Chad’s Morning Brief for 12.14.12
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of December 14, 2012. Give Chad your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11 am.
1. RGIII Attack Nothing New From Black Liberals (link)
This story is just unbelievable, unless you pay attention to politics. If you do, you’ve seen this type of trash before from liberals. An ESPN analyst wondered on TV if Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was really black or just a “cornball brother”. The reason? He might… might be a Republican and his fiancee is white. According to the Daily Caller:
On ESPN2′s “First Take” Thursday, ESPNNewYork.com columnist Rob Parker reacted to Washington Redskins starting quarterback Robert Griffin III’s comment in USA Today that he won’t be defined by his race. An upset Parker responded by asking if Griffin was “a brother, or is he a cornball brother?” and questioning both his reported Republicanism and his decision to become engaged to a white woman.
“I am an African-American in America,” Griffin told USA Today. “That will never change. But I don’t have to be defined by that. … We always try to find similarities in life, no matter what it is so they’re going to try to put you in a box with other African-American quarterbacks — Vick, Newton, Randall Cunningham, Warren Moon … That’s the goal. Just to go out and not try to prove anybody wrong but just let your talents speak for themselves.”
“Time and time we keep hearing this, so it just makes me wonder deeper about him,” Parker said Thursday. “And I’ve talked to some people down in Washington D.C., and … my question, which is just a straight, honest question, is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother?”
Parker explained his definition of a “cornball brother.”
“OK, he’s black, he kinda does his thing,” he said of Griffin, “but he’s not really down with the cause. He’s not one of us. He’s kind of black, but he’s not really, like, the guy you want to hang out with because he’s off to something else.”
Parker added that the ethnicity of Griffin’s fiancée and unconfirmed rumors about his right-of-center politics were also red flags.
“I want to find out about him. I don’t know, because I keep hearing these things,” Parker said. “We all know he has a white fiancée. And there was all this talk about how he’s Republican. There’s no information at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper into why he has an issue, because we did find out with Tiger Woods — Tiger Woods was like, ‘I don’t want to — I got black skin, but don’t call me black.’”
Tell me again how it’s white people holding the black man down? What trash. If a white guy had said any of this, ESPN would have fired him.
The sad part is, this is nothing new from black liberals. Anytime an African-American doesn’t vote a certain way or has a different opinion about something, all of a sudden they aren’t acting “black enough”. It’s pathetic, but in politics we see it all the time. No reason RGIII should have to deal with this, nor his fiancee.
2. Fiscal Cliff (link)
Talks over the fiscal cliff continued yesterday as President Obama and Speaker John Boehner met at the White House. According to FOX:
Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama met for 50 minutes at the White House Thursday evening, seeking to revive stalled negotiations between Congressional Republicans and the White House over expiring income tax rates and spending cuts.
White House aides said the meeting — which was held in the Oval Office — was “frank.” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and White House Capitol Hill liaison Rob Nabors were also present.
”As we’ve said for some time now, the lines of communication remain open,” an administration aide said. The speaker’s office released an almost identical statement.
Obama asked to meet with Boehner Thursday, as the two leaders try to bridge a wide ideological and policy chasm with little time left before the nation reaches the so-called fiscal cliff.
The Ohio Republican was scheduled to travel to the Buckeye State for the weekend. If he doesn’t return to Ohio, that could be a sign that there’s progress in the long-stalled negotiations.
Here’s where things stand: Boehner has offered $800 billion in revenue to the White House in addition to more than $1 trillion in cuts to entitlements and other spending. He has signaled to Obama he’s willing to raise more revenue, if the president would cut deeper than his proposed $600 billion in entitlements. Obama wants $1.4 trillion in new revenue for the federal government, which Boehner says cannot pass either the Senate or the House.
The largest gap remains Boehner’s desire to extend current tax rates for all income levels — including the wealthy. Obama would like to see tax rates expire on the top 2 percent.
The White House and Congressional Democrats say Boehner hasn’t been specific about what cuts he’s seeking, and how he would raise $800 billion in revenue.
There is less than three weeks until the end of the year, when these spending cuts and tax increases take hold, and other key measures — like unemployment benefits — expire.
Officially there has been no movement from either side in this debate. Though I still believe a deal will get done closer to Christmas. I still expect Democrats to come out on top. If Boehner wins, he should be celebrated.
3. US Says No to UN (link)
The United States and some allies announced on Thursday that they would not sign a treaty that would hand over control of the internet to the United Nations. According to the Daily Caller:
The treaty, which isn’t legally binding and allows member countries to maintain their national sovereignty, would help countries coordinate initiatives to fight spam and broaden Internet access. It is being considered at the 12-day World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai, which was organized by the International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) to revise a key decades-old communications treaty.
But in an 11th-hour announcement late Thursday evening, U.S. Ambassador Terry Kramer, who serves as head of the U.S. delegation to the conference, categorically said the U.S. will not sign on.
“I do need to say that it is with a heavy heart and a sense of missed opportunities that the U.S. must communicate that it is not able to sign the agreement in the current form,” Kramer said.
“Internet policy should not be determined by member states but by citizens, communities, and broader society, and such consultation from the private sector and civil society is paramount,” Kramer added. “This has not happened here.”
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