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Feb 10th


‘DARE TO TAKE CHARGE’: Judge Hatchett’s new book challenges readers to live life on purpose

In Dare to Take Charge, Judge Hatchett presents cases of real people who were ensnared in seemingly impossible situations and yet learned to take charge and create fulfilling, positive lives. Much more than just a collection of inspirational stories, however, Dare to Take Charge is also a commonsense guide for readers looking to carve out their own paths toward their dreams. With practical exercises, writing prompts, tips and daily strategies, Dare to Take Charge shows readers how to work toward their ultimate objectives, through life lessons that include:

Staff stimulus program

When Congress passed legislation that would pump nearly $900 billion into the American economy, many of us felt that, finally, Main Street and not Wall Street was going to catch a much needed break. Then reality set in. Red tape and government mis-steps prevented so much of what the money was intended to fund from happening. And now, to make matters worse, staffing shortages are slowing down distribution of the stimulus funds.

It’s been announced that the government has nearly 25,000 job openings…these open positions are those responsible for monitoring government grants and contracts and to make sure money isn’t used fraudulently. Without the required staff in place, distribution of funds slows down and mistakes – expensive ones – are bound to happen.

Glenn Beck's rally: "Restoring honor" or defiling hallowed ground?

August 28th, the 47th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, Glenn Beck, Fox News Channel talk show host  and conservative/Tea Party Guru, mobilized thousands for a Rally at the Lincoln Memorial to "restore honor" to America. Beck proclaimed that the choice of the date and location was strictly coincidental, claiming he was unaware of the significance of the occasion. Having made the choice, however, Beck later proclaimed it was "providential" that he had selected such a momentous date in American history to stage his event. From the outset, the question looming over the Beck Rally was what he meant by "restoring honor" to the nation.  Apparently many Tea Party activists saw the March as a vehicle to assert their themes of limited government, low taxes and free markets. Having been made aware of the significance of August 28th, time and time again Beck attempted to wrap himself and his cause in the mantle of Martin Luther King, suggesting that his Rally was consistent with the "dream" of justice and equality for all.  The legacy of King was invoked as if he were an icon of the conservative movement, someone who embodied their vision and values.  Hence, when Beck mounted the podium to address the adoring assembled masses, he declared that this multitude had gathered on "hallowed ground."

The declining Black middle-class

Across the board, Black Americans love President Barack Obama.  We love his wife and his family.  We love the symbolism of it all and most refuse to attack his presidency.  But, has it stuck you that the ever growing list of problems Black Americans face aren’t on anybody’s agenda?  Though we have Black people in high positions the quandary of Black Americans is not on the president’s agenda, or that of Congress and mainstream media.   Even the Congressional Black Caucus leadership takes a hands off approach to their constituents’ dire situation. Unless African Americans develop an agenda and make the requisite demands, their economic prospects will continue declining.

Support anti-poverty programs

Over the years, many, if not most, Republicans have gone on record protesting federal funding of many social programs designed to help Americans in need. With the country hit hard by recession, the need for these types of programs have increased and, you guessed it, conservative politicians and pundits alike have made their displeasure known.

Thankfully, President Obama sits on the right side of this debate and has advocated for and signed into law legislation that increases these public support programs.

Blacks in the White House

America’s first “Black President” could teach Barack Obama about reaching out to Black Americans.  Unlike Bill Clinton & Crew, Obama and his advisors lack the central African-American experience needed to understand and engage Black Americans.

Obama’s failure or refusal to communicate with Blacks continues questions of his relative blackness.  Discussions and debates among Blacks over “how effective he is” have amplified.  Barack may be more white on the inside than he is Black.  Surely, the people around him are.   House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn says Obama “needs some Black people around him.”  Clyburn says Obama’s inner circle keeps “screwing up” on race: “Some people over there are not sensitive at all about race. They really feel that the extent to which he allows himself to talk about race would tend to cost him support”.

Katrina, Five Years Later

I have a dream that I can go back to my home, that I can go back to New Orleans.
I have a dream, a dream filled with hopes.
I hope my daddy is safe.
I hope we can have a clean New Orleans again, that New Orleans can go back to the way it was.
I hope that all the people will be safe and protected.

I Have A Dream

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