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I Voted!!!

I just got in from voting. In the past, voting in DC was easy. The only long lines were in the actual building where you voted. Not this time, to my great pleasure. I was so excited to see the long line in my old neighborhood, wrapping around the building, down the hill, and approaching the main thoroughfare. And this was all before 7AM when the polls opened. Some brought lawn chairs with them. Someone even left their car radio on to help make the time go by. It was a beautiful sight to see. I’m not a DC transplant, like a lot of the current DC residents. I’m a native of the District of Columbia, raised in the area known to some as the continent of Southeast…LOL. I’m sure I had a huge grin on my face as I greeted my neighbors of every age. They grinned back as they greeted me. The highlight of it all was the display that the first guy to vote gave. He came out with a real slow pimp to his step. He held his hands up waiting for our applause (which we, of course, gave as we cheered). He took out a bottle of water and poured some to his right and left for the ancestors and all those that didn’t make it too see this day and then he drank. It was hilarious and moving at the same time because he was mostly serious. He shouted some things to us that I won’t repeat, but let’s just say he was preaching to the choir. Continue reading

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Do Not Wear Obama Shirts to the Polls: It’s not personal, it’s just the law

Wouldn’t you just know it…another way to hinder people from voting…tisk tisk.

Mr. T in DC gave the heads up to Washington DC folk on his blog about this (below). It’s basically like walking into your polling place with a big campaign sign. This isn’t a concert 🙂 it’s a democratic process, so I’m sure we can all put a jacket over our shirts till we get back into the car, turn it inside out…or something. LOL

I’m sure may be the case in other cities…states Virginia Board Adopts Ban on Campaign Clothing . We dont’ want anyone to told to go back home and change shirts before they can vote on election day. PASS THIS INFO ON!!!! Find out what the LAW is regarding polling places and Campaign Clothing in your state.

One of my (many) worries about the upcoming election is that Democratic voters will be turned away in large numbers because they’re wearing Obama tee shirts. The issue hasn’t really come up before, because typically you don’t get a ton of people wearing tee shirt supporting presidential candidates, but this election is different. With Obama being the first African-American candidate running for president, the black community is enthusiastic about him to the point where a cottage industry has arisen in Obama tee shirts and other paraphernalia. Anecdotally, I see more people walking around in Obama-attire than in all previous elections combined. Obama tee shirts are all over DC.

The catch is that wearing such tee shirts is not allowed in the polling places, as it is considered the same as waving around a campaign sign. That seems fair, but the federal and local governments should make sure they get the word out about the rule, so that thousands of African-American voters aren’t turned away, disappointed, on election day. It would be horrible if the election turns on a strictly enforced interpretation of this rule. I hope that others will help spread the word: it may seem a good idea, but do not wear your Obama tee shirt on election day.

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Nas on Racism, Obama, and of course “Nas World”

Nas is readying his latest LP and the legendary emcee is also being his regular outspoken self. Recently, he spoke out on racism and how it affects him and how it may affect Democratic nominee Barack Obama.

“I get reminders,” Nas recently said in an interview with MTV. “I see a lot of people get reminders all the time. But the president of the United States? I don’t know. He can expect that everything that can happen, will happen. But he’s a lot more powerful than Nasir Jones in a lot of ways. I think he’ll be all right. People like me, we’re gonna deal with [racism]. There’s a lot of ignorance in the world. Look at the human family. We’ve been able to design iPods and so-called go the Moon. Yet, we can’t get over racial difference and colors of skin. That’s gotta go.”

“If Barack becomes the president, it doesn’t matter who looks at him as a n—er at that point…Everybody gotta go through scrutiny, criticism by crazy people. They will criticize your child. They talked about the Clintons‘ daughter, and they talked about this one and that one. You gotta be able to take the high road on everybody. I think Obama is perfect for taking the high road. He’s prepared. He’s a black man. Him taking the high road is him taking the country on a high road. I think it’s gonna benefit everybody in America with that guy in office. Let’s hope it happens. Let’s hope it’s no funny business with that guy in office. Let’s hope for the best,” Nas continued.

For years, he was not interested in the political game but now Nas is giving Obama credit for bringing that interest back.

“It got me interested…I think in about 10 more years from today, you’re gonna have more politicians who grew up listening to Illmatic that are … MCs! That are rappers. You’re gonna start seeing more rappers evolve into politicians. If we have a change this year and it’s a positive thing, we trusting the system now. We believe in it more. We see something positive coming out of it that makes us want to get involved more. Five or 10 years from now, you might see somebody like me trust it more. Who knows? I won’t say for sure.”
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Friday Question: Do we still have real elections in America…

…or is it just a glorified popularity content conducted by parties, corporations, and the popular media?  Do our votes really count or do corporations control the president and congress in the end anyway?  Is america’s government determined by the people?  Are politicians just a type of celebrity?

Weigh in

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Obama wins Mississippi, Good Ole Boys turn over in their graves

Barack Obama is victorious in Mississippi‘s Democratic primary today. It’s a great way to go into next month’s high-stakes race with Hillary in Pennsylvania.

Obama was winning roughly 90 percent of the black vote but only about one-quarter of the white vote, extending a pattern that carried him to victory in earlier primaries in South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana.

Obama picked up at least six Mississippi delegates to the Democratic National Convention, with 27 more to be awarded. He hoped for a win sizable enough to erase most if not all of Clinton’s 11-delegate gain from last week, when she won three primaries.

The Illinois senator had 1,585 delegates to 1,473 for Clinton. It takes 2,025 to win the nomination.  Obama leads Clinton among pledged delegates, 1,374-1,226 in The Associated Press count, while the former first lady has an advantage among superdelegates, 247-211. – Yahoo News

Associated Press is reporting that “whites largely shunned Barack Obama…as the Deep South showed once again its reluctance to embrace him across racial lines.”  I say to that  “Surprise, Surprise” in my best Alfalfa voice.  It’s a very interesting article…read it.

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Divine Nine: Obama wins in Wisconsin

The Associated Press is reporting that Obama rolled past a desperate Hillary Clinton in the Wisconsin primary tonight, gaining the upper hand in a Democratic presidential race.

It was Obama’s ninth straight victory over the past three weeks, and left the former first lady in desperate need of a comeback in a race she long commanded as front-runner. He cut deeply into Clinton’s political bedrock in Wisconsin, splitting the support of white women in Wisconsin almost evenly with the former first lady and running well among working class voters in the blue collar battleground, according to polling place interviews. The economy and trade were key issues in the race, and seven in 10 voters said international trade has resulted in lost jobs in Wisconsin. Fewer than one in five said trade has created more jobs than it has lost.

Maybe Hillary should have focused more on all the votes instead of just trying to pimp Hispanic votes in Texas. Yes, yes…I know that’s harsh, but I’m tired this evening. Forgive me.

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