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After Super Tuesday over at Delaware Liberal when Hillary had a lead in delegates, the pro-Hillary contingent was calling the primary race as being over.  True she did win the South. One of the comments made in the thread below was that Bernie had made his bed by making economic concerns the center piece of his campaign, leaving the social justice issues for Hillary to handle…. which she exploited among those who were black.

At that time we listened then decided that blacks did not care about economic issues. They just didn’t want Trump to put them back in the back of the bus and separate lunch counters.

But even Dr. Martin Luther King said, that the Civil Rights Act was not enough. The Voting Rights Act was not enough. there needed to be economic parity before you could truly call the Negro free.

Evidence is in Martin Luther King himself.  He didn’t stop after the Civil Rights Act was signed and get a job as a “race” consultant on a major network.. He didn’t stop organizing after the Voting Rights Act was passed… In fact he was organizing a Poor People’s March just before he was killed, not just of blacks, but for all races even including whites.

The “I Have A Dream” Speech correctly identifies the check given to the Afro-American people, as being returned stamped “insufficient funds”.

“If you can’t make a decent living; you aren’t truly free”.  Bernie solidly believes this.

That is why he wants free college in America available to all who can use it. That is why he wants health care to be a right, not a privilege for all people, rich and poor. That is why he wants to raise taxes on the wealthy, to pay for great work programs we need which hire those loitering on our big city streets.

Would you like to be making $10,000 a year more in four years?  Bernie is the only one with a plan that will allow every American to earn $10,000 more when the next presidential election rolls around., than they earn right now.

Hillary is owned by Wall Street. She just posted she accepted $30 million dollars of their money. How is she going to make them do what is right for America?  Shame them?  Has that worked these past 8 years?  No, you can’t shame billionaires. They can afford to ignore you and live behind high walls never noticing you exist.

Bernie will raise taxes on these top collectors of what should be middle class money. That money can then go to hire more government workers, which helps dries up the the labor market, so openings become harder to fill and therefore get priced higher to entice workers to apply.

Across the history of the United States, every time we raised taxes we expanded the economy; every time we cut taxes, we shrank it…

The only way to get jobs is to take on Wall Street by the horns.  Only two candidates will do that.. Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump.

Now perhaps you may be so insulated in your ‘hoods’ that you don’t care if nothing gets done.  Hillary is your woman. You’ll have your showpiece; but nothing will get done.

But if you ever do want something done, the time is now.  A candidate like Bernie Sanders will not emerge for another 20 years… This is it for your lifetimes.  This is the only time we have a candidate who understands Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision because he was there. This is the only time we have someone who knows the power games Wall Street plays and can stop them.  This is the only time we have a movement of real human beings intent on taking control of government back from the rich and powerful and forcing government to start taking care of us… not a government issuing more tax breaks for billionaires, but one voting for programs helping working men and women…

Yes, you thought you had that with Obama.. and you would have, but Republicans had enough seats in the Senate to stop all legislation from passing… Nothing to help a single black voter ever made it through Congress.

The ONLY way you will get people to see YOUR side… is if you vote them in. And you know the other side will try their best to block you from voting… So vote early and vote often.

And make sure not one of you votes for any Republican. And each of us should check on our neighbors to make sure, not one of us, sits out this vote… The Future is never predictable..   But for once, we got a realistic chance to overwhelm Republicans across all 50 states and put in a new President and new Congress that will pick up where Martin Luther King had to abruptly leave off….

This is the real thing.  Hillary, love her for her past loyalties, but she is a distraction from achieving the real economic change that will make every American at least $10,000 richer by 2020….  We won’t get this chance again….

Must Act now.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sitting in traffic this afternoon on 95, I remembered upon being reminded on the radio, that today was Martin Luther King Day…..

I decided not to write anything this year, because it was old hat.  What I mean is that it is one thing to say:  “oh, it’s Martin Luther King Day”, and go on with ones life.  After all, I’ve done everything in the past to celebrate… Gone out for community service, written glowing dissertations, posted pictures from way back when each time the holiday passes, printed the I Have A Dream Speech, with parts highlighted that had particular relevance that year….  I’ve done all those things, and there is nothing left in me.

Sometimes doing nothing at all, shows more honor than making a half-hearted faint attempt, that after tried, appears so pathetic it takes away; whereas doing nothing would at least leave it a neutral….

So that was my plan… Nothing…. Cause I didn’t feel it…

I wasn’t going to read any one’s tribute either…. What’s the point?

For some reason I clicked onto this one at Kos… Perhaps it was the title that grabbed me…“Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did

It’s probably going to say he made a speech, or he marched, or he wrote from jail… I wonder if it is the ramblings of a school child’s essay or that of an old fart who lived back then….

Turns out it was an old fart and his writing brought alive characters I hadn’t seen since childhood…. I actually remember people like that.  The reason I would recommend that you read it, is because it brought MLK Day back to life for me. It might do the same for you… I’m sure by now you’ve seen MLK’s picture at least 7 times today if not more.  Sometimes overkill is the fastest path to the dustbin.

This article begins with the premise that most of us would say:  Martin Luther King made a speech. He marched… He sat in jail and wrote. And that is why we honor him.

That is so shallow and misses the entire vein.

Martin Luther King ended terrorism in the South and the rest of the nation; that fear that came from being black.. Malcolm X didn’t do that. Jesse Jackson didn’t do that. Michael Jackson didn’t do that. Samuel Jackson didn’t do that.

Martin Luther King did. He got rid of the fear in being black. He did it by making the Blacks address whatever they feared the most.  Go register,  Go march.  Don’t be afraid. We’ll do it together! And when the beatings came,  and the dogs, and the fire hoses, Blacks found they weren’t that bad after all.  Certainly not bad enough to stay cowering in fear the remainder of their lives… When the jailers heard the blacks they’d just had worked over, singing Freedom Songs in their cells, they knew the sham perpetuated upon the Blacks for decades, was now over…

That is the real Martin Luther King legacy. Face your biggest fear. Walk at it. Meet it head on, go through it, and then keep going and don’t look back….

It is something we desperately need to remember today… It certainly seems time to apply his same lesson to the middle class…. and realize, our worst fears, that of being terminated from our jobs, won’t really happen and even if they do, they aren’t really that bad…

As long as we all stick together….

You want to fire Mr. So-and-So?  We all quit.  All of 132 of us!  And we are setting up pickets in front of your building.  Hell with not being a Union.  We quit anyway;  run your store without us.

As long as we all stick together, the worst they can do, really isn’t that bad now, is it?

“You may well ask: “Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches and so forth? Isn’t negotiation a better path?” You are quite right in calling for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks to so dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. …”

Martin Luther King  Letter from a Birmingham Jail  April 16, 1963….

I was noticing a change . April 4, the death of Martin Luther King, passed by without a comment… I guess the urgency of what he attempted to accomplish, has now dissipated to the point where only sentimentalists worry about marking that anniversary…

The man was a great man.. He was a brave man.. He showed all of us that truth embedded in those who will not back down, can overcome…

His dream… has now come to pass…

Our attention has moved on elsewhere…. As it should, I suppose… I just want to mark this observation that times have truly changed.. I just wanted to point out that no one is really worried about it, which means that true change has, indeed, come about….

Because that……. is what we do.

April 4th, 2008 will be the 40th anniversary of Dr. King’s death. Has time gone by that fast already? Where is the “Negro” today and what is his current state of affairs.

From Dr. King’s most famous speech.

We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. *We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by a sign stating: “For Whites Only.”* We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until “justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”¹

Well you can rest. You should be satisfied. Those are now things of the past.

Not so you say? Well perhaps you forgot what life was like for an Afro-American forty-five years ago when these words were spoken on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Let that speech, 100 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation remind you for a moment.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land.

Wait a minute. Blacks still outnumber whites in our prisons. Blacks dropout faster than whites in any school. Black men father more children out of wedlock than any other classification. There is more work to do. Perhaps if they were more forceful about seeking change….

But again, the wise Dr. King foresaw that question and has a ready answer.

In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

Here the power of Dr. King is most apparent. The Negro community was poised to meet oppression with violence. They wisely chose not to. Would white people show the same restraint? I wonder? Historically whites have never shown restraint before. It was white people’s failure to find a peaceful solution that caused both the Revolutionary and Civil War.

King continues this theme.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And they did not. So how has the “Dream” been translated over forty five years into reality? Let’s analyze.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

One needs look no further than the maternity wing of Christiana Hospital. Mission accomplished. Check.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
Mission accomplished. Check.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
Task Completed. Check.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

Courtesy of the Crimson Tide
Courtesy of the University of Alabama

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.

Done. Even in Mormon Country.

Although it is out of sync. This should come at the end.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Dexter, Yolanda , Martin, and Bernice.

Again, Mission accomplished. Fait accompli.

I can remember looking out my bedroom window and seeing their segregated school. Ironically in honor of the Emancipation Proclamation, it was named Lincoln High. Later I once had the opportunity to see the inside. Six classrooms for twelve grades. Most blacks fail to realize how far they have come.

So when I hear of a young black school kid, getting in his teacher’s face and threatening to assault him/her in their own classroom, I want to ram my fist through his rib cage, into his chest cavity, grab his heart, and shove it into his face. The last words I want him to hear would be these: “Son, you don’t know how close you came to “Not” have this opportunity to learn! To the rest of you,… treat the chance for an full education as a gift, one deserving of a man like Dr. King!”

Ironically that a young black would not even know exactly just how far he’d come over the last forty years, is the crowning glory of Martin Luther King’s achievement. Things have changed so much. Today we are all individuals responsible for our own actions. No one cares one iota about the color of skin.

Right now, we are looking at the possibility of the first black president. Again no one cares about the color of his skin. It is all about what he will do for our country.

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King.

Naturally one should expect the two most divisive divisions of America to surface during a heated campaign. What is fascinating is that these virulent battles are taking place within the parties, and not between them.

Race as sometimes been a public issue, such as when John McCain first ran in South Carolina, but rarely has it grabbed headlines like it has this week. Likewise religious controversies have been a constant source of friction between the far right and far left, but never within the confines of the Republican party. Republicans were supposed to protect religion against everything Satanic.

WTF is going on?

Has America finally come to its senses and decided to tackle race and religion, the last two divisive issues facing us, that up to this point and since the beginning of man have never been completely reconciled? Have we therefore already resolved the issues that predominated the last election cycle: what was it…….gays and marriage? Or the cycle before that back in 2000,….. morality versus competence? Since we are on this topic now, it must have come to pass that we solved those problems then, although I confess I must have been preoccupied, since I seem to have missed all the hoopla and fanfare that came with their resolution…………………

Just to give one an idea of how this has exploded, I used to have a spot on page 2 if one dared google Obama Hillary. In less than one week it has been pushed back to I-don’t-know-where…….I couldn’t find it…….Such is the explosion of commentary that this controversy has spawned.

What caused it?

Nothing really. Hillary was trying to maintain her lead among black women, who feel she has the best shot at winning, by stating that Martin Luther King talked, but it was Lyndon Johnson who did the walk. If any of you have heard Jack Valenti‘s reminiscences of those days in the Johnson White House, Johnson twisted a lot of arms to make that happen. Yes, it may not have happened had MLK not been outspoken, but it definitely would not have happened if someone other than Johnson, a backwoods white Southerner, been in office instead. It was Johnson’s persuasion coming from inside the mentality of the Bible belt, that provided enough votes to make the law.

So Hillary is innocent…….Let’s move on.

Obama, who due to the color of his skin, obviously got some heat from his supporters who only heard, or thought they heard, or heard it from someone who thought they heard, that Hillary had put down MLK. And Obama casually made the statement that Hillary’s comment had offended some people.

Of course it did. The fault lies not with Hillary. It lies with those people who were too lazy to find out what was actually said and took someone else’s assessment and embellished to the point that their adrenalin kicked in! I could have made the same statement as Obama, because I know people like that, regardless of skin color.

Should Obama have kept silent then, and not brought it up?

No! He is in the middle of a campaign. His job, his goal, is to try to splinter some of the oppositions supporters over to his side. If he lies, to do so, that is an unpardonable sin. But to tell a truthhood, ….well……like it or not, that is what politics is!

Next Hillary on Meet the Press accuses Obama of using her comment to drive Blacks from her campaign. Should she have kept quiet?

No, she too is in the middle of a campaign. Long-term supporters are leaving camp and she needs to console them to stay. Shedding light on why and what is happening, is the best way to stem the damage. Again, if she lies, that is abominable. But to be maligned for telling the truth……..that is politics, and her job is to win.

Last I heard…..Obama had called a truce…..Hopefully to focus on more important issues.

So why did this happen?

It can be explained by a theme common in small towns that played itself out from the beginning of man. Shakespeare as well as 60’s and 70’s television shoes used the same plot line.

That is where a busy body, listening in to conversations to obtain gossip, mishears something and creates a victim by telling that person what they thought they heard. The victim, naturally angry, fires back a salvo which this person then takes to the innocent perpetrator, who in turn becomes angry thinking he has become the victim of an unprovoked attack.

Our thirty minutes of entertainment are taken up by stringing us along on how the reconciliation will eventually occur.

Today, the busybody is our press. Our press is not content to report the news. They feel that they should make the news.

Words are duplicitous instruments. They can sometimes have two nuances of meaning. And when one then strings several of these words together, those nuances can pile up and and give different interpretations of meaning. As one example, the word “clean” has a good meaning……and now we know, a bad meaning….

Because of something called the “speed of light”, something said in Los Angeles, can be seen in New York before a breath is taken after the end of the original sentence. Bottom line? The media acting as Ms. Busybody has people looking for anything to create a fight!

“Hello, this is Brian in New York. Hillary just said “Blah, blah.” This is good. Get your camera man, we need his reaction in real time, can you get to him in two minutes?”

Two minutes later.

Got it….here it comes…..it should work, can you fire it back on Hillary…….

And so on.

Meanwhile the deficit clock speeds up out of control. Meanwhile a cell phone sets off an IED under a Humvee, killing 9. Meanwhile, enough fresh water to supply greater Los Angeles for a day, flows out of just one of the hundred thousand little lakes scattered across Greenland’s ice cap, and plunges into the sea.

And all our entire press can talk about, is “He said, She said…..” Now can you get a glimmer of understanding as to why the rest of the world doesn’t really like America, not the one of old, but the one that stands today?

As once proud Americans, it should disgust us. Really!

As for salvation, all I can say is thank heavens for the blogs. Everything I have learned this past year has come from them.

Today I am disgusted to the point where the opposition now looks rosier than the roster of our own party. And we are at the point where only two states have voted so far…………

But then, those Republicans…….they’re undergoing the exact same problem with religion……

Quotes are taken out of context. Reactions make the news, instead of whatever was actually was said. Our screens are filled with no-names analysing the controversy, instead of the clips showing the full context of the speech itself.

Thank heavens for C Span. The camera is turned on and left running. If one watches these incidents on C Span, every one of these controversies becomes debunked. They don’t exist in real life. They are digital fabrications…………

What can you do? Boycott the media (C Span does not count). If a controversy piques your interest, at least on the ‘net’ you can for yourself determine that it is “much ado about nothing.”

This shows that a serendipity primary battle, is impossible. Many look at our state’s gubernatorial races and assume repairs can be made in 7 weeks. All it takes is one misinterpreted ambiguous comment, and the deal is off……

The Washington Post stumbled several days ago. In their hands, they had the perfect opportunity to seriously explore the reasons for substandard education in America’s inner cities, a condition ubiquitous throughout every urban area across this country, and they dropped the ball. …. Big time.

I first heard this discussed on DEL several days ago. I couldn’t wait to plug in and read the source, and now having done so, I am disappointed that the article failed to support the headline. As most of you now know, the headline hollers “Biden stumbles”……. but a reading of the article actually shows Biden carried himself quite well. So I’m confused.

As one reads the article, it becomes rather apparent that Biden didn’t stumble. Within the article itself we find that it was only the Washington Post editorial board who “thought” Biden “stumbled” during his answer to them on education. They “thought” …..he did so…..They “thought”?

Reread the lines again…..”Biden also stumbled through a discourse on race and education, leaving the impression that he believes one reason that so many District of Columbia schools fail is the city’s high minority population. His campaign quickly issued a statement saying he meant to indicate that the disadvantages were based on economic status, not race.

So where do they conclude he stumbled ? From what little direct evidence this article gives, it was when they asked him why inner city schools have such a high failure rate….. “after a lengthy critique of Bush administration education policies, Biden attempted to explain why some schools perform better than others — in Iowa, for instance, compared with the District. “There’s less than 1 percent of the population of Iowa that is African American. There is probably less than 4 or 5 percent that are minorities. What is in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you’re dealing with,” Biden said. He went on to discuss the importance of parental involvement in reading to children and how “half this education gap exists before the kid steps foot in the classroom.

Duh…..Has anyone walked the halls of an inner city student body lately? In Philadelphia? William Penn? Christiana? Pencader? Glasgow? Brandywine? Newark? AI Dupont? Mt. Pleasant? Has anyone sat through a whole day of classes to really see what goes on in our schools?

Remarkably here in Delaware we are comparing the lower cost we spend to educate one Appoquinimink student, a high achiever, to the much higher cost a Wilmington suburban student will require to barely pass. The very fact that this Appoquinimink district uses less money per student, yet gets a higher rate of return on state testings, is currently being used by the Republican party in a special election to trumpet Joanne Christian as the perfect State Senate candidate………Hat’s off to her. Compared to all other New Castle school systems, her results are truly amazing…….

So when this topic was debated on WDEL, someone (I did not catch the name) wondered out loud, exactly what was different about that district, that allowed it to do so much better with less?

Check the differences of percentages of minorities between all Delaware school districts…….

I make the assumption that everyone reading this, is far above average intelligence and already knows that race or skin color has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with brain capacity. There is ABSOLUTELY NO racial difference in brain power based on genetics.

But it must be said in all honesty, that there can be huge discrepancies in brain capacity based on environmental influences, such as diet, crack, or exposure to lead. The same can be said with social issues; a child with severe low esteem (parental neglect) will under-perform a child with high esteem. There are even, believe it or not, political issues that affect how a child will perform when they get to school, such as this difference in “make sure you listen to ‘whitey'”, or “whatever you do, don’t listen to whitey”, either of which has a rather profound influence upon the atmosphere of a teacher’s classroom.

I know some of you teach in high schools comprised of high numbers of inner city youth. I welcome your comments; America would appreciate your insight. You should know that it is more stressful to teach in an inner city school, than teach at a school in a rural district such as Appoquinimink. The burn out factor caused by inner city high school aged children creates a strain on teachers that is higher than most of you can imagine. It is a pain in the ass to deal with someone who appears far more interested in making your life miserable, than in allowing his peers to learn. To eject him or her from the classroom, usually takes half of the teaching time for that class and requires so much emotional drama, that effective class instruction is totally shot afterwards………..And that….. is the real problem with inner city education!

Of course the Post misses it, but Biden nails it! Right there, with the editorial board of the Washington Post sitting around him, Biden nails it…… He nails the problem exactly as it is for any teacher forced to stand and try to teach such a class. He nails it for any administrator forced to patrol the halls enforcing severe discipline required by that type of environment. He nails it for any transportation worker who has forebear such shenanigans while transporting inner city children in and out of suburban schools.

And here is where the Washington Post stumbles. At the perfect moment just when they had the chance to capture for America the very reason as to why our inner city schools perform so poorly……they drop the ball. Just when they had the opportunity to plant the seed which would forever focus our attention upon correct core of the problem, as well as all of it’s economic, social, and political ramifications, they drop the seed back into their pocket. Just when they had the perfect opportunity to sail forward with the very solution which could rectify the attrition of our urban minds away from wanting to graduate high school,……they change tack.

Instead……. the Washington Post editorial board headlines a slant which their own article struggles and then fails to even substantiate. They prefer instead, to insinuate something that everyone know is not true.

Biden is no racist. That is obvious to anyone who looks at both him and his record. But the method with which the Washington Post editorial board chose to portray Joe’s answer to this question, bothers me, and perhaps makes one wonder whether the racist connotation, if it should be applied at all, really needs to be laid at the feet of the editorial board of the Washington Post itself.

Let’s develop the argument.

For unless the Post secretly felt that minorities were indeed inferior second class citizens, they would have chosen instead, to pursue the matter exactly as did Martin Luther King. Whenever he spoke his eloquent words, Dr. King illustrated his points with concise facts and true events, which provided a picture so vivid and real to his audience, that eventually those of us who heard him, said “wait a minute, …this man is right on point there…, we are America,… we need to change.”

The Washington Post did not capitalize and follow up Biden’s answer with this question: “What do you mean minorities cause lower graduation rates, and…. as president, what will you propose to change that”!

Instead of covering this new ground, the editorial board chose instead to return to the David Dinkin’s 1970 style of finger pointing and using the antiquated “how dare you say they are inferior” line. Meanwhile as the Post‘s editorial board follow this old tack, every available statistic, whether economic, criminal, or educational, cries out that, at least in these categories, minority statistics are inferior and that something needs to be done to fix it, right now!

One could propose that racism in this New American Century, should be defined as this: seeing this racial discrepancy and choosing to do nothing about it. That by definition, is applied racism, and has the same effect on minority populations, as the Old South’s Jim Crow laws. For if one sees the status quo, accepts it as such, and then makes the choice to do nothing to help those who need, that person is complicit in extenuating their plight. When one’s brother is in trouble, and one chooses not to help, …one should be condemned.

Each day Biden sees, says, and does things on the Senate floor that directly applies help to minorities. For the Washington Post editorial board to sit on their hands and do nothing except discredit this Senator who actually does something positive for minorities……….reminds me of the Old South’s reaction to anyone who walked into their county forty years ago to challenge the very premise of those Jim Crow laws they then held so dear. That….. is how this Washington Post dusted up Biden.

So for the sake of argument, my question to you is this. In this shadow world, who represents the true racist? The one dedicated to changing minorities’ plight? Or the other one, hurting minorities by putting considerable effort into setting up roadblocks to keep things, “the same as it ever was”?…..

That is why this action by the Post bothers me. For one must wonder whether the Post‘s misconception is accidental or stems from roots of a deeper cause. For if the editorial board were truly pro-minority, they would choose not to shut down this conversation that was truly aimed at helping minorities where and when they need it most, in our inner city schools?

I am also bothered as to why the Washington Post editorial board would stretch the truth so far as to embarrass the one candidate, who is most responsible for putting additional cops into minorities’ neighborhoods, and who is equally responsible removing more guns from those same neighborhoods, unless……. they were possible closet racists themselves?

Ha. Such an idea is laughable. The Washington Post? Who would believe such? So for argument’s sake, let us look at some other possibilities as to why they would want to do what they did………

Do they mean well, and just fail to realize how their political stance would ultimately cause them to be portrayed? Or, as part of the Main Stream Media, are they doing their part to continue the status quo and help “keep minorities in their place”?

Again lets take a look at the article and the point where the Washington Post stumbled……

To paraphrase the hoopla, all Biden said in his answer was for us to look at Iowa and the number of minorities throughout their school system…(It’s very low) and then look at DC and the number of minorities in their school system… (it’s very high). The test scores in Iowa are high, while those in DC are low. These are not his opinions! These are facts! Facts that are rather well substantiated, mind you.

Now we as Americans love to look at evidence, then tackle that problem, and fix it. It is just what…….we live to do. Biden wasn’t dodging the problem; he was addressing it. Contrary to the editorial board of the Washington Post, it is time someone actually did.

Those of you with above average intelligence, must be wondering what exactly…. was the secret motivation driving the editors of the Washington Post? The one that would cause them to headline Biden’s statement of this commonly known fact, as a “stumble”? Is it possible that the insulated editorial board has actually become so ingrown that it has slipped out of the mainstream into the eddies of irrelevance?

For if the Washington Post were truly serious about helping Afro-Americans get through twelve years of public schooling, they would do a serious comparative journalism on their own school system. Spend a week in each inner city school. Just sit in a corner and watch. Then, travel to Iowa and do the same. Perhaps…… they would finally acknowledge what most of us know already: that Biden’s facts were “right on”. Minorities themselves are part of the problem.

Instead of hand wringing, it is time for the MSM to address minority audiences and challenge them to fix those problems existing within their cultures. One has only to step into any inner city mosque or city church vestibule to eloquently hear this same message reiterated from every lectern, over and over and over again.

After a one quick reading it becomes apparent that Biden didn’t “stumble”. The Washington Post editorial board mistakenly “thought” he did, based on 1) antiquated assumptions, and 2) a failure to pursue the question further. In a phrase, what we wound up with was a referee’s bad call. That is all. That “stumbling” headline, tells us more about the Washington Post editorial board then it does about the candidate……..

The Environment is at risk. Global warming has iced the cake but even on a small scale, species by species, mankind has erased incredible bits of genetic coding, compiled over millions of years. The damage done is just being realized these past few years.

The missing tree frogs, butterflies, and now honey bees have, like the canary in the coal mine, quietly keeled over dead. Satellite photos show large swaths of wilderness that existed ten years ago, now gone from areas so remote that most Americans could not identify by name. Great deserts devoid of life now exist in our seas from scooping everything alive from out of a hundred mile circle of ocean. Even native fishermen are forced to put up their nets, after the big boats have come by

Local species such as the horseshoe crab, have profound medical uses based on the genetics of their blue blood. Likewise we’ve been hearing of the rain forest’s destruction for decades now, and have said “how sad” but now, closer to home, we face our own desolation of species. Bulldozing a forest for houses, has consequences almost as severe as global warming to some of the indigenous species that happen to call those woods home. Changes need to be made.

Those of you with kids know first hand that teenagers and young adults are treated differently than one treats infants and toddlers. That is because teenagers being larger and now “driving”, they present a greater danger to society should they choose to misbehave or act irresponsibly. Well, the growth of man over these last few decades, has presented the same scenario, just on a different scale. We now have become more dangerous through our technology and numbers, and must, like a teenager, behave and act responsibly.

One would never expect a teenager to say, “I used to run around naked when I was two, why can’t I do it now?” but, one can and should expect developers to offer their twist on the same argument. When they do, society needs to shut them down, flat and simple.

Some of us still remember the fear that the world would end in a nuclear conflagration caused by some of man’s weaker tendencies. But through communication, we discovered that our adversaries, though threatening us as we were threatening them, really didn’t want to end the world either. We worked out a plan and are still here, proving it worked. The same needs to occur on a global scale unprecedented in human history.

The story of Noah’s ark is being relived in our generation. Like a car being driven down an open highway, we can choose to slowly apply the brakes, upon seeing flashing lights ahead, or we can choose to slam them at the last minute and hope our calculations of skidding distances are accurate. The warning signs are there, are we listening?

Solution: freeze development . Reuse renewable resources across the entire globe.

Need fish? We will raise them ourselves .on fish farms Need wood? We will replant logged areas and reuse the secondary growth. Need plastics, Recycle. Need more houses? We cut a few trees, allowing the wildlife to shift a few feet away, not the impossible distance of miles.

Probably no environmental impact has struck the global consciousness more than global warming. Our actions upon this planet, rival the extinctions of comets smashing into earth. Each year the temperature rises. Action needs to take place sooner rather than later. The waters are rising, almost imperceptibly at first, then slowly culminating in a rush of rising ocean. All of us are responsible. All of us need to realize, to paraphrase a Disney song, that we have the whole world in our hands. It is a small world after all.

Estimates for Delaware’s population were released last week.

Although equal increases have occurred in all three of Delaware’s counties, the percentage of change is triple in those counties below the canal.

I strongly urge residents of Sussex and Kent Counties to drive up north and see your future. Although you would never believe it, New Castle County was quite rural twenty years ago. Recommended Drive? Route 40 from the Maryland line to Rt 13, Dupont Highway. Twenty years ago only 5 traffic lights occurred across that distance.
Long term planning and development freezes can forestall most of the evil that over- development will bring. Citizens who are firmly in control of their politicians, will determine whether or not the quality of their own lives will mirror that of Vermont, or Harlem.