Eric Holder: 'I Am the Attorney General... but I'm Also a Black Man'
When U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to investigate the controversial shooting incident between a city policeman and a black teen, he said he was both the highest law officer of the nation "and a black man." He further claimed he was himself a victim of racial harassment by law enforcement.
In remarks made at a meeting of members of the Ferguson community, Holder stirred some racial strife of his own claiming that, even as he is Attorney General, he was once also a victim. "I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding. Pulled over... 'Let me search your car'... Go through the trunk of my car, look under the seats and all this kind of stuff. I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me," he said.
Holder also fanned the flames of racial strife across the nation hinting that what happened to teenager Michael Brown was common all across the nation.
"The eyes of the nation and the world are watching Ferguson right now,'' Holder claimed. "The world is watching because the issues raised by the shooting of Michael Brown predate this incident. This is something that has a history to it, and the history simmers beneath the surface in more communities than just Ferguson."
Holder's allusion to the situation in Ferguson being so common as to "surface" in communities across the nation, though, is not shared by others. One expert, Maria Haberfeld, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, says that police's use of deadly force is not on the upswing at all.
"There is no escalation in the use of deadly force. What we are seeing is a proliferation of cellphones and cameras," Professor Haberfeld told The Wall street Journal on August 12.
A Grand Jury is now looking into whether or not Ferguson officer Darren Wilson will be charged with anything for having shot Michael Brown, but Holder is not waiting for the outcome of that inquiry. He has directed his department of Justice to look into whether or not a civil rights violation occurred.
"We're looking for possible violations of federal civil rights statutes," Holder said when he arrived in Missouri.
Holder also met up with Missouri Highway Patrol Caption Ron Johnson, the officer placed in charge of security for the community by Missouri Governor Ron Johnson and a man known for trying to bring a healing touch to the community.
"My man! You are the man!" Holder said as he shook hands during the campaign-style stop in the Ferguson community.
At one point, the Attorney General also called Captain Johnson "my brother" when he realized his office did not acknowledge the Captain's 26th wedding anniversary.
"We need concrete action to change things in this country," Holder told crowds in Ferguson.
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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:11:58 GMT
Atheist Richard Dawkins: 'Abort' Down's Syndrome Baby, 'Immoral To Bring It Into The World'
Atheist author Richard Dawkins provoked a firestorm Wednesday on Twitter by claiming an unborn baby with Down’s syndrome should be aborted and that it would be “immoral to bring it into the world.”
The debate with some of his one million followers began when Dawkins, 73, linked to an article at the liberal New Republic titled, “The Catholic Church prefers medieval barbarism to modern abortion,” by Jerry A. Coyne, according to The Daily Mail.
“Ireland is a civilised country except in this one area,” Dawkins said. “You’d think the Roman Church would have lost all influence.”
Irish Catholic Aidan McCourt tweeted in return to Dawkins, “994 human beings with Down’s syndrome deliberately killed before birth in England and Wales in 2012. Is that civilised?”
“Yes, it is very civilised,” Dawkins responded. “These are foetuses, diagnosed before they have human feelings.”
Dawkins later added, “Learn to think in non-essentialist ways. The question is not ‘is it human’?’ but ‘can it suffer?’”
When InYourFaceNewYorker tweeted, “I honestly don’t know what I would do if I were pregnant with a kid with Down’s syndrome. Real ethical dilemma,” Dawkins returned, “Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.”
Many from the pro-life community and parents and families with children with Down’s syndrome were enraged by Dawkins’ comments.
“The problem here is not that a fetus doesn’t have human feelings, but rather that Richard Dawkins apparently doesn’t,” Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, told Breitbart News. “Abortion does not only dehumanize the very real child in the womb; it dehumanizes everyone who tries to justify it.”
In a press statement, Live Action President Lila Rose slammed Dawkins’ tweets: "It's sick and twisted for anyone to advocate for the killing of children with disabilities.”
“Dawkins' ignorant comments serve only to further stigmatize people with Down syndrome. While many people with Down syndrome, their families, and advocacy groups are fighting discrimination on a daily basis, Dawkins calls for their murder before they are even born,” Rose added. “Those with Down syndrome are human beings, with innate human dignity, and they, along with the whole human family, deserve our respect and protection."
The Daily Mail notes Dawkins’ comments came one week after he said that having a faith helped foster terrorism, and that those who believe in God enable suicide bombers to murder thousands and make the “world safe” for extremists.
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:30:00 GMT
Federal Reserve Moves Closer to Abandoning Keynesianism
The U.S. Federal Reserve released minutes of its Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting for July 29th and 30th Wednesday. The tone of the meeting showed a higher level of concern among the members that the Fed’s stimulus coupled with an increasingly stronger economy threatens to unleash inflation. Economists immediately interpreted this as the Fed getting more “hawkish” and meaning it may move sooner next year to begin raising interest rates. Traders sold bonds, driving up yields on the ten-year U.S. Treasury bond that influences mortgage rates to 2.43%, up from Friday’s 2.31% low. Ever since Janet Yellen was nominated as Chairwoman, the U.S. economy and employment has benefited as the Federal Reserve moves to abandon Keynesianism.
Most Committee members agreed that labor market conditions have “improved more in recent months than they had anticipated earlier.” Several members expressed concern that the “characterization of labor market underutilization might have to change before long, particularly if progress in the labor market continued to be faster than anticipated.”
With the conditions moving “noticeably closer to those viewed as normal in the longer run,” the July FOMC statement shifted attention from the unemployment rate to focusing on the broader labor market indicators. Staff also revised down its estimate of potential GDP growth, referred to as the output gap, in light of the continued outperformance of labor market indicators.
The housing recovery was described as “slow” and was not helped by record levels of student debt and the return of high home prices that has made access to credit difficult for first-time home buyers. Some members seemed to feel that “factors restraining residential construction might persist, damping the housing recovery for some time.”
There also were new concerns expressed that securities markets were getting frothy. There is some evidence of stretched valuations, but most members seemed to feel that this was more about some sectors rather than markets in general. With the deleveraging of the bank system and restrictions on lending from Dodd-Frank, members agreed that “vulnerabilities in the financial system were at low-to-moderate levels.”
All of this is consistent with my belief that the Federal Reserve under Chairwoman Janet Yellen is moving rapidly to get out of the Keynesianism discretionary stimulus business and get back to the following what is referred to as the Taylor Rule to set interest rate policy.
The Taylor Rule is a quantitative algorithm that sets the Fed’s nominal interest rate in response to changes in inflation, output, or other economic conditions. The Taylor Principal stipulates that for every one-percent increase in inflation, the Fed should raise the nominal interest rate by more than one percentage point to take the steam out of inflation. As inflation falls one percent, the Fed should also cut rates faster than one percent.
From 1985 to 2007, the Fed’s following the Taylor Rule led to the “Great Moderation,” a period of consistent growth with low volatility for gross domestic product growth, industrial production, and monthly payroll employment.
Following the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in September 2008, the Taylor Rule was abandoned by the Obama administration and the Federal Reserve under Chairman Bernanke for a policy of massive Keynesian economic stimulus that ran up of $7 trillion in debt, while America suffered the weakest economic recovery in history.
To supposedly encourage stimulus, the Federal Reserve instituted a policy to lend money to banks at a cheaper interest rate than banks were charging in the free market. But at the same time, the Obama administration passed legislation that raised bank costs and discouraged lending to small business. I believe this explains why the richest 1% of Americans and multi-national corporations have prospered, while most Americans have seen only ½% of real wage gains. Instead of money flowing to small business ad households, the 1% were able borrow money at unbelievably low rates and speculate in stocks, bonds, and rental properties.
The Federal Reserve staff presented what was referred to as a “possible approach” that seemed to be positively received by the Committee members and that would raise interest rates “some time in the future” in 1/4 percent increments based on a complicated formula that really just means the interest rates that banks set in the free market to loan and borrow money from each other. There was also general consensus on the Committee that the Fed should make the interest rate on money they offer to lend to the banks be more expensive than the free market to discourage borrowing from the Fed.
On October 9, 2013, Janet Yellen was officially nominated to replace Ben Bernanke as head of the Federal Reserve. During the nomination hearings held on November 14, 2013, Yellen testified that U.S. monetary policy is to revert towards more traditional monetary policy once the economy is back to normal.
Since the government shutdown and Yellen’s nomination, it has been as if the starter gun went off for American small business to start expanding and hiring. With energy prices falling as domestic oil and gas booms, America seems positioned for the type of growth that will drive wages for American workers again.
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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:25:47 GMT
Oklahoma City Satanists Sued to Retrieve 'Stolen' Consecrated Host
At noon Wednesday, local time, attorneys representing the Archdiocese of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit concerning the satanic "black mass" scheduled to be held on Sept. 21 at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.
As previously reported by Breitbart News, a group calling itself Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, led by registered sex offender Adam Daniels, has announced that it is in possession of a Consecrated Host – a communion wafer transformed, according to Catholic doctrine, by a priest in good standing into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ – which it intends to desecrate during the ceremony.
The lawsuit is asking the Oklahoma County Sheriff's office to get the Consecrated Host back and return it to its rightful owner, the Catholic Church, and specifically, the archdiocese.
Speaking to the National Catholic Register, Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley said, "Our contention is that they are in possession of stolen property. They cannot complete their satanic ritual without a Consecrated Host, and they have no means of acquiring one except through theft. We are asking the court to order them to return it immediately to me."
The satanists have stood upon First Amendment grounds to defend their holding of the event – and local officials have cited that as a reason why the group was able to rent the taxpayer-funded space – but the lawsuit doesn't touch on that.
One of the attorneys who filed the suit (in association with a local firm) is Michael Caspino, the CEO and a partner at Busch & Caspino law firm in Irvine, California, in Orange County south of Los Angeles. He says the firm has represented the Catholic Church in a variety of cases, and he is acquainted with Archbishop Coakley.
Said Caspino, speaking earlier Wednesday to Breitbart news:
I contacted him to talk to him about the legal theory that we filed on, which was a property-rights issue. He was looking for some way to try to remedy the situation, and he liked our idea.
It came to me when I was at Mass about ten days ago. I was thinking about the case, because I'd read about it in the National Catholic Register, and I was thinking, 'It's really a property-rights issue.' So we're raising it, and we're going full-bore with it.
We've filed all the paperwork, just got everything signed off by the judge today, on a temporary order that [Daniels] cannot, in any way, harm a Consecrated Eucharist. He just did that an hour ago on another order, to preserve the Eucharist for a hearing that will eventually take place.
This is not a First Amendment issue. We're not trying to censor anybody. We just want our property back. That's it. It's a simple property-rights case.
All this, of course, presumes Daniels is telling the truth in asserting he is in possession of a Consecrated Host, which he has been quoted as saying came to him by mail.
Says Caspino, "If they come out and say, 'We lied, this is not a Eucharistic Host, it's not a Consecrated Host,' and they're willing to do that under penalty of perjury, then we'll drop our lawsuit, no problem."
Caspino says the legal argument is based on both the Church's own rules and on civil law.
"We have a 2,000-year history of exercising dominion and control over a Eucharistic Host," he explains. "You can't take the Host out of a church unless it is taken with permission of a priest to someone who's sick or dying, in a special vessel. So we have all these rules, and we very strictly abide by these rules."
"So the only way Adam Daniels could have gotten a Host is if someone stole it out of a church, out of a [locked] tabernacle... or they got it by fraud," he went on. "By fraud I would mean this: they went to a church, posed as a Catholic in good standing and good graces with the Church, took a Host, and somehow were able to walk out with it."
Caspino points out this can only be done by subterfuge, because priests, deacons, or lay ministers handing out communion are trained to ensure the communicant consumes the Host in their presence.
In speaking to the Register, Daniels said, "It will not work. We are not cancelling."
Daniels also said he would "sue everybody I can sue" for defamation of character and noted that the court has fourteen days to find him to serve him with papers.
"The interesting thing is," says Caspino, "because he's a convicted sex offender, he has to register his address with the state, so we know exactly where he is."
Regarding Daniels's insistence that he won't cancel the event, Caspino says, "I'm not asking him to cancel at all. I'm just asking for the Eucharistic Host back, the Consecrated Host. That's it."
As for "defamation of character," Caspino says, "I have no idea. All we're responding to is his public statements, and that's it. If he has a problem with us calling him a satanist in our papers... that's what he says he is."
Even if the event is not cancelled, provided the Host is either returned to Archbishop Coakley, or Daniels testifies, under oath, that he doesn't have one, Caspino would consider that a win.
"Absolutely," he says, "because we've protected the Blessed Sacrament" – another term for a Eucharistic or Consecrated Host – "and we've protected what we, as Catholics, believe to be the body of Jesus Christ."
Caspino also hopes a positive outcome from his perspective will serve as a warning to others, as a "wakeup call to those who are doing these types of things, that it's not legal. We all know it's not right, but it's not legal, and the justice system will have spoken on this."
"In my career, this is probably the most important thing I'm ever going to do," he said. "Because I'm protecting the body of Jesus Christ."
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:48:05 GMT
Another Self-Inflicted Wound for the GOP
Republican National Committeeman Henry Barbour gave black Americans a slap in the face when he orchestrated a cynical, race-baiting campaign targeting fellow Republican Chris McDaniel in the Mississippi Senate primary runoff against incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran. It was insulting to African-Americans, unfair to McDaniel, and dirty pool by any reasonable measure. But the refusal of the Republican National Committee to censure Barbour’s actions shows an astonishing tone-deafness by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and portends continued failure by the GOP to attract black voters.
If Priebus wants to understand what’s happening in black communities and learn how to draw them closer to the GOP, I invite him to join me for a visit to Roger’s Barber Shop on Maumee Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where I’ve been getting my hair cut for the last quarter-century. It’s something of a landmark in the local African-American community, a hotbed of political discourse and a place where visitors are guaranteed to get an earful and an education.
What Priebus would learn at Roger’s is what black Americans actually think about politics. When many blacks hear of a candidate or party that wants to “prevent you from voting,” or eliminate particular social programs – as happened in Mississippi – a red flag goes up in their minds, reviving images of the civil rights era of the 1960s. It even happens among younger blacks who did not witness the tyranny of Bull Connor and George Wallace (both of whom were staunch Democrats) but learned the stories from their elders.
For many black Americans, there is an almost reflexive opposition to the GOP that surfaces any time there’s an accusation of racial bias by Republicans, a message Democrats have pounded on for decades. So when Republicans go out of their way to reinforce the lies told about their party, it plays right into the hands of liberals. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz must be doing cartwheels for joy because of Henry Barbour’s actions.
Regardless of where they live, a lot of blacks don’t see Barbour’s racially incendiary campaign as an isolated, parochial incident. Instead, it is seen as validating the false narrative promoted by Democrats about Republicans, making it a lot tougher for black conservatives like me to explain and defend conservative principles among other blacks.
As one of the original members of the Tea Party, I have worked with hundreds of black community leaders across my home state since 2009, trying to educate and engage them on the critical issues confronting our nation and how Tea Party Patriots has proven, principled policies to tackle those issues.
But when we start getting a little traction, the Republican establishment pulls a stunt like we saw in Mississippi and we wind up losing momentum. The folly of Barbour’s antics is compounded when Priebus and other RNC members refuse to even entertain a motion censuring Barbour, indicating that what he did was just fine. Small wonder that some refer to the GOP as The Stupid Party.
There are vast numbers of African Americans who are willing to stand up against the Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons of the world and acknowledge that they do not speak for all black Americans. They are looking for political inspiration, and with black unemployment more than double the jobless rate of whites, many are dissatisfied with Democrat policies, providing a tremendous opportunity to advance conservative principles.
Instead, the opportunity is wasted because the chairman of the Republican Party would rather promote the falsehoods of the opposition than discipline a fellow member of the RNC. The only thing new about Barbour’s tactics is that they were set in motion by a Republican who simply borrowed a few pages from the Democrat playbook. But whether Barbour realizes it or not, his efforts smeared more than McDaniel; they smeared the entire Republican Party.
Republicans will fail to attract more blacks to their party as long as they abide by the cheap politics of race hustling and refuse to hear what the community is saying. Whether it’s in Roger’s Barber Shop or any of the thousands of others across America, Republicans need to start listening to what’s being said instead of administering more self-inflicted wounds.
Emery McClendon is the Tea Party Patriots state coordinator for Indiana.
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:07:42 GMT