Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Olbermann spanks O'Reilly

Bill O'Reilly, like all of us makes mistakes, but when it has been proven that you have make a mistake the right thing to do is to admit to the mistake and apologize. Here we have a case where O'Reilly makes a horrendous mistake and not only does he not admit to it, he REPEATS and defends it. The FOX network through it all continues to defend O'Reilly by claiming that he said "Normandy" instead of "Malmedy" This event shows that O'Reilly and the FOX network are morally challenged.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A New and Different China

I am to put it mildly surprised at the image the current Chinese government is portraying to the world. It seems to be a blatant contradiction that China was chosen to be the host of the Olympics, an activity designed to promote world peace through friendly sport competition. The racist action of denying blacks and Mongolians entry to bars and restaurants only scratches the surface. China is assisting the government of Sudan in its genocide of the people of Darfur. Chinese projects in Sudan could be could be stopped if the Chinese government would express its disdain for the outright murder of innocent people. The Chinese government says "nothing" because it apparently sees nothing wrong with genocide. There is also the issue of Tibet, which China continues to make a colony, denying its residents freedom of expression.
I remember a very different China. A nation whose leadership opposed racism and financially supported world-wide movements that were progressive in nature. During the apartheid era
China could be counted on to supply weapons to South African liberation movements. I remember a China that emphasized educating its young about the history of western capitalistic exploitation and the significance of the Opium wars and the Boxer Rebellion. Today China itself is acting like those dreaded imperialists of that era.
It is ironic that the Chinese themselves were victims of racism when the Spanish athletes made the outrageous gesture of slanting their eyes in a group photo. The outlandish riots that continue to happen at European soccer stadiums as a result of alcohol consumption must have escaped the attention of the Chinese government. These events involved whites.
Because of the incompetence of the Bush administration there is very little that the United States can tell China about its racism or its exploitation of Tibet because if China demanded all the money the US has borrowed it would devastate the US economy. The main explanation given for the blockade and continued policy of not having diplomatic relations with Cuba has been "We don't do business with Communist countries" It just so happens that China still considers itself a Communist country, but the US government is making an exception because greedy multinationals see the one billion plus population as customers for their products.
As a person of African descent when I first heard of Blacks being prohibited from Chinese bars and restaurants my first reaction was to hope that all those of African descent who were participating the Olympics leave China. This would really show the Chinese government a financial consequence of racism. But after seriously thinking about it, maybe this is a bit impractical when one considers the sacrifice athletes have made to participate in this event which is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Something that can be done is to confront every Chinese official that comes to the US with this issue. It should be made the main topic of conversation everywhere. This cannot be forgotten.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Why I support the MoveOn.org protect the vote movement

I get really upset when I hear pundits explain the reasons why Democrats lost the 2000 and 2004 elections. At the time the DLC was promoting a "benign neglect" policy that would attract more southern white male voters. (I wonder if they are still promoting that campaign now?). The so-called experts will give you a plethora of explanations ranging from the strength of the religious right (especially the evangelicals) to the need for tax relief. The truth of the matter and the issue that the majority of Republicans and DEMOCRATS refuse to admit is that the 2000 and 2004 elections were STOLEN. According to Greg Palast (British news anchor, journalist) the mechanisms to steal the 2008 elections are already in place. Black voters( and other minorities)were disenfranchised by defective voting machines and caging. We continue to be told that the Obama/McCain race is so close. That just makes it easier to steal. That's what we were told in the Bush/Kerry and Bush/Gore presidential elections: it was just soooooooooooooo close!
We need a paper trail! It is the only way that we can be assured of an honest election. This is why I support the MoveOn.org effort for an honest '08 election and you should too.

Voting Machines: Momentum for Paper RecordsMoveOn members wearing “Got Paper? Got Audits?” T-shirts packed a recent voting machines hearing in Congress, spurring many elected representatives to speak up for voter-verified paper records. Phone calls from MoveOn members nationwide are convincing more and more members of Congress to get behind the bill requiring paper records—bringing the total to over 200 co-sponsors! Sign the Petition » Election reform campaigns »

Monday, August 11, 2008

S-A-G-G-I-N ?????

Yesterday I received this message from my cousin in California, who suggested that I pass it on. Barack Obama as Bill Cosby before him received a lot of criticism from segments of the black community for making similar statements. There are many out there in the black community who feel that wearing baggy pants, showing your underwear and using foul language is part of
"our" culture and that they are just "keeping it real" At the same time there are those in the Black community who have a totally different perpective on this dysfunctional behavior, but their voices are seldom heard in print or in the media.

Letter from a college student – Sent by Carl Walker:

The other day, a friend of mine visited me in the lobby of my dorm just to chat while her laundry was drying. As we were chatting, two young freshmen came by. One of the boys wanted to 'talk' to my friend (as in date). She asked him how old they were, and both of the boys replied 18.
My friend and I both laughed hysterically because we are both 22 years old. After my friend left, the young men were still hanging around and one wanted to know how he could gain her interest. The first thing I told him to do was to pull up his pants! He asked why, and then said he liked saggin' his pants. I told him to come over to my computer and spell the word saggin'. Then I told him to write the word saggin ' backwards.
N-I-G- G-A-S
I told him the origin of that look was from centuries ago. It was the intent of slave owners to demoralize the field workers by forbidding them to wear a belt as they worked in the fields or at any other rigorous job. In addition, men in prison wore their pants low when they were 'spoken for'. The other reason their pants looked like that was they were not allowed to have belts because prisoners were likely to try to commit suicide. And, saggin' pants prevents you from running.
We as young Black people have to be the ones to effect change. We are dying. The media has made a mockery of the Black American. Even our brothers and sisters from Africa don't take us seriously. Something as simple as pulling up your pants and standing with your head held high could make the biggest difference in the world's perception of us. It is time to do right by ourselves. We need to love and embrace each other. No one is going to do that for us.
It all comes down to perception. What people perceive is what is reality to them. We have to change not only the media's perception of us, but we need to change our perception of ourselves. Remember all eyes are on you Black Man. All eyes are on you Black Woman. All eyes are on your Black Child. People point the finger at us and expect us to engage in negative and illegal activities, to manifest loud, boisterous behavior, to spend our hard earned money in their stores, buying goods we don't need, or really want. We have allowed not only the media, but also the government and the world to portray us as a 'sub-culture.' They have stripped our culture down to the point where the image of Black people is perpetuated as rappers, athletes, drug users, and consumers of junk food, expensive tennis shoes, expensive cars, expensive TVs, cell phones and not investing in homes for our families.
We are so much more!!!!!!!

Isaac Hayes (1942-2008)

It is with great sadness that this site acknowledges the passing of the versatile artist Isaac Hayes, who was an accomplished singer, composer, actor and radio personality. Hayes came from humble beginnings in Covington, Tennessee to stardom in Hollywood. Hayes, along with his partner David Porter played a vital role in the meteoric rise of Stax records in the early 60s. Hayes and Porter penned almost all of the Sam and Dave hits: "Soul Man", "I Thank You", "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby", "Hold On, I'm Coming", "You Don't Know Like I Know" This duo also gave The Emotions their first big hit "So I Can Love Him". Lou Rawls had one of his biggest hits "Your Good Thing (Is About To End)" due to the efforts of the Hayes-Porter duo.
In the 70's Hayes stepped up to the mike. His initial album wasn't a commercial success, but the second one(Hot Buttered Soul), which included a reworking of Jimmy Webb's immortal hit "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" went platinum. This was followed by even bigger success. Hayes composed the soundtrack for the motion picture Shaft. The Theme from Shaft earned Hayes Grammys and an Oscar. After a long hiatus in 1980 Hayes revived his career as a singer with his rendition of the Jesse Stone classic "Don't Let Go" Later Hayes became a huge success playing the role of Chef in Comedy Central's South Park. He left that show because it lampooned his religion (Scientology). Hayes then went to New York City, where he successfully entered the world of morning radio.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

The Race Card and Other Falsehoods - Part Two

I really want Mr. McCain's representative to read this article that appeared in the Pensito Review and then ask himself who is REALLY injecting race into the presidential race. It appears as if Mr. McCain was caught with his hand in the cookie jar and can't give any comprehensible explanation.

Black Reporter Removed by McCain Security in Florida; Whites Allowed to Stay
Trish Aug. 3, 2008
The McCain team swears that race was not an issue when a senior reporter from the Tallahassee Democrat was ejected from a campaign rally in Panama City but they can’t supply an alternate explanation.
Newspaper’s executive editor: “We’re deeply concerned and disturbed that our reporter — of all of those in that area — was asked to move. My understanding is that Stephen was the only reporter approached and asked to leave, and the only reporter in that area who is black
[Stephen] Price was among at least three other reporters, and the only black reporter, surrounding McCain’s campaign bus — Gov. Charlie Crist and his fiancee, Carole Rome, were already aboard — when a member of the Arizona senator’s security detail asked the reporter to identify himself. Price had shown his media credentials to enter the area.
Price showed his employee identification as well as his credentials for the Friday event.
“I explained I was with the state press, but the Secret Service man said that didn’t matter and that I would have to go,” Price said.
The big question is, what if anything had Price done to earn his removal?
Tallahassee Democrat Executive Editor Bob Gabordi said the incident was unwarranted.
“We’re deeply concerned and disturbed that our reporter — of all of those in that area — was asked to move,” Gabordi said. “My understanding is that Stephen was the only reporter approached and asked to leave the area, and the only reporter in that area who is black. Another reporter who stood up for Stephen was then asked to leave.”
The McCain team denies Price was removed because he is African-American.
“Access to the senator is tightly controlled,” [McCain advance man Jonathan] Block said. “I would first express regret that your reporter was moved, and I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt that race had nothing to do with it.”
And that’s supposed to settle it?

Friday, August 01, 2008

The Race Card and other falsehoods

This "catchy" phrase, a favorite with conservatives is frequently used when one doesn't want to acknowledge the existence of racial inequality. They look at it as an "excuse". This tactic raised it's ugly head again yesterday when a Mr. Wise, a McCain operative accused Mr. Obama of injecting "race" into the campaign when he said that he didn't look like any of the presidents on dollar bills. The media had a field day with this one. It was the talk of the pundits and given ample print in almost every major US newspaper. The fact of the matter is that Obama, could have been mentioning his youth, or his attire, or even his hairstyle. A "whining" Mr. Wise came to the conclusion that it could ONLY mean race. With the serious issues that presidential candidates are confronted with in this campaign it seems incongruous that this is the "issue?" that gets all the coverage.
Once again the Republican/Swiftboat/Atwater-Rove school has injected itself in yet another political campaign. I am certain that John McCain has never said anything that could be considered racist, (even with that "gorilla" joke he made a while back, I am still willing to give him the benefit of the doubt), but he doesn't have to, his operatives are doing that for him. Rarely have I seen him refute these caustic statements. Obama has had a simple fist bump be reported as a terrorist ritual. He has had his wife characterized as a participant in a hate whitey rally. He has had reporters publicly say that they wished he were dead.He
been held responsible for statements made by his pastor and by the rapper Ludicris. McCain on the other hand is given a free pass when it comes to his connections to the religious bigot John Hagee and his connections to Bob Jones University (that has displayed numerous examples of intolerence). McCain is a man who has changed his positions on so many issues, yet the press doesn't pin that "flip-flop" tag on him the way they did John Kerry. McCain was against torture, now he is for it. McCain was in favor of a woman's right to choose, now he is against it. McCain was for affirmative action, now he is against it.
Obama brushed aside Mr. Wise's comments by just saying that McCain is taking the "low road". This is true but he has to realize that the U.S. public is greatly influenced by what they see on television and what they see in print. The so-called "low road" can play a vital role to the road to victory. Look at what happened to Harold Ford Jr. (an African-American) in Tennessee. All these ethically challenged Republican operatives had to do was have a beautiful young blond say that she wanted to see Ford again. Ford was leading before that promotion hit the TV screen. The late racist senator from North Carolina Jesse Helms used a similar tactic in his campaign against another African-American opponent. His tv spots claimed that qualified white people were losing their jobs because of minorities. Nothing could have been further from the truth. There were no statistics that could verify this statement, yet Helms won.
Obama is making a serious mistake if he just lets this one go. John Kerry, like John McCain is a decorated war hero. In fact, I believe his heroics were even more substantial because his actions saved the lives of U.S. soldiers. The swiftboaters said that he was not a hero and implied that some of his wounds may have been self-inflicted. George Bush never said this, but he didn't have to, he had the swiftboaters to say it for him. Every time a McCain operative makes an outrageous statement Obama should deal with him or her immediately. Obama had to apologize for the statements of Rev. Wright, but McCain didn't have to apologize for the statements of
Rev. Hagee. Obama had to retract statements make about the working class people of Pennsylvania and even after doing so he still lost the state in the primary. Obama is going to have to realize that the Republicans have a history of fighting dirty and if he wants to win besides confronting electoral skullduggery he is also going to have to take the gloves off because the press is solidy behind McCain.