7 legislators failing to detail campaign payments to themselves – The News & Observer

The Political Agitator’s response: This is what you call Republican White Privilege (RWP). when black folk steal a few crumbs they are called thugs and other. Well what do you call these jokers? I look at how the Ignant Racist White Folks and ignant Safe Negroes have a problem with blacks in majority but look at what this majority is doing. Hey all of them are just wrong so let’s talk about all of them and not just black folk.

Seven state lawmakers in North Carolina, including Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca, have reimbursed themselves for thousands of dollars in campaign spending without reporting details of those expenditures.

The State Board of Elections says candidates are required to itemize those reimbursements so that state auditors and voters can tell exactly how the money was spent. House Speaker Tim Moore recently had to re-file his reports because auditors found unitemized credit card charges. (Source: Read more)

The Terrorists Among Us – Slate

The Political Agitator’s response: I totally agree with, “Forget Syria. The most dangerous religious extremists are migrants from North and South Carolina.”

Another terrorist attack. Another grim tally of the dead and wounded. Another killer full of hate, from a land that breeds such men. Like millions of migrants before him, the perpetrator crossed the border unchallenged. And like others, he struck our country without warning.

Our politicians say they’ll stop these killers. They talk about building walls and vetting refugees. If we were serious, we would do it. We would seal our borders against North Carolina.

North Carolina? It sounds absurd. When we think about immigration and terrorism, we think of Syria. But that’s not where our casualties are coming from. On Friday, a gunman killed three people and wounded nine more at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. The suspect is white American Robert Lewis Dear. When police apprehended Dear, he uttered . . . (Source: Read more)

NC’s regrettable use of $8 million – The Charlotte Observer

We’ve long wondered what the legislature’s wrong-headed laws are costing North Carolina, both in reputation and in taxpayer dollars to defend them in court.

It may be impossible to put a precise dollar figure on the state’s reputation, but we now know the legal cost: More than $8 million.

The Associated Press reported last week that the Republican-led General Assembly has budgeted $4 million a year for the next two years to pay outside lawyers to defend controversial N.C. laws.

The legislature’s outside legal costs have totaled more than $3 million just since July 2014, the AP reported, mostly to defend its election reform bill that included photo ID and other provisions. (Source: Read more)

No, Bishop Paul S. Morton says, he hasn’t endorsed Donald Trump’s campaign: Jarvis DeBerry

The Political Agitator’s response: Bishop Paul Morton Gets It When It Comes To Donald Trump For President. He hit the nail on the head Trump is a bully. 

Bishop Paul S. Morton, the former pastor of Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church in New Orleans, was listed among the 100 black church leaders that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said would be endorsing him Monday, Nov. 30. But Morton, who in 1994 founded the Full Gospel Baptist denomination and has pastored in Atlanta since Hurricane Katrina, said in a tweet Friday that it’s not true that he’d be endorsing the candidate.

“I was asked 2 meet with Mr Trump too,” Morton tweeted, “but I refused because until he learns how to respect people you can’t represent me thru my endorsement.”

The word “too” that Morton uses in his tweet is significant because he’s not the only black religious leader who says his or her name has been wrongly included on a list of Trump endorsees. (Source: Read more)

See related: See Video Of Bishop Morton

Joel Osteen: Just Another Christian Preacher Robbing His Followers And Exploiting Their Faith – Greenville Gazette

The Political Agitator’s response: Ya’ll better stop lying on Preacher.

Joel Osteen presents himself as a famous pastor trying to uplift others and offer encouragement contrary to the traditional ways of preaching that condemn everything people do in the world… This wouldn’t be a horrible way to try and inspire people, if it weren’t for the way he plays on people’s faith and demands money in return for his useless sermons.

Osteen has offered to pray for others, but there is a price of $20 to $50 for each prayer. He claims that the money will be spent on the church, and that by spending your money there you are pleasing God almight… But the money goes straight into Osteen’s pocket. Becaue he is manipulative and uses people’s faith against them, and to rob them of their own hard earned money. To give you an idea of how much money this rat has stolen from people, here’s a picture of his insanely large house: (Source: Read more)

Yes, there was more than one Black Wall Street: Tell these stories to your children – Financial Juneteenth

Black Wall Street has been used to name three different locations:  Parrish Street, Durham, North Carolina;  Greenwood, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Jackson Ward, Richmond, Virginia.  Below are some facts you may not know about the African American business districts.

1. Parrish Street in Durham, North Carolina was known as Black Wall Street in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  Its name was patterned after  Wall Street in New York City.

2. In the early days before railroads had been built in the area (Durham, North Carolina), agriculture had been the predominant industry apart from a few instances of transporting livestock.

3. The rise of the commercial district  in Durham, North Carolina, can be attributed  to the efforts of the “Triumvirate” of the Black community or the “black captains of industry”, as described by Booker T. Washington, namely, Charles Spaulding,  John Merrick and Dr. Aaron M. Moore who had been responsible for the success of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance which spearheaded the rise of the financial district. (Source: Read more)

I Love It When Folk Used To Be On Facebook But Now Have A Problem With It

Well whoop the do!

I love it when these folk say they don’t get on Facebook anymore as if it is the worst thing they have ever seen.

Obviously for these folk it was all good when they used Facebook for their time and season but obviously their time and season have ran out. They probably used it to attempt to make them selves out of someone other than who they are, to show off their person be it their body, their clothes and other.

Well if Facebook is used in a positive matter such as educating folk about what is going on with them, sharing positive moments with family and friends and other things that makes sense, then I find Facebook to be a great way to communicate.

Wow! I have connected with family and friends that I have not been in contact with for years. It is good to be able to communicate in real time at the touch of a key.

When I first began using Facebook, I seen it as a tool to reach folk outside of my blog. When I post to my blog it automatically goes to my Facebook page, Twitter, LikedIn and Instagram social media sites.

Since I am still using Facebook for what I started out using it for, I have no problem with it today.

Sometime I see stuff on Facebook and I be saying what? When I see some stuff on Facebook that I feel a need to send the person an instant message, I do just that. Some things don’t need to be on Facebook but it is no different than anything else, you gonna have some good and bad.

One good thing about it all is that at any point and time folk have the right to delete their page, delete their friends and etc. I don’t delete folk unless they become harassers or just post a bunch of filth. I tell folk from time to time to delete me because I am going to say what I mean and mean what I say and if it offend them I understand.

“I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest!”

Church Traditions!

Some traditions are good and some can be bad!

Ok that that is working for the people, keep it in place. However that which is not working for the good of the people either modify it or get rid of it.

Well I know ya’ll church folk don’t want to talk about the church because you have done it this way because great-granddaddy/ma, granddaddy/ma, daddy/ma and others have done it that way all of these years, but you need to look at how you do things.

Do you have to stay in church all day to get the word?

Do you have to sing a bunch of songs?

Do you have to take up several offerings?

Do the preacher have to preach to you for 1 hour plus?

I am just asking.

Attorney defends alleged serial rapist cop by attacking the credibility of vulnerable black women – RawStory

The Political Agitator’s response: And folk act as if they don’t understand what black folk have to deal with. You just can’t make all of this stuff up. Police brutality killing black men to police sexual abuse of our black women and we suppose to act as if these things are not real. But the sad part is “they” try to make it appear as if we are all ignant and that we should believe the law over our black men and women although it is clear on video and/or the evidence produce facts. Black folk you better wake the h up! Now don’t get it twisted, yeah we have some black issues and we can talk about them too, but this article is about a police charged with sexual abuse and/or rape. We can talk about it all but don’t leave out the main thang.

Four weeks into the trial of Daniel Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer charged with the sexual abuse or rape of 13 different women, the prosecution has drawn a picture of a predator who followed a cynical calculus: because his victims were black, living on the margins, and had criminal histories, he was confident no one would believe them.

Holtzclaw, 28, is said to have methodically targeted black women with criminal records or a history of drug use or sex work for seven months while he worked the 4pm to 2am patrol. For all but one of his alleged victims, police investigators claim, Holtzclaw used his position on the force to run background checks for outstanding warrants or other means by which to coerce sex. (Source: Read more)

See related:

Sacramento Police Officer Gets Life In Prison For Raping 75 Year-Old Stroke Victim

How I Miss Express Yourself Weekly Talk Show

It is sad that we have no local radio and/or tv talk shows in the Edgecombe/Nash County area to keep up with weekly news/issues. We used to could hear local radio and/or tv talk show hosts talk about current issues and we could call in.

Since we do not have the radio/tv talk shows we have to rely on the local newspapers to give us a piece of the story in which we do not get the whole picture the majority of the time. I used to go to all of the meetings and record them and post them on The DCN TV so folk could see what really happened at the meetings. I have come to the conclusion that folk don’t appreciate being able to stay at home and be able to see the meetings on their computer while never leaving home. However I am not saying that all folk don’t appreciate it because I would be lying because I run into folk all the time that tell me they appreciate what I do. But the folk in position or the so-called leaders do not appreciate it unless I am promoting them. Well them days are over. I will not support nor promote folk who do not support and/or promote what I do.

I used to look forward to calling in to Express Yourself every Monday so that I could listen to Rocky Mount Councilman/OIC CEO Reuben Blackwell and Tony Stephens Education Talent Search and their guest. I used to call in and express myself since Soul 92 was so gracious to given up the air time.

I appreciate the years of service that Soul 92 gave us, however I understand their move to Raleigh. I ain’t mad with them because they got to do what they got a do and they are in the business of making money so I applaud them.

Well hopefully 2016 we will have a local talk show with some consistency and some great sharing of the issues locally. There is so much going on that folk don’t even know. There are groups around that are promoting a lot lies and since everyone don’t subscribe to the local newspapers, they miss out on a lot.

Why Should I?

Why should I support you but you don’t support me?

Why should I take time out of my schedule to video and take photos of your event for free or very little to nothing?

Why do you feel I owe you something when you have never done anything for me?

Why do you act as if you don’t know what is wrong with society today when folk who are always looking for others to do something free for them?

Why do you think our children do what they do?

Because they see just how self-centered you are and always wanting something for nothing but you want them to be different.

I have a real job and I will not support you when you do not support me so remember that!

Why?

Why do some churches have a Pastor’s Anniversary service?

Don’t the pastor get a salary?

If individuals want to give something, I think that is great but to say got to give pastor a certain amount of money, a vehicle and/or etc. is not good while some church members struggle to live but try to give.

Why do some churches have a First Lady Service?

If individuals want to give something, I think that is great but to say got to give First Lady a certain amount of money is not good while some church members struggle to live.

Why do some churches have a musician appreciation service?

Don’t the musician get a salary?

If individuals want to give something, I think that is great but to say got to give musician a certain amount of money is not good while some church members struggle to live.

If a church has a building that is modern and is not in need for a new building, church is paid for, why can’t the church bless the members individually in some kind of way?

I know some churches have their faults, as we all do even as individuals but when a church do some things to give back to the members, that is what I call a good thing.

I have been told a local church has been blessing their members individually with vehicles and homes. Now that is a good thing!

So my question is why should the church be just a place of giving and not a place of receiving as well?

Now I understand all churches ain’t there yet but that should be the goal of the church in my ignant opinion.

Former Rocky Mount officer fondly remembered – Rocky Mount Telegram

Katie Pope Hunter didn’t set out to break boundaries in 1974.

The first black female officer in Rocky Mount was a single mother of two young boys and she saw law enforcement as a way to support her family.

“It was a different time then,” said her son, Tim Pope, who is a trooper with the N.C. Highway Patrol. “When she was in law enforcement, there was a lot of racism she had to deal with.”

He recalled awful derogatory comments her fellow officers would make, but the Elm City native stuck to it. After fellow officers Lurlene Preast and Shirley Howell filed a lawsuit in 1977 under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, all female officers were paid at the same rate as their male counterparts in Rocky Mount. She served in a variety of capacities within the department, including several years as a courtroom officer where she met rookie officer Laura Fahnestock. (Source: Read more)

Reducing Crime and Reducing Poverty: How Rocky Mount’s Downtown Revitalization Helps – Rocky Mount Review

The Political Agitator’s response: Can’t wait to see what kind of twist the Community Council, Fighting Crime In Nash, Wilson and Edgecombe Counties, WHIG-TV and other naysayers will put on this article.

Two words: Downtown Revitalization

Not only are cities across the country embracing and improving their downtown areas, but these renovations demonstrate how this innovation can make cities less dangerous and fight poverty.  Rocky Mount is no different. Rocky Mount’s downtown development has not only been a success, but the city’s crime rate is at a 35-year low. Additional benefits of downtown development include: employment opportunities, restoration of historic buildings and reduced crime. Crime prevention techniques are most effective if they address all environmental factors, from street lighting to clean streets. (Source: Read more)