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There Are No Lines In Politics, Ms. Martin (Part II)
This post continues the response I had to NPR’s Michelle Martin on her assertion that there are “lines” of decency in politics.

Bad Obama Paintings That Were Worth Millions In 2008

Just a little comic relief.

Who’s In Charge?
Obama may sit in the most powerful seat on this side of the globe, but who is supplying him with that power?

Beyond Montana Fishburne

While folks all across the net are showing shock and awe over Laurence Fishburne’s daughter doing porn, the porn industry is full of young men and women who will NEVER get as much “concerned” attention as Fishburne’s little girl.

“The NAACP of yesteryear: lynchings, Jim Crow, Brown vs. Board of Education, Plessy v. Ferguson. The NAACP of today: Smoking bans, amusement parks, Hallmark cards, pot, and nominating Real Housewives of Atlanta for an Image Award. How the mighty has fallen.”

“Nigga” From The Lips Of A White Man Is Pure Gold

Repeating Insignificance

But Will They Have A Section For Weed Smokers?

Watch Me Pull This Rabbit Out Of My Hat

Didn’t Jimmy The Greek Say Something Like This?

Do We Need A 9/11 To Help Obama?

Al Qaeda Immunity To The Race Bomb

Remember, The Banks Are Too Big To Fail

That’s A New One

Sign Of The Times?

Posted: July 15, 2010 in Headlines

Or just another day in Atlanta?

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A Lesson For Black Politicians (From Ebony, 1969)

Welfare Mentality

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Race Alone Cannot Be Used To Predict Health

The Media’s Obsession With The “Not Enough Blacks In Baseball” Claim

Suburban Mom Seeks Change For Illinois

Just Wondering If LeBron Is Making Room For Mom In Miami

Almost Like America

Perhaps It Was How Steele Said What He Did


Why the Auto Bailout Would Be a Big Mistake

John Stossel on Why the Big Three Don’t Deserve a Taxpayer Bailout

[excerpt]

“But wait a second, those jobs wouldn’t necessarily be lost. Bankruptcy isn’t death. Kmart didn’t disappear when it went bankrupt. Neither did Fruit of the Loom, Texaco, Continental Airlines, Delta, or United.

They were reorganized into more efficient, sustainable businesses. Out of this creative destruction new jobs emerged.

Toyota isn’t asking for a bailout. Neither are Honda or Nissan. Yet, they all sell and build cars in America. In fact, while the Big Three were begging for your money, workers at Honda celebrated the first cars coming off their new assembly line in Indiana.

Why can Honda do it, when the Big Three can’t? Well, Gettelfinger’s union is one reason. The Big Three have to deal with strikes.

The UAW even got the Big Three to create places where longtime workers who are not needed are still paid 95 percent of their wages to just sit. They wouldn’t allow us to videotape these so-called jobs banks, but Linda Swan saw them when she worked for Ford.

“For the most part our people just sit inside and do nothing,” she said. ”

[…]

“Tens if not hundreds of thousands of jobs would be lost in the auto industry itself,” said U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn.

But wait a second, those jobs wouldn’t necessarily be lost. Bankruptcy isn’t death. Kmart didn’t disappear when it went bankrupt. Neither did Fruit of the Loom, Texaco, Continental Airlines, Delta, or United.

They were reorganized into more efficient, sustainable businesses. Out of this creative destruction new jobs emerged. (more…)

And look who is pushing for the bailout?


Jesse Jackson plans rallies to support automakers

DETROIT: The Rev. Jesse Jackson said Friday he will organize rallies in several cities to urge Congress to grant aid to the struggling U.S. automakers.

“It’s time to go back to the streets for some action,” Jackson said after a press conference with minority suppliers and dealers. “We need to show the wealth and depth of pain. It’s not the Big Three execs, it’s the big 4 million jobs.” (more…)

O.J. Simpson Sentenced to 16 Years for Hotel Robbery

Racial Politics and the LAUSD
By Ron Kaye
nbclosangeles.com

Willie Williams, Ruben Zacarias, Bernard Parks and, now, Admiral David Brewer — when it came time for them to leave high public office, race became the No. 1 issue.

It speaks a lot about the state of the Los Angeles — the nation’s most racially diverse city where a fusion culture of black, brown, Asian and white is being born among young people — that the color of a person’s skin takes precedence over the value of their public service.

Brewer, who honed his management skills in the bureaucracy of the U.S. Navy, got the job as Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District despite a lack of any experience in education.

The theory was that after a Latino educator who never got his arms around LAUSD’s bureaucratic mess and a white former governor of Colorado who proved himself to be a master builder of schools, it was time for an African-American administrator.

Within a year, it was clear the theory was faulty. Brewer wobbled in the face of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s failed attempt to take control of the nation’s second largest school district and seemed to be swallowed up by the immensity of the task of reforming a 700,000-student school system that had wallowed in failure for more than two decades.

The city’s ruling elite tried to ease him out but Brewer resisted, finally succumbing to pressure to turn over most of his responsibilities to the mayor’s education point man Ray Cortines, himself a former LAUSD superintendent.

Finally, this week the heavy guns were brought out to force Brewer to take a buyout on the last two years of his $300,000 a year contract plus nearly $100,000 more for living expenses.

And that’s when race became the issue. (more…)

When Brewer was appointed School Superintendent, it was quite apparent that this was a race move. The buzz around him at that time was that he was going to whip the school system into shape, thanks in part to his military background. In short, they threw this brotha to the lions knowing full well he did not have the experience to deal with school bureaucracy. This “King of the mountain” crap is killing LAUSD, yet they continue to play this silly game of diversity over qualifications. I guess the next superintendent will be a homosexual midget (sorry, ‘little person’).

Meanwhile, the same diversity qualifications game is being played at the Federal level.

For the rainbow cabinet of the nation’s first African American president, Mary Beth Maxwell is the perfect labor secretary you’ve probably never heard of: a gay woman, community organizer and labor leader with an adopted African American son. And this founding executive director of American Rights at Work is about to get the full-court press. (more from wsj.com)