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The right is upset that the GOP presidential convention is excluding conservative speakers, and now radical Democrats as well as centrists will be in a dither that volatile voices are being omitted from the Democrat convention, along with moderates and conservatives, of course.

The party today announced its lineup of prime-time speakers. True, John Kerry couldn't shun his mentor Teddy 'Martini' Kennedy, but he did manage to brush off his previous mentor Michael Dukakis.

"Here's just a sample of people who weren't rolled out today and, if the snub continues, are sure to make major waves come convention week:
Hillary Clinton, Al Sharpton, Howard Dean, Dennis Kucinich, Dick Gephardt, Tom Daschele, Nancy Pelosi, Wesley Clark, Carol Mosley Braun, Joe Lieberman, Bob Graham and, of course, Mike Dukakis," the Boston Herald's David Guarino noted today.

Not surprisingly, the snubbed also include Sen. Patty "Osama Mama" Murray, Rep. "Baghdad" Jim McDermott, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, ex-Klansman Sen. Robert Byrd, Jesse Jackson, Cynthia McKinney, New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, etc., etc.

Those who will speak, or rant, in prime time include Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Max Cleland, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, Ron Reagan and Reps. Stephanie Tubbs, Tammy Baldwin and Bob Menendez, in addition to Kerry, John Edwards and their wives.

Guarino observed: "This morning at the National Press Club in Washington, the Kerry campaign and DNC leaders, unveiled a convention agenda they say will highlight an America that's 'stronger at home, respected in the world.' How, exactly, they plan to do that with Jimmy Carter and Al Gore, I don't know."


Interesting that Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Hillary Clinton along with others are being banned from speaking at all at their own convention. What a 'united' party!
What to you think these folks will do if this snub continues?
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I admire his son for not buying into that horrible azz right wing ideaology even though they praised his father well. I am sure he loved his father dearly but understands how punitive his brand of politics was on many many people.....that doesn't change his love as a son....but he also refused to buy into their (right-wing) hype.
I guess these negroes have to say these things as a condition of keeping their jobs.....first condi says bush has an impeccable record on civil rights and african american issues...what f-king planet is she this by paige:


Education Sec. Paige Blasts NAACP Leaders

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By BEN FELLER, AP Education Writer

WASHINGTON - Rod Paige, the nation's first black education secretary, condemned NAACP leaders Thursday for saying some black groups are fronts for white conservatives.

"You do not own, and you are not the arbiters of, African-American authenticity," said Paige, who rose from segregated Mississippi to become President Bush (news - web sites)'s education chief.

Paige's comments, in a Wall Street Journal column titled "Naked Partisans," appeared on the same day Bush's challenger, Democrat John Kerry (news - web sites), was speaking at the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (news - web sites) in Philadelphia. Bush is at odds with the NAACP and has not spoken to the civil rights group since his 2000 campaign.

Paige took aim at two NAACP leaders, chairman Julian Bond and president Kweisi Mfume, for what he called "hateful and untruthful rhetoric about Republicans and President Bush." At the convention, NAACP officials have described some black organizations as mouthpieces of white conservatives and have said Bush's education law disproportionately hurts minorities.

The No Child Left Behind law of 2001, Paige said, is dedicated to closing the learning gap between blacks and whites and giving school choice to poor and minority students. Paige said he is a lifelong NAACP member, yet now sees the organization betraying its origins.

"The civil-rights movement has historically been multicultural, and many of its founders, including those who established the NAACP, were in fact white," Paige said. "I long for the day when our nation's education policy will not be grist for the partisan mill "” when we can work together, black and white, rich and poor, for the sake of our children."
It is very hard to be who you are when the person who works against people who look like you made you what you are.

Dr. Paige is in that spot between the proverbial rock-and-a-hard-place.

He is not whispering in Bush's ear to enforce the law against the violations of Election 2000. Like it or not Dr. Paige is a part of the Bush Administration. So is Dr. Rice. So is General Powell. I don't envy them their dilemma.

He has to say what they tell him to say, or go home without a paycheck.

He knew that going in. So did Dr. Rice. So did General Powell.

Bush preaches with a bible under his arem, and a hood in his pocket. His back pocket.

Keep your eyes open the Urban League. That organization is due for BIG BUCKS!!!

Now THAT'S what supporting African America is all about!!!!




Jim Chester
I think the era when the public feared criticizing the NAACP is over.

Jim, so would you say black folks for the most part, no matter which rung of the ladder they may reach, are deep down inside still 'step and fetchit' robots, with no ability to be independent and know their own minds?

Anyway, Jim, can you tell us specifically what these 'election violations' were? You are aware that Palm Beach county is run by democrats I'm sure, the polls and precincts are all democrat controlled, as is the local government there. Why would democrats do things to help Bush?
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Kevin41:
he can flip-flop or even wear flip-flops he is still a better candidate than dubya's evil southern antebellum azz.....

When I read this it just made my day, I even had to call my sister in Florida and tell her, this was just funny as hell to me,

and by the way, I feel the same way, as a matter of fact, I think I am going to go out and buy me some John Kerry flip flops (some red, white, and blue ones) Smile
JanesT posted,

Jim, so would you say black folks for the most part, no matter which rung of the ladder they may reach, are deep down inside still 'step and fetchit' robots, with no ability to be independent and know their own minds?

***I imagine this is how you would like to really speak of black people but since you are such a bigoted racist azz coward, you have to phrase this shit in the form of a can always tell a fucking racist on these boards.....they come in and take a contrarian view on every topic with no basis for their views, try to say little nasty degradinf shit in their sorry azz coward way.....and when you ask them if they are black....they never respond.....because they are too fucking racist to eve admit they are black as a lie....because they could never, under any condition let those words come from their mouths.......

Democratic Convention Preview: Can Blacks, Latinos, Women and Gays Expect to Play a Role?
By C. Stone Brown


© 2004

July 20, 2004
The Democratic National Convention (DNC), which will be held in Boston next week, will feature many diversity "firsts" for a political convention.

Approximately 40 percent of the 4,341 delegates at the convention will be people of color, the most for a political convention in U.S. history, according to the Democratic National Committee.

"We are very proud that we were able to put together one of the most diverse conventions," said Devona Dolliole, director of specialty media for the John Kerry campaign.

Although the scheduled speaker list is evolving, the DNC already has named high-profile African-American, Latino and women speakers, including Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), popular Latino Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, and former presidential candidate the Rev. Al Sharpton. There are others who are less well known, but are rising stars in the Democratic Party, such as Rep. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama, who is expected to win his bid for the U.S. Senate seat in November, and Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones (D-Ohio), the first African-American woman to sit on the Ways and Means Committee.

"She [Tubbs-Jones] is Sen. Kerry's co-chair to the DNC, so she has held that role now for sometime but has been very influential in planning strategy and advocating for John Kerry," said Dolliole.

"Barack Obama is an accomplished public servant and a leader in the Democratic Party," said Alice Huffman, Democratic National Convention Committee chairperson, and the first African-American woman to fill that role. "He is addressing the most diverse convention in Democratic Party history. The breadth and diversity of the delegates to this year's national convention demonstrates the broad appeal of the Kerry-Edwards ticket."

Hawaiian-born Obama, 42, is the product of an African (Kenyan) father and American-born mother. He has an impressive set of credentials that's expected to carry him far in Washington, D.C.

"Obama shares the same values and concerns as John Kerry and that is why he was asked by Kerry to speak," said Dolliole.

Also planned, are two special tributes at this year's convention, one saluting the nine Democratic women Senators.

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski will speak on behalf of the group, which will include Sens. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Clinton, Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), who are expected to share the stage.

The other tribute honoring a forgotten civil-rights heroine will expose some of the Democratic Party's own racist past, but also show how the party has transformed itself in the course of 40 years to embrace diversity. "We are going to do a tribute to Fannie Lou Hamer, to mark the 40th anniversary of her heroic efforts to integrate the Mississippi delegation. So that should be a fascinating event that will feature Dr. Maya Angelou, the Freedom Singers, members of the original Mississippi Freedom Party and a video documentary of Ms. Hamer's life," said Dolliole.

The largest delegation of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA), will be attending the convention as well, according to a written statement by the DNC. "This year's APIA delegation represents 3.9 percent of total delegates, up from 3.0 percent at the 2000 convention, and is part of the 40 percent of minority delegates attending this year's convention."

As of this date, Dolliole said, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), is the only openly gay scheduled speaker at the convention, and she is slated for Tuesday.

The DNC also announced that the largest ever delegation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people will be attending the convention.

Kerry's running mate, Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., is expected to address the convention on Wednesday evening, followed by Kerry on Thursday night, when he is expected to accept the Democratic nomination for president.

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