President Barack Obama on Police-Community Relations

While many were lost focusing on President Barack Obama saying ‘nigger’ during his interview on Marc Maron‘s podcast ‘WTF’ (What The Fuck). The president made some interesting comments during the interview.

Maron and Obama touched a number of topics; climate change, relationship with congress, what he has done as president, what he likes to do for fun and of course race relations.

I thought the race relation discussion was the most interesting, and not because he said ‘nigger’ (One thing to keep in mind, in the podcast Maron and Obama jump around a bit in this discussion but for my recap I grouped the discussion together).

With the Charleston Shooting still fresh on his mind, Obama immediately reiterated the points he made in his press conference Thursday. He talked about stronger gun control laws and how the stats show the U.S. sadly leading the way in deaths involving guns (per population). Obama states he still believes that stronger laws can be enacted, but he expressed how deeply saddened he was when nothing was done after Newtown.

While understanding the obstacles that stand in the way of stronger gun control laws, Obama expressed faith in the people. That faith is based on people he has spoken to outside of politics, and identifies politics as the reason for the disconnect.

In discussing police-community relations, Obama started by making the following strong statement:  

To young people… Do not say nothing has changed when it comes to race in America, unless you lived thru being a Black man in the 1950s, 60s or 70s…. It’s incontrovertible that race relations have improved significantly and that attitudes have changed, that is a fact!

While acknowledging things have improved he also made sure to note that it doesn’t mean that racism is dead. He stated, “the legacy of Jim Crow casts a long shadow…” As it is still part of our DNA.

The main point for Obama was that he didn’t want people to take for granted the progress we (Black people) have made, and that we need to take that progress and  continue to build. Basically, we do not have to tear the whole thing down and start from the beginning.

Concerning police, he acknowledged they have a tough job, and part of the reason the job is so tough is due to those poor communities being, “systematically locked out of opportunity and suffered from legacy of discrimination” and we send cops in to keep those folks from making too much trouble.

Maron quickly followed up asking how do we change that?

Obama responded by focusing on the task force he put together and touting the changes they presented. He also discussed the need to provide hope to the children and giving the people opportunity. He elaborates on the effectiveness of early childhood education and how that has shown to get children to the same levels of a children who are in the middle-class.  Unfortunately Obama admits this is not happening in enough areas, and only seeing success in bits and pieces.

As I stated in the beginning the president made some interesting points, but with the media focused on the use of a certain word; we are missing out on another opportunity to explore more important areas that need further discussion.

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

 

Letter with “Suspicious Substance” addressed to President Obama

From Politico Breaking News:

A letter addressed to President Barack Obama “containing a suspicious substance was received at the remote White House mail screening facility” on Tuesday, the Secret Service announced Wednesday.

The Secret Service said that the letter was received at a facility that routinely identifies letters or parcels that require secondary screening or scientific testing before delivery.

“The Secret Service White House mail screening facility is a remote facility, not located near the White House complex,  that all White House mail goes through,” Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said. “The Secret Service is working closely with the U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI in this investigation.”

So we have the Boston Marathon Bombing, a letter suspected to be laced with a poison, ricin sent to Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi being reported yesterday and now we have a letter “containing suspicious substance”. 

And this just in….

Capitol Police are responding to reports of suspicious packages in the Hart and Russell Senate office buildings and a bomb squad is on the scene. The buildings have not been evacuated, but certain areas of the buildings have been closed.

This has the makings of some homegrown terror, hopefully the “suspicious packages” in the Hart and Russell Senate office buildings will turn out to be nothing and just a result of everyone being extra cautious.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Senate votes to end a Republican filibuster on new Gun Control Bill

no guns sign

This morning the Senate successfully voted to end a Republican filibuster that would have held up debate on a new Gun Control Bill.

68-31, to end a Republican filibuster blocking the start of debate on a new gun control bill, a top priority for President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders.  Sixteen Republicans crossed the aisle and voted with Democrats. Two Democratic senators – Mark Begich of Alaska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas – sided with the majority of Republicans. Sixty votes were needed for passage.

Every once in a while common sense does a play a role in government.  Last week 13 Senate Republicans including Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio sent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a letter informing him their intentions of filibustering any legislation that would “infringe” on the American’s people 2nd Amendment right.

Whatever your belief/stance is concerning gun control having an open debate on the legislation being offered is good for everyone.  Plus this legislation should have a fair shot at being voted on; let the record show where certain senators stand in the debate of gun control.  Let the people see where there elected officials stand!e

Here is something to start thinking about…  Once the Senate comes up with some kind of gun control legislation, what will House Majority Leader John Boehner do?

Will Boehner allow the bill to be debated or will he stuff the bill in a draw to collect dust?  If you were Boehner what would you do???

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

House will vote on Senate bill w/o amendments to avert Fiscal Cliff

In a move that just makes sense, House Republicans will NOT add amendments to the Senate‘s bill to avert the Fiscal Cliff.  Speaker Boehner will take an up-or-down vote a clean Senate passed bill.  This bill will more than likely need the support of both Democrats and Republicans in the House to pass.

Politico reporting…

The House plans to vote tonight on the Senate-passed bill to avert the fiscal cliff. Passage in the House, which is expected, would clear the bill for law since President Barack Obama has said he will sign the legislation.

The decision to move to an up-or-down vote comes after House Republicans internally rejected a plan to amend the bill with a package of spending cuts. That move would’ve likely killed the bill, allowing taxes to go up on all Americans.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Donald Trump aka Chump and his $5M dollars worth of BS!!!

Yes it has been awhile and I am actually sad that it took the insanity of Donald Trump to get me into the mood to write something.

Once again this BLOWHARD attempted to grab attention with his self-proclaimed BIG announcement this morning.  Trump has been in over-drive the past couple of days tweeting about everything he can think of concerning President Barack Obama.  At one point he challenged the notion that Obama deserved any praise in the killing of Bin Laden, come on!  It amazes me why ANYONE believes anything Trump says…

This is the same guy that claimed Obama was hiding something with his birth certificate and that he was sending private investigators to Hawaii to find evidence of his claims.

Hmmmm…..

That was back in April of 2011, what happened to those investigators?  You would think if “The Donald” found something he would have released it by now, instead all we have is Trump still talking but no proof to back up his claims.

But wait….

A couple of days ago Trump announced he had a BIG Announcement concerning President Obama, he told FOX News

“It’s going to be very big. I know one thing—you will cover it in a very big fashion.”

Did he REALLY find something on the president?

OF COURSE NOT!

But there were some simple-minded people who actually got excited about this fool, not everyone as Michelle Malkin (Conservative Pundit) on Twitter told a follower of hers that Trump is no friend of Conservatism.

So what was Trump’s BIG announcement?

“The Donald” announced that he would give $5 million dollars to President Obama’s favorite charity if he released his college and passport applications….

Wait….  THAT’s IT? GTFOH!

You mean the same guy who said in 2011 that his investigators found some interesting things has nothing to produce as an “October Surprise”?  Instead he is still reaching for some kind of proof….

What a Fraud!!!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Pres Barack Obama’s Twitter account, “This Seats Taken”

Now that the Republican National Convention 2012 (RNC) has wrapped and Mitt Romney has accepted the Republican Nomination for President of The United States, the ball is now in the Democrats court.  The Democrats will have their moment in the sun when the Democratic National Convention officially starts September 4th.

But after 3 days of listening to the Republican hype machine tell anyone who would listen how bad President Barack Obama has been at being president; the following picture was sent from the President’s Twitter account (@BarackObama)… Oh, there was also a message that accompanied that pic:

President Barack Obama 2012

This Seat’s Taken

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

 

 

Talking Points Tuesdays – “Learn how to be an American…”

John H Sununu

So Romney surrogate John H Sununu decided he would give President Barack Obama a little advice today,

“Learn how to be an American…”

Of course Sununu tried to cleanup his remark about the President later on in the day,

“What I thought I said, but I guess I didn’t say, is that the President has to learn the American formula for creating business. “If I didn’t give all that detail I apologize.” 

Ok Mr Sununu, “If I didn’t give all that detail I apologize…”?  Ummm, Sununu made the comments but he doesn’t recall if he gave details.  That’s hilarious, but it is also typical of Republicans when it comes to Barack Obama.  From Glenn Beck to Donald Trump, Sununu has joined the exclusive club of NUTBAGS!!!

The funny thing is, you could say President Obama is more American than the man saying he needs to “Learn how to be an American”.

Fun Fact For Ya…. John H Sununu was born in Havana, Cuba!  Would it be wrong for the Obama Campaign to say Sununu is secretly a Communist since he was born in Cuba?

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!