AP Interview: NAACP wants NC threat investigation

By RENEE ELDER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The NAACP's national president is asking investigators to find the person responsible for a death threat he says was made against the leader of the organization's North Carolina chapter.

Civil rights group leader Benjamin Jealous spoke with The Associated Press prior to a news conference Thursday in Raleigh and said he wants law enforcement to determine who faxed the note to the Rev. William Barber's office in Raleigh that morning.

State investigators did not immediately respond to a message left seeking comment.

Jealous spoke a day after Barber and six others were released from jail after being arrested following a disruption at the Statehouse.

The group is trying to call attention to proposed cuts in education, health and welfare programs. It claims those disproportionately harm minorities, the poor and children.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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that "southern" mentality is hard to keep in check..

They'll show themselves in this comment thread. They'll ignore the death threats and go on about "welfare cheats," knowing good and well the aristocracy is sucking the life out of this nation. Knowing good and well that the aristocracy that they aspire to, would not drive over them, if they were lying in the street. Oh, wait, that's already been done. Never mind.

...that "pay your own way through life and carry your own load" mentality?

you don't like it...exit stage left!

didn't fight hard enough. If they had, maybe you wouldn't be having these problems.

Both sides of my family didn't arrived on US soil until after the Civil War so I don't really have a dog in this fight, but you forefathers had a chance to keep the outsiders out. They failed, so live with it.

I am Guest333!!! ...And I would not write this type of post!!! This person got away with stealing my tag, so I will NOT USE THIS Guest333 tag anymore...but I shall return!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the NAACP is THE most racist group in existence today. This Rev. Barber is a joke. There are others that are just as ridiculous as he is, but he is the ring leader.

Where were these buffoons when the Democrats were running state spending into the ground over the past decades? When the Democrats were using federal stimulus money to pay recurring expenses? When the Democrats were robbing the highway trust fund, and the state employee pension fund, to balance the budget? Where was the good Reverend then? But now that Republicans have shown a little courage to try and reverse some of that spending, the NAACP cries foul!!!!! Oh, the big, bad Republicans are going to ruin the middle class, and poor working people will be cast into the lower regions of Hades!!!! It is sickening to hear how this group whines and cries.

and will TELL you where they were when the Democrats were in office... They were excitedly standing by with their hands outstretched saying, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme!

It set a precedence and became standard operating procedure to get boatloads of money from the left in the form of "GRANTS" which are never expected to be paid back and hardly ever scrutinized.

Now, the NAACP feel that they have to resort to Civil Disobedience as they disrupted a session of the House at the General Assembly yesterday by chanting silly nonsense! They were not in the Senate!!!

Thank you General Assembly Police, You did a FINE job arresting the pimps, I mean Perps!

is not relevant in today's world. Given Mr. Barber's personal appearance ( morbidly obese ), his demise will be self inflicted .

Blah, blah, blah.....minorities?

Sorry, "Rev," but it has nothing to do with race. It has to do with ending the gravy train that is bankrupting this state and nation.

If you can't pay your own way through life you have no business breeding and producing offspring, and like most taxpayers, I'm sick and tired of having the government take my money under force of law only to hand over to lazy, incompetent, scamming, and generally worthless losers.

Maybe we need to let a few start starving so they'll know what REAL poverty is.

I agree...let's ship those lazy, incompetent, scamming, and generally worthless losers taking our tax dollars to some other country...I'm sure Argentina would love to have the lazy, incompetent, scamming, and generally worthless losers we have elected to Congress...about time someone called the politicians what they really are lazy, incompetent, scamming, and generally worthless losers who are taking our money by force...

A majority of your tax dollars goes to corporate 'welfare'(tax breaks, subsidies, refunds) and to the megarich...look into how many millions were given to big corporations who paid absolutely no taxes and how much the income tax percentages paid by the rich have drastically fallen in the past several decades...if corporations and the filthy rich paid their fair share like the rest of us, the government would be fully funded and we would have enough surplus to give every child an excellent education, medical care for all and repair America's crumbling infrastructure...it's not the people with nothing who are bankrupting us, it's the 2% that control 95% of the world's resources...and unless you're making +$300k, you're as irrelevant to the powers that be as a homeless person...seems like FauxNews has a lot of folks convinced that the poor are bad, when in reality it's the ultra-rich and the megacorporations who truly embody evil...

"Entitlements" are bankrupting the country. Examine the budget.

Medicaid alone comprises 12% of the federal budget. In FY 2009 that meant almost $366.5 BILLION.

Combined, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid comprise almost 50% of the national budget.

So you can believe all that tripe you're preaching, but a cursory look at the numbers disproves your left-wing lies.

How do we put a figure on what taxes would have been collected if there were not so many loopholes for big corporations to exploit?

We all know the average Republican will blindly love and stand up for the big corporations that then turn around and poop on them every day. So let me use the General Electric story, since we know Obama is tight with GE.

GE 2010 - 14 billion in profits. Pays no fed taxes and RECEIVES 3 BILLION TAX BENEFIT. All you have to do is show your profit offshore, show a loss here, and bingo no taxes and receive a tax benefit for your troubles.

Subsidies for oil companies. Why? Are they struggling just to break even in these hard times?

Give me a break.

I'm 100% in favor of doing away with income tax and moving to a consumption tax with no loopholes.

Do you even have an idea WHY the oil companies receive subsidies? It's to employ American workers on difficult American well sites. The oil companies can easily live without them....and thousands of American oilfield workers will go unemployed while the companies seek out easier sites overseas.

So you give me a break. This country was built by companies like GE and Exxon Mobil. Welfare and most Medicaid recipients serve no purpose whatsoever.

It always the same BS excuse...JOBS.

Tax payers fund bailouts and subsidies to save jobs. If these jobs can't stand on their own two feet, let them go. Survival of the fittest.
Why is one workers pay taxed to save another's job?

Also, where in my post did I stand up for Welfare or Medicaid?

...subsidies and tax breaks with welfare and Medicaid, which is like trying to compare a cold to terminal cancer. Corporations serve an important purpose, not the least of which is enriching millions of Americans through dividends and capital gains...which are then taxed! Weflare and Medicaid recipients serve no purpose whatsoever.

I'm totally on board with getting the government out of industry. I was simply telling you the Congressional mindset as to why the drilling subsidies are in place: Reduce our dependence on foreign oil and keep American roughnecks drilling.

The easiest way to clean up over half our mess is to stop taxing income and start taxing consumption. That way GE won't be able to escape paying taxes, and the worthless losers who are sucking this country dry (yet always seem to have a ton of disposable income) will be forced to pay taxes.

Only the right wing calls Medicare and Social Security "Entitlements". That money is paid for by all workers,even the ones making the minimum and who they work for and even you will get yours back. It also shouldn't count in the budget because that money is collected separately for that purpose. I'll give you Medicaid.

As for Social Security, you (and your employer) pay in less than half of what you'll collect in benefits.

When it comes to Medicare, you pay in less than one-eighth what you'll collect.

So everyone, left and right, agrees that they are entitlements.

I fully agree that Social Security shouldn't count as part of the budget, and that's how it is set up. Unfortunately, when Congress decided they could loot the Social Security Trust Fund and replace the cash with government bonds, it became a defacto part of the budget. As the bonds drift toward worthlessness, we are facing serious problems, not the least of which will be hyperinflation to rival the Weimar Republic.

Here's what we need to do, and we had better start on it now:

* Medicaid gets phased out over five years.

* Medicare changes from an "extend life regardless of expense" program to "after eighty, we make you comfortable until the end" program. They wanted to pay for a second coronary bypass for my mother when she was seventy-nine. She told them that it was ludicrous. I agree.

* Social Security needs to be BROADLY modified. It has always been a Ponzi scheme and it cannot cannot survive indefinitely. I'm all in favor of creating a new "National Retirement Savings" program that will allow people to invest and pay for their OWN retirement, rather than mine. Anyone who is under forty should be allowed to shift all their current OASDI money into such an account.

Until this government stops playing Santa Claus, we have no hope of escaping financial collapse.

FREAKIN MEN! PREACH IT BROTHA!

Who cares about NAACP really? Any group that focuses on one particular race is racist. White,black,yellow, purple who cares! Lets make a group that involves making the world better as a whole instead of pointing the fingers at a particular group of individuals.

I agree with you. That's why nothing productive ever gets done. Stop the racism on BOTH sides.