Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wassup?

Whose money is it? Watch the video and you be the judge! Post a comment on this topic or any subject of your choice. What’s on your mind?

 

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What’s good...

With the uncertainty of the country’s economy, the American Dream seems far reaching for those of us that play by the rules. Yet for a select few, there appears to be no barriers, despite economic turmoil. But what is good for the goose should be good for the gander or better yet, what’s good for Wall Street should be good for Main Street. These are corny clichés – but you get the picture. In essence, we have two Americas, one living the dream, the other the nightmare. 

Last week, main street workers making minimum wage received an increase of $.70. While this is an improvement, it is hardly an adequate living wage. At the same time, employees on Wall Street will get a hefty increase as it is reported that $74 billion has been set aside for pay increases. There is something terribly wrong when such tremendous wealth doesn’t trickle down and flow across all of America.     

While Wall Street and the banks are booming, there are already signs that they are up to their old tricks. Beware! There are lending institutions that are switching to variable rates to avoid the upcoming mandate of a freeze on existing balances. Let me say that I am all for a free market society and happy that some segments of the economy are improving, but not when it is at the expense of consumers and on the shoulders of taxpayer dollars. Government is not the answer to all of the ills of society, but when such an imbalance has wreaked havoc on our economy, it’s critical that government intervene to level the playing field between Wall and Main Street America.  Far better regulations that don’t play into the hands of banks and other big business are needed, especially if we expect a full economic recovery. Shouldn’t that be the American way? 

Monday, July 27, 2009

Kidneys for sale?

Last week the FBI busted an organ trafficking ring; an alleged 10 year scheme involved in the buying and selling of kidneys for transplants. While it is illegal under federal law for anyone to buy or sell organs for transplant, there is support to change the law to permit a system of regulated compensation for donor kidneys. What do you think?

Should a person be allowed to buy or sell their organs for a transplant? 

Saturday, July 25, 2009

President Obama on Health Care

Watch the video of the President's weekly address.

 

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wassup?

What’s on your mind? Post a comment on the subject of your choice.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Healthcare Reform, Make it Happen!

Healthcare reform is the latest battle on the hill. President Obama has declared “those who are betting against this happening this year are badly mistaken. It will happen this year.” There should be no question that reform is much needed and long overdue. According to U. S. Census reports, nearly 45 million Americans are without healthcare coverage and with the uncertainty of the job market and the high cost of COBRA, thousands more will be without coverage. Even those who are fortunate enough to still have a job will find healthcare expenses increasing while coverage diminishes. The point of contention with insurance carriers is too often the ambiguity regarding approval and authorization for pre-existing conditions and particular medical procedures. Despite the millions of dollars deducted bi-weekly or monthly from pay checks, many remain underinsured, having to pay out of pocket to meet high deductibles - a Catch 22 for about 25 million Americans. Again, we need an adequate health care system that is available to everyone, regardless of employment status, that is not cost driven.

The United States National Health Care Act, H.R. 676 proposes that every person living or visiting in the United States receive a United States National Health Insurance Card and ID number. This program will cover all medically necessary services with no co-pays or deductibles. Under the proposal, families and businesses will receive more and pay less. Visit www.Healthcare-Now.org and www.healthreform.gov  to learn more about the bill. For an inside perspective of our broken health care system visit http://www.tinyurl.com/l3hwd8

The complexity of this task will require bipartisanship effort with both Democrats and Republicans rolling up their sleeves to make it happen. Now is the time to let our congressional leaders know that we, the American people deserve a better health system that is no less than our elected leaders are privy to, which - by the way,is paid for by the taxpayers. So contact your congressional leaders at www.senate.gov and www.house.gov and let them know that we are holding them accountable to get the job done and done right.     
 

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., arrested

Do you think this is an isolated incident?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Movie Producer Eases The Pain

Tyler Perry sending swim club kids to Disney World

What to wear?

First the students, now there is a growing trend requiring teachers to abide by a dress code.  

Should teachers be required to adhere to a dress code?

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Burr Oak's Attorney Speaks

Thursday, July 16, 2009

President Obama speaks at the NAACP 100th Anniversary

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

Wassup?

What’s on your mind? Post a comment on the subject of your choice.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Be Free!

July signals the end of the first half of 2009. On July 4th, we celebrated Independence Day. Many of us enjoyed the day cooking out, at the beach or relaxing. But as we move through the rest of the year, let’s declare a more personal independence. Declare freedom from anything that hinders you from living debt-free, stress-free, smoke-free, overweight-free or whatever. What is it that you would like to be free from? A question that’s usually thought about at New Year’s, when many of us make resolutions.  Let’s not wait until 2010 to pursue the freedom and independence from all that keep us from living at our best. In hindsight, over the past six months, what has kept you from being the best that you can be?
 
Life is short and time waits on absolutely no one. Now is the time to make the next six months your best. 
 

Monday, July 13, 2009

It's extra

Airlines are doing it - now ambulance providers.  A provider in Kansas is charging more for its services to patients that are overweight. 

Should companies be allowed to charge extra because of weight?         
 

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Hot Off The Press!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Wassup?

Thursday is your day to post a comment on any subject of your choice. What’s on your mind?

In the 21st century,racism is in full swing.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

What is it about ... ?

Despite the fact that death is certain, there are some people that seem larger than life and immortal. The death of Michael Jackson came as a shock to us all. Remembering young Michael when he and his brothers were known as the Jackson 5, with favorites like “I Want You Back,” “ABC” and “I’ll Be There,” the heartthrob group back in the day. What young girl wasn’t deeply infatuated with the Jackson 5 while letting her imagination run wild?

With fond memories of Michael, the media has deprived fans of the opportunity of remembering the legend for his hall of fame talent and humanitarianism. Unlike the respectable distance the media reserved for Farrah Fawcett who died hours before Michael and Ed McMahon, both icons in their own right, had considerable drama in their lives as well. Many in the media have exploited Michael’s death turning it into a media circus. Prior to learning when and where his memorial service would take place, they couldn’t seem to refrain from releasing private information regarding Michael’s will,  a distraction since inquiring minds want to know who is and isn’t getting what. Even though the media is at fault, isn’t the family drama around a death a sad statement on us all.

What is it about death that so called friends and kin folk show up out of nowhere to stake a claim of entitlement to the deceased and their possessions? Where were these individuals when the lives of Michael, Anna Nicole, and so many others were spinning out of control? This is an all too familiar scenario that holds true for many of us in and out of the spotlight.  
 

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Sarah Palin Update

Monday, July 06, 2009

Calling it Quits

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announced her resignation. The eighteen month early departure has sparked much speculation and many questions.

What do you think about Governor Palin’s decision to step down from office?    

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Enjoy Your Fourth of July!

Be Safe,Be Happy, Be Free!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Wassup?

Thursday is your day to be a guest blogger. Express yourself on any subject of your choice.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Focus On The Road

Effective July 1, Virginia joins several states and the District of Columbia that ban text messaging while driving. The law will challenge many because it is not uncommon to see a driver trying to maneuver and text message simultaneously. Those that are guilty disregard and jeopardize the safety of us all.  In an ABC News report, Michael Pina of AAA stated “Clearly, the problem with texting is the same portion of your mind that you need to be using when you’re focusing on the road is the same portion that you’re using when you’re texting.” The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute reports that inattention is the leading factor in most accidents. About 80 percent of accidents involved driver inattention within three seconds of the event.  

 

Carelessly, the lives of so many can be changed in a matter of seconds. Two examples of several incidents include the case  of a 49 year old driver who was sentenced and convicted for taking a life after slamming into several vehicles while texting several bill paying transactions. The other case involved an accident that claimed the lives of the driver and four other high school students.  Records indicate a text message was sent by the driver thirty eight  seconds prior to the tragic crash.

 

Text messaging is great technology, just not while driving.