Monday, July 31, 2006

African-American democrats accuse MD Gov.


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The Baltimore Sun reports ”Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s Democratic rivals accused him yesterday of using his influence as a member of Congress to urge the Internal Revenue Service to investigate whether the NAACP engaged in political activism and violated its tax-exempt status.”

The charges come a day after the Baltimore-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People released hundreds of documents turned over to the group by the IRS. NAACP officials charge that the documents help show that partisan politicians sparked an October 2004 IRS audit as an attempt to silence the nation’s oldest civil rights group. More>>>



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Bush Border Security plan not ‘Conservative’ - it’s stupid!

African-American Political Pundit says: OK, now that Bush has decided to send our men and women to the Mexican border, one really has to wonder will the heavily armed Mexican soldiers in violent Mexican border cities cause problems for a U.S. troop buildup on the border.

Could the U.S. trrop build-up actually create confrontations in an area where it is often difficult to tell where Mexico ends and the United States begins. Good question? Sounds like the Presidents New Solution is another government half-baked plan to me.



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Black Support Bought by AT&T; Will Damage Access to Internet for Poor

By Bruce Dixon, The Black Commentator.

America's black misleadership class, which is nearly indistinguishable from its black business class, has struck again. In a stunning coup, a mainline African-American voting rights group has been enlisted on the side of AT&T and other telecom monopolies in their legislative push to privatize the internet and roll back hundreds of agreements with local communities that force these monopolies to extend internet and cable service to poor and rural communities around the country.

A time-worn corporate technique for dishonestly manipulating public opinion is to create what are called in the world of public relations, industry-funded organizations and front groups.

For this legislative sales season, the telecommunications monopolies have created a deceptively named corporate mouthpiece called Hands Off the Internet. Its chief public spokesman is former Clinton White House official Mike McCurry. A look at the Hands Off member organizations reveals a list of the usual suspects like the American Conservative Union, the Center for Individual Freedom and the notorious National Association of Manufacturers. As bankrollers and hosts of the party, one expects to see AT&T and Cingular listed, and they are.

Renting Black Republicans is neither a new nor a big deal, so the National Black Chamber of Commerce, which recently fronted for the proposed privatization of Social Security on the grounds that fewer African-Americans lived to collect it, is along for the ride too. In their attention to detail, the telecom monopolies have even rented the traditional contingent of black preachers, constructed them a website and bestowed upon them the title of Ministerial Alliance Against the Digital Divide. Full Article


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Information Highway Robbers (Gov’t may allow fee for web blog content)

Do you want Internet service providers—telephone companies like AT&T and Verizon and cable companies like Comcast—to charge Web content creators a fee to make their sites readily accessible. If not you need to read this article.

Afriican-American Political Pundit

Source: Joel Bleifuss - inthesetimes.com

Mike McCurry, the former press secretary for President Bill Clinton is not amused at the 'net neuts.'

What makes the Internet revolutionary is that it is democratic, open to anyone with a computer and an Internet connection. That could soon change.

As In These Times went to press, the House was setting to vote on the “Communications Opportunity Promotion and Enhancement (COPE) Act of 2006,” a bill written by the telephone and cable TV corporations. Among other provisions, the act formally guts what is known as the First Amendment of the Internet—”network neutrality.” (The Senate will consider a similar bill in late May or early June.)

“Net neutrality ensures that the public can view the smallest blog just as easily as the largest corporate Web site and prevents companies like AT&T from rigging the playing field for only the highest-paying sites and services,” says Timothy Karr, the campaign director for Free Press, a media reform organization. Karr is coordinating SavetheInternet.com, a bipartisan coalition working to preserve network neutrality.

By not including network neutrality protections, the COPE Act upholds a 2005 ruling from the Federal Communications Commission that allows Internet service providers—telephone companies like AT&T and Verizon and cable companies like Comcast—to charge Web content creators a fee to make their sites readily accessible.

For example, take a filmmaker who wants to produce a documentary and distribute it to the public on his Web site. Under this new legislation, a service provider like AT&T would be able to charge the filmmaker for making his content available to their customers. Or, if AT&T did not approve of the documentary, it could refuse to let its customers access it all together—thereby allowing corporate censorship of a medium now characterized by the freewheeling exchange of ideas. In effect, the legislation allows the telecom industry to become the tollbooth operator on the information superhighway. The Internet will begin to look like cable TV, where viewers can only choose from available options.

SavetheInternet.com puts it this way: “The Internet has always been driven by innovation. Web sites and services succeeded or failed on their own merit. Without net neutrality, decisions now made collectively by millions of users will be made in corporate boardrooms.”

To harness the power of those millions is the goal of Save the Internet.com, whose key players in addition to Free Press include MoveOn, Punk Voter, Gun Owners of America and Consumers Union, along with bloggers like Glenn Reynolds at InstaPundit and Matt Stoller at MyDD. But as netizens are heeding a call to arms, the telecom industry has responded with a counterattack.

Karr observes, “How can you tell when corporations are running scared? When they wind up their coin-operated frontmen in Washington to unleash a tide of untruths upon the public.”

He is referring to the man leading the campaign against net neutrality, Mike “Industry Sock Puppet” McCurry, the former press spokesman for President Bill Clinton. McCurry is now a partner at Public Strategies, a PR firm whose motto is “managing campaigns for corporations around the clock, around the world.” In other words he is a 24-hour call boy for the telecom industry.

Using a classic PR technique, McCurry obfuscates the issue, invoking the First Amendment and dismissing net neutrality as “regulation.” Writing on the Huffington Post, he addressed his critics: “The First Amendment of the Internet is under assault! … The Internet has worked absent regulation, and now you want to introduce it for a solution to what?”

At Verizon, McCurry has gotten Peter B. Davidson, the senior vice president for federal government relations, on message. In a mass e-mail to the constituents of Congress members, Davidson told the voters “troubling ‘net neutrality’ provisions … have the effect of regulating the Internet. … Urge your representative, [insert name of representative], to support the swift passsage of a clean, unencumbered cable-choice bill that will give consumers real choice and bring lower prices to the cable market WITHOUT regulating the Internet.”

McCurry is a masterful propagandist. Consider his 561-word Huffington Post screed against the slimy “net neuts.” Of the 26 sentences in this “essay,” 11 of them were rhetorical questions. Such questions allow a person to hide behind the guise of critical inquiry and make unsubstantiated allegations. For example, I might ask, “Mike McCurry, when did you decide to become an industry whore?” (Well, sometimes unsubstantiated.)

Another of McCurry’s facile ploys is to provide his readers with false choices. Consider this sentence: “I’d rather have a robust Internet that can handle the volume of traffic that we will put on it in the near future rather than a public Internet where we all wait in line for the next porno-spammer to let his content go before we get to have arguments like this.” That’s our choice?

Responding to McCurry’s nonsense, ITT Senior Editor David Sirota observed: “Mike McCurry is in the middle of one of those tailspins of dishonesty and contradiction that is so wildly out of control you just have to sit back, grab some popcorn and watch with laugh.”

While Stoller, at MyDD, added: “Bashing Mike McCurry is not only fun, it’s important, as there must be a cost to his decision to sell us out.”

Such costs must also be borne by those in Congress who have decided to help gut net neutrality. The most prominent Democratic sponsor of the COPE Act is Rep. Bobby Rush, a former Black Panther who represents Chicago’s South Side.

How did this one-time militant morph into the Step ‘n’ Fetchit of the telecom industry? (Note the rhetorical question.) Perhaps the $1 million that AT&T (formerly SBC) gave to the Rebirth of Englewood Community Development Corporation has something to do with it. Rush and his wife founded and serve on the board of this company, which employs their son and which used AT&T money to build the Bobby L. Rush Center for Community Technology.

Sheila Krumholz, the acting director of the Center for Responsive Politics, the nonprofit group that tracks the role of money in politics, noted, “It is a clear conflict of interest for Rep. Rush to weigh in on this bill, much less take a leadership role championing the position of a company that paid $1 million to name a building after him.”

While the $1 million might have completed the bill of sale, the bidding for Rush’s services began years ago. Since 1998, telecom companies have contributed $204,000 to Rush’s relection campaigns, with AT&T (and its predecessors) leading the pack at $49,000.

In most mature democracies, this would be against the law, but until we enact meaningful campaign finance reform, such bribery is perfectly legal.

There are some honorable people in Congress. In the House, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has now introduced the Network Neutrality Act of 2006 that, in his words, “is designed to save the Internet and thwart those who seek to fundamentally and detrimentally alter the Internet as we know it.” However, the GOP-controlled Rules Committee is unlikely to let it on to the floor.

Meanwhile, in the Senate, Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Byron Dorgan (D.-N.D.) are currently drafting a net neutrality bill. Whether that bill has a future—along with the net as we know it—depends on the volume of public protest.

As a start, sign a petition that demands Congress to pass enforceable net neutrality provisions. Visit http://www.SavetheInternet.com and make your voice heard.


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At the Pinnacle of Power


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“Building Bridges Most Important Priority of State’s Most Powerful Black Leader”

By Darwin Campbell

He is considered one of the 25 most powerful people in Texas politics and has been known as one of the “Ten Best Legislators in Texas”.

Now, State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, could be on the cusp of becoming one of the most influential and powerful African American leaders in modern Texas history.

West was chosen by his fellow state senators to serve as President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate, making him second in the line of succession to be Governor of Texas.

“The legendary Barbara Jordan - a heroic figure among minority politicians in this country - was the first African American and second ever female to serve as President of the Texas Senate,” West said. “This recognition marks a new phase of leadership in my political career. As always, I hope to leverage the tools given me to better benefit the citizens of Texas.”

West is the fourth African American to be chosen President Pro Tempore and the 11th minority selected in the Senate’s 160-year history.

In instances, when Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are out of the state, West assumes the state’s top governmental office.

His selection is based on seniority, a nomination and vote by Senate members. West has served in the Texas Senate for nearly 13 years since first being elected to represent the citizens of Dallas County in 1993. He has been re-elected four times. More>>>


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New Orleans Picks New – or Old – Mayor on Saturday

New Orleans Picks New – or Old – Mayor on Saturday

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – New Orleans’ Black voters, from high-profile ministers to everyday citizens, will choose this Saturday between incumbent Mayor Ray Nagin, a Black man elected four years ago by receiving a majority of the White vote and a minority of Black ballots, and Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, a White man whose family has a longtime …Click here for the full article

The Black Stake in the Internet

By Bruce Dixon
The Black Commentator


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America’s black misleadership class, which is nearly indistinguishable from its black business class, has struck again. In a stunning coup, a mainline African American voting rights group has been enlisted on the side of AT&T and other telecom monopolies in their legislative push to privatize the Internet and roll back hundreds of agreements with local communities that force these monopolies to extend Internet and cable service to poor and rural communities around the country.

A time-worn corporate technique for dishonestly manipulating public opinion is to create what are called in the world of public relations, industry-funded organizations and front groups. The indispensable site SourceWatch.org spells it out like this:

"An industry-funded organization receives funding from a company or industry and often acts as a mouthpiece for views that serve the industry's economic interests… Industry-funded organizations come in many shapes and sizes… trade associations, think tanks, non-profit advocacy groups, and media outlets. Some of these organizations serve as ‘third parties’ for public relations campaigns. The third party technique has been defined by one PR executive as ‘putting your words in someone else's mouth.’”

"A front group… purports to represent one agenda while in reality it serves some other party or interest whose sponsorship is hidden or rarely mentioned. The front group is perhaps the most easily recognized use of the third party technique. For example, the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) claims that its mission is to defend the rights of consumers to choose to eat, drink and smoke as they please. In reality, CCF is a front group for the tobacco, restaurant and alcoholic beverage industries, which provide all or most of its funding…”

For this legislative sales season, the telecommunications monopolies have created a deceptively named corporate mouthpiece called Hands Off the Internet. Its chief public spokesman is former Clinton White House official Mike McCurry. A look at the Hands Off member organizations reveals a list of the usual suspects like the American Conservative Union, the Center for Individual Freedom, and the notorious National Association of Manufacturers. As bankrollers and hosts of the party, one expects to see AT&T and Cingular listed, and they are.

Renting black Republicans is neither a new nor a big deal, so the National Black Chamber of Commerce, which recently fronted for the proposed privatization of Social Security on the grounds that fewer African Americans lived to collect it, is along for the ride too. In their attention to detail the telecom monopolies have even rented the traditional contingent of black preachers, constructed them a web site and bestowed upon them the title of Ministerial Alliance Against the Digital Divide.

BC was quite surprised, however to see one of the mainstays of black voting rights activism listed among the members of the telecom astroturf group: the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. How and why did this happen? What does it mean for NCBCP and for what remains of the civil rights movement?

Why Network Neutrality is a Black Issue

On April 27, BC published two stories about CBC member Bobby Rush's sponsorship of this year's noxious telco legislation. We explained how the Rush-Barton Act, also called the COPE Act or HR 5252, would kill off public access TV, strip towns and cities of the right to force cable monopolies to serve blacker and poorer areas in return for being able to do business in the wealthier parts of town, and allow companies to charge web sites like this one for allowing content or email to reach users. We called attention to the acceptance of a million dollar donation by a tentacle of AT&T to a not for profit organization associated with the congressman.

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DC Mayor calls for apology, after Church Pastor remarks about gays

African-American Political Pundit says:

Well, I guess there is a good reason for the seperation of church and state. You see, Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D), Washington, DC, threatened yesterday to remove a prominent minister from his interfaith council if the minister does not issue a public apology for derogatory remarks he made about gay men during a Palm Sunday sermon last month.

The washington Post reports Bishop Alfred A. Owens Jr., pastor of Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church can be heard on an April 9 church recording saying, "It takes a real man to confess Jesus as Lord and Savior. I'm not talking about no faggot or no sissy."Williams (D), who made his position known at his weekly news briefing, said he had been unsuccessful in trying to contact Bishop Alfred A. Owens Jr., pastor of Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church.

African-American Political Pundit Says: I guess this is why many African-American church groups don't like faith-based government funding. They don't like the government attempting to control what they say.

PS, I don't agree with Bishop Alfred A. Owens Jr's comments.




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New White House Press Sec. Tony Snow wouldn’t “hug the tar baby”

source: Netnoir.com


In a recent press interview Tony Snow was quoted as using the term "hug a tar baby".

…Having said that, I don't want to hug the tar baby of trying to comment on the program, the alleged program, the existence of which I can neither confirm nor deny.

…Having said that, I don't want to hug the tar baby of trying to comment on the program, the alleged program, the existence of which I can neither confirm nor deny.It's been defined to be a racial slur http://netnoir.com/wiki/index.php?title=Tar_Baby, though it's not always the case. However, the usage of that term by a government official is questionable. Agree?

One Response to “New White House Press Sec. Tony Snow wouldn’t “hug the tar baby””

  1. farrs Says:
    June 12th, 2006 at 7:24 am e

    Great job guys…


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African-American’s in DC suburbs organize, inspired by bestseller

African-American Political Pundit says: Well it looks like Tavis Smiley's book "The Covenant With Black America," is truly catching fire in African-American Communities across America.

The book with a series of essays about problems in the African-American community and recommendations of action is being used in the Washington DC area so that residents can address those issues locally.

As reported in the Washington Post, "Anita Neal Powell, founder of the Lincoln Park Historical Foundation and the primary organizer of the forum, said an invitation to participate in the forum was sent only to candidates who are running for a particular office for the first time because she wanted the event to be a way to introduce the public to new candidates and new plans."

The Post also reports, "Powell said one of her chief concerns is securing the future of the many historically African American communities in Montgomery County. A longtime civic activist who recently was inducted into the county's Human Rights Hall of Fame, Powell said she is worried in particular about encroaching development on her own community of Lincoln Park in Rockville. Many elderly and longtime residents are selling their homes because of rising property taxes."

Other sponsors of the event include the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Black Ministers Conference of Montgomery County, the African American Chamber of Commerce, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and several religious organizations.

Learn more: www.covenantwithblackamerica.com/

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FOX NEWS, Gibson: “Make more babies” because in “the majority of the population is Hispanic”

African-American Political Pundit says:

OK, I call this news about the weird.

Source: Netnoir.com

Gibson: "Make more babies" because in "the majority of the population is Hispanic"


The Big Story with John Gibson

On the May 11 edition of Fox News' The Big Story, host John Gibson advised viewers during the "My Word" segment of his program to "[d]o your duty. Make more babies." He then cited a May 10 article, which reported that nearly half of all children under the age of five in the United States are minorities. Gibson added: "By far, the greatest number [of children under five] are Hispanic. You know what that means? Twenty-five years and the majority of the population is Hispanic." Gibson later claimed: "To put it bluntly, we need more babies." Then, referring to Russia's projected decline in population, Gibson claimed: "So far, we are doing our part here in America but Hispanics can't carry the whole load. The rest of you, get busy. Make babies, or put another way — a slogan for our times: 'procreation not recreation'."

Summary: On The Big Story, John Gibson urged viewers to "[d]o your duty. Make more babies," because he had found out, from a recently released report, that nearly half of all children under the age of five in the United States are minorities. Gibson added: "You know what that means? Twenty-five years and the majority of the population is Hispanic." Gibson later repeated: "To put it bluntly, we need more babies."

Summary: On The Big Story, John Gibson urged viewers to "[d]o your duty. Make more babies," because he had found out, from a recently released report, that nearly half of all children under the age of five in the United States are minorities. Gibson added: "You know what that means? Twenty-five years and the majority of the population is Hispanic." Gibson later repeated: "To put it bluntly, we need more babies."Media matters has a video on their site…

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Shelby Steele loves white supremecy

by Margaret Kimberley

Source: The Chicago Defender

Shelby Steele is a well known black conservative, a fellow at the Hoover Institution, a leading right wing think tank. Steele has made a lucrative career for himself by lambasting black people and praising white people. He says that racism is all in the past, that all is right with the world and it is up to black people to admit it and stop complaining.

Recently on the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal Steele outdid himself. Steele lamented that white people just aren’t as vicious as they used to be. He believes that the legacy of slavery, segregation and American imperialism left a terrible legacy on white people. Of course, the worst impact was on the oppressed and subjugated, but Steele isn’t very worried about the legacy the past left on them. More>>>

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U.S Senate approves ” New Berlin type Wall” in the name of democracy


OK, now U.S. Senators voted 83-16 to approve the fencing now that Bush is sending 6,000 National Guard troops starting next month to help secure the 2,000-mile-long American/Mexican border. What will the government do next place, create Israeli type massive barriers of electric fencing? And guess who will get the contract for that Halliburton ? Was it not Ronald Reagan who said, Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

I don’t understand why we are building this Berlin Type wall. Oh, wait a minute, yes I do. More no-bid contracts for guess who? You got it - Halliburton.

African-Americans and Latinos need to check out who is voting when and how.


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Minorities make up 1/3 of American Population

Minorities make up 1/3 of American Population

May 16th, 2006

OK America, we have a changing face in America-this is fine, everything must change. But as I read the new Census Bureau statistics released by the Federal government yesterday, America must question how we will handle the continued influx of illegal aliens allowed into this country ever day.

Bush said last night that he will send 6,000 National Guard troops starting next month to help secure the U.S.-Mexican border, calling on a divided Congress and country to find “a rational middle ground.” I truly wonder why Mr. Bush continues to include providing millions of illegal workers with a new route to citizenship not afforded others.

Is Mr. Bush handling this issue or is he pandering to the far right while paying back hispanics who supported him?

Heres the facts:

One in every three U.S. residents is now classified as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority, according to the Census Bureau.
the fact of the matters is the increase is due to the explosive growth of the nation’s Hispanic population.

Hispanics accounted for nearly half of the nation’s total population increase during the year ending July 1, 2005, the report said.

Growing faster than any other segment of the population, Hispanics make up the largest minority with 42.7 million members. Blacks are the second-largest minority group, with 39.7 million, followed by Asians, with 14.4 million. The minority population also includes 4.5 million American Indians and native Alaskans and 990,000 native Hawaiians and other Pacific islanders.

The U.S. minority population totaled 98 million, or nearly one-third of the total 296.4 million residents. The non- Hispanic white population that listed no other race totaled 198.4 million.

The latest numbers come from estimates of U.S. population for July 1, 2005, that were released yesterday. The report indicates Hispanics make up 14.4 percent of the total population. Blacks make up 13.4 percent, Asians 4.8 percent and non-Hispanic whites 66.9 percent.

The nation’s population grew by 2.8 million between July 1, 2004, and July 1, 2005, with Hispanics making up nearly half - 1.3 million people.

Data Source: Census Bureau

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Star Spangled Hypocrite!

Star Spangled Hypocrite!

May 16th, 2006

AfricanAmericanPoliticalPundit.com says: Ok, I’m not a bush basher. I’ve just found it interesting, like most Americans. How Mr. Bush contradicts himself. Here’s an interesting cartoon from Black Commentator.com and research from Think Progress.org

Source Link: Black Commentator.com

Apropos of this week’s cartoon by BC cartoonist 29, we thought you’d be interested in three items from ThinkProgress.org:

  • In his book American Dynasty, Kevin Phillips notes that during Bush’s first presidential campaign, he would often sing the national anthem in Spanish. From pg. 142: When visiting cities like Chicago, Milwaukee, or Philadelphia, in pivotal states, he would drop in at Hispanic festivals and parties, sometimes joining in singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in Spanish, sometimes partying with a “Viva Bush” mariachi band flown in from Texas. http://thinkprogress.org/2006/05/02/bush-sing-spanish

  • Bush’s highly-scripted 2001 inaugural ceremony actually featured a rendition of the national anthem sung in Spanish by Jon Secada. From Cox News Service, 1/18/01: The opening ceremony reflected that sentiment. A racially diverse string of famous and once famous performers entertained Bush, soon-to-be First Lady Laura Bush, Vice President-elect Richard B. Cheney and his wife, Lynne, who watched on stage from a special viewing area. Pop star Jon Secada sang the national anthem in English and Spanish. Apparently, Secada singing the anthem in Spanish was a regular feature of the Bush campaign. From the 8/3/00 Miami Herald: The nominee, his wife Laura, erstwhile rival John McCain and his wife Cindy joined Bush on a platform where children sang the national anthem - in “Spanglish,” Secada explained.

Definitely a Star Spangled Hypocrite!

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Bush, African-Americans, and Immigration Reform

Bush, African-Americans, and Immigration Reform

May 15th, 2006

AfricanAmericanPoliticalPundit.com says: African-Americans have suffered as a result of immigration.OK, now Bush prepares to address the nation tonight about immigration. Don’t believe the hype! of course Carl Rove Praised Bush’s Border Control Policy and defended proposal to send thousands of National Guard troops to help seal the U.S.-Mexican border against illegal immigrants. Guess what? That’s what he is paid to do as Advisor to the President. Recommend and support decisions the President makes, Right? Of course! But it appears that Americans and Mexico are Wary of Border Plan.What’s really interesting is a number of Mexican, immigrant, church, and other faith based groups who previously supported Bush are now speaking against him. As Darryl Fears of the Washington Post points out in his article, Immigrant Supporters to Counter Bush Speech, New Alliance Ready To Make Itself Heard, these groups are “consolidating its forces so that it can respond to the government with a unified voice.” The Washington Post also reports “The We Are America Alliance of 41 immigrant resource groups, unions, churches, day laborers and Spanish-language disc jockeys opposes House legislation that would criminalize illegal immigrants, but it will lobby Congress and compromise to realize its goal of obtaining legal residency for many of the 11 million people who live in the shadows.” OK, now Bush is Set to Send in Guard to place National Guard troops on the Mexican border (go figure). Could Bush be doing this because of polls like a Newsweek poll last week of 1,007 adults nationwide, 61 percent disapproved of the way President Bush is handling immigration, reflecting the findings of a CBS News/New York Times poll from the previous week, in which 58 percent of the respondents disapproved of how the administration is dealing with the issue? The Question for the nation is whether placing National Guard troops on the Mexican border addresses real immigration issues? There are other questions as well.

Brian DeBose pointed out in his recent Washington Times article, Blacks slam immigration bias “Black leaders say Mexicans and other Hispanic nationals are getting preferential immigration treatment, as the U.S. systematically turns away people from countries with largely African-descended populations, such as Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.” Yes, Its true, the fact of the matter is Mexicans and other Hispanic nationals have been getting preferential immigration treatment, for a long time. And we as African-Americans should ask that question to our elected representatives, and vote against those who would allow our government to systematically turn away people from countries with largely African-descended populations such as Haiti, Jamaica and the
Dominican Republic. I’m in agreement with African-Americans who say the country can’t have an honest immigration reform debate without discussing how much people are being paid and why only certain nationalities are allowed to come into the country illegally and work off the books. Economic Issues Historically; African-Americans have suffered as a result of immigration. As Reported in Issues and Views: “One of the cruelest effects of high-level immigration to the U.S. is its worsening of the plight of black Americans. Historically, blacks have suffered as a result of immigration. In the first half of the 1800s, immigration blocked blacks from economic mobility opportunities. Frederick Douglass was moved to say, “The old employments by which we have heretofore gained our livelihood, are gradually, and it may seem inevitably, passing into other hands. Every hour sees the black man elbowed out of employment by some newly arrived immigrant whose hunger and whose color are thought to give him a better title to the place. During the post-Civil War industrial expansion, blacks lost out even for entry level positions when business owners preferred to hire white immigrants, who were then brought in en masse. The situation today is similar. During the Civil Rights era of the 1950s and 1960s, which was to have “freed” black Americans socially and economically, Congress also changed immigration law to pave the way for close to a million immigrants a year–many of who compete with blacks for entry level positions. According to recent studies, immigrants displace a disproportionate number of black workers and lower their wages. For example, a GAO study found that a decade of heavy immigration to Los Angeles had changed the janitorial industry from a mostly native black, unionized workforce to one of non-unionized Latinos, many of whom were illegal aliens. According to the Census, the employment of black Americans as hotel workers in California dropped 30 percent in the 1980s, while the number of immigrants with such jobs rose 166 percent. A similar story can be told of the garment industry, the restaurant business, hospital work, and public service jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found in a recent study that immigration accounts for about 50 percent of the decline in real wages for the lowest-skilled American workers, many of whom are blacks.” For this African-American Political Pundit and Blogger, African-Americans should “bottom-line the immigration issue.” We should take into consideration historically; African-Americans have suffered as a result of immigration. We should also take a hard look at the Bush’s proposed guest worker program and the political consequences of amnesty. An increased voting block of approximately 10-12 million illegal aliens who are made U.S. citizens with all citizen rights, including voting rights, will significantly diminish the African-American vote.

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As If Black folks didn’t know, a new poll comparing Bush’s job performance with that of Clinton, a strong majority said President Clinton ...

AfricanAmericanPoliticalPundit.com says: As If Black folks didn’t know, a new poll comparing Bush’s job performance with that of Clinton, a strong majority said President Clinton outperformed Bush

May 13th, 2006
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(CNN) — In a new poll comparing President Bush's job performance with that of his predecessor, a strong majority of respondents said President Clinton outperformed Bush on a host of issues. … Respondents favored Clinton by greater than 2-to-1 margins More Outside Link

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Why is Gov. Rendell coming on so strong?

Why is Gov. Rendell coming on so strong?

May 13th, 2006

AfricanAmericanPoliticalPundit.com says: OK, Why is Gov. Rendell coming on so strong? Clay Richards, Assistant Director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, explains the numbers:

"Gov. Rendell's numbers have bounced back as voters see no compelling reason to vote against him for a second term and no compelling reason to vote for Lynn Swann to unseat him. 'Teflon Ed' has come through another battle with the Legislature over property taxes looking like the good guy even if no meaningful tax reduction proposal was passed into law."

As this African-American Political Pundit has said previously, Lynn Swann has to start connecting with voters or it's over for his campaign. This infact may not be the year of the African-American Republican. In other-words… Bad timing!


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  1. “Swann must start to connect.” at Swannblog Says:
    May 15th, 2006 at 11:12 am e

    […] Lefty blogger L. Nathanial Rock, posting at African American Political Pundit, has his observation about the Swann campaign in the wake of Ed Rendell’s big Quinnipiac poll news: As this African-American Political Pundit has said previously, Lynn Swann has to start connecting with voters or it’s over for his campaign. This infact may not be the year of the African-American Republican. In other-words… Bad timing! […]

May 12, 2006 - Rendell Opens 22-Point Lead Over African-American Lynn Swann In Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Pennsylvania Poll Finds...

May 12, 2006 - Rendell Opens 22-Point Lead Over African-American Lynn Swann In Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Pennsylvania Poll Finds; Governor’s Approval Bounces Back

May 13th, 2006


OK it's official, Democratic incumbent Gov. Ed Rendell has opened up a 55 - 33 percent lead over Republican challenger Lynn Swann, the former Pittsburgh Steeler, in his race for reelection, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
This compares to a 47 - 37 percent Rendell lead in an April 5 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN uh-pe-ack) University poll.
In this latest survey, Gov. Rendell leads Swann 80 - 12 percent among Democrats and 58 - 26 percent among independent voters. Swann leads 61 - 25 percent among Republicans. Men back Rendell 52 - 37 percent, while women back him 58 - 28 percent.
Pennsylvania voters approve 55 - 31 percent of the job Rendell is doing, his highest approval ever and up from 46 - 37 percent April 5.







The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida and the nation as a public service and for research. For additional data-www.quinnipiac.edu and quicklinks

An Easy Call: Lying - An Easier Call: Illegal

An Easy Call: Lying - An Easier Call: Illegal

May 12th, 2006

Source: The washington Post

AfricanAmericanPoliticalPundit.com says: Washington Post Columnist Eugene Robinson's article An Easy Call: Lying, is right on point. Yes, Mr. Robinson, at least now Americans know the Bush administration's name for spying on Americans without first seeking court approval — the "terrorist surveillance program" — isn't an exercise in Orwellian doublespeak after all. It's just a bald-faced lie.When I read Mr. Robinson's article I was reminded of an article I read in Newsweek back in December 2005, Phone Spying: Why Aren’t Americans Outraged,? the article was written by Arlene Getz. In the article Ms. Getz noted that "Back in the 1980s, when she was living in Johannesburg and reporting on apartheid
South Africa, a white neighbor proffered a tasteless confession. She was "quite relieved," she told me, that new media restrictions prohibited our reporting on government repression. No matter that Pretoria was detaining tens of thousands of people without real evidence of wrongdoing. No matter that many of them, including children, were being tortured—sometimes to death. No matter that government hit squads were killing political opponents. No matter that police were shooting into crowds of black civilians protesting against their disenfranchisement. "It's so nice," confided my neighbor, "not to open the papers and read all that bad news."

She wrote, "I thought about that neighbor this week, as reports dribbled out about President George W. Bush's sanctioning of warrant less eavesdropping on American conversations. For anyone who has lived under an authoritarian regime, phone tapping—or at least the threat of it—is always a given. But U.S. citizens have always been lucky enough to believe themselves protected from such government intrusion. So why have they reacted so insipidly to yet another post-9/11 erosion of
U.S. civil liberties”?

She also wrote, "I'm sure there are many well-meaning Americans who agree with their president's explanation that it's all a necessary evil (and that patriotic citizens will not be spied on unless they dial up Osama bin Laden). But the nasty echoes of apartheid South Africa should at least give them pause. While Bush uses the rhetoric of "evildoers" and the "global war on terror," Pretoria talked of "total onslaught." This was the catchphrase of P. W. Botha, South Africa's head of state from 1978 to 1989. Botha was hardly the first white South African leader to ride roughshod over civil liberties for all races, but he did it more effectively than many of his predecessors. Botha liked to tell South Africans that the country was under "total onslaught" from forces both within and without, and that this global assault was his rationale for allowing opponents to be jailed, beaten or killed. Likewise, the Bush administration has adopted the argument that anything is justified in the name of national security." Like Arlene Getz wrote back in December, It's not fair, of course, to suggest that all citizens are indifferent to violations of their privacy and their rights to free speech. Yet, Like Arlene Getz, as I've watched this debate play out, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that Arlene Getz reached, "that not enough Americans really care." Like her Johannesburg neighbor, they seem to hope that unpleasant news will disappear if you just ignore it.It didn't then, and it won't now. Thank You Mr. Eugene Robinson for your editorial today.

I agree with you and Sen. Patrick Leahy, "Shame on us, in being so far behind and so willing to rubber-stamp anything this administration does." And shame on our congress and our entire nation for allowing this to happen.

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Battle For Traditional Congressional Black Seat In Brooklyn Heats Up

Battle For Traditional Congressional Black Seat In Brooklyn Heats Up

May 11th, 2006

Race For Campaign Funds

Takes Center-Stage By Tony Best When the influential Jewish Community Relations Council held its annual Congressional Breakfast on a recent Sunday morning in Manhattan two City Council members were introduced to guests as "candidates" for Congress.

What wasn't mentioned at the 92nd Street Y, though, was that David Yassky, a White elected official, and Yvette Clarke, a Black two-term elected representative were vying for the same House of Representatives seat that was created almost a half century ago to give Blacks in Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and East New York more effective representation in the halls of the U.S. Congress.

It's the 11th Congressional District, a constituency that's overwhelmingly Blacks but has thousands of white and Jewish voters in Crown Heights and the affluent Park Slope community.

But Clarke who was born in New York City and traces her family's roots to the Caribbean and Yassky who is Jewish aren't the only candidates in the race for what is a often referred to as a historic "Voting Rights District," an electoral constituency that was specifically carved out in the civil rights era of 1960s.

New York State Senator Carl Andrews, State Assemblyman Nick Perry and Chris Owens, son of Congressman Major Owens are also in the race.Source: http://www.nycaribnews.com/ts.htm#sn


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A new political party in Illinois?


May 11th, 2006

Illinois State Sen. James Meeks (D-15th) announced Thursday that he will launch a statewide petition drive on May 20 for the creation of a new political party, laying the foundation for his third-party run for governor. As reported by the Chicago Defender, Meeks, a Democrat who chairs the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, is seeking to run against Gov. Rod Blagojevich because he has been dissatisfied with the governor's stance on equalizing education funding in the state.

Meeks Still Won't Say If He's Running For Governor
CBS2 Chicago, IL - May 2, 2006
(AP) CHICAGO State Sen. James Meeks on Tuesday still wouldn't say if he plans to launch a third he said at a news conference outside an Illinois Department of


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Balancing the political agenda

Balancing the political agenda

May 11th, 2006

Well, As I've been saying for some time now, the Maryland election landscape is hot!

Here is what the leading news provider for African-Americans in the Baltimore / Washington, DC Metropolitan area and longest running African-American, family-owned newspaper in the nation is saying about the upcoming Maryland election.

L. Nathaniel Rock

Source: The Afro-American Newspaper

For the first time in the history of Maryland politics two Black communities have one of their own running for lieutenant governor, the second top spot in the state. The fact that two top candidates have selected racially mixed teams might set an example for the rest of the nation as to how to involve all segments of the population in the political arena and leave race out of the picture. Then, maybe, citizens can focus on the issues at hand and go to the polls with a renewed interest in voting. In the governor’s race on the Democrat’s side is Stuart O. Simms who has been picked as the running mate of Douglas M. Duncan, the county executive of Montgomery County.


Also on the Democratic ticket is Prince George’s County delegate Anthony Brown, who was selected by Baltimore City Mayor Martin O’Malley as his running mate. Both Duncan and O’Malley are White. Thus, this gives both top candidates a racially mixed team seeking the jobs of governor and lieutenant governor. On the Republican side is Gov. Robert Ehrlich, who has not selected a running mate. He is expected to mount a huge campaign for his re-election for a second term as governor with the help of his buddy, President George Bush.

There are so many issues facing voters from poor schools, high gas prices, pollution, voter’s fraud, that voters must look at the candidates with an eye on who has the background to solve these problems. It will not be easy.
Many voters in Maryland might not know intimately Douglas Duncan but have heard how he worked with the failing schools in his county and turned them around. Mr. Duncan is a quiet, down to earth politician who rarely misses an occasion to shake hands around the room as he listens to citizens either praise or complain.

On the other hand, Stuart Simms, the former state’s attorney and secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, is well-known in certain circles around the state. He has the reputation of being a hard-nosed no-nonsense lawyer. A Harvard classmate of former Baltimore mayor Kurt Schmoke, Mr. Simms has deep ties in Baltimore where he was raised and now has a family; a wife and two boys. His wife, the former Candyce Scott, is the daughter of the late Elsie and David Scott. Her father for years was treasurer of the Prince Hall Masons, one of the largest fraternal groups in the nation.

Marylanders also know Baltimore mayor, Martin O’Malley, who has made many friends in the Black community (and some enemies) as he fought to improve the life of the city by getting rid of old neighborhoods and building new decent housing. The recent fight over control of the schools has put him into the national spotlight as a real warrior who knows how to take on even the governor to battle for what he thinks is right.

At the same time, many do not know intimately Anthony Brown, the decorated war veteran out in Prince George’s County but have heard of his good works. Mr. Brown, a member of the state legislature since 1999 and now its majority whip, is a native of Huntington, N.Y. and a Harvard graduate. Over on the Republican side, Governor Ehrlich, a native of Baltimore, who is completing his first term as governor in this mostly Democratic state, came into office on a platform of restoring fiscal responsibility to the state. He claims he has done this since the state now has a whooping surplus. Now that the interest is high in this upcoming election here are some dates to remember so you can vote in November:

More>>> The Afro-American Newspaper


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Hard-Core Republicans Are Fleeing President

Hard-Core Republicans Are Fleeing President

May 10th, 2006

AfricanAmericanPoliticalPundit.com says: It's Getting Hard to be President. The Washington Post is reporting Bush and Congress are suffering a decline in support from almost every part of the conservative coalition over the past year. The Post reports "disaffection over spending and immigration have caused conservatives to take flight from President Bush and the Republican Congress at a rapid pace in recent weeks," sending Bush's approval ratings to record lows and presenting a new threat to the GOP's 12-year reign on Capitol Hill, according to White House officials, lawmakers and new polling data.The Washington Post also reports, "Bush and Congress have suffered a decline in support from almost every part of the conservative coalition over the past year, a trend that has accelerated with alarming implications for Bush's governing strategy."

For this African-American Political Pundit, The writing is on the wall. Bush's Republican Congress will be suffer a huge defeat in the 2006 elections, and will probably lose Republican control of Congress.

The question is will Democrats make any major difference. Thus far for poor and middle income Americans, Democrats have been just the same as Republicans.

Spend, Spend, Spend, and smile for the cameras.

Oh, did some of our boys die in Iraq today? That's to bad, "Its Bush's War" we just give him the billions to keep our boys there.

We can't just cut and run. It's good for America and good for Iraq. We have to "prop up" the Iraqi government and hope, just hope, things will take a turn for the best…

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/10/A

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Plagiarism Is Spreading

Plagiarism Is Spreading

May 10th, 2006

AfricanAmericanPoliticalPundit.com says: Here's an interesting article involving politics and plagiarism.

Plagiarism Is Spreading

BIDEN ADMITS COPYING STUMP SPEECH FROM YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
Calls Forty Similar Passages ‘An Honest Mistake’

Sen. Joseph Biden’s road to the White House became a little bumpier today as the Delaware Democrat admitted copying significant chunks of his standard stump speech from the young adult novel, How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life by Kaavya Viswanathan.Mr. Biden made the admission after several prominent bloggers noted the similarities between over forty passages of Mr. Biden’s speech and the book by Ms. Viswanathan, who herself has been accused of plagiarizing from no fewer than three other novels.At a campaign stop in
New Hampshire today, Sen. Biden acknowledged that his stump speech was “influenced” by Ms. Viswanathan’s book but called the similarities between passages “an honest mistake.”“One of the books that I have been reading while on the campaign trail is How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life,” Mr. Biden said. “I guess that in my mind I got confused about what sections of my speech were written by me and which were written by Kaavya Viswanathan – or whoever actually wrote them.”Source: http://www.themoderatevoice.com/


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President Bush III?

President Bush III?

May 10th, 2006

President Bush III?

The second — and current — President Bush suggested yesterday that his younger brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, would make a "great president."

AfricanAmericanPoliticalPundit.com says: "Gov. Jeb Bush seems to be a nice guy, but I wonder if our country has had enough Bush's in the White House."

But the many American voters (Republicans and some independents) seem to be a stupid bunch when it comes to Bush's. American voters (The Stupid Bunch) would probably elect another Bush to start another war, create more mistrust around the world and contunue to divide our country.

Jeb Would Make a 'Great President,' Bush Says


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March of the Illegals and Unintended Consequences

March of the Illegals and Unintended Consequences

May 10th, 2006

Source: http://andersonatlarge.typepad.com/andersonlarge/

The blowback from the illegal immigrant marches and demands, and the hijacking of the national anthem, continues. Latino activists’ move to blur the difference between legal and illegal immigrants has caused Americans to feel less sympathy for "undocumented workers." Americans are also feeling less charitable towards illegal immigrants' amigo in the White House. Americans' disapproval of President Bush's handling of immigration has helped drive his approval rating to a new low of 31 percent, according to the New York Times/CBS News poll. Also, reauthorization of the language assistance provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act may be at risk. The fallout from the protests has emboldened a group of House Republicans to renew their efforts to ban bilingual ballots. Though they're not expected to prevail, it shows that Republicans have not been swayed by the march of the illegals. Yeah, it looks like the illegal alien lobby made their move too soon.


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Tavis Smiley wants black America to thrive, not just survive. He has ideas.

Tavis Smiley wants black America to thrive, not just survive. He has ideas.

May 10th, 2006
By Dwayne Campbell
Inquirer Staff Writer

They know the sad stories. They know the stark statistics. They know there are no easy solutions.

But after six years of trekking to State of the Black Union symposiums to hear some of the country's brightest African Americans talk, people told the symposium host, media personality Tavis Smiley, that they were ready for action. More>>>


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Bush in Bad Shape with African-Americans, Moderates, liberals and White Conservatives

Bush in Bad Shape with African-Americans, Moderates, liberals and White Conservatives

May 10th, 2006

Source: USATODAY/Gallup Poll

AfricanAmericanPoliticalPundit.com says: Well its official folks, Bush's approval rating has slumped to 31% in a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, the lowest of his presidency. African-Americans have been saying Bush is a bad leader from the day he stole the first election. This of course should be real warning signs for African-American Republicans in the November elections. Bush has no coat tails.

Here is what the USATODAY/Gallup Poll survey of 1,013 adults found. It shows Bush's standing down by 3 percentage points in a single week. His disapproval rating also reached a record: 65%. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points. There is also an erosion among support from conservatives and Republicans. In the poll, 52% of conservatives and 68% of Republicans approved of the job he is doing. Both are record lows among those groups.

The USATODAY/Gallup Poll finds moderates gave him an approval rating of 28%, liberals of 7%.

USA Today reports that "Only four presidents have scored lower approval ratings since the Gallup Poll began regularly measuring it in the mid-1940s: Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and the first George Bush. When Nixon, Carter and the elder Bush sank below 35%, they never again registered above 40%."

I guess the Bush War machine is getting a little old with even conservative Republican voters. Or is it the gas prices?


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