Thursday, October 16, 2014

Speak To Minds Yet Unborn

Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

 Speak To Minds Yet Unborn
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When I was 13, Ralph Waldo Emerson reached across time to grab my young mind and changed my life forever. That is my ambition - not to gather wealth and fame by telling my contemporaries what they want to hear, but to help minds yet unborn to gain wisdom through seeing my world, and my time, through my eyes. Injustice should be made to pay dividends.
                                       -Eric L. Wattree
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 It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion, and it is easy in solitude to live after one’s own; but the great man is he who, in the midst of the crowd, keeps with perfect sweetness, the independence of solitude.
                                                 -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Thank you, Ralph.
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Eric L. Wattree
http://wattree.blogspot.com/
Ewattree@Gmail.com
Citizens Against Reckless Middle-Class Abuse (CARMA)
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Is Cornel West A Judas Goat - When Was The Last Time You Heard Him Attack A Conservative Republican?

Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree
 
Is Cornel West A Judas Goat - When Was The Last Time You Heard Him Attack A Conservative Republican?
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During the 1960s J. Edgar Hoover disrupted the Civil Rights movement by using provocateurs to infiltrate the various civil rights groups and disrupt their activities. The operation was called "Cointelpro." One tactic that was used was to have loud and disruptive Judas goat "super-militants" join the groups and divide the membership by accusing the groups' leadership of being weak, or "Uncle Toms." That seems to be the very tactic that Cornel West has been using very effectively every since the 2000 election where he was very effective in helping to get George W. Bush elected. .
In my previous article, The "Black Prophetic" Mouth of Cornel West is At It Again - And As Usual, Just In Time To Sabotage Democrats In The Upcoming Election, I pointed out the following:
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After Ralph Nader was rejected for the 2000 presidential nomination by the Democratic voters, instead of acknowledging his rejection and falling into line to help defeat the Republicans, Nader went into a petulant snit and ran as a third party candidate. It was clear that he purposely ran as a third party candidate with the mean-spirited intent of sabotaging the Democratic effort, because third parties never win; the only purpose that third parties ever serve is to help elect the people that you like least, because they divide the vote of like-minded people.
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Cornel West joined Nader in this foolish - or treacherous, you make the determination - campaign, and as a result, George W. Bush won the election over Al Gore by winning Florida by a mere 537 votes. The Nader/West coalition peeled off 97,488 votes from Gore in Florida alone. So when I say that Cornel West is more than a little responsible for George W. Bush becoming President of the United States, and thus, your current economic condition, don’t take my word for it – you do the math.

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Most people, if they were sincere, would look at the disastrous results of their activities and be devastated. After all, causing Bush to be elected was the worst possible outcome for everything West is SUPPOSE to represent. So most people would conclude that they had made a grave error, and that they would never do anything to divide the progressive vote again. But not Cornel West, he teamed up with Ralph Nader yet again in the 2012 election against Obama, and tried do the very same thing that they'd done in the 2000 election that resulted in Bush's presidency. The only thing that stopped them was, this time the people weren’t buying it.
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So yes, in September of 2011 Ralph Nader and Cornel West teamed up to try to sabotage the Democratic Party yet again. They canvassed the country for Democratic opponents to challenge Obama in the primaries. According to Nader, "Without debates by challengers inside the Democratic Party’s presidential primaries, the liberal/majoritarian agenda will be muted and ignored." And he goes on to say, "The one-man Democratic primaries will be dull, repetitive, and draining of both voter enthusiasm and real bright lines between the two parties that excite voters." What he failed to say, however, was it kept the liberal voice solid and united. So if Nader and West had been successful, they would have divided the Democratic Party just enough for Mitt Romney to squeak out a victory, and the nation would now be under conservative leadership. Now, just take a moment and think about what life would have been like for poor people then.
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Yet, there’s still room to give West the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he’s just politically naive and has more passion than he does common sense. One could say that, I guess, but over the years, too many issues have popped up where West’s position just HAPPENS to coincide with what’s in the best interest of conservatives and the Republican Party - his close association with Tavis Smiley, for example. Smiley just HAPPENS to be the biggest corporate shill in the Black community, and his closest business association is with ALEC-connected Walmart, the biggest abuser of the working poor in America. Now is that the kind of association that you would expect from someone who claims to "love" the poor and minorities? I don’t think so.
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So Cornel West is a man who should be watched very closely. Another clear demonstration of just how untrustworthy, disingenuous, and wishy-washy West can be is how he tried to revise history after Barack Obama won the 2008 election. When Barack Obama won the Presidency and didn’t roll out the red carpet to the White House for West, he tried to frame the situation in a way that made Obama look like an ingrate. He complained that after he went out campaigning for Obama, he couldn’t even get a returned phone call from the newly elected Obama. But he failed to point out what a fool he acted on Tavis Smiley’s "State of Black America" broadcast on the very day that Obama threw his hat in the ring to run for President. He all but flat-out alleged that Obama couldn’t be trusted. He even asked Obama, "Where’s your money coming from?" But in spite of that, when it became clear that Obama could actually win, only THEN did Cornel West jump the fence on Tavis Smiley and started campaigning for Obama.
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So the question is, why would West campaign for someone that he insisted couldn’t be trusted, in the first place? The answer is very simple - Cornel is "Have Mouth, Will Travel." He jumps onboard whatever train he thinks is going his way. At the time that the video below was shot, West benefitted from the exposure that he could gain from Tavis Smiley, and since it was assumed that Hillary Clinton was going to win the election, West had everything to gain by slamming Obama for not coming to kiss Tavis' ring on Tavis' dog-n-pony show. But again, when it became clear that Obama just might win, West jumped the fence on Tavis Smiley and started grinning in Obama's face - and without a bit of shame.
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So, what incentive does a high-profile Black man have to turn on his own people and play this Judas Goat role?
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RAYNARD JACKSON
In his article, "My Republican Party has Abandoned Me," Black Republican activist, Raynard Jackson, says the following:
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"For many years, I have approached the party and its supporters about underwriting programs to bring together Blacks who are Republican or lean Republican so we can weave them into every facet of the party structure. The answer is always, No! But, twice this year some of these same people have approached me about funding for some election year tricks that they (White Republicans) have conjured up and simply need a Black face to execute the plan. On these two separate occasions, these funders were willing to spend upwards of $20 million to have me organize a national campaign to identify Blacks who would be critical of President Obama." (http://www.freedomsjournal.net/2012/10/31/my-republican-party-has-abandoned-me/).
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Now, I want to make it clear that I have no evidence whatsoever that West is being paid by the GOP. But with that kind of money up for grabs, everybody bears scrutiny. And in that regard, consider the following. First, Cornel West helped Bush get elected in the 2000 election, which led to Black misery - at least, additional Black misery - and then he scurried back into his ivory tower to command $30,000 a speech to discuss Black misery. Then, later, he rode all across the country on a bus professing to love poor minorities, while sitting next to a man (Tavis Smiley) who was involved in a scam that caused 30,000 poor minorities to lose their homes and life savings, and that the Justice Department says was the second largest housing discrimination case in the history of this country. Now, he’s telling us that Black misery is Obama's fault!!!? A person would have to be a fool to believe that, but obviously, there's plenty of them out there.
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Now, anyone who owns a radio or television set knows that Cornel West went to Ferguson, specifically, to get a photo op of himself being arrested, and to publicize the fact that he has a new book out - I’m surprised he didn’t have a copy of it to show the cameras at the arrest site. West seemed to have deep passion for the underclass there in Ferguson, but it didn’t prevent him from waiting until his book came out to join the protest.
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What many people fail to realize is that Cornel West is the consummate opportunist. Again, West showed great passion in Ferguson, but that’s because he has a new book out, and there’s an election coming up, so the Ferguson arrest gives him more television time to sell his book, and slam the Democrats before the election. He and Tavis Smiley used the EXACT same tactic just before the 2012 election when they went out on their "Poverty Tour." But after the election, and they had sold all the books they could sell, they essentially dropped off the radar. That's their method of operation - they just do "drive-bys" to pickup photo ops. 
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For example, they were nowhere to be found during the Walmart demonstrations that were being held all across the country - and that was in spit of the fact that one of the demonstrations was being held right down the street from Smiley’s office. Days before the demonstrations, I even challenged them to come and speak-out against Walmart’s abuse of the working poor, and PREDICTED that they weren’t going to show up. The reason I knew they weren’t going to show up was because they were both benefitting from Walmart. So while Cornel West may claim to "love" the poor and downtrodden, there are very specific limits to that love.
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Now, with a very important election coming up that’s going to determine who’s going to control the United States Senate, West just happened to see fit to publicly  announce that he didn’t vote in 2012. Is he serious!!!? Doesn’t he realize how many people died for our right to vote? He claims to love the poor, but he would rather NOT vote than to vote against the people who would rather shutdown the government than to provide jobs, affordable healthcare, extended unemployment insurance, and food stamps for the poor? And he claims to hate killing and war, yet, he would rather NOT vote than to vote against the people who lied to go to war, and then killed over a million people in Iraq? Such a position strains the limits of credulity.
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Doesn’t West have the intelligence to realize that there is no such thing as not voting, and that failing to vote for one side is a vote for the other? I think he does - I think he understands that fact very well - that’s why he publicized it, to influence his followers to follow suit - which again, benefits the GOP. There are two ways for the GOP to win an election, by either getting MORE Republicans to vote, or getting more Democrats NOT to vote - and that’s EXACTLY what Cornel West has been doing EVERY election since he helped to get George W. Bush elected - dividing the Democratic vote. It’s happening so often, and so consistently, it’s beginning to look like it's his assigned role.
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So one of two things have to be at work here - either West knows exactly what he’s doing and is scamming the people, or he’s the dumbest so-called intellectual that the Black community has ever produced. But either way, he’s not a person that anyone with sense would want to listen to.
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Eric L. Wattree
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Citizens Against Reckless Middle-Class Abuse (CARMA)
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

The "Black Prophetic" Mouth of Cornel West is At It Again - And As Usual, Just In Time To Sabotage Democrats In The Upcoming Election

BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE
 
The "Black Prophetic" Mouth of Cornel West is At It Again - And As Usual, Just In Time To Sabotage Democrats In The Upcoming Election
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Salon.com has just released Cornel West’s latest rant in the form of an excerpt from his latest book, "Black Prophetic Fire." The book would have been more appropriately titled "The Book That I’m Releasing Just Before the Election, Because I’m Mad at Obama, the Democrats, Every Black Person Who Accepted A Job With A Major Network Without Me, And All Those Who Think I’ve Lost My Damn Mind - Or, Why I’m Helping The Republican Party, Again," because that’s exactly how the excerpt reads.
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West, literally, sounds like a man who’s lost touch with reality, and only the most wild-eyed sycophant would even take him seriously. Not one word in the 1600 word excerpt is substantiated; and typical of Cornel West, it doesn’t contain one constructive suggestion on how the President can improve his current policies. It’s a typical convoluted Cornel West rant. By the time you get to the end of a sentence, you’ve forgotten what the subject was. And of course, it’s filled with allusions to "the Black prophetic tradition" - What is that, anyway?  
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The first thing that jumped out at me, other than the pure cluelessness of his rant, is West’s poor scholarship. For a man who’s alleged to be a renowned, and world-class scholar, one would think that he would have, at the very least, taken a breath long enough to check his facts. He says, for example, "The bailout of Wall Street by the Obama administration, rather than the bailout of homeowners, hurt millions of working people."
Wall Street
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It would have only taken about two minutes of Google research by the most inexperienced and pedestrian researcher to find that it was George W. Bush who bailed out Wall Street, not Barack Obama. Bush signed the $700 billion "Troubled Asset Relief Program" (TARP) only hours after it was passed by congress. Thereafter it was reported by Bloomberg that the Federal Reserve had committed $7.77 trillion to rescuing Wall Street - that was equal to one half of EVERYTHING produced in the United States that year (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_Economic_Stabilization_Act_of_2008).
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The fact is, President Obama not only WASN’T responsible for bailing out Wall Street, but he aggressively held Wall Street’s feet to the fire to make sure that the American taxpayer was reimbursed in a timely manner - and with interest. He's made Wall Street pay all of the bailout money back to the American taxpayer, with interest (Bailout Payment Tracker), reimburse customers, admit guilt (which leaves them open to private lawsuits), made them pay billions of dollars over and above what they stole, in fines and penalties, and beyond that, he’s making them cooperate in their OWN criminal prosecution! At this point Wall Street’s debt to the American people is all but paid in full, and aggressive legal action is continuing against many banks that engaged in activities that led to the Wall Street debacle.
 
JPMORGAN AGREED TO PAY $13 BILLION, AND IN A FIRST, ADMIT GUILT
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An example of just how aggressively President Obama has gone after Wall Street, let’s take a look at the action that’s been taken against just one Wall Street firm, JPMorgan. To sum up the pound of flesh that Obama is extracted from this one corporation (and one of his biggest supporters) for the abuses that it perpetrated against the American people, Obama has demanded the following:
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1). Of the $13 billion, $9 billion is fines or penalties and $4 billion will go to consumer relief for struggling homeowners.
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2). JPMorgan also agreed to provide cooperation in investigations against individuals within the company.
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3). JPMorgan settled SEC charges in June 2011 by agreeing to pay $153.6 million and reached another such agreement for $296.9 million last November.
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4). As part of the tentative agreement, JPMorgan dropped its demand for the Justice Department to take a "non-prosecution agreement" off the table, which means a criminal investigation of the bank's conduct being handled by federal prosecutors in Sacramento, Calif., continues.
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"Mounting legal costs from government proceedings pushed JPMorgan to a rare loss in the third quarter, the first under Dimon's leadership. The bank reported Oct. 11 that it set aside $9.2 billion in the July-September quarter to cover a string of litigation stemming from the financial crisis and its "London Whale" trading debacle. JPMorgan said it has placed a total of $23 billion in reserve to cover potential legal costs."
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And they’re not through paying yet, because in spite of this "settlement" the administration is STILL coming after them with MORE charges, including criminal. And again, in another first - the head of JPMorgan, James Dimon, was one of Obama's biggest supporters. So Obama has taken a "take no prisoners" approach - if you screwed the American people, you're going down, no matter who you are. That’s a new wrinkle in American politics (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57608321/jpmorgan-chase-justice-department-reach-tentative-$13-billion-deal-over-mortgage-backed-securities/).
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The above facts seem to be completely lost on Cornel West. That’s a shocking level of ignorance for a person who professes to be a scholar and public intellectual. It also suggests that he paid little or no attention to the machinations of George W. Bush, yet, every time Barack Obama sneezes, West and/or his former cohort, Tavis Smiley, are running to hold a news conference, or going before the cameras to titillate the viewers of Fox news with the information. Why is that?
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It is also curious that while West spews on to anyone who will listen about his deep love and compassion for the poor, all of his ire seems to be directed at Barack Obama and the liberal establishment. If we base our assessment on his public pronouncements, he doesn’t seem to have any problem at all with the GOP, in spite of the fact that they’ve morphed into the domestic enemy of the United States, and has been engaged in the very worst kind of assault on the very people that he professes to love most - the poor, and minorities.
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Over the past six years the GOP has obstructed any and every effort by the Obama administration to assist the poor and middle class. They’ve obstructed legislation to create jobs, raise the minimum wage, extend unemployment insurance, provide affordable healthcare, and their even trying to obstruct the right of the poor and minorities to vote, yet, Cornel West, and his "Black prophetic voice" for the poor, has little or nothing to say about the Republican Party, AT ALL. In this current rant he mentions liberal, neoliberal, or Democrat over 15 times, and according to my count, mentions the Republicans only once, and then, in only the most benign fashion. There’s something about that, that just screams counterintuitive.

 Does Obama Care About the Poor and Middle Class? 
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West also seems to be clueless in his assertion that Obama gave priority to bailing out Wall Street over bailing out homeowners, which he claims hurt the poor. West is obviously so desperate to find chinks in Obama’s armor that he hasn’t heard of the "Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP)." Jackie Calmes of the New York Times reports:
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"Under HAMP, the federal government gives financial incentives to mortgage providers to modify the loans of eligible borrowers so the homeowners’ monthly payments do not exceed 31 percent of their monthly income. Beneficiaries have included homeowners with negative equity where property values plummeted and those who lost jobs . . .
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"According to the Treasury Department, about 1.3 million homeowners received direct assistance from the Making Home Affordable initiatives. Another 300,000 have received other relief, like forbearance in mortgage payments for homeowners who suddenly lost their jobs.
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"As of March 2013, Treasury said, more than 1.1 million homeowners had moved from trial modifications to permanent modifications of their mortgages, for median savings of $546 a month, an amount that exceeds the median relief resulting from private sector modifications."
This writer has benefitted from the program. One day my mortgage company called me out of the blue and informed me that I qualified to have the interest rate on my mortgage lowered from 6% to 2%.
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"Mr. Wattree, my name is Ashley. We’ve been looking over your loan and we’ve noticed that you’re eligible for a loan modification. It looks like we’ll be able to lower your interest rate from your current 6% to 2%. We’ll send you the paperwork tomorrow. Just fill them out and either fax or email them back to us."
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While it may have been Ashley who called, it was Barack Obama on the other end of the line, with unprecedented relief for over a million Americans. But curiously, I haven’t heard a word regarding any kind of assistance from the "Black prophetic voice" of Cornel West.

The Wells Fargo "Ghetto Loan" Scam
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But that wasn’t the only time that the "prophetic voice" of Cornel West fell Silent. He was also uncharacteristically silent when in January of 2013 I asked both he and his then, closest associate, Tavis Smiley, the following question:
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Mr. Smiley, do you intend to return the Millions of dollars to the people who lost their homes and life savings that you reportedly made from herding poor Black people and Hispanics into the Wells Fargo "Ghetto Loan" Scam? And Dr. West, in your learned opinion, what is the appropriate course of action for your friend and associate to take, in accordance with the "prophetic tradition," of course?
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A discrimination lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice, and several articles, including one seeded on Newsvine entitle, "Tavis Smiley - "Ghetto Loan" Peddler for Wells Fargo," closely associates PBS talk show host, Tavis Smiley, with the Wells Fargo Bank scam targeting poor and middle-class Black and Hispanic borrowers. The article quotes Kelvin Boston, host of "Moneywise, and Keith Corbett, of the Center for Responsible Lending, as calling Tavis Smiley "the big draw" of the Wells Fargo scam. Specifically, the article states the following:
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"Smiley was the keynote speaker, and the big draw, according to Boston [host of "Moneywise"] and Keith Corbett, executive vice president of the Center for Responsible Lending, who attended two of the seminars. Smiley would charge up the audience — and rattle the Wells Fargo executives in attendance — by launching into a story about how he hated banks, and how they used to refuse to lend him money for his real estate projects in Compton, Calif., and elsewhere... But what appeared on the surface as a way to help black borrowers build wealth was actually just the opposite, according to a little-noticed explanation of the "Wealth Building" seminar strategy, contained in a lawsuit recently filed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
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"Wells' plan for the seminars all along was to target black borrowers for higher-cost subprime mortgages, not for wealth-building, the suit charged. And the seminars were a part of the bank's overall illegal and discriminatory practice of steering black and Hispanic borrowers into riskier and more expensive loans, the suit said."

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On July 12, 2012 Charlie Savage reported in the New York Times that Wells Fargo Bank agreed to pay $175 million to settle the discrimination suit which, according to the Department of Justice, targeted over 30,000 Black and Hispanic borrowers for subprime loans with a higher interest rate than for similarly situated White borrowers between 2004 and 2009.
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The settlement includes Wells Fargo paying the Black and Hispanic victims of discrimination $125 million in compensation, and an additional $50 million in down-payment assistance to borrowers in the affected communities.
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In a statement by Wells Fargo put out after the bank agreed to a settlement of $175 Million, they said that while not admitting to any wrong doing, Wells Fargo agreed to a settlement of the law suit because the bank felt that it was the right thing to do.
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So the question that remains is, if Wells Fargo Bank feels that paying compensating to the poor and middle-class victims of this scam is the right thing to do, shouldn’t Tavis Smiley, the most strident advocate of "accountability" and fervent crusader for the interest of the poor, feel obliged to do the same? Certainly, benefitting from the misery of the poor and minority community would run counter to Mr. Smiley's zeal for the need of the powerful to maintain accountability.
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We’d also like to put that question to Smiley’s friend and associate, Dr. Cornel West. What do you think your good friend and associate should do, Dr. West? What does the "prophetic tradition" dictate is the proper course of action? We’ll be anxiously awaiting your response.
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In response to that question West’s "Black prophetic voice" for the poor and downtrodden must have been drowned out by the sound of crickets.

The Black Prophetic Voice of Cornel West Was Also Silent in the Demonstrations Against Walmart
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During the "Black Friday" demonstrations against Walmart, the most hostile and abusive corporation in the country toward the working poor, in spite of the fact that Tavis Smiley and Cornel West claimed to be so concerned for the poor - BEFORE the election and when they had books to sell - that they rode all across the country on a bus, I called them out prior to the demonstrations against Walmart, and predicted that they weren’t going to show up - and one of the demonstrations was taking place right down the street from Tavis Smiley’s office. I knew they weren’t going to show up because the ALEC -connected Walmart (ALEC are the people who are trying to obstruct the poor and minority right to vote) has Tavis Smiley in their pocket. They helped to finance the Tavis Smiley show, which he has to pay for to stay on the air - Oh, you didn’t think Tavis Smiley has been on the air all these years because he’s such a great television personality, did you? Oh no. He has to BUY his television time, and  Walmart helps him to pay for that time, which gives him a high profile, that he turns around and uses to influence the Black community on Walmart’s behalf (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-tavis-smiley-pbs-20131212-story.html#axzz2ndUlDFtL&page=1). 
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So here’s the challenge that I leveled at Tavis Smiley and Cornel West just days before the demonstrations against Walmart:
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TAVIS SMILEY, CORNEL WEST, HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO REALLY STRIKE A BLOW AGAINST POVERTY. COME TAKE A STAND WITH THE PEOPLE AGAINST YOUR BUDDIES AT WALMART.  GET OUT FRONT AND TELL THOSE SUCKAS OFF.
PRETEND THEY’RE OBAMA!
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THIS BLACK FRIDAY - STAND WITH SO. CAL. WALMART EMPLOYEES!
November 29, 2013• 11:30 AM
CRENSHAW WALMART• 4101 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008
https://www.facebook.com/thelastword/posts/633485613366120
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But of course, they failed to show up - and there was no excuse for them to miss these demonstrations, because not only was the demonstration above taking place down the street from Tavis’ office, but they were also taking place all across the country. Now, ask yourself, when was the last time that Cornel West’s "Black prophetic voice of the poor" missed an opportunity to flap his lips in front television cameras? I bet you can’t think of one other instance, can you? So I guess there’s a limit to Smiley and West’s "love" for the poor.

Is Cornel West Partially Responsible for Your Current Economic Misery?
The Answer Is An Unequivocal Yes
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Cornel West is quoted as saying, "The state of Black America in the age of Obama has been one of desperation, confusion and capitulation," but let’s take a look at who’s more responsible for the Black community’s current state of economic misery, Barack Obama, or Cornel West.
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It cannot be denied that not only the Black community, but all of America, is suffering from this great recession, and yes, Barack Obama is President. But this situation needs to be placed in perspective. The reason that the nation is suffering has absolutely nothing to do with Barack Obama. We’re suffering due to the policies of the Bush administration, and the current obstructionism of the Republican congress, who sees it as being in their best interest to keep America hungry, miserable, and angry.
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But IN SPITE of Republican obstructionism, President Obama has added 4.54 million jobs. When he entered office, George W. Bush was LOSING 800,000 jobs PER MONTH. So while there are people still suffering under President Obama, we’re not suffering anywhere near the way we could be suffering if it weren't for him, because President Obama saved the world from going into a second Great Depression. Forbes Magazine ran the following article:


 [AND THIS IS IN SPITE OF A RACIST AND OBSTRUCTIONIST CONGRESS!!!]

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/09/06/its-official-president-obama-is-the-best-economic-president-in-modern-times/
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Thus, all but the most rabid conservative partisans acknowledge that we slipped into the "Great Recession" as a direct result of the policies of the Bush administration, but how did Bush get into office in the first place? Those of us who are students of political history remember only too well.
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Cornel West Helps Put George W. Bush Over the Top 
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After Ralph Nader was rejected for the 2000 presidential nomination by the Democratic voters, instead of acknowledging his rejection and falling into line to help defeat the Republicans, Nader went into a petulant snit and ran as a third party candidate. It was clear that he purposely ran as a third party candidate with the mean-spirited intent of sabotaging the Democratic effort, because third parties never win; the only purpose that third parties ever serve is to help elect the people that you like least, because they divide the vote of like-minded people.
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Cornel West joined Nader in this foolish (or treacherous; you make the determination) campaign, and as a result, George W. Bush won the election over Al Gore by winning Florida by a mere 537 votes. The Nader/West coalition peeled off 97,488 votes from Gore in Florida alone. So when I say that Cornel West is more than a little responsible for George W. Bush becoming President of the United States, and thus, the current economic distress of the Black community, don’t take my word for it – you do the math.
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So when West claims that "The state of Black America in the age of Obama has been one of desperation, confusion and capitulation," I say, West has a lot of nerve. The above statement by Cornel West is the exact equivalent of a man walking into a restaurant, crapping on the floor, and then calling the Health Department because the proprietor didn’t get it up fast enough. And with respect to his claim to love poor people, in light of his close association with Tavis "Ghetto Scam" Smiley, he’s like a guy on the street ranting about fascism, after just having lunch with Mussolini. Thus, Cornel West has absolutely no credibility, and anyone who even stops to listen to him has to be either completely out of touch with reality, or grossly uninformed - and that's not just an opinion.
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Think about it. First, Cornel helped Bush get elected, which led to Black misery - at least, additional Black misery - and then he scurried back into his ivory tower to command $30,000 a speech to discuss Black misery. Then, later, he rode all across the country on a bus professing to love poor minorities, while sitting next to a man (Tavis Smiley) who was involved in a scam that caused 30,000 poor minorities to lose their homes and life savings, and that the Justice Department says was the second largest housing discrimination case in the history of this country. Now, he’s telling us that Black misery is Obama's fault!!!?  A person would have to be a fool to believe that, but obviously, there's plenty of them out there.
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West also said that he didn’t vote in 2012. Is he serious!!!? Doesn’t he realize how many people died for our right to vote? Yet, he claims to love the poor but would rather not vote than to vote against the people who would rather shutdown the government than to provide jobs, affordable healthcare, extended unemployment insurance, and food stamps for the poor? And he claims to hate killing and war, yet, would rather not vote than to vote against the people who lied to go to war, and then killed over a million people in Iraq? Such a position strains the limits of credulity.
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Doesn’t he have the intelligence to realize that there is no such thing as not voting, and that failing to vote for one side is a vote for the other? There are two ways for the bad guys to win an election, by either getting more bad guys to vote, or getting more good guys not to vote. So that was a very irresponsible message to drop into our dire political environment.
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Thus, one of two things have to be at work here - either West knows exactly what he’s doing and is scamming the people, or he’s the dumbest so-called intellectual that the Black community has ever produced. But either way, he’s not a person that anyone with sense would want to listen to.

Regarding Cornel West and Drones
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When Tavis Smiley and Cornel West began to lose the confidence of the Black community, they tried to broaden their constituency by refocusing their criticism of President Obama from poverty to the war in Afghanistan. Time.com reported West as saying in 2012 that he didn’t vote. "I couldn’t vote for a war criminal," he said, calling Obama’s administration a "drone presidency."
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While I don't like killing machines either, I've had to take into account the fact that Obama is charged with the responsibility of seeing to it that Al Qaeda, or any other terrorist group, don’t manage to get their hands on Pakistan's nuclear arsenal. And let us not forget that they located Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan living comfortably, and casually, within the shadow of that arsenal. So while West would have us believe that Obama is in Afghanistan just killing people for the hell of it, or for the oil companies, that’s a myth. He’s trying to make sure that YOUR family is not blown up by angry religious fanatics who think that God will bless them if they blow up the United States.
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So while war, and killing, is an ugly business, it is very much a reality in the world we live in. So as I see it, if we have to lob missiles into an area filled with innocent people - since hiding behind human shields seems to be the terrorists' preferred mode of defense - the drone is a far better alternative than simply firing missiles and such blindly.
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Consider this. If you were an Afghan and lived next door to a terrorist, would want to have someone blindly firing missiles in your direction, possibly taking out your home and family, or maybe even the entire town just to get one man, or would you rather they sent in drones with television cameras where they can specifically target the person they’re after? One drone pilot said that they even wait for the target’s family to leave the house before they fire a missile to take out the target. So the fact is, if you have to go to war, drones often SAVE lives.
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So what is West jumping up and down about? This is one of the reasons that I often question the popular belief that West has such a powerful intellect. It’s one thing to have the ability to remember and regurgitate the words of dead White men, and yet another to be able to think for yourself and connect the dots. So on this issue, West is either grossly uninformed, has an inability to connect the dots, or he’s purposely trying to mislead the people  (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/30/us/drone-pilots-waiting-for-a-kill-shot-7000-miles-away.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&).

West: Obama Supporters Think That the President is Above Criticism
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West and his supporters often claim that Black people, and many other Obama supporters, think that the President is above criticism. But notice how West’s "criticism" isn’t a discussion on policy at all. What West is calling "criticism," is actually grade-school slander. So he’s right. Serious-minded people don’t like that. He sounds like a 10-year-old. It’s silly, undignified, and disrespectful of the President of the United States, and through extension, the Black community, and, the American people.
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One would think that anyone with just a little bit of intelligence would recognize that fact - and I think West, indeed, does understand that fact very clearly, his level of intelligence notwithstanding. In response to comedian Steve Harvey callingWest and Tavis Smiley "Uncle Toms," West said, "When you are trying to talk about issues that affect the people, name calling gets in the way," said Cornel. "Name calling is nothing but another weapon of mass distraction." Hmmmm. Then why is name-calling such a prominent part of his campaign against President Obama - and everyone else who disagrees with him? Why is it only a distraction when it’s directed at him (http://www.eurweb.com/2011/08/steve-harvey-ain%e2%80%99t-sorry-about-what-he-said-except-the-uncle-tom-thing/#eIRaiVcexmt73zug.99)?
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Yet, West claims that there’s a "neoliberal" conspiracy to shutout the "Black prophetic Voice," and to subject those of the "Black prophetic tradition" to character assassination - I assume he’s referring to his own voice. If he is, I don’t see where he’s being shutout at all. In fact, it seems that every time I turn on the television I’m forced to watch him gesticulating and flappin’ his lips. And as for character assassination, his character didn’t have to be assassinated. When Obama failed to roll out the red carpet to the White House for him, he went into such a hissy fit that whatever character he might of had crawled out through his mouth and committed suicide.
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What West actually sees is Black outrage over his indulging in the crabs-in-a-barrel tradition that was inbred in us as slaves. Black people recognize that many of President Obama’s Black critics, including Cornel West, aren’t really interested in policy; they’re just using public policy as a pretext for attacking the President himself, and they’re so steeped in their Willie Lynch mentality that they either don’t realize, or don’t care that they’re doing a grave disservice not only to the African-American community, but to Black people all over the world.
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Because the fact is, many of Obama’s White conservative critics aren’t really interested in policy either. Like Obama’s Black critics, they have an ulterior motive as well, but their motive has nothing to do with crabs-in-a-barrel. Their primary motive is defending their claim of White superiority, and President Obama, in his soft-spoken, laid-back way, is dragging that claim through the mud. That’s why racists and conservatives hate him so.
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Conservatives recognize, as we all should - and especially Black people - that President Obama is not just another president. President Obama is the most high-profile symbol of Black competence in the world. In addition, what he has accomplished is the perfect equivalent of a conquered slave rising to become the emperor of Rome - and, one of its greatest. So Barack Obama is going to be remembered by posterity as one of the greatest men in ALL of human history, and his story will be inspiring Black children a thousand years from now. 
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Racists and conservatives recognize that fact, so naturally, they’re desperate to tear down Barack
Obama’s image, and build up the image of criminals like Ronald Wilson Reagan, and there is no excuse for Black idiots like Tavis Smiley, Cornel West, and Boyce Watkins not to recognize that fact. That’s what makes them so detestable. Instead of trying to help racists tear down this Black icon, they should be offering RESPECTFUL suggestions in an attempt to ensure that Barack Obama is remembered as one of the greatest presidents that this nation has ever had, even if they have to drag him up Mt. Rushmore kicking and screaming. But instead, they’re allowing themselves to be pointed to by racists who are claiming, "See, even Black people know he doesn’t live up to the standard of White presidents.
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Thus, people like West are giving their own egos, self-service, and their Willie Lynch-inspired need to tear-down a Black historic icon priority over Black history, and the role that history is going to play in helping to raise the self-concept of the Black culture. In short, they’re trying to sabotage the self-esteem of Black children who are yet unborn. The mere thought of that kind of ignorant selfishness is absolutely disgusting - and especially when clothed in faux scholarship.
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Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman: Obama among the most ‘successful presidents in American history’
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Initially an Obama critic, Nobel laureate Paul Krugman now says,
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"For much of the country, consequential presidencies are defined by a handful of landmark events. Years from now, when someone utters the name "Barack Obama," the thumb-nail sketch may very well be a president who rescued the nation from the Great Recession, overhauled a broken health care system and brought coverage to tens of millions of people, brought some accountability to Wall Street, and started the country on a path towards climate sanity, among other accomplishments.
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It may seem odd to think about Obama now as a historical giant, but Krugman probably won’t be the last to see him as among the most "successful presidents in American history"  (http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/krugman-obama-among-the-most-successful-presidents-american-history).
   
Respectful Criticism of Obama’s Policies
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There’s absolutely nothing wrong with criticizing the policies of ANY president, including Barack Obama. But Cornel West is not interested in debating policy; he wants to play the "Dozens" against the first Black President of the United States, and that’s highly inappropriate. But for the past six years, that’s exactly what he’s been doing. He’s been behaving in a manner that’s been very unscholarly, irresponsible, and immature.
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I’ve written articles criticizing some of President Obama’s policies myself. But when I do, I make absolutely sure that my criticisms are respectful, issue-specific, include suggestions on how the policies can be improved, and the reasoning behind my suggestions. I also send a copy to the President. In my article,"Could Obama Fall Victim to a Change We Can't Believe in?" (http://wattree.blogspot.com/2009/11/could-obama-fall-victim-to-change-we.html), I said the following:
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"The President needs to recognize that there is nothing he can do that's going to make him acceptable to the GOP - that is, unless he agrees to appoint a Republican vice president, then resign. By now it should be clear that even while he's asleep, the GOP is trying to hatch plans to destroy him. So by spending more time thinking about them than he is his base, he's playing right into their hands.
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"I mentioned power as one of the reasons that Cheney's trying to rush the president into Afghanistan. I wonder if the president has considered the fact that Cheney just might be trying to get him to make the same kind of mistake in Afghanistan that the Bush Administration made in Iraq in order to take the Iraq issue off the table for the 2012 election? If during the 2012 campaign America is bogged down in Afghanistan with the useless death of thousands of U.S. troops, all of a sudden, Bush, Cheney, and the GOP won't look all that bad. The President should think about that possibility, since the machinations of Dick Cheney makes Machiavelli look like a trainee.
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"On the other hand, if the president would have the CIA go after Osama Bin Laden (through the use of intelligence, instead of blindly shooting at rocks), then pull out of Afghanistan, and make an agreement with the government of Pakistan to help them protect their nuclear arsenal, he'll be looking pretty good in 2012, and he won't have the deaths of thousands of U.S. troops to have to justify."

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Now, I’m not making the claim that Obama followed my advice. That might have been his game plan from the beginning, but if he did, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised, because he constantly solicits input from the public, and he probably got the very same advice from thousands of people - because if there’s one thing I’ve learned through the internet, it’s that there’s no thought that’s unique to one individual. And President Obama is a very smart man, so I’m sure that he recognizes that he and his staff don’t corner the market on ideas about public policy. But obviously people like Tavis Smiley and Cornel West think that they’re so brilliant that they believe what they think should be given top priority. They’re clearly a couple of wannabes who are absolutely outraged that the nation doesn’t share their high opinion of themselves.

CORNEL WEST - THE LIBERACE OF FAUX INTELLECTUALISM
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Have you ever noticed that nearly every public pronouncement that spews from the mouth of Cornel West is literally dripping with racial innuendo? An example of that is his racist slander that MSNBC is the ‘Rent a Negro’ network - but of course, he wouldn't have said a word if they had rented him, because he's on there every chance he gets.
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Cornel West spews more racist rhetoric than any Republican in America. The reason for that is, he’s essentially an entertainer who specializes in shock and race-baiting as his one and only routine. Clear evidence of that is he's over the top in everything that defines him - he's over the top in his personal image, in his overly gesticulative presentation, and his rhetoric is invariably inflammatory. Everything about him is a contrivance that’s specifically designed to bring attention to himself. The actual issues are meaningless to him. They're nothing more than a platform to launch his performance. In short, Cornel West is the Liberace of faux intellectualism.

CORNEL WEST ROUTINELY USES A FALSE "LOVE OF BLACK PEOPLE" TO SLANDER BLACK PEOPLE WHO OVERSHADOW HIM
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West routinely uses policy differences as a pretext for making unsubstantiated and slanderous assertions about the character of the President and every other high-profile Black person who overshadows him:

1). President Obama is "a war criminal."
2). President Obama is "a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs . . ."
3). President Obama is "a black puppet of corporate plutocrats."
4). President Obama is "a Rockefeller Republican in Blackface."
5). President Obama "has a certain rootlessness, a deracination."
6). President Obama Is "Afraid Of Free Black Men."
7). President Obama is "a global George Zimmerman."
8). Dr. Harris-Perry is "a fake and a fraud"
9). Dr. Michael Eric Dyson "is a sellout."
10). Al Sharpton "is a sellout."
11). MSNBC is the "Rent a Negro Network."
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Yet, when comedian Steve Harvey called him an Uncle Tom, he said, "When you are trying to talk about issues that affect the people, name calling gets in the way. Name-calling is nothing but another weapon of mass distraction."
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In other words, the only time that name-calling is objectionable is when it's directed Cornel West. Such unmitigated hypocrisy is mind boggling - but for once, he’s right. Not one of the above assertions is a disciplined, constructive, or scholarly assessment of the facts. On the contrary, they're the reckless and intellectually undisciplined rants of a bitter, self-serving, and severely discredited academic fraud.
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For Cornel West there’s something ‘racially defective’ about every Black person who has the audacity to preempt Cornel West from the limelight. West has a propensity to try to denigrate the character of people whose been in the trenches for years, while West himself has done absolutely nothing beyond running his mouth. In order to gain clear evidence of that fact one simply has to ask oneself, what efforts have West made to try to improve the plight of the Black community?
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1). Is he in the community teaching 3rd grade to help ensure a better education for our children, or teaching at an Historically Black College or University to help "enlighten" young Black students?
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No. He’s never taught at a school that more than 1% of Black students can even afford to have lunch in throughout his entire career. He'd rather gather the perks and props of teaching the children of the economic elites - the children of the very people who he CLAMS is the enemy, whenever he MANAGES  to do a "drive-by" in the hood to sell a few books.
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2). Is he in the community teaching our young men to cherish, honor, and respect our Black women - the very womb of our culture?
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No. He’s out trying to sell books filled with inane and misleading information, doing $30,000 an hour speeches, and trying to become a hip hop star.
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3). Is he advising his good friend and business partner, Tavis Smiley, to be consistent with his sermons by being "accountable" to the community, and returning the money that he made on the Wells Fargo "Ghetto Scam" loans that he helped to herd over 30,000 poor minorities into?
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Nope, not a peep.
About the Rise And Fall of Cornel West

I used to be a big fan of Cornel West. I’ll never forget how during the Clarence Thomas confirmation Cornel West’s remarks to some old condescending senator who started talking down to him and he said something to the effect of, "Wait a minute, senator. I have more education than you do." I loved that, because at the time I thought it was simply a Black man being assertive, and "standing his ground," as it were. But only later did I begin to recognize that the senator had played right into West’s hands, and what I took for assertiveness was merely an introduction to the Cornel West show. But before I became aware of his "shtick," he immediately became my main man.
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But later on, after West started making reckless and questionable remarks, I began to research him, and it became increasingly clear that his reputation, and his entire persona, was all smoke and mirrors. Now, upon reflection and the insight derived from 20/20 hindsight, it’s become perfectly clear to me how West rose to prominence.
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Cornel West came up during the time when their was a raging debate going on over the racist claim that due to the "artificial boost" that Black professionals were getting from affirmative action, they weren’t as competent as their White counterparts. And during that same time there was a debate going on over the claim by some White scholars that Black people were innately intellectually inferior to White people and the rest of the population.
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As a result of those debates, and the fact that West had an association with White Ivy League universities, the Black community embraced him as the poster child for Black intellectual competence without taking the time to vet him like we should have. It was that mistake that has led to the flawed intellectual monster - and the total embarrassment to many in the Black community - that we have today.
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Again, Cornel West has been before the public eye for over 35 years. Yet, can ANYBODY tell me even ONE universally recognizable pronouncement, quotation, or profound assessment of reality that the public would recognize as associated with Cornel West? Not even one. He’s made several valiant efforts to come up with memorable quotations, but they’ve ALL fallen on their face, because they were ALWAYS trite, simplistic, and even simple-minded - "The Santa Clausification of Nelson Mandela!!!?" Come on! He must have stayed up all night trying to come up with that inane contrivance.
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The only reason we even listen to Cornel West is because the White establishment told us to. They hailed him as brilliant, but back when West was coming up, many White folks considered a Black man brilliant if he could read without moving his lips. A pseudo-intellectual is one who relates common knowledge as though he’s telling you something new. That’s Cornel West to a Tee. "Race Matters?" You’re kidding! It’s lucky West came along, because I never would have known that.
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Here’s what one of his former students had to say about him in a letter to the Daily Princetonian:
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May 12, 2003
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"I know you've gotten lots of response on this, but, as a student who's taken Prof. West's class, I thought I might chime in. Here is a letter I sent to the Daily Princetonian.
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"I took Prof. West's large lecture course, Philosophic, Religious, and Literary Dimensions of DuBois, Baldwin and Morrison, this semester hoping to experience first-hand the teaching of the man behind the hype. While I found the class entertaining, I did not find Prof. West to be particularly informative or critical in his approach whatsoever. Most lectures boiled down to animated though repetitive paeans to the authors, rather than a critical appraisal or contextualization of the material.
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"Despite students' obvious appreciation of Prof. West's charismatic personality and gesticulating style, his acclaim stems from the histrionics he provides "on stage" in lecture, rather than the depth of scholarship displayed therein. If Princeton was looking to garner the publicity born of employing a fascinating personality, the "steal" of Prof. West was truly a coup. If it was hoping to improve the quality of the teaching faculty, I believe Harvard [that got rid of him] was the real winner in the exchange."
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Jessica Manley '03
Princeton University
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I'd say, that just about says it all.
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Citizens Against Reckless Middle-Class Abuse
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Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.

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Monday, October 06, 2014

This is the Way We Should Teach Our Kids to Fight Back - With Their Minds

BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE

THIS IS THE WAY WE SHOULD TEACH OUR KIDS TO FIGHT BACK - WITH THEIR MINDS
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The Return of Professor Henschel - For yet, Another Whoppin’

Onofre Gutierrez Jr.:
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Lol a blog? NIGGGGGA PLEEEASE!!!! Just another Google search. Your post is just as unreliable than MessNBC.
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Cathleen Connolly:
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Onofre your comment reveals your true character--you are the perfect model of the RW extremist..
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Claude Henschel:
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Showing gratitude
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So as not to appear to be ungrateful, I have to give THANKS to the kenyan muslim in the White House, for allowing the illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America, and the visitors from West Africa, to bring gifts to the US of A, e.g., entero-virus and ebola.
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Eric L. Wattree:
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@Onofre, @Claude:
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Just the caliber of response that I would expect from the intellectually challenged. Claude, I've dealt with you before. You KNOW you're not my intellectual equal, so I'm surprised you'd even want to comment. Because as you know, I just LIVE to demonstrate to bigots that they're intellectually inferior to this coon. It makes my life worthwhile.
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Oh, and Onofre, you can call me what you like, but it won't change that fact. Did you really expect me to be devastated because you called me a nigga? I'm a hood rat too.
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Scientific Study: Conservatives and Lower IQ
Do Racism, Conservatism, and Low I.Q. Go Hand in Hand?
Lower cognitive abilities predict greater prejudice through right-wing ideology.
Published on April 22, 2013 by Goal Auzeen Saedi, Ph.D. in Millennial Media
http://www.psychologytoday.com/.../do-racism-conservatism...
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Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice
Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer | January 26, 2012 10:29am ET
http://www.livescience.com/18132-intelligence-social...
Do Racism, Conservatism, and Low I.Q. Go Hand in Hand?
Lower cognitive abilities predict greater prejudice...
psychologytoday.com
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Claude Henschel:
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None of those biased studies will beat the data published in the "Bell Curve".............Here from a Yale study......... TEA PARTY AND SMARTS
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TEA PARTY AND SCIENCE INTELLECT
38Yale Study: Tea Partiers Rank Highest In Scientific Knowledge
October 17, 2013 by B. Christopher Agee
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TEA PARTY AND SCIENCE INTELLECT
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After years of being lambasted by the left as uneducated rubes, a recent study by a Yale law professor proves that members of the Tea Party are actually more likely to understand scientific issues than the rest of the population.
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As progressives declare the debate on such issues as global warming and evolution over, it now seems that they could learn a few things from the oft-maligned grassroots organization.
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Displaying a respectable level of honesty, Dan Kahan admitted that he expected a completely different result.
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Noting he "found this result surprising," the professor said he assumed that he would "be shown a modest negative correlation between identifying with the Tea Party and science comprehension."
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He concluded that the scope of his study was sufficient to indicate a wider trend, a fact that must give the perpetually supercilious left a collective migraine.
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Claude Henschel:
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Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life (A Free Press Paperbacks Book) [Kindle Edition]
Richard J. Herrnstein (Author), Charles Murray (Author)
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Eric L. Wattree:
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Professor Henschel,
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I'm not going to even debate this issue with you, because the above study is an OBJECTIVE scientific study, while conservatives have a pronounced propensity to dig up conservative hacks to spew the party line, just like you'll go out and dig up the one Black idiot that's willing to say that it wasn't your fault for being FORCED to lynch Black people - you were simply trying to maintain an orderly way of life. You can ALWAYS find an idiot for the right price.
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But with regard to intelligence, consider this. The chances are, EVERY ONE of your Black colleagues are probably intellectually superior to you as attested to by the simple fact that they're your colleagues. You see, they had to compete with you in a marathon where you were spotted 100 yards, and they had to compete in lead boots. Nevertheless, they are in the very same position in life that you are.
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And with respect to our personal level of intelligence, I think our many interactions say it all - "I even wrote a song about it" - Don't worry about it, that's an allusion that you're probably ignorant of. It points out the impact that culture has on what you know and what you don't know. But simply because, in all likelihood, you probably know absolutely nothing about the phrase that I alluded to, that says nothing about you're level of intelligence. But the fact that you don't seem to realize that speaks volumes.
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In short, I could play with your mind ALL day long, and only use 30 brain cells - and I know you know it. So I suggest that you climb back under your rock before I REALLY decide to reveal your shortcomings in this public forum - and I'm just going to say this once.
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http://wattree.blogspot.com/2014/06/to-professor-claude-henschel-and-all.html
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Claude Henschel :
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Pretty obvious that you have not read the "Bell Curve", and based on the hot air you are spewing, even if you tried to read it, you would dismiss it with some sort of "RACISM' excuse. As for my colleagues, a few have gotten to where they are, following the path of the clown in the WH, i.e., affirmative action
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Eric L. Wattree
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Professor Henschel,
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English 101 dictates that whenever you make an assertion that you
start documenting it in the following sentence, or no later than the
following paragraph. So please document your assertion that Barack Obama
got through school with the aid of Affirmative Action. I know it will be coming shortly, so I want to thank you in advance.
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Claude Henschel:
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Nobody gets through school via affirmative action[.] [H]e got into
Columbia via that path. People who have nothing to hide, don't have to
hide their records. Meantime, I hope you enjoy reading the Bell Curve
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Eric L. Wattree:
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Professor Henschel,
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You're obviously accustomed to dealing with people of your own
pedestrian mentality. I didn't ask for obfuscation, I asked for
documentation. Where is it?
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Claude Henschel:
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Any progress on the "Bell Curve"????? Really not that hard to read!!
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Eric L. Wattree:
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In other words, you have no documentation. You're just another
conservative gasbag, manufacturing factoids to promote a contrived and
fictional reality that brings you comfort. Why didn't you say that in the
first place? It could have saved us a lot of time.
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I warned you to get out while you could still walk away with a little
dignity, didn't I? But I want to leave you with one question. Do you
think it was affirmation action that just dragged your ass through the
mud?
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Claude Henschel:
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LMFAO-----afraid to read the Bell Curve. Of course, it is brutally honest !!!!
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Eric L. Wattree:
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Claude,
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Are you sure you want to get started again? It's fine with me. I don't have a thing to do, and I can use some more material.
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Claude Henschel:
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If the science in the book is giving you trouble---here is a short synopsis.............The Bell Curve contains not only a body of psychometric data and inferences but also an analysis of what the authors refer to as the rise of a low-I.Q. “cognitive underclass,” disproportionately non-white, low-income, violence-prone, and with a high birth rate. Herrnstein and Murray estimated that the mean I.Q. of incarcerated offenders is about ten points below the general population mean. They went on to explore the policy implications of the rapid growth of the cognitive underclass.
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Eric L. Wattree:
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Claude,
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You were so big on this book - "The Bell Curve"- in response to your repeated urging I decided to do a little research to see what you were so excited about, and it turned out to be just what I expected - a book filled with unwarranted assumptions, and tending to support the White conservative's psychotic desperation to feel special.
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I found the content to be pure racist drivel, and completely in line with what many rabid conservatives would desperately like to believe. But it’s based on pure speculation and assumes many so-called facts that cannot be objectively and/or scientifically proven.
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The first and most obvious assumption is that IQ can be measured. There is no evidence to demonstrate that. There is absolutely no substantiating evidence to prove that what we refer to as “IQ tests" measures anything other than an individual’s ability to take a test. There are many in this society who suffer from a condition called “Test Taker’s Anxiety,” where just the pressure of having to take a test causes them to perform poorly. Thus, unless everyone who suffers from this condition has a low IQ, that alone is prima facie evidence that the test is invalid.
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Then there’s the time factor inherent in such tests. What evidence can you present that people who think faster, think more efficiently? How can one discount the possibility that the more intelligent a person is, the more options and possibilities he or she takes into account in answering a question, and therefore, the more time it takes for them to complete a test. In such a case, the time element involved in an IQ test would not only invalidate such a person’s score, but the person’s intelligence would actually work against them.
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Another unwarranted assumption is that IQ is immutable, and remains constant throughout ones life. There's no scientific evidence of that either. There is the possibility, however, that one’s IQ rises to accommodate one’s growing interests. There’s also the possibility that one’s cognitive abilities are elevated with practice - the more one engages in cognitive activities, the more efficient they become as thinkers.
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And then there’s the element of self-concept - the “you are what you think” factor. Pure common sense suggests that one’s expectations may have a profound effect on the results of any endeavor that one engages in. In fact, all of the available evidence suggest that is indeed the case. That's why athletes hype themselves up before a game.
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So until these factors are separated out. and we have solid, scientific, and verifiable answers to these questions, books like “The Bell Curve” are nothing more than the unsubstantiated opinion of the author - or in the case of this particular book, a deep seated agenda in search of validation. You're suppose to be bright; you should have recognized these issues immediately.
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Claude Henschel:
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Eric---While your response is both lengthy and wordy, it is short of supporting evidence. This is a common approach of persons with only superficial knowledge and understanding of a subject!
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So, not to make this response too lengthy, let me start by simplifying your post. The post centers on the hypothesis that I Q tests are flawed. You would be hard pressed to find anyone that would argue with that assertion.
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The fact that the test is flawed, has not kept the test from being used by many institutions, e.g., US Armed Forces, US Universities (SAT, GRE, etc.) as a tool to help predict potential success of the applicants. Here is one of thousands of such studies-------
The reason I chose this study is that it also, points out the racial aspects of IQ test results, as found in the book, “THE BELL CURVE”.
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Group Avg. IQ Spatial Verbal
Ashkenazi Jews 1101-1181 982-1053 1172-1253
East Asian 1004-1064 1105 975
Caucasian 1004
World est. 906
African American 854
African 60-806
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1. Bachman (1970), Vincent (1966), Brill (1936), et.al
2. Levinson (1960)
3. Levinson (1958), on yeshiva students For an interesting paper on Ashkenazi IQ, see http://64.233.161.104/search...
4. Lynn (1991) [1] (http://www.mugu.com/.../Ups.../People/Lynn/lynn-race-iq.html)
5. Vernon (1982)
6. IQ and the Wealth of Nations
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Here are some other sections from the same study, that address some of your claims of the variability of cognitive skills, relative to aging, etc.
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“Furthermore, IQ scores tend to stabilize around age eight and are resistant to moving around much thereafter, in keeping with a relatively fixed level of innate intellectual capacity. And studies of twins and adoptees offer substantial evidence that this capacity has a strong genetic component. The scores of twins (who are genetically identical, more or less) are much more highly correlated than those of regular siblings (who share only about half the same genes). Meanwhile, the scores of regular siblings are in turn much more highly correlated than the scores of adopted and biological children raised together.
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IQ scores clearly tell us something of genuine importance. They are a reasonably good predictor not only of performance in the classroom but of income, health, and other important life outcomes.
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The claim that a significant portion of the racial IQ gap has an ultimately genetic origin have been advanced by several psychologists, including Arthur Jensen, J. Philippe Rushton and Richard Lynn. The American Psychological Association in a 1996 report stated that the US racial IQ gap was not the result of bias in the content or administration of tests, nor simply reflect differences in socio-economic status, but that no adequate explanation of it had so far been given.”
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So, there is a wealth of data in the literature to invalidate much of what you write, however, my intent is not to demonstrate what a ‘BLOW HARD” you are, but to point out that the analysis of IQ results with respect to gender, age, race, etc. is valid, and as reported in the book, is VALID.
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Eric L. Wattree:
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Claude,
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My responses are lengthy because I'm thorough, and I believe in substantiating what I say, as oppose to just giving a list of the names of people who agree with me. But with respect to your post:
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You start from the very outset with a flawed perspective of our relative positions in this discussion, which goes a long way toward clearly demonstrating that you’re far less than objective and have a vested interest in embracing this contrived and racist “THEORY.” You say, “While your response is both lengthy and wordy, it is short of supporting evidence.” As an academic, you should be one of the first to recognize that as the one who is proposing this unproven theory, YOU’RE the one who has to substantiate your position, not I. Thus it is completely ironic that as one who is including himself among those who are intellectually superior, you’ve ALSO repeatedly been the one guilty of flawed thinking.
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You say, for example, “IQ scores tend to stabilize around age eight and are resistant to moving around much thereafter, in keeping with a relatively fixed level of innate intellectual capacity.” Prove that, and not with merely a list of names of people who “tend” to embrace your position. I don’t want to see “influential” names, I want to see EVIDENCE.
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You also indicate that “They [IQ scores] are a reasonably good predictor not only of performance in the classroom but of income, health, and other important life outcomes.” That’s interesting. Let’s take those one at a time. You say, according to various studies IQ scores are a “reasonably good” (that’s an ass-coverer if I’ve ever seen one) good predictor of income. How does that correlate with the study that shows that a White felon has about an equal chance of being hired for a job as a Black man with a clean record ( http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2008/08/09/study-black-man-and-white-felon-same-chances-for-hire)?
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If we extend the logic inherent in your study, we must assume that - even though your “studies” also assert that IQ is a valid “predictor” of an inclination toward criminality - that your White felon worker has a higher IQ than the Black man, who is without a criminal record, due to the fact that the felon has a higher income. That’s a direct contradiction.
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Now let’s take a look at performance in the classroom. Does your study take into account, or even recognize, the fact that many Black people tend to play-down their intelligence because, due to the Black cultural experience, revealing your intelligence is often perceived as “trying to act White,” and frowned upon? Black people take their level of intelligence as a given, but they tend not to flaunt it - or as many say, “We keep it on the down-low.” After all, we DID have the intelligence not to vote for George W. Bush in huge numbers, didn’t we?
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In my article, A Sensible Response to White Supremacy, I point out the following:
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“The root of the problem that we’ve traditionally had in the Black community is our attitude toward knowledge. As a direct result of our history of slavery, we’ve developed a sort of aversion to knowledge. We tend to equate the pursuit of knowledge with selling out. We see knowledge as part of the White man’s domain, so we look upon Black people who have a love of knowledge with disdain, because we see them as "trying to be White."
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“The reason for that is simple. During slavery the only Black people we knew who spoke anything close to proper English were the "house niggas," and many house niggas had a tendency to look down their noses at those of us who worked in the field. As a result of that experience, today, even highly intelligent Black people will often try to hide their intelligence, because, ironically, over the years we’ve developed an attitude where many feel that we have a moral obligation to remain ignorant in order to prove that we take pride in being Black. Think about that. Isn't ironic that many of us embrace ignorance as a sign of Black pride? That's why you hear educated young Black people going around saying things like, "What it is?" or "What it be like?" They know that's improper, but they see it as giving credibility to their pride in being Black.
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“That’s one of the weapons that’s being used against President Obama by many envious Black intellectuals. They’re trying to convince the Black community of the following:
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“‘I’m cool - see my long, wooly Afro, how cool I act, and how I can quote Lil’ Wayne when I’m on stage? I’m one of y’all. I just have enough intelligence to speak the White man’s language, so I’m keeping an eye on him for the people. But that Obama, he’s not like us. He don’t have no Afro, he don’t never quote Lil Wayne, and he’s obviously much too intelligent to be trusted as a genuine Black man (http://wattree.blogspot.com/2013/06/a-sensible-response-to-white-supremacy.html)."'
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So the obvious question is, if you can't even measure your own intelligence with any degree of certainty, how can you even hope to measure the intelligence of people that you don’t understand - at all?
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Finally, you say, “The claim that a significant portion of the racial IQ gap has an ultimately genetic origin have been advanced by several psychologists, including Arthur Jensen, J. Philippe Rushton and Richard Lynn. The American Psychological Association in a 1996 report stated that the US racial IQ gap was not the result of bias in the content or administration of tests, nor simply reflect differences in socio-economic status, but that no adequate explanation of it had so far been given.”
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There you go name-dropping again, but I have only two words for you in response - PROVE IT! So far you haven’t proven a thing. All you’ve done is put forward a theory that you want with all of your heart to believe in. But in this case, you have one mighty hurtle to overcome - our own relative levels of intelligence tends to contradict everything that you’ve put forward. And that’s not a theory - that’s a fact.
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The Conservative Mentality, As Oppose to Independent Thought
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The conservative problem is, they define people in the wrong way. Nature designed birds to fly, fish to swim, and men to think. But due to conservative insecurities, they tend to want to group people according to what color T-shirt they were born in. That allows them to embrace the belief that regardless of their personal limitations, they can take comfort in the fact that they have some sort of innate value just by virtue of the fact that they were born in the "right" color T-shirt.
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But liberals recognize that their brothers are those who THINK like they do. Liberals also believe that your value as an individual is based on your personal capabilities. That’s why bigots hate liberals just as much as they do minorities. It stems from their sense of survival. The liberal philosophy is a direct threat to those with limited capabilities, because they know that without their sense of group entitlement, as individuals, they are nothing. That fully accounts for their "angry White man" sensibilities, and their hostility toward anyone who don’t look, think, and act, just like they do.
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That also explains the mentality of "Professor" Henschel. With his glaringly limited insight and intellectual capacity, he probably should have been a plumber. On the other hand, there are undoubtedly many plumbers who probably should have been professors. That’s how a bigoted society destroys itself. It tends to squander its natural human resources. Many of the young minds that are being wasted in this country today, could be the very minds that could solve many of the world’s problems tomorrow. Barack Obama is a perfect example of that.  If he hadn’t been able to squeeze through the cracks, this nation, and probably the world, would undoubtedly be in the midst of a second Great Depression at this very moment.
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So it's important that we drive this point home to our children. We have to teach them to be self-defining and independent thinkers. Knowledge is free, so they can’t be deprived of it. You have to CHOOSE to be ignorant in today’s world. So regardless to what you are, or what your station in life, never let it retard WHO you are. And in the final analysis, only YOU can define who you are. I was a mailman for 28 years. But while I made my living as a mailman, I never allowed it to make me BECOME one. Delivering mail was merely a job, not a definition.
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Eric L. Wattree
Http://wattree.blogspot.com
Ewattree@Gmail.com
Citizens Against Reckless Middle-Class Abuse
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Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.

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Sunday, October 05, 2014

How Do We Know the GOP Has Purposely Sabotaged America? Because Their Behavior Was Predicted

BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE

How Do We Know the GOP Has Purposely Sabotaged America? 
Because Their Behavior Was Predicted
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The American people should be completely disgusted with the GOP, because at this point, it has become abundantly clear that they have no limits when it comes to their lust for power and greed. Patriotism and love of country is meaningless to them. Over the past six years of the Obama administration they've repeatedly demonstrated that their lust for power takes priority over patriotism, the nation's interest, and bringing relief to the American people, from an economic crisis that THEY created!

What evidence do I have of that? Plenty. On February 3, 2009, exactly two weeks after President Obama entered office for his first term, I wrote the article below predicting exactly the kind of tactics that the GOP was going to engage in, and also their motivation for doing so. But I don't profess to being a prophet. It took neither monumental intellectual resources, nor a crystal ball, to recognize that the current GOP has morphed into the domestic enemy of the United States. Any American who fails to see that simply doesn't want to see.
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We won't get into the discussion as to why the American people refused to see what's right before their eyes - at least, not at this time - because that would lead to a heated and divisive debate, and that's the GOP's stock and trade. The fact is, the GOP agenda is so toxic to the American way of life, and to the interest of the American people as a whole, that  their only resource for remaining a viable political party is hatred and antipathy.  The GOP has a vested interest in making absolutely sure that the American people's hatred for one another ALWAYS takes priority over their concern for their own family's best interest. 
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Secretary of the Arts? Sounds Like a Plan 


Quincy Jones, musician, composer, and arranger extraordinaire, has started a petition that has drawn to date more than 220,000 signatures , asking President Obama to consider adding a Secretary of the Arts as a cabinet level post in his administration.
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At first blush that might sound rather frivolous in a nation that's involved in two wars, have people losing their homes, and is currently involved in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. But when given thoughtful consideration, it might just be exactly what America needs, and could very well turn out to be one of the most important cabinet posts in an Obama administration.
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What President Obama needs right now is a way to offset Republican efforts against him, and to rally the American people around his programs, initiatives and efforts--and there's no better way to do that than to enlist the assistance of the entertainment and arts community.
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Everyone one is essentially in agreement that America is in for some hard times ahead, but America's economic woes are not the biggest threat to this nation. We're going to get past that-- the biggest threat to this nation is the loss of the American spirit, and our confidence that we can survive this crisis. Thus, an organized and highly motivated arts and entertainment community can help us to address that issue, and they can also be of tremendous value in our foreign policy efforts.
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Look at the value that our entertainment community provided during the Great Depression and WWII. They rallied America's efforts close to single-handedly. They both kept America focused on its goal, and also gave us the motivation to reach that goal. It was a well trained and courageous military that won the battles overseas, but it was Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and the Maguire Sisters that won the battle on the domestic front. And as a result of those efforts, the thirties and forties turned out to be one of the most highly productive and creative periods in this nation's history.
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We must also acknowledge that America has a cunning and insidious domestic foe to overcome. In spite of their rhetoric and pledges to the contrary, the Republican Party has a vested interest in seeing America fail. They see they're interest as totally opposed to that of the American people. So when Rush Limbaugh said he hopes President Obama fails, he wasn't alone in that point of view, he was just the only one dumb enough to say it out loud.
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So let there be no doubt about the fact that there is nothing the Republican Party won't do to undermine President Obama's efforts to cure America's woes - with the possible exception of promoting those initiatives that enhance the business interest of their fat-cat friends. We should also not delude ourselves in the understanding that absolutely nothing would make the Republican leadership more effusive with delighted than seeing the American people suffer like we've never suffered before for the next four years. Therefore, we can expect them to pull out all stops to obstruct, frustrate, and delay, all efforts to bring relief to America's poor and middle class under President Obama's administration.
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That's where a strong and influential secretary of the arts would be of great value. An organized entertainment and arts community could be used to put both social and political pressure on the Republican leadership against sabotaging the American people. The arts community could rally the people to such a fever pitch over curing our national woes, that any efforts by the Republican Party to sabotage that effort would be political suicide. If the American people can be rallied to give their lives in a senseless war, they can certainly be rallied in their own best interest.
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Finally, and just as important to the nation's long-term goals, an innovative and influential secretary of the arts could have an extremely positive influence on both artistic responsibility, and the use of the arts as an educational tool. He or she could engage the nation, and the arts community, in a discussion over using the arts to enhance our lives, rather than drag us down. That doesn't mean to engage in censorship, but rather, to promote, educate, and encourage personal responsibility through the arts - with everything from cartoons, movies, and music, to the advertising billboards along our roads and highways.
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We could use the arts to change the way we relate to one another. We could promote knowledge, education, and community enhancement as cool, and crime, drug use, and irresponsibility as uncool–in other words, do just the opposite of what we're currently doing.
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So I'd say, let's go for it. It may be just what we need to turn our society around. We already have everything we need in place, so now all we need is the will to do it, and someone influential and creative enough to change our mindset. We could even take a page out of GW's book, and call it, "A War on Ignorance."
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Now that's a war I could rally behind.
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Eric L. Wattree 
wattree.blogspot.com
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Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.

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