Daily Archives: September 7, 2009

Ludacris Gives Away 20 Cars To Struggling Contest Winners

Rapper Ludacris smiles as Ella Me Johnson reacts to being presented with keys to her car at Nissan South, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009 in Morrow, Ga.. Ludacris, The Ludacris Foundation and Nissan South partnered to give away 20 used vehicles to selected Metro Atlanta area residents as part of his LudaDay weekend. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)

Rapper Ludacris smiles as Ella Me Johnson reacts to being presented with keys to her car at Nissan South, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009 in Morrow, Ga.. Ludacris, The Ludacris Foundation and Nissan South partnered to give away 20 used vehicles to selected Metro Atlanta area residents as part of his LudaDay weekend. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)


Posted by Buellboy

By Jonathan Landrum Jr./Huffington Post—Talk about a one-man stimulus package: Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris has given away 20 cars to people who wrote about their struggles to keep their jobs for a lack of wheels of their own.

Ludacris said he was taken aback after reading thousands of essays by people struggling or unable to buy cars needed to get to and from work or find jobs. The 31-year-old rapper felt he could step in and move them ahead, partnering with a suburban Atlanta dealership for Sunday’s giveaway.

“People are getting laid off, and now are looking for jobs,” Ludacris said. “To be efficient, you need some transportation of your own to get there. That’s why I wanted to give back to those who need it.”

Each of the used vehicles included free gas for 30 days. Winning contestants were responsible for tags, registration, tax and insurance. About 4,000 contestants submitted a 300-word essay to the rapper’s foundation, explaining why they deserved a car.

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For more information on Luda visit The Ludacris Foundation, whose moto is Helping Youth Help Themselves

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Obama Gives Fiery Speech At AFL-CIO Labor Day Picnic

posted by GeoT

“And, yes, we’re building an America where health insurance reform delivers more stability and security to every American-the many who have insurance today and the millions who don’t.

Now, I’ll have a lot more to say about this Wednesday night, and I don’t want to give it all away. But let me just say this. We’ve been fighting for quality, affordable health care for every American for nearly a century-since Teddy Roosevelt. The Congress and the country have been engaged in a vigorous debate for many months. And debate is good, because we have to get this right. But in every debate there comes a time to decide, a time to act. And Ohio, that time is now.”    President Barack Obama

fired up and ready to go! story at HuffPost

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President Obama’s Remarks For School Address

President-elect Obama greets school children

President-elect Obama greets school children

Posted by Audiegrl

The White House has released the text of Obama’s speech to schoolchildren scheduled for Tuesday, September 8 as prepared for delivery.

Hello everyone – how’s everybody doing today? I’m here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we’ve got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade. I’m glad you all could join us today.

I know that for many of you, today is the first day of school. And for those of you in kindergarten, or starting middle or high school, it’s your first day in a new school, so it’s understandable if you’re a little nervous. I imagine there are some seniors out there who are feeling pretty good right now, with just one more year to go. And no matter what grade you’re in, some of you are probably wishing it were still summer, and you could’ve stayed in bed just a little longer this morning.

I know that feeling. When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn’t have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday – at 4:30 in the morning.

Now I wasn’t too happy about getting up that early. A lot of times, I’d fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever I’d complain, my mother would just give me one of those looks and say, “This is no picnic for me either, buster.”

So I know some of you are still adjusting to being back at school. But I’m here today because I have something important to discuss with you. I’m here because I want to talk with you about your education and what’s expected of all of you in this new school year.

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When Will This White House Learn You Cannot Negotiate With Terrorists?

Baratunde Thurston aka Jack Turner

Baratunde Thurston aka Jack Turner


Column by Baratunde Thurston

I spent the past several months away from politics. It was an involuntary hiatus made necessary by personal and professional commitments that demanded my utmost attention. When I left, we had a stimulus bill in place, a president with high approval ratings and some remaining afterglow from election night and inauguration day.

When I returned in mid August, it was to a country that had clearly lost its damn mind. I turned on one cable station to hear people demanding President Obama prove he’s an American citizen, an insane movement led by an Israeli citizen. I switched channels to see another group screeching in fear that Obama’s health care proposal would institute death panels to kill grandma. On yet another station, Glenn Beck accuses this president of having a deep-seated hatred for half of himself. Flip again to find parents removing their children from school because they don’t want their kids exposed to Obama’s socialist indoctrination. And yesterday, Green Jobs Czar Van Jones resigned after extreme pressure from right wing groups and extreme tepidness from the White House that hired him to do his very important work.

Great. After a brief respite, the most accessible American political discourse has returned to fearful, hate-filled, ignorant rants of a high-volume, low-intellect minority.

In such an environment, how does one govern? Does one try to “balance” such concepts as contradictory as a “public option” on one hand and “fear of death panels” on the other? Or does one realize that this is a false spectrum and to try to find a center in such a sea is a worthless and foolhardy expedition?

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Far-Right Site Gains Influence In Obama Era

posted by betham37

This is a very enlightening article. It seems that World Net Daily is the culprit that has really been filling all these fringe people with the garbage that they spew every day.

I do not ever remember the far left fringe groups when Bush was the President. Maybe I was just blind and was “fired up” against Bush too. But folks I think that everyone realized that Bush had lied to us. I don’t believe that Obama has lied to us. He has a rough road ahead because not only are the progressives against him right now, but so are the Republicans. Maybe not all Republicans, but I would say the majority, and the libertarians. All I can hope is that Obama and all of us can weather this storm of “anti-Obama.

http://washingtonindependent.com/57776/far-right-site-gains-influence-in-obama-era

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The Real Reason for Obama’s Speech to Public School Students

posted by betham37

This is absolutely great.  It shows what the fringe  is thinking.  And of course it’s a slow news day so Salon thought it would be fun to read their “off the wall” statements.

I can’t imagine what these people like to concoct, but if you then go to the blog that’s in this article you will have to laugh, it is so pathetic.

Folks these are the people that are on the fringe.

http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room/2009/09/04/obama_speech/index.html

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Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” Premieres In Venice To Great Reviews


Posted by TheLCster

Colleen Barry/Huffington Post—Michael Moore says his film “Capitalism: A Love Story” is dedicated to “good people … who’ve had their lives ruined” by the quest for profit.

After much success at Cannes, Moore premieres the movie Sunday in his first appearance at the Venice Film Festival. It was warmly received at a press showing Saturday evening and won positive reviews. Variety called it one of Moore’s “best pics.”

“I am personally affected by good people who struggle, who work hard and who’ve had their lives ruined by decisions that are made by people who do not have their best interest at heart, but who have the best interest of the bottom line, of the company, at heart,” Moore told reporters Sunday.

The film features plenty of examples of lives shattered by corporate greed – but also some inspiring tales of workers who have rebelled.

According to Moore, “the revolt you think I am calling for has actually begun. It began Nov. 4,” when President Barack Obama was elected.

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A trailer for the movie can be found here.

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