Post-Election Disinfectant — November 2016

Articles | Posted by Jim Clingman November 7th, 2016

James Clingman is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people
James Clingman is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people

By the time you read this I trust you will have wiped away the slime and the grunge, regurgitated a few times, taken a good bath or shower, relentlessly scrubbed the stench from your bodies, and maybe even found it necessary to delouse.

The dirty, filthy, hateful, distasteful, embarrassing, vile, toxic, grimy, polluted campaign we all witnessed is likely the worst in the history of electing a President. Continue reading “Post-Election Disinfectant — November 2016”

King Records Building Rescued for the Next Generation

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November 13th, 2016

John Watson, Jr. also known professionally as Johnny "Guitar" Watson, was an American blues, soul, and funk musician and singer-songwriter
John Watson, Jr. also known professionally as Johnny “Guitar” Watson, was an American blues, soul, and funk musician and singer-songwriter

Perhaps you can remember John Watson, Jr.  also known professionally as Johnny “Guitar” Watson, was an American bluessoul, and funk musician and singer-songwriter. A flamboyant showman and electric guitarist in the style of T-Bone Walker, Watson recorded throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s with some success. His creative reinvention in the 1970’s with disco and funk overtones, with such hits as “Ain’t That a Bitch”, “I Need It” and “Superman Lover”. His successful recording career spanned forty years, with his highest chart appearance being the 1977 song “A Real Mother For Ya. Continue reading “King Records Building Rescued for the Next Generation”

Mistrial Declared in Ray Tensing Trial

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November 12th, 2016

Pursuant to the Former University of Cincinnati’s police officer Raymond Tensing who was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter for shooting Sam DuBose during a traffic stop in July  19th, 2015 is facing being retried again.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters

Subsequently, the jury in the Ray Tensing murder trial has concluded without reaching any verdict after deliberations of more than 24 hours.

According to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters; jurors were leaning toward a lesser conviction of voluntary manslaughter and acquittal on the murder charge, but they could not reach agreement. WATCH: Deters speaks about Ray Tensing mistrial
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Judge Ordered 12 Men and Women Jurors Returned To Deliberations

Written By Ishton W. Morton – November 12th, 2016

Pursuant to the Ray Tensing jury trial they have broken off Friday evening without a  verdict. Thusly, deliberations will resume on Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at approximately 8 A.M. This mean in three days the jury has been in deliberation for more than 20 hours.

Judge Megan Shanahan
Judge Megan Shanahan

However, the 12 men and women in the jury have been sequestered again until they reach a decision, (hopefully not a hang) on former University of Cincinnati’s police officer Tensing’s charges for the death of Sam DuBose.

Apparently, on Friday, November 11th, 2016 at approximately twelve (12) noon, the jury told the judge that they could not reach a unanimous decision on either charge. Judge Megan Shanahan ordered them to return to deliberations. Continue reading “Judge Ordered 12 Men and Women Jurors Returned To Deliberations”

Should Murderers Be Required To Make Restitutions?

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November 11th, 2016

Experts in the legal arena have defined the law of restitution to be the law of gains-based recovery. It is to be contrasted with the law of compensation, which is the law of loss-based recovery. Obligations to make restitution and obligations to pay compensation are each a type of legal response to events in the real world. When a court orders restitution it orders the defendant to give up his/her gains to the claimant. When a court orders compensation it orders the defendant to pay the claimant for his or her loss.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters

Moreover, according to American Jurisprudence 2d edition observations: The word “restitution” was used in the earlier common law to denote the return or restoration of a specific thing or condition.

Furthermore, in modern legal usage, its meaning has frequently been extended to include not only the restoration or giving back of something to its rightful owner and returning to the status quo but also compensation, reimbursement, indemnification, or reparation for benefits derived from, or for loss or injury caused to, another. Continue reading “Should Murderers Be Required To Make Restitutions?”

The Billion-Dollar Light Rail System

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November 10th, 2016

The fate of a long-planned commuter rail line along the eastern riverfront took an abrupt turn over the past month. With the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) Board voting 12-1 in favor of a plan to use it for the Ohio River Trail, it puts a severe damper on one day using it as commuter rail to the city’s eastern suburbs.

Democrat - Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune.
Democrat – Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune.

For many years the commuter rail, commonly referenced as the Oasis Line, had been pursued by Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune Democrat. Over time the Oasis Line had become a component of the much larger Eastern Corridor project, which is also now facing a very unclear future of its own.

In a recent conversation with Commissioner Todd Portune about the commuter rail line along the eastern riverfront he stated to me that his hands were tied and he just cannot get any movement on it. The other two (2) County Commissioners are Republicans and they were simply not interested in the project. Continue reading “The Billion-Dollar Light Rail System”

Full Citizenship for Residents of the USVI

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November  10th, 2016

It is believed that Cecil Benjamin during the 2016 Democrat National Convention in Philadelphia Pennsylvania as the delegation(s) from the U. S. Virgin Islands gave their position of support they dissimulate certain information that was not altogether correct. It was somewhat ambiguous.

They introduced themselves as being from the U.S. Virgin Island, American in the (West Indies) Caribbean, and home of Alexander Hamilton.

Alexander Hamilton lived on the island of St. Croix between 1765 and 1772.
Alexander Hamilton lived on the island of St. Croix between 1765 and 1772.

However, on the contrary the problem(s) are approximately two hundred years ago Alexander Hamilton was born on the island of Nevis, in the British West Indies and not in the Virgin Islands. Interestingly, the exact year of Alexander Hamilton’s birth is unknown because historians have found two sets of birth records. The date of his birth is now set at 1755 by newly discovered Danish documents. This makes Alexander Hamilton two years older than was thought. Continue reading “Full Citizenship for Residents of the USVI”

Jubilation On The Day After the Election

Written By: Ishton W. Morton -November 9th, 2016

Amazingly, on the day after Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 election the sun was still shinning. The Cincinnati Public School District, Superintendent Mary A. Ronan and  its governing body are experiencing enormous jubilation. The taxpayers have approved Issue 44, a 7.93-mill property tax which is equal to $280.00 annually for an owner of a $100,000 home.

Mary Ronan, Superintendent Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education
Mary Ronan, Superintendent Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education

According to reports this will generate $48 million per year for (CPS) Cincinnati Public Schools. However, approximately $15 million of it will be set aside to expand preschool opportunities at CPS and other community-based providers.

Mary Ronan,  Superintendent  of the Cincinnati Public School District has said, the district will be able to accommodate the quality of education for 7,000 preschoolers. What was never made clear is how the district will secure or select the proposed 7,000 preschoolers.
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A Trial That Involves The Killing Of A Black Man

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November 5th, 2016

On Sunday, July 19th, 2016 University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing shot and killed 43-year-old Samuel DuBose in the head in Mount Auburn. Accordingly, the killing followed a traffic stop for a missing front license plate.

The t-shirt Ray Tensing was wearing at the time he fatally shot Sam DuBose, July 19, 2015 was submitted as evidence Friday during the murder trial of Tensing. (Photo: Cara Owsley)
The t-shirt Ray Tensing was wearing at the time he fatally shot Sam DuBose, July 19, 2015 was submitted as evidence Friday during the murder trial of Tensing. (Photo: Cara Owsley)

When Tensing began his shift the afternoon of July 19th, 2015, he was wearing a T-shirt depicting a Confederate flag under his police uniform.

Amongst the evidence presented to the jury as a criminologist outlined what Tensing was wearing the day he shot and killed Sam DuBose during a traffic stop was a T-shirt depicting the Confederate flag.
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What You Need to Know about the NAACP’s War on Charter Schools

By James Clingman (NNPA Newswire Columnist)

The call for a moratorium on charter schools by the NAACP is a case of “Throwing the baby out with the bath water.” While most Black folks are concentrating on Hillary and Donald, the largest and oldest “Colored” organization approved an internal resolution calling for a halt to the “expansion of charter schools” until those schools meet criteria set forth by the NAACP.

James Clingman is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people
James Clingman is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people

The NAACP lacks the power to enforce its resolution, but their call for this draconian measure does come with the familiar stench of other positions they have taken—and not taken—because of political and, of course, economic reasons, the latter of which seems to be the driving force behind this latest move.

One of this country’s leading educators, Dr. Steve Perry, who has operated charter schools for years and recently took over the new charter school opened by Sean Combs, Capital Prep Harlem, in New York City, had this to say: “The NAACP national headquarters has received a significant amount of money from the teachers’ union. The only organizations to call for a moratorium on charter schools in particular, because they are non-union, are the teachers’ unions.” Continue reading “What You Need to Know about the NAACP’s War on Charter Schools”