Monday, July 25, 2016

Democratic National Convention Press Briefing

Hillary Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook fields questions on the hacking of the DNC’s email, the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and tonight’s line-up, which includes Michelle Obama, Bernie Sandders, Cory Booker, and Elzabeth Warren.

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Source: C-SPAN

Fort Myers Nightclub Shooting: 2 Dead, At Least 14 Others Wounded

Donald Trump Recognizes the Value of Evangelicals in America

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz
District 32 Bronx County, New York

You should know that in his acceptance speech on Thursday, July 21, 2016, as the Republican Party Nominee for President of the United States of America, Donald Trump said the following:  “I would like to thank the evangelical community because, I will tell you what, the support they have given me — and I'm not sure I totally deserve it — has been so amazing. And has been such a big reason I'm here tonight. They have much to contribute to our policies.”

It is important for you to know that whether you like Donald Trump or not, he is the only candidate who has publicly recognized the importance of Evangelicals in our nation.

Everyone else mocks us calling us fanatics, religious zealots, radicals, repressive and oppressive.

In front of millions of viewers, Donald Trump told the world that he values Evangelicals.

I, for one, am an Evangelical. I am a Democrat, and to be more specific, I am a Conservative Democrat, and everyone knows it.  I have been the Pastor of the Christian Community Neighborhood Church for many years here in the Bronx, and I also serve as the President of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, which is comprised of more than 150 Evangelical ministers in the Metropolitan area.

My dear reader, I am excited and very glad that the work of Evangelicals has been recognized from such a prominent official who is the running for the Presidency of the United States of America.

I hope and pray that other leaders, including Hillary Clinton, Governors, Mayors and other elected officials will start to pay attention to the Evangelical movement and our socially conservative values.

I pray that they will publicly recognize that we are part of America, unlike some who have publicly stated that we are not welcome in places like New York.

I am Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz, and this is what you should know.

The ‘Rightward Imperative’ on Full Display at the RNC


Over the years I have written extensively about what I call the “Rightward Imperative and the Republican Party.”  The “Rightward Imperative” is the movement ever rightward of Republican politicians, from the presidential level to the lowliest, if they have any serious interest in getting elected.  The Rightward Imperative as a movement itself sometimes focuses on the real issues that are at the center of the Republican ideology, policies and programs.  For example, Eric Cantor lost his Congressional seat because he wasn’t tough enough on spending and taxes. 

Besides being born with a silver spoon in his unfiltered mouth, Trump’s defining trait is his cavalier lack of substance, a man arrogantly devoid of any true ideology or serious knowledge about anything, nor possessed of any real sense of responsibility for his social actions. There’s really no there there. In that he resembles the criminally clueless G. W. Bush, the Idiot Prince, far more than anyone would care to admit (Ed.).

Indeed, Cantor was “Tea Partied.”  (Yes, indeed, most U.S. politicians have never met a noun that they did not want to verb.)  But more often than not the Rightward Imperative focuses on the mis-named “social issues,” which are really the issues of religious dogmatism and authoritarianism, racism and xenophobia.

As I said, in the column cited above, Ronald Reagan initiated the historical stream of GOP-led right-wing reaction which we now see in front of us, every day.  They do have real policies which have underlain the Party’s programs since that time. As is well-known, the GOP represents major sectors of the US economy: the extractive/fossil-fuel industries, the military industrial complex, the prison-industrial complex, corporate agriculture, the “health” insurance and pharmaceutical industries, and of course corporate and “investment” finance.

But they could not, and hardly can, run on a platform of “let the oil and coal companies do whatever they want to,” “we want the rich to get richer, donchaknow,” “we want to export as much American capital overseas where it can make larger profits than it can here, so we really want to de-industrialize our country,” “we don’t care about the health of the American people but we do care about the profits of the health care industry,” “we would like to have permanent war if we can get it,” “we want to completely convert the US economy from industrial capitalism to finance capitalism,” and so on and so forth. 

And thus, their real policies have included (see Pretty Boy Ryan, himself a true Far-Rightist): further tax cuts for the rich; creating ever-widening income and wealth gaps; reducing environmental, transportation, workplace, finance, and etc. regulation to the greatest degree possible; further facilitating the export of capital; promoting the Permanent Preparation for Permanent War economy; the abolition of Social Security and the tattered remains of the “welfare” system, and so on and so forth.

And so here came Donald Trump.  He may be poorly educated, poorly informed, and possessed of little knowledge about how the extremely complicated U.S. government actually works, but he is a great huckster.  He also understood well the Rightward Imperative.  Whether or not he consciously set out to employ it, he has proved himself (by lucky instinct) a master of the craft, beginning of course with the “Birtherism Hoax” of which he was the leading perpetrator in the run-up to the 2012 election.  To be sure, he is not himself much with the underlying dogmas of the Religious Right, but he surely has known how important it is to get there in appearance if you want to get the Repub. nomination. 

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Source: The Greanville Post

Rappers In Houston Flood Black-Owned Bank To Open Accounts

By Robert Stitt

If you have been following the #buyblack movement, then you are probably also aware of #Bankblack.  What you may not know is that the movement has taken on a whole new dynamic with the national protests over the shooting deaths of Black men by the police.

Michael Grant, the president of the National Bankers Association – a trade association representing America’s women and minority-owned banks believes “These killings released a sense of hopelessness and frustration, and this volcanic eruption happened for us to do something positive, to put our energies into something that can help solve problems.” According to Grant, the positive action is the drive for Black Americans to put their money in minority-owned financial institutions. “The African-American community is turning inward out of frustration…I think the shootings really were a spark, a catalyst that unleashed an energy, a yearning that was bubbling up,” he added. 

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Source: Your Black World News

Trailblazers in Black History: Rex Ingram

Rex Ingram was an American stage, film and television actor.  

Ingram was born near Cairo, Illinois, on the Mississippi River; his father was a steamer fireman on the riverboat Robert E. Lee. Ingram graduated from the Northwestern University medical school in 1919 and was the first African-American man to receive a Phi Beta Kappa key from the university. He went to Hollywood as a young man where he was literally discovered on a street corner by the casting director for Tarzan of the Apes (1918), starring Elmo Lincoln. He made his (uncredited) screen debut in that film and had many other small roles, usually as a generic black native, such as in the Tarzan films.

In 1962, he became the first African-American actor to be hired for a contract role on a soap opera, when he appeared on The Brighter Day.

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Source: Wikipedia 

All Eyes on Bernie Sanders Amid DNC Drama

Democratic Unity to Be Tested on Opening Day of Convention

PHILADELPHIA — Democrats' hard-won and still unset party unity will be tested on the first day of their National Convention on Monday as Bernie Sanders takes the stage while his delegates threaten disruptions — even after the ouster of the party's chairwoman a day earlier.

Democrats are hoping to draw a sharp contrast with the discord Republicans experienced during their own convention last week in Cleveland, and polls show the Democratic voters are lining up behind presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. But a vocal minority of objectors still threaten the fragile order.

Monday is all about Sanders' wing of the party, even as the official focus is on Clinton's commitment to families. 

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Verizon Announces $4.83 Billion Deal to Buy Yahoo

Verizon on Monday announced plans to acquire Yahoo for $4.83 billion.

The deal ends months of uncertainty about Yahoo's future after the company announced plans to review strategic alternatives in February. 

Bloomberg first reported the deal would be announced on Monday for $4.8 billion.

Reuters reported on Friday that Verizon had emerged as the front-runner in the Yahoo auction. 

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Source: NBC News

Hackers Are Catching On to New Personal Security Technology Upgrades

How Trump Nod Could Cause Record Muslim-American Voter Turnout

Donald Trump will cast a long shadow in September when Muslims across the U.S. gather to celebrate Eid al-Adha, known as the Feast of Sacrifice.

Now that Trump, whose anti-Muslim rhetoric has punctuated the campaign season, has secured the Republican presidential nomination, his candidacy could propel Muslim-Americans to head to the polls and vote against him.

"The rhetoric that Trump is putting out there is creating a lot of mobilization," said Amaney Jamal, a politics professor at Princeton University who has studied Muslim American political participation and voting behavior.

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'Black Men For Bernie' Supporters Rally in Philadelphia

Yes, it will be Hillary Clinton's week. But that did not stop some 1500 Bernie Sanders supporters, a number of them African Americans, from uniting in favor of their candidate just days before Clinton will officially become the Democratic nominee.

If anything, the Sunday protest in downtown Philly verified that some Sanders loyalists will continue to support him down to the very end.

Against the backdrop of the news that Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a figure much disliked by Sanders supporters, would step down as DNC Chair after the convention, Sanders supporters had one loud final last hurrah. 

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1,500 Homes Threatened by Santa Clarita Fire

Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief says a wind shift is expected Saturday afternoon and communities have been put on alert. In the event of extreme fire behavior 45,000 homes could be threatened, largely in the San Fernando Valley, he said.

By Saturday afternoon, the fire had destroyed one structure. As many as 100 commercial buildings were also threatened. 

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Source: NBC News

Turkey Detains Journalists in Erdogan's Post-Coup Crackdown

Turkey reportedly ordered the detention of 42 journalists Monday amid a crackdown following last week's failed coup that has targeted more than 60,000 people.

The arrests or suspensions of soldiers, police, judges and civil servants in response to the July 15-16 putsch have raised concerns among rights groups and Western countries, who fear President Tayyip Erdogan is capitalizing on it to tighten his grip on power. 

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Russians Suspected of Hacking Democratic National Committee Emails

The suspected Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee is part of a wave of Russian cyber attacks aimed at political organizations and academic think tanks in Washington, US officials briefed on the investigations say.
Over the weekend, Wikileaks began publishing emails from the DNC. The group didn't identify the source. But the campaign of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton pointed the finger at Russia, saying the release of stolen emails was intended to help Republican nominee Donald Trump. 
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Source: CNN

Could NATO Be the Next Alliance to Unravel?

Washington - Last month it was Brexit, but could NATO be facing Amerixit or even Turkxit?
The Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump, sparked a furor on both sides of the Atlantic by implying Wednesday that under his leadership, the United States would not immediately defend a NATO ally that was under attack.
When asked if he thought the U.S. should come to the aid of NATO members being attacked by Russia, Trump told The New York Times interview, "If they fulfill their obligations to us, the answer is yes." 

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Source: CNN