By Tommy DeSeno, also published in the April 12, 2012 edition of the triCityNews
We were warned in 1965 but failed to listen. In that year Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, one of the most respected Democrats to ever live, issued a report to the Department of Labor that has become known as “The Moynihan Report.” It was entitled “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action.”
Brevity requires me to get right to the paper’s thesis, simply stated therein:
The fundamental problem, in which this is most clearly the case, is that of family structure. The evidence – not final, but powerfully persuasive – is that the Negro family in the urban ghettos is crumbling. A middle class group has managed to save itself, but for vast numbers of the unskilled, poorly educated city working class the fabric of conventional social relationships has all but disintegrated.
Deteriorating “family structure” is the problem. What specifically is Moynihan referring to? The absence of a father in the Black household:
In essence, the Negro community has been forced into a matriarchal structure which, because it is out of line with the rest the American society, seriously retards the progress of the group as a whole, and imposes a crushing burden on the Negro male and, in consequence, on a great many Negro women as well.
It has to be acknowledged that the ideal situation to live in, giving the most likely chance for success of a family, is the traditional nuclear family with a father and mother supporting one another in the household. As Moynihan points out, that isn’t a knock on other matriarchal societies. However, when a majority in a nation is not matriarchal, and the minority is, that is devastating, even emasculating, to the male minority.
It is recognized that human situations won’t allow all to grow up in a nuclear family. Also, since we are talking about a sample of 300 million people in America, you will be able to find some examples of children from single mother households who have done better than children from nuclear families. That, however, is highlighting the exception while hiding the rule.
Statistics, as pointed out in The Moynihan report, reveal that the nuclear Black family with both parents in the household see their children grow up on average with higher IQs, less crime and more financial success than their single mother counterparts.
The report notes:
The role of the family in shaping character and ability is so pervasive as to be easily overlooked. The family is the basic social unit of American life; it is the basic socializing unit. By and large, adult conduct in society is learned as a child.
What role should young boys learn from their fathers? The Moynihan Report quotes cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead:
“In every known human society, everywhere in the world, the young male learns that when he grows up one of the things which he must do in order to be a full member of society is to provide food for some female and her young.”
Moynihan adds to that: This pattern is not immutable, however: it can be broken, even though it has always eventually reasserted itself Replicas Inflatable Cemento.
It couldn’t be clearer that the pattern among poor blacks has been toward households empty of fathers. Unfortunately, despite the devastation it can bring to the children, fatherless Black households are growing. Black children are learning more often than not that leaving families behind is an acceptable choice (I acknowledge the growing trend among white fathers today too).
Back in 1965 when the Moynihan Report was written, on average 36% of Black children were living in broken homes at any given moment. That number has risen since then for both whites and non-whites, but today’s numbers for Blacks are alarming: Nationwide 70% of Black children are born into single parent households, while in Asbury Park estimates have been as high as 90%. The poor Black family has continued to disintegrate.
Understand, so there is no mistake, that Moynihan finds no shortcoming of the Black male or female: Genetically, the intelligence potential is distributed for Black infants in the same proportions as Icelanders, Chinese and every other group.
However, when testing Blacks alone, the pattern is clear that Black children from stable families fare far better than those from fatherless homes.
Included in the areas where Blacks from broken homes fall short is crime. Moynihan quotes several sources, including a study that showed 3/4ths – or twice the expected ratio – of Philadelphia’s Black juvenile delinquents came from one parent households.
Moynihan was careful to note the outside pressures on the Black male, including segregation, alienation and prejudice in obtaining employment. His point, however, is that the Black child from a stable family is given the emotional support to deal with it, while the child of the single parent family is often left with a hopelessness and quitting attitude based upon the actions of his absent father.
The shooting of young people in Asbury Park is not occurring to middle class children with stable homes. This behavior was presciently predicted by Moynihan.
So who is to blame for Asbury Park’s fatherless homes and children shooting each other? I have narrowed it down to 35 people here in the City. In the next issue of triCityNews, I will name names and tell you who is at fault.
Posted: April 16th, 2012 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Asbury Park, Civil Rights, Economy, Education, Race, Tommy DeSeno, triCityNews | Tags: Add new tag, Asbury Park, Black community, Black family, Black kids shooting each other, Black males, Daniel Patrick Moyinhan, fatherless homes, Justified Right, matriarchy, Negro community, Negro family, single mothers, The Moynihan Report, The Negor Family: The Case for National Action, Tommy DeSeno, triCityNews | 4 Comments »
Thomas Westfield, a Morris County attorney who began practicing law after retiring from the Port Authority Police Department, has filed a class action suit against the Pork Authority seeking to reinstate free tolls and parking for retirees and $2000 per class member for as long as the benefits have been rescinded. There are at least 400 class members, according to a report at New Jersey Law Journal.
Westfield admits that the loss of benefits cost him no particular hardship, just the annonyance of having to pay tolls when going to an occasional Yankee game. He also said he doesn’t know how often class members use the Hudson River crossings or park at the agency’s three airports.
Westfield, 65, has retired from the full time practice of law.
Posted: January 3rd, 2012 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Port Authority | Tags: Add new tag, New Jersey Law Journal, Pork Authority, Port Autority, Thomas Westfield | 2 Comments »
Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini told representatives of Garden State Equality that they would vote to override a gubernatorial veto of a Same Sex Marriage bill, should such an opportunity come before them in the next legislature. The incumbent Republican legislators were being interviewed for GSE’s endorsement in the 11th legislative district election yesterday at Monmouth University.
Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, Beck and Angelini’s running mate, did not attend the interviews due to a family commitment. She spoke with GSE privately today. Casagrande has not yet taken a position on gay marriage.
Beck, who has previously voted against Marriage Equality in the Senate, was unabashed in her commitment to cast an override vote. Angelini, who has long supported same sex marriage rights, was reluctant say she would vote to override Governor Christie’s veto, but finally did so, according to sources who were in the room.
Garden State Equality’s President Steven Goldstein would not say if the women’s pledge would result in the organization’s endorsement. “Those commitments are being taken into consideration as we complete our evaluation process,” Goldstein said. He indicated that the endorsements would be forthcoming later this week.
Beck is competing with Freehold Township attorney Ray Santiago, the Democratic nominee for Senate. Both support same sex marriage.
Angelini and Casagrande are competing with Democrats Vin Gopal,Red Bank Councilwoman Kathy Horgan and Independent Dan Jacobson, all marriage equality advocates. Jacobson told GSE that they should endorse Angelini because she is the only Republican in the Assembly who has supported their cause.
Beck told MMM that gay marriage is one of the very few issues with which she differs with the governor, “I support him 99.99999%, but we differ on this issue.”
“We all believed that civil unions would provide equal rights,” said Beck, “but that has turned out not to be the case for many people. I was very conflicted over my Senate vote against marriage equality because I personally believe in it, yet I voted against the bill because I felt the majority of my district was against it. I believe the majority of my new district is more open minded and in favor of equal rights.”
Angelini has not responded to MMM’s call for comment. However, Beck said she understood her running mate’s reticence to pledge to override Christie’s veto. “It is not an easy decision. We all have great respect and admiration for Governor Christie, personally and politically. He is a great leader. ”
Beck also noted that the bill recently passed in New York giving same sex couples the right to marriage has stronger protections for religious institutions than the bill that came before the New Jersey legislature during the 2009-2010 lame duck session. Beck said she would only support a bill that had such protections.
Posted: September 19th, 2011 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Marriage Equality, NJ State Legislature | Tags: 11th Legislative District, Add new tag, Caroline Casagrande, Chris Christie, Dan Jacobson, Garden State Equality, Gay Marriage, Jennifer Beck, Kathy Horgan, Mary Pat Angelini, Ray Santiago, Steven Goldstein, Vin Gopal | 14 Comments »
By Abram N. Spangel
For someone who demonizes those of his constituents who work in the financial services industry, Rush Holt sure doesn’t have any qualms about accepting campaign contributions from financial kingpins. Holt effectively hooked up his fire hose on Wall Street and has been enjoying the gushing torrents of investment banking, venture capital and hedge fund money flowing into his campaign coffers. Holt received over $30,000 from Goldman Sachs. Holt recently secured funding from other Wall Street titans such as Prudential Financial, Oppenheimer Funds, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and MetLife.
When it comes to accepting money from hedge fund managers, Holt entered into an unshakeable union with his intellectual soul mate, billionaire George Soros. In his current bid for re-election, among the campaign contributions Holt received from Soros organizations are $10,000 from the New Democratic Coalition PAC and $1,000 from J-Street.
According to the latest numbers from Per Trac Financial Solutions, there were 12,200 hedge funds in 2009. Making a very conservative assumption that there are an average of five principals or senior directors per hedge fund would indicate that there are at least 60,000 hedge fund players in a position to contribute funds to political campaigns.
Holt clearly hooked up with the world’s most detestable hedge fund manager. To wit:
· Soros provided $15 million for the Death in America Project, which supports euthanasia and contributed $250,000 to retain Oregon’s assisted suicide law. Soros’ position on euthanasia parallels Holt’s position on infanticide.
· About the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Soros wrote, “Hijacking fully fueled airliners and using them as suicide bombs was an audacious idea, and its execution could not have been more spectacular.”
· Soros is a self-confessed Nazi collaborator. In an interview with Steve Kroft from 60 Minutes (see below), Soros admitted that he collaborated with Nazi‘s to confiscate property from his Jewish brethren in his native Hungary. He said, “my character was made in 1944. That year (1944) was the best year of my life.” (In fairness to Soros, perhaps one had to do what one had to do to survive under Nazi domination. However, what is detestable about Soros’ crooning comments about his Nazi collaboration is that he shows no remorse. Despite Soros being one of the world’s wealthiest men, he can not find a few words of compassion–let alone a few forints–for those poor souls that he wronged. Not even some 66 years after the fact.)
Soros has deployed hundreds of millions of dollars to relentlessly articulate his views on subjects such as those above for many years. What are the odds that Rush Holt would unknowingly align with the only hedge fund manager that is a proud Nazi collaborator? According to Per Trac Financial Solutions, about 1 in 60,000, or 0.0017%.
Rush Holt and the trough feeders that support him endlessly proclaim that Holt has infinite intelligence about every issue in the universe. However, when it comes to inconvenient truths right under his nose, Holt claims to have no knowledge. Highly unlikely!
Addendum: Here is George Soros’ interview with Steve Kroft.
Steve Kroft: And you watched lots of people get shipped off to the death camps.
George Soros: Right. I was 14 years old. And I would say that that’s when my character was made…
Steve Kroft: …My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.
George Soros: Yes. Yes.
Steve Kroft: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.
George Soros: Yes. That’s right. Yes.
Steve Kroft: I mean, that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?
George Soros: Not-not at all. Not at all. Maybe as a child you don’t – you don’t see the connection. But it created no-no problem at all.
Steve Kroft: No feeling of guilt?
George Soros: No.
Abram N. Spangel is a pseudonym for a Mercer County business person
The real Abarm Nathaniel Spanel, 1901-1985, was a U.S. industrialist, inventor and philanthropist. Spanel was the founder of one of the biggest corset and brassiere companies in the U.S. and an inventor who held more than 2,000 patents. He was probably best known, however, for the editorials he wrote as paid advertisements in scores of newspapers all over the country for more than 40 years. In them, he offered his opinions on world affairs, with particular emphasis on matters affecting the State of Israel, whose cause he championed.
Spanel owned Drumthwacket from 1941 through 1966 when he sold it to the State of New Jersey with the intent that it be used as the official residence of the Governor.
Posted: September 20th, 2010 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Holt | Tags: Add new tag, Rush Holt | 1 Comment »