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Chris Matthews Plays Hardball On Morning Joe

This morning Chris Mathews set the record straight by calling out RNC Chairman Reince Priebus on their “Obama’s not one of us” campaign strategy. Interestingly, the Morning Joe segment started with a clip of Romney’s birth certificate comment at a campaign stop in Michigan. The clip shows CBS Scot Pelly accusing Romney of taking a swipe at President Obama. Romney however denies such action responding that he has said over and over again that President Obama was born in this country. Further he attempts to portray his actions as just being humorous. Nothing else was said about the clip until Chris Matthews went non stop on the subject some twenty minutes later.

A joke is what Priebus tried to push this morning on Morning Joe. Chris Matthews however was not having it. Chris made his point by also calling the attention to welfare without work attacks on the Obama administration. Also in response to Whining Joe’s question on racism, Mathews made it clear that he thought the attacks by Republicans were wrought by racism.

Tom Brokaw who was also in the segment pointed out that the campaign has been blatantly silent on the attacks which implies that President Obama is un-American.

Brokaw, Whining Joe Scarborough, as well as Mika Brzezinski thought that Romney’s comment was a joke gone bad.

Obviously, they have not read with any clarity the U.S. Supreme Court opinion of Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857). Dred Scott, was an African American slave in the United States who unsuccessfully sued for his freedom and that of his wife and their two daughters in the case of 1857, popularly known as “the Dred Scott Decision.”

Republican comments pertaining to President Obama’s citizenship rings the sentiments of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney who wrote the infamous majority opinion in the Dred Scot case. That opinion is why we have the 14th Amendment, which has come under attack by the Tea Party.

It is sad that Mr. Romney has chosen this strategy. Mr. Romney’s religion is constantly under attack as a cult whose members wear magic under wear. These attacks are no different than the “he’s not one of us” comments and I would think that Mr. Romney would not want to have anything to do with such foolishness.

Obviously Chris Matthews feel the same way. Take a look at the video showing the exchange between Chris Matthews and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and read the Dred Scott decision to see if you agree.

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    Vowing To Fight To The Death Former Dictator Moammar Gaddafi Meets His Fate

    Revolutionary fighters overran the last loyalist stronghold in Libya and ended the reign and life of former Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi on Thursday, bringing to a dramatic close an eight-month war backed by NATO and a 42 year old dictatorship.

    “We have been waiting for this moment for a long time,” Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril told a news conference here. “Moammar Gaddafi has been killed.”

    Libyan Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam has indicated that Gaddafi was in a convoy that came under fire during the final assault on Sirte, Gaddafi’s last refuge which is about 280 miles east of Tripoli.

    Following approximately 90 minutes of fighting early on Thursday October 20, 2011, revolutionaries overran the last pro-Gaddafi holdouts in the Mediterranean coastal city of Sirte, Gaddafi’s hometown. The battle effectively brought an end to an eight-month war in which NATO intervened militarily to protect a pro-democracy uprising.

    Vowing to fight to the death, Gaddafi, who had ruled Libya for 42 years since coming to power in a military coup, vanished as the revolutionaries seized control, and his whereabouts remained a mystery until Thursday’s fall of Sirte.

    Above is a video purporting to show the body of the former dictator. Warning: The video contains graphic clips of violence.

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      The Febone1960.net Black History Month Calendar is back again for 2011 and this year we invite you to come and take your seat at the lunch counter as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides!

      The Febone1960.net 2011 Black History Month Calendar traces the roots of an average
      African American Family from slavery to present day.

      Resembling Alex Haley’s Roots, the Calendar utilizes the Internet and video streaming to show daily video clips during the month of February.

      Roots traced the genealogy of Alex Haley’s family back to Africa. This electronic calendar starts the genealogy at slavery. Viewers will learn about the participation of unsung heroes and their impact on the civil rights movement.

      The Calendar is again being offered to all schools throughout the World free of charge starting on February 1, 2011. The viewers will be able to view a new clip each day. The viewers can view current day and previously posted clips.

      The clips will be available in Spanish and closed captioned for the hearing impaired. We are also paying tribute to the unsung deaf African American heroes/sheroes as we reveal their contribution to the Civil Rights Movement.

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        Umaru Yar’Adua International Man Of Mystery

        Nigerian President President Umaru Yar'Adua

        Nigerian President President Umaru Yar'Adua

        President Umaru Yar’Adua of Nigeria, who has not been seen in public since Nov. 23 has become the real “international man of mystery”. Yar’Adua’s disappearance has touched off a firestorm of controversy in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation. Experts say government in the major oil-producing nation has basically ground to a halt.

        Nigeria’s media is filled with contradictory accounts, with some saying Yar’Adua, who has a history of ill health, is on the mend, while others say he lies in a coma in a hospital in Saudi Arabia. Outside experts say they don’t know what to believe and are concerned that Nigeria could descend into political chaos if the mystery of the president’s whereabouts is not solved soon.

        ‘A Country That Matters’

        “We are talking about a country that matters,” says John Campbell, Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies of the Council on Foreign Relations, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria from 2004 to 2007. Campbell reckons Yar’Adua is probably not dead, but he is not sure what to believe. “Since he has been there (at the hospital), virtually no one has seen him except his wife,” he says.

        The president probably is still alive because If Yar’Adua were to die, his Muslim faith would require an almost immediate burial, Campbell adds. Yar’Adua is unusual as Nigerian politicians go. For one thing, he only has one wife. Yar’Adua also is the first Nigerian president to have a university degree. Experts say he is not especially popular,

        For now, the Obama administration seems to be remaining on the sidelines. A spokesman for the U.S. State Department had no immediate comment. Royal Dutch Shell Oil Plc. (RDS.A), whose presence in Nigeria dates back seven decades, and Chevron Corp (CVX), which has extensive offshore interests there, declined to comment to DailyFinance as did Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM). The head of a delegation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce visiting Nigeria this week could not immediately be reached.

        No Impact On Oil Production, Yet

        “So far there is no immediate sign of the President’s absence having any impact on Nigeria’s oil production or exports, although it is clearly provoking political controversy in the country,” says Platts Chief Editor Richard Swann, in an email to DailyFinance.

        A group of Nigerian politicians recently asked Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud about President Yar’Adua’s rumored presence in the kingdom, demanding information on the state of the president’s health. Some media reports said Yar’Adua recently spoke to several political leaders.

        But as the Daily Nation of Kenya points out on its website “none of the three key officials of the Yar’Adua administration spoke directly on the said telephone conversations, which allegedly took place with the President.”.

        Observers Questioned His Election

        According to the Times of London, Nigerian opposition leaders are demanding “visual proof that the Nigerian President is still alive and fit to govern.” Rumors abound in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, that Yar’Adua’s cronies are doing his work for him, such as signing the country’s budget. A lawsuit in Nigeria seeks to get a court to rule that it is unconstitutional for a president to travel abroad to seek medical attention without transferring power to the vice president.

        Yar’Adua is a chemist by training who came into power in 2007 in elections that outside observers claim were not fair. The European Union claimed that 300 people died during the campaign, according to the BBC. He along with Nigerian Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian, were hand-picked by former military ruler Olusegun Obasanjo.

        Muslims and Christians share Nigeria’s top job in an unofficial understanding, meant to preserve peace in the country of more than 115 million, which may be undermined by the president’s absence, according to Campbell.

        Disappearance Comes At Critical Time

        Worry about Yar’Adua’s whereabouts comes at a tricky time in U.S.-Nigerian relations. A Nigerian man has been charged with trying to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day. President Obama also is counting on Nigeria to help fight Al-Qaeda’s growing influence in the region. None of these policy goals of the U.S. government would be possible without a political leader in Abuja.

        Unfortunately, as Richard Downie of the Center for Strategic and International Studies notes, no one has a clue where he is or even if he is still alive at a time when the U.S. is increasingly dependent on Nigerian oil.

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          A Double Victory For The Father And The Son


          Francis Otieno, freelance slum electrician

          Francis Otieno, freelance slum electrician

          Sifting through all the New Year advice from rich celebrities, reports on the college bowl games and the NFL playoffs as well as coach firings, I came upon an interestingly thought provoking article by Robyn Dixon.

          Dixon recently posted an article in the Los Angeles Times about a man named Francis Otieno whom she describes as a freelance slum electrician. The 36 year old Kenyan resides in the slum of Kibera which is located outside of Nairobi, Kenya’s capitol.

          According to the article, the Kenyan Government has failed to connect the mud hunts and corrugated iron shacks within this slum with electricity. However, electricity sold legally to Otieno by his boss is patched illegally to 40 households in and around Otieno. The boss supplies Otieno with wire to connect the 40 households in his patch for a profit.

          Otieno collects a monthly payment of about $5 per house, skimming off a small commission and delivering the rest to his boss.

          Because electrical problems are frequent. Otieno gets calls from dawn until after dark, often abandoning his dinner plate to investigate problems. “I leave my dish of food and go to serve them first,” he says.
          There exist many dangers in his job. Sometimes children or mothers died when they have a short,” says Otieno, a father of three. “Sometimes people’s houses burn down.” He speaks slowly, searching for words, pausing frequently.

          The main problem for a freelance electrician is rats. Both the two legged and four legged kind.

          There are millions of the rodents in Kibera, creeping into people’s shacks, chewing through electrical wires.
          Otieno’s best friend who held the job before him, and was killed when he jumped on a roof to fix a short. The man was unaware that the roof was live because a rat had nibbled at a wire.

          The other danger is the rainy season, which turns Kibera into a slippery, muddy swamp — particularly “downtown,” as the bottom of the hill where Otieno lives is known.

          The water trickles through shack roofs as leaky as colanders, dripping into electrical wiring and sometimes shocking the person trying to fix the damage.

          Out in the rain, struggling to fix wiring with wet shoes and sopping clothes, Otieno has had a couple of shocks that way.

          Sometimes the problems are caused by people hanging clothing on the electrical wires to dry.

          Sometimes someone switches the power on, just when he’s trying to make a repair. (That happened when he was connecting two wires, and it nearly cost him his life.)

          Sometimes the money Otieno collects doesn’t cover the power used in his area. There are people who can’t pay.

          “Not all the neighbors pay their money on time. Some can go three or four months without having money to give us,” Otieno says.

          He gives them three months’ grace before cutting them off.

          Another reason the books don’t balance is the thieves who hack into the wires, connect up their houses and draw off power without paying.

          “They just come at night,” Otieno says.

          “They might not be using their lights, just the radio, so no one knows.

          “I tell them, ‘You’re a human being just like me. Just come to me, because you’ve got problems. Even me, I’ve got problems. We can just talk and work it out.’ ”

          Otieno’s dream is to save enough capital to start his own welding workshop, so as not to rely on bosses for pay. But it’s an elusive one. So, for $12 a month, he risks his life as an electrician.

          “It’s a risk, I know, it’s a risk. That risk isn’t good,” he says. “But life is hard.”
          Otieno is a hero in Kibera.

          In light of the events occurring on Northwest flight 253 in Detroit on Christmas day, he should also be considered a hero here in America.

          It would have been more comprehensible had Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallib had lead the hard life of Otieno.

          Otieno would be a prime target as an al-Qaeda recruit except that Otieno choose life. Although he risks his life for $12.00 per month, he shows that he respects life by trying to work with his neighbors to insure that they have electricity.

          The hard life must be frustrating at times. It was certainly frustrating for Barack Obama Sr. who took to the bottle to sooth his pain.

          Unlike many Africans, the senior Obama came to America to become educated. After earning his doctorate, he returned to his homeland of Kenya to make a difference.

          Barack Obama with Keyan father Barack Sr.

          Barack Obama with Keyan father Barack Sr.

          Before returning, he left America a gift: a son who is now the first African America President.

          Now some 48 years later, Africans continue to come to America to be educated, but do not return to their homeland to make a difference. They cite the continuing corruption as reasons.

          However, some use that same excuse as a disguise to perpetuate their own greed and comfort here in America.
          For example, a federal jury in Greenbelt Maryland convicted Louisa Satia and her husband Kevin Nanji of holding an uneducated Cameroonian teenager in involuntary servitude. Involuntary servitude is a violation of the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which outlawed slavery in this country.

          The teenager testified that her family expected that she would work as a domestic while attending high school when she came to the country illegally in December 1996. Instead, she said she was ordered to work round-the-clock, cleaning, cooking and caring for the couple’s three young children.

          U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. also ordered Louisa Satia, 36, and Kevin Nanji, 41, to pay their victim $105,306. Williams said the figure was a conservative estimate of what the couple owed the teenager, who is now 18, for her labor if she had been paid a little more than $12 an hour. Ironically, the hourly rate is the equivalent of Otieno’s monthly earnings.
          With its vast natural resources, which apparently includes the people, there is no reason for the ongoing poverty in Africa, which is compounded by the lack of bacteria free drinking water.

          But for the government sanctioned corruption, there should be enough money to feed and educate all who reside on the Dark Continent. The corruption permits outside countries such as Australia to exploit the natural resources for financial gain which is shared by the corrupt government officials who doesn’t pretend to practice the fairytale trickle down economic theory of the Reagan administration.

          Rich and wealthy African Americans like Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keyes, Chris Rock, and Jay Z raise funds here in the U.S. to assist the unfortunate inhabitants. Although they spend millions, it pales in comparison to the money that is taken out as a result of the corruption.

          Further it does not resolve the problem. It only throws money at it. As the old Chinese proverb says, “Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. We have taught many Africans how to fish, but they do so in our pond. In order to be helpful, they must take these skills back to their homeland and teach others. Further they must stay and demand change in their corrupt Government.

          Although Otieno chooses life, will the next generation do the same? African Americans know all- to- well the answer, after experiencing the drug epidemic that has destroyed the Black community. Every day, we see and read about the gang activity that stands as the foundation of the criminal activity existing in the once upon a time segregated communities. Despite the civil rights movement, the ghetto, and/or rural slums have become a breeding ground for gang life.

          Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab

          Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab

          Alhaji Umaru Mutallib, former chairman off Nigerias First Bank

          Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, former chairman off Nigeria's First Bank

          As we now know Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallib comes from no such background. The young 23 year old Nigerian is the son of Alhaji Umaru Mutallib, a prominent Nigerian banker and former cabinet official. We don’t know what prompted this son of privilege to join al Qaeda in its’ quest to kill Americans. But if a son of privilege will jump on the radical bandwagon, it is no doubt that poverty stricken Africa is a breeding ground for the terrorist gang known as al-Qaeda.

          The only remedy is to stop the corruption within and without.

          We know that the senior Barack Obama was not successful at alleviating the corruption. Will his son who is the most powerful man on earth be successful?

          In World War II, African Americans were faced with fighting discrimination within the United States, and fighting Hitler outside. A double victory campaign was initiated in the African American community. I suggest that we embark on a new double victory campaign to assure the success of our President.

          A double victory for the father and the son.

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