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Obama’s Jobs Speech: What I Want to Hear

8 Sep

It’s amazing to me that with a national unemployment rate teetering at just over 9% that anyone would be averse to having some immediate discourse about the economy and ways in which all the President’s horses and all the President’s men can get America back on the right track again.

But unfortunately, whether it be the Speaker of the House dissing him in favor of the radically absurd pow-pow disguised as a Republican Presidential Candidates Debate or the 8:30 p.m. kick-off time for the National Football League’s season opener, this week President Obama has pretty much had to get in where he’s been able to fit in to share his ideas on the economy with the American people.

In a little less than ten minutes, Mr. Obama plans to address a joint session of Congress (who ironically, are all are gainfully employed) as well as the citizens of this nation to present his speech on job creation. In it, the POTUS is expected to discuss a package roll out, that if passes the house will cut unemployment by at least a point, boost the GDP and cost half of what the dogged 2009 stimulus plan did.

But like many Americans who are out of work, have depleted their savings and are worried about the long term, my question to Mr. Obama is “how” does he plan to make this all work, and is it too late for him to even try?

Although late in coming, tonight there are a few key points that I am looking for the POTUS to address:

Like, what specifically has lead to the fundamentals of our economy being so feeble, especially in light of the fact that we are “technically” two years out of the recession. And what sectors will see the greatest benefit of this “don’t-call-it-a-stimulus-plan?” Also, what sort of infrastructure jobs can we be looking to see created? Or, what does this plan do to the Federal Deficit? Lastly, when can Americans plan to see this package implemented?

Sure, there are a whole host of other questions I’d love to see answered (how can America afford a several billion dollar job package when we just had to raise our debt ceiling to pay our bills, what’s the likelihood that this plan will have bipartisanship backing, what will happen to the current payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits in light of this new package…), but I figure if the President at least attempts to address these key inquiries, in my mind, I’ll feel like this national conversation on jobs and the economy is more than just lip service or an attempt to pacify me until 2012.

We’ll see…

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Happy eh, Labor Day?

5 Sep

Although for many of us, the first Monday in September is typically observed by having a day off from work, partaking in the last official cookout of the summer and donning the last of the summer-white in our closets, the true celebration of this day was intended to be so much more.  Labor Day was designed back in the late 1800’s as a creation of the labor movement, dedicated to the social and economic achievements of the American workforce.  The annual observance is a tribute to the contributions that workers in this country have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of The United States.

Still, the irony in celebrating Labor Day amidst American jobs being shipped to places like China and India by big corporations because of the lower cost to them (translation: cheaper labor), large and small businesses alike going out of business and a national unemployment rate of 9.1% (that’s close to 14 million people out of work, folks) is certainly not lost on me.  That is why, with the American economy in such a state of disarray and the bleak jobs report at the end of August, I am wholly optimistic and looking forward to what President Obama plans to outline to the country in the way of his Jobs Speech before a joint session of congress this Thursday. And this is despite the fact that his speech directly conflicts with the 2011 NFL season opener…all thanks to the POTUS being kinda weak (yes, I said it) and conciliatory by agreeing to reschedule his initial speech from Wednesday to Thursday after House Speaker John Boehner rejected his request for Wednesday, September 7; the same day that the Republican presidential debates in California are scheduled to take place…but I digress.

And although the national unemployment rate has gone down slightly since this time last year (9.6% to 9.1%), the American people are still very jaded and fed-up with the political hostilities and posturing from both sides of the aisle and want some tangible solutions to rectify the current state of this union so that next year, Labor Day will be a holiday worth celebrating.

Service With A Smile…Derek Anderson Style

1 Dec

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It seems that poor Arizona Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson let the media get the best of him yesterday as he was called out for his seemingly humored countenance during the Cardinals’ Monday Night Football walloping by The San Francisco 49ers (whew, way to keep your job for another week Coach Singletary).  Hopefully though, my open letter to the fuming QB will help him to relax, relate and release in time for next week’s contest against the St. Louis Rams:

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Dear Derek Anderson,

Dang homie, in high school you was the man homie; what happened to you!?  Look dude, clearly you need some tough love, so here it is:

You make MILLIONS of dollars to play a game that you love, work hard at and study your *beep* off to master. Who cares if you were seen smiling during one of the most embarrassing Monday Night performances since…well, two Mondays ago (for which I still hang my Redskin-supporting-head in shame)?!?!? Look buddy, sometimes a man has to smile in a tough situation just to keep from crying, it’s as simple as that (please feel free to use that idiom the next time your mirthy disposition is questioned)!

Now granted, the reporter that made it his business to play mock Spanish Inquisition with you at your Monday evening press conference was indeed a tool, but thanks to your viral meltdown (which admittedly wasn’t as bad as some others that I’ve seen over the years…a weepy T.O. immediately comes to mind…) you and your Xanax-required Spazz Fest have effectively ousted Stevie Johnson and his God Blaming as the most nonsensical NFL behavior of the week.

So, from one gridiron girl to another who loves everything about this game to a quarterback who puts his heart and soul into this (football) *expletive*, please take a few moments from your playbook studying to view the above snippet highlighting how the Cheshire Cat of the NBA handles critics when they insist that he is not a serious professional athlete because of his affinity for displaying the pearly whites.

Perhaps you will take a page from his book and make your haters your motivators…while mellowing ALL the way out in the process.

Warmest Regards (and Well Wishes for an Improved Quarterback Rating),

~Tiff

Fight Like A Girl!

4 Oct

Happy October Pack!  I cannot believe that in a little less than three months, we will be ringing in another New Year.  But before I start anticipating year-end closeout sales and resolutions, let me focus on the good things still going on this year.  October officially marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and affords women the opportunity to be better versed on matters of breast health and education.

With the exception of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States.   It is also the second leading cause of cancer death in women (lung cancer being the first).  According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 192,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States this year. In addition, an estimated 40,000 women are expected to die from the disease each year. Today, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.

And while it is certainly important for all women to embrace preemptive measures, it is especially vital that sistahs both young and older take their breast health seriously.  Research from the American Cancer Society finds that although African-American women have a slightly lower occurrence of breast cancer after age 40 than Caucasian women, we have a slightly higher incidence rate of breast cancer before age 40. Conversely, African-American women are more likely than any other group to die from breast cancer at every age.

Because of the aggressive nature of this disease, it is important that women not only get as much information as possible about breast cancer and how it develops, but we must also be proactive in our methods of prevention through mammography screening, regular clinical breast exams, and breast self-examinations. 

      

But although I’m talking statistics and prevention, what I have found to be incredible encouraging over the past few years is the fact that support and representation for the eradication of this disease is not simply limited to breast cancer survivors, people who are either suffering through or know someone who has the disease or even just women.  Whether it’s local communities establishing  “PINK OUT” fundraisers, companies like Purina donating a portion of their sales to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, The Georgia Aquarium’s non-to-subtle makeover, or the manliest athletes around donning pink all over during the month of October, it just goes to show that breast cancer is a disease that directly and indirectly affects millions, but just as many are determined to fight it like a girl!

   

   

Are You Ready For Some Football? Flotus Says: Let’s Move!

9 Sep

A woman after my own football-loving heart, Michelle Obama is quite possibly the most awesome First Lady of The United States, bar none!  Mrs. Obama visited Brock Elementary School yesterday in Slidell, Louisiana to continue with her Let’s Move Campaign promotions.   

Later suiting up (in a flag football belt and a tres chic capped-sleeved top) at Woldenberg Park in New Orleans, Lady O along with the likes of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Former Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy and New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister engaged in a friendly game of flag football with close to 70 local kids.

Motivating the children to actively participate in combating childhood obesity, Obama took time out from the fun and games to deliver a captivating pep-talk:

 “We’re here because of you.  We want you guys to grow up strong and healthy. Anyone can be smart and funny but if you’re not in good health, we know that you will have a hard way to go.”

Like The NFL’s Play 60 Campaign, Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative has been developed to encourage active and healthy lifestyles and behaviors in children.  The newest phase of the campaign focuses on nutrition.

“The reality is that our schools are on the front lines of our efforts to fight childhood obesity.  The nutrition education they get at schools might be the only guidance they get on making healthy decisions about what they eat.”

In addressing the concerns surrounding a healthier generation of young people, Michelle Obama has embarked on a much needed and wonderfully executed platform…and coinciding this latest outing with the start of Football Season was also a savvy touch.

You can check out our fit FLOTUS getting it done on the gridiron here.

Buffoon of The Week: Friar Tim

10 Aug

Aside from the training camps, scrimmages and smack talking, the NFL Pre-Season is full of other exciting little trappings to whet the appetite of any football fan anxiously awaiting the league’s season opener in New Orleans on September 12th.  One such extra includes the traditional hazing that rookie players endure at the hands of their veteran teammates for the sole purpose of kicks and giggles…and camaraderie (um, if yall say so).

What’s funny is, I had a totally constructed and well-deserved Buffoon of The Week post crafted this weekend, but after seeing a prime example of “when NFL hazing goes ridiculous,” I had no choice but to scrap my post until next week and instead speak on the imagery above! 

Now, as a hardcore #15 fan, I couldn’t in good conscience award Tim Tebow with the Buffoon of the Week award for real (although he completely looks the part), as his current makeover was certainly not by his design, but good grief; if that isn’t the most foolish (and side-splittingly hysterical) rookie hazing outcome that I’ve ever seen, then I don’t know what is!

The former Florida Gator quarterback and Heisman Award Winner who was drafted in the first round to the Denver Broncos this year became the latest victim of a prank orchestrated by the seasoned players on his team this past weekend.  In keeping with his openly touted faith, the players made Tebow the butt of a humorous, yet intelligent joke for the ages by cutting his hair in a passé “Friar Tuck” design.  But because he seems to always represent himself as a true man of faith even in the most unfortunate of circumstances, I am sure that Tim will be able to turn the other cheek on this one!

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