Barack Obama Green Charter High School to Open Soon in Plainfield, NJ

Barack Obama Green Charter School to open in Plainfield, NJ. School will have no cafeteria or buses.

The Barack Obama Green Charter High School is slated to open soon in Plainfield, N.J. The zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously approved a variance for educators to set up classroom at the city’s YMCA, according to the Star-Ledger. The school’s founders are touting it as the first charter school in New Jersey to implement the philosophy of the nonprofit Green Schools initiative, which advocates having a toxin-free building, with sustainable use of resources and a ban on junk food.

The 120-seat Barack Obama Green Charter High School is slated to open for ninth and tenth graders at the start of the new school year at 530 West Seventh St. It already has approval from the state Department of Education. The school will encourage students to walk or take public transportation to school and bring their own lunches. It will not have a cafeteria or school buses.

Read more:  New Barack Obama Green Charter High School is coming to Plainfield

Idaho Man, Richard Powell, Arrested for Firing Gun on U.S. Census Worker

Richard Powell of St. Maries, ID, arrested for firing gun at U.S. census worker trying to deliver forms.

Richard L. Powell, of St. Maries, ID, was cited for exhibition of a deadly weapon for allegedly firing his shotgun near a U.S. census worker who was trying to deliver a census form. 

Powell of St. Maries faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The Benewah County Prosecutor’s office says that on March 3 Powell told the census worker to get off his property and then fired a shotgun into the air. Powell’s pretrial conference is scheduled for April 26 at the Benewah County Courthouse. Source:  KHQ

Great, further proof that the vitriol being spewed by the fringe elements of the right wing are sticking on fertile ground.

SNL Alum Victoria Jackson Says President Obama Isn’t an American Whether or Not He Has a Birth Certificate

Victoria Jackson, SNL alum, says that President Obama isn’t an American whether or not he has a birth certificate.

Could someone please tell me who pulled Saturday Night Live alum Victoria Jackson out from under a rock? She said, of President Barack Obama, whether he has the birth certificate or not, he’s not an American. Wow. That’s just priceless. She’s dumber than I thought. Please crawl back under that rock, Victoria.

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) in Hot Water with Black Leaders Over Restoring Voting Rights to Nonviolent Felons

Gov. Bob McDonnell in hot water over requesting essay from nonviolent convicted felons to restore voting rights.

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) is in hot waters with black leaders and civil rights groups again and this time it has to do with a ridiculous addition of another step for nonviolent felons to have their voting rights restored. He is now requesting that they write an essay outlining their contributions to society since their release as part of the process. So, is his administration going to hire people to read these essays? This is an insult and amounts to nothing more than another roadblock aimed squarely at poor, less-educated and black residents of his state. So, if you are semi-literate, then you will be doomed because you can’t write properly. So, if you a convicted felon in Virginia and have served your time, you may be forced to get someone to write the essay for you, which means it won’t be 100% true or you could be forced to pay for legal counsel, that you may not be able to afford. So, in essence, due to the inane requirement by the governor, your rights may not be restored after all.

If you do the time and pay your debt to society for a non-violent offense and you have not re-offended, then what is the problem? Another roadblock from the party of NO. According to the Washington Post, the excuse from McDonnell’s administration is that the essay requirement is designed to put a human face on each applicant and to help staff members better understand each person’s situation. Really? Who’s going to pay for the extra manpower to read these essays? They also claim that the new procedure being put in place would speed up the application process to 90 days instead of the 12 months it took under his Republican and Democratic predecessors. I can’t see how that will be possible with the extra step he is proposing.

Under Virginia law, people who are convicted of a felony automatically lose the right to vote, serve on a jury and own a gun. According to the Washington Post, about 300,000 felons who have served their time do not have those rights, which the governor can restore if they have redeemed themselves. As it stands right now, Virginia and Kentucky are the only two states that require an act of the governor to restore voting rights to felons. The vast majority of states automatically restore voting rights after a sentence is completed, while the District of Columbia allows felons to vote upon their release from prison. This is a deliberate move on the part of a Republican governor to prevent people, who most likely would vote Democratic, to block the restoration of their rights.

READ MORE:  McDonnell in hot water over nonviolent felons’ rights | Washington Post

Mediaite Calls Hip-Hop Artist T-Pain a Sell-Out for Hanging Around Fox News’ Sean Hannity at Republican Conference

Mediaite blogger Colby Hall is calling T-Pain a sell-out for hanging around Sean Hannity at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans last weekend. Hall wrote that T-Pain is some sort of fan of the conservative movement, as evidenced by his parroting of Hannity’s comment “conservative victory 2010 (seen in video clip).

I wouldn’t call him a hypocrite, but of course, I don’t follow his career as a hip-hop artist. The man is free to pall around with whomever he chooses in the political world. I don’t consider myself a liberal, especially since the Democratic Party has proven that it has not backbone. I am a centrist and there are several conservative politicians and public figures I like. So, does that make me a sell-out? Still, I find the Republican Party’s racially insensitive behavior, offensive. I can’t stand Sean Hannity because of all his dirty smears against President Obama, but I wouldn’t throw T-Pain under a bus for being a conservative. Who cares?

Psst, Mediaite — T-Pain isn’t the moral compass of the black community. He wouldn’t be the first black person to like conservatives.

Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) Says "Omitting Slavery From VA Proclamation “Doesn’t Matter For Diddly”

Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) tells CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” that “omitting slavery from VA proclamation “doesn’t matter for diddly.”

Why am I not surprised the Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, (R), doesn’t see anything wrong with Gov. Bob McDonnell’s (R-VA) deliberate omission of slavery from his recent proclamation to celebrate April as Confederate History month? During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley when she called him on the insensitivity of the governor’s actions, he said:

Barbour: Well maybe they should talk to my Democratic legislature, which has done exactly the same thing in Mississippi for years. As far as I know, the Democratic legislature — we have a majority — both houses are Democrats. I’m unaware of them being criticized for it or them having their supporters feel uncomfortable with it….
To me it’s a sort of feeling that it’s just a nit. That it is not significant. It’s trying to make a big deal out of something that doesn’t matter for diddly.  Source: Liberaland

Er, the governor of Mississippi should be the last person to make such an insensitive statement since the state didn’t ratify the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery until March 16, 1995, after rejecting it in on December 5, 1865, and Jim Crow laws were on the books until 2009. Let’s not forget that Virginia joins Mississippi and Georgia honoring the Confederacy and deliberately omitting any mention of slavery.

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White Supremacist Leader Andre Visagie Threatens Lebohang Pheko, a Black Female Reporter During Live Broadcast

Andre Visagie, South African white supremacist, threatens Lebohang Pheko, a black female reporter, on the air, during testy exchange.

Disgraceful. White supremacist leader Andre Visagie threatens black female reporter, Lebohang Pheko, during a recent appearance on the ETV television show Africa 360, and he had to be restrained by Chris Maroleng. Geez, if this is how these white supremacists react on television, one can only imagine how horrible they conduct themselves on their farms.

Visagie is the secretary general of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (Afrikaner Resistance Movement). The group’s leader, Eugene Terreblanche was recently bludgeoned to death by two workers on his farm. Lebohang Pheko is the director of policy of a campaign group.

Randy Tundidor Sr., & Son, Randy Jr., Arrested in the Stabbing Death of Nova Southern Univ. Instructor, Joseph Morrissey

Randy Tundidor Sr., and son, Randy Tundidor Jr., arrested in the stabbing death of Joseph Morrissey, assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University.

Joseph Morrissey (Nova Southeastern University)

Nova Southeastern University professor Joseph Morrissey was stabbed to death last Tuesday, during what police have characterized as a home-invasion robbery. Randy Tundidor Sr., a Plantation, Fla., businessman, who had been renting a house from Morrissey was arrested Friday and charged with murder. According to the Miami Herald, he has also been charged with kidnapping, robbery and arson. His son, Randy Tundidor Jr., who has been a “person of interest” in the stabbing death, is being held in jail for violation of his probation.

Randy Tundidor Sr. (PBP)

Morrissey, 46, who was an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the university, died during what police believe was a home-invasion robbery. The assailant, who tied up both Morrissey and his wife, Linda, torched the kitchen before fleeing, splashing gasoline to accelerate the burn. Police say an intruder got into the couple’s home in the 600 block of Northwest 75th Terrace after midnight Tuesday, abducted the couple, and forced them to drive to an ATM and withdraw money.

The robber, who had a gun, and the couple then went back to the home, where the assailant killed Morrissey. Initial reports indicated that Morrissey had been shot, and witnessed reported hearing gunshots, but the Broward Medical Examiner found multiple stab wounds. Linda Morrissey escaped with the couple’s 5-year-old son and later led firefighters to her husband’s body on a patio outside the kitchen. Police have not discussed a possible motive in the slaying and could not be reached for comment on Friday night. Source: Miami Herald

Randy Tundidor Sr. is scheduled to be arraigned Sunday morning on charges. According to the Palm Beach Post, Tundidor considered a civil suit against Morrissey earlier this year because of disrepair at the town-home, which resulted in him falling and severely injuring his leg, his attorney Joseph Pappacoda said. A funeral for Morrissey will be at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Parish in Plantation on Wednesday. I am sure the students and faculty at Nova Southeastern University share my sentiments that Mr. Morrissey will be missed. The academic community has lost a true champion!

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Personal Responsibility Takes a Back Seat in America, No One is to Blame for Anything

Personal responsibility takes a back seat in America and no one, including our elected officials and high-level administration figures, is to blame for anything.

We are living in a country in which personal responsibility takes a back seat. No one wants to accept responsibility for the things that have gone terribly wrong in this country, whether it’s of a personal nature, or a public one, but they all line up to take credit for anything good that occurs. According to Frank Rich’s op-ed article in the New York Times, Alan Greenspan, who testified on Capitol Hill last week, said, “I was right 70 percent of the time, but I was wrong 30 percent of the time.” As you know, Greenspan served as the Fed chairman for 18 years and his Mensa-like qualities were out to lunch when Wall Street literally imploded. No acceptance of his role in this quagmire, but that’s okay. It’s the American way. Greenspan was only too eager to paint himself as an innocent bystander, which is furthest from the truth. The reality is as Fed chairman, the buck stopped with him and he should not have missed this “bubble.” He groveled for an explanation as to why the bottom fell out of the bucket — he dated it back to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Really?

This “not my fault” syndrome also has roots in other sectors of our society. Even the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI are blaming the media, the anti-Catholic fringe and “petty gossip” as a crutch for justifying the decades-long deliberate failure of the church to stem the widespread culture of child molestation within its ranks. I remember as a child attending Mt. Alvernia High School, an all-girls Catholic school, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, there were always rumors floating around that the priests were engaging in sexual activities with some of the students. There was a priest, Father Pegg, who had a history of sexual misconduct with students and even managed to get a student pregnant. He was not punished. He died in a terrible car accident, which I considered God’s way of punishing him for his despicable deeds. Of course, the Vatican and others would rather say it has a public relations problem and not a pedophilia problem.

New York’s ineffective and pathetic Gov. David Paterson, would rather remove himself from accepting personal responsibility for the mess in his state and instead blame President Obama and interject the color of his skin as the reason why he can’t get anything done in his state. In the same vein as Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), he would rather lay blame at the feet of a newspaper, rather than taking personal responsibility for his current position.

No-one from the Bush administration has had the decency to take any responsibility for anything untoward that happened under his watch, such as the selling of selling faulty intelligence products without exerting proper due diligence, as Rich states. No, Dick Cheney would rather get on television and trash President Obama rather than taking any personal responsibility for his role in many unsavory aspects of the administration. For what it is worth, President Obama, during his inaugural address called for “a new era of responsibility,” which he lived up to in the early days of his administration, but as it stands today, he’s less than forceful in that regard. Mr. President, the reality is that Main Street is waiting on you to help us recover from the economic nightmare we find ourselves in. Wall Street didn’t put you in office, we the people did and our hopes in you are fading fast.

Read more:  No One Is to Blame for Anything | Frank Rich, NY Times

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David Boaz Commentary, Up From Slavery, Sheds Light on the "Golden Age of Liberty" that Still Eludes Us

The “golden age of liberty” still evades many as the shackles of economic hardship continues to consume the lives of many. Can we ever be truly free?

Dred Scott (Harvard Law School)

The issue of slavery and racism in the United States was revisited by Gov. Bob McDonnell’s (R-VA) insensitive slight in his proclamation order to celebrate April as Confederate History month.  Though I am sure there were decent soldiers fighting for the Confederacy you can no more ignore the issue of slavery during that time than embrace the actions of these soldiers. For many blacks, the Confederacy stood for pain, denigration and abject poverty. I came across an very interesting essay written by the Cato Institute’s David Boaz, entitled “Up from Slavery,” he poses a very serious question to all those people who would rather sweep the issue of slavery under a rug and make the argument that we. He asked, if you had to choose, would you rather live in a country with a department of labor and even an income tax or a Dred Scott decision and a Fugitive Slave Act? The reality is that we wouldn’t but we are still not really free, especially African Americans, who have seen the highest rates of unemployment in this economic downturn and continue to have the highest drop-out rates in public schools.

I said that white Americans probably considered themselves free. But in retrospect, were they? They did not actually live in a free society. They were restricted in the relations they could have with millions of their — I started to say “their fellow citizens,” but of course slaves weren’t citizens — their neighbors. They lived under a despotic power. Liberalism seeks not just to liberate this or that person, but to create a rule of law exemplifying equal freedom. By that standard, even the plantation owners did not live in a free society, nor even did people in the “free” states. Source: Cato Institute

I am amazed at the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Pat Buchanan and all those who make the argument that the Confederacy was a far more noble entity and that it fought a devastating war for reasons other than anything connected to slavery, upon which their social and economic system was neatly ensconced. The reality is that we are still in chains, economic chains and being held captive by a government that continues to get bigger. There has never been a “golden age of liberty” in this country, though many would have you think otherwise. There is always something that dogs us and there will always be people who want to exploit others, as they did during slavery.

To echo David Boaz, in 1776 black Americans were held in chattel slavery, married women really had no legal rights and in 1910 and beyond blacks suffered under the denigration of Jim Crow, and yes, there were and still are confiscatory taxation. Confiscatory taxation are taxes which are primarily directed at a particular income group with high rates of taxation, not revenue generation. The intent of these taxation laws is to confiscate money from the wealthy, a notion that riles the right wing to no end. The reality is that the Obama Administration wants to create a government that wields far too much power over the people and their lives. Some can make the argument that the government’s interference in every aspect of our lives is a pesky reminder of the shackles many faced long ago and that we are still not truly free.

Read more:  Up from Slavery — David Boaz | Cato Institute

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