Saturday, August 23, 2014

Conservative British MP Kwasi Kwarteng on his new book, 'Ghosts of Empire'

Kwasi Alfred Addo Kwarteng is a British politician and historian. A member of the Conservative Party, he has served as a Member of Parliament since 2010 representing the constituency of Spelthorne in Surrey. Below he talks about his book, War and Gold: A 500-Year History of Empires, Adventures, and Debt, in which he chronicles the history of money since the Spanish discovery of the Americas, its relationship to war, and the resulting impact the interconnection has on free markets worldwide.



Thursday, August 21, 2014

CNN's Don Lemon, Rapper Talib Kweli Don't Get Along Very Well in Live Interview

Why are so called BLACK Leaders Anti-GUN?

My response to MrColionNoir's video on why black leaders are anti-gun? Plus, a short history lesson on racist violence against blacks and why I think it's crazy for blacks to oppose gun rights.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kkali Pinckney - In The End, We Will Be Either Libertarians Or Slaves

If you haven’t noticed what has been going on in our society, culture, and our country as a whole, you are either blind, party-loyal (of which no one should be a loyal-Democrat or loyal-Republican), or you are socialist-leaning.

The United States was founded under the acknowledgement that the INDIVIDUAL human being has Natural (or God Given) rights. That merely by the sake of being human he is in control of certain facets of his own life (Speech, religion, ect). This is a clear acknowledgement that government DOES NOT allow or provide us our rights but government is forced to accept these rights as something it (government) cannot LEGALLY curtail because they are not “provided” or “granted” by the government.

These Natural (or God-Given) rights cannot be taken away by a government. A list of individual rights (The Bill Of Rights) were/are supposed to be inalienable — Meaning, they cannot be removed, seized, voted away, and you can’t give up your rights to government even if you wanted to; and you certainly cannot give up the rights of others.

Read complete article here.

The Fight Against Human Trafficking: Are Boys Being Left Out?

The face of human trafficking, for the public, is typically female and young. There is an assumption that females are the victims and males are perpetrators. But is this mindset keeping boys and young men from getting the help they need to escape human trafficking?

The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange36 believes this is the case. While it appears that males make up about half of human trafficking victims, the numbers may be higher, especially for those involved in sex trafficking. This type of crime, when it involves boys, is often underreported, says one expert.
The percentage of male victims may be higher due to the underreported and subversive nature of the crime, said Summar Ghias, program specialist for the Chicago-based International Organization for Adolescents. 
“We’re conditioned as a community to identify female victims more readily,” she said, “because that has been the more prominent focus of the anti-trafficking movement.”

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Reginald Kaigler - My take on the riots and civil unrest in Ferguson

Libertarian Reginald Kaigler take on the riots and civil unrest in Ferguson after the shooting of Michael Brown and what we can learn from it.

Thomas Sowell - When TV Determines Guilt or Innocence


"I don’t know why we are spending our hard-earned money paying taxes to support a criminal-justice system, when issues of guilt and innocence are being determined on television — and even punishment is being meted out by CNN’s showing the home and address of the policeman accused in the Ferguson, Mo., shooting.

One of the big differences between Democrats and Republicans is that we at least know what the Democrats stand for, whether we agree with it or not. But, for Republicans, we have to guess."

Read complete article here.

Crystal Wright - Death of Black Teen Michael Brown Incites Another Race War



"There are a lot of unanswered questions in this case. If Brown was brutalized by a police officer for stealing a package of cigarettes, the officer should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But while the court of public opinion as made up its mind that Wilson is guilty, the reality is, due process of the law hasn’t taken place.

Is it good that of in the town of Ferguson where about 70% of the 21,000 residents are black that of 53 police officers only three are black? No, not necessarily. But does it mean the non-black officers are racist? No, not necessarily. Could the Ferguson police do a better job of recruiting black officers? Yes, probably."
Read complete article here.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Dr. C. H. E. Sadaphal - The Hidden Dangers of of Progressivism

The Libertarian physician writes about (Progressive) policies and how their good intentions often gone awry.
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The New Oxford American Dictionary defines progressive as “a person advocating or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas.” I would define the dangers of progressivism as “the unrecognized, unseen, or deliberately concealed adverse consequences inflicted on the exact groups progressive policies are proclaimed to assist.”

The unfortunate case of Eric Garner is a prime example, a situation that I wrote about last week. Mr. Garner was killed by police officers who attempted to arrest and detain him for the nonviolent crime of selling untaxed cigarettes. Subsequent to this horrific event, the NYC mayor, Bill de Blasio, said at a press conference that “I can understand why any New Yorker may say [the selling of untaxed cigarettes is] not such a big offense … [but] a violation of the law is a violation of the law.”

Read complete article here.


Hall & Oates-Sara Smile

Good music vs today's crap!!!!

Stephen L. Carter - Maliki's Gone. Will Iraq Get Worse?

Stephen L. Carter, a Bloomberg View columnist, is a professor of law at Yale University, where he teaches courses on contracts, professional responsibility, ethics in literature, intellectual property, and the law and ethics of war.

The resignation of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has led critics of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy to insist that there is no longer any reason to withhold military assistance from Baghdad in its struggle against the jihadist group Islamic State. This blast from an editorial in this morning’s Wall Street Journal is typical: “With Mr. Maliki gone, so too goes Mr. Obama’s alibi for unseriousness.” 

But this argument rests on the claim that the obstacle to successful multi-ethnic government in Iraq was Maliki himself -- not either the State of Law party he led, or the larger problem of ethnic separatism in a country invented by the U.K. between the wars. It’s useful to remember that the Kingdom of Iraq, as the British styled it, was torn by ethnic strife from its formation. The British put the Sunnis on the throne in 1933, and one of their first acts was to put down revolts by restless Shiites (and Yazidis).

Read complete article here.

Hood Conservative Crime Fighter Speaks Out on Ferguson Shooting

Ron Christie - Hey, Eric Holder: Voter ID Isn't Stuck in 1965

The AG and his allies have claimed that voter ID laws suppress black votes. But finally, a North Carolina judge speaks the truth.

 The middle of August is supposed to usher in the dog days of summer. But not this year: the Middle East is ablaze in conflict, the Russians are busy destabilizing Ukraine. But all the news isn’t global: In North Carolina, the Obama Justice Department just suffered an embarrassing defeat in Federal District Court last Friday in its attempt to block that state from implementing a voter ID requirement for the 2016 election.

 It’s a case that should have Americans wondering about the competence and integrity of their government officials under this administration. Given the media’s propensity for ignoring stories that cast President Obama in a negative light, I suspect most Americans have no idea that a federal court sharply rebuked the administration’s contention that voter ID laws and curbs to same-day registration amount to voter suppression or overt discrimination against blacks.

Read complete article here.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Dr. Ben Carson - Bureaucratic Medicine: Malpractice Against Minorities

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"A range of measurements, from infant mortality rates to life expectancy, indicate that ethnic minorities are generally less healthy, and have less access to quality healthcare, than whites. This is particularly true of African-Americans. For example, according to the American Health Association, African-Americans are nearly twice as likely to have a first stroke and much more likely to die from one than whites."


The Black Center-Right responds to Michael Brown's murder

John McWhorter - The True Stereotypes Behind Michael Brown's Death


"To many, the protests after the shooting murder of black teen Michael Brown in St. Louis will seem like a routine. The outrage, the Al Sharpton—and soon, we’re on to the next thing.
What too few realize is that the main reason so many people think of racism as the core of being black in modern America is the cops: the relationship between police forces and young black men, and how often the former kill the latter under suspicious circumstances.
I am the last person to jump in with overheated rhetoric that America is engaged in a “war against black men.” There is no evidence of anything so deliberate. However, when more temperately minded people say that black lives are valued less in the clinch than white ones, jump in I must, because it’s true."

Read complete article here.

Michael David Cobb Bowen - Obligatory Seriousness on the Killing of Michael Brown


It goes without saying, although people would try to blame me for not saying, so I'm saying it up front, that police brutality is a crime, and a wrongful death in police custody seriously retards faith in democratic institutions. But then I think it should be equally obvious that some of these small backwater towns are institutionally bankrupt and the people know it. That doesn't get 20 million tweets or any competent attorneys from our top law schools interested in improving the quality of municipalities in Missouri.  


Thursday, August 14, 2014

As GOP Courts Black Voters, Is Showing Up Enough?




Source: (NBCNews.com)

Eighty percent of success, as the famous saying goes, is simply about showing up. That’s also true in politics, especially when a political party is trying to improve its standing with African Americans after losing the black vote by a whopping 87 percentage points in 2012. Since that last presidential election, the Republican Party has:
  • reactivated dormant and chartered new College Republican chapters on the campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities as part of the RNC’s “Growth and Opportunity Project”; -- hired key staffers to do additional outreach to the African-American communities in 14 states, including North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida;
  • deployed RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to address key audiences like the National Urban League and the National Association of Black Journalists at their conventions last month. “We have become a national party that has decided that it's OK to show up once every four years, five months before an election,” Priebus told the National Association of Black Journalists, acknowledging the GOP’s lack of engagement in the past.
“At the RNC, we’re optimistic and determined,” said Orlando Watson, the RNC’s Communications Director for Black Media. “Our goal is to compete for each and every black voter through non-stop engagement effort.”

- See more: http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/gop-courts-black-voters-showing-enough-n179731



My View: The Party needs more concise policy proposals for dealing with issues ailing our cities and ethnic communities. Of course, this is going to be hard for Republicans because many of their districts aremajority-white. They don't see it as their problem. It does, however, become [their problem] when they loose presidential elections. Showing up will only take you so far; at some point you have to deal with the “elephant in the room” (i.e. specific policy proposals that empower these particular communities).  In other words: how does one start to talk about the benefits of tax cuts to people who aren't taxpayers because they don’t have jobs? You have to confront the latter before turning to the former. In districts where there are plenty of jobs and businesses the tax cuts argument is going to make more sense.
This is why it's essential that the party create a separate platform targeted with laser like precision at cities and minority communities. It must center on upward mobility and providing conservative alternatives to the Left. The recent championing of Uber and our strong support for school choice are but a few examples of how Conservatives can win when we offer minorities and city folk real options to real problems. Some issues esp. police brutality and mandatory minimums are probably best handled by Libertarian activist because many conservatives are too "pro-cop".  Right on Crime is one conservative advocacy group that is doing great work on this and other issues.That said, there appears to be some inklings of a platform targeted at African-Americans, but it hasn't really taken shape. Tara Wall, a spokeswoman for the RNC hints at it in the below interview when she says, “We have senators like Rand Paul that are talking about restoring voting rights for felons and prison entry programs under [former Virginia] Gov. McDonnell that are instrumental in some of our communities in getting people back on their feet, back into society, back into being responsible, productive citizens”.

I should also add that the party needs to also do a better job of empowering working class and poor whites communities too. It may surpise many, but in places like Appalachia poverty is shockingly worse than in our urban cities. The only irony is that many of these poor whites vote Republican.

Richard Ivory - Color-blind Republicans & Race

(ThyBlackMan.com) In his book, Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America , American linguist and political commentator John H. McWhorter writes: “When I hear someone say something along the lines of ‘why do we have to be talking about race? Why can’t we just be people and let that stuff alone’, I hear someone who hasn’t had the occasion to think hard about how the past effects the present.”

Today there is no better example of this avoidance of “race talk” than in the Republican Party where the very mention of race is viewed with suspicion. Republicans, who hold such a view, tend to be what I call “Color-blind Republicans”. They feel that anyone who even mentions race is guilty of race baiting. This sort of accusation is leveled even if the issue of race is relevant to the topic at hand. ”Color-blind Republicans”, have only one weapon in their arsenal when debating any subject surrounding race - ignore it!

Arguably, this approach puts our Party at a disadvantage when trying to engage new potential voters. By not factoring in ‘race’ and reaching out to ethnic media we fail to get our points of views out on a broad range of issues. And while most ”Color-blind Republicans”, see the avoidance of race talk as a good thing, the perception interpreted by many people is one of willful avoidance.

The prevalent “Color-blind theory”, hurts Republicans in our efforts to micro – target diverse communities in order to bring them into the fold. Not all Republicans are “Color-blind Republicans”, but the theory is very strong within conservative thought. One writer recently suggested to me that there were four categories of people in the party concerning views on race.

They include:
1. A true race baiter – people who just see life through the lens of race. If they get turned down for a position, it was due to race. Heck, if they get cuf-off in traffic, it’s because of race. Here’s the problem – when there is a legitimate instance of racial bias and these folks try to bring it to light, the temptation is to dismiss them since they’ve overplayed the “card” in the past. 
2. The reasoned person – Will not inject race into a debate unless there is considerable evidence that racial bias is present. They evaluate the facts, and reach a conclusion. 
3. Color-blind oriented – Is skeptical of anyone who injects race into the debate, often times because they prefer not to view their lives through a racial lens. Afterall, who wants to walk around feeling like they can’t reach great heights because of the color of their skin? They’ve made a personal decision to “do their own thing”. 
4. The deniers – There is no racism, and if it exists, it’s very minute. Vigorous opposers of anyone who injects race into a debate and will often come up with stunning rationalizations to justify anything that even remotely suggests race could have played a factor. They often accuse anyone who brings up race as “race baiting”
What’s the point?
Don’t confuse those in the 3rd category with those in the 4th. There is a difference between someone who prefers to live their lives without being race-conscious (I suppose one could question how realistic this is) and someone who is a vigorous opponent of any race-based discussion. I think many black republicans fit in the 2nd and 3rd categories, there are a few in the 4th too. The Republican Party, by and large, appears to be somewhere between the 3rd and 4th categories.
The Republican Party was formed to battle the hate crimes perpetrated on the Black Community by Democrats. The entire debates surrounding slavery and post-war reconciliation were issues of race. The current topic is a bit ironic given that the Republican Party’s origins were directly related to the issue of race. John Charles Frémont, who was the first candidate of the Republican Party for the office of President, surely felt that race was appropriate to speak on when he become the first presidential candidate to ever include race in his platform.

Read complete article here.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Simply Falling - Iyeoka

Charles C. W. Cooke - The Right’s Wrong Reaction to Missouri Shooting

Angry Ferguson residents confront police on August 9, the day of the shooting
                     

There is no good news from Ferguson, Mo. Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown is dead — shot “more than a couple of times” by a police officer who may or may not have been pushed into his patrol car and may or may not have been involved in a struggle over a pistol. Incensed residents have taken to rioting, to sacking private businesses that had nothing whatsoever to do with the incident, and, in some cases, to burning them to the ground. Like clockwork, the professional grievance industry has announced its intention to descend vaingloriously upon the scene. And, in some quarters of the media, pundits have begun to pretend that America’s cops are routinely gunning down unarmed young black men for their own pleasure.

Read complete article here.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Quote of the Day: The Epic of Gilgamesh




What you seek you shall never find.
For when the Gods made man,
They kept immortality to themselves.
Fill your belly.
Day and night make merry.
Let Days be full of joy.
Love the child who holds your hand.
Let your wife delight in your embrace.
For these alone are the concerns of man.”

The Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem from Mesopotamia, is considered the world's first truly great work of literature.