Category Archives: Obama/Politics

Donald Trump Lists ‘Oakland’ as Most Dangerous City in the World

Donald Trump: Can you visualize him as your next president?
Donald Trump: Can you visualize him as your next president?

*Though the vote is not yet “in the can,” and its certainly not a wrap, Republican presidential candidate nominee hopeful, Donald Trump, who has presumably traveled to all four corners of the entire world, has made yet another stunningly ignorant remark based on an assessment about one city, populated mainly by African Americans, that comes from somewhere deep between his ears. Trump states that the northern California city of Oakland is, hands down, the “most dangerous” city in the world.

And here we were thinking the dangers lie in countries where people are decapitated publicly, and without accountability, for looking at someone sideways.

Damn Donald. Seriously? Oakland…as in Oakland, California?

Surely you jest.

But unfortunately, he does not.

This writer lived in Oakland and other surrounding cities in northern California for decades; and though I admit the city has its issues with poverty, homelessness, gangs, and shaky politicians, I damn sure would not equate it to, say, Al-Qaeda’s Lebanon.

During an interview with The New York Times, Trump named Oakland, California, and Ferguson, Missouri, as the most dangerous cities he’d ever visited. He even went so far as to compare the danger levels of those cities to that of Iraq. Continue reading

Arrogant, Ignorant Woman in Walmart Berates Food Stamp User (Watch)

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*A video is circulating on YouTube that shows a woman standing in line behind a man who is apparently paying for his groceries with food stamps. Obviously noticing this, she begins to degrade the man, in front of his daughter who is sitting in the cart, on his form of payment.

I have one question for this ignorant ass woman? When are people like you going to learn how to keep your darn mouth shut…or better yet, mind your own darn business?

It is ignorance such as this (scroll down for the video) that must be put in check. The man, noticeably upset by being called out by the woman, was cooler than I would have been..if I’m keepin’ it 100.

Here’s how it went down. Continue reading

Parents, Students Stunned as 2,700 Detroit Teachers ‘Call in Sick’

Teachers*Teachers are tired of being taken advantage of. Not only do they have to work in dilapidated buildings and classrooms many times, and deal with all kinds of behavioral issues in an effort to teach students, now they are expected to go through all of this without being paid.

Let me repeat that in the event you didn’t hear me. WITHOUT BEING PAID!

So 2,700 teachers in Detroit figured enough is enough and decided to have a massive “sick-out.” And who suffers?

The students, of course.

The overwhelming “absence” occurred on Monday, May 2, and as a result, reports say it affected 94 out of the 97 public schools in Detroit when the teachers, all 2,700 of them, called in to say they would not be showing up. Continue reading

Fox News & HuffPost Journalists Get into Fist Fight at White House Dinner (Video)

The actual fight. Not a fake.
The actual fight. Not a fake.

*Dang you guys. What you did makes all of us in the biz look kind of bad. To break out into a fight at a White House Correspondence Dinner, based on some old sh*t the two of you needed to settle when it happened in 2009, makes all of us journalists look bad. But let me tell the rest of you what apparently went down.

All I can say is, I’m glad they weren’t Black.

Yeah. I said it!

Of course the venue where such an uncharacteristic incident occurred was not wasted on me, as it seems rather ironic that it happened in the “U.S. Institute of Peace” building in Washington.

Now just envision this, y’all. Everybody is dressed in their finest attire. Being all “siddity” ‘n sh*t. Sipping on the finest champagne (complimentary, of course) and nibbling on “mini servings of chili cheese fries.” OK, forget the “fine champagne” part, they may have actually had a cheaper version (something like Cook’s).

But I digress. Continue reading

Nashville Judge Orders New Trial After Juror Objects to Jury With ‘No Blacks’

Scene from 1962 film, "To Kill A Mockingbird"
Scene from 1962 film, “To Kill A Mockingbird”

*After an eight hour jury selection process to try a case involving two Black male defendants, a new trial was ordered by Judge Cheryl Blackburn of Davidson County Criminal Court after one of the jurors objected to the selected jury.

It is unclear who the juror was, or what his or her race was.

In an action that has been confirmed by lawyers and others present in the courtroom, the judge delayed the trial thereby bringing attention to a longtime discussion about the lack of diversity in todays jury’s.

Defense lawyers are said to have accused prosecutors of eliminating potential jurors because of their race, and the claim was denied by the state. According to a precedent under the U.S. Supreme Court, lawyers cannot excuse potential jurors only because of their race.

As if…

But I digress.

“We may need to see if we can raise this issue to make sure that you don’t just remove somebody from the jury selection process based on their race, creed or religion,” said Ludye Wallace, president of the Nashville branch of the NAACP, who only learned of the case after he was contacted by The Tennessean. “You can’t do that,” he added. Continue reading

Tamir Rice: Cleveland Police Union Releases Arrogant Statement After $6M Settlement Announced

Tamir Rice
Tamir Rice

*On Monday, the City of Cleveland announced a $6 million dollar settlement in the police killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was fired on twice by officer Timothy Loehmann, as he played with a toy gun in the park, on November 22, 2014. But it was what followed the announcement that has set social media on fire. In nothing less than a stroke of pure arrogance, Cleveland’s police union issued a statement that appears to blame the victim and his family for his death.

The Rice family had filed a wrongful death lawsuit that alleged the police officers were reckless in their confrontation with the youngster. This allegation was further compounded by surveillance footage showing officer Loehmann firing twice at Tamir only seconds after opening the door of his police cruiser.

The statement by the police union expresses “hopes” that the family will “use some of the money” to educate kids about the dangers of carrying real or fake guns. Continue reading

Book Review: Why Bernie Sanders Matters, By Dennis Moore

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Bernie Sanders

*Radical, hippy, revolutionary, self-proclaimed democratic socialist. Hot from the campaign trail, a vivid new biography goes inside Bernie Sanders’ contradictions, his unusual life, and his electrifying quest to make the American dream a reality for all. This unauthorized biography by Harry Jaffe gives us insight into this man running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic candidacy for President of the United States.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders may be the least political person in politics – a brusque, unpolished, Jewish  socialist from Brooklyn with deep-seated convictions and distaste for small talk. Donald Trump mockingly and repeatedly refers to this “Socialist” as a “Communist” in his Republican campaign speeches for president.

Harry Jaffe, Author
Harry Jaffe, Author

Harry Jaffe, the author of this book, is a leading journalist covering Washington, DC – its crime, its heroes and villains. Beyond Washington, Jaffe’s work has been published in Yahoo News, Men’s Health, Harper’s, Esquire, and newspapers from the San Francisco Examiner to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He’s appeared in documentary films and on television and radio across the country and throughout Europe. It is this type of journalistic background that enables us to fully appreciate his latest book about this enigma of a man, Bernie Sanders, in Why Bernie Sanders Matters. Continue reading

State Dept. Gets in Deep Doo-Doo for Tweet Warning ‘Ugly People’ Who Travel

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*Hey, I’m good, but I can’t make this stuff up. And the State Department that had the audacity to tweet a message to potential travelers has back-tracked — post haste — after upsetting many in the viral universe. In short, the U.S. Department of the State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs warned folks that if you are considered ugly in the U.S. and find yourself being treated like you are “pretty” in another country. You are being duped. Somebody is probably trying to get something from you.

That’s the breakdown. They have since taken it down, but hoped it served as a warning just in time for those students out on Spring Break.

How heartless. How cruel. And to come from the GOVERNMENT of all places!!!

And how much you want to bet it was a pot calling the kettle black situation; with potmark-faced Paul or buck-tooth Betty sitting in the administrative offices collecting a check doing the tweeting?

And what is this “10” based on?

See the original tweet below, and the comments on it that follow. Continue reading