Monday, October 12, 2015

Donald and the 13 dwarfs.

The thing you have to understand about Donald Trump is that he is considered a celebrity. And Americans, for better or for worse, just love their celebrities.

Those thousands of people who go to see him on the campaign trail could care less about his views about immigration, minimum wage, or the crisis in the Middle East. They don't care what he has to say, as long as he shows up and they can get a glimpse of the host of The Apprentice, they are satisfied.

This of course, for Mr. Trump, is a good thing, because as political speeches goes he never quite delivers. It's more play the dozens with my opponents and smile for the camera than it is about the nuts and bolts of actual policy and issues.

Herman Cain (bless his pizza loving heart) brought out Trump in Georgia, recently, and the crowd ate it up. Mr. 999 and the billionaire. What a team!

I wonder if this will help him with "the blacks" (as he likes to call us). I seriously doubt it. Mr. 999 was not exactly our cup of tea.

Still, Trump will have to get some of "the blacks" to vote for him if he wants to win. Lord knows that he will not be getting any of the Hispanic vote. He says that he will, but that is more about Trump being delusional in his thinking than the reality of what is actually taking place with the electorate.

Anyway, the pundits have been saying for months that Trump will crash and burn, but so far he has been proving them all wrong.

Poor Jeb and company must be kicking themselves and wondering what happened.

Well, besides that last name, he has no star power going for him. This is true of all the other candidates as well. They are merely bit players in Trump's political show. He is Gladys Knight and they are the Pips.

"He [Rubio] sweats more than any young person I've ever seen in my life. ... I've never seen a guy down water like he downs water. ... They bring it in buckets for this guy."

No fair. Gladys would have been a lot nicer.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Two shootings, two different results.

Image result for tamir rice imagesThe first incident happened in San Diego, California a little over a year ago.

"SAN DIEGO - A possibly suicidal man waving what appeared to be a gun was wounded Wednesday in an officer-involved shooting near De Anza Cove, authorities reported.

San Diego police got a report that an armed man was making threats and comments about killing himself in the 2800 block of North Mission Bay Drive in Mission Beach shortly after 11 a.m., SDPD public-affairs Lt. Kevin Mayer said.

Officers tried in vain to persuade the man to drop the weapon and surrender.

The photographer who captured video of the man waving the gun spoke with 10News about being in the line of fire.

"I knew he was going to do something," said local photographer Ed Baier.

Baier was one of the first on the scene and one of the only ones to capture every minute of what would turn out to be a standoff that would last for more than an hour.

He was in the middle, less than 100 yards away as the man already negotiating with officers in the park headed back to his car and re-emerged." [Source]

Goof job by the police. They took inventory of the situation and used appropriate force to neutralize the perp.

The second incident took place almost a year ago in Cleveland, Ohio.

"Cleveland police have released a video showing the moment that officers shot a 12-year-old boy in a park on Sunday. Tamir Rice can be seen playing in the snow with a pellet gun before sitting at a bench for three minutes. As the police drive up he can be seen standing up and moving the gun at his waist. Two officers get out with their guns drawn and the boy falls, disappearing behind the car. Rice died of his wounds the following day." [Source]

Besides the obvious things that the two incidents have in common, one glaring thing separates the two. If you said the race of the victims move to the head of the class.  

One victim, predictably, ended up dead. The other, in spite of trying to kill himself, did not.

Now we are learning that the police officers who killed 12 year old Tamir Rice acted "reasonably".

I would ask you to look at the case again and tell me if you agree.

"Like lightning … you see the lightning first, then the thunder. So I saw him go down immediately and then I heard the click the crack of the shot and then that was it," said Baier.
Medics took the suspect to a trauma center. Police say he is serious but stable condition. The officer who shot the man is a nine-year veteran of the force."

At least this man's family will see him again. The family of Tamir Rice is not so lucky.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015


I need a caption for this pic.

Example: Don't worry John, the joke is on them.

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Friday, October 09, 2015

"Fascist In Chief"?

The Field Negro education series continues:

"As we reported this morning, President Obama is considering bypassing Congress in order to implement further gun control measures, and the conservative media wasted no time in going after our ruthless dictator.

Sitting behind an emboldened red banner and vibrant ‘ALERT’ notification, Fox host Gregg Jarrett opened his segment by criticizing the President’s actions. He said, “After the Sandy Hook shooting, the President took 23 executive actions against guns. None of them have prevented things like Oregon or Charleston.”
WHAT? 23 executive orders? That’s so insane that Obama should qualify for the very mental health treatment that the right wants to push over gun control.
I sat stunned at this revelation dramatically pushed by Jarrett. 23 seems like a lot; no wonder Sarah Palin once decried our President’s move on an executive order as “giving the middle finger” to voters.
Regarding a different Obama executive action, House Speaker John Boehner said, “President Obama has cemented his legacy of lawlessness”; he once even threatened a law suit. Charles Krauthammer considered it an “impeachable offence.”
This year Texas Republican Representative Lamar Smith told Fox’s Stuart Varney, “This is a President who has, in an unprecedented way, used executive orders, executive actions, to go around Congress.”
I did some digging, and found that our Fascist In Chief has issued a whopping 219 executive orders during his time as President. The right is right: this man is out of control.
If there is any element of this deemed admissible to the argument of precedent, it is not in the quantitive data, especially the emphasis on “23” by Jarrett today. But in case anyone is confused about the role of executive action in regards to the Presidency, I pulled a few other stats regarding these mandates by the numbers. Care to see?
George W. Bush issued 291 executive orders.
Richard Nixon, 346.
Republican poster boy Ronald Reagan? 381.
Perhaps the Republicans would have preferred Obama act more like William Henry Harrison, who is the only Commander in Chief in US History to never issue an executive order.
He also died a month after his inauguration.
Dwight D. Eisehower, the President that Republicans tend to disown because of his sky high tax rates on the wealthy, issued 484 executive actions in office.
The Emancipation Proclamation? An executive order by Abraham Lincoln.
The only reason we have the Grand Canyon to enjoy is because Teddy Roosevelt issued an executive order to protect it in 1906. He would add 1,080 more.
And President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the leader who healed our country when our fractured economic and social climates most matched that of today, issued a whopping 3,522 executive orders. His Civilian Conservation Corps was Executive Order 6101 signed April 5, 1933. (Also, his policies that fixed our broken country were largely socialist in nature, but that’s a column for another day.)
Lincoln, Reagan, Teddy, FDR, and Bush, all “dictators” under contemporary conservative logic.
President Obama has long referred to his own executive orders by the moniker “the pen and the phone”, and may increase his right to this power to combat the finally-politicized epidemic of gun violence. In fact, he could issue an executive order every single day for the rest of his Presidency and still only total about half as many as Republican Calvin Coolidge did.
The practice of going around a stubborn Congress to get things done in Washington isn’t “unprecedented”, it’s the status quo. And despite what you may be told, the fact remains: this President has so far landed well under his allotted quota." [Source]
Finally, remember that Ben Carson Popeye's story? If you don't you are not alone, apparently the Baltimore police department does not remember it ever happening, either.
"A Carson spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment Thursday or for more details as to when and where the incident occurred.

Baltimore Police said Thursday that they could not find any report related to the incident based on the little information that Carson had provided.

"We searched for it and based on the general statement, we have no report," said T.J. Smith, the department's chief spokesman. "Need more info."

Dr. Ben, of course, insists that he was stuck up in Popeye's.

The Baltimore police is looking into the incident so we will not rush to judgment. That's not what we do hear at the Field Negro blog. We believe in giving everyone a chance to prove that they are not a liar.  

Yes Carly, even you.

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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Rupert's "real black", and Emerge magazine is back.

"Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else."

Hmmm, a "real black President." This is what the founder and CEO of FOX NEWS is claiming that America needs. Forget the fact that his network is responsible for the "racial divide" here in America. It takes some serious cojones for a man in his position to make such a declaration.

Here is the obvious question, though: How does an old Australian white man know what a "real black man" should look or act like?

I am sure that Barack Obama not being a black man is news to Michele Obama. Personally, I will take Barack Obama in the race draft over Ben Carson. Ben has done some great things, and we would have taken him about 20 years ago, but he is a free agent now, he has cleared waivers and you white folks are free to pick him up anytime you want.

But back to the head man over at FOX. If I were Rupert Murdoch I would just leave black issues alone, especially given his network's history with us.

"African-American Fox News staffers find it “very difficult” to work at the network, former president of the National Association of Black Journalists Bob Butler told TheWrap on Thursday.
“I’ve talked to some folks who work there and it’s very difficult, especially when you have all the hit pieces that are done on Obama,” Butler said.
His comments come as Rupert Murdoch continues to face criticism over a controversial tweet on Wednesday that insinuated President Obama isn’t “a real black president.” Murdoch apologized on Thursday.
But those disillusioned staffers also told Butler, “Look, this is a job, I have to do it, and sometimes you have to just hold your nose and do what you have to do to collect a paycheck.” Butler, who served as president of the NABJ from 2013-2015, said those employees are good producers who pride themselves on covering news.
Regarding Murdoch’s comments suggesting the president isn’t an authentic black president, a dumbfounded Butler wondered “what does that even mean?”
He’s not surprised Murdoch isn’t a fan of Obama judging by the editorial policies of his properties, but wouldn’t call him a racist.
“I always stop short of saying someone is being blatantly racist,” Butler continued before saying it’s troubling for Murdoch, who isn’t black, to be deciding who is “black enough.” [Source]
Memo to Rupert: I heard Barack singing that Al Green tune, and I think I speak for every black person in America when I say that his black card is intact.  
Finally, speaking of black card cred. I am so glad that George Curry is back with his very fine magazine. I met him down in Washington a few months ago and he said that he was coming back.  I, for one, am glad that he did.
We will be forever grateful for this issue.
The online news world is now a much better place. 

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Dr. Ben's remedy.

"I want to plant in people's minds what to do in a situation like this. Because unfortunately this is probably not going to be the last time this happens," he told CBS. Earlier, Carson had said that if he had been present at the Oregon attack, he would "not just stand there and let him shoot me. I would say, 'Hey guys, everybody attack him. He may shoot me, but he can't get us all.'"


No words.

Anyway, keep in mind that this man is polling number two in the republican primary race for president.

Still, apparently Dr.Ben feels that he can speak this way about this issue because he has had his own personal experience to call on.

"Carson also told to SiriusXM radio host Karen Hunter on Wednesday that he was once held at gunpoint at a Popeye's fried chicken fast food restaurant in Baltimore. But his approach was nothing like the one he advocated.

"Guy comes in, puts the gun in my ribs. And I just said, "I believe that you want the guy behind the counter,'" Carson recounted in his usual, laid-back tone. "He said, 'Oh, okay,' and moved on."

First of all Dr. Ben, what the hell are you doing at Popeye's? As a physician,you,of all people,  should know that fried foods are not good for you.

Honestly, the guy holding the gun on Dr. Ben probably fell asleep when the good doctor started talking. When he (the robber) said, "Oh okay",  he was just waking up.

Serious question: Why can't the republican party recruit a serious African American candidate to represent them on the national stage? (Colin Powell where are you?) First Herman Cain and now this guy. It's embarrassing.

Finally, speaking of republican presidential candidates. Now that you can get around South Carolina easier in a boat than you can a car, their senior senator is asking for federal aid.

It's funny how that works. You should never turn your back on others because one day you might be in the same boat. (No pun intended.)

Lindsey Graham thought that it was cool to play politics and vote against Sandy storm relief  for the people in New Jersey. Now his decision is coming back to haunt him, and he swears that he doesn't remember ever voting against getting the people of New Jersey federal funds.

Lindsey, maybe this will help refresh your memory:

"South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is seeking federal aid after his home state was ravaged by deadly floods amid historic rainfall triggered by Hurricane Joaquin.
“Let’s just get through this thing,” Graham said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” Monday. “And whatever it costs, it costs.”
But in 2013, Graham was among 36 Senate Republicans who voted against giving similar aid to New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. (The bill passed in a 62 to 36 vote.)
Graham told Blitzer he didn’t remember opposing the $50.5 billion Sandy relief bill.
“I’m all for helping the people in New Jersey. I don’t really remember me voting that way,” Graham said. “I don’t really recall that, but I’d be glad to look and tell you why I did vote no, if I did.”
Graham wasn’t the only 2016 presidential candidate to oppose Sandy relief. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz also voted against the package.
“Hurricane Sandy inflicted devastating damage on the East Coast, and Congress appropriately responded with hurricane relief. Unfortunately, cynical politicians in Washington could not resist loading up this relief bill with billions in new spending utterly unrelated to Sandy,” Cruz told the Houston Chronicle at the time. “This bill is symptomatic of a larger problem in Washington — an addiction to spending money we do not have. The United States Senate should not be in the business of exploiting victims of natural disasters.[Source]
And check out the words of Ted Cruz quoted above.
Well, as it turns out, he has a problem as well.
"But as floodwaters raged in Texas earlier this year, Cruz praised the federal support his state was receiving.
“We’re seeing cooperation from state government, the local government and the federal government all standing together at a time of great challenge,” Cruz said".
On second thought, I think that Dr. Ben will do just fine in the republican primary. 
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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Staring while black.

Image result for st gabriel consolidated school ohio school images"Teacher, the scary black kid  was staring at me."

It starts for us when we are young. The constant sense of apprehension, unease, and trepidation some in the majority community feel when they are in our presence.  It is that  (some would argue justified) fear of the black male that makes us all uncomfortable while we try to navigate our way through our daily interactions. We can't escape it.
I personally get it all the time, especially on weekends when I am not in my work uniform: wingtips, suit, tie, and a dress shirt. But I have learned to deal with that. 
It is annoying, though, when I am wearing a suit that costs more than what the starer pays for her mortgage every month, and she has the audacity to think that I am going to rob her.  But I digress.
Anyway, some poor lad in Ohio caught the business from the authorities in that state for……well... staring.  
"Last week, an Ohio judge refused to erase the suspension of a 12-year-old black boy who was punished for staring at his classmate last year.
The boy was suspended several days after participating in a staring contest with a white female classmate at St. Gabriel Consolidated School, and allegedly made her feel “fearful.” School officials were notified by the girl’s parents the day after the contest, claiming she felt intimidated by the boy. But the boy, who was forced to write an apology letter and subsequently suspended for a day, maintained he was unaware that his classmate was feeling uncomfortable.

“I never knew she was scared because she was laughing,” he wrote. “I understand I done the wrong thing that will never happen again. I will start to think before I do so I am not in this situation.”

The 12-year-old’s mother, Candice Tolbert, said her son was suspended because of a “perception [that] he intimidated her.” The family filed a lawsuit to have the punishment dismissed from his record, but Judge Patrick Dinkelacker declined the request. The ruling could be appealed in the future." [Source]

One of the sad things about this story is how clearly beaten down and belittled this child was after the accusations were made against him. He actually had to apologize for playing a game that most kids play all the time without repercussion or negative consequences. 

But if you read the study talked about in the story I provided the link to, you will get a clue as to why this is the case. And you will also realize that this is not an isolated incident. This seems to be par for the course in how many schools treat young men of color in modern day America.

Oh, and by the way, I believe in having strict discipline in schools to create a good learning environment, and I believe that persistent trouble makers should be thrown out of the classroom if they disrupt others and prevent them from learning.

This was clearly not the case in this story. There is no indication that this 12 year old was constantly disruptive in class. The poor child was suspended for "several days" for being scary looking to his classmate when he stared. That's it. Just imagine if the poor kid had said BOO,  he probably would have been thrown in jail.

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Monday, October 05, 2015

Just some buds having fun on Facebook.

GerisLet's see now. Racist has a black co-worker. Black co-worker has a young child. Racist posts a picture of black co-worker's child on his Facebook page. All of his friends (birds of a feather) make racist comments about said CHILD. Racist loses his job after outrage from social media.

I learned a long time ago that racists just aren't very smart people.

"Just when Mars water really had everyone believing that mankind might be capable of making the next great leap in our evolution, some unimaginably stupid shit like this happens. The bro in the screengrab above, presumably a real actual person in the year 2015, decided to share a selfie with a black co-worker's young boy. This bro then accompanied the Facebook posting of this photo with some downright disgusting commentary:"

Geris Hilton, Gerod Roth, racism, Twitter, Facebook
Geris Hilton, Gerod Roth, racism, Twitter, Facebook
And then there was this from Mr. Roth's employer:

"This morning I was disgusted to learn that one of my former employees made several racially charged comments on his personal Facebook page. Even worse, the comments were directed toward the son of another employee.  
It breaks my heart that Sydney and her adorable son Cayden were subjected to such hateful, ignorant and despicable behavior. Cayden visits my office almost every afternoon after daycare, he’s sat at my dinner table and I consider him a part of the PMG family. 
The atrocious lies, slander and racism he and his mother have been forced to endure are wholly intolerable. Myself and the entire PMG family in no way condones this kind of behavior and would never willingly associate with anyone who does.
It has no place in the world.
PMG has terminated the employee responsible and will ensure that none of the businesses that we associate with will ever do business with him again."

Fortunately for him he will have some company while he cools his heels at home.

"Atlanta’s Conch Republic Grill announced on Friday that it had fired the commenter known as Emily Irene Red."

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Sunday, October 04, 2015

Bad history.

I saw Selma recently with wifey from the comfort of our home. My wife is younger and from the South so she loves to watch historical movies like this that deal with the civil rights struggle. She says that they make her angry (this one was no exception), but she admits that it's a necessary evil in learning to better understand the history of her country. 

Anyway, if you know the history of voting rights in the South you will understand what the movie Selma was all about. Now, sadly, history is repeating itself in the "Land Of Dixie".

"Although the 2016 presidential election is still more than a year away, Americans are already inundated with campaign promises and a flurry of candidates. But Alabama residents have more to worry about than simply picking a party.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency announced this week that it is closing 31 satellite DMV offices owing to budget cuts. That will leave 28 counties in the state without a place for residents to get the government-issued photo IDs they need to vote. Although it’s a statewide cut, the effects of the shutdown will be felt disproportionately.

“Depending on which counties you count as being in Alabama’s Black Belt, either 12 or 15 Black Belt counties soon won’t have a place to get a driver’s license,” wrote Alabama columnist Kyle Whitmore. “Counties where some of the state’s poorest live. Counties that are majority African American.”

In 2014, Alabama became one of 17 states that require a government-issued photo ID—driver’s license being the most common—in order to cast a ballot. When the measure was under consideration back in 2011, the American Civil Liberties Union lobbied against it, concerned that requiring photo IDs would disenfranchise black voters. Proponents of the measure said strict ID laws would prevent voter fraud. The ACLU argued that as more black residents took public transportation than white residents (62 percent versus 34 percent), black residents were less likely to already have the driver’s license they would need to vote.

Now, there will be fewer places to obtain the IDs needed to participate in the country’s democracy. The newly shuttered offices accounted for 5 percent of the state’s driver’s license transactions, according to the ALEA. Authorities also proposed sending out mobile I.D. vans and crews to affected counties. But rights activists argue that the vans are poorly publicized, and that any sort of restriction is problematic." [Source]

I suspect that there will be more of these types of cuts to come in states with strict voter ID laws that happen to have a large black population. We could see this okey -doke coming from a mile away: Pass stricter laws requiring voter identification, and close the very places that make these cards available to the public.   

Alabama joins states like Texas that are making it hard for people of color because of either racism, politics, or both. I personally suspect the latter.

"Two years ago, Alabama would have needed federal approval to make such a change. A 2013 Supreme Court decision invalidated sections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that required states well known for discrimination, including Alabama, be overseen by the federal government to implement any laws that could impact voting. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority decision that “our country has changed,”'

I bet people like John Roberts said the same thing right after Selma.

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Saturday, October 03, 2015


I need a caption for this pic.

Example: Does your mom have more of that  mac and cheese that she packed for your lunch?

*Pic by Chris Hill featured on

Thursday, October 01, 2015

It happened again!

Image result for gun shooting oregon images Another day another mass shooting in America. No words.

My thoughts go out to the family members and loved ones of those who lost their lives today.

I am not going to give my opinions about guns and gun violence. You all know where I have stood on this issue over the years, so there is no need for me to rant about this latest tragedy.

The president has had enough, and he said as much tonight when he spoke to the nation about this latest slaughter of innocents.

He tried, once again, to use the "bully pulpit" to change our opinions about the gun culture that exists in our country, but as we have seen time and time again this is just an exercise in futility.

Anyway, I would like to know what you (regardless of how you feel about guns) would do to help curb the senseless gun violence that is so widespread in our society.

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