Obama Sounds Bush Lite in his Bomb Iraq Remarks

If I didn’t know any better, I could have sworn President Barack Obama channeled his predecessor President George W. Bush in his statement authorizing air strikes on Iraq. After blaming Bush for his fledging presidency all these years, I guess Obama has Bush on the brain.

Obama used the word “terrorists” six times to describe the Islamic State (ISIS) and to explain to the American people he took military action in Iraq to “save the lives of Americans” and save face with the world. What face America has left.

Why is Obama suddenly ditching the term “Islamic extremists” and calling ISIS terrorists but won’t call Hamas terrorists, even though they are designated such by the State Department? Obama also was loath to call the terrorists who killed our diplomats in Benghazi terrorists from the start.

Could it be because Obama’s foreign policy approval rating approval rating on foreign policy has dropped to an all time low of 36%? What makes the situation in Iraq so dire to compel Obama to take decisive military action when he hasn’t in five years?

Other crises around the world (Ukraine, Gaza, Syria, Arab Spring, Iran) have placed “American citizens at risk” and required America’s leadership “to underwrite the global security and prosperity that our children and our grandchildren will depend upon,” as Obama said but he did nothing.

Yet that’s what he told the Iraqi people. Obama sudden action in Iraq makes his foreign policy look like Jell-O—all over the place with no strategy except “to resist calls to turn time and again to our military.”

I understand ISIS is a super terrorist organization, entrenched in Iraq, killing Christians and religious sect Yezidis by the thousands and determined to create a terrorist state. But for the past two years, Obama sat on the sidelines of inaction in Syria where these same terrorist groups along with others like al-Nursa threaten the world.

President Obama’s remarks justifying “targeted” airstrikes against ISIS strong holds in Iraq sounded like revisionist history of his administration’s foreign policy. Obama displayed a hawkish, cowboy tone more reminiscent of Bush’s post 9/11 foreign policy, when America was the world’s defender of liberty and freedom.

“So let me be clear about why we must act, and act now . . . in this case, a request from the Iraqi government and when we have the unique capabilities to help avert a massacre, then I believe the United States of America cannot turn a blind eye,” declared Obama.

He added: “We can also lead with the power of diplomacy, our economy and our ideals.”

This sounds a lot like Bush’s foreign policy of engagement on all cylinders, which the Obama has routinely condemned and his actions don’t back up his words.

Obama took no action against Iran when elections were rigged in 2009 and dragged his feet on Iran’s nuclear program. Obama took no action during the Arab Spring when countries like Egypt went through regime change and the radical Muslim Brotherhood took root. In fact, Obama reluctantly joined airstrikes against Libya to help oust Gadhafi, only after Britain and France took the lead.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has killed over 100,000 civilians and displaced nearly 6 million Syrian refugees. Obama took no action, kept redrawing red lines in the sand with Assad and outsourced diplomacy to Russian President Vladimir. America’s lack of diplomacy with Ukraine when it was trying to join the European Union further emboldened Putin to invade Crimea, start a war to takeover Ukraine which lead Russian separatists to bomb a commercial airliner.

Finally, the Middle East is in tatters with a war raging between Israel and the Palestinians because Obama will not unequivocally denounce Hamas as a terrorist organization and assure Israel “America is coming to help,” as he told the Iraqis. One reason Obama gave for striking Iraq was he was protecting American lives against terrorists yet he condemns Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for defending Israelis against terrorist attacks from Hamas.

Obama said these airstrikes, about which he consulted with Congress for a change, are needed “to address this humanitarian crisis.” The president can spin this military action however he wants, but I’m sure “innocent people facing the prospect of violence on a horrific scale” in Gaza, Syria, Ukraine and other conflicts, which Obama has avoided, are thinking America cannot be counted on.

Obama channeled his inner Bush again, stating, “America has made the world a more secure and prosperous place,” but not under Obama’s presidency. In the president’s insistence America take a back seat on the international stage, bad actors have filled the void and the world is in upheaval.

There was a time when “people all over the world looked to the United States to lead.” While the president professed and proclaimed, “We support our allies when they’re in danger,” Obama’s disdain for “upholding international norms” has made the world realize it can’t count on America anymore.

DC Defines Pepper Spray as a Firearm

Just when I thought the District of Columbia government couldn’t stoop to new lows of incompetence and non-sensical behavior, it does. Apparently, self-defense spray is defined as a firearm in DC and must be registered by its owner with the Metropolitan Police Department. I kid you not! You heard me correctly. The DC Police wants to make it even more difficult for people, especially women, in a town where it’s tortuous to purchase a gun to use in self-defense.

Recently, US District Judge Frederick J. Schulling Jr. ruled DC’s ban on people carrying guns in public was unconstitutional. Yet, DC lawmakers and the Police department demonstrate a tenacity for trying to make it onerous for residents to legally defend themselves against maniacs.

How did I stumble upon this little gem of lunacy? My neighbor who lives in DC has an 18-year old daughter who decided it was probably a good idea that she carried some pepper spray to defend herself in the city and when she heads off to college in South Carolina later this month. She explained to me when she went to buy the pepper spray at the Ace Hardware store in the Tenley Town neighborhood of DC, the sales clerk handed her the “The District of Columbia Self-Defense Spray Registration Form” which is part of the Gun Control and Firearms Registration.

To say that she and her mother were perplexed and stunned by the request was an understatement. The law requires a person be a minimum of 18 years old or older to own self-defense sprays because I guess it wouldn’t make any sense to allow teenagers to defend themselves against predators and the like.

The DC law governing this “firearm” specifies only sprays consisting of permissible ingredients may be used in the city.

“However, under D.C. Official Code § 7-2502.12, the only legal types of self-defense sprays are “a mixture of a lacrimator including chloroacetophenone, alphacloracetophenone, phenylchloromethylketone, orthochlorobenazalm-alononitrile or oleoresin capsicum.”

And then the law goes onto note that: “A person may use a self-defense spray only as reasonable force to defend themselves or their property and only if the self-defense spray meets the requirements above.”

When a DC police officer arrives at a crime scene where a woman has defended herself with pepper spray against rape from a male assailant, I wonder if the officer examines the spray to ensure it “meets the requirements”? Fines for the illegal sale or possession of self-defense sprays in DC can be up to $1000 or a year in jail.

Like many liberal run cities such as New York and Chicago, the pervasive wisdom of DC lawmakers believes the bad guys should have the right to bear arms illegally but law abiding citizens should not have the right to legally bear arms, in fact let’s burden them with red-tape! Additionally, liberal DC council members and the DC police department believes they should make it as difficult as possible for law abiding DC residents to defend themselves against attack.

In 2008, after the United States Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that DC’s gun ban was unconstitutional, the District remained determined to make it challenging to own a gun legally. Reporter Emily Miller wrote in her book “Emily Gets Her Gun” about her nightmare journey to becoming a gun-owner in DC.

DC only allows one business, CS Exchange , to sell firearms in the city and only has a little over 30 firearms instructors certified by the Metropolitan Police Department to teach safety classes. Why make it easy to own a gun legally?

Responding to the recent federal judge ruling on the district’s open carry ban, DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier said:

“When Heller came out in 2008, people said ‘Oh, street crime’s going to go down.’ Well Heller only allows you to have a handgun in your home, and guess what happened Burglaries went up. So I don’t know if there’s any valid debate on the crime side.”

According to Police Chief Lanier’s logic, criminals should have unfettered access to firepower but as crime goes up, law abiding DC residents should be forced to go through hoops to buy guns and mere pepper spray to defend themselves. Because anything else makes too much common sense to liberals like Lanier.

 

 

‘Acting white’ and being black?

First Published July 24, 2014 on CNN.com

There’s no “authentic” way to be black, President Barack Obama told a group.

For once, I agree with the President.

Speaking at a town hall event this week about his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, the President gave blacks permission to be individuals, rejecting the idiotic notion that speaking proper English and being successful in life is “acting white.” As if any person of any race with two grains of sense would think this is logical.

During the event, Obama was asked by a young Native American man, “How is the United States government helping American Indian people revitalize their language and culture?”

Obama responded: “What’s great about America is the way that we all take these different cultures and we make one culture out of it.”

Obama said that it is important for Americans to know their roots and where they come from, but not be held hostage by our cultures from advancing in life.

Then, Obama got real. He talked about how black Americans use this “group think” psychology to bully other blacks, keep them from expressing themselves as individuals and stop them from assimilating into the broader culture of America.

“Sometimes African-Americans, in communities where I’ve worked, there’s been the notion of ‘acting white’ — which sometimes is overstated,” he told the group. “But there’s an element of truth to it, where, OK, if boys are reading too much, then, well, why are you doing that? Or why are you speaking so properly? And the notion that there’s some authentic way of being black, that if you’re going to be black you have to act a certain way and wear a certain kind of clothes, that has to go. There are many different ways for African-American men to be authentic.”

He went on to use his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, as an example 

“If you look at Michelle, she grew up South Side. And her mom still lives in a neighborhood where gunshots go off, and it can be rough where Michelle grew up. But she’ll talk proper when she needs to. Now, you also don’t want to get on her wrong side, because she can translate that into a different vernacular. But my point is, is that you don’t have to act a certain way to be authentic.”

I rolled my eyes in disgust, remembering all the times in my life that phrase has been hurled at me from other blacks.

Growing up, I wasn’t raised in a home where we “talked or acted black” — speaking broken English, neck jerking and behaving like the black stereotypes we see in some of the Tyler Perry movies. So, I was shocked to encounter such nonsense when I attended Georgetown University as an undergraduate.

Most of the black students — who generally all hung out in the same pack, eating, studying and socializing exclusively together — informed me I was an “Uncle Tom,” not really black because I chose to have an integrated experience at Georgetown.

One of the biggest sins I committed was refusing to eat at the all-black cafeteria tables in the various dorms. I would wonder, if you only want to socialize with black students, then why not just attend a predominantly black college?

My freshman year, I went to a dance with a white guy from my class. When he came by my dorm room to pick me up, two black girls from across the hall stared and snickered, uttering something along the lines that I wanted to be white so bad.

Really?

The next day the same girls heckled me again about my date. Tired of dealing with their stupidity, I walked over and told them I would continue to do whatever I wanted. Instead of being so concerned with my life and who I was dating, they should be concerned with their own.

I have never been counseled on how to act black. And I never will.

More recently, my blackness was questioned by Keli Goff during an appearance on CNN last week. The two of us were discussing the illegal immigration crisis and Goff didn’t like the argument I made. So she tried to insult me.

“So what I’m saying is, Crystal, I mean I don’t know if you identify as African-American. I do, but if you drop me off in Africa I couldn’t speak the language.”

Clearly, Goff missed the President’s memo. There is no litmus test for being black.

Detroit Residents of All Colors Need to Pay Their Water Bills

There’s nothing in the United States Constitution stating Americans have the right not to pay their bills. In fact, the Declaration of Independence, which gave birth to our nation, notes the only unalienable rights we have are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Yet thousands of Detroit residents think they have the right not to pay their water bills and demand their water remain on. About 80,000 residential water accounts are past due to the tune of $43 million. The audacity of freeloaders!

Detroit is an $18 billion bankrupt mess, struggling quite literally to keep the lights on and provide basic services to residents like police protection and emergency services. A year ago, about 40% of the cities 88,000 street lamps didn’t work and half of the cities 78,0000 abandoned buildings were declared dangerous.

All this thanks to decades of liberals mismanaging the city, growing its debt but not its revenue. Clearly, every penny the city’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr can find is critical.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department shut off service to a fraction of the non-payers, about 7,000, triggering hoards of protestors to storm Detroit declaring the shutoffs racist and that “water is a human right.”

Having access to water in your home like owning a home is only a right when you pay for it. It’s not a human right, neither is owning a car or a cellphone or having Internet access. But it’s no surprise under presidency of President Barack Obama that many Americans feel entitled not to pay their bills. Since his election in 2008, Obama has engaged in class warfare, vilifying the rich and people who work hard to pay their bills so others don’t have to.

The most obnoxious and ridiculous response has been from the attorney who filed the class action lawsuit on behalf of freeloading residents who haven’t paid their bills and the NAACP. Both cry that the water department is racist because mostly black people have been affected.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Veronica Joice cried the shutoffs “are being done in a discriminatory fashion; and they should at least take a look at whether there’s a better way to do this that doesn’t affect the most vulnerable citizens — the majority of whom are African American here in Detroit.”

The class action lawyer, Alice Jennings, took things a step further and alleged white owned companies owing huge water bills weren’t paying their bills either but also didn’t get their water cut off. Contrary to this race baiting bluster, according to Detroit’s water department, corporations like Chrysler received shut off notices and ponied up “millions in overdue bills.”

If more blacks aren’t paying their water bills than whites, how is it racist for the water department to demand the bills be paid? Sounds to me like black residents of Detroit expect to be treated differently when they break the rules solely because of their race. How is this fair?

Many black liberals are taking their cues from President Barack Obama and his US Attorney General Eric Holder who always seem to blame racism on the president’s inability to work with Republicans in Congress and get his agenda done. They think, “If it works for them, it can work for us.”

Obama’s policies also have eviscerated any notion of personal responsibility or self-reliance. From mortgage forgiveness programs to student loan debt, if Americans have a financial obligation they don’t want to pay, Obama seems to have a program for it. Policies like these encourage irresponsibility and the idea the government is always there as a back stop to walking away form one’s obligations. That isn’t the American way, where we all are created equal to have equal opportunities not equal outcomes.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department was forced to increase the water rate by 8.7% due to customers refusing to pay their bills. For those people who genuinely experience financial hardship, the Water department offers a Water Affordability Program to help pay their bills.

I bet the majority of people in Detroit not paying their water bills aren’t delinquent on their cable and cellphone bills. It’s called priorities. The cold hard truth is someone always has to pay for the people who don’t. That’s what a government subsidy is, money taken from working taxpayers to support others who don’t work as hard or not at all. Compassion and charity should be reserved for people who truly need it. Not every Tom, Dick and Harry.

 

 

When is it ever OK to call the President the n-word?

NY Newspaper Under Fire for Calling President Obama the N-Word in Headline

First published July 8, 2014 on CNN.com

Martin Luther King Jr. fought and died so blacks would no longer be viewed as inferior but rather enjoy the same inherent rights given to whites in America.

Yet in 2014, 50 years since the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the West View News thinks it’s appropriate to publish a story about our first black president, Barack Obama, with the headline, “The Nigger in the White House.”

Oh, the times we are living in.

All I could do was feel sick to my stomach when I read the headline that the monthly newspaper serving Manhattan’s Lower West Side published. And it brought up the pain my family went through nearly four decades ago.

Not only is the word reprehensible but also why would an editor of a newspaper use the n-word in a headline about America’s first black president?

As a black woman who is a dogged critic of Obama’s policies and his presidency and also happens to be the daughter of parents who grew up in the segregated South and were called that word, I find the headline disgusting and reprehensible to say about the nation’s first black President, even if the author claimed he was actually writing in support of the President.

The article, written by an 86-year-old white man, James Lincoln Collier, supports Obama, noting, “far right voters hate Obama because he is black.”

“That was the whole point in this, that a great many people in the United States continue to think of President Obama as the n****r, and I wanted to make that point, that there’s a substantial amount of racism still existing in the United States,” Collier told CNN’s Don Lemon on Monday.

I guess Collier could be a liberal but in his heart still feels it is OK to use that word to describe Obama. Clearly, no political party owns racism and that’s just the problem.

For the record, I don’t think it’s OK for blacks to call each other the word either or for so-called black hip-hop artists to lace their music with the word like they’re saying the “hello.”

Still, despite all the major achievements of blacks before and since the Civil Rights movement, most notably the attaining the highest office in the land, many whites in this country have a deep-seated hatred toward blacks and will never view us as equal. They even think they are complimenting us when they call us that word. And at the end of the day, that’s all we’re considered, no matter what we do or accomplish.

In a pathetic attempt to defend using the headline, the West View News’ editor, George Capsis, told the New York Post:

“In this article, however, Jim reminded me that The New York Times avoids using the word which convinced me that West View should.”

Capsis defends his decision as wanting to be provocative and “out do” the Times. I think it’s more plain that. It seems the only way Capsis thought to praise a black President was to use a racist word to disparage him.

The entire incident shows how far America has to yet to go in race relations. Remember, this is 2014.

Not 1977. That’s when I was just a child and my parents had to sue the Salisbury Country Club in Chesterfield, Virginia, suburb of Richmond, Virginia, for denying them membership a private club in our neighborhood only because we were black.

It was then I learned about racism, specifically, that no matter what, some white people just hate black people for no other reason than the color of their skin.

My father (Dr. Thomas Wright Jr., an accomplished dentist) and mother (Barbara B. Wright) had moved into their dream home they had spent a year building and applied for membership to the club their kids could ride their bikes to and learn how to swim and play tennis.

But in the summer of 1977, the club’s all-white board of directors voted to reject my parents’ membership application. The all-white board also rejected the family of NFL all-pro star Willie Lanier. The club had no black members and no white applicant had ever been denied membership to the club.

Part of the reason my parents built a home in Salisbury was because the real estate developers of the subdivision advertised homeowners could enjoy club membership. They just failed to mention it was a perk available to “white-only homeowners.”

After my parents got rejected, one of the co-developers, J. Kenneth Timmons, sent a letter to the Salisbury Country Club board of directors congratulating them on a job well-done and told them to “continue to act in the same responsible way,” according to June 5, 1980, Richmond Times-Dispatch article “Club Fight Tires Black Dentist.”

Like the author in the West View News, Timmons didn’t use the n-word to refer to my parents in the body of his letter. But he may as well have because that’s how he viewed them.

After a lower court ruled against my parents, they appealed to the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which unanimously ruled on September 30, 1980, my parents had been discriminated against.

My parents never joined the club. It wasn’t about the membership. It was about respect and teaching their three children about doing what was right and “responsible.”

Just before the ruling was handed down, my father was quoted saying:

“You can’t believe it’s 1980, and they’re still doing this thing.”

Sadly, it’s 2014 and Dad, they’re still doing the same thing, only this time to the President of the United States.

What GOP can learn from Cochran’s use of blacks to win

First published July 1, 2014 on cnn.com

(CNN) — Black voters allowed themselves to be used by Sen. Thad Cochran to win the Republican primary runoff for Mississippi’s U.S. Senate seat.

Cochran beat state Sen. Chris McDaniel by targeting black Democrats and getting them to vote for him in a tight race. It was a brilliant political strategy in a state that allows open primaries, where voters can cross party lines to vote. It also showed blacks — and the Republican Party that ignores them — that black voters can wield political influence.

Cochran won the runoff by a little over 6,000 votes. The runoff was triggered because no candidate garnered 50% of the vote in the first primary, which Cochran lost to McDaniel by some 1,000 votes.

But make no mistake, Cochran appealed to black Democratic voters out of desperation. When was the last time we heard Cochran reaching out to ask for the black vote in the last six terms he’s served as senator?

Cochran’s campaign suggested McDaniel was a tea party radical. The tea party has become code for “racist” among many black Americans, who overwhelmingly vote Democratic. Black Democratic voters allowed themselves to be exploited by Cochran’s boogeyman — the tea party nonsense — without looking into the policies and records of each candidate.

McDaniel was a conservative candidate opposed to illegal immigration, which harms black Americans. The black unemployment rate has been higher than the national average for the past five years and blacks often compete for the same jobs as undocumented workers.

Refusing to concede the election, McDaniel and other conservatives said Cochran played dirty politics by reaching out to black Democrats to win. It’s true these same voters will likely vote for the Democratic nominee in the fall. But I suspect McDaniel is just angry he didn’t think of the idea first.

It was distasteful to see conservatives like Laura Ingraham accuse Cochran of race-baiting because he decided to ask black Democrats to vote for him. How is asking blacks to cast a vote for you race-baiting?

While I don’t agree with how Cochran won and wish blacks were more informed about their vote, Cochran bothered to ask blacks to vote for him, something that apparently makes some Republicans cringe.

Even the Democrat-dominated Congressional Black Caucus has now applauded his use of blacks to win. Go figure.

Many blacks would say the Republican Party only works in earnest for the white vote. Presidential nominee Mitt Romney did a good job of winning the majority of the white vote (60%) in 2012, but he lost the election because he ignored the minority and woman voters — that is, he hardly bothered to ask for their votes.

This Mississippi primary race is a harbinger of what can happen to the GOP in future national elections if Republicans continue to ignore the black vote.

They will lose.

Instead of allowing themselves to vote solely based on misleading headlines and misinformation, blacks need to be voting based upon candidates’ positions on issues and how they affect them.

Come November, I doubt Cochran will really care about earning the black vote and taking the Republican message of equal opportunity and economic empowerment to blacks. Blacks just believed the hype about McDaniel being a racist and didn’t dig any deeper.

Cochran will run in the general election ignoring black voters, just as the GOP has done for the past 40 years. This isn’t a watershed moment. It’s another example of blacks throwing away their political influence — as they have on the Democratic Party since 1964 — and getting nothing in return.

Cochran demonstrates what many black conservatives already know: GOP candidates will only reach out to black voters, kicking and screaming, as a last resort to win.

This isn’t the path to future Republican victories in truly competitive national races in a country where census data show the white population declining while minorities are growing.

The big takeaway from the Cochran win is that Republicans had better get serious.