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It came from Misogyny But Where are you NOW? June 30, 2009

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Here is the link  and small excerpt to the Todd Purdam article on Sarah Palin consider it a warning of the misogyny to come:

Vanity Fair

It Came from Wasilla

By Todd Purdam

When orders or advice from McCain headquarters began to conflict with her own impulses, aides told me, she simply did what she wanted to do. “The problem was she came down from Alaska with basically Todd as a sort of trusted bellwether adviser,” one McCain friend says. “She was given this staff of 20. It was probably too big a staff. To be real honest with you, I don’t think she could figure out who to trust.” All the while, Palin was coping not only with the crazed life of any national candidate on the road but also with the young children traveling with her. Some top aides worried about her mental state: was it possible that she was experiencing postpartum depression? (Palin’s youngest son was less than six months old.)

Postpartum depression????? WTF? We will wait to see if NOW can give us more than the sound of crickets.  Sarah Palin is not a liberal so I won’t hold my breath.

UPDATE, I wanted to get this video clip in of a discussion on the Sean Hannity show about Palin, The Vanity Fair article  and the absence of NOW.


 

Mean Girls and Boys: Vanity Unfair and the Whore-i-fication of Gov. Palin

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Bruce Elliott, whose wife owns the Old Town Ale House, painted this nude portrait of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Despite Sarah’s recent victory over David Letterman, Palin Derangement Syndrome is still alive and well:

Los Angeles Times

June 30,2009

McCain aides trash Palin (anonymously) in Vanity Fair. What else is new…

By Johanna Neuman

Longtime friends and campaign workers for Arizona Sen. John McCain have been talking to Vanity Fair about what Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin‘s candidacy as vice president did for the GOP ticket in 2008.

“A Little Shop of Horrors,” said one unnamed aide.

Perhaps they want to keep the governor — still a hot-button favorite among social conservatives — off the ticket in 2012?

In a just-published piece by Todd Purdum in the August Vanity Fair, McCain aides said they still suffer a kind of survivor’s guilt. (An earlier version of this post misspelled the author’s last name as Purdam.)

“They can’t quite believe that for two frantic months last fall, caught in a Bermuda Triangle of a campaign, they worked their tails off to try to elect as vice president of the United States someone who, by mid-October, they believed for certain was nowhere near ready for the job, and might never be,” Purdam writes.

A former reporter for the New York Times and husband of former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers, Purdam has a few nuggets of news. Reports of tension between Palin and McCain are, well, true.

She maintained “only the barest level of civil discourse” with Tucker Eskew, the operative assigned to be her chief minder, Purdam reports. Mark McKinnon, a longtime McCain admirer and a former Democrat who told insiders he would never work against Barack Obama in the general election, signed on to be Palin’s “whisperer,” the calming influence. And Obama, on learning of Palin’s selection, said Palin would never have time to get up to speed. “I don’t care how talented she is, this is really a leap,” said Obama, telling aides it had taken him four months to learn how to be a national candidate.

But for the most, the piece reads more like juicy political speculation than news. Many of the quotes are from aides who would rather not be named. And it’s hard to read the title — “It Came From Wasilla” — as anything but an insult, at least to anyone who’s a person who came from somewhere.

Palin refused to talk to Vanity Fair for the piece. At work on her own book about her life — to be published jointly by HarperCollins and the Bible-publishing house Zondervan — the self-described pit bull-with-lipstick  from Alaska will get plenty of ink for her rebuttal.

In the meantime, here come the knives.

Palin artI won’t feel sorry for Sarah Palin. She does not need this from me or any woman. We have all been Sarah at sometime in our life.

Peer pressure, enemies and bullies are an awful fact of life. Catty behavior, nasty rumors spoken in high school locker rooms coupled with snickers as one walks to study hall. We have all had to deal with it, the heart breaking pet names: slutty Suzy, Betty Blo me, Sasha the Hut, Pizza face Pete.

In high school, I was quiet but expressed my individuality by wearing outlandish thrift store clothing. When you were as poor as I was being creative was the only way to go. Inspired by Madonna’s “Like a Virgin”  video, I wore big lace fluorescent day glow bows in my hair and mini skirts.

My hair was often nappy and a big bush, no thanks to mom I wore cheap green “Wet n’ Wild” 99 cent eyeshadow and red orange lipstick which made me the subject of one of the most awful lunchroom verbal gang bangs in teenage history. I was a freshman and the other bitches were juniors.  Minding my own business, I leafing through a Tiger Beat magazine looking for pictures of 80’s band  Duran Duran’s  lead singer Simon Le Bon (my future husband).  One of the juniors starts yelling “Look at her orange lipstick and green eyeshadow that hoe looks like Tina Turner. Nappy headed hoe like that bow is covering up those nigger naps”

Cruelly, they started singing Tina Turner songs “What’s Love Got to do with it”.

My back was turned to them so I continued to ignore them. This is what my mother told me to do. Oh, I forgot to mention that my friend Michelle, an Italian girl was sitting across from me.

“Afrocity aren’t you going to say something?” She asked. Michelle felt sorry for me. She always did because I was picked on a lot.  I just shrugged my shoulders and continued , or pretended to continue reading my magazine.

“Hey you know who wears green eyeshadow,” one of the girls yelled. “Nancy Reagan. You are ass old fashioned skinny bitch like Nancy Reagan”

By this time the lunchroom monitor, who was laughing right along with them until another teacher came into the room (did I mention that Chicago Public Schools suck?) finally told them to be quiet.  It was too late, my life had been ruined. That lunch room had over 200 kids in it that heard everything. Even after it was over, my boyfriend heard about it in his PE class.

“You really should change your make up and hair,” he said. “It is dated and most other girls have jheri curls now or wear their hair in twists.”

His statement was the final nail in my self esteem. The rest of the day was a wash so I decided to cut class and go home. As I was walking to my locker I could see that someone had stuck a piece of paper in the crevice of the combination lock. Perhaps it was something harmless like a dance invitation but I knew it was bad, and it was.  It was a picture of Tina Turner and someone had colored the tops of her eyes with green crayon, they had also written NANCY REAGAN OLD FASHIONED on it.  My eyes fought back tears but with little success. While I was gathering my things Musa, an Indian boy who was a class above me was walking down the hall. He had always been relatively nice to me and saw that something was wrong. I just shook my head and said “nothing”.

There was a bag of gummy bears in my purse. I offered him some but he shook his head explaining that he was a Muslim and gummy bears had pork in them.

His next statement provided proof that I was the joke of the school: “you are a pretty girl but the make up you wear makes you look like a whore.”

This would be the second time in a week that I was called a whore by a man. The first time was my history teacher who explained to my mother that I was only in school to be popular and my obsession with looking like Madonna was unhealthy. He told my mother that “Madonna was a whore and that is what your daughter is aspiring to be.”

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A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, by George Seurat at the Art Institute of Chicago

For reasons I cannot remember, I did not go straight home but instead took the “L” to the Art Institute of Chicago. I through by book bag on the floor and looked at my favorite painting  A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, by George Seurat waiting for the right time to leave. Attempting not to appear to be a complete basket case, I took out a notebook to pretend I was sketching. I was really scribbling poetry that said I wanted to kill myself and everyone would miss me like they did Mr. Singer, the deaf mute character in Carson McCuller’s novel  The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. I was like Mr. Singer, misunderstood.

Closing time came and before I went home, I stopped at Walgreens and stole some Loreal make-up, powder, lipstick, and eye shadow kit by stuffing it all up my coat sleeve.

At home, mom was there watching the Sally Jessie show. I said nothing to her and went to the bathroom to try on my make up while using a Vogue magazine with Cindy Crawford on the cover. I was not white. I would never be white but I could steal some of her make up tips.

To be nosy, mother walked into the bathroom without knocking. She saw the new make up and magazine spead on the toilet seat cover.

“Where did you get that stuff?”  she asked picking up the lipstick. It was a pretty ribbon hot pink. Somehow she knew everything I owned and everything I did not own.

“I borrowed it from Michelle,” I lied and she knew it. Michelle never wore make-up.   Mother nodded and just stood there while I was trying to put on eyeliner- something I had never used before.

troll“That looks stupid on you…your eyes are too big and it looks best on white women, makes you look like a tramp on Cicero Ave.”

She made me sick. She was never any help anymore ever since I turned 15. She didn’t work and did not know shit about the world. I wanted her to leave me alone.

“People already say I look like a tramp anyway,” I retorted.

We just starred at each other.

Apart from her advanced age, I could see myself in her face. She was fatter than I- a size 14. I was a zero, her breasts and chin sagged. Her eyes were no longer bright. I did not want to end up like her alone and homely with no man or friends. She was the last person in the world I wanted to become.

I was about to tell her to close the door and leave me alone when she said something that changed my life or at least the way I handled people who hated me.

“You know you should not worry when people are talking about you…You should worry when people are not talking about you. If you were insignificant, or not a threat no one would care about you.”

Feeling compromised because she broke down my defenses, I gathered the stolen goods and went passed her leaving her in the bathroom. Soon she followed with more advice “When you are called names, laugh with them, and keep walking. If someone calls you a whore, say ‘you wish take a look at your mother'”

It was the best advice she had ever given me in a long time.

Sarah Plain haters must have an agenda. If she were not a threat, or insignificant they would not go to these lengths to damage her career.

Don’t listen Sarah keep on trucking. I stole lipstick in order to please my critics and I felt like a pig. You can bend over backwards for these people and they would still demonize and demoralize you and your family meanwhile look at the coverage that is good and embrace it. You don’t see anyone talking about Gov.  Bobby Jindal (R-LA) anymore do ya? After his colossal bomb during the Republican response to Obama’s stimulus address, Jindal faded into presidential nominee neverland.

May 2009 photo provided by Runner's World magazine shows Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in a yoga pose near her home in Wasilla, Alaska. (AP Photo/Runner's World, Brian Adams)

May 2009 photo provided by Runner's World magazine shows Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in a yoga pose near her home in Wasilla, Alaska. (AP Photo/Runner's World, Brian Adams)

Palin: I’d come out ahead in run against Obama

By MARY PEMBERTON

June 30, 2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she’d come out ahead if she went one-on-one with fellow jogger President Barack Obama in a long run, according to an interview published online Tuesday.

“I betcha I’d have more endurance,” she told Runner’s World magazine.

“My one claim to fame in my own little internal running circle is a sub-four marathon” in Anchorage, she said, referring to her 2005 sprint in the Humpy’s Marathon in which she beat the four-hour mark by 24 seconds. “What I lacked in physical strength or skill, I made up for in determination and endurance,” she said.

The president, who stays fit by starting his day with a workout in the White House gym, is better known for his passion for basketball and has been a frequent golfer in recent weeks. Obama, however, recently acknowledged that he hasn’t completely kicked his smoking habit, telling reporters that he does still “mess up” on his pledge to quit smoking.

Might Obama join the workout war of words? A message seeking comment Tuesday from the White House by The Associated Press wasn’t immediately returned.

Palin, a 45-year-old former beauty queen who became the first woman and youngest person to be elected Alaska’s governor, is featured in the August issue of the magazine for running aficionados. She was dubbed the country’s “hottest” governor when she stole the show as U.S. Sen. John McCain’s presidential running mate in 2008.

As far as 2012 Run SARAH RUN.

Autographed Letter Signed,
AFROCITY

 

Congratulations Al Franken, You’ve Just Counted Your Way To Victory

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Minnesota court rules Democrat Al Franken won Senate seat

Tue Jun 30, 2009: 2:21 EST

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Democrat Al Franken the winner of a tight U.S. Senate race over Republican Norm Coleman, which should give Democrats the 60-seat majority they need to overcome procedural obstacles and push through their agenda.

Coleman has said in published reports he is unlikely to appeal the state court’s decision to the federal courts. Under state law, the court’s decision gives Franken the right to occupy the seat, which has been up for grabs since last November’s election.

Minnesota Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty has said he will certify the election winner based on what the state court decides.

If the decision holds up, Democrats will control 60 of the 100 Senate seats — enough to overcome Republican procedural roadblocks in a clear boost to President Barack Obama‘s agenda.

Democrats hold a solid majority in the U.S. House.

However, Senate Democrats may not be able to count on Arlen Specter’s vote. Specter, a former Republican from Pennsylvania, switched parties in April but has said he will vote his own way and not necessarily along party lines.

The Minnesota contest has seen several switches. Coleman, seeking a second term, held a razor-thin lead after the November 4 election over Franken, a well known satirist and a former writer and actor for the popular Saturday Night Live television show.

But the close vote triggered an automatic recount of the 2.4 million ballots cast for the two men, and Franken edged to a 225-vote lead. That result was challenged by Coleman, and a judicial panel agreed to add only a few hundred previously rejected absentee ballots. That tally expanded Franken’s lead to 312 votes.

(Reporting by Todd Melby and Andrew Stern)

 

Affirmative Action and American Racial/Gender Discourse

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black plightThe following is an except from a 2003 article by African American writer Thomas Sowell on The Grand Fraud: Affirmative Action for Blacks.  Hattip to poster John Morris. This is only and except and I have linked to the entire article. The words of Mr. Sowell echo my thoughts on the inherent flawas within affirmative action programs.

Capitalism Magazine

The Grand Fraud: Affirmative Action for Blacks

by Thomas Sowell (April 1, 2003)

No issue has been more saturated with dishonesty than the issue of racial quotas and preferences, which is now being examined by the Supreme Court of the United States. Many defenders of affirmative action are not even honest enough to admit that they are talking about quotas and preferences, even though everyone knows that that is what affirmative action amounts to in practice.

When any policy can only be defended by lies and duplicity, there is something fundamentally wrong with that policy. Virtually every argument in favor of affirmative action is demonstrably false. It is the grand fraud of our time.

What of the idea that affirmative action has helped blacks rise out of poverty and is needed to continue that rise? A far higher proportion of blacks in poverty rose out of poverty in the 20 years between 1940 and 1960 — that is, before any major federal civil rights legislation — than in the more than 40 years since then. This trend continued in the 1960s, at a slower pace. The decade of the 1970s — the first affirmative action decade — saw virtually no change in the poverty rate among blacks.

In other words, most blacks lifted themselves out of poverty but liberal politicians and black “leaders” have claimed credit. One side effect is that many whites wonder why blacks cannot lift themselves out of poverty like other groups, when that is in fact what most blacks have done.

Affirmative action is great for black millionaires but it has done little or nothing for most people in the ghetto. Most minority business owners who get preferences in government contracts have net worths of more than one million dollars.

Please read the writings of Thomas Sowell  a very gifted man.

 

Hound Dog Tales and Bee Bop Fables:The Blacks Who Cried Post-Racial Racism

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A shepherd-boy, who watched a flock of sheep near a village,

brought out the villagers three or four times by crying out, “Wolf! Wolf!”

and when his neighbors came to help him, laughed at them for their pains.
The Wolf, however, did truly come at last.

The Shepherd-boy, now really alarmed, shouted in an agony of terror:

“Pray, do come and help me; the Wolf is killing the sheep”;

but no one paid any heed to his cries, nor rendered any assistance.

The Wolf, having no cause of fear, at his leisure lacerated or destroyed the whole flock.
There is no believing a liar, even when he speaks the truth.

-Aesop from “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”

The subject of this post is so hilarious that I was elated when someone finally loaded the following clip from the O’reilly Factor on You Tube.  It is about charges from the African American community that the media being racist in its coverage of recently deceased pop music icon Michael Jackson. I warned you in my Sunday Soliloquy post that this would be coming.  While watching television interviews of African American celebrities who discussed the passing of Michael, I noticed a certain …..ummm…defensiveness whenever they were asked about Michael’s use of prescription drugs, the allegations of pedophilia that were brought against him, or his ever lightening skin complexion.  There is no doubt that Michael Jackson was a very talented artist and like most artists: Van Gogh, Elvis Presley, Picasso, Woody Allen,  Mr. Jackson led a very colorful or colorless life depending on how you look at him. Michael had some issues (you know he did)  and I see nothing wrong with the media bringing up those controversial issues during interviews.  There is nothing racist about it.  Michael’s iconic status is not only about his musical gifts and tremendous dancing ability, it also encompasses our memories of him as a person- a human being who was indisputably talented but like all of us, not without sin or mistakes.

thats_racist_animatedThis clip explores accusations made by Sean “P Diddy”  Colmes and Jamie Foxx at Sunday’s Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards that the media coverage of Michael Jackson’s death is racially biased against him and his legacy. I cannot believe that Fox News commentator,Dr. Lamont Hill charges that white deceased entertainers are treated differently or in this case given more respectful coverage by the media than black entertainers

Elvis Presley died about two weeks after my birthday in 1977 since then I have not seen the media cover the death of a musical celebrity so extensively until Michael Jackson. In fact, I would argue that Michael is receiving more media coverage due to technological innovations.  Before August 16, 1977, I had never heard of Elvis Presley and did not know a hound dog from a blue suede shoe. My mother was not a fan of his. As an adult , I would find out that she held animosity for Elvis, alleging that he had stolen most of his music and moves from African American entertainers like Chuck Berry.   That August day remains clear in my mind because while mother was not a fan of Elvis, she had lost a piece of her past.

The main crux of Dr. Hill’s argument relies on media coverage comparisons of Elvis Presley and  his one time son-in-law Michael Jackson.

07-presley_deathBoth Michael and Elvis are music icons, both died during the summer, relatively young and under similar circumstances -i.e. heart attack via  pill and needle peddling greedy handlers. However, one died in 1977, the other in 2009.  That is a 32 year difference. Do you know how much the media has changed in 32 years?  In 1977, you never would have heard about Monica Lewinsky and her navy blue Gap dress on NBC News. You would not have known that Rock Hudson or the 2nd Darren on Bewitched was a homosexual. Even pianist Liberace would not commit to that label at the time.  That is what STAR Magazine and the Enquirer were for. That is what tell all books were for. Two weeks before the death of Elvis a book was published by several members of his entourage the “Memphis Mafia”  about Elvis’s drug use. It was entitled Elvis What Happened? Here is vintage footage of an interview of Sonny West:

Golly gee did they say DEMEROL??????PILL POPPING??? Wasn’t Elvis white? How could they say those things about a white man?  I was a child and I knew that the death of Elvis was drug related because that was all that was talked about. Of course it was not from the lips of Walter Cronkite or Dan Rather but somehow I knew about.

We live in the time of the first black President of the United States of America. The memo said we are officially living in POST-RACIAL  America. Yet I have seen more bullshit phony racism/faux discrimination claims on the part of African Americans than I ever have before in my life. Everyone is a racist now. If you are against affirmative action because you feel that there is no longer a need for racial quotas and group preferences then by golly you are a racist. If you bring up the child molestation charges that Michael Jackson faced, you are a being a racist.

And by the way damn-it, according to Jamie Foxx, Michael Jackson belongs to black people anyway.

It is surprising to me that in this day and age many of my fellow African Americans are alluding to Obama hater drama and race card shuffling in every minute aspect of everyday life. Phony racist outrage in particular, such as the one surrounding this Michael Jackson coverage are so ludicrous and based in speculation that we are diluting any efforts to truly combat real racism such as the example depicted in the photo with which this post began.

Obama wrong2009 is not 1977.

This should be a watershed year for healthy and balanced racial relations. Instead it is a bullshit year of faux outrage and gratuitous accusations of racism. Yesterday the Supreme Court ruling on the Ricci case sent liberals whining that our civil rights are being eroded because the court ruled 5-4 that white fire fighters were treated unjustly due to the city of New Haven throwing out test results that did not favor minorities. Do you get that just because the black fire fighters did poorly on the test, it does not , mean that the results should have been thrown out for the white firefighters?  That is racism. What if the blacks had done well on the test and the results were retained? Would the actions of the New Haven FD have then been satisfactory?

Is America taking crazy pills?  Suddenly I am on liberal blogs arguing “hey in my opinion we no longer need affirmative action. I feel that there is enough equal opportunity out there that I don’t need AA.”

Isn’t this the change Obama was seeking?

Yet liberals are still basically arguing that America is inherently racist and yes Afrocity you poor black girl you do still need to be “helped” by racial quotas.You are so weak and helpless and no white person would hire you without this after all SCOTUS nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayer admitted that her test scores were not good enough to get into Princeton:

Sotomayor: Affirmative Action Sent Me to Princeton

FOXNews.com

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Judge Sonia Sotomayor says she is a “perfect affirmative action baby,” and that she was accepted to Princeton and Yale despite her lackluster test performance compared to other applicants.

She made these comments in a video dating back to “early ’90s” that she submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week as part of her Supreme Court nomination process.

Sotomayor admitted that her acceptance to the Ivy League schools would have been “highly questionable” if not for affirmative action.

“My test scores were not comparable to that of my colleagues at Princeton or Yale,” she said on a panel for a nonprofit law organization.

(shakes head)

Thanks liberals for the vote of confidence that only a warped mother would give.

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY (yes, I can read)

A shepherd-boy, who watched a flock of sheep near a village, brought out the villagers three or four times by crying out, “Wolf! Wolf!” and when his neighbors came to help him, laughed at them for their pains.
The Wolf, however, did truly come at last. The Shepherd-boy, now really alarmed, shouted in an agony of terror: “Pray, do come and help me; the Wolf is killing the sheep”; but no one paid any heed to his cries, nor rendered any assistance. The Wolf, having no cause of fear, at his leisure lacerated or destroyed the whole flock.
There is no believing a liar, even when he speaks the truth.
 

Friendly Fires:Somewhere Over The Post Racial Rainbow June 29, 2009

LatinaFiremanI am very pleased with the recent Supreme Court decision in the Ricci v. DeStefano case in which seven Connecticut firefighters charged the New Haven Fire Department with reverse racism. Interestingly, today’s decision overruled a previous lower court decision handed down by Supreme Court nominee Judge Sotomayer as part of a three judge panel.

Townhall.com

Monday, June 29, 2009

White firefighters win Supreme Court appeal

By MARK SHERMAN

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as an appeals court judge.

The ruling could alter employment practices nationwide and make it harder to prove discrimination when there is no evidence it was intentional.

New Haven was wrong to scrap a promotion exam because no African-Americans and only two Hispanic firefighters were likely to be made lieutenants or captains based on the results, the court said Monday in a 5-4 decision. The city said that it had acted to avoid a lawsuit from minorities.

The ruling could give Sotomayor’s critics fresh ammunition two weeks before her Senate confirmation hearing. Conservatives say it shows she is a judicial activist who lets her own feelings color her decisions. On the other hand, liberal allies say her stance in the case demonstrates her restraint and unwillingness to go beyond established precedents.

Coincidentally, the court may have given a boost to calls for quick action on her nomination.

The court said it will return Sept. 9 to hear a second round of arguments in a campaign finance case, and with Justice David Souter retiring there would be only eight justices unless Sotomayor has been confirmed by then.

In Monday’s ruling, Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “Fear of litigation alone cannot justify an employer’s reliance on race to the detriment of individuals who passed the examinations and qualified for promotions.” He was joined in the majority by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

In dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the white firefighters “understandably attract this court’s sympathy. But they had no vested right to promotion. Nor have other persons received promotions in preference to them.”

Justices Souter, Stephen Breyer and John Paul Stevens signed onto Ginsburg’s dissent, which she read aloud in court Monday. Speaking dismissively of the majority opinion, she predicted the court’s ruling “will not have staying power.

scotus decisionI have made many efforts on this blog to defend my decision AGAINST affirmative action. I believe that it began in a time when it was neededbut has now become distorted and a tool of reverse racism. Ginsberg says that the white firefighters “had no vested right to promotion”. If that is the case why were the promotions given to African Americans who could obviously not pass the test. Does merely being African American give a fire fighter the right to a promotion? As Justice Kennedy stated, you should not deny a white person’s right to a promotion because you are afraid of being sued by minorities who may be less qualified.  This is where my problem with affirmative action begins. If a woman or minority is hired or promoted simply because of their race or gender, you are not really advancing them. You are perpetuating the idea that they are weaker than the majority and need help.  Affirmative action is only a license to say you cannot climb that high on your own, so let me help you a little bit. In the end it all evens out right? After all whites have so many more advantages.

How many voted for Obama during the Democratic primary knowing that Hillary Clinton was the more qualified candidate? Yes she was a woman, but she was a white woman and he was a black man.  It is like a game of cards…race and gender cards. Race trumps gender and many voters did not want to “see the same ol’ white faces”  in the White House including Hillary Clinton’s. It was all just dandy because it was time for diversity and Hillary was just on the wrong side of the diversity issue.

Yesterday’s “Sunday Soliloquy” touched on this Obama nation myth of a “post-racial America” . We are now told that Obama is our president, he is of color and there is no more racism. So really there should no longer be a need a for affirmative action. Obama won the election- a sure sign that we can trust white Americans to uphold ideas of diversity, women’s rights and racial equality. White America  help put Barack Obama into the work force and they will continue to practice this by hiring people who aren’t white men.

reverse racsimThe dissenting opinion in the Ricci case and the subsequent liberal criticism tells a quite a different story. We have a black president, two black former Secretaries of State, black Supreme Court Justices, female justices, etc. . Is it still true that we need help to get where we are going? If the answer is yes, then when won’t we need help? Will it be when we have had three African American presidents or six? One female president? One Jewish president?

As a black woman when will the government think I can walk on my own two feet? I have an education. I am articulate (snark). I can get a job on my own. I did. I have, I think.

I hate that doubt in the back of my mind. That doubt that I am not where I am because of what I can do but rather what my race means I can’t do. That is what being black meant for my mother and grandmother. Being black means what you cannot do. Color is a like a preventative film or a condom that keeps you from really “making it” . You feel socially and politically impotent as a woman or a person of color so you need some affirmative action. Social justice in the form of government Viagra. YES WE CAN MAKE IT with that extra stroking and lubricant and we can just slide right in there. That’s affirmative!!!!

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY

 

Moonbat Monday Returns: Acornisa Megafraudis or ACORN

ACORN_treeThe history of moonbats is closely tied to the evolution of liberals. Three million years ago, conservatives found that liberals were fast in multiplying, even in areaswhere most of them did not exist. It was also quite astonishing that once liberals made their transition into the “afterlife”, they were still remarkably able to cast their votes in elections. Conservatives agreed that something remarkable was behind this prolific reproductive system of the liberals during election time.  This was a new type of moonbat, something that indisputably could not be from the animal moonbat kingdom but the plant kingdom because it was as if they were growing on trees. Heavy winds would blow them into the strangest places like mountains, volcanoes, and even  Pancake, Texas.

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Common Reference Text of acornisa megafraudis

Once research was completed, there was a unanimous decision that a new species of moonbat had been discovered:  acornisa megafraudis.

Acornisa megafraudis reproduction depends  upon a liberal ecosytem, fraud and climatic conditions that favored media bias. Though the period of germination is relatively short – only during election periods- thus the seeds must be sewn through the ignorance and zeal of youth, especially those on spring break.

Acornisa megafraudis also possesses a tough outer shell that cannot be penetrated by investigation or law enforcement.

Wall Street Journal

June 29, 2009

Acorn Role in Census Challenged

By JAKE SHERMAN

WASHINGTON Some Republican members of Congress want the U.S. Census Bureau to end a 2010 Census partnership with Acorn, the community organizing group that was hit by accusations of voter-registration fraud in the 2006 and 2008 elections.

Acorn, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, signed up in February with the bureau to be a “2010 Census Partner,” which includes, among other things, identifying job candidates, encouraging its members to participate in the count and distributing literature explaining the importance of the census.

But in the wake of accusations that some former Acorn employees engaged in voter registration fraud in the 2006 and 2008 elections, the partnership isn’t sitting well with some Republicans on Capitol Hill who worry that Acorn could skew results. There’s a lot at stake since the census is used to dole out money to states and localities and to allocating seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, the ranking Republican on the panel that oversees the Census Bureau, is demanding that the bureau explain how the partnership with Acorn fits its stated mission of selecting partners that will not “distract from the Census Bureau’s mission.”

Several other conservatives would like to see the Census Bureau sever its ties to Acorn altogether. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) said in an interview that he plans to introduce a bill that would require mail carriers to count the population as a way of keeping Acorn out of the process.

Stephen Buckner, a Census Bureau spokesman, said the partners program is voluntary and unpaid, and that Acorn employees won’t be paid to knock on doors and enumerate as part of that organization, although it is impossible to know if the federal government would ultimately hire someone associated Acorn.

Census Bureau officials said Acorn is one of 40,000 participants in its partners program. Other partners include Target Corp., Goodwill Industries and Telemundo, the Spanish-language TV network. The partnerships, Mr. Buckner said, are meant to promote the count and boost the number of responses among traditionally hard-to-count populations. Mr. Buckner said Acorn represents some hard-to-count communities.

Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota said earlier this month that she wouldn’t answer certain questions on the 2010 Census form partially because of concerns about Acorn. A spokeswoman for Ms. Bachmann didn’t make her available for comment.

Rep. Steve King (R., Iowa) tried unsuccessfully to attach an amendment to a must-pass appropriations bill to forbid any Acorn involvement in the 2010 Census. The outspoken Mr. King is perhaps the most vocal critic of the organization, introducing a host of bills that would limit Acorn’s affairs in federal governance.

As for allegations of voter registration fraud — some Acorn employees were accused of signing up voters using names like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys — Acorn spokesman Scott Levenson said his organization has cooperated fully with authorities, and promptly dismissed people accused of with wrongdoing.

acorn-logoAs you can see acornisa megafraudis is often surrounded by film of Democratic politicians and corporate sleazeballs that serve as protection and financial nutrition. If the U.S. census is entrusted to these moonbats who knows if we will ever have a fair and just election again. It is hard to penetrate the shell of ACORN because any attempts to do so is often labeled as racism since most ACORN moonbats at least at the high administrative levels are African Americans. Take a look at a clip of FOX NEWS Bill O’reilly going head to shell with ACORN managers in May of 2009, including one that was blind.

Here is another clip of Fox News’ Glenn Beck and a former ACORN worker Marcel Reid discussing the fraudulent dealings of the organization. This interview is a rare gem.

In response to allegations of fraud, acornisa fraudis has decided to apply for a change in classification. They feel that their moonbat name has been tarnished by the Republicans and those in the media (FOX NEWS) whose coverage of them has been less than favorable.

Washington Examiner

ACORN drops tarnished name and moves to silence critics

By: Kevin Mooney
Commentary Staff Writer
06/21/09 5:07 PM EDT

Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) leaders are using the threat of a law suit to silence and intimidate critics, according to current and former members of the liberal activist group.

In a letter dated June 11 an attorney for ACORN advised top whistleblowers that their unauthorized use of the organization’s name could make them liable for monetary damages and injunctive relief.

ACORN executives have also changed their organization’s name, which was tarnished by investigations in at least 14 states of allegations of voter registration fraud during the 2008 presidential campaign, and charges by current and former members of financial mismanagement and misrepresentation.

The new name will let ACORN leaders continue their operations without worrying about prior bad publicity, according to Marcel Reid of ACORN 8, a group of present and former members.

“We’ve known for many months now that the name ACORN is going to be retired,” Reid said. “The name has been so damaged to the point where the leadership knows it simply can’t go on as it has with the ACORN label out front and center, especially after all of the reporting.”

In fact, the process has already begun, she noted. Wade Rathke, who founded the organization, announced on his blog that ACORN International has officially changed its name to “Community Organizations International.”

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Example of acornisa megafruadis growing on trees

I consider the effects of the acornisa megafraudis moonbat to be among the most damaging to future elections. This sudden move for a change in classification is just another example of their propensity towards fraud and subterfuge. The idea is that people will now see their new name “Community Organizers International” and not associate them with the seeds of voter fraud.

I would like to appeal to everyone who is reading this to refer to “Community Organizers International” as  the group formerly known as ACORN.  You can do this it is easy just like when the music artist Prince did it.  Unless we do, the damage caused by this group can be extensive. Consider yourselves ACORN SQUASH . Educate your family and friends against the trickery of this moonbat.

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Sunday Soliloquy: Keeping it “Post-Racial” and In The Closet June 28, 2009

Composers and Collaborators, Duke Ellington (left) and Bill Strayhorn

Composers and Collaborators, Duke Ellington (left) and Bill Strayhorn

The study of the African American collective consciousness can be one of great complexity. To say there is a collective assumes that we are all bounded by race exclusive of the black individual. No matter who we are or what we do as African Americans, we are all going to die black.

As I observe the goings ons surrounding  pop singer Michael Jackson’s death, I find  great dissimilarities between the verbal reflections of his Caucasian associates verses those of his African American associates.

Michael Jackson died of cardiac arrest, most likely due to the overuse of prescription drugs. There is not much controversy in that. So why all of the hoopla? Because there is much controversy in the way Michael Jackson live his life which was very let say ‘un-black’.

Historically, the African American community has not been very welcoming to gays and lesbians. Nor have they been very open or honest about mental illness within the community. The idea was that homosexuality and mental illness was something only white people experienced. Let me just pause here to say that I am in no way correlating homosexuality with mental illness, I am simply bring up two subjects that are taboo within the African American community.

When a black celebrity is gay, everything is usually done to erase the societal memory of that. Recently, when I visited the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History, there was an exhibit on African American composer Duke Ellington and his collaborator Billy Strayhorn also an African American and openly gay. Strayhorn composed “Take the A Train”  but he was also friends with Martin Luther King Jr. and did much to advance civil rights. While I can understand that the Smithsonian exhibit was about music, there was nothing mentioned about Strayhorn’s sexuality which was an paramount part of his music and associations.

There is also Bayard Rustin, a gay civil rights activist that was gay. I have mentioned Mr. Rustin in previous posts. Rustin was a close adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. and organized the epic “March on Washington”. Do you hear much about Bayard Rustin?

Much of black leadership has come from the religious wings.  The black church has been viewed as the cornerstone of the black community. This can be traced back to the days of slavery.  Look at the leaders in the black community today. Michael Jackson is dead. Who shows up to the home of his family? Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson. A black person is wrongfully accused of something or murdered  by the police who shows up to defend them Rev. Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. Some innocent political cartoonist draws something about President Barack Obama that is perceived as racist (whether it really is or not) who leads the calls for the publication to fire the cartoonist? Rev. Al Sharpton.

black credsRacial profiling, youth violence, and media racism can all be colored as political issues. So where does religion come into this? Why do we need these “reverends” to come out for us? They do a lot more than praying. They speak for African Americans as a race. This disturbs me because I feel that my views are often not in alignment with theirs. Incidentally as a little anecdotal side note, when GOP chairman Michael Steele or former Secretary of State Condi Rice  were referred to as “uncle toms” by blacks and whites alike, you never heard so much as a peep out of the reverends. Black gays, conservatives, and the mental unstable are kept in the closet.  The National Organization for Women (NOW) also keeps its mouth shut when conservative women such as Gov. Sarah Palin get mauled by the media. In both cases it is an awful but unfortunate double standard.

With Barack Obama in office, many of the religious reactionary and conservative African American voices are now empowered. We are seeing this with the passage of Prop. 8 in California and we are also seeing this with regards to the shaping of Black collective memory. Reverend Jeremiah Wright is being called upon for public appearances more than ever. Rev. Wright’s well known “God Damn America” speech hardly makes him one that should be consulted as a speaker on the black community.

I am by no means condemning the black church.

While I do not attend Sunday services, I consider myself to be “spiritual” . I pray and I read the Bible. I am just not a believer in organized religion. I am a proponent of the separation of church and state, which means separation of church and politics.The black church in my opinion has overstepped these boundaries.

Having a forum for black dialogue is important especially in the public arena. But there is more than one avenue we can take in order to achieve that. At the oresent moment, there is no balance. Something bad happens to a person of color, the media calls upon Rev. Al Sharpton to speak for all blacks.  Sharpton will not defend a black conservative or gay, so where is the diversity in that?

PowellDuring the election, it was clear that Rev. Jesse Jackson did not care for Barack Obama but he backed him anyway. Where is the freedom of choice in that? Jackson felt pressured to support Obama because they are both of color. I encountered quite a few African Americans that did not agree with Barack Obama. Hell, they did not even like Obama but they voted for him anyway.  Colin Powell turned his back on the Republican Party and his long time friend Senator John McCain to support Barack Obama. Why would Powell do this when Obama has little respect for the military or the policies he instituted under the Bush administration.

When you throw legacy and collective memory into this, you are left with this sort of myth making on the part of our so called African America leaders.  A famous black person dies and you see this rush to create some weird white washed revisionist black history. Oh, no Martin Luther King never cheated on  Coretta. Writer Richard Write loved black women. Josephine Baker was not a lesbian and Langston Hughes was not gay. Michael Jackson was not “off the wall”.

I am bringing this all up specifically because the recent approach by the African American community on Michael Jackson’s legacy is to erase the fact that man while talented and an American icon, demonstrated behavior that was incredibly bizarre.

What I am hearing from the AA side is “Oh, Michael was not taking drugs…let’s remember his accolades.”

So that is what we are saying now about Michael Jackson

Is it just me or do anyone else recalled that most of the parodies an fodder made of Michael Jackson during his life came from African Americans  like Eddie Murphy or African American shows like In Living Color…

WARNING THESE CLIPS CONTAIN EXPLICIT LANGUAGE AND CONTENT


So now Michael is suddenly normal again and in the closet?

Welcome to the Black Image Makeover Awards. I loved Michael Jackson the way he was and I will remember him for his talent as well as his faults. Perhaps if the African American community intervened more in his life and been helpers rather than turning their backs and making light of his personal situations, he would still be alive today. Now the leeches  or ” friends” will come out claiming to know him for a lifetime even though all they did was share airspace with him for two seconds.

The press called upon Barack Obama to “say a few words” about Michael Jackson. WTF? Why? Would you have asked George Bush to say a few words about Michael Jackson? Didn’t I once see “W” do the moonwalk? You are only asking Obama to say something because Michael Jackson is black like Obama.  On FOX News, Geraldo Rivera repeatedly emphasized how “post-racial”  Michael Jackson was. WTF? Post-Racial?

Yes MJ was so post-racial that he dramatically altered his skin color and Barack Obama is so post-racial that the media feels he should comment on the death of a performer just because they are both of color.

Suddenly now Michael Jackson in death, is an honorary black person again.

In closing here is the video to my favorite Michael Jackson song and video  “In The Closet”


The Black Image Makeover Awards
 

Co2: From Hope N’ Change Cartoons June 27, 2009

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"Co2" From Hopen'Change Cartoons.com

"Co2" From Hopen'Change Cartoons.com

 

Hog Butchers of the World Unite and Take Over

Riots During 1968 Democratic Convention in Grant Park Chicago

Riots During 1968 Democratic Convention in Grant Park Chicago

There is no question that the riots in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic convention have made a vital and widespread contribution to the understanding of protest in America as well as the examination of political thought in our nation’s “second city”. The legacy of the 1968 riots and the trials of the Chicago 8 take on a special significance when one realizes that the very same park -Grant Park- the site of such political unrest, was also the very same park in which Barack Obama, the first African American President of the Unites States celebrated his election night.

South Side Chicago Home during 1968 Riots

South Side Chicago Home during 1968 Riots

Thanks to a wealth of photo archives, particularly documented and memorable are the events of those dog days of August 1968. I was not yet born but my mother remembers being caught in the midst of the crowd. My 14 year old brother was somewhere lost in the hysteria and he needed to be found before ‘he got himself killed by the pigs”.   The “pigs” were the Chicago Police, enemy of hippies, freedom to protest, and the enemy of the black man.  I grew up afraid of policemen thanks to brainwashing by my family and watching Serpico and The French Connection too many times. Police hated blacks and I should not go to them for help.

Suspicion of Chicago law enforcement was not confined to my family, everyone was fearful of the “swine flu”.  It seems that today, 2009 it is still difficult for the citizens of Chicago to forget the role of the Chicago Police in silencing freedom:

Chicago Tribune

By Lauren R. Harrison

Protesters greet 1968 police reunion

June26, 2009

More than 70 people gathered on the Near West Side Friday night at a protest a reunion of Chicago police officers who served during demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic Convention.

Organized by Chicago Copwatch, an activist organization that tries to document police misconduct, the peaceful demonstration lasted about an hour at the corner of West Washington Boulevard and North Bishop Street.

Police held protesters behind four blue barricades, and about 30 officers on foot and on bikes patrolled the area, located near the Fraternal Order of Police headquarters.

“No justice, no peace! No riot police!” protesters shouted, some in megaphones, others beating drums in sync. The protesters held signs saying “same stick, different Daley” and “Fight racism! Stop police brutality.”

A few months after the disturbances in 1968, a federally commissioned report found that demonstrators had provoked officers by cursing at them and throwing “rocks, sticks, bathroom tiles and even human feces.” But the report said officers reacted with “unrestrained and indiscriminate” violence in what amounted to a “police riot.”

welcome to chicagoAmong the protesters was Darby Tillis, 66, of Chicago, who once was on Death Row in Illinois but later was acquitted of murder charges in 1987 after being tried five times.

Tillis said he recalled seeing the 1968 rioting on television. He said he came out tonight “because I fight police brutality, because I’ve been beaten by police.”

William Jaconetti, 66, a former Melrose Park police chief who also spent 38 years as a Chicago police officer, said he was a fresh face as an officer during the riots.

“It was a time in our city when Chicago police had to take a stand. And we did,” Jaconetti said, adding that rioters were violent toward police, some damaging cars nearby. “If you want to change things … don’t take over our streets.”

During tonight’s protest, hundreds of bicyclists from Critical Mass, a bicyclist activist organization, traveled east along Washington, some showing support for the protesters by chanting with them. Others said they were not involved in the protest and were just out for a bike ride.

Following the demonstration near the FOP lodge, protesters walked several blocks in the middle of the streets, sometimes spanning four lanes, walking through red lights and bringing traffic to a screeching halt behind them.

About four police officers on bicycles followed the crowd. One yelled, “Sidewalk guys, sidewalk … you don’t want to get locked up.”

“We pay for them with our taxes,” shouted one male demonstrator. “We own the streets!”

Police cars tried at least twice to block protesters off, but they changed directions. Demonstrators continued to chant anti-police slogans along the way.

Police News Affairs Michael Fitzpatrick said no arrests were made and the crowd dispersed around 9:45 p.m.

308chicago68bAs you can see, breaking away from the traditional view of the policemen as foe proves to be difficult. Personally, I have relaxed my views on this somewhat. The 1960’s were tumultuous times and many of those men in blue were simply doing the jobs they were instructed to do by Mayor Daley. I am not sure, I would have protested against this reunion but I do find it ironic that the very people who fought to keep the 1968 protesters from gathering are themselves over 40 years later…gathering. In assuming a critical attitude against the reunion based upon my indirect and secondary photographic archive/Life Magazine memory, any protest on my part would be disingenuous if not naive.

I try not to fight battles for wounds that occurred before my time. The fact that the 1968 policemen are having a reunion at all offers some proof that they were just as affected by this event as the protesters. Collective trauma can take many different forms. Current historiography suggests that in the aftermath of war, the oppressor can suffer from psychological trauma just as much as the victims.  I think the movie The Reader illustrates a fine example of such an occurrence.  Chicago Copwatch would have been more effective by opening a dialogue of healing. How about asking the policemen how they felt during the riots.  Now in 2009 are there any signs of contrition?

In order to analyze any historical event, I feel that one must simultaneously extend a space to every viewpoint.  Something can be understood from all who were involved.


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