GA GOPer Fran Millar Upset Early Voting Will Draw Large Number of Black Voters

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GA GOPer Fran Millar Upset Early Voting Will Draw Large Number of Black Voters (Photo credit: GA State Senate)

Georgia state Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) is against early voting in DeKalb County because of the high concentration of black voters. And Reince Priebus & Co. would have you think the Republican Party isn’t about voter suppression. Millar is vowing that October 26th will be the last time Sunday voting will be allowed in DeKalb County. One of the polling stations that will be used for early voting will be at the Gallery at South DeKalb, which is located in a predominantly black community.

Here’s more on Fran Millar’s comments [H/T Political Insider]:

How ironic! Michelle Obama comes to town and Chicago politics comes to DeKalb.

For the third time in recent months Governor Deal appointee Interim CEO Lee May has disappointed those of us that hoped he could help bring the county together.

First, he assembles a task force of 15 with no elected Republicans to review various aspects of county government. I called his hand and Representative Jacobs and I were asked to serve on the group. This seems like a good idea since legislation will be required for many changes.

Second, he schedules meetings throughout the county with Tucker being the only north location. Again, I called his hand and several north locations were added with little publicity.

Now we are to have Sunday voting at South DeKalb Mall just prior to the election. Per Jim Galloway of the AJC, this location is dominated by African American shoppers and it is near several large African American mega churches such as New Birth Missionary Baptist. Galloway also points out the Democratic Party thinks this is a wonderful idea – what a surprise. I’m sure Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter are delighted with this blatantly partisan move in DeKalb.

Is it possible church buses will be used to transport people directly to the mall since the poll will open when the mall opens? If this happens, so much for the accepted principle of separation of church and state.

Interim CEO May says this election decision is an administrative matter and he can unilaterally make this decision. I don’t think this is necessarily true and we are investigating if there is any way to stop this action.

This may be another reason to eliminate the CEO position.

I have spoken with Representative Jacobs and we will try to eliminate this election law loophole in January. Galloway summed it up, “Democrats are showing their hand on how they might boost their numbers”. For this to be called a “non-partisan opportunity” by Interim CEO is an insult!

Another first for DeKalb! So much for being inclusive.

Now all that’s left for the black voters of DeKalb County to do is to come out in droves come October 26, so this lunatic can go nuts. I didn’t realize the right to vote was only reserved for whites. In Fran Millar’s rebuttal to a scathing rebuke by DuBose Porter, chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party, he pulled out his DeKalb NAACP award, as a way of saying he’s not against black voter suppression.

UPDATE: 09/09/14 8:20 pm:  The pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Raphael G. Warnock also issued a scathing rebuke of Fran Millar’s vile comments. Here’s an excerpt from Political Insider:

This is not a partisan issue, as Mr. Millar’s statement would suggest. It is certainly not a racial issue. And that he would argue otherwise is shameful and disturbing. Senator Millar’s statement that he would prefer “more educated” voters rather than those who attend “several large African-American mega churches” in DeKalb County is a clear and unabashed echo from our ugly and painful racial past. How does he propose to determine who is more educated? Literacy tests? Grandfather clauses? Poll taxes? We have been there before.

President Obama Plays Politics by Delaying Immigration Action Until After Elections

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President Obama Plays Politics by Delaying Immigration Action Until After Elections

BAD STRATEGY:  President Obama enraged pro-immigration activists with his decision to delay immigration reform until after the November elections. Um, that’s called playing politics — a blatant political move. But will the immigration advocates run to the other side? I scarcely believe the Republican Party is right faction to align with.

What makes this upsetting to many pro-immigration Obama supporters is the fact that he promised to take executive action on immigration before the end of the summer, but had some kind of epiphany and decided to wait until after the November congressional elections. Unnamed White House officials told the New York Times that executive action risked undermining Democrats in the 2014 elections.

Let’s backtrack a bit…

On June 30, President Obama pledged to review recommendations for executive action and “adopt those recommendations without further delay,” but as usual partisan bickering after that pledge led to Congress going on recess without a final bill. So, technically, Congress, as usual, is behind this inaction.

Fast-forward to the present…..

This is yet another broken promise by the president and by the U.S. Congress. Once again, immigration reform has been punted for all the wrong reasons — politics.

Immigration advocacy groups called on President Obama to go it unilaterally, but would that have been in the best interest of those Democrats in tough re-election bids? They want policy over politics. Cristina Jimenez of United We Dream called President Obama’s stunning reversal a “slap in the face of the Latino and immigrant community.” United We Dream said the president “has further cemented his legacy as the #DeporterInChief by delaying the usage of his executive authority to stop the deportation of millions of immigrants.”

Um, Obama just played the Hispanics and he has been playing the black community since Day 1. Yeah, I said it. It’s another broken promise but will that mean these groups won’t support the Democrats in the next presidential election? The alternative certainly is no better.

The fact is, when President Obama had the votes in the House and the Senate, they could have easily passed immigration reform, just like universal healthcare. Cornel West’s head must have just exploded over Obama’s latest move. I’m just saying.

Right wing chorus is loud and shrill…..

House Speaker John Boehner called President Obama’s decision a political move, though he wants him to forego using executive orders altogether. That’s laughable, but why even dignify Boehner’s opposition with a comment?

Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Wife Guilty of Public Corruption

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Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Wife Guilty of Public Corruption

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were found guilty of public corruption and face decades in prison. They will be sentenced on January 6, the Washington Post reports.

A federal jury found Bob McDonnell, a one-time rising star in the Republican Party, guilty on 11 counts, and his wife guilty on nine counts. The couple was accused of taking lavish vacations, gifts, golf outings and $120,000 in sweetheart loans from a Richmond businessman, Jonnie R. Williams Sr.

Bob McDonnell is the first governor in Virginia’s history to be charged with a crime and to be convicted of one.

McDonnell was acquitted of lying on loan documents. His wife was also acquitted of lying on a loan document, but among the nine charges she was convicted with, obstruction of justice was one.

Virginia Attorney General on McDonnell verdict: ‘We have a long way to go to restore the public’s trust after this embarrassing and difficult period for the Commonwealth of Virginia. If there was somehow still any doubt, it should be crystal clear that the people of Virginia deserve real ethics reform that will turn off the spigot of gifts, tickets, and trips that opens the door to abuse and undermines public confidence in our government’ – @MarkHerringVA

RNC Member Randy Evans Blames Obama for Ferguson Turmoil Over Michael Brown Shooting

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RNC Member Randy Evans Blames Obama for Ferguson Turmoil Over Michael Brown Shooting

Randy Evans, a Republican National Committee member and Gov. Nathan Deal’s attorney, blames President Obama for the racial tensions and unrest that erupted over unarmed black teen Michael Brown being shot by a white cop, Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Mo.

During an interview on Australian TV program “Contrarians,” Randy Evans said America’s first black president squandered his chance to help improve the lot of black Americans, choosing instead to use them as “nothing more than a political tool.”

Evans said, “Well that enormous opportunity kind of got squandered because literally what happened once President Obama took office, African-Americans became nothing more than a political tool – a way to drive up votes among African-American communities.” “And I would say that over the course of his six years we probably have taken more steps backward than we have forward,” Evans added.

He also contends that the Democrats view the black community as a “convenient mechanism where every election rolls around, you hit the hot-button issues rather than actually ever resolving the core issues” such as education and unemployment.

Evans said, “What you have instead is, a kind of self-imposed unit here that is an available unit that every time an election rolls around, we push the button, we make sure… we know 92 percent of African-Americans are going to vote with the president.”

You know, he may have a point, but I don’t see where the Republican Party has stepped up and showed the black community it is a viable alternative. Instead, we have Congressional Republicans cutting programs that benefit the black community. Where’s their solution to the high unemployment rate in the black community? How many Republicans have called for increased oversight of our police departments, particularly in the area of police brutality and civil rights violations? It’s nice to preach to the choir, but the facts speak for themselves. I have yet to see Gov. Nathan Deal embrace Georgia’s black community. In fact, a recent poll shows that his Democratic rival, Jason Carter, is shellacking him with black voters.

Here’s a partial transcript of Randy Evans’ interview (entire clip):

Ross Cameron: … I want to talk about Mike Brown, a young African-American who has been shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouri. Tell us, give us your take. Is this just a random tragedy or are we touching a wider nerve in relation to the U.S.’s macro political settings?

Evans: Well, unfortunately I think that we’re at a scenario where we had a president who had, as the first African-American president, an opportunity to really advance race relations in the United States. You know, we’ve had a tortured history in that regard.

And as a result, to have an African-American president, you would have the opportunity for every young African-American to think to themselves, “One day I too can grow up to be President.” Well, that enormous opportunity kind of got squandered, because literally what happened once President Obama took office, African-Americans became nothing more than a political tool – a way to drive up votes among African-American communities and I would say that over the course of his six years we probably have taken more steps backward than we have forward.

So, obviously, Mike Brown is the second. We had Trayvon Martin, which is a similar story — its similar unrest—and I think for the most part you’d have to say that what’s happened is the net effect, is the actual, open discussion of race has gone underground and it means that when these eruptions occur, they are far more violent, they’re far more intense and they end up getting nationalized in a way that we’ve never seen before. So you end up with…

Female participant: That’s not entirely fair. I mean, American history is littered with examples of race relations and riots and uprisings that have been quite nationalized.

Evans: Well, can you give me one during the Bush Administration? Where President Bush…

Female participant: Well, you said that we hadn’t seen before.

Evans: No, no, no. What I was saying is that in modern history you would have thought that having the first African-American president would have been a great moment of healing where every child – remember the focal point in America is everybody have the American dream and the American dream is…

Second female participant: Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Bill Clinton, poor, white child from the South. Single mother. Grows up to become president.

Evans: Grow up to be whatever you want to be.

First female participant: Isn’t this an example of where there is advancement at some levels but in the community, for example, in Ferguson you’ve got 67% black population and 95 percent white policemen. Is that not sort of – do you think that there are grassroots problems that haven’t been solved? That can’t be the fault of the president, surely.

Evans: No, I think it is because they’ve become a political voting bloc which is a convenient mechanism where every election rolls around, you hit the hot-button issues rather than actually ever resolving the core issues.

Second female participant: But how is that taking them backwards? How is that taking the relationship backwards?

Evans: Well because the net effect is rather than solve the core problems that result in a higher incidence of African-American youth being unemployed, being imprisoned, otherwise having not the opportunities – which is that they don’t have the education, they don’t have the support structures, they don’t have the family structures.

Rather than address any of those core issues, which in fact lead to the problem. What you have instead is, a kind of self-imposed unit here that is an available unit that every time an election rolls around, we push the button, we make sure… we know 92 percent of African-Americans are going to vote with the president. [H/T Political Insider]

Sen. Dianne Feinstein: Obama Might Be “Too Cautious” on ISIS Threat

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein says Obama might be “too cautious” on ISIS threat (Photo Credit: NBC MTP Screengrab)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said ISIS poses a real threat and chides President Obama as being “too cautious” in his response to the militant group. Feinstein was interviewed by Andrea Mitchell for Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”

She also said ISIS wasn’t akin to a JV (junior varsity) team as the president had suggested, but a major varsity team.

Feinstein’s criticism comes as Secretary of State John Kerry penned an op-ed in the New York Times saying that a global coalition was needed to wipe out ISIS and the threat it poses.

With a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations, the cancer of ISIS will not be allowed to spread to other countries. The world can confront this scourge, and ultimately defeat it. ISIS is odious, but not omnipotent. We have proof already in northern Iraq, where United States airstrikes have shifted the momentum of the fight, providing space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to go on the offensive. With our support, Iraqi leaders are coming together to form a new, inclusive government that is essential to isolating ISIS and securing the support of all of Iraq’s communities.

Airstrikes alone won’t defeat this enemy. A much fuller response is demanded from the world. We need to support Iraqi forces and the moderate Syrian opposition, who are facing ISIS on the front lines. We need to disrupt and degrade ISIS’ capabilities and counter its extremist message in the media. And we need to strengthen our own defenses and cooperation in protecting our people.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia warned that the West will be the next target of the Islamic militants, unless there is “rapid” action.

AG Eric Holder Urges Peace and Non-Violence in Ferguson Over Michael Brown Shooting

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AG Eric Holder Urges Peace and Non-Violence in Ferguson Over Michael Brown Shooting

BREAKING: GRAND JURY TO HEAR EVIDENCE IN MICHAEL BROWN SHOOTING ON WEDNESDAY.

US Attorney General Eric Holder calls for peace and non-violence in an op-ed that will appear in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ahead of his Wednesday visit.

Holder said that the people of Ferguson can “have confidence that the Justice Department intends to learn — in a fair and thorough manner — exactly what happened” that led to the shooting death of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. The shooting sparked protests, riots, looting and clashes with the police. We saw the militarization of the police, including the use of tear gas and rubber bullets being fired on the crowds, shocking many in the U.S. and the world.

Eric Holder will be briefed on the “federal civil rights investigation,” and to personally meet “community leaders, FBI investigators and federal prosecutors from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to receive detailed briefing on the status of the case.”

Holder said the Justice Department will “defend the right of protesters to peacefully demonstrate” and for the media to be allowed to cover the story. He cautioned that violence cannot be condoned and urged the residents of Ferguson to protest peacefully. He condemned the actions of “looters, vandals and others seeking to inflame tensions and sow discord.”

The op-ed from Eric Holder comes as a 22-year-old black man was shot and killed in north St. Louis by two officers after he brandished a knife and told them to “kill” him. The suspect had stolen two energy drinks and a pack of muffins from a convenience store. He was reportedly acting erratically before he was killed. This latest shooting occurred six miles from Ferguson.

Michael Brown’s funeral is scheduled for Monday. Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to deliver the eulogy.

 

Rep. Steve King: Ferguson Protesters of “Continental Origin” So Racial Profiling Not Factor

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Rep. Steve King: Racial Profiling Not a Factor Since Ferguson Protesters of “Continental Origin”

WTF? Rep. Steve King proved once again why he is a raving lunatic. He was asked by Newsmax TV if the Congressional Black Caucus should investigate what’s occurring in Ferguson over the murder of unarmed black teen Michael Brown and he said it’s not necessary because they are all black. Huh?

“This idea of no racial profiling,” King said, “I’ve seen the video. It looks to me like you don’t need to bother with that particular factor because they all appear to be of a single origin, I should say, a continental origin might be the way to phrase that.” “I just reject race-based politics, identity politics” King concluded. “I think we’re all God’s children. We all should be held to the same standards and the same level of behavior.” Source: Huffington Post

Um, I guess I have to ask, where’s Steve King’s white hood?

Here’s the video from Right Wing Watch:

President Obama’s Iraqi Military Campaign is to Contain, Not Destroy ISIS

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President Obama’s Iraqi Military Mission is to Contain, Not Destroy ISIS

(OPINION) — President Obama emphatically stated that there won’t be any troops on the ground in the latest crisis in Iraq, but something else piqued my interest….the implication that containing not destroying the Islamic States militants seems to be the military goal. He said the airstrikes he ordered in northern Iraq have destroyed the Islamic State militants’ arms and equipment.

During a press conference on the South Lawn, just before boarding Marine One for a Martha’s Vineyard family vacation, President Obama said, “Ultimately, there’s not going to be an American military solution to this problem.” “There’s going to have to be an Iraqi solution.” He implied that there won’t be any deeper US action unless there’s a clear change in how the Maliki-led government runs the country and the need for a unity government. In other words, the ball is in their court. He also said the Iraq campaign will be a “long-term project” and “I think this is going to take some time.”

President Obama said U.S. troops were pulled out of Iraq because they didn’t want them there. He repeated there will be no more combat troops in Iraq again. “We are going to maintain that because we should have learned a lesson from our long and immensely costly incursion into Iraq,” Obama said. He said there is “no doubt” that ISIS advance on Erbil “has been more rapid than the intelligence estimates.”

He said, “There is no American military solution to this problem, but an Iraqi solution that America and other countries will support.” In other words, the goals of this military campaign are much more narrower than you think. The objectives for Obama’s airstrikes in Iraq are protect the Kurdistan region from ISIS and to break ISIS seige that has stranded about 40,000 Yazidis on the Sinjar mountain. That’s it. Rather than blunting the effect of ISIS offensive anywhere else, he is focused on a limited swath of Iraq.

ISIS or ISIL poses a serious threat to the Iraqi government and could destabilize the entire region. The way the Obama administration seems to view the current situation is that ISIS marching to Kurdistan and displacing the Yazidis is a military problem, hence the airstrikes, but the political problems are up to the Iraqi government to solve. In other words, containing ISIS and not eliminating ISIS is the mission at this juncture.

Well, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is sounding the alarm about ISIS, though President Obama’s goal at this juncture isn’t to destroy the militant group, but to contain them. She issued a sharp rebuke of President Obama’s strategy:

“It has become clear that ISIL is recruiting fighters in Western countries, training them to fight its battles in the Middle East and possibly returning them to European and American cities to attack us in our backyard,” the California Democrat said in a statement backing military action authorized by President Barack Obama. “We simply cannot allow this to happen.”

Feinstein called for a broader military campaign against ISIL, not just the targeted missions authorized by the president.

It takes an army to defeat an army, and I believe that we either confront ISIL now or we will be forced to deal with an even stronger enemy in the future. Inaction is no longer an option. I support actions by the administration to coordinate efforts with Iraq and other allies to use our military strength and targeting expertise to the fullest extent possible,” Feinstein said. Source: Roll Call

I would venture to say, the mess playing out before our eyes are the result of the failed policies of four American presidents — George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, especially George W. Bush and to some extent, Barack Obama. Like former secretary of state Colin Powell said, if you break it, you own it. We own the mess in Iraq. I will concede another point — you can’t ignore the fact that a deep-seated resentments of the Sunnis is what’s driving ISIS and Prime Minister Maliki doesn’t show any signs that he wants to share power with the Sunnis and the Kurds. Not even a teeny bit. So, we have a big problem on our hands.

The Washington Post slammed President Obama in a scathing editorial, saying his Iraq policy “isn’t connected to a coherent strategy” and that it’s “unrealistic”:

While U.S. airstrikes and drops of supplies may prevent the terrorist forces from massacring the Yazidi sect or toppling the pro-Western regime in Kurdistan, Mr. Obama lacks a plausible plan for addressing the larger threat posed by the Islamic State. In recent weeks, senior U.S. officials have described the danger in hair-curling terms: The Islamic State forces, which have captured large numbers of U.S.-supplied heavy weapons, threaten not only the Iraqi and Kurdish governments, but also Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. With hundreds of Western recruits, they have the ambition and capability to launch attacks against targets in Europe and the United States.

Yet by the White House’s own account, the measures ordered by Mr. Obama are not intended to defeat the Islamic State or even to stop its bloody advances in most of the region. Instead they are limited to protecting two cities where U.S. personnel are stationed and one mass of refugees. The hundreds of thousands of people in Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere threatened by the al-Qaeda forces will receive no U.S. protection. Nor will the terrorists’ hold over the areas they already control, including the large city of Mosul and nearby oil fields, be tested by U.S. airpower.

U.S. officials say that Mr. Obama has refrained from a broader campaign because he believes the Islamic State is “an Iraqi responsibility,” as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel put it. The administration is pushing Iraq’s political factions, sharply divided along sectarian lines, to join in forming a new government; once such a government is formed, Mr. Obama said, “the United States will work with it and other countries in the region to provide increased support.”

President Obama is right, that this is an Iraqi problem, but the wait will be a long one, for us to see any kind of resolution. Meanwhile, ISIS will continue its push forward and deeper into Iraq, creating chaos along the way.

James Brady’s Death Ruled a Homicide From John Hinckley Gunshot in 1981

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James Brady’s Death Ruled a Homicide From John Hinckley Jr. Gunshot in 1981 (Photo Credit: Twitter)

James Brady’s death ruled a homicide:  The recent death of former president Ronald Reagan’s press secretary James Brady has been ruled a homicide from John Hinckley Jr.’s gunshot on March 30, 1981 during an assassination attempt.

The District of Columbia medical examiner ruled on Friday that James Brady’s death was the result of grevious injuries he suffered 33 years ago. This means shooter John Hinckley Jr. could be charged with his murder in federal court.

Hinckley is a mental patient at St. Elizabeth hospital in suburban Washington. He was found guilty by reason of insanity for the assassination attempt against Ronald Reagan.

Hinckley, who is now a mental patient at St. Elizabeth’s hospital in suburban Washington.

US Launches Air Strikes on Islamic State Artillery Used Against Kurds in Erbil

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US Launches Air Strikes on ISIL Artillery Used Against Kurds in Erbil (Pictured Lloyd Austin) [DoD photo by Cherie Cullen. (Released)]

Pentagon: US military aircraft conduct strike on Islamic State artillery ‘used against Kurdish forces defending Erbil.” The airstrikes are meant to go after ISIL military artillery and formations. This morning the airstrikes targeted a clear military formation outside Erbil. General Lloyd Austin, the first African American to lead the U.S. Central Command, was the general who gave the order to fire after President Obama’s authorization. It’s ironic that Austin should give the order, since he played a big role in the drawdown of military forces from Iraq.

Washington Post: “The airstrikes targeted artillery being used by militants of the Islamic State extremist group against Kurdish forces defending the Irbil, the Kurdish regional capital, the Pentagon said. It said the artillery was used “near U.S. personnel.”

“The U.S. action came after President Obama authorized airstrikes against Sunni Muslim extremists who punctured Kurdish defenses in a powerful offensive in northern Iraq on Thursday. Obama also sent U.S. military aircraft to drop food and water to besieged Iraqi civilians in the region.”

The Islamic State militants will be hard to contain because they are well financed. It is not clear how they are getting their money and weapons, but they aren’t only wreaking havoc in Iraq but also in Syria. It is troublesome that ISIL is getting support from the Sunnis. What that means is the if the U.S. bombs on behalf of the Kurds, we are playing right into ISIL’s propaganda and further pushing the Sunnis squarely in their corner. There are no easy solutions.