On April 20, 2010, eleven people were killed in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the coast of Louisiana. The explosion of this vessel caused it to sink and leak oil. Government estimates indicate this oil well is currently leaking an estimated 2.5 million gallons of oil a day. The vessel was owned by British Petroleum (BP).
This is an environmental disaster. According to the www.dailydeadbird.com 957 birds, 387 sea turtles, and 47 mammals have died. This does not include the 800 others that have been recovered drenched in oil. Furthermore, our food chain is in the process of a slow demise. Plankton is the primary producer that initiates the aquatic food chain. If the phytoplankton and zooplankton are killed, larger organisms will begin to die off as well. These organisms are vital to the ecosystem’s survival!
The gulf region is also suffering a damaging blow to it’s economy. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has closed 86,985 square miles -- about 36 percent of the Gulf's federal waters -- to fishing. Fishermen are out of work; trying to obtain positions with BP. Our local seafood plants are shutting down daily. This is a huge devastating blow to the gulf seafood industry! Patrons have stopped coming to the beach in fear that their trips will be invaded by gooey tar balls or chocolate mousse textured oil washing upon the shore.
With all this occurring President Obama placed a six month ban on all offshore drilling. However, on June 22, 2010, a federal judge blocked the six-month federal moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Several dozen plaintiffs had sued the Obama administration, arguing the ban would create long-term economic harm to their businesses (via cnn.com). This disturbs me very deeply. ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and the American arms of BP and Royal Dutch Shell — testified before a subpanel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. They all presented carbon copied oil-spill response plans filled with incorrect information regarding the Gulf of Mexico’s plants and animals. They are not prepared to handle another disaster and are no better prepared to deal with a major oil spill than BP! Offshore drilling does not need to continue until this crisis is solved!
'The president strongly believes, as the Department of Interior and Department of Justice argued yesterday, that continuing to drill at these depths without knowing what happened is - does not make any sense and puts the safety of those involved, potentially puts safety of those on the rigs, and the safety of the environment and the Gulf at a danger that the president does not believe we can afford right now," - Robert Gibbs, White House spokesman.
Please support President Obama’s attempt to protect our environment, families and way of life!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
All-American Basketball Alliance
Don “Moose” Lewis has created an All White Basketball league in Atlanta. Lewis is filled with the false reality that basketball is tainted and has drifted away from “fundamental” style preferred and played by white Americans. In its place, “street ball” played by “people of color” have engulfed the game. "There's nothing hatred about what we're doing," Lewis said in a statement. "I don't hate anyone of color." He stated that it is bringing back a certain “nostalgia type” entertainment. Dictionary.com defines nostalgia as, “a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one's life....” So what he is saying is that he wants the ability to segregate America the way it once was? He wants to start this in the Southeastern portion of the United States where slavery and segregation was most severe. He will not be starting it in Mobile, Alabama…not in 2010 he won’t. Not here…we have come too far to go backwards.
It saddens me, because my mother talks often about having to enter the back door of a restaurant. My grandmother had to sit at the back of the bus and wait for hours at the doctor's office while being sick because the white patients were treated first. My mother remembers the integration of white high schools and hospitals. This is a very sensitive and painful subject for people that have experienced it and are continuing to experience it. It is disturbing that in 2010, people still have the sense that they deserve some type of entitlement and priority over everyone and everything. You can’t always be first.
Monday, January 18, 2010
This generation is LOST. They do not respect anything or anyone. They do not know the value of hard work, sacrifice, or the value of life. It’s sad. There are NO fathers in the homes. It’s not enough to pay child support and say I did my part. I DONT CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS; A CHILD NEEDS A PA!!!!! Men are out here depositing sperm everywhere they see fit. However, when the responsibility of raising that child comes along; they throw $$$ and that is supposed to be enough. Regardless to what you think, it takes more than money to raise a child.
MOST OF OUR BLACK MEN, LACK MALE LEADERSHIP AT AN EARLY AGE, THEREFORE, THEY DO NOT KNOW HOW TO BE MEN. MOST BLACK WOMEN DO NOT KNOW HOW TO BE IN A RELATIONSHIP BECAUSE IT WAS NOT MODELED IN THEIR HOMES. THEIR MOTHER WAS SINGLE. Daughters did not have fathers; which made some women soooo desperate for the love of a man. Consequently, they are willing to accept any attention that is received and misinterpret it as love. Ignorantly, they have a child by these men who eventually abandon them; contributing to this detrimental cycle.
Our people are lost, all they are concerned with is flossing the hottest sneakers (which are ridiculously priced) trying to sale their soul to a music label or making money no matter the cost (robbing and selling drugs). There aren’t many people that want to help the community anymore. Teachers, nurses, doctors are needed; however, our kids do not dream anymore. They want to be rappers, singers or video models. Our kids no longer have goals. They are fascinated with the bright lights from the false reality of television. Parents are working two and three jobs a day; so the television is left to raise their child. Our community is really in shambles and we are falling by the wayside.
With all this being said…Its Martin Luther King's Day...a day that should stand for more than another day off. It is the remembrance of a man that made great strides towards humanity, peace and equality; but was all his hard work in vain? Would he be proud or disappointed at our contributions to our society? Did he die only to allow our community to self destruct? We have to take responsibility for what is wrong in our community and fix it. If you start with just one person, you have done something. Join a mentoring program, volunteer at school, church or a community center…JUST DO SOMETHING! Who will be next to be memorialized from our generation? You?
" A man who won't die for something is not fit to live" - Martin Luther King