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Conservative Night Cap: Still Stitching, Still Bitching July 23, 2009

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Today was pretty busy for me,  I posted about Obama and his farce of a press conference at a relatively early for me.  It is not easy being a one woman blog. Unfortunately unlike my PUMA pals at The Confluence, I don’t have a Fantastic Four, five or six,  rotation blogger team ready to jump in when Afrocity is too tired, or on a business trip, or just plain too angry to blog.

Ok, to be fair -not that there would be a boatload of conservative PUMA bloggers to join forces with me anyway. Elderj  aka “The Black Commenter” is the only other conservative PUMA I know besides myself. Afrocity is on her own here.

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It is appropriate to label this poster/flyer as racist.

After posting, I got dressed and went about my day.  I watched a bit of Fox News. No one was mentioning the Obama response on the Cambridge Police Department.  How strange , I thought but then again Obama is the man who got away with comparing Sarah Palin to a pig.

“Phony Outrage”, is how then presidential candidate Barack Obama scripted criticism of his remarks.  His response reminded me of that of a frat boy  date rapist. The sort of man that coaxes you into not calling the authorities because his family is more influential than yours.

The mainstream media resides so deep in his pocket that they must feast daily on his clothes lint.

If Barack Obama says it didn’t happen, then it did not happen. I figured the media had ignored yet another example of Obama’s deeply arrogant and race baiting nature.

I was wrong . While riding in my car, I tuned in to the Rush Limbaugh show and thankfully Rush was on top of it.  Thanks Rush for pointing out that this “Post Racial” garbage is just that- garbage.  I have included some of the Rush Limbaugh transcript.

I have also included a clip of White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs speaking with Rachel Maddow about Obama’s remarks on the Cambridge Police.

I find Rachel Maddow to be an utter disappointment as a journalist. She is a Kool Aid drinker, and says  Obama’s joke about “being shot” was funny. “It was a good joke”, Maddow says.  give me a break.

FROM THE RUSH LIMBAUGH SHOW:

RUSH: Okay.  So I’ve long thought that there’s a chip on the shoulder here, and that there’s a little anger out there at the country based on who his mentors, associates, all that were.  Gates was not “stopped.” This was not a profiling case.  Let’s review what happened. To the best of my knowledge, a neighbor sees Gates. (interruption) Okay.  Okay.  Oh, okay.  A friend and driver of the car, in addition to Gates, tried to get in the house.  Gates and one other person.  And some neighbor said, “Whoa, what was that? That doesn’t look right.” They called the police. My first reaction would be to thank the neighbor for looking out for me.  But I guarantee you the neighbor is also going to be, before this is all over, a racist. In Cambridge now. We’re talking Harvard, Cambridge!

We’re talking idyllic liberal setting.  It may as well be Duke.  May as well be the lacrosse team here.  May as well be that dancer.  Gates and a friend break in, and the cops show up, and apparently all hell breaks loose inside the house, handcuffs and so forth.  Obama doesn’t know what all happened — and we don’t, either.  There are five or six different versions of what went on in there.  We still really don’t know.  Bill Cosby has come out today in Boston, and he can’t believe the president would say what he said about this admitting he doesn’t know all the facts.  So Obama wasn’t quite through.  After taking this incident — where Gates was not stopped. He was not pulled over. The cops were called there by somebody in the neighborhood.  This was not a profiling incident.  Here’s more from President Obama.

OBAMA: When I was in the state legislature in Illinois, we worked on a racial profiling, uh, bill because there was indisputable evidence that blacks and Hispanics were being stopped disproportionately. Uh, and that is a sign, an example of how, you know, race remains a factor in the society.  That doesn’t lessen the incredible progress that has been made. I am standing here as testimony to the progress that’s been made, and yet the fact of the matter is that, you know, this still haunts us.

RUSH: Okay, wasn’t supposed to.  We’re supposed to be beyond all this now, right?  Postpartisan, postracial.  So last week we dump on the white firefighters; this week from the Oval Office… Obama’s buddies at ACORN dumping on the white firefighters in New Haven.  This week from actually the East Room we now start dumping on cops.  The cop in question, Sergeant James Crowley, had this exchange with an unidentified reporter.

REPORTER: Mr. Gates has asked you for an apology.  What is your reaction to that?

CROWLEY: There will be no apology.

REPORTER: Does it…? Is this now and ever no apology?

CROWLEY: Yes.

RUSH: No apology. He didn’t do anything wrong.  We’ve heard now this guy gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to Reggie Lewis of the Boston Celtics who’d had a heart attack. He’s black. The cop was even citing this. “I didn’t see race. I saw a human being in distress,” and the neighbor in Cambridge, a neighbor of Professor Gates.  This is quick.  It’s five seconds long.

NEIGHBOR: I would have to say, you know, it was — as the police report said — “belligerent.”

RUSH: He was belligerent, talking about Gates.  Now, here’s Charlie Ogletree, Harvard professor, Gates’ lawyer, on ABC’s Good Morning America.  The question: “What was your client’s reaction to the president’s comments tonight?”

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Thursday Stitch N’ Bitch: It’s All Black and White To Me

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Last night’s Obamacare news conference was a major fiasco on several levels.  Obviously there were many unanswered questions concerning the future of health care in America, who’s going to pay for it, when will Congress implement the plan etc.  These are all valid questions.  At best, I expected a boring but focused conversation about health care.   Obama and teleprompter did their usual spill: blame the Republicans, talk in endless circles, exploit several Main Street common folk as examples for why it is imperative that we need health care reform NOW. After the pontification has ended, Obama takes questions from his pre-selected media lap dogs. It normally takes Obama more than several minutes to answer one question before moving on to the next.

stampFor myself as viewer of now five of the Obama conferences, I think I have the pattern pretty locked down.  At some point during the Q&A someone will ask Obama a question that comes totally from the left field of a moron’s asshole.  Or he will call on some unorthodox media source like Mad Magazine or the American Kennel Club Gazette.  No surprises there. Before the end of the hour, someone is going to ask a question that has NOTHING to do with the issue at hand. President Obama will get a big smile of relief on his face as he takes 5 minutes to answer the question about his dog, nail clipping collection or whatever issue of distraction it was.

Like the news conferences before, last night was no exception.

Case in point, the question  that was fielded Obama’s way by Chicago Tribune reporter Lynn Sweet about the recent arrest of Harvard Professor Henry “Skip” Louis Gates Jr.

Gates, as you may know, is an important and influencial figure among historians of African American history. I admire his work and have read many of his books. Great guy.

However, the point here is not about Skip.

I was more than a bit unnerved at the question and  by the end of Obama’s answer what was a minor annoyance had elevated me to full blown pissed off.

For back story purposes allow me to show the clip of Obama and Lynn Sweet.

Is it just me or does it seem simultaneously odd and not odd for this question to come up at a news conference on health care reform?

coal-black-724707Odd, because Ms. Sweet’s question did not have a damn thing to do with the topic of the news conference. Timely and not so odd because it came at the very end of the hour and it plays well into the Obama administration’s ability to encapsulate any issue in a discourse of racism in America, thus deflecting any critical afterthoughts of the president.

As you can see, Obama responds to Ms. Sweet’s question by going into painstaking detail about Skip’s arrest in Cambridge, MA.  He even goes so far as to say that the Cambridge police “acted stupidly”.  Obama began by explaining that Skip was a personal friend, therefore he should have simply answered Ms. Sweet by expressing that it was an unfortunate event and he certainly hopes that the matter is settled quickly.

Of course this is not what happened.

Obama took the opportunity to once again turn a seemingly normal issue into a referendum on race.

What does this do to the white, liberal and the guilty?

It makes them feel proud that they have elected Barack Obama as our president.  All questions about his execution of health care reform, the stimulus, the war in Afghanistan and any other issue paramount to voters will melt away in a chocolaty ocean of hope and change.

Please believe me when I say that this will be a continuing pattern as Obama’s re-election campaign draws near.

heelwathFox News

Obama: Cambridge police
acted stupidly

Updated: Thursday, 23 Jul 2009, 9:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Wednesday that police acted “stupidly” in the arrest of prominent black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. and that despite racial progress blacks and Hispanics are still singled out unfairly for arrest.

“This still haunts us,” Obama said.

Obama called Gates a friend, and said he doesn’t know all the facts of the case. Nonetheless, Obama said, anyone would have been angry if treated the way Gates claims police in Cambridge, Mass., treated him. Gates claims he was arrested in his own home after showing ID to police who responded to a report of a possible burglary.

Police say Gates yelled at the officers and initially refused to show his ID. Gates allegedly yelled “this is what happens to a black man in America” and “you don’t know who you’re messing with” before he was arrested, and police said he was uncooperative. ( read the arrest report )

Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof he was in own home,” Obama said during a prime-time news conference that otherwise focused on the health care debate.

“What I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately,” Obama said. “That’s just a fact.”

The nation’s first black president held himself up as testament to what he called the “incredible progress” minorities have achieved.

I find it ironic that our first African American president has awakened a renewed interest in minorities as victims.

Concerning Lynn Sweet, a far better question would have been about the escalating black on black crime and fatalities in her very own Chicago.  Chicago is a city proud to call Barack Obama it’s own.

“He began here as a community organizer,” Chicagoans will boast. “We found inspiration from his work.”

Okay, then what the hell happened last summer when 36 youths were violently slain?

That is the real story. Ask that question Ms. Sweet.

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