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Hollywood’s Complicity in the Weinstein Scandal

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 20, 2017

The rich and famous in Hollywood make a habit of lecturing America on values.  Most often these values are Progressive and far left of center in a political context.  The recent outing of one of Hollywood most significant elitist, Harvey Weinstein as a serial sex predator demonstrates hypocrisy in that wealthy community.

Inappropriate behavior is not limited to any political view.  It is an equal opportunity affliction.  However, Hollywood’s cone of silence and cover-up to protect Weinstein over many years is an indication of deep-seated dishonesty within that community.  The fact that Hollywood’s strong Leftist’s leanings that include suppose concern for women’s rights were trumped to protect one of its own is deeply troubling.

Since the Weinstein scandal went public, the number of women who claim to have been mistreated by the movie mogul over many years continually increases.  The sheer number involved, many who are now powerful figures, make it difficult to understand how this cover-up occurred.  More troubling are the number of Hollywood males who were aware of Weinstein’s proclivities and only did not go public, but heaped praise on Weinstein for years.  This group includes famed Quentin Tarantino who admitted to the New York Times that “I knew enough to do more than I did.

Tarantino’s confession is too little, too late.  It will be followed by many others from Hollywood elitists.  Without their complicity, many young women would have been spared trauma caused by one of their own.


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Pro Israeli Letter Signed by Hollywood

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 24, 2014

Hollywooders are generally known for Leftist political views.  With that, they have not been known for supporting Israel and many have publicly criticized Israel for its military response to Hamas’s rockets.

However, not all in Hollywood are devoid of moral convictions.  A group called Creative Community for Peace recently came out with a strong pro-Israeli statement concerning its battle with Hamas. This statement includes: “Hamas cannot be allowed to rain rockets on Israeli cities, nor can it be allowed to hold its own people hostage,” and “hospitals are for healing, not for hiding weapons. Schools are for learning, not for launching missiles.”

The list of 200 Hollywood signees below includes many on the Right, and Left.  This coming together shows promise coalescing around an issue with clear moral clarity.  It is unfortunate that the Obama Administration has shown no such clarity and more often than not acts like it is merely a mediator between two opposing groups.  The recent horrible events in Iraq perpetrated by another Sunni-based radical Islamist group ISIS, makes the White House’s position even less comprehendible.

Creative Community for Peace statement

We, the undersigned, are saddened by the devastating loss of life endured by Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza. We are pained by the suffering on both sides of the conflict and hope for a solution that brings peace to the region.

While we stand firm in our commitment to peace and justice, we must also stand firm against ideologies of hatred and genocide which are reflected in Hamas’ charter, Article 7 of which reads, “There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!”  The son of a Hamas founder has also commented about the true nature of Hamas.

Hamas cannot be allowed to rain rockets on Israeli cities, nor can it be allowed to hold its own people hostage.  Hospitals are for healing, not for hiding weapons.  Schools are for learning, not for launching missiles.  Children are our hope, not our human shields.

We join together in support of the democratic values we all cherish and in the hope that the healing and transformative power of the arts can be used to build bridges of peace.

Capture creative community for peace

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Hypocritical Hollywood Producer Weinstein Rant Concerning Guns

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 20, 2014

Pulp FictionBig-time Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein once again demonstrates the hypocrisy of the radical Left.  Weinstein’s films include ultra-violent hits such as: Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill (Vol. 1 and 2), Rambo and more recently the Django Unchained, all that glorify violence and killings in most also guns

While Weinstein has made millions promoting guns and violence in his films that has not stopped him from attacking gun ownership for Americans.  During a radio interview last week on Howard Stern’s show Weinstein went on an anti-gun rant saying “I don’t think we need guns in this country. And I hate it. I think the NRA is a disaster area,” and “I’m going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we’re going to take this issue head on.  And they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them”. Left unsaid by Weinstein is how he plans to bring the NRA and its members to their demise.

During the interview Howard Stern took Weinstein to task concerning some inconsistencies relating to his previous comments concerning when gun ownership would be appropriate, for example, for Jews to defend themselves during the Holocaust; “when you’re marching a half of a million people into Auschwitz.”  Unfortunately, Weinstein seems to have forgotten or two be ignorant of the fact that Germany used its laws to confiscate guns from Jews prior to marching them off to the death camps.  Weinstein is either a fool or has lost any sense of reality from his long association with Hollywood.  Or maybe it is just politics given Weinstein’s significant backing of Barack Obama.  Whatever his excuse, Weinstein is clearly a hypocrite.

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Ashton Kutcher; A Breath of Fresh Air from Hollywood

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 8, 2013

Too often the wing-bats in Hollywood preach Progressive dribble purported to be for the benefit of the less fortunate, but whose philosophy has led to an increasing disparity between the wealthy and poor.  The Leftist mantra includes the theme that if one has not made it in America it is never the result of poor effort.

Actor Ashton Kutcher is one of the few of Hollywood’s younger set that has dared to go against conventional Leftist wisdom.  He was the subject of this Blog’s posting of August 20, 2013 that included a video clip of Kutcher receiving the Teen Choice Award.  In his acceptance speech Kutcher promoted the benefits of a good work ethic.

This week Kutcher was interviewed by Ellen DeGeneres on her television show.  Once again he admonished younger Americans of the dangers of the entitlement mentality stating: “There’s an entitlement that is starting to emerge that I think is unhealthy for people and unhealthy for our country.”

Kutcher’s message is not only appropriate due to content, but also by the way in which it is presented.  Politicians on the Right could learn from Kutcher’s demeanor on how to appropriately talk to America’s younger generation.

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Discussing Race in America

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 24, 2013

In February 2009, US Attorney General Eric Holder said of America: “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.”  While this Blog cannot comment on earlier years, the AG’s assessment is correct relating to recent decades.  However, left unsaid by Holder is why so many Americans have become cowardly on the issue.  Many light-skinned Americans shun such discussions for fear of being called a racist for asking questions and/or expressing opinions.

The Country has come a long way in the past 50 years on the race issue.  To a great extent America owes its gratitude to the Civil Rights movement that open the eyes of many to the many injustices that African-Americans faced in the 100 years following the Civil War.  At the same time, truly open discussion son race require a retrospective review of how minorities have progressed in the United States since the mid-1960s under the Great Society programs.  While our Country has broken down the Jim Crow laws and so many other segregationist injustices, there are other metrics that need to be discussed including the breakdown of the family, crime, drug use and other issues that are crippling minority communities.

billoreillyOn Monday evening, Bill O’Reilly of Fox News’ The Factor was especially passionate in his discussion on race (his complete comments provided below).  After praising President Obama for sharing his personal experiences on race in his Talking Points, O’Reilly took off after those he sees as gaining personally from the ongoing problems of African-Americans including:

The entertainment industry:  “But the entertainment industry encourages the irresponsibility by marketing a gangster culture, hip hop, movies, trashy TV shows to impressionable children.  In fact, President Obama has welcomed some of the worst offenders in that cesspool to the White House when he should be condemning what these weasels are doingThese so-called entertainers get rich while the kids who emulate their lyrics and attitude destroy themselves.”

Drug culture/pushers: “The thugs who sell hard drugs, no matter what color they are, deserve to be put away for long periods of time.  They sell poison, they sell a product that enslaves and kills.”

Breakdown of families: “The solution to the epidemic of violent crime in poor black neighborhoods is to actively discourage pregnancies out of marriage, to impose strict discipline in the public schools, including mandatory student uniforms, and to create a zero tolerance policy for gun and drug crimes imposing harsh mandatory prison time on the offenders.”  ….  “Right now about 73 percent of all black babies are born out of wedlock.

O’Reilly also shares a staggering statistic; “young black men commit homicides at a rate 10 times greater than whites and Hispanics combined”.  Those who expend political capital on the Zimmerman verdict do nothing to improve on either the homicide statistic or the major problems facing the African-American community.

O’Reilly concludes; “You want a conversation, you got it.”  It remains to be seen if Leftist elitists will actually allow a “conversation”.  More likely they will revert back to their often used but tired tactic of shutting down the discussion, claiming O’Reilly to be a racist.

O’REILLY’s Talking Points: And that’s true.  Many black Americans harbor at least some resentment for past injury.  But what President Obama surely knows is that you cannot reach a fair criminal verdict or design effective public policy that solves present problems by dwelling on the sins of the past.  “Talking Points” believes the President was correct in addressing the race issue and framing it with the Martin case.  He’s the leader of America and the country is talking about this.

By the way, when you hear a pundit or politician saying we should have a quote, “conversation” about race, that means you are in for a sea of bloviating which will likely lead nowhere.

The sad truth is that from the President on down, our leadership has no clue, no clue at all about how to solve problems within the black community.  And many are frightened to even broach the issue.  That’s because race hustlers and the grievance industry have intimidated the so-called “conversation,” turning any valid criticism of African-American culture into charges of racial bias.

So many in power simply walk away leaving millions of law abiding African-Americans to pretty much fend for themselves in violent neighborhoods.  You want racism?  That’s racism.

Thus, it is time for some straight talk, and I hope the President is listening tonight because we need him to lead on this issue.

Trayvon Martin was killed because circumstances got out of control.  He was scrutinized by a neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, because of the way he looked.  Not necessarily his skin color, there is no evidence of that but because he was a stranger to Zimmerman and was dressed in clothing sometimes used by street criminals.

It was wrong for Zimmerman to confront Martin based on his appearance.  But the culture that we have in this country does lead to criminal profiling because young black American men are so often involved in crime, the statistics overwhelming.

But here is the headline: young black men commit homicides at a rate 10 times greater than whites and Hispanics combined.  When presented with damning evidence like that, and like the mini-holocaust in Chicago where hundreds of African-Americans are murdered each year the civil rights industry looks the other way or makes excuses.  They blame guns, poor education, lack of jobs, rarely do they define the problem accurately.  So here it is.  The reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the African-American family.

Right now about 73 percent of all black babies are born out of wedlock.  That drives poverty.  And the lack of involved fathers leads to young boys growing up resentful and unsupervised.  When was the last time you saw a public service ad telling young black girls to avoid becoming pregnant?  Has President Obama done such an ad?  How about Jackson or Sharpton?  Has the Congressional Black Caucus demanded an ad like that?  How about the PC pundits who work for NBC News?

White people don’t force black people to have babies out of wedlock.  That’s a personal decision; a decision that has devastated millions of children and led to disaster both socially and economically.  So raised without much structure, young black men often reject education and gravitate towards the street culture, drugs, hustling, gangs.  Nobody forces them to do that; again, it is a personal decision.

But the entertainment industry encourages the irresponsibility by marketing a gangster culture, hip hop, movies, trashy TV shows to impressionable children.  In fact, President Obama has welcomed some of the worst offenders in that cesspool to the White House when he should be condemning what these weasels are doing.  These so-called entertainers get rich while the kids who emulate their lyrics and attitude destroy themselves.

And then there is the drug situation.  Go to Detroit and ask anyone living on the south side of the eight-mile road what destroyed their city? They will tell you narcotics.  They know addiction leads to crime and debasement.  But what do the race hustlers and limousine liberals yell about?  The number of black men in prison for selling drugs.  Oh, it’s so unfair.  It’s a nonviolent crime and blacks are targeted.  That is one of the biggest lies in the history of this country.

The thugs who sell hard drugs, no matter what color they are, deserve to be put away for long periods of time.  They sell poison, they sell a product that enslaves and kills.  They are scum.

When was the last time you heard the Congressional Black Caucus say that?  How about Jackson and Sharpton?  How about President Obama?

The solution to the epidemic of violent crime in poor black neighborhoods is to actively discourage pregnancies out of marriage, to impose strict discipline in the public schools, including mandatory student uniforms, and to create a zero tolerance policy for gun and drug crimes imposing harsh mandatory prison time on the offenders.

And finally, challenging the entertainment industry to stop peddling garbage.  Hey listen up you greed heads, if a kid can’t speak proper English, uses the “f” word in every sentence, it’s disgraceful, it’s disrespectful – it’s disrespectful in his or her manner.  That child will never, never be able to compete in the marketplace of America …  never.  And it has nothing to do with slavery.  It has everything to do with you Hollywood people and you derelict parents.  You’re the ones hurting these vulnerable children.

You want a conversation, you got it.  You want a better situation for blacks, give them a chance to revive their neighborhoods and culture.  Work with the good people to stop the bad people.  Pumping money into the chaos does little.  You can’t legislate good parenting or responsible entertainment.  But you can fight against the madness, with discipline, a firm message and little tolerance for excuse-making.

It is now time for the African-American leadership, including President Obama to stop the nonsense.  Walk away from the world of victimization and grievance and lead the way out of this mess.

And that’s “The Memo.”

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State and Municipal Crony Capitalism

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 3, 2012

Often when this Blog writes about the ills of crony capitalism it refers to the actions of the federal government.  Examples are many with this year’s high-profile ones including the $500 million plus loss that the taxpayers took on the wasted Solyndra investment.  A bit further back there was the ill-advised bailouts of General Motors and the Wall Street banks.  In each of these situations, taxpayers were forced to pony up money to save others who made poor business, personal or job decisions.

Crony capitalism is not limited to the federal level.  States and municipalities are guilty of corrupting capitalism and using it for political power.  The New York Times has published an in-depth look on how state and local governments hand out the People’s money to the benefit of some over others in an article titled: As Companies Seek Tax Deals, Governments Pay High Price.

The Times made studied over 150,000 awards made by states and municipalities to various companies.  It concluded that mayors and governors use governmental subsidies and handouts to attract or retain businesses in their localities in an effort to retain the related jobs.  However, these efforts often do not succeed with costs far outweighing the benefits.  Not only do the companies often close or shrink the facilities after receiving the handouts, but in the negotiations themselves the government officials are outgunned by the professionals hired by the companies to extract benefits.

The Times determined that the state and regional governmental handouts that include tax credits, tax exemptions, subsidize services and tax abatements and up to more than $80 billion annually with 20% of this total being subsidized by the federal government.  It offered examples of these misguided efforts:

General Motors – Long before GM received its $50 billion plus 2009 bailout from the federal government, it was extracting handouts from states and local governments in exchange for opening or retaining plants in certain locales.  Approximately 50 properties involved with the 2009 shutdowns or shrinkage were located in towns and/or states that gave GM incentives and handouts in the billions. The subsidies continue today with GM receiving nearly $2 billion in local subsidies during the past five years.

Ford and Chrysler – Each company received approximately well over $1 billion in subsidies during the past five years

Hollywood – Filmmakers continue to be large recipients of governmental gifts.  It is no wonder that these Leftists are for big government.  An example offered by the Times is Oliver Stone’s 2010 “Wall Street” sequel.  While this film by necessity had to be made in New York City, the filmmaker received $10 million in tax credits from the City.  While Stone has been a vocal critic of subsidies to banking and agriculture, he has no problem justifying handouts to his industry and when questioned said: “It’s good.  Or like basically the way business is done. I don’t understand what the moral qualm is.”  How disingenuous.  Like so many others, Stone is only against handouts that go to others.

New York Times – Yes, even the publisher of the story critical of government givebacks to companies received $24 million since 2000 from the state of New York and New York City.

Shell Oil – Pennsylvania has given this multinational conglomerate tax credits worth up to $1.6 billion over the 25 year period.

Caterpillar – This large equipment manufacturer received nearly $200 million in local aid since 2007.

Twitter – After threatening to leave the city, San Francisco exempted Twitter up to $22 million of payroll taxes.  However, this accompany is flush with cash and has since received a $300 million investment from a Saudi Arabian Prince and $800 million from another source.

BMW – This producer of luxury automobiles perceived a $130 million package from the state of South Carolina in 1992 to locate a plant there.

Mercedes-Benz – Not to be outdone by BMW, another German firm, Mercedes, in 1993 received incentives worth over $300 million from the state of Alabama to locate its plant there.

38 Studios – This videogame startup owned by retired Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling received $75 million in loan guarantees from the state of Rhode Island.  The company never released a game and dismissed nearly all of its 400 workers earlier this year.  The taxpayers of Rhode Island are stuck with the bill.


States and municipalities across the Country are guilty of wasting taxpayer funds on crony capitalism.  The Times reported that Texas offers the most incentives, almost $20 billion per year.  Alaska, West Virginia and Nebraska offer the most corporate handouts per state residents.  Oklahoma and West Virginia giveaways account for about one third of their states’ budgets.  This corruption is massive.

The crony capitalism exhibited in the governments’ corporate handouts is problematic on many levels.  First, it assumes that the states’ constitutions allow these governments to make the gifts.  In addition, there are no guarantees the companies will remain after receiving the handouts.  Finally, giving these awards to particular companies is nothing more than governments’ picking winners and losers.  For example the incentives to bring in new companies come from the tax base that includes long-term payers, the already existing employers in the states.  This perverse system results in money from the long-term tax payers being used to increase the competition for local labor and materials that ultimately increases their costs and lowers their profits.  Not only is this a unfair disadvantage to the already existing corporations, but it ultimately leads to lower tax revenues from these entities as they become less profitable.

A company’s decision to locate its facilities in a state or city should be made only on the basis of sound economics that includes the quality of its labor force, the relative cost of that labor, as well as other factors such as permanent taxes and infrastructure availability.  When the government subverts this most basic of business and economic logic, it guarantees negative consequences in the long term.  It is also a corruptive force on the political class.


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Stars Profited from Relationships with Gadhafi Family

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 8, 2011

The cats been let out of the bag.  Some of America’s biggest pop stars have had an unsavory relationship with the family of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, making in the neighborhood of $1 million dollars per hour playing at family gatherings around the world.  Here’s what’s been reported so far:

  • Beyonce did New Year’s exclusive performance in 2009 for the clan a posh club in St. Barts paid for Hannibal Gadhafi, a son of the Colonel.
  • Nelly Furtado was paid a $1 million by the Gadhafi’s for a 45 minute gig in Italy.
  • Usher and Mariah Carey have both admitted being paid to perform by the Gadhafi clan.

Once the news of their dancing with the devil became public, the stars promised to donate funds to charities.  Buying absolution is alive and well!

Capitalism allows these entertainers to earn a living, even if that means selling their wares to some unsavory characters.  However, the Hollywood and entertainment elites who continually camouflage their greed behind Leftist causes show their hypocrisy in the way they live.


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Hollywood Distorts Truth of the Valerie Plame Affair

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 10, 2010

It is remarkable what emanates from the elitists in Hollywood give Tinseltown’s motivation: greed.  While they sometimes (rarely) create art, more often they produce salacious material based on sex and gratuitous violence.  This reality creates dissonance within Hollywood.  There inner yearning is to be considered artists, but they make their living on a lower tier.  The guilt pushes many Hollywood elitists towards radical Leftist causes.

Yesterday, columnist Judith Miller once again exposed Hollywood’s Leftist agenda in her op-ed The Plame Affair, Hollywood Style.   Ms. Miller destroys the “facts” included in the film “Fair Game” starring Naomi Watts.  Fair Game is about ex CIA agent Valerie Plame who was outed in a column written by Richard Novak during the Bush presidency.  The Left’s version of this outing as depicted in the movie was that it related to Plame’s husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, who took a position opposing Bush’s intervention into Iraq.  Ms. Miller shows that premise to be false.

Judith Miller is more than merely a columnist when it comes to the Valerie Plame affair.  She was a part of the story.  In mid 2005 Miller was sent to jail for refusing to disclose her confidential source used for a Plame story.  That is one of many facts conveniently not mentioned in “Fair Game.”  Miller points to other distortions in the film, including:

  • Contrary to the film’s portrayal, the revelation of Ms. Plame’s identity did not cause the CIA to abandon contacts among Iraqi scientists.
  • As the film would have it, the CIA’s leadership resisted the notion that Saddam Hussein had WMD and challenged the intelligence being provided to the White House.  …. In fact, the agency led the effort to draft the National Intelligence Estimate in 2002 that concluded with “high confidence” on behalf of more than a dozen intelligence agencies that Iraq had chemical and biological weapons and an active nuclear program.
  • If there was a grand plot to punish Mr. Wilson for his candor by outing his wife, as the film suggests, no one was ever indicted for it. Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor who would have indicted the proverbial ham sandwich, never indicted anyone for having outed Ms. Plame.
  • The person who first leaked the fact that Mr. Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA to conservative columnist Robert Novak – who published that information, and her name, despite his opposition to the Iraq war – was not a White House official.  He was State Department official Richard Armitage.  Like his boss, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Mr. Armitage was critical of the push to war.  Yet Mr. Armitage has no on-screen role in the film. He is mentioned only in the film’s text epilogue.
  • Fair Game” suggests that Ms. Plame’s outing inflicted severe damage on the CIA’s sources.  But this, too, may be untrue.  In a letter to the Washington Post on Nov. 12, R.E. Pound, a retired CIA agent who helped assess the damage allegedly caused by the leak at one location, concluded: “There was none.”  He also challenged as “ludicrous” Ms. Plame’s claim, echoed in the film, that her outing forced her resignation.

Fair Game is based on books written by the couple, Wilson and Plame.  Wilson called the movie “fair and accurate“.  Ms. Miller makes the compelling case that it is neither.  Let’s see: Miller’s livelihood does not depend on which account is accurate; Wilson and Plame have already profited handsomely from the story, living in an expensive home in Sante Fe and make a living giving speeches about WMD and the Bush administration.  You make the call on who is being truthful.

Ms. Miller’s opening comment in her op-ed shows the movie to be pure fiction, if not part propaganda: An antiwar State Department official leaked the spy’s name.  You won’t find that in the plot of Fair Game.”

The media and Left in general treat the truth differently based in political motivations.  When President Bush told the American people that there were WMD’s in Iraq and that was proved wrong, he lied.  Conversely, when President Obama promised that with the passage of his Stimulus Package the unemployment rate would not exceed 8% and it subsequently went to 10%, he merely made an error.  The truth is that both were but bad judgment.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement Shuts Down Internet Sites

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 27, 2010

The Hill reported that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a part of the Homeland Security Department, has shut down certain internet websites in recent days.  Examples include www.borntrade.com, www.51607.com, and www.amoyhy.com.  A visit to these sites will result in a notice that the Federal government has seized the domain name.

The sites have been shut down because they have been supposedly involved with some form of copyright infringement, including downloading copyrighted music or selling bootleg goods.  While the intention of the government seems reasonable at this time, it has been reported that the sites have been shut down without notice or any due process.  That raises questions and concerns as to future governmental uses of this power that could be less noble.

While the mainstream media was correctly quick to point out the Bush Administration’s usurping of power in the name of protecting American, they ignore the growing abuses in this area by the Obama Administration.  That same mainstream media screams when ICE attempts to deport illegal aliens, but offers not a complaint when that agency oversteps in other areas of civil liberties.  Further, how has a copyright issue been moved to Homeland Security Department?  that seems to be an over reaching of power.

The actions of the Obama Administration indicate that it cares not about civil liberties and government abuse of power, as long as those abuses help fulfill its political agenda.  Coincidentally, ICE’s attack on copyright infringement does serve the President’s constituents in Hollywood quite well.


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Protecting Our Young Citizens

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 10, 2009

Violence with our young people is an increasing problem for our society.  A recent tragedy in Chicago brought this problem to the forefront.

Chicago Beating Death VigilOn September 24, 2009 16-year-old honor student, Derrion Albert, was beaten to death by fellow teens and the crime was caught on video for the nation to see.  Derrion was on his way to school when he had the misfortune of getting in between two groups of angry teens.  Without provocation, Derrion was beaten to death with clubs.

To show concern and solitary with the community, President Obama sent Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Chicago this week to meet with city and school officials.  Their concern is noble, however, no specifics relating to problem resolution were offered by the Administration during the visit.  There are reasons for this lack of direction. Read the rest of this entry »

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