Obama and the Commoners

Screen Shot 2015-01-24 at 9.42.44 AMIf you read this blog or follow me on twitter or on facebook, then you know that I am generally NO FAN of president Obama … so it may seem a little strange that I’m actually siding with the same person that I consistently call a moron.

The recent Obama Interviews on Youtube have generated a lot of buzz with the mainstream “conservatives” out there. Of course, most of these “conservatives” are really Republicans using conservative as a buzz-word to broaden their base. In truth, mainstream Republicans and “conservatives” are NOT for smaller government. Sure – they may claim they are for smaller government, but they also support such massive intrusions on our liberties such as The Patriot Act.

con·serv·a·tive  /kənˈsərvətiv/: a person who is averse to increases in governmental power, influence, and regulation. This includes especially the federal level, but also the state and local levels.


But I digress – let’s get back to Obama and Youtube.

He certainly is NOT a king.

Conservatives and Republicans have consistently beat the drum that “Obama is not a King!!” Well, then you idiots need to remember your own drumbeat. He certainly is NOT a king. Conducting Youtube interviews with videobloggers is fine. As a matter of fact I respect that.

Conducting Youtube interviews with videobloggers is fine.

Does that mean I agree with the interviews? No. Does that mean I liked all the questions? No. Am I agreeing with Obama? Hell no.

Oh – but they are not “real reporters”. They don’t “fact check” anything. /sigh

Do I need to remind anyone of how effectively silly those arguments are? Sorry – but while “mainstream” journalists may be “educated” and may be “trained”, that certainly does not mean they are flawless and unbiased. Need I mention Dan Rather and the Killian Documents? Ok – what about Fox’s recent stupid comment about No-Go Zones in Paris?

My point is simple. The internet has already drastically changed the way we both distribute and receive information. It is the “great equalizer”. Obama is NOT a king and the POTUS absolutely should spend time “with the commoners.” Get off your hypocritical high-horses Republicans – this is another example of why I only vote Republican because it is the lesser of 2 evils.

Give me common interviews and information all day long. I’m fine with the unfiltered.

Garner Guns and Police Protection

Of course the Eric Garner situation has done nothing but add fuel to the racial embers burning in the black communities. While the vast majority of “white America” has been over the racial divide for last 10-20 years, the race hustlers continue to stir the pot. After all – it’s how they make their living.

Naturally, the debate rages on social media, so I figured I’d share one of my recent conversations. Calvin Lester decided to share Rep Hank Johnson (D-GA) ridiculous “I can’t breathe” speech from the House floor.

As a reminder, Rep Hank Johnson has already provided us with a wealth of comedy – he thinks Guam (the island territory) might actually tip over. Even The Young Turks can’t defend that one..



Screen Shot 2014-12-31 at 10.29.41 AMEnjoy.

@Jarvis – maybe you misunderstand. “We” don’t have guns because of a mistrust of the police at the all. “We” actually trust the police to do their job – which is NOT protecting “us”. That would require some sort of pre-crime analysis which isn’t possible with current technology. Protection also isn’t feasible since it would require 24/7 supervision for all of us. There simply aren’t enough cops.

The job of the police is law enforcement, hence their title as law enforcement officers. That enforcement happens AFTER the fact 95% of the time. Of course, that means a crime has to first happen before they can show up with the lights and guns and yellow tape.

“We” have guns (and other means) of protection because we believe that ultimately “we” are responsible for both our own actions and our safety.


In the case of Garner, I do agree with you that the actions by the cops were ridiculous. Whether they were on orders to increase the pressure on the local riff-raff doesn’t matter. Arrest for selling illegal cigarettes? Really?

In my opinion that should be a ticket and court appearance. If the local businesses complained (apparently) then give him the opportunity to vacate the area or face arrest.

I also don’t care if he had a record or not. This was an overstep of the local government – not of the police.

On the other hand, verbally resisting and complaining is not the same as physically resisting. Once he physically resisted, the outcome was never going to be in his favor. More cops will simply show up. Did he “fight” the cops? Not exactly – but as any parent knows, trying to drag or control or contain a child throwing a tantrum where you are fighting dead weight is difficult enough. Now imagine a 350lb man.

Ultimately, the cop(s) did NOT kill Garner. He killed himself by his actions that were precipitated by local overreach.

Williams Campaign Wages War on Women

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 5.44.01 PMYou know – I don’t have a vote whatsoever in the Shreveport mayoral race. However, I feel really sorry for my friends across the river. The field of candidates this year leaves a lot to be desired.

Here’s the interesting thing though. Rather than fight on the issues, one of the campaign PAC’s for Democratic state representative Patrick C. Williams has decided to take a decidedly negative turn. Gerry May from KTBS posted an image that shows how the Williams for Mayor supporters have decided to continue waging the Democratic War on Women on Victoria Provenza.

I would expect that from the side of a Democratic politician. What I don’t expect it from are the so-called “conservatives” who are helping the Williams campaign. Shame on you guys for even associating yourself with such tactics. Many of the same faces are in the game doing to the same tactics that have resulted in more than one failed campaign for some good candidates. You know who you are.

Fight with the facts. Fight with the issues. Fight with experience.

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 5.47.46 PM

Provenza also claims (via Facebook Messenger) that she has custody of her children, and that KTBS has knowledge and documentation of that fact. However, according to her the TV station “has an agenda.” I requested a copy of that order, but Victoria claims that she has filed a libel suit against KTBS.

“At this point it’s in the hands if [sic] the attorneys.” — Victoria Provenza via Facebook Messenger

The truth is Victoria Provenza can put herself in enough hot water – such as with her now infamous KTBS interview. However, to be fair, she claims (via Facebook messenger) that there was about 4 hours of interview footage that was heavily edited. That may or may not be true, but Victoria should have avoided that trap.

UPDATE: Just chatted with Jim Wells from the MyBossier blog – he checked the court records. As of right now, there is NO LAWSUIT filed against KTBS. This race is literally crazy now.
KTBS.com – Shreveport, LA News, Weather and Sports    

The 2014 Shreveport Mayoral Race might just go down in history as one of the oddest fields of candidates in the history of the race, but of course, the 2010 race was a little odd too.  

Maya and Slavery

Screen Shot 2014-05-30 at 10.27.35 AM

It is kind of true, we didn’t cause a genocide but we did enslave a race of people. — Jay from Facebook

We? You have a mouse in your pocket with a time traveling machine?

I’m certainly not disputing the evils of slavery but to lump us all with the sins of some of our past ancestors is just silly. So – let’s analyze enslavement in the colonies and America just a bit.

It was African tribal/village leaders who sold the slaves to Muslims and Europeans first – long before the American slave trade. When you research “modern history accounts” such as this one from the History Channel, guess what they don’t mention?

Ever heard the name Anthony Johnson and the Casor Suit? By official records, Johnson was the first person to legally own a slave in the colonies – and he was black.

Johnson was captured by an enemy AFRICAN tribe and sold into ARAB slavery. Eventually, he was sold as a indentured servant to a merchant with the Virginia Company. Sometime before 1647, Johnson earned his freedom and by 1651 he owned 250 acres and the services of 4 white and 1 black indentured servants.

Concerning the Casor lawsuit, there were certainly cases of lifetime indentured servitude, but this was the first which wasn’t attributable to an “escape” and thus breach of contract. According to Casor, his indentured service had expired 7 years prior, but Johnson would not let him go. The first court sided with Casor, but the appeal sided with Johnson.

There were actually quite a few free blacks in the colonies and eventually America who owned a considerable number of slaves. One of the largest slave owners in Louisiana was a free black man named Antoine Dubuclet, who also happened to be the first black state Treasurer. These black slave owners weren’t just trying to use the system for “freeing” their slaves either.

Back to Maya Angelou’s comments, I daresay that many of the Cubans who have fled to the good ole USA might not consider themselves slaves per se, but I’m quite sure they feared Castro and Communism in much the same way. The Communist regime in China, North Korea, and even the former USSR held a sort of quasi-slavery rule over it’s people. Of course, now Russia and China both are moving (albeit slowly) towards capitalism and forms of democracy.

The point is that try to lump something into a box without realizing the full context is just stupidity. For Maya to support Castro and attempt to justify that by using inferences to slavery is just shallow and stupid.

</soap box>

Conservative Thinking by Rex Moncrief