Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
"Typical white person." That's what's being twisted around here. "Typical white person."
Senator Barack Obama, speaking off the cuff during a radio interview on a sports show called his grandmother, his own grandmother a "typical white" person.
610 WIP host Angelo Cataldi asked Obama about his Tuesday morning speech on race at the National Constitution Center in which he referenced his own white grandmother and her prejudice. Obama told Cataldi that "The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity, but that she is a typical white person. If she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know - there's a reaction in her that's been bred into our experiences that don't go away and sometimes come out in the wrong way and that's just the nature of race in our society. We have to break through it. What makes me optimistic is you see each generation feeling less like that. And that's pretty powerful stuff."
Unfortunately, the typical white people in media, the blogs and elsewhere are running with this story like OJ in the white Bronco, and distorting it - playing the sound bite and cutting it off after "typical white person" thereby completely twisting its context.
Here is Obama's campaign trying to explain further what Obama was trying to say:
Barack Obama said specifically that he didn't believe his grandmother harbored any racial animosity, but that her fears were understandable and typical of those often shared by her generation..." The sad part is, if anyone criticizing Obama over this were being as honest as he is about the racism that still exists in this country intead of denying the truth, distorting the words and decrying the man, they'd see that what he has said can't be denied. It's his own experience, his own grandmother he's talking about, and his own reality.
There is no white person on earth that can claim to know what it's like to be a black person in America. You can try to understand it, you can fight the instictiveness of racism, but it is there and no white pundit sitting in a television studio or white blogger on either political side should even dare to touch the race issue as if they know both viewpoints. People like Gretchen Carlson of Fox & Friends would get eaten up for breakfast if someone actually took her up on "honestly discussing the race issue."
As Bob Cesca wrote today:
...Whether it's the Clinton campaign who likely pushed the Wright videos to the press, or the far-right fuckwits who are pretending to suddenly be racially sensitive -- and who, by the way, mistakenly believe you can be racist against the majority race. You can't be racist against white people. Sorry. I'm also looking at you, Geraldine Ferraro.
...to the far-right bloggers, FOX News and Ferraro... The minority population CAN'T be racist against the majority population any more than the poor can subjugate a king or, for that matter, workers can subjugate a CEO. For a white Hannity or a white Ferraro to somehow play the role of a racial victim is hilarious...ly stupid.
Worst of all, the integrity that Obama has shown by tackling an issue such as race during his campaign for the nomination has been cast aside as nothing more than politicking by the more cynical MSM. Putting everything on the line, Obama chose to speak the truth, and strength of his words in a speech that will be remembered by many as one of the great speeches in our modern US political historical landscape was nothing more than fodder for those who heard the words, but didn't listen.
Looking for phrases, words they could latch onto, wondering if he would "disown" his controversial Pastor whom he considers family - all of that was at the forefront for the talking heads, but the punditocracy lost the meaning of his words while looking for a cheap, tawdry sound bite.
The plain fact of the matter was and is that Obama is speaking the truth. And for those that choose to attack, it the truth that hurts.
I know, right? I couldn't believe it either.
On Fox and Friends this morning, hosts Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and Gretchen Carlson spent multiple segments sensationalizing a comment Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) made yesterday, in which he referred to his grandmother as “a typical white person” in some of her racial reactions. Obama made the comment while discussing his recent speech on race relations in America on a Philadelphia radio show.
When the trio welcomed Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace onto the show, instead of previewing his show this weekend, Wallace announced that he was going to take his fellow Fox hosts “to task” for their “excessive” and “somewhat distorting” coverage of what Obama said:
Hey listen, I love you guys but I want to take you to task if I may, respectfully, for a moment. I have been watching the show since 6:00 this morning when I got up, and it seems to me that two hours of Obama bashing on this typical white person remark is somewhat excessive and frankly I think you’re somewhat distorting what Obama had to say.
Of course, the Fox & Friends idiots didn't get it, tried to defend themselves and Steve Douche-y sarcastically asked, "So on your Sunday show you're just going to tell people never to watch Fox & Friends again?" What a moron.
Watch the video at Think Progress.
Over the past few days, the media anointed Maverick has said some stunning things I never knew.
Speaking to reporters in Amman, the Jordanian capital, McCain said he and two Senate colleagues traveling with him continue to be concerned about Iranian operatives “taking al-Qaeda into Iran, training them and sending them back.”
McCain said it was “common knowledge and has been reported in the media that al-Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran, that’s well known. And it’s unfortunate.”
He's got to know what he's talking about on foreign policy because of his vast experience, right?... Right?
After his remarks, Joe LIEberman of all people, had to correct his statements. McCain then said, “I’m sorry, the Iranians are training extremists, not al-Qaeda.” Fuck, even Lindsey Graham was standing next to McCain was trying to whisper "extremists" under his breath.
Hmmm... okay, well it's hot out there in the Jordanian sun, maybe he's just a little tired. Now that he's corrected it, he won't make that mistake again, will he? I mean, obviously five years into the occupation I could probably go down to my local grocer and even he would know, if he were even peripherally following along, that Al-Qaeda is a Sunni extremist group, while Iranians are Shiite and both sects are diametrically opposed to each other. Surely, if I know that, then someone who claims his intimate knowledge of foreign policy makes him the best equipped to answer a phone ringing in the White House late at night would certainly know it. It must have been the sun.
Then the very next day, Mr. Straight Talk said this:
"Today in Iraq, America and our allies stand on the precipice of winning a major victory against radical Islamic extremism. The security gains over the past year have been dramatic and undeniable. Al Qaeda and Shia extremists -- with support from external powers such as Iran -- are on the run but not defeated."
What the fuck? Did he just say it again?! "Al-Qaeda and Shia extremists with support... from Iran"? Hey asshole, AL-QAEDA IS SUNNI! IRAN IS SHIA! They hate each other. Why? Because they're religious nutbags, that's why. Ask your friend John Hagee, he knows a thing or two about religious nut-ocracy.
Al-Qaeda in Iraq is a predominantly Sunni militant group which is blamed for deadly mass killings of Shiites, along with attacks on U.S. forces. Some extremist Sunni consider Shiites to be heretics and therefore legitimate targets of attack.Six-thirty-fucking-two AD. They've been opposed to each other for over 1,400 years! Ya got that, Sparky?
The schism between Islam's Sunni and Shiite sects grew out of a dispute over the leadership of the faithful following the death of the Prophet Muhammad in 632 AD.
All this confusion amounts to one of three possible scenarios here.
1 - McCain is forgetful. McNasty is at the age (and I hate to make age an issue, but let's not forget about St. Ronnie) where 10% of people start developing Alzheimer's. Or he's just forgetful. Either way, I don't want that fuckwad anywhere near the red button. Fuck, he'd probably forget where he put his launch codes anyway.
2 - McCain is a liar. He knows the difference between Sunni and Shia, but he's trying to confuse Joe Average.
Equate Iran and Al-Qaeda on Page One and retract it the next day on Page 37 right next to the Wal-Mart discount coupons. Hell, Bush and Cheney did it with Iraq. If it worked for them, it can work for the Double Talk Express. If he's called on it, he can put on the ol' Wilford Brimley charm and shrug it off, with 99% of the media laughing it off, "Hee-hee, that good ol' John MCCain, what a card" while RSVP-ing "Yes" to the next barbecue invitation.
3 - John McCain is bat shit crazy. Everything from his nasty, get-off-my-lawn temper, calling fellow members of Congress chickenshit and telling them to fuck off, and singing "Bomb Iran" to the Beach Boys tune "Barbara Ann." A Republican friend of mine (a dying breed these days) actually defended McCain on the Beach Boys thing, saying it was just a joke, shrugging it off like the MSM does when it comes to the Maverick. But the point is, you don't joke about things like that when you're running for President.
And to be fair, who wouldn't be nuts after spending five years in the Hanoi Hilton? Yes, McCain is a war hero. But a war hero doesn't necessarily make a good leader. Let's not forget that McCain's had a life after Vietnam that's included moral conflict and a Senate corruption scandal. The problem is, he's got to stop pulling "facts" out of where he hid his watch all those years as a POW.
My ultimate analysis is that John McCain is a combination of all three: forgetful or starting to lose it, short-tempered and insane. And those three make a perfect combination to be Commander-in-Chief, don't you think?
The Sunni/Shia/Al-Qaeda/Extremists conflagration is all planned. Once is a mistake, twice is confusion, three or more times is a pattern. Confuse and scare the masses in the guise of national security and they'll follow you off a cliff.
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, the United States' only hispanic governor , who has served as a Congressman for 14 years, was an ambassador to the United Nations, was Secretary of the Energy Department during Bill Clinton's administration and watched the most recent Super Bowl with Bill Clinton, has endorsed Barack Obama as the nominee for the Democratic Party. “I believe he is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime leader that can bring our nation together and restore America’s moral leadership in the world,” Mr. Richardson said in the statement, provided by the Obama campaign early Friday morning. ..."There is no doubt in my mind that Barack Obama has the judgment and courage we need in a commander in chief when our nation's security is on the line. He showed this judgment by opposing the Iraq war from the start, and he has show it during this campaign by standing up for a new era in American leadership internationally," Richardson said.
“As a presidential candidate, I know full well Senator Obama’s unique moral ability to inspire the American people to confront our urgent challenges at home and abroad in a spirit of bipartisanship and reconciliation.”
“I believe he is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime leader that can bring our nation together and restore America’s moral leadership in the world,” Mr. Richardson said in the statement, provided by the Obama campaign early Friday morning.
..."There is no doubt in my mind that Barack Obama has the judgment and courage we need in a commander in chief when our nation's security is on the line. He showed this judgment by opposing the Iraq war from the start, and he has show it during this campaign by standing up for a new era in American leadership internationally," Richardson said.
The whole Obama bashing these past couple of weeks have gotten me a little down, so I thought it would be a good time for a music break with Clark Terry. He always makes me smile.
Submitted without comment (emphasis mine):
HuffPo: MSNBC reported that the State Department official in charge of the Bureau Of Consular Affairs during the first two breaches of Obama's passport has a connection to the Clinton administration. "Mora Hardy was a consular affairs chief until the end of last month when she retired from foreign service work. Before her stint as the assistant secretary of state of consular affairs, Hardy was an ambassador to Paraguay under President Bill Clinton. She was also an executive assistant to Warren Christopher."
The dates of the breaches were January 9, February 21, and March 14 -- last Friday. Those correspond, as TPM's Josh Marshall noted, to the New Hampshire primary, the Democratic debate in Texas, and the day the Reverend Jeremiah Wright story became major political news.
UPDATE: It seems that Obama's was not the only passport breached.
The passport files of the three major presidential candidates have all been breached, officials said Friday.Way to go, Bush Administration! You'll stop at nothing. Looking for some dirt to cover your asses once you're out of office? Filthy pigs.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Also, an interview and analysis from Jon Soltz, Chairman of VoteVets.org
US President George W Bush struck a strikingly low approval rating in five years after he gave green light to the invasion of Iraq, with only 31 per cent of Americans approving his handling of the job, according to a latest poll.
Happy Vernal Equinox!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
So Hillary Clinton finally made available 17,481 pages of documents while she was First Lady which were released by the National Archives today... and what did the intrepid, "liberal" media look for first?
"Hillary Clinton spent the night in the White House on the day her husband had oral sex with Monica Lewinsky, and may have actually been in the White House when it happened..."
Now that's some real journalisitc integrity by Brian Ross and the "Investigative Unit" of ABC News, huh? Not since Geraldo Rivera and Al Capone's vault have we gotten such an amazing analysis of almost 35 reams of paper containing Clinton's schedule while residing in the White House. The first thing these scumbags look for is where Hillary was on the day Bill was getting a hummer from Monica. Un-fucking-believable.
NY Times: Arthur C. Clarke, a writer whose seamless blend of scientific expertise and poetic imagination helped usher in the space age, died early Wednesday in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he had lived since 1956. He was 90.
Rohan de Silva, an aide, confirmed the death and said Mr. Clarke had been experiencing breathing problems, The Associated Press reported. He had suffered from post-polio syndrome for the last two decades.
Someone should reprogram Cheney with some updated information. They keep him alive yet fail to upload the Pentagon's own information that a review of more than 600,000 Iraqi documents captured during the 2003 US invasion found no evidence that Saddam’s regime had any operational links with the al Qaida terrorist network.
Yet here is what Cheney had to say while making a stealth visit to Iraq:
“This long-term struggle became urgent on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.That day we clearly saw that dangers can gather far from our own shores and find us right there at home...
So the United States made a decision: to hunt down the evil of terrorism and kill it where it grows, to hold the supporters of terror to account and to confront regimes that harbor terrorists and threaten the peace... Understanding all the dangers of this new era, we have no intention of abandoning our friends or allowing this country of 170,000 square miles to become a staging area for further attacks against Americans.”
What a douchebag. I can't wait until he disappears.
UPDATE (3/20/08 10:45am): I can physically feel my blood prssure rise when I see this motherfucker's smirking face. DICK Cheney had this to say while being inteview on Good Morning America:
Raddatz: Two-thirds of Americans say it's not worth fighting, and they’re looking at the value gain versus the cost in American lives, certainly, and Iraqi lives.
Cheney: So? [sinister smirk]
Raddatz: So — you don’t care what the American people think?
Cheney: No, I think you cannot be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls. Think about what would have happened if Abraham Lincoln had paid attention to polls, if they had had polls during the Civil War. He never would have succeeded if he hadn’t had a clear objective, a vision for where he wanted to go, and he was willing to withstand the slings and arrows of the political wars in order to get there. And this President has been very courageous, very consistent, very determined to continue down the course we were on and to achieve our objective.
The comparison to Abraham Lincoln is shockingly laughable. And I love this line in his comparison: "[Lincoln] never would have succeeded if he hadn’t had a clear objective, a vision for where he wanted to go..." while laying it completely on Bush's lap, as if he had nothing to do with it. And "fluctuations in public opinion polls"? Are you fucking kidding?! The only flucuation I see in the Bush approval rating is from 34% to a new low 31%. Wow, that's quite a leap.
Guess what, nitwit? Having a clear objective is exactly what everyone's beeen trying to tell you to have the whole fucking time. You have no clear objective. Of course, if your clear objective was for you to and your cronies to treasonously profit from war, sap the Federal Treasury dry, force bank collapses, cause home forclosures by the millions, quadruple the price of oil, make the U.S. less safe and cause the rest of the world to hate and distrust us, then "Mission Accomplished," asshole.
The smirk bothers me most of all, because it shows that he really doesn't give a shit about what anyone thinks, doesn't care about anything and considers us all gnats that he just flicks away with his speared tail. His smirk gives me the feeling that he knows he's getting away with murder - literally - and knows we're not gonna do a damned thing about it. Besides, he couldn't care less about anything other than lining his pockets. He'd sell his family to the Saudis if he could get a decent profit from it. He is truly an evil, sociopathic bastard. The world will be a much better place once Dick Cheney is not only out of office, but pushing daisies.
You can watch the video on C & L if you can stomach it.
Here's my "no-fly" list story.
For a couple of years now, it's been taking me a little longer to get "okayed" when checking in on domestic flights. The ticket agent always seems to be punching a couple of extra keys when looking at my ID, whether it's my drivers license or my passport.
Last year, my wife and I went to Italy for our honeymoon. After an amazing two weeks, we flew back home, about an eight hour flight, and went through the process of going through customs. I handed the customs officer my passport and he looked at it, looked at the screen, looked at it, looked at the screen, looked at me, looked at the screen... this went on for a bit. He finally asks me how long I was gone.
"Two weeks," I answered.
"Have you left the country before?" asks the nice, but concerned agent.
"A couple of years ago I went to the Bahamas," I said, knowing full well that all he had to do was to look at the stamps in my passport to see where I'd been, but since he seemed nice, I didn't want to get into it. He also asked me if I'd had a hard time getting back into the country when traveling back from the Bahamas. "No. Is there a problem?" was my reply.
And then he said this: "It's just that you have a similar name to someone on the list. You have a very common name (I admit that I do) and I know that this person isn't you (there's something we agree on) but I'm going to have this Homeland Security officer escort you to the Homeland Security office just over there (points to ominous looking, large steel double doors). They'll just ask you a few questions. They have more information than I do. Sorry."
With that, he put my passport into a shiny, plastic yellow folder, handed it to the officer and sent me on my way. My wife, meanwhile, was getting a little antsy (she was behind me in line); the agent explained to her that he wished he didn't have to send me to DHS desk, because sometimes the wait can be as long as three hours, but he didn't have a choice. My wife silently cursed me for having such a common name and no middle initial. She had to wait outside the DHS room, in the regular waiting area of the airport.
Once through the DHS doors of death, the officer asked me to have a seat and handed my precious passport in the shiny, yellow folder to an DHS agent, who absolutely had no intention of calling me anytime soon, even though there were five agents available and only two other passengers besides me in the room. Nothing makes my blood boil more than a person who hates his job and the only comfort he gets is the power trip of making other people miserable.
After about 10-15 minutes, and the water cooler chat of the five DHS agents while three of us sat in the waiting area getting sufficiently irritated, my name was called. My evil, terrorist sounding name that is so common, it's the hispanic equivalent of "John Smith."
Then the not so nice agent begins his questioning.
"How long were you gone?"
"Have you ever left the country before?"
"Yes. The Bahamas. It's stamped in my passport." I wasn't going to let the opportunity slip by again. Then the kicker.
"Have you ever been convicted of a crime?" to which I gave my most dismissive, 'I hate you' response. Big sigh, eye roll, "...Noooo...." as daggars shot from my eyes. The very large agent was not appreciative of my attitude but really could do nothing about it at this point since he knew I was in the clear. He stamped my passport and handed it back. "You're free to go." I'm free to go! I'm free! I'M FREE!!!
Fast forward to the beginning of this year when my wife and I visited a friend in Toronto for a long weekend. We're coming home and I get to the customs agent on the Canadian side of the border. I hand him my passport. He looked at it, looked at the screen, looked at it, looked at the screen, looked at me, looked at the screen... oh, for fuck's same, not this again. He doesn't even speak to me and puts my passport into a not so shiny, yellow folder (looks like it's been getting some use) and sends me around the corner to a Homeland Security desk.
Only this time, the Homeland Security agent takes a two second look at the screen, literally TWO SECONDS, and says, "Well this is an obvious mistake. You shouldn't have been sent here." With that, she stamps my passport and sends me on my way. As I was about to leave, I turned and asked, "Excuse me, this is the second time this has happened to me in the last few months. Is there anything I can do to get my name off whatever list you're looking at?"
She looks at me and says, "Sorry. Unfortunately, no."
I explain this story because a report released February 28th, 2008 claims that the "No-Fly" list is at approximately 900,000 names long with about 20,000 names added monthly. And while names that are on the list hardly ever get expunged, the FBI admitted that people who truly should be on the list don't get their names added for 10 days, but due to paperwork delays it can take as much as four months. And to top it off, the current list is outdated and full of useless information as much as three years old.
Take a look at this article and you'll be amazed at some of the names on the list, including members of Congress, soldiers returning from combat and deceased 9/11 terrorists.
Today is a sad day in our nation's history.
The war in Iraq has produced the following:
US Casualties: 3,990
Estimated US Wounded: 100,000
Documented Iraqi Casualties: 89,750
Estimated Iraqi Casualties: 600,000-1,000,000
Estimated Displaced Iraqis: 4.2 Million
Current US Financial Cost of War in Iraq to date: $512 Billion
Estimated US Cost: $3 TRILLION
And this son of a bitch had the nerve to say the following to our troops in Afghanistan just this past Friday:
GEORGE W. BUSH: I must say, I'm a little envious. If I were slightly younger and not employed here, I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed. It must be exciting for you … in some ways romantic, in some ways, you know, confronting danger. You're really making history, and thanks.
Gee, George, you've convinced me. The excitement! The romance! Making history! Maybe you shouldn't deprive your daughters of such an experience and talk them into enlisting. Or maybe you should have had a better attitude when you looked like this, you dumb bastard:
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
That's what I'm calling it. Just "The Speech."
"A More Perfect Union"
Update (10:40pm): This comes from Lars Thorwald at Daily Kos:
It is possible that we will have a President who not only will speak in full, complete sentences, but who will do so in a manner that is eloquent, and who will also be articulate and eloquent in delivering words he is intelligent enough to know, understand, and use in a speech he is capable of writing
...After seven years of the worst crumble-bumblings of the nattering nabob from Crawford, think about that.
Since the rabid dog we call the mainstream media won't release the Rev. Wirght story out of its frothy jaws, Barack Obama has scheduled a speech in Philadelphia today to address Wright's comments and will take the opportunity to discuss the issue of race in this country.
Didn't he already address the Wright fiasco with this statement?
"...I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it's on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue."
I suppose the MSM was in too much of a feeding frenzy to notice because I keep hearing assholes like Joe Scarborough say things like, "Doesn't he have to distance himself from these comments?" Pay attention, Joe. Obama's statement was released five days ago... or is it not good enough for you?
Monday, March 17, 2008
Weekends are hard for me to do any blogging since they are two of my three longest work days of the week (the other being Wednesday if you've noticed a pattern... all three of you) so when so many things happen at once, it's hard to get it all down.
I'll start with the horrible crane collapse in New York City since that's where I'm based. They just pulled another body out of the rubble today, making the death toll 5 so far. It's amazing it was only 5 people when you think about it, but two people are still missing. Here's are a couple of pictures a co-worker took with his cell phone.
...with this one -
Obama: "...I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it's on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue."
McCain: "Well I think it's important to note that pastor John Hagee who has supported and endorsed my candidacy supports what I stand for and believe in. When he endorses me, it does not mean that I embrace everything that he stands for and believes. And I am very proud of the Pastor John Hagee's spiritual leadership to thousands of people and I am proud of his commitment to the independence and the freedom of the state of Israel. That does not mean that I support or endorse or agree with some of the things that Pastor John Hagee might have said or positions that he may have taken on other issues. I don't have to agree with everyone who endorses my candidacy. They are supporting my candidacy. I am not endorsing some of their positions."
But what's good for the goose should good for the very old vulture. Despite Obama "vehemently disagree[ing] and strongly condemn[ing]" Rev. Wright's comments, the MSM continues to throw Wright's statements in Obama's face, but gives McCain a pass with his 'we're not going to agree on everything' trivial dismissal. Where's the logic?
What else does he have to do? If Obama had answered Tim Russert's Farrakhan question with the McCain line, "I don't have to agree with everyone who endorses my candidacy," we'd be crowning Hillary Clinton the Democratic nominee by now. The hypocrisy astounds.
And there's one onther thing that the MSM has dropped the ball on. Does anyone remember Vicki Iseman? Chris Kelly does, and put a little perspective on it.
Eliot Spitzer's hooker has a song and we still haven't even heard John McCain's lobbyist speak. What gives?
How the hell did someone named Vicki Iseman become the only American since 9/11 entitled to privacy?
"I like the idea of people running for office. There's a positive effect when you run for office. Maybe some will run for office and say, vote for me, I look forward to blowing up America. I don't know, I don't know if that will be their platform or not. But it's - I don't think so. I think people who generally run for office say, vote for me, I'm looking forward to fixing your potholes, or making sure you get bread on the table."