Thursday, July 14, 2016

Stephen L. Carter ― Don't Compare Police Shootings and Black-on-Black Crime

Stephen L. Carter, a Bloomberg View columnist, is a professor of law at Yale University. He is the author of 12 books, including "The Emperor of Ocean Park" and "Back Channel." 
 

(Bloomberg View)

"It has become leaden and disheartening, the series of tragic slayings of young black men by police. One can accept the statistics suggesting that the problem is not as bad as we think. One can buy entirely existence of a “Ferguson effect” -- the idea that increased scrutiny of police actions has led to increases of violent crime in cities. One can concede that the far greater problem facing Black America is the way our young men are killing each other.

And yet, somehow, the incidents of police shootings weigh heavily upon the soul.
The latest well-publicized shooting occurred in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, and came just days after white officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, shot and killed a black man they were trying to arrest. In the latter incident, two separate bystander videos confirm that he was already pinned to the ground. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating.

“Please, officer, don’t tell me that you just did this to him,” says the girlfriend of Philando Castile, the black man killed in Minnesota. Her voice is calm and respectful as she speaks to the officer who just shot her boyfriend through the window of the car. “You shot four bullets into him, sir. He was just getting his license and registration, sir.”

We know what she said to the shooter because she made a video recording of much of the incident, which has been viewed a million times on the internet. According to her account, Castile told the officers that he had a gun in the car, and that he was licensed to carry it. He then explained that he was reaching for his wallet."

Read the full article HERE. 

John McWhorter ― How Giuliani misreads Black Lives Matter

Editor's note: John McWhorter teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy and music history at Columbia University and is the author of "The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.


(CNN) -- Rudolph Giuliani's claim that Black Lives Matter is responsible for tragedies like Micah Johnson's murder of five Dallas policemen last week is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of what the Black Lives Matter movement is and represents.

But make no mistake, Giuliani is correct in arguing that black men are in much more danger of getting killed by one another than by police officers, as is painfully clear during a summer like this one when black youth are killing each other by the score in cities like Chicago. I myself have argued that Black Lives Matter ought to extend its vigilance to such intranecine violence. I stand by the point, despite its extreme unpopularity in many circles, and that anyone should be perplexed at the apparent idea that it's less grievous to be killed by a neighbor than by "the state," as many put it.

Nonetheless, police officers killing innocent black people is still crucial as well: It is this aspect of the relationship between the cops and black communities that creates and sustains the entire sense that black people live under siege from racism. Statistical discrepancies (between equally affluent whites and blacks in favorable mortgages or car payment plans, for instance), so-called cultural appropriation (such as white people's use of black slang expressions or hairstyles), and the like do not leave a psychically healthy people feeling like life has made much progress since 1965. What creates this feeling more than anything else is the threat of violence and death at the hands of people of authority.

Read the full article HERE. 

Reginald Kaigler ― Clinton Avoids Indictment! Black Gunman Kills 5 Dallas Officers! Black CCW Shot By Mn Cop!

My commentary on the black CCW holder who was shot by a cop in Minnesota, the black gunman who shot and killed five white cops in Dallas during a protest and how we show inform the police that we are armed during a traffic stop.


Akil Alleyne ― The Dallas Massacre Shows the Folly of Guilt by Association

If it's unfair and inaccurate to blame general right-wing rhetoric for gun massacres like the Tucson, Arizona shooting in 2011, then it's equally unfair to blame Black Lives Matter for the Dallas cop killings last week.


               

Dr. Anthony Bradley ― How Evangelicals Became GOP Culture War Soldiers

Anthony Bradley, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics in the Public Service Program at The King's College in New York City and serves as a Research Fellow at the Acton Institute.

 
(Acton Institute)

"Evangelicalism historically has always been embroiled in political and social movements1 in the West. Because of the effective reach church leaders have in reaching the masses in past history, politicians take particular interest in the church during political campaigns. Donald Trump’s new found interest in evangelicalism2, then, makes historical sense. Winning over evangelicals could translate into votes. In fact, in the post-Nixon era evangelicals were very useful tools in the growth of the GOP as some Christian leaders unintentionally sold out the mission of the church to win a “culture war.”

In the wake of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, evangelical figures like Harold O. J. Brown, Francis Schaeffer, and C. Everett Koop, joined forces in the mid-1970s to call evangelicals to fight against the proliferation of abortion. Matthew Miller3 does a wonderful job of explaining how these men woke evangelicals up to an issue that Catholics4 were already fighting against.

In 1975, Brown and Koop launched The Christian Action Council5 which became the first major evangelical lobbying organization on Capitol Hill. In 1976, Francis Schaeffer’s film and lecture tour, How Shall We Then Live6, served to awaken many evangelicals to the decline of Western culture on issues like abortion, materialism, secularism, the influence of evolution in public schools, the increasing coercion of government power, and so on.

Under the leadership of Brown, Schaeffer, and Koop, evangelicals officially launched their first offensive in the culture war as the pro-life movement recruited more crusaders. In the years that followed, the second generation of evangelical culture warriors were deployed. Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, D. James Kennedy, James Dobson, and so on, established a solid pro-life movement. These leaders would be key figures in the formation of The Moral Majority7 movement of the 1980s which enlisted Christians in the culture war for traditional family values, abortion, prayer in schools, among others."

Read the full article HERE. 

Darrell B. Harrison ― The Fight For Justice Is a Battle Over Hearts Not Hashtags

Darrell B. Harrison is a Reformed Baptist, theologian, U.S. Army veteran, and blogger. He blogs at JustThinking.me.


"In Genesis 4:3-8 we are presented with what many consider to be the first account of injustice in all of human history.

The text describes how Cain and his brother Abel, the two children of humanity’s first parents (Genesis 4:1-2), willingly presented to God what they deemed to be an acceptable offering of worship to Him.

The offering each brother rendered to God was in a manner befitting his respective vocation. Cain, a farmer, gave to the Lord of the fruit of the ground (v.2b) Abel, a shepherd (v.2a), gave to Him of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions.

Whose Justice Anyway?
Notwithstanding the historical and contemporary theological debates that have occurred over the centuries about why God chose to accept the offering of Abel and reject that of Cain, suffice it to say Cain was not pleased that God had granted such deference to his younger brother (vv.4b-5a).

In fact, the original Hebrew describes the anger Cain felt as being of such intensity that he was seething inside with rage. Cain wasn’t just someone who was upset or disappointed about what had transpired, he was utterly infuriated by it.

But in the midst of his self-justified righteous indignation, what Cain failed to realize is that his emotions were being fueled by his own preconceived notions of what “justice” is."

Read the full article HERE. 

Lisa Robinson ― Four Things to Consider After the Police Shootings

Lisa is a member of Town North Presbyterian Church (PCA) and graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. She is also a non-profit professional, anti-poverty advocate, and writer at theothoughts.com.


As a black woman and Reformed Christian, the past week has been rough. As I’ve tried to process the shootings of black men by police officers, compounded by the sniper who took out five police officers where I live in Dallas, I find the Internet is full of opinions about how we should process these tragic events.

I’ve noticed two extremes. First are those who see every victim as deserving of the treatment because, after all, the police are there to protect and serve. On the other hand, there are those who only see a black man getting shot, which translates into a wholesale police culture gunning for black people.

It’s clear that people are drawn to simple narratives and often draw myopic conclusions. But as Christians, we have an obligation to sort out the complexities of these situations. Here are four things we should remember as we continue to process these terrible events.

1. Experience shapes our response.

We need to step back and evaluate how our experiences play into these divergent perspectives. If your experience with law enforcement has been relatively positive, it makes sense that you might have a hard time imagining a cop abusing power or using unnecessary force. However, for people who have had different experiences, the perspective will be that unarmed victims are innocent, even when there is a criminal record. And given the history of injustices against blacks in America, it’s reasonable that a sort of PTSD settles in, creating an exaggerated sense that these incidences demonstrate that there is a police culture en masse.

Now it makes sense that this impacts blacks most of all, who may develop a sense of dread to the point of hyperbolized statements, such as cries of fear to even leave the house. But we’d be wise to consider that not all police or even police departments are equal. Certainly there are communities that experience a culture of police that seems to work against them. And let’s acknowledge that people living in their own communities can best speak what transpires in them. People outside the communities shouldn’t be the first voices to speak about what is going on.

Read the full article HERE

Monday, July 4, 2016

The War On Cops: How The New Attack On Law And Order Makes Everyone Less Safe


Glenn C. Loury - The Divided Society and The Democratic Ideal

Glenn C. Loury asks What is the moral challenge posed by high rates of incarceration, and as racial inequalities in the U.S. persist, what is there to do about it? Loury is an economist and professor of social sciences. He presents "Beyond Civil Rights: "What's a Self-Respecting 'Black' Intellectual to Do in the Face of Persistent Racial Inequality in the United States?" This event is was hosted by the department of religion and took place on July 1, 2014. To learn more about Chautauqua Institution visit: http://www.ciweb.org/ 

Chinua Achebe On Democracy and Colonialism


Dr. Anne Wortham on Afro-Centrism and Education

Dr. Wortham is Associate Professor of Sociology at Illinois State University and continuing Visiting Scholar, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.


Chofor Che ― The Claws Of Corruption Tear Into Cameroon’s Memve’ele Hydroelectric Project


The National Anti Corruption Agency of Cameroon with French acronym CONAC released its 2014 anti corruption report on Monday the 27 of June 2016. Reverend Dr. Dieudonne Masi Gam, President of CONAC revealed to the public that the state of Cameroon has lost over 17 billion frs cfa to corruption with respect to several major projects including the Memve’ele hydroelectric project.

Cameroon Tribune dated the 28 of June 2016, reports that an alarm was raised by the affected population of the Memve’ele hydroelectric dam project in Nyabizan, a locality found in the South region of Cameroon of gross malpractices in the payment of compensation to victims. Several teams from CONAC were sent to the field in 2014 to investigate these malpractices. It was realized that over 1.7 billion frs cfa which was supposed to be given to victims who had lost buildings and crops because of this very important project was swindled. According to Cameroon Tribune and other local papers like Le Messager, many people who were not to benefit from such compensation falsely benefited.

There were signs of joy and satisfaction on the faces at the locality of Nyabizan, host to the highly economic-driven Memve’ele Hydroelectric Power Project on June 15 2012 when the Head of State, President Paul Biya laid the foundation stone for the project to officially kick off. According to a report by Cameroon Tribune dated 18 June 2012, the population was indeed edified by this ceremony personally presided by the President of the Republic. For a state whose electricity supply merely reaches 900 kilowatts for an ever growing population coupled with an estimated demand of almost double that amount pending the realization of many announced industries, it was but normal for Cameroonians from all over the country to have braved the thick Equatorial forest and poor state of road to be part of this important event.

“Without energy, there can be no real development. There can be no industry. Our agricultural and mineral raw materials cannot be processed. In short, there can be no modern economy.” These revelations from the President of the Republic captured in the above mentioned Cameroon Tribune report of 18 June 2012 gave a true picture of the chronic energy situation the country faces. The President acknowledged that the chronic power outages in the country have made the lives of a great portion of the population unbearable. “The often extended periods of load shedding have also disrupted work in government services, social services such as hospitals, and even security agencies”, he added that the chronic electricity crisis in Cameroon has not only led to material damage but also led to the loss of human lives. The Head of State promised Cameroonians that the construction of Memve’ele hydroelectric dam was just the beginning of good things to come. “In the coming months, construction works on the Lom Pangar and Mekin dams and power plants will be launched and further studies for the Warak and Menchum hydroelectric dams will be conducted, pending the completion of the Sanaga hydroelectric power project”, he added.

It is rather a shame that five years after, this long awaited hydroelectric project should be entangled in a claws of corruption. There is no gainsaying that Cameroon is ranked as one of the most corrupt countries in the world. This is evidenced by Transparency International reports as well as reports from the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Several authorities have been arrested because of corrupt malpractices especially with respect to water and energy projects but the situation continues to get worse. Part of the reason why Cameroon is still plagued by such scandals is that there are so many uncoordinated and inadequate legal and institutional safeguards in place to fight corruption. It is true that the country has several anti corruption units especially housed in ministerial departments, but in actual fact these anti corruption units are inefficient and poorly staffed. It is very disturbing that an anti corruption agency such as CONAC should produce its 2014 report in 2016. The production of a report of such magnitude should be twice a year. Besides findings of other corruption agency in the country remain a secret to the Cameroon population and the international community. There is no need for the creation of several ineffective anti corruption agencies which are heavily funded by taxpayer’s monies while the country continues to be ranked as one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

The country has to thus revisit its anti corruption strategy especially with respect to hydroelectric projects such as the Memve’ele hydroelectric project. Government officials commissioned to undergo such compensations need to be well trained. There is equally a need for mixed commissions which include anti corruption experts, members of the companies carrying of the projects, representatives of the populations like Mayors and Parliamentarians and Senators. Such measures may go a long way to curb corruption.

Chofor Che is Chair/Cofounder of the Central African Centre for Libertarian Thought and Action, Cameroon. He is also an Atlas Leadership Academy graduate, analyst with AfricanLiberty.org and LibreAfrique.org

The movement that’s fueling Donald Trump’s white nationalist supporters


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Reginald Kaigler ― British Leaving EU! Americans Leaving California! Democrats Sit in for Gun Control!

Akil Allenye ― Cool It With the Anti-Brexit Snobbery, Already

Pro-EU elites' arrogance has lead them into a slew of factual and analytical screwups. This is no way to convince ordinary Brits not to turn their backs on Europe.

Akil Alleyne — Brexit: Decisions & Consequences

Brexit opponents shouldn't be so quick to blast David Camron for holding the referendum—or to call on the UK government to disregard its result.

Black British Conservative MPs respond to 'Brexit' Vote

Why I will vote 'Remain'
    
 by Helen Grant

Conservative MP for Maidstone & The Weald


My decision to vote to 'remain' on June 23rd comprises many separate considerations, but the overarching reasons are about two fundamental pillars of human need; freedom and security.
We are today experiencing a period of peace in Europe longer than any other in written history. For the last 70 years more than 3 generations have been spared seeing their homes and towns destroyed and their families wiped out.

So terrible was WW2 that governments worked together to make war in Europe not only unthinkable, but materially impossible. Thus saw the formation of NATO in 1949, the European Coal and Steel Community in 1952, and then the EEC in 1958 – now the EU.
I do not accredit our peace entirely to the EU but it is probably the largest single factor and its continuity is essential if we are to sustain peace in Europe and deter hostility from states further afield.

In the 21st century countries with an effective presence on the world stage are not those that choose to stand alone. They are those that choose to combine resources, to multiply their influence, to build bridges rather than barriers, and to seek global solutions through co-operation and unity.

Forever and a day our DNA and our rich culture has been formed and influenced from lands across the Channel and the North Sea. And I love that, today, I can enjoy unfettered access to the entire European continent and all it has to offer, as a UK citizen. The EU has many faults but it also brings overwhelming benefits, to over 500 million people, and that is financially immeasurable.'No man is an island, entire of itself. Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main'. (John Donne 1624) On Thursday please vote to keep Britain as a part of the wider world. For freedom and for security, please vote to remain.

Helen Grant is the Conservative Party’s first black female member of Parliament, for the mostly white, rural, and staunchly Conservative district of
Maidstone and The Weald since 2010, when she replaced Ann Widdecombe.

 


Britain will be stronger, safer and better off outside the EU
 

by Adam Afriyie


Conservative MP for Windsor

As an ardent campaigner for an EU referendum I am immensely proud that a Conservative Government has given people the opportunity to have their say on 23rd June.

 People have been wrongly led to believe that remaining in the EU means that things will remain the same. They will not. ‘Status quo’ is not on the ballot paper.

The EU is planning a vast swathe of changes in the coming months and years.  What we are actually voting on is whether we want the EU to decide what changes to make for us or do we want to make decisions for ourselves.


 I believe that we will be better off out of the EU with the power to make decisions for ourselves. For most voters, this is lifetime once in a generation opportunity to choose our direction of travel: towards ever greater union, as a province of a country called ‘Europe’ or a return to a self-governing and sovereign country, standing tall in the world. Remaining a member of the EU is like standing on an accelerating escalator towards a single, federalised nation state. Europe will gain increasing control of our borders and immigration, our courts, our taxation system.

The Prime Minister was absolutely right to try to renegotiate our terms and he fought hard to do so but the other 27 member states refused to move even a millimetre on the fundamental issues that the British people are concerned with. Any residual attachment to the idea that plucky Britain could single-handedly influence the sclerotic European Union should have gone out of the window there and then.

 The EU is full of prejudiced ‘Little Englanders’


Despite the silly name-calling it is in fact the Remain campaign that display all the traits of being ‘Little Englanders’ or should I say ‘Little Europeanistas’. The EU is inward looking. It talks about itself in grand terms. It harks back to a bygone age of protectionism and worst of all it discriminates against the rest of the world and forces us to do likewise.


In contrast, those who wish to leave, like myself, want to look outward. We want to trade, interact and be open to the rest of the world. We don’t want to erect protectionist trade barriers but to allow trade to flourish across the globe. We want to be able to choose who comes to our country to work and to live, not based on their European heritage but on their abilities and skills and what they can contribute. My sense is that by voting to leave we will be able to rejoin the rest of the world which is thriving and growing and full of opportunity.

 There are powerful and convincing arguments that an independent Britain would be safer, more prosperous and freer.

Trade and the economy

As a former entrepreneur and businessman and now in my role as an MP and the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana, my view is that Britain’s global ambitions are best served outside the EU.

The EU is weaker than the sum of its part in trade negotiations. Chile has negotiated free trade agreements worth $59 trillion. Korea, Singapore and Switzerland have all negotiated $40 trillion worth of trade deals. All have fared far better than the inward-looking EU, which has negotiated a total of a mere $6.7 trillion. The EU is not a vibrant and dynamic bloc.
You need only look at the current trade negotiations to see why. The EU free trade deal with Canada is being held up by Romanian visa dispute and the trade deal with Australia by Italian tomato growers. The EU’s fundamental problem is that it is incredibly difficult to get 28 member states to agree on anything.

Borders and Immigration

 The ability to control our borders and decide who comes in and out of our country is one the most basic requirements of a nation. A nation, by definition, is contained within its geographic borders with a common government. Yet here we are in the UK, with virtually no power over our borders and immigration policy when it comes to 27 other EU members. As an EU member it is no surprise that we are less secure when anyone who holds an EU passport can simply land on our shores. In contrast those millions of people from across the globe we might wish to choose to attract to Britain are crowded out on the basis of the nationality.


So for these reasons, and so many more, I will continue to participate in the campaign to urge all British citizens to vote to look up and leave the EU in order to re-join the rest of the world.

Adam Afriyie is a British Conservative Party politician, and the member of parliament (MP) for Windsor. He was first elected in the 2005 general election and re-elected in the 2010 and 2015 elections. He is the country’s first black Conservative cabinet minister.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Antonia Okafor ― Trump’s rise could be the best thing that’s happened to the liberty movement

I am a Republican Party precinct chair in Texas, gun rights advocate and a strong advocate for working within the party to enact change. I didn’t leave the Democratic Party in 2012 and switch to the GOP so that I could abandon the Republicans at the first sign of trouble.


(RARE)

So throughout this election, I held on to hope. When my first choice, Rand Paul, suspended his campaign back in February, I eventually found myself clinging to what I considered the next best thing, Ted Cruz. I didn’t agree with everything he said. But, again, I didn’t become a Republican to abandon my conservative roots.

Then it finally happened. The very thing so many liberty activists have dreaded for months now.
Donald Trump officially became the presumptive nominee.
Trump is now the GOP and the GOP is now Trump. So… am I represented by Trump?
Sorry. I’m just not.
Read the full article HERE

The Power of God's Word – a book by Dr. CHE Sadaphal

About the book. The Power of God’s Word takes Biblical exegesis (drawing meaning out of a Bible passage) to a hands-on level and helps you by giving you practical wisdom and life strategies from twelve Bible lessons. Some valuable insights the book provides include how to live a Christian life in an unchristian world, the anatomy of temptation, the miracle formula, and the power of God’s Word to liberate you from harmful thinking and circumstances. At last, you will be able to see how God is speaking to your life and be able to discern His will as it pertains to your day-to-day reality.

Increase your understanding about temptation, opportunity, personal transformation, self-improvement, and living the Christian life in hostile environments. The Power of God's Word will boost your understanding of how the Bible provides simple, easy, and actionable advice for your job, career, relationships, ministry, and life in general. These lessons will highlight timeless Biblical truths that will empower you to live life more abundantly. Certainly, it is within God’s expressed will for us to live life abundantly, so it makes the most sense to get our advice from The Lord.

Many people fail to see a connection between God’s Word and their everyday life. They fail to see how it tangibly interacts in their day-to-day experiences. Perhaps they have investigated many “hot new ideas,” including road maps to a “better you,” fad systems, and ideologies. Perhaps they have clung to a “guru” or philosophy but found out it wasn’t getting them where they wanted to go. God is the one who already drew the map of your life, so you can throw away the compass that someone else sold you and get your directions from the mapmaker. The Power of God's Word will give you the answers you have been searching for.

The Power of God's Word is part of the What Christians Should Know (wcsk.org) series.

http://www.chesadaphal.com/power-of-gods-word-dr-c-h-e-sadaphal-practical-wisdom-life-strategies-twelve-bible-lessons/

Purchase herehttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/640018

Are Protests Against Speakers Threats or Examples of Free Speech?

Debaters from both sides answer an audience question about student campaigns to protest speakers from coming to their schools and whether that demonstrates freedom of speech or intolerance of speech.

 

Roland Fryer ― Education, Inequality, & Incentives



The F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics welcomed Roland G. Fryer, Jr., the Henry Lee Professor of Economics and faculty director of the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University , for the inaugural Buchanan Speaker Series event on “Education, Inequality, and Incentives.” Professor Fryer discussed his field research on education reform and his efforts to find solutions to the educational achievement gap in the United States.


The Buchanan Speaker Series promotes Nobel laureate James Buchanan’s intellectual legacy by applying Buchanan’s ideas to the pressing matters of our time. Read more about this event series at http://mercatus.org/buchananseries.

John McWhorter ―' Roots' of a new conversation about race

(CNN)
As we take in the new version of "Roots" this week, we have heard, and will hear again, that both versions of this miniseries, as well as Alex Haley's novel which inspired it, challenge America to "come to terms with" its history in slavery.
The original "Roots," which aired in 1977 to record audiences still flushed from America's bicentennial, seared slavery into the American consciousness in an unprecedented way. Never before had the whole nation seen slavery enacted so vividly and with such tragic pull.
    Staying up past my bedtime night after night to see the show with my parents remains one of the most arresting memories of my childhood. There was no home video yet, so I was never sure how I might ever see such a show again.
    Read the full article HERE

    Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Reginald Kaigler ― Hillary Above The Law! Incomes Declining in Metro Areas! Young Men Jobless or Incarcerated!

    My commentary on 1/6 of young men being jobless or incarcerated, Hillary Clinton being approve the law, why the judges will protect Obamacare and why the average household income has not improved.

     

    Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information

    Dr. Anthony B. Bradley — Reentry programs reduce prison recidivism

    Reentry programs that emphasize job training in private-sector careers that are in demand are the most successful.

    (World Magazine)
    "Because of the roughly 2.5 million men and women incarcerated in this country, states find themselves under increased pressure to develop early-release alternatives to ease prison overcrowding. States have chosen probation and parole as the primary means to ameliorate the overcrowding while maintaining a means to punish offenders for breaking the law. But reentry programs have proven to be the best way to keep criminals from returning to prison, and the best programs are those emphasizing character formation and work skills.
    The closing of a highly successful reentry program in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has created a bit of a stir in Broward County. Broward Bridge, a 172-bed facility offering on-the-job-training through work release and substance-abuse counseling, is a public-private partnership that enrolls offenders who have six months to two years left on their prison sentences. Its programs have a graduation rate of almost 90 percent, and a recidivism rate of 10 percent, according to the Sun-Sentinel. If more of these programs close it could have devastating consequences for communities."
    Read the full article HERE

    The Accidental Academic with MIT's Cullen Buie

    MIT Professor of Mechanical Engineering Cullen Buie discusses his journey through science, God and making a name for himself at The Veritas Forum at Caltech: "The Accidental Academic," Feb 2016.

     

    Stephen L. Carter ― History Is Repeating the Election of 1816

    Welcome to 1816. Two hundred years ago, the nation faced an election with striking similarities to the present moment. The scholar in me cannot fail to point out both the parallels and the lessons to be learned.

    (Bloomberg View)
    We've been here before.
    A two-term incumbent, once unpopular but looking better and better to his critics as his time runs out, is about to leave office. He has brought a controversial end to an unpopular war. His secretary of state, who is not particularly well-liked, is nevertheless nominated to succeed him, even though critics say that the candidate will just continue a political dynasty and has been cozying up to bankers who care only about profits. The opposition, fractured by dissent, finds itself unable to run a serious convention, and winds up fielding a weak but wealthy candidate who hails from New York.
    Read the full article HERE. 

    Ayo Sogunro ― How the Nigerian society is truly structured


    (YNaija)

    "The best way to understand the class structure of Nigerian society it is to think of the country as a corporate setup. One with several levels of participation and authority in the affairs of the company. This is not just a business comparison; it is also, somewhat, a historical fact.

    It is common knowledge—I think —that our country grew from the territories and ethnicities administered by the trading entity called The Royal Niger Company. This company was passed to the British Government in 1900 by the entrepreneur-explorer George Taubman Goldie, the “father of Nigeria.” Like any company based on English corporate law, Goldie’s Royal Niger Company had its shareholders, directors, and employees. And, that demarcation of interests in the business of Goldie’s company is the foundation of the structure of Nigerian society.

    The original company that birthed Nigeria started business around the land areas surrounding the Niger-Benue confluence up to the Niger Delta. The territories grew into the current map after the succeeding British Government seized more territories through treaties and “pacifications”. Still, the core of British administration over the territories was based on the template originally developed by the traders (or, looters) of the Royal Niger Company."

    Read the full article HERE. 

    Crystal Wright ― Trump surges as Clinton can’t seal the deal


    "Morning, noon and night, all we’ve heard for nearly a year from the Republican Establishment is how doomed Donald Trump was as a presidential candidate.

    Well, now Trump has not only won the nomination, but in numerous polls he’s tied with Hillary Clinton, and in some polls leads slightly against her.
    It looks like it’s time for the GOPe, the party’s out of touch white elite groupies, to eat lots of crow!
    Not only is Trump in a virtual dead heat with Hillary in key swing states of Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll, but he’s also now tied with her in New Hampshire.
    In an NBC/Survey Monkey poll released recently, Clinton has a razor thin edge over Trump, 48% to 45%. Candidate Trump is looking very winnable! Nothing, and I repeat nothing, the GOPe has portended about Trump or the 2016 election has been accurate.
    The reality is that Trump is looking more and more like the only formidable candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton."
    Read the full article HERE.