Colin Powell Inadvertently Gets It Right

August 26, 2013

colin-powellI don’t know what to say about Colin Powell any more. There was a time when I would have enthusiastically voted for him for President. There was a time when I waited in a bookstore line for four hours to get him to sign a copy of his autobiography, My American Journey. Those were the days, my friends.

Sadly, those days are in the past, and the Colin Powell of today seems to be much more of a squishy liberal on a variety of topics.

For example, in an appearance on “Face the Nation” yesterday, Powell blandly dismisses the very existence of  voter fraud. Nope, no evidence at all. None. Nosiree! But then he goes on to say something extraordinary about requiring identification for voting:

“These kinds of procedures that are being put in place to slow the process down and make it likely that fewer Hispanics and African Americans might vote I think are going to backfire, because these people are going to come out and do what they have to to vote, and I encourage that…”

Wow. First , he blatantly misrepresenting the reason for requiring voter IDs (Really? To slow the process down and make it harder for minorities? Well, he’s already stated that voter fraud doesn’t exist, so what other reason could there be?) But then in the same breath he goes on to say that those same minorities are going to do what they need to do to vote.

And that’s the point. It’s that simple. That’s all anyone is asking. Do what you need to do to vote. Get an I.D.

Or, as the inestimable Bill Whittle said, : “To oppose these reasonable rules for fair elections is to admit that your team can’t win without cheating.”

Is that what you’re really saying, Mr. Powell?

Stoutcat
H/T: HotAir

The Deconstruction of Trayvon

July 22, 2013

Anyone who was paying attention to the actual facts of the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case already knows this, but as usual, Bill Whittle’s eloquence spells it all out clear as a bell.

My only question is this: did anyone ever bother to inquire whether there was any Robutussin found in the medicine chest of Martin’s father’s girlfriend?

Stoutcat

UPDATE: More deconstruction — this time, of the media’s shameful performance — can be found here (well worth reading).


White House Fly: Is It Racist When Liberals Criticize Obama Too?

December 8, 2010

By now, President Obama is used to being on the receiving end of criticism from conservatives. Ever since Americans started waking from their coma-like sleep-state (due largely to the efforts of conservative talk shows, columnists, and blogs), the more Obama’s alleged socialist agenda has been uncovered, the more conservative Americans criticized him.

Source: Geovanni's World

Now, with yesterday’s compromise with those hostage-taking Republicans on extending the Bush tax cuts for all income levels in exchange for extending unemployment benefits, Lord Obama suddenly finds himself in uncharted waters: He’s now being attacked by his own support base of liberals. Sadly for Obama, there isn’t a chapter in Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” that covers mutiny within his own ranks.  Perhaps it’s time for another trip abroad?

You may recall how the alleged comedienne/actress Janeane Garafalo defined any and all criticism of President Obama as merely ‘Racism, straight up” by those she dismissed as “teabaggers and rednecks.” One can only wonder if that applies now that the criticism is coming from his own supporters.

In fact, lets check with our old friend, “The Fly On The White House Wall” to see if  he can shed any light on this…  Read the rest of this entry »


Makin’ It In Massachusetts

October 6, 2010

 

From the Living in a Blue State files:

Well, well, well! The race for Massachusetts’ 6th district just got really interesting (as Da Tech Guy reported last night). It seems that Republican contender Bill Hudak might get within striking distance of incumbent John Tierney some time soon. Tierney’s numbers aren’t all that good to at this point anyway (below 50% ), and the thing that could signal a real run-up for Hudak before the election is this, as reported by the Boston Globe:

The wife of US Representative John F. Tierney is poised to plead guilty today to federal tax charges for managing a bank account that her brother allegedly used to deposit millions of dollars in illegal gambling profits raked in from an offshore sports betting operation in Antigua.

Patrice Tierney, 59, is charged with four counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false tax returns by her brother, Robert Eremian of St. John’s, Antigua…

From 2003 through 2009, prosecutors allege, [Mrs. Tierney's brother] funneled more than $7 million in illegal gambling proceeds into the account managed by his sister, while passing himself off as a consultant for Sports Offshore rather than its owner. He allegedly transferred funds from a shell company, Benevolence Funding Ltd., into the Massachusetts account.

Of course Big Brother’s not really mad at Mrs. Tierney for dabbling in illegal offshore gambling… They’re just pissed it’s being done where they can’t get their cut.

So Mr. Hudak, who is by all accounts an engaging candidate with a bright future, could end up out in front by November, especially if Tierney keeps dodging requests for debates, as he has so far.

In other Massachusetts news, perhaps you thought the Beer Summit of 2009 and all its attendant brouhaha had finally faded out of public consciousness. I’m sorry to have to tell you that it was way too much to hope for, over in the People’s Republic of Cambridge. The town spent upwards of $100,000 to commission an independent report on the incident that lead to a prominent black Harvard professor’s being arrested briefly for attempting to break into his own home and then being disorderly and un-cooperative to the police who responded to a 911 call.

In a famous attempt to diffuse the local situation, President Obama weighed in by saying that while he had no details about the circumstances of the event, the police acted stupidly.

Now that the commissioned report is out (it actually came out in June, but the City Council finally got around to reading it), it’s time for more outrage! While the report mentioned missed opportunities to “de-escalate the tension” and ascribes blame to both the professor and the police, City Council members are not amused.

The public wants to know that if we’re decent, law-abiding people, we’re not going to end up in handcuffs and in jail,’’ said [Councilmember] Reeves, who called Gates “a dear friend.’’

…Reeves also criticized the two black members of the review committee for not pushing for a discussion about race and First Amendment rights in the report.

“I don’t know how they could discuss this incident and not mention race,’’ Reeves said in an interview afterward.

Blech. I’m with Morgan Freeman, who so famously said, “The only way to end racism is to stop talking about it.”

Stoutcat


The Beck/Sharpton Rallies: A Telling Dichotomy

September 1, 2010

Glenn Beck has been putting himself in a position ripe for parody and ridicule lately.  Beck predicted a miracle would happen at the Restore Honor Rally. To those who  scoffed, I submit exhibit A: 

Source: Video from Glennbeck.com

 

The military may have refused Glenn Beck a “flyover” to open his rally, but God didn’t disappoint. As the event prepared to begin, a skein of geese flew over in formation as if He was blessing the event from above. 

Beck also predicted the rally would be “a defibrillator to the heart of America.”  I’m not sure about that, but after the geese thing, I’m not betting against it. In fact, I”m going to go so far as to say it’s official: America is emerging from its self-induced coma. The attendance at the rally alone established that. 

Beck predicted the rally would be the next generation’s Woodstock. Let’s hope it was. Because just as Woodstock launched my generation’s justification for self (over-) indulgence to all things liberal, maybe this event can launch a generation that inspires the benefits of conservative values and an era of honor. By virtually all measures, the rally accomplished its goals. It was, indeed, a good week-end for those of us who still believe (as Ronald Reagan did) that America’s best days lie ahead. 

For an excellent re-cap of the event, please check the guest posting by Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin’s blog

But there was also an unfortunate affirmation this weekend that racism still plays a major role in the lives of some who chose to belittle and besmirch the work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

There were two rallies in Washington this past weekend. One headed by Glenn Beck and the other by Al Sharpton. Only one of the rallies stressed the kind of character, honor, accountability, and sense of unity necessary for America’s survival and recovery and was inclusive of all, regardless of race or religion. 

It’s no surprise that it wasn’t Sharpton’s. Read the rest of this entry »


Hey, NAACP! Repudiate THIS…

July 15, 2010

“Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.” – Retired Marine Lt. Col. R. J. Widermann

It’s hard to give a whole lot of credibility to the NAACP these days. As a young boy, I eagerly supported their efforts in the 60s as most idealists did in the day. We WANTED equality for our black brothers and sisters. Many of us attended rallies with our African American friends to show solidarity.

But in 2010, the NAACP has become a pathetic, embarrassing shell of the organization it once was, resorting to the ridiculous in an attempt to perpetuate African Americans as victims of racism.  This, of course, has not been lost on First Lady Michelle Obama who, like her husband, is not above playing the race card if it advances their personal agenda.

Tuesday, after a rousing speech by FLOTUS at the organization’s 101st annual convention in Kansas City, Missouri where she implored members to “intensify” their actions,  the NAACP, in dramatic fashion, passed a resolution condemning what it referred to as “rampant racism in the Tea Party movement.” They called on all members of the Tea Party movement to repudiate all the racists that, to them, make up a large part of the purpose of the group.

Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, demanded of the tea party movement: 

“Expel the bigots and racists in your ranks or take the responsibility for them and their actions. We will no longer allow you to hide like cowards.”

“How’s that again, Ben?

Yeah, Ben, we’ll get right on that. Just as soon as you take responsibility and – God forbid – a stand against the bigots and racists in your own back yard… like those who accuse the tea party movement as harboring rampant racism. Who is really the coward here, Mr. Jealous? How hard is it, really, to stand amongst your own and spew accusations of racism about people who simply see their President as a person attempting to take this country down the path of a form of socialism that has failed wherever it has been tried… and as a person who is striving, NOT to elevate the poor and disenfranchised, but to LOWER the entire country to their status? I would suggest this has NOTHING to do with President Obama’s race (especially in light of the fact that many of the tea party members are those who voted for Barack Obama) but everything to do with his arrogance and steady march towards a value system that is counter to those of us who value our freedom and existing democracy.

Mr. Jealous, it is possible for people of any color to disagree with the policies of the President of the United States without being racist. How many non-whites had issues with our previous President? Did that make them racist? How is it that a large number of African Americans are members of the tea party movement? Are they racist?

This is just the latest desperate plea for attention offered by the same civil rights organization that

  • refused to rebuke the gross anti-white racism of the Reverend Jeremiah “God DAMN America” Wright.
  • remains strangely silent while members of the New Black Panthers encourage the killing of  ” white crackers” and “cracker babies.” Cat got your tongue, Mr. Jealous? And you have the gall to call others cowards? And say… isn’t the NAACP the same group that…
  • accused Hallmark of perpetuating negative stereotypes towards African American women by referring to them as “Black Whores” in the audio chip of a space-themed graduation day greeting card (where the characters were clearly referring to “Black Holes” in the solar system):

Congratulations, Mr. Jealous. I never thought any organization could come across looking more hypocritical or pathetic than the New Black Panthers. But at least they are honest in their racism and hatred.

The reaction to the NAACP Resolution has been, predictably, fast and furious. Former Alaska Governor Sara Palin wrote on her facebook page:

“The charge that Tea Party Americans judge people by the color of their skin is false, appalling, and is a regressive and diversionary tactic to change the subject at hand.”

Michelle Malkin has a run-down on other idiotic acts of desperation by what she refers to as the “National Association for the Advancement of Coddled People” on her blog.

But, perhaps, the best response to this act of what I refer to as “Projectile Racism” (See Barack Obama campaign speech here) The St. Louis Tea Party quickly responded with a resolution of their own. And it says it all:

St. Louis Tea Party Coalition Resolution
July 12, 2010

Whereas, the National Coalition for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded to advance the position of minority groups, and

Whereas a hallmark of the NAACP has been to do the important work of identifying and exposing remaining vestiges of racism and discrimination, and

Whereas the NAACP vocally stands against the discriminatory and harmful practice of labeling people with a broad brush, and

Whereas the NAACP decided to launch their 101st National Convention with a resolution condemning the Tea Party movement and labeling millions of their fellow Americans who subscribe to the movement as “racists”, and

Whereas the “Tea Party movement” is a label applied to patriotic Americans who have expressed their political free speech in the grand tradition of all that is American, that being the spirited expression of viewpoints in a 100% peaceful manner, and

Whereas, it is a hallmark of America that we settle our disputes civilly and avoid the gutter tactic of attempting to silence opponents by inflammatory name-calling, and

Whereas the very term “racist” has diminished meaning due to its overuse by political partisans including members of the NAACP, and

Whereas, the NAACP had an opportunity to preserve some semblance of legitimacy by standing up for Ken Gladney, the victim of a vicious racist battery conducted by a black avowed communist, even labeling him an “Uncle Tom”, but chose instead to use the opportunity to mock the St. Louis Tea Party, and

Whereas, the NAACP has refused to denounce the New Black Panther’s call to murder white cops and their babies, and

Whereas, the NAACP does its entire membership a grave disservice by hypocritically engaging in the very conduct it purports to oppose,

Now therefore be it resolved that the St. Louis Tea Party condemns the NAACP for lowering itself to the dishonorable position of a partisan political attack dog organization, and,

Be it further resolved that the St. Louis Tea Party calls on similar organizations to join in unanimous condemnation of this despicable behavior, and

Be it further resolved that we demand that the NAACP withdrawal their bigoted, false and inflammatory resolution against the tea party for any further consideration, and

Be it further resolved that these organizations call on the Internal Revenue Service to evenly apply their standards and consider the tax-exempt status of the NAACP considering the degree to which they are engaging in habitual partisan political behavior.

Adopted unanimously, this day, July 12th, in the year of our Lord, 2010.

Can I get an Amen!

Gerry Ashley


The Abject Failure Of The Obama Presidency – Part 4

April 9, 2010

  “Classism and greed are making insignificant all the other kinds of isms.” Ruby Dee, Actress

Continuing in our series of 10 tenets defining democracy and how to perpetuate it (by William J. H. Boetcker), today we take a look at number 4:

Tenet #4: You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

Before continuing, however, a word about the above quote. I intentionally chose the quote by Ruby Dee.  For those of you not familiar with her, a little background on her from Wikipedia:

Dee and [Ossie] Davis were well-known civil rights activists. Among others, Dee is a member of Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the NAACP, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Dee and Davis were personal friends of both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, with Davis giving the eulogy at Malcom’s funeral in 1965.

On numerous occasions, I have stated that I am not a Republican, I am a conservative who is registered as an Independent. This, in all probability, will put me on the outs with the likes of Sean  Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and Mark Levin. If so, then so be it.  I still respect their visions and have great respect for the work they have done, just as I do with Glenn Beck. But here and now is where I prove my  stand in life and establish my credibility. And it isn’t done by following any ism. But it is also where I will establish that barking moonbats like Bill Mahr and Janeane Garafalo don’t have a clue as to who the people are that oppose President Obama.  Regarding Obama, ironically, it is not the color of his skin, but the content of his character that I challenge… just as Martin Luther King espoused we should ALL do. And he was 100% right.

While I agree with most of Ms. Dee’s quote (above), I wish to expand on it. Because one “ism” that is still playing a large role in today’s society is racism or, more to the point, implied racism. And that continues to separate people more than classism, although both are prevalent. Let me explain. 

I applaud the efforts of Ms. Dee in her early years and working – struggling – to establish equity and opportunity for people of color.  As a society, we needed to hear the perspective of people like her and other civil rights leaders like Reverend King. And as a young liberal white boy back then, I’ve carried that message of equality in my heart ever since. And that is why, today. I am able to see people like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Jerimiah Wright–and Barack Obama–for the racial oppotunists they are.  I can focus on the others at another time. Today’s focus is on how Barack Obama uses both classism and racism to “divide and conquer,” rather than to serve America.

From the very inception of his presidential run, Barack Obama made sure race was an issue. Although only half black, he decided early on to cling to his minority status as his trump card. And he has played that card with fervor.  Early on in the campaign he lit the powderkeg when he projected racism into the Republican camp with his comment in Jacksonville, Florida (and then repeated numerous times throughout the campaign:

“We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run. They’re going to try to make you afraid.  They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?”

He  also said he expected Republicans to say “he’s got a feisty wife,” attacking wife Michelle.

“We know the strategy because they’ve already shown their cards. Ultimately I think the American people recognize that old stuff hasn’t moved us forward. That old stuff just divides us.”

Yes, and notice that it was Obama who used that very tactic to divide us further while dumping the blame on the Republicans who hadn’t uttered word ONE about race.

Having used projected racism (to coin a term) in order to help win the election, since becoming President Obama’s policies have done nothing–nothing–to avoid the distinct creation of class hatred. Make no mistake: there is a distinct disdain between haves and have-nots in any society. And let’s not confuse hatred for envy.  But Obama quickly established his position that America is a land of rich and poor.  And he hammered home how the rich use loopholes to get out of paying taxes while that burden is unqually dumped to the poor and middle class. He has played class against class to build his power base with the poor and middle-income workers and to push his pro-union agenda.

But the truth is that America has always been a place where those who want to achieve can do so by applying effort, focus, dedication, and concentration.

All one has to do is look at the achievements of people in all walks of life from technology to sports, from medicine to the entertainment world, from classical music to rap. Those who have excelled are those who applied themselves and sacrificed, where necessary, to achieve.

Bill Cosby

Consider comedian Dr. Bill Cosby who grew up in a poor family in Philadelphia, and went from a high-school drop-out to one of the most beloved entertainers in the country… and one of the most successful. Returning to complete his education, he eventually earned his doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts. 

Other examples of rags-to-riches stories abound. What they all have in common is an indominatable spirit of “Yes I Can” that took these individuals to the top of their profession from the depths of poverty in a way seldom done in other societies. Since we’re a nation that responds to celebrity so deeply, let me provide a few examples of those who have managed to rise from poverty to wealth – regardless of their race or gender:

  • Oprah Winfrey - Producer, talk show host, media mogul and philanthopist. Born into abject poverty in rural Mississippi, Winfrey went from being a young girl clothed in potato sacks  to become the richest and most powerful female media mogul in the world. Net worth as of 2009: $2.9 billion.
  • David Geffin - Producer, art collector and philanthropist. Geffen signed Crosby, Stills and Nash, Bob Dylan and Nirvana, started Geffen Records and was a founding member of Dreamworks studio. Today, Geffen is worth an estimated $4.6 billion, a far cry from the 1 bedroom apartment he grew up in with his family in Brooklyn, having to sleep on the couch.
  • Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter – Rap artist to businessman/entrepreneur.  Carter grew up in Brooklyn’s Marcy Housing Projects, raised by his mother. He began as a rapper, expanding into  everything from nightclubs and clothing to being a part owner of the New Jersey Nets. Net worth as of 2009: over $150 million according to Forbes.

In the socialist world Obama sees, this kind of accomplishment will likely not occur. Why? See tenet #5, which I will cover in my next installment.

Gerry Ashley


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