Bernie Sanders Appears Irritated After Being Pressed About Reparations!

Sen. Bernie Sanders Introduces Medicare For All Act Of 2017U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) (C) speaks on health care as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (2nd L) listens during an event September 13, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

 

When Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was asked whether he endorsed reparations for the descendants of slaves in the U.S. during a CNN town hall earlier this week, he responded with another question: “What does that mean?”

The Democratic presidential hopeful wasn’t soliciting moderator Wolf Blitzer for a quick dictionary break—although the Associated Press notes that the Democratic candidates have been trying to “embrace a new meaning” of the word.

“I’m not sure anyone’s very clear,” Sanders, who didn’t support reparations during his unsuccessful 2016 presidential bid, continued.

While several other 2020 Democratic hopefuls, including Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, have recently voiced support slavery reparations, what form those reparations would take is unclear.

Should reparations involve the literal payment of damages to the families of slaves? Or should those reparations be made, not through direct monetary compensation, but through policies that benefit black Americans to close opportunity gaps?

It depends on who you ask.

“‘Race-conscious policies’ are not a substitute for reparations, because they treat a symptom without acknowledging the cause,” Democratic hopeful Marianne Williamson—lesser known in the political realm, although well-known as a best-selling author and as a spiritual adviser to Oprah—tells Fortune. “As a consequence they don’t have the kind of psychological or emotional force that fundamentally impacts a culture. In fact, they can actually increase the problem if Americans don’t have a deep understanding of why the policies are appropriate.”

Thus far, Williamson is the only official 2020 candidate to openly support giving direct monetary compensation to the descendants of slaves. Naming reparations a key issue on her campaign website, she suggests dispersing $200 billion to $500 billion to the ancestors of slaves over the course of 20 years.

“It’s not enough to just say there’s an economic gap between black and white America and we need to treat it; we have to acknowledge why there is a gap,” Williamson says. Although she acknowledged that progress has been made in years since the Civil War, in spite of recent setbacks in voter suppression, she says, “What was never done, and what remains to be done, is economic restitution.”

Although fellow candidate Julián Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio and Obama administration official, hasn’t gone so far as to state he would definitively endorse monetary reparations, he has said that they should be considered a viable option and promised to create a task force that would analyze how reparations could be made.

“It is interesting to me that, under our Constitution and otherwise, that we compensate people if we take their property,” Castro told Hardball on Wednesday. “Shouldn’t we compensate people if they were property, sanctioned by the state?”

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“It is interesting to me that under our Constitution and otherwise, that we compensate people if we take their property. Shouldn’t we compensate people if they were property sanctioned by the state?” @juliancastro on reparations.

The American government has previously paid reparations to descendants of Japanese-Americans who were interned during World War II, as well as to victims of state-mandated sterilizations and of the Public Health Service’s 1932 Tuskegee experiment that purposely infected, and failed to treat, black men with syphilis.

Despite these precedents, Hardball reported that 68% of Americans are opposed to reparations for the descendants of slaves. In fact, reparations have been outright dismissed by otherwise progressive politicians—President Barack Obama didn’t endorse them—or have been “redefined” to mean policies that lower the opportunity gap.

Although Senator Harris and Senator Warren told the New York Times that they “support” slavery reparations, they declined to give specific details about what they meant.

After giving her statement of support to the Times, Harris told the Grio that she would address reparations in economic policies including tax breaks for low- to middle-class Americans, which includes black families who had been negatively impacted by slavery.

But when reporter Natasha Alfred directly asked if Harris had a “particular policy for African-Americans that [she] would explore”—rather than policies that would “by default affect black families”—the California Democrat said that she didn’t.

“I’m not going to sit here and say I’m going to do something that’s only going to benefit black people. No,” Harris said. “Because whatever benefits that black family will benefit that community and society as a whole and the country.”

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I had just a few seconds left before my interview with Sen. Kamala Harris was about to wrap, so I asked about reparations for Black Americans (the context of the interview was her proposed policy agenda for Black America).

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The 2020 Democrats Push Left

“The 2020 Democrats Push Left”

The Democrat Party is now openly moving lockstep toward outright socialism. Bernie Sanders is a communist masquerading as a socialist and ‘independent.’

The rest of the candidates are unabashed socialists calling for open borders and ‘free stuff.’ Joe Biden might not be as far left as the others, but he’s very old and, well, creepy. It’s unlikely that he’ll gain much momentum.

This brings me to Hillary Clinton. She will most likely run again and claim to be a traditional, reasonable, and ‘centrist’ sort of Democrat. She has plenty of money and she’ll be seen as the wise voice of common sense. What she still represents of course is Deep State globalism and corruption. She’ll continue Obama’s destruction of America.

The Democrats will not win the presidency with their promises of ‘free stuff.’ Thinking people know it leads to destruction. Our Republic stands for freedom and individual rights. Socialism takes liberty away. If the Democrats want to push their party over the cliff of socialism, we will gladly wave goodbye.

As President Trump stated in his State of the Union Address, “America is not a socialist country.”

—Ben Garrison

AOC, As The Worm Turns

AOC, As The Worm Turns

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, (also known as ‘Occasional Cortex,’ or ‘Ocrazio,’) spoke out against billionaire Jeff Bezos, (also known as ‘Dr. Evil,’). We know that AOC despises rich people and especially considers billionaires to be ‘immoral.’

Yet her wormy outspokenness against Amazon bringing thousands of jobs to New York caused Bezos to lose his appetite for the Big Apple.

Yeah, I know we shouldn’t reduce her name down to an acronym similar to JFK or RFK. She doesn’t deserve such status, but her name is long so I will do it. AOC loves taxes. She couldn’t stand the fact that Bezos would get a sweetheart deal while paying little to tax-happy New York bureaucrats. I wonder if she considered how 25,000 newly employed and well-paid people would pay taxes, thus making up for it.

Too many millennials now believe socialism is the way to go. This is why I’ve drawn so many anti-AOC cartoons. She’s the loud, aggressive and ignorant face of socialism. Her militant ignorance must be opposed at every turn and I’m opposing her in cartoon form.

Socialists must not steal the Republic.

Ben Garrison

No Prison For Texas Teen Who Lied About Being Raped By 3 Black Men

She has pleaded guilty, saying she made up the story after cutting herself and her clothing.

 

A North Texas teenager who falsely claimed she was kidnapped and raped by three black men last March will likely serve no prison time.

On Thursday, 19-year-old Breana Harmon of Pottsboro pleaded guilty to four felony charges of tampering with physical evidence and government documents in relation to false reports of kidnapping and sexual assault.

“She’s very remorseful for what she did and what she said, and that’s why she decided to plead guilty,” Harmon’s attorney Bob Jarvis told the Sherman Herald Democrat. No suspects were ever identified or arrested in the case.

Harmon will be sentenced March 20. Her plea deal has two possible punishments: regular probation or deferred adjudication, which often involves fulfilling a requirement, such as treatment or community service. Neither involves prison time.

On March 8, 2017, Harmon was reported missing to the Denison Police Department after witnesses noticed the door to her vehicle was open with personal items, including a phone and keys, scattered on the ground.

A few hours later, Harmon walked into a church wearing only a shirt, bra and underwear. She said she had been kidnapped by three black males wearing ski masks, according to the Sherman Herald Democrat. Harmon claimed the men assaulted her and that she was raped by two men while a third held her down.

Investigators noticed inconsistencies in Harmon’s story within in a few days. Medical workers didn’t find evidence she had been raped, and the holes in a pair of blue jeans discovered at the alleged crime scene didn’t match her injuries, according to the Dallas Morning News.

“The puzzle pieces just weren’t coming together,” Denison Police Chief Jay Burch said, according to the Morning News.

Harmon told police two weeks later that she made up the rape and that cuts on her body were self-inflicted.

She told officers that she was upset after she and her fiancé had been fighting, according to the Herald Democrat. Harmon said she cut herself and her clothes, then made up the rape story because she didn’t want her family to be angry with her.

Burch said Harmon’s false allegations have hurt the community, especially its African-American residents.

“Breana [Harmon’s] hoax was also insulting to our community and especially offensive to the African-American community due to her description of the so-called suspects in her hoax,” Burch said, according to the Herald Democrat. “The anger and hurt caused from such a hoax are difficult and all so unnecessary.”

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Jussie Smollett’s Drug Of Choice

Jussie Smollett’s tangled web of lies is falling apart. At the end of January, Smollett claimed he was involved in a racist, homophobic attack by two red capped men yelling “This is MAGA country!” He claimed they punched him and wrapped a “noose” around his neck and poured bleach or gasoline on him.

The media went bonkers and ran with his story, using it to tar and feather all “racist” MAGA hat wearing Trump supporters and the President himself.
No journalist did any digging or investigation to verify the story. The FAKE News media gave this story wall to wall coverage of how this racist, horrible attack could only be the result of Trump’s America. Journalism is dead.

Smollett is now facing felony charges for staging a fake “hate crime” attack.

Now Jussie’s excuse is “the drugs” made him do it! Did you hear that? That’s the Excuse Train pulling into the station. The only high Jussie is on, is the Trump Derangement hit from his drug of choice..Hate.

GRRRTeam

Burberry sorry for ‘suicide’ hoodie with noose around neck

Burberry has apologised for featuring a hoodie with a noose around the neck at London Fashion Week.

 

The fashion brand was criticised by one of its own models, Liz Kennedy, in a long post on Instagram in which she said: “Suicide is not fashion.”

“Let’s not forget about the horrifying history of lynching either,” she added.

Burberry boss Marco Gobbetti said the brand was “deeply sorry for the distress” caused, adding: “It was insensitive and we made a mistake.”

The hoodie featured in a collection called Tempest which was on the runway at London Fashion Week on Sunday.

The show featured “rebellious youths” scaling walls in one space and Burberry’s creative director Riccardo Tisci dedicated it to “the youth of today”.

Model Liz, who had been part of the Burberry show but didn’t wear the hoodie, said the design was “not glamorous nor edgy”.

She wrote on Instagram: “How could anyone overlook this and think it would be okay to do this especially in a line dedicated to young girls and youth?

“The impressionable youth. Not to mention the rising suicide rates worldwide.”

Liz said she felt “extremely triggered” after seeing the design and felt “as though I was right back where I was when I was going through an experience with suicide in my family”.

She told her Instagram followers she had tried to bring up the issue in the dressing room but was told to write a letter instead.

The hoodie was one of several designs that feature in the Tempest collection

 

Liz added: “I had a brief conversation with someone but all that it entailed was ‘It’s fashion. Nobody cares about what’s going on in your personal life so just keep it to yourself’.

“Well I’m sorry but this is an issue bigger than myself. The issue is not about me being upset, there is a bigger picture here of what fashion turns a blind eye to, or does to gain publicity.

“A look so ignorantly put together and a situation so poorly handled.”

Burberry boss Marco Gobbetti said Liz’s experience “does not reflect who we are and our values”. 

“We will reflect on this, learn from it and put in place all necessary actions to ensure it does not happen again.”

Riccardo Tisci also apologised and said that “while the design was inspired by a nautical theme, I realise that it was insensitive”.

Burberry is the latest fashion brand to be criticised for releasing designs which have been considered insensitive this month.

Gucci pulled a woollen jumper from sale after it was criticised for “resembling blackface”.

Katy Perry also removed two items from her shoe range after complaints that one of the designs was racist.

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Kamala Harris’s Dad Calls Her Out for Perpetuating Pot-Smoking Jamaicans Stereotype

Kamala Harris’s father is chastising his daughter and Democrat presidential hopeful for advancing stereotypes about pot-smoking Jamaicans.

Harris’s father Donald Harris is Jamaican, and her mother Shyamala Gopalan Harris is Indian. Kamala made remarks about pot and her own use of the drug during an interviewon the New York Breakfast Club radio show.

The host told Harris some have claimed she opposes the legalization of pot.

Harris said that was not true and added: “And look, I joke about it — half-joking — half my family’s from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?”

The host asked Harris if she had ever smoked it.

“I have,” she replied.

Harris’s father was not pleased with his daughter’s remarks and issued a statement published on the Jamaica Global website.

Harris wrote:

My dear departed grandmothers (whose extraordinary legacy I described in a recent essay on this website), as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics. Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.

The Jamaican Global website reported:

The 2020 presidential hopeful with a Jamaican heritage said she not only smoked but added “I inhale.” Perhaps said jokingly at first in the spirit of the interview, she proceeded to suggest that her Jamaican father’s side of the family would be disappointed in her if she did not support the legalization of marijuana. And that IS a serious statement. Now Harris’ father has come out vigorously dissociating himself from his daughter’s statement.

An ironic twist in Ms. Harris’ associating marijuana smoking with her Jamaican heritage that seems to have escaped her as well as media watchers is the fact that it is also very much a part of her Indian heritage that she is so proud of claiming. Is she aware that it was India that bequeathed a marijuana culture to Jamaica?

While Harris mainly praises her mother when recounting her journey to a presidential campaign, a poignant essay written by her father explains the importance of his role in Harris and her sister Maya’s lives.

He wrote an essay about Harris’s Jamaican roots that said, in part:

In their early years, I tried to convey this message in very concrete terms, through frequent visits to Jamaica and engaging life there in all its richness and complexity. In Brown’s Town, we walked the streets during ‘market day’, chatted up the ‘higglers’ in the market and were rewarded with plenty of ‘brawta’ (Jamaican word for bonus offerings) in naseberries, mangoes and guinep after each purchase.  We checked out the location of the old Park School which had become transformed into Brown’s Town Comprehensive High School, strolled into St. Mark’s Church and graveyard, and traversed the road up the hill to Orange Hill where my uncle Newton had taken over the family property and started a limestone mining and brick producing operation in addition to the cattle, grass, fruit and pimento farming of earlier times.

This early phase of interaction with my children came to an abrupt halt in 1972 when, after a hard-fought custody battle in the family court of Oakland, California, the context of the relationship was placed within arbitrary limits imposed by a court-ordered divorce settlement based on the false assumption by the State of California that fathers cannot handle parenting (especially in the case of this father, “a neegroe [sic] from da eyelans” [sic] was the Yankee stereotype, who might just end up eating his children for breakfast!).  Nevertheless, I persisted, never giving up on my love for my children or reneging on my responsibilities as their father.

Donald Harris is a professor of economics emeritus at Stanford University.

“If Kamala Harris inherits some of ‘that deep social awareness’ and heeds the advice of her Jamaican father, she will make an excellent President of the United States of America,” the article concludes.

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