I’ll say one thing in the shitKoz’s defense. Confedrate Lt. General Nathan Bedford Forrest was “associated”, some say founded, the Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tennessee.
I’ll say one thing in the shitKoz’s defense. Confedrate Lt. General Nathan Bedford Forrest was “associated”, some say founded, the Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tennessee.
It worked. Much better…Tiz like taking a good shit. You’re welcome Dell E-1505. I didn’t really mean it…Would I shoot you? 🙂
WASHINGTON — Barack Obama, crying foul over a video made by the Tennessee Republican Party last week, said Monday that his critics should “lay off my wife.”
In the four-minute video produced by the state GOP and now available on YouTube, Michelle Obama is shown delivering a speech in February during which she said: “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country.” The ad then features Nashville voters saying why they are proud of their country.
Asked about the video Monday, Obama told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the ad is “low class.” The front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination warned that the Tennessee GOP “should be careful” and said he finds it “unacceptable” for them to use his wife in a video.
“The GOP, should I be the nominee, I think can say whatever they want to say about me, my track record,” Obama said, with his wife sitting next to him. “If they think that they’re going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful because that I find unacceptable, the notion that you start attacking my wife or my family….
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, Scary ain’t he? As a Tennessean I say…should you get elected, we will withdraw from this new footsie with Islam “change” ed nation, you bring.
As Rebecca H stated earlier, when the lovely Michelle stops making noise at political events on her and your behalf (which ain’t gonna’ happen)… “freedom of speech” (you are a Constitutional Lawyer, are you not?) will trump your whineiness, anyway.
‘Mommie, they are picking on Michelle and me. Oh wait, she’s dead, try Jeremiah Wright, Hussein, OR….The Whiner Family ‘
Hey Hussein…I see you have friends within your own ranks Tizona
Credit where credit is due Fox News
I voted for you Corker…You wimp..Not again. You seem to have fallen hook, line and sinker for the Obama…whining strategy. The GOP ad on Michelle Obama, is FINE. She’s fair game. She campaigns for GUESS WHO, BOB CORKER? She could be First Lady, Bob Corker. Why shouldn’t what she says come under scrunity? Why? Why shouldn’t she be questioned? Why? My email to your office, will arrive shortly…BOB!
Both Tennessee U.S. Senators are backing the take down of the TN GOP ad. Both have just received OR I should say, have been sent emails…Announcing my disgust, with their utterly idiotic backing of that GOP AD, coming down.
Michelle Obama is as much a candidate as Barack Obama is. That’s politics with big toys, people. If they can’t take and all they do is whine…Get out of the race for office…What kind of a U.S. President and First Lady will they be?
Answer…Take Jimmy Carter to the tenth power, of malaise…Now you have it.
When I receive replies to my emails…I will post them. They always answer, they want my vote, as well as others like me in this State. You see, that gives them the right to do whatever they damn well please, AFTER we are duped into believeing their bullshit, once again.
If I receive an answer like “those ads were tasteless and don’t belong in the arenas of politics”, then I ‘ll look for others to vote for. THESE kinds of Repubicans make Obama’s job so much easier. I don’t care for that, one damn bit.
I never knew this.
November 20, 1941 – February 2, 1989) was a decorated Marine and Vietnam War veteran widely known for saving the life of U.S. President Gerald Ford during an assassination attempt in San Francisco on September 22, 1975.
Ford, just emerging from the building, was vulnerable despite heavy security protection. Sipple noticed a woman next to him had pulled and leveled a .38-caliber pistol at Ford as he headed to his limousine. Reacting instinctively, Sipple lunged at the woman, Sara Jane Moore, just as her finger squeezed the trigger.
While the gun did go off, the impact was enough to deflect her aim and cause the bullet to veer five feet wide of its mark. Had it not been for Sipple’s action, the bullet could have struck the president.
Sipple’s mental and physical health sharply declined over the years. He drank heavily, gained weight to 300 lbs, was fitted with a pacemaker, became paranoid and suicidal. On February 2, 1989, he was found dead in his bed, at the age of forty-seven. Earlier that day, Sipple had visited a friend and said he had been turned away by the Veterans Administration hospital where he went concerning his difficulty in breathing.
His $334 per month apartment near the Tenderloin District of San Francisco was found with many newspaper clippings of his actions on the fateful September afternoon in 1975. His most prized possession was the framed letter from the White House.
Sipple’s funeral was attended by 30 people, and he was buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery south of San Francisco.
A letter addressed to the friends of Oliver Sipple was on display for a short period after his death at one of his favorite hang outs, the New Belle Saloon.
“Mrs. Ford and I express our deepest sympathy in this time of sorrow involving your friend’s passing…” President Gerald Ford, February, 1989.
In a 2001 interview with columnist Deb Price, Ford disputed the claim that Sipple was treated differently because of his sexual orientation, saying, “As far as I was concerned, I had done the right thing and the matter was ended. I didn’t learn until sometime later — I can’t remember when — he was gay. I don’t know where anyone got the crazy idea I was prejudiced and wanted to exclude gays.” 
Dramatic photos show a Marine’s narrow escape from death Sunday while fighting insurgent gunfire in Afghanistan.
The Marine, part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), was exchanging gunfire with Taliban fighters near Garmser in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province when a Reuters photographer captured the soldier’s very close call.
A series of six photos show the Marine, wearing a T-shirt and fatigues but no combat helmet, ducking as insurgent gunfire tears through the top of the mud wall.
Let us NOT forget those of coalition forces, that put their asses on the line to fight against animals of the Islamic kind.
By the way, young brave one…If one must or SHOULD wear a helmet, to ride ones bicycle, why in THE HELL aren’t you wearing one, when being targeted and fired upon? Jesus H. Christ!
There’s a bunch of things I can see wrong with the suggestion at Bolta’s from Jan of Nunawading. Firstly, it’s not the responsibility of other students to realise that maybe someone else is feeling poorly, and there is no way in hell that students who aren’t friends will tell each other of their situation or circumstances. I certainly wouldn’t have, and still wouldn’t, tell someone I was unfamiliar with all about my family history. It’s none of their business.
Student leaders can try to recognise someone on the outer, but no one can force them to participate, or force the other students to like them. Teens are a tough time.
Please add your own in comments, and if you’ve got suggestions, those would be awesome too.
By Adolph Reed Jr., May 2008 Issue
I’ve never been an Obama supporter. I’ve known him since the very beginning of his political career, which was his campaign for the seat in my state senate district in Chicago. He struck me then as a vacuous opportunist, a good performer with an ear for how to make white liberals like him. I argued at the time that his fundamental political center of gravity, beneath an empty rhetoric of hope and change and new directions, is neoliberal.
His political repertoire has always included the repugnant stratagem of using connection with black audiences in exactly the same way Bill Clinton did—i.e., getting props both for emoting with the black crowd and talking through them to affirm a victim-blaming “tough love” message that focuses on alleged behavioral pathologies in poor black communities. Because he’s able to claim racial insider standing, he actually goes beyond Clinton and rehearses the scurrilous and ridiculous sort of narrative Bill Cosby has made infamous.
It may be instructive to look at the outfit where he did his “community organizing,” the invocation of which makes so many lefties go weak in the knees. My understanding of the group, Developing Communities Project, at the time was that it was simply a church-based social service agency. What he pushed as his main political credential then, to an audience generally familiar with that organization, was his role in a youth-oriented voter registration drive.
The Obama campaign has even put out a misleading bio of Michelle Obama, representing her as having grown up in poverty on the South Side, when, in fact, her parents were city workers, and her father was a Daley machine precinct captain. This fabrication, along with those embroideries of the candidate’s own biography, may be standard fare, the typical log cabin narrative. However, in Obama’s case, the license taken not only underscores Obama’s more complex relationship to insider politics in Daley’s Chicago; it also underscores how much this campaign depends on selling an image rather than substance.
There is also something disturbingly ritualistic and superficial in the Obama camp’s young minions’ enthusiasm. Paul Krugman noted months ago that the Obamistas display a cultish quality in the sense that they treat others’ criticism or failure to support their icon as a character flaw or sin. The campaign even has a stock conversion narrative, which has been recycled in print by such normally clear-headed columnists as Barbara Ehrenreich and Katha Pollitt: the middle-aged white woman’s report of not having paid much attention to Obama early on, but having been won over by the enthusiasm and energy of their adolescent or twenty-something daughters. (A colleague recently reported having heard this narrative from a friend, citing the latter’s conversion at the hands of her eighteen year old. I observed that three short years ago the daughter was likely acting the same way about Britney Spears.)
Princeton Professor Sean Wilentz, a Clinton supporter, noted that the Obama campaign advisers have tried to have it both ways on the race question. On the one hand, they present their candidate as a figure who transcends racial divisions and “brings us together”; on the other hand, they exhort us that we should support his candidacy because of the opportunity to “make history” (presumably by nominating and maybe electing a black candidate). Increasingly, Obama supporters have been disposed to cry foul and charge racism at nearly any criticism of him, in steadily more extravagant rhetoric.
The campaign’s accusation that the Clinton team made Obama look darker in a photo or video clip than he actually is—and what exactly are we to make of that as an accusation?—and the hysterically indignant reaction to Geraldine Ferraro’s statement that much of Obama’s success stems from the fact that “the country is caught up in the concept” of a black candidacy are no different from the campaign’s touting its “historic” character. Obama supporters fulsomely attacked even Clinton’s attempts to portray him as inexperienced, which is standard fare in political campaigns. They also charged that she was playing to racism. See most recently Harvard sociologist Lawrence Bobo’s characterization that she was “disrespecting” black people, a leftover canard from Jesse Jackson’s campaigns (which, lest amnesia overtake us, were also extolled as historic firsts).
The Jackson comparison points to one of Obama’s key contradictions: Like Jackson, he wants to appeal to blacks with the “it’s our time now” line, and to white liberals with that, as well as with the “I’m black in a different way from Jesse” qualifier and the religious conversion rhetoric. A friend said that Obama’s campaign, in stressing his appeal to rapturous children and liberal, glamorous yuppies, offers vicarious identification with these groups, as well as the chance to become sort of black in that ultra-safe and familiar theme park way.
I often tell my students that, even though Paul Wellstone was my good friend from college to his death and an individual for whom I always had great respect, no politician in this system is likely to be a person you’d want for your sister-in-law or brother-in-law. And, as many Progressive readers may know, I’m hardly a Clinton fan. I’m on record in last November’s issue as saying that I’d rather sit out the election entirely than vote for either her or Obama. At this point, though, I’ve decided that she’s the lesser evil in the Democratic race, for the following reasons: 1) Obama’s empty claims to being a candidate of progressive change and to embodying a “movement” that exists only as a brand will dissolve into disillusionment in either a failed campaign against McCain or an Obama Presidency that continues the politics he’s practiced his entire career; 2) his horribly opportunistic approach to the issues bearing on inequality—in which he tosses behaviorist rhetoric to the right and little more than calls to celebrate his success to blacks—stands to pollute debate about racial injustice whether he wins or loses the Presidency; 3) he can’t beat McCain in November.
Frankly, I suspect that Clinton can’t beat him either, but there’s no way that Obama will carry most of the states in November that he’s won in the primaries and caucuses. And, while it makes some liberals feel good to think that a majority of the American electorate could vote for a black Presidential candidate, we should keep in mind that the Republicans haven’t let one dog out of the kennel against him yet. The Jeremiah Wright contretemps is only the first bark.
Obama’s style of being all things to all people threatens to melt under the inescapable spotlight of a national campaign against a Republican. It’s like what brings on the downfall of really successful con artists: They get themselves onto a stage that’s so big that they can’t hide their contradictions anymore, and everyone finds out about the different stories they’ve told different people. And Obama’s belonging to Wright’s church in the first place was quite likely part of establishing a South Side bourgeois nationalist street cred because his political base was with Hyde Park/University of Chicago liberals and the foundation world.
For now, the Jeremiah Wright connection probably won’t hurt him too much, partly because the Republicans at this point mainly may want to keep him and Clinton bleeding each other as long as possible. And his Philadelphia compromise speech—a string of well-crafted and coordinated platitudes and hollow images worthy of an SUV commercial, grounded with the reassuring “acknowledgment” of blacks’ behavioral inadequacies—has gained him breathing room by holding out a vague promise of racial “reconciliation” that has appealed to centrist liberals ever since Booker T. Washington’s comparably eloquent 1895 accommodation to Southern white supremacy. Obama gets credit for “opening a conversation” on race, for “taking the matter on squarely.” But he doesn’t really speak to what we ought to be doing to address the injustices, past and present, that he mentions. Despite all the babble about Obama’s transcendence, Obama persists in portraying black Americans as a stereotypical monolith: blacks feel x; whites feel y. And the trope of black “anger” is a tired chestnut that neither explains nor characterizes political grievances or aspirations. (By the way, Obama’s casting Wright’s alleged “anger” as generational is entirely consistent with his earlier praise of Ronald Reagan for sensing Americans’ desire to undo the “excesses” of the 1960s and 1970s.)
Because he’s tried carefully to say enough of whatever the audiences he’s been speaking to at the time want to hear while leaving himself enough space later on to deny his intentions to leave that impression, his record represents precisely the “character” weakness the Republicans have exploited in every Democratic candidate since Dukakis: Another Dem trying to put things over on the American people.
Obama’s campaign has been very clever in carving out a strategy to amass Democratic delegate votes, but its momentum is in some ways a Potemkin construction—built largely on victories in states that no Democrat will win in November—that will fall apart under Republican pressure.
And then where will we be?
Adolph Reed Jr. is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
In fact, why hasn’t the Left Stream Media brought to the attention of ALL, this article?
Tiz amazing Obama…You have brought a Leftist and A NON Leftist together, in the same thought and feeling…You ARE a PHONEY. You ARE a uniter afterall…Just not this time, nor in this life. Hopefully never.
Zimbabwe party: Military plotting to kill leader
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Zimbabwe’s opposition party accused the country’s military Monday of plotting to assassinate the group’s presidential candidate using snipers.
The Movement for Democratic Change said Morgan Tsvangirai planned to return to Zimbabwe to contest the June 27 runoff election once security measures are in place to protect him against the alleged assassination plot. The opposition says it received details of the alleged plot on Saturday as Tsvangirai was on his way to the airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, to return home.
“The assassination plot involves snipers,” party Secretary-General Tendai Biti told The Associated Press after a news conference in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. He said 18 snipers were involved in the alleged plot.
“It is the military (plotting), the JOC (Joint Operational Command) that has been running the country” since Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, lost March 29 elections to Tsvangirai. “I cannot speak (more) of that because it would put a lot of lives at risk,” Biti said.
BUT Oregon has been over the edge…for a damn long time. In fact it’s kinda like French Guyana. Kool Aid anyone?
This just could be the reason ‘Crazy Mahmood’ likes this guy. Well. Well. Well. The 12th Mommie….ummmm, Madhi.
It seems even those on Death Row are sick and tired of the sheer tedium that is the modern legal system.
When the Supreme Court ruled last month that lethal injection didn’t constitute cruel and unusual punishment, there was rejoicing from a peculiar interest group: death row inmates who have been trying to get the state to kill them quickly.
The main reason is that the process has become so interminable that death, to some, seems a better choice than life in appeals. The death penalty was originally designed to be carried out in three to six months, and housing and services for inmates were accordingly shabby, meant for a transient population.
And yet the process has become so sclerotic that execution is now just the third most common cause of death of California’s death row. Prisoners there are more likely to die of natural causes or by suicide in their cell than by lethal injection.
It seems even those on Death Row would rather die than deal with lawyers.
However, this must be tempered. Everyone will need a lawyer at some stage. It’s the tedium that’s the problem. The legal system must be more efficient.
I hope you’re all taking the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loves ones from the big Climate Collapse (TM)!