ENOUGH of the Dog and Pony Show!!

I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for the Republican “dog and pony “show to be over…. I am sorry, but I am simply not impressed! You have one super righty (Santorum), one border line righty (Romney) and one angry righty (Gingrich) playing dirty in the sandbox.  Every once in a while one of them will say something half way decent, but before you know it… some half cocked remark forces you to pause…..

All of the Republican candidates rolled into one are still not as a formidable candidate as John McCain was in 2008 …and he was just decent, so put us out of our misery…stop making a mockery of our political process, either the Republicans need to find another candidate or stop the petty behavior so the “real slim shady” can stand up and everyone can rally behind.

Aren’t you tired of hearing the ridiculous decisive campaign rhetoric?  My ears are burning already!  I personally don’t care what each of them think of each another and quite frankly I am sick of the finger-pointing at the President.

Start addressing what’s most important…. Hey Republicans….what’s your plan? do you have one past blaming Obama for what you claim are “failed policies”…. You guys are like benchwarmers standing on the sidelines complaining about the game you are not in…..I haven’t heard a unique, innovative, ” free capital market-ish” option from you for solving any of our crisis’ yet.

I am just saying…..Blabb back if you have an opinion or follow me on Twitter @blabback

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Elephant Stomp in Iowa!

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Discussing politics can be a slippery slope, but I can’t resist today— As I watch the Iowa caucuses, I began to reflect on the campaigning leading up to the Republican primaries and boy oh boy it’s been one interesting ride and it’s not over yet.  There has been more mud slinging and dirty draws airing than I care to have witnessed..mistresses, money and mannheim!

Quite frankly, I am embarrassed and ashamed!  Imagine the conversations of our neighboring countries?  I can hear the conversations at the dinner tables regarding the likes of Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich?  Here we have these men…. self-declared as the best and the brightest to hold the highest office in our land… to lead our country…really?

What is really going on? No disrespect to the Republican party, but how is it that one week everyone is loving the Herman Cain train .i.e Rev Low Down– (that’s my opinion, not necessarily a fact..) until it gets too hard to overlook the bones falling out of his closet then it’s flip over to Mitt Romney..seems like a nice enough man, but really?  He is not the right candidate for the same reason he was not in 2008…not much has changed there.

And Newt, between his messy personal life to his hot headed temperament and politically incorrect comments…he will eventually self destruct.  Ron Paul..gotta love him… he makes a few great points, but he’ll never get the nomination…and what about the one too many “senior moments” that Rick Perry is constantly trying to explain away– of course I know the legal voting age…do you really?

Yeah, ok and here comes Rick Santorum sneaking up from behind last place?  As far as I am concerned they all spent a lot of time in Iowa blowing where the wind blows for the sake of a vote; pun intended.  So now you have an election hanging on 14 votes…really? Iowa is the first stop, not the last one.. None of them will be conservative enough for Evangelicals/Tea Party’ers and some will be too conservative for others, so from what I can see, we should have (4) parties:

  1. Conservative -Righties
  2. Liberal- Lefties
  3. Very Conservative- Hard Righters
  4. Very Liberal- Hard Lefters

A lefty will never be able to satisfy the hard lefties; he will always fall short and same with the rightie , he will never satisfy the hard righties!  So why try to do it all, pick one and own it instead of trying to be a little of both!

Bottom line, none of these men can hold a candle stick to the heated, highly competitive, contested race in 2008 between three REALLY qualified candidates for the office of President!

But you know, in the meantime just keep it coming!  Close call elections, dirty politics and affairs make good news and interesting history, it will help keep news ratings up and help to put reality TV out of business!

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The Relevance of Kwanzaa ?

The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa

What is Kwanzaa? Why do we celebrate?   And is this holiday too deeply rooted in African culture that only African Americans can or should celebrate?

Have any of these questions crossed your mind?  If so, let’s blabb about it….

Just as a point of historical reference, during the 1960’s African Americans began reaching back to tie the lost cultural roots of traditional African communities embracing self awareness and empowerment…thus founding Kwanzaa, which is the only nationally celebrated, native, non religious or political African American holiday.

The Kwanzaa holiday is observed from December 26th through January 1st and its’ focus is to pay tribute to the rich cultural roots of the People of the African Diaspora. It is strongly rooted in cultural awareness and it reinforces personal growth and achievements.  Kwanzaa is now a 45 year old celebration and tradition yet the principles are still relevant to African Americans today; particularly young African American children.

The principles are:

1. Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
2. Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
3. Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.
4. Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
5. Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
6. Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
7. Imani (Faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

With this celebration commencing at the last week of the year, it allows us the opportunity to reflect and re-affirm our goals, add some clarity or tweak our perspectives and/or re-define, but performing the traditional ceremony is where I struggle…Many African Americans are still “ignorant” to African tribal and cultural traditions.  It is piece of culture that is 10 times removed and not easy to plug back in… I realize that one of the very purposes of this celebration is to continuously introduce, reinforce and cultivate an appreciation for African culture through these principles, but when many African Americans speak of celebrating Kwanzaa (in the true spirit upon which is was found) it feels like lip service to a culture and traditions we really don’t fully understand and/or appreciate.

But in every effort to be the all around culturally in-tune African American family, you go out and buy all the necessary items, invite your friends and family over, recite the principles, light the candles, spread the kente clothe and exchange the gifts……

Is practicing this celebration really preserving African communitarian values?  Or are we just going through the motions at home or in public for the sake of saying we celebrated Kwanzaa and on January 2nd we forget we lit those (7) candles?

So I ask this question, giving all do respect to Dr. Maulana Karenga, is Kwanzaa too deeply rooted in African culture?  Is the way in which we celebrate and honor the principles relatable (we agree that they are relevant) 45 years later?   Should the Kwanzaa celebration be redefined to keep the principles of Kwanzaa relevant and consistent  in our daily lives after January 1st?

What do you think?  Blabb Back…

Will You Eat Healthy during the Holidays?

English: Healthy Food For Life logo

Good food is one of life’s great joys, but everywhere you turn its “healthy this… and healthy that…”  When I hear “eat healthy” my taste buds are sending signals to my brain and it translates to bland and boring, so my immediate response is — I’ll take a pass …my heart is healthy”.   

After all, Christmas dinner would not be the same without my favorites, which means real butter; the salted kind and lots of seasoning salts– the big taboo ingredients; otherwise known as clog up your veins cholesterol and sky-rocket your blood pressure sodium. 

I know eating right doesn’t necessarily mean giving up on many wonderful foods, but knowing and doing are two different things. 

Recently I attended a healthy food cook off where I had an opportunity to taste several dishes that were prepared in a “heart healthy” way and I will admit, I could not tell the difference!  After reviewing the recipe ingredients, I could see that the dishes were prepared in the usual ways and the healthier substitutions for those taboo ingredients didn’t alter the taste of the dishes; no horrible after taste or a desire to grab a bottle of sauce to supplement.

The basic staples of many traditional holiday favorites includes lots of healthy vegetables and by making a few simple changes I now know I can still enjoy the flavors of healthy cooking.  We all have the power to  make choices to improve our health and if you are having dinner at my house for the holidays; expect some changes… but you won’t be able to tell the difference…hopefully??

I am not an expert on health, healthy eating or living, but I would like to share a few sites I found to be helpful.  Let us know if I can recommend more:

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/Recipes/Recipes_UCM_001184_SubHomePage.jsp 

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyCooking/Healthy-Cooking_UCM_001183_SubHomePage.jsp 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ruth-zukerman/exercise-and-holidays_b_1140177.html#es_share_ended

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Santa Claus– Fantasy or Reality? Does your child still believe?

Every holiday season the #1 topic of discussion on playgrounds across the globe always seems to revolve around whether or not Santa Claus really exists.  And it never fails, that in the center of these discussions lie that one recent “non believing” kid whose parents felt is was there moral and parental obligation to dispel what they consider to be a myth about good Ole’ St. Nick.

Inevitably at some point logic sets in for all children and they start to question the probability that one man with a sleigh and a few reindeer can deliver presents to children all over the world in one night?  Luckily, thanks to the magic and the spirit of the season along with all of the pomp and circumstance– the Christmas TV specials, parades, “breakfast with Santa”, tree lighting and those infamous Salvation Army Santa’s shaking bells at every grocery, big box retailer or stop light from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve most children choose to believe that one mans knows if they’ve been naughty or nice.

So until your child reaches the point of disbelief, keep the fantasy going and bring the reality of a naughty or nice checklist and Santa’s workshop to life by creating your own customized video email from Santa!  It is guaranteed to keep your children in line — you still have 12 more days to go! 

Go here to find out how: http://www.portablenorthpole.tv/home

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Are you a HS interested in exploring careers in Science, Engineering, or Math ?

Are you interested in exploring careers in Science, Engineering, or Math and want to get some $$ for it? Fermilab (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory) is offering YOU a PAID, non-residential summer internship opportunity, TARGET: Science and Engineering Program.

The program dates are from June 25 – August 3. During this time, you will participate in both classroom and work experiences for five days each week beginning at 8:30 each morning. Work assignments will include supporting the science done at the Lab including administration, computing, and communications. You will be considered a summer employee and paid for your time worked, in addition to receiving a weekly stipend for classroom time.

Please don’t miss this opportunity! You must apply in order to participate! Application materials are available at http://wdrs.fnal.gov/eeo/target.html

Applications must be received by Monday, April 2, 2012. Requirements include:
• 2012 Application (available at above link)
• Personal Statement (See page 3 of 7 of Application for detailed instructions)
• Official Transcript
• 2 Evaluations of Applicant Forms completed by your Math and Science Teachers
• You must prove your eligibility to work in the US
• Be a current sophomore or junior

Good Luck!!

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