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As Mayor Pete Buttigieg kickstarts his campaign to win over African-American voters who are skeptical of his spotty track record on issues of concern to black communities—or who are entirely unfamiliar with him at all—the millennial mayor is returning to one of the touchstones of his early campaign: his faith.

“It's not for nothing that a lot of my experiences even back home addressing black voters, specifically, is in church,” Buttigieg recently told reporters aboard his campaign bus in New Hampshire, in response to a question about what “clicks” with African-American audiences. “Knowing how important an organizing principle faith is in so many black families, in so many parts of the black community.”

Buttigieg, more than any other candidate seeking the Democratic nomination, has emphasized his identity as a Christian as part of his appeal to voters who, at first glance, might not feel like they have a lot in common with the white millennial mayor from the Midwest. In a series of appearances in front of predominantly black audiences across the American South this week, Buttigieg frequently leaned into his Episcopalian faith as a way to connect with black voters who have been, until recently, an afterthought for his campaign.

“I believe that I am here to make myself useful—that I am part of this political process to make myself useful, but also that I was put on this Earth in order to make myself useful to others,” Buttigieg told a largely black congregation during Sunday services at Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina. “These are the values that I was taught by my parents. These are the values that I’m taught by my faith.”

The appearance at Greenleaf, which was founded by formerly enslaved people and has served as a hub for civil rights activism under the Rev. William J. Barber II, kicked off a week of events, policy launches and advertising spots intended to boost his support among non-white voters. The next day, Buttigieg held a meet-and-greet in Allendale, South Carolina, a town where three-quarters of residents are black and which hasn’t seen a Democratic candidate for president since John Edwards campaigned there in 2008.

Allendale Democratic Party Chair Willa Jennings began the event with a question about his lack of support among black voters.

“I hear a lot about how you don’t have support from African-Americans… I just want to know why they’re saying that about you,” Jennings asked in front of the 50-person audience, much smaller in size than Buttigieg’s recent rallies in Iowa and New Hampshire. Buttigieg responded that while it’s important for him to earn the support of black voters, he’s “new on the scene,” and doesn’t expect communities that have been “taken for granted” by other Democratic candidates to grant him their trust so easily.

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You are a lie. That is why senator tim scott withheld his vote.

You always believe the lie. 

Wildman, he's Jamaican.  He's not going to call himself African-American.  Butterfield should know that.  Since he doesn't, it's time for him to go.

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The first person to have his guns confiscated under Florida’s 2018 “red flag” law has been found guilty over his refusal to voluntarily surrender the weapons.

Jerron Smith, 33, now faces up to five years in prison after a jury in Broward County rejected his argument that he did not fully understand the new law. The jury returned the verdict Friday after a short trial.


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Obama nominated two black women but it was blocked by Richard burr.  Trump nominated Myers but it was held up by Scott of south Carolina but eventually Scott relented.  Myers was in the forefront of disenfranchising black voters in north Carolina.  These uncle Tom's are worse than trump.

Stop lying.  Nobody was disenfranchised in North Carolina.  Nobody bothered to disenfranchise anyone in North Carolina. 

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A group of military families are pushing harder against their privatized housing landlord, asking a federal court to step in to withhold families’ rent for each house until that house gets inspected for mold, health and safety, and is certified as being safe for habitation.

Attorneys for the eight Army, Air Force and Navy families filed a request Thursday in federal court in San Antonio seeking an injunction against Hunt Military Communities, another step in a lawsuit filed on Oct. 29 alleging fraud in connection with their homes that were uninhabitable at Randolph Air Force Base and Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.

The families are asking the court to require Hunt to allow a court-appointed, third-party inspector to inspect all the houses on Randolph and Laughlin to determine whether the houses are safe. All rent monies – the service members’ Basic Allowance for Housing – received for any house on Randolph and Laughlin until the inspection has happened and the house has been certified as safe for habitation.

The injunction would be the best thing possible to ensure that no other military families have to suffer through what these and other families had to endure, said Sarah Lynn Kline, an Army wife whose family is among the plaintiffs in the case.

“Also I believe it is likely that the third party inspections would uncover many issues that continue to plague base housing residents, as I don’t believe Hunt can be trusted to adequately rectify these issues on their own.”

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New federal regulations finalized Nov. 15 require hospitals to make public all the prices they negotiate with insurers and health plans, starting in 2021. The aim is to untangle the hospital marketplace with a wave of consumer-friendly information that will promote competition that leads to lower costs.

Hospitals are not happy, but advocates of well-informed, patient-centered health care should be cheering.

I am a professor of health policy at the Price School and Schaeffer Center at USC and have published several papers and worked with startups that aim to improve price transparency and consumer decision-making. I’m among those cheering.

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Your president, Donald John Trump, wins again.

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President Donald Trump was able to do something Thursday that eluded his two predecessors — end the longest-running vacancy in the federal judiciary.

The Senate voted 68-21 to confirm UNC-Chapel Hill law professor Richard Myers II to fill a seat in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The seat had been open since Jan. 1, 2006.

“It’s valuable to have someone who is well qualified, who seems mainstream, who has got a lot of experience and to have a sitting judge. You want to have people in the courthouses all around the district,” said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond School of Law who writes about federal judicial selections.

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Less money would be needed if more federal research grants went to HBCUs.

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General Discussion Forum / Hunt for man who Stole $5,000 Sex Doll
« on: December 07, 2019, 08:07:36 PM »
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An adult shop has become the victim of a crime of passion after a desperate thief was allegedly caught taking off with a $5,000 sex doll.

The criminal was captured on the Melbourne store's CCTV camera rabidly attempting to get inside, hacking at a security barrier with a fire extinguisher and bolt cutters.

The balaclava-clad man eventually bursts through and disappears into the shop for a few moments before re-emerging with his new companion, known as 'Dorothy'.

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That's how you deal with a bully.

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A Missouri mother’s unapologetic Facebook post on Monday defending her son’s decision to fight back against a bully has gone viral.

Allison Davis posted a selfie picture of her son, Drew, who was suspended from school for “beating up the kid that has been tormenting and bullying him since middle school.”


But rather than being “upset” over her son’s behavior, Davis said she was far from it.

“Not even a little bit,” she said.

“I know as a parent I’m suppose[d] to be upset with him for resorting to violence or getting suspended, but I’m not,” she wrote.



Five days of OSS for beating up the kid that has been tormenting and bullying him since middle school.

I know as a parent I’m suppose to be upset with him for resorting to violence or getting suspended, but I’m not. Not even a little bit.

For years the school has failed Drew.

When this kid has constantly threatened to beat Drew up along with several of his friends, the school did nothing.

When this kid followed Drew down the hall threatening him and making fun of him AND it was all captured on video, the school did nothing.

When other kids told teachers and administrators that this kid was threatening Drew, the school did nothing.

When this kid took to social media, voicemails, and texting threats, the school did nothing.

When this kid threatened Drew over and over in every class they have together. The school did nothing.

Not once has the school ever punished the kid that has threatened and bullied Drew over and over. In middle school Drew was afraid to walk down the halls because a swarm of this kid and his minions would make fun of and threaten Drew. He quit talking to the adults about it because they never disciplined the bully and it just made the situation worse.

I sent the school a lengthy email at the beginning of the year begging them to do something because Drew refused to talk to adults at school about it because he knew it would do him no good. Drew had four classes with this kid and he would not leave Drew alone. Their solution and response was to have him and his bully sign a no contact contract.

Seriously?

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Sports Forum / Re: FAMU declares themselves 2019 HBCU National champs
« on: December 07, 2019, 06:00:23 PM »
Jay Whatshisname says FAMU is #3.

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Interesting....given what he said earlier this summer about her...

https://www.npr.org/2016/07/13/485820568/trump-tweets-justice-ginsburgs-mind-is-shot-calls-on-her-to-resign

That was the summer of 2016.  Reading is Fundamental.  BTW, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not as petty as you.

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Some people have no home training.

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WSSU team bus.

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Sports Forum / Re: SWAC 2019 Championship game info
« on: December 07, 2019, 04:42:45 PM »
SAFETY!!!

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