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The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

Insert remarks about worms or maggots here:

She learned at the feet of a master.

Shakedown artist Al Sharpton’s eldest child wants $5 million from city taxpayers after she fell in the street and sprained her ankle, court rec­ords show.

Dominique Sharpton, 28, says she was “severely injured, bruised and wounded” when she stumbled over uneven pavement at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway downtown last year, according to a lawsuit.

Currently on vacation in Bali, the membership director for her gadfly dad’s National Action Network claims she “still suffers and will continue to suffer for some time physical pain and bodily injuries,” according to the suit filed against the city departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection.

“I sprained my ankle real bad lol,” she wrote in a post to Instagram after the Oct. 2 fall.

She was pictured in a walking boot in the weeks following the tumble, but by December, Dominique was good to go for NAN’s Justice for All march in Washington, DC, and for a New Year’s Eve jaunt to Miami Beach.

And despite claiming “permanent physical pain” in a breathless notice of claim in December, at around the same time there were social-media shots of her in high heels and fancy dresses and climbing a ladder to decorate a Christmas tree.

To the Sharptons, the government is an ATM. Though my limit is several degrees less than $5,000,000 lol.

PS: Maybe she can pay her dad’s tax bill if she collects lol.

PPS: How many other “membership directors” of “nonprofits” can afford to vacation in Bali? Lol.

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Matchmaker, Matchmaker

Cast your mind back to the heady days of 2007-08 when a young community-activist-turned-US-Senator believed that Yes He Could take the White House.

There was only one problem. This “clean, articulate” (per Joe Biden), “light-skinned African American” (per Harry Reid), “with a negro dialect when he wanted to” (ditto), who should have been “serving us coffee” (per Bill Clinton) didn’t connect with black folks. He was always “talking down to black people” (per Jesse Jackson), leading one to stage-whisper he wanted to “cut his nuts off” (ditto).

Who you gonna call?

Near the end of 2007, Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett met with Al Sharpton in New York City and began to cement a relationship that would eventually make the inflammatory activist the president’s “go-to man” on race, according to multiple sources.

The backdrop to the incipient Obama-Sharpton alliance was the then-senator’s 2008 presidential campaign, which still hadn’t locked away the black vote, and the political cross-currents created by two other controversial reverends, Jesse Jackson and Jeremiah Wright.

That tentative relationship has now grown into a full-blown partnership that has vastly increased the once-shunned Sharpton’s influence and prestige and elevated him into a key White House ally at a time of heightened tension over policing and race.

[A]s it turned out, from her days in Chicago, Jarrett already “hated Jesse Jackson,” a source close to Sharpton tells me. “Obama needed a legitimate black voice from the civil-rights community,” the source adds. “Jesse had made disparaging comments about Obama, [so] Jesse got sidelined. Sharpton is the next person in line.”

What a resume line: second best race-hustler to Jesse Jackson. And how has that relationship blossomed?

Of the 61 visits in the White House logs, Sharpton says: “If you’re looking at the fact that I’ve gone to receptions, I’ve gone to immigration meetings, I’ve gone to meetings on education, I’ve gone to meetings on civil rights — that’s not exceptional at all over six years. Are you serious? You’re talking less than a meeting a month, and that includes meetings in the Eisenhower Office Building on immigration, education,” he says. Later, he adds: “It’s not just one relationship. You’re taking about an administration. You’re not talking about a personal relationship.”

A meeting a month is more than Obama gives to most of his cabinet members. And while Al Sharpton may have a misplaced role to play in “meetings on civil rights”, what of use does he have to contribute to education or immigration?

Wherever Al Sharpton goes, from 125th Street in Harlem to Ferguson, MO, riot, mayhem, and violence follow. Obama made his deal with the lesser devil. May he be stuck with him.

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What Does Al Sharpton Have in Common With…

Chuck Berry, Lauryn Hill, Ron Isley, Richard Hatch, Leona Helmsely, and Pete Rose?

Not a damn thing!

Serial tax avoidance appears to be a hallmark of Al Sharpton’s operations. But there’s a warning here: Others have gone to prison for lesser amounts. The list includes rock legend Chuck Berry, Grammy winner Lauryn Hill, Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers, Survivor reality star Richard Hatch, hotel queen Leona Helmsely, and baseball’s Pete Rose.

According to a New York Times’ review of government records last fall, the MSNBC host and civil rights activist personally faces federal tax liens for more than $3 million in back taxes owed, and state tax liens of $777,657. So in total, Sharpton reportedly owes more than $3.7 million in back taxes. His other two for-profit businesses, Raw Talent and Revals Communications, (both now defunct) owe anywhere from $717,000 to more than $800,000, based on state and federal tax liens, reports from the Times and National Review indicate. Revals Communications also either didn’t file its tax returns, or underpaid its tax bills from 1999 to 2002.

Sharpton’s National Action Network also owed more than $813,000 in federal back taxes as of December of 2012, according to the nonprofit’s recent filings. At one point, the National Action Network’s tax liability more than doubled last decade, jumping from $900,000 in 2003 to almost $1.9 milion in 2006. In 1993, Sharpton also had entered a guilty plea for the misdemeanor of failing to file his New York State income-tax return. Sharpton has also said the National Action Network had once given him a loan to pay for his daughters’ tuition, which is a violation of the law.

You know what they say, Al. Orange is the new black.

Leona Helmsley was quoted as saying “only little people pay taxes”. Al Sharpton has shrunk in size in recent years, but the littler Al Sharpton still doesn’t pay taxes.

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Hollywood and Whine

I can’t comment on everything, and the spectacle of Al Sharpton going after Hollywood for shutting out black faces from Oscar consideration falls under the heading of letting your adversaries attack each other while you enjoy from the sidelines (with popcorn, appropriately enough).

But I like this comment:

DEROY MURDOCK, NATIONAL REVIEW: I heard Al Sharpton’s organizing an emergency meeting. This is great news. Finally we’ll have an emergency meeting on the black unemployment rate which is about 10.4% versus about 5.6 overall, or that maybe it’s an emergency meeting on the fact that 32% of black kids never get out of high school, never graduate high school? Or maybe an emergency meeting over the fact that in 2013 about 5,600 black people were murdered by other black people, but it turns out to be about the Academy Awards. Given all the problems facing black Americans today, it seems like Al Sharpton ought to organize a whole bunch of other emergency meetings on real emergencies before he has a total freakout about how the Academy Awards are playing themselves out…

Look, these statistics are interesting that the Academy’s 93% white, 76% male. Presumably, this is some kind of white male anti-black conspiracy. These same alleged racists just last year — last year, Hollywood didn’t look like the Rocky Mountains, it looked more like Mount Kilimanjaro. 12 Years A Slave won Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Score, Best Adapted Screenplay.

So just a year ago it was a huge pageant of black cinematic achievement.

Never let the facts get in the way of a good shakedown, as the saying goes.

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Nice Little Corporation Ya Got Here

Shame if something happened to it:

For more than a decade, corporations have shelled out thousands of dollars in donations and consulting fees to Sharpton’s National Action Network. What they get in return is the reverend’s supposed sway in the black community or, more often, his silence.

“Al Sharpton has enriched himself and NAN for years by threatening companies with bad publicity if they didn’t come to terms with him. Put simply, Sharpton specializes in shakedowns,” said Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal & Policy Center, a Virginia-based watchdog group that has produced a book on Sharpton.

And Sharpton, who now boasts a close relationship with Obama and Mayor de Blasio, is in a stronger negotiating position than ever.

“Once Sharpton’s on board, he plays the race card all the way through,” said a source who has worked with the Harlem preacher. “He just keeps asking for more and more money.”

Sharpton raised $1 million for NAN at his 60th birthday bash in October, with donations rolling in from unions and a corporate roster of contributors including AT&T, McDonald’s, Verizon and Walmart.

Companies have long gotten in line to pay Sharpton. Macy’s and Pfizer have forked over thousands to NAN, as have General Motors, American Honda and Chrysler.

NAN had repeatedly and without success asked GM for donations for six years beginning in August 2000, a GM spokesman told The Post. Then, in 2006, Sharpton threatened a boycott of GM over the planned closing of an African-American-owned dealership in The Bronx. He picketed outside GM’s Fifth Avenue headquarters. GM wrote checks to NAN for $5,000 in 2007 and another $5,000 in 2008.

Sharpton targeted American Honda in 2003 for not hiring enough African-Americans in management positions.

“We support those that support us,” Sharpton wrote to the company. “We cannot be silent while African-Americans spend hard-earned dollars with a company that does not hire, promote or do business with us in a statistically significant manner.”

Two months later, car-company leaders met with Sharpton, and Honda began to sponsor NAN’s events. The protests stopped.

As is so typical of Sharpton, he’s not even an original crook.

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Vox Pol

The cops have had their say (see below); what about the politicians?

The mayor’s office later issued a statement responding to the PBA, saying, “It’s unfortunate that in a time of great tragedy, some would resort to irresponsible, overheated rhetoric that angers and divides people. Mayor de Blasio understands this is the time when we must come together to support the families and friends of those brave officers New York City lost tonight – and the entire NYPD community.”

De Blasio had the chance to be the bigger man—and punted it like Ray Guy on steroids.

Anyone else? Of course:

“I have instructed our attorneys last night, I have began receiving threatening phone calls and hate. I’ll play one because I’m turning this over to the FBI,” Sharpton said at a press conference with Garner’s widow and mother in the aftermath of the execution-style murders of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu by Ismaaiyl Brinsley.

“The language is ‘hey N-word, stop killing innocent people, I’m going to get you,’ and I have several like this,” Sharpton said. “So we are now under intense threat.”

With respect, Reverend, while I condemn and such hate-speech, this isn’t about you. Rather it is about what you said, and how your mob of followers interpreted it. At least have the decency to own it. Same goes for the mayor.

PS: I wondered earlier in the day about Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley’s background:

Brinsley was Muslim and also went by Isaiah and Moses, Romero said, describing him as “a god-fearing person.”

That would be open to question.

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WANTED for Tax Fraud

Which one is it again?

Sharpton and his for-profit businesses owe more than $4.5 million in state and federal tax liens, according to The New York Times.

And his influential nonprofit group, National Action Network, the Times said, appears to be in a similar situation, saddled with years of unpaid travel and hotel expenses while apparently staying afloat by not paying federal payroll taxes for employees.

The newspaper also suggested that Sharpton is not paying enough or fast enough to reduce his obligation to the state of New York, a situation he sharply refuted Tuesday.

The 60-year-old civil rights leader told FoxNews.com that he has an agreement with the government to repay his personal and business-related taxes and that his payments are on time.

“We have a signed agreement,” he said. “And what is in the agreement has been kept. We’ve been up to date. This is the most bogus story in the world.”

Well, it is a Times story, so he’s got a point. But it takes bogus to know bogus:

The low point in his career likely came in the late 1980s when he accused a New York prosecutor of being part of a group of white men that abducted and raped teenager Tawana Brawley, an allegation that proved to be false.

The much slimmer and well-tailored Sharpton now has a show on MSNBC. He appeared on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., to appeal for justice and calm in the aftermath of a white police officer in August fatally shooting unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

More recently, Sharpton was at the White House when Obama announced that Loretta E. Lynch, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, who is black, would be his nominee to be the next U.S. attorney general.

He said that his rise to prominence has also increased his pay and that he is negotiating a deal with government officials to clear his debt by offering them 50 cents on the dollar.

“I’ll write a check tonight,” Sharpton said.

Who wouldn’t settle a debt for 50 cents on the dollar? Since when does the IRS negotiate with tax cheats? Start thinking interest and penalties, Reverend.

The Time also reported that Sharpton, a Democrat and former mayoral and Senate candidate, also had a history of delinquent rent payments to his friend, Bishop E. Bernard Jordan.

Sharpton asked why he would be responsible for back payments at the Jordan’s Brooklyn rental home in 2006 when he had separated two years earlier from his wife, who remained in the home while he lived in a Manhattan apartment.

“What is new is this story?” Sharpton asked.

That Sharpton has been a charlatan and a hoaxster for decades is perhaps not news. That he is to this day, and has traded on his conmanship to become advisor to the president of the United States is news. News fit to print.

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Justice4GentleGiant

Justice it may well be, but that doesn’t mean people are going to like it:

Justice Department investigators have all but concluded they do not have a strong enough case to bring civil rights charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., law enforcement officials said.

When racial tension boiled over in Ferguson after the Aug. 9 shooting, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. traveled to the St. Louis suburb to meet with city leaders and protest organizers in an effort to bring calm. He assured them that the federal government would open a civil rights investigation into the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. But that investigation now seems unlikely to result in any charges.

“The evidence at this point does not support civil rights charges against Officer Wilson,” said one person briefed on the investigation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.

I didn’t think it did. But all I knew was what I read in the papers.

But don’t let the facts get in the way, Reverend (as if you ever would):

The Reverend Al Sharpton is en route to Ferguson for the National Action Network’s four-day ‘Justice for Michael Brown Weekend.’ The event will start with a Leadership Breakfast, Friday morning at 8a.m., at the Hubbard Community Center.

Michael Brown’s parents, Leslie McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., will also be in attendance.

Rev. Sharpton will also host a Luncheon Meeting for the ‘Disciples of Justice,’ who will monitor police interactions with the community, after the grand jury makes its decision.

The National Action Network plans to hand out candy, scarves and hats to children tonight at the Greater St. Mark Family Church in Ferguson.

Will Tawana Brawley be in attendance? How about Yankel Rosenbaum? (Oh wait, he was murdered.)

“Disciples of Justice” is pretty funny coming from the serial flim-flam man. Unsurprisingly, the term already seems to have been in use before he appropriated it. My search turned up a video game and a law enforcement motorcycle club using that name. Like I said, pretty funny, Al.

As I’ve said many times before, I’m sorry Michael Brown is dead (as I’m sorry Trayvon Martin is dead). But the apparent behavior of these two young black men was not consistent with surviving their encounters with law enforcement (even of the “mall cop” variety of George Zimmerman). Both would still be alive, however anonymously, if they had made better choices. Any choices but the ones they made.

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Holder Out; Sharpton Assisting The White House In New Attorney General Pick

Hey, why not Sharpton himself?

The Rev. Al Sharpton said his civil rights organization, the National Action Network, is “engaged in immediate conversations” with the White House as they work to name a successor to Attorney General Eric Holder, who is set to announce his resignation Thursday afternoon.

“We are engaged in immediate conversations with the White House on deliberations over a successor whom we hope will continue in the general direction of Attorney General Holder,” Sharpton said in a statement.

Sharpton praised Holder, the first African-American attorney general, as the “best” one in history when it comes to civil rights.

“The resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder is met with both pride and disappointment by the Civil Rights community,” he said. “We are proud that he has been the best Attorney General on Civil Rights in U.S. history and disappointed because he leaves at a critical time when we need his continued diligence most.”

According to a Politico profile in August, in the aftermath of the racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Sharpton has become Obama’s “go-to man” on race issues.

It’s Rosh haShanna, so I will try to be charitable here. I’m trying. But to all of the liberal Jews, who voted for Obama, twice!!!, doesn’t it bother you just an itsy bitsy teensy weensie bit that Al The Antisemite Sharpton is Obama’s go-to guy for all things civil rights/ Creepy, right?

– Aggie

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Hey, Al Sharpton, Ya Busy Next Sunday?

It’s a protest against hatred and bigotry, right up your alley:

The New York Jewish community and its supporters will stage an historic march on September 14 in downtown Manhattan, protesting the recent skyrocketing wave of anti-Semitism and media culpability in an event entitled “Silence? Never Again!”

In the wake of the 50-day counter-terror Operation Protective Edge, studies have found global the rate of anti-Semitic incidents have skyrocketed dramatically since July.

That hatred has been largely driven by unbalanced reporting; Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh recently bragged that his terrorist organization’s greatest “victory” in the operation was swaying Western media to side with it, thereby winning the “media war.”

Say, you’re a member of the media, Al. Might do your profession some good for you to be out there.

The march will start next Sunday at 12 p.m. local time in front of the CNN building at 10 Columbus Circle, ending around 4 p.m. with a rally at 495h Street and 6 Avenue next to the MSNBC building.

MSNBC, perfect! You can march with your Hebraic homeboys right to your place of work. Couldn’t be easier. Come on, Al, you know you want to.

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All You Need to Know…

About Ferguson, MO:

A few days after 18-year-old Mike Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, White House officials enlisted an unusual source for on-the-ground intelligence amid the chaos and tear gas: the Rev. Al Sharpton, a fiery activist who became a household name by provoking rather than pacifying.

Sharpton—once such a pariah that Clinton administration officials rushed through their ribbon-cuttings in Harlem for fear he’d show up and force them to, gasp, shake his hand—arrived on the scene 72 hours after the shooting at the request of Brown’s grandfather, who had admired his advocacy on behalf of the family of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

But if the old Al Sharpton would have parachuted into Ferguson to rile up the masses, the Obama-era Al Sharpton trod a more gingerly path to justice. Over the years, the 59-year-old former Brooklyn protest leader turned MSNBC talk-show host has embraced a new identity, one that reflects his evolution from agitator to insider with all that implies. In Ferguson, Sharpton established himself as a de facto contact and conduit for a jittery White House seeking to negotiate a middle ground between meddling and disengagement. “There’s a trust factor with The Rev from the Oval Office on down,” a White House official familiar with their dealings told me. “He gets it, and he’s got credibility in the community that nobody else has got. There’s really no one else out there who does what he does.”

Because most people who do what he does are in jail. Hustler, agitator, bigot, parrot.

What a charlatan. Obama, I mean. Sharpton’s not sophisticated enough.

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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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