California Orchard
Central Valley orchard in 2009

By John Ruberry

Al Gore brought his multi-media global warming circus to Kansas City last night. With photos and videos, Gore showed the folks of the City of Fountains downpours, dust storms, wildfires, drought, and rising sea levels that the so-called “settled science” of anthropogenic global warming will bring.

You’ve heard–or heard about it–again and again.

But in a Kansas City Star article about Gore’s speech, this Gore-acle about California’s drought-stricken Central Valley pounced at me like a wounded polar bear: “Think about that, the Dust Bowl is coming back, quickly, unless we act.”

The original Dust Bowl, which devastated the Great Plains from southern Canada to the Texas panhandle in the 1930s, was brought about by drought conditions that humans made worse by a few decades of reckless agricultural practices on marginal land.

Californians, on the other hand, have been farming the fertile soil of the Central Valley since the end of the Mexican War. The region is blessed by warm, but not hot, summers and cool winters–it has everything but steady rain. But irrigation from the reservoirs of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta remedied that problem–until 2007, when environmentalist Luddites won a court ruling that diverts water to the ocean to protect the tiny Delta Smelt. The ruling decreed that no more than 305 of them can be killed by water diversion. In National Review last month, Charles C.W. Cooke wrote that there are anywhere from 35,000 to 100,000 of the “little buggers.”

Central Valley strawberry field in 2009
Central Valley strawberry field in 2009

What Gore surely omitted from his KC speech, that unlike global warming, the Central Valley drought is truly man-caused.

All kinds of food is produced in the Valley–grapes, strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce, nuts, and corn are just some. In fact, about 12 percent of the food we grow comes from there.

If the Central Valley does become a Dust Bowl, we can blame environmentalists like Gore and fellow global-warming believer President Obama.

But the disaster can be prevented if we quickly act: Open the gates and let the water in.

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Olimometer 2.52

Sunday is here and we are in the worst shape that we’ve seen in a while.

With six days to go in the month we are a full $702.89 cents short of our monthly goal.

We are heading toward the worst showing we’ve had since last June. The mortgage is due in six days and the money simply isn’t there.

I’m going to need to pull in nearly $120 a day simply to get the bills paid.

Put bluntly I need your help to keep me out of the hole this month, please consider hitting DaTipJar to move the ball forward.

Today on DaTechGuy on DaRadio we turn the lens on the forgotten revolution.

While the world focus’ on Ukraine events in Venezuelan continue to spiral out of control with crackdowns, shootings repression of the press el/al

DaTechGuy’s Blog’s resident expert on Latin American affairs and Member of DaMagnificent Seven Fausta Wertz takes the chair to fill us in on the story the media is not.

In the 2nd Hour we bring in our Magnificent Panel and we’ll Discuss the Crisis in Ukraine, Venezuela, the update to Arizona law that has the left’s knickers in a twist and the Merideth statue case with

Andy the Right Wing gamer

Mike Wade of the long running Radio Show Conservatively Speaking on WCRN

and old friend Dominic Nanni in the Bob Beckel chair for unrepentant liberals/socialists

 

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By A.P. Dillon

What happens if you throw a social justice movement and no one comes? More specifically, what happens when the citizens of the state in which you’re pushing this movement have tuned you out?

You get the normal sized, lackluster Moral Monday crowd like this one in Fayetteville:

It sounded like part revival, and part rally. Barber used the occasion to give state lawmakers a tongue lashing. “We are not dealing with Republicans,” said Barber. “It’s not about Republicans or Democrats. It’s about extremist trying to hijack this state.”

The crowd of 200 to 300 may have been small, but spirits were high. There were a lot of teachers and educators in the crowd, who are angry at state legislators.  Via Abc11

200-300 was generous. I saw the report on television by ABC 11 and Time Warner news was likely more accurate with ‘more than a hundred’.  You see, this is what a Moral Monday really looks like when you aren’t busing in people from other states or astroturfing it with Unions.   Regarding the line about teachers and educators – how dare Governor McCrory actually fulfill one of their main requests?

This is what Moral Monday looks like in Florida — mostly unions:

Here comes the out of state astroturf RT @ProgressFlorida: RT @AwakeTheState: Flyer for Moral Monday rally in Tally pic.twitter.com/LdUZFu0Cyn — Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) February 18, 2014

 Reminder: Organize the South Or Die!

There is a related piece in the FayObserver with a picture from this particular Moral Monday who is holding a sign that says ‘Get Big Money Out Of Politics’.  That sign probably only means get money out of Republican politics, since the top donors over the last twenty years have given overwhelmingly to Democrats.

 

The Crowd Estimate Lie And Media Repetition

I’m surprised they even estimated given the “logistics expert” debacle that came out of the Moral March held on February 8th; see my article, Moral March Recap. USA Today was forced to correct the ludicrous estimate from the NAACP’s “logistics expert” that touted 80-100k had shown up when fellow blogger SisterToldjah made an inquiry. As it turns out, the USA Today writer simply plucked that number from a tweet made by the Moral March leader, Reverend Barber, then put it in their article without attribution.

Just for fun, let’s try a comparison.  Here’s a crowd shot from the march. Below is a shot of the on campus basketball record-breaking crowd in the Carrier Dome at over 34K during the recent SU vs Duke game. The crowd estimate NC NAACP wants you to believe is around three times that? Bullpucky.

The official attendance was 35,446. For even more perspective, there’s another shot of that crowd here. GO ORANGE!

 

So The Media Repeated Big Lie? What Was The Real Number?

Yes. None of them vetted that number the day of and instead, repeated the claim. That includes the national outlet, USA Today. Sister Toldjah had question them to get USA Today to correct it. That’s your media, folks. The real number was probably about 14-15k according to Stephen Doig and Butch Street, who were brought in to check out the 80-100k claim.  In other words, no bigger than one of the larger HK on J marches — only they had to bus them in from other states. One could read more about that debunking if it weren’t conveniently still behind the News and Observer pay wall.

“Logistics Expert”

So who is the “logistics expert”? Peter Anlyan, the founder of Anlyan Consulting.  Was he using Common Core math to get that ridiculous estimate? One has to wonder. Anlyan, as it turns out has strong ties to Jim Goodmon, whose charity organization funneled money to the ‘attack memo’ distributor BlueprintNC which was spawned by NC Justice Center. Convenient!

So why does this crowd size matter?  It should matter to everyone that the 2014 HK on J/Moral March was mostly people imported from other states – yet the media present chose not to show that aspect. It shows this ‘movement’ lacks the enthusiasm from the majority of North Carolinians and that who is showing up are the far Left groups and their union friends. They do not represent North Carolina. They are a well-funded, small but loud minority attempting to make themselves seem larger and broader than they really are– and failing.

Related: Find out what happens with David Webb confronts Reverend Barber at the Moral March.

 

A.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

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by Linda Szugyi

Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking is not as insulting towards extroverts as it sounds.  Her point is not that one personality trait is better than the other.

She does, however, make a strong case that our culture has a bias against introversion.  She gives a synopsis in a charming TED Talk.

It certainly rings true to me.  I grew up knowing full well that I was a shy, anxious sort, and that I should be less so.  Warning: shyness and anxiousness are not the same thing as introversion.  Just ask any introvert and they’ll tell you in short order.

The thing is, I didn’t know there was a difference between social anxiety and introversion until taking the good-old Myers-Briggs in my late twenties.  What a revelation.  My whole life, I had lumped them together in the Big Bag of Stuff I Need To Overcome.

Given that I’m so introverted a month in solitary confinement sounds like the perfect holiday, I really shouldn’t be throwing the baby out with the bath water.  So it felt good to accept some natural tendencies.

Still, my career forced me to continue trying to fit in an ill-fitting mold.  It’s a stressful way to live.  Thanks to that personality test, at least somewhere in the back of my mind I patted myself on the back for trying so hard, rather than berating myself for failing an impossible task.

Motherhood gave me a reason to walk away from that stressful career.  Since then, I’ve considered the matter resolved:  it’s okay to be an introvert, and introverts can learn to behave in an extroverted manner whenever a situation calls for it.

Quiet has offered another eye-opening idea, though:  it’s not necessarily a good idea to don the extroverted mantle all the time.  If you do it too much you’ll burn out.  Individuals should seek a lifestyle that compliments natural tendencies, not one that is constantly at odds with it.

And there lies my brand new revelation:  I may have walked away from the impossible task of Becoming Extroverted, but I never did change my daily habit of acting more extroverted than I really am.

The funny thing is, I thought that pulling the boys out of brick-and-mortar school would provide a unique opportunity to indulge in my introverted tendencies.  Ha!

If I kept the boys alone with me all day, every day, I’m not sure if they would kill me or I would kill them.  Being an engaged member of a larger community is a must.

And in the homeschool community, nothing gets done without a considerable amount of initiative, discussion, planning, and cooperation from every parent.  So here I am, constantly meeting new people, having email discussions, signing up to be a “craft leader” (don’t ask), coordinating and chaperoning field trips, arranging car pools, collecting money for coach gifts, and just generally pitching in and chatting away far more than I ever did at the brick-and-mortar schools.

It’s turning into a stressful way to live.  I might have to break my habit of acting extroverted, at least some of the time.

Whew, too much navel-gazing.  If you’ve read this far, thanks for indulging me.  Since most people are probably closer to the middle of the “introversion/extraversion” spectrum, this post may sound a lot like a hand-wringer trying to rationalize her own anxieties.  There might be some truth to that.

But I can still pull some takeaway points out of my nethers for those of you who didn’t fail to score at least one point on the extraversion side of the Myers-Briggs test.

First, if you can’t decide whether you are an extrovert or an introvert, and frankly suspect the whole thing is a crock:  count your lucky stars.  You are a well-balanced ambivert–able to enjoy a quiet, solitary day every bit as much as you enjoy a spontaneous day in the midst of a bustling crowd.  I am jealous of you.

Second, if you are considering homeschooling, but are afraid that you will “go crazy” if you are stuck in your house all day, don’t let that misconception stop you.  It is so easy to rarely be home while homeschooling.  Assuming you have a vehicle and you don’t live in the absolute middle of nowhere, there is enough excitement out there for even the most extreme stimuli-seeking extrovert among us.

Actually, we homeschooling introverts need you extroverts desperately.  We need the moms who revel in leading vibrant new groups.

If you are an extrovert who would like to homeschool, but can’t find enough activities in your area, start a group of your own.  I remember a fellow military mom who was worried about the lack of organized homeschool groups at her next duty station.  She solved that problem by founding the Home School Association for Military Families.

If you build it, we introverts will come out from under our rocks.  We promise.

This is the epilogue where I tell you something about myself.  But I just got thru talking about myself at length.  So let’s skip it.  I write more stuff, often about myself, here.

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Gerald R. Ford HwyBy John Ruberry

“Whether we like it or not, the American wage earner and the American housewife are a lot better economists than most economists care to admit. They know that a government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”
Gerald R. Ford, August 12, 1974.

Forty years later, a woman from Plainfield, Illinois, Kelly Alsip, is proving that Ford was a wise sage in regards to the acumen of the average American in regards to federal spending.

The Chicago Tribune’s Jon Yates writes a consumer affairs column, What’s Your Problem, that attempts to solve purchasers’ issues, things along the lines of “I got in a car accident and my insurer won’t pay my claim.”

Two years ago Kelly Alsip accidently made a $500 federal student loan payment–but she had already completely paid off that debt. Alsip promptly called the US Department of Education–and six weeks later she received a refund from the Treasury Department.

But last month out-of-the-blue Alsip received another $500 Treasury Department check. She suspects that it was a second refund from her 2012 error. Alsip tried to get an answer as to why she received that check, ignoring advice from her friends to just simply cash it.

And not surprisingly, she got nowhere, so she emailed the Trib’s Yates.

The Problem Solver called a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Education, who said she has no idea why Alsip received the check and her agency would have no way to find out. The spokeswoman suggested Alsip call the department’s National Payment Center or the Direct Loans Service Center.

Alsip tried both. She gave up on the first number after waiting more than 10 minutes without getting connected to a customer service agent. The second number was no longer in service, she said.

The Problem Solver also called a spokesman for the U.S. Treasury Department. That spokesman said he, too, had no idea and directed Alsip to call the Treasury Department’s Fiscal Management Service office in Kansas City.

After making another round of calls, she finally got a human being on the phone. That person instructed her to call another person in a different office.

The telephone number she was given was a general number, so she used the dial-by-name directory to find that individual. But that person’s name was not listed and there was no operator available to speak with.

“And the mystery of the $500 check remains,” Yates added.

Yeah, $500 is not a lot of money to the federal government. But it’s a lot to me. And how many more errant $500 checks have been sent by our leviathan of a government? Or $5,000 checks?

Or even $5 million checks?

Does anyone know?

Of course not.

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A new week has come with a new $350 goal to be made to pay DaMagnificent Seven and the less than magnificent mortgage.

Yesterday was a great imitation of Gave 6 of the 1976 world series. With less that two hours to go a single tip jar hitter made up the shortfall and gave us a full payweek in the last three.

It just goes to show you that the game isn’t over, until the last out is made.

The day has already started with a few hits of DaTipjar and if we can get another dozen tip jar hitter at $25 we can have the goal made at the beginning of the week rather than in the closing hours.

It will be much easier on my hairline and I don’t have all that much to spare.

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By Steve Eggleston

The Wall Street Journal reports that the United Auto Workers’ effort to unionize the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee fell short. Had the UAW been successful, the VW plant would have been the first foreign-owned plant in a Southern state to be unionized.

The story behind the unionization drive, and its failure, is rather remarkable. Volkswagen started the ball rolling by wanting to implement what it calls a “works council”, a group of line workers which negotiates with management on the operations of the plant. It has those “work councils” at most of its plants worldwide, in both union and non-union shops. However, to implement the concept in the US, it was convinced it needs the workers represented by an outside union.

Enter the UAW. Despite temporarily gaining a majority stake in Chrysler and getting a significant (and now controlling) stake in General Motors thanks to the Obama administration, their membership has been shrinking along with the vast majority of private-sector unions.

They have been actively targeting foreign-owned plants for unionization, with no success south of the Mason-Dixon line where most of these plants have been popping up. They went so far as to collaborate with their foreign counterparts, including Germany’s IG Metall, the main union dealing with Volkswagen in Germany.

Unlike most companies, Volkswagen encouraged the UAW effort. In an unusual move, it allowed UAW organizers to campaign in the plant, and coordinated its public statements with the UAW during the campaign.

That, however, wasn’t enough to overcome long-standing sentiment against unionization in Tennessee, as well as a well-funded campaign that pointed out that typical UAW tactics are not exactly compatible with the “works council” concept and said that unionization would turn Chattanooga into South Detroit. Some of the workers who voted against the UAW also cited the heavy tilt in UAW political donations toward Democrat candidates and causes.

Now that there is a 1-year “cooling off” period where the UAW cannot attempt to organize at VW’s Chattanooga plant, perhaps it is time to take a look at the archaic labor laws that seem to prohibit the creation of “work councils” outside the suffocating regime of unions.

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By A.P. Dillon

The North Carolina Democratic Party has had yet another shake up.  No, Randy Voller isn’t apologizing for another rape remark, but it does involve him. Chairman Voller has fired manager Robert Dempsey after only nine months on the job, citing ‘personnel issues’. The last personnel issue we saw surrounding Voller was the resignation of Nina Slzosberg-Landis, who took issue with the direction Voller would take the party as well as the methods he used. Members of his own party then called for his resignation.

Let’s also not forget Voller’s Vegas trip, the IRS wanted $286,522 from him, appointing himself interim executive director while Chairman. The appointment was to fill a long empty position vacated in 2012 after the man filling that post, Jay Parmley, was forced to resign amidst allegations of sexual harassment of a male co-worker. The Chairman at the time, David Parker, was also pressured to resign and the Parmley story continued to become more sordid. Voller also was accused of inappropriately hiring of pal Jim Neal for $7,000 a month, as well as Michael Carmichael for $6,000. Charlotte Observer was spot on with the headline, Chairman makes sideshow of N.C. Democratic Party.

Voller only won the Chairman’s spot by 11 votes. He was not a popular choice. In a nutshell, Voller’s summed up by Indy week as, “That he’s arrogant, divisive, lacks rudimentary political judgment or interpersonal skills, and is oblivious to the need to avoid even the appearance of improper conduct.

The NC Dems were considering taking a hard left turn or at least Chairman Randy Voller was. To replace Dempsey, Voller indicated his choice to be far left radical Ben Chavis. One has to ask if this might be a case of one back scratching another. It would appear that Dr. Chavis endorsed Voller for the NC Democratic party chair position.

This firing of Dempsey apparently came to the surprise of the rest of the NC Democrat party members. Voller’s pick of Chavis would have had to be confirmed by a vote by the state’s executive council.

All of this is now academic, as Voller seems to have been put in his place, or as ‘democratic consultant Perry Woods put it, Voller was “rebuffed”.  WRAL reported on Tuesday evening that the Democrats are now backing off Chavis. Here’s a fun quote from their report:

“Our main concern is to turn anger into action,” Voller said, referencing the discontent Democrats and others have displayed through the Moral Monday protests. He said Chavis could help the party “win elections from Sen. Kay Hagan on down to county commissioners.”

But, he told those on the call, “I’m not submitting his name at this point.”

Turn anger into action? That sounds like fightin’ words. Voller sounds a bit unhinged. How exactly would a convicted arsonist and sexual harasser help elect Democrats? The war on women angles are endless.  Just for fun, let’s look at who Voller wanted to see as his right hand man.

There was an update this morning before this article went up. The NC State Auditor spoke out against Randy Voller and his interim pick and then asked for her $500 donation back and stated she had no confidence it would be spent wisely. Her statement seems to be an indirect slam to Voller’s leadership and to the party as a whole:

“I am doing so because I have no confidence that my contribution (or anyone else’s) will be spent to elect Democrats to local, State and federal office,” the email reads. “[I]t is apparent to me that there is no intent to put checks and balances in place that are necessary for financial accountability and fiscal responsibility. As a CPA and the NC State Auditor, I know what fiscal accountability looks like and what it doesn’t.” – WRAL

Read the whole thing. It’s an especially vicious take-down. My hunch is the Dems try to force Voller out and he doesn’t go quietly. It’s also worth noting what local media is choosing to reveal about Chavis and how they word it. Compare that to what you’re about to read.

Chavis’s Checkered Past

Chavis has quite a checkered past. He had the distinction of being the only executive director of the NAACP to ever be fired. This firing came after allegations Chavis made a secret back room deal to hush up a sexual harassment claim from his assistant to the tune of $332,400. To help finance that hush up, Chavis was alleged to have stolen $64,000. The sexual harassment deal was bad enough, but after only serving 17 months, Chavis had put the NAACP $3 million in the hole. Chavis’s response to the firing:

Chavis responded, however, by calling the firing a “lynching” and a “crucifixion.” He charged that the NAACP is being controlled by “forces outside the African-American community.” – Solidarity

His firing was also blamed on ‘right-wing jews” by Russel Simmons, who was closely associated with the Nation of Islam and Louis Farrakhan and of which Ben Chavis Muhammad was now a part of. By the way, these days Farrakhan is still peddling his special brand of hate.

The Nation of Islam

The NAACP turn of events wouldn’t be the first sexual harassment charge Chavis would see. After leaving the NAACP, Chavis hung his hat at the Nation of Islam as one of Louis Farrakhan’s right hand men. Chavis then started using the name Ben Chavis Muhammad.  While at the Nation of Islam, he was put in charge of the controversial Mosque 7 in New York City; the mosque made famous as where Malcolm X preached and the site of quite a bit of violence.  While with the Nation of Islam, Chavis had another sexual harassment claim leveled against him that involved a married woman he was supposed to be giving martial counseling to. The amount this time was $135,000.

More controversy surrounding Chavis when he was forced to condemn some rather vile comments by fellow Nation of Islam member Khalid Muhammad.

In a Nov. 29 speech full of invective and coarse language, Muhammad lashed out at Jews, calling them the “blood suckers of the black nation” who “crucified Jesus in a kangaroo court” and who control the country’s financial system, including the Federal Reserve. – Chicago Tribune

Khalid Muhammad was ultimately removed by Farrakhan, but it took both houses of Congress censuring him to make that happen. Muhammad was also the national chairman for the New Black Panther party. Side note on the Federal Reserve, Dr. Chavis is all for “Occupying” it.

The Wilmington 10

In recent North Carolina history Governor Bev Perdue pardoned the Wilmington ten. Chavis was one of the ten. Chavis was working with the United Church of Christ at the time and was dispatched to Wilmington in January, the month before major violence broke out. Don’t let the affiliation with a church make you think he was in Wilmington to hold a sermon and congregation picnic. Chavis was ordained as a ‘Black Nationalist Minister‘ and part of the movement of the same name led by Albert Cleague. Cleague was known for his book, Black Messiah, in which he portrayed Jesus as a black revolutionary.

For those unfamiliar, the Wilmington ten, here’s a quick synopsis. This is by no means a full accounting, but an overview.

On February 6 of 1971, a boycott stemming from controversy about black inclusion in local schools ended with a grocery store being fire bombed, looting, property damage, rioting and multiple deaths in Wilmington. In the days leading up to the 6th of February, two prior arson attempts had been made on the grocery store before it was finally burned down.

Those responding to the fire said they were shot at from rooftops. A black teen was shot by police that night and a day or so later a white man was shot and killed. The National Guard (reportedly over 600 strong) had to be called in to put a stop to the violence. The trial became more about proving political and racial motivations than it was about determining if the ten really did commit the arson. Amnesty International entered the scene and claimed the ten were “political prisoners”.

In 1978, the  NY Times did an article on it indicating that an anonymous source claimed he committed the crimes at the urging of Chavis. At any rate, Chavis had some clear involvement in the goings on that night. Excerpt from UNC’s This Month In History with emphasis added:

The largest demonstration following the assassination of King took place in the historic port city of Wilmington. Race relations there had worsened following the desegregation of the city’s high schools at the beginning of the 1969/70 school year. There were frequent clashes between white and African American students resulting in a number of arrests and expulsions. The hostilities reached a boiling point in late January 1971 when Wilmington’s African American students announced a boycott of the city’s schools. Ben Chavis, an experienced activist from Oxford, N.C., was called to Wilmington to organize the boycott.

Shortly after Chavis’s arrival, two downtown businesses were burned, and there was evidence of other arson attempts. African American activists were blamed for the incidents. Members of the Ku Klux Klan and a group called The Rights of White People began to patrol downtown Wilmington armed and openly hostile to the boycotting students and their leaders. On the night of February 6, 1971, several fires were set, and a small downtown grocery store was firebombed. When firemen reported to the scene, they were shot at by snipers on the roof of the Gregory Congregational Church, in which Chavis and a number of students were barricaded. Two people were killed and several were injured during the battle that raged that night and into the next day. Finally, on February 8, National Guardsmen forced their way into the church only to find it empty.

Bev Perdue called it ‘naked racism‘ and pardoned them in her last days in office. The prosecutor, Jay Stroud called her decision a “mistake” and the case had received a unanimous verdict:

“I think she has made a mistake,” Stroud said of Perdue on Monday. “The case was prosecuted fairly, and the jury reached a unanimous verdict fairly quickly after a six-week trial. And they found all 10 defendants unanimously guilty of all charges. And I think her decision is flying in the face of the jury’s verdict.” – CNS News

The Forgotten Piece

Chavis’s history with sexual harassment and the anti-semitic Nation of Islam aside, there is another piece of the puzzle missing. That forgotten piece is Chavis’s involvement with the Black Panther party in the late 60’s. Some details can be found in this FBI report.  Some of it is hard to read, but from what is legible, Chavis was an active Black Panther and the report also describes other related groups that played supporting roles in the Charlotte area.

According to the FBI report, Chavis, along with one Jerome Johnson were members of the Afro-American Unity Organization and attended a meeting in Greensboro to establish affiliation with the Black Panther party in California and create a chapter in North Carolina. The report describes Chavis as leading a protest rally on March 3rd, 1969 in Charlotte. Chavis’s title according to the report was “Minister of Information”, while Jerome Johnson was made “Area Captain”.

Also in the FBI report, at another rally in June, Chavis acted as “MC” and the crowd gathered and marched while shouting “power to the people” and giving the black power salute.

Not mentioned in the FBI report is that Chavis and Johnson were both arrested in 1969 for trespassing during a protest over a school closing. Also, their Black Panthers headquarters were raided for suspicion of illegal weapons and two member of the group were jailed. Not long after, the Black Panther split into factions and they had shoot outs between them, which often times included shoot outs with the police. The Oakland Black Panthers disavowed both groups and they seemingly disintegrated not long after.

Chavis himself has recounted part of his involvement with the Black Panthers and the protests in the FBI report in this interview done back in 2007 with Bridgette Sanders and Lois Stickel of UNC Charlotte.

BS: Was there a black panther party?
BC: In the community, not on campus. Well, let me put it this way, there was the beginning of a black panther party and I was involved with that.

It’s this interview that should really bother people who have been watching the increasing rhetoric of Moral Monday and the NC Democrats endorsement of such rhetoric. What Voller is proposing to bring into their party leadership is not just a man with multiple sexual harassment complaints or an arson conviction, it’s a man who believes in the power of “incidents” to force change.

Except from the transcript of the interview. Emphasis added is mine:

BS: Where there any specific incidents on campus that you remember?
BC: Incidents? I remember a lot of incidents.
BS: That for the black cause. And I guess getting at the flag incident is what I’m trying steer you too.
BC: Right, right. There came a point in 1969 when we a, took over the administration building. We lowered the United States flag and put up a black flag. And we presented ten demands to the administration. And basically the demands were to be more inclusive academically. We were concerned about the non academic employees. I can’t believe, at that time we asked that they be paid two dollars an hour. Shows what the economy was back in the ’60s. So yes, that was a big day. It was a very trying day. Because obviously the administration had to decide whether or not to have us arrested or to negotiate. And thank God, they decided to negotiate with us rather than have us arrested. Because we literally chained the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor in the building with us. We chained ourselves in the building. We didn’t lock them out; we locked ourselves in the building with them. And a, it was some heated words.

*SNIP*

“Incidents” like boycotts that end with snipers and fire bombings? How about turning anger in action like Chairman Voller said in the opening of this article?  I didn’t buy Chavis’s tweet not to judge him by his past for a second; it was a way to say ‘shut up’ and don’t question me. To me that was an invitation to take a closer look at the man Voller was bringing back to NC to be his right hand man.

I am pleased to return to my home in NC. No personal attacks or false allegations will stop me from helping #NCDP from winning big in 2014.

— Dr. Benjamin Chavis (@DrBenChavis) February 11, 2014

One thing is for sure, the NC Democrat party leadership is unhinged and has gone so far left, it’s nearly fallen off the edge of the map. Voller’s pick of Chavis indicates that he believes in the leftist creed and seems to have become the NC Democrat motto: By Any Means Necessary.

 

Lady Liberty 1885 (LL1885) is A.P. Dillon, a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writing can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

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It’s Thursday and DaTipJar and the Good news is this week’s take has more than doubled to $112.11

The bad news is that’s still $237.89 shy of the full paycheck this week with only 3 days to go.

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I recently had the opportunity to dine with a group of young men who attend one of the 15 most liberal colleges in the country. When I brought up the subject of Che Guevara t-shirts, all of them, and I mean all, agreed that Che was a mass murderer.

There is hope for mankind!

The gentlemen I was talking to are well informed. Unfortunately, many are not, and some others need to be reminded of the facts about Che’s crimes.

Here is a short list of suggested reading:

The Fontova, Eire and Arenas books are available on Kindle and in stardard print.

But you don’t need to read a while book. You can start with Michael Totten’s excellent reports on his recent trip to Cuba. Read The Truth About Che Guevara, and pay particular attention to Humberto Fontova’s words (emphasis added):

“…Here is a quote from Fidel Castro in 1955 when he was in prison in Cuba. He said, ‘Propaganda is vital—the heart of our struggle. We can never abandon propaganda…Use a lot of sleight of hand and smiles with everybody. We must follow the same tactic we employed in our trial; defend our points of view without raising hackles. There will be plenty of time later to crush all the cockroaches.’

“And here’s Che Guevara from his own diaries in 1958. He said, ‘Much more valuable than rural recruits for our guerrilla force were American media recruits to export our propaganda.’ Castro and Guevara cultivated and shmoozed the foreign media. They made it a goal from day one. They needed to export their propaganda and make it not seem like propaganda.”

With that kind of useful idiots, why should some still may think “It could never happen here”?

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on Latin America and American politics atFausta’s Blog

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Wednesday is here and DaTipJar continues its perfect display of inertia.

Over the last 48 hours while plenty of people have visited the site none have deigned to hit DaTipJar leaving my weekly total at $51.11

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by Linda Szugyi

We all know that an obesity epidemic is besieging this great nation–nay, even the whole industrialized world.

We all know the typical “liberal” responses to this problem:  1) happy propaganda, 2) the strict approach, and 3) demonization of corporations (always a favorite of hardcore statists).

We also know the typical conservative and libertarian response (they actually seem to agree in this instance):  “don’t tell me what to eat!

Both sides are focusing on a small, incidental battle of the real war.  The real war is cultural, of course, and its lines are much more broadly drawn than our average BMI.

The real war is masked by the sheer novelty of the issue at hand.  At what other point in history has a sizeable population had the problem of too much to eat?  How ironic, really: the poorest among us are also the fattest.

Fat isn’t really our problem, though, is it?  Obesity is only a symptom of the larger, cultural war between individual responsibility and collective salvation.

At this point in history, individual responsibility is at a distinct disadvantage.  Culturally, we have been shirking that pesky responsibility for a good fifty years at least.

Even more important, individuals in America today have a tremendous amount of power when it comes to the simple question of how to fill our stomachs.  Will it be sweet, or savory?  Spicy, or mild?  Beef, chicken, fish, or vegan?  Thai, or Indian?  Italian, or Mexican?  The possibilities are endless, affordable, convenient, and always delicious.

I’d say that we as a society have more money than sense.  It might be more accurate, however, to say that we have more access than sense.  After all, if you don’t have the money, then just put it on the credit card.  If you are eligible, then let the taxpayers help you access that yummy junk food.

Amazingly, it is the work of only 2% of our population that produces all this gastronomic power.  You can chalk that up to the innovative wonders of our modern food machine, or to the insidious evils of said food machine, depending on your personal inclination.

Of course, the liberal solutions won’t solve the problem.  Happy propaganda will fall on deaf earsThe strict approach will become the norm.  We are already accustomed to the idea of paying the government for the sin of tobacco use.  It is not a stretch to imagine paying for the sin of junk food.

Will the strict taxation approach make any meaningful headway?  Will the decrease in obesity be worth the decrease in individual freedom?  Being a regressive tax, it will punish those that liberals claim they want to help–the poor.  Any newly created black market will always thrive.  Also, the “evil” corporations will find a way to work around government regulation.

In fact, those demonized corporations will hop right in bed with the regulatory powers-that-be.  Even the lame ones that sell you a product you can make in your own kitchen:  the cold sandwich.

Now, let me emphasize an important point:  in America today, we have more power and more choice in food than the richest rulers of ages past.  That power is hard to judiciously exercise.  Really, really, hard.  I drive a particularly restaurant-heavy stretch of road on a daily basis, and I have coined that drive “running the gauntlet.”  a fast food gauntlet

Even with the windows rolled up, the aromas are so thick and enticing.  They are thoroughly melded together, making it impossible to tell which scents come from which building.  “Don’t bother cooking tonight,” those scents whisper.  “When your husband gets home, he’ll gladly bring you here.”

Personally, I’ve got about a stone of weight that I’d love to cast off, but I’m not casting the first stone or anything.  I’m just trying to be honest about the problem with great power.  Even the great power to purchase delicious food.  Great responsibility comes with it.

As a member of the Magnificent Seven, I’m supposed to have a little bio at the end of every post I write.  And I haven’t done that.  In my defense, a person that bills herself as “No One Of Any Import” doesn’t really see the point in self-description.  If you like what I’ve said, though, there is more on my personal blog

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Olimometer 2.52

It’s Monday and the weekly goal sits at $51.11

With a weekly goal of $350 that means we’re only $298.89 to go to make week 2 in February a success as opposed to week 1.

Only 12 readers at $25 are needed to clear this weeks goal and start to make up on last week’s shortfall.

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By John Ruberry

An article posted last week in Buzzfeed, Occupy Wall Street’s Final Implosion, caught my eye.

Occupy has devolved into a Twitter war.

Take a look at this Tweet:

 

Big deal. Occupy is all but dead and Tunney, a Google software engineer, is a general with no army, along the lines of the delusional “King” Viserys Targaryen in Game of Thrones. Actually the Occupy movement is dead, all that remains is the name calling and competing claims as to who founded the collective of leftists.

While I didn’t visit the Zuccotti Park Occupy camp, I did so at its counterparts in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Denver, and I attended an Occupy march in Milwaukee. Oh, were these people cocky. “We can change the world,” Vermin Supreme sang at an Occupy Chicago rally. The movement was going to morph the energy from Cairo’s Tahrir Square protests and the drive to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker into the far-left’s ultimate dream–a world wide uprising that would make the Russian Revolution look like a brush war.

But the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood became the ruling party in Egypt and Walker survived the recall challenge. And now Egypt is run by the military.

The world has changed–no one believes it won’t–but not the way Occupy Wall Street had in mind.

Meanwhile the Tea Party, a true grass-roots movement, is alive and well.  And while thousands of Occupy activists were arrested during its halcyon days, I’m still waiting for the first Tea Party bust.

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It’s a new week with a slight change to our goal.

With the first of our Villagers writing today this brings the number of paid writers here to 9 thus our new weekly goal to pay the mortage and the writers is $350.

As we were short by $185 last week a five dollar higher goal might seem counter intuitive but given the record of the last three months and the last year I have faith that the readers will not only help us make the higher goal for this week 15 readers at $25 will do it

But will help make up last week’s shortfall to keep the monthly target in play

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