Barack Obama's "Revolution"

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Vertie Hodge, 74, weeps during an Inauguration Day party near Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Houston on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009 after President Barack Obama delivered his speech after taking the oath of office, becoming the first black president in the United States. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Mayra Beltran

Vertie Hodge, 74, weeps during an Inauguration Day party near Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Houston on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009 after President Barack Obama delivered his speech after taking the oath of office, becoming the first black president in the United States. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Mayra Beltran

It is reasonable to ask how could I use the word “revolution” in reference to Barack Obama’s victory in the American presidential elections, particularly when he was elected in a democratic process.  I have used the word revolution here to mean: “a far reaching and drastic change, in ideas or methods.”  I must therefore establish by evidence this far reaching change in ideas or methods, which I have made the main focus of this submission.  May I also add this revolution although about black people or people of colour, is also about how they – black people or people of colour – are perceived.

At the beginning of the 20th century there was conflict about the right procedure to adopt for the advancement of black people in America.  This disagreement was not confined to W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963) and Brooker .T. Washington (1856 -1915)  only, but it cannot be denied they had a major input in the ideas and methods thought necessary, to advance the aspirations of black people.  It was Du Bois who formed the NAACP ( National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People ) which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

Brooker T Washington started the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, (now Tuskegee University) which concentrated on the teaching of skills to black people to give them a worthwhile occupation and an avenue to progress.

Du Bois advanced the view that injustices suffered by black people should be confronted, there should be no compromise.  Brooker .T. was all for advancement but it was limited, as he suggested black people should not over-reach themselves, but concentrate on what was within their compass.  We should be careful not to be trenchant in our condemnation of both men as we must take cognizance of the attitudes prevalent in that period.  Du Bois had no such restriction and he was scathing of Brooker .T, calling him the “Great Accommodator.”  Those whose imagination was able to leap the period in which they lived should be accorded special admiration, it would be disingenuous therefore not to give some praise to Du Bois who felt that black people were capable of anything the whites were, and with his intellectual acumen, he was sure of the ground on which he stood.

Brooker T. said confrontation was suicidal: “that confrontation would lead to disaster of the outnumbered blacks.”

Nevertheless confrontation was still advocated at a later period by Elijah Muhammed ( 1897-1975) leader of the Black Muslims, the teacher of Malcolm X and Louis Farrakhan.  He even went further preaching the Black Separatist Doctrine.  This led him to instruct his followers to avoid the Draft, advice which resulted in a sentence of 4 years in a federal prison.

It is easy to see that the confrontational aspects of W.B. Du Bois’ ideology had some merit, but it could not deliver all that blacks wanted.  However, the idea that they – blacks – were capable of, and therefore should aim for the highest positions in the land which they were intellectually capable, was not a pipe dream.

Brooker. T’s idea that confrontation is suicidal was later proved with the Black Panthers.  This is not to suggest that the Black Panthers and the Black Power period had no impact, as they surely highlighted the frustrations of black people to injustices.  Particularly those in the deep South who were denied the vote and had the colour bar to contend with.

How was this chasm to be bridged.

Dr Martin Luther King (1929-1968) a Baptist Minister was able to garner “liberal white” support for his Non Violent campaigns.  The sight of a large number of whites marching, protesting and putting themselves at risk under a black banner changed the dynamics of the situation.  Although the “non-violent” aspect of this movement was rejected by some blacks, the ability of the movement to muster a high level of white support was a turning point in race relations in the U.S.A.  The boy – Brooker.T. Washington- born into slavery of a black single mother and a white father was not “completely wrong.”

So sure was Dr. Martin Luther King that race relations would improve in the U.S.A. that he was able to prophesy on 28th August 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington:…“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character”…

Thus the groundwork for Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign was laid.  He introduced the idea of “change”.  Not only change in the change of the Bush Administration and the way America viewed the world, and the way the world viewed America, but an undefined way in which black people should be seen and regarded.  This change as far as “most” blacks were concerned was diametrically opposed to the separation advocated by Elijah Muhammed and the trenchant confrontation of W.D. Du Bois.  It was also a rejection of a craven attitude and “some” aspects of what was advocated by Brooker . T. Washington.  It naturally follows that the views of the Black Panthers and dare I say it, the idea of going back to Africa.  The clarion call of Marcus Garvey are milestones along the way, but not totally accepted by the “majority” of blacks.

Although Dr. Martin Luther King was not mentioned in the inauguration speech, he stood like a colossus over the ceremony.  There have been few times in history when an absence has been so overpowering.  The unseen and unmentioned who was there.

The change which has enabled President Barack Obama to enter the White House was not sudden, it came over time.  Nourished by free thinkers, stubborn men/women, violent men/women and even those with a subservient attitude, but mainly by those who had the wisdom to see that working together is better than working apart.  There is much to be done, but the revolution has started.

Barack Obama is not a God, no intelligent person thinks he is, neither is he a Messiah, he is an ordinary person like all of us, but with a great intellect and the natural ability to lead.  Most importantly others are prepared to follow him.  He is black – he knows he is, and thinks he is – with a white mother, that is good enough for me.

In our euphoria – rightly so – at his achievement we must not forget those black bodies, whose skeletal remains are tangled in the weeds of swamps in the deep South.  Others whose charred remains were grotesquely bent in churches purposely set alight.  Young boys and girls who were spat on, kicked, beaten, felt the hot breath of baying dogs in their faces, as they walked scared amongst adult mobs, on entering segregated schools in the South, they all paid a price.  Contributions also came from whites who with disregard for their personal safety in the dead of night, made bumpy progress motoring on dirt tracks, to support blacks in their efforts to vote, in the South, they too laid the ground work for Barack Obama’s revolution.

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  1. 199 February 1, 2009 at 8:09 AM #

    I think Obama has deceived so many black people by giving them the false hope that he’s ‘the new coming’ and is going to prove so many of them, absolutely, wrong! However, I hope that he’s right and that I’m wrong, but, I’m expecting to be disappointed!!

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  2. Adrian Hinds February 1, 2009 at 9:08 AM #

    If that’s the case (blacks decieved) they would have done it to themselves. Don’t blame the man, no one force blacks to “believe”as they may have.

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  3. David February 1, 2009 at 9:55 AM #

    Hasn’t the progress of mankind through the ages been tightly weaved into the belief that hope springs eternal? History is replete with several instances where men and women grab moments in history to influence the world.

    The point Yardbroom made in an earlier blog still is on point, what Obama has already achieved has done enough to unleash the prospect of change.

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  4. 199 February 1, 2009 at 11:29 AM #

    Adrian, you’re right, of course, but can you blame a people for being deceived (if that’s what they have been) who’ve obviously been ‘looking for the disciple, for so long’ and do you not view the ‘deceiver’ as being responsible for any guilt?!!

    If not, your attitude is a good deal more tolerant, to say the least, than mine!!

    So, David, even though we’ve a president ensconced in power it’s still only a “prospect of change”?!! I don’t recall his talking about a “prospect of change” but actual, “change”!!

    I’m still waiting with keen anticipation, to see the nature of this ‘change’ and hoping that it’ll be for the better but can’t claim to be optimistic!!

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  5. ROK February 1, 2009 at 12:27 PM #

    David,

    It is my strong belief that this is not so much about what Obama can do for Black people, as much as it is what Black people believe that Obama can do for them.

    Barack Obama can only be seen as a willing catalyst for change. The actual change will come about in how we modify our relationships with one another and with the rest of the world, mostly because, a man who happens to be a black man holds what is generally considered, the highest political office in the world.

    How is America to be seen now? As a white country or a Black country? What is the difference between the hospitality of Blacks and that of whites? Or even a Black and White country equally? When you enter the USA, what kind of reception do you expect to get? That of a harsh dis-trusting regime or one of a more cultured and humane approach to PEOPLE, which I might add is more what the President would approve of?

    Will the Immigration Department in the USA, in their dealings with visitors, send a subtle message to visitors that “we may have a Black President, but this is a white country.” Will Obama’s messages be echoed by the majority of voices – workers and employers or Black and white – in the USA? A new attitude? A new standard?

    Well, my friends, if that happens, we got it; and if this happens, I predict that it will be a long time in coming before the USA see a white president. The Republicans will be forced to put up a Black Candidate to counter the likes of Obama. The profile of a potential candidate to fill the Presidency of the USA will change in colour, professional qualifications and experience. That is my humble prediction.

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  6. Dean Striker February 1, 2009 at 12:55 PM #

    “Barack Obama is … an ordinary person like all of us, but with a great intellect and the natural ability to lead.”

    Too bad that BO’s “great intellect” is lost in the maze of Force and Collectivism. A great intellect would stand for liberty and sanctity of the individual and his freedom of choice.

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  7. Bush Tea February 1, 2009 at 12:56 PM #

    Maybe Obama’s success is really the clearest indication yet that the ‘traditional’ (largely ‘white’) world is beginning to realize that their ‘way’- (materialistic, competitive and anti spiritual) has failed miserably.

    Obama’s challenge is one of trying to impose a different approach to management on top of a system that was designed for a diametrically opposite style – and at a time when all indications are that a crash is imminent.

    …likely result, – the system crashes anyway. Only now the blame will be directed at the ‘new approach’ as a major component in the failure.

    Admittedly, if we were all in a large aircraft with idiot pilots who had been having their drunken fun until they realised that the earth was fast approaching – and who all then ran from the cockpit…
    …what else could a good pilot do but ‘try a thing’…

    But with engines stopped, fuel low, flaps damaged and passengers running up and down the aisle, we can only hope for a Hudson river ahead…. and that Obama can fly like Chesley Sullenberger, III.

    Otherwise, the records will show that the pilot who flew the ill-fated craft was black Obama.

    Bush Tea hopes that PM Thompson knows that he has taken over a smaller but similarly fated craft….

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  8. Technician February 1, 2009 at 1:54 PM #

    @ ROK….

    The Republicans will be forced to put up a Black Candidate to counter the likes of Obama. The profile of a potential candidate to fill the Presidency of the USA will change in colour, professional qualifications and experience. That is my humble prediction.

    You may not be wrong .

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/4408940/First-black-Republican-leader-Michael-Steele-says-he-will-go-after-Barack-Obama.html

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  9. Jukecheckedeyskirt February 1, 2009 at 2:20 PM #

    There is, with Barack Obama, a deep seated feeling of gratification and hope kindled in all people of the world (since his presidential victory). This feat alone, that one person could inspire a nation lest the entire world on to expectation, is in itself a tremendous acheivement.

    There are pessimist to his regimes and optimist to his proclamations of ‘Yes We Can’. What ever will be the outcome of his tenure, or the confidence gathered as a result of his decisions, Barack Obama has started his quest for change. And so far he has convinced millions with his articulations and controled demeanour, that through him, America and the people of the world, Can, if their desire for change as a united globalized body is greater than their individualism.

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  10. Straight talk February 1, 2009 at 2:30 PM #

    J’skirt:

    I’d be more confident of his “yes we can” change mantra if his initial policy of Buy American first didn’t contradict your “if their desire for change as a united globalized body is greater than their individualism”.

    This , together with his choices for the four major secretariats ( State, Defense, Treasury and Justice) do not inspire those wishing for a radical turnaround of the current disastrous policies.

    Hope he proves me mistaken.

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  11. Adrian Hinds February 1, 2009 at 3:15 PM #

    David I am sending you an email right now. This is too funny to contain.

    Cheers old chap

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  12. Wayne February 1, 2009 at 3:17 PM #

    Hello to all at BU. Don’t think i have ever posted here before.

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  13. daniel February 1, 2009 at 3:33 PM #

    Over all, I must say that most of you don’t understand U.S. politics.
    I live here, and threw up my hands long ago.
    Firstly, the only thing that qualifies Obama as black , is his skin color. And that has nothing to do with anything other than a convient description.
    He was raised by his white well to do $$, mother ( so he is of mixed race, not black) in the bascily non-black state of Hawaii. So he hasn’t experanced the ” black” way of life in the US. And yes, there is a culturail differance. He has no more idea of what it is to be black in America than any white man.
    Yes he is intelagent and speaks very well in public. But beyond that, little is known of his experance or ability.He has virtuly no record of public service or accomplishment, NONE.
    All politicans offer change, improvment for the under class, better this, better that, less out go, more income, etc, etc.
    And the majority of voters say ” YES YES” to him/her, and they are elected.
    And more often than not, it’s the same stew, differant pot.
    Summed up , he’s just another politian and thier ” change” will suit the Corp. politicans that controll and use this country.
    He was elected with much fanfair, and hope for the future because he seemed to be as far removed from the mess we have now, as possable.
    Sadly, we will still be a nation of war, and greed in 4 years.
    I realize that Barbados has it’s problems, as do all nations, states, cities, people.
    But at least you don’t have to wake up every day wondering how many villages your Gov. has turned to gravel, how many innocent people died in the thinly vailed cause of democracy on the other side of the world. Count your blessings my friends.

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  14. 199 February 1, 2009 at 4:43 PM #

    Michael Steele sounds altogether, more credible to me! Bye, bye, Obama!!

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  15. Yardbroom February 1, 2009 at 4:44 PM #

    @ Wayne February 2009, 3:17pm

    A warm welcome to BU.
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    @ daniel
    …” Firstly, the only thing that qualifies Obama as black is his skin colour”…

    Perhaps I am mistaken but when I was in America the colour of a person’s skin was often used to describe a person of colour…perhaps I am mistaken.

    …”He has virtuly [ virtually] no record of public service or accomplishment, NONE”…

    Accomplishment none? he was able to persuade millions of Americans to elect him President of America.

    Was it him – Obama – who turned villages to gravel?
    I rest my case.

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  16. another view February 1, 2009 at 4:53 PM #

    Bush Tea
    Correctly opines
    …likely result, – the system crashes anyway. Only now the blame will be directed at the ‘new approach’ as a major component in the failure………………………………….

    But with engines stopped, fuel low, flaps damaged and passengers running up and down the aisle, we can only hope for a Hudson river ahead…. and that Obama can fly like Chesley Sullenberger, III. Otherwise, the records will show that the pilot who flew the ill-fated craft was black Obama.

    In think that Bush Tea has summed up the situation correctly.

    Obama has in my view served his God intended purpose which is to reveal to a world that is definitely deaf, how it is that he will bring a man out of obscurity to catch the attention of the whole world…..that man is of course the ANTICHRIST. Obama is not of course half as intelligent as the Antichrist will be nor as clever.

    Obama has already started to show that he is already at sea, by the nonsense he is proposing with his stimulus package, which the economists are tearing to threads. Obama has reached his pinnacle. It will be all downhill from here.

    By the next four years all America will be ready to ditch him, just as much as they were willing to see Bush go.

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  17. Bush Tea February 1, 2009 at 5:04 PM #

    Come on Yardbroom, give daniel a break.

    While the colour of a man’s skin defines him to an extent, we all know that OVER and above this, there is an EXPERIENCE that defines black. This is a complex experience such that there may even be some ‘white skinned’ persons who very well qualify.

    Conversely there have always been black skinned persons whose outlook and experience have been noticeably ‘white’.

    This is precisely why mulattos are generally seen as ‘black’ rather than anything else -because that is their life experience.

    How does ‘getting himself elected’ qualify as a great feat? It could be argued that no really wise person, in their right mind- would touch that job with a ten-foot pole…..

    I think that daniel has made some very strong points.

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  18. Technician February 1, 2009 at 5:26 PM #

    …….Conversely there have always been black skinned persons whose outlook and experience have been noticeably ‘white’.

    Condelezza Rice springs to mind.

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  19. 199 February 1, 2009 at 5:37 PM #

    Tech, jes cause she plays the piano!! Terrible, nuh?!!

    lol!!

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  20. 200 February 1, 2009 at 5:53 PM #

    She even speaks “white”

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  21. daniel February 1, 2009 at 6:01 PM #

    I do appoligise for not introducing myself. I have been reading BU for close to 2 years. But being an outsider who wishes he were there rather than hear, I’ve been reluctant to chime in.
    I hope to change my national affileation in the future.
    We here in the states are ” sold” canadates. Who ever does the best job at markiting thier horse wins the race.
    It has very little to do with what the Canidate has or has not done, or if they’ll do as the promised ( they won’t).
    Obama did not get himself elected, His public relations firm did. Same old, same old. That is what I ment when I stated, ” most of you don’t understand US. politics”.
    It all has become a sad, sometimes even sick game.
    Ok, America time to play…… “Get out and vote !” Your choices are A; Wrikled up old white guy, that looks like he might die if he snezzes to hard. Backed up by a inexperanced Govenor of 18 months. Who has been known to parade around in a red white and blue bi-kini, toting a air rifle, ( who by the way can skin a Moose, should the need arise).
    Or B ;
    A well spoken black man, clear eyed, set jaw, a real up and comer on the world stage. Backed by a smooth talking insider that knows how to open back doors with the best of them. And get a load of those kids, arn’t they adorable ?
    Or C ;
    Oh, I guess there is no ” C”, hummm imagin that !
    The Shallow Sheep of the States, vote for comercails, not canadates.
    And truth be told, we don’t realy know who is pulling the strings in this puppet show.
    At least you’re close enuf to, “throw a shoe”, at your elected officals.

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  22. Yardbroom February 1, 2009 at 6:47 PM #

    @ Bush Tea
    The problem with some positions is that they can become loose and nebulous, and easily used subjectively to suit a stance that is expedient to the user.

    I am aware that environment can have an important impact in a person’s life style – and how they view the world – but that is equally true for both black and white people.

    Who am I to tell a person who they are. Obama has freely made a choice of who he is. Am I to say his environment has shaped him, but not his ability to define who he is?

    We will have to agree to disagree – and I am sure we can – that to be elected President of America is not a great accomplishment.

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  23. Hopi February 1, 2009 at 7:08 PM #

    ‘He is black – he knows he is and he thinks he is.’ Yardbroom, where did you get that from? Did you ever hear Barat Obama say this and if you did please post it here. Just like Mr.Brown in Chinua Achebe’s ‘Things Fall Apart’ Obama will deceive Black people and MOST of the world. Its a damn shame to see Black people who have been on this planet for eons, who have built civilizations, continue to relegate themselves to the status of doormat and can only seem to find redemption in a man who entered their world thru a white woman. One of the first pieces of legislation he signed off on was to reinstate policies that allow women in—-of all places– Africa to have legal abortions. He’s right up there with the brotherhood’s plan to cull 85-90% of this world population. Another criminal act that he perpetrated was to sign off on the dropping of unmanned drones in Pakistan which killed about 22 humans. He probably learned his hypnotic skills while working as a secret agent for the British just like his papa before him because he has the minds of too many on lockdown. Where did he come from? What was his struggle?This is CHANGE? This is greatness? This FRAUD! Isn’t it somewhat ironic that Dr. King was not even mentioned in that inauguration speech? And how about that bogus oath which was intentionally botched and then ‘repeated’ in secret. This speech was written by some unknown white boy to whom Dr.King might have had no relevance. How the hell can the non-black peoples of the world respect Black people when they see them on their hands and knees grovelling? He is continuing the same bull shit. And his master happen to be that same zionists bloodletting criminal banking gangsters who has the nuts of this world right in their vice, which they’re continuing to tighten daily. That’s his master.FYI…The REVOLUTION has not yet started.

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  24. Straight talk February 1, 2009 at 7:15 PM #

    I guess, Daniel, judging from the responses of Yardbroom and Hopi, you have enough latitude to place yourself somewhere in between, along with the rest of the sentient globe.

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  25. Bush Tea February 1, 2009 at 7:41 PM #

    @ Yardbroom
    *************************************
    “Who am I to tell a person who they are. Obama has freely made a choice of who he is. Am I to say his environment has shaped him, but not his ability to define who he is?”
    *************************************
    My friend, I suspect that you are missing the point here. My point, and my understanding of daniel’s, is that none of us can decide ‘who we are’. That is decided by our genetics and by our life experience.
    Those of us who accept who we are, tend to be less stressed than those who choose to be ‘what they are not’.

    Most persons who look like Obama are indeed black. But most persons who grew up with a rich white mother and extended family in a white environment, dealing with white realities and learning about blacks through white filters – tend to be white.

    It is not clear cut.

    While it may have been politic for Obama to declare himself ‘black’ at some point, we may have to wait for the proof in the pudding.

    …..as you well know, one of my favourite ‘black’ people is ‘Lowdown’ Hoad…I just like the man’s simple, sensible life values – and the way he always talking about sex (and probably hardly get any….)
    On the other hand, I have a number of dark-skinned friends that are whiter than white…. working with all their might to own the whole world….

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  26. Yardbroom February 1, 2009 at 7:43 PM #

    @ Hopi February 1, 2009 at 7:08pm

    I always speak the truth as often I see no reason to do otherwise.

    To your question about my statement that Obama thinks he is black.

    Book: Barack Obama Dreams of my Father
    Pub: 2007 Canongate
    ISBN 978 1 84767 094 6

    Introduction: Page 16
    2nd paragraph …” At some point, then, in spite of a stubborn desire to protect myself from scrutiny, in spite of the periodic impulse to abandon the entire project, what has found its way onto these pages is a record of a personal, interior-journey- a boy’s search for his father, and through that search a workable meaning for his life as a black American.

    With regards,
    Yardbroom

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  27. another view February 1, 2009 at 7:52 PM #

    Yardbroom

    You have said nothing much really here viz a boy’s search for his father, and through that search a workable meaning for his life as a black American.

    Do you know how many boys out there are searching for their (a) father, and how many girls as well? That search has nothing to do with searching for blacknees or being black. That is a real and specific search- the search for a father.

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  28. David February 1, 2009 at 7:53 PM #

    @BT

    For once we have read your recent comments and we are struggling to establish relevance. Did we not read in the news last week that a BLACK man has been appointed head of the RNC? The journey has started in America in the same way MLK would have done the same before. BT could it be that your prefer to see a quantum leap?

    Man make yourself clear because you befuddling us:-)

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  29. Chris Halsall February 1, 2009 at 7:54 PM #

    @BT: “…none of us can decide ‘who we are’. That is decided by our genetics and by our life experience.

    With respect, I would argue that a great personal breakthrough occurs when one realizes that one makes oneself.

    This is instead of letting others define what one is (or isn’t)….

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  30. Wayne February 1, 2009 at 8:01 PM #

    Chris Halsall // February 1, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    @BT: “…none of us can decide ‘who we are’. That is decided by our genetics and by our life experience.

    With respect, I would argue that a great personal breakthrough occurs when one realizes that one makes oneself.

    This is instead of letting others define what one is (or isn’t)….
    ===========================

    ha ha ha ha Chris i gine bet that you don’t have any hair on your head. There is no way that a brain that can come up with the thoughs you have posted can do so without generating enough heat to singe any hairs in the immediate location. ha ha ha ha ha ha good one.

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  31. Straight talk February 1, 2009 at 8:16 PM #

    Chris;

    Important as it is for our own wellbeing, a Obama’s positive self-image is not entirely what Yardbroom is fixated on.

    His investment of messianic qualities upon an albeit talented orator far exceeds any of Obama’s egocentricity, it also carries the hopes and dreams of millions of the world’s previously almost hopeless and impotent and restores their faith in fairness and respect.

    This upswelling of expectation also defines the man.

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  32. Yardbroom February 1, 2009 at 8:18 PM #

    @another view
    “[ his life as a black American]”
    Yardbroom

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  33. Hopi February 1, 2009 at 8:21 PM #

    Ok Yardbroom…You’ve posted here some qualification of him him as black….Do you know what he means by a workable meaning for his life as a Black American? Seems like he never had to question the other side. I’ve only heard him refer to himself as a mut. What is this stubborn desire to protect himself from scrutiny? What scrutiny? His blackness? His loyalty? Something is missing or out of context here? Ooh I can feel the daggers coming on!

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  34. MOONSHINE February 1, 2009 at 8:56 PM #

    I guess we’ll be having ‘black’ and ‘white’ talk until the end of time (at least on small island) but I ask you this: with Obama having been elected and now Michael S. Steele as Chairman of the Republicans … is it not that we are seeing well qualified, seriously personable black people coming forward… rather than the stereotypes like Sharpton and Jackson – who Dr. Bill Cosby observes cannot even speak properly – and who the American people will simply not accept as leaders?

    Yes, I know you will say there have been well qualified people who have come forward before and they were by-passed … BUT the moon had not yet risen. No point counting chickens before the eggs begin to hatch….

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  35. Bush Tea February 1, 2009 at 10:22 PM #

    @ Chris,
    ***************************************
    With respect, I would argue that a great personal breakthrough occurs when one realizes that one makes oneself
    *************************************
    One can make one’s self intellectually, morally, spiritually and probably in some other ways.

    One CANNOT make one’s self when it comes to lineage, to race, to date-of-birth, (or to Bush Tea’s definition of blackness LOL)

    @ David,
    I really was not trying to make any point, I just felt that daniel was making some strong points that were worthy of exploring.

    I think that you are listening too much to MME. As a result, you are (mistakenly) focused on an extended period of striving for some meaningful life on this earth in the next few decades.
    Face it David, Project DONE!!!

    These acts by the Democrats and Republicans in appointing black leaders at this time are being over exaggerated by bloggers.

    The USA done mash up!!! which part of that reality you don’t get David?
    Those poor people would be glad to elect anyone who could speak English properly and had good teeth….

    This is like the situation in Barbados where blacks finally get to take over the Yacht Club (while the former tenants have moved down to Cattlewash and Bath)

    What achievement what!?!

    There have already been large numbers of outstanding black leaders throughout history who have established proud records of achievement.

    Why are we pinning our pride on an unknown at the beginning of his term; in a dismal economy; and with a team that reflects the same old same old?

    ….we hard up or what?

    Let the man prove himself, THEN Bush Tea will be impressed.

    Bush started out with lots of sweet talk too…..

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  36. another view February 1, 2009 at 10:51 PM #

    Bush tea has well said

    The USA done mash up!!! which part of that reality you don’t get?
    Those poor people would be glad to elect anyone who could speak English properly and had good teeth….
    Why are we pinning our pride on an unknown at the beginning of his term; in a dismal economy; and with a team that reflects the same old same old?
    ….we hard up or what?
    Let the man prove himself,
    What achievement what!?!

    I have to agree with Bush Tea 100%

    Straight talk
    On the other hand spouts a load of bull shit thus:
    His investment of messianic qualities upon an albeit talented orator far exceeds any of Obama’s egocentricity, it also carries the hopes and dreams of millions of the world’s previously almost hopeless and impotent and restores their faith in fairness and respect.
    This upswelling of expectation also defines the man.

    First of all Obama is NOT the Messiah. He may be egocentric a talented orator but he definitely aint no messiah.

    If the millions of the world’s previously almost hopeless and impotent are hoping in Obama, or dreaming that he will do something different than has occurred in the past, they are of most men most miserable. Obama can not restore fairness and respect because he is neither omniscient or omnipotent. It is quite unfortunate that “this upswelling of expectation” will lead to utter despair by those who are hoping in Obama. After all, Obama is NOT THE BLESSED HOPE!

    Only the BLESSED HOPE can offer CERTAINTY!

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  37. J February 1, 2009 at 10:53 PM #

    daniel wrote “He has no more idea of what it is to be black in America than any white man.”

    Barack Obama is 47. He moved to New York City when he was 20 years old, he later moved to Chicago. I doubt that ANYBODY in New York or Chicago, or Columbia University or Harvard College has ever mistaken him for anything other than a black man.

    He met his black wife when he was 27 and has been married to her since he was 31.

    Can you imagine the possibility that over the past TWENTY-SEVEN years he has LEARNED what it is to be a black in America?

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  38. J February 1, 2009 at 10:58 PM #

    Hopi wrote “One of the first pieces of legislation he signed off on was to reinstate policies that allow women in—-of all places– Africa to have legal abortions”

    Hopi you know that you talking shite!!!

    You want legal abortions to be available to rich white American women only?

    Stupseee!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  39. Carlos February 1, 2009 at 11:00 PM #

    Yardbroom: “I used the word revolution here to mean” ‘A far reaching and drastic change, in ideas and methods….that’s working together is better than working apart. There is much to be done, but the REVOLUTION has started.”

    David; said, ‘…what Obama has already achieved HAS DONE enough to unleash the prospect of change.”

    199, “I think Obama has DECEIVED so many black people by giving them the FALSE hope that he’s ‘the new coming’ and is going to prove so many of them ABSOLUTELY wrong. However, I hope that he’s right and that I’m wrong, but I’m expecting to be disappointed.”

    199; “I don’t recall his talking about “prospect of change” BUT actual, “change.”

    I would like to believe that Obama, who has charmed the American people, and masses around the world, with his intellect, ‘brilliance’ for yes, he is brilliant, level-headed, rhetoric, and promises of ‘change’ or as 199, said; “I don’t recall his talking about “prospect of change” BUT, actual, “change.”

    Exactly; but what really is at the ‘heart’ the very ‘core’ of this change?

    I submitt an edited version of an article “The Truth About the Obama Agenda Part I.’ For our attention and consideration:

    ” I have been asked by radio talk show hosts across the country to talk about President Obama’s possible – if not probable -nationalization of the banking system. But there’s MORE to the story than just banks.”

    “This issue ties in with EVERY aspect of the Obama Socialist Agenda – you don’t know just how “Socialist”!

    “-bailouts, handouts, economic stimulus packages, giving too much power to the Federal Reserve…and let’s not forget tax cuts to people who DON’T pay taxes.”

    “The Obama agenda isn’t about SAVING the American economy. Rather, it is about putting Big Brother in control of our lives. It’s about the Nanny State – big government intrusion into every aspect of our lives in order to “protect” us. It’s about DESTROYING capitalism and TEARING down the U.S. economy to buil a new economic system based on rewarding this “right kind” of Americans – those who support Obama and hus agenda.”

    |Nope, it is about entreanching the agitator class in power, issuing in the DICTATORSHIP of that class in the name of the people, science or whatever rhetorical fig leaf is convenient.”

    “It’s about bribery, Obama is buying votes for a generation, thereby guaranteeing that liberal big government’s tax-and-spend, big union, radical-environmental agenda controls every aspect of our lives for decades to come.”

    “It’s about socialism …it’s about “group think”…it’s about the collective good of society instead of the good of the individual. It’s about rewarding the non-productive members of society (Obama’s voters) and pushing the group that creates the jobs, own the businesses, owns the property, and pays the taxes. Just as he told “joe the Plumber” during the presendential campaign, Obama wants to punish this group because these Americans tend to vote conservative.”

    It’s about giving away billions of dollars to failing auto companies in order to reward the auto unions that supported Obama and buy the votes of auto workers – workers who earn $100,000 (or more) in annual salaries, pensions, and benefits for drilling rivets into the fenders of cars that are so over-priced that no one wants to buy them anymore. But you can bet that Obama will make certain that union contracts are protected – at all costs. In Part II of this article, I’ll discuss just how cunningly Obama is going about implementing his insidious agenda.”

    Interesting perception from this writers perspective on Obama and his agenda. I forwarded this article in its entirety, to a friend, who then sent me the following, insightful extremely enlightening information, which I’ll quote verbatim:

    “Hear the voice of BHO’s intellectual grandpa, the one who set up the Chicago school of “community organizers”:

    ” A MARXIST begins with his prime truth that ALL evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat by the capitalists. From this he logically proceeds to the ‘revolution’ to end capitalism, then into the third stage of reorganization into the new SOCIAL ORDER of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and finally the last stage — the political paradise of communism.” p.10.

    “The end is what you want, the means is how you get it. Whenever we think about social change, the question of means and ends arises. The MAN of action views the issue of means and ends in pragmatic and strategic terms. He has no other problem; he thinks only of his actual resources and the possibilities of various choices of action.”

    “He ask of ends ONLY whether they are achievable and worth the costs, of means, ONLY whether they will WORK…the real arena is CORRUPT and BLOODY.” p. 24.

    “The means-and-ends moralists, constantly obsessed with the ethics of the means used by the Have-Nots against the Haves, should search themselves as to their real political position. In fact, they are passive – BUT real – allies of the Haves…The most unethical of all means is the non-use f any means…The standards of judgment MUST be rooted in the whys and wherefores of life as it is lived, the world as it is, NOT our wished-for-fantasy of the world as it should be.” pp.25-26.

    “…the ORGANIZER must be able to split himself into two parts…one part in the arena of action where HE POLARIZES THE ISSUE TO 100 to NOTHING, and helps to lead his forces into CONFLICT, while THE OTHER PART KNOWS THAT WHEN THE TIME COMES for negotiations that it IS REALLY ONLY 10 PERCENT DIFFERENT.” p.78.

    “From the the ORGANIZER enters the a community, he lives dreams…only one thing and that is to build the MASS POWER BASE of what he calls the army. Until he has developed that MASS POWER base, he confronts no major issues…Until he has those means and power instruments, his ‘tactics’ are very different from power tactics. [NB: that is he worms his way in, seduces and subverts] Therefore, every moe revolves around one central point: how many recuits will this bring into the organization, whether by means of local organization, Churches, service groups, labor Unions, corner gangs, or as individuals.” “Change comes from power, and power come from organization.” p.113

    “The first step in COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION is COMMUNITY DISORGANIZATION, [i.e., Create a crisis, destroy the old order, blaming the victims for the crisis, the better to overthrow —banks are just one more institution, after all in the community!] The disruption of the pesent organization is the first step toward community organization. Present arrangements MUST be disorganized if they are to be displaced by new patterns…All change means DISORGANIZATION of the old and organization of the new.” p.116.

    “Pick the TARGET, FREEZE it, personalize it, and POLARIZE it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition MUST be singled OUT as the target and ‘FROZEN.’…When you ‘freeze the target,’ you disregard these [rational but distracting] arguments and carry out your attack…One acts DECISIVELY only in the conviction that ALL the angels are on one side, and ALL the devils are on the other.” pp. 127-134.

    Does any of this sound familiar?

    It most certainly should, as it was masterfully used and implimented by the Obama campaign, in the most recent presendential elections; delivered by Obama, who was carefully coached by the author of the obove quoted dictum.

    And, maybe, many thought that ruthless, Machiavellian, deceptive, subversive, morally dangerous Marxism was dead and buried? No way, and you think that todays commies are going to TELL us what they are in advance?

    WHO and which part in the US set up the forced ‘bad loans’ that BLEW up the financial system? It wasn’t the other party that was lambasted for it. And if the already subverted media HAD AN INTEGRITY—which IT does not—the devastating vidoetapes of the Congressional hearings as people TRIED to STOP the train wreck, are there. People were accused of being racists to challenge financial imprudence. Nastily and viciously were the accused, by the SAME ones who so sanctimoniously blame their victims for the crime.

    Obama, is just a glimmer, a faint glimmer of the charm, convoluted rhetorical fancy, that the ultimate ANTI-Christ, person, will literally personify, and will lure the masses of the world to worship him as god, just as the world’s majority have been deceived by Obama, and the foolish Americans have, black, white et al.

    The demise of the greatest nation of earth, has finally started, she has brought it upon herself; the wicked, evil, ‘New World Order’ agenda, has with Almighty God’s provedential permission began, men’s hearts will fail them for ‘fear’ already witnessed by the suicide of a billionaire in Germany, a few in the States, just the beginning of the utter dispair and panic that will, [and already is] gripping the hearts and lives of so many.

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  40. J February 1, 2009 at 11:13 PM #

    Then again Hopi does not surprise me.

    You were the one who when JC mentioned about a Rastafarian mother not immunizing her children and that furthermore they did not attend school regularly, you were the one who said that she the mother need not educate her children. How is it that education (and computers and the internet, and heat and electricity) is good for you but not good for a poor woman’s children? JC, a good Bajan, God Bless her was concerned that now the children are adolesents they may be drawn to prostitution. Because let’s get real, what else can an uneducated young woman do?

    Hopi why don’t you stop trying to mislead people?

    Don’t you anything better to do?

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  41. J February 1, 2009 at 11:23 PM #

    daniel wrote: “I hope to change my national affileation in the future.”

    I hate to be the one who has to tell you this. But if you hope to change your national affiliation in the future you will have to learn to write English.

    That’s what we write, read and speak in Barbados.

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  42. another view February 1, 2009 at 11:31 PM #

    Really J?

    How is that so when David is celebrating a Super Bowl Sunday. I have never heard such shit in my whole life. Do you think the Americans care or even known that the first test match vs England starts on February 4th.

    What is our culture now?

    Last year I heard Ian Bishop an ex test cricketer refer to a six hit as a HOME RUN. What is our culture now?

    No wonder we are so caught up in Obamamania, instead of discussing the shit being done by the DLP government.

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  43. J February 1, 2009 at 11:35 PM #

    Bush Tea wrote “But most persons who grew up with a rich white mother and extended family ”

    His mother was an anthropologist. You know any RICH anthropologists? Anybody in the world can become rich from anthropology?

    His grandmother worked her way up from teller to manager of a small bank branch in a small island. For a long time the family lived in a rented apartment. Grandma took the bus to work or got a lift with her husband.

    The white side of his family seems middle class at best. Other people might call the grandparents working class people who had a daughter who “learned good” at school.

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  44. J February 1, 2009 at 11:38 PM #

    BT tomorrow if my little Jonnie told me that he wanted to be an anthropologist I would hold my belly, ’cause I would know that even though the boy have a powerful intellect, that he planning to embrace lifelong poverty.

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  45. J February 1, 2009 at 11:50 PM #

    Carlos wrote “It’s about DESTROYING capitalism and TEARING down the U.S. economy ”

    Carlos man, I thought that the bankers on Wall Street already done do that.

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  46. J February 1, 2009 at 11:52 PM #

    Carlos wrote ” tax cuts to people who DON’T pay taxes.”

    But Carlos we already do that in Barbados, it is called a reverse tax credit, it put a little money in the hands of poor people; we have been doing it for years and the world has not come to an end.

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  47. J February 2, 2009 at 12:04 AM #

    Another view wrote” How is that so when David is celebrating a Super Bowl Sunday. ”

    I have not idea. Which David? David the blogmaster? or David the PM?

    Neither David consulted J, although maybe they should have :-)

    J
    Neither B nor D

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  48. Green Monkey February 2, 2009 at 12:16 AM #

    Obama and the Drug of Hope

    By Bryann Alexandros

    January 31, 2009 “Global Research” January 27, 2009 —On January 20, 2009, during a frigid and fiercely cold day, hundreds of thousands of allegedly sane American patriots had traversed land, air, and sea to attend a majestic spectacle: the inauguration of President Barack Obama, 44th behaloed president of the United States of America.

    CNN, the mainstream news network for lemmings that spearheaded the event, bore witness to a jubilant and expectant audience of men, women, and children, sweeping across Washington like a sea, nay, a tsunami that prophets would be reluctant to part. Within the cold thunderous mishmash, old war veterans and baby boomers, the young and hip hopefuls, and trendites, socialites, and new-agey feel-goods attended this spiritually vivifying event. Flag-wavers, nationalists, newly-born patriots and born-again patriots reveled in song, dance, and poetry, patting one another, eyes shut and smiling wryly in disbelief, congratulating each other as comrades with the look of a mission finally accomplished. Roland Martin reminded us that, in the name of change, pop-culture iconoclasts Oprah, Puff Daddy, and Smokey Robinson were present. Hilarity ensues – as if Americans just had to know. As if the Washingtons, Paines, Lincolns, and squirrels gave a flying acorn whether they attended or not. The monolithic gears of the corporate media machine were well-oiled, running, and ready to embellish a princely procession estimated to cost a baffling $150 million.

    Talking female heads glossed over excitedly the philosophy behind the new charismatic leader, pontificating the resemblance to the struggles of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr. As Obama began to utter his prescribed words, televised montages were intricately slabbed across American screens: pictures of starry-eyed commoners from Memphis, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Pasadena, a perfect portrayal of people so enraptured by Obama’s rhetoric that they were cerebrally neutralized and rendered speechless. In one scene, a woman with clasped, prayerful hands and chin atremble is choked in tears. Opposite that, men nod their heads agreeably to the tune of the same war agenda. The rest continued to listen and watch with mouths agape. Hilary Rosen admitted to crying after witnessing the chain reaction of scenes of other teary-eyed people. The audience, unable to contain their joy, horned in their hollers of approval when the speech got really good. Proceeding to the paperwork, Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper commented on the panache of Obama’s penmarkship and the sexiness of his signature’s flourish, in case viewers were slow to appreciate the way a man signs his papers. Everything segues into the fluttering backdrop of a silent American flag.

    Quoting Thomas Paine in his speech, Obama says: “Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet it.” How often had politicians touted the eloquence and wisdom of the revolutionaries as if they admired it, respected it – understood it? The ugly punishing reality contends many have abused it and forgotten it: where is the virtue in funneling billions to foreign conflicts and shenanigans, wasting more billions brewing client states and proxy wars, welcoming the bankers with their fiat money and fiat laws, and rewriting our own laws to transform a grand republic into a corporate, draconian democracy?

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21880.htm

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  49. 199 February 2, 2009 at 4:45 AM #

    200 // February 1, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    She even speaks “white”

    ********************

    200, doan mek me laugh!!

    Laaaaaaaadddddddddddddddddd!!!!

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  50. Green Monkey February 2, 2009 at 6:52 AM #

    Obama: Regime Rotation

    The arrival of the Obama administration will not fundamentally alter the course of military expansion accelerated during the Bush era. The origins of these policies do not lie uniquely in neoconservative ideology. While the election of President Obama may offer new opportunities for progressive forces to delimit the damage, their space for movement will ultimately be constrained by deep-seated structural pressures that will attempt to exploit Obama to rehabilitate American imperial hegemony, rather than transform it.

    Indeed, the radicalization of Anglo-American political ideology represented by the rise of neoconservative principles and the militarization processes of the ‘War on Terror’, constituted a strategic response to global systemic crises supported by the American business classes. The same classes, recognizing the extent to which the Bush era has discredited this response, have rallied around Obama. Therefore, as global crises intensify, this militarization response is likely to undergo further radicalization, rather than a meaningful change in course. The key differences will be in language and method, not substance.

    SNIP

    Obama and the Economy: Déjà vu?

    As for Obama’s ambitions for tackling the financial crisis, even a scathing New York Times editorial noted that President Obama’s economic team, put together to tackle the economic and financial crisis, consisted of the very same people who had “played central roles in policies that helped provoke today’s financial crisis.” These include Tim Geithner who as president of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York “helped shape the Bush administration’s erratic and often inscrutable responses to the current financial meltdown, up to and including this past weekend’s multibillion-dollar bailout of Citigroup”; and former World Bank chief, Larry Summers, who “championed the law that deregulated derivatives, the financial instruments – aka toxic assets – that have spread the financial losses from reckless lending around the globe.”

    Obama and the Transnational American Business Class

    One needs to look beyond the rhetoric to get an idea of what Obama really means for the world. Analysis of Federal Election Commission data on the largest financial donors to both the McCain and Obama presidential campaigns reveals that they were almost entirely sponsored by the same banks, financial institutions and corporations (except Obama received significantly more corporate financing than his rival McCain). This suggests that US policies have, and will continue to, broadly represent the insecurities and interests of Anglo-American capital – and further, that American business classes actually favoured Obama and provided him the finances and expertise to produce a power-house media and publicity campaign.

    http://nafeez.blogspot.com/2009/01/obama-regime-rotation.html

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  51. Hopi February 2, 2009 at 11:38 AM #

    @J….You all over this damn piece like a rat on cheese. When you come on this blog you should check your petti emotions in the same draw as your petticoat and knickers. Just mention the word abortion and you go bonkers. Let white women have abortions if they want to. Do you overstand the implication for black people on this planet if our women continue to have abortions? You seem to spend so much of your damn time getting into the personal life of this subject that you know for sure that his mother was an anthropologist. FYI..when you do clandestine work for a foreign government you qualify as a missionary or an anthropologist and there isn’t much difference between a spy and an anthropologist because in these two professions you doing a lot of digging, snooping and reporting back. Some call her an anthropologist others call her a spy. Get ya damn facts straight and while you’re in other people’s personal lives how about digging into your and find out if ALKEBULAN has any significance/relevance to YOU.

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  52. another view February 2, 2009 at 11:46 AM #

    Green Monkey

    I interpret you to be saying, and correctly so, that Obama is just another political puppet…..or poppet as we would say in Barbados.

    What Obama revolution what?!

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  53. J February 2, 2009 at 12:41 PM #

    Hopi wrot e”When you come on this blog you should check your petti emotions in the same draw as your petticoat and knickers.”

    But Hopi I live in Barbados where it is lovely and warm all the time. Why would I need a petti coat or any kind of coat for that matter. I don’t live in the cold white north.

    You just vex because I have read Mr. Obama’s biographies and you have not.

    You would like if I was an ignorant, uneducated person whom you could decieve wouldn’t you?

    But that ain’t happening ‘boy hey.

    Peace.

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  54. J February 2, 2009 at 12:42 PM #

    Dear Hopi you wrote “ALKEBULAN”

    I don’t know who ALKE-BULA is.

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  55. Carlos February 2, 2009 at 1:31 PM #

    The ‘Clico’ bail out by the T’dad Central Bank, is just a mild ‘tremor’affecting the US and other countries, that will ultimately devastate our Caribbean states.

    Our PM, just like all the other world leaders, choose their ‘words’ very carefully, while addressing the people so as not to create panic, i.e., Thompson said the ‘ecomomic trouble’ I think he said, but he deliberately avoided saying ‘crisis’ which it is!

    The coherence of ‘facts’ all coming and converging together at this ‘season’ in the history of humanity, first emphatically stated in God’s Word, the Bible, (see Matt.24), and the sinister, evil, AntiChrist, ‘New World Order’ who have planned this ‘One World Government’ for a long time, working behind the scenes, to bring about ‘economic’ collapse of the US economy, and by necessity ALL other world economies, without WHICH, they CANNOT usher in the ‘One World Government’ and the masses of Americans and other people from around the world, think and believe that ‘Obama’ will and can ‘turn’ things around for the betterment of all!

    What utter deception! No lie or deception, whether it be, political, philosophical, moral or spiritual, IS more dangerous, than when it is couched, veneered, and presented in some degree of ‘plausibility’ [seeming reasonable or probable] exactly what Obama has done, extremely ‘persuasive’ but Oh’ so very deceptive.

    To be very honest, I don’t know why, or what the significance is behind why a ‘black’ man has been finally elected President of America in this most turbulent of times; and I say this from an entirely eschatological biblical perspective; as many others, black brothers especially are also asking this question!

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  56. another view February 2, 2009 at 8:35 PM #

    Of more importance than Obama’s so called revolution surely!

    Jesus is coming to earth again; what if it were today?
    Coming in power and love to reign; what if it were today?
    Coming to claim His chosen Bride, all the redeemed and purified,
    Over this whole earth scattered wide; what if it were today?
    Refrain
    Glory, glory! Joy to my heart ’twill bring.
    Glory, glory! When we shall crown Him King.
    Glory, glory! Haste to prepare the way;
    Glory, glory! Jesus will come some day.
    Satan’s dominion will then be o’er, O that it were today!
    Sorrow and sighing shall be no more, O that it were today!
    Then shall the dead in Christ arise, caught up to meet Him in the skies,
    When shall these glories meet our eyes? What if it were today?
    Refrain
    Faithful and true would He find us here if He should come today?
    Watching in gladness and not in fear, if He should come today?
    Signs of His coming multiply; morning light breaks in eastern sky.
    Watch, for the time is drawing nigh; what if it were today?
    Refrain

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  57. another view February 3, 2009 at 11:00 PM #

    Obama is having a revolution alright!
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28994296

    Fortunately, the real Messiah and Savior of the world will do a better job!

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