Friday, October 3, 2014

Last Call For Voting Your Conscience

An instructive lesson on voting, political power, and influencing elections: first, the reaction of the black community reaction in Missouri to police brutality and mass incarceration, a place where Democrats have notably failed and Republicans have no intent to make it better...

Voter registration jumped 30 percent in Ferguson, Missouri between August 9 — the day unarmed teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by Officer Darren Warren — and September 30. As protests and clashes with police continue, the town’s residents want to see more race representation in their local government in the near future. 
Approximately 3,300 citizens in the town of 21,000 registered to vote after Brown’s death, totaling two-thirds of new voters in St. Louis County. Currently, 5 of 6 Ferguson council members are white, but roughly 70 percent of the city’s population is black. And Ferguson’s mayor is white Republican James Knowles.

Recent voter registration is due, in large part, to community efforts to boost civic engagement. Organizations like the NAACP and League of Women Voters, in addition to sororities and fraternities, are actively involved in registering the city’s residents. Other community members are handing out registration cards for voters to mail them in.

Second, the reaction of the Latino community in Arizona to immigration and deportation, a place where Democrats have notably failed and Republicans have no intent to make it better...

Sandra Bernal plans to boycott the upcoming midterm election. 
“It’s a peaceful way of protesting,” she told ThinkProgress in Spanish, “It’s saying, ‘We’re here and we’re tired of so many broken promises.’” 
Bernal, a US citizen from Mexico who has lived in Phoenix for nearly 20 years and raised three children on her own, said her views on politics were shaken to the core by two recent events: the arrest of her undocumented sister, andPresident Obama’s decision to delay a planned executive order to stop some deportations. She said the mostly-Democratic Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s decision to go along with the President’s new deadline for action alienated her even further.

“I think they’re doing nothing more than dragging this out, giving us false hope so that we keep voting for the Democratic Party,” she said. “They’re using us like puppets, thinking we’ll go along with their game. Unfortunately, many Latino groups are working right now to get out the vote. But I think it would be better for us as a community, as a people, to boycott, to not vote. Then they’ll learn that without the Hispanic vote, they’re not getting anywhere.”

One group is trying to see the issues important to them fixed by voting and taking part.  The other group is trying to see the issues important to them fixed by not voting and not getting involved.

If you're still pondering which approach is more effective, you're the reason why these issues aren't going to get fixed anytime soon.

Your Libertarian Moment Of The Day

So let's all strive to deal with Ebola in a responsible manner that respects the rights of citizens and reasonably protects the populace OH WAIT IT'S TEXAS YEEHAW MUTHA BITCHEZ!

Health officials say the family of a Liberian man diagnosed with Ebola while visiting them in Dallas left their home, and that's why a "control order" was put in place to keep them inside. 
Family members of Thomas Eric Duncan were ordered Wednesday night to stay home or face criminal charges. Four to five people, who are not showing symptoms of the deadly disease at this time, were put under the quarantine by Texas health officials. 
The group is not allowed to leave their home in Dallas and cannot visit with anyone outside the home, the State Health Department said on Thursday. 
"We have tried and true protocols to protect the public and stop the spread of this disease," Texas Health Commissioner Dr. David Lakey said. "This order gives us the ability to monitor the situation in the most meticulous way." 
The family must also be available to give blood samples and be monitored until the incubation period for Ebola has passed on Oct. 19.

Glad the state with the largest number of uninsured Americans led by a governor that has repeatedly said that heath care is not a government issue is suddenly very worried now about the government stepping in on a public health issue.


September jobs numbers came out this morning, and they were BEAST MODE.

Nonfarm payrolls grew more than expected in September as the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since July 2008. 
According to the latest employment report from the BLS, nonfarm payrolls grew by 248,000 in September. 
The unemployment rate also fell to 5.9% from 6.1%, the first time the unemployment rate has been below 6% in more than six years. 
Expectations were for a gain of 215,000 with the unemployment rate expected to remain at 6.1%.

BEAST MOOOOOODE.  The internals are pretty good too. Unemployment among African-Americans has gone from 13% to 11% in just one year, that's huge.  But tell me again how President Obama isn't doing anything for black America.

This is another big jobs report.  We're finally under 6% unemployment under Obama.  He turned this economy around but he will continue to get nothing but hate from the left and the right, and that saddens me greatly.


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