Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stephen L. Carter - Obama's White House Can't Take a Joke

Stephen L. Carter, a writer and law professor at Yale University says
the Obama's White House can't take a joke -- even when Obama makes it.


There’s a poignant moment midway through Ron Chernow’s superb biography of George Washington when the father of our country, struggling to make his Mount Vernon plantation profitable after the war, writes fretfully to a friend that he knows no more “than the man in the moon where I am going to get money to pay my taxes.” Chernow’s Pulitzer Prize-winning volume spends a lot of time on Washington’s life at Mount Vernon between generalship and presidency, and the image of constant financial struggle helps to humanize a man who has been the subject of so much hagiography.

This bit of history comes to mind after the White House’s silly decision to edit out of the transcript of President Barack Obama’s recent remarks in Chicago a reference to “unpaid bills.” According to news articles, Obama gave the crowd this report on his visit to his pre-White House home: “Because Michelle and I and the kids, we left so quickly that there's still junk on my desk, including some unpaid bills. I think eventually they got paid -- but they’re sort of stacked up. And messages, newspapers and all kinds of stuff.”

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C.H.E. Sadaphal - The Law by Frédéric Bastiat

The black Libertarian and board-certified physician reflects on “Frederic Bastiat's “The Law”.

In The Law, Bastiat make a timeless and compelling argument in favor of the natural and innate privileges bestowed upon humankind by God of the three preserving elements of life. His central argument is summarized on page two: “It is not because men have made laws, that personality, liberty, and property exist. On the contrary, it is because personality, liberty, and property exist beforehand, that men make laws. What then, is the law? As I have said elsewhere, it is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense.” Bastiat argues that the ultimate aim of the law is for justice “to reign over all,” and this feat is accomplished through the legislative substitution of communal power for that of the person. In all modes of operation (even in the use of force), preservation of liberty and the securitization of the person and property remain paramount. The law, in essence, is constructed as a means to serve the people and not and an end that trumps the individual.

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Sharon Brooks Hodge - Black Pastors Should Promote Marriage Rather Than Fight Gay Marriage

 Sharon Brooks Hodge, a Martinsville,Va., councilwoman and executive director of  the Black Family Preservation Group argues that black ministers need to spend more time promoting family in their churches than fighting against same sex marriage.


" As the executive director of Black Family Preservation Group, Inc. – an organization that promotes marriage as a vehicle to strengthen African-American families – I applaud the coalition’s effort to defend traditional, biblical marriage. However, the fallacy of this coalition’s initiative becomes evident when considering the Pew research.

 After decades of declining marriage rates and changes in family structure, the percentage of American adults who have never been married is at an historic high. According to Wendy Wang and Kim Parker, who authored the research report, the move away from marriage is attributed to a variety of factors. Not only are people marrying later in life, but more significant is the fact that increasingly young adults are cohabiting and raising children outside of marriage."

She continues:

  "Currently, 72 percent of black children are being born into single-parent homes, which means that most black churches are filled with baby-mommas and baby-daddies, not husbands and wives raising children under the covenant of marriage as scripture prescribes. Is it realistic to expect pastors to have more influence in court persuading judges to deny marriage to gay couples than they have in their own pulpits?"

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OKEEM - GOP Race-Baiting and the New ‘Willie Horton’ Ad

Chidike Okeem, a conservative in California, writes:

"The Nikko Jenkins ad is so closely reminiscent of the Willie Horton ad used in the 1988 presidential election to attack Michael Dukakis’ indisputably preposterous decision to allow weekend furloughs for Horton—a man who had been convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. The ads have so many similarities that it is simply implausible that the creators of the Nikko Jenkins ad did not intend to create the 21st century iteration of the infamous and highly controversial Willie Horton ad. The use of the ad demonstrates that Republicans, following the example of mainstream conservative entertainers, are far more interested in courting controversy than seriously persuading people about the advantages of conservative ideas."

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Indians in the US make the most because they studied the most

Indians in the US make the most because they studied the most http://qz.com/285610/indians-in-the-us-make-the-most-because-they-studied-the-most/ …



A Black Conservative "Hip-Hop" Speech at George Washington University

Well damn, there's a first time for everything, I guess. 

 

Sonnie Johnson share her latest spoken word, "A Moment of Clarity" during a speech for the Young American's Foundation at George Washington University.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DNA Said to Protect Hispanic Women From Breast Cancer

A single difference in just one of the three billion letters of biochemical DNA code in the human genome makes Latinas who inherit it about 40% less likely to develop breast cancer, medical geneticist Laura Fejerman and her colleagues reported Monday in Nature Communications.

 If women have inherited the variation from both sides of their family, they are 80% less likely to get breast cancer.

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Think tanks should think, not act as fundraisers

David Blankenhorn, Deseret News, 9/26/2014
To me, two changes are needed. The first is more disclosure. If you're a think tank engaging with U.S. policymakers, and you've accepted money from a foreign government with a vested interest in the matter, you should be required prominently to disclose that relationship – even if you and your boss are convinced that the money isn't influencing your work! This is a simple, obvious reform that's already being discussed in Congress. The second change is harder. Put simply, the mission of a think tank should drive funding, not the other way around. But like many universities, think tanks increasingly act as if their mission is to increase their funding and size. As a result they've become, first and foremost, giant fundraising machines for which the prime imperative is constant expansion. If you run a think tank or university today, it's likely that your main activity is raising money and that your main goal is getting bigger. Asked about the Brookings Institution's heavy focus on foreign donations, one scholar said: "Brookings keeps growing and it has to support itself." That's the idea.
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DAMBISA MOYO - For Poor Countries, China Is No Model

Dr. Dambisa Moyo, an economist and author explains why the Chinese model can't be replicated in other emerging countries.

"The world's emerging economies face an emerging crisis. Such states are home to 90% of the world's population, and on average, 70% of their people are less than 25 years old. Those young citizens dream of a better, freer life with greater opportunity and are increasingly taking to the streets, from South Africa to Thailand, Brazil to Ukraine.
But too many governments in the developing world are moving backward, not forward—responding to popular discontent by following some version of what they see as the "China model." The results could be dire for the global economy. The sheer size of the emerging economies—a list that starts but hardly ends with the so-called BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China)—means that their actions can jolt equity and bond markets, shift foreign exchange rates, bump commodity prices, alter global trade and shape corporate investment decisions."

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tata Vega - Maybe God Is Trying To Tell You Something (Speak Lord)


"Maybe God Is Tryin' To Tell You Somethin' (The Color Purple/Soundtrack Version)" by Quincy Jones

Black Republican on a quest to topple Rep. Maxine Waters in 43rd CD

The Daily Breeze on John Wood's campaign against Maxine Waters:


  1. Maxine Waters is the U.S. Representative for California's 43rd congressional district, and previously the 35th and 29th districts, serving since 1991. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Wikipedia
In a political era characterized by partisanship and polarization, John Wood Jr. is hoping to revive some once-respected values: reconciliation, consensus and humility.

“Everyone’s going to have different perspectives and it’s OK to have different opinions,” the 27-year-old writer, jazz musician and digital marketing sales representative said. “We need to be open to other ideas.”

But with little money or name recognition — not to mention his Republican Party label in an overwhelmingly Democratic district — Wood’s quixotic challenge to unseat entrenched incumbent Rep. Maxine Waters in the 43rd Congressional District is a long shot, to say the least.

The two will go head to head on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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Poverty in the 43rd CD: http://talkpoverty.org/cd-year-report/california-cd-report-43/

How municipalities in St. Louis County, Mo., profit from poverty – Part 2

In Why we need to fix St. Louis County, Radley Balko, the libertarian writer for The Washington Post, describes some of the underlying causes for the conflict between Ferguson's police force and St. Louis County's black population.


(Image Source). US News and World Report
He writes:

"When a local government’s very existence depends on its citizens breaking the law — when fines from ordinance violations are written into city budgets for the upcoming year as a primary or even the main expected source of revenue — the relationship between the government and the governed is not one of public officials serving their constituents, but of preying off of them. When the primary mission of a police department isn’t to protect citizens but to extract money from them, and when the cops themselves don’t look like, live near or have much in common with the people from whom they’re extracting that money, you get cops who start to see the people they’re supposed to be serving not as citizens with rights, but as potential sources of revenue, as lawbreakers to be caught."

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(You can read Part 1 here.)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Antoine Hooten - To keep and bear Arms

The black conservative blogger from Tennessee writes about his personal experience with black crime and guns.

He writes:

"I grew up in a lower middle class neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pa where crime was a reality, like most urban areas. It was sometimes a boorish and abhorrent lifestyle that rightfully required a wary and defensive mindset. I understood then, and now, why my relatives needed guns."

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Jennifer Oliver OConnell - Raven Symone’s statement reveals blacks’ problem with differences

Jennifer Oliver O'Connell, the black conservative columnist for Communities Digital News ask the
question is Raven-Symoné confused or is she just casting her own mold?


LOS ANGELES, October 10, 2014—Actress Raven-Symoné was the subject of the Wednesday premiere of Oprah Winfrey’s “Where Are They Now?” She lit up a firestorm in the Blacksphere when she said, “I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American, I’m not African-American. I’m an American.”

You could tell that Oprah really did not like Raven-Symoné saying this. She attempted to joke it off and play the objective interviewer, but she was not pleased with Raven’s emphatic statement that she defines herself as an American, not by a certain phrase. Knowing Oprah’s proclivities of late to deal the race card, this is not surprising.

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Smokey Robinson and Mary J. Blige - Being With You

Y'all don't know nothin bout that!

Anthony Rek LeCounte - Ezra Klein and The Ones Who Stay in Omelas

The black gay conservative doesn't know if Ezra Klein, ( editor in-chief for Vox.com) is a good person or not, but he argues his recent argument for California consent law is nigh on evil.

He writes:

“Necessary” evils never looked more necessary than when they never hurt me.Zero-tolerance policies in schools have a funny way of producing the kind of terrible results that are difficult to imagine any reasonable person intended when the policies were enacted. Just recently, honors student Atiya Haynes of Detroit found her promising academic career upended when a knife given to her by her grandfather for protection in a dangerous neighborhood was accidentally left in her purse. While this situation is certainly infuriating, it should hardly be surprising. Students from poorer or ethnic minority backgrounds have a long history of affliction from well-intentioned “zero tolerance” rules purportedly designed to help and protect them, though they are by no means the only victims.

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Stacey Dash calls for Ebola 'centers' in every U.S. city

Stacey Dash, the Fox News commentator and actor has lit up Twitter with her comments concerning Ebola centers.  Personally, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about, but I suspect anything Stacey Dash says or does is going to make news. Liberals are on a mission to silence her. Can't have too many black folk "questioning" the Left, good lord knows it ain't good for business.

 

“I think they should set up special centers for just Ebola in each state,” Dash said Monday. “They shouldn't be letting people go into regular hospitals, where it could be spread.”



Chidike Okeem - Conservatives Can Learn From Bill Maher And Sam Harris

The black conservative writer for The Daily Caller, writes: 


"During a panel last week on Real Time with Bill Maher, both Maher and pop-atheism author Sam Harris spoke passionately against liberal hypocrisy regarding Islam’s casual flouting of basic human rights and reprehensible contravention of liberal democratic ideals. Maher and Harris made significant points about the importance of ideological consistency among liberals. Many conservatives have commended these two liberal commentators for their comments on Islam and liberalism. What is noteworthy, however, is the fact that Maher and Harris were not primarily concerned about the possibility of conservatives agreeing with them."

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Crystal Wright - Where’s Obama on Ebola?

Crystal Wright, the black conservative commentator and columnist has little patience with what she perceives as President Obama's slow and lackluster response to the recent Ebola outbreak in America. 

She writes:

 "Where is President Barack Obama when you need him in a crisis? Pretty absent from the stage, unless he’s pointing fingers (at Republicans), disavowing knowledge of “situations” such as Obamacare’s website woes, the IRS scandal, and the horror show at Veterans Affairs — or simply refusing to take responsibility by retreating from the world.

 And amid the current Ebola crisis, the incumbent-in-chief is off fundraising, deftly avoiding the people he’s supposed to be serving and protecting."

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Marjorie Romeyn-Sanabria - Does speaking standard English Dilute Blackness?

The Afro-Hispanic conservative writer delivers a frank column on race and speech.

“Are you white?”

 The enquirer was an eight-year-old boy at my summer day camp fourteen years ago, who had stared at me for a solid minute before launching his query. His question unsettled me. The same week a fellow camper, with whom I did not get along, excluded me from a conversation with the phrase, “This is black people’s talk.” I realized at the tender age of eleven that my blackness (or Hispanic-ness, for that matter) was less defined by the color of my skin than by the way I spoke. In that scenario and many others, speaking standard American English around black people was an affront. It was perceived as both distancing myself from my heritage while attempting to ingratiate myself with a group of people that were responsible for the marginalization of my comrades. Not having African-American argot as a default linguistic setting was both a betrayal and a rejection of my community.

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