"The mistake that pro-choice forces have sometimes made in the past, and this is a generalization so it has not always been the case, has been to not acknowledge the wrenching moral issues involved in it," he said.
"Most Americans recognize that what we want to do is avoid, or help people avoid, having to make this difficult choice. That nobody is pro-abortion, abortion is never a good thing."Bambi, keep your hands off my uterus. Actually, some women are pro-abortion. Women who have been raped, women who find out their fetus is not viable, women who just don't want to be a parent. But "pro-choice forces" have not ignored the fact that abortion is painful. Bambi's A F**KING LIAR. That's a right-wing talking point and that's all that RIGHT WING CREEP has to offer. I can't believe his groupies still cling to him.
We'll get back to Bambi in a moment. Meanwhile, Judas gives a press conference. Like Mike, I think Bill Richardson is a Judas. And I love this excuse on loyalty, he claims he was just supposed to be loyal to Bill Clinton, not Hillary. Go away, Fat Boy, go away. What kind of a moron thinks -- let's accept that his loyalty was with Bill -- you can choose a stranger over the wife of someone you're loyal to? You can't. Judas Richardson can cut it any way he wants, he can rewrite it a million times, but at the end of the day, he is still a dirty backstabbing creep. I'm sure the Biblical Judas could offer excuses as well. Maybe he'd say, "I was only supposed to be loyal to Christ in the first 28 years of his life!" Bill Richardson is a Judas, James Carville called it right.
Tavis Smiley has left the Tom Joyner Show. Best thing that could have happened for Tavis. I mean, when I was a kid, I'd hear Tom Joyner in the car when my mother was driving. How long does Tom Joyner have left on air? I can't imagine too many years.
(You know who knows the Tom Joyner Show? It'll surprise you. Betty told me and said, "Quiz, you'll see I'm right!" She is right. It's C.I. If C.I. was in this country and not traveling out of the country, C.I. can pretty much tell you about every Tom Joyner Show. Not the entire thing but about one detail or one joke. And we're talking going way back.) [Added: I'm talking about The Third Estate Sunday Review's Ty and Ava, Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review, andCedric of Cedric's Big Mix in this post,]
Tavis is someone, my opinion, struggling. I don't mean that as an insult. But he has some really huge hopes and goals. And I believe he'll achieve the ones for himself (and alrady has to a great degree). But I think the problem he may have, in terms of getting down, is hoping we're all on the same page and then discovering that's not the case.
That's how I've seen a number of things with him this decade. And that's how I see the most recent thing. Tavis is exactly right, Bambi should have gotten his ass over to New Orleans this year. He blew Tavis off in 2007 and he did again in 2008. Hillary did show this year. (I'm not sure if she was invited the year before.) Now I said "over," get his ass over. That's because Bambi was in Texas. He could have flown and been there in less than an hour. He was campaigning in Texas and he could have spared the time. It would have allowed him to come back to Texas with, "I was just in New Orleans . . ."
He blew Tavis off. Twice now. But he blows all African-Americans off.
Melissa Harris-Lacewell started a smear campaign on Tavis and I hope Tavis realizes that she's an advocate of astro-turf and has trained her minions in that. They use multiple names and astro-turf to make it seem like there is this huge movement when it's really just a few pushy loud mouths (Melissa's trains them to be like her!).
But thou must not critize Sir Obama.
Tavis did a brave thing and years from now it's going to look even braver. History is on his side.
But I know he thought, "We're smarter than this." Sometimes we're not. Sometimes a snake oil salesman comes along and we buy his potions. Sometimes we can see through him but kid ourselves that he's like us and we have to be there for him. Like O.J. and any other celeb who gets into trouble and suddenly remembers they're Black.
What I hope Tavis comes away from this with is not blaming himself (he did no wrong) but grasping the very real obstacles that are out there. I think that will make him even more effective.
If it's not clear, I've gone through that myself due to Bambi. I've been amazed at how many people could get on board with him, and I mean in the African-American community. Now with people who have common sense, you can walk them through and they'll be appalled to realize the real Bambi. But a lot of people don't have common sense.
Equally true is that Tavis and other truth tellers are up against the MSM which has functioned as a fan club for Bambi.
But good for Tavis. He may be recoiling right now. (Betty and I were talking about that on the phone today. And I'm not saying "my brother, Tavis" due to my own recoiling. Not at Tavis, but at the people who sell themselves out and refuse to hold Bambi to any standard.) But I really think this will be a lesson for him (the way it has been for Betty, Cedric, Ty and myself -- and many other African-Americans) that some of us are just as stupid as the basic Dumb Blonde joke. You can forgive the stupid. They know not what they do.
But the likes of Melissa Harris-Lacewell will never be forgiven. While history will be kind to Tavis, it will rip liar Lacewell apart. Hopefully people going through this will read Ava and C.I.'s "TV: Goodman and Rose 'honoring' bad TV past" because it really outlines how this takes place. If you watch Charlie Rose (see their review), you just hear "objective" professor Lacewell. You don't know that she's part of the Bambi campaign. And you just hear her talk about how Tavis has gotten criticism from some Blacks. You don't know that 'some Blacks' is mainly Melissa. She started that crap on Tavis. She really leads a huge number of the attacks for the campaign from the background. She's a liar. She's filth, honestly. She needs to get her ass to a church and start praying for forgiveness because God don't like the liars.
Mark Silva (Baltimore Sun):
"Unlike his rival, Hillary Clinton, who's given interviews to Logo and several local papers since appearing on the cover of The Advocate last fall,"’ the magazine’s news editior, Kelly Eleveld, writes, "the Illinois senator has only talked once, to address the Donnie McClurkin controversy. But last week, his campaign offered our magazine an exclusive sit-down in Chicago with the man who may well become the next President of the United States.''
"Why the silence on gay issues?"’ Eleveld asked Obama.
"I don't think it's fair to say silence on gay issues,"’ Obama told the magazine."The gay press may feel like I’m not giving them enough love. But basically, all press feels that way at all times."
See the full interview in The Advocate, and a summary of it here:
"Obviously, when you’ve got limited amount of time, you’ve got so many outlets,"’ Obama said in the interview. "We tend not to do a whole bunch of specialized press. We try to do general press for a general readership.
"But I haven’t been silent on gay issues," Obama told the magazine. "What's happened is, I speak oftentimes to gay issues to a public general audience."
[. . .]
So the magazine asked this: “The underlying fear of the gay community is that if you get into office, will LGBT folks be last on the priority list? ''
“I guess my point would be that the fact that I’m raising issues accordant to the LGBT community in a general audience rather than just treating you like a special interest that is sort of off in its own little box - that, I think, is more indicative of my commitment,’’ the senator said.Did you catch it. "Treating you like . . ." Bambi just had his Ross Perot moment for the LGBT set, that was his "You people" speech.
Here's today's "HUBdate: Safe and Secure Communities:"
Previewing Today: Hillary delivers a “Solutions for Safe and Secure Communities Now” speech in West Philadelphia with Mayor Michael Nutter and outlines her $4 billion a year crime-fighting plan…the plan cuts murders in half, and “put[s] 100,000 more cops on the streets, create[s] a $1 billion grant program to fight recidivism, and provide[s] more funds to combat gangs and drugs.” Read more and more.
Recapping Yesterday: Hillary responded to President Bush’s address on Iraq: “The President refuses to face the reality that we are confronted with in Iraq”…“Mrs. Clinton also dismissed Mr. McCain’s housing market proposals as ‘warmed-over’ and ‘half-hearted’ versions of her own plans.” Read more.
Basking in Support: At last night’s Allegheny County Democratic Dinner, Hillary “bask[ed] in support”… and “invoking her mother, her daughter and the other women in her family, Pittsburgh's first female mayor [Sophie Masloff] endorsed a candidate battling to be the first woman to preside in the Oval Office.” Read more.
Three In 36 Hours: Hillary received the support of three new automatic delegates over the past 36 hours…the campaign also announced that Hillary has now received the endorsement of over 270 elected officials in Pennsylvania. Read more and more.
Renewing the American Dream: Yesterday, Hillary attended the Beaver County Democratic Dinner in Hopewell Township, where “she promised a boisterous Democratic audience that she’d renew the American dream and repeatedly said she could fix mistakes made by President Bush on the economy and the war in Iraq.” Read more.
On Tap in Indiana: Hillary will host “Solutions for the American Economy” events in Indianapolis, Mishawaka, and Valparaiso on Saturday. Sen. Bayh previewed the trip on a call with reporters. Read more.
Standing Strong: Other elected officials, including Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) are joining Hillary in her calls for President Bush to boycott the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics because of the recent human rights violations committed by the Chinese government against Tibetan protestors. Read more.
In Case You Missed It: Sen. Obama has lost the 10-point lead nationally over Sen. John McCain he had a month ago, while Hillary leads McCain 48% to 45% in the same poll. View here.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Starting with war resistance. "As the Vietnam War fades into the past, the struggle for reinterpretation continues. One area that has received insufficient attention is war resistance. The script offered in public circles often reads like this: the war has ended for resisters; isolated numbers of people resisted military service, most of them 'draft dodgers'; all of the legal issues surrounding military resisters were resolved -- they eventually 'got off' and people only refuse military service when they face a draft. These myths, like most others about the war, are designed to influence future generations of potential warriors," reminds Harold Jordan (AFSC) in an essay reviewing the realities now fogged and ignored. Reality does make a difference and reality has been torn apart by those who continue to falsely insist that war resisters who went to Canada during Vietnam were just those avoiding the draft. Some had already been inducted into the service, some had deployed to Vietnam. There was never a procedure in Canada, during this period, where you had to state, "I left the service but I was drafted in!" It did not matter. In fact, it was assumed those going to Canada after serving in Vietnam were not only taking a courageous stand but were also bearing witness. Those who repeat the lies that it was just draft evaders have made the current climate in Canada more difficult as everyone latches on to the pot-hazed memories (of people who did not resist) as proof that the Vietnam era war resisters were only granted safe haven because there was a draft. The draft was not the issue, the illegal war was. As it is today.
James Burmeister is a class of 2007 war resister -- tranlation, Panhandle Media ignored him. While serving in Iraq, he saw the Bait and Kill teams -- US materials being planted (not just weapons, as the MSM reported when they picked up on the story in the fall of 2007) so that Iraqis could be shot when they touched US property. Burmeister returned to the US last winter, turned himself in at Fort Knox waiting to hear what happens next. Courage to Resist posts an interview (audio) with him and his father Erich Burmeister. Asked whether or not Canada had placed "pressure on you to leave," James Burmeister explained, " Of course. You know, they kind of drag out the decision on whether or not they will let us stay. They make it hard for us to get jobs or financial assistance. We're kind of in the middle up here and that's how they pressure us, they don't really give us the status. They make it hard to live up here." Erich Burmeister spoke of the help Ann Wright and Anita Anderson Dennis (Darrell Anderson's mother) have provided. He also noted the kill teams.
Erich Burmeister: It was more what he was involved in there. Particularly what really bothered him was the bait and kill thing which now is a pretty infamous subject which has come up in some of the trials of some of the soldiers that have been put on trial for murder. This sniper, you know, putting out pieces of equipment and waiting for someone to touch it and they shoot him. And that really, really bothered him. Plus the fact that when they would go through these neighborhoods and, you know, kick in people's doors and raid their houses and just loot their houses, and the terror that he saw on people's faces. He told me these things had really bothered him. And the devestation he saw around him. It was -- it was really hard for him to deal with that. He told me times that he would see people digging through garbage, women digging through garbage, and he couldn't believe the conditions that the Iraqis were forced to live under and he felt like he was somewhat responsible for this.
While Burmeister waits to find out what the military will do, war resisters in Canada wait to find out whether they will be granted safe harbor. The Canadian Parliament will debate a measure this month on that issue. You can make your voice heard. Three e-mails addresses to focus on are: Prime Minister Stephen Harper (firstname.lastname@example.org -- that's pm at gc.ca) who is with the Conservative party and these two Liberals, Stephane Dion (Dion.S@parl.gc.ca -- that's Dion.S at parl.gc.ca) who is the leader of the Liberal Party and Maurizio Bevilacqua (Bevilacqua.M@parl.gc.ca -- that's Bevilacqua.M at parl.gc.ca) who is the Liberal Party's Critic for Citizenship and Immigration. A few more can be found here at War Resisters Support Campaign. For those in the US, Courage to Resist has an online form that's very easy to use.
There is a growing movement of resistance within the US military which includes Matt Mishler, Josh Randall, Robby Keller, Justiniano Rodrigues, Chuck Wiley, James Stepp, Rodney Watson, Michael Espinal, Matthew Lowell, Derek Hess, Diedra Cobb, Brad McCall, Justin Cliburn, Timothy Richard, Robert Weiss, Phil McDowell, Steve Yoczik, Ross Spears, Peter Brown, Bethany "Skylar" James, Zamesha Dominique, Chrisopther Scott Magaoay, Jared Hood, James Burmeister, Eli Israel, Joshua Key, Ehren Watada, Terri Johnson, Clara Gomez, Luke Kamunen, Leif Kamunen, Leo Kamunen, Camilo Mejia, Kimberly Rivera, Dean Walcott, Linjamin Mull, Agustin Aguayo, Justin Colby, Marc Train, Abdullah Webster, Robert Zabala, Darrell Anderson, Kyle Snyder, Corey Glass, Jeremy Hinzman, Kevin Lee, Mark Wilkerson, Patrick Hart, Ricky Clousing, Ivan Brobeck, Aidan Delgado, Pablo Paredes, Carl Webb, Stephen Funk, Blake LeMoine, Clifton Hicks, David Sanders, Dan Felushko, Brandon Hughey, Logan Laituri, Clifford Cornell, Joshua Despain, Joshua Casteel, Katherine Jashinski, Dale Bartell, Chris Teske, Matt Lowell, Jimmy Massey, Chris Capps, Tim Richard, Hart Viges, Michael Blake, Christopher Mogwai, Christian Kjar, Kyle Huwer, Wilfredo Torres, Michael Sudbury, Ghanim Khalil, Vincent La Volpa, DeShawn Reed and Kevin Benderman. In total, at least fifty US war resisters in Canada have applied for asylum.
Information on war resistance within the military can be found at The Objector, The G.I. Rights Hotline [(877) 447-4487], Iraq Veterans Against the War and the War Resisters Support Campaign. Courage to Resist offers information on all public war resisters. Tom Joad maintains a list of known war resisters. In addition, VETWOW is an organization that assists those suffering from MST (Military Sexual Trauma).
Adam Mansbach talks about his new novel, "The End of the Jews"; Stephen Frailey, head of the Department of Photography at the School of Visual Arts discusses "The 2008 Mentors Exhibition"; and painter Simon Dinnerstein discusses his collaboration with his daughter, virtuoso pianist Simone Dinnerstein and radio star Robin Quivers on "A Night of Music & Art with the Dinnersteins," a fundraiser for Healing Bridges, an organization creating jobs for women in Africa.