Saturday, January 14, 2017

Dems, not Jeff Sessions, have the real race problem



By Armstrong Williams
It is an unfortunate truth that Democrats are not the examples of diversity and inclusion as much as they claim.

They portray themselves as the righteous warriors of truth and conviction, and they actually believe this “truth” to be self-evident. But we must all ask ourselves, particularly as they take the moral high ground while launching a thousand ships of claims of racism against Senator Jeff Sessions, are they truly demi-gods of morality or just puppeteers attempting to pull all of our string?
It's the latter, and I draw this conclusion based on the lack of diversity on their One hundred member United State Senate staffs.
 A frustrated and highly disappointed Democratic Senate staffer, who spoke to the New York Daily News recently, stated:
"They are all so phony" ... "Every time I hear any of the Democratic senators, including my own boss, talk about diversity, I cringe, because it's all one big lie. That they've been allowed to enjoy this reputation as a party that values diversity, while doing next to nothing of substance to align their actions with their words, is expert-level deception."
My fellow Americans, a dirty little secret kept in the United States Senate is our high and mighty liberal Senators have serious racial issues of their own.
For example, in an unprecedented move, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker testified against Senator Jeff Sessions, claiming that the senator's values weren't in sync with issues of relevance to many minorities.
However, this seemed odd to many considering Senator Booker thanked Senator Sessions just a year ago  at the U.S Capitol for his help celebrating the 1965 “Foot Soldiers,” those who marched from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., to promote civil rights for African Americans.
So Senator Sessions can't be that much of a racist, or maybe Senator Booker just suffered from a case of amnesia — It's this level of hypocrisy that turns so many people off.
Some may find it ironic, but we shouldn't be surprised by their deceit. There is only one African-American chief of staff in the Senate, and he works for Senator Tim Scott, the sole Republican African-American senator. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in particular is facing push back for lacking on the diversity front. But if you hear it from them, they are the standard bearers for inclusiveness.
Race is the source of America’s deepest wounds and, despite the incredible level of progress we continue to make as a society on many fronts, this is the one area that continues to plague us again and again.
Senator Sessions should be judged on his character and his ability to do the job of Attorney General. He is obviously experienced for the role and, if you look at his character, he has worked with African-American members of Congress to advocate for and sponsor bills championed by black lawmakers.
Senator Sessions was also the first Republican ranking-member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to hire an African-American chief counsel.
It was Senator Jeff Sessions who walked with arms linked with Congressman John Lewis, a renowned Civil Rights hero, across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
When you consider these acts, it doesn’t speak of someone who is a racist, but someone who has championed diversity as a lawmaker.
I get it, talking about race is hard, and it is a conversation that I and many other African-Americans feel is long overdue, but we shouldn’t punish Senator Sessions, who is a decent man, because of what we as a society have been unable to tackle as a whole.
 
Armstrong Williams served as an advisor and spokesman for Dr. Ben Carson's presidential campaign. He is Manager and Sole Owner of Howard Stirk Holdings I & II Broadcast Television Stations and the 2016 Multicultural Media Broadcast Owner of the year. Listen to Mr. Williams on Sirius XM126 Urban View nightly 6:00-8:00pm EST. Follow him on Twitter @arightside. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Justice Department Inspector General To Investigate FBI's Behavior During Election


FBI Director James Comey

By Cortney O'Brien
The Justice Department has announced that it will investigate the conduct of the FBI during the 2016 election.
FBI Director James Comey dominated many election headlines over the summer for providing a damning report on Hillary Clinton’s State Department, yet deciding not to pursue criminal charges against her.
When critics charged that the agency’s decision made no sense, Comey said that the FBI would be reopening the investigation. Hillary Clinton voters charged that his announcement, made just 11 days before the election, handed victory to Donald Trump.
In his investigation, Inspector General Michael Horowitz will be examining whether Comey broke government protocol, as well as whether FBI officials improperly provided nonpublic information to the Clinton campaign.
Several members of Congress requested the Justice Department look into these matters.
http://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2017/01/12/justice-department-launching-investigation-into-fbis-conduct-n2270536

The Black Community and Crime




By Walter E. Williams

 
The FBI reported that the total number of homicides in 2015 was 15,696. Blacks were about 52 percent of homicide victims. That means about 8,100 black lives were ended violently, and over 90 percent of the time, the perpetrator was another black.

Listening to the news media and the Black Lives Matter movement, one would think that black deaths at the hands of police are the major problem.

It turns out that in 2015, police across the nation shot and killed 986 people.

Of that number, 495 were white (50 percent), 258 were black (26 percent) and 172 Hispanic (17 percent).

A study of 2,699 fatal police killings between 2013 and 2015, conducted by John R. Lott Jr. and Carlisle E. Moody of the Crime Prevention Research Center, demonstrates that the odds of a black suspect's being killed by a black police officer were consistently greater than a black suspect's getting killed by a white officer.

Politicians, race hustlers and the news media keep such studies under wraps because these studies don't help their narrative about racist cops.

The homicide victim is not the only victim, whether he is a criminal or not, for there are mourning loved ones. No one ever fully recovers from having a son, daughter, husband, mother or father murdered.
 
Murder is not the only crime that takes a heavy toll on the black community.
 
Blacks are disproportionately represented as victims in every category of violent crime -- e.g., forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Today's level of lawlessness and insecurity in many black communities is a relatively new phenomenon.
 
In the 1930s, '40s and '50s, people didn't bar their windows. Doors were often left unlocked. People didn't go to bed with the sounds of gunshots.
 
What changed everything was the liberal vision that blamed crime on poverty and racial discrimination.
 
Academic liberals and hustling politicians told us that to deal with crime, we had to deal with those "root causes."
 
Plus, courts began granting criminals new rights that caused murder and other violent crime rates to skyrocket.
 
The liberals' argument ignores the fact that there was far greater civility in black neighborhoods at a time when there was far greater poverty and discrimination.

The presence of criminals, having driven many businesses out, forces residents to bear the costs of shopping outside their neighborhoods.
 
Fearing robberies, taxi drivers -- including black drivers -- often refuse to do home pickups in black neighborhoods and frequently pass up black customers hailing them.
 
Plus, there's the insult associated with not being able to receive pizza or other deliveries on the same terms as people in other neighborhoods.

In low-crime neighborhoods, FedEx, UPS and other delivery companies routinely leave packages that contain valuable merchandise on a doorstep if no one is at home. That saves the expense of redelivery or recipients from having to go pick up the packages.
 
In low-crime communities, supermarket managers may leave plants, fertilizer and other home and garden items outdoors, often unattended and overnight. They display merchandise at entryways and exits.
 
Where there is less honesty, supermarkets cannot use all the space that they lease, and hence they are less profitable.
 
In high-crime neighborhoods, delivery companies leaving packages at the door and supermarkets leaving goods outside unattended would be equivalent to economic suicide.

Politicians who call for law and order are often viewed negatively, but poor people are the most dependent on law and order.
 
In the face of high crime or social disorder, wealthier people can afford to purchase alarm systems, buy guard dogs, hire guards and, if things get too bad, move to a gated community.
 
These options are not available to poor people. The only protection they have is an orderly society.

Ultimately, the solution to high crime rests with black people.
 
Given the current political environment, it doesn't pay a black or white politician to take those steps necessary to crack down on lawlessness in black communities.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

'We Cannot Count on Him': Cory Booker Testifies Against Sessions



Senator Cory Booker
By Cortney O'Brien
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) made history on Wednesday by being the first sitting senator to testify against a fellow senator being considered for a presidential cabinet position. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is in his second day of hearings on his path to becoming the next attorney general.
Somewhat awkwardly, several media outlets dug up some old footage of Booker actually praising Sessions for working with him on giving out a civil rights award to voting rights foot soldiers. The New Jersey senator made reference to that joint effort in his remarks on Wednesday and said that he and Sessions have always exercised mutual respect for one another.
Yet, he went on to argue that Sessions has no intention to pursue civil rights in the Trump administration.
Booker acknowledged that it’s “exceptional” for him to testify at the hearing and to break with Senate tradition, but believes in standing up for what his conscience tells him.
As someone who grew up in high crime neighborhoods, Booker said he knows what these vulnerable communities need in an attorney general. They need a leader who not only secures law and order, but justice for all.
“If there is no justice, there is no peace,” Booker said.
Sen. Sessions has not committed to a congressional mandate of civil rights and justice for all, Booker argued. Several times, he has actually demonstrated “hostility” to these aims. If confirmed, Sessions will be expected to pursue justice for women and for LGBT Americans, Booker continued. He will be expected to defend voting rights, and the human dignity of immigrants. He will be expected to pursue criminal justice reform and weed out racial bias in policing.
“Sessions’ record indicates” that he won’t do any of the above, Booker lamented.
The next attorney general must bring hope and healing and a “more courageous empathy” than Sessions’ record demonstrates.
“We cannot count on him,” Booker concluded.

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Graham Accuses NAACP of Anti-GOP Bias at Sessions' Confirmation Hearing
Senator Lindsey Graham
By Leah Barkoukis
After NAACP President Cornell Brooks testified against Sen. Jeff Sessions at Wednesday’s confirmation hearing, Sen. Lindsey Graham called out the organization for its anti-Republican bias.
Brooks said during his testimony that Sessions’ record “evinces a clear disregard, disrespect, and even disdain for the civil and human rights of racial and ethnic minorities, women, the disabled, and others who suffer from discrimination in this country.”
“Based on his record and his statements, the NAACP strongly believes that confirmation of Senator Sessions as attorney general would be bad for America and could exacerbate already deepening racial divisions in this country.”
Graham later asked the organization’s president what Sessions’ score was on the NAACP’s legislative score card.
“The senator has received a low grade, a failing grade, for years on end,” Brooks responded.
Graham went into specifics, noting that he and his Republican colleagues all had scores in the teens or low 20s. Alternatively, though, many of his Democratic colleagues had ratings of 100 percent—a disparity he found “really odd.”
“I think it speaks for itself,” said Graham. “I hope that doesn’t make us all racist and all of them perfect on the issue.”
He then asked Brooks to give the name of one Republican who would make a good attorney general, to which the NAACP leader had nothing to say. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

TRUMP TO CNN: 'YOU ARE FAKE NEWS'


 
By Justin Baragona

During President-elect Donald Trump’s press conference today, Trump took aim at “fake news” regarding the release of an unverified dossier by Buzzfeed, calling them a “failing piece of garbage.”
Following that, he ended up getting into an argument with a CNN reporter, who he also called out during the presser over their report on a two-page synopsis they claim was presented to Trump.
With Trump looking to call on other reporters, Jim Acosta yelled out, “Since you are attacking us, can you give us a question?”
“Not you,” Trump said. “Your organization is terrible!”
Acosta pressed on, “You are attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance to ask a question, sir?” Trump countered by telling him “don’t be rude.”
“I’m not going to give you a question,” Trump responded. “I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news!”
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GlobalWrench

America is a country without an honest media. A country without an honest judiciary. Without an honest government. Without an honest legislature. Without honest schools and universities.

A country whose morals are confused by propaganda. A country whose elites believe that they are entitled to all the income and wealth and that normal American people are the “deplorables,” to use Hillary’s term for ordinary Americans.

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Chopmeat

So, it’s the light of day and with a little more info, it’s fairly obvious how this all went down.

There are some negative "reports and rumors" about Trump that have been floating around since at least last summer. In-spite of the best efforts of folks like David Korn at Mother Jones and others, the rumors couldn't be corroborated or confirmed. So, the rumors are largely ignored due to the sheer shady nature of the information and its provenance.
During this time Dems like Harry Reid and others reference "rumors" about Trump and pressure FBI and other agencies to release docs. They don't.
Flash forward to yesterday. Dem Ron Wyden specifically asks FBI Director James Comey about possible reports/investigations into relationships between Trump and Russia. The Director says "no comment".
Then, a few hours later, finally DNC PR outlet, CNN, reports via a "special report" on a FBI investigation into explosive allegations between Russia/Trump and efforts by Russia to influence Trump via negative information. That is, the suspect and totally unsubstantiated "report" that’s been floating around for months and yet not one news organization would touch it.
Then, following CNN's lead, fellow DNC friendly outlet, Buzzfeed, publishes, in full, the highly suspect and fully unsubstantiated "report".
Then, like lemmings off a cliff, almost all other news outlets have to cover the story as reported by CNN and Buzzfeed, causing the huge stir we see today.
BTW...most ignore that this may in fact be the greatest troll job ever perpetrated, and the info is indeed false.
All this happens right in time for Trump’s first press conference scheduled for 11am today.
Yep, nothing fishy to this latest bit of curious news.
As I have said before, Dems will do anything to undermine Trump regardless of the impact it will have on the country. Party first if you're a Dem.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The NAACP Stoops to New Low with Jeff Sessions Sit-In Protest


 
By Raynard Jackson
Once again, the radical liberal National Association for the Advancement of “Certain” People (NAACP) has proven that Blacks can indeed sellout their own people and even be extremely hypocritical.
The NAACP’s perpetual promotion to the Black community of radical Democratic policies, in recent years, has caused more harm to the Black community than any White man with a sheet over his face.
Like in the Bible, the handwriting is on the wall for the NAACP. I am calling for all people of good conscious to withhold any and all support for this organization, whether monetary or otherwise.
Why am I being so hard on this group you might be asking? Well, last week the NAACP once again showed their total lack of relevance; and they continue to find new ways to further embarrass the Black community.
Cornell Brooks, the national president of the NAACP, was so bored that he decided to gather a few of his cronies to fly down to Mobile, Alabama and hijack Senator Jeff Sessions’ office as an act of civil disobedience.

They demanded that Sessions withdraw his name from consideration for United States Attorney General, because in their perverted minds, he is supposed to be a racist.
As I wrote recently, I worked Sessions’ first senate campaign and you will not find a more decent person on Earth. The radical, liberal NAACP claims that Sessions made what they consider to be “racist” statements 30 years ago.
Oh, really? You want to go there? Alright, then let’s go there.
No one has ever accused Sessions of being a member of the KKK or serving in a leadership capacity in the hate group. So, I find it quite ironic that when former West Virginia U.S. Senator Robert Byrd died in 2010, the NAACP “mourned” his death.
Byrd was not only a member of the KKK, but he also served as Exalted Cyclops, which meant he was basically CEO of his local chapter. Byrd also has the distinction of being the only U.S. Senator to have voted against both Black Supreme Court nominees (Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas). And that’s who the NAACP mourned? You can read more about Byrd’s racism here.
So, they mourn the person with a track record of being a racist and attempt to malign the person with no “credible” evidence of being a racist?
Brooks also claimed that he wanted to “bring attention to issues like the continuing debate over police killings of unarmed civilians, mostly Blacks” of which Sessions had nothing to do with.
Let me point out a few other examples of the NAACP’s hypocrisy in action.
Why didn’t Brooks and his cronies hijack Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s office after the murder of Laquan McDonald at the hands of the Chicago police department? Emmanuel intentionally withheld the video of the murder until after his reelection, because he knew that releasing the video before the election would have guaranteed his defeat.
Why didn’t the NAACP hijack Education Secretary Arnie Duncan’s office for the policies he unleashed that devastated Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)?
Why didn’t they hijack Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s office in Baltimore, Md., when the Justice Department issued their scathing report in the aftermath of the protests and riots sparked by the police killing of Freddie Gray? Justice Department officials found that Baltimore’s police department was rampant with racism and all sorts of civil rights violations.
Finally, why didn’t they hijack the offices of the Democratic House and Senate leadership over the recently released report about the lack of Black staffers?
So, it seems like the National Association for the Advancement of “Certain” People is only interested in racism when it involves Republicans. They never hold Democrats to the same standard, because they are too busy trying to curry favor; not standing up for those who have truly been aggrieved.
This group’s hypocrisy stinks so much that I believe their days are numbered. They have been weighed in the balances and have been found grossly wanting; wanting for relevance and wanting for money.
They claim to be a non-partisan group, but, in my opinion, the group is nothing more than an arm of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). This is why I am asking my readers to refrain from this day forward from giving them any form of support. Let them continue to wither on the vine.
They have brought total dishonor to the likes of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. They have also brought shame to the hard work and dedication to lifetime Republicans and lifetime NAACP members like Bob Brown and Bill Coleman.
I am asking this new Congress to convene hearings on the possibility of forcing the I.R.S. to strip groups like these of their tax-exempt status for promoting the Democratic Party.
Would this not be a great way to honor Dr. King’s upcoming birthday? I’m just asking.

Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 Super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party. BAFBF focuses on the Black entrepreneur.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Alibaba job boom: Jack Ma chats with Trump about how to create 1 million US jobs over 5 years

By Anita Balakrishnan


Timothy A. Clary | AFP | Getty Images
Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, arrives at Trump Tower for meetings with President-elect Donald Trump on January 9, 2017 in New York. 

President-elect Donald Trump said he had a "great meeting" with Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma on Monday, when they discussed 1 million new U.S. jobs.
Ma said that Alibaba's expansion would focus on products like garments, wine and fruits, with a special focus on trade between the American midwest and southeast Asia.
"We're focused on small business," Ma told reporters. "We specifically talked about ... supporting 1 million small businesses, especially in the Midwest of America. Small businesses on the platform selling products — agriculture products and America services — to China and Asia, because we're pretty big in Asia."
Where those jobs would come from is unclear. While an Alibaba spokesperson told CNBC before the meeting that the Chinese online retail giant company would create 1 million jobs over five years, Ma's comments focused on supporting small businesses.
"Alibaba will create 1 million U.S. jobs by enabling 1 million American small businesses and farmers to sell American goods to China and Asian consumers on the Alibaba platform," the company said in a statement.
Like Etsy or eBay, Alibaba enables third-party sellers in China to take their own businesses to the web. The company only had 36,446 full-time employees, almost all in China, as of March 31, according to SEC filings. But with more than 10 million active sellers as of 2015, Alibaba estimates its China retail marketplaces "contributed to the creation of over 15 million job opportunities."
Amazon, by comparison, had about 230,800 employees as of the end of 2015, though it, too, creates other jobs through its sellers, contractors and supporting services. Wal-Mart, which is strengthening its online presence, employs 2.3 million associates around the world, including 1.5 million in the U.S., as of the end of fiscal 2016.
Monday's meeting was planned to focus on the Chinese e-commerce company's U.S. expansion plans, according to spokespeople for both Alibaba and Trump. Ma had planned to be in New York on Monday and the scheduling worked out for the meeting at Trump Tower, a source told CNBC.
"We had a great meeting, and a great, great entrepreneur, one of the best in the world, and he loves this country, and he loves China," Trump said. "Jack and I are going to do some great things."
Shares of Alibaba's stock rose 1 percent on Monday.
The meeting came amid tensions between China and the incoming Trump administration. Trump has proposed steep tariffs on Chinese goods and has ired China over the U.S. relationship with Taiwan. Ma said that going through the business community will help the U.S. and China understand their political situation better.
"We also think that the China and USA relationship should be strengthened — should be more friendly," Ma said. "The door is open ... [for] discussing the relationship and trade issues. I think the president-elect is very smart, he's very open-minded to listen. I told him my ideas about how to improve trade, especially to improve small business, cross border trade. ... [Trump] has concerns, and he has solutions, that he wants to discuss with China and us."
EMarketer estimates that there will be more than $150 billion in cross-border e-commerce sales in China by 2020.
If an expansion is announced, Alibaba would be the latest in a string of companies to commit to create U.S. jobs in the wake of Trump's election. Japanese tech giant Softbank, whose CEO Masayoshi Son is on Alibaba's board, has reiterated a commitment to create 50,000 U.S. jobs after meeting with Trump.
It's unclear if the two announcements are related. CNBC has reached out to Softbank for comment.
Trump has also been critical of of Alibaba's rival, Amazon. Trump has said Amazon will have "such problems" during his presidency, because of the tax structure.
Ma told CNBC last year that he wasn't worried about anti-China sentiment on the presidential campaign trail.
"Somebody has to stand up and say, 'Hey, we should not be anti-trade,'" he said.
Alibaba's wide-ranging set of international businesses, from financial services to e-commerce to logistics, has managed to dominate many of America's tech companies in China.
"I believe that ... foreign technology companies will be successful in China," Michael Evans, president of Alibaba Group, said at Vanity Fair's 2016 New Establishment Summit in San Francisco in the fall. "I also believe that Chinese technology companies, including Didi, probably Alibaba, will be successful in the U.S. and Europe. But that is the challenge and the most difficult parts of globalization for us."
Evans, who knows Trump personally, may have brokered Monday's meeting with Trump, a source told CNBC.
Still, Alibaba has a complicated relationship with U.S. regulators. The company faced an SEC investigation about its accounting methods last year, and its property, Taobao, has been rebuked by American trade officials for allowing sale of counterfeit goods.
— CNBC's Kayla Tausche contributed to this report.