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Citizen Journalist, You Are One

With the advent of Facebook,You-Tube, Blogs, Vimeo, iPads, Tablets, Smart Phones, Android and iPhones, plus computers equipped with email, and text messages, there is no such thing as fresh original news. Today our news is instant and everyone is a journalist, a Citizen Journalist.

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If you're reading this post you are probably a Citizen Journalist. You don't need a formal education to become a journalist. All you need is a mobile communication platform and that makes you a reporter and an advocate, 24/7 per day. New technology has bum rushed traditional journalism and all but corraled it. Now seasoned journalist find themselves struggling to survive, because big media companies can no longer compete. They do not have the resources to do so.

If you have a business, advertising executives are calling on you to offer services to build your website, many even help you to improve your SEO, if you're smart you will tell them to remove themselves from your building because you can get all these services for free or a minimal fee yourself. Now everyone is a digital expert, and media executives are no where near being experts. Trust me I know. I worked in the newspaer industry for over 34 years. They come to you each week with some really stupid and ill conceived services. If you're smart you want buy it.

Most business owners I know simply take the perks, free lunches and concert tickets and use it for their advantage. What does this tell you about the industry as a whole? It is dying. The cornerstone and the foundation of any media company is on the business side. That is where the money is brought in and any media company that says they are upholding first amendment rights by writing and reporting stories that keep the public informed is misleading you and the public. The Citizen Journalist, keep you informed. Not traditional Journalist. If you have one of the mobile gadgets listed above, guess what, you are a citizen Journalist.

Citizen Journalist in action…………….

 

Bail Out Passed In Senate

The Senate stood up to the plate and passed the bail out bill. It is a bill that appears to be the right thing to do. It will keep the economy going. Open up credit lines and give America a chance to breathe. So now it time for the Congress to pass this legislation. It is all about credit ratings and the individual consumers ability to get car loans, home loans, and business loans. It is better to be proactive, because in the long run it affects Main Street Americans, who simply want to make a living and make an honest wage.

So not matter what we think about the Bail Out, our country is in crises and we must do something about it. By being proactive and not reactive. By getting out in front of this measure we give ourselves a chance to win as a country. Senator Obama and McCain both were in Washington to come together with other Senators to pass this bill. It is a measure for Main Street, not for Wall street. It unfreezes the credit market and gets America back to work again.

The Senate, both Republicans and Democrats, made it possible for all parties to come together to pass this credit life saving bill. The credit crunch, the instability of the Dow and Wall Street were at stake. The Senate helped restore the confidence and optimism and belief that America can be on it feet again. So we have a chance now and it is time for America to go to work together to bail the country out of this economic mess.

Obama Urges To Stop Greed and Irresponsibility- Urge Your Congressional Representatives and Senators To Vote No

Friend —

The era of greed and irresponsibility on Wall Street and in Washington has created a financial crisis as profound as any we have faced since the Great Depression.

Congress and the President are debating a bailout of our financial institutions with a price tag of $700 billion or more in taxpayer dollars. We cannot underestimate our responsibility in taking such an enormous step.

Whatever shape our recovery plan takes, it must be guided by core principles of fairness, balance, and responsibility to one another.

Please sign on to show your support for an economic recovery plan based on the following:

• No Golden Parachutes — Taxpayer dollars should not be used to reward the irresponsible Wall Street executives who helmed this disaster.

• Main Street, Not Just Wall Street — Any bailout plan must include a payback strategy for taxpayers who are footing the bill and aid to innocent homeowners who are facing foreclosure.

• Bipartisan Oversight — The staggering amount of taxpayer money involved demands a bipartisan board to ensure accountability and oversight.
Show your support and encourage your friends and family to join you:

http://my.barackobama.com/ourplan

The failed economic policies and the same corrupt culture that led us into this mess will not help get us out of it. We need to get to work immediately on reforming the broken government — and the broken politics — that allowed this crisis to happen in the first place.

And we have to understand that a recovery package is just the beginning. We have a plan that will guarantee our long-term prosperity — including tax cuts for 95 percent of families, an economic stimulus package that creates millions of new jobs and leads us towards energy independence, and health care that is affordable to every American.

It won’t be easy. The kind of change we’re looking for never is.

But if we work together and stand by these principles, we can get through this crisis and emerge a stronger nation.

Thank you,

Barack

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Obama’s Consistent Message On The Economy Pays Off

The tide appears to be changing for Barack Obama. Throughout the primary campaign he has focused on key issues and specific campaign standards that have proved to be key that have placed him in a position to capitalize on possible game changing occurrences.

Obama has hammered home his stance on domestic issues from the start, even though domestic issues were not always the primary issues concerning voters. The primary issue of the month often changed concerning voters. Ranging from the war in Iraq, lipstick on a pig, the number of homes McCain has, to Sarah Palin and the first dude, Todd Palin.

But lurching behind the scene, ever presence was Obama’s view on the economy. Something that was not on the minds of many Americans. But last week out of no where with the onset of the bail out crises, Obama constant theme of tax cuts for 95% of Americans suddenly was thrust front and center.

Now Americans are taking notice to his constant message, because of fustration with the way Republicans have handled the bailout crises. Americans are looking for change and because of Obama’s consistent message he is seen as the candidate best able to handle the American economy.

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Clinton Offers “Luke Warm” Support for Obama on David Letterman

Bill Clinton cannot bring himself to whole heartedly support Barack Obama. He danced around the question of would he support Obama on the David Letterman show. It appears his heart is not in the idea of supporting Obama. Although Clinton says he will campaign for Obama; given his lukewarm support, one wonders if Clinton would do Obama more harm than good.

It is obvious the Clintons have a huge grudge against Obama and it appears nothing will change that is the near future. Clinton plans to head out on the campaign trail for Obama, so we will see exactly what message he will leave with the potential voters that he will meet.

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Hillary Clinton May Be Planning Another Run For the White House

Hillary Clinton may be planning another run for the White House. The half hearted support that she is providing Obama is proof that she is by no means interested in Obama claiming the White House. Husband Bill is not going out of his way as well. But Obama is holding his own despite this lack of support. Click the link to the story to find out more.

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Watch Obama’s Message On The Troubled Economy (Falling Stocks and Bail Outs)


Friend —

The economy hit a new low this week, and in every part of the country, people like you are feeling it.

The recent financial disasters — from the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the historic drop in the stock market — are not just a string of bad luck. They are the result of years of bad decisions made in favor of big corporate special interests instead of America’s working families.

More than 600,000 Americans have lost their jobs since January. Home foreclosures are skyrocketing, and home values are plunging. Gas prices are at an all-time high, and we’re still spending more than $10 billion every month on a war in Iraq that should never have been waged.

John McCain’s campaign is doing everything it can to focus attention on false personal attacks and distractions — but there’s too much at stake for that kind of politics.

I need your help to get the conversation back on track.

I recorded a two-minute TV ad about our economy and my plan to solve this crisis.
For eight years, Bush-McCain economic policies have favored reckless deregulation and huge tax loopholes for big corporations. Now, as these corporations crumble, American taxpayers are facing costly bailouts.

More of the same failed ideas are not going to solve our economic problems.

I’m calling for a $1,000 tax break for middle-class families — not just because they need help dealing with the rising costs of gas, food, and health care, but also because our economy needs to be reinvigorated from the bottom up, not the top down.

I’m proposing a second stimulus package to save over one million jobs and provide immediate relief to struggling families.

And I’ll end the “anything goes” culture on Wall Street with real regulation. We can see clearly that our economy is stronger when we protect investments and pensions, and avoid devastating bankruptcies and bailouts.

This is no ordinary time, and it shouldn’t be an ordinary election. Help keep the discussion focused on the issues.

Please watch the video and share it with your friends today:

http://my.barackobama.com/economyvideo

Thanks for helping to bring the change this country needs,

Barack

The Word Elitist Used By Republicans Is Merely a G-rated Way of Saying “Uppity”

All along the Republicans have uttered the word elitist when referring to Barack Obama. They are very quick to use racially tinged code words to reach closet Republican racists. Elitist is merely a cleaned up way of saying “uppity”. A southern term used by whites whenever they described a well educated and confident black man or woman. That is what you have in Obama. Yet the racism of Republicans is showing in their zeal to defeat the first African American Presidential candidate ever. That’s why you have so much mean spiritedness and mocking of Obama at the Republican Convention, particularly Wednesday night, by a parade of speakers including Sarah Palin. If Republicans know God; they sure have a funny way of showing it.

Other examples of racially tinged remarks by Republicans………………….

At an April 12 event in his District , Representative Geoff Davis (R) Kentucky, said the following; “I’m going to tell you something: That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button. He could not make a decision in that simulation that related to a nuclear threat to this country.” Notice Davis used the word “BOY”, highly offensive.

Davis later sent an apology to Obama.

Georgia Republican Lynn Westmoreland described Obama and His wife as being elitist and uppity. Apparently Republicans are so taken aback by the perceived attitude and demeanor of the Obamas, that they cannot accept them for who they are. In fact they resent who they are.

Palin’s Daughter is Pregnant According To Media Reports; McCain’s Judgement in Question

Now we have a true story from the McCain camp, that Sarah Palin’s daughter is now pregnant. This is in addition to other unfounded and unsubstantiated rumors circulating around the internet regarding Palin. This is an Eagleton moment ( Eagleton was the 1972 Vice Presidential pick of Senator George McGovern who was forced to resign because he was not fully and carefully vetted by McGovern). This news raises a number of issues and questions.

Did John McCain know that Palin’s daughter was pregnant when he chose her as his Vice Presidential pick?

Was Palin forthright and upfront in informing McCain of her daughter pregnancy?

What other skeletons are in Palin’s closet that need to be disclosed?

Did some Republicans really cancel their appearances at the GOP Convention because of this latest disclosure in an attempt to distanced themselves from McCain?

What about other scandals for Palin……. Trooper Gate and the DUI of her husband 24 years ago, as reported by the mainstream media?

This whole episode is just another example of John McCain, recklessness and flawed decision making. If he can’t properly manage his personal business, how can he expect to run the Government of the Greatest Country in the world?

McCain May Soon Regret His Pick Of Palin

Are we heading for a Tom Eagleton moment with Sarah Palin? In the 1972 Presidential Campaign, George McGovern picked Tom Eagleton as his running mate. Bad Idea. Eagleton was not fully vetted or carelessly fetted, because he had a number of issues that would question his ability to be a heartbeat away from the office of the President of the United States. McGovern paid the price, because many questioned his judgement by selecting Eagleton who was later asked to resign by McGovern because of previously undisclosed treatments for depression.

Eagleton was not fully vetted by McGovern and he paid the price for his selection. So much so that in the middle of the campaign, the Democratic National Committee stepped in and selected Sargent R. Shriver, Jr. as a replacement Vice Presidential candidate. I believe we may be facing the same Eagleton moment from Sarah Palin, not for the same reasons, but Palin is currently involved in the Alaskan Trooper Gate scandal. The London Times, a United Kingdom newspapers is currently reporting on unsubstantiated and unproven rumors about Palin. The end results are these rumors are a distraction to McCain’s campaign.

Links to the London Times……………….

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article4641397.ece