Sunday, October 23, 2016


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Starbucks just pulled the plug on its controversial “Race Together” campaign–after less than a week.

Just a few days ago, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz–who has a long history in liberal activism–announced that baristas would be writing, “Race Together,” on coffee cups they give to consumers, to spark a conversation about racism in America.

Schultz stressed that this campaign was “so vitally important to the country… Let me assure we didn’t expect universal praise. We leaned in because we believe starting this dialogue is what matters most.”

Does that sound like an awkward to have over your morning coffee? You’re not alone.

“Race Together” didn’t get anything close to “universal praise.” Almost immediately, it faced mounting criticism on social media that even Starbuck’s senior vice president admitted was “a cascade of negativity.”

NPR host Karen Grigsby Bates summed up popular opinion best: “Well, some people think it’s just a naked marketing ploy, kind of a catalyst for free advertising… Other people think it was well-intentioned but really poorly executed.”

Even liberal comedians–like Larry Wilmore, the star of “The Nightly Show” and formerly a correspondent Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show”–have been having a field day with making fun of “Race Together.”

Whether or not Starbucks was sincere about starting a conversation on race, it’s clear that the ham-handed idea of having a Starbucks barista strike up a conversation with customers about race over their morning coffee was universally seen as strange and uncomfortable.

And, thankfully, the Starbucks management team has seen the writing on the wall–and agreed to allow America to drink their morning coffee in peace.

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The Senate vote to confirm Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama’s nominee to replace controversial Attorney General Eric Holder, has been delayed–and Democrats have decided to play the race card.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D, Ill.) compared the voting delay to Rosa Parks, saying that Lynch, “the first African-American woman to be nominated to be attorney general, is [being] asked to sit in the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar. This is unfair, it’s unjust. This woman deserves fairness.”

And Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D, NC), who is the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, took the race card a step further, saying: “Never ever did we expect that it would take four months in order to get this done. So then, one must wonder, what are the reasons? I think race certainly can be considered as a major factor in the reason for this delay…”

Lynch was nominated on November 8, 2014, when Democrats were still in control of the U.S. Senate–and could have easily confirmed Lynch in the two months before the new Republican majority took office. Lynch attracted a good deal of bipartisan support as a qualified candidate, making her confirmation as the next Attorney General likely.

Despite this, Democrats are adamant about making Lynch’s delayed confirmation a plank in their so-called “War on Women,” as well as using it to paint Republicans as anti-minority.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has gone on the record saying the delay of Lynch’s confirmation in order to force Democrats to vote on a bill to combat human trafficking–which was recently derailed when Democrats discovered anti-abortion language.

Republicans, like Sen. John Cornyn (R, Tex.) has praised that strategy, saying, “I’m grateful to the majority leader… for saying we’re going to come back and vote again and again and again on this human trafficking bill until it passes. And he’s not going to schedule the nomination confirmation vote on the next attorney general until such time as we get this passed.”

It’s sad that Democrats have to resort to playing the race card and the gender card every time the Republicans play political hardball.

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Black Kid gun video

In a recent video posted on World Star Hip Hop, teen and pre-teen black youths are seen randomly firing handguns down an alley.

While pre-teens shooting firearms is accepted and encouraged by many in the pro-liberty community, responsibility and gun safety is part of the practice regardless of age.

The youth within the video waived around loaded semi-auto pistols and even pointed a loaded barrel directly at the cameraman.

From the video, it’s clear the young men were not honing their marksmanship skills but rather displaying bravado while squeezing off rounds down a street.

One young gunslinger explained to the camera, “I can’t fight no more, I’m blowing n—-s now.”

While advocates of gun control target law-abiding citizens, children like those in this video are able to acquire weapons – clearly without background checks, registration or parental supervision.

A fair assumption can be made that the children did not walk into a gun show or logon to to acquire the guns.

The firearms either came from extremely irresponsible parents or were part of the black market stream – which like the illicit drug industry, can’t be stopped by government.

The video above serves as proof that if the government bans firearms, then only outlaws will privately posses them . . . and those “outlaws” will fall into two categories: patriots and criminals.

The question remains: Will there be more criminals or patriots?

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The Jubilee Project went to the streets on Martin Luther King Day and asked the question, “What would the world look like without black people?”

It’s a meaningful question that is taboo to ask.

The question would likely generate mixed reactions if people were honest and candid.

In this video, some were.

It’s an approach of addressing issues of race that Al Sharpton could learn from.

Rather than polarize, this video pushed understanding of different viewpoints without judgment.

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In a stunning about face, the “Rev” Al Sharpton first accepted and then backed out of a debate sponsored by the Oxford union in London concerning the topic of race relations in the United States.

Sharpton was to argue his tired charge that the United States is “institutionally racist” before bailing out on his Oxford union hosts at the last minute. Had he honored his commitment, Sharpton would have stood side-by-side with debate partners Black Panther leader Aaron Dixon and liberal blogger Mychal Denzel Smith.

Arguing the opposing view in the structured style of Oxford union debate were SiriusXM host, Breitbart News, and Fox News Contributor David Webb, conservative commentator Joe R. Hicks and BBC radio host Charlie Wolf.

Sharpton, who has been trading on his close relationships with President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, instead asked Oxford if he could deliver a prepared speech without the classic back and forth arguments governed by a moderator charged with enforcing strict time limits that Oxford union debates are known for.

Upon learning that Sharpton was running for the tall grass, debate opponent Webb said that:

“He (Sharpton) wants to control the event, because he won’t debate the facts and the real issues including how his own conduct impacts race relations in the U.S.”

“He doesn’t want to be exposed for what he really is – a shakedown artist and racial coward. After years of conning people into giving him money by fanning the flames of racism, he’s just too afraid to have a civil, fact-based conversation about the issues of race in America.”

In the end, the Oxford union decided to let Sharpton make a prepared 20-minute speech.

However, Oxford Union president Lisa Wehden, in an attempt to keep as close to debate tradition as possible, said that Sharpton would have to take questions from his debate opponents.

While not pleased with the outcome, Webb said “it would be wrong to allow Sharpton to get away with just his usual thin, inflammatory rhetoric when this is supposed to be a substantive discussion”.

This has not been a good year for Sharpton.

Most recently, the United States Justice Department under Attorney General Eric Holder, decided not to indict former Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the self-defense shooting death of Michael Brown.

The shooting set off weeks of angry protests that Sharpton successfully sought to incite before all the facts of the shooting became known. Later, Sharpton again turned up his race-baiting rhetoric when a Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict Office Wilson in the incident.

Subsequently, Sharpton seized on the resisting arrest death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York – an arrest captured in a cell phone that went viral later in the day.

Garner, who was overweight and in poor health, was alleged to have sold untaxed cigarettes on a city street – a crime that he had been arrested for many times in the past. During the arrest altercation, an officer applied a “choke hold” in violation of New York Police Department policy. The NYPD dismissed the offending officer from the force.

Subsequently, a grand jury decided not to indict any police officers involved with the arrest with a crime.

Several days after the failed indictment was handed down, uniformed NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot execution style as they sat in a marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner in what investigators described as a crazed gunman’s goal to avenge the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Following the assassinations, Sharpton sought to back off on his rhetoric, calm tensions and avoid public comment but by then, the damage had been done.



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