This blog will be about whatever suits my fancy. Chances are, it will concentrate on media misrepresentations of the American "Black community", Black politics, politics in general, and whatever else I want to mentally masturbate about.
Is the I.R.S. going after current administration "enemies" a trick out of former President Richard Nixon's hand book?
An inspector general’s report due for release this week says senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew that agents were targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny as early as 2011, nine months before the IRS commissioner assured Congress the targeting was not happening.
The report is certain to raise questions about the timing of the IRS’s disclosure of the targeting on Friday, how high up were the officials who knew about the practice, and whether anyone outside the agency was aware of it.
Details of the inspector general’s audit, obtained by The Washington Post from a congressional aide with knowledge of the findings, revealed that Lois G. Lerner, who oversees tax-exempt groups for the IRS and made the disclosure Friday, knew about the targeting of tea party and other groups in June 2011. In March 2012, IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman told Congress that the agency was not targeting conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status as “social welfare” groups.
"It is because of the revulsion that all of us have towards violent murder gangs in our state, that I view these indictments as a very positive achievement, and a very positive development in our fight to dismantle gangs," O'Malley said at a news conference Tuesday.
If former correctional officers, who quit the system before retirement, were to line up and start telling WHY they left, Martin O'Malley's political career would be over and the United States would have to take over the Maryland correctional institution.
There is a lot to this. You have prisoners and correctional officers coming from the same neighborhoods and you have prisoners who can have the correctional officer's family "touched." You have correctional officers who, even though they are making about $40K/year before overtime, who just want more money. You have correctional officers who, to go home at the end of the day, let "things slide" and before you know it, they are blackmailed into doing real dirt. And you have some correctional officers with gang ties either through family or themselves.
This is real nasty. The only solution, I see, is to ship the prisoners out of state so you don't have "neighbors" looking after imprisoned "neighbors."
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and 71 other congressmen sent letters to ABC, NBC, and CBS questioning their lack of coverage of the Gosnell abortion murder trial. I STRONGLY agree that madness should be covered, I think the congress-criters are out of line demanding that the media tell them why they are not covering the case. The news media is protected by the Constitution for a a reason.
For some time I've said, and written in Usenet (remember that?) posts and web chat and blogs and Tweets here and there, that I don't think public Black conservatives really want to help those Blacks who are not doing well, to do well. I know that's a harsh statement to make, but I make it because, time and time again, you will read, hear, or see, most public Black conservatives stating there are problems in the Black community, and there definitely are problems, and that Blacks are not facing those problems.
Yet, entrepreneurialism is the one area in which these women stand out. Black women are starting businesses at three to five times the rate of all businesses, and entrepreneurship among black women has surged by 67% since 2002, according to a July 2012 report by the Center for American Progress
Also, many public Black conservatives will complain about the spending patterns of Black Americans, but will not point out the Black economic mainstay, Black Enterprise@blackenterprise, for years now, has been in the market of providing information so that Blacks will create businesses AND providing information to get Black readers to better manage their money. In fact, there is a regular feature that gives a Black family a financial checkup and advice on improving their situation. Earl Graves, Sr. backs Democrats. Is that a reason why Black conservatives refuse to spot light this magazine?
Years ago I approached Project 21 and asked why they don't add a section to their web site that highlights Black people and organizations that are doing exactly what they proclaim they say is needed. There was no response. That, and a prodding from Mike Bowen, caused me to create The Black Self Help Information web site (@BlackSelfHelpIn). (If you know of groups or people or news articles that should be mentioned, drop me an email).
Here is something sad and yet funny. On Twitter, I was blocked by @BlackRepublican for pointing out that public Black Republicans and public Black conservatives don't seem to give mention of groups like 100 Black Men (@100BlackMen), 100 Black Women, Concerned Black Men (@CBMNational) or people like Dr. Steve Perry (@DrStevePerry) or Corey Brooks (@CoreyBBrooks).
Not only her, but Crystal Wright as well. In fact, you will find hundreds of Tweets by her claiming victim status, but not one from her proclaiming the work of Black organizations or churches or people working to fix the problems she Tweets about. I guess I'll mention here that I take it as a badge of honor that she blocked me as well. For what? Asking her why she doesn't post about Black organizations or churches working to solve problems.
I bet Sean Hannity would never have a panel of Black conservatives and ask them if what I wrote is accurate.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has claimed that agents do not need warrants to read people's emails, text messages and other private electronic communications, according to internal agency documents.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request, released the information on Wednesday.
In a 2009 handbook, the IRS said the Fourth Amendment does not protect emails because Internet users "do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications." A 2010 presentation by the IRS Office of General Counsel reiterated the policy.
What part of unreasonable search and seizure do they not understand? Suppose the people send encrypted email, as I have done, to their tax preparer?
On The Sean Hannity show, Sean Hannity just made a group of grown public Black conservatives, male and female -- gender words chosen with care -- a bunch of whining, victim status seeking, babies, with the exception of one Black MAN who is a priest, and I DANG sure I'm not writing about Jesse Lee Peterson!
I was one of those young people. I don’t doubt that Carson was a conservative even then. I knew plenty of black people who loved their community and hated welfare. But white conservatives were never interested in them, and they were never as interested in Ben Carson as they are right now. When the presidency was an unbroken string of white men, there were no calls for him to run for the White House. And then he put on the mask.
8. Which of the following speaks for you most often?
Reverend Al Sharpton,National Action Network
Reverend Jesse Jackson, Rainbow PUSH Coalition
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D‐CA)
Benjamin Jealous, President&CEO,NAACP
AssistantDemocratic Leader, Congressman James E. Clyburn (D‐SC)
MarcH. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League
Michael Steele,former Chairman ofthe Republican National Committee
of the above
I've known about this for about a week now, but what has been interesting, to me, is that the list of public Black conservatives that I follow, haven't said a thing about this poll. So, let's be clear about this. Of the Blacks polled, 40% said NONE OF THE ABOVE speaks for them most often.
This result from those polled does some things:
It breaks the media narrative of Blacks looking towards "civil rights leaders" as being "The" leader which means Blacks aren't lead by them. I know that's simple but just THINK about it.
It breaks the narrative of most public Black conservatives as Blacks being "lead astray" by so called Black leaders. I think this is simple but means something that I think most public Black conservatives want to face because it is hard: If they want to change minds, they have to address people on the individual level, which is something they have not done, for the most part.
From above, I think it should make more people wonder exactly if many of the public Black conservatives are serious about change or if they have alternative motives. See Artur Davis for details.
I like what Gov. Chris Christie did at this town hall in New Jersey. I
like that he goes to a Black audience and speaks to them as adults,
not like welfare recipients or moochers. I also like that someone
spoke out about education and he directly addressed the matter and
said who was blocking attempts at progress:
At his second-ever town hall in an urban church, Christie singled out
Assembly Speaker Shelia Oliver (D-Essex) for blocking a vote on the
Opportunity Scholarship Act, which would provide students with
vouchers to attend private and parochial schools. (Instead of waiting
for the Legislature to act on the bill, Christie’s budget proposal
includes $2 million to test out the program in what he calls failing
“You know who blocks this, the very people who represent urban New
Jersey,” Christie told hundreds packed into the church and more in
overflow rooms.” Without using her name, Christie called Oliver an
“African American female Assembly speaker" who "refuses to let people
vote on this bill.”
“I have Republicans who would vote on that bill tomorrow even though
not a dime of that money will be spent in their districts,” said
Christie, who is seeking re-election this year along with all seats in
“Why is it taking a Republican governor from the suburbs to fight the
teachers union and the urban political machine?” said Christie who was
born in Newark, raised mostly in Livingston and now lives in Mendham
Township. “Let me tell you what that is, that’s the worst kind of
discrimination in my view … this isn’t about saving money, this is
about expanding opportunity.”