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    Rep. Don Sherwood (R-Obviously) is accused of assaulting his mistress at his apartment in Washington DC.

    Originally he denied that he even had a mistress, then later admitted that he had in fact been cheating on his wife for five years. Although he continues to deny attempting to choke her.

    Not that any of this matters to the family values warriors nee' the Republican leadership. According to the Washington Post, Sherwood has recently received $26,000 in campaign contributions from:

    Keep Our Majority PAC (Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Illinois), Rely on Your Beliefs Fund (Majority Leader Roy Blunt of Missouri), the Freedom Project (John A. Boehner of Ohio) and TOMPAC (Thomas M. Reynolds of New York).

    Sherwood's campaign also received $2,500 from the PRYCE Project PAC (Deborah Pryce of Ohio) and the Prosperity Helps Inspire Liberty PAC (Phil English of Pennsylvania); and $1,000 from the Help America's Leaders PAC (Harold Rogers of Kentucky).

    Now why would these stalwart supporters of family values decide to funnel such generous campaign contributions to a man who admits cheating on his wife and is still under investigation for assault and battery?

    Surely it couldn't be because they're despicable hypocrites.




    Dick Cheney

    Vice president Dick might be breathing a sigh of relief after narrowly escaping indictment, unlike Scooter Libby, but let's face it: the guy is still scum! Last week the Washington Post called Cheney the "Vice President for Torture" after he asked the Senate "to approve legal language that would allow the CIA to commit ... abuses against foreign prisoners it is holding abroad."

    The Post story went on to say:

  • It's not surprising that Mr. Cheney would be at the forefront of an attempt to ratify and legalize this shameful record. The vice president has been a prime mover behind the Bush administration's decision to violate the Geneva Conventions and the U.N. Convention Against Torture and to break with decades of past practice by the U.S. military. These decisions at the top have led to hundreds of documented cases of abuse, torture and homicide in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Racism systematically verifies itself anytime the slave

can only be free by imitating his master.

~ Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin ~
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:: More Idiots & Hypocrites ::

Tom Noe
    It seems that money laundering is the cool new thing for conservative big-wigs to do these days. But then, this is what happens when you have poor role-models. I imagine that half of these conservatives would jump off a bridge if Tom DeLay did it first. For shame.

    But anyway, Republican fundraiser Tom Noe of Ohio was indicted last week for "illegally funneling $45,400 to President Bush's re-election campaign," according to the Toledo Blade. Mr. Noe allegedly broke campaign finance laws while raising money for Bush in 2004. Comically, he was later named a "Pioneer" by the Bush campaign for raising more than $100,000.

    If you're wondering how big a deal this is, the chief of the Justice Department's public integrity section said, "This case represents one of the first and most important examples of this new enforcement posture under the new law and is one of the most blatant and excessive criminal campaign finance schemes we have encountered."

    ...advice to Mr. Noe: find some friendly interest group to create a TV ad accusing the prosecutor of being a rapacious weasel or a poisonous spider or some other uncomplimentary animal, and then go around complaining about the criminalization of conservative politics. After all, WWTDD (what would Tom Delay do)?





Tom Delay
    We all know that the Former Hammer, Tom DeLay (R-Shit Creek), was recently indicted on money laundering and conspiracy charges. But did you know that Mr. DeLay recently suffered a serious concussion? At least, that's what I'm gathering from his bizarre comments last week.

    Tom has decided to fight the charges against him by using a tried and true conservative tactic - blaming everybody else. In particular he's been going after the prosecutor Ronnie Earle, and, of course, those nasty mean Democrats who have apparently been engaging in "the politics of personal destruction."

    Not that Tom would ever indulge in such activity you understand. Have you seen that TV ad which compares Ronnie Earle to a snarling attack dog? Tom DeLay disapproves of it so much that he's, um, been echoing it's theme wherever he goes.

    The theme? "It's not a crime to be a conservative" - which brings us back to DeLay's bizarre comments. Last week he said, "What we're fighting is so much larger than a single court case or a single district attorney in Travis County. We are witnessing the criminalization of conservative politics."

    No Tom. What we're witnessing is people waking up to the fact that neo-conservative politics today are criminal. You probably should have figured out that out before you got yourself arrested. Oh well, too late now.
:: Crooks & Liars ::

Bill Frist
    Uh oh! Bill is another Republican leader to come under investigation for ethics violations. The Washington Post revealed that the Senate Majority Leader recently sold all his shares in a corporation "about two weeks before it issued a disappointing earnings report and the price fell nearly 15 percent." Oh, piffle, I hear you cry, surely that was just a coincidence! Senator Doctor Bill "Follow The Balloon" Frist would never attempt such an unethical maneuver!

    Oh really? Then you may be interested to know that the corporation in question was in fact his family's hospital corporation. But, uh, surely Bill had no idea that it was about to issue a disappointing earnings report... or... something.

    Subsequently, a spokesperson for Bill Frist attempted to spin the matter hard enough to make it zip right off the table and disappear under the sofa. See, in Bill's Bizarro World, insider trading is the right thing to do. "To avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest," said his spokesperson, "Senator Frist went beyond what ethics requires and sold the stock." Um, what?

    Allow me to explain. Apparently Frist had been criticized in the past for owning stock in a medical company while simultaneously handling legislation which could affect the medical industry, although the holdings were kept in a "blind trust" so he never knew how much money was actually involved. He could however, tell the trust manager when to sell the stock, which he did.

    So it seems that despite being previously criticized for a conflict of interest - and later cleared by the Senate Select Committee on Ethics - Bill decided to suddenly sell all of his stock out of the blue to avoid such a conflict of interest, which he was already cleared of.

    Therefore, as you can see, the fact that the his family's company was about to release a dismal earnings report which would cause the stock to drop precipitously clearly had nothing to do with it. ...

    New documents released last week reveal that the trust managers "routinely informed Frist whenever shares of Hospital Corp. of America Inc. were added to his portfolio," according to the Denver Post. The Post continued, "If Martha Stewart can be jailed for lying about a quarter-of-a-million episode of insider trading, Frist may be sweating."




Karl Rove
    Before we get started on Karl Rove's role in the leaking the name of CIA agent Valerie Plame, take a look at what George W. Bush had to say about the CIA leak case over the past two years (video hosted by CanOFun.com):

  • If there's a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. If the person has violated law, the person will be taken care of. - September 30, 2003

  • You know, there's a lot of leaking in Washington D.C. It's a town famous for it. And if this helps to stop leaks, this investigation, in finding the truth, it will not only hold someone to account who should not have leaked - it's a serious charge by the way, we're talking about a criminal action - and, uh, but, hopefully will help send a clear signal that we expect other leaks to stop as well, so I look forward to finding the truth. - October 6, 2003

  • I don't know if we're going to find out that the senior administration official. Now, this is a large administration, and there's a lot of senior officials, I don't have any idea. I'd like to. I want to know the truth. That's why I've instructed this staff of mine to cooperate fully with the investigators. Full disclosure, everything we know, the investigators will find out. I have no idea whether we'll find out who the leaker is. Partially because, in all due respect to your profession, you do a very good job of protecting the leakers. But we'll find out. - October 7, 2003

  • REPORTER: Given recent developments in the CIA leak case, particularly vice president Cheney's discussion with investigators, do you still stand by what you said several months ago, suggestion that it might be difficult to identify anybody who leaked the information, and do you stand by your pledge to fire anyone found to have done so?

    BUSH: Yes. And it's up to the U.S. attorney to find the facts. - June 10, 2004

  • If somebody did leak classified information I'd like to know it, and we'll take the appropriate action. And this investigation is a good thing. - July 12, 2005

  • I don't know all the facts, I want to know all the facts. Best place for the facts to be found is by someone spending time investigating it. I would like this to end as quickly as possible so we know the facts, and if someone committed a crime they will no longer work in my administration. - July 18, 2005

    Now, according to Scooter Libby's indictment, "On or about July 10 or July 11, 2003, LIBBY spoke to a senior official in the White House ("Official A") who advised LIBBY of a conversation Official A had earlier that week with columnist Robert Novak in which Wilson's wife was discussed as a CIA employee involved in Wilson's trip. LIBBY was advised by Official A that Novak would be writing a story about Wilson's wife."

    There's little doubt that "Official A" is Karl Rove, and that he was the person responsible for leaking Valerie Plame's identity - which was classified - to Robert Novak.

    Last Friday Rove was yukking it up with reporters outside his home, saying "I am going to have a great Friday and a fantastic weekend and hope you do too." Funny - if someone I worked extremely closely with for five years was about to be indicted, I probably would have been a bit less upbeat. But then I'm not a heartless bastard like Karl Rove.

    So what are we to make of all this? As I mentioned, George W. Bush had previously said "I want to know the truth. That's why I've instructed this staff of mine to cooperate fully with the investigators. Full disclosure, everything we know, the investigators will find out." Bush also said that he stood by his pledge to fire anyone who leaked the information.

    It's also probably worth taking another look at what the president's father, George H.W. Bush, said to the CIA back in April 1999:

  • Even though I'm a tranquil guy now at this stage of my life, I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of our sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious, of traitors.

    The labryinth of details, names and relationships may create some confusion in this case, but one thing is clear: George W. Bush doesn't give a damn about returning honor and integrity to the White House. If he did, he'd have fired Karl Rove already.
:: Criminals & Idiots ::

Lou Beres
    Won't somebody think of the children? Lou Beres, "longtime head of the Christian Coalition of Oregon," apparently has been. He stepped down from his position and said he will "withdraw from political life" after he was accused of sexual abuse by three of his relatives.

    According to the Seattle Times:

    The three women - now adults - allege they were abused by Beres as preteens. Their families called the child abuse hot line last month, after the three openly discussed the alleged abuse for the first time.

    "I was molested," one of the women, now in her 50s, told The Oregonian. "I was victimized and I've suffered all my life for it. I'm still afraid to be in the same room with him."

    According to their website, "The Christian Coalition of Oregon is committed to representing the pro-family agenda and educating America on the critical issues facing our society."

    Perhaps someone should explain to Lou Beres that "pro-family" doesn't mean "banging your pre-teen relatives."




Republican Gun-Jumpers

    Two curious cases of mistaken identity ...both perpetrated by dumbass Republicans who were way too quick to pounce when they smelled political blood in the water.

    First, Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Rick Graber, along with local GOP lawmakers Rep. Jeff Stone and Sen. Joe Leibham, staged a news conference outside a Milwaukee home in order to decry voter fraud. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "The politicians didn't release names, but their presence implicated the private home that formed the news conference backdrop."

    Just one problem - there was never any evidence that the couple who own the home, Stuart and Gayle Schenk, were involved in voter fraud. Nor was there any evidence to implicate their son, Joseph, who is currently in Chicago studying to join the Franciscan order of the Roman Catholic Church. Whoops. Still, it was nice of the Wisconsin Republican Party to make them look like a bunch of crooks.

    The second tale of mistaken identity is more serious. Fox News ran a report on a suspected "Islamic radical" living in La Habra, CA. And, Fox News being Fox News, they actually gave out the address of his home live on air.

    If only Fox News had checked their facts (yeah, right). See, it turns out that the "Islamic radical" Fox fingered actually moved out of the house three years ago. Currently living in the house are Randy and Ronnell Vorick, who, as far as anyone knows, are neither Islamic nor radical.

    Still, it hasn't stopped local wankers from shouting profanities at them on the street. The Voricks have also enjoyed the privilege of having someone spray-paint the word "terrorist" on their front of their house - spelled, if you can believe it, "terrist." And now they're living under police protection.

    Ah, Fox News, that bastion of quality broadcasting. And their viewers are such nice people too.
Your list of 'Idiots and Hypocrites' must include Pennsylvania's junior Senator Rick Santorum.

Lives in the Greater D.C. Area while asking for and receiving funding from a Pennsylvania school district to pay for his children's (3) education via the Internet.

This is a man who is behind by 20 points in the polls for an election in 2006, and his opponent hasn't spoken a word.

PEACE

Jim Chester
blkCons will even defend this:

Folk Song Angers Parents, NAACP in Mich.
Compiled by the DiversityInc staff
© 2005 DiversityInc.com®
November 15, 2005


A black parent and the NAACP are criticizing a middle school's decision to perform a song that they say glorifies slavery.



The song, "Pick a Bale of Cotton," is on the folk-music choir program Wednesday at predominantly white Anderson Middle School in the Berkley School District.



The song's lyrics include, "Jump down, turn around, pick a bale of cotton. Gotta jump down, turn around, Oh, Lordie, pick a bale a day."



Greg Montgomery told The Detroit News that he complained to school officials, and when he was dissatisfied with their response, decided to pull his 11-year-old daughter, China, from singing.



"It's mind-boggling that people don't understand sensitive issues," he said.



China said: "They were bringing back the memories of how African Americans picked cotton, and it wasn't a good memory. It was disrespectful to African Americans."



Berkley schools spokesperson Gwen Ahern said district officials would consider the song's origin and decide whether to leave it in the concert program. She also defended the choice.



"We used to sing that song when I was in school during the '50s," she said. "It's like a Southern type of folk song
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The song's lyrics include, "Jump down, turn around, pick a bale of cotton. Gotta jump down, turn around, Oh, Lordie, pick a bale a day."


{Putting on his B-Con Right-wing Apologist Hat}

What's so offensive about that song? It merely promotes the cultural value of a strong and uncomplaining work ethic. And besides that, its historically correct.

Ouch, that hurt. Don't make me do that again.
George W. Bush... loser loser loser
    What's it like to be the captain of a sinking ship? Ask George W. Bush, whose political fortunes went from bad to worse to plain atrocious last week. First, our Great leader gambled that a campaign appearance with Virginia gubernatorial candidate Jerry Kilgore would push Kilgore over the top, thus causing pundits to flagellate themselves in an orgy of repentance while crying from the rooftops that George W. Bush is BACK!!!

    Bush was most complimentary of Kilgore. "I hope you'll work hard tomorrow to call up your friends and neighbors, and tell them they have a duty in this democracy of ours to vote..." he told the crowd. "Tell them if they want good government - good, solid, sound conservative government - to put this good man in the governor's chair in Richmond."

    "See, I know a man of character and integrity," Bush continued, "and he's standing right next to me. And that's Jerry Kilgore ... The thing I like about this fellow is he grew up in Virginia, and he grew up on a small farm. That means he's a down-to-earth person. He doesn't have a lot of fancy airs. That's the kind of guy you want to represent you, a person who understands how the common man thinks..."

    Bush is of course an expert on this subject, considering that he:

  • Comes from Connecticut
  • Has an Ivy League education
  • Once owned a Major League Baseball team
  • Vacations at a private compound in Kennebunkport...
  • on a yacht,
  • with champagne and caviar!!

    But I'm getting off the subject. The point of all this is that once the people of Virigina had done their duty in this democracy of ours, Jerry Kilgore was left in the dust by his opponent Tim Kaine. In 2004 Virigina went for Bush by 8 percentage points - in 2005, Virginia went for Kaine by 6 percentage points.

    All I can say is: please please please campaign for more candidates next year, George!
More Idiocy from GWB...

    Speechifying hasn't exactly been Our Great Leader's strong point lately - last week he decided to ruin a Veterans' Day event by turning it into a pre-2005 election campaign rally. Feeling the heat from critics over his administration's cooking of intelligence prior to the Iraq war, Bush clearly thought that the best place to strike back would be at a ceremony to honor America's veterans. How thoughtful.

    Bush started off by telling some lies about all the great things his administration has done for veterans (yeah, right) and then launched into his favorite topic - you guessed it - September 11. "Our nation has made a clear choice," he said. "We will confront this mortal danger to all humanity. We will not tire or rest until the war on terror is won."

    A clear choice, eh? That's odd - the last poll I looked at showed that a full 56% of Americans currently disapprove of Bush's handling of the war on terrorism. Almost 60% say he's dishonest too. But let's not get sidetracked - that poll has nothing to do with the real point of Dubya's speech, which was to honor veterans.

    I'm joking of course. The real point of the speech was for Our Great Leader to rehash his attacks on John Kerry from the 2004 election, and slam everyone who thinks he's is a liar - which according to that poll is most people.

    So let's skip the warmed-over stuff about Iraq, 9/11, Zarqawi, Zawahiri, the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Saddam Hussein - blah, blah, blah, you've heard it all before a million times. Let's move right along to...

    BUSH: Our debate at home must also be fair-minded. One of the hallmarks of a free society and what makes our country strong is that our political leaders can discuss their differences openly even in times of war.

    Oh really? Then I guess it wasn't Ari Fleischer who once told reporters that "all Americans ... need to watch what they say, watch what they do."

    BUSH: When I made the decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power, Congress approved it with strong bipartisan support.

    Interesting. So Bush made the decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power before the Iraq War Resolution vote? That doesn't jibe with statements he made at the time, such as, "Hopefully, we can do this peacefully. And if the world were to collectively come together to do so, and to put pressure on Saddam Hussein and convince him to disarm, there's a chance he may decide to do that. And war is not my first choice ... it's my last choice."

    BUSH: I also recognize that some of our fellow citizens and elected officials didn't support the liberation of Iraq. And that is their right, and I respect it.

    Liberation? If you mean invasion and occupation, then yeah, you're right. Some of our fellow citizens didn't support it then - and 64% of our fellow citizens don't support it now, accoring to recent polls.

    BUSH: As president and commander in chief, I accept the responsibilities and the criticisms and the consequences that come with such a solemn decision.

    That's a joke, right?

    BUSH: While it's perfectly legitimate to criticize my decision or the conduct of the war, it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began.

    Yes, let's not rewrite history.





    BUSH: Some Democrats and anti-war critics are now claiming we manipulated the intelligence and misled the American people about why we went to war.


Well, because you did.
Pat Robertson... religious nut religious nut
    ...you may have noticed that proponents of so-called "Intelligent Design" have been very careful to avoid any mention of the word "God" while promoting their ideas. There's a good reason for this - Intelligent Design, which is intended to undermine the scientifically-sound theory of Evolution, is essentially Creationism wrapped up in a more politically correct package. The Intelligent Design Network describes ID thusly:

  • We believe objectivity in the institutions of science, government and the media will lead not only to good origins science, but also to constitutional neutrality in this subjective, historical science that unavoidably impacts religion. We promote the scientific evidence of intelligent design because proper consideration of that evidence is necessary to achieve not only scientific objectivity but also constitutional neutrality.

    Sounds good, right? And not a word about Genesis, or the Garden of Eden, or God.

    Unfortunately Pat Robertson just blew all their hard work out of the water by issuing one of his famous "Patwas" on the voters of Dover, PA, who last week swept local school board officials out of office for supporting Intelligent Design. Here's Pat's reaction to the voters' decision:

  • "I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover. If there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God, you just rejected Him from your city. And don't wonder why He hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I'm not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that's the case, don't ask for His help because he might not be there."

    But... but... but... I thought Intelligent Design had nothing to do with Pat Robertson's god? I thought that it was "simply the science of design detection." I thought that it "should be conducted objectively, without regard to the implications of its findings." By the looks of Pat's reaction, I guess not.

    Funnily enough, a staunch proponent of ID changed his mind on the subject last week - on November 5 the Indianapolis Star reported that Rick Santorum "has put the Senate on record in favor of teaching both sides." But on November 12, Santorum said that he "doesn't believe that intelligent design belongs in the science classroom."

    Why would a senator of such strong convictions suddenly flip-flop on the teaching of Intelligent Design? Surely the fact that his likely 2006 opponent Bob Casey is currently holding a 20 point lead in the polls has got nothing to do with it.

Worked @ Ground Zero? Don't expect us to treat any illness you may develop as a result. Suck it up!!

  • WASHINGTON - Congressional budget negotiators have decided to take back $125 million in Sept. 11 aid from New York, which had fought to keep the money to treat sick and injured ground zero workers, lawmakers said Tuesday.

  • The tug-of-war over the $125 million began earlier this year when the White House proposed taking the money back because the state had not yet spent it.

  • New York protested, saying the money was part of the $20 billion pledged by
    President Bush to help rebuild after the Sept. 11 attacks. Health advocates said the money is needed to treat current and future illnesses among ground zero workers.
quote:
Originally posted by Isome:
Pat Robertson... religious nut religious nut
    ...you may have noticed that proponents of so-called "Intelligent Design" have been very careful to avoid any mention of the word "God" while promoting their ideas. There's a good reason for this - Intelligent Design, which is intended to undermine the scientifically-sound theory of Evolution, is essentially Creationism wrapped up in a more politically correct package. The Intelligent Design Network describes ID thusly:

  • We believe objectivity in the institutions of science, government and the media will lead not only to good origins science, but also to constitutional neutrality in this subjective, historical science that unavoidably impacts religion. We promote the scientific evidence of intelligent design because proper consideration of that evidence is necessary to achieve not only scientific objectivity but also constitutional neutrality.

    Sounds good, right? And not a word about Genesis, or the Garden of Eden, or God.

    Unfortunately Pat Robertson just blew all their hard work out of the water by issuing one of his famous "Patwas" on the voters of Dover, PA, who last week swept local school board officials out of office for supporting Intelligent Design. Here's Pat's reaction to the voters' decision:

  • "I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover. If there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God, you just rejected Him from your city. And don't wonder why He hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I'm not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that's the case, don't ask for His help because he might not be there."

    But... but... but... I thought Intelligent Design had nothing to do with Pat Robertson's god? I thought that it was "simply the science of design detection." I thought that it "should be conducted objectively, without regard to the implications of its findings." By the looks of Pat's reaction, I guess not.

    Funnily enough, a staunch proponent of ID changed his mind on the subject last week - on November 5 the Indianapolis Star reported that Rick Santorum "has put the Senate on record in favor of teaching both sides." But on November 12, Santorum said that he "doesn't believe that intelligent design belongs in the science classroom."

    Why would a senator of such strong convictions suddenly flip-flop on the teaching of Intelligent Design? Surely the fact that his likely 2006 opponent Bob Casey is currently holding a 20 point lead in the polls has got nothing to do with it.


While it may be hard to believe, Pat is actually tame compared to some real religious nuts in this country, his problem is that he is so visible that what he says gets front page coverage.

For instance you have the Rev. Phillips from Kansas, his church is made up of family and in-laws, they are going around to funerals of serviceman killed in Iraqi and protesting saying that they were killed because we are a godless country because we allow gays to live in this country, and that is when he is probably taking his medication.

Then there is the religious leader, his name escapes me that says the idea of evolution is wrong and that in fact we lived with dinosaurs and used them as domesticated animals, oh heah, just tie the plow to the T-Rex and away you go.

Somedays Pat is the sane one.
:: Bob Woodward :: partisanship partisanship hypocrisy hypocrisy covering your ass

    ...one of America's most famous investigative reporters, was shamed last week and forced to apologize to his newspaper the Washington Post after he revealed that Valerie Plame's secret identity was leaked to him by a senior administration official before Scooter Libby outed her.

    Bob Woodward apparently declined to mention this earlier because he was afraid of being subpoenaed - but now he's neck-deep in the investigation, and as Rolling Stone's Eric Boehlert put it, "It looks like what people have been saying about Bob Woodward for the past five years, that he's become a stenographer for the Bush White House."

    Of course, the fact that Woodward knew all along that White House officials were dropping Plame's name to reporters didn't stop him from frequently appearing on television to trash prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald - whom he referred to as a "junkyard dog" - and do his best to undermine the investigation. According to the Post:

    Woodward has criticized the Fitzgerald probe in media appearances. He said on MSNBC's 'Hardball' in June that in the end 'there is going to be nothing to it. And it is a shame. And the special prosecutor in that case, his behavior, in my view, has been disgraceful.' In a National Public Radio interview in July, Woodward said that Fitzgerald made 'a big mistake' in going after [Judith] Miller and that 'there is not the kind of compelling evidence that there was some crime involved here.'"

    And this guy is supposed to be the standard-bearer for investigative journalism? Kinda goes to show how far the bar's been lowered since Bush came into office.
:: House Republicans ::
    Of course, it didn't take long for desperate House Republicans to jump on board the White House's swiftboat. Last week, John Murtha introduced a resolution which proposed that:

  • Section 1. The deployment of United States forces in Iraq, by direction of Congress, is hereby terminated and the forces involved are to be redeployed at the earliest practicable date.

  • Section 2. A quick-reaction U.S. force and an over-the-horizon presence of U.S Marines shall be deployed in the region.

  • Section 3 The United States of America shall pursue security and stability in Iraq through diplomacy.

    But Republicans, who are forever whining about Democrats "playing politics," submitted a different resolution which read:

  • Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately.

  • Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately.

    Why they couldn't debate Murtha's original resolution I don't know. Well, actually I do know - it's because they would rather turn to cheap political tricks than debate the merits of his proposal. But here's an example of how the Republicans then went on to "debate" John Murtha last week:

    REP. JEAN SCHMIDT: A few minutes ago I received a call from Colonel Danny Bubp, Ohio Representative from the 88th district in the House of Representatives. He asked me to send Congress a message: Stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message, that cowards cut and run, Marines never do.

    Schmidt remarks were later stricken from the record. She said, "Mr. Speaker, my remarks were not directed to any member of the House and I did not intend to suggest they applied to any member, most especially the distinguished gentleman from Pennsylvania."

    Odd - I could have sworn that the remark was aimed directly at Murtha. (I think the line about "sending Congressman Murtha a message" was a bit of a giveaway.)

    ...rather than debate the substance of Murtha's original resolution, House Republicans decided to introduce their own faux resolution and then called a decorated 37-year veteran of the Marine Corps a coward on the House floor. ...
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Originally posted by Kweli4Real:
Do Sean [Ins]annity, Rush "Where's my drugs" Limbaugh, Bill O'really, and Ms. "I'm a lawyer, but whoring pays better" Coulter count as conservative idiots? If so, I can probably fill this thread with interest, humorous if it weren't so true stories of these right wing propagandists.


I know you're just being polite, but I'll play along: Oh' yes, they qualify as idiots, conservative or otherwise. Please, feel free to add them K4R.

Wink
http://www.democraticunderground.com/top10/index.html

Rush Limbaugh
America's most famous gasbag has just come up with a despicable new way to exploit the troops. (Or as he likes to call it, "support the troops.")

Here's how it works: non-military members sign up to adopt a soldier on Rush's website, while current military members sign up to be adopted. Once an adopter and an adoptee are matched up, the adopted soldier receives a free subscription to "The Limbaugh Letter" and to the premium content on Rush's website.

Fabulous! And all at the low, low cost of $50, which goes directly into Rush's pocket.

Oh, I'm sorry - you didn't think he was doing this out of charity did you? Nope, despite the fact that Rush's site claims to be offering "complimentary RUSH 24/7 subscriptions," if you want to be able to say you've adopted a soldier through Rush's program then you have to cough up the cash. Because someone's got to pay for those "complimentary subscriptions," and it sure as hell ain't gonna be Limbaugh.

Bottom line: Rush's idea of supporting the troops is to use them as a prop in his scheme to flog more subscriptions. Nice.
:: More Insane Santorum ::
Adapted from Attytood
    A recent field trip to Santorum's "hometown" of Penn Hills, Pa., discovered residents have been paying for the senator's Virginia-based kids to attend cyberschool and have been fighting the arrival of one of his biggest political benefactors, Wal-Mart. The undercurrent is that all the hype about the Republican's social views on gays and abortion masks what essentially is a corporatist agenda.
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Originally posted by Kweli4Real:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/top10/index.html

Rush Limbaugh
America's most famous gasbag has just come up with a despicable new way to exploit the troops. (Or as he likes to call it, "support the troops.")


Here's how it works: non-military members sign up to adopt a soldier on Rush's website, while current military members sign up to be adopted. Once an adopter and an adoptee are matched up, the adopted soldier receives a free subscription to "The Limbaugh Letter" and to the premium content on Rush's website.

Fabulous! And all at the low, low cost of $50, which goes directly into Rush's pocket.

Oh, I'm sorry - you didn't think he was doing this out of charity did you? Nope, despite the fact that Rush's site claims to be offering "complimentary RUSH 24/7 subscriptions," if you want to be able to say you've adopted a soldier through Rush's program then you have to cough up the cash. Because someone's got to pay for those "complimentary subscriptions," and it sure as hell ain't gonna be Limbaugh.

Bottom line: Rush's idea of supporting the troops is to use them as a prop in his scheme to flog more subscriptions. Nice.


lol

man!
In real life, the person who adopts a child, family, or soldier, takes on the full responisiabilitys of that person. That inclues,
health, schooling, food, and all financial dealings. THis inclues Rush subcriptions.
YOu guys crack me up with the oh oh oh! i got them now? Point the fingers . lol lol


"To exaggerate is to weaken">>>Jean F.
....There is certainly more than enough blame to go around, be it the actions of the wealthy to oppress the poverty stricken, the greed and sleaze of the liberals, and/or the corruption of government at every level within the U.S., corruption from the inner-city to the Halls of Congress, the message is being spread, and the world is listening.

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"Can't fight this power

From Baghdad to Baltimore, Big Boi, Young Jeezy and countless upstart rappers are changing the world.

By Ryan J. Smith and Swati Pandey, researchers on The Times' editorial pages.

November 27, 2005

Tomorrow's most powerful political voice won't be yammering on CNN.

Tune in to your iPod.

In 1939, Billie Holiday crooned against the lynching of black men in her banned song "Strange Fruit" (MP3 (00:37) ). In 1969, Jimi Hendrix's version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" blasted peaceniks out of their drug dreams and into the streets. Then, in 1989, came Public Enemy's "Fight the Power": MP3 (00:41)
Got to give us what we want
Gotta give us what we need
Our freedom of speech is freedom or death
We got to fight the powers that be
That inchoate shout of rage against all forms of oppression is growing into a force of real potential. The hip-hop nation has gone global, and it's going to change the world.

It wasn't Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson or Louis Farrakhan who cranked up debate about bigotry in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. It was Kanye West's "Bush doesn't care about black people."

Michael Moore's a mere whiner compared to Eminem, who raps: MP3 (01:23)
Strap [Bush] with an AK-47
Let him go fight his own war
Let him impress daddy that way
No more blood for oil.
And listen to poet and singer Jill Scott as she rails: MP3 (00:28)
Video cameras locked on me
In every dressing room ...
You neglect to see
The drugs coming into my community
Weapons coming into my community
Dirty cops in my community
Crispin Sartwell, a political science teacher at Dickinson College, says of the phenomenon: "If Thomas Paine or Karl Marx were [here] today, they might be issuing records rather than pamphlets." Consider:

West's words inspired Mississippi rapper David Banner and radio powerhouses including Big Boi of Outkast and Young Jeezy to play a concert in Atlanta to support Hurricane Katrina victims.

The Hip Hop Caucus, based in Washington, helped organize a march with black politicians into Gretna, La., to protest police efforts to keep Katrina refugees out of the mostly white city.

Hip-hop organizations such as the National Political Hip Hop Convention started large-scale voter registration drives in 2004, and thousands of young men and women donned Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' "Vote or Die" shirts while voting for the first time.

Russell Simmons' Hip Hop Summit Action Network mobilized 100,000 students, teachers, parents and hip-hop stars in a successful fight to repeal a proposed budget cut to New York City schools. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the protest helped change his mind on the issue (and presumably helped persuade him to seek Simmons' endorsement in his reelection campaign). Simmons' group also registered 2 million young people to vote and estimates that 1.3 million of them voted.

Think these efforts are just marketing schemes? The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, an organization that follows voting trends, reported that in the 2004 elections "youth turnout increased substantially, and much of this increase was driven by an increase in voting among African American youth." A similar voting bloc helped reelect Kwame Kilpatrick in Detroit "” the nation's first "hip-hop mayor."

But hip-hop's greater potential comes from its technology-fueled border-hopping power, with the Internet and iPods plugging the beat straight into the minds of U.S. military personnel in Baghdad and militant young Muslims alike. Globally, hip-hop merchandising, by one industry estimate, seduces $10 billion from an estimated 45 million consumers ages 13 to 34. Listeners have an annual spending power of $1 trillion, according to Forbes magazine. The genre is defining the war in Iraq the way psychedelic rock shaped our memories of the Vietnam War "” not only because it has become the music of protest but because it is the language of the soldiers, who make it themselves on simple equipment. Words over a beat.

Michael Tucker's documentary, "Gunner Palace," tracks 400 troops lodged in Uday Hussein's former digs as they spend their time off free-styling, beat-boxing and drumming on tanks:
IEDs be going off while we out on patrol
scrap metal be ripping through your skin and your bones
Muslim and Jewish Israelis rhyme about the intifada.

In Britain, the Asian Dub Foundation sings about Tony Blair's entanglement in Iraq, while Ms. Dynamite gives hip-hop a feminist touch: MP3 (01:16)
How could you beat your woman till you see tears?
Got your children living in fear.
How you gonna wash the blood from your hands?
Hip-hop came naturally to most of Africa, where people know all about putting stories to a drum beat. In 2000, Senegalese rappers, who compare their craft to tasso storytelling, helped end the 20-year rule of President Abdou Diouf and continue their political efforts by organizing rallies against the mass unemployment and corruption that plague their country. In Ukraine, the band Greenjolly strung protest chants over a beat "” the anthem of the Orange Revolution. And during last month's Azerbaijani elections, rappers warmed up the crowd at Freedom bloc rallies.

Hip-hop travels like no other music. Any rapper can use a computer to layer an American beat under a native melody and a rap about local politics. With every rapper who turns from "bling-bling" to protest, hip-hop comes closer to being a global force for change.

This political potential revealed itself in the recent riots that shuddered through French suburbs. Young people from these immigrant ghettoes, like Disiz la Peste, have been rapping about neglect and hopelessness for a decade:
For France it matters nothing what I do
In its mind I will always be
Just a youth from the banlieue
Disiz spoke out against the rioting recently "” "Burning cars and schools, it only harms ourselves because it's happening in front of our own homes" "” while still calling France out for inequality of opportunity.

Hip-hop leadership in the making.

Can hip-hop overcome its occasional embrace of the thug life and "bling-bling" image and become a true political movement? Of course. It's ready to take on failing schools, the effects of drugs, the despair of a low-wage economy, warfare on city streets and on foreign battlefields. The imagined world of get-rich-quick schemes and candy-colored Escalades is not credible. The calls for accountability are.

Kanye West's Bush remark stated a perception fed by the reality of the administration's policies. Speaking truth to power, igniting passion and inspiring people to action "” this is when music has always been most potent.

Hip-hop is a global party with a platform that's just beginning to take shape. What it already has is a mike and millions of ears.

Copyright 2005 Los Angeles Times"

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Don't believe the hype -- rap anger isn't a meaningful message

By John McWhorter, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute; his "Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America" will appear in January.

November 27, 2005

Word on the street is that hip-hop is a message, the black CNN. Anyone who questions that winds up at the bottom of a verbal dog pile. Such traitors, we're told, just don't listen to enough of the music "” that, in particular, the work of "conscious" rappers would change their minds.

Please. One can take a good dose of Talib Kweli, Common, Mos Def and Kanye "Bush doesn't care about black people" West and still see nothing that resembles any kind of "message" that people truly committed to forging change would recognize. Hip-hop, "conscious" or not, is music, and that's it.

For one thing, a lot of the "conscious" work sounds as much like street fighting as the gangsta stuff "” an upturned middle finger set to a beat. Yes, Mos Def and Talib Kweli decorate their raps with calls to stop smoking and drinking, starry-eyed timeouts when they sing the praises of their baby daughters and vague calls for black Americans to look sharp. But there's a decent amount of that even in so-called gangsta rap, such as Tupac Shakur's chronicle of the vicious cycle of urban poverty in "Papa'z Gong," or Nas' hope that he will be able to redeem his past through his child in "The World Is Yours."

Meanwhile, Kweli tells us that when he's at the mike "you get hit like a deer standin' still in the light" and how in one competition he "smacked them in they face with a metaphor."

OK, he means it in the abstract. But why so violent? Why, exactly, must "consciousness" so often sound like a street fight? The "conscious" rappers just relocate 50 Cent's cops-and-robbers battle from the street to the slam contest.

I know: "Politics" means questioning authority. But street battle is not the only metaphor for civil rights activism. Since the '60s, millions of black people have achieved middle-class or even affluent status, founded businesses and attained higher degrees in this country, and very few of them did so by smacking somebody, literally or in the abstract.

It's true that violence is a matter of atmosphere in the "conscious" work. But I have a hard time gleaning exactly what the "message" is beyond, roughly, "wake up" "” which does not qualify as constructive counsel in times as complex as ours.

Take Kweli again, in "The Proud." The "message": Blacks are worn down by oppression, the cops are corrupt thugs who either killed Tupac or know who did, and "we survive." But how we get beyond that is, apparently, beside the point.

Mos Def's "Mr. Nigga" first shows us the improper black thug we all could do without, but then argues that whites see all blacks the same way many blacks see the thug. It's a great piece in the formal sense. But how many people's "consciousnesses" in our moment are unaware that racist bias still exists? How does saying it for the nth time teach anyone how to make the best of themselves despite reality's imperfections? Or Kanye West's famous "Jesus Walks" cut is less "inspirational" than catchy. It's about Jesus; that's nice. But one more announcement that black America is in a "war" against racism inspires, well, nothing, nor do other bonbons West gives us on "College Dropout," such as the notion that crack makes white men rich or that blacks are only placed in high positions as window dressing.

Maybe these "conscious" lyrics are better than gangsta raps about tying women to beds and shooting them dead. But the politics are a typical brand of self-perpetuating, unfocused leftism. It sounds good set to a narcotic beat full of exciting cut-ins, but it offers nothing to the struggling black woman with children trying to make the best of things after her welfare time limit runs out.

Yes, her. In 1991, Tupac's "Brenda's Got a Baby" told about a single mom who tries to throw her daughter in the trash, turns to prostitution and is murdered. Many Brendas at that time went on welfare only to find that in 1996 it was limited to a five-year cap. So, these days, "Brenda's Just Off Welfare" and is one of the working poor. How about "consciously" rapping "” a lot "” about the difficulties Brenda faces today.

We do not look to raps for detailed procedural prescriptives, like government reports on how to improve school test scores. But there are places raps could easily go, still blazing with poetic fireworks. What about the black men coming out of jail and trying to find their way after long sentences in the wake of the crack culture 15 years ago? There would be a "message" beyond the usual one simply deploring that the men are in jail in the first place.

Why do "conscious" rappers have so little interest in the political issues that directly affect poor black people's lives? Could it be because those issues do not usually lend themselves to calls for smacking people and making the streets run red? If so, then chalk up one more for people who do not see hip-hop as politically constructive.

The "conscious" rappers themselves make the "message" analysis even harder to fall for because they tend to squirm under the label. "They keep trying to slip the 'conscious rapper' thing on me," Mos Def says. "They try to get me because I'm supposed to be more articulate, I'm supposed to be not like the other Negroes, to get me to say something against my brothers. I'm not going out like that, man." So it would be "going out" even to question the theatrical savagery that hip-hop's critics fail to see the good in?

"Conscious" rap, like gangsta rap, is ultimately all about spitting in the eye of the powers that be. But this is precisely what the millions of blacks making the best of themselves in modern America have not done. And contrary to what we are often led to believe, spitting is not serious activism. It's merely attitude.

There is not a thing wrong with "conscious rap" fans enjoying the beats and the rhymes and even valuing the sprinkles of an awareness of something beyond guns, Hennessy and women's behinds. But if we have gotten to the point that we are treating even this "conscious" work as serious civil rights activism, then black America is in even worse trouble than we thought.

Copyright 2005 Los Angeles Times

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John McWhorter, is a living example of that misguided university educated Black middleclass who choose to take no responsibility for the university educated Black middleclass's part in keeping the Black community in the dumps, while pointing the finger at the underclass as being solely responsible for the demise of the Black community

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Sure can't continue to fool or dupe the many young people around the world, because the young people are very intelligent. Change or reform is in the making and very necessary.

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    The video has sparked concern that private security companies, which are not subject to any form of regulation either in Britain or in Iraq, could be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent Iraqis.

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the house nigga's heroes are at it again.......


Calif. congressman admits taking bribes, resigns
By ELLIOT SPAGAT
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO "” Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham pleaded guilty today to conspiracy and tax charges and tearfully resigned from office, admitting he took $2.4 million in bribes to steer defense contracts to conspirators.

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Cunningham, 63, entered pleas in U.S. District Court to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud, and tax evasion for underreporting his income in 2004.

Cunningham answered "yes, your honor" when asked by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns if he had accepted bribes from someone in exchange for his performance of official duties.

Later, at a news conference, he wiped away tears as he announced his resignation.

"I can't undo what I have done but I can atone," he said.

Cunningham, an eight-term Republican congressman, had already announced in July that he would not seek re-election next year.

House Ethics rules say that any lawmaker convicted of a felony no longer should vote or participate in committee work. Under Republican caucus rules, Cunningham also would have lost his chairmanship of the House Intelligence subcommittee on terrorism and human intelligence.

The former Vietnam War flying ace was known on Capitol Hill for his interest in defense issues and his occasional temperamental outbursts.

After the hearing, Cunningham was taken away for fingerprinting and released on his own recognizance until a Feb. 27 sentencing hearing. He could receive up to 10 years in prison.

He also agreed to forfeit to the government his Rancho Santa Fe home, more than $1.8 million in cash and antiques and rugs.

In a statement, prosecutors said Cunningham admitted to receiving at least $2.4 million in bribes paid to him by several conspirators through a variety of methods, including checks totaling over $1 million, cash, rugs, antiques, furniture, yacht club fees and vacations.

"He did the worst thing an elected official can do "” he enriched himself through his position and violated the trust of those who put him there," U.S. Attorney Carol Lam said. The statement did not identify the conspirators.

The case began when authorities started investigating whether Cunningham and his wife, Nancy, used the proceeds from the $1,675,000 sale to defense contractor Mitchell Wade to buy the $2.55 million mansion in Rancho Santa Fe. Wade put the Del Mar house back on the market and sold it after nearly a year for $975,000 "” a loss of $700,000.

He drew little notice outside his San Diego-area district before the San Diego Union-Tribune reported last June that he'd sold the home to Wade.

Cunningham's pleas came amid a series of GOP scandals. Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas had to step down as majority leader after he was indicted in a campaign finance case; a stock sale by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is being looked at by regulators; and Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff was indicted in the CIA leak case.
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Originally posted by Kevin41:
the house nigga's heroes are at it again.......

Cunningham's pleas came amid a series of GOP scandals. Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas had to step down as majority leader after he was indicted in a campaign finance case; a stock sale by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is being looked at by regulators; and Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff was indicted in the CIA leak case.


For much of the GOP, accountability and morality are for OTHER people.
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Originally posted by Isome:
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Originally posted by Kevin41:
the house nigga's heroes are at it again.......

Cunningham's pleas came amid a series of GOP scandals. Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas had to step down as majority leader after he was indicted in a campaign finance case; a stock sale by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is being looked at by regulators; and Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff was indicted in the CIA leak case.


For much of the GOP, accountability and morality are for OTHER people.


House Niggas don't even deserve the honor of being called "Black".

I hate to say it, but sometimes Chris Rock's philosophy on Black people seems to be truer and truer as I get older: "There's Black people, and then there's niggers. And Black people can't stand niggers."

Black CONS aren't Black people, those are niggers.
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--Empty Purnata
I hate to say it, but sometimes Chris Rock's philosophy on Black people seems to be truer and truer as I get older: "There's Black people, and then there's niggers. And Black people can't stand niggers."

Black CONS aren't Black people, those are niggers.


CHRIS ROCK HAS GOT TO BE THE FUNNIEST BLACK MAN IN AMERICA THAT REPORTS THE HISTORICAL FACTS...I LOVE HIS CANDOR....

FINE
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Originally posted by Empty Purnata:
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Originally posted by Isome:
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Originally posted by Kevin41:
the house nigga's heroes are at it again.......

Cunningham's pleas came amid a series of GOP scandals. Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas had to step down as majority leader after he was indicted in a campaign finance case; a stock sale by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is being looked at by regulators; and Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff was indicted in the CIA leak case.


For much of the GOP, accountability and morality are for OTHER people.


House Niggas don't even deserve the honor of being called "Black".

I hate to say it, but sometimes Chris Rock's philosophy on Black people seems to be truer and truer as I get older: "There's Black people, and then there's niggers. And Black people can't stand niggers."

Black CONS aren't Black people, those are niggers.


I feel ya EP....i'll be damned if I carry the burden of a fool or sambo on my back......
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Originally posted by Kevin41:
SAN DIEGO "” Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham pleaded guilty today to conspiracy and tax charges and tearfully resigned from office, admitting he took $2.4 million in bribes to steer defense contracts to conspirators.


But...

in June, Tom Delay told reporters:

"Duke Cunningham is a hero. He is an honorable man of high integrity."

Don't ya' just love it?! I wonder how high up this scandal will travel.
yeah...I wonder where the azzsuckers are to defend him?.....there is nothing like a coon going quiet in order not to besmirch their GOD.....the white man....they are something to behold.....notice how they do not jump in here like they do elsewhere.....I guess they would have to acknowledge crime is not just a black thing....and you know that goes against their plantation defender's code of ethics....rule #1...never talk bad about white people....even if they spit on and kick your mama.........
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Originally posted by Kevin41:
yeah...I wonder where the azzsuckers are to defend him?.....there is nothing like a coon going quiet in order not to besmirch their GOD.....the white man....they are something to behold.....notice how they do not jump in here like they do elsewhere.....I guess they would have to acknowledge crime is not just a black thing....and you know that goes against their plantation defender's code of ethics....rule #1...never talk bad about white people....even if they spit on and kick your mama.........
.....Representative Cunningham has atoned for his actions, and is being held accountable for his criminal actions. The question to be asked is, at what point other than praising criminals and misfits, is the Black community, specifically the so-called Black university educated, going to hold its white collar criminals accountable, and/or will our own misfit elected Black leadership, and/or others atone for their disgraceful, criminal, and treasonous actions?

Most likely never, because anything sleazy, perverted, and criminal grows in the typical Black community!
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Originally posted by Kevin41:
yeah...I wonder where the azzsuckers are to defend him?...


azzsuckers? Oh' I think I know who you mean.

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...rule #1...never talk bad about white people....even if they spit on and kick your mama...


Or tell your momma to shut up because she talks too much and her time is up. That is quite a rule, isn't it?!
I've noticed that many conservative foolios have trouble shutting the hell up and frequently hang around out where no one likes them. The dislike is general, not in a personal sense, considering that they're so whacked out very few try to know them well. But their presence, particularly in cyber settings, and constant interjecting of stale dialogue is an immediate alert to discerning individuals that a mentally imbalanced person, possibly a convicted felon of unstable parents who also had to be incarcerated, is in the vicinity.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/11/29/opinion/main1083723.shtml

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is, supposedly, a very smart man. Indeed, he is frequently referred to as the intellectual giant on the current high court.

Yet, when Scalia was confronted by comedian and social commentator Al Franken with a basic question of legal ethics, it was the funny man, not the "serious" jurist, who proved to be the most knowledgeable.

The confrontation took place last week in New York City, where Scalia was the guest of Conversations on the Circle, a prestigious series of one-on-one interviews with Norman Pearlstine, the outgoing Time Inc. editor-in-chief.

After Pearlstine tossed a predictable set of softball questions to the justice, the session was opened to questions from the audience. Up popped Franken, the best-selling author and host of Air America's The Al Franken Show.

According to a scathing article that appeared in the Scalia-friendly New York Post, "Franken stood up in the back row and started talking about ˜judicial demeanor' and asking ˜hypothetically' about whether a judge should recuse himself if he had gone duck-hunting or flown in a private jet with a party in a case before his court."

Franken's reference was to Scalia's refusal to recuse himself from deliberations involving a lawsuit brought by public-interest groups that said Vice President Dick Cheney engaged in improper contacts with energy-industry executives and lobbyists while heading the Bush administration task force on energy policy. A federal court ordered Cheney to release documents related to his work with the task force, at which point the Bush administration appealed to the Supreme Court ...
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Originally posted by Isome:
I've noticed that many conservative foolios have trouble shutting the hell up and frequently hang around out where no one likes them. The dislike is general, not in a personal sense, considering that they're so whacked out very few try to know them well. But their presence, particularly in cyber settings, and constant interjecting of stale dialogue is an immediate alert to discerning individuals that a mentally imbalanced person, possibly a convicted felon of unstable parents who also had to be incarcerated, is in the vicinity.


** I feel ya...if I hated black people that much...i'd just go to protestwarrior, stay there and tell ya'll to stick aa.org up your azzes...that makes more sense than being where i'm not wanted...or want to be myself..........
General Comment:

I consider someone a conservative loser who will not help his momma pay the $5k she owes, and posts constantly on a messageboard how well he's doing in life. I mean, come on!

The woman has to go in front of LA regional officials to beg for injunctive relief, while the half-wit brags about his 20-year gubamint job.
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Originally posted by Isome:
General Comment:

I consider someone a conservative loser who will not help his momma pay the $5k she owes, and posts constantly on a messageboard how well he's doing in life. I mean, come on!

The woman has to go in front of LA regional officials to beg for injunctive relief, while the half-wit brags about his 20-year gubamint job.


....too bad, neither an Empty Purnata, an Isome, a Kevin41, or otherwise can make erroneous mistatement of facts, a fact.

.....but on another note, a reality that surely fits....

...more likely the Black community's time is up, because the longer that misfits, traitors, liars, criminals, and/or sleazy individuals are praised, the shorter will be the life of the Black community. In the interest of my own survival, and/or others within my circle of relatives, close friends, etc., I have distanced myself from this reality, by disassociating my life from Black people who fit this description to the letter.

Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke is an idiot, a traitor, a university educated fool, unfit to hold elected office, a carpet-bagger, a liar, and many Black people who live in South Central Los Angeles have nicknamed her "Brentwood Burke". This being said that pdf file is nonsense, and the misguided words of an Isome, and the two bit pompous excuse for a university professor Kevin41 are also worthless.

Case #C895188 is also of public record, where the defendants being the Los Angeles Unified School District, through the Los Angeles County Counsel have admitted guilt to each every allegation as charged. Since when do the defendants, the defendants being the County of Los Angeles, have the right to demand payment from a plaintiff, when clearly the Los Angeles Unified School District has been proven to be criminal in every way in civil court, as documented by Los Angeles Superior Court case #C895188. The very day that I violate the law by speeding, Felony Hit and Run, or otherwise, to which the government would be the plaintiffs, and I the defendant, to which the government would be responsible for all payment of my criminal violations would be the day that this would be true, meaning it won't happen....

.......the exception being the Black community, where this would be a possibility because the Black middleclass although university educated, either don't know, or don't care as to what they are doing, in that perverted activity is honored, and/or praised by so-called university educated individuals from the Black communty. The Black middleclass who believe falsehoods are the problem, and not the Mr. and Mrs. Leon E. Lofton, and/or the Lofton family.

Plenty of proof exists to prove that Michael Jackson is a Child Molestor, Jesse Jackson is a thief, etc., etc., the Black community just happens to be an ignorant community to which misfits, traitors, and criminals are praised while individuals worthy of praise are kicked to the curb, thrown to the wolves, ignored, subjected to unwarranted character assassination, etc.

This being said, I have no reason to respond to any two bit lying pompous excuse for a university professor, be it in a Kevin41 or otherwise.

...and Internet Technology sure beats the "Hell" out of the old "Snail Mail" method of circulating information!

Sincerely,

Michael Lofton
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Originally posted by Michael:
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Originally posted by Isome:
General Comment:

I consider someone a conservative loser who will not help his momma pay the $5k she owes, and posts constantly on a messageboard how well he's doing in life. I mean, come on!

The woman has to go in front of LA regional officials to beg for injunctive relief, while the half-wit brags about his 20-year gubamint job.


....too bad, neither an Empty Purnata, an Isome, a Kevin41, or otherwise can make erroneous mistatement of facts, a fact.

.....but on another note, a reality that surely fits....

...more likely the Black community's time is up, because the longer that misfits, traitors, liars, criminals, and/or sleazy individuals are praised, the shorter will be the life of the Black community. In the interest of my own survival, and/or others within my circle of relatives, close friends, etc., I have distanced myself from this reality, by disassociating my life from Black people who fit this description to the letter.

Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke is an idiot, a traitor, a university educated fool, unfit to hold elected office, a carpet-bagger, a liar, and many Black people who live in South Central Los Angeles have nicknamed her "Brentwood Burke". This being said that pdf file is nonsense, and the misguided words of an Isome, and the two bit pompous excuse for a university professor Kevin41 are also worthless.

Case #C895188 is also of public record, where the defendants being the Los Angeles Unified School District, through the Los Angeles County Counsel have admitted guilt to each every allegation as charged. Since when do the defendants, the defendants being the County of Los Angeles, have the right to demand payment from a plaintiff, when clearly the Los Angeles Unified School District has been proven to be criminal in every way in civil court, as documented by Los Angeles Superior Court case #C895188. The very day that I violate the law by speeding, Felony Hit and Run, or otherwise, to which the government would be the plaintiffs, and I the defendant, to which the government would be responsible for all payment of my criminal violations would be the day that this would be true, meaning it won't happen....

.......the exception being the Black community, where this would be a possibility because the Black middleclass although university educated, either don't know, or don't care as to what they are doing, in that perverted activity is honored, and/or praised by so-called university educated individuals from the Black communty. The Black middleclass who believe falsehoods are the problem, and not the Mr. and Mrs. Leon E. Lofton, and/or the Lofton family.

Plenty of proof exists to prove that Michael Jackson is a Child Molestor, Jesse Jackson is a thief, etc., etc., the Black community just happens to be an ignorant community to which misfits, traitors, and criminals are praised while individuals worthy of praise are kicked to the curb, thrown to the wolves, ignored, subjected to unwarranted character assassination, etc.

This being said, I have no reason to respond to any two bit lying pompous excuse for a university professor, be it in a Kevin41 or otherwise.

...and Internet Technology sure beats the "Hell" out of the old "Snail Mail" method of circulating information!

Sincerely,

Michael Lofton


Too bad Lofton can only repeat the same talking points over and over again!
....but that is the value of being truthful, no matter how many times the truth is referenced it is still valid. Perhaps, the Empty Purnata's should be more truthful, so that they won't have to resort to foolishness to support their contentions.

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"- Here's proof -" by Isome, another misguided soul

Public records:
  • Ms. Ester Lofton: ...IF I CANNOT HOLD MY SUPERVISOR ACCOUNTABLE TO THE RULE OF LAW, THIS DISINGENUOUS, UN-AMERICAN DEMAND FOR $5,000 AND ITS RULINGS AND FURTHERANCE STANDS.

  • SUP. MOLINA: MS. LOFTON, DO YOU WANT TO SUMMARIZE, PLEASE? YOUR TIME IS UP.

  • MS. LOFTON: OKAY. WELL, I URGE YOU TO USE YOUR POWER TO GIVE ME EXTRAORDINARY RELIEF AND I'D LIKE TO LEAVE COPIES OF THIS
    FOR YOU.
pp. 145-147 of the pdf file[/QUOTE]

...more likely the Black community's time is up, because the longer that misfits, traitors, liars, criminals, and/or sleazy individuals are praised, the shorter will be the life of the Black community. In the interest of my own survival, and/or others within my circle of relatives, close friends, etc., I have distanced myself from this reality, by disassociating my life from Black people who fit this description to the letter.

Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke is an idiot, a traitor, a university educated fool, unfit to hold elected office, a carpet-bagger, a liar, and many Black people who live in South Central Los Angeles have nicknamed her "Brentwood Burke". This being said that pdf file is nonsense, and the misguided words of an Isome, and the two bit pompous excuse for a university professor Kevin41 are also worthless.

Case #C895188 is also of public record, where the defendants being the Los Angeles Unified School District, through the Los Angeles County Counsel have admitted guilt to each every allegation as charged. Since when do the defendants, the defendants being the County of Los Angeles, have the right to demand payment from a plaintiff, when clearly the Los Angeles Unified School District has been proven to be criminal in every way in civil court, as documented by Los Angeles Superior Court case #C895188. The very day that I violate the law by speeding, Felony Hit and Run, or otherwise, to which the government would be the plaintiffs, and I the defendant, to which the government would be responsible for all payment of my criminal violations would be the day that this would be true, meaning it won't happen....

.......the exception being the Black community, where this would be a possibility because the Black middleclass although university educated, either don't know, or don't care as to what they are doing, in that perverted activity is honored, and/or praised by so-called university educated individuals from the Black communty. The Black middleclass who believe falsehoods are the problem, and not the Mr. and Mrs. Leon E. Lofton, and/or the Lofton family.

Plenty of proof exists to prove that Michael Jackson is a Child Molestor, Jesse Jackson is a thief, etc., etc., the Black community just happens to be an ignorant community to which misfits, traitors, and criminals are praised while individuals worthy of praise are kicked to the curb, thrown to the wolves, ignored, subjected to unwarranted character assassination, etc.

This being said, I have no reason to respond to any two bit lying pompous excuse for a university professor, be it in a Kevin41 or otherwise.

...and Internet Technology sure beats the "Hell" out of the old "Snail Mail" method of circulating information!

Sincerely,

Michael Lofton
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Originally posted by Empty Purnata:
LOL, more Scorned B*tch PMSing! laugh


Still coming up empty huh, Empty Purnata....

....but that is the value of being truthful, no matter how many times the truth is referenced it is still valid. Perhaps, the Empty Purnata's should be more truthful, so that they won't have to resort to foolishness to support their contentions.

***************************

"- Here's proof -" by Isome, another misguided soul

Public records:
  • Ms. Ester Lofton: ...IF I CANNOT HOLD MY SUPERVISOR ACCOUNTABLE TO THE RULE OF LAW, THIS DISINGENUOUS, UN-AMERICAN DEMAND FOR $5,000 AND ITS RULINGS AND FURTHERANCE STANDS.

  • SUP. MOLINA: MS. LOFTON, DO YOU WANT TO SUMMARIZE, PLEASE? YOUR TIME IS UP.

  • MS. LOFTON: OKAY. WELL, I URGE YOU TO USE YOUR POWER TO GIVE ME EXTRAORDINARY RELIEF AND I'D LIKE TO LEAVE COPIES OF THIS
    FOR YOU.
pp. 145-147 of the pdf file" posted and introduced by Isome, the other misguided soul

...more likely the Black community's time is up, because the longer that misfits, traitors, liars, criminals, and/or sleazy individuals are praised, the shorter will be the life of the Black community. In the interest of my own survival, and/or others within my circle of relatives, close friends, etc., I have distanced myself from this reality, by disassociating my life from Black people who fit this description to the letter.

Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke is an idiot, a traitor, a university educated fool, unfit to hold elected office, a carpet-bagger, a liar, and many Black people who live in South Central Los Angeles have nicknamed her "Brentwood Burke". This being said that pdf file is nonsense, and the misguided words of an Isome, and the two bit pompous excuse for a university professor Kevin41 are also worthless.

Case #C895188 is also of public record, where the defendants being the Los Angeles Unified School District, through the Los Angeles County Counsel have admitted guilt to each every allegation as charged. Since when do the defendants, the defendants being the County of Los Angeles, have the right to demand payment from a plaintiff, when clearly the Los Angeles Unified School District has been proven to be criminal in every way in civil court, as documented by Los Angeles Superior Court case #C895188. The very day that I violate the law by speeding, Felony Hit and Run, or otherwise, to which the government would be the plaintiffs, and I the defendant, to which the government would be responsible for all payment of my criminal violations would be the day that this would be true, meaning it won't happen....

.......the exception being the Black community, where this would be a possibility because the Black middleclass although university educated, either don't know, or don't care as to what they are doing, in that perverted activity is honored, and/or praised by so-called university educated individuals from the Black communty. The Black middleclass who believe falsehoods are the problem, and not the Mr. and Mrs. Leon E. Lofton, and/or the Lofton family.

Plenty of proof exists to prove that Michael Jackson is a Child Molestor, Jesse Jackson is a thief, etc., etc., the Black community just happens to be an ignorant community to which misfits, traitors, and criminals are praised while individuals worthy of praise are kicked to the curb, thrown to the wolves, ignored, subjected to unwarranted character assassination, etc.

This being said, I have no reason to respond to any two bit lying pompous excuse for a university professor, be it in a Kevin41 or otherwise.

...and Internet Technology sure beats the "Hell" out of the old "Snail Mail" method of circulating information!

Sincerely,

Michael Lofton
direct from the democratic underground
    Guess what? You'll never believe this, but it turns out that the Bush administration has been secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to plant pro-U.S. stories. According to the Los Angeles Times, "The articles, written by U.S. military 'information operations' troops, are translated into Arabic and placed in Baghdad newspapers with the help of a defense contractor."

    Who would have thought it? I mean, it's not like the Bush administration ever did anything similar on the home front, is it? Well... apart from Armstrong Williams. And Maggie Gallagher. And Michael McManus. And there was that incident with the fake news reports and the actors. But hey, it's not like the Bush administration was breaking the law. What's that - they were? Oh.

    But as the Washington Post pointed out in an editorial last week, "In hindsight, maybe it shouldn't be surprising that the Pentagon has been secretly paying Iraqi journalists and news organizations to write and run positive stories about the war. ... But saying it was predictable makes it no less loathsome and damaging to find that the Bush administration has treated the Iraqi press, the Iraqi people and the very idea of Iraqi democracy with even greater contempt."

    That's right folks - it appears that "freedom and democracy" isn't really turning out to be much of a reason for invading Iraq either. So... we're not in Iraq because they had ties to Al Qaeda, we're not there because they had weapons of mass destruction, we're not there because Saddam Hussein was going to attack America, and we're not there to bring them freedom and democracy.

    But hey, we can't leave. That would be cutting and running. And if there's one thing more important than the lives of U.S. soldiers, it's the Bush administration not having to admit that they made a mistake.


Propoganda-spewing corporatists at their finest!
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Originally posted by Isome:

Who would have thought it? I mean, it's not like the Bush administration ever did anything similar on the home front, is it? Well... apart from Armstrong Williams. And Maggie Gallagher. And Michael McManus. And there was that incident with the fake news reports and the actors.


No one can really believe we live in a true democratic society. At best, this is "spectator democracy", a product of "engineered consent". At worst, we live in a self-imposed totalitarian state.
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Originally posted by Pace Tua:
No one can really believe we live in a true democratic society. At best, this is "spectator democracy", a product of "engineered consent". At worst, we live in a self-imposed totalitarian state.


In discussing today's political situation, I've often heard the saying, "people get the government they deserve." I agree.

The price of freedom (democracy) is not war and relinquishing our civil liberties, it is our time and attention. The average citizen uses the vagaries of life and the minutiae of day-to-day living as excuses for not being at a minumum aware of, and active in, politics. The result is wholesale apathy, ignorance and cynicism about the process.

Too small a percentage of the masses do not consider that their lives could be greatly improved if they stood up so that the elites couldn't stand on their backs and ride them into prosperity and power. Many hold the opinion that large scale corruption will happen anyway and there is nothing they can do about it; they don't think of how many more of us than there are of them, and that their acquiesence, if not outright complicity, makes that corruption possible.

This is a democratic republic, but without the participation of the masses it will cease to exist.
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Originally posted by Isome:

In discussing today's political situation, I've often heard the saying, "people get the government they deserve." I agree.

The price of freedom (democracy) is not war and relinquishing our civil liberties, it is our time and attention. The average citizen uses the vagaries of life and the minutiae of day-to-day living as excuses for not being at a minumum aware of, and active in, politics. The result is wholesale apathy, ignorance and cynicism about the process.

Too small a percentage of the masses consider that their lives could be greatly improved if they stood up so that the elites couldn't stand on their backs and ride them into prosperity and power. Many hold the opinion that large scale corruption will happen anyway and there is nothing they can do about it; they don't think of how many more of us than there are of them, and that their acquiesence, if not outright complicity, makes that corruption possible.

This is a democratic republic, but without the participation of the masses it will cease to exist.


Exactly, Isome!



But the idea that " they don't think of how many more of us than there are of them " is not a random one. This idea is promoted with design and intent. The idea is to have everyone believe that they are alone and that there is something wrong with them if they think, "Is this all there is to life, sitcoms and sports and electronic toys?"

People in our form of democracy must be isolated, segregated, and left to feel alone. Otherwise, they might start to organize and that's really threatening to the people who own everything. People might actually want to become participants in the political process, they might become more than just spectators.

In our form of democracy, organization is discouraged and even illegal in some cases. This is a trademark of a totalitarian state. Organization only causes trouble.

The last clear legislative victory for organized labor was the Wagner Act in 1937. That scared the hell out of those who own America and since then they've spent millions on PR designed to destroy a very rich working class culture. In that, they succeeded.

In the 1960s, organization scared them again with the Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-War movement. The people who own America and their intellectual minions whose job is to explain everything to the "bewildered herd" even had a name for it. They called it "a crisis in democracy". Again, they poured millions into propaganda and PR to portray the Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-War movement as "un-American" and anti-American".

These ideas are not new or original. They've been around for awhile. It is thought control through the use of PR and propaganda. There is no clearer example then the propaganda campaign of the Bush administration beginning in October of 2002 and leading to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
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Originally posted by Pace Tua:
There is no clearer example then the propaganda campaign of the Bush administration beginning in October of 2002 and leading to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.


"Remember the Maine", the rallying cry for the Spanish American War, was commonly known as the lie that it was, but by the time it made it into modern day text books the truth was scrubbed from the story. And, I just heard on the radio the other day that there was finally unassailable proof that the Gulf of Tonkin was pure balderdash. *snicker* But I'd had that understanding since ... a long time ago, well over 10 years.

*sigh*
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Originally posted by Isome:

And, I just heard on the radio the other day that there was finally unassailable proof that the Gulf of Tonkin was pure balderdash. *snicker* But I'd had that understanding since ... a long time ago, well over 10 years.



Yes, the attack on the USS Maddox on August 2, 1964 and the second attack on the Maddox and the C. Turner Joy on August 4 were lies and a pretext to attack North Vietnam. Yet another example of the US pursuing policies contrary to its own best interest, at a cost of two – four million Vietnamese dead (no one is sure of the real number) and fifty-eight thousand American dead.

These men never learn, do they? Or, they just don't care, at least about other people's lives.
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Or, they just don't care, at least about other people's lives.
I see no reason why the assumption should be made that they do care... as if the apparent "miscalculations" are things of concern. There is nothing for them to learn save how best to pull wool over eyes.

I mean, I seriously have problems with granting the benefit of the doubt that "these men" who parade themselves around as American patriots adn the like give a single shit about "America" outside of preserving a traditional "home" base.
Nmaginate:

They don't care... tis' true, tis' true!

Does anyone remember Shannon Reeves - repug from California with long locs, and a local NAACP head?

His name was mentioned a lot when Chimpy first got elected and they needed to add to the illusion of a growing Black conservative contingency. At the time, the hype was that Shannon would be big in politics soon and we should all look out because the conservatives were on the march.

Needless to say, he hasn't become big, yet. But the reason may be because despite Shannon's fervent belief in integrating the GOP and plowing ahead despite opposition (racism), he ran into some opposition (called the TRUTH about what the GOP really thinks of you) that ended his meteoric rise.

Here's the story:

    It started out as another boneheaded statement. But unlike other situations where apologies were offered and accepted (or not), this has escalated into what now is being called a "feud".

    A couple of weeks ago Bill Back, candidate for California Republican Party chairman, was outted by the Associated Press for a belated political email he sent including an essay written by Bill Lind of the Center for Cultural Conservatism. It said in part, "Given how bad things have gotten in the old USA, it's not hard to believe that history might have taken a better turn. The real damage to race relations in the South came not from slavery, but from Reconstruction, which would not have occurred if the South had won."

    Okay. Again I'm suspect why the press would dig up an email that was around two years old and make a big deal about it now. I do believe in Republican character assassination, especially in the aftermath of the Trent Lott saga.

    The California Black Republican Council ...called for Back's withdrawal from his chairman run. There was silence, until ...

    Randy Ridgel, member of the California Republican Party Board of Directors, ...publicly responded to Shannon Reeves, the only black member of the board and president of the Oakland chapter of the NAACP ...

    "I, for one, am getting bored with that kind of garbage. Let me offer this suggestion to Mr. Reeves: 'Get over it, bucko. You don't know squat about hardship.' I personally don't give a damn about your color ... so stop parading it around. We need human beings of all human colors in our party to pull their weight, so get in without the whining or get out."

    Wow.

    Not that Shannon Reeves needs anyone to defend him, but I'll let Mr. Ridgel's statement speak for itself as I put in my two cents.

    Nobody is asking for tears or sympathy, Mr. Ridgel. But there is a dynamic you just don't seem to get, and quite frankly based on your tone, wouldn't expect you to get.

    Black Republicans, unlike black people in America, can be called (not necessarily in this order), house nigger, Uncle Tom, sell-out, "trying to be white", just for agreeing with conservative principles. Something that Mr. Ridgel probably doesn't go through everyday. Liberals of all colors and races can use these epithets without criticism and in fact, are sometimes applauded for doing so.

    So he can be bored with this "garbage", but when a candidate for party chairman sends out materials that make it harder for us to not only defend the integrity of the party, but ourselves for our ideological choice, it is an issue.

    According to published reports, Ridgel agrees with the Lind essay...

    Ridgel has even offered to resend the Lind email and dares people to "to come after me. You sure as hell won't see me apologize to these turkeys."

    According to Ridgel, Back said it "was horribly destructive to the party" to parley the matter publicly. Mr. Back, take that up with the Associated Press. Someone there waited years to dig this up and let you have it. But your boy Ridgel needs to be reigned in because he's not helping your situation.

    "For the good of the party, he is not going to defend himself in public," Ridgel said of Back. "If he feels that way, I'm sticking with him."

    Reeves mentioned incidents at the 2000 Republican national convention in Philadelphia, where delegates asked him six times to "fetch them a taxi or carry their luggage."

    Ridgel has called Reeves "a bombastic gasbag" and bashed him for writing "a lengthy whining letter explaining how awful it is to be a black Republican."

    ]"Your sniveling letter makes me sick, young man; you are a superstar because you are a black Republican, and you love it. Now I wonder if you can make it as just a Republican ... like the rest of us. And don't try any of that Jesse Jackson, Maxine Waters racist garbage on me."

    Well, at least there are consistencies in life. What I love about the First Amendment is the ability to know who your friends are and who are your enemies.

    And you can clearly see why to call the Republican Party in California the minority party is an understatement. These are the people who run the show. These are the people who claim to want "inclusion". I've always criticized candidates who've said the GOP needs to be more inclusive. That statement implied they haven't been.

    And now I'm man enough to apologize to them because apparently, I've been wrong. Thank you, Mr. Ridgel, for setting me straight. ...


Let me point out what some of us have said for a very long time: Black repugs are put up front and made into stars precisely because they are the black face on atrocious policies for our community. The white folks smell their neediness, their desire to be seen as special and their desperation to be part of the winning team. And, they use it to their advantage. Need-to-grows are very sad folks.
ISOME, my point here intersects with your Masomakli Repost:

"White people in America are not intentionally your enemy. They really could not care less. They don't mean to hurt and disenfranchise you. It's just that when they work in their own best interest, black folk who don't move fast enough, sometimes get crushed."

It goes without saying that "they" have exported that domestic product abroad.

Another problem I have with speaking from the assumption that "they care" is that it falls prey to the traditional White frame that paints "them" and their intentions as honorable despite the facts or results.

I guess I would need Noam Chomsky or someone to characterize it best but the idea that the U.S. approaches situations with honorable intentions (which grants a huge benefit of a doubt especially considering the historical track record) but just stumble-fucks its way unwittingly into quagmires, etc. with all types of disasterous effects and unanticipated collateral damage is tantamount to promoting White Manifest Destiny and holding to the belief that they were/are "good Christian folk" just trying to "civilize" the "savages" around the world as oppose to them fulfilling their own self(ish)-interests. (See the Masomakli Repost again.)

Conservatives being the most resolved and [openly] articulate of those promoting The Manifest Destiny policies of the 21st Century.
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In the 1960s, organization scared them again with the Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-War movement. The people who own America and their intellectual minions whose job is to explain everything to the "bewildered herd" even had a name for it. They called it "a crisis in democracy". Again, they poured millions into propaganda and PR to portray the Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-War movement as "un-American" and anti-American".
E.P.

Isn't it funny [in a Hell Naw sort of way] that citizens acting democratically would be termed "a crisis in democracy"; while, an administration promoting the curtailing of individual and civil rights, the consolidation of power in the executive branch, and the wholesale abdication of the national agenda to corporate interests/entities, is seen as capable of fighting to establish democracy elsewhere?
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Needless to say, he hasn't become big, yet. But the reason may be because despite Shannon's fervent belief in integrating the GOP and plowing ahead despite opposition (racism), he ran into some opposition (called the TRUTH about what the GOP really thinks of you) that ended his meteoric rise.


I had to go back to the blog to realize that this insult, or what should have been an insult, happened almost three years ago. But Reeves is still associated with Republicanism, even though the likes of Ridgel loom heavy in the California GOP leadership. http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/elector_list_2004.pdf

Here's more about this tolerant and welcoming representative of the republican party:

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For many years Randy has been at the top of the local GOP apparatus, and shortly after 9-11 publicly stated his belief that anyone suspected of being Arab or Arab-like in appearance should be demoted to a status beneath that enjoyed by the rest of us civil rights-wise, an unsurprising position to take given his upbringing in Jim Crow's Louisiana.


So ... would that place them ahead of or just behind Reeves in the "deserving america" pecking order?

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The sad part with Ridgel is that he isn't like the people who really run the GOP, the rich. Randy is just like tens of millions of other fellow middleclass Republican dupes who are told the GOP is saving them from the democrats


The sad thing is just as Black republicans seek to connect with a political body that clearly holds them in destine; so too do these poor-a$$ed [or would be poor-a$$ed if it weren't for the public trough that they criticize so much] white republicans.
Yet another absurdity:
    Back in June of this year, William C. Bradford, an associate professor at Indiana University School of Law, claimed that he had been discriminated against by a faculty committee. Bradford was a Special Forces major who fought in Desert Storm and Bosnia, and was awarded the Silver Star. He said the committee had voted against him for tenure because they were liberals who didn't like his military service.

    Bradford did radio interviews, appeared on Fox News with Bill O'Reilly, and was championed by David Horowitz. According to the Indianapolis Star, "He wore a Silver Star lapel pin around campus. He had a major's gold-leaf insignia plate on his vehicle."

    And last week he resigned from Indiana University because it turns out that, funnily enough, he wasn't actually a Special Forces major at all, nor did he win a Silver Star in the first Iraq war. In fact, Bradford was a second lieutenant in the Army Reserves. He was in military intelligence, never saw active duty, and was not awarded any medals.

    But hey, I guess this is all the fault of those evil liberal professors who just hate veterans. They probably forced him to wear that Silver Star pin, put that major's plate on his car, and made him lie about his service record. Because it can't possibly be William Bradford's fault.
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Originally posted by Isome:
Yet another absurdity:
    Back in June of this year, William C. Bradford, an associate professor at Indiana University School of Law, claimed that he had been discriminated against by a faculty committee. Bradford was a Special Forces major who fought in Desert Storm and Bosnia, and was awarded the Silver Star. He said the committee had voted against him for tenure because they were liberals who didn't like his military service.

    Bradford did radio interviews, appeared on Fox News with Bill O'Reilly, and was championed by David Horowitz. According to the Indianapolis Star, "He wore a Silver Star lapel pin around campus. He had a major's gold-leaf insignia plate on his vehicle."

    And last week he resigned from Indiana University because it turns out that, funnily enough, he wasn't actually a Special Forces major at all, nor did he win a Silver Star in the first Iraq war. In fact, Bradford was a second lieutenant in the Army Reserves. He was in military intelligence, never saw active duty, and was not awarded any medals.

    But hey, I guess this is all the fault of those evil liberal professors who just hate veterans. They probably forced him to wear that Silver Star pin, put that major's plate on his car, and made him lie about his service record. Because it can't possibly be William Bradford's fault.


I beat you to that one ISOME. Wink Posted it to the thread about the collegiate liberal conspiracy. Sorry.
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But hey, I guess this is all the fault of those evil liberal professors who just hate veterans. They probably forced him to wear that Silver Star pin, put that major's plate on his car, and made him lie about his service record. Because it can't possibly be William Bradford's fault.



* I guess that includes me, but since I am black.....i'm a two-bit pompus professor of pomposity (lofton's ignunt azz quote)...hilarious......
Eloquent Prose from The Rude Pundit -
    12/7/2005
    Gettin' High Off the Fumes of Bullshit:

    Man, if bullshit was Prozac, what a chill nation this'd be. Sure, there'd be precipitously more suicides, maybe a smilin' serial killer or two, but mostly, it'd be chill America. 'Cause whenever the President speaks, the wafting scent of bullshit that emanates out of his mouth oughta have more of a purpose than stinkin' up the joint and fillin' the ozone with methane. Otherwise, why the fuck does he talk at all?

    Take Bush's speech on Monday about the economy. Bush was massaging the rhetoric like a man whore puttin' pressure on an old moneybag's prostate. Talkin' to the "people" at a John Deere plant (get it? It's for the workin' people, like Bush) in Kernersville, North Carolina, the President bizarrely listed all the horrible things that have happened on his watch: "In the past five years, our economy has endured a stock market collapse, a recession, terrorist attacks, corporate scandals, high energy costs, and devastating natural disasters." Now, a humble man might bow to the forces, economic and natural, that have brought about such nightmares. A wise man might take some responsibility. A smart man might not have mentioned them at all.

    Bush, though? Well, see, all that shit happened despite his best efforts, you stupid, ungrateful fucks: "These were all shocks to our economy, which I felt required decisive action. I believe that economy grows when people are allowed to keep more of their own money, to be able to save and to spend." See the economic genius at work there? If people can save and spend their own money, then corporate scandals won't happen and God'll be so ...happy that he won't send hurricanes to fuck with the overtaxed citizenry of the South. Oh, and, hey, thanks for the "decisive action" there on Katrina and Enron.

    By the end, after a laundry list of shit promises that'll never happen or will happen in a way that dicks over the majority of the workers at that John Deere plant, the speech reached a point of embarassment of praise of the mythical American worker: "You know, the great thing about our history when you look at it is the American people have always proved the pessimists wrong. At the start of a hopeful new century, the American worker is the most productive worker that human history has ever known." Then, the money quote, the one that says, "Hey, it's shitty now, but we're not gonna acknowledge it": "[T]he best days are yet to come for the American economy." Which is not unlike saying to a group of rape victims, "There will come a time when you're not raped. We'll call those the 'salad days.'"

    The regional press was not, let's say, impressed. The lead editorial from today's Winston-Salem Journal (which has the same initials as the Wall Street Journal, but is significantly less evil) about the Bush visit is titled "Walk the Walk." The Journal comments, "[Bush] painted his administration as one that's fiscally conservative, when its reckless spending has been anything but. He noted encouraging economic figures released last month, but those figures hardly offset all the manufacturing jobs that have been lost - especially since the jobs being created often pay less than those lost." However, the speech was, typically, a set-up, a little play for the cameras: "[T]he president spoke to an invitation-only crowd at the plant Monday, so nobody was questioning him, at least publicly."

    And the Greensboro News-Record dared to fact check the shiny, happy numbers Bush touted. In the speech, Bush, in one of those festive misspeaks that make him so much fun to hear and read, said, "Today, one of every 12 jobs in North Carolina is exported by -- is supported by exports. In other words, one in 12 of the people who work in this state do so because they're selling a product overseas." However, Marta Hummel notes, "Since Bush took office, the state has lost 172,000 manufacturing jobs, many in the Piedmont Triad" (the region of the John Deere plant).

    So perhaps it was fitting that Bush chose to make his economic speech at a factory that makes machines that spread manure. Poetic, if you think about it. For we're wallowin' neck deep in it now.

    // posted by Rude One @ 12:46 PM
I guess when you're conservative, saying whatever unsupported "facts" that comes off the top of your head or flat out lying, comes as natural as rain.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/K/KS_SCOKAN_GOP_HO...=2005-12-09-16-18-02

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Supreme Court disbars GOP candidate for lieutenant governor

By JOHN HANNA
Associated Press Writer

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A Republican candidate for lieutenant governor who accused court officials of misconduct and other attorneys of participating in illegal baby trafficking lost his law license Friday.

The Kansas Supreme Court disbarred Bret D. Landrith, of Topeka, citing his comments about officials and other attorneys, which it said he had failed to support with "even an iota" of evidence. The court also questioned his competence ...
:: The Conservative Bubble ::
    [NBC anchor Brian Williams] ...showing the president the Newsweek cover picturing him trapped in a bubble.

    "This says you're in a bubble," Brian told W. "You have a very small circle of advisers now. Is that true? Do you feel in a bubble?"

    "No, I don't feel in a bubble, I feel like I'm getting really good advice from very capable people and that people from all walks of life have informed me and informed those who advise me." He added, "I'm very aware of what's going on."

    He swiftly contradicted himself by admitting that "this is the first time I'm seeing this magazine" ....

    ...The president's bubble requires constant care. It's not easy to keep out huge tragedies like Katrina, or flawed policies like Iraq. ...Newsweek noted, a foreign diplomat "was startled when Secretary of State Rice warned him not to lay bad news on the president. 'Don't upset him,' she said."

    Heaven forbid. Don't burst his bubble.
:: Winning by Hook or By Crook ::

An ex-GOP official was convicted by a jury on Thursday of telephone harassment for his role in a phone-jamming plot against New Hampshire Democrats in 2002.
    [James] Tobin, 45, of Bangor, Maine, was regional political director to the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2002 election, the year of a closely watched Senate race between Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and Republican John Sununu. Sununu defeated Shaheen, 51 percent to 46 percent.

    ...For nearly two hours on Election Day 2002, hundreds of hang-up calls overwhelmed Democratic get-out-the-vote phone banks and a ride-to-the-polls line run by Manchester's firefighters union.

    The state GOP's former executive director, Chuck McGee, who admitted hatching the plot, has completed a seven-month sentence for conspiracy. After speaking with Tobin, McGee hired Allen Raymond, former president of Viginia-based GOP Marketplace LLC, to carry out the jamming. Raymond pleaded guilty to his role and hopes a five-month sentence will be reduced in exchange for his cooperation with prosecutors.
http://www.wbay.com/global/story.asp?s=4220243&ClientType=Printable

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Alderman Accused of Calling Radio Station with Racist Message
Dec 9, 2005, 05:12 PM MST
By Kathryn Bracho and WBAY.com

A radio show caller who made what some say are racist comments has been exposed as embroiled Green Bay City Council member Earl Van Den Heuvel. WTAQ Radio commissioned a lab voice analysis to show that Van Den Heuvel used a false name to speak his mind.

WTAQ says the caller on November 2nd identified himself as Don, who called to discuss minorities living in the Green Bay area.

"Don" said he thought minorities were the cause of much of the area's crime. "They are committing the crimes and they are doing these things, and I'll tell you what, it's about time we start cracking down on these people."

"If he's got his pants hanging down to his knees, like most of these young black youth have, I'm gonna call the police. I have and I will."

He continued, "Being a racist may be a smart thing to protect your property in this city. Until the people start changing, until the people start doing the things they need to do to bring around their people, you're not stupid for being a racist, you're smart and you're looking out for your property."

The radio station had the call analyzed by a forensic audiologist, who determined it matched Van Den Heuvel's voice. Action 2 News tried but was unable to reach Van Den Heuvel for this story. He has acknowledged to other media organizations that he made the call.
Thursday morning, WTAQ's Jerry Bader, who had the audio analyzed, called for Van Den Heuvel to resign from the city council and the Brown County Board -- not just for his remarks but for the lie that followed.

Bader said the conversation went like this: "I said, 'Earl, did you call my show last night?' 'No, no I didn't call your show.' 'You didn't call my show pretending to be Don in Green Bay?' 'No. Why would I do that?'"

Bader told listeners, "I think he should resign and resign immediately. He's an embarrassment to the city."

The consensus of most callers was that Van Den Heuvel should step down, including a fellow council member. Tony Theisen said, "I'm a strong believer in taking responsibility for your actions. If I'm Earl, I would resign."

Another caller said, "He needs to hang his head in shame, clean out his desk, and get out of county and city government. I'm so ashamed of him."

"In society alone there is no reason for that type of behavior let alone being a representative of the community. It's despicable."

Few callers defended him.

"I think if he believes what he said, he should defend what he said and put it up to the people to be re-elected. You know, it's not like he perjured himself in front of a grand jury," said another caller.

"I think he should not resign, and I think we should let the people in his district decide if he should be in there or not, not all the other people from all over the city. Leave it up to the people of his district."

Van Den Heuvel made news just this week when he apologized for calling a person a profanity after that person emailed his concerns about Van Den Heuvel's position on the downtown boardwalk plan. Before he apologized, some alders had called for censuring him.
I know this piece is long but I think it's informative and from a great site.

[Note to some folk ... after each statement, there is a citation for where the statement can be found. That's called verification of facts.]

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Most outrageous statements of 2005
Here are the most outrageous statements Media Matters for America has documented this year. From attacks on women, Muslims, and African-Americans to a call for the assassination of a foreign leader to an open invitation for Al Qaeda to "blow up" San Francisco to a claim that gay marriage would lead to unions between "a man and his donkey," these statements acutely represent the extreme conservative speech we found in the news media in 2005. (We tried to limit the comments to a Top 10 list, but it was simply impossible.)

Former Reagan administration Secretary of Education Bill Bennett: "[Y]ou could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down." [Salem Radio Network's Bill Bennett's Morning in America, 9/28/05]
Pat Robertson: "If [Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez] thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it." [Christian Broadcasting Network's The 700 Club, 8/22/05]
Bill O'Reilly to San Francisco: "[I]f Al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. ... You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead." [Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly, 12/8/05]
Bill O'Reilly, agreeing with caller that illegal immigrants are "biological weapon[s]": "I think you could probably make an absolutely airtight case that more than 3,000 Americans have been either killed or injured, based upon the 11 million illegals who are here." [Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly, 4/15/05]
Rush Limbaugh: "Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society." [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 8/12/05]
Rush Limbaugh on the kidnapping of peace activists in Iraq: "I'm telling you, folks, there's a part of me that likes this." [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 11/29/05]
Ann Coulter: Bill Clinton "was a very good rapist"; "I'm getting a little fed up with hearing about, oh, civilian casualties"; "I think we ought to nuke North Korea right now just to give the rest of the world a warning." [New York Observer, 1/10/05]
Ann Coulter: "Isn't it great to see Muslims celebrating something other than the slaughter of Americans?" [Syndicated column, 2/3/05]
Radio host Glenn Beck: "[Y]ou know it took me about a year to start hating the 9-11 victims' families? Took me about a year." [Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program, 9/9/05]
Tucker Carlson: "Canada is a sweet country. It is like your retarded cousin you see at Thanksgiving and sort of pat him on the head. You know, he's nice, but you don't take him seriously. That's Canada." [MSNBC's The Situation with Tucker Carlson, 12/15/05]
American Family Association president Tim Wildmon: Liberals "don't have the kind of family responsibilities most people have, and certainly not church responsibilities." [American Family Radio's Today's Issues, 5/11/05]
David Horowitz on Cindy Sheehan: "It's very hard to have respect for a woman who exploits the death of her own son and doesn't respect her own son's life. ... She portrays him as an idiot." [MSNBC's Connected: Coast to Coast, 8/16/05]
Radio host Neal Boortz on the execution of Stanley "Tookie" Williams: "[T]here will be riots in South Central Los Angeles and elsewhere. ... The rioting, of course, will lead to wide scale looting. There are a lot of aspiring rappers and NBA superstars who could really use a nice flat-screen television right now." [Boortz.com, 12/12/05]
Pat Buchanan: "Our guys" in Iraq "have got every right to have good news put into the media and get to the people of Iraq, even if it's got to be planted or bought." [MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, 12/1/05]
National Review editor Rich Lowry: Given EPA-mandated "small-flush" toilets, "[h]ow is it possible to flush a Quran down the toilet?" [Young America's Foundation speech, 8/5/05]
Neal Boortz, suggesting that a victim of Hurricane Katrina housed in an Atlanta hotel consider prostitution: "I dare say she could walk out of that hotel and walk 100 yards in either direction on Fulton Industrial Boulevard here in Atlanta and have a job. What's that? Well, no, no, no. ... Well, you know what? [laughing] Now that you mention it ... [i]f that's the only way she can take care of herself, it sure beats the hell out of sucking off the taxpayers." [Cox Radio Syndication's The Neal Boortz Show, 10/24/05]
Focus on the Family founder and chairman James C. Dobson: Same-sex marriage would lead to "marriage between daddies and little girls ... between a man and his donkey." [Focus on the Family radio program, 10/6/05]
Accuracy in Media editor Cliff Kincaid: "Have you noticed that many news organizations, in honor of former ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings, have embarked on a quit smoking campaign? So why don't our media launch a campaign advising people to quit engaging in the dangerous and addictive homosexual lifestyle? ... It appears that the homosexual lifestyle is as addictive as smoking." [Accuracy in Media column, 12/14/05]
courtesy of democratic underground

Condoleezza Rice


    George W. Bush gave Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice a very important job last week. According to the Financial Times:

    President George W. Bush on Wednesday announced that the State Department would lead all US post-conflict reconstruction, a move that supersedes the controversial decision to give that task to the Pentagon in Iraq following the 2003 invasion. ... A former senior official involved in what he called the "chaos" of post-war reconstruction efforts in Iraq said yesterday's announcement also affirmed the growing power and influence of Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state.

    Ah yes, those "chaotic" postwar reconstruction efforts. Now who was in charge of those again...? Let me see here... (cue wobbly visuals and bleepy keyboard music as we travel back in time)
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    USA Today, 10/6/2003:
    President Bush is giving his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, the authority to manage postwar Iraq and the rebuilding of Afghanistan. ... Rice will head the Iraq Stabilization Group, which will have coordinating committees on counterterrorism, economic development, political affairs and media messages.


    Huh. So... how did that work out?

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    Washington Post, 5/18/2004:
    With all the chaos and uncertainty in Iraq, this would be a good time to call on the White House's Iraq Stabilization Group. At least it would have been a good time to call on the Stabilization Group if the group itself had not become, er, unstable. ... Critics of recent U.S. actions in Iraq, including some within the White House, said the destabilized Stabilization Group is a metaphor for an Iraq policy that is adrift as U.S. ambitions in the country are thwarted by an insurgency and a prisoner-abuse scandal.


    I can't wait for Dubya to announce that he's got this great new guy called Mike Brown to run FEMA.

    Incidentally, Condoleezza Rice also said last week that "I should remind people we are there [in Iraq] under a U.N. mandate." Really? UN Secretary General Kofi Annan thinks differently; he's called the invasion of Iraq "illegal" and "not in conformity with the UN Charter." I guess someone must have their wires crossed.
.....be it Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green Party, or otherwise.....

.....the Black community is being looked upon as being insignificant, perverted, criminal, sleazy, wreckless, backwards, un-American, treasonous, self destructive, poverty stricken, social welfare dependent, bigotted, lazy, hateful, uncaring, selfish, useless, begging, continuously playing the race card, etc., ......

......an outlook that has more to do with a ethnic group's financial status, holdings, consumer spending power, business ownership, competency, criminal tendency, attitude, etc....

....than racism.....

......and Hispanics, Koreans, and/or other ethnic groups, tend to be more supportive of each other, and more willing to live together in apartments, homes, or otherwise, such that they share the expenses of renting or buying, be it for renting an apartment, buying a home, and/or purchasing a business.

Heck, by and large, before killing each other when faced with poverty conditions, Latinos will live like sardines in a can, and make sacrifices to stretch their meager income, and before long, the next thing you know they have saved enough money to purchase a building, a business, etc.


Slim chance exists where Black people will live two in room, without a disagreement, a falling out, etc. More or less, all this talk of circulating Black dollars, and Black unity, is just talk, be it from those in poverty, to those of affluence, as it applies to our Black middleclass, and/or our inept elected officials, which more or less is making it very easy for any outsider, or group of outsiders willing to make the necessary sacrifices, and/or willing to pool their resources, to take over any community formerly predominated by Black people.

Furthermore, be it the Rampart Scandal, the atrocities of a "Killer/Butcher King", and/or otherwise, Hispanic representatives, Hispanics in positions of influence, and/or the Hispanic people are more apt, or willing to sue government for redress when violated, (and less likely to commit acts of treason to keep their people in poverty, distress, and/or otherwise) which is yet another source of lawful revenue, revenue to the tune of multi-mega bucks.

In addition to their numbers, Hispanics also have the purchasing power, to which Corporate America, is not about to overlook.

The Black community must become much more competitive as it concerns "free enterprise", in the best interest of its' own future survival.

..and today there is definitely a advantage to be bilingual. In many cases, to speak more than one language is rewarded and considered a plus, as it pertains to any area composed of so many immigrant groups, such as the State of California, Texas, and/or any other State with such a large number of immigrants. In many cases California Public School teachers are expected to be bilingual.

Sincerely,

Michael Lofton
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I wonder why there is sooo much laughter when the guy speaks.....I guess it is hard to take a tom serious....when you know their first and foremost motive is to defend the stats quo and their white masters....I thought the term conservative idiot applied here.........

My dad's barbershop ...byLarry Elder
and personal responsibility

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Posted: December 29, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

Editor's note: The following column contains language that may be offensive to some readers.

By Larry Elder



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© 2005 Laurence A. Elder

While off for the holidays, I took my 90-year-old, former Marine, Republican dad to his inner-city barbershop. Dad goes to the same barbershop that my brothers and I went to when we were growing up. Different people now own the shop, and I hadn't set foot in there in probably 35 years. Is it still, I asked Dad, the same "afro-centric," white-man-done-me-wrong, trash-talking joint? "Yes," sighed my father, who taught my brothers and me to overcome racism through hard work and personal responsibility.

When we get there, it's packed. Two barbers, cutting hair, with about six or seven people waiting. But the walls no longer sport posters of an angry, finger-pointing Malcolm X, or Elijah Muhammad, the founder of the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam, or Marcus Garvey, who urged blacks to leave racist America and return to Africa. I remember them staring down at me as my barber ranted about how "the white man" oppresses us. But on this day, as my dad and I walk in, one of the barbers recognizes me.

Barber: Mr. Larry Elder, how you doin'?

Larry: This is my dad. (My taciturn dad never told him that the notorious Sage from South Central was his son.) How many ahead of him?

Barber: Two.

The barber offered to take my dad right away, cutting in front of others, but dad and I quickly refused. As we waited, one of the barbers and I began talking about what the barber called the "problem of racism." I argued that racism no longer posed a significant obstacle to black progress. What other country could produce a Colin Powell, a Condi Rice, an Oprah Winfrey, a Tiger Woods, a Barack Obama and a Snoop Dogg?


Larry: What about my dad? How did he manage? How do you compare what it's like now to what it was like then? He grew up in the Jim Crow South during the Depression, when black adult unemployment was 50 percent. He dropped out of school at age 13, after his mother threw him out of the house in favor of her then-boyfriend. Hard jobs followed, and he served in World War II. When he came out, he worked two full-time jobs as a janitor, cooked for a family on the weekends and went to night school to get his high school G.E.D. He saved his money and somehow managed to start a restaurant when he was in his 40s, which he ran until he was in his 80s. If racism didn't stop him then, how can racism stop you today? And he votes Republican!

Most of the customers, and the barbers, start laughing. But another customer could take it no longer.

Customer: But you have to admit, Elder, that the playing field is not level. White people have more money and more property than we do.


Larry: (Turning to him.) Let's say I'm white and I got money. (Laughter.) Either I worked for it or my dad worked for it, or my grandfather worked for it and I inherited it. Still, it's my money. And guess what – I'm not giving it to you! I'm sorry about Rodney King. I'm sorry about Emmett Till. I'm sorry about Rosa Parks. I'm not giving you my money. I'm sorry they turned water hoses and dogs on Martin Luther King. I'm sorry about Rosewood. I'm sorry about the Tuskegee Experiment. I'm not giving you my money. I'm sorry about slavery. I'm sorry about Jim Crow. But I never owned a slave, and I don't use the 'N' word. I am not giving you my money.

The barbers laughed.

Larry: Now, what are you gonna do about it? Take it from me? Hah! I believe in the Second Amendment, and I own a gun. (More laughter.) Try and come and get it. (More laughter.) Try and take it from me through politics, and I'm gonna vote Republican to keep my taxes down. (More laughter.) Now I ask you again, what do you intend to do about it? Let me offer a suggestion – invest in yourself. Get an education, learn a trade or a skill, get a job, and get your own stuff. So you can BMW – bitch, moan and whine – all you want. But I am not giving you my money.

By now, most of the men in the barbershop, including the barbers, laughed.

Barber: The man makes sense.

Larry: When can we blacks get to the point where you and I can have a disagreement – about racism, affirmative action, the War in Iraq, whatever – without someone who thinks like me being a sell-out or an Uncle Tom? Is that at all possible? Am I asking too much?

Barber: (Smiling.) No, man, that's not asking too much.

While driving home, my dad said, "That was something, Larry."

"No, Dad," I said, "you are something. Besides, I said nothing you hadn't heard before – or said."
"I wonder how many Black people really give a schit about how they are LOOKED at..." by Kevin41

"I wonder why there is sooo much laughter when the guy speaks.....I guess it is hard to take a tom serious....when you know their first and foremost motive is to defend the stats quo and their white masters....I thought the term conservative idiot applied here........." by Kevin41

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".....be it Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green Party, or otherwise.....

.....the Black community is being looked upon as being insignificant, perverted, criminal, sleazy, wreckless, backwards, un-American, treasonous, self destructive, poverty stricken, social welfare dependent, bigotted, lazy, hateful, uncaring, selfish, useless, begging, continuously playing the race card, etc.,......

......an outlook that has more to do with a ethnic group's financial status, holdings, consumer spending power, business ownership, competency, criminal tendency, attitude, etc....

....than racism....." by Michael Lofton

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Crime Is Easing Its Grip on L.A.

Serious offenses and gangs still plague two of city's toughest areas, but improvement is visible.

By J. Michael Kennedy and Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writers

January 3, 2006

In the toughest part of Los Angeles, that stretch of neighborhoods that fan out from the southern border of the USC campus, more homicides are committed than in any other area of the city. Gangs still roam the streets. And yet there is reason for hope, a sense that things have gotten better.

Swaths of South Los Angeles communities are posting improving crime statistics. In the southwest area of Los Angeles, for instance, police say homicides are down by 21% from 2004 and aggravated assaults have been reduced by almost half, from 2,208 in 2004 to 1,277 as 2005 came to an end. Even shootings are down, by 31%.

And it is not just there.

Take Pacoima, nestled at the base of the mountains in the northern reaches of the city. This once was serious gang country. Its streets remain grimy and most of the buildings could use fresh paint. But here in this working-class suburb, life is looking up, if only by degrees.

"It's not Beverly Hills, but it's a lot nicer," said Edwin Ramirez, the president of Pacoima's neighborhood council.

Yards are being cleaned up. Parents, even those only recently arrived in this country, are doing more in the schools to help their children. There is a palpable sense of progress in the effort to eradicate Pacoima's old criminal image.

For Fabiola Cruz, owner of In Style Beauty Salon & Supply, it's a matter of feeling safer in a nearby Pacoima park and seeing fewer groups of intimidating young men.

"When I came, there were lots of groups of persons who did many bad things," she said. "But over the years, things got better. The park is OK now, but some areas are still so-so. I think parents have become more careful with their kids. They put them in programs to learn baseball and basketball.

"I think before it was really difficult. When I came to Pacoima, I saw a lot of cruising by a lot of young boys. They drank and did drugs."

These days, police make regular runs in front of her shop and the most visible evidence of gang activity is the tagging that goes on around town when any blank wall presents itself.

Police Chief William J. Bratton credits the Los Angeles Police Department's assertive policing for reducing crime by about 10% citywide for the third year in a row. Among other factors, he cites the increased use of computers, extra detectives and patrol officers in high-crime areas and an emphasis on closely monitoring repeat offenders as reasons for the drop-off.

Crime reports always ignite disputes over whether tougher policing or a generally aging population coupled with improving economic conditions explain decreasing crime, and last year has been no different.

But Bratton and his subordinates say the effect of a more rational, uniform approach to policing can't be ignored.

"We study crime daily in an aggressive way. We don't just hope we're lucky," said Capt. James E. Craig, the commander of the LAPD's Southwest Division. "We have a methodology, a surgical way of looking at crime trends and patterns. We work in a very collective way."

In Craig's division, as in other neighborhoods, the emphasis among residents and activists is more about what needs to be done than what has been accomplished.

In Leimert Park, the cultural heart of the Crenshaw district, where African art galleries, cafes, and shops line the streets, merchants say crime has not dropped enough to celebrate.

Although the area has never looked so good, or had so much art and music or so many restaurants and clothing stores, patrons vanish by nightfall. Then the soaring sounds of a saxophone and floating aroma of coffee waft over lonely sidewalks.

Twins Richard and Ron Harris, who opened the popular Lucy Florence Coffee House in 2000, say they measure success by foot traffic, not statistics.

"I don't believe crime is down in this area because there are not enough people walking," Richard Harris said.

While praising the individual officers who work the neighborhood, merchants said the overall relationship with police still needs improvement if crime is to drop in a way that creates a broader sense of security.

"It is our hope that people begin to work more closely with the police, cooperating more with them because there is crime here," Ron Harris said. "I think the community needs to stop looking at LAPD as the enemy."

And the police, he said, need to create the impression they are patrolling to prevent crime, not seeking it out.

Up the street at Gallery Plus, Laura Hendrix, outgoing president of the Leimert Park Merchants' Assn., said she was recently robbed by a customer who gave her a $100 bill, then grabbed both the bill and the change and fled. She used the incident to underline her positive experience with LAPD and pulled a sheaf of business cards with the names and cellphone numbers of police officers from her wallet.

"They were excellent in responding, and I think the relationship with the police is better now than it has been in the past," Hendrix said. What happened to her, however, illustrates the petty crimes that require constant vigilance.

"It's not people breaking in and taking things; it's that you have to always be cautious. You can't slip," Hendrix said.

At the nearby Gwen Bolden Youth Foundation, founder Bolden said a recent breakthrough came when parents of the 150 youths who receive tutoring and other services at the center spent an evening meeting with police.

"The parents could actually see some of the officers and know their names instead of saying 'Who is that cop?' Now it's 'Oh, that's Officer Morales.'

"We've had officers in to talk to the kids about their own children and our kids found out that some of their children had difficulties too," she said. "It made them more a part of the community."

Farther north, in Pacoima, meanwhile, Albert Hernandez, who owns Mission Auto Electric Co. on Van Nuys Boulevard, said the community had seen darker days.

"People were always breaking into the cars and my building," he said. "If it got dark here and you didn't have to come, you wouldn't come. Today you see some strange people on the street, but it's not the same."

These days, the Los Angeles police are paying attention to Pacoima and other communities, including adjacent Sylmar, where it is sufficiently safe that one of the major issues among homeowners is whether a new set of baseball fields should be built north of the 210 Freeway. In the northeast Valley, homicides were down 17%, burglaries down 19% and robberies down 30%, according to last year's report.

Capt. Jerry Szymanski, whose division takes in Pacoima, said a police presence was key to success. Szymanski's Foothill area is now ranked last in crime within the city and he said his officers' jobs are vastly different from those working the inner city. Still, he said, nothing would have been possible without changing attitudes on both sides.

"Relations between Foothill and the community have never been better; it's a matter of respect," he said. "The key for us is staying on top of things."

Copyright 2006 Los Angeles Times

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....now it would behoove anyone with even a minute amount of common sense, to be concerned as to how they are perceived or looked upon, because those with the money to invest, be it Caucasian, Black, Hispanic, Korean, Islamic, Jewish, or otherwise tend to invest stronger in areas with low crime rates, lower levels of risk that might result in loss due to criminal activity, etc., etc.

It would behoove any community to sell itself as being law abiding, ethical, competent, loyal, lower risk, etc., to bring about interest, prosperity, business growth and development!


Sincerely,

Michael Lofton
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Originally posted by Kevin41:
I wonder why there is sooo much laughter when the guy speaks.....I guess it is hard to take a tom serious....when you know their first and foremost motive is to defend the stats quo and their white masters....I thought the term conservative idiot applied here.........


Thanks for staying on topic Kevin! Great article! Funny!! I have to say it again, you KNOW Larry Elder is one of the conservative's last remaining mean queens that do their bidding with gusto!!
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Originally posted by Kevin41:
I wonder why there is sooo much laughter when the guy speaks.....I guess it is hard to take a tom serious....when you know their first and foremost motive is to defend the stats quo and their white masters....I thought the term conservative idiot applied here.........


Thanks for staying on topic Kevin! Great article! Funny!! I have to say it again, you KNOW Larry Elder is one of the conservative's last remaining mean queens that do their bidding with gusto!!




**Was that schit hilarious or what? I never knew black people could be such bufoons, clowns and lackeys.....i'm glad they are small in number............
"I wonder how many Black people really give a schit about how they are LOOKED at..." by Kevin41

"I wonder why there is sooo much laughter when the guy speaks.....I guess it is hard to take a tom serious....when you know their first and foremost motive is to defend the stats quo and their white masters....I thought the term conservative idiot applied here........." by Kevin41

"**Was that schit hilarious or what? I never knew black people could be such buffoons, clowns and lackeys.....i'm glad they are small in number............" by Kevin41
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Isome,

MEAN QUEENS.....now THAT is funny........wonder if i'll get to read this post again....I did not know that MBM created an "echo" feature for our posts, where soon as you post it, you see it in an subsequent post also.......interesting indeed huh.......... hat


The scuttlebutt is that Larry, like his compadre Armstrong Williams, is as queer as a $3 bill ... time will tell. Far too often the most vicious and truth-distorting GOP shills are closeted homosexuals. Perhaps it is the stress of having to live a lie that makes them that way.

In any event, the "echo" posts can be a good thing, huh'?! Interesting, thought-provoking information can be lost in the shuffle of a thread.
Speaking of living a closeted lifestyle, here's another idiot. This Christian fundamentalist with a sexual appetite for the same sex, has been a frequent opponent of homosexuality because it is sinful and destructive.

It seems that Minister Lonnie Latham of South Tulsa Baptist Church in Oklahoma (you can see his photograph here on this snapshot of the church's website, since subsequent to his arrest it was removed form the main website)was caught soliciting an undercover police officer for oral sex.

I suppose he should know how destructive it is, considering his own homosexuality compelled him to commit a crime! If he had just told everyone that in the first place...
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Originally posted by Isome:
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Isome,

MEAN QUEENS.....now THAT is funny........wonder if i'll get to read this post again....I did not know that MBM created an "echo" feature for our posts, where soon as you post it, you see it in an subsequent post also.......interesting indeed huh.......... hat


The scuttlebutt is that Larry, like his compadre Armstrong Williams, is as queer as a $3 bill ... time will tell. Far too often the most vicious and truth-distorting GOP shills are closeted homosexuals. Perhaps it is the stress of having to live a lie that makes them that way.

In any event, the "echo" posts can be a good thing, huh'?! Interesting, thought-provoking information can be lost in the shuffle of a thread.


* I think it is their ultimate act of submission to a white man....to let themselves be treated like women by them in bed....boy...talk about selling one's soul.......
Uhhhh, just because I think I'll post this here!

    Released: January 15, 2006

    Bush job approval dips again to 39%

    New Zogby Survey shows Iraq a Partisan War


    In the face of rising gas prices, partisan sniping over Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, and a resumption of insurgent violence in Iraq, President Bush's job approval rating has slipped into a post-holiday funk, again dipping below 40%, a new telephone poll by Zogby International shows.

    His approval rating almost mirrors the percentage of respondents (40%) who said the nation overall is headed in the right direction. ...
Poison Justice Stevens, Coulter jokes

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) -- Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, speaking at a traditionally black college, joked that Justice John Paul Stevens should be poisoned.

Coulter had told the Philander Smith College audience Thursday that more conservative justices were needed on the Supreme Court to change the current law on abortion.

Stevens is one of the court's most liberal members.

"We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens' creme brulee," Coulter said. "That's just a joke, for you in the media."

Coulter has made a career of writing and lecturing on her strongly conservative views.

At one point during her address, which was part of a lecture series, some audience members booed when she cut off two questioners. "I'm not going to be lectured to," Coulter told one man in a raised voice.

She drew more boos when she said the crack cocaine problem "has pretty much gone away."

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Originally posted by Kevin41:
Poison Justice Stevens, Coulter jokes

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) -- Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, speaking at a traditionally black college, joked that Justice John Paul Stevens should be poisoned.

Coulter had told the Philander Smith College audience Thursday that more conservative justices were needed on the Supreme Court to change the current law on abortion.

Stevens is one of the court's most liberal members.

"We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens' creme brulee," Coulter said. "That's just a joke, for you in the media."




Too bad somebody didn't put rat poison in Ann Coulter's cappuchino....

And that wasn't a joke.
I will be honest. I am a subscriber to Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly websites.

But the person who converted me to a conservative was the "First Black President," Bill Clinton.

During the years of Clinton,
1) I saw my taxes raised and the president tell me that he knew better how to spend my money (1993).
2) I saw my president tell me that we will only be in Kosovo for a year back in 1996. I went once in 1998 and was scheduled to go in 2002. What happened to the year.
3) I know that this is a sore point, but infidelity is wrong and no I am not pure. Having sex with you intern is just wrong (1998).
4) Yes, Rush did abuse pain killers, but I have listened to him for over 14 years now and he has rarely been wrong and no he is not racist. Listen instead of parroting!
Trust me, I started to listen to Rush in 1993 because of what I saw on 60 Minutes. I don't know who said it, but it was a black female said that Rush was racist therefore I had to listen to verify.

And for the first six months, I listened to why President Clinton proposing to raise taxes on the middle class and taking money from school children who were having bake sales to lower the national debt.

No racism, only criticism.
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Originally posted by Major Barber:
I will be honest. I am a subscriber to Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly websites.

But the person who converted me to a conservative was the "First Black President," Bill Clinton.

During the years of Clinton,
1) I saw my taxes raised and the president tell me that he knew better how to spend my money (1993).
2) I saw my president tell me that we will only be in Kosovo for a year back in 1996. I went once in 1998 and was scheduled to go in 2002. What happened to the year.
3) I know that this is a sore point, but infidelity is wrong and no I am not pure. Having sex with you intern is just wrong (1998).
4) Yes, Rush did abuse pain killers, but I have listened to him for over 14 years now and he has rarely been wrong and no he is not racist. Listen instead of parroting!


I could come up with a longer laundry list of what this president is doing wrong.

War in Kosovo is worse than War in Iraq? NEGRO PLEASE! (I'm sorry, you made that one come out upset)

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