Predictably, the Rev. James E. Daniels rolls out his racist opinion accusing the majority party of "selling its soul to the devil" because an African-American family occupied the White House (Obama is the complete opposite of Trump," The Daily News, Sept. 26). May I remind Daniels that President Obama was also half-white.

This continued adoration for President Obama, who had a weak performance as our president with lack of jobs, increased welfare and food stamps recipients, the Affordable Care Act pushed thorough with no Republican participation, thousands of EPA and other regulations all done by fiat, spiraling debt and loss of prestige around the world.

The current administration is canceling these provisions and saying if you want them pass them legally through the Congress as it is not the role of the president to pass laws. Under this administration employment is up, thousand of new jobs are being created, as for the first time in generations manufacturing jobs are being created as new factories are being built. Our economy is booming, the stock market is up, regulations are down and our future looks promising.

This is the people's government and special interest need not apply. The American people welcome our new prosperity. God bless America and President Donald Trump.

Henry L. Homrighaus Jr.

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Walter Manuel

Mr. Housrighaus, I couldn't agree with you more and your spot on about James Daniels!

"This continued adoration for President Obama, who had a weak performance as our president with lack of jobs, increased welfare and food stamps recipients, the Affordable Care Act pushed thorough with no Republican participation, thousands of EPA and other regulations all done by fiat, spiraling debt and loss of prestige around the world".

Mr. Daniel's IMHO a true racist and a die-hard Democrat that will always play the victim of racial division and inequality and will always support keeping his peeps coming back to the pig trough to feed because to him, he feels the government owes not only him, but also his 33% of his supporters who believe in the idea that you don't have to work for what you want in life so long as you vote a certain way.

It's way past time if someone is physically capable of going to work and earning their own living, then they need to do so and quit waiting on someone else to give you a free hand out.

There's a HUGE difference between a "hand up" rather than a entitled "free hand out". [whistling]

Mark Aaron

Walter: "Mr. Daniel's IMHO a true racist and a die-hard Democrat that will always play the victim of racial division and inequality and will always support keeping his peeps coming back to the pig trough to feed because to him, he feels the government owes not only him, but also his 33% of his supporters who believe in the idea that you don't have to work for what you want in life so long as you vote a certain way."

In other words you have been thoroughly duped by the Republicans' racist dog whistle claims of Liberal "welfare queens."

From Pew Research: _when the political lens shifts from partisanship to ideology, the participation gap vanishes. Self-described political conservatives were no more likely than liberals or moderates to have received food stamps (17% for each group), according to the survey._
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/07/12/the-politics-and-demographics-of-food-stamp-recipients/

Robert Blake

If the author of this discussion piece has any knowledge of God, his teachings, and his desires for mankind; he should concur that the blessings for "The Donald" and America are few and far between. It's not logical that God will advocate or approve TRUMP or the treatment of people of color in America. Even as a child you should've learned that rewards only come when you're obedient.
We're living in a society where a song, words, or a piece of cloth is of more value than the life of a Black man. Let us not forget that this same National Anthem had to be revised to remove racial overtones. I've been serving my country faithfully over 25 years and still fighting for equal rights and privileges. If it was up to "The Donald", Black people will only be allowed to exercise their Constitutional Right while sleeping.
I love America and have put my life on the line in the Armed Forces to protect the freedoms, words, and strengths that our constitution and flag symbolize. People must realize that this protest isn't about the flag or the National Anthem. It's about Constitutional Rights symbolized by the flag and National Anthem. Our nation needs an inner strength of all people on one accord to battle and defeat forces beyond our shores which are dedicated to harm and destroy our way of life. It's time to come together as a nation with or without Donald Trump.

Carlos Ponce

Robert, are things really that different for you personally under President Donald Trump than they were under President Barack Obama?
You state, the "National Anthem had to be revised to remove racial overtones."
Where? The original written in 1814 is the same today as originally written. In 1840, Francis Scott Key did change the third line of the first stanza to "Whose bright stars and broad stripes, through the clouds of the fight", but it never caught on. A fifth stanza was added by Oliver Wendell Holmes during the Civil War. You might be referring to the line in the third stanza, "No refuge could save the hireling and slave" but it's still there. And the title used to be "The Defence of Fort McHenry". Those are the revisions.


Mark Aaron

Carlos: "You state, the "National Anthem had to be revised to remove racial overtones." Where?"

From CNN: _This is the third verse:
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
The mere mention of "slave" is not entirely remarkable; slavery was alive and well in the United States in 1814. Key himself owned slaves, was an anti-abolitionist and once called his African brethren "a distinct and inferior race of people." Some interpretations of these lyrics contend Key was, in fact, taking pleasure in the deaths of freed black slaves who had fought with the British against the United States._

Kelly Naschke

Can someone tell Mr Blake that the murder rate among young black men is statistically attributable to other young black men?? Instead of pontificating here, how about you and the good Rev get out in the community and start claiming the corners?

Mark Aaron

Kelly: " how about you and the good Rev get out in the community and start claiming the corners?"

We can always count on you to take an opportunity to disparage Black folks, can't we Kelly? You are like Pavlov's dog when you hear the word Black.

Mark Aaron

Doyle: "hogwash and half truths"

Yes, that is a good way to describe Henry's dishonest bullsnot.

Carlos Ponce

Robert Blake posts, "It's not logical that God will advocate or approve TRUMP or the treatment of people of color in America."
How has Trump mistreated "people of color"?

Sharon Stratman

Travel bans, withdrawing DACA, attacking predominantly black NFL players while calling white supremacists "very fine people", calling for throwing POC protesters out of his rallies and calling for them to be attacked while offering to pay the legal bills of those who do so. Just off the top of my head.

Doyle Beard

hogwash and half truths

Carlos Ponce

Travel bans were aimed at countries with no stable centralized government. Information from these countries were either non-existent or unreliable. The original countries were identified by the Obama administration. Mistreated "people of color"? No.
"attacking predominantly black NFL players " He has problems with those who will not stand for the American anthem. This reflects the sentiments of most Americans. Race has nothing to do with it. The lack of respect for the American Anthem does. Mistreated "people of color"? No.
"calling white supremacists 'very fine people' ". No. He never did. Among those who were attacked in Charlottesville were reporters, historical preservationists and police officers. They are NOT "white supremacists".
"calling for throwing POC protesters out of his rallies" Color has nothing with it. Their anarchistic behavior did.
Check the top of your head. It is filled with misconceptions.

Carlos Ponce

Question for Sharon: Was the travel ban implemented by President Obama in 2011 also a mistreatment of "people of color"?

Doyle Beard

my first post still stands.

Mark Aaron

Carlos: "travel ban implemented by President Obama in 2011 "

Poor Carlos, duped again. From Snopes: _ WHAT'S FALSE Neither President Obama nor the State Department banned or stopped those applications entirely; the slowdown affected a single type of visa from a single country (and not all entry from several countries); the slowdown occurred in order to implement enhanced screening procedures, which remained in place in January 2017._

Mark Aaron

Carlos: ""calling for throwing POC protesters out of his rallies" Color has nothing with it. Their anarchistic behavior did. "

You have a dishonest excuse for anything Trump does, no matter how heinous, don't you Carlos? From CNN: _A Muslim woman wearing a hijab was escorted out of Donald Trump's campaign event on Friday by police after she stood up in silent protest during Trump's speech. Rose Hamid, a 56-year-old flight attendant sitting in the stands directly behind Trump, stood up Friday during Trump's speech when the Republican front-runner suggested that Syrian refugees fleeing war in Syria were affiliated with ISIS._
http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/08/politics/donald-trump-muslim-woman-protesting-ejected/index.html

Mark Aaron

Carlos: "How has Trump mistreated "people of color"?"

I think you may be one of the only persons in America who refuses to recognize that Trump is a flaming racist. Well you and the usual suspects around here.

Mark Aaron

Robert: "We're living in a society where a song, words, or a piece of cloth is of more value than the life of a Black man."

Well said, sir.

==> "I love America and have put my life on the line in the Armed Forces to protect the freedoms, words, and strengths that our constitution and flag symbolize. People must realize that this protest isn't about the flag or the National Anthem. It's about Constitutional Rights symbolized by the flag and National Anthem. "

I also served in the Armed Forces, as did my brother, one of my sisters, and my relatives going back to the Revolutionary War...and I agree with you completely.

George Croix

Always the same excuse......
Never a look in the mirror.....
Very 'progressive'.....
Good deputies....[beam][beam]
I can fix this big dead pine tree I'm about to chainsaw out of the road to my blind, but I can't fix that...[whistling]

Mark Aaron

George: "Always the same excuse......Never a look in the mirror....."

Yes, apparently you never do. But we knew that already George. Get back to us if you ever have anything of value to add to the conversation other than imperious arrogance.

Jim Forsythe

Not standing is not the problem , but a Symptom of a deeper rooted problem. If no one kneels this week, the problem will still remains.
If we do not address the whole problem,  we will always be divided.

Colonial Marines and "hireling and slave"
When Key references the “foul footstep’s” of the “hireling and slave” who “no refuge could save” from “the gloom of the grave” in the third verse, he’s referring to the killing of Colonial Marines. As noted by The Root political editor Jason Johnson, 
The Corps of Colonial Marines were two Marine units raised from former slaves for service in the Americas by the British at the behest of Alexander Cochrane. The units were created at two different times, and were later disbanded once the military threat had disappeared. Apart from being instigated in each case by Cochrane they had no connection with each other.
The first Corps was a small unit that served in the Caribbean from 1808 to 12 October 1810, recruited from former slaves to address the shortage of military manpower in the Caribbean. The locally-recruited men were less susceptible to tropical illnesses than were troops sent from Britain. The Corps followed the practice of the British Army's West India Regiments in recruiting slaves as soldiers

The following knew what could happen to them , and still felt strongly enough, to protest.
Boxer Muhammad Ali refused induction into the U.S. Army in 1967, was stripped of his world title and had his New York State Athletic Commission boxing title revoked 
Olympic sprinters John Carlos and Tommie Smith won gold and bronze medals for the United States at the 1968 Olympic Games, raised their black-gloved fists as The Star-Spangled Banner was played, and were expelled by the International Olympic 
Jackie Robinson — complicated political history aside — couldn’t bring himself to sing the national anthem or salute the flag
.
Jackie Robinson, in his 1972 autobiography, I Never Had It Made,
"There I was, the black grandson of a slave, the son of a black sharecropper, part of a historic occasion, a symbolic hero to my people. The air was sparkling. The sunlight was warm. The band struck up the national anthem. The flag billowed in the wind. It should have been a glorious moment for me as the stirring words of the national anthem poured from the stands. Perhaps, it was, but then again, perhaps, the anthem could be called the theme song for a drama called The Noble Experiment. Today, as I look back on that opening game of my first world series, I must tell you that it was Mr. Rickey’s drama and that I was only a principal actor. As I write this twenty years later, I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world. In 1972, in 1947, at my birth in 1919, I know that I never had it made."

George Croix

"If we do not address the whole problem, we will always be divided."
Jim, you use references all the way back over 2 centuries ago, to only about 45 years ago.
The Problem is that this is 2017, and too many people want to stay in the past....
Why do you suppose that is so?
I'll be a little slow answering as I'm butchering this blankety blank tree still....

Mark Aaron

George: "The Problem is that this is 2017, and too many people want to stay in the past...."

You mean like the usual suspects around here who expect Blacks to know their place and not get uppity, George?

Mark Aaron

What a load of bullsnot.

Henry: "This continued adoration for President Obama, who had a weak performance as our president with lack of jobs"

Wrong. From CNN: _Employers added 1,189,000 jobs in February through August, according to data released Friday That falls short of the 1,375,000 jobs created during Obama's last seven months. That means Trump is trailing Obama by 186,000 jobs when you compare the end of one presidency to the start of another. Here's another way to look at it: How is Trump faring on a straight year-over-year basis? He lags Obama there, too. There have been 1,189,000 jobs created under his watch so far, compared to 1,422,000 between February and August 2016. _
http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/01/news/economy/jobs-trump-vs-obama/index.html

==> "increased welfare and food stamps recipients"

The facts from Politifact: _The rise in food stamps is a direct consequence of the Great Recession, which started more than a year before Obama took office. Conservatives and liberals agree that Obama inherited a troubled economy. Whether SNAP usage would have been lower if Republicans won the presidency is impossible to tell. The number of food stamp beneficiaries ticked upward under President George W. Bush because of policies that broadened eligibility for the program and more aggressive efforts to get eligible Americans to apply for benefits. These policies remained in place under Obama._
http://www.politifact.com/georgia/statements/2011/may/24/herman-cain/cain-said-food-stamp-program-use-under-obama/

==> "the Affordable Care Act pushed thorough with no Republican participation, thousands of EPA and other regulations all done by fiat"

That is because the Republicans in Congress refused to work with President Obama at all costs, including costs to healthcare and the environment. All the Republicans were interested in was denying President Obama any victories.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-A09a_gHJc

==> "spiraling debt "

The facts from Politifact: _While Obama proposes spending and signs it into law, all of the spending bill first must pass Congress. In other words, the rise in the debt is not a solo act by Obama. Other factors beyond elected officials’ actions contributed to the debt increase. Robert Bixby, executive director of the centrist Concord Coalition, told our colleagues at PolitiFact Wisconsin in July that given the fact that Obama took office as the Great Recession sapped government revenues, the debt "would have exploded certainly during (Obama’s) first term, no matter who was president."_
http://www.politifact.com/virginia/statements/2016/sep/12/donald-trump/trump-solely-blames-obama-doubling-debt/

==> "and loss of prestige around the world."

Wrong. From Pew Research: _Donald Trump’s presidency has had a major impact on how the world sees the United States. Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations. According to a new Pew Research Center survey spanning 37 nations, a median of just 22% has confidence in Trump to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs. This stands in contrast to the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency, when a median of 64% expressed confidence in Trump’s predecessor to direct America’s role in the world._
http://www.pewglobal.org/2017/06/26/u-s-image-suffers-as-publics-around-world-question-trumps-leadership/

Willis Briggs

ZZZZZZZ!!! [sleeping]

Jim Forsythe

"The Problem is that this is 2017, and too many people want to stay in the past" The USA was not born in 2017,nor  were problems with the  National Anthem .
"The Spanish philosopher George Santayana famously warned those who do not learn from the mistakes of history are destined to repeat them."
Have we learned from our mistakes? We have some of the same problems, as when Jackie Robinson played. If we do not change ,
 we will have the same problems, later. A national effort to understand all sides would go a long ways. Until all sides understand why, we will have problems.

2 centuries ago
Key,  is believed to be responsible for inciting the Snow Riot of 1835 with the overzealous prosecution of a young black man accused of trying to kill his mistress. Some of his history, is written into the National Anthem.
Without Key, we would not be having this discussion, about the National Anthem..

Some newer protest you might remember. Do any of them sound like what is going on in 2017? What has changed?

2014 On Sunday, five St. Louis Rams players jogged onto the field with their arms raised by their heads, a stream of fog behind them: hands up, don't shoot.

Martha Burk-  Before 2012, women were not allowed to be members of the golf course due to an Augusta tradition. Traditions can be wonderful things that help us celebrate the past, but sometimes they pose barriers to change and prolong the plights of injustice. Burke was relentless in her battle against Augusta, making her voice known as early as 2002. Her energy and steadfast refusal to accept anything less than equality for women set the building blocks for 2012, when Augusta officially allowed women to be members.

Blue Jays first baseman Carlos Delgado disagreed with the War in Iraq in 2004, so he refused to stand during “God Bless America”. He was the first major professional athlete to protest the war.
“I never stay outside for `God Bless America,'” Delgado said, via the Chicago Tribune.  “I don’t [stand] because I don’t believe it’s right, I don’t believe in the war.”
Even though Delgado still stood during the National Anthem, his actions were heavily criticized.

1996: NBA suspends Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
In March 1996, the National Basketball Association suspended Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf of the Denver Nuggets for his refusal to stand during the national anthem.
Abdul-Rauf, who converted to Islam in 1991, said he did not believe in standing for any nationalistic ideology.

 in 1973  anthem problems were happening.  
Fans at a college track meet at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island went from agitated to furious in January 1973 when at least one athlete lay on the ground during the national anthem.

1973: Madison Square Garden drops anthem, reverses decision. 
“Amid growing controversy over whether it should be played at sports events,” a front-page article in The Times on Jan. 16, 1973, reported, “the national anthem has been dropped from the Olympic Invitational track and field meet at Madison Square Garden.”
The Times quoted the meet’s director as saying that playing the anthem was not obligatory because “its purpose and relevance to sports events has never been established.”
A day later, the front page told a different story: “Garden to Hear Anthem at Track Meet, After All.”
The reversal came after the U.S. Olympic Committee was deluged with “irate calls from all over the country,” The Times reported.


George Croix

There's a big difference between learning from mistakes of the past, and with using them perpetually to avoid facing the present.....imo....

Mark Aaron

More of Henry's bullsnot...

Henry: "manufacturing jobs are being created as new factories are being built"

You mean like this Henry? From New York Magazine: _In an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Trump claimed that Tim Cook had promised that Apple would be building three manufacturing plants here in the U.S. “I spoke to [Mr. Cook], he’s promised me three big plants — big, big, big,” said Trump. “I said, you know, Tim, unless you start building your plants in this country, I won’t consider my administration an economic success. He called me, and he said they are going forward.”
Despite Donald Trump’s claims to The Wall Street Journal, Apple won’t be building three factories in the United States anytime soon. Why? Well, for starters, Apple doesn’t build factories anymore. In the entire world, Apple now owns exactly one manufacturing plant: its plant where it assembles iMacs in County Cork, Ireland._
http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/07/despite-trump-claims-apple-wont-build-3-factories-in-u-s.html

In other words you have been duped, played for a fool.

Henry: "Our economy is booming, the stock market is up"

From Market Watch: _The thing is, it’s not at all unusual for the stock market to go up. Over the past 25 years, the Dow has risen in 187 of past 300 months. That’s 62% of the time. And it’s not unusual for the economy to get bigger. It’s constantly growing, so the number of people at work is usually at a record level. The gross domestic product is almost always at a new high. Trump gets this right: The economy and the markets are doing OK. But he’s wrong to think their performance since he became president is spectacular; it’s just business as usual._
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/fact-checking-trump-the-economy-is-doing-ok-but-its-not-getting-better-2017-07-07

Henry: "This is the people's government and special interest need not apply."

Duped again. From USA Today: _More than 100 former federal lobbyists have found jobs in the Trump administration, despite President Trump’s campaign pledge to restrict the power of special interests in Washington, according to a tally provided to USA TODAY by a Democratic group._
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/06/21/president-donald-trump-lobbyists-hired/416749001/

From NBC News: _ The head of Goldman Sachs said having so many of the firm's former bankers in the government "generates a lot of inconvenience." I'm "a little apprehensive about it because for fear of how it might look," Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, said on CNBC's "Power Lunch." _
https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/lloyd-blankfein-so-many-goldman-sachs-alums-trump-admin-inconvenience-n757076

Walter Manuel

Mark Aaron posted, "You mean like the usual suspects around here who expect Blacks to know their place and not get uppity, George"?

Mark, you make for very good talking points for James Daniels, you both live in the past and find it easier to watch TV for all of the injustices in this world that involve African American people in general and then want to be a keyboard quarterback trying to prove that everyone else is wrong and your right.

For a while there I was actually interested enough to read what you had to post about in response to others, but I'm quickly finding out that your simply another one of those "trolls on the forum" that you accuse others of being.

In case you haven't put 2 and 2 together to figure out that I'm the one who signle handedly took down and exposed the former LMISD BOT with TEA's help for their poor leadership and education of a 84% student population of African American students that James Daniels adamantly defending as having "the best board of trustees and superintendent LMISD has seen in years" and we see how that worked out for them only to finally be removed by TEA and the district consolidated with TCISD.

All of those trifling board members were more concerned about protecting their friends that they could care less about what was best for a whole generation of students who many were unprepared for college entrance exams because they were being grades that they did not earn and therefore weren't adequately prepared for life outside of school.

There's really no need to respond to my post because your thought mentality is like that of James Daniels and his 33% of supporters IMHO and my time is better spent on standing arm in arm with my neighbor in hopes of changing the past, not wanting to continue living it in.

So Mr. Aaron, keep "trolling" for "trolls" and arguing against every point they make, but if you really felt as strong about your viewpoint as you do, you'd take down that ridiculous cartoon picture of yourself and put your own picture on the forum or otherwise to me your no different than a klansman wearing a sheet over his face because he wants others to believe in what he's fighting for, but doesn't have the kahunas big enough to show his face.

My time is certainly worth more than watching a miserable person spew their descent against others when that energy could certainly be put to better use elsewhere. [yawn]

Mark Aaron

Walter: "There's really no need to respond to my post because your thought mentality is like that of James Daniels and his 33% of supporters"

More of your racist ranting. Ho hum.

Get back to us when you demand everyone here post their photos and they comply. You are welcome to change your avatar with something more pleasing, btw.

Walter Manuel

Mark Aaron posted: "More of your racist ranting. Ho hum.".

There, you just made my point about you and James Daniels becoming besties....

James Daniels, just like yourself called me a "racist" which BTW is nonsense because many of my friends, as well, co-workers are African American men and women and I consider them as my family.

Why would anyone who is a "racist" as you and Daniels claim, fight for a better education for a school district who had a student population of 84% African American and around 8% Caucasian??

Yep,,,, just like Daniels, you have nothing to truly fight me with except the "race card", which only shows your ALL words and NO action!

I have NO problem telling the emperor that he's not wearing any clothes no matter what nationality he so happens to be and I will always put my "real" name and face out there because I do, do my own homework.

When you have an "avatar" that suggests "Facts" and then call me a "racist" without ever having met me, then your no better than those same individuals that you claim are reporting fake news.

I'm always open to talking over a cup of coffee/tea and making new friends who just so happen to have viewpoints different than my own because only then can we actually keep this world from going to hell in a hand basket. [whistling]

Mark Aaron

Walter: "James Daniels, just like yourself called me a "racist" "

Get that quite a bit do you Walter?

==> "There, you just made my point about you and James Daniels becoming besties...."

After reading the kind Reverend's thoughts I would be honored to be good friends with him, you, uhmm, not so much.

Matthew Daniels

My name is Matthew James Daniels. I am one of the sons of Rev. James E. Daniels. It never ceases to amaze me how the exact same people always seem to find the time to not only read my fathers insightful opinions in the newspaper, but to also comment on them. And not only comment on them, but also carry on for days sometimes going back and forth about the content of my fathers letters. I am truly humbled by the adoration you naysayers show. Outwardly you speak ill of my fathers opinions, yet you apparently read EVERYTHING is writes. Even the original author of this post, Henry L., began his comments by saying, "predictably...". This implies that he is such an advid follower of my father that he can predict what topics my father will address and when. Wow! As adults we know that predictions can only be made based on knowledge of previous behavior and or events. So to suggest that one could predict my fathers reaction to said topic also implies by default that the "prophet" or "prophetess" (for those who were born male yet identify as female) has been studying my father for quite some time now. So.... thank you for keeping my father relevant. Thank you for reading all of his letters. Thank you for the time spent typing comments. All of which, in effect, has kept you from doing any real work within the community. You try to impeach my fathers insight, yet his insight is respected far more than his detractors insight by the actual people involved in our local governments. I have attended meetings between my father, the chief of police in texas city and la marque, the mayor of texas city, the D.A. of Galveston County, the Emergency Management Director, Lawyers, Judges, City Councilmen, City Commisioners, and virtually every single level of local government. Odd thing is, I;'ve never come across any of these detractors I find in the comments. You all NEVER attend any of these meetings. Is it because you do not care about the community? Or as I suspect, these city officials do not know you to invite you because while you sound good online, you have never actually done any work within the community? My father worked his entire life and is now retired. So to claim he is somehow asking for a "handout" is ridiculous. I am a General Manager for McDonald's making a very nice salary. We need no handouts. We work. But, no press is bad press. So please, continue to read and comment and my father will continue to work,

Walter Manuel

I'm sorry Matthew, but I must dispute the claim that you assert about your Father doing good things for his community. Your Father is a die hard democrat that only thinks of what others can do for those who choose to rely on the government for things that others like myself have to get out and work hard for. Your Dad was a union rep at the refineries for years and Our response to your Father's dwindling popularity in the community was supported by the lies he stood and professed for the former LMISD BOT when he himself knew that it was only because the majority of the board at the time were African American, not by way of the good that they actually.did to effectively run the school district because the truth set a lot of people free including your Dad when those same people he defended were the one's whose to blame for the majority of LMISD schools now being torn down.because they were deplorable from neglect.

James Daniel's only does what he does in order to get his name in the paper, not something that is done while no one else is watching. We will continue to response to your Father's opinions even when the truth hurts. By the was are you the same Son of James' that led the protest against the TC police down Palmer Highway because of the injustice that you felt was being shown against African American people?

If so, you had a good teacher teaching you how to get your face on camera and not have much of a following as we saw on the YouTube video of the 20 or so supportrs who actually showed up for it.

I'm not sure where you got the "King" whatever title that you used, but it was more credit for sure than your protest proved to be. I'm glad that you found a career flipping handburgers at McDonald's because at least unlike your Father, your doing much more than he has proven to do as of late. We can all count of your Father's way of thinking giving us all a good laugh because it's actually hard to imagine anyone to write to the paper with such ridiculous accusations against others who just so happen to be on the opposite fence from him. You give your Dad WAY too much credit for his dwindling support from the community.

Perhaps it's time that he focus on other subjects that he is better prepared to defend with common sense and facts. [yawn]

Mark Aaron

Walter, the more you rant the more I find I like and respect the good Reverend. I can't say the same for you however.

Walter Manuel

No love lost here Mark, trust me.

I'm so good with not having to waste my time nor energy on yet another lost Daniel sheeple who obviously needs to be needed by Daniels.

Your more than welcome to stand behind the likes of someone like James Daniels, and like him, your credibility will be what separates the goats from the sheep.

Mark Aaron

Walter: "your credibility will be what separates the goats from the sheep."

Are you a Trump supporter Walter?

Robert Blake

This discussion forum allowed each of us the opportunity to exercise a constitutional right. We may not agree on everything but who's to say which perspective is correct? People tend to conform and support ideas which are congruent to their lifestyles and experiences, therefore; many Blacks and Whites might view the same situation in a different prospective. We, as a nation must recognize cultural differences, experiences, and understandings to learn to live as a United States. I may not agree with the thought process of many in this discussion group, but I do respect your right to freedom of speech. If you're in a position to make a positive change concerning race relations; please do it. Doing what's best for our country must be the goal of every American. I. like the majority of Black people; love our country. It's just times when we're not feeling the return love. The greatest nation in the world must not be divided along racial lines for this weakens us and prevents us from receiving all the blessing God has in store. Everyone has someone in their lives of a different race which they admire. take an opportunity to tell them.

Carlos Ponce

Robert posts: "We, as a nation must recognize cultural differences, experiences, and understandings to learn to live as a United States."
That's the mantra of Liberals - Identity politics.
Problem is it does not lead to a "United" States but rather disunity. But you are correct when you post, "The greatest nation in the world must not be divided along racial lines for this weakens us and prevents us from receiving all the blessing God has in store."
"Then Peter began to speak:'I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but welcomes those from every nation who fear Him and do what is right.' " Acts 10:34-35
Or in KJV: "Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him."
God does not "recognize cultural differences, experiences, and understandings". God treats everyone the same. Like our "equal protection under the laws" clause in the Constitution.

Mark Aaron

Carlos: "That's the mantra of Liberals - Identity politics. Problem is it does not lead to a "United" States but rather disunity. "

Do you have a debilitating vision problem Carlos? If not, then how have you not noticed that the party of White identity politics is the Republican Party which is made up near exclusively of White people? Democrats, Liberals, and Progressives, on the other hand, reflect the diversity of America. How, in good conscience, can you possibly pretend otherwise?

Robert Blake

Trump might be America's president but it's clear that he's not president for all Americans.

Carlos Ponce

"not president for all Americans." Your opinion, Robert, but I disagree. Looking at the entire picture he is doing what is best for all Americans. You may disagree but remember: "You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime you find you get what you need." Keith Richards, Mick Jagger

Mark Aaron

Carlos: "Your opinion, Robert, but I disagree. Looking at the entire picture he is doing what is best for all Americans."

The overwhelming majority of Americans and the world disagree. Guess that makes you a dupe, Carlos.

Craig Lindberg

Predictably, and on cue, Mark writes “The overwhelming majority of Americans and the world disagree. Guess that makes you a dupe, Carlos.” As is generally the case, it’s shallow thought followed up with a weak little attempt at bullying.

The “overwhelming majority of Americans” can be a fickle bunch, and I doubt any rational person would deny that media coverage (and lack thereof) can and does sway public opinion.

The RCP President Trump Job Approval as of today is 39% approve / 55% disapprove down from 44/44 at the start of the term. At the same point in Obama’s first term, he was 52/41 down from 63/20. Trump has moved -5/+11 and during the exact same period Obama moved -11/+21. Both got worse in both metrics with Obama moving negative twice as fast.

Now consider the press coverage during the respective periods:

10/2/17: “The Pew Research Center, in a content analysis of the early days of the Trump presidency, found that 62 percent of the coverage was negative and only 5 percent was positive. In contrast, President Barack Obama's coverage in early 2009 was 42 percent positive and 20 percent negative, the study said.” https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trumps-right-his-media-coverage-mostly-negative-n806681

10/2/17: Compared to other recent presidents, news reports about President Trump have been more focused on his personality than his policy, and are more likely to carry negative assessments of his actions, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center's Journalism Project.
http://www.npr.org/2017/10/02/555092743/study-news-coverage-of-trump-more-negative-than-for-other-presidents

So, despite having press coverage that was 800% more positive, only 1/3 as negative, and policy-based rather than based on personality, both Obama’s approval and disapproval ratings got worse twice as fast as Trump’s during the same initial period of their administrations.

No rational person could argue that if Trump had positive/negative coverage levels similar to Obama, and if that coverage was focused more on policy and not personality, also similar to Obama, his approval/disapproval ratings would be better than they are today. It would be completely reasonable to believe Trump could be at or above 50% approval. While the extent of the impact on his ratings is debatable, it’s wholly disingenuous to unequivocally suggest that “the overwhelming majority of Americans and the world disagree” based solely on his policy.

Mark Aaron

Craig: " “The Pew Research Center, in a content analysis of the early days of the Trump presidency, found that 62 percent of the coverage was negative and only 5 percent was positive. "

Wow, big surprise. Trump persistently acts like a complete moron and the news media reports it. Get a clue Craig.

George Croix

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=turn+out+the+lights+the+party%27s+over#id=2&vid=0ade63b400209bd33122c02942eb5608&action=click

Matthew Daniels

Walter....... You have to slow down and at least to attempt to listen to what I'm saying before you disagree. A matter opinion is one thing. Everyone is in fact entitled to their opinion. Be it right or wrong. So my purpose for commenting had nothing to do with disputing your opinion of my fathers views. It's a free country so have at it. However, I want to highlight your contradictory views on my father. For one, you claim that he does nothing in the community. Right? Then you complain about him fighting for the LMISD. Do you not get the contradiction? It's obvious. If he is fighting for the LMISD he is "Doing Something For The Community". Now, if you think he is on the wrong side of the debate, that's one thing. But to assert that he isn't doing things in the community is just a blatant lie. In fact, I didn't see you at any of the meetings about LMISD. Did you attend any meetings and tell the administration to their face how horrible you think they are??? Yes? No? Manuel, are you in the community at all, or do you only do this so people will be see your name in the comments and they will then think that you are active in the community? Also, you claim my father isn't in the community yet you again asserted that he was a part of the union. Again contradicting yourself. And about my "20" people marching on the TCPD? Yes, I am one of the sons who lead that march. You want me to feel bad because around "20" people participated? Ok. Show me a time where you organized something similar and "21" people or more showed up.

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