Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Bye bye Chris and Carly.

Image result for carly christie fiorina images And then there was six. Goodbye Chris and Carly, we hardly knew ya.

Poor Chris Christie must be kicking himself for two things: Bridgegate and Donald Trump. Let's face it, Christie was trump before trump. He was that brash shoot from the hip straight talker who hated political correctness.

Carly was just a liar who thought that she would be the republican's version of Hillary. At times she seemed to know what she was talking about, and she actually did a good job at some of those earlier debates, but her blatant lying to score political points was a bit much, even for a politician in 2016.

So anyway, now it's on to South Carolina, and trump is clearly in the driver's seat. Fortunately for him,  there are still enough candidates in the race to make his 30% of the voters enough to give him enough delegates to leave Cleveland as the republican nominee. If he wins the plurality of the votes in all those winner take all states, he will be hard to stop. Chris and Carly can do the math, so they hit the road.

On the democratic side, last night Bernie beat Hillary like she stole his Larry David autographed baseball hat. It was ugly. If you are in Hilary's camp you have to be wondering how you are going to get all those young people to start voting for you. 

Hillary and her peeps couldn't wait to get out of New Hampshire and head to South Carolina. This is where she has her so called "fire wall" propped up with black support.

But not so fast. Bernie has made it known that he will be going after the black vote, and he met with Rev. Al today in Harlem to show his Negro cred.

"I've asked him very bluntly about Flint. I've asked him very bluntly about affirmative action," Sharpton said of the conversation. "I've asked him very bluntly about the issues of police brutality and police misconduct, things I want to hear."'

The meeting was arranged at Sanders’ request, according to The Washington Post."

OK then. I am not sure how many black votes this little trip to Sylvia's will get Bernie, but it's nice to see that he is reaching out. Although he might consider someone else from the black community to reach out to. I know that to white folks Al Sharpton is black America, but you have to believe me when I tell you that he is not.

"Observers said the meeting is Sharpton’s way of telling the Clinton camp it should not take his endorsement for granted.

Bronna-Helm said she supported Sanders over Clinton because of her husband’s harsh policies in the 1990s that led to a surge in people of color behind bars. Bill Clinton has since said the legislation that led to a surge in new prisons and tougher sentences was a mistake.

“Her husband's policies effected my community in a very negative way,” she said. “I think the Clintons have taken the African-American votes for granted.”'

Oh ohhh. This could be a long primary season on then democratic side as well.


*Pic from abc.net.au














Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Some of you miss him already.

Image result for obama images "Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
‘Til it's gone" ~Joni Mitchell~


Joni is on point of course, and David Brooks is channeling his inner Joni Mitchell by writing an ode to Barack Obama.

He, like most Americans, will miss Barack Obama when he is gone, but sadly, he and his conservative friends were the ones who fought him at every turn when he was here.

"As this primary season has gone along, a strange sensation has come over me: I miss Barack Obama. Now, obviously I disagree with a lot of Obama’s policy decisions. I’ve been disappointed by aspects of his presidency. I hope the next presidency is a philosophic departure.
 
But over the course of this campaign it feels as if there’s been a decline in behavioral standards across the board. Many of the traits of character and leadership that Obama possesses, and that maybe we have taken too much for granted, have suddenly gone missing or are in short supply.
 
The first and most important of these is basic integrity. The Obama administration has been remarkably scandal-free. Think of the way Iran-contra or the Lewinsky scandals swallowed years from Reagan and Clinton. 
 
We’ve had very little of that from Obama. He and his staff have generally behaved with basic rectitude. Hillary Clinton is constantly having to hold these defensive press conferences when she’s trying to explain away some vaguely shady shortcut she’s taken, or decision she has made, but Obama has not had to do that.
 
He and his wife have not only displayed superior integrity themselves, they have mostly attracted and hired people with high personal standards. There are all sorts of unsightly characters floating around politics, including in the Clinton camp and in Gov. Chris Christie’s administration. This sort has been blocked from team Obama.
 
Second, a sense of basic humanity. Donald Trump has spent much of this campaign vowing to block Muslim immigration. You can only say that if you treat Muslim Americans as an abstraction. President Obama, meanwhile, went to a mosque, looked into people’s eyes and gave a wonderful speech reasserting their place as Americans.
 
He’s exuded this basic care and respect for the dignity of others time and time again. Let’s put it this way: Imagine if Barack and Michelle Obama joined the board of a charity you’re involved in. You’d be happy to have such people in your community. Could you say that comfortably about Ted Cruz? The quality of a president’s humanity flows out in the unexpected but important moments.
Third, a soundness in his decision-making process. Over the years I have spoken to many members of this administration who were disappointed that the president didn’t take their advice. But those disappointed staffers almost always felt that their views had been considered in depth.
Obama’s basic approach is to promote his values as much as he can within the limits of the situation. Bernie Sanders, by contrast, has been so blinded by his values that the reality of the situation does not seem to penetrate his mind.
Take health care. Passing Obamacare was a mighty lift that led to two gigantic midterm election defeats. As Megan McArdle pointed out in her Bloomberg View column, Obamacare took coverage away from only a small minority of Americans. Sanderscare would take employer coverage away from tens of millions of satisfied customers, destroy the health insurance business and levy massive new tax hikes. This is epic social disruption.  To think you could pass Sanderscare through a polarized Washington and in a country deeply suspicious of government is to live in intellectual fairyland. President Obama may have been too cautious, especially in the Middle East, but at least he’s able to grasp the reality of the situation.
 
Fourth, grace under pressure. I happen to find it charming that Marco Rubio gets nervous on the big occasions — that he grabs for the bottle of water, breaks out in a sweat and went robotic in the last debate. It shows Rubio is a normal person. And I happen to think overconfidence is one of Obama’s great flaws. But a president has to maintain equipoise under enormous pressure. Obama has done that, especially amid the financial crisis. After Saturday night, this is now an open question about Rubio.     
 
Fifth, a resilient sense of optimism. To hear Sanders or Trump, Cruz and Ben Carson campaign is to wallow in the pornography of pessimism, to conclude that this country is on the verge of complete collapse. That’s simply not true. We have problems, but they are less serious than those faced by just about any other nation on earth.
 
People are motivated to make wise choices more by hope and opportunity than by fear, cynicism, hatred and despair. Unlike many current candidates, Obama has not appealed to those passions.
No, Obama has not been temperamentally perfect. Too often he’s been disdainful, aloof, resentful and insular. But there is a tone of ugliness creeping across the world, as democracies retreat, as tribalism mounts, as suspiciousness and authoritarianism take center stage.
 
Obama radiates an ethos of integrity, humanity, good manners and elegance that I’m beginning to miss, and that I suspect we will all miss a bit, regardless of who replaces him." [Source]
 
I loved that line: "Pornography of pessimism", and we have had a lot of that from those on the right over the past seven years. I suspect that this is where all the anger in the country is coming from. (Congrats to Donald for winning New Hampshire.)  Will it end when Obama is gone? I suspect that some of it will.
 
Because, let's be honest, much of that anger had nothing to do with how these people's lives was actually going; it had more to do with who was leading them while they lived it.    
 
*Pic from salon.com


       

Monday, February 08, 2016

The haters get in formation.

Image result for beyonce formation image        Some folks in the majority population are losing their minds over Beyoncé's halftime performance at the Super Bowl. It was a performance which featured her performing Formation, a song from an upcoming album.

They were led by the former mayor of New York (who has become a wingnut of incredible proportions) who, along with others, declared that the song was anti police.

"I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive,” he said. “And what we should be doing in the African-American community, and all communities, is build up respect for police officers. And focus on the fact that when something does go wrong, okay. We’ll work on that. But the vast majority of police officers risk their lives to keep us safe.”

My lord! Calm down man! It is a song for crying out loud! This is what artists do, they create art to make you think. Frankly, I wish they would do more of it. Artists should write and perform socially conscious songs that generate conversation and open dialogue. It shouldn't be all dancing and love songs all the time.

So why is she being ripped and offending certain people for trying to incorporate a little social consciousness into her performance?  

Imagine if Rudy Giuliana heard Johnny Cash singing the following lyrics at a Super Bowl halftime show: "Early one mornin' while makin' the rounds I took a shot of cocaine and I shot my woman down I went right home and I went to bed I stuck that lovin' .44 beneath my head.."

Or Eric Clapton singing the following: "I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy
I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy All around in my home town
They're trying to track me down They say they want to bring me in guilty
For the killing of a deputy For the life of a deputy, but I say..."


Rhetorical question. I know what would happen. Nothing. There would be no outrage or calls for a boycott of their music.

And let's be clear, Beyoncé is no Nina Simone. In fact, I am not even that big of a fan. Ironically, for me, her persona often comes off as being more black girl trying to be color neutral than staying true to her roots. As a result, she has been widely accepted by white folks who see her as beautiful when judging by Eurocentric standards.   

Her music is alright, but I never considered her a musical genius, and I certainly didn't see this coming.  

Still, she must have known that white America would not be pleased. And now they are calling for a boycott of her music.   

Oh, and don't forget the nasty comments.

"Where were the white dancers in Beyonce's troop?"

 
The song is trash and most celebs are opportunists. The black ones like to be black when it's convenient.

Duh? You are proud of your negro nose while yours has been butchered to the gawds by Dr 90210? ����

Well, she made the song for the hoodrats and people that lack critical thinking skills and it's going to flop".

Jd says:
We turned the channel for halftime. … not watching that garbage!
Watched COPS for that half hour!


  1. Blase Blase says:

  2. So too be equal, next year Miranda Lambert will do the halftime show with male dancers dressed up in the original skin head attire (blue jeans, white shirts, doc-martens) which represents the working class. Blacks would b koo with dat right? Just Sayin’

Jonathan Geller says:
Beyonce looks like a horse. With those fat legs she shouldn’t be in a body suit. That dancing, if you can call it that, looks something like two year old’s testing out their limbs for the first time.

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    that's exactly what she wants, controversy. Don't give it to her."


  • Too late.

    *Pic from philstar.com


    Sunday, February 07, 2016

    Super Bowl night.

    Image result for superbowl 50 imagesNo post tonight, folks. (Super Bowl Party)

    But please give me your thoughts on the big game. (Lame)

    Bey's halftime performance. (Awesome)

    The commercials. (Weak)

    Denver's defense. (Ferocious)

    And Peyton shamelessly shilling for Budweiser after the game. (???)

    Oh, and when is the day after the Super Bowl going to be declared an official national holiday?

    Saturday, February 06, 2016

    CAPTION SATURDAY.

    Image result for CAM NEWTON IMAGES

    I need a caption for this pic.

    Example: Bra, I told you to keep your politics to yourself. 

    *Pic from rantsports.com

    Friday, February 05, 2016

    News Day.

    Tonight I am just going to point out some of my favorite news items from today.

    First, how about this doozy?

    Woman's husband thinks he has her killed, and then she appears at her own funeral to confront him.

    Serves him right. And why didn't he demand proof from the people he ordered to make the hit of his partner's demise?

    "Is it my eyes?” she recalled him saying. “Is it a ghost?”

    Nope, no ghost. It's you spending the next nine years of your life in prison.

    Then there is the Ted Cruz fraud story that just won't go away. It seems that the "born again" Canadian Christian has been up to some very unChristian like behavior.

    "Ted Cruz has won the Iowa caucus, but he only did so after rampant accusations of cheating which have all been backed up by evidence – and now Cruz has apologized for a dirty trick that his campaign played on Ben Carson. The Cruz campaign sent emails instructing its supporters in Iowa to tell Carson’s supporters that Carson had already dropped out of the race, so they’d change their votes in favor of Cruz instead. And it’s far from the only documented instance of Ted Cruz cheating in Iowa."

    Shame on you, Ted. 

    Sunday is the Super Bowl, and it's the "thug" versus America's golden boy for all the marbles.

    But guess who is in the news for all the wrong reasons? Yep, the golden boy.

    "Charlie Sly, responding to a report in The Washington Post that said Peyton Manning's lawyers sent investigators to his home before the release of an Al-Jazeera America documentary in December, says he didn't believe investigators were there to intimidate him into cooperation.

    Speaking to Outside The Lines on Thursday night about the investigators, Sly said: "Those guys were great guys. Like, very good guys. Very professional."

    Sly is the Indiana pharmacist at the center of the Al-Jazeera America documentary that aired Dec. 27. In it, the network reported that Manning's wife had received shipments of human growth hormone. Manning has denied the allegation, calling it "completely fabricated, complete trash, garbage." In the documentary, Sly -- caught on hidden camera -- named several professional athletes as possible dopers.

    According to Brownsburg, Indiana, police, the two investigators went to the home of Sly's parents on Dec. 22 looking for him. Sly's sister, apparently alarmed, called 911 and said the men claimed to be law enforcement. Police responded, but the men provided identification and were invited into the family home. Sly was not there at the time. No arrests were made, and no incident report was filed.
    Sly would not say when he spoke to the investigators.

    Manning's lawyers launched the private probe shortly after Al-Jazeera America started contacting athletes who would be named in the documentary in December.

    They hired investigators to identify, locate and interrogate Sly and sent a lawyer to examine the medical records of Manning and his wife, Ashley, at the Guyer Institute of Molecular Medicine in Indianapolis, according to Ari Fleischer, the former White House press secretary and current crisis-management consultant hired by the Denver Broncos quarterback." [Source]

    "Crisis management consultant"?! OK then. Folks, choose your heroes carefully, remember what happened to another golden boy a few years back. 

    Speaking of illegal drugs, If you don't think that we still have a drug problem in America, consider this: Border patrol agents busted a shipment of $172 million dollars worth of cocaine today. That's a lot of yayo. Somebody is going to have some splaining to do.

    Finally, we know that terrorist are evil people, but apparently they are pretty dumb as well.

    "A wheelchair bound suicide bomber may have been responsible for the explosion which tore a hole in the side of a jet in Somalia, investigators have said.
     
    They said the suspected terrorist, thought to be part of the Al-Shabaab Islamist group, may have faked a disability to bypass security checks at Mogadishu airport.
     
    The suspected bomber is also thought to be the man who was sucked out of the plane after blowing a hole in the fuselage, shortly after the plane filled with more than 70 passengers took off from the Somali capital. The man who fell from the plane has been named by local officials as Abdullahi Abdisalam Borleh, 55, from Somaliland, but they did not confirm if he was the suicide bomber." [Source] 
     
    No words.
     
    *Pic from gsfc.nasa.gov































    Thursday, February 04, 2016

    They didn't "acquit" him because they thought that the glove didn't fit.

    Image result for oj images      I, like quite a few other people, caught the first part of that O.J. Simpson mini series on FX. And I have to say that it was rather good. A little campy, but good. Cuba Gooding, Jr., in my opinion, is a very underrated actor.

    Anyway, I know that the series will bring back some bad memories for my white brothers and sisters. Seeing a black man go free for killing a white woman in America (and yes, he did kill her) could not have been easy. I know you all wish that those black jurors could have found another way to make whitey pay for all the racial  injustice in Los Angeles at the time, but that was not to be. All those black college students cheering at Howard  University weren't cheering because they loved O.J.; (most black folks at the time knew that "Juice" was firmly in the house) they were cheering because they felt that black folks finally got a chance to flip the script on the criminal justice system.

    I rarely agree with John McWhorter (although we both agree that O.J. was guilty) but his take on the Simpson trial and its aftermath was on point:

    "It is easy to forget how beloved a celebrity O. J. Simpson was in his time — Heisman Trophy winner, N.F.L. superstar, Hollywood actor and pitchman supreme. Until he was arrested in the brutal slayings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald L. Goldman, after a televised police chase that transfixed the nation, he seemed to have transcended his roots in San Francisco housing projects.
     
    Yet if Mr. Simpson’s guilt seemed clear to much of America, African-Americans were disinclined to see it that way. Over months of lurid televised court testimony — now being dramatized in a series that started this week on FX — Mr. Simpson became a symbol, to many blacks, of endemic racism in the justice system. And when a jury with nine black members declared him not guilty on Oct. 3, 1995, black people across the country cheered.
     
    I wasn’t one of them.                                
    I must admit I was as disappointed as many whites that black college students gleefully applauded the verdict as if Mr. Simpson were one of the Scottsboro Boys. While the police and prosecutors had been far from brilliant, and reasonable doubt was, well, reasonable, Mr. Simpson’s innocence seemed decidedly unlikely.
     
    At the time, what I saw was people ignoring the facts in favor of a kind of tribalism. A black journalism professor asked me, as a linguist, to lecture on language and the trial. I’d be glad to, I told him, but I thought Mr. Simpson was guilty. I never heard from him again.
    Meanwhile, black friends and family continued coming up with ways that damning evidence could have been planted and obsessing over the use of a racial epithet by a police detective in the case. I felt alienated, angry, disappointed.
     
    But I was missing something. The case was about much more than bloody gloves and bloody footprints. It was about the centrality of police brutality to black Americans’ very sense of self.
    I came to realize this when, disgusted with the verdict and the response to it, I began to investigate — at first informally — why so many of my fellow blacks’ takes on racism seemed to me to be more fitting to 1935 than 1995.

    After a while I realized that the rub was that my life had spared me from experiencing or even seeing police abuse. I had seen the video images of the vicious beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles officers four years earlier but had lived too fortunate a life to spontaneously see it as something that could happen to me.
     
    To this day I am bemused by the occasional white person who assumes that I have a “story” to tell about triumphing over racism, that I was raised by working-class parents just getting by. I grew up solidly middle class in quiet, leafy suburbs — one integrated, one all black — where the police were the last thing on anyone’s mind. Racism had brushed my life now and then, but not at the hands of the police. This was what kept me from processing the O. J. Simpson business “blackly,” as it were.
    What I found when I spoke with people after the Simpson verdict, though, and have found since with numbing regularity, is that what prevents real racial conciliation and understanding in America is the poisonous relations between blacks and the police.  I asked a black office worker what made him so sure Mr. Simpson had been framed, and he recounted just that kind of malfeasance by Oakland cops when he was growing up. And I learned not to assume that only men had such feelings. I asked a middle-class young black woman why she, too, felt that racism was the core of our experience. She instantly told me a story about her brother being senselessly harassed by cops for driving in “the wrong place.”

    The conversations were what ultimately prompted my interest in writing about race. And while the positions I took in books and articles went against the leftist orthodoxy, when it came to cops, my feelings had become the same as those more politically correct than I, and that won’t change.
    Racism is experienced in many ways, but as Ellis Cose has put it, “Rage does not flow from dry numerical analyses of discrimination or from professional prospects projected on a statistician’s screen.” Talk to most black people about racism and you need only count the seconds before the cops come up.
     
    Amid the round-the-clock cable coverage of the Simpson case, America learned the difference between what the cops mean to black people versus what they mean to most others.
     
    Too few got the message at the time.
     
    But after the killings of Walter Scott, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray and other unarmed blacks by the police over the past two years, the conversation has changed. Many non-black Americans who were disgusted by the Simpson verdict have become more aware of the ubiquity of police brutality in black lives.
     
    I suspect that the black response to the verdict, if it happened today, would surprise far fewer whites than it did 20 years ago." [Source]
     
    It wouldn't surprise them, and it wouldn't make them any less mad.
     
    *Pic from people.com








    Wednesday, February 03, 2016

    When racism gets "up close and personal".

    Image result for melissa harris perry images  I feel for Melissa Harris- Perry who had a scary encounter in "fly over" country with a racist who wanted to remind her who is in charge, recently.

    "Monday night I was sitting in a hotel lobby in downtown Des Moines with my back to a wall of windows, my eyes fixed on the TV, my attention wholly focused on early caucus results. I didn’t notice until he was standing right next to me, much closer than is ordinary or comfortable. When he started he speaking it was like he was picking up in the middle of sentence, finishing a conversation we had begun earlier, but I couldn’t remember ever meeting him.

    “…So what is it that you teach?”

    “I am a professor of political science.”

    “My wife is a professor of communications.”

    “Does she teach here in Iowa?”

    “What I want to know is how you got credentialed to be on MSNBC.”

    I am not sure if it is how he spat the word credentialed, or if it is how he took another half step toward me, or if it is how he didn’t respond to my question, but the hairs on my arm stood on end. I ignored it. Told myself everything was ok.

    “Well. It is not exactly a credential…” I began.

    “But why you? Why would they pick you?”

    Now I know something is wrong. Now his voice is angry. Now a few other people have stopped talking and started staring. Now he is so close I can feel his breath. Before I can answer his
     unanswerable question of why they picked me, he begins to tell me why he has picked me.

    “I just want you to know why I am doing this.”
    Oh – there is a this. He is going to do a this. To me. And he is going to tell me why.

    I freeze. Not even me – the girl in me. The one who was held down by an adult neighbor and as he raped her. The one who listened as he explained why he was doing this. She freezes.

      He speaks. And moves closer. Is there a knife under the coat? A gun? Worse?

     And I can’t hear all the words. But I catch “Nazi Germany” and I catch “rise to power.” But I can’t move. I am lulled by a familiar powerlessness, muteness, that comes powerfully and unexpectedly. It grips me. Everything is falling away. Until in my peripheral vision I catch sight of a ponytail, the movement of an arm, the sound of familiar young voices and I remember… my students.

    My students are sitting just a few feet from me. I am not alone in this Iowa hotel lobby. I have traveled here with 22 of my undergraduate students from Wake Forest University. We are here on the first stop in a journey to understand the democratic process. I am in this lobby because I am waiting for them to come back from seeing their very first Democratic caucuses. Remembering them rouses me.

    Instead of sitting still as he tells me what he is going to do and why, I jump up. I move. I put space – a table – between him and me. My friend jumps too. It is breathtaking how fearlessly – almost recklessly – she throws herself between he and I. Together we raise our voices and make a fuss. He turns. He runs out. He jumps in a car. He drives off. We try to explain to hotel security what has happened and how I receive hate mail and even death threats, how I have had people show up at my workplace, how this might be serious. They listen politely, but this is the Iowa caucus, and I am not a candidate, so they go back to their evening. And we go back to ours." [More]

    But it's not only Iowa. This kind of stuff is happening in places like New York as well.

    "A rally was held Monday evening at the State University of New York in Albany after three black female students were attacked by a group of white men and women during a confrontation on a bus over the weekend, officials said.

    The students, who attend the upstate New York campus, said they were harassed and assaulted while riding the bus early Saturday morning, according to a letter to the campus from the university's president, Robert J. Jones.
    According to the three women, who have not been identified by authorities or the university, a group of 10 to 12 white men and women used racial slurs and physically assaulted them, Jones said.
    One of the alleged victims spoke at the rally, according to CNN affiliate WTEN. "We are shocked, upset, but we will remain unbroken. We are proud of who we are," she told the gathered crowd through tears.
     
    The incident was caught on cell phone video and video from the Capital District Transportation Authority bus, university police Chief J. Frank Wiley said in a statement." [Source]
     
    We already know that racists in America do not like the black male, but apparently the black female is high up on their hateration pecking order as well.
     
    Sadly, racists are indeed getting bolder and angrier. In a way you almost wish that one of their chosen leaders will win the damn election (I see you Mr. Trump) so that they can "take their country back" and just leave the rest of us alone.
     
    Finally, the state of Georgia executed a 72 year old man last night. Let me repeat that: The state of Georgia executed a 72 year old man last night.  
     
    Carry on.
     
    *Pic from msnbc.com 
     
       
     
     
     
     




    Tuesday, February 02, 2016

    You have the floor.

    MORE DISCLAIMERSThis is open thread night.

    I need you field hands to tell me who you think will win the republican and democratic primaries and why.

    Monday, February 01, 2016

    "Political dummies"?

    Image result for blacks political imagesIt's caucus night in Iowa, as well as the first day of Black History Month. This makes for an interesting confluence of the day's news events.

    I really don't care who wins in Iowa, because, contrary to what the national news people will have you believe, whoever wins Iowa will not necessarily become our next president.

    Anyway, speaking of politics, I have been thinking about something today after seeing Crystal Wright and her masters at FOX VIEWS denigrate Black History Month ,by having an entire program highlighting "dumb" black people staying on the democratic plantation to their economic and social detriment. Calling black people "political dummies" might make for a nice sound bite for your simple-minded base, but is it true?

    Consider this for a  minute; if the republican policies are so great, why are so many of their supporters poor working class blue collar white people? Why aren't they swimming in money like the puppet masters who pull all their strings in Washington? If, as Crystal Wrights suggests, black folks all of a sudden start voting for republicans in droves, what will make it any different for us? Why will our community all of a sudden become prosperous when the people who have been voting republican for years have not?

    These are rhetorical questions, because I know the answer: It won't make a difference. And the people pulling the strings at the top know this. They know that the are causing poor and lower middle class white people to vote against their own best interest , and they are doing it by making black and brown people the bogeymen who will take away everything they hold dear.

    Besides, I suspect that if blacks were to start voting republican in droves, the makeup of the republican party would change overnight. A lot of those republicans (particularly in the South) would start becoming democrats all of a sudden. The democratic party would start looking like it did in the fifties.

    "Blacks have shown a slavish support for the Democrat party for over 50 years,” Wright replied. “Part of me wonders if the Republican party should even bother asking for the black vote because black Americans seem to like being political dummies.”

    Crystal, not to be crass, but I would love to see your financial assets. Because I suspect that at the end of the day, the "dummy" might just be you. 

    *Pic from wbez.org