Tuesday, August 28, 2012


READY FOR THE DNC CONVENTION - Brad Thompson of Raleigh leads a contingent of supporters and delegates from the Capital City to Charlotte next week to attend the Democratic National Convention [Cash Michaels Photo]

By Cash Michaels

It is history for sure.
The very first convention by a major political party in North Carolina, and even more historic, the first time that an incumbent African-American president of the United States is re-nominated to run for re-election.
Even with a struggling economy and an election that is dead even in the polls ten weeks out from the November 6th presidential election, over 120 North Carolina delegates attending the three-day Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week are not only beaming with pride, but determined to hold President Barack Obama up as the leader who saved the American economy, has positive job growth for 29 straight months, and has kept America safe since he took office in 2009.
“Having the convention here indicates the importance of the state to the Obama campaign in this election,” says former Raleigh City Councilman Brad Thompson, who serves on the DNC National Platform Committee.
Indeed, North Carolina, which Obama won by just 14,000 in 2008, is considered a battleground state that Republican Mitt Romney must have, experts say, if he’s to unseat the president. The Obama campaign is expected to protect North Carolina from Romney and his minions.
For Montica Talmadge, a Raleigh analyst, this will be her first experience as a delegate to the Democratic Convention. Talmadge, who is slated to become the first African-American to be DNC Woman of the Young Democrats of America, is going with a mission.
“It’s just a huge, huge honor for me, and I’m very excited,” Talmadge said, adding that the policies of the Democratic Party, and President Barack Obama, are important to move America forward.
For Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, this is a true moment to shine.
The eyes of the world will be on the Queen City for the DNC Convention, and if its successful, it will because Mayor Foxx, and African-American, helped to lead a plethora of community and business leaders to prepare for it.
       “Historically this means a great deal to all of us, and we want it to be very successful,” Foxx told The Carolinian, adding that the economic impact could be as much as $150 million for the city and state. 
          The Democratic National Convention in Charlotte begins Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the Time Warner Arena, and ends Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Bank of America Stadium where President Barack Obama will accept his party’s re-nomination.
         It was February 1, 2011, when First Lady Michelle Obama had announced that Charlotte had been chosen for the 2012 convention.


By Cash Michaels

            The third most powerful African-American in Congress says that in their zeal to stop President Barack Obama’s agenda, congressional Republicans were “disloyal” to the nation.
            South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn (D - SC) also charged that Pres. Obama has met with so much opposition, degradation of his character and humanity by the right-wing, because they refuse to believe that an African-American is “not capable” of being president of the United States.
            In an exclusive interview Thursday with the Power 750 WAUG-AM radio program “Make It Happen,” Rep. Clyburn - reacting to the GOP continuing to push the false birther and welfare claims against the nation’s first black president during their Republican National Convention week - charged that the Republicans never had any intention of working with, or even compromising with Pres. Obama for the good of the nation from the moment he took office in 2009.
            “They met on the night that he was sworn-in, and took a blood oath to each other that they would be obstacles to [Obama’s] administration,” Clyburn maintained. “And they set out to do so in a way that demonstrates the ultimate in disloyalty to the country.”
“Every attempt by President Obama has made to “light a candle” to help show the way for progress, for opportunity, for bringing us out of the darkness of the great recession that we just experienced, he had seen those candles, those flames blown out time and time again by these Republicans,” Clyburn charged. “And then they have stood on the sidelines cursing the darkness.”
Rep. Clyburn said the Republican “trickle-down economics,” as first pushed by President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, didn’t work. The massive Bush tax cuts of the last decade have ballooned the national deficit because they weren’t paid for.
And the economic crash and loss of over 2 million jobs during the final months of President George W. Bush’s administration, crippled America.
            “We were teetering on the brink of [economic] disaster,” when Pres. Obama first came in, Clyburn insists. “That is what greeted this president.”
            The South Carolina Democrat credits Obama’s quick work to shore up the economy, pumping in tens of billions in stimulus, and saving the auto industry from bankruptcy. But Clyburn also recalls how Republicans in Congress refused to work with the president to shore up job growth, even before the Tea Party took over Congress in 2010.
            “ The loyal opposition has been anything but loyal,” Rep. Clyburn said. “We expect for them to be in opposition to [Obama’s] policies, but we would hope that they would be loyal to the country. They have made it very clear, that the only reason for their existence... their number one reason…is to make sure that Barack Obama is a one-term president.”
            “What kind of loyalty to the country is…the number one priority for every elected official, especially those sitting up here in Washington, should be to protect the American people; to secure the futures for the American people; to maintain safety in our communities, and to keep moving our country forward. When you tell me all of that should take a backseat to unseating a president, then I think it tells the public all they need to know about your priorities.
            “Why?” the number three man in House Democratic leadership asked rhetorically.
            Race, according to Clyburn, is certainly a big part of it.
            “There has been a theory put forth in this country, from its inception, that there are certain gene pools that are not as good as other gene pools, and by that I mean that some people are just inherently unequal,” Clyburn said. “[The theory says] there are some people who are just inherently inferior and not capable of doing certain things.”
            “When people see that this longstanding philosophy that [has been] perpetuated forever is getting a very, serious, in-your-face denigration of its own veracity or validity,
then they try to fight it off.”
             “No African-American is supposed to have the capacity, least more the capability, of being president of the United States,” Rep. Clyburn continued. “There are people who actually feel that way.”
            Clyburn made clear that he “strongly disbelieved” that that was the view of the majority of white Americans. “But there is a big minority of white voters who are absolutely upset that an African-American is president of the United States,” he said.
            Propagating the falsehood that Pres. Obama is a Muslim, know that doing so in a Judeo-Christian culture enflames hatred, in addition to questioning his citizenship and patriotism, are also tools used to “other” the president in the eyes of white voters, Rep. Clyburn says.
            Pundits like MSNBC’s Chris Matthews have echoed that charge directly to the face of RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, who has vigorously denied that Republicans, and specifically the presidential campaign of former Governor Mitt Romney, are “playing the race card.”
            And yet during the RNC Convention, which once again noticeably lacked a large number of black delegates, a black CNN camerawoman was reported taunted by two white RNC attendees who threw peanuts at her saying, “This is how we feed the animals.”
            The Republican racial image also wasn’t helped when GOP House Speaker John Boehner told reporters at the RNC Convention that while, according to polls, African-Americans probably won’t vote for Mitt Romney (an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll reported that zero percent of black supported Romney), “…I’d suggest to you they won’t show up and vote for the president either.”
            Rep. Clyburn says that’s the intent of the GOP ploy in several states to make casting a ballot in November harder for voters of color because of new voter photo identification laws.
            “We can dress it up anyway we want to; we can talk about it anyway we want to, but you know the good Lord has allowed me to live long enough - I’m 72 years old - to…call it as I see it,” Rep. Clyburn said of why the Republicans have vigorously opposed the president.
“That’s what the fact is.”


            [TAMPA, FLA] Herman Cain, the black Republican former pizza executive whose run for president ended earlier this year after several women accused him of sexual harassment, told the NC delegation at the Republican National Convention this week that “stupid Americans are running America,” a slam at the Obama Administration. Cain is scheduled to visit North Carolina twice in September, in Raleigh for a business luncheon on Sept. 12th; and the next day in Charlotte. Cain says he also plans to meet with black ministers and students while in NC.

            [TAMPA, FLA.] If the GOP wins the governor’s race, and holds on to its majority in the NC General Assembly, then voter ID will pass, assured NC House Speaker Thom Tillis during the North Carolina delegation breakfast at the Republican National Convention this week. Gov. Beverly Perdue, a Democrat, vetoed the first bill passed by the GOP in the NC General Assembly in 2011, and the Republicans couldn’t override. Tillis says if Pat McCrory, a Mecklenburg County Republican candidate for governor wins and the Legislature says in GOP hands, then a voter ID law is a certainty.

            [GARNER] Police have arrested a Garner man, charging him with making a bomb threat to three City of Raleigh buildings. Carl Maurice Allen, 38, allegedly called the Raleigh Public Utilities building Tuesday, saying workers there had “40 minutes to get out of the building before it blew up.” Subsequently, two other city government buildings, including City Hall, were evacuated. After a search by authorities, the buildings were cleared. Allen reportedly had been previously charged with making terrorist threats in 2006 in Pennsylvania. Charges were dismissed in that case.

NOT A GOOD START - Frustrated Wake County parents wait for hours at the Wake Board of Education offices Tuesday to register their children under the new school choice plan as traditional calendar classes began this week. Thousands more angry parents blasted the school system for late school buses that failed to pick up their children. Wake Supt. Tata said the bus delays were due to transportation budget cuts. [Contributed photo]


            On Monday, Wake Schools Supt. Anthony Tata was welcoming the first day of the new traditional school year, saying that the 16th largest school system in the nation was ready to handle the challenges. But as he spoke, thousands of Wake school children weren’t being picked by their school buses, a problem that persisted for several days. Meanwhile, Board of Education headquarters in Cary were filled with angry parents, trying to finalize their children’s registration. On Tuesday, Tata promised to iron out the problems caused by the school choice plan he fought so hard for. He said transportation budget cuts put fewer buses on the road. The system has added four more buses to the over eight hundred to cover some of the shortage. Tata’s critics say his lack of experience in education is the reason for this latest foul-up.

            The Morrisville Town Council this week voted to ban firearms from several local parks and sites that are allowed by state law. The areas include the Morrisville Community Park, Morrisville Aquatics and Fitness Center, Shiloh Park, Cedar Fork Community Center, Crabtree Creek Nature Park, and Indian Creek Greenway Trailhead. In 2011, state lawmakers passed a law that allowed handguns to be legally carried in local parks and greenways, but gave local officials the right to opt out in municipal areas.

            Wake law enforcement authorities say there was no real threat, but a North Carolina State University student was committed in July for serious mental health issues after it was determined that he allegedly wanted to go on a shooting spree, ultimately killing a law enforcement officer and his family.  The unnamed student was formerly a Marine sniper who served two terms of duty in Iraq. A search warrant to his computer files revealed that the student, who reportedly suffered from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, would daydream about killing people, and made plans to do so, complete with what weapons would be used. The student wanted to kill a police officer and his family by following him home one night. He’s being treated at the VA Hospital in Durham.



By Cash Michaels

AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL - You won’t believe this, but I have never been able to attend the Raleigh/Wake African-American Cultural Festival. One of the reasons why is because my youngest daughter, KaLa, has been sponsoring a lemonade stand during Labor Day weekend for the past three years, with proceeds going to the North Carolina Zoo, so the whole family has been busy.
I hope I can make it this year. It’s Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1st and 2nd. On Saturday from 11 a.m to 10 p.m., and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. It’s free for the family, and there will be music, food, fun, and of course, culture.
Now if I do make it to the festival, I may have some petitions for the Wilmington Ten pardons of Innocence with me for you to sign. I hope you will.
THE DNC - As I indicated last week, next week is a week of history here in North Carolina as the Democratic National Convention comes to Charlotte. We’ll be writing the column from the Queen City,  giving you the sights and sounds as we experience them.
We’ve already interviewed Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who is also a Democratic congresswoman from Florida. Add to the list CNN contributor Donna Brazile, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina, actor Don Cheadle, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn, actress Lynn Whitfield and North Carolina Congressman G. K. Butterfield.
We hope to run into several more notables when we get to Charlotte.
The bottomline is this is a more historic election than in 2008, primarily because while history was made with the first African-American president being elected four years ago, today we have a bold and daring conservative opposition that has done everything in its power to deny our president any victories for the nation.
So this election is about, after four years, whether the American people trust Barack Obama to finish the job of getting America back on the right track.
We’ll get that perspective while in Charlotte. And if we can fins any Republicans willing to speak with us, we’re more than happy to hear from them.
They better be willing to answer some tough questions too.
POWER 750 WAUG REPORTS - For you folks outside of Raleigh-Durham, you can get the radio station I do my Thursday show, “Make It Happen” on at www.myWAUG.com. For those in the Raleigh-Durham area, of our you can find it at Power 750 WAUG-AM, Thursday’s at 4 p.m.
I share this with you because starting Monday Sept. 3rd, I’ll be filing a series of special “Make It Happen” reports on the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte featuring many of the personages we’ve already listed above, plus new interviews on the ground there in the Queen City.
It’s going to be exciting, so make sure you don’t miss a minute Monday, Sept. 3rd to Thursday, Sept. 6th. And then on Thursday, Sept. 6th at 4 p.m., a special DNC edition of “Make It Happen where we preview the president’s acceptance speech that night at the Bank of America Stadium.
Like we said, next week is going to be a week of history here in North Carolina, but it means absolutely nothing unless we all go to vote in November. So arm yourself with information in order to make your decision in 2012.
PIERS MORGAN NEEDS TO SHUT UP - I will admit it right now that I can’t stand CNN’s Piers Moron…, I mean Morgan. Piers, as you know, replaced the incomparable Larry King as CNN’s primary talker over a year ago, and the ratings have been in the toilet ever since. Morgan has one of the lowest rated shows in all of television. Reruns of “Leave it to Beaver” see twice the audience that a snooze session with one of Britain’s greatest yellow journalist.
And yet, in a recent interview, Morgan has the gall to suggest that CNN, which is experiencing it’s lowest prime time ratings in 20 years, needs to “be more opinionated” to boost the numbers.
How ironic. Advice from a guy who crams his worthless opinions down everyone’s throats on CNN, telling his network the path to better ratings is to run your mouth, even though his show can’t draw flies.
Reports are that CNN may start running HBO documentaries in prime time in order to boost ratings. I say great. If it will take Piers Morgan off the air, then so be it. The man is a joke!
BRAVO, CHRIS - I like MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. Chris gets clumsy at times, which his analysis, and he climbs out on more limbs than a tree monkey. But he has a good heart, and he is who he is.
I say all of that because Chris ha a tendency, at times, to place his foot firmly in his mouth.
In 2008, Chris said he felt a tingling up his leg when Barack Obama became the first black president. And when Pres. Obama first delivered the State of the Union address, Matthews said it was so good, he briefly forgot that Obama was black.
I don’t think he meant it the way it came out, but he did get hammered for it.
To be fair, Matthews has spent an awful lot of time do relief work in Africa, and almost lost his life when he contracted an infection.
So I don’t see Chris Matthews as a racist.
And that’s why I was quite pleased with Chris when he bluntly confronted the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, Monday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and point blank accused him and the Mitt Romney campaign of “playing the race card” with their false accusations that President Obama had removed work requirements from welfare (a damnable lie, particularly after Romney later said Obama was doing so “to shore up his base”), and of course, bringing back up the Obama birth certificate controversy.
Both are racial dog whistles to white voters that Obama is looking out for his own.
Chris Matthews, to his credit, would have none of it Monday on “Morning Joe.”
"That cheap shot ... was awful," Matthews told RNC Chair Priebus, referring to the joke. "It is an embarrassment to your party to play that card ... you are playing that ethnic card there." Priebus triedn to laugh it off, but Matthews continued to nail him with, "you can sit there and giggle about it, but the fact is your party is playing that card."
Priebus later called Chris Matthews, and apparently all of the Republican talk show guests insisted that Romney joked last week in Michigan when he brought up no one asking him for his birth certificate.
These folks think they’re slick by half. They aren’t. But the only way to prove that is for voters to have the last say on November 8th.
Then we’ll see who gets the last laugh.
Good going Chris.
NCCU WILMINGTON TEN EVENT - Don’t forget next Wednesday, Sept, 5th, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the North Carolina Central University Turner Law School, law school Professor attorney Irving Joyner presents, “40 Years is Long Enough,” a forum on the Wilmington Ten and their quest for pardons of innocence from Gov. Beverly Perdue.
The forum will include Wilmington Ten defense attorneys James Ferguson, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, and other members of the Ten and their families.
The session will be piped via television to four other UNC System historically black universities - Winston-Salem State University, Elisabeth City State University, NC A&T State University and Winston-Salem State University.
The event is free and open to the public.
To register and attend, contact Michelle S. Roberts at 919-530-6601, or email talias@nccu.edu.
LIES - There is a new movie out called , “2016: Obama’s America” that is doing well at the box office apparently. The film, written and narrated by conservative shill Dinesh D’Souza (he wrote a book a few years back called “The End of Racism” which turned out to be an all-out attack on the African-American community).
The producer is Gerald Molen, who has worked with Steven Spielberg on such films as “Jurrasic Park” and “Schindler’s List.”
Essentially, the film says that Obama thinks anti-American because his father, Barack Obama Sr. was anti-American. The film has been fact-checked, and found to be so misleading in its claims. Count this as the work of the birther movement.
Don’t waste your hard-earned money on this racist trash.
Just don’t.
Make sure you tune in every Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. for my talk radio show, ''Make It Happen'' on Power 750 WAUG-AM, or online at www.myWAUG.com. And read more about my thoughts and opinions exclusively at my new blog, ‘The Cash Roc” (http://thecashroc.blogspot.com/2011/01/cash-roc-begins.html). I promise it will be interesting.
Cash in the Apple - honored as the Best Column Writing of 2006 by the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Columnist Cash Michaels was also honored by the NNPA for Best Feature Story Journalist of 2009, and was the recipient of the Raleigh-Apex NAACP’s President’s Award for Media Excellence in Sept. 2011.
Until next week, keep a smile on your face, GOD in your heart, and The Carolinian in your life. Bye, bye.

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