|Gov Christie's Jihad Committee Disappoints GOP|
|by Tom McGregor||Fri, Nov 16, 2012, 04:23 AM|
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey assigned an appointee to select four radical Islamists for an advisory panel intended to upgrade relations between the government an the state's small but rising Muslim community, as disclosed by RadicalIslam.org.
The Daily Caller reports that, “Christie commissioned the 10-member advisory panel in the spring when Islamist and progressive political groups objected to routine surveillance by New York police of nearby Muslim neighborhoods.
A Christie appointee, Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa set up the panel, which had met for the first time in September.
According to the Daily Caller, “the panel meets with state police and political leaders giving Islamists an opportunity to push their top-level demand that Muslim neighborhoods be allowed to govern themselves by their own rules, including Islam’s Shariah law. After a recent meeting, a spokesman for the New Jersey attorney general would only say that the gathering was ‘productive’ and that ‘several issues were raised.’”
written by Jonathan Green , November 16, 2012
Our Brothers and Sisters in the Bakery, Confectionary and Tobacco Workers Union are on strike across the country against Hostess. It’s the company’s second bankruptcy at the hands of Wall St. investment bankers who are bleeding this American institution dry. They have imposed draconian cuts on the workers to pay for the debt they’ve piled on the company, and for the millions lining the pockets of the executives and their bankers. Now they are threatening to shut the company down, sell all the assets and layoff nearly 20,000 workers. These union workers have dedicated their careers to making Twinkies, Ding Dongs and all the other Hostess products everyone loves. It’s time to stand in solidarity with them against corporate greed. When we have discussions about the direction of Black America it often strikes me that comments diverge. Some, like master networker, says we have everything we need in our community and we need to look to each other for solutions. Others, like me, say that public policy can improve the plight of African American people. They fact is that each approach is a necessary, but not sufficient condition for empowerment. We need to heal our community, but we also need to heal the public policy that continues to generate economic disparities. We need to get back to the fundamental principles of self-preservation that we practiced during the Civil Rights' Era. Although laws and policies have substantially changed our access to people, places and things, we have seriously detoured from the principles that strengthened, empowers and sustained us.
written by Jonathan Green , November 17, 2012
The 2012 elections may prove to have been a watershed in several different respects. Despite the efforts by the political Right to suppress the Democratic electorate, something very strange happened: voters, angered by the attacks on their rights, turned out in even greater force in favor of Democratic candidates. The deeper phenomenon is that the changing demographics of the USA also became more evident - 45% of Obama voters were people of color, and young voters turned out in large numbers in key counties.
Unfortunately for the political Left, these events unfolded with the Left having limited visibility and a limited impact - except indirectly through certain mass organizations - on the outcome.
On one level it is easy to understand why many Republicans found it difficult to believe that Mitt Romney did not win the election. First, the US remains in the grip of an economic crisis with an official unemployment rate of 7.9%. In some communities, the unemployment is closer to 20%. While the Obama administration had taken certain steps to address the economic crisis, the steps have been insufficient in light of the global nature of the crisis. The steps were also limited by the political orientation of the Obama administration, i.e., corporate liberal, and the general support by many in the administration for neo-liberal economics.
The second factor that made the election a ‘nail biter’ was the amount of money poured into this contest. Approximately $6 billion was spent in the entire election. In the Presidential race it was more than $2 billion raised and spent, but this does not include independent expenditures. In either case, this was the first post-Citizen United Presidential campaign, meaning that money was flowing into this election like a flood after a dam bursts. Republican so-called Super Political Action Committees (Super PACs) went all out to defeat President Obama.
The bulk of the US Left does not think politically.
Third, the Republicans engaged in a process of what came to be known as “voter suppression” activity. Particularly in the aftermath of the 2010 midterm elections, the Republicans created a false crisis of alleged voter fraud as a justification for various draconian steps aimed at allegedly cleansing the election process of illegitimate voters. Despite the fact that the Republicans could not substantiate their claims that voter fraud was a problem on any scale, let alone a significant problem, they were able to build up a clamor for restrictive changes in the process, thereby permitting the introduction of various laws to make it more difficult for voters to cast their ballots. This included photographic voter identification, more difficult processes for voter registration, and the shortening of early voting. Though many of these steps were overturned through the intervention of courts, they were aimed at causing a chilling impact on the voters, specifically, the Democratic electorate.
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