Brain wash

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The logo for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign

Brain Wash

sung to the tune of Rose Royce’s Car Wash

 

You might not ever get rich

But let me tell ya it’s better than votin’ for Bubba’s bitch

There ain’t no tellin’ who you might meet

A political Ba’rack star or maybe even an Indian chief

 

CHORUS

(Working at the) Brain Wash

Working at the Brain wash, yeah

Come on and sing it with me, Brain wash

Sing it with no feeling now, Brain wash, yeah

Whew! Come Summer, the work get’s kinda hard

This ain’t no place to be if ya plan on bein’ a star

Let me tell ya it’s always cool

And the white power structure don’t mind someties if we act a fool

 

(At the Brain wash) wooah, woooh, wooah, wooh

Talkin’ bout the Brain wash, yeah

Come on and sing it for me (Brain wash)

Woo, woo, Hoo! (Brain wash, yeah)

 

(Work and work) Well those fake ass politicians never seem to stop coming

(Work and work) Keep those Hyped Up Books and magazines hummin’

(Work and work) My fingers to the bone

(Work and work) people, we can’t wait till it’s time to go home

 

(Hey, get yo Brain washed today)

Fill up with Obama’s Hype and you don’t have to pay

Come on and give us some play (GET YO BRAIN WASHED, RIGHT AWAY!)

AT THE…Brain wash

Talkin bout the Brain wash

Brain wash, yeah

Come on and sing it with me (Brain wash)

Sing it with no feeling, Y’all

Brain wash ,yeah

 

Woe-woe-woe-woe

Those fake ass politicians never seem to stop coming, what I say?

(Brain wash)

Keep those Hyped Up Books and magazines hummin’ (Brain wash)

Let me tell you it’s always cool,  (Brain wash, yeah)

And the white power structure don’t mind sometimes if we, act the fool

 

Hillary attacks confederate flag, outflanks Obama

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photo courtesy of columbia city paper and angry whale

By JIM DAVENPORT, Associated Press Writer

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that South Carolina should remove the Confederate flag from its Statehouse grounds, in part because the nation should unite under one banner while at war.

“I think about how many South Carolinians have served in our military and who are serving today under our flag and I believe that we should have one flag that we all pay honor to, as I know that most people in South Carolina do every single day,” Clinton told The Associated Press in an interview.

“I personally would like to see it removed from the Statehouse grounds,” the New York senator said during her first trip to the early voting state since announcing her White House bid.

Other Democratic hopefuls, including Sens. Joe Biden and Chris Dodd, have said the flag should come down. The banner, which once flew over the Statehouse dome and now flies nearby, is the subject of an ongoing NAACP boycott.

Clinton is one of several Democrats to draw huge crowds during campaign stops in the state, but she said during the interview that her party will have a tough time winning in GOP-heavy South Carolina

“I think it’s going to be hard for any Democrat to carry the state,” she said. “The Republican Party is very strong here.”

Earlier in the day, Clinton spoke to more than 1,500 people gathered at Allen University, a historically black college in Columbia.

The senator picked up key endorsements last week from two black state senators who helped deliver black voters to former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards in 2004.

We came to hear a word from the Lord

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After the announcement of an Obama speaking at Claflin University, I decided it was time for a Skeptical Brotha and the Safe Negro to meet. I conjured up a dramatic confrontation in what must have been a delusional episode during the tedious drive which had me angrily confronting Obama about a long list of sins. I painstakingly choreographed asking a startled and perplexed Obama, Condi Rice, you voted to confirm Condi, she of the harrowing mushroom cloud and disappointing perm.” Explain that, Sir!!! “How can she tame warmongers if she can’t even tame those nappy roots?”

I combated my cynicism and fatigue long enough to embark upon an arduous journey of 16 hours: two 8 hour round trips to pick up the precious tickets of admission to Claflin‘s sad-sack gymnasium to hear the one, the only, Safe Negro in the flesh.

The gymnasium was packed to the rafters with black folks in nervous anticipation for what was to come: a chance to touch the hem of His garment and be miraculously healed of their cynicism and disappointment. In short, we came to hear a word from the Lord. It was supposed to be an event that would forever leave us changed and uplifted. It was supposed to be an event where souls were saved and burdens cast off. It was supposed to be an event to remember that would chart the trajectory of an irrepressible star on an unalterable rendezvous with destiny.

Hallelujah!! We came to hear a word from the Lord. We heard some prefunctory remarks from the University’s President and South Carolina’s legendary black Kingmaker, Congressman James Clyburn. The Congressman graciously introduced Him. The “Arena” and I use that term loosely in a Negro HBCU kinda way, erupted as He and sistah Obama entered. After brief recognition of the assembled Negro dignitaries, He began.

Obama started off by telling an odd story about his children that is meant to convey to whites an upper class cultural cue of patrician obliviousness: our children are just as clueless as yours. His vignette told of one of his children asking the other for the umpteenth time, “What are we doing here again?” The child inquired of responds to the other with perfunctory efficiency: “you know, Daddy’s President thing.” This is said in a tone that doesn’t indicate that either child comprehends or cares about the import of what Daddy’s doing.

I cringed and thought, “Y’all didn’t explain the historic nature of this Presidential undertaking to your babies?” “Whatever y’all said ain’t sink in.” Another epiphany occurred, “If y’all can’t get the babies to understand, what realistic chance do I have of you all breaking it down for me?”

Exhausted, strung out, delusional, angry and sad, I should have called out to the one who is able to keep us from falling. Instead, I leaned in closer, tottering dangerously close to the edge of my small seat like the rest of our people hungry to hear a word from the Lord.

Obama continued and spoke of America reaching a domestic and national crossroads. He spoke of a broken health care system and threw in a little something about a parent taking a child to the emergency room for an asthma attack when all they needed was proper medication from a primary care physician. Then it happened, the moment we’d all been waiting for, he spoke of what was on the tip of every tongue, on every heart and mind: small business insurance.

Father God, in the name of Jesus!!!! Small business insurance? Are you freakin‘ kidding? It went down hill from there. We heard some trite bromides about No Child Left Behind, teachers’ salaries, and the need for our children to be able to compete with China and India. From there, he transitioned to a mind blowing description of the need for more infrastructure, port system investment, and the need for more access to broadband internet. I was operating on a grand total of three and a half hours of sleep over two days and 16 hours of travel with two friends to hear about port system investment?

We came all this way to hear a word from the Lord, not a damn fool who insisted on boring us with the tedium of port system investment!!! The air seemed to be stealthily leaving the room and suddenly we all became trapped in a theater of the absurd. The room started to swirl as the gathering aroma of my own funk made itself known because I neglected to bathe. My New Wal-Mart track suit looked incredibly cheap next to my comrades snappy attire and everybody else’s “Sunday best.”

Laboriously, my mind came back into focus and I thought, “Barack, you flew down here to the Bible belt to bore black folks to tears with some whitefolks s#*t?” I should have looked heavenward and beseeched the Lord to “Fix it, Jesus,” “Fix it.” Instead, like a damn fool, I leaned in closer to be anesthetized with an awkward and perfunctory mention of a recently buried soldier, his opposition to the War and wasting $400 billion and some mumbo jumbo I didn’t quite catch about Obama being in a room full of “patriots willing to defend our freedom,” and his unwillingness to continue placing people in the middle of a civil war. Again, we came to hear a word from the Lord.

Obama began again and said that “People were hungry for something new” and were tired of the “Can’t do, Won’t do, Won’t even try,” that we often get. “Yes,” I murmured to no one in particular. He pledged by the end of his first term as President to make health care access affordable and accessible to all, and then, inexplicably, launched into a mind numbing, soul stealing, mini dissertation about cutting the administrative costs of health care by utilizing new technology and eliminating duplicative paperwork.

“Lord, have Mercy.” Mercifully, He ended his “talk” after some boilerplate about parental responsibility regarding education and opened the floor to questions. A question about education and HIV/AIDS was asked which he answered passably. Then came the question and the answer which perfectly fit the stanza in the Negro National Anthem which says:

“Stony the road we trod, Bitter the chast’ning rod, Felt in the days when hope unborn had died; Yet with a steady beat, Have not our weary feet, Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?”

A question was asked about rural economic development to which he regaled the assembled crowd of two thousand southern fried Negroes with a smattering of white meat about the urgent need for alternative fuels like bio diesel which utilizes switch-grass and manure. WHAT IN THE HELL IS SWITCH-GRASS? MANURE? You mean BULLS*IT, dontcha, Barack?

I was truly starting to feel like Marion Barry when the police bum rushed the room after he had exhaled from a crack pipe, and exclaimed, “The bitch set me up!” The media set us all up and we all fell hard. Serves my dumb butt right for not listening to my skeptical inner voice.

I left my home and drove for 16 hours to hear some sho’nuff whitefolks s#*t about some freakin’ switch-grass. Michelle, what the Hell kinda ignorant ass mess are these whitefolks fillin’up your man’s head wit and WHY IN THE HELL didn’t you get up and let the people HEAR YOU? Your law degree comes from the same place his does. If you felt the need to fall up in South Carolina with your man, the neighborly thang woulda been to say your peace, girl. You know, give us a word from the Lord since hubby couldn’t. Nobody was feelin’ that tired First Lady wave. You were beautifully turned out in those expensive heels and bell bottomed pants but come on, Hon. Did y’all leave Barack at the airport and bring an Oreo twin named Barry instead?

Do us all a favor next go-round. Leave Barry at home and make sho’ y’all bring Barack witcha. Small wonder Darrell Jackson and Robert Ford ain’t got time for ya. I wouldn’t make any time for ya either after what I heard. Miss Hillary isn’t gonna mess up her do worrying about you.

Obama picks up S.C. Endorsement

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Rutherford endorses Obama 

Representative J. Todd Rutherford

From theStateblog:

State Rep. Todd Rutherford, D-Richland, is endorsing U.S. Sen. Barack Obama for president. Rutherford said this afternoon that he had just left a meeting with Obama and “it made up my mind.” It is the first significant endorsement for the Illinois Democrat and came just 90 minutes before Obama’s first appearance in the state as a presidential contender.  

Obama makes another appearance at Claflin University tomorrow before heading back to Washington for a pointless vote on the Iraq Surge.   Any thoughts about what a Skeptical Brotha should ask should he get the chance?

The Whore lands a Sugar Daddy

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NEW YORK, February 14, 2007Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MER) today announced that Harold E. Ford, Jr., former congressman, Ninth District of Tennessee, will join the company as vice chairman and senior policy advisor, effective March 5. Mr. Ford will advise senior management on domestic policy issues, serve as a member of the firm’s public policy and social responsibility management committee, and support a variety of business development initiatives in the institutional and retail markets. He will report to Greg Fleming, president of the firm’s Global Markets and Investment Banking group, and maintain offices in New York and Nashville.

Mr. Ford was elected to Congress in 1996 at age 26 and served five terms. He sat on the House Budget Committee and the House Committee on Financial Services. In addition, Mr. Ford co-chaired the Congressional Savings and Ownership Caucus, a bipartisan coalition dedicated to advancing policies to build savings and assets for all Americans, and low-income Americans in particular, and the Community Solutions and Initiatives Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers that seeks to help faith and community-based groups solve social challenges. Earlier this year, he was elected chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, the progressive policy and issues advocacy organization, succeeding Iowa Governor Thomas Vilsack, who resigned to take steps in advance of a run for the presidency.

“We are delighted to have a dynamic, energetic visionary like Harold Ford join Merrill Lynch,” said Stan O’Neal, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer. “At a young age, Harold has excelled in virtually every assignment he has ever taken on, distinguishing himself in the Congress and bringing fresh ideas and solutions to government that transcended partisan politics. We have every expectation that Harold will be equally successful supporting Merrill Lynch in its efforts to pursue new business opportunities and be responsive to the communities we serve around the world.”

“Harold’s experience, enthusiasm and perspective make him a valuable addition to our management team,” said Mr. Fleming. “We look forward to his contributions to Merrill Lynch’s business development efforts and expect to benefit greatly from his government experience and personal insight as we address the public policy implications of our various business activities over the next few years.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining the executive team at Merrill Lynch,” said Mr. Ford. “For generations, the Merrill Lynch brand has represented the path to economic opportunity for millions of Americans and citizens the world over. It’s a great tradition that I look forward to helping build on during my tenure with the firm.”

Mr. Ford earned a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a bachelor’s degree in American history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Merrill Lynch is one of the world’s leading wealth management, capital markets and advisory companies with offices in 38 countries and territories and total client assets of approximately $1.6 trillion. As an investment bank, it is a leading global trader and underwriter of securities and derivatives across a broad range of asset classes and serves as a strategic advisor to corporations, governments, institutions and individuals worldwide. Merrill Lynch owns approximately half of BlackRock, one of the world’s largest publicly traded investment management companies, with more than $1 trillion in assets under management.

Vilsack chides Obama on Iraq

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Barack Obama

ABCNEWS POLITICAL RADAR

February 16, 2007

ABC News’ Teddy Davis Reports: Sen. Barack Obama’s, D-Ill., “out by March of ’08″ Iraq war position came under criticism Thursday from a Democratic presidential rival who argued that Congress has a “moral responsibility” to immediately cut off funding for U.S. fighting.

Congress has a responsibility to get the U.S. out of Iraq, said former Gov. Tom Vilsack, D-Iowa, “not in March of 2008 — but now.”

Vilsack said that if Congress does not immediately act to cut off funding, the Bush administration will send more troops to Iraq and more Americans will risk dying.

Obama has introduced legislation in the Senate which sets the goal of removing all combat brigades from Iraq by Mar. 31, 2008.

After his Chicago homecoming rally was disrupted earlier this week by protestors holding a sign that read “cut the funding,” Obama said: “We need to bring this war to an end but we need to do it in a way that makes our troops safe.”

VA Gov. Kaine backs Obama

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By Michael D. Shear
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 15, 2007
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RICHMOND, Feb. 14 — Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) plans to endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president Saturday, pledging early support from a Southern Democrat as the Illinois senator begins his campaign for the White House.

Kaine will sign onto Obama’s presidential team ahead of the senator’s appearance at the Virginia Democratic Party’s annual fundraiser Saturday night, according to sources familiar with Kaine’s decision. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they do not want to preempt the formal announcement.

Kaine’s press secretary, Kevin Hall, declined to confirm the governor’s intentions. A spokesman for Obama was not immediately available for comment Wednesday. Asked about Obama, Kaine grinned and said, “It’s going to be a great day Saturday.”

Kaine, who like Obama is a Harvard-educated civil rights lawyer, has made no secret of his admiration for the senator. Obama campaigned for Kaine in 2005 and joined him on the stump last year on behalf of U.S. Sen. James Webb (D). Obama’s mother was from Kansas, where Kaine grew up.

In an interview with Washington Post editors and reporters last month, Kaine praised the other Democrats running for the 2008 presidential nomination as being part of “a deep field.” He spoke effusively about Obama’s personal charisma and abilities.

“Sen. Obama is just in a completely different category than anybody I’ve ever stood on a stage with,” Kaine said in the Jan. 31 interview. “There is just a feeling of, you know, kind of a projection of hope on him from an audience that is just unreal. It’s unreal.”

Kaine said his time on the campaign trail with Obama has convinced him the first-term senator “is a person who has been through experiences that have given him sound judgment.”

Shaun Kenney, a spokesman for the Republican Party of Virginia, said Kaine’s endorsement of Obama would be in keeping with the political principles of both men.

“I don’t think it’s surprising that a governor who has proposed billion-dollar tax increases will endorse one of the most liberal members of the United States Senate,” Kenney said Wednesday.

For Obama, an endorsement by Kaine on Saturday is an early victory in the competition for critical support among the nation’s governors and in the South.

Virginia has for years been a Republican bastion for presidential candidates. But the victories of Kaine, Webb and former governor Mark R. Warner (D) have convinced many in the party that the state could be up for grabs in the 2008 election.

“Pundits might not say it’s a complete tossup,” Kaine said. “I just don’t think it’s a state to be taken for granted. And I don’t think any smart presidential candidate will take it for granted.”

Kaine had declared his intention to support Warner’s presidential bid before his predecessor bowed out of the race late last year. In the recent Post interview, Kaine joked that Warner’s decision opened the floodgates of interest from Democratic candidates.

“I had a complete pass and nobody was bugging me as long as Mark was running,” Kaine said. “Since Mark got out, yeah, people have called me.”

Kaine’s decision to declare his intentions about Obama’s candidacy almost a year before the first presidential primaries departs from recent tradition in Virginia. Warner endorsed Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) just a few days before the Virginia presidential primary, which Kerry won.

An endorsement, and a consulting contract

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From the Hotline:

State Sen. Darrell Jackson (D) is the pastor of the Bible Way Church in Columbia. which has one of the largest congregations in South Carolina. He was the youngest African American ever elected to the legislature. His endorsement is among the few in the state that can change minds and move votes. 

Senator Darrell  Jackson

Jackson is also a prized political consultant, and, during the past two South Carolina primary campaigns, has been the object of a bidding war between top-tier presidential candidates.

Yesterday, Jackson confirmed that he had decided to endorse Sen. Hillary Clinton, less than six days after his public relations firm, Sunrise Enterprises, agreed to a contract with Clinton’s campaign worth at least $10,000 a month through the 2008 elections – a total of $210,000. (The contract has not been signed.)

A few days before that, Jackson was deep in negotiations with Steve Hildebrand, a senior strategist for Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign. On the table was a contract worth in excess of $5K a month, beginning on 3/15/07. Separately, Obama was personally soliciitng Jackson’s endorsement.

There’s no question that the contract and the negotiations are legal. Sunrise is the oldest political consulting firm run by African Americans in the state and its services were in demand: at least five candidates, including Gov. Bill Richardson and Sen. Joe Biden, reached out to Jackson.

But in an interview, Jackson conceded that he should have acknowledged his firm’s new business relationship with the Clinton campaign. “This Clinton campaign didn’t put this on me, and neither did I. We didn’t intend to announce this for a while,” he said. “It wasn’t me that called a press conference.” Jackson’s colleague, State Sen. Robert Ford, proudly told a reporter yesterday that he and Jackson had decided to endorse Clinton. Jackson, in subsequent interviews with reporters, confirmed his choice.

“It’s Not About The Money”

“It’s not about money,” he said. “Quite honestly, I’ve turned done more money from some of the other candidates.” Jackson said that when he told an official for another campaign about his Clinton endorsement, the official offered to “double” whatever Clinton offered him. Jackson told the official, whose name and campaign affiliation he declined to identify, that he was offended at the thought that his endorsement was bought. Jackson: “I don’t even take a salary” (at Sunrise).

“Senator Jackson is one of the most respected leaders in South Carolina, and he runs one of the most successful media firms in the state,” said Mo Elleithee, a Clinton spokesperson. “He and his firm were being aggressively courted by other campaigns – once we learned that he was supporting Senator Clinton, we jumped at the chance to have him be part of our South Carolina operation. We’re proud to have him on our team.”

Elleithee said the Clinton campaign never intended to compensate Jackson in exchange for an endorsement. Another Clinton adviser acknowledged that the optics of the endorsement were cloudy but said that the negotiations were above board.

As late as Feb. 7, Jackson had not decided which candidate to support. He was fielding formal offers from at least three other campaigns, including Obama’s. In October of 2004, before Obama began to publicly consider a presidential race, the then Senate candidate spoke at Jackson’s church and met privately with the minister.

On Feb. 6, according to copies of an e-mail provided to the Hotline, Obama called Jackson and again asked for his endorsement. The next day, one of Jackson’s aides told Hildebrand, who oversees Obama’s early primary state campaigns, that Jackson would decide whether to endorse Obama within two days. The aide wrote that Jackson had not decided about which contract offer to accept. And the aide hinted to Hildebrand that Sunrise had received another offer for a consulting contract.

In 2003, Sunrise was hired by Axelrod and Associates to advise on media buys and consult on strategy for Sen. John Edwards’s campaign. David Axelrod, now an Obama adviser, was Edwards’s media consultant in 2004. Sen. Jackson endorsed Edwards, who won the primary.

What is black? Who is black? Is Obama black?

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Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

 

“Color is not a human or a personal reality; it is a political reality. But this is a distinction so extremely hard to make that the West has not been able to make it yet. And at the center of this dreadful storm, this vast confusion, stand the black people of this nation, who must now share the fate of a nation that has never accepted them, to which they were brought in chains. Well, if this is so, one has no choice but to do all in one’s power to change that fate, and at no matter what risk-eviction, imprisonment, torture, death. For the sake of one’s children, in order to minimize the bill that they must pay, one must be careful not to take refuge in any delusion-and the value placed on the color of the skin is always and everywhere and forever a delusion.” –James Baldwin

The political organization around racial identity is a political reality in America whose necessity has not abated. It is the reason for, and the continuance of, the Congressional Black Caucus. To make it as plain as I can, we are a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, pluralistic society that is economically, politically, and socially stratified by race and class. We understand the negative role race and class play in the lives of racial minorities. To pretend to believe otherwise is a simple denial of reality that is not borne out by any facts now in existence.

All of the men pictured above served as members of congress and all are black. We come in many shapes and sizes and in all colors. Barack Obama, despite the naysayers in our community is, and always shall be, a black man. The arguments about who raised him and whether or not he is a descendent of slaves are irrelevant and silly. The brotha may be running for President but stick him on a D.C. street corner late at night wearing a hoodie and some jeans and see how many cabs pass him by. He is black. Period. He understands what that means and because he does, he fuels my anger when he steps away from that reality to placate a power structure that devalues our lives and demeans our dignity.

He understands that torture is not acceptable but endorses a Mayor that allowed 192 black men to be tortured in direct contravention to the Geneva Conventions. He understands how race can be used to distort justice because he has passed a law, which mandated that murder confessions be videotaped in Illinois and passed a law requiring statistics to be complied on traffic stops to combat racial profiling. One cannot advocate legislative remedies like this without recognizing the unequal treatment and disparate sentencing inherent in our criminal injustice system.

He is running for President and anybody who does so is on a tremendously galactic ego trip. He deserves to be scrutinized and his motivations examined like any other contender. He will receive no leniency from me. The Presidency’s power to destroy is legendary. The current occupant is a great example of an unprepared, unfocused, and dangerous ideologue. I have an obligation to my readers to hold that uppermost in my thoughts as I contemplate the political landscape.

Moreover, I have no interest in using the platform of this blog to deny America’s unapologetic racism nor those who ignore and perpetuate it. Barack Obama has made several conscious decisions to step away from this reality in an effort to market himself and to “cross over.” I don’t feel any need to be quiet about it and have no obligation to muffle my disquiet to make anyone else feel comfortable.

I am sorry that my musings are unsettling to some, but I lack the capacity to whitewash torture and police brutality. I am not about to take up the delusions of my white brothas and sistahs regarding race this campaign season because I have far too many delusions of my own to contend with.

Al Franken for U.S. Senate

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For those of you who have been pondering my twisted sense of humor, the culprit is Saturday Night Live and by extension-Al Franken.  Being closer to forty than thirty, I was heavily influenced by the humor perfected on Saturday Night Live.  It’s groundbreaking sketch comedy pushed boundaries like nobody else before.  Dan Akroyd, John Belushi, Al Franken, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Eddie Murphy, and Garrett Morris are among my favorite people.   Before ten years old, I understood their humor.  From the political satire to the sexual innuendo, I soaked it all in.   It, along with SCTV, Fridays, MadTV, and In Living Color form the basis of my humor.  

Today comes news of Al Franken, commedian, writer, and Air America radio personality jumping into the race for Paul Wellstone’s Senate seat currently being held by corporate whore Norm Coleman.    Coleman, the former Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota is a New York bred,craven opportunist whose politics steadily moved from establishment Democrat to establishment Republican.   Recruited to run for the Senate by Dick Cheney, he was on a trajectory to lose that race before Paul Wellstone’s fatal plane crash in October 2002 that changed the face of Minnesota politics. 

I remember the shock and anguish I personally felt when the words ran across the monitor that announced the Senator’s death along with his wife, daughter, and campaign staff.  His death marked a turning point for progressive politics in Minnesota and the depth of feeling expressed by mourners at his memorial service was seized upon by the right-wing in a propaganda campaign of distortion to energize the right. 

Al Franken’s candidacy is a breath of fresh air and break from the politics of cookie cutter DLC automatons breathlessly mouthing the curative powers of the free market and incremental policy wonkism.  Al believes in something and its progressive.  The bottom-line for me though is his relentless lampooning of Fox News blowhard Bill O’Reilly.  He reveals O’Reilly as the pompous liar that he is and that is more than enough for a Skeptical Brotha endorsement. 

Two Black S.C. legislators back Hillary

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By JIM DAVENPORT

The Associated Press
Tuesday, February 13, 2007; 4:23 PM

(AP) Two key black political leaders in South Carolina who backed John Edwards in 2004 said Tuesday they are supporting Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

State Sens. Robert Ford and Darrell Jackson told The Associated Press they believe Clinton is the only Democrat who can win the presidency. Both said they had been courted by Illinois Sen. Barack Obama; Ford said Obama winning the primary would drag down the rest of the party.

“It’s a slim possibility for him to get the nomination, but then everybody else is doomed,” Ford said. “Every Democrat running on that ticket next year would lose — because he’s black and he’s top of the ticket. We’d lose the House and the Senate and the governors and everything.”

“I’m a gambling man. I love Obama,” Ford said. “But I’m not going to kill myself.”

Ford said he was swayed by calls from former President Clinton and Hillary Clinton. The Charleston lawmaker said she has solid support in his district, one of the key regions in the state with a major black Democratic voting population.

Clinton’s campaign said it welcomed the lawmakers’ support, but disagreed with Ford’s contention that Obama could harm a Democratic ticket. “I think it’s just flat-out wrong,” said spokesman Mo Elleithee.

One Obama ally rejected Ford’s assessment.

“I think that Senator Ford’s comments were reprehensible,” said Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. “I believe Democratic prospects would soar, not slump.”

Later in the day, Ford said he had been besieged by criticism and apologized for his characterization of Obama’s chances. If Clinton doesn’t win the nomination, any of the other candidates are well suited to take the White House, Ford said.

“If I caused anybody — including myself — any pain about the comments I made earlier, then I want to apologize to myself and to Senator Obama and any of his supporters,” Ford said.

Darrell Jackson, who also is the minister of a large church in the state’s capital city, said Edwards — a South Carolina native who won the state’s Democratic primary three years ago — had his chance.

“I feel as if he’s had his opportunity,” he said.

Darrell Jackson said Edwards was a wonderful individual and he considers Obama a friend, but Clinton “is our best shot.”

John Moylan, campaign director for Edwards in South Carolina, shrugged off the defections and predicted Edwards would win the state.

The endorsements come just days before Obama and Clinton campaign in the state for the first time in the 2008 race.

Barack’s Betrayal

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Barack Obama, displaying his peerless skills as a courtier in Rich Daley’s racist court, endorsed the Mayor in his bid against a qualified, competent, and honest opponent: Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown“I had made a determination well before the exploration of my presidential candidacy that this was the right thing to do.  I am a Chicagoan.  I care about the city.  This is where I live. This is where my wife works.  This is where my kids go to school, and I want to continue to see the city make the progress it has made.” By turning his back, he shows his true colors to anybody intelligent enough to see the import of this endorsement for what it is: a betrayal of justice and a betrayal of the black community.

 

The politically astute could see this coming because the Mayor’s brotha Bill Daley, a former Clinton Commerce Secretary, was added to the Obama campaign payroll in an “advisory” capacity. Obama really believes what the pundits breathlessly write about him and was duty bound to return the corrupt favor to the Daley regime.

 

Some of you might say, “It’s just politics,” or “He has to cut deals to get to the next level.”  To that, I would ask, who does he step on to elevate himself to the Presidency? And by what right does he spend political capital to endorse Rich Daley and spit in the face of the black community? These questions are best answered by examining the political culture of Chicago and by revealing in explicit detail the victims of Daley’s regime and Obama’s ambition.

 

CHICAGO’S POLITICAL CULTURE OF WHITE SUPREMACY & CORRUPTION

 

During Harold Washington’s historic campaign for Mayor of Chicago in 1983, he was introduced at an event by a preacher as, “an amalgamation of all the good qualities of past mayors. There were no good qualities to be had, Washington said upon taking the podium, Daley included: “He was a racist to the core, head to toe, hip to hip, there’s no ding or doubt about it. He eschewed and fought and oppressed black people to the point that some thought that was the way they were supposed to live, just like some slaves on the plantation thought that that was the way they were supposed to live. I give no hosannas to a racist, nor did I appreciate or respect his son. If his name were anything other than Daley, his campaign would be a joke.”

 

The general election campaign against Harold Washington in 1983 was hands down the most racist in Chicago history. Cook County Democratic Party Chairman Ed Vrdolyak succinctly put the naked hostility and public revulsion expressed by the white community at the prospect of having a black mayor by saying, “It’s a racial thing. Don’t kid yourself. I’m calling on you to save your city, to save your precinct. We’re fighting to keep the city the way it is.” (Controlled by white ethnics) 

 

Washington defeated Incumbent Mayor Jane Byrne andCook County State’s Attorney Richard M. Daley, son of the legendary mayor in the Democratic primary.After the primary, neither lifted a finger for Harold Washington. Their white supporters and the Democratic machine outside of black precincts defected en masse to the Republican challenger, Bernard Epton.

 

From Gary Rivlin’s book “Fire on the Prairie,” “Whites attending Epton rallies startled reporters with their frank comments about not wanting a nigger mayor. They held up signs calling Washington a “crook” and took to wearing a variety of political buttons decidedly racial in appeal: one showed a watermelon with a black slash through it, another was simply all white. VOTE WHITE, VOTE RIGHT one popular T-shirt boldly proclaimed.”…They passed out literature saying, “You will be robbed or killed. White women will be raped. With a black police chief there will be absolute chaos in the city.” 

 

Washington’s first three years as Mayor were marked by a bitter and protracted battle with a white cabal of Alderman for political primacy.Stung by their loss of access to the power of the Mayor’s office and the political patronage that serves as the lifeblood of a ward heeler, they reacted like spoiled children and became obstructionists hell bent on crippling Washington’s authority. They hurled racist insults and taunts dripping with homophobic invective toward the Mayor. Moreover, they conspired with a compliant media in a racially motivated PR campaign to stoke white fears in an effort to stymie Administration initiatives.

 

The swirling cauldron of white racial animosity towards the black community shaped the politics of Chicago then and still shapes it today.  Two years ago, the Daley machine that seized power after the death of Harold Washington wouldn’t give Barack Obama the time of day during his run for the Senate. 

 

In keeping with the tenants of racial preferences and political nepotism for their own, they endorsed Dan Hynes, the son of Tom Hynes, an acolyte of the Daleys and pinstripe bigot who challenged Mayor Washington’s re-election by running against him as an independent. Now, when Obama’s star shines brightly enough to put the lights out on Daley’s re-election as Mayor, they endorse him for President.  How convenient.   

 

CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT: KLANSMEN IN UNIFORM

 

July of last year saw the release of a whitewash report by Special Prosecutor Edward Egan, which was the culmination of four years of investigation and $7 million in taxpayer funds.  The report acknowledges, according to a new standard news report, “clear proof that torture took place at Area Two, a 60 square mile police district on the city’s south side,” during the 70’s and 80’s.

 

Kari Lydersen, a staff writer for New Standard News wrote, “Significantly the report lacked any mention of the racial component which some critics saw as the most important facet of the case.  Almost all of the 60-plus men who claimed to have been tortured by [Jon]Burge and other officers are black; the officers were all white.  Alleged widespread racism on the part of officers was just part of an overall racist justice system; in the 1970s Chicago prosecutors were known to compete in a game called “niggers by the pound” to see who could convict the most black defendants.

 

From the website of the University of Chicago’s Police Torture Archive: Between the years of 1972 and 1991, approximately [192] African American Men and women were arrested and tortured at the hands of former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and officers under his command at Area 2 police headquarters.  Some of these victims were as young as thirteen years old. Various court cases have established that the methods of torture used in the interrogation of suspects included electric shock to the ears and genitalia, mock executions, suffocation, and burning. While Jon Burge was ultimately fired by the Chicago Police Department, not a single perpetrator of the tortures has ever been criminally prosecuted.  Ten of those tortured were sent to death row. 

 

According to the Chicago Reader, “More than 50 men alleged that they were tortured by Burge and his detectives during Daley’s term asCook County state’s attorney, from 1981 to 1989. He was put on notice several times, most dramatically in the case of Andrew Wilson. Photographs of Wilson’s stitches, burns, and alligator- clip wounds made compelling evidence in court, underlined by [DA]Hyman’s failure to ask if Wilson had given his statement voluntarily. Received copy of letter from Dr. John Raba, who as medical director of Cermak Hospital examined Wilson’s injuries, urging police superintendent Richard Brzeczek to investigate. Brzeczek told Daley he had promised to investigate all cases of police brutality but did not want to jeopardize Wilson’s prosecution and asked for guidance. Daley sent no reply.” 

 

Daley’s tenure as prosecutor is stained by his craven capitulation to an electorate and a power structure in thrall to an ideology of white supremacist hate.  Prosecuting police officers for their sadistic torturing of black criminal suspects, and their prosecutor enablers on his staff would have permanently put an end to his political support in the white ethnic wards of Chicago that still had fond memories of the brutal repression of anti-Vietnam political dissent at the 1968 Democratic National Convention ordered by Daddy Daley. Ultimately, Daley’s power rests on a foundation of deliberate indifference. 

 

I don’t care how many handkerchief head Nigras Daley surrounds himself with.  I don’t care how many Negroes people his Administration. I don’t care how many Negroes show up to his re-election press conference to create an illusion of inclusion.  I don’t care that Michelle Obama worked for Daley and treated her well. What he has done cannot and will never atone for this. Dorothy Brown finally realized that and has asked U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to investigateand prosecute the Klansmen in uniform responsible for these crimes. 

 

On the Senate floor, Barack Obama opposed the Military Commissions Act because it gave short shrift to the rights of foreign terror suspects. He said, “…the fundamental human rights of the accused, should be bigger than politics. This is serious and this is somber…”  If he really meant that, he would be defending those same rights here at home, not endorsing a man who repeatedly turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to the screams of scores of black men tortured by those sworn to protect and serve white supremacy in a south side Abu Ghraib.

 

From important quarters in the black community, we’ve heard a cacophony of uncritical praise. Jesse Jackson and the black press are simply delusional, and the black Chicago political establishment has clearly been corrupted.  Nothing else explains their cavalier attitude regarding Obama turning his back on Dorothy Brown, black victims of torture, the black community, and quite frankly, himself.

 

Debra Dickerson claims that Barack Obama’s heritage is not African American.  Born the child of a Kenyan and a white woman, he lacks the cultural legacy of a descendant of slaves. Moreover, she believes that because his upbringing was managed by white relatives that we have nothing in common.  It is my contention that the sistah is mistaken.  Barack Obama is an indentured servant to the Daley machine and a slave to his own ambition. In the new millennium, becoming a willing tool and psychological servant to a corrupt white power structure is very African American.

 

I expect better from a former community organizer, constitutional law professor, and civil rights attorney than the politics of expediency.

 

 

 

 

Clinton 28% Obama 23% Edwards 13%

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February 12, 2007

Rassmussen Reports

Senator Hillary Clinton (D) continues to enjoy frontrunner status and now attracts 28% of the vote from Likely Democratic Primary Voters nationwide. The former First Lady of the nation recently asserted that “I’m the one person [Republicans] are most afraid of. Bill and I have beaten them before and we will again”, but the former First Lady continues to lead the Democratic nomination racewas pulling away from other contenders for the Democratic nomination, the latest Rasmussen Reports Election 2008 polling shows that the race has stabilized a bit.

However, while Clinton is the frontrunner within the party, Obama and Edwards do a bit better in general election match-ups against leading Republicans.  Obama and Edwards both lead John McCain (R) while Clinton is essentially tied with the Arizona Senator. John Edwards is within two points of Rudy Giuliani (R), closer than any other Democrat. See match-ups and favorability ratings for all Democratic candidates.

Clinton has in the lead for every Rasmussen Reports Election 2008 survey, but her lead is down slightly from last week and other recent polls.

Obama, who formally announced his entry into the race on Saturday, is enjoying a modest bounce in the polls. He has pulled to within five percentage points of the frontrunner. A month ago, at the height of Obama-mania, the man from Illinois had pulled to within a single point of Clinton.

Edwards remains in third place, currently attracting 13% of the vote. Al Gore is in fourth place with support from 8%.

Despite the fact that the frontrunners in the Democratic Party are a woman and an African-American, 60% of voters believe that the Democrats will end up nominating a white male as their Presidential candidate in 2008. Eight-out-of-ten Americans say they are willing to vote for a woman Presidential candidate and a similar percentage say the same about an African-American candidate. However, in each case, just over 50% believe their peers are likely to do the same. There is a significant difference of opinion on these questions by age. Just a third of senior citizens believe their peers would vote for a woman or an African-American.

It is clearly very early in the nomination process and much could change between now and the time when votes are cast in Iowa and New Hampshire. However, given the front-loaded nature of the Primary schedule, perceptions of the candidates and their competitiveness could become very important in determining the nominees for Election 2008. If a candidate is unable to raise serious money and build a solid organization early, they may find themselves unable to compete in what is shaping up to be almost a national primary on February 5.

An update on Republican Primary polling will be released tomorrow. Last week, Giuliani and McCain were the clear frontrunners.

The money chase has begun in earnest

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                          photo courtesy of patrick dentler

Barack Obama, following the Borq Queen’s lead, has opted out of the Presidential Campaign Finance system.   The money chase has begun in earnest and in order to keep up, he’s got to play the game by her rules.  This is a high stakes game that could cost upwards of half a billion dollars.   Ain’t but three players invited to this table : Hillary, Edwards, and now Obama. The community of fundraisers that inevitably ends up financing and choosing our Presidents is being courted heavily by the Borg Queen.  Most have been assimilated into the Clinton collective and will beat the bushes for her.  After all, resistance is futile.  

Obama’s apparatus is a little slow on the uptake.   Most of the folk Hillary is attempting to assimilate have already been softened up for her in advance or have already assisted her or her husbands campaigns in the past.  She effectively froze them in place until she emerged from her cocoon of inevitability.  Hillary’s public goal for 07′ is  $75 million.   Trust and believe that she intends to raise over $100 million to get the ball rolling.  

Remember y’all, the Borg Queen has learned from the master how to kill an opponent softly in the smoke filled rooms and salon’s of the rich and powerful.  Bill’s prowess was a thing of legend in Arkansas.  Nobody ever had a chance.  You see, Arkansas is a small state ruled with an iron fist by a tight knit oligarchy.   Nobody catered to them better than Bill.  The care and feeding of the rich and powerful is a necessary skill for anybody who wants to play in this league.  Hillary has the best education possible, having been involved in 4 national campaigns, there is no ego she can’t tame and soothe to reach her goal. 

The process of high stakes fundraising is nothing more than respectable form of whoring which deftly applies all the tricks of a good seductress.

Hillary already has dossier’s on her intended prey and has gone in for the kill.   Obama has people coming to him and he has a number of high profile folks beating the bushes for him.  Unfortunately,  Hillary’s organization will crush him in this department.  Even if he manages a miracle and is competitive dollar for dollar, he cannot win.  Terry McAuliffe, Hillary’s Campaign chair, has been lining up mega states to move their primaries up to annihilate her rivals too cash poor to compete.   The Delegate selection rules promulgated by DNC heavyweights like Alexis Herman are a damn sham meant to distract the stupid into believing that this process would be fair.  Fairness is for suckers, baby and resistance is futile.