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The other day, I was called a "dumb mother fucker."  As an unemployed person, I have yet to donate a penny to President Obama’s re-election efforts.  But if I was able to, or when I become gainfully employed, you can bet I will be donating. In the interim, I am doing my best to make sure that he is re-elected by spreading the word on his accomplishments, which is not really the subject of this diary.

Still, I make one quick point on this: The alternative, when you consider the happenings in states across the country where voting rights laws are being clandestinely tinkered with, is scary wicked. Or when you consider the overreach we’ve already witnessed in Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio, you can bet this "dumb mother fucker" will be working her rear-end off to get this president elected.

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Mon Nov 15, 2010 at 09:23 PM PST

Second Chances -- Go Vick

by africa

Michael Vick went to prison and served his time. He is back in society, doing what he loves best -- playing football. And tonight, he played.

He played in the rain flawlessly. I am not a sports person, but I believe in rehabilitation.

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Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 01:05 PM PDT

Help! Health Care question

by africa

I am looking for some answers for a friend about health care coverage. She works from home for a company that provides health education to seniors. She is married with a small daughter and another child on the way.

She recently found out from the company that her contract will be coming to an end. This places her in a precarious situation. As a pregnant woman, she says she's been told that her condition is pre-existing, and therefore she's having difficulty getting coverage.

Her job is coming to an end either on November 2 or December 2, but she doesn't know exactly when. If it is Dec. 2, she will be able to carry her insurance over for the next three months after that.

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Sun Dec 13, 2009 at 08:37 AM PST

Tiger, Edwards, Ensign & Sanford

by africa

Let me begin by stating that Tiger Woods gets no pity from me for cheating on his wife. Not that my disapproval means or should mean squat to him and his family. It is simply my opinion and I think what he did was wrong.

But was his transgressions any worse than John Ensign, John Edwards or Mark Sanford? All of these men cheated on their wives. One even had a child out of wedlock. Sanford's wife has filed for divorce.

And so, why is it that Tiger Woods' story has been covered ad nauseam by the media, compared to the three politicians, when Woods is only a sports star?

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One evening about two weeks ago, I experienced firsthand the meaning of living without healthcare. My ailing husband was hospitalized in one of our local hospitals. Because he has renal failure, thank God, he is covered by Medicare.

But for my 12-year-old son and me, we live with the fear of not getting medical care. In our hometown, we have no family, but we have some good friends. With my husband cooped up in the hospital fighting for his life, one of those wonderful friends had prepared dinner for my son and me that night.

I had been running like a chicken with its head cut off. Throughout the week, I had been going  from the hospital to pick up my son from football practice, taking him back to the hospital for a brief moment to see his dad,  and back home to help him with homework, if he had any. And to top it off, I had my own school work. I am working on getting my master’s in social work at our local university.

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I know some people already have stated what I am about to say here. But what else did we hear or see tonight besides Wilson's disrespectful comment.

Was there a message in the president's speech that we need to take to our communities and share with people might not be listening? Should we have a discussion on the Front Page or in a diary on the rec list somewhere?

What did we take away from the speech? Did you hear something you wanted to? Do you think he still needs to give us a little more explanation?

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It has been eight months since I lost my job. I still have not been able to find one, and so I am doing the next best thing.

I am going back to school to try to re-invent myself. I have been accepted into the master of social work program here in my town at my local university.

Losing my job in December has been difficult. But it was not the worst thing that could have happened to me. With an ailing husband and a child, you would think so, right? But I have no doubt that there are others worse off than us.

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Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 12:53 PM PDT

"Barack Obama is the Devil Incarnate"

by africa

Today I stopped by one of my local health and nutrition stores that I used to frequent a lot, but have not visited in a long time. The owner is one who seems to know lots about what's going on in our town. Her shop is like a barber shop. People go in there and trade in gossip a bunch, which sometimes makes for good theater. Over the years, both the owner and I had become somewhat fond of one another.

With my husband and son out of town, and time on my hand to spare, I decided to stop by and visit with her a little. I could use a good laugh today. She had a couple of clients come in and out, but I hung around and chatted with her for a while.

When the store was completely empty, she asked me how I was coping, with both my husband and I being unemployed. I told her we were getting by, having exhausted our savings, and unemployment was also helping.

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Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 07:41 AM PDT

GOP Hypocrisy -- Re: Judge Sotomayor

by africa

In public the GOP on the Hill are putting up false faces. They appear to be restrained in the language they use about Supreme Court Judge nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, but in private meetings, they are asking Rush and his ilk to continue their racists and hateful talk.

This Hill article spells out exactly how an aide to Mitch McConnell is holding meetings to continue this facade.

That these cowardly men would encourage the nasty and hateful lies about this woman, who worked hard to achieve what she has, is rephrensible. They should be called on it. They hide behind the skirts of the likes of Rush, Tancredo and Miranda, to do their dirty work, all the while hoping that Hispanics would separate them from the talking heads. No. They are all in it together.

It's the same old bit and switch, bad cop, good cop routine. And they should be exposed for their hypocrisy.

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I am looking for a way to help my sister in Maryland. She rents an apartment from a private owner of a condominum. She's had a terrible time ever since she moved in about two months ago.

A leasing company manages the property for the owner. When my sister tried to get the key to the apartment a few days earlier prior to moving in, they told her she couldn't because they were getting it cleaned.

To her dismay, on the day she finally she got the keys to the apartment, it was a total mess. She had already given up her other apartment, and so she was stuck.

From the kitchen to the living room, bathrooms, the whole apartment was filthy. She called me in tears that day. I advised her to make notation of everything that was wrong with the apartment and send it to the owner, which she did.

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Sorry. I know people are tired already of the tea bagging diaries. But ever since yesterday, I’ve walked around with a heavy heart, and just needed to vent.

I first came to America in 1976 as a student exchange student. I lived with an American (white) family in Tucson, Arizona. I went to Amphitheater High School, where I graduated the following year.

It was a school with very few minorities. But one of the most popular black girls there dated a white boy -- and was pregnant with his child. I had grown up in Liberia, sheltered, and never knew about racism. In Liberia, our leaders were all black, although there was definitely prejudice (a whole different diary).

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First it was president Obama. Now it is Michelle Obama who's doing too much. When did good work ethic become a liability?

From overseeing the growing of an organic garden at the White House to the outreach to children in the Washington, D.C., the First Lady has been doing outreach that is valuable, I would think.

But to some, it seems that is doing too much.

I am really beginning to think that, some people are so jealous of the first couple, they can't see straight.

From the article here, it looks like some people are wondering if First lady Michelle Obama is doing too much or are these the musings of Politico?

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