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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

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

FLOTUS Shocks People Recording ‘Goodbye Tributes’ on Jimmy Fallon (Watch)

 

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*My eyes are sore from all the tears as we continue to watch the goodbye tributes to President and First Lady Obama, Malia and Sasha across social media platforms.

Recently, Jimmy Fallon had guests tape messages to the FLOTUS. They poured their hearts out while looking at a large picture of her on the wall. Little did they know, she was closer than they thought..

As NewsOne reports, tears began to flow as FLOTUS emerged, sometimes so taken by what was being said, right in the middle of their message.

“For years you have shown our nation countless times that through dignity, compassion and respect we can overcome any hardship,” one woman who burst into tears once she realized the First Lady stood in front of her said. Continue reading

Election 2016: Waiting To Wake Up

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*As much as I’d like to forget it, last week’s election and the interminable campaigns that preceded it contributed to a national travesty. Commentators like Van Jones have been quite articulate about the results of the election and its ramifications.

Contrastingly, I’ve been stumbling around all week, off and on, tripping over my own words and waiting to wake up from the type of nightmare I never wanted to witness.  I haven’t felt like this since I was 15 years old.

In a world before CNN, the internet, or around the clock access to news updates via a smartphone, I was watching the CBS Evening News’ election returns one November evening in 1980, gathering information for a civics essay I was assigned to write. President Jimmy Carter was running for reelection, and in my parents’ eyes, the election returns weren’t worth staying up for.

“There’s no way the country’s going to elect a former actor,” my mom said of the president’s opponent, Ronald Reagan. “You should just go to bed and watch the morning news for results info before you go to school tomorrow.”

It was getting late and I was fading fast, so I listened to Mom and went to bed, looking forward to waking up and getting caught up on everything.

The next morning, I thought someone had died when I walked into the kitchen and looked into my mother’s eyes, as she paused while packing her lunch for work.

“This is going to be the longest four years of your lifetime,” she posited of what was to be President Reagan’s first term. Neither of us could have known that Reagan’s reign would last 12 long years, between his back-to-back administrations and George Bush’s election in 1988.

“You’ll be voting for president next time,” Mom told me. “Never take that privilege for granted.”

It was one of the best pieces of advice I have received to-date from my mother, and I went on to vote in every presidential election since 1984. I am proud to have helped Bill Clinton, and later Barack Obama, get elected.

As I watched last week’s returns come in, the results of an election during which only a reported 57 percent of the electorate voted, I found myself struggling to envision a world that includes a President Donald Trump. Continue reading

A Trump Presidency: Van Jones Hit the Nail on the Head, ‘What Do We Tell the Children?’

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*There was a post going around on social media that said, “I’m embarrassed to live in a country where Donald Trump can run for President.” Well, to this we can ask, how do you feel about living in a country where he becomes President-elect? As of this writing, no winner has yet to be chosen, but Donald Trump holds 247 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the position of POTUS, to Hillary Clinton’s steadfast 215.

Miracles notwithstanding, the writing is on the proverbial wall.

Political commentator Van Jones is a gracious man. The single African American on the panel of eight pundits, he offered congratulations to the Republicans in the room who abruptly interrupted and told him, “You’re early, we haven’t won yet!” But Jones, not unlike many of us, had already conceded. “Yes, I know. But I was raised well,” he responded, adding something to the effect that he can say ‘good job’ when he sees the writing on the wall.

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Message to Those Voting ‘Third Party’ — Put Your Big Boy/Girl Pants On! (Video)

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*So you think you’re doing something special? Out of the box rebellious? Or even cute as you head to the polls and vote third party; for someone you know won’t win?

Word to the bad. You’re not!

Drop the mic.

I have heard there are those who, because they are not crazy about either presidential candidate, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, or Republican nominee Donald Trump, say they will vote Third Party in this election.

Why would you use your voting power to vote for someone that you KNOW won’t win? 

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I think of those who are voting for the first time, high school seniors, immigrants who have become citizens; who were unable to vote in their former countries and I think, “They must be so appreciative of this right?”

Surely they recognize this is an opportunity to contribute, on a personal level, to making a better America and maybe even a greater world. Right?

This is the one and only opportunity that we have to make change on a level greater than ourselves. Not only voting people into office, but not walking away from them once they are there. Holding them accountable every step of the way. And never, no matter how hard things get, giving up on this because defeat only happens to those who stop trying.

Some rhetoric is actually true. Continue reading

POTUS Plans ‘One Last Change’ Before He Leaves Office: Reform Prisoners Child Support Payments

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*We’ve got approximately 21 days before we head to the polls to choose a new POTUS, but President Barack Obama is working up until the very last minute to reform the criminal justice system he began working on months back. But the issue has been with him for much longer. And according to an article in The Washington Post he shared…

“Since my first campaign, I’ve talked about how, in too many cases, our criminal justice system ends up being a pipeline from underfunded, inadequate schools to overcrowded jails.”

And he made good on his word in August 2016, when he commuted the prison sentences of federal 214 inmates (in a single day) who were locked up on drug charges — some of whom were to be locked up for life.

And as of this writing, according to The Daily News, the total number of commuted sentences has gone up to 775; with 102 of them occuring just last week.

But POTUS says he ain’t finished yet! Before he leaves office he aims to reform the amount of child support payments prisoners are carrying in debt.

In an August statement, Justice Department deputy Sally Q. Yates said, “In just the first eight months of 2016, the President has more than doubled the number of commutations granted in all of 2015.  But we are not done yet, and we expect that many more men and women will be given a second chance through the Clemency Initiative.” Continue reading

‘Picture’ President Obama…on Your Bottled Water (It’s Happening!)

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*Well, we know folks are having a hard time letting go when it comes to President Obama. We’ve got, let’s see, today is the 13th…that’s makes 23 more days before we vote for a new POTUS. To say a lot of us will be participating in “the ugly cry” while bidding a fond adieu to the finest First Family we have ever known is an understatement.

Thanks to a company called Moreno BHLV, at least we won’t have to be thirsty while the salty tears flow. The beverage company has produced something we can remember America’s first Black President by…

Bottled water. Continue reading