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Dr. King’s Day: Holidays Kept by Ourselves In Silence and Apart January 18, 2010

The multi-generational saga of slavery and racism in America is something that will touch us all. There is a beginning but never an end. Wounds are never fully closed. Scars are remembered and passed on. A rhetorical memory of stories, poetry and song are crystallized within our heritage, constantly reminding even those of us who never experienced such atrocities of firsthand trauma. Sandwiched between are visual cues frozen in iconography, people that make up the collective black experience…No, let me correct myself…The collective American Experience.

Nov. 2, 1983 President Ronald Reagan signs the bill making Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a national holiday while Coretta Scott King watches. Also pictured are Vice President George H. W. Bush; Sen. Charles McCurdy Mathias (R-MD) Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS); Rep. Jack Kemp (R-NY) and Rep. Katie Hall (D-IN)

While working in New York City at a university, MLK Day was a paid holiday but we remained open. As employees it was our choice to work opting for “comp time” or take the holiday. I was the only African American employee on our staff.  I was also the only employee  on our staff that chose to take Martin Luther King Day as a holiday. This annoyed me.  Did I only care because I was black? Did the others not care because they were Caucasian?  To be fair, several of my colleagues were not American. But what about the ones who were American?

I felt that the MLK holiday had a lack of legitimization when the university remained open and employees felt compelled to work in order to serve the students.  My perception was that the day was a free day for blacks. Anyone else could do as they pleased.  The haphazard ceremonies and spattering of closings did nothing to create a the vision of reality that Mrs. King wanted for her slain husband’s holiday.

Image from the Miami Herald

This was not the first time I was confronted with MLK Day angst. Earlier during my college days, I guilt-riddened my white friend into attending a Martin Luther King celebration on campus. The information that it was being hosted by the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity made her more reluctant to attend.  The “Alphas” were known for their step shows and raucous conversation at the student union.

Frankly, they scared many of the white students.

Most of the Alphas were straight A, model college citizens but the step shows were foreign to this small Texas agricultural community.  My friend grew ambivalent as we approached the commemorative MLK posters and audience of African American students salted with a few whites for a dash of diversity.  She did not speak but I knew she was angry at me for making her go. Why wouldn’t she be?  It was just 30 minutes ago that I accused her of being unsympathetic towards my heritage because she would not attend.

“How can you be my friend and not care?” I asked.

“How could you care Afrocity?” she asked. ” You never do anything black ever! Why today just because some stupid holiday says you have to care about him?”

“Do it for me,” I plead. “Have I ever asked you to do anything for my blackness? I am black you know.”

“No Afrocity!!!! Shocker. That went right over my head like a 747…Gee I did not know.”

I shook my head and propped my butt on her dorm bed. “You don’t care about blacks but I bet you would go to a Cinco De Mayo cookout for that Mexican that gave you pubic lice. “

If looks could kill my friend would have had me in the county morgue in one second.  I sat there kicking my legs against her K-mart mauve comforter as I gazed at the Wayne’s World movie poster on the cinder block wall.  Bitch, she didn’t know that Bohemian Rhapsody was an old song by Queen until I told her. She thought it was made special for the movie. Hmph.   I recalled our previous disputes over whether or not to walk to McDonald’s at 2am after we drank too much; or if she would ask a boy if he liked me. This was the first time we argued about race.  I wondered if we would come back from this.

She grabbed her backpack. “Fine you brat, but it had better not last more than one hour…I can’t believe you are asking me to do this on my night off from work when I have so much shit to do.”

“Yay!!! I hugged her.” Afrocity the manipulative bitch wins again.   I ran to the mirror so I could check my make-up.

She rolled her eyes at me and looked down at her purple sweatpants “I’m sure as hell not changing either.”

“I don’t care,” I said putting on my new J. Crew pea camel pea coat.

“I know why you want to do this Afrocity…”

She did not have to say anything. We both knew the reason but to be a bitch she felt the need to make it clear to my own ears “You are going to prove that you are black because they call you a sellout so you think that by putting on this charade-”

“That is not true,” I interrupted.  She looked at me hard. “Okay, maybe one quarter true, ” I admitted sheepishly.  “But I need you there because they say my white friends don’t care about my being black.”

“I don’t care!” she yelled.

I hushed her as we entered the auditorium.

An organ was playing “We Shall Overcome”.

“This is so gay,” she whispered in a sarcastic tone.

“SHHHH. I will buy you some Everclear on Friday when I get paid.”

“You owe me more than cheap ass Everclear, you better get me some Absolute and I don’t mean those mini bottles neither.”

We took our programs from the Alpha ushers who were dressed in black and white.  I snickered because they looked like 1960′s civil rights workers.   As the auditorium lights dimmed, my friend’s demeanor calmed.  She was in it for the long haul–all two and a half hours of it.

From THE ONION

After the tribute, the lights came on. She was distant towards me, walking out of the auditorium before I could get my coat and gloves together.  I caught up to her outside.  She was walking briskly and I could barely keep up. The temperature had dropped to 40 degrees which was an icebox for Texas.  Me being Afrocity, I had to ask some dumb question about what we had just witnessed.

“Did you like it?” I asked.

Before she could answer, a guy named Chris approached us from the student center.  Chris was a dick. He asked where we had been and my friend said “The MLK thing” .

Chris started laughing loudly and mock singing “We Shall Overcome”.  My friend laughed. Too much laughter.

Perhaps I had succeeded in my own terms by getting her to attend the MLK tribute with me but now I felt all the dumber for it.  How could she make fun of it after seeing what we just saw?  My voice told me to go back to the dorms alone.  I knew if I pressed, she would stay behind with the dickhead racist just to annoy me. She knew I hated him.

“I am cold,” I said.

“So go back to the dorm,” she replied curtly.

“Ok, I will do that.”  I walked away listening to them laughing behind me.  They are laughing at me and I just know she was whining to him about how awful it was that she had to attend the black folks night.

There was a double estrangement at that moment.  All of the cautionary tales of having only white friends swelled in my head.  My tactless strategy failed. She and I would never come back from this day.

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY

 

Sunday Soliloquy: What Say You Sarah? Who’s Your Founding Daddy Now? January 17, 2010

Keen to maximize on  Sarah Palin’s first week as a commentator on FOX News, the folks at MSNC morning show polished up on the illustrated art and craft of hating the former Alaska governor. They watched her FOX appearances and dissect her answers like Jack Ripper performing a Pap smear exam on Annie Chapmann.

While appearing on the Glenn Beck Program, Sarah Palin was asked by Beck which was her favorite founder as in “Founding Fathers”.

Beck:  Who’s your favorite Founder?

Palin: You know, well, all of them, because they came collectively together with so much–”

Beck: Bullcrap

Palin: –so much diverse and so much diversity in terms of belief, but collectively they came together — and they were led by, of course George Washington, so he’s got to rise to the top.

This video clip of Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly includes the exchange between Beck and Palin:

Before I address Sarah Palin’s answer to Glenn Beck’s question, can I just say that I am sick to death of every mainstream media outlet becoming the couch potato psychologist for Sarah Palin. The last thing we need is FOX News doing it as well.  Sorry Bill-O, I do not agree with your characterization of Sarah’s answer to Glenn Beck as being a cop out. However,  I  do agree with your assessment of  the idiots at MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”.

As we all know, bashing Sarah Palin is a life sustaining vehicle for MSNBC. Many terms in the lexicon of Palin hating moonbats derive from Keith Olbermann and his bottom feeder colleagues.

Of course , the quality of  journalism at MSNBC always proves that there will never be a dearth of dim light bulbs. Ironically, karma being the wicked bitch of the west, in her attempt to  downplay the intelligence of Sarah Palin,  dumb ditz Mika Brzezinski proved to be the dimmest yellow journalism brick in the road..

Yes, she actually believed that Abraham Lincoln was a Founding Father. Bill you gave Mika far too much credit.  Mika was not joking. I believe that she actually and truly thought that Abraham Lincoln was a Founding Father. The average American cannot name the framers of the constitution. They believe that it is anyone whose face is carved on Mount Rushmore, hence  idiot  Mika from MSNBC naming Abraham Lincoln.

Two of these men are not Founding Fathers, come on can you tell which ones???

Getting back to Sarah Palin’s answer to Glenn Beck.  I was fine with her answer as it  has some valid points. Why are we consumed as a society with ranking things?  The question in itself was along the lines of Katie Couric’s “What magazines do you read?” .  Next they will ask Sarah who is her favorite  character or what famous serial killer does she admire the most.

“oh golly gee Glenn, I choose Theordore Bundy because he was a Republican.”

This is NOT a Founding Father

I can only imagine the irritation Sarah Palin feels whenever questions of this type enter an interview.  Any answer would have been the wrong one.  Had she named Thomas Jefferson as her favorite Founding Father, a nanosecond later the NAACP would claim she is a racist because Jefferson, who had more slaves than any, was known to have played “Ride Sally Ride” in the literal sense.  Had she named Hamilton, Rachel Maddow would have went into the meta-ethics of that answer.

Sarah’s utterance  “all of them” was a safe bet.  She is right. Founding Fathers …plural…as a collective body.

After all they are all important and she would have been slammed regardless of any answer she gave. When it comes to rabid liberals, Sarah Palin is the consummate conservative bitch in heat. You can’t put protective panties on that booty.

The liberals idea of Palin Hood

In the video clips of Beck and O’Reilly,  you see a mention or two of  Founding Fathers- Jefferson, Washington, or Hamilton.  Let’s reverse a common practice here and name fathers who are long neglected in the extensive musings  and cannons of “great American  men”.  How about John Jay? James Madison? John Adams?   Adams was hardly ever mentioned until his resurgence to popularity thanks to HBO and Paul Giamatti.

How unfortunate that it took a mini-series  to finally give John Adams some historical credit within our collective memory. Adams personality and appearance being not as magnetic and attractive as Jefferson’s or Washington’s, force his legacy to suffer from our nation’s tendency towards selective amnesia.  Now he is “cool” again.  Wow, Laura Linney played his wife dude.

What about Benjamin Franklin? You know the guy who invented bifocals and created this famous  political cartoon:

If anyone asks Afrocity, which Founding Father her my favorite, you know what she will say?

“All of them”

You betcha!

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AFROCITY

 

Thursday Stitch n’ Bitch: The Declaration of Independents January 14, 2010

Official Tea Party Movement Symbol

The year 2010 is an anxious time for all, especially Republicans and conservatives. Obama is breaking promises, and there will be plenty of angry folks this year seeking “hopenchange” again but not in the form of a light skinned guy named Barry.   Like many Republicans I am looking forward to kicking some donkey butt in the 2010 elections.  Or at least I thought I was like many Republicans or conservatives or independents…Which is it?  Anyway after a long exchange on my Facebook page with some Tea Party Patriots, I was told that I am an uninformed Republican voter. Who was duped by the Democrats once and now I am being duped by Republicans.  “Third Party is the only way to go”, they said.

And it’s not going to happen either! The elites and the radicals have highjacked our country and they WILL NOT give it back by us dumb ass SHEOPLE voting in a bunch of corrupt REPUBLICANS!”…But if a good candidate were to decide to run on a 3rd party ticket, I would vote for him or her over the other two even if he/she lost and all of you gave me shit over it. I voted for Perot 2x, but not a 3rd party since because there was no strong runner. WE NEED NEW BLOOD! A WASHINGTON OUTSIDER! THAT ISN’T BOUGHT OR FINANCED BY ANYONE BUT THE PEOPLE!”

“I’m going to be the odd man out here. We have a Marxist because of the 2 party system as it currently operates. Nobody can deny it. The GOP is ‘almost ‘ as corrupt as the Democrats.And if the polls hold on the question of a “Tea Party” having a candidate in a three way race, the TP is smoking the GOP. So just who is splitting the vote. AS for… See More me I am not voting for Republicans. I may vote for a conservative who is a Republican- maybe.”

I just lost all respect for Palin. F*ck the two party system! It sucks major ass! Parties are un-American. We’re not supposed to have them. Parties are for democracies. We’re not a democracy. We’re a republic. Parties have no place in republics. In a republic, politicians are supposed to be non-partisan aka independent. Republicans and Democrats are BOTH taking us down the wrong path. I only align myself with the Constitution!”

Afrocity is not so sure about a third party movement...even if it were a Tea Party

Yes, Obama failed many particularly those who voted for him.

Bush failed many as well. Let’s not lie about that granted it is not fair for the liberals to continue to use “Bush’s fault” as an excuse for everything under the sun.

But does this all mean that we adopt a third party?Because for the last 9 years we have elected flawed leaders  to our nation’s highest office?

The independents seem to think so.

First let’s take a look at what Obama promised and did not deliver. Does it have more to do with him and his character than the Democratic Party in itself? The answer is yes and no. The Democrats chose the wrong nominee as the Republicans did in 2000.  Every party is capable of the bait and switch described by Karl Rove in this article in the Wall Street Journal:

JANUARY 13, 2010,

The President’s Bait-and-Switch Operation

Which campaign promises has he kept?

By Karl Rove

“Americans learned last year that President Obama discards campaign promises like most people discard used Kleenex. Among the pledges he cast aside were reducing the deficit, reining in federal spending, not allowing lobbyists to work in his administration, increasing taxes only on those who make more than $250,000, and opposing “government-run health care” because it is “extreme.”
This year, Mr. Obama is picking up where he left off.
Consider presidential signing statements. Since Andrew Jackson, presidents of both parties have told Congress that while they are signing a bill into law, they intend to ignore specific provisions because they involve unconstitutional restrictions on the executive branch or are otherwise problematic.

A president’s power to do this springs from his oath of office, through which each new chief executive promises to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.”
Because of Washington’s hyperpartisan atmosphere, President George W. Bush drew heated criticism from Democrats for his signing statements. Among his toughest critics was Barack Obama, who in a questionnaire for the Boston Globe in 2007 accused Mr. Bush of “clear abuse” in using signing statements “to avoid enforcing certain provisions . . . the President does not like.” He promised not to use signing statements to “nullify or undermine congressional instructions as enacted into law.”
Yet Mr. Obama started issuing signing statements shortly after taking office. Democratic Reps. Barney Frank and David Obey called him out on it in a letter to the White House complaining that they were “chagrined” that Mr. Obama was issuing signing statements.
Recently, the Obama administration admitted that after receiving the letter from Messrs. Frank and Obey, it stopped the practice. But the president still has aides examine each bill to identify provisions the administration will disregard. It’s just that Team Obama isn’t telling Congress which provisions it is ignoring. It’s right for him to defend the office of the presidency. The problem is that he is doing it in a way that violates his own standards of transparency and accountability.

It was always puzzling to me as to why any logical person would believe anything that oozed from Barack Obama’s mouth.  His previous record and experience never proved anything beyond his reputation for securing one position and shortly thereafter  running for another position of higher profile before accomplishing anything of real importance. Liberals often love to brand Sarah Palin as a quitter because she resigned as Alaska’s governor before her term was finished.  No one recalls that Obama was only the Senator of Illinois for a short time before he ran for POTUS.  While a valid argument could be waged that Obama’s actions do not exactly constitute quitting , still closer attention should be paid to the motives behind his leaving his Illinois senate seat after accomplishing nothing.  Sarah left office to unburden the people of Alaska with a lame duck and ever growing law suits against the state by greedy mean-spirits and opportunists.  Obama ran for president because…. Oh I forgot, Michelle Obama supplied us with that answer:

“Barack is one of the smartest people you will ever encounter who will deign to enter this messy thing called politics.”

According to Webster, the definition of deign is: condescend: do something that one considers to be below one’s dignity.  Oh gee thanks Barry.  You see we should be thankful that  God sent Barack Obama to us. Now we can be delivered unto the Promised Land. That was Obama’s motive, to give us the gift of his wisdom. To get in our faces.

"Back of Bus" cartoon by Erin Bonsteel from "American Thinker"

Karl Rove continues:

“This hypocrisy has not gotten much attention. But another act of duplicity has. During his campaign, Mr. Obama pledged that any negotiations on health-care legislation would be broadcast on C-SPAN, “so the American people can see what the choices are,” and not conducted behind closed doors. “Such public negotiations,” he said, were “the antidote” to “overcoming the special interests and the lobbyists who . . . will resist anything that we try to do.”

Internet publisher Andrew Breitbart collected videotape of Mr. Obama making the same promise eight different times in 2007 and 2008—evidence that this was not a hasty or ill-considered pledge. It was supposed to epitomize the “change” that was at the core of the Obama campaign.

Now, however, the final negotiations on health-care reform are being conducted behind closed doors and there’s no formal legislative conference between the House and Senate, which would guarantee Republicans at least a few seats at the table. This bill is not only being written in secrecy, it is being written by an anonymous group of Democrats. We can therefore throw Mr. Obama’s commitment to bipartisanship onto his mountain of broken promises…”

Here is the video by Breitbart that Karl Rove alludes to:

I am less surprised by the die hard liberals who fell for Obama’s crap than I am by voters who characterize themselves as “independents”.

In 2008,  I helplessly watched as my independent voter friends emerged one by one from Obamabot pods covered in a Kool Aid purple slimy substance.  There are some pretty intelligent thinkers among the independent voting block. Their modes of inquiry into the lives of and motives of presidential candidates are legendary.

So why did they fall for Barack Obama?

And why exactly should Afrocity follow them to the promised tea party land?

I want no misunderstanding here. I admire those who actively participate in the Tea Party Movement. Voices need to be heard. I am amused by it. I love the patriotism that Americans are displaying. Am I politically or emotionally committed to the movement…No.  I am not exactly sure if we need a third party.  I saw what Ralph Nader did for the 2000 presidential election.  In theory,  a multi-party system is very American. George Washington hated political parties. In reality, they can also screw up some really great elections and in 2012, I do not want our country to end up with a second term for Barack Obama. Thus I do not quite understand why some anti-Obama voters would want to support third party candidates during the 2010 and 2012 elections. Aren’t we playing right into the liberals hands?

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AFROCITY




 

Conservative Ladies Night On Fox News!!! January 13, 2010

From I Own the World

Uh-oh it is that time. Occulata palingenia haterus moonbats are at it again. Sarah Palin made her debut as a Fox commentator on the O’Reilly Factor last night and fresh off the presses are Palin haters with remarkable mutation stories of her performance. From this article by Baltimore Sun critic David Zurawik:

January 12, 2010

Sarah Palin’s Fox debut: Prime-time propaganda

Sarah Palin and Bill O’Reilly — the only question is how high the ratings will go.

What a pair and what an awful politicization of TV news.

O’Reilly, the highest rated host on cable news TV, introduced the newest star in the Fox News galaxy Tuesday night as a “news analyst.” If what Palin did in her debut is news analysis, I’m the governor of Alaska and I can see Russia from my backyard.

Zurawik’s  “Russia from my backyard” statement pretty much tells you where he is going with his critique.  Down the long and winding mudslinging  road of outdated and rehashed Tina Fey SNL Sarah Palin parody skits.  Wow, how creative and appealing to your readers. What an awful politicization of journalism, huh?Watch your readers slobber with Palin hating delight?  What the article suggests is more of the same liberal bashing and fine tooth combing of Palin.  She will never have a chance with these guys.  The article showcases the not so clever and unoriginal words of a so called TV and pop culture critic for the Baltimore Sun who writes about the “craziness of TV” though the crazy lens of liberal mainstream media.

The readers of the Baltimore Sun should be blessed that  Zurawik’s genius “Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an M.A. in specialized reporting (on popular culture) from the University of Wisconsin” deigned to take on the lowly subject of Sarah Palin.

After all Sarah Palin is an insignificant political is a nobody… right?

Zurawik is such the bigger person, not former governor of Alaska with the powers of persuasion to rally hundreds of thousands, raise five children including one who is special needs, and land a contract with the nation’s most highly rated cable news channel.  I will spare you Zurawik’s blow by blow account of Palin’s conversation with O’Reilly and let you see and hear the exchange as it appeared on Fox News:

Zurawik continues:

“In the language of television, that exchange was a perfect interview pas de deux, with Palin sounding intelligent and reasonable with all the “perhaps-es” and the “quites,” while O’Reilly deftly introduced the outrageous notion that Pelosi is “crazy” — and somehow made it seem like it is a widely held belief.

What a cart and pony show. O’Reilly is a TV master, Palin’s a TV player, and together they are going to bring orgiastic TV delight to right-wing viewers. I think I actually heard Nielsen People Meters exploding on TV sets in the more affluent suburbs of Baltimore last night when these two really got going.

I will spare you the scenario of O’Reilly teeing up old sad sack Harry Reid so that Palin could talk about her lifelong commitment to “diversity” and how indefensible she found Reid’s comments about the color of Obama’s skin.”

Really Mr. Zurawik?  You will “spare us that”? Gee why? Could it be because Harry Reid’s comments were indefensible? Oh I forgot Harry Reid is a Democrat, so lets just hold our hope n’ change noses in the air while that big smelly liberal hypocrisy fart bomb dissipates into see no liberal evil, hear no liberal evil la la land.

Nah, he ain't racist. He's my liberal brutha.

“I will also spare you the show-trial-like give-and-take play acting they did with O’Reilly quoting or replaying bad things that were said about Palin on “60 Minutes” so that she could call them “b.s.” or label them one-by-one a “lie” and then try to rewrite what she said — just as she did in her book “Going Rogue.”

I must briefly mention, however, the way O’Reilly helped her promote a Tea Party event at which she will be the featured speaker — and the way he tried to defend her receiving payment for the appearance. I must because I really hate it when O’Reilly uses TV this way to promote partisan events.

I will also share what she had to say about Obama’s sinking poll numbers: “Of course, they’re sinking.  It was just a matter of time before more of that reflection of the people’s uncomfortableness that they feel towards this administration is manifesting in these poll numbers,” she said. “… There is an obvious disconnect between President Obama and the White House, what they are doing to our economy and what they are doing in terms of not allowing Americans to feel as safe as we had felt…”

I forgot how Palin speaks in a grammar and syntax unlike anyone else on this planet, but you get the idea. And I’ll tell you what: In a protected TV environment like the one Fox and O’Reilly skillfully provided for her Tuesday night, I think she could be a red-hot ratings winner. And the country and our political conversation are going to be the poorer for it.

I can only imagine what kind of power these two might come to wield in the elections of 2010. This is not news analysis. This is TV as political propaganda.”

Ah, beware of the conservative sirens of Fox News. Flashing their shiny hair and pro-life smiles. Gunning for your liberal ways.  How dare FOX make you watch them.  How dare they! You are just minding your own business reading Mother Jones magazine, sitting on your organic milk crates stolen from the Trader Joe’s,  munching on dehydrated apricots and hemp granola, just minding your own business when something compels you to turn on FOX News and watch Sarah Palin. Oh, God pray to Saint Olbermann and Matthews.

I can only imagine what kind of power these two might come to wield in the elections of 2010″

Now that is hilarious. Sarah Palin obviously makes Zurawik have nightmares.

Concerning her appearance on O’Reilly, it was Sarah Palin’s first outing as a commentator on FOX News. O’Reilly was doing more of an orientation in my view. The same thing he did with John Stossel and Lou Dobbs when they were on his show.   O’Reilly is not the only FOX News venue Palin will appear on, so rest easy, you will have plenty of hate candy to chew on in all sorts of formats while viewing your FOX favorites.

Sarah and Sean.

Sarah and Greta.

Sarah and Chris Wallace.

Sarah with Fox N’ Friends.

Sarah sitting on Charles Krauthammer’s lap…

In fact she will appear on the Glenn Beck Program this afternoon.  Don’t forget to bring your Obama pillow and copy of Strunk and White. You must use that PhD. in American Studies for something besides maintaining tenure at the Baltimore Sun.

And if you Palin haters still have a  size extra small condom wrapper left, you may be interested in Ann Coulter’s slap down of Al Sharpton on Hannity which also aired Tuesday night.  Of course, as the honorable mouthpiece for the entire black community, Rev. Sharpton’s credibility’s rating is in negative digits but someone please archive this interview so we can tell him to shut the hell up the next time he brings up a racist cartoon or white person walking by a black church with a bucket of fried chicken in the near future.

And no liberal politicians, it is not okay to only call Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev.  Jesse Jackson the next time a racist flag is pinned on on the tail of a DNC jackass. YOU MUST CALL OR TEXT EVERY BLACK PERSON IN AMERICA.  What if I don’t attend their church? How will you know what I am thinking? How will you know that I have accepted your empty apology?

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY

 

Blackhanded Compliments: Plenty of Room at the Shelter for Battered Liberals January 12, 2010

Have you ever been slapped in the face by the most wonderful compliment?

There you were minding your own business and BOOM. Ka-pow !!!  You were bitch slapped with a compliment. It was so beautiful and star appeared before your eyes.  You were so mesmerized by its sheer generosity that you hardly noticed the black eye you had the next morning.

Sad and shameful is the black liberal attempt to drive home the point that Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) is on the right side of history.

I recall with some crystal clear clarity that it was a year ago when the liberals were in an uproar over comments which alluded to Barack Obama as the “Magic Negro”.

The hunt for racists continued with Rev Al Sharpton’s tirade against the monkey cartoon which appeared in the New York Post.

Now as Democrats rush to squash media attention on Harry Reid’s unfortunate words, this latest chapter in liberal hypocrisy only serves as a further demonstration in the danger of identity politics. Some group is always going to get hurt while hoping their needs will be met. When hurt does occur, they keep coming back for more and more and more.

Black America has come to accept the worse from the Democratic Party.   Like a secret society, liberals like Harry Reid can say that our president is the “Magic Negro” .  That is okay because Harry is down with our history and he is one of our peeps.   This characteristic of African Americans is in keeping with the unspoken rule that only blacks can call other blacks the “N-word”.

“What’s up my nigga?”

Harry Reid’s comment was certainly welcome by the liberals as a compliment…

My, my, my the topsy turvy definitions of racism we weave.  From my first hearing of the Harry Reid light skinned comments, I immediately recognized them as racist which fall into the “well meaning white people” category.  Only someone who is arrogant, ignorant or both would perceive Reid’s comments as a compliment.  I should know, I was one of those people. I was ignorant.  During a work situation, in which a Caucasian colleague was assessing my potential, I was referred to as “articulate” Being the daughter of a woman possessing only a GED and a monthly welfare check, I smiled and lapped up my “compliment” Afrocity had arrived.

A white person said I was articulate.

I was not ghetto like the lessor blacks.

I am educated. I have a masters degree damn it and white people notice me. I am sorta young (ahem), gifted and black!!!

Articulate Afrocity was queen of the mainstream white world!!!!  Until a colleague of color informed me of my erroneous black thought patterns.

“Afrocity,” she implored. “That was not a compliment. It implies that you speak well for a black woman while other blacks are ignorant hood rats. It was a pat on the back for being educated- something that every person should be.”

My colleague’s version made perfect sense.  I felt like an idiot.  Selfish with the cocaine like powder of compliment whoring all over my mouth.

From the " Far Side"

She continued, “Think about it. Do you ever hear white people telling other white people that they are articulate?”

Good point. I never ever heard a white person give that particular compliment to anyone except when referring to a person of color.  Shame continued to grip me as I recalled every moment that I did not correct someone for giving me compliments such as the following:

“Afrocity, I am so glad that you are not like other black people. You don’t sound ghetto.”

“Why do you act like a white person?”

“Afrocity is black but I don’t think she knows it.”

“You are the only black person I can be friends with because you don’t act like a nigger.”

“Afrocity, you are proof that all blacks need is a good education and to stop acting black.”

“How come your skin color is so nice and not all black and chalky?”

“Afrocity when I call someone a nigger, I don’t mean you because you are special and different- not like other blacks”

Yes, readers these are all actual statements made to me during my life. Statements in which I was somewhat inclined to speak out against but remained silent because after all they were complimenting me. I was different from other black folk. A treasure among whites who were tired of hearing about black on black crime, teenage pregnancy, and the rising high school drop out rates among black youth.  I was a “Magic Negro”.

"And He's Clean Too"  cartoon by Stilton Jarlsberg at Hope n' Change Cartoons.com

"And He's Clean Too" cartoon by Stilton Jarlsberg, Hope n' Change Cartoons.com

In each case, the compliment giver was someone who like Harry Reid, was “on the right side of history”.

All except one, was a liberal Democrat. They stood alongside me at Bill Clinton rally’s.  I was their only black friend and that made me special.  I was teaching them silently that blacks were not all alike.

I was wrong.

Now I know better. What I do not understand is why President Barack Obama does not know better.

When one is abused and so used to hearing derogatory comments, sometimes we are not aware when we are being verbally beat down.  Someone is kind to you.  They give you food and shelter. Nevermind if they step on your tail from time to time. They did not mean it. They are on the right side of your history.  You defend them when they deserve a sharp tongue, chastising them and saying they cannot and should not speak to you in that manner.

You lash out at the likes of GOP chairman Michael Steel.  “That brutha is not with the program. Republicans are not on the right side of history.”

Liberal women are no stranger to battered liberal syndrome. Sarah Palin was a shock to their culture of brow beating conservatives for sexism while turning the other cheek when such transgressions were made by liberal men like Bill “Bubba” Clinton. Nevermind that your “on the right side” of feminist history Svengali master DNC was kicking the shit out of Hillary Clinton when she ran against Barack Obama during the primaries. You dressed your wounds in laughs at lipstick on a pig comments.

Liberals when will you ever learn that racism means racism and sexism means sexism.

Understand the difference between party loyalty and co-dependency.

Start a  publicity campaign against  “Silence of the Libs”.  Help conservatives and liberals fight racism and sexism.

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY

 

Mirror, Mirror, On Washington Mall, Who is the Blackest of them All? January 11, 2010

Blago and Obama. Blago says he is "blacker than Barack Obama". Photo from Chicago Tribune.

Now that the Democrats are in agreement that President Barack Obama is light skinned and speaks non Negro dialect, their next  paramount theoretical task is to decide which DNC jackass is really the dark horse (so to speak).

From this article in the Chicago Tribune.  Blago claims he is “blacker than Barack Obama”.

Blagojevich apologizes for Obama remark

January 11, 2010 8:25

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is apologizing this morning for saying in an Esquire magazine interview that he is “blacker than Barack Obama.”

In a radio interview this morning, he called his remarks “a stupid thing to say,” according to his public relations firm. He was also to make a public apology outside his Ravenswood Manor home this morning.

In the magazine interview, Blagojevich also said he  was a real person in a political arena dominated by phonies.

Blagojevich, referring to the president as “this guy,” said Obama was elected based simply on hope.

“What the (expletive)? Everything he’s saying’s on the teleprompter,” Blagojevich told the magazine for a story in its February issue, which hits newsstands Jan. 19.

“I’m blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived,” Blagojevich said. “I saw it all growing up.”

The White House refused to comment.

It is worth remarking at this time, that as pathetic as Blago’s comments were, this is what Barack Obama deserves. He allowed his constituents to play the racism card during his election. He allows his supporters to play the racism card now.

Barack Obama uses his blackness like a rented tuxedo. As it happens, I was offended by many of Barack Obama’s statements as a person of color. I was also offended by the things he said about Hillary Clinton during the primary as a woman.  A crucial corrective is needed here.  Somehow it never registered with Obama that if you treat your ethnicity and race like a product—a thing—it will in turn do the same thing to you.

When you look at Obama’s experience and leadership abilities, the fabric of this man, what else is there except the historic moment and teleprompter enhanced speaking abilities.

For me, being black is just a part of who I am. I will never let it be the only thing I am.

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY

 

Sunday Soliloquy: “Better to starve free than be a fat slave” January 10, 2010

In keeping with Senator Harry Reid’s “unfortunate comment”  concerning Barack Obama… I would like to begin my Sunday Soliloquy by saying – tis I, Afrocity, your favorite medium skin toned articulate Negro conservative blogger.

I am just keeping things real here. After all I do possess a masters degree and that qualifies me as a well spoken Negro. My conservative acquaintances say that to me all of the time you know. Not true. The only time I have been labeled as articulate has been by a liberal who was praising me for doing what all people should do–speaking well.  And it is good to know that Harry Reid believes that our president is a well spoken Negro- an articulate boy.

From this article in the Chicago Tribune:

Obama accepts Reid’s apology for ‘unfortunate comment,’ says ‘the book is closed’ on matter

Associated Press Writer

January 10, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP)Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid apologized on Saturday for saying the race of Barack Obama — whom he described as a “light skinned” African-American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one” — would help rather than hurt his eventual presidential bid.

Obama quickly accepted, saying “As far as I am concerned, the book is closed.” Reid, facing a tough re-election bid this year, spent the day telephoning civil rights leaders and fellow Democrats in hopes of mitigating the political damage.

The revelations about Reid’s 2008 comments were included in the book “Game Change” by Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin and New York magazine’s John Heilemann. The behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 campaign that elevated Obama to the White House is based on the writers’ interviews with more than 200 sources, most of whom were granted anonymity and thus much of the material could not be immediately corroborated.

The Democrats do so much for women and minorities that we decided that the male restrooms at the next DNC convention should display a suitable decor.

Of course, Obama accepted Senator Reid’s apology.  Dirty Harry could never be a racist. Harry was not “acting stupidly”.  Harry does not deserve a  Beer Summit . Harry was the only guy to call the GOP out on their slavery health care plan. Harry is a Democrat so he must love black people.

Ah, the Democratic Party. Embellished with the hues and textures of the American multi-racial landscape. Historic condemners of the institution known as slavery…NOT…That was actually the Republicans. Ah, who cares? That was then this is now.  Let’s not dwell on  the Democrats and their  past transgressions against African Americans.  So what if the Klu Klux Klan’s founding members were firmly rooted in the Democratic Party and Woodrow Wilson was one of  the most racist presidents ever. That is all erased and forgiven now.

There is a 2010 DNC special on smoked black butt. Organic and Corn Fed. No Hormones used. Killed playing classical music in the background.

The Democrats embrace such underprivileged forms as women and blacks, gays and transgendered.  A regular Mother Jones personified by introducing civil rights legislation during the 1950’s and 60’s …Well that is not exactly true.

From this post on Black and Right.com

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

September 24, 1957
Sparking criticism from Democrats such as Senators John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, President Dwight Eisenhower deploys the 82nd Airborne Division to Little Rock, AR to force Democrat Governor Orval Faubus to integrate public schools

May 6, 1960
President Dwight Eisenhower signs Republicans’ Civil Rights Act of 1960, overcoming 125-hour, around-the-clock filibuster by 18 Senate Democrats

May 2, 1963
Republicans condemn Democrat sheriff of Birmingham, AL for arresting over 2,000 African-American schoolchildren marching for their civil rights

September 29, 1963
Gov. George Wallace (D-AL) defies order by U.S. District Judge Frank Johnson, appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower, to integrate Tuskegee High School

June 9, 1964
Republicans condemn 14-hour filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act by U.S. Senator and former Ku Klux Klansman Robert Byrd (D-WV), who still serves in the Senate

August 4, 1965
Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) overcomes Democrat attempts to block 1965 Voting Rights Act; 94% of Senate Republicans vote for landmark civil right legislation, while 27% of Democrats oppose. Voting Rights Act of 1965, abolishing literacy tests and other measures devised by Democrats to prevent African-Americans from voting, signed into law; higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats vote in favor

February 19, 1976
President Gerald Ford formally rescinds President Franklin Roosevelt’s notorious Executive Order authorizing internment of over 120,000 Japanese-Americans during WWII

September 15, 1981
President Ronald Reagan establishes the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to increase African-American participation in federal education programs

June 29, 1982
President Ronald Reagan signs 25-year extension of 1965 Voting Rights Act

August 10, 1988
President Ronald Reagan signs Civil Liberties Act of 1988, compensating Japanese-Americans for deprivation of civil rights and property during World War II internment ordered by FDR

November 21, 1991
President George H. W. Bush signs Civil Rights Act of 1991 to strengthen federal civil rights legislation

August 20, 1996
Bill authored by U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY) to prohibit racial discrimination in adoptions, part of Republicans’ Contract With America, becomes law

Picturesque are the living memories of liberal acceptance. Democrats skipping hand and hand through the bohemian streets of New York’s Upper Westside, spitting obscenities at conservative Palin supporters marching through.

Peace and love and happiness for all. I thank God …ooops I mean Allah for the Democrats who transformed the slave shipwrecked lives of my people. They think so much of us.

I thank Senator Reid for challenging the standard interpretation of a token. Before learning of his comments about light-skinned Barack Obama, we African American conservatives believed that only Republicans of color would benefit from being labeled as partisan tokens and Uncle Tom’s. It is good to see that Democrats believe in equal opportunity tokenism too. I knew they would. With remarkable clarity, Democrats continue to show redneck Republican bigots how elite liberal culture can institute real “hope and change”.

What a relief that the fight against closeted tokenism is now moving more or less from the right to the left side of the political spectrum. And of course as demonstrated by this comment from a Chicago Tribune reader, most liberals agree:

I read the remarks twice and cannot understand why the apology was necessary. There was nothing untruthful or deragatory in his remarks. He was making a political assessment of the president’s description and traits in the context of image as a candidate – no ethnic slurs or slang names. “

“I am tired of having to tiptoe around black people.

There you have it. Thanks to liberals we are officially in the midst of “post-racial America”.

Autographed Letter Signed,

Medium-skinned no Negro dialect speaking Afrocity

June 10, 1964
Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) criticizes Democrat filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act, calls on Democrats to stop opposing racial equality. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was introduced and approved by a staggering majority of Republicans in the Senate. The Act was opposed by most southern Democrat senators, several of whom were proud segregationists—one of them being Al Gore Sr. Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson relied on Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen, the Republican leader from Illinois, to get the Act passed.

August 4, 1965
Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) overcomes Democrat attempts to block 1965 Voting Rights Act; 94% of Senate Republicans vote for landmark civil right legislation, while 27% of Democrats oppose. Voting Rights Act of 1965, abolishing literacy tests and other measures devised by Democrats to prevent African-Americans from voting, signed into law; higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats vote in favor

February 19, 1976
President Gerald Ford formally rescinds President Franklin Roosevelt’s notorious Executive Order authorizing internment of over 120,000 Japanese-Americans during WWII

September 15, 1981
President Ronald Reagan establishes the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to increase African-American participation in federal education programs

June 29, 1982
President Ronald Reagan signs 25-year extension of 1965 Voting Rights Act

August 10, 1988
President Ronald Reagan signs Civil Liberties Act of 1988, compensating Japanese-Americans for deprivation of civil rights and property during World War II internment ordered by FDR

November 21, 1991
President George H. W. Bush signs Civil Rights Act of 1991 to strengthen federal civil rights legislation

August 20, 1996
Bill authored by U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY) to prohibit racial discrimination in adoptions, part of Republicans’ Contract With America, becomes law

 

Thursday Stitch N’ Bitch: Obama Speeches are worth pennies on the Square Foot. January 7, 2010

It is easy to remember this iconic You Tube video of the young Obama supporter who believed that Barry’s election to POTUS would mean that she would not have to worry about  paying her mortgage:

Little did she know that Obama’s historic election and the economic downturn which continued to ensue afterwards would lead to a revision of what Americans saw as “home”.  Personally, I have never been a homeowner. There were certainly times when I wanted to be one but living in expensive cities like New York City, Chicago and graduate school in Boston kept me financially out of the real estate market.  At times, I was obsessive about owning. I felt like a failure for not paying a monthly mortgage- at least a mortgage that belonged to me and not the landlord I was paying $2650 a month to for my Upper Westside apartment in Manhattan.  Being a home owner is the “American Dream” and I am not with it.

This unified narrative that “home ownership is the American way” played out in the form of envious tension within my friendships. I admit to a jealous wince  here and there whenever a friend announced “We just bought a new home”.  Granted they often lived in Hinky Dink, USA aka the “burbs” . Still, It was something to call their own while I was writing monthly checks to Ackbar Goldstein for my 500 square foot haven just blocks from Fairway and Urban Outfitters.  I pay dearly for my city living.  I shamelessly stored my Christmas items in boxes in plain sight with only a nice sari cloth thrown over them.  Those boxes doubled as seating for my guests when I dared to have a party with 14 people in my UWS box apartment.  New Yorkers understood me. Hell at 500 square feet, my place was a mansion to several of my friends who lived in apartments that equated to a walk in closet by suburban standards.  Afrocity was a lucky girl in NYC and now that I have moved up to a $1850 a month 920 square footer!!!

I am a lifetime renter. I accept it and I embrace my failure at achieving the American Dream.

Now that I have admitted to my loserdom, it might seem almost twisted that I smiled when I saw this bit of news in today’s Wall Street Journal:

U.S. Now a Renters’ Market

With Apartment-Vacancy Rate at 30-Year High, Landlords Cut Prices 3% in 2009

January 7, 2010

By NICK TIMIRAOS

Apartment vacancies hit a 30-year high in the fourth quarter, and rents fell as landlords scrambled to retain existing tenants and attract new ones.

The vacancy rate ended the year at 8%, the highest level since Reis Inc., a New York research firm that tracks vacancies and rents in the top 79 U.S. markets, began its tally in 1980.

Rents fell 3% last year, according to Reis, led by declines in San Jose, Calif., Seattle, San Francisco and other cities that had brisk growth until the recession.

In New York City, the vacancy rate improved by 0.1 percentage point for the second straight quarter, but around 60% of rental buildings dropped their rents in the fourth quarter from the previous quarter. Effective rents — which include concessions such as one month of free rent — fell 5.6% in New York last year, the worst since Reis began tracking the data in 1990.

Landlords now must entice tenants to renew leases. “We’ll shampoo their carpets. We’ll paint accent walls. We’ll add Starbucks cards,” said Richard Campo, chief executive of Camden Property Trust, a Houston-based real-estate investment trust that owns 63,000 units. He said the first half of 2010 should be “pretty ugly,” but was optimistic the sector would pick up later in the year.

Few markets have been spared. During the fourth quarter, vacancies increased in 52 markets, while they improved in 17 and stayed flat in 10. Vacancies increased most sharply for the year in Tucson, Ariz.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Lexington, Ky.

Vacancies are tied to unemployment, because many would-be renters move in with family members or double up during a downturn. Apartments have been squeezed because younger workers, who are more likely to rent, have experienced the brunt of job losses during the downturn.

Afrocity does not want to come to the abrubt conclusion that she is actually living the American Dream now that she is a renter.  I should feel sad about this. Renting is a gamble at long odds. Often renters are at the mercy of landlords who take advantage of tenants.  In NYC my rent increased one year from $2100 a month to $2400.  Then there are times when renters come out on top. But when we do, it usually means that the American Dream is a nightmare for someone else.


My revenge seemed less kind as I watched an infomercial last week on a local Chicago TV station for auctions of foreclosed and “short sale” homes. It looks like we are all losers in the real estate game.

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY



 

Liberal Roadkill Diaries: To Thine Own Self Be Backstabbing January 6, 2010

Fall guys often play important roles in the liberal political arena. Especially when there is a threatening army of ever so lowering poll numbers.

From this article in CBS New

January 6, 2010 10:12 AM

Chris Dodd’s Retirement: The Good and the Bad News for Democrats

By Stephanie Condo

Sen. Chris Dodd’s retirement is likely to be a blessing for Democrats in Connecticut, but could signal a rough road ahead for incumbent Democrats up for re-election this year, analysts and commentators are saying.

The five-term Democrat is expected to announce at Noon today that he will not seek re-election this year, facing poor polling numbers that began to sink two years ago amid his bid for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, his connections to a controversial mortgage loan program and his high profile role as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.

Dodd’s retirement could prove to be a good thing for Democrats, as the 2010 Connecticut Senate race was shaping up to be a referendum of his record.

“Without Dodd as a foil, Republicans chances of taking over a seat in this solidly blue state are considerably diminished,” wrote Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post, who broke the news. “Former Rep. Rob Simmons and wealthy businesswoman Linda McMahon are battling it out for the Republican nod but either would start as an underdog in a general election matchup with [Attorney General Richard] Blumenthal.”

Sounds like a plan Democrats. Liberal vultures circle the weak and fallen, pressure them to retire so the strong can run against Republican opponents or at the very least intimidate them to the point of dropping out of the race. Take Chicago’s predicament. Democrat lifer Mayor Daley’s future is swinging over a sea of sharks. The weakest chapter in his current term includes failing to get the Olympics for Chicago, staggering murder rates, and sales tax at 10.25%.  Billy Boy is not the most popular guy in the city so I not surprised with the emergence of this piece of news about Rahm Emanuel:

From this article at The Swamp

Photo of Rahm Emanuel when he was a ballet dancer.

Emanuel, Chicago mayor? Sally Quinn

January 5, 2010 11:15 AM
The Swamp

by Mark Silva

Rahm Emanuel, the irrepressible White House chief of staff and former congressman from Chicago responsible for that “thumpin”’ that Republicans took in the House elections of 2006, the one who might have liked to be speaker of the House some day, could have other aspirations back home.

So says Sally Quinn, the veteran columnist of the Washington Post. Other, more knowledgeable handicappers of the Chicago political scene doubt this scenario seriously.

The Obama administration, for its part, maintains that Emanuel is “100 percent focused on the job at hand – serving President Obama as his chief of staff,” in the words of a White House aide today.

Quinn mentioned the Chicago mayoral option today, deep within a look at recent machinations within the Obama White House, where a new general counsel, Bob Bauer, has taken office, following Emanuel’s clash with the past counsel, Greg Craig, and where three uninvited guests showed up at a State Dinner.

Emanuel posed for a picture with the first of the known gate-crashers, Tareq and Michaele Salahi. In the aftermath of that event, Quinn writes, it will be hard to defend the continuing service of White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, another Chicagoan.

“Emanuel, the most political animal in this town, also should understand that keeping Rogers on as social secretary reflects upon the president’s judgment. It’s possible that he has other considerations,” Quinn writes today. “Emanuel is said to have told people that the chief-of-staff role is an 18-month job and that he is considering a run for mayor of Chicago. And Rogers is a major social and political player in the Windy City.”

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s term is up in early 2011. Daley has not said whether he will seek re-election, our colleague Rick Pearson, the Tribune’s chief political writer, notes. Daley’s popularity has suffered with the privatization of parking meters, a tough economy and the loss of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. His wife also is in ill health. The question of seeking re-election is open to question, but he may well do so in the absence of a legitimate challenger.

Whoa! Slow down the “hope mobile”. Sure you Democrats may have a plan but you forgot something. An important ingredient. Indeed Americans are fed up with the likes of Chris Dodd and Mayor Daley. But we are also fed up with tax and spend liberals as a whole. Your plan may work. I doubt it. When I look at what the Democrats as a party have to offer voters, it is regrettably less satisfying. I was once a Democrat. At the moment and current state of the party, I am ashamed that I ever was. You are unrecognizable to me and millions of others. You would be a stronger party with more consideration of what the American people wanted. Instead you are just a shell which houses moonbats, tax raisers, crooks, and elitist pigs. Your thin effort to salvage the 2010 elections will most likely fail. Once again Democrats, it is about the people and the country not you.

Get a clue.

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY

 

Who Needs U.S. Sovereignty??:White House Amending Executive Order 12425 January 5, 2010

Sometimes while we are whooping up holiday cheer and sipping eggnog, someone is robbing us blind and slowly chipping away at our rights.

I wanted to alert my readers about a little executive order passed by the Obama administration over the holidays which amends Executive Order 12425. The order gives  increased powers to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) to investigate the US agencies such as the FBI for national security.  Executive order 12425 was originally signed in 1983 by then President Ronald Reagan which placed restrictions upon INTERPOL. Now because of Obama’s new amendments, INTERPOL can dodge the Freedom of Information Act.

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
December 17, 2009

Executive Order — Amending Executive Order 12425

EXECUTIVE ORDER
- – - – - – -
AMENDING EXECUTIVE ORDER 12425 DESIGNATING INTERPOL
AS A PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION ENTITLED TO
ENJOY CERTAIN PRIVILEGES, EXEMPTIONS, AND IMMUNITIES

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 1 of the International Organizations Immunities Act (22 U.S.C. 288), and in order to extend the appropriate privileges, exemptions, and immunities to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), it is hereby ordered that Executive Order 12425 of June 16, 1983, as amended, is further amended by deleting from the first sentence the words “except those provided by Section 2(c), Section 3, Section 4, Section 5, and Section 6 of that Act” and the semicolon that immediately precedes them.

BARACK OBAMA

Bob Owens at Pajamas Media.Com had this to say about the order:

The consensus opinion among those commenting on this development is that the most radical president in American history seems to be intent on submitting American citizens to the whims of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Previous administrations have been very leery of signing onto agreements that would make citizens susceptible to the ICC, due to the possibility that U.S. servicemen could be dragged into show war crimes trials. Such events are obviously heavily politicized, and demands for war crimes arrests can come from any government, even those that sponsor terrorism or genocide themselves.

No finer point can be made about the endemic problems of the INTERPOL/ICC than that made by a recent diplomatic incident that erupted in Great Britain, where an Israeli government official had to cancel travel plans to England because of an arrest warrant issued by an English judge — because of Iranian charges of Israeli war crimes in Gaza. The brief but intense conflict was one Iran helped instigate, as the Persians supplied the terrorists in Gaza with the rockets they used against Israeli civilians, triggering an inevitable Israeli response.

If President Obama and his radical allies in the Democratic leadership have their way, American soldiers could presumably be brought up on charges as war criminals by enemy nations and marked for arrest and deportation by an international police force on American soil. They would face charges in a foreign land without the constitutional protections they fought and bled to protect. The White House seems to be on the bewildering path of giving al-Qaeda terrorists who murder innocent women and children more legal protection than the very soldiers that risk their lives trying to bring terrorists to justice…

Cartoon from American Thinker, drawn by Miguel Guanipa


Thank you President Obama for always putting our country first (snark).

Autographed Letter Signed,
AFROCITY

 

 
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