GOP Midterm Rout: Is It Time for Black Voters to Form New Alliances?

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GOP Midterm Rout: Is It Time for Black Voters to Form New Alliances? (Photo Credit: Flickr)

(Opinion) — The Democratic Party got a well-deserved spanking in the midterm elections. There is no other way to say it, but it was self-inflicted on many levels. Still, the Republican Party cannot coddle right wing extremists and do nothing for the next two years. It won’t bode well for them come 2016 when the presidential elections roll around. I won’t lie, I was stunned. Very stunned. I didn’t expect a clean sweep last night. President Obama got a heckuva reality check. I won’t blame the Republicans for pulling out a massive win. I blame the Democrats for the environment they created, having lost control of the House in 2010.

The time has come for black voters to form new alliances. Yes, that may mean giving the Republican Party another look. Holding them to task and demanding more attention. For example, Sen. Rand Paul is quite aware that the black vote should not be ignored by the party. Let’s hold him to task and not just vote for the Democratic Party just because. The black unemployment rate is still hovering in the double digits — 11 percent for September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Crime rates are still high in inner city areas for a myriad of reasons, mostly tied to the high unemployment rate among black males. Prison reform is sorely needed. So, what has the Democratic Party really done to help the black community?

I was once considered myself a Democrat. Yeah, I’m saying it with a straight face, but I became an Independent during the 2008 presidential election. I vote for whoever will best meet my needs and shares similar ideals. What I am saying is that I have voted Republican in the past, several times. It has never been about race for me, but about who can deliver the things I hold true.

A very unhappy electorate spoke last night and we have to accept what they said. That’s what makes this country great. That was a democracy at work. Now I am sure there will be folks who say there were voting irregularities and so on, but the fact remains, the Democrats got the mother of all shellacking last night.

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President Obama and Congress Should Wave White Flag (Photo Credit: Attribution Unknown)

President Obama and Congress, it’s time to wave the white flag…..

After the stunning defeat, President Obama isn’t going to back down from doing what he believes is best for America. That includes immigration reform. Many are expecting him to use executive action to bring about change. That may work in the short term, but it can be undone by the next president. The fact is, blustering aside, President Obama has to find a way to work with the Republicans. Bill Clinton did it in his second term.

Obama will strike a tone of compromise and accountability during his public remarks Wednesday, promising to work with Republicans who are interested in working with him. He’s gone almost two years without a major legislative achievement, leaving him “very willing” to start cutting deals, a senior administration official said, possibly on trade, corporate taxes and patent reform. Still, this posture isn’t much different than the one he’s projected for years.

At the same time, Obama won’t back down from using his administrative powers, including plans to issue an executive order on immigration that could be the most aggressive unilateral action of his presidency. He’ll adhere to a progressive agenda that, officials said, will keep the base excited, position his party to win back the Senate and hold the White House in 2016, and seal his legacy. And he will continue to use the bully pulpit to promote liberal issues, such as stemming climate change, that stand no chance of passing Congress on his watch but might under his successor.

President Obama came across tone deaf during his press conference on Wednesday, saying “I hear you” to voters. Did he really hear? The message that was sent in 2010 was basically the same, just kicked up a notch this time around.

Yet when Obama fielded questions for an hour Wednesday afternoon, he spoke as if Tuesday had been but a minor irritation. He announced no changes in staff or policy, acknowledged no fault or error and expressed no contrition or regret. Though he had called Democrats’ 2010 losses a “shellacking,” he declined even to label Tuesday’s results.

Obama declared that he would continue with plans for executive orders to expand legal status to undocumented immigrants — even though, minutes before Obama’s news conference, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said that would be “like waving a red flag in front of a bull.” Obama repeated a familiar list of priorities — a minimum-wage hike, infrastructure and education spending, climate-change action — and brushed off various Republican proposals.

Even though Sen. Mitch McConnell said he wanted to make Barack Obama a one-term president, as the new Senate Majority Leader, he and the rest of the party will have show they can govern. That will include pursuing bipartisan deals. He can’t take the hard-line stance of Sen. Ted Cruz. He’s already striking a conciliatory tone:

Asked to imagine it was Wednesday morning and he wakes up majority leader—a position he’s aspired to, he says, since the 5th grade—McConnell strikes a conciliatory tone, saying he hopes to work with President Obama and Senate Democrats. He said there would be no shutdowns on his watch, despite the fact that he plans to use funding bills to force changes in Obama’s policies. Source: Time.com

So, yeah, the Democrats got routed last night, but I don’t believe all is lost. There’s strength in bipartisanship and now is the time for lawmakers to show they can actually work together instead of posturing all the time.

Kanye West: “I’m Supporting the Democratic Party in These Midterms”

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Kanye West: “I’m Supporting the Democratic Party in These Midterms”


Stop the presses…..Kanye West has something important to say. He tweeted, “I’m supporting the Democratic Party in these midterms.” He urged voters to go to the polls

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Kenneth Tate, Guard Fired After Obama CDC Visit, Says “This is a Nightmare”

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Kenneth Tate, Guard Fired After Obama CDC Visit, Says “This is a Nightmare” (Photo Credit: CDC.Gov)

Kenneth Tate, the guard who was fired after taking a photograph at President Obama during his visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says “this is a nightmare.” One has to ask if he is being thrown under the bus so the Secret Service, which has a spotty record at protecting the president, can save face? Tate was assigned to accompany the president during the visit, the New York Times reports.

Here’s more from USA Today:

An investigation conducted shortly after the president’s visit revealed that Tate was carrying a CDC-issued firearm, a violation of Secret Service protocols — and a security lapse that the agency’s director at the time, Julia Pierson, never mentioned to the White House, the paper adds.

The Washington Post initially reported that Tate had been convicted of crimes, but subsequently corrected the claim.

Tate was fired about a week after the incident. Tate says he was following protocol by carrying a weapon and his job that day was to run the service elevator for the president.

The incident at the CDC later added to a growing debate over whether the Secret Service was failing in its basic duties.

Pierson resigned. Tate, who says he has not found another job, believes he is the real victim. He says he tried to get the cell phone photo of the president later on, outside the CDC.

“I was shocked, I was trying to find out what was the problem, what was the issue,” Tate said. “I didn’t have anything and the detail was completed. All this stuff was out there that I was out there trying to take pictures and record them. That stuff never happened.”

Tate says he was reprimanded by the Secret Service for taking photos of the president and being too close to the motorcade, but at the time he didn’t know he was doing anything wrong. His former employer, Professional Security Corporation, didn’t report 11Alive’s phone calls, but is quoted in the New York Times article as saying Tate’s description of the day’s events is inaccurate.

The U.S. Secret Service has a huge credibility issue with several incidents, including the prostitution dustup in South America, White House fence jumper entering the residence, and so on.

A Secret Service official said the inspector general’s office of the Department of Homeland Security was investigating the incident, the Times reported.

Dominic Adesanya ID’d as White House Fence Jumper

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Dominic Adesanya ID’d as White House Fence Jumper

#BREAKING:  White House fence jumper has been identified as 23-year-old Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Md. Two Secret Service dogs had to be taken to the vet after sustaining injuries when Dominic Adesanya jumped the fence.

Officials say Adesanya climbed the White House fence at about 7:15 p.m. and got about 20 yards on the lawn before he was taken down by Secret Service agents and K-9 dogs.

Dominic Adesanya is in police custody. He was hospitalized for unknown injuries. President Obama was reportedly at the White House at the time of the incident.

Is the Ebola Virus the 2014 Election “October Surprise?”

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Is the Ebola Virus the 2014 Election “October Surprise?”

Ebola is on the minds of just about every American these days and one has to wonder if it’s the 2014 midterm elections will be greatly impacted by what’s transpiring before our eyes. It seems that once again, President Obama and his advisers have grossly miscalculated the risks involved with the Ebola virus landing on our doorsteps. It must be pretty bad if President Obama cancelled his fundraising trip to call an emergency meeting at the White House.

This comes as a second nurse, Amber Vinson, who cared for patient zero, Thomas Eric Duncan, tested positive for the Ebola virus. To make matters worse, she returned from Cleveland, OH, on October 13, then tested positive for the virus the following day. Airline stocks have taken a huge tumble on Ebola fears today and the broader stock market has fallen about 300 points. My question is this — why was Amber Vinson allowed to travel by plane when she was among the group of medical professionals at risk of contracting the disease because of care given to Duncan? Who is the genius who didn’t bother to tell her that traveling was a no-no? Sounds like the Centers for Disease Control, among others dropped the ball. They are now searching for the passengers who traveled on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 with Amber Vinson.

All the missteps have landed squarely in President Obama’s lap, right in time for the midterm exams. Coming off the abysmal Obamacare roll-out, this has been one blunder after the next. But the Republicans shouldn’t celebrate because of them, we don’t have a surgeon general. Sen. Rand Paul is holding up the confirmation of Vivek Murthy over his stance on guns.

The mounting anxiety has made politicians extra attentive to Ebola, with candidates  seizing on the spread of the virus to hammer their opponents.

The issue is particularly fraught for Democrats, given signs that President Obama’s dragging poll numbers could help Republicans take control of the Senate. Though Ebola is unlikely to move the needle in specific races, political strategists say it adds to the darkening public mood.

“The situation with Ebola and what’s going on in Syria and Iraq — all of this is creating a high level of anxiety among voters and a sense of uncertainty about the future,” said Democratic strategist Doug Thornell.

Both parties are seizing on the Ebola crisis to reinforce broader political themes.

Democrats are pinning blame on the GOP, arguing the party has hobbled the response by supporting budget cuts to public health agencies that anticipate and respond to epidemics.

Republicans, in turn, are raising questions about the administration’s preparedness and pushing Obama to impose tougher restrictions on air travel from the three West African countries that are at the center of the outbreak: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Source:  The Hill

While I don’t think Amber Vinson will be the last person to test positive for Ebola in the U.S., I would urge the Obama administration and the CDC to get in front of this before it spirals out of control and cause mass hysteria.  He handled the Superstorm Sandy disaster well, but it seems that it’s bungling time again — Syria redline, Obamacare rollout, ISIS and now Ebola…

GOPer Debbie Dunnegan: I Meant “No Ill Intent” Calling for Obama Overthrow

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GOPer Debbie Dunnegan: I Meant “No Ill Intent” Calling for Obama Overthrow (Photo credit: JeffCo.org)

Missouri Republican official Debbie Dunnegan said she meant no “ill intent” when she asked on Facebook if the military could overthrow “domestic enemy” President Barack Obama. Um, then you wonder why blacks are up in arms in Missouri. Dunnegan, the Jefferson County Recorder of Deeds, is up for reelection in November. I urge all the black voters in Missouri to vote for her opponent.

According to a screenshot published by Progress Missouri, Dunnegan referred to President Obama as “our domestic enemy.” She wrote in the post, “I have a question for all my friends who have served or are currently serving in our military…having not put on a uniform nor taken any type of military oath, there has to be something that I am just not aware of. But I cannot and do not understand why no action is being taken against our domestic enemy. I know he is supposedly the commander in chief, but the constitution gives you the authority.”

Debbie Dunnegan claims her comments were taken out of context, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. She told the newspaper, “Something innocent and simpe got twisted into a disaster because it’s an election.” She added, “I meant no ill intent toward the president. I meant no ill intent toward anybody.” How so? It’s crystal clear that she is calling for President Obama to be overthrown in a military coup because he is our “domestic enemy.”

Ms. Dunnegan hasn’t read the Constitution, has she? Military coup to overthrow the president? She has been watching way too much TV. It’s clear she hasn’t been reading.

Fence Jumper Omar Gonzalez Was Tackled by Off-Duty Secret Service Officer

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Fence Jumper Omar Gonzalez Was Tackled by Off-Duty Secret Service Officer (Photo credit: Wikpedia)

It’s reprehensible that the U.S. Secret Service has bungled guarding the White House, which is supposed to be the world’s most fortified presidential residence in the world. The latest revelation is that the two off-duty Secret Service agents took down fence jumper Omar Gonzalez. Wow, I don’t see how Secret Service Director Julia Pierson will survive this break-down.

Gonzalez, 42, was the first person in modern memory to jump over the White House fence and get into the mansion, largely the result of a failure of numerous layers of Secret Service security on the northern fence line.

Though the Secret Service initially said that Gonzalez was quickly detained inside the front door, The Washington Post reported Monday that the man actually made it well into the house before he was tackled on the far southern side of the 80-foot-long East Room. Once he burst inside the unlocked front door, Gonzalez, a former Army veteran, overpowered one Secret Service officer and, on his journey, sprinted past a stairway that leads up half a flight to the first family’s living quarters.

The additional information about the incident came as Secret Service Director Julia Pierson was being grilled on Capitol Hill about the Gonzalez incident and other security lapses revealed in Washington Post stories in recent days. The Post on Sunday detailed the agency’s fumbling response toa November 2011 shooting, in which a man fired a semiautomatic rifle into the White House residence while Sasha Obama was home, but the Secret Service discounted the gunshots on Constitution Avenue as a shoot-out between rival gangsters. Source: Washington Post

Even if the November 2011 shooting was the result of a shoot-out between rival gangsters, it’s shameful, nonetheless that bullets hit the White House and the Secret Service didn’t know. It seems to me that the Secret Service troubles are pause for concern. How can we expect them to adequately protect the president and his family when they can’t even guard his residence? Are these deliberate acts on their part?

Separately, the Secret Service dropped the ball again during President Obama’s visit to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this month. They allowed a security contractor with three prior convictions for assault and battery, who was armed with a gun, to get on an elevator with the president. Um, is the Secret Service trying to kill President Obama?

Obama was not told about the lapse in his security, these people said. The Secret Service director, Julia Pierson, asked a top agency manager to look into the matter but did not refer it to an investigative unit that was created to review violations of protocol and standards, according to two people familiar with the handling of the case who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The incident, which took place when Obama visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to discuss the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, rattled Secret Service agents assigned to the president’s protective detail.

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When a supervisor from the firm providing security at the CDC approached and discovered the agents’ concerns, the contractor was fired on the spot. Then the contractor agreed to turn over his gun — surprising agents, who had not realized that he was armed during his encounter with Obama.

Extensive screening is supposed to keep people with weapons or criminal histories out of arm’s reach of the president. But it appears that this man, possessing a gun, came within inches of the president after undergoing no such screening. Source: WaPo

President Obama: AG Eric Holder’s Resignation Bitter-Sweet

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President Obama: AG Eric Holder’s Resignation Bitter-Sweet (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

President Obama said Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation is bitter-sweet. He said he is the longest serving attorney general in U.S. history and the first black Attorney General.

President Obama said Eric Holder will stay on until someone is nominated to replace him. During a press conference, President Obama praised him for going after terrorists and going after the mafia. He also praised him for reaching some of the largest settlements against banks for the subprime mortgage meltdown.

The overall crime rate and overall incarceration rates have declined by 10 percent under Eric Holder, Obama said.

Holder said he and President Obama have a shared vision of ensuring keeping the Voting Rights Act in place so that Americans aren’t denied the right to vote.

Eric Holder leaves behind an interesting legacy — civil rights, voting rights, LGBT rights, signing the surveillance warrants to shape how the NSA operates, going after big banks in subprime mortgage meltdown, going after leakers, among other things.

The speeches of both President Obama and Eric Holder were heartfelt and very emotional.

President Obama Praises Congress for Bipartisan Support on ISIS Air Strikes

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President Obama Praises Congress for Bipartisan Support on ISIS Air Strikes (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

ISIS AIR STRIKES: President Obama spoke to the nation briefly after the U.S. and its partners staged air strikes in Syria to disable ISIS (Islamic State) militants. He said he was pleased with the bipartisan support from the U.S. Congress.

President Obama singled out members of the coalition who took part in the air strikes last night — Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — saying the US is “proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder” with them against ISIS.

Obama said “This is not America’s fight alone.” He was very clear that we must cut off ISIS’ funding, including selling oil on the black market.

President Obama said the U.S. will do what is necessary against ISIS. He also said the flow of foreign fighters need to be stopped because they can come back to their native countries and launch attacks.

The US armed forces went after al Qaeda affiliate, Khorasan, operating inside Syria, because there was a credible threat against the homeland.

Syria said it supports “any international effort” in the fight against jihadists, following the US-Arab coalition air strikes. This comes as a Pentagon official said there are indications that the air strikes against ISIS and Khorasan targets were “very successful.”

Here’s more from the Department of Defense:

A mix of fighters, bombers, remotely piloted aircraft and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles conducted 14 strikes against ISIL targets.
The strikes destroyed or damaged multiple ISIL targets in the vicinity of the towns of Ar Raqqah in north central Syria, Dayr az Zawr and Abu Kamal in eastern Syria and Al Hasakah in northeastern Syria. The targets included ISIL fighters, training compounds, headquarters and command and control facilities, storage facilities, a finance center, supply trucks and armed vehicles, the news release said.

The United States employed 47 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, launched from the USS Arleigh Burke and USS Philippine Sea, which were operating from international waters in the Red Sea and North Arabian Gulf. In addition, U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fighters, bombers and remotely piloted aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations participated in the airstrikes.

Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates also participated in or supported the airstrikes against ISIL targets. All aircraft safely exited the strike areas.

Also, in Iraq yesterday, U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists, using attack aircraft to conduct four airstrikes. The airstrikes destroyed two ISIL Humvees, an ISIL armed vehicle and an ISIL fighting position southwest of Kirkuk. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely. To date, U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 194 airstrikes across Iraq against ISIL.

I doubt the ISIS air strikes alone will be sufficient to degrade the Islamic militants but it’s a good first step. President Obama is, once again, proving his critics wrong on his ability to build a coaltion to combat the militants.

Secret Service Blunder: Fence Jumper Omar Gonzalez Enters White House

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Secret Service Blunder: Fence Jumper Omar Gonzalez Enters White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thanks to yet another Secret Service lapse, President Obama seems to be more vulnerable than we think. An intruder, identified as Omar Gonzalez, was able to jump the White House fence and enter the front door of the North Portico before he was apprehended. This is unacceptable and shameful on so many levels.

President Obama and his daughters had departed for Camp David minutes before Gonzalez pulled his stunt. The security breach triggered a rare evacuation of the presidential residence.

This is yet another devastating incident of failure on the part of the U.S. Secret Service. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R), who chairs the House subpanel on national security oversight, called the Secret Service blunder “totally unacceptable.”

Chaffetz said, “Unfortunately, they are failing to do their job.” Adding, “These are good men and women, but the Secret Service leadership has a lot of questions to answer.”

The officers who apprehended Omar Gonzalez, of Copperas Cove, TX., say he had a small pocket knife, though initial reports said he was unarmed. He was charged with unlawful entry into the White House and is facing a weapons charge for the knife. Gonzalez was taken to an area hospital after complaining of chest pains.

Separately, less than 24 hours after Omar Gonzalez was arrested for entering the White House, a second man was apprehended after he drove up to the White House gate and refused to leave, the Associated Press reports.

Less than 24 hours after Gonzalez’ arrest, a second man was apprehended after he drove up to a White House gate and refused to leave, the Secret Service said, prompting bomb technicians in full gear to search the vehicle as agents shut down nearby streets.