When Wilson County’s new sheriff takes office, he will be the third highest paid sheriff in North Carolina, that’s according to both UNC School of Government data and a top Wilson County official. (Read more @ The Wilson Times)
If the following message from Mike Armstrong is true, how in the hell do you consider the name of the tea party? If they want to be something other than the tea party they should simply change their name.
Oh but they want the name but they are different from the other tea partiers.
Now this is too damn funny!! LMBAO
C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher
Life Fully Paid Member NAACP
Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2010 19:42:31 +0000
To: Michael Armstrong
Subject: Re: NAACP accusations
We agree and support our President and this Great Organization!
Sent from my U.S. Cellular BlackBerry® smartphone
The recent accusations by the NAACP have everyone racing to formulate a response. There are calls for a nationally concerted action by the Tea Party groups to hold reconciliation meetings and town halls to discuss this issue. For what??? To focus and perpetuate a false stigma? To drive the tea parties into a single nationally controlled organization? To force the tea parties away from their mission to restore good government? To wastefully expend the resources, time, and energies of the millions of Americans asking for nothing more than Constitutional government and fiscal responsibility? The answer is YES to all of these questions. I have already received an email from a national tea party organization asking if we thought there should be these reconciliation meetings and forums and that if the NATIONAL LEADERSHIP decided to do such would we as a local group follow suit. The answers are a resounding NO and NO!
First and foremost, the accusations of the NAACP do not warrant a single response nor the wasting of time by our organization and members. The accusations are untrue and thus there is no obligation for us to prove otherwise. To take this issue on, is to give legitimacy to the accuser and to sap the energy of the organization. We all know from Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals that a prime tactic is to accuse the opponent of being what you yourself are and of doing what you yourself do. This is a very telling statement about the NAACP. Secondly, the Tar River Tea Party is not part of some contrived national group. We are an independent grass roots organization and will remain as such. We do not need a national leader to instruct us in what is best for us as individuals or as a community, nor do we need them taking us off on tangents while our attention needs to be focused on local, state, and national issues. As such we will not blindly follow suit in follies like this.
I ask that you focus your energies on the real issues of restoring sound Constitutional government on all levels, demanding fiscal responsibility of our elected officials, and restoring common sense to all aspects of government.
Dropout Prevention Grants
The North Carolina General Assembly’s Committee on Dropout Prevention’s Budget Review Subcommittee will meet via Webinar on Monday, July 26, from 2-3 p.m. The purpose of the subcommittee meeting is to address any program or budget revisions that may have been submitted that month for dropout prevention grants. To listen in, go online to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/join/234878873 . Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone to 218-844-4932. The Meeting ID and Access Code is 234-878-873. The Audio PIN is shown after you join the meeting. PLEASE NOTE: Only subcommittee members can actively participate in the meeting. If you are a member of the public and have questions, please email those to Angela Ward at the email address below for appropriate follow-up.
The grant must be completed by 5:00pm on August 31st. The application is completed ONLY on the web and must be sent before 5:00 or it won’t be accepted.
A partnering agreement must be mailed in or dropped off by Sept. 15th. The application will not be reviewed without this. It is considered incomplete without it.
The technical assistance meetings started Wed. July 14th and the next ones will be the 21st and the 28th along with the webinar as an option on the 28th.
For more information, please contact Angela Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.807.3606.
Poll Says Americans Losing Faith in Obama
by Dr. Boyce Watkins, The Institute for Black Public Policy
Recent polls are showing that 6 out of 10 Americans are losing faith in President Obama’s ability to run our nation. This decline in the president’s numbers is in stark contrast to where the numbers were at the start of his presidency. They are also reflective of the general fact that Americans are losing faith in government. While 60% of Americans polled say they have little belief in President Obama, 68% said the same thing about Democrats, and 72% said the same about Republicans.
I don’t agree with these assessments, since President Obama has proven time and time again that he is the most qualified candidate for the job. The broader challenge for the American people is that there are almost never enough good candidates available. The elitism that leads our officials to only consider Harvard and Yale graduates for the White House or Supreme Court nominations is disturbing, and such a limited set of selections is what causes us to choose incompetent individuals like George W. Bush or Clarence Thomas to run our country.
One Year After Henry Louis Gates: Still No True Teachable Moment
by Dr. Boyce Watkins, The Institute for Black Public Policy
Last year, our nation was brought to a standstill over an otherwise uneventful confrontation between a police officer and a professor. That professor’s name was Henry Louis Gates Jr. To our surprise, we then watched this non-event become the national spectacle, as the police officer soon learned not to mess with an angry professor with a good publicist. By the time the debacle was over, however, the professor quietly and mysteriously walked off into the sunset so he could try to redeem his public image on PBS specials.
One part of the political fallout was the additional damage caused to race relations in America, and a president who had to watch his poll numbers plummet as a result of his misguided intervention. To console the American people, we were promised a series of "teachable moments," designed to help our nation gain a greater degree of interracial understanding. Just like many college students across America, we were holding out for a powerful teachable moment, and instead we just got beer.
One year later, perhaps we can talk about the things that we were supposed to learn from the Henry Louis Gates case, but never did. I’ll take it from the top:
1) Every officer who arrests a black man, even a famous one inside his house, is not always doing something wrong. We must first investigate the facts.
When Gates was arrested, I was surprised to see how many people believed his story without spending a second analyzing the facts of the situation. I didn’t presume that Gates was innocent just because he works at Harvard University, nor did I presume he was guilty. Harvard faculty and students have been arrested on numerous occasions, but I am sure there are also cases when police overstep their authority.
Turpin Suicide and Other Kentucky Players Are Examples of How the NCAA Destroys the Lives of Young Black Men
I’ve said it once and I’ll keep on saying it: The NCAA is an incredibly destructive force within the African American community. The league, which professes to offer opportunities to “educate” players, often turns into a pathway to broken dreams, empty bank accounts, prison sentences and even suicide. The stories involving former University of Kentucky stars Melvin Turpin and Antoine Walker are very good cases in point. Turner recently committed suicide and Walker is on his way to prison for gambling debts.
The goal here is not to focus specifically on the cases of Walker and Turner, but to instead talk about why the NCAA has so much power over athletes and how athletes might find a way to change that. Significant limitations on athlete labor rightshave been allowed by Congress, and they tend to be most strict on athletes in revenue generating sports. Nearly every activity and revenue stream of the athlete is carefully controlled, with the sole objective of keeping money in the pockets of old white guys. The racial element to this clearly unjust and unAmerican way of doing business cannot be denied. One has to wonder if the fact that most of the top college athletes are black plays a role in why the public perceives the NCAA to be helping the athletes, the same way a major corporation is considered to be a savior for five-year olds in a Chinese sweatshop.
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In the meantime while we wait on the article let’s review the last event that was held in Rocky Mount NC. This was a powerful service.