Yesterday, Cambridge police released the tapes of the 911 call that set up the confrontation between a Harvard professor and a cop that made national headlines.
Contrary to media reports, the caller did not mention the race of the two men that a neighbor thought she saw breaking into professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates' Harvard-owned house on July 16. She also didn't mention the word "backpacks" during the call.
Most of you probably never would have heard about this local matter if Barack Obama had not decided to make a racial issue out of it without knowing any of the facts.
The police reports posted on SmokingGun.com clearly shows a belligerent, pompous Skip Gates verbally abusing Sgt. James Crowley for doing his job. "Do You know who I am?" Gates shouted when Crowley asked to see his ID to prove he resided at that address.
When Sgt. Crowley informed Gates that he was investigating a possible break-in at that address, Gates asked, "Why, because I'm a black man in America?" Gates also demanded to know if Sgt. Crowley knew who he was messing with. Witnesses would later say it was almost as if Gates wanted to be arrested.
Gates heaped verbal abuse on Sgt. Crowley, calling him a racist for doing his job. Gates even hurled an insult at Sgt. Crowley's mother as he followed the officer outside and onto the porch. If anyone was exhibiting racist behavior it was Gates.
Obama didn't know any of these facts before sticking his foot in his mouth by referring to the Cambridge police as "acting stupidly."
Maybe Gates prefers that police not investigate any more calls of possible break-ins at at his home.
The fallout continues: Comedian Bill Cosby has weighed in on the remarks made by Barack Obama at the conclusion of last night's televised presser from the White House.
"I’ve heard about five different reports [on the details of the arrest]. If I'm the president of the United States, I don't care how much pressure people want to put on it about race, I'm keeping my mouth shut," said Cosby in an interview on Boston’s WZLX.
Obama deliberately waited to call on Chicago Sun Times' Washington bureau chief Lynn Sweet last because he obviously knew she would ask him a question about the arrest of his friend Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a distinguished Harvard University professor.
Prior to that question, most of the reporters' questions focused on Obama's disastrous health care reform bill.
Sgt. James Crowley arrested professor Gates last week for disorderly conduct. Obama said the Cambridge police reacted "stupidly" in arresting his friend who refused the officer's request for ID to prove he owned the home he couldn't unlock the front door to.
Gates, who was returning from a trip to China, couldn't unlock his front door because he'd jammed his key in the lock.
Sgt. Crowley -- the police academy expert on racial profiling -- responded to Gates' home to investigate a report of a break-in.
From an elementary school teacher who has had it up to here with Obama. I removed her name because it's doubtful that a Fourth Grade elementary school teacher wrote this. But the letter contains some great points that are worthy of debate:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington , DC 20500
I have had it with you and your administration, sir. Your conduct on your recent trip overseas has convinced me that you are not an
adequate representative of the United States of America collectively or of me personally. You are so obsessed with appeasing the Europeans and the Muslim world that you have abdicated the responsibilities of the President of the United States of America . You are responsible to the citizens of the United States .. You are not responsible to the peoples of any other country on earth. I personally resent that you go around the world apologizing for the United States telling Europeans that we are arrogant and do not care about their status in the world.
Sir, what do you think the First World War and the Second World War were all about if not the consideration of the peoples of Europe ? Are you brain dead? What do you think the Marshall Plan was all about? Do you not understand or know the history of the 20th century?
Where do you get off telling a Muslim country that the United States does not consider itself a Christian country? Have you not read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States? This country was founded on Judeo-Christian ethics and the principles governing this country, at least until you came along, come directly from this heritage. Do you not understand this? Your bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia is an affront to all Americans. Our President does not bow down to anyone, let alone the king of Saudi Arabia. You don't show Great Britain, our best and one of our oldest allies, the respect they deserve yet you bow down to the king of Saudi Arabia. How dare you, sir! How dare you!
While perusing the Black Voices forums I ran across this little tidbit of information about Barack Hussein Obama cutting federal funding to historically black colleges. I'm not surprised. This is the same president who killed the DC private school voucher program that mainly benefitted black students from DC's poorest neighborhoods.
I can't wait to see the excuses the Kool Aid drinkers give for this indefensible action by the Obama administration.
Leaders of historically black colleges say they'll fight a reduction in a federal program they call a financial lifeline at a time of economic distress for the schools and their students.
President Barack Obama's education budget, unveiled Thursday, included major spending increases in many areas — but didn't include an extra $85 million that black institutions have received annually for the past two years thanks to a 2007 change to the student loan laws.
That two-year-old program provided direct funds to federally recognized HBCUs — historically black colleges and universities.
Other direct federal support to the schools would increase from $238 million to $250 million, but with the expiration of the HBCU fund the schools effectively would see a $73 million cut.
A program supporting Native American tribal colleges would also see decreased funding, while one for institutions serving large numbers of Hispanic students would see an increase from $93 million to $98 million.
Education Department officials emphasized that all such institutions stand to gain from other parts of the budget, notably the proposed increase in the maximum Pell Grant for low-income students by $200 — to $5,550.
R&B singer Chrisette Michele was in town this weekend to host her album release party at EROS and to promote her new CD Epiphany, which is the only CD that I paid cash for this year.
Loyal reader Scott L. writes:
Hi Sandra ... I do some volunteer work for the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and wanted to pass along the attached photo. Here's a cutline if you need it:
Chrisette Michele visited Atlanta Saturday for a release party for her new album, Epiphany. She's shown here with Joel Alvarado, policy director for G-CAPP, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention. Chrisette is contributing vocals to a new public service announcement for gPOWER, a fundraising campaign for G-CAPP that launched May 6.
In a PC move, Barack Obama has agreed to allow 1,700 students to remain in the DC private school voucher program until they graduate from high school. But no new students will be allowed to enroll, thus ending the program that provided funding for underprivileged children to attend private schools.
Apparently, what's good for Obama's children isn't good for children whose families can't afford private school education. Obama hopes to save a few bucks by ending the voucher program so he can fritter away more tax dollars on important government projects like updating Air Force One photos.
On Monday Barack Obama made another in a series of embarrassing goofs by suggesting that the swine flu pandemic was "not a cause for concern." Just two days later, Obama has reversed his stance, saying the outbreak of swine flu had created a "serious situation" in the United States requiring the "utmost precautions," such as closing down schools where cases of swine flu are reported.
The cases of swine flu has risen in the U.S. to 91, including one death -- an infant who died in a Houston hospital.
Be aware that there are no vaccines for this particular strain of swine flu. Also, antiviral medications do not kill the virus that causes swine flu. They only interfere with the ability of the virus to bind to certain cells in the body. Antivirals are only effective against specific virus, and only if administered in the early stages of infection (up to 48 hours). There is no known cure for a virus.
What can you do to protect yourself? Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (as warm as you can stand it) or alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Remember when using public restrooms to use a paper towel when turning off the faucet and when opening restroom doors.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth especially when out in public.
It's important to note that the majority of people infected with swine flu do make a full recovery, so don't panic. Remember, it isn't the virus that kills, it's the body's inflammatory response to the virus.
If you have flu-like symptoms (cough, sneezing, runny nose), don't go to work or school. If you have accompanying joint pain, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, go to the emergency room or notify your doctor immediately.
First Lady Michelle Obama wore a cute J Crew cardigan sweater with black slacks as she spoke to children during the "Take Your Child to Work Day" event at the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC yesterday. I love that sweater with the argyle pattern contrasted by sequins and solid block colors. It's different and not too trendy.
I do believe the White House has seen more kids in the past 100 days than ever before in its storied history. Dealing with a bunch of screaming kids that's not yours can wear a sista out. And just think: she's doing it without a court order.
Mrs. Obama could be out shopping or ordering her staff around like I'd be doing if I were her. If anything, she has helped to boost student interest in visiting the stale old White House.
Off topic: doesn't Mrs. Obama seem to glow when He's not around?
First Lady Michelle Obama helped D.C. area students plant a tree as part of a service project at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC yesterday. Her husband Barack was there too, but who cares, right? Anyway, doesn't Michelle look fit and toned? Looks like her early morning exercise regimen is doing wonders for that bod!
The free spirit of Jaheem Herrera is evident in the family portraits in his DeKalb County apartment.
The 11-year-old enjoyed dancing and drawing, and the easy smile he flashed for the photographers was genuine, his stepfather said Monday night.
On Thursday afternoon, after returning home from Dunaire Elementary School, Jaheem quietly went into his room and hanged himself. His 10-year-old sister, Yerralis, also a fifth-grader, discovered Jaheem’s dead body.
“His sister was screaming, ‘Get him down, get him down,’” said Norman Keene, who helped raise Jaheem since the boy was two years old.
When Keene got to the room, he saw Yerralis holding her brother, trying to remove the pressure of the noose her brother had fashioned with a fabric belt.
Jaheem was bullied relentlessly, his family said. Keene said the family knew the boy was a target, but until his death they didn’t understand the scope.
“We’d ask him, ‘Jaheem, what’s wrong with you?’” Keene recalled. “He’d never tell us.”
He didn’t want his sister to tell, either. She witnessed much of the bullying, and many times rose to her brother’s defense, Keene said.
“They called him gay and a snitch,” his stepfather said. “All the time they’d call him this.”
In an interview with WSB-TV, the boy’s mother, Masika Bermudez, also said her son was being bullied at school. She said she had complained to the school.
She said she asked him about the bullying Thursday when he came home from school and he denied it. She sent him to his room to calm down. It was the last time she would see him alive. READ MORE...
V-103's Greg Street kicks knowledge about Independent Retail Day, which is today. Greg wants you to get out and support the few local record stores still doing business in our community. Our music will not survive if all the record stores in our communities shut down because the majority of our people aren't buying songs off iTunes. If the record labels can't sell our music then it dies.
A lot of readers email me asking about advice on making it in the music business. But I have no experience in that field. Industry vets like Greg Street have a wealth of knowledge on the music biz and they don't mind sharing. He's one of the top DJs in the country. I just got off the phone with Greg and I learned a few things that I didn't know. Such as: Soulja Boy has the #1 record in New York with "Turn My Swag On" -- and he has two records in the top ten in the country. <-- Now I see why they call SB a genius!
I guess the White House doesn't want Obama's overseers in the middle east to be offended by any semblance of Christianity. Especially since Obama has already declared America a non-Christian nation.
Loyal reader SunnyPA wrote:
Previously I didn't focus on Obama being a muslim because ..... well, if he is .... it's just one in a long list of lies. But, I'm beginning to wonder what's going on. I know it's not just about being a muslim ... it's disturbing though.
First Lady Michelle Obama didn't waste any time getting back to her garden after returning from her trip to London. How could you not love Michelle? What other First Lady wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty in the White House garden -- especially when they have servants for that sort of thing?
Mrs. Obama invited students to help her plants herbs in the White House kitchen garden on the South lawn yesterday.
Michelle Obama got all choked up when speaking to English schoolgirls at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Language School in London yesterday. She obviously knew that English kids rank among the smartest in the world, and that she was speaking to the brightest of the best!
I went to an all-girl school in London (talk about boring). I'm happy to see that uniforms are still standard. Maybe one day the substandard American public school system will get a clue and realize that uniforms help children focus better in school.
In the 2nd video, the kids mob Michelle like she was a rock star!
She told them: "We are counting on every single one of you to be the best that you can be."
In a brief speech to about 100 pupils she she spoke of her working class upbringing in the Southside of Chicago, saying she was “an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them”.
She went on: “I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.
“You too can control your own destiny, please remember that.
“Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.
“It won’t be easy, that’s for sure, but you have everything you need. Everything you need you already have right here.
“We are counting on you, we are counting on every single one of you to be the best that you can be.
“We know you can do it, we love you, thank you so much.
First Lady Michelle Obama visited schoolgirls at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Language School in London today. She's so pretty. I LOVE that sweater! The green shoes don't match anything she's wearing, but we'll let that slide. In the 3rd pic the First lady congratulates Brenda Mensah after her performance.