Republicans

$5 Million for Gingrich Can’t Buy Love

From the New York Times:

“As candidates spent the weekend trying to catch up to Mitt Romney in New Hampshire, with the primary just two days away, a longtime supporter of Newt Gingrich donated $5 million to a “super PAC” backing his presidential bid, providing a major boost to Mr. Gingrich’s ailing campaign.

The donation by Sheldon Adelson was reported Saturday night by The Washington Post. He has long been a generous patron of Mr. Gingrich’s political career. The super PAC, Winning Our Future, was formed last month by Becky Burkett, who served until earlier last year as chief development officer for American Solutions, a political action committee that Mr. Gingrich founded. The cash infusion from Mr. Adelson instantly catapults Winning Our Future into the top ranks of candidate super PACs, groups that can raise unlimited amounts of money from donors and spend it all on advertisements and other efforts to back a specific candidate, so long as they do not coordinate with the campaign.”

Is Shelly throwing good money after bad? Casino money goes the “Family Values” guy. What’s next, Mobsters for Mitt? Pimps for Palin?

Maybe it’s not that deep. Maybe it’s no deeper than Newt’s asserted that the Palestinians are “an invented people.” I’m not sure if that’s supposed to be disparaging because I suspect that moniker could be applied to European Jews with Russian ethnic roots, “Americans,” white South Africans, or other transplanted European colonials throughout South America who’ve embraced a new world nationalism, while retaining vice-like cultural affinities with their larger “white” collectives. What’s Newt talkin’ about?

It’s just more of the same…fabrication, falsification, justification.

American Identity Politics 101

Identity – It isn’t how you look, it’s what I see!!

From an e-mail I received this morning…

What Middle America & McCain/Palin, have been trying to explain to the rest of the United States.

If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you’re “exotic, different.” Grow up in Alaska eating moose-burgers; you’re a quintessential American story.
If your name is Barack you’re a radical, unpatriotic Muslim. Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you’re a maverick.
Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable. Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you’re well grounded.
If you spend 3 years as a community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate’s Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran’s Affairs committees, you don’t have any real leadership experience.
If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you’re qualified to become the country’s second highest ranking executive.
If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you’re not a real Christian.

If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you’re a Christian.
If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state’s school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you’re very responsible.
If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family’s values don’t represent America’s.

If you’re husband is nicknamed “First Dude”, with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn’t register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

Rudy Giuliani, Motorola and the Saudis

A candidate for President of the United States of America presently stands accused of awarding a no bid contract to an international vendor for faulty equipment which led to the deaths of 121 firefighters.These are heavy charges. Check out the links to alternet.org and the related videos. With news like this, you’d think New Yorkers would be clamoring for David Dinkins to return to office.

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The Giuliani administration then awarded Motorola with a no-bid contract for new radios that were not field tested, did not work properly and were immediately pulled from the field. As a consequence of the inability of the firefighters’ antiquated radios to receive police broadcasts, firefighters in the North Tower never received an alert from an NYPD helicopter that the building was in danger of collapse, and remained in place while police officers evacuated. The building’s collapse killed 121 firefighters.

New York City Councilman Eric Gioia says he supports a call for an investigation of former Mayor Giuliani’s failure to provide New York City firefighters with radios that could have saved lives on 9/11.
Many firefighters in NYC and across the country are quite hostile to Giuliani’s presidential bid, and accuse him of derelict behavior and unfair favoritism toward the police.
The documentary and a video with Gioia’s response can be viewed at http://therealrudy.org/radios.

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A Litmus Test for America – Campaign 2008

Press Release from TransAfrica Forum.

 

TransAfrica Forum

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joia Jefferson Nuri

Office 202.223.1960 ext 131; Cell 240.603.7905

jnuri@transafricaforum.org

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

President Bush’s call to create an Africa Command is a dangerous step towards the further militarization of the continent. This is a tangible step towards hazardously and formally extending his ‘war on terror’ to the continent of Africa.”

Nicole Lee, Executive Director, TransAfrica Forum

TransAfrica Forum, the nation’s oldest African-American organization which focuses on US foreign policy in Africa, denounces President George W. Bush’s decision to create an Africa Command (Africom) on the continent by September 2008.

The US government perceives the continent of Africa as increasingly important for defense and military interests. By 2008, the Bush budget calls for a new Africa Command to be developed to oversee “security and defense support to non-military missions and, if directed, military operations on the African continent.”

While the Bush administration claims this development will build partnerships with African governments that will lead to “greater peace and security to the people of Africa” nothing could be further from the truth. This newest incursion follows a pattern of extraction of minerals and aiding factions in some of Africa’s most bloody conflicts: thus further destabilizing the continent. This operation will strengthen the US military’s presence in the Gulf of Guinea, to aid oil extraction processes and will work to further militarize the Horn of Africa in support of the administration’s “war on terror”. US troops are already on the Horn of Africa carrying out operations within Somalia and on its border with Kenya.

“This is a very serious moment. This new Bush plan is an expansion of a policy that has brought destruction and terror to the peoples of the Middle East. Any plans to set up a command in Africa should be met with harsh criticism and decisive action by people of good will. This is nothing short of a sovereignty and resource grab,” says Nicole Lee, TransAfrica’s Executive Director. “There are many opportunities for the administration to provide support and cooperation to the peoples of Africa. Trade rules that are fair and just, development assistance and respect for sovereignty are important benchmarks for a good relationship. Expanding the US military onto the continent is neither wise nor productive.”

Nicole Lee is available for interviews. For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Joia Jefferson Nuri, office 202.223.1960 ext 131; cell 240.603.7905; jnuri@transafricaforum.org

First published in 2007 by TransAfrica Forum, 1629 K Street, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC, 20006. 202.223.1960 (ph); 202.223.1966 (fax); info@transafricaforum.org; www.transafricaforum.org. February 2007 by TransAfrica Forum. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2007

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Abe Foxman Calls for Repudiation of Patriots Coach Bill Belichick

September 12 (BP) New York – World famous repudiator of all things worthy of repudiation has called for all organizations with a desire for social control to denounce Bill Belichick, coach of the New England Patriots. The franchise has been cited by the National Football League for violating prohibitions governing the use of video recorders on sidelines during games. Foxman, longtime head of the Anti-Defamation League, is a committed influence peddler according to respective sources. “Foxman uses incendiary comments to inflame tensions,” said one noted author on condition of anonymity.

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At a press conference held in downtown Brooklyn this morning, Foxman blared, “I call on all people of good will and local, national and international organizations to repudiate this evil man, this adulterer, this cheater. He masquerades as a coach and as a leader of men. He is a false prophet – a minister in the Church of Hip Hop and he must be stopped. The New England Patriots must also atone for their sins and fire head coach Bill Belichick. For his sins, he should be ostracized by all of us who reject his brand of illegitimacy.” Foxman also declared he had preliminary conversations with Patriots team owner Bob Kraft about towing the line. Kraft was not available for comment.

A stunned press corps listened in silence. Foxman rambled on calling Belichick one of “the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse” along with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, Operation PUSH founder, the Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson and former Presidential Candidate Reverend Al Sharpton. Foxman is seeking a high level ecumenical meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. There were rumblings at the press conference today about extending invitations to PETA and the Humane Society of the United States.

Confidential sources in the league office were quoted as saying, “We have no intention of meeting with the crazy loon. Our individual AIPAC contributions are well documented. We’ve outlined a clear censure for Coach Belichick and the Patriots franchise. Does he think we’re Black Democrats or something?” Commissioner Goodell was not available for comment.

The New England Patriots are scheduled to play the San Diego Chargers this Sunday. In last year’s American Conference Championship game, the Patriots defeated the heavily favored Chargers in San Diego by a score of 24-21. No allegations of foul play have surfaced in this game where oddsmakers predicted the San Diego team would win by more than a touchdown.

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Senator Larry Craig – Red Herring, No. 2,323,128,799

New York Times editorial on August 31:

“The Republican Party is in quite a rush to keelhaul Senator Larry Craig
for his run-in with the vice squad in an airport men’s room. Disclosure
of the senator’s guilty plea to disorderly conduct set off a frenzy to
demand an investigation by the Senate’s somnolent Ethics Committee and
to strip Mr. Craig of his committee seniority. Some of the senator’s
peers simply demanded that he resign.

No similar leadership chorus for judgment has been heard about any number of other scandalous revelations on the party’s plate.

There’s
the F.B.I.’s inquiry into whether Senator Ted Stevens swung a
quid-pro-quo deal for a government contractor who eventually renovated
his Alaska home. There’s also Senator David Vitter’s presence on the
client list of a Washington brothel. Mr. Vitter, a social conservative,
pleaded guilty to “sin” (heterosexual) and no leadership call ensued
for a thorough in-house ethics inquiry. Certainly, no Republican called
for the resignation of Mr. Vitter, who comes from Louisiana, which has
a Democratic governor who would then replace him. Mr. Craig is from a
safe state with a Republican governor.

Mr. Craig’s explanation of
his behavior may make little sense to the average voter trying to
fathom how he was taken in by a police sting against lewd public
behavior. The senator quietly copped a disorderly conduct plea after
taking two months to consider his arrest and his options. Once it hit
the media, he claimed his judgment was clouded but his heterosexuality
unblemished.

Underlying the hurry to disown the senator, of course, is the party’s
brutal agenda of trumpeting the gay-marriage issue. To the extent
Senator Craig, a stalwart in the family values caucus, might morph into
a blatant hypocrite before the voters’ eyes, he reflects on the party’s
record in demonizing homosexuality. The rush to cast him out betrays
the party’s intolerance, which is on display for the public in all of
its ugliness. But it also betrays their political uneasiness as the
next election approaches.”

Today, the paper is reporting the Senator is stepping down. It’s too bad.

If anything, Senator Craig should be blasted for not having his “Queer Game” together. Trying to get your groove on in a public bathroom is popular enough to have been depicted in the adult cable drama “Nip/Tuck”, but that’s not excuse for stupidity imitating art. Craig should have used the full power of his office to snatch up all the closeted Republi-pages/etc. on call in DC. As rampant as homosexuality is among Republicans, this should have been as easy as rolling out of bed or rolling away from his wife (I wonder what her “girlfriends” think…they probably knew too.) Craig’s scandal couldn’t have come along at a better time to shift the spotlight away from those issues raised by the Times – and away from many issues not raised by the Times.

Also, what in the hell is the Times talking about when referring to “intolerance” on this case? Does that word mean anything remotely close to what those folks at Webster’s intended when they cobbled together a definition? An old, crusty ass married Senator solicits sex in a bathroom and you choose to use the word “intolerance”? You might as well suggest his civil right to get a filling was abridged by the police. Was this a personal holocaust of infringement? The Times is still a rag – they take themselves a bit too seriously. Jason Blair, Jason Blair, Jason Blair!

I suppose this event is actually important to someone somewhere. It’s hard to believe it could be much more than cannon fodder for political arsenals to anyone other than his children.

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My First Take on Ned Lamont

I caught a bit of his guest appearances of the Sunday morning Shitlin’ Circuit (also known as political talkshows). Lamont, it occurred to me, is a wholly “on message” Liberal Democrat. If you don’t know already, I have about as much contempt for them as I do for Conservative Republicans and for Conservative Democrats and Liberal Republicans and Moderates standing centimeters apart on their respective sides of the aisle. I didn’t watch much of Mr. Lamont because his rhetoric was simply more of the same. He’s John Kerry before the flip-flop made famous. He’s Howard Dean without the scream. Perhaps most of all, he’s Ross Perot meets Mr. Smith. Small business owner…self-made man…fights the good fight against career politicians and he just might get to Washington.

To borrow a line from my main man Adrian Monk, “Here’s the thing…” Connecticut is not as liberal as it imagines itself to be. Having spent more time than I care to admit in places like Greenwich and Darien and New Haven and Bridgeport, it is painfully apparent that Connecticut’s liberalism does not translate into socio-economic equity. I’m not necessarily suggesting that such fairness is actually important – hell, if you’re a wildebeast and I’m a lion, I’ll probably eat your ass for dinner. If I’m an old lion and you’re a young lion, you’ll try to run my old ass off. The rub is when lions purport to be something less than lions as they sip martinis and drink cabernet to wash down the wildebeast. Connecticut is full of fuckin’ lions. If you want to see their teeth and claws, try talking a leisurely walk on the MetroNorth around 5:30 am. They’ll run your slow ass over en route to their gigs on Wall Street.

So the promise of Ned Lamont is not the same as the promise of someone like Paul Wellstone or Mickey Leland. Some of this premature jocularity may wear off before the general election in November. Ned seems to be just another guy who seized upon a weak-ass old lion named Joe. Now, if you’re a wildebeast, you’d better get in the wind because Ned just may have to come after you someday soon.

I bet Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson will be rounding up as many wildebeasts as they can in New Haven and Bridgeport. Hell, bloggers can only do so much in a general election. Liberal intellectuals have a tendency to inflate their importance – after all, they tend to write their own histories. I think that’s why Al and Jesse were so close at the moment of victory – it’s feeding time in Connecticut.

The Long, Strange Resurrection of New Orleans

Fortune magazines’ cover story this month is about New Orleans. Aside from the fact that Fortune managed to snap photos for the cover, a table of contents image, and 20 pages of text while only capturing one black face, the article promises to have some interesting information. Those Fortune photographers should get the annual White Wash Award in Media for 2006. Perhaps the editors felt it best to spare their readers from making the connections between poor black folk and the collusion of mismanagement between Washington, city hall and the State house in Louisiana. It is worth noting that Fortune is hosting an online debate about the redevelopment of New Orleans. I might be worth weighing in on that discussion and gathering some information.
Some quotes of note from the article:

“Nobody in Louisiana knows what noblesse oblige is. New Orleans is a hotbed of civic apathy – the only place in the country where rich, powerful people don’t have their fingers in everything. Katrina changed all that.”

“Southern Louisiana is easily as important to the nation’s energy supply as the Persian Gulf.”

“The Army Corps of Engineers has almost finished removing the 300,000 refrigerators in people’s yards and has begun work on the 250,000 wrecked cars still on the streets.”

This is not over by a long margin. There is still considerable work to be done.