Friday, October 24, 2008

Should Beatty Have Taken The Deal?

Yesterday, additional text messages were released concerning Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty. While the public viewing the messages will get caught up in the salaciousness of the content, Beatty is fighting to stay out of jail after rejecting a plea deal in her pending perjury case.

The Detroit Free Press reports that many are questioning whether Beatty should have taken the plea deal offered that would have required her to spend 150 days in jail. I've stated that I think Kilpatrick got off very light after taking the city of Detroit through all of this chaos. Beatty at least resigned her position, and presently is an unemployed mother. Yes, she made some bad decisions, and has to pay a penalty, but the city of Detroit needs to move on and attempt to negotiate a penalty that's acceptable to all parties if that's possible.

McCain's Precarious Path To The White House

The Washington Post reports that Sen. John McCain's path to the White House is becoming extremely difficult if polling in the battleground states is any indication. The paper reports the following:

"The numbers are startling. Obama leads by 12 points in Ohio, 11 in Pennsylvania and 13 in Wisconsin. In Michigan, where McCain's campaign has pulled out, Obama's lead is 22 points. In Indiana, a strong red state, his lead is 10 points, larger than in other recent polls.

Quinnipiac University also released polls yesterday from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida that show Obama leading in all three. In these surveys, his lead in Pennsylvania is 13 points. In Ohio, which is a must-win for McCain, Obama's lead is 14 points.

The one bright spot for McCain, if you can call it that, is Florida, where his opponent's lead is just five points and slightly narrower than it was the last time Quinnipiac surveyed the state. But that's not really a cause for celebration: McCain can't afford to lose Florida any more than he can afford a loss in Ohio."

Early voting has begun in most states, and this election has mobilized millions of people to vote. McCain is a fighter, so don't be surprised about anything that might happen between now and election day.

With 11 Days Unitl The Election McCain Will Stick With Socialist Slant

With only 11 days until the presidential election, and the polls showing Sen. John McCain trailing Sen. Barack Obama with regard to the potential popular and electoral votes tallies, the Los Angeles Times reports that the remaining days will days will consist of the "socialist tag" being spread on the campaign stump regarding Obama. I wonder how McCain would categorize the bailout plan that he voted for recently.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Additional Text Messages To Be Released Today In Detroit

The Detroit Free Press reports that at noon today, more potentially explosive text messages will be released involving Chistine Beatty and Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Beatty's lawyers didn't have enough time to appeal a judge's decision to release the messages. In hindsight, perhaps Beatty should have taken the original deal offered to her.

Obama Pays For Own Clothes

Gov. Sarah Palin made news this week, when it was announced that the Republican National Committee has paid an estimated $150,000 towards her makeover. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the following concerning Sen. Barack Obama:

"Obama ordered five new suits from Chicago-based menswear maker Hartmarx. Obama paid full-price, spokesmen for Hartmarx and the Obama campaign said Wednesday. The suits retail for $1,500 apiece."

At least we can't associate Obama with any wrongdoing with the Hartmarx clothier. I assume it's OK that they went to his home for the fitting.

Economic Distress!!!

The Washington Post reports on the continued job lob losses that are hitting our economy, and suspects that the worst is yet to come. Just this week, Merck, Yahoo, National City Bank, and Comcast all announced job cuts. Now is not the time to be taking anything for granted from a job standpoint. If it's just bagging groceries at the area supermarket, be thankful.

A McCain Win?

Steven Stark writes about the "Long National Nightmare" scenario of a John McCain victory on Nov. 4th. What if all the polls are wrong? What if young people decide they don't want to stand in long lines to vote?

Bottom line, is if we're registered we need to vote, our struggle has been too long and painful not to exercise our right to vote.

Police Prepare For "Civil Unrest" If Obama Loses In Large Cities

If Barack Obama loses the presidential election on November 4th, and black people suspect foul play in the election, will black people riot? reports that police departments around the country are taking precautionary measures just in case Sen. Barack Obama loses fearing the worst of responses from our people. At this point in the process, nothing would surprise me in terms of results, the presidential election is alleged to have been rigged in the past. I would hope that our people would behave civilly if Obama doesn't win, but who knows.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Detroit Activists And Police Attempt To Stop School Violence

Nationally, school violence in our inner cities is rarely profiled. Unless you live in Detroit, you're probably not aware that Christopher Walker was shot and killed outside of Henry Ford High School last week, and three others were injured. The Detroit Free Press reports that Detroit politicians have enacted 2 new resolutions in an effort to curb the violence in Detroit schools.

I'm of the believe that everyone deserves a chance to get an eduction. It's disturbing that parents can't send their children to school without fear that any child may become just another murder statistic.

Philly Violence Continues

The City of Brotherly Love could be celebrating a World Series Championship in a couple of weeks, by the violence in the city of Philadelphia sadly continues. The Philadelphia Daily News reports that "Urban Street Terrorists" as described by police are targeting local Duncan Donuts locations in broad daylight with the culprits being described as "black males in their 20s". The other even more disturbing occurrence is being reported by concerning a 22 year old black female being raped and beaten at 3:15 in the afternoon by someone being described as a "black man in his 30s".

Two very disturbing alleged acts of violence coming from the City of Brotherly Love.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Baltimore Tries To Attract Developers To Inner City Shopping Centers

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Baltimore Neighborhood DrillDown study shows that the city has $1.2 billion more in total income that originally estimated. City leaders are using these figures to solicit developers to impoverished shopping centers within the city in an effort to revitalize communities.

This should be monitored by all cities, as Philadelphia in recent memory has been successful in bringing in new merchants into the inner city.

T. Boone Pickens To Donate $5 Million To Renovate Dalls YMCA

The Dallas Morning News reports that billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens will donate $5 million from his foundation to renovate a Dallas, TX YMCA. I never want to tell rich people how to spend their money, but this is a noble gesture by Mr. Pickens, and perhaps Oprah, and Bob Johnson are taking note.

Labelle Is Back

One of the great R&B female vocalists groups of all time is back today with thr release of their new cd titled "Back To Now". Labelle, which consists of Patti Labelle, Nona Hendryx, an Sarah Dash hasn't released a new recording in over 30 years, so this is definitely a treat for old fans, and hopefully young folks will support the trio who's signature hit was "Lady Marmalade". The New York Daily News caught up with the trio, who used Lenny Kravitz, famed production team Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and Wyclef Jean as producers on the project.

It's interesting to note, that Hendryx was the primary songwriter for the group in it's heyday, and of course Patti handled the vocals. This is a testament to working together for the common good of the group, and leaving egos at the door.

Patty Jackson's 411 Report

In this week's report Patty writes that there may be trouble in in paradise for Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri; boxer Evander Holyfield's continued baby mama troubles; and Terrence Howard reportedly talking himself out of a role in the "Iron Man" sequel among other topics.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Christine Beatty Back In Court And It's Not Good News

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that former Kwame Kilpatick Chief of Staff, Christine Beatty is in jeopardy of having additional text messages released after a judges ruling today. Beatty's attorneys have until Thursday to ask an appeals court to block the order. Beatty rolled the dice by previously declining a plea agreement in the Detroit Text Messaging Scandal.

I'm actually pulling for Beatty to survive this fiasco with a minimum penalty, but it appears that the judge in the case may have a different idea.

Obama Leaving Campaign Trail Thursday and Friday To Be With Ailing Grandmother

Sen. Barack Obama will halt campaigning on Thursday and Friday to be with his ailing grandmother Madelyn Dunham, who is gravely ill according to the Washington Post.

R.I.P. Rudy Ray Moore

Rudy Ray Moore, comedian, and self proclaimed "Godfather of Rap" died Sunday night in Toledo, OH from complication due to diabetes according to the Los Angeles Times. He was 81.

Moore, in many circles was the alternative to Richard Pryor in his heyday to the urban community. His comedy has influenced a plethora of rap stars and comedians. His talent will live on in his movies and records.

A "Transformational Figure"

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, for president on yesterday, breaking from party lines. Powell acknowledged that he's known Sen. John McCain for 25 years, but stated that he wasn't comfortable with McCain's ability to handle the economy, his selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as a running mate, or the negative tone that McCain's campaign has taken in recent weeks.

Powell's endorsement is a major coup for Obama. Powell is probably the most respected military authority in this country, and has openly and honestly criticized President Bush regarding his handling of the war, while still respecting his authority as the the President of the United States. Powell's endorsement also give Obama instant credibility in his belief that bringing the troops home gradually from Iraq is the right thing to do for our country.

As one might expect, Rush Limbaugh has a different take on the Powell endorsement. Here's a link to Mr. Limbaugh's view is of the endorsement.

Anticipation, Hope, Pride And Fear

The Los Angeles Times reports on the anticipation, hope, pride and fear that black people have with 15 days left until the presidential election, and Sen. Barack Obama possibly being the first black president.

If it does happen, it will be a culmination of centuries of struggle. If it doesn't happen, with the polls trending the way they are, black people will feel hoodwinked and probably never believe in the voting process again.

BET Hip-Hop Awards 2008

The BET Hip-Hop Awards were held on Saturday in Atlanta, GA. Highlights included Lil Wayne, the preeminent rapper of today being chosen the MVP of the Year and Lyricist of the Year. The Atlanta Journal Constitution provides additional details on the awards ceremony, which will be telecast this Thursday, October 23rd on BET.