Tuesday, December 27, 2011

GOP Party's Political Views

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. In spite of the lost of one of my dearest friends, my Christmas turned out okay. Today, I received some good news regarding my other friend. She will be coming home soon and is doing well, so that’s a blessing. I’m feeling somewhat okay today.

This has been one rollercoaster; imaginary post-racial, republican court jester’s debate, citizen protesting year. For the party of NO, it has been their defining moment of obstruction after obstruction in getting what needs to be done—undone or rather blocked from getting done. Let’s not forget the rich getting richer, while the poor are getting poorer. I’m sure that a lot of struggling folks out there won’t forget them come election time.

This particular story is one that really caught my eye:

“A 93-year-old Tennessee woman, who cleaned the state Capitol for 30 years, including the governor’s office, says she won’t be able to vote for the first time in decades after being told this week that her old state ID failed to meet new voter ID regulations.”

“Thelma Mitchell was even accused of being an undocumented immigrant because she couldn’t produce a birth certificate:”

“Mitchell, who was delivered by a midwife in Alabama in 1918, has never had a birth certificate. But when she told that to a drivers’ license clerk, he suggested she might be an illegal immigrant.”

“Thelma Mitchell told WSMV-TV that she went to a state drivers’ license center last week after being told that her old state ID from her cleaning job would not meet new regulations for voter identification.” ~~Marie Diamond, Think Progress~~

Some folks are really longing for those good old Jim Crow days their elders told them about. They do not want to share the American pie politically, economically, or socially. Like Mitchell, there were a lot of black people born during Jim Crow that do not have a birth certificate. Blacks were refused hospital services and had to depend on midwives, homemade remedies, and even animal doctors for medical attention thanks to Jim Crow.

My grandparents did not have birth certificates. To show proof of their birth, they had to use censuses, bibles, and church documents. My great-great grandmother was a midwife as well as a substitute doctor when folks got sick. She used different herbs and trees to cure different illnesses and they worked better than a lot of the pharmaceutical drugs they overwhelm us with today that cause side effects.

Nevertheless, if the Republicans win the elections, misery and destitution will consume America like a flood.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

While Granny Is Away the Trolls Will Play

Forgive me for not posting.  I have not been posting lately because right now I am feeling down in the dumps and not feeling well.  At first, I was feeling the Christmas spirit.  And then... I lost one of my closest friends and another one of my friends is in the hospital and not doing too good right now.

Both have been my friends for many years, we go back to childhood.  The one that passed just buried one of her daughters last month who died of a heart attack.  My friend came down last week to spend the holidays with her family, children, and grandchildren. She had a heart attack and died. 

A couple of days before she died another one of my closest friends had a few strokes. She is not doing too good and now has pneumonia.   Therefore, I had been trying to keep her children from falling apart, being their shoulder to lean on, and encouraging them.  Those that pray, please keep my friend in prayer that she will pull through and have a speedy recovery.

The last couple of days, I have been in the bed because I am exhausted and coming down with a cold or the flu.  I have been feeling weak and achy, so I am trying to nip it in the bud before it gets worse.  It is that time of the year.  Cold weather and I do not agree.

However, I did get all of my Christmas shopping out the way early this year.  What I spent alone should be enough to give the economy a real boost.  Whose big idea was it to make up a lie about Santa Claus?  Right about now, I wish I could send a bill to whoever that person was.  Nonetheless, my kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, and other family members will be some happy campers Christmas day, which I am thankful for being able to do and count as a blessing.  So many people are suffering a hardship now and my heart and prayers goes out to them.

I hope that some of you will adopt kids to share blessings with through different charity organization programs, especially some of you folks that like to hoard money.  I doubt if the two GOP sugar daddies Newt and Herman will donate any gifts to any poor kids this year or any year for that fact. That might interfere with Newt and Herman keeping their sidepieces happy.  Yes, I said Newt because a zebra does not change its stripes, if he will cheat on his first wife, he will cheat on the one he has now.

Nevertheless, I am keeping up with the latest news while resting in bed.   Right now, I am not in the right frame of mind to post because I am sad over the loss of my friend.

will truly miss her. I am praying that my other friend pulls through. Therefore, it will be another week or so before I post a topic. 

I read the comments some of you posted and I had to laugh, but Koch brothers paying me?   I am not for sale and I do not need their dirty money.   Nevertheless, I pray that you all have a very blessed holiday filled with love, peace, joy, and harmony. Btw, No, that picture is not me!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Discrimination in Presidential Pardons

People of color just can't seem to get a fair shake when it comes to jail sentences and clemency.  They have to deal with disparities in arrest, jail sentencing, and now it seems in clemency too.   A report just came out regarding Presidential Pardons, which have been majority whitesCheck out this chart.

"An analysis shows that, over the past decade, those with a Congress member in their corner were three times as likely to win mercy. Interviews and documents show a lawmaker’s support can speed up a stalled application, counter negative information and ratchet up pressure for an approval." ~~Dafner Linzer~~

"An African American woman from Little Rock, fined $3,000 for underreporting her income in 1989, was denied a pardon; a white woman from the same city who faked multiple tax returns to collect more than $25,000 in refunds got one. A black, first-time drug offender — a Vietnam veteran who got probation in South Carolina for possessing 1.1 grams of crack — was turned down. A white, fourth-time drug offender who did prison time for selling 1,050 grams of methamphetamine was pardoned." ~~Dafner Linzer~~

"Turning over pardons to career officials has not removed money and politics from the process, the analysis found. Justice Department documents show that nearly 200 members of Congress from both parties contacted the pardons office regarding pending cases. In multiple instances, felons and their families made campaign contributions to the lawmakers supporting their pleas. Applicants with congressional support were three times as likely to be pardoned, the statistical analysis shows." ~~Dafner Linzer~~

"Daily the Negro is coming more and more to look upon law and justice, not as protecting safeguards, but as sources of humiliation and oppression. The laws are made by men who have little interest in him; they are executed by men who have absolutely no motive for treating the black people with courtesy or consideration; and, finally, the accused law-breaker is tried, not by his peers, but too often by men who would rather punish ten innocent Negroes than let one guilty one escape." ~~W. E. B. Dubois, The Souls of Black Folk ~~

America makes great claims of being a country of freedom, justice, and many other great things, but is America really the land of justice and liberty for ALL?  How can a country claim those great things, but treat some of their citizens in such a shameless manner and still boast to the world that they are all of those great things?

BTW, to that male person, you know who you are, and so do I.  Stop sending me emails in different blogger's names with viruses and attempting to hack my pc. That's not nice and can get you in a lot of trouble. You should be ashamed of yourself, especially since I showed you an act of kindness.  Some folks are so unappreciative nowadays.  Smh!