Thursday, April 3, 2014


May the Best Man Win

Contributing Correspondent: CDW
Way before the primary election last Tuesday, it was evident that the Republican Party, well, not really the party, just billionaire Bruce Rauner was seriously courting the black vote. Even as polls showed that Rauner most likely was going to buy his way to the nomination for Governor, he still was constructing a game plan that would assure him major black support come November.
Pat-Quinn 2This was Rauner's single goal: Steal or purchase as many black electorates from Governor Quinn as possible, so come the general election, Pat would be missing large numbers of his core base of voters. And it looks like Bruce and his new black friends have helped him do just that.
From every possible angle, Quinn is wounded. Yes, he beat Tio Hardiman handily in the primary, but it'll be a different horse race come November. And maybe most people don't see or hear it now, but the chatter has started in barbershops, beauty salons and coffee houses, as well as kitchen tables in black households that Rauner... 'is the man!'
The loot he's spreaded around has made some influential friends in high and low places. And his money is long enough to secure many more friends before election time later this year. But lets be clear... the chatter coming from people thus far are individuals where voting is not on their menu most times. But for them, it makes good conversation, and everyone loves to appear knowledgeable about politics and other subjects when in the company of their peers.
These are not the professional voters who are also business men and women who've been aligned with Quinn - for better or worse. And realistically, their worse is more than the barber shop patrons better. So therefore, these professionals are Quinn loyalist and will not take a chance backing a horse like Rauner.
But also, lets be clear... there are some progressive black voters abandoning their Democrat roots for the Republican candidate for governor of Illinois. This scenario has been talked about many times before in private and now that a billionaire has really taken an interest in the black agenda, the whispers have come to the forefront.
This is a crush with the new face on the block who can buy his way onto the dance card. And some black leaders find that a very interesting party to attend. It also indicates a weak spot in the current Governor's armor. Quinn has fooled a few people and he's obliged some others. That's politics, so no one is really tripping on that. But what's really happening is the grass has shown to be greener on the other side for some folks. And these are people, who from all accounts, march to their own beat and have no problem stepping out with Rauner to harvest the growing green grass.
When activist Bob Israel says he sees construction development with few or no black workers, he looks at Democratic politicians and their devotion to unions. "Yes, I'm blaming the Democratic Party! They're controlled by the unions and that's why blacks are not working. We've been drinking the Democratic Kool-Aid for 40 years and I don't see no change," says Israel,
Newspaper publisher Hermene Hartman says the black community's high unemployment and lack of economic development caused her to vote Republican for the first time. "We've got a one-party system in Chicago and Illinois. We've got to break it up," said Hartman.
Even loyal Democratic black pastors have also endorsed Rauner. Reverends like James Meeks, Marshall Hatch and Stephen Thurston have joined the seeding of new green grass. "I'm not looking at the party, I'm looking at the issues that are there," Thurston said.
But just remember people, Rauner is carefully aligned with Chicago's present mayor, who has done very little for the blight of blacks in Chicago thus far. He talks a great game, but where are the (new) millionaires who've been erected under his administration? And most south and west side communities look the same since before he was handed the mayoral seat by President Barack Obama.
And Bruce says he has major issues with Emanuel's style of governing. But believe you me, they're on the same page when it comes to taking down Governor Quinn. And let no one tell you different, Emanuel is behind closed doors making deals that will send the current governor on an extended vacation.
It's mentioned in circles that the fix is in for Quinn. If so, than other Democratic operatives had better take note. Because this may be the start of a long romance between the Republican Party and black folks. Especially where it seems that all that matters is who shows the money. And Bruce has plenty of it.


Democrat Money Man Pleads Guilty

Special Correspondent: John Hayward

“This is probably why Harry Reid’s been going after the Koch Brothers so much,” muses Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds as he delivers news of top Democrat money man’s guilty plea for campaign finance violations. It sure does sound like a gigantic case of projection, which has always been a major component of Democrat psychology – they love to cast their own sins at their enemies.
If you don’t spend any time in the left-wing fever swamps, you might be surprised at how large the demonic Koch Brothers loom in their mythology, and probably thought it was a bit odd for Senate Majority Leader Reid to rail against these private citizens from the Senate floor. One reason for Reid’s conduct is that hurling his slander from the Senate floor immunizes him against legal retaliation. Another might be that he knew the story was brewing, and wanted to ratchet up the Koch hatred to cushion its impact.
Here, as the Washington Free Beacon reports, a major Democratic donor and District of Columbia businessman Jeffrey Thompson, who federal prosecutors say financed a “shadow campaign” for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in 2010, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws. Thompson claimed some of the candidates, including Gray, were aware of the illegal fundraising.
According to prosecutors, Gray decided to invent a phony name for Thompson, “Uncle Earl,” to protect his identity. It evidently didn’t work. Gray’s people deny that he had any knowledge of Thompson’s illegal activities… which would make his use of the pseudonym more than a little odd, wouldn’t it? Is Gray really going to make the case that he didn’t notice almost half a million dollars pouring into his campaign? Is Hillary Clinton going to try the same “Vote For Me – I’m Oblivious!” strategy in 2016?
Today’s developments present an immediate crisis for Gray, who’s going into a fairly crowded primary in a couple of weeks as he seeks re-election to the mayor’s office. Thompson in pleading guilty reportedly admitted to channeling hundreds of thousands of dollars into a campaign operation for somebody identified in court papers as “Mayoral Candidate A,” in the 2010 mayoral race in the District.
According to the document, Thompson, the former owner of a well-connected accounting firm, funded illicit campaign activity for Clinton, Gray and seven other candidates for local office in the district. All told, the efforts were valued at more than $2 million. Prosecutors also said Thompson exceeded contribution limits by using straw donors and funneling money from his corporation through intermediaries. Thompson contributed more than $500,000 to local candidates and more than $250,000 to federal candidates and political-action committees over a six-year period, according to the 10-page document.
Thompson also ran a $278,000 shadow effort for a mayoral candidate in 2006, the document shows. Prosecutors are reportedly also investigating what might have been a quid pro quo for Thompson’s shady campaign support, as detailed by the Washington Post.
Investigators have been looking at the city’s decision to pay Thompson’s health-care company $7.5 million to settle a dispute over reimbursements. Investigators have explored what role, if any, Gray and his deputies played in the 2011 deal.
The mayor has said that Thompson never asked him for any favors, and city officials have defended the Chartered settlement as aboveboard and equitable.


Wealth, Power & Influence

Today is what I'm calling 'The Wealth Issue' and it's to highlight and profile companies and individuals who are earning super wealth, employing thousands and building global brands. I'm so excited to bring this issue to TBTNews readers and subscribers to excite them about the notion of thinking about and planning wealth. I hope that my community and its stakeholders understand that discussing wealth building and not crime is the number one way to progress.
My community has seen tremendous growth over the last 50 years and its growth process will continue. I'm so proud of my racial group and all the innovative pioneers who's paved the way for progress. There are so many individuals and companies that have created some of America's most amazing products and who've help to change the world. These are the stories that I want (black media) outlets and community, business, political and spiritual leaders to chat about in their private and personal halls of inclusion.
Don't use the fear of our community and its random acts of violence to stall growth and progress! If the community and its emerging and aspiring minds are embedded with images of violence and dysfunction, only - they'll not have ambition for creative influences to propel their vision for innovation. I constantly discuss this with my media peers and others in the community; and it seems that only a few really get it. The ones who don't get it has bought into the mainstream mantra, "that if it bleeds, it should leads." Which is the dumbest thing I've heard in my entire life!
If it bleeds, it means that greed, leads. What I'm suggesting is news organizations have used images of black people being escorted into custody on nightly news and in print has become profitable for their media outlets. This has been proven, especially now that imprisonment of black boys have become a billion dollar enterprise. I'm NOT buying stock in that philosophy or product.
I'm purchasing stock in the millions of minds of innovative young and progressive people who've shown through many examples that progress and wealth is just around the corner; and anyone with vision, hustle, determination and a will to win - can win.
I believe that my community must highlight, discuss and have group encounters to understand, cultivate and be in love with ideas of building wealth, power and influence. That's how you really change communities and erect families. We must not be afraid to talk wealth building around the kitchen table. We must use our time when we gather at super bowl and Scandal parties or all star game weekends to not just be entertained, but to talked about how collectively, the gatherers at such celebrations can build their own space of abundance, instead of always cheering it.
This is crucial. When you gather and talk wealth and community building, you'll be passing those conversations to your children; they'll hear you screaming about building wealth equaling to when the kids hear mom, dad and their friends screaming over a great sports play on T.V. or after a crazy scene from Being Mary Jane.
And I'm not saying that making money should be your sole purpose in life. But if you're a progressive person who wants to serve the community and build a meaningful family; then talking about building wealth, power and influence should be as simple and often as planning for high school, college or that next girlfriend/husband/wife vacation. Peace and One Love.
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