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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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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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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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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By Steve Eggleston

Yesterday, the January 2014 jobs report was released. The toplines were a mixed bag, with a less-than-expected 113,000 jobs added on a seasonally-adjusted basis, to bring the total number of jobs to 137,499,000, and a methodology-influenced 638,000 increase in employment on a seasonally-adjusted basis, to bring the total number of employed to 145,224,000. That drove the unemployment rate down by 0.1 percentage point to 6.6% and the labor force participation rate and employment-population ratio up by 0.2 percentage points to 63.0% and 58.8% respectively.

Over the course of the last year, using unadjusted numbers, the economy added 2,238,000 jobs to 133,396,000, the number of employed increased by 1,912,000 to 143,526,000, the labor force participation rate fell by 1.3 percentage points to 62.5%, and the employment-population ratio increased by 0.2 percentage points to 58.1%.

Since Communists and socialists like to use five-year plans, and we have just passed the five-year point of the Obama Presidency, it is high time to review the performance of the economy on the jobs front during his tenure. Congratulations, Mr. President; your economy produced an unseasoned 3,431,000 net new jobs during your 5 years in office. Of course, that is only enough to provide jobs for just over 1 in 4 of the additional 12,176,000 added to the civilian noninstitutional population, otherwise known as the potential workforce, during your tenure. It also is 804,000 fewer jobs than existed in January 2008, which on a seasonal basis was the peak month before the Great Recession and your election.

The news is worse on the actual number of people employed. That only increased by an unseasoned 3,090,000 between January 2009 and January 2014, and is over 1 million below what it was in January 2008. As a percentage of population, the unseasoned employment-population ratio dropped from 59.8% in January 2009 to 58.1% in January 2014. That is, other than the other 4 Januarys of the Obama Presidency, the worst January since 1984 (57.7%). On a sesonally-adjusted basis, the 58.8% employment-population ratio in January 2014 is worse than every month between January 1984 (58.8%) and September 2009 (58.7%).

Of course, you and your party see that as a good thing considering your response to the Congressional Budget Office report finding that over 2 million full-time equivalent positions won’t exist in 2024 because of PlaceboCare.

The younger generations took the past 5 years directly in the shorts. The number of employed among the “prime workforce”, those between the ages of 25 and 54, decreased by 1,409,000 on an unseasoned basis over those 5 years to 94,512,000. That is, other than the prior four Januarys, the lowest January employment number since 1998 (94,196,000). As a percentage of the population, the 75.94% employment-population ratio among 25-54 year olds is a drop of 0.51 percentage points from January 2009’s 76.45%, and is, other than the 4 Januarys in between, the lowest January since 1985 (75.7%). On a seasonally-adjusted basis, the 76.5% employment-population ratio among 25-54 year olds is the lowest between June 1985 (76.4%) and March 2009 (76.2%).

It gets worse the younger one gets, at least in terms of percentage of the population actually working. The unseasoned employment-population ratio of those between 20 and 24, at 60.5%, is a drop of 1.8 percentage points from January 2009’s 62.3%, and is, other than the 4 Januarys in between, the lowest January since 1965 (59.1%). The last time prior to June 2009 (62.2%) the seasonally-adjusted employment-population ratio among those between 20 and 24 years old was as low as the current 62.3% was June 1971 (61.0%).

The worst fate is reserved for those just leaving high school, the 18-19 year olds. Only 33.4% of them on an unseasoned basis were working, a drop of 6.0 percentage points from January 2009’s 39.4%, and the worst January since records began in 1948. The seasonally-adjusted 35.8% employment-population ratio among 18-19 year olds is the 4th-worst month on record, behind only June 2010 (35.8%), June 2011 (35.7%) and July 2011 (35.5%).

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By A.P. Dillon

On February 8th, downtown will host to the annual HK on J march (Historic Thousands on Jones Street). The NC NAACP holds it every year. This year they are calling it a “people’s assembly“, which reminds me of Occupy in a few ways. In fact, the two are similar in behavior if  you check out the 2010 video promo featuring Ben Jealous. Kind of ‘mic-checky’.   That was the year Barber inserted himself into the Wake county busing issue, naturally calling it racist and getting arrested.

This year, HK on J been turned into a Moral Monday event calling it the Moral March on Raleigh. Every Leftist group from A-Z in the state of North Carolina turns out for it. It’s led by Revered William Barber, NC’s version of Al Sharpton, minus the ‘resist we much’ stuff. The same Reverend of whom I have written about here before and who recently said this about the only black republican in the Senate:

“A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy,” Barber said, as reported by South Carolina’s The State. “[T]he extreme right wing down here [in South Carolina] finds a black guy to be senator and claims he’s the first black senator since Reconstruction and then he goes to Washington, D.C., and articulates the agenda of the tea party.” – Hot Air

Niger Innis and Col. Allen West had something to say about this disparaging of Tim Scott. I was glad to see the push back, it happens so rarely in North Carolina – the only one in recent memory to call Barber and the NC NAACP out on their racism were Rep. LaRoque and Rep. Speciale. Maybe it’s that in North Carolina, we’re just too used to hearing this type of hyperbole fly out of Barber’s mouth to react anymore. That’s probably the reality of it and that’s pretty sad.

Doubling and Tripling Down On Hate

The NAACP doubled down on Barber’s statement about Scott, saying Scott as a conservative can’t even pay homage to Martin Luther King. Barber has continued on his racism and tripled down saying this of the Tea Party:

“They frantically seek out people of color to become mouthpieces for their particular agenda,” the Rev. William Barber said on a conference call. – Washington Post

The Washington Post dedicated a whole three sentences to this latest remark. I imagine had it been a Republican or Tea Party member, a tome would have been produced. Ventriloquist dummies, mouthpieces — dehumanizing these people in an effort to marginalize them is the opposite of moral. Just like this dehumanizing is part of the culture at MSNBC, it’s also the culture of Reverend Barber and the modern NAACP.

Barber hasn’t just singled out black conservatives, he’s also gone after religious beliefs. At the same speech where he went after Tim Scott, Barber also took pot shots at religious leaders and followers and in essence pushing social justice as the only real faith:

But it was what Barber said about pastors on the religious right that was largely overlooked. Barber said “[i]ssues such as voting, healthcare, environment and education ‘are moral issues, faith issues.’” And he also added, “Any profession of faith that doesn’t promote justice and standing against wrong is a form of heresy… Pastors who obsess about topics like prayer, homosexuality and abortion while neglecting justice, poverty, fair play and equality issues ‘are just running their mouths.’” [3] – Civitas Institute

Read the whole thing. Related: Barber Attacks Religious Right — But Who Is Really ‘Just Running Their Mouths’? – Civitas Institute

By the way, this isn’t the first time he’s gone after the Evangelicals. Flashback to 2012, even the usually Left of center News and Observer had to point this out:

Barber shifted his fire to conservative Evangelicals, particularly African American ones. He all but called them Uncle Tom’s. He also accused conservative Evangelicals who don’t advocate for a social justice gospel of being “heretical.”

If you think that’s bad, read the whole thing, Rev. William Barber gives ‘State of Civil Rights in North Carolina’ address | Under The Dome

As I’ve written before and should be totally clear by now, Barber’s rhetoric is neither moral or caring of his fellow-man. His full intent to get political opponents to shut up. That’s the whole point of every word that comes out of his mouth from the shaming tactics to the threats of escalating to possible violence. Don’t forget this is the same man who said, “We’re not gonna just shoot one bullet, we’re gonna shoot ‘em all.” (video)

If you thought that was bad, he also falsely compares the current legislators in the North Carolina General Assembly to George Wallace. I had to laugh at the historical ignorance on display. Wallace was a racist Democrat intent on imposing, “segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever.

It’s not about Morals, it’s about Politics, Power and Money.

Moral Monday isn’t about morality. It’s about crippling, eviscerating, pressuring and slamming. It’s the organized Left, a new incarnation of Occupy if you want — with a preachers collar. Barber doesn’t even hide the true intent in their own announcement of the event:

This year’s annual people’s assembly will be held in the wake of a powerful push back to the immoral and unconstitutional policies supported and passed by Governor Pat McCrory, Speaker Thom Tillis, Senate Leader Phil Berger, Budget Director Art Pope and other extremists in the NC General Assembly during the 2013 Session.

It’s not about morality. Never was. It’s about politics, power and money.

 

 

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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Winter is pounding the USA, it’s Summer in South America, and the currencies favor the dollar, so the WaPo says “Now is when you should take that trip to Argentina“.

The WaPo article features a chart comparing the decline of the currencies of seven emerging-market countries in the period from May 2013 to January 2014.

The currencies shown in the chart above from The Economist all have their own problems, but Argentina is a special case. The Argentine peso has declined in value steadily since May, and at an accelerating rate during the winter months. Following last week’s sell-off, the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner took some extraordinary steps to protect the value of the currency, which has held steady for several days now. The government persuaded major manufacturers in several sectors to agree not to raise prices. At the same time, in an acknowledgment of the seriousness of the problem, authorities made it somewhat easier to trade pesos for dollars through official channels, rather than on the black market. Economists are doubtful that these measures will have any lasting effect, however, they don’t address the causes of the inflation. These include the Kirchner government’s policies of largesse and the country’s need for foreign currency to spend on imported energy.

Chile’s currency, also listed in the chart, is down 15%; Brazil’s down 17%. Additionally, the Colombian peso is at its lowest level since 2007.

So is now the time to travel to Argentina, Brazil, Chile or Colombia?

Yes, it is, with two provisos: 1. Don’t get in debt, and 2. Do heed those State Department travel warnings.

I touched on the State Department travel advice on Colombia in a prior post. The information on Brazil, Chile and Argentina is also very clear, and the countries welcome millions of tourists every year.

When I was in Argentina, I was with a group who included where at least one person who was fluent in Spanish (or Portuguese, if in Brazil), we called ahead for taxis before heading out – particularly at night (so you can get there and back safely), and always asked at our hotel before heading out to a “non-touristy” place. Don’t expect the locals to be fluent in English,

Make sure to stay way from trouble spots and demonstrations.

If you’ll be traveling later this year, avoid Brazil during the World Cup, unless you are a rabid soccer fan and willing to pay premium prices for every thing.

The currency exchange rates are favorable, the weather’s warm, and the food’s good. Bon voyage!

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on Latin America and American politics at Fausta’s Blog. She won’t be traveling just now since she doesn’t want to get into debt to pay for the trip.

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It’s Wednesday and DaTipJar is mired at $32 of our $345 goal less than 10%

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Last week was made more exciting by another grenade lobbed in Da Mommy Wars:  I Look Down on Young Women with Husbands and Kids and I’m Not Sorry.  For some righteous indignation as a response, click here.  For mockery, click here.  The article itself was so over the top it fairly screamed click-bait.

The author has already written a follow-up post, “In Defense of Trolling.”  In it, she explains that trolling is good because Socrates, Jesus, and Martin Luther did it.   And that trolling “combines the act of having an unpopular opinion with the skill of incentivizing people to engage with it.”  It encourages dialogue.

Encouragement of advertising revenue through increased page views is surely an incidental by-product.  It’s all about the dialogue.

We are living in an unserious culture.

Really, I don’t much mind the fact that some people say ridiculous and/or inflammatory things in order to get attention and/or make a living.  The problem is, this appears to be a perfect example of the kind of young adult our progressive education system actually creates.

I am almost done reading The Story-Killers:  A Common-Sense Case Against the Common Core.  Common Core itself may not have been stamped on her books at school, but nevermind.  Common Core doesn’t invent bad teaching; it just standardizes it.

Things were bad enough in aught-diggity-six, when I was in school. If you are older but not yet old, you might remember the drill:  teachers made students read excerpts of various literature, often aloud, in turns.  Sure, most people droned on terribly.  Sure, we had to find the plot and the climax and the foreshadowing and the, oh, I don’t know, characterization and main idea, or some such.

Sure, there was the instruction to compare the story to modern life or whatever.  It always seemed contrived and just lame.  There was always one question in every exercise that was so stupid it made me angry to even have to read it, let alone answer it.

Things are worse now.

Terrence O. Moore analyzed a Common Core-aligned, high school literature textbook.  It has seventeen pages devoted to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and not a single bit of the actual novel is included in those seventeen pages.

They do get to read, and possibly act out, a Saturday Night Live parody of Frankenstein.  And they get to complete a brainstorming activity about modern urban myths.  Does that count as literary analysis?  I’ll let Mr. Moore explain, as he does a better job than I can:

“My wife, the former English teacher who recognizes pretense when she sees it, took one look at these pages and put it very simply:  ‘They (the editors) are requiring students to have opinions on something they know nothing about.’  Who needs to read and learn from Frankenstein, or any other book for that matter, when a person can just spout off in pseudo-intellectual jargon–and never be called to account because no one else has read the book?  The production of such opinions in uninformed young people leads to hubris and intellectual dishonesty.”  The Story-Killers, page 177 (bolding mine).

I’m all about intellectual honesty.  I haven’t read much of anything about Socrates.  But I’m pretty sure the use of his work to rationalize provocation for provocation’s sake is pseudo-intellectual jargon.  And when someone is not a young wife and mother herself, she might be rather uninformed in her opinion about it.

Hubris?  That seems to be a defining quality.  How about intellectual dishonesty?  Take this passage for example:

“Having an opinion doesn’t mean you think it is right or that you are smarter than other people, it is a vehicle towards truth that only works when you engage with others.”

Um.  How honest is it, really, to claim that you are engaging with people when you “looked down” on them in the very title of that supposed engagement?  Or dialogue.  Or whatever.

Welcome to the culmination of progressive education, folks.  You’ve just met one of its products.

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It’s Monday and this week’s paycheck sits at $12.

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By John Ruberry

It’s Super Bowl Sunday and besides the game, another story is the plethora of Super Bowl commercials.

Yes, kickoff is hours from now, and the advertisement I’m excoriating will air on only on Fox 32 Chicago, but I’m confident that by 9pm Central Time, Mini Abe’s Spontaneous Somewhat Super Premiere, produced by the tourism office of the Illinois Department of Commerce, will be the worst commercial I’ll see.

It ends with Mini Abe, a plastic version of Illinois icon Abraham Lincoln, getting crushed by a football.

Taxpayers shelled out $127,500 for this ad.

Look out below:

What the heck was that?

Well, I’ll try to explain.

Today’s ad is a reworking of Mini Abe’s Spontaneous Fall. It was creepy then and it is creepy now.

illinois route 66
Where is Abe?

And it’s an ineffective messenger for Illinois tourism sites–the only locations I could identify in the commercial were the Willis (Sears) Tower, Pontiac and Route 66, the Chicagoland Speedway, and (I think) the Mississippi River.

But if I wanted to ride on a Zip Line with Mini Abe, where in Illinois would I do that? Mini Abe doesn’t say.

Things are not well in the Land of Lincoln.

Illinois taxpayers are burdened by $7 billion in unpaid bills and over $100 billion in pension debt. I wonder if Fox 32 demanded that $127,500 up front?

And to those people who’ll say, ‘well, the commercial only costs a bit more than $100,000,’ I offer this retort, a paraphrase of a famous comment possibly made by Everett Dirksen, Illinois’ greatest senator:

A hundred thousand dollars here, and a hundred thousand dollars there, and pretty soon we’re talking real money.

Besides corruption, Illinois government is good at only one other thing–wasting money.

As for Lincoln, first he gets shot, now he has to suffer from this Super Bowl indignity.

Update DTG:  Stacy McCain links.  I find myself wondering how connected this ad agency is.  FYI if you are a social conservative find out how to solve the AIDS crisis in a few easy steps and discover why the Dana Loesch & the Woody Allen Story are the same story.

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It’s a brand new week and month. The days of wine and roses and having the mortgage paid a full week before it’s due is over.

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