Day: September 10, 2009

The blogging world’s two greatest cyber playcousins, AverageBro and The Black Snob are starting a new feature: An A/B Conversation, where the two bloggers will hash at the news of the day with their patented wit and wisdom. Today’s topics? Van Jones, Glenn Beck, why cable news sucks and what would it take to get elected in the internet age?

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In Hill Harper’s new book “The Conversation” he takes a stab at the dating/marriage crisis in the black community. And why not? Everyone else is doing it from Steve Harvey to your grandmother. The Root gave the book a tepid review, arguing that while Harper tries to address both men and women in the book, it’s still largely geared towards black women and doesn’t offer much new.

But what more can be said about the black marriage crisis that hasn’t been said 50 times over and hasn’t been written about exhaustively in Essence Magazine? You have to applaud Harper for giving it the old college try because goodness knows, we need all the help.

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This past Labor Day weekend I wrote a column about the lack of respect the office of the President has gotten lately from certain individuals, but I actually got to witness disrespect live and on television Wednesday night when Republican Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina called the president a liar to his face, by shouting “You lie!” at him during his joint address to congress.

President Obama was explaining that healthcare benefits would not extend to illegal immigrants, but Wilson shouted to differ. Not only was he loud and boorish, he ended up offending everyone from Nancy Pelosi (who gave him the blinkity-blink-blinky stare of death then quickly wrote something down) to other Republicans who honestly didn’t need the distraction when they had successfully hijacked the healthcare debate up until now.

Wilson has since apologized for his outburst but the damage is done.

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“I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it’s better politics to kill this plan than improve it. I will not stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way they are. If you misrepresent what’s in the plan, we will call you out. And I will not accept the status quo as a solution. Not this time. Not now.” — President Barack Obama

It was finally time to take the hammer to the know-nothings who had dominated the healthcare debate this past August. President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of congress for the second time since he began his presidency with authority and decisiveness. And while few new ideas were presented in the speech (he addressed the “kill grandma” death panels mythology and reiterated the broader points on healthcare), it was his ability to drive home the point that he would not be deterred on the road to healthare reform that came through with bell clarity.

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