African American Political Pundit says: Black Conservative Blogger Lashawn Barber loves the fact that Bill Clinton and a group of white liberal bloggers joined together in Harlem without including Blacks and hispanics in the conversation.
Well, Ms. Barber, one has to wonder how many times you have been excluded from meetings with white conservative bloggers who see you as just another House Negro? Racism in america is not Republican or Democrat, Liberal or Conservative -its just racism.
What does it mean though that there are 20 bloggers invited to this lunch and not one is black or latino? What does it mean for this group of bloggers to be patting themselves on the backs for being with Clinton when they are all in Harlem and not one of them is a person of color? What does it mean for these people to be there and have not one of themn (sic) raise this issue in their blogs?
So I am reading over atWizbang, a conservative site that I like to visit now and then. And there is a post from one of the hosts about this family in Maine who tried to kidnap their daughter in order to force her to have an abortion. Well, as it turns out-I should have known-the young man that knocked her up was a ....Gasp!!! NEGRO! Anyway, you can imagine the uncomfortable outrage that some of my friends over at Wizbang felt at this development. After all, can't we all just get along? The young man's race should not have caused this family to do this sort of thing, and I live in Texas, and I always knew there was racism in the North, and blah blah blah. As if 90% of them posting probably wouldn't have done the same damn thing.
Readers of this blog know that one thing the field cannot stand is a hypocrite,especially when it comes to matters of race. Hey, if you feel a certain way about black folks, please let me know. I will respect you for it. If you would just die if you knew that your precious daughter would marry a black man, say it. Don't play this tolerance game because it is the American and PC thing to do. Let me know how you really feel damn it! More >>>
UPDATE: That's not all. This is the sort of stupid thing that is a direct result of the pathology that loses Democrats elections. If President Clinton wanted to have lunch with 25 white males, who cares? Seriously. You're going to eviscreate the only President we've had in recent years that didn't just brush off black people because of who he may or may not have invited to lunch. Not to mention the folks yammering out their rear ends about stuff they don't know?
It's things like this that almost make me want the Democrats to lose because the left is so stupid. It's like the kid who sticks his finger in the electrical socket and then does it again because he has learned diddly.
UPDATE 2: Man, there's really been an outbreak of the stupids on this (I mean, Jesus, what the hell is a "blackosphere" and how can I take it out behind the barn and kill it?). The thing with the so-called netroots is that we're supposed to be past the tired racial politics of the past. I remember watching the DNC meetings in which Howard Dean was nominated and felt appalled at the idea that the Dems still organize themselves into these moronic racial and sexual orientation subgroups. It is just tired and old and old and tired. I don't vote and support the Democratic party because its fighting for the blacks, the asians, the hispanics, the whites or whatever. I support Democrats because they fight for true equality. I could not care less about what sort of racial checklists a candidate ticks off - and in the case of 2008 I would rather they not check any at all. What is more important: that a candidate fills out a questionaire from the NAACP or that he or she is a tireless defender of the constitution? Stop this nonsense now, or you'll keep losing.
Clinton meets with Lilly White Blogger Group in Harlem
African American Political Pundit says: Bill Clinton took time out of his busy schedule to meet in "Harlem" with a group of bloggers who happen to be majority white. What! The question from this meeting is why are black bloggers not included in discussions of this type. Is there a blogosphere and a blackosphere? Separate but unequal? More >>>
This week, a controversial photo snapped at a blogger lunch in Harlem with Bill Clinton is under much discussion in the progressive blackosphere. You can follow the conversation here, here, here, and here And responses here and here. I know many of the bloggers in the photo -- including Chris Bowers and Matt Stoller of MyDD -- to be tireless workers against racism in America. I agree with Jeralyn Merritt at TalkLeft that:
There should have been a greater attempt made to include minority bloggers. But I think it was unintentional. I will bet that when there's another such event, and there will be, whether it's by President Clinton or another Democrat, there will be a greater effort to include a more diverse group of bloggers.
Mr. Bush also wants the CIA to be able to treat its detainees to such practices as "cold cell," or induced hypothermia, in which detainees are held naked in near-freezing temperatures and repeatedly doused with water; "long standing," in which prisoners are handcuffed in an uncomfortable standing position and forced to remain there for up to 40 hours; and prolonged sleep deprivation.
Throughout the world and for decades, such practices have been called torture. That's what the United States called them when they were used by the Soviet KGB. As the president himself tacitly acknowledges, they violate Geneva and other international conventions as well as current U.S. law. News that the United States has used these techniques -- as well as waterboarding, an ancient torture technique that simulates drowning -- has gravely damaged U.S. standing in the world and the fight against terrorism. It increases the danger that captured U.S. servicemen will be exposed to similar treatment by nations that might otherwise feel obliged to respect the Geneva standards.
When Mr. Bush was asked Friday whether he wasn't in effect seeking sanction for torture, he responded with an evasion. He claimed that the Geneva Conventions' Common Article 3 is "very vague" and that his proposal would provide "clarity" for CIA professionals. In fact, the opposite is true.
Maryland Senate Race "Grand Daddy of all primaries"
The folks at Hang Right Politics are finally getting it "Right" on how to review black politics.
COgirl at Hang Right says, This is probably the granddaddy of all the primaries on Tuesday, with the biggest race being for the Senate seat of retiring Democrat, Paul Sarbanes. Current Republican Lt. Governor Michael Steele will easily beat out a field of others seeking the right to run.
The action is all on the Democratic side. There, Congressman Ben Cardin and Kweisi Mfume, former Congressman and former head of the NAACP, are ahead of a long list of contenders. The most recent poll by Survey USA showed Mfume ahead of Cardin by 4%, but other polls have shown Cardin ahead. I have read that Cardin has run a lackluster campaign and has taken victory for granted so Tuesday will be telling.
The most interesting thing about this race is that if Steele runs agains Cardin, polling shows that Cardin wins the seat. But if it’s Steele versus Mfume, it’s too close to call. And in that case, Maryland will be represented by a Black American regardless of whether it’s Steele or Mfume. So this is without a doubt the most interesting race to follow on Tuesday evening because it potentially leads the way for a GOP pickup in the Senate.
The other interesting race to watch in November is for Governor. Incumbent Republican Robert Ehrlich will run against the expected winner of the Democratic primary, Martin O’Malley the mayor of Baltimore. Polling shows O’Malley ahead in that race.
There are 8 Congressional districts in Maryland with only 2 being held by the GOP. The only open seat is that being held by Cardin. The Blogging Caesar does not expect a pickup by either party in November.
African American Political Pundit agrees with the Post "Fenty is clearly ambitious -- and the energetic 35-year-old D.C. Council member is focusing on his quest to run the nation's capital of the United States of America. The narratives of the campaign are also clear: Fenty is new blood, a handsome triathlete, a charismatic outsider; his main competitor, D.C. Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp, 58, is old guard, a matronly grandmother, a bureaucratic insider.
Fenty represents change; Cropp represents the status quo". He is truly a young man in a hurry.
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has endorsed two black candidates for Maryland House of Delegates, Anthony McCarthy and Mary Washington. If either is elected, this will be a milestone, as both are openly gay. It will also toss a wrench into the intellectually bankrupt black homobigot machine, which paints homosexuality as a white man's perversion -- McCarthy, running in District 44 (Baltimore) is also a pastor, btw. (Wash Blade): "We stand at a very unique opportunity in this country, where civil rights are at the forefront of state legislatures," [McCarthy] said. "It goes to figure that Mary Washington, and I would seize this moment as an opportunity to be a part of that debate."
Washington, a business professional running in District 43 (Baltimore), said being known as the nation's first openly gay black legislator would help her succeed in Annapolis. "I have a unique and interesting opportunity to build some bridges," she said. "I really look forward to being able to build new alliances."
African American Political Pundit says: What if two Jewish congressional candidates, Tennessee state Rep. Steve Cohen and New York City Councilman David Yassky, both Democrats, win and apply for Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) membership if elected from majority-black districts.
According a report by conservative newpaper the Washington Times, It is "critical" that the Congressional Black Caucus remain an all-black organization, one of the CBC's founders has said in a strategy memo. "The CBC welcomes support from others in the House and Senate, especially those with liberal credentials, but it is critical that its membership remain exclusively African American," retired Rep. William Lacy Clay Sr. wrote earlier this year to the CBC. Mr. Clay's letter -- distributed by his son, Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr., Missouri Democrat -- prompted a CBC meeting before the August recess. "The members have discussed it, and we supported the tradition that only African-Americans have been full members of the CBC, but as always we will work with anyone as our coalition partners and some have become honorary members," said Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, Michigan Democrat, who has been all but confirmed as the caucus' chairman for the 110th Congress. The Clay letter was written in response to concerns that two Jewish congressional candidates, Tennessee state Rep. Steve Cohen and New York City Councilman David Yassky, both Democrats, would apply for CBC membership if elected from majority-black districts. Neither candidate has announced plans to seek CBC membership, and some caucus members were skeptical of suggestions they would, with one CBC member saying that such talk might be "political ploys to bolster their image with the black constituency they are seeking to represent." But with Election Day still two months away, the question addressed by the Clay letter remains hypothetical. "And that is just the point," said one CBC member, who did not wish to be identified. "We should not be taking a position on an academic question considering neither of these guys has been elected." In his letter, Mr. Clay said the CBC would work with whites, Asians and Pacific islanders, Hispanics, Democrats, and Republicans to move legislation that furthers its agenda, but only blacks can be official voting members. Mr. Clay recalled that Rep. Pete Stark, California Democrat, attempted to join the organization in 1975. "Although Stark was sincere, intentions honest and honorable and record on civil rights impeccable, after thoughtfully and thoroughly examining the issue, a formal vote was taken that rejected his application," Mr. Clay wrote. The issue arose this summer because of two unusual situations for Democrats.
Janet Jackson wants Hillary Clinton to become America's first female president. The 'Just A Little While' singer insists the former First Lady, the wife of ex-president Bill Clinton, would be a good figurehead for the nation.She told German news agency DPA: "Hillary Clinton as president - that would be great. Then she could show all those people who wouldn't trust a woman with such a job." She added: "I am not satisfied with the situation in this world. I hate war." More >>>
African American Political Pundit says: How is it that N.Y. City Councilman David Yassky has raised over $1.4 million to run for a Brooklyn congressional seat that has had African-American representation since it was claimed in the mid-1960s by black political pioneer Shirley Chisholm? Who is bank rolling his campaign? These and other issues should cause African-American voters to pause and take a look at all the candidates as they vote in this election.
Yahoo News reports Four high-profile Democrats are running in the Sept. 12 primary to succeed veteran New York Democratic Rep. Major R. Owens (news, bio, voting record) in Brooklyn’s 11th Congressional District. And they have set up a race so tight that even local political insiders are loathe to predict a winner.
State Sen. Carl Andrews, New York City Council members Yvette Clarke and David Yassky, and political activist Chris Owens, the congressman’s son, are competing for a seat that could provide the winner with lifetime job security.
The district, in which three-fifths of the residents are black and a total of roughly four-fifths are minorities, is a Democratic stronghold. Three out of four voters consider themselves Democrats: Party presidential nominee " type="hidden"> SEARCH News | News Photos | Images | Web
" type="hidden"> John Kerry received 86 percent of the district’s vote in 2004, and incumbent Owens, in the last of his 12 House victories, took 94 percent and had no Republican opponent.
The four would-be successors in many ways reflect the diversity of the district itself, which encompasses areas of Brooklyn including middle- and working-class communities such as Crown Heights, Flatbush and Brownsville, as well the increasingly “gentrified” neighborhood of Park Slope:
• Yassky has drawn much attention, and perhaps caused the biggest stir, as the only white candidate running for a seat that has had African-American representation since it was claimed in the mid-1960s by black political pioneer Shirley Chisholm. Despite criticism from some black activists, Yassky pursues a liberal agenda that he says should appeal to district voters regardless of race.
• Clarke’s political heritage, after succeeding her mother, Una Clarke, on the City Council, gives her deep ties within the political community that supplement her voter base in her council district. Clarke set the stage for this campaign by challenging the elder Owens in the 2004 primary, holding the incumbent to a 45 percent to 29 percent edge in the four-candidate race.
• Andrews represents half of the congressional district in the state Senate and is well-connected to top state Democrats, including Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the likely Democratic nominee and general election favorite for governor.
• Chris Owens, a former campaign manager for his father, predicts his background as a private-sector businessman, his political activism, and district voters’ fondness for the incumbent will propel him to the front of the pack next Tuesday.
“You’ve got the interaction of geography and demography. You’ve got three black candidates, you’ve got overlapping districts ... and you’ve got the various institutional supports. It’s very difficult to figure out which way the vote’s moving,” political science professor Doug Muzzio of Baruch College, a part of the City University of New York, told CQPolitics.com.
The consensus among analysts, though not an overwhelming one, is that if there is a top tier in the field, it is composed of Clarke and Yassky.
Clarke differentiates herself as the only woman in the race. As the daughter of Caribbean immigrants, she also connects with one of the two major ethnic groups among black voters in the 11th District. She succeeded her mother (who challenged Major Owens in the 2000 House primary) in the 40th District City Council seat in 2001 and was re-elected to the seat twice, the second time just last year.
Yassky, who last week picked up the endorsement of the New York Times, is by far the best-funded of the candidates. According to the candidates’ pre-primary filings with the " type="hidden"> SEARCH News | News Photos | Images | Web
" type="hidden"> Federal Election Commission, Yassky had $360,000 in cash on hand as of Aug. 23 out of $1.4 million raised. Andrews raised the second-most money with $543,000 in total receipts, but heavy spending left him last in cash reserves with $32,000. Clarke had $76,000 left in her coffers out of $398,000 raised, and Owens had $64,000 out of $351,000 raised. More>>>
It looks like polotics is going to be shaken up just a bit in Chicago. You see Jesse Jackson Jr . may run for Mayor of the windy city. While he complimented Mayor Richard Daley, a fellow Democrat, for doing an "extraordinary" job in some ways, Jackson said: "What I'm hearing from the people is that it's time for a change." Jackson will conduct a citywide "listening tour," according to Vincent Fry, a Jackson aide who declined to provide details of the tour or names of those who will serve on the committee.
Jesse Jackson, Jr. has announced an exploratory candidacy today for Mayor of the City of Chicago. It is the ultimate job. His potential candidacy is the most serious black candidacy since 1989 when Mayor Richard M. Daley recaptured the Mayor’s office from Interim Mayor Eugene Sawyer. Already in the race is Cook County Clerk of Court Dorothy Brown. Mrs. Brown, also Black has potential but in the end probably won’t stay in this race. This effort by Jackson is exciting and recaptures for me the magic of his daddy’s 84 and 88 runs for President.
The Moderate Voice is reporting on how GOP candidate Thomas H. Kean, Jr. is jumping ship regarding Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's administration of the war and "Rummy" suggesting that those who question his or the administration's management of the war are like people who appeased Nazis during World War II.
You may have noticed some changes in the fields. Yep, it was getting a little gloomy around here. I mean, just because the world is going to hell in a hand basket, doesn't mean the fields can't at least try to look optimistic. Anyway, thanks to the boys at Blogger, the field updated his site a bit. It's also nice to be able to show some love to some fellow bloggers, and news organizations who the field has enjoyed reading from time to time. So now that we have that out of the way, I would like to recognize some individuals.
As you might or might not know, I previously handed out some awards to some individuals in the field of entertainment for their expertise in the art of cooning. People, who in fact, probably became American icons because of their cooning capabilities. People like Nipsey Russell, J.J. Walker, Al. Roker, Snoop,....and, well, you get the point. In that post, I also tried to explain the history of cooning and the harm that I think it has done to the plight and the perception of black people in this country. I am probably one of the few people in America who agreed with Adolph Caesar's character, Sgt. Walters, in the movie A Soldiers Story. Because even though he was hard on new recruit C.J. for his constant singing and shuffling, I agreed with him, because I dislike "shiftless lazy niggers" too.
But what I have noticed lately is a new form of cooning. It is an even more dangerous, and destructive form of cooning. Because it is cooning cloaked in intellectualism. This form of cooning hides itself behind legitimacy. And so called conscious thoughts, reasoning, and educated points of views are mixed in with it. The old cooning that Snoop, Nipsey, Martin, and the Wayans brothers do is not as dangerous, because we see it for what it is; entertainment. So although the imagery is not good, statements taking a particular position on important social issues of our day aren't being made, and books aren't being published, and there is no pontification about critical social issues on the nightly cable broadcasts from the Snoops of the world.
But make no mistake, the more dangerous coons are out doing these things. They are on blogs, writing books, on the news, and on talk shows every night. These "Looney Coons" as I like to call them [Sorry Warner Brothers & Walt Disney] are dangerous, and should be watched. Because many of the things needed to advance the cause of the poor and disenfranchised will be taken away because of these people. Why you say? I will tell you why. The people at the think tanks, and the politicians whose job it is to effect social and public policy, listen to these people. And the people who hold the purse strings to many of the private foundations and organizations listen to these people. And when these Loony Coons are making statements about black people needing to pull themselves up, and that we should start praying more, and we should do away with affirmative action, and we should let the free market control prices and.....blah, blah, blah, it effects us all in a negative way. You know the old joke: "If you want to hide something from a nigger put it in a book" Well, unfortunately, some of these Looney Coons found some books, and I will be damn if they didn't just lose their freaking minds in the process. So without further delay, the top ten Looney Coons in America: (Not necessarily in their proper order.. well, except for Clarence Thomas)
1.Clarence Thomas-Yeah, like I would have anyone else here. (Read prior posts) 2.Thomas Sowell-An economist and so called intellectual who is the darling of the conservative movement. Unfortunately, the phrase compassionate conservative is an oxymoron to him.
Pat Buchanan has been a constant presence on cable TV since the release of his book, State of Emergency. Last night on Hannity and Colmes, Buchanan explained that he’s motivated by his desire to keep the country overwhelmingly white.
Buchanan told Alan Colmes: “What I would like is — I’d like the country I grew up in. It was a good country. I lived in Washington, D.C., 400,000 black folks, 400,000 white folks, in a country 89 or 90 percent white. I like that country.”
African American Political Pundit says: Here is an interesting post from a British Blogger about suicide bombers and A TV commercial being created to dissuade suicide bombers from blowing themselves and others up. Maybe if the brits and Americans got out of Iraq they would at least not blow up Brits and Americans. Hat Tipcoxsoft
Source: coxsoft: We Brits are used to thinking our politicians live on another planet, but Yankies must feel that theirs live in a completely different galaxy. Take this still from a crass TV commercial designed to dissuade Muslim Fundamentalist loonies in Iraq from blowing themselves up. Yes, they're giving this campaign the full Hollywood treatment with exploding cars and flying stuntmen. It's part of a 1 minute "public service announcement" shot in LA with the farcical message "Don't suicide bomb"! This sort of nonsense will be counterproductive in two ways: 1) it will glamorize suicide bombing and 2) it will increase public fear in Iraq. The last thing it will do is stop a Muslim fanatic from joining that merry band of idiots who intend to blow themselves up. The only way to dissuade fanatical young men from joining the ranks of suicide bombers is to make them realize that they will be the butt of jokes if they succeed. I'm certain that earnest young men of any faith are far more afraid of being held up to public ridicule than they are of death.
Rep. Albert R. Wynn who has represented Maryland's 4th Congressional District since 1993, has never faced a serious challenger- until this year. His challenger Donna Edwards, has been agressively campaigning and has a big endorsement. The Washington Post.
In an article endorsing Ms. Donna Edwards the post writes, Mr. Wynn has often seemed more involved in playing the role of a kingmaker in Prince George's than in his duties in Congress. On key federal issues, he has cast himself as the most bipartisan member of Maryland's congressional delegation. That's great in theory, but too often his votes have been at odds with good government and the interests of his constituents. He has backed the estate tax repeal, a measure that benefits the richest Americans at the expense of the poor and middle class. He supported the Bush administration's energy bill in 2003, offering subsidies to oil and gas companies even as they were headed toward record profits. He has flip-flopped on fuel efficiency standards and opposed campaign finance reform. And he has tried to clear the way for casino gambling in Prince George's. All in all, it is a lackluster record.
This pundit agrees with the Post. But this report about Wynn and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus is nothing new. The Black Commentator has been reporting on lackluster records of CBC members for years.