hope your Thanksgiving was peaceful,
enjoyable and full of loved
ones sharing, rejoicing and giving
I truly hope
you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Ours were pretty good, I actually prepared the big meal
this year and it was exasperating, but fun and quite delicious.
The entire thanksgiving holiday was completely relaxing,
fun-filled and lovely, and I hope yours were too!!!
the holiday season is upon us. It's just 20 days before
Christmas, and 26 days before the year ends; and what an
intriguing and historical year it has been…don’t you agree?
So much excitement, so much distress, so spirited, so
much pain and suffering, sacrifices, hope, victory, and most
many Americans are looking forward to the change, it's
undeniable that many are experiencing tremendous amounts of adversity
due to the horrendous economy. We have lost so much
throughout the year and are currently losing...our jobs, homes,
retirement, and even stocks; which is a major dilemma to many
Americans - resulting in many getting very little sleep at
night. Currently it seems there is no relief or help in
sight, only prayer and major hopes for aid to come our way to
bail us out of these tribulations.
I mention bailout above, I can't help but get angry about this
"sham" financial bailout plan President Bush urged Congress to
pass, and stated to the American people via his televised speech
in support of the proposed 700 billion bailout "to
help American consumers and businessmen get credit to meet their
daily needs and to create jobs". Further, it
was explained that the billions will be used to enable banks to
resume lending to strapped households and businesses, thereby
enabling the economy to regain healthy rates of growth, and
households and businesses to elude the prospect of extended
debt. Hum...the question is: has this taken place?
Now, if you are an avid
reader of our E-newsletter, then you will recall my comments and
feelings about this financial bailout.
I tried to remain neutral and stay somewhat “in the
middle” regarding this situation.
However, now I am simply livid about it.
Backing track to the announcement of the
bailout plan, even though I had very little trust for the
current Administration, after thinking it over and talking about
it with my husband Todd and some friends, I came to the
conclusion as a taxpayer that it would be fine to trust the
Administration with the billions of dollars they were requesting
for this bailout plan (our taxpayers dollars). I simply
was not opposed to it, because I thought it would help the
taxpayers with the issue of losing their homes, and jobs since
President Bush's Administration claimed and committed to
reducing home foreclosure rates (keep mortgage borrowers from
losing their homes because of soaring default levels and guarantee
mortgages that have been reworked to reduce monthly payments for
Needless to say, it’s been months and it
doesn’t seem to be helping us the taxpayers, only the huge
financial institutions, corporations and big businesses.
Actually, it's obvious that the business who are receiving help
from this bailout believe it's a silly game, and the taxpayers
are being played as fools. It is clear that this entire
bailout thing has become a major disaster, and it is truly
dreadful for many in America including myself.
The statement “The rich is getting richer
and the poor is getting poorer.”
is a true one, because that is exactly what is taking place.
The financial institutions that are receiving monies with no
stipulations from this
plan (taxpayers monies), instead of using it to remedy the credit markets and get
back to lending again; they are hoarding the money and putting it
towards other uses such as acquiring/purchasing weaker rival
banks, instead of fixing their problems. For example, CNN
reported recently that 90 million was approved for "Iberia
Bank" who has been doing very well, not on the verge of
bankruptcy or having any type of financial trouble at all.
I understand they intend to use the money to grow their
Yup, it was recently reported that
many banks who are not
going bankrupt or have problems are requesting bailout monies
and receiving it with no stipulations; in-turn they use the money to acquire and
purchase weaker banks, to strengthen themselves. Additionally regarding mortgages, I
also read "many consumer finance companies sell packages
of other consumer loans to investors in order to generate cash
needed to generate new loans. Such firms have found it
increasingly difficult to fund auto loans, student loans and
credit cards as demanded for pools of these loans has dried
nothing is trickling down to help the taxpayer, which is
saddening and pretty cruel. Actually, most banks who have
already received help from the bailout plan has used the monies
unwisely and is back in front of Congress with their "hats
in their hands" begging for more and getting it; which is
the big 3 Auto makers in the United States (Chrysler, GM
and Ford) are stating they are on the verge of bankruptcy and is
requesting a bailout (about 34 billion to fix their
problems). Which many are stating is crucial since 10s of
thousands will lose their jobs if they are not helped. Of
course, I "feel" for the auto plant workers, but why
does the CEOs of these 3 companies feel they need to be bailed
out. They have obviously mismanaged their businesses, and
"ran them into the ground", and now claim they need to
be helped and strongly feel they are entitled to some of this
bailout fund. My question is what about the suffering
American taxpayers the money is coming from?
For me it is puzzling and an outrage about these
bailouts, and many in America must wake up and really see what's
going on in this country. As a matter of fact, I feel that
American's foundation should be strong, and it should be fixed
from the bottom up, and not from the top to the bottom. It
only seems logical that the foundation is built and is firm and
strong, such like a foundation of a house (the American people
are the foundation of America).
when you build a house do you build the roof first (the roof
represents the financial institutions)? I think not.
You would want to build the foundation first and then
move up. You
see, we the American people are like the foundation, who
needs to be fixed and strengthened (bailed out first,) and then
the strengthening and building would move on up (especially
since the financial institutions are using the monies they
receive on other items, and nothing is trickling down or
cant help but ask what's going on, and how in the world
would the money revolve to help make the economy strong again or
even trickle down to the people in the form of credit or loans?
It's a known
fact that once the people are strong and steady and money flows
in their life, they will spend, they will go buy cars, homes,
etc., which will certainly build up the economy...right?
I hope you are "feeling me" and understand what
I am saying! Please
share with me your thoughts on this critical issue.
Aids Day was observed on Monday, December 1st. World AIDS
Day, is the day when individuals and organizations from around
the world come together to bring attention to the global AIDS
epidemic. 2008 marks the 20th anniversary of World AIDS
Day. Of course a lot of progress have been made since
1988, but there is still much more to be done.
the theme for World Aids Day was Leadership
- promoted with the campaigning slogan, “Stop AIDS. Keep
the Promise.” Leadership
encourages leaders at all levels to stop AIDS. Building on the
2006 theme of accountability, leadership highlights the
discrepancy between the commitments that have been made to halt
the spread of AIDS, and actions taken to follow them through. Leadership
empowers everyone – individuals, organizations, and
governments – to lead in the response to AIDS.
statistic indicate (1) over
one million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS today, and worldwide,
the figure is over 35 million; (2) African-Americans account for 49% of all new AIDS infection in
the United States; (3) Approximately 56,300 who
become infected in a year in the united states; (4)
is an estimate of 2.3 Million children under the age of 15 who
are living with HIV/AIDS; and (5) Young people at the age of 15-24
account for 45% of all new infections in adults. Click
Here to learn some very important facts on HIV/AIDS.
get educated on this disease, protect yourself from contracting
the disease, and get tested. To
learn more about prevention and education on HIV/AIDS, please
is the time to protect ourselves and to take action to save our
little over a week ago it was a proud moment for me...it was
awesome to hear Reggae Superstar Bares Hammond on the Michael
Baisden Show. Michael interviewed Bares, and it was clear
that Bares was extremely happy to be on the most popular
syndicated radio show in the US!
to Von Martin (Caribbeana Radio Show host on WPFW 89.3FM WDC),
who will be honored and will receive the Life Time Achievement
award from "Kids in Trouble, Inc." on December 6th,
44th President of the United States of America will
be sworn into his new position in 45 days.
may not get there in one year or even in one term,"
"But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am
tonight that we will get there. I promise you, we as a
people will get there."
to the many who have sent me e-mails in response to my past
E-Newsletters and lots of important information to use for our
future E-Newsletters. Most importantly, I thank you for
your encouraging words! So until next week... please
enjoy, and be safe this Weekend and the upcoming week!!
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in your CLOSET?
LA's Children's Ministry
is collecting clean,
December 14, 2008
9:30a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Collection boxes will be located
High School (near the auditorium)
5010 11th Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90043
is approaching, and no one should have to go
without a basic necessity such as a coat!
Newsong LA's Children's Ministry will be
collecting clean, reusable coats and jackets
to assist the One Warm Coat community service
effort. Coats of all shapes sizes are welcome
and children's sizes are most needed. One Warm
Coat is dedicated to distributing reusable
coats, free of charge, directly to local
children and adults. The program is a
wonderful way for you and your family to pass
along coats and jackets that you no longer
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