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.
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.
Kasandra Perkins, the mother of a 3 month old girl, was killed by her "boyfriend," who happened to be a football player. Kasandra Perkins, and her daughter, are victims of domestic violence. In this case, the weapon used wasn't her boyfriend's fists, nor a knife, nor a car, but a gun.
I mention the weapon here only for one reason: it doesn't matter what means her boyfriend used to kill her. Kasandra Perkins is dead and her baby no longer has a living mother. And, as I write this, what is now being reported is the murderer has a history of domestic violence against other women.
The killer's occupation is not an issue. The means the killer used to kill Kasandra Perkins is not an issue. The rate of violence for people who have the killer's occupation is not an issue. Domestic violence is the issue and Kasandra Perkins is dead.
Since Black conservatives say that Blacks need to create more businesses, shouldn't they then publicize and support Steve Harvey's Hoodie Awards?
Best Bar-B-Que place.
Best Car Wash/Detail.
Best Church Choir.
Best High School.
Best Community Leader.
At least, THIS year I think they should have supported it because Pastor Corey Brooks from Chicago was up for an award. It would seem like they would be all over this. Especially those who tout themselves as urban conservatives.
A symbiotic relationship is a relationship between two entities which is mutually beneficial for the participants of the relationship. Thus there is a positive-sum gain from cooperation.
That's a great definition. Here is a great example of symbiotic relationship featuring Al Sharpton and Fox News:
“Check out this,” the flamboyant civil rights leader told me during breakfast at his organization’s annual meeting this week. He flipped through the program until he found a full-page ad with the logos of Fox News, the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal. “News Corporation Proudly Supports National Action Network’s 2012 Convention,” it said.
Sharpton grinned. “They bash me on Fox News,” he said. “But they sponsor my conference.”
Paula Deen disclosed she has type 2 diabetes. Given the way she cooks, that shouldn't be a surprise. What, to me, however, was distasteful -- HAH! -- about her announcement was the disclosure that she is now the pitch woman for a drug to combat diabetes.
As Ron Paul rises in the polls, he is once again fending off questions about those pesky newsletters where racist material appeared under his name. This time around, rather than expressing much in the way of regret, Paul is instead slamming the media for rehashing what he considers an old, irrelevant story.
To recap, back in the 1990s, Ron Paul produced a series of newsletters, all with his name on them, which published a ream of racist and anti-Semitic columns. Among a long list of offensive comments, one notorious column about the LA riots said that, “Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks.” Another pilloried Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as “Hate Whitey Day.” Paul has always denied writing them and insists he doesn’t know who did. He has expressed regret that the comments were printed.
but now that the "isolationist" Ron Paul appears to be picking up support, the neo-conservative Republicans NOW want to play the race card on Ron Paul? These newsletters were known the last time Ron Paul ran for the Republican nomination.
I don't understand all of the commentary about Tim Tebow and his Christian beliefs. Here's what I think is odd.
Ray Lewis is very public about his belief in God and after a big win this season, on national television, he praised God and gave Him the glory.
After becoming saved, Deion Sanders became very outspoken about his conversion and his beliefs.
Darryl Green, the GREAT former corner of the Washington football team, was public about his faith, so much so that he delayed retirement from the league for two years because he wanted to raise more money for his Christian based programs.
Kurt Warner was very public about him being an evangelical Christian.
Randall Cunningham was public about being a Christian.
Now that I think about it, Warner and Cunningham were in one of Kirk Franklin's videos.
Tebow isn't the first, nor will he be the last, so why all of the hype?
If I owned or ran a business that advertised on ESPN, because they didn't report on the sexual allegations story out of Syracuse, I'd remove my ads from the channel for life. ESPN claimed they needed "corroboration." But when you have the wife of the person being accused ACKNOWLEDGING the sexual abuse, what more corroboration do you need?
Anything goes, as far as they're concerned, and they cannot allow a black or an Hispanic to rise to the top of a political establishment that is not Democrat.
RUSH: You think I'm wrong about this? Jackie Robinson in the 1960s was denounced. Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, was denounced as an "Uncle Tom" because he supported Republicans in the 1960s. Jackie Robinson. The left, the Democrat Party of the day called Jackie Robinson an Uncle Tom.
In 1964 Governor Rockeller asked me to become one of six deputy national directors of his campaign. I had spent seven years at Chock Full O'Nuts. I decided to resign from my job rather than ask for leave. The knowledge I had acquired about the business world, I considered invaluable. I had been criticized by some of my fellow officers in the company who genuinely felt I took the part of the employees to often, that I was too soft on them. Even so I had been given generous raises and benefits, allowed to purchase a healthy bundle of stock, and been elected to the board. I was becoming restless; I wanted to involve myself in politics as a means of helping black people and I wanted my own business enterprises. I had been increasingly convinced of the need for blacks to become more integrated into the mainstream of the economy. I was not thinking merely of job integration. A statement Malcolm X made was more impressive. Referring to some college students who were fighting to be served in Jim Crow restaurants, Malcolm said he wanted not only the cup of coffee but also the cup and saucer, the counter, the store and the land on which the restaurant stood.
I believed blacks ought to become producers, manufacturers, developers, and creators of businesses, providers of jobs. For too long we had been spending much too much money on liquor while we owned too few liquor stores and were not even manufacturing it. If you found a black man making shoes or candy or ice cream it was a rarity. We talked about not having capital, but we needed to learn to take a chance, to be daring, to pool capital, to organize our buy power so that the millions we spent did not leave our communities to be stacked up in th downtown banks. In addition to the economic security we could build with green power, we could use economic means to reinforce black power. How much more effective our demands for a piece of the action would be if we were negotiating from the strength of our own self-reliance rather than stating our case in the role of a beggar or someone out for charity. We live in a materialistic society in which money doesn't only talk - it screams. I could not forget that some of the very ballplayers who swore the most fervently that they wouldn't play with me because I was black were the first to begin helping me, giving me tips and advice, as soon as they became aware that I could be helpful to them in winning the few thousand more dollars players receive as world champs. The most prejudiced of the club owners were not as upset about the game being contaminated by black players as they were by fearing the integration would hurt them in the pocketbooks. Once they found out that more - not fewer - customers, black and white, were coming through those turnstiles, their prejudices were suppressed.
When Governor Rockefeller invited me on board his campaign ship, I had no idea of any long-term relationship in politics. I saw this as a sign that now was the time for me to enter into a new world of political involvement with a man I respected. At the same time I could be free to pursue some business endeavors that had been proposed to me. I had been approached about becoming a key organizer in a projected, new insurance company, an integrated firm that, I hoped, could be a force in correcting some of the unjust practices of some insurance firms that treat blacks unfairly. At this time the group organizing a new bank in Harlem - Freedom National - had asked me to help put it together and to become chairman of the board, and there were other business ventures in which I felt I might be able to play a vital role. When I submitted my resignation to Bill Black, he understood my aspirations. He didn't want me to leave, and he was genuinely concerned as to whether I was making the wisest move. He tried to persuade me to stay. I appreciated his attitude, but my mind was made up. I joined the Rockefeller headquarters.
One of the first things that became clear to me was that I had not been called on to be the black adviser to the campaign. Often white politicians secure the services of a black man and slot him only for appearances and activities within the black community. Sometimes they do this to avoid letting whites know that they are making a strong pitch for black support. During the Rockefeller campaign I met with groups and made appearances before audiences which were sometimes predominately black, and other times mainly white. On several occasions, when the governor came into town for a meeting with politicians or community people, I would accompany him. At some of the larger meetings, I would be asked to introduce the governor.
I was not as sold on the Republican party as I was on the governor. Every chance I got, while I was campaigning, I said plainly what I thought of the right-wing Republicans and the harm they were doing. I felt the GOP was a minority party in term of numbers of registered voters and could not win unless they updated their social philosophy and sponsored candidates and principles to attract the young, the black, and the independent voter. I said this often from public, and frequently Republican, platforms. By and large Republicans had ignored blacks and sometimes handpicked a few servile leaders in the black community to be their token "niggers". How would I sound trying to go all out to sell Republicans to black people? They're not buying. They know better.
I admit freely that I think, live, and breathe black first and foremost. That is one of the reasons I was so committed to the governor and so opposed to Senator Barry Goldwater. Early in 1964 I wrote a Speaking Out piece for The Saturday Evening Post. A Barry Goldwater victory would insure that the GOP would be completely the white man's party. What happened at San Francisco when Senator Goldwater became the Republican standard-bearer confirmed my prediction.
I wasn’t altogether caught of guard by the victory of the reactionary forces in the Republican party, but I was appalled by the tactics they used to stifle their liberal opposition. I was a special delegate to the convention through an arrangement made by the Rockefeller office. That convention was one of the most unforgettable and frightening experiences of my life. The hatred I saw was unique to me because it was hatred directed against a white man. It embodied a revulsion for all he stood for, including his enlightened attitude toward black people.
A new breed of Republicans had taken over the GOP. As I watched this steamroller operation in San Francisco, I had a better understanding of how it must have felt to be a Jew in Hitler’s Germany.
Roger Ailes’ latest comments about Sarah Palin will be further proof to many that the Fox News chairman is sexist, but he probably is too rich and too powerful to care.
In an interview celebrating the 15th anniversary of Fox News, Ailes told The Associated Press that he hired the former Republican vice presidential candidate “because she was hot and got ratings.”
According to one Republican who is close to the Fox News chairman, Palin certainly wasn’t hired because Ailes respected her intellect.
“He thinks Palin is an idiot,” the insider told New York magazine earlier this year. “He thinks she’s stupid. He helped boost her up. People like Sarah Palin haven’t elevated the conservative movement.”
I guess this means her 15 minutes are officially up. So, it will be interesting to see/hear/read if Hannity or O'Reilly comes to Palin's defense.
Broad tax breaks granted to millions of families at all income levels dwarf the corporate giveaways. Over the past two years, largely because of these popular benefits in the federal income tax code, the government has reached a rare milestone in tax collection — it has given away nearly as much as it takes in.
The government hasn't "given away", anything. It's not the government's money in the first place! It's as if these people think that money which is earned, belongs to the government and the government actually "let's us keep" what's left after they get their pound of flesh!
The number of tax breaks has nearly doubled since the last major tax overhaul 25 years ago, with lawmakers adding new benefits for children, college tuition, retirement savings and investment. At the same time, some long-standing breaks have exploded in value, such as the deduction for mortgage interest and the tax-free treatment of health-insurance premiums paid by employers.
All told, federal taxpayers last year received $1.08 trillion in credits, deductions and other perks while paying $1.09 trillion in income taxes, according to government estimates.
“The big money is in the middle-class subsidies,” said Syracuse University economist Leonard Burman, former director of the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. “You’re not going to balance the budget by eliminating ethanol credits. You have to go after things that really matter to a lot of people.”
What I will say is , I don't understand why liberals in the media want to get rid of the home income tax deduction. It's as if they don't like people having a chance for home ownership.
LONDON (AP) -- An intensifying voicemail hacking and police bribery scandal cut closer than ever to Rupert Murdoch and Scotland Yard on Sunday with the arrest of the media magnate's former British newspaper chief and the resignation of London's police commissioner.
Though the former executive, Rebekah Brooks, and the police chief, Paul Stephenson, have denied wrongdoing, both developments are ominous not only for Murdoch's News Corp., but for a British power structure that nurtured a cozy relationship with his papers for years.
Brooks, the ultimate social and political insider, dined at Christmas with Prime Minister David Cameron. His Conservative-led government is now facing increasing questions about its relationship with Murdoch's media empire.
The arrest of the 43-year-old Brooks, often described as a surrogate daughter to the 80-year-old Murdoch, brought the British police investigations into the media baron's inner circle for the first time. She was questioned and released on bail some 12 hours later, Scotland Yard announced early Monday.
This has been going on for too long for it to be limited just to the Murdoch tabloids. I'm waiting for more shoes to drop.
The calls came as soon as Shaquille O'Neal decided to retire, all wanting to hire one of the NBA's greatest entertainers.
TNT's "Inside the NBA" studio show had been O'Neal's favorite as a player, so the choice was easy.
Get ready for the Big Analyzer, Big Commentator, or whatever other nickname he takes in the next phase of his career.
O'Neal agreed Thursday to a multiyear deal with Turner Sports to become an analyst on its NBA coverage, where he will fold his 7-foot-1 frame into the fourth chair on the TNT set alongside Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson.
"I'm just going to try to make it more fun than it already is," O'Neal said during a conference call.
With the conservative media all saying strong rhetoric does not cause people to do criminal acts, such as going on a killing spree, I have to wonder something. Will members of that same media now stop blaming Al Sharpton for the nutcase who set the fire at Freddy's Fashion Mart which killed people?
"Did you ever wonder where the producers of 'American Idol' come up with the seemingly endless supply of people who can't sing but are deluded enough to get in front of a national television audience and screech out a song anyway?" Palin asks in the book.
Uhhh.... And that's different from being a celeberty because of fertility drugs and a womb that held multiple babies, how?
As I continue to ponder whether I should continue to be a Republican or if I should go back to being "non-aligned" party affiliation, one of the things that continues to vex me and point me to the idea of being non-aligned is the continue politics of dividing America by my fellow Republicans, such as Sarah Palin.
I was born in New York city and grew up in Baltimore city. I'm urban to the core. My mother's family came to Baltimore from North Carolina during the Northern Migration and part of the family continued to New York. My family has men who fought in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. We had/have "blue collar" workers, teachers, nurses, a doctor, engineers, school administrators, state and federal government workers (*GASP*), business administrators, business owners, etc. We are American and we are urban.
When politicians speak of small-town values, we know what they mean.
Generally, they are invoking family, faith and flag -- coincidentally
the subtitle of Palin's next book, "America by Heart." In the
politician's world, small towns are where "real Americans" live, as
opposed to all those other people -- the vast majority of Americans --
who live in urban areas.
As someone who grew up in a small town (and left as soon as possible)
and who recently has chosen to live in a small town (though lately in
absentia), I've given this a lot of thought. Despite all my implicit
exposure to small-town values, I never really understood what they were
until I moved to Olive Street, a three-block-long street in the nation's
So goes life in the city. But if those aren't small-town values, I don't
know what we're talking about. All the inferences one has drawn from
reading the foregoing are meant to be taken to heart. Families come in
many configurations. And small-town values have nothing to do with small
Palin, Limbaugh, Hannity, and all of the other Republican and conservative spewing heads can kiss the behinds of my urban AMERICAN family!
P.S. Why don't Black Republicans and Black conservatives, who are urban or grew up in urban areas, speaking out against the madness of the commentators?