Deray McKesson Collects $165k from Baltimore City’s $130 Million Deficit

Many Baltimore City residents gave Maryland Governor Larry Hogan the side eye for declining to bail out public schools now strapped with a $129 million deficit. As of July 1, $80 million cuts happened for individual schools, teachers and staff. 1,000 teachers and staff were laid off effecting approximately 82,000 students currently enrolled. Larger class sizes and favorite teachers missing will be the new normal for many in the Fall.

Another missing will be self proclaimed civil rights activist Deray Mckesson. He recently announced he will be leaving his position, not to be confused with staff that was let go due to budgeting issues. As the head of human resources, Deray was raking in $165,000 a year. CEO Sonja Santelises praised McKesson’s work exclaiming he showed great attention to detail, and worked late nights on complex staffing and payroll issues. So basically Deray was paid three times his salary to manage, well, payroll.

The CEO’s comments are intriguing, considering you can find Deray Mckesson on Instagram working late nights on furthering his agenda during the school year. February 24, Friday, during business hours, Deray shared a panel with former Attorney General Eric Holder discussing race in Atlanta. April 5, Wednesday he attended an event in New York alongside Yara Shahidi. On December 2, 2016, a Monday, Deray was speaking at the BoFVoices ‘Race, Inequality, and Privilege summit. Next photo shows later that night he was with his “Crew. BOFVoices” he writes. Next day, he was again speaking at the summit, definitely not in his Baltimore office that Tuesday. November 9, Wednesday, a great day in American history if I may add, Deray posted a few photos of himself consoling Cher at the Javtis Center in New York as the votes did not roll in for Hillary Clinton. On September 14, Wednesday, not sure if the CEO recalls seeing him that evening, he posted a photo hanging out New York at a CBC event? On July 9, 2016, Deray made headlines for being arrested in Baton Rouge while protesting with his organization, Campaign Zero. He missed work on July 11th, Monday, and his colleagues were unsure if he would be released by Tuesday to attend a Baltimore City Public School Board meeting to take notes. You get the picture.

While collecting Baltimore City tax dollars, Deray managed to start a podcast, “Save the People”, receive notice via federal lawsuit that he is being blamed for inciting a riot that resulted in the deaths of three police officers and wounding three others, partied at the Essence Festival the day the new budget cuts went into effect, and one of the most offensive, tried to make the male romper a fashion statement. Perhaps Governor Hogan knows just how much fraud and senseless spending is going down in Baltimore City and found no reason to throw more money at the worst school district in the state of Maryland.

I can’t help but wonder how much of Deray McKesson’s salary went toward funding political campaigns? If Deray Mckesson is any indication of the waste, CEO Sonja Santelises should be one of the 1,000 let go this summer.

Failed Notre Dame Walk Out

How embarrassing?

Prior to the walkout during Notre Dame commencement with guest speaker Vice President Mike Pence, organized group We StaND For, was not involved in much. The group has labeled itself as a student activist coalition, and according to their twitter feed, they believed there was going to be a successful walk out this past weekend.

Turns out only 100 students joined the group to show their dismay in VP Mike Pence. Over 3,000 students remained in their seats, some even shouted a few boos to those that decided to get up and leave. Once the students left the event, they stood outside the ceremony awaiting their photo opportunity wearing gay pride ribbons.

Of course groups such as the Women’s March praised the students that decided to selfishly take attention away from those that worked hard and paid a lot of money to enjoy their graduation. There is a time and place to protest the current administration, and this wasn’t the place. It seems the liberals have yet to understand that the abundance of protests are continuing to sway many independents to the right.

Nordstrom Made A Yuge Mistake

Well, it is no secret Nordstrom recently dropped Ivanka Tump’s line from their stores, but was it the right move? Liberals claiming to shop at the department store started a nationwide campaign for Nordstrom to drop the brand, though, at first, Nordstrom seemed to be holding its stance and not choosing a side. However, after pressure applied via social media, Nordstrom folded and stated they were dropping Ivanka’s line due to sales.

Now could it be true? Sure, but let’s be real, there are a few brands at Nordstrom that could have also received the boot that did not. Unfortunately, when you side with a group that is very good at claiming to be victimized by something so simple, you can’t predict their next target. Just a couple days ago Nordstrom announced its nonprofit partner for 2017, YWCAUSA.

YWCAUSA mission statement:

  • We seek to increase the equal protections and equal opportunities of people of color.
  • We work to increase economic opportunities for women and girls of color, recognizing the importance of addressing the race and gender inequities that exist for this historically and contemporarily marginalized community. 
  •  We strive to improve the often disproportionately negative health and safety outcomes for women and girls of color by making sure they have access to high-quality health and safety resources and support systems.

 

Interesting, drop the President’s daughter, and then announce partner that could be considered anti-Trump. YWCAUSA tweets almost hourly about how much they despise everything the Trump administration is doing, right down to his choice in cabinet members.

Lets be honest, staying quiet and not choosing a side until the storm passed would have had an effect on sales for maybe a month, if that, who knows if those boycotting actually shopped at the department store? Today’s protestors move with the so called movement, so the next target is a trendy tweet away. I believe Nordstrom made two mistakes. Mistake one, whomever orchestrated the boycott have made Nordstrom their donkey. At any point, they can claim Nordstrom is discriminating against customers or not hiring enough black people and begin a boycott tomorrow. Keep in mind Al Sharpton made a career out of pulling the race card against corporations, ask Macy’s. Mistake two, those not looking to shop somewhere that gets involved in politics, and of course Trump supporters, will walk away. Might I mention, depending on Ivanka’s contract with Nordstrom, if she finds that she was dropped due to boycott, as a woman, she too could claim discrimination and file a lawsuit.

In a nutshell, Nordstrom better pray they made the right choice, oh wait, they chose the side that doesn’t get involved in prayer.

Climate Change Is Out, Police Reform

Every year it seems the left comes up with a buzz word or two to act as if the problem isn’t what we all know it to be.

For instance, Police Reform places blame on the police for all criminal behavior. Stating because the police do not have a better relationship with the community, there is a ton of crime and killings. I don’t even think my 9 year old stepdaughter would buy this insertion. A lot of this starts at home. A good upbringing and family structure goes a long way. Did you know 78% of high school dropouts are raised in a home where the father is absent? Notice I did not say black homes? This is not a race issue, this is a daddy issue.

According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, those from a fatherless home are more likely to go to prison, more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs, 7 times more likely to become pregnant as a teen, more likely to commit a crime, and the list of negatives go on. So it isn’t surprising that in a predominantly black community, so much crime is taking place. 79% of black children live in a fatherless home. It isn’t rocket science, its just not what people want to hear. Democrats like to cater to feelings, and the general feeling is there must be someone to blame. So who is taking the wrap? Not the fathers abandoning their children, the police.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some strong single mothers keeping their children on the straight and narrow. There are some mothers working 3 jobs to make ends meet, and just can’t possibly keep a watchful eye at all times. Of course, there a few that could just care less and love the fact that they can blame others for their poor parenting. My question, do the police need reform? Or do Police Commissioners need to be held responsible for their “bad apples”? I guarantee if you told a chief his job is on the line for any hate crime committed by any officer on their force, we would see a drastic change. Should police make an effort to build a trusting relationship with the residents on their beat? Absolutely, so many more cases would be solved. But to send police into communities to build these relationships without respect for their lives, well in some areas, that is downright dangerous. Respect for our men and women in blue is at an all time low. Perhaps we should build a trusting relationship on both ends.

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Gays Wanted Acceptance, Now Reject Society

In 2015 the Supreme Court decided to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Yet, we have seen many in the LGBTQ community reject the idea that they must accept the President elected by all 50 states.

That’s funny, there were many objecting to the law, yet it was completely forced on the entire country. If you disagreed aloud you were considered a homophobe. It never occurred to the supporters that some of us had a few questions on how it could affect the future. Could this be the beginning of the government forcing what most believe to be immoral upon the country? Next I knew everyone wanted to use the same bathroom. Are the women’s restroom lines not long enough as it is?

This is the classic, “give them an inch, they take a yard” scenario. It went from equality and tolerance to totalitarian . If we are sympathizing with people’s feelings, shouldn’t we have to sympathize across the board? We can’t teach God in schools any longer, but same-sex marriage has been added to textbooks. Perhaps you have parents against gay rights just as much as some parents are against my man Jesus?

Just this past weekend we witnessed the Women’s March claim to be an inclusive get together of solidarity. However, if you are pro life or pro Trump, yeah the President of the United States, you weren’t invited. I am a firm believer that the rule of law is very important. Changing laws to make someone feel like they are a part of a team, that they later don’t want to be a part of, seems silly. I personally am not bothered by gay rights, though, I am fearful of this road of “tolerance” we seem to be on.

At this rate we will make one big circle to conservative views, or we will have another Civil War. If I were a snowflake against the right to bear arms, I would chill.

 

Rep John Lewis Reminds Us Why We Need Term Limits

Can we stop pretending Representative John Lewis is relevant?

Rep Lewis got himself into a beef with President Elect Donald Trump, yet people are acting as if this beef actually deserves a spotlight. Way before I was born, Representative Lewis found himself on the front line in many dangerous situations fighting for civil rights. He clearly played a key role in desegregation of the south. I am just trying to figure out what he has done since then?

John Lewis has been a Georgia politician since 1987, yes 30 years, and has not brought forth one law to better the circumstances of black people in America. Lets go a bit deeper, he has not brought forth one law, period. He has organized demonstrations and made a stink about not attending inaugurations of president elects he doesn’t consider a friend. He has publically opposed a few bills, didn’t offer any fixes, but made sure to throw a fit. Basically, Representative Lewis throws temper tantrums that are seen by more than just people in a Walmart check out line.

I hate to be rude, not really, John Lewis may be one of the least effective members of congress. The 50-something democrats on the hill not attending this year’s inauguration claim they are being a voice for their constituents. Well, what about the constituents that voted for President Elect Trump? What message are you sending the Trump supporters in your district? Better yet, which finger are you waving their way?