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Resist We Much

How to succeed in left-wing media:

Behold the greatest battle in television news.

It’s the Rev. Al Sharpton’s war with the teleprompter and, to a greater extent, the English language.

Behold as he bungles names (who’s Rush Lumbard?), places (Latvia becomes Lavita), book titles (“Hubris” is read as Hue-Brees), organizations (The Environmental Projection Agency?)

Brought to you by the same people who brought you “The Agony of Repeat”.

Of course, Garrett Morris did it first and better.

PS: This is a couple of days old, but I couldn’t embed the vids for some reason. Worth the wait, I’m sure you’ll agree.

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The Creature and the Preacher

Obama was in a tough spot. He had been caught with an unsavory personality who had concocted a racial hoax, sparked a race riot, and so inflamed racial tensions that a car accident turned into the lynching of a Hassidic Jew. (Not to mention turning up like a bad penny at the Duke lacrosse fiasco and the Trayvon Martin cluster[bleep].)

What’s a post-racial president supposed to do?

“The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Obama told the annual convention of Sharpton’s National Action Network in Manhattan.

“This recent effort to restrict the vote has not been led by both parties,” Obama said, speaking to 1,600 people at the Sheraton ballroom in Midtown Manhattan.

“It’s been led by the Republican Party …. If your strategy depends on having fewer people showing up to vote, that’s not a sign of strength. That’s a sign of weakness. And not only is ultimately bad politics, ultimately it is bad for the country.”

Since the president won’t call out Sharpton for who he is, it falls to the nephew of a dead president to pen les mots justes:

“Al Sharpton has done more damage to the black cause than [segregationist Alabama Gov.] George Wallace. He has suffocated the decent black leaders in New York. His transparent venal blackmail and extortion schemes taint all black leadership.”

The strongest, truest words from a Kennedy since JFK said, “Bobby, when you’re done with her, send her over to my room.”

There’s also this from President Obama’s formerly fat friend:

In 1994, Sharpton stood before a crowd at Kean College in New Jersey. “White folks was in the caves while we was building empires,” he said. “We built pyramids before Donald Trump even knew what architecture was…We taught philosophy and astrology [sic] and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it…Do some cracker come and tell you, ‘Well my mother and father blood go back to the Mayflower,’ you better hold your pocket. That ain’t nothing to be proud of, that means their forefathers was crooks.”

On behalf of all crackers, I take offense. You homos will have to speak for yourselves.

PS: “White interloper”: sounds like a kind of central African gazelle.

The Rev. Al Sharpton apparently referred to the Jewish owner of Freddy’s Fashion M art as a “white interloper” in a rally three months before the Harlem massacre, newly revealed tapes show.

[I]n a tape of a broadcast from a Sept. 9 rally, Sharpton said, “I want to make it clear to the radio and audience and to you here that we will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business on 125th St.

To which the president has replied:

“Just to be clear I know where my birth certificate is,” he joked. “I think it’s still up on a website somewhere.”

The most memorable utterance from an American president since “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky.” Audio tapes and blue dresses don’t lie.

PS: Just one more picture, because it’s so creepy:

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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Al “The Chins” Sharpton

While we’re on the subject of inspiring African-American community leaders (see below), let’s look at the other kind:

“If I brought down the Mob,” the Rev. Al Sharpton demanded on Monday, “I want my tickertape parade.”

The civil rights activist and MSNBC host was referring, facetiously, to TheSmokingGun.com’s meticulously detailed, epic account, rife with court documents and law enforcement sourcing, of Sharpton’s apparent four-year career in the 1980s as one of the FBI’s more valuable mafia informants–a narrative that can best be described as The Sopranos meets American Hustle.

The latest inconvenient revelation is another chapter of Sharpton’s checkered past coming back to haunt him—or maybe just throwing into sharp relief his amazing rise from rabble-rousing street preacher to member of the Democratic Party establishment as well as anchor of his own weeknight MSNBC program, PoliticsNation. MSNBC had no response to the Smoking Gun’s story. Yet a screaming headline on the Drudge Report—SHARPTON WAS FBI MOB RAT—was hardly an auspicious way to begin a momentous week.

On Friday, President Obama–who has hosted Sharpton repeatedly at the White House, including at a recent dinner for the president of France–is scheduled to address the civil rights entrepreneur’s National Action Network convention at Manhattan’s Times Square Sheraton, where Education Secretary Arne Duncan and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, among other political and media luminaries, are also expected to kiss the ring during the 4-day confab.

Aggie told you about that yesterday. President Obama will disgrace himself, the office, and this nation by appearing with this two-bit, street-punk, race-hustler. Imagine George Bush as president speaking to the members of the Westboro Baptist Church. This is worse.

[A]t 59, Sharpton has proved himself a miracle-worker in the art of reinvention—or, as he put it on Monday, “I’ve been able to make the transition, but I did it on my own.” He has, for one thing, shed half his 300-pound body weight since his troublemaking days as an angry outsider and exchanged those slovenly tracksuits for elegantly tailored duds. Hardly anyone, certainly no polite person, ever mentions the Tawana Brawley hoax anymore.

Oh really?

We don’t know if Sharpton was a rat, and we don’t care. We hardly romanticize goons and thugs, no matter how much we love The Sopranos and The Godfather.

But his public record is enough to render him radioactive from decent society for the rest of his life (unless he apologizes to the Pagones and Rosenbaum families). Which is why MSNBC and Barack Obama can’t get enough of him.

I’m not sure I can even hack up enough phlegm to spit on either one of them.

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Obama Heading Al Sharpton Event

Completely disgusting

President Obama is lending his political support to fellow community organizer Al Sharpton by headlining the MSNBC host’s National Action Network (NAN) conference this week in New York. Obama’s choice to headline the conference underscores the close ties of the two leaders and provides an increased sense of political legitimacy to the controversial leader and his much-maligned organization.

Sharpton’s conference is held in April “not just to commemorate the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, but to honor his legacy by proactively engaging in dialogue that will spawn change.” The NY Daily News reports that along with President Obama, the conference will feature other high-profile liberal leaders, including US Attorney General Eric Holder, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Over the years Sharpton’s organization has been accused of engaging in questionable financial practices, including using the threat of boycotts to extort donations from corporations and land Sharpton consultant positions. As the New York Post reported in 2008, nearly 50 companies—including GM, Pepsi and Wal-Mart, and some labor unions—had donated to NAN. The NY Post attributes many of these donations to extortionist tactics:

Terrified of negative publicity, fearful of a consumer boycott or eager to make nice with the civil-rights activist, CEOs write checks, critics say, to NAN and Sharpton – who brandishes the buying power of African-American consumers.” In some cases, they hire him as a consultant.

(Incidentally, one of the panel discussions for this year’s conference is “How Can Corporations Collaborate to Affect Change in the Community.”)

As Breitbart News reports, Sharpton’s organization was charged in 2006 by the IRS for improperly reporting taxes. The organization still owes the federal government $1.9 million in back taxes and penalties.

The ties between President Obama and Al Sharpton are strong. The NY Daily News reports that Sharpton has visited the Oval Office several times during Obama’s tenure. In 2009, Sharpton and Michael Bloomberg met with Obama on education initiatives. In 2010, the president invited Sharpton back to discuss jobs and the state of the economy with other black leaders. Sharpton also took part in the First Lady’s 50th birthday celebration and supported the president’s young black and Hispanic men initiative.

This is the second time Obama has appeared at the NAN convention, also speaking at the event in 2011.

Sharpton is a race-baiter and an anti-Semite. He is one of the reasons that I am no longer a democrat. What a cesspool of a country we’ve become.

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Who Said This?

“Let me also express appreciation to Reverend Al Sharpton, not only for joining us this morning but for his leadership, day in and day out, on issues of reconciliation and community restoration.”

Jeremiah Wright? George Galloway? Rachel Maddow?

How about the Number Three in the US Justice Department?

In his remarks at the “Strengthening the Relationship Between Law Enforcement and Communities of Color Forum” today, Associate Attorney General Tony West gets the ball rolling this way…

As merely an Associate Attorney General, he is perhaps unaware of Sharpton’s highlight moments of “reconciliation and community restoration”.


Reverend Al with Tawana Brawley

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Sharpton sued for defamation by Steven Pagones (over Brawley allegations)


Technically, “I want to make it clear … that we will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business.”


“If Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.” [Perhaps misattributed.]

PS: “I have no problem with Khalid Abdul Muhammad. It is not Khalid who is talking hate, it’s Rudy Giuliani.”

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Obama Wins Two Terms, Black People Hardest Hit

What did African Americans do to deserve Barack Hussein Obama?

His treatment of them makes me want to “cut his nuts off” (™Jesse Jackson). At best, “he should be getting us coffee” (™Bill Clinton).

Black Americans have overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama in two presidential elections, but they have fallen further behind during his term in office, losing ground in measures of income, employment, and education.

The national unemployment rate has dropped to 7 percent, but the jobless rate for blacks has hardly moved since Obama took office, declining from 12.7 percent in 2009 to 12.5 percent, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

And while the recession impacted all race and age groups’ earnings, blacks fared the worst.

The poverty rate for blacks sharply increased, rising from 12 percent in 2008 to 16.1 percent today. Median income declined by 3.6 percent for white households, to $58,000, but fell 10.9 percent to $33,500 for black households, Census Bureau figures show.

“The data is going to indicate sadly that when the Obama administration is over, black people will have lost ground in every single leading economic indicator category,” black radio talk show host Tavis Smiley said on Fox News in October. “On that regard, the president ought to be held responsible.”

“I don’t know how much he has done or how much his policies are responsible for the current state of blacks in America. What I do know is that we are worse off than we were when he came into office,” Harry Alford, president of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, told Newsmax.

Seems inarguable. But what should Obama do instead of flap his gums and spew acrid dung smoke?

Alford cited the Keystone pipeline as one example where the president has rejected an issue that has support in Congress and could have a positive impact on African-American employment, particularly in the states through which the pipeline would run.

“There are lots of things he could do, but he has not done so,” he added. “He could start with opening up the Keystone pipeline. He could stop his administration from trying to put the coal industry out of business and he could just let business be business.”

There is that.

Anything else he’s done to black people that they wish he hadn’t?

Especially disappointing is the lack of progress for blacks in education since Obama took office, after strides were made during the previous decade.

“Gains under the Obama administration by all students range between minimal and nonexistent, and the black-white gap on test scores threatens to widen after having narrowed steadily over the previous nine years,” Paul E. Peterson, professor of government at Harvard University, wrote in The Wall Street Journal.

Between 1999 and 2008, white 9-year-olds gained 11 points in math, while black student performance rose by 13 points. In reading, black performance gained 18 points. However, from 2008 to 2012 those gains slowed, with scores rising just two points in each subject for 9-year old African-Americans.

The education gap is even more prevalent in urban centers such as Chicago. According to the 2013 National Report Card, the gap in fourth-grade math test scores between black and white students widened to 40 points — the largest gap since the national study began in 2003.

Nationally, only 52 percent of black males graduate from high school in four years, according to the Schott Foundation’s 2012 report.

Despite the troubled state of education in black communities, the Obama administration has fought efforts to expand minority students’ access to school choice.

The most recent example is the lawsuit filed by the Justice Department against Louisiana’s tuition voucher program, which has produced record gains for blacks and Hispanics.

We’ve hit the voucher scandal before. Obama sold the most vulnerable down the river for support from teacher unions. Repulsive.

But did you know that barely half of young black men make it through high school? With Obama as a role model for five years (almost ten if you count his Senate years)? They got the Choom Gang thing down, but where are their Ivy League diplomas? (Where are Obama’s?) Why are we wasting money on Head Start (whose recipients lose any advantage over non-recipients by third grade) when we should be putting that wasted money toward vouchers and trade schools (or whatever keeps young black men coming to class)?

At least this will keep Al Sharpton employed (if few other black men):

Give Al Sharpton credit: whatever else he’s done – the Tawana Brawley hoax, his inciting deadly violence in the Crown Heights Riots and the Freddy’s Fashion Mart incident, possible money laundering, and more – he’s given MSNBC its money’s worth.

Sharpton said “race,” “racism” or “racist” 215 times in 2013 during his MSNBC show, “Politics Nation.” From opposition to the Obama agenda to guns and even into fashion and food, Sharpton’s finely tuned nose for racism rarely took a day off last year.

Assuming Sharpton himself never took a day off, he would have hosted 260 shows. What the hell was he talking about on the other 45 days when he didn’t talk about race? What else does he talk about? Tawana Brawley? Yankel Rosenbaum? Freddie’s Fashion Mart?

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Left Shocked—SHOCKED—to Learn Al Sharpton’s Racist Past

What a discovery! How’d they get the scoop? Were Bradley Manning and Julian Assange involved? Did Eric Holder swipe phone records to get to the bottom of it?

The Tawana Brawley case that captivated New York in the late eighties is a shocking reminder of the toxic mix racial exploitation and personal ambition can produce. The New York Times and Retroreport.org have just released a new 15-minute documentary on the despicable hoax, which should be required viewing for the NBC news executives who are heavily invested in rehabilitating a key culprit of this loathsome episode: the Reverend Al Sharpton.

Brawley was 15 years old in 1987, when she was found in her hometown of Wappingers Falls, New York with “Bitch,” “KKK” and “Nigger” written on her stomach, her jeans burnt in the crotch, feces in her hair and her tennis shoes sliced open. She said that she had been abducted and raped by a group of white men.

A trio of increasingly prominent, and radical, New York City black activists represented her and her family: attorneys Alton Maddox and C. Vernon Mason and the Reverend Al Sharpton. Brawley told them said that a cop had been one of her attackers and Sharpton named that officer as Harry Crist, Jr., a police officer from a nearby town who had committed suicide shortly after Brawley was found. Sharpton also named a local prosecutor, Steven Pagones, as one of the attackers. He offered no proof.

Governor Mario Cuomo dispatched a veteran prosecutor, Jack Ryan, to handle the case. Brawley and her advisers refused to co-operate in any way with Ryan and his team. “That was the decision of the lawyers,” Sharpton says defensively in the Times interview. When asked why Brawley’s team would not meet with New York State Attorney General, Robert Abrams, Sharpton said it would be “like “asking someone who watched someone killed in the gas chamber to sit down with Mr. Hitler.” Sharpton later accused Ryan of kicking a blind man in a scuffle with demonstrators. Ryan was nowhere near the scene.

After a six-month investigation a grand jury investigation found that the entire episode had been a hoax, with Brawley having defaced herself to avoid the wrath of her step-father after staying out late to visit a boyfriend.

I remember the front-page evisceration of the case in the New York Times (back when they still occasionally practiced journalism). More than an evisceration, it was a flaying and filleting of the case. There was nothing left but the dripping puddle of the reputations of Maddox, Mason, and Sharpton. The first two sank into relative obscurity.

Sharpton was just getting started:

Sharpton was a key player inflaming the 1991 Crown Heights riots following the death of a young African American who was hit by an ambulance driven by a Hassidic driver. Sharpton called Jews “diamond merchants” with “the blood of innocent babies” on their hands. A mob subsequently attacked and murdered an innocent Hassidic Jewish student visiting from Australia. (Twenty-five years later, he wrote a mealy-mouthed not-quite apology for his rhetoric.)

A few years later, an African American Pentecostal church asked a Jewish tenant of a church owned property, Freddie Fashion’s Mart, to evict one of his subtenants, an African American run record store. Sharpton led protests crying, “We will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business.” One of the protestors attacked Freddie Fashion Mart, shot several customers and started a fire that killed seven employees.

The Democratic Party and its candidates for President in 2004 were perfectly content to have Sharpton appear in Presidential debates. Not one candidate called Sharpton out for his outrageous history of hate.

You know where this is going. You should:

And today one of the great American news organizations, NBC news, is spending millions of dollars to rehabilitate and promote Al Sharpton. Americans have been pretty good at sniffing out and discarding haters, but here is Al Sharpton on NBC and MSNBC being promoted as a credible source of information. Sharpton has gone from manipulating the news with vile accusations to delivering the news for NBC. When the Boston bombing story broke, there was Al Sharpton delivering breaking news for MSNBC.

“You would think that if he sold you such a terrible bill of goods for such a giant story that dominated the news for such a long time,” says former Village Voice journalist Wayne Barrett in the Times documentary, speaking to his journalist brethren, “that you would not show up at his next news conference with a camera.”

NBC has gone far beyond showing up. They have made the ethical and news judgment that Al Sharpton should be a credible news source for Americans.

Boy, the Daily Beast gets credit for laying out all the facts, and then goes all Fox Butterfield on the conclusion. What if NBS isn’t “one of the great American news organizations”, and what if Sharpton’s disgraceful presence on their airwaves is just proof (more proof, as if Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, and Andrea Mitchell weren’t enough)?

Even more, what if a lot of the other “great American news organizations” aren’t so great either, the New York Times first (or least) among them? Not only today, with its abdication of impartiality in favor of hyper-partisanship, but over decades—just ask Walter Duranty?

Sharpton’s record has been no secret—we’ve written about it dozens of times ourselves. For the Times to have “rediscovered” it, and for the Beast to be so exercised over it, strikes us as pretty weak stuff. We all know who Sharpton is; there is no news or scandal here. The only scandal is how anyone could think such a reprobate should be embraced to the bosom of the American Left and attached to the heart of the Democrat Party.

But there you go.

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Another Reason Why Trayvon is Yesterday’s News

Today’s news is, what’s the expression? An inconvenient truth:

Autopsy results reportedly indicate that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin had injuries to his knuckles when he died, which could support George Zimmerman’s claim that the unarmed teenager assaulted him before he was fatally shot.

WFTV.com reports that a medical examiner found two injuries on Martin’s body: the fatal gunshot wound to the chest and broken skin on his knuckles. The autopsy results surface as court records indicate that Zimmerman had a pair of black eyes, a fractured nose and two cuts to the back of his head after the fatal shooting on Feb. 26.

“It goes along with Zimmerman’s story that he acted in self-defense, because he was getting beaten up by Trayvon Martin,” he said.

The trajectory of Trayvon’s personal photographs traces a descent from sweet kid to nascent punk (gold-capped teeth, doo-rag, double-barreled middle-fingers, low hanging pants revealing boxer shorts, etc.) Doesn’t mean he had to die, and it’s a crying shame that he did. But don’t let the media and the shameless likes of Al Sharpton tell you that he was killed in cold blood. They’ve already moved on, leaving justice and George Zimmerman’s reputation a smoking wreck.

[Image via Moonbattery]

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Al Sharpton Strikes Again—Again!

We covered a similar story two days ago, but it’s getting to be an epidemic:

An black 18-year-old suspected of a violent attack on a white teen told Chicago police the beating was motivated by his anger over the Trayvon Martin case in Florida, MyFoxChicago reports.

Alton Hayes III was charged with a hate crime after he and a 15-year-old attacked the 19-year-old man at about 1:00 a.m. on April 17 in Oak Park, a Chicago suburb.

Police say Hayes and his teenage partner, who has not been named since he is a juvenile, picked the man apparently at random and pinned his arms to the side.

Hayes allegedly then picked up a tree branch and demanded the victim give them his belongings, saying, “Empty your pockets, white boy.”

MyFoxChicago reports Hayes told police he decided to attack his victim because he is angry over the death of Trayvon Martin. Hayes said he chose his victim because he is white.

Does President Obama think his imaginary son looks like Alton Hayes III?

Another felonious assault chalked up to the rabble-rousing of Al Sharpton! No one has been responsible for more beatings since Julius Streicher. Heckuva job, Rev!

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Al Sharpton Strikes Again!

And again. And again. And again.

A racially charged beating of a white Alabama man by a throng of African-Americans is not being investigated as a hate crime, despite one witness’ claim that she heard an assailant exclaim: “Now that’s justice for Trayvon.”

Matthew Owens, of Mobile, Ala., was assaulted with baseball bats, paint cans and other weapons at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday after telling a group of children to stop playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive, according to Ashley Rains, public information officer for the Mobile Police Department.

After the children left the area, a group of adults armed with weapons returned and confronted Owens, 40, in his front yard, where he was assaulted. Owens’ sister, Ashley Parker, told WKRG she witnessed the attack and that there were as many as 20 assailants. Parker said she overheard one of them say, “Now that’s justice for Trayvon.”

How many mobs does Al Sharpton have to whip into a violent frenzy before he is detained as a public menace? The next time I see his face on television, I hope it’s on America’s Most Wanted.

Where’s justice for Yankel?

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MSM Describes Rehabilitation Of Al Sharpton

This is what America has become

…A quarter-century ago, Sharpton burst onto the national scene as the mouthpiece for Tawana Brawley, a black teenager from Upstate New York who falsely claimed that she had been raped by white men. His image worsened a few years later when Jewish leaders in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, accused him of inflaming anti-Semitism. Then came the 1995 Harlem protest at which he called a Jewish landlord a “white interloper” — followed by an attack on the landlord’s store that left eight people dead.

Now Sharpton is arguably the most prominent civil rights figure in the country. Without question, he is a kingmaker in Democratic politics. Gone are the polyester sweatsuit and gold medallion of yore, replaced by gray business suits on a Sharpton who has shed dozens of pounds. These days he carries both a BlackBerry and an iPhone as he hustles about midtown Manhattan. His three-hour daily radio show, ending at 4 p.m., gives him only two hours to prepare for television at 6.

After Brawley and Crown Heights and a 67-count indictment over financial problems, Sharpton ran twice for the U.S. Senate, and once for mayor of New York; he tried for president in 2004. He latched on to some of the most visible racial cases of the era and went on a 40-day hunger strike in 2001 after being arrested for protesting U.S. military bombing exercises on Vieques, Puerto Rico.

But he established himself as a team player with his speech to the Democratic National Convention in 2004, and by 2008 the Democratic presidential candidates were flocking to his annual convention.

On Thursday, the day after his most visible career triumph, Sharpton worked the ballroom at Washington’s convention center, grinning for photographs. Opening up for his breakfast speaker, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Sharpton regaled the crowd with a story of how Obama invited him and Newt Gingrich to the Oval Office and asked them to launch a five-city tour promoting education reform. When Duncan took the microphone, he requested “a huge round of applause for our leader, Reverend Al Sharpton.”

This is from the beginning of the article:

“Check out this,” the flamboyant civil rights leader told me during breakfast at his organization’s annual meeting this week. He flipped through the program until he found a full-page ad with the logos of Fox News, the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal. “News Corporation Proudly Supports National Action Network’s 2012 Convention,” it said.

Sharpton grinned. “They bash me on Fox News,” he said. “But they sponsor my conference.”

Everybody wants to be on Sharpton’s good side these days. No fewer than five Cabinet officers and a senior White House official went to this year’s convention to kiss his ring. President Obama spoke at last year’s conference and has sought Sharpton’s advice on policy. Sharpton has a show on MSNBC five nights a week, and he doles out airtime to a procession of politicians and journalists (including me).

Wednesday night brought the sweetest moment yet in Sharpton’s long and controversial career: the announcement that Florida authorities would charge Trayvon Martin’s shooter. Sharpton, at the request of the boy’s parents, had done more than anyone else to bring the case national attention.

Just hours before the announcement that George Zimmerman would be charged with second-degree murder, Martin’s parents held a joint news conference with Sharpton — and a few hours before that, Attorney General Eric Holder, also at the convention, praised Sharpton for his “tireless efforts to speak out for the voiceless, to stand up for the powerless.”

It was confirmation that Sharpton has pulled off one of the rarest second acts in American public life: from pariah to power player.

“It was a huge moment, because it was the coming together of everything,” Sharpton said, with his trademark vainglory. “We had the attorney general here and one of the biggest civil rights cases of the 21st century, and having to do TV and radio shows at the same time, it was all combined for everybody to see.”

- Aggie

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Greetings, Wizards and Kleagles!

I was just getting used to a race-baiter as a major personality on a minor network—shame on me for my indifference—when the same race-baiter was promoted to government consultant, or close enough.

Shame on them:

On Wednesday U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged activists with the National Action Network — a protest organization founded and run by MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton – to help President Barack Obama’s administration promote its agenda.

The pillars of advocacy Holder pushed for during the speech, he said, “cannot be the work of government alone.”

“We will continue to need your help, your expertise, your dedication and your partnership,” Holder told Sharpton’s activists. “While I’m optimistic about the path that we’re on and the place that we’ll arrive, I cannot pretend that the road ahead will be an easy one. Many obstacles lie before us.”

“This — this — is our moment,” Holder added as the crowd cheered. “So let us seize the chance before us. Let us rise to the challenges of our time.”

It’s unclear if Obama agrees with Holder using his government position to rally members of Sharpton’s organization, but Holder did open his speech with a presidential hello. “I’m honored to be included in this annual gathering once again and bring greetings from a friend of mine, President Obama,” Holder said.

Tawana Brawley, Freddie’s Fashion Mart, Crown Heights—Al Sharpton has never met a racially charged situation he couldn’t exploit, even leading to blood and death.

Speaking of…

“In recent weeks, in the wake of a tragedy [the Trayvon Martin case] that we’re struggling to understand, [Americans] have called not just for answers and for justice, but also for civility and unity and for a national discourse that is productive, respectful and worthy of both our forbearers and our children,” Holder said.

DOJ spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler did not respond when The Daily Caller asked her if Holder’s logic on potential civil rights crimes applies equally to the New Black Panther Party. George Zimmerman’s family has alleged that Holder is not pursuing the New Black Panthers for potential hate crimes because, like them, he is black.

The NBPs put a bounty on Zimmerman’s head. But last time they engaged in intimidation, the 2008 election, Holder dropped the open and shut case. If Holder was standing any closer to Al Sharpton, he’d be on the other side of him.

PS: Maybe the National Action Network does good work, maybe not. But so does Hezbollah, or so I hear. Doesn’t mean I want them promoting the government’s agenda.

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