Eric Garner’s Daughter Slams Al Sharpton as Being “All About the Money”

Eric Garner's Daughter Slams Al Sharpton as Being "All About the Money"

Eric Garner’s Daughter Slams Al Sharpton as Being “All About the Money” (Photo Credit: Project Veritas Video Screengrab)

Eric Garner’s daughter, Erica Snipes, put Rev. Al Sharpton on blast as “all about the money” and “egotistical” in a video released by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas group.

Snipes also hit out at Staten Island’s National Action Network chief Cynthia Davis as scolding her for the NAN logo on the Eric Garner flier. She said in the video, “Instead of me, he wants his face in front,” in reference to Sharpton.

Erica Snipes also said Davis was trying to make it seem as if she is indebted to the organization because “Al Sharpton paid for the funeral” in July.

In an interview with the New York Post, Snipes denied she claimed Al Sharpton was a “money-grubber,” but did not walk-back her comments about Davis.

Sharpton slammed O’Keefe’s group as “exploiting” Eric Garner’s daughter, who he called a “sincere victim.” He added, “They’re splicing and dicing stuff together. It was a distortion.”

Troy Wright, president of the Trayvon Martin Foundation was also seen in the video distancing the organization from Sharpton. It should be noted that the family of Akai Gurley did not want Al Sharpton to deliver the eulogy at his funeral.

Watch Erica Snipes being tricked by Project Veritas:

Rudy Giuliani Backtracks: “I Didn’t Intend to Question Obama’s Motives”

Rudy Giuliani Backtracks: "I Didn't Intend to Question Obama's Heart"

Rudy Giuliani Backtracks: “I Didn’t Intend to Question Obama’s Heart” (Photo Credit: YouTube Video Screengrab)

(OPINION) — Rudy Giuliani is now sort of backtracking after being blasted for saying President Obama doesn’t love America and questioning the way he was raised. He is now saying “I didn’t intend to question” Obama’s heart. Um, you think?

Giuliani wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, “My blunt language suggesting that the president doesn’t love America, nothwithstanding, I didn’t intend to question President Obama’s motives or the content of his heart.” He added, “My intended focus really was the effect his words and his actions have on the morale of the country, and how the effect may damage his performance.”

The fact is, Giuliani did attempt to question the president’s motives and the content of his heart. He said of the president, “I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me.” A sincere apology would include the words, “I did not mean to say he doesn’t love America.”

“Obviously, I cannot read President Obama’s mind or heart, and to the extent that my words suggested otherwise, it was not my intention … I bear him no ill will, and in fact think that his personal journey is inspiring and a testament to much of what makes this country great,” Giuliani added.

Giuliani won’t put the outrage to bed with this op-ed. In fact, he continued to punch Obama, saying he doesn’t praise America, when in fact he has done that on many occasions. Paul Waldman notes that President Obama praises America on a regular basis. I guess that’s not enough for Giuliani, who was widely reviled by many constituents in New York City.  Here’s an excerpt from Obama’s State of the Union address in January:

… I still think the cynics are wrong. I still believe that we are one people. I still believe that together, we can do great things, even when the odds are long.

I believe this because over and over in my six years in office, I have seen America at its best. I’ve seen the hopeful faces of young graduates from New York to California, and our newest officers at West Point, Annapolis, Colorado Springs, New London. I’ve mourned with grieving families in Tucson and Newtown, in Boston, in West Texas, and West Virginia. I’ve watched Americans beat back adversity from the Gulf Coast to the Great Plains, from Midwest assembly lines to the Mid-Atlantic seaboard. I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal in states that seven in 10 Americans call home.

So I know the good, and optimistic, and big-hearted generosity of the American people who every day live the idea that we are our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper. And I know they expect those of us who serve here to set a better example.

By the way, the Washington Post‘s Glenn Kessler collected more examples of the president expressing his love for America and praising its exceptionalism.

Ronald Reagan, who Giuliani cited in his “take-down” of Obama, also criticized America, but I guess that’s fine since he’s white and Obama is black. Paul Waldman quoted a speech Reagan delivered on in 1980 on the eve of the election:

Many of us are unhappy about our worsening economic problems, about the constant crisis atmosphere in our foreign policy, about our diminishing prestige around the globe, about the weakness in our economy and national security that jeopardizes world peace, about our lack of strong, straight-forward leadership.

The damage has already been done and Rudy Giuliani should slither back under that rock from whence he came. It’s clear that America doesn’t take him seriously. His failed presidential campaign is proof nobody really wants to hear from a serial cheater. A cheater is always a liar.

Um, I certainly hope Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who had his own shady past, will read this op-ed, since he said we should thank Giuliani for saying Obama doesn’t love America. I am not one who uses profanity, but Giuliani deserves a f*ck you for his op-ed.

Wright State University Apologizes for Fried Chicken Black History Month Dinner

Wright State University Apologizes for Fried Chicken Black History Month Dinner

Wright State University Apologizes for Fried Chicken Black History Month Dinner (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

The president of Wright State University has apologized for a menu featuring fried chicken and collard greens under a photograph of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other black leaders in honor of Black History Month.

The Dayton Daily News reported that images were circulated on social media, calling it offensive and disrespectful.

President David Hopkins wrote in an email of the university’s commitment to diversity and pride at hosting the Phoenix Project and forum featuring daughters of several civil rights leaders. Hopkins said he would find out why a menu sign included chicken, mashed potatoes, collard greens and cornbread under a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. and other famous black figures, according to the Dayton Daily News.

“I apologize to anyone hurt by the display,” Hopkins wrote in an email. “To our credit, the menu was quickly removed. But the larger question remains: Why was it done? I will find out. We will take steps to prevent this kind of behavior occurring in the future.” Source: FreakOutNation

Presidential Wannabe Scott Walker Says He Doesn’t Know if Obama is a Christian

Presidential Wannabe Scott Walker Says He Doesn't Know if Obama is a Christian

Presidential Wannabe Scott Walker Says He Doesn’t Know if Obama is a Christian (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Presidential hopeful Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) is going there — says he’s unaware whether President Obama is a Christian. Ini other words, if he isn’t a Christian he must be a Muslim. Yep, typical birther talk, but he’s forgetting one thing — Obama’s isn’t running for president again. He did that twice and won by a landslide each time. Walker is pandering to the extremists in the Republican Party and that spells doom for his presidential aspiration. What does President Obama being a Christian, or not, have to do with running the country? HYPOCRITES:

“I don’t know,” Walker said in an interview at the JW Marriott hotel in Washington, where he was attending the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.

Told that Obama has frequently spoken publicly about his Christian faith, Walker maintained that he was not aware of the president’s religion.

“I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that,” Walker said, his voice calm and firm. “I’ve never asked him that,” he added. “You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?”

[…]

“To me this is a classic example of why people hate Washington and increasingly they dislike the press,” he said. “The things they care about don’t even remotely come close to what you’re asking about.”

Scott Walker is appealing to right wing lunatics like Red State’s Erick Erickson who tweeted “I don’t think Barack Obama is a Christian. He certainly is not one in any meaningful way.” I cannot believe we are having this discussion, but good for the Democrats. It will  mean the Republicans will get another shellacking in the presidential elections as they did in 2008 and 2012. Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal and Rudy Giuliani attacking President Obama’s love for America and Christianity fits in quite nicely with the narrative that he’s a Muslim sympathizer. Clearly the wingnut have learned nothing from the last two elections.

I was on Walker’s side when they went after him for not having a college degree. I take that back.  I guess he is going to need the support of the fringe element if he is to run for the presidency, so why not alienate independent, black and Hispanic voters in the process. Yeah, white extremists are all he needs to win the election–not. It’s a sad commentary that this is what the conservative movement has become–a bunch of extremists who seem to long for the days when only whites had all the power.

Rudy Giuliani Playing Victim After Getting Death Threats for Obama Comments

Rudy Giuliani Painting Himself as a Victim Over Death Threats for Obama Comments

Rudy Giuliani Painting Himself as a Victim Over Death Threats for Obama Comments (Photo Credit: YouTube Video Screengrab)

The right wing can dish it but they can’t take it. Rudy Giuliani is now playing the victim after his office allegedly received death threats over the despicable comments he made about President Obama not loving America and not being raised the same way as he and others. Are we supposed to feel sorry for him?

Giuliani doubled down, well, more like flailing to stay afloat. The latest is that he is saying Obama was introduced to communism at age nine. I didn’t realize Rudy Giuliani grew up with the president. So much for Giuliani’s reputation as “America’s Mayor.” That legacy is now in tatters.

Hey Rudy Giuliani, Weren’t You Raised by Draft-Dodging Felon Harold Giuliani?

HYPOCRISY:  Rudy Giuliani's Dad Did Time in Sing-Sing for Robbing Harlem Milkman

HYPOCRISY: Rudy Giuliani’s Dad Did Time in Sing-Sing for Robbing Harlem Milkman

(OPINION) — Instead of backtracking, failed presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani continues to dig himself even deeper into a rabbit hole because of the birther comments he made at a private dinner questioning President Obama’s love for America. He now says “Obama had a white mother, so I’m not a racist.” Um, really? Think again. To boot, whitewashed Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal jumped in the dogfight by issuing a statement backing Giuliani. Yeah, he’s another story for another article, but Stepin Fetchit is an appropriate label for Jindal. Um, neither he nor Giuliani will ever be what Obama is today — president of the United States. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a GOP presidential frontrunner, was also demure in his response to Giuliani’s comments, made in his presence at the dinner.

Back to Giuliani…..

He also said President Obama wasn’t brought up the way he and other Americans were to love this country. Um, I didn’t realize Giuliani was in the delivery room and lived with Obama during his formative years. That was a racially-charged comment that was simply disgraceful. He went straight down the birther road and appeals to the fringe of the party.

Instead of doing the decent thing and walking back the comments, he showed up on The Kelly File on Thursday to discuss his comments with host Megyn Kelly. When pressed on whether he wanted to apologize for his comments, he doubled down, claiming that Obama learned communism from his grandfather, who fought in World War II. He also invoked Jeremiah Wright as an example of Obama’s association with people who dislike America. Gee, I wonder how we should view his family’s associations through the years, plus his own association with people like Bernie Kerik, his former police commissioner? If you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones.

It’s funny that Rudy Giuliani should bring up the word “love.” His history where that’s concerned is laughable. Um, if you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones. We remember his history with women. I am pretty sure his ex-wives must have questioned the way he was brought up since he seems to have had a total disrespect for them.

Here’s an excerpt from Giuliani biographer Wayne Barrett’s scathing article in the NY Daily News:

Ask Regina Peruggi, the second cousin he grew up with and married, who was “offended” when Rudy later engineered an annulment from the priest who was his best man on the grounds, strangely enough, that she was his cousin. Or ask Donna Hanover, the mother of his two children, who found out he wanted a separation when he left Gracie Mansion one morning and announced it at a televised press conference.

Or ask Judi Nathan, his third wife, whom he started dating while still married to Hanover and New York mayor. In two SUVs, he and an entourage of six or seven cops traveled 11 times to Judi’s Hamptons getaway at a taxpayer cost of $3,000 a trip. That’s love.

Rudy may have forgotten the half-dozen deferments he won ducking the Vietnam War, even getting the federal judge he was clerking for to write a letter creating a special exemption for him. And remember Bernie Kerik? He’s the Giulaini police commissioner, business partner and sidekick whose nomination as homeland security secretary narrowly preceded indictments. He then did his national service in prison.

Giuliani went so far as to rebuke the President for not being “brought up the way you were and the way I was brought up through love of this country,” a bow no doubt to the parenting prowess of Harold Giuliani, who did time in Sing Sing for holding up a Harlem milkman and was the bat-wielding enforcer for the loan-sharking operation run out of a Brooklyn bar owned by Rudy’s uncle.

Rudy Giuliani is a hypocrite of the highest order and he should be publicly shamed for his attack on President Obama’s love for his country and how he was raised. His daddy was a scumbag too! What I absolutely abhor is the self-righteous hypocrisy from people of his ilk. It’s okay to dislike Obama and his policies, but questioning his love for his country and how he was raised is just despicable and has racial overtones. Is this the way the GOP intends to reach out to moderate voters, including blacks? Whoopi Goldberg said it best….”shut up Rudy.”

MS GOP Lawmaker Gene Alday Publicly Apologizes for Racist Comments

MS GOP Lawmaker Gene Alday Apologizes for Racist Comments About Black Residents

MS GOP Lawmaker Gene Alday Apologizes for Racist Comments About Black Residents (Photo Credit: MS State Govt)

Mississippi GOP state Rep. Gene Alday publicly apologized for racist comments about black residents of his hometown of Walls.  The apology came after he told a Clarion-Ledger reporter that he comes “from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks.’ They don’t work.”

The Clarion-Ledger reports Alday apologized saying, “I didn’t do it with intent, but I am deeply sorry for my recent statements and I was wrong to say what I did and there is no excuse for my behavior.”“I value the relationships I’ve made with everyone in this House.”

MS GOP Rep. Gene Alday: Blacks Getting “Food Stamps” and “Welfare Crazy Checks” in Walls

MS GOP Rep. Gene Alday: Blacks Getting "Food Stamps" and "Welfare Crazy Checks" in Walls

MS GOP Rep. Gene Alday: Blacks Getting “Food Stamps” and “Welfare Crazy Checks” in Walls (Photo Credit: Mississippi State Legislature)

Mississippi state Rep. Gene Alday has come under fire for racist comments about black residents in his hometown of Walls. He said he comes “from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call “welfare crazy checks,” the Clarion Ledger reports. Um, so much for the minority outreach RNC chief Reince Priebus envisions to get more black voters. It’s scary to think that Gene Alday once served in law enforcement.

He also said that when he went to the emergency room one time, “I liked to died. I laid in there for hours because they (blacks) were in there being treated for gunshots.”

Since then, people around the state have condemned the remarks with some calling for his resignation.

[…]

Mitchell said he contacted Alday about education funding last week and that the legislator steered the discussion toward race. The comments appeared as they were given and within the context of the discussion, Mitchell said.

But Alday said the reporter failed to write about the numerous times Alday has helped people of all races in his community, whether that meant giving them rides to the doctor or providing credit on merchandise at the store run by his family.

“Yes, it’s true that most of the blacks in my hometown are on welfare,” Alday said. “But they’re good people. I don’t have anything against anybody. I’m a straight-up guy. In my little town they had little civil rights walks and I was with them. I’m with everybody.”

Clarion-Ledger Executive Editor Sam Hall called on Alday to retire following the remarks, saying the lawmaker should step down at the end of this term without seeking re-election. Source: Clarion Ledger

Rev. Jesse Jackson Says Race a Factor in Chicago Little League Cheating Scandal

Rev. Jesse Jackson Says Race a Factor in Chicago Little League Cheating Scandal

Rev. Jesse Jackson Says Race a Factor in Chicago Little League Cheating Scandal (Photo Credit: CBS News Video Screengrab)

(OPINION) — Never one to shy away from pulling the race card, Rev. Jesse Jackson says race is a factor in the Chicago Little League losing its championship title. The Jackie Robinson West little league team was stripped of its championship amid allegations that some of the players lived outside the allowed geographic boundaries.

At an afternoon press conference, the Rev. Jesse Jackson asked, “Is this about boundaries or race?”

“This decision’s untimely and inappropriate at this time,” Jackson told reporters. “It should not take six months after a team has played a championship game to determine eligibility to play the game in the first place.”

The league’s decision came after teams from Illinois and Nevada complained that Jackie Robinson West’s roster was rigged. Source: CBS News

I feel bad for the kids who played their hearts out and won the championship. The blame lies squarely on the shoulders of the adults who broke the rules. What are they teaching the children? That it’s okay to skirt the rules just to win? This isn’t so much about race, but about doing the right thing and being honest.

Jeb Bush Tech Officer Ethan Czahor Resigns Over Online Posts About MLK, Gays

Jeb Bush Tech Officer Ethan Czahor Resigns Over Online Posts About MLK, Gays

Jeb Bush Tech Officer Ethan Czahor Resigns Over Online Posts About MLK, Gays (Photo Credit: Twitter via @czahor)

Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush’s tech officer Ethan Czahor resigns over a bunch of inflammatory posts online mocking MLK, gays and women. He confirmed his resignation in a series of tweets: “i deleted some old jokes i made years ago that i no longer find funny or appropriate.”

Ethan Czahor was the tech officer of Bush’s political action committee, The Right to Rise PAC, which issued a statement, saying, “While Ethan has apologized for regrettable and insensitive comments, they do not reflect the views of Governor Bush or his organization and it is appropriate for him to step aside. We wish him the best.”

Then on Tuesday, the Huffington Post published inflammatory remarks Czahor made about minorities on the website of a radio program he hosted while attending East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.

HuffPost accessed the now-defunct website of “The Ethan Show” through an internet archive. In a 2008 blog post, Czahor praised Martin Luther King, Jr. for wearing pants that weren’t “sagging to his ankles” and for not speaking in “jibberish” or “slang.” He went on to argue that the civil rights icon wouldn’t have supported affirmative action programs and declared that “black parents need to get their sh@# together.”

Neither Czahor or Right to Rise PAC addressed those statements about minorities. Source: Talking Points Memo

So much for Reince Priebus’ minority outreach. These conservatives just keep showing their true colors one election cycle after the next. It’s interesting when people like Ethan Czahor get called out for making derogatory comments, they always say they are learning….Really?