Daily Archive: December 9, 2011


Newt Gingrich’s war on poor people

(NNPA)—Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich launched a nuclear attack on the needy last week by using ugly stereotypes to argue that people are poor because they are lazy and the solution to widespread poverty is scrapping child labor laws and putting poor kids to work in menial jobs. He said in a speech in Council Bluffs, Iowa: “Start with the following two facts: Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works. So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’ unless it’s illegal.”



Herman Cain inspiring millionaires across America

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—Herman Cain finally ended his quixotic quest for the GOP nomination last Saturday to the surprise of many and the consternation of his fellow candidates. The ‘suspension’ of his campaign was a surprise since Cain had been so adamant about his innocence, so dogmatic about his campaign’s strength that it seemed like nothing would force him to quit. Then again, he said that the final decision would be made with his wife, and I’m sure that after weeks of allegations from women that he was a serial sexual harasser as well as him carrying on long term affairs, she was not having anymore of his mid-life crisis campaign. What’s interesting in all of this however is that Herman Cain has opened a door in campaign politics in a way that wouldn’t have been possible just 20 years ago. We have now finally reached a place where African-Americans are allowed to be self-funded vanity candidates, too.


‘Beating the Odds’

Sell or stay? Stay or sell? In times like these, when the market resembles a cheap yo-yo, you don’t know which to do. Should you sell your stocks before they drop further, or sit tight? Should you buy now that prices are down, or is that just throwing money away? The market’s a bear these days, which makes you madder than a bull. But when you read “Beating the Odds” by Eddie Brown (with Blair Walker), you’ll be reminded that it’s always best to keep your sight on the light.


Jazz goes to church with Todd Ledbetter

Jazz was born in the United States; some would say that it’s dying here, too. At the very least, it’s becoming a shadow of its former self. By pairing jazz with gospel, saxophonist Todd Ledbetter, Harold Rayford and Vernard Johnson, among others, could be ushering in a jazz Renaissance. “The origins of gospel jazz are as familiar as any other form of musical expression,” said Terrence Richburg, a gospel musician. “Just as the separate styles gospel and jazz were born out of the deep emotional experiences endured and overcome by our fore-parents and ancestors, gospel jazz has always been around—just not recognized as such.” TODD LEDBETTER


My cousin had a baby by…

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: I have been going with a man for 16 years. We have been engaged for the past two years this month. We have no children. This is my problem: He recently told me that my cousin’s 10-year-old son is his. I cried and insisted on a DNA test. Guess what? It’s true. He told me that he has been going with my cousin for the past 11 years, all the time he was involved with me. Oh by the way, we have lived together for the past 15 years. Yes, it took 14 years for him to propose marriage. I have been happy with him. I have worked the entire time in a high paying career. Because of the recent discovery should I give him up?—Doris



How to avoid debt while Christmas shopping this year

Can you believe it’s the month of December already? It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Retailers are open extended hours seeking to claim the money in your wallet. Every charitable organization known to man is soliciting you for money. Friends and family are dropping hints about certain gifts that they would enjoy this year. People in the office are asking you to chip in on a gift for the boss. Your church is passing around an extra offering plate for a present for the Pastor. You believe in your heart that “it’s better to give than to receive” but in the back of your mind you’re thinking, “give me a break”. “No can do,” says mortgage, car note, student loan, credit cards, lights, gas, cable, house phone, cell phone, internet, insurance, and Uncle Sam. “We understand that you’re in a giving mood but don’t forget you have bills to pay!”


The laws of consumer power in motion

(NNPA)—Let’s give a shout out to English mathematician Sir Isaac Newton who, way back in 1687, developed the Theories of Black Consumer Power. Well, ok, if you want to get technical about it he didn’t name it that. He named it The Three Laws of Motion. But wow, do they explain a lot about your consumer power. Newton’s First Law of Motion, otherwise known as the Law of Inertia, states “an object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force.” The Second Law of Motion essentially says “motion acceleration is produced when a force acts on a mass. The greater the mass the greater the amount of force needed to move the object.” And the Third Law of Motion is “for every action there is an equal (and opposite) reaction.” Those of you who read this column regularly, immediately, see the connection between Newton’s Three Laws of Motion and your power, right? For those of you who need a little help read on.


Home market held back by wary first-timers

by Derek Kravitz WASHINGTON (AP)—This should be a great time to buy a first home. Prices have sunk to 2002 levels. Sellers are waiting anxiously as homes languish on the market. Mortgage rates are their lowest ever. Yet the most likely first-time homeowners, especially young professionals and couples starting families, won’t buy these days. Or they can’t. Or they already did, during the housing boom. And their absence helps explain why the housing industry is still depressed. The obstacles range from higher down payments to heavy debt from credit cards and student loans. But even many of those who could afford to buy no longer see it as a wise investment. Prices have sunk 15 percent in three years.


Unemployment rate drops to lowest since 2009

by C. S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP)—The unemployment rate, which has refused to budge from the 9 percent neighborhood for two and a half frustrating years, fell sharply in November, driven in part by small businesses that finally see reason to hope and hire. Economists say there is a long way to go, but they liked what they saw. The rate fell to 8.6 percent, the lowest since March 2009, two months after President Barack Obama took office. Unemployment passed 9 percent that spring and had stayed there or higher for all but two months since then. The country added 120,000 jobs in November, the Labor Department said Friday. Private employers added 140,000 jobs, while governments cut 20,000.



:10 Listen, whatever they’re putting in the milk they give the boys in Clairton and Aliquippa needs to be packaged and marketed nationwide. Are you kidding me…both of their football teams are something like 250 wins and no losses over the past five years. And let’s not talk about the last “50” years! Now run and tell Kevin Cameron I said that! BILL NEAL