Obama Had a Clear Strategy to Defeat Hillary

Critics have said Obama is not as tough as his opponents. Don’t buy that. Obama came up in the tough Chicago electoral climate and played the rules card. Obama made a habit of challenging voter petitions. The premise was if you can’t run a good petition campaign you probably could not be a great administrator.

Obama played according to the Chicago rules and eliminated many of his opponents before the election even started. Make no mistake, Obama is shrewd. He is tougher than he seems and he has challenged political rules, making sure candidates have adhered to them time and time again.

Hillary Clinton is on the brink of political extinction; at least her aspirations to be President of the United States. Hillary never knew what hit her. Obama racked up 11 straight primary wins over Clinton while taking advantage of the proportional allocation system devised by the Democratic Party. Obama concentrated heavily in Caucus states and took all of them. The Clinton strategy was simply run on their name and wins as many primaries as possible as quickly as possible.

By the time Hillary thought this strategy would begin to pay off, Obama had completed a virtual end run even though nearly no one knew it. Obama had effectively won the nomination back on February of this year. Obama effectively took down a political dynasty. A testament to the belief that the politics of old will not be enough to elect candidates in the future.

Hillary’s strategy changed over time. At first the concentration was to win and win big as many primaries as early as possible. Her goals were to win the nomination by February of 2007. A funny thing happened on the way to achieving this goal Hillary was looking good. The next thing you know Obama has defeated Clinton when it was to early to know or understand.

Take Me Out To The Ball Game-Cubs Style

The guest conductor is a hallowed institution at Wrigley Field. The tradition started by Harry Caray lives on. There are only two throwback parks left in modern baseball Wrigley Field in Chicago, home of the Cubs and Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Both parks continually sell out and both honor tradition

Wrigley Field is an institution. The ball park opened in 1914 and seats 41,000. It is in a word nostalgic, and a throwback to the old days of baseball. Why would you throw away the old family earlum passed down from generation to generation like your great grandfather’s old railroad watch?  Some traditions you keep. You certainly would not cast aside the the tradition of the guest conductor at the 7th inning stretch.

The Cubs host a regular contest to choose one lucky fan to be the guest conductor. This is an absolute thrill for any Cub fan. This is a fabled tradition and a lot of fun. It should not be abolished. Here’s a list of the some of the celebrities who have served as guest conductors.

Famed Negro League All-Star Buck O’Neil, led the singing in 1994.
Five University of Illinois Coaches have been guest conductors.

More famous guest conductors………..
Ron Zook,
Lon Kruger,
Ron Turner
Bill Self
Bruce Turner
Rogert Ebert- 2001 and 2004
Tyson Chandler (three times)
Mike Ditka sang six times
Walter and Connie Payton
Muhammad Ali
Donald Trump

The Chicago Cubs are an institution and the players and all those who were associated with the Cubs like Harry Carey all play a part in the tradition of the Cubs.

Wrigley field has witnessed many historic moments such as………..
Babe Ruth’s “called shot,” – Ruth as the story has it, pointed to a bleacher and hit the next pitch out of the park in the 1932 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs.  Ernie Banks hit his 500th career home run May 12, 1970 vs. Atlanta’s Pat Jarvis. Pete Rose’s 4,191st career hit, which tied him with Ty Cobb for the most hits in baseball history took place at Wrigley Field.

Do Your Homework When Purchasing A Product

If you are thinking about purchasing a product, perhaps an electronic device or equipment, think long and hard about where you decide to purchase the product. There are few hard and fast rules that you should employ before you decide to take the plunge and purchase the product.

Always consider the return policy- Never purchase a product from a store that only offers a two week return policy. You need at least one month to work out any kinks and to determine if the product is truly what you want or what you thought you wanted. A store must offer at least one month return policy and the assurance that you can return it undamaged with a receipt. If you don’t have that assurance, don’t purchase the product.

Many stores will allow you to purchase the product and give you a warranty, where they will actually send the product off for repair. That’s fine if you’re okay with the hassle involved and the time that you will spend away from your new toy. If there is a defect in the product I simply want to exchange the product for a new one, a different brand or I want my money back on the spot. If a store cannot make that promise, then don’t patronize the store or do business there.

As a general rule small mom and pop stores cannot afford to take back merchandise that you purchased two weeks ago. They can only send off your product to a contractor that they have as a referral and you are responsible for paying the charges that your warranty; if your purchased one, will not cover. Why put up with the hassle?

Solution- You can purchase high quality merchandise form Sams Club or BJ’s and you are able to return it in a reasonable amount of time with out hassle, certainly within 90 days. The products that they sell are far superior than what you would get at the mom and POP store that has been in business since the beginning of time. They probably provoked magnificent service back in the day, but times have changed. Large chains like Walmart and Target have offer generous return policies and you should not hesitate returning the product if you are not completely satisfied.

Whenever you purchase a product, make sure you keep the box it came in, with out the box, you are dead in the water in trying to return it; even if you have a receipt. Just because you have the money to pay for a product, don’t squander you money needlessly, by letting a company pass the service fulfillment onto you.

Senator Ted Kennedy’s Battle With Cancer

Senator Ted Kennedy was diagnosed with Brain Cancer on Tuesday, May 20. It was probably a heart breaking time for the Senator and his family. No one is prepared for the emotional roller coaster that the family must endure after a cancer diagnoses. In a word, it is devastating.

For the Kennedy’s the diagnosis is layered on top of a series of tragedies and misfortunes that the family has endured. This in itself makes the diagnoses all the more difficult to digest.

With a cancer diagnoses human emotions run the gamut. Most people ask why me? We reason “after all cancer usually happens to someone else”. What type of treatment will I have to endure? Perhaps the biggest questions of all that is….. How long will I live and can I beat this?

You go through stages, the biggest hurdle is educating yourself on your diagnoses and the treatment options available. Also you must know what you are up against. Is the tumor in its early stages? What is the longevity of others who have been diagnosed with this same disease? What is the grade of the cancer?

Kennedy is not alone; there are other senate colleagues who are battling cancer. Senator Arlen Specter is battling Hoskins’ disease. And others in the Senate have endured the same emotional roller coaster.

Cancer is a fight. It an emotional fight and at times it is a lonely one. Kennedy will have support and our prayers are with him.

There are millions of other American’s who wage a daily fight with this disease. Often they are alone and without any support. Employers have not learned to give adequate support to people diagnosed with cancer and the average person is ill prepared to deal with it. In which case they simply don’t deal with it. It is a lonely road and many people simply do not care about the plight of others.

Join me in extending our prayers to Senator Ted Kennedy and his family as he battles his cancer. If you’re fighting, battling with cancer, my prayers are with you. I know a little bit about fighting cancer, I am a six year survivor of advance Prostate Cancer. “By Jesus Stripes We Are All Healed”

Why Hillary is Losing

Hillary overestimated the power on the Clinton brand and underestimated the resolve for change that Barack Obama showed at the start of the campaign. Make no mistake Obama is smart and strategic in his thinking.There were more mistakes and blunders from the Clinton camp. Mark Penn, Clinton campaign strategist mistaken thought that a Clinton win in California would give Clinton a huge award of 370 delegates. The big surprise- Democratic delegates are awarded proportionately in all primaries.

Obama knows how to play the hand he’s dealt; he can morph into the candidate that he needs with nearly every constituency. He is polished and has an aura about him. That maintains his values, while addressing the concerns of others. Obama is adept at accessing the landscape and applying a strategy to conquer.

Look for Obama to continue to be a consensus builder, reaching across all lines to develop strategies that will have an impact. Obama quick ascension from one term Illinois Senator to the threshold of the Democratic Nomination for president is in a word astounding.

Obama’s visionary thinking and organizational ability is key to his meteoric rise. His ability to raise funds via the internet is history making. Going against this well organize, strategic thinking political machine, proved Clinton ill prepared to take on Obama.

Obama/Edwards Could Be A Great Team

John Edward drops a bombshell on Wednesday, May 13; he endorsed Barrack Obama. One cannot help but think seriously about what this means. OBama has a problem with connecting with blue collar white voters in across the country. Edward could go a long way in sealing this voter leak. Edwards is an advocate for the poverty and has connected with voters in a big way in North Carolina, he and Barack Obama, could be a great team to bring the different factions of the Democratic Party together. What is your view on an Obama for President/Edward for Vice presidential ticket?

Edward said “There is one man who knows and understand that this is the time for Leadership”, Many say that Barack Obama can adopt the populism for John Edwards. Barack Obama is strategic by trotting out John Edwards’s endorsement on the heels of a landslide defeat in West Virginia by Hillary Rodham Clinton. What is your view of Obama’s strategy of dropping brilliant counter attacks such as announcing big endorsements at appropriate times?

Have African Americans Progressed in Forty Years

All we asked for 40 years ago was a seat at the table and the race was on…. for some African Americans. Obtaining goals is America is characterized by the energy one gives by the sweat of their brow and their willingness to reach for and grab hold of opportunities that are there if you are willing to pay the price. The class gap can be contributed to generational standards that take hold and never let go of families

This generational standard creates a bottleneck at the route of ascension that keeps families engulfed in poverty, addictions, and hopelessness, with no intention of individual within the family to seek a better way. Racism cannot be the culprit for this Gap, perhaps apathy can. The larger community simply does not care to educate those left behind. The larger community would rather turn a blind eye toward education and the teaching of socialization skills, crises management skills, and conflict resolution skills.

Some African Americans are somewhat their own worst enemy, spewing hate and attacking one anther with black on black crime. Robbing and killing one another for the looming prize of an I-Pod, when a college degree is there for the talking and learning how to invest in stock can give one the satisfaction of playing within the rules.

We are our own worst enemy and have no one else to blame when despite the presence of racism, we allow it to dictate the course of our lives. We can be better than that, we can overcome these things, it we only strive to be a thriving, caring part of a progressive society. No one is holding us back. Until we all buy into this fact, there will always be two classes of African Americans, the dream is near for us now. It is just a matter of “how much do we want it and how willing are we to get it? How willing are we to help our kids with homework? Turn off the video games? To teach our children to respect themselves and to respect others. To honor our women and not take advantage of them? To provide for our families?

Some of us have got it; we know the formula. Until we toss aside the narrow ways of thinking and the obsession that we have with things that do not matter, we will remain two classes of people the haves and the have nots? It’s a choice, just like everything in life.

Growing Up In A Time Of Change

My father was an African Methodist Minister and in 1960 he was assigned to pastor St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I was six years old when we moved to Chattanooga. We lived in Chattanooga from November 1960 to November of 1965. These were very volatile years. Historic years in terms of change and perhaps the most exciting time in 20th century if you were not only an African-American, but an American. In November 1965, My father was assigned as Pastor of Asbury Chapel AME Church in Louisville, Kentucky. I was able to see the world of segregation in Chattanooga and to see a totally different picture of open housing, white flight from neighborhoods, and open enrollment schooling in Louisville, Kentucky. Two contrasting situations. It was literally a tale of two cities.

I grew up as a child in the black church, specifically during the civil rights movement, I was born at the dawn of the freedom march movement in 1954. This enabled me to get a good view of the old; segregation, and the new; integration, open housing, the opening up of entertainment facilities that were at the time exclusively white. I remember when we were unable to go the the Martin Theater located in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. There was a black theater reserved for African- Americans in the black business district, called ninth street. My father being a local minister did not allow us to go to ninth street, because of the night clubs and unwholesome activity that took place there.

I remember seeing the effects of segregation and the restraints that it put on children like myself, but I also witness change and what could happen when doors were finally opened. I remember the church picnics we had and being confined to the “colored” parks; Lincoln Park and Booker T Washington State Park in Chattanooga. I also attended all black Howard Elementary school, which included on the same premises, Howard Junior High School and Howard High School. All African Americans who lived on the South side of Chattanooga were assigned to attend Howard High School. If you lived on the North side of Chattanooga and you were African- American you attended Orchard Park Elementary, Orchard Park Junior High and Riverside High School. If you lived on the east end of Chattanooga, you attended Booker T. Washington High School.

The city was totally segregated; school, entertainment facilities, parks and everything. During the time we lived in Chattanooga, much was happening nationally that influenced our lives in Chattanooga. Students at Howard High School and Riverside High School, planned a march in downtown Chattanooga to protest the segregation of entertainment facilities. My father was part of a ministerial alliance of other black ministers, who met with the mayor, police chief and other city officials to insure them that the student would be peaceful and cause no trouble and pleaded for their co-operation. The Chattanooga city officials were open to do whatever they could to insure that the students would not be harmed or arrested.

The Chattanooga experience was not a good one, because of substandard schools and deteriorating neighborhoods. The effects of segregation took its toll on the African- American community and neighborhoods were filled with derelicts and drunks, primarily because they had no hope of obtaining a good job, because of segregation laws. My father’s church and the parsonage was in the heart of this decadence. When we moved in November 1965 I was 11 years old. I had no white friends in Chattanooga. We lived in an African- American neighborhood and attended African American schools.

In November 1965, my father was assigned to pastor Asbury Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Louisville offered better opportunities for African Americans in terms of better schools and better neighborhoods. We lived in the West End of Louisville where neighborhoods were integrated , but they were rapidly becoming all black, as whites begin to move to the suburbs; classic white flight. For the first time in my life from the sixth grade to the 12th grade I attended school with white kids. As a matter of fact, my best friend was white. We played baseball and basketball together and we both attended Shawnee Junior High School and Shawnee High School. Louisville opened my eyes to a different world.

It also opened my eyes to the faults of both races, African- American and white. In 1967 while living in Louisville, riots took place in the west end of Louisville. We lived across the street from Shawnee Park in the church parsonage. There was a skating rink and an amusement park called Fountain Ferry Park, that was literally destroyed one summer evening by a riot, precipitated by African- Americans who lived in the West End. Fountain Ferry was great place to go to swim and to visit the amusement park. Then one summer day it was all destroyed by vandalism from African- Americans. There was already white flight in the neighborhood, but after this, the flight accelerated and in the a span of three years the west end of Louisville became virtually all black.

Louisville was sports town laced with excitement. I remember seeing Muhammad Ali one March day in 1966 on Grand Avenue. A large crowd was around Ali as he lived in the neighborhood. Ali was a Louisville legend and the stance he took by courageously refusing to be inducted into the US Army solidified his position during a time of change. Ali was banned from boxing for three years because of his stance. These were volatile times and much occurred in America. Not just the Civil Right Movement. The escalation of the Viet Nam War. The peace movement. The women’s liberation movement. All of this defined the sixties. It was a time when no one knew what they wanted to be. But we all knew we wanted change.

This was in fact the best time in my life It was a time that I learned about the changing face of America. It was a time when I literally saw the walls of segregation come tumbling down. It was a time when we saw Lyndon B. Johnson author and pass the Civil Right Legislation. It was a time when we saw great leaders assassinated. John F. Kennedy in 1963, Malcolm X in 1965, Martin Luther King in 1968 and Bobby Kennedy in 1968.

These were times of change and it opened doors for many African Americans, unprecedented in American history. My sisters were able to attend and graduate from a predominately white college. I attended and Graduated for East Tennessee State University in 1976, also predominately white. All of this would not have happened if it were not for the sacrifices of the many brave and courageous men and women that laid the foundation for what we now enjoy. I give tribute to the spirit which defines what the the American experience is all about. We live in the greatest country on earth and we should be proud of it.