Category Archives: Obama/Politics

Michelle Obama ‘Hugs George W. Bush’…And Hilarious Photoshop Edits Spring Up on Social Media (Photos)

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*Let’s just call this The hug felt around the world. Michelle Obama, who will go down in history as capturing a beauty we haven’t seen in a First Lady since….sound of crickets while I think…since…Ok maybe Jackie Kennedy on a certain level, has got to have the biggest heart. At the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, saw former President George W. Bush, and gave him a hug.

The Original
The Original

Can we all just take a sec and say, “Aww…”

But of course such a gesture may have temporarily overshadowed the significance of Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture as Internet avengers rushed to their editing pages to create their own photoshop edits of the gesture; which had been captured by former chief White House photographer David Hume

And you’ve got to admit, some of the photos are humorous indeed. Like the one above showing the face of Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, replacing the Bush photo.

Others have the “photo editors” creating pictures that reimagine Bush as a sleeping baby…

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Bush as a “bush”…as in tree.

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Huffington Post gives a glimpse of posts emanating from some of these reimagined pics; along with more photo edits that include actor John Travolta laying a kiss on the former president (wonder what that’s about and why him…but moving on); a pillow with some cute cartoon character replacing Bush; Mrs. Obama hugging herself…yeah, it starts to get stupid after a while; the First Lady hugging Brad Pitt.

OK, that’s enough.

Anyway, just look at this as a funny way to begin your work week. While taking a look at the historic opening of  Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Enjoy your week!

#thehugfeltaroundtheworld

Black Cop in Dallas Files Lawsuit Against Black Lives Matter…And President Obama

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*Well if this cop’s intent was to get our attention, let us stop for a sec, unite and say…

Do tell.

Sgt. Demetrick Pennie is a 17-year-member of the Dallas Police Force, and he says he is suing the Black Lives Matter movement along with the Rev. Al Sharpton; Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, billionaire activist George Soros, President Barack Obama and Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton because they…wait for it…

Are inciting a race war.

Kind of head-scratcher coming from a Black man. But let’s hear what he has to say, shall we? Continue reading

Pastor Tells HS Crowd to Stand for National Anthem or Get Shot

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*By now, we should all be use to nut cases who try to use scripture to justify the ills of man.  Slavery, the oppression of women, homophobia…I always say:  if you want a scripture to justify what you want to think, you can find one…or twist one…to suit your needs.

But I’ll be damned if self-described men of the cloth aren’t just spouting off whatever they want to say, with or without any scriptural support!   And those on the mental edge have been pushed over it by Colin Kaepernick and his awesome protest of racial injustice.  

The pastor of Sweet Home Baptist Church in Alabama, who moonlights as an announcer at McKenzie High School football games — or maybe it’s the other way around — told a crowd Friday night to rise for the national anthem…or get shot.  

“If you don’t want to stand for the National Anthem, you can line up over there by the fence and let our military personnel take a few shots AT you since they’re taking shots FOR you,” Pastor Allen Joyner said before the game, according to an (of course) now deleted Facebook post.

School officials denounced Joyner with a quickness. Continue reading

I Remember Supporting Hillary Clinton for President…in 1992

Hillary Rodham Clinton, circa 1992
Hillary Rodham Clinton, circa 1992

*I remember when I first crossed paths with Hillary Clinton.

She was Hillary Rodham Clinton at the time, and was campaigning for her husband in 1992. One of their campaign stops was the University of Michigan, where I was studying and raising a family.

I’d anticipated going to see Bill for weeks, but the night of the event, a chilly October drizzle descended on Ann Arbor, and I started to talk myself out of going.

“You have to go, Mike,” my then wife implored. “If you don’t, and he gets elected, you’ll always regret it.”

I know good advice when I hear it.  I’ve always been a political / news junkie, so I bundled up and hopped on the bus for the University of Michigan’s main campus, leaving my wife at home with our five-year-old daughter, Janet.

As I approached U-M’s Rackham Graduate School, I joined thousands who’d gathered to hear Bill Clinton speak. We had to wait through the well-meaning speeches of dozens of university officials and local “celebrities” who I didn’t envy. I mean, who would want to be on a platform with the dynamic governor from Arkansas who could charm anyone — in or out of a blue dress? 

As it turned out, one person was up to the challenge:  Bill Clinton was introduced by his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Continue reading

Professor States a ‘Blacks Only’ Nation is ‘Fairly Easy’ (to Accomplish)

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Christian Davenport

*Desperate times call for desperate measures, right? The racial divide is wider than ever now, what with the heightened tensions between the men in blue and Black folk. As if African Americans and other Black folk being killed in cold blood by police — seemingly with little to no provocation — wasn’t enough, now it is the police who have begun to find themselves facing the barrel of a bullets escape.

Good lord! How on earth did we get here? 

Now the idea has been introduced to consider the thought of a “Blacks Only” nation. Or it might be more accurate to say, REconsider; seeing as “there are large sections of the United States that have nothing but black people in them already,” according to what Christian Davenport, a University of Michigan political science professor told the Atlanta Black Star during an interview. “There are cults and militias as well as private corporations that do whatever they want behind their closed doors” Davenport added, saying, “The idea of Black folk coming together thus does not seem that difficult to me.” Continue reading

Twitter Thinks Dallas Police Chief, David Brown, Should Be President

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*One thing about black folk, no matter what their station in life, they are gonna tell it and tell it true. And Dallas Police Chief David Brown is no exception. He may be a 33-year-veteran of the Dallas Police Force, but it is only recently that many even learned who he is. Too bad his fame came about as a result of one of the darkest times in human history.

I’ll be gentle.

The civil unrest between Black people and police officers. 

A photo of his face buried in one hand as he stood at a prayer vigil for the two victims and five officers killed in Dallas went viral. And he has not held back at press conferences; wearing his heart on his sleeve as he admits, “We’re hurting.”

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Threaten a Cop, Go to Jail…Like These Four People

Detroit Police Chief James Craig speaks to media outlets.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig speaks to media outlets.

*Four African American men have been arrested by Detroit police for making serious threats towards white police officers via Facebook. As of this writing, all four have been tracked down and arrested.

According to comments made by Detroit police Chief James Craig on Sunday, and reported by the Detroit News, posts by the men included, “All lives can’t matter until Black lives matter. Kill all White cops,” a post from a second man referred to Micah Xavier Johnson, the lone gunman who took the lives of five police officers during a peaceful protest in Dallas as a “hero,” and added that he is inspired to do the same thing.

A third suspect posted, “It’s time to wage war and shoot the police first” and even encouraged “supporters” to get in touch with him in an attempt to plan future attacks. And a fourth suspect hit send on a post that advocated such violence “needs to happen more often,” and, according to police, even shared a variety of graphic images and videos of officer shootings on his timeline.   Continue reading

Welfare System Pulls Former Law that Penalized Poor Women for Having More Babies

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*Thanks in huge part to the efforts put forth by California State Senator, Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), who led the fight to do away with the policy that penalizes poor women (and their children) for having babies while on welfare, the law has been lifted. The “Maximum Family Grant” is a policy that came out of the state of California’s reformed welfare system in the mid-90s and attempted to discourage poor women, usually of color, from having more babies while on welfare by exempting them from receiving additional monies once new babies were born.

Legislative advocate Jessica Bartholow said it best, “No child should be treated differently under the law simply because they were conceived and born while their parents were poor.” Bartholow advocates for women and the poor at Western Center for Law & Poverty, and she is all for the reversal of the law known as the “MFG Rule.” Continue reading