Urban Conservative Officially Relaunches

October 29th, 2009 Billy Hallowell

Hello, America!  I am extremely excited to be writing to you this evening, as I officially begin my journey as editor-in-chief of UrbanConservative.com.  My name is Billy Hallowell and I am honored to introduce myself to you all.  

I have been a contributor to this site for the past two years.  I am a journalist and commentator who has been working in media for nearly 11 years (I’m 26, so I started fairly young).  In 2003, I founded Pathufind Media and I am currently the host of RENEWtv, a web show devoted to renewing American conservatism.  And now, I’m officially a member of the Urban Conservative family!

But enough about me.  You can surely read more on my Web site, but I’m guessing you’re most interested in what will be happening here on UrbanConservative.com!  Tomorrow, we will become a daily publication.  Many of you have been actively reading UC for years.  This new change will afford you even more access to valuable news and information!

You’ll notice we’ve launched a plethora of new topics.  While these subjects are of great importance to American politics, please be patient as we build our content around them (i.e. there may be a lag before all topics have streaming content).  But, we will be branching into new and uncharted news categories, as you can see.

Also, in November, my show — RENEWtv - will officially join forces with Urban Conservative.  

These are just some of the changes in store as we move forward!  Please be patient as we transition, add new blogs to the CONLIST and forge our path moving forward.  I thank you for your support and readership and I look forward to serving you!

- Billy Hallowell, Editor-in-Chief

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Obama’s Greatest Challenge Yet to Come: Replacing Ben Bernanke

May 27th, 2009 Jr Accountant

Perhaps you haven’t noticed this important little bit as you have been too distracted with digging your way out of debt, busting your ass at work just to keep up and grateful for your job regardless, or this nonsense about Obama’s choice for Supreme Court Justice. All of this noise is important, of course, because it further exposes Obama’s weaknesses; the poor cabinet choices (unless a crack team of tax cheats was the intended goal), the recklessly destructive attempts at economic repair thanks to his incredibly blind “advisers,” and the tendency to take on far more than “The State” was ever meant to handle.

Obama himself has insisted that though it may appear the opposite, he would prefer that the United States stay out of corporate affairs. Let us keep in mind that he said this just as GM was being led to the lethal injection chamber by Obama’s own team. Let’s face it, being owned by the United States government at this point is akin to a death sentence - just one more tumor devouring the host. What next? We’ve taken on the banks (who are still wandering aimlessly down Wall Street growling for braaaaaiiinnns), the automakers, the auto PARTS makers, the insurance companies; we have, at this point, even taken on ourselves. You did understand that this is what the Federal Reserve decision to buy Treasury bills on a massive scale equates to, right? Just making sure we are on the same page here.

How is that working out, by the way? Badly. The consensus amongst the armchair economists is that the bond market has begun its not-so-delicate unraveling and will shortly implode. Without this, one of the last “safe” investments remaining in a tumultuous and almost hallucinatory global financial market, Obama will have few options left to fund his promises, like the $787 billion Stimulus (no, it hasn’t been paid for).

But let us set aside the financial crisis momentarily and ignore the dollar’s red flags. Obama’s true challenge, disregarding the rest of the noise, is still ahead. Soon, he will have to start considering who he would like to replace Ben Bernanke as Chairman of the Fed.

Bernanke’s term expires on January 31, 2023 and Obama’s people have certainly made it clear that the President does not intend to keep him in his post beyond that date. The first sign Obama wasn’t too keen on another term for Helicopter Ben? Sticking Timmy the Two Bit Tax Cheat Geithner in the Treasury, leaving ex Harvard President Larry Summers’ calendar free for “Take Over the Federal Reserve” on February 1st, 2010.

So, you say?

So, Larry Summers is, as one blogger put it, “a walking, talking conflict of interest.” Summers has collected millions in speaking fees from firms like Citigroup (multiple bailouts ring a bell?), Goldman Sachs (NY Fed/Goldman scandal sound familiar?), and Bank of America (CEO Ken Lewis working with ex Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and Ben Bernanke to possibly mislead investors, anyone?).

The New York Times paints a lovely picture of Summers saying “Mr. Summers, who will be 54 on Nov. 30, is universally described as brilliant, but is also renowned for being arrogant, occasionally rude and sometimes difficult to work with.” The article goes on to discuss Summers’ infamous reputation as a sexist after “girls don’t do economics” comments were, according to him, taken out of context some years ago.

All of this being said, please do not misconstrue my feelings for Ben Bernanke. Though a declared Republican, he does not subscribe to the exuberant idealism his predecessor Alan Greenspan brought to the Fed Chairman position. Someone described Bernanke’s politicism as being “asexually Republican” - the Ken doll with a bump of plastic under his suit and no expressed or obvious political affiliation to be found. Printing the United States into bankruptcy is certainly not a Republican trait I am familiar with.

So it cannot be Ben Bernanke’s politics which would motive President Obama to let his term expire. And even when we get rid of Bernanke, he’ll still stay on at the Fed board through 2020. 2020 until we can get rid of this money-printing manic depressive!

The Fed is failing and hard (see Treasury bills above). Whether or not this burden should rest entirely on Bernanke’s shoulders has not yet been decided. From the eyes of the funny-money-hungry Obama administration, it appears as though that doesn’t matter. Perhaps Bernanke doesn’t print quickly enough to keep up with President Obama’s promises and Summers will be better equipped to implode what remains of the dollar?

This will be interesting to watch. I sincerely hope Mr Obama manages to find a Fed Chairman who at least knows how to pay his taxes; if he picks a 7th tax cheat, and to head the Fed none the less!, I will have officially lost my faith in any chance this administration has at digging us out of this total economic disaster.

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Clarence Thomas was not experienced enough to be appointed to the Supreme Court

August 19th, 2008 Urban Conservative

Supreme Court Justice, Clarence ThomasAnd this comes from a man who is clearly not experienced enough to be the President of the United States.

Just last weekend, both Obama and McCain attended a Q&A symposium at the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., facilitated by Pastor Rick Warren who is known for his bestselling book “The Purpose-Driven Life�. During the event, Obama said he would not have nominated Thomas to the bench because “I don’t think that he was a strong enough jurist or legal thinker at the time for that elevation; setting aside the fact that I profoundly disagree with his interpretation of a lot of the Constitution.�

The funny thing is that he started to say that Justice Thomas didn’t have enough ‘experience’ for the Supreme Court. In mid sentence, he fumbled his words slightly probably realizing that he himself doesn’t have enough experience to be President; and then so eloquently shifted his answer, like he usually does.

Forget about his ultra-left-leaning liberal views. If you really examine his background, you will find that he really has no political and/or business experience at all. A President is more than just the Commander in Chief. He is also the CEO of the Federal Bureaucracy that employes thousands of employees and spends billions of dollars each year.  That means he needs to understand the basics of economics and business. I doubt he gained this experience as a community organizer and professor?

Since most of you don’t do your own research, I’ll sum it up for you briefly. Obama was a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School; and also served as president of the Harvard Law Review.  He worked as a community activist and was a civil rights attorney before serving in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. He also taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004 and has been a Senator since then.  And, while Senator he hasn’t even voted on about 50 percent of the bills that crossed his desk.  Presidential material, no; but he would make a damn good ACLU attorney.

Now, let’s review Clarence Thomas’s work and education history. He attended Holy Cross where he helped found the Black Student Union and graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English.  He then attended Yale Law School from which graduated with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1974.

From 1974 to 1977, Thomas was an Assistant Attorney General of Missouri under State Attorney General John Danforth.  He then became a private attorney with a firm in St. Louis. He then became a Legislative Assistant from 1979 to 1981.  He served as Assistant Secretary of Education for the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education under Ronald Reagan.  From 1982 to 1990 he was Chairman of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In 1990, President Bush appointed him to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In 1991, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States since 1991.

Well, it seems to me like Justice Thomas is probably more qualified to be President than Obama.

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The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child

June 27th, 2008 Urban Conservative

This was a direct quote from liberal Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court; and the four other liberal justices unfortunately agreed.  I don’t understand how the highest court in our land can declare that capital punishment is too severe for raping children. This is a clear example of the fundamental differences between conservatives and liberals.

The court’s 5-4 decision struck down a Louisiana law that allows capital punishment for people convicted of raping children under 12. The ruling also invalidates laws in five other states that currently allow executions for child rape that does not result in the death of the child.  Angry Louisianans who backed the law said the court was out of touch. I say they are liberally INSANE.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says it well:

The opinion reads more like an out-of-control legislative debate than a constitutional analysis … One thing is clear: The five members of the court who issued the opinion do not share the same ’standards of decency’ as the people of Louisiana.

This means that this repugnant swine Patrick Kennedy, who was originally sentenced to death for raping his 8-year-old step daughter in Louisiana will get a new sentence hearing, and who knows … maybe even get out on parole in a few years. And also this deranged mass of human waste Richard Davis, who was sentenced to the death penalty for repeatedly raping a little girl the same age as mine (5 years old) will also get a new sentence. This sickens me.

Tags: supreme court decision, child rape, child rapists, death penalty, sentencing, capital punishment, Louisiana

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