Saturday, July 31, 2010

Fat Cats Hungry Rats

Charles Rangel: Pompous, corrupt, egotistical, and believes he is above all others. Fairly common traits in congressional lifers. They forget they are public servants and see the public as serving them. Two things our "leaders" rarely or never mention: Political corruption and term limits. To do so would put 99.9% of them out of work. Rangel is the obligatory political sacrifice at the public's alter so the remaining pols can rest easy for a few years, until the next crook is chosen for public embarrassment with a wrist slap. Besides, Rangel knows where his peers bury their fraud and graft.

Alvin Greene: Uncomfortably heartbreaking to see someone so fumbling and dense in the spotlight of his own making. But, it proves my theory that for at least the last 50 years the average American voter has no business voting, will vote for the first name on the ballot under their party affiliation, will vote for tingles, for personality, or for whomever their momma, daddy, husband, boyfriend, neighbor, or coworker say they're casting a ballot for. Please lord, force folks to pass a literacy and history test for voting eligibility.

Obama Rama: Shameful. Honestly, The View? I have never watched the View as I cannot stomach Joy Behar, never liked her as an actress or comedienne. She's a bull in a china shop - no grace. And how anyone who can listen to Baba WaWa... I have the feeling Obama has little to do with the presidency, he just plays one on TV. It doesn't appear Biden is Barack's brain, so who is really running the sideshow?

Opposers of Arizona Immigration Law: Reality TV, an episode of hoarding. Hoarding millions of unskilled uneducated workers - not because you love them, but because it makes dysfunctional little ol' you feel special, important, or you baby's daddy is from the barrio. If you want to see the future of the US simply look at the worst of Juarez, Tijuana, Nogales. A. Philip Randolph, radical, socialist, black civil rights leader, said in the 1920s: "This country is suffering from immigrant indigestion. It is time to call a halt on this grand rush for American gold which over-floods the labor market, resulting in lowering the standard of living, race-riots, and general social degradation."

It struck me a while back that rather than immigrants becoming more American - Americans are becoming more Latino. Something I noticed in Latin America, at least in a dozen countries, is the average male doesn't do much. Millions of males spend their time at the cantina playing pool or in a hammock, and/or sssssttt ssssssttting at the females. The workforce is predominantly women and children.

The poorest countries have the highest birth rates, the largest informal economies and the weakest social policies – Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Paraguay – and also have the highest female participation in the workforce. I have witnessed the American male shuffling down the same path. Supporting one's family is not a source of pride anymore. Modern American males expect the female to pull her own weight or, and too often, pull his weight too, while he hustles for a disability check or sells dope, maybe works odd jobs now and then, or waits on a settlement from that last frivolous lawsuit. Or, again too often, women have come to believe - who needs a male at all. I've heard more than one woman say men are only good for fixin' lawn mowers and f******.

I'm not saying latinization is to blame for the problems in the US - but if some enemy wanted to drop the US to its knees, what better way than using the structures of social degradation that work so well in third world nations. The "fat cats and hungry rats" method. Change the morality of the average male so that he is no longer the protector of women and children, but the predator.

Phyllis Schlafly's recent comments, bashed by liberals of course, may have a grain of truth. Schlafly says "unmarried women" overwhelmingly support President Obama and are on welfare. But does anyone really care what gasbag Schlafly thinks or says? "Unmarried women, 70% of unmarried women, voted for Obama, and this is because when you kick your husband out, you've got to have big brother government to be your provider," said Schlafly."

But, Obama does have a lot of mommas. Marriage is for white people. I was stunned to learn that a black child was more likely to grow up living with both parents during slavery days than he or she is today, according to sociologist Andrew J. Cherlin. Factor in the employment and poverty stats of single women/mothers, specifically minority women, and most receive some form of government provided aid.

Some day soon the money will run out. Change is coming. If you want to see America's future - just look south of the border. Yessiree, fat cats and hungry rats.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts

Antiwar: They said the huge cache of classified documents – including 250,000 diplomatic messages passed from US embassies around the world to Washington – was a fantasy, “boasting” by Pfc. Bradley Manning, the intelligence analyst who gave Wikileaks that video of US soldiers laughing and shouting “good shot!” as they mowed down Iraqi civilians. The “hi tech” media, especially Wired magazine, did everything they could do discredit and smear him, including spreading rumors about his alleged sexuality. Now, with the release of over 91,000 internal US government communications, intelligence analyses and incident reports via Wikileaks, the motive behind the determined effort to smear Manning and shut down Wikileaks is all too apparent.

----- I guess I'm out of the loop - I didn't know Manning was being smeared with his demotion for assaulting another soldier and don't ask don't tell sexuality. Or his brief pre-enlistment career in food service and retail. I almost feel sorry for the kid. He has bitten off more than he can ever chew.

Interestingly, the leaked documents tell us Osama bin Laden is alive - and for years the nay-sayers have said he was dead. For years the leakers and knowers and bloggers have said dialysis toting OBL died of kidney disease, and was not Osama, gravely ill and hooked up to dialysis, meeting with a CIA agent in a Kuwait hospital in 2000? That's one of the worldwide "facts" that went around after 9/11. Today I read Osama does not use dialysis - but he does suffer occasionally from kidney stones. Too much black tea...

The documents also tell us the sensational claim of the Taliban having acquired heat-seeking missiles, and that NATO has covered this up or so says the Telegraph. UK Telegraph reports Taliban militants have used a heat-seeking surface-to-air missile to attack a Western aircraft over Afghanistan for the first time. Courtesy of Iran.

Justin of Antiwar says: ”Like all raw intelligence, however, I would take some of these “revelations” with a very large grain of salt, such as one report that says a top bin Laden adviser flew to North Korea to buy weapons."

I think we'll need a few of the salt blocks we used in the cow pasture.

Daniel Ellsberg said he considers Manning and Wikileaker Julian Assange heroes for publicizing information the government wanted suppressed. He said Manning’s alleged leak was possibly more significant than his own, which exposed the secret expansion of the Vietnam War.

Most if not all of this leak reveals nothing we don't already know. If anything comes out of this mass of documentation that's of use to anyone - who will verify it's the truth?

I don't expect to see Manning become anything other than a jailed martyr/cause for the "left" because unlike Jewish Harvard/Cambridge/Quantico PhD Ellsberg - Manning is a grunt born in Oklahoma, reportedly attended secondary school in England, returned to the US, working food service and retail, a few community college courses before enlisting. Ellsberg had his honorable discharge in hand, Manning is active duty. Ellsberg leaked his information to arms of the establishment, the NYT, WaPo, etc. Manning leaked his to a foreign national.

Ellsberg got a lifetime of kudos and boards to sit on. Manning will have a lifetime of grief. If Manning, by some stroke of the gods, has his charges dismissed as Ellsberg did, the best Manning can hope for is to be a temporary folk hero such as Cindy Sheehan or Ehren Watada (but minus the GI benefits and/or general discharge). Maybe a book deal since everyone gets one these days, then fade to a footnote. But I predict the kid will do hard time.

Does one have to be a deserter, dissenter, or defector to be a people's hero? Who are these people who make heroes out of criminals? When history asks what went wrong in Afghanistan will the Manning Papers be a primary source? It should be obvious by now that since WWII the US doesn't fight to win - it fights to enrich international contractors. As one of my sons said years ago from Iraq - the suits are running this war.

Although I'm against the war on the Middle East, Manning's method is not the way to accomplish anything. Neither was Ellsberg's - do you really think the esteemed Mr. Ellsberg, at the time working at Rand think tank, made his treasonous decision all by his lonesome? As always, the public is or will be manipulated to benefit a few, the power and money seekers. Manning will have his supporters and Free Manning followers, but for most of them - he's not a keeper.

Have you seen Julian Assange, the "leader" of Wikileaks? All I can think is who drained his blood and stole his eyebrows?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sherrod vs. Vilsack

RDLN Graduate and Board Vice Chair Shirley Sherrod was appointed Georgia Director for Rural Development by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on July 25. Only days earlier, she learned that New Communities, a group she founded with her husband and other families (see below) has won a thirteen million dollar settlement in the minority farmers law suit Pigford vs Vilsack.

Minority Farm Settlement Justice Achieved - Congratulations to Shirley and Charles Sherrod!

We have wonderful news regarding the case of New Communities, Inc., the land trust that Shirley and Charles Sherrod established, with other black farm families in the 1960's. At the time, with holdings of almost 6,000 acres, this was the largest tract of black-owned land in the country. Now with a cash award of historic proportions, the group will be able to begin again.

In 1969, New Communities received a planning grant from OEO and was encouraged to expect substantial funding for implementation, but Governor Maddox would not permit further funds for the group to come into the state.

Nevertheless, New Communities built up farming operations to help retain the land. They had highway frontage where they had a farmers market to sell their crops. They raised hogs and sold the processed meat in a smokehouse they built on the highway. Their sugar cane mill on the highway also attracted customers. New Communities was ahead of the times in raising eight acres of Muscatine grapes, which are now widely grown in the area. They also farmed 1,500 acres of row crops, including corn, peanuts and soybeans.

Over the years, USDA refused to provide loans for farming or irrigation and would not allow New Communities to restructure its loans. Gradually, the group had to fight just to hold on to the land and finally had to wind down operations.

In 1985, as the land was being lost, Shirley entered the RDLN program. Previously, she had worked behind the scenes, but as she participated in RDLN, she began to realize her capacity as an up-front leader. She invited the Federation of Southern Cooperatives to sponsor her in the RDLN program, earned her master's degree with a thesis that continues to provide a blueprint for her ongoing work with black farmers and others, helped orient all succeeding groups of RDLN Leaders, and became vice chair of RDLN's Board of Directors. As you all know, Shirley is Georgia Lead for both the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund and the Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative. She has also chaired the board of the Farmers Legal Action Group, which has been active in the minority farmers law suit, along with the Federation and other groups. FSC and SRBWI hosted RDLN's National Network Assembly in 2006, during which Network members had a chance to immerse themselves in Civil Rights history, with the guidance of Shirley and Charles (the first field director of SNCC), Albany singers and others, and to visit the economic development projects that have grown out of that Civil Rights history.

The cash award acknowledges racial discrimination on the part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the years 1981-85. (President Reagan abolished the USDA Office of Civil Rights when he became President in 1981.) New Communities is due to receive approximately $13 million ($8,247,560 for loss of land and $4,241,602 for loss of income; plus $150,000 each to Shirley and Charles for pain and suffering). There may also be an unspecified amount in forgiveness of debt. This is the largest award so far in the minority farmers law suit (Pigford vs Vilsack).

---- New Communities, Inc., founded by Shirley and Reverend Charles Sherrod in 1970, went bankrupt in 1985. It was a 6000 acre communal type farm of family and friends. During Clinton's administration New Communities filed a lawsuit against the USDA. In 2009, days before her USDA appointment, Sherrod learned New Communities had won a $13 million lawsuit. The Pigford lawsuit to date has cost taxpayers over $1 billion.

Ca-ching ca-ching.

Shirley is considering a lawsuit against Breitbart. Shirley is considering the new job offer from Vilsack, and is holding out for a call from Obama. I think my first impression of the lady may be correct after all. She knows how to game.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

More About Shirley

Getting the apology she deserves, I think.

Both sides of the aisle are using the issue to make the other look bad. Sherrod and others have blamed Fox and Glenn Beck, which actually didn't air the story until after her resignation. And Glenn Beck did not rail against her at all, in fact sided with her based on known information. Although I had the impression Beck relished using her situation to make ObamaCo look bad, not so much in defending her.

NAACP now claims it was "snookered." No, they reacted with a knee-jerk because they know that this sort of black racism is common. So did the White House, and have now sent Vilsack to pull Shirley from under the bus.

Here is a transcript of the speech in question. Quite a speech. In one part she says:

"I want to just share something with you and...I think it helps to -- it -- you know, when I learned this, I'm like, "Oh, my goodness." You know, back in the late 17th and 18th century, black -- there were black indentured servants and white indentured servants, and they all would work for the seven years and -- and get their freedom. And they didn't see any difference in each other -- nobody worried about skin color. They married each other. You know, these were poor whites and poor blacks in the same boat, except they were slaves, but they were both slaves and both had their opportunity to work out on the slavery."

I learned the same thing during my genealogy research. I saw in the 1700s and 1800s black and white married. Indian men and white women married. I was shocked as my cowboy history was under the impression that Indians kidnapped white women and made squaws of them. I found that Irish men married black women most often (true in my family). Many of the records I've read through portrayed a different idea than what public schools taught me. I saw slave families married and baptized on the plantations and attending church with their owners - I thought all slave marriage outlawed. I found black lawyers, doctors, business owners, politicians.

And I began to suspect that extreme racism was created after the Civil War by a political party that had no platform. Democrats. They pandered to the poor southern whites in the 1870s/1880s, and the party of victimhood was born. The defenders of poor Johnny Anywhere and poor Southern Johnny. Democrats birthed the Jim Crow era in the 1890s. They gave poor whites one thing to feel good about - they might be poor but at least they weren't Negro. Until then I found blacks and whites living side by side in the census in the north, the south, big cities, small towns, in whatever neighborhood they could afford. It was in the 1889-1890s that laws appeared banning interracial marriage and enforcing segregation. The Democrat party strengthened along with racist laws.

What's missing from the Democrats history:

* There is no reference to the number of Democratic Party platforms supporting slavery. There were six from 1840 through 1860.
* There is no reference to the number of Democratic presidents who owned slaves. There were seven from 1800 through 1861
* There is no reference to the number of Democratic Party platforms that either supported segregation outright or were silent on the subject. There were 20, from 1868 through 1948.
* There is no reference to "Jim Crow" as in "Jim Crow laws," nor is there reference to the role Democrats played in creating them. These were the post-Civil War laws passed enthusiastically by Democrats in that pesky 52-year part of the DNC's missing years. These laws segregated public schools, public transportation, restaurants, rest rooms and public places in general (everything from water coolers to beaches). The reason Rosa Parks became famous is that she sat in the "whites only" front section of a bus, the "whites only" designation the direct result of Democrats.
* There is no reference to the formation of the Ku Klux Klan, which, according to Columbia University historian Eric Foner, became "a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party." Nor is there reference to University of North Carolina historian Allen Trelease's description of the Klan as the "terrorist arm of the Democratic Party."
* There is no reference to the fact Democrats opposed the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution. The 13th banned slavery. The 14th effectively overturned the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision (made by Democratic pro-slavery Supreme Court justices) by guaranteeing due process and equal protection to former slaves. The 15th gave black Americans the right to vote.
* There is no reference to the fact that Democrats opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1866. It was passed by the Republican Congress over the veto of President Andrew Johnson, who had been a Democrat before joining Lincoln's ticket in 1864. The law was designed to provide blacks with the right to own private property, sign contracts, sue and serve as witnesses in a legal proceeding.
* There is no reference to the Democrats' opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1875. It was passed by a Republican Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses Grant. The law prohibited racial discrimination in public places and public accommodations.
* There is no reference to the Democrats' 1904 platform, which devotes a section to "Sectional and Racial Agitation," claiming the GOP's protests against segregation and the denial of voting rights to blacks sought to "revive the dead and hateful race and sectional animosities in any part of our common country," which in turn "means confusion, distraction of business, and the reopening of wounds now happily healed."
* There is no reference to four Democratic platforms, 1908-20, that are silent on blacks, segregation, lynching and voting rights as racial problems in the country mount. By contrast the GOP platforms of those years specifically address "Rights of the Negro" (1908), oppose lynching (in 1912, 1920, 1924, 1928) and, as the New Deal kicks in, speak out about the dangers of making blacks "wards of the state."
* There is no reference to the Democratic Convention of 1924, known to history as the "Klanbake." The 103-ballot convention was held in Madison Square Garden. Hundreds of delegates were members of the Ku Klux Klan, the Klan so powerful that a plank condemning Klan violence was defeated outright. To celebrate, the Klan staged a rally with 10,000 hooded Klansmen in a field in New Jersey directly across the Hudson from the site of the convention. Attended by hundreds of cheering convention delegates, the rally featured burning crosses and calls for violence against African-Americans and Catholics.
* There is no reference to the fact that it was Democrats who segregated the federal government, at the direction of President Woodrow Wilson upon taking office in 1913. There \is a reference to the fact that President Harry Truman integrated the military after World War II.
* There is reference to the fact that Democrats created the Federal Reserve Board, passed labor and child welfare laws, and created Social Security with Wilson's New Freedom and FDR's New Deal. There is no mention that these programs were created as the result of an agreement to ignore segregation and the lynching of blacks. Neither is there a reference to the thousands of local officials, state legislators, state governors, U.S. congressmen and U.S. senators who were elected as supporters of slavery and then segregation between 1800 and 1965. Nor is there reference to the deal with the devil that left segregation and lynching as a way of life in return for election support for three post-Civil War Democratic presidents, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt.
* There is no reference that three-fourths of the opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Bill in the U.S. House came from Democrats, or that 80% of the "nay" vote in the Senate came from Democrats. Certainly there is no reference to the fact that the opposition included future Democratic Senate leader Robert Byrd of West Virginia (a former Klan member) and Tennessee Senator Albert Gore Sr., father of Vice President Al Gore.
* Last but certainly not least, there is no reference to the fact that Birmingham, Ala., Public Safety Commissioner Bull Connor, who infamously unleashed dogs and fire hoses on civil rights protestors, was in fact--yes indeed--a member of both the Democratic National Committee and the Ku Klux Klan.

--- The party did so well for so long with pandering to southern whites and poor whites that, as the winds of change blew, they made appeals and promises to other oppressed groups, blacks and women - more "have not" votes. I began to think about this a couple of years ago. My oldest daughter asked me recently, "Where is my mother and what have you done with her?" I pointed out that if she looks close she will see that my ideas on justice, fairness, liberty, sex, drugs, and rock and roll, have not really changed. I simply started to question what didn't make sense when facts began to collide with what I thought I knew.

It explained why my dad, having been born in 1890, was a republican - he knew this. Some folks believe the Democrat and Republican parties have flipped platforms. I don't think so. The Democrats simply capitalized on ignorance and keep it always about "us" versus "them", a term I'm thoroughly sick of. Of course current politicians seem to meld into one party - the party of Reelection.

It used to be "us" was southern, "them" were yankees. It used to be "us" was colored, "them" was white. Now "us" is poor, "them" is rich. And usually when one of us is supposedly working for "us (poor)" we become one of "them (rich)".

Unfortunately Sherrod used us/them ideology in her speech. There's really no "we" in America.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Shirley Sherrod

A U.S. Agriculture Department official from Georgia said Tuesday that she was forced to resign by the Obama administration after she was caught on tape describing how, 24 years ago, she did not help a white farmer as much as she could have because of his race.

Sherrod said the calls came from Cheryl Cook, USDA deputy undersecretary for rural development. "The administration was not interested in hearing the truth. They didn't want to hear the truth," she said. Sherrod said she and the white farmer she referred to in the video, Roger Spooner, became friends. Spooner's wife, Eloise, confirmed to CNN that she and her husband considered Sherrod friends. "She helped us save our farm by getting in there and doing everything she could do," Eloise Spooner said. "They haven't treated her right." Sherrod said she told the story to make the point that at the time she thought that white farmers had the advantages because of their race but she learned that was not the case.

-------------- Did Obama administration and others overreact to the Sherrod/USDA incident? Sherrod says the Tea Party scares the Obama administration so that's not likely to help her on the next job. She said her civil rights record is better than some of those on the NAACP board.

I watched the CNN interview with Sherrod this morning, in which Eloise Spooner phoned in. She's the white farmer's wife.

Here's my take on the situation. I didn't feel good about Sherrod's body language. I trust my reading of "tells" and body language for information about a person's inner workings. Sherrod's body language felt deceptive, or at least insincere.

And there's the question, if Sherrod knew her heart was innocent of the accusations, why she did not stand up for herself harder and longer to the Obama administration. She's been in bureaucracy long enough to know how to do that. Self-defense is the first thing a bureaucrat learns.

Now, barely a day later she is hitting the airwaves to say it's all a misunderstanding - so I guess she's recalling the how-to of self-defense. Likely too much too late. She is scheduled to appear on Fox any moment. More minutes of the tape make her look less bigoted and racist, and make Breitbart mean and nasty for their editing.

On more of the tape, Sherrod does mention the "haves" and "have nots" which is the usual progressive rhetoric - but that was her audience. More tape does not make her more appealing. She admits she had no interest in agriculture but others encouraged her to get into it because there were not enough blacks in government agricultural jobs, and you know how sweet a government job is... in essence admitting what 99% of our government is: Folks going into the work for money and perks - not because they care and are good at it.

In Mrs. Spooner's call to CNN and from what I could sort out, Sherrod and the Spooners have not talked to one another in many years, and had very little contact, other than Mr. Spooner's (now age 87) original meeting with Sherrod, a few phone calls, and Eloise dropping by Sherrod's Georgia office to give her some tomatoes - that's the extent of the "good friends" relationship. Appears Sherrod sent Spooner to a lawyer twice with the second lawyer helping them save their farm, end of story. Sherrod was unaware that Mr. Spooner was still living. Maybe the definition of "friends" has changed.

But, having been born and raised in the south - let me tell you something about southern folk, black and white.

We tell tales. Big tales and little tales. We embellish mundane events. We exaggerate the commonplace and everyday ordinary events in our lives. Quite frankly, we b.s. A lot. As I'm looked upon as a "worldwide traveler" and "educated" my tales carry a lot of weight and importance, but I try not to capitalize on that.

We southerners do this because we like story telling, we like an audience, we like feeling important and we are almost always the main character in our own stories. We like to entertain any ears that will listen. We will tell these tales our entire life, editing old tales as we go along, and adding news tales at every chance we get. Tales can be half-truths, quarter-truth, or sometimes truth be damned.

Our children will tell our tales, sometimes our grandchildren, prefaced with "my mom told me one time ..." or "my grandpa told me one time ..." Our tales are a form of oral family history. Jumbled memories - as sometimes I hear my brother telling a tale that was mine. Some tale tellers adopt other people's tales as their own and the polite thing is not to call them on it.

In our tale telling we always come out the winner, the good guy, the one-up, the important one. We want our listeners to feel ... "geewhiz I wish that had happened to me..." or "wow, you really had a special moment" or "glad that wasn't me 'cause I couldn't have been as brave, as big, as bad ..." etc. etc. We especially like tales where we appear to have epiphanies, an awakening, enlightenment, our shining moment, and nothing is better than the tale of having been next to, touched, looked at, spoken to, or met anyone deemed an important person or famous person (even if just the local small town VIPs).

I think Shirley and Eloise are both using personal tales, embellishments of an ordinary event, that became a story to tell around the Sunday dinner table or use in a public speech.

But, for this to be a cautionary tale, I would say - white folks probably shouldn't bet the family farm on Shirley.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Their Own Kind

Washington (CNN) -- A black Agriculture Department employee resigned Monday after conservative media outlets aired a video of her telling an audience she had not given a white farmer "the full force of what I could do" to help him save the family farm.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he had accepted the resignation of Shirley Sherrod, the department's state director of rural development for Georgia.

The poor quality video shows Sherrod telling her audience that the farmer she was working with "took a long time ... trying to show me he was superior to me." As a result, she said, she "didn't give him the full force of what I could do. I did enough."

To prove she had done her job, she said, she took him to a white lawyer.

"I figured that if I take him to one of them, that his own kind would take care of him," she said.

Sherrod mentioned that the lawyer would help the farmer with a bankruptcy filing but did not say whether his farm was saved.

------ Supposedly "Sherrod's remarks were delivered March 27 to an NAACP Freedom Fund banquet." The video comes from Breitbart.

Sherrod, Obama appointee, resigned already. Wonder who ordered that... she has only held the position since last August. Can you believe some folks are trying to justify this by saying her comments were taken out of context? It's clear the lady was laughing, along with the audience, about basically stickin' it to the white man.

I wonder how much money she has pocketed during her career in "rural development" at the local and state level.

After reading/hearing this story today I thought of Tim Wise, prolific race writer, poster boy for white guilt and "anti-racist" writer/lecturer. I remembered a piece a few years ago where Wise explains that reverse racism is not possible/blacks cannot be racist - because " ... when a group of people has little or no power over you institutionally, they don't get to define the terms of your existence, they can't limit your opportunities..." I guess Sherrod has accomplished something - institutionalized reverse racism - change you can believe in.

The rise of Wise to expert/authority on race and privilege made me uncomfortable. There are hundreds of black Americans who have written and lectured on the subject long before the subject was trendy or lucrative or even safe, yet Wise, as pseudo-intellectual, has been elevated to exalted white person, making a good capitalist living pimping diversity and anti-racism seminars, hustling books, and folks follow him right along as the white prophet of enlightenment.

Amazing huh how many folks I can insult in one short post.

Public Service Denouncement

On CBS' Face the Nation, NAACP President Ben Jealous faced off against David Webb of the National Tea Party Federation. Webb said Mark Williams, the former chairman and spokesman of Tea Party Express who came under fire last week for writing a satirical letter in which he called slavery a "great gig," and his group had been expelled from the National Tea Party Federation. Webb blasted the NAACP's "selective condemnation of racism," which he attributed to "fringe elements" within the tea party, and called on Jealous to denounce members of the New Black Panther Party for saying they want to "kill cracker babies."

"We absolutely denounce the New Black Panther Party," Jealous said, adding that the NBPP is a very small organization. "But they aren't in our group. These folks are in your groups."

Webb and Jealous agreed to make joint appearances to discuss race relations and other issues.

Vice President Joe Biden said on ABC's "This Week" that the tea party "is not a racist organization," but added that "the truth is that at least elements that were involved in some of the Tea Party folks expressed racist views."

------- Let the denunciations begin.

Williams "satirical letter" from NAACP president to Abe Lincoln:
Dear Mr. Lincoln:
We Coloreds have taken a vote and decided that we don’t cotton to that whole emancipation thing. Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us Colored People and we demand that it stop!

In fact we held a big meeting and took a vote in Kansas City this week. We voted to condemn a political revival of that old abolitionist spirit called the ‘tea party movement’.

The tea party position to “end the bailouts” for example is just silly. Bailouts are just big money welfare and isn’t that what we want all Coloreds to strive for? What kind of racist would want to end big money welfare? What they need to do is start handing the bail outs directly to us coloreds! Of course, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the only responsible party that should be granted the right to disperse the funds.

And the ridiculous idea of “reduce[ing] the size and intrusiveness of government.” What kind of massa would ever not want to control my life? As Coloreds we must have somebody care for us otherwise we would be on our own, have to think for ourselves and make decisions!

The racist tea parties also demand that the government “stop the out of control spending.” Again, they directly target coloreds. That means we Coloreds would have to compete for jobs like everybody else and that is just not right.

Perhaps the most racist point of all in the tea parties is their demand that government “stop raising our taxes.” That is outrageous! How will we coloreds ever get a wide screen TV in every room if non-coloreds get to keep what they earn? Totally racist! The tea party expects coloreds to be productive members of society?

Mr. Lincoln, you were the greatest racist ever. We had a great gig. Three squares, room and board, all our decisions made by the massa in the house. Please repeal the 13th and 14th Amendments and let us get back to where we belong.

Precious Ben Jealous, Tom’s Nephew NAACP Head Colored Person

--- Among many offenses, Williams "satirical letter" stereotypes blacks as a group using government assistance money to put "a wide screen TV in every room". That taxation and spending is of benefit only to black folks. Obviously, Williams has not noticed all the white folks on welfare with widescreens, new Dodge Ram trucks, doublewides, and deer rifles.

Williams has been booted from the Tea Party party for his clearly offensive parody letter, which he has removed from his blog. It's a shame he didn't have one black friend to run this letter by before posting for all the world to read.

What a dufus, I'd say he's dumber than Dubya. He doesn't know social decay and political corruption is colorblind. I don't know anymore whether to pity people this ignorant or just say piss on 'em. Give him his 15 minutes.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Caught On Tape

Huffington Post: Netanyahu In 2001: 'America Is A Thing You Can Move Very Easily'

A newly released video of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could add some additional strain to the sometimes tense relationship between him and President Obama.

In the video, which is from 2001, Netanyahu -- who reportedly did not know his speech was being recorded -- speaks frankly in Hebrew about relations with the Clinton White House and the peace process.

As noted in Haaretz, Netanyahu seems to boast of his knowledge of the US by saying, "I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won't get in their way."

The video was broadcast on a TV program called "This Week With Miki Rosenthal" titled "The Real (And Deceitful) Face of Benjamin Netanyahu." In Israel's Haaretz newspaper, columnist Gideon Levy said of the video:

"These remarks are profoundly depressing. They bear out all of our fears and suspicions: that the government of Israel is led by a man who doesn't believe the Palestinians and doesn't believe in the chance of an agreement with them, who thinks that Washington is in his pocket and that he can pull the wool over its eyes. There's no point in talking about Netanyahu's impossible rightist coalition as an obstacle to progress. From now on, just say that Netanyahu doesn't want it."

-------- Good lord, so much in this Huffington blogger slop I don't know where to begin. First of all it's from HuPo - a site where progressives have blurb orgies and know-it-all comments from folks who believe they found the truth and have the ability to solve world problems, sort of like Jesus Freaks but without Jesus.

By the way, have you noticed that this sort of nonreporting rumor milling, biased hit-and-run "reporting" is now sometimes in the NYT or WaPo? Not as a legitimate article, although by some of the paper's bylined journalists, but on a blog with a grand name such as WaPo's blog Checkpoint Washington. Is that a strategy for presenting b.s. as serious journalism? Checkpoint Charlie, me love you long time.

Second, I do not speak Hebrew so have no idea what Netanyahu is saying in this supposedly "leaked" home video. I do not know who interpreted it, or if they are honest, or if the interpretation even comes close to what he says. And what the hay does "They won't get in their way" mean? Who is "they" and who is "their way" referring to? Did he boast about manipulating the US, the accords? Whaaa ... a pol who manipulates and admits it? Bibi Netanyahu's comment is not as noxious as one attributed to Ariel Sharon.

Coincidentally (wink wink), in October 2001 something very similar was all over the internet, attributed to Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon to Shimon Peres, as reported on Kol Yisrael radio, and interpreted as "Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it."

Hmmm. So devious Israeli leaders are caught on tape bashing the hand that feeds them billion$?

Third, who is the quoted Gideon Levy? Born in 1953 in Tel Aviv he's been with Haaretz since 1982 as an editor, columnist, an author, etc., who, when he discovered the truth, became an opponent of Israeli policies regarding Palestinian territory. Some call him a propagandist for Hamas, others hail him as a heroic journalist. I do not know him, but do know the Westerners who believe in him are also part of the "speaking truth to power" mimicry crowd. Levy has not, however, taken fellow journalist Helen Thomas' advice to leave Israel and go back to where he came from. His supporters claim he's "putting his life on the line" writing in Israel - I suppose if Mossad hasn't ended his long career by now they're not too worried about his politics.

(In fairness, Haaretz did report on Reuters altering of the Gaza flotilla photos. Not the first time Reuters creatively cropped photos.)

Personally, I have no problem with the US withdrawing military and economic support from Israel - how about the same time we pull out of Afghanistan and Iraq (dream on). Would heroes like Gideon Levy then be able to further the cause of peace? Would Russia or China become Israel's new BFF and Israel/Palestine continue as is?

Along with most of the world, I do not and cannot know the objective truth regarding the situation in Israel, Palestine, or Hamas (Islamic Resistence Movement), etc. I do know, at home and abroad, presstitutes are servicing both sides of the aisle. And, from experience with the wars in Central America, I do know that underdogs are not nearly as romantic as portrayed by their supporters.

Playing Cards

What's behind yet another summer of racial discontent in America?

On one side are largely-white "tea party" members depicting President Obama as an African witch doctor, sparking a condemnation from the NAACP last week. On the other is the charge that the Obama Justice Department is "openly hostile" to enforcing civil rights laws against black racists, including members of the New Black Panther Party.

Who this summer of racial discontent will ultimately benefit is the open question. For both sides, playing the race card could backfire.

While many middle-class Americans may share the "small government" ideals of the tea party movement, its racialized aspects could scare many voters, including many conservative blacks, away from the conservative tent and ticket. Others may be turned off by liberals trying to squelch legitimate debate about the direction of the nation by playing the race card.

---- It seems to me a small faction of both right and left "leaders" want a race problem and actively contribute to racial division and hostile rhetoric, for without the "politics of division" they are out of a job (and funding).

What I find disturbing is the NAACP climbing in bed with the NBPP (New Black Panther Party). NBPP has been around about 20 years but only recently has the group managed to get widespread publicity. Original Panthers and Bobby Seale consider the new panthers illegitimate. If you put any faith in the Southern Poverty Law Center the SPLC has categorized NBPP as a "black racist" hate group. And judging from their writings and activities, I agree.

I'm not saying there are no racially motivated crimes, of course there are, but we're trending toward calling too many white on black crimes as racially motivated.

NBPP involve themselves in cases they claim are racially motivated hate crimes when the cases may be crimes of passion or plain wickedness. Such as the Anthony Hill case. Hill, age 30, was drinking with 19-year-old coworker, Gregory Collins, in Collins home, when during an argument Collins shot Hill in the back of the head. Collins then tied Hill to his truck bumper and dragged him, a motorist found Collins body on the highway and the blood trail led back to Collins trailer.

Collins has been charged with murder. It has not been officially classified as a hate crime and some locals believe it was because both men were sleeping with the same woman. I find next to nothing on the background of Collins. There's no mention if Collins used drugs, although his photo has the classic look of a meth head. But NBPP automatically labels this a racist crime b/c of the dragging. I label that evil and perverse but there is no evidence the motive was racism. Or a case may be plain incompetent accidental (Oscar Grant case) which served a handful of Oakland thugs with an excuse to burn and loot.

The sheep are encouraged to blame another race for their personal misery, whether warranted or not. But you can't blame another race if you lack basic education. You can't blame another race if you lack language skills. No one forces you to speak Ebonics or Spanglish or cracker vernacular. You can't blame another race because you won't relocate for a job, not wanting to leave mama's house or 'cause your baby's mama won't move with you. You can't blame another race for a rap sheet as long as your arm. You can't blame another race for your moral choices or angry mental state. Racism is not the biggest enemy, ignorance is.

It's a small but loud group who want to blame black on white or white on black crime as racially motivated when race is clearly not the motive. Well funded and bullhorned loudmouth agitators promote the issue as gospel and the worst among us will follow along.

Then again, like the article said, maybe the race card will backfire.

Is that why Biden today "defended" the Tea Party? Democrats concerned about backfire? When I looked at the poll accompanying this article at 11 a.m. today, the question "Do you believe racism is part of the Tea Party's attacks on President Obama?" the results were 37% yes, 60% no. Looking at it now, 3 p.m. says 76% yes, 23% no. NYDNews has been described as the "pulse of New York City" and "midway between liberal and conservative" and a "serious tabloid." It seems to depend on ownership and issue. Daily News endorsed Obama, owner billionaire Bilderberger and CFR member Mort Zuckerman has admitted to writing a speech for Obama. One thing that's correct - its a tabloid.

Seventy-six percent of NYD readers believe Tea Partyers attack Obama because of racism. Are folks really that stupid?

I know a black couple locally who wanted to attend a Tea Party event because they agree with its platform - but decided not to because of the negative publicity regarding racism, they were uncertain they would be safe. Is that the democrat's goal?

So really, what's behind "another summer of racial discontent"?

Is this a summer of racial discontent or just TPTB trying to sow discontent?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Here You Go

Toussaint McCall - Nothing Takes the Place of You

Hattie Littles - Here You Come

Exciters - Hard Way to Go

Subdudes - Tired of Being Alone

Friday, July 16, 2010

Bogus Living

For the first time in 25 years, medical experts are proposing a major change in the criteria for Alzheimer’s disease, part of a new movement to diagnose and, eventually, treat the disease earlier. The changes could also help drug companies that are, for the first time, developing new drugs to try to attack the disease earlier. So far, there are no drugs that alter the course of the disease.

---- Key words here "drug companies" and "treat" and "developing new drugs."

I grew up surrounded by older folks, my parents were older when I was born. My grandparents, aunts, uncles lived into their 80s, 90s, and a great grandmother to 102. None had Alzheimer disease.

Alzheimer, like many other "modern" diseases, is a cash cow, golden goose. Not to say there are not folks losing brain cells, it's obvious many folks have degenerating brain cells, but prevention is the answer - not more treatment and prescriptions after the fact. To date there are no drugs proven to stop or reverse Alzheimer. Not Namenda, not Aricept, not Exelon, not Razadyne. They "appear to" or "may" help slow the disease, according to BigPharma. Alzheimer drugs of any use are those that calm the "behavior issues" associated with the disease - combativeness, agitation, the grouch. Such drugs create a more tranquil nursing home.

Risk Factors for Alzheimer:
Smoking after age 65 up your chances of Alzheimer’s by 79%.
Obesity in midlife makes you 3-1/2 x as likely to have Alzheimer’s.
Diabetes makes you twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s.
Genetics account for only 25% of Alzheimer’s cases.
Chronic stress may quadruple your risk.

Of course smoking takes first place blame for all things these days, even though my ancestors smoked like chimneys, unfiltered cigarettes and pipes, and did not develop Alzheimer disease. None were obese. None had diabetes. And they handled stress in a healthier way - known as "deal with it." A few were more forgetful in later years, but not to the point they forgot how to eat , use the bathroom, or who they were and who you were. I think Alzheimer is the disease of "use it or lose it" and more folks are using less of their brain.

Much of today's "genetic" excuse is nothing more than the environment you were born in. Fat parents, drug using parents, sedentary parents, chronically stressed parents typically produce fat kids, hophead kids, lazy kids, stressed out unpleasant kids. Parents and children with unhealthy habits. Hence families usually develop the same diseases and conditions.

In the last 50 years or so, since socialized medicine was introduced (Medicaid/Medicare), there have been hundreds of diseases discovered and what were once rare conditions have become epidemic: Fibromyalgia, autism, diabetes, obesity, restless leg syndrome, epilepsy, migraines, chronic pain syndrome, chronic back pain, neuropathy, ADHD, adult onset this and that, depression, anxiety, bipolar, obsessive compulsive disorder, PMS, PEMS, eating disorders, PTSD, Asperger syndrome, anything "cyclical", body dysmorphic disorder, Tourette's, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel, on and on and on.

Tell me your disease and I will know your lifestyle, your upbringing, and your social status/philosophy. I will know what you are by the "disease" or syndrome you hide behind.

(A few trendy surgeries whether you really need it not: Cholecystectomy, hysterectomy, C-section, knee surgery, back surgery, tonsillectomy, carpal tunnel, sinus surgery, and the "exploratory" surgery because no physician can find anything wrong with your literal bellyaching.)

Yes, some of the above diseases are valid - epilepsy, PTSD, but all can and are also faked. Healthcare professionals will not tell you to go home and get a life - you're a dollar sign for the billing department. Stop using a body part, or abuse it, and you eventually have your disease. Fake it 'til you make it.

Sixty years ago folks with some of the above "diseases" would have been considered retarded - and they are, emotionally and psychologically retarded. Hypochondria was seldom seen until it was taxpayer funded. Malingering was for the occasional bored middle/upper class white housewife with a vodka bottle and Valium - now anyone can pretend to suffer.

Don't expect to see a lot of the above afflicted folks living to retirement. Obesity alone is shortening the lifespan and lowering age expectancy in the US. Society and government now encourage us to pick a pain - an excuse to be nasty, mean, lazy, hateful, encourage us to be failures, losers, selfish, unable to help ourselves or anyone else because we have a syndrome that debilitates us. Do or say whatever nasty vile thing you want and excuse it with having one of your "episodes" or one of your "spells" that is connected to your syndrome or disorder. Or do nothing because the excruciating pain of your "disease" won't let you lift anything heavier than a beer, a bong, or a bigmac.

Years ago we did not see t.v. shows of folks living in their own filth and say it was the disease of "hoarding." Drunks and addicts were a family shame, not an intervention episode for all the world to watch someone put a needle in their arm or pass out drunk on the curb. The unfocused, ill-mannered, rowdy kids would have been in special education, not going to the school nurse to get their noon fix. Back then folks had to make a life and living, now they only need a syndrome that insurance and SSI (or government) will cover.

I remember when there was no syndrome or disorder or disease to excuse a low life - society did not condone screwed up choices and government did not fund them. When and if Obamacare kicks in - expect to see a sicker nation.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Elements & Activities

A billboard advert in the US state of Iowa that linked President Obama to Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin was removed on Wednesday morning. The sign, which was funded by a group of local Tea Party activists, has been replaced with a community service announcement. Text on the sign had read: "Radical leaders prey on the fearful & naive." The billboard had angered many in the local community, including other Tea Party activists. A representative of the Iowa group called the billboard's owner and requested the sign be removed on Tuesday evening.

On Tuesday, America's largest civil rights group passed a resolution condemning the Tea Party for tolerating racism and bigotry. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has not released the language of the motion, but a spokesperson has said that it calls on Tea Party members to "repudiate the racist element and activities within the Tea Party".

--- As if the "left" did not compare Bush to Hitler - the strategy of fear, etc. I still have my Bush mugs and tee shirts with Bushitler wearing an Adolph mustache. I notice now that Obama is waging the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - we no longer here the term "war criminals."

Maybe the North Iowa Tea Party billboard doesn't bother me because I'm immune after 8 years of the same comparison to Bush. Could the billboard have warned against socialism without Obama's mug shot? I don't see the billboard as racist and bigoted - it's politically incorrect. Everyone knows only republicans can be compared to Hitler.

Ah, the NAACP. An organization that has become as useful as teats on a bull. Such a shame so many organizations have become self-serving institutions (as have our pols).

NAACP recently lost their suit against Kyle TX for discriminatory zoning. Seems City of Kyle set their minimum lot size and standards for single-family homes to such that it raised the price from $100k to $133K - supposedly pushing out blacks and Latinos and against the Fair Housing Act of 1968. The NAACP was first and foremost when pushing for easy lending a couple of decades ago but in 2007 they found their calling is to sue the same mortgage companies for "predatory lending." Oh, oh, no wait ... the NAACP dropped their case because "Wells Fargo pledged to follow the group's principles on fairness and lending."

It all depends on what pledge is pledged to the NAACP I guess.

I know of a half-dozen cases locally in the last few years where the NAACP has come to stand up for social justice and fight discrimination. One particularly comes to mind. Let's call the main participate Sandra. Sandra, a 20-year-old black college student had a scuffle and words at a local Wal-mart. Other customers thought she was cutting in line, she thought they were picking on her, and the clerk asked her to leave, she refused and took a swipe at the clerk, the police were called, and it escalated from there. Sandra eventually was charged with assaulting a cop, resisting arrest, disturbing the peace, etc. etc. (Wal-mart footage, inside and out, shows Sandra made quite an ass of herself.)

Here comes the NAACP lawyer to fight racism in a small southern town. That is until Sandra's daddy told him he was going to kick his ass because he gave the defense witness list to the prosecutor (required by law). The lawyer packed his bag, checked out of Holiday Inn and went back to St. Louis. Sandra and the DA settled on a misdemeanor charge and probation, along with anger management classes - but not before the regional chapter of NAACP organized a march to the courthouse, which drew about 20 people. No KKK, no skinheads, just a couple of dozen friends and family members of Sandra's and the regional NAACP leader, locking arms to march and demand that Sandra get justice.

The remaining cases around here are just as pointless but more humorous. The head of our local NAACP is a lewd, old ex-con recently turned Reverend who still schemes and scams, so I guess there's no vetting. Surely somewhere though there are good members doing the right thing? I dunno. Too many folks seem to think "social justice" equals acting a fool and getting away with it, and praised, and sometimes paid.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

More White Man Bias

New Study Shows Racial Bias in SATs. Or so say the progressive experts from this or that source.

"The latest study was conducted for the University of California system, and replicates most of the results of the 2003 study. Researchers concluded that Black students did worse than whites on easier questions with more common words because some of those words have different connotations in Black and white cultural settings. For example, simple words like “bad,” “tight” and “slick” carry different meanings in colloquial Black speech than in white usage. The SATs test the “white” meanings, putting Blacks at a disadvantage for the easy questions."

------ Are they serious? Yep, guess so, slap mah 'fro, black Americans are apparently unaware that simple words used as slang have a totally different meaning in the real white world.

From a year ago, USA Today article, SAT scores show disparities by race, gender, family income.

Average SAT scores by group:
1707: AP students (advanced/college prep high school courses).
1702: Students reporting family incomes of $200,000+ a year.
1623: Asian students.
1581: White students.
1506: Students reporting family incomes of $60-$80,000 a year.
1448: American Indian or Alaskan native students.
1364: Latino students.
1345: Puerto Rican students.
1276: Black students.

Males scored better than females, on average, at 1523 and 1496 respectively. Obviously, uncolloquialized Puerto Ricans, Latinos, American Indians, Eskimos, and Asians, like white folks, have a better understanding of simple words. (Particularly the average Asian.)

Black folk should be ashamed of that list, it's "bad" (white folks simple word usage). Stop using the worn-out, progressive-provided excuse of disadvantaged "race bias," you see where that's gotten you? Try reading more, and befo' yu knowed it, yu be done aced dem tesses."

Saturday, July 03, 2010

In the News 2

Labor report another indication that economic recovery losing steam. "Government spending prevented the U.S. economy from tipping into a depression," ... "But beyond that, the government cannot, short of war, get private companies to increase hiring if they don't want to."

Government jobs produce little to nothing. Government jobs are of 2 sort - temporary, short-term, such as the census workers, or government contracts for everything from highways and bridges to nowhere. The second sort of job is more permanent, pointless, and usually overpaid, desk jockeys who administer and/or distribute information and/or funds, and pretend their existence is to benefit the rest of us. Again, however, producing nothing tangible other than their own paychecks and padded expense accounts. Example: I know a woman recently retired from a government job who for most of career earned a yearly $200,000 plus benefits to die for, but she was basically nothing more than a glorified secretary/file clerk with a title for the IRS. The "green" jobs will be such as this. Departments and contractors given billions in tax dollars to retrofit a few homes and buildings, build a few windmills, fund a few organic farmers. Any construction/farm jobs created will be temp but the government handlers of the department will be permanently ensconced, busily creating documents to justify the need for their existence. It's the nature of the beast.

Buffett donates $1.93bn in shares to charities. There's a big reason that wealthy people set up their own private foundations, often donating appreciated stock in their companies. They avoid paying capital-gains taxes on the value of the gift and get an immediate -- but potentially limited -- tax deduction. They also benefit because the invested assets of the foundation will continue to grow tax-free. That enhances their ability to give generously in the future." For as little as $10k you too can become your own charitable foundation. And appoint/employ your family, friends, and cronies as overseers of those $500 college scholarships, $100 dollar micro loans to third world women, and purchase vaccines from other buddies to eradicate polio, malaria, and diarrhea although such eradication endeavors will take eons. But god bless those few thousands peasants who benefit in anyway from charitable tax break foundation havens.

$400M boost for Colorado solar firm. President Barack Obama planned to announce the loan to Abound Solar during his weekly radio address Saturday. Abound is in the photovoltaic industry, planning to manufacture PV technology for solarizing commercial and industrial developers - shopping malls, factories, large office complexes, etc. Nearly 1/2 billion to a privately owned company that manufactured their first solar panel a few months ago. Abound says it plans to keep everything in-house while their competitors are outsourcing. China of course has its PV industries, as do former leaders in the PV field (Europe, Germany). Competitors, having stumbled and lost revenue and market shares in the past few years, claim future success is "commoditization and outsourcing of manufacturing ... believed to be a key development in the solar market." Companies also note it may be 2 decades until average folk are using made in China solar panels (unless you've more money than you know what to do with or $50,000 to retrofit your average crib), as the cost is still somewhat prohibitive for other than the mogul developers with unlimited investors and/or government contracts.

Some of the bigger PV companies plan on going into the "developing and financing end of it." You know, becoming real estate developers to raise a building, having their own finance company to make the loan to their own PV company who will then build the project using the products purchased with funds from their own lending institute. I see more ghost malls and empty office space in our future, and government housing projects with broken solar panels. Commoditization ... hmm you mean public, commodity, trading, stock market, Wall Street, shareholders ? Government handout disguised as warm fuzzy green saving the environment jobs? Reminds me of the Crédit Mobilier of America scandal.

Robert Byrd funeral. Hundreds of West Virginians, two presidents and dozens of family members and friends gathered. Hundreds? "His heart belonged to you," President Obama told the crowd of West Virginians. "Making life better here was his only agenda. Giving you hope, he said, was his greatest achievement." Well, if that didn't make Obama gag I don't know what would. Byrd was a proven bigot/racist well into his 60s - he didn't have a change of heart, he had to change political strategy. His constituency, one word, Appalachia.

Serena wins Wimbledon. And she didn't go ghetto on anyone. ("If I could, I swear to God I would take this f... ball and shove it down your f... throat and f... kill you ... ")

Albert Gore's Oregon massage. I told you years ago the only thing Al was good for was doorman. In a spiffy uniform and gloves.

Have a good July 4.

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