RSS

Monthly Archives: August 2016

Black Voter Suppression Law in North Carolina Tossed By Supreme Court

Thank you Justice Scalia for dying. At least if not soon enough, at least in my lifetime.

Image result for voter suppression

Supreme Court Denies North Carolina’s Plea To Restore Swath Of Voting Restrictions

The state won’t be able to enforce them come Election Day.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a last-ditch request from North Carolina to reinstate a controversial set of voting restrictions that would have taken effect in the lead-up to the November election.

In a one-sentence order that did not include any reasoning, the high court declined the state’s petition, which sought to put on hold a July ruling that found the voting law discriminated against African-Americans and compared it to a relic of the Jim Crow era.

The state failed to convince at least five justices that three provisions of the contested law ― its voter ID requirement, cutbacks to early voting and elimination of pre-registration for certain under-18 voters ― were worth putting back on the books. The state had argued the measures were necessary to avoid “confusion” that might keep people away from the polls.

But three justices ― Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito ― did note that they would’ve granted the state’s request, at least with respect to voter ID and early voting. Justice Clarence Thomas, for his part, would’ve granted North Carolina’s petition in full.

In essence, this means the Supreme Court voted 4-to-4 in the dispute, with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan swinging against the state. A ninth conservative member in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia might have given North Carolina a key victory.

In legal filings, Civil rights groups had countered that the state’s own prior assurances in court plus “on-the-ground activity” by election officials ― including preparations at the county level to comply with the July ruling ― flew in the face of the state’s insistence that there was not enough time to get things in order for Election Day.Image result for voter suppression

“Now, almost a month after the Fourth Circuit’s ruling, State and local elections officials have taken nearly all of the steps to comply with that ruling,” the voting rights groups said in a brief opposing North Carolina’s request.

The Obama administration, which in 2013 suffered a big loss when the Supreme Court did away with a key section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, filed its own brief urging the justices to deny the state’s plea, and to not read too much into arguments in favor of a law that was properly found to be discriminatory.

The Supreme Court’s move is a significant setback for Gov. Pat McCrory (R), who had defended the law’s voter ID requirement as “common sense” and vowed to seek emergency relief from the high court soon after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit struck it down.

But McCrory didn’t follow through on his promise: It took the state 17 days to ask the Supreme Court to inspect the ruling ― a delay that may have played a role in the court’s action on Wednesday.

 
3 Comments

Posted by on August 31, 2016 in The New Jim Crow

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

In the NFL – You can Use Drugs, Get Arrested, and Beat Your Wife/Girlfriend Bloody…But Not Protest

Just when you thought some of the old white guys who own the NFL couldn’t get more stupid.

Some have declared they don’t want Colin Kaepernick on their teams…Even those that are losing teams.

Solution is simple. You are the fan of a losing team with a rotten quarterback, and the owner isn’t doing everything he can do to make the team better…

Don’t buy any more tickets, fan gear, or team logoed stuff. Watch another team.

The above made the owners of the NFL give Ray Rice a 2 game suspension before the video went public. Greg Hardy, formerly of the Cowboys beat up a white girl…

So he got a 4 game suspension instead of 2.

NFL execs who lavish millions on violent criminals say ‘traitor’ Kaepernick not welcome on their teams

Professional football players who commit violent crimes almost always get a second chance in the NFL, provided that they can still play well.

However, it seems that many NFL executives are drawing a line against signing a player who doesn’t stand during the national anthem.

Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman has talked with several NFL execs who said they wanted no part of having Colin Kaepernick on their teams, even though the athletic quarterback could still help a team in need of a player at the game’s most important position.

“I don’t want him anywhere near my team,” one front office exec told Freeman. “He’s a traitor.”

“He has no respect for our country,” said another. “F*ck that guy.”

“In my career, I have never seen a guy so hated by front office guys as Kaepernick,” said an NFL general manager.

This is absurdly hypocritical for so many reasons.

Whatever you think of Kaepernick’s protest, it isn’t remotely comparable to some of the horrible things that other professional football players have done that have been overlooked by NFL front offices.

Let’s go down a (very incomplete) litany of horrors:

  • Defensive end Greg Hardy viciously assaulted his former girlfriend and left her covered in bruises. Despite this, he was welcomed with open arms by the Dallas Cowboys after serving his suspension.
  • Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocked out his wife Janay Palmer in an elevator in 2014, and his team still publicly praised him as a man of great character. In fact, the team even posted an article written by a Ravens PR bigwig that was titled “I Like Ray Rice.” The team only released Rice once video of the incident came to light.
  • Quarterback Michael Vick ran a brutal dog-fighting operation in which pitbulls were tortured and killed. He was nonetheless scooped up by the Philadelphia Eagles right after he finished serving his prison sentence.
  • Minnesota Vikings running back was indicted for whipping his four-year-old son with a tree branch, leaving his legs covered in slash wounds. Nonetheless, he was welcomed back as a hero the year after he served his suspension.
  • Wide receiver Donte Stallworth killed a pedestrian while driving under the influence of alcohol — that didn’t stop the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins or New England Patriots from signing him after he served his time.

You get the idea. Teams regularly overlook absolutely horrible behavior from players in the name of winning games.

But if you silently protest police brutality by sitting during the national anthem, it seems that you’re too toxic to have in the locker room.

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

Another Chumph Pastor Wants to Build A Bridge across the Atlantic Ocean

Another black Chumph “Minister”. This one wants black folks to “go back” to Africa.

Now this guy is correct that one of the things holding back economic development in Africa is the lack of roads, railways, and a transportation network encouraging and enabling trade. Some years ago I did a project in Rwanda, where there is no road connecting the country’s largest and second largest cities. Indeed, prior to the creation of the Superhighway system in America in the 50’s under President Eisenhower we had some of the same problems although not as severe.

However, there is a small problem (actually several) – the first being to build a road you need equipment of the big yellow ground-shaking type, not unusually marked on the side with the name Caterpillar. Those puppies don’t come cheap. You need asphalt, concrete steel girders, gravel, and pipes…

All of which cost money (lots and lots of money).

Someone who has never been to Africa (which apparently our good Minister hasn’t) doesn’t realize it is a big – big place. From Accra, Ghana to Cairo, Egypt is 4300 miles. From Casablanca to Cape Town is 8,000 miles. From Cape Town to J’burg is 1200 miles in the same country. So if said project did nothing but connect capital cities it would be 10 times larger than the US Interstate Highway System. You are not talking billions…You are talking Trillions of dollars.

Where exactly is this money, which is more than the combined GDP of the entire continent, going to come from. Sunday collections?

The second problem is African Americans are “African” only in name. They have plenty of cheap labor who can handle a shovel. I somehow don’t think the locals are going to appreciate their very distant cousins from America coming over to tell them how to do things. Never mind the fact that African Americans have no ancestral relationship to 80% of the people in Africa, or the cultural arrogance (ignorance?) in believing all those Africans are the same because they have dark skin.

This is sad. This “Minister” needs to talk to some black folks who a) have actually been to Africa, and b) have done work there.

They ain’t your f*(&ing long lost “cousins”.

NC pastor for Trump wants to end joblessness by ‘returning’ blacks to Africa to build roads

A North Carolina pastor who has endorsed Donald Trump explained his job plan on Tuesday, which calls for the “return” of black Americans to Africa to build roads and bridges.

Apostle Thomas Rodgers, Sr. of Antioch Road to Glory International Ministries in North Carolina told CNN host Carol Costello that black Americans should receive “dual citizenship” so that they could find jobs in Africa.

“African-Americans are the only people in the world who do not seek dual citizenship,” Rodgers said. “That’s why Chicago gangs, California gangs, the Crips and the Bloods and Detroit in Michigan — we have gangs in the streets because blacks have no vision, they have no leadership.”

“You’ve also talked about building a road back to Africa,” Costello noted. “Can you explain that?”

Rodgers replied: “Matter of fact, where our ancestors came from, from the Indian Ocean all the way across the Atlantic Ocean, that’s 4,000 miles and we want to go back and help with the highways all the way across, to create jobs, train rails, pipelines, oil, petroleum. They create jobs for young people that can’t find jobs here, that the Democrats have not did.”

“I think it would give young people in prison [jobs] just like Great Britain did,” he opined.

“So you are suggesting young people in trouble should go back to Africa, perhaps to find jobs?” the CNN host pressed.

“Not to go back, but I say to return,” Rodgers insisted. “It’s a clause in the United Nations charter, our right to return, to help build infrastructure. Everybody don’t want to stay here. We are skilled people.”

Democratic strategist Angela Rye pointed out that building a “literal” bridge back to Africa was “probably impossible.”

“I apologize for laughing,” Rye added.

 

 
1 Comment

Posted by on August 30, 2016 in Black Conservatives

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Black Chumph Pastor and Hillary in Blackface

Pastor Mark Burns tweet 082916

Starting with this when it blew up in the Lawn Jockey’s face –

“I am standing behind that picture,” Burns insisted. “We as African-Americans, we need to make Democrats fight for our vote. We need to make them fight for us. We need to make them do what they say they are gonna do, because we are just as valuable as every race in the great state of the United States of America.”

And now leading to this “apology”

Now – the theory that black folks could support Republicans died a painful death, for me at least with the appointment of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. Since that time Republicans have opposed every single law or governmental effort that in any way is beneficial to black folks in this country.

  1. They actively and support the murder of black men and boys in the streets by Police.
  2. They actively support death by incarceration of black women.
  3. They actively support blocking voting rights for black people.
  4. They actively support the inclusion and voice of white supremacists and racists in their Party.
  5. They actively support opposition to any effort to “level the playing field” for minorities, whether in access to credit, access to jobs, or the great white Republican bugaboo Affirmative Action.
  6. They actively support and seek to elect racists like Donald Trump.

So, I don’t know what “god” this POS believes in, but if he is hawking “Jesus”…

Its a lie.

 

 
1 Comment

Posted by on August 30, 2016 in Black Conservatives

 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Faux News – “Police Aren’t Shooting Innocent Black Men”

 

Nooooo… Never happens.

 

 

 

 

 
3 Comments

Posted by on August 29, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter, Faux News

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

Weiner’s Weiner

Former NY Rep Anthony Weiner, a guy who a few years ago was a fast rising politico in the Democrat Party looking at a Senate run, and even possibly a VP slot before news of a “Sexting” scandal, and adultery surfaced…

Has done it again.

Weiner is married to Hilary Clinton’s good friend and top aide Huma Abedin,

Looks like Weiner’s inability to keep his pants on means the end to that marriage, and any possibility of a future career as a politician.

 

THE ANTHONY WEINER TRAINWRECK

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner begins the documentary “Weiner,” released earlier this year, after mumbling about the fact that he’s even participating in such a film, by directly addressing the camera and calmly stating, “I guess the punch line is true about me. I did the things, but I did a lot of other things.” That may be true, but Weiner has now guaranteed that his prophetic name will be forever synonymous with his sexting scandals, given his most recent round of images, sent to a “busty brunette” and exposed in today’s New York Post.

As Jamieson Webster argued convincingly in The Guardian, “Anthony Weiner wanted to be caught, and caught and caught. It isn’t enough that he sent out the pictures himself in 2011. The latest rendition is revealing on a whole number of levels if we look closely.” After all, this isn’t the first or the second or the third time this has happened — or that he’s been caught. Who knows how many incidents of sexting Weiner has engaged in, whether out of lust, boredom, self-sabotage, a power trip or any other number of possibilities?

It seems utterly bizarre that he would continue to do this so often, knowing that he could so easily lose any modicum of political respect that he’s built back up or any semblance of a career. According to CNN, Weiner has been put on “indefinite leave” by TV station NY1, for which he had been a contributor.

And, of course, Weiner was also risking the demise of his marriage, which has now happened. Huma Abedin, a top adviser to Hillary Clinton and vice chair of her current presidential campaign, announced this afternoon that she was separating from her husband. I don’t think it’s a stretch to think that she had decided long ago that one more scandal would be the one that went too far. Whether this was ever explicitly stated, Weiner had to know that, especially in the midst of a heated election year, the last thing Abedin would want was yet another return to what is likely one of the worst things she has ever faced in her personal life.

The New York Times categorized the documentary, in addition to being about Weiner’s repeated political rise and fall, as also being about “a portrait of a marriage in disarray,” describing Abedin as “present in much of the film, ready to stand by her man but clearly worried. Visibly shaken by the latest revelations of sexting, she doesn’t verbalize her anger, but you feel the tension of her crossed arms.” Though it was, of course, Abedin’s decision to not only stay with Weiner but also to join him when he campaigned for mayor of New York, it’s hard to not feel sorry for her now that she’s being cast back into the spotlight, linked to her boss by her job and their shared status as scorned women.

Given all that was at stake — namely, his marriage and intact family unit, his career and reputation — what made Weiner send what The New York Post described in its headline as “baby-sitting — Anthony Weiner-style,” given that his bare torso and the outline of his crotch are visible right next to his son in an early-morning July 2015 image? It’s impossible to know his exact motivation, but one thing is clear: If there were any way to make himself look worse, Weiner has now managed to do so, by involving his child in such a risqué and inappropriate photo and series of messages. As Webster noted, since Weiner’s specialty isn’t dick pics of the naked variety but rather crotch shots where his bulge is quite visible beneath his clothes, these images don’t need to be censored by media outlets the same way ones of his nude genitals would, lending further credence to his desire to be exposed.

 
3 Comments

Posted by on August 29, 2016 in Stupid Democrat Tricks

 

Tags: , , , ,

Trumpazoid Neutron Dance… Getting Laughed off the Air

First up on the Chumph tap dance parade – Hillary is a bigot for condemning racists…Chumph surrogate Scotties Nell Hughes.

The question in my mind is…Why is CNN paying this racist POS?

Scottie Nell Hughes: Hillary is the ‘definition of bigotry’ because she’s biased against racists

CNN contributor and Trump campaign surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes accused Hillary Clinton of the meeting the “definition of bigotry” for speaking out against racists and white supremacy.

During a Sunday panel discussion on CNN, MTV correspondent Jamil Smith argued that Trump’s hiring of Breitbart chief Steve Bannon showed that GOP presidential campaign was a “rebranding of white supremacy.”

“I would say that [Breitbart is] part of the white supremacist machine,” Smith asserted. “They are trying to make sure these views become mainstream. And I think, through Trump, they are finding a way to do that.”

Hughes, however, accused the media of “redefining what fair means in this election.”

“Hillary Clinton’s problem, she’s having a problem with engagement,” Hughes opined. “And she’s worried about in November, the same very valuable demographic of the African-American vote is not going to be as engaged as they were in 2008 and 2012 to get out and vote.”

According to the pundit, Trump had been right to call Clinton a “bigot” because the term was not only about racial discrimination.

“Bigotry, if you look at the definition, it’s about someone who’s small-minded and sits there and directs hate towards a certain group,” she explained. “Hillary Clinton’s speech [attacking alt-right conservatives] was all about hate towards a group that, while my fellow counterpart might consider them to be very racist, it’s the exact opposite.”

“These are God-fearing, baby-loving, gun-toting, military-supporting, school choice-advocating Americans!” Hughes added. “And just because maybe there might be some, a part of a very small fringe group [of white supremacists] that read Breitbart — by sitting there and saying the entire website is white supremacy is kind of ridiculous as saying just because you have people that are anarchists and communists that read the Huffington Post, calling that newspaper establishment, [is like] saying that they’re pro-anarchy and they’re against the United States government.”

Smith clarified Breitbart’s role in promoting white supremacy.

“What they present is the view of the white supremacist mentality through their coverage,” he observed. “It’s not necessarily saying, ‘Well, everyone who works there is a white supremacist.’ I don’t know that.”

“The point is to say, what kind of viewpoint did they reflect? And it’s undeniable that they reflect a white supremacist view if you looked over their coverage over the last several years.”

Then we have Trump Lawn Ornament Katrina Pierson…

Getting laughed at …again

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

 
%d bloggers like this: