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Improper legal killing? Belgium launches first criminal investigation of euthanasia case

Try and process this statement: “Among Belgians euthanised for mental health reasons, the most common conditions are depression, personality disorder and Asperger’s.”

From The Guardian: Belgian officials are investigating whether doctors improperly euthanised a woman with autism, the first criminal investigation in a euthanasia case since the practice was legalised in 2002.

Three doctors from East Flanders are being investigated on suspicion of having “poisoned” Tine Nys in 2010. The 38-year-old had been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism, two months before she died in an apparently legal killing by a doctor.

Belgium is one of two countries, along with the Netherlands, where euthanasia of people for psychiatric reasons is allowed if they can prove they have “unbearable and untreatable” suffering.

Among Belgians euthanised for mental health reasons, the most common conditions are depression, personality disorder and Asperger’s. Many experts – in Belgium and beyond– dispute whether autism should be considered a valid reason to be killed.

Last year, the Associated Press reported that after Nys’ family filed a criminal complaint, alleging numerous “irregularities” in her death, her doctors attempted to block the investigation.

“We must try to stop these people,” wrote Dr. Lieve Thienpont, the psychiatrist who approved Nys’ request to die – and one of the doctors now facing charges. “It is a seriously dysfunctional, wounded, traumatised family with very little empathy and respect for others,” the message read.

Sophie Nys, one of Tine’s sisters, told the AP that the doctor who performed the euthanasia asked her parents to hold the needle in place while he administered the fatal injection, among other fumbling efforts. Afterwards, the doctor asked the family to use a stethoscope to confirm that Tine’s heart had stopped.

Belgium’s chamber of indictment “presumes that there are sufficient indications in this particular case” and the doctors involved have been referred to the court of assize in Ghent. They will now face trial “due to poisoning”, said Francis Clarysse, a Ghent prosecutor.

Concerns have previously been raised about whether Thienpont, Nys’ psychiatrist, too easily approved euthanasia requests from patients with mental illness.

The AP previously published documents revealing a rift between Thienpont and Dr. Wim Distelmans, who heads Belgium’s euthanasia review commission. Distelmans voiced fears that Thienpont and colleagues may have failed to meet certain legal requirements in some euthanasia cases – and wrote that he would no longer accept referred patients from Thienpont.

In the 15 years since doctors were granted the right to legally kill patients, more than 10,000 people have been euthanised. Only one case has previously been referred to prosecutors; that case was later dropped.

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Make It Stop: Obese model Tess Holliday again promoting unhealthy body size

Model Tess Holliday is 5’5” and weighs 280 pounds. For someone here age, a normal weight range should be 111 to 150 pounds. She is classified as OBESE CLASS III.  There is NOTHING healthy about being so obese.

According to the CDC, the health risks associated with obesity include:

  • All-causes of death (mortality)
  • High blood pressure
  • High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint)
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)
  • Low quality of life
  • Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders
  • Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning

Tess is into “body positivity” and “female empowerment” because she is fat. Somehow obesity is suppose to give women confidence.

And anyone who dares call out the health risks of her being so fat is instantly labeled a “body shamer.”

A couple days ago she posted the above picture on Instagram with the caption, @lizzobeeating told me to caption this photo “Damn… that look good” #effyourbeautystandards

Sorry but NO. That DOES NOT LOOK GOOD.

Promoting an unhealthy body size is dangerous (see the first bullet in the list below). Disguising a serious health condition as “female empowerment” and dismissing real health standards is not logical.

Feminism today has nothing to do with facts, such as those provided with the evidence of the consequences of obesity. It’s all about feeeeeelings, emotions and justification for your actions – and the lack of personal responsibility. That’s the liberal way.

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Raised with no coping mechanisms: Majority of college students says they’re stressed, many report suicidal thoughts

Maybe kids have a problem with self-identity because choosing from 31 genders is exhausting.

Maybe not everyone should be given a participation trophy.

Maybe kids shouldn’t be glued to smartphones.

Maybe kids should lay off the social media platforms.

Maybe we should let boys be boys.

Maybe girls should know that today’s feminism really isn’t their friend.

Maybe we shouldn’t teach white children that they are responsible for every racist problem because of their skin color.

Maybe political correctness is stifling our children.

Maybe progressive “values” aren’t that healthy for our children.

From Yahoo (via GMA): Sending a child off to college is an immense accomplishment for parents, who can finally breathe a sigh of relief. But teens on campus find a vastly different view of what a college environment is like, including its demands and challenges. A new study supports this, finding that students are much more stressed than parents, or anyone else, might realize.

The study, published in the medical journal Depression and Anxiety, found that mounting expectations, an evolving sense of self-identity, and the typical shock of leaving home for a new place are making college students more vulnerable to mental health risks, including suicidality.

Anxiety and depression rates have been rising, according to the study, which found three out of every four college students reporting at least one stressful life event within the past year — involving everything from social relationships to personal appearance to problems with family. Twenty percent said they experienced greater than five stressful life events within that same time frame.

“College is very stressful in an alarming way. That’s important for parents to be aware of,” lead author of the study Cindy Liu, PhD, a psychologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, told ABC News.

Liu conducted the study by surveying over 67,000 college students from over 100 college campuses about their stress, anxiety and depression. They were also asked directly if they’d had suicidal thoughts or made attempts to harm themselves. One in five students said they had thought of suicide, while about one in 10 actually attempted it. Each of those statistics is more than double the national average for adults.

“Even if you have a student who is doing well in school, it doesn’t mean they aren’t dealing with something internally,” Liu said. “You have to peel back more layers. That is the real struggle for parents and colleges — identifying those students who are quietly enduring a significant mental health experience.”

The survey asked about 15 different types of mental health issues, ranging from anorexia to anxiety and panic attacks to addiction. Liu also highlighted one particularly nuanced strength of the study: it pinned down conflicts with self-identity. For example, those who identified as a sexual minority tended to have the highest rates of mental health diagnoses. Gay, lesbian, and bisexual students reported thoughts or actions related to killing themselves two to three times more often than heterosexual students. Transgender students, meanwhile, were among the highest in reported mental health diagnoses and suicidality.

Black and Hispanic students reported mental health diagnoses and self-harm at lower rates than whites; however, multiracial students were more likely to admit thoughts of suicide or previous attempts. These numbers are striking, but in reality, they could actually be worse than the study indicates, since stigmas surrounding sexual identity and mental health may have caused students to underreport their problems.

The findings add gravity to the well-known relationship between trauma, mental health, and suicide, and indicate that college, for some, is far from a carefree environment. It’s important that colleges and students realize the stress is real, and that they make adequate college-based mental health resources available.

For parents of college-bound students, these statistics are unsettling. They may indicate a greater need to pay attention to the mental health experiences of college students, especially when it comes to self-identity.

“Try to normalize the college experience and the stressors involved,” Liu said. “It is critical to think about their identity, and how that matters to their complete mental health experience.”

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Detained illegal alien who jumped off a balcony is paralyzed and now suing the government for lifetime medical care

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From Sacramento Bee: A year ago, Luis Alberto Mendez was an able-bodied immigrant from Mexico who worked as a carpenter. He had suffered from depression, but his lawyer said he had gotten the symptoms under control with medication. He was also undocumented illegal.
Today Mendez is a quadriplegic who is confined to his brother’s home in San Jose. He needs constant care and has no money. He blames Sacramento County and the U.S. government, and he’s suing them both.
Mendez, 37, is a native of Mexico who does not dispute that he was in the United States illegally in 2016. When agents detained him, he willingly signed an order agreeing to immediate deportation, his lawyer says. If the government had just sent him home then, he contends, he would not be paralyzed.
Instead, he was taken to the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove. There, his lawsuit claims, jailers ignored his pleas for access to medical care. He eventually attempted to kill himself by jumping off a second story balcony on the prison grounds, his lawyer said.
The fall didn’t kill him, but it left him a quadriplegic in need of a lifetime of medical care. His lawsuit accuses the U.S. government and Sacramento County of negligence, Fresno attorney Douglas Gordon said Friday.
“He is at a little home in the San Jose area being tended to by his family,” said Gordon, who filed the lawsuit in federal court in Sacramento on Thursday. “He’s quadriplegic; he has no money.”
The circumstances that led to Mendez being detained remain unclear.
Gordon, his lawyer, notes that federal policy at that time would have directed immigration agents to leave him alone because he had no felony convictions or criminal ties that would have led them to deport him.
Nonetheless, ICE agents set up shop outside his San Jose home in August 2016 waiting for him to appear. “They had him on some sort of list, had information on where he lived,” Gordon said. “They waited for him to come out of his house, and when he came out on his bicycle riding to work they detained him.”
Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman James Schwab said the agency would not comment on pending litigation.
But Gordon maintains that federal policy at the time, under the Obama administration, required that ICE agents ignore his presence in the country and focus instead on dangerous criminals or gang members.
“The worst crime that ICE has on him was a 2015 assault that was dismissed as misdemeanor,” Gordon said. “He was not supposed to be targeted.”
When Mendez was apprehended by ICE for removal on Aug. 15, 2016, the agency was working under the Morton Memo, authorized by President Obama in March 2011. That memo states that ICE’s number one priority is “aliens who pose a danger to national security or a risk to public safety.”
Immigrants convicted of crimes, particularly violent criminals, felons, repeat offenders and members of organized crime, all were singled out as priorities.
Those with mental health issues, like Mendez, were not supposed to be targeted. “Absent extraordinary circumstances or requirements of mandatory detention, field office directors should not expend detention resources on aliens who are known to be suffering from serious physical or mental illness,” the memo states.
Mendez apparently was targeted despite that edict, and appeared before a deportation officer on Aug. 15, 2016. He signed a voluntary deportation order, which typically would have resulted in him being flown home to Mexico.
Instead, for reasons that have yet to be explained, Mendez was given a notice to appear before an immigration judge in the future. He was shipped off to the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center, where federal officials contract with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department to hold ICE detainees.
Once there, the suit states, Mendez began asking for help for his psychiatric needs, which included access to anti-psychotic drugs to deal with a schizophrenia diagnosis, his attorney said.
Mendez had been suffering from depression before he was detained, and tried to cut himself on his neck in February 2016 and again in June 2016, Gordon said. He subsequently was prescribed anti-psychotic medications and he “was well maintained and doing fine,” Gordon said.
“Then, he was detained,” Gordon said, and authorities denied him access to such medications.
Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Shaun Hampton declined to comment on the suit Friday, saying county officials had not yet seen it.
The lawsuit says that because Mendez was denied “reasonable care,” he attempted to kill himself by jumping off “an elevated structure” and fell, hitting his head and suffering spinal cord injuries, a traumatic brain injury and other damage.
The injuries will require a lifetime of medical care, his attorney said, and his family has had difficulty caring for him.
“They’ve struggled to get him on Medi-Cal,” Gordon said. “He has nobody to care for him except his brother and sister, who work. It’s a real struggle for the family.”
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12-year-old "transgender" boy changes his mind two years after "transitioning"


Yes, it was a mistake. Hope this young man gets the real medical/mental treatment he obviously needs.
From news.com.au: Patrick Mitchell just wanted to change everything about himself. Uncomfortable in his own skin, the young schoolboy felt like he didn’t quite fit. He was just seven years old when he felt like he first heard the phrase “trans”.
It was the start of an emotional journey which, five years later, would see him diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and beg his mother to let him transition into a girl.
“You wish you could just change everything about you, you just see any girl and you say ‘I’d kill to be like that’,” Patrick tells reporter Ross Coulthart in an interview to air on 60 Minutes on Sunday night.
But two years after taking estrogen hormones and growing his hair long in an effort to address the condition which put him at odds between his biological gender and his own identity, Patrick has changed his mind.
He’s stopped taking the oestrogen hormones which transformed his body and is preparing for surgery to remove the excess breast tissue to transition back into a boy, Woman’s Day reports.
Patrick was just 12 when he first voiced his mental torture to his family. It had been five years since he’d first heard the word ‘trans’, he says “and because I’d always identified with girls thought, well, this makes sense, I probably am a girl”.
As his conflict grew — both internally, and externally thanks to hitting puberty and being bullied at school — he’d stay up late at night researching trans people and what could be done to look more like a female.
“It was so hard to wake up every morning and see something new on my body, or that I’d grown. It was so depressing — I hated looking in the mirror. I didn’t know who the person staring back at me was.”
His mother, Alison, tells 60 Minutes she could see her son struggling. Finally, having seen a television story about transgender people, she gently broached the subject with her son. “I hadn’t even finished the sentence and he had the biggest smile on his face. I hadn’t seen him smile for months,” she said.
With a doctor’s diagnosis, she gave the go-ahead for Patrick to begin his transformation. “When he was young he would dress up in girls’ clothes and at one stage he did say to me could he be taken to the doctor to be made into a girl,” she said.
But at the start of this year, when teachers started referring to him as a girl, Patrick started feeling different. “I began to realise I was actually comfortable in my body. Every day I just felt better,” he says.
He again turned to his supportive mum. “He looked me in the eye and said ‘I’m just not sure that I am a girl’,” Alison says.
It was a massive twist in an emotional journey, and Alison has only admiration for her son.
“That moment … when you know it’s taken every drop of courage for that child to speak up … I didn’t know what the coming days would bring, but I knew his thoughts had caught up with his body,” she says.
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Belgium's culture of death: Doctor Kills Depressed Woman in Euthanasia, Doesn’t Tell Family Until Next Day

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LifeSiteNews: Alliance Defending Freedom filed an application with the European Court of Human Rights Wednesday on behalf of Tom Mortier, who is challenging Belgium’s laws that allow euthanasia. Mortier’s mother was put to death by a doctor for “untreatable depression” even though she was not terminally ill. Mortier did not find out what had happened until he received a telephone call the day after her death.

“The government has an obligation to protect life, not assist in promoting death,” said ADF Litigation Staff Counsel Robert Clarke. “A person can claim that she should be able to do whatever she pleases, but that does not override the government’s responsibility to protect the weak and vulnerable. We are encouraging the European Court to uphold this principle, which is completely consistent with the European Convention on Human Rights.”

godelieva2Oncologist Wim Distelmans killed Godelieva De Troyer, a Belgium citizen who was not terminally ill, because of “untreatable depression” in April 2012 after receiving consent from three other physicians who had no previous involvement with her care. De Troyer’s doctor of more than 20 years had denied her request to be euthanized in September 2011, but after a 2,500 EUR donation to Life End Information Forum, an organization co-founded by Distelmans, he carried out her request to die because of the depression. The donation gives rise to an apparent conflict of interest.
No one contacted Mortier before his mother’s death despite the fact that he says her depression was not only largely the result of a break-up with a man, but also due to her feelings of distance from her family.
Distelmans has no psychiatric qualifications, and none of the doctors involved had any enduring doctor-patient relationship with De Troyer. In addition, the commission the government established to investigate any failure to observe the euthanasia law has been led, since its creation, by Distelmans. Despite evidence of widespread abuse of the law, the commission has never referred a case to the prosecutor.
As the ADF application explains, “The institutions of the Council of Europe have shown consistent opposition to the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia…. [T]he only positive duty on a State is the positive duty to protect life.”
The application argues that Belgium’s law, which now allows children to be killed as well, has gone too far:

“the balance has shifted unacceptably in favour of personal autonomy at the expense of the important public interest and a State’s obligation under Article 2 (the right to life).”

“People suffering from depression need compassion and love, not a prescription for death,” said ADF Senior Counsel Roger Kiska. “The state has a duty to put the necessary safeguards in place so that suffering patients receive adequate care from doctors and an opportunity to consult with family members.”

ADF is also involved at the ECHR in defending Switzerland’s denial of suicide drugs to a woman who does not suffer from any fatal disease. That case, Gross v. Switzerland, is very similar to a previous case, Haas v. Switzerland, in which the ECHR in 2011 unanimously rejected the claim that Switzerland had an obligation to assist individuals in committing suicide.
Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organisation that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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“You’re Not Depressed, You’re Oppressed”

Depression

Are you lonely?

Do you have days when you want to scream, cry, or just hide under a rock? Days when you feel like a square peg in a round world? Do you wonder why everyone else seems so blissfully happy while your life is miserable?

Well, I’ve got news for you: You’re not depressed, you’re oppressed.

If you’re repulsed by the sight of two men kissing each other on national television (NFL draft pick Michael Sam and his “boyfriend”), you’re not a homophobe, you’re normal. Anyone who doesn’t feel repulsed by this act is mentally and morally defective, living in a state of denial, and definitely not living in accordance with nature and God.

If you’re horrified at the thought of grade school girls sharing bathrooms and shower facilities with boys (the law for schools in California), unisex bathrooms and shower facilities in Texas (the law now in Houston), and unisex bathrooms in all government buildings (courtesy of aka Obama), you’re not a bigot, you’re a healthy American. You have genuine concern for the well-being of children. You never expected to wake up one day and find that our federal government and many of our state legislatures are stocked with sexual deviants and perverts.

If you’re fed up with mindless television drivel, agenda-driven movies, unfunny comedians, and satanic Baphomet bimbos masquerading as pop stars, there’s nothing wrong with you. You have good taste. You appreciate art, beauty, humor, and the best in human nature. It’s not your fault that the world of entertainment is now populated by talentless hacks, many of whom have literally sold their souls to the devil.

If you’re heartbroken over relationships that didn’t work out or never happened to begin with, cheer up. The fact that you possess above average intelligence and sensitivity, lowers the number of potential mates and romantic partners that you would be compatible with by a wide margin. (Most Americans are just plain clueless. Would you really be happy in a relationship with someone like that?) Don’t give up though. Love may give up on you, but never let it be said that you gave up on love.

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If you’re angry over the lies told to you about Sandy Hook, Boston, Benghazi, Obamacare, the IRS scandal, and dozens of other issues, and that the first two events may have involved crisis actors and elements of our own government, you’re not a conspiracy kook. Healthy skepticism is a good thing, and you’re actually far smarter than the vast majority of Americans. I defy anyone to read the meticulously researched posts on this site concerning Sandy Hook, Boston, and others and come away still believing in the fairy tales we’ve been told by the media.

If you’re confused and feeling that there’s something dreadfully wrong with our country, but you can’t quite put your finger on it, you’re not paranoid. There is something dreadfully wrong. It’s called Leftism and it’s personified in the Democratic Party. Don’t blame yourself. You didn’t know that our once great country would today be under the authority of a Communist, fraudulently-elected president, who just might be a flat-out satanist.

If you’re saddened by the state of your health, take heart. You were never taught at school or at home that our once healthy food supply would now be contaminated with chemicals, manufactured in factories, and unfit to eat. A healthier life for you begins today if you choose to go organic. (See our “Health, Finance & Security Tips” page!)

If you’re distraught over your financial condition and living paycheck-to-paycheck, it’s not your fault. No one ever told you that your hard-earned money would be taken against your will by the government and used to reward illegal aliens, to line the pockets of corrupt politicians and unions, and to bribe the votes of those who prefer to stay home and watch bad television to working.

If you’re especially upset over the current war on Christianity, realize this: the fact that the Left has to resort to so many hostile, dishonest, and evil acts in order to weaken God’s religion is a clear demonstration of just how powerful Christianity is. Don’t leave it to the Pope, the priests, or other clergy to right the ship. If Christianity survives it will only be due to people like you.

If you’re weary over fighting the good fight and ready to throw in the towel, don’t do it. One of Sun-tzu’s first rules of warfare is to make the enemy give up before the fight even starts. Your giving up is exactly what the enemy wants, and everything described above is purposely designed to accomplish exactly that. Don’t give up, get active.

See “How God-loving Americans can restore our country in 9 simple steps.”

If you’re still feeling down, then take some practical steps right now to alter your mood. Stand or sit up straight and look up. (Did you know that’s it’s impossible to feel depressed while gazing upward, especially at the sky?) Get off all sugar and practice good nutrition. (Study the health discoveries of Dr. Weston Price.) Listen to classical music and read positive life-affirming books and articles. Be grateful for all the love in your life, even if it’s just you loving yourself. (Or the love God bestows upon you through His bountiful food.) It’s impossible to be thankful and grateful without being happy.

Mike

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“It’s Me Again God”

May it be a light to you in dark places, even when all other lights go out.

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Yesterday, a friend of mine informed me about a family member who has a history of addiction and depression, who recently tried to commit suicide.  I felt so badly for this person whom I shall call Jane Doe.  I am aware of the fact that depression can be caused by biological chemical imbalances or other health issues.  However, it is my belief that this is also a spiritual matter, in which the devil and/or his minions inspire hopelessness and despair.  I have been praying for this person since yesterday quite steadily.

I happened to find a prayer called, “It’s Me Again God,” written by Helen Steiner Rice and set forth upon a card by the Rev. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., who advocated steadily for family prayer.  I shall set forth this prayer again for all of us:

Remember me, God?
I come every day
Just to talk with you, Lord,
And to learn how to pray . . .
You reach out Your hand,
I need never explain
For YOU understand. . .
I come to You frightened
And burdened with care
So lonely and lost
And so filled with despair,
And suddenly, Lord,
I’m no longer afraid,
My burden is lighter
And the dark shadows fade . . .
Oh, God, what a comfort
To know that You care
And to know when I seek You
YOU WILL ALWAYS BE THERE!

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Magic Pill that fights disease and adds years to your life!

Was your new year resolution that of exercising more?
And have you already abandoned your resolution?
Be kind to yourself and forgive yourself. You are only human.
Please watch this video made by a physician. Your life depends on it!

This is what regular exercise does for us:

  • Reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, falls, fractures, type 2 diabetes, and breast and colon cancer.
  • Lowers blood pressure, improves our lipid profile, helps process glucose and insulin.
  • Improves our cognitive function, preventing the frightful Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • Helps combat and prevent depression.
  • Helps our functional health — being able to do the things we used to do as we get older.
  • Increases life expectancy by 3-5 years.

If there’s a drug that can do all the above, it would be called a Magic Pill and we’d all be taking it.
Regular exercise means as little and as easy as a half-hour walk 5 days a week!
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So put on your walking shoes and Take a Hike! 😀
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MLK Day 2012: the state of black America

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day — a day to remember the man who fought peacefully for the full civil rights of black Americans.
Last Saturday evening, Michelle Obama took to the stage at a black awards ceremony to exhort her fellow blacks to re-elect Skippy for another four years.

Moochelle and her fellow One Percenters


The ceremony was the BET Honors, hosted by Black Entertainment Television at the historic Warner Theatre in downtown Washington, D.C. The ceremony was chock full of the Top One Percent of African Americans, including honoree Maya Angelou; entertainers Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Queen Latifah, Spike Lee, Cicely Tyson and Stevie Wonder; and political figures former Bush administration’s secretary of state Colin Powell and current attorney general Eric “I-won’t-prosecute-the-New-Black-Panthers-’cause-they’re-my-people” Holder.
As speaker after speaker at the ceremony praised the Obamas for being the first black family in the White House and told the audience to “vote like your life depends on it,” Moochelle grandiosely proclaimed to black America:

“It is not enough merely to seek greatness for ourselves, we must help others discover greatness within themselves. We need to reach down and reach out, and give back and lift others.”

That led us to wonder just how black Americans have fared under Obama and why they should, once again, obediently trudge to the polling booths to reelect him to four more years. Here’s what we found:
Unemployment of black Americans was 10% under Clinton — whom blacks had called their “first black president” until the half-black Obama came along — and 9% under George W. Bush. But, under the reign of “the first black family in the White House,” although unemployment among the general U.S. population is about 9.1%, black joblessness is a whopping 16.2%. CBS News calls it a Great Depression-era level of joblessness:

[H]istorically, the unemployment rate for African Americans has always been higher than the national average. However, now it’s at Depression-era levels. The most recent figures show African American joblessness at 16.2%. For black males, it’s at 17.5%; And for black teens, it’s nearly 41%.


You may say: “B…but, it’s not Skippy’s fault! It’s the Great Recession, and everyone’s been hit, not just blacks!”
Ahhh, but we say: “If it’s the economy, why are blacks doing so much worse than the general population?
The U.S. Department of Labor chart below shows the unemployment rates from the 4th quarter in 2007 to the second quarter in 2011. The unemployment rates for white men went from 4% to 7.9% (an increase of 3.9%), whereas those for jobless black men rose from 8.4% to 16.1% (an increase of 7.7%). That’s a difference of 3.8% between blacks and whites.

Furthermore, why is black unemployment stagnant when overall U.S. unemployment got better (supposedly) in 2011? CNN Money reports, Jan. 6, 2012:

For the country as a whole, the unemployment rate fell in 2011…. Not so much for African Americans.
As the economy slowly improved last year, the unemployment rate fell for both whites and Latinos. But at the end of the year the black unemployment rate was 15.8%, exactly where it started out 2011, according to the government’s December jobs report released Friday. That’s a sharp contrast to the white unemployment rate, which fell to 7.5% last month….
Black men still have a higher unemployment rate overall, but their’s at least improved — while for black women, it got worse. Rodgers attributes this trend to massive government job cuts during the year. “Minorities and women are heavily concentrated in public sector jobs,” he said….
Overall, blacks accounted for only 9% of the nation’s job gains during the year, even though they make up 12% of the civilian population, according to Department of Labor.


Last August, the Obamas took two separate government planes to Martha’s Vineyard for their 10-day summer vacation, which cost taxpayers thousands $ in additional expenses because Moochelle just couldn’t, wouldn’t wait FOUR hours for Skippy.
While the Obamas were golfing, bicycling, shopping, and eating ice cream in that playground-of-the-rich, on August 18, 2011, thousands of mainly black jobless Americans camped out overnight for a job fair in Atlanta. The next day, dressed in their full business suits, they waited in a seemingly endless line in the baking heat. 20 people were treated for heat exhaustion.

But Moochelle and her fellow black One Percenters want you to “vote like your life depends on it” for four more years of Skippy.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said:

“All I’m saying is simply this, all life is interrelated, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”

Do you think Skippy and Moochelle believe that?
~Eowyn & Steve

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