Thursday, July 27, 2017

Al Sharpton

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Al Sharpton

Al Sharpton thinks highly of himself these days. The race crusader sat down for breakfast in Harlem with presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Sanders, a self-professed socialist, is of course aiming for the black vote and Sharpton appears to be happy to play the role of kingmaker.

The slim Sharpton posed for photos with Sanders to post to Twitter:

Note that the men posed directly in front of a photo of Barack Obama chowing down on ribs with a hefty version of Al . . . and of course Sharpton had to point it out in his tweet.

Sharpton’s days of representing the black vote have been on the decline since the 1980’s when the rotund Rev took a literal beat down at the hands of Roy Innis.

And that’s literal.

Innis, a black leader of conservative values appeared on the Morton Downey Show with Sharpton. Those who were around and aware of Downey’s show know that it was hands down the most entertaining political and cultural show in history – it makes Meet the Press look like a sleep study.

The appearance of Innis and Sharpton in the 80’s represents the decline of Sharpton’s influence over the minds of intelligent black voters.

Watch the video here. If you want to skip to the fun stuff, go to the 6:40 mark and watch Innis put Sharpton in his place:

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Racist antagonist Al Sharpton took to the podium this week to complain about the lack of diversity of Academy Award nominees.

The Oscar nominations were released earlier this week and no African Americans were included in the nominations of the top 20 actors.

Sharpton, the community activist turned talk show host, told the media, “Hollywood is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher up you get the whiter it gets.”

The Reverend Al continued his rant on Twitter:

Notably missing from Sharpton’s rant was recommendations of black actors who deserved recognition.

“Black” movies that qualified for this years Oscars included “The Wedding Ringer,” Will Smith’s “Focus,” “Magic Mike XXL,” and “Straight Outta Compton.”

Sharpton also failed to complain about the lack of diversity with the Heisman Trophy awards, where a disproportionate five of the last eight winners of the award were black.

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MSNBC is putting their morning talk show host, Al Sharpton, out to pasture–his show will now air on Sunday mornings at 8:00am.

That’s quite the demotion: his show previously aired at 6pm on weekdays–it’s now moving from five shows a week to just one show a week, and now at a time where hardly anyone is watching TV.

Of course, both MSNBC and Sharpton tried to spin it as a positive thing:

“I want to congratulate Al and his team,” said MSNBC president Phil Griffin in a memo. “For four years they have done a terrific job bringing his voice and a big spotlight to issues of justice, civil rights and equality. And as many of you know, The Rev never missed a show. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do with a Sunday morning newsmaker program.”

Sharpton has been a controversial choice for MSNBC almost since the onset. He has a long history not as a media pundit, but as a racial agitator–dating all the way back to the fight that catapulted him into becoming a household name: defending Tawana Brawley after her alleged 1987 rape, which was later proved to be a hoax.

Sharpton’s reputation on the Left and in black communities was an asset to MSNBC, largely because he was seen as part of their critical rebranding into a deeply liberal news station.

Their liberal bent helped them overtake competitor CNN as the second-ranked cable news provider in the country, though they often still ranked far belong industry leader, Fox News.

However, in recent months, MSNBC has faltered in the ratings. A number of shows have been axed, and a number of once-promising pundits have been fired or demoted–and, clearly, Sharpton is on his way out as well.

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One year ago today, a young man named Mike Brown robbed a convenient store and was stopped by a police officer shortly after the crime. What happened next left “Big Mike” dead and ruined a police officer’s life. There was no winner that tragic day.

The death and controversy surrounding the officer’s actions sparked national debate about police and race relations, but also fueled a rage in Ferguson. Riots, looting and fires engulfed the community.

Al Sharpton was one of the first and foremost people fanning the flames. Promoting his National Action Network didn’t help the situation.

Many firmly believe that Sharpton was there to benefit himself and not Michael Brown or his family.

James O’Keefe reported for Project Veritas that Sharpton was in it for the money. O’Keefe released the viral underground video with the family of Eric Garner and community members in Ferguson talking about why Sharpton was in their town.

One year later, after the Justice Department and a grand jury said that there was not enough evidence to charge the officer in the shooting of Michael Brown, guess who is back in Ferguson?

Despite extremely volatile racial relations between police and their communities all though the United States, Al Sharpton decided to head back to Ferguson to get back in the spotlight.

Al Sharpton is in Ferguson Missouri for the anniversary of Michael Brown’s tragic death to declare, “As of today, no justice has been served in regards to this case.”

Al Sharpton is simply causing trouble. He clearly doesn’t believe the old adage, “the best way to avoid being hit by a car is to not walk in the street.”

Going back to Ferguson and declaring that the fight is not over and that there is no justice is just another attempt to raise money and raise awareness for Al Sharpton.

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Donald Trump might no longer be hosting “The Apprentice”–but he did get to tell someone, “You’re fired!”

Trump’s campaign adviser, Sam Nunberg, was fired over the weekend after it came to light that he had written several racially insensitive Facebook posts in 2008 and 2009.

Nunberg’s post were targeted at MSNBC host and racial agitator Al Sharpton, and President Barack Obama.

“meeting Rev. Sharpton today, no joke… will tell him that his daughter is n—!”

“so the NFL will allow murderers, dog kills, and men that beat their wives to play, but won’t allow Rush Limbaugh to have a minority stake in a team–no that will be Rev. Sharpton Justice YO!”

Nunberg initially denied that he had written the posts, and touted his record of diversity:

“I have a long record of working with diverse people,” he said. “And anything you are reporting on does not reflect anything on Mr. Trump or Mr. Trump’s campaign. I would also point out that all of these things were done before Mr. Trump’s campaign, if I even did them — which I deny.”

Unfortunately for Nunberg, Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski confirmed that Nunberg had authored the posts–and had been fired.

It’s unclear exactly what role Nunberg had in the campaign. Lewandowski, when announcing Nunberg’s firing, called him a “part-time, low-level staffer,” but previous information shows that Nunberg was allegedly Trump’s “right-hand” man.

Regardless of Nunberg’s specific job, it shows that even when working for a candidate who has made plenty of controversial remarks over the past weeks, even Donald Trump has his limits.

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The family of Eric Garner, who died in police custody following his arrest on charges of selling black market cigarettes on city streets, have been awarded a $5.9 million from New York City to settle the family’s wrongful-death claim in the Staten Island death last July the city comptroller and a lawyer for the family said.

The agreement, reached just days before the anniversary of Mr. Garner’s death, put to rest any potential legal battle that may have taken place even as a federal inquiry into the killing and several others at the state and local level remain open.

The settlement comes following a case that threatened to ignite street riots after two New York City police officers approached Mr. Garner on July 17, 2014 on a city sidewalk and accused him of selling untaxed cigarettes.

Garner, who was known to police for selling black market cigarettes and had arrested him for violating untaxed cigarette sales laws dozens of times, decided to resist arrest leading arresting officers to place him in a “chokehold” – a restraint technique prohibited under Police Department policy – to subdue him. The city medical examiner cited the chokehold as a cause of Mr. Garner’s death.

Despite the finding, a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer who used the chokehold fueled weeks of demonstrations – protests that ceased after two police officers in Brooklyn were fatally shot by a man who suggested he was avenging Garner’s death.

Garner’s relatives, including his widow, Esaw Garner, and his mother, Gwen Carr, filed a notice of claim against the city – a precursor step to filing a lawsuit. The notice said the family was seeking $75 million in damages which is when negotiations with city comptroller’s office began.

Speaking about the settlement, City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer said:

“Mr. Garner’s death is a touchstone in our city’s history and in the history of the entire nation.” “Financial compensation is certainly not everything, and it can’t bring Mr. Garner back. But it is our way of creating balance and giving a family a certain closure.”

The family had given the city a deadline of Friday, the anniversary of the death, to come to an agreement or the relatives would move forward with the lawsuit.

The agreement came after months of negotiations and is among the biggest settlements ever reached between claimants and the city. It is Mr. Stringer’s practice to settle major civil rights claims even before a lawsuit is filed. His aim is to save taxpayers the expense, and families the pain, of a long legal process.

Garner’s relatives were expected to discuss the settlement at the Harlem offices of the National Action Network, led by the Rev. Al Sharpton. “This is not about people getting money,” Mr. Sharpton said on Monday. “This is about justice. We’ve got to restructure our police departments and how we deal with policing nationwide.”

There was no mention of the revenge deaths of two police officers who were killed assassination style last December while sitting in a police car on an otherwise quite Brooklyn street.

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In a televised interview earlier this week, Fox New host Greta Van Susteren asked Hartford, Connecticut Pastor Marcus Mosiah Jarvis why he made a point of calling out the “Rev.” Al Sharpton as a “pimp” following a peace rally that ended at Shiloh Baptist church.

Pastor Jarvis, who is black, said that all of the attendees at the rally and march were demonstrating against violence in the community. Jarvis said it was an open event and he supposed that Sharpton showed up to bring some attention to the plight in the city of Hartford.

What happened next took Pastor Jarvis aback. Jarvis said:

“But once the rally and the march was ended, there was a gathering at Shiloh Baptist church and there was a offering or a demand for money, and I thought that that was hypocritical and contradictory to the cause.”

“How are you going to ask a crime riddled neighborhood that’s impoverished $400 each donation and – without cause, it didn’t say what the money was going to be used for. And so I thought it was pimp at him as its best.”

Susteren asked if Jarvis knew Sharpton was aware of the fact that he called him a “pimp” and whether Sharpton responded to the comment.

Pastor Jarvis answered “Actually, no. Nobody has – I have not heard anything from Reverend Al Sharpton…”

“I do know that, you know they are trying to be silenced by having me taken off the air, but the most – the really most important issue is that we, as pastors need to come together in the community to fix our own problems.

And we don’t necessarily need outside intervention or marches that really, are not going to produce any type of solid results as to fighting crime and creating employment and jobs and a neighborhood that’s rife with poverty.”

Susteren responded by saying:

You know, pastor, I’m so happy to meet you. We had a pastor on last week from Chicago. There are so many great, you know African-American leaders and pastors in these communities who are really trying to help in their communities.

For the life of me, I can’t figure out why President Obama has continued to work with Reverend Al Sharpton as a representative of these communities when they have – when he has in some communities he is not been a wide member and – well, he owes almost five million dollars (in taxes) according to the New York Times to the IRS. It’s a scofflaw, yet he is the one they turn to. Why?

Jarvis said he couldn’t answer that question but that it was a question he had asked himself. Jarvis added that “we can do better as far as representation of the African-American community…”

I can’t say, you know I can’t say he is all bad, we all have — you know, the bible says for all has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. I can just say in this one incident and it’s something that prevalent for some reason in the church that needs to be addressed.

Is that we do have some Sharpton’s and some pimps in the pulpit that want to feed off the sheep, you know. Ezekiel 34 says warn to the shepherds who feed of my sheep, instead they should feed the sheep.

What we need in the urban neighborhoods is economic development plan coming from the church, coming from the pulpit. Credited preparation, credit repair, home ownership, business entrepreneurship, these are the things that we need.

We do not need”… “Marches or political grandstanding by outsiders, as just to whatever it is, whatever their own agenda is. We don’t need media attention. We need solid citizens put in place to address these issues.

Susteren concluded her interview by telling Pastor Jarvis that she was happy to meet him and that his community is very lucky to have him adding that I hope people are listening and to you because you have some great ideas.

Before signing off, Jarvis was quick to give credit where credit is due saying:

I also would like to say that Pastor Dion Watkins at Mount Olive does have programs that he has put in place to do just the very things that I’m speaking of and I just mentioned that I would mention him.

(He) will part of the rally, and again, my end result to all of this would be, that for all of us as pastors and clergymen as the body of Christ will sit down together as brothers and reconcile our differences and come up with sound systems to help our neighborhoods and our communities.”

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First, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby said that she shared solidarity with Baltimore rioters over the police custody death of Freddy Gray… said that “our time” has come… and that she shared the “Rev.” Al Sharpton’s call for “No Justice, No Peace”.

Then, after making these political statements from the public podium, she took less than a day to review the Freddy Gray case file before charging six Baltimore police officers with multiple felonies including second-degree murder and manslaughter in the case.

Then she asked the presiding judge to issue a gag order to silence witnesses, police investigators, the defendants and their attorneys in the case.

Now she has filed a motion for a protective order with the court to keep the results of the Freddie Gray autopsy secret. According to the Baltimore Sun:

“Gray’s autopsy was released only to Mosby’s office, as required by state law. The Baltimore police department, which was conducting a parallel investigation at the same time Mosby’s investigators were conducting one of their own, was not provided the results of the autopsy.

If Mosby’s request for the protective order is granted, only the state’s attorney’s office and defense attorneys would be allowed to view the autopsy results and any other new filings in the case.”

Ivan Bates, the attorney for Alicia White, the lone female officer charged in the case, told the Sun that Mosby’s motion indicates:

“…there is something in that autopsy report that they are trying to hide.”

“Mrs. Mosby is the one who did an announcement discussing what she said the evidence was in a nationally televised speech, and now that it is time to turn over the evidence, to ask for a protective order is beyond disingenuous…” “It’s as if she wants to do everything to make sure our clients do not get a fair trial.”

“Nobody would know anything but the state and the defense, so they would totally hide it from the public,” he added. “If your case is as good as you said it was, why don’t you just show the evidence?”

“You can’t holler and say, ‘I’m about accountability for the citizens,’ and then run around filing for a protective order.”

An autopsy report – a document often but not always released to the public – would shed light on how Freddie Gray was injured in the back of a police paddy wagon on his way to booking and why he died in the hospital on April 19 – a week after his arrest.

The question everyone is asking, including the news media, is why all the secrecy?

Why is Mosby, who politicized the investigation and brought into question her ability to impartially investigate and prosecute the case, trying to keep the truth about what happened from leaking out?

Is it because the report would back up police accounts of how Freddie Gray was injured?

Is it because the truth would spoil the “race war storyline” that the “Rev.” Al Sharpton wrote for her – a storyline that Mosby endorsed from her bully pulpit despite the fact that Baltimore has a “minority majority” police department and that three of the officers accused in the death are black?

To lay these questions to rest, Gene Ryan, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 sent a letter to Mosby asking her to recuse herself from the investigation and appoint a “Special Independent Prosecutor” in the Freddie Gray case.

In his letter, Ryan writes:

“I have very deep concerns about the many conflicts of interest presented by your office conducting an investigation in this case.”

“These conflicts include your personal and professional relations with Gray family attorney, William Murphy, and the lead prosecutor’s connections with members of the local media…” “Based on several nationally televised interviews, these reporters are likely to be witnesses in any potential litigation regarding this incident.”

“Most importantly, it is clear that your husband’s political future will be directly impacted, for better or worse, by the outcome of your investigation…”

“In order to avoid any appearance of impropriety or a violation of the Professional Rules of Professional Responsibility, I ask that you appoint a Special Prosecutor to determine whether or not any charges should be filed.”

The letter continued:

“We recognize that there are many dimensions to this situation: the public sentiments – on all sides; the investigation being conducted by your office; the internal police investigation; and a necessary review of the tools, equipment, and resources afforded to Baltimore police officers in order to carry out their sworn duty as police officers.”

The letter also states that the officers involved in the case are “sincerely saddened by Mr. Gray’s passing” adding:

“They are all committed police officers who have dedicated their careers to the Baltimore City Police Department…” “And that has been lost in all of the publicity. All death is tragic. And death associated with interaction with police is both shocking and frightening to the public.”

“Each of the officers diligently balanced their obligations to protect Mr. Gray and discharge their duties to protect the public,” the letter states. “I have full faith in your professional integrity.

While I have the utmost respect for you and your office, I have very deep concerns about the many conflicts of interest presented by your office conducting an investigation in this case.”

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Dominique Sharpton, daughter of world-class shakedown artist Al Sharpton, is suing New York City because she sprained her ankle last October on the corner of Broome Street and Broadway in New York City.

According to her lawsuit, she $5 million from the city for being “severely injured, bruised and wounded” when she tripped over uneven pavement at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway downtown last year and that taxpayers need to compensate her for the pain and inconvenience caused by the sprain.

According to a New York Post report, Ms. Sharpton is:

“Currently on vacation in Bali, the membership director for her gadfly dad’s National Action Network claims she “still suffers and will continue to suffer for some time physical pain and bodily injuries,” according to the suit filed against the city departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection.”

“And despite claiming “permanent physical pain” in a breathless notice of claim in December, at around the same time there were social-media shots of her in high heels and fancy dresses and climbing a ladder to decorate a Christmas tree.”

In her lawsuit, Ms. Sharpton wants to be compensated for “loss of quality of life, future pain and suffering, future medical bills, [and] future diminution of income.”

In the weeks that followed the tumble, Ms. Sharpton was seen in a walking boot but by December, she seemed well enough to participate in the National Action Network’s “Justice for All” march in Washington, DC as well as a New Year’s Eve trip to Miami Beach. Photo’s also show her climbing a ladder to decorate a Christmas tree.

Broken sidewalks, rough pavement, potholes and other street hazards can be a windfall for pedestrians. One woman, Denise Giles, won a $2.25 million settlement from the city after suing the city’s Health and Hospitals Corp. for failing to fix a broken sidewalk outside one of its clinics.

Her claim was one of 885 that were settled by the city over the past two years for a total of $60 million. Ms. Sharpton said she fell in a crosswalk making her complaint a “defective roadway” claim. Other injuries described by Ms. Sharpton include:

“…internal and external injuries to the whole body, lower and upper limbs, the full extent of which are unknown, permanent pain and mental anguish.”

Ms. Sharpton wants to be compensated “loss of quality of life, future pain and suffering, future medical bills, [and] future diminution of income,” according to court papers.

Sharpton’s lawyer, John Elefterakis, said his client had:

“…multiple ligament and tendon tears” and “has not had any involvement in selecting a figure that would be fair and adequate compensation for her pain and suffering. The number was selected by my firm and is meant as a safeguard for Ms. Sharpton in a worst-case scenario.”

Ms. Sharpton may have gravely hurt her claim by using social media like Twitter and Instagram to describe her travel and her activities following the alleged accident in addition to a “lol” (laugh out loud) comment describing her lawsuit she posted on social media.

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In a video posted Thursday by the Baltimore Sun, America’s leading race merchant “Rev.” Al Sharpton stepped up his demand that the federal government takeover state and local police departments across the country and that the feds would need to trample state’s rights to do so.

According to Sharpton:

“We need the Justice Department to step in and take over policing in this country”…”In the 20th century, they had to fight states’ rights in — to get the right to vote. We’re going to have to fight states’ rights in terms of closing down police cases.”

“Police must be held accountable”…”I don’t think all police are bad. I don’t even think most are bad. But those that are need to be held accountable.”

It is also clear that Sharpton is calling the shots when it comes to the rhetoric being used to describe the events that followed the police custody death of Freddy Grey that led to violent demonstrations in Baltimore.

In a press conference held yesterday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake repeatedly used the term “justice” for Freddy Gray when talking about the ongoing investigation into his death and again in remarks before Sharpton’s National Action Network where she spoke in front of a banner with Sharpton’s trademark race war slogan “No Justice, No Peace.”

Mayor Rawlings-Blake also distanced herself from the word “thug” – a term she used to describe rioters less than a day earlier indicating that black leaders and activists were working together to make the word “thug” the new “n-word”.

President Barack Obama may not have gotten the memo because used the term to describe rioters as well in remarks on Thursday.

The last piece of the puzzle comes from City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby who has charged all six officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.

During her press conference, Mosby used Sharpton rhetoric to describe her decision to prosecute the police officers involved saying:

“To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I heard your call for ‘No Justice, No Peace,’ your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man.”

If convicted on all charges, the officers could face up to 20 years in prison. The driver of the police transport van – Officer Caeser B. Goodson, Jr. – could face up to 63 years in prison. All of the officers charged are expected to turn themselves in later today.


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