- 8:00 AM – Rep. Mike Ball
This is outrageous or something…
There is a talk that nonblack Americans have with their kids, too. My own kids, now 19 and 16, have had it in bits and pieces as subtopics have arisen. If I were to assemble it into a single talk, it would look something like the following.
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(1) Among your fellow citizens are forty million who identify as black, and whom I shall refer to as black. The cumbersome (and MLK-noncompliant) term “African-American” seems to be in decline, thank goodness. “Colored” and “Negro” are archaisms. What you must call “the ‘N’ word” is used freely among blacks but is taboo to nonblacks.
(2) American blacks are descended from West African populations, with some white and aboriginal-American admixture. The overall average of non-African admixture is 20-25 percent. The admixture distribution is nonlinear, though: “It seems that around 10 percent of the African American population is more than half European in ancestry.” (Same link.)
(3) Your own ancestry is mixed north-European and northeast-Asian, but blacks will take you to be white.
(4) The default principle in everyday personal encounters is, that as a fellow citizen, with the same rights and obligations as yourself, any individual black is entitled to the same courtesies you would extend to a nonblack citizen. That is basic good manners and good citizenship. In some unusual circumstances, however—e.g., paragraph (10h) below—this default principle should be overridden by considerations of personal safety.
Go read it.
He must be fired! He was.
This is not outrageous!
Late last week, a colleague asked me if there would be a Motherlode post about “the talk” black parents have with their sons after the shooting of Trayvon Martin, who was killed last month in Sanford, Fla., while walking from a convenience store to the home of his father’s girlfriend.
You know that “talk” — the one that has nothing to do with sex, and everything to do with what it means to be a black teenager in a country with a history of regarding young black men as a threat. The talk about standing up straight, dressing the part, keeping your hands in sight at all times and never, ever letting your anger get the best of you.
“I can’t write that,” I told her. “I’m the very whitest of white girls, and it’s not right for me to write that. That’s not my story.”
I started to reach out to other writers — to black writers, or maybe Arab-American writers — and then I stopped. How, exactly, do you write that e-mail? “Another black child has been killed, and so it’s time for black writers to respond?” “Can you write about racism in this country, because oh, gosh, I wouldn’t know anything about that?”
Reality is outrageous!
Retirement needs to change for public sector employees… it finally is.
The state Senate on Tuesday plans to debate a proposal that would save state government an estimated $5.05 billion over almost 31 years by reducing pension benefits for teachers and other public employees hired in 2013 and later.
Among many changes, public employees under the plan would have to turn 62 – 56 for correctional officers, law enforcement officers and firefighters – before they could start collecting a pension.
Now, the great majority of the state’s public employees can retire and start collecting a pension at any age after working at least 25 years. Also, employees can retire and start getting a pension at age 60 after working at least 10 years.
The plan is endorsed by Gov. Robert Bentley, Retirement Systems of Alabama chief executive David Bronner and the top-ranking members of the Senate and House of Representatives. “I think it’s going to make the system stronger,” said Bronner, adding that about 40 states already have acted to cut future costs by reducing pension benefits for new hires.
Mac McArthur, executive director of the Alabama State Employees Association, said he also supports the plan.
“It addresses or takes steps to address some long-term funding problems at the retirement system,” he said. Henry Mabry, executive secretary of the Alabama Education Association teachers’ lobby, said AEA has concerns about the bill but is not opposing it.
Here comes the silly…
“We are concerned that in the future, the state would have difficulty attracting high-quality teachers and education support personnel because of the lesser benefits,” Mabry said.
Riiiight. Just like you were worried all the teachers and workers would quit…
Sen. Roger Bedford, D-Russellville, the Senate minority leader, said he opposed the bill.
“This is going to be very unfair to new hires,” he said, noting that, under the plan, someone who started working for the state at age 20 could retire at 50 but not be able to start collecting a pension until age 62.
“How are they supposed to support their families? Pay their bills?” Bedford asked. “Do the Republicans want them all to be Walmart greeters?”
Dumbass, they will work past 25 years dummy.
Is this killer Cherokee or white…
Two men were arrested Sunday in connection with the shootings of five black residents in Tulsa, Okla., and investigators were probing their backgrounds and Facebook pages to try to determine whether the attacks were racially motivated.
Three of the shooting victims died. Police described the suspects as white, but a family friend said one was Cherokee.
Here we go again.
Liberals love a teachable moment…
‘What we are hoping is that Minister Farrakhan’s visit could be used as a teachable moment,’ said the Rev. Dr. David Freeman, president of Huntsville’s Interfaith Mission Service and senior pastor at Weatherly Baptist Church, on Tuesday. ‘A panel afterwards could identify ways that people are identified in negative, hurtful ways.’ ‘We want to build bridges,’ said James Robinson, founding director of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Advocacy and Youth Services. ‘We don’t have to tear someone down in order to build someone else up. Minister Farrakhan has a positive message about empowering black youth – and then he goes over into divisiveness and hate speech. That does not help us build up society.’ Representatives of Huntsville’s Interfaith Mission Service, Temple B’nai Sholom, Jewish Federation and the GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services met for about an hour Tuesday with Hugine.
Freeman said that local faith leaders will be working together to help support that sort of panel at A&M. Freeman said that Hugine reminded them that such a panel, just as Farrakhan’s visit itself, would have to be sponsored by a student organization or department. Hugine also told the group that he would plan to attend such a forum if he could. Hugine told the group he will not attend the Tuesday talk because of obligations he has that day in Montgomery.
University spokeswoman Wendy Kobler’s office said that Hugine did not have a comment about Tuesday’s meeting.
Farrakhan is widely lauded for his work through his independent Muslim group, the Nation of Islam, to empower black youth and families. He is at least as widely castigated for questioning accounts of the Jewish Holocaust during World War II, blaming Jews for the Africa-America slave trade, calling homosexuality a deviant lifestyle and casting white people as the enemy of African-Americans.
Good and stuff.
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