Daily Archive: January 13, 2012



He’s back: Santorum runs for president

After wishing, hoping, praying that the young Dick Cheney was out of politics forever after losing a landslide senatorial race to Bob Casey in 2008, he’s back in the thick of things in the 2012 presidential race, after a virtual tie in Iowa. Yes, I’m talking about Rick Santorum, the golden child who was being groomed to be the next president after George Bush. He was more conservative than Bush, he was looked upon by most to be a young Dick Cheney. But Casey derailed all that, we thought. But he bided his time, and laid low, waiting for the American people to forget that the Republicans, especially the ultra conservatives, had run this country into the ground, namely a recession and if Bush/Cheney had more time, it would have been a depression.


That’s alright baby, take your time

Let’s be honest, the majority of artists that occupy the top of the R&B and Hip Hop charts are not musicians at all. Most can’t really play an instrument and in the unusual case that they can, it’s often mediocre at best. A computer, not a human, is producing most of the music that we hear today. Why is this? One of the main reasons is a lack of music training. I believe that the lack of music training and the resulting lack of trained musicians in the Black community today can be traced back to two institutions: the public schools and the Black church. We are painfully aware of what has transpired in public schools. Dwindling resources, lack of funding and shifting priorities have all but removed music and instrumental training from many if not most public schools. But what about the Black church? What does the Black church have to do with the lack of trained musicians in the Black community today?


Letter To The Editor…Santorum leads others to false conclusions

Dear Editor: Why is that some politicians utter statements with malice or without thinking about the extent of the harm that they can cause by leaving the voters with a false sense of who is being victimized and who is directly responsible for lessening the contents of some wallets? Presidential candidate Rick Santorum did just that when uttered the statement, “I do not want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money, I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money,” In reality, when the statistics were researched, it was found that in Iowa, 9 percent of Blacks received food stamps while 84 percent of Whites received them.


Cover To Cover…‘Man in the Music’

There was no way you were sitting down. As soon as you heard those four notes—just four beats—your feet were itching to move. You were up and on the dance floor quick, not caring that you didn’t have a partner. With songs like that, you’d dance alone but not for long: other people’s feet were itching, too, and you knew you wouldn’t be by yourself but for a minute. Remember the first time you heard Michael Jackson sing? No matter what your age, whether it was “I Want You Back” or clips from “This Is It,” your musical tastes changed right there. In the new book “Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson” by Joseph Vogel, you’ll read about what went into those songs and everything in between.


I thought I had found the perfect love!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: When I left to make arrangements to get my mother moved to be near me, my fiancee was unfaithful with my cousin. My aunt, who does not like my fiancee, told me of the incident. My fiancee did not disclose the affair. It was my cousin who was bragging that my future wife was not the person I thought. Other than having an affair with my cousin, she also sold my car while I was away.



Understanding Form W-4—Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate

If you have been receiving a relatively large tax refund (refund in access of $1,500) in the past couple of years, yet you’re finding it hard to make ends meet. This article is for you. Nearly 70 percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. After they pay their monthly expenses and debts, they have nothing left over to save and invest for future goals, payoff debt and/or spend on activity that’s conducive toward romance, amusement, and entertainment.


New (technological) Year

The countdown is on. As we welcome a brand new shiny year, I’ve already been pouring through the magazine articles that promise me, “A New Year, A New You!” Here we go—again. Last year I was convinced that if Jennifer Hudson could lose weight through Weight Watchers, then I could too. And of course, there was an “app” to help me with that. I am not alone in my quest to find a quick way to a new and improved way of life—via my smartphone, according to a recent Nielsen study.


Foreign aid is evil

In early history, nations or empires that wanted to expand would just invade unsuspecting people and take what they wanted. It might have been just the land or crops or precious metals or women. Whatever it was, they would just take it and kill anyone who got in their way. Seizing property from others was a quick way to increase your wealth and, most of all, influence. The British Empire was the most successful of these aggressors and much of what they influenced still has implications today. As time went on, it became immoral for a nation to take what it wanted. Eventually, at the end of World War II, aggression and theft was replaced with a thing called “Aid”. Foreign Aid became the vehicle to influence and inject wealth, someone else’s wealth, into an aggressive nation.


Google gets more personal with search results

by Michael Liedtke SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Google is sifting through the photos and commentary on its blossoming social network so its Internet search results can include more personal information. The additional personal touches coming out Tuesday mark another step toward one of Google’s most ambitious goals. The Internet search leader eventually hopes to know enough about each of its users so it can tailor its results to fit the unique interests of each person looking for something.


Steelers RB coach Kirby Wilson injured in fire

by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP)—Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson was hospitalized on Jan. 5 after being severely burned during an early morning fire at his home in a Pittsburgh suburb. Authorities say the fire broke out around 3 a.m. in the kitchen of Wilson’s home in Seven Fields, about 30 minutes north of the city. Flames were visible to firefighters when they arrived on the scene, according to Cranberry Township director of Public Safety Jeffrey Schueler. HOSPITALIZED—This May 5, 2011 photo shows Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson. (AP Photo/File)