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Ronald J. Kimbrough United States Army Retired

Ronald J. Kimbrough United States Army Retired

This morning I was watching the news and read the statement “I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.” As a veteran that has earned his right to his own opinion. I have to say that statement offended and scared me at the sametime. When I proudly stood and raised my right hand and took the following oath “I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” When i took that oath it was not to obey the orders of Donald J. Trump. It was not to do harm to the people of this great country in the name of Donald Trump. It was to follow any and every lawful orders of the Office of the President when defending our country and it people. Everyday I see a bigger rip in the fabric of everything that as a veteran who, at one point in my life wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount up to and including my life fought to defend. I hope there are other veterans who like myself want to make it very clear we are still here to defend our nations people not do harm to them in the name of a person. If as a nation that line is crossed what makes the direction our country is heading in different from Germany in World War II. I welcome any intelligent feedback back on this post. All unintelligent comments will just be ignored. If you feel the same way please repost.

MALVEAUX: Clamp Down on Tobacco, Vaping Product Access for Youths

n this Feb. 20, 2014, File photo, a patron exhales vapor from an e-cigarette at the Henley Vaporium in New York. The first peek at a major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix. It’s a preliminary finding, but it highlights some key questions as health officials assess electronic cigarettes. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Nearly half a million people die every year from complications from smoking. About a tenth of them never put a cigarette to their lips — they die from exposure to secondhand smoke. Death from tobacco is, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the leading cause of preventable death. But too many people, enticed by advertising, think that smoking is so “cool” that they embrace it. And the tobacco industry spent more than $9 billion on smoking advertising, or about a million dollars an hour.

For too many, cigarettes are a desperate addiction, encouraged by pernicious advertising. The addiction hits folks of color — Black and brown folks — hardest. We are more likely to be exposed to heavy advertising, more likely to become addicted, and more likely to die from complications of smoking addiction. Public policy can help ameliorate this challenge, perhaps, by further restricting who can buy tobacco and when. Because addictions start early, public policy can help by supporting efforts underway to limit the sale of nicotine to those who are under 21.

Instead, unfortunately, some would prefer to restrict the sale of vaping products, in particular, to keep them out of the hands of children. Why not just further limit the sale of all tobacco products? The companies that manufacture vaping products, like the market leader Juul, are to be commended for attempting to protect young people from the deleterious effects of their products. But their recently accelerated activism is only one small step toward ensuring that young people are protected from the harmful effects of smoking, and they cannot do it alone.

Very recently, Scott Gottlieb, head of the Food and Drug Administration, resigned for “family reasons” (don’t you love it when white men suddenly discover their families when they are in hot water). At the same time, we learned that too many chains, like Walmart, Kroger and Walgreens, along with gas stations, are breaking the law by selling cigarettes and other nicotine products to young people.

But here’s the deal. It doesn’t make sense to regulate the sale of nicotine products, like vaping, without looking at the sale of nicotine products, like cigarettes. Children (yes, despite their protests, I think of anyone under 21 as a child) shouldn’t be purchasing alcohol or tobacco. Period. End of conversation. They aren’t grown. They are susceptible to addiction. The law should protect them and penalize those who make it easy for them to access these products.

But the law does not protect. Instead, legislators selectively go after some products, while protecting others. If legislators understood the damage that nicotine and tobacco products do to people, especially young people, they’d be rushing to outlaw them. Instead, because tobacco is big business, the industry is protected. Furthermore, products that attempt to ameliorate the harmful sides of smoking, like vaping, are subjected to unreasonable scrutiny, even outlawed. To their credit, vaping companies are owning their role in possible addiction and standing for a ban on selling any nicotine products to children.

Part of this is personal for me. I’ve written before about my mom’s smoking addiction, which has led to her developing COPD and emphysema diseases in her ninth decade. But it’s more than the personal. It’s about the ways that public policy can protect young people, even as they make poor choices.

Follow the money, goes the trope. Who benefits from youngsters buying tobacco and nicotine products? Why do legislators protect them? Why would legislators crack down on vaping, but not cigarettes? Who benefits? If we follow the money, we have to monitor the lobby. Who has power in this game?

We always need to follow the money when we look at the ways that some products are offered to the market and others are restricted. We always need to follow the money when we realize that there are always beneficiaries in a society that has predatory capitalism at its roots. We don’t need more children being exposed to addiction. We shouldn’t outlaw vaping products without outlawing the sale of tobacco to children. I appreciate some manufacturers for joining many others in standing up against companies like Walmart, Walgreen’s and the others that are making big dollars selling tobacco and nicotine products to children. It needs to stop. Now. Legislators need to step up and protect our children from this destructive addiction!

Paul Manafort’s Sentence Proves White Lives Matter

I know black people like Paul Manafort.

Like Manafort, Larry Langford, the former mayor of Birmingham, Ala., was essentially jailed for collusion after he directed $7.1 million in county bond business to investment bankers in exchange for $230,000 in cash, a few suits and some jewelry. Like Manafort, Larry Langford was found guilty in a federal court. And Larry Langford’s attorney asked the judge for leniency because, like Manafort, Larry Langford was elderly and seriously ill.

But unlike Paul Manafort, Larry Langford was black.

A federal judge sentenced Larry Langford to 15 years in federal prison.

Then, there is the tragedy of Read More

On B. Smith, Husband Dan Gasby and the Backlash over Moving on When a Spouse Has Alzheimer’s

Respected Scholar Explains How Immigration Harms Native Blacks

Nationwide — Dr. Claud Anderson, best-selling author and President of The Harvest Institute, says, “Whether it is building a wall or open admission of immigrants, the partisan debate on immigration shut down the federal government and furloughed hundreds of thousands of employee, but has ignored a core issue: the effects of immigration on Native Blacks, the most vulnerable citizens.” The Harvest Institute, a Washington, D.C. based non-profit policy and advocacy organization, has released an article on its website at www.HarvestInstitute.org, meant to address that issue.

Anderson comments, “Executing immigration policies without mitigating the negative impact those polices have on Black Americans is illegal and unconstitutional.” The article explains that the 13th and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution, enacted at the end of the 1860’s Civil War, mandated that Black people be treated in all manners similar to Whites and that government must use all necessary means to lift the legacies and burdens of slavery from the shoulders of Blacks. Since then, six succeeding generations of immigrants have been fast tracked into full American Dream membership while Black Americans remain the nation’s official underclass.

The mandates of the 13th and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution have been ignored, violated and corrupted. These constitutional amendments were the collective base for the 1866 Civil Rights Laws designed to correct he 1857 Dredd Scott decision that held a Black man had no rights a White man was bound to respect. These laws were originally intended, not for all people, but to specifically correct the systemic injustice imposed upon Black people.

Throughout the nation’s history, there have been successive waves of immigrants that have blocked the access of Native Blacks to, or pushed them off of, the upward A MUST READ

 

Why Did the Russians Target African-American Voters to help Donald Trump?

One of the most striking revelations to come out of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on Russian interference was the intensity of Russia’s efforts to influence African-Americans.

What did the social media webpages Black4Black, Fit Black, Nefertiti’s Community, Pan-African Roots, Williams & Kalvin, Blacktivist and Woke Blacks have in common? They were all Russian fronts. These pages and many others were part of the Russian government’s efforts to demobilize Black voters during the 2016 election.

One of the most striking revelations to come out of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on Russian interference was the intensity of Russia’s efforts to influence African-Americans.

Russian Disinformation Efforts Target African-American Voters

The Internet Research Agency, the arm of Russian intelligence responsible for the interference, created 81 Facebook pages that attracted more than 1,000 followers. Thirty of the pages explicitly targeted Black audiences, attracted almost 1.2 million followers and generated tens of millions of likes and shares. The Russians’ efforts were not limited to Read More

Northam Won’t Go

Members of the press crowded into the Virginia Governor’s Mansion Saturday for a prepared statement from Northam, addressing a shockingly racist photo on his personal page in the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook, which showed a man in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood, ostensibly while attending a racist costume party over 34 years ago.

“I believe then and now that I am not either of those people in that photo that is not me, that’s not who I am. While I have made mistakes in my past, what started yesterday is not realistic, and I just hope folks will realize that.”

How does Northam know it wasn’t him in the photo? Well, since he “darkened” his skin for a Michael Jackson dance contest San Antonio once, he’d remember if he wore blackface that other time. He also attempted to “contrast” how his King of Pop facepaint was less appalling and offensive than the yearbook photo.

But since he “vividly doesn’t remember” doing blackface for the yearbook photo, which he repeatedly called “blackfacing,” then it didn’t happen.A man was fo

He also cheerfully explained that he only used a little shoe polish, due to the challenges of removing shoe polish from white skin.

What he did not explain was why he had such detailed knowledge of shoe polish removal from white skin.

For the good of the Democratic Party and the people of Virginia Gov.Northam you need to resign.

Ronald Kimbrough

Member Morris County Democratic Committee

A man was found dead at Democratic donor Edward Buck’s home. It’s not the first time.

A man was found dead at the home of prominent Democratic donor Edward Buck in West Hollywood early Monday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

It’s the second death of an adult male at Buck’s home in the last couple years. In July 2017 a man identified as Gemmel Moore was determined to have fatally overdosed at the same location, authorities said. Buck, 64, was present at the time of both incidents.
Now police are conducting an investigation of Monday’s death as well as follow-up interviews and a secondary review of the 2017 death to better understand the two cases, authorities said.
Deputies responded to the home at 1:05 a.m. Monday regarding a person not breathing. They pronounced the man dead when they arrived, the Sheriff’s Department said. The cause of death is unknown and will be determined by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
The death of Moore, a 26-year-old black man, in July 2017 was determined to be an accidental methamphetamine overdose, the Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner’s website says.
The admissible evidence in the case was insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Buck was responsible for Moore’s death, according to a charge evaluation worksheet from the LA County District Attorney in July 2018. The admissible evidence was also insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he furnished drugs to Moore or that he possessed drugs, the document states.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center, an organization that provides services and advocates for LGBT people, called on the Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva to fully investigate the latest death and “aggressively seek justice.”
“Although the investigation is in its early stages, we urge Sheriff Villanueva to keep the public fully informed as LGBT people have a considerable and urgent interest in a case that is so clearly linked to the health and safety of our community,” the statement said. “The reports we have heard provide more questions than answers.”
CNN has reached out to Buck’s attorney, Seymour Amster, for comment.
Amster told CNN affiliate KCAL/KCBS that the man who died was one of Buck’s longtime friends and that Buck was sober and did not give the victim any drugs.
“This is not a situation where Mr. Buck has caused a death. This is a situation where Mr. Buck has longtime friends who unfortunately do not handle their life well,” Amster said.
Buck has donated to a number of Democratic candidates and PACs in recent years, according to information from OpenSecrets, a nonpartisan group that tracks money in US politics.
In 2017, he gave $10,400 to the Getting Stuff Done PAC affiliated with Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, $2,700 to Rep. Ted Lieu of California, and $1,000 each to Rep. Jimmy Gomez of California, Rep. Pete Aguilar of California, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois, and former Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana.
He also previously gave $2,700 to Hillary Clinton in 2015, $5,000 to the House Majority PAC that supports Democrats in 2014, and $1,000 to Barack Obama in 2008, according to OpenSecrets.
In 2010, Buck heckled California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman at a political event, according to news reports from NJ.com at the time. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was campaigning for Whitman, then confronted Buck.
“It’s people who raise their voices and yell and scream like you that are dividing this country,”Christie said. “We’re here to bring this country together, not to divide it.”