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Aug. 22 movie screening discusses HR 4437 and immigration issues from Mexico to U.S.

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Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at shamontiel.com.

 

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May 1, 2006 Immigration March in downtown Chicago (Photo courtesy of Susan Yunan, LSNA Program Director)

CHICAGO -- Over 26,000 immigrants have been deported after the SB 1070 law went into effect, and although it's only in Arizona for now, Illinoisans are concerned. Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) is reminding Illinoisans about the deportation threat in a free movie screening of "Immigrant Nation!: The Battle for the Dream" at 6 p.m., Sun., Aug. 22, at 2840 W. Logan Boulevard at Central Hispanic Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Click here for more info on the movie screening.

Click here to find out info on citizenship courses in the Chicago area.

Opposition from Chicago citizen about retrying Blagojevich, Chicago debt high enough

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Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at shamontiel.com.

 

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich returns to his Chicago home after speaking in Springfield at his impeachment trial. (Tribune photo by Phil Velasquez / January 29, 2009)

I followed the trial. I listened to Blagojevich on numerous talk shows. I heard the tapes. And although I thought he was going to be found guilty, I raised an eyebrow when he was only found guilty of 1 out of 24 counts. But after all the drama of the case, I simply don't want him to be retried again. Enough is enough.

While the juror who refused to find Blagojevich is still silent about her decision, other jurors are on Chicago news stations explaining their views. I was not in the courtroom and don't know what made certain jurors think he was not guilty on certain charges. I do think he was trying to sell the Senate seat, but the trial is over and should be over for good.

 

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Political talk show host Bill Maher bored with news on Haiti

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Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at shamontiel.com.

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I've been a fan of political talk show host Bill Maher for years, but in the late evening of January 14, 2010, I lost all respect for him from one tweet: "Memo to media: yes Haiti is horrible but you can cover more than one story in the course of a week."

 

How selfish can one person be? This is the same person who made wisecracks about former President George W. Bush for not helping out sooner during Hurricane Katrina and Bush sitting around reading books during the 911 attacks. Now when we have a president in office who is actually doing something about an issue so horrible from a 7.0 earthquake that left people dead, homeless and hungry, he wants the media to talk about something else.

 

The earthquake happened Tuesday, and it was Thursday when he sent this. We still don't even have a full body count. On tonight's WGN News, they were showing footage of people trying to remove rubble from a little girl who was trapped, and Bill Maher is tired of hearing about the poorest nation in the world having an earthquake that will only make their economic situation worse.

 

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith interview Pres. Barack Obama

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Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at shamontiel.com.

Will Smith, known for million-dollar movies like "Independence Day," "Hitch," "Bad Boys 1-2" and "I Am Legend" and "I, Robot" was nervous. Who would think that the star of the '90s TV sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" could be nervous in front of a camera? But he was nervous last week during a meeting, even with his wife at his side. Why? Because he was interviewing President Barack H. Obama.

Will Smith stated, "This is the first time I've been nervous in front of a camera in a long time."

Obama's response? "Just think back to Prince of Bel-Air, man."

Jada Pinkett-Smith, most popularly known as Lena James from "A Different World," the voice of the hippopotamus on "Madagascar" and the star of the show "HawthoRNe," seemed at ease. Check out the Smiths' interview with Obama on a Nobel Peace Prize speech comment "expanding our moral imagination," Internet communication, putting yourself in someone else's shoes and First Lady Michelle Obama.

 

 

If you don't vote, why do you complain about politics?

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Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at shamontiel.com.

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Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain looks at Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama as he answers a question during the Town Hall Presidential Debate at Belmont University's Curb Event Center, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP photo by Gerald Herbert / October 7, 2008, photo from ChicagoTribune.com)

Within the last year, I've had some very heated discussions about politics with people who don't vote, and one of them happened today with a Twitter user who solely tweets about politics. I asked him three times whether he voted in the last election after a tweet he made about health care reform and corrupt politicians, and he ignored my question. Finally after the third time asking, this Twitter user's response was the following:

 

"Whether you're an independent, Dem, Repub, it doesn't matter. You're [sic] vote doesn't matter. Voting is a trick."

 

Now the average person is going to assume that if someone is this pessimistic about the voting process, not just the electoral college, that they didn't vote. Last week, I talked with a guy who'd sent a Facebook add to me about why it is he "doesn't appreciate his ancestors." He basically told me that anything that doesn't effect him directly isn't something he can appreciate and that was why he never cared about voting or history. So not only did he throw all politicians under the bus but slaves too. I didn't think any conversation could top that one.

 

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Zazzle.com pulls 'Pray for Obama Psalm 109:8' items from online inventory

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Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at shamontiel.com.

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It doesn't mean prayer like you think.

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I've never voted for a Republican president. Oftentimes I do not agree with their views, but if somebody gave me a bumper sticker or a T-shirt praying for a Republican government official to die, I'd look at that person like he was insane. But on Zazzle.com and CafePress.com, bumper stickers and T-shirts were being sold stating, "Pray for Obama Psalm 109:8." The King James' version of this psalm is as follows:

 

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8 May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.

9 May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.

 

10 May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes.

 

11 May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.

 

12 May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.

 

13 May his descendants be cut off, their names blotted out from the next generation.

 

14 May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord; may the sin of his mother never be blotted out.

 

15 May their sins always remain before the Lord, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.

 

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I don't care how much you don't like President Barack Obama's policies. Wishing he'd not only be kicked out of office but dead, making First Lady Michelle Obama a widow and his children Sasha and Malia beg for food, is worse than "certainly not very nice." I read that "it's certainly not very nice" comment on USA Today's Web site from Cathleen Falsani and just shook my head. Something "not very nice" is shouting "You lie!" or throwing tomatoes. These folks supporting the "Pray for Obama Psalm 109.8" is flat out threatening. And with the history that Obama has created, it's not even realistic or logical to pray for.

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Tomatoes meant for Sarah Palin land in police officer's face

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Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at shamontiel.com.

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Jeremy Olson

I've daydreamed about hitting Sarah Palin with tomatoes, but Jeremy Olson actually followed through. Only problem was his aim apparently is only good for the boys in blue.

 

According to MyFox9.com, 33-year-old Jeremy Olson was at the Mall of America today and allegedly had four tomatoes ready to aim and plow. He allegedly threw two in the direction of Sarah Palin during her "Going Rogue" book signing, missed completely, but he managed to hit Bloomington Commander Mark Stehlik right in the face.

 

Jeremy, what are you doing? As big as her mouth is and as much as she just loves to be in the spotlight, how could you miss? He threw two of the four tomatoes from the second floor balcony and was then arrested for suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct.

 

 

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Bill Maher accuses Pres. Obama of sounding like Bush after presidential address on War in Afghanistan

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Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at shamontiel.com.

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On the set of "Real Time With Bill Maher"

At 7 p.m. tonight, President Barack H. Obama talked about why he's sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, and as soon as he clarified his first reason, immediately I thought of HBO's political talk show host, Bill Maher.

 

Bill Maher was on "The Jay Leno Show" last night and compared America to herpes and cellulite because we (meaning America) just won't go away. On one hand, I see his point. America does hang around like the uninvited visitor after a war. However, I disagree with Bill Maher's latest Twitter Berry update stating: "Really Barry? U cldnt [sic] have sounded more like Bush if u mispronounced Nucleur."

 

I have consistently heard Maher say that President Obama is really intelligent, and he doesn't understand why Obama is keeping soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. At one point, I agreed with Maher. I felt like we shouldn't have gone to war in the first place and now Dubya put Obama in a frustrating situation since we've been at it for eight years.

 

However, after tonight's speech, I can kind of see where President Obama is going with his decision. Although I'm not thrilled with 30,000 more troops going overseas, the fact of the matter is that this particular president didn't just throw on some cowboy boots and try to look tough on a ranch before actually making his decision. I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and hope his rationale for why America is sending over more troops is necessary. Although the numbers are down for al Qaeda, they're not eliminated. It didn't take a massive amount of people to strike on September 11. Remember that. 

 

 

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Presidential Address from President Obama on sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan

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Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at shamontiel.com.

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On December 1, 2009, President Barack H. Obama spoke in West Point, New York at the U.S. Military Academy to discuss why he is sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. See the transcription from this address below.

 

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Good evening. To the United States Corps of Cadets, to the men and women of our armed services, and to my fellow Americans: I want to speak to you tonight about our effort in Afghanistan - the nature of our commitment there, the scope of our interests, and the strategy that my Administration will pursue to bring this war to a successful conclusion. It is an honor for me to do so here - at West Point - where so many men and women have prepared to stand up for our security, and to represent what is finest about our country.

 

To address these issues, it is important to recall why America and our allies were compelled to fight a war in Afghanistan in the first place. We did not ask for this fight. On September 11, 2001, nineteen men hijacked four airplanes and used them to murder nearly 3,000 people. They struck at our military and economic nerve centers. They took the lives of innocent men, women, and children without regard to their faith or race or station. Were it not for the heroic actions of the passengers on board one of those flights, they could have also struck at one of the great symbols of our democracy in Washington, and killed many more.

 

As we know, these men belonged to al Qaeda - a group of extremists who have distorted and defiled Islam, one of the world's great religions, to justify the slaughter of innocents. Al Qaeda's base of operations was in Afghanistan, where they were harbored by the Taliban - a ruthless, repressive and radical movement that seized control of that country after it was ravaged by years of Soviet occupation and civil war, and after the attention of America and our friends had turned elsewhere.

 

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Raheem DeVaughn's 'Bulletproof' is modern day version of Marvin Gaye's 'Inner City Blues'

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Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at shamontiel.com.

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There is no R&B artist that I like more than Marvin Pentz Gaye Jr. His music was just as relevant when he started out in the late '50s as it is now, and one of my favorite songs of his is "Inner City Blues (Makes Me Want to Holler)." The issues that Marvin Gaye talked about in that song are just as on point in 2009 as they were when the song first came out in the early 1970s--inflation, the struggle with paying bills, increasing crime, war overseas and taxes. Sound familiar?

 

Born on April 2, 1939 in Washington D.C., Marvin Gay aka Marvin Gaye (who later added the "e" to "Gaye" when he signed up with Motown) started off traveling with his father at the age of five, singing in church conventions and took off singing all kinds of music from 1957 with the Marquees until he went solo.

 

I don't think there's a singer who has put out the same amount of sexy, smooth and political tracks that he's put out with equal success. Marvin Gaye was still seen as an intelligent sex symbol (and grew even more handsome with age), and that really made me dig his music, especially with political songs like "What's Going On?" and "Inner City Blues (Makes Me Want to Holler)" played right before I blasted "Ego Trippin'," "Sexual Healing" and "Let's Get It On."

 

But who says Marvin Gaye has to be the only artist who can perfect R&B sexy grooves and politics too? (Fairly) new artist Raheem DeVaughn, who is also a native of Washington D.C., sure did do quite a job with his latest single, "Bulletproof."
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My counterargument: Principal Steve Perry wants Obama kids to go to public school

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Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at shamontiel.com.

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CNN featured Principal Steve Perry on "Black in America" Part 2

President Barack H. Obama voluntarily ran for the President of the United States of America, but I don't see one piece of documentation stating that Sasha and Malia Obama had to be the guinea pigs for public school education. However, tonight on CNN's "Black Men in the Age of President Obama," Dr. Steve Perry discussed Obama's decision to not send his daughters to a public school with CNN news anchor Don Lemon.

 

And while I respect Principal Steve Perry, of Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut, for what he's done for his students, I disagree. Principal Perry was featured on CNN's "Black in America" Part 2, and his school boasts a nearly zero percent dropout rate. Principal Perry himself gets up at four something in the morning to take students to school who do not have the necessary transportation. Shirts must be buttoned and ties must be worn on male students, and suit coats are also worn. Capital Preparatory Magnet School is nearly 80 percent Latino and African-American, and every graduating member of Perry's school has gone on to a four-year university.

 

However, that's not the norm in most public schools. So while he wants President Obama to set the example by sending his daughters to a public school, the teachers worldwide should also have the same professionalism and drive that Principal Steve Perry has. In 12 years of being in public school, I don't recall one of my teachers being so in love with their jobs that they got up and took students to school. Perry is jumping the gun by thinking every teacher is going to be like him.

 

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Pres. Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, but where's the peace?

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Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at shamontiel.com.

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Me on the Magnificent Mile headed across the street to Grant Park

On Friday morning, Oct. 9, I was working on a financial project downtown when I heard the news from my mother about President Obama winning a Nobel Peace Prize. My first reaction was to ask aloud, "What for?" Up until this week, I'd never really paid attention to the rules and regulations of nominating or winning the prize, but after looking at the Nobel Peace Prize Web site, I'm still perplexed as to why Obama won. Prizes are given out for scientific (physics, chemistry, medicine); literary; and peaceful accomplishments.

 

According to the Web site, "Each year the respective Nobel Committees send individual invitations to thousands of members of academies, university professors, scientists from numerous countries, previous Nobel Laureates, members of parliamentary assemblies and others, asking them to submit candidates for the Nobel Prizes for the coming year." And if I was on that committee, there's no way I would have voted for him at this time. While Obama does make most Liberals and Democrats and some Republicans feel like we've gotten out of the George W. Bush catastrophe, Obama hasn't really done anything yet that deserves recognition in his presidential term.

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