My man AverageBro outdid the media this weekend with "What Happens When A Liberal Black Man Goes To Glenn Beck's 'I Have A Dream, Too' Speech?!?" his take on the "Restoring Honor" rally Glenn Beck held in D.C. on Saturday. His "black man on the scene" pieces are some of his best work, combining a no nonsense format with pithy commentary and an abundance of photo links so well you feel like you were at the event yourself.
Common sense would tell you a liberal black man has no business at a Glenn Beck/Sarah Palin rally. And that's exactly why I went. Here are my random observations, with lots and lots of photos.

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I watched some of the rally on TV myself, and have already put my two cents in over at Big Think on how Glenn Beck failure to be King for a day. The worst thing in the world, if you are trying to watch an event where the main activity is speaking, is attempting to watch this on a talking head channel, where the reporters try to tell you what the person is saying WHILE THEY ARE SAYING IT behind them on the screen. C-Span is the only way to go on these things, which makes AverageBro's account all the more valuable.

He chronicled the crowd size better than any TV anchor:

As much as I dislike everything these folks stand for, there's no need to knock the crowd size. Beck brought em' out. The Mall was relatively packed from the Lincoln Memorial to the WW2 Memorial. This was impressive, and I overheard quite a few people saying "this is more than Obama got". That's obviously silly. The inauguration crowd was probably 10 times bigger at least, stretching from the US Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial and beyond. I was there, I know. Still, getting 150,000 (my guesstimate, not scientifically proven) people to show up for lousy speeches on an 90 degree day is impressive nonetheless. Heck, I showed up, so I can't talk. CBS says 87,000 people showed up. I'll take their word for it.

Gave a realistic idea of the number of black people in attendance:

...if you ask me to count the number of blacks who appeared to be there specifically to partake in the rally itself, the number was pretty meager. Seriously. And I walked around probably 2/3 of the Mall/event area over the course of my 5 hours out there. Trust me, I was looking and counting like this post depended on it. If I've gotta give you a total number, I'd guess less than 100. There were probably more blacks onstage singing and giving speeches than in the crowd itself.

And provided an intimate description of the atmosphere:

Every now and then some guy would walk over and pat me on the back (as if to say "See, we welcome black folks too! The Tea Party isn't racist!) out of nowhere, which felt strangely condescending. I got random smiles from others. I also got my fair share of paranoid "Is he an infiltrator" looks, especially when I was taking photos. Just for sh*ts and giggles, I also sometimes passed myself off as a Beck supporter, an was able to get good photos of some truly ignorant t-shirts. But I was mostly just ignored.

Between this "man on the scene" account, and the "#beck" twitter feed, it was like D.C. had come to my kitchen table right here in the ATL.





I was supposed to post these tweets I culled from the "#Beck" tweet stream during Beckapalooza in D.C. yesterday, but day old tweets should still be okay, especially when they are this funny.

I guess I'm not a real Twitterer, since I've never sent a tweet from my phone, but the only way I can make any sense of it all is by using Tweetdeck on my laptop, where everything is nice and big so I can see it.

In any case, out of all the tweets that were distinctive enough for me to retweet on Saturday, these are my choices for top 25 tweets and retweets. I'm sure somebody smarter than me could track down the original tweeters of the retweets easily enough, but that skill isn't in my Twitter toolbag yet.

Enjoy.


Fake_Dispatch
BREAKING: Glenn Beck claims another "complete coincidence" after announcing next speech to be from hotel balcony on April 4th in Memphis,TN.

JamieKaler
Glenn Beck is like the lottery for people with no hope. He's going to get ridiculously rich and they have no chance of winning.

drjettt
RT @DangerGuerrero Like MLK, Glenn Beck has also been to the mountaintop. And he'd like to thank Cash4Gold for that sweet ski trip.

timmcguire
Am galled by Glenn Beck telling people to "turn back to God" when a few months ago he mocked Social justice. See Sermon on the Mount pal.

thecajunboy
I'm not saying that Glenn Beck's the antichrist, but he is a charismatic speaker who's risen from obscurity to call for a new era to begin.

ivywriter
People accuse Black people of always keeping race at the forefront, and why? Because of people like Glenn Beck and The Tea Party.

Remroum
Breaking: Glenn Beck says Martin Luther King was actually white, just like Jesus #NotReally

PRTandWiseline
#inews9k BREAKING: Beck followers in post-rally uproar - Nordstrom refuses to take back America without sales receipt

peterdaou
Next scheduled Beck rally includes Ann Coulter as Rosa Parks, Limbaugh as Mother Teresa, Hannity as Ghandi and Dan Quayle as Einstein

devbost
Glenn Beck called Obama a racist with a "deep-seated hatred for white people." If this were 1965, he'd be saying that about Dr. King.

isaacezekiel
RT @rolandsmartin: I can't wait for the next wristbands. Forget WWJD - What Would Jesus Do. It's now WWBD - What Would Beck Do.

SupermanHotMale
RT @ryandpaul Since Glenn Beck is basically Moses now, will he and his followers now go get lost in the wilderness for 40 years?

MichaelClear
Only thing Glenn Beck accomplished was that, for the first time in decades, Washington D.C.'s population had a white majority.

steveweinstein
Goldline just sent an angry memo to Beck: It's Goldline, you idiot. Not Godline!

BrentButt
Glenn Beck tells the truth the same way a carnival barker does. Only louder. And with more spitting.

EzKool
At the Beck's rally, they applaud charity today, then discourages it tomorrow.

TiffaniPatrice
To all of the Glenn Beck ralliers who gave me dirty looks on the train...bless you!

seanhussey
Except for King and Beck both being African American, I fail to see the parallels between their marc--wait, what?

Fake_Dispatch
BREAKING: U.S. National Park Service will be strapping down the Lincoln statue so that it doesn't get up & walk off during Glenn Beck rally.

DownYonderFLA
RT @floridajewel: RT @Marnus3: I seemed to have missed the Latino delegation at the Beck Rally for Dollars.

SamSeder
Hard to say % of black folk attending Beck rally w/o knowing total crowd size but i'd put it between .00001% and .00000001%

TryceCzy
Not all crackers are saltines. Some of us have substance. I honor King today, & am disgusted with Beck.

voraciousbunny
Glenn Beck Rally sponsored by Rascal Scooters. We work with socialist Medicare to get you the mobility to protest the black president.

j_spencer
Anybody else think the Glenn Beck rally is just the biggest #whitewhine ever?

donjx@ProfMTH
Beck is the Farrakhan of white people.

 

 





Today's topic at my blog "Resurgence" on BigThink.com:


Glenn Beck Tries To Be King For A Day

Glenn Beck’s appeal is that he makes it all look so easy.

I mean, all you have to do is wave your American flag, pledge allegiance to God (the white version), bake in the sun for a few hours, and you are on your way to redemption, free at last, free at last from the reluctant acceptance of any lingering guilt about your complicity in this whole racial inequality mess, because by golly, you were the ones who really began the civil rights movement, and you were the ones who have been measuring people, not by the color of their skins but by the content of their character all these years, and…

…except the reality is, you probably would have had nothing to do with the civil rights movement, not if you are the kind of person who can praise Martin Luther King Jr. in one breath and demonize Barack Hussein Obama Jr. in the next, the way your fearless leader does on his radio and TV shows.



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Somebody is going to be killed.

This somebody, named Ahmed H. Sharif, was almost killed by a man who asked "are you a Muslim?"

The ugliest thing about this whole incident, the thing that makes me understand even more why Emmett Till's mother wanted the world to see how her son had been savaged, is how little attention it is getting from the press, as if we are characters in a Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, in that famous scene I have never liked, debating whether or not there is a "dead Muslim storage" sign on the lawn instead of the phrase "dead nigger storage" that was used in the movie.

Is the entire country just looking the other way?

I rummaged through the front pages and the op-ed pages of the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Chicago Sun-Times, The L.A. Times, and found nothing, nothing at all, not a damn word on Ahmed H. Sharif and this human travesty, just thousands of words speculating on the outcome of the fall elections, as if knowing their outcome two months early really matters.

My man over at Alias Bruce put it about as good as it could be said:

72% of Americans don't think it's appropriate to build an Islamic Center and mosque
two blocks from Ground Zero, a CBS poll shows.


This is horrifying, and it naturally leads to such questions as, "Should Americans be allowed to reproduce without international supervision?"


The stabbing of a Muslim cabbie, allegedly by a white man who asked the man's religion before attacking him, underlines the atrocity. And understand me: this is not just about addle-brained white Americans. As an African American, I have heard downright wicked remarks about Muslims out of the mouths of black people, including one of my own late relatives.


alias Bruce

Michael Enright

I don't know if the perpetrator's background didn't fit into the narrative the media needs to sell, because he wasn't wearing Tea Party underwear or wasn't a member of a white supremacy group, or because that tuft of blond hair reminded many of our fair haired political pundits and social commentators of their own drunken frat boy days. Whether he had liberal leanings or associations, is a member of the Green Party, or an avowed atheist, none of which would matter, even if they were true, this is still wrong.

Killing a man who is driving a fucking taxi cab for being a Muslim, as much as it reflects the perverted reality of America's long history of racial atrocities against minority groups, is not what America and Americans need to stoop to accepting, not after the long way we have come these last fifty years.

Mr. Enright, consider THIS a checkpoint - a checkpoint for the kind of backwards assed thinking that has got your ass in handcuffs right now.

As for the media, what will it take to get their heads out of their asses and write about shit that matters? Do two Muslims have to be attacked at the same time? Three? Four?

Should the next victim be a pregnant Muslim woman?

A Muslim who is an Iraqi war veteran, who came back home alive only to die at the hands of a fellow citizen?

Or maybe I haven't hit upon the narrative that your editors have posted on their wall, the one determines how much blood and gore a story about minorities has to have to equal a story on Lindsay Lohan's latest whereabouts.

All I can say is, if standing up for Muslims, especially Muslims who are here in America, is wrong, then I don't want to be right.

 









Today's topic at my blog "Resurgence" on BigThink.com:


David Koch Is Tea Party's Sugar Daddy

I guess the New Yorker is still trying to redeem itself for the notorious “The Politics Of Fear” cartoon cover during the 2008 presidential primary that depicted Barack Obama in Muslim garb. "Covert Operations", an extensively researched article in this week’s magazine about the infamous Koch brothers and the hundreds of millions they have shoveled into political organizations, including big bucks to prop up the Tea Party brand, goes a long way towards making up for a transgression I saw as unforgivable two years ago.



A Republican campaign consultant who has done research on behalf of Charles and David Koch said of the Tea Party, “The Koch brothers gave the money that founded it. It’s like they put the seeds in the ground. Then the rainstorm comes, and the frogs come out of the mud—and they’re our candidates!”

Covert Operations – The New Yorker




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Somebody is going to get killed.

Somebody is going to die because of these angry mobs of people who gather around to hate the minority Flavor Of The Week.

The still wet behind the ears Kyle Wingfield of the Atlanta Journal & Constitution, who is supposed to represent views the new and improved under forty version of the political right still has my eyes stretched wide over his comment last week that asserted, without a trace of irony, "The American, having been put through endless sensitivity training over the past few decades..."

Well guess what, Mr. Wingfield?

You need to get used to all the sensitivity training you can imagine plus ten percent, because it is the new way, and the only way things are going to be from now until the end of time.

I am not a second class citizen, and the people who come here legally are not going to be second class citizens, not for one second, and certainly not so your mothefucking ass can get back to passing out at UGA football games, or whatever it is political pundits who are too lazy or uninformed to understand and accept the basic principles we send people overseas to die for do when they aren't wasting good column space a real writer could be using.

It will be too late to say "I'm sorry" when people start getting killed because everybody with a public voice chooses to indulge their own protean fantasies about the way things used to be.

I'll take two illegal immigrants coming over the border in exchange for the deportation of every dumbass American citizen waving a sign demonizing Muslims.

And for public idiots like Mr. Wingfield, I'll take a whole INS busload of illegal immigrants for every one of their addled asses that is permanently ejected from the country.



Sharia Prince Owns Stake In FOX News Parent





Today's topic at my blog "Resurgence" on BigThink.com:


Sharia Prince Owns Stake In FOX News Parent

How ironic is it that the FOX News where Sean Hannity has been howling about Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf wanting “Sharia law” to replace our existing laws is the very same FOX News whose parent company, the Rupert Murdoch controlled News Corporation, has as its second largest shareholder Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal?

Prince Alwaleed’s uncle, King Abdullah, actually rules Saudi Arabia under Sharia law. Prince Alwaleed, who is reported to enjoy a close personal relationship with Murdoch, has become so enamored of Murdoch’s media success that he is starting his own 24 hour news station, a venture dubbed the “Arabic FOX News” by Raw Story.

Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch has partnered with Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal to launch a new 24-hour news network for the Arab world, a move that has drawn mockery from Murdoch's critics and questions from media experts. First and foremost among those questions is whether a news service linked to the famously pro-Israeli Fox News will resonate among Arab viewers.

"Fox News, famous for its uncomplicated, gung-ho and pro-Israel stance whilst maintaining a mocking notion of neutrality, does not seem like a likely partner" for the Middle Eastern news network, writes David Roberts at the Gulf Blog. "Their coverage of Middle Eastern issues is far from renowned or competent."

The new channel, based in Saudi Arabia, "will focus on development in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world on the political, economic and social fronts," Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the world's 19th-wealthiest person according to Forbes, said in a statement. The network will be competing with the two principal international Arabic news services, Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya, and "is going to become an addition and an alternative for viewers," bin Talal said.

Murdoch, Saudi prince team up to launch ‘Arabic Fox News’ Raw Story



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Americans Want Salesmanship Instead Of Leadership From Obama

If you look up "Obama Accomplishments" on Google right now, you will see my blog, Brown Man Thinking Hard, pop up on the first page of results. This is normally the kind of topic that would have Newsweek, Time, Vanity Fair, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Ebony magazine, Black Enterprise, or even the black political blogs like Jack and Jill Politics that have much larger audiences than my little one man band at the top of the list.

Nobody out here is consistently touting the president’s accomplishments.

The $20 billion dollar settlement with BP alone should be worth six months of goodwill, because it’s the largest amount of cash the country has ever seen, and is ever likely to see be disgorged from a public corporation and paid directly to the American people as a result of said company's negligence. It is a stupendous achievement, and yet the president’s political advisors got a world class 24/7 shellacking by both friend and foe for demanding the payment. They were hit with so many negative shots from so many quarters, you might have been convinced, if you didn't know any better, that the Obama administration should have told BP to take its money back.

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"We Do Not Put The Bill Of Rights To A Vote"

This is why America remains tortured by its contradictions—by insisting, even for a split second, that there should be some level of consideration given to a viewpoint that is totally inconsistent with the values we claim we stand for as a nation. As Americans, we need to take our hearts off of our sleeves about the Park51 community center and mosque complex and think - really think - about why principles matter.

Since when does the president of the United States have to watch his tongue when it comes to defending the very first amendment in what is known as the Bill of Rights? Since when has it become fashionable to discard the entire process by which we amend the U.S. Constitution, a procedure with which the members of Congress and the American people should be intimately familiar, in favor of a need to kowtow to the consensus of opinion about what inalienable rights Americans and legitimate organizations may or may not possess?

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Republican Muslims Refuse To Enable GOP Hate Campaign




August 17, 2010


Dear Republican Colleague:

We are writing to you today as loyal Americans who are active members of the Republican Party. We also happen to be proud of our Arab American and Muslim American contributions to the Republican Party.

We are deeply concerned by the rhetoric of some leading members of our party surrounding the construction of the Muslim Community Center in downtown Manhattan. These comments are not only constitutionally unsound, they are also alienating millions of Arab American and Muslim American voters who believe, as we do, in the principles of our party - individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law.

As you know, our party has had a long history of inclusion - beginning with our great President Abraham Lincoln, whose leadership on the slavery issue was monumental, and continuing through President George W. Bush whose public statements and actions on the differentiation between Islam and the terrorists who attacked us on 9-11 were critically important. We are particularly proud to note that President Bush appointed more Arab Americans and Muslim Americans to his administration than any other president in U.S. history.

That being said, it perplexes us as to why some vocal members of our party have chosen to oppose the construction of a cultural and religious center on private grounds. Not only does the First Amendment to our Constitution protect the right of these private citizens to worship freely, it also prevents Congress from making any law respecting an establishment of religion. Our party and the leaders in our party should not be engaged in judgment issues of the location of a cultural center and a house of worship in direct contravention of the First Amendment.

While some in our party have recently conceded the constitutional argument, they are now arguing that it is insensitive, intolerant and unacceptable to locate the center at the present location: "Just because they have the right to do so - does not make it the right thing to do" they say. Many of these individuals are objecting to the location as being too close to the Ground Zero site and voicing the understandable pain and anguish of the 9-11 families who lost loved ones in this horrible tragedy. In expressing compassion and understanding for these families, we are asking ourselves the following: if two blocks is too close, is four blocks acceptable? or six blocks? or eight blocks? Does our party believe that one can only practice his/her religion in certain places within defined boundaries and away from the disapproving glances of some citizens? Should our party not be standing up and taking a leadership role- just like President Bush did after 9-11 - by making a clear distinction between Islam, one of the great three monotheistic faiths along with Judaism and Christianity, versus the terrorists who committed the atrocities on 9-11 and who are not only the true enemies of America but of Islam as well? President Bush struck the right balance in expressing sympathy for the families of the 9-11 victims while making it absolutely clear that the acts committed on 9-11 were not in the name of Islam. We are hoping that our party leaders can do the same now - especially at a time when it is greatly needed.

While we share the desire of all in our party to be successful in the November elections, we cannot support victory at the expense of the U.S. Constitution or the Arab and Muslim community in America. As President Lincoln so eloquently stated in his famous speech: "a house divided against itself cannot stand."

As proud and patriotic Americans, we are grateful for all the rights our U.S. citizenship allows us, and we will always do our best to not only protect our rights but the rights of all others as well. May God Bless our nation, our freedoms, and our party.

David Ramadan
Vice Chair, Ethnic Coalitions, Republican Party of Virginia

Sherine El-Abd
President, New Jersey Federation of Republican Women

Randa Fahmy Hudome
Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy, Bush Administration

George Salem
Solicitor of Labor, Reagan Administration

Suhail Khan
Chairman, Conservative Inclusion Coalition


Looks like somebody got some 'splainin' to do.

Cause believe you me, these people who signed this letter raise googobs of cash for the GOP.










"Let's face it: the vast majority of Americans have no idea what the president is doing on a day-to-day basis, and certainly don't know how he personally is dealing with specific policy matters."

I will be on the radio tomorrow evening at 8:30 pm EST with Sean Yoes, senior reporter at The Afro American, giving my own two cents on President Obama's approval ratings. Yoes is the host of "The WEAA/AFRO First Edition", an hour-long political talk show on Baltimore's NPR affiliate WEAA-FM (88.9 FM), which airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m.

This week we talk about President Obama's approval ratings, what they mean for his administration and the Democrats in Congress, and whether or not they are accurately reflecting the national mood of the country these days.

You can click this link and push the "Listen Live" button at the top of the page to hear the show. My segment comes on at 8:30pm.

As always, it was fun. Check it out the entire show if you have a chance - each segment looks at the Sherrod situation on this week's show.





Today's topic at my blog "Resurgence" on BigThink.com:


Patriot Is Spelled B-L-O-O-M-B-E-R-G

“On Sept. 11, 2001, thousands of first responders heroically rushed to the scene and saved tens of thousands of lives. More than 400 of those first responders did not make it out alive. In rushing into those burning buildings, not one of them asked, ‘What God do you pray to? What beliefs do you hold?’”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, August 3rd speech at Governors Island



There is nothing like a rich guy who listens to his conscience once in awhile. At that point, he is probably the most unfettered of human beings, beholden to no one but himself and his principles and beliefs. Last week, New York City Mayor For Life Michael Bloomberg finally demonstrated why he needed to change the existing laws so he could be elected mayor for a third term when he stood up for one of the very things that the nation’s earliest settlers were looking for when they came to America – the freedom to choose their religion.

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Young Black Men And Race

Why are we using 1970's style distribution techniques for anything in 2010?

I was tooling through the black conservative website Booker Rising when I came across a comment by one of its readers that mirrored my thoughts about the thousands of people who stood in line Tuesday in East Point, Georgia, a city located just outside the Atlanta city limits, to get applications for Section 8 housing vouchers.
Let me put aside any indictment of the PEOPLE IN LINE for a second. While I will hold my ground and mandate that they be respected as "equal human beings" we need to instead focus upon the POLICIES that have brought about this situation, the LOGISTICS by which one central bottle neck was used as the paperwork distribution point and the SECURITY situation. I can tell you that if everyone in that line is does not get a form - there is going to be a riot. There were not enough police authorities on site to do crowd control in the event that these people did not get what they have been waiting for.

If it is true that the people are receiving forms and not filling it out today - WHY didn't the housing authority get the forms printed out last week and set of distribution centers that were disbursed throughout the city? There was not one single reason to set up this situation to pick up a damned form.

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I almost did a post this morning titled "Its My Party, And I'll Cry If I Want To" after Karen Handel, a runoff candidate for the GOP's entry into the Georgia governor's race, didn't show up for any interviews this morning OR the bigtime "Unity" breakfast the Georgia Republicans put on to symbolically leave the primary battles against each other behind them and come together for the general election.

It wasn't that I was so high minded that it chose not to post it - the only reason you didn't read "Ding! Dong! The Witch is dead!" as the opening sentence this morning was because my trusty dusty HP computer quit working. More accurately, as I found out today, after wondering if it was a damaged power jack, and calling fifteen repair shops for quotes, it was an AC power cord failure that kept me from continuing the hammering of Handel I'd started last night on Twitter.

And after paying SEVENTY FIVE DOLLARS to replace the piece of shit power cord apparatus THAT IS ONLY A YEAR OLD, I wasn't really in the mood to gloat about Handel's glorious loss to Nathan Deal, which is about as close as you can get to handing Roy Barnes a victory on a silver platter. It wasn't until Wayne at HP customer support told me that a free replacement cord would be here next week because I still had sixteen days left on my computer's warranty that I could think about the governor's race. The great thing about buying stuff from Walmart, like the Ac adapter I bought today, isn't the prices - it is their policy of taking practically anything back for a full refund that makes me buy stuff from them I'm not sure I'm going to keep, or in this case, something I know I'm not going to keep.

Which is why, instead of regaling you with more derogatory phrases against Handel like the ones I reeled off with impunity last night, phrases like:


Nathan Deal now up 3536 votes over Karen " I Can't Wait To Run For The Next Office" Handel with only 40 precincts left to go

Nathan Deal now up 3556 votes over Karen " We Don't have To Count ALL The Votes " Handel with only **17** precincts left to go!

Nathan Deal now up 2773 votes over Karen "Never Elected To An Office I Planned To Stay In" Handel with only **FOUR** precincts left to go!

Nathan Deal now up 2360 votes over Karen "It's My Party And I'll Cry If I Want To" Handel with ONE precinct left! Ding Dong! Ding Dong!


By the time I was in the mood to even think about whipping out something, Handel had conceded the race to Deal, which had to be a extremely hard for her, given her strong instinct for self preservation. Handel did a big thing today, because two weeks of infighting between her and Nathan Deal every night would have been nothing but sweet music to the Barnes campaign.

In the end, it really won't matter - Nathan Deal's campaign will end up collapsing under the weight of Deal's ethical problems and crooked ass financial deals that have benefited him greatly at the expense of Georgia's citizens.

Roy Barnes isn't out of the woods yet, though. Barnes treated Georgia's school teachers the way Reagan treated the air traffic controllers, and maany of them will never forget it. He doesn't have enough credible (people other than reverends, all but forgotten civil rights leaders, and rap stars) African Americans who are regularly speaking on his behalf to the bulk of the working and middle class blacks in Georgia in a wway that acknowledges how critical they are to the success of the Barnes campaign. And he has not, at least to this point, tapped into the network of people Barack Obama inspired to register 200,000 additional Georgia voters.

Thank you, Ms. Handel, for making bringing the Democratic Party of Georgia closer to winning the governor's mansion. You hard core supporters are bitching and moaning all over the internet, the same way Hillary Clinton's PUMA's did after she lost the nomination to Obama, which means they maay not come around to supporting Deal for awhile.

If only Karen Handel was as gracious on the way up as she is on the way down, she might have gotten a few thousand more votes. But you should never look a gift horse in the mouth - better late than never. You keep this up all this graciousness in the face of defeat, Ms. Handel, and I might just have to put you on my Christmas card list.





I meant to vote for Nathan Deal today. I went into the polls, fully intending to cast a ballot in the Republican primary runoff for governor here in Georgia. I signed my name on the voter census card, checked "Republican", and walked it over to the table where you get your electronic ballots.

"Sir, you can't vote in the Republican runoff."

"Why not?"

"Because you voted in the Democratic primary."

The table was suddenly swarming with poll workers...

...not because there was anything wrong, but because I was the only voter in the room and they were all absolutely bored.

And hot.

It wasn't a big deal, but it did take the fun out of voting today.

It really would have made my day if I could have voted FOR the slimebucket ex-Congressman and all around crooked businessman Nathan Deal, which would have been a vote AGAINST Karen Handel.

Don't ask me to give you any facts and figures to buttress my case against Handel, because I'm not trying to build a case.

I just don't like the vindictive aura that seems to ooze from her pores, a meanness that telegraphs itself through camera lenses exceptionally well when she is in a mood to tell us Georgians what she is and is not going to do.

It would probably help if "Partial" Handel would just finish out a term before moving on to the next thing. Which is why I took special delight in the "Failin' Palin" endorsement Handel showed off yesterday.

The other reason I wanted to vote for Deal, though, was more practical. he may be easier for Roy Barnes to beat.

Most of what budding columnist Kyle Wingfield writes for the right wing slot in the Atlanta Journal & Constitution is straight off the shelf from the GOP Central Narrative Archives. But occasionally, he seems to get tired of blowing the dust off of the well worn conservative chestnuts his compatriots are married to and spouts a few original thoughts, like the one below, that tell it like it is:

"rather than challenging one another to new heights, each candidate [Handel and Deal]has tried to hold one another down, like two drowning swimmers gasping for air."

Kyle Wingfield, Atlanta Journal & Constitution
 
Barnes wouldn't be my first choice for the Democratic candidate for governor, but in state where the rest of the potential Democratic contenders for governor have all but conceded the seat to the GOP, he is all they've got.

Barnes might have a chance, but he is going to have to get aa whole lot of black voters off the sidelines to combine with the white voters he manages to scare up. Which may be harder than he or his advisors think. After hearing a middle aged African American mother say "why is that tired looking old white man running for governor? Wasn't he ALREADY the governor before?", I think the Barnes brain trust has their work cut out for them.

Time may prove me wrong, but I believe that Nathan Deal's murky past will be easier for Barnes to defeat than Handel's arrogance.  






The Miseducation Of Maureen Dowd





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The Miseducation Of Maureen Dowd

Most white women in America work their asses off. I live smack dab in the middle of stay at home mommy land, complete with the high priced tennis outfits and Mercedes station wagons, but I know this is not reality for the vast majority of white women in America. Most of them work just as hard as their African American counterparts, and in many respects, deal with the exact same issues, concerns and problems.

What amazes me, whenever I read anything by Maureen Dowd, is how the stuff she ultimately gets printed at the New York Times, like last week’s Feliz Cumpleaños, and Adiós even passes editorial muster. It is as if she and her ilk are the new millennium’s equivalent of the 1940’s B-girls, paid to lure readers in off the streets or the web with shiny, showy prose that illuminates nothing so much as the lack of substance in their columns. Dowd has become nothing more than a classic guttersnipe, an op-ed columnist who writes pieces more suited to a Rupert Murdoch tabloid style paper than the New York Times. But the paper keeps paying her to churn out this kind of mindless drivel, as if she is their resident Elizabeth Hasselbeck, minus the perkiness and blonde hair.

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Young Black Men And Race

Two stories this week featured young black men and race. In one story, a young black man in his mid thirties who reported that he was often harassed at work for being black killed nine people at his workplace when he was let go. Another story featured a young black high school graduate from a prestigious New York High school whose graduation speech dressed down the school and his classmates for being “the beneficiaries of advantage.”



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Teaching President Obama How To Dougie


Blacksheep Political Consulting doesn’t usually give free advice, but in your case, Mr. President, we will waive our “cash in unmarked Chinese yuan” retainer requirement. It is becoming painfully obvious, even to those of us who are known to be the least scrupulous of political consultants, that your political operatives do not know how to Dougie.

I know, I know – you watched the Cali Swag District video and said “WTF is Blacksheep Consulting talking about?” Don’t worry about that, Mr. President - I can’t do those moves either, but that’s not the point. The point is your people are not selling your administration hard enough, not putting your accomplishments to a melody, not giving the people something they can respond to.

Because right now, Mr. President, if I want to know what you accomplished this week, and I don’t feel like going to the White House website, I have to scour the web to get any idea of your recent body of work. And to be frank, Mr. President, the White House website – it was designed by geeks, for geeks.

I know you are a fan of the Jigga Man, Mr. Jay Z himself, but Mr. Jigga, like this new group Cali Swag District, stands on the backs of the rappers who came before them. One of the most exciting masters of the mic in the early eighties, back when Jay Z was still dreaming about selling his first bag of dope on the corner of the Marcy Projects, was Doug E. Fresh, self described as “the human beat box, the entertainer” whose motto was “nobody does it plainer.”

Doug E. Fresh’s enthusiasm was relentless and infectious, and it was always accompanied by an upbeat tempo, a swinging groove that never failed to get even the most hardcore sourpuss to start tapping their feet. He didn’t do battle raps. He didn’t waste time describing how terrible other rappers were when you compared them to him. He simply flashed those brown eyes and declared who he was, proclaiming the depth of his talents and the breadth of his accomplishments whenever he was on the mic to let the people know, in no uncertain terms, that he was one of the greatest rappers on the face of the earth.

Somebody needs to teach your people how to Dougie, Mr. President.

If I were you, Mr. President, I would order up a thousand copies of The Show by Doug E. Fresh.



If I were you, Mr. President, I would get Mr. Fresh to remix me an extended version of that classic rap that you could play real loud while you were in the bathroom in the morning. But more importantly, your aides and political operatives would be required to listen to the song at least three times a day, until they started to figure out how to begin every encounter with an exuberant recitation of your administration’s accomplishments.

Doug E. Fresh has been exciting the crowds since he had a curly flattop and a Bally's jacket — the man just doesn't age. Not only does he remain a relevant performer 30 years later by touring around the globe all year 'round, but his younger peers are keeping his name on the radio by putting his moniker in their songs.

Lil' Wil dropped "My Dougie" — which, of course, is slang for being fresh — a couple of years ago, and in 2010, the youngsters have been all about the Cali Swag District dance anthem "Teach Me How to Dougie."

"I look at it as a blessing," Fresh said about getting props from a younger generation of artists. "It surprises me too. I was talking about it yesterday with some of my friends. Every year, it seems to be another song, another thing with the dance or something. I always say, 'Man, the Creator is preparing me for something. He's keeping the sun on me for some reason. He's keeping me aligned with that generation.' Because I genuinely love people, I love hip-hop, and I love using it as a tool to communicate and to create a better vibration. Life is short. I guess I'm lined up for a reason. I'm coming up with new music, I'm in the best shape of my life, I'm real sharp, my energy is strong. I look at it as: I'm just following the energy. That's how I sum that up."

Doug E. Fresh Talks 'Teach Me How To Dougie,' Pharrell Collabo

You getting any of this, Mr. President? It’s not that hard. I've actually been listening to The Show while writing this, and right now, I'm feeling LARGE AND IN CHARGE.


…The Human Beatbox, The Entertainer

No other title

Can fit me plainer…



YEAH!






You mean to tell me the president signs into law a dramatic, although incomplete, reduction in the difference between the federal drug sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine versus powder cocaine and nobody says a word? Hasn’t this been one of those controversial, racially biased discrepancies between punishments for crack users, who were alleged to be mostly black offenders, and powder cocaine users, who tended to be mostly white offenders, that has made the careers of many behavioral scientists and criminal justice professors?



So where are the pin striped microphone fiends on this one? I haven’t heard a peep on this, even out here in the blogosphere, unless I’ve been on one of those hardcore political sites.

But it’s a done deal, no smoke and mirrors, no “I’ll gladly pass a law that benefits African Americans on Tuesday if you will give me a hamburger – I mean, if you will vote for me today.” That damn sneaky Barack Obama and those shy Democrats in Congress are still toiling away, stacking up legislative victories one after another…

…but to the general public, and the idiocracy we call the punditocracy, it is as if the Obama Administration has accomplished absolutely nothing at all outside of antagonizing FOX News.

I was on the phone earlier telling a friend of mine how bad this was. "Go to Google and type in "Obama accomplishments" and you will see Brown Man Thinking Hard on the first page." Now I know I have a bad ass blog, but shouldn't there be a host of other sites with bigger audiences than mine who populate the first ten pages of results? The first twenty pages?

I mean, are we just wearing these damn "Obama "08" shirts for show?

Or are we going to champion the good shit he has done, and does every damn day, instead of playing the role of the good plantation slaves who point and say "he went that-a-way" whenever the president seems to falter a little bit? Are we going to give credence to fat ass Rush Limbaugh and the public bowel movements he calls a radio show by even stopping to wonder why the president doesn't "step up his game?" Or the rest of the media, who sneer at the Limbaugh's and Hannity's and O'Reilly's, and then spend all their time analyzing the deranged statements of these hate hustlers in the name of "balance"?

Sheeeeeeit!

I don’t need any media watchdog group to tell me what I already know.

Now that the oil has stopped spewing in the Gulf of Mexico, the sense of urgency for BP to do anything more than it already has is fast becoming history, which makes the $20 BILLION DOLLARS the president got BP to agree to payout likely to be the only real money “the little people”, otherwise known as the ordinary American citizens whose lives were turned upside down by this mess, will ever see.

No one, from the Little Rascals whose columns fill the op-ed section of the New York Times on down, will waste time reminding anyone of this presidential stroke of genius. Instead, they will spend hours trying work the latest dig against anything Obama that comes out of Sarah Palin's mouth into a cheesy headline so they can turn around and pimp their columns out for hits.




18:1 is not 1:1, not by a long shot. But it is way better than the 100:1 it was last week, and one of the many building blocks that need to be put into place to begin to give the ass-end of the black community a chance to put the past behind them and look forward to brighter tomorrows.

Keep signing those damn bills into law, Mr. President. Keep signing those damn bills into law.






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Right Is Right, And Wrong Is Wrong: Rangel And Waters Ethics Woes

I got an email from an editor at a major black-oriented website last week, asking me if I would write a rush article on Charles Rangel the same Thursday afternoon formal ethics charges were announced against him. I’d done quick turnaround work for this editor before, but there wasn’t anything compelling enough about the angle they wanted to play up on this story—what kind of relationship black politicians have with their constituents—that I was willing to stay up until three or four in the morning to explore. Now that Maxine Waters has joined the club, I’m sure the age-old question of whether or not black politicians are being targeted will arise like clockwork the rest of this week, with sage black professorial types ticking off the list of minutia that constitutes racial bias in their minds on the cable news shows.


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I know, I know, President Obama is in Atlanta today, and I should be doing something on him...

...but it seems the Tea Party Comix creator has surfaced.

Or at least someone who claims to Ethan Persoff that he is the creator. I didn't realize these comics were being sold on EBay - if they really are no longer available there, then maybe this is the guy.

Maybe.

"You can edit this and make me into any monster you like" has got to be his best line in the whole letter. Sorry, Mr. Kalb - no editing is required in this case.

What I don't understand is why, after taking all that time and effort to create and print these comics, Mr. Kalb is willing to throw in the towel so quickly. Maybe his hate is not as deeply rooted as he thought. Maybe, unlike the professional right wing hate hustlers who have never met a non-controversy they couldn't profit from by whipping it into a frenzied froth of bigoted racial vehemence, whether it makes them look bad or not, Mr. Kalb has a purer vision than they. Maybe Mr. Kalb is more willing to reassess his position than those who simply take the opposite position of the president on everything and dig in for the duration.


Subject: TEA PARTY COMIX
Thursday, July 29, 2010 5:23 AM


From: Tom Kalb

To: Ethan Persoff

I have taken all TEA PARTY COMIX OFF of Ebay. I hope you are happy and I hope the world is a little bit better better place in which to live now. ....I do not understand the connection with "big ears" and "racism", and I do not understand how a "dark face" implies racism...... The accusation of "Hate" is true, but it is the hate of an IDEOLGY, not a of race of people..... I understand that the ideology has captured 80 or 90% of the race(s) in question, but it is STILL a AN IDEOLOGY and NOT a "race" that this comic book attacks.... Cartoonists have historically drawn "the enemy" in a negative light... Please search cartoons of Reagan and Bush for instance ( and please see my caracature of Janet Napolatano in Tea Party Comix #2! )..... Think, and you will have to admit there was NO LIMIT placed upon these depictions.... But somehow, ANY negative drawing of Presient Obama is automatically "racist"... Be honest with yourself, if it is possible. ....Think. And maybe admit that you have an advantage that you are taking advantage OF..... In Tea Party Comix #1 there is a strip in which a person handing out Tea Party Comix #1 has an ALAN KEYES tee-shirt... Did you upload THAT strip?? Not that it would matter to people who think that RACE is more important than IDEOLOGY, but I would think that a fair-minded person might include that strip....

You can edit this and make me into any monster you like, that's up to you. We'll see what a moral person you are, and you can live with that. I'm sure you will be safer than I feel tonight, either way......

The undergrounds of the sixties WERE "allowed". Apparently "Tea Party Comix" are NOT allowed.... To any reasonable man, well, this miight give him something to think about, about how far we have "come"..... Is it truely a BETTER world?? You tell ME! - Tom Kalb


Don't go so soon, Mr. Kalb. We were just starting to have fun with this.

Personally, I'm just glad Tom Kalb, or whomever he really is, gave the blogosphere a free pass to whale on the Tea Party. And tied forever, in the annals of Google, the organization's moniker to the very scourge they seek to deny they ever encouraged within their ranks in the first place.

Encore, Mr. Kalb. We need an encore performance...


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