Friday, May 30, 2008

Archdiocese Scolds Father Pfleger

Uh oh! Rev. Pfleger got his hand spanked by the Archdiosese of Chicago over his comments about Hillary Clinton last Sunday. But he promises not to do it again.

... Cardinal Francis George of the Archdiocese of Chicago issued a press release Friday in which he criticized both Pfleger's involvement in a political campaign and a "personal attack" on Clinton. George said Pfleger has promised not to campaign or even mention any candidate by name.

All of that aside, the Father has taken on some impressive challenges over the years and if people want to call him crazy, he'll probably cop to it given the battles he's faced to rid the community he serves of vice and violence. Wannabe brother preacherman or not, I commend the body of his good works:

Pfleger has invited criticism with his words and actions in the past, even before Sunday's fiery sermon at Trinity United Church of Christ.

He has hit the streets, sometimes with busloads of parishioners in tow, to protest Jerry Springer's television show, stores that sell drug paraphernalia and gun violence. He's been arrested for acts of civil disobedience, such as smearing red paint on alcohol and tobacco billboards. Last year, he and the Rev. Jesse Jackson were arrested during a protest of a suburban gun shop; charges were later dropped.

Pfleger's fight to make the community safe is an intensely personal one. He's adopted three children, one of whom was gunned down near the church in 1998.

Pfleger has urged parishioners to pay prostitutes and drug users so they could share their faith with them. He has offered his church as a place where controversial figures can express their views. Farrakhan spoke there, as did the Rev. Al Sharpton.

At times, there has been talk of diocesan officials reassigning Pfleger, but he is immensely popular in his parish and has helped it thrive over the past quarter-century as many other congregations have struggled.

In March, as Wright's inflammatory comments were making national headlines, St. Sabina gave Wright a hero's welcome after Pfleger invited him to give the benediction.

And in early May, Pfleger posted a letter on the parish Web site calling Obama and Wright "two friends who I respect, admire and have a deep love for." He wrote that neither man should be held accountable for the other's words.

"The truth is we need Senator Barack Obama and we need Reverend Jeremiah Wright and, if we are serious about wanting a new America, we cannot afford to throw either one of them under the bus!"

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The Mope Gets A Backbone

I had honestly hoped that when Ari Fleischer left his post as press secretary, he'd be the one to write the explosive tell all book but he didn't. Who decides to spill the beans but the man who seemed least comfortable in the job. I found it positively excruciating to watch Scott McClellan in those press briefings. He didn't even come off as a good liar. He never seemed quite prepared and the press seemed to swarm around him like sharks who smelled blood as they treated him with disdain. I'm not sure where I thought he went after they replaced him with the Fox News, slick and savvy Tony Snow but the mopiest press secretary ever has the White House shocked and appalled!
Mr. McClellan’s book, “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception,” is the first negative account by a member of the tight circle of Texans around Mr. Bush. Mr. McClellan, 40, went to work for Mr. Bush when he was governor of Texas and was the White House press secretary from 2003 to 2006.

The revelations in the book, to be published by PublicAffairs next Monday, were first reported Tuesday on Politico.com by Mike Allen. Mr. Allen wrote that he bought the book at a Washington store. The New York Times also obtained an advance copy.

Mr. McClellan writes that top White House officials deceived him about the administration’s involvement in the leaking of the identity of a C.I.A. operative, Valerie Wilson. He says he did not know for almost two years that his statements from the press room that Karl Rove and I. Lewis Libby Jr. were not involved in the leak were a lie.

“Neither, I believe, did President Bush,” Mr. McClellan writes. “He too had been deceived, and therefore became unwittingly involved in deceiving me. But the top White House officials who knew the truth — including Rove, Libby, and possibly Vice President Cheney — allowed me, even encouraged me, to repeat a lie.”

He is harsh about the administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina, saying it “spent most of the first week in a state of denial” and “allowed our institutional response to go on autopilot.” Mr. McClellan blames Mr. Rove for one of the more damaging images after the hurricane: Mr. Bush’s flyover of the devastation of New Orleans. When Mr. Rove brought up the idea, Mr. McClellan writes, he and Dan Bartlett, a top communications adviser, told Mr. Bush it was a bad idea because he would appear detached and out of touch. But Mr. Rove won out, Mr. McClellan writes.

A theme in the book is that the White House suffered from a “permanent campaign” mentality, and that policy decisions were inextricably interwoven with politics.

If find it funny that the White House's response has been one of shock and disbelief that Scotty would write a book like this. They feel someone else must have written it for him ... that this is not the person they knew. They are surprised that the man who they hired because he was a mope didn't express concerns while in the job. They are surprised that the man that they hired to be a mule for false information stopped acting so mopey.

I know this is one big, fantastic comedy because I found myself agreeing with Tucker Carlson the other day. He basically said that the Bush administration got what it deserved for hiring someone because of their loyalty instead of their qualifications. I guess Scott's loyalty only went so far and his conscience got the best of him.

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Iraqis Aren't Stupid

They see the writing on the wall.
Tens of thousands rallied in several cities Friday against a proposed U.S.-Iraqi security agreement, raising doubts that negotiators can meet a July target to finalize a pact to keep U.S. troops in Iraq after the current U.N. mandate expires.

Although U.S. officials insist they are not seeking permanent bases, suspicion runs deep among many Iraqis that the Americans want to keep at least some troops in the country for many years.

"We denounce the government's intentions to sign a long-term agreement with the occupying forces," Asaad al-Nassiri, a sheik loyal to anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, said during a sermon in Kufa. "Our army will be under their control in this agreement, and this will lead to them having permanent bases in Iraq."

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Ignorant. Pathetic. Self-absorbed.

This is something you'd say to a kindergartener in front of the entire class, right? Apparently one teacher felt it was appropriate.
Ignorant. Pathetic. Self-absorbed.

Those are some of the harsh names an Indiana kindergarten teacher called one of her students, and the boy's parents captured it all on tape.

Five-year-old Gabriel Ross complained over the school year that his teacher, Kristen Woodward, was being mean to him, said his mother Tabitha McMahan and stepfather J.R. Edwards. Gabriel told them other kids didn't like him because he was "bad and stupid."

When he began acting out at home, they decided to take action and try to find out what was going on in the classroom. So in mid-April, McMahan and Edwards sent Gabriel to school with a tape recorder in the pocket of his cargo pants.

What they heard over four hours of tape shocked them. Woodward can be heard telling Gabriel that he had "tortured and tormented" her and other teachers all year.

"I've been more than nice to you all year long and you've been ignorant, selfish, self-absorbed, the whole thing! I'm done!" Woodward says to Gabriel on the tape.

She continues: "Something needs to be done because you are pathetic! If me saying these words to you hurt, I hope it does because you're hurting everyone else around you."

Gabriel can be heard crying on the tape.

"You think it's bad when you see it on paper, but when you are hearing the way she says it to him. I can't even talk about it," McMahan told ABC affiliate WHAS, breaking into tears.

Edwards said that the worst part of the tape was when Woodward singled Gabriel out in front of the whole class.

"So you guys think, is that somebody you want to be with?" Woodward asks the class.

In unison, the other students reply, "Noooo."

"See, your friend doesn't want to be with you. I don't know what else to tell you. So you're not going to have friends because of your actions."

After 13 years of teaching, Woodward has been suspended indefinitely, according to the Indiana State Teachers Association.

I'll bet my last two dollars this isn't the first child that she's done this to. She may be perfectly nice to other students and have a good reputation. But adults often have as many issues as children do and they will pick one child out of a crowd to bully and torment - probably due to some deep seated wound they are still nursing from childhood. Whatever the case, she needs a break, perhaps permanently, from the classroom. If there are behavioral issues with a child that age, the parents and the school administrators need to have a sit down. The way she treated that "baby" (no matter how demonic she said he behaved) was cruel.

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That's What I Call Loyalty

Whoa! Pat Buchanan gets his face "broke!"
“It‘s great to hear Pat Buchanan complaining about the lack of courage in a White House, where White House staff did not come out and try to expose that White House. Pat was part of the most corrupt administration in the history of the United States, the Nixon administration, luckily, Pat wasn‘t one who went to jail.

But to this day, you can‘t get Pat Buchanan to say one negative word about the criminal operation called the Nixon administration that he worked inside of. That‘s what I call loyalty.”

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Father Pfleger Does Chris Rock



For the Pastors, Priests and Reverends who cannot close their mouths ...
Lord hear our prayer ...

Ultimately, this is not much more than a stand-up act. But now, despite the decades of activist work on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged, Father Pfleger will be on You Tube in perpetuity for his Chris Rock impersonation ...
Sen. Barack Obama sought Thursday night to extinguish a burgeoning controversy over another Chicago minister who supports him, denouncing the comments of a Catholic priest who said “a whole lot of white people [are] crying” because a black man was within reach of the Democratic presidential nomination.

The remarks by the Rev. Michael Pfleger, a white minister known as “Chicago’s renegade priest” for his liberal social activism in the city’s black community, came from the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ, the same church where sermons by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright came under scrutiny from critics who called them anti-American and racially divisive.

Pfleger, pastor of predominantly black St. Sabina’s Catholic Church, who fiercely defended Wright even as Obama eventually rejected his support, sounded similar themes Sunday in a guest sermon at Wright’s church.
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Saying he was seeking to “expose white entitlement and supremacy wherever it raises its head,” Pfleger mocked Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York for appearing to weep at a campaign appearance before the New Hampshire primary in January, saying she was crying because “there’s a black man stealing my show.”

“She always thought, ‘This is mine. I’m Bill’s wife, I’m white and this is mine,’” Pfleger said in his fiery sermon.

As the racially mixed congregation responded “Amen!” and “Yes, sir!” Pfleger pretended to cry and shouted: “And then out of nowhere came him, Barack Obama. And she said: ‘Damn! Where did you come from?! I’m white! I’m entitled! There’s a black man stealing my show!’

“She wasn’t the only one crying!” he said. “There was a whole a lot of white people crying!”

I was watching the white Irish Catholic pundits on MSNBC this morning and I'm sure Father Pfleger is unlike any priest they've ever seen. Heck, he's not like any of the priests, black or white, that I was exposed to while growing up Catholic. But, he's serving and pandering to his "community." The Obama campaign can call him divisive or "backwards" but he was getting lots of laughs and the "Amens." The Obama campaign is going to have to stop running from how many black people, young and old, feel. I don't agree with the comments made in this little side show but he was regurgitating the things I've heard for months from black folks. Luckily, Pfleger denounced his own comments and hopefully I won't have to see this being looped on the news over and over for weeks on end.

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Top Notch, Second Spot

At first read, I was ready to pounce on how unfair this seems ...
Grapevine High School senior Anjali Datta holds the highest grade-point average of the 471 students graduating from Grapevine High School this year.

In fact, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD officials believe her GPA of 5.898 may be the highest in the high school's history.

It's still not enough to make her the valedictorian, which brings a one-year college scholarship from the state.

Her closest competitor's GPA is 5.64. No one disputes that she's the top student in her class numerically. The problem rests with another number entirely.

Anjali rocketed through high school in only three years.

But a school district policy states: "The valedictorian shall be the eligible student with the highest weighted grade-point average for four years of high school."

The dispute over Anjali's status as valedictorian comes down to interpretation: Does four years mean calendar years of school attendance or does it mean completing the credits it takes most students four years to earn?

However, what I think that a lot of these new, competitive and high achieving students need to learn is that high school, and school in general, is not just about grades, being the best and finishing the fastest. High school is a journey that normally takes four years. Each year has meaning and senior year is the culmination. Kids who've spent four years together in classes, at sports events and at parties will end their childhood with a prom and a graduation. The student who endures this right of passage by completing Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior years and has the highest GPA gets to stand before his/her peers and present them with an inspiring message that will take them into the next phase of their lives.

There will always be students who hate school and want to get out as fast as they can. Some drop out and get a GED and some complete all requirements and get an early diploma. Many forfeit the festivities of senior year because they really aren't interested in being a part of them - particularly since they will not be graduating with the students they entered high school with. Yes, Miss Anjali finished the race first but she skipped the journey and the journey is what high school is all about.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Why?

What lessons aren't we learning here? If the "surge is working," why complicate matters by injecting the religion of the "occupiers" on people who have a snowball's chance in hell of converting? Are they trying to cause a flare up?
At the western entrance to the Iraqi city of Fallujah Tuesday, Muamar Anad handed his residence badge to the U.S. Marines guarding the city. They checked to be sure that he was a city resident, and when they were done, Anad said, a Marine slipped a coin out of his pocket and put it in his hand.

Out of fear, he accepted it, Anad said. When he was inside the city, the college student said, he looked at one side of the coin. "Where will you spend eternity?" it asked.

He flipped it over, and on the other side it read, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16."

"They are trying to convert us to Christianity," said Anad, a Sunni Muslim like most residents of this city in Anbar province. At home, he told his story, and his relatives echoed their disapproval: They'd been given the coins, too, he said.

Will someone tell these guys to please, please, please stop?

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The Whistler Dies

I watch Andy Griffith on TVLand all of the time so the whistler will whistle on in my head ...
Earle H. Hagen, who co-wrote the jazz classic "Harlem Nocturne" and composed memorable themes for "The Andy Griffith Show," "I Spy," "The Mod Squad" and other TV shows, has died. He was 88.

Hagen, who is heard whistling the folksy tune for "The Andy Griffith Show," died Monday night at his home in Rancho Mirage, his wife, Laura, said Tuesday. He had been in ill health for several months.

I can't whistle to save my life now but my mom says I could whistle my heart out when I was a toddler. They thought it was kinda spooky ...

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Spam On The Rise

I can't say I've never tried it and it certainly wasn't at the hands of my mom. I might buy it again when I have an odd hankering for this salty mess but I cannot see working it into the menu for budgetary reasons. That's what Vienna sausages are for! But seriously, it's a hot item in my area and it's always been in many a basket at Costco. I spied a guy with two multi-packs in his basket the last time I went and wondered why he needed all of that Spam. I guess I now know.
Love it, hate it or laugh at it — at least it's inexpensive.

Sales of Spam — that much maligned meat — are rising as consumers are turning more to lunch meats and other lower-cost foods to extend their already stretched food budgets.

What was once cheeky, silly and the subject of a musical (as Monty Python mocked the meat in a can), is now back on the table as people turn to the once-snubbed meat as costs rise, analysts say.

Food prices are increasing faster than they've risen since 1990, at 4 percent in the U.S. last year, according to the Agriculture Department. Many staples are rising even faster, with white bread up 13 percent last year, bacon up 7 percent and peanut butter up 9 percent.

There's no sign of a slowdown. Food inflation is running at an annualized rate of 6.1 percent as of April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The price of Spam is up too, with the average 12 oz. can costing about $2.62. That's an increase of 17 cents, or nearly 7 percent, from the same time last year. But it's not stopping sales, as the pork meat in a can seems like a good alternative to consumers.

Kimberly Quan, a stay-at-home mom of three who lives just outside San Francisco, has been feeding her family more Spam in the last six months as she tries to make her food budget go further.

She cooks meals like Spam fried rice and Spam sandwiches two or three times a month, up from once a month previously.

Pulling Spam from the shelf prevents last-minute grocery store trips and overspending, said Quan, 38, of Pleasanton, Calif.

"It's canned meat and it's in the cupboard and if everything else is gone from the fridge, it's there," she said.

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Winston Churchill Caused The Holocaust

This is an interesting hypothesis but I can't say I buy it.
Politics makes strange bedfellows, as the old saying goes. Former presidential candidate and current professional Republican pundit Pat Buchanan is one of the few voices on the right that agrees with us on the left about the uselessness of the Iraq invasion and occupation. Unfortunately, to arrive at the same conclusion we have, Buchanan has to hop on the bus to CrazyTown, by way of Isolationist-Ville via the Godwin Express.

Buchanan has written a new book: Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War where he places blame for the Holocaust and WWII at an unconventional target: Winston Churchill. Though I can’t claim to be a history buff to say definitively, Buchanan’s reasoning is a little shaky at best. All this time, I thought it was Hitler that caused the Holocaust. Who knew?

Somehow, Buchanan manages to pull from this Godwin nightmare that had England not promised to save Poland, Hitler would not have exterminated 6 million Jews, and like that unnecessary World War II, the lesson that we should take from that is that Bush is making similar imperialistic entries and taking us into an unnecessary war in Iraq.

Okay ... he's just crazy. Pat needs to get over his fixation on the illusion of a utopian "western civilization" that never really existed. If he's such a historian, he'd know that civilizations and empires rise and fall/come and go. For someone who is an Irish Catholic, he certainly worshipped the folks who treated his people like dirty dogs. I wish he'd come to grips with the fact that he is not now and will never be a WASP!

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At 9:23 PM, Blogger Pontiff said...

Have you read Pat's book or WWII strategic history? I haven't read Pat's book, but extensively on the latter. A fundamental issue many historians are frustrated with in the standardized, sanitized, "victor's version" of WWII is Churchill's blockade of Germany and German occupied France and Poland. The Madagascar Plan- the deportation of Jewry to Germany's annexed French colony of Madagascar was the original anti Semitic strategy of Nazism. Jews were to be stripped of the vast majority of their wealth, and isolated with their own detached economy. They were also to be used as hostages to be used as leverage should Jewish financial institutions in England and the U.S. not compromise with German requests. Immediately following Germany's invasion of Poland, Churchill deliberatly and ruthlessly bombed civilian targets in Germany. This happened long before the Germans retaliated with similar air raids on England or the Holocaust that ultimately transpired. Churchill was also adamant about preventing U.S. food aid or any other food aid from getting through the British naval blockade of German occupied Europe. He was fixed on a strategy of causing the entire population to starve to death. His premise was that eventually the remaining survivors would take all risks to overthrow German occupiers. If they did not, everyone would eventually die of starvation anyway, reaching the objective of eliminating Nazi power. The radicalism of Churchill's strategy is ommited from standardized education, and has been simplified to a depiction of Nazis bent on prosecuting a Holocaust before the war ever began. Hopefully this refresher clarifies revised, standardized history a bit.

 

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What's His Point?

I don't get it ...

Senator Joseph Lieberman is scheduled to headline Pastor John Hagee's 2008 Christians United For Israel Washington-Israel Summit this July 22. In accepting Hagee's invitation, Lieberman became the most senior elected representative confirmed to appear at the annual gala. Last year, when Lieberman spoke at Hagee's summit, he compared the Texas televangelist to the biblical prophet Moses, dubbing him "an Ish Elochim," or "a man of God." Unless he rescinds his pledge to appear at this year's summit, Lieberman can be expected to deliver another soul-stirring tribute.

Hagee's vitriolic condemnation of Catholicism, his jeremiad declaring Hurricane Katrina divine punishment for New Orleans' hosting of a "homosexual rally," and his generally disturbing apocalyptic theology became national news last February when John McCain accepted his endorsement in a widely publicized ceremony.

While initially resisting pressure to reject Hagee's endorsement, McCain finally ended his relationship with Hagee when a sermon by the preacher describing the Holocaust as the will of God registered on the mainstream media's radar (Hear the now-infamous sermon here).

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At the time, prior to McCain's sweeping renunciation, Lieberman could have reasonably claimed to be unaware of the preacher's repugnant views on the Holocaust. Now, he has no excuse for ignorance. As a key McCain surrogate who McCain may select as his running mate, Lieberman must know why Hagee is no longer welcome on the so-called Straight Talk Express.

So why the silence? Why won't Lieberman, who is married to the daughter of Holocaust survivors, end his relationship with Hagee as well? Why, in apparent defiance of the McCain campaign, does he remain scheduled to headline Hagee's upcoming summit? If Lieberman plans to continue touting his moral fiber and independence as his greatest assets, he must renounce the hate-mongering Hagee.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Shine McCain's Shoes?

Shoe shine boy, water boy, stage hand ... all the same to me ...
Chalk up Kevin Madden, former aide to Mitt Romney and regular Hannity &amp; Colmes guest, as the latest FOX News pundit to make a racially insulting remark about Barack Obama. In a Hannity &amp; Colmes discussion last night (5/27/08) about John McCain’s invitation to Obama to visit Iraq together, Madden said, “I’ll tell you why (Obama) doesn’t want to go.... He would look like a stagehand standing next to (John McCain).” An astounded Alan Colmes suggested Madden apologize but he did not. With video.

Madden, who looks young enough to be serving in the military but isn’t, called Iraq “the most important theater in the war against terrorism.” He and chickenhawk Sean Hannity extolled the glorious success of our military operation there that Obama, according to them, is too naïve to understand.

The Democratic guest, Bob Beckel acknowledged the surge has brought about some success but asked, “To what end? I mean, what is victory? That’s the thing nobody – McCain can’t explain.” Neither of the war cheerleaders answered.

Near the end of the segment, Madden piped up with what seemed like a pre-planned line. “I’ll tell you why (Obama) doesn’t want to go. ‘Cause John McCain’s gonna go there and he would look like a Commander in Chief and Barack Obama will look like a stagehand standing next to him.”

Colmes said, “A stagehand? A stagehand, Kevin?”

“Yes,” Madden calmly responded.

“You want to correct that?” Colmes asked.

Madden did not answer.

Of course he did not answer because even if he'd wanted to, he couldn't correct it. This is what we can expect until November, folks!

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Succumbing To Stupidity


Dunkin Donuts is dunkin' dumb! I cannot believe they pulled this ad.



Does Dunkin' Donuts really think its customers could mistake Rachael Ray for a terrorist sympathizer? The Canton-based company has abruptly canceled an ad in which the domestic diva wears a scarf that looks like a keffiyeh, a traditional headdress worn by Arab men. Some observers, including ultra-conservative Fox News commentator Michelle Malkin, were so incensed by the ad that there was even talk of a Dunkin' Donuts boycott. "The keffiyeh, for the clueless, is the traditional scarf of Arab men that has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad," Malkin yowls in her syndicated column. "Popularized by Yasser Arafat and a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos, the apparel has been mainstreamed by both ignorant and not-so-ignorant fashion designers, celebrities, and left-wing icons." The company at first pooh-poohed the complaints, claiming the black-and-white wrap was not a keffiyeh. But the right-wing drumbeat on the blogosphere continued and by yesterday, Dunkin' Donuts decided it'd be easier just to yank the ad. Said the suits in a statement: "In a recent online ad, Rachael Ray is wearing a black-and-white silk scarf with a paisley design. It was selected by her stylist for the advertising shoot. Absolutely no symbolism was intended. However, given the possibility of misperception, we are no longer using the commercial." (In case you're wondering, the stylist who selected the offending scarf was not Gretta Enterprises boss Gretchen Monahan, who appears on Ray's TV show as a style consultant.) For her part, Malkin was pleased with Dunkin's response: "It's refreshing to see an American company show sensitivity to the concerns of Americans opposed to Islamic jihad and its apologists."

What about John McCain's daughter? She's wearing one too!



How about we just send Michelle Malkin to an interment camp? She's a threat to national intelligence.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Well, I Prefer Champagne With My Chitlins!

EX-CUSE me?
When an upscale neighborhood committee tells an upscale black lounge that they don't need a liquor license because you don't need a martini when you're eating Chitlins... what is one to think?

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Hilliard reveals that the Soho Alliance, a community action group, has little tolerance for the liquor license crowd. Apparently, the area in Soho where Lola resides has been inundated recently with new, hip spots to drink and lounge. However, in the case of Lola, folks are crying racism. Why? Well, Soho Alliance director Sean Sweeney has been very critical about Lola's need for a liquor license. Allegedly, he's gone on record to say: "I don't think you need a martini to go with chitlins and collard greens." And... "What type of wine pairs with Jambalaya?" He's even been accused of spearheading an aggressive anti-Lola campaign: somebody's been posting anti-Lola flyers all over Soho.

Many of Lola's supporters believe the neighborhood group is concerned the martini-drinking black crowd will get rowdy and spill violence into the street because that's what martini-drinking professional black folks do on Hump Day. Get lit and create lots of ruckus just to irritate The Man ...

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Tell 'Em Mr. Jimmy

Poor, poor Israel. Stuck in the middle of a region where no one wants them and are armed to the teeth. Their enemies, by contrast, have the equivalent of sticks and stones yet we act as though Israel needs our protection?
Ex-US President Jimmy Carter has said Israel has at least 150 atomic weapons in its arsenal.

The Israelis have never confirmed they have nuclear weapons, but this has been widely assumed since a scientist leaked details in the 1980s.

Mr Carter made his comments on Israel's weapons at a press conference at the annual literary Hay Festival in Wales.

He also described Israeli treatment of Palestinians as "one of the greatest human rights crimes on earth".

Mr Carter gave the figure for the Israeli nuclear arsenal in response to a question on US policy on a possible nuclear-armed Iran, arguing that any country newly armed with atomic weapons faced overwhelming odds.

"The US has more than 12,000 nuclear weapons; the Soviet Union (sic) has about the same; Great Britain and France have several hundred, and Israel has 150 or more," he said.

Further, President Carter brought up the horrible human rights conditions that the Western world seems oblivious t:

During the press briefing, Mr Carter expressed his support for Israel as a country, but criticised its domestic and foreign policy.

"One of the greatest human rights crimes on earth is the starvation and imprisonment of 1.6m Palestinians," he said.

The former US president cited statistics which he said showed the nutritional intake of some Palestinian children was below that of children in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as saying the European position on Israel could be best described as "supine".

Mr Carter, awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, brokered the 1979 Egypt-Israel peace treaty, the first between Israel and an Arab state.

This is another thing I don't see changing no matter who is elected president. My views on Israel have evolved significantly since the first Gulf war and now, I think President Carter speaks, quite well, for me.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

He's Not Going To Testify

... and if he does, he will play stupid or lie.
Karl Rove, the former trusted adviser to President George Bush, will be compelled to testify on Capitol Hill in a high-profile investigation of alleged political meddling by the White House in decisions made by the US Justice Department.0523 03 1

John Conyers, the chairman of the House judiciary committee, yesterday took the unusual step of issuing a subpoena compelling Mr Rove to testify in a case that threatens to disgrace the Bush government. He had tried in vain for a year to persuade Mr Rove to come forward voluntarily.

The committee is looking into what role the White House may have played in the sacking of nine US attorneys during 2006 - an affair which eventually led to the resignation of Mr Bush’s last attorney general, Alberto Gonzalez. Also under scrutiny are the circumstances of the prosecution and subsequent imprisonment of the former governor of Alabama, Don Siegelman.

“This will make Watergate look like child’s play when it is fully investigated,” Mr Siegelman told an Alabama newspaper last week, referring to his case and the dismissal of the prosecutors. He has repeatedly insisted that the White House, and Mr Rove in particular, was behind his legal woes.

Mr Conyers said he had no choice but to order Mr Rove to appear on Capitol Hill and testify under oath on 10 July. The scandal could prove embarrassing for media organisations who have recently hired Mr Rove as a political commentator, including Fox News and Newsweek.

“It is unfortunate that Mr Rove has failed to co-operate with our requests,” Mr Conyers said. “Although he does not seem the least bit hesitant to discuss these very issues weekly on cable television and in the print news media, Mr Rove and his attorney have apparently concluded that a public hearing room would not be appropriate. Unfortunately, I have no choice today but to compel his testimony on these very important matters.”

I don't know what it will take for the crooks and liars in this administration to get their comeuppance but I suppose it wouldn't be wise for me to turn blue by holding my breath.

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Edwards: We Shouldn't Be Writing Anybody's Obituary

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Silly!

Okay, she apologized. Happy now?
"I regret that if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation and in particular the Kennedy family was in any way offensive. I certainly had no intention of that whatsoever," the former first lady said.

If this is the only kind of stuff people have against Hillary, it's sad. I have no banners, bumper stickers or t-shirts but I would like, even at this late stage in the game, for people who don't like Hillary (or Barack for that matter) to talk about the issues and policies they are presenting. But, I guess since they have platforms that are nearly identical, it has to be reduced to this. Let's hope people can have better reasons to vote for Barack in the general election.

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Oops! Hillary Said Assasination!

Lord! The screaming memes are going to have a field day now because she brought up a historical fact. Who is offended and why?
Hillary Clinton today brought up the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy while defending her decision to stay in the race against Barack Obama.

"My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don't understand it," she said, dismissing calls to drop out

On one of my discussion groups, someone took it as an Obama slight ... because he's gotten death threats! I think some folks need to take a nap until this election is over. They cannot handle it. Yes, I'm going to get irritated when the GOP machine gets down and dirty. But, I am not going to walk around with every nerve exposed in the primary race between Obama and Clinton. I like them both, slightly prefer one and will vote for whomever wins.

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La-Di-Da-Di Gov. Paterson Likes To Party ...

I have no idea why this is cracking me up!!!
Veteran rapper Ricky "Slick Rick" Walters received a full and unconditional pardon from New York governor David Paterson today (May 23) for the attempted murders of two men in 1991, apparently ending a long legal sega.

Walters has already served approximately five years in prison and was released in 1997 on parole and discharged in 2000. But he faces deportation under a federal statute mandating the removal of a lawful resident alien upon conviction of an aggravated felony or a weapon offense.

In 1995, an immigration judge ended Walters' deportment proceedings but the decision was later overturned by the Board of Immigration Appeals. Walters can still be deported despite Paterson's pardon, which is expected to slow efforts to return him to the United Kingdom, the country he left at age 11.

"My family and I are eternally thankful to Governor Paterson, my attorneys and all of the people who have supported me throughout the past 17 years," says Walters. "This has been a long and difficult road and I am happy for this to be settled once and for all. I look forward to enjoying this time with my family and friends and to continue leading an honest and productive life."

Paterson said in a statement that Walters is now an artist and landlord in New York who has not had any criminal problems since his release from prison. Walters has also volunteered to counsel youths against violence.

Walters is best known for albums like "The Great Adventures of Slick Rick" and songs like "La-Di-Da-Di" and "The Art of Storytelling," which have influenced artists such as Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and OutKast.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

McCain Hates Catholics But Loves ...

It was okay that Hagee made disparaging remarks about Catholics (even though he supposedly took them back ... yeah, right) but God forbid he spew psycho rhetoric about Jews!

CNN reports that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has finally rejected the support of radical pastor John Hagee. McCain’s repudiation comes as recent attention has turned to a sermon in which Hagee said that Hitler was fulfilling God’s will:

McCAIN: Obviously, I find these remarks and others deeply offensive and indefensible and I repudiate them. I did not know of them before Reverend Hagee’s endorsement, and I feel I must reject his endorsement as well.

[...]

Hagee has put out a statement saying that he withdraws his endorsement from McCain because he has “become a distraction in what should be a national debate about important issues.”

Should it have taken this long? I'm still hearing about Rev. Jeremiah Wright and nothing he said was as foul as what Hagee said. No, Hagee was never his pastor but he went out of his way to accept his endorsement despite what people were telling him over and over and over ...

None of this would be an issue if we'd take religion out of politics. There is no universal faith or belief system. It's silly to make it a part of public debate.

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Only $5000?

I don't have a price but if I did, it would take more than $5K to hook myself up with some man looking for a wife on Craigslist.
A 39-year-old man from Wells is looking for love -- in the classifieds.

Charles Haeberle hasn't been able to find Miss Right since moving to Maine six years ago, so he's taken out a newspaper ad offering $5,000 to the woman he marries. Actually, he says he'll pay $400 after the fourth date, $1,100 at the engagement and $3,500 at the wedding.

Haeberle manages a hotel in Kennebunk, travels widely and likes to hike, kayak and stay physically active.

He knows his ad sounds silly, but says it costs no more than an online dating service. He hasn't had much luck with those, so he figures he's simply cutting out the middleman.

In the ad, Haeberle says he's no Brad Pitt, but he's "not the elephant man, either." The ad says he already has a four-carat engagement ring and a 1-year anniversary gift.

He put the ad in the York Weekly, and he's also running it on the Craigslist classified ad Web site.

Maybe he should just order himself a bride from The Philippines or Russia.

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Israel The Appeaser?

My, my. Israel is holding talks with Syria.
Israel and Syria announced on Wednesday that they were engaged in negotiations for a comprehensive peace treaty through Turkish mediators, a sign that Israel is hoping to halt the growing influence of Iran, Syria’s most important ally, which sponsors the anti-Israel groups Hezbollah and Hamas.

Are they "appeasers?" If they can talk to their enemies, so can we. I think it's time we "stand down" when it comes to Israel because it is pretty clear that they can "stand up" for themselves.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

All About The Benjamins

This is kind of funny but, I agree with Ah-nold. California has money issues and if letting Ellen and Portia get married can help my bottom line, it works for me.

Speaking in San Francisco yesterday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) said he hopes that the state Supreme Court’s recent ruling allowing gay marriage will lead more couples to come to the state to be wed:

You know, I’m wishing everyone good luck with their marriages and I hope that California’s economy is booming because everyone is going to come here and get married.

The San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau also expects a tourism boom this summer, and its website now “promotes a gay travel section” and “explains that same-sex couples are ‘officially allowed to marry in the state of California.’” Schwarzenegger has promised to oppose any amendments banning gay marriage.

Speaking in San Francisco yesterday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) said he hopes that the state Supreme Court’s recent ruling allowing gay marriage will lead more couples to come to the state to be wed:

You know, I’m wishing everyone good luck with their marriages and I hope that California’s economy is booming because everyone is going to come here and get married.

The San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau also expects a tourism boom this summer, and its website now “promotes a gay travel section” and “explains that same-sex couples are ‘officially allowed to marry in the state of California.’” Schwarzenegger has promised to oppose any amendments banning gay marriage.

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There's A Time To Get Over It!

I forgot to post this a few days ago. This WACKO has been sending threatening letters to black men for the past 20 frickin' years ... all because some white chick left him for a black man. Hello? Was she really all that? There weren't any other white women around? Did he, at any point in 20 years, consider that the woman left him because he is crazy?
A man who wrote hundreds of hateful letters to black and mixed-race men seen with white women apparently was motivated by a girlfriend who left him for a black man, the FBI said Friday.

David Tuason, who is of Filipino descent, admitted his motive when he was
captured two months ago, said Frank Figliuzzi, the head of the FBI in Cleveland.

"One of the first phrases out of his mouth was, 'You wouldn't understand 'til it happened to you,' and when they inquired what that meant, he said, 'My girlfriend left me for a black man,'" Figliuzzi said.

The FBI was surprised that a jilted man was behind the hundreds of letters that
went to, among others, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

Letters sent over two decades
In many of the letters sent over 20 years, he posed as an angry white woman threatening violent acts such as castration or explosions in buildings.

FBI agents arrested Tuason on March 14 after tracking e-mails sent from a public library. The agency's behavioral experts had developed several theories about the
letter writer, but a jilted lover wasn't in the mix, Figliuzzi said.

"It's a lesson in considering the obvious," he said. "You can overcomplicate
profiles and assessments and when you arrest the guy, he says, 'My girlfriend left me for a black man.'"



Whoosah!

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Is Lieberman Losing His Bearings?

Just as a new non-marverickish John McCain is emerging in this campaign, a new Joe Lieberman is emerging too. Who is the Joe who wrote this?

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This was the Democratic Party that I grew up in – a party that was unhesitatingly and proudly pro-American, a party that was unafraid to make moral judgments about the world beyond our borders. It was a party that understood that either the American people stood united with free nations and freedom fighters against the forces of totalitarianism, or that we would fall divided.

This was the Democratic Party of Harry Truman, who pledged that "it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures."

And this was the Democratic Party of John F. Kennedy, who promised in his inaugural address that the United States would "pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of freedom."
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Naturally, he couldn't help but get a few digs in at Barack Obama by putting more words in his mouth and misinterpreting his intent ...

When total victory did not come quickly in Iraq, the old voices of partisanship and peace at any price saw an opportunity to reassert themselves. By considering centrism to be collaboration with the enemy – not bin Laden, but Mr. Bush – activists have successfully pulled the Democratic Party further to the left than it has been at any point in the last 20 years.

Far too many Democratic leaders have kowtowed to these opinions rather than challenging them. That unfortunately includes Barack Obama, who, contrary to his rhetorical invocations of bipartisan change, has not been willing to stand up to his party's left wing on a single significant national security or international economic issue in this campaign.

In this, Sen. Obama stands in stark contrast to John McCain, who has shown the political courage throughout his career to do what he thinks is right – regardless of its popularity in his party or outside it.

John also understands something else that too many Democrats seem to have become confused about lately – the difference between America's friends and America's enemies.

There are of course times when it makes sense to engage in tough diplomacy with hostile governments. Yet what Mr. Obama has proposed is not selective engagement, but a blanket policy of meeting personally as president, without preconditions, in his first year in office, with the leaders of the most vicious, anti-American regimes on the planet.

Mr. Obama has said that in proposing this, he is following in the footsteps of Reagan and JFK. But Kennedy never met with Castro, and Reagan never met with Khomeini. And can anyone imagine Presidents Kennedy or Reagan sitting down unconditionally with Ahmadinejad or Chavez? I certainly cannot.

The Democratic Party still is "proudly pro-American" however it does not need to be blindly pro-Israel and the enemy of all of Israel's enemies in order to prove it. Anyone, including an unrecognizable Joe Lieberman, who wants another four to eight years of a foreign policy that plays the juvenile game of sticking our fingers in our ears and turning our backs to anyone we don't like or agree with is, indeed, losing their bearings.

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It's Quick Draw And El Kabong All Over Again

At the 2004 Republican National Convention those crass, tacky people showed up with flip flops to mock John Kerry who had unjustly been labeled a flip flopper by the GOP. But John McCain has done outright about faces. Even his friends noticed, that there are two John McCains.
There’s one that was my colleague in the Senate that was good on the environment, that voted with me, the only other Republican to vote against the tax cuts, and had the Gang of 14. And now there’s the senator McCain that’s running for the Republican nomination. It’s almost like two people, kow-towing to the Republican base. It’s a different John McCain, hearing the rhetoric I hear now. Make the tax cuts permanent and distancing himself from his environmental record. And being a different candidate, and talking as he is now about how we need to not engage anybody on the world. …

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I'm Paying For This War At The Pump

I just paid $3.89/gal for regular gas at Costco which is generally at least 10-12 cents lower than most other stations. It's inching towards the $4.00 mark and has been rising each week for the past few months. Needless to say, I am not a happy camper since I drive 30+ miles to work each way - each day. This war was supposed to pay for itself. Instead, I'm paying for it at the pump.
The other winners in this folly have been the oil kingdoms that Hussein periodically threatened, led by the Saudi royal family. Seizing upon the opportunity presented by the 9/11 attacks, Bush knocked off not the Saudis, who had produced Osama bin Laden and 15 of his hijacker minions, but rather the royal family's sworn enemy in Iraq, who had absolutely nothing do with 9/11.

And how did the Saudis thank us? Just check the price of oil, which has increased more than sixfold since 9/11. On Friday, Bush went to dine at Saudi King Abdullah's bizarrely opulent horse farm and pleaded for an increase in oil production, but to no avail. Bush received the same rebuff in April 2005, when oil was selling for $54 a barrel. On Tuesday, it sold for $129, and the price rise is a good measure of Saudi gratitude for the Bush family's unwavering support over past decades. Saudi Arabia's oil minister, Ali al-Naimi, couldn't have been more condescending when he turned down Bush's request with the observation that "presidents and kings have every right, every privilege, to comment or ask or say whatever they want." He added at a press conference, "How much does Saudi Arabia need to do to satisfy people who are questioning our oil practices and policies?"

Enough to get the price back down to where it was when we saved your sorry oil-well excuse for a country, you ingrate, Bush might have retorted. But our bold leader was too polite for anything like that. "He didn't punch any tables or shout at anybody," said Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal. "I think he was satisfied." Why? Instead of pointing out that the Saudis could easily open their spigots in gratitude for our keeping them in power, the president threatened the Saudi king not with an invasion but with a U.S. recession. "My point to His Majesty," Bush warned in an interview with The New York Times before encountering the great man himself, "is going to be, when consumers have less purchasing power because of high prices of gasoline -- in other words, when it affects their families, it could cause this economy to slow down. If the economy slows down, there will be less barrels of oil purchased."

He'll show them -- we'll have a recession, our families will suffer and, boy, will the Saudis be sorry. A regular Teddy Roosevelt. There is no better measure of the failure of Bush's foreign policy than that, five years after we conquered the second-most important pool of oil in the world, the American taxpayers who paid for this grand imperial adventure are rewarded with skyrocketing prices at the pump.

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McCain's Short List?

Interesting ...
The Memorial Day weekend guest list at Sen. John McCain's Arizona retreat runs to at least three Republicans mentioned as potential vice presidential running mates, but a top aide said Wednesday that vetting possible veeps is not on the agenda.

"It's purely social," said Mark Salter, a senior adviser to McCain.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a McCain rival in the primary, were invited to a weekend gathering at the senator's place in Sedona.

They were among the estimated two dozen people — including some 10 couples — invited. McCain often hosts friends and political acquaintances at his compound.

The Republican nominee-in-waiting said more than a month ago that he was in the "embryonic stages" of selecting a running mate for the fall campaign, but neither he nor aides have disclosed additional information in the weeks since.

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This Sucks!


The big one ... !
Checking a bag on an American Airlines flight this summer will begin to cost you as early as next month.

In response to record fuel prices and a weak U.S. economy, the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier announced Wednesday it will charge a $15 fee for the first bag passengers check. The fee will be effective for tickets purchased on or after June 15.

American -- which is the dominant carrier at the Miami International Airport and serves the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and the Palm Beach International Airport -- said the move was a response to "the increasing costs of transporting checked baggage."

Multiple airlines in recent months have introduced fees for passengers who checked two bags. But American will become the first major carrier to charge flyers for the first bag they check.

Fees on "certain other services," including reservation service fees, pet fees and oversized bag fees, also will go up, American said. The carrier said most of the hikes are in the $5 to $50 range. Overall, it hopes to add hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue.

Customers who purchase tickets before June 15 will pay $25 to check a second bag. Customers buying tickets after that date will be charged $15 each way for the first checked bag and $25 each way for the second checked bag.

"While we understand that these fees affect customers, we also believe that our pricing for the services we provide remains extremely competitive in the industry and continues to offer our customers ample choice and value," CEO and Chairman Gerard Arpey said in a news release. "The bottom line is that our revenues, which include ticket sales and fees, must keep pace with our increasing costs."

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At 9:39 PM, Blogger AMERICAN AIRLINES SUCKS said...

Gerard Arpey is a stinking filthy murdering pig.

I was gang raped by American Airlines pilots out of Ohare and Arpey did nothing because he is probably involved in a rape ring out of O'hare Airport. These AA pig pilots among others claim to have murdered two of my coworkers. Beth Allenson and Tammy Frye of Chicago Illinois around 1995. Tammy Frye disappeared one day and Beth Allenson was found dead from a shotgun blast to the head.

Read:

myspace.com/airlinegangstalkers

Stay away from American if you value your life.

Gina Romano

 

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Oh Please!

If he thinks this is going to get him some black votes, except for a handful of certified black Republicans who probably don't attend NAACP functions anyway, he can forget it.
McCain disclosed his plans in an interview with the African-American publication Essence, which was released Tuesday. Asked how he might reach out to the black community, McCain replied that he would "go to places and venues that would allow me to continue a dialogue with the African-American community. I will go to the NAACP convention."

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They Really Can't Help Themselves

These folks are pathological!
Commenting on Sen. Barack Obama's response to a Tennessee Republican Party online ad targeting remarks by his wife, Michelle, Newsradio 850 KOA's "Gunny" Bob Newman on May 19 called the Democratic presidential candidate a "clown" and asked whether he is "some sort of a bad ass." Directly addressing Obama, Newman asked, "What are you gonna do, Obama, come to Denver and try, key word try, to whip my white ass?" Continuing, Newman said, "Son, you are not some sort of macho tough guy, trust me. You are just another blowhard, make-believe thug who wants to be the most powerful man on Earth. You're a far-left, terrorist-hugging politician, not the bad-boy gangsta you want people to believe you are."


(h/t P6)

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It's His Color

People can itch in their pants all they want about Hillary staying in the race but this is required information. The heat of the general election would be far too late for Obama to realize that his mass appeal is not so mass or magic. I cannot say that he will be able to win this vote but there is absolutely no need in him being blindsided. What will be his plan of attack?
Mike Rife is white, a semiretired factory worker with a high school education and a 2-foot-square sign on his lawn that makes friends and neighbors flip him the finger as they drive by.

The sign reads: "Obama for President."

"I think I almost know what it feels like to be a black guy," said Rife, his voice gravelly and defiant. "I take heat every day. I got an Obama sticker on my car, and I catch hell for it."

Munfordville is the seat of Hart County, a rural swath of Kentucky farmland. Its Democrats will vote, and vote hard, for Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's primary. And if Barack Obama goes on to win the nomination, many of those Bluegrass State Democrats say they will vote against him quicker than you can say, "Race doesn't matter."

"They won't vote for a black man," Rife said of the people he has lived around all his 57 years. "That's all there is to it. They just can't bring themselves to do it."

A walk around this central Kentucky town of 1,600 supports Rife's opinion. Whether in the Dairy Queen or the dollar store or along the sidewalks of a courthouse square ringed with shuttered businesses, people speak freely of their dislike for the lanky senator from Illinois.

Terry Jordan, 47, who runs a year-round garage sale in front of an old filling station on Main Street, put it simply: "It's his color."
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Monday, May 19, 2008

Now That's Elitist For You!

Obama ... making low class trash look like the low class trash that they are!
The Illinois senator told "Good Morning America" that he expects hardball tactics from the Republicans if he becomes the Democratic presidential nominee.

"But I also think these folks should lay off my wife," he told "GMA" as his wife chuckled beside him.

[...]

Obama was careful not to act as if he had already clinched the nomination, but he also tried to present himself as the candidate who will be taking on Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona in the fall.

The Republicans seem to have come to the same conclusion and a GOP Internet campaign in Tennessee has an ad featuring Michelle Obama's comments during the long Democratic campaign that "for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country."

Michelle Obama was asked about the ad on "GMA," but her husband said, "Let me just interject on this."

"The GOP, should I be the nominee, I think can say whatever they want to say about me, my track record," Obama said. "I've been in public life for 20 years. I expect them to pore through everything that I've said, every utterance, every statement. And to paint it in the most undesirable light possible. That's what they do."

"But I do want to say this to the GOP. If they think that they're going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful. Because that I find unacceptable," he said.

Obama praised his wife's patriotism and said that for Republicans "to try to distort or to play snippets of her remarks in ways that are unflattering to her I think is just low class ... and especially for people who purport to be promoters of family values, who claim that they are protectors of the values and ideals and the decency of the American people to start attacking my wife in a political campaign I think is detestable."

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Killing Frenzy In Iraq

I don't know which part of this article is worse. This part which discusses how cell phones have increased murders of women ..
The murder of women who are deemed to have disobeyed traditional codes of morality is even more common in the rest of Iraq where government authority has broken down since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

A surprising reason explaining the massive increase in the number of honour killings is the availability of cheap mobile phones able to take pictures. Men photograph themselves making love to their girlfriends and pass the pictures to their friends. This often turns out to be a lethal act of bravado in a society where premarital or extra-marital sex justifies killing.

The first known case of sex recorded on a mobile leading to murder was in 2004. Film of a boy making love with a 17-year-old girl circulated in the Kurdish capital, Arbil. Two days later she was killed by her family and a week later he was murdered by his.

Since then there has been a sharp increase in the number of women suffering violence – it is almost always the women rather than the men who suffer retribution – as a result of some aspect of their love life being pictured on mobile phones.

In 2007, at least 350 women, double the figure for the previous year, suffered violence as a result of mobile phone "evidence", according to Amanj Khalil of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, citing figures compiled by women's organisations and the police directorate in Sulaymaniyah.

The true figure is probably much higher. Bodies are buried in the mountains. Violence is concealed. Whole extended families and clans feel a genuine sense of shame because of some supposed act of immorality.

... or this part which discusses the rapid decline of the lives of women since we invaded Iraq:
The position of women in Iraqi society has deteriorated dramatically since the start of the occupation. Despite the horrific number of honour killings, their status may be improving only in Kurdistan, where the government is secular, in contrast to Baghdad where the religious parties hold power. The Kurdish police and courts are also more sympathetic than elsewhere in Iraq to women whose lives have been threatened. There are no shelters for women in Baghdad or Basra.

Vulnerability to violence is not the only area in which the equal status of women in Iraq has been eroded. A woman can only get a new passport if she is accompanied by a male relative. One woman, whose father was too ill to attend the passport office, had to take her 14-year-old brother with her to vouch for her before officials would give her a new passport.

Many women escape from miserable marriages, often arranged by their families, not by flight but by suicide. In 2007, some 600 women and girls in Kurdistan killed themselves, mostly by burning themselves, or by drowning or shooting themselves, according to the Health Ministry of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

"Women may feel there is genuinely no hope for them to escape subjection," says Sherizaan Minwalla, a lawyer with the Heartland Alliance in Sulaymaniyah, who represents many victims of domestic violence. "Suicide may seem a rational choice and even a form of protest."

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W. Virginia's Senator Byrd Endorses Obama

Despite his ties to the KKK a couple lifetimes ago, I still like this little man.
Despite Clinton's 41-point win West Virginia, Sen. Robert Byrd has thrown his support to Obama. He cites the latest dust up between Obama, Bush and McCain.

"As people all across this great nation know, I have been one of the most outspoken opponents of the Bush Administration’s misguided war in Iraq and its saber rattling around the globe," Byrd says in a statement released by the campaign. "With the Bush Administration's latest request to fund this on-going war in Iraq without any attempt to start bringing our troops home, the issue of the upcoming presidential contest has been weighing heavily on my heart. The loss of life continues and the sons and daughters of tens of thousands of American families remain in harm’s way every day.

"This Democratic primary campaign has been tough and competitive. I had no intention of involving myself in the Democratic campaign for President in the midst of West Virginia's primary election. But the stakes this November could not be higher. After a great deal of thought, consideration and prayer over the situation in Iraq, I have decided that, as a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention, I will cast my vote for Senator Barack Obama for President. Both Senators Clinton and Obama are extraordinary individuals, whose integrity, honor, love for this country and strong belief in our Constitution I deeply respect.

"I believe that Barack Obama is a shining young statesman, who possesses the personal temperament and courage necessary to extricate our country from this costly misadventure in Iraq, and to lead our nation at this challenging time in history. Barack Obama is a noble-hearted patriot and humble Christian, and he has my full faith and support."

Funny! He gave his support to Obama despite the "will of the people" in his state. If only Obama supporters would appreciate the stance of the remaining Clinton superdelegates.

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Except Al Qaeda Isn't Running Ish!

Obama can't win for losing with this Muslim nonsense. Americans keep "hearing" that he is a Muslim and hold it against him (despite him having an absentee, non-practicing Muslim father, a non religious mother and a fiery Christian pastor) and Muslim extremists will despise him for rejecting his "Muslim heritage." It's all utterly ridiculous and I'm sick of hearing about it.
Osama bin Laden must be chuckling in his safe house. After all, the 2008 campaign could very well give Al Qaeda the ultimate propaganda tool: President Barack Hussein Obama, Muslim apostate.

The fact that Senator Obama – the son of a Muslim father – insists he was never a Muslim before becoming Christian is irrelevant to bin Laden. In bin Laden's eyes, Obama is a murtad fitri, the worst type of apostate, because he was blessed by Allah to be born into the true faith of Islam.

There are two types of apostates according to sharia (Islamic law) and the Hadith (sayings of the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him).

The first type is murtad milli, one who converted to Islam and later renounced the faith. The second, and most egregious, type is murtad fitri. It refers to a person born of a Muslim father who renounces his birthright. Two recent examples of the latter are Magdi Allam (a male Egyptian who converted to Catholicism in Italy) and Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Somali-born woman who's now an atheist). Both now face death threats.

According to Islamic jurisprudence, children of a Muslim father – even an apparently nonpracticing one, such as Obama's father, and irrespective of the mother's faith – are automatically Muslims. Most Muslims around the world agree: A child of a Muslim father is a Muslim. Period.

Should Obama become US commander in chief, there is a strong likelihood that Al Qaeda's media arm, As-Sahab, will exploit his background to argue that an apostate is leading the global war on terror (read: attacks against fellow Muslims). This perception would be leveraged to galvanize sympathizers into action.

Remember: Al Qaeda's ultimate goal is to restore the caliphate (the Islamic form of government that would preside over the community of believers) and expand Dar al Islam ("Abode of Islam"). Reaching it requires a long war against all – Muslim and non-Muslim – who don't share its extremist Wahhabi worldview.

Al Qaeda, though, has struggled recently to recruit volunteers for this jihad. While bin Laden retains significant support as someone willing to stand up for Muslim concerns, most Muslims abhor Al Qaeda's terrorist methods whose primary targets are innocent noncombatants.

But an apostate as head of the United States could change this equation. It would be a propaganda boost for Al Qaeda's mission. All one has to do is read Al Qaeda's public statements to recognize how frequently it makes baseless apostasy accusations against fellow Muslims who challenge its message or actions.

That's why Obama is bin Laden's dream candidate.

Once branded as an apostate, President Obama would face enormous difficulties in the foreign policy realm, especially in the fight against terrorism.

He's caught between a rock and a hard place. If he softens the US strategy against Al Qaeda and its ideologues, his apostasy might be an afterthought for Al Qaeda. But if he acts firmly in America's national interest to defeat the terrorist threat, he'd be vilified in an Al Qaeda propaganda campaign for reneging on his "true identity."

Furthermore, his administration would struggle to positively engage the Muslim world, where Islam isn't just a religion, it's the way of life. Conservative Muslim populations that are riddled with poverty and low literacy rates can be more readily swayed to join the cause against the "Great Satan" (the US) if their imams and mullahs shout that it is led by an apostate.

This is an interesting perspective and I appreciate the information on the types of "apostates" but Al Qaeda doesn't rule the world and, at this point, isn't running too much in Iraq. I don't believe Osama bin Laden is even alive. If he is, he's probably living well at our expense. I don't think for a minute that any of the world leaders our President has to interface with will be carrying these ideas in their heads when dealing with Obama. They've dealt with George W. Bush for almost eight years and he is the cause of much of the strife we are engaged in today. The crazy Muslim contingent will remain where they are now - on the fringes. The only real power they have is the power we give them when we allow the likes of Bush and friends to keep stoking fear.

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Itching For A Fight

I guess the Dubya is going to have us in another war come hell or high water. Eight months is all we have left of this fool! Can we please mind our own business until then?
The US ambassador in Venezuela's capital, Caracas, has been summoned to explain Saturday's event.

US officials admitted a naval plane on a counter-narcotics mission had "navigational problems" that led it to briefly enter Venezuelan airspace.

Tension has been rising in the region with both the US and Colombia accusing Caracas of financing Colombian rebels.

'Series of provocations'

Venezuelan Defence Minister Gustavo Rangel said the US jet had been tracked by his country's air defences over the Venezuelan-owned island of La Orchila on Saturday.

Mr Rangel told a news conference that the US aircraft "practically flew over" La Orchila - where Venezuela has a military base and President Hugo Chavez has a residence - and another island before turning back.

"This is just the latest step in a series of provocations," he said.

US officials admitted the incident later on Monday.

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Saudi's Say We Don't Need You Or Your Stinking Money

We decimated Iraq over the prospect of controling our oil interests in the Middle East but we cannot even coax a deal out of Saudi Arabia - our ally?
President Bush has gone to Riyadh once again to beg the Saudis to increase oil production, and once again he's been rebuffed. Here's the explanation:

Stephen J. Hadley, the national security adviser, told reporters, "What they're saying to us is" that "Saudi Arabia does not have customers that are making requests for oil that they are not able to satisfy," The Associated Press reported.

That's a lovely tautology, isn't it? Needless to say, there's always a price at which the demand for Saudi oil is no greater than what they happen to be putting on the market. Today it's $127 per barrel. If they cut production in half and the price went up to $500 per barrel, they still wouldn't be getting any requests they couldn't satisfy.


That would mean ... we're screwed!

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Obama Says Bring It!

George Bush showed his perpetual lack of class by going all the way to Israel to bash Barack Obama (while John McCain chimes in like a flunky) but Barack was quick with a response. He's ready, willing and able to take them on!
“I want to be perfectly clear with George and John McCain….If George Bush and John McCain want to have a debate about protecting the United States of America, that is a debate I’m willing to have anytime, anywhere because that is a debate that I will win because George Bush and John McCain have a lot to answer for.”

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Hee Hee! Ha Ha! Ho Ho!

The Huckster is such a yuckster!
During a speech before the National Rifle Association convention Friday afternoon in Louisville, Kentucky, former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee — who has endorsed presumptive GOP nominee John McCain — joked that an unexpected offstage noise was Democrat Barack Obama looking to avoid a gunman.

“That was Barack Obama, he just tripped off a chair, he's getting ready to speak,” said the former Arkansas governor, to audience laughter. “Somebody aimed a gun at him and he dove for the floor.”

Ah, good ole NRA humor!

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

The "Cracker Ass Cracker" Vote

Though I love Eugene Robinson's and Bob Herbert's commentaries, I didn't agree with them so much on Hillary's regurgitation of the AP stats which showed that white, working class whites were not feeling Obama. I think they took it someplace it didn't need to go and someplace that wasn't her intention. I tend to agree with
DeWayne Wickham.

It was the political equivalent of a roundhouse punch — a blow that was easy to see coming, but one that its intended target knew would do great damage if it landed.

During an interview with this newspaper last week, Hillary Clinton uttered the unspeakable. In explaining why she continues to campaign for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination when it appears that Barack Obama has an insurmountable lead, Clinton said his support among white voters is weak.

"I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on," she said. Clinton cited a recent Associated Press poll that found 53% of whites who have not completed college have an unfavorable view of Obama, who is on the verge of becoming the first black to win the presidential nomination of a major political party.

That's exactly the kind of talk Obama supporters and Democratic Party officials don't want to hear — at least not publicly. But while Clinton was accused of playing the race card for what she said, she actually exposed the soft underbelly of Obama's masterful White House campaign.


The whole witch burning that ensued and Hillary being called racist was just stupid. She didn't make up the numbers. I heard them, ad nauseum , every morning and every night on every cable news program. The Obama campaign needs to pay attention to this core group of democrats who seem to have been forgotten with all of the focus on the 90+ percent of blacks who support him along with the whites who make more than 50K/yr. Having grown up in Chicago, I am quite familiar with the white, working class types who take issue with Obama and most other people who don't look like them. The late Mayor Daley was about as staunch of a democrat as you could get but he hated Martin Luther King with a passion. I have vivid memories, stories and experiences reflecting what happened to people who ventured into their neighborhoods with more than a summer tan.

Yet, the "cracker ass cracker" vote is still pivotal. I'm not sure how Obama can win them over or even if people like John Edwards can help change hearts and minds. It's going to be a challenge for sure but now that he is the apparent nominee, we're going to have to figure something out or we will end up with four more years of the mess that Bush made.

Ironically, if Obama weren't the eloquent and ultra educated black man that he is, he wouldn't be where he is. Yet, that education and presence seems to be his biggest obstacle with these people - racial undertones or not.

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Change is In The Air

Morehouse College is a 141 year old historically black college in Atlanta. While over the years whites and other non-blacks have been trickling there and at other HBCUs, this is the first time they've had a white valedictorian.

Change is in the air. We may soon elect the nation's first black President and a white man is graduating at the head of the class as a distinguished Morehouse "brother."

Here are some other distinguished Morehouse graduates:

In 1867, William Jefferson White, Edmund Turney and Richard Coulter, a former slave, would serve as Founder and Associate Founders of Morehouse College.

In 1906, President John Hope would return to Morehouse as the first African-American President of Morehouse College.

In 1911, Morehouse graduated Mordecai W. Johnson, the first African-American to serve as President of Howard University.

In 1923, Morehouse would graduate James Nabrit, co-counsel for Brown vs. the Board of Education case and a noted philosopher and theologian, Howard Washington Thurman.

In 1940, President Benjamin E. Mays became the College's 6th President and literally saves the nation's premiere institution for African-American Men

In 1948, Morehouse would produce Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Samuel Dubois Cook and Harvard's Charles V. Willie.

In 1954, Morehouse would produce Dr. Louis Sullivan, former Secretary of Health and Human Services and co-founder of the Morehouse School of Medicine.

In 1956, Morehouse would produce a Atlanta's first African-American Maynard Jackson, Civil Rights legend Otis Moss Jr and defense attorney Willie "Flash" Davis.

In 1958, Morehouse would produce noted physicist and Morehouse's 9th president, Walter E. Massey.Spike Lee

In 1963, Morehouse would produce Dr. David Satcher, the nation's first African-American Man to serve as U.S. Surgeon General.

In 1972, Morehouse would produce acting pioneer Samuel L. Jackson and attorney Gordon L Joyner, whose son will graduate as Salutatorian with an impressive 3.99 GPA.

In 1975, Morehouse would produce Robert M. Franklin, the 4th Alumnus to serve as President of Morehouse College.

In 1978, Morehouse would produce a three-time Olympian, Edwin Moses.

In 1979, Morehouse would produce the world-class filmmaker Spike Lee.

In 1983, Morehouse would produce the first MD/JD graduate, Rod Edmond.

In 1994, Morehouse would produce Nima Warfield, the first African American Rhodes Scholar from an HBCU

In 2002, Morehouse would produce Chris Elders, the College's 2nd Rhodes Scholar and Harold Martin, the College's first Class President/Valedictorian graduating with a 4.0

In 2004, Morehouse produced Tope Folarin '04, the College's 3rd Rhodes Scholar

In 2006, Morehouse would graduate its largest class (over 600 African-American men)

In 2007, Morehouse made history by producing two Valedictorians, Ruben Alexander and Darryl Bennett both graduating with a 4.0.

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You Are A Crazy Country

I wonder what terrorist watch list Desmond TuTu will be placed on for stating the obvious.

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu weighed in on the presidential campaign Tuesday in Chicago, praising America's ability to produce the first viable African-American presidential candidate while describing the nation as haunted by a racial divide that still offers blacks what he called only "the illusion of equality."

"You are a crazy country," Tutu, 76, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, said in an interview with the Tribune. "You're a country that has I think some of the most generous people I've ever come across in the world."

But he chided Americans for getting "very, very upset" with the pastor of Sen. Barack Obama, noting that Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. "may have said more crudely what, actually, almost every African-American would have wanted to say. I mean that is how they feel in your country, that race ... is a very, very real issue."

"And I think on the whole you keep trying to pretend it isn't,"
he added, noting the issue will haunt Americans until there is a way to talk honestly about race, such as holding a reconciliation forum.

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Can Someone Define "Won?"

Technically, we won the war once we toppled Baghdad. Seriously, if you are occupying a country, you are the winner. So, someone explain to me what John McCain means when he says won.
Republican John McCain declared for the first time Thursday he believes the Iraq war can be won by 2013, although he rejected suggestions that his talk of a timetable put him on the same side as Democrats clamoring for full-scale troop withdrawals.

The Republican presidential contender, in a mystical speech that also envisioned Osama bin Laden dead or captured, and Americans with the choice of paying a simple flat tax or following their standard 1040 form, said only a small number of troops would remain in Iraq by the end of a prospective first term because al-Qaida will have been defeated and Iraq's government will be functioning on its own.

"By January 2013, America has welcomed home most of the servicemen and women who have sacrificed terribly so that America might be secure in her freedom. The Iraq War has been won," McCain told an audience of several hundred here in the capital city of a general election battleground state.

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Can A Sistah Get A Break?

How in the hayell is a black woman taking the heat for fallen Gov. Spitzer's whore mongering? He's the one purchasing illegal services. Aside from losing his job (regular folks lose jobs every day for less scandalous reasons), what price will he pay for his crimes?
A woman accused of booking clients for a high-priced call girl ring pleaded guilty Wednesday to money laundering and promoting prostitution in the federal probe that brought down former Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

Temeka Rachelle Lewis, who worked as a booking agent for the Emperor's Club VIP, is the first defendant to admit guilt in the case that led to Spitzer's resignation.

She made a brief court appearance in a plea bargain that obligates her to turn over records, testify before a grand jury if asked and answer any questions investigators may have about her role in arranging dates between Emperor's Club working girls and the agency's deep-pocketed clients.

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Asked why his client pleaded guilty, Agnifilo said Lewis, who majored in English at the University of Virginia and has never been in trouble with the law before, just wants to put the case behind her.

"She's basically a very good person. Sitting at a defense table in a federal courthouse is the last place she imagined she'd be," he said. "I have no doubt she'll never be in trouble again."

Lewis, with her mother and sister looking on, appeared calm in court, then left without speaking to reporters. Under federal sentencing guidelines she could face around 16 months in prison, or less, depending on the level of her cooperation with prosecutors, Agnifilo said.


What price will the "hooker" pay? She ended up making a tidy sum by selling her music online. I swear, black folks always end up taking the fall ...

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Them West Virginians Sure Are Different ...

'Cause this is a bit much!


I wouldn't have even worn a Michael Jackson pant suit in the 70s when I LOVED him.

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Beyond Epic Crazy !!!

Whoosah! And Whoosah again!

We have some epic Crazy right here. This is the "anti-Wright," Rev. James Manning, famous for calling Obama a "mac daddy" and a "pimp" in a variety of highly comical YouTubes. In this one he describes the Trinity of Hell: Oprah Winfrey (a "struggling actor and radio talk show host" and "suspected lesbian"), Rev. Jeremiah Wright ("a closet homosexual"), and Barack Hussein Obama (also "a closet homosexual" and "a long-legged pimp"). Why did Barry stay in the church for 20 years, Rev. Manning? Well, you can probably guess his answer.

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The Deal With Appalachia

Barack lost big there and, jokes aside, those folks are definitely a different breed. So what is it about this region?



From TPM:

"Let me offer a series of overlapping explanations. First, some basic demographics. It's widely accepted that Hillary Clinton does better with older voters, less educated voters and white voters. These demographics perfectly match West Virginia -- and, more loosely, the entire Appalachian region. A few key points from tonight's exit polls demonstrate the point: 4 out of 10 voters were over 60 years of age. 7 out of 10 lacked a college degree -- the highest proportion of any electorate in the country. And 95% of the electorate was white.

Basically you have a state that is made up almost exclusively of Clinton's voters. But there's a deeper historical explanation that we have to apply as well -- one nicely illustrated by the origins of West Virginia itself.

During the 18th and 19th centuries, in the middle Atlantic and particularly in the Southern states, there was a long-standing cleavage between the coastal and 'piedmont' regions on the one hand and the upcountry areas to the west on the other. It's really the coastal lowlands and the Appalachian districts. On the other side of the Appalachian mountain range the pattern is flipped, with the Appalachians in the east and the lowlands in the west.

These regions were settled disproportionately by Scots-Irish immigrants who pushed into the hill country to the west in part because that's where the affordable land was but also because they wanted to get away from the more stratified and inegalitarian society of the east which was built by English settlers and their African slaves. Crucially, slavery never really took root in these areas. And this is why during the Civil War, Unionism (as in support for the federal union and opposition to the treason of secession) ran strong through the Appalachian upcountry, even into Deep South states like Alabama and Mississippi.

As I alluded to earlier, this was the origin of West Virginia, which was originally the westernmost part of Virginia. The anti-slavery, anti-slaveholding upcountry seceded from Virginia to remain in the Union after Virginia seceded from the Union. Each of these regions was fiercely anti-Slavery. And most ended up raising regiments that fought in the Union Army. But they were as anti-slave as they were anti-slavery, both of which they viewed as the linchpins of the aristocratic and inegalitarian society they loathed. It was a society that was both more violent and more self-reliant.

This is history. But it shapes the region. It's overwhelmingly white, economically underdeveloped (another legacy of the pre-civil war pattern) and arguably because of that underdevelopment has very low education rates and disproportionately old populations.

For all these reasons, if you're familiar with the history, it's really no surprise that Barack Obama would have a very hard time running in this region."

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I'll Bet Obama Girl Would Like It

I'm not sure there's any ill or dismissive intent but, depending on the woman, this might not come off so hot.
Barack Obama passed off a reporter today in Michigan, and she seemed less than amused by his name for her.

"Hold on one second there, sweetie," he says.

The reporter signed off: "This sweetie never did get an answer to that question."

A newer co-worker who sits across the wall from me has used the terms "gal" and "old lady (to refer to his girlfriend)" and because he's not old enough to be from that "era," I was little taken aback.

Barack is going to have to watch it. A sweet old lady might like it. Michelle might love it. But since this apparently isn't the first time he's done it, he's going to have to be careful that he doesn't get labeled (among other things) a sexist pig. I'm kinda tickled that the reporter shot back as if to say: "I've got your sweetie!"

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Edwards Gives Obama The Nod

It took long enough but I guess we knew it was coming.
Democrat John Edwards endorsed former rival Barack Obama on Wednesday, a move designed to help solidify support for the party's likely presidential nominee even as Hillary Rodham Clinton refuses to give up her long-shot candidacy.

Edwards made a surprise appearance with Obama in Grand Rapids, Mich., as the Illinois senator campaigns in a critical general election battleground state.

The endorsement came a day after Clinton defeated Obama by more than 2-to-1 in the West Virginia primary. The loss highlighted Obama's challenge in winning over the "Hillary Democrats" - white, working-class voters who also supported Edwards in significant numbers before he exited the race in late January.

Edwards, who received a thunderous ovation when Obama introduced him to a crowd of several thousand, said, "brothers and sisters, we must come together as Democrats" to defeat McCain. "We are here tonight because the Democratic voters have made their choice, and so have I."

He said Obama "stands with me" in a fight to cut poverty in half within 10 years.

Edwards also praised Clinton, saying "we are a stronger party" because of her involvement, and "we're going to have a stronger nominee in the fall because of her work."

He said Clinton is a "woman who is made of steel. She is a leader in this country not because of her husband but because of what she has done."

His wife, on the other hand, seems to be on a different page:
When he made his decision, Edwards didn't even tell many of his former top advisers because he wanted to inform Clinton personally, said the person close to him. Edwards' wife, Elizabeth, who has said she thinks Clinton has the superior health care plan, did not travel with him to Michigan and is not part of the endorsement.

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Such Humor!

More "post-racial society" jokes.
Some Barack Obama supporters want a Bakersfield radio station to fire a host who posted graphics on the station's Web site that linked the presidential candidate's campaign to the phrase "Kill Whitey."

KNZR 1560 AM host Jaz McKay posted a version of an "Obama '08" logo followed by that phrase, as well as other fake slogans including "Hope. Change. Dead honkeys." and "Yes we can. Kill white folks."

McKay says he didn't create the graphics, but posted them on his Web page as a joke after finding them elsewhere on the Internet.

The station's general manager says McKay won't be disciplined, and that his listeners understand his "tongue-in-cheek humor."

Obama pledge delegate Uduak Ntuk calls the slogans hate speech.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

She's Scared Of The Other Race

Whew! Do you laugh or cry?

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Cuba Embargo Makes No Sense

So says Brent Scowcroft.
Brent Scowcroft, the dean of George H. W. Bush's foreign policy brain trust, was, as you likely know by now, in favor of the first Gulf War and the war in Afganistan but was opposed to the Iraq War from before it began. Though a Republican, he has shown the flexibility and disdain for ideology that comes from being a true adherent of the realist approach to foreign policy.

That doesn't just apply to the Middle East. Here he is talking to Steve Clemons about the long-standing Cuba embargo

If you couldn't hear the soft-spoken Mr. Scowcroft, here's what he said: "My answer on Cuba is Cuba is not a foreign policy question. Cuba is a domestic issue. In foreign policy, the embargo makes no sense. It doesn't do anything. It's quite clear we can not starve Cuba to death. We learned that when the Soviet stopped subsidizing Cuba and they didn't collapse. It's a domestic issue."

What he's saying is that domestic politics, embodied in this case by the powerful and hard-line Cuban exile lobby in Florida that no politician with national ambitions can alienate, is keeping the embargo in place. Common sense, on the other hand, suggests that decades of the embargo have not produced any results in the island nation, other than a less prosperous and less healthy Cuban people. After all, Castro is leaving on his own terms and has hand-picked his successor.

You never know. With Scowcroft and Obama on board for reform, common sense may pull off a come from behind victory.

Condi used to be a "student" of Scowcroft and still chose to follow the insanity of the inept neo-cons who hijacked Dubya's administration. I'd hope that either Obama, Clinton or McCain would seek counsel from Mr. Scowcroft.

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The Monkey Card


Funny, the post-racial candidate is still a monkey to some folks.


Marietta tavern owner Mike Norman says the T-shirts he's peddling, featuring cartoon chimp Curious George peeling a banana, with "Obama in '08" scrolled underneath, are "cute." But to a coalition of critics, the shirts are an insulting exploitation of racial stereotypes from generations past.

"It's time to put an end to this," said Rich Pellegrino, a Mableton resident and director of the Cobb-Cherokee Immigrant Alliance. It was among the organizations planning to gather outside Mulligan's Bar and Grill Tuesday afternoon to protest the "racist and highly offensive" shirts.

"There's no place for these views, not in this day and age," he said.

Just down the street from Marietta's famous Big Chicken, Mulligan's has carved a provocative niche in an increasingly multicultural area, thanks to its owner's ultra-conservative political views. If you live in Marietta, it's impossible not to know what's on Norman's mind, as he posts his views on signs in front of Mulligan's.

Among his recent musings: "I wish Hillary had married OJ," "No habla espanol — and never will" and the standard "I.N.S. Agents eat free."

"I'm saying out loud what everyone in this town whispers," Norman said.

Whatever residents think of the signs, organized opposition to his blunt commentaries — ongoing for 16 years — had been nonexistent. No longer, says Pellegrino, who, though familiar with Norman's politics, said he was still surprised by the stark imagery of the Obama T-shirts.

"There's a lot of people hurt by this," he said.

Norman said those offended are "hunting for a reason to be mad" and insisted he is "not a racist."

Why picture Obama as Curious George? "Look at him . . . the hairline, the ears, he looks just like Curious George," Norman said.

Hmmm ... Don't see the resemblance. I'm also put out by the INS comment and the Hillary comment. But he's "just saying what everyone else in town is whispering". Guess these folks will be voting Republican ... or Libertarian now that Bob Barr has jumped into the race.

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At 12:15 PM, Blogger Mz. C said...

The owners of the Curious George trademark should go after this jerk and prosecute him for everything he owns.

 

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Bill The Perpetual Bully

I totally forgot that Bill O'Reilly used to be an "entertainment" hack. I'll bet most folks didn't know that he was a foul mouthed blowhard and a bully even back then.
This early footage of Bill O’Reilly from his previous gig at “Inside Edition” captures the future Fox pundit letting fly with a few F-bombs when he doesn’t approve of—or understand—the copy written for him to read during the show’s final moments. Hey Bill, there’s no “I” in ... oh, never mind.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

No Hoochies Allowed

This will definitely be one making the "hot ghetto mess" rounds. This dress, or lack thereof, cost this young lady her prom night and all of it's memories.
Marche Taylor’s prom night experience wasn’t quite the norm. That’s because a night of dancing and hanging out with friends ended in a confrontation with school officials over her choice of apparel.

The Madison High School senior was escorted out in handcuffs because school officials said her revealing gold dress was inappropriate for the school prom. See it for yourself!

While I agree that the dress was hoochie, ghetto, stank and inappropirate, someone is going to have to come up with the documented dress code for proms and dances. She probably got arrested for getting belligerent but I guess I would have been mad too. Some girls spend an inordinate amount on custom dresses (no matter how skimpy) and her night was ruined. I'm assuming her mother let her out of the house looking like that. I wouldn't have.

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W. Virginians Looking For a Full-blooded American To Be Prez

I've just listed a few tidbits from this article on why Obama is going to have such tough time in West Virginia. Hillary might win this state but, I certainly wouldn't be basking in the glow of winning over these kinds of folks. Does that mean I'm an elitist? I'm embedding comments because these clueless people have me stupefied.
“I heard that Obama is a Muslim and his wife’s an atheist,” said Mr Simpson, drawing on a cigarette outside the fire station in Williamson, a coalmining town of 3,400 people surrounded by lush wooded hillsides. -- Where did this fool hear that? Isn't it simple enough to verify ... assuming they read around those parts. But maybe not:
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West Virginia is hostile territory for Mr Obama because it has few of the African-Americans and affluent, college-educated whites who provide his strongest support. The state has the lowest college graduation rate in the US, the second lowest median household income, and one of the highest proportions of white residents, at 96 per cent.
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“If he is the nominee, the Democrats have no chance of winning West Virginia,” said Missy Endicott, a 40- year-old school administrator. “He doesn’t understand ordinary Americans.” -- Ordinary Americans? What's ordinary about a state that is 96% white yet fewer graduate from college than any other state. I'd hardly call that ordinary!
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Most people questioned said they mistrusted Mr Obama because of doubts about his patriotism and “values”, stemming from his cosmopolitan background, his exotic name and the controversy surrounding “anti-American” sermons by Jeremiah Wright, his former pastor. Several people said they believed he was a Muslim – an unfounded rumor that has circulated on the internet for months – despite the contradiction with his 20-year membership of Mr Wright’s church in Chicago. Others mentioned his refusal to wear a Stars and Stripes badge and controversial remarks by his wife, Mich­elle, who des­cribed America as “mean” and implied that she had never been proud of the US until her husband ran for president. -- So, Michelle is about to be Hillary Clintonized as the mean, opinionated wife?
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Conservative commentators have questioned Mr Obama’s patriotism for months and the issue is expected to be one of the Republicans’ main lines of attack if he wins the nomination. “The American people want a president who loves their country as much as they do,” said Whit Ayres, a Rep­ub­lican strategist. Obama supporters believe patriotism is being used as code to harness racist sentiment. -- Uh, I think Obama has professed his love of this country on more than one occasion. Does he need to sign an oath of some sort in blood.
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Josh Fry, a 24-year-old ambulance driver from Williamson, insisted he was not racist but said he would feel more comfortable with Mr McCain, the 71-year-old Vietnam war hero, in the White House. “I want someone who is a full-blooded American as president,” he said. -- Full blooded American? Wasn't he born in America? Isn't that what full-blooded American means?

Yeah, I'd be gnawing my leg off to get away from that crowd. I don't know if Obama needs to be down there shaking hands with them varmints. He might catch something ... like a shotgun bullet.

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At 5:56 AM, Blogger Craftygirl said...

it's so funny. i just came across this article yesterday and it INFURIATED me!!! the first comment about Obama being muslim and his wife atheist make me crack up. my first thought, doesn't anyone there have a computer to at least GOOGLE to find out if it's true or not?

then the last comment was a doozy. full-blooded american? i'm so insulted by this. both my parents are immigrants and became US Citizens. I'm the first born American in my family. I consider myself full-blooded American. unfortunately, this article does not paint a pretty picture of it's people. what a shame! i guess for them ignorance is bliss.

 

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Spoiler!

If the left has to endure another Ralph Nader run for POTUS, the right will have to endure Bob Barr.
Saying that none of the other presidential candidates are talking about the most important issues -- including what he sees as the need to "re-shape this country in the image of our Founding Fathers" -- former Republican Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia just officially he is entering the race for the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination.

…Barr was asked whether he might be a spoiler and contribute to a defeat for Republican John McCain in November -- much as many analysts believe third-party candidate Ralph Nader cost Democrat Al Gore the White House in 2000 by siphoning away votes in Florida.

Barr said such talk doesn't concern him. It will be McCain's fault, not his, if the Republican loses in November, Barr said. "The American voter deserves better than the lesser of two evils," he added.

Bob Barr of questionable lineage running for President. This should be quite a race! Pun intended.

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Oh No He Did ... nt!


Punk! F' the Po-lice AND the flag!
Obama is campaigning in West Virginia, where he will lose by 80 points because he is black, and he is wearing a flag pin.

ROTFL!!!

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Coyotes Gone Wild!

I'm sorry! This is ri-damn-dicuous! Coyote's trying to eat children!
The coyote was limping as it approached a girl in a sand box at a public park - but it was still dangerous. It snapped its jaws on the girl's buttocks, and her nanny had to pry the toddler from the wild animal.

Less than a week later, a coyote in a mountain resort town about 35 miles away grabbed a girl by the head and tried to drag her from a front yard until her mother scared it away.

A spate of coyote attacks in the fast-growing suburbs east of Los Angeles have left parents on edge and puzzled wildlife officials.

"Their aggressive behavior seems to be on the upswing," said Steve Martarano, a spokesman with the state Department of Fish and Game. "They just seem to lose their fear of humans."

Coyotes normally avoid contact with humans and hunt rabbits and rodents. But scientists said some that live near suburban developments are becoming bolder, raiding garbage or even attacking pets and humans.

An increase in coyote attacks on humans in the past decade is most evident in Southern California, where bedroom communities have quickly pressed into wilderness, allowing the canine scavengers to roam backyards for food.

Since the 1970s, more than 100 coyote attacks on humans in Southern California have been recorded, with half the incidents involving children age 10 and younger.

"If they see a young child and they have a chance, yeah they'll take it," said Kevin Brennan, a state wildlife biologist.

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Post Racial Society Exhibit C

I'm really saying "Ahhhh" now. In this post-racial society people certainly couldn't be burning KKK into the new black neighbor's lawn ...
Shortly after moving into their new home, an African American family was welcomed by someone burning "KKK" in their yard.

In a bustling neighborhood off Bonnabel Boulevard – near Lake Pontchartrain – one that was everything that this couple was looking for. Last Saturday, they moved in. They were proud to be on the block.

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“it's a beautiful area, that's what we wanted," said the mother who wanted her name withheld.

Four days, later they were welcomed to the neighborhood with “KKK” and crosses littering the yard.

“In awe, in shock, I can’t explain it,” the husband said.

The letters were carefully shaped into the ground and easy to read, sending this African American couple in a predominately White neighborhood a clear message.

“I feel like I've been disrespected. Not just me, but my family. I feel like I'm being threatened, and those markings in our history, it's known for a marking of territory, to let you all know don't come back here,” the husband said. “You're not welcome.”

Yes, if we elect a man with a white mother and an African father, we will be truly post-racial.

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Post Racial Society Exhibit B

What do you call a black police officer who is not in uniform? Take a guess!
At least one cop has been disciplined for ordering the NYPD's highest-ranking uniformed black officer out of his auto while the three-star chief was off-duty and parked in Queens, the Daily News has learned.

"How you can not know or recognize a chief in a department SUV with ID around his neck, I don't know," a police source said.

Chief Douglas Zeigler, 60, head of the Community Affairs Bureau, was in his NYPD-issued vehicle near a fire hydrant when two plainclothes cops approached on May 2, sources said.

One officer walked up on each side of the SUV at 57th Ave. and Xenia St. in Corona about 7 p.m. and told the driver to roll down the heavily tinted windows, sources said.

What happened next is in dispute.

In his briefing to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Zeigler said the two cops, who are white, had no legitimate reason to approach his SUV, ranking sources said.

After they ordered him to get out, one officer did not believe the NYPD identification Zeigler gave him.

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Post-Racial Society Exhibit A

Ah, the marvel of the post-racial society that some people think Obama represents ...
In an item related in many fundamental ways to the protests yesterday, the New York Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the NYPD for its “stop and frisk” practice on behalf of a New York Post reporter, Leonardo Blair (pictured here, photo from NYPost). In an ironic twist, the New York Post, a conservative rag owned by Rupert Murdoch, the same day ran an editorial in favor of the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” policy, asserting that any decrease in this racially biased practice would result in “crime and chaos.” The reality of living in a police state - and make no mistake, New York City is a police state - is that you never leave home without ID. If you don’t have state-issued ID on you, then you’re subject to being detained by the police until they can “verify your identity.” And, once they stop you, even without probable cause, they collect your name, address and date of birth for their database. But of course, it’s a policy that doesn’t get applied equally. As a white woman that frequently passes for straight, I often skate past those sorts of searches. My fellow New Yorkers who are black and brown, like the reporter in the NYCLU’s lawsuit, are not so fortunate. Leo Blair, a Jamaican immigrant and graduate of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, tells his own story of what happened when he was stopped by the police

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Most black men, and many black women and Latino men and women, in New York have a story similar to Blair’s. Very few white people have similar stories. And, there is data that gives a fuller picture to the racial disparity of “stop and frisk” racism. According to data released earlier this week, New York City police officers stopped more people on the streets during the first three months of 2008 than during any quarter in the six years the Department has reported the data.

In 2007, the NYPD stopped about 469,000 New Yorkers – almost 1,300 people every day. Eighty-eight percent were completely innocent. Though they make up only a quarter of the City’s population, more than half of those stopped were black. Another 30 percent were Latino. Though whites make up more than 35 percent of New York City’s population, they were only 11 percent of those stopped. In 2006 and 2007, blacks and Latinos were the target of about 90 percent of the nearly one million stop-and-frisk encounters.

This victim of this injustice, recalls the account ...

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Friday, May 09, 2008

Breeding Again!

So, I got hate mail (from a couple folks from the south) on one of my yahoogroups when these hyper-breeders had their last child. I said something about the world getting another hillbilly. They thought it was a dig at the south but it was actually quite racist if I must call myself out. I still don't agree that having all of these children is a good thing and she's pregnant again!
It's a happy Mother's Day for an Arkansas woman — she's pregnant with her 18th child.

Michelle Duggar, 41, is due on New Year's Day, and the latest addition will join seven sisters and 10 brothers. There are two sets of twins.

"We've had three in January, three in December. Those two months are a busy time for us," she said, laughing.

The Duggars' oldest child, Josh, is 20, and the youngest, Jennifer, is nine months old.

They need to thank the rise of reality shows into mainstream television because I'm sure the series that Discovery Health is doing on them will help pay the bills. I'm sorry, this whole thing just ain't cute to me. Jon and Kate Plus Eight, on the other hand, are totally cute and totally a riot ('cause that mess was an "accident").

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Slutbucks?

Have you ever really looked closely at the logo? I didn't even know there was a lady in it until the last time someone brought the logo up. I think you have to be a pervert to stare at a label enough to get all worked up about it.

In order to compete with less expensive varieties of coffee, Starbucks recently introduced a new roast in order “to shift toward emphasizing brewed coffee.” As part of the campaign, the Seattle-based company re-introduced its 1971 brown-and-white logo that features a two-tailed mermaid. Apparently, the mermaid has caused an uproar because one Christian group has now called for a Starbucks boycott:

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“The Starbucks logo has a naked woman on it with her legs spread like a prostitute,” explains alarmist Mark Dice, of a Christian group called The Resistance. “Need I say more? It’s extremely poor taste, and the company might as well call themselves Slutbucks.



Just stop it!

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Just Pay The Ho!

Okay, I'm totally kidding. I still like Hillary despite the fact that she is going to have to throw in the towel sooner or later. I don't know that she needs Obama to pay her debt but it sure would be a nice consolation prize as she goes back to the senate.
The latest rumor making the rounds is that maybe Barack Obama will pay off Hillary's $11 million loan to her campaign if she quits the race. I suppose that makes some kind of sense — and it would be a gracious and unifying gesture from Obama — but I'm not sure why Hillary would really be moved by this. She and Bill have earned over $100 million in the past few years and Bill obviously has tremendous earning capacity in the future. $11 million just isn't a big deal to them.

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Give Somebody A Little Power ...

The manager who did this should feel totally stupid. I'm sure he's probably popped a Timbit or two in his mouth when no one was looking! Dude, get over yourelf!
An attendant at a Canadian restaurant who was sacked for giving a bite-sized doughnut, worth 16 cents, to an agitated toddler was given her job back on Thursday after the case received wide media attention.

Nicole Lilliman, a single mother, said she was dismissed from a London, Ontario, outlet of the Tim Hortons coffee and doughnut chain after video cameras captured the 27-year-old giving a Timbit to a toddler.

"It was just out of my heart, she (the toddler) was pointing and going 'ah, ah...' I should have gone to my purse and got the change, but it was busy," Lilliman told the Toronto Star newspaper.

Tim Hortons said on Thursday that the firing was a mistake.

"It was the unfortunate action of one manager who unfortunately made an overzealous decision, and thankfully we were able to rectify the situation," said company spokeswoman Rachel Douglas.

If she'd gone into her purse while on the floor and put money in the register, they would have accused her of stealing. This was just silly!

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Your Arms Are Too Short To Box With Barbara

I saw Oprah's interview w/Barbara Walters and will probably buy her book (at Costco) when I get a chance. She's led a really interesting life. Naturally, since Star Jones' dramatic exit from The View took up many news cycles a couple of years ago, she commented on event in her book (as she commented on the turbulent times with Rosie O'Donnell). I guess Miss Star didn't take too kindly to the cameo.
Nearly two years after Star Jones left "The View" on rocky terms, the 46-year-old TV personality has criticized former boss Barbara Walters for writing about her.

In Walters' new memoir, "Audition," she discusses how Jones wouldn't acknowledge her gastric bypass surgery on the air. She also writes about Jones' lavish wedding, which wound up alienating viewers as Jones accepted gifts in return for promotion.

"It is a sad day when an icon like Barbara Walters, in the sunset of her life, is reduced to publicly branding herself as an adulterer, humiliating an innocent family with accounts of her illicit affair and speaking negatively against me all for the sake of selling a book. It speaks to her true character," Jones told Us Weekly magazine.

I disagree with Star. Her snide comment speaks to her character as well. I think it is a good thing to get to an age where not only can you say whatever the hell you want, but you can admit to all of your dirt/faults/mistakes, not feel bad about them and line them up right up next to the accomplishments. To me that is truly being in the "sunset" of your life.

I hope Star is able to get another job in TV if that is still where she thinks she belongs but if she keeps opening her mouth about Barbara, she may end up on cable access like this crazy chick!

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Operation Butthole

Right wingers are forever talking about patriotism. How can you be a patriot when you deliberately set out to subvert the democratic process.
Even as Barack Obama's campaign celebrated Tuesday's primary results, aides charged yesterday that they would have had an even stronger showing were it not for meddling by an unlikely booster of Hillary Rodham Clinton: the popular conservative radio host and longtime Clinton family nemesis Rush Limbaugh.

The impact of Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos" emerged as an intriguing point of debate, particularly in Indiana, where registered voters could participate in either party's primary, and where Clinton won by a mere 14,000 votes. As he had before several recent primaries, Limbaugh encouraged listeners to vote for Clinton to "bloody up Obama politically" and prolong the Democratic fight.

Limbaugh crowed about the success of his ploy all day Tuesday, featuring on-air testimonials from voters in Indiana and North Carolina who recounted their illicit pleasure in casting a vote for Clinton. "Some of the people show up and they ask for a Democrat ballot, and the poll worker says, 'Why, what are you going to do?' He says, 'Operation Chaos,' and they just laugh," Limbaugh said Tuesday.

But Limbaugh called off the operation yesterday, saying he wants Obama to be the party's pick, because "I now believe he would be the weakest of the Democrat nominees."

He added: "He can get effete snobs, he can get wealthy academics, he can get the young, and he can get the black vote, but Democrats do not win with that."

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Borrowing Balls

James Carville keeps me in stiches!
Reminded that Obama continues to narrow the lead that Hillary once enjoyed among superdelegates, Carville quips, "A superdelegate commitment and four bucks will get you a cup of coffee at the Ritz-Carlton." Perhaps he had in mind Joe Andrew, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, appointed by Bill Clinton, who endorsed Hillary on the day she announced for president, and Thursday switched his endorsement to Obama, saying he thinks it's time for the party to come together. Carville takes the view that the longer Obama is out there under scrutiny, the more the voters see his vulnerabilities. "Everything that's happened to him is not because of her. She hasn't laid much of a glove on him other than just being there," Carville says.

Obama didn't have much choice in deciding to take on Wright. It was a fight he did all he could to avoid, acting only when it threatened to destroy his candidacy. "The Republicans will eat him alive" is what the Clinton campaign is telling the superdelegates. Hillary is the tougher of the two, the candidate you want on your side in a knife fight, a gender reversal that prompts Carville to indulge in some ribald humor: "If she gave him one of her cojones, they'd both have two."

Oh, some folks flipped out over this quote and I wondered why since everyone is so quick to talk about how harsh Hillary is and what a "man"/lesbian she is. If Hillary is all of that, of course she can lend one to Barack (who is said to be emasculated by his wife anyway)! James Carville is a character and very, very funny! Barack is going to have to buck up some because the McCain camp will absolutely "eat him alive" if they think Hillary's shenanigans were a big deal!

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Of Course It Was Easy

The idiots were frickin' running the business via text messages!
Undercover agents who posed as college students to bust more than 100 suspected drug dealers at San Diego State University never had to crack a book to gain acceptance on campus. All it took was cash.

The federal agents went to one or two parties but never actually went to class or lived in the dorms. Instead, they merely arranged meetings with suspected dealers and asked about buying cocaine, Ecstasy, methamphetamine, marijuana and other drugs, authorities said Wednesday.

"All it took was saying, `Hey, I go to State, can you hook me up?'" said San Diego County prosecutor Damon Mosler. "And then it was off to the races."

The day after the drug sweep landed members of three fraternities in jail and led to the suspension of six frats, investigators revealed how easy it was to penetrate the university's drug culture.

Students who had gotten caught for fighting, drinking, minor drug offenses or other crimes quickly turned informants and used text messages to introduce their drug dealers to undercover agents. Dealers made handoffs in front of dorms, in parking lots or behind frat houses, sometimes in broad daylight in full view of surveillance cameras.

Seriously! Who would do this?
A member of Theta Chi sent out a mass text message to his "faithful customers" stating that he and his "associates" would be unable to sell cocaine while they were in Las Vegas over one weekend, according to the DEA. The text promoted a cocaine "sale" and listed the reduced prices.

You aren't supposed to take the drugs you sell!

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Do You Hear Someone Talking?

As Bush becomes increasingly irrelevant, he conjures up more disdain for us throughout the world.
President Bush said Wednesday that Cuba's post-Fidel Castro leadership has made only "empty gestures at reform" and rejected calls for easing of U.S. restrictions on the communist island.

"Until there is a change of heart and a change of compassion and a change of how the Cuban government treats its people, there's no change at all," Bush said at the State Department to the Council of Americas, a business group that advocates for democracy and open markets in the Western Hemisphere. "Cuba will not be a land of liberty so long as free expression is punished and free speech can take place only in hushed whispers and silent prayers. And Cuba will not become a place of prosperity just by easing restrictions on the sale of products that the average Cuban cannot afford."

The White House also said Wednesday that the president spoke by videoconference this week with democratic activists in Cuba, an unprecedented move that may enrage the Castro government.

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A Monster By Any Other Name

What else do you call him?
Austrian Josef Fritzl, who imprisoned his daughter for 24 years and fathered her seven children, said he was no "monster" and he could have killed her and her children had he wanted to, according to his lawyer.

"I am not a monster," Austrian daily Oesterreich quoted Fritzl as saying in comments relayed by his lawyer Rudolf Mayer. Fritzl also criticized media coverage of his case as "totally one-sided."

In 1984, the now 73-year-old lured daughter Elisabeth into a basement in his home in the eastern Austrian town of Amstetten, drugged her and locked her up. He claimed she had disappeared to join a cult.
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"Without me (she) would not be alive anymore... I was the one who made sure that she was taken to a hospital," said Fritzl, who also has seven children with his wife Rosemarie.

"I could have killed all of them — then nothing would have happened. No one would have ever known about it."

Killing them might have been a better option for them.

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At 8:58 PM, Blogger Ricardo said...

"I'm only being portrayed as a monster and not as someone who committed monstrous acts." J. Fritzl.

He admits to committing monstrous acts, but is himself not a monster. A consistent statement for an insanity defense, from a lawyer, maybe. But would an insane person know the difference? These are the words of a sane, calculating person.

 

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The Angry White Man

I'd like to know why we have a stereotype of an angry black man when Rush Limbaugh spews this this kind of venom. It's not cute!

Today, Rush Limbaugh appeared on Fox News to discuss to Sen. Hillary Clinton’s (D-NY) joke that he has a crush on her. Limbaugh responded with a story about how President Bill Clinton once allegedly tried to hit on his date. He said that Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who was with Clinton, distracted him, because he wasn’t sure if Villaraigosa was a “shoe shine guy” or a “Secret Service agent”:

I understand now why Bill Clinton hit on my date about a year ago at the Kobe Club in New York. I was minding my own business and Clinton came in. And the short version is he used the mayor of Los Angeles to distract me, while hitting on my date. […]

He came over three or four times, had Ron Burkle with him and the mayor of Los Angeles, who I thought was either the shoe shine guy or a Secret Service agent.


I don't even know why I even bother to post anything about Rush Limbaugh or the band of idiots who spout the same kind of racist and sexist nonsense. I'm just sick of hearing about the "angry black man" when, clearly, millions of white followers of Rush and the like are angrier than any one else.

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Gees! But Noone Is Outraged By This Pastor ...

I think this man's rhetoric is beyond "hate speech" and divisive. He's a total loon!

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What's He Gonna Do About Reverend Wright?

Okay, so I still don't quite have my long post on this whole Obama/Rev. Wright thing together yet but I did run across this post last week after Wright's press conference that put the final nail in the coffin of his friendship with Barack Obama. It's a pretty interesting view from yet another Trinitarian.
"When Barack Obama first announced he was running for President of the United States, I, like many African-American south-side Chicagoans had one immediate thought:

"What's he gonna do about Reverend Wright?"


Now you may surprised that this was my knee-jerk reaction, but anyone who is familiar with the dynamic ministry that is Trinity United Church of Christ and its fiery pastor know enough to think immediately this would be a problem. And no, not because Jeremiah Wright is a "hate-filled", "un-patriotic", "wacko," but because he truly does live by the church's motto; "unashamedly Christian, unapologetically Black." And let's face it, Barack Obama's entire candidacy was contingent on the notion, that though yes, he is a Black man, he's a "mainstream," Black man, you know the post-racial candidate. Kind of like the Tiger Woods of politics.

So, we Chicagoans wondered and waited to see, when and if we would be placed between Barack and the Wright place. Today we wait no longer, the time has come.

I didn't spend my entire youth in Trinity, but I did attend frequently for some of my teen years, and had many friends who were consistent members. To be honest, I pretty much loved going to church there. They had great music, tons of kids programs, and I really enjoyed the sermons of Pastor Wright. I was always quite displeased my parents wouldn't officially join, but my father like many Black people, is not a fan of politics in the pulpit. Still we frequently attended many Sunday services, youth revivals and gospel concerts. My friends were ushers, and junior deacons. Trinity despite its massive congregation always felt like family, always felt like home.

Yesterday, when watching Reverend Wright on the podium, I couldn't help but chuckle. That's the Jeremiah I know, and lets be real the same one Barack knows. And as I held my breath waiting to see what would transpire, I saw Jeremiah, indignant, unashamedly Black, unapologetically Christian. I cannot lie, at first I felt conflicted. Truly I've agonized for months over Barack winning this nomination and I hate to see Wright's antics mess that up. But after a few moments, I realized I wasn't mad at Reverend Wright. I knew many people would be, but I was not.

Reverend Wright said things yesterday that Black people say and think all the time. We think them on Sunday in church, on Saturday in the barbershop. In no way would I suggest that all Black people think the same, but many of us can relate all too easily with Reverend Wright, it's why there are 9000 members in his church. He allows us to express our anger, our hurt and our hope, and he makes no apologies for the fact, that African-Americans see this country different that White-Americans. But that does not mean that we are un-American. So after weeks of silence, when a battered, hurt and angered Jeremiah finally stood up and gave the US media the equivalent of a rhetorical middle finger. To be honest, I was just surprised it took him as long as he did.

Now you may ask, why now? That's a question I don't know if anyone really has the answer to, but to me may not be a question that really matters. Let's face it, this whole "Reverend Wright controversy," is really just the vehicle through which race was entered in to this election. One way or another Barack was going to be Black. Wright is just the easy way to do it. This isn't about Wright being crazy, clearly he's not. This is about Barack Obama identifying with the Black community, it's about him not being the great "post-racial" hope. No longer can it be said that because of his diverse ethnic background somehow being "beyond race," for we as black people, know there is no such thing as being beyond race.

But the mainstream would like say that Barack's candidacy symbolizes our move in to a "raceless" society. A society where it's easy to say to Black people who will continue to face the racial injustices, "quit your moaning, there's a Black President, race is no longer a factor." One that will continue to acquit the murders of our Black men and claim that race has nothing to do with it. One that will reinforce the notion that Black people must continue to endure in silence, because White America gets a little uncomfortable when you start speaking up about things. So as I watched Reverend Wright up there yesterday I wasn't mad at him. No, I don't agree with everything he said word for word, but on a whole, he mostly spoke the truth. And it does my heart more good to see a Black man stand up and speak the truth, than to see a post-racial man appease the masses.

Today Barack denounced his pastor. And in his defense, he didn't really have a choice. This whole controversy was a trap, and Barack had no option but to turn his back to Wright. After all, just like Wright said, he is a politician and votes are at stake here. Ironically, lest we forget, that when this Obama campain first started, many in the Black community held back from Obama, asking the question is he Black enough? It was partly his relationship with the south-side of the Chicago, and the black church called Trinity (and of course the support of White voters in Iowa) that affirmed so many of us who had those doubts. Today in order to continue his quest to become the highest officer in our nation he was asked to denounce that church. It deeply hurt and saddened my heart to watch him do it. But as I can't be mad at Jeremiah, neither can I be mad at Barack.

I have so much love for Barack Obama, I am without a doubt glad to be young and living through his candidacy and want nothing more than for him to be president, but I also love Jeremiah Wright. These two men represent the best of what the Black community has to offer. We should not feel the need to differentiate them from each other, for if nothing they represent the relationships between fathers and sons, the past and the future, neither one with all the answers, but both with the burning passion and desire to affect change. Today the media, Clintons and GOP, want you to believe you are in between Barack and the Wright place. I challenge you to realize there is no such thing. The space between them is our continued support for them both. It should be filled by our willingness to embrace the diversity of our community and our experience. It should be a choice to love ourselves more than we love winning the race."

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Loving Against The Peace And Dignity Of The Commonwealth

They call her the "matriarch" of interracial marriage and she has died.
Mildred Loving, a black woman whose challenge to Virginia's ban on interracial marriage led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling striking down such laws nationwide, has died, her daughter said Monday.

Peggy Fortune said Loving, 68, died Friday at her home in rural Milford. She did not disclose the cause of death.

Loving and her white husband, Richard, changed history in 1967 when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld their right to marry. The ruling struck down laws banning racially mixed marriages in at least 17 states.

They had married in Washington in 1958, when she was 18. Returning to their Virginia hometown, they were arrested within weeks and convicted on charges of "cohabiting as man and wife, against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth," according to their indictments.

The couple avoided a year in jail by agreeing to a sentence mandating that they immediately leave Virginia. They moved to Washington and launched a legal challenge a few years later.

After the Supreme Court ruled, the couple returned to Virginia, where they lived with their children Donald, Peggy and Sidney.

Richard Loving died in 1975 in a car accident that also injured his wife.

In a rare interview with The Associated Press last June, Loving said she wasn't trying to change history — she was just a girl who once fell in love with a boy.

"It wasn't my doing," Loving said. "It was God's work."

68 seems rather young. She was younger than my mother. It really hasn't been that long since times and laws have changed.

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Friday, May 02, 2008

It Is A Shell Game

I agree with Obama and if you want to call me "elitist" for saying that $30 won't do a GD thing for my pocketbook this summer then so be it. If the beer and bowling crowd fall for that mess, then fine. It won't do JACK for me!
Hillary Rodham Clinton called for a vote Friday in the Democratic-controlled Congress on a summertime suspension of the federal gasoline tax, a plan that Barack Obama dismissed as a political stunt that would cost thousands of construction jobs.

"It's a Shell game. Literally," Obama said to laughter from his campaign audience, adding it would mean little for hard-pressed consumers.

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

And Rev. Wright Is A Mad Man Because ... ?

Our foreign policies don't determine how we are viewed and how people - particularly people of color - feel about us?
Nobel Peace Prize winner and international symbol of freedom Nelson Mandela is flagged on U.S. terrorist watch lists and needs special permission to visit the USA. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calls the situation "embarrassing," and some members of Congress vow to fix it.

The requirement applies to former South African leader Mandela and other members of South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC), the once-banned anti-Apartheid organization. In the 1970s and '80s, the ANC was officially designated a terrorist group by the country's ruling white minority. Other countries, including the United States, followed suit.

Because of this, Rice told a Senate committee recently, her department has to issue waivers for ANC members to travel to the USA.

"This is a country with which we now have excellent relations, South Africa, but it's frankly a rather embarrassing matter that I still have to waive in my own counterpart, the foreign minister of South Africa, not to mention the great leader Nelson Mandela," Rice said.

Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., chairman of the House International Relations Committee, is pushing a bill that would remove current and former ANC leaders from the watch lists. Supporters hope to get it passed before Mandela's 90th birthday July 18.

This should have been done long ago and the fact that this "remnant" is still there shows that other "remnants" are still in effect here. But don't get angry, right?

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Y'all Buy This?

I'll bet there are a whole lot of folks who are happy she is silenced.
A woman convicted two weeks ago of being the "D.C. Madam" hanged herself Thursday, apparently making good on her vow never to go to prison for running a high-end Washington prostitution ring.

The body of Deborah Jeane Palfrey was found in a shed near her mother's home about 20 miles northwest of Tampa. Police said the 52-year-old Palfrey left at least two suicide notes and other writings to her family in a notebook, but they did not disclose their contents.

Palfrey apparently hanged herself with nylon rope from the shed's ceiling. Her mother discovered the body.

Officers were outside the mother's white and pink home in the community of mostly retirees.

Blanche Palfrey had no sign that her daughter was suicidal, and there was no immediate indication that alcohol or drugs were involved, police Capt. Jeffrey Young said.

I wonder if she had any good lists tucked away ...

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I Knew Something Was Up With Babs

Ooooh. Weee! See! I knew my eyebrow wasn't twitching for no good reason when Barabara fawned over the likes of Snoop Dogg and L.L. Cool J when they appeared on The View over the years. I knew ...
After three decades of keeping mum, Barbara Walters is disclosing a past affair with married U.S. Senator Edward Brooke, whom she remembers as "exciting" and "brilliant."

Appearing on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" scheduled to air Tuesday, Walters shares details of her relationship with Brooke that lasted several years in the 1970s, according to a transcript of the show provided to The Associated Press.

A moderate Republican from Massachusetts who took office in 1967, Brooke was the first African-American to be popularly elected to the Senate. Both he and Walters knew that public knowledge of their affair could have ruined his career as well as hers, Walters says.

At the time, the twice-divorced Walters was a rising star in TV news and co-host of NBC's "Today" show, but would soon jump to ABC News, where she has enjoyed unrivaled success. Her affair with Brooke, which never before came to light, had ended before he lost his bid for a third term in 1978.

Brooke later divorced, and has since remarried. Calls to a listing for Brooke in Miami by The Associated Press were not immediately returned Thursday.

Walters is the guest of Oprah Winfrey to discuss her new memoir, "Audition," which covers her long career in television, as well as her off-camera life. On "Oprah," Walters recounts a phone call from a friend who urged her to stop seeing Brooke.

"He said, 'This is going to come out. This is going to ruin your career,'" then reminded her that Brooke was up for re-election a year later. "'This is going to ruin him. You've got to break this off.'"

Winfrey asks Walters if she was in love.

"I was certainly I don't know I was certainly infatuated."

"Infatuated."

"I was certainly involved," Walters says. "He was exciting. He was brilliant. It was exciting times in Washington."

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