Category Archives: Obama/Politics

Introducing an Orange Alligator: the “Trumpagator!”

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*I still remember the “horse of a different color” scene in the 1939 Hollywood remake of The Wizard of Oz. 

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Remember it?  That horse changed into several bright colors during that segment, and has prompted smiles for generations of movie lovers.

Well, THAT was a horse…in a movie.   I wouldn’t have been smiling at the sight of this:  a 4- to 5-foot orange alligator.  He or she — you can’t blame anyone for not wanting to get close enough to discern the beast’s gender! — turned heads earlier this week near a pond just outside of Charleston, South Carolina.  Residents have begun joking that it should be called a “Trumpagator.” Continue reading

Well Lookie Here: 31 People in Michigan Could Face Criminal Charges for…Voting Twice!

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*Yeah, you read that right. In the election last Fall, the one where we are living the devastating results now…The where two of 10 wise points of advice shared online by Bernice King and others said don’t say HIS name…don’t refer to his [weird] color…

Yes, that election. 

In an early and often move it has now been revealed that 31 people in Michigan actually voted two times. The “error” was pointed out after a partial statewide recount investigation of the presidential race raised questions about how ballots were handled in Detroit. Continue reading

22-Year-Old College Senior Running For Mayor of Detroit


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*President Barack Obama, during his farewell speech, said “If something needs fixing, lace up your shoes and do some organizing.  If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself.  Show up.  Dive in.  Persevere.”

Detroit’s Myya D. Jones, 22, has taken the president’s sage advice to heart.  She’s running for the mayor of her hometown.  

“I have always been interested in civil engagement,” Jones told Detroit’s Metro Times.  “But I was turned off from doing politics because we had such a negative stigma around politics in Detroit.”

Now, she hopes to change that narrative, while she changes things in the city she calls home. Continue reading

Super Chill New Jersey Judge Says Employers Must Pay for Medical Marijuana

MarijuanaWhile 85% of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors, Andrew Watson’s situation was a little bit different. He crushed his hand working in the construction sector, but that’s not the only thing that sets his worker’s compensation case apart.

Watson began using medical marijuana back in 2014 after he severely injured his hand in a power saw accident, which occurred years earlier in 2008. After his doctor-prescribed opioids were no longer treating his chronic neuropathic pain, Watson enrolled himself in New Jersey’s state-funded medical marijuana program. He tried to buy more than two ounces of the drug, but when both his insurance and employer refused to pay, Watson contacted the state’s worker’s compensation system.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 23 states and the District of Columbia currently allow medical marijuana use, including New Jersey. But prices differ for each state, and one ounce of cannabis in New Jersey averages at around $498. This price doesn’t account for the state’s 7% sales tax, making it the highest-priced medical marijuana in the nation.

So, in order to stay away from highly addictive opioids, Watson took his case to New Jersey’s Supreme Court, saying that the state’s worker’s compensation program should be held responsible. In a groundbreaking settlement, Judge Ingrid French ruled in favor of Watson, claiming cannabis was “reasonable and necessary” for his pain management. Now, his former employer Gallagher Bassett will be paying for his treatments.

In her final statements, French explained that she passed the ruling because it would reduce his use of oral narcotics, prevent opioid dependence, promote a better quality of life, and provide healing in a holistic way. She explained to NJ.com:

“The evidence presented in these proceedings show that the petitioner’s ‘trial’ use of medicinal marijuana has been successful. While the court is sensitive to the controversy surrounding the medicinal use of marijuana, whether or not it should be prescribed for a patient in a state where it is legal to prescribe it is a medical decision that is within the boundaries of the laws in the state.”

In light of this ruling, Watson’s lawyer Phillip Faccenda is quick to explain that his client is not trying to take advantage of New Jersey’s medical marijuana law, but rather get the best care possible without the help of narcotic drugs.

Back in 2010, New Jersey enacted a law that recognizes six diseases that will qualify patients for medical marijuana, so long as they also have a doctor’s prescription. This includes Lou Gehrig’s disease, multiple sclerosis, terminal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, muscular dystrophy, and any other terminal diseases with a life expectancy of less than a year.

It should also be noted that those with HIV or AIDS, seizure disorders including epilepsy, glaucoma, intractable skeletal muscular spasticity, chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder can also qualify in special cases. However, they can only be approved for medical marijuana use if conventional treatments have already failed.va-constrck

The judge’s ruling is expected to have a minimal impact on employers across the state, as the specifications of the 2010 law are very hard to meet. As of right now, representatives for Gallagher Basset have agreed to the ruling, and there will be no appeal.

The only other state where medical marijuana can be covered by worker’s compensation is New Mexico, where one patient’s lawyer argued that the courts made “an important decision for workers so seriously injured they would be bound to a lifetime of narcotic medications.”

Uber CEO Sent ME This Email: Takes Stand Against Trump’s ‘Immigration Ban’

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*Yesterday I received a message from Uber founder and CEO, Travis Kalanick. As a member of his Uber driving team, it’s not rare to receive messages from “Travis” but this one was especially sensitive because it is in response to something…or should I say someone… that has our entire country up in arms right now.

Donald Trump and his “Temporary Immigration Travel Ban.”

As is the case with any entrepreneur, any businessman, such a dramatic stance as Trump’s decision to halt all movement of immigrants coming to this country; and threatening to stop those who reside here but travel back home from returning not only has devastating humanistic effects, but profound effects on business as well.

Many Uber staff members are immigrants — drivers and technicians.

But the email is in direct support of drivers. So Uber has decided to take a stand and assist those affected by the ban.

No matter what some will call a hidden agenda, (hey, he’s a businessman but does that make him any less human?) I already applaud the gesture.

Here is the email I received from Travis Kalanick. Continue reading

1950s TV Western Features Con Man Named Trump Who Wanted To Build A Wall

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*They say life imitates art.  Sometimes, it’s the other way around.

A western drama TV series called “Trackdown,” ran from 1957 to 1959.  One of the series’ episodes, entitled “End of the World,” featured a con man named Walter Trump who told everyone that he could prevent the world from ending by…

wait for it…

building a wall.

For real.  

While OUR Trump wants to keep all of the raping, murdering Mexicans out of the country, the fictional Walter Trump’s wall was envisioned as the ultimate protector from a “cosmic explosion.”

Hilariously, the similarities don’t end there.   OUR Trump and THAT Trump had similar speaking patterns.  Check out this snippet of dialogue from the 1958 episode, and see if you agree: Continue reading

Jesse Jackson: “Trump Threatens 50 Years of Civil Rights,” Jackson’s Critics Call Him a “Maggot” and “National Disgrace”

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*The Reverend Jesse Jackson has been at the forefront of the civil rights movement for over 50 years.

Well, kinda.  He stood next to MLK as he was gunned down in 1968, having been one of his closest advisers and mentees.  Twenty years later, Jackson vied for the Democratic presidential nomination, helping to lay the groundwork for President Obama’s successful bid twenty years after THAT.

But sometimes, Jackson seems to kinda hang out at high profile events, raising the ire of black and white folks alike.  He has been openly critical of President Obama, and was once caught on a live mic making crude comments about him.  

And now, folks on people.com say he’s just not “relevant.”  

We want to know what YOU think of the Reverend Jesse Jackson.  Don’t let people.com’s readers speak for you!  Here’s the background:   Continue reading

The Legacy of President Barack Obama…and an Apology to President George W. Bush

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*Prior to 2008, Barack Hussein Obama did what I’d thought was impossible, or at the very least improbable during my lifetime: he, an unapologetically brown-skinned man, got elected President of the United States. In doing so, he began an eight year journey that led our country to a better place, while affirming a declaration my mother made to me when I was a little boy about everyone being able to be president. Continue reading