U.S. Affairs

Barack Obama came to office with the support of the overwhelming majority of black persons (over 95% of them voted for him) and white liberals. You would think that he was mindful of his base and worked his little behind off on their behalf. But before you know it he ignored them. It was as if his base did not even exist. He focused on ways to please conservatives, even appointing them to his cabinet. When Republicans asked him to jump he asked them how high he could jump. The man acted as if he were drunk and a fool.…
On Thursday evening/night I read Cyprian Ekwensi's novel, Jagua Nana. On Friday evening I decided to write a review of it and completed it at around 11 PM. I decided to sleep on what I wrote and see if there is something else to add to it. I woke up Saturday morning at 6AM and decided that there is nothing to add to the review and posted it on the Internet. I then fooled around the internet for a while, wrote a bit on anti-social personalities and thought aloud who is the best Nigerian writer of fiction. It was almost…
Friday, 13 July 2012 19:28

Mitt Romney cannot match Obama

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The US presidential elections start officially after Labor Day, in the first week of September. That is the time when all the party’s national conventions would have nominated and elected their electoral candidates. Obama would then become he official democratic presidential candidate and Romney would become the official republican presidential candidate. Until then both candidates are presumptive nominees. It is difficult to see how either would not be the candidate of his party. But from this arm chair observer Mr. Romney does not look like he belongs in the same ring with Mr. Obama. On the surface it would seen…
Four years ago we elected Mr. Barack Obama in the belief that he would do three things forAmerica: He would end gridlock and restore bipartisanship inWashington He would restore America’s prestige abroad He would be bold to tackle long lasting problems that past administrations were too timid to engage. The Audacity of Hope This game has been played into the fourth quarter and the opponent, the Republican Party), is still alive and there is but just one point separating the two teams. The President has the ball and any turnover could bring unpleasant results. What should the president’s team do?…
Why is Barack Obama afraid to do the right thing? Is he really another African self-centered coward or what? African leaders do not enter politics to go serve their people’s welfare; they go to seem very important persons by merely being politicians. They can be in office for a million years and one cannot point to anything they did to serve their peoples social interests (has Goodluck Jonathan done anything that serves Nigerians public good?). This Obama man is disgusting in his fecklessness. See, Assad’s boy is killing his people and Obama keeps quiet. He sleeps well at night knowing…
As one watches the barrage of negative adverts going Obama’s way one is tempted to have pity for him. Whenever I open my yahoo webpage I see Newsmax (a conservative outfit) saying something negative about Obama. And this is just a warm up, for the super-pacs are about to lunch their billion dollars attacks on the man they see as an “other”, as not an American, as a socialist...conservatives, especially Tea Party ones hate Obama with special venom; it is difficult to not see what they are doing as motivated by racism and refusal to accept a black man as…
Summary The mind of an incumbent president or king of a nation is important to God. It influences how God favors or punishes that nation. When the ruler upsets God by choosing evil, the whole nation suffers from the punishment. It is important that President Obama be offered good counsel so that he can lead the nation to repentance and back to the blossom of God. Introduction We are now in the era of political posturing in America, and Obama is faced with issues that challenge the chances of his return to the White House. Apart from discussing the finer…
Those who claim most fervently to love humanity are the ones who hate humanity the most. In this number are Christianity’s most devoted Catholics and Evangelicals and most orthodox Muslims. Their anger today is now turned on Mr. Obama just as it had been turned on Martin Luther King and Christ in their days. These same people averted their eyes when Apartheid was reigning supreme in South Africa and when slaves and slavery were the coins of the realm in America; and Africa was devastated by the inhuman traffic. They preached that God made some apostles, some slaves and some…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 08:46

Regular Obscenity and Palatable Pornography

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www.lavondastaples.com Watching "Cathouse" while I wait to fall asleep. There's an older Black man on the show. He has bought two women. These women are professional sex workers and get paid tens of thousands of dollars in a day. But here's the deal: he tries to sweet talk the women into working for him. It appears that the man is a pimp. He tells the women to "come live in luxury in my 18 room house." Now they're showing how pimps try to recruit the women out of the Bunny Ranch. They're even reading a letter a pimp wrote to…
Last week’s news items brought out two people who did ghastly things to their fellow humans and are suffering public condemnations for their acts while the true perpetrators of the act are acting holy. One is reverend father Gonzales who is the Roman Catholic pastor of a parish outsideWashingtonDCwho covered his communion plate in order to avoid giving the Holy Communion to a young woman whose mother died earlier. There was public outcry about the priest’s inhumanity and lack of empathy to the homosexual lady. The “victim” was known to the pastor as “living in sin” with her lesbian partner.…
In an article in ChatAfrik.com (http://www.chatafrik.com/articles/american-affairs/item/700-barack-obama-a-clearer-re-election-path-is-unfolding.html) of March 8th 2012, Mr. Paul Oranika provided some evidence that Mr. Obama’s electoral prospects are improving. He sighted what I will call objective evidence for his hopes, such as improving economy, Republican difficulties selecting an opponent, Mr. Obama’s huge success in foreign policy actions etc. Objective evidence seems to support Mr. Oranika’s hopes and I share those hopes. But things do change in a course of the year. The economy which seems to be doing well now can turn around and head south due to increases in oil prices arising from the instability…
While the re-election chances for President Barack Obama is not a slam dunk as yet, the chances and outlook for the re-election of the President continues to improve by the day, thanks to the recent gains and improving US Economy. Most presidential election analysts agree that the only strong issue for Republicans to challenge President Obama in the upcoming November election is the issue of the economy. While problems remain with respect to the U.S economic recovery, many indicators show that the US economy is improving, a review of key economic indicators would help to highlight the point made here.…
According to Wall Street Journal of March 5, 2012 as reported by Carol E Lee and Jay Solomon Mr. Netanyahu and some of Israel's staunchest supporters in Congress have been pressing Mr. Obama to set as a red line Iran's development of a nuclear "capability," This should be the greatest interference in another nation’s affairs that has ever been recorded. Israelis asking Obama to tell Israel when and possibly how US would proceed in attacking Iran so as to protect Israel. US would send her military men and women in harm’s way, not to protect herself but a foreign country.…
We learn about other countries government accounting procedures to enable us improve our own Nigerian government accounting procedures. May be this piece from practical knowledge, not academic speculations, could help us begin to manage our affairs right? Is it too late for Nigeria? Is she too hopeless to even bother with her? One would never give up on Nigeria, hopeless as her sickness seems. How In The World Did Nigerian Governors Come To Spend States Monies? By Ozodi Thomas Osuji I hear about Nigerian state governors going to Abuja to collect their states monthly financial allocations from the federal government…
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 14:23

Assaults on Rights by the Right

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This is being written as we approach the end of the month of February, the month chosen by Dr. Carter G. Woodson to acknowledge and celebrate African American accomplishments and history. I would caution that it may be too early to celebrate. The political and social rights African Americans secured within the last sixty years are under attack. We are in a period when it has once again become permissible to insult African Americans en masse. Republicans vying for the their party’s presidential nomination have decided that one avenue to the nomination is to instruct African Americans on the need…
Thursday, 16 February 2012 12:01

White Americans As Tragic Heroes

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This essay says that white Americans appear to have a sadistic need to degrade black Americans, indeed all human beings; it says that this penchant for humiliating folk in the long run leads those degraded to realize that they have worth that no human being can take away from them. Human worth is inherent and is not given by other people or by the state. When those degraded realize their existential worth and develop no regard for their degraders they may work with external forces to bring down their degraders empires. White Americans As Tragic Heroes By Ozodi Thomas Osuji…
Another general election year is around the corner and the issue of political participation has again taken the center stage of public discourse. As is the case in every election circle, the issue of ensuring maximum voter turnout has become a dominant theme in this dialogue. It is in this regard that political Party candidates, activists and election administrators are unveiling and intensifying their strategies to reach out to all potential voters. While the political activists try to woo people to support their candidates, the election administrators on their part are doing everything possible to guarantee maximum well-informed voter participation.…
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 00:43

Is Barack Obama A Leader?

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This paper delineated what leadership and management is and asks whether in that light Barack Obama is a leader. It points out that Obama lacks leadership experience but has the potential to become a leader. IS BARACK OBAMA A LEADER? Ozodi Thomas Osuji In this brief paper, I will define leadership in as succinct a manner as is possible. In light of what leadership is, I will ask: is Barack Obama a leader? To lead is to be out front beckoning other persons to follow you. To lead means that you have a dream, a vision of where you want…
This essay says that in a world where God exists, and he is just and gave his children freedom to experience whatever they want to experience, that people experience only what they want to experience. In that light those who oppress others and those who are oppressed want to experience their current states and both experience the consequences of flaunting God’s will that his children should do like he does, love, hence live in conflict. A return to obeying the will of God, which is love, means a return to loving all people (a return to union) and the result…
Friday, 21 October 2011 12:59

A Small Anatomy Of Nigerian Corruption

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When one is done discussing a matter one laughs, when one is satiated sleep claims one (When a matter has been taken care of, one turns one's attention in the appropriate direction) Let me start this essay from a very simplistic point of reasoning. If the call-up capital of a bank is N25Billion, that bank has one branch per state i.e. 36 branches; it has 36 chartered accountants in all the branches, maybe half that number of charted bankers. Then assumedly 15 staffers per branch, that’s a total of 540 staff members, let us agree that management staff for the…
The late Jamaican Reggae musician, Peter Tosh had, in one of his songs, called for the legalization of marijuana and promised to advertize it. However, I do not think that Jamaica or any other country heeded his eccentric call. The smoking of marijuana, a common practice among Rastafarians, social wastrels and even supposedly decent men and women, is largely condemned owing to its effects on the behaviour and mental state of its consumers. Many cases of lunacy are traceable to it. On Thursday 5th October 2011, the Nigerian press reported a very unsettling suggestion made by Senator Ike Ekweremadu on…
A Look Back at Apple's Iconic Inventor Steve Jobs shaped the world we live in today and was the rare figure who left an imprint as enormous as his outsized reputation. Steve Jobs' legacy won't be limited to his breakthrough products. More important will be that he changed the way we think -- and how we think about something is often the hardest thing to change. This makes Steve's successes all that much more remarkable. Steve expanded our world with technology, but he also showed us that thinking differently is indeed how we can change the world. And for that,…
Friday, 07 October 2011 06:25

The Infamous List

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If you want to see just how corrupt the US system really is, go to the blog http://governmentgonewild.org/thelist and check out the US Congress critters in both parties who have increased their wealth during the years 2004-2008. This list also shows their net worth in 2009. Looking at the names you will probably see your own so called representative. I say so called because over the last few years its been clear the people in Washington have not I repeat have not represented our wishes and interests, or the interests of ordinary working folks. If you doubt what I'm saying…
Sunday, 25 September 2011 04:10

Dangers of North-South dichotomy

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In as much as every Nigerian citizen who meets the constitutional requirements to contest for any position of choice is free to employ any reasonable means to canvass support from fellow compatriots, there is need to respect both inter and intra-party independence and cooperation to move Nigeria forward. The real burning issue of recent in the Nigerian politics is neither the appointment of the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) nor that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The thing in the whole political quagmire is the north-south dichotomy which has been smuggled into the system. From the onset,…
Saturday, 10 September 2011 05:24

Hail to the Navy Seal: Osama is Dead! God is Great

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Why not go public with your sarcasm, I mean send it to US officials? Since you seem to be a Rosa Park wannabe you would seem best served if you picked a fight with the US government! Go ahead and overcome the fear that holds down your African soul and makes you tolerate slavery and second class living in the USA, fight openly and courageously and get your ass shipped back to Cameron and there work to develop your looted country rather than be an armchair revolutionary living in the USA, in the white man's world (while decrying his actions).…