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Here comes the racism...

Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 8:26 am
by Rspaight
If this is what they're unleashing in June, by November we'll be told that Obama is in favor of forcing schoolchildren to eat fried chicken and watermelon every day.

As a bonus, you get Michelle Malkin being wrong. Again.

(Video links in linked article.)

Fox News calls Michelle Obama "Obama's baby mama"

An alert reader wrote in just a little while ago to let us know about something he'd spotted on Fox News Wednesday afternoon. During a segment discussing conservative attacks against Michelle Obama, the wife of presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama, the network described the former as "Obama's baby mama."

I checked, and sure enough, as you can see below, our e-mailer was right. In fact, that description was displayed on screen several times during the segment, which featured anchor Megyn Kelly and conservative blogger Michelle Malkin, an FNC contributor.

A clip of the segment in its entirety is below. You may notice that at one point, Malkin says, "By the way, it's not just Republicans who are criticizing some of her comments, but also statements have been made in the left-leaning blog Salon about her comments." I've searched the site, and I can't find anything like what Malkin is talking about. I've e-mailed Malkin asking for clarification -- if and when she responds, I'll update this post.

Update: Malkin responded to my e-mail; she says she misspoke and that she meant to refer to Slate, not Salon.

Posted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 4:30 pm
by Bennett Cerf
I assume this wasn't written by THE Dave Davies...

Biden gets mixed welcome in Northeast

Local Dem leaders say race is issue for many voters

Philadelphia Daily News

DEMOCRATIC vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden went stumping for votes yesterday in Northeast Philadelphia, where Democrats need to earn the love of Democrats who voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama in the April primary.

He worked a diner, gave a rousing speech on bread-and-butter issues at a union hall, and reeled off a memorable line tying the Republican candidate to the unpopular team in the White House.

"My friend John McCain and George Bush are joined at the hip," Biden said. "And we need a hip replacement very, very badly."

So how is the ticket doing with the Northeast's white working and middle-class voters?

Mike McAleer, the veteran Democratic ward leader of the 66th ward in the far Northeast, said Obama and Biden haven't closed the deal yet.

"The Dunkin' Donut crowd tells me that we've got everything going for us but Obama," McAleer said. "They can't give me a direct answer. Do I have them right now in the 66th ward? No. But I got 60 days to get them."

Asked what the problem is with Obama, McAleer paused and said: "It's his color . . . I tell them he's half white and half black. He's got a better perspective for everything in this country."

Joe Dougherty, business manager for Ironworkers Local 401, which hosted Biden's morning event, also said race is an issue for many Democrats.

"I hear it in the neighborhood, and I hear it in the union," Dougherty said. "But I remind them (Obama's) mother was white. He sees all sides, and he could be just what we need to bring this country together."

Biden talked to the crowd of about 200 senior citizens and union members about lower taxes, trade agreements that protect American jobs, and ending what he called the Republicans' "war on unions."

Later, Biden and Gov. Rendell worked the lunchtime crowd at The Dining Car, a neighborhood spot on Frankford Avenue.

Biden smiled, laughed, shook hands and sometimes hugged diners or slid into booths next to them. Sometimes he felt the love coming back, and sometimes he didn't.

Charles Daukas said he'd vote for the Obama-Biden team.

"Put it this way, if Hillary was running I would have really went hard for it," Daukas said. "But I'm a Democrat."

In a corner booth, Biden sat down and, after a moment's conversation, planted a kiss on the forehead of Carolyn Bauer, age 89. Bauer explained afterward it wasn't such a friendly encounter.

"I told him I'm not going to vote for him," Bauer said. "Anybody who runs with a guy with a name like that is not going to get my vote. It'd be disgusting to get a man named Barack Obama as president of the United States. No way. I mean it . . . I'm going to vote for McCain and the lady."

"[Obama's] a Muslim," Bauer added. "He pretends to be a Christian, and he isn't, he's a Muslim."

Obama has attended Christian churches for years, and his children are baptized.

After his stops in Northeast Philadelphia, Biden attended a rally in Langhorne.

Posted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 9:15 pm
by Rspaight
These are the "working-class whites" that the Clinton people kept saying wouldn't vote for Obama.

If the Dems do badly because of the racist vote, I think I can live with that.

Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:34 am
by David R. Modny
Another good article on labor and the racism factor. Some chilling reminders of what we may have to deal with...and potentially unfortunate outcomes:

"The Republican Party has used things such as guns and gays and God in relationship in trying to get to some blue-collar members of unions," Mr. McEntee said. "They're going to use patriotism. They're going to use some things in some kind of racial connotation in regard to Obama."

Polls show Mr. Obama leading Mr. McCain. But potential voters often mask racial prejudice in pre-election surveys, which pollsters call the "Bradley effect," after former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, a black Democrat who led by double digits in polls during his 1982 gubernatorial bid but lost on Election Day. ... bamas-bid/

PS - I just noticed this was printed in that right-wing rag, the Washington Times of all places. Though I believe this article was a wire report.

Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:10 am
by Matt
Hey Ryan, The Washington Times....



Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:46 pm
by krabapple
The asshole portion of the electorate -- 1/4 of all voters, according to South Park -- were just waiting for an excuse to feel right about voting Repubagain. Now they have it in the Alaskan 'baby mama's' mama.

Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:11 pm
by David R. Modny
I think it does come down to the fact that the right -- and even some sectors of the middle and labor-left (i.e. the racist part) -- were indeed looking for *some* reason *not* to have to vote for Obama - even if they know in their heart what a lunatic Palin is. Call it another version of the Bradley effect. She's such a poor excuse of a candidate (and apparently a human being), that all it took was one smarmy reading of a prepared speech, and a "hockey-mom" label, to erase anything that any other candidate (on both sides!) may have legitimately earned over the course of the past 18 months and beyond. No wonder why the MSM is refusing to question any of her campaign lies or personal/political contradictions and hypocrisy. Some of which are the most blatant examples I've ever seen.

Can the voters *really* be this blind/stupid, or is it that they don't *want* to be given a reason to vote for Obama. See above.

It reminds me of the comic scene in "Back To School" with Melon (i.e. Rodney D.) and the butt-kissing, donation-seeking Dean Martin (Ned Beatty) - regarding ol' Thornton's work:

Dean Martin: "Now Thornton, I'm only going to ask this once. Is the work that you turned in your own?"

Melon: "Dean Martin...I cannot tell a lie. Yes it is!"

Dean Martin: "Okay, I'm satisfied."

The voting electorate is kind of the same way.

Or again, are they truly this ignorant? A little of both?


Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:33 pm
by Rspaight
Rev. Moon fears the Bradley effect!

Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:18 am
by Rspaight
I wonder how long it took them to find a picture where Obama looks like O.J. Simpson:


Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:37 pm
by Rspaight
Hip-Hop-Dancing Colin Powell Fuels Speculation He'll Endorse Obama
Colin Powell showed off his hip-hop moves at an 'Africa Rising' celebration in London Tuesday, fueling speculation that the former secretary of state is about to endorse Barack Obama for president.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Colin Powell has his dancing shoes on, fueling speculation that he's gearing up to do the Obama Two-Step.

The normally staid former U.S. secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff performed an impromptu hip-hop dance alongside well-known rap stars Tuesday following a speech at a festival in London celebrating African-American music and fashion.

His address at the "Africa Rising" celebration inside London's Royal Albert Hall fueled speculation that an endorsement of Barack Obama is imminent.

Powell -- who has yet to back a candidate -- told the audience: "I stand before you as an African-American. Many people have said to me you became secretary of state of the USA, is it still necessary to say that you are an African American or that you are black? And I say yes, so that we can remind our children."

"It took a lot of people struggling to bring me to this point in history," Powell told the audience. "I didn't just drop out of the sky. People came from my continent in chains."

Powell has said in the past that he has been hesitant to make an endorsement until he hears more from both candidates.

Political pundits have speculated that his endorsement might come shortly after Wednesday night's presidential debate at Hofstra University, during which both Obama and John McCain will square off on domestic issues.

Many political analysts -- including Zbigniew Brzezinski, Robert Novak and William Kristol -- have predicted that Powell, who was secretary of state under President Bush, will back the Democrat in the race.

After Powell's address to the audience, he took center stage -- dressed in a suit and tie -- to show off his hip-hop dance moves.

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:13 pm
by lukpac
Damn the Polls: McCain's Irreducibles Beg to Differ

“I don’t believe these polls,” said America Blanca, a 44-year-old small business owner from Miami who wore a red dress and was visibly pumped up by the rally. “Not one of them. Because it’s the kids answering the polls on the computers. Their parents are not home and they are answering and they will not be voting. I think if he is losing, it is only by a little spread. Very little.” She held the tip of her pointer finger about two inches from the tip of her thumb.

Asked if her business made more than $250,000 a year, the cap under which Obama has proposed cutting taxes, she said it did. Told about Obama’s proposal, she answered, “I don’t give a shit. I will never vote for a black man.”
Roland Mclean, a 63-year-old from Broward Country who wore a Bermuda shirt spotted with American flags, was taking matters into his own hands. As he walked out he shouted and snickered at the working reporters, who were sectioned off from the crowd by iron railings, for not doing their jobs and for letting Obama off the hook. Asked why McCain appeared to be losing, according to most polls, Mclean said, “A lot of people are drinking the Kool Aid. I think we’re going to win.”

He said that where he lived, in Broward County, “the only cars that I see with Obama signs on them are—you’re going to think this is racist—but black people’s cars. There are no Obama signs anywhere. Much less than all the Gore signs in 2000. And he lost Broward County.” Asked why the polling in Florida seemed so lackluster for McCain, he said, “They never polled me!”

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:50 pm
by David R. Modny
It truly breaks my heart that this ugly undercurrent -- spoken or not -- still exists in our society in the 21st century. Maybe, someday, we'll rise above it as a whole. Call me an optimist, but I want to believe that we're on the brink now.

Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:49 am
by Matt
David R. Modny wrote:It truly breaks my heart that this ugly undercurrent -- spoken or not -- still exists in our society in the 21st century. Maybe, someday, we'll rise above it as a whole. Call me an optimist, but I want to believe that we're on the brink now.

Agreed. The candidates and issues should be the deciding factor, not race. It's sad we still have to deal with this. Like Luke's last post in this thread, this link is equally depressing:

Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 2:36 am
by David R. Modny
That little exercise in "Stern humor" isn't an apples-to-apples comparison though, Matt. :)

Being ill-informed as to where one's candidate of choice may stand on particular issues is something that often infects all ideologies, party supporters, candidate supporters, races, religions, creeds, etc. There are plenty of ignorant white people out there voting for McCain and Palin who have no idea where their candidate stands as well on any given issue - and who could be just as easily swayed by the power of suggestion. That is, this isn't strictly or exclusively a racial phenomenon (as Stern is playing for yuks here).

What I'm talking about is flat out hatred, vitriol and venom spewing forth from someone's mouth simply because a person's skin color happens to be a different pigment, all the while completely devaluing the content of their character. The very definition of racism. I didn't listen to that comedy bit all the way through, but of what I did, this wasn't even the issue at hand. Or, did I miss something later on?

Furthermore, if I have to hear one more person (not you Matt) suggest that "95% of African-Americans are voting for Obama (solely) because he's black," I'm going to scream. In truth, it probably has more to do with party affiliation than anything else. In 2004, 88% percent of African-Americans voted for Kerry. In 2000, 90% voted for Gore. Conversely, when Ken Blackwell, an African-American Republican, ran for Governor here in Ohio in 2006 hardly any of the black population voted for him! So, this notion that 95% of African-Americans are blindly following Obama due to his (same) skin color, or as some sort of "proof" of black racism toward whites, is really a load of bunk! My guess is that the "blind" numbers are probably a lot closer to any other possible demographic that one can think of offhand (e.g. 60% of white males voting for McCain).

It all boils down to the fact that, ideologically speaking, the majority of African-Americans identify with the Democratic Party - and have for roughly the past 90 years. Whether that's always entirely based on issue knowledge or not, again, can be argued on either side of the aisle when it comes to party or candidate affiliation. I'll say this much's fairly obvious which party has been historically more sensitive to the cause of overall civil rights, as well as those in the lower income stratum over the last several decades (i.e. which sadly often includes minorities). It definitely wasn't the Republicans, and it most likely won't be McCain and Palin!

Finally, in all my life, I've never once personally heard an African-American say "I'll never, ever vote for a white guy" as offensively stated in the opposite situation by that white woman in Luke's post (and I suspect secretly felt by quite a few more narrow-minded white Americans). Food for thought.

Obama/Biden '08
(so sayeth *this* white male)

Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:05 am
by Jeff T.
Powell's Obama Endorsement Sparks Reaction: "Nail In The Coffin" For McCain ... 36029.html

I'm sure some will say this is about race too. (sorry if this was already covered as I did not click on the links in this thread) But I already told you guys that Republicans were changing sides this time. And I have a funny feeling it is not just in California. And I don't think Powell is going with Obama because he is black. He knows that the future is in a new different generation, and the future arrived at some point during the last 8 years. Time does indeed fly if you're having fun or not.

I also somehow keep a positive optimistic outlook about the future. And I don't know why. Things are not that good and rosy at this time. Times are tough, and jobs are not plentiful for me right now. I always have some plan, and a new angle. And somehow I always seem to make it to the next stage. But for all the bummers were see, and how times are certainly tough. I believe I am going to make it through this and be better off financially as each coming year arrives. The American dream has not yet died for me. It is just stunted a bit at the moment. But after Nov. 4th we'll all begin the healing process and slow recovery from this awful period we have found our selves in.