Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Black Republican West Point Graduate announces run for Congress in NY's 16th CD

Sakima Green-Brown, a West Point graduate has announced her candidacy for NY's 16th Congressional District.  It is a swing district that is currently held by Democratic Rep. Sean Maloney.

Black Republican runs for NY State Assembly

Scherie Murray, a Queens G.O.P. district leader, has announced that she will run for the special election in NY State Assembly District 29!

Scherie S. Murray was born in Jamaica, West Indies and came to New York City with her family at the age of 9. Scherie grew up in Southeast Queens and learned early on about the importance of hard work, the value of a good education and the strength of a united community. Scherie went to I.S. 192 where she was a gymnast. She then graduated with an outstanding community service award from the Law, Government and Community Service Magnet High School (formerly Andrew Jackson H.S.) and also became the captain of her high school’s gymnastics team.

At the age of 17, Scherie worked as a systems analyst for the NYC MTA Jamaica Bus Depot as a part of the NYC summer internship program. Scherie is a CUNY Alumni. She has earned an Associate of Applied Science in the field of Micro Computer Business Systems and a Bachelor of Science in the field of Broadcast Journalism. During her college tenure, Scherie taught gymnastics in an after school program at PS 105 in Far Rockaway, Queens. She also volunteered and served as senior editor on her college newspaper – The New Tech Times.

In 2004, the young entrepreneur had a vision of starting her own company. With a mission to address the needs of employment opportunities in media for minorities Scherie created The Esemel Group Inc., a Television Production and Advertising Company. Through advertising, production and programming, The Esemel Group Inc. generated employment for minorities in New York City.

Affected by community issues, Scherie ran for New York City Council District 31 in 2009 and 2013. During her bid for the 31st Council District, Scherie garnered the endorsements of the Queens County Republican Party, NYC PBA, NYPD CEA, Fire Marshal's Benevolent Association, Former Congressman Bob Turner, Former NYC Mayoral Candidate Joe Lhota, National Black Republican Council, Latino National Republican Coalition and the support of the Queens Village Republican Club, District Leaders, local business owners, and residents of the 31st Council District.

Scherie was elected to the New York Republican State Committee in 2013 as District Leader and State Committee Woman of the 29th Assembly District in Queens, N.Y. Scherie is a proud Veterans advocate and continues to revitalize her district by: advocating for small businesses and economic development; promoting more school choices for parents; strengthening community police relations with common sense solutions; and starting a larger dialogue with regards to comprehensive immigration reform.


Monday, October 5, 2015

Lauren Victoria Burke — Is Black America Better Off Under Obama?

Lauren Victoria Burke, the managing editor over at Politic365  ask the question that few black journalist have dared voice: Is Black America better off under Obama?

via BlackPressUsa:

“Like the rest of America, Black America, in the aggregate, is better off now than it was when I came into office,” said President Obama on December 19, in response to a question by Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent April Ryan. What planet African Americans are doing “better off” on is unknown. What is known is that President Obama is about to leave office with African Americans in their worst economic situation since Ronald Reagan. 

A look at every key stat as President Obama starts his sixth year in office illustrates that. Unemployment. The average Black unemployment under President Bush was 10 percent. The average under President Obama after six years is 14 percent. Black unemployment, “has always been double” [that of Whites] but it hasn’t always been 14 percent. The administration was silent when Black unemployment hit 16 percent – a 27-year high – in late 2011. 

Read the full article HERE.

Black Soldiers Were the Real Heroes at San Juan Hill. And They Got No Credit.

Joseph C. Phillips — Why Planned Parenthood?

In his latest article titled "Why Planned Parenthood," the conservative writer and actor poses the question, "Is it possible to be for defunding Planned Parenthood but in favor of supporting health services for poor women?"

"This week, I have asked this question over and over again: Is it possible to be for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and still be for providing health services to the poor? And if not, why not. Supporters of Planned Parenthood answered a resounding, No!. What they have not answered, at least not so that I have understood it, is: why not?  
If the issue is, as we are told, how to deliver health services (mammograms, STD screening, prenatal care) to the under-served, then it really shouldn’t matter who delivers those services. For some reason, however, there seems to be a belief (as unscientifically demonstrated by the answers to my question) that Planned Parenthood must exist in order to provide those services.Because Planned Parenthood is essential, they are therefore untouchable. The mere thought of cutting off government funding is cruel and unforgivable proof of ones disdain for poor women…even though one is for providing those same services via other vendors."
Read the full article HERE.

Book Review ― Sean Jacobs : Standing up for Conservatism in Queensland, Australia

Mark Bahnisch, Queensland: Everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to askSydney, NewSouth Publishing, 2015
via HipHopRepublican.com

"It’s healthy, regardless of political complexion, to read well-written books threading history with current affairs. Mark Bahnisch’s Queensland: Everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask performs this task brilliantly.

Bahnisch, with a professed attachment to the Australian Labor Party (ALP), also lends an academic but accessible insight into the ALP split forming Vince Gair’s Queensland Labor Party in the 1950s, the Rudd-Goss-Swan troika of the late 1980s and a small mural of Peter Beattie painting him as “the best politician (at least at state level) Australia has seen in the last few decades.”  Politics aside, it’s rare to be given such readable depth to the political, economic and social forces that have shaped Queensland.

Bahnisch’s political sympathies, however, expose a number of predictable points familiar to a conservative or centre-right audience – the inevitable ‘Joh bashing’, the mocking of strict public decency laws, the desire for more lawmakers, the mistaking of symbolism for progress and, perhaps most notable, the incapacity to understand the nuances to conservative positions on issues like race, immigration and economics."
Read the full article HERE.

Crystal Wright — The White Supremacists flocking to Donald Trump

Crystal Wright, the conservative columnist and TV commentator, delves into some of the less flattering aspects of the Trump campaign for president.

via ConservativeBlackChick.com:

"Could Donald Trump be reigniting racism in this country like we haven’t seen since the Civil Rights movement? One life-long Republican friend of mine urged me recently to check out the term “cuckservative”being bandied about on Twitter. He explained the term was loaded with racism and the people using it happen to be white, fervent Trump supporters. 
“It’s a rallying cry for white supremacists and ‘neoreactionaries’ who, for whatever reason, seem to back Trump,” wrote Daily Beast reporter Matt Lewis, who’s done some excellent writing on the topic. And Lewis is right.  
I did a cursory search on Twitter and very unsavory things surfaced. A cuckservative refers to a white man who betrays the Republican party and his race by supporting policies like amnesty for illegals, gay marriage, criminal justice reform, and black voter outreach that threaten white dominance in America. For the record, I don’t support gay marriage or illegal immigration, but there’s a way to talk about these issues without being a bigot.  
Trump may not be behind the term, but Trump’s frontrunner status and rise in the polls has coincided with the rise in the cuckservative movement and his support from white nationalist groups. Tweets like these are indefensible."

Read the full article HERE.

Chris Ladd — Most Republicans aren’t nuts

Chris Ladd, a moderate Republican author and lawyer argues, "There is no rationale for letting an unpopular political bloc set the policy agenda for the entire Republican Party. It’s time for someone to take an aggressive, unapologetic stand for a 21st century Republican platform".

via GOPLifer Blog:
The man who leads the polls for the Republican Presidential nomination has staked out a position that ties autism to vaccines. All of them are engaged in some form of denial of climate change. Leading candidates have all taken a hardline stance on immigration controls and building a border wall. Republican Presidential candidates are tripping over each other to grab the most extreme conceivable positions against abortion, gun control, and culture war compromises. Unsurprisingly, not a single one them has a credible path to the White House
Previous posts have laid out a potential roadmap toward a saner, more politically relevant Republican future. Some might view that roadmap with skepticism in light of the party’s apparent mood. Perhaps the party could modernize its positions on a host of issues to attract new voters, but what are we supposed to do about the current Republican base? How can you hope to win new voters in new geographies and demographics while today’s Republicans are screaming their insistence on an ever more insane political agenda?
Read the full article HERE.

Kay Hymowitz — The Breakdown of the Black Family

Kay Hymowitz argues that Moynihan was right to focus on the breakdown of black families as the root problem.

via The Atlantic Monthly:

With the publication of “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration” Ta-Nehisi Coates has added an elegant and forceful voice to the growing frustration with the inefficacy and injustice of America’s criminal-justice system. Mandatory-sentencing laws, the War on Drugs, juvenile-justice sentences that seem to do more to create than deter criminals, racial arrest and sentencing disparities: All are ready for a tough national cross-examination. 
But even in the unlikely event that Washington and state legislatures successfully adapt the nation’s crime policies to a safer, more racially sensitive era, the nation will still look around to find more black men in prison than it might expect or want. There’s a simple reason for that, one that Coates himself notes: Relative to other groups, blacks commit more crimes. To understand why is to tackle some very hard-to-talk-about realities of black family life.  And on that issue—and despite his announced interest in the topic—Coates has been the opposite of lucid.

Read the full article HERE.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Quote of the Day

Ella Fitzgerald - It Don't Mean a thing (1974)


Raynard Jackson — Republican Leadership Trumped Again

 The political story of the year by far is the sudden resignation of House Speaker, John Boehner.  His announcement last Friday sent tectonic shock waves throughout the body politic.
Boehner’s resignation was a direct result of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy; not Trump the person, but rather what Trump represents.
In many ways, as a candidate, Trump is very flawed; but what he represents is very much real.
Trump’s unconventional approach to campaigning and his theatrics are wearing very thin on the voters.  He must now begin to address the American people with substantive policy initiatives.  We know he is  very wealthy, we know he loves Mexicans and they love him too, and we know his hair is real, etc.
But now Trump has to convince the electorate that he has a plan to deal with ISIS, that he has a plan to reduce government spending, and that he has a plan to create jobs in this anemic economy, etc.
That’s Trump the candidate.  Trump the symbol is totally different.

Brandon Lyons — Common Sense Solutions to Gun Violence

Gun violence, let's actually have a talk about common sense solutions starting from these two common sense proposals.

Joseph Hunter — The Democrats’ Refugee Crisis

"Democrats, nationwide, face a vexing refugee crisis of their own making: Hundreds of thousands of people have picked up their lives to rescue their families from devastation wrought by liberal incompetence and naive policies. These refugees, numbering nearly 1,000 per day, simply seek a better life, even if that means contending with culture shock and a change of climate. However sympathetic to the refugees’ plight, the people tasked with accepting them fear that the newcomers will bring along a dangerous worldview that can turn their newfound garden spots into the dysfunctional locales they left behind. As observers sift through the data to learn as much as possible about these refugees, one point remains clear, virtually all of them are Americans.

Writing for the Washington Times, Stephen Moore describes the IRS’ findings showing that, liberal blue states continue to hemorrhage people to conservative red states.

“The new Census data…in 2014 shows that the top seven states with the biggest percentage increase in in-migration from other states are in order: North Dakota, Nevada, South Carolina, Colorado, Florida, Arizona, and Texas. All of these states are red, except Colorado, which is purple. Meanwhile the leading exodus states of the continental states in percentage terms were: Alaska, New York, Illinois, Connecticut, New Mexico, New Jersey, and Kansas. All of these states are blue, except Alaska and Kansas.”"

Read the full article HERE.

Fabrice L. Lohadie — Why Joseph Kabila Will Cling on to Power

As we slowly approach November 2016, it is becoming increasingly clear that Joseph Kabila will extend his stay in power.

Joseph Kabila Kabange is a Congolese politician who has been President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since January 2001. He took office ten days after the assassination of his father, President Laurent-Désiré Kabila. Wikipedia

via: The Afro-Libertarian

Despite the Congolese president remaining mum on the subject, his supporters tried (unsuccessfully) to extend his stay by mandating a census before the 2016 general elections, but that option was killed off after mass protests nationwide. Now, they have turned to another option: decentralization or découpage. Their plan is to divide DRC’s 11 provinces into 26, and then use this administrative gargantuan task as an excuse to delay and postpone the 2016 elections. If this option fails, Kabila and supporters will find other intricate ways to extend his tenure. Below, I provide a number of reasons why I strongly believe that Kabila will try to remain in power post-2016, in no particular order:

The Man Who Launched the GOP’s Civil War

(photo via Politico.com)

Via: Politico.com 
It was weirdly appropriate that Boehner chose to end his farewell press conference with the tune from A Song of the South. It was Milliken who moved to a solidly Democratic Dixie and transformed it into a bastion of Republicanism. Milliken built the South Carolina GOP into a national force, convincing Sen. Strom Thurmond to switch parties and birthing the “Southern Strategy” that put Richard Nixon and later Ronald Reagan into the White House. It was Milliken who inspired all future conservative candidates by pushing Barry Goldwater to run for president, then bankrolling his landmark campaign. Milliken was also the financial patron of the influential libertarian “Freedom School,” which trained a generation of conservative kingmakers, including Charles Koch. “He was the John the Baptist of the Koch Brothers,” says Marko Maunula, a historian at Clayton State University in Georgia. 
It was appropriate, too, that when Boehner prepared to quit, he reportedly turned to Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of committee investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, to encourage the South Carolina congressman to help take his place in the House leadership. Gowdy represents Milliken’s adopted home district of Spartanburg and helping to elect Gowdy in 2010 was one of the final political acts of Milliken’s life. He died just weeks after Gowdy won the House seat, after donating the maximum to Gowdy’s campaign.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/10/roger-milliken-republican-party-history-213212#ixzz3nVKnDVey

Friday, October 2, 2015

Candidate of the Month — Monique Miles for Alexandria City Council (Virginia)


Monique A. Miles is a civil rights attorney with a successful law practice located in the heart of Old Town. She advises individuals and small businesses concerning a wide variety of legal issues, including business, labor, and employment matters.  She also provides legal services free of charge to low-income clients in our community via Legal Services of Northern Virginia.  She is a member of the Board of Governors for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which oversees pro bono legal services across the Commonwealth.

The Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference gave Monique an Outstanding Service Award in June 2012 for her service as Chair of the Women and Minorities in the Profession Commission. She also serves on the Board of Governors of the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference and the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association.  She is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the Alexandria Bar Association, the Fairfax Bar Association, the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington D.C., the Christian Legal Society, and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

An entrepreneur and social justice advocate from a young age, Monique has been involved with the community for the past 20 years. She currently volunteers as a reading tutor and mentors an amazing and smart 11-year-old girl in a low-income area. She also served on the Alexandria Towing Services Advisory Board as a Citizen Representative. In that position, she sought revisions to the Alexandria Code to prevent predatory practices by towing companies.  She worked with City officials, including the police department, parking authority, and representatives from local towing companies. Monique will bring her collaborative and results-based style to the Alexandria City Council.

Monique earned her B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Philosophy from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from Regent University School of Law. During law school, she served as a law clerk with the Executive Office of Immigration Review’s Board of Immigration Appeals, where she handled complex cases involving asylum eligibility, China’s coercive population control policy, and the United Nations Convention Against Torture.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Do You Like Living in NYC?

H/T: AfroTraditionalist
Ahm in New York, but New York ain’t in me. You understand? Ahm in New York,  but New York ain’t in me. What do I mean? Listen. I’m from Jacksonville, Florida. Been in New York twenty-five years. I’m a New Yorker! Yuh understand? Naw, naw, yuh don’t get me. What do they do; take Lenox Avenue. Take Seventh Avenue; take Sugar Hill! Pimps. Numbers. Cheating those poor people out a whut they got. Shooting, cutting, backbiting, all them things. Yuh see? Yuh see what Ah mean? I’m in New York, but New York ain’t in me!
– An old man in Harlem responding to Ralph Ellison’s (during his tenure with the WPA) question “Do you like living in New York City?”

Christina Marie Bennett — Seeing the Miracles in our Mundane Moments

My husband and I celebrated Passover this year by spending four hours in a synagogue near our home. The four hour service was comprised of prayers and songs, over 80% of which were in Hebrew. We tried to follow along the best we could, reading the English version while Rabbi and the others spoke in a tongue foreign to us. In a room of elderly Jewish men and women, we were the only Black ones, the only ones not wearing kippahs, the only ones who looked confused. 

None of that mattered though. We were just happy to be there. Just happy to be around people that honor the Passover, keep the traditions of the Bible and worship Yahweh. The Rabbi at this synagogue is one of my favorite people in my city.  Over the years He has welcomed me with open arms and graciously taught me about the roots of my faith. At one point in the service Rabbi gave a short teaching. He read two poems and then we all discussed them. It was different than the Christian tradition of a Pastor preaching and the congregation listening. We all had an opportunity to share our thoughts and express our opinions. Rabbi even asked me to read a passage in English. I felt truly honored. 

Rabbi spoke to us about the miracles of Passover. Most of us are familiar with the splitting of the Red Sea, the plagues being released and God setting the Israelites free from bondage. Rabbi elaborated on it, he dug deeper, helping us to ponder what it must have been like to be living those miracles as they happened. 

He read from a poem called Miracles by Yehyda Amichai. This was my favorite excerpt:

"From a distance everything looks like a miracle but up close even a miracle doesn't appear so. Even someone who crossed the Red Sea when it split only saw the sweaty back of the one in front of him." 

Read the full article HERE.

Chidike Okeem — Can Conservatism Establish a Foothold in Inner Cities?

In order for conservatism to establish a foothold in inner cities, people on the political right need to do a better job of arguing why conservative policies are beneficial to the lives of ethnic minorities who dwell in these areas. Liberals have appalling policies that have caused devastation in America’s cities for several decades, but—at the very least—they have solidly presented the image that they care about the interests of ethnic minorities. More than anything else, politics is about optics. If a political party or movement has poor optics, policy ideas turn into nugatory thought exercises.

I have previously pointed out the wrongheadedness of stop-and-frisk and how such a policy has absolutely no basis in an authentic conservative approach to crime. Aside from the fact that the policy is objectively uneconomical, no serious conservative believes that a fundamentally good approach to law enforcement includes the animalistic treatment of young black and brown males. Unmistakably, stop-and-frisk is based on a policing practice of compulsory suspicion towards young American males who have darker skin pigmentation. Interestingly, adherents of mainstream conservatism relentlessly use the language of cutting the size of government. Curiously, however, their intense desire to minimize the size and scope of government seems to elide very important issues such as stop-and-frisk. Minorities notice this deviousness and hypocrisy, and it harms the image of conservatism. Yes, conservatives believe in policing. One can even argue that serious conservatives believe in robust policing. However, solution-oriented conservatives do not believe in dressing up state terrorism in uniform and calling it policing.

Before conservatives can start talking about effective economic policies—such as enterprise zones that incentivize the building of businesses in certain economically deprived areas by offering tax credits—they must first disavow heinous public policies that have become popular on the right. Such policies present the image that members of the political right have serious difficulty acknowledging, much less respecting, the humanity of black and brown males. Any discussion about market-based economic policies in an environment where stop-and-frisk is endorsed will never be welcomed—no matter how potentially efficacious those policies are. Many often neglect to consider how perceptions about race and urban development policy intersect.

Aretha Franklin - A Rose Is Still A Rose

Michael David Cobb Bowen — The Harsh Truth About Truth

Every advance in history has taken place amidst total ignorance of it. That doesn't change the force of its truth.

"Bill Nye. He's the Science Guy. Which is about the appropriate thing to call him. As many of you know, he got all combobulated with a Creation Guy last week and it made a lot of people say 'Martha, this country is going to pot'. It's not. But there is a certain amount of faithlessness that's infecting people who are halfway committed to believing that Progress will benefit the Common Man. I say halfway because I can't determine if they believe that Progress is slowing down or that the Common Man doesn't deserve it. Either way they are in dire alarm and they shouldn't be.

Progress doesn't benefit the Common Man, charity does.

Progress benefits the person who initiates it. When I take off the stock carburetor on my jalopy and put on the custom one, I turn it into a hot rod. My hot rod. When I buy a computer and learn to program it, I benefit, not the person staring at me in Starbucks. But enough with the analogies. When starving waifs were dying of the Pox in London and Charles Dickens wrote about it, he benefited not the waifs. When Tycho Brahe observed all the stars in the sky and started cataloguing them one by one, it wasn't the people around him in 16th Century Denmark who were benefitting. When you dedicate your life to improvement then you improve. The common man remains common, the layman lies, the ordinary Joe stays ordinary and all of the backwards, superstitious, ignorant people remain tied to their fate. Every advance in history has taken place amidst total ignorance of it. That doesn't change the truth of it, nor the force of that truth."

Read the full article HERE.

Walter E. Williams — The Struggle for Economic Liberty

Via TownHall.com:

"Here's my taxi question. If a person is law-abiding, has a driver's license, has a car or van that has passed safety inspection, and has adequate liability insurance, is there any consumer-oriented reason he should not be able to become a taxicab owner/operator? Put another way: If you wish to hire the services of such a person, what right does a third party have to prevent that exchange?

Many cities have granted monopoly power to taxi companies -- the right to prevent entry by others. Sometimes this monopoly takes the form of exclusive government-granted rights to particular individuals to provide taxi services. In other cases, the number of licenses is fixed, and a prospective taxi owner must purchase a license from an existing owner. In New York City, such a license is called a taxi medallion. Individual medallions have sold for as high as $700,000 and corporate medallions as high as $1 million. In other cities -- such as Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston -- taxi licenses have sold for anywhere between $300,000 and $700,000. These are prices for a license to own and operate a single vehicle as a taxi."

Read the full article HERE.