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Texas Radio Ad Offers Hand Gun Training--But Not If You Supported Obama or are Muslim

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Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper –

If you want to take advantage of the Texas law that allows adults to carry a concealed handgun, Crockett Keller will be happy to help you learn how to handle your sidearm—as long as you didn’t vote for President Obama or are a Muslim.

Keller, a licensed gun dealer authorized to train and certify handgun owners for handgun carrying permits in Mason, Texas, is paying for radio ads to voice his twin passions—gun advocacy and distrust of Muslims, socialists and Obama supporters, according to Reuters.

Keller said in the ad for his class on how to effectively use a concealed pistol, “If you are a Socialist liberal and/or voted for the current campaigner in chief, please do not take this class.” Keller goes on to explain that you will be barred from taking his class because…“you have already proven that you cannot make a knowledgeable and prudent decision as required under the law.”

Keller’s approach to teaching may trigger a challenge to his gun instructor credentials. After Keller’s ad began in Mason, a town about 120 miles away from the state capital in Austin, the Texas Department of Public Safety issued the following statement: “Certified instructors are required to comply with all applicable state and federal statutes, and conduct by an instructor that denied service to individuals on the basis of race, ethnicity, or religion would place that instructor's certification at risk.”

Reuters has reported that the department has initiated an investigation into the matter.

The class, typically a one-day course, teaches gun carrying methods and gun use, in addition to how to clean and maintain a handgun. Texas allows adults to carry concealed weapons if they have successfully completed a class similar to that being advertised by Keller.

Keller wrapped up his radio by saying: "With no shame, I'm Crockett Keller. Thank you, and may God bless America.

Serial Rapist in Dallas Targeting Women from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

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Special to the NNPA from the Florida Sentinel Bulletin –

Police in the Dallas area are hunting a suspected serial rapist who appears to be targeting alumnae members of one sorority, and each of the victims told investigators the assailant seemed to have personal knowledge about them. Four alumnae of the same sorority — black women in their mid-50s to early 60s — were raped in their Dallas-area homes over the last 11 months, apparently all by the same assailant, according to an alert sent out by the Plano, Texas, Police Department.

The most recent of the attacks occurred around 9:15 p.m. Friday in Corinth, police said. The police statement did not identify the sorority, but the Dallas Morning News reported that it was Delta Sigma Theta, and that the sorority had sent out email alerts to alumnae. Some alumnae of the sorority told ABC News that they themselves had not received the email alerts, but said they had heard about them from others. Besides the attack in Corinth, in Denton County, two of the rapes occurred in Plano and other in Coppell, both of which are in Dallas County.

The suspect, who is seen in a surveillance video released by the Plano police, is described as a black man, estimated to be in his late 30s to mid-40s, 5 feet seven inches to 6 feet tall and 250 to 300 pounds. He has a trimmed beard and short hair, and possibly a receding hairline, police said. Each of the four attacks happened between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. According to the Morning News the alerts also advised that police have requested a full list of each chapter’s members.

“I am sure this is alarming and the area DFW Chapter presidents have received many phone calls in reference to these incidents,” the email said. “Our National President, National First Vice President and Regional Director are aggressively gathering information to distribute to the chapters.”

Iowa Investors in Large 'Land Grab' in Tanzania, Refugees to Lose Homes

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By Fungai Maboreke, Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network –

Oct. 25 (GIN) - A group of Iowa-based investors is winding up a deal with Tanzania for an 800,000 acre parcel, now home to over 160,000 people.

Several generations of families, former refugees from Burundi, who have successfully re-established their lives by developing and farming the land over the last 40 years, will be displaced against their will. They will lose their livelihoods and their community. Once they are gone, AgriSol Energy will move in.

According to the AgriSol, an investment company, the land deal will benefit local farmers, increase food and energy security in the area, maintain sustainable farming practices, and offer “opportunities to buy commodities at production cost.” But AgriSol will have the final say in all matters.

“Locals will have little to no bargaining power, and any development opportunities for local farmers will be on terms set by AgriSol,” the Oakland Institute said. Similar deals have been struck to increase production of biofuel crops.

A letter to AgriSol from the environmental Sierra Club notes: “This will be a 99 year lease on unfavorable terms, a step back towards Tanzania’s colonial past; that, reportedly, disputes are to be arbitrated under International Chamber of Commerce rules in London, which will further disempower local peoples; that AgriSol has demanded a change from the current prohibition of genetically engineered crops which threaten the local biodiversity and contaminate local crop species; and that biofuel production will subtract from the production of local food calories in favor of an export-oriented product.

A write-in campaign by Oakland asks the company to drop the initiative. It can be found at www.oaklandinstitute.org.

Gaddafi Gone, Sights Are Set on 'Kleptocrat' President of Equatorial Guinea

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Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network –

Oct. 25 (GIN) - Allegations of corruption and the massive looting of state funds are being leveled at another African leader who, with his playboy son, faces charges in France and the U.S.

The U.S. Justice Dept. this week filed suit against Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, eldest son of President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, West Africa. The long-awaited suit seeks forfeiture of $70.8 million obtained through corruption and money laundering, it was alleged.

The suits, filed in Washington and California, were a laundry list of some of the world’s most extravagant items including a Gulfstream jet, a $30 million mansion in Malibu, California, racing boats, almost $2 million in Michael Jackson memorabilia and a Ferrari.

Last month, the French government took aim at President Obiang Mbasogo, seizing 11 supercars from his Parisian residence at 42 Avenue Foch, just down the street from the Arc de Triomphe.

The West African president is said to be the target of investigations into the use of state funds to buy private property in France.

Despite the grinding poverty experienced by most of his people, the billionaire Nguema remains popular among African leaders such as South African President Jacob Zuma.

Zuma, who hosted Nguema last week at a state visit complete with 21 gun salute and honor guard, seized the moment to endorse a UNESCO-Obiang prize for life science that has been the subject of dispute.

Meanwhile, Asst. U.S. Attorney General Lanny Breuer was quoted to say that the extravagant items appeared to be the proceeds of foreign official corruption, and the Department of Justice was seeking to seize them. “The United States will not be a hiding place for the ill-gotten riches of the world’s corrupt leaders,” he said.

Nguema has ruled Equatorial Guinea since 1979 when he overthrew his uncle and had him executed. His government has been described by several human rights groups as among the worst abusers of human rights in Africa.

Black America's Economic Challenge: Overcoming Income Inequalities Through Better Consumer Choices

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By Charlene Crowell, NNPA Columnist –

(NNPA) The agency mandated to provide Congress with impartial, non-partisan and timely analyses seldom makes headline news. But this week when the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released findings on its analysis of the nation’s income inequalities from a 30-year review (1979-2007), media coverage exploded.

After assessing the net income shares of people in 525 cities and towns, the agency’s top-line finding was reminiscent of lines from a Broadway production, “There’s no shame in being poor – but it’s no great honor either.”

According to CBO, the nation’s top one percent of household income more than tripled during these years, while middle class households either slipped into poverty or barely held on to their standard of living. Middle class income earners representing 60 percent of the population accounted for only 40 percent of after-tax household income. And among America’s lowest earning workers – about 20 percent of the population, the growth in average real after-tax household income was only 18 percent.

In part the report advised, “The rapid growth in average real household income for the one percent of the population with the highest income was a major factor contributing to the growing inequality in the distribution of household income between 1979 and 2007. Shifts in government transfers and federal taxes also contributed to the increase in inequality.”

A plain English translation of this finding seems to be that the 30-year span of trickle-down economics at work has not brought a drop of prosperity to 99 percent of the nation. No wonder the nation has seen a groundswell of demonstrators referring to themselves as the ‘99ers’.

For African-Americans in particular, these ill-advised policies have been particularly painful – unemployment rates double that of the rest of the nation, neighborhoods dotted with foreclosures and short-sales, a lack of affordable housing for former homeowners, and for those lucky enough to still have a job - incomes trailing the rest of the nation.

If there was ever a time ripe for change, it surely must be now. We cannot continue along the same 30-year path that has led to such pathetic results. The nation needs the return of a robust economy and a time when vigorous enforcement from our federal consumer-watchdog agency convinces more businesses to become more consumer-respectful.

It is equally important that as consumers of color we direct our dollars to education, businesses and enterprises that value all we bring to the marketplace table. According to the Nielsen Company’s recent report, The State of the African-American Consumers, 43 million African-American consumers together represent nearly a trillion dollars of purchasing power each year.

Before Black Friday, the day following Thanksgiving and traditionally the busiest retail shopping day of the year, African-Americans have the opportunity to be better stewards of the purchasing power we hold in our own hands. We can and should use our economic clout to forge new awareness and respect for our economic strength. Moreover, that strength would best be shared with those that value our choices in every purchase or investment.

If lenders are reluctant to offer transparent transactions that inform us before a debt is incurred, we need to walk away with our money, our credit and our self-respect. Whether the product is a new credit or debit card, auto financing, or a mortgage, we must remember that loyalty in business should be earned – not given away.

No one has or ever will beg their way out of poverty. But by becoming wiser consumers, we can begin to carve our own path to prosperity.

Charlene Crowell is a communications manager with the Center for Responsible Lending. She can be reached at: Charlene.crowell@responsiblelending.org

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