Monday, October 31, 2011

Ward Room: Children of Haymarket

Click pic for the Ward Room blog post
Well yeah, so long as no one throws any bombs that kill police and civilians alike. Though unlike back then, we may find out who did it. Because we never found out who through the bomb at Haymarket Square in 1886 unfortunately:
As the 40 or so marchers walked south on Michigan Avenue. I fell in line behind, just to see what this was all about. Occupy has been called a revival of the 1960s protest movement. But as I listened to them chant anti-corporate, anti-banking slogans, I heard voices from an even earlier era: the 1880s and the 1890s, when anarchists and unionists demonstrated against the hoards of wealth held by robber barons such as Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan and John D. Rockefeller.

The Gilded Age, as Mark Twain called it, was the last time so few Americans held so much wealth. One of its most famous battles, the Haymarket Square affair, took place in Chicago. During a strike for an eight-hour day, a bomb went off, resulting in the deaths of eight policemen and four workers. The labor unrest was nationwide, and it was violent. During an 1892 steel strike in Pittsburgh, unionists and company-hired Pinkertons shot it out with Civil War weapons, and an anarchist attempted to assassinate U.S. Steel’s Henry Clay Frick. Nine years later, in Buffalo, an anarchist succeeded in assassinating President McKinley.

Two of the Progressive Era’s most famous protest novels were also set in Chicago: Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, about the horrible working conditions at the Stockyards, and Frank Norris’s The Pit: A Story of Chicago, about wheat speculation at the Board of Trade, which 110 years later is again the focus of protests against economic inequality. Eventually, the industrialist were forced to accept reforms that brought about a fairer distribution of wealth: a federal income tax, direct election of U.S. Senators, child labor laws, the right to unionize, and the break-up of monopolies.

Because the Occupy movement was rousted from Grant Park, they’ve been compared to the demonstrators at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. But the two groups have very different concerns: in 1968, young people who had grown up in a time of unprecedented economic equality were protesting against social inequality and militarism. In 2011, young people who grew up in a time of unprecedented social equality are protesting against economic inequality. These aren’t the grandchildren of Grant Park. They’re the great-great-great grandchildren of Haymarket Square.
Yeah I've been slow to talk about this movement. Although you may have seen some pictures over at my Twitter account within the past month. I caught up to a OWS march on Monroe Street and made sure I get the front of the march too!

Well let's hope they continue to protest peacefully! That's as important as getting your message across!

Illinois legislators served with an eviction notice...

[VIDEO] Another function of the Occupy Wall Street movement. OWS came to Springfield to evict Illinois lawmakers from the Illinois State Capitol. State political blogger Rich Miller refers to action as "not exactly democratic". Miller adds:
A handful of protesters has no right to overturn elections nor deny people from exercising their 1st Amendment right to petition the government, no matter how much one might disagree with their employers. I fully support the occupy folks’ rights to protest. I flat out oppose any attempt to take away constitutional rights from others. When we overturn elections we don’t like or allow the government to decide who can and who cannot lobby, we’re gonna be in really big trouble.
Now this action is also refered to by him as symbolic. At the same time he refers to a press release that noted that this "symbolic eviction notice" effectively ends the tenure of "Lobbyists and their servants in elected office".

That aspect would be over top,  I know. I just don't see how undemocratic it is. It's a symbolic action and they could do a lot more to insure that the will of the people in an election is overturned. All they are doing is marching and serving a piece of paper that means very little. That's not to say it couldn't get worse because we've heard a lot of stories about that since this movement emerged.

BTW, if you watch the video above a person wearing an AFSCME shirt was walking up the state capitol steps to serve the eviction notice. It almost makes me wonder who is really behind this movement!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Afterburner: How to Steal Power

[VIDEO] Bill Whittle talks about how the left in this country takes liberties with the concepts of "general welfare" and the "commerce clause". Those terms are in fact used in the constitution, but Whittle is arguing for a more literalist interpretation of the constitution and not the more "living document" approach that is taken by the left. The Constitution -  our Supreme Law of the Land -  is often interpreted to justify certain policies!

Chicago News Report: Gay-bashing State Street preacher exposed!

Chicago News Report | Chicago Crime | News: Samuel Chambers: Gay-bashing State Street preacher exposed!

He's been preaching along State Street for years and man I can't believe he has been called out in the fashion that he has been over at the Chicago News Report. I'm not sure how to take this. Needless to say however. But this anecdote...WOW!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

So the future is here...

According to RIMarkable we can use a BlackBerry device or more specifically turn the SIM card into a MasterCard. Yes now cell phones can be used for purchases instead of having to pull out an actual card:
Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 and BlackBerry® Curve™ 9360 smartphones are the first SIM-based NFC smartphones to be certified by MasterCard Worldwide asPayPass-approved devices.

The certification was granted on the basis of the BlackBerry® smartphones meeting the functionality, interoperability and security requirements of MasterCard. With this certification, any MasterCard PayPass-issuing bank globally will be able to deploy MasterCard PayPass-enabled accounts to the SIM card of these smartphones.

The ecosystem to allow customers to take advantage of the certified BlackBerry smartphones for NFC payments is already growing. France Telecom – Orange believes that mobile NFC has the potential to enable a new revolution in mobile by further connecting people’s mobile digital world with the physical world around them. France Telecom – Orange is the first operator worldwide to have commercial NFC launches in two countries, UK and France, with trials in several European markets.
It has been talked about in Chicago at least, that the Chicago Transit Authority wants to find a way to allow transit riders to pay their fares with a cellphone. This could be a prelude although it may utilize the same technology as using the phone as a debit/credit card.

BTW, I just learned AT&T will finally have the new BlackBerry Bold 9900 in the near future. I do also like the touchscreen BlackBerry Torch but have really been feeling the new BlackBerry Bold. Then again in a change of pace I want to get my hands on an iPhone 4S. There is a little time for me to decide since I'm looking for the best deal possible.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Student loans add to angst at Occupy Wall Street

Student loans add to angst at Occupy Wall Street

Count me as one of those people with a significant student loan debt. You know I have been tempted to sign petitions that'll just wipe out student loan debt.

Is that practical? That's very doubtful because lenders want their money back! A weird catch 22 they want their money back, but students who either drop out or graduate without finding a job to pay this debt back will remain in debt and could default. It makes me wish I had done better planning financing my education.
With the nation's student loan debt approaching $1 trillion, the issue has also generated debate in Washington. The Obama administration announced plans Tuesday to expand a government program to help 1.2 million borrowers reduce their payments and consolidate their student debt.

Republicans, including some presidential hopefuls, have demanded in recent days that government student aid programs be reduced or eliminated.

About two-thirds of the students who were in four-year colleges in 2009 used loans to pay tuition, accruing an average debt of $24,000, said Lauren Asher, president of the nonprofit Institute for College Access & Success. One in 10 owed $40,000 or more.

And even at a time when new tools have been developed to help poor students negotiate federal payments, an increasing percentage of them are defaulting. Last year, 320,000 people who recently left college defaulted on a federal payment.

"Compared to a generation ago, a lot more people have student loans and are carrying debt that is much greater," said Asher, adding that besieged state governments are passing on costs to students at public schools by driving up tuition.

"Most people look at the sticker prices at Harvard and Yale," Asher said. "But most students go to public schools, and tuitions there are also rising rapidly."

Republicans in Congress are seeking to lower the $5,000 cap on federal Pell Grants, which aid low- and middle-income students and do not require repayment.

"Look, I worked three jobs to pay off my student loans after college," House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan said last week at a town hall meeting in his native Wisconsin. "I didn't get grants, I got loans, and we need to have a system of viable student loans to be able to do this."

Presidential candidate Ron Paul also reminded voters last weekend that he had worked his way through college and medical school, and promised that if he was in the White House he would eliminate federal student loans altogether.

But President Obama has supported loan programs and tried to improve them. He also has reminded voters of his personal experience: Both he and his wife, Michelle, came out of college and law school with $60,000 in student loan debt. "We were paying a bigger amount every month than our mortgage," he said last summer. "And we did that for eight, 10 years. So I know how burdensome this can be."
Via Newsalert!

GAFFNEY: Who lost the world? - Washington Times

GAFFNEY: Who lost the world? - Washington Times

I'm not going to excerpt this one. This will have to speak for itself.

I've somewhat followed the Libyan situation. Gaddafi murdered by his people, and then I hear that the new regime may institute Sharia law not much different than in either Iran or Saudi Arabia.

After years of being under repressive and dictatorial rule you would hope that a nation would want democracy. I fear the Libyan people aren't going to get much different than what they rebelled against.

Of course even more disturbing is a Mexico in disarray! Narcotrafficers and their Hezbollah allies. I need to read more about that issue as well.

Dangerous world and Frank Gaffney points at the administration in the White House RIGHT NOW!!!

Via Instapundit!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Artur Davis should have supported Alabama's voter ID laws

This was an issue in Georgia while I was in school at Morehouse. There were complaints such as how can those without automobiles be able to get an ID so that they can vote. I also here that ID people could come to homes. There were plenty of arguments back and forth in favor or against such a law. Also it seems opposition would stem from the fact that such a law was not only economic, but that such a law would also affect people of a certain ethnicity.

Artur Davis was a Congressman from Alabama and he ran for Governor last year in the Democratic primary and lost. He's currently retired from politics but offers his thoughts on voter IDs. In fact he wants us to know that as a politician he wasn't in favor of voter ID laws!
The truth is that the most aggressive contemporary voter suppression in the African American community, at least in Alabama, is the wholesale manufacture of ballots, at the polls and absentee, in parts of the Black Belt.

Voting the names of the dead, and the nonexistent, and the too-mentally-impaired to function, cancels out the votes of citizens who are exercising their rights -- that's suppression by any light. If you doubt it exists, I don't; I've heard the peddlers of these ballots brag about it, I've been asked to provide the funds for it, and I am confident it has changed at least a few close local election results.

There is no question that a voter ID law, in order to pass legal muster and in order to be just, must have certain characteristics. It should contain exceptions for the elderly or disabled who may not drive, and as a consequence lack the most conventional ID, a driver's license. There should also be a process for non-drivers to obtain a photo ID, and the process has to be cost-free, for the simple reason that even a nominal financial impediment to voting looks and feels too much like a poll tax.

It is my understanding that the Alabama statute contains each of these exceptions and a few others, including a provision for on-site polling officials to waive the requirement if they attest that they know the voter.

The fact that a law that is unlikely to impede a single good faith voter -- and that only gives voting the same elements of security as writing a check at the store, or obtaining a library card -- is controversial does say much about the raw feelings in our current politics. The ugliest, hardest forms of disfranchisement were practiced in our lifetimes, and its still conventional rhetoric in black political circles to say those times are on the way back. Witness a last-minute automated call to black voters in the 2010 general election by state Sen. Hank Sanders, an ingenious lawyer and a skillful legislator who knew better, but who also knew the attack would resonate.
Politics trump the need to find ways to ensure clean elections apparently. Shenanigans may always ensue when it comes to politics!

Via Instapundit!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hey I know of her...

[VIDEO] Patricia McAllister ran against Mayor Daley back in 2003 along with some other no-names that year and lost spectacularly. She was on cable access years ago with essentially her own "informercial" if you will. Her main issues were affordable housing and then turned around and claimed that "they wanted to kick all Black folks out of Chicago". And it appears she's still talking crazy!

Can Obama hold on to African American voters in 2012?

So it appears the White House is seeking to solidify support from within the Black Community. Will this translate into getting more Blacks to the polls?
For several months, radio host Tom Joyner has pleaded with his 8 million listeners to get in line behind the first black president.

“Stick together, black people,” says Joyner, whose R&B morning show reaches one in four African American adults.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, an ally of President Obama who has a daily radio show and hosts a nightly cable television program, recently told the president’s black critics, “I’m not telling you to shut up. I’m telling you: Don’t make some of us have to speak up.”

Even as Obama and his campaign play down the suggestion that support among African Americans is flagging, a cadre of powerful allies is snapping back at critics in the black community and making explicit appeals for racial loyalty.

“Let’s not even deal with the facts right now. Let’s deal with just our blackness and pride — and loyalty,” Joyner wrote on his blog. “We have the chance to re-elect the first African-American president, and that’s what we ought to be doing. And I’m not afraid or ashamed to say that as black people, we should do it because he’s a black man.”

That message is pointed at racial unity much more than it was in 2008, when just the prospect of electing the nation’s first black president brought out record numbers of African American voters. This time, high-profile Obama supporters are tailoring their appeal in hopes of reigniting enthusiasm among blacks, a critical part of the president’s base that has been disproportionately hurt by the lagging economy and high unemployment rates.
Aren't we supposed to be in post-racial America where race doesn't matter? I'm not going to dispute that Obama is getting flack from some quarters because he's Black. It's probably true though my optimism would like to believe that this is a small number. Although it's just as easily that they never liked him in the first black and it's because he's either Black or they insist he's a Muslim.

I'm going to jump ahead to the end. Why the push by many prominent Blacks for Obama and the calls for racial solidarity:
Warren Ballentine, a black talk radio host based in North Carolina who has interviewed Obama about a dozen times, speaks about the president’s accessibility. “It’s not like he is not hearing black America,” he said.

Ballentine specifically reminds his listeners of the racial undertones he saw in the 2008 campaign.

“It’s almost like we’ve forgotten what this man had to go through to get into the office. We need to remember the hatred and vitriol that came out.”

Sharpton said he learned an important lesson about supporting black politicians in the early 1990s, when David Dinkins, who was New York’s first black mayor, was running for reelection. Sharpton criticized Dinkins’s “deliberative” style and thought his policies were not progressive enough. Dinkins was hurt by the diminished enthusiasm and turnout among black voters.

“We beat up on him. He went down and we ended up with eight years of Rudy Giuliani,” said Sharpton, who has been among Obama’s most aggressive supporters. “I said I’ll never make that mistake again.”
Like I said, I can't dispute that the President hadn't gone through anything during the course of his historic run. I don't recall anything during the 2008 elections that might have been race related. Although to be sure he was beat up good by Hillary's camp and not because of his race necessarily. Some saw his race as a negative but many saw his lack of executive experience as an issue. I most certainly did!

Also the call for racial solidarity, well it almost strikes me as a call for supporting mediocre politicians who don't deserve a second chance. Has Obama exactly proven that Black voters should give him a second chance? Let's hope that many won't just vote for him because he's Black.

This quote was a breath of fresh air in this article:
Jack Jackson, who works for the city’s water treatment plant, said he is tired of the appeals to black identity politics.

“Leave the race game alone,” said Jackson, 53, who said he supports Obama. “Let’s not keep holding on to that. It’s been done. . . . We should put our faith in God, not Obama.”
Yes, Obama should! I know he wants to remain in office another four years. It's OK to shore up support amongst a very significant constituency, but at what point do you begin to focus on the rest of the nation. Only time will tell if Obama's current strategy is a winning one!

Via Newsalert!

Monday, October 17, 2011

WTF???: Opposite-sex couple in civil union assail NU's health insurance rules

The sub-title to the Tribune article is "Heterosexuals get fewer options than same-sex partners". I'm with Rich Miller on this...WTF??? Although he doesn't even say it as colorfully!
Soon after Northwestern University professor Robert Fourer entered into a civil union, he did what many others in newly recognized relationships have done: He applied to add his partner to his health insurance.

But Northwestern denied his request because his partner is a woman.

The university's top-tier PPO insurance plan is available to same-sex partners in a civil union, but not to heterosexual couples in the same type of legal relationship. Male-female partners are eligible only for the university's HMO plan — unless they marry, in which case they can pick either plan.

Fourer and DePaul University professor Sandra Maria Benedet, an Evanston couple in their early 60s, decided to enter into a civil union shortly after it became legal in part because they support equal rights for same-sex couples. So they were shocked to learn that when it comes to Northwestern's health insurance, same-sex pairs get a better deal.

"The (civil union) law makes no distinction, but somehow they are making a distinction," said Fourer, an engineering professor at Northwestern for 33 years. "I am not happy with it. It is somewhat intrusive. Why should they be bugging me about the gender of my partner?"

At a time of year when employees are signing up for next year's health insurance coverage, Illinois' recent civil union law is raising new, and sometimes unexpected, complications about eligibility.

Among other developments, some employers that previously offered benefits for same-sex domestic partners now require proof of a civil union to get insurance.
There is a wrinkle in this:
The law in this area is complicated. Employers who offer fully insured health coverage have to provide benefits to civil union partners to the same extent they provide them to married spouses, but employers with self-insured plans can choose who gets the benefits. Northwestern has both — the fully insured HMO and the self-funded PPO.

"After further discussion regarding insurance eligibility for civil union partners, it was determined that in a heterosexual relationship, the partner is eligible only for the fully insured plans," the benefits specialist wrote in an email to Fourer, which he provided to the Tribune.

Fourer, however, was enrolled in the university's PPO plan. Therefore, "Sandra is unable to join your plan at this time," the employee wrote, adding that Fourer could switch to the HMO plan, and add her, effective Jan. 1.
The issues that come up with radical changes. Illinois has civil unions and that's not without its issues. I've accepted civil unions but I do support treating all couples the same as - according to this article - the University of Chicago is doing.

After that is what the push for gay marriage/civil unions are about, treating couples the same?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I'm glad it's being said

I've always thought the RINO thing made little sense. So it's refreshing to see the Chicago GOP blog say what I've always thought:
It is cheap to bust on people within the GOP using terms like “RINO.”  I usually find it is used by people who have no intention of actually facing off against Democrats.   After all, it is oh-so-safe to pillage and rage solely within the GOP, and not the outside world – few real chances are taken, and there is no concrete possibility of recrimination.  People would style themselves as romantic revolutionaries within the GOP, but until the risk is taken of acting against Democrats it is a tempest in a teapot.  Many more are now facing down the Machine, and I encourage them strongly.  But is simply losing politics to reject those in the GOP who do not measure up to your  perfect level of conservatism, or disagree with you on one litmus test or another, when they agree with you on 80% or more of what you say.  If you feel that Republican leaders have not acted properly or actively enough, and then oppose them, it is fine and fair.  But the level of demonization going on in this Party is getting way out of hand.

The people of Illinois lose in our ideological infighting on the right, though the personal interests of a few wanna-be political chieftains might be served.  We have a responsibility to stop the madness in Springfield.  In the end, we have to come together, or all our efforts in 2012 will be, in Shakespeare’s phrase “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”  Then is it over the cliff for Illinois while the Democratic leadership retires to their fat pensions.   
Can the GOP afford to be pure in Chicago or even Illinois? I doubt it because in the last decade Republicans have been taking a beating. Find the best candidate where it's likely that person will be elected. Hopefully one that will put forward a Republican agenda whatever that is.

Besides here in this state, the Democrats do it. For the most part in state legislative seats the Democrats will pick those candidates to run in areas and hopefully have them campaign in a fashion where they will likely be elected. Yeah I've been reading the Capitol Fax blog.

Anyway, if you ran a Democrat in a more conservative area of this state could you even consider running as a progressive? Wouldn't be advisable no more than you ran as a conservative in a more liberal area and started talking about more social issues?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Obama has lost the owner of the "Obamalac"

Photo courtesy of Capitol Fax
During Obama's successful run for the Presidency in 2008 Rich Miller of the Capitol Fax made several posts about his dad's support for our then US Senator. He supported Obama so much that he placed decals on his car "Obama '08" and then drove it to Iowa. What a difference three years will make. From Miller's Sun-Times column:
The situation may be worse than they realize. My father went door-to-door for Obama in his U.S. Senate race. Obama used to call him “Brother Miller.”

Dad loved him.

When Obama decided to run for president, Dad attached giant, custom-made “Obama ’08” stickers to both sides of his vintage 1963 Cadillac convertible. He christened it the “Obamallac” and drove all over Iowa to advertise his guy before the 2008 caucuses.

I called Dad on Tuesday night and he told me he was watching the Republican presidential debate. I asked him why and he said he’s so bitterly disappointed in Obama that he is looking around for someone else to support.

If Obama has lost the Obamallac owner, he’s in gigantic trouble, and so is the rest of the Democratic Party.
The gist of the whole column was about how this year Democratic support is soft in this state. Of course this is true around the nation. While many have hoped for parallels between 1996 to today there are just no signs that it's happening at all. There doesn't appear to be a backlash against the Republican US House of Representatives.

The difference between 1996 and 2012 is that President Bill Clinton was very willing to co-opt the Republicans agenda for the most part. It remains to be seen if President Obama's current turn to the left will help his chances, but according to Miller's column the polling doesn't suggest as much.

Of course Miller's beat is not the national political scene but Illinois' political scene. If Obama is in trouble around the nation, then that couldn't possible bode well for his home state Democrats!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration

[VIDEO] American history - or more specifically the American Revolution and the writing of the Declaration of Independence - in the form of a 3 minute music video. The tune, melody, rythm is quite catchy. I almost felt as if I was transported to the late 80s to early 90s even if I'm watching actors & singers representing our founding fathers who just so happen to not be singing period music. :P

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

VIDEO: Economic Freedom in America Today EconFree

[VIDEO: PART 1 & PART 2] The video above is actually episode two of a series from This is the theme of that video above.
For years the United States has been a world leader in economic freedom. But runaway government spending and burdensome regulations have caused a decline in economic freedom in the United States. If our economic freedom continues to fall, how will it affect our quality of life?
I watched last night's GOP debate on Bloomberg. One thing they attacked Obama on is the healthcare overhaul. That mandate will cost businesses even more money according to those candidate who seek to replace Obama in the White House.

Another charge we might be hearing more of is that President Obama has little clue about how the American economy thrives and operates. I hope there will be more videos.

I only posted links to both Parts 1 & 2, in the brackets but you can watch Part 2 above! Part 1 looks at economic freedom and quality of life.

Hat-tip Instapundit!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Andrew Jackson: the Tea Party president?

Andrew Jackson was our 7th President serving from 1829 to 1837. This American Spectator article makes a great case that President Jackson - a Democrat - would be very relatable to today's Tea Party movement.

I'm excerpting the conclusion on Jackson's foreign policy if he just so happened to drop in on 21st Century America and then the final paragaph of this article:
On foreign policy, Jackson would argue that America must play a significant role in the world. We are a great nation and must stand tall. But he would warn against getting involved in unnecessary wars unrelated to vital American interests. And he would ferociously attack anyone who suggested, for example, that opposition to America's Libyan adventure amounted to isolationism. He would insist on reasonable and accurate terms of debate.

Corporate welfare in all its forms; high taxes that thwart economic activity and entrepreneurialism; persistent deficit spending; the bloated federal government; intrusions from Washington great and small into the lives of citizens; petty corruption in legislative activity; unnecessary and dangerous military ventures -- all would come under Jackson's damning political assault. Then he would take his program to the American people, let the chips fall, and rise or fall on his principles. This approach worked with the Bank of the U.S. back in the 1830s. Perhaps it will reemerge as the country's dominant political force in the 2010s.
Give this article a full read! Jackson I would think of as one of our more unique Presidents. Who could fill his shoes today? Because I already know he's not going to magically drop from the 19th century into the 21st century!

Via Newsalert!

Sunday, October 09, 2011

We're still talking about Steve Jobs

[VIDEO] This segment aired on the most recent edition of Sunday Morning:
New York Times technology columnist [David Pogue] comments on how when Steve Jobs died, the country lost not one but four of its greatest minds.
I'm giving credit to Steve Jobs for getting ahead of a revolution having some failures which culminated in him getting forced out of the company he had created. Then returning to his company and eventually becoming very influential. Watching this vdieo there had to have been something about him!

BTW, been to two Chicago-area Apple Stores since he had passed away. Memorials outside of the store to both of them. And for whatever reason at one store they left money for him. What was up with that?

If only I can be as successful as him!

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Instavision: A Libertarian Moment in the GOP?

[VIDEO] Since Rep. Ron Paul ran in the 2008 Presidential Race on the Republican side I've often pondered this subject. In that party the Conservatives had to find the right standard bearer and that turned out to be Ronald Reagan. There is still a need in the GOP to find that conservative standard bearer.

Still, I do wonder if now is the time for a Reaganesque figure for Libertarianism. If you believe that this nation needs to head in a direction that allows for less government and more liberty I would say now is the time. It does seem however that such movements takes years before eventually they do gain some success or even the Presidency or even solid control of either of our two major parties.

All the same Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit talks to former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson on this very subject. Do you think this nation is ready for mainstream Libertarianism, however that should be defined?

Friday, October 07, 2011

Herman Cain interviewed by MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell

[VIDEO]Beware of people who know better than you about your experience and are willing to tell you what you should've done when it was a long time ago! Lawrence O'Donnell wonders why GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain didn't get himself involved in the civil rights movement while he was in both high school and at Morehouse.

Via Legal Insurrection! Want to see the full interview it's over at Real Clear Politics!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

AP: Will Apple Continue to Thrive?

[VIDEO] I found out just yesterday that Apple Inc. founder and former CEO Steve Jobs had passed away. At that time I was no where near a PC or a TV when the news broke. In fact, I found out through an IM courtesy of my non-iPhone :P

This video looks at the future of Apple without their visionary founder and leader. In August he stepped down from his CEO position at Apple Inc. He had been fighting cancer and already had a leave of absense since January, but returned to the public eye to unveil the iPad2.

There was another unveiling of products at least a day before his death when Apple had revealed the newest version of the iPhone. I understand that he wasn't there to even show support.

As you see in this video people are talking about him. In the beginning he had a rough start. He may well have revolutionized the personal computer, but before the 80s was over he was out of the company he formed building computers in his parent's garage. Then he came back by the late 1990s and then a string of products with the iPod, iPhone and then the iPad. Of course let's not forget about those Macs.

As was the quote in that AP video, there is hope that Jobs' vision will continue even though he has passed away. Perhaps we'll continue to deal with the Macs, iPods, iPhones & iPads for the foreseeable future!

Prof’s radical advice for successful black women: Marry outside race

This is from Mary Mitchell's column from last month. A subject tackled on this blog many times before:
[Stanford Law professor Ralph  Richard Banks] argues that if a lot more black women were to marry outside the race, it would solve a number of problems now plaguing the black community: “Fewer black women would be alone. Just as some black women marry down rather than marry out, other black women remain unmarried rather than partner with a man of another race. There is a shortage of men only if black women remain confined to a segregated market.”

Additionally, he points out that black women who marry outside the race could bypass many of the hazards of the single life — “unsatisfying and nonmonogamous relationships, the increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases, abortion, single parenthood.”
Then here's a quote as to why Black women are less willing to date outside of their ethnic group:
He even came up with a list of reasons why more black women aren’t open to dating white men:

“Black women don’t think white men are interested; black women trace their love of a black man to the love of their father; white men were seen as lacking ‘swag,’ and partnering with black men was a way of fighting racism.”

As one 40-year-old married woman from Oakland told Banks: “We should never give up on our black men. Never. We have to support them. We know it’s a struggle, but we women got to stand by the black man. If we don’t, who will?” She asked.
I'm pretty sure there are some black men out there who would disagree with that. Do Black women really support their Black men?

Look, I would marry a black woman in a heartbeat more so than any other race or ethnic group out there. I don't believe profession or occupation should get into the way of a good relationship. Income shouldn't matter because you're both building together. Ethnicity shouldn't matter and I would dare say age shouldn't matter.

That's not to say those are factors in a break-up at all because they can be. I'm sure between two people whatever their differences if the magic isn't there, there will be no magic between those two people.

Now back to that quote, I do wonder how much Black women do support Black men. I'm sure there is a black men out there who will claim his woman got successful and left him behind. Could that be his fault because he could never reach her level or is it her's because she may insist that her husband has to be on an equal or better level with her.

Can someone clue me in?

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

More Black political history...

I found this old op/ed from Hip Hop Republican. Some interesting points made here. Basically it's how Blacks went from being overwhelmingly Republican to overwhelmingly Democratic:
The organizers of the Exposition invited prominent black leader Booker T. Washington to give a keynote address. The position he took in that speech was a calculated gamble that aimed to improve blacks’ social position by aggressively pursuing progress and abandoning political agitation. The approach he outlined became the dominant black ethos for generations. It was a dizzying failure with consequences we are still working to unwind.

Which brings us to the next player in the story. Washington had a rival in his bid to be the main voice of black America. W.E.B. DuBois was raised in the north and graduated from Harvard. He advocated a much more forceful stand for political rights and dismissed Washington’s emphasis on economic development and capitalism. DuBois founded the NAACP and became a prominent figure, particularly among Northern blacks. DuBois was impressed with Marxism and flirted with radical left-wing theories all his life, even writing a defense of Stalin at his death. His influence would increase as Washington’s version of compromise began to unravel.

Washington’s approach incorporated two disastrous mistakes. First he thought that institutional Southern racism would weaken as the black community began to realize its economic potential. Second, he did not recognize that capitalism cannot function without government protection of basic property rights. In the face of these tragic misunderstandings, blacks labored away for decades building remarkably successful businesses, professions, and civic institutions, only to watch them crushed over and over again by discriminatory laws and violence. There was no hope for economic progress without the most basic civil rights.

A wave of race riots in the teens and ‘20’s were particularly devastating. Only a fraction of the incidents were documented at the time, usually in the form of a brief, euphemistic reference in a local paper to “troubles.” But postcards (that’s right, postcards), stories, and victim accounts painted a clearer picture. Two of the most notorious riots occurred in Rosewood, Florida and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prosperous black communities were in many cases wiped off the map, destroying generations of hard-won gains. When the Depression came, the brief flowering of the separate black communities was effectively dead.

By the 50’s, as America was bracing finally to confront its racist legacy, the gritty capitalism Washington had promoted was seen by blacks as a discredited failure at best, an “Uncle Tom” sell-out at worst. As Dr. King’s effort’s bore fruit and African-Americans began at last to have genuine economic opportunities thrown open to them, there was little enthusiasm to embrace it. Blacks who had successfully fought to open up economic opportunities focused their continuing efforts on government social programs and poverty relief, reflecting the ascension of DuBois’ approach over the perceived failures of Booker T. Washington.
 I need to break out Washington's book Up from Slavery. Not that it would talk about this, but I never thought about this angle. It's OK to advocate building yourself up by the boot straps, however, it means nothing if no one else respects your enterprise for whatever reason. If no one respects your skill or whatever you build up then they'll never pay you what you're worth nor will they be unwilling to destroy it. Something to consider.

Monday, October 03, 2011

How "Prohibition" Explains Today's Politics

Well here's one story about Chicago politics during the Prohibition era. A cleaned up Chicago only resulted in the last Democratic candidate for Mayor being defeated by a Republican challenger. Then another angle by NBC Chicago's Ward Room blog:
Motivated by a paternalistic desire to protect the morals of the working class and immigrants, the reformers were in favor of prohibition. Restricting alcohol was seen as a progressive cause. It was championed by the same people who agitated for women’s suffrage, the income tax, and the direct election of senators, and whose grandparents had agitated for the abolition of slavery. The headquarters of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union was and is in Evanston, to this day a bastion of upper-middle liberalism. (The Frances Willard House, home of the WCTU’s founder, is now a museum open on the first and third Sunday of each month.)

Prohibition also introduced us to a grafter, Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna, saloon keeper and alderman of the 1st Ward. According to the Encyclopedia of Chicago History, Kenna “created in the 1890s a First Ward political machine based on graft and protection money from the saloons, brothels, and gambling halls of the Levee district, just south of the Loop.”

His customers, needless to say, were the very working men Willard sought to protect from their vices. As Prohibition points out, advocates of temperance, or “drys,” tended to be small-town, native-born Protestants. Those who wanted to keep the liquor flowing, or “wets,” were immigrants and Catholics who saw attacks on drinking as attacks on their culture.

The issue of Prohibition is long dead, but the political factions that fought over it are not. The descendants of the drys are reform groups such as the Better Government Association and the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, which draw their support from the wealthier, WASPier areas of Chicagoland: the lakefront, the North Shore, Hyde Park. The descendants of the wets are…pretty much every Democrat on the City Council and in the state legislature, elected by the voters the reformers are trying to protect.
Essentially the reformers and the regulars or "the goo-goos and the grafters". I wasn't sure if you could compare prohibition era politics to today's politics however. What do you think?

Sunday, October 02, 2011

BET Founder To Obama: Stop Demagoguing The Rich

[VIDEO] Wow Robert Johnson, just WOW! Well perhaps not unexpected commentary, but this just needs to go viral. Here's a description from
Obama supporter and fundraiser Robert Johnson appeared on "Fox News Sunday" and spoke out against the president's recent rhetoric demonizing the rich in America.

"I’ve earned my success. I’ve earned my right to fly private if I choose to do so. And by attacking me, is not going to convince me that I should take a bigger hit because I happen to be wealthy."
Not to make a mountain out of a mole hill, but could Obama's rhetoric about soaking the rich cost him some support? Should I read that from Mr. Johnson's statement?

Via Newsalert!