Thursday, December 30, 2010

Best Kids’ Picture Books, 2010


List and slideshow from the The Children’s Book Review

Top Ten Picture Books

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Monkeys

I sew many kinds of animals, and sometimes even skulls or cupcakes, but my favorite creature is still a monkey. And I'm the eleventh monkey - because I was born in the year of the monkey on the eleventh of August - so it's only natural that I like to create monkeys, monkeys and more monkeys.

And so I have, this past month. I've made three custom monkeys for customers and an itty bitty monkey on a key chain as a birthday surprise for my husband.






And now I'm off to dream about making even more monkeys... I wish my hands could sew faster, then I would have at least a hundred different versions of monkeys in my shop.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Charley Harper's

Peekaboo Forest

interactive illustrations in an app created for kids


Created by Night & Day Studios, the app—available for the iPhone and the Android—continues their series, which began with Peekaboo Barn and was followed by Peekaboo Wild. A fourth application called Peekaboo Fridge, currently in production, will feature the artwork of Richard Scarry, and another called "Tree of Life" and also featuring Charley Harper's imagery is also in the works. Peekaboo Forest sells for $2 from iTunes


Friday, December 24, 2010

The Devil’s bowels smell like roses in the Vatican

The Nazis were an all-male hierarchy made up of the most educated elite in Germany and they dined on the best wine and played and listened to the classical music of Wagner as they shoved the Jews into the gas chambers. Likewise, the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army also are made up of only all-male hierarchy of the most educated men in the Catholic Church and they dined on the best wine of the Eucharist as they transformed the wine into the Blood of Christ and with the same holy priestly hands they raped and sodomized countless hundreds of thousands of altar boys within “holy churches” and “holy rectories”. The music of the JP2 Army was in Latin, the Tantum Ergo, the Agnus Dei, the Gloria and Kyrie Eleison. One of them as we know now was a singing “Elvis priest”.

The JP 2 Army meditated on the writings of John Paul II, his Theology of the Body that is totally not applicable to children as we know now. All the books, encyclicals, speeches and travels around the globe of John Paul II did absolutely NOTHING to save and protect children from the most heinous crime against Catholic children in the history of Christendom. So on this Christmas season in 2010, 5 years after his death, we can see that John Paul II was no saint for children. In life, John Paul II did nothing to protect and save children from pedophile priests just like Herod did nothing to protect baby boys from his own army. John Paul II was only obsessed with his own narcissistic glory as John Paul II the GREAT just like Herod the GREAT. And Cardinal Josef Ratzinger now Benedict XVI is also a papal clone obsessed with his own legacy as Ratzinger the GREAT. See our sister websites The John Paul II Millstone http://jp2m.blogspot.com/ and Benedict XVI Ratzinger: God’s Rottweiler http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/ where we analyze and record “history that never lies”.

John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army expands into Ireland & John Paul is elevated as "Venerable"... only in the Catholic Church are criminals glorified http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2009_12_01_archive.html

Compare the CRIMES and their VICTIMS in America

Victims - Attackers - Responsible Leader

Pearl Harbor - 3,000 victims - 170 planes - Admiral Yamamoto

WTC & 9/11 attacks - 5,000 victims - 19 Muslims - Osama bin Laden

USA Priest Pedophilia - 12,000 victims - 6,000 priests - John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Opus Dei (the Vatican Trinity)

Our most recent articles:

Benedict XVI and the Bible http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/12/benedict-xvi-and-bible.html

Benedict XVI give standing ovation to topless acrobat men while countless victims of pedophile priests continue to suffer living hell this Christmas http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/12/benedict-xvi-give-standing-ovation-to.html

Commentary on John L. Allen Jr 'Benedict XVI and Tom Doyle on the crisis' in All Things Catholic http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/12/commentary-on-john-l-allen-jr-benedict.html

Benedict XVI’s compares Church (priest pedophilia) to a woman http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/12/benedict-xvis-compares-church-priest.html

Conrad Black and Benedict XVI are of the same feather. Conrad Black speaks for and glorifies up Benedict XVI’s papacy http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/12/conrad-black-licks-papal-ass-of.html

Video Why does Benedict XVI not call it RAPE for “child sexual ‘abuse’” http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/12/why-does-benedict-xvi-not-call-it-rape.html

Benedict XVI and the Vatican are the worst pathological liars on earth. Benedict XVI is the mythomaniac of the 21st century!!! http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/11/benedict-xvi-and-vatican-are-worst.html

Benedict XVI & Opus Dei media maul Jon Sobrino http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/12/benedict-xvi-opus-dei-media-maul-jon.html

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR FRIENDS AND READERS!!!!!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

John Paul II kept for over 20 years Tony Walsh who sang as he raped hundreds of Irish boys

How can John Paul II ever be called a `saint` by children when he was so callous as to have protected and kept the most notorious pedophile priest Tony Walsh who came to his attention during his 26 years papacy and he knew (what we are only learning now) that Tony Walsh the 'Elvis priests' sang as he sodomized hundreds of Irish little boys? The Nazis played Wagner as they placed Jews into the gas chambers and this John Paul II Pedophile Priest also sang as he sodomized little boys. John Paul II wrote the book Theology of the Body can only be burning in Hell with the biggest millstone hanging around his neck for condonning and aiding and abetting Tony Walsh for more than 20 years (wake-up Catholics!) that over a quarter of a century during his longest papacy since St. Peter.

Merry Christmas to all our friends and readers as we discover more and more the Priestly Sodomy of Biblical Proportions committed by the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army...in Ireland!

See our sister weblogs: The John Paul II Millstone http://jp2m.blogspot.com/

Benedict XVI God's Rottweiler http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/Paedophile priest sang as he abused me, says victim

Compare the CRIMES and their VICTIMS in America

Victims - Attackers - Responsible Leaders

Pearl Harbor - 3,000 victims - 170 planes - Admiral Yamamoto

WTC & 9/11 attacks - 5,000 victims - 19 Muslims - Osama bin Laden

USA Priest Pedophilia - 12,000 victims - 6,000 priests - John Paul II,
Benedict XVI & Opus Dei (Vatican Trinity)

Report: Irish church leader 'begged' Vatican to dismiss abusive priest

IRELAND
U.S. Catholic
By Michael Kelly, Catholic News Service

DUBLIN (CNS) -- A newly released chapter of the Murphy Report into the handling of clergy sex abuse allegations in the Archdiocese of Dublin between 1975 and 2004 shows Cardinal Desmond Connell "begged" Pope John Paul II to dismiss an abusive priest from the priesthood.

Chapter 19 was withheld when the report of Judge Yvonne Murphy's commission was published in November 2009 because the abuser involved -- former priest Tony Walsh -- was awaiting trial. Walsh was sentenced to 16 years in prison for abuse in early December, clearing the way for publication.

Referring to Walsh, the inquiry noted, "his pattern of behavior is such that it is likely that he has abused hundreds of children." The newly published chapter reveals that allegations of abuse made just days after Walsh's ordination in 1978 were largely ignored by church authorities and he went on to abuse freely for almost a decade, being moved him from parish to parish when fresh allegations emerged.


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By John Cooney
Thursday December 23 2010

A VICTIM of jailed paedophile priest Tony Walsh yesterday spoke for the first time of how the depraved ex-cleric sang a song while sexually abusing him.

Niall, not his real name, told the Irish Independent he was one of hundreds of working-class children abused in Ballyfermot, Dublin, by the "most notorious child abuser" to come before the Commission of Investigation led by Judge Yvonne Murphy.

He broke his silence as Justice Minister Dermot Ahern received the Murphy Report on a litany of child abuse in the Diocese of Cloyne, Co Cork.

"I was one of the many victims you'll never hear about," Niall said yesterday.

"Seeing his face all over the newspapers last week made me feel dirty again," Niall added. "It was him. It was 'Father' Walsh. It brought back what I had shut out of my mind.

"I didn't go to work. I stayed in bed for most of the day remembering the song he used to sing as he was having his way with me. Everyone else loves that song except me, and nobody knows why."

That song was 'Too Shy' by 1980s band Kajagoogoo.

Walsh, an Elvis impersonator in a priests' singing group, sang this to encourage victims not to resist his advances.

Niall, now in his mid-30s, recalled his sexual abuse, which began in the De La Salle primary school on Ballyfermot Road in the early 1980s when he was only eight or nine.

On the pretext of hearing confessions, Walsh would come into the class, pick a boy and take him to another building.

Unsuspecting

There he walked down a school corridor to a small room which was used for prayers. He turned the latch and locked the door from the inside. The screams of boys could not be heard.

Walsh had a few "regulars". On quite a few occasions he selected Niall, whom previously outside the church after Mass he patted on the head and tickled in front of his unsuspecting parents.

It was during confession that Walsh's relationship with Niall became physical.

"He invited me to sit on his lap, saying it was cold and we should have a cuddle. He put his hands into my shirt and pants. I was too young to know about sex but I knew it was wrong."

Before letting Niall return to his class, Walsh said: "What happened between us is between God. God will be angry if you tell anyone."

On one occasion, Niall tried to break away from Walsh.

"I tried to get off his lap, but he tightened his grip and his voice was shaking.

"'Never say no to a priest,' he commanded.

"He made me take my trousers down. One hand came straight into my underwear groping my genitals and with his fingers on his other hand he invaded me from behind.

"It was just awful. I hoped it would not last too long. Thankfully, I was never fully raped, but others were."

Academically bright and working in a good job, Niall has found it difficult to relate to women.

"Walsh made sex dirty for me. I don't have what I crave -- a wife and kids," he said. "On the outside I appear normal, but inside I'm screaming with the shame and guilt of Walsh."

Looking back some 30 years, Niall questions why teachers never asked why it was the same boys Walsh picked for confessions, ignoring chubby boys.

"The teachers could have gone to the gardai with their suspicions," he said.

Monday, December 20, 2010

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via grain edit: Jingle Bells illustrated by J.P. Miller
(But that’s not a turkey ball, it’s a Christmas pudding doused in brandy and set alight.)

Sunday, December 19, 2010


"Every idiot who goes about with Merry Christmas on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart." Ebenezer Scrooge
Illustration by Brett Helquist



Saturday, December 18, 2010


Lost Roald Dahl manuscript sells on eBay


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Raymond Briggs talks about his accidental career in children's fiction

Friday, December 17, 2010

John Paul II protected two of the most notorious pedophile priests in his JP2 Army

John Paul II must never be called a "saint" by children in this generation and all generations to come because he did absolutely NOTHING during his lifetime and his 26+ years papacy to protect them. In life, John Paul II did not protect children and therefore in death he cannot protect them either. John Paul II protected only his pedophile priests and he never protected children away from them. Today we receive proof from Ireland's Murphy Report that between 1975 and 2004 (he became Pope in 1978 until one year before his death in 2005) John Paul II refused to remove the most notorious Irish pedophile priest Tony Walsh. A newly released chapter of the Murphy Report into the handling of clergy sex abuse allegations in the Archdiocese of Dublin between 1975 and 2004 shows Cardinal Desmond Connell "begged" Pope John Paul II to dismiss an abusive priest from the priesthood.

Another notorious serial pedophile priest whom John Paul II protected was Fr. Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, who sodomized his own biological son. John Paul II knew Fr. Maciel personally very well but he preferred to keep a blind eye over his sodomy. The "Holy See" of John Paul II was marred by the Priestly Sodomy of Biblical Proportions committed by the thousands of pedophile priets named aptly after him as the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army.

See our related articles in our sister websites The John Paul II Millstone :

John Paul II is the Pope of Injustice of the 20th & 21st Century and Fr. Marcial Maciel should be excommunicated posthumously http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2010/10/john-paul-ii-is-pope-of-injustice-of.html

Canon Law and John Paul II, the Vatican & Benedict XVI never saved children nor excommunicated pedophile priests during last quarter of 20th Century http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2010/07/canon-law-and-john-paul-ii-vatican.html

Reasons why priest pedophilia is eternal: John Paul II the Great “Saint”, “The Conscience” of the ‘Age of Benedict XVI’, “Holy Father” Marcial Maciel http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2010/06/reasons-why-priest-pedophilia-is.html

Spiritual healing, the Eucharist and the Rosary bring NEITHER JUSTICE NOR SAFETY FOR CHILDREN, the preys of the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2010/05/spiritual-healing-eucharist-and-rosary.html

Vatican asks victims to see church as ally in fighting abuse is as preposterous if the Legion asked Fr. Maciel’s victims to see Legionaries as allies http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2010/11/vatican-asks-victims-to-see-church-as.html

Premier Vaticanista John L. Allen Jr describes his unlimited access into the Vatican and Papal apartments http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2010/11/premier-vaticanista-john-l-allen-jr.html

Benedict XVI's new pathological lie: "Pope in 1988 sought to remove abusers faster" http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/12/benedict-xvis-new-pathological-lie-pope.html

Compare the CRIMES and their VICTIMS in America

Victims - Attackers - Responsible Leaders

Pearl Harbor - 3,000 victims - 170 planes - Admiral Yamamoto

WTC & 9/11 attacks - 5,000 victims - 19 Muslims - Osama bin Laden

USA Priest Pedophilia - 12,000 victims - 6,000 priests - John Paul II,
Benedict XVI & Opus Dei (Vatican Trinity)

Report: Irish church leader 'begged' Vatican to dismiss abusive priest
IRELAND
U.S. Catholic
By Michael Kelly, Catholic News Service

DUBLIN (CNS) -- A newly released chapter of the Murphy Report into the handling of clergy sex abuse allegations in the Archdiocese of Dublin between 1975 and 2004 shows Cardinal Desmond Connell "begged" Pope John Paul II to dismiss an abusive priest from the priesthood.

Chapter 19 was withheld when the report of Judge Yvonne Murphy's commission was published in November 2009 because the abuser involved -- former priest Tony Walsh -- was awaiting trial. Walsh was sentenced to 16 years in prison for abuse in early December, clearing the way for publication.

Referring to Walsh, the inquiry noted, "his pattern of behavior is such that it is likely that he has abused hundreds of children." The newly published chapter reveals that allegations of abuse made just days after Walsh's ordination in 1978 were largely ignored by church authorities and he went on to abuse freely for almost a decade, being moved him from parish to parish when fresh allegations emerged.


Defrocked priest Tony Walsh abused “hundreds” of children
IRELAND
The Journal
ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN has said he sleeps better knowing that notorious child sex abuser Tony Walsh is in prison “and not walking the streets of Dublin”.
The archbishop of Dublin was speaking on RTE Radio1′s News at One today shortly after the chapter of the Murphy Report into clerical sex abuse in the diocese relating to ex-priest Walsh was published. The chapter had not been previously published because Walsh was in court on sex offences. When he was convicted and jailed on 17 counts of sexual abuse at the start of the month, the High Court ordered that the chapter could be published.
It contains harrowing detail of how Walsh abused serially and continually during his time as a Catholic priest. A complaint was made against him only two days after his first appointment to Ballyfermot parish in 1978, relating to the sexual abuse of an 8-year-old boy. That complaint was investigated by a Monsignor Glennon who said he believed Walsh was telling the truth and it was dropped


The Murphy Report, Chapter 19: The Worst Case Yet?
IRELAND
Slugger O'Toole
Gladys Ganiel, Fri 17 December 2010
The 19th chapter of the Murphy Report on clerical abuse in the Dublin diocese was published today, more than a year after the release of the original report. The publication of chapter 19 was delayed because it concerned former priest Tony Walsh, who was facing legal proceedings.
Eleven days ago Walsh was sentenced to 16 years in jail, clearing the way for chapter 19 to be made available to the public. I had recently begun to wonder if people on this island could become desensitised to the scale and severity of clerical sexual abuse. But Chapter 19 makes for still more harrowing reading; to the point that the Murphy Commission describes Walsh as the “most notorious child sexual abuser” it encountered. That’s saying something.
People already had a sense of Walsh’s crimes due to extensive media coverage of the court proceedings, including a particularly disturbing depiction of his abuse written by Patsy McGarry in last week’s Irish Times.


Murphy Report reveals Vatican protected sex abuser
IRELAND
BBC News
The Vatican wanted an Irish priest to serve 10 years in a monastery for abusing children rather than force him out of the Catholic Church, a report has revealed.
A previously censored chapter of the Murphy Report describes Tony Walsh as the "most notorious" paedophile to come to its attention.
Walsh was jailed for 12 years earlier this month for abusing three boys.


Murphy Report chapter reveals ‘most notorious’ child sex abuser
IRELAND
Newstalk
[with audio]
A previously unpublished chapter of the Murphy Report on clerical abuse in the Dublin archdiocese reveals Rome upheld an appeal against a priest who admitted using children once every two weeks for 8 years for “sexual gratification”.
Chapter 19 describes defrocked paedophile priest Tony Walsh as the most notorious child sexual abuser to have come to the attention of the Commission.
It says whilst the Commission is aware of 40 of his victims Walsh is likely to have abused hundreds more

Vatican wanted 'Fr Filth' to serve monastery sentence
IRELAND
Irish Independent
Friday December 17 2010
The Vatican wanted a dangerous paedophile priest to serve 10 years in a monastery rather than force him out of the Catholic Church, an inquiry revealed today.
Irish clerics wanted to dismiss Tony Walsh - jailed for 16 years last week on 17 counts of child abuse - but Rome urged that he be allowed to remain in the clergy.
Nicknamed Fr Filth, he attacked a young boy in the toilet of a pub in Dublin in May 1994 after attending the funeral of his victim's grandfather as the Catholic hierarchy in Rome debated how he should be dealt with.


Vatican sought deal on 'Fr Filth'
IRELAND
The Press Association
The Vatican wanted a dangerous Irish paedophile priest to serve 10 years in a monastery rather than force him out of the Catholic Church, an inquiry has revealed.
Irish clerics wanted to dismiss Tony Walsh - jailed for 16 years last week on 17 counts of child abuse - but Rome urged that he be allowed to remain in the clergy.


Abuse by Tony Walsh 'hushed up' by Church
IRELAND
RTE News
The newly released chapter 19 of the Murphy Report on the convicted Paedophile priest Tony Walsh describes him as probably the most notorious sex abuser to come to Commission's attention.
The newly released chapter 19 of the Murphy Report on the convicted Paedophile priest Tony Walsh describes him as probably the most notorious sex abuser to come to Commission's attention. ...
The Commission of Inquiry into allegations of child sexual abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese details the incidents of abuse over 15 years and concludes the child abuser was moved from parishes in Ballyfermot to Westland Row to avoid further scandal.
The Murphy Report outlines how Tony Walsh abused children in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s even though priests, canons, monsignors, bishops and the Archbishop in Dublin knew about it.



Allowing evil to flourish


IRELAND
Irish Independent

Saturday December 18 2010

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. And that is what happened with child abuse in this country and especially, on the basis of the latest chapter of the Murphy Commission, in the Dublin archdiocese. Only it was worse.

They not alone looked the other way, they passed the buck. They avoided responsibility. They allowed innocent, decent children to be raped and put in unimaginable peril. Evil flourished. Let there be no doubt about that.

Serial paedophile priest Tony Walsh left a stream of horror, pain and life-long anguish in his wake. Walsh destroyed young lives. He preyed like a monster on unsuspecting children. The Murphy Commission described him as the "most notorious child sexual abuser" to come to its attention.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas card for the Booktrust by David Lucas

NRAAC Differs With African American Republican Organization in It's support of RNC Chair Michael Steele's Bid for a Second Term

NRAAC's National Chair Dr. Jean Howard-Hill


http://www.nraac.blogspot.com

http://www.nraacaucus.org

http://theblackolivebranch.blogspot.com

Dr. Hill is also a contributor to David Frum's Forum at http://www.frumforum.com

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Booker Rising http://www.bookerrising.net



NRAAC Differs With African American Republican Organization in It's support of RNC Chair Michael Steele's Bid for a Second Term


With all due respect for Mr. Daniels, he cannot have it both ways. He cannot say "he was elected to broaden the party and to win elections", and "he did both", while also saying that even Steele conceded that "it was grassroots organizations that worked so hard to get candidates elected".


The NRAAC does not like having to contradict a fellow African American Republican organization, but when it comes to the re-election of RNC Chair Michael Steele, it becomes necessary. Any organization has a right to endorse whomever and to do so without the approval of others. We certainly are not opposing any organization's right to make such an endorsement. However, we do take issue with the statements as to why Steele is being endorsed, made by Kevin Daniels, president of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of North Carolina. In a December 16, 2010 news release entitled, Frederick Douglas Foundation of North Carolina Supports the Re-Election of RNC Chairman Michael Steele, in part it reads:


"Michael Steele is a good leader. He was elected to broaden the party and to win elections," Daniels said. "He did both."


In 2009, Chairman Steele was at the helm when Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie became Governors and Scott Brown did the unthinkable; winning a Senate seat in Massachusetts. In 2010 there were more Black Americans that sought public office since Reconstruction. Two of those candidates, Tim Scott and Alan West, are newly elected members of Congress. Governor-Elect, Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Susana Martinez of New Mexico are Native American and Hispanic, respectively. In Florida, Jennifer Carroll will be the first Black Female Lieutenant Governor. Republicans took over the US House of Representatives, picked up seats in the Senate and took control of many State Legislatures, including North Carolina for the first time in 112 years.


"Michael Steele has proven that he is capable of working outside of the Republican establishment to ensure victory for the party, " Daniels said.

"What I admire most is that he gave credit where credit is due. To the people."

Daniels continued, "While Republican leaders across the country continue to take credit for the victories, he acknowledged the grassroots organizations that worked so hard to get candidates elected."


Unless we are missing something, we are not privy to any proof that supports Steele having played a substantial role with Independents and certainly not the Tea Party Movement in ensuring the victory of Chris Christie or Scott Brown. Nor can he say he recruited the African American candidates, who in most cases courageously put themselves out there to run for office as lambs for the Republican slaughter. Being one of those rare African American candidates who decided to enter the congressional race, I certainly can give Steele no credit for me having stepped into the political ring. Also, there are more like me, who I am sure will say the same.


With all due respect for Mr. Daniels, he cannot have it both ways. He cannot say "he was elected to broaden the party and to win elections", and "he did both", while also saying that even Steele conceded that "it was grassroots organizations that worked so hard to get candidates elected".


As to broadening the party, where is the proof of Chairman Steele broadening the party? In order to have done that, he would have needed to have been actively involved in inclusion efforts. Contrary to this, in our December 9, 2010 Blog, Could Michael Steele's Oust be Racism? We Think Not!,we wrote:


"A review of Steele's record in bringing the GOP closer to looking like a party of racial inclusion is certainly lacking to say the least.


As a national African American Republican organization, we cannot help but recap the two year tenure of Steele with disappointment. We were pleased to see him be the first African American to take the helm of the party. This gave us hope for further minority inclusion within the ranks of the Republican Party. However, during his tenure, with much regret, we have very little to report as to any substantial difference in reaching out to minorities. In fact, over the past two years, as a Caucus with its primary goals to attract those of color to the Republican Party, it has been extremely painful to endure the failures of the Steele leadership and administration to reach out to us or even respond to us reaching out to it.


Having known personally Steele since 2001 when the Bush White House had me make his acquaintance, as the NRAAC national chair, I was thrilled and filled with high hopes and great expectations that with him at the helm, we would see a better and more inclusive GOP. Unfortunately that did not happen. Instead, many veteran African American GOP'ers have felt even more alienated, ignored and denied access than ever by the Republican Party leadership. Yet most of us have hung in there, although we were among the first to see the handwriting on the wall, and the hand as it began to write the warning to Steele.


We knew things were destined to become problematic when fresh out of the stall, Steele suffered from a strange politically expedient disease of alienating himself from us and ignoring those of us he once shared minority fellowship. That was the beginning of the handwritings on the wall, which read, "Michael do not forget where you came from, because you might have to return to us someday". The problem is - Steele failed to see or read it. Or maybe he did, but chose to just ignore it.


Despite Steele's moving story of how he went from inner-city poverty to political stardom, we have found him to be less convincing in his role as leading man, once he reached the helm of the GOP. In fact, he has shown very little commitment and almost non-existing efforts to bring minority presence and participation to the party. It seemed it was enough to have him be the lone star with only a few of us coming close to getting back row tickets to his two year GOP performance.


It has been almost two years to the date and the NRAAC is still waiting for an appointment to meet with and work with our RNC chair, Michael Steele, regarding minority recruitment or for him to return a call or answer letters and cards to him. That says a lot about his commitment and the value he placed on minority recruitment and involvement during his past two year term of office.


I am even sure there are some good white Republicans who also are disappointed at his failure in this area as well.


Inclusion is a very serious issue for the RNC, which sooner or later is going to have to be dealt with. With poll numbers that reflect the majority of Americans are not too hot about either party's job performance on a national level, (i.e. Congressional approval ratings being down to as low as 17%) and with the ultimate rise of a third party that is diverting die hard Conservatives away from the Republican base, we had better begin to look at others whose core values are more aligned with the GOP. Where do we find them? Among the morally conservative African American base. The very core of the base from which most of our membership hail. So to ignore the NRAAC with a membership base which is almost 100 percent from the African American religious community is political malpractice. Nevertheless, this is what Steele has done.


If we are to address some of the issues of lack of inclusion within the GOP, Steele is not the man! He had his chance to broaden the base and he failed or did very little. At best he was no better than past RNC leadership. So on this contention, we share a totally different prospective of Steele and his role in broadening the GOP base, than that of Daniels.


Personally I do not know Kevin Daniels. Have not had the good pleasure of making his acquaintance. But I am sure he is a fine gentleman, and certainly have no beef with him. Perhaps Daniels is living in another world, where how he sees Steele is drastically different from ours, and even some outside of our NRAAC's membership. I certainly hope so. That may be the case, since North Carolina faired well in the 2010 midterm elections and seemingly this organization has been a Michael Steele beneficiary. Because otherwise, this is just more political rhetoric being espoused from those who should know better, because the facts just do not support all of the contentions.


As to Steele being a good leader, perhaps he was. But as the RNC chair, if you cannot raise as much money as needed for the midterm elections without having to take out a loan or having third party efforts take up the slack, and if you cannot manage what you do have, then I am not sure how that makes you a good leader. For more on the NRAAC's position, go to the NRAAC's December 9, 2010 Blog, Could Michael Steele's Oust be Racism? We Think Not!, at http://nraac.blogspot.com/2010/12/could-michael-steeles-oust-be-racism-we.html.


To reach the NRAAC national chair:

Jean Howard-Hill
423-544-9696 Cell
423-521-4294 NRAAC office
nraachowardhill@gmail.com
Jean.howard.hill@gmail.com


[Dr. Jean Howard-Hill is the author of Black Eyes Shut, White Lips Sealed.She has served as the national chair for the National Black Republican Women with her late husband, Attorney Bobby Lee Hill serving as the head of the Black Republican Men for Change from 1987 to his death in 1991. After his death up until 1993, she remained head of the organization, and in 1999 combined the two groups to form the National Republican African American Caucus.


Outside of her role as the National Republican African American Caucus [NRAAC] national chair, Howard-Hillis known for her involvement within the African American community and her efforts to correct and enhance verbal, written and presentational skills of African American students, and her "Pull up Your Pants and Dress for Success Campaign" to improve the appearance and fate of African American males.She has created and directed the Many Faces of Diversity at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, which teaches these skills to minority, "at-risk",and first generation college bound students.She is currently working on the Tennessee Youth Research Study, a research project aimed at identifying causes and providing connectors to reconnect to the youth of this generation. In 2010, she received the Girl's Inc., Unbought and Unbossed Award.


She has taught full time and as an adjunct, American Government, State and Local Government, and International Politics and Culture of Non-western Countries at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and was voted 2006 Outstanding Professor of the year. Additionally, from 1976 to 1979, she designed and directed the "Democracy In Action" Program, which was a civics program taught in the local school systems. Howard-Hill also is a local and national political commentator. She holds a doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, College of Law and is working on a Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Research from Oxford Graduate School. She also is ordained clergy and heads The Healing Place Ministries International, overseeing 47 ministries throughout Africa.]


For more full bio information on Dr. Jean Howard-Hill go to http://ladyjforcongress.com/index_files/Page1213.htm and for other information http://ladyjforcongress.com/index_files/Page347.htm, Political History,http://ladyjforcongress.com/index_files/Page2722.htm GOP Political Involvement,

http://ladyjforcongress.com/index_files/Page29760.htm Faith Based Initiative,
http://ladyjforcongress.com/index_files/Page2530.htm Democracy In Action, http://ladyjforcongress.com/index_files/Page2542.htm and http://ladyjforcongress.com/index_files/Page22401.htm Youth Community Involvement, http://ladyjforcongress.com/index_files/Page1296.htm Community.


The National Republican African-American Caucus is an organization that is comprised of Spirit filled people of faith within the African American community, that works in conjunction with local, state and national party efforts to embrace, and offer African-American Republicans opportunities for inclusion and involvement in the Republican Party, and builds bridges between the African-American community and the Republican Party. In doing so, it seeks to carry out the philosophy and mission set before President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas to build a stronger and more inclusive Republican Party, where those guiding principles are more important than politics.

More information on the NRAACcan be found at:

http://www.nraacaucus.org; http://nraacaucus.ning.com [NRAAC] National Republican African American Caucus Social Issue Network (members only); http://nraac.blogspot.com [NRAAC Blog]; http://youthonthehorizons.blogspot.com [NRAAC Youth on the Horizons Blog]; http://the-twig.blogspot.com [NRAAC New Generation-New Direction Blog]; and
http://theblackolivebranch.blogspot.com [NRAAC National Chair's Blog]. Each State Caucus can be accessed by state. See related links at http://www.nraacaucus.org/index_files/Page816.htm. Also can be found on the RNC group page at http://our.gop.com/Groups/National_Republican_African-American_Caucus_NRAAC.

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