at all appropriate ceremonies,  sporting events,  outings,  etc.

My apology is offered if I’ve stepped on anyone’s toes ….. nevertheless……

GOD BLESS AMERICA.

Sincerely,  Bill   Cosby

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October 23, 2009 at 4:48 pm

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INDECENT EXPOSURE?

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bvsaginnThe spectacle of young Black American males wearing the pants beneath the round of their buttocks, boldly exposing their underwear is pervasive in many communities around the country.  This unseemly phenomenon has spread like wildfire in the last few years from inner city and urban thug culture, now includes middle and primary school students.

Recently, in Harlem New York, a group of openly gay young females were seen strutting down 125th Street, with their boxers in broad display as though they were engaged in a rites of passage ritual.  Unfortunately, there seems to be no practical and enforceable corrective action to stem this growing abhorrent public behavior.

Dr. Robert Franklin Jr., the President of Morehouse College, the historically black all-male college in Atlanta, wants students to adhere to a dress code, that bans “do-rags” and “sagging pants.”  The code, dubbed the “Five Wells,” calls for Morehouse students to be: well read, well spoken, well traveled, well balanced and well dressed.  The “well dressed” portion of the creed includes things like not wearing do-rags outside of residence halls, no sunglasses in class, no jeans at major programs, no pajamas outside of the dorm, no dental grills, no women’s garb and no sagging pants.  “Each student must promote and portray a positive and properly represent themselves and the college,” the notice says.

Morehouse is not alone in its dress code mandate:  A couple of years ago, Michael Sorrell, the president of HBCU Paul Quinn College in Dallas, also felt that students could not be taken seriously because of their attire and ordered a dress code.  Sorrell’s premise was “…if you’re not used to dressing in business casual, how can you make the transition to life after school?”  Students initially resisted, but according to some, who were talked to said, that they are on board and now they feel and look better.

Harlem resident, Gary James said, “I grow up in the south Bronx during the 1950s and 60s, at which time you would beObamaPants2 putting yourself in harms way, if you paraded in the street with your pants hanging down and your draws showing.”  He said, “When I was in primary and secondary school, there was a strict dress code that was seriously enforced.”

James concluded, “Although much of the problems with today’s youth can be traced to the home, parental authority these days has been seriously undermined by sophisticated society, as well as the authority of principals and teachers, in the context of basic discipline and dress decorum.”

He concluded, “at this point youth in general and black youth in particular are in free fall.  Perhaps at this stage of the game the sagging pants scenario should be identified as “indecent exposure” requiring some level of public sanction.”

President Barack Obama such receive kudos for raising the public cinciousness on this very important issue for deseminating a series of exolicit posters deriding the practice.

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October 23, 2009 at 1:21 am

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Can Cong. Rangel and Gov. Paterson Survive?

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20paterson.xlarge2In the wake of an expanding House Ethics Committee investigation of veteran New York Congressman Charles Rangel, there is much political speculation that the twenty term incumbent will not survive.  While the quintessential Harlem politician has dodged many political bullets, associated with the quality of his leadership at the local level, the escalating calls for him to step down as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee has become a problem for his party in the 2010, midterm election, according to reports.

It remains to be seen what the ultimate outcome of the ethics investigation will be, or whether the dean of the New York Congressional delegation will lose his powerful chairmanship and seniority.  It is likely that the already protracted House of Representative internal ethics investigation process may be virtually a perpetual exercise.  In any case he is likely to remain in place far beyond the midterm elections and a successful 21st term election campaign.

But, apart from mounting internal pressure from his political colleagues and the partisan political attacks from the congressman’s conservative-Republican opponents, local political facts on the ground may have already dye-cast his ultimate political fate.  As the titular head of the Harlem political machine, Congressman Charles Rangel is currently presiding over scattered remains of the iconic legacy of black political leadership.

On Friday October 2, 2009, Congressman Rangel and other key leaders and other elected officials of Harlem’s leadership met at the famous Sylvia’s Restaurant and discussed abounding local political challenges.  At the top of the agenda was the significantly diminished political fortunes of Governor David Paterson, and the need to formulate a proactive political strategy.  Although there is growing political pressure among New York Democratic elected officials for the Governor to step down and avoid a fractious party primary battle, an increasing the opportunity of a Republican Party victory in 2010, the political sentiment among the assembled was to let the voters decide.

According to an astute political observer, “At the end of the day when all the data is in and a practical political calculus is determined by all the concerned parties, the elected leadership may roll over and let the political chips fall where they may…  Despite a possible Hail Mary political scenario we may be witnessing the final days of the storied Harlem political machine.”

It is a safe political bet that the senior congressman will prevail over any attempt to defeat him in next years midterm election, although his chairmanship remains an open question.  However, the honorable congressman will most likely have substantial opposition for his seat in the 2012 campaign.  But, given the unfolding controversies and pending final report of the House of Representative’s Ethics Committee investigation, the congressman may determine that discretion is the better part of valor and will not seek a twenty-second term.

Unfortunately, the embattled congressman, and the state of the Harlem political organization in general puts the prospects of a electoral comeback of Governor Paterson beyond the political Rubicon.  However, contrary to the political fate of Congressman Charles Rangel, the political fate of Governor David Paterson remains in his hands to decide.

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October 15, 2009 at 2:34 pm

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September 11, 2001, Photos from the Air…

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NYCair2September 11, 2001 is a day of infamy that is etched in the hearts and minds of many in the world.  In particular, residents of New York City had to endore a ground zero impact and the protracted efforts to reconstruct a sense of normality in arguably the financial center of the western world.  The egregious act of premeditation and highly organized terror, has forever changed the world and established an era of uncertainty around the world.  Hopefully, the better angels that influence human events will prevail and the race of human beings will be saved at the end of the day…  Nevertheless, reflect on the following photo presentation from a unque aerial vantage point.  Please click here, and click each photo to go the the next.

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October 12, 2009 at 3:42 pm

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