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Professor Gates … i am offended by the Police PR lady … never forget!

Henry Louis Gates Jr., being interviewed in his home in Cambridge, Mass., in 2008.
Josh Reynolds/Associated Press

So, we’re on day 9 of Black History Month.  February, the shortest month has been filled with stories, documentaries, and information regarding the people experiencing life as African Americans. The ever-present and the unfortunate increase of incidences of living while Black happened to Professor Gates in 2009; the charges may have been dismissed and Professor Gates may have agreed to sign off on a piece of paper or some kind of waiver … but we all know the PR lady and her department made arrangements for a press conference and on national tv she stated that they firmly believed the actions the police took were justified… was an awful decision least we talk about what did take place

There were reports that 6 officers were dispatched to Professors Gates property … 6?

questions still abound … why didn’t they know who lives in their police district? his home is in an affluent college neighborhood and as an Affluent Professor, he should have privileges … was it a disgruntled neighbor or someone driving by? Whoever it was, the dispatch has an obligation and should have taken time to find out who lived there and told the police to act accordingly. Unfortunately, this behavior is historic and horrific especially when the person in question is Black …  Professor Gates arrest was a way to show him who was in charge and in control.

Birthers? …Flat Earthers? Deathers? Republicans and Conservatives- reminders

Birthers and Deathers in the Republican and Conservative party?

how crazy can this all get?

makes you wonder if the criteria for running for congress should change?

Tea baggers, birthers, rush limbaugh,  …Congressmen and women are provoking people and should not be in Public Service.

engaging in hate, fear and displaced trust is un- American

A new way to hold Republicans accountable

The Democratic Party
With Congress’s August recess now under way, Republican members of Congress are starting to show up at Tea Party events and campaign rallies all over the country.

We saw last year during the fight for health reform that this is a time when the extremists run rampant. Remember “death panels?”

This year, Republicans are looking to have it both ways, trying to appeal to independent voters while making promises to the Tea Party crowd to pursue an extreme right-wing agenda if they regain control of Congress.

We don’t — but I sure wish we did.

That’s where the “Accountability Project” comes in. It’s a platform for citizens to document Republican candidates and their public statements at local events, as well as their campaign tactics.

The Accountability Project allows you to submit videos, recordings, and other items for publication online, so that candidates see that there’s a cost to their dishonest statements — and so that everyday citizens can see what their Republican candidates for office are saying.

We need people like you to take the lead. Sign up today to be a part of the Accountability Project here.

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The American people deserve an honest debate — and far too often, candidates try to make misleading attacks and false claims under the radar.

This project seeks to shine a light on those practices, and you have a crucial role to play in making it happen.

There are several ways in which folks can participate:

— If you have anything that can record video — from a cell phone to a video camera — you can go to public events and record what candidates say.

— If you receive any sort of mailings or literature from candidates, you can post them online for all to see.

— And if you hear of any upcoming public events for Republican candidates in your area, you can let everyone know, so that other concerned citizens can get out there.

This project will enable folks to keep track of Republican candidates running for every office, up and down the ballot.

Please help fight back against Republicans’ shadowy tactics — participate in The Accountability Project:




Shauna Daly
Research Director
Democratic National Committee

Apologize to BP? add your name …we won’t apologize

Organizing for America

When BP CEO Tony Hayward testified before Congress this morning, many expected to hear him apologize for the disaster his company has caused. Instead, GOP Congressman Joe Barton was the one saying he was sorry — to BP.

In his opening statement, Barton, the top Republican on the committee overseeing the oil spill and its aftermath, delivered a personal apology to the oil giant. He said the $20 billion fund that President Obama directed BP to establish to provide relief to the victims of the oil disaster was a “tragedy in the first proportion.”

Other Republicans are echoing his call. Sen. John Cornyn said he “shares” Barton’s concern. Rep. Michele Bachmann said that BP shouldn’t agree to be “fleeced.” Rush Limbaugh called it a “bailout.” The Republican Study Committee, with its 114 members in the House, called it a “shakedown.”

Let’s be clear. This fund is a major victory for the people of the Gulf. It’s a key step toward making them whole again. BP has a responsibility to those whose lives and livelihoods have been devastated by the disaster. And BP oil executives don’t deserve an apology — the people of the Gulf do.

Stand with us to show that the American people support holding BP accountable — and we won’t apologize for doing so.

We support holding BP accountable. And we won't apologize for doing  so. Add your name.

Rep. Barton and Republicans like him don’t understand that the real tragedy is what’s happening to the people in the Gulf Coast. They’re the ones who deserve his apology — not BP.

But big oil knows exactly who its allies are. And if Republicans win control of the House, Rep. Barton could be chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee — overseeing regulation of the oil and gas industry.

Notably, companies like Halliburton — the folks responsible for cementing the Deepwater Horizon rig — are directing their political committees to deliver thousands of dollars to GOP candidates this cycle. Barton himself has received more than $100,000 from the oil and gas industry this election cycle.

Barton should apologize to the people of the Gulf and he should step down as the highest-ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Adding your name to our open letter is one of the best ways you can show him and other Republicans that they weren’t elected to defend big oil.

Sign the open letter today:



David Plouffe

Cash for Appliances …

By Renee DeFranco

Many traded in their “clunkers” for new fuel-efficient vehicles in 2009. As we move into 2010, the popularity of green appliances is heating up.

That’s thanks to a newly launched federal appliance rebate program, modeled after the popular Cash for Clunkers incentive. We provided a sneak peek back in August, and now the deal has officially begun. Consumers can receive cash for swapping their older clothes washers, refrigerators and other appliances for energy-efficient models that qualify for the “Energy Star” designation.

How does the program work? Guidelines and rebate amounts vary by state. California residents, for example, can get $100 rebates for washing machines, $75 for refrigerators and $50 for room air conditioners. To see how your state stacks up, check out the program information currently available on the federal web site.

If you’re in the market for new home-appliance upgrades, now may be the time to cash in. But first, there are some finer points to consider. For instance, will you save enough in water and energy bills over time to justify splurging on a new product? (The older the appliance, the greater possibility of saving money by buying a new one, suggests this Associated Press article.) Also, just because you’re getting a federal rebate, be sure you shop around to find the absolute best deal.

Still interested?

Then it’s helpful to act sooner, rather than later. That’s because the federal appliance rebate program received only $300 million, which is one-tenth of what the Cash for Clunkers incentive garnered and about $1 per U.S. resident. The program is expected to end by February 2012 or when the money runs out — whichever happens first. We saw what reached the finish line first in Cash for Clunkers… government funding.

Do you plan to take advantage of the federal appliance rebates? Do you have energy-efficient appliances in your home, and do you think they were worth the investment? Share your thoughts here. <——– click the link to respond to Renee DeFranco

— The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.