Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Will Barack Obama Run for President?

Will Barack Obama Run for President?

By Neil G. White

Senator Barack Obama is one of the shining stars of the Democratic party. The young Illinois Senator rose to national prominence since his keynote speech for his party in 2004. His eloquence in fielding hot button issues with the savvy of a veteran politician is quite impressive. In a very critical time for this country; as well as the world, an intuitive and sensitive understanding of the issues is sorely needed. Albeit his first term; Senator Barack Obama has been faced with the question of will he run for the highest political position in the land?

This scintillating question can only bode well of the high esteem in which the Senator is held. When asked by CNN correspondent Don Lemon what he thought of the comparisons of himself to John F. Kennedy…he graciously responded, “I’m flattered by the comparisons but try to not compare myself to others…but rather make the best judgment in terms of what I can do”. It is this kind of humility and honesty which is refreshing in a time of political ambiguity.

Senator Barack Obama made it clear that he is not auditioning for the Presidency. He affirms with conviction that his experience as a U.S. and State Senator as well as a constitutional law professor “gives him a good grasp of the issues we face as a country…whether or not this experience translates into good judgment to lead this country is something that would be tested over time.” His contention is that he has the judgment necessary to be able to learn from experience and make good decisions in various work that he has done thus far.

What will ultimately determine whether or not he is a viable presidential candidate for the people are the stances he takes on issues that are paramount to this country and the rest of the free world. For example, he opposes the war in Iraq. The senator commented on the statement General John Abizaid (Commander; U.S. Central Command) made that it would take four to six months to stabilize Baghdad. The senator suggested after that it would be a good time to start phase redeployment (withdrawal) of the troops. He admits that he is not date certain but a strong message needs to be sent to the Iraqi government that, ”the time for coddling is over…”. He also asserts that he would be willing to meet with commanders to establish a time table.

Another issue the Senator takes a stand on is immigration. He supports President Bush’s Senate backed bill. This bill entails beefed up border security, stricter enforcement of existing immigration laws and legal status for new guest worker programs opened up for millions that enter this country illegally.

When it comes to same-sex marriage he is opposed to it. However, he opposes a constitutional amendment to ban them. He does support and recognize civil unions between gay couples.

As far a tax codes go the senator supports eliminating marriage penalties and wants to extend child tax credit. He supports scaling back capital gains and dividend tax cuts. He also believes its time to start re-examining tax benefits for the top 1%.

One other prominent issue that Senator Obama opposes is the President’s plan to allow some social security money to be put in private investment accounts. These stances that the Illinois Senator has taken already on critical issues will undoubtedly shape voters views about him as well as define his political agenda. A decision will most certainly have to be made by this young and upcoming political star sooner than later.

A poll of registered Democrats choice for nominees’ in 2008 taken by CNN showed these numbers: Clinton 33%
Obama 15%
Edwards 14%
Gore 14%
Kerry 7%

A poll of registered Democrats support of a Barack Obama White House bid showed these numbers: 15% currently support
35% would consider supporting
38% don’t want as a nominee

In conclusion, what these numbers show is that there is no clear evidence as to whether the voting public will make the young democratic Senator Barack Obama their front running candidate for the highest position in the land. One thing is for sure that time will tell and the public will decide.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Always Do the right thing

Always do the right thing

I recently saw a story on the news about a man receiving a reward of $100 for returning property he found in a trash bin searching for returnable bottles. The mans’ name was Charles Moore, a 59 year old man who not too long ago had lost his roofing job in Ohio. Mr. Moore returned back to Michigan to look for work and hadn’t been successful; consequently, he became homeless and was living in a shelter in Michigan.

I was very moved by Mr. Moore’s story not just because he was clearly a Good Samaritan; but because even in a time of crisis in his life he chose to do the right thing. When I later found out what Mr. Moore returned to the owner it evoked even more emotion from me. Mr. Moore returned his findings to a staff member at the homeless shelter that he was staying at in Michigan. The staff member tracked down the owner of the property and the son of the owner came down to the shelter to retrieve his fathers’ property.

The $100 reward was given to Mr. Moore by the son of the owner of this recovered property for returning 31 U.S. savings bonds totaling $21,000. Upon learning this nuance to Mr. Moore’s story I was disappointed. Clearly Mr. Moore’s actions were not ordinary. He isn’t just a Good Samaritan… he is a hero in the fullest sense of the word. I was appalled after learning more about this mans circumstances that his honesty and forthrightness was rewarded with a measly hundred dollar reward. Many years ago I found a wallet in a store I was working at as a sales associate. I looked down saw a wallet in plain view lying on the floor. I looked around and quickly bent down and opened it up. It had a stack of $100 bills in it about an inch thick. Being young, overworked, underpaid and responsible for a family at the time I contemplated a lot longer than I should have about removing the contents and giving the wallet to my store manager. Then I remember what my mother did once many years prior. She had found considerably less money than I did that day on the street of the block where she lived; nevertheless, it was several hundred dollars. She put up a post on one of the telephone poles on the street advertising than she had found property and left her contact information so she could be reached. Later that day someone came to retrieve the money. The person knew exactly how much was lost so the property and its owner were united that day. It turns out that the women who had lost the money that my mother found was this persons’ rent money. She had been on her way to the check cashing place to get a money order. The lady was so grateful that she offered my mother a reward. My mother graciously declined. Being mindful of this selfless act of kindness I quickly ran down stairs to my manager and returned the wallet and all its contents as I had found them. My manager who had just been explained the occurrence in the store by the patron who had lost their wallet was right there when I returned the item. I didn’t get offered a reward that day for my actions. Having been young and not as understanding of the ways of the world as life experiences since then have taught me I was a little bitter for not being offered a reward.

In retrospect I now understand what my reward was…it was staying true to myself and doing the right thing. Doing the right thing not for the reward it might get me but for the feeling it gave me for discerning the difference. I was pleased to learn that Mr. Moore since this story was aired that people all across the country were as disappointed in the reciprocity as I was in light of this mans circumstances and have showered him with rewards and gifts far exceeding the $100 dollars that he was given. He has even been given a exceptionally good job lead which is probably the greatest reward of all to a man of great character and understanding of one of the most important lessons anyone can learn in life…selflessness. Much thanks to people like my dear mother and Mr. Charles Moore for reminding all of us that doing the right thing and expecting nothing in return but the genuine gratification in knowing that you did something that makes this world a better place for all of us. To you Mr. Charles Moore I dedicate this poem I wrote. You are in my regard a true hero.

Homeless Have you ever witnessed the calm of a homeless man/No immediate worries just broken plans/Not just a statistic of society/Perhaps content just to be/No rent, no mortgage, no tuition fees/Enough food to sustain and something dry on the feet/construct sleeping quarters from discarded things on the street/far more resilient than passerbys can see/survive all four seasons albeit uncomfortably/Looked down upon by those who clearly can't see/but for the grace of God there goes you and me/Pitied because to outsiders this is something we can't believe/Homeless are not eye-sores to me/they're a reminder of how tough life can be/Scorned by those who think their lazy and weak/Only God can judge us blessed are the meek.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Missile testing

Peace bloggers by now most of us have heard about the Koreans testing missiles. Recently, the security alerts for the country have been hightened. Truly believe that nothing further will become of these actions however it is another example how this country is involved in far more than the media is keeping us in the know about. Note that the Koreans are one of several countries (ex. China & Japan) that actually have weapons of mass distruction. In this respect Korea is not an impotent country like Iraq. They are fully equipped and capabable in this nuclear age that we all live in. I strongly suggest that while you are watching these news programs and read periodicls that you use your intuition to discern your own truth about what is going on in the free world and how it could relate to yourself. Will be monitoring the forementioned occurances that transcribe because I like yourselves have a mandated and devine right to the pursuit of a quality life, liberty and happiness. Take care and be well. The freelancer...out. One!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Changing of the guard

Well my fellow bloggers going to take phoenix's suggestion and not take life too seriously. Thank all that's good for sports it is one of the balancers in life. Now that the NBA finals is over gotta find another balancer. To all my fellow Heat fans CHEERS. We've had the pleasure of witnessing one of the greatest combacks in sports history. Chezniki I know your beaming. Shaq gets another one, Zo and Gary finally get one and D-Wade the first of more to come. Before I get too carried away I want to make it known that I'm a Knick fan. Yes, I said it. And for whatever its worth a Met fan also...but not 'cause their good this year. Been one 4 far longer than I care to say. Propers to Avery Johnson he will win won eventually. Quick thoughts on boxing Winky won that fight but he should have but a little more pressure on Talyor in the 12 to seal the deal. He knows 1st hand what happens when u leave it up to the judges...a la Vargas fight. Also B-hop says he's retiring... he and his people should sit down w/ Roy Jr. and his people and make @ 35-40million collectively and then both them slappies should retire. Shit Nas and Jigger did it. To bad the brothers on lock down on the island didn't know it was all a roose...would of saved a lot of c.o. overtime dough and extra time in the slam for folks...had Brooklyn and Queens trippin. Oh sorry went off on a tangent there. If B-hop fights Jones Jr. that would be the biggest middle weight title fight since Sugar Ray and Marvin... 4 those old enough to remember. Oh year the fight of the decade as well just because it sounds sooooo nice. Will be praying to the boxing gods 4 that one. Probably watch that bad boy at espn and invite all you cool a** bloggers to watch and buy all y'all routing for my fighter a shot of patron. Won't divulge who that is until it happens don't want to jinx nothin'. Anyway that's my piece gotta get back to formulating my plans to build an empire. The freelancer out.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Are they (gov't) serious???

Is our gov't for real? They are a bunch of jokers. Never in my life have I seen an administration that is so incompetent and bumbling. Although new to the blog world I quickly saw the keen insight of my fellow bloggers...with that in mind can somebody please explain how these idiots operate and more importantly if anybody, I mean anybody knows who the f**k ZARQAWI is please tell me? The question is rhetorical because frankly I could give less than a fiddleless f**k. But truly people I got a real ? for ya'... Where's OSAMA BIN LADEN? I thought he was the mastermind behind 911. This guy sends video of himself to America bi-annually making political statements. They last time he did it was about two months ago denouncing Moussoui's involvement in 911. WHY ARE WE STILL ON THIS IRAQ S**T?????? Our beef is w/ Afghanistan isn't it? Damn, please let me explain why I'm so irritated. I feel that this administration tries to take the masses for fools. Please, let me clarify not the conscious people that know how to discern the bulls**t but the others that read news articles and watch some of these news programs and believe everything they here. For those people I truly am sorry. How many more people have to die or come back mamed before this jive a** gov't pulls out of this fake a** war. I can't wait until this administration is out of here...I'm sick of the lot of them. For all we know this guy ZARQAWI is some two bit revolutionary that was built up by the gov't to justify our presence in in IRAQ. If our administration was really adept and wanted to forge ahead in the war on terrorism then they should stop bulls**tting and catch big bad BIN LADEN!!! Thanks for letting me vent people wouldn't be a bit suprised if this blog service doesn't even publish this rhetoric... but we'll see. I need to learn how to encrypt my s**t so the infrastructure doesn't doesn't hate on the wisdom. Thanks again for your valuable time bloggers. The freelancer...out. One!

Friday, June 09, 2006

The pilgrims last best kept secret

Was trying to figure out a topic in which I could speak my piece that was worth all of you folks time. Well check it out...The days of saving ended w/ our parents. Saving was the move then... now it must be taken to the next level w/ investing. I hear a lot of folks talk about making money and that's cool...but do you make your money make more money for you???? Or do you turn around and spend that moolah the very moment you see some fly wears or mabe a slammin' watch ( my own personal fetish)? Not pointing the finger here I have been guilty of it myself. Everybody wants to look nice and have nice things, but not at the expense of living pay check to pay check. The dollar never gets a chance to get warm in our pocket before we are spending it. Btw, if you don't have a bank account get one!!!! Get out of the stone ages!!!! That's at least a start. We can get into stocks, mutual funds, EE bonds, and money markets later... Even options which I'm trying to learn more about as we speak. Let's stop being scared about these things people. They are important for own livelyhood. If anybody got a stock tip 4 me please let it be known...I will look into it. Let's not leave all the action for the pilgrims!!! Scared money never made none...The Freelancer out!!!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Basketball Dynasties

First and foremost much props to Slish and JoJo for introducing me to the world of blogging. In my first blog I want to say how happy that I am for Shaq for going to the finals w/out Kobe 'Prima Donna' Bryant. I'm also happy for Zo and Gary Payton. I love the fact that Avery Johnson has gone to the finals as well...this time as a coach. It will be the beginning of more appearences to come for him. Having said all of that I want Shaq and company to win because he deserves it. Shaq is a team player and always has been. Kobe however will never win another ring in his career unless he can stop being so self indulgent and share not only the ball but the spot light as well. Again much thanks to Slish and JoJo for putting me on. Will be in touch. The Freelancer.