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  • ifly1158 ifly1158 May 23, 2014 10:27 AM Flag

    A lone black man in a hoodie... And a Great Society.

    Why cross to the other side of the street in order to avoid a lone young black man in a hoodie.....In fact one might want to say Hi :) to him, let him know in that simple way that his dignity is recognized. Who knows, per Law of averages probably not but a brief exchange of conversation in passing might transpire? 3-4 young men in hoodies displaying aggressive attitude on a lonely street with suspicious body language?... might react with a cross over to the less crowded side of the street to give them leeway regardless of what race or color they may be thought to be.... Even if certain of dispatching any aggressive conflict it would be better to avoid the scrape and the inconvenience of following up details with the police, although perhaps a worth while service to the community to do so..... God has provided a protective Instinct to us all.. It seems to never fail. a sixth sense that alerts when being stared at. Perhaps your guardian angel speaking from that other dimension that only the subconscious hears.... That little voice that Magnum PI always referred to and said that you should never ignore.....Personal judgement should be ever present but that God given Instinct is a gift to all which occurs in the moment. The is no need to brandish that Gift as a weapon that proceeds events which do not exist. The crux of life is presented often in circumstances of a moment which deviate from the norm and routine.... We have all experienced them but no matter the prejudice they come when least expected... Walk confidently with no fear. What does this have to do with finance or FNMA? Answer Everything. America was built on a positive belief. Love thy neighbor. Not fear thy neighbor. Build bridges not barriers... For a Great Society which can only be found in a Great nation.

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    • One guy in a hoodie doesn't bother me why would it? If a person was going to rob you by the time they have line of sight your screwed because it's going to come from the side or behind ya. Three guys kickin it you avoid always, nothing to prove sometimes there own conversation can cause a problem. One of the guys is gettin teased and wants to prove something. Saying hi can only make that whole situation worse, none for wear let it go. If your a #$%$ a certain race is not a reason to trust someone. Race is never really the issue it's just the excuse. Bad people are just bad and just want you miserable like them.

      On that if it looks like chicken it must be chicken. Even if your not a gang banger the best way to hide from it is in plain sight.

    • If you dress like a cop, talk like a cop, and act like a cop, I have the right to think you are a cop because you advertized yourself as a cop. If you dress like a thug, act like a thug, and talk like a thug I have the right to think you a thug because you advertized yourself that way. I ask a gang banger one time in school why they try to intimidate and he told me "that's the way we get what we want in the hood". After a lot of hard work and thinking on his part he turned his life around but that is the exception not the rule unfortunately.

    • Here is what really needs to be done but not one will step up to the plate and accept responsibility:

    • You have to be a liberal who thinks the mountains are gum drops and the rivers flow with beer and wine. Wake up pal or get out of that 500 people town you live in. Grow up in NYC like me and then stand on the corner and preach your garbage

    • Nothing like wearing a hoodie in hot weather.

    • come down from your ivory tower and come visit Cincinnati or any major city and take a stroll down to the inner city ! Get a first hand view of this" Great Society" you speak about .Are latest victim is still missing from the campus of UC .Are police department has doubled their forces along with the murder rate .

    • You lost me on Great Society in the title.

    • donald.sweitzer May 23, 2014 12:26 PM Flag

      whatever Mark Cuban

    • Would suggest you read the column written by George Well as published in The Washington Post on May 16:


      Standing on his presidential limousine, Lyndon Johnson, campaigning in Providence, R.I., in September 1964, bellowed through a bullhorn: “We’re in favor of a lot of things and we’re against mighty few.” This was a synopsis of what he had said four months earlier.

      Fifty years ago this Thursday, at the University of Michigan, Johnson had proposed legislating into existence a Great Society. It would end poverty and racial injustice, “but that is just the beginning.” It would “rebuild the entire urban United States” while fending off “boredom and restlessness,” slaking “the hunger for community” and enhancing “the meaning of our lives” — all by assembling “the best thought and the broadest knowledge.”

      In 1964, 76 percent of Americans trusted government to do the right thing “just about always or most of the time”; today, 19 percent do. The former number is one reason Johnson did so much; the latter is one consequence of his doing so.

      Barry Goldwater, Johnson’s 1964 opponent who assumed that Americans would vote to have a third president in 14 months, suffered a landslide defeat. After voters rebuked FDR in 1938 for attempting to “pack” the Supreme Court, Republicans and Southern Democrats prevented any liberal legislating majority in Congress until 1965. That year, however, when 68 senators and 295 representatives were Democrats, Johnson was unfettered.

      He remains, regarding government’s role, much the most consequential 20th-century president. Indeed, the American Enterprise Institute’s Nicholas Eberstadt, in his measured new booklet “The Great Society at Fifty: The Triumph and the Tragedy,” says LBJ, more than FDR, “profoundly recast the common understanding of the ends of governance.”

      When Johnson became president in 1963, Social Security was America’s only nationwide social program. His programs and those they subsequently legitimated put the nation on the path to the present, in which changed social norms — dependency on government has been destigmatized — have changed America’s national character.

      Between 1959 and 1966 — before the War on Poverty was implemented — the percentage of Americans living in poverty plunged by about one-third, from 22.4 to 14.7, slightly lower than in 2012. But, Eberstadt cautions, the poverty rate is “incorrigibly misleading” because government transfer payments have made income levels and consumption levels significantly different. Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, disability payments, heating assistance and other entitlements have, Eberstadt says, made income “a poor predictor of spending power for lower-income groups.” Stark material deprivation is now rare:

      “By 2011 . . . average per capita housing space for people in poverty was higher than the U.S. average for 1980. . . . [Many] appliances were more common in officially impoverished homes in 2011 than in the typical American home of 1980. . . . DVD players, personal computers, and home Internet access are now typical in them — amenities not even the richest U.S. households could avail themselves of at the start of the War on Poverty.”

      But the institutionalization of anti-poverty policy has been, Eberstadt says carefully, “attended” by the dramatic spread of a “tangle of pathologies.” Daniel Patrick Moynihan coined that phrase in his 1965 report calling attention to family disintegration among African Americans. The tangle, which now ensnares all races and ethnicities, includes welfare dependency and “flight from work.”

      Twenty-nine percent of Americans — about 47 percent of blacks and 48 percent of Hispanics — live in households receiving means-tested benefits. And “the proportion of men 20 and older who are employed has dramatically and almost steadily dropped since the start of the War on Poverty, falling from 80.6 percent in January 1964 to 67.6 percent 50 years later.” Because work — independence, self-reliance — is essential to the culture of freedom, ominous developments have coincided with Great Society policies:

      For every adult man ages 20 to 64 who is between jobs and looking for work, more than three are neither working nor seeking work, a trend that began with the Great Society. And what Eberstadt calls “the earthquake that shook family structure in the era of expansive anti-poverty policies” has seen out-of-wedlock births increase from 7.7 percent in 1965 to more than 40 percent in 2012, including 72 percent of black babies.

      LBJ’s starkly bifurcated legacy includes the triumphant Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 — and the tragic aftermath of much of his other works. Eberstadt asks: Is it “simply a coincidence” that male flight from work and family breakdown have coincided with Great Society policies, and that dependence on government is more widespread and perhaps more habitual than ever? Goldwater’s insistent 1964 question is increasingly pertinent: “What’s happening to this country of ours?”

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      • These programs had good designs. Instead of Fighting them joining the efforts to improve their successes might have produced much better results.... And left less fodder for criticism. "What could I have done differently" to help those objectives might be the question we should all ask? Rather many prefer to entertain themselves with the failures while ignoring the many successes. A Nation pulls together to be great.

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      • Belief in a great society is prerequisite to building and continuing a great society. If not great for all than what is the alternative in the end but an Elite Plutocracy? Where would I fit in is the question that all should ask.. African Americans have come a long way in America and it took the Government to make that happen. Wall Street brought slavery to America and entitled thinking may yet bring it back. All men are equal in God's eyes. Conservative movements including religious based movements rather then extolling their own perceived virtues all to often stopped there and went no further then to brag about their self sufficiency and self righteousness while condemning those born to less fortunate circumstances. They point to the crimes of the unfortunate and paint an entire ethnicity need upon the actions of the minority of that race. And did those who pointed their fingers also point to the successes of those rising above just as much or more then those at the bottom? "I got mine" is the cry of the hypocrites and the bigots at heart. Failure to acknowledge and Ignoring the rise of the average African American while focusing only on those still left behind and their failures and crimes can only keep American progress at bay. . This exploitation plight runs deep, even evidenced in the examination of lending practices and arguments for Winding down FNMA by Wall Street. Hoodies are worn by all races and by Mark Zuckerberg. But they are worn by people. Why focus on tragedy? Why not focus upon triumph and success? You get what you focus upon. This is what a great society does and this is how a great society builds success one person at a time.

        Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • crossing the street wont help you, how about run like hell

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