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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.


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

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.”


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 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. 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!


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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Thank You, Juan Williams

Juan Williams is a liberal, so I don’t agree with him much. But he’s a more honest liberal than most, which is saying very, very, very, very [insert infinity symbol here] little:

The shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida has sparked national outrage, with civil rights leaders from San Francisco to Baltimore leading protests calling for a new investigation and the arrest of the shooter.

But what about all the other young black murder victims? Nationally, nearly half of all murder victims are black. And the overwhelming majority of those black people are killed by other black people. Where is the march for them?

Where is the march against the drug dealers who prey on young black people? Where is the march against bad schools, with their 50% dropout rate for black teenaged boys? Those failed schools are certainly guilty of creating the shameful 40% unemployment rate for black teens.

How about marching against the cable television shows constantly offering minstrel-show images of black youth as rappers and comedians who don’t value education, dismiss the importance of marriage, and celebrate killing people, drug money and jailhouse fashion—the pants falling down because the jail guard has taken away the belt, the shoes untied because the warden removed the shoe laces, and accessories such as the drug dealer’s pit bull.

I still don’t know exactly what happened, but I believe Trayvon Martin should be alive today. I don’t know what share of the responsibility lies with whom, but a series of bad choices—not least by Trayvon himself—led to his pointless and wholly avoidable death.

Beyond that, the reaction of the black community has been shameful. Williams points are valid and powerful—and have been made before, not least by this man:

That old lech is Jesse Jackson, who once expressed his wish, sotto voce, to castrate Barack Obama (though in cruder terms) for the crime of “talking down to black people”.

But Jackson himself once opined on the subject of young black men:

There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved…. After all we have been through. Just to think we can’t walk down our own streets, how humiliating.

Obama himself weighed in on the Trayvon tragedy:

If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.

Wow, that’s helpful—and so relevant! Narcissistic much?

Who else is behaving typically?

Sharpton, a longtime civil rights activist, is taking a leading role in the controversy surrounding Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager shot to death by a community watch captain in Florida last month. Sharpton has led rallies in support of Martin’s family and pressed for the arrest of his killer, although he broke away from those activities Tuesday to attend the funeral of his 87-year-old mother.

But Sharpton also hosts a current-events show, “Politics Daily,” on a cable-news network, where opinions roam freely but passionate off-hours advocacy of the type Sharpton is engaged in is generally frowned upon. After all, MSNBC is the same network that famously suspended former host Keith Olbermann after he was found to have donated to Democratic political candidates.

Conservatives are zinging MSNBC — which has become a depot of liberal opinion — with relish. Commentator L. Brent Bozell III whacked Sharpton as a “race-huckstering activist” and accused the network of “mind-boggling hypocrisy” for keeping Sharpton but dumping conservative host Patrick Buchanan this year after he published a book that foretold “the end of white America.”

But not all the fire is from the right wing. The Associated Press weighed in with a story Tuesday, observing: “Sharpton’s dual role would have been unthinkable on television 20 years ago and still wouldn’t be allowed at many news organizations. While opinionated cable news hosts have become commonplace over the past decade, Sharpton goes beyond talking.”

Oh please. Are you telling me a (alleged) news organization didn’t know whom they were hiring? They can’t search the archives for Al Sharpton and Tawana Brawley? Al Sharpton and Freddie’s Fashion Mart? Al Sharpton and and Yankel Rosenbaum? He’s the same guy, except a few pounds lighter, most of it bling and hair. MSNBC couldn’t be happier that Al Sharpton has found a new tragedy to exploit.

But Sharpton, Jackson, and Obama have even more company:

A New Black Panther Party leader who announced a $10,000 reward for the capture of the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Florida teen Trayvon Martin was arrested Monday outside Atlanta for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, DeKalb County Sheriff’s office said.

Hashim Nzinga, 49, was in possession of an FN Herstal 5.7×28 handgun that he allegedly sold to the Stone Mountain Pawn Shop on March 5 in DeKalb County, Sgt. Adrion Bell, the public information officer, told

Last month, Nzinga was convicted for felony deposit account fraud in nearby Gwinnett County, Bell said. It is illegal for a convicted felon to carry a firearm in the state and police were alerted to Nzinga’s alleged possession after the store’s transaction, Bell said.

Which brings us to our most recent shameless race hustler, Spike Lee:

Filmmaker Spike Lee tweeted the wrong home address for George Zimmerman, the Sanford, Fla., man who many are claiming should be arrested for shooting and killing Trayvon Martin. The tweet could have potentially put the woman who actually lives at that address in danger.

The Washington Times’ Kerry Picket went to the address that Lee tweeted as members of the New Black Panther Party were offering a $10,000 cash reward for Zimmerman’s capture, “dead or alive,” and others were demanding his arrest.

“[T]he Edgewater Circle address Mr. Lee re-tweeted out is not part of the gated Retreat at Twin Lakes where the shooting took place and where Mr. Zimmerman lives,” Picket reported. “The area is not even a gated community.”

“In fact, I took a drive to that Edgewater Circle address that so many on Twitter re-tweeted and cursed, and I discovered through a neighbor, named Tim, who lives across the street from the address, that not only does George Zimmerman not live at the lakeside house but a woman by the name of Elaine does,” Picket added.

Picket also said several news agencies have showed up at the address looking for Zimmerman, which – with the crowds the Panthers, MSNBC’s Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have whipped up into a frenzy – may have put the woman, Elaine, in danger.

It’s unclear specifically which news agencies trekked to the address Lee tweeted and why they failed to report Lee’s inaccuracy.

This report follows new revelations in the Martin case, including Zimmerman’s self-described membership in the Democratic Party, freshly surfaced tweets from Martin’s Twitter account, and Martin’s various suspensions from school.

That voice you hear is Trayvon Martin’s from beyond the grave saying “The next MF-ing African American ‘community leader’ who even mentions my name is getting a bolt of lightning right up the a**. Ya hear me, homies?”

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Hating on the Hebrew: From the Archives

Aggie and I make enough reference to this episode so here it is, offered without comment:

Twenty years ago this week, American Jews in Crown Heights were traumatized by attacks that echoed those suffered by their brethren in Israel and Europe.

Known by historians as the Crown Heights riots, hundreds of African Americans and Carribean Americans terrorized thousands of Jews in the Brooklyn neighborhood populated by Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidim for three days, starting the evening of August 19, 1991.

The riots were ignited by a tragic car accident in which a young Guyanese child was struck and killed by a car driven by a Chassidic man.The driver, whose car was hit as he crossed a major intersection, tried to avoid hitting anyone by steering his vehicle into a wall. He did not see two young cousins playing on the hot city sidewalk.

The residents gathered there did not believe him, however, and beat the driver mercilessly when he tried to lift the car to free the children. Police and ambulance personnel who arrived on the scene quickly removed him, realizing the danger to his life.

Before midnight, a rabbinical scholar, Yankel Rosenbaum, was dead. Surrounded by a gang of African Americans, the Australian student was stabbed to death by 16-year-old Lemrick Nelson.

For three days, hordes of African Americans roamed the streets of Crown Heights, yelling “Kill the Jews!” and “Hitler didn’t finish the job!”

An elderly European Jewish woman leaped to her death from her apartment balcony, unable to face the fear “they” were hunting her down, again.

Hundreds of rioters chased Jews into their apartment buildings and then beat them viciously. Police cars were overturned and torched, windows were smashed, stores were looted, property was destroyed.

Dozens of Jewish families were evacuated from their apartments and taken to other neighborhoods because it was no longer safe to stay in their homes.

African American neighbors and co-workers who were friends, ashamed and disgusted by what was happening, did what they could to help by shopping and supplying their Jewish friends with groceries and other necessities.

“Simply put, it was a siege. We had no bomb shelters, and no bombs – but the violence was every bit as dangerous,” noted Rabbi Shea Hecht, Chairman of the Board of the National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE).

“It seemed so personal,” he added in an interview with Arutz Sheva. “These people did not even know who we were – many of them were not even residents of our neighborhood – and yet they were told to hate us and were committed to our deaths. And the police could do nothing to protect us.”

New York City Mayor David Dinkins and Police Commissioner Lee Brown prevented police from taking concrete action to stop the rioters due to Dinkins’ belief that it was best to “let them vent.”

Israelis living in the neighborhood — and others who were visiting at the time — gathered to offer their services to defend the Jews as a “commando squad,” most having previously completed service in the IDF. The Satmar Chassidic sect in Williamsburg sent an elite cadre of 50 civil security patrol guards, each one armed, to pair together with local Chabad-Lubavitch security personnel.

Not a comment, exactly, but more of an observation: isn’t that a microcosm of the founding of the modern state of Israel? Armed, bad-ass Jews taking their defense—survival!—into their own hands after being “vented” on by a rabid mob?

PS: MSNBC’s latest signing was on the scene:

The Rev. Al Sharpton, on a journey that he described as a stopover in hell, came to Israel today to serve a legal summons on a young Hasidic Jew who was a central figure in the racial violence in Crown Heights last month.

Mr. Sharpton did not find his man, but then he did not have much time. He wound up staying in the country for only about three hours, dropping off his legal papers at the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv before flying off to Frankfurt.

Mr. Sharpton said they had come to hand a court summons to Yosef Lifsh, a 22-year-old member of the Lubavitch Hasidic sect, who was driving a car that struck and killed a 7-year-old black child, Gavin Cato, in Crown Heights on Aug. 19. In apparent retaliation, a Hasidic rabbinical student, Yankel Rosenbaum, 29, was stabbed to death a few hours later amid mounting racial tension in that part of Brooklyn.

PS: Shame on the New York Times for whitewashing (you heard me) the story into just the murder of Yankel Rosenbaum. As bad as that was, it was only one event in a days-long pogrom against a community of Jews. I refer to this episode all the time, and I didn’t know the half of it. And yeah, that’s commentary.

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MSNBC To Hire Al Sharpton?!

You thought Keith Olberman was a problem? How ’bout The Racist Reverend, Al Sharpton?

Louis Farrakhan was unavailable.

Does anyone besides me remember Freddie’s Clothing Mart? Al Sharpton railed against the rich diamond merchants (code language for Jews) and some of his followers used a gun and matches to murder… if memory serves it was seven people. Not to be outdone, he then made more antisemitic comments in Crown Point, NY, and eventually an enraged crowd attacked a young Yeshiva student, screaming: Kill the Jew! and knifed him to death. And we all have found memories of the Tawana Brawley incident, where The Racist Reverend Al accused a NY city prosecutor of raping a young girl. She retracted the lie, Sharpton was fined, and as far as I know, has refused to pay up.

None of that stopped the Democrats from giving him a key note address at the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston.

So I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised.

Let’s recall: Sharpton is the man who, in 1987, supported Tawana Brawley in a laughably implausible rape charge, and to this day refuses to recant, probably for fear of alienating his constituency. This means that he has refused to take back a vile lie that poisoned New York City’s racial climate for years.

Then, in 1995, a Jewish store owner was accused on flimsy pretenses of driving a black store owner out of business from a vendor’s market in a building on 125th Street. Sharpton speechified against the “white interloper.” In the heated atmosphere, a young black man stormed the building, armed, and gutted Freddy’s Fashion Mart. Death toll: eight. Sharpton: unrepentant.

When a white woman was raped and beaten in Central Park in 1989, Sharpton insisted against all evidence that her boyfriend was the culprit. And Sharpton all but ring-led the Crown Heights race war with such memorable counsel as “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.”

So I count nine dead. Talk about bottom feeders – MSNBC is down below the lobsters.

– Aggie

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