By Michael Shannon
It takes a special kind of president to travel to Dallas, ostensibly to speak at a memorial service for five assassinated police officers, and instead deliver a Black Lives Matter convention speech. A president completely oblivious to the purpose of the occasion and what decency requires.
Obama delivered a speech the Daily Caller said was almost entirely his composition, so sympathizers can't go to the default excuse and blame it on the staff.
This was Obama letting Obama be Obama.
Less than half the speech can generously be attributed to honoring the officers who gave their lives.
The rest was an insulting travesty that combined Obama's usual self----referential adulation (45 mentions of "I") with his faculty lounge race----baiting and hectoring of a society that after almost eight years still doesn't deserve him.
It was a slap in the face to every member of the Dallas police family when Obama made excuses for Black Lives Matter and included sympathetic references to Alton Sterling, who was shot resisting arrest in Baton Rouge: "And I understand these protests ---- I see them...Sometimes they can be hijacked by an irresponsible few. Police can get hurt. Protesters can get hurt.
"...But even those who dislike the phrase "black lives matter," surely, we should be able to hear the pain of Alton Sterling's family." Maybe later, but certainly not at the Dallas service.
There is no sentimental equivalence between the deaths of five police officers killed while protecting people expressing their dislike of cops and the death of a career criminal.
Obama justifies this bizarre show of mortuary equivalence by explaining that in addition to his criminal career, Alton was the black male answer to Paula Dean, "We should ---- when we hear a friend describe him by saying that, whatever he cooked, he cooked enough for everybody, that should sound familiar to us, that maybe he wasn't so different than us. So that we can, yes, insist that his life matters."
Yes, nothing says loving like something in the oven. If only Sterling expressed an equal love for the law.
Dallas cops gave their lives trying to keep the peace, Sterling lost his life running a low----class hustle where he sold pirated CDs and DVDs to a customer base that has as much respect for intellectual property as China.
Examined in the light of his overall criminal career, Sterling's activities that night were almost benign, except for brandishing the gun at the person who called 9----1----1. The individual Obama eulogized on the Dallas stage was a convicted pedophile, domestic abuser, burglar and thief with previous gun convictions.
That's enough to get you banned from the NFL, but if a cop shoots Sterling as he reaches for the illegal gun in his pocket, it rates a shout out from the president.
Hands down, I want to shoot!
The speech would've been a perfect time for Obama to point out it's not only whites who fall prey to racial bigotry and that the nation as a whole would be better served if we resisted the urge to jump to conclusions before all the facts where known. And to give some credit, he did say painting all cops as criminals, serving a corrupt justice system, was wrong.
And then Obama turns around and gives Black Lives Matter, the group doing just that, absolution for the climate of cop hatred it created!
"We also know that centuries of racial discrimination, of slavery, and subjugation, and Jim Crow; they didn't simply vanish with the law against segregation...So that if you're black, you're more likely to be pulled over or searched or arrested; more likely to get longer sentences; more likely to get the death penalty for the same crime...we cannot simply turn away and dismiss those in peaceful protest as troublemakers or paranoid.
"...To have your experience denied like that, dismissed by those in authority, dismissed perhaps even by your white friends and coworkers and fellow church members, again and again and again, it hurts. Surely we can see that, all of us."
So maybe these Dallas cops were innocent, but keep an eye on the rest of those crackers.
During an occasion that called for truth Obama endorsed a racial shakedown movement based on the lie that Michael Brown was shot down in cold blood while on his way deliver cigars to orphans.
It was a travesty. It was offensive. And it was a disservice to the families of the slain police officers.
Black lies matter, Mr. President. If you don't believe it, call the chief in Dallas.
©Copyright 2016 Michael Shannon, distributed by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.
Michael Shannon is a commentator and public relations consultant, and is the author of "A Conservative Christian's Guidebook for Living in Secular Times." He can be reached at email@example.com.
TANGER OUTLETS AWARDS ANNUAL TANGERKIDS GRANTS IN BALDWIN COUNTY
Tanger Outlets, Foley Raises Over $5,000 in Support of Local Schools
(Foley, AL June 24, 2016) Tanger Outlets, Foley is excited to announce 8 individual schools in Baldwin County as this year’s recipients of a TangerKIDS Grant. In keeping with Tanger Outlets’ mission to support the future of our children, the TangerKIDS Grants program is designed to award grant money to local schools in the communities where Tanger Outlet Centers are located. Grants awarded this month will benefit schools for the 2016-2017 school year.
This year’s recipients in Baldwin County are:
For every coupon book sold, Tanger has earmarked one dollar for the TangerKIDS Grants program.
Funding for TangerKIDS Grants ranges from $3,000 to $7,500 per center and may be split between multiple grant requests.
“A substantial part of our mission at Tanger Outlets is to contribute positively to the communities in which we operate,” said Steven B. Tanger, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tanger Outlets. “A high quality education is instrumental to enhancing communities and we are proud to once again give back to these remarkable schools in Baldwin County as part of our efforts to support students and educators across the country.”
The TangerKIDS Grants program is designed to assist schools in Tanger Outlets’ primary markets by providing grants for special projects, needed programs or equipment. Grants can also support groups within schools of all grade levels from Kindergarten to Grade 12. These grants are offered to multiple schools at each of Tanger’s 42 centers in the United States.
Since the company’s inception, Tanger has dedicated efforts to assist students in local communities from pre-school through high school by raising money that is used to purchase books and supplies, computers and new technology, athletic and playground equipment, and to fund reading programs and educational field trips in addition to many other important educational projects. To date, Tanger Outlets has raised and donated in excess of $540,000 to help children and schools succeed.
About Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc.:
Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. (NYSE:SKT), is a publicly-traded REIT headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina that presently operates and owns, or has an ownership interest in, a portfolio of 42 upscale outlet shopping centers and 2 additional centers currently under construction. Tanger’s operating properties are located in 21 states coast to coast and in Canada, totaling approximately 14.3 million square feet, leased to over 3,000 stores which are operated by more than 470 different brand name companies. The company has more than 35 years of experience in the outlet industry. Tanger Outlet Centers continue to attract more than 185 million shoppers annually. For more information on Tanger Outlet Centers, call 1-800-4TANGER or visit the company's web site at www.tangeroutlets.com.
2016 TangerKids Grant Recipients:
Daphne East Elementary
Grants: I’m An Author! (Ms. Weinacker) & STEM Early Learning Kits (Ms. Yelding)
Pictured: Back row, far left: Terrie Weinacker, Daphne East Elementary;Debra Brown, Tanger Outlets Foley General Manager, Twyla Davis, Tanger Outlets Foley Assistant General Manager; Pam Yelding, Daphne East Elementary.
Daphne Middle School
Grant: DMS Becomes FOCUS School
Pictured: Back Row, Far Left: Debra Brown, Tanger Outlets Foley General Manager, Amanda Blake, Daphne Middle School Reading Exension/Peer Helper; Far Left: Twyla Davis, Tanger Outlets Foley Assistant General Manager.
Elsanor Elementary School
Grant: Can You Hear Me Now?
Pictured: Back row, far left: Debra Brown, Tanger Outlets Foley General Manager; Scheafer Jones, Elsanor Elementary Kindergarten Teacher; Twyla Davis, Tanger Outlets Foley Assistant General Manager
Foley Elementary School
Grant: Expanding Expression: Oral Language for Academic and Personal Success
Pictured: Back row, far left: Foley Elementary Educator; Twyla Davis, Tanger Outlets Foley Assistant General Manager; Elisa Seibert, Foley Elementary; Debra Brown, Tanger Outlets Foley General Manager; Foley Elementary Educator.
Foley Intermediate School
Grants: Operation Inclusion; The Comfort of A Good Book; Balancing Kids
Pictured: Middle row, far left Twyla Davis, Tanger Outlets Foley Assistant General Manager; Shannon McCurdy, Foley Intermediate School Assistant Principal; Kathy Kendrick, Foley Intermediate School; Carlie Sims, Foley Intermediate School; Tyler Ford, Foley Intermediate School Special Education Teacher; Debra Brown, Tanger Outlets Foley General Manager; Branton Bailey, Foley Intermediate Principal.
Pine Grove Elementary School
Grant: Seeds For The Soul
Pictured: Back row, far left Debra Brown, Tanger Outlets Foley General Manager; Ashley DuPree, Pine Grove Elementary 5th Grade Teacher; Eric Smith, Pine Grove Elementary Principal; Twyla Davis, Tanger Outlets Foley Assistant General Manager.
Grant: Jazz It Up!
Pictured: Middle row, far left Twyla Davis, Tanger Outlets Foley Assistant General Manager; Summerdale School student; Timothy Brannan, Summerdale School Band Teacher; Debra Brown, Tanger Outlets Foley General Manager.
WJ Carroll Intermediate School
Grant: Readers Are Leaders: Let’s Lead Together
Pictured: Far left Debra Brown, Tanger Outlets Foley General Manager; Frances Alexander WJ Carroll Intermediate School Librarian; Twyla Davis Tanger Outlets Foley Assistant General Manager.
Pensacola Chamber Foundation announces Leadership Pensacola Class of 2017
PENSACOLA, Fla. – June 15, 2016 – The Pensacola Chamber Foundation announced today the Leadership Pensacola (LeaP) Class of 2017. Participants were carefully selected for their professional achievements, commitment to the Northwest Florida community, and leadership skills and potential.
Founded in the fall of 1982, LeaP is a 10-month-long program designed to help participants acquire an understanding of the issues facing the Greater Pensacola area and the leadership skills necessary to resolve them. To date, more than 1,500 individuals have completed the Leadership Pensacola program and have acquired the skills, passion and connections to work effectively as community trustees.
“It is an honor to welcome this new class of exceptional men and women as part of the distinguished Leadership Pensacola program,” said Greater Pensacola Chamber President & CEO Clay Ingram. “LeaP provides participants with an opportunity to pursue a common cause together, contribute to important and rewarding work in our community, and generate a long- lasting impact for future generations.”
Each year the LeaP Selection Committee seeks a cross-section of the community, made up of men and women from different career, educational, political, social and cultural backgrounds. Participants accepted into LeaP are involved in a combination of retreats, day-long seminars and at least one community project for which the class uses its resources and talents to enhance the Greater Pensacola region.
The LeaP Class of 2017 is Robert Andrade, Danita Andrews, Leslie Appleyard, Cherri Baker, Sheldon Bernau, Dannon Byrd, Molly Carey, Natalie Chism, Susan Clark, Jehan Clark, Amanda Clonts, Michael Crawford, Melissa Dandridge, Preston Forshee, Brandi Gomez, Trevor Hadder, Leah Harrison, Verdell Hawkins, Michelle Henghold, Jeff Huggins, Leslie Hunter-Huff, Kelly Jasen, Kasey Jones, Tyler Kercher, Heather Lafevers, Alicia Leidner, Alfred Lojo, Glenn Lovett, Kevin Mair, Kristen McAllister, Chandra McKern, Kay Mitchell, Eddie Murray, Jennifer Passeretti, Brice Pelfrey, Jason Perry, Ricki Phelps, Todd Phillips, Sara Porter, Allison Romer, Anny Shepard, Charles Sherrill, III, Brett Snyder, John Stevens, Kristen Sylvester, David Taylor, Martha Tutchtone, Mehrdad Valinasab, Lynne Whittington and Lauren Williams.
About Leadership Pensacola
Leadership Pensacola, a 501(c)(3), was founded in the fall of 1982 with the first graduating class in 1983. The Greater Pensacola Chamber established the program with a goal of ensuring the community's pool of talented leaders would be continually renewed. To date, more than 1,500 people have completed the Leadership Pensacola program and have acquired the skills, passion and connections to work effectively as community trustees. For additional information about Leadership Pensacola, please visit pensacolachamber.com/LeaP.
About the Pensacola Chamber Foundation
The Pensacola Chamber Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to drive economic prosperity and enhance the quality of life in Greater Pensacola by taking a long- term, strategic approach to regional growth and community building. Its goal is to build a healthier, better-educated workforce; to continue to advance the region’s competitive economic positioning; and to improve community infrastructure by focusing on strengthening special economic interests within the region, on small business development, on minority initiatives, and on military support services. For additional information, please visit pensacolachamber.com.
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