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Four MSNBC Hosts Owe Tax Debts

 

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THR: Touré Neblett, co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle, is the latest network host to be under scrutiny for owing thousands in taxes. 

According to public records reviewed by National Review, Neblett’s debt currently stands at over $59,000. A state tax warrant of $46,862.68 was issued to the host and his wife in September 2013, followed by an additional warrant for $12,849.87 six months later. Neblett formerly served as a contributor for The Dylan Ratigan Show before it was canceled by the network in 2012.

He joins three other MSNBC hosts who have also reportedly been issued tax warrants or liens, including Joy Ann-Reid, Melissa Harris-Perry and Al Sharpton.

National Review reports that the state of New York filed a tax warrant against Reid, who has been a contributor for the network since 2011, and her husband for the amount of $4,948.15 last month. Reid hosted The Reid Report for a full year — from February 2014 until its early cancelation in February 2015.

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Just last week, the Winston-Salem Journal also reported that Harris-Perry, who has hosted the political commentary program Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC since 2012, and husband James Perry owed $70,000 in delinquent taxes ($21,721 of which was paid off on Tax Day, Harris-Perry told the newspaper).

Sharpton’s financial run-ins with the IRS surfaced back in November 2014, as reported by The New York Times. The Times estimated that Sharpton, host of political talk show PoliticsNation since 2011, and his combined businesses owed around $4.5 million in state and federal tax liens.

An MSNBC spokesperson declined to comment on the reports.

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Planned Parenthood accepts donations earmarked for aborting black babies

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The baby-killing mill that calls itself Planned Parenthood was founded by Margaret Sanger, an eugenicist.

Eugenics is the belief and practice at improving the genetic quality of the human population through the promotion of higher reproduction of people with desired traits, and reduced reproduction of people with less-desirable traits.

In July 2009, in a Sunday New York Times interview, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said:

Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe [v. Wade] was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.

Now, an investigative report by the pro-life organization Live Action reveals the same eugenic racism also animates Planned Parenthood. 

Although the abortion mill is vocal about “Black lives matter” and condemns white police officers in Ferguson and elsewhere for allegedly targeting and killing unarmed blacks, Planned Parenthood gladly accepts donations specifically earmarked for the abortion of black babies.

An undercover investigator from Live Action called four Planned Parenthood (PP) offices — in Idaho, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Ohio —  posing as a potential donor. In each bone-chilling call, he made his anti-black sentiments very clear. In each case, the PP representative enthusiastically told him PP would earmark his donation to specifically abort black babies.

As you read the transcripts of those phonecalls, just remember the subject is the deliberate MURDER of human beings, albeit tiny human beings. Then ask yourself how Planned Parenthood is any better than Nazi German holocaust.

The following is the transcript from Live Action’s audio tape of the call between the “donor” and Autumn Kersey, director of development of Planned Parenthood of Idaho.

Sound of phone ringing . . . .

PP: Good afternoon, this is Autumn.

“Donor”: Hello, Autumn. I’m interested in making a donation today.

PP: Fantastic!

Donor: What about abortions for the underprivileged minority groups? I want to specify that abortion to help a minority group. Would that be possible?

PP: Absolutely

Donor: Like the black community for example?

PP: Certainly

Donor: OK. So, so the abortion could, could be, you know, I could give money specifically for a black baby that would, that’d be the purpose.

PP: Yeah, absolutely. Um, if you wanted to designate that you wanted your gift to be used to help an African-American woman in need, um, then we would certainly, uh, make sure that that gift was earmarked specifically for that purpose.

Donor: Great. Because I really face trouble with affirmative action, and I don’t want my kids being disadvantaged, you know, against, um, black kids. I just had a baby, I want to put it in his name, you know.

PP: Hmm.

Donor: Um, you know ….

PP: Absolutely, that’s fantastic.

Donor: So that’s, that’s definitely possible?

PP: Oh, always, always.

Donor: You know, we just think, you know, the the the less, the less black kids out, the better.

PP: [laughs] Understandable, understandable. Alright, um, excuse my hesitation. I’m, I’m, this is the first time I’ve had a donor call and ask, make this kind of request, so I’m excited, and I’m, I want to make sure I don’t leave anything out.

Live Action’s undercover investigation also called Planned Parenthood of New Mexico and spoke to Irene Gray, director of development. Here’s the transcript of their phone conversation:

PP: Hello, this is Irene.

Donor: Hi, um, I’m interested in, um, making a donation? I’d like to fund one abortion.

PP: Oh, OK!

Donor: I was wondering if that would be possible.

PP: Yes, we can definitely put that….

Donor: Um, can I make the donation specifically for a minority group?

PP: Like a specific group of color?

Donor: Yeah, yeah.

PP: Like, a group of ….

Donor: I mean, like, I want the abortion to be for an African-American baby.

PP: OK.

Donor: And, I was wondering if that could be possible?

PP: The exact amount that we charge, right now, is $450 for an abortion.

Donor: OK. $450?

PP: Mm, hm. And, uh, we can definitely designate it for an African-American.

Donor: Wonderful! Um, if I wanted to fund multiple abortions, could you also specify that this could be done for, um, a specific group?

PP: Hmm.

Donor: Great, great. Um, well, little excited, you know, because I really face trouble with affirmative action, and I don’t want my kids to be, um, uh, disadvantaged, um, you know….

PP: Yeah.

Donor: Against, against, um, against blacks with, in college and, you know, the less, um, the less blacks out there, the better, so….

PP: Yeah, yeah, it’s a strange time for sure. [Laughs]

Donor: Yeah.

PP: So, OK.

Donor: Thank you so much.

PP: No problem!

Donor: And you’ll be receiving a check in a few days!

Here’s the transcript of the phone conversation between Live Action’s undercover investigator (“donor”) and Sue Riggs, vice president of development of Planned Parenthood of Oklahoma:

PP: Hello, this is Sue. May I help you?

Donor: Hi! Uh, Sue, I’m interested in making a donation?

PP: Great!

Donor: So, could, could, would it be possible for me to donate that money specifically for these, these minority groups, so that they could have access to abortions?

PP: Yes, it would be.

Donor: Wonderful. Then could I specify that abortion be done, uh, those abortions be done for a specific minority group, or how does that work?

PP: If you wish, you can.

Donor: OK. So, so, for example, the black community in Tulsa. Would it be possible to give the money specifically for that?

PP: You sure can.

Donor: Wonderful. Great. The abortions will be done specifically for the, the black community abortions.

PP: I can, I will mark it in such a way that definitely it will.

Donor: On a black baby?

PP: Yes.

Donor: Thank you, great.

PP: OK?

Donor: Uh, so, can I give you my credit card number?

PP: Yes.

Here is the transcript of the phone conversation between “Donor” and Lisa Hutton, administrative assistant of Planned Parenthood of Ohio:

PP: Planned Parenthood administration, this is Lisa.

Donor: And who am I speaking with now?

PP: My name is Lisa Hutton.

Donor: Lisa Hutton, what’s your position?

PP: Administrative assistant.

Donor: OK. When I underwrite abortions, does that apply to minorities too?

PP: If you specifically want it to underwrite an abortion for a minority person, you can target it that way. You can, you can specify that that’s how you want it spent.

Donor: OK, yeah, ’cause there’s, so, there’s definitely way too many black people in Ohio, so I’m just trying to do my part.

PP: [Laughs] OK. Whatever.

Donor: Well, blacks especially need abortions too. So that’s what I’m trying to do.

PP: Well, for whatever reason, we’ll accept the money.

You can listen to the audio tape of the above 4 phone conversations by going to Live Action’s Facebook page.

871 black babies are aborted every day in the United States (Guttmacher Institute), but not a word from the Reverends from Hell Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, or from the black president and black first lady in the White House. Don’t black lives matter?

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God bless you, Lila Rose!

Live Action is a youth-led pro-life non-profit organization founded in 2004 by a 15-year-old Catholic girl named Lila Rose, Rose, now 26, remains Live Action’s president. Live Action has undertaken many undercover investigations of late-term abortion doctors and of Planned Parenthood’s racist and sex-selective abortions and sex trafficking. Rose has received many recognitions and awards, including being included by National Journal in their 2013 list of “The 25 Most Influential Washington Women Under 35.”

H/t Live News

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~Éowyn

We have a winner!

. . . for FOTM’s 93rd Caption Contest!

The FOTM writers each did our duty and voted for what we each considered to be the #1 and #2 captions. Each #1 vote is worth 3 points; every #2 vote is worth 2 points.

Although there were many right-on-target and funny comments, FOTM writers had it easy this time because there’s a clear winner in this contest.

And the winner of the 93rd world-famous FOTM Caption Contest, with five #1 votes and two #2 votes, totaling 19 points, is . . . .

Lola! Snoopy dance

Here’s her winning caption:

Reverends from Hell

jim is our 2nd place runner-up, with one #1 vote and two #2 votes, totaling 7 points. Here’s his caption:

And the funny thing is…people still believe us and give us money.

donkeedonk is in 3rd place, with one #1 vote and one #2 vote, totaling 5 points. Here’s his caption:

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Edward Keiser is in 4th place, with one #1 vote, totaling 3 points. Here’s his caption:

Quick Jesse put your game face on there are white guilt suffers to fleece.

a Texas libertarian, bumrush77cynkading, and tnrick are all in 5th place, each with 1#2 vote and 2 points. Here are their respective captions:

“That’s what I love about these poor people, man. I get richer and their income stays the same.”

Jus-tice brothers Dumb & Dummy!

Sharpton: “If you say white people are racist enough times they will throw money at you and give you your own show on MSNBC”
Jackson: “The hell you say”

“Just mix my Ripple with some Champagne, I call’s it Champipple …”

Well done, everyone!

Congratulations, Lola!

Here is your fancy-schmancy Award Certificate of Great Excellence, all ready for framing! LOL

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For all the other caption submissions, go here.

Be here tomorrow for our next very exciting Caption Contest!

Seen any good pics that you think would be great for our Caption Contest? Email them to us! :D

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~Éowyn

Irony Alert: Comcast, Al Sharpton Hit With $20 Billion Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

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Hollywood Reporter: Even though the FCC hasn’t yet ruled on the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, one group has already filed a lawsuit claiming at least $20 billion in damages from the way the two giants allegedly discriminate against black-owned media.

The complaint, filed in California on Friday, comes from the National Association of African-American Owned Media, which also filed a similar suit against AT&T and DirecTV in December.

This time, the plaintiff is not only targeting both Comcast and TWC — on the eve of the two companies merging to become what would be the largest pay television distributor in the United States — but also various African-American advocacy groups and MSNBC host Al Sharpton for allegedly facilitating discrimination.

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Comcast is one of the biggest companies to employ a chief diversity officer, and its practices have been lauded by many including Black Enterprise magazine, which recently named it as one of the 40 best companies for diversity. The lawsuit figures to face many hurdles, from the sufficiency of its allegations to possibly the First Amendment, but for now it presents a larger portrait of a media company that isn’t carrying many fully owned black channels and the dangers of allowing it to grow bigger.

“We do not generally comment on pending litigation, but this complaint represents nothing more than a string of inflammatory, inaccurate, and unsupported allegations,” responds Comcast in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sharpton tells us that he “welcomes the opportunity to answer the frivolous allegations” and says he will be bringing counterclaims for defamation.

According to the lawsuit, Comcast and TWC “collectively spend approximately $25 billion annually for the licensing of pay-television channels and advertising of their products and services, yet 100% African American–owned media receives less than $3 million per year.”

At the time of Comcast’s 2010 acquisition of NBCUniversal, Comcast entered into memoranda of understanding with the NAACP, the National Urban League and the National Action Network, but the lawsuit says the voluntary diversity agreements are “a sham, undertaken to whitewash Comcast’s discriminatory business practices.”

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Paula Madison

The plaintiff objects that the only fully black-owned channel picked up by Comcast is the Africa Channel, and that entity is owned by former Comcast/NBCU exec Paula Madison, who “was directly involved in putting together the sham MOUs and obtaining government approval for the Comcast acquisition of NBC Universal, thus creating a serious conflict of interest.”

Other black channels are said to be “window dressing,” with black celebrities as “fronts” when they are “white-owned businesses” that are run by friends or family of Comcast executives. The lawsuit goes on to say that Comcast made large cash “donations” to obtain support for its acquisition. The money includes $3.8 million to Sharpton and his National Action Network. The money, it’s charged, was meant to pay Sharpton to endorse the NBCU deal and divert attention away from discrimination. As for Sharpton’s MSNBC gig, the complaint says, “Despite the notoriously low ratings that Sharpton’s show generates, Comcast has allowed Sharpton to maintain his hosting position for more than three years in exchange for Sharpton’s continued public support for Comcast on issues of diversity.”

Sharpton objects that the budget for National Action Network is not even $4 million, and as for his MSNBC show, he believes he has the most successful show in the 6 p.m. hour at MSNBC, that “the numbers speak for themselves.”

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The lawsuit seems to count Sharpton’s reported $750,000 annual salary at MSNBC as part of the $3.8 million and leverages past criticism of the noted civil rights leader that’s rooted in him allegedly turning an eye and forgoing boycotts and protests on corporations upon receiving monetary contributions to the National Action Network.

As for support to the theory of discrimination in contracting, the lawsuit says Comcast has a “Jim Crow” process with respect to licensing black-owned channels, and that one Comcast exec stated, “We’re not trying to create any more Bob Johnsons,” referring to the founder of Black Entertainment Television.

The NAAAOM is suing along with Entertainment Studios Networks, which was founded by Byron Allen and now has a television operation with stations like Justice Central that reach 7.5 million consumers through deals with smaller pay TV distributors.

A Comcast spokesperson responds, “We are proud of our outstanding record supporting and fostering diverse programming, including programming from African-American–owned and –controlled cable channels. We currently carry more than 100 networks geared toward diverse audiences, including multiple networks owned or controlled by minorities.”

She adds, “Comcast has engaged in good-faith negotiations with this programmer for many years. It is disappointing that they have decided to file a frivolous lawsuit. We will defend vigorously against the scurrilous allegations in this complaint and fully expect that the court will dismiss them.”

“National Action Network has not been served with any papers and considers this claim frivolous,” says a spokesperson. “If in fact we were to be served, we would gladly defend our relationship with any company as well as to state on the record why we found these discriminatory accusations made by said party to be less than credible and beneath the standards that we engage in.”

The group adds, “As for Rev. Sharpton’s TV show ratings the numbers are clear. Rev. Sharpton’s show has the highest ratings of any 6 p.m. show in the history of the network.

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Instead of race war, let’s have another Caption Contest!

This is the 93rd world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic (h/t FOTM reader Mark Carroll):

Reverends from Hell

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box), not via email or on Facebook.
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM! :D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

The Reverends from Hell

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2015.

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, click here.

Seen any pics that you think will make good foil for our caption contests? Send it to us at:

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~Eowyn

Paging Al Sharpton: Three teenage boys pistol-whipped girl, 14, and then shot her dead in attack

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Alexis Kane

DailyMail: Three teenage boys have been arrested for beating and fatally shooting a 14-year-old girl. Police said there is no apparent motive for the attack in Kansas City’s Bay Water Park at 5am on January 11. The body of eighth grader Alexis Kane was found by a passer-by the next morning – just meters away from her middle school.

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Isaac Carter, 17, Ce-Antonyo Kennedy, 17, and Dominic McDaniel, 18, were charged with first-degree murder on Sunday after a two-week investigation.

‘It’s senseless. Absolutely senseless,’ Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said as she announced the charges. ‘I cannot give you a reason that makes any sense.’ ‘It’s really about as terrible as I can imagine,’ Baker continued, according to The Kansas City Star. ‘She was only 14. She deserved a long life.’

Detectives are working to determine how Alexis met her alleged killers – the last of whom was arrested on Sunday. Surveillance footage allegedly shows Carter and McDaniel meeting Alexis in a white Chrysler at 4am outside a 7-Eleven. Video taken from Bay Water Park shows the group meeting Kennedy an hour later, where Alexis was beaten and shot dead, court documents say.

Friends told investigators she had been communicating with a person named ‘Malik Suckaface’ on Facebook in the hours leading up to her death. She then asked for a ride to a 7-Eleven, where a white Chrysler was waiting, shortly before 4am on January 11. The friends said they told Alexis not to get in the car but she did.

Despite attempting to follow the vehicle – allegedly driven by two men with dreadlocks – they lost track of it. Surveillance footage from Bay Water Park shows the car arrive in the parking lot at 5am on January 11, court documents state. Alexis emerges. She is then pistol-whipped and shot more than five times.

Court documents suggest Carter and McDaniel picked up Alexis in the car and met Kennedy at the park. Kennedy, who was arrested the day after Alexis’ murder, denied any involvement. He is accused of hitting the child with the pistol before firing five shots. Carter then took the gun and fired more shots, court documents state. McDaniel allegedly admitted to being in the car with Carter and Smith-Hale Middle School pupil Alexis.

Speaking at Kansas City Police Headquarters, where all three suspects are in custody, the prosecutor described a ‘very, very painful’ meeting with Alexis’ mother LaShonda Kane.

The Kansas City Star wrote that Mrs. Kane addressed reporters in a ‘barely audible voice’ to say: ‘This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life.’ ‘I don’t want you standing where I am today,’ she added.

A vigil was be held on the Thursday after Alexis’s death at the water park where her body was found.

It has taken police two weeks to trace the suspects. The AdHoc Group Against Crime offered a $1,000 reward for leads.

Shanaya Kane, Alexis’ aunt, praised detectives’ efforts to get ‘those cowards off the streets’. She told reporters their family has barely slept in the past two weeks.

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Ferguson cop vindicated: DOJ won’t file charges

After all the rioting and looting and burning in Ferguson, St. Louis, and across America protesting the grand jury’s decision to NOT charge white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson with the shooting death on Aug. 9, 2014, of black 18-year-old “gentle giant” Michael Brown . . . .

After the media, led by CNN, jeopardized the lives of Officer Wilson and his family by broadcasting his home address . . . .

After all the millions of #BlackLivesMatter self-righteous tweets . . . .

After the race-baiting by Black extortionists like Al Sharpton . . . .

After a white Marine veteran sustained brain injury from being assaulted by 20 Blacks angry about Ferguson . . . .

After a black Texas school teacher told white Americans (“dumb duck ass crackers”) who disagree with her on Ferguson to “kill yourselves” . . . .

After Black Muslim Louis Farrakhan incited violence by publicly threatening race war . . . .

After the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder fanned the racial flames by traveling to Ferguson and speaking of his experiences as a victim of racial profiling . . . .

After the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama fanned the racial flames by claiming she and her husband had been victims of racism and racial profiling . . . .

And in spite of the President of the United States Barack Obama throwing a match into the racial fire by secretly meeting with Ferguson protest leaders to “stay on course” and telling black Americans via the Black Entertainment Network that white cops have a “subconscious fear” of  black Americans because they “look different” (when the FBI’s own statistics show that more black cops kill black felons than white cops kill black felons, and the real problem is that of blacks disproportionately killing white cops) . . . .

After all the above and more, the Obama administration’s own Department of Justice will recommend that no civil rights charges be brought against Darren Wilson because the Obama administration’s own Federal Bureau of Investigation has found no evidence to support such charges.

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Matt Apuzzo and Michael S. Schmidt report for The New York Times, Jan. 21, 2015, that although Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and his civil rights chief, Vanita Gupta, will have the final say on whether the Justice Department will close the case against officer Darren Wilson, “it would be unusual for them to overrule the prosecutors on the case, who are still working on a legal memo explaining their recommendation.”

The FBI’s conclusion supports a prior and separate investigation by Missouri authorities who had recommended against charging Wilson.

The federal investigation did not uncover any facts that differed significantly from the evidence made public by the authorities in Missouri late last year. To bring federal civil rights charges, the Justice Department would have needed to prove that Officer Wilson had intended to violate Brown’s rights when he opened fire, and that he had done so willfully — meaning he knew that it was wrong to fire but did so anyway.

The Justice Department plans to release a report explaining its decision, though it is not clear when. Dena Iverson, a department spokeswoman, declined to comment on the case Wednesday.

But a broader Justice Department civil rights investigation into allegations of discriminatory traffic stops and excessive force by the Ferguson Police Department remains open. That investigation could lead to significant changes at the department, which is overwhelmingly white despite serving a city that is mostly black. It is not clear when the broader civil rights inquiry of the police department, known as a pattern or practice investigation, will be completed. Under AG Holder, prosecutors have opened more than 20 such investigations nationwide. The Justice Department recently called for sweeping changes to the Cleveland Police Department and negotiated an independent monitor to oversee the department in Albuquerque.

Benjamin L. Crump, a lawyer for Brown’s family, said he did not want to comment on the investigation until the Justice Department made an official announcement. “We’ve heard speculation on cases before that didn’t turn out to be true,” Mr. Crump said. “It’s too much to put the family through to respond to every rumor.”

Wilson’s lawyer did not return calls for comment.

Wilson resigned from the department in November, citing threats of violence against him and other officers. “It is my hope that my resignation will allow the community to heal,” he said.

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV

See also “Only 1 in 10 Americans think race relations have improved under Obama” and our other posts on race by going to our “Black Racism” page.

~Eowyn