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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Barely a Post, But Funny

"Eustace Tilley 2.0: If you STAND in front of a mirror and CHAT "DICK Cheney" five times, he'll appear BEFORE YOU covered in BEES with a bloody HOOK instead of a HAND and tell you DEFICITS DON'T MATTER UNLESS THERE IS A BLACK MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE."

In comments: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/deficit-cuts-are-about-to-hurt-the-economy-report-suggests.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

"There is a mean spirit on the loose"



Watch CNN's Anderson Cooper call Alabama State Senator Hank Sanders out for his "race baiting robo call".

Then read;
Who's afraid of Saul Alinksy?

Time Warp

Civil War

Low IQ, Conservatism, and prejudice: Here comes the science...

The Ugly Words of Newt Gingrich

RNC Chairman compares President Obama to the Captain of the Shipwrecked Costa Concordia

Cooper asked Sanders " What evidence he had  the Republican opponents would take Alabama back to Jim Crow days" 
 Sanders said, "Well, there's a certain mean spiritness that's out there, not only in Alabama but it's in America. And that makes this election extremely important."

Monday, January 30, 2012

It's not wise to blog about The Huntsville City School System

Strike that.

It's not wise for Geek Pavaler to blog about the Huntsville City School System.

Here we go again.

You know the drill.

Blogger gets hacked after skewering the Status Quo.

It can happen to you.

I thought I was secure.  I was careful about how I set up my blog, my e-mail, and my Twitter.  I used unique, complex passwords.  But it didn’t matter.  I was hacked.  It happened to me, and it can happen to you.I was hacked because I am criticizing the Birmingham News.  I was hacked because of what I have said.  But it’s not just me and my blog that were attacked, it was free speech.The people or organization behind this attack committed a crime.  They hired skilled hackers to attack me and hack my accounts.  They used resource that a regular person like me does not have access to in an attempt to shut me down.It happened to me because of what I have written.  And if you write something these people or this organization doesn’t like, it will happen to you.  These people do not believe in free speech.  They do not think that you or I have a right to criticize or express our opinions about issues.
It has happened to me.

Freedom of Speech isn't Free.

I thought we were fighting them over there so we wouldn't have to fight them over here?

God bless America?

Today's Must Reads
Blog about Siegelman, Lose your Job
Hacked?  Riiiight......

RedEye tiptoeing away from the computer to go pray for my city, my county, my state, my country and the world.



Sunday, January 29, 2012

Gov Bentley and Company "Feeding the cradle-to-prison pipeline"

Sweet Home Alabama Governor Bentley and his red, republican controlled legislature propose giving more power to local school boards allowing  them the opportunity to implement innovative strategies currently restricted by state law.   In other words, allowing local school boards to give state law the middle finger.

I thought school boards were elected by the people to make policy for the school district and it's powers and duties are set by state law?

Sorry, but I don't want my local school board to have the opportunity to implement innovative strategies currently restricted by state law.  There are so many, many things wrong with  my local school board it's not funny.   I can just imagine the innovative strategies they will implement.

Today's Must Reads

Pushing Kids Out

Blacks are disciplined at far higher rates than other students

The Cradle to Prison Pipeline:  America's New Apartheid

Teach for America Explained

Always the Help, never an Equal Redux




Here we go again.  Black folks from President Obama ,to Huntsville City Councilman Richard Showers,  to RedEye still find ourselves being put in our place when we get uppity in post racial America.  Some people will look at the above picture and say nothing is wrong with Gov. Jan Brewer (r. AZ) actions. I submit if an African American elected official did the same to pResident Bush they would have been shot on site, or whisked off to Gitmor for some Water Boarding, or worse. Snark

Sunday's Must Read h/t my friend JB, who said it was a teachable moment for this honkie
Excerpt:
Usually, my blog posts deal with African American community or political issues, and I talk as one cultural insider to another cultural insider.However, I’ve realized that sometimes, well-meaning, really nice White people (of which there are many, by the way) want Black folks to talk to them in non-angry, non-confrontational, and patient ways about Black cultural issues they don’t understand.
So I wondered if it might be useful for me to write blog posts that break racial things down for good White folks who mean no harm—and who either have Black friends or are in the midst of acquiring friendships with Black people– and are just trying to navigate these racial waters that ironically (and to me, bewilderingly) have become far more treacherous since the election of our first Black president.
 It was the unofficial law of “reckless eyeballing” created by White southerners, and many a southern Black man swung at the end of a rope for committing that supposed crime. The case of Emmitt Till was a variation of “reckless eyeballing,” because he whistled at a White woman and ended up murdered.
The Help, chapter 7, page 95
"I feel that bitter seed growing inside me, the one planted after Treelore died I want to yell so loud that Baby Girl can hear me that dirty ain't a color, disease ain't Negro side of town. I want to stop that moment from coming--and it come in every white child's life-when they start to think that colored folks ain't as good as whites."
 Knowledge is Power.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Photo Blog with Commentary


H/T Leftwing Nutjob via Progressive Soup Welcome to my Blogroll!

This is the latest  gop pResidential debate in a nutshell, 4 white guys with the access to the best health care their millions can buy telling millions of Americans who don't have access to quality, affordable health care they don't need access to health care because it's ObamaCare.  

This is the new face of the gop.  And she felt threatened by the President of the United States of America because he's a scary African American man surrounded by the Secret Service?  ROFLMAO!



Racism Chasing?  I report.  You decide.


Did you know Sean Hannity got his start in Alabama?  Are you surprised Hannity helps promote Newt Gingirchs foodstamp attack on President Obama?  Naaahh.  He's just helping Gingrich find his race card.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Who will stand up for the least of these?

The Two Party System-found at Truthdig

We've already established there are two kinds of republicans, millionaires and Suckers, the above cartoon makes me aware the democratic party has it's on ahem shortcomings.  The rich are getting richer at the expense of the middle class and the poor are getting the shaft.  God bless America?

Today's must reads


Despite Economic and Social Ills, Blacks give Obama a pass because blacks are caught between Barack and hard place.

How to waste your vote in 2012damned if we do vote, damned if we don't vote.  Where to go and what to do?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

ABC's The View Hightlights Less Media Interest in Black Missing Children/Adults

Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd recently did a segment on ABC's The View discussing the reasons for less media and police attention for black missing children and adults. You can watch here.

In the segment, ABC Investigative Reporter Chris Cuomo and "Law and Order" series actress S. Epatha Merkerson describe how the media often decide what missing children and adults to cover based on their estimation of media ratings. One mother describes how her child's school failed to notify her that her 7 year old daughter wasn't in class until the end of the school day. Another mother describes how a home invasion led to the abduction and disappearance of her teen daughter. In both cases the police stalled doing their investigations, instead concocting speculation about the causes of the disappearances - by attributing their disappearances to their own willful, disobedient behavior.

S. Epatha Merkerson has made filling this gap her mission by hosting a new series on TVOne called "Find Our Missing" where you can watch complete episodes, post in a forum, as well as a link to the Black and Missing Foundation, another site chock full of resources.

There's an extremely comprehensive, practical guide to "What To Do If Someone Goes Missing" at Black and Missing But Not Forgotten run by Deidra Robey, "a single parent, student and full time employee who is responsible for hundreds of individuals pursuing continued education to better themselves and their families. Ms. Robey volunteers weekly at her local church as an officer in ministries that serve minority causes."

If you suspect your child or adult has gone missing, the most important thing you can do is to take action yourself, without waiting for any one else to do it. In the turmoil of confused emotions, Ms. Robey's guide will provide you with tools and techniques for starting and maintaining your diligent search efforts most effectively and efficiently.

Post SOTU Commentary

"Do you think we should spend more federal dollars we don't have to keep people in houses they can't afford?"  Imus in the Morning replacement Joe Scarborough said NO, they should be tossed out into the street, in response to President Obama's proposal of a new task force to tackle investigation of bank's mortgage lending practices.  So, how did investigating banks who put people in homes they couldn't afford morph into spending more federal dollars we don't have to keep people in houses they can't afford?

The gop infused, media enabled, Tea Party politics of Obstructionism and Negativity is coming home to roost.   Despite what the Talking TeeVee Pundit Heads say, the majority of the American people,not to be confused with the Suckers, blame republicans, not democrats, for the grave state of our Union.

Despite the misinformed opinion of some, food stamps is not an entitlement program, and black folks aren't issues food stamps because their black.  Food stamps are issued based on need.   Thanks to republican polices and obstructionism, more Americans need food stamps.

The gop doesn't have a plan, so they use weapons of mass distraction like an Atlanta, Georgia judge orders President Obama to appear in court on Thursday to counter a birther claim.  I thought republicans were for tort reform? Snark

Although President Obama used his speech to obliterate the gop lies and obstructionism, his team must desegregate.

Do the math.
In 2008, encouraged by Obama’s surprisingly strong showing in the caucuses in overwhelmingly white Iowa, Black voters launched their own grassroots efforts to elect the “first Black president,” Obama won, despite receiving just 43 percent of white voter support nationwide.
The problem in 2012 is that Axelrod and “Team Obama” seem intent on delivering the same basic approach they used in 2008, wrapped in high-tech gadgetry and bolstered by more money than has ever been spent in a presidential campaign.
At its core, however, the outreach strategy, is flawed, and unless the campaign takes steps very soon to ensure African American senior-level strategic input, and an effort that reflects a healthy respect for Black voters, the “First Black president” will only get to serve one term in office.
Today's Must Reads
With Democrats like Artur Davis who needs republicans?
Hollering  Anti Semitism-Edited

Must See Videos
TYT on The State of the Union 
S#it Republicans say about Black People

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mitt Romney is a rich man in the wrong party


Does anyone believe people who earn $21 Million Dollars a year wash their own clothes?  I mean, really?  After viewing Mitts' tax return it's obvious he's the poster boy for the 1%, and that's fine.   I'm not mad at Mitt because he's filthy rich. I'm mad at Mitt for trying to sucker the Suckers into believing "President Obama wants to raise their taxes."


Uh, No Mitt, President Obama wants to raise YOUR taxes, as well he should.  It's time to shift the burden from the working poor and the middle class who can't afford to pay more, to the mega rich  like Y-O-U who can afford to pay more.

Mitt Romney is a nice, rich, man in the wrong party.  If he were a democrat there wouldn't be a problem with him having a fortune.  Democratic Presidents, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson were all rich men. Former  Democratic Presidential candidates John Edwards and John Kerry are rich men too.  They didn't whine about paying their fair share, or try and sucker people into voting against their self interest to protect their riches.

So you see, it's OK to be rich if you belong to the right (pun) party and use your riches for good.

Mitt Romeny is a nice guy in the wrong party


Watching poor Mitt struggle to be mean and hateful during last night's gop debate reminded me of something I overheard someone say about Robert Bentley (r) when he was running for Governor of Alabama~ He's really a nice guy, just hooked up with the wrong party.

Although the gop establishment and the mainstream media have decided it's Mitt's turn, the gop base says Hell to the NO!   Mitt's just too damn liberal, I mean decent.

The gop base doesn't want a nominee who was for quality, affordable health care for all Americans.

The gop base doesn't want a nominee who supported a woman's right to choose to have a safe, legal abortion.

The gop base doesn't want a nominee who supported gun control or equal rights for LBGT citizens.

The gop base doesn't want a nominee who supported amnesty for immigrants.

Nope, the gop base wants an adulterer, a radical or a homophobic.  I'll bet the gop establishment and the media regret enabling the Tea Party concept now.

Psst Mitt!  You  have a better chance of being elected President of the United States if you are on the right (pun intended) side.  As Kelle Patterson sings "If it don't fit don't force it. Just cause that's how you want it doesn't mean it will be so."


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Teaching Racism Through Math

"Get them while they're young" is a phrase applied to numerous endeavors, basically meaning to reach youngsters with the proponent's ideas or message at a young age.

Sometimes it takes on a broader meaning as it did when The Angry Black Woman wrote "Get Them While They're Young: An Idea Toward Creating An Anti-Prejudice Future". She proposed a curriculum to give people, starting at the elementary school level, the tools to combat prejudice, bias, and bigotry or, at least, work toward that change on an individual level.

She wrote the proposal in response to an event over a year ago in Prescott, AZ, where an artist who depicted children in a multi-racial mural on the side of an elementary school was ordered to change their skin color to white. Ultimately, sanity prevailed, and with apologies from the school principal and the school superintendent, the mural remains unchanged.



But designing and implementing the kind of anti-prejudicial curriculum The Angry Black Woman proposed carries with it the moral imperative to avoid promoting racial stereotypes.

A Gwinnett County, GA third grade teacher who tried to teach math using racial stereotypes under the guise of social studies learned that the hard way.

He included "math questions" involving slaves, beatings and cotton picking.



The teacher has resigned and is deeply apologetic, saying he "cannot apologize enough." True. "You ain't just whistling 'Dixie'!"








The South Carolina Suckers have spoken!



And the winner of the gop South Carolina Presidential Primary is Newt "Sho I'm a Ho" Gingrich! Yee Haw!  The Holy Rollers, I mean Evangelical  ChristiansRope a Doped poor Mittens, I mean Willard. Snicker  I wonder how the gop elite feel about that Super Pac money now?

We have already established there are two kinds of republicans, millionaires/billionaires and Suckers.  Suckers are the people the millionaires/billionaires convince to vote against their self interest.   South Carolina Suckers care more about putting Juan Williams in his place, and punking John King ,than they care about having a job, a home, access to health care, and access to a quality education for their children.

Psst Mitt, I mean Willard!  They don't like you because you're too darn nice,  Resurrect the Ghost of Jim Crow and you will win too.  That's how the Holy Rollers, roll.

Newt claims he won because he's the only candidate who can put President Obama in his place (my words not his).  Oh really?  Newt must think we have forgotten his history, and I don't mean his cheating ways.  I mean the fact he and his gop brethren impeached President Clinton for trying to conceal a private, consensual sexual relationship from his wife, daughter and the country.  Or, that his mother  said he called Hillary Clinton a B*tch on national TeeVee and it cost Connie Chung her job.

Yep, Newt is filled with more excrement than your average politician.

Bring.
It.
On!

Today's must read-In SC the far right raises the white flag.

Monday, January 16, 2012

"Best Country in the World?"



I don't celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a holiday  because it reminds me the reason he is not here on earth is because he was murdered in Memphis, Tennessee standing with striking sanitation workers.

The gop Presidential candidates chose this day to hold a debate in South Carolina of all places. I can't wait to see how many times they mention MLK, or not.

 Here is a preview.

Newt will try and tell the audience they didn't hear what they heard him say about black folks and food stamps.

Rick Santorum will deny he called black folks lazy .

Ron Paul won't be asked about the racist newsletters published in his name.

Willard "Mitt" Romney won't be asked about the curse of blackness and talk about how his father marched with Dr. King....or not.


Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?

I think NOT.



Saturday, January 14, 2012

It's RedEye's BlogOversary!


It's hard to believe it's been three years, 652 posts and 53,474  page views since I was forced to start RedEye's Front Page after being booted from Left in Alabama that fateful Friday, November 13th , 2009, because of the content of my comments and other post.

 It still hurts I'm no longer allowed to participate in the Informed, Involved, Progressive conversation at Left in Alabama, but I will be eternally grateful to mooncat for encouraging me to blog, and to countrycat for forcing, I mean encouraging me to get my own blog.  I assumed we were equals who could agree to disagree and still remain friends.  Oh well, no use crying over spilled milk.  It is what it is.

RedEye request the pleasure of your company on a special a stroll down memory lane on the anniversary of RedEye's Front Page, and the fifth anniversary of my first blog post, in honor of  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.

 Those were the good old days.    My very first post at Left in Alabama, Monday November 5, 2007. (Who would have thought those days could look good?)  Who would have thought indeed?

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr. - Monday, January 21, 2008.

Celebrating the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.-, Monday January 19, 2009

RedEye's Random Thoughts - My very first post at RedEye's Front Page, Sunday, January 17, 2010

Happy 81st Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.-Monday, January 18,2010

Martin Luther King, Jr. Links I Like- Monday January 17, 2011

Become a contributor to RedEye's Front Page!  Why should I have all the fun?  Drop me a writing sample at redeyeblog.alabama@yahoo.com.

You can also follow me on twitter.

Thank you for reading, lurking and commenting.  Let us march on until victory is won.
RedEye

Today's Must Reads
Martin Luther King, Economic Equality and the 2012 Election
Why I carp and whine, and why I wish I didn't have to~a very personal diary

What I'm reading today about punks, biscuits, treason , dogs,and Tim Tebow

Questions for Republicans Others Are Too Punk to Ask because they are getting paid thanks to Citizens United.

Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit.  I can vote again!  If democrats aren't saying anything, nothing is what they'll hear. Hannah has a plan!

None Dare Call it Treason.  I refuse to believe the majority of the American Voters, not to be confused with the majority of the American people, are HATING  HATERS and the people who HATE  black/brown/poor folks more than they love their country.

Mitts Vick Problem Paging PETA!

Headgames ,President Obama (bi-racial black guy)= racist,  Ron Paul (white guy with dubious ties)=not racist, and The Road Not Taken.

Tim Tebow and the Denver Brocos;  What's Race Got to do With it?   What's that you say?  Some Christian Compassionate Conservative republicans are begging for Tebow's endorsement?  I'm shocked!  Shocked I tell you!

 Not.

Read on.  Read often.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Update~Are the Rattlesnakes beginning to turn on each other in Bama?

William Barnes qualified as a candidate for the democratic primary in CD-6.   Barnes represents the democratic wing of the democratic party,which is probably why he didn't have the full support of the ADP when he ran against Dick Shelby for Senate in 2010.  I'm glad he didn't let the experience sour him against running for political office again.  I admire his courage and his tenacity.    I don't live in CD-6, but if I did, Barnes would be my candidate.  Penny Bailey's  thoughts on abortion are troubling.  You  either support a woman's right to choose to have a safe, legal, abortion, or you don't.


Down here they say rattlesnakes don't commit suicide much~Agent Rupert Anderson, character played by Gene Hackman in Mississippi Burning.

Today is candidate filing deadline for Alabama primaries and the Rattlesnakes, I mean republicans are coming out in force...against each other.   Be still my Democratic heart.

Not to be out done by the three way CD-6 showdown between Scott Beason (r. racist), Spencer Bachus (r. inside trader), and Blount CountyProbate Judge David Sandridge,  the gop side show moves to the 5th district with Parker "I was a democrat until I got elected" Griffin challenging Mo"I'll do anything short of shooting them, name calling, clueless" Brooks.  It. Is. On!

Now if  Alabama republicans were smart, and I'm not saying they are, they would say pox on all their houses and not vote for any of them.  It's not like they have an agenda other than hating on President Obama because he's an African American democrat.  They are victims of their own ignorance

If  republican voters in CD-6 were smart, and I'm not saying they aren't, they would vote for Penny Bailey to represent them in Congress.   You are what/who you vote for.

If republican voters in CD-5 were smart, and I'm not saying they aren't, they would vote for for C.L. Holley to represent them in Congress.  Someone who will represent ALL of the citizens.
Photo h/t Left in Alabama


Today's Must Read






Thursday, January 12, 2012

"Ripped from today's headlines"~Update

Oops! Ex Gooberner Haley didn't follow the law when he released rapist and murders.  In Mississippi, identities of pardon applicants must be made public.



Remember the Scott sisters of Mississippi ,who were released from a prison after serving 16 years for a petty crime, on the condition one sister donate a kidney to the other?  Well, the Scott sisters didn't get a full pardon.  "I guess if I had been a murderer, he would have pardoned me."~Gladys Scott

Today's Must Read-Discrimination in Presidential Pardons

The title of today's post is ripped from the Law and Order television series. Join me as we go inside today's headlines.

M-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i  Burning?   Ex Mississippi Governor Haley "Boss Hogs" Barbour  pardoned nearly 200 prisoners, 4 or whom are convicted killers, on his way out office.  Barbour didn't publicize the pardons, (I wonder why?) but defends them on the grounds they had good behavior while pouring drinks and serving food at the Governors Mansion.

Huh?  Convicted killers worked at the Governors mansion?  Why?  Because it's F-R-E-E labor or slavery by another name.  Barbour freed his slaves.  The only problem is, some of these slaves are also convicted killers and Barbour may have violated the states constitution. 

I thought republicans were for law and order?  Snark  It's too bad Troy Anthony Davis didn't live in Mississippi...all he wanted was a new trial.  But I digress.

This illustrates what's wrong with the Convict-Lease System  republicans use to take the country back to the days of slavery and Jim Crow.  Convicts get job training and jobs while they are incarcerated but  can't hold once they are released, because they are convicted felons with a record.  Meanwhile, there are no such job training programs  for unemployed, law abiding citizens.  Inmates  jobs and training, law abiding citizens, nothing.   What's wrong with this picture?

It should come as no surprise the majority of Mississippi' voters passed a voter ID bill in November to disenfranchise minority voters so folks like Barbour can keep getting elected.


White man fighting Obama candidacy ask black Jefferson County Judge to step aside due to racial bias.  Sweet Home Alabama...where the skies are blue and the people are bible thumping, suckers who hate President Obama in the name of the Lord.  Enough said.

A GOP Civil War is breaking out in the State of  Alabama, it's TeaPublican vs TeaPublican in Alabama's 6th Congressional district.  Y'all can bet your Donkey's it's going to get U-G-L-Y.. got popcorn?

Meanwhile, on the democratic side, C.L. Holley goes where skeered white democrats fear to go.  Tired of waiting for Alabama democratic party insiders to field a candidate to run against republican Congress Critter Mo "I'll do anything short of shooting them" Brooks, C. L. Holley stepped up to the plate to offer CD-5 DEMOCRATS (not to be confused with progressives) an alternative  in November. I admire and applaud his courage.  For those who say he can't win I say Poppycock!  If we vote for him he will win.  Yes we can fire Mo Brooks!



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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

240,000 white republicans have spoken in New Hampshire, now it's on to South Carolina. Yee Haw!


And the winners are, Willard "Flip/Flop Mitt" Romney, Ron "racist newsletters" Paul, and John "country first McSame" Huntsman, in that order.  Willard may have won, but  60% of voters voted for for the other guys. Which tells me republicans aren't sold on their front runner.  I wonder why?  Snark

So now it's on to the racist, I mean conservative, Christian, red, republican, confederate, slave state of South Carolina.  Which may explain why Willard starting slinging red meat in his victory speech, accusing President Obama of not knowing what it means to be an American,  who wants to turn America into a European-style entitlement society.  Code for birth certificate, welfare, food stamps.  

Here are some facts about the conservative state of South Carolina, which according to the Talking TeeVee Pundit Heads,  is known for it's bare knuckles politics.

South Carolina is the home of  The Orangeburg Massacre at South Carolina State University where three black students were shot and killed by police during a peaceful protest.

South Carolina is the home of former republican U.S. Senator Strom Thurmon, racist by day, hypocrite by night.

South Carolina is the home of  current republican U.S Senator Jim "Waterloo" Demint.

South Carolina is the home of U.S. Congressman Joe "You Lie" Wilson.  Speaking of Congressman Joe "You Lie" Wilson, he will address a group of defense and military leaders at a  $1,000.00 per person luncheon in Huntsville, AL today. Dale "voter suppression with the state seal of approvall" Jackson will introduce Congressman Mo "I will do anything short of shooting them" Brooks who I'm assuming will introduce Wilson.  What's up with out of state/city Congress Critters raising money in North Alabama?

South Carolina is the state vowing to sue the United States Department of Justice, to enact a sate voter ID law, which they have already said punishes black voters.

South Carolina is the state where republican Governor Nikki Haley rejects the NAACP push to remove the Confederate Flag from atop the Statehouse.

I can't wait to see which candidate will emerge victorious in the Battle for South Carolina.



Orangeburg, S.C.  A student loaded onto a gurney after the shooting on Feb. 8, 1968. Photo by Bill Barley.
Today's Must Reads
The Rude Pundit, A Brief List of Conservative Men Who Need to Be Punched in the Balls.

Shock Treatment

A Massachusetts Mormon vs The Safe Black Guy for President

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hope and Change for everyone but black folks



Black Agenda Report's managing editor Bruce Dixon ask, once black America gets over bragging rights what difference have presidential and congressional politics made lately?  The answer is none. Despite the recent drop in unemployment figures, everyone gains while black folks lose.  President Obama's agenda is working for some, but not for ALL.

 According to gop ,  black folks are  lazy, plantation democrats and welfare queens on food stamps, who want the government to take care of them.  Yet this is the same party who behaved like young thugs extorting democrats to get what they want, forcing them to make cuts in programs intended to help the American people in their time of need.

The gop is not solely to blame for the condition of black folks... those who advised the President to move to the center are also to blame.   His advisers were afraid if the first African American addressed issues relating to black folks it would look like blacks were getting special treatment like this.

President Obama didn't help the situation by listening to them, ignoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. , pandering to conservatives at the expense of the traditional democratic base.

Blacks voted in record number for HOPE for CHANGE we could BELIEVE in, not bragging rights.

Today's must reads
Rachael Maddow Exposes The Republican Party's Election Fraud Hypocrisy

Will the Supreme Court strike down part of the Voting Rights Act?


Monday, January 9, 2012

Alabama is the #1 State for College Football

So this is America?



Gestapo














The word above aren't describing a Communist country or a Dictatorship.  Nope.  They are words citizens, teachers, and support personnel whisper to describe the sad, sorry, state of the Huntsville City School System and education in general in Sweet Home Alabama.   Note I said culture, not person(s).  

The case of Geek Pavaler confirms and validates the whispers.

Geek Pavaler ask the board for answers to important questions regarding Special Education funding cuts

The Board ignores the questions.

Geek continues to press for answers.

The board gives a response of sorts.

Geek attempts to file a  grievance against the board with the Board.

The Board tells him there is no process for filing a grievance against the Board.

Geek Pavaler filed a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Geek Pavaler was silent and made eye contact with Board during a public meeting

Geek Pavaler was told his inaction Made People Uncomfortable  there would be consequences if he did it again.





Sunday, January 8, 2012

'Comfort the disturbed, disturb the comfortable"

Fellow Blogger Geek Pavaler is being threatened with being banned from speaking at Huntsville City School Board  public meetings by the Head of inSecurity, because he "Made People Uncomfortable" by standing silently making eye contact with the Superintendent and the ELECTED School Board members during the Public Comment section.  I kid you not.

I feel Geeks pain, because that's exactly what happened to me at Left in Alabama when I made the powers that be uncomfortable.  As my friend yellowdog said at the time, attacking the messenger is so creepily republican.   But I digress.

Evidently The Huntsville City Schools needs a Civics refresher about things that ARE in the Preamble and the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America..

Regulating pubic comments infringe on freedom of speech, why have public comments if you are going to regulate them?

Today's Must Read- Can Standing Silently for 65 Seconds Constitute a Threat?


Friday, January 6, 2012

Newt Gingrich at the NAACP Convention (Satire)

Newt;  Good morning all you Darkies, you don't have to bow and scrape, just bow


Audience bends over, drops their pants, and show Newt their backsides in unison


Newt;  More of you lazy black folks are on food stamps under President Obama than ever before.  


Audience  You Lie!


Newt:  Y'all need to make some more babies so they can grow up to be janitors.


Audience  Yo Mama

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Operating within police policy in black and white

I didn't go looking for this story, it found me during my morning blog stroll on al.com with the headline Woman leads Huntsville Police on slow speed chase around Target Shopping Center, charged with attempted murder (updated).  

Sounds sensational doesn't it?  Well it's not.  Once you get past the headline and go inside the story, HPD was called after reports of a woman driving erratically in the parking lot of the Westside Shopping Center.  According to the al.com report she appeared to ram a police car and attempted to run down a police officer,  shots were fired by the police officer, they missed.  I'm glad the shot fired didn't hit an innocent bystander, but I digress.  

WHNT 19 reports on the Wild Night at Huntsville Shopping Center  click here to watch full raw video, woman rams car officer shoots in Target Parking lot.    The video is about 5 minutes from start to finish.  IMHO it shows a woman making the HPD officers look like the Keystone Cops.  IMHO the only ones in danger of being murdered were the shoppers at the shopping center being hit by a stray bullet, but that's just me.  I report, you decide.


Compare the arrest of the woman in the above incident to that of  of 80 year old William Fraizer(pictured above) who filed an eight million dollar excessive force and brutality claim after his arrest for attempting to elude police.

This is the video of Frazier's arrest narrated by the City Attorney .  Please watch from beginning to end, about 6 minutes.

This is a photo of William Frazer after his arrest.

Allegations of police brutality by concerned citizens were dismissed by the District Attorney's office and the Mayor, who said police operated within policy.

Looks like there are two different policies to me.

What say you?