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Ghosts Of Hope n’ Change Past: Haunted Houses October 31, 2009

halloween_catDamn it feels good to be a renter. I may not have equity but every month I write one check that takes care of my rent, cable and electric bill. No assessments, no real estate taxes.

Halloween Eve I was all comfy, sitting by my light switch ready fireplace, bowl of microwave popcorn and dalmatian puppy in hand. The darkness of Lake Michigan could be seen from the window of my hi-rise apartment.  The original Amityville Horror was on television. Poor things, sinking all of that money into a house only to find that it harbors an invisible pig named Jodi and leaks blood just when you were planning the house warming to end all house warmings.

A homeowner is something I have never been. Afrocity moves around too much. When I have thought of it, watching the headaches that my condo owning friends had to endure was enough to scare me into being a lifetime renter.

Let’s just consider my failure to own as a Peter Pan/Wendy complex of sorts.  I can’t commit to a piece of property no matter how beautiful she is.

Perhaps my complex is a result of the trauma that follows homelessness. If I don’t own one I can’t lose it.

From this article in the Chicago Sun-Times:


Chicagoans taxes up 9 percent, Obama’s taxes up 1 percent

Obama’s bill barely edges up — but he still pays more than $22,000

October 30, 2009

BY Tim Novak

Many Chicago homeowners will see their property taxes rise sharply in the tax bills going out this week. But not President Obama. His taxes on his Kenwood mansion are up just 1 percent, records show.

Obama owes $22,456.43 in real estate taxes this year on his Kenwood mansion — $223.09 more than he paid last year, when he was running for president.

The median tax bill for city homeowners is up 9.6 percent.

That’s largely because the 7 percent exemption given to homeowners is being phased out.

But the president didn’t take that exemption during the last two years. So he’s not experiencing the pain of losing it, like most other Chicago homeowners.

Obama does pay more in property taxes than most politicians in Chicago and Cook County do, the Chicago Sun-Times found by examining online copies of the tax bills that Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas mailed out this week. But Obama’s seeing one of the smallest increases among Cook County politicians.


Sounds like the Obamas are on the treat side of the Chicago real estate tax trick.  I am posting a comments found at the article by a Chicagoans that obviously represents the “trick” side of things:

My property taxes went up 63%!!!! An extra $2600 a year!!!!”
Of course, you are not part of the elite……You are receiving…..”change.”

“Obama and all other politicians whose only answer is to raise fees and taxes should automatically pay the max. This is the same president who wants to fund health care off the backs of those who make the most money. They should follow their own logic and have to pay the most when they claim that they need more.”

“…maybe if Pres O had bought it for full market value instead of the Tony Rezko bargain basement price he would be paying his fair share,,,, And ya gotta wonder how many haven’t paid …”

“I am not a happy camper. My taxes went up a little over 30% – an additional $700 for the second installment. My house is upside-down and I can’t get refinancing, yet someone thinks it’s okay that I pay more tax for a house that’s gone down in value. People already in dire straits are only going to go deeper in the hole. I have to think hard about whether or not it’s worth it for me to keep this house.”


President Obama's Chicago Home. President Obama paid $1.65 million for the Kenwood mansion he and his family moved into in 2005. His real estate tax bill this year is $22,456.43 -- a 1 percent increase from last year. (Sun-Times file)

Maybe the treat part of “Change You Can Believe In” is coming a little later for those of you who were tricked into voting for the Great Pumpkinhead.

Little Devils

"Little Devils" cartoon by Stilton Jarlsberg at Hope N' Change Cartoons.

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Obama’s Campaign Promises: The Comfort of Fools October 27, 2009

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Promises make debt, and debt makes promises. ~Dutch Proverb

Had I known that Barack  Obama would have broken so many promises made to his voters, I would have tried much harder to convince them that there was no logical way that a man who did so little during his previous political career, could do so much as President of the United States of America.

obama_afghanistanThere is not one day that goes by without my thinking of September 11th, 2001.  I lived in New York city at the time. I was directly effected by the tragedy.  I have the panic disorder to prove it.  I watched while my fellow New Yorkers shifted uncomfortably in their subway seats whenever the train would sit on the tracks a little too long. Signs of a collective trauma unknown to most Americans born after the 1960′s until that fateful day when we saw Icarus and his 3,000 brothers and sisters fall from the sky.

Winning in Afghanistan is important to me and Barack Obama said it was important to him.

On Monday, our country suffered the loss of 14 soldiers in Afghanistan during a helicopter crash.

Why is President Obama taking so long to make his decision concerning a troop surge in Afghanistan when he promised that he would be tough on the “real culprits” behind 9/11,  unlike his predecessor George W. Bush who focused his time and energy on the “wrong war”?

From this article in the Wall Street Journal

Obama Promises Troops ‘a Clear Mission’ in Afghanistan

October 26, 2009

By Jonathan Weisman

President Barack Obama placed the mission of preventing Afghanistan from becoming an al Qaeda haven into the center of his war policy, a rhetorical hint that he isn’t siding with those in his administration that see the battleground against terrorism shifting permanently to Pakistan.

In a speech at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville, billed as a thanks to U.S. men and women in uniform, the president inserted a salute to the 14 Americans who died today in helicopter crashes in Afghanistan.

“They were willing to risk their lives, in this case, to prevent Afghanistan from once again becoming a safe haven for al Qaeda and its extremist allies,” he said. “And today, they gave their lives to protect ours. Now it is our duty as a nation to keep their memory alive in our hearts and to carry on their work.”

Some in the White House have suggested that after fleeing to Pakistan, al Qaeda leaders are not likely to return to Afghanistan. Early this month, National Security Adviser James Jones said of al Qaeda in Afghanistan, “the maximum estimate is less than 100 operating in the country, no bases, no ability to launch attacks on either us or our allies.” With the Taliban divided over al Qaeda, some administration officials have argued the U.S. could co-opt Taliban leaders and create a political atmosphere that would keep terrorists out, even if the Taliban increased its role in the leadership of Afghanistan.

Obama also defended the length of time he is taking in deciding whether to increase troop levels in Afghanistan. His extended policy review has drawn criticism from Republicans, including former Vice President Richard Cheney, who last week accused him of “dithering.”

“This is very important as we consider our next steps in Afghanistan: I will never rush the solemn decision of sending you into harm’s way,” Obama said to loud applause. “I won’t risk your lives unless it is absolutely necessary. And if it is necessary, we will back you up. Because you deserve the strategy, the clear mission, and the defined goals as well as the equipment and support you need to get the job done.


Cartoon by Walt Handelsman, copyright 2009 Tribune Media Services

We understand that strategy takes time President Obama…but time also takes lives.

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Moonbat Monday: The FOX Hunters October 26, 2009


For little more than a year I have been in a wonderful relationship…with FOX News.

Other’s seem to agree as FOX news makes a killing every night in the ratings.  Yes, I love Bill-O, Sean, Shep, Greta, Glenn, Megyn, Charles Krauthhammer, Tammy Bruce, and even Juan.  Am I fair and balanced in my choice of news sources?  Hell no! Frankly, I do not care.

3596619837_b090aab6ceDuring a frustrating August day in 2008, I became increasingly dissatisfied with the media coverage surrounding then presidential candidate Barack Obama, especially on cable networks CNN and MSNBC.

To be fair, my mind was already made up against Obama.   He could not have given me 1 million dollars for my vote.  All that I needed to see of him and his lack of presidential qualities I admired had been locked in since his bid for the Democratic nomination against Hillary Clinton.

However, it seemed clear to me that the good folks of CNN and MSNBC also were firm in their decision about the upcoming election. Campbell Brown -all bull…so biased. Keith Olberman (blech). It was all about Barry. Barry could do no wrong.  GOP VP-nominee Sarah Palin was an idiot. John McCain was a racist and so were his gun toting supporters.

Distanced logic and a commitment to telling the truth seemed to be the last thing on the minds of reporters getting tingles up their legs over THE CHOSEN ONE. That is when I chose FOX.

At first, I delighted in the absence of Obama worship. That is what brought me to FOX.   With time, it was the network’s no frills commentators, tenacity for getting at the heart of the matter and commitment  to balanced reporting that kept me with Fox.  I also appreciate the feminine aspect of the network. Beauty and brains rule, every woman with a law degree, sweet smile and the bite of a pit bull.

Remember this little tiff between Megyn Kelly and Obama Campaign guy Bill Burton?


Okay, so FOX News and Obama seem to have a bit of history. However, now that the 2008 presidential campaign is in the history books and Obama is our president, some feuds never die.

From this article in U.S. News and World Reports

White House: Fox Pushed Team Obama Over the Brink

A senior Obama adviser says White House staffers realized they’d never get a fair shake from Fox

Posted October 23, 2009

The White House’s feud with Fox News has caused an irresistible buzz in Washington, but many are wondering precisely what prompted President Obama and his advisers to go ballistic against the network.

Here’s the answer: Team Obama was pushed over the brink by a growing list of what it considered outrageous anti-Obama conduct by Fox that showed no sign of stopping. Obama’s advisers say that they seethed while Fox commentators used their shows to encourage protests against Obama’s healthcare proposals last summer. Team Obama fumed as Fox personalities tried to pressure some controversial Obama advisers to resign. White House officials

say that Fox has continued to stir the pot against Obama in a regular pattern—raising a criticism, having Republican congressional leaders comment on it, and then using those comments to keep the criticism alive.

A break point came when Fox tried to create the impression that angry anti-Obama protesters at congressional town hall meetings last summer signaled that Obama’s healthcare proposals were dying, a story line that other news organization picked up. White House officials say this was untrue, that those proposals were not dying at all.

Another break point came when Fox commentator Chris Wallace called White House officials “crybabies.” A senior Obama adviser tells U.S. News that White House staffers developed “a growing realization” that the president would never get a fair shake from Fox.

White House insiders say that, at some point, White House officials will appear again on Fox, but they will do so expecting an antagonistic atmosphere, as if they were appearing on conservative talk radio. Asked what White House insiders hope to accomplish with the feud, the adviser says, “We are not spending much time here at the White House thinking about Fox” but are focusing instead on the president’s agenda, including health care legislation, the economy, regulatory reform, Afghanistan

, and Iran. “Fox is using this to promote themselves,” the adviser says. “Our hope is simply that responsible journalists will not go chasing after Fox stories” as if these stories were legitimate.


Image from Contra

Hmmm, if the Obama administration is so “not worried about FOX news can someone explain why they are trying so hard to lock out the news station that they claim is “not a legitimate news source”?

Again the Obamabots seek to crush and destroy rather than lead by example thus giving the world precious pearls of beer sud wisdom and “teachable moments”

Desperate to stay in the game weasel Democrats who normally shy away from FOX have been cropping up on the network. This morning Florida congress woman Deb Wasserman Schultz popped up on the morning show –cheery and full of liberal bias as always.

Sunday Lanny Davis got his ass handed to him on a platter by Mike Huckabee.

I do not agree with everything Mike Huckabee stands for but I love the way he handles himself with liberals.

I love it. Mike was honest. Yes we are fair and balanced but that does not mean we drink the Kool Aid and it certainly does not mean we hide what we believe in.

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Sunday Soliloquy: Damn It Feels Good To Be A Victim October 25, 2009

From I Own The World. Com

From I Own The World. Com

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again.

F.P. Jones

My affection for grocery shopping yesterday afternoon was again trumped by my past anxieties.

Does the memory of past trauma ever end? No matter how successful I become my world will never be devoid of what came before.  Despite a fistful of coupons and a debit card to burn, here I am at the grocery store still feeling like a victim.

Afrocity, you do not deserve those $3.49 Sea Salt & Vinegar Kettle Chips in the organic aisle.

Afrocity, do you really need that pre-packaged salad? Are you too lazy to cut up a head of lettuce?

How dare you buy that 1/2 pound of imported genoa salami just because it tastes better when the domestic is on sale?

I was guilt-ridden and self loathing at the deli-counter. I asked for co-jack cheese, salami, Vienna corned beef, and old fashioned loaf.

Why so greedy? Just how many sandwiches can you make Afrocity?

What was I thinking? I went to the grocer’s market on an empty stomach and a head filled with bad memories of standing in aisles of food which I often could not afford without the government’s help.

Rarely did mom ever stand at a deli counter except to buy corned beef which is my favorite cold cut.  $6.00 a pound it was during the 70′s, for food stamp heads like mom and I that was a luxury…but we bought it anyway.

“Just because we are on welfare does not mean we have to eat like it,”  mother would often say when she would get a cold stare from the supermarket cashier. She was paranoid that because they were white, they felt that blacks should not eat as well. Especially when those blacks happened to be on food stamps.

Philadelphia Ad for Food Stamps

From "Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger"

“Because they are white and have to struggle to pay for groceries, they think we should too.”

“How can you tell they are struggling?” I asked.

“Look at them! Would you want to work all day bagging groceries?”

I shook my head. Bagging did look like a boring job.

“Well, neither do they… I would rather have NO JOB than to do that all day long.”

Obama_FoodStamp-1Mother’s wisdom was never plain. Tempered with bitterness and the frustration of underdog-dom, she cleverly turned our situation into something that was enviable and virtuous.

“We get corned beef and she gets bologna…and what did I tell you about bologna?” she asked, handing me the lightest bag of groceries.

policybasics-foodstamps-f1Frowning at the mere mention of the word, I proved to mother that I knew my lessons well.  “Bologna is bad for black people and made by whites to slowly poison us with poor nutrition. Just like Oscar Meyer corn dogs and possessed meat.”

“Processed meats,” she corrected. ” P R O C E S S ED.”

I nodded. “No fat, only lean cuts. It is a sin to eat fat the USDA is a liar and so is Nestle.”

Mother nodded, we were ready to retrace our steps back home, hands full of groceries.

Now she left me in 2009, starring off into space as the deli-counter lady was slicing my corned beef.  I don’t need all of this meat but I was hungry and got greedy.  I can’t ask her to stop now.  There are moments when it seems to me that I will never deserve that pound of corned beef. It didn’t feel good then and it doesn’t feel much better now that I can afford it with my own money that I worked for.

As usual ZoNation sums up everything for me this week. My favorite African American conservative has created a hip hop music video which discusses Obama supporters and victimhood. They call them “victicrats”


Welcome To Co-Dependants Anonymous…For Obama Supporters October 23, 2009

obama-marieantoinette2Last night an acquaintance of mine says to me ” I voted for Barack Obama because he had a plan. With John McCain I did not see a plan.”

While I do not agree with his statement, I have come to terms with the idea that many people saw something in Barack Obama that apparently I and 46% of other voters did not. I am still trying to understand what they saw exactly.

From this article at Real Clear

October 23, 2009

Obama vs. The President He Said He’d Be

By Tom Bevan

During the campaign Barack Obama vowed he would be a different kind of leader who would move America beyond the “smallness of our politics.” That inspired promise was not an insignificant part of why he was elected last November.

In his inaugural address Obama told us that “the time has come to set aside childish things.” He promised to bring “an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.”

Not only has President Obama failed to live up to those promises so far, it appears that on more than a number of occasions he’s made a conscious decision to break them.

In the first nine months in office President Obama and/or members of his administration have accused doctors of performing unnecessary medical procedures for profit; demonized bond holders as “speculators;” produced a report suggesting military veterans are prone to becoming right wing extremists; attacked insurance companies and threatened them with legislative retribution; ridiculed talk show hosts and political commentators by name from the White House podium; dismissed and demeaned protesters and town hall attendees as either unauthentic or fringe characters; maligned a white police officer for arresting a black man without knowing the facts of the case; launched an orchestrated campaign to marginalize the country’s biggest pro-business group; and publicly declared war on a news organization.

Twice in the last week, perhaps carried away by the campaign atmosphere, President Obama ramped up the use of the kind of partisan rhetoric that will drive Americans further apart; once in San Francisco at a DNC fundraiser and once last night at a rally for Jon Corzine.

As a result of this strategy, President Obama’s approval rating has fallen consistently since taking office while Americans’ disapproval of the way he’s handled his job has more than doubled and is now at an all time high of 44 percent. On Wednesday Gallup reported that the 9-point drop in Obama’s approval rating between July and September was the third most precipitous decline in Presidential history and the worst since 1953.

"Up Up And Away" from Hope N' Change Cartoons by Stilton Jarlsberg.

"Up Up And Away" from Hope N' Change Cartoons by Stilton Jarlsberg.

Words are just words. Promises fall hollow for me when one does not have the experience or record to back it up.

At an early an early age, I learned to judge people by their actions and not by their words. I mention this because there was a time when I was like my mother and did not. As a girl, I felt sick at the prospect of watching her get screwed over again and again by the same people who promised a lot but delivered nothing.

The lesson: If they stood you up three times last year, they will probably stand you six more times this year.

Unfortunately, I had to apply my own rule to my mother. Her fatal character flaw was laziness and a lack of motivation, coupled ironically with a sense of entitlement. The government was there to take care of us. That was our right as African Americans. We deserved it and besides the government gets oodles of money from the taxes of rich folks like Republicans.  Her philosophy of course was quite evident in her record. Years knowing my mother– 38. Years she held a job during that time 8.2,  and I am being generous. Based on that record of 30 years without working, I gave up hoping she would become gainfully employed by my 26th year. It was just not in her. When did she finally get a job? In 1994 when she lived in the state of Texas, a state that is as red as they come… A state that does not bullshit when it comes to lazy people on government assistance.

Texas saw my mother for what she was an able-bodied lazy person, fat off years of government aid from Illinois.

On a weaned government diet, they afforded her a stipend of $69 dollars a month in food stamps with zero cash money. Within several months, she fell homeless and came to live with me in my college dorm. Luckily, I had no roommate and would sneak her in. I tolerated her for an entire summer while I went to school taking Japanese, Constitutional Law and several other ass kicking classes. I also worked two jobs at Houston law firms making $10 an hour at each, far above the minimum wage. Mother’s initial refusal to look for work angered me but I hoped she would “change”.

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Drowning quickly, my grades began to suffer as well as my friendships. I did not date for fear of letting out ‘”the secret”. How could I bring a potential paramour to my dorm room when my mother lived there with me in a 100 square foot space and a single bed with extra long sheets? I dropped my sorority which was my only source of leadership opportunity and networking.  Afrocity was dying. Mother loved me and wanted me to go to law school but failed to see that she was destroying me with her dependency.

missbarackomericaWas I helping my mother by helping her?

Not really.

In fact she became more dependent upon me. She refused to leave my room for fresh air or to give me space and time with friends my own age. This was obviously a turning point in our relationship for me. I was an enabler and mother needed tough love. Taking my savings, I began to look for an apartment for her. Two weeks later, I put her in a taxicab and sent her on her way. She had a one bedroom apartment, a fridge full of food, and two months rent paid in advance.

For three peaceful months, I heard not a peep from mother. The new fall semester of my senior year in college was upon me. I had dreams of moving to Japan in order to hone my language skills, possibly grad school afterward. My over-taxed exhausting summer was over, or so it seemed.  I got a phone call one night. It was mom.

“I lost the apartment and now I am in a homeless shelter,” she sounded pitiful, defeated, helpless…again.

Frozen with fear, I hung up the phone on her and ignored her calls for 4 months. Each abandoned call made me shudder with guilt. How could I do this to my mother?

The next time I spoke with her she had another apartment and a job in a retail stock room. For the first time in nearly 15 years my mother was working and not drawing a government or “Bank of Afrocity” check.

In those years, I was upset with myself for not seeing my mother as she was. Would she lose the job again? Yes in three years when she transferred to my brother’s bank of kindness and Social Security. After all she was who she was.

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And Barack Hussein Obama is who he is.

As you read my words, you may have noticed that there are images of our dear leader in some of his “glorious moments” as seen through the lens of a skeptic. Are we negative? Are we failing to come up with solutions?

Perhaps. However I would say that the questions you really should be asking are of him. You voted for him.

From Contra

From Contra

Accepting a person unconditionally requires that you recognize that person’s faults and learn how to tolerate them. How many times have you witnessed a friend with a cheating spouse, a child who has a drug addiction, or a friend who is unreliable? What happens? They continue to see the best in that person while getting taken advantage of.

You may say “Afrocity, that is love.”

And I will answer “That is not love, that is just plain stupid.”

You are not doing that person any favors by viewing them with rose colored glasses (extra strength prescription, bifocals). You see them as they are so they can see themselves in an honest and clear manner

People will often say things to you in life that you want to believe however, your faith in them means nothing unless they are committed to keeping their word.

When it comes to elected officials, rather than falling susceptible to campaign slogans and charismatic speeches. Speeches are a dime a dozen. I liken them to rice bowls.  A clever speech can arouse your emotions and fill you up pretty quickly, yet you are left running out for a hamburger later—you need more substance, more beef.

Learn to stop being an enabler. Criticize them, listen to the arguments of the opposing side. Ask questions, look at their record, call them out for the change they promised but did not deliver on. I do not care what political party they are affiliated with.  Republican, Independent, Green Party, or Democrat– a liar is a liar.


By the year 2012, President Obama’s record should present a pretty accurate picture of what he will and will not do.

Will you enable him by falling yet again for the same empty slogans? The same promises he will not keep? He will tell you that he did not have enough time.  I say but you promised “change” from day one, not year four.

drink upThere are two kinds of voters. The smart voters who know that candidates will say and do anything to get you into the sack. The smart voters scrutinize the notches on the candidates bedpost. The smart voters make decisions based on the present while being informed of the past. The smart voters know the difference between an albatross and an unfortunate acquaintance.

You disliked the policies of George W. Bush? Great so did I.

Does that mean I am voting against John McCain because of it? No. McCain is not Bush. In fact Barack Obama and George W, Bush have more in common.

Are you disappointed in Bill Clinton because he slept with Monica Lewinsky?  Great so am I.  Did I vote for Al Gore in 2000? Yes.

Which voter are you?




Thursday Stitch n’ Bitch: I Too Sing For Black America October 22, 2009

sewing_of_flagToday’s post is dedicated to my new Facebook friend “Sylia”. Thank you for accepting me as I am.

Being considered “black enough” is something I have struggled with my entire life.  This is probably the one issue I did sympathize with presidential candidate Barack Obama on.  Did his Caucasian mother, Ivy League education, and light complexion exclude him for being black? Obviously not since over 95% of African Americans voted for Barack Obama. Had he been a republican candidate, I doubt the results would have been the same.  A sworn Democrat is the only way that one of African descent could ever be President of the United States of America.

After being called a derogatory name once again by an African American Obama supporter (who claimed to be a fiscal conservative yet she embraces Obama’s policies ????) it is clear that being a democrat is obviously essential to ones acceptance in the African American community. When I use the term acceptance I am referring to the sort of acceptance that means your are accepted unconditionally. Without names or prejudgments (which is actually prejudice) .  I am not referring to being the tolerated friend who gets dragged out of the closet when one needs an entertainment boost at the family picnic. You know the sort. I will pretend to respect your values until I am around my liberal friends/family and then I will join in on the can of verbal whoop ass against the black political sheep.

Any situation such as this should cause indignation and protest on the part of the black conservative but for various reasons, conservatives being conservatives, we are usually conservative about displaying our anger.  That is until you are like me and you snap. Not the going street on some folks kind of snapping you see on the Jerry Springer show, but rather the Afrocity no longer gives a damn sort of snapping.

A malnourished Somali child is wrapped in an American "Stars and Stripes" cloth at a therapeutic feeding center at Dagahaley camp in Dadaab in Kenya's northeastern province, June 8, 2009.

A malnourished Somali child is wrapped in an American "Stars and Stripes" cloth at a therapeutic feeding center at Dagahaley camp in Dadaab in Kenya's northeastern province, June 8, 2009.

The colors of the American flag are red, white and blue…How is it that America has become so black and white? How is it that Black America has become so rigid in its internal diversity that there is no allowance for dialogue which involves “alternative thinking”. Here alternative thinking is really not that alternative when one considers that Caucasians have frequent discussions on conservatism versus liberalism, religion, and sexual preference.  There are black conservative revolutionaries like Thomas Sowell who clearly see the destructive element among African Americans whose sole political identifications lie with the Democrats.  As a race we are devoid of true political understanding. A tension lies between what is logical or self advancing versus what is “black”.

Take for instance the situation with the mayoral race in Atlanta, Georgia.  Atlanta has typically always had a mayor of color, however this soon may change. From this article in the  Black Agenda Report:

From the Black Panther Newspaper, Image by Emory Douglass a frequent illustrator of the newspaper.

From the Black Panther Newspaper, Image by Emory Douglass a frequent illustrator of the newspaper.

The End of Black Politics As We Knew It: Will Atlanta’s Next Mayor Be White? Should We Even Care?

October 21, 2009

by Bruce A. Dixon

36 years of black Atlanta mayors have given birth to a thriving and empowered class of black managers, attorneys and contractors. But even after moving tens of thousands of poor blacks who once lived in public housing to areas beyond the city limits, fully one third of black Atlanta remains below the poverty level, making Atlanta number 5 in black poverty among the 40 largest US cities, according to current US Census data. So have the generation of black mayors and the crew that brought them in really done African Americans that much good?

The unfortunate answers are maybe, and maybe not.

The 1973 election of Maynard Jackson was supposed to be a great victory, among the first tangible fruits of the fifties and sixties Freedom Movement. The days of marching and striking and demonstrating and boycotting and defying unjust laws, black leaders told anybody who would listen, were over. It was time for those among us who were prepared by virtue of their educations, resumés, good suits and connections, to move into the corporate boardrooms that were now ready to accept them, and the political offices they could now be voted into. The mass movement which opened up those doors was disbanded and sent home. Collective action was to be a thing of the past, except for voting and patronizing black businesses.

Guaranteeing the prosperity of the black business class and the black elite, so the gospel went, was the indispensable key to the uplift of entire black communities. Because he assumed office at the beginning of Atlanta’s mega-airport construction project, Maynard Jackson was in a better position to prove this theory of black economic uplift than the first generation of black mayors in places like Newark or Gary or Cleveland. Jackson retained a visionary purchasing exec who skillfully leveraged mayoral power to spawn more than twenty new black millionaires in the first few years of his administration and lay the foundation for the thriving and empowered class of black contractors and professionals who dominate Atlanta’s political life today.

After 36 years, the results of this experiment are in. It’s a failure. Census data on black poverty rates in the 40 largest US cities reveal that the strategies of boosting black businesses, electing black officials, and locking in the prosperity of the black elite have done all those things without lifting black Atlanta any further out of poverty than cities like hard-hit Detroit or Chicago, which hasn’t seen a black mayor since the eighties, and both of which have lower densities of black businesses than Atlanta. In 2008 33.6% of black Atlanta was below the federal poverty rate, a higher number than Philadelphia or Columbus, higher than Houston or Memphis, or Kansas City or even Detroit. Nationally, Atlanta ranks number 5 in black poverty behind Milwaukee, Cleveland, Long Beach and Portland.

Atlanta has this alarming rate of black poverty despite fifteen years of one of the nation’s most aggressive efforts to bulldoze and clear lower income black neighborhoods.

In her book "Flag: An American Story," photographer Lauri Lyons documents our mixed emotions about the Stars and Stripes.

In her book "Flag: An American Story," photographer Lauri Lyons documents our mixed emotions about the Stars and Stripes.

Rather than caring whether or not a political candidate is of the right color and the right political party, shouldn’t we as African Americans be more concerned that the political candidate will do the right thing for our communities?  If most of America’s urban areas such as Atlanta are electing, black elites to office who continue to excel in their personal and professional lives, while their constituents continue to decline and lose their lives…then really what are we accomplishing by voting for such individuals?  Why are Chicagoans continuously electing the likes of Democrat Todd Stroger who raises sales tax to 10.25% in a city with 36% of African Americans below the poverty line?

Curse Afrocity for being a Republican all you want. Call me a slave, mammy, Auntie Tom. Accuse me of being a delusional black woman who curses my skin color every time I look at reflection in the mirror. I too sing for black America. I too care about our situation, but I will be damned if I am going to subvert my political freedom in order to pacify your need to adhere to the black political standard.

Autographed Letter Signed,



Afrocity Obey October 20, 2009

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Sunday Soliloquy: Maybe What’s Good Gets A Little Bit Better October 18, 2009

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norma_rae_1979During the cold weather season, I like to stay at home preferring good home cooked comfort food to loud restaurants with volumes of wine lists.

As much rent as I pay to live in a big city, I should get out and enjoy all that comes with $1850 a month. The cultural events, the shopping, sports teams. I can do all of that when it is warmer, now is the time to actually enjoy the home I pay to live in.  Blockbuster is my entertainment provider. I get three movies at a time with in store exchanges.  What to watch tonght, I wondered as I walked the wall of new releases. He’s Not That Into You, Good Dick, Ghost of Girlfriends Past”    …Nah…Then you have all of these remakes. Friday the 13th, My Bloody Valentine, Land of The Lost.

The stuff that future nostalgia is made of was all ready absent in the movie titles…Judging from the blurb on the DVD cover, I could see that Good Dick, was no Looking for Mr. Goodbar.

Why can’t  someone produce movies like they did during the 1970′s?? Remember the great 70′s movies, like Julia, The Deer Hunter, Marathon Man or The Godfather Part II?

Movies that made you cheer like Breaking Away or Rocky?

Movies that tackled real nitty gritty issues of America’s social underbelly  such as Taxi Driver, Klute, One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, Cornbread Earl and Me? The Omen, The Conversation, The Exorcist, The French Connection and anything else that began with “The” made you jump out of your seat. A romantic comedy that was not a cookie cutter Meg Ryan film but rather one that would live in your heart forever. Annie Hall and Heaven Can Wait are two that come to mind. The songs you hummed of movies like Carbaret, Fiddler on The Roof and Grease.


Actress Sally Field with based on the life and struggles of Crystal Lee Sutton, the real "Norma Rae". Crystal lost her battle with brain cancer on September 11th, 2009.

I was a huge fan of the actress Sally Field having watched her on re-runs of Gidget and The Flying Nun. Mother did not want to see the film but let me have my way because she made a mistake and took me to see The Deer Hunter.

I cried during the Russian roulette scenes so from then on, I got to choose which movies we saw. In all honesty, I thought Norma Rae would be another Sally Field comedy in the spirit of Cannonball Run.

Instead, I witnessed an outstanding portrayal of a woman who risked her own job at a North Carolina textile factory in order to form a union thus improving working conditions for her fellow employees.  Who could ever forget the scene where Sally Field stands on her workbench table holding  a white sign with the black letters spelling UNION?
To a ten year old girl, a union seemed like a great concept that was very complicated and could make you very unpopular. The union organizing aspect of the movie was not what made the film endearing for me. It was Sally’s portrayal of a woman who obviously wanted to be larger in life than her social standing would allow.

Unions being enormously liberal in concept appealed to my mother who loved to stir trouble.  The subway ride on the way to grandmother’s house began with a mother-daughter conversation about fighting the good fight. All 70′s movies contained a teachable moment of some sort. Mother wanted mine to be fighting an unjust and corrupt system that was against the “little guy”.  She decided to use the unfairness of the Illinois welfare program as an example. I should preface this by saying that my mother had gone all “Norma Rae” in a Chicago welfare office on several occasions. She has cursed out at least two caseworkers and several poor clerks at the currency exchange where web received our monthly check and food stamps. I do not care to elaborate on what she said but let’s just say that a security guard was once involved. Embarrassing indeed.

NormaRaeAs the subway conversation progressed mother became annoyed with me when when I asked what was in her mind a dumb defeatist question:

“Why didn’t Norma just find another job or get a better one?” I asked. Made sense to me, she could have went to college and did better than folding clothing.

“Because she wanted to make her job better than what it was. She was not a quitter. Only quitters leave.”

It was no secret that my mother always saw me as a wimp. I would never fight back when challenged by a bully in school. Mother would yell at the child herself, once even becoming my puppeteer as she made me maneuver my hand to slap another child.  I was not the fighter in the family, she was. I could not play softball as she did. I would not be the track star in high school. good for reading books and not much else. Why fight when you could gain so much more by just finding something that was not worth the trouble?If a kid didn’t like me I would just avoid them. Last to be picked for the volley ball team in gym class? I would just show them up later by winning the spelling bee.

“Is that why we stay on food stamps because you are fighting the system?”  I was really trying to understand her. “Fighting sure takes a long time and look at Norma, she ended up with no job.”

Mother crossly answered, “That is not the same thing. First of all she is white and will always have a job. Second, sometimes fighting for something means that you win by losing.”


“You can’t win and lose at the same time,” I said. ” The person who wins on the Price is Right is not losing when they get a car.”

“That is not the same kind of fight or winning Afrocity.”

Mother was quiet for a moment. I looked out at the “L” tracks. The Norma Rae theme song was in my head. I liked it, it was a pretty tune.

Theme from “Norma Rae”
Ain’t no miracle being born
People doin’ it everyday
It ain’t no miracle growing up, ah

People just grow that way
So it goes like it goes
Like the river flows
And time it rolls right on

And maybe what’s good gets a little bit better
And maybe what’s bad gets gone
Ah, bless the child of a working man

She knows too soon who she is
And bless the hands of a working man
Oh, he knows his soul is his

So it goes like it goes
Like the river flows
And time it rolls right on
And maybe what’s good gets a little bit better
And maybe what’s bad gets gone

So it goes like it goes
Like the river flows
And time keeps rolling right on, oh
And maybe what’s good gets a little bit better

And maybe what’s bad gets gone

“Afrocity, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy and Malcom X were all fighters for the people.”

“…and they are dead.” I returned. “They are not winners. Winners don’t die.”

She frowned at me. “You have too much of your grandmother in you. Passive and made a fool out of.”

A pit was dug between mother and daughter again. The same pit that she dug between herself and her mother. All I knew was that grandmother paid for my school tuition and was better off financially than we were.

Cartoon by Keith Tucker

Cartoon by Keith Tucker

“Grandma has more money than you do so how is she passive?” I asked not quite sure what passive meant but I knew it was something bad.

“She is also scrubbing Jewish folk’s floors,” she sneered. ” I would rather be on welfare than to be a white man’s maid, especially a Jew.”

“What’s wrong with Jews?”

“They use black people and take advantage of us. I wish blacks would stand up and stop letting them do it and now these Asian’s are coming into our neighborhoods opening stores while we give them our money.”

“It is food stamps not money.” I corrected her and she rolled her eyes at me. I liked the Chinese people who ran out corner store. They always gave us a few few extra slices of salami…”

“Black people she own businesses in their own damn communities.”  The steam was coming from her ears. Again I was trying to help and sound smart.

“So why don’t they open their own stuff?”

Mother did not answer me. Our stop came darkness was approaching and we still had another bus to catch. African American vagrants were about the streets. Hustling, playing shell games, drinking from bottles covered in brown paper bags. A man tried to hit on my mother. She told him to get the hell out of her face.He reluctantly walked away cursing her. There was no reason to be afraid, I knew she could handle herself.  Norma Rae’s song was still in my head.

“Momma the song said maybe what’s good gets a little bit better.”

“What song?” she asked, somewhat distracted by the our shady surroundings.

“The song from the Norma Rae movie…Maybe what’s good gets a little bit better…and maybe what’s bad get’s gone.”


“…so if things like welfare or jobs don’t get better you should get gone…so I was right.”

She shook her head “No you are not right and that is not what the song means…Only quitters get gone.”

Our bus finally arrived, as we boarded, we noticed to our surprise that grandmother was on the bus too.  I ran over to her “What are you doing here?” I asked. I rarely saw my grandmother on public transportation because she left so early in the morning to work as a maid in the Chicago suburbs.

“I am coming from work.”

“Cleaning Jewish floors?” I smiled but meant no harm.  Grandmother looked at my mother and rolled the tired brown eyes behind her glasses. She always wore a hat and nice coat but mom said it did not matter how well you dressed if you cleaned a white man’s house.

“No,” my mother’s mother answered with a twisted up lip. ” This time it was just a regular old white family.”

I sat next to grandmother. She smelled like Ammonia and Commet. Her hands were ashy. She was in her 60′s, too old to be someone’s maid. Mother sat on the opposite side of the bus. Sometimes I felt that she hated her mother. I never knew exactly why but mother always said her mother was weak and allowed their father to abuse her and her seven siblings.

Grandmother was good to me now and that was all that mattered.

” Can we have macaroni and cheese?” I asked my grandmother


I nodded.

“mac n’ cheese, cheeseburgers…too much cheese makes you constipated and you will pass gas”

Speaking of gas, I smiled and whispered in grandmother’s ear. “Momma says I am passive just like you because I won’t fight and lose my job like the woman in the movie today.”

Smiling slyly at my mother because I knew she thought it rude for me to whisper, I wrapped my arm around grandmother’s

I could not see my grandmother’s face when she said this but could tell it was directed in the direction of my mother.

“We are not passive. We just like to speak softly and carry a big stick…even if that stick is the broom that pays for your daughter’s catholic school tuition.”

Our stop came. We walked two more blocks to grandmother’s house. Always nicely furnished and smelling of Glade. The two women cooked side by side as the child played, humming the Norma Rae song, then the passives and the aggressive broke bread together.

Autographed Letter Signed,



Obama’s Berlin Promise by Bellamags October 15, 2009

Barack Obama during 2008 Berlin speech

Barack Obama during 2008 Berlin speech

The following post is by Autographed Letter Signed guest commentator Bellamags.

I am going to disagree with those who believe Obama didn’t deserve to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Obama deserves it. (I know, pick your jaws up off the table) One hundred and ten percent he deserves it. It makes total sense for an Obama win if we change the name of the prize to what it should be considering past and present winners.

I nominate “Global Socialist of the Year Prize” for the new name.


Now don’t go and get all absolute on me and recite a few recipients that don’t deserve this meritorious award. There are some exceptions. The fact that Obama has won should worry us, not surprise us if we look at the facts and current events around the world. The award committee afforded this as the reason Obama won the prize: “For his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” In other words, “Global Socialist of the Year”.

Gore tree huggerLet’s examine the 2007 winner – Intergovernmental Panel on Global Climate Change, Al Gore. Most political junkies know ol’ Ally Poo is single handedly pushing a green agenda to change the global economy. Don‘t believe me? Check this out. (An interesting side note: I put the words “alliance for” in the Google search bar and without further prompting by me “climate protection” magically appeared completing the search string. Google is an awesome search engine, but they are a bunch of socialists).

Apparently, Al Gore’s (or as any self respecting South Park junkie calls him) Manbearpig’s Alliance for Climate Protection is working on some sweeping “projects” as they so innocuously call them. Would it surprise anyone to know that Obama nominated the CEO of the Alliance for Climate Protection, Cathy Zoi, for a key position within the Department of Energy? Not the Department of Energy for the moon or the coat closet in Narnia, but the DOE of the United States of America.

Seriously, someone hand me a barf bag, preferably one from the back of a leather chair on Al Gore‘s carbon not so neutral one mile per gallon Gulfstream jet.

How do we ensure global socialism? There are several key factors or goals that must be reached. These goals differ depending on whose agenda you are reading, but it does all center on fuel and money (they are one in the same, eh?). I found so much information on this, it made my head spin and decided instead of re-writing all of it, I would just cut and paste.

The following is portion of an article written November 28, 2008 by Samuel R. Kephart which sums it up nicely:

nobel-peace-prize-cartoon“…The Bush Administration, by bailing out crooked Wall Street firms, buying into big banks across the nation, and underwriting our union-controlled Big Three automakers has already set up a rationale for and the expectation of massive government intervention in US markets. The next step, a global financial regulatory scheme, will come quickly and easily. It will be sold to us as a necessary step towards stabilizing markets. Bad enough in and of itself, that will only be the start. Next you’ll see regulations “suggested”- by the same EU crowd regarding climate change, energy supplies, food production, healthcare, and telecommunications. Saying no will be tough, because Washington will have already accepted the internationalists’ financial aid (with terms) and gulped their groupthink Kool-Aid. America will rapidly become, de facto, a regulatory “colony”- for the EU. Not a pretty picture for a country whose very foundation was based on a revolt against British colonialism….”

Next step: Mr. Kephart asserts businesses large and small will be forced to buy carbon credits to offset their “pollution”. This cost will be passed on to the customer (this means YOU). He states:

“Carbon credits, like financial derivatives, are nothing more than a shared illusion that literally creates something out of nothing. It’s vaporware that will generate tens of billions in commissions annually and transfer our wealth to others offshore.”

Recently Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia said this regarding Obama and his presidency:

“The financial crisis, climate change, security, these are things which individual nation states need now to work actively in partnership with other countries to effectively resolve and I believe in president-elect Obama, Australia will have a good friend and partner.”

What Mr. Rudd really meant was: The financial crisis, climate change and security will be the key issues in ensuring global socialism. I’m all warm and fuzzy, how ‘bout ya’ll?


The following excerpts are from the website

From the front page:

“Climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity today. If we don’t act now we put the future of our planet in peril. We want Europe to lead by example, and introduce a more ambitious energy policy for the EU. We are working towards achieving a new global agreement for the post-2012 period on the basis of a 30% emissions reduction. Sustainable development can create jobs and help save the planet.”

Sounds supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, huh?

Doing a search on the keyword “Obama” I found this deeper in the bowels of the same site. This is an entire web page either dedicated to pressuring Obama into submission or depending on your take on the situation, rolling out a red (heh) carpet for him. (I left out the first paragraph which was basically a bunch of ass-kissing):

“…….Barack Obama, on whom so many hopes are pinned, is inheriting a poisoned chalice. After eight years tainted by the unilateralism of the unloved warmonger Bush, America’s economy and international reputation have taken a severe battering. The homemade financial crisis has escalated into a global recession and left the English-speaking world’s brand of capitalism looking redundant. The prolonged war in Iraq has placed a severe strain on alliances and friendships, the US budget, and inner cohesion within American society. Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo have deeply embedded themselves in the collective consciousness as symbols of US-American arrogance and double standards. Not just the US economy, but also its moral credibility, are in need of repair. Obama faces a herculean task that threatens to overwhelm even the most powerful man on the planet. He may see the attraction of a withdrawal into protectionism and isolationism. However, the task before Barack Obama, if he is to prove his ability to overcome the global challenges he faces, is that of strengthening multilateralism and re-defining America’s relations with Europe.

The tensions and divisions that the Bush administration provoked in its relations with Europe must be consigned to history, starting from today. Close political cooperation within the transatlantic partnership is the precondition for resolving the global problems facing our increasing multipolar world.

Ok. Stop. I was just going to let this go, but I just can’t. There is a north pole and a south pole. That is it. We are in a “bi-polar” world not a “multi-polar” world. If there were more than one pole the earth would stop spinning and everyone on this planet would die a slow and agonizing death. Ok..continue…

D1109US0“Amid all the prevailing Obama mania, however, Europeans must be clear about one thing: the White House’s new incumbent will increasingly be holding Europe to account and demanding greater international commitment from us. Obama’s level of serious commitment to diplomacy and human rights is something that Europeans will be able to gauge soon if the president-elect delivers on his promise and shuts down that symbol of US policy gone wrong, namely the prison camp at Guantánamo. We wait anxiously to see how Obama delivers on his Berlin promise of a “new and global partnership” with Europe….”

The EU socialists are anxious to see if Obama is going to deliver on his “Berlin promise”, referencing the now infamous speech he gave in late June, 2008 to a crowd in Berlin, Germany, which with good reason, left many Americans with an uneasy feeling in the pit of their stomachs.

Autographed Letter Signed,



Accentuate The Positive. Eliminate the Negative. And Blame The Rest On Bush October 13, 2009

bush_derangement_syndrome-sIt seems the media is loading up your high definition television sets with tales of Obama Derangement Syndrome which of course always leads to a secondary infection of Bush Derangement Syndrome.

Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize…Anyone who dares to say he did not deserve it is a hater or a racist (surprised?).  Liberals do not discuss why Obama deserved the award only because he was “Not Bush” .

As a result no true vetting of the Nobel Prize nominees were encouraged. Anyone who is not Bush is okay in their book.

It is tempting for conservatives to ask the Obamabots what has dear leader accomplished during his nine months in office.

They will swallow a couple of swigs of Kool Aid…well actutallu they are sucking on ice at this point.  They tell you…”Give the man some time…He  inherited 8 years of catastrophe from George W. Bush….Let the man do his job…”

Further responses to such “negative questions”  will only prove that it pays in minutes of your life as a sane person to shut your mouth while maintaining a look of admiration as Obama speaks words of wisdom and buttery blessings from his teleprompter.  I can say that I did not vote for George W. Bush until I turn into a mermaid and the Obamatrons will never believe me.

Afrocity is now a Republican so of course she voted for George W. Bush.

No lighting a candle at the Obama shrine? No galloping through the streets of urban decay with your fiddle playing BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA HMMMM, MMMM,MMMM ?  Then it is so obvious that you are a Bush supporter.

From "Eric" at Facebook...Words cannot express the amount of moonbattery displayed in this scene.

From "Eric" at Facebook...Words cannot express the amount of moonbattery displayed in this scene.

“What did YOU do to help Barack Obama?” I am often asked.

I answer , “Voted for McCain”.

As we watched Obama struggle with decisions about health care reform, beer summits, and Afghanistan, any logical person could see that the man is a mere mortal after all, and out of his depth.  It is not about George W. Bush anymore and it will not be in 2 years either. Realizing that is not negative. It is called reality and I said similar things when Bush supporters attempted to blame September 11th, 2001 on Bill Clinton.


Saturday Night Live ( SNL), a show that I girlcott for their contributions to Sarah Palin Derangement Syndrome, actually criticized King Obama for the first time.

What happens next?

The skit is  analyzed by liberal media outlets with a white latex glove looking to get off on a body cavity search.

Was the skit actually factual? They ask.

Since when did Saturday Night Live warrant the attention of Fact Check .org?   More than that, the Obama negative thought police failed to fact check SNL’s skits portraying Sarah Palin as a GOP wind up doll.  I can recall plenty of SNL anti-Bush skits done by comedian Will Ferrell. Where was the CNN scrutiny then?

Very curious indeed.

Autographed Letter Signed,




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