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Black Minnesotans in Crisis

Minnesota politicians want to save the Walleye, but the African American community is dealt another Black eye.

By Don Allen, Publisher – Our Black News

If you’re black and if you read Thursday mornings story in the Star Tribune, you should be asking yourself how are black people in Minnesota poorer than those in Mississippi? Minnesota Democrats, including our three elected black officials say they’ll fix certain things, and the opposite happens (MnDOT, MNSure, MDVA, Met Council, and Minnesota Department of Human Rights).

Over and over and over again, the black community, especially in the Twin Cities is sold a bill of goods: Jobs, new business, economic development, equity and more funding for education. Call me crazy, but I think it’s intentional to keep certain groups voting for Democrats. Maybe it’s unintentional, but the coincidence is remarkable…nothing gets done.

The story in Thursday’s Star Tribune entitled, “Black household income plunges in one year in Minnesota,” is factual account of the state of black Minnesotans and their economic viability in this state. “From 2013 to 2014, the median income for black households in the state fell 14 percent. In constant dollars, that was a decline from about $31,500 to $27,000 — or $4,500 in a single year. The median black household in Minnesota is now worse off than its counterpart in Mississippi. Among the 50 states, along with Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., Minnesota ranked 45th in median black household income. Mississippi ranked 44th.” (Star Tribune).

Of course Minnesota’s local DFL politicians do not want to respond to this heinous malfeasance, but again, Minnesota’s Gov. Mark Dayton said he couldn’t respond to the report because he wasn’t given enough time to address the complicated issue.

Yes, it is a complicated issue brought on by a plantation mentality in the sphere of a political party that has run out of ideas, leadership and the ability to keep a straight face when telling bold-faced lies to black folks. Senators Jeff Hayden (D) and Bobby Joe Champion (D) could not be reached for a comment.

Some of us already know this. It makes us wonder why black elected are attacking the Council on Minnesotans of African Heritage (CMAH), formally the Council on Black Minnesotans a why the mayors of Saint Paul and Minneapolis will not address their civil rights directors in a meaningful way for the years of “looking the other way” as it pertains to contract compliance and civil rights complaints.

This story is just the beginning. While local black leadership is lobbying the city council members for money to stop the violence in downtown Minneapolis, it seems their eyes have never really been focused on the prize…black Minnesotans.

Black Kids Get Less Pain Medication Than White Kids in ER

Black children with acute appendicitis — a clearly painful emergency — are less likely than white children to get painkillers in the emergency room, researchers reported Monday.

And nearly as troubling, only about half of any of the kids got painkillers, even though they’re strongly recommended in cases of appendicitis, the researchers found.

“Black patients with moderate pain were less likely to receive any analgesia, and black patients with severe pain were less likely to be treated with opioids,” Dr. Monika Goyal of the Children’s National Health System in Washington and colleagues wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Pediatrics.

What’s to blame? Probably a combination of an unwarranted fear of opioids such as morphine and fentanyl, combined with unconscious bias against African-American kids, experts said.

The researchers used national survey data from 2003 to 2010, covering more than 900,000 children with acute appendicitis. They thought studying appendicitis would be a good starting point since there’s broad agreement among experts that it’s a condition that merits pain relief.

Read more here.

Alfred Delano Flowers: Quit acting like a Bitch, Bitch!

The photo above is the text message sent by Mr. Flowers to OBN publisher Don Allen.

By Quinton Webb, Staff Writer – Our Black News

Minneapolis, Minn. – On Saturday, Sept. 12 at 2:33 pm, the Our Black News business line received a text from our old friend Al Flowers. The text was rather abusive and much different than words used on his Sunday program, “Community Values.”

The text read, “Quit acting like a Bitch, Bitch!”

Al Flowers, community activist, keeper of community values, radio and television host and some who sends inappropriate text messages. (photo: OBN phone)

Al Flowers, community activist, keeper of community values, radio and television host and some who sends inappropriate text messages. (photo: OBN phone)

Our Black News is positive this is a response to a Facebook post by OBN publisher Don Allen who posted on his Facebook page the following status after reading the report by Donald Lewis about the incident involving Flowers and the Minneapolis Police. The comment, on September 11 at 10:30 p.m. read:

I struggled with this report even after I read it three times. The Donald Lewis report is by far a fair balanced report about the police assault on Al Flowers (DFL). I understand Flowers and his attorney have filed a civil rights violation lawsuit seeking what some allege is a “settlement” from the city of Minneapolis. This bothers me when Flowers was the face of education and taken to Washington, DC by Teachers Federation president Lynn Norgren to represent education in the Minneapolis Public School system, which was frightening to me. If Flowers represents education, I must represent the banking industry. Furthermore, I am confused why Hennepin County and the Teachers Federation continue to fund his radio program on KMOJ. What does Flowers have on them?

Allen goes on to say, “I listen to Al’s program almost every Sunday. I hear him talk about unity, togetherness and people in the Twin Cities working together. He also says it doesn’t matter about the other persons opinion; we just have to work together as a community to make progress. Al’s text messages are clearly different than the person he portrays over the airwaves.”

The togetherness Flowers is talking about might be skewed to Al himself and the people in his immediate circle. Since the unraveling of the controversial Community Standards Initiative program (CSI), it seems there has been an aggressive uptick on-air and off to position Flowers as a saintly deity for people of color in the Twin Cities, but some says this is far from the real and that Al Flowers and his “crew” do not represent the many black community members that paid their way through college, worked up the ranks and have made sure their children understand life is not always fair, but hard work can get you anything you need.

“So that Al understands, there are three sides to every story; then there is the right side. I’m not saying that the report commissioned by the city of Minneapolis is correct. I am saying is there are too many variables and derivatives that I do not know, which forces me to critically read the report and stand with it’s final conclusion. When I hear over the airwaves like today, the report was ‘sloppy,’ it makes me wonder is there more of a back story we could get from a confidential informant,” said Allen.

The lesson to Flowers and anyone else would be, don’t send abusive text messages to a local publisher; they will end up on the Internet with your name attached to them.

Read the Report of the Independent Investigator: Arrest of Alfred Delano Flowers, Jr. on July 25-26, 2014

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Bill Davis: White Democrats aided and abided years of malfeasance and theft from the black community via nonprofit funding

Tune in Monday, Sept. 14 at 8 a.m. to Twin Cities News Talk Radio, AM 1130 for the interview with Mr. Ronald A. Edwards (The Minneapolis Story) and Don Allen (Our Black News), as they breakdown the Bill Davis situation proving this process is nothing new in the black community.

By Don Allen, Publisher – Our Black News, part of the Independent Business News Networks

"Just make sure your-people vote for the DFL CANDIDATE. Here's some WAM.)

“Just make sure your-people vote for the DFL CANDIDATE. Here’s some WAM.)

Since 2008, the Independent Business News Network, now Our Black News published articles about alleged misuse of funds meant to assist the poor, homeless, hungry and unemployed in Minnesota. More importantly, both outlets, with historical context provided by Mr. Ronald A. Edwards, published compelling and factual events of money going to black-operated nonprofits from local white-run philanthropic organizations on local, state and federal levels. The money, controlled by a few that clearly knew that no critical engagement happened, continued to fund their personal black-community gatekeepers. This has been going on for more than 25 years, where the few in the black political and social inner-circles benefited largely off the wide-range of disparities in Minnesota’s black communities. If philanthropic agencies knew Davis and others did not complete grant requirements, then why did agencies continue to give money?

For the most part, these black men and women who we attest stunted the growth of black communities in St. Paul and Minneapolis, where all very good friends of the DFL…including Bill Davis.

Bill Davis didn’t just start stealing nonprofit money in 2010. In the book by Ronald A. Edwards, “The Minneapolis Story,” he writes, “In 1991 the Minneapolis NAACP, under the leadership of Davis, allegedly ripped-off over $160,000.00.” This Whistleblowing by Edwards caused him to be permanently banned from the NAACP organization for life; one of a few black Americans banned from the NAACP not for corruption, but for telling the truth.

In 2001 the Minneapolis NAACP branch did very well. They had over $1 million in their coffers from No Child Left Behind money which they mismanaged so bad, that in 2005, the Minnesota Department of Education sanctioned the NAACP to stop the bleeding of this money into the pockets of only a few. Again, This is all recorded in the book, “The Minneapolis Story,” by Ronald A. Edwards (while you’re at it, read the piece about Holman, which is now Heritage Park in north Minneapolis; also carefully read the chapter about Carter v. Gallagher).

Every one of the “leaders” in the black community had close ties to the Minnesota DFL. OBN alleges the Minnesota DFL protected it’s interest in the black community by making sure a few influential black spokespersons received what they needed to misdirect, squash complaints and keep the Twin Cities black community a melting pot of disparities for possible funding from MnDOT to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), today we can see every dollar granted was a waste, things didn’t get better, they got unhealthier.

Enter pluralistic ignorance, a situation in which a majority of group members privately reject a norm, but incorrectly assume that most others accept it, and therefore go along with it.

You want to say something to local black agencies led by members of the black community that have achieved the ultimate positions in the DFL social club, you can forget it. You look around and notice that none of the community members, politicians, or black leadership is concerned with the obvious malfeasance (in some cases, they’re in on it); there are no central negatives (agent provocateurs) to derail groupthink. In fact, no one will say so much as said a word to the nonprofit leader who received the money that’s being jacked-off. It’s as if they system is very comfortable with the way the black agencies behave. Some in the community, afraid of being made fun of, marginalized, or rejected for speaking up decide not to say anything. What some of us don’t know is that most of the community agrees, and were just afraid to be the first one to speak up. This is an example of pluralistic ignorance.

Minnesota’s black community does not like it’s dirty laundry in the streets, but you can look at many black agencies from the Minneapolis Urban League to the StairStep Foundation and find something askew about the way Minnesota’s black community was or was not engaged even with millions of dollars granted and that continue to be granted to the same players doing the same thing they’ve been doing for over 25 years…nothing. But heck, that’s called paid control of the black community.

It’s time to wake up Black Minnesotans!

How to Get Rid of Cable and Still See Your Favorite TV Shows

By Naomi Mannino

NEW YORK — Ever click through all 700 HD channels on your cable or satellite service channel lineup only to announce, “Nothing’s on…” with a long sigh?

Maybe you added a streaming service such as Netflix (NFLX), Hulu Plus or Amazon (AMZN) Prime to get more shows when you want them. Or maybe you want to cut the cable cord entirely and just use video streaming but are worried about missing live sports and live news. To your cord-cutting arsenal, you can add SlingTV, a new streaming package by Dish Network (but without the dish) released in March that just might make cutting the cable cord a viable option.

Sling TV includes ESPN and CNN among others and is a great option for people who want to cut the cable cord but can’t live without those additional live sports and live news channels.

Now there’s another choice: CBS (CBS) will sell Showtime as a standalone over-the-top content through Hulu for $8.99 a month, cheaper than the $14.99-a-month HBONow.

Read the full story here on Daily Finance(dot) com.

Will the Republican Party of Minnesota figure out their messaging while Donald Trump opens all the doors?

With the growing and popularity of 2016 presidential candidate Mr. Donald J. Trump, one might think local GOP state offices would get a clue and get off the status quo bus of rejecting not only their own, but many looking for a firing solution in Minnesota’s conservative field of play. I mean really, how could you let the local mainstream media mess publish a story titled, “Conservative Backlash Emerges Against Black Lives Matter Movement,” with a picture of the Confederate flag and you, (MNGOP) have no comments?

By Don Allen, Political Forecaster and Conservative Blogger

The Republican Party of Minnesota has always aimed to be the top political party in Minnesota. Minnesota’s fourth and fifth congressional districts are geographically combined urban and suburban congressional districts in Minnesota. GOP candidates are not winning local races in congressional Districts four and five. The state party office is struggling with an overwhelming debt, leadership gone cock-eyed and frustrated supporters looking for the next great Conservative hope that will, without change, become this election cycles sacrificial lamb.

Undying supporters of local candidates have a tough choice in supporting the state party, knowing that some of their donations might be applied to past debt, or sending money to an individual candidate, assuring a donation will be used to assist the candidate during the campaign season; common sense denotes the second choice.

The start-up of a new Republican Party of Minnesota with collaborations including prime conservatives, Libertarians and Log Cabin GOP type might be an opportunity to get media coverage and distribute real-time information about the MNGOP and Republican endorsed candidates. But is this really what the MNGOP wants? Being in the good grace of the chairman of the Republican National Committee in any federal election year has done nothing for Minnesota GOP endorsed candidates. Some of the candidates, who did win, won at great costs by challenging the volunteer-paying Minnesota DFL.

One solution would be to ride on the coattail of Donald Trump.

Trump, the outspoken, bold and to-the-point candidate of the 2016 presidential has shown not only Americans in real time, but those stiff-suits, stick-in-the-ass leaders in the Republican Party there is a method that can change outcomes locally and nationally. But you got to have balls with those stiff upper-lips.

The Minnesota GOP faces obstacles such as public policy, image, outreach, and debt as they try to overcome chaotic internal organizational design, lack of cordial and diplomatic public relations with black American males, and no real or meaningful incoming cash flow from Republican supporters or anyone else. In other words, the Minnesota GOP cannot hire the type of grassroots organizers in the “hood” to help them spread the truth…of course this would be only after they figure out the truths.

This has increased their undesirable debt. One of the most difficult obstacles they face is competing against the opposing party for valuable office positions. Money plays a vital role in this aspect because the party with more money is able to appeal to voters in more ways than the party with less; but that’s common sense 101.

To try and solve this, first of all, the Republican Party of Minnesota needs to develop a user-friendly profile, one that neither chairman Keith Downey or deputy chair Chris Fields have figured out. Since forever, the Minnesota GOP state office has not been able to design and distribute a campaign that would address current political challenges in Minnesota, but chose to only make contact with its current GOP base.

The lack of new and intentional talking points customized for Minnesota’s highly liberal-leaning population that focuses on issues that more people have in common verses antiquated talking points like fiscal responsibility and small government, which means nothing to a citizen without a job fall on deaf ears.

Rather than saying you agree with the U.S. Constitution, why not fight for those who the constitution has failed; work for constituents who are poor, of color, and lack the voice of from conservatives who say they are very concerned with education, civil rights and making sure Minnesota is creating one of the worlds best workforces? Of course it’s a tough sell; the generational perception of bigotry about Republicans has been reinforced by their lack of actions, more so the lack of engagement and the rejection of black people.

We already know that black GOP endorsed candidates could win in Minneapolis and St. Paul, but who in their right mind in a community of multicultural design would step into the box of GOP talking points? Some of us black conservatives already know that Senators Bobby Joe Champion and Jeff Hayden are done in Minneapolis; state representative Rena Moran has seen better days in St. Paul and Columbia Heights’ Carolyn Laine might has well run for senate because based on her activities assisting to dismantle the a black state organization, Laine will carry very few votes from blacks, Hispanics and Asian Americans. The question is, why hasn’t the Minnesota GOP been collaborating with local black American conservatives who could easily win in both senators’ districts and replace more than one state representative?

This is telling in itself.

Part II: Why has the Minnesota GOP been silent on the homeless veterans issue?


How Do Teachers’ Unions Affect Public School Outcomes?

By ANDREW J. COULSON (Originally published Sept. 2012)

That’s a question I was asked this morning by a reporter. Interesting as it seems, it misses the real impact that teachers unions have on American education: protecting the public school monopoly from private sector competition.

Average compensation for public school teachers is $17,000 higher than for their private sector peers. That’s despite the fact that private schools perform as well or better academically and have higher graduation and college matriculation rates (after taking student/family background and other differences between sectors into account). So public schools offer generally inferior outcomes at a roughly 50% cost premium over independent schooling.

Were it not for the relentless and historically highly effective campaigning of teachers’ unions, it is hard to imagine that the public would have so long perpetuated the public school monopoly. At the federal level, public school employee unions contribute as much as Chevron, Exxon Mobil, the NRA, and Lockheed Martin combined—$56 million between 1989 and 2010.

But that figure pales in comparison to what teachers’ unions spend protecting their government monopoly at the state level. They spent $55 million in California alone—in a single year—fighting then-governor Schwarzenegger’s 2005 reform initiatives. During the 2006–07 school year, the NY state teachers union spent $571,012 at a single luxury hotel, the Desmond, near the statehouse in Albany.

This lobbying is to protect union members from competition by preventing American families from easily accessing independent, non-unionized, alternatives. The teachers’ unions lobby against charter schools, vouchers, and education tax credit programs that make private schooling affordable to lower and middle income families. And while the unions have lost a few high profile battles in the past year, the vast majority of American children are still assigned to a government school, based on where they live, by bureaucrats who have never met them.

It is a system that only makes sense if the goal of public education is to create a protected class of government employees. If we want a system that will serve the needs of children, then all schools should have to compete for the privilege of serving each and every student, and their revenues should depend on parents’ estimation of the quality of that service… just as happens right now in the vastly more efficient and responsive independent education sector.

Dear White People

By Ryan Douglas (Nevermore), Guest Contributor – OurBlackNews.com

Dear self-deprecating white people,

For the love of all that is pure and holy, please, cut that shit out. First off, I can do bad all by myself. So, when I break the law by willfully committing crimes and get arrested, thus becoming another “black man” statistic, I am to blame, not you. When I point a gun, or a facsimile of one, at a police officer and get shot, I am to blame, not you. When I skip school to hang out on the corner with my equally irresponsible friends, I am to blame, not you. When I have opportunities that my parents and grandparents could only dream of, and I fail to take advantage of those opportunities, thus becoming another statistic, I am to blame, not you. When I get stopped for a seemingly insignificant traffic infraction, and I am found with drugs and/or paraphernalia, thus getting arrested and becoming another statistic, I am to blame, not you. Ten percent of my life I have zero control over; what other people choose to say or do to me, the weather, the economy, traffic, etc. The other 90%, I, and I alone, am fully responsible for. Not you.

As I am typing this on a computer and as it is uploaded onto social media, it is safe for you to assume that I was not alive during slavery. Neither were you. It is safe to assume that on both our sides, none of our family within 3 generations lived during slavery. Therefore, I do not need you to feel guilty for the existence of the North American Slave Trade. I don’t need you to sit with your equally self-deprecating hippie friends and chain yourselves together, wearing t-shirts that say “Guilty.” That means absolutely nothing to me. It does absolutely nothing in my life but make me ask myself, “What is it with these white people?” If you choose to feel guilty for something you did not do, for something neither of us were alive to experience, that is your choice. But do not sit there and claim that it is on my behalf. Do not claim to do it for my sake. It has nothing to do with me. In fact, it only serves to speak toward your own bloated self-importance. It speaks to your own narcissism-to think that events that ended 150 years ago somehow center around you making apologies and declaring yourselves guilty, to think that your own self-perceived guilt is somehow a major factor in my life, who are you? I am more than capable of feeling guilty for my own flaws and misdeeds. I do not need to carry your self-aggrandizing and misplaced guilt as well. You were not there. I was not there. So what makes you think you owe me anything? What makes you think that your own importance, relative to the passage of time in relationship to those events, has any bearing on my life?

Our parents and grandparents lived during the social upheaval that was the Civil Rights Movement. We did not. Maybe your family was on one side and mine on the other. Maybe they were both on the same side. The point is that neither of us were there. You did not lynch me. You did not kidnap me. You did not burn crosses in my yard and terrorize my family. You did not refuse me service in your establishment. You did not call me “nigger.” Nor was I alive then to experience any of those things. I can understand later generations apologizing for the actions of earlier generations. It happens often, however, not to the point that the apologetic parties begin to hate themselves or feel guilty for what they have not done. The apology is still sincere, however, it is an acknowledgement that what was done in the past was wrong, and an agreement to find better ways in the present and future.

What you fail to realize is that as a black man in America, I was raised by this society to be ashamed of my blackness. I was raised to be ashamed of big lips, a big nose, “nappy” hair, etc., all things I could not control. I was raised to believe that there were only two places for a black man to end up, jail or the cemetery. I was raised to believe that the primary purpose for a black man was to play basketball or football. Imagine the surprise on the actual bigoted racist white people when they found out I completely sucked at basketball and was not passionate about football. Imagine their surprise when they found out I was an avid reader. To this day, people are still surprised when they have heard my voice or read my writing and then actually meet me. As a black man, I am not supposed to be eloquent or well versed. Even further still, I am not supposed to have an intense fondness for rodeo, country/bluegrass/folk music, NASCAR, baseball, big trucks, country girls, and country living. But I do. I am who I am. The point of all that is not to give you further reasons to torture yourself. It is to tell you that I know what it is to feel ashamed of yourself, based not on any valid reasoning, but on the actions and prejudices of others. THAT is not something you want to take upon yourself-being ashamed of your identity and factors out of your control. At the end of the day, I am-as we all are-who I choose to be.

I cannot be held accountable for the deeds and words of my father, my grandfather, my great grandfather, etc. In the same vein, I cannot, and will not, hold you accountable for the deeds and words of your predecessors. That, in itself, is just as unfair as subjugating someone based on an ignorant prejudice.

We all have numerous things we could feel guilty for. However, we do not need to invent new kinds of guilt to add to our collection. You do not need to carry your white guilt like a cross of crucifixion. I do not need you to do it either. If you want to do something positive and invaluable, stop with the wholly unnecessary “white guilt,” stand up, look me in the eye, and let us address each other on the same footing. Let us put our hearts and intelligences together and find a way to ensure that our children never experience any of these things. Let us work side by side, as equals, to fix the problems of the past so that we may build a better future together. Let us finally release the past and relegate it to its proper place behind us, so that we may look forward together and share the same vision of the future. That’s what I need you to do.

Your constant apologies, well intentioned as they may be, do absolutely nothing for me, for my son, for our future, or for yours. Your self-flagellation produces no other results than drawing attention to yourself and keeping both of us from working together to create a future in which none of this is even necessary.

Just as we cannot be held accountable for what our descendants do generations from now, we cannot be held accountable for what our ancestors did. All we can do is hold ourselves and each other accountable for what we do today. If we do not let go of the past, we will have no room for the future. If we continue to stare into the past, we will never see the future. We cannot change what happened yesterday, nor can we dictate what will happen tomorrow. The one and only thing we can do is work together today.

Will Donald Trump be the first “corporation” running for President?

I am in awe of the man, the brand, and the image named Donald J. Trump.

By Don Allen, Publisher-Veteran-Conservative

Personally, as an independent conservative that does not drink the kool aid of any major party, I find Trump’s dichotomizing of what it means to be politically correct in some cases, using the rules of postmodernism (which have no rules), and is positioned by one having a skeptical interpretations of culture, philosophy, history, economics and politics, a refreshing way to deal with the boring, antiquated, racist white-male patriarchal system that calls itself the Republican Party of America.

Common sense is not catchy, of course anyone who can reap millions in free, unrestricted network and cable news advertising with just his brand influence, he can certainly be the president of the United States. If Donald Trump wins the 2016 bid for the White House, then is a corporation the president of the United States?

In a 2014 article on National Public Radio (NPR), titled, “When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution,” the author writes, “Are corporations people? The U.S. Supreme Court says they are, at least for some purposes. And in the past four years, the high court has dramatically expanded corporate rights. It ruled that corporations have the right to spend money in candidate elections, and that some for-profit corporations may, on religious grounds, refuse to comply with a federal mandate to cover birth control in their employee health plans.”

In 2010, United States Supreme Court derailed Campaign Finance Laws, and rules that govern the financing of the nation’s political campaigns, partially upending a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued just ahead of the pivotal 2010-midterm congressional election season.

Of course this is also the same Supreme Court that decided in Glossip v. Gross that states may use a drug linked to apparently botched executions to carry out death sentences. “Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., joined by four other justices, concludes that a disputed drug used to render condemned prisoners unconscious as the first stage in the lethal injection process works sufficiently well that it does not violate the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment,” (New York Times).

I’m sorry, but does anyone else think something is very wrong?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of corporations and personhood blotches the lines between corporate and individual contributions in political campaigns. The ruling also struck down part of the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance law (The Atlantic) that banned unions and corporations from paying for political ads in the waning days of campaigns.

Was the U.S. Supreme Court of the United States being used as a pawn in an elaborate game of liberal control of campaign financing? The ruling did not have any principal if you look at the standing of who would be affected; the ruling did not help Republicans or Democrats.

Enter Mr. Donald Trump and his estimated $10 billion value.

Trump’s personhood or the quality or condition of being an individual person, has given him the opportunity to participate the presidential campaign showboating as Trump the Corporation unbeknownced by many; of course I mean no disrespect when I write “showboating,” because the United States needs The Donald just as he is.

Unlike presidential candidates in the past, he (Trump) does not need money from the public or private sector; but if he becomes the GOP nominated contender for president, campaign finance, under it’s current infrastructure, it will be required to “rain on Trump” in a very big way. According the FEC, public funding of Presidential elections means that qualified Presidential candidates receive federal government funds to pay for the valid expenses of their political campaigns in both the primary and general elections. National political parties also receive federal money for their national nominating conventions. Sounds like a good hullabaloo to be in.

Also from FEC records, in 2012, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spent a combined $30.33 every second the election cycle, as a binge of campaign spending deluged voters with rallies, banners, and of course, TV ads. The figure comes from a grand total of more than $1.7 billion spent by both sides through mid-October. Now ask yourself, would Trump spending $2 billion (of his own money), put him in the White House? That’s integrity people.

Now on the other hand, Trump, the man; and the corporation may have more rights than the average American citizen in this case because “Trump” is a corporation, and a living, walking and breathing presidential candidate with the attitude of a hard-nosed business mogul…what, he is a hard-nosed business mogul. The United States, voters and the world is poised on having the first “corporation” elected as president, if he wins in 2016.

Trump, the corporation, has many advantages the average U.S. citizen does not know about as confirmed in a statement by Adam Winkler, Professor of Law at UCLA: “So while a business corporation can’t go to church, fast on Yom Kippur, or travel to Mecca for Ramadan, it can still go to court and, on the basis of religious freedom, demand to be exempted from the law that applies to everyone else.”

Trump’s use of the law has gotten him out of many tight spaces. First things first: Donald Trump has filed for corporate bankruptcy four times, in 1991, 1992, 2004 and 2009. All of these bankruptcies were connected to over-leveraged casino and hotel properties in Atlantic City, all of which are now operated under the banner of Trump Entertainment Resorts. Trump rebounds nicely and in some cases, the general public doesn’t know the difference between a business bankruptcy and a personal one. In minority communities, supporters of liberal-values talking points have been consistent in telling community members that Trump cannot run the United States because he filed bankruptcy…of course this tactic is wearing very thin when Trump’s obvious and current celebrity, money, businesses and television interviews do not show a man down on his luck in the least bit. If I had a choice of naming one of my favorite role, or “real models” in life, Mr. Trump would take first chair; I like to work hard to have nice things; a value misplaced in some American liberal circles. #entitlements

Trump’s rejection of the GOP status quo and their standing in some cases to the “left” of Ronald Regan have set in motion some troubling conflicts within the Republican National Committee (RNC) and GOP offices around the United States. Local state GOP’s wanted to dismiss Trump early on as an abnormality, using the talking point, he was not a “Republican,” (I will talk more about that in my next story).

The Trump strategy is amazing for those who can pull their heads out of the partisan mud and look at the 2016 presidential campaign for what it really is…a return to old fashion politics.

Go Trump the corporation! Maybe someone will ask you what you really want.

Update: 8.29 10:30 am – Shots ring out by the U of M; one shot in front of the Red Sea restaurant – misses the local news

Sources tell OBN that alleged witnesses are uncooperative and or unwilling to give information to the Minneapolis Police. If you witnessed this crime, it is your duty as a citizen of Minnesota to cooperate and  contact law enforcement. Thank you. 

By Don Allen, Publisher – Our Black News

Last night (Thursday – 8/27),  local hip-hop music-maker and rapper extraordinaire Craig Dyar, Jr. – known by “Dot Ducati” was shot point-blank in front of the popular nightclub near the U of M called the Red Sea. Dyar is stabilized and his family is at his bedside.

Sources tell OBN that after the “rap battle,” someone came up to Dyar and sucker punched him from behind, then the unidentified black man pulled out a small caliber weapon and shot Dyar multiple times. Dyar’s brother-in-law, who does not want to be named said, “The look on this dudes face (the man who shot), was like a wild monster. He wanted to kill my guy.” According to sources, there were multiple witnesses to this shooting.

Witnesses say Minneapolis police were across the street and let the suspect get away on foot after repeated calls to catch the perpetrator.

The Red Sea restaurant is a popular nightspot and performance venue near the University of Minnesota on the fringe of downtown Minneapolis.   There have been no returned calls from the venue in regards to this story.

If you have any information about the shooter, you are encouraged to call the Minneapolis Police Department.


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