Blogging Return: Trouble Making Subject For Me

Well, it sure has been a while! The little posting that I did dealt with special days and holidays. Just when it was time to take this blog away from WordPress and make it my own, I lost the blogging fever. That fever has yet to fully return, but it is long past time to put a post on this blog.

ImpeachOkay, I am blogging after a long while on a subject, that had me fussing in past blog posts, but it still gets to me and also gets me in to trouble. Last Saturday, a person angrily responded to my comments on his Facebook page and unfriended me. This self-proclaimed Christian man was so angry at my comment that he used some curse words. Of course it was about Pres. Obama. Just because, I respond with correct information that does not hurt Obama does not mean, I am secretly for him. As far as the unfriending goes, I replaced him with a new Facebook friend. I was commenting on his ‘Impeach Obama’ meme.  He did not like my comment of the required 67 Senate votes for conviction and that Obama was not going anywhere until Jan 20, 2017.

I see plenty of ‘Impeach Obama’ memes on Facebook. This tells me that there are many in this country  who have an inaccurate knowledge base of the presidential impeachment process. There are too many people who think impeachment equals removal from office and that is wrong. Remember Bill Clinton suffered impeachment, but he was not convicted and finished out his 2nd term. Oh, the millions spent on trying to remove Clinton from the Presidency and in the end, that did not happen! If impeachment does not result in a conviction and removal from office, then it is a waste of time and money.

Impeachment is really an indictment. The removal from office only comes after the trial and deliberation of the Senate with a guilty verdict. The guilty verdict requires 2/3 i.e. 67 Senate vote. In the Republican vs the Democrat realm, there are not enough votes in the Senate for a conviction. There is anger with the House so far for not getting the impeachment process underway. But the House knows the Senate does not have the 67 votes for a conviction.

I think many of those who want impeachment as my ex-Facebook friend are among the crowd that held back their vote or voted for some 3rd party candidate that could not possibly win in 2012 due to anger with the Republican Party. That anger was so volatile, that they did not care that Barack Obama would receive another term, but now they do. Desiring impeachment is a way of making amends with themselves for allowing their actions to help Pres. Obama to another term. Read up on the process of a presidential impeachment here.

Hiatus Over and Blogging Again

It is time to get back to the business of blogging. This blog has been on hiatus for about 2 months. During that time for almost 4 weeks, I was without any Internet connection at home. I am working with a less expensive Internet connection for the time being; therefore, Blog_Green KeyI am dealing with slow loading of pages with many images and buffeting video clips.

In returning to the political and cultural, so much has been and is going on such as, the Republican attempts to defund the Affordable Care Act led by Sen. Ted Cruz, the Republican infighting, the partial government shutdown with its protests and the strong possibility that the United States can go into default this Thursday appear to be hurting the Republicans while positively affecting the Democrats. I hear Sean Hannity talk about how the government shutdown during the Clinton years did not hurt the Republicans. He was right. I was a Democrat back then, and it did upset me when the Republicans maintained their majority in both Houses of Congress in the following national election. But now, political thinking is skewing more and more to the left. Did not leftist, Barack Obama win a 2nd term as President? I hate to see what will happen to this country if the Democrats get control of both Houses of Congress.

In returning to the subject of blogging, during my hiatus I was going to add a Christian page to this blog. Well, I changed my mind. I will be starting a new Christian based blog. My Sunday music posts are gone from this blog and will be on my new Christian blog to hopefully be up and running in a few days. I am glad to be back and hope you will return to reading this blog and will spend some time checking out my new blog.

Reflecting on a Few Issues

I know it has been a while and much has gone down and I have only blogged once for the July 4th holiday since June 24th. I was going to post, but realized I needed a blog break and still do. I will be posting on ‘feel like it’ as oppose to posting on ‘work to do’  for the time being.

The Supreme Court decision on Obamacare being upheld as a tax was a shocker. I am reading so many columns and blog posts coming down on the entire Supreme enclave. Chief Justice Roberts deserves the criticism he is getting and it should have been no surprise that Justices, Kagan, Sotomayor, Breyer, and  Ginsberg would uphold this health care law, but Chief Justice Roberts came out of left field on this one.

Many thought Justice Kennedy would give a decision in favor of the law, but he was against it along with Justices Thomas, Alito and Scalia. These Justices who opposed Obamacare in any way are not to be put in the same category with pro law Justices in all the disdaining reactions.

Since the health care ruling, I have notice a decline of links and posts among my conservative Facebook friends (FB). I also play Farmville and now my home page has far more Farmville posts and links with a few conservative news links and post in between. It use to be the complete opposite. This is an indication to me that on the conservative side, some folks are going through a disheartening time. Please come out of it and get back into the battle. Vote Republican this November for president and then for congressional representatives and senators. At least if Pres. Obama wins (and yes he can still win), it will be interesting watching him deal with a Republican majority in both houses of Congress.

Of course, I do continue to get the news links and posts of anti-Romney, Republican and conservative photos and banners from a few of my liberal/lefty Democratic FB Friends. One leftist FB friend has been particularly rabid in her postings since the health care law was upheld. Chief Justice Roberts has really ignited many on the left.

Besides all the other stuff that has happen, such as Attorney General Holder being cited in contempt of Congress, the hoopla over Mitt Romney speaking at the NAACP is just pushing it. Well to start with, the organisation invited Mitt Romney. He did not just show up. He accepted the invitation and presented his position on the issues. He knew he would get an adverse reaction to parts of his speech.

The booing to what he would do with Obmacare was all over the media. The standing ovation Romney received over his pro traditional family comments is hard to find, except for Fox News. Although a few black conservatives felt he kind of blew it in enticing some black voters, I liked Romney’s speech. But then, he has my vote. I am not voting for Barack Obama.

In conclusion, I want to express some corrective and personal views on the NAACP. I spent a little time on a conservative FB friend’s page replying to a comment about the organization being all black. The NAACP has white and other non-black membership. Some are unaware that there are local offices of the organization headed by non-blacks, such as J. David Alcantara in New Jersey.

I feel the NAACP is still dealing with issues like it is 1942 when this civil rights organization was absolutely relevant. They are in 1942 heaven with the voter suppression controversy. As I stated in a previous post, I do feel there is a problem for some of the elderly in obtaining a voter ID in states that have new voter ID laws.

The problem primarily is obtaining a birth certificate as a requirement for the ID. Some of the older folks like my late father who were not born in hospitals and were able do things (with no need for a passport) in life during a time when a birth certificate was not required  for much. The NAACP is making this racial which not really the case.

Responding to an Al Sharpton Post and Where He is Now at MSNBC

I continue to get views and comments on my July 27th blog post,  MSNBC’s Higher Ratings with Al Sharpton every few weeks or so. This was a wait and see post, but a few folks went off the deep end, because I did not bash Mr. Sharpton’s racial politicking and social angst. Then there were responses in support of Mr. Sharpton. I am not one of his supporters and take issues with most of his dispositions, but I am not a hater on anyone and that includes Mr. Sharpton. I do listen often (Currently listening to some segments of Neil Boortz in Atlanta through the computer) to conservative/libertarian and liberal leftist talk radio to hear the arguments from differing political view points. Since the liberal leftist side is far less represented in talk radio, the local urban talk radio station is where I go to hear the liberal leftist arguments.

Philly’s urban talk radio has Al Sharpton on from 1:00-4:00 p. m. weekdays. I do not listen to his radio program in its entirety, but I do catch segments. That also goes for his weekday 6:00 p. m. TV program. Folks in my household who feel where he is coming from is not represented enough on TV are happy with the fact that he has TV program, but they never turn it on. I think they are representative in part of many out there on the liberal/left side. I say in part, because one family member is just too use to watching local news and the national nightly news during the 6 p. m. hour. But many on the liberal/left side just are not into watching news programming.

Al Sharpton started out getting decent ratings as a substitute host. The viewer ratings starved MSNBC jumped on the ratings boost right away by putting Mr. Sharpton on and dumping Cenk Uygur who had only been in the early evening time slot for only 6 months. Mr. Sharpton’s viewer ratings went down,  but he stills pulls in higher ratings than CNN’s John King every other day or so. Now if someone subbing gets better ratings than Mr. Sharpton, he will be gone too! But then, maybe his situation would get a different handling. See the ratings for Thursday and Friday cable news programming here and here.

I think MSNBC also gave Al Sharpton a program, because of the criticism of the cable news station being pro liberal and pro minority, but did not have any people of color hosting in the evening line up. The cable news station would see some damaging publicity and reactions if they dumped Mr. Sharpton and replace him with a non black: thus,  Professors, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry are probably the possibilities if Al Sharpton ever gets the heave-ho.