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Donald Trump is the latest Elevation of the Crazy

In 2008 John McCain unleashed Sarah Palin on us. She was a self-proclaimed Grizzly Mom. She offered blunt, tough talk. She clearly relished her role as attack dog. She questioned candidate Barack Obama’s patriotism but the party loved her. After the election she was able to become a Fox news contributor and a sought after speaker. Her crazy talk turned into a career. Now in 2015 Trump has no respect his crazy talk has been elevated to another level. Trump’s comments about John McCain were despicable but Trump has refused to apologize. Trump is constantly running his mouth but I’m sorry is not a part of his verbal arsenal. Trump double downed on his position in USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/07/19/donald-trump-republican-party-presidential-candidate-editorials-debates/30389993/) Trump is not going to change. He is the King of Crazy Talk. His followers are not the crazies and in reality he is not truly crazy. He is doing want an entertainer does. He is simply giving the people what they want. He is a side show and perhaps the show will be over soon.

Dr. Cornel West clarifies his criticism of Ta-Nehisi Coates, but does he make it worse?

My response to Brother Ta-Nehisi’s new book should not be misunderstood. I simply tried to honestly evaluate the book at the level of Truth, Goodness and Beauty. Since I believe there will never be another Baldwin — just as there will never be another Coltrane, Morrison, Du Bois, Simone [as in Nina], Robeson or Rakim — the coronation of Coates as Baldwin is wrong. His immense talents and gifts lie elsewhere and lead to different priorities. He indeed tells crucial truths about the vicious legacy of white supremacy as plunder on a visceral level, yet he fails to focus on our collective fightback, social movements or political hope. Even his fine essays downplay people’s insurgency and resistance. The full truth of white supremacy must include our historic struggles against it. His critical comments in his essays about the respectability politics or paternalistic speeches of the black president in power (absent in his book) do not constitute a critique of the presidency — pro-Wall Street policy as capitalist wealth inequality, drone policy as U.S. war crimes, massive surveillance as violation of rights, or defense of ugly Israeli occupation as immoral domination. For example, none of the black or white neo-liberals who coronate Coates say that 500 Palestinian babies killed by U.S. supported Israeli forces in 50 days or U.S. drones killing over 200 babies are crimes against humanity. Yet they cry crocodile tears when black folk are murdered by U.S. police. Unlike Baldwin, Coates gives them this hypocritical way out — with no cost to pay, risk to take, or threat to their privilege because of his political silence on these issues. I love Coates’ obsession with Baldwin’s beautiful prose, and Coates does have beautiful moments too. Baldwin’s beauty is profoundly soulful, wise and eager to inspire others. Coates’ beauty is deliberately nerdy, smart and draws attention to itself. Hence, Coates’ obsession with beauty weakens the Baldwin-like truths of resistance to be told or the Baldwin-like goodness tied to social hope. Like a Blues man or Jazz woman, Baldwin offers his whole blood-drenched and tear-soaked soul in words and sounds to an incomplete world, whereas Coates offers his well-crafted words with a sad spectatorial self to a doomed world. In this Age of Ferguson, we indeed need different voices, yet the most needful voices should be Baldwin-like all the way down and all the way LIVE!

Donald Trump learns the hard way that you can not insult a “true” American

In 2012 Donald Trump embraced birtherism. He questioned the President’s citizenship and he was invited on the major networks (NBC and Fox embraced him) to share his claims. The Republican candidates including Mitt Romney came to New York to kiss his rink and hopefully get his endorsement. Very few of them challenged him on the birther issue. When he announced his run for the presidency this past June he insulted the Hispanic community. He labeled some of them as rapist and murders and he said some might be good people. Some candidates rejected his harsh rhetoric, but others stayed silent. Still in awe of the Trump brand and the chance that once he parks his circus car he might toss them a bone. So yesterday when he struck out at John McCain he could not have foreseen the universal disdain that he is receiving. Trump a man who received 4 deferments had the nerve to challenge a former POW who was held captive for over 5 years. Trump has declared that McCain was captured and he likes people who were not captured. So why did this strike such a strident cord? Could it be that this is the first time he has gone after someone who the majority see as a “True American”? Sadly, there are still people in this country who truly believe the President was born in Kenya, and if you follow that line of thinking Trump was regarded as a truth teller. There is also a group of people who believe illegal immigrants are potential criminals, but you would be hard pressed to find too many people that would agree with his characterization of a real American, John McCain.

Donald Trump questions John McCain’s hero status…has he finally gone too far?


Donald Trump has been allowed to say all manner of things, but when you question a war hero have you taken a step too far? Share your thoughts,

MTV Takes a Look at White People

Who killed Sandra Bland?

sandra bland

She traveled from Chicago to Texas to interview for her dream job. She got the job but she died before she could start work. She was pulled over by the police for illegal lane usage. They say she became combative and they threw her on the ground and cuffed. While in custody they say she committed suicide. Something does not add up. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/outrage-sandra-bland-found-hanging-texas-jail-cell-article-1.2294232

What do you do when your church sends you a collection notice?

church delinquency letter
I saw this on (www.theoldblackchurch.blogsspot.com) and I must admit I was taken aback. When did churches start sending collection notices? The pastor of this church is Dr. BR Fulton and the church is located in Tampa Florida. So what do you do when you receive this kind of notice? Answer: find another church. To put it mildly this is nonsense. To put it bluntly this is not how Christians treat other Christians. You need to know the difference between Christians and Church Folks. I love Christians, but I can’t stand Church folks. Some will ask what’s the difference?

Well here’s a list:

Church folks tear down other members.

Christians build up everyone they meet.

Church folks act like they are happy for your successes.

Christians really are actually happy for your success.

Church folks are extremely critical.

Christians will give correction, but they will always do it in love.

Church folks will give big so they can be viewed as big shots.

Christians cheerfully give what they have no matter how much it is.

Church folks worry and fret about what they wear to church.

Christians realize what is in the inside is more important than what is on the outside.

Church folks have a need to be seen doing good things.

Christians simply do good things

Church folks will come and see you when you are sick and tell everybody they did it.

Christians will come and see you, bring you a meal, and clean your house and not tell a soul.

Church folks say they love everybody.

Christians actually show love for everybody.

A Very Unfunny thing happened at McDonald’s yesterday

Every now and then you need some McDonald’s. Yesterday I went to my local McDonald’s while eating my lunch with my daughter I observed the manager, a black woman having an ongoing conversation with one of the patrons. She would smile and greet everyone who came over to sit down and eat their food. She asked everyone did they need anything. She was pleasant and professional until a young black teenage boy came over and attempted to charge his phone. She asked him whether he planned on buying any food and when he said yes she said he had 20 minutes to eat it, and they did not tolerate loitering. It was striking to me that he had to justify his existence in the restaurant. During the school year they have limits of the number of students allowed in the restaurant, but there was barely anyone in the place but, she laid out his rules of engagement. He responded to her, and he left the premises. She found him suspicious on arrival, and he did not seem bothered probably because this is his life, and I only got a glimpse of it.

Should we erase the Confederacy from history?

The Civil War was not fought to free the slaves. The War was fought to save the Union. The North had to pay for their laborers and the South could buy their labor and own it for a lifetime. There were slaves in the North, but in the South they were the backbone of the labor force. The South lost the War, but they have held own to their symbols of their glory days. From flags to statues the south is adorned with relics from the good old days. The symbols that they worship are viewed as symbols of oppression for some. So the question is should all of these symbols be removed from the public square? Should schools named after Confederates be renamed? Do we want to erase the Confederacy from history? Share your thoughts.

Ariana Grande Releases Video Apology…is this enough?

Ariana Grande is a 22 year old superstar. She and her boyfriend were caught on tape licking a donut which was possibly sold to the public. She was also heard saying she hated America and Americans. Some have defended her by saying she is a kid, but it is funny how some people are regarded as kids when they behave badly and others are not afforded the kid defense.
Watch the clip and share your thoughts.

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