Trump Misses The Good Old Days…Let’s Revisit Those Days

I love the old days, you know? You know what I hate? There’s a guy totally disruptive, throwing punches. We’re not allowed to punch back anymore … I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks…

Yeah Donald let’s take a look at those “good old days”…

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Voting in Favor of Bombing “Agrabah”, a Fake Disney Country: The Lows of Islamophobia

When we still had 14 candidates running in the GOP Primary, here’s where our country stood as it dealt with Islam and Muslims [December 2015 Public Policy Polling]…

  • 46% supported a national database of Muslims, to only 37% opposed.
  • 54% supported Trump’s proposed Muslim ban, to only 25% who opposed it.
  • 36% thought thousands of Arabs in New Jersey cheered when the World Trade Center collapsed to 35% who didn’t think that happened.
  • Only 28% of GOP primary voters went so far as to think mosques in the United States should be shut down to 47% who were opposed to that.
  • Overall 53% of primary voters thought Islam should be allowed to just 26% who didn’t think it should be. Just 33% of Trump supporters thought Islam should be legal to 42% who thought it should be illegal.

Looking specifically at Trump’s supporters on two other heavy topics:

  • 41% of his voters thought Japanese internment was a good thing, to 37% who didn’t.
  • 41% of his supporters would favor bombing Agrabah to only 9% who were opposed to doing that.

Agrabah is the country from the Disney animated movie, Aladdin.

More polling about Agrabah:

Overall 30% of Republican primary voters said they supported bombing Agrabah to 13% who were opposed.

But let’s be clear…Islamophobia isn’t just a GOP issue, Public Policy Polling asked the same question of Democrats, and 36% of them opposed bombing Agrabah to 19% who were in support.

You did just read that Agrabah is a fake Disney country, correct? If you don’t believe me, then look on a globe, map, or just Google it… A-G-R-A-B-A-H.

Which makes me wonder where the country stands now with four remaining GOP candidates in the running, and the frontrunner spewing so much hate about Islam, Muslims, and Immigration (and Rubio and Cruz sharing similar sentiments)–have these numbers increased, decreased, or remained steady when it comes to Muslims?…

Watch this video to hear someone’s commentary about this poll and what it says about our country, the hypocrisy of those who claim to know and support the US Constitution, and the hypocrisy of those who want constitutional freedoms to only apply to “us” and not “them”. When the word “terrorist” is only aligned with a Muslim-sounding name, we’re in huge trouble.

 

We’re in a sad state of affairs right now people. Our country is divided based on color, race, religion, and class. The “land of the free and home of the brave” is clearly shifting to the “land of the enslaved and home of the ignorant”. Some people are mentally, spiritually, financially, and physically enslaved in the US, and the comments that we hear from GOP candidates and their supporters prove that there are large numbers of people walking around blindly ignorant–and like the flu, it is contagious!

 

 

 

Sources:

Public Policy Polling: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2015/12/trump-leads-grows-nationally-41-of-his-voters-want-to-bomb-country-from-aladdin-clinton-maintains-bi.html

Secular Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0OMDiWqH5c

 

 

Copyright 2016. Some Rights Reserved. Natasha Foreman Bryant. The Paradigm Life.

President Obama’s Response to Republican Candidates

Thanks to C-SPAN for broadcasting this speech from President Obama

Trump the Chumps: Part Two

By Natasha L. Foreman, MBA

Are you ready to pick up where we left off ? Let’s go!

First let me say…OUR President announced late last night that the U.S. has confirmed that they killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan after OUR President gave the okay to engage in combative measures to eliminate Bin Laden and his associates as a threat. So…uh Donald Trump and all of you small-minded morons out there so concerned with OUR President’s birth certificate, maybe now you can see what pressing issues that he found more important to follow up on instead of tracking down his birth certificate from the 60s. Now this is a perfect segue into part two of my post on Trump the Chumps…

I want to see Trump’s transcripts from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Matter of fact I want to see his transcripts from Fordham before he transferred to Wharton. I want to see his academic honors he claims to have earned while attending the New York Military Academy (when he was acting up as a teenager as his parents sent him there to get his attitude problem adjusted). I want to know what gives a person who comes directly from Scottish (mother) and German (father and paternal grandparents) roots the right to question someone’s heritage and citizenship.

I want to know what a person who claims to have an interest in the U.S. economy, jobs, business development, and competing in the global marketplace- and says that OUR President is doing an awful job (the worst of all presidents he claimed) can do anything to turn our country around when in 1991 he filed for corporate bankruptcy (and almost filed for personal bankruptcy); watched banks and bondholders lose hundreds of millions of dollars while he restructured his debt to avoid losing more money in court. What can this man say when in 1992 his Trump Plaza Hotel was forced to file a prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy?

Two years later Trump lost the Trump Shuttle, was forced to sell a parcel of his West Side yards to Asian developers without retaining ownership- only allowed to keep his name on the buildings that were built on those yards so a premium could be charged for them. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the breaking point when he became fixated on Asians, more specifically the Chinese as being enemy number one.

I want to know why Trump feels he’s qualified to run this country when in 1998 his Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts were profitless and could barely pay the interest on nearly $3 billion in debt; which kept them from making necessary improvements on the properties. I want to know how he feels he is capable of running our country and reducing our deficit when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) brought a financial-reporting case against Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc in 2002 alleging that the company had misleading third-quarter 1999 earnings release statements. Then two years later the company announced they were restructuring their debt reducing Donald’s individual ownership from 56 percent to 27 percent, and giving bondholders stock in exchange for surrendering part of the debt.

So who’s company had to file for bankruptcy November 2004? Trump’s. So who relinquished his CEO position but retained his role as Chairman of the Board? The Donald. So after re-emerging as Trump Entertainment Resorts Holdings in 2005 and appearing to be on the upswing even with legal issues who then had to file for Chapter 11 again on February 17, 2009 after the “Chairman of the Board” said he would resign from the board four days earlier? Trump Entertainment Resorts.

How is Donald John Trump, Sr. qualified to be the President of the United States? Does he think it’s because he knows how to say, “you’re fired” and he thinks that shows signs of a strong leader? Maybe it’s because while he was a student at the New York Military Academy he was the captain of the baseball team in 1964 and received the Coach’s Award that same year. Or maybe it was because his senior year there he was promoted to the Cadet Captain-S4 (Cadet Battalion Logistics Officer). For those of you who don’t know what this title means- The Donald was “responsible for the maintenance, security, record keeping, issue, and turn-in of all U.S. government property (except ordinance).” That is definitely grounds to claim a stake at the presidency isn’t it?

His attack on OPEC and belief that as President he could force them to do what we say and “stop robbing us blind” is supported by what experience exactly? Does he think his real estate career has laid the foundation for dealing with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries?

Maybe Donald thinks he’s better suited for the Presidency since he knows the viewpoints from all sides since he’s been a supporter of the Reform Party, Republican Party, and the Democratic Party. Donald needs to choose a party first, commit to it, and I would suggest having had experience voting in primary elections- since according to an April 23rd report by New York-based TV station NY1 (and confirmed by a city board spokeswoman) Donald hasn’t voted in a primary election in New York City for 21 years.

I want to see Donald’s tax returns for the past four years. I want to see his academic achievements highlighted for verification. I want to see the report his “people” gave him when their intel said that OUR President’s birth certificate did not exist and then eluded that it was because he was Kenyan born.

I mean seriously, Donald’s foreign policy concept is imperialistic and pimpish. I thought our country is pushing an anti-bullying movement with our children- but we’re still saying, “do as I say not as I do”. He told CNN last week that we should have told the Arab League that we would go into Libya and take Gaddafi out of office for $5 billion and then we could go in there and get their oil. He then also found a way to attack China and place some blame their way because they haven’t sent their military troops to Libya.

Yes, China’s cleaning our clock economically and academically- how is that their fault that we got caught slipping on innovation and education? Donald why don’t you invest in our schools, bring in more textbooks and supplies, fund before-and-after school programs (in underserved and underrepresented cities) that offer tutoring as early as 6am and as late as 7pm during the week, and weekend programs open from 8am to 6pm?

I would also say this- the man who is so concerned about our economy, jobs, and competing with China whom he calls our country’s “enemy” should take the $100 million he offered to donate to the White House for a stinking ballroom and instead inject that into our economy for a booster shot and job creation. If he’s so concerned about jobs and says OUR President is incompetent at creating jobs, then The Donald should start hiring U.S. citizens in all of his companies, and since he has the money supposedly, why doesn’t he open more businesses to answer the supply and demand needs which will help to trigger positive consumerism trends in those states?

Let’s be real shall we…Donald Trump is the epitome of the capitalist that people detest- he is all about money and how he can acquire more only for himself, and not concerned with job creation except to help him achieve and maintain his financial wealth. I want to know as he’s attacking OUR President about our country not having enough U.S. based companies and U.S. made products, how many of his employees in Dubai, Turkey, South Korea, Canada, Scotland, and Canouan Island are U.S. citizens? How much of the generated revenues from these locations are being re-distributed back into the U.S. economy? I want to know what U.S. products he is helping to produce that are being exported to other nations to help boost our economy and help to pay down our staggering debt?

Let me say in closing that I see that Donald’s son Eric has a foundation- The Eric Trump Foundation for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital- but where’s Donald’s foundation? I researched and discovered on Trump’s website that “The Trump Family is proud to participate in and provide support for…” The Eric Trump Foundation, Girl Up United Nations Foundation, New York City Police Foundation, Operation Smile, and The Police Athletic League (PAL)…I will let you reflect on that for a moment and not to diminish the contributions made by and to these great organizations but just ask yourself where the support of education and job creation is present by the Trump conglomerate!

Then I want you to think about this…OUR so-called “incompetent” President has done something no other President before him has been able to do and that was whoop up on, defeat, and bring back the body of Osama Bin Laden snatching that magnet of fear out of the world. You may be able to huff and puff, and fire a bunch of people Donald, and Sarah Palin may be able to hunt deer and elk in Alaska but NONE of you fools have what it takes to deal with ordering the elimination of Bin Laden while being under attack from hate mongers who question your patriotism, nationality, citizenship, loyalty, and religion every single day; while also trying to bring up the spirits of the country, rebuild our schools, produce jobs for the unemployed and underemployed, and deal with back-to-back crisis situations affecting our country domestically and abroad- while raising a family and trying to be a loving and attentive spouse. Let’s not discuss your family lives and careers!

To my readers let me say…you know that I await your feedback!

Copyright 2011. Natasha L. Foreman. All Rights Reserved.

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>Ivory Coast: Election, Cocoa, and More Drama

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By Natasha L. Foreman, MBA
Ivory Coast…a country that just had a ray of hope flash before them is now waiting for the drama to end.  We can recall the chaos that sparked during the 2002 failed coup attempt. Now after the November 2010 election, the country has been slammed with even more drama as incumbent President Gbagbo refuses to step aside so President-elect Alassane Ouattara can assume the position. There are two Presidents trying to run a country, one who refuses to leave, and one who polls show won the election by a narrow 8 percentage points (according to the UN and the Independent Electoral Commission)- and in turn should by all accounts be assuming all responsibilities as acting President.



President-elect Ouattara.
Photo Credit: MyJoyOnline


  



Incumbent President Gbagbo
Photo Credit: Youth Canvas



There are some in the south that argue that Ouattara is a puppet placed into office by foreign power structures- and thereby not a legitimate candidate nor trusted to have taken part in a fair election. While others don’t care who won the election, they just want to return to work, get their salaries in full and on time, and start the rebuilding process so the country can thrive. Many northerners would agree that they just want to resume their responsibilities at work, get their children back in school, and gain a sense of normalcy under a re-defined vision of the term. Their support of Ouattara however is the reason for their current punishment under Gbagbo’s rule.
With all of this drama and emotion comes a reality about an economy that is facing a turbulent crash as some businesses, including banks have shut down. Let’s take a look at what has been happening: Schools in the northern part of the country have been shut down since late November 2010; Gbagbo’s administration has broken ties with the West African CFA monetary union- removing all except the Ivorian flag from the front of the bank’s offices; some state salaries ($160m) are not being paid on time or at all- a burden that some claim Gbagbo cannot hold up; Many private sector salaries are not being paid- especially in the northern region; Tuesday the country missed a $29m interest payment on bond debt held by European institutions; and now pro-Gbagbo supporters are showing off a new proposed currency that they call, “Ivorian currency of the resistance” at protest rallies.
So where’s the president-elect Ouattara?
President-elect Ouattara
Photo credit: Wikipedia
Ouattara is under blockade in a hotel in Abidjan waiting for Gbagbo to step down and relinquish control. Despite the obvious lack of control in many areas, Ouattara does however have control of the state bank accounts which reports say are held at the regional level. He respectfully called for a boycott on all cocoa exports last month, and for companies to stop paying taxes hoping that by Gbagbo no longer receiving those monies into his current administration he will get the hint that it is time to move out and move on. The cocoa boycott is a major power move and potential slippery slope since the Ivory Coast accounts for one-third of all the cocoa in the world,  but without exportation there is no revenue for cocoa producers; and more than one-quarter of earnings are derived from cocoa exportation. The ban could cause cocoa prices to spiral out of control.



Ivory Coast Cocoa
Photo Credit: TwilightWhisper



But what good will these measures do for the Ivory Coast as the head of the French Chamber of Commerce (in the Ivory Coast) estimates that the country will lose one-third of its small and mid-sized companies if this chaos rolls over into a third month? In December the U.S. imposed travel sanctions on Gbagbo and 30 of his allies (names unreported) and that did not seem to phase them much or at all.
It does not seem as though Gbagbo and his supporters are moved by the attempts made by Ouattaro and his supporters since Gbagbo supporters recently seized control of branches of the BCEAO, a West African regional central bank, and his computer and financial experts are scrambling to create a new banking system after the BCEAO restricted access of their internal system that is housed in their Senegal offices. To really send a message Gbagbo took control of the privatized electricity company’s distribution network, and then last week had his energy minister turn off all power to the northern part of the country (large Ouattara supporters) for a few hours.
The message is being sent loud and clear- Gbagbo has the power, has no intention of leaving office anytime soon, and he definitely won’t leave quietly.
Incumbent President Gbagbo

Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Copyright 2011. Natasha L. Foreman. All Rights Reserved.
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>Briefing on Mother Africa: Women of Zimbabwe- Part Two

>Last Friday I wrote of the current political struggles surrounding the women of Zimbabwe. As promised, today I will show the need for these same women to come together collectively, being sure to inform the masses, educate the uneducated, empower those who are struggling with hope and faith, and make sure that their fight is not in vain. All women of Zimbabwe should be informed and included in the political process and it should be represented in the number of women voters, candidates and cabinet members.

By the designated 2015 benchmark, Zimbabwean women need to establish themselves as a collective voice and show an ability to not only hold positions both in the public and private sectors, but to do so as efficient and effective leaders. They must learn from the past, not be satisfied with the status quo of the present, and strategize for the future. Something that every woman worldwide must accomplish during their lifetime.


U.S. History of Women’s Suffrage: A Brief Overview and Critique

The first recorded history of this movement began in 1776 when Abigail Adams sent a note to her husband, John Adams, while he was attending the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, asking that he and the other men (who were working on the Declaration of Independence) “Remember the Ladies.” John responded with what was deemed as humor that the Declaration’s wording specifies that “all men are created equal” and that the men would “fight the despotism of the petticoat”. 

Yes, some would argue as I have, (which irritated my Women’s Studies professor in undergrad) that the movement did not extend its reach far and wide to be receptive and inclusive of the rights of all women, to unite with women of color, especially Black women. It has been said that it was more by default than a focused and purposed desire or strategy that women of color were included in the 19th Amendment. This point  will be explored because without unification, without alliances, the mountain of victory can take longer to climb- and can be impossible to reach the zenith.


The Rocky Waters of Suffrage: Black and White

Let us not forget in 1851, twelve years before the Emancipation Proclamation was signed and 14 years before the Juneteenth celebration, when Sojourner Truth delivered her “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech before a spellbound audience at a women’s rights convention in Akron, Ohio; her point being that Black women should also be included and allowed to participate as equals in the movement for women’s rights…all women. 

Truth saw and exposed the truth, and that was that Black women were being broadly overlooked within the movement. A possible answer to that call (although short-lived) could be when in 1866 Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony formed the American Equal Rights Association (AERA), an organization for white and black women, and men dedicated to the goal of universal suffrage.

What is odd though, when Anthony and Stanton formed the more radical National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA), Black men and women were excluded from the suffrage mission and vision. Tensions got so high that it caused a rift between the organization’s founders and Frederick Douglass in 1870 and they parted ways. Here was clear evidence of Sojourner Truth’s speech ‘falling on deaf ears’. 

The National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) an 1890 merger of NWSA and the American Women Suffrage Association (AWSA) was made up of white women (and ironically the same women who were fighting years earlier). 

Even six years later when The National Association of Colored Women was formed, bringing together more than 100 black women’s clubs, there was no true, March in distinguishable alignment between white and black women. Black women learned that they would have to fight to get their voices heard loudly but respectfully over the crowd. Even though the founders of the Black sorority, Delta Sigma Theta (who later incorporated as an organization in 1930) first participated in the Women’s Suffrage
Washington D.C., March 1913, many Black women’s organizations felt slighted by the march as they did not seem to be included (check out the suffrage march line).
It’s been 90 years since women in the U.S. earned the right to vote, 145 years since the entire U.S. and abroad received word that all Black slaves were “free”; 148 years since the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, 234 years since the U.S. Constitution was drafted, and over 500 years since the first enslaved African was admittedly brought to what we now call the United States (research the Transatlantic slave trade that began in the 1450s, and the 1526 slave revolt against the Spaniards in the Carolinas).
But for the women of Zimbabwe it has been 1010 years since the Shona people built a city called Zimbabwe; a mere 53 years since women earned the right to vote, thirty-two years since they earned the right to stand for election- and it has only been eight days since Zimbabwe has started accepting submissions towards re-drafting their constitution to include women- as influenced by women. 
These women have been yearning for a voice, position, and an opportunity in a country that only 30 years ago was recognized by Great Britain as a distinct and independent country. Without a grassroots effort to share the news about the submission process, and explain what information can be submitted, this major constitutional milestone will be moot and the red inking (as pictured on a female voter’s finger above) will feel almost useless.


Copyright 2010. Natasha L. Foreman. All Rights Reserved.


Sources:
Banda, Ignatius “A Chance For Women’s Voices to be Heard”. http://www.ipsnews.net/africa/nota.asp?idnews=51916j

Bryn Mawr Library. The National American Woman Suffrage Association. http://www.brynmawr.edu/library/exhibits/suffrage/nawsa.html

Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated Founders. Delta Sigma Theta website. 






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