Black Politics

Harry Belafonte Wants Right Wingers Arrested For Subverting Democracy

President Barack Obama was reelected in November, but to many on the right, that election didn’t mean a thing. They’re still determined to push for legislation which supports a Republican agenda instead of respecting the will of the American people. But aren’t they subverting American democracy to meet their own ends? What’s the point of voting for a president if Republican lawmakers refuse to respect that vote and listen to the person who occupies the White House? Harry Belafonte doesn’t see much of a point, and believes those who are subverting the will of the people in order  to push for a right wing agenda should have to face some serious consequences.  In an appearance on Al Sharpton’s  Politics Nation,  Belafonte shared his view: “The American people in their maturity declared themselves fully. We want what Barack Obama is talking about. We want the country to go in that direction. And what what fascinates me is that in the face of millions of Americans expressing their desire, the whole political establishment defining it’s game. That there should be this lingering infestation of really corrupt people who sit trying to dismantle the wishes of the people, the mandate that has been given to Barack Obama and I don’t know what more they want. The only thing left for Barack Obama to do is work like a third world dictator and just put all these guys in jail” Hopefully it won’t come to that, but when you have Republican leaders who would rather listen to right wing shill Grover Norquest than the duly elected president of the United States, you never know.

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Susan Rice Withdraws Her Name for Consideration for Secretary of State

United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice has shocked the world by withdrawing her name from consideration to be the next Secretary of State.   Rice cites the “lengthy and disruptive” confirmation process  as her core reason for stepping down.  Her expected nomination was controversial to say the least. “If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, ...

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Tavis Smiley to Radio Host Morris O’Kelly: Stop Talking Bad About Me..’Cease and Desist’

Tavis Smiley and AM radio host Morris O’Kelly, a.k.a. Mo’ Kelly, don’t have a lot of love for each other, and their now their beef has finally gone public with an article in the Los Angeles Wave newspaper. Apparently, the beef between the two men extends from an invitation Smiley accepted to be on Mo’ Kelly’s radio show, after Mo’Kelly received a press release  from the ...

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Holder: It’s Time That U.S. Consider Automatic Voter Registration

Efforts by Republicans to disenfranchise voters are making our electoral system one big mess. On election day, there were long lines at the polls and teams of attorneys poised to resolve disputed ballots. Now, Attorney General Holder is offering recommendations for how America might fix its elections. Holder recommends automatically registering eligible voters and extending voting hours. “It is important for national leaders, academic experts, and members of the public to engage in a frank, thorough and inclusive discussion about how our election systems can be made stronger and more accessible,” Holder said in prepared remarks.  In his speech on election night, President Obama called for changes to elections. Election 2012 was defined by changes made in states headed by GOP governors to disenfranchise democratic leaning voters. The fight was particularly contentious in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. “Attempts to restrict voting are inconsistent with our history,” Holder said. “The desire to achieve an electoral advantage must never trump our democratic values.” Holder also spoke about a provision in the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court is set to review. The provision requires 16 mostly Southern states be required to get federal approval before changing their voting rules. Opponents of the provision say it’s antiquated, but evidence from the 2012 election seems to suggest otherwise. Holder said the provision is  “an indispensable tool for eradicating racial discrimination.” “In too many places, troubling divisions and disparities remain,” he said.

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Crazy as Ever: Rep. Michele Bachmann Still Calling Obama a Radical Islamist

After Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was almost defeated in her reelection bid, most observers thought thw close call would result in Bachmann being a little less crazy. They were wrong. Apparently this is not just some act Bachmann was putting up to rally her base. Regrettably, she really is nuts, and she’s not going to stop being nuts. In a recent radio interview, Bachmann said that the people of Israel are in grave danger because of President Obama’s support of radical Islam: President Obama, if you look at nearly every decision he has made about this issue, it is to lift up the Islamists and to take down Israel. Note how Bachmann doesn’t list any decisions, just tells listeners that if they look at it, they too will see that Obama is a  threat to Israel. No evidence needed, just insinuation, I guess. Bachmann also used the interview to push the fully debunked myth that President Obama wants to push Muslim Sharia law on Americans, saying he wants to  force Americans to study Islamic materials in the same way people studied Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf during WWII. So, according to Bachmann, Obama is sort of a n**i sympathizer and a secret radical Muslim. He’s also a socialist and a manchurian puppet candidate, at least according to other right wing conspiracy theories. Recently  Mother Jones  put together a list of all of the right wing conspiracy theories  about Obama to prove just how unhinged folks like Bachmann are. It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad and dangerous.  

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Voices His Support For Marriage Equality

By Victor Trammell (Atlanta, GEORGIA )-Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed used a press conference to send a positive message to the city’s gay, lesbian, bis**ual, and transgender community. Reed, 43, announced that he supports gay and lesbian marriages at an Atlanta press conference. The announcement comes after he signed a resolution drafted by the city that supports marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Mayor Reed released a statement that quotes: “ Today marks an important day as I announce my support for marriage equality. It is well known that I have gone through a good bit of reflection on this issue, but listening to the stories of so many people that I know and care about has strengthened my belief that marriage is a fundamental right for everyone. Loving couples, regardless of their s****l orientation, should have the right to marry whomever they want. By signing this resolution, I pledge my support to marriage equality for same-s*x couples, consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. I believe in tolerance and acceptance, regardless of a person’s race, ethnicity, gender, religion, s****l orientation or gender identity. That creed has been a guiding force for me throughout my life, as reflected by my actions and votes as a lifelong Democrat and elected official in the state of Georgia for more than 14 years.” (News One) According to data retrieved from the U.S. Census Bureau, Atlanta, Georgia has one of the highest gay, lesbian, bis**ual, and transgender populations in the entire nation.  

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Opposition & Supporters of Gay Marriage Get Ready For Supreme Court Showdown

By Victor Trammell The Supreme Court has decided to hear positions on both sides of the emotional and divisive gay marriage debate. Oppossers of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the California Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage will have their positions heard by the High Court in March 2013, according to USA Today . Some of the main questions the Supreme Court will have to answer in its ruling on this issue are: Is it possible for states to ban gay marriage?  Does the Constititution protect the right to marry for all couples, including gays and lesbians? The Supreme Court will also have to decide  whether or not gay and lesbian couples can be denied the same federal benefits that opposite-s*x couples receive. The nation’s capitol of  Washington D.C. and nine other individual states have permitted gay marriage. If the Supreme Court rules against DOMA and California’s Proposition 8, it would create sweeping changes for other states that are fighting to go in the same direction. An advocacy group in favor of Proposition 8 called ProtectMarriage originally sought the High Court’s intervention on the matter. “It’s been our belief all along that the ultimate fate of Proposition 8 will be in the hands of the Supreme Court,” said Andrew Pugno, an attorney representing ProtectMarriage. The Obama Administration announced last year that it would no longer defend DOMA in court and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder deemed DOMA “unconstitutional.” Even if the Supreme Court rules in favor of gays and lesbians, supporters of traditional marriage will continue their fight. Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage stated that a Supreme Court ruling that paves the way for more martial rights to gays and lesbians would “launch a national culture war.” The Supreme Court is expected to rule on this matter by June of 2013.  

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Ryan Mack: Right to Work Legislation is Not What You Think

In this video, Ryan Mack discusses the recent decision by the Michigan House of Representatives to pass Right to Work legislation.  Mack argues that the public is often misled about the value of unions and should realize that strong unions support everyone.    Most states that support right to work legislation are Republican and in the south.  So, the victory ...

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Are Gang Bangers the Same as Terrorists? A Judge Says “No”

How do you define a terrorist?  It’s hard to say and depends on who you ask.   But one of the problems with the Patriot Act is that with a new sweeping set of laws put in place after 9/11, nearly anyone who jaywalks could be somehow connected to terrorism.  A judge was recently asked to decide if street gangsters are the same as terrorists, and he gave a clear answer:  ”No, they are not.” The Court of Appeals has ruled that there is no evidence to say that the intention of anti-terrorism measures was to deal with gang violence.   Terrorist laws carry tougher penalties for those who are convicted, so this was an important political decision.   The case involved Edgar Morales of the St. James Boys gang, who was convicted of shooting a 10-year old bystander and paralyzing a rival gang member.  All of this happened during a Christening party, meaning that Morales made a pretty heinous decision. Prosecutors argue that the gangbangers were attempting to terrorize the Mexican-American community, leading them to argue that anti-terrorism laws would be appropriate.  The six judge panel disagreed with that assessment. “If we were to apply a broad definition to ‘intent to intimidate or coerce a civilian population,’ the people could invoke the specter of ‘terrorism’ every time a Blood assaults a Crip or an organized crime family orchestrates the murder of a rival syndicate’s soldier,” Judge Victoria Graffeo wrote. “But the concept of terrorism has a unique meaning and its implications risk being trivialized if the terminology is applied loosely in situations that do not match our collective understanding of what constitutes a terrorist act.” Morales was convicted of manslaughter, attempted murder, weapon possession and conspiracy and received 40 years in prison.    

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Pres. Obama Criticized for Meeting Rapper Who Wants to Kill US Soldiers

Fox News is going to have a ball this week going after President Obama.  The president recently caused an international uproar after shaking hands with the korean rapper PSY, who rapped about wanting to murder American soldiers.   The rapper, whose real name is Park Jae-Sang, performed at a charity event at the White House this week.  PSY, who has ...

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