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Radical Muslims: Love Osama Bin Laden, Hate America

Before I viewed this segment on CNN I had no clue as to what a Radical Muslim was nor a brother of the “Revolution Muslim” and I definitely didn’t know that they were here living here in the United States and were filled with rage and hate for America and Americans. 

As I watched, it shook me to hear Younes Abdullah Mohammed one of the Brothers of the “Revolution Muslim” state that they are

Commanded to terrorize the disbelievers

With disbelievers being anyone who is not a Muslim. Here is a video of Mohammed and Yousef al-Khattab explaining why they hate America informing the CNN correspondent that America will be a target until it changes its nature in the international arena. They go on to express hatred for President Barack Obama and love for Osama Bin Laden. Yousef al-Khattab eagerly expresses how much he loves Bin Laden and shows no remorse for the thousands of innocent Americans killed on 911 under orders from Osama Bin Laden. He states that he saw nothing wrong with the killings.

The Radical Muslims have said that they do not incite violence or preach a message of terrorism, yet they stand outside the 96th Street Mosque in Manhattan where messages of peace and non-violence are being taught and attempt to recruit fellow muslims to “rise up” and do as they are commanded. (Younes Abdullah Mohammed says in the video that they are commanded to terrorize Americans)

A quick google of Revolution Muslim brought me here.

As you can see, just as the Brothers of the ‘Revolution Muslim” are calling on all Muslims to rise up above freedom and democracy this site basically reflects the same thoughts of terrorism and hatred for America.

BGT Sentiments: I remember back when 911 happened so many people were in mourning of their slain loved ones. The United States was grieving. The country had been attacked and now everyone felt vulnerable. Well people like the Radical Muslims were most likely sitting back laughing at the many Americans shedding tears due to 911. They were impressed with the success of the terrorist attacks and were commending Osama Bin Laden for what they saw as a good deed. This makes me wonder why the United States is still so lax on who they allow into the country. The enemy is right under our nose and we call him/her a U.S. citizen. We protect them with constitutional rights, when they hate the very country that protects them. They hate the very idea of living here, so they plot to terrorize and kill us, yet we continue to have an open door policy. This bothers me. It almost makes me want to say they should all go back. If you hate it so much, why come to the USA? Why come to a land that you hate everything about?  We have soldiers, police officers, firemen and countless other public servants that protect and serve these very people who wish them dead. They commend such acts as the Fort Hood killings  and threats against the President of the USA. They are filled with hatred and are fueled to terrorize innocent people when they have the same  freedom and equal rights as the very people they hate…..

Piracy on the High Seas

art_halyburton_navy Maybe I have just been out of the loop and uninformed, but I had no idea that pirates still existed. I can’t really say that before this chain of events I even believed pirates ever really existed. For me; pirates were one of those things that you don’t really believe in but you don’t put in the complete fairytale category. When I saw in the news that Somalian pirates had hijacked a US crew ship and had taken the captain hostage I was shocked. How could this have happened? I had no clue that there were modern day pirates and that ships were still being hijacked at sea.

I was amazed when reading these articles

U.S. Crew Ship: Pirates Holding Captain

They outran the pirates for between three and five hours,” Murphy said. “They were finally overtaken, substantial gunfire involved.”   -from CBS News

Pirates Vow to Kill U.S., French Sailors

“We have decided to kill U.S. and French sailors if they happen to be among our future hostages,” said Abdullahi Ahmed, a member of a pirate group based at Harardhere, a coastal town in central Somalia.”      -from CNN.com

New Wave of Somali Pirate Attacks

US President Barack Obama promised on Monday to “halt the rise of piracy” in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.   -from BBC News

 Halt…I didn’t even know it was taking place. I found some very interesting info on this Q&A of Somali Piracy.  It was devastating to hear of Somalia’s extremely poor economy which plays a major part in why some of these young men have become pirates. Read more here —>Young Somalis Lured by Piracy Riches

Now the question arises on how the captured pirates should be punished –> Obama Seeks to Halt Piracy on High Seas


 

Racism Today (Post 3)

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I am beginning to sway towards the belief that a blatant racist is better than an undercover, throw a rock and hide your hand racist any day…. Either way a racist is a racist, but if you have this belief why hide behind the camouflage of sarcasm and idiotic comments.

Have you noticed that both undercover and blatantly racist people can somehow throw Barack Obama into any conversation?

It is quite annoying to me that you can be holding a simple conversation about something as simple and nonpolitical as the weather, and somehow these people (who immediately put it on the table that they are not racist and do not support racism) will somehow throw in their distaste for Barack Obama.  Weren’t we talking about the weather?

There are far more people in the “Rush Limbaugh Is Our Hero” clique than we think or would like to believe and honestly it is becoming more and more disturbing by the day how so many people refuse to own up to their racism. If you dislike Barack Obama because of his race…umm that probably means that you are a racist. So when you say things constantly about Barack Obama in clearly unrelated conversations your racism shines through like a shiny new penny.

African American supporters of Barack Obama have been labeled as extremist.  It has been said by many non supporters that black people have deemed Barack Obama as the New Jesus. Somewhere along the lines our confidence in Obama and our pledged support have been scandalized and wrongly reflected as closely mimicking idolism. These people believe that the majority of black people who voted for and support Barack Obama see him as our savior. That somehow we think he is going to take all of our worries away  and deliver us from the troubles of this world which includes our car note, our mortgage, unemployment, depression, flu, money problems, bad relationships, long term illnesses, unpaid doctor bills, dwindling savings, alcoholism, drug addiction, headaches etc, you get the picture.

Much of this nonsense stems from racist people who instead of stating their reasons for not supporting Obama they turn their distaste towards those that do support him and this distaste is often reflected in their idiotic statements and behavior.

Here is a video from one of the greatest douchebags alive, Rush Limbaugh. This video is a classic example of a racist giving his political thoughts which are primarily based on his own personal racist opinion and not the facts. But honestly this kind of behavior is expected of Limbaugh.  He is one of the most racist men alive and unlike some racist people there is no hesitancy for him to open his mouth and publicly display his ignorance and high level of loserism.

In the video Limbaugh talks about his suspicions of Barack Obama. Would he have been so suspicious had Barack Obama been a white, qualified candidate running for President? Of course not!

The NY Post defends running racist cartoon by Sean Delonas

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Civil rights leaders and a multitude of others have come forth speaking out against the cartoon by artist Sean Delonas which was run in the New York Post on February 18, 2009. The cartoon has been called offensive, racist and insensitive.

Mr. Delonas however has stated that these accusations are ridiculous and that the cartoon is about the economic stimulus bill and in no way is indicating that President Barack Obama should be shot. The editor-in-chief of the New York Post, Col Allan had this to say,”The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event.”

However that explanation is not acceptable to those (myself included) who have taken offense to the cartoon which shows two white police officers standing over a dead chimpanzee that that have just shot and killed. The caption states “They will have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.’

How the New York Post or the cartoon artist can rebut the fact that the cartoon is offensive and has racist undertones is beyond belief.  Even with The New York Post adding that the cartoon also plays wit to the woman attacked by a chimpanzee in Connecticut it still does not satisfy those who are not willing to accept any excuses for the cartoon’s insensitivity or the New York Post bad judgment call. First let’s examine the facts:

  • President Barack Obama wrote the stimulus bill mentioned in the cartoon caption.
  • President Barack Obama is of African descent.
  • Throughout history and to present time, monkeys, chimpanzees and other primates of the ape family have been used to downgrade and dehumanize the African American race.
  • The cartoon shows a dead chimp, killed by two white officers who are stating that someone else will have to write the next stimulus bill.

There is no way to deny that the cartoon is blatantly racist. I won’t even downplay it by saying it has racial undertones, no it is blatantly racist and in my opinion the New York Post needs to make a public apology to everyone who may have been offended by the cartoon’s offensive artistry and caption. It showed bad judgment on part of The New York Post when the cartoon was okayed to be placed as part of the newspaper’s printing.

Reverend Al Sharpton, Marc Morial (National Urban League President), Barbara Ciara (President of the National Association of Black Journalists) and others are speaking out and demanding that the New York Post clarify what point the cartoon actually makes since the post has denied that it has any racial inferences.

Another note: This is not the first time artist Sean Delonas has had his work called offensive or insensitive. He is the same artist who has been ridiculed for his cartoons on gay marriage licenses and the ex-wife of Paul McCartney who has one leg. Click here to read more about Delonas and his controversial cartoons.

Click here to view CNN Panelists discussing the cartoon.

 
 
 

 

 

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If you would like to join the Call 2 Action against the cartoon run by the New York Post here is more information on how you can call, send a letter or email to the New York Post. Also Rev. Al Sharpton will be leading a demonstration today, Feb 19, 2009 at noon if you are in the New York area. Please remember that in all things there must be order. If you choose to email or call The New York Post please be respectful.

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Racism Today (Post 2)

the American Flag Waving in the Breeze Clipart IllustrationLast night a friend of mine told me that there was a confrontation at her place of work yesterday during the Presidential Inauguration. The confrontation which ended with a worker going home and the initiator being told off in classic “aww hell naw fashion” was sparked by one white man’s decision to speak his mind.

The comment that sparked this vicious lashing of words was made after Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America. The comment was as follows

“Black people should be glad for this day, because it will never happen again.”

Now I am pretty sure that this older white gentleman was not the only Caucasian having these kinds of thoughts along with other venomous ones concerning black people and Barack Obama, this man was just bold enough to allow the words to escape from his mouth. Obviously he’d had enough of the Obamanism.

I am pretty sure that being that he was bold enough to say that in the company of black people, he definitely would have said more had he not picked the wrong day and the wrong group of proud, black people who just wanted to relic in the joy of their new president.

Recently someone (a black someone) told me that we are about to see a whole new side of white people. We are about to hear things that we knew they thought, but never felt the need to speak. We as black people are about to see how they really feel about African Americans, even the nice suit and tie ones that brown nose them. Even the ones who they play golf with and crack jokes with…even the ones they call friends.

Now before I began writing this post I tried to think things through to try and avoid offending some of my blog readers who are in interracial relationships or who are truly engulfed in the one love one peace one world (you get the idea) type of thinking. But honestly even being cautious I can’t tiptoe too much over the fact that not all white people like black people and honestly some of them wish we would go back to Africa. Just recently someone posted this listing demanding African Americans to head on back to Africa. Now here is my big thing with white people who wish that black people would get back on the ship and set sail to the Motherland. Was it not the Caucasians that brought us here? Did our ancestors just decide one day “Aww hell let’s just go on to America where we can be slaves and be treated less than human” Did our African ancestors willingly come to America to suffer? No, so why now insist that black people go back home when our ancestors had no choice in coming.

Cautious or not,  it is hard to overlook the fact that even with Barack Obama being the 44th President that a biracial person can be told something like this

“You don’t seem that black. I have no worries with you.” 

Taken from The New York Times article “Talk About Race, Relax It’s Ok.”

The article is quite interesting and gives different people’s viewpoints on Barack Obama’s affect on race relations and whether his Presidency will ease the tension when it comes to interracial communication.

Will it ease the tension that is always so evident between blacks and whites when race is mentioned?

 One thing I found in the article that made me go hmmm, is the fact that it is kind of thrown out there that many white people see certain likable African Americans without seeing their race. The examples given were Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jordan, along with them now goes Barack Obama. In reference to President Obama it was stated that somehow it seems that he transcends race. If he does rise above race, and can be seen for what he stands for and his other wonderful qualities, why is he among the tiny few African Americans that are likable enough to be seen as just humans and not black entertainers or black politicians etc?

(I think OJ Simpson used to be on that list to, so watch out)

Personally I feel that for many people Barack Obama stood for something that countless people of all races had lost and that was hope. They saw his qualities above his color because they were looking for something; these people felt lost and wanted change. This change was not race related. So will having a black president change the way we look at each other, I think not. I do feel that it gives many people a sense of ease when talking about certain topics because now as a country we have something in common. We can relate to each other on a level now that we couldn’t before; we share a president that links us all.

Even with the likelihood that some undercover racists will decide to let it all hang out, most black people are still in celebratory spirits and could care less if their coworker who they have eaten lunch with occasionally really doesn’t like them, it’s ok, at least for now. Right now they are ecstatic. They can finally exhale and for black people being able to exhale and feel good about anything political is wonderful.

 

p.s. Has anyone read this book ?

President Barack Obama

Barack Obama- Hope for what was seemingly Lost

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Not too long ago the hope of ever seeing a black man become president of the United States of America was sullen… for many there was no hope, even the dreams that some clung on to were tattered and fading. For countless years they had heard of and/or witnessed the discrimination and inequality that for many had become a way of life. These people were strong people, determined people, people who wanted justice, were grateful for their freedom and knew how long and tiresome the fight had been. They knew Rosa’s story, some marched with Martin when he fought the good fight. They believed in Martin’s dream and even though the odds were against them, they knew the fight was worth fighting. Then Martin was taken away from them. It were as if everything good that was ever given to them as a people only lasted for a season and that season was never long enough for the fight to be won.  They dreamed that one day their diminishing hope would return in the form of something real. Barack Obama is that something real.

Upon his nomination for the presidential candidacy many were skeptical. They knew there was something about him, but with years of disappointments logged in their memory banks and the only progression being millimeters instead of leaps and bounds, it wasn’t easy to believe. It was hard to believe that maybe, just maybe their something real was happening. After all, who wanted to believe again when each and every time they believed, their hope was snatched from underneath them? It was hard for those who had fought, lived through the fight or even had the fight instilled in them to believe that someone that looked like them had a chance to become the President of the United States of America. It was unforeseen that in their lifetime someone that looked like them could represent them, could understand their plight and fight for what they believed in.

It took some time, but they began to believe again. They wanted to hear what this man had to say. Not just because he looked like them, but because something about his connection to the people lured them in. Something about how his words felt right made them feel included in his fight.

 They also felt a since of warmth for the notion that he loved someone who looked like them, who connected to them, who could be their mother, sister, aunt or wife.

Their Black Love was admired and respected.

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I stand with those people whose chests are swollen with pride today. I stand with those people who truthfully didn’t foresee a black man becoming president anytime in the foreseeable future. I stand with those people who appreciate Barack Obama’s commitment to the people and admire his dedication to family and to this country.

I stand with those that know the fight continues. 

Congratulations President Barack Obama!

Barack Obama sworn in as President of  The United States of America from CNN.com

MSNBC Special Inauguration Coverage

Inauguration 2009 from the Memphis Commercial Appeal

2009 Presidential Inauguration

BET Inauguration Celebration

Barack Obama- A History in Photos from Rolling Stone Magazine

BGT blog entry on Barack Obama as President of the USA

Your (Not So Free) Free Money-2008 Stimulus

monopoly-money-748981Many people received the 2008 stimulus checks. The IRS estimated that approximately 124 million families would receive the checks ranging from $300-$1200 depending on the individual or families eligibility. The IRS also stated that the stimulus payments were not taxable, wouldn’t reduce 2007 or 2008 tax refunds nor would it increase the amount a tax payer owed on their 2008 taxes.

So, why is it that as tax season begins for 2008 tax payers are fuming over the deduction of the stimulus payment from their 2008 tax return?

After personally hearing at least three people express their discontent with having to repay the stimulus payments I decided to check out why no one, or at least none of these people, had any idea that the stimulus money had to be repaid. Upon receiving the stimulus checks they were not under the impression that what they were receiving was basically a loan.

I went to the IRS website and on the site the stimulus money is defined as an advance payment. Now when I think of the word advance I immediately think of repayment, but according to the IRS.gov site the stimulus payments would not affect 2008 tax returns. Well a deduction of the exact amount of your stimulus payment from your 2008 tax return says otherwise.

After a little more blog browsing I came across others who state that they too had a deduction on their 2008 tax return that is the same amount of the stimulus check they received. 

After searching the IRS.gov site, and quite a few others, I still don’t have a definite answer as to whether or not recipients of the stimulus checks must pay the money back, however I will say that from those who have complaints, they are outraged that they were not told on the front end that what they were receiving had to be repaid. Some are saying that when having their taxes done at H&R Block the tax preparer asks how much you received from the stimulus package with no explanation of why the question is being asked. One tax payer stated that when she was asked by the tax preparer she asked why that information was needed and she was then told that the money she received would be deducted from this year’s return. She also babbled off some other information about credits, tax liability and excess, none of which the tax payer understood.

I am currently reading The Description of the “Economic Stimulus Act of 2008”

Hopefully within the pages of this document I will find the answer to the burning questions regarding repayment of the 2008 stimulus checks.

If anyone has any information please feel free to share.

…more information forthcoming