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JANUARY 18, 2010 11:04AM

Hate Has No Expiration Date: Reflections On The MLK Holiday




...the smell of burnt gunpowder and wet cotton, the taste of cold fried chicken and cheap lipstick, the sounds of grown men weeping, of heavy wood hitting dark flesh, of rifles cocking and dogs snarling, tired bodies jumbled together in church buses and auto caravans, always dressed in their
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DECEMBER 17, 2009 2:03PM

We're Not Just Ballers And Rappers


I was just tooling around the internet for a few minutes, looking for another topic to write about after discovering that my all but posted piece on the Citibank's 38 billion dollar tax credit had come to the wrong conclusion, when I hit one of my daily stops,… Read full post »

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MAY 5, 2009 7:47AM

Ty'Sheoma Bethea's Middle School Makeover



I had another topic I was going to write about, but the news from Dillon County in South Carolina today was so overwhelming that I had no choice but to put it aside.   CEO Darryl Rosser of Saugus International, a classroom furniture supplier, must have felt the same way IRead full post »

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APRIL 9, 2009 11:15AM

"Tea Party" Protest Same People Still Bitter About Election




I don't have any problem with people protesting the status quo.  I serve as an agent provocateur myself here at Brown Man Thinking Hard, so the idea of the taxpayer "Tea Parties" that will be held next week on April 15th is the kind of thing that would initially appeal to… Read full post »

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MARCH 23, 2009 9:07AM

When Are White People Going To Stop Waiting For A Handout?


A phrase you will hear every now and then is "when are blacks going to stop waiting for a handout?"  I saw it in print last night while reading commentary by Roy Blount Jr. in the Oxford American, whose latest edition is dedicated to race (that means its only about black… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 18, 2009 3:12PM

Is This A New HOPE for Homeowners?

"You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else."

Winston Churchill




With the signing of the Economic Recovery Act on Tuesday in Denver, President Obama opened the floodgates on a huge pile of money.  He announced this morning that 75 billion…

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FEBRUARY 16, 2009 8:03AM

Public Wants Wall Street To Bleed A Little More



President Obama will have his first test this week.  He doesn't like the executive compensation restrictions inserted into the stimulus bill last week by the Democrat Chris Dodd and his cohorts in the Senate, but he's going to have to sign it anyway. I hope he doesn't waste any time this… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 12, 2009 8:47AM

Congressman Compares CEO's To Bank Robbers



The soundbite is the currency of TV news, the primary political information source for most of America -  simple, nice, neat, easy to pronounce phrases that an announcer can whip off after the guy behind the camera starts waving that they have ten seconds left until the commercial break.

I… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 10, 2009 3:00AM

Professor Obama Lectures White House Press




I called my buddy immediately after President Obama exited his press conference, before the commentators could begin to start telling us what we just saw.

"My man," I said, "did that Negro talk his behind off or what?"

"Man, I fell asleep.  I just woke up."

"You're in good company.  S.… Read full post »

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JANUARY 28, 2009 8:52AM

Obama Grounds Citigroup Jet Purchase



Our nation's 44th president, a man whose pictures from his twenties show a leanness that speaks of more than a passing familiarity with Ramen noodles, has put his foot down.  Citicorp, the latest bank to need bailout funds, has requested 40 billion of our money - oops, excuse me, that's 4… Read full post »

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JANUARY 7, 2009 8:48AM

Repeat After Me: "Ro-land Bu-rris Is A Senator"



Maybe it's the advent of reality TV that has me a little hot under the collar about the charade that went on at the Capitol today in Washington when Roland Burris showed up.  Maybe I'm like a lot of Americans who have come to recognize that our politicians have two faces… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 17, 2008 10:46AM

You Knew The Rules When You Got Into This



The narrative the mainstream media is pushing right now is that Caroline Kennedy has boxed in the governor of New York with her announcement that she wants to be considered for the New York Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton. I don’t know if we fully understand as a country… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 15, 2008 10:04AM

I Might Have To Take My Shoes Off

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My buddy calls me yesterday, during the game.

I don’t answer the phone.

He calls back later.  

S. comes looking for me.  “Can you call him back?  That’s the second time he’s woken me up looking for you.”

I pretty much only talk to my parents an… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 14, 2008 7:51PM

The "Trickle Up" Effect: Give Blacks Bailout Money


My buddy called me yesterday.  I heard a lot of noise in the background.

"Where are you?" I asked. "A party?  Sounds like there are a lot of people around you."   

"I'm at Lenox Mall.  Man," he said, "you know what they need to do with that bailout money?  They don… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 12, 2008 4:50AM

Christmas Tree Surgery Harder Than It Looks




I spent last night performing surgery on our Christmas tree.  It's one of those artificial ones, the kind that comes in three pieces and has the Christmas lights already strung around the limbs.  It weighs a lot, and is a little unwieldy to handle while you are putting it together, b… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 10, 2008 9:29AM

RETROSPECTIVE: Attending An Obama Fundraiser

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[I've been toying with the idea of turning the Obama election part of my blog into a book.  Rereading the older posts has been a trip down memory lane.  So this week at Open Salon, I'm going to do a retrospective of my favorite posts that were never postedRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 5, 2008 10:37AM

New Sheriff In Town

 

For the next 72 hours, I am deputizing all of the visitors to my blog. Deputies, if you hear anyone within earshot of you use the phrase “post-racial”, you are authorized to use lethal levels of logic and common sense to forcibly badger, cajole, or harass… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 28, 2008 12:07PM

Replacing The Hate I Feel With Hope

There are certain words that are almost guaranteed to be included on the front page of any major metropolitan newspaper: rape, murder, death, killings, merger, law, charge, arrest, body, suspect, gunshot, busted, trial, case, drugs, assault, order, owe, guilt, allegation, alleged, cost, budg… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 27, 2008 7:29PM

Obama Controversy # 137

When I click around the internet, checking the latest the latest political tidbits, I know I can count on two things – a condescending potshot at Sarah Palin on Huffington Post and a blaring anti-Obama headline at The Drudge Report.

The latest treat from Matt Drudge is… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 24, 2008 11:39AM

Will Democrats Nationalize Your 401(k)?

Just when you thought this presidential election was almost over...

...just when you figured the worst thing over the next two weeks would be the juvenile name calling that was bound to erupt from McCain/Palin supporters, instead of bringing your mama into it, they brought your 401(k)… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2008 11:15AM

The Tipping Point and Racial Ambivalence


The presidential campaign of Barack Obama, at its heart, has always been a calculated bet, a $500 million dollar gamble that enough racially ambivalent white Americans could see beyond tradition and precedent and measure Obama's candidacy in terms of the value it brings to the table instead o… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 19, 2008 9:33AM

SEC Fails To Regulate "Me, Me, Me" Brokerages




I was talking to S. Wednesday night during a commercial break, while we were waiting for Screaming Sean Hannity, who was oddly subdued, to resume interviewing Sarah Palin. I'd just come in from smoking a cigar and reading the New York Times - well, I'd smoked the cigar, but I hadn't… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 12:54PM

"Sarah P. - BOO-yah!"

To the guys who think SportsCenter is all the news they need, which is a whole lot of guys of every political stripe, race, creed and religion, Barack Obama is the second most recognizable black voice in the country.

Stuart Scott, ESPN's hip, fast talking sports anchor, is the… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 9, 2008 3:29PM

Oprah Stands Her Ground

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S. and I were in the movie theatre last December, watching The Great Debaters, when I was converted from a passive Obama supporter into a disciple. It wasn’t the movie itself, but the sound of debate team member Samantha's voice booming out of the speakers as she uttered… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 7, 2008 2:53PM

I Wore My "Obama 08" Shirt To Work Friday

Obama 08 shirt with logo

[Originally posted August 17th at Brown Man Thinking Hard]

 

I wore a t-shirt two days ago. This should be nothing out of the ordinary, but (a) two days ago was Friday, and (b) I don't normally wear t-shirts during the week.

But my company is downsizing, like many… Read full post »