John Edwards announces for President

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John Edwards announced his presidential campaign bid from the Ninth Ward of New Orleans today emphasizing the theme of poverty and the lack of resources we devote to it. The backdrop of devastation and a small group of kids were all that were there to herald the announcement.  It has become increasingly clear that this poverty platform is not a phase for Edwards and that he is serious.  He seems to be channeling Jimmy Carter more and more while taking positions calculated to keep his political viability like opposition to same-sex marriage. 

He has more going for him this time than last and an updated and more compelling message than two years ago.  As a North Carolinian, I felt that he should have run for re-election to his Senate Seat concurrently with running for Vice President.  State law was re-written to allow it.  I’m kind selfish that way. I felt he needed the seasoning and still do.  However, I will be looking at Edwards harder this time round. 

Sheila Dixon set to become Baltimore Mayor

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Baltimore City Council President Sheila Dixon is set to become Baltimore’s first female Mayor after Mayor Martin O’Malley assumes the office of Governor.  Embroiled in a nepotism, contract fraud investigation and scandal, her political position has been weakened. She seems to have the support of  the incoming Governor and political heavyweights like Kweisi Mfume who has said “I don’t have any plans to run for Mayor. [Dixon]’s worked for and deserves an opportunity to lead…I want her to succeed. I want the city to be united.  I think at this point we owe her at least the opportunity to try to lead it.” City Comptroller Joan Pratt and Delegate Jill Carter, a critic of Martin O’Malley and the Baltimore Police also announced candidacies. 

It is clear that she will not have a free ride and that she must demonstrate decisiveness and fundraising prowess in order to win.  Even after the supportive comments made by Kweisi Mfume, he moved subsequently to form a committee to raise funds for a local campaign.  Mrs. Dixon faces a formidible set of obstacles: drugs, gangs, violence, and black-on-black crime. The next Mayor elected must put forward an aggressive and progressive agenda for change that will amelorate these systemic ills.

President Gerald R. Ford 1913-2006

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The 38th President of the United States has died.  Gerald R. Ford became President following the aftermath of the Watergate scandal embroiling the Administration of his predecessor, Richard M. Nixon.   Nixon’s Vice President Spiro Agnew, resigned in disgrace after pleading no contest to taking bribes as Governor of Maryland. President Nixon selected then Congressman Gerald R. Ford, the House Republican Leader to succeed Agnew.   Upon assumption of office, Ford said “I have not sought this enormous responsibility, but I will not shirk it. Those who nominated and confirmed me as Vice President were my friends and are my friends. They were of both parties, elected by all the people and acting under the Constitution in their name. It is only fitting then that I should pledge to them and to you that I will be the President of all the people.”

Ford stunned the nation after he pardoned Nixon for any crimes he may have committed.  A decent and honorable man, Ford was a conservative republican who didn’t allow policy disagreements keep him from developing personal relationships with colleagues of the opposite party.  His personal decency was his greatest strength as a politician and it helped him defeat Ronald Reagan to win the GOP nomination but it didn’t prevent his loss to Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter in 1976. He will be remembered as the President who truly restored honor and integrity to the Oval Office.

DREAMGIRLS THE MOVIE

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If there is a movie that you’re thinking of taking the family to this month, make it Dreamgirls, Y’all.   I never got to see the musical, so the movie is the next best thing.  Take it from me y’all, It is da bomb.  To say that the movie is both poignant and funny is to understate it dramatically.  The music is beautifully done and the major cast members with the exception of Danny Glover sings beautifully.   Eddie Murphy’s performance is particularly funny and bittersweet in light of today’s events.  You’ll understand if you see it.   I don’t want to spoil it for y’all.   Jennifer Hudson of American Idol fame really is a singular talent and this movie signals the beginning of a bright future for her.   The costumes and acting are all top notch and Beyonce’ is always breathtakingly slamming.   Seeing is believing so see it.

Sandi Jackson to run for Alderman

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Jesse Jackson, Jr. > Casual photos photo

The savvy, beautiful, and accomplished Mrs. Sandi Jackson, the wife of Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr has filed her paperwork to run for Alderman against the daugther of Alderman Beavers, setting up an interesting contest and another step for the Jackson political dynasty. Mrs. Jackson, an attorney like her husband, is training director for the Democratic National Committee and a shrewd political operative in her own right.   Jesse’s aborted run for Mayor set the stage for Mrs. Jackson’s assent to power.  

Focused on the House of Representatives, I am hoping Congressman Jackson will use the opportunity of Democratic power to challenge his homestate colleague Rahm Emmanuel to become the next Democratic Speaker of the House.  A right-wing DLC Democrat, Emmanuel would be a disaster for progressives.  These two seasoned black politicians could become, in time, the most formidable black power couple in the nation.  As Speaker of the House, Jackson could become the most powerful black politician in the history of the country. Especially if Barack Obama doesn’t make the next ticket.  Jackson has a great set of political skills that uniquely qualify him to turn the Congressional Black Caucus around from a corporate front group into a progressive force.  His actions in the coming years of Democratic control will tell the tale of his suitability and I don’t think he will disappoint.

Mrs. Jackson  personifies the belief that behind every successful black man, is an equally successful and accomplished black woman.

James Brown, Godfather of Soul 1933-2006

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Sad news came this morning that the Godfather of Soul has passed.  I am shocked and deeply saddened.  He was admitted to Emory Long Hospital yesterday here in Atlanta and died early Christmas morning at 1:45 A.M. of heart failure.  He will be remembered as one of the greatest R&B artists and showman of all time.   His music, zest for life, and passion for the well-being of our people touched me.  I thank God for his life and example. Pray for his family and children and may he rest peacefully in the arms of God.

“Dollar Bill” Jefferson’s favorite things, a christmas carol

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 [photo of Rep. Jefferson standing on capitol steps]

Sung to the tune of My Favorite Things

Redmeat to the right-wing,
And no whiskers on my women,
Not to bright colored voters,
And warm woolen mittens (full of cash),
Brown paper packages,
filled up with bribes,
These are a few of my favorite things . . .

Cream colored hookers,
An’ crisp apple strudels,
Kickbacks an’ sleigh bells,
An’ no bid contracts with oodles,
Glasses of Wild Turkey that fly with the moon on their wings,
These are a few of my favorite things . . .

Men in white dresses,
With blue satin sashes,
FBI Agents all up in my nose and eyelashes,
Meddling white liberals,
that help Karen Carter
These are not a few of my favorite things . . .

When Nancy Pelosi bites,
When the FBI stings,
When I’m feelin’ sad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don’t feel so bad . . .

Right-Wing Redmeat….hmmm Bribes…
Kickbacks…….hookers….
La dee da, la dee da,
La dee da, da,
These are a few of my favorite things . . .

When Nancy Pelosi bites,
When the FBI stings,
When I’m feelin’ sad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And little by little my heavy heart sings . . .

And then I don’t feel so bad . . .

The Christmas Song, an Iraq christmas carol

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The Christmas Song

Donald Rumsfeld’s chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Sour public opinion on Iraq nipping at Bush Admin Ass
Yuletide criticism being sung by a Media choir
And poor servicemen dressed up like Eskimos


Everybody knows a civil war and a quagmire
Don’t help to make the season bright
Iraqi tots with their eyes all aglow (with U.S. depleted uranium)
Will find it hard to sleep tonight


They know that new secdef Bob Gates is on his way
He’s loaded with the Iraq Study Group report on his sleigh
And every mother’s soldier is gonna spy
To see if the bastard really knows how to fly

And so I’m offering this simple phrase
For soldiers on deployments from one to ninety two
Although its been said many times, many ways, you’re stuck in Iraq
Merry Christmas to you

And so I’m offering this simple phrase
For soldiers on deployments from one to ninety two
Although its been said many times, many ways, you’re stuck in Iraq
Merry Christmas to you

Rudolph the Red Nosed Racist, a christmas carol

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Rudolph the red nosed racist
told a bright and shining lie (about NYPD Police Brutality),
and if you ever heard it,
you would even say it glowed (like a lightbulb).

All of the other right-wingers,
used to laugh and call him names (like liberal).
They never let poor Rudolph,
join in any right-wing games.

Then one sunny September Day,
Dubya came to say:
“Rudolph with your self-serving lies so bright,
won’t you help me scare America and scapegoat Muslims tonight?

Then all the right-wingers loved him,
as they shouted out with glee:
“Rudoph the Red Nosed Racist,
you’ll be the next President in history!”

Mama got runover by Barack Obama, a christmas carol

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 Hillary Rodham Clinton

Mama got runover by Barack Obama, a christmas carol

Sung to the tune of Grandma got runover by a reindeer

Mama done got run’d over by Barack Obama. On the road to the White House Christmas Eve.  You can say there’s no such thing as Santa, but as for me and Bubba we believe.  She’d been drinking Rummy’s Kool-Aid and voted for the War, as we begged her to do no more. But she forgot her triangulation, and she staggered out the door. When we found her Christmas morning, at the scene of the attack, she had book-prints on her forehead, and an incriminating book, the Audacity of Hope on her back.

Now we’re all so proud of Bubba,  He’s been taking this all so well. See him in there carousing the females, drinking root beer and playing cards with James Carville. It’s not Christmas without Mama, and Chelsea’s dressed in black and we just can’t help but wonder: Should we open up her gifts, or send them back? Send them back!!

Now the Ham is on the table and so is the sweet potato pie and the gold and platinum candles that would just have matched the Miss Clairol in Mama’s head. I’ve warned all my friends and neighbors better watch out for yourselves, they should never vote for a man who cavorts with neo-cons like Condi and endorses devilish elves (like Joe Lieberman).

I saw Mark Foley kissing Santa Claus, a christmas carol

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I saw Mark Foley kissing Santa Claus under the mistletoe last night. He didn’t see me creep down the stairs to have a peep; He thought that I was tucked away in the congressional page dormitory fast asleep. Then I saw Mark tongue Santa Claus real deep. What a laugh it would have been if Speaker Denny had only seen Mark Foley kissing Santa Claus last night

O Come All Ye Clintonista Faithful: a christmas carol

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Hillary Clinton campaign logo

O Come All Ye Clintonista Faithful

O Come All Ye Clintonista Faithful
Joyful Triangulating DLC Centrists,
O come ye, O come ye to the
Washington, DC Beltway.
Come and behold Her,
Born the bane of the vast right wing conspiracy;
O come, let us adore Her,
O come, let us adore Her,
O come, let us adore Her,
the First Woman President.

O Sing, choirs of establishment pundits,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven Hill’s holy word.
Repair Bill’s marriage and give Hill Power in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Her,
O come, let us adore Her,
O come, let us adore Her,
The First Woman President.

All Hail! Hill, we greet Thee,
Your Prez Campaign Born the happy morning of John Kerry’s Defeat,
O Hillary Rodham Clinton for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Pollsters, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Her,
O come, let us adore Her,
O come, let us adore Her,
The First Woman President. 

White Senate, a Trent Lott Christmas Carol

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WHITE SENATE

sung to the tune of White Christmas

 

I’m dreaming of a white Senate
Just like the ones I used to know 
Where the racism glistens, 
and the country listens,
Brainwashed by Fox News and Tony Snow 

I’m dreaming of a white Senate 
With every wingnut bill I write 
I’m for God, against Gays, and not really that bright 
And may all your ballots be cast for a white 

I’m dreaming of a white Senate 
With every wingnut bill I write 
I’m for God, against Gays, and not really that bright 
And may all your ballots be cast for a white 

Sen. Tim Johnson’s health scare threatens Dem control

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South Dakota Tim Johnson, 59, is fighting for his life in a Washington, D.C. hospital after a congenital defect called AVM caused dangerous bleeding in his brain.  Had the rupture occurred in his sleep, he would have quietly slipped away. While he recuperates, we all lift him up in prayer. His health scare threatens Democratic control of the Senate and reveals that the slimness of the one seat Democratic majority rests on men and women over seventy years of age.  If Senator Johnson loses his fight, South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds, a Republican will choose his replacement and Senate control will be determined by the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Dick Cheney.

The health of other Democratic Senators in states Governed by Republicans is also at issue.  Some of them are getting extremely long in the tooth.   In particular, are Senators Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye of Hawaii.  Senator Akaka, 82, was just re-elected to a six-year term after fending off the aggressive primary challenge of former Congressman Ed Case, 54.   If I had a vote in Hawaii, I would have put Senator Akaka out to pasture. Senator Inouye, 82, was just re-elected in 2004 to a six year term ending when he will be 86, Akaka, 88.    These two should have gone home and stayed there some years back.  I know a lot of spry oldsters still fleet of foot and clear of mind but I would not recommend that they be serving in the U.S. Senate.

Health is unpredictable no matter what your age, it just becomes increasingly so after 75.   Dianne Feinstein 73, was just re-elected to a six year term that concludes when she is 79.  Apparently, she intends to die in the saddle with her heels on.  Senator Johnson is not the only Democratic member of the Senate we should be praying for.

Draft Obama video

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People attempting to draft Obama to run for President have been quite busy and their work speaks for itself above and here. I have never seen anything like this since Jesse was drafted to run in 84.  Of course, given the immense size of Jesse’s ego, nobody had to break their damn neck doing that.