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Monday, September 6, 2010

NAACP Tracks Tea Party - Who is tracking them?

AAP says: "There goes that colored organization again. Yes, the NAACP has nothing else to do with it's time but to track the Tea Party. Someone should be tracking the NAACP for all the money they get from corporate America. These folks at the national office of the NAACP need to be held accountable. Black folks need to be asking what has the NAACP done with the money Wells Fargo and others gave them, to sell out the black community."

Yes I said it!

Yes, as reported by Krissah Thompson over at The Washington Post, this what I would call,  "out of of control" so-called "colored" civil rights group has partnered with three liberal media Web sites to form a "tea party tracker" intent on monitoring "racism and other forms of extremism" within the tea party movement.

Get this, Krissah Thompson also reports; ":The online project, which was developed and branded by the NAACP's new media staff, has already drawn strong criticism from tea party supporters, who have said repeatedly that racism plays no role in their movement. Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP's Washington bureau, said the project was started because NAACP leaders kept hearing from its members that they were seeing racist signs, T-shirts and commentary coming from the tea party movement." More HERE

Can you believe this, "NAACP leaders kept hearing from its members that they were seeing racist signs, T-shirts and commentary coming from the tea party movement." You got to be kidding me, this is such a contradiction.

As Black Agenda Report points out, is this the same NAACP which is all made up with Wells Fargo, the Black community-killing corporation that destroyed untold thousands of African American families through systematic predatory lending. Read More HERE

As Glen Ford over at Black Agenda Report points out:

 "The NAACP first sued Wells Fargo, but then dropped the case after the corporation agreed to allow the civil rights group to review its lending practices. And, oh, yes, there was another aspect of the deal: Wells Fargo would be a co-lead sponsor of the NAACP’s convention. All it takes is a fat check and a world class institutionally racist corporation that undermined the very survivability of Black communities from coast to coast, gets to bask in the glow of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. And, why not? The executives of Wells Fargo are not the kind of guys to say the N-word in public. They just destroy whole Black neighborhoods in the bright light of day."

Now the NAACP is tracking the Tea Party instead of addressing real issues impacting black America. I don't get it. As America reels over double-digit jobless rates, when black males are looking at numbers almost twice as worse. The NAACP is tracking the Tea Party for comments it makes against Obama?There is clearly a real leadership void at the national office of the NAACP. It's been like that for some time.



 

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Larry Sabato predicts a Republican House majority

If Larry Sabato is right, black folks are royally screwed with a Republican control of Congress. But then again we have been screwed with a Democratic control of Congress and an Obama White house, and black folks know it.

As reported in the Washington Postthe University of Virginia political handicapper Larry Sabato estimated that Republicans will pick up 47 seats in the House on Nov. 2, more than enough to restore the party to majority status at the start of the 112th Congress.

"Conditions have deteriorated badly for Democrats over the summer," writes Sabato. "The economy appears rotten, with little chance of a substantial comeback by November 2nd. Unemployment is very high, income growth sluggish, and public confidence quite low."


The Post article also notes,  he adds: "To most voters--fair or not--it seems that President Obama has over-promised and under-delivered." 


Sabato's prediction comes amid increasingly pessimistic assessments of Democratic chances in the fall from the political prognosticator class.


Last week, Time magazine's Mark Halperin said that if circumstances didn't change Democratic House losses could total as many as 60 seats.


And, on Wednesday, Charlie Cook, a former Fix boss and editor of the Cook Political Report, wrote that "Democrats find themselves heading into a midterm election that looks as grisly as any the party has faced in decades." 

Larry Sabato predicts a Republican House majority

If Larry Sabato is right, black folks are royally screwed with a Republican control of Congress. But then again we have been screwed with a Democratic control of Congress and an Obama White house, and black folks know it.

As reported in the Washington Postthe University of Virginia political handicapper Larry Sabato estimated that Republicans will pick up 47 seats in the House on Nov. 2, more than enough to restore the party to majority status at the start of the 112th Congress.

"Conditions have deteriorated badly for Democrats over the summer," writes Sabato. "The economy appears rotten, with little chance of a substantial comeback by November 2nd. Unemployment is very high, income growth sluggish, and public confidence quite low."


The Post article also notes,  he adds: "To most voters--fair or not--it seems that President Obama has over-promised and under-delivered." 


Sabato's prediction comes amid increasingly pessimistic assessments of Democratic chances in the fall from the political prognosticator class.


Last week, Time magazine's Mark Halperin said that if circumstances didn't change Democratic House losses could total as many as 60 seats.


And, on Wednesday, Charlie Cook, a former Fix boss and editor of the Cook Political Report, wrote that "Democrats find themselves heading into a midterm election that looks as grisly as any the party has faced in decades." 

Kendrick Meek hurt by black politico's

Talk about Black politico's in Florida not sticking together...



Al Lawson Crist Meek
Al Lawson 
Democratic minority leader of the Florida State Senate

A reported  by the Huffington Post, Al Lawson, Democratic minority leader of the Florida State Senate, has chosen to endorse Independent U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Crist over Democrat Kendrick Meek. 

What a damn shame! It's clear to me that this endorsement is being made to send the message to blacks in Florida that it's O.K. not to support Kendrick Meek.


But there is more to this story as reported in the Huffington Post. Get this:


Al Lawson, the Florida State Senate's Democratic minority leader, said that Crist has "always been there for us" and had supported state employees, rural counties and universities as Governor.


"Florida desperately needs an independent senator in Washington who will fight for good jobs and economic opportunity, a quality education for every child, and Social Security for all of our seniors regardless of what the political party bosses want," Lawson said in a statement, according to CNN. "Charlie Crist will be exactly that Senator, and I am proud to endorse his candidacy."


But Lawson's decision to endorse Crist instead of Meek may not be so straightforward.


Lawson, the only black state Senator representing Northern Florida, suffered a defeat in a Democratic primary last month in Florida's 2nd Congressional District, thanks in part to a heavy effort by both the Florida Democratic Party and Obama's Organizing for America for his opponent, Rep. Allen Boyd.


And Lawson wasn't hesitant to admit his new found exasperation with Democrats. More HERE

AAP says: So...Obama's Organizing for America people are in Florida creating a bunch of mess...  As Brendan McLaughlin noted in his ABC report recently. There are three candidates in the race for U.S. Senate, but Charlie Crist's campaign is trying to make it a two-man race. The governor, running without party affiliation, is counting on Democrats to abandon their nominee and send him to Washington. Read More HERE





It's going to be interesting how this plays out in the fall and in 2011 for Barack Obama. One has to wonder why the President and his national Democratic Chairman have not placed pressed democrats to support the nominee, Kenrick Meek and not Charlie Crist.


Black folks need to organize!




Thursday, September 2, 2010

Black on Black Hatred - Killing Black America

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Black on black violence continues to grow across America. Although some don't agree with the term, black on black crime,  the reality is black America is killing each-other. While the NAACP, National Urban League, SCLC, Congressional Black Caucus, and faith based groups have lost their collective way, black America is dying, and black opinions makers are too busy kissing Barack Obama's ring or attacking right wing nuts and black conservatives. 

Let's take a look at some of what is going on. 

In New York, a fistfight on the 6 train in NY City as reported by the Gothamist.com is circulating throughout the Internet. Here's the video (warning: it gets particularly ugly at around 2:45). 

Yes,  NY city, hometown to opinion maker Al Sharpton. 

While he is running around the country, hooping and hollering about racism, rather than addressing black on black crime and self hatred, with, as an example:  the infamous NY City Train Fight.

CHAOS: A Web video captures two men fighting (inset) before one is knocked down and a woman sits badly bloodied on a No. 6 train.

Photos: Dailymotion.com

CHAOS: A Web video captures two men fighting (inset) before one is knocked down and a woman sits badly bloodied on a No. 6 train. Read more: NY Post.com



I guess I agree (somewhat) with Jimmie L. Hollis who writes about how Black-on-black crime is tragic in more ways than one. He highlights how the terror felt by a black crime victim is stressful and degrading enough. Knowing that the violence came from the hands of a black thug only adds insult to injury.

Such crimes occur almost daily in black communities across our nation. Criminals rove our neighborhoods like wild dogs, causing women and children to barricade themselves inside their homes.

He also writes: Contrary to popular belief, racism is not the main cause of black-on-black crime."

He also writes: "Racism didn't cause the evil attitudes, broken families, high rates of out-of-wedlock births, child abuse and abortions that plague black communities. The cause is a lack of moral foundation, ignorance, apathy, selfishness and greed. Yet, time and time again, we hear our so-called leaders repeating the age-old lie that these black problems stem from white racism. While some problems do have racist origins, black-on-black crime isn't one of these problems."  Read more HERE


In Detroit, as jobs and hope have evaporated in the wake of a gnawing recession, the fallout has been more than just economic. For a tiny slice of the population, it's become increasingly fatal.

For black males in the city between ages 15 and 24, the chances of getting murdered have risen rapidly in recent years, increasing from 79 in 2005 to 102 last year. The number reached a high of 115 in 2008.

"We are aware of it," said interim Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. "We are concerned."

Young black men account for just 7 percent of the city's population, yet more than a quarter of all homicides. 

They have a murder rate -- 200 per 100,000 residents -- nearly seven times higher than the rest of the population. If they had died at the same rate as everyone else in Detroit, there would have been 16 killed last year, or one every three weeks. Instead, police were investigating, on average, the murders of two young black men a week.  Read more from The Detroit News at HERE

In Chicago, IL, Five dead, 25 wounded during violent 50 hours.  As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times Media Wire, Three men and two teenage boys were killed -- and at least 26 other people suffered violent injuries -- during an especially bloody 48-hour period. Both boys were shot and killed while attending block parties.


Three of the murders, and many of the shootings, were on the West Side -- an area the Chicago Sun-Times reported top police officials are targeting gang members. Police confirmed Sunday that at least two of the West Side shootings were gang-related.



The Sun-Times reported Sunday Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis and other top law enforcement officials met with reputed leaders of several West Side street gangs as part of the Chicago Gang Violence Reduction Initiative.  More HERE


It's time for Blacks in America to address and stop Black on Black crime...













Now the question is whether black opinion makers are willing to move  our local communities towards addressing black on black crime... or make excuses...




Monday, August 30, 2010

Poor People's Campaign vs Glen Beck





It seems that Glenn Beck has pissed off every group involved in protecting the rights of the poor. One group, The Poor People's Campaign out of Chicago, Illinois is talking about how Glenn Beck’s views and actions are diametrically opposed to everything the late Dr. Martin Luther King fought for, particularly as it relates to poor people and The Poor People's Campaign.




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Check out the recent press release about Glenn Beck and the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King HERE. Jerry Robinson, President of the Poor People's Campaign has a lot to say about Glenn Beck.



PRESS RELEASE


National Headquarters, Chicago, IL


Contact person: Mr. Jerry L Robinson, President


Much has been said over the past few days about Fox News host Glenn Beck and his Restoring Honor rally at the Lincoln Memorial which took place on the 47th anniversary of the “ I Have A Dream” speech. He has increasingly claimed to be taking up the mantle of the civil rights movement. Earlier in the week, Beck boasted that the rally will “reclaim the civil rights movement” and called the current civil rights community an “abomination.”


While Mr. Beck is attempting to fashion himself Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and trying to take up the mantle of the civil rights movement, we at the Poor People’s Campaign know that he is ultimately unfit to even speak on behalf of Martin Luther King’s legacy. It is clear to the Poor People’s campaign that Glenn Beck’s views and actions are diametrically opposed to everything the late Dr. Marin Luther King fought for: Particularly as it relates to poor people and The Poor Peoples Campaign. We agree with Media Matters when they write:


KING believed that it was America’s collective responsibility to provide economic justice for all. In 1961, the civil rights leader addressed the AFL-CIO on his vision of the American Dream. King said that his vision of America’s promise was a country where “equality of opportunity, of privilege and property [are] widely distributed; a dream of a land where men will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few.” King helped launch a Poor People’s Campaign based around demanding that “President Lyndon Johnson and Congress help the poor get jobs, health care and decent homes.” The civil rights legend explained that poverty was a problem that couldn’t be solved without a “the nation spending billions of dollars — and undergoing a radical redistribution of economic power.” He spent the last days of his life campaigning on behalf of a living wage for striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee.  Read more at The Poor People's Campaign Website.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

New Civil Rights Leader - Glenn Beck, Oh Hell NO!

I have been saying for some time,  the self-absorbed leaders of the national NAACP , civil rights groups,  and many black politicans, have become irrelevant and a national joke.  These so called civil rights leaders, including Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP President Benjamin Jealous make me sick. They make me sick, just as much as Glenn Beck makes me sick. 


Yes a bigoted Glenn Beck (a wolf in Martin Luther King's clothing) has drawn as many as 300,000- 650,000 angry white people, and a few ignorant blacks, like Alveda King, Ph.D., daughter of the late Rev. A.D. King and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who attended the rally on the National Mall this past weekend.





"I am attending this rally to help reclaim America," she told "Good Morning America's" Ron Claiborne from Capitol Hill. "I'm joining Glenn to talk about faith, hope, charity, honor. This woman has no honor, joining Glenn Beck.




Glenn Beck at Saturday's 'Restoring Honor' rally







Yes, she has lost her mind!  Glenn Beck and his public, bigoted, color aroused comments don't demonstrate a consistency with the vision of Martin Luther King. Glenn becks lilly white, White Citizen Council or Klan type of a rally in Washington, was not the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr.


Glenn Beck


This is the same Beck, who last year accused the president of possessing a "deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture," during an appearance on Fox News, adding, "this guy is, I believe, a racist."  


That being said, it still kills me that the NAACP and others in the black Civil Rights types, are pissed off with Glen Beck who has said he plans to reclaim the mantle of the civil rights movement have followed up with his plans. You see, the dreamers children have been fighting about money for some time.

I agree with Liam Fox over at newsjunkiepost.com who writes:

"The general consensus seems to be that Beck’s rally was little more than another of his attempts at race-baiting and an affront to the civil rights movement, as in fact it was. It was primarily deemed a self-aggrandizing religious revival and motivational speech, which it also was. But, what seems to have been missed was the redefinition of the civil rights movement to suit a very specific, very political, and very conservative agenda."

Read more HERE

If the NAACP, Al Sharpton, The National Urban League and others would talk with the President Barack Obama, and get him to spend the of the Stimulus dollars on people for a real jobs program such as the *Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (or CETA, Pub.L. 93-203) - that would truly addresss joblessness in America, and other poverty issues, maybe, just maybe, Beck would not have the opportunity to distort Dr. King's dream.

Note: CETA was a program that offered work to those with low incomes and the long term unemployed as well as summer jobs to low income high school students. Full time jobs were provided for a period of 12 to 24 months in public agencies or private not for profit organizations. The intent was to impart a marketable skill that would allow participants to move to an unsubsidized job. It was an extension of the Works Progress Administration program from the 1930s. The Act was intended to decentralize control of federally controlled job training programs, giving more power to the individual state governments.


How can this bigoted Conservative commentator Glenn Beck and tea party champion Sarah Palin appeal to the predominantly white crowd on the National Mall to help restore "traditional American values" ? This is truly a dishonor Martin Luther King's message.


More on the bigot, Glenn Beck and the decaying Civil Rights leadership later...

Friday, August 27, 2010

Meek's Got Tepid Support From Obama

First let me say, congratulations to Kendrick Meek who beat the living crap of the billionaire bully to win the Democratic primary for U.S. Senator. I'm confident he will beat the flip-flopper  Charlie Crist and Republican nominee Marco Rubio and in the general election.


Rep. Kendrick Meek won...
Photo by AP file
Rep. Kendrick Meek

Now I thought I was the only blogger/pundit that noticed the weak and tepid support President Obama gave to Meek's. But guess what, I'm not the only one who is checking out Obama and the White House's lack of support of black politicans.  

Well, Cheri Jacobus over at the Hill Blog is following this issue. She points out:

"President Barack Obama's tepid "support" of Florida Democratic Senate nominee Kendrick Meek has raised a few eyebrows — but only a very few. With Governor Charlie Crist (former R-turned-I-for-political-expediency-but-will-caucus-with-Dems-if-he-wins) capturing the silent Democratic backing (at least they've been hoping to keep it silent), Meek's chances seem slim at best.

Obama needs every Democratic vote in the Senate he can get. Crist has a "better" chance in Florida than Meek — so what's a failing, flailing, desperate president to do?

For the nation's first African-American president to offer anything less than full, enthusiastic, unequivocal support, assistance and endorsement of an African-American Democratic primary winner would be, or should be, big news. Huge news."

Bill Clinton campaigns with Kendrick Meek in Florida. (The Palm Beach Post/ZUMApress.com)

I agree with her, I have been talking about this on my blog talk radio program for some time. I also agree that  Meek is one of the worst-kept secrets in Washington and in the media. But it seems that Bill Clinton has no problem jumping on the bandwagon.

Check out Cheri Jacobus full article HERE
 

Google Free Phone Service on Gmail.com

Now that Google has a new, free phone-calling option (http://gmail.com/call), I'm canceling my triple play phone service with my cable company. Yes, Google announced that American users of its Gmail Web service can now call numbers in the United States and Canada for free from within their browsers. 

Binatone launches two new iDECT landline phones


Get this,calls to other countries will cost less than many traditional long-distance domestic calls: You could pay as little as  2 cents a minute to call Ireland, Korea, Argentina and many other countries. 

Yes, I'm cutting off my land line phone off to save some money. You may want to check Google's free Google Voice Service, I have had it for some time, and found it very useful. 

For more information, check out The Washington Post article on this same subject.



Fed's Conspire to Keep Blacks Out of New Orleans, Mississippi and Louisiana

I've been following how Post-Katrina investigations have been uncovering the many attacks on blacks by whites.

Trymaine Lee at the Austin American-Statesman has been covering it as well. It's about time that these news outlets uncovered and told the real truth behind racial violence in New Orleans.‎  It's clear that New Orleans needs and deserves more federal aid, including aide in cleaning up the police department.

I guess the bottom line is New Orleans continues to be a tale of two cities, one black one white.

Remembering Hurricane Katrina


Yes, the Federal government, along with the Mississippi and Louisiana state governments conspired to keep blacks out from coming back to New Orleans and Mississippi  after Katrina. The fact is, the affluent got most help in Katrina disaster. Affluent whites benefited more than poor blacks from programs meant to help Gulf Coast residents recover from Hurricane Katrina.

Governments in Mississippi and Louisiana structured rebuilding programs in a way that provided the most help to the most affluent residents, The Washington Post reported Friday. More HERE

NEW ORLEANS UNDER WATER


"The recovery is really the tale of two recoveries," said James Perry, executive director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. "For people who were well-off before the storm, they are more likely to be back in their homes, back in their jobs and to have access to good healthcare. For those who were poor or struggling to get by before the storm, the opposite is true."

Oh, but it's not just me saying it folks, get this, a federal judge found this month Louisiana's program to distribute funds allocated following the 2005 hurricane discriminated against African-American homeowners.

Now, let's see if President Barack Obama addresses how Federal funds were distributed and allocated following the 2005 hurricane. Let's see if he plans corrective actions, and shares them with the general public.

When a Federal judge finds the Federal agencies failed in their oversight of Federal Funds, and state agencies discriminated against African-American homeowners, the President and his administration should address it, in a straight forward manner.

I also hope that while the President is down in New Orleans, he will address the Health Care Crisis involving Katrina survivors.  As reported by (UPI) -- Five years after Hurricane Katrina, child support systems -- parents, communities and schools -- are not yet functioning properly, U.S. researchers say. 

Researchers at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health tracked more than 1,000 Gulf Coast families affected by Katrina.

The study, published in the Journal of Disaster Management and Public Health Preparedness, finds one-third of the children displaced families have been clinically diagnosed with at least one mental health problem since Katrina -- behavioral and conduct disorders the most common. 

However, fewer than 50 percent of parents seeking needed mental health treatment have accessed professional services, nearly half of the households were still living in unstable conditions and 60 percent of respondents still reported their situation was unstable or worse than before Katrina.

AAP: I know the President has much on his plate, but he needs to get his administration popping, on issues impacting our homeland, particularly the poor, and African Americans.




Rep. Jim Clyburn Not Voting For Black Man Al Greene

Roddie Burris at The State, reports U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, the No. 3-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House, said Wednesday he will not support his party's nominee for the U.S. Senate, Alvin Greene, when he goes into the voting booth Nov. 2.

"No, I'm not going to vote for Mr. Greene," Clyburn said in answer to reporters' questions in Columbia. "Look, I have three daughters and a granddaughter. I think it would be an insult to them, if I did that."

Clyburn said it comes down to the charges that Greene faces.

A Richland County grand jury has indicted Greene on a felony charge of disseminating, procuring or promoting obscenity, and a misdemeanor charge of communicating obscene materials to a person without consent. The charges came after Greene was arrested in November on charges of showing obscene photographs to a female student in a computer lab at the University of South Carolina. Read more of this story at TheState.com
 
Also read more at: Miami Herald.com
 
More later!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Color Aroused Racism and Cell Phone Study


Tell me it's not true! Tell me there was not a color aroused and race-obsessed study saying that blacks use cell phones the most

Well, it is true, and Kweli Wright over at madamenoire.com is on point about the newsflash about black people using cell phones more than white people

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Yes, as she points out, another study about blacks, and black women has been released, this time it’s about cell phone use. Read more of her opinion HERE

Get this, the report says; Black Americans rack up twice as many cell phone minutes as their white counterparts. An analysis of cell phone bills by the Nielsen Co. found that the average African-American uses 1,331 talk minutes a month. The average white person, on the other hand, only goes through 647. The Caucasians aren't making up this difference through texting either, as they text an average of 566 messages a month, to blacks' 780.

AAP says: I agree with Kweli Wright over at madamenoire.com - Yes, this is another bigoted, colored aroused study, and an attack on black women.

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Why do corporations continue to bring up the race card, then get pissed off when blacks talk about issues of color and race? Hmm...






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