Monday, August 31, 2015

Robert George — Moguls With Attitude - how Donald Trump echoes NWA

Robert A George, an editorial writer for the New York Post (and a conservative blogger) sees a connection between "a tough-talking white billionaire from Queens and thuggish black rappers from Los Angeles".
 

(The New York Post)

The conventional wisdom is that Donald Trump has no real chance of becoming the Republican nominee. Maybe so. But Trump fits perfectly in what’s turning out to be a harsh, tough-talking, non-PC cultural moment.

Consider: Few would have predicted that a biopic of a vulgar, offensive, two-decade-old rap group would find much audience in 2015 — or any year, for that matter. Instead, moviegoers this weekend flocked to see “Straight Outta Compton,” the celluloid origins of NWA (N- - - az With Attitude), to the tune of $56.1 million — the biggest August opening ever for an R-rated film.

But still, a tough-talking white billionaire from Queens and thuggish black rappers from Los Angeles? What could they have in common?

More than you might expect.

Read the full article HERE.

Chris Ladd ― Blueprint for Republican Reform

Chris Ladd, a Republican lawyer and former Precinct Committeeman for DuPage County, IL, believes the Party of Lincoln has allowed itself to devolve into the "primary political expression of white nationalism."





 The moderate-conservative ask, "How does a political party end up with seventeen candidates for the Presidential nomination, not one of whom has a credible path to the White House? This happens when the core of an organization has collapsed into a starburst of colorful antics and strange characters. Our lack of any coherent or minimally electable leadership signals the triumph of entropy.

This is the end, which is the perfect time to plan the beginning.

No matter what happens next year we have reached the end of a long era in Republican politics marked by the rise of Southern conservatives to dominance. Over the next eight years the Republican Party as we have come to know it will either be reorganized under new leadership and fresh rhetoric, or it will be dissolved and replaced. The Republican Party is too weak to continue to hold its constituent parts together under present alignments."

He continues his commentary: " Running on a combination of policies, candidates, and donors that coalesced forty years ago around problems the country faced sixty years ago, we now find ourselves trapped in a cul de sac. It is now impossible for the party to win the White House absent some epic collapse by the opposing party. Thanks to the influx of a generation of terrified white Southerners, obsessed with the very real loss of their former cultural, political and economic dominance, the Party of Lincoln has devolved into the primary political expression of white nationalism. Needless to say, white nationalism in this era is a narrow base on which to build a national political party in America."

Read the full article HERE.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Rod Dreher ― My People, Black & White: How I came to see my country through African-American eyes

(The American Conservative)
Gore Vidal famously said that he never missed a chance to have sex or appear on television. Me, I never miss a chance to eat in New Orleans. So when my literary agent proposed lunch there with the actor Wendell Pierce—best known for portraying Baltimore homicide detective Bunk Moreland in “The Wire” and trombonist Antoine Batiste in “Treme”—there was no way I was going to pass.
I was skeptical, however, of the lunch’s purpose. Wendell, a native New Orleanian, was planning to write a memoir of his family’s roots in south Louisiana and how the devastation of Hurricane Katrina renewed his love for the city. He also wanted to write about how African-Americans have always responded to hardship by making art.
He had read my 2013 memoir, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, and saw potential for us to collaborate. Knowing Wendell’s formidable reputation as an actor, I was flattered that he had read my book—and humbled that he thought it good enough to consider hiring me to help him write his own. So why my skepticism?
Wendell and I come from the same state and are of the same generation, but we grew up in different worlds. He is a black liberal from the Crescent City; I am a white conservative from the rural hills of West Feliciana Parish. How could we possibly have enough in common to work together? I figured I would enjoy having a meal with the guy, but it wouldn’t go anywhere.

Read the full article HERE.

Stephanie Mills with Teddy Pendergrass - Feel The Fire

What Nixon Can Teach the GOP About Courting Black Voters



Via Politico.com:

"You may be thinking Nixon is the worst possible model for outreach across racial lines. He was hardly a model for racial reconciliation, a man who frequently let rip racist comments in private company. And it was the 1972 election in which Nixon, through his “Southern strategy,” schemed to break up the Democrats’ national coalition by exploiting the division between Northeast and Deep South Democrats on the issue of race. With a messaging strategy and policy platform that capitalized on thinly-veiled racial code, the Nixon campaign wooed the nearly 10 million voters in the American South who had voted for third-party candidate and segregationist George Wallace in the previous election. For generations since, Republican politicians have won elections by completely circumventing black voters—a strategy, it would seem, the candidates still embrace today.

But there’s another, widely overlooked Richard Nixon: the Nixon of 1968. In his first successful presidential bid, the candidate presented himself as progressive enough on civil rights to attract some black voters and white moderates, yet bona fide enough in his racial conservatism to appeal to so-called soft segregationists. With that strategy came a messaging campaign designed to appeal to the black community, even if Nixon’s sympathy for their plight was superficial. Nixon thus fashioned a campaign strategy that historian Gary Wills has described as “joining New South to new blacks”—linking soft segregationists to an emerging black middle class in a few key states in the Upper South—and in the process trimming away from Hubert Humphrey and Wallace to win just enough electoral votes, if not a majority of votes, to deliver the presidency. This wasn’t a Southern strategy, but for lack of a better term, a South Atlantic strategy."

Read the full article HERE.

Ben Carson Edging Close to Front-Runner Trump in Latest Iowa Poll

  
(Bloomberg News)


Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has emerged as a leading Republican presidential candidate in Iowa and is closing in on frontrunner Donald Trump in the state that hosts the first 2016 nomination balloting contest. 

The latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows billionaire Trump with the support of 23 percent of likely Republican caucus participants, followed by Carson at 18 percent. When first and second choices are combined, Carson is tied with Trump.
Read the full article HERE.

Crystal Wright ― Why Was Carson the Only GOP Candidate to Speak at Minority-Filled DC GOP Event?

Crystal Wright, editor and publisher of ConservativeBlackChick.com, takes issue with some of the Republican candidates for not attending a recent GOP event where many African-Americans were in attendance. She singles out Dr. Ben Carson for his participation, praising him for bothering to show up where others would not.


(Conservative Black Chick)

"Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson won the DC Republican Party 2016 GOP Straw Poll at a reception held July 20, 2015. It’s not surprising since Carson was the only Republican 2016 candidate to accept the group’s invitation to speak at the reception, which was brimming over with minorities.

Since 2012, Republicans have talked about the party’s desperate need to win over minority voters in 2016 or face a third strike out at getting in the White House. But when it comes time to walking the minority outreach walk, most GOP wannabes are stumbling. Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Senator Marco Rubio managed to send some campaign stickers and signs to the event. Where was Senator Rand Paul, the self-purported king of black outreach this cycle?

Read the full article HERE.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Stephen L. Carter ― Remembering Julian Bond

Stephen L. Carter, a Bloomberg View columnist, and conservative professor, writes on the passing of his mother's former boss, Julian Bond.


"One of my keenest memories of Julian Bond is his voice. It had a beautiful tone, smooth and musical and soft. In the 1970s, when Julian was in the Georgia legislature, my mother was a top aide. I would drop by his Atlanta office now and then when home on break from college. The office was a boisterous, happy place, where phones rang constantly and constituents lined up for assistance. But when he sat down at a desk -- any desk, there was no set location -- to record his "Julian Bond at Large" radio spot, a sudden hush fell uncommanded across the room. Even the constituents stopped to listen. He always finished the recording in one take. Everyone would applaud.

Bond, who died this past weekend at age 75, was a towering figure in the civil rights movement, a man of both conscience and controversy. He cut his political eyeteeth in the 1960s as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was a spellbinder and a firebrand, never reluctant to say exactly what he thought and to let the chips fall where they may.

Read the full article HERE.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Charles Barkley endorses John Kasich for president"

Republicans Can't Win With White Voters Alone

An influential set of conservatives argues changing demographics won't doom the GOP, but the smart money -- and the math -- are not on their side.

Via The Atlantic:

Infographic
The key question facing the GOP is whether Obama's 2012 performance represents a structural Democratic decline among whites that could deepen even further in the years ahead -- or a floor from which the next Democratic nominee is likely to improve.


In recent months, a chorus of conservative analysts has bet on the first option. They insist that Republicans, by improving both turnout and already-gaping margins among whites, can recapture the White House in 2016 without reformulating their agenda to attract more minority voters -- most prominently by passing immigration-reform legislation that includes a pathway to citizenship for those here illegally. On the other side is an array of Republican strategists who view minority outreach and immigration reform as critical to restoring the party's competitiveness -- and consider it suicidal for the GOP to bet its future on the prospect that it can squeeze even larger advantages out of the diminishing pool of white voters. Karl Rove, the chief strategist for George W. Bush's two presidential victories, has noted that relying entirely on whites would soon require Republicans to regularly match the towering advantage Reagan recorded among them when he lost only a single state in his 1984 reelection. "It's unreasonable to expect Republicans to routinely pull numbers that last occurred in a 49-state sweep," Rove said at the Aspen Ideas Festival this summer.

Read the full article HERE.

Happy Warrior: A little-known Alabamian is conservatives’ secret weapon in DC

Congressman Gary Palmer's Chief of Staff William Smith.
Congressman Gary Palmer’s Chief of Staff William Smith.
  
  
(Yellowhammer)

For the past 15 years, a little-known Alabamian has been a secret weapon for some of Congress’s most conservative lawmakers. He calls himself a “Happy Warrior,” who is a level 15 conservative on scale of 1-10. And he has a famous name, though he’s never been confused with a movie star while walking around Capitol Hill.

His name is William Smith. And at first blush, his life probably sounds pretty familiar to many people from the South.

“I center my life around 3 things: faith, family, and football,” Smith explained while sitting in Yellowhammer’s downtown Birmingham offices.

But a deeper look into his life story reveals a fascinating journey that has taken him from the fields of rural Alabama, to the golden coast of California, to the halls of power in Washington D.C.

Read the full article HERE

Prominent Black Conservative Blast Conservative Outreach Efforts

Oh, now this really breaks my heart. 

POLITICO sits down with Robert Woodson, a prominent Republican community organizer who has worked closely with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), to grade the GOP candidates' efforts so far and to explain what they need to do to reach out to minorities.


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My view: Woodson is a friend of mine, and we've talked about this many of times over the years. He's been trying to educate these fools on how to go about it the right way, but no, they keep doing the same ol' thing, expecting different results. Woodson is getting up there in age and I guess he feels compelled to speak his mind without fear of retaliation from the “coo-coo-for-cocoa-puffs” wing of the GOP. Mind you, this is the same wing that prefers to get its advice on "outreach" from Rush Limbaugh, Larry Elder and Sean Hannity. Its beyond me. Anyway, my heart goes out to this man. He's been in the conservative trenches for years, trying to offer practical solutions to real problems. He must be heartbroken and devastated to see all his work stomped on.

Derrick Grayson ― Socialism, Sanders, Trump, Rand, The Fed

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Richmond Strangles the Poor With Red Tape

Mayor says he wants to "promote economic parity and social justice," then sends code enforcers to evict the poor from their homes.

  


(Reason Magazine)

"It was said of Charles de Gaulle that while he loved France, the French people left him cold. One has to wonder if something like that might apply to Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones.

Jones has spoken eloquently about the need to alleviate poverty — or, as he put it, "promote economic parity and social justice." He empaneled a commission that studied the issue in depth, and produced a fat report. But when presented with real, live poor people, his administration not only has ignored their pleas for help but kicked them when they were down.

Last week residents of two trailer parks sued the city over what they call an illegal and racially discriminatory inspection program. The courts will have to sort out whether those claims have merit. But even if only half of the claims are true, anyone reading the complaint filed in federal district court will come away from it astonished at how city officials have behaved.

The plaintiffs in the case are almost all Latino, as are the lopsided majority of the city's trailer-park residents — even though Latinos make up less than 7 percent of the city's total population. According to the complaint, which is being brought on behalf of the plaintiffs by the Legal Aid Justice Center, the city started planning for a sweep of its trailer parks three years ago, and started going through them in the early spring of 2014. It cited numerous mobile homes for violations great and small — from bad wiring to "improperly built decks and porches."


Read the full article HERE.

The Moynihan Report at 50

The New York senator was right—and not only about black families.

 Daniel Patrick Moynihan /  Wikimedia Commons


(The American Conservative)

"The Manhattan Institute’s Jason Riley—who has written about the continuing relevance of the Moynihan Report—says Johnson’s Great Society programs began a devastating tendency: “Marriage was penalized and single parenting was subsidized. In effect, the government paid mothers to keep fathers out of the home—and paid them well.”
“For decades,” he continues, “research has shown that the likelihood of teen pregnancy, drug abuse, dropping out of school, and many other social problems grew dramatically when fathers were absent.” Riley cites a 2002 study by researchers William Comanor and Llad Phillips of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Their conclusions are sobering: “the most critical factor affecting the prospect that a male youth will encounter the criminal justice system is the presence of his father in the home.”
The tragedy of the Great Society is the manner in which it helped catalyze the destruction of much of the family. In almost all categories that Riley researched—“including income, academic achievement, and employment”—black American families have “stagnated or lost ground over the past half-century.” For instance, the poverty rate for African-Americans is about 30 percent, and four of every 10 black children are raised by single mothers living at or below the poverty line. Statistics are dramatically different for black Americans who are married: the poverty rate is below 10 percent."

Read the full article HERE.

Don't miss out this weekend: War Room Movie!

A seemingly perfect family look to fix their problems with the help of Miss Clara, an older, wiser woman. Get your tickets in advance to make sure you get to see War Room Movie! 

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From the award-winning creators of Fireproof and Courageous comes WAR ROOM, a compelling drama with humor and heart that explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships, and every other area of our lives. Tony and Elizabeth Jordan have it all—great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house. But appearances can be deceiving.

Tony and Elizabeth Jordan’s world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness. But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, and is challenged to establish a “war room” and a battle plan of prayer for her family.


As Elizabeth tries to fight for her family, Tony’s hidden struggles come to light. Tony must decide if he will make amends to his family and prove Miss Clara’s wisdom that victories don’t come by accident. Opening nationwide in theaters August 28 and filled with more of the authentic characters loved by millions in previous Kendrick Brothers’ films, WAR ROOM is a vivid reminder that prayer is a powerful weapon.

Luther Vandross & Cheryl Lynn: "If This World Were Mine"

      

Abiola Kazeem Olalekan — Why The Nigerian Economy Fails and the Path To Economic Prosperity



Nigeria’s historical trajectory is paved with several attempts by the government to engender economic development by regulating the economy. The outcome of this closed, state-regulated economic policy, however, is an economic failure so total that, apart from the oil sector that generates about 98 percent of the foreign exchange, every sector in Nigeria is struggling to raise their head above the water. The Nigerian state, thus, has failed to engender any tangible development.

The situation in Nigeria is not unique, in that countries that embark on state-regulated economy face Nigeria-style problems. In their classic book, Why Nations Fail, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson argue, with rigour, that developed countries, such as the United State, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Botswana in Africa, developed by liberalizing their economy, but not until they, too, had failed to engender economic development through state-regulated economic arrangement. The book concludes that economic liberalization offers the best solution not only to underperforming economies, such as Nigeria’s, but also, in the long run, political instability, such as insurgency and terrorism.

In order to engender economic development in Nigeria, therefore, there is no alternative to economic liberalization. There is need for unlimited capital flow into and out of Nigeria in order to boost growth and efficiency, and the government should be reduced to an unbiased umpire, not actor, in the economic affair—thus, providing new opportunities for the diversification of the present monotonous economy and encouraging both foreign and locally-based firm to invest in the economy. Although, some administrations in the past have implemented certain numbers of policies to plant economic liberalization in Nigeria (for instance, the regimes of General Ibrahim Babangida in 1986 and President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2000); however, these attempts succeeded only to the extent that liberalizing the economy aligned with the political objectives of the political elite that initiated them. And as it turned out, Nigeria is still far behind on the ladder of liberalization, and the economy is still under the intense control of the government and some strong business interests.

The path to economic development is clear—economic liberalization; how to achieve it is even clearer—elimination of any obstacle to free flow of capital within and across borders. Economic histories of developed and developing countries prove it: there is no alternative for Nigeria, or any other country that seek economic development. Economic liberalization is the only path.

This short essay by Abiola Kazeem Olalekan is one of the winning essays in the SYPALA 2015 Essay competition organised by AfricanLiberty.org

Jennifer Oliver O'Connell — 10 Reasons plus-sized people do Yoga (hint: it’s not about weight loss)

Jennifer Oliver O'Connell, a black conservative yoga instructor and columnist for Communities Digital News explains why plus-sized people do Yoga.

LOS ANGELES, Aug, 4, 2015— Yoga is a $27-billion dollar industry, an industry that has primarily catered to the already fit and well-heeled. In recent years, there has been a movement to “decolonize” Yoga and bring it to the masses, including different ethnic groups and body types. The Body Positive movement in particular focuses on Yoga instruction, teachers and methods that accommodate, rather than exclude. Certain clothing companies are jumping on the bandwagon, doing their best to incorporate blog posts and motivational materials that encourage this “yoga for all” ethos.

But plus-sized clothing company Alight has started a firestorm in the Body Positive community with a poorly conceived infographic, “Yoga for Every Size: Guide to Plus Size Yoga.”

Among the many fails from this graphic is the use of an unauthorized image from Yoga for Round Bodies founder Tiina Veer as part of the layout. However, when you immediately lead with, “Yoga is ideal for plus-sized individuals because it burns calories and aids in fat loss”, you have already tuned out the majority of the Body Positive movement.

Read the full article HERE.

Black Conservative Doctor Writes New Book Exposing ObamaCare

Big Medicine: The Cost of Corporate Control and How Doctors and Patients Working Together Can Rebuild a Better System




Elaina George, MD, and her patients live each day with the effects of Big Medicine. Big Medicine is a way to describe the highly bureaucratic, top-down management and regulatory systems imposed on doctors, hospitals, and the entire healthcare industry. Dr. George describes how the 2010 Affordable Care Act missed the mark - by a wide margin - in many ways because it never consulted practicing MDs to get their input. Had Congress taken time and worked with doctors, instead of forcing a nationalized health system upon them, the outcomes might have been different. With the keen insight of years of experience helping people, and having contended with healthcare decisions imposed on her by third party payers, Dr. George eventually remade her practice into a direct pay model. Readers will gain incredible insight from her well-informed comments.



 About the Author

Elaina George, MD is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Biology. She received her Master s degree in Medical Microbiology from Long Island University, and received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dr. George completed her residency at Manhattan, Eye Ear & Throat Hospital. Her training included general surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, pediatric ENT at The NY-Presbyterian Hospital, and head and neck oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. George is in solo practice at the Peachtree Ear, Nose & Throat Center, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Big Medicine, Part 1



“Dr. George channels her knowledge and medical experience into her prescription, returning medical care to patient-centered delivery based on excellent care at a reasonable cost. Our responsibility as patients and physicians is to advocate for ourselves and insist that we maintain our medical privacy and individuality, the cornerstone of the patient-physician relationship.” — Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD

Purchase Book via Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Big-Medicine-Corporate-Patients-Together-ebook/dp/B013WZEIWK
 

Dr. Oliver McGee — 25 Highest-Paid Career Changes For You In 2015

Dr. Oliver McGee, a black conservative professor at Howard University, highlights
"the top highest-paid career for taking you to the next level in 2015".



The College professor and political commentator, writes: "CareerCast.com, the longstanding definitively-researched job portal for several decades, says information technology software engineers, computer systems analysts, medical and dental professionals, and occupational therapists, are good bets in regards to competitive average incomes and favorable hiring outlooks, according to the job portal’s deeply researched analysis of United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data.

This should come as no surprise to anyone following employment trends in recent years, as these high technology sectors have been the most promising careers.

 But astonishingly, these Silicon Valley technical careers are not the highest-paid one in 2015. That professional achievement goes to the select few who have chosen their career as a surgeon, garnering a whooping $349,090 in annual income. This is a substantial 49.7% raise in annual salary in 2015 compared to a surgeon’s $233,150 annual income in 2014, identified by CareerCast.com."


Read the full article HERE.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Dr. CHE Sadaphal — The Problem With Interest

Dr. CHE Sadaphal, a Libertarian physician and New York City-based minister, writes that despite the economic benefits of  charging interest, the Bible is opposed to it. 


He writes: "Many people think that the Bible says certain things, when in fact, it is silent on the matter. Others think the Bible is quiet on some issues, when in fact, its voice is loud and clear. The beauty of the text is that its value is eternal, so what applied to the ancients at the time it was written still has as much force and validity now. Here’s an example: What if I told you there are passages in the Bible that would revolutionize the way banks, mortgage brokers, and money lenders do business? What if I told you there is an explicit Biblical prohibition against charging interest? What if I told you that charging interest is so deeply embedded in our way of life that rejecting it would result in financial collapse?
Interest is “a sum paid or charged for the use of money or for borrowing money.” Interest is a bedrock of modern capitalism, but being obedient to God means rejecting this cornerstone of the modern financial system."

Read the full article HERE.

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