Wall Street Welfare?

Jason Whitlock (left) is a sports writer I enjoy reading immensely. He often says things that need to be said despite pressure from the community not to say them.

In last week’s column, before he listed his sports thoughts he dropped this line:

If welfare destroyed black America, how can welfare save Wall Street and fix America’s economy? I thought we all agreed that welfare was terrible.

Just yesterday, the House of Representatives voted the proposed bailout down.

What I know about high finance amounts to a hill of beans (if that) so I must ask, is this an oversimplification on Whitlock’s part? Or is this an accurate take?

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2007 Quotes of the Year

According to one Fred R. Shapiro of the Yale Book of quotations as cited in this story, here are the top 10 quotes of 2007,

1. “Don’t tase me, bro.” — Andrew Meyer, a senior at the University of Florida, while being hauled away by campus police during a speech by Sen. John Kerry. [I wonder if reaction would have differed had this happened during a John Cornyn speech…]

2. “I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don’t have maps and I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and [the] Iraq and everywhere like such as and I believe that they should our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S. or should help South Africa and should help Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future for us.” — Miss Teen South Carolina Caitlin Upton (below, yes the one on the right).

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The quote was Caitlin’s response during the Miss Teen America contest, after she was asked why one-fifth of Americans cannot find the U.S on a map. [I believe Ms. Upton might have written a book about her experience, see below]

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3. “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.” — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking at Columbia University in New York. [And in Saudi Arabia I understand they don’t have thieves]

4. “That’s some nappy-headed hos there.” — radio personality Don Imus, referring to the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. [Had Imus been a rapper and dropped this line in a “song” this would have been a non-story]

5. “I don’t recall.” — former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ repeated response to congressional questions about the firing of U.S. attorneys. [Perhaps Roger Clemens should dump Rusty Hardin and hire Gonzalez]

6. “There’s only three things he (Rudolph Giuliani) mentions in a sentence: a noun and a verb and 9/11.” — Sen. Joseph Biden, speaking during a debate for Democratic presidential candidates. [Wait on it…]

7. “I’m not going to get into a name-calling match with somebody who has a 9 percent approval rating.” — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, referring to Vice President Dick Cheney. [I wonder what Harry thinks of Congress’ current approval ratings?]

8. “(I have) a wide stance when going to the bathroom.” — Sen. Larry Craig, explaining why his foot touched the foot of an undercover police officer in an airport men’s room. [I had a friend who shared with us that he also had a wide stance yet he never had the Senator’s problem]

9. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” — Sen. Joseph Biden referring to rival Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama. [Biden is my “Person of the Year” for making it on the list twice, wonder if Sharpton would have ignored such a comment from a Republican?]

10. “I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history.” — Former President Jimmy Carter, referring to the Bush administration. [Is the man who handed Iran to Khomeini really going to critique other Presidents?]

The Patriot Act

No, the title is not in reference to the much maligned piece of legislation, but rather to a decree which I think many NFL pundits and talk show hosts should attempt to push through Congress.

Obviously the 7-0 New England Patriots are beating opponents senseless. It’s pretty safe to say that when the Pats’ average margin of victory is more than 20 points.

Quarterback Tom Brady is having a dream season and is on pace to break all sorts of passing records, in large part due him finally having some quality receivers (Randy Moss, Donte Stallworth, and Wes Welker).

It will not surprise anyone if this team makes it all the way to the Super Bowl, but…

The Indianapolis Colts are also undefeated after shellacking the Jacksonville Jaguars last Monday night. Given this and the fact that the Colts are the defending champs, it’s difficult for me to see how they are not given as much run as the Pats. Until someone else is crowned champ, the Colts are still at the top.

All the Patriot love flooding the talk show airwaves needs to be focused into a bill, “The Patriot Act”. Let’s just have Congress, we could even get Ted Kennedy and John Kerry to sponsor it, decree that the New England Patriots are the best team in the NFL and crown them (thank you Dennis Green). No need for a new trophy presentation, they can just run up the following shot:

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Forget their upcoming game against the Colts (during which us folks in Houston, will be watching the Texans-Raiders barn burner, thanks CBS!), forget the playoffs and the Super Bowl, let’s just declare that the Pats are the Champs.

I suppose this rant is my fault for listening to sports radio all day at work.

Nancy Pelosi Prays for President Bush

I think everyone pretty much understands that current House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and President Bush aren’t the best of friends. For starters they are in different political parties and their ideologies seem to diametrically opposed.

Regardless of what one thinks of Pelosi’s ideology and/or voting record she must be commended for what she does for the President.

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According to this story, “Pelosi prays “all the time” for Bush to change policies.”

A sample,

“First of all, I pray for President Bush all the time, and I pray especially hard that he would sign the children’s health bill because it’s so important for America’s children,” she said on Fox News Sunday. “I pray that he makes the right decisions for the American people.”

Perhaps Madame Speaker has read the Apostle Paul’s words to Timothy,

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.

Whether she prays for President Bush with sincerity is another question and one I’m afraid God is the only One capable of answering, but her actions remind all of us to pray for our leaders, whether or not we agree with their agendas.

What a great reminder for all us to pray for our Nation’s leaders regardless of their or our political leanings.