My thoughts on President Obama and his speech on Trayvon Martin

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First I like to commend President Obama for once again speaking on subject he wishes he did not have to speak on. The president touched on some very key points that are a reality no matter how much certain people like to ignore it. There’s nothing racist about the president commenting on what it is like to be a Black man in America.

Joe Scarborough (Republican) stated earlier this week,

“if you don’t know anyone whose been stopped for driving while black, you have no black friends.”, “it’s that simple…”.

Does the above quote make Scarborough a racist???? Of course not!

So please stop telling me to “move on” or “get over it” because we have a Black president or because slavery was a long time ago.

No!

We remember 9/11 and December 7th (Pearl Harbor) as “a date that will live in infamy” so that we never forget. Would we EVER tell survivors or their families to move on???

I love the United States, including its “warts”. Talking about this nations past and present sins does not make me any less patriotic than any self-proclaimed “Patriot” or Sean Hannity.

So thank you Mr President for saying what you said on a national stage!

From Oscar Grant to Trayvon Martin (and unfortunately many others), there is no room for error when you are Black…

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough calls out NRA…

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This morning on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe‘, Joe Scarborough called out the NRA for their latest ad against Senator Joe Manchin for his role in the Gun Control Bill (Toomey-Manchin Bill) that was voted down earlier this year.  In the attack ad the NRA linked Joe Manchin to President Obama and NYC Mayor Bloomberg, Scarborough attacked the NRA for the misleading ad and also took the NRA to task for the image used for President Obama.  Scarborough noted how some people asked him if he thought the ad purposely darkened the image of Obama with shading, to make him look “more ominous”

It’s so obvious, look at his hands. It looks like he is a coal miner from West Virginia, look how dark they made his hands.  Look at the side of his face, this is a question that answers itself… You don’t have to call me up and ask me if I think the Washington NRA shaded Barack Obama hands… – Joe Scarborough

Here is a clip from ‘Morning Joe’ continuing to talk about the NRA:

As a fan of ‘Morning Joe’ I was a lil surprised Scarborough’s comments, my surprise was not in judgement of whether he was ‘right or ‘wrong’.  This is something I would have expected (not in a bad way) from his co-host Mika  Brzezinski.  Scarborough is far from being a Obama fan, so when a Republican like him makes an observation like this…  You can’t but take notice.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Militant Mondays – Chris Matthews Accuses Romney and GOP of Playing the Race Card

I have to apologize as I incorrectly wrote this piece saying that Chris Matthews called Mitt Romney a racist. Chris Matthews clearly said that Mitt Romney was playing the race card in this incident.

As much as I am a fan of MSNBC programming and Chris Matthews infamous rants against Mitt Romney and Reince Priebus.  This morning on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ Matthews went on a rant talking about how Mitt Romney’s “joke” concerning birth certificates was basically the Mitt Romney and the GOP playing the race card.  Matthews went as far as to say Romney is playing the race card.

On Friday at a rally in Michigan, Romney said the following:

“No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place where both of us were born and raised.”

Romney claims this was his attempt at humor and this morning Reince Priebus (Who I think is a prick!) backed up that story and said the president has even joked about his birth certificate.

Was this an attempt at humor for Mitt Romney?

No…

What Romney did there was make an attempt to play up that Birther part of the base.  In playing to that part of the base Romney is playing with fire, its fire that John McCain was unwilling to play with back in 2008.  I commend Matthews for doing what most host and definitely not Joe Scarborough and that is call Priebus on his BS.  When Priebus said that President Obama was looking to Europe for guidance when it came to health care and spending, Scarborough would have never called Priebus on that.  I wonder if Priebus would say the same thing about Bush 43?

Yeah Right!!!

In the video you can see how uncomfortable the rest of the panelist were; because Chris Matthews wears his politics on his sleeve he couldn’t help himself but go on this rant.  What we saw in Matthews was built of frustration of the past 4 years, it will be interesting to see if there will be any blowback from MSNBC Execs.  Matthew could have probably avoided all this if he stayed away from mentioning the “race card”; he would have been fine if he made the argument that Romney should stay away from birther jokes and the likes of Donald Trump and condemn that part of the Republican Party.  Unfortunately once he gets going there is not much stopping him… 

In all honesty I did enjoy watching Reince Priebus squirm a bit; ever since he took over as head of th RNC  I have not liked his style in handling the media, who am I kidding???  I think the guy is a dick!!!

***Video courtesy of loudmothcha44 YouTube Channel***

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Talking Points Tuesdays – After Florida GOP Primary, Then What?

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With Mitt Romney expecting a big victory in Florida tonight, what will happen to Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum presidential aspirations?

Well…

I don’t see any reason for Rick Santorum to continue after Florida… Besides the political reasons there is also his family.  Say what you want about Rick Santorum, but one thing you can’t deny is his devotion to family.  With his daughter recently becoming ill (they say she is getting better) I see reality settling in for Rick and I fully expect that he suspend his campaign in the next couple of days.  Santorum can walk away from the campaign trail with pride as he has done better than most expected, and at this point he can still be an influence in this primary season for the GOP.  With Santorum capturing the evangelical endorsement I am sure Newt and Mitt would like to have some of that support thrown their way.  Santorum may not be a “King Maker” but he can still play a role all the way to the convention.

As for Newt, well the grandiose one will definitely keep trucking on. I can’t see the blowhard calling it quits, especially if he gets a beat down tonight in Florida… He ain’t going out like that!  Plus Joe Scarborough recently made a good point about Newt continuing after Florida.

“And let me tell you something, a 20-point loss in Florida — that’s not a nuclear holocaust,” Scarborough said on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” on NBC.

“February is a down month. That gives the strategist three or four weeks to plan and then look at the calendar. You look at Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas soon after that. If I have to bet on Newt’s strongest state, I list all of those. That’s exactly what he needs.” – The Daily Caller

With that being said I have to agree with Joe (it happens), with Mitt struggling to consistently win over Conservatives there is a chance for Newt to gain some ground and recover from Florida with the next set of southern states.  Keep in mind as Scarborough stated, Newts strategists will have some time to regroup with no primaries in the month of February.

PLUS, Newt picked up the endorsement of Herman Cain! Wait… WHO????

On the flip-side Romney strategist can’t be thrilled with the upcoming downtime in February; the last debate was probably Mitt’s best performance as he finally seemed comfortable attacking Newt… It’s all about momentum and after Florida Mitt will be losing some of that.

And no I did not forget about Ron Paul but the guy didn’t even campaign in Florida; word is with Florida being an older crowd Paul’s campaign decided it wasn’t a good fit for him.  It’s the best thing for Paul when you think about, Mitt Romney and his super PAC spent $15 million dollars attacking Newt all over Florida compared to the $4 million Newt spent.  No way Paul can hang with that much money being spent so it’s best he just do a walk-by in Florida.  Besides, skipping Florida is a good thing for him as more reports came out from former staffers claiming Paul knew about the racist content in those newsletter he claims he knew nothing about.

tsk tsk tsk Ron Paul…..

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Oh well, these debates have been some what entertaining so why not a couple more!!!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

MSNBC suspends Joe Scarborough for GOP Donations

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After suspending Keith Olbermann for making political donations to Liberal candidates; MSNBC is now trying to come off as being a fair and balance network by suspending MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough.  MSNBC announced about earlier this evening that Scarborough will be suspended for 2 days without pay (same punishment Olbermann received).  When Olbermann was suspended MSNBC was highly criticized by Liberal pundits for the move as information started to come out that Scarborough had made similar political donations to GOP candidates.

One particular Liberal pundit that made the most noise about Olbermann’s suspension was his colleague Rachel Maddow.  The Friday after Olbermann was suspended Maddow used the closing remarks of her nightly show to voice her support.  Maddow unleashed a verbal assault pointing out the number of FOX News hosts that have donated to political campaigns and how GOP candidates use Fox News to openly raise campaign funds.  She pointed that unlike Fox that Keith does not attempt to hide his donations and that there is difference in how Fox and MSNBC hosts do their jobs.  During her verbal lashing of unfair treatment of Olbermann, Maddow made sure to mention that other hosts on MSNBC have donated to political campaigns without punishment…

“You can [donate] if you ask in advance and management tells you OK. That’s what I understand happened with our morning show host’s political donations in 2006, under previous management,” she said.

At the time it was thought that the only difference between Olbermann and Scarborough’s donations was that Scarborough asked for permission.  Days after Olbermann’s suspension Scarborough spoke with MSNBC President Phil Griffin and supposedly reassured Griffin that all his donations were on the up and up with MSNBC policy.

End of story right???  Not really…

Political new service Politico (first to scoop the Olbermann donation story) uncovered at least 5 political donations of $500 each that were not mentioned by Joe during his conversation with Griffin.  When confronted Scarborough admitted to making in total 8 donations of $500 each to candidates in his home state of Florida.  In light of this news Phil Griffin released the following statement

“This morning, Joe Scarborough informed me that he’d made eight contributions of $500 each to local candidates in Florida between 2004-08,” wrote Griffin. “In my conversation with Joe two weeks ago, he did not recall these contributions. Since he did not seek or receive prior approval for these contributions, Joe understands that I will be suspending him for violating our policy.”

Scarborough will be able to return to his show Nov. 24th

For Joe Scarborough this has to be a little bit embarrassing and there will surely be jokes on Joe and MSNBC from the likes of Jon Stewart (The Daily Show) and Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report).  For the record I like Joe and I love his show “Morning Joe”; Scarborough is one of the more fair Conservatives and he tries to give fair opinions as he is critical of both Liberals and Conservatives.  Hopefully we have heard the last of MSNBC hosts being suspended, fingers crossed.

Meanwhile FOX News has to be laughing at all the negative press their rival is receiving.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

Minimum Wage

For the past couple of days the ridiculous notion of getting rid of the minimum wage has been floated by Senate candidates Linda McMahon (R-CT) and Joe Miller (R-AK). Some how setting a minimum wage is hurting businesses, stifling their growth so much that having a national standard of $7.25/hour is too much. According to the likes of McMahon and Miller it’s just another example of the federal government interfering in private business.

What world is McMahons and Miller living in?

What’s even more disturbing is that when asked recently about the minimum wage; Linda McMahon could not even tell reporters the federal or the state (CT) minimum wage level. I just don’t see how Republicans or Tea Party kats can say they are for the protection of the people when they float ideas of eliminating minimum wage. For the record in a recent debate Linda McMahon pulled a page out ofher old WWE wrestling handbook when she denied ever talking about eliminating minimum wage.

While I will argue with any Conservative that having a minimum wage is a good thing, I will hesitate in debating whether or not the minimum wage should be increased at this time. I believe having a minimum wage is protection for low skilled workers; overall I do not trust businesses to look out for employees. If that was the case business would not always look for cheap labor, I understand business wanting to make a profit but I ALSO understand fair wages for employees; there is a fair compromise we just have to find it.

As for hesitating in debating an increase to the minimum wage, well that is a little more difficult to defend. With the current state of the economy and the slow growth in job creation; it would not be wise to increase the minimum wage. Studies show that increasing the minimum wage can lead to less jobs being created as employers look to maximize profit. In a bad economy it would be difficult to ask a business owner to forget about profits and to thing about creating jobs; in my opinion it is just not a realistic thought. In a booming economy employers are more than willing to add employees as profit margins and demand increases.

If Republicans/Tea Party kats want to campaign on getting rid of the minimum wage go right ahead. LOL, it would be the dumbest thing they could ever do themselves. The smart thing to do is listen to Conservatives like Joe Scarborough; “Keep Calm and Carry On”! It’s very simple, control spending and focus on jobs, stay away from nutbags like Joe Miller and to a lil lesser extent Linda McMahon. Definitely stay away from Princess Nutbag Christine O’Donnell (Queen Nutbag = Sarah Palin), let me stop with all the nutbag talk…

What’s important here is that we focus on bringing this economy back. Cutting minimum wage is not the answer, let’s focus on better ways to help businesses and the people at the same time.

Here are a couple of ideas:
1. Responsibly cut payroll tax

2. Give companies tax exemptions for creating new jobs that hire the unemployed

3. Tax companies that sends jobs overseas. Currently there are a number of tax exemptions these companies receive

Republicans/Tea Party kats these are good ideas to float and support. By the way these are all ideas that Democrats have pushed.

Stop playing the political game and start doing what is right for every American!

As always….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!