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:


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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.


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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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Republican Charlie Baker lays out 'urban agenda' for Massachusetts

"These communities deserve a state gov't as focused on opportunity in their neighborhoods as everywhere else"



BOSTON — Surrounded by community activists in Roxbury, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker announced his "urban agenda" on Wednesday. While most of Baker's agenda had been previously released in other proposals, the event gave Baker the chance to showcase his support in the urban minority community – a demographic that tends to vote Democratic.

Baker is facing a tight race against Democratic attorney general Martha Coakley.

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NOTE: Poll :Massachusetts Governor: Baker (R) 48%, leads Coakley (D) 46% ... See, Republicans, when you seriously engage minority communities and cities you reap the rewards!

Chelsi P. Henry - Obamacare is hurting African-Americans

[OPINION] Conservative writer Chelsi P. Henry says that ACA is putting some of the nation's poorest people in a difficult position  

via Ebony Magazine: 

Wal-Mart, the country’s largest private employer of Blacks, announced it will be cutting health insurance for about 30,000 part-time employees and increasing premiums for other employees. In Arkansas, Blue Cross Blue Shield will be dropping about 4,000 Medicare customers due to “government regulations.”

 This is the exact opposite of what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) promised.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Stephen L. Carter - How the DEA Ditched an Informant

Stephen L. Carter's take on how DEA mistreated its own informant.  After reading this, all one can say is WOW! A movie in the making? In the words of Miss Palin, "You betcha."


The conservative law Professor writes:

"A federal court last week unsealed an opinion detailing a particularly egregious -- some would say horrifying -- series of missteps by the Drug Enforcement Agency. This time, the scandal doesn’t involve domestic surveillance or concealing information from opposing counsel. This time, the DEA turns out to have mistreated one of its own informants.

The case is SGS-92-X003 v. United States, with the plaintiff identified only by her DEA informant number. Around the agency, however, she wasn’t called SGS-92. She was known as the Princess."

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WSJ Book Review: 'The Soul of the World' by Roger Scruton

From The Wall Street Journal:

"The Soul of the World" is an example of what conservatism can be, at its best—a clear-eyed, affectionate defense of humanity and a well-reasoned plea to treat the long-loved with respect and care. This kind of conservatism comes into being when something good is threatened: Here Mr. Scruton aims to conserve "the sacred" in the face of threats from scientific reductionism, an ideology that asserts that all phenomena—including things like love, art, morality and religion—are most accurately described using the vocabulary of contemporary science.

 Viewed through the lens of scientific reductionism, all existence is fundamentally the bouncing around of various material particles, some arranged in the form of gene-perpetuating machines we call humans. Mr. Scruton almost agrees—we are, in fact, gene-perpetuating machines, and the finer, higher aspects of human existence emerge from, and rest upon, biological machinery. As he points out, though, it's a long jump from this acknowledgment to the assertion that "this is all there is." The jump, according to Mr. Scruton, lands us in "a completely different world, and one in which we humans are not truly at home." A truly human outlook involves the intuition of intangible realities that find no place in even our most sensitive systems of biology, chemistry or physics.

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Quote of the Day


…I believe that the reason why the church typically doesn’t engage culture is because we are scared of it. We’re scared it’s going to somehow jump on us and corrupt us. We’re scared it’s going to somehow mess up our good thing. So we consistently move further and further away from the corruption, further and further away from the crime, further and further away from the post-modernity, further and further away from the relativism and secular humanism and we want to go to a safe place with people just like you. We want to be comfortable…

 …I’m not saying let’s redeem the world and create this utopian planet. I’m saying let’s demonstrate what Jesus had done in us so the world may see a new way, God’s way, Jesus’ way … the picture of redemption that Jesus has done in us. So Jesus redeems us and we desire to go to the world and demonstrate that so that others can see what redemption looks like.”  ~ Lecrae Moore, mononymously known as Lecrae, is an American Christian hip hop artist, record producer, and actor

Jessye Norman Singing "Je te veux" (Satie, Erik)

"Je te veux" (French for I want you)




I have understood your distress,
dear lover,
and I yield to your wish:
make me your mistress.
Modesty shall be far from us,
no more [distress]1,
I long for the precious moment
when we will be happy:
I want you.

I have no regrets,
and I want only one thing:
next to you, there, so close,
to live all of my life.
Let my heart be yours
and your lips be mine,
let your body be mine,
and let all of my flesh be yours.

I have understood your distress, etc.

Yes, I see in your eyes
the divine promise
that your loving heart
comes to seek my caress.
Enlaced forever,
burned with the same flames,
in dreams of love,

we will exchange our two souls.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Anthony Bradley on Policy and Personalism

“What if we thought about our politics and economics from the person up?” asked Dr. Anthony Bradley in a recent lecture at the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding.

According to Bradley, an associate professor of theology at The King’s College and research fellow of the Acton Institute, conservative Christians continue to isolate themselves because they are allegedly the only ones to “get the gospel right”, while progressives isolate themselves because they are allegedly the only ones who care about justice and changing the world:

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

New Book - Naomi Murakawa - The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America

The explosive rise in the U.S. incarceration rate in the second half of the twentieth century, and the racial transformation of the prison population from mostly white at mid-century to sixty-five percent black and Latino in the present day, is a trend that cannot easily be ignored. Many believe that this shift began with the "tough on crime" policies advocated by Republicans and southern Democrats beginning in the late 1960s, which sought longer prison sentences, more frequent use of the death penalty, and the explicit or implicit targeting of politically marginalized people. In The First Civil Right, Naomi

Murakawa inverts the conventional wisdom by arguing that the expansion of the federal carceral state-a system that disproportionately imprisons blacks and Latinos-was, in fact, rooted in the civil-rights liberalism of the 1940s and early 1960s, not in the period after. Murakawa traces the development of the modern American prison system through several presidencies, both Republican and Democrat. Responding to calls to end the lawlessness and violence against blacks at the state and local levels, the Truman administration expanded the scope of what was previously a weak federal system. Later administrations from Johnson to Clinton expanded the federal presence even more. Ironically, these steps laid the groundwork for the creation of the vast penal archipelago that now exists in the United States. What began as a liberal initiative to curb the mob violence and police brutality that had deprived racial minorities of their 'first civil right-physical safety-eventually evolved into the federal correctional system that now deprives them, in unjustly large numbers, of another important right: freedom. The First Civil Right is a groundbreaking analysis of root of the conflicts that lie at the intersection of race and the legal system in America.

http://www.amazon.com/The-First-Civil-Right-Development/dp/0199892806

Chidike Okeem - Capitalism and Black Entrepreneurship

“Capitalism and Racism are not conjoined twins. Capitalism and white supremacy are not a package deal"

Despite capitalism’s many blemishes and imperfections, it is the only system of economic development that has the proven power to lift people out of poverty. Given the state of the American economy and the fact that African Americans are consistently on the lower end of the socioeconomic totem pole, it is imperative that black people embrace capitalism and skillfully utilize the power of entrepreneurship.

Capitalism is unwisely pilloried and attacked because it was used in the service of white supremacy. In American history, not only was black slave labor stolen, but black slaves were also sold and bought as commodities. However, it is logically sloppy to think that capitalism is inherently evil and possesses zero benefits just because it can be thwarted and used as an artifice of evil and oppression. Christianity, too, was thwarted and used as a tool of mass control and oppression. To argue that Christianity has done no good for the world just because evil manipulators misused it for their invidious goals would be absurd.

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