A Military Vet Has Something to Say to Those Speaking Out Against NFL Player Activism

This could not be said any plainer than what this military veteran, husband, father, friend and neighbor said yesterday:

Sean’s Thought: (for the record its long and many won’t like it) It is amazing how easily people subscribe to slave mentality. How we as a country open the closets and dust off the old US vs THEM wardrobes. 
Yesterday I watched my FB and other social media platform blowup at all these disrespectful, whiny, rich, spoiled, ignorant, stupid, overpaid asshats and son of bitches who should be fired. I watched people use their military service as a reason and pictures of fallen men and women in service as flags of proof and honor. I watched people tell about how long they have been fans of the brand and how they (and their families) will never watch again. 

How dare the NFL not make these players stand up, look straight and salute the flag? 

Very interesting thought that is and it got me thinking what was really being said yesterday from almost an exclusive group of people with a few exceptions (I just saw a video of black man going off about these Democratic idiot asshats who got Trumped). That guy will be popular on both sides I’m sure. Anyway back to my thought. 

What were we really saying with all this chatter yesterday? I’m glad you asked. 

Black athlete you are paid to play a sport. We want you to simply play that sport. You get paid lots of money to run around, bang against each other, flex your muscles, jump around and entertain us. We don’t want your opinion we want your physical ability. Run fool. Jump. Catch the ball. Don’t worry as long as you are good (and quiet) we will support you. We will buy your jerseys and shout your name. Don’t worry you won’t get paid for those anyway but hey it is an honor for you to perform for us, the paying public. 

OK, hold on for a second that sounds a lot like something I heard in history class many years ago. Let me think for a second.

The owners need to keep their players in line. Players need to be appreciative of what we have given them. They are lucky to have these jobs and we can find more who will do it with respect. Owners should fire them if they do not perform to the way we expect. What would they (these Black players) be doing if it wasn’t for what the owners gave them? 

I know what it is it is the slavery mentality. Now, I know some of you just cringed a lot unfortunately you should of cringed at the choice of taking that mentality. Lets look at what was really going on yesterday without the rhetoric. 

NFL players took a knee during the national anthem (a MLB player did as well), NFL players locked arms in solidarity and some stayed in the locker room during the anthem (which was common practice until 2009 when the government paid the NFL to shuffle out them players to stand and salute for military recruitment but eh thats small potatoes). 

Correct me if I am wrong but not one player put a middle finger up during the anthem. Not one player told the military members in the audience that they hated them and they hated this country. Not one player spewed hate towards law enforcement or the establishment outside of many having a problem with our Commander and Chief lashing out at all those BLACK ATHLETES. 

Those players both black and white protested what is still, shockingly, a huge problem in this country which is, in this case, racial inequality within the judicial system. You don’t have to agree with those players but you do have to agree with one thing. They staged a peaceful demonstration which is their RIGHT. 

Yes, they have the RIGHT as AMERICAN CITIZENS no matter how much they make, no matter what their jobs are, no matter if they are poor and homeless or filthy rich living in a sky palace above some state. They have the right and I FOUGHT for it. 

Yes, as a veteran, since everyone wants to use that as the reason they hate all this, I fought for every Americans Constitutional Rights. I stand for the Anthem because I did fight for those rights. I did have brothers and sisters killed in wars that made other people rich while leaving many of those very brothers and sisters forever wounded both physically and mentally depending on a system (The VA) that is so flawed I have yet to file my claim 2 years after I retired.

 Where is the outrage by the way? OH yea it isn’t a bunch of rich black spoiled idiots so who gives a damn about that VA system.

 I served so that the Nazi’s could have their lawful rally (provided they got the permit to do so) without them fearing physical attack. Yes, people have the right to counter-protest they don’t have the right to attack them physically no matter how much they may hate the speech. I served so that some white confederate flag waving kid could walk into a black church execute 9 people and still get a fair trail as dictated by our laws.

 I served so that a police officer would have to answer for his/her actions when it comes to the death of another person under his/her care no matter the race of the officer or the person. I served for some guy to overuse his 2nd amendment right and carry a damn AK47 on his shoulder because the laws in the state he is in says it is within his/her right. Equality is our right. EVERYONE’s RIGHT. 

It truly breaks my heart to see people not even try to understand the why. Why are so many people of a demographic, a race, a sexual orientation so upset. What can we do as a nation to right a wrong? 

We live in a country where the son of a rich man can be convicted of rape and given 6 months of probation. While someone without the means for expensive counsel would get 30 years for the same crime. 

We live in a country where it is OK to tell blacks to “get out” and “go back to Africa” but it isn’t OK for those same blacks to protest the injustices laid against them.

 We live in a country where we will force deport people, break up their families and destroy lives because they are Mexican but have no problem with bringing in foreign athletes who defect from their countries simply because they can play ball. I could go on forever but that isn’t needed. 

The point is this, maybe you don’t like that these men (not son’s of bitches) are using their respective platforms to force us to do what we are doing now. Start the conversations, challenge the system and make us deal with this bullshit underline racial divide. They use their platfom for those who don’t have the money or the ability to do so. 

If you dislike that then I guess you will no longer be supporting JJ Watt who used his platform to raise of 40 million (I think) dollars for Houston relief. That would be stupid of us to not support just like it is stupid of us to think that Americans should shut up and color because the government (this case the President) has stepped in and told them to sit, shut up and dance.

 No, that is not America. That is not what I fought for and that is not what I will stand quietly by and watch. 

In the end, sports is business and a business will succeed or fail. But as long as their are people there will always be a need to watch men and women compete. Don’t fool yourselves. As many of the players have learned to do isn’t it time we stood in unity for equality than this nonsense of telling people they don’t have the right to do something that they in fact have the right to do. 

Make American Great! Not Again, because looking back it wasn’t great for everyone which means it wasn’t great. Anyway, just a thought.   

Thank you Sean for your service, bravery, and willingness to say what was and is needed. Our country needs to heal. 
We need to learn the lesson and vow to never repeat it, just as Germany courageously has done. 

A country divided will never thrive. A county divided should not fear destruction from the efforts of outsiders. It will be our on undoing, from within!


Live in Metro Atlanta But Don’t Know These Details?…

Thanks to the AJC for sharing this valuable information for voters who live in Metro Atlanta areas of Georgia. 

If you have questions, feedback, or suggestions that you want to direct to city and/or county officials where you live and work, then here’s the information that you need to contact them directly. If you want to know how you can become more involved to help these public servants better serve your community, well now you have their contact information. 

Please note that this list is current as of April, so please confirm by visiting their respective websites:


Mayor: Kasim Reed. 55 Trinity Ave. SW, Suite 2400, Atlanta 30303. 404-330-6100; fax: 404-658-7361; mayorreed@atlanta ga.gov

City Council: Meets at 1 p.m. the first and third Mondays at City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave. SW, Suite 2900, Atlanta 30303. 404-330-6030; fax: 404-739-9118.

Council members

Ceasar C. Mitchell, Council President. 404-330-6052, ccmitchell@atlantaga.gov

Carla Smith. (District 1). 404-330-6039, csmith@atlantaga.gov

Kwanza Hall (District 2). 404-330-6038, khall@atlantaga.gov

Ivory Lee Young Jr. (District 3). 404-330-6046, ilyoung@atlantaga.gov

Cleta Winslow (District 4). 404-330-6047, cwinslow@atlantaga.gov

Natalyn Mosby Archibong (District 5). 404-330-6048, narchibong@atlantaga.gov

Alex Wan (District 6). 404-330-6049, awan@atlantaga.gov

Howard Shook. (District 7) 404-330-6050, hshook@atlantaga.gov

Yolanda Adrean (District 8). 404-330-6051, yadrean@atlantaga.gov

Felicia Moore (District 9). 404-330-6044, fmoore@atlantaga.gov

Clarence T. Martin (District 10). 404-330-6055, cmartin@atlantaga.gov

Keisha Botttoms (District 11). 404-330-6054, kbottoms@atlantaga.gov

Joyce Sheperd (District 12). 404-330-6053, jmsheperd@atlantaga.gov

Michael Julian Bond (Post 1 at large). 404-330-6770, mbond@atlantaga.gov

Mary Norwood (Post 2 at large). 404-330-6302, mnorwood@atlantaga.gov

Andre Dickens (Post 3 at large). 404-330-6041, adickens@atlantaga.gov

Cherokee County


County Manager: Jerry W. Cooper, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton 30114; 678-493-6001; fax 678-493-6013; jcooper@cherokeega.com

County Commission: 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Upper Level, Canton 30114; 678-493-6000; fax: 678-493-6013; meets 6 p.m., first and third Tuesdays.


L.B. Ahrens (Chairman): 678-493-6000, lbahrens@cherokeega.com

Steve West (District 1). 678-493-6000, sbwest@cherokeega.com

Raymond Gunnin (District 2). 678-493-6000, rgunnin@cherokeega.com

Brian Poole (District 3). 678-493-6000, bpoole@cherokeega.com

K. Scott Gordon (District 4). 678-493-6000; ksgordon@cherokeega.com

Clayton County


County Commission: Clayton County Administration, Annex 1, 112 Smith St., Jonesboro, Ga. 30236. Office: 770-477-3208. Fax: 770-477-3217. 

Commission meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Commissioners’ Board Room at 112 Smith St., Jonesboro.


Jeffrey E. Turner (Chairman). 770-477-3208. jeff.turner@claytoncountyga.gov

Sonna Singleton (District 1). 770-473-5770. sonna.singleton@claytoncountyga.gov

Gail Hambrick, (District 2). 770-603-4135. gail.hambrick@claytoncountyga.gov

Shana M. Rooks, (District 3). 770-477-3214. shana.rooks@claytoncountyga.gov

Michael Edmondson, (District 4). 770-477-3216. michael.edmondson@claytoncountyga.gov

Cobb County


County manager: David Hankerson, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta 30090. 770-528-2600; fax: 770-528-2606; dhankerson@cobbcounty.org

County Commission: 100 Cherokee St., Marietta 30090. 770-528-3300; fax: 528-2606. Meets at 9 a.m. second Tuesdays and at 7 p.m. fourth Tuesdays.


Tim Lee (Chairman). 770-528-3305, tlee@cobbcounty.org

Bob Weatherford (District 1). 770-528-3313, bob.weatherford@cobbcounty.org

Bob Ott (District 2). 770-528-3316, bob.ott@cobbcounty.org

JoAnn Birrell (District 3). 770-528-3317, joann.birrell@cobbcounty.org

Lisa Cupid( District 4). 770-528-3312, lisa.cupid@cobbcounty.org

 Coweta County


County Commission: Coweta County Administration building, 22 E. Broad St., Newnan 30263, 770-254-2601; Fax: 770-254-2606. 

Meets every first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at 37 Perry St., (Entrance “D”) Newnan 30263. See meeting schedule for adjustments to regular meeting dates.


Paul Poole (District 1), 770-301-6250, ppoole@coweta.ga.us

Tim Lassetter (Chairman) (District 2), 770-253-4259, tlassetter@coweta.ga.us

Bob Blackburn (District 3), 404 -630-4351, bblackburn@coweta.ga.us

Rodney Brooks (District 4), 404-557-5942, rbrooks@coweta.ga.us

Al Smith (District 5), 404-409-7557 alsmith@coweta.ga.us

DeKalb County


Phone: 404-371-2000.

County Commission: 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur 30030. Fax: 404-371-2886. Meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 9 a.m. in the Maloof Auditorium at 1300 Commerce Drive.

(Interim) Chief executive officer:        Lee May

1300 Commerce Drive, sixth floor, Decatur 30030. 404-371-2881; fax: 404-687-3585, ceoleemay@dekalbcountyga.gov

Nancy Jester (District 1). 404-371-2844, njester@dekalbcountyga.gov

Jeff Rader (District 2). 404-371-2863, jrader@dekalbcountyga.gov

Larry Johnson (District 3). 404-371-2425, larryjohnson@dekalbcountyga.gov

Sharon Barnes Sutton (District 4). 404-371-4907, sbsutton@dekalbcountyga.gov

Mereda Davis Johnson (District 5). 404-371-2159, mdjohnson@dekalbcountyga.gov

Kathie Gannon (Super District 6). 404-371-4909 kgannon@dekalbcountyga.gov

Super District 7 is currently vacant.

Fayette County


County Commission: Meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. County Commission office, 140 Stonewall Ave. W., Fayetteville 30214. Phone: 770-305-5200, Ext. 5101. Fax: 770-305-5210.

County Administrator, Steven A. Rapson, 140 Stonewall Ave. W., Fayetteville 30214. 770-305-5100, srapson@fayettecountyga.gov.


Charles Oddo, chairman (District 4). 770-305-5104, coddo@fayettecountyga.gov

Randy Ognio, vice chairman (District 2). 770-996-8993, rognio@fayettecountyga.gov

David Barlow, (District 1). 770-305-5123, dbarlow@fayettecountyga.gov

Steve Brown (District 3). 770-305-5103, commissionerbrown@fayettecountyga.gov

Charles D. Rousseau (District 5). 770-305-5121, crousseau@fayettecountyga.gov

Forsyth County


County administrator: Doug Derrer, 110 E. Main St. Suite 210, Cumming 30040. 770-781-2101; fax: 770-781-2199.

County Commission: 110 E. Main St., Cumming 30040. 770-781-2101; fax. 770-781-2199. Meets 5 p.m. first and third Thursdays, Suite 220.

R.J. (Pete) Amos – (District 1) (Chairman). 678-513-5881, rjamos@forsythco.com

Brian R. Tam (District 2) (Secretary). 678-513-5882, brtam@forsythco.com

Todd Levent (District 3) 678-513-5883, tlevent@forsythco.com

Cindy Jones Mills (District 4) (Vice Chairman). 678-513-5884, cjmills@forsythco.com

Jim Boff (District 5). 678-513-5885, jjboff@forsythco.com

 Fulton County


County Manager: Richard “Dick” Anderson, 141 Pryor St. SW, Suite 10062, Atlanta 30303, 404-612-8320.

County Commission: 141 Pryor St. SW, Suite 10044, Atlanta 30303. 404-612-8200. Meets 10 a.m. first and third Wednesdays, Fulton County Government Center Assembly Hall, 10th floor, 141 Pryor St. S.W., Atlanta 30303.


John Eaves (District 7 at-large) (Chairman). 404-612-8206, john.eaves@fultoncountyga.gov

Liz Hausmann (District 1) (Vice Chairman). 404-612-8213, liz.hausmann@fultoncountyga.gov

Bob Ellis (District 2). 404-612-8216, bob.ellis@fultoncountyga.gov

Lee Morris (District 3). 404-612-8200, lee.morris@fultoncountyga.gov

Joan P. Garner, (District 4). 404-612-8226, joan.garner@fultoncountyga.gov

Marvin S. Arrington, Jr. (District 5). 404-613-0200, Marvin.Arrington@fultoncountyga.gov

Emma I. Darnell, 404-612-8222, emma.darnell@fultoncountyga.gov

Gwinnett County


County Administrator: Glenn Stephens, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville 30045. 770-822-7000, Glenn.Stephens@gwinnettcounty.com.

County Commission: 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville 30045. 770-822-7000. The County Commission meets at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month.


Charlotte J. Nash (Chairman). 770-822-7010, Charlotte.Nash@gwinnettcounty.com

Jace Brooks (District 1). 770-822-7001, Jace.Brooks@gwinnettcounty.com

Lynette Howard (District 2). 770-822-7002, Lynette.Howard@gwinnettcounty.com

Tommy Hunter (District 3). 770-822-7003, Tommy.Hunter@gwinnettcounty.com

John Heard (District 4). 770-822-7004, John.Heard@gwinnettcounty.com

Henry County


County Manager: Lyndon L. Bonner, 140 Henry Parkway, McDonough 30253. 770-288-6270, lbonner@co.henry.ga.us.

County Commission: Meets at 9 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month and at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. Henry County Commission, 140 Henry Parkway, McDonough 30253, 770-288-6001, fax: 770-288-6025.


Tommy N. Smith (Chairman). 770-288-6001, tsmith@co.henry.ga.us

Bo Moss (District 1). 770-288-6001, bmoss@co.henry.ga.us

Brian Preston (District 2). 770-288-6001, bpreston@co.henry.ga.us

Gary Barham (District 3). 770-288-6001, gbarham@co.henry.ga.us

Blake Prince (District 4). 770-288-6001, bprince@co.henry.ga.us

Bruce B. Holmes (District 5). 770-288-6001, bholmes@co.henry.ga.us

Why You Don’t Know You’re Being Bamboozled by (Many) Politicians and Unfortunately Even the Media

Every time we near an election in the U.S. we get bombarded with the same ole’ same ole:

1. Reproductive Rights
2. Immigration Reform
3. Religious mish mash (and total contradiction of the Constitution)
4. A bunch of mess we didn’t think much about beforehand

Now is no different.

Thanks to the media (thank goodness I changed my major in undergrad), we get to hear the ignorant blabbering of many politicians and wannabe politicians, who all want the same thing—power, and to pretend that their motives are anything but.

You have to understand one fact that politicians and the media understand about the general public:

We are like microwave ovens. Just push our buttons, program us, and tell us when to start and stop.

Our short-term memories are fragmented. We won’t use our critical thinking skills. We won’t use our common sense. We think that every person with a title must be an expert (even that title gets us), and should never be questioned—unless of course, someone tells us to question them. We are so inundated with noise that we can’t slow down long enough to fact-check claims and statements that people make. We have multitasked our brains so much that we’re not far from carrying around a pile of mush. That is why so many of us vote (in elections) based on what’s easiest—Pick the candidate who:

Is the most popular candidate;
– Represents your political party;
– Swore he/she would keep their promises;
– Claims to be of the same religious denomination as you;
– Is the attractive candidate (or the one with the attractive family);
– Is the underdog or the outlier (or both);
– Seems to have the same values as you;
– Seems to be just as “sick and tired of being sick and tired”, as you

Most voters don’t pay close enough attention to candidates before they enter the political ring. They don’t know their track record, beliefs, and values, before they threw in their hat to run for a political office. They don’t look closely to see if these individuals actually walk the walk or merely talk out of their backside. We have all of this technology at our disposal, yet we don’t use it to research the people who claim to be honorable enough to serve as our leaders. Instead, we line ourselves up like sheep ready for slaughter.

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Boko Hiram and Others Are Socio-Political Extremists Conveniently Hijacking Religion

The Nigerian government believes that Boko Hiram will keep their end of the recent cease fire agreement, but many people are skeptical.

This terror group is responsible for murdering more than 5,000 Nigerians at schools, churches, mosques, highways, bus stations, police stations, and at military checkpoints over the past 5 years all because they saw these people as pro-government.

Boko Hiram’s supposed mission is to return Nigeria back to a pre-colonial Muslim state, but by killing and kidnapping people, they have only proven that it is not in the name of Allah that they serve, but only in their own twisted and sadistic self-interest.

It is to gain recognition and possibly riches (from fundraising and looting). But definitely not to bring the overarching message of love, peace, forgiveness, charity, acceptance, and equality mentioned in the Koran. The same Koran that honorably references Jesus Christ numerous times throughout. I state this fact for Christians who don’t know this and continue to spread misinformation about Islam and Muslims.

To take this a step farther, beyond the extremism and violence, I make the statement that this terror group (and others like them) couldn’t genuinely be doing this in the name of Allah is because they freely killed people at mosques, while these people were praying to Allah. They weren’t praying to Satan. They weren’t praying to some pagan image or an animal. They were praying to Allah.

These innocent people died for what exactly?

They were murdered for being pro-government. What does that have to do with religion? Any religion?

So even in one’s ability to admonish this terror group, and others like them, by declaring that they go against the Koran. The most effective point of proving that this group is less concerned about honoring Allah, and more concerned with attacking governments and people (and taking pleasure and credit for it), is the fact that they have killed numerous Muslims–worshippers of Allah– the same Allah that Boko Hiram dishonorably mention as they spew hate and kill at their house of worship.

How could you bring violence to a known place of peace and love? How could Allah ever condone that behavior? If you have ever been inside of a mosque you could never visualize violence taking place there. But it’s happened countless times all around the world.

Boko Hiram aren’t religious extremists. They are socio-political extremists and opportunists masquerading as religious purists, just to have a niche footing in the battle.

You can stir up more fear when you leverage religion.

I bet if you sat them down and had an honest and open dialogue about what they are for, and not just what they think they are against, everyone at the table would be shocked, including them. It’s amazing how a principle initially fought for can be brutally mutilated into something totally different over time. Sometimes a noble argument can morph into a dangerous battle.

How does what you want now the same, similar, or different than what you wanted several years ago when your gang was just a member of one to three people?

Boko Hiram means “Western education is sinful” yet where are their schools or funding proposals for schools that peacefully teach their view on how children should grow and participate not only within their villages, towns, cities, and countries, but in other countries around the world?

Where are their schools where they are teaching love, acceptance, charity, respect for self and others, inclusion, equality, dignity, honor, and healthy pride?

They don’t have any because they are too busy spewing hate, killing people, and kidnapping innocent girls and holding them hostage for six months. They are too busy recruiting and brainwashing vulnerable people to be soldiers in a fight that they are clueless about.

If you want a greater Muslim influence and to see more mosques and schools teaching and practicing the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, then build them. Go home to home, town to town, lovingly teaching the words eloquently written in the Koran.

Maybe western education is sinful. But you don’t kill the sinner, you pray for them and you work to help them help themselves. This is the sin of many religions around the world. We don’t practice what we preach in houses of worship.

Ironically, the military weapons Boko Hiram, ISIL, and other terror groups use are designed from original western thought and first used by western military pioneers. Mass murder is entertainment in our movies and tv shows. We sing about it in songs. We’re fascinated by gangsters and drug lords. But terror groups can’t chastise the western world for creating the monster, and then use the monster for their own twisted benefit. By using western guns to kill people, they are just as guilty as the people they want to persecute.

You can’t be outraged by what someone is doing to you (or you think they are doing) and then you turn around and do the same thing—and 99% of the time not even against the actual people you hold responsible, but the thousands and millions of innocent people who have done absolutely nothing but live their lives.

This behavior is hypocritical. It’s cowardly and anything but honorable.

Western culture is now easily depicted and stereotyped by reality tv shows where women are seen as plastic surgery addicts, human Barbie dolls, whores and gold diggers, and both men and women are shown as self-centered, self-absorbed, obsessed with sex, addicted to drugs and alcohol, money hungry and greedy.

Maybe this is all sinful. But where in any religious text do you read that you have the right to kill these sinners? In all religious texts that I have read, God (by whatever name) has made it clear that it will be His responsibility to deal with the sinners.

So killing in His name is actually an even bigger sin!

Instead of killing why don’t you just teach children and young adults a better, more dignified way of living, that would honor God?

Boko Hiram, ISIL/ISIS, and other terror groups want to be heard, recognized, acknowledged, respected, and desire change. But no one hears, respects, or wants to work with anyone pointing a gun at them, shooting at them, stabbing and disfiguring them, kidnapping them, raping and torturing them, or killing their loved ones.

Without stopping the violence the only thing that will happen is the ultimate death of each member in the terror group.

What did that resolve? What was the learned lesson? What was gained? How did you get more people to read, study, and appreciate the Koran? How did you get more people to embrace and accept Islam? How did you get more people to convert? How did you get more people to be loving, charitable, and forgiving?

It’s not possible with hate in your heart, message, and mission.

This isn’t about God or religion. This is about some pissed off people who took their desire for positive change and allowed it to be contaminated, poisoned, and destroyed. When it’s all over, each member of these hate groups will have to answer to a Higher Power, their Creator, and at that moment it won’t matter what they think someone did to them, the Creator is going to focus on what this terrorist did to innocent men, women, and children— in His name.

Copyright 2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. The Paradigm Life. All Rights Reserved.

Unemployment Rates Drop: Is it Due to Increased Job Creation or More Workers Dropping Out of Labor Market?

By Natasha L. Foreman, MBA

The debate continues about the unemployment rate, job creation, and the potential boost in our nation’s economy. The Los Angeles Times shares all sides of the debate in last Saturday’s business section.

Although the national unemployment rate is currently at 8.1% (which is almost double in Black and Brown communities) the L.A. Times reported that this rate is not solely because more jobs are being secured by workers —since only 115,000 jobs were added in April (after winter gains of an average of $252,000 jobs December through February)– but rather because more people are discouraged and dropping out of the labor market.

Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington was reported as telling the L.A. Times that workers are dropping out of the labor market because they no longer believe that there are jobs out there for them. In April the numbers shrank by 342,000 workers. That’s 342,000 that are reported to have lost hope in securing a job.

President Obama sees and reports things differently and more optimistically. He reminded people in his speech last Friday at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia, that we are surviving the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, have created more than 4.2 million jobs within the last 26 months, and 1.6 million of those jobs were created just within the last 6 months.

Obama’s chief economic advisor, Alan Krueger told the L.A. Times that the jobless rate fell a full percentage point since last August, and that nearly three-quarters of that drop was due to increased employment. Dean Baker however said that some of the three-quarters was attributable to adjustments in the population.

Analysts claim that the warm winter weather we experienced across the nation has impacted the reported rates of job growth, as certain industries, such as construction—that were booming in December and January, have since seen no increase in jobs.

However, car sales are strong, manufacturing continues to perform well, there is growth in the demand for growth, consumer spending is up, and there is an improvement in the housing market that once was severely depressed.

The L.A. Times makes a point of reminding and educating readers that our country’s economy is vulnerable to various “shocks” such as high oil prices, China’s slowed-down economy, and the debt-strained problems of Europe. When the rest of the world is suffering, our country is hit hard also; and vice versa. We’re literally in this together.

Let’s also not forget that more than 90% of the companies in our country are small business enterprises, with less than 200 employees, yet maybe 90% of job seekers are applying mostly to large corporations—less than 10% of the businesses in the U.S.

Who’s helping to equip these small businesses with the resources to hire more employees?

Who’s reminding and educating job seekers about employment opportunities with small businesses?

Who’s bridging the gap?

We must realize that our economy is impacted by other world economies and “shocks”. We must focus more on the things we’re for and less on what we’re against, and then help to bring about a progressive movement towards solution rather than allow a spiraling effect that will lead to ultimate failure.

We should also be grateful for our country and the numerous resources here. Let’s consider if we lived in Liberia where the unemployment rate is a staggering 85%. What if that was our reality?

Let’s look for solutions rather than people to blame. Let’s look for business opportunities and leverage our strengths, rather than examples of our weaknesses and failures.

What can we do individually and collectively to bring about positive change and to be the change we want to see in our nation, and in the world?

What can you do to help with unemployment in the United States?


Source: Don Lee. Los Angeles Times. Job weakness feeds fear of a slowdown. Business section. B1, B4. Saturday, May 5, 2012.

Copyright 2012. Natasha L. Foreman. Foreman & Associates, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Contraception Debate is Dividing Americans, Including Women

According to Gallup, Americans are strongly divided on the issue of contraception.

Americans sympathize almost equally with religious leaders (48%) and the Obama administration (45%) in the debate over whether religious-based employers should have to provide contraception coverage for their employees.
Read more at GALLUP.com.

Osama Bin Laden, Suddam Hussein, Muammar al-Gaddafi: A Reflection

By Natasha L. Foreman

The reflection below was taken from today’s Breaking Bread with Natasha blog “Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.2.11”. It seemed appropriate to share within the context of my other blogs with the omission of the scriptural text and prayer that preceded the reflection. Read it, reflect on it and then share your thoughts.


People ignore the fact that Osama Bin Laden killed ALL people including Muslims in the name of Allah- God- our Father- yet people focus on religion and not on the inhumanity of what this man did to all people including his own. They believe this to be a religious war of Muslims against Christians and Jews, when this was simply a political war. Just like Gaddafi and Hussein, Osama Bin Laden was not a holy man fighting in God’s name; he was a hurt man fighting for and in his name because of his pride, ego, and resentment of those who he perceived were taking advantage of him and his people. He was tired of the powers-that-be gaining wealth off of his country’s natural resources; he was tired of imperialism taking place in his and neighboring countries by westerners and that other nations were pimping his people for their benefit- but he went about it the wrong way.

Bin Laden just like Hussein and Gaddafi had political issues with others, especially the western world and more specifically the United States just like Timothy Mcveigh, Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier (Oklahoma City bombers) were enraged by the acts of the U.S. government- and they all lashed out using fear and hate to get a message across to the government.

Bin Laden used fear and internal pain to address his concerns. He used God as the motivation to instill fear, unite other hurt and disenfranchised people against the world and against other Muslims who did not follow their beliefs; and he twisted God’s words, the words of the Koran to serve his mission to inflict pain on everyone and anyone he felt deserved it. Osama Bin Laden was a political extremist who used the facade of religion to instill fear in the world. Anyone who has ever read all or part of the Koran knows that the lies he was spouting were not of the Koran- but of his hurt heart and twisted mind that had grown sicker as the “enemy” planted more seeds of fear inside of him.

So as you may celebrate the conquering of a fear monger, of a murderer of thousands- you should also stop to pray for all religious, political, and ethnic communities worldwide because if we do not learn to come together and find healthier ways to work out our differences we will be the reason the world comes to an end. If we find it in our hearts to celebrate the death of another human being, we have that same darkness in us that was in him, Hussein, and what we also believe to be in Gaddafi- it’s just waiting to grow and take over.

We should pray and be thankful for victory over evil- but not be narrowly focused on individuals because this is not about one or two or twenty or even two thousand men this is about the evil that has plagued all nations, all religions, all people since the beginning of time. Evil can’t be labeled and categorized to one group of people because it can seep into each and every one of us if our guards are down and our faith is not strong. So pray, be humble and show grace during these times.

I love you all,


Copyright 2011. Natasha L. Foreman. All Rights Reserved. breakingbreadwithnatasha.blogspot.com