Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Why is racism purportedly limited to the South? Are white northerners incapable of being racist?
Analysis: It's not that white northerners can't be as racist as southern people; Southerners and some Northerners just have tendency to be more transparent about it. The last time I checked the election, Hillary Clinton, her husband "Slick Willie", and Gerry "He's so lucky, cuz he's a colored" Ferraro, were doing this kind of psycho-political lynching and they consider themselves the collective poster child of white liberalism. So what point could ONECITIZEN have been trying to make? White racism knows no limits or regions; its pervasive and as American as Apple Pie!
*SIGH* I think that the time has come to be a little less tolerant of things that I allow to slide because things like this happen. Something in ONECITIZEN'S white mind compelled him to make this picture because he thought it was right. Too often, white liberals become too comfortable and it is up to us to check them for their foolishness.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Citing conduct, among other reasons for such drastic actions, the Council appears ready to debate the measure to bring it to a vote soon. I am sure that Monica Conyers will have here vaseline ready and Barbara Rose Collins will sharpen the edges of her Tiara just in case she has to "shank" a negro. Can't you just see her bending the tiara into a boomerang and throwing it at someone? Chitlin' Eatin Negroes stick together; they are RIDE or DIE!!!
Well, I guess it is some consolation to know that if the council is successful, he'll be thrown out on his ass quicker than he can text Christine Beatty for some coochie.
I love seeing dysfunction in action!!!!
Friday, May 9, 2008
My mother also raised me with an extraordinary sense of self-confidence and independence. Even when things were lean and we didn't have much, my mother had hope and passed that hope on to all of us, but seemed to give me a little extra. I know it had nothing to do with me being a male child, but more to do with the fact that my mother sees so much of herself in me.
So today, my dedication will be to my mother, Sandra. You are my friend, touchstone, confidant, cheerleader, advisor, psychiatrist, therapist, relationship counseler, career advisor, political pundit, nurturer, protector, inspiration, teacher, and leader. Thank you for being who you are and never changing for anyone or anything. I love, appreciate, and admire you.
You're one hell of a woman and I can only hope to be one hell of a son!
Happy Mother's Day!
Readers: Feel free to include your own sentiments about your own mother's here.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Mental Illness Costs U.S. Billions in Lost Earnings
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THURSDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- Serious mental illness costs Americans
at least $193 billion a year in lost earnings alone, a new report shows.
The study broadly defines mood and anxiety disorders that greatly limit a person's
ability to function for at least 30 days a year, including instances of any
condition linked to suicidal behaviors or frequent violent acts, as serious
mental illness (SMI).
"Lost earning potential, costs associated with
treating coexisting conditions, Social Security payments, homelessness and
incarceration are just some of the indirect costs associated with mental
illnesses that have been difficult to quantify," Dr. Thomas R. Insel, director
of the National Institute of Mental Health, said in a prepared statement. "This
study shows us that just one source of these indirect costs is staggeringly
Insel's agency funded the study. The results were published in the May
issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry.
The researchers analyzed 2002 data collected from a nationally representative study of almost 5,000 Americans, aged 18 to 64, to determine earnings lost in the year prior to the survey. They found that respondents with SMI reported receiving about 40 percent less in earnings than those without serious mental disorders, who earned an average
Researchers arrived at the $193.2 billion figure by extrapolating these results to the general population. They figured most of this comes from the lessened amount of income people with SMI were likely to earn, while the rest of the loss comes from the increased odds that their mental state would prevent them from having any earnings at all.
"The results of this study confirm the belief that mental disorders contribute to enormous losses of human productivity," lead researcher Ronald C. Kessler, of Harvard University, said in a prepared statement. "Yet this estimate is probably conservative, because the [survey used] did not assess people in hospitals or prisons, and included very few participants with autism, schizophrenia or other chronic illnesses that are known to greatly affect a person's ability to work. The actual costs are probably higher that what we have estimated."
More information The U.S. Surgeon General has more about mental illness.
Copyright © 2008 HealthDay.
Friday, May 2, 2008
I previously posted about Charles Rawlings, a pillar of righteousness in the Northeastern DC community, who father 16 children - that he HASN'T been able to take care of! The reason for the post was in response to Mr. Rawlings demand for 100 million dollars in a lawsuit for the killing of his 14 year old son Deonte Rawlings. Wait I misspelled it... It's D - e -apostrophe - Capital O-nte with an accent at the end for creative flair. Now, I'm not going to make light of this tragic situation anymore than I already have. A 14 year old boy was killed by a DC police officer because he had two stupid folks for parents.
I am extremely disappointed that the officers involved were cleared of all charges on yesterday by the US Attorney's office. My chagrin with these types of cases is that the officers are charged, placed on administrative leave with pay, and are typically cleared. They are never chastised, seldom express regret, and are often viewed as heroes by people who enjoy seeing unarmed black and brown men killed. Deadly force is the normal SOP for any incident with black men ... at least it appears that way. How can ANY sane person believe that the police are tasked with protecting and serving when it is so clear that they are dually tasked with meting out deadly "justice"?
Mayor Fenty for his part, has implicitly claimed culpability by paying for the boy's funeral and releasing the names of the officer's involved before having all of the facts in this case. What's even worse is even AFTER the FBI, US Atty's Office, and DC conducted separate investigations the results are the same. Witnesses ID'd the boy with a gun, shot recording technology recorded shots coming from a gun used by the boy, the boy stole a bike, they boy was on his way to becoming a criminal like his older siblings. It's horrible, but true. Did he deserve to die though? DC has no "self-defense" law, but the officers were able to employ one as their defense to the Federal charges. Did a 14 year old deserve to die? His parents were and are jail birds, drug abusers, and some of the most trifling people you'd ever meet. Did DeOnte deserve to die?
NO! Hell NO!!! He did not. I don't care how wretched this little boy was, unless he himself killed someone (and even then I'd have to weigh everything carefully), he did not deserve to die.
The officers have yet to express ANY regret and that bothers me. Black men are NOT safe if law enforcement has the right to use deadly and excessive force not matter what the cause.
To the family of DeOnte, I WON'T reverse my position from before because it was THE TRUTH; YOU BEAR SOME OF THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HOW THIS BOY ENDED UP.
However, he did not deserve to die and for your your loss, you have my sympathy.