Chad’s Morning Brief: The Congressional Black Caucus Has Lost All Credibility, Coke Caves, & More
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of April 5, 2012. Give us your feedback below and tune in to Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty for these and many more topics from 6-9 am.
1. Congressional Black Caucus Has No Credibility (link)
This is just pathetic and anyone who supports this resolution should be thrown out of Congress. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are sponsoring a resolution blaming George Zimmerman's racial bias for the shooting of Trayvon Martin. This is happening even though there is no evidence that supports their theory.
Honoring the life of 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin, urging the State of Florida and others to repeal the Stand Your Ground law, and admonishing involved parties to pursue full investigations into all homicides, regardless of defenses asserted by the offender.
Whereas on February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, an African-American youth, was horrifically shot and killed while walking from his local 7-Eleven in Sanford, Florida, because he was viewed as ‘suspicious' by George Zimmerman …
Whereas Zimmerman's unfounded assumptions and racial bias led to the use of deadly force ….
Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
(1) admonishes any State, local agency, or official acting to obstruct an open investigation or failing to fully execute their official duties in the investigation of the events surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin ….
(5) urges the repeal of the Stand Your Ground law in every applicable State, including Florida.
All of this is sheer grandstanding. There is no evidence to suggest that “racial bias” had anything to do with Zimmerman’s actions that night – in fact, all available evidence, including the full 911 call, shows precisely the opposite. As for the “Stand Your Ground” laws, if Zimmerman shot Martin the way his opponents say he did, he violated those laws; if not, they saved his life.
The sponsors of the resolution include Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL), and the colorfully-behatted Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL).
These members should be thrown out of Congress immediately. This is just pathetic and shows what the Congressional Black Caucus really is. Again, when was the last time the CBC spoke out against black on black crime? When did the CBC speak out on black kids lighting a white kid on fire because he was white? Where was the CBC when mobs of black kids ransacked stores across the U.S. during the Summer?
2. Coke Caves (link)
Democrats on Wednesday launched an attack on states with laws that require an ID before voting. According to the Washington Examiner:
Democratic officials Wednesday launched a two-pronged attack on states with new laws requiring identification before voting, the highlight being a call to boycott Coke, Walmart and others that back a leading organization pushing for voter ID laws.
Coke was quick to react to the boycott threat, pulling support from the targeted group just five hours after it was called.
In caving into the economic threat by liberals against a pro-voter ID law group, Coke issue this statement Wednesday afternoon: "The Coca-Cola Company has elected to discontinue its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Our involvement with ALEC was focused on efforts to oppose discriminatory food and beverage taxes, not on issues that have no direct bearing on our business. We have a long-standing policy of only taking positions on issues that impact our Company and industry."
Those efforts came on the heels of a new report released Wednesday by the Center for American Progress condemning new voter identification laws in Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Kansas and Wisconsin.
The group complained that some states want to limit the time allotted for early voting, bar ex-felons from voting and require government identification to vote. Polls show that most Americans back the laws. But Clyburn compared them to segregation era "Jim Crow" laws and he said that he is “very, very anxious” that the conservative Supreme Court “as it is presently constituted” will support the new anti-voter fraud laws.
This is how Democrats act. Don't like someone? Protest and try to put them out of business. And again, I still haven't heard an intelligent argument as to why Voter ID is a bad thing. You have to show your ID all the time in this country. It makes no sense for people to be against this.
3. Court Will Have Final Say (link)
At least, that's what Eric Holder says. According to FOX News:
Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledged Wednesday that the "courts have final say," and said his department would respond formally to an appeals court order to explain whether the Obama administration believes judges in fact have the power to overturn federal laws.
The attorney general, at a brief press conference in Chicago, made clear the administration thinks they do.
"We respect the decisions made by the courts since Marbury v. Madison," Holder said Wednesday, referring to the landmark 1803 case that established the precedent of judicial review. "Courts have final say."
Well of course the Administration should feel this way, but I still don't believe that the President will take defeat lying down on his Health Care law. I still believe we will see Obama challenge the Supreme Court if Obamacare is overruled.
4. Paul Ryan for VP? Chatter Growing (link)
Paul Ryan as Romney's VP? Not a bad idea really.
Romney’s confident embrace of the Ryan plan suggests that Romney thinks the Ryan budget will be a boon, not a burden to his presidential campaign. If Obama’s plan is to attack the Ryan plan to reelection and Romney’s plan is to ride the Ryan plan to victory, then doesn’t it stand to reason that Ryan should be on the GOP ticket? That’s what more and more conservatives and liberals alike seem to be thinking.
What do you think about Ryan for VP?
5. Dumb story of the morning (link)
Saggy Pants law in Tennessee?
Lawmakers in Tennessee have passed a bill that would prohibit students from showing underwear or body parts in an indecent manner at school, myFOXmemphis reports.
The bill passed overwhelmingly in the Tennessee state Senate and House, and now requires the governor's signature.
Unlike a recent Tennessee bill that failed, the enforcement of this bill doesn't require a ruler or carry penalties of up to $250 and community service, but it does ban saggy pants and clothes that show too much skin on school property. Instead, this bill allows school districts to decide the punishment.
People who wear saggy pants look like idiots, but do we really need another law? Let the school dress code handle this.
Going back to Tuesday and the tornadoes in Dallas. No one was killed. How great is that?
This morning, Mayor Mike Rawlings and City Manager Mary Suhm provided a brief update on yesterday's tornadoes.
There was substantial property damage in southeast Dallas. But at City Hall, as in the rest of the city, the main feeling was that of relief that the storms weren't as catastrophic as they could have been.
No one was killed and injuries were limited.
"We were very, very lucky. And thank God for the protection he provided," Suhm said.
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