Tag Archives: Election 2008
When I first saw that Bob Johnson was discussing President Obama with Bill O’Reilly I must say I expected some Obama bashing, but I was pleasantly surprised by his comments and I must say I agree with him on some them. He points out the fact that unemployment in the black community is 14% and this country would not tolerate white unemployment at that rate. Compare that to white unemployment is 7%. Why aren’t black people calling for the presidnet’s head on a platter? They love him and they hope things will get better. O’Reilly attempted to bring the fact that there are fewer fathers in the black homes, but Johnson conceded that might be a factor, but it was not the only factor. Johnson made a number of other points worthy of discussion. Watch the clip and share your thoughts.
Bill O’Reilly is accusing the US Press of making more out of the News Corp story than they should. He says at this point the story is about the News of the World newspaper in London and there has been no real linkage to the story in the United States. His guest likened the US coverage to a witchhunt. We know that Rupert Murdoch owns Fox News so Bill O’Reilly’s false indignation is no surprise, but my question is does he have a point? Has this story gotten more coverage than the facts warrant? Tell me what you think.
Today I went out and voted. I am a firm believer that if you do not vote you do not have the right to complain. Voting gives you the opportunity to make your voice heard. Your candidate might not win but at least if you vote you have done all you could. As a black woman I am also sensitive to the fact that many people laid down their lives so that we could freely go to the polls and vote. So if your state has a primary today and you are registered go out and make a difference. If you live in Washington DC you can register and cast a vote today. Get out and vote!
The problem with elections is campaigning. Nothing is off limits. This is a Harry Reid ad. The ad points out that his opponent voted against enforcing a restraining order issued from another state when she was in the state legislature. So does this mean that Sharron Angle sides with abusers? “The charges in the most recent spot stem from a vote Angle cast in 2001 against AB581, a bill that required Nevada courts to enforce protection orders dealing with domestic violence offenders from out of state. Angle was one of nine assembly members to oppose the measure (which passed by a 31-9 vote). Her campaign has insisted that she agreed with the spirit of the law but had “concerns with the execution.”* Could she have really had genuine concerns about enforcement or should we really believe she sides with the abuser? I believe Angle is extreme on a number of social issues, but to say she sides with the abuser to me is below the belt. Tell me what you think.
Should a mosque be built near Ground Zero? This question has been debated everywhere. Some say it is a local issue, but it has taken on national interest. Some of the relatives of the 9/11 victims do not want it built near the site, but the Mayor Bloomberg said that it is in accordance to the local laws and they have a right to build. The other night he said “We would feed the false impressions that some Americans have about Muslims. We would hand a valuable propaganda tool to terrorist recruiters, who spread the fallacy that America is at war with Islam.” So how did we get to this point? The rhetoric we are hearing is laced with hate that is wrapped into some kind of sick patriotism. We have made Muslim the M-word. When did Muslim become a dirty word? What happened to us? The thing that frightens me is if they are successful in stopping the mosque what is next? I saw a minister on one of the cable networks proudly proclaiming that his church would be having a burn the Koran rally. Here was a man of the cloth proudly proclaiming religious hatred. This is a diverse country and now we seem to be shifting wildly to the right. What happened to us?
Shirley Sherrod appeared on CNN today and told Tony Harris that the White House forced her to quit. She explained how she actually helped the farmer to save his farm, but no one wanted to listen to her. This incident happened 24 years ago before she was a federal employee. This might all be true but what she shared on the video tape was racist and she does not dispute she made the statement.
Yesterday Alvin Greene South Carolina Democratic candidate for the US Senate gave his first campaign speech. If you were grading on the curve he got a C for showing up, but he is not ready for prime time. Senator DeMint is in no danger even if the Democrats had fielded a more competant candidate. Alvin Greene is getting national attention because he is a political oddity. He has no chance of winning so why does he garner national attention? All I can say is OMG. Watch the video and tell me what you think. http://cnn.com/video/?/video/politics/2010/07/18/sot.greene.first.speech.cnn
Last week news broke that in 2006 Al Gore had been accused of sexually assaulting a Portland masseuse, Molly Hagerty. No charges were ever filed because there was insufficient evidence. The National Enquirer broke this story. In the past a story in the Enquirer would have been dismissed, but in light of the fact that they broke the John Edwards story they can no longer be dismissed as a sensational tabloid. Hagerty has come forward with stained pants that she claims will help her prove her allegations. At this point no charges have been brought forward, but if it is true this is an abuse of power and this will tarnish his legacy forever.
Today General Petraeus was appearing before a Senate panel and he appeared to faint during questioning. What is interesting to me is how the photographers immediately try to get the shot. They are determined to get the shot that shows a leader toppled over on a table. It’s the money shot and it says so much about them and us.