I speak to Maggie Castor about the Gospel Box at the Catholic Marketing Trade Show

the Gospel box web site is here, the twitter page is here

The Gospel Box store is here

Before I spoke to her I spoke to her husband Kelly Mission Water first. That interview is here.

This weekend in Cleveland a 15-year-old boy carjacked a vehicle with some friends, when pursued by the police rammed a police car and apparently drew a gun on police.

Police shot him.

The boy’s name was Andre Carson and in no time flat his death was being called “murder” despite some inconvenient facts:

There are many words to describe Andre Carson’s actions, unorthodox is not one of them, but believe it or not that is not the most amazing argument in his defense I’ve seen. This is:

The “society is to blame” argument is something I’ve seen a lot lately to defend or explain all kinds of crime and violence in the black community online , in print and on camera and a lot of people are buying it.

There is just one problem with the “systems of oppression” argument.  It’s a matter of history

After 1866 Black Americans in the south had to worry about the Klan, while in the North they were competing for jobs made scare by the end of the civil war.

After re-construction Black Americans had to deal with Jim Crow laws.

During the Wilson years Black Americans had to deal with the return of the Klan sparked by the first real blockbuster movie in America, Birth of a Nation.

During the 30’s Black Americans had to deal with Jim Crow AND the Great Depression

During the 40’s Black Americans had to deal with discrimination in the armed forces

During the 50’s they had to deal with renewed violence and massive resistance

and even up all the way to 1964 you can see Black Americans oppressed under the law.

During most of those years, there was no kind of government social safety net, no liability laws against employers and almost no chance of legal relief for actual oppression short of murder.

Yet in all that time you don’t see anything like the level of violence crime in the black community that you see today, you don’t see the black on black violence, nor the mob violence that we all saw in Ferguson and Baltimore live or that has not been reported because the MSM has not considered it newsworthy.

So to all of those who are making the “oppression” argument in Cleveland, in Baltimore, in Ferguson and elsewhere, I have a question for you:

If the criminal actions of Black Youth today are simply a reaction to oppression then why was this crime not the norm during the 100 year period from 1866 to 1965 during a time when guns laws were practically non existent, there was no social safety net and the oppression of Black Americans was backed by law rather than in violation of it?

 

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By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT:  You may (or may not…) recall my post last week regarding the upcoming Louisiana governor’s race in which the last line was “Keep your eye on Scott Angelle.”

A new poll out last week seems to indicate that Angelle may be making a move. Via NOLA:

A recent poll tells a new narrative about the Louisiana governor’s race — one where Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle might be vying with U.S. Sen. David Vitter as the Republican frontrunner.

Almost all other gubernatorial polls have shown Vitter ahead of the other two major Republican candidates. But a recent survey commissioned by wealthy Louisiana residents and business owners — including local newspaper owner John Georges — indicates Angelle might be pulling even with Vitter, or possibly surpassing him.

Senator David Vitter’s camp rejects this poll and the pollster as well. Vitter insists he is well ahead. But, remember, on October 24, we are likely going to end up with a run-off – either between two Republican candidates, or a Republican and a Democrat. If it ends up Vitter v. Angelle, we may have a whole new ball game.

As I said last week, most people seem to be simply holding their nose and just accepting Vitter has it, mostly because of his huge name recognition. “Who is Angelle?” you hear.  If Scott Angelle can get his name out there, Vitter may need to start looking over his shoulder.

So who is Scott Angelle?

Angelle is a former Democrat but maybe we shouldn’t hold that against him. He switched parties in 2010. These days, he professes to be against same-sex marriage but concedes that it is a state issue. He was vocally against the drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill, insisting that it was killing families and small business in Louisiana (he was right).

On Common Core, Angelle seems to talk in circles – if he’s going to get my attention on that issue, he needs to be much more assertive.  When asked how he would get rid of it, Angelle offered no real plan; he just said that we need to get rid of the “victim” mentality that we were “forced” into it, and that the legislature needs to come up with a compromise plan.  WHAT plan?  Give it to me.  Let me hear your ideas, Angelle.  You’ve got to have some.

On other issues, Angelle is FOR the Keystone pipeline, he’s a member of the NRA, and he promises to increase transparency in the governor’s office and strengthen ethics laws (which have been a sham under Jindal).

If Angelle is going to stand a chance against the huge name recognition of Vitter, he needs to hustle up and get his ideas out there in a clear, concise, and definite way.  October 24 is coming fast.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

Remember thou art Mortal

Whispered in the ear of a Roman General celebrating a Triumph

Looking at the latest kerfuffle concerning Donald Trump and the media reminds me of one of the single most important lessons that any and every GOP candidate not named Ted Cruz needs to get through their head.

At this moment candidates from Jeb Bush to Carly Fiorina are taking advantage of Trump’s latest gaffe to increase their visibility among voters and to get some positive press from the MSM.

This is to some degree a wise move, Bush is currently trailing Trump and Fiorina is WAY behind in the polls so naturally anything that might get them more face time and a possible poll bump that such attention can bring. is a rational move, especially since the MSM is always willing to support on republicans attacking each other.

I don’t fault them for trying their best to advance their immediate cause, that’s the name of the game. But for those people running for the first time or inexperienced in how the MSM works let me remind them all of something vital.

If a time comes that you appear to be the likely GOP nominee for president, it will not matter how many times the media has said nice things to you, written flattering columns about you, or had you on their shows. It will not matter if you have the cleanest mouth in the world, it won’t matter if your staff is 60% black gay women, it won’t matter if you are married a person of a different race, your children are married to a person of a different sex or if you come out as an atheist.

The same media that is lionizing you for hitting Trump will automatically dub you a racist, bigot, sexist, homophobe who is a religious fanatic out to force every female in the world to bear 31 children. You will be declared an enemy of the black race, a foe of the Hispanics, a heartless hater of the poor and every question asked of you will be a variation of “Why is it you and the Republican Party suck so badly?”

Take a close look at Trump on Meet the Press yesterday

See those questions Chuck Todd is asking? Memorize them, because if you become the GOP nominee or if it looks like you are a threat to the Democrats in any way, no matter what you say or do, every single member of the MSM will ask you a variation of that line of questioning every tie they get a chance. They’ll ask it on the news, at events and during the presidential debates.

Learn this lesson now because you are going to have to learn it sooner or later.

If you don’t understand this, then you have no business running for the GOP nomination.

FYI the reason I excluded Ted Cruz from this lesson is because he already gets it.

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