I AM Somebody!

Jesse Jackson, Sr.



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It has been a long time since we’ve heard those spoken on camera by the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. And now, more than ever, we, the Black Community, need to hear them.

Revernd Jesse Jackson, Sr. we all know that you’ve taken a serious blow to the family ego, but so have a lot of Black families. I’d like to encourage you to get back in the game.

There are only three questions, that more than likely will be asked of you by a White reporter, that stand between you and the salvation of the Chicago Black Community, this summer. And they are:

  1. Revernd Jackson, how is your son, Jesse Jackson, Jr. doing in prison?
  2. Can you tell us if he’s going to run again once he’s out of prison?
  3. Is your daughter-in-law, Sandy Jackson, ready to serve her time in prison.

I say reherse, and reherse, and reherse the answers to those questions until you can answer them without flinching. And get back in the game.

Currently, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is putting forth his ‘Put Down The Gun Campaign’, but without you Reverend Jesse Jackson standing up in your Rainbow Push Pulpit and drumming those three words into the consicious of the Black Community, I don’t the ‘Put Down the Guns’ campaing is going to work. Because, first, the young people of today need to know that:

  1. Even though they may not have a Jay-Z and Beyounce lifestyle, I am Somebody.
  2. Even though they may not have a big fancy car, I Am somebody.
  3. Even though they may live in Government Housing, buy food with a Link Card, catch the bus, I Am somebody.
  4. Even though they may not have a job, I Am Somebody.
  5. Even though they may not have a college or even a High School education, I Am Somebody.
  6. Even though Grandma, Mama, and all my sisters are on Welfare, I Am Somebody.

These three words are what the young people today need to HEAR, because our current society says that without these things, especially the materials ones, your are a NOBODY.

But the moment I pick up that gun and point it in your face, suddenly, I become SOMEBODY you’ll never forget.


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Eliza Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
STALKED! By Voices







LOL Laughing Out Loud

Checked on STALKED! this morning.  It’s still listed with Stephen King but at least, I moved up. Thank you


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Two things made me laugh this week.

The first thing, maybe not so funny for some, but when I thought of it in terms of my life I literally started laughing out loud (LOL).

It was news that Jesse Jackson Junior’s things were being auctioned off to pay back the $750,000.00 he inappropriately used to pay for his shopping spree.

I had to laugh because if the Feds were to auction off everything I owned, and that includes recently purchased items, I’d come up short by about $650,000.00.

They might get another twenty thousand or so by selling the car, maybe. Then throw in two years of my salary. And finally, the apartment building in which I live, even though technically, I don’t own it and maybe just maybe, if the buyer were drunk enough and therefore feeling quite generous, they might fetch a cool hundred thousand. Who am I kidding? LOL .

 Secondly, I finished book one of the series STALKED! By Voices and got it on Amazon.com. And when I Goggled the book, sure enough there it was, listed under Stephen King’s, ‘The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.’

I danced around with great personal joy, finished my day job, went home and slept like a baby. When I woke the next morning, God did one of those very very very very rare things and spoke to me. He say, “You’re listed under Stephen King because they think your life is a horror story. A well written one, but a horror story none the less.” LOL Trying to get the book moved to the Memoir section.

 But speaking of horror stories, Tuesday night I watched Brad Pitt’s movie, World War Z on Comcast On Demand. The street flight through Jerusalem street was so intense I felt like I was part of the battle.

It’s well worth watching even though I wasn’t completely satisfied with the ending.

Keep laughing. Keep dreaming. Enough said.


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Jesse and Sandy Jackson


Yesterday, I had the day off and I was fortunate enough to catch the Jesse and Sandy Jackson sentencing.

I’m going to be very honest here and say that I have met the elder Jesse Jackson a couple of times (he attended my nephew Corey Ankum’s funeral where he comforted me and other family members) and that I hold him in high esteem.  So my opinion is totally biased.  It was difficult watching him go through his family troubles without being able to reach out and comfort him.

I also listened as Jesse Jackson Jr.’s local constituents said time and time again, to a host of different reporters, that they did not think that the two and half years the former Illinois Congressman received and the one year his wife received was too lenient. I beg to disagree. Anytime spent behind bars, or held anywhere, against your will is TOO LONG.

I think his sentence was appropriate, providing, he pays back the money. However, I think Sandy Jackson’s was too harsh. There are thousands of women walking free in this country who have lied to the IRS and are NOT behind bars.

I do think she smiled a bit too much and overdid the putting on a ‘brave face.’ It did not go over well. She should have been coached to remember something I tell the kids all the time, ‘cameras are everywhere these days’, even in Judges’ offices.

I for one can understand how it’s easy to dip into ‘ready money’ that people have given to you for your campaign. The money is there. It’s for your use. Why not use it. It seems to me that he forgot to due his ‘due diligence’, i.e. if you’re going to Costco to spend a couple thousand dollars, make sure you invite some staff members over and have a meeting. And serve them something to eat and drink that you bought at Costco. And he, like the senior George Bush, he should have glanced at that expensive watch during a debate, therefore making it a necessary expense.

All jokes, aside, I definitely remember a time when it was perfectly legal for a candidate to spend campaign money on personal expenses. The law was changed as a Republican maneuver at keeping Bill Clinton out of office. And the states followed suit.


The following excerpt is from Wikipedia

Efforts to strengthen campaign finance laws

Main article: Campaign finance reform in the United States

Developments after Buckley

In 1986, several bills were killed in the U.S. Senate by bipartisan maneuvering which did not allow the bills to come up for a vote. The bills would impose strict controls for campaign fund raising. Later in 1988, legislative and legal setbacks on proposals designed to limiting overall campaign spending by candidates were shelved after a Republican filibuster. In addition, a constitutional amendment to override ‘’Buckley’’ failed to get off the ground.

In 1994, Senate Democrats had more bills blocked by Republicans including a bill setting spending limits and authorizing partial public financing of congressional elections. In 1996, bipartisan legislation for voluntary spending limits which rewarded those who comply, and which banned soft money, was killed by a Republican filibuster.   

The Reform Party, founded by Ross Perot,  made campaign finance reform a central issue in its platform,  and when Perot ran for president in 1992 and 1996 he strongly argued for it. Oddly enough, most political scientists believe that campaign finance laws hindered Perot’s efforts to establish the Reform Party on a permanent basis.

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Old School Chicago Politics

Like so many of you, I was left scratching my head and wondering what were they thinking.

I recently watched a News broadcast on Jesse Jackson Jr.’s move from his Washington, D.C. Congressional office back to his home on the South Side of Chicago.

Let me say that I have absolutely no way of knowing whether Jesse Jackson Jr. is or isn’t guilty of trying to buy President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat.

But what does immediately spring to mind is why would he? And for that matter, why would former Governor Rod Blagojevich think that he had the right to sell the seat. Wasn’t it up to the voters of that District to decide who they wanted to replace then Senator Barack Obama?

I keep thinking if Jesse Jackson Jr. wanted that Senate seat why didn’t he just call a press conference and announce, to the voters, his interest in the seat. I’m sure that all of the voters in his District would have rallied around him and given him their full support.

In other words we lost a promising black congressman, and potential Senator, because his campaign workers didn’t know how to call a press conference? Anybody know the phone numbers for Charles Thomas, Mike Flannery, and Mary Ann Ahern in Chicago?

An then there was Richard Mell. Yet another unfortunate moment caught on camera that left me dumbfounded and which has caused me to change the name of this blog from lifeloveorsomethingelse to A Tiny Kitten with a Big Mouth.

Mr. Richard Mell, the most influential and longest lasting of Chicago’s Aldermen, when questioned about his pending retirement said, that he had no immediate plans on retiring but when he did, he was going to give his job to his daughter, Deb Mell, whom he felt was qualified to handle the position of Alderman.

Mr. Mel I don’t doubt for a moment that your daughter is very capable of handling the job but what about the voters in your District and what they want.

Giving your daughter your position as Alderman is nothing but old school Chicago politics at its very worst. There’s a word for that Mr. Mell — nepotism. And I’m sure Chicago in particular as instituted laws against it. Remember Shakman.


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