That should now be clear. Don't go whining to anyone in the community about what I'm about to talk about.
Let me tell you the last thing this African-American lesbian needs, some White old man informing me about racism against African-Americans.
I read that crap today and thought, "Oh, okay, that's why there was the Jewish-Black split in the NAACP all those years ago."
Do White, middle-aged men really think we see their crap and think, "Oh, snap! Give da man his props!"?
If they're really thinking that, they need to rethink.
In fact, they need to be put in a corner for a time out.
The one in question is Danny Schechter the "News Dissector."
Today he did more of the crap I (and others) have come to expect for him. Good news on Hillary? Reduced to she "says." But White Old Boy Danny just knows all about racism.
He tells a ridiculous and pathetic story. One of his friends, his age, says her mother in Pennsylvania states she will not vote for Barack. Why? His middle name is "Hussein."
Who people vote for is their own business and I'm sure there were more ridiculous reasons for not voting for Al Gore by some in 2000.
But Danny knows this means racism. (Actually, it may mean anti-Muslim which would be very different from racism and I thought Danny was a Jew so I would assume he'd know, at least historically, about religious discrimination.)
It's not enough that he makes the leap to racism -- without ever speaking to the woman in question. Shouldn't he do that before tarring someone as a racist? It's not like the mother (elderly) in question has a body of work he can examine. He's got a dippy story from a friend and labels the woman a racist.
But that's not enough for the all knowing. He then has to blame the 'racism' of the woman not voting for Barack on the 'racism' in the Hillary Clinton campaign.
See it's those little jabs -- those little unfounded jabs -- that have made it clear to anyone paying attention that he's been in the tank for Barack. That was obvious months ago.
It was also obvious months ago, years ago, that it was never about race for Danny. It was about an intense hatred of women.
I'm sure we all remember his ridiculous claim that Tina Turner has to forgive Ike Turner for the years of physical and mental torture Ike put her through.
Yeah, he's that f**king sick.
And I'm sure we all remember all the slames of Katie Couric by Danny although he liked to refer to her as "Katey Couric."
I'm sure we also note the nonstop shout-outs to (White) men. The only 'good' woman in Danny's world is a dead one which is why it's so very difficult to think of a woman praised for her work by him other than the creator of Body Works.
I can see Danny, in the forties, serving on the NAACP, and thinking he was down with the "coloreds." And I can see them thinking, "This Honkey needs to get a clue."
Danny didn't serve on the NAACP and is too young to have served on any board in the forties. But there were Dannys then as well. And they probably thought they were so wonderful to the "coloreds." But here's what we were thinking when we listened to them point out 'racism': "Big words for somebody who keeps it a White, White world."
MediaChannel is how White?
Where are the African-American voices?
And I self-describe African-American but I'm using that because I'm damn tired of 'independent' media offering up their "Black" voices who aren't Americans and feeling so damn proud of themselves. Like The Nation employing a British Gary Younge which just means no Black voice from America gets into the mix since 'independent' media that offers color does so as a token.
Danny wants to talk about 'racism' today. He wants to preach. And he wants to combine with his hatred of women. (Which is very intense, judging by the way he's written non-stop slams on women.) So he blames Hillary for the fact that Barack's middle name is "Hussein."
Want to know a secret? My middle name is "Clara." It's after a great grandmother. I hate the name. But it's not racism that it's my middle name. "Marica Clara" -- it clangs like a train pulling to a stop. But I was named after someone in my family and so was Barack Hussein Obama (Junior).
I have never heard Hillary make a big deal out of Barack's middle name. I have never heard her make a little name out of it. But because an elderly woman in Penn. won't vote for Barack (supposedly) and because she won't vote for him due to his middle name (supposedly), Danny sees "racism" and, always needing a woman to bash, he heads straight to Hillary.
It needs to stop.
You know what stopped in January? Any right he had to claim to be a "Media Dissector." He never called out the rampant sexism broadcast and printed. He played dumb, he played pathetic.
Now he wants to slam Hillary again and he decides to play down with the African-Americans to score on her.
Here's reality, Danny Schechter, you don't do damn thing for the African-American communtiy and you never have. If you think defending Ike Turner was assistance to the African-American community it only demonstrates how out of touch you are. You ask 5 African-Americans: "Ike or Tina?" They'll side with Tina over and over. Every twenty times you may find some psycho who will defend Ike.
That's about it. What Ike did was enslave her. Ike couldn't make it in the big leagues he wanted without her, so he enslaved her. And, NEWSFLASH to the "News Dissector," my people aren't really 'down' with slavery.
Ike beat her, threatened her, terrorized her to make money off of her. It wasn't about "love." He cheated constantly, yes. But he also had mistresses that he didn't hide. This wasn't about womanizing. This was about him falling in what he thought he was 'love.' He wasn't in love with Tina. She was his slave.
Tina broke free. She's an amazing singer, no question. We love that about her. But we love most of all that when someone resorted to slavery to make money off another person, Tina walked free and walked on to so much bigger fame.
There are no women of any color at Media Channel writing. There are no African-Americans.
So spare us all about your concerns for any non-White males when all you do is steer people to this White man and that White man. Just as he built up Ike to tear down Tina, he builds up Barack to tear down Hillary. It's always a momentary alliance because he's motivated most of all by hatred of women.
(And before someone whines, "He helped out on South Africa!" Yeah, he's really concerned about other countries. In this country? Not so much. Considering how 'fair' he's been to the Clintons, I should probably call Danny a "racist." He's certainly done more -- via silence -- to justify the term.)
Here's Howard Wolfson's " HUBdate: Celebrating in the Bluegrass State" (HillaryClinton.com):
Previewing Today: Hillary hosts “Solutions for America” events in south Florida where she emphasizes the need to count every vote.
Leading the Popular Vote: According to ABC News, Hillary’s Kentucky victory keeps her ahead in the popular vote. She now leads Sen. Obama 17,387,254 to 17,188,969 when Florida and Michigan are included in the count. Read more.
Celebrating in the Bluegrass State: Last night, Hillary told supporters in Kentucky: “Tonight we've achieved an important victory. It is not just Kentucky bluegrass that is music to my ears. It is the sound of your overwhelming vote of confidence even in the face of some pretty tough odds. Some have said your votes didn't matter, that this campaign was over, that allowing everyone to vote and every vote to count would somehow be a mistake. But that didn't stop you. You’ve never given up on me because you know I’ll never give up on you.” Read more and more.
$22 Million: In April, Hillary raised over $22 million from supporters across the country, making it the second best fundraising month ever for the campaign. Campaign Chairman Terry McAulliffe said, “Senator Clinton’s game-changing victories last month turned the tide for the campaign and resulted in an outpouring of grassroots support.” Read more.
Superdelegate Watch: Ohio automatic delegate Craig Bashein of Hunting Valley announced his support for Hillary Clinton today….Massachusetts Attorney General and Automatic Delegate Martha Coakley endorsed Hillary yesterday: “Mrs. Clinton’s energy, stamina, and resolve have changed the course of history for women seeking office, including the presidency, and I dare say, have changed the course of history of Presidential politics in the United States.” Read more and more.
Looking Forward to SD, MT, and PR: Campaign Political Director Guy Cecil said, “We have thousands of volunteers in South Dakota, Montana, and Puerto Rico who are making calls and knocking on doors to get the vote out. The people they are talking to want to participate and be heard.” Read more.
“Florida and Michigan Deserve to Be Heard” The campaign has urged supporters to send messages to the DNC urging them to count the votes of Florida and Michigan: “Millions of people in Florida and Michigan went to the polls to make their voices heard in the Democratic Presidential primary. They deserve to have their votes count. Sign Hillary’s petition before the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee meets to show your support for seating Florida and Michigan delegates.” Sign here.
Cuban Independence Day: Yesterday, Hillary joined with Cuban Americans in celebration of Cuban Independence Day. Hillary said, “After nearly 50 years of one-man rule, the new leadership in Cuba faces a choice - continue with the failed policies of the past that have stifled democratic freedoms and stunted economic growth - or take an historic step to bring Cuba into the community of democratic nations.” Read more.
On Tap: This Friday, Hillary travels to South Dakota.
I'll be in South Dakota Friday evening with the gang. We'll be working on getting out the vote for Hillary. (Except Ava and C.I. who will again be in Puerto Rico. I think Kat and Trina are going with them again. I'm planning, even though I don't speak Spanish, on going the weekend after next. So is Betty and I thought that would be the best time to go because she's taking her three kids and I can be an extra set of eyes.)
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Wednesday, May 21, 2008. Chaos and violence, US prisons in Iraq hold children (and deny them rights they would be guaranteed in prisons located in the US), US war resister Corey Glass is told he can't stay in Canada, Hillary wins Kentucky and more.
Starting with war resistance. Canada's Global TV reports, "Corey Glass, a former U.S. National Guardsman who deserted to Canada in 2006 to avoid serving in Iraq, was told today that his application to stay in Canada has been rejected supporters say. Michelle Robidoux, a spokesperson for the War Resisters Support Campaign, said Glass could be deported by June 12." Canadian Press notes: "Ottawa has decided that an American soldier who fled the army over the Iraq war will not face the risk of abuse or mistreatment if returned to the U.S. The means Corey Glass can now be deported to the United States, where he faces possible jail time for desertion."
On March 30, 2007, Corey Glass stood before Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board explaining he signed up for the National Guard in Indiana to assist with national disasters "on American soil." Iraq War veteran Glass self-checked out, went underground and moved to Canada in the fall of 2006. After self-checking out, Glass was underground for seven months before going to Canada and, during that time, the Army (which supposedly just waits for traffic violations to catch self-check outs) was visiting his parents, calling phone numbers trying to track him down. In October of 2006, Corey Glass, Justin Colby, Ryan Johnson and other war resisters in Canada were considering returning to US as a result of the way Darrell Anderson's discharge was resolved. However, once the military attempted to screw over Kyle Snyder, that changed. Glass told Brett Barrouqere (AP) at the start November 2006, "After what they did to him, I don't see anybody going back." Glass stated, "I knew the war was wrong before I went, but I was going to fulfil my end of the bargain, right or wrong and eventually my conscience just caught up with me. . . I felt horrible for being a part of it. If I could apologise to those people [Iraqis], every single on, I would."
Today at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre in Spadina, Glass spoke explaining, "What I saw in Iraq convinced me that the war is illegal and immoral. I could not in good conscience continue to take part in it. I came here because Canada did not join the Iraq War. Also I knew Canada had welcomed many Americans during the Vietnam War." Reuters notes, "If he is returned to the United States, Glass, of Fairmount, Indiana, could face jail time. He joined the National Guard in 2002" and they quote him stating of his work in military intel in Iraq, "Through this job I had access to lots of information about what was happening on the ground in Iraq. Through what I saw, I realized innocent people were being killed unjustly."
War Resisters Support Campaign puts out the call:
Tell him you want the Liberal Party...
to support the Parliamentary motion to allow Iraq War resisters to remain in Canada,
to oppose the deportation of people of conscience who have resisted an illegal war, and
to support the will of the Canadian people, not Stephen Harper's decision to deport war resisters, and not the U.S.'s war agenda.
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. In addition, VETWOW is an organization that assists those suffering from MST (Military Sexual Trauma).
Turns out Army commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken measures to reduce travel. "One of the first things I did here was set up a collaborative network to offset the fact that we couldn't travel easily or safely," Lieutenant General Jim Dubik explained in an email to me.
Turning to US political races. As Ruth noted last night, "Senator Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic Party primary in Kentucky by a blow-out. This comes as she picks up another super delegate." Kentucky was a major victory. "Once again tonight, you and I stood together and showed America what we're made of," Hillary Clinton declared in last night's Kentucky primary victory speech. "Every time we win another state, we prove something about ourselves and about our country. And did we ever prove something tonight in Kentucky. We showed America that the voters know what the 'experts' will never understand -- that in our great democracy, elections are about more than candidates running, pundits commenting, or ads blaring."
And, yes, despite the false media narrative that the race is over, despite the rants that Hillary should drop out, Hillary won Kentucky last night, adding yet another state to her list of recent victories which most recently includes West Virginia and Indiana. 700,690 Democrats went to the polls and voted. Hillary beat Barack in a 35.5% win with 459,093 voters selecting her -- nearly 250,000 more votes than he received (his total is 209,869). Third place went to "UNCOMMITTED" (17,526 votes) and, coming in dead last, John Edwards (14,202 or 2% of the vote). (Results posted here at Kentucky's Secretary of State website.)
In her victory speech, Hillary pointed out, "Some have said your votes didn't matter, that this campaign was over, that allowing everyone to vote and every vote to count would somehow be a mistake. But that didn't stop you. You've never given up on me because you know I'll never give up on you." Voters tend to agree judging by exit polls. CNN notes 49% of those voting in the Democratic primary (which was a closed primary) declared that if Hillary was not the Democratic Party nominee come November, John McCain and not voting become their choices with 33% choosing McCain and 16% choosing to abstain from voting in the presidential race -- an increase of 5% from West Virginia where 44% stated they would vote for McCain or not vote if Barack was the nominee in November.
In today's New York Times, Adam Nagourney and Jeff Zeleny don't lead with that information and pretty much disregard the rising anti-Barack sentiment (he peaked in Februrary) and stress his campaign's claim (as opposed to reporting) that, come November, he will be able to pull her "supporters into his camp; winning over elements of the Democratic coalition like working-class whites, Hispanics and Jews". Not very likely. Not only is Hillary ahead in the popular vote, Barack can't connect with working-class voters as a group. He remains distant and detached from them and that connection is not a 'skill' you suddenly pick up. His disdain for them and his campaign's disdain for them has been apparent throughout the primary cycle. This is not something you easily 'heal' in a matter of months especially when you avoid visiting states. (He would not have done significantly better in those states had he visited during the primary. The issue is that by refusing to campaign there he only solidified the message that he doesn't care for those voters.) Kristi Keck (CNN) observes of Barack, "He's yet to make his case with the working-class vote." She's not sure it's a lost cause. Mike is sure it's a lost cause for Barack and provides a long list of why in his post last night. Taylor Marsh observes: "The thing is that when you don't respect people enough to walk in to where they live, talk to them about their troubles and assure them you get it, they won't give you their vote. It's not a black - white thing, it's a ego thing; as in you think you're too good for them. People can sense political arrogance a mile away and Obama's got it in abundance. That's why if he thinks he's going to get beat he doesn't even bother.
Ruth notes the victory speech including a significant word, "Referring to whomever the Democratic presidential candidate might be, Senator Clinton used the pronoun 'she.' It was a statement and vision of the possibilities her campaign is creating and it may also be seen as a rebuttal to former 2008 Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards' repeated emphasis on the best 'man' for the job when endorsing John Edwards last Wednesday."
In Oregon, Barack won with 349,132 votes (58.19%) to Hillary's 245,770 (40.96%). Jeryln (TalkLeft) notes, "Regardless of what the DNC does on May 31 with FL and MI delegates, the popular votes were certified by the states. Their numbers are real and they must be added to her popular vote total." Hillary leads in the popular vote and, for those who have forgotten, Barack's campaign used to use that as a marker and scream "the will of the people." The press appears to have 'forgotten' that fact.
Eloise Harper (ABC News, text and video) reports, "In her most emphatic argument yet for counting the votes in Michigan and Florida, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, traveled Wednesday to Palm Beach County, Florida -- ground zero for hanging chads and the vote-count controversy of the 2000 election" and quotes Hillary stating:
We believe that the outcome of our elections should be determined by the will of the people. Nothing more. Nothing less. And we believe the popular vote is the truest expression of your will. We believe it today just as we believed it back in 2000 when right here in Florida you learned the hard way what happens when your votes aren't counted and a candidate with fewer votes is determined the winner.
Meanwhile, Paul Bedard (US News & World Reports) notes Sidney Blumenthal pointing out the obvious: "Don't run against GOP nominee John McCain by painting him as Bush III, because he's not." He isn't and if that's how some in the DNC think Barack could pull off a win, they're kidding themselves. Blumenthal notes re: Iraq, that McCain's son is serving there and someone appears to have missed that point. (Well, MoveOn's never been that smart, have they?) In addition, as Ava and I noted last week of a report on CBS' The Early Show:
It featured a clip where Barack was mouthing about how a vote for John McCain would be giving a third term to the Bully Boy and that's part of Barack's problem. The myth is that he was against the illegal war from the start and that he stayed against it. It's not true but it's too late to change perceptions. So when he speaks about mistakes, he is on dangerous ground. No one likes a know-it-all. "Eggheads" do, it's a case of like attracting like. The reality is that a lot of Americans voted for Bully Boy. He wouldn't have been in the White House if that wasn't the case. (Yes, 2000 was stolen.) A lot of Americans supported the illegal war.
Barack's Little Mister Perfect. The eggheads and his campaign don't grasp that they created that trap for him. He's always right! That's the myth. And his statements are inprecise and often hit voters.
He thinks he's targeting the Bully Boy but he's shooting scatteshot and hitting a lot of voters with his charges.
Hillary's position on Iraq, as portrayed by the media, is more consistent with the public view. Barack's is "I was right! I was right!" And it really irritates people because not everyone knew everything from day one. So when he criticizes McCain, he needs to be specific about policies (Barack's weakest area) and stop insulting voters. His "third term" nonsense doesn't play well. It does for Hillary to say it but for him to say it, it plays into his larger image problems, "He really doesn't like us. Oh, look, he's insulting us again."
People voted for Bully Boy. A lot of people may not like him today but you have to be very careful when campaigning not to give people the impression you think they are idiots. In word and deed, Barack gives that impression every day
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