August 22, 2014

These are must reads

President Obama delivers a statement on the beheading murder of journalist James Foley

President Obama

President Obama addresses the murder of James Foley President Obama addressed the beheading murder of journalist James Foley. The President made it clear that he will do all that is necessary to protect Americans. Statement by the President The Edgartown School, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, 12:52 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL. Jim was a journalist, a son, a brother, and a friend.  He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away.  He was taken hostage nearly two years ago in Syria, and he was courageously reporting at the time on the conflict there. Jim was taken from us in an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world.  He was 40 years old -- one of five siblings, the son of a mom and dad who worked tirelessly for his release.  Earlier today, I spoke to the Foleys and told them that we are … [Read more...]

Hillary Clinton can only win with the Obama coalition Rand Paul is now courting

Hillary Clinton vs Rand Paul

  Events follow the norm until they don’t. Democrats can continue to disregard Rand Paul at their peril. When Rand Paul begins to sound like Liberal Detroit activist Maureen Taylor, Democrats must take heed. Rand Paul wrote a Time op-ed titled “We Must Demilitarize the Police.” He wrote, When you couple this militarization of law enforcement with an erosion of civil liberties and due process that allows the police to become judge and jury—national security letters, no-knock searches, broad general warrants, pre-conviction forfeiture—we begin to have a very serious problem on our hands. Given these developments, it is almost impossible for many Americans not to feel like their government is targeting them. Given the racial disparities in our criminal justice system, it is impossible for African-Americans not to feel like their government is particularly targeting them. This is part of the anguish we are seeing in the tragic events outside of St. Louis, Missouri. It is what the citizens of Ferguson feel … [Read more...]

President Obama Weekly Address: Everyone Should Be Able to Afford Higher Education

Obama student loan

Obama: We only finish paying off our student loans only 10 years ago. WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, with schools getting ready to open their doors again over the next few weeks, the President talked directly to students and parents about the importance of preparing for an education beyond high school. In today’s economy, some higher education continues to be the surest ticket to the middle class, but for too many families across the country, paying for higher education is a constant struggle. The President and First Lady know this first hand – they only finished paying off their student loans ten years ago – and that’s why they have made it a priority to help make college more affordable for families. They have taken action to reform student loans, expand grants and college tax credits, help make loan payments more manageable, and have proposed plans to make sure colleges also do their part to bring down costs. And just this week, as part of the President’s Year of Action, the administration … [Read more...]

Melissa Harris-Perry poignant enlightening of police inhumanness toward black men

Black Life, Black men

Melissa Harris-Perry perfect narration of the disrespect of the humanity of black men Melissa Harris-Perry provides a representative list of unarmed black men gunned down by white police officers. She then puts the narrative in the context of the outcome of a long ago not forgotten Supreme Court case. The words are searing. Her delivery makes it that more poignant. ‘No rights which the white man was bound to respect’ by Melissa Harris-Perry In the past decade alone: January 24, 2004. Timothy Stansbury. Brooklyn, New York. Unarmed. November 25, 2006.Sean Bell. Queens, New York. Unarmed. January 1, 2009. Oscar Grant. Oakland, California. Unarmed. January 29, 2010. Aaron Campbell. Portland, Oregon. Unarmed. July 18, 2011. Alonzo Ashley. Denver, Colorado. Unarmed. March 7, 2012. Wendell Allen. New Orleans, Louisiana. Unarmed. September 14, 2013. Jonathan Ferrell. Charlotte, North Carolina. Unarmed. July 17, 2014. Eric Garner, Staten Island, New York. Unarmed. August 9, 2014. … [Read more...]

“I’ll vote for Jesus” A message that everyone must read

Charlotte Vaughan Coyle ,Christian

I met Charlotte Vaughan Coyle at the Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas earlier this summer. I was in the hotel’s Starbuck’s coffee shop. Charlotte was sitting in the chair next to me. We started some small talk that evolved into the politics of the day. I abruptly stopped the conversation because I wanted to get her perspective on video. You see, in today’s America, I have found that many Christians have become some of the least compassionate and the most insensitive human beings. Charlotte Vaughan Coyle is not only a Christian, she is an ordained minister. This is what she had to say then. Charlotte Vaughan Coyle is also a writer with great perspective. I had mentioned to her that if she had any essays she wanted to get out, I would be more than happy to post it at my site. After-all, her voice needed to be heard. I received an email from Charlotte today with one that needs to be read. Please read it and share it throughout your Facebook, Twitter, and whatever other social media you use as her … [Read more...]

Rand Paul speaks to what many Democrats fear saying

Rand Paul Democrats

Rand Paul may peel Democrats tire of inaction on core issues It is true that Rand Paul has a past civil rights problem. It is true that Rand Paul’s team has had white supremacists on his team. But the reality is that Rand Paul could actually get elected President of the United States. When I wrote the piece “Don’t laugh but Rand Paul could be our next president” many sneered and said that belief was naïve. Rand Paul does not need to blow up the Obama coalition to win. He simply needs to skim the fat. His little excursions into the liberal base can do just that. His base is much more committed to winning and voting than our base. The Florida-13 election was probative. It would be irresponsible if liberals do not start taking serious steps now to be inoculated on the populous flank. This will help not only in the presidential race but in every district. The biggest fear is that if there is a coronation of a select few, many potential candidates remain undeveloped. Worse is the inability to recover … [Read more...]

Darren Wilson is Ferguson, MO police officer that killed Michael Brown

Darren Wilson murdered Michael Brown

Darren Wilson killed unarmed teen Michael Brown Darren Wilson is Ferguson, MO police officer that killed Michael Brown. CBSNews reports that The police officer who fatally shot unarmed teen Michael Brown, prompting days of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and rallies nationwide, has been identified as Darren Wilson. Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson made the announcement Friday morning, having previously refused citing concerns over the officer's safety. Jackson said that Wilson had been an officer in the force for six years and no disciplinary action was taken against him. Wilson was treated for injuries after the shooting, Jackson said. During the press conference Ferguson Chief of Police said that Officer Darren Wilson was received a call of a man that stole cigars from a convenient store. Since the Chief did not answer any questions no one was able to query whether Officer Darren Wilson considered Michael Brown a suspect. It was evident in the interview that the Chief was uncomfortable as he … [Read more...]

Police attack peaceful protesters of Michael Brown’s killing yet silent for armed militia (VIDEO)

Michael Brown protesters

Police fire rubber bullets and tear gas at peaceful protesters of Michael Brown's killing Unarmed 18 year old Michael Brown was executed with multiple gunshots by Ferguson, Missouri police. Michael Brown and a friend were walking down a street. They were confronted by police for walking in the street. Dorian Johnson, 22, told CNN that he and Brown were walking in the middle of the street when a white male officer pulled up and told them, "Get the f*** on the sidewalk." The young men replied that they were "not but a minute away from our destination, and we would shortly be out of the street," Johnson said. The officer drove forward but stopped and backed up, almost hitting the pair, Johnson said. "We were so close, almost inches away, that when he tried to open his door aggressively, the door ricocheted both off me and Big Mike's body and closed back on the officer," Johnson said. Still in his car, the officer then grabbed Brown by his neck, Johnson said. Brown tried to pull away, but the officer … [Read more...]

Hillary Clinton backtracks but her interview in the Atlantic could be fatal to her chances for the presidency

Hillary Clinton Elizabeth Warren

Hillary Clinton took a swipe at President Obama on the specific issue he got elected on and she lost on. Yet, like some people who refuse to accept reality, she believes that kicking the President at a low point in his polls would somehow vindicate her biggest political blunder. Instead of accepting neocon type policies as proven failures, she seem to believe the current state in Syria and Iraq somehow vindicates her. In yesterday’s post titled “Obama slams reporter’s Right Wing adopted talking point as bogus and wrong,” Hillary Clinton was quoted from the Atlantic jabbing the President. This is what Clinton said about Obama’s slogan: “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.” She softened the blow by noting that Obama was “trying to communicate to the American people that he’s not going to do something crazy,” but she repeatedly suggested that the U.S. sometimes appears to be withdrawing from the world stage. Maybe Hillary Clinton does not … [Read more...]

Obama slams reporter’s Right Wing adopted talking point as bogus and wrong

President Obama on Iraq

President Obama shows the ineptitude of a gullible press articulating Right Wing Iraq talking points. They are 'bogus and wrong'. It is open season on President Obama. He is a weak president. He is too cautious they say. Even Hillary Clinton has jumped on the band wagon. Hillary Clinton seems to be using the international unrest to criticize the President’s policies. She told The Atlantic the following. “The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad—there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle—the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled,” Clinton said. … This is what Clinton said about Obama’s slogan: “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.” Of course she is wrong. It is a continuum of doing stupid stuff and being presumptuous internationally that has cost us thousands of lives, cost hundreds … [Read more...]