Rhetoric Race and Religion: Hip-Hop, Religion & The Black Church

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Hip-Hop, Religion & The Black Church

Watch as R3 Blogger Ebony A. Utley chops it up with Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal, Monica R. Miller, and Emmett G. Price III.

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The Case Against Romney — Daily Intel



From a certain perspective, there is an understandable and even admirable elitism at work. Romney truly believes in his own abilities and — unlike George W. Bush, who was handed every professional success in his life — has justification for his confidence. He is a highly intelligent, accomplished individual.

via The Case Against Romney — Daily Intel.

Civil Rights Icon Joseph Lowery Says “All Whites Going to Hell” Over “Hatred and Bitterness” in Presidential Campaign | The Hinterland Gazette

Civil Rights Icon Joseph Lowery Says “All Whites Going to Hell” Over “Hatred and Bitterness”

 Civil Rights Icon Joseph Lowery Says All Whites Going to Hell Over Hatred and Bitterness in Presidential Campaign

Civil Rights Icon Joseph Lowery Says “All Whites Going to Hell” Over “Hatred and Bitterness” in Presidential Campaign (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Civil rights icon Joseph Lowery is making waves after he said all “white people are going to hell” because of the “level of hatred and bitterness” inthe presidential campaign. That’s very harsh considering that he wouldn’t want a white person to say all blacks are going to hell. Lowery made the comments at a weekend rally in Forsyth, Ga. He also said “I don’t know what kind of a nigger wouldn’t vote with a black man running.” Um, really Mr. Lowery? Senility setting in?

via Civil Rights Icon Joseph Lowery Says “All Whites Going to Hell” Over “Hatred and Bitterness” in Presidential Campaign | The Hinterland Gazette.

Sibel Edmonds’ Boiling Frogs Post | Home of the Irate Minority

The Virtual Recovery

Tuesday, 30. October 2012

“The Federal Reserve represents the banksters, not the American public!”

virtual1Since mid-2009 the US has been enjoying a virtual recovery courtesy of a rigged inflation measure that understates inflation. The financial Prostitutes spoon out the government’s propaganda that prices are rising less than 2%. But anyone who purchases food, fuel, medical care or anything else knows that low inflation is no more real that Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction or Gadhafi’s alleged attacks on Libyan protesters or Iran’s nuclear weapons. Everything is a lie to serve the power-brokers.

During the Clinton administration, Republican economists pushed through a change in the way the CPI is measured in order to save money by depriving Social Security retirees of their cost-of-living adjustment. Previously, the CPI measured the change in the cost of a constant standard of living. The new measure assumes that consumers adjust to price increases by lowering their standard of living by substituting lower quality, lower priced items. If the price, for example, of New York strip steak goes up, consumers are assumed to substitute the lower quality round steak. In other words, the new measure of inflation keeps inflation

Statistician John Williams (shadowstats.com), who closely follows the collecting and reporting of official US economic statistics, reports that consumer inflation, as measured by the 1990 official government methodology has been running at about 5%. If the 1980 official methodology for measuring the CPI is used, John Williams reports that the current rate of US inflation is about 9%.

via Sibel Edmonds’ Boiling Frogs Post | Home of the Irate Minority.

Tracking the Storm – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com

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    Schools to Stay Closed, Bloomberg Says; Subways Out ‘4 or 5 Days’

    The New York City subway system will remain shut for “a good four or five days” and schools will remain closed on Wednesday, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said.

    Mr. Bloomberg said he hoped that some bus service would be restored in the city by Tuesday afternoon.

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    Cuomo Raises Possibility of Building Levee in Harbor

    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York on Tuesday raised the possibility of building a levee in New York in the aftermath of major flooding in Lower Manhattan and other parts of the city.

    “It is something we’re going to have to start thinking about,” Mr. Cuomo said. ”The construction of this city did not anticipate these kinds of situations. We are only a few feet above sea level. The flooding in downtown Manhattan was really extraordinary and unlike anything I had seen.”

  • Homes Destroyed in Breezy Point, Queens


    Damage caused by a fire at Breezy Point is shown on Tuesday.Frank Franklin Ii/Associated Press Damage caused by a fire at Breezy Point is shown on Tuesday.

via Tracking the Storm – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com.

Florida Early Voters Show Up in Huge Numbers Despite Suppression Effort – COLORLINES

As the St. John Progressive Missionary Baptist Church vans pulled up to the C. Blythe Andrews library polling place to let congregants out to vote, a line already snaked out the voting entrance. A table was set up on one end of the libary’s parking lot where volunteers served fried fish and hush puppies. A DJ blared gospel music that could be heard blocks away. It was after-church Sunday, the first and only Sunday of “Souls to the Polls” in most of Florida, and the second day of early voting. Here in Tampa, early voters, and black voters in particular had already made their statement.

soulstothepolls_103012.jpgDespite setbacks such as Gov. Rick Scott’s HB 1355, which undercut voter registration drives, reinstated harsh felony voting restrictions and his notorious purge program, voters turned out in record numbers this past weekend: over a half-million people cast early votes statewide by Monday morning. In Hillsborough County, 36,702 early votes Saturday and Sunday—roughly 2,500 of those cast at the C. Blythe Andrews site in Tampa’s historically black College Hill neighborhood. As of last night, over 55,000 voted early.

These numbers far outweighed the historic 2008 election here, when less than 17,000 turned out for the first weekend of early voting, 1,248 at Andrews (then called College Hill Library). Back then, those were considered remarkable numbers. This year, they’ve almost doubled that, despite the odds against them.

After dismal voter turnout numbers in 2010, the year Scott was elected, Get Out The Vote advocates re-tooled and put together an aggressive canvassing strategy that made sure people were registered and “knew their status”—making sure their address was updated, and that any felony convictions were cleared up. In 2008, African-American voters were self-motivated, hype about the prospect of not only electing the first black president, but also finally undoing the eight years of economic and political ruin of George W. Bush.

“I don’t think there was a GOTV strategy in 2010,” says Belinthia Berry, a political strategist who works with the NAACP and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, who was on hand for the Souls to the Polls outing at Andrews. “This year we really made a conscious effort to actually canvass, knock on doors—people actually know GOTV now, pushing people to vote, as opposed to 2010 when I didn’t even know. Nobody knocked on my door or pushed me to vote.”




Florida Early Voters Show Up in Huge Numbers Despite Suppression Effort – COLORLINES.

EXCLUSIVE: Romney Campaign Training Poll Watchers To Mislead Voters In Wisconsin | ThinkProgress

Obama Administration Puts Debt Collectors Under Federal Supervision For First Time in History


Debt collectors are notorious for using hard knuckeld tactics to get consumers to pay their debts. Most recently, a disabled veteran was told by a debt collector that he should’ve died in the war since he couldn’t pay his debt.   But for the first time in American history, the debt collectors are coming under federal control. Meaning that very soon , debt collectors will be monitored by a federal government agency.






Allgov.com reports:

 Starting in January, theconsumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will oversee large debt collection agencies and work to prevent the use of aggressive tactics against Americans struggling to pay off loans and other monies they owe. About 30 million Americans are currently being pursued by debt collectors, with the average amount coming in at $1,500.


The biggest question is what kind of latitude the CFPB will have over the debt collectors and whether the organization will have any real power. Many people believe that if the agency had been headed up by Elizabeth Warren, who is now running for Senate in Massachusetts, the administration would’ve had a much better chance at being effective.  Obama passed Warren over for leadership position at the new agency.


Richard Cordray, the CFPB’s director, said, “Sometimes collection methods involve harassment or deception, and they are typically illegal. Intimidation, abusive tactics, profane language, or threats of arrest are widely known to be out of bounds. Even placing certain kinds of calls–such as calls at unusual hours–is unacceptable and against the law. Wherever we find unlawful practices, we will take steps to eliminate them, thereby helping to protect consumers and, again, supporting those collectors that take care to comply with the law.”



EXCLUSIVE: Romney Campaign Training Poll Watchers To Mislead Voters In Wisconsin | ThinkProgress.