Friday, August 1, 2014

What's Wrong With Congress? from Collier's Weekly, 1933 (read by Tom O'Bedlam)

The essential problem is the same. The issues are different. - but that hardly matters. The problem isn't how we avoid falling off the Fiscal Cliff - it is why we delayed action until we stood at the very edge of the precipice. 

Joseph Gurney Cannon was speaker of the House of Representatives from 1903 to 1911, and "historians consider him to be the most dominant Speaker in United States history with such control over the House that he could often control debate."

Thomas Bracket Reed, Speaker of the House of Representatives 1889-1891 and 1895-1899, was 6ft 3 ins tall and weighed nearly 300 lbs. He was by no means a lightweight, and not a man to be dismissed lightly.

Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich was leader of the Republican Party in the Senate, where he served from 1881 to 1911. "He was referred to by the press and public alike as the General Manager of the Nation, dominating all tariff and monetary policies in the first decade of the 20th century."

The Napoleonic Code forbids privilege based on birth, allows freedom of religion, and specifies that government jobs should go to the most qualified.

Quote of the Day

"I believe that the changes in the 1960s came "so quickly" (in terms of legislation, one after another) that our parents' generation didn't map out what it would look like to live free and be competitive. Thus at a time where we had -- and have -- the most power over our lives, we ceded control to government programs. It's had a deleterious effect ever since, and "leaders" aren't talking about the widening gap within Black America. Education is the #2 most important item on black folks' plate, after decreasing illegitimacy which is the key root cause of most of our negative stats. We must stamp out this "education is white" nonsense! If ex-slaves didn't believe it, why do folks today? Black kids watch too much TV, and must study more. More black parents must put the foot down regarding their kids' study habits, as parental involvement is the #1 determinant of how well a child does in school. School vouchers would inject competition into the educational system, enable parents to choose schools that reflect their values and educational wishes for their children, and reduce the number of kids trapped in crappy schools where bad-ass apples disrupt everybody else's learning. Teachers' salaries should be based on merit, not seniority. This dream can become reality if we work to make it happen! — Shay Riley, editor of Booker Rising 

VIDEO: Maryland Republican candidate sings ‘Dixie’ as his ‘national anthem’

This blog has repeatedly drawn attention to Neo-Confederate influences in the grassroots Conservative movement, so it was no surprise to hear that "bible believing" Maryland Conservatives elected a Neo-Confederate sympathizer to represent them on the Anne Arundel County Council. Yeah, you heard it right, a Neo-Confederate sympathizer. And they wonder why people call conservatives "racist'.

 It's time for true (not pseudo) Conservatives to to expose and expunge these influences from our midst.  Why is this guy not kicked out of the Maryland Republican Party? Why would the State party tolerate this nonsense?

According to a Wikipedia entry:

In February 2014, Peroutka switched his voter registration from Constitution Party to Republican and filed to run for a seat on the Anne Arundel County Council as well as a seat on the county's Republican Central Committee.[22] Peroutka won the seat on the Central Committee and is now an official representative of the Republican Party in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Peroutka also won the primary election for county council on June 24th, defeating a number of other Republican candidates, including the incumbent councilman, Republican Dick Ladd. He won by 38 votes over Maureen Carr-York to become the Republican nominee in the November 2014 general election.[23]

History of Dixie (song)

Beginning in the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s, African Americans have frequently challenged "Dixie" as a racist relic of the Confederacy and a reminder of decades of white domination and segregation. These feelings were amplified when white opponents to civil rights began answering songs such as "We Shall Overcome" with the unofficial Confederate anthem.

From Raw Story:

Video has surfaced of a Maryland Republican nominee for Anne Arundel County Council singing “Dixie” as the national anthem at a secession conference in Alabama.

Over the weekend, Grove City College psychology professor and blogger Warren Throckmorton uncovered video of Michael Peroutka speaking to the 2012 League of the South national conference in Wallsboro, Alabama.
Peroutka generated controversy after winning the GOP nomination because he believes that the current U.S. and state governments are no longer valid, and should be destroyed by secession or other means.
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About the League of the South
The League of the South describes itself as a Southern nationalist organization, headquartered in Killen, Alabama, which states that its ultimate goal is "a free and independent Southern republic."[1] The group defines the Southern United States as the states that made up the former Confederacy.[2] It claims to be also a religious and social movement, advocating a return to a more traditionally conservativeChristian-oriented Southern culture. It advocates a "natural societal order of superiors and subordinates", using as an example, "Christ is the head of His Church; husbands are the heads of their families; parents are placed over their children; employers rank above their employees; the teacher is superior to his students, etc."[3] The organization has ties to the Italian separatist political group Lega Nord.[4]
The League of the South is considered by many observers to be a white supremacist and white nationalist organization.[5][6][7][8] The Southern Poverty Law Center has designatedthe League of the South as a Neo-Confederate hate group.[9] The League boasted in a video made at its 2012 national convention about the fact that the SPLC described it as a hate group
Source: Wikipedia

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Obama Administration Knew About VA Problems Since 2008

From DCPundit

REUTERS/Larry Downing 

As of this summer, in an internal audit of the United States Veterans Health Administration, it was discovered that over 120,000 veterans faced extreme wait times if they were ever seen at all, along with a whopping 40 who died in Phoenix, Arizona facilities alone. A $1 milion Justice Department criminal investigation has been approved by the House of Representatives of the VA, which is mandated with providing health care for around 4 million veterans among its 1,700 facilities.

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John McWhorter -Three Little Bops The lost world of popular jazz.

John McWhorters' book review of Marc Myers' "Why Jazz Happened" 

In 1957, a Looney Tune cartoon called "Three Little Bops" recast the Three Little Pigs tale in jazz, with the pigs as a beret-wearing trio of jazzmen and the wolf as an interloping trumpeter trying to sit in despite his lack of talent. The entire seven minutes is set to a jazz beat, narrated in song, hipster-style. Amidst the snazzy novelty of the short, something stands out, albeit in the background: in the clubs that the pigs play in, the patrons are not countercultural beatniks but smartly dressed white people, of the same kind who had been depicted dining and dancing at nightclubs in musical films of recent decades.

One might wonder: if the cartoon was reflecting any kind of social reality, just who were those people supposed to be? It's one thing to see them attending a midcult club like Ricky Ricardo's Tropicana on I Love Lucy in the same era—but out listening to serious jazz?

Marc Myers' Why Jazz Happened sheds light on a question like that, seeking to show how jazz has adapted to popular tastes to survive.

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Why Republican Minority Outreach Will Not Be Easy

“White Democrats will desert their party in droves the minute it becomes a black party.” Kevin Phillips, author of The Emerging Republican Majorityin 1968

Republicans are realizing that a willingness to be [mostly] polite to black people is insufficient to widen the party’s appeal. Becoming a real national party again will require us to address some painful challenges that will cross deeply felt boundaries of culture and habit. It’s not going to be easy, but we have little choice.
First, we must recognize the awkward relationship between the libertarianism the party has embraced since the ‘60’s and the legacy of segregationThe Civil Rights Movement taught Americans that government is not the only force that can infringe on personal liberty and economic freedom. We need a freedom agenda that absorbs those painful lessons and more reliably protects the vulnerable.
Second, a humbler, less hysterical tone would help a lot. There has been too little tolerance for straight talk on minority issues and too much tolerance for race-baiting rhetoric. A thicker skin and more sensitive ears would serve us well.
Only when we’ve made progress on those two issues can we hope to deal with our third and most critical challenge – to engage minority audiences in forums that allow us to listen as much as we speak. These are the interactions that will, over time, open doors and produce the policy changes that can dampen resentments among blacks and Hispanics and restore our relevance in minority communities.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Republican Party of Wisconsin Announces African American Engagement Advisory Council

Image Source: Right Wisconsin 

July 29, 2014 by Wisconsin GOP [Madison, Wis.] – Today, the Republican Party of Wisconsin announced its African American Engagement Advisory Council. The Council is part of a comprehensive, statewide initiative to continue building support in the African American community and to spread the word of the positive reforms in Wisconsin under Governor Scott Walker. The effort is being done in partnership with the Republican National Committee.

 “In addition to the unprecedented investment by the Republican Party of Wisconsin to build support in communities like never before, the Advisory Council will help guide our efforts and spread our positive message across Wisconsin,” said Gerard Randall, Chair of the Republican Party of Wisconsin’s African American Council. “Together, we’ll continue having conversations and building support within our local communities as we move Wisconsin forward under Governor Scott Walker.”

Black GOP staffer fired for Facebook complaint about primary opponent’s ‘white privilege’

The Hartford Courant reported that a Republican consultant was fired Thursday after she complained on Facebook about the “white privilege” of her employer’s opponent.
Regina V. Ross Roundtree had been in the employ of Penny Bacchiochi, a Republican candidate for the Connecticut lieutenant governor, until she wrote on Facebook that the “white privilege” demonstrated by Bacchiochi’s Republican opponent in the primary, Heather Bond Somers, turned off potential voters.
“People think what they think, but help the party out and don’t plaster your complete sense of privilege,” Roundtree wrote in the post, which has since been deleted. “This is an example of what is sometimes phrased as ‘white privilege.’ The way Heather [Bond Somers] talks. The arrogance and belittlement of Penny’s and her family’s feelings or any other person who has experienced racism. Our feelings or the fact that we may say something is an embarrassment to the party.”
When candidate Somers discovered that an operative for her Republican opponent had described her as possessing “white privilege,” she demanded that Bacchiochi disavow the “defamatory comments.

My reply: ...So the headline should read "GOP Staffer Fired for Honesty".  

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dr. Elaina George - The Immigration Problem: What Are The Health Risks?

Dr Elaina George is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Biology. She received her Masters degree in Medical Microbiology from Long Island University, and received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

There are some troubling facts about the wave of immigration through the southern border that are coming to light despite efforts by the government to keep Americans in the dark. Those that have questions have been silenced using the usual tactics of cries of racism, selfishness, and lack of compassion. However, questions need to be asked because the health of Americans is potentially at risk.
 This is what has been said:
 Proponents of immigration have said that the wave of immigration is no different from the past.
  • Historically immigrants that have come to America (e.g., Ellis Island) went through a structured process which allowed them to be checked for communicable diseases. In some cases they were quarantined until they no longer proposed a health threat and in other cases they were sent back to their country.
  • Border patrol agents have confirmed that the immigrants flooding in are not checked for diseases because of the sheer volume and lack of manpower.
This is what has been said:
The children from Central America have the same immunization rate as American children and therefore are not a health risk to Americans.

Micah Edmond, a Black Conservative Candidate, Outlines His [Black] Agenda

Most conservatives are afraid to discuss race on the campaign trail, Micah Edmonds, a Republican running for Virginia's 8th congressional district isn't. He proudly mentions ways to help African-Americans on his website.

Micah at the Alfred Street Baptist Church Street Brother's Keeper event.
I represent a new generation of conservative African Americans who believe it is time to stand up and offer real solutions to attack issues that negatively affect minority communities, especially the African American community. It is tragic that since Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech, so many minorities in America have all but given up on their American Dream. There are real obstacles in our system, that require leadership to make change happen now. 

 A positive trait of the American criminal justice system is ensuring we don’t practice cruel, unusual, or excessive punishment. Unfortunately, we have enacted well-intentioned, mandatory minimum laws that have had a negative effect on the minority community, especially African Americans. These laws have led to a disproportionate number of young African Americans being incarcerated for a decade or more for non-violent minor crimes. In contrast, many convicted of violent crimes are eligible for parole in three years. This is not an efficient or fair use of our judicial system. These laws make it hard, if not impossible, for African Americans to re-enter the economy due to their conviction record, lack of stable employment history, and current skill set.

 I support mandatory minimum reform to address these challenges ravaging the African American community. Unfortunately, mandatory minimum reform alone does not provide solutions for those who have served jail time and are currently looking for a job. For those, I support the bi-partisan Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment (REDEEM) Act, introduced this week by Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senator Cory Booker.

The REDEEM Act encourages states to raise the age of criminal responsibly to 18 years of age; expunge or seal the records of juveniles who commit non-violent crimes before they turn 15; and offer the first broad-based federal path to sealing nonviolent criminal records for adults. It also improves the accuracy of FBI background checks providing increased protection to job applicants and restores access to government benefits for certain low-level drug offenders.

 The economy, and particularly the African American community, needs this bi-partisan legislation. As Senator Paul said, "The biggest impediment to civil rights and employment in our country is a criminal record. Our current system is broken and has trapped tens of thousands of young men and women in a cycle of poverty and incarceration." Real solutions like these give minorities a real second chance to pursue the American Dream and it stimulates our economy.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Rand Paul Stands Out in Courting Black Voters

(via The New York Times)

Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, drew a small crowd Friday at the National Urban League Conference in Cincinnati. CreditTy William Wright for The New York Times

CINCINNATI — After Mitt Romney received just 6 percent of the black vote in 2012, the Republican Party said that it could no longer afford to ignore African-Americans. “We are never going to win over voters who are not asked for their support,” its leaders wrote in a candid election post-mortem.

Nearly two years later, the party is still struggling to connect. There is one black Republican in Congress, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina. Republicans in state legislatures nationwide continue to back bills to require people to have identification to cast a ballot, which black leaders have said amounts to legalized voter suppression.

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Pennsylvania GOP Blast Matt Zencey Over Offensive Article about Black Inclusion Director

‘If this job works out, his next gig will be getting blacks to join the KKK,’  (The headline in an article, dated July 25, 2014, Deputy Opinion Editor Matt Zencey about PA GOP’s new African-American Inclusion Director Ryan Sanders)

HARRISBURG – Today, Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason sent a letter to Pennsylvania Media Group Director of Content Mike Feely regarding the offensive column of Deputy Opinion Editor Matt Zencey. “In an article, dated July 25, 2014, Deputy Opinion Editor Matt Zencey noted the announcement of the PA GOP’s new African-American Inclusion Director Ryan Sanders with the headline, ‘If this job works out, his next gig will be getting blacks to join the KKK,’” the letter states.

 “To create an intentionally and maliciously false and callous link to a racist, domestic terrorist organization is libel and defamation per se and demands an immediate private and public apology to Ryan Sanders, African-Americans, the PA GOP and the tens of thousands of registered Republicans who counted on The Patriot to be better news organization than their actions show. Quite frankly, Mr. Zencey should apologize to all Americans, as his defamatory comments seek to racially polarize this nation.” The full content of the letter, which was also sent to Pennsylvania Media Group publisher Lee Carson and The Patriot-News Opinion Editor John Micek and Deputy Opinion Editor Matt Zencey, is available below.

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My reply: This from a supposed professional journalist? What a disgusting excuse for a human being.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Black Republican History: Reynolds, Grant (1908-2004)

Grant Reynolds & A. Philip RandolphTestifying Before a Senate Committee, 1948
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Grant Reynolds was a civic leader, civil rights activist, World War II chaplain, attorney, and educator. He was best known as a leading force in ending segregation in the United States Armed Forces.

Reynolds was born July 29, 1908 in Key West, Florida to Emma Flowers and Frank Reynolds. In 1934 he attended the Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Missouri, and four years later became the first African American to receive a Bachelor of Divinity degree. In 1938, he became pastor at Mount Zion Congregational Temple in Cleveland, Ohio and was ordained as minister in 1939. In Cleveland, Reynolds served as president of the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

In August of 1941, Reynolds became a United States Army Chaplain, serving at a number of bases in Virginia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Arizona, and California. In early 1944, Reynolds resigned in protest of the brazen racism he had encountered during his time in service.
In 1944 he was appointed New York State Commissioner of Correction and concurrently enrolled in Columbia Law School. In 1946, Reynolds ran against Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. to represent Harlem's 22nd district in Congress.

 Though he won the Republican nomination with the support of singer-actress Etta Moten, pianist Mary Lou Williams, author Zora Neale Hurston, and heavyweight boxing champ Joe Louis, Reynolds was ultimately defeated by Powell in the final election.

Reynolds was appointed Counsel to the Chairman of the Republican National Committee.  Opposing Barry Goldwater's candidacy for president in 1964, Reynolds lost his position as Counsel. 

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♫ Mary J. Blige - A Night to Remember

Sid Salter: Black voter history ignored in GOP Senate race

The historical record shows that Blacks have been involved in Mississippi Republican politics for many years.


From The Clarion-Ledger:

The 2014 Mississippi Republican Senate second primary is far from the first time that black voters have been involved in Republican politics in Mississippi. The historical record on that involvement is documented and fairly rich in detail.

 After the Republican Reconstruction government established in Mississippi in 1865 and led almost exclusively by black public officials was deposed by Mississippi Democrats in the 1875 elections, the GOP fell on hard times. The push was called "the Mississippi Plan" and is defined by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History as: "The Mississippi Plan was devised by Mississippi Democrats to overthrow Republican rule through intimidation, violence, and paramilitary groups. Disturbances occurred throughout the state as Democrats won state elections."

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Harvard Lecture On Libertarianism

A great lecture on Libertarianism given at Harvard University.

What's the difference between Libertarianism and Objectivism?

When is a person actually a libertarian? When is a person actually an Objectivist? How does a libertarian person differ from an Objectivist person?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

City Journal: Detroit’s Message to Investors

There will be blood.

When emergency financial manager Kevyn Orr filed his plans in late February to lift Detroit out of bankruptcy, his proposals drew fire from the municipal-finance industry. Investors, bond insurers, ratings analysts, and industry groups all balked at his terms.

 That’s not surprising, since Orr, a private-sector restructuring expert, has used the Detroit bankruptcy to try to overturn years’ worth of precedent in municipal finance.

Even before Detroit went bankrupt, Orr made it clear that he would attack sacrosanct practices. Last June, he castigated holders of Detroit’s general-obligation bonds—traditionally considered among the safest kinds of municipal borrowing—for investing in the city for a decade, even as it went broke “openly and notoriously,” in his words. Though the usual assumption is that general-obligation bonds have the “full faith and credit” backing of a city or state, Orr said, he would regard Detroit’s bonds as unsecured—and he warned investors that they’d see deep cuts in any structuring plan. “They understood the risk,” he said.

Handcuffed hairbraider sues in federal court for right to teach

What is Gov. Rick Perry going to do about this??

Isis Brantley is a widely recognized expert on African hairbraiding who wants to teach people to braid hair for a living in Dallas. But even with her decades of experience, Texas is telling Isis she must now convert her modest hairbraiding school into a large barber college, and become a state-licensed barber instructor, before she can teach the next generation of African hairbraiders.

When the state of Texas began regulating hairbraiders in 2007, it wedged Texas's hairbraiding license into the state's barbering statute. This means that Isis must spend 2,250 hours in barber school, pass four exams, and spend thousands of dollars on tuition and a fully-equipped barber college she doesn't need, all to teach a 35-hour hairbraiding curriculum. Tellingly, Texas will waive all these regulations if Isis goes to work for an existing barber school and teaches hairbraiding for them.

But braiders aren't barbers, and braiding instructors shouldn't be forced to build barber schools or take classes from barbers.

Ron Christie - How to Really Empower Black Voters Nationwide

How can we be sure to empower black voters some 50 years after the Voting Rights Act?  Ron Christie's take. 
Fifty years after the Freedom Summer, black voters are more powerful than ever. It’s time for both parties to realize this, and start competing for their support in earnest.
For the first time in our history, according to the Census Bureau, blacks are now voting at a higher rate than whites. Roughly two out of three eligible blacks voted in the 2012 election, which is a greater percentage than the number of non-Hispanic whites who turned out to the polls. And while the presence of President Barack Obama on the ballot for re-election almost certainly drove up turnout, blacks are still the only ethnic group to show a significant increase in voting from 2008 to 2012.

Nowhere is this trend more noteworthy than in the South where, as Nate Cohn recently argued in The New York Times, black voters may decide who controls the Senate next year. “If Democrats win the South and hold the Senate,” he wrote, “they will do so because of Southern black voters.”

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