Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New Blog Launch! The Urban Conservative Resource

I launched a new blog, The Urban Conservative Resource, filled with links to blogs, articles and resources that will help conservatives better engage with cities. The blog will also highlight the GOP's progress in cities.

The link: http://urbanconservatives.blogspot.com/

Monday, April 21, 2014

John McWhorter - Like, Degrading the Language? No Way





IF there is one thing that unites Americans of all stripes, it is the belief that, whatever progress our country might be making, we are moving backward on language. Just look at the crusty discourse level of comments sections and the recreational choppiness of text messages and hit pop songs.

However, amid what often seems like the slack-jawed devolution of a once-mighty language, we can find evidence for, of all things, a growing sophistication.

Yes, sophistication — even in the likes of, well, “like,” used so prolifically by people under a certain age. We associate it with ingrained hesitation, a fear of venturing a definite statement. Yet the hesitation can be seen less as a matter of confidence than one of consideration.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/opinion/sunday/like-degrading-the-language-no-way.html?_r=0

Kiron K. Skinner: Russian Revival



At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union had military ties with Iraq, Libya, Syria, and South Yemen. President Anwar Sadat expelled thousands of Soviet troops and military advisers from Egypt in 1972 and turned to the United States for a strategic alliance.

In 1979, the U.S.-brokered peace treaty between Egypt and Israel was signed; it marked the first time that an Arab country had recognized Israel. In addition, the United States had a network of security and military ties throughout the Middle East that allowed it to emerge as the peace and power broker in the region. Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has maintained its status as the dominant great power.

The Obama administration, however, seeks to reverse decades of U.S. diplomacy and security arrangements in the Middle East by simply withdrawing. In doing so, it is creating a regional power vacuum that Russia appears eager to fill.

Quote of the Day

"Rather than obsess over matters of race, let’s acknowledge the progress we have made as a country that instituted slavery to one in which our 44th president is black. There is much to be proud of yet much more work to do for America to become truly color-blind. By working together to have an honest dialogue on race rather than polarizing the discussion by ascribing racist motives to one’s political opponents, we will calm the waters the roil our political discourse today." ~ Ron Christie



( October 25, 2013 - Source: Larry French/Getty Images North America)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Reverend Martin Luther King jr.'s, Easter Sermon April 21, 1957

"Easter says to us that the invisible forces are the forces that are ultimately real and the visible are shadows cast by the invisible." - MLK




The following pdf text is taken from an audio recording of the service: http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/primarydocuments/Vol6/21Apr1957QuestionsThatEasterAnswers,SermonDeliveredatDexterAvenueBaptistChurch.pdf

The text is provided courtesy of Stanford University.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Mahalia Jackson "Come on Children Lets Sing ( live ) Easter Concert

Mahalia Was so sick on this day that all she could do was whisper but this was the number she got happy on at that concert.


Thomas Sowell on Ideological Conformity

A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost

A Prayer in Spring

Robert Frost


Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid-air stands still.
For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.

Black Small Businesses Vs. The State


Daycare of Hard Knox: Why a Knoxville Daycare Owner Lost her Livelihood



When Jacoyia Wakefield decided to create her own daycare business, she did everything right. She read up on Knoxville’s business regulations, consulted with a city official, and obtained a business license per the official’s advice. As long as she cared for less than five unrelated toddlers, she technically did not even need a license, but obtained one anyway to be on the safe side as this was her main source of income. As a stay-at-home mom, her business has granted her the ability to raise her children while caring for and educating other children in the community.
“Parents want to know that their children are benefiting from one-on-one interaction, and that’s something that just can’t be achieved at commercial day cares,” Jacoyia explained. “My services are also much more inexpensive, which has been the saving grace for parents who simply can’t afford pricier centers.” Because Jacoyia lives in a historical neighborhood, she is required to obtain a “use on review” permit to run a business out of her home. In January, the Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission approved Jacoyia’s application for a use on review permit, officially allowing her to operate her home-based business.
When Jacoyia Wakefield decided to create her own daycare business, she did everything right. She read up on Knoxville’s business regulations, consulted with a city of...ficial, and obtained a business license per the official’s advice. As long as she cared for less than five unrelated toddlers, she technically did not even need a license, but obtained one anyway to be onthe safe side as this was her main source of income.
As a stay-at-home mom, her business has granted her the ability to raise her children while caring for and educating other children in the community. “Parents want to know that their children are benefiting from one-on-one interaction, and that’s something that just can’t be achieved at commercial day cares,” Jacoyia explained. “My services are also much more inexpensive, which has been the saving grace for parents who simply can’t afford pricier centers.”
Because Jacoyia lives in a historical neighborhood, she is required to obtain a “use on review” permit to run a business out of her home. In January, the Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission approved Jacoyia’s application for a use on review permit, officially allowing her to operate her home-based business.

Black Small Businesses Vs. The State


Institute for Justice Arizona Chapter Unbraids Arizona’s Cosmetology Licensing Laws for African Hairbraiders
Photo: 10 years ago today we took on the gov't and won.  We beat the ridiculous licensing scheme that forced hairbraiders to go to school for 4 years to learn things that have nothing to do with hairbraiding.  Learn more:  http://ij.org/farmer-v-arizona-board-of-cosmetology

"10 years ago today we took on the gov't and won. We beat the ridiculous licensing scheme that forced hairbraiders to go to school for 4 years to learn things that have nothing to do with hairbraiding." ~ Essence Farmer
The Institute for Justice Arizona Chapter helped secure a major economic liberty victory for Essence Farmer and other aspiring natural hairbraiders in Arizona when the state legislature passed in April 2004 a law exempting braiders from the State’s cosmetology licensing scheme.
Arizona’s Board of Cosmetology had required individuals who practice natural hairbraiding, but no other activity considered “cosmetology,” to obtain a full cosmetology license.  This requires 1,600 hours of classroom instruction and at least $10,000 in tuition.  Yet the Board-approved cosmetology curriculum does not include any instruction on natural hairbraiding.  Rather, the curriculum requires extensive knowledge of practices that are antithetical to the principles of natural hair care.
The legislature took notice when IJ-AZ filed a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Essence in December 2003, seeking to have the scheme declared an unconstitutional infringement of the right to earn an honest living without excessive government interference.  With the legislation freeing her to pursue her chosen career, Essence began the work of opening her own studio, Rare Essence Braiding Studio, in Phoenix.



Black Small Businesses Vs. The State


The Government’s Appalling Campaign Against Small Bus Companies - “They took a man’s livelihood and threw it in the dirt.”

Jeff and Judy Rodgers, owners of Southeastern Tours, 1994. |||

Jeff and Judy Rodgers, who met in high school and have three grown children together, started a charter bus company called Southeastern Tours 20 years ago in their hometown of Greenville, North Carolina. Jeff had been working as a bus driver for Greyhound and dreamed of running his own company. In 1994, in partnership with Judy’s mother, the couple took out a loan, built a garage, and launched their business. They struggled for a few years, but gradually built a loyal clientele. As recently as eight months ago, the company was thriving with seven buses and gross annual revenues of about a million dollars, including a contract with Amtrak worth $48,000 a month to transport passengers between train stations in North Carolina.

Today Southeastern Tours is on the verge of bankruptcy. In December, Amtrak canceled its contract with the company, transferring its business to a different carrier. Unable to make their monthly payments, the Rodgers returned six of their seven buses. They may lose their home of 22 years, which served as collateral on a business loan. “I don’t have anything to fall back on,” says Jeff. "This company was my livelihood. It’s how I pay for my food and everything.”

What led to the rapid downfall of Southeastern Tours?

 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Black Conservatives Launch Super PAC "The Black Conservative Fund"

Image credits: The Black Conservative Fund website







"The Black Conservative Fund" a new federally registered political action committee dedicated to supporting Black conservatives running for public office.


According to the website,


"We provide direct contributions in addition to running TV and radio ads, conducting get-out-the vote drives, and funding any other activities our endorsed candidates need. We are first and foremost a CONSERVATIVE political action committee.


We are committed to assisting candidates who support reining in the size and scope of government, protecting our nation through a strong military, and promoting American values – especially the right to life. We believe that despite the election of Barack Obama, the conservative movement has a golden opportunity to expand our coalition by supporting black conservative candidates whenever possible. An entirely new generation of black leaders is stepping forward to help save this nation.


 They believe that the welfare state and a corrupt education system are destroying our future. They understand that big government has created nothing but big problems. And they are willing to fight back against the left-wing race baiters of the Democratic Party. These black conservative heroes are willing to endure the personal attacks and outright ridicule from the liberal political establishment and the left wing media in order to stand up for what’s right. And for that, they deserve our encouragement and our support."


Learn more: http://blackconservativesfund.com/  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Conservative Quotes From Jackie Robinson

In honor of #JackieRobinsonDay:


“I believed blacks ought to become producers, manufacturers, developers and creators of businesses, providers of jobs. For too long we had been spending 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, he 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 buying power so that the millions we spent did not leave our communities to be stacked up in some downtown bank.
“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 self-reliance rather than stating our case in the role of a beggar or someone crying out for charity.”

Quotes by Jackie Robinson criticizing Barry Goldwater and some elements of the Conservative movement on race.
The 1964 Republican Convention was the first to give white Southerners a significant role. Not surprisingly, it also featured lowest black representation ever at a GOP national convention. Not coincidentally, the second lowest was 2012.
Robinson described his experience in his biography, I Never Had It Made:
“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 “n___rs”.  How would I sound trying to go all out to sell Republicans to black people?  They’re not buying.  They know better…
“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…
“That convention was one of the most unforgettable and frightening experiences of my life… A new breed of Republicans had taken over the GOP…It was a terrible hour for the relatively few black delegates who were present.
“Distinguished in their communities, identified with the cause of Republicanism, an extremely unpopular cause among blacks, they had been served notice that the party they had fought for considered them just another bunch of “n___rs”.  They had no real standing in the convention, no clout.  They were unimportant and ignored…
“One bigot from one of the Deep South states actually threw acid on a black delegate’s suit jacket and burned it. Another one, from the Alabama delegation where I was standing at the time of the Rockefeller speech, turned on me menacingly…”