MSNBC’s Tamron Hall Mentions Polite On Society As A Blog She Reads

In an article titled “What I Read” on today’s Atlantic Wire, Tamron Hall of MSNBC mentions Polite On Society as a blog that she regularly reads. The NewsNation host gets her news from the internet exclusively. This blog was mentioned between the iconic Chicago Tribune and The Grio, two major sources of news. Not even a  full month after winning the Best Black Blogger Award, and things like this occur. Awesome. I want to take the time to thank Tamron Hall for linking to this blog, and appreciate the recognition. I am truly humbled. You never know who is reading...

Democrats Attempt To Bring Occupy Wall Street Protests Back Into Fold

It was only a matter of time. A grass roots movement has emerged in New York City, and has put both political parties at unease. While the Republicans choose to bash and condemn, the Democrats express solidarity with the anti-Wall Street protests. Of course, this sudden show of interest in the protests after initially being ignored is wholly based in political self interest. As is typical with populist outbreaks, political parties seek to channel that energy into their own purposes. Here is what people were talking about when supporters of Occupy Wall Street were concerned about possible co-optation. Already we...

Herman Cain: You’re Doing It Wrong

As the campaign of GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain chugs along, things get more and more interesting. This week was rich with gaffes from the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, but lets start with his enlightened commentary on the Occupy Wall Street protests. He said that the protestors should not blame the bankers for their failings at getting a job, but instead blame themselves. He went even further, calling the protests “Un-American” and saying that bankers and brokers are the ones that create the jobs. Pure brilliance. But wait, there’s more! Just when you think it couldn’t get any more...

The Importance of Doing What You Love

Good evening folks. Wanted to take a quick break from the political news updates just to get some things out there for the people.  In addition to writing and heading up this blog, from time to time I guest lecture in classrooms on different historical and political topics. Tonight was one such night. I talked about the U.S. Civil War to a class of about 25 students tonight, and kept a free flowing kind of discussion vibe while providing information to the class at the same time. While time was short, and I didn’t get a chance to speak on...

Occupy Wall Street Protesters: What Demands Are Being Made?

The struggle continues. As the Occupy Wall Street Movement broadens in scope, and picks up more support, it becomes clearer by the day that this is an expression of populist outrage. After even more media attention resulting from the heavy handed mass arrests by the NYPD on Saturday, things have not slowed down. This is encouraging. Now the ante is upped. With the Wall Street protests inspiring similar ones around the country, there is no show of things tapering off. In the last three weeks, people have watched this inchoate and open ended protest, and many are wondering ultimately what...