April 1, 2015

These are must reads

Chris Matthews slams GOP strategy for stealing 2016 election (VIDEO)

Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews calls out the GOP Few journalists are willing to succinctly call out the GOP for exactly what they are attempting to do. They are using and creating bad laws to steal elections. There are two specific methods being used. The first is gerrymandering. Gerrymandering is used to pack a few districts with Democrats thus allowing the majority of districts to have a slight to substantial majority of  Republicans. This allows for a Congress where there is a Republican that does not reflect years of Democrats receiving vast majorities of the actual votes. The graphic below illustrates what occurred in Pennsylvania. In 2012 Democrats won thousands more votes than Republicans. Yet Republicans received more than double the amount of representatives in Congress. This has also been replicated in state legislatures. This was the first part of the process. Now that Republicans control most of the legislatures undemocratically, they have allowed them the wherewithal to implement the … [Read more...]

Israeli Election an interesting reflection of and on America (VIDEO)

Benjamin Netanyahu Bibi Israeli Election

Lessons from the Israeli Election are stark Benjamin Netanyahu won an election very few expected him to win. Tactics he used should open the eyes of many as Israel is upheld as the model democracy in the Middle East. Jon Stewart did a masterful job in inferring a very bad lesson that was likely learned by some on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's big win. His satire hit a nerve because he effectively noted that Netanyahu one upped America’s own racist politics. Unfortunately what Netanyahu did to win was being telegraphed throughout Election Day for Right Wing politicians in the US and throughout the world to see. The US news media played up Benjamin Netanyahu's win as if he was running against Obama. "Last night Benjamin Netanyahu apparently defeated Barack Obama and the Palestinians,” Jon Stewart said. "Finally Republicans found a Conservative that could defeat Obama." Stewart mocked all the news channels that were hyperventilating because President Obama 'had not conceded' or called Netanyahu … [Read more...]

Workers awakening in Texas – United Steelworkers rally at Shell and LyondellBasell Houston HQ (VIDEO)

United Steelworkers

United Steelworkers rally for refinery safety Texas refinery workers along with refinery workers throughout the country are striking against several refinery operators including Shell, LyondellBasell, and Motiva Enterprises. They intend to keep the strike going until their demands are satisfied. On March 5th, 2015 the United Steelworkers Texas refinery workers had a very large protest with north of 500 workers participating. They rallied in front of both the Shell and LyondellBasell headquarters in Houston Texas. They were very well organized. All the workers present were knowledgeable on the issues they were fighting for. The President of United Steelworkers Local 13-1 Lee Medley said that this action is not about money. "This is about safety," Lee Medley said. "It's about people being qualified and trained at these refineries. It's about working long hours and people getting on the roads and putting other folks in danger. ... We have good jobs. We want to come home from these jobs safely though. … [Read more...]

CAUGHT ON VIDEO: University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chanting ‘Never be a n****r’ (VIDEO)

CAUGHT ON VIDEO: University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chanting 'Never be a n****r' (VIDEO)

University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members' racist chants   No one really knows what goes on behind closed doors. We can infer but we are never sure until some brave soul on the inside reveals occurrences like the above. So is the case with the University of Oklahoma's chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. A video appeared on twitter that shows members singing a rather racially insensitive if not racist rants that take us back to the pre-Civil Rights days. The fraternity clapped and chanted “There will never be a n****r at SAE. You can hang them from a tree but they will never sign with me.” Following is the twitter press release from OU_Unheard on the incident. #NeverBeANiggerInSAE #WakeUpandHearMe @OU_Unheard pic.twitter.com/frnrCT07cZ — Meagan Johnson (@Meggie_Jay) March 9, 2015 Unheard is an alliance of Black students organized for change within campus administration and atmosphere. Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s national headquarters released the … [Read more...]

Chuck Todd comes clean on Obamacare and exposes failed Republican governance (VIDEO)

Chuck Todd comes clean on Obamacare and exposes failed Republican governance

Obamacare truths. It's about time Chuck Todd Chuck Todd and Meet The Press finally came clean on Obamacare albeit less stinging to Republican failures as it should have been. He started the piece noting that the Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell, could severely damage the law. Last week I wrote the piece "Stop rewarding Obamacare political malpractice by ensuring this truth is widely disseminated" where I said the following. The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was in Washington recently. Virtually every potential candidate spoke out against Obamacare. Ted Cruz called it a train wreck. Maybe he was thinking about the healthcare train wreck in Texas. After-all, by refusing to take back $100 billion dollars in Texas taxpayer dollars from the federal government in the form of the Medicaid Expansion to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), over one million Texans remain uninsured. This political malpractice will kill millions of Texans. The traditional mainstream media simply … [Read more...]

They only call it Class Warfare when we fight back

Class Warfare

When is Class Warfare really Class Warfare? David Cobb, one of the Board Members of Move To Amend that I serve with, sent me the article “Study Busts Myth Corporations use to Justify Skyrocketing CEO Pay” posted on the NationofChange website. To say it got my blood boiling inasmuch as I pretty much presumed the information would be a mild description of my emotional state after reading and digesting the article and its corroborating information. There are two premises to the article that I want to put in context. Executive pay has increased 725% over the last 30 years while worker pay has remained essentially flat. The second statement is that companies have been escalating executive pay because absent this these executives would go elsewhere. I want to debunk the 2nd argument first. The article references the New York Times article “C.E.O.’s and the Pay-’Em-or-Lose-’Em Myth” that pretty much debunks it. That said common sense alone should have sufficed. There are thousands of MBAs leaving … [Read more...]

T-Dubb-O – The type of activist we need from the Urban to the Appalachian (VIDEO)

T-Dubb-O is an activist we should clone throughout America

T-Dubb-O's brand of activism is what many communities need His statement at the end must be listened to I am not into rap or hip-hop. I love Salsa, Reggae, Pop, and R&B. It stands to reason why I am not aware of many of the hip-hop stars let alone hip-hop stars in the underground that are really popular not only in America but throughout the world. Then I saw T-Dubb-O on Ed Schultz MSNBC show. He recounted a story many of us are aware of detailing his encounter with the police in St. Louis Missouri. As he told his story I saw a dedicated political rapper, activist, and intellect all wrapped up in a very young man. I made arrangements to interview him on my show Politics Done Right. Even though he was in Washington DC at the White House meeting the President on the same day, he kept his promise and did the interview with me. Ed Schultz brought T-Dubb-O to his show once more. He wanted to discuss the impact of the release of Attorney General Eric Holder's  Justice Department report on the … [Read more...]

This is why Democrats will lose 2016 if they do not move left. Period.

Democrats 2016

 Unless Hillary Clinton moves left she will not win This morning I read The Hill article "Centrist Dems ready strike against Warren wing" and almost pulled out all the hair I do not have on my head. Rather than pulling skin till it bled, I decided to write this piece instead of the piece I really wanted to write this morning. I will do that later. The Hill piece starts as follows. Centrist Democrats are gathering their forces to fight back against the “Elizabeth Warren wing” of their party, fearing a sharp turn to the left could prove disastrous in the 2016 elections. It is as if they believe that the Democratic Party's sharp turn to the right was a centrist move. The reason many Liberals and Progressives have been clamoring for Elizabeth Warren is because of her populist economic message. After being screwed by Wall Street and government policies that allowed them to rip us all off, Progressives and Liberals know it is a message they can sell to Americans, a message that engages Americans. It is … [Read more...]

Reagan adviser on Tea Party Republicans – ‘They are really rather stupid and not very well read’ (VIDEO)

bruce Bartlett

Bruce Bartlett was President Ronald Reagan's Political Adviser Last week at CPAC potential Republican candidates were invoking President Ronald Reagan ad-nauseam.  Ed Schultz asked Bruce Bartlett, former adviser to President Ronald Reagan, how would Reagan have been treated at CPAC. "I think he probably would be booed out of the crowd," Bruce Bartlett said. "If only because he gave amnesty to illegal aliens back in 1986. Nativists like Representative Steve King routinely denounce Reagan for that. They would have denounced him for raising taxes eleven times. They would be  have denounced him for raising the debt limit. They would have denounced him for running budget deficits. They would have denounced him for supporting labor unions. ... And we are not even getting into all the Liberal things that he did as governor such as signing the most Liberal abortion law in the United States. I think this guy definitely would not be a favorite of this crowed. Ed Schultz then asked if it is that Conservatives … [Read more...]

Stop rewarding Obamacare political malpractice by ensuring this truth is widely disseminated

Gallup Uninsured Rates by State 2014

Lies by politicians have consequences on citizens. A free press is the entity whose proper function serves as a backstop to lying politicians. When a free press fails in its duties citizens are hurt. That is the case becoming more evident with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Gallup released a new study that is amazing. Two states that had the biggest drop in the uninsured rates of its citizens were Red States. Which Red States? Arkansas and Kentucky. Between 2013 and 2014 the uninsured rate in Arkansas fell by more than 11%. The uninsured rate in Kentucky fell by more than 10%. These two states are two of the poorest states in the country. They both had Democratic governors that accepted the Medicaid Expansion to Obamacare. The following table is rather revealing. The states with the largest decline in the uninsured are the ones that accepted the Medicaid Expansion to Obamacare. The state that claims itself as an economic miracle is dead last in securing healthcare insurance for … [Read more...]