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Obama To Prospective Donors: “…Romney Campaign Is Outraising Us”

In an attempt to get his prospective donors “fired up,” President Obama blasted an email to the masses of people subscribed to his website, challenging supporters about Romney’s campaign “outraising” his campaign. He specifically discussed the shortage of advertisement in Iowa stating, “You don’t need me to tell you that the Romney campaign is outraising us — that billionaire ideologues ... Read More »

Romney To Tax Critics: “I Don’t Want People To Know How Much I Tithe”

Mitt Romney Refuses To Discusses Reluctance To Release Tax Returns In a desperate attempt to deter the discussion about his tax returns, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, attributes his reluctance to disclosing his tax returns to not wanting people to know how much money he and his wife tithe to the Mormon church. In an interview with Parade Magazine, scheduled to be pulished on Sunday, Romney said his church “ doesn’t publish how much people have given .” Romney  further explained stating, “ This is done entirely privately. One of the downsides of releasing one’s financial information is that this is now all public, but we had never intended to our contributions to be known .” Romney said his contributions to his church are “ a very personal thing between ourselves and our commitment to our God and to our church .” Romney has failed to previously mention his reluctance to reveal charitable donations as a reason for keeping his taxes private. His wife, Ann Romney, accompanied her husband for the interview, said tithing makes her emotional. “ When Mitt and I give that check I actually cry ,” she said.   Read More »

Rep. Charlie Rangel: Biden Made a Stupid Reference to Slavery Because He Thought it Was Cute

Most elected Democrats have been at least somewhat supportive of Vice President Biden’s controversial remark about Republicans wanting to  put black  people back in chains, but it now looks as if that trend is over.  At a campaign rally in Virginia, Biden said “Look at their budget, and what they are proposing,” continuing, “Romney wants to let–he said in the first hundred days, he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street.” Biden then paused, and said, “they going to put y’all back in chains.” Rev. Al Sharpton was only mildly critical, saying “I think it was, I think he used the wrong term, I think he might have been over the top. But what, hateful? If he was referring to the middle class, even in front of a black audience, I don’t know how you make that hateful.” Newark Mayor Cory Booker blamed the media, saying “this is really what I recoil about in where our politics is getting now……..and is being fueled by Super PAC money, is being fueled by a media that becomes obsessed with sound bites rather than substance. Every single week now, from both sides, we seem to be running on ten-second clips of sound bites and ignoring substance. Please, I beg America, listen to the whole speech by the Vice President. Don’t let the sound bites that the media is presenting to you affect your mind. Listen to the whole speech. This was a substantive speech about how we’re going to reform Wall street, about how we’re going to protect consumers, about how we’re going to stop the over-leveraging of banks, about how we’re going to create a consumer bill of rights, a credit card bill of rights and how we’re go against predatory lending. All of that is the substantive things that my majority black city in Newark is concerned with. These are the real substantive issues that the media and that the sound bite politics is distracting us from.” Now Congressman Rangel has joined the chorus,offering some of the most severe criticism to date. “The Vice President said he’s going to put “y’all in chains,” Rangel said in a radio interview. “Was he talking about slavery? You bet your ass he was. Was he using the vernacular? Yes, he was. Did he think it was cute? Yes, he did. Was it something stupid to say? You bet your life it was stupid.” “It was something that if a black had said it, we would have been laughing, because we would know deep down, they may be beating the hell out of us but they ain’t thinking about putting us into any chains,” Rangel continued. Whether you agree with Rangel or not, it’s good to know that he still speaks his mind.   Read More »

Does the Rest of the Diaspora Think We are “Plantation Negroes” Without Critical Thinking Skills?

by Yvette Carnell As African- Americans, it’s easy for us to think that black people scattered across the diaspora share our outlook. I mean, we’re all black right? So shouldn’t it follow that the views of the black diaspora outside of America should somewhat align with that of African Americans? Don’t Nigerians, Jamaicans, and black Brits support President  Obama? Cheer on his symbolic victories?  Sadly, that notion couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, many people of African descent view African-Americans, and their first *black* president, as either paid stooges,or people too obtuse to think critically about policies which impact black people globally. This from the  Afrospear   blog: As I discussed in my previous post: “ African American Arrogance “, those of us of African descent outside of the USA are painfully well aware that “Black Americans are still Americans”. Most embody the American imperialistic worldview and display their American arrogance in their dealings with other people of color. It is therefore no surprise that African Americans make up a significant portion of the US armed forces and have no problem doing their patriotic duty by invading and killing other Black and Brown people for the glory of American Corporate Imperialism. In fact, the first commander of  AFRICOM , created by President George W. Bush on the recommendation of then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, to militarily recolonize Africa for American interests, was an African American,  General William E. “Kip” Ward .  What black Americans don’t seem to grasp is that what’s best for America isn’t usually what’s best for the African diaspora. As the author makes abundantly clear, most African-Americans aren’t thinking geopolitically, and can’t think outside of their blind adoration for Obama. Anyway, check out the entire article . It’s good to listen to voices of people outside the American echo chamber. Read More »

Fox News to Black Leaders: $315 Shoes Are the Least of Your Problems [Video]

Fox News does the bidding of corporations, and corporations, like Nike, would love nothing more than for black Lebron James fans to shell out $315 dollars for new Lebron X shoes. Hence, it wasn’t a surprise to anyone that Fox lambasted black leaders for being critical of the shoe’s price tag. Fox & Friends  host Steve Doocy used the controversy over the $315 shoes to launch a discussion on the depraved culture of African-American youth. Mind you, the  Fox & Friends  cast hasn’t engaged in any substantive conversation on white cultural dysfunction, such as the dysfunction that led white supremacist Wade Page to murder worshipers at a Wisconsin Sikh Temple. But Doocy had no problem asking his guest,  Wall Street Journal  columnist Jason Riley, whether the Urban League’s opposition to this shoe’s price tag is indicative of cultural problems within the black community that black leaders are unwilling to confront. Riley answered, “When you look at some of the real problems facing black America – 14.4 percent unemployment, 6 points higher than the national average. Kids are heading back to school. Back kids, disproportionately, are heading back to the worst schools, the most violent schools with the worst performing teachers. And this is what the national urban league wants to talk about? The price of sneakers? Doesn’t make a lot of sense.” Riley is black, so as a black man, he should know that black people, including black leaders, can chew gum and walk at the same time. It is possible for black people to criticize the high cost of the shoes while simultaneously taking steps to address high unemployment, and other ills that disproportionately impact the black community. “This is about a culture that puts ‘bling,’ puts conspicuous consumption ahead of industry and thrift,” Riley continued. “Blaming corporate America is not going to fix that problem.” Funny how, during conversation about materialism and bling, no one ever injects into the conversation Wall Street boys who sport luxury cars up and down the streets of the financial district in NYC. Materialism is an American cultural phenomenon, and it was learned from those at the top. It does more damage to black because blacks have less, and are disproportionately impacted by structural racism. But it is remarkably stupid for Mr. Riley to imply that materialism is a black problem. Then again, that’s the job of Fox stooges, I guess.   Read More »

Texas Judge Preparing For Civil War if Obama Reelected

Whenever right wingers discuss the Civil War, one of the first points made is that the war wasn’t over slavery, but states’ rights. And whenever conservatives discuss their party’s resistance to the Civil Rights Act, they say that although they believed in the bill in principle, it was unconstitutional. There’s always an excuse for being on the wrong side of history. Truth be told, a person can convince him or herself of anything. President Obama is a moderate politician, but if you need a reason to hate him, just apply labels that don’t fit, like socialist and radical. That’s what people are doing now, and that’s the rationale they’re giving themselves for recoiling against Obama and his policies. One Texas judge has even gone so far as to say that a civil war is possible if Obama is reelected. CBS reporting: Lubbock County  Judge Tom Head  is convinced that Mr. Obama winning  a second term would lead to a revolt by the American people and he’s is pushing a tax increase for the district attorney’s office and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office. He says the money is needed to “beef up” it’s resources in case President Obama wins the November election. But why would the American people revolt against a man that they’ve just elected to become president? What Judge Head really means to say is that folks like him will be pissed if they lose to Democrats, and they’re not planning to take it like adults, and respect the will of the people. It seems that conservatives only accept the will of the people when it reflects their values, otherwise they’re more than happy to just tear the country apart. Judge Head is right about the need for more security if Obama wins though. The President, if reelected, will surely need a few more Secret Service agents to protect himself from this sort of lunacy.   Read More »

Listen to the President of Ireland Make a Fool of This Tea Partier

by Yvette Carnell This exchange, from 2010, is of Ireland’s President, Michael D Higgins, taking apart Tea Party loving radio host Michael Graham. What Higgins makes  apparent is what most people already know; the current incarnation of the Tea Party is actually antithetical to American values. The idea that hard working Americans should be without health care isn’t American, it’s Ayn Randian. What is sad is that Higgins knows more about Americanism than do most Tea Party devotees, which mostly demonstrates the power of propaganda in this country. Case and point, in 2002, according to Gallup,  around 62 percent of Americans believed that it was the responsibility of  government to ensure that Americans had health care coverage. That number has plummeted over the past decade, and not because of any new information, but because the right wing has been successful at convincing the American people that universal health care is socialist and, therefore, anti-American. Remarkable really, that the insurance lobby, and other  people with more money than they know what to do with, could convince poor and middle class people that they’re not entitled to health care, or that their government, the richest gov’t in the world as luck would have it, has no role in ensuring that they receive health care. Anyway, America would probably be better off if we had more people like Higgins,who are willing to call out than Tea Party, as opposed to mainstream Democrats, who prefer to cow tow with them. Read More »

Court Rules State of Texas Can Deny Planned Parenthood Funds

Texas officials intend to deny Planned Parenthood funds based on a ruling, by a federal court, that says that they can ban clinics that perform abortions from receiving funds from a health program. The health program is intended for women with low incomes. Until Tuesday, there was a temporary injunction that allowed Planned Parenthood to receive the funding while awaiting trial in October. Planned Parenthood challenged the law that said that clinics that perform abortions could not receive the funding for low income women. On Tuesday, the injunction was reversed by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, cutting off Planned Parenthood’s funding. Some of the women who receive care at Planned Parenthood do not get abortions, but instead get other services such as cancer screenings. Planned Parenthood is estimated to give services, other than abortions, to approximately 65,000 low income Texas women who are enrolled in the program. The program was designed to give access to low income women to services that they may otherwise not get because they may not qualify for Medicaid. Because of the decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Texas can now ban Planned Parenthood from receiving funds to provide the services to the low income women. Stephanie Goodman, a spokeswoman for the state Health and Human Services Commission, issued a statement, saying, “We appreciate the court’s ruling and will move to enforce state law banning abortion providers and affiliates from the Women’s Health Program as quickly as possible.” The court ruling is part of the ongoing opposition that the state of Texas has against the federal government which is now starting to phase out support for the state of Texas’   funding for 90 percent of the Women’s Health Program. Gov. Rick Perry has confidence that Texas will be able to fund and keep the program going without Planned Parenthood’s involvement and without federal funds. Perry made a statement calling Tuesday’s ruling “a win for Texas women, our rule of law and our state’s priority to protect life.” Said Perry, “Texas will continue providing important health services for women through this program in spite of the Obama Administration’s disregard for our state law and unilateral decision to defund this program.” Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund is disappointed about the loss of funding, saying, “[The case] has never been about Planned Parenthood – it’s about the women who rely on Planned Parenthood for cancer screenings, birth control and well-woman exams…It is shocking that politics would get in the way of women receiving access to basic health care.” The case started with Planned Parenthood suing, citing infringement on its rights to free speech by the state of  Texas because of the new law. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott responded by stating that lawmakers can decide which organizations receive state funds. A federal judge in Austin ruled that the funding should continue while awaiting trial on Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit, saying there’s enough evidence that Planned Parenthood had a solid case to prove that the law was unconstitutional. The ruling, on Tuesday, is a great disappointment to Planned Parenthood. Read More »

Cook County Board President: Ronald Reagan Deserves “A Special Place In Hell” For Drug Policies

Toni Preckwinkle, President of Cook County Board, the second-most populous county in the nation, shocked audience members at a conference in Champaign, Ill. when she stated the late President Ronald Reagan deserves " a special place in hell " for his drug policy and the " war on drugs " that followed his policies. She later described her statement as inflammatory, but refuses to change her position on the discussion. " If I had it to do over again, I certainly wouldn't say anything quite so inflammatory. But my position basically remains the same ," she told local news reporters. This was not Preckwinkle's first time criticizing the U.S. drug policy. Last year at a rally she said the United States' war on drugs " has failed " in its aim to dwindle drug use and has, instead, resulted in mass incarceration. She also said the war on drugs comes " at a tremendous social and economic cost to all of us. The cost is too great to continue fighting this war on drugs with so little success ." Is Preckwinkle saying what most African Americans believe? I believe she is. My father, Mario Lloyd, is a prime example of the result of Reagan's drug policies. He was sentenced to 15-life sentences in the late 80's as a first-time offender of a non-violent crime in Chicago, Ill.  Since Preckwinkle can't say it, I will. Reagan deserves a special place in hell. The post Cook County Board President: Ronald Reagan Deserves “A Special Place In Hell” For Drug Policies appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

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