This “All Lives Matter” event in Huntsville needs to be copied nationwide…

AL.com headlined a story about a Huntsville Housing Authority event like this: At Huntsville Housing Authority’s ‘All Lives Matter’ basketball tourney, winning games is not the main goal

Talk about burying the lede…

The agency hopes its “All Lives Matter” tourney, tentatively scheduled for March 24-27, helps to improve relations between teenage public housing residents and Huntsville police.

The event at the Sparkman Homes Boys & Girls Club Gym, 104 Holmes Ave., will include role-playing exercises with uniformed officers to show teens how to behave if they are ever stopped by police.

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“Before the games, we’ll have some tough-love dialogue about how to behave when you’re engaged by a police officer,” Lundy told AL.com Thursday.

“Unfortunately, a lot of youth that we serve in public housing have not been afforded the opportunity to have that conversation with the adults in their lives.”

This is a GREAT idea….

Other non-basketball “rap sessions” will focus on civil rights, motivation and the importance of becoming a law-abiding, productive citizen.

The one thing lost in all the recent “Black Lives Matter” nonsense is the communities responsibility to respect law enforcement.

This should be applauded and copied. Good job, Huntsville Housing Authority.

SOURCE: Governor Robert Bentley will veto the charter school bill!?

Why?

He is furious at the Legislature limiting his power on the charter school appellate board.

Originally, the appointees would be chosen from nominees submitted by the governor, Senate president pro tem, House speaker and state school superintendent.

Now the Lt. Governor gets appointees as well.

Why did they do this?

He was rumored to have told legislators he would kill charter schools by using his appointees to keep charter schools from gaining ground, so the legislature diluted his power on the board.

Keep in mind, even if Governor Bentley vetoes this bill, the legislature can override his veto with a simple majority vote.

Have virtual schools actually been removed from the charter school bill before the Alabama legislature? (UPDATE)

UPDATE: I spoke with Rep. Terri Collins at 11:35 about standalone charter schools, this was my takeaway (she agreed with this point):

Here is the interview with Rep. Collins

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Dr. Jess Brown has brought this segment of the law to my attention:Virtual schoolsVirtual charter schools were not initially allowed, then they were and now they are not.

Dr. Brown argues these schools are still allowed as they are not EXPRESSLY prohibited and the phrase “but not limited to” leaves the door open to virtual charter schools.

What say you?

Here is the interview with Dr. Jess Brown:

Iraq veteran Sen. Cotton, Sen. Sessions and Sen. Shelby are traitors? How about a history lesson?

47 Republican Senators sent an OPEN letter to Iran telling them that if the deal they make with President Obama is not in America’s best interests, they will not honor it when Obama leaves office.

The group of 47 Senate Republicans, in their open letter to “the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran” released Monday, asserted Iranians “may not fully understand” the U.S. constitutional system, which gives Congress power over treaties.

They warned any deal between Iran and Obama could be dead in the water once the President leaves office.

“We will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement,” the senators wrote.

“The next President could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen,” they said — adding that Congress would also alter it.

This apparently makes them traitors.

That last tweet is a Democratic Congressman calling an Iraq War veteran Tehran Tom. Outrage? None. Media palpitations? None.

Oddly enough, the letter itself isn’t even remotely traitorous but we must all protect Barack Obama from “disrespect” for some reason.

That’s not traitorous, not by a long shot.

These actions may very well be…

Pelosi to Syria:

Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, met here today with President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and discussed a variety of Middle Eastern issues, including the situations in Iraq and Lebanon and the prospect of peace talks between Syria and Israel.

Ms. Pelosi, the third-ranking elected official in the United States after the president and the vice president, is the most senior American politician to visit the country since relations between the United States and Syria faltered in 2003. Her visit has been criticized by President Bush and other administration officials, who have sought to isolate Syria diplomatically.

Democrats to Iraq:

Jim Wright, the Democratic House speaker during Ronald Reagan’s presidency, was accused of interfering when he met with opposing leaders in Nicaragua’s contra war. Three House Democrats went to Iraq in 2002 before President George W. Bush’s invasion to try to head off war.

Ted Kennedy willing to sabotage nuclear talks to become President (emphasis mine):

“On 9-10 May of this year,” the May 14 memorandum explained, “Sen. Edward Kennedy’s close friend and trusted confidant [John] Tunney was in Moscow.” (Tunney was Kennedy’s law school roommate and a former Democratic senator from California.) “The senator charged Tunney to convey the following message, through confidential contacts, to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Y. Andropov.”

Kennedy’s message was simple. He proposed an unabashed quid pro quo. Kennedy would lend Andropov a hand in dealing with President Reagan. In return, the Soviet leader would lend the Democratic Party a hand in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. “The only real potential threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations,” the memorandum stated. “These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign.”

Kennedy made Andropov a couple of specific offers.

First he offered to visit Moscow. “The main purpose of the meeting, according to the senator, would be to arm Soviet officials with explanations regarding problems of nuclear disarmament so they may be better prepared and more convincing during appearances in the USA.” Kennedy would help the Soviets deal with Reagan by telling them how to brush up their propaganda.

Then he offered to make it possible for Andropov to sit down for a few interviews on American television. “A direct appeal … to the American people will, without a doubt, attract a great deal of attention and interest in the country. … If the proposal is recognized as worthy, then Kennedy and his friends will bring about suitable steps to have representatives of the largest television companies in the USA contact Y.V. Andropov for an invitation to Moscow for the interviews. … The senator underlined the importance that this initiative should be seen as coming from the American side.”

Kennedy would make certain the networks gave Andropov air time–and that they rigged the arrangement to look like honest journalism.

Kennedy’s motives? “Like other rational people,” the memorandum explained, “[Kennedy] is very troubled by the current state of Soviet-American relations.” But that high-minded concern represented only one of Kennedy’s motives.

Tunney remarked that the senator wants to run for president in 1988,” the memorandum continued. “Kennedy does not discount that during the 1984 campaign, the Democratic Party may officially turn to him to lead the fight against the Republicans and elect their candidate president.”

That is traitorous…

Writing an OPEN letter? No.

Alabama has a surplus? State Representative Phil Williams explains…

Untitled

He was asked for an explanation…

Time information gets out to the people. We have two budgets. We must stop having two budgets if we are to “fix” our state. The General fund gets all the news with its short fall. The BIG budget has a huge SURPLUS.

It is past time that we unhandcuff ourselves for our own benefit.

I’m talking about annual budgets not the $5-6B in longer term debt for PSCA bonds.

Heads up ALABAMA.

If this is every going to happen, it has to happen now because the AEA is in disarray.

It’s never going to happen.

The willful ignorance and lies of Selma…

Here is what I learned by watching the speeches in Selma this weekend: Nothing shows reverence for events and those that lived them like lying and ignorance.

Listen to the words and watch the issues.

“Hands up, don’t shoot!”?

“It was crazy,” said Arthur Oscar Jones, who said he was present on the bridge in 1965 and had been beaten by state troopers. “Most of these people have no idea why they’re marching. They’re here to have a celebration.”

That feeling was fairly evident, as was the fact that the event had been co-opted for a variety of causes — from the “Black Lives Matter” movement to “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” protesters to gay marriage supporters to immigration supporters to those who went with the buffet approach.

Terry Wright, from Birmingham, was part of the last group. Among the seven signs she carried and attempted to display simultaneously were complaints about high interest rates on payday loans, police brutality, the grocery tax and voter ID laws. Wright also repeated her protests again and again to the marchers walking by, many of whom shared their causes with her.

This was a lie that started the day Mike Brown got himself killed but that doesn’t matter.

Instead, the Department of Justice found that is – quote, ‘inconsistent with the physical and forensic evidence;’ and in some cases, ‘witnesses have acknowledged their initial accounts were untrue;’ or witness accounts were not credible – including the witness closest to Brown when it happened – Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, whose words helped spark the mantra.

Again, this is a lie.

ERIC HOLDER, ATTORNEY GENERAL (from press conference): Now, I recognize that the – the findings in our report may leave some to wonder how the department’s findings can – can differ so sharply from some of the initial, widely-reported accounts of what transpired. America’s justice system has always rested on its ability to deliver impartial results in precisely these types of difficult circumstances.

Tony Robinson’s story is heading down the exact same path.

And then there is the reviled Voter ID stuff.

Right now, in 2015, fifty years after Selma, there are laws across this country designed to make it harder for people to vote. As we speak, more of such laws are being proposed. Meanwhile, the Voting Rights Act, the culmination of so much blood and sweat and tears, the product of so much sacrifice in the face of wanton violence, stands weakened, its future subject to partisan rancor.

Voter ID laws are hated by the media, race pimps and Democrats (but I repeat myself) because asking someone to show an ID is apparently a bridge to far and akin to Jim Crow.

Garbage, here is what Jim Crow was about….

Dr. Sonnie Hereford, who treated the wounded during the march, says he faced several problems trying to register to vote because no one told them where to go and register.

He also said blacks couldn’t register unless they had someone with them who was already a registered voter.

“[I] had to pay to take an oral test and a written test and then interpret the Constitution of the United States to the satisfaction of the examiner. Then after I had done all that and passed that, then I had to go to the courthouse and pay a poll tax.”

Dr. Hereford says he was finally allowed to vote during the 1956 elections.

Here are some Voter ID facts…

Most Americans support

The 70 percent who support voter ID laws remains largely unchanged in the past few years. Another 27 percent believe the laws are unnecessary.

Hell, even most blacks support…

Fifty-five percent of Democrats support the laws, while 43 percent oppose them.

Opposition to the laws is highest among black respondents, but even there a bare majority, 51 percent, support them. Forty-six percent of African Americans oppose the laws.

In Alabama, this is not a REAL issue

Pildes said that wasn’t necessarily true. He said the Justice Department had approved new districts with reduced minority populations when the new plan didn’t reduce the ability of minority groups to elect candidates of their choice. “Black turnout and black registration rates in Alabama now routinely equal or even exceed white registration and white turnout rates,” Pildes said.

Most telling about that last section is the fact that the quote is part of the Supreme Court argument that overturned the unConstitutional pre-clearance section of the Voting Rights Act

If Obama wanted to make a positive impact on the black community, he could have easily focused on that but he would rather keep the myth that modern America is as racist as Selma was 50 years ago.

ICYMI (I did): Governor backs down after trying to intimidate Sen. Bill Holtzclaw…

Governor and ALDOT have restarted road projects

Gov. Robert Bentley on Friday said nearly $100 million in Alabama Department of Transportation projects in Limestone and Madison counties, briefly canceled, will move forward.

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On Friday, before outlining his tax proposals publicly for the first time, Bentley said the projects “at some point will be resumed.”

“But I want to say this: We have serious problems in this state and for a state senator to be critical … before he has even seen any of the solutions, is irresponsible.”

Cooper still needs to go…

ALDOT Director John Cooper on Thursday said he had called off planned road projects in state Sen. Bill Holtzclaw’s district. Earlier in the week, Holtzclaw put up a billboard in his district that read, “Governor Bentley wants to raise your taxes. I will not let that happen.”

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