Gonna See Who Say They Are My Friend This Year When They Want Something Videoed

I am going to see just how many folks whom say they are my friend will allow me to video and take photos for them in 2015. It is not like it have to come out of their pockets because if they are a member of an organization, church and etc. all they got to do is incorporate it in their budget before the event take place.

With all of the folks that know me, I ought to have to turn down their events because I ought to be busy.

However don’t get it twisted, I am not begging because I work a real job. But I have promoted many folks over the years and it is time for folks to promote me.

Happy New Year and you know how to contact me.

Being a cop showed me just how racist and violent the police are. There’s only one fix. – Washington Post

The Political Agitator response: I totally agree with this former cop because I have no reason to doubt him. I know many cops and know many folks who know cops so I have heard some of their stories. 

As a kid, I got used to being stopped by the police. I grew up in an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis. It was the kind of place where officers routinely roughed up my friends and family for no good reason.

I hated the way cops treated me.

But I knew police weren’t all bad. One of my father’s closest friends was a cop. He became a mentor to me and encouraged me to join the force. He told me that I could use the police’s power and resources to help my community.

So in 1994, I joined the St. Louis Police Department. I quickly realized how naive I’d been. I was floored by the dysfunctional culture I encountered. (Source: Read more)

NYPD Sued Average of 10 Times A Day

New York City’s Comptroller office has released data regarding claims and payouts for incidents involving the NYPD, and the data highlights a disturbing trend.  The data shows that between 2011 and 2013, the city paid out an average of $158 million in tort claims involving the NYPD.  Between 2000 and 2010, NYC paid out nearly $6 billion in settlements, and in the last five years, NYPD-related settlements have cost taxpayers $428 million.  The costs continue to rise, with $674 million having been set aside for 2015 to cover the costs of additional expected lawsuits, costing every New York City resident around $80 each.  The number of claims and payouts against the NYPD in 2013 averages out to 10 lawsuits per day. (Source: Read more)

When One Do Crime They Will Have To Suffer The Consequences Which May Lead From Injury To Death

Whenever one do crime they will have to suffer the consequences which may lead from injury to death. What I look for in situations that occurs is what kind of message the minister will give during the time of the eulogy while family and friends are at their attention. And from that day forward those who are present should have something to think about and on that day if they have some mess in them, that would be the time to lay it down. December 27, 2014 Curmilus Dancy II

The great charter school rip-off: Finally, the truth catches up to education “reform” phonies – Salon

Last week when former President Bill Clinton meandered onto the topic of charter schools, he mentioned something about an “original bargain” that charters were, according to the reporter for The Huffington Post, “supposed to do a better job of educating students.”

A writer at Salon called the remark “stunning” because it brought to light the fact that the overwhelming majority of charter schools do no better than traditional public schools. Yet, as the Huffington reporter reminded us, charter schools are rarely shuttered for low academic performance.

But what’s most remarkable about what Clinton said is how little his statement resembles the truth about how charters have become a reality in so many American communities. (Source: Read more)

Panthers coach replaces stolen gifts – ESPN

Eric Washington, the Carolina Panthers‘ defensive line coach, gave one family a holiday to remember by replacing their stolen Christmas gifts.

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George Gojkovich/Getty ImagesPanthers defensive line coach Eric Washington helped replace the Davis family’s stolen Christmas gifts after seeing a local television report about their situation.

Washington saw a local television report about Crystal Davis, a single mother of five whose house was robbed Sunday. According to NBC Charlotte, the thief stole all of the family’s gifts from under their Christmas tree.

Washington’s wife Amy and sister Angela went shopping on Christmas Eve while Washington was at practice, purchasing gifts for Davis’ family. (Source: Read more)

Now There You Have It From Senator Elect Erica Smith-Ingram Inviting You To Celebrate And Witness The Historical Swearing In & Inaugural Events

Curmilus – you are by far the most effective political engager that I have met along the campaign trail. I may not agree with every position you take – but I have great respect for your candor, character and courage to take a stand. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to earn your support.

I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve the citizens of SD-003 Bertie, Chowan, Edgecombe, Hertford, Martin, Northampton, Tyrrell and Washington counties. To my friends who voted for me, and those who supported another candidate – I would be honored for you to join me in celebrating this historical occasion. I have purposed to serve ALL citizens – young, old, rich, poor, black, white, brown, democrat, republican, independent,unaffiliated, rural, urban, without regard to religious, ethnic and gender preferences. (lowercase letters intentional). Curmilus has set the bar – now that the election is over – let’s work together to eradicate poverty by bringing jobs, more infrastructure and strengthening education in eastern North Carolina.

It took Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) to get me here; Dancy’s post invites our Umoja (Unity); and now I call on each of us to embrace 2 more Nguzu Saba principles as we strive to build a stronger community: Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) and Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics).

I pray everyone had a Merry Christmas – I wish you Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy New Year and I hope to see you in Bertie on January 3, 2015.

Sincerely,
Sen. Elect Smith-Ingram

In response to: Ahoskie NC Senate District 3 – You Are Cordially Invited To Senator-Elect Erica Smith-Ingram Swearing-In Ceremony & Inaugural Reception

Rolling Stone Names President Obama ‘One of the Most Successful Presidents in American History’ – The Rolling Stones

The Political Agitator response: I totally agree, More important, however, polls – or even elections – are not the measure of a president. High office shouldn’t be about putting points on the electoral scoreboard, it should be about changing the country for the better. Has Obama done that? Do his achievements look likely to endure? The answer to both questions is yes.”

President Obama graces the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone.

In the mag, Nobel Prize- winning economist Paul Krugman wrote an amazing piece in defense of President Obama’s presidency.

Mainstream media is often quick to point out President Obama’s perceived failures during his tenure, so it’s refreshing to see a publication highlight his many accomplishments — especially because President Obama’s approval rating is currently the lowest it’s ever been (according to CNBC).

Krugman declares President Obama as one of the “one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history” and acknowledges the harsh and often unfair criticism he endures. (Source: Read more)

Ahoskie NC Senate District 3 – You Are Cordially Invited To Senator-Elect Erica Smith-Ingram Swearing-In Ceremony & Inaugural Reception

This will be an historical moment. I remember when this District was created for a black person to represent but keeping in mind that the seat was open for anyone to run. I supported Patricia Ferguson former Bertie County Commissioner whom was from the Ahoskie area as well. Ferguson was blackballed by the black powers that be and Clark Jenkins was elected and has been in the seat since it was created. I didn’t vote for Smith-Ingram and I told her why, however I was happy to see her enter the race. I encourage all concerned citizens of Edgecombe County who voted for Smith-Ingram and others like myself who didn’t but I will support her, to please meet me in Ahoskie to welcome her to Edgecombe County as our representative.

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10 Black Men Recently Freed After Decades of False Imprisonment – AtlantaBlackStar

The Political Agitator response: This stuff is real folks.

In 1981, after a Dallas woman was reportedly raped in her house, she picked 20-year-old Charles Chatman, who lived down the street from her, out of a lineup.

Soon thereafter, Chatman was charged and convicted of rape and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. He maintained he was an innocent man and said the victim misidentified him as the culprit. He went to the parole board three times but according to sources, was denied every time because he refused to admit guilt to the crime.

However, after years of struggling to get a DNA test, the court finally allowed him to do it in 2007. In 2008, the DNA exculpated him in the rape. Chatman was officially exonerated on February 26, 2008, after spending 27-years in  prison.

As of 2012, Chatman had received $2,417,845 in state compensation. (Source: Read more)

5 facts about NC schools, teachers – NC Spin

Education and schools in North Carolina have received a great deal of media attention in the last couple of years, including throughout the recent political campaigns. With the campaigns over, the work of newly elected officials begins in Raleigh and in towns and counties throughout the state; however, the effort to educate our youth never stopped. Here are five things you might not know about schools and teachers in North Carolina. (Source: Read more)

Selma’s Truthful MLK: A Radical Despised by the Establishment – Portside

The Political Agitator response: This is a good read. King, and all those who stood alongside him in the demonstrations in the South, are shown not as conciliators looking to simply make racial harmony through dialogue, but as both agitators and lawbreakers – in the most righteous ways.

As “Selma” opens in a number of cities this week and expands to nationwide release in a couple of weeks, the country is given a chance to assess the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. Doing so is particularly relevant right now, in light of boisterous protests against police brutality that have been going on since the summer.

Selma has won nearly unanimous praise from film critics – it is currently perched at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes with dozens of reviews in – partly for its unflinching look at King as a true radical who upset not just a fringe of racists in the South, but the entire political establishment. Writing in Time Magazine, nonprofit leader Salamishah Tillet praises the film for reclaiming “Hollywood’s sanitized versions” of Dr. King as simply part of a “simple story of American racial progress.”

In the conventional wisdom, King was a beloved figure who worked with national politicians to defeat a fringe group of Southern racists; Selma upends this narrative by showing King facing off not only with Alabama governor George Wallace but also the Democratic president Lyndon Banes Johnson (LBJ) and his FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. King, and all those who stood alongside him in the demonstrations in the South, are shown not as conciliators looking to simply make racial harmony through dialogue, but as both agitators and lawbreakers – in the most righteous ways. (Source: Read more)

Online BS – NC Spin

An outfit called Verifeed says “social conversations” on Twitter helped Thom Tillis beat Kay Hagan. Put me down as a skeptic.

You hear a lot of sweeping claims about how social media is transforming politics. The acolytes can drown you in numbers about “clicks” and “reads” and “open rates.” But is there hard evidence that all this moves votes?

If there is, please share it.

WRAL’s Mark Binker is another skeptic. He posted the story on Facebook and said, “Posting this mainly because I think it’s wrong. For Twitter to be a place where a race is won or lost, wouldn’t it need to be a more persuasive medium? My window into the platform is that people are sharing news, jokes, etc… but there’s not a whole lot of persuasion going on. Tell me why I’m wrong. (Seriously, I don’t buy the argument in this piece but I think there might be one to be made.)” (Source: Read more)