Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Kiss my Black ass, Rosa Clemente

John Murphy's "Something's Rotten in the State of Pennsylvania" (Dissident Voice):

To make matters worse both Ralph Nader and Carl Romanelli were ordered by the courts to pay the Democrat Party's legal expenses! One of the largest law firms in the world, Reed Smith was used by the Democrat Party in its effort to remove Ralph Nader. Nader was ordered to pay $81,000 in legal fees. Ironically the law firm of Reed Smith contributed somewhere in the neighborhood of $37,000 to the election campaigns of the judges who ruled against Ralph Nader and in favor of Reed Smith!
As I said in my 2005 article, "There are two ways to defeat democracy, one way is by preventing citizens from voting, and the other is by preventing worthy candidates from appearing on the ballot. When the law can be used as a subterranean tool in a process which can only be labeled 'political profiling' the meaning and the intent of the law is subverted as is the democracy from which those laws were supposed to have sprung."

Kat was making a similar point last night and when I read John Murphy's article (C.I. highlighted it in the snapshot), I really wanted to highlight it. It is an important point and I really loved John Murphy's article. I hope you read it. I may highlight some of it again tomorrow because he's written an article that really has to be read.

Now I'm going to talk Nader (who I'm supporting) and why I won't be supporting Cynthia McKinney. This is from Jesse A. Hamilton's "Nader Welcomes the Competition ... er Colleague" (Hartford Courant):

Nader took a moment to talk up the club of third-party contenders [in which he's the ultimate voice of experience]: "Third party candidates usually are more forthright and they highlight social justice issues that are regularly ignored or contravened by the two major parties. As history shows from the anti-slavery Liberty Party of the 1840's to the women's suffrage and farmer and labor parties up to the early 20th century, eventually the big ideas of these little parties break through."
But he was quick to take the competitiveness right out of the competition: "Although the Nader/Gonzalez and Green Party platforms have many similarities, we are not competing for votes, but instead we are allies joined in a common struggle to tap the huge and growing numbers of millions of unsatisfied voters who want to vote for something better than the lesser of two-evils. The more progressive voices and choices, the more widespread will be the definition of freedom as participation in power."


No, Ralph Nader is not competing for votes with Cynthia McKinney.

Monday, when C.I. highlighted McKinney's speech, I thought, "Nice speech." I considered highlighting it here. And decided to pass. I'm glad I did. I don't want to be fair to that campaign.

Cynthia spoke about women. Cynthia was pro-woman.

Really?

Ishmael posting at your website is being pro-woman, Cynthia?

From Jill to Gloria, is there a single woman he hasn't trashed in the most sexist of terms?

I heard the snapshot today. I called Kat when part of it was being edited and could hear Ava furious. In the snapshot, Ava's statements are about Rosa Clemente.

Rosa Clemente is from Puerto Rico but doesn't want to be called "Hispanic" or anything but "Black." Okay, Rosie Greer-head. But today "Black" Rosa was interviewed by Dumb Ass Davey D and you should know from just those two names that it's going to be a woman hatin' throw down.

For no known reason, Rosa felt the need to go after Hillary Clinton with a lie.

Kiss my actual Black ass, Rosa Clemente. Kiss it.

Rosa, heavily sheltered in NYC, just knows all about Latinos. That would be "Black" Rosa Clemente. She felt the need to say that Latinos didn't really like Hillary.

Kiss my Black ass, Rosa, you bit fat liar.

She's a stupid fool, determined to sink Cynthia McKinney's campaign apparently. Advice to Cynthia: Buy a muzzle.

Rosa's one of those 'public radio' freaks which translates as, "I can tell any lie and because I say it people think it's true."

Rosa has no facts at her sausage-like finger-tips.

The facts show that Hillary had HUGE support from Latinos. She won that group. It's why she carried California. It's why she carried the primary in Texas (and one reason she lost the caucus -- but Rosa couldn't talk about that because she's just a BIG FAT ASS).

Here's a tip, Rosie, you're trying to get votes.

Hillary voters are rightly pissed off that she won the popular vote but lost the nomination. It's why Barack has no real lead over John McCain despite the public's obvious dislike for Republicans after all these years of Bully Boy in the White House.

Those pissed off voters?

Those are the ones Cynthia McKinney needs if she's going to get more than 0.001% of the vote.
So why don't you shut your FAT MOUTH instead of insulting Hillary?

Hillary's not even a nominee.

There was no reason for Rosie Fat Head to bring up Hillary to begin with. But to bring her up and sneer at her and LIE?

Kiss my Black ass, Rosa. My ACTUAL Black ass.

I don't blame Ava for being pissed. Unlike Dumb Ass Clemente, Ava admits to being Latina. Unlike FAT ASS Clemente, Ava is part of the Latino community. Unlike DUMB ASS Rosa, Ava's been all over this country talking about the illegal war.

To have Rosa From Puerto Rico, Rosa Don't You Call Me Latino I Wanna Be Somes Black, try to speak for the Latino community?

She's needs to shut her damn ass.

Advice to McKinney: Tell "Black" Rosa to shut her damn mouth.

Here's the reality, none of us, not even Betty, wanted to note Cynthia's campaign at Third last Sunday. Ava and C.I. guilted us into it. Saying we wouldn't be any better than Amy Goodman if we didn't. And after we heard Ava and C.I.'s TV commentary, we were all ready to do a Green article but, as usual, that lame party didn't have the speech up anywhere. The speech delivered on Saturday. It was four in the morning Sunday and where's the damn speech?

So we said, "Okay, well let's note them next week."

Not now. You can be damn sure Ava and C.I. will not advocate for that piece. And no one else is going to either.

It's past time that little s**ts like Rosa Clemente realized you don't get votes by insulting people.
She's now running for public office, she needs to get her damn act together.

She's got no experience, she's got nothing.

She's on a ticket that's not even running for the White House.

She really can't afford to piss off people. She needs every vote she can scrape up.

The key to doing that is not by LYING.

LYING is saying Latinos don't like Hillary.

She's not going to pick up votes by sneering at Hillary.

The embarrassing way she acted in that interview, I think she's trying to tank Cynthia's campaign. There was no reason for her to have behaved the way she did.

And all she did was stir up anger.

I've had it with all the liars in Panhandle Media.

Repeating, Hillary's not even in the race. There was no reason for Rosa's petty, bitchy, spoiled brat attack on her. But it allowed her not to get harsh with Barack, didn't it?

I guess if I wasn't really Black I'd have to suck up to the 'Black' candidate Barack too.

But, tip to Rosie Fat Head and Baracka, I'm an actual Black woman. And I grew up in the Black community. I don't owe either of you posers a damn thing, not a damn thing.

Cynthia, you're a joke if you don't curb your little running mate. She's wet behind the ears and stupid f**k. No surprise the White, White Green Party nominated both of you. You're the tokens that make them feel good. They'll probably rub your heads for good luck.

I went back and forth on calling Rosa Clemente, the 'Black' woman out. But as an actual Black woman, I think it's my job to tell Try To Pass For Black Clemente that her lies were offensive. Not just to Latinos and Latinos but to Black people.

You're nothing but trash right now Rosa. You can decide whether you improve that or not. Clue for your idiot ass, stop trashing women.

There was no reason for you to smear Hillary with your lies. She's not a candidate.

No one wants to hear your crap about Hillary.

Maybe that plays well with the idiots like Kimberly Wilder, but those idiots can't get a crowd together that can put together 3%.

You want to run for 5% nationally, you're going to have to learn to speak to people who aren't sheltered trash from NYC. You're going to have to learn to speak to the country.

Get your act together or do Cynthia a favor and announce you've decided to drop out as her running mate because in one interview, you only reminded everyone of how Cynthia had let the misogynist Ishmael post articles at her website.

I'm sure to non-Black Rosa, Ishmael seems 'authentic.' Rosa, it's crap like that that ends up hurting actual Black women.

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Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"


Wednesday, July 16, 2008. Chaos and violence continue, the US military announces another death, reactions to US war resister Robin Long's deportation, today's scheduled court-martial, Katty-van-van takes it on the chin and nose, BonusGates still ignored by Panhandle Media, and more.

Starting with war resistance. As noted yesterday, US war resister Robin Long was deported from Canada. Robin's story makes the New York Times today (A14) with an article by Ian Austen and a photo by Darryl Dyck (The Canadian Press) of Sarah Bjorknas. Austen notes, "Mr. Long was expelled a day after the Federal Court of Canada rejected his request to delay his removal order pending further legal appeals. That decision and Mr. Long's expulsion were somewhat unexpected. Two other American deserters received Federal Court permission this month to stay in Canada to continue their appeals. . . . Sadia Qureshi, a spokeswoman for Diane Finley, the immigration minister, said agents from the Canada Border Service Agency sent Mr. Long back to the United States from British Columbia, where he had been living, at 9:55 a.m. local time." Petti Fong (Toronto Star) speaks with War Resisters Support Campaign - Vancouver's Sarah Bjorknas, "In Ontario, where he lived for a time, Long was engaged to be married and had a child, according to Sarah Bjorknas, one of his supporters. About 50 American deserters are currently making refugee claims to stay in Canada, said Bjorknas, and a couple of hundred are presumed to be living quietly underground." Robin and Renee had a child (the child and Renee are Canadian). That should have been enough for any Canadian court. Some form of immigration status should have been granted Robin since he was the father of a Canadian child. Check the laws -- something Judge Anna Mactavish appears not to have done. As Ruth noted last night, "Today is very sad because Robin was deported. It is also very sad because a Canadian judge decided to break up a family. I hope the young boy is able some day to ask Judge Mactavish why she sent his father out of the country." Chris Cook (Gorilla Radio) interviewed Sarah Bjorknas Monday night. UPI cites 'word warrior' army Major Nathan Banks who "said Long would be returned to Fort Knox, Ky., for disciplinary procedures, which could include prison time." Courage to Resist explains, "Courage to Resist has made civilian legal representation available to Robin and will be doing everything possible to provide him our full support. We plan to collaborate with many other groups in our efforts to help Robin in the coming weeks. Refusing to fight in an illegal war is not a crime--except under the Uniform Code of Military (In)Justice."

Liam Lahey (The Villager) explores the reactions and notes: "Dale Landry is wanted by the U.S. Air Force for refusing to fight in Iraq after serving in Afghanistan. Landry spent the night of July 14 in full uniform outside the U.S. Consulate on University Avenue in support of Long. The Parkdale resident, who turned 23 this past week, lives with two other American military personnel in a small apartment." Tom Banse (OPB News -- link has text and audio)

speaks with Iraq Veterans Against the War Ash Woolson US war resister who states, "The Canadian people are not for the war in Iraq. It seems that the government is really pushing against these veterans and it's not the people." Meanwhile Janice Tibbetts and Linda Nguyen (Canwest News Service) dig into the legal aspects: "'We've got a divided court,' said Toronto lawyer Geraldine Sadoway, whose client, Justin Colby, recently lost his refugee bid, after fleeing to Canada two years ago following a one-year stint as a medic in Iraq. Ms. Sadoway says she cannot figure out why the Federal Court rejected Mr. Colby's claim on June 26, only one week before it handed the first ever victory to deserter Joshua Key, who also served in Iraq."

Robin is from Idaho and the Idaho Statesman notes, "A Boise native is believed to be the first deserter from the Iraq war to be deported back to the U.S. from Canada. Late Tuesday, Robin Long, 25, was en route from Canada to Fort Lewis, Wash., said Army Capt. Greg Dorman. From there, the private first class will be taken to Fort Carson, Colo., where he was assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, which was recently renamed the 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, said Dorman, a Fort Carson spokesman." Robert Matas (Globe and Mail) explains that "Canadian authorities failed to co-ordinate the deportation with U.S. military police. Mr. Long spent last night in a jail cell at the Whatcom County prison, just south of the Canada-U.S. border" and quotes police Sgt Ernie Stach declaring, "We're in the process of co-ordinating the transfer. I don't know when he will go." We know where he won't go: Fort Knox. After ignoring the story all week -- declared today, "He's expected to be returned to his unit at Fort Knox, Kentucky." Pravda on the Hudson. Linda Nguyen (Canwest News Service) quotes Fort Knox spokesperson Ryan Brus who states Long will be going to Fort Carson until a recommendation is made by the unit commander about what to do next and that he is returning in time to "witness the case of James Burmeister, an American deserter who is currently facing criminal charges at Fort Knox." July 4th, Louisville's WHAS11 reported (text and video) on James Burmeister

Renee Murphy: . . . But first here, our top story, we're looking at the charges being brought against a US soldier. Supporters say that Private 1st Class James Burmeister should be back in Oregon with his family this Fourth of July holiday but instead he is being held at Fort Knox facing a court-martial on AWOL and desertion charges. WHAS11's Kelsey Starks joins us now ith more on our top story. Kelsey?

Kelsey Starks: 23-year-old James Burmeister is being held at Fort Knox for five months now. He is charged with deserting his army unit while on leave from Iraq. Yesterday he got a court-martial date but his friends and family say because he suffers from head injuries Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after surviving a roadside bomb attack in Iraq, they're hoping some of those charges can be dismissed.

Helen Burmeister: My son is an Iraqi War veteran. And I'm very proud of him today. He fought bravely in Iraq. He followed orders. He was wounded in a roadside bomb. And he's been diagonsed with PTSD and a possible brain injury.

Kelsey Starks: Video blogger James Pence followed Helen Burmeister to Fort Knox last week where she was fighting for her son, hoping to get him out of Fort Knox. PFC James Burmeister enlisted in the army in June of 2005. Two years later while on leave he went AWOL -- Absent Without Leave -- to Canada. After ten months, he turned himself in to Fort Knox.

Nina Benson: He went AWOL after six months of being there when he was back in Germany on his rest and recuperation because he didn't feel that the treatment that he was getting for his injuries were proper -- were up to par with what he should be getting.

Kelsey Starks: Fort Knox is one of only two processing centers for army deserters. Nearly 5,000 army army soldiers were charged with deserting last year -- that's a number up 92% from 2004.

Harold Trainer: They really do need to find more solutions.

Kelsey Starks: Harold Trainer and his wife Carol [Rawert-Trainer] are following James' case very closely here in Louisville. They both served in the military during Vietnam.

Carol Rawert-Trainer: It's not rare that there are so many suffing from PTSD today that aren't getting help. That part's not rare. And it's not even rare that we have AWOLs anymore. The rare thing is how aggressive the army is going after James instead of just giving him a discharge.

Harold Trainer: Those young men and women give our country and our government a blank check when they sign to go into the military. The country and the government really needs to give them a blank check back to take care of them.

Kelsey Starks: Now a Fort Knox spokesperson did not return our phone calls this afternoon. If James is convicted of desertion, he could get a dishonorable discharge and even face time in prison. His court-martial date, by the way, is scheduled for July the 16th. Kelsey Starks, WHAS11 News.

On coverage of Robin Long, many, like the Detroit Free Press and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, cover the story in their around-the-world briefs roundup. Marcia noted The Canadian Press' article, Rebecca noted Dan Karpenchuk's report for Australia's ABC, Kat noted the roundup in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Mike noted the Bombay News Net's coverage and that instead of writing their own article Sydney Morning Herald just ran AP's -- Ruth noted NEWS.com.au which did write their own article -- while Elaine noted Al Jazeera's coverage and the idiot Suzanne Goldberg (Guardian of London) of whom Elaine points out, "Stupid Goldberg should know that it war resisters leaving the US during Veitnam were not just war resisters 'fleeing the Vietnam draft.' She should know that because war resisters -- deserters and draft dodgers -- also went to England. England had no Pierre Trudeau and would cowtow to Richard Nixon in such a craven manner that it makes Tony Blair's lackey days to the Bully Boy look almost like 'independence'." In addition, the story was picked up by Thaindian News, the BBC, and RTT among others.

There is a growing movement of resistance within the US military which includes Megan Bean, Chris Bean, Matthis Chiroux, Richard Droste, Michael Barnes, 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, Jose Vasquez, 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, Jason Marek, 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. In addition, VETWOW is an organization that assists those suffering from MST (Military Sexual Trauma).

In Iraq today one handed, one halted. Deborah Haynes (Times of London) reports that Qadisiyah Province was handed over to Iraqi control -- or what passes for it. That's one handed. Waleed Ibrahim (Reuters) reports that the handover of Al-Anbar Province "could be delayed because of a dispute between Sunni Arab trial leaders and politicians in the vast desert region. . . . The row hinges on who should be in charge of security in the former insurgent heartland. The council wants ultimate control, which normally happens when U.S.-led forces transfer security, while tribal leaders want Iraq's military to have the final say." Handed, halted and still the violence continues. As Richard A. Oppel Jr. (New York Times) observes today, "For all the statistics showing improved security in Iraq, many parts of the country remain astoundingly violent, places where bullet-ridden bodies turn up every day and bombs destroy lives and families in an instant." The BBC reports a Tal Afar car bombing that "targeted afternoone shoppers." Xinhua notes that 16 died and 94 were wounded. Iran's Press TV reports, "The town's mayor said all the dead were civilians."
In other reported violence . . .
Bombings?
Hussein Kadhim (McClatchy Newspapers) reports 2 Baghdad roadside bombings that left six people wounded, a Mosul roadside bombing that left two people wounded, a Mosul car bombing that claimed 2 lives with either more injured, and another (this would be the third) Mosul car bombing that killed the driver of the car and left six people wounded. CBS and AP report: "A female suicide bomber blew herself up Tuesday evening inside the Baghdad house of a municipal leader who was planning to establish a U.S.-allied Sunni group in the area" -- "Awakening" Council -- with 3 left dead (plus the bomber) and seven injured. Reuters notes a Mosul mortar attack that left two people injured and an Iskandariya roadside bombing that left one "Awakening" Council member injured.
Shootings?
Reuters notes 1 Iraqi soldier shot dead in Mosul and 1 Shi'ite cleric shot and Basra and left wounded.

Today the US military announced: "A Multi-National Force - West Marine died of wounds he received in action against an enemy force in al-Anbar Province July 14." The announcement brought the total number of US service members who have died in Iraq since the start of the illegal war to 4121.


Before anything else, Martha, Shirley and Eli advise about several topics in the e-mails. First, Ava's response to one bit of b.s., "When you go out of your way to insist you're not Latino -- to the point that your statements are insulting -- you really have no right to then try to speak for Latino. Stick to Queens -- where you're still not hanging around with Latinos -- and stick to speaking for the racial group you have chosen to self-identify with. You have given up the right to speak for or to Latinos. And we don't need your lies. Hillary had huge Latino support. You can try shutting your damn mouth instead of lying. And shame on KPFA for playing that nonsense -- but note that it was a Hillary Hater who did the interview. As a Latina based in California and on the road across the country every week, I think I know my own community a little better than someone who rejected them publicly and repeatedly. Shut your damn mouth, dear." This is something we can explore further in our TV piece Sunday. And e-mail complaints about the nonsense passing for 'journalism' at too many outlets is not being ignored. The TV program (entertainment) Ava and I are reviewing this Sunday allows us to pull all the nonsense in. That includes the disaster broadcast today which included "And US war resisters may see refuge in Canada." When the piece runs (which we haven't written yet), it'll be clear why Ava and I have both alluded to things here but otherwise just walked on by them. The trash that's passed for 'news' this week fits perfectly with the program we're reviewing and we're both taking plenty of notes and reading the e-mails.

Turning to US presidential politics. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is getting back slaps and ass pats from his fawning press which refuses to note (a) he's only promising a partial-withdrawal, (b) his 'promises' are meaningless and (c) this is a reversal of his earlier statements that the US would leave (combat troops only) Iraq in 10 months. Remember that? He declared it in Houston Texas. One single sentence. Had Tom-Tom Hayden so excited he stretched that one-liner in a "Gosh, Wally . . ." column. Speaking of Jerry Mathers, Little Andy Malcolm (Los Angeles Times) blogged this morning, "A funny thing happened over on the Barack Obama campaign website in the last few days.
The parts that stressed his opposition to the 2007 troop surge and his statement that more troops would make no difference in a civil war have somehow disappeared.
John McCain and Obama have been going at it heavily in recent days over the benefits of the surge." Does it all seem so very familiar? From the January 10th snapshot:

"But since you raised the judgment issue, let's go over this again. That is the central argument for his campaign. 'It doesn't matter that I started running for president less a year after I got to the Senate from the Illinois State Senate. I am a great speaker and a charismatic figure and I'm the only one who had the judgment to oppose this war from the beginning. Always, always, always.' "
"First
it is factually not true that everybody that supported that resolution supported Bush attacking Iraq before the UN inspectors were through. Chuck Hagel was one of the co-authors of that resolution. The only Republican Senator that always opposed the war. Every day from the get-go. He authored the resolution to say that Bush could go to war only if they didn't co-operate with the inspectors and he was assured personally by Condi Rice as many of the other Senators were. So, first the case is wrong that way.""Second, it is wrong that Senator Obama got to go through 15 debates trumpeting his superior judgment and how he had been against the war in every year, numerating the years, and never got asked one time, not once, 'Well, how could you say, that when you said in 2004 you didn't know how you would have voted on the resolution? You said in 2004 there was no difference between you and George Bush on the war and you took that speech you're now running on off your website in 2004* and there's no difference in your voting record and Hillary's ever since?' Give me a break.
"This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen...So you can talk about Mark Penn all you want. What did you think about the Obama thing calling Hillary the Senator from Punjab? Did you like that?"
"Or what about the Obama hand out that was covered up, the press never reported on, implying that I was a crook? Scouring me, scathing criticism, over my financial reports. Ken Starr spent $70 million and indicted innocent people to find out that I wouldn't take a nickel to see the cow jump over the moon.
"So, you can take a shot at Mark Penn if you want. It wasn't his best day. He was hurt, he felt badly that we didn't do better in Iowa. But you know, the idea that one of these campaigns is positive and the other is negative when I know the reverse is true and I have seen it and I have been blistered by it for months, is a little tough to take. Just because of the sanitizing coverage that's in the media, doesn't mean the facts aren't out there. "

Bill Clinton offering some reality to the delusional. As Glen Ford and Bruce Dixon's "In Search of the Real Barack Obama: Can a Black Senate Candidate Resist the DLC?" (Black Agenda Report) documented during Barack's US Senate run, Barack loves to disappear Iraq from his campaign websites. It's a scary thought to the delusional in Panhandle Media -- the Todd Browning version. Adolph Reed Jr. (Black Agenda Report) addresses the sickness in so many so-called 'independent' 'journalists' and that includes The Peace Resister herself, Katrina vanden Heuvel:

A friend called me a few days ago from Massachusetts, astounded at a WBUR radio program featuring Glen Greenwald from Salon.com and Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation, in which vanden Heuvel not only unflaggingly defended Obama's open and bald embrace of right-wing positions during the last few weeks against Greenwald's criticism, but also did it from the right herself, calling him a "progressive pragmatist." She affirmed Tom Hayden's insistence on the Progressives for Obama blog that the candidate is a progressive, but a new kind of progressive, or some such twaddle. In response to Greenwald's sharp rebuke of Obama's FISA sellout, she acknowledged that he had 'missed an opportunity to lead.' Defending his June 30 patriotism speech that included a gratuitous rehearsal of the right-wing line about anti-Vietnam War protesters from the "counterculture" who "blamed America for all that was wrong in the world" and the canard about antiwar activists "failing to honor" returning Vietnam veterans, which Obama asserted "remains a national shame to this day" despite the fact that is an utter lie, vanden Heuvel pointed again to Hayden's endorsement as a sign that Obama's cheap move must be okay because, after all, Hayden was a founder of SDS. And perhaps most tellingly, despite their disagreements, Greenwald and vanden Heuvel both supported Obama's practice of going out of his way to attack black poor people, most recently in his scurrilous Father's Day speech and again before the NAACP. (And, by the way, he grew up without a father and is running for president, no?) To vanden Heuvel, Obama's contretemps with Jesse Jackson, who, ironically, has his own history of making such attacks, around this issue reflects a "generational division" among black people, with Obama representing a younger generation that values 'personal responsibility.' She also, for good measure, asserted that Obama has been 'nailed unfairly' for his cozying up to the evangelicals and promising to give them more federal social service money. In explaining that he comes out of a 'community organizing' tradition based in churches in Chicago, she didn't quite say that the coloreds love their churches. But she didn't really have to say it out loud, did she?

Reed recommends an article with a link that's not working currently. I think this is the Liza Featherson, Doug Henwood and Christian Parenti article ("Action Will Be Taken") referred to. When Reed's hard hitting column ends, you can scroll down to comments for Tom-Tom's running buddy rushing to lie yet again. I'm really not sure, maybe this is just me, that a New Alliance Party (Marxist) member is really the person to rush to defend Barack or Tom-Tom. But have at it, Carl, it's your funeral. Meanwhile John Murphy (Dissident Voice) examines the Democrats' BonusGate scandal in Pennsylvania in light of the criminal charges that have emerged against Democrats for their illegal efforts to keep Ralph Nader off the state ballot in 2004 (Amy Goodman hasn't said one word about this since proof emerged, has she?): "The grand jury report described a 'massive' effort by House Democrats to oust the independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader from the ballot in 2004. The report also says that in 2006 the same machine was fired up again to remove Carl Romanelli, the Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate. The grand jury found that as many as 50 Democrat House Caucus staff members participated in the Nader petition challenge and contributed a staggering number of man hours." Peter Jackson (AP) quotes Nader's attorney Oliver Hall stating, "We are going to aggressively pursue every avenue to oppose this judgment. It now appears to be clear that (the judgment) is the result of a criminal conspiracy." Here's a thought on the silence from the 'independent' journalists -- maybe when you devalue and disrespect democracy so much that you launch and join "Don't Run ___" campaigns, it's just a short step to breaking the law to prevent a candidate from making the ballot? Maybe their silence is due to their own guilt?

Nader is running as an independent presidential candidate this year and Heidi Przybla (Bloomberg News) reports that Morley Winograd ("former chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party") could get a considerable number of votes in Michigan if his campaign gets on the ticket, "You have in Ralph Nader's candidacy a genuine Arab-American who has a lot of notoriety and publicity." Winograd estimates Nader could receive a qurter of the Arab community's vote. Kris Alingod (AHN) reports Nader is now on the ballot in 12 states.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks, I won't be voting for her. Don't like her Black-Brown divide nonsense and that's before she starts trying to 'speak for' Latinos in her trashing of Hillary. Forget Clemente, I'm voting Nader.

Lawanda said...

She can kiss mine too.

Anonymous said...

Rosa Clemente doesn't speak for Puerto Ricans. Hillary Clinton won substantially in Puerto Rico. People in Puerto Rico don't know who Rosa Clemente is. I'd give her 5 minutes of speaking before Puerto Rican voters dismiss her as irrelevant. Ignorance is very distasteful.