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Black Law Students / Re: BLSD Moderator Elections
« on: July 27, 2005, 11:46:08 AM »
I vote for Blk Reign and Sands together

Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: July 25, 2005, 06:32:14 PM »
lol seu...Sands will protect you ;)

I think Sands was expecting seu to do that for him :-\

what are you implying?   ???

Your tougher than Sands, but then again, Boxing Champ Floyd Mayweather jr. calls and considers himself a "pretty boy" so there are exceptions to every rule.

Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: July 25, 2005, 03:40:17 PM »
lol seu...Sands will protect you ;)

I think Sands was expecting seu to do that for him :-\

Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: July 25, 2005, 12:08:44 PM »

the universal question- how do we find one another?

I think this is why so many black marriages fail, many of us need to first find ourselves, before we can tyhink about finding each other. When you lok at yourself at say 21 versus 31 years old. Alot of people are vastly different, not to mention more mature. But when you bypass finding yourself, and jump into a marriage and then have children, many time you end up taking them through alot of changes which have lasting effects, for better or worse.

Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: July 24, 2005, 11:09:25 PM »
This guy is going to be our first Black/Minority President... hopefully

*crosses fingers*

Dont you mean this guy ???

Republican Steele
Can the GOP now appeal to black voters?

Tuesday, July 19, 2005 12:01 a.m.

Call it the Northern Strategy. Last week Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman stepped out in front of a crowd gathered for the NAACP National Convention in Wisconsin and coolly announced the death of the hotly debated and controversial electoral strategy successfully used by Richard Nixon in 1968. The "Southern Strategy," as it has become known, helped Republicans win in many states of the former Confederacy in that election by appealing to defecting conservative Democrats.
The GOP's success in what was once the solidly Democratic South came, unfortunately, as some Republicans were "looking the other way or trying to benefit politically from racial polarization," Mr. Mehlman told the group. "I am here today as the Republican chairman to tell you we were wrong."

These aren't the first steps Republicans have taken to reach out to black voters. But Mr. Mehlman's speech is an important turning point in reaching out to a reliably Democratic voting bloc. It's also a necessary step if Republicans are going to remain competitive on the presidential level by improving their performance in northern states with large, inner-city black populations. On the same day that Mr. Mehlman spoke to the NAACP, President Bush traveled to Indiana to meet with black leaders and spotlight their volunteer activities. The president also has appointed two secretaries of state--Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice--who are both accomplished individuals who happen to be black.

It's true that only two Democrats--Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton--have been able to pry the presidency out of Republican hands since 1968. But with two relatively close elections under their belts, Republicans can hardly be sanguine about their electoral prospects. After all, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania were once Republican states. Yet today these states represent a treasure trove of voters all but out of reach to the Party of Lincoln unless it can find a way to appeal to minority voters in the industrial heartland.

If this was just a problem for the Republican Party's electoral fortunes, we could afford to say c'est la vie. But important policy questions also hang in the balance and depend on a realignment of black voting to support the black community's changing political interests. That's something to keep in mind as the battle over school choice plays out in Washington D.C., with Democrats in Congress opposing it while black city leaders support it. Or as members of the Congressional Black Caucus are quietly told to get in step with the Democratic Party's march on Wal-Mart, even as many members of the CBC have been grumbling that Wal-Mart is one of a few companies expanding in black neighborhoods and employing a large number of minorities.
One Democrat dismissed Mr. Mehlman's remarks on cable news by saying that it's not a coincidence that all the members of the Congressional Black Caucus are Democrats. No, it's not--when J.C. Watts, a black Republican from Oklahoma, was in Congress, he was actually refused permission on to join the caucus. Unfortunately, their loyalty to the Democrats has come at a steep price for black voters. They're taken for granted by one party and written off by the other--hence the lack of progress on schools, drugs, and urban tax policies that drive employers to the suburbs.

Yet the potential for new alignments won't amount to much unless the GOP can develop comprehensive policies to help black communities or put forward credible candidates to sell them. A successful Northern Strategy will require the GOP to win over black voters with a message of empowerment, ownership and opportunity. Not sure it can work? Well, the new approach is likely to get its first significant test in Maryland's 2006 Senate race.

The Old Line State is now the front line thanks to the rise of Lt. Gov. Michael Steele. Unlike Alan Keyes, another black Republican politician to come out of Maryland in recent years, Mr. Steele is not just a gadfly--he's a serious candidate for statewide office who learned political tactics from the ground up. Mr. Steele rose through the ranks in Prince George's County, a D.C. suburb that's home to a million people, and he was key leader when the state GOP was trying to expand its weak foothold in what was a very blue state.

His first advice was something he learned at the knee of his mother: "Shut up and listen." At his urging, Republicans fanned out across the state and dropped in on every public meeting they could find--even those held by the NAACP. They then came back and formulated policies to take to the voters. In 2002 ,the strategy paid off as Robert Ehrlich became the first Republican to win the governor's mansion in decades. His running-mate, Mr. Steele, became the first African-American to win statewide office in Maryland's history, and the GOP has begun making gains in the state legislature too.

Mr. Steele is no accidental Republican. He spent three years studying to be a Catholic priest before entering politics. Less well known is that it was Ronald Reagan's failed 1976 presidential bid that led Mr. Steele to join the GOP.

Reagan lost several early primaries that year and then, now famously, fought it out all the way to the Republican Convention before losing the nomination to President Gerald Ford. Just 17 years old at the time, Mr. Steele admired Reagan's steely conservative message and his tenacity too. So in 1981, when he abandoned plans to become a priest, he already knew he was a Republican--a believer in low taxes, free enterprise and opportunity for all.

Mr. Steele isn't yet a candidate for the Senate, but he set up an exploratory committee last month and he clearly is the favorite of many national Republican donors. His possible candidacy is also already setting off alarm bells for Democrats. They recognize that he threatens not just their power in one state, but the fraying coalition that has allowed Democrats to treat black votes as their birthright.
They won't be giving up the Senate seat--held now by the retiring Paul Sarbanes--without a fight. Democratic Rep. Ben Cardin, for one, is already sitting on a $1.1 million war chest and has announced his intention to seek his party's nomination. But if Republicans show they can become competitive in the Old Line State by expanding their share of the black vote, it will be a political earthquake with ramifications far beyond Maryland.
Mr. Miniter is assistant editor of His column appears Tuesdays.

Copyright 2005 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: July 23, 2005, 08:25:29 PM »
So he's taken on the age-old role prescribed for Senate freshmen: He's the diligent, shirt-sleeves-rolled-up, state-oriented lawmaker, devoted to the unglamorous issues that often matter most to folks back home.

He has pushed to spend money to modernize locks and dams along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, squeeze out more dollars for Illinois highways and create tax credits for ethanol fueling stations a plan dear to the hearts of corn and soybean growers.

He also has focused on reported inequities in disability compensation for veterans in Illinois. And with South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (news, bio, voting record), he successfully proposed providing free meals for soldiers and Marines in military hospitals for extended stays while recovering from injuries received in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Still, Obama has ventured out a bit as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he recently visited the United Nations to press for an end to the slaughter in the Darfur region of Sudan. And he will travel to Russia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan next month.

Obama the only black member of the U.S. Senate knows no matter what he does, the expectations in some circles are in the stratosphere.

"In some circumstances, there probably are people who expect me to have solved the world's problems already ... ," he says, "but I think most voters are satisfied if they know I'm thinking about them."

Obama has conducted 26 town meetings, including this one, and returns to Chicago every weekend to be with his family. He and his wife, Michelle, prefer to raise their two young daughters there rather than Washington because of "the lack of pretense."

The message is clear: There's no danger of Potomac fever.

His strategy being a student, not a showboat is wise, says Larry Sabato, a political scientist at the University of Virginia who has followed Obama.

"I think people wondered if he would continue to be high profile or do what he said he would do take a back seat as a new senator and as a freshman try to learn more," he says. "To his credit, he's done the latter. He could have been on a Sunday morning talk show every weekend. He was smart enough not to do that."

That may well be why Obama who receives about 250 invitations a week says yes to the American Legion in Springfield and no to Mikhail Gorbachev's request to attend the 5th World Summit of Nobel Peace laureates in Rome.

But Obama, who turns 44 next month, can't escape the cameras. Nor has he tried.

He graced the cover of Newsweek and posed for celebrity photographers Annie Leibovitz and Richard Avedon before he even took office. He popped up in People magazine (in white tie) with Barbra Streisand when both were guests at Oprah Winfrey's lavish tribute to pioneering black women.

He has been mentioned on TV's "Will & Grace" and lampooned at the annual Gridiron Club dinner, where a Washington journalist playing him wore a halo and gold lame and sang a tune called "Be Bop Messiah."

Obama even made his way onto the 100 Greatest Americans nominees list compiled by the Discovery Channel Benjamin Franklin and comic Ellen DeGeneres made the cut, too and edged out a handful of colleagues to rank No. 1 among senators in popularity among their constituents in a recent poll.

Obama's life also has changed in one other big way this past year.

While many senators are millionaires when elected, Obama joined the club last winter, courtesy of a $1.9 million three-book contract (one will be for children.) He also continues to draw royalties from his 1995 autobiography, "Dreams From My Father," reissued after his convention speech. It has remained on The New York Times paperback best-seller list for more than 40 weeks.

It's no wonder Obama joked months ago that he made Paris Hilton look like a recluse.

Not everyone has been enamored. Former Reagan speechwriter and sometime Republican adviser Peggy Noonan replied caustically to an essay Obama wrote for Time about Abraham Lincoln.

Obama compared his humble roots to those of 16th president: His father was a Kenyan he barely knew, his mother was from Kansas. Their son, raised in Hawaii and Indonesia, would become the first black president of the Harvard Law Review.

"There is nothing wrong with Barack Obama's resume, but it is a log-cabin-free-zone," Noonan recently wrote in an online column for The Wall Street Journal. "So far it is also a greatness-free zone. If he keeps talking about himself like this, it will always be."

Obama also angered some liberals for supporting Condoleezza Rice's nomination for secretary of state and refusing to join a group of Democrats who protested the certification of the Electoral College votes from Ohio, alleging numerous irregularities.

"There's a lot of freight placed on symbolic gestures," Obama says. "I don't think that plays well with the American people. ... Despite the fact that I come from what would be considered the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, I don't always agree with the strategy and tactics of some of my friends on the left."

Even so, the phone keeps ringing. He has helped raised money for U.S. senators in Florida, Michigan and New Jersey this year, collecting chits along the way.

Obama says his party needs to do a better job of getting its message out to voters.

"I do agree that the Democrats have been intellectually lazy in failing to take the core ideals of the Democratic Party and adapting them to circumstances," he says.

He says the Democrats should "take it big instead of making it small" as they speak about globalization, the need for a tough foreign policy and the importance of faith and family.

"It's not just a matter of sticking in a quote from the Bible into a stock speech," he says.

The town meeting in Pekin draws a standing-room-only crowd of about 200. They hear Obama soft-pedal his own power, repeating his standard line that he's 99th in seniority. The audience doesn't mind, posing a series of soft, friendly questions about the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy, veterans' benefits and the environment.

Obama is confident in his answers, measured with his words. He offers no Howard Dean-like jabs, only gentle gibes. The president's tax cuts? Billionaire Warren Buffett, he says, is the real winner. Bush's education program? "You can't have No Child Left Behind if you leave the money behind," he says.

Slash-and-burn politics are not his style. "I'm just not big on demonizing people," he says.

But he can charm them in a snap: He teases a father and son about their scalp-baring haircuts, asks a college student about school, offers a hand on the shoulder and a solemn "thank you for your service" to an elderly veteran and waits patiently as a little girl spells her name M-a-r-i-s-s-a so he can autograph the paper flag she has made.

Obama says there's a disconnect between issues people raise at town meetings and those debated in Washington. "There has yet to be a serious conversation about health care on the floor of the United States Senate," he says.

In fact, he says, there hasn't been much conversation at all.

"Now that we're in the C-Span era, we really don't have debates," he says. "What we have are sequential speeches delivered to TV cameras. ... And I think that contributes to the political rancor."

Still, he says there have been great and memorable moments in his short Senate career. He recalls walking onto an empty floor, opening his desk and seeing where following tradition previous occupants such as Bobby Kennedy, Paul Wellstone and Paul Simon had carved their names.

"You're reminded," he says, "that a lot of important work both for good and for ill has been done in this job."

Obama says he is "absolutely positive" he will not run for president in 2008. Those watching him say it's premature to predict his future.

"He has great potential, but the thing about potential is it has to be followed through," says David Bositis, a senior political analyst at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a black think tank.

"Clearly he has impressed a lot of people ... and what happened during the election was remarkable," he adds. "Now, it's really time for him to start building a resume as a U.S. senator."

Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: July 23, 2005, 08:25:09 PM »
Back to Story - Help
Obama a Celebrity Despite Low-Key Approach By SHARON COHEN, AP National Writer
Sat Jul 23,12:20 PM ET

The line forms the moment Sen. Barack Obama is done speaking, a procession of admirers clutching copies of his book, magazines, scraps of paper, disposable cameras and one homemade American flag. It doesn't take long before someone pops the question.

An elderly woman, dressed in bubble-gum pink, looks up with wide eyes. The lanky senator leans in to hear her amid the din in the stuffy library meeting room.

"In 2008 or some other time," she says, "will we get a chance to work for you for president?"

Obama grins, but demurs. He is not running for president. Not in 2008, at least.

His Senate career is just six months old. And six months before that, few people in America had even heard of this man who was just introducing himself to voters in Illinois.

But one year has passed since Obama's star-making turn at the Democratic convention, and the senator is now a player in two worlds: He's a deliberately low-key newcomer to Capitol Hill, careful to avoid upstaging the powerful old bulls on their home turf. But he's also an A-list celebrity, courted by everyone from Oprah to Gorbachev.

On a scorching July day, Obama has come to this blue-collar community just south of Peoria, seat of a county he and President Bush carried by equally lopsided margins. He's recognized everywhere. As he wraps an arm around a woman celebrating her retirement at C.J.'s Cafe to pose for a photo, a half-dozen friends at her table lift their cell phone cameras and click.

"It's been sort of a whirlwind," Obama says, sipping an iced tea. "Deserved or undeserved, I've received a lot of attention and that can translate into political influence. ... I think my colleagues legitimately see me as somebody who has potential but has just arrived."

That's the Washington way. In the Senate, the seniority system is still a reality and powerful committee chairmen and party leaders jealously guard the perks and prerogatives that come only with time. Obama knows he has to wait.

Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: July 21, 2005, 04:44:09 PM »
flojo used to be my mentor.. she was a beast on the track...i remember training to get that definition in my legs :P

Soror,post some of those pics from back in tha day, but if your to bashful, send them through pm.

Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: July 20, 2005, 10:56:55 AM »
what's up soror, I love that new Jersey drive soundtrack, 1 of Outkast's all-time greats is on it, they spittin' these type lyrics after gaining that "Wider" audience. And lex your right fatherMC was dope that beat from "69' and in UG my frat would sing out loud(God forgive us) that fathermc hook to justify all his scandalous deeds "Treat them like they want to be treated". Im so glad UG is in the past. Now SEU and Sands paste these lyrics into word and memorize them at the end they give advice that will save you lives in newark,

Artist: Outkast
Album:  New Jersey Drive Soundtrack -- Volume 1 *
Song:   Benz or Beemer
Typed by: {unknown}

*       also  on some copies of the Goodie Mob single "Cell Therapy"

{"It all started at an accident scene on Bankhead and Ashby.
  It's not clear if the suspect caused it; it is clear he wielded
  a hammer and told ..... to get out of his car."}

[Verse One]

[Big Boi]
Yeah, yeah check it
From alligator belts to patty melts I be that smoothest n-word
So hwo do you figga that Atlant don't be pullin dem triggas
The Southernplayalistic pimp is up in this female dog
Man, my folkers up on that track, complimentin that wickedness
See one is for the money two is for my n-word who jack
n-word ain't takin that *&^% no mo' they got big Benz and Cadillac
My gat is in my lap, so whatchu wanna be startin now?
I'm pissin up on Jeffrey's Dahmer grave that cracker was foul

Too close for comfort, too close to home
Too close to be playin yo ass so hey why don't you get yo' own
As long, as I got this legally
People see that we can be on top of things without causin
another n-word sorrow, I know it seems it ain't enough to go around
But keep on holdin on like Goodie Mob cause it's a better day tomorrow
That's all I can say, can't tell the future
Tomorrow's another day but today, they just might shoot you
For your ride, @#!* your pride, hah better be out your seat
Quick and snappy with a happy face before you bleed
Ask me, if that material *&^% is worth yo' life
I don't know about yours but if so you smokin pipes right

[Verse Two]

Deep in the dungeon for these many months
Amongst the Dungeon Dragon as we pass around dem blunts
Had to cut it out like shears, but for years I used to burn 'em
Gettin deep in my thoughts just to get *&^% off my sternum
Chest/chess, I never played but made many a moves
I still blame it on session cause I can't remember the due
I guess, I feel that gettin a Benz is out of the question
The world is yellin Hootie Hoo but in my pockets nuthin but
gum and lint, to sum the *&^%, of I'm broke
Nothin but hope, so Big Boi, tell em what you toke

[Big Boi]
I'm travellin up to Jersey with four keys off in my trunk
And thinkin of startin the ways to get that mofo krunk
See yes I be that n-word that with that sess off in my chest
Smokin and tokin them token blacks, that wanted to test
See strong n-word survive and the weak n-word they die
I never @#!* no white female dog, I stop eatin at pig sty
Be activatin that Lo-Jack cause the Fleetwood has been stolen
Campbellton Road is open, the B-I-G has spoken
Cause it's like this

[Verse Three]

[Big Boi]
I got these thoughts, similar to the ones in call of the wild
Up in the Benz is where I be doin about a hundred miles
The world is screwed UP how these n-word be drivin drunk
Vehicular homicide with their bodies off in your trunk
To me the cards is not belong I use that strong arm robbery
Robbin spree, look at me, W-M-B
Backwards, takin you to the cha cha with these verses
Comin around the projects make you sleep off in dem hearses
I got a word of wisdom, for those who must resist
You'll be needin a physical therapist, cause you can't @#!* with this

While you sat down by the seashore thinkin about some seashells
I was around the corner from Pleasant Hill thinkin about the V-12
But maybe not for long because I just done seen the light
I'm packin my screwdriver so see I'm gon' be alright
Just moving the steering wheel side to side like a slalom
Now I ain't got no problem I'm just breakin the steerin column
I spot him, in the middle of the MARTA parkin lot
I'm hearin a voice in the back of my head yellin "Andre stop!"
But do I stop, naw I figure it's a come up
But now I'm goin down cause the folks wanna run up

{"These days, the best way to deal with a car jacker
  is to simply give them what they want."}

Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: July 20, 2005, 10:03:58 AM »
Seu does Newark still have a high crime rate?

apparently so.  i'm living in a safe neighborhood tho-- so i was told. 

LOL- safe hood in Newark, that's an oxymoron

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