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         Happy New Year from the National Black Agenda Online (NBAO)
                            The National Black Agenda Online (NBAO) E-newsletter
                                  Cathy Harris, CEO, President & Publisher
                                         Monique Harris, V.P. & Editor
                                            Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009
                                                 Atlanta, GA

Inside this issue:
      VIDEOS

                                  Top 50 New Year’s Resolutions

                                    Cathy Harris, Empowerment & Motivational Speaker
                          Check out Cathy’s Lectures, Seminars, Workshops & Consultations
              Make 2010 about Your Kin – Self, Family, Community…
         Your Number One New Year’s Resolution Should be to Become Healthier
Note from the Publisher: I want to apologize in advance for making our New Year’s issue so huge but as you
know a lot of things -- good and bad -- happened in 2009 and again we want to continue to be an empowerment
e-newsletter. For those of you who have said the e-newsletter is too long to read and you just don’t have the
time…well let me tell you how to read this e-newsletter. First of all look at the topics above and go right to the
section that interests you. Always check out the “Top Stories” because these are issues that are relevant to
everyone. “Political News” is extremely important so you can understand what our elected officials are trying to
get away with. If you are having a hard time financially then it’s a good chance we have some great tips on how
to save money in our “Financial Section.” Workplace, Education and the Economy Sections” will be key in
turning the economy around so don’t skip these sections. “Housing News” is extremely important to everyone so
you can see what’s happening in your area and what organizations are out there assisting homeowners. I can’t
tell you how important “Criminal Justice Issues” are because there you will see how out of control local, state
and federal law enforcement departments are and what we need to do to hold them accountable so make sure
you see who is being harassed, maimed or killed by the police all over the country. The best way to empower
yourself is to buy books so we will discuss empowerment books in the “Book Section.” The “Business Corner”
will be important for anyone who is ready to take that plunge and become a business owner. Starting a business
will be one of the most rewarding steps you ever take in your life but at the same time…it will also be hard work
so make sure you pick a business that you are passionate about, otherwise, it will be hard to stick with it. No
section of our e-newsletter will be more informative or necessary than the “Health Section” so make sure you
read that section first. Remember, without your health, nothing is possible!

Last week we provided the “Top 50 New Year’s Resolutions” at Since this will be the first generation
that will not outlive their parents, being healthy will be key to making your dreams come true in 2010.

Also did you hear the news about “Baby Boomers?” What is a “Baby Boomer?” - & the “Baby Boom Generation” -

Read the article “Wave   of Sickness and Disease is Now Striking Baby Boomers” - The article states that one in five people in
their 60s today requires assistance in accomplishing daily activities which is 50 percent higher than it was a
decade ago. Experts recommend improved diets and increased physical activity.

For all you baby boomers it’s time to take action in your life! I spoke to my daughter the other day who has been
an Occupational Therapist for a little over a year. She told me something that was quite alarming…she said,
“Mom, you would not believe the age of many of the people in nursing homes! Many are in their early forties and
fifties and their families have totally abandoned them! Even when they get better their families are not coming to
claim them because they do not want the added responsibility of making sure they take their medications
amongst other things. Imagine your life being over in your 40s and 50s because you have not taken care of
yourself and you have ended up in a nursing home!”

This is what the world has come too because of: 1) Lack of physical activity in the computer age during the last
decade, 2) Removal of Physical Education (PE) Programs from schools, 3) Failure of our educational system to
teach our kids to read and conduct research, and 4) Because of what they are putting in “processed foods.”

What are processed foods? Processed foods are any foods that have been altered from their natural state
especially foods in cans, boxes, packages…such as: 1) canned foods with lots of sodium, 2) white breads and
pastas made with refined white flour, 3) packaged high-calorie snack foods, like chips and cheese snacks, 4)
high-fat convenience foods, like cans of ravioli, 5) frozen fish sticks and frozen dinners, 6) packaged cakes and
cookies, 7) boxed meal mixes, 8) sugary breakfast cereals, 9) processed meats, etc. The goal is to eat raw and
organic foods in their natural state. That’s the only way to receive the nutrients and enzymes that you need to
live a life with energy and vitality.

The first step to become healthier includes going to a doctor and getting a complete physical from head to toe
and make sure you get your “Lipid Panel” so you will know all your numbers before starting a workout program.
That way you can keep up with your progress.

A “Lipid Panel” is a blood test that measures lipids-fats and fatty substances used as a source of energy in your
body. A “Lipid Panel” is needed to read your cholesterol numbers. To get good results make sure you go on a
12 hour fast (nothing but water) before the test. Adults 20 years old and older should get a lipid profile every five
years. Then after a certain age they need the lipid profile every year or every 6 months.

                                                My Favorite Health Articles:
      “Top 12 Steps to Become Healthier Over the Next 30 Days” If you have
       been feeling weak, sluggish and run-down then take as many of these 12 steps over the next 30 days and you will
       start to have energy and will feel revitalized. I know…they worked for me.
      “Know Your Numbers and Save Your Life”
                                               Are Your Numbers in Range?
              Cholesterol (Desirable range is lower than 200 mg/dL)
              HDL (Good Cholesterol) (Desirable range higher than 40 for men and 50 for women)
              LDL (Bad Cholesterol) (Desirable range is less than 100)
              Triglycerides (Desirable range less than 150)
              High Blood Pressure (Desirable range is less than 130/80)
              Glucose for Diabetes (Desirable range is 65-99) (Prediabetes is a fasting blood sugar of 100 to 125 mg/dL)
              Iron (Hemoglobin) (Desirable Range 11.7 - 15.5 & (Hematrocrit) 35.0 - 45.0)
              Potassium (Desirable range is 3.5- 5.3)
              Kidneys (Creatinine) (Desirable range is 0.60 - 1.10)
              Thyroid (Desirable range is 0.40-4.50)

                                 Some of Your Recommended Yearly Exams Include:
              Get a complete body physical (from head to toe)
              Get a head to toe skin exam by dermatologist
              Go to dentist every 6 months (Get x-rays for oral cancer. Over 70% of the population has periodontal gum disease).
              Get pap smear by age 21 or sooner if sexually active
              Get a mammogram by age 35-40
              Get prostate exam by age 40
              Get colonoscopy at age 50
              Get a hearing test at age 65

                                  If you have family histories get all above exams sooner.

                          Other Health Articles by Cathy Harris, Health         Coach/Consultant
      Diabetes 101: The Number One Killer of African Americans -
      Cancer Cures: Heal Yourself and Save Your Life -
      Is it a Cold, Flu or Allergies? Do You Know the Difference? -
      Top 20 Steps to Boost Your Immune System and Get Back the Energy You Had Years Ago -
      Are Hormones Problems Driving Women Crazy?
      Depression 101: How I Came Back from the Brink of Despair and Hopelessness -

…Cathy Harris, CEO & Publisher, NBAO

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                                                   Obama Holiday Plans

     Michelle Obama Best Looks of 2009 -

                           Michael Jackson Lifetime Achievement at the Grammy’s

                                                Stars We Bid Farewell To
                                               T.V. Stars That Passed On
                                                 Best T.V. Shows of 2009
                                                 Most Anticipated Shows

                                        Worst Mistakes of the Decade

                                           Billions in Dollars Made During Panic
                                            Hedge Fund Chief Pleads Not Guilty
                                                  Last Decade in 7 Minutes
                                  A Year Where Reality T.V. Become a Part of Our Reality
                                             Wall Street 10 Biggest Lies of 2009
      Top Stories of 2009 -
                Celebrity Babies of 2009 -
                                              Top Baby Names of the Decade
                              27 Exonerations in 12 States – Support the Innocense Project
                                    4 CALL TO ACTIONS
      -Help FREE Political Prisoner Sherry Peel Jackson –
  Sherry Peel Jackson Moved to New Facility…Denied Visitors!!! Please Write Sherry & The Congressman
   -Parole for Sundiata Acoli – Sign Petition -
                 -Healthcare – Not Warfare -

                                         Christmas Songs

                            STRAIGHT NO CHASER - THE CHRISTMAS CAN-CAN
                   Christmas Lights Hero -
       Louis Armstrong – The Night Before Xmas -
     Christmas Jazz -
           I Am Dreaming of White Christmas -
 Whitney Houston – The Christmas Song -
  Whitney Houston – Joy to the World -
           Nat King Cole – The Chistmas Song -
        Luther Vangross - The Christmas Song -
             Patti LaBelle – Oh Holy Night -
   Yolanda Adams – Oh Holy Night -
    CeCe Winans - "Oh, Holy Night" -
Donnie McClurkin - "What Child Is This" -
        Aretha Franklin – The Chistmas Song -
                          James Brown – Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto
               Boys II Men – Let It Snow -
         Jackson 5 – Someday at Christmas -
             Wes Montgomery: Round Midnight -
             Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie -
                         Charlie Parker -
             Music for Warm Happy X-mas -
                         X-mas Offering -

                                           Other Videos
               An Afternoon with Ron Paul -
                   "Fresh" Orange Juice: A Case Study in Food Industry Deception
             America’s New Growth Industry -
                There’s Hiding $60 Trillion -
              Bottles and Cans Beware -
        330k homes going for 39k in CA - Economic Collapse in America - Victorville Ca Part 4
                 I am Legend - Economic Collapse in America - Victorville Ca Part 7

                                                          TOP STORIES

                                 Attempt to Blow Up Airliner Foiled -
                                                  Nigerian in Custody After Alleged Airline Terror Act Foiled
                                                      Nigeria Banker Fears Son is Alleged Plane Attacker
                                              US Boosts Air Security After Possible Airliner Bombing Attempt
                                                           Domestic Terror Incidents Hit a Peak in 2009
                                           Business Spies for the FBI -
                                                          States Get More Time to Comply With Real ID
                                   War Vet: I Served 40 Months in Iraq, After Which I Didn't Want to Go Back Home
             Groundbreaking Cell Phone Law Considered -
                            Iran MP says Iraq Owes Tehran $1 Trillion Dollars -
                      Islamic Center Being Built Near Ground Zero in New York -
                                                        Moody's Warns U.S. Could Lose Triple-A Rating
                                                                 Microsoft Word Sales Face U.S. Ban
                                 Court Orders Microsoft to Stop Selling Word -
                                            How To Get a Patent -
                                  Hewlett Packet’s Facial Tracking Software Fails to Recognize African Americans (VIDEO)
                                          Netflix Sued for Privacy Violations Due to Recommendations Contest
                                                         Is Israel a State or An Organ Harvesting Mafia?
                                                                    CPSC in Hot Seat, Is Evolving
                    Wall Street’s Fingerprints Evident on Financial Reform Bill -
                  Top 5 Natural Gas Companies to Watch -
                                                        Friends, Foes Frown on Steele's Paid Speeches
                                       Youth Hear Lots of Complaints, Little Advice at NAACP Leadership Forum
       Percy Sutton, Civil Rights Attorney, Dies at 89 -
                        Study: TV May Perpetuate Race Bias -,8599,1948662,00.html
                                  Top 10 Black Museum -,1650,0,0,1,0#
                                         Seven New Orleans Shootings in Three Days Leave 1 Dead, 8 Wounded
                                  Spanish Quest to Identify Black Soldier Who Fought Against Fascism In Civil War

                                      Danny Glover: I See No Difference Between Bush And Obama Policies
                                           Barack Obama Accused of Not Doing Enough for Black People
                                            Obama Rebuts 'Grumbling' from African-American Supporters
                                                           Obama Defends First Year Record
                                 What Planet Are Netanyahu and Obama Living On?
                           Obama Could Solve The Gitmo Closure Problem; Try Suspects In Civilian Court, Or Release
                  Gitmo Prepares for Trials Instead of Close in 2010 -
                                                US Woman Charged Over Threat to Kill Michelle Obama

                                   Pregnant U.S. Troops in Iraq Could Face Jail Time
                        Exclusive: General Backs Off Court-Martial Threat for Pregnant Soldiers

                        End of a Song -
A Quiet End for Boys Choir of Harlem -

                      107 Year Old Ann Nixon Cooper Women Invoked in Obama Speech Dies

                                          CRIMINAL JUSTICE NEWS

                                    First-Grade Girl's Braid Cut Off by Teacher

                                  EMTs on Break Let Pregnant Black Woman Die
                              NYC Victim's Mom: EMTs Were 'Inhuman' Not to Help

                                        3rd Anniversary of Sean Bell Shooting
                              Sharpton Urge City Council To Rename Street Sean Bell

                      Clayton County, GA Commission Votes to Relieve Police Chief of Duties

                                 DC Police Detective Pulls Gun in Snow Fight

                              MTV Judge Melvin Shane Sparks Charged With Child Sex Crime
           Georgia Can’t Find 200 Sex Offenders -
  Fulton County, GA Top Jailers Ousted -
              14 Charged in Gang Sting -
                                    Atlanta School Counselor Charged with Sexual Battery
                                  Plight of Contractor Raped in Iraq Spurs Push in Congress
                Rally for the freedom of Mumia Abu-Jamal Outside the Most Hated Embassy in México
                  Australian Suburban Wife Steals Millions -
                                Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah - Refusal to Release Autopsy
                     Civil Rights Panel Subpoenas Justice Department in New Black Panthers Case
                                        Investigation Finds ACORN Did Not Break Laws
                             Addameer: No Peace Agreement Until Political Prisoners Released
              Silence of the Lamb-like Lawyers - Relocating Guantánamo -
                                              Greyhound Accused of Racial Profiling
                               Alleged Wal-Mart Shoplifter Dies After Scuffle With Store Cops

                           Pediatrician Accused of Molestation; 'Multiple Victims' Cited

             Niece of Cleveland Mayor Lived With Murder Suspect Sowell Who Killed 11 Females

                                           ECONOMY NEWS

                                        Brands That Disappeared in 2009

                                                                 GM to Shut Down SAAB
                                                               2010 Green Car of the Year
                     Pepsi Passes on Superbowl -
                                                   Kucinich: ‘Class War is Over, Working People Lost’
                          Atlanta Greenbriar Mall Boosters Hope for It’s Survival Since Losing Magic Johnson Theatre
                 Top 5 American Cars -
             10 Used Cars that Never Die -
                                                      How To Make Sure Your Charity Checks Out

                                                            FINANCIAL NEWS

                                                   IRS Goes After Sinbad for Over $8 Million Tax Bill
The actor's tax troubles are not uncommon for folks in Hollywood, as many other black celebrities, including the great Redd Foxx, Wesley Snipes and
Joe Louis have been among those who've found themselves having problems with the IRS. But tax trouble can also affect the rest of us if we are not
careful. Here are some tips to avoid tax problems:
1) Always save money: Your future income may never be as high as you think. Many celebs started off balling and thought that the money would keep
flowing. I am sure that Sinbad thought that his personal gravy train would continue long after the movie 'House Guest,' but the 'House Guest' money
probably ran out a long time ago.
2) Be truthful: Don't lie about your income or deductions. It's just not worth it and the IRS comes hard for their money.
3) File your return on time and pay on time: Not filing your taxes is a serious offense. Make sure you send something in every year. If you owe a debt,
either pay immediately or get a payment arrangement.
4) Respond to IRS claims immediately: The IRS is very powerful, so not responding to them can lead to criminal charges. You don't want them to be
mad at you.
We should not judge the celebs who have tax problems, we should learn from them. Be smart, be careful and save your dough. You
never know when the government will come knocking. By Dr. Boyce Watkins.

                                                            Smart End Tax Moves to Make
                                                           How To Keep IRS Auditors Away
                                5 Audit Red Flags -
                                Year End Tax Tips -,,id=216871,00.html?portlet=7
               Donate to Uncle Sam -
           19 Overlooked Tax Deductions -
                                              IRS Audits Single Mother For Not Making Enough Money

                                                     How Retirement Benefits Will Change in 2010
                                                                  Benefits of a Roth IRA
                                                           Best and Worst Company 401K Plans
                               Are You Over 50? Join AARP Today…American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

                                                    How To Live Happier on 75% Less Money

                                                           Figure Flattering Fashions

                                                          10 Bargain Autos You Should Not Touch
                                                               Best Days to Buy in December
                                                               5 Dealer Extras You Don’t Need
                                                                12 Gift Ideas that Save Money
                                                                    The 5 Best Gift Cards
                                                               4 Year-End Money "Must-Dos"
                                                              What’s Eating Away Your Money
                                                             6 Ways Retailers Get You to Spend
                                    How To Make Your Own Gifts -

                                                         RELATIONSHIP NEWS

                                                        Is Technology Ruining Your Relationship?
                                                          10 Tips for Approaching Single Women
                                                        Things You Might Not Know About Women
                                                                12 Secret Signs He Is Into You
                                                                  Gift-Giving Tips for Daters
                                                                  7 First Date Rule Breakers
                              What Men Want in Modern Relationships -
                                                             5 Behaviors of Manipulative People
                                                           10 Things Husbands Should Never Do
                          The Truth Why Men Cheat -
                                                         How To Buy a Diamond While Prices Drop
                        Merits of Cubic Zirconia -
                        Jewelry Maintenance Tips -
                                       Inventor Spends Christmas With a Perfect Woman – Custom-Made Fembot

                                               EDUCATION & WORKPLACE NEWS

                                           Oprah Winfrey Donates 1 Million to Atlanta Middle School
                                             Ron Clark Academy -

                                                             How To Boost Your Value at Work
            Resolutions for Getting a Job in 2010 -
                                                         10 Job Search Rules to Break this Minute
                                                                How To Land At-Home-Work
                       People Making 6 Figure Incomes -
                                           Help Wanted: Skilled Health IT Workforce to Modernize Health Care
                        5 Myths About Dream Jobs -
                Black Quadruplets All Gain Admission to Yale -
                                  Schools Having Trouble Tapping Stimulus Funds -
                               Wary Firms Stick to Temps -
(Temporary Jobs will be a wave of the future but many of these firms are not black-owned and rarely ever select blacks for job interviews. The goal is to
                         create these types of businesses for blacks to become business owners. Cathy Harris, Business Coach).
                                         Target Requires Employees to Provide Legal Papers- 40 Workers Quit

                                           NCAA's Educational Mission is Great Scam of 21st Century

                                                        Job Corps Gives Extreme Makeover

                                                              HOUSING NEWS
                                        Atlanta Housing Rally, Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, 4-5 p.m.
                                          From International Action Center (IAC) Calendar -
 Rally to Save Homes, Farms and Churches, Georgia State Capitol. Sponsored by Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, National Action Network, SCLC, Atlanta
                                                        Fighting Foreclosures Coalition and others.
           Lenders Reject Homeowners Who apply for Obama Plan -
        AIG Executives' Promises to Return Bonuses Have Gone Largely Unfulfilled
                         Housing Gap Widening for Poorest Families -
                                                         Biggest Real Estate Flops of the Year
               Cities Where Homes Are Losing Value -
                                                        10 Cities that Skipped the Housing Bust
                       Overpriced U.S. Cites -
                                         Find Local Home Prices -
                                                            Make Money in 2010: Your Home
                                                             America's Costliest Cities
           America’s Most Iiterate Cities -
        States Gaining the Most Population -
                                                    Studies Shows Happiest States in the U.S.
         Most Expensive Metros -
                                                             New Threat to Home Value
             Where to Find the Next Housing Boom -
                                                   Confessions of An Underwater Homeowner
                                                         Make Money in 2010: Your Home
             Prince William Spends a Night on London Homeless Streets -

                                                        HEALTH CORNER
                                             “Let’s Try it Again in 2010”
                Are You Ready to Bring in the New Year Exercising?
                  Are You a Couch Potato? Do You Lead a Sedentary Lifestyle?
                Your body is not meant to stay still…so start a walking club or get a walking partner.
                                            The goal is to keep moving.

                             Start a Walking Club on in your area.
                            Cathy Harris, Health Consultant and Lithonia, GA Resident
                      Starts Walking Clubs at Arabia Mountain (corner of Evans Mill & I-20)
We walk on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at anytime but would be willing to walk with you at a certain time so
      give us a call. We walk up to 5 miles. Call (770) 873-2072 or email:

             10 Ways to Avoid Holiday Overeating -
                                                                High Calorie Holiday Drinks
                                                          12 Health Risks of Drinking Too Much
                                                       Abuse of Alcohol, Pot Linked to Same Gene
                                                             Unhealthiest Fast Food Burgers
                                                          The Best and Worst Pizzas in America
                                       Healthy People 2020 Site -
 Wave of Sickness and Disease is Now Striking Baby Boomers
                Second Grady Dialysis Case Dismissed as Patients Have Died -
                                                   Teaching Black Women To Embrace Breast-Feeding
                                Girls Who Have Sex in Their Teens Are at Greater Risk of Developing Cervical Cancer
                        5 Common Myths About Babies -
                   Blacks Have Less 'Bad Fat' Than Whites -
                  15 Immune Boosting Foods -
                            Energy Boosting Foods -
            How Many Calories Do You Need -
        10 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism -
                               Tips for Colon Cancer Prevention -
                                CDC: Two-Thirds of Cocaine Seized on US borders Cut with Cancer Drug
                     Masectomy on the Second Breast?
                                              Maine to Consider Cell Phone Cancer Warning
                    Hot Dogs Need Cancer Warning -
                          Dementia is Reverable -
                                                 Time Tested Tricks for Faking Fuller Hair
                                   List of High Fiber Food and Food Content -
                                                           5 Major Eating Mistakes
                                                   8 Foods to Boost Baby’s Brainpower
                                                         4 Reasons You Feel Hungry
                                                         Eat Healthy Feel Good Food
                                                   Eating for Bone Health and Longevity
                                                    Foods that Help You Fight Dry Skin
                                                         10 Best Foods for Your Skin
                                                  4 Ways to Clear Up Skin Imperfections
                                                Looking Young May Help You Live Longer
                                                           10 Foods to Beat the Flu
                                                         Natural Remedies for Sleep
                                                 Surprising Side Effects for Sleeping Pills
                                  Is there a Connection Between Fibromyalgia and What You Eat – Yes

                                           Cities with Worst and Best Tap Water
                                                   Choose a Water Filter
                                                Are Reusable Bottles Safe?

President and First Lady Gets H1N1 -
             More Swine Flu Vaccines Recalled -

                                                 SPORTS NEWS

                                     Michael Jordan Suing 2 Chicago Grocery Stores,210403

 Mark Ingram Wins Heisman Trophy in Close Race -

                                                        Teammates Honor Vick Diss Award
                                                       Michael Vick Leaves Game with Injury

                              National HS Champs Crowned -
                                  Complete State Winners -
                            Photos of State Champs -
                                      Top 100 Recruits -

                                                       ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
                   10 Most Popular Black Films of the Decade -

                               Gabrielle Union Say ‘Stop the Judgment’

            Beyonce's Mom, Tina Knowles, Reportedly Files For Divorce -

                                                   '227' Actress Alaina Reed Hall-Amini Dies

                                              'Sesame Street' star Alaina Reed-Amini Dead at 63

                                                         Coroner: Brittany Murphy Dead At 32
                                                           Natural Causes Death Explained
                                                            Murphy Most Memorable Roles
                                                                 Murphy’s Final Film

                                                Does Sci-Fi Blockbuster 'Avatar' Have a Racist Subtext?
                                  Here we go again…Would this happen if we had more black writers in Hollywood???
"Avatar" may be number one at the box office, but on the blogosphere and Twitter the buzz is growing about the film's supposed racist subtext. The
premise of the movie is simple and somewhat familiar: a White man goes and lives with the "natives", learns their ways and somehow becomes their
leader. If it sounds familiar it may be because the theme has been visited in movies like Kevin Costner's "Dances with Wolves" and last summer's South

African sci-fi "District 9" says writer Annalee Newitz on the sci-fi blog I09. Newitz calls the all too familiar plot "a fantasy about race told from the point of
view of White people." In films like 'Avatar' she continues, "Humans are the cause of alien oppression and distress. Then, a White man who was one of
the oppressors switches sides at the last minute, assimilating into the alien culture and becoming its savior." Will Heaven of the Telegraph questions
why the Na'vi (the blue skinned "natives") wear African jewelry and dreadlocks and are voiced by Black actors like Zoe Saldana, Laz Alonso and C.C.H.
Pounder. "The ethnic Na'vi," he writes, "need the White man to save them because, as a less developed race, they lack the intelligence and fortitude to
overcome their adversaries by themselves." On Twitter , where "Avatar" continues to be a trending topic, conversations are not steering clear of the
race issue. "Which is more racist, avatar or HP computers?" tweets one "Dr. Cop." "Why would I go see Avatar?" tweets screen name Savage575, "If I
wanted to watch a racist, badly written, poorly directed, FX masterpiece I'd just watch 'Stars Wars' again." Read more: – Avatar Movie Clips -

                                                            INTERNATIONAL NEWS
             Rising Anger at Other Africans Fuels South Africa Attacks -
                                     Nigeria Rebels Attack Oil Pipeline -
                                                  Nigerians Facing Forced Servitude Charges in Texas
               Uganda Government Softens Propsed Anti-Gay Law -
                                                  Victims of Zimbabwe Blitz Struggle to Build Houses
                                                         South Africa Blast Copenhagen Failure
                                                  Report: Guinea Massacre 'Crime Against Humanity'
                 Shell Plans $5 Billion Sale of Assets in Nigeria: Report -
                                                     Thousands of Haitians Children Work as Slave
                                                          Africa Sees Major Mobile Web Usage
                     Will Egypt Prevent Marchers from Entering Gaza?
                           Gaza March Puts Spotlight on Civilian Suffering -
                 In Russia, Foreboding About America's War in Afghanistan -

                                                            GOVERNMENT CORNER

                                           Homeland Security Rescinds Nation of Islam Intelligence Analysis

                                                    Hired by Customs, but Working for Mexican Cartels

                                Homeland In-Security: A Nation of Thieves, Alcoholics and Sexual Predators
                                   How Drugs Get in the U.S. -
                                    Screw up; Move Up in Play Again in Customs and Border Protection

                                        San Diego the Latest Destination for a Screw-Up Move-up Border
                                      Acting CBP Commissioner Ayhern Retiring, Leaves a Stained Legacy
                                    New Chief of Staff at CBP, López, offers little law enforcement experience
                                      National Security Breeches Include Discovery of Bombs and Missiles
                                  America's Secret ICE Castles -
                               Corruption and Security Compromises within US Government Uncovered
                 CDC: Two-Thirds of Cocaine Seized on US Borders Cut with Cancer Drug -

                                                             BOOK CORNER
 Every week we will highlight a book recommended by Angels Press for reading. However, since the New Year is upon us, we wanted to go
 ahead and tell you about our favorite books so you can purchase these books for Christmas or the New Year. You can find these books at
Every week we will highlight a book recommended by Angels Press for reading. However, since the New Year is upon us, we
wanted to go ahead and tell you about our favorite books so you can purchase these books for Christmas or the New Year.
You can find these books at
        Best Book for Youth Entrepreneurs - “Young Bucks” by Troy Dunn
        Best Book for Young Adult Entrepreneurs (Read before College) - “Campus CEO” by Randall Pinkett
        Best Book for Black Women Entrepreneurs - “Women CEO” by Cheryl Broussard
        Best Business Marketing Book - “Guerilla Marketing” by Jay Levinson
        Best Book for Writers - “The Self-Publishing Manual” by Dan Poynter
        Best Book for Speakers - “Speak and Grow Rich” by Lily & Dottie Walters
        Best Health Books - “The CURE” by Dr. Timothy Brantley & “How Not to Die” by Dr. G.
        Best Financial Books - “The ABC’s of Getting Out of Debt” by Garrett Sutton
         & “The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke” by Suze Orman
        Best Empowerment Books - “How To Take Control of Your Own Life” by Cathy Harris
         & “Powernomics” by Dr. Claude Anderson
        Best Motivational Books - Think and Grow Rich” by Napolean Hill, “Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice” by Dennis Kimbro & “The
         Magic of Thinking Big” by Dr. David J. Schwartz.

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                                                       This Christmas…May be Depressing
By Maco L. Faniel
            It’s that time of the year again when people all over the world are gearing up for the merriest day of the year. Retailers have anticipated this
day so that their sagging profits can catapult into the black. Children have anticipated this day because they can’t wait to open all of the gifts from Santa
and their family. And many people are just excited about the time off from work, holiday parties, Christmas programs, time with family, and the nostalgia
of old Christmas songs and movies. Yes, it's Christmas time again, but you can't tell. There aren’t many Christmas lights, not much caroling, and not
much green and red. What has happened? Dr. Germaine Hawkins, Psychiatrist and Wellness Advocate, provides one explanation—the economy.
Hawkins says, “We work hard throughout the year to provide many needs and wants for our loved ones and especially our children. Christmas is a time
where we want to shower them with whatever their heart desires. Not doing so in a tough economy is a harder pill to swallow than simply choosing not to
buy a particular gift because of our personal decision. America is the land of opportunity where when you work harder you position yourself in a
comfortable privileged position to buy much beyond our basic needs. Christmas, to many of us, makes the rest of the year full of working long hours and
making sacrifice after sacrifice all worthwhile if for one day everything is 'perfect.' Every wish becomes reality. So in turn telling a loved one we couldn't
buy a particular gift because of tough economic times makes this day 'not so perfect' and many times scars our narcissistic egos."
            This is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, but for many this is a horrible time because Christmas depression has taken over. In fact,
mental health professionals report an increase in suicides during the month of December due to Christmas depression. Hawkins says that, “Most of us
associate Christmas with good times full of bliss, smiles, shared love and gift giving. And fortunately in most homes this is the case. However there is
another side not so often spoken or even thought of. There is something uncanny about the Christmas season. It makes us 'deal with the realities of our
families and how we relate to each other' and far too common are those realities of estrangement, divorce, deaths in the family, and even past memories
of emotional abandonment that may refer as far back as our childhood. Right after Thanksgiving as the holiday rituals begin with the decorating of the
tree and adornments of our homes so does a lot of anticipatory anxiety of what many of us don't think of—a sense of regret, remorse, anger and even
            Charlie Brown can teach us something about Christmas depression, saying this to Linus, “I think there must be something wrong with me,
Linus. Christmas is coming, but I’m not happy. I don’t feel like the way I’m supposed to feel. I just don’t understand Christmas, I guess. I like getting
presents, and sending Christmas cards, and decorating trees and all that, but I’m still not happy. I always end up feeling depressed.”
            Charlie Brown was feeling the “holiday blues” that comes to many Americans every year. Christmas depression has many causes from the
economic pressures to “having to deal with our own personal realities,” usually again involve our family dynamics. Maybe there has been a family death
since last year and this is the first Christmas without grandma. If we are spending it alone it makes us ask "why?" 'Why me?' followed not surprisingly
with issues of low self confidence and self esteem. "Maybe it makes us think about how not so great our childhood was especially around this time of
year. Possibly we feel guilt over estrangement of a loved one or even not reaching out to family we haven’t talked to in several months or years. Issues
of abandonment, neglect, and even abuse may be an un-dealt with part,” says Hawkins. Like Charlie Brown, many people who suffer from Christmas
depression think that that they are supposed to feel a certain way, and when they don’t feel in that certain way, they get down.
            Just like during Valentine’s Day, media hoopla has historically created these grand ideas of what Christmas should be like for everybody. “You
literally have to make a strong effort to not see advertisements, activities or friendly reminders of way a joy-filled time of year Christmas is,” says
Hawkins. You have to find that perfect gift to win the affection of your loved ones and your holiday meal has to be perfect also. Kids have to be on their
best behavior, or they won’t get any gifts from Santa. Adults have to find extra money in their budgets, or skip some bill payments, to buy the new
sneakers or Nintendo Wii game. And people who don’t have money or close family are reminded of their lack. All of this pressure to act like and feel like
how you “should” can lead one to Christmas depression.
            Charlie Brown was so fed up with his confusion that he began a journey to find the real meaning of Christmas. But, just like now, most of his
friends were concerned about the superficial and commercial aspects of the holiday. After facing despair from his failed direction of a Christmas play,
Charlie shouts out “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” Then Linus begins to tell the story of Jesus’ birth, the reason for the
            Some of Christmas depression can be avoided if the focus of the holiday is shifted from commodity to Christ. Yeah, people say it all of the time
“Put the Christ back into Christmas,” but what does that really mean? Rudy Rasmus, pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Houston, says this:
“First of all the season that we celebrate as Christmas is in its origin a combination of pagan and Judeo-Christian rituals. It was actually an appeasement
by government (Constantine) to pacify the followers of Jesus and at the same time not disrupt the ongoing pagan holiday that was celebrated during this
same time of the year. Historians trace the birth Christ to midsummer in actuality based on the time of the temple tax and the travels that his family took
during the time of his birth. We have to put that in perspective.
            Second of all the celebration of Christ birth was sort of a foundational rallying point for the birth narrative [in the Bible} when the guys (Magi, or
3 Wise men) brought gifts. Merchants caught on to the benefits of gift giving out of commercial incentive, with not a lot to do with Christ. When we
connect gifts, we are talking about merchandising.
            As a form of acknowledging a person birth of the world, we call these birthdays. It is customary that the person celebrating the birth receives
gifts, but somehow by way of merchant manipulation we have turned it into giving it to others. When we think about the whole twist, much of the
manipulation is at the root of what we know as the Christmas celebration today. It is a misinterpreted holiday. It has been misinterpreted for the benefit of
retail economy, not for the benefit of the Christ person.”
          Putting the Christ back into Christmas does not mean that everybody needs to convert to the Christian faith, but how about focusing on the
character and works of the historic Jesus. Rasmus says that, “Christ always gave, the only times we see him receiving is when it was normally
punishment for the sacrificing of his own giving. But we rarely saw him receive gifts for the sake of it. The only other time we see Christ receiving is when
the woman poured the oil on his feet and wiped his feet with her hair. The disciples, his comrades, were a little angered about her using expensive oil,
which shows that those closest to him didn’t even have a concept of gift giving. Now to pause and reflect on the birth of the founder of the Christian faith,
is an honorable ritual practice, but to focus the birth on giving and receiving gifts is sort of a twisted manipulation.”
          Rasmus goes on to provide the ultimate example of how to put Christ back into Christmas by saying, “[we can] acknowledge that he was born to
sacrifice for others. He came into this world to sacrifice this life for the benefit of others, people that he did not even know. If we take the most simplistic
and significant reason for us being born and using Christ as an example: our life being sacrifice for the benefit of others. If we define love in its most
simple metaphysical terms is to sacrifice for the spiritual improvement of another person. We get love twisted, but in its most concise definition, is to
sacrifice on behalf of that person’s spiritual growth. Jesus’ example for us is to sacrifice; the purpose for our lives is to sacrifice for the betterment of

          The 1970s soul group, The Emotions, asked “What Do the Lonely Do at Christmas?” Some isolate themselves, some become Scrooge or the
Grinch, some increase their self medicating, and others make the holiday bad for everybody else. But Charlie Brown finally realized that he would not let
commercialization trump the real meaning of Christmas or control his emotions.
          So, what are some things that you can do if you are feeling the “holiday blues” or even Christmas depression?
          Dr. Hawkins has a few tips:
               1.    Surround yourself with “predictably positive people” (3 Ps). No one who will add an air of pessimism to an already difficult time of
                    year for you.
               2.    Call a loved one you haven't spoken to in years. Just to say hello, happy holidays. If you don’t have a spouse or significant other
                    plan to visit places where you will be appreciated (Senior retirement living, volunteer at local non-profit drives, participate in as many
                    activities that leave you feeling needed and appreciated).
               3.    If you experience severe sadness, feeling of hopelessness, social isolation, sleep disturbance or thoughts of suicide or homicide
                    then you need to seek the professional for a full evaluation which may include medication management.
          Pastor Rudy says, “The folk who founded the Menninger (psychiatric) Clinic did some research that said there was a major difference in the
depressed person’s life when they found a focus in helping another person, there is a decrease in depression on the person’s life who embraced as
purpose helping another person. So to beat the holiday blues, find a purpose beyond self, go beyond that purpose and watch the holiday blues lift.”
Note: Dr. Germaine Hawkins is the author of Love Hangover: Tips for Christian Singles: Moving from Pain to Purpose After a Relationship Ends and
Rudy Rasmus is the author of TOUCH: Pressing Against the Wounds of a Broken World.

                                                 Interest in Kwanzaa Declining, Experts Say
                                        What is Kwanzaa?
                                                            How To Celebrate Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa, a holiday (or Holy Day) based upon the African tradition of celebrating the harvesting of the first fruits, was created and introduced for Black
People in the United States by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966.
Kwanzaa is the ingathering of the people, a special reverence for the creator and creation, a commemoration of the past, a recommitment to our highest
ideals, and a celebration of all that is good. It is a time of reflecting, reassessing, recommitting, rewarding, and rejoicing in an atmosphere of peace, love
and unity. Kwanzaa is a cultural and political expression to reaffirm our African Heritage and, organize our people for the struggle of total Black
Kwanzaa is celebrated for seven days: December 26th through January 1st. The seven days are based upon the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles),
with each day being symbolic of one of the principles.
         December 26th - Umoja (Unity)
         December 27th - Kujichagulia (Self-Determination )
         December 28th - Ujima (Collective Work & Responsibility)
         December 29th - Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
         December 30th - Nia (Purpose)
         December 31st - Kuumba (Creativity)
         January 1st     - Imani (Faith)
          Mkeka (Straw Mat) - tradition and history; the foundation on which all else rests
          Kinara (CandleHolder) - original stalk from which we come; our African ancestors
          Mishumaa Saba (7 Candles) - Nguzo Saba; The Seven Principles firmly rooted in the traditions of our ancestors
          Muhindi (ears of corn) - represents children and all the hopes and challenges attached to them.
          Kikombe (Unity Cup)
          Mazao (Crops) - the collective fruits of our labor
          Zawadi (Gifts) - seeds sown by the children and rewards for our achievements
          December 19th - gather and arrange Kwanzaa symbols. Any other decorations (African carvings, straw baskets) should be in a red, black and
           green color scheme, symbolizing the bendera ya taifa (Flag of the Black Nation):
          Red - the liberation struggle of our people
          Black - the collective color of all Black people
          Green - land, life and our future (we build through struggle).

Arrange the symbols on a low table as follows:
1.   Spread the Mkeka
2.   Place the Kinara in the center of the Mkeka
3.   Place the Muhindi on either side of the Kinara, one ear of corn for each child
4.   Creatively place the Zawadi, Kikombe, and a basket of Mazao on the Mkeka
5.   Place 1 Black Mishumaa in the center of the Kinara, with 3 Green on the right, and 3 Red on the left.
                  TH                   ST
Greeting – greet each other in Kiswahili asking “Habari Gani?” (What’s the news or what’s happening?) Answer with the principle for
that day. For example, on December 26th, respond with “Umoja.”

Libation – (Ancestral Communion) an elder leader should pour Libation, using water or juice, from the Kikombe into a bowl with leafy green vegetables,
to honor our ancestors.
Lighting Ceremony – light one Mishumaa each day for the principle of that day, beginning with the black candle, which represents the first principle
Umoja. Each day thereafter,
alternately light the red and then the green candles. After each lighting, discuss the principle of the day. The ceremony should be held at a time when
all family members, especially children, can participate.
 Karamu (The Feast) - the Karamu is held on the night of December 31st, and should be a festive occasion. When possible, observe traditional African
practices, e.g., African music, dance and storytelling, sitting on the floor or on pillows, and eating with
the hands (no utensils). Libation, Candlelighting and Harambee are conducted at the Karamu.
 Zawadi - (They should not be mandatory, expensive or excessive). It is suggested that Zawadi be given to the children in one or two ways:
1.    One gift each day, reinforcing the principle of that day.
2.    One or more gifts on January 1st, the last day of Kwanzaa.
Personally made gifts are strongly encouraged over commercial purchases. Regardless of what else is given, there are two strongly suggested items: a
book and heritage
symbol. These two items reinforce our commitment to education and the richness of our cultural heritage.
 The essence of Kwanzaa is a true appreciation of ourselves as Black People, collectively coming together to reflect on and enjoy the infinite beauty of
being in the same family, group or organization, sharing the same values, interests and aspirations, engaging in and committing to the same struggle._.

                         "MERRY CHRISTMAS", by Langston Hughes - Published In New Masses (Dec. 1930)
                                                            From the gun-boats in the river,
                                                           Ten-inch shells for Christmas gifts,
                                                              And peace on earth forever.

                                                     Merry Christmas, India, To Gandhi in his cell,
                                                          From righteous Christian England,
                                                           Ring out, bright Christmas bell!

                                                            Ring Merry Christmas, Africa,
                                                      From Cairo to the Cape! Ring Hallehuiah!
                                                      Praise the Lord! (For murder and for rape.)

                                              Ring Merry Christmas, Haiti! (And drown the voodoo drums-
                                                         We'll rob you to the Christian hymns
                                                             Until the next Christ comes.)

                                                Ring Merry Christmas, Cuba! (While Yankee domination
                                                              Keeps a nice fat president
                                                            In a little half-starved nation.)
                                                            And to you down-and-outers,
                                                              ("Due to economic laws")
                                                             Oh, eat, drink, and be merry
                                                            With a bread-line Santa Claus-

                                                          While all the world hails Christmas,
                                                           While all the church bells sway!
                                                          While, better still, the Christian guns
                                                               Proclaim this joyous day!

                                                         While holy steel that makes us strong
                                                          Spits forth a mighty Yuletide song:
                                                         SHOOT Merry Christmas everywhere!
                                                           Let Merry Christmas GAS the air!

                                           "BALLAD OF ROOSEVELT" (1934) Langston Hughes
                                                                    The pot was empty,
                                                                The cupboard was bare.
                                                                       I said, Papa,
                                                                What's the matter here?
                                                                  I'm waitin' on Roosevelt, son,
                                                                      Roosevelt, Roosevelt,
                                                                     Waitin' on Roosevelt, son.
                                                                     The rent was due,
                                                                 And the lights was out.
                                                                 I said, Tell me, Mama,
                                                                    'What's it all about?
                                                                We're waitin' on Roosevelt, son,
                                                                      Roosevelt, Roosevelt,
                                                                     Just waitin' on Roosevelt.
                                                                       Sister got sick
                                                              And the doctor wouldn't come
                                                               Cause we couldn't pay him

                                                                     The proper sum
                                                                     A-waitin' on Roosevelt,
                                                                      Roosevelt, Roosevelt
                                                                 A-waitin' on Roosevelt.
                                                                       Then one day
                                                              They put us out o' the house.
                                                                     Ma and Pa was
                                                                    Meek as a mouse
                                                                    Still waitin' on Roosevelt,
                                                                      Roosevelt, Roosevelt.
                                                                But when they felt those
                                                                     Cold winds blow
                                                                   And didn't have no
                                                                        Place to go
                                                                          Pa said, I'm tired
                                                                 O' waitin' on Roosevelt,
                                                                      Roosevelt, Roosevelt.
                                                               Damn tired o' waitin' on Roosevelt.
                                                                      I can't git a job
                                                                 And I can't git no grub.
                                                                 Backbone and navel's
                                                                   Doin' the belly-rub -
                                                                     A-waitin' on Roosevelt,
                                                                      Roosevelt, Roosevelt.
                                                                  And a lot o' other folks
                                                                 What's hungry and cold
                                                                 Done stopped believin'
                                                                   What they been told
                                                                           By Roosevelt,
                                                                      Roosevelt, Roosevelt-
                                                               Cause the pot's still empty,
                                                              And the cupboard's still bare,
                                                              And you can't build a bungalow
                                                                         Out o' air-
                                                                      Mr. Roosevelt, listen!
                                                                    'What's the matter here?

                                                  How to Overcome Failure and Set-Backs

Unless you are one of those persons who has never tried to achieve anything of great significance, there will come a time in your life when you will
experience a failure, a major setback or even an embarrassing defeat. The key to success in life, however, is not allowing the failure to overwhelm and
depress you and thus prevent you from trying great things again.
Anyone can lead a dull, take-no-risks, mediocre life. It is the dreamers, the chance-takers and the motivationally driven who change the world. If you fall
into this category, here are a few tips on how to overcome a failure and advance to even greater heights.

#1 - Treat each failure or set-back as a learning experience. After a failure, take a brief break and allow your mind to clear. Then review what
happened as objectively and honestly as possible. Determine the top five mistakes, oversights, incorrect assumptions and persons which led to the
failure. Always start the analysis with yourself. What did you do wrong or failed to realize in advance? Accurate self-analysis can be your greatest tool for
future advancement.
You must understand that when properly analyzed, failure brings wisdom and makes you much better armed for achieving future endeavors.

#2 - Bounce-back immediately with a new or revised project. The purpose of the analysis cited above is to provide you with the tools and insight you
will need to succeed the next time. And the "next time" should come soon after the initial failure. Even in failure, you may have been closer to success
than you realized. The great inventor Thomas Alva Edison said it best: "Don't give up. Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close
they were to success when they gave up."
You must understand, however, that "immediate" is a relative term. Your analysis may show that you need to bring new tools, people and financing into
your next project. Do not start the new project until those things are added. But immediately begin searching for those new "guarantors" of success.

#3 - Stay highly motivated! Success in life does not go most frequently to the neediest, the most deserving, the most beautiful or even the most
intelligent. Instead, success tends to favor the most highly motivated or that person who is most driven to succeed. Remember that emotion is the "life
force." Logic and rationality can help us determine what to do and how best to do it; but it is only emotional drive which forces us to do it.
You must understand that there are plenty of intelligent people in life who have achieved very little. And while intelligence is a tremendously great asset,
the superior person is always the one with a strong, internal, emotional drive to succeed.

#4 - Maintain confidence in yourself. You are the one! You are within that top five percent of the population with the intelligence, drive and smart work
habits which enables you to control yourself, lead others and better the world. You must believe this! If you ever begin to doubt yourself, you are loss.
You must understand, however, that maintaining high levels of self-confidence does not mean you are to walk around pretending you know everything
and rejecting sage advice from others. In fact, having self-confidence means you are personally secure about yourself and you have no difficulty asking
others for help, advice or partnership.

Having self-confidence does mean that you walk around with the belief that "I am the one who can make this idea or project work!"

                                                  HEALTH CARE REFORM PASSES
                                From the President – Healthcare Reform Passes on Christmas Eve
Cathy -- Although it's Christmas Eve, I wanted to share some exciting news: The Senate just passed a historic health reform bill.
In all the back and forth, it's easy to lose sight of what this incredible breakthrough really means. But consider this: This Christmas, there are millions of
Americans without health insurance who risk losing everything if they get sick. There are mothers and fathers who wonder how they'll provide for their
children because an illness has wiped out their savings. There are small business owners who worry that they'll have to lay off a long-time employee
because the cost of insurance is rapidly rising. If we finish the job, all this can change. We will have beaten back the special interests who have for so
long perpetuated the status quo. We will have enacted the most important piece of social policy since the Social Security Act in the 1930s, and the most
important health reform since Medicare in the 1960s. In Decembers to come, millions more will have access to affordable coverage. Parents will have
the security and stability of knowing their insurance can't be revoked at a moment's notice. And the skyrocketing costs plaguing our small businesses will
be brought under control. When you make calls, write letters, organize, this is the change you're making -- a better life for your family and for men and
women in every state. There is still more to do before I can sign reform into law -- a last round of negotiations and final votes in the Senate and the
House -- and I'm counting on your help every step of the way. But for now, I hope that as you celebrate this holiday season, you remember that the work
you are doing is making our union more perfect, one step at a time. For that, I am grateful to you. Merry Christmas and happy holidays, President Barack
Obama P.S. -- Organizing for America supporters are signing a note of appreciation to all the senators who have worked so hard to make this possible. I
hope you'll join them:

                Senate Health Care Bill in Victory for Obama -
                     It's Done: Senate Approves Health Care Overhaul, 60-39 -
                                             Senate Passes Sweeping Health Care Reform
                                                  Historic Passage of Health Care Bill
                  Reid Bungles His Vote -
                             Kennedy Presence Felt -
              Reaction to Senate Passage of Health Care Bill -
                                             How The Senate Bill Will Change Health Care
                                Top Questions About Bill -
                                Senate vs. House Version -
                 Nation's Largest RN Organization Says Healthcare Bill Cedes Too Much to Insurance Industry
          Is Making People Buy Health Insurance Constitutional? -
         Senate Health Care Bill Built on Obama's Broken Promises -
                               Howard Dean Walks it Back -

                                        Five Things You Need to Know About Health Insurance
                                       From, Dec. 22, 2009 – Everyone should join this group
                (video – Happy Holidays)
Dear MoveOn member,
In just about 48 hours, the Senate will vote on its health care bill, and then House and Senate leaders and the White House will meet to negotiate the
final bill. While the House bill is quite strong, the Senate health care bill is seriously flawed. And with negotiations about to begin, we have one last
chance to fight for key fixes in the final bill. Here are five key problems with the Senate bill that must be fixed. Please check this out, then pass it on!
Click here to post on Facebook, or here to post on Twitter.
Five Critical Flaws in the Senate Health Care Bill The Senate bill would:
#1—Deny Americans the choice of a public option. In contrast, the House bill contains a national public option, the key to real competition, greater
choice, and lower costs.1
#2—Leave insurance unaffordable for some lower income and working people. Both bills require virtually all Americans to buy insurance. But even with
the subsidies provided, some families could have to pay up to 20% of their income on health care expenses.2
#3—Impose dangerous restrictions on women's reproductive health care. Unfortunately, both bills do this and the House provision is worse. Both
versions would be a dangerous step and neither should be in the final bill.3
#4—Tax American workers' health coverage to pay for reform. The Senate would pay for part of reform by taxing the hard-won benefits packages of
some working Americans. The House, on the other hand, pays for reform with a small surcharge on only the wealthiest Americans—a far better
#5—Allow insurance companies to remain exempt from anti-trust laws. Under current law, insurance companies are actually exempt from laws designed
to prevent monopolies and price-gouging. The House bill would fix this, but the Senate bill leaves it in place.5
Of course, these aren't the only problems with the bill. Most glaringly, both the Senate and House bill would leave millions uninsured,6 a far cry from the
vision of universal coverage so many of us have fought for. That remains a long-term goal.
But these five things need to be fixed immediately—and we need to spread the word to make sure House and Senate leadership and the White House
get the message we're counting on them to craft a final bill with these key fixes.
Can you spread the word? Forward this email, and click here to post on Facebook, or here to post on Twitter.
Thanks for all you do.
–Kat, Carrie, Michael, Joan, and the rest of the team

1. "Comparing the House and the Senate Health Care Proposals: Public Plan," The New York Times, December 19, 2009
"The House Bill and the Senate Bill," The Now! Blog, December 21, 2009
"Why We Need a Public Health-Care Plan," The Wall Street Journal, June 24, 2009
"Why a public health insurance option is key to saving costs," Economic Policy Institute, June 25, 2009
2. "Assessment of Affordability Provisions in the Exchange in House (H.R. 3962) and Senate (H.R. 3590) Health Reform Bills," Health Care for America
"Finishing Reform Right: Fixing affordability before the President signs a health care bill," The Now! Blog, December 22, 2009
"Comparing the House and the Senate Health Care Proposals: Individual Mandate," The New York Times, December 19, 2009
"The House Bill and the Senate Bill," The Now! Blog, December 21, 2009
"Senate health bill is launch pad," Jacob Hacker, December 22, 2009
3. "Comparing the House and the Senate Health Care Proposals: Abortion," The New York Times, December 19, 2009
4. "Comparing the House and the Senate Health Care Proposals: Paying for the Proposals," The New York Times, December 19, 2009
5. "Comparing the House and the Senate Health Care Proposals: Insurance Regulations," The New York Times, December 19, 2009
6. "H.R. 3962, Affordable Health Care for America Act," Congressional Budget Office, November 20, 2009
"Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," Congressional Budget Office, November 18, 2009
"REPORT: How the Senate Bill Compares to Other Reform Legislation," Think Progress, November 19, 2009
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The Senate has passed a Bill - BOTH are inadequate for eliminating racial discrimination in medical treatment. We really need a big push to have
legislators hear our voice! Any health care reform bill coming out of conference should include effective anti-racial discrimination language. PLEASE
FORWARD THIS EMAIL WIDELY Sign the Petition, Call your Congressperson - This is a new petition. Please sign it even if you signed the other one.
Your letter/email will be sent directly to your senator and congressperson. I will be formatting and sending the completed petition to Progressive
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Press Contacts: Leanne Tory- Murphy (516) 458- 3454             Luz Schreiber (917) 628-9751 defendhunterchildcare@gmail. com
December 21, 2009 -- At around 4:30 p.m. this afternoon, the New York State Supreme Court issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that will
prevent Hunter from starting construction planned during the holiday break to convert one of the four classrooms of the college's Children's Learning
Center (CLC) to administrative offices. The announcement came as over 75 Hunter students with children and their supporters rallied at the college. A
video of the announcement:
Korima, a mother who uses the center, said, "Today was a success. The people we wanted to hear us not only heard us, but they saw us, and
importantly, thanks to another member staying in court the judge ruled in our favor!"
The lawsuit was filed this afternoon by H unter student-parents Luz Schreiber and Angela Molfetas on behalf of Hunter parents and their children,
 seeking to stop the college from cutting back the CLC's quality childcare services.
Molfetas - who was in the room when the order was signed - said of the decision, "Today I got the opportunity to see a glimpse of justice. I am
heartened by the judge's decision to temporarily cease the construction. I hope that this is one step on the way to well-promoted childcare services that
enable parents to access higher education." The peaceful afternoon rally was marked by aggression on the part of campus police. When some
demonstrators moved to take their concerns inside, where the Dean of Student Services, Eija Ayravainen - a defendant in the lawsuit - stood
watching, campus police roughly shoved the group, which included mothers and their children, into the entry ways and prevented them from entering the
building. One person was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, as well as apparent riot charges. His case is pending.
A video of police interactions with students:
The TRO will prevent CUNY and Hunter from reassigning Room 209 for use for any purpose other than childcare or undertaking any construction for the
purpose of preparing Room 209 for any purpose other than childcare until the student-parents can be heard by the court at 4:00 p.m. on January 21,
2010 in Part 17 at 60 Centre Street. The student-parents and their children are represented by Gideon Orion Oliver and Ronald B. McGuire.
Student-parents and their supporters have opposed the taking of Room 209 for administrative purposes since the decision was announced during the
last week of classes last May. They say Hunter should be expanding, not cutting back, these services, and that the administration has tried to cover up
the losses of services that will result from the planned cuts. Their campaign has found a broad array of support from CUNY students and staff, including
the Professional Staff Congress, CUNY's staff union and has received letters of support from New York City Council Higher Education
Committee members Charles Barron and Ydanis Rodriguez. Raab initially refused to meet with student-parents and their children, and Dean
Ayravainen called Hunter's on-site childcare a "luxury". In response, Mr. Barron declared, "Childcare is not a luxury, it is a necessity for strugglin! g
workin g families and students at CUNY. Maintaining and expanding childcare services should be a priority at Hunter College."
Copies of the court papers are available upon request. Background: For 26 years, the Children's Learning Center has provided high-quality, affordable
childcare to Hunter students with children. The proposed childcare cuts run counter to Hunter's tradition of supporting women's education and serving a student body
representative of the diversity of New York City. Almost 1 in 10 Hunter students are parents. Since June, a petition to save Room 209 has garnered over 3,000
signatures. In October, a majority of the Hunter Senate voted against cuts to childcare space and services. Many of the teachers at the CLC are graduates of
Hunter's renowned School of Education. Yet, the educational services and childcare provided at the CLC have been chronically under-promoted. "It saddens me to see
that this administration is diminishing this model program, as opposed to upholding and promoting it for the precious gem that it is," declared Charlotta Nutley at
today's rally. Nutley is a Hunter student and mother of two daughters who currently attend the CLC.__,

                                                         7 Simple Tips for Healthy Holidays
Sometimes the stress from holidays can result in big headaches. But, a lot of other things about the holidays can impact your
                   health as well. Follow these simple steps to make this year's holidays your healthiest ever.
   1. Indulge in the only the best food by going organic. Special occasions call for scrumptious goodies. But indulging doesn't
       have to mean sacrificing your family's health. This year, strive for very special holiday meals made of the freshest organic
       foods. Today, you can find organic ingredients for every type of celebratory food, from free-range turkey to a mouth-watering
       apple pie. Look for the USDA Organic seal to be sure that you are buying foods produced without synthetic pesticides,
       antibiotics, growth hormones, genetic engineering, irradiation and petroleum- or sewage sludge-based fertilizers.
   2. Watch out for those brightly colored foods and candy! Holiday treats like candy canes and other goodies can be hard to
       resist. But many of our favorite sweet treats are full of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, some of which have
       questionable safety records. Saccharin, for example, is known to cause cancer in laboratory animals. Serve your child a well-
       balanced diet of whole foods and let your child indulge in moderate amounts of candy and other holiday treats. Read "Limit
       Your Child's Intake of Food Additives" for a list of potentially dangerous food additives that should definitely be avoided.
   3. To perfume the air with a holiday fragrance, simmer spices such as cinnamon sticks and whole cloves. Special scents
       create a festive holiday mood. However, scented candles, incense, air fresheners and other fragrance products are filled with
       chemical cocktails that can pollute indoor air, causing headaches, fatigue and other symptoms. Scented candles tend to
       produce more black soot than nonscented candles. And some candles-particularly those made in foreign countries-are made
       with stiff, metal wicks, which often contain lead. When lit, these candles release lead dust. Both soot and lead can be inhaled
       or ingested by small children, which may lead to health problems. Soot contains suspected carcinogens and lead causes brain
       damage. Learn more about non-toxic holiday aromas.
   4. Raid your kitchen pantry to make your house sparkle for holiday guests. Cleaning your house in preparation for guests is
       one holiday tradition no one cherishes. To make it less unpleasant to all concerned, use mild, nontoxic cleaners. Most cleaning
       can be accomplished with a few nontoxic items from your kitchen pantry such as baking soda, washing soda and vinegar (to
       name a few). These ingredients can even be used to polish the silver! Learn more Recipes for Safer Cleaners.
   5. Be aware that holiday lights may contain lead. In many electronic products, wires and cords are coated with PVC plastic,
       which is where the lead is found. Lead is used in PVC wires and cords to make it more flexible and reduce the risk of fire. Lead
       is also used in many PVC products to stabilize the color. The amount of lead in the lights and other consumer products may
       vary considerably and it is not clear if the amount of lead that is released poses a risk to human health. Some tests show that
       lead could come off in the hands. It's best not to let children handle the lights. The adult that does handle them should wash
       his or her hands immediately afterwards.
   6. Retire that old, plastic tree. Plastic Christmas trees may appear to make environmental sense, because they can be used for
       many years. And about 20 million households put up a tree that is 9 years old or older. But old Christmas trees, which are
       made of PVC, are a potential health threat to children. PVC has been dubbed the most toxic plastic. One reason is that PVC
       contains significant amounts of lead as a stabilizer. In 2002, Foundation E.A.R.T.H. discovered that as these plastic trees age,
       they release lead dust, which collects on tree branches and the floor beneath the tree. Most of the plastic trees come from
       China and they exceed U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommendations for lead levels in consumer products.
       Lead is an extremely toxic heavy metal capable of producing long-term behavioral and brain damage, even at low doses. To
       be extra safe, don't let your children touch or handle a plastic tree or crawl underneath it. Don't keep presents underneath it
       either, as they will collect any lead dust that falls. Better yet, purchase a fresh, organic tree this year - it's a renewable resource
       that can be recycled!
   7. This holiday season, burn a safer fire. As you cozy up to the fireplace this winter, remember that particles and gases from
       fires can make breathing difficult, especially for asthmatics. Make sure you ventilate well. Dry wood burns hotter and cleaner
       than "green" wood and hardwoods are better than coniferous trees, or evergreens. (That includes your Christmas tree, which
       is better off recycled.) For more tips, see How To Build a Safer Fire. Note: Fires also emit carcinogens, so keep fires to a

                                                             Get An Energy Jolt by Eating
 ( -- We drink coffee, guzzle down energy drinks and inhale power bars all in the hopes of regaining some of that long
lost energy. As we get older energy becomes less and less abundant, even though we seem to need it more and more. We’ve tried
everything under the sun to get more of it; we’ve tried ginseng and more coffee, but they have only manifested in short-term results. We
need something that will spawn long-term results.
Pulling energy from food is mainly about carbohydrates. You can always carbo-load for a quick energy burst, but consuming too many
sugary carbs can lead to weight gain. You’re probably more interested in staying awake in the afternoon and feeling fresh after a hard
day’s work.
Carbs are broken down into glucose, your muscles’ main energy source. But your body can only process and store so many carbs. Too
few and you’re not getting enough energy. Too many and the extra is turned into fat. Big meals and lots of caffeine throw your body into

a glucose roller coaster, where dizzying heights are followed quickly by energy levels crashing back down to earth (along with drooping
eyelids and yawns).

What’s the solution? Keep your carb levels on an even keel, which means avoiding those sugary spikes. Since your blood sugar
drops four hours after eating, it means eating more frequent, smaller meals. It means concentrating on low-fat, high-fiber foods and
complex carbs – these are broken down slowly and steadily, giving you regular energy throughout the day. This combo will boost your
physical and mental energy as high as possible, without sending extra sugary carbs through the fat-making factory.

                                                     Our 10 Favorite Energy Foods
    1.    Whole Wheat Pasta
    2.    Oatmeal
    3.    Fruit Smoothies made with low-fat yogurt
    4.    Peanut Butter
    5.    Dried Fruit (apricots, cranberries, kiwis, pears, pineapples, figs)
    6.    Yams
    7.    Lima Beans
    8.    Apples
    9.    Carrots
    10.   Chickpeas
        Eat breakfast! This is absolutely the #1 "eating for energy" strategy. It gets your metabolism off to a strong start and makes
         nighttime snacking a thing of the past. (Coffee is not breakfast.)
     Avoid grease and dairy (pizza, burgers, ice cream, cheese) and their simple and sugary carbs that can throw blood sugar
         levels out of whack.
     Focus on whole grains, which are good sources of vitamin B, aiding the metabolic production of energy.
     Don’t forget iron, an energy-boosting mineral.
By Syleena Johnson, BDO Staff Writer

                                                        EATING FRUIT .......
                                                   Read This It Could Save Your Life
We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It's not as easy as you think. It's
important to know how and when to eat.
                                                      What is the correct way of eating fruits?
                                            IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUITS AFTER YOUR MEALS! *
                                             FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.
If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and
other life activities.

FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD. Let's say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go
straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so.

In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the
stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.

So please eat your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals! You have heard people complaining - every time I eat watermelon
I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats up, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet etc - actually all this will not arise if
you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. The fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat!

Graying hair, balding, nervous outburst, and dark circles under the eyes all these will not happen if you take fruits on an empty

There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr.
Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the Secret of beauty,
longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.

When you need to drink fruit juice - drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don't even drink juice that has been heated up. Don't
eat cooked fruits because you don't get the nutrients at all. You only get to taste. Cooking destroys all the vitamins.

 But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you
 must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit
 juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look!

 KIWI: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an

 APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which
 enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

 STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from
 cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.
  ORANGE : Sweetest medicine. Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney
 stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.

 WATERMELON: Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps
 boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene - the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon
 are vitamin C & Potassium.

 GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber,
 which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.

 Drinking Cold water after a meal = Cancer! Can u believe this?? For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.
 It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will
 slow down the digestion. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid
 food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

 A serious note about heart attacks HEART ATTACK PROCEDURE': (THIS IS NOT A JOKE!) Women should know that not every heart
 attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.. You may never have the first chest pain
 during the course of a heart attack . Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms.. Sixty percent of people who have a
 heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware.
 The more we know the better chance we could survive...

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life.

                                   NACA Comes to Brooklyn, NY – Spread the Word!
                     Save Your Home or Refinance and Get a Lower Interest Rate with
                                           IN BROOKLYN JANUARY 2, 2010
 G.WILSON (718) 791-3804
 N. MULLIGAN (888) 297-5568 or (617) 435-8167
 BY Gloria Dulan-Wilson
 I am happy to announce that as a result of the overwhelming turn out, and the demand, NACA will be hosting a 2 HOUR WORKSHOP SATURDAY,
 JANUARY 2, 2010, 1pm - 3pm at BOYS AND GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL, 1700 Harriett Tubman Way (Fulton St.), in Brooklyn, NY.
 So mark your calendars, clear your agendas; get your paperwork together. It's the day after Kwanzaa, the Saturday after New Years day. But more
 importantly, this is a second chance to receive assistance WITH YOUR PROBLEM MORTGAGES, FORECLOSURE NOTICES AND AUCTION
 NACA, the acronym for the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, recently wrapped up a 5-day intensive, Save The Dream foreclosure
 prevention blitz at the Javits Center. From Friday, December 11 through Tuesday, December 15, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, nearly 12 hours a day, non-
 stop, they provided free, same day mortgage restructuring for New Yorkers and surrounding communities in the tri-state area.
 More than 2000 homes were saved. To ensure complete and comprehensive service, they brought 320 counselors to New York Cityfrom North Carolina
 for their highly successful Home Save Program.
 While the first day’s turnout was sparse, by the final day, Tuesday, December 15, the line was around the block. Unfortunately, too many people waited
 until the last minute. Too many didn't believe that NACA could help. Too many had already taken their hard earned, hard to come by money (usually
 $3000.00) and gave it to "consultants" who promised to help but ripped them off instead. Too many tried to work things out with their banks, and found
 themselves ignored and disrespected, have become jaundiced, or stressed and distressed, and so have virtually given up. So many people arrived at
 Javits late in the day, much too late to receive any effective assistance, with less than 4 hours before the center closed, and hundreds already on line
 ahead of them.
 So this is a second chance. NACA is back by popular demand and dire necessity. And this time they're in Brooklyn. If you are one of the people who
 bought an over priced property; have an over sized, unmanageable mortgage, and you don't know where your next dime is coming from that you need to
 be there.
 You need to be the first in line to get the services that NACA is providing. If you're reading the latest dish on Tiger instead of focusing on the reduction
 in your mortgage payments, you are on the late show.
 Though President Obama has done his best to negotiate with mercenary banks and mortgage companies to have mercy on home owners, the only
 organization that has really been able to bring them to heel is NACA. People came from New Jersey, Long Island,Atlanta, GA, Connecticut, DC, even

as far away as California to Javits Center to have their mortgages restructured. The great thing is that this time NACA will be in Brooklyn. This is a win-
win situation.
Bruce Marks founded NACA 22 years ago as a result of predatory lending practices in Boston. A union leader at the time, Marks found out that his
fellow union members were being redlined, gouged, denied, and put into situations that were untenable. Over the past 22 years, NACA has put together
a precision package that has made a critical difference, not just in Boston, but throughout the US. So much so that his organization is endorsed by HUD
as the go-to people to save homes.
By the way, NACA works with first time homebuyers as wel, providing counseling, training, down payment, closing costs, and mortgages. So either way,
you can't afford to not be there.
Live coverage of NACA's Home Save Project can be viewed online at
So start off 2010 with the peace of mind that the roof over your head is secure. Even those who have joined the ranks of the recently unemployed or
under employed will be able to get assistance through NACA.
I think I've made myself quite clear. If you don't own a home, but know someone who does, someone who is struggling with high mortgage payments,
who has an auction date-- pass this on to them. Do not sit on it. If you are a church group, a non-profit organization, a union member, a legislator or an
elected official -- tell your congregation, constituents and compadres:
Stay Blessed & ECLECTICALLY BLACK, Gloria Dulan-Wilson, ps: Those of you who want more information about NACA, log on to .

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