Thursday, March 31, 2011

Top Fox News Executive Admits Lying On-Air About Obama

Bill Sammons
[ SOURCE ] In newly uncovered audio, Fox Washington managing editor Bill Sammon boasts that he lied repeatedly during the closing days of the 2008 presidential campaign when he speculated on-air "about whether Barack Obama really advocated socialism."

Speaking in 2009 onboard a pricey Mediterranean cruise sponsored by a right-wing college, he described his attempts the previous year to link Obama to "socialism" as "mischievous speculation." Sammon, who is also a Fox News vice president, acknowledged that "privately" he had believed that the socialism allegation was "rather far-fetched." Listen to the audio below:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

President Obama's image used in anti abortion ads in Chicago

Life Always the same group responsible for the anti abortions ads that caused so much controversy in New York with the   "the most dangerous place for African American is in the womb." billboards  has taken a different tact in Chicago. Instead of using a little black girl in their bill board ads they have decided to use President Obama's image to get there mesage across. See that billboard below.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Trump produced birth certificate that wasn’t official

UPDATE: To be fair the president of The hair Club for Men has now produced an official birth certificate ( See it here ) I wonder if he can now find a way to restore the little credibilty he had?

It turns out that Donald Trump he of the bad hair piecehas a little problem on his hands. It's called his birth certificate. He made a big deal of releasing his birth certificate to the media while trying to make the point that if he can release his official birth certificate why can't President Obama. Turns out Donald Trump's birth certificate is not official. George Cook Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50

The document Trump released to the conservative news site Newsmax was issued by the Jamaica Queens hospital where Trump was born. But official birth certificates for New York City are only issued by the city Department of Health, the Smoking Gun notes.

Politico's Maggie Haberman called city officials about Trump's document. They confirmed that a valid birth certificate from New York includes the Department of Health's seal and a signature from the city registrar. "City officials said it's not an official document," in reference to the paper that Trump released, Haberman

Read more here Trump produced birth certificate that wasn’t official

Monday, March 28, 2011

Supreme Court rejects appeal from Troy Davis: Georgia death row inmate

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a condemned Georgia inmate's request that his execution be delayed as he attempts to prove his "actual innocence." The justices without comment on Monday turned aside separate appeals from Troy Davis, likely setting the stage for the state to set another execution date.

The death row prisoner has gained international support for his long-standing claim he did not murder a Savannah police officer more than two decades ago.

Pres. Obama keeps his word. NATO to take over command of Libyan no fly zone

After days of saying that the United States military would eventually take more of a support role in the military operations in Libya President Obama has come through on that promise. NATO will assume command of the operations within the next few days. Read the statement by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen below:

Statement by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Libya

NATO Allies have decided to take on the whole military operation in Libya under the United Nations Security Council Resolution. Our goal is to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of attack from the Gaddafi regime. NATO will implement all aspects of the UN Resolution. Nothing more, nothing less.

This is a very significant step, which proves NATO's capability to take decisive action.

In the past week, we have put together a complete package of operations in support of the United Nations Resolution by sea and by air. We are already enforcing the arms embargo and the No Fly Zone, and with today's decision we are going beyond. We will be acting in close coordination with our international and regional partners to protect the people of Libya.

We have directed NATO's top operational Commander to begin executing this operation with immediate effect.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Farrakhan defends Kadahfy and blast on Pres. Obama on Libya

Controversial Nation of Islam minister Louis Farrakhan defended Libyan strongman Moammar Khadafy during a speech on Friday in which he also blasted U.S. involvement in Libya.

The 78-year-old leader of the Chicago-based group said his pal Khadafy played an important role in the country that emerged from a colonial past. He also said America lacks the moral authority to assist rebel forces against Khadafy.

Those reasons included the deaths of black people at the hands of law enforcement during the 1991 Rodney King protests and unhealthy food the federal government allows into the marketplace.

Read more:
Nation of Islam's Louis Farrakhan defends Moammar Khadafy, blasts President Obama on Libya

Saturday, March 26, 2011

NBA stars to donate $1000 per point to help Japan relief efforts

A handful of NBA stars are helping Japan by breaking down defenses.

For every point they score in select games this weekend, the players will donate a cool grand to Japan's relief efforts. Putting up points shouldn't be a tall order for the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose, the Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol, the Portland Trailblazers' LaMarcus Aldridge, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook or the Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford. Each has been averaging between 16 and 25 points all season.

Read more Horford, other NBA stars to donate $1,000 per point to Japan relief efforts

Is Black College Reunion becoming a bust?

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Black College Reunion used to be one of the biggest annual events in Daytona Beach, drawing over 100,000 people. But the event has shrunk to only about 1,000 this year.

This weekend was supposed to be Black College Reunion (BCR). Even ten years ago, the event attracted more than 100,000 students to Daytona Beach and at one point pumped about $150 million into the economy.

Watch video on this story here Black College Reunion Is A Bust

Friday, March 25, 2011

Great News: Missing girl Kaylen Langon found alive!

Police say the Matteson teenager who was reported missing last week — before returning Sunday — ran away from home when she got picked up in a van during school.

Kaylen Langon, 16, whom family and friends hadn’t seen since she left Rich South High School in Richton Park on Wednesday, called her mother at 4 a.m. Sunday “screaming for her to come and get her,” according to Airicka Gordon-Taylor, a spokeswoman for the family.

“She was shaken up by the fact she was in the environment and she’s a straight suburban girl,” said Langon’s mom, Karen Lewis-Sims. “She knows nothing about being in Chicago.”

Matteson Deputy Chief Ken Arvin said Langon’s parents alerted police right after she called. Officers went to the family home and helped the girl identify a church to stand by since she was lost at about 75th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue in Chicago.

Read more: Missing Matteson teen found unharmed in Chicago

First African American astronaut honored by the FBI

Dr. Bernard Harris made history as the first African-American to walk in space. But the famous Houstonian says he once thought about pursuing another career - that of an FBI agent.

Today, the astronaut-turned-businessman will journey, at least for a few hours, down the road not taken. He is being honored at FBI headquarters in Washington with the Director's 2010 Community Leadership Award for his nonprofit foundation's education and crime prevention programs for Houston-area students.

Even with his career as a physician, an astronaut and a businessman, Harris said in an interview that he considers starting the Harris Foundation his biggest accomplishment.

"I see the foundation as the greatest investment I can not only make for myself but for my community and the country," said the 54-year-old Texan, whose long list of "firsts" includes participating in the first joint Russian-American space flight.

"My goal is to enable our youth to do and become whatever they want in life."

Read more: First African-American astronaut to be honored by FBI

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Poll: Voters would like to see President Obama reelected

Barack Obama currently fares as well against a generic opponent in the upcoming presidential election as George W. Bush did in April 2003, a time when Bush’s job approval rating was much higher than Obama’s is today. He also tests considerably better than Bill Clinton did in March 1995.

Nearly half (47%) of registered voters say they would like to see Barack Obama reelected, while 37% say they would prefer to see a Republican candidate win the 2012 election, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press conducted March 8-14 among 1,525 adults. In April 2003, 48% of registered voters said they would like to see Bush reelected in 2004; 34% said they would prefer to see a Democrat win.

Read more Obama Tests Well at Start of Reelection Run

NAACP seeing more diversity in it's leadership

The NAACP's newly revived Worcester chapter elected a 28-year-old openly gay black man as its president this month. In New Jersey, a branch of the organization outside Atlantic City chose a Honduran immigrant to lead it last year. The chapter in Aiken, S.C., named a white man as its leader earlier this year. And in Mississippi, the Jackson State University chapter recently turned to a 30-something white man.

Founded more than a century ago to promote black equality, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is seeing remarkable diversity in its leadership ranks - the result of an aggressive effort over the past four or five years to boost NAACP membership and broaden the civil rights organization's agenda to confront prejudice in its many forms.

"This is the new NAACP," said Clark University political science professor Ravi Perry, the new chapter president in Worcester. "This is a human rights organization, and we have an obligation to fight discrimination at all levels."

NAACP branches have been recruiting gays, immigrants and young people who grew up in a world far removed from the landmark 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education ruling that outlawed school segregation. Now, leadership positions that were once held only by blacks are being filled by members of other racial or ethnic groups.

Read more New NAACP seeing more diverse chapter leaders

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

FBI joins probe of California cross burning

The FBI has joined a hate crime investigation after a cross was burned outside the home of a black family in a prosperous, mainly white Central California coastal community, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

Police were doing extra patrols in the neighborhood and $3,500 in rewards was being offered after an 11-foot cross was stolen from a church then burned early Friday in a lot next to the home.

A 19-year-old woman awoke and saw the flaming cross from her bedroom window, police Cmdr. John Hough told the San Luis Obispo Tribune. Arriving officers found fallen, burning pieces of wood on the ground and doused them with a garden hose.

"Burning crosses, swastikas on synagogue walls, hateful words on mosques doors are not pranks. They are hate crimes meant to frighten and intimidate," said an e-mail sent to The Tribune by 31 members of the San Luis Obispo Ministerial Association.

It was the first reported hate crime since 2002 in Arroyo Grande and shocked the community of 17,000 people.

Read more: FBI joins probe of California cross burning

Cleveland police charged with assaulting African American suspect

The Cleveland Police Department announced on Friday that charges have been filed against four white police officers for assaulting an African-American male suspect on New Year's Eve.

The officers who were charged with felonious assault are Martin Lentz, 34, Kevin Smith, 25, Paul Crawford 28, and Christopher Randolph, 26.

CBS News has learned the alleged beating of the man named Edward Henderson was filmed by a police helicopter hovering overhead. The video of the beating has been described to CBS News by Henderson's attorney as "shocking." A judge has so far refused to release the footage to the media.

Read more Cleveland police charged with assaulting suspect

Monday, March 21, 2011

Transcript: Moammar Gaddafi's conversation with son during coalition attack

Transcript: Moammar Gaddafi's conversation with son during coalition attack. By George Cook

We here at AAreports have managed to acquire a transcript of a secretly recorded conversation  between Moammar Gaddafi's and his son Saif al-islam Gaddafi during the first wave of bombing by coalition forces. We found these transcripts through dogged investigation and our knack for "finding things ". Read on:


Saif al-islam Gaddafi- Father you said that the Americans would not attack!

Moammar Gaddafi- What did you call me?

Saif al-islam Gaddafi-Ahh come on dad now is not the time.

Moammar Gaddafi-Call me by my proper title or I will ignore you !

Saif al-islam Gaddafi-Pop pop.

Moammar Gaddafi- Yes Saif.

Saif al-islam Gaddafi- You said that they would not attack and now we are getting blown to hell.

Mommar Gaddafi- Hey don't blame me blame Sean Hannity he said that this president was soft.

Saif al-islam Gaddafi- You made decisions based on what Sean Hannity said!?!?

Moammar Gaddafi- Doesn't everyone?

Saif al-islam Gaddafi - f*** no!

Moammar Gaddafi - You watch your tone I may be crazy but I'm still your pop pop!

Saif al-islam Gaddafi - Sorry pop pop but we can't stay here and right now there's no place to go.

Moammar Gaddafi - Oh silly boy we'll go to France that take all crazy imperialistic mass murderers there.

Saif al-islam Gaddafi - Who do you think dropped the first bombs?

Moammar Gaddafi - Sacrebleu!

Saif al-islam Gaddafi - Pop pop stop playing. You are the leader of Libya and command one of the greatest military forces in the world you don't have to run to any stinking France. You are Moammar Gaddafi! Now who are you!

Moammar Gaddaffi - I'm a little tea pot short and stout...

Saif al-islam Gaddafi - No pop pop focus. Who are you?

Moammar Gaddafi - I'm Batman

Saif al-islam Gaddafi - Pop pop you must focus the coalition forces will eventually come to get us.

Moammar Gaddafi - Oh silly boy we will simply wait them out. They don't want a ground war.

Saif al-islam Gaddafi -Oh let me guess that's what Sean Hannity said.

Moammar Gaddafi - No, of course not. Glenn Beck did.

Saif al-islam Gaddafi -  Pop Pop stop this foolishness what are we going to do?

Mommar Gadaffi - We are going to sit here in this nice comfy bunker and watch all seven Police Academy movies. I have them all on DVD.

Saif al-islam Gaddafi - I give up. You don't happen to have Police Academy 6 do you?

Moammar Gaddafi - Of course I do surprisingly there were plently of copies available.

Saif al-islam Gaddafi - I'll go pop the popcorn.

Moammar Gaddifi -You know you were always my favorite right?


George Cook Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Anthony Robles a one legged wrestler wins national championship

Anthony Robles, born without a right leg, won the US national collegiate wrestling title at 125 pounds on Saturday, completing an unbeaten senior season and an amazing tale.

Robles, 22, finished with a perfect senior season, 36-0, and his three-day performance at the NCAA wrestling tournament earned him the Outstanding Wrestler award.

"I was a terrible wrestler, only about 90 pounds," Robles told USA Today, "but my mom told me God made me for a reason, and I believe that reason was for wrestling."

"I wrestle because I love wrestling," Robles told USA Today. "But it inspires me when I get kids, even adults, who write me on Facebook or send me letters in the mail saying that I've inspired them, and they look up to me, and they're motivated to do things that other people wouldn't have thought possible."

Robles has won a total of 122 matches in his career and is eighth on Arizona State's career list.

Kaylen Langon is missing!

Kaylen Langon is Missing

Kaylen Langon of Matteson Illinois, 16, was last seen Wednesday leaving Rich South High School in Richton Park, where she is a sophomore.

She was wearing blue jeans, a brown leather bomber-style jacket and an orange Ed Hardy hoodie. She was carrying a large gray purse.

Langon is 6-feet tall and weighs 265 pounds and is called “Kate” by her friends. She has a tattoo of fireworks on her left arm.

Anyone who has seen Langon or knows of her whereabouts should contact the Matteson Police Department at (708) 748-1564 or her parents at (708) 439-9283.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

African American High School Polo Team Wins National Championship

Philly's Work to Ride polo team first made history in 1994 when it became the only African American team in the country. Now the Cowtown riders have made history again as the only African American high school polo team to ever hold a National title.

What a real "sellout" is by George Cook

George L. Cook III
In light of recent comments by Jalen Rose in his documentary "The Fab Five " in which he referred to black players that go to Duke University as Uncle Toms I feel compelled to chime in.

Now I feel Jalen Rose today doesn't feel the same as Jalen Rose 20 years ago but he doesn't make that clear in his film. But I will give Mr Rose the benefit of the doubt.

But he has opened up a can of worms here. Calling a black person an Uncle Tom is worse than calling them a nigger. That's right I wrote the word. We are all grown here so let's not pretend. You see a nigger may be ignorant but he/she haven't sold out their people.

But this has gotten me to thinking and I'm wondering do we even know what a sellout is. Some call people who supposedly "act white " sellouts.

I have a question for those people. If being educated, having two parents, and speaking well are "acting white" what is "acting black"?

Personally I think a sellout is someone who does one of the following things below;

* A person that sell drugs and help destroy their own community.

* A father who goes to prison and leaves his children to fend for themselves.

* A person wallowing so much in self pity and self hate that they don't want to see anyone do better even their own children.

* A person that profits by presenting negative stereotypes of black people.

* A person that exploits young women and sometimes girls by acting like stripping is a real job.

* A person that does not vote and allows politicians to do whatever they want. ( That does not include those that have lost the right to vote because of incarceration but have turned their lives around. )

To me those type of people are the ones truly selling out the Black Community" . What do you think?

George Cook Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50

Friday, March 18, 2011

Lebron James wants to lower the high school dropout rate in the US

LeBron James studies statistics all the time. One in particular is jumping out at him these days.

And it has nothing to do with basketball.

James will help lead a new stay-in-school initiative being unveiled in Washington on Monday called "26 Seconds," a reference to how often studies show a high school student drops out of school. The project is sponsored by State Farm, the insurance company with whom James has had a business relationship with for many years.

"First of all, '26 Seconds' is basically an initiative behind kids staying in school," James said Wednesday on Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski's weekly show on SiriusXM. "Every 26 seconds a kid drops out of school and that's not good. I think in America, we all know when kids graduate, they have a better future in life."

In a separate interview Wednesday before his Miami Heat hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder, James later said he was "blown away" by the dropout-rate numbers.

"It's a staggering statistic," James said. "You would never think in your wildest dreams something like that happens. So it was a no-brainer for me to be part of it."

James has an interest in several projects involving children's causes, including work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Many of his efforts put a premium on education.

"It's basically kids getting parents aware of the situation," James said on Krzyzewski's show, 'Basketball and Beyond with Coach K.' "Kids with no education is not how it should be. Every kid should have the opportunity to have an education and we're going to make sure we pinpoint those certain situations in whatever community it is to make it a huge awareness in people's lives."

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Number of young African American women in prison increases

Here’s a lesser-known red flag in the black community: the fastest growing incarcerated population in the country is African American girls and young women. What does not seem to be rising however, is the number of black girls who are actually committing crimes.

Not only is this baffling, it’s a hard-hitting problem as efforts to stop the mass incarceration of black girls are practically nonexistent. According to Barry Krisberg, Research and Policy Director at UC Berkeley’s Earl Warren Institute on Law, African American girls face brutality, emotional and sexual abuse once they are in the prison system.

Read more Number of young African American women in prison increases

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Why I am no longer supporting President Obama

Why I am no longer supporting President Obama by George Cook

I am so upset right now with President Obama. I have rode with him through thick and thin. When he ran for president I registered voters and drove people to the polls. When people questioned his toughness I told them our president likes to kick some *** behind closed doors. When people have said they regret voting for Obama I have challenged them. When people have spoke out the wrong side of their mouths about Michelle Obama and the kids I have corrected them. And this is how he repays me?!?!

What has he done you ask. He had the audacity to pick North Carolina to beat Syracuse in the sweet 16 of the NCAA basketball tournament. I can't believe this bull****. After all I have done for him this is what he does to me?!?!

He picked North Carolina to beat my Syracuse Orange. Ah hell naw.

Whooooo. Man I can't believe this. He won New York big time but he wants to  ride with North Carolina?

Me and President Obama are through and  don't beg for any forgiveness either. Me and the president are done. At least until April....LOL. Enjoy the tournament Mr. President. And don't worry sir I still got your back.

George Cook Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50

Grant Hill responds to being called an "Uncle Tom"

This past Sunday Night ESPN aired the documentary " The Fab Five,” During the film Jalen Rose a member of the Fab Five the films’s executive producer, said that Duke recruited only black players he considered to be “Uncle Toms.”. Check out Grant Hills classy reply and subtle dig at the Fab Five nonsense below: George Cook Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50

Grant Hills Repsponse to Jalen Rose  " Uncle Tom " comments.

[ SOURCE:The New York Times  ] I am a fan, friend and longtime competitor of the Fab Five. I have competed against Jalen Rose and Chris Webber since the age of 13. At Michigan, the Fab Five represented a cultural phenomenon that impacted the country in a permanent and positive way. The very idea of the Fab Five elicited pride and promise in much the same way the Georgetown teams did in the mid-1980s when I was in high school and idolized them. Their journey from youthful icons to successful men today is a road map for so many young, black men (and women) who saw their journey through the powerful documentary, “The Fab Five.”

It was a sad and somewhat pathetic turn of events, therefore, to see friends narrating this interesting documentary about their moment in time and calling me a bitch and worse, calling all black players at Duke “Uncle Toms” and, to some degree, disparaging my parents for their education, work ethic and commitment to each other and to me. I should have guessed there was something regrettable in the documentary when I received a Twitter apology from Jalen before its premiere. I am aware Jalen has gone to some length to explain his remarks about my family in numerous interviews, so I believe he has some admiration for them.

In his garbled but sweeping comment that Duke recruits only “black players that were ‘Uncle Toms,’ ” Jalen seems to change the usual meaning of those very vitriolic words into his own meaning, i.e., blacks from two-parent, middle-class families. He leaves us all guessing exactly what he believes today.

I am beyond fortunate to have two parents who are still working well into their 60s. They received great educations and use them every day. My parents taught me a personal ethic I try to live by and pass on to my children.

I come from a strong legacy of black Americans. My namesake, Henry Hill, my father’s father, was a day laborer in Baltimore. He could not read or write until he was taught to do so by my grandmother. His first present to my dad was a set of encyclopedias, which I now have. He wanted his only child, my father, to have a good education, so he made numerous sacrifices to see that he got an education, including attending Yale.

This is part of our great tradition as black Americans. We aspire for the best or better for our children and work hard to make that happen for them. Jalen’s mother is part of our great black tradition and made the same sacrifices for him.

My teammates at Duke — all of them, black and white — were a band of brothers who came together to play at the highest level for the best coach in basketball. I know most of the black players who preceded and followed me at Duke. They all contribute to our tradition of excellence on the court.

It is insulting and ignorant to suggest that men like Johnny Dawkins (coach at Stanford), Tommy Amaker (coach at Harvard), Billy King (general manager of the Nets), Tony Lang (coach of the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins in Japan), Thomas Hill (small-business owner in Texas), Jeff Capel (former coach at Oklahoma and Virginia Commonwealth), Kenny Blakeney (assistant coach at Harvard), Jay Williams (ESPN analyst), Shane Battier (Memphis Grizzlies) and Chris Duhon (Orlando Magic) ever sold out their race.

To hint that those who grew up in a household with a mother and father are somehow less black than those who did not is beyond ridiculous. All of us are extremely proud of the current Duke team, especially Nolan Smith. He was raised by his mother, plays in memory of his late father and carries himself with the pride and confidence that they instilled in him.

The sacrifice, the effort, the education and the friendships I experienced in my four years are cherished. The many Duke graduates I have met around the world are also my “family,” and they are a special group of people. A good education is a privilege.

Just as Jalen has founded a charter school in Michigan, we are expected to use our education to help others, to improve life for those who need our assistance and to use the excellent education we have received to better the world.

A highlight of my time at Duke was getting to know the great John Hope Franklin, John B. Duke Professor of History and the leading scholar of the last century on the total history of African-Americans in this country. His insights and perspectives contributed significantly to my overall development and helped me understand myself, my forefathers and my place in the world.

Ad ingenium faciendum, toward the building of character, is a phrase I recently heard. To me, it is the essence of an educational experience. Struggling, succeeding, trying again and having fun within a nurturing but competitive environment built character in all of us, including every black graduate of Duke.

My mother always says, “You can live without Chaucer and you can live without calculus, but you cannot make it in the wide, wide world without common sense.” As we get older, we understand the importance of these words. Adulthood is nothing but a series of choices: you can say yes or no, but you cannot avoid saying one or the other. In the end, those who are successful are those who adjust and adapt to the decisions they have made and make the best of them.

I caution my fabulous five friends to avoid stereotyping me and others they do not know in much the same way so many people stereotyped them back then for their appearance and swagger. I wish for you the restoration of the bond that made you friends, brothers and icons.

I am proud of my family. I am proud of my Duke championships and all my Duke teammates. And, I am proud I never lost a game against the Fab Five.

Grant Henry Hill
Phoenix Suns
Duke ‘94

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Herman Cain: Planned Parenthood’s mission is 'planned genocide' of black babies

Using unusually harsh words, a potential presidential candidate ( Herman Cain ) echoed some previous comments: claiming that Planned Parenthood’s original mission was to “help kill black babies before they came into the world.”

Herman Cain went on to say that the sexual and reproductive health care provider is carrying out its mission of “planned genocide.”

In response, the group said that Cain is using "inflammatory and divisive language based on race to achieve extreme political goals" of ending legal abortion.

Cain, an African-American and the first Republican to launch a presidential exploratory committee, made the comments Tuesday during a question-and-answer session at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank in Washington.

Read more Cain: Planned Parenthood’s mission is 'planned genocide' of black babies

GOP Eyes Black Vote In 2012

Now if you are like me you are wondering how any GOP attempts to reach out to black voters will be any different than the lame attempt in 2010 under Michael Steele. Here's one way. They might actually TRY to reach out to black voters this time.  Read more below. George Cook Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50

With two Black Republicans among the Republican freshman class, the GOP is looking into ways it can expand support from the Black community in 2012. It will be tough: the party has to sell its efforts to repeal health care reform and limit unemployment benefits to a population wracked by joblessness and with a history of supporting such programs.

But, Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Rep. Allen West (R.-FL) expect disenchantment with the economy coupled with support for socially conservative issues can build a foundation for the GOP in the Bcommunity for 2012, and beyond.

Read more GOP Eyes Black Vote In 2012

Monday, March 14, 2011

Is Sarah Palin becoming Al Sharpton?

Two writers from Politico Jonathan Martin and John F. Harris have written a very interesting article that may surprise both Al Sharpton and Sarah Palin. In it they compare Palin's playing of the victim and sexism cards to Sharpton's use of the victim ( race ) card. Read more below. George Cook Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50

Sarah Palin has played the sexism card, accusing critics of chauvinism against a strong woman.

She has played the class card, dismissing the Bush family as “blue bloods” and complaining that she is the target of snobbery by people who dislike her simply because she is “not so hoity-toity.”

Most famously, she has played the victim card — never more vividly than when she invoked the loaded phrase “blood libel” against liberals and media commentators in the wake of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting.

Palin’s flamboyant rhetoric always has thrilled supporters, but lately it is coming at a new cost: a backlash, not from liberals but from some of the country’s most influential conservative commentators and intellectuals.

Read more 'She's becoming Al Sharpton, Alaska edition

Sunday, March 13, 2011

President Obama: We must seek agreement on gun reform

On March 13 the Arizona Daily Star published an op-ed piece by President Obama in which he wrote about gun reform. Read that op-ed piece below:

We must seek agreement on gun reforms

It's been more than two months since the tragedy in Tucson stunned the nation. It was a moment when we came together as one people to mourn and to pray for those we lost. And in the attack's turbulent wake, Americans by and large rightly refrained from finger-pointing, assigning blame or playing politics with other people's pain.

But one clear and terrible fact remains. A man our Army rejected as unfit for service; a man one of our colleges deemed too unstable for studies; a man apparently bent on violence, was able to walk into a store and buy a gun.

He used it to murder six people and wound 13 others. And if not for the heroism of bystanders and a brilliant surgical team, it would have been far worse.

But since that day, we have lost perhaps another 2,000 members of our American family to gun violence. Thousands more have been wounded. We lose the same number of young people to guns every day and a half as we did at Columbine, and every four days as we did at Virginia Tech.

Every single day, America is robbed of more futures. It has awful consequences for our society. And as a society, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to put a stop to it.

Now, like the majority of Americans, I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. And the courts have settled that as the law of the land. In this country, we have a strong tradition of gun ownership that's handed from generation to generation. Hunting and shooting are part of our national heritage. And, in fact, my administration has not curtailed the rights of gun owners - it has expanded them, including allowing people to carry their guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.

The fact is, almost all gun owners in America are highly responsible. They're our friends and neighbors. They buy their guns legally and use them safely, whether for hunting or target shooting, collection or protection. And that's something that gun-safety advocates need to accept. Likewise, advocates for gun owners should accept the awful reality that gun violence affects Americans everywhere, whether on the streets of Chicago or at a supermarket in Tucson.

I know that every time we try to talk about guns, it can reinforce stark divides. People shout at one another, which makes it impossible to listen. We mire ourselves in stalemate, which makes it impossible to get to where we need to go as a country.

However, I believe that if common sense prevails, we can get beyond wedge issues and stale political debates to find a sensible, intelligent way to make the United States of America a safer, stronger place.

I'm willing to bet that responsible, law-abiding gun owners agree that we should be able to keep an irresponsible, law-breaking few - dangerous criminals and fugitives, for example - from getting their hands on a gun in the first place.

I'm willing to bet they don't think that using a gun and using common sense are incompatible ideas - that we should check someone's criminal record before he can check out at a gun seller; that an unbalanced man shouldn't be able to buy a gun so easily; that there's room for us to have reasonable laws that uphold liberty, ensure citizen safety and are fully compatible with a robust Second Amendment.

That's why our focus right now should be on sound and effective steps that will actually keep those irresponsible, law-breaking few from getting their hands on a gun in the first place.

• First, we should begin by enforcing laws that are already on the books. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System is the filter that's supposed to stop the wrong people from getting their hands on a gun. Bipartisan legislation four years ago was supposed to strengthen this system, but it hasn't been properly implemented. It relies on data supplied by states - but that data is often incomplete and inadequate. We must do better.

• Second, we should in fact reward the states that provide the best data - and therefore do the most to protect our citizens.

• Third, we should make the system faster and nimbler. We should provide an instant, accurate, comprehensive and consistent system for background checks to sellers who want to do the right thing, and make sure that criminals can't escape it.

Porous background checks are bad for police officers, for law-abiding citizens and for the sellers themselves. If we're serious about keeping guns away from someone who's made up his mind to kill, then we can't allow a situation where a responsible seller denies him a weapon at one store, but he effortlessly buys the same gun someplace else.

Clearly, there's more we can do to prevent gun violence. But I want this to at least be the beginning of a new discussion on how we can keep America safe for all our people.

I know some aren't interested in participating. Some will say that anything short of the most sweeping anti-gun legislation is a capitulation to the gun lobby. Others will predictably cast any discussion as the opening salvo in a wild-eyed scheme to take away everybody's guns. And such hyperbole will become the fodder for overheated fundraising letters.

But I have more faith in the American people than that. Most gun-control advocates know that most gun owners are responsible citizens. Most gun owners know that the word "commonsense" isn't a code word for "confiscation." And none of us should be willing to remain passive in the face of violence or resigned to watching helplessly as another rampage unfolds on television.

As long as those whose lives are shattered by gun violence don't get to look away and move on, neither can we.

We owe the victims of the tragedy in Tucson and the countless unheralded tragedies each year nothing less than our best efforts - to seek consensus, to prevent future bloodshed, to forge a nation worthy of our children's futures.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Movie Review: Battle Los Angeles

Now some of you may be wondering why I am reviewing a sci fi movie on an African American news blog. Well the answer is I love sci fi movies and how often is it that you have a major sci fi movie release that introduces three black characters early on and all three survive to see the end of the movie. Not only that but also a movie in which Michelle Rodriguez doesn't die in the last 15 minutes. ( See Resident Evil, Avatar ).

Now I read many negative reviews of the movie online and in my opinion the reviewers just don't get it.

Battle Los Angeles is Black Hawk Down meets Independence Day without Independence Day's crappy ripped off War of the Worlds ending.

It's a slam bang action movie that doesn't try to be much else. On that note it's excellent. If you are expecting hi tech mumbo jumbo and an extensive storyline then don't go see this movie.

If you want to see marines kick some alien ass then this is the movie for you. If you want to actually cheer in a movie theater again this is the movie for you.

If you are worried about the physics involved in how the alien ships fly or whether or not they can breathe in our atmosphere then stay home and read an Isaac Asimov novel. This is not the movie for you.

The only criticisms I have of the movie is that it's 15 minutes too long and truth be told it's a 116 minute US Marine Corp commercial. But if you ask me if it's a great sci fi action movie I would have to say yes.

George Cook Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50

Congressman Alcee Hastings facing sexual harassment charges

Congressional Black Caucus member Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) is under fire after one of his former employees accused him of sexual harassment.

Winsome Packer, a former staff member of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation filed suit in federal court on March 9 against Hastings, the commission and its director, Fred Turner, according to the Court News Service. Packer in her suit alleged discrimination, retaliation and sexual harassment.

“Mr. Hastings intention was crystal clear: he was sexually attracted to Ms. Packer, wanted a sexual relationship with her, and would help progress her career if she acquiesced to his sexual advances,” the complaint read, according to Court News.

Read more here: House Democrat Alcee Hastings Accused of Sexual Harassment

Friday, March 11, 2011

Louis Farrakhan is nobody's leader

The article below represents the thoughts and opinions of it's writer Tony Norman. I personally don't care about Loius Farrakhan but I do agree with Mr. Norman's opinion on black leadership and the fact that African Americans are not a monolithic group. George Cook Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50

Louis Farrakhan is nobody's leader
By Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

There's always been something bogus about the notion of top-down black leadership. It's been decades since a black leader was capable of rallying folks to protest anything other than police brutality.

There have been plenty of spokesmen for the race over the years, though -- some self- appointed, most anointed by others, including the mainstream media.

In the pre-Obama age, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton were the go-to guys for black leadership as far as the press was concerned. A few years ago, Bill Cosby started getting those calls because he was a contrarian when it came to many forms of black popular culture.

Read more: Louis Farrakhan is nobody's leader