Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Bush Administration: No Thanks Jesse

I just read about Rev. Jesse Jackson attempts to negotiate the release of prisoners in the custody of Hezbollah and Israel. Mr. Jackson has been speaking to Israeli and Syrian ambassadors in Washington, D.C. All headline reports he said, "The cease-fire is a step in the right direction... Release of prisoners would reinforce the positive direction." Jackson spoke by phone to Israeli ambassador Daniel Ayalon, and asked his government to consider "some exchange of prisoners" as a goodwill gesture. He appealed for Israel to go ahead with the release if "there is movement on the two abducted Israelis." Afterwards, he called Syrian Ambassador Iyad Moustapha. Jackson says, "I asked him to make an appeal to his president, Bashar Assad, on a humanitarian basis to appeal to whoever is appropriate, maybe Hezbollah, to seek the whereabouts and grant the release of the two Israeli soldiers." He adds, "He was positive and said he would convey the message." Jackson says he was unable to get details about the health of the prisoners, but he did get the impression they are "all right." In the past, Jackson has successfully negotiated the release of Americans and others held hostage or prisoner in Syria, Cuba, Iraq and Yugoslavia.

African American Political Pundit says: It's unfortunate the Bush Administration is not interested in Rev. Jackson's services. White House Press Sec. Tony Snow indicates the United States has a diplomatic team responsible for these types of diplomatic negotiations. "As if" the Bush administration has created great respect within middle east countries. Maybe it is appropriate for Rev. Jackson to go to the middle east. It is one of the best things he does other than...running his mouth.

U.S. Senator calls campaign worker a " Macaca " meaning "monkey" then apologizes

Racism is alive and well in virginia - Welcome to America!

Here we go again, The Washington Post reports that Sen. George Allen on Tuesday sought to contain the political damage from remarks he made to a Fairfax County man that dredged up charges of racial insensitivity -- allegations that have dogged him for years as governor, senator and now presidential hopeful.Despite a quick apology Monday, criticism poured in about Allen's use of the word "Macaca" to address a volunteer for the campaign of his Democratic opponent, James Webb, and also about another Allen comment, "Welcome to America."

The question was fiercely debated all day: Was "Macaca," which literally means a genus of monkey, a deliberate racist epithet or a weird ad-libbed word with no meaning? And what was Allen trying to say by singling out the young man of Indian descent?

Enter, Allen's defenders rushed to his side, saying the comments, though careless, do not reflect what is inside the senator's heart. Whatever! The inside of his heart is reflected in his racist words.

It's interesting that the Washington Post reports a new study showing that more than one million immigrants now live in the Washington, D.C., metro area—with probably half of them, roughly, living in Virginia.

Allen's racist immigrant-baiting comments can be viewed as either just another racist comment from a racist U.S. Senator, or as reflecting a calculation that anti-immigrant sentiment in Virginia can win him the election.

African American Political Pundit says: As governor, senator and now presidential hopeful Sen. George Allen has represented Virginia's racist past not Virginia's growing and changing future.

Sen. Allen needs to address his racial bigotry which has dogged him throughout his political career. This man is living in the J.B. Stoner 1950's.