Allen West.com Half-Asses Its Philando Castile Post

allenwestI was curious what prominent Black Republican, Allen West, thought about Philando Castile’s death, so I went to his site. I found a shamefully half-assed post with the deliberately misleading title: “Minnesota man was stopped by police in connection with armed robbery“.

To be fair, West didn’t write the post; he’s too busy personally condemning Black Lives Matter and The New Black Panther Party to concern himself with yet another Black citizen killed by police. Besides, saying the wrong thing could mean the Republican White Boys Club won’t let him pretend he’s one of them anymore. He did manage to tweet out a sensationalized and misleading link to the post, which alludes to Castile being the robber in the picture. Disgraceful, even for him.

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Anyway… The post’s first paragraph reads:

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The author then proceeds to purposely not give the full picture himself. He points out that Castile wasn’t pulled over for a broken tail light, but rather because an officer thought he might be an armed robbery suspect. The officer tells the police dispatcher:

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Let me first point out that the robbery had taken place 4 days earlier; it’s not as if they thought Mr. Castile was fleeing the scene.

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Second of all, he pulled him over for a wide set nose? Put some dreds and a ballcap on Allen West and even he’d fit that description. The most misleading bit in the post however, is this:

Castile’s girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, claims in the video that Castile had a Permit to Carry a firearm.  ConservativeTreehouse.com is reporting that they contacted the Ramsey County Sheriff’s office and questioned whether they had issued a Conceal Carry Permit to Castile:

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Oddly enough, it took me seconds to retrieve evidence of Mr. Castile’s carry permit:

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Lo and behold, he got it in a different county; guess that never occurred to the post’s author. By the way, you won’t find a correction in the post regarding the permit, either.

Allen West should be demanding higher standards from the people who write for him. Oh, and maybe just once, he could bring himself to stand up for his own race.

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McCrory Signs Bill to Suppress Evidence

McCroryThis is today’s GOP: Rather than laying down the law to police officers in his state regarding excessive force, or God forbid, holding them accountable, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has signed legislation to suppress evidence. The Governor’s website states: The public safety of North Carolina’s citizens is of utmost importance to the McCrory Administration.” Yet, as ABC Raleigh reports:

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Here are a few radical ideas: How about “rules and guidelines” for officers? How about psych evaluations? How about rubber bullets and stun guns? How about training in de-escalation? How about mandatory termination and jail time for officers who shoot people in the back.  How about demanding your police departments PROTECT those they are PAID TO PROTECT, which includes people of color, even those suspected of criminal activity. As the Black Lives Matter movement explains:

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In fact, The 14th Amendment states:

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That is what BLM is fighting for.

I seriously doubt this power grab by McCrory will pass constitutional muster considering the videos belong to the taxpayers. The fact that any Governor would choose suppression of evidence as a solution to the possible criminal activity of law enforcement should make people of all colors scream NO!

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An Open Letter to David Fields, re: Your Move On Petition

reality-checkA Gentleman by the name of David Fields has written a Move On petition titled: EMERGENCY Request for the FBI to Investigate the DNC for blatant Election Fraud. His summary paragraph reads:

We The People of The United States request an investigation into the DNC to ensure that there will not be any voter suppression or election fraud in choosing the Democratic nominee as there have been in numerous states this Primary season.

This is an open letter in response to Mr. Fields:

Dear Mr. Fields,

Believe me, I’m sorry your candidate didn’t win the 2016 Democratic nomination. That being said, claiming you represent “The People of the United States” in your petition is quite an exaggeration. The current population of the U.S. is 323,969,465; Bernie Sanders has received 12,009,562 votes, which represents less than 4% of the population. You are hardly speaking for “The People of the United States”. You write (my highlights):

“As Americans we have been promised that our votes will be counted. But during this Democratic Primary season there have been consistent reports of rampant tampering with voter registration, voter suppression, and official election results not matching the exit polls. Hundreds of thousands of voters being removed from the voter rolls; voter party affiliations are being changed without their consent so they cannot vote; polling places have been reduced significantly so voters have to wait for hours resulting in voters leaving before casting a vote.” This has been happening in key states such as Nevada, Massachusetts, Illinois, Kentucky, Arizona, New York, California, ect. In the state of Kentucky alone there were 31 reports of election fraud.”

Unfortunately, your petition shows a certain lack of knowledge regarding the election process, and… well, just about everything; allow me to address a few points:

To begin with, I suggest you educate yourself on the term election “fraud”.

In Kentucky, there were in fact 76 calls made regarding election irregularities; but, as reported by Raw Story:

… there was only one case of voter fraud and that it was in Pikeville, where, as WSAZ reported, there were procedural questions and questions about an election official reported.

… anything that is a violation of election law is considered “voter fraud.” Whether it’s keeping someone from voting, a misplaced yard sign or even electronic voting machines not working, all of them could be considered “voter fraud” under the law. Thus, any complaint is filed under “allegations of voter fraud.”

Voter Registration: Neither Republican nor Democratic National Committees control voter registration; that is a function of each state’s Election Commission, overseen by that state’s Secretary of State. The FACT is, whether No Party Preference (NPP) voters change their registration to Democrat or Republican, the state’s election officials have no way of knowing who they’ll be voting for. It would be impossible for them to “target” Sanders voters.

In California, the Wall Street Journal reported:

While state Republicans forbid …“No Party Preference” voters from participating in the GOP primary, non-affiliated voters are able to cast a ballot in the Democratic contest. In order to vote for Mrs. Clinton or Mr. Sanders on Tuesday though, these people must specifically request a second ballot that lists the Democratic presidential options. The deadline to request such a ballot for absentee voting passed last week, and there is considerable evidence that large majorities of No Party Preference voters did not request that second ballot.

As World Bulletin put it:

Sanders’ campaign was spending time talking policy at giant rallies instead of educating their voters on how to vote.

As for Bernie losing California, as the Los Angeles Times reported:

… women and Latinos — have powered the Democratic Party’s ascent here…

In the Democratic primaries that have been held so far, Clinton has tended to corral richer and more educated voters, and Sanders has triumphed by huge margins among younger and lower-income voters. In California, she’s losing voters younger than 50 by 15 points, so that deficiency remains true.

But among blue-collar voters, she’s beating Sanders by 6 points because so many of those voters here are Latinos and women, two groups with which Clinton has relationships dating to her husband’s 1992 campaign.

Polling stations: Not quite sure where you’ve been while Republicans across the country have been making it harder and harder for people to vote, something Democrats have been fighting against, as the New York Times reported:

Democrats allied with Hillary Rodham Clinton are mounting a nationwide legal battle 17 months before the 2016 presidential election, seeking to roll back Republican-enacted restrictions on voter access that Democrats say could, if unchallenged, prove decisive in a close campaign.

Couple the GOP’s new voter restrictions with a surge in new voter registrations this election cycle, and anyone could have, and should have, anticipated longer lines. That’s where early and absentee voting come in handy.

votingYou might also want to consider who’s running many voting problem states.

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The fact is, both parties and their candidates’ supporters have experienced voting problems or inconveniences in these primaries, but the burdens have fallen disproportionately on Democratic voters.  One thing neither party can be blamed for however, is “…voters leaving before casting a vote” because, (Gasp!) they had long waits.

Exit Polls: The New York Times writes:

How can the exit polls be off by so much? The biggest thing to remember is that they’re just polls! They’re usually based on a sample of a few dozen precincts or so in a state, sometimes not even including many more than 1,000 respondents. Like every other type of survey, they’re subject to a margin of error because of sampling and additional error resulting from various forms of response bias.

Finally, since you “…demand that someone be held accountable“, you might start by looking in the mirror.

I’m sorry that Democrats weren’t around to hold Bernie supporters’ hands before they:

  • Registered too late
  • Forgot to change or declare a party
  • Couldn’t be bothered to learn state voting laws, or
  • Had to deal with those pesky provisional ballots

I’m sorry Democrats weren’t there to roll out the red carpet for those Sanders voters who finally thought it was important enough to vote.

I’m sorry that you think all of this happened because “the fix was in” for Hillary Clinton; because, if that were the case, she’d have won in 2008.

Most of all, I’m sorry this country has raised so many whiny babies who would throw the entire country under the bus because they didn’t get their way. Luckily, mature Sanders voters understand the stakes and are already switching their support to Hillary. See, as it turns out, “WE THE [DEMOCRATIC] PEOPLE” actually chose Hillary Clinton.

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