Category Archives: Obama/Politics

FB CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says: ‘…We Don’t Deserve to Serve You!’ After Recent Details on Data Breach Uncovered

*As hard as it is to  do business successfully without social media, many folks are wishing there was a better way, for this reason…

…Potential data breaches — such as the one in the news today involving Facebook, personal data stolen from its users, Russia and Donald Trump.

According to NBC News, a data analysis firm used by the Trump presidential campaign surreptitiously acquired and used Facebook data on 50 million people

OK, but that’s not the “new details” part. We knew this happened. We knew there had been a breach.

Cambridge Analytical was the company that actually profiled voters for Donald Trump’s campaign. NBC News reports the firm used the private information they lifted from Facebook users’ accounts, to influence and wage a “culture war” during Trump’s 2016 election. 

The stolen data also included information from Facebook users? friends and contacts, as well.

What IS new is this: CNN reports new details stem from news that Cambridge Analytica may have kept user’s data even after Facebook told the company to delete it.

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Florida Student Survivor Still Emotional After Police Mistook Him for Shooter

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Lorenzo Prado speaks at a press conference in the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee, February, 21, 2018.

*They saw me, and they panicked because I was matching the same description of [suspect] Nikolas Cruz. I had the same clothes, same hair color, same facial structure somewhat. … And they reported me.”

Can you imagine how frightened you would be in this situation?

Lorenzo Prado may have survived the horror that took place one week ago; when Nikolas Cruz let loose with an assault rifle and killed 17 students and teachers, leaving 14 more wounded and dozens traumatized for life at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But he feels victimized twice.

After being faced with at least a hundred students banging on the door of the auditorium, where he had been when the gunman hit, he opened the door for the frightened students but wasn’t exactly clear on what was happening.

Then, hearing gunshots and screams, he locked himself in the sound booth at the auditorium and prepared to die.

“I knew any move I made would be the end of my life.”

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Fired! Aide to Florida State Lawmaker Gone After He Allegedly Called Survivors of H.S. Shooting ‘Actors’

*In no context whatsoever is calling anyone who was fortunate enough to survive the shooting attack that killed 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida “actors,” acceptable. Fortunately, it only took a nano-second for that to be realized by folks with the power to do something about it. The author of the asinine comment, Benjamin A. Kelly, was quickly dealt with. 

“Tonight Mr. Kelly was terminated from his position as my District Secretary,” said District 63 Rep, Shawn Harrison, in a statement posted on Twitter Tuesday night. “I am appalled at and strongly denounce his comments about the Parkland students. “I am again sorry for any pain this has caused the grieving families of this tragedy,” he wrote. Continue reading

Donald Trump Jr. Says Daddy Trump is Not ‘Racist’ Because He ‘Knows Rappers’ (Watch)

Photo op #1, Donald Trump pictured with ‘his pal’ Snoop Dogg

*Donald Trump, Jr.  says y’all didn’t think his dad was racist when you were attending his events, and asking him for charity dollars. Well! He may have a point. 

Or not.

That line of reasoning is no different from the one where he states how he has watched his dad his “whole life.” He knows rappers and all kinds of African American people from Jesse Jackson to Al Sharpton.

OK. That’s two.

Donald Trump, Al Sharpton and Don King (R) in photo op #2

Thing is, this dude probably needs to look up the meaning of the word racist. He should pay particular attention to the part that explains a racist …believes that a particular race is superior to another. He seems too damn old to think that just because someone knows Black people, they can’t be racist.

…and do you really know someone just because you posed in a picture with them? Have they been over your house for dinner? Watched a little TV with you? Called you and had a nice conversation…on a few occasions?

I personally have never heard Trump, Jr. speak, at least not at length. It seems I’ve missed very little. But what do you expect? He’s defending his father for goodness sake?

Donald Trump, Jr., son of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, speaks during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

You will really love the part in the video below where Trump, Jr. talks about racism. He says the word is thrown around so much by people angered by the fact that something is not going their way (I’m paraphrasing intentionally because I want you to see the video) that it carries little weight when those truly affected by it brings it up.

Now in truth that’s an argument I’ve used about many things. It’s just one that doesn’t sound right coming out of his mouth. Continue reading

Elaine Brown, Former Black Panther Leader, Awarded $4M By Oakland Jury

Ex-Black Panther leader, Elaine Brown

*?Disappointing but not unexpected.? This is how Desley Brooks, the Oakland, California councilwoman who was ordered to pay a huge sum of money to former Black Panther leader, Elaine Brooks, responded to the judgment against her.

Elaine Brown was injured after Brooks pushed her over stacked chairs and she was forced to have surgery for a torn rotator cuff. The incident occurred during an argument.

Brooks must pay $550,000 to Brown — who was also awarded $3.8 million in damages from the city by the same jury in December 2016 when it was determined that Brown was the victim of elder abuse. 

WRAL reports the altercation appeared to stem from Brown?s venture to build affordable housing in West Oakland for formerly incarcerated people. Continue reading

Seriously Though: Will Oprah Run for President? Probably Not, But…

“Wait! Do y’all seriously think I should run?” (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

*…she’s going to have a whole lot of fun watching us ride the wave of “maybe” or “could happen.”

I can hear her now, behind closed doors: “Chile please. At this age and stage of my life, do you really think I need — hell, want —THAT responsibility!”

No, Miss Oprah. We don’t.

I mean seriously, you’ve carried a lot on your shoulders for decades with your own talk show, foundation, network, acting, commercials. Even now, you’re showing signs of trying to lighten your load: (selling nearly 25% stake in OWN; changing lanes and shifting gears with more acting roles i.e. Greenleaf, Henrietta Lacks and the upcoming fantasy film, A Wrinkle in Time).

It’s highly doubtful, also, that you want to have that much accountability. I mean being responsible for an entire country! Having the entire WORLD question your politics. As “intriguing” as the thought may be (a word used by your BFF Gayle King), nah. As we say in the neighborhood:

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33rd Annual ‘Kingdom Day Parade’ Looks Awesome…Here’s What You Can Expect to See!

Photo credit: ABC-7, 31st Annual Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles

*April 4, 2018 will mark 50 years since the assassination of a man widely known, respected and remembered for his ongoing work on the civil rights platform. Come to think of it, its rather appropriate to call him the Godfather of Civil Rights. I won’t go into details, those too young to know and those who want a refresher on his work can go here.

But the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. does live on, and with the apparent ongoing attempts to alter or change the reality that is U. S. history, we must ensure that he is never, ever forgotten.

With that said, the 33rd Annual Kingdom Day Parade will serve up an offering that sounds too good to be missed.  Those planning to be in the Los Angeles area on  Monday, January 15 can expect to witness the following features at the parade. 

But who says you have to be in L.A.? If you can’t, don’t fret. You can watch it on TV!!

ABC-7 will again broadcast the entire 2-hour parade — LIVE — from 11am to 1pm and here’s what you can expect to see. Continue reading

Man Once Freed from N. Korean Jail Thanks to Former President, Found in Fiery Death

Jacqueline McCarthy welcomes her son, Aijalon Gomes, home after he was freed from a prison in N. Korea in 2010

*Only recently had Aijalon Gomes left Boston to live in San Diego. Sounds like a man looking for a change, not like one who would travel so far…to commit suicide.

But an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer that was driving west on Pacific Highway near Sea World Drive about 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday saw a man, later identified as Gomes, burning…alive. According to Lt. Todd Griffin, the officer did stop to help, but Gomes died from his injuries before he could reach the hospital.

Now back to the suicide part. This isn’t a fact by any means, its just a potential part of the mysterious equation. The other part being examined is that the fire was an accident.

But the reason suicide even comes into the picture is this. According to Jacqueline McCarthy, Gomes? mother, her son, Aijalon, is the same man who was traumatized by being incarcerated in a North Korean jail after he illegally walked across a frozen stretch of the Tumen River in January 2010.

He was apprehended by border guards, jailed and sentenced to eight years of hard labor. He was also fined $700,000.

McCarthy says her son was so messed up by the experience that he attempted suicide…several times. Continue reading