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    12/12/2010 8:09:45 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 37 replies ^ | 2010 1212 | Obama et al
    See where the money went in your state and how many jobs were "created" In Sumter County, SC, We are reported to get over 5,000,000 dollars in stimulus. Report says 4 jobs were created.
  • Obama Signs Bill Settling Black Farmers’ Discrimination Claims Amid Calls for Congressional Probe

    12/09/2010 5:52:32 AM PST · by IbJensen · 9 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 9, 2010 | Fred Lucas
    ( - President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed the Claims Settlement Act of 2010, a bill awarding $1.15 billion to African American farmers to settle claims that the U.S. Agriculture Department discriminated against them. This is on top of earlier legislation awarding black farmers $100 million. The Pigford II legislation also includes $3.4 billion to settle a 14-year lawsuit alleging mismanagement of tribal trust funds by the U.S. Interior Department. Some members of Congress have called for an investigation of potential fraud in the government’s previous payout to the black farmers, and they have expressed doubt that this second settlement...
  • Obama Signs Law For Indian Tribes, Black Farmers

    12/08/2010 6:27:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    KSAT-TV / The Associated Press ^ | December 8, 2010 | Matthew Daly
    American Indians and black farmers will be paid $4.6 billion to address claims of government mistreatment over many decades under landmark legislation President Barack Obama signed Wednesday. The legislation "closes a long and unfortunate chapter in our history," Obama said. "It's finally time to make things right."(continued)
  • Reparations? When Pigford Flies

    12/07/2010 7:36:48 PM PST · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 7, 2010 | IBD staff
    Redress: Congress has OK'd nearly $5 billion for black and Native American farmers who claim they were discriminated against. This is redistribution of wealth in the name of environmental and social justice. Reparations have begun. Redistribution of wealth has been an underlying purpose of this administration and Congress, and one of the most glaring examples has been its welcoming of a series of lawsuits alleging past discrimination by black, Native American, Hispanic and female farmers. Pigford v. Glickman was a class action lawsuit against the Department of Agriculture alleging discrimination against black farmers in its allocation of farm loans between...
  • A Black Farmer Blows the Whistle on the Black Farmer Settlement

    12/07/2010 4:59:45 PM PST · by george76 · 41 replies · 1+ views
    big government ^ | 12-6-2010 | Jimmy Dismuke
    I have 200 acres in Arkansas and have raised hogs. Pigford is the biggest rip-off this country has ever known, and there are lots of people in positions of power that know it. Politicians are using it to buy votes. Trial lawyers are using it to get rich. I personally know of people who have no connection to farming at all who got Pigford checks. People with potted plants in their apartments claimed to be farmers and got paid. I saw an instance where eight Pigford checks went to one house. There are drug addicts and pushers who have received...
  • Andrew Breitbart nukes the White House: MASSIVE Pigford Black Reparations Scam document dump today

    12/06/2010 5:39:34 PM PST · by curth · 20 replies
    Hillbuzz ^ | 12/06/2010 | kevindujan01
    Today’s the day I’ve been hinting at for a while…when Andrew Breitbart drops the nuke on the White House regarding the Pigford Black Reparations Scam.Obama is set to sign into law the Pigford Black Reparations on Wednesday.Breitbart has dumped all of these documents today to make this an albatross around Obama’s neck.He has a choice:  either sign this bill and distribute those black reparations and suffer the consequences as Americans start waking up to what is going on, or veto it because it is riddled with fraudulent claimants.What will Obama do?I think I know the answer on that, because Obama...
  • Bachmann attacks $1.2B payout for black farmers

    12/02/2010 12:23:50 PM PST · by pissant · 27 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 12/2/10 | Kevin Diaz
    WASHINGTON - Congress gave the final go-ahead Tuesday to a landmark $1.2 billion settlement compensating black farmers for decades of discrimination, even as Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann and other conservatives charged that the deal is riddled with fraudulent claims. The long-delayed package, negotiated by the Obama administration, could award some $50,000 each to thousands of African-Americans who claimed they were unjustly denied loans and assistance from the federal Agriculture Department in the 1980s and '90s. Right up until the final 256-152 vote in the House, Bachmann -- along with Iowa Republican Steve King and others -- called for an investigation...
  • Hispanic, female farmers plead for bias claims action

    12/01/2010 6:14:35 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/1/10 | Kevin Bogardus
    Despite seeing Congress pass funding to resolve black farmers’ claims this week, the Agriculture Department (USDA) is still under pressure to settle discrimination claims from minority groups. Advocates for Hispanic and female farmers claiming discrimination by USDA say they have not been treated the same as their black and Native American counterparts by the Obama administration. “[Blacks and Native Americans] are going to get more money and a better process. It is a slap in the face,” said Stephen Hill, a partner at Howrey who represents Hispanic farmers.
  • House approves measure funding black farmers' settlement

    11/30/2010 5:41:34 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 30 Nov 10 | CNN Wire Staff
    Washington (CNN) -- The U.S. House on Tuesday passed a $1.15 billion measure to fund a settlement initially reached between the Agriculture Department and minority farmers more than a decade ago. The 1997 Pigford v. Glickman case against the U.S. Agriculture Department over claims of discrimination against black farmers was settled out of court 11 years ago. Under a federal judge's terms dating to 1999, qualified farmers could receive $50,000 each to settle claims of racial bias. The legislation passed Tuesday also funds a separate $3.4 billion settlement reached with the Department of Interior for mishandling Native American trust funds,...
  • Congressman Compares Black Farmers' Settlement to 'Slavery Reparations'

    11/30/2010 3:30:13 PM PST · by lbryce · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Gawker ^ | November 30, 2010 | Staff
    The House approved settlements today for black farmers whom the federal government had discriminated against in the past. In the debate beforehand, however, Rep. Steve King compared this to "slavery reparations" from the "very, very urban" Barack Obama. The Senate last week finally approved the multi-billion-dollar funding for the Pigford II and Cobell settlements, which will allow the government to pay out claims to African-American farmers and American Indians who were discriminated against in recent decades by government agencies. Now, the House — which has passed the funding several times over — will have to approve it, probably this week....
  • House Approves $4.6 Billion Settlement for Indian, Black Farmers

    The House of Representatives approved a decades-old settlement worth $4.6 billion Tuesday that resolves two class-action suits filed against the federal government by black farmers and Native Americans. The thousands who joined the suit argued that the government discriminated against them as they applied for loans for agricultural ventures. The House approved the package 256-to-152. Black farmers would receive $1.2 billion, after they alleged they were cheated out of loans from the Agriculture Department. The government will direct $3.4 billion to American Indians who say the Interior Department swindled them out of royalties from natural resources like gas and timber.
  • Pigford II settlement to black farmers to be opposed by Republicans in the House

    11/23/2010 9:17:39 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/23/2010 | Caroline May
    Despite numerous allegations of fraud, the Senate approved legislation by a voice vote Friday to fund $1.15 billion worth of settlements to black farmers who claim the U.S. Department of Agriculture discriminated against them. The legislation now makes its way to the House, where Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Steve King of Iowa, and Bob Goodlatte of Virginia have made it clear that they will be pushing hard to prevent its passage and will be calling for investigations into every claim prior to allowing any payoffs. Much of the cause for concern is the fact that there have been...
  • Leftwing Extremist 'Southern Poverty Law Center' Smears Conservatives, Patriots

    04/18/2010 12:02:33 PM PDT · by Welshman007 · 8 replies · 557+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 4/18/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    The Leftwing extremist group called 'The Southern Poverty Law Center' of Montgomery, Alabama has with one stroke of the pen smeared conservatives and Patriots in its new, infamous 'blacklist' it entitles, 'Meet the Patriots.' Among those it includes in the blacklist are some of the most reputable conservative Patriots in America today, such as U.S. Representative Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), federal judge and Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano, U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-TX), Gun Owners of America (GOA) chief Larry Pratt, Fox News personality Glenn Beck, and U.S. Representative Paul Broun (R-GA), among others.
  • Senate Approves Suit Settlements ($3.4B for Bias to Native Americans, Black Farmers)(BARF ALERT!!)

    11/22/2010 3:59:55 AM PST · by lbryce · 18 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | November 19, 2010 | Staff
    The US Senate has approved a $4.6bn (£2.9bn) payment to Native Americans and black farmers who complained of government discrimination. The legal settlement would benefit black farmers who sued for alleged bias by US agriculture officials. It would also settle a 15 year-old suit by Native Americans who said the government cheated them out of of oil, gas and grazing royalties. The legislation now needs approval by the House of Representatives. "While these legislative achievements reflect important progress, they also serve to remind us that much work remains to be done," President Barack Obama said in a statement. 'We're owed...
  • Senate OKs $4.6 Billion Bill for American Indians, Black Farmers

    11/21/2010 6:58:19 AM PST · by yoe · 16 replies
    PBS ^ | November 19, 2010 | By: Quinn Bowman and Linda J. Scott
    Late Friday afternoon in an almost empty U.S. Capitol, the Senate passed by a voice vote approximately $4.6 billion in payments for black farmers and American Indian tribes who claimed discrimination by the federal government. Included was a $1.25 billion fund to be used for payment to black farmers who settled a racial discrimination lawsuit against the Department of Agriculture in 1999 but have not yet been paid. The bill will have to pass in the House of Representatives before it can go to President Obama for a signature. According to The Associated Press, the payments will be funded by...
  • Senate Approves $4.6B for Black Farmers, Indians

    11/19/2010 4:36:28 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 56 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/19/2010 | Yahoo News
    WASHINGTON – The Senate has approved almost $4.6 billion to settle long-standing claims brought by American Indians and black farmers against the government. The money has been held up for months in the Senate as Democrats and Republicans squabbled over how to pay for it. The two class action lawsuits were filed over a decade ago. The settlements include almost $1.2 billion for black farmers who say they suffered discrimination at the hands of the Agriculture Department. Also, $3.4 billion would go to Indian landowners who claim they were swindled out of royalties by the Interior Department. The legislation was...
  • Rangel Inquiry Finds Evidence Beyond Dispute

    11/15/2010 8:10:33 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 15, 2010 | DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI
    The House ethics committee ruled on Monday that there was evidence to support 13 counts of misconduct by Representative Charles B. Rangel, and began considering whether to formally convict and recommend punishment against him. The ruling came after a dramatic and puzzling appearance by Mr. Rangel, 80, in which he protested that he could no longer afford to pay his lawyers, and indignantly walked out of the proceedings, calling them unfair. Committee members were unmoved. Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren, Democrat of California, noted dryly that Mr. Rangel, a Harlem Democrat, was responsible for paying his lawyers and that he had been...
  • Election may define national identity (Grab one of the larger buckets!)

    10/23/2010 8:18:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Glens Falls Post-Star ^ | October 23, 2010 | Dr. Ian Reifowitz
    The 2010 mid-term elections are fundamentally a debate over national identity. Amid Tea Party rage, talk of TARP and Obamacare, the clash over how we define "Americanness" is in fact what motivates many on both sides. On one side is "Obama's America." The president has sought to invigorate national unity across ethnic boundaries. Obama's America centers on a unifying civic nationalism that embraces citizens of every background. From his recognition of the slaves who helped build the White House, to his defense of the right of Muslims to build a mosque in lower Manhattan, to his reference to families with...
  • Obama Wants $1.25 B to Compensate up to 66,000 African American Farmers for USDA Discrimination

    10/14/2010 10:37:23 AM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 13 replies ^ | October 14, 2010 | Nicholas Ballasy
    President Barack Obama speaks at a rally in Philadelphia, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ( - President Barack Obama is requesting $1.15 billion from Congress—to add to a $100-million earmark he pushed through Congress in 2008 when he was a senator—to create a $1.25 billion federal fund to settle discrimination claims by what the Justice Department says is 66,000 African Americans who “farmed or attempted to farm” and were allegedly the victims of discrimination committed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) during the period from Jan. 1, 1981 to Dec. 31, 1996.During that 16-year period,...
  • Kagan introduces bill to fund Pigford settlement

    10/06/2010 3:23:16 PM PDT · by lwd · 25 replies
    Salisbury Post (NC) ^ | Wednesday, October 06, 2010 12:00 AM | Karissa Minn
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) is one of three Democratic senators to introduce a bill to fund the $1.15 billion Pigford settlement that black farmers reached with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in February. “We want to ensure black farmers in our country finally receive the justice they deserve,” said Hagan. “Today, I join with my colleagues from Arkansas and Louisiana, Senators (Blanche) Lincoln and (Mary) Landrieu, to introduce a bill to fund the settlement once and for all, and we are working to send this language to the President.” Hagan announced the bill Sept. 23 with Lincoln,...
  • First World War officially ends Sunday

    10/03/2010 6:32:38 AM PDT · by mkleesma · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 Sep 2010 | Allan Hall
    The First World War will officially end on Sunday, 92 years after the guns fell silent, when Germany pays off the last chunk of reparations imposed on it by the Allies.
  • GOP Reps at Press Conference Demand Eric Holder Hold Investigation on Pigford Scandal (Videos)

    09/30/2010 7:23:25 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 14 replies ^ | 9/30/2010 | Posted by Jim Hoft
    Don’t expect the democratic-media complex to come near this story...Conservative Representatives Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Steve King (R-IA) called on the Attorney General Eric Holder to invest the Pigford Scandal. More than 92,000 blacks have signed up for reparations from the Obama USDA after the Pigford case was extended this past year. That’s five times the number of blacks who were actually farming during the time period in question and would possibly qualify for the reparations. Pigford v. Glickman was a class action lawsuit against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), alleging racial discrimination in its...
  • Germany end World War One reparations after 92 years with £59m final payment

    09/28/2010 6:49:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 127 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | September 28, 2010 | Allan Hall
    World War One finally ends for Germany on Sunday - 92 years after the guns fell silent and nearly nine million men lay dead - as it pays off the last chunk of reparations imposed on it by the Allies. A final payment of 69.9 million euros, or £59.3 million, writes off the crippling debt which was the price for one world war - and laid the foundations for another.
  • $2.2 Billion For Black Farmer Reparations

    09/15/2010 4:33:51 PM PDT · by Sad Hill · 33 replies
    Sad Hill News Blog ^ | 09.15.2010 | Sad Hill
    In 1997’s Pigford vs. Glickman case, approximately 400 African (hyphen) American farmers sued the US Department of Agriculture claiming racial discrimination from 1983-1997. When the case was settled an estimated 2,000-3,000 claims were expected to be filed with awards reaching $50,000 each. Today, nearly 92,000 black ‘farmers’ are claiming ‘Pigford’ reparations — 5 times the number of blacks who were operating farms at the time. The 2007 Agricultural Census shows a total of 39,697 ‘Black or African-American’ farm operators — keep in mind that’s 10 years after the last ‘Pigford’ year. Interesting that the National Black Farmers Association puts their...
  • Race now required for mortgage modification?

    09/13/2010 7:32:52 PM PDT · by agee · 32 replies
    Founding Ideals ^ | September 13, 2010
    Thanks to the folks over at National Review for spilling the beans on this travesty. In a piece titled Racial Voyeurism we learn that our famously post racial President just can't move beyond matters of race. Even though most Americans don't care about race, our current government can only be described as "obsessed" with it. The latest fiasco is the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) which requires lenders to identify the race of the applicant even if the applicant refuses to provide the information. The handbook for the HAMP program specifically states;  “If a borrower declines to provide GMD, the...
  • Rev. Al Sharpton Calls Alabama State Senate District “Heir Property” for African-Americans – Video

    09/05/2010 2:05:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 4, 2010
    (VIDEO AT LINK) Here is Naked Emperor News video of the Rev. Al Sharpton speaking at a rally in Alabama back in July in which he essentially said African-American candidate Johnny Ford should win his State Senate Primary runoff against a white candidate – Billy Beasley – because the district is “heir property” to African-Americans. Sharpton, for all his talk of wanting equality, actually uses “race” as a cottage industry for himself. It is impossible to square these comments with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream that people would someday be “judged by the content of their character” and not...
  • U.S. Private Sector Employment Decreased by 10,000 Jobs in August

    09/01/2010 5:31:23 AM PDT · by abb · 105 replies
    Marketwire ^ | September 1, 2010 | Staff
    ROSELAND, NJ--(Marketwire - September 1, 2010) - Private sector employment decreased by 10,000 from July to August on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report® released today. The ADP National Employment Report, created by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®), in partnership with Macroeconomic Advisers, LLC, is derived from actual payroll data and measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month.
  • Democrats Face Economic Facts: Updraft Unlikely

    08/28/2010 6:55:14 PM PDT · by Son House · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 28, 2010 | By LAURA MECKLER
    Congressional Democrats and the White House will continue their attempts to enact policies they believe will boost the economy—and which are also aimed at persuading voters they are working to make things better. ...And while the economic situation remained dire when President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, most Democrats assumed that the economy would rebound by the time they stood for office this year. A series of disappointing economic reports has made clear that won't be the case. The most recent one came Friday, when the government reported that the economy grew at a much slower pace in...
  • For the young, unemployment hits record

    08/28/2010 3:59:50 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 36 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | Fri, Aug. 27, 2010 11:44 PM | Diane Stafford
    While the national unemployment rate stuck at 9.5 percent this summer, the youth unemployment rate hit 19.1 percent in July. It was the highest midsummer jobless rate for the 16-to-24 age group on records dating back to 1948, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. The jobless rates for young people in July — typically the peak month for youth employment — jumped from 10.5 percent in 2007 to 14 percent in 2008 to 18.5 percent in 2009. This year, fewer than half (48.9 percent) of that population group held jobs in July. That also was a record —...
  • Black men need special attention from social workers to deal with their needs

    08/27/2010 7:10:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 69 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | August 27, 2010 | University of Chicago
    ..."Contemporary characterizations and depictions suggest that African American males harbor a lifelong disregard for their own personal development, and a lack of commitment to their loved ones and society in general," a societal attitude that keeps them from being helped, he said. Black male youths are likely to grow up in single-parent homes. The boys often don't have fathers residing in the home to serve as role models...Black males, even as boys, are more likely than other male peers to suffer from stress-induced depression and other physical and mental health problems that may result in homicidal and suicidal behaviors as...
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson says Michigan needs to get over its anti-Detroit sentiment

    08/26/2010 1:33:08 PM PDT · by earlJam · 44 replies
    Rev. Jesse Jackson says Michigan needs to get over its anti-Detroit sentiment Published: Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 9:56 PM Ron Cammel | The Grand Rapids Press Ron Cammel | The Grand Rapids Press GRAND RAPIDS -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson had a word for West Michigan: There is an anti-Detroit sentiment in the state, but Detroit is "the largest organ in Michigan's body. ... If Detroit suffers, Michigan suffers." That was just one of the points Jackson made as he gave a pep talk in Grand Rapids Wednesday as part of Rainbow PUSH's campaign "Rebuild America: Jobs Justice Peace." During...
  • O's latest biz-killer

    08/12/2010 3:29:56 AM PDT · by Scanian · 23 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | August 12, 2010 | PAUL SPERRY
    Buried deep inside the new "financial reform" law is a scheme to force affirmative action on small-business lending -- a "reform" with ominous implications for the US economy. Aimed at curtailing supposed discrimination, the race-based lending mandate is guaranteed to have perverse effects -- just like the drive for "racial fairness" in mortgage lending paved the way for the subprime crisis and the 2008 financial meltdown. The new Dodd-Frank banking law sets up a data-collection system to monitor small-business loans for racial bias. Lenders must report if a business that applied for a loan is minority-owned, and whether the application...
  • Breitbart lays the trap for Sherrod's fraud?

    08/10/2010 8:48:58 AM PDT · by Windflier · 71 replies · 1+ views
    CA Political News ^ | August 09, 2010 | Stephen Frank
    Did you know that Shirley Sherrods’, the newly minted "unbigot", family sued the Feds and got $13 million--for being "black” farmers? "Well, folks, you’ll just have to ask the woman who not only spearheaded this case because of her position in 1997 at the Rural Development Leadership Network but whose family received the highest single payout (approximately $13 million) from that action Shirley Sherrod. Oops again" Did you know the person responsible for the payment of over $1.3 billion to 86,000 black farmers was.....Senator Barack Obama? "Yes, folks. It appears that Ms. Sherrod had just unwittingly exposed herself as the...
  • Liberal Talk Show Host Thom Hartmann Says It’s Time for Gay 'Reparations'

    08/06/2010 5:00:24 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 40 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | August 6, 2010 | Jeff Poor
    It's one thing to have liberal guilt, but this is taking it way too far. In a video posted to YouTube on Aug. 5, popular liberal talk host Thom Hartmann, identified what he considered was the appropriate way to cope with this guilt type, specifically that of which came with the issue of LGBT rights. Hartmann hails himself as "the 10th most important talk show host in America, and the No. 1 most important progressive host, in their ‘Heavy Hundred' ranking" according to Talkers Magazine, Hartmann laid out the reasoning chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker used in an Aug....
  • Booker T and the Reparations Hustle

    08/06/2010 2:59:04 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 06, 2010 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Former slave Booker T. Washington, in a 1901 autobiographical book Up From Slavery, made the following poignant statement: "When we rid ourselves of prejudice, or racial feeling, and look facts in the face, we must acknowledge that, notwithstanding the cruelty and moral wrong of slavery, the ten million Negroes inhabiting this country, who themselves or whose ancestors went through the school of American slavery, are in a stronger and more hopeful condition, materially, intellectually, morally and religiously than is true of an equal number of black people in any other portion of the globe." Despite being victimized by the harshest...
  • Will Obama "persuade" Americans their slavery is inevitable?

    08/01/2010 9:32:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 7+ views
    Renew America ^ | August 1, 2010 | Sher Zieve
    For months, virtually each and every day Usurper-and-Dictator-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama has been removing one or more of We-the-People's liberties. Whether one wishes to ignore it or not, Obama is now in an all-out war against the American people and their soon to be former way of life. And he has no intention of stopping until American citizens are slaves to The Obama and illegal immigrants (aka "Obama Amnestees") are his indentured servants. Please note that under the thumb of The Obama illegals already have more "rights" than US citizens. Using taxpayer monies, The Obama has already begun his 2012...
  • Police: Officer Baited In Altercation That Injured Him (Blacks stage fight)

    07/30/2010 2:08:02 PM PDT · by FunkyZero · 23 replies · 1+ views ^ | 4:01 pm EDT July 30, 2010 |
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Relations between the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and some members of the African-American community are still a sore spot in the weeks since the Brandon Johnson incident. Case in point -- an altercation in which an officer was injured during a presentation to a youth symposium last weekend that officials said was staged, 6News' Jack Rinehart reported.
  • Feds demand diversity on Wall Street

    07/28/2010 4:03:59 PM PDT · by goldendays · 22 replies ^ | July 28, 2010 | Carrie Budoff Brown,
    Feds demand diversity on Wall Street A little-noticed section of the Wall Street reform law grants the federal government broad new powers to compel financial firms to hire more women and minorities — an effort at promoting diversity that’s drawing fire from Republicans who say it could lead to de facto hiring quotas. Deep inside the massive overhaul bill, Congress gives the federal government authority to terminate contracts with any financial firm that fails to ensure the “fair inclusion” of women and minorities, forcing every kind of company from a Wall Street giant to a mom-and-pop law office to account...
  • Bob Johnson Urges... to Address Alarming Increase in Wealth Gap ...

    07/26/2010 7:47:31 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 99 replies · 1+ views
    yahoo ^ | July 25 – | prnewsire
    In an address to Members of Congress and participants attending a Congressional Black Caucus meeting, Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies, called for a national discussion about the growing wealth gap which he referred to as a "wealth gap Tsunami threatening African American families." He cited the recent Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University study, among other studies, which conclude "the wealth gap between white and African American families has more than quadrupled over the course of a generation; the racial wealth gap increased by $75,000, from $20,000 to $95,000; and, at least...
  • Van Jones Tells Netroots: Stop Worrying About Deficit, We Can Tax Rich Companies!

    07/26/2010 3:23:03 AM PDT · by iloveamerica1980 · 24 replies
    Dittos Rush! ^ | 7-26-10 | James
    Video: Former Obama "Green Jobs" Czar tells the 2010 Netroots Convention that the U.S. has no lack of money to stop worrying about the deficit, because rich companies can be taxed. Who ya gonna to tax after the "elite" rich are driven to the poor house? (Note: Posted in "Bloggers & Personal" due to referenced external link)
  • Van Jones: Stop worrying about the deficit. Government can just take more money from rich companies

    07/24/2010 2:03:09 AM PDT · by Brugmansian · 112 replies · 3+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/24/2010 | Chris Moody
    LAS VEGAS, NV — While the federal government sinks deeper into debt than any time since World War II, former White House “green jobs” adviser Anthony Van Jones said it was time to stop worrying about budget deficits and pressure Washington to take more money from American businesses to fund larger social and infrastructure projects. “This is a rich country. We have plenty of money, and if you don’t believe me, ask Haliburton,” Jones told a group of progressive bloggers and activists at the Netroots Nation convention Friday. “There’s plenty of money out there; don’t fall into the trap of...
  • Saint Shirley Sherrod: Shut Down for Good of the Country

    07/22/2010 6:57:33 AM PDT · by kristinn · 352 replies · 9+ views
    Thursday, July 22, 2010 | Kristinn
    Former USDA official Shirley Sherrod, who claims she was falsely smeared as a racist while she herself falsely smears Republicans and Fox News as racists, said this morning that she would like to see, the website that made her famous, shut down for the good of the country.CNN's American Morning reported on Sherrod's demand:She said if Breitbart's site were shut down, "That would be a great thing, because I don't see how that advances us in this country ... at a time when we should be trying to look at how we can make space for all of us...
  • Shirley Sherrod blasts Fox News as racist

    07/21/2010 9:15:49 AM PDT · by maggief · 104 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2010 | Greg Sargent
    EXCERPT "I think they should but they won't. They intended exactly what they did. "They were looking for the result they got yesterday," she said of Fox. "I am just a pawn. I was just here. They are after a bigger thing, they would love to take us back to where we were many years ago. Back to where black people were looking down, not looking white folks in the face, not being able to compete for a job out there and not be a whole person."
  • Shirley Sherrod's Disappearing Act: Not So Fast (paid racist hack?)

    07/20/2010 4:01:06 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 28 replies · 2+ views ^ | 07/20/10 | Tom Blumer
    Until yesterday, Shirley Sherrod was Georgia Director of Rural Development for the USDA. Earlier in the day at Big Government, Andrew Breitbart put up a video that exposed Ms. Sherrod as someone all too willing to discriminate based on race. Within hours of the video's release, USDA Director Tom Vilsack announced Sherrod's resignation, and in the process issued an exceptionally strong condemnation ("We are appalled by her actions ... Her actions were shameful ... she gave no indication she had attempted to right the wrong she had done to this man"). The NAACP, at whose Freedom Fund Banquet Sherrod spoke...
  • Farrakhan Demands Reparations from Jews

    07/19/2010 4:20:05 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 28 replies · 1+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 17 July 2010 | John Semmens
    Louis Farrakhan, the “National Representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam,” is demanding that Jews make reparations to Blacks for slavery. “Our research has shown that some of those who dealt in selling Africans into slavery were Jews,” Farrakhan asserted. “And as everyone knows, profiteering from the hardship of others has been a trait that has characterized Jews throughout history. We now call upon these Jews to make restitution for these crimes.” The fact that no one involved in America’s former slave trade—Jew or non-Jew, White or Black—is still alive didn’t faze Farrakhan. “According to God’s...
  • Computer glitch costs Georgia taxpayers

    07/18/2010 6:10:52 AM PDT · by Never on my watch · 6 replies · 2+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | July 18, 2010 | Rich McKay
    At the height of America’s worst postwar recession, in September 2008, a computer glitch caused the Georgia Department of Labor to issue 46,373 duplicate unemployment check deposits, a financial error that initially cost more than $12 million. Almost two years later, the state has yet to recoup all the money, according to a report from the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts. The Labor Department says it is still trying to recover $115,000.
  • Obama Views America As Akin To Apartheid South Africa

    07/18/2010 12:34:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Rant & Rave ^ | July 15, 2010
    A window into the mind of President Obama is becoming more clearly defined and I don't like what I am seeing. Statements like "Reparations do not go far enough" show that it is not his intent to just "spread the wealth around" but to punish White people for simply being White. It is clear from how he brushed aside the voter rights violations by the Black Panthers that he is not going to respect the law and will only enforce the laws that suit his agenda. This makes the United States a very uncertain and risky place going forward. His...
  • Louis Farrakhan sends letter asking Jews for reparations

    07/16/2010 10:51:56 AM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    dc caller ^ | 7/16/2010 | Caroline May
    Last month, Louis Farrakhan, the “National Representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam,” sent a three-page letter to the leaders of 16 major Jewish organizations demanding reparations for alleged crimes Jews have perpetrated against African Americans. Along with the letter, Farrakhan sent two books, “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews” and “Jews Selling Blacks: Slave Trade by American Jews,” written by unidentified members of the Nation of Islam’s Historical Research Team. Elijah Muhammad’s National Representative claims that the books contain evidence of Jewish crimes against the black community.
  • Farrakhan Tells Jews He Wants Reparations

    07/13/2010 3:55:43 PM PDT · by rickb308 · 68 replies · 5+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 03:57 PM | Jim Meyers
    Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan has sent a three-page letter to the heads of 16 Jewish organizations seeking reparations from Jews in what a National Review writer terms “an unsubtle attempt at extortion.”
  • Farrakhan Demands Reparations from Jews

    07/12/2010 11:40:48 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 80 replies · 1+ views
    DanielPipes org ^ | July 13, 2010 | by Daniel Pipes
    Louis Farrakhan recently sent a three-page letter along with two books to the heads of sixteen Jewish organizations. Dated June 24, 2010, the letter is resplendent with a crescent-and-moon flag and Farrakhan's impressive-sounding title ("National Representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam"). In it, he announces that the books (volume two of The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews and Jews Selling Blacks: Slave Trade by American Jews) present an undeniable record of Jewish anti-Black behavior, starting with the horror of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, plantation slavery, Jim Crow, sharecropping, the labor movement of the North...