Rep. Raul Grijalva Says He Won’t Support Emerging Debt Deal that "Trades Peoples’ Livelihoods for Votes of Right Wing Radicals"

The Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus are none too happy about the deal that’s shaping up to avert a national default on August 2. Rep. Raul Grijalva, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, released the following statement today on the emerging debt deal via email:

“This deal trades peoples’ livelihoods for the votes of a few unappeasable right-wing radicals, and I will not support it. Progressives have been organizing for months to oppose any scheme that cuts Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security, and it now seems clear that even these bedrock pillars of the American success story are on the chopping block. Even if this deal were not as bad as it is, this would be enough for me to fight against its passage. This deal does not even attempt to strike a balance between more cuts for the working people of America and a fairer contribution from millionaires and corporations. The very wealthy will continue to receive taxpayer handouts, and corporations will keep their expensive federal giveaways. Meanwhile, millions of families unfairly lose more in this deal than they have already lost. I will not be a part of it. Republicans have succeeded in imposing their vision of a country without real economic hope. Their message has no public appeal, and Democrats have had every opportunity to stand firm in the face of their irrational demands. Progressives have been rallying support for the successful government programs that have meant health and economic security to generations of our people. Today we, and everyone we have worked to speak for and fight for, were thrown under the bus. We have made our bottom line clear for months: a final deal must strike a balance between cuts and revenue, and must not put all the burden on the working people of this country. This deal fails those tests and many more. The Democratic Party, no less than the Republican Party, is at a very serious crossroads at this moment.

For decades Democrats have stood for a capable, meaningful government – a government that works for the people, not just the powerful, and that represents everyone fairly and equally. This deal weakens the Democratic Party as badly as it weakens the country. We have given much and received nothing in return. The lesson today is that Republicans can hold their breath long enough to get what they want. While I believe the country will not reward them for this in the long run, the damage has already been done. A clean debt ceiling vote was the obvious way out of this, and many House Democrats have been saying so. Had that vote failed, the president should have exercised his Fourteenth Amendment responsibilities and ended this manufactured crisis. This deal is a cure as bad as the disease. I reject it, and the American people reject it. The only thing left to do now is repair the damage as soon as possible.”

It should be noted that CPC has also called an emergency meeting for Monday. Minority Leader of the House Nancy Pelosi is also saying she doesn’t think the votes are there to pass a deal tonight. No matter what, this mess will live another day. I would urge voters out there to note how their elected officials are voting in this matter. If their vote doesn’t meet your views, then vote against them in the next election, if they run. We all know that many of the 87 new elected officials in Congress really don’t give a hoot about their constituents or even being re-elected.

I will be the first to say that we need to cut spending and increase revenue, but can we? We are no longer a manufacturing society. We are now a service society, outsourcing even the kitchen sink. We will never be able to fight the demons of runaway spending and high deficits if we don’t find a way to create more revenue and not at the expense of the poor and middle class. It should be noted that only one other country in this world has a debt ceiling — Denmark — and it is set high enough that they don’t expect to exceed it in the near or distant future. Why are we as a country allowing our debt ceiling to be constantly raised without fixing the problems that got us in this mess to begin with?

David Russell Held Without Bail After Shooting Deaths of Kenneth Taylor & Moneet Baker, Fired Until Gun Jammed

A Far South Side Chicago man, David A. Russell, was ordered held without bond by Judge Peggy Chiampas, after being charged with the murders of Kenneth Taylor, 24, and Moneet Baker, 22, Friday. According to the Chicago Tribune, Russell was charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder in the shooting deaths.

Prosecutors said in court that Russell admitted to the shooting and told police where to find the gun. He fired 14 shots from a 40-caliber pistol “until the gun jammed,” officials said.

Judge Peggy Chiampas in ordering him held without bail noted the “brazen” recklessness of the alleged conduct by the 22-year-old.

“Thankfully this was observed by a uniformed police officer… Thankfully the gun jammed. Thankfully the police officers were not struck and no innocent bystanders were struck,” Chiampas told Russell. “All this at the very young age of 22 years old, and you’re facing a potential life sentence.” Source: Chicago Tribune

Kirra Goddard, 13, Killed After Overturned Vehicle Driven by Stabbing Victim Sean Lewis Lands on Her in front of her Brooklyn Home

SHOCK: Kirra Goddard, 13, was killed Saturday, after a car being driven by Sean Lewis, who was stabbed in the torso, overturned and landed on her in front of her Brooklyn, NY, home.

Sean Lewis of Brooklyn, desperate for help, was driving west on Pacific St. in Brownsville with a stab wound to the torso when he ran into three parked cars near Saratoga Ave., cops said. He then backed into another parked car and flipped his vehicle. As the car overturned it landed on Kirra Goddard, sitting in front of her home, killing her.

“It was too late for her to get up and move, and it just hit her,” said Kirra’s half-sister, Tanisha Harewood, 14. Source

Lewis, who sustained head injuries from the crash, reportedly died at a local hospital. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Kirra Goddard.

Principal with White Supremacist Ties, Frank Borzellieri, Running Bronx-Based Catholic School Where Students Mostly Black & Latino

Frank Borzellieri, who has ties to white supremacist group, promoted two years ago as principal of Bronx-based Our Lady of Mount Carmel school, where mostly black and Latino students in attendance.

Frank Borzellieri, 48, who has ties to a white supremacist group and wrote for racist publication American Renaissance is now running Bronx-based Our Lady of Mount Carmel school, where most of the students are black and Hispanic, the New York Daily News reports.

Frank Borzellieri, 48, was quietly promoted to principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School two years ago – despite a history of controversial writings and campaigns, including a push to ban a biography on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

In 2004, Borzellieri wrote the book “Don’t Take It Personally: Race, Immigration, Crime and Other Heresies,” in which he declares “diversity is a weakness” and says the rising black and Hispanic populations in America will lead to the “New Dark Age.”

He has also written frequently for the white supremacist publication American Renaissance, with which he is still “intimately involved,” the non-profit Southern Poverty Law Center says. Source

How could the pastor, Rev. Eric Rapaglia, even have the guts to say he knew of Borzellieri’s views but didn’t “see any cause for concern” when he hired him to run the 200-student school. Really? You send the fox to guard the hen house? I am pretty sure if Rev. Rapaglia named Rev. Jeremiah Wright as the next principal all hell would break loose, because many have claimed his views are racist.

Here’s a very disturbing excerpt from Borzellieri’s book, from the Village Voice:

On average, blacks score lower on every conceivable aptitude test than whites and Asians…These results have not changed despite decades of heroic efforts to uplift blacks to [sic] and to tinker with the tests.

But rather than acknowledge what every (yes, every) study and informed scientist has put forth, the government’s official position is that blacks fall short because of white wickedness. Oppression and discrimination by whites are responsible, not inherent shortcomings. (Asians, who outperform whites, have a significant history of discrimination in America, but that’s an inconvenient fact.)

Either Rev. Rapaglia shares his views or his just downright stupid. Why would you elevate someone with known ties to a white supremacist group to run a school, any school that prides itself on being progressive.

UPDATE #1:  Frank Borzellieri has been fired from his job as principal for his white supremacist ties.

CA Television Reporter Leanne Suter & Cameraman Shot with BB Gun During Live Broadcast, Two Teens Arrested

KABC-TV’s reporter Leanne Suter, who was reporting live from Fontana Saturday evening, was shot with a BB gun pellet.

Police was able to locate the home that was possibly involved in the incident and two teens, ages 16 and 17, were arrested on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon. Suter and her cameraman were fired upon during a live weather broadcast. Suter, who was struck in the hand, was taken to an area hospital and was not in serious condition.

Bishop Eddie Long & Wife Vanessa Long Absent from New Birth First Sunday After Name of Centino Kemp, Fifth Accuser in Gay Scandal, Revealed

Bishop Long & wife conveniently absent from church on the first Sunday after MyFoxAtlanta reveals name Centino Kemp, an openly gay man, who is the fifth accuser against Bishop Long in the gay sexual coercion scandal.

Live blogging: The broadcast was conveniently cut at a point when the Bishop Long usually comes to the stage. It resumed with a prayer for the family and that they are on vacation. The woman who prayed called for healing on their family, particularly for them as a couple, and God’s grace as Taylor Long goes off to college. It’s ironic that they should mention the daughter. Seems to me there is a lot going on in the Long household, particularly with the revelation of a fifth accuser — Centino Kemp — an openly gay man, who was part of the gay coercion settlement, even though he did not file a lawsuit. It’s convenient Long and his family are on vacation. He can’t quite show his face, can he? Back to my opening comment about the transmission being conveniently cut in midstream: I am of the opinion this was a deliberate move because something may have been said that they didn’t want the whole world to hear.

The moderator says that the preacher for today stuck by Bishop Long as others were running away. Gee, I wonder why? Pastor Stephen Davis, senior pastor of New Birth Birmingham, will deliver the message today. Ezra 3:12Many of the priests & Levites old men who had seen the first temple…. The people shouted with a loud shout and the sound was heard a far off.  Haggai 2:6Once more it is a little I will shake heaven & earth, the sea & dry land. I will fill this temple with glory. The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former. In this place I will give peace. He prayed that there is pressure in the church, but it will make it great.

Davis said there is a new restoration coming for New Birth. God has not withdrawn his glory from the church. Another veiled confirmation that all is not well at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and Bishop Long and his wife. He said the glory doesn’t explain the hell they have been church. He said they called him in Birmingham for his comments, but he didn’t say anything. He said he was going through hell there as well. Really? He said the “hell is over.” Besides being a horrible public speaker, with poor diction, Stephen Davis shows that he is one of Bishop Long’s “boys,” who won’t stand on principle. He said when trouble comes he doesn’t back off? Really? He said there have been some “accusations” but the church members should be ready for a fight. He said the “glory of the Lord is coming on your life” if you get up and fight. A lot of religious BS. He said if his cat, who is from Georgia, will get up and fight the snakes in the yard, why shouldn’t the people of New Birth do the same thing against the accusations?

He said when somebody moves in the opposite direction from you they are either crazy or know something. He is asking if anyone is ready to run to the glory because it comes with persecution because something greater was coming after. He said even Jesus was crucified and buried, but rose on the third day in all his glory. He said he wants to be known as a son of Bishop Long and he said if they don’t like him because of his “Daddy” Bishop Long, they just won’t like him. That’s okay. He said his attorneys in Birmingham have been acting funny and on his documents Bishop Long’s name is on all of them and he said he was “ready to fire them.” He said, “let them talk,” because God has different avenues for you to follow. I’m sure if you talked to his attorneys they would have a deeper reason for their opposition than the BS Stephen Davis is spewing.

He said God is up to something great. He said he doesn’t care what they are saying on CNN, his Bible always wins when measured against CNN. He said how is he “going to listen to someone from CNN talking about someone I know?” He said if he can paint a picture of God’s glory on the lives of the congregation, then they must keep on working, building and persevering. He said he has never gone through trouble without a trouble. “When trouble comes, he already received a word on what to do.” He said, “God trusts New Birth with trouble and when hell comes New Birth stands through it.”He said New Birth grew by 3,000 people on June 10, and if one room in your house is wrecked, doesn’t mean the entire house is wrecked. Step into another room.” In other words, what happened at New Birth in Lithonia doesn’t mean the whole church is wrecked.

He said there is a train of people God is lining up and if you count the engines you will know how many people are involved. He said every time he calls out a name the glory of God will be unleashed — Bishop Eddie Long, Pastor Kenneth Law, Bishop Terrell Murphy, Pastor Carl C. Smith, Pastor Tommy Powell, Pastor Sharome Gentry, Pastor John Kennedy, Oliver (Texas, not New Birth yet), Wise, Stephen Davis — enough engines around Bishop Long and Vanessa. “Want 50 folks to bum rush altar who know the church isn’t losing.” “We’re winning.” He’s now asking for 200 people who believe what they are a part of is the glory of the Lord. He said everybody who “hooks up with these engines will have resources and lead to supply.” Now he’s calling for 500 folks to give God a shout of praise. He said the last accusation has been broken by saying “Oooh,” a war cry. Go figure.

In closing, how is the atmosphere at New Birth Missionary Baptist church Sunday after Sunday any different from a cult? Davis told them to shout ‘Oooh’ and they did. He told them to “bum rush” to the front and they did. You can’t lambast your critics and expect the controversy to abate. On the contrary. It will come across that you motives are sinister and meant to mask the truth. Sadly, the display I saw at New Birth today is indicative of a bunch of people who have been brainwashed, in the tradition of Warren Jeffs, David Koresh, Jim Jones and others. The reality is Eddie L. Long needs to man up like Ted Haggard and either come out of the closet or get some help to stop messing with young adult males. He has a serious problem and it will rear its head again.

Dallas Swingers Clubs, The DarkSide & The Playground" Being Operated as Churches by Ordained Minister Glenn Hudson

Swingers clubs, The Playground and The DarkSide, being operated in Dallas as churches, owned by “ordained minister” Glenn Hudson, who’s currently on probation for drug & gun possession.

Swinger’s club operating as a church? What have we come to? According to WFAA, the city of Dallas said it has found a second business owned by Glenn Hudson, who is an ordained minister, that is a strip club, being run under the guise of  “churches.”The two establishments are called “The Playground” and “The DarkSide.” This is a low-down, dirty shame.

The latest case involves a building on Harry Hines Boulevard that’s licensed as a church. The windows are tinted and the doors are padlocked. It sits inside an industrial complex and has no religious markings on it. Even so, the owner says this is a church. The city calls it a swingers club.

In a lawsuit obtained by News 8, the City of Dallas says owner Glenn Hudson has a certificate of occupancy for a church, mosque or synagogue. But the suit alleges that this business is really called The Playground, and described as “a swingers club that is a business that caters to adults, often couples, who wish to engage in random consensual sexual activities with other adults other than their spouses.”

The city filed the lawsuit to shut down The Playground. According to the documents, Dallas police sent undercover officers inside. They found flat screen TVs showing porn, topless female dancers, and a VIP room where customers have access to beds and condoms. The city maintains that this is an unlicensed sexually-oriented business.

Last week, News 8 reported the city filed a lawsuit against Hudson for operating a club called The DarkSide. Hudson claims that it, too, is a church — but the city attorney and police say it’s a rave club where drugs are sold to teens. Source

Mr. Hudson reportedly earned his ministerial degree from an online website and has a criminal history that includes arrests for marijuana possession and unlawfully carrying a weapon. He is currently on probation. How can someone openly mock God? Shameful.

H/T A Toast to Wealth

Live Blogging: Profound Prayer for Bishop Long & Vanessa Long for their Family as they are On Vacation

Bishop Long & wife conveniently absent from church on the first Sunday after MyFoxAtlanta reveals name Centino Kemp, an openly gay man, who is the fifth accuser against Bishop Long in the gay sexual coercion scandal.

Live blogging: The moderator says that the preacher for today stuck by Bishop Long as others were running away. Gee, I wonder why? Pastor Stephen Davis, senior pastor of New Birth Birmingham, will deliver the message today. Ezra 3:12Many of the priests & Levites old men who had seen the first temple…. The people shouted with a loud shout and the sound was heard a far off.  Haggai 2:6Once more it is a little I will shake heaven & earth, the sea & dry land. I will fill this temple with glory. The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former. In this place I will give peace. He prayed that there is pressure in the church, but it will make it great.

Raymond Gatling & Three Teens Arrested After Rampaging Mob Descends on Philadelphia’s City Center Area

Raymond Gatling and three other teens, who are too young to identify, have been arrested and charged with assault, reckless endangerment and robbery after a rampaging mob descended on the City Center area in Philadelphia, and beat two men and a woman. Police said the youngest child arrested is 11, while the other two are 16 and 17, respectively. Of course, their parents will get on television and say these monsters are good kids.