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Obama’s Politics Feed Deteriorating Race Relations

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 31, 2015

Barack Obama was elected president with high expectations, to a great extent based on his first election’s theme, “hope and change”.  Perhaps in no area were expectations higher than in race relations in. America elected not only its first African-American president, but also a person from a blended family with his father being African and mother Caucasian.

Instead of meeting the potential, race relations in the United States have deteriorated since Obama’s first moderation.  This can be attributed to the politics of divisive used by the radical Left and this President to gin up their political base.  It divided people by sexual orientation, income bracket, immigrant status, and yes race.

The President inappropriately interjected himself in local actions where race could be discussed since early in his first term.  First, this included making televised national comments concerning the arrest of Prof. Gates by local police for disturbing the peace, even before as Obama admitted, he knew the facts.  He then interjected himself into the Travon Martin shooting, even though it became evident that the shooting was not racially motivated.  Then, Obama and Attorney General Holder not only inferred that the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson was racially motivated, but that the police officer involved was guilty of a crime.  Both assertions were false as determined by Obama’s own Justice Department and a grand jury true.  The often promoted theme of “hands up, don’t shoot” was also prove to be a fabrication.  Still, there has been no admission of error by Obama.

As a result of the increasing racial divide, outward expression of violence in America is increasing.  In Ferguson, Missouri, the rioting was devastating to the local community.  In Baltimore, Maryland, rioting was even more extensive since the death of Freddie Gray with the murder rate of African-Americans in that community since skyrocketing.

A non-surprising outgrowth of this growing racial divide is the Black Lives Matter movement that infers police and much of America do not value African-American lives.  With this type of outrageous rhetoric, it is no wonder violence is increasing.  That begs the question; who is benefiting from the increasing racial divide?  Certainly not the greater African-American community.  Not the police.  And not middle America.  The ones that benefit are the bosses on the radical Left, which includes Barrack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi.  Shame on those elitists that seek personal gain on the backs of the suffering of those less fortunate.

Now the racially-based violence is morphing with police being in the crosshairs.  This past weekend Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth was murdered by an African-American merely because he was a police officer.  Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman correctly called this an execution and blamed the shooting on the vitriolic rhetoric on race. (see video below)

Fellow Sheriff, African-American David Clarke, blames the White House for the increasing violence against police officers stating:  “I said last December that war had been declared against the American police officer, led by some high-profile people.  One of them coming out of the White House, another one coming out of the U.S. Department of Justice.  And it’s open season right now, no doubt about it.”

It is difficult to place the genie back in the bottle once a cycle of violence based on preconceived notions takes hold in society.  President Obama is one of the few people who could have a significant positive effect on this issue.  Unfortunately, he has shown little willingness to admit error or place the Country’s overall good before his own political well-being.

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Liberal Professor Compares Tea Party to Nazis

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 9, 2014

Academia is supposed to be a place where ideas can be debated and studied openly so that open minds can come to informed conclusions.  Unfortunately, in many colleges today that is not the case.  Instead, Leftist professors use positions of power to intimidate and indoctrinate those they are supposed to teach in order to pursue their own political agendas.  While this has been going on for decades, today’s inexpensive video recording technology has exposed this travesty.

Dr. Blake Armstrong of South Texas College, Weslaco, Texas, is a psychology professor who was recently caught red-handed pursuing his Leftist agenda.  Knowing that his remarks were political and not educational, Armstrong asked students not to “tell anybody” about his so-called lecture.  However, one student flipped on a video phone camera saving the professor’s inappropriate lecture for cyberspace, as posted below.  Armstrong’s Tea Party bashing comments included:

In 1931, which was really interesting, the Nazis — people were kind of tired of them.  They’ve been around since 1920, 11 years now.  They’ve won seats — they’re like the tea party!  That’s such a good example,” and “but in the sense of how they politically came to power, there’s a good analogy there.  That eventually people realized, ‘Oh, these Nazis are a bunch of nuts,’  ‘These tea party people are a bunch of nuts.’  I mean, the analogy really is a good analogy.”

It is fair to disagree with the Tea Party’s Libertarian views as well as its strict interpretation of the Constitution.  However, to compare them to Nazis is not meant to spur intellectual discussion, but rather demonize some Americans in an effort to thwart legitimate debate.  This is all too often the goal of liberal academia.

Many industries are today being revolutionized and made less expensive for consumers through new technologies.  The higher education industry has so far avoided this mainly due to governmental interference whose manipulation of student debt (loans) has allowed the inefficiencies to continue.  This is why cost of higher education increase has outstripped inflation for decades.  It has resulted in the current aggregate student debt exceeding $1 trillion, an amount greater than all consumer credit card debt.  This unsustainable economic path will soon be a controlling factor for Progressive educators, such as Blake Armstrong.  Students will start demanding real education that betters their lives, rather than accepting police indoctrination.  However, since Dr. Armstrong likely never took Econ 101, he is oblivious to the unstoppable forces of supply and demand that will ultimately act to curtail lame educators such as he.

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Rick Perry Indicted for Refusing to Fund Drunk DA

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 17, 2014

 

Texas Gov. Rick Perry was indicted on Friday for refusing to fund the State’s Public Integrity Unit.  The implication is that the Governor either overstepped his authority or has attempted to block some related investigation.  While this may be the case, there is at least antidotal evidence that the Unit is run by an incompetent District Attorney.

The Texas Public Integrity Unit is headed by Dist. Atty. Rosemary Lehmberg. In 2013, DA Lehmberg was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol. A video below shows her booking at a Texas police station. She is not only an incoherent, but also threatens the arresting officer.

Irrespective of Perry’s motive in not funding the Public Integrity Unit, DA Lehmberg has proven to be an inappropriate public servant to have the power to make decisions on criminal matters. However, like too many “servants” of the People, she is not held accountable for inappropriate behavior. It is another example of the growing tyranny by the governing class.

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Statistics that Don’t Support the Gun Control Narrative

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 7, 2013

Those that support strict gun-control do so claiming that such efforts will save lives.  Rarely are those claims backed by facts or studies.

The blaze.com published some interesting statistics that the very least brings into question the main premise justifying restricting American’s Second Amendment rights:

  • Texas had a total of 699 total gun murders in 2011, a rate of 2.91 per 100,000.
  • Utah, a state the Brady Campaign determined had the least gun control, experienced just 26 gun murders, a rate of 0.97 per 100,000.
  • Washington, D.C. had the highest murder rate with 12 gun murders per 100,000 in 2011.  It also finished first in gun-related robberies per 100,000 people at 242.

The next time President Obama, VP Biden and friends get on their pulpit to preach gun control, it would be insightful if they would explain how the above figures relate to their promise of less gun violence through government control.

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Survivor of Texas Massacre Speaks Out About Gun Control

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 15, 2013

Since the tragic shootings at the Connecticut school, the Left has used the massacre to further their agenda of removing guns from Americans.  Guns are but a convenient tool for those who want to kill their fellow man.  However, if Nicole Simpson or Ron Goldman had had such a tool for defense, they might not have been murdered by the more powerful O.J. Simpson who used a knife.  This second half of the gun debate is rarely mentioned by the Left or mainstream media.

This week another victim of a violent crime testified in for Congress as to why she has become an advocate for gun ownership rights.  In 1991 Suzanna Hupp joined her parents in a Texas cafeteria for a meal.  Their timing was unfortunate.  Shortly thereafter a man drove a truck into the cafeteria and began shooting innocent people.  After Hupp and her parents ducked for cover behind a table, she went to her purse to locate her handgun only to realize she left it in her car due to a Texas law making it a felony under some circumstances to carry a gun in a purse.

Dr. Hupp’s father then rushed the perpetrator, only to be shot dead.  While she escaped, Hupp’s mother stayed with her dying father and was also shot dead, along with 21 other victims.

Dr. Hupp understands who her enemy was and testified: “Honestly, I don’t view myself as a victim of gun violence.  I view myself as a victim of a maniac who happened to use a gun as a tool, and I view myself as a victim of the legislators at the time who left me defenseless.”  She also stated: “Honestly, I don’t view myself as a victim of gun violence.  I view myself as a victim of a maniac who happened to use a gun as a tool, and I view myself as a victim of the legislators at the time who left me defenseless.

Finally, Dr. Hupp educated the Congress on the Second Amendment explaining that did not give citizens the right to own guns for hunting or recreation.  That Amendment’s purpose is to protect citizens from the tyranny of government.  Her gripping videoed testimony is included below.

 

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Leftist Press Buries San Antonio Movie Theater Shooting Incident

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 31, 2012

Two days after the Connecticut school tragedy, a public shooting took place in San Antonio, Texas that has not received appropriate national publicity.  In this occurrence, the perpetrator shot an ex-girlfriend in a parking lot and then entered a nearby theater to inflict additional carnage.  Fortunately for those in the theater an off-duty sheriff’s deputy was also in the theater and shot the gunman before any damage could be inflicted.

The difference in the way the publicity has been handled by the press for the two events are telling.  Everyone knows the name of the Connecticut killer.  However, no one knows the name of the hero in San Antonio who happened to have a gun in the movie theater.

Below is an article published in the Huffington Post on the San Antonio shooting.  Missing from the closing paragraph is a statement about how fortunate theater-goers were that a good guy with a gun happen to be in the locale at that time.

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US Justice Department is Disingenuous on Voter ID Issue

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 21, 2012

United States Department of Justice is attacking various states on the issue of voter ID.  One of the states, Texas, has been taken to court in Washington DC.  Pjmedia.com reported that a DOJ witness, 18-year-old Victoria Rose Rodriguez, testified that her parents were too busy to take her to get the new voter ID cards that Texas requires.

Let’s see, her parents were too busy to take her a few miles to obtain a voter ID card, but not too busy to get Rodriguez from Texas to Washington and back.  These folks must think that the American people have stupid written across their forehead!

The Left’s clamoring concerning the voter ID issue is a red herring.  Photo IDs are required to get on airplanes, to cash checks and yes to get into the Democrat convention.  This is not about ensuring the rights of minorities.  This is about voter fraud.  Obama and his team learned well in Chicago were the adage is “vote early and vote often”.

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Patriotic Chant Called Racism in Texas

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 15, 2012

At a recent high school basketball game in Texas, Alamo Heights High School defeated Alamo Heights.  During the after game celebration, great offense was taken by some at a chant given by Alamo Heights fans.  The negative reactions included:

  • A San Antonio Independent School District spokeswoman, Leslie Price, saying of the chant: “This is very disrespectful to our students.  It is surprising and it’s disappointing to hear that anyone would be out there making those kind of remarks“.
  • Edison student Julian Castellano said: “I was very surprised.  Very appalled.”
  • Edison student Ruby Arredondo said: “They didn’t really have any class.”
  • Edison student Ruby Arredondo said: “It just rubbed us the wrong way.”
  • Edison students who attended Saturday’s game were shocked when they heard the chant.  Some thought the fans of the victors should have been better behaved.
  • After apologizing for the chant, Alamo Heights Superintendent Kevin Brown said: “We just hope that people know that that’s not who we are and we’re not going to let it happen again“.  Brown further said: “We think that you have to earn a right to be there and that’s not a reflection of our school district,” and his band the perpetrators from future state title games.

Now, this story, reported in the press as a racial incident, would not be complete without posting the dastardly chant, which was incredibly:

“USA, USA, USA”

Yes, that was the extent of it, as shown in the video provided at the link below.

This amazing story shows the extent of which political correctness has taken over the Country.  Now, even a show of patriotism at a sporting event that includes two American teams can be interpreted as a racist.  We certainly, long way baby!  Political correctness is nothing more than a modern-day Leftist which-hunt akin to the attacks from McCarthy in the early 1950’s.

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Obama to Oppose Keystone Oil Pipeline

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 18, 2012

According to CNN, Democratic sources have stated that President Obama will announce his decision to oppose the Keystone oil pipeline.  The proposed pipeline would run from Alberta Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.

President Obama’s opposition to the pipeline serves no one except to appease the radical environmentalists that are important part of his base.  While pipelines crisscross the country by the thousands, the President dithers based on some lame environmental excuses.

In learning of Obama’s decision, House Speaker John Boehner stated: “This is not good for our country.  The president wants to put this off until it’s convenient for him to make a decision.  That means after the next election.  The fact is the American people are asking the question right now, ‘Where are the jobs?’

The proposed Keystone oil pipeline would create thousands of jobs, increase tax revenues, and bring more oil United States from a reliable and friendly source.  Obama’s opposition to it is purely political and bad for the Country.  More of the hope and change promised by this president.

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Texas Schools Mandating Arabic Language Studies

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 8, 2011

Mansfield Texas is offering an Arabic language and culture class in certain schools, part of a federally funded program.  The grant is part of the Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.  The five-year $1.3 million grant makes the Arabic class mandatory at certain local schools and optional at others.

According to cbslocal.com, local parents were surprised by the program.  Imagine that; parents surprised by the fact that Arabic is being taught in Texas schools.  The Department of Education justifies this off-beat educational step claiming that it has identified Arabic as a “language of the future.”  That is nothing but a lame excuse for this outrageous example of political correctness.

It is ironic that during a time when the Pledge of Alliance and reading from the Bible has been removed from public schools so that some might not be offended, that Arabic is now being required in some districts.  While Arabic is but a language, it is also closely associated with a major religion, Islam.

Putting aside for a moment the issue of political correctness, the Constitution does the Federal government the right interfere with the states’ education.  The only way to stop this ever-growing intrusion by the federal government into states and individual rights is to limit its funding.   Forcing a balanced budget is one place to start in stopping these dangerous and growing Federal intrusions.

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