Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Hillary Clinton Secretary of State Choice is Obama's Genius

On Monday, President-Elect Barack Obama introduced Senator Hillary Clinton as his choice for Secretary of State.  It was a brilliant move for several reasons that I discuss here:  CLICK

Atlanta Slave Grave Site to Landfill Controversy Happened In Baltimore

CNN's Rick Sanchez is thankfully focusing on a story in Atlanta where a slave grave site is planned to be moved to make way for a landfill site for trash.

I'm not kidding.  

And Sanchez is right that this happens more in the South than anywhere else.  For example, I uncovered this story in Baltimore as far back as 1996:

The Sun - Baltimore, Md.
Author:Sherrie Ruhl
Date:Feb 11, 1996
Start Page:2.B
Text Word Count:715
 Abstract (Document Summary)
A landfill, with the accompanying rattle of dump trucks, and dust, dirt and debris, would bring the end of the church, Mrs. [Violet Hopkins-Tann] said. "Who is going to want to attend this church or live in this community if there's a landfill here?"
The cemetery is adjacent to a 100-foot gravel pit that would be part of the Maryland Reclamation landfill, running west along Gravel Hill from Earlton Road near Havre de Grace.
Mrs. Tann said she believes Maryland Reclamation proposed a landfill at the site in part because much of the community is African-American and poor. "They think if they wait long enough, we'll give up. Well, that's not going to happen," she said.

Why this happens in the South is anyone's guess.  But it certainly must stop.  

Zennie62 Bill Gates Question On Newspapers On CNN TV Today

I asked Microsoft Founder Bill Gates this question which was selected to be used in Wolf Blitzer's inteview with Gates on CNN's The Situation Room  today: The Huffington Post, a website, was valued at $100 million, more than many newspapers. What should newspapers do to survive in the 21st Century?

What do you think? What should newspapers do? 

This is the iReport version: Zennie62 on CNN 

Slaves Helped Build White House, U.S. Capitol

In January, President-elect Barack Obama and his family will make history, becoming the first African-American first family to move into the White House -- a house with a history of slavery. In fact, the legacy of American presidents owning slaves goes all the way back to George Washington.

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VOTE: Tell President-Elect Obama to help Puppies in America!

Wouldn't it be great if the first thing Obama does as President is to pass the Puppy Uniform Protection Statute to help stop puppy mills? If you support this idea then you need to VOTE for it in’s “Ideas for Change in America” competition.

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Amy Goodman’s New Column, “Tutu, Obama and the Middle East”

As President-elect Barack Obama focuses on the meltdown of the U.S. economy, another fire is burning: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.You may not have heard much lately about the disaster in the Gaza Strip. That silence is intentional: The Israeli government has barred international journalists from entering the occupied territory.

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What Obama's 27-Year-Old Speechwriter Learned from Bush

Jon Favreau got out of college just in time to make history. But the kid writing all those pretty speeches has some surprising influences.

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Bill Clinton: Obama Administration Role Possible

Is there a position for a carouser, in the Obama Administration...

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Ebony's Obama Collector's Edition to Hit Stands

The first interview with President-elect Barack Obama since winning the Nov. 4 election, will be featured in the January 2009 issue of Ebony, and hits newsstands on Dec. 9.

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Karl Rove: Obama Security Team Represents 'Continuity'

President Bush's former political director says the national security team named by President-elect Barack Obama "represents, to a substantial degree, continuity" especially in hot spots like Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Right Wing Conspiracy Theorists Won't Give Up On Obama

The people over at the "We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education Inc." must have money to burn.Or in this case, money to throw away.The group ran a full-page ad in the Chicago Tribune on Monday as an open letter to President-elect Barack Obama rehashing the misinformation about Obama's citizenship.

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Center for Defense Information - What's Wrong with the U.S. Military

Coinciding with the arrival of Obama and his deputies in Washington, the Center for Defense Information is releasing “America’s Defense Meltdown -- Pentagon Reform for President Obama and the New Congress,” a primer on what is wrong with our defense system written by men with long and honorable experience in the bowels of the military services and

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"Mary Beth Maxwell, Labor Secretary?"

The Wall Street Journal reports on Obama's possible pick for Labor Secretary, Mary Beth Maxwell: For the rainbow cabinet of the nation's first African American president, Mary Beth Maxwell is the perfect labor secretary you've probably never heard of: a gay woman, community organizer and labor leader with an adopted African American son.....

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Put Up Or Shut Up - A Call to Conservative Arms

A article reports that Obama's "Making Work Pay" payroll tax credit could put as much as $1000 in your pocket. How many GOP voters, Obama haters, and racists will be sending theirs back?

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Alabama Town To Have ‘Obama’ Holiday

A small central Alabama county where Barack Obama received more than 70 percent of the vote on Election Day has created an annual holiday in honor of the president-elect.

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After Sharp Words on C.I.A., Obama Faces a Delicate Task

The president-elect must take charge of the agency in what is proving to be one of the more treacherous patches of the transition.

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Entertaining Take on Obama's Preference for No "Girly" Dogs

Hey, the Pres-elect wants a big, rambunctious "man's" kind of dog. Anything wrong with that? Wash Post columnist doesn't think so -- on the other hand....

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Getting a grip on Python: Six ways to learn online

Google's new App Engine uses Python as its primary programming language. Ars goes in search of the best Python programming resources on the web.

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Ford: CEO will work for $1 to get bailout

Ford Motor Co. will tell Congress that it plans to return to a pretax profit or break even in 2011 when the Detroit Three automakers' CEOs appear before lawmakers this week to request $25 billion in government loans.

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Inside The World Of Nude Modeling

Rex Troxell has this dream. "I can't get my clothes off," he says. "You're trying to get them off, and you can't." For most of us, being unable to get naked in public is hardly a nightmare. But Troxell is an art model. And posing in the nude, something he has done for 30 years, is key to bringing home a paycheck.

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