Watch Fr. Michael Pfleger turn into a bus driver and take this Fox News/Bill O’Reilly reporter to school in an interview that was flipped upside down.
Archive for October 21, 2008
Is ACORN A Perpetrator Or A Victim … Is Racism The Motivation, Is Voter Suppression The Motivation, Or Is Excuse-Making The Motivation?Posted: October 21, 2008 in Uncategorized
The Republicans are up in arms about this ACORN group. I will let the video speak for itself. But, since the very beginning, I have been saying that this protest by the Republicans has two missions: (1) to set up a built-in excuse in case they lose to claim voter irregularities or outright fraud, (2) to suppress votes. I really believe that this is a case where some individual people are trying to make some money by collecting signatures. If anything, I believe the fraud has indeed victimized ACORN rather than ACORN victimizing the public. ACORN has turned in most of these bad registration attempts. Believe what you will, but carefully listen to all sides before going into a panic about how dirty and unethical a group like ACORN truly is. There are voter allegations on all sides, in an election, so lets hear both sides of the issue. I encourage all people to do their own research on ACORN and find out what ACORN is all about and to find out what the movement against ACORN is really motivated by.
Sarah Palin Already Is Expanding Her Potential Duties As Vice President … Even While Behind In All Significant PollsPosted: October 21, 2008 in Uncategorized
Gov. Sarah Palin is, if nothing else, ambitious. I am convinced after her response to a third-grader student’s question about the role of vice president. Gov. Palin’s Blind Ambition tour, it would appear, is beginning to spiral just a little bit out of control. Possibly anticipating her spot in history as the first woman vice president of the United States, Gov. Palin is already trying to expand the role of the vice president. I know she’s heard about that thing called the constitution, but maybe it’s a tad too wordy for her. In Gov. Palin’s world, the vice president is “in charge” of the United States Senate. Uh, Sarah, I don’t think so. The United States Vice President does serve as President of the U.S. Senate, but the role truly is rather limited. The V.P. only has a role to break tie votes among senators in such rare instances. This statement from Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, sums it up, “This comment is all the more puzzling because this is at least the 2nd time she has said this. Gov Palin needs to re-read or perhaps read for the first time the Constitution. While the Vice President presides over the Senate, he or she is not in charge of it. Article 1 says The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided.” I think Gov. Palin (after inauguration) will be looking for the phone booth time machine used in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure to go back in time and rewrite history.
Jeremiah Wright Would Be A Terrible Issue For Sen. John McCain And Would Only Fuel Perception Of Racial PoliticsPosted: October 21, 2008 in Uncategorized
It seems the Republicans have not completely closed the door on attempting to resurrect the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy for their own nefarious political purposes. Rick Davis, the campaign manager for Sen. John McCain, says that it might be time to bring Rev. Wright into the picture (apparently now that more and more polls both nationally and statewide show McCain’s campaign could be in serious trouble). *WARNING* There are major examples of Republican whining in the quote you will soon be reading from Davis (read on at your desire): “Look, John McCain has told us a long time ago before this campaign ever got started, back in May, I think, that from his perspective, he was not going to have his campaign actively involved in using Jeremiah Wright as a wedge in this campaign,” he said late last week. “Now since then, I must say, when Congressman Lewis calls John McCain and Sarah Palin and his entire group of supporters, fifty million people strong around this country, that we’re all racists and we should be compared to George Wallace and the kind of horrible segregation and evil and horrible politics that was played at that time, you know, that you’ve got to rethink all these things. And so I think we’re in the process of looking at how we’re going to close this campaign. We’ve got 19 days, and we’re taking serious all these issues.” First of all, Davis and the McCain campaign continue to mischaracterize Congressman Lewis’ statement in regard to George Wallace. But, that is something I’ve already written about extensively. He was not comparing Sen. McCain to Wallace as a racist or as a segregationist. He was comparing them for stirring their supporters into hateful frenzy through divisive rhetoric that leads to anger, threats, hatred, division and frustration. I can’t imagine many people out there thinking that Sen. McCain or Gov. Palin are even close to racist (playing racial politics … maybe … flat-out racist … no). Republicans would be wise to avoid bringing Rev. Wright into this issue. Voters have already spoken out about their disdain for all the emphasis on Bill Ayers. That strategy of linking Sen. Obama to Ayers has failed. Trying to link Sen. Obama back to Rev. Wright will come across as transparent (another attempt in desperation to change the rolling tide of progress bowling over McCain and Palin) and will fail as well. Sen. McCain is best advised to focus on his politics and his fighting spirit. He has been at his best when he has avoided the negativity, kept on message, avoided erratic behavior and portrayed a positive image. Democrats should hope he brings up the issue of Rev. Wright because it can only damage Sen. McCain’s poll status in this blogger’s opinion.
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, thankfully, is one of the few people in the media seeing the hatred and divisiveness coming from the Republican Party. I salute Olbermann for pointing out the politics of division. Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin have been trying to portray Sen. Barack Obama as being anti-American. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who does indeed seem to be unstable, is the latest to spew all kinds of hateful rhetoric for what seems to be no apparent rhyme or reason. Congresswoman Bachmann needs to answer for her horrific words that have done little more than to create division and hatred (as the Republicans have been trying to do by trying to paint Sen. Obama as a terrorist, a terrorist sympathizer, a socialist, a Muslim, an Arab, a black radical, etc.). We don’t need a modern-day Salem Witch Trials or McCarthy-like hearings to investigate people for communism or communist ideas. Thanks, Keith, for pointing this junk out.
Olbermann video from Huffington Post:
If they did, then perhaps The Rev. Al Sharpton would have done better in the 2004 Democratic presidential primary against Sen. John Kerry. As Rev. Sharpton and some other people discovered, black people are as sophisticated, diverse and deliberate about their vote as many whites are about their votes. Sen. Kerry dominated Rev. Sharpton in regards to the black vote in 2004 and that led, quite frankly, to Rev. Sharpton’s rather abrupt departure from the primary race and his subsequent support of Sen. Kerry as he went on to challenge President George W. Bush. I’ve been reading all over the place of so many people talking about how blacks are only supporting Sen. Barack Obama because he is black. But, if you look at the voting patterns of blacks, in recent memory, it has been heavily Democratic in the general presidential elections. Blacks have overwhelmingly supported the Democrats (we’re talking high 80s and low 90s from a percent standpoint). So, this is nothing new that blacks would be supporting Sen. Obama in this race over Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee for president of the U.S.A. Frankly, the Republican Party has not done enough to reach out to black people and have in essence written off the black vote (particularly in this current election). Even in the Democratic Party primary, Sen. Hillary Clinton had a decent share of the black vote early in the race and Sen. Obama had to fight to win the support of not only blacks, but also of whites and all people. Sen. Obama rolled up his sleeves and went to work to win the trust, the respect and the support of people of all races as his campaign gained momentum in the primary and now deep into the general election. No one criticized white people for voting for George W. Bush or John McCain in 2000 when theyran against Alan Keyes, the black Republican candidate. Was that a vote based on race? No, it was a vote based on policies and who has the best chance of being successful in a general election.
Popular sentiment among many of our conservative friends is that black people are supporting Sen. Barack Obama because he is black. In recent days, people have accused General Colin Powell of supporting Sen. Obama because both men are black. This is, of course, ignorant. Many of you may be aware that Gen. Powell endorsed George W. Bush in his 2000 race for the presidency. What some of you may not know is that one of Bush’s opponents in the primary was Alan Keyes, a black conservative. Now, if Gen. Powell is only supporting Sen. Obama because he is black, then why did not Gen. Powell come out in strong support of Keyes, who is both black and Republican? Why did he support the white guy (Bush) over the black guy (Keyes) if it is just about race? If Gen. Powell’s support of Sen. Obama in this year’s race is just about race then why did he not just come out and support the black candidate from the very beginning? Gen. Powell is an intelligent and thoughtful man who wanted to make an informed decision about his endorsement after weighing all the attributes of the two candidates and carefully analyzing the vice presidential picks as well as the policies. Gen. Powell had the courage to go against the party line and support the person he felt was best qualified to be president of the United States of America with the running mate he felt was best qualified to be vice president of the U.S. (Sen. Joe Biden). I commend Gen. Powell for standing up and doing what he thought was right … even against the mainstream thought of his party.