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Sensitive Side of Politics: Obama Addresses His Team in Gratitude, In Tears

9 Nov

The morning after he won re-election, an emotional President Barack Obama credited his youthful staff of several hundred with running a campaign that will “go on in the annals of history.”

I think it was great to show this side of him, and also to address the people who worked hard, campaigned, held signs, and made phone calls on his behalf

 

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Why I Support Chick-Fil-A..

2 Aug

As, known, the restaurant known for amazing chicken and delectable waffle fries, Chick-Fil-A, is catching major slack for their stance on gay marriage.

The controversy came to a boil after an interview with the fast food restaurant chain’s president and COO Dan Cathy appeared in The Baptist Press on July 16 and he weighed in with his views on family.

“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

Gay rights activist have since called for the boycott of Chick-Fil-A, and said they would protest in front of stores.

The restaurant has since received support from millions of people. From politicians, to other restaurants, such as Wendy’s.

I support their stance.

You can NOT expect every single person to think the same way you do. Because Chick-Fil-A, does not support gays does not mean that they are bad people. They feel the way they feel. It’s called free speech. It was a right given to us at birth.

It seems that some gay people tend to think like everyone should like they do. False. Everyone is entailed to their own feelings, own morals, and own personal stance on life issues. It does not mean they hate gays, it simply means they believe that the definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. Being gay is a personal choice, key word, personal, I think that it’s way too much being read into it. A personal matter, getting public attention. If you are gay, be happy in your own skin, and the person god made you, every single human being does not have to agree.

I read where a gay activist related this issue to the civil rights era when blacks were discriminated against. STOP. African Americans were not discriminated against because of who they chose to lay down with. They were captured, enslaved for many years, raped, beaten, killed, and still face humility because of the color of their skin. It is completely different and I was so disgusted that someone could relate such.

Since the controversy, Chick-Fil-A, has reported to have record setting sales. So, the boycott seems to be doing the exact opposite. So while all these activists are standing in 90+ degree weather, with the picket signs, and losing their voice, Chick-Fil-A is winning, and still has AMAZING FOOD. Point blank.

Keep the peace, and good waffle fries. 🙂 ♥

OBAMACARE. Pros & Cons.

28 Jun

OBAMACARE IN A NUTSHELL.

PROS:

1. Congress will have the same insurance as everyone else.

2. People under 26 can stay on parents’ health insurance.

3. Insurers must justify rate hikes.

4. No discriminaton on coverage based on gender.

5. Insurance can’t kick sick people off of coverage.

6. Chain restaurants must post calorie content.

7. No deniel of coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

8. No copays for birth control, breast pumps & domestic violence screening.

9. No annaual or lifetime dollar limits on needed care.

10. Small businesses get tax credits to help provide insurance to their workers.

CONS:

  1. New taxes, penalties, and fees will discourage businesses from growing, lowering economic growth by $706 billion and costing 800,000 jobs.
  2. The Federal government will force the 18 million of the uninsured to go under Medicaid, while others must accept another government program. Despite this, millions will still remain uninsured.
  3. Each year, $125 million will go towards subsidizing school-based health centers and programs to reduce teen pregnancy, with no requirement to reduce abortions. Parents won’t know what services their children will receive.
  4. Half of those on Medicare Advantage will lose this coverage thank to rate increases.
  5. Health care costs will rise thanks to $47 billion in new taxes on drug companies and medical device makers.
  6. Nearly two-thirds of doctors are considering abandoning any kind of government-sponsored health care insurance, stating that regulations are too high and reimbursement too low.
  7. By forcing States to accept federally-mandated health insurance, the Act violates States’ rights.
  8. Small businesses, the drivers of new job growth, will be especially penalized by $52 billion in new taxes and new IRS reporting requirements.
  9. Despite $500 billion in new taxes, Obamacare will increase the deficit by $500 billion over the next 10 years. (Source: Heritage Foundation, Impact of Obamacare)

Supreme Court upholds. “Obama-care”. Healthcare for all in effect.

28 Jun

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled President Obama’s health care overhaul constitutional, including the contested individual mandate.

Chief Justice John Roberts revealed the high court’s verdict on the Affordable Care Act, known colloquially as Obamacare, just after 10 a.m. today.

A dramatic victory for Obama, Four major issues were ruled upon, the most important of which being the law’s centerpiece requirement that most people have health insurance or pay a penalty is constitutional. The justices also weighed whether other parts or indeed the entire 2010 law should fall if they strike down the insurance requirement.


Apart from the insurance mandate, the court also considered the validity of the health care law’s significant expansion of Medicaid, the joint federal-state health care program for the poor.

The case began almost as soon as Mr. Obama signed the law on March 23, 2010. Even before the day was out, Florida and 12 states filed the lawsuit that ended up at the Supreme Court. Another 13 states later joined in later.

The heart of the challenge was the claim that Congress could not force people to buy a product – health insurance.

The administration advanced several arguments in defense of Congress’ authority to require health insurance, including that it falls under the power to regulate interstate commerce.

The government also argued that the insurance requirement was necessary to make effective two other undoubtedly constitutional provisions: the requirements that insurers accept people regardless of existing health problems and limit what they charge older, sicker people.

The administration also said that even if the court rejected the first two arguments, the insurance requirement and penalty are constitutional as an exercise of Congress’ power to enact taxes. The penalty assessed for not buying insurance functions like a tax, the government said.

Matters That Need Attention: Babies Dying in North Korea.. SPREAD AWARENESS

12 Jun

Two young children suffering from malnutrition rest in a a bed at the children's ward in Pongsan countrty hospital, about 62 miles south of the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Oxfam,Mabel Au)

Millions of North Koreanchildren are not getting the food, medicine or health care they need to develop physically or mentally, leaving an entire generation stunted and malnourished, the United Nations said Tuesday.

North Korea wants nothing to do with America, they don’t want their help, they have our government. These people live in the worst conditions, some have no access to outside world, tv and internet is rarely allowed, cell phones have been banned since 2004. Their leadership don’t want to people to be educated on different societies, it’s basically like they are being forced living in a bubble.

Nearly a third of North Korean children under age 5 show signs of stunting, particularly in rural areas where food is scarce, and scores are dying from diarrhea due to a lack of access to clean water, sanitation and electricity, the agency said.

According to the AP, People in the capital, Pyongyang, live in relative comfort, but the situation in the rest of the country is more dire. About 16 million North Koreans — two-thirds of the country — rely on twice-a-month government rations, the report said. And there are no signs the government will undertake the long-term structural reforms needed to spur economic growth, it said.

North Korea does not produce enough food to feed its 24 million people, and relies on limited purchases of food as well as outside donations to make up the shortfall.

WANT TO HELP? http://www.helpinghandskorea.org/

North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong Un, a jerk,  has sought to put forth an image of stability and unity but it is all but false. His constituents are starving, but he’s living lavish…

People have a tendency to only thing of the country of Africa when they think of nation suffering starvation.

Latin History. African American History. & Now White History Being Studied in Schools..

29 May

Among university departments that study African-American history, Latin American or Chicano cultures and all varieties of ethnicities and nationalities, there’s a relatively obscure field of academic inquiry: whiteness studies.

Today, there are dozens of colleges and universities, including American University in Washington, D.C., and University of Texas at Arlington, and University of Wisconsin  that have a smattering of courses on the interdisciplinary subject of whiteness studies.

According to a CNN In America blog, The field argues that white privilege still exists, thanks largely to structural and institutional racism, and that the playing field isn’t level, and whites benefit from it. Using examples such as how white Americans tend not to be pulled over by the police as often as blacks and Latinos, or how lenders targeted blacks and Latinos for more expensive, subprime loans during the recent U.S. housing crisis, educators teach how people of different races and ethnicities often live very different lives.

But today, academics who teach the classes say they face a fresh hurdle, one that has its roots on the left instead of the right: the election of Barack Obama as America’s first black president.

“Having Obama is, in a curious way, putting us behind,” says Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, a professor of sociology at Duke and visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.

In my opinion it’s only fair, why not teach about all races and backgrounds and tell how to live and vary among st each other? But, as obvious, some will be opposed to this.  Will this cause more racial tension or educate to bring understanding?

What You Should Know About the Paycheck Fairness Act

29 May

Senate Democrats,  began a renewed push this week to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that protects women who sue over being paid less than their male counterparts.

1. The Paycheck Fairness Act is not new: Democrats, however, have struggled to get it passed. Last time it came up for a vote, the House passed it with very little bipartisan support. Then Senate Republicans unanimously voted against he bill. Even if they had passed it, though, then-President George W. Bush vowed to veto it.

2. Pay equity is a real problem: Nearly half of all workers in the United States are women. But women tend to hold lower-paying jobs overall, and even when they have the exact same title as men, they make significantly less. Overall, women make 77 cents to a man’s dollar.  The Paycheck Fairness Act would help close the gap more quickly by providing incentives for employers not to discriminate.

3. Lost earnings have serious consequences: The amount of money an average woman loses to the pay gap could feed a family of 4. Still, more women are becoming the primary breadwinners or dual-earners in their family, with nearly 40% of women out-earning their husbands and a larger number of women with high degrees entering the job market.

4. Existing law doesn’t go far enough: The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act ensured that a woman has the proper window of time to sue for pay discrimination. The Paycheck Fairness Act takes significant steps to close loopholes in the original pay discrimination law, the Equal Pay Act, and to ensure that women can investigate whether they are being discriminated against.

5. Mitt Romney has not taken a position on the bill: After a very awkward moment over the Lilly Ledbetter Act, a spokesperson for his campaign said that Romney “support pay equality and is not looking to change current law.” But it’s unclear whether this means Romney would support a new piece of legislation that protects women who don’t have full pay equity.