Wednesday, January 14, 2009
A road trip 44 years in the making

The 2009 presidential inauguration will be especially significant to a group of San Jose University students. On their way to Washington D.C., the students are taking a road trip and real-life history lesson through the Deep South -- from Memphis, Tennessee, through Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and the Carolinas. Professor Michael Cheers calls the project "44 Years to the 44th President: Connecting our History to America’s Historic Past." The title refers to the 44 years since the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The Civil Rights Act passed just a year before that. Cheers' background as a former University of Mississippi professor made him think his Californian students could benefit from exposure to a different region of the country, and he wanted them to appreciate the meaning of the United States electing its first black president. Along the way, student jallegri has uploaded video projects the students have produced. One piece includes an interview of one of the witnesses of the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine hotel in Memphis. Another touches on the 1955 killing of young Emmett Till. The boy's body was found battered beyond recognition and was later displayed in an open casket so the world could see the shocking horror of the crime. Cheers' class visited the "decrepit" Bryant Grocery Store to see the current state of the Money, Mississippi, civil rights landmark where Till allegedly took an ill-fated dare to flirt with the store owner's wife. The students documented their experiences in a behind-the-scenes video and even created another production in which they speak with an investigative journalist who has looked into civil rights murder cases. "I felt like coming up with this tour and stopping and doing the kind of stories we were doing, the students were getting a better example of what's going on in this country," Cheers said. Cheers told me hands-on experiences are the way he likes to teach. Over the years, he's moved from teaching strict photojournalism to including video in the curriculum. The quest for experiences in learning has taken his classes to far-flung places such as South Africa and Mexico. Students have also documented devastation in New Orleans, Louisiana. He also has sojourns to London and Paris on the schedule. "That's how I teach," Cheers explained. "I am not just a classroom teacher who stands behind the podium with the bow tie and the sport jacket." The students on this trip are moving from place to place and editing videos with Final Cut Pro on the laptops they take with them. By traveling and even sending iReports, students get to learn "the importance of making deadlines and pitching stories and getting it done right." "They're up until 3 or 4 in the morning in their hotel rooms," Cheers said. "That's OK. They can sleep next month." He wants the students to understand how the field works. The global element is key. "This is not a 9-to-5 business," he said matter-of-factly. He's doing something poignant by trying to show the students the context of the inauguration they're about to witness, and he's also exposing them to field production and citizen journalism. For young scholars looking to build their reserves of experience, this has to be a journey they'll never forget. They'll probably never forget to put it on their resumes, either. So now we turn to you to share your story. What does Obama's presidency mean to you? And tell us in the comments below what you think about the students' trip and their involvement in citizen journalism. Are you going to the inauguration, too? We'd like to hear from you as a historic moment in time approaches.

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January 14, 2009
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Cheers to Cheers for organizing such an eye-opening educational experience for all of you.  I wish my journalism professors would have done this when I was in college.  I saw your story on CNN last night and wanted to learn more about it.  As far as your question about what Obama's presidency means to me...the morning after his historic victory, I woke up feeling that a huge shift had occurred in our country and in the world.  That somehow things had been made right or at least more right and that as a nation we took a giant leap forward in manifesting Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream.  I'm excited about watching Obama's inauguration next Tuesday and will be sending my young sons to school in their new Obama t-shirts (they "voted" for him too) purchased for them yesterday by their proud Obama Mama!

January 14, 2009
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I just puked a little in my mouth....I'm assuming you think because Barack Obama was elected president that it makes up for the racism experienced by black people in the US or that it will end it? C'mon, unfortunately racism will continue to exist everywhere until the end of man on Earth. And what about racism against whites by others? I went to a restaurant in DC, where I live, that is black owned and operated and the majority of people in the place were black....never got served...had to get up and leave...what about that? Is Obama going to change that?

January 14, 2009
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Please, please tell me you are not going to claim reverse discrimination is a huge problem.  Did the election of Obama end racism?  Of course not, but as a teacher, I can you more students interacted with one another than ever before when talking about the election and the candidates.  It did help the issue.  Is it possible the restaurant you went to just has bad service?  Seriously, think just a little about what you saying.  Centuries of racism, abuse, and death versus you not getting your dinner.  Nice comparison.

January 14, 2009
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how about you think about what YOU'RE saying..."reverse" discrimination..what the hell is that? REVERSE???discrimination is discrimination..period...not of it is acceptable and it's all a problem. I sure hope you're not really a teacher because you have a dangerous point of view. Unfortunately, that dangerous point of view is rampant among teachers/college professors and that's a big part of the reason that liberals are so closed minded and mean these days.

January 14, 2009
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I am so sick and tired of all you so called ireporters giving your far left, college campus views of Obama and what his presidency means to you. In 4 years, if it lasts that long, you will see nothing has changed and we will have another candidate come along and promise the world to you for your vote then after he is elected he will re-nig on all his promises. Hopefully by then you will have a real job and understand this is how politics works. Have fun in DC next week I wouldn't be caught endorsing this beauty pageant

January 14, 2009
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This is a great story, hands on for the kids and exposure to the different cultures in different parts of our country, more should be done to get kids involved and show them there is more to America than their own town.  No I will not be going to the inauguration.  What does Obama's presidency mean to me?  I love it, it shows how far America has come to overcome the barriers of race.  I have thought about this and it seems ironic to me that many Americans have tried to keep black people separate/different all these years and only slowly have accepted blacks for who they are, equal human beings, the same as any human, and now that we are in one of the worst economic crisis', the people of America are looking to a black man to get the economy in order.

January 14, 2009
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Nobody is looking to Barack Obama to get the economy in order, genius. What could a young, former junior senator know about fixing a deteriorating economy? I hope that he puts somebody in place who does know something about it and sticks to being the false prophet for far left bleeding hearts and those who think he's going to change the world...bunch of genius soles you all are.

January 14, 2009
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Hey levitron1,

It is the year 2009. Please go back to your cave you crawled out of!!!!!

January 14, 2009
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I think it's hilarious that now the euphoria about Obama is beginning to wane even before he's sworn in. Failed, cabinet appointments, Illinois scandals, back peddling on campaign promises. I suppose some things can't CHANGE. Welcome to the real world. The funniest thing is that with each passing day Obama gains more support from the GOP and less from the Dems. LOL.

January 14, 2009
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To Levitron1:  I can't imagine anyone screwing up the economy, our international standing, our military, our future more than the ultra conservative Bush, and his ultra conservative cronies.  Reagan also did a great job in exploding the national debt.  Personally, my life and outlook, the economy and our national debt looked a lot better during the moderately liberal Clinton years.  It was, and still is none of my business who was pleasuring him, as long as he did his job well, which he did.

 

As for Obama, I agree racism is not dead, because as a candidate he was so superior I think he would have carried the election by 10 - 15% or more if he weren't Afro-American. 

 

I'm curious, how long did you wait in that restaurant before deciding you wouldn't be served?

January 14, 2009
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Great story!

 

It's nice to see these kids get the opportunity to understand the history and diversity of this great nation via an educational road trip to the inauguration.

 

The election of Mr. Obama brings about something that this country has been in dire need of for some time now, character. A portion of aquiring good character is one's willingness to teach and share that character with others. I see that character in the Obama's.

 

Levitron1, who crapped in your corn flakes this morning? How about giving these kids some kudos for at least trying to gain a better understanding of our country instead of bashing their efforts. Lighten up!

January 14, 2009
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To Prof Cheers,

 

Bravo -- While I don't think this election was about electing a black man, but electing a competent, intelligent articulate and right-headed man.  However, the fact that the majority of the electorate considered his qualifications more important than his race does show how far we have come in 44 years.

 

As far as racial relations go, I think the time when many minority youths give up trying for their rightful place in society because they believe that even if they make the effort, racism will keep them from fulfilling their potential, is over.  I believe (hope) the current generation of youth will see that their efforts can be justly rewarded.

January 14, 2009
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Question99: Yeah, you're right, I'm happy some kids get to see a presidential inauguration...I didn't mean to skip that but with all of the ignorance spewing like Barf from a fire hydrant I got off topic...

January 14, 2009
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But also Question99: How the heck do you know what kind of character the Obamas have? the guy popped out of the woodwork with a speech at a convention! He hasn't done a damn thing to justify all the blind idolatry he's receiving from the loony left. You sound like just another liberal media-fed, star struck Obama nut ball..no offense. I'm sure you're a great person as I'm sure are many nut balls but reality is playing a back seat to fantasy with you guys.

January 14, 2009
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Levitron1- I love the way you like to lump groups of people together. The entire media is liberal, what about fox? Everyone who is liberal or to the "left" are all "loony."

Amazing and you don't think there is anything wrong with that? And you set yourself up with these credentials to some how be the wise all knowing and seeing sage from the "right." LOL

January 14, 2009
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Ok im sorry but i have to say it after reading half these posts. I'm sick to death of hearing about people discriminating against black people. Were they oppressed as a race in our history yes!!!! But we cant talk about all those other people now can we....some of you might figure out just how bad you really are yourselves.

 

Just to prove my point.....they new people that are discriminated against just as bad as black people USED to be......GAYS and Lesbians.....think about it....

 

Learn to think before you speak...most people speak from passion and instinct and forget to think before they speak.....remember you have a brain and use it!!

January 14, 2009
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Furthermore, I voted for Obama and worked on his campaign but I am a moderate independent. I do not think he can walk on water or part the red sea. I feel he has a hughe task at hand and I do plan on lending him and his team my support in an effort to clean up the huge mess that has been made over the last 8 years. If Obama and he's team succeed then we all succeed.

January 14, 2009
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Coachrich: First, you're a genius. Second, I'm not "from the right" Im from "the reality" I voted for BO but for entirely different reasons than just because he's black or just because he's liberal or just because he sounds intelligent or just because he's not GWB or my favorite and most popular- just because he spent millions of dollars seducing super young voters through the internet and MTV. Being a pragmatist, I figure that based on the fact that he does present some reasonable policies that I believe the country would benefit from and the fact that with the balance of power leaning far left, he would be the only candidate who would have the best chance of actually getting those few things that I agree with done.Did I say you're a genius?

January 14, 2009
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Obama'a greatest achievement will be what he is a symbol of. Along with being the first non-white anglo-saxon protestant president he is also a symbol of the population of the U.S. wanting to join the civilized world. War mongering is old hat.

January 14, 2009
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im latino but im glad  whites are the majority in this country

January 14, 2009
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oh theandrew999- it's awesome that all that's important to you in a leader is symbolism..good for you mate, good for you.

January 14, 2009
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Levitron1,

 

There is a good sum of liturature available out there to those who wish to enlighten themselves on the Obama's. Once you take the time and better familiarize yourself with the Obama's through said literature, then watch how they handle themselves in a variety of sometimes very stressfull situations, I think that you get a pretty good picture of their character.

 

Consistent reality checks are vital. It's how you use the information gained from those checks that influences your outlook and ultimately your future.

 

Think reality, but think positive!

January 14, 2009
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Question99: Personal character is much different than executive character...be careful when you set your expectations...positive thinking indeed is important but where were you for the last 4-8 years? I'm sure you and your friends were high atop the bandwagon of Bush negativity am I right? and the sum of literature of which you speak? Is that The Audacity of Hope? If so, I've read it and it reads just like one would think someone would write of themselves....it begs sympathy and gloats personal achievement. Do you have any other literary recommendations that tout Obama glory?

January 14, 2009
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Black Abyss-

 

OMG boo freaking hoo.  For starters gays and lesbians statistically make more money than the average straight person so you haven't been oppressed financially like minorities have.  Additionally it's not like black people can hide their race, but gays and lesbians were able to fly under the radar for the most part so you didn't have to deal 24/7 with overt racism.  You can even come close to comparing your sexual orientation to how you're treated based on the color of your skin.

January 14, 2009
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Hey all, as a fellow San Jose State student, I just want to say thank you to all the faculty, students, and sponsers for organizing such a wonderful experience.  In regards to everyones comments, let me just say that no matter your beliefs, I think anyone can appreciate this journey as an opportunity to learn more about America's history as well as come together as a nation.  Thank you again for being such a positive representative for San Jose State University and the community.  Be safe and enjoy every moment!

January 14, 2009
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This is a disgusting example of what the US presidency is NOT ABOUT. We went from the "Don't pre-judge Obama because he is black mentality" to "this is a historic moment because we now have a president who IS black mentality."

 

Obama getting elected to he Whitehouse is not the ultimate victory for the civil rights movement! 44 Years to the 44th President??  Oh...wow..you must have stayed up all night trying to think up some new significance to Obama becoming president. Photo Journalism?? Umm...you do realize Journalism is a rapidly dying profession and you are disenfranchising your students to lead them to believe otherwise. It is going to take more then a college trip through the "Deep South" on a resume to land a job...even if they witness the almighty's inauguration.

 

Elections have always been about change, otherwise we would not have them. If we treat Obama as an equal, there is nothing significant about him becoming elected president and certainly nothing historic.....Unless you count the start of Socialism in the United States. Maybe it can be considered historic that we have elected someone with no leadership experience to lead the last great Superpower on Earth.  We have had 43 other presidents, 43 past inaugurations, and 43 previous time periods of change. Exactly, what are these college kids doing at 3 or 4 in the morning?

January 14, 2009
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SystemXpert-  I can answer that question for you- while here in in DC they'll be DRINKING at 3 or 4 in the morning.

January 14, 2009
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I think if anyone in this great nation of our that has been discriminated against, cheated out of, live well below the poverty level, and just all around get treated like crap is the Native American. Think about it, there is Black History "MONTH", the Hispanic have their's. Where is the one for the Native Americans?

And as for Obama being black, let's get real people, he's biracial. His mother white, his father black.

January 14, 2009
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LOL! you guys are killing me. Your all crazier than a bunch of shit-house rats! SystemXpert: don't get me wrong, I love to lay into the Obama nut jobs as much as the next guy but man you come across super ignorant and arrogant. From top to bottom this "blog" reads: America is headed for collapse"!!

January 14, 2009
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Native American's have really been screwed.  I've heard life on reservations isn't much fun either.  It's almost as if people forget that race of folks when talking about race.  At the end of the day there are so many people who could and would be part of one pity party or another.  I wish people would stand together regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation to move this country back in the right direction and to move the human spirit back to kindness, charity and love for your fellow man and your country.  One can always dream.

January 14, 2009
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SystemXpert-  what exactly is "black mentality" ?

January 14, 2009
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Citygirldc, that would be nice, everyone standing up together. But that will never happen. There are too many people that hate. Too many people who think their race is better then the other. But one day, some day in the distance future, not mine, maybe not yours or your grandchildren future, but someday "It just might happen!"

January 14, 2009
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MrsElizabeth: The answer to your question is November..November is Native American Heritage month.

January 14, 2009
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Mrs. Elizabeth- It's a shame isn't it?  Don't even GET me started on religion and how that fuels the hate bonfire in this world.  I think everyone should have a dream and hope in their heart- without it what's the use?  So that's my dream- peace on earth.

January 14, 2009
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my dream is that butt jousting become an Olympic sport. Then we could all love and sing and hug and just joust. we could joust to the joyous sounds of The Carpenters or maybe we could joust while rolling in a huge pile of lilies in a meadow with ponies..who joust. I like rainbows.

January 14, 2009
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MrsElizabeth: Just one more thing I needed to get off my chest...if you cared that much about the Native Americans you might have known that they have a "MONTH".

January 14, 2009
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I find it funny we are asked to judge what Obama's presidency means to us, before he is even inaugurated or has seen his first day as Commander in Chief dawn.  I think it is great that the American people saw fit to elect the best man for the job regardless of color.  I find it troublesome that so many anoint him a savior.  If he is expected to live up to these expectations, alot of people will be disappointed.

January 14, 2009
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MB75, "Thank You", but why do we not hear about this? Why is it not on the TV? Or in the papers? Everything else gets so much attention but the Native Americans just get thrown to the curb. I'm on a military base and the Native Americans only get "1" day of celebration. Everything else gets a week or a month. This just rubs me raw. If it wasn't for the "Code Talkers" during the war, everyone would be speaking Japanese.

January 14, 2009
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Levitron its cynics like you and the attitude you have that help keep people at odds. It's kind of like the tired ass saying of "boys will be boys" there are names for people like you that when said to some have an endearing "folksy" quality like curmudgeon, cranky, crotchety.  But they're just old school words that are parallel to jaded, mean-spirited, souless and empty.  It's easy for you to throw out some bullshit line about rainbows because you've lost the will to hope for better things, you prefer to wallow and complain.

January 14, 2009
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MrsElizabeth: I don't know what military base you are on but everyone I have ever been on including the one I am on now has given just has much recognition to the Native American as anyone else. As far as why it's not on TV or in the papers, maybe your watching the wrong channels or you should read more. If you care so much then maybe you should take the initiative to make the celebration for Native Americans (or any other celebration)on your installation more than what it is.

January 14, 2009
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I have seen Mr. Obama's character come into question numerous times, but I have rarely seen McCain's lack of character being mentioned.  He abandoned his family to chase a younger woman with money, used his father and grandfather's military connections to keep him from being expelled from Annapolis, yet was awarded a pilot's spot that nomrally goes only to top 5% grads when he was a bottom of the barrell graduate. That is just the tip of the iceberg.  What about the Keating 5 and the rest of the S&L scandal?  Is Obama perfect, no, no one is, but he was far and away the better choice to bring this country roaring back from 8 years of Bubba-Bush, another bottom of the barrell and semi literate graduate.

January 14, 2009
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MrsElizabeth: dontcha think all races should stop feeling sorry for themselves and just get to work? man I'm tired of sissys whining all the time. Blacks are in a ton of top political positions, Asians make tons of money in the scientific and tech fields, Italians are purveyors of fine cuisine, Polish folks are brilliant in their sausagery, Germans make the hell out of some cars, Mexicans are amongst the best in constructing things, Canadians sing really well (alannis morissette, celine dion) and finally: Native Americans..Native Americans....Native Americans...oh, yeah, what do they contribute? Just kidding, I love Native American history and culture and I think it's wrong how they were treated but seriously, what do they contribute as a people?

January 14, 2009
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MB75 I do go the the one and only day they have a guest speaker / Luncheon here on Ft. Jackson, SC. I go to the Pow Wow when it comes to the city. And I have made comments and suggestion. But no one wants to listen to a Widow of a deceased Air Force Veteran. It seems we do not count when our spouse passes.

January 14, 2009
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oh Citygirldc, relax. I just like to say things to get people fired up and saying things that make me laugh my arse off. I'm really not a bad guy. I think blogging is hilarious and the different types of people I can get fired up is great. I don't care if you went to American University and are a hippy or whatever, I don't care if MrsElizabeth feels like her race is ignored..I just like to laugh at what people write in these things.

January 14, 2009
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UM, MrsElizabeth. Although I appreciate your concern over the Native American people, it wasn't exactly the "Wind Talkers" that won the war for us. It was a little thing called the H-Bomb. Code Talk your way out of that logic and I'll listen.

 

But this still doesn't solve the issues that are being discussed here. Not like I am going to try and solve them. But the bottom line is this. Who cares what makes people feel good about this country as long as it works. I didn't vote for BO and I will not be convinced he is going to do anything (as I have not been with any President Elect) until he actually does something. Does the President magically turn the Economic dial and everything is hunky dory? Does he turn another dial and the Terrorists stop attacking? Does he end racism just because of his race? Does he fix poverty in this country just because he wants to? Does he stop the hurricanes from hitting our coasts? The answer to all of this is clearly no. Wake up people, but the President is not the great white/black/purple/orange/gay/lesbian hope that you all want him to be. And you thought Levitron was cynical!

January 14, 2009
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MrsElizabeth: I'm sorry to hear about your husband, however that is no excuse to sit here and complain about how long something is or is not celebrated. If you truly beleive that it should be celebrated more in depth then you should stop commenting and suggesting and get up and do something on your own or with a group of people that feel the same as you. The problem with this country is that everyone wants to sit around and complain about how things never change but no one wants to get off there ass and do something about it.

 

And since I haven't answered the original question posed from the story...

 

I voted for Obama because he made me believe again, not because he was black, white or any other color. He stood up in front of millions of Americans day after day and spoke about what he believed in. Whether he makes everything happen that he may have said to "get the vote" or not I believe along with many others that he was the right choice for our time. Most importantly he spoke honestly...he didn't make a bunch of promises he may or may not be able to keep... he simply made the promise that he would try his best. Maybe we should all try too.

January 14, 2009
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The election of President-elect Obama is just a beginning of an honest and deep discussion on racism and not just an end. As long as we have an obscene disparity of income like the one which exists in the U.S. vs. the ones which exist in Denmark, Sweden and Norway, racism will continue live and well. Racism is a hidden form of classism: when civil rights act of 1964 passed all those who were against it changed their racist tactics from voice to money so by denying similar economic equalities to those whom they did not like they still could practice racism against quietly. Also do not fall for the racial tokenism, like President-elect is a token success of black perosn as have a lot of black entertainers and athelets for years. Racism would start going away when you could lower the U.S. social economic steepness from what it is today to 1/10th of it.

January 14, 2009
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MB75: Dude, are you out of your G.D. mind? That's exactly what Barack Obama did- he stood in front of everybody and made a bunch of foolhardy promises that he's now having to back track on. You say you voted for him because he stood up and lectured on what he believes in? OK smarty, why don't you recite to us what BO BO says he believes in.

January 14, 2009
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hey sighhhhhhhhhh...I had to pay 2x what my african american or latino counterpart had to pay when I was in college...is that racism?

January 14, 2009
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Levitron1 : I agree with you. I happen to be biracial Half black and half white. Discrimintaion is everywhere. Black people are not the ONLY ones experiencing it. The teacher was right however. It may have been bad service at this restaurant, but let me pose this question. Had it been a mostly 'white" restaurant and a "black" person walked in and experienced the same problem, then they would more than likely claim discrimination. This is the world we live in. It's true "white" people have pushed and shoved their way to the top since the begining of time leaving every other race to fend for themselves, but come on people. Just because someone appears to be one color doesn't mean they are. So can we please stop referring to people by their color and sexual orientation. We are all human beings. I will say that I have been discriminated against quite a lot. So have my parents. Every single time it's been by  someone of African heritage. This was done simply because my father who is African married a "white" woman. I also spend my entire life defending myself against other black people. I can't even get my hair done at an african salon! I have to go to a hispanic salon. I always have to remind myself that no matter the race there are a lot of stupid people out there. Plus I keep thinking to myself that it is possible that people treat me this way b/c they have been treated poorly as well. Well this eye-for-and-eye cycle ends with me. My parents didn't raise me to treat people a certain way based on their skin color. Oh and by the way.... Obama is not BLACK! He is BIRACIAL!

January 14, 2009
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Levitron1.  You are awesome.  Keep it up!

It furiates me how many people have these media canned catch phrases that they use over and over.  "The last 8 years!"  "Bush and his cronies!"  lol think for yourself people.

People are also VERY short sighted and never seem to realize how many issues take years and decades to develop.  As if Bush is the entire cause of our financial crisis. How naive is that?  Have you heard of Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton and Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac?  These liberal views of trying to give houses to the poor at any expense, got us where we are now. 

And the war on terror.  How about the Trade center being bombed in the early 90s and Clinton's opportunities to catch Osama? 

Do you know how many top terrorist leaders we have eliminated?  Of course not, because most of the media won't tell you this.

Or how about what Obama is going to do right now?  Throw a trillion dollars at a recession instead of letting it run its course.  Recessions are normal.  Soon the recession will be over and our children will still be paying for it for years to come. But politically it will look wonderful that Obama did "oh so much" to save our economy. 

Ok I'm sick of typing. lol

January 14, 2009
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VAlawgirl: will you marry me? :) lol

January 14, 2009
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Levitron1: haha. I just think as a people America should realize how much the rest of the world kinda hates us. Not for our successes, but b/c we have no national pride. I mean part of that is we are a nation of nations. The only Americans are Native Americans, everyone else came from some where else, but we need to stop killing eachother. We need to stop making people feel like they have to kill to get somewhere in this country. We have the best military in the world and yet as a country we don't even rally around them. Instead we worry if someone is too gay to be in the military! What kind of country are we. What happened to "I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free?" Can we focus on helping eachother here in America? Maybe if we all went blind for a year, then we could put our trust in our fellow country men. We stole this country, forced everyone to do as we said, well we can't change that now. I'm sure we're all sorry and feel very bad about slavery, the holocust, etc, but the only thing we can do now is treat eachother with respect. We can't change what has happened, only try to make our country better and better everyday. You want to know why terrorist are so successful? They band together. They don't give up. This is something we can learn from them. Don't let these idiots run our country the way they want to. Make them run it the way we want to. I mean we out number politicians and their major contributors by how much?

January 14, 2009
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Remember everyone, after all the parades, speeches, parties and the moving vans have left the White House. All we have is Obama to lead the way. Oh well.

January 14, 2009
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VAlawgirl.  Its because we're all spoiled brats.  Plain and simple.  And too weak to realize that maybe sometimes you have to suffer for what you want.  I happen to think this financial crisis is good for us.  Get people back to reality of what is important.  Let it run its course.  I'm a believer in Capitalism.

January 14, 2009
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VALaw: yep, I hear ya. The collapse of the United States will come from continuous attempts at hegemony. There's too many people in the US with too many ideas of how the country should be run. Unchecked immigration isn't helping the situation. There's so much on Barack's plate it's going to be very interesting.

January 14, 2009
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echoman: I can dig it.

January 14, 2009
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echoman: Well I think Capitalism sounds nice, but i do think that government is necessary, but I do agreee with you in theory, but I think if the gov't didn't step in and do anything, then the country would head in a downward spiral. I think that if you work hard for your money and u  have the talents to make millions/billions then keep it. The problem I have is where profit hurts the average person. A financial crisis is a good thing, but not when it hurts children. When children starve b/c their parents can't afford to put food on the table, then yes i think the government should step in. But when a person who makes $30,000 and is driving around in a brand new car and living in a $200,000 home with 7 children. I say let them suffer (not the children). We see these millionaires and we want to be like them. I think advertising is a huge part of this. As Americans we think we need to drive nice cars and live in big houses. This is lagely in part due to advertising. Now don't get me wrong. We all have brains. we should know better, but when you pin corporations with seemingly endsless funds against the average american who do u think is going to win? People are losing their homes is this manner. We must teach self control. Any money you earn should be yours as long as you came to it leaglly. I have an above average income, but you wouldn't know it. We live way below our means. That's not to say I don't spend money, but I just know that at the end of my life the only thing I can leave behind that will help anyone is money and the example I've set in life.  Remember when your parents gave you some money and told you to spend it wisely?

January 14, 2009
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Citygirldc: In reference to "Black Mentality"...I was not talking about african american people. I was talking about Obama followers (Black or White) who preached BEFORE the election that we should NOTE vote based on race. We were all supposed to look beyond race and recognize Obama as a "Great and Wise Leader who is all about CHANGE". Of course, Obama has no leadership experience, his Wisdom cannot be measured yet, and whether or not he Changes anything will not be known for sometime.  Then AFTER the election, those very same people changed their tune and are now declaring this election is Historic because Obama IS Black.  Now the 44th presidental inauguration is suddenly "History in the making". My point is what was not supposed to be about race...is now all about race! People like the meatball who wrote this iReport are inventing historical signifcance to reniforce the fact that a Black Man was elected president. This 44 year "journey" is linking the civil rights movement of the 1960's to Obama's Election is crap. Yet, criticizing Obama is considered racist, but recognizing Obama for being Black is considered Historic.

January 15, 2009
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This particular piece of BLACK PROPAGANDA demonstrated the power of the internet to spread an unconventional message to unsuspecting targets...It also drove home the point that the supernatural can never be eradicated from our existence without a price...

 

 

 

"Nostradamus predicts the collapse of the capitalist system and the world-wide socialist revolution

 

did you ever hear of the 1st amendment? or will you censor me like

everyone you disagree with...

 

the vote of the deluded, deceived, and brainwashed masses is not

valid.... it is a SHAM DEMOCRACY!

 

FINAL DRAFT FOR WORLD-WIDE CIRCULATION:

 

edition 1568 is the Prophetic Work

 

see how we stopped the MILLION DOLLAR PARANORMAL CHALLENGE and caused

the president of American Atheists, Ellen Johnson, to quit her job.

 

those headless babbling idiots in Washington and Ottawa are completely

oblivious to the REAL WORLD

 

visit ******URL BELOW********

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0Hez25fFrg

 

http://nostradamus.0catch.com

 

to see what the REAL WORLD looks like

 

Guess what is inside angel's envelope:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIhSBMzPjrc

 

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and to wrap up:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4WoXpnf7-I

 

and this is for your CENSORSHIP OF THE TRUTH, Politico Wannabe

Frauds.....

 

No MERCY FOR THE BANKS

 

Last Chance to GET OUT....TICK TOCK TICK TOCK

 

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=C09_bjBVF1o

 

it's a question of time before the END OF CAPITALISM

 

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a little taste of the HEGELIAN DIALECTIC.....

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytDq-4NIXCA

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv-NPFRUV8E

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFGld1dESJo

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L5I3JyPWhc&feature=related

 

__________________________

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1S5CRcqJQo&feature=related

 

Loser Randi NULLED

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlfMsZwr8rc

 

__________________________

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http://www.veoh.com/videos/e120087teCTZZaW

 

THE GREAT KING OF TERROR....

 

welcome to the REAL WORLD....

 

 

______________________________

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funny how silent you dogs are now, eh Randi & Dawkins... and what

about that monstrous looking freak called "PZ"...LOL.

 

Atheists have never heard of something called "intellectual modesty &

honesty."

 

How about just keeping your IGNORANT TRAPS shut once in a while......?

Thanks for your understanding..."

January 15, 2009
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Felixmab....take your medication today

January 15, 2009
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huh?

January 15, 2009
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As a veteran of the US Army for over 20 years I care less about the marching in the streets as I care for the many Veterans who never received a Johnny come marching home parade. President elect Obama needs to put a non-commission officer as the head of Department Veterans Affairs and a General as the assistant they could straighten it out real quick. It never fails now think about it. The non-com would fire a bunch lazy as folks as you know non-coms know the game and the General(Officer) could handle the training and planning. You see the problem is non-coms never get a chance because we don’t play the political game as Officers do, as we tend to get the job done and move on. I'll take the job, now I'm not putting officers down you guys are great in your place but it takes a non-com to get the job done. Every military officer that was put in-charged of the agency screwed it up even worse than before. I figure since President elect Obama never was in the military he don’t know any better. As all officers know it takes a non-com to get the job done. I salute all the non-com's in today's military and the past. Ps....would you follow a officer into combat or an seasoned non-com?

January 15, 2009
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I have been sitting in my living room watching CNN with my husband before and after work for the past week or so. I have come to discover that people have made the election and inauguration all about President-elect Obama being black. I have a huge problem with that. There is no color. There should never have been any color. The man was elected to bring change, and keep the promises that he made. I see many people everyday, I don't see color. I see people who need someone to keep promises, whether he be black, white, tan, brown or red!!!!!!!!! The whole country, including congress is making this a thing of color,and I don't understand. If people worked for the civil rights movement for so long to make this happen, why has it become a race issue. There should be no races, only people doing their jobs. I just saw a report and interview on CNN where a black congress-woman was saying that there aren't enough blacks in congress and it needs to be an equal oppourtunity job. We choose from the people who run, and elect the people who we think will do a good job in representing us, it doesn't matter if they're black or white. I'm outraged. In my opinion we elected a good man, not a black man.

I agree that civil rights activists should be celebrating, but quietly, because this is what they worked for, and making it huge only means that we haven't gotten anywhere as far as equality between the races. It should be a man who won the election, not a black man, just a man who's going to do his job.

I was raised in a home where prejudice was common, but I believe that all people are equal, and I'm proud of my country for electing Mr. Obama, but I'm sad that it is such a big issue for civil rights. I, once again, believe that this is about a good man, not a good black man, and I think that though it's a wonderful thing for black people, it's an even more wonderful thing for our country. The point that people are making is that Mr. Obama is a black man, but if we're all about equality, shouldn't as little emphasis as possible be put on his color, to prove that there is finally equality?

January 18, 2009
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I think it's great that Obama has inspired a new outlook among the americanafrican population. It's The Belief that there IS equality that is motivating all americans in a forward direction. I hope it fosters greater interaction and cooperation, but check this information out: http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/index.php/post/2008/11/Obama-Not-First-US-President-Of-African-Ancestry.html

 

It would have been nice if we passed this roadblock years and years ago and broken down the walls we have both built. Our country has wasted so much with the fight.

January 22, 2009
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President Obama was sworn in with a khata (white offering scarf) from the Dalai Lama in his pocket, delivered to him by Diane Feinstein's husband, Richard Blum, shortly before the ceremony.

 

Blum had the khata at his house given to him by HH the Dalai Lama which he offered to President-elect Obama before the ceremony, saying that he could have it delivered to him later. But Mr. Obama said, no, that he was going to take it and have it with him; in fact, it was in his pocket when he was sworn-in.

Source:

blog.tricycle.com/?p=1024 - 5 hours ago

January 22, 2009
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Chief Justice of the Supreme Court exuded an oblivious arrogance by fumbling the oath at a defining moment in our history. It seems as if Justice Roberts did not feel a need to prepare for an undeniably global spectacle. I expected him to have memorized this oath before one of the biggest days not only in the history of our country and the world but also in President Obama’s life. Presidents should choose the person from whom they will receive the oath. Justice Roberts, however, should be credited with displaying a linguistic feature of English. He demonstrated that the adverb “faithfully” can move within a sentence and remain grammatical. Justice Roberts uttered “I will execute the Office of President of the United States faithfully,” yet the phrase in the U.S. Constitution reads, “I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States.” The adverb faithfully describes the manner in which President Obama will execute the office. Thus adverbs of manner (e.g. quickly, slowly) can occur in variable order within a sentence. Positive things can evolve from bad experiences. Justice Roberts’s blunder, unprofessional as it may be, provided a linguistic topic for English classes to discuss and ponder.

December 7, 2009
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