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Jesus IS love!
“Greater love has no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
One of the most significant events that had ever occurred in the history of the world was the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at Calvary. It was a horrible and despicable act, which had been preordained and deemed necessary for the atonement of sin. Those who saw this historic event saw love triumph over evil. The proverbial captives who were bound and blindfolded were set free–not because they were innocent. But because of the grace of God. Here, is how the apostle Paul puts it: “For by grace, you have been granted a stay of execution through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, and not a result of works, so no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
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As a black American, I am concerned about the Presidential Election in 2012. I have a driver’s license which is a “picture ID” in my state which will required to vote. A large number of blacks and the elderly in the South have no picture ID. Some are too poor to own a car and need a driver’s licensed. Their Social Security card used to be sufficient ID in business affairs where they had to prove who they were. Republican dominated legislatures all over the nation are orchestrating a campaign to reduce democratic access to the ballot box in 2012 to secure a republican victory…like the one in the last mid-term election. It is said that the infamous Koch Brothers are behind this seemingly uncoordinated scheme. Please read this excerpt from Rolling Stone.
The GOP War on Voting
In a campaign supported by the Koch brothers, Republicans are working to prevent millions of Democrats from voting next year
by: Ari Berman
As the nation gears up for the 2012 presidential election, Republican officials have launched an unprecedented, centrally coordinated campaign to suppress the elements of the Democratic vote that elected Barack Obama in 2008. Just as Dixiecrats once used poll taxes and literacy tests to bar black Southerners from voting, a new crop of GOP governors and state legislators has passed a series of seemingly disconnected measures that could prevent millions of students, minorities, immigrants, ex-convicts and the elderly from casting ballots. “What has happened this year is the most significant setback to voting rights in this country in a century,” says Judith Browne-Dianis, who monitors barriers to voting as co-director of the Advancement Project, a civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C.
Republicans have long tried to drive Democratic voters away from the polls. “I don’t want everybody to vote,” the influential conservative activist Paul Weyrich told a gathering of evangelical leaders in 1980. “As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.” But since the 2010 election, thanks to a conservative advocacy group founded by Weyrich, the GOP’s effort to disrupt voting rights has been more widespread and effective than ever. In a systematic campaign orchestrated by the American Legislative Exchange Council – and funded in part by David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who bankrolled the Tea Party – 38 states introduced legislation this year designed to impede voters at every step of the electoral process.
All told, a dozen states have approved new obstacles to voting. Kansas and Alabama now require would-be voters to provide proof of citizenship before registering. Florida and Texas made it harder for groups like the League of Women Voters to register new voters. Maine repealed Election Day voter registration, which had been on the books since 1973. Five states – Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia – cut short their early voting periods. Florida and Iowa barred all ex-felons from the polls, disenfranchising thousands of previously eligible voters. And six states controlled by Republican governors and legislatures – Alabama, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin – will require voters to produce a government-issued ID before casting ballots. More than 10 percent of U.S. citizens lack such identification, and the numbers are even higher among constituencies that traditionally lean Democratic – including 18 percent of young voters and 25 percent of African-Americans.
Taken together, such measures could significantly dampen the Democratic turnout next year – perhaps enough to shift the outcome in favor of the GOP. “One of the most pervasive political movements going on outside Washington today is the disciplined, passionate, determined effort of Republican governors and legislators to keep most of you from voting next time,” Bill Clinton told a group of student activists in July. “Why is all of this going on? This is not rocket science. They are trying to make the 2012 electorate look more like the 2010 electorate than the 2008 electorate” – a reference to the dominance of the Tea Party last year, compared to the millions of students and minorities who turned out for Obama. “There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today.” [To read the this excellent entire article click here.]
Blacks (and whites) had to demonstrate and protest to help overcome the “Jim Crow” laws which preventing them from voting. It is conceivable that many young people are not aware of The Civil Rights Act-The Voting Right Act. They ended an ugly chapter in American history that David and Charles Koch are trying through money to reverse ex post facto. We must learn the lessons of our past, my fellow Americans. ‘To diminish the rights of one American diminishes us all.’ Watch this capsule history of our struggle and success:
The justices of the US Supreme Court enjoy a unique status in American governance: They have the job for life and have no code of ethics. The Court has a storied history of legal decisions which carried out what our founding father wrote in The Constitution and they went beyond, but, always within the bounds of spirit of the law and intent. At first the Court was not powerful, but, Chief Justice Marshall took actions which made the Court supreme. And, that is how we all view the US Supreme Court: The final interpreter of law and legality.
A large part of our reverence and respect for the Court is grounded in their seclusion from the public eye and lack of scandal. They probably had their own sense of propriety back then. When Clarence Thomas, black, became a candidate for the Court, I was so proud (even though he is from the other party). The nomination hearings in the US Senate took us down a sordid lane. On TV we watch gray-haired white men relish digging into the sex life black people, in this case, Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill, also black. IMHO, the hearings were perverse. ‘A pubic hair on a Coke can?’ What has that to do with interpreting the law?
Regrettably, Justice Thomas and Justice Scalia have chosen to come out of isolation and show us their somewhat clear political views. Justice Scalia involved himself with a Tea Party class on The Constitution and Justice Thomas is under scrutiny for his wife’s receiving questionable campaign contributions.
He has received certain gifts from a powerful real estate magnate whose lawsuits came before the Court. Justice Thomas failed to the honorable thing and recuse himself. It is reported that Thomas received a wealth of gifts. Thousands of dollars! The Supreme Court reviewed Bush vs Gore and chose a President. Americans long for the days when certain people were good and some were not. And, we knew the difference!
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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has been very busy accepting gifts from organizations that file briefs before the court, attending political fundraisers, ruling on suits in which he or his wife have a conflict of interest, and hiding income. No wonder he hasn’t had time to ask a question from the bench in five years.
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DID YOUR SENATOR VOTE FOR CLARENCE THOMAS
U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 102 nd Congress – 1 st Session
as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate
Question: On the Nomination (Nomination – Clarence Thomas )
October 15, 1991, 06:03 PM
Required For Majority:
By Senator Name
By Vote Position
By Home State
Alphabetical by Senator Name
Adams (D-WA), Nay
Akaka (D-HI), Nay
Baucus (D-MT), Nay
Bentsen (D-TX), Nay
Biden (D-DE), Nay
Bingaman (D-NM), Nay
Bond (R-MO), Yea
Boren (D-OK), Yea
Bradley (D-NJ), Nay
Breaux (D-LA), Yea
Brown (R-CO), Yea
Bryan (D-NV), Nay
Bumpers (D-AR), Nay
Burdick, Quentin S (D-ND), Nay
Burns (R-MT), Yea
Byrd (D-WV), Nay
Chafee (R-RI), Yea
Coats (R-IN), Yea
Cochran (R-MS), Yea
Cohen (R-ME), Yea
Conrad (D-ND), Nay
Craig (R-ID), Yea
Cranston (D-CA), Nay
D’Amato (R-NY), Yea
Danforth (R-MO), Yea
Daschle (D-SD), Nay
DeConcini (D-AZ), Yea
Dixon (D-IL), Yea
Dodd (D-CT), Nay
Dole (R-KS), Yea
Domenici (R-NM), Yea
Durenberger (R-MN), Yea
Exon (D-NE), Yea
Ford (D-KY), Nay
Fowler (D-GA), Yea
Garn (R-UT), Yea
Glenn (D-OH), Nay
Gore (D-TN), Nay
Gorton (R-WA), Yea
Graham (D-FL), Nay
Gramm (R-TX), Yea
Grassley (R-IA), Yea
Harkin (D-IA), Nay
Hatch (R-UT), Yea
Hatfield (R-OR), Yea
Heflin (D-AL), Nay
Helms (R-NC), Yea
Hollings (D-SC), Yea
Inouye (D-HI), Nay
Jeffords (R-VT), Nay
Johnston (D-LA), Yea
Kassebaum (R-KS), Yea
Kasten (R-WI), Yea
Kennedy (D-MA), Nay
Kerrey (D-NE), Nay
Kerry (D-MA), Nay
Kohl (D-WI), Nay
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Nay
Leahy (D-VT), Nay
Levin (D-MI), Nay
Lieberman (D-CT), Nay
Lott (R-MS), Yea
Lugar (R-IN), Yea
Mack (R-FL), Yea
McCain (R-AZ), Yea
McConnell (R-KY), Yea
Metzenbaum (D-OH), Nay
Mikulski (D-MD), Nay
Mitchell (D-ME), Nay
Moynihan (D-NY), Nay
Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
Nickles (R-OK), Yea
Nunn (D-GA), Yea
Packwood (R-OR), Nay
Pell (D-RI), Nay
Pressler (R-SD), Yea
Pryor (D-AR), Nay
Reid (D-NV), Nay
Riegle (D-MI), Nay
Robb (D-VA), Yea
Rockefeller (D-WV), Nay
Roth (R-DE), Yea
Rudman (R-NH), Yea
Sanford (D-NC), Nay
Sarbanes (D-MD), Nay
Sasser (D-TN), Nay
Seymour (R-CA), Yea
Shelby (D-AL), Yea
Simon (D-IL), Nay
Simpson (R-WY), Yea
Smith (R-NH), Yea
Specter (R-PA), Yea
Stevens (R-AK), Yea
Symms (R-ID), Yea
Thurmond (R-SC), Yea
Wallop (R-WY), Yea
Warner (R-VA), Yea
Wellstone (D-MN), Nay
Wirth (D-CO), Nay
Wofford (D-PA), Nay
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Republican Audience Boos Black Fox Journalist Who Dared Expose Gingrich’s Appeal to Racism in South Carolina
Juan Williams Booed At Republican Debate
I could not stomach another Republican debate last night. They are a diversion for big money interests who want to make our political debate(?) about keeping economic opportunity from blacks (and the poor in general) in bastions of the Old South, like South Carolina. Noted journalist, Peggy Noonan, said this morning that there are parts of South Carolina that have over 20% unemployment! I remember that morning in January when John Boehner (R-OH) assumed the power of Speaker of the US House of Representatives. He announced that under his administration, “the mission of the Republican Partywill be JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!” Years have gone by and he has created no jobs and this shows disrespect to South Carolina, the “Republican King Maker State.” Are South Carolina’s
Republicans sheep or what? They are certainly not gullible. Is tradition and history more important to the white people who run South Carolina than making South Carolina a land of opportunity for all her citizens regardless of race, creed and color? What’s to be gained from clinging to past? There’s no need for cotton pickers in South Carolina anymore. Today, black people are educated and hold important jobs and will not be relegated to cleaning and cooking for the rich and powerful in their states. Mowing their lawns. Hauling away their garbage. My morning began with subject clip from last night’s debate. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has been criticized for his overt racist hopes for black children to learn about the values of work through cleaning school toilets, was asked to defend his comments. Of course, Newt was embarrassed on national TV in front of whites he hoped shared his views on race in America and whose votes he needs to exact revenge on former Gov. Mitt Romney for having more money than he (Newt) had to best him (Newt) in recent GOP primaries. Instead of “manning up” and answering the black Fox journalist, Newt does what he always does: He used hatred for President Obama (who is only half black) to avoid being forced to be “truthful and “factual” on live TV with all Americans…No, the entire world watching! Newt’s success came when the audience of 3000 people in Myrtle Beach, SC, booed the black journalist who had the temerity to hold a powerful – although disgraced – white, Georgia politician accountable for his actions. I have never heard Newt Gingrich admit to being wrong. In fact, he “gets off” on being right! He still won’t admit that the US House’s $300,00 punishment was a “fine”or that he was forced out of Congress BECAUSE OF HIS ACTIONS!
“Newt Food Stamp President”
Yes, Mr. Gingrich, “Work is great.” And, 14 million Americans would work if your job creator tax cheats would repatriate foreign profits and create domestic jobs and stop obstructing the American Jobs Act which would create jobs we need and you Republicans are directed to oppose by the TOP 1%, secret contributors to Republican SuperPacs and those corporations who will prosper by denying re-election to our first black President…just because he is a Democrat and a “Warrior for the Middle-Class!” You and your supporters should remember this admonition from The Bible: What you do in the dark will be brought to light! What a day of reckoning that will be!
One noted political analyst, Mark Halpern (MSNBC) gave Newt a grade of “A-” on his performance last night. Let’s hope that those who booed the calling out of racism in South Carolina are only a vestige of South Carolina’s historical relationship with the sons and daughters of the Africans they forced to immigrate to America and be slave labor. Newt you spoke of ‘people being uncomfortable with facts.’ You, sir, reject the FACT that there are more whites on Food Stamps than blacks or Latinos. Your lies to the contrary are immoral! You owe us, blacks, an apology!
- Juan Williams booed at Fox News debate for challenging Newt Gingrich on minorities, the poor (thegrio.com)
- South Carolina Debate: Newt Gingrich Steals the Show (middlegroundpolitics.wordpress.com)
- Newt: Yeah, I’ll probably win South Carolina (hotair.com)
- The New Confederacy? (duanegraham.wordpress.com)
- All or nothing: Gingrich’s ‘Armageddon’ strategy for South Carolina (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- US: Romney’s rivals attack his business record (nzherald.co.nz)
- Newt Gingrich faces tough questions at black church (thegrio.com)
- Newt Clueless on Black Americans (thedailybeast.com)
- Live Blogging and Roundup: the Fox South Carolina Republican Presidential Hopefuls’ Debate (themoderatevoice.com)
- In South Carolina, the kids are not alright (cnn.com)
- Networks Excoriate ‘Nasty,’ ‘Dirty’ ‘Notorious’ Politics of South Carolina (newsbusters.org)
- Gingrich faces tough questions at black church (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Final five GOP contenders face off in South Carolina (nbcpolitics.msnbc.msn.com)
- Huntsman Wins by Dropping Out (thedailybeast.com)
“Slavery in America is a horrifying part of our nation’s history–there’s no arguing with that. Even the painful parts of our history are important, though, because we can learn how to prevent the same mistakes. But now the Tennessee Tea Party is trying to erase all mentions of slavery from the state’s history books. »
According to the Tennessee Tea Party, the image of our founding fathers must not become tarnished. But pretending that the years of slavery and genocide in our nation’s history never happened isn’t protecting anyone. As far as I’m concerned, it’s basically racism.
Omitting slavery from history is equivalent to erasing segregation, Jim Crow laws, and the entire Civil War! Slavery is a huge part of American history whether the Tennessee Tea Party wants to admit it or not.”
- The Tennessee Tea Party Wants to Do What? (tinfoilhatman45.wordpress.com)
- First Tucson, now this: Tennessee Tea Party ‘Demands’ That References To Slavery Be Removed From History Textbooks (classroomconscious.wordpress.com)
- Breaking History (princss6.wordpress.com)
- Tennessee Tea Party: Downplay Slavery in History Books – It Tarnishes Rep of Founding Fathers (pamshouseblend.firedoglake.com)
- Tea Party Groups In Tennessee Demand Textbooks Overlook U.S. Founder’s Slave-Owning History (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- Race Matters: Tea Party Groups Push For “Positive” Side Of Slavery In Textbooks (gangsgoonsandgunz.rahrahrecords.com)
- Oh Isn’t That Nice! The Tea People Want us to See Slavery in a Cheerier Light… (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Teabaggers Want To Remove Slavery From School Texbooks (dekerivers.wordpress.com)
- Tea Party Wants Schools to Be Nicer to Founding Fathers (somersplace.wordpress.com)
- Slavery Really Wasn’t So Bad, According to the Tea Party (wildugandablog.com)
If roses can be red, yellow, pink and white,
And still be roses
If hair can be blonde, brown, black, white and red
And still be hair
Then why can’t we be be brown, black white pink and yellow,
And still be people?