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The Oil Has Stopped….For Now

BP may have finally found a good and reliable temporary solution to capping the free-flowing well in the Gulf.  Currently the new cap they have put over the well has stopped the flow of raw oil into the water until the relief wells can be finished in mid-August.  It only took about 3 months, but it could be a signal toward the end of the whole ordeal if it continues to be successful.  The only thing left will be the tall task of cleaning up and restoring the areas that have been impacted by the spill.  That could take years to return everything to the way it was before this happened, but at least it is progress at this point.

The NAACP Is Racist

I have drafted a resolution and approved it declaring the NAACP is a racist organization.  How bad is it when people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton will not even defend your actions and shy away from the issue?  Here is what Cynthia Tucker, who is black, had to say about it, “inappropriate, narrow-minded, and divisive.”  I am not sure if some of you are familiar with Cynthia Tucker, but she works for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and is about as liberal as they come in the newspaper business.  That shows you how dumb and stupid this was on the NAACP’s part.  The TEA Party has never had anything to do about race plain and simple and if you think it has then you are grasping at straws just like the NAACP is doing.  I think the black community sees the TEA Party Movement as a threat to a black president, which in this day and age makes it racist by association.  Timothy Johnson of the Frederick Douglas Foundation summed it up best when he said this:

The NAACP no longer speaks for the average African-American … the Tea Party movement has nothing to do with race.

Choctaw Casino Showdown

Most of the state’s major leaders including Governor Haley Barbour have come out against a proposed Choctaw casino on tribal land in Jones County.  The Choctaws have every right to build the casino if they wish and those coming out against are understandably doing it for political show.  The ones who will be the ultimate decider in this is the public that surrounds the area where the casino will be built.  If they show up and gamble away it has the potential to be a success, but if they are truly against it they will stay at home and this will just be another failed casino attempt by the tribe.  How soon we forget that they shuttered the Golden Moon Casino in Choctaw just a year ago to operating only on weekends and laid off over 500 non-tribal workers.  If they think this is a good use of tribal money then so be it.  The vote to build it was not exactly encouraging at 8-7 on the Tribal Council.  In the end it is the public that will determine if this was a good or bad idea.

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