Black Politics

Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Wife Also Resigns Amid Federal Probe

By Victor Trammell Jesse Jackson Jr.’s wife Sandi Jackson resigned from her seat on the Chicago City Council last Friday. She wrote a letter of resignation to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel that read: “ I am unapologetically a wife and a mother and I cannot deny my commitment to those most important personal responsibilities. To that end, after much consideration and while dealing with very painful family health matters. I have met with my family and determined that the constituents of the 7th Ward, as well as you Mr. Mayor, and my colleagues in the City Council deserve a partner who can commit all of their energies to the business of the people.” (NBC News) Sandi Jackson has stepped down from her City Council position a little less than two months after her husband finalized his resignation as an Illinois U.S. Congressman. Sandi Jackson’s resignation is effectively immediately on January 15, 2013.  In a statement, Mayor Rahm Emanuel held Mrs. Jackson is high regard and voiced his support for her. A portion of the statement read: “[Sandi Jackson's] leadership has been greatly appreciated. As Sandi takes this time to focus on her family, we give her out  deepest thanks and support for her service to our city and the residents  of her ward.” (NBC News) Federal authorities are investigating Jesse Jackson Jr. for an alleged misuse of campaign funds. Purchases of expensive jewelry, including a Rolex watch and lavish home decorations have been some of the subjects of federal investigators. The house that was decorated was briefly put on the market by Mr. and Mrs. Jackson. Also, Sandi Jackson was asked by the Illinois State Board of Elections to give pertinent details surrounding a $69,000 inconsistency between her and her husband’s campaign finance reports. At press time, Sandi Jackson or her husband had not been charged with a crime.  

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Official with US Consulate Stabbed to Death in South Africa

An official with the US Consulate in South Africa has been found dead.  The man was found with knife wounds in his apartment this weekend, and police say that they have their suspect.   A 29-year old woman was found holding the knife that killed the man. A guard came in to investigate after hearing the woman scream, which is when he walked in on the b****y situation.  The incident took place in Johannesburg.  The man died before police could arrive on the scene. The woman is due in court this week and is in police custody.   Gauteng provincial spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said that more details would soon be emerging about the stabbing, pending the investigation. “We don’t know the reason for the murder,” he said. “When [the guard] went to investigate he saw that [the 29-year-old] had a knife in her hand.” “I do not know how many times he was stabbed. That will be revealed after a post-mortem.” US embassy spokesman Jack Hillmeyer confirmed that the man was an employee of the US consulate in Johannesburg.    His name will not be released until his family has been notified.  

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Racist Rocker Ted Nugent Calls Obama’s Gun Control Plans ‘Psychotic’

Ted Nugent could definitely use a good bit of time on a psychiatrist’s couch, but as usual, he’s projecting his own mental issues onto President Obama. For anyone who has paid any attention to Nugent’s racist rants against Obama, this comes as no surprise. It should also come as no surprise that Ted Nugent is determined to keep the stupid and bigotry flowing in 2013. On Sunday, the racist rock star told WABC radio  that President Obama’s gun control plans are ‘psychotic’. “A person who lives by logic and studies history and tries to implement the lessons learned by history cannot begin to rationally explain the conduct of this president or his attorney general or this administration,” Nugent said. “It is psychotic, it is crazy, it is illogical.” According to a recent Gallup poll,  38 percent of Americans said they were dissatisfied with current gun laws and wanted stricter laws put in place, according to the poll. That’s up sharply from last year, when only 25 percent preferred stricter measures. That’s certainly not a majority, but an increasing number of people are in favor of stricter gun laws. Does Ted Nugent believe all 38 percent of these people are ‘psychotic’? Or is it just President Obama that he enjoys maligning whenever the opportunity presents itself? Nugent also declared that ,when it comes to gun control debates, he has “logic and common sense and science and evidence and history.” The common sense part is hilarious. Regrettably, this surely won’t be the last we’ll hear of Nugent.

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How Bad is the Job Market? Thousands Apply For 200 Jobs at Target

All you hear from the White House is how the American economy is improving, but you wouldn’t know it if  you’d shown up to a ‘Target’ job fair in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There were only 200 jobs available, but according to local affiliate KOAT Action 7, thousands of people came out in search of a job: KOAT Action 7 News went to Target’s job fair at the Marriott Uptown every day and continued to find lines snaking around the building. Candidates only have a one in 35 chance in getting a job, but many have said they’re confident they can stand out from the pack. Natalie Bryant said her skills, personality and “great looks” will help her get a job. Having thousands of people show up to apply for only a handful of  low paying jobs is nothing new in this economy. In December, American Airlines announced that it was hiring and was deluged with applicants. CBS News reports: American Airlines announced in October it was hiring 1,500 new flight attendants. Twenty thousand applicants responded — so many that American stopped taking resumes after eight days. Candidates had to pass a telephone interview before being invited this month to the airline’s world headquarters in Fort Worth. “I was unemployed for over a year,” says Yoon Eom, a 25-year-old college graduate who is also a new U.S. citizen. We’re currently in the midst of what’s being called a jobless recovery, where even those people who find employment are usually earning less than they earned from their previous jobs. The starting salary for the American Airlines flight attendant job  was $23,000 a year.

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Colin Powell Blasts Fellow Republicans: They ‘Still Look Down on Minorities’

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has been very critical of the G.O.P. since leaving public life, and he leveled a bit more criticism at the GOP during his appearance on ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday. “The Republican party needs to take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country has changed” said Powell. What specific views does Powell take issue with? According to Powell, climate change, taxes, and racism are on the top of the list of issues which render Republicans unpalatable to much of the American electorate.  Powell says  the party has a “dark vein of intolerance” running through it and “if they don’t change” along with America’s changing demographics, “they are going to be in trouble.” When asked why he was still a Republican, Powell says it has a lot to do with the way he was raised, but added that “the Republican party right now is having an identity problem.” Powell continued, saying the GOP “still looks down on minorities” and blasted Sarah Palin for her “shuck and jive” comments about President Obama last year. He also took issue with their use of the word “lazy” to describe President Obama. “Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party?” he asked. Powell says the GOP must begin to decide what it actually stands for. “If it’s just going to represent the far right-wing of the political spectrum, I think the party is in difficulty,” he said.      

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Obama Gives Himself Secret Service Protection For the Rest of His Life

By Victor Trammell President Obama signed a bill into law on Thursday that grants himself, living former presidents, and future ex-presidents Secret Service protection for life. This new law discontinues a 1990s bill that significantly limited Secret Service protection for U.S. presidents after they leave office. This new law is called The Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012. The act gives lifetime Secret Service protection for presidents their spouses who were in office after Jan. 1, 1997. The law also grants Secret Service protection for the children of former presidents until they are 16 years of age. Congress passed an original law in 1994 that ended the Secret Service protection after they have been out of office for a decade. However, due to the new era of global threats to American security, Congress and federal law enforcement agencies have agreed that lifetime Secret Service protection is vital. A moral issue could be raised here. U.S. presidents already get a six-fugure salary, perfect health care benefits, and other perks for life. Also, it is customary for U.S. presidents to do more lucrative things after leaving office in addition to their post-presidential perks. Do they really need more? Obama signing this bill into law is a blatant assertion of new power on his behalf. It is also another expenditure that will be paid for by the already tax-strained U.S. taxpayer. Hopefully this newfound power will humble Obama into dealing with America’s sputtering economy.

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This is How the F.B.I. Creates Fake Terror Plots

It is no secret that many of the F.B.I.’s thwarted terror plots are believed to be creations of their own making.  Meaning, these weren’t plots that the F.B.I. infiltrated and thwarted, they were plots created by the F.B.I., which then busted people who joined or showed some interest. To put it plainly, the F.B.I. manufactures a terror plot, goes out and recruits people, then busts those people. In 2011, writer Glenn Greenwald detailed  cases  where the F.B.I. recruited and groomed men for terrorism, then later arrested them: Last year, the FBI subjected 19-year-old Somali-American Mohamed Osman Mohamud to months of encouragement, support and money  and convinced him to detonate a bomb at a crowded Christmas event in Portland, Oregon, only to arrest him at the last moment and then issue a Press Release boasting of its success.   In late 2009 , the FBI persuaded and enabled Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a 19-year old Jordanian citizen, to place a fake bomb at a Dallas skyscraper and separately convinced Farooque Ahmed, a 34-year-old naturalized American citizen born in Pakistan,  to bomb the Washington Metro .  And now, the FBI has yet again saved us all from its own Terrorist plot by  arresting 26-year-old American citizen Rezwan Ferdaus after having spent months providing him with the plans and materials to attack the Pentagon, American troops in Iraq, and possibly the Capitol Building using “remote-controlled” model airplanes carrying explosives. Now, there is a book by journalist Trevor Aaronson which digs into how the F.B.I. creates fake terror plots. In an excerpt up at  Mother Jones,   Aaronson details how the F.B.I. set up a young man named Nafis, who did not have the capability to create a terror attack. It also details how many men have been caught in the F.B.I.’s web: Nafis is one of more than 150 men since 9/11 who have been caught in FBI terrorism stings, some of whom have received 25 years or more in prison. In these cases, the FBI uses one of its more than 15,000 registered informants—many of them criminals, others trying to stay in the country following immigration violations—to identify potential terrorists. It then provides the means necessary for these would-be terrorists to move forward with a plot—in some cases even planting specific ideas for attacks. It seems that instead of protecting us against real terror plots, the F.B.I. is using faking terror plots to stoke fear, and keep the tax dollars flowing to its organization. But given this information, shouldn’t we be outraged at how this law enforcement organization has apparently gone rogue?    

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