Happy New Year Everyone

•January 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I hope we will get to know each other a lot better and maybe we can help each other and close the degrees of separtion.

What is your resolution for the new year??  My resolution for  the New Year is to pursue this six degrees of separation thing and hope that it will take off this year.  Won’t you help me.

Check this article out to see what I am talking about

•December 31, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Degrees of Separation? Not in

Illinois Politics.
Drama Stars 3 Faces From Obama’s Past

By Eli Saslow and Hamil H. Harris
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, December 31, 2008; A04

 

President-elect Barack Obama spent yesterday afternoon in Honolulu, going to the zoo with his daughters and visiting his high school campus. And yet, he couldn’t escape the political melodrama unfolding more than 4,000 miles away.

While Obama vacationed, some of the main characters from his political past took turns starring in a bizarre Chicago news conference. First to the lectern was embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested this month on federal corruption charges, and from whom Obama has worked to distance himself. Blagojevich then introduced Roland Burris, his appointment to fill Obama’s seat in the U.S. Senate. Burris once held a fundraiser at his house for Obama and calls the president-elect “somebody whose career I really helped launch.”

Then, near the end of the news conference, Rep. Bobby L. Rush was beckoned to the front of the room, where he asked the public not to “lynch” Burris because of the charges against Blagojevich. Rush defeated Obama in a 2000 House race and chided him as an “educated fool” before eventually endorsing him for president and asserting that “I helped teach him.”

Obama has not talked with the men in the past few weeks, friends said, and some of the president-elect’s associates dismissed his connection to the trio as coincidence. But, if nothing else, the image of all three standing together in front of flashing cameras served as a reminder of the political environment in which Obama developed: Blagojevich is awaiting an indictment; Burris may be blocked from claiming the Senate seat by leaders in Illinois and Washington; and Rush pushed for a black senator to replace Obama, who prefers not to participate in “the politics of race.”

After the news conference, Obama released a statement commending Burris as a “good man and a fine public servant,” before arguing that he should not be given the Senate seat. Illinois, he said, is “entitled to . . . major decisions free of taint and controversy.” Obama avoided mentioning race.

It is that “taint” of controversy with which Obama has become associated during the past month. He never liked Blagojevich, friends said, and federal transcripts confirmed that Obama never spoke with the Illinois governor as the latter allegedly tried to auction off the vacant Senate seat. Yet the men giving yesterday’s news conference served as important components in Obama’s career.

Obama endorsed Burris in the Democratic primary for governor in 2002, which Blagojevich won. Burris said in an interview this month that he “probably introduced [Obama] to Blagojevich after that” and persuaded Obama to join him in endorsing their fellow Democrat. In 2004, Burris endorsed Obama for the U.S. Senate and held a fundraiser.

“We all know each other, because we’re all in the same business,” Burris said this month. “We might not all like each other all of the time, but we’re running in the same big circle.”

Burris said he has not spoken to Obama since Nov. 4, but he pursued Obama’s seat. He found a supporter of sorts in Rush, who held a news conference last month insisting that Illinois replace Obama with a black senator. Rush said that he did not back a specific candidate but that “we really are about the principle that there should be an African American.” Obama was the only African American in the Senate.

Yesterday, Burris spotted Rush in the crowd at the news conference and pointed gleefully. “How you doing, Congressman?” he asked. “All righty.” Burris eventually summoned Rush to the lectern. Rush wasted no time before invoking Obama’s name.

“My prayers have been answered,” Rush said, “because I prayed fervently that the governor would continue the legacy established by President-elect Obama, and that the governor would appoint an African American to complete the term of President Obama.”

One of Rush’s colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.), told the Associated Press last night that he had been offered the appointment last week but that he turned it down because “I thought the environment had been poisoned.”

It wasn’t the first time race had come up between Rush and Obama. Rush, a former Black Panther who represents Chicago’s South Side, defeated Obama in 2000 because he dominated the black vote. During the campaign, he collected the endorsements of almost every major black politician in Chicago — including Burris — and depicted Obama as a foreigner to black culture. “Barack is a person who read about the civil rights protests and thinks he knows all about it,” Rush said.

Activist Al Sharpton said yesterday: “I think that Governor Blagojevich is trying to save himself and cynically trying to draw the president-elect into this. But President-elect Obama should stay out of this. The worst thing that he could do is be drawn back into Illinois politics.”

Staff writer Perry Bacon Jr. contributed to this report.

Oprah Shows Going to Washington for Presidential Oath Taking

•December 4, 2008 • Leave a Comment

oprahnyTickets to attend the show will be available next week on Oprah.com

Oprah will be celebrating Barack Obama’s presidential oath of office ceremony by sticking close to him but not missing her show. She will be doing at least two live Oprah Winfrey Shows in Washington from the Kennedy Center Opera House on January 19. Barack takes oath on 20th January.  Ticket information will be available next week on Oprah.com.  This is going to be a hot ticket so you might have to email several times and keep your fingers crossed.

Check out Oprah.com next week if you want to get tickets.

Be Patient – I’m patient that you will give me

•December 1, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Keys to Success

Be patient

Whatever has happened is good, what is happening now is good and what will happen is even better.’ Keep this slogan in your mind and you will develop patience. Learn not to overuse your intellect. So instead of wanting to give an answer to everything, learn to simply smile and you will see yourself become free from the diseases of worrying and being tense. 

-Dadi Jankiji

Meditate on this

•November 29, 2008 • Leave a Comment

You need not leave your room.  Remain sitting at your table and listen.  You need not even listen, simply wait. You need not even wait, just learn to become quiet, still and solitary.  The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked.  It has no other choice.  It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”  ~Franz Kafka

Oprah’s Christmas Album free download

•November 27, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Oprah Winfrey has made a Christmas Album of her favourite songs and you can download it for free but you have to do it within the next four hours.

I saw it on tv last evening. She had given 48 hours to download but that’s since yesterday around 5:00 p.m. Time has passed so I hope you can download the CD and enjoy the music.  It is fabulous. Do it now – check it out.

 

Oprah’s Favorite Things for a Thrifty Holiday

Miriam Makeba aka Mama Africa

•November 12, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Miriam Makeba passed away on stage at the age of 76 doing what she was born to do. Singing kept her sane and together during the apartheid  regime.   I worked with a woman named Zola who was from Soweto in South Africa and  age mate of Makeba.  So how many degrees of separation that was? I think two degrees. She was a wonderful woman and I liked her music.

Do you know she was exiled from her country for 30 years. She returned only when Nelson Mandela invited her back.