Daily Archive: June 15, 2012

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Opinion

Florida is again the laughing stock of America

(NNPA)—When it comes to national elections, no state makes a bigger fool of itself than Florida. The Sunshine state was at the center of an 1876 controversy over the presidential election between Republican Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel L. Tilden. By throwing out many votes cast by Blacks, Florida was able to give Hayes a one-vote margin in the Electoral College although Tilden had won the state’s popular vote by 260,000 votes. The case reached the Supreme Court where Florida’s chicanery was also upheld by a one-vote margin. A book on the election by Roy Morris Jr. was titled, “Florida’s Voting Scandal in 1876: The Fraud of the Century.”

Opinion

President Obama needs to run against Congress

(NNPA)—If President Obama wants to win in November he will have to run against the Republican Congress. He will actually not need to spend his time on Romney. When you have people like former President Jimmy Carter suggesting that Romney is not that bad, you have a message problem and one that may not be resolvable in the short-term. On the other hand, as a few people have suggested, if the obstructionist, wealthy Republican Congress can be tied around Romney’s neck, it could quite possibly undermine Romney’s campaign.

Opinion

Obama is not the first ‘Black president’

by Wilmer J. Leon III (NNPA)—Professor Fredrick Harris has written in his Op Ed, Still Waiting for Our First Black President, “Obama has pursued a racially defused electoral and governing strategy, keeping issues of specific interest to African Americans—off the national agenda.” Michael Nutter the mayor of the City of Philadelphia replied to Harris in the Huffington Post, “Barack Obama…has fought every single day to improve the livelihood and well-being of the African-American community…We have our first Black President, his name is President Barack Obama…”

Entertainment

Cover To Cover…‘Astride a Pink Horse’

When it comes to friends, there’s always room for one more. The ones you’ve had the longest are the ones that are best: whether you’ve been apart for five minutes or five decades, you slip into conversation easily. The ones you make at work are what you need to get you through your day-to-day. And then there are the new friends, so full of potential and promise. Retired Air Force Master Sergeant Thurmond Giles made many friends over the course of his long career. But in the new book “Astride a Pink Horse” by Robert Greer, some of them were no friends at all. Once upon a time, the man had surely been tall and handsome, even athletic. But there he was, naked and gray-haired, his cocoa skin dry in the Wyoming desert.

Entertainment

‘Gem of the Ocean’ sparkles

Most of us have no reference point for life in Pittsburgh for Blacks during the previous turn of the century beyond a decided lack of technology. In 1904 slavery, though abolished some 40 years prior, was not a distant memory but a constant reminder thanks to the hold of Jim Crow and Reconstruction on relatives still trapped in the south. Still, the promise of a new century and Northern possibilities for a better life brought many a person to Pittsburgh to give it a go. Such was the case for one Citizen Barlow, led to 1839 Wylie Avenue to have his soul washed of a sin that resulted in the death of an innocent man.

Business

So you’re an entrepreneur

by Michelle Thornhill Research suggests that African-Americans are more likely than the general population to have small business aspirations. But I’m sure this is no surprise to you! Many of us grew up with dreams of “being our own boss” and becoming the next neighborhood success story. Owning a successful business can be a realistic goal for many, but it requires dedication, preparation, discipline and knowledge. At several points during my career, I pursued entrepreneurial endeavors. When I first graduated from college, the job market was challenging—similar to what we are experiencing today. I decided then that if I couldn’t find a job I would create one.

Business

Time to share the ‘truth’ about timeshares

Well over 10 years ago while vacationing in Florida, I was given an offer that I could not refuse. “Come to this free 2-hour seminar and you’ll get 2 free tickets to Disney World and 2 free tickets to Universal Studios.” Back then tickets to both Disney World and Universal Studios were approximately $60 per ticket. I’m a sucker for free stuff. I was one of the first people in line at the seminar. It turned out that this was no seminar. It was a high-pressure sales environment for timeshares. At the time, I had no earthly idea what a timeshare was. All I knew was that the sales representative wanted me to pay $15,000 for the right to have access to a condo for one week out of the year, every year. Even back then with absolutely no knowledge of timeshares, I thought this was one of the silliest concepts ever conceived. Today, I know it is.

Business

Keys to unlock door to new home

DES MOINES, Iowa—Interest rates remain at historic lows. Yet, many buyers are sitting on the fence unsure whether now is the right time to buy, and if they would even qualify for a loan. There’s no magic bullet to get you the loan you want, but there are few things you can do to help get you on the right path. Here are some helpful tips to make you look your best in the eyes of a lender:

Sports

Bradley shocks boxing world with controversial win over Pacquiao

LAS VEGAS (AP)—Timothy Bradley promised to shock, though the biggest shock in his fight with Manny Pacquiao came from the judges’ scorecards. In a fight Pacquiao seemed to have in hand, two judges decided otherwise, giving Bradley a split decision Saturday night and ending the Filipino fighter’s remarkable seven-year unbeaten run. SPLIT DECISION—Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, right, lands a punch against Timothy Bradley, from Palm Springs, Calif., in their WBO world welterweight title fight June 9, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Promoter Bob Arum fumed, the crowd at the MGM Grand arena booed, and Pacquiao seemed stunned when the decision was announced. Arum said there would be a November rematch, though he blasted the way the decision went down.

Sports

UEFA steps up probes into Euro 2012 racism claims

by Graham Dunbar WARSAW, Poland (AP)—UEFA stepped up investigations on Tuesday into alleged racial abuse directed at Italy forward Mario Balotelli and Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie. UEFA said it received new reports “regarding the two cases of alleged racist chanting” at the European Championship. TARGET OF ABUSE—Italy’s Mario Balotelli is tackled by Spain’s Sergio Ramos during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group C match between Spain and Italy in Gdansk, Poland, June 10. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) “UEFA is now conducting further investigations,” UEFA spokesman Rob Faulkner said. “There are however, no disciplinary proceedings opened at this moment in time.”