Black Lawmakers To Netanyahu: Don’t Disrespect Our President

Black Lawmakers Tos Benjamin Netanyahu: Don't Disrespect Our President

Black Lawmakers Tos Benjamin Netanyahu: Don’t Disrespect Our President (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey Flickr)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been put on blast by the Congressional Black Caucus, many of whom plan to skip his March 3 speech before Congress. They are telling him not to “disrespect” our president. The CBC considers Netanyahu and John Boehner’s stunt as a “slight” to President Obama and won’t support it, Politico reports.

Israeli officials have been caught by surprise by the CBC backlash, kicked off by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a civil rights leader who said last week he wouldn’t attend, quickly followed by Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) and others. As a result, they’re working to set up a meeting for CBC members with Ambassador Ron Dermer or even Netanyahu himself when he’s in Washington.

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“It’s not just about disrespect for the president, it’s disrespect for the American people and our system of government for a foreign leader to insert himself into a issue that our policymakers are grappling with,” said Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.). “It’s not simply about President Obama being a black man disrespected by a foreign leader. It’s deeper than that.”

That was a word many members used: “It is very disrespectful to this president, and what concerns me more is that I think it’s a pattern that is starting to develop from this speaker that we’re getting more and more disrespectful of the office of the presidency,” said Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.). “I think it’s silly and petty.” Source: Politico

Netanyahu pulled another stunt during the 2012 presidential campaign when he entertained presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Israel, interjecting himself in out political process. Bibi dissed Obama when he went behind his back and accepted John Boehner’s invitation. He’s trying to score points in his upcoming election to make himself.

Rand Paul Opposes Loretta Lynch Nomination as Attorney General

Rand Paul Opposes Loretta Lynch Nomination as Attorney General

Rand Paul Opposes Loretta Lynch Nomination as Attorney General (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Sen. Rand Paul,  GOP 2016 presidential hopeful, says he will vote against the nomination of Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general. Paul cites her positions on drone strikes, executive amnesty and her “track-record of violating the individual freedoms granted to us by our Constitution.”

Um, if Loretta Lynch was truly guilty of “violating the individual freedoms” afforded to individuals under the Constitution, would she still be practicing law? I don’t think so. As usual, Rand Paul is out the periphery of sound reason.

Edward Brooke, 1st Black in U.S. History to Win Popular Election to Senate, Dies

Edward Brooke, 1st Black in U.S. History to Win Popular Election to Senate, Dies

Edward Brooke, 1st Black in U.S. History to Win Popular Election to Senate, Dies (Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Edward Brooke, the first black elected U.S. senator, dies at age 95. He was the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate.

Brooke, who was a Republican in the mostly liberal state of Massachusetts, died from natural causes at his Coral Gables, Fla., home on Saturday, said Ralph Neas, his former aide.

Edward Brooke, who was elected to the Senate in 1966, was the first black to win a Senate seat from any state since Reconstruction.

He told the Associated Press that he was “thankful to God” to live to see Barack Obama win the presidency. He served in the Senate for 12 years.

Rush Limbaugh Blames Left Wing for Eric Garner’s Chokehold Death

Rush Limbaugh Blames Left Wing for Eric Garner's Chokehold Death

Rush Limbaugh Blames Left Wing for Eric Garner’s Chokehold Death (Photo Credit: Fox News Video screengrab)

Backing up similar rhetoric from conservative windbag Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh blames the left wing for Eric Garner’s chokehold death by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo.

Limbaugh appeared on Fox News Sunday to bemoan the “grievance industry” that is “literally ripping our fabric apart.”

Limbaugh said that the aftermath of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases called for inspirational leadership from President Barack Obama, who instead was amplifying historical racial divisions for his own political gain.

“There’s no acknowledgement of any the progress,” Limbaugh said. (Actually Obama explicitly acknowledged racial progress in an interview with George Stephanopoulos two weeks ago.) “If you listen to these people, the president, the mayor of New York, you’d think it was two hundred years ago. You’d think we hadn’t even started working on these problems, and that’s not true.”

Limbaugh said he no longer believed the Garner case involved a chokehold (“What are you talking about?” Wallace asked) and that the incident would not have occurred were the left not “so eager for tax collection.”

“How many cops descended on that situation for cigarettes?” he said. “How many people smoking marijuana did the cops ignore on the way to Eric Garner?…I think the real outrage here is an American died while the state is enforcing tax collection on cigarettes! It’s absurd. People talk about the left, they want a big state, they want a powerful state. Well, here it is.”

During an appearance on “CNN Tonight,” Ann Coulter decried Eric Garner’s death and the grand jury decision to clear Officer Daniel Pantaleo, by blaming it on money, specifically the collection of cigarette taxes.

Watch Rush Limbaugh blame left for Eric Garner’s death:

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price Arrested on Corruption Charges

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price Arrested on Corruption Charges

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price Arrested on Corruption Charges (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another black politician is facing prison time. U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldana says Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price accepted $950,000 in cash, cars and land from a consultant in exchange for influence.

Price is accused of taking a total of $1.1 million and failed report it to IRS or on financial disclosure forms, the U.S. attorney says.

Saldana also said, the case against Price is about money “flowing and funneled” to him by his co-defendants, and their steps to hide it.

Also named in the indictment against John Wiley Price are assistant Dapheny Fain, political consultant Kathy Nealy, and Nealy associate Christian Lloyd Campbell.

 

Ex-NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10-Year Prison Sentence for Public Corruption

Ex-NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10-Year Prison Sentence for Public Corruption

Ex-NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10-Year Prison Sentence for Public Corruption (Credit: Wikipedia)

Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for public corruption. Under the sentencing guidelines, he was facing 20 years in prison.

Nagin, 58, the two-term mayor who was the face of the city during Hurricane Katrina, joins a list of Louisiana elected officials convicted of misdeeds. He is New Orleans’ first mayor to be convicted and sent to prison for public corruption.

Nagin is set to report to prison on Sept. 8. He could serve his term at a minimum security federal detention center in Oakdale, a city in central Louisiana.

U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan handed down the sentence in a packed courtroom five months after a jury convicted Nagin on 20 of 21 counts of bribery, wire fraud, tax evasion and other charges. She said the seriousness of his crimes could not be overstated, but said he was not the leader of a conspiracy and she felt it just to sentence him below the range called for in federal sentencing guidelines.

Nagin spoke briefly.

“The only thing I want to say is I want to thank you and your staff for the professionalism that you provided,” Nagin told the judge during the brief hearing. “As far as my role in this, we stand by the testimonies already presented.” Source: Times-Picayune

Another black mayor bites the dust….

Gov. Rick Scott Suspends Miami Mayor Marie Lucie Tondreau Over Fraud Charges

Gov. Rick Scott Suspends Miami Mayor Marie Lucie Tondreau Over Fraud Charges

Gov. Rick Scott Suspends Miami Mayor Marie Lucie Tondreau Over Fraud Charges

North Miami mayor Marie Lucie Tondreau was suspended from office by Gov. Rick Scott after she was charged in an alleged $8 million mortgage fraud scheme.

Tondreau, who was released on $50,000 bail, faces up to 30 years in prison for six counts of wire fraud, federal officials said in the unsealed indictment.

Lucie Tondreau, the first female Haitian-American elected as mayor of North Miami, told the local ABC TV affiliate that the allegations against her are a “lie.” She is the fourth Miami-area mayor to be indicted in the last year.

Prosecutors allege Marie Lucie Tondreau, 54, used her weekly radio show and illegal cash payments to recruit buyers to lie on mortgage applications to get loans that were never used to purchase homes. The mortgage company owner, a radio show host and a former attorney were also named in the indictment. They were charged with fraudulently obtaining home loans on 20 South Florida properties between 2005 and 2008, the indictment alleges.

Tondreau had to surrender her passport and  her travel is restrict to the Southern District of Florida. The federal judge also imposed an 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew for her at her home.

Among those charged are Karl Oreste, 56, of Miramar; Okechukwu Josiah Odunna, a/k/a “O.J. Odunna,” 49, of Lauderdale Lakes; and Kelly Augustin, 57. Marie Lucie Tondreau will be arraigned on May 30.

 

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Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon Resigns After Arrest on Theft & Bribery Charges

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon Resigns After Arrest on Theft & Bribery Charges

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon Resigns After Arrest on Theft & Bribery Charges

Another black mayor bites the dust! Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon resigned Wednesday after he was arrested on public corruption charges. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) alleges he took tens of thousands of dollars in bribes, including $20,000 cash delivered in a briefcase to his mayor’s office last month. He also solicited $1 million more. #OhMy

Cannon was arrested Wednesday morning at a South Park apartment used by undercover FBI agents after he arrived to pick up another payment. #Bold

According to allegations contained in the charging document and the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, during the course of a separate criminal investigation, the FBI received reliable information that Cannon was potentially involved in illegal activities associated with his position as an elected official, and began an undercover investigation in or about August 2010. The complaint and affidavit allege that during the course of that investigation, Cannon allegedly solicited and accepted money bribes and things of value from undercover FBI agents, posing as commercial real estate developers and investors wishing to do business in Charlotte. As alleged in the filed documents, Cannon solicited and accepted such bribes and things of value in exchange for the use of his official position as Charlotte Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem and/or as a City Council Member.

The complaint and law enforcement affidavit allege that Cannon accepted the bribes from the undercover FBI agents on five separate occasions. On the last occasion, on February 21, 2014, Cannon allegedly accepted $20,000 in cash in the Mayor’s office. According to the complaint and the affidavit, between January 2013 and February 2014, Cannon allegedly accepted from the undercover agents over $48,000 in cash, airline tickets, a hotel room, and use of a luxury apartment in exchange for the use of his official position. Source: Justice.gov

Anne Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, said Cannon was charged with theft and bribery. He was released on $25,000 bond pending indictment.

The arrest comes after a six-year FBI sting. It seems like he was on their radar for quite some time. If convicted, Patrick Cannon, 47, faces up to 50 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines.

 

Rep. Lois DeBerry, Longest Serving Tennessee Lawmaker, Loses Battle to Pancreatic Cancer

Lois DeBerry, Longest Serving Member of Tennessee House, Loses Battle to Pancreatic Cancer

Lois DeBerry, Longest Serving Member of Tennessee House, Loses Battle to Pancreatic Cancer (TN.Gov)

RIP: Tennessee Rep. Lois DeBerry, who was the longest serving member of the state House of Representatives, died Sunday after a nearly five-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 68.

Lois DeBerry, a Democrat, was first elected in 1972. She was the second black woman to serve in the Tennessee General Assembly. She was the first female speaker pro tempore in the House and was given the title of speaker emeritus by her colleagues. Her support on key legislation was sought by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

 

Rep. Hank Johnson: Clarence Thomas Worse Than NSA Leaker Edward Snowden

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Rep. Hank Johnson: Clarence Thomas Worse Than NSA Leaker Edward Snowden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) says Clarence Thomas’ action on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 worse than Edward Snowden leaking documents pertaining to the NSA surveillance program. Dang.

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) said Wednesday that the fact that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas voted this week to gut the Voting Rights Act — the 1965 law aimed at protecting disenfranchised voters — ranks him somewhere below the likes of Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked classified information about U.S. surveillance programs to the press. “Comparing it to Snowden, I’d say the offense is worse,” Johnson told The Huffington Post.

Johnson, who is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Snowden was wrong to leak top-secret materials to the media but was also “mistaken” in thinking that NSA’s activities were illegal. By contrast, Thomas, who is black, is “legally aware of the consequences” to the black community of striking down a core piece of the Voting Rights Act, Johnson said, yet he did it anyway.

Members of the CBC are among those outraged by the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in the case. Several gave speeches on the House floor on Thursday to express their disapproval and to urge Congress to take action to restore the law. Civil rights hero and longtime congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) said Wednesday that the court “put a dagger in the heart of the Voting Rights Act.”

Johnson said caucus members have gotten used to Thomas casting conservative votes that may be harmful to the black community. “We don’t waste time sitting around talking about Clarence Thomas,” he said. “Everybody knows it’s a deep tragedy.” Source:  Huffington Post

Johnson has made some controversial statements in the past, but he has a point on Clarence Thomas’ hypocrisy. I don’t know if his actions are worse than Snowden’s but he’s aloof and cold towards the black community on the very issues that helped him to get ahead in life.

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