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Monday, January 14, 2008

Robert Johnson has violated The Cardinal Rule - Don’t Cut Down Other Black People in Public

That man should have his “black card” ripped up immediately!  Regardless of how one feels about Obama, Bob Johnson’s comments were out-of-line.  I have never had much respect for him because of his “booty time” television but his comments take the cake.

Jan. 14, 2008 | In the annals of improbable explanations, Bob Johnson’s ranks right there at the top. Introducing Hillary Clinton at a campaign event in South Carolina Sunday, Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, said that the Clintons were “deeply and emotionally involved in black issues” when Barack Obama was still “doing something in the neighborhood, that I won’t say what he was doing, but he said it in his book.”

Another not-so-veiled reference to Obama’s admissions of past drug use? In a statement released Sunday afternoon, Johnson said it would be “simply irresponsible and incorrect” to read his words that way. “My comments today were referring to Barack Obama’s time spent as a community organizer, and nothing else,” he insisted.

As Walter Shapiro notes today in Salon, Johnson’s explanation is “giggle"-inducing. But maybe it’s a little worse than that. Johnson’s explanation came via an e-mail message distributed by the Clinton campaign’s press office, which certainly suggests some kind of stamp of approval for a claim that’s so obviously false. And this morning, Johnson’s statement got a semi-explicit endorsement from Bill Clinton himself. Asked about Johnson’s explanation in a radio interview, the former president said: “I think we have to take him at his word.”

Clinton said that “nobody knew” what Johnson was going to say Sunday, and he insisted that it “wasn’t part of any planned strategy.” If that sounds familiar, maybe it’s because it is. When Clinton’s New Hampshire co-chair raised the issue of Obama’s past drug use as a barrier to his electability last month, a Clinton campaign spokeswoman said the remarks “were not authorized or condoned by the campaign in any way.” And when Clinton strategist Mark Penn went out of his way to mention Obama’s “cocaine” use on “Hardball” last month, he said that “the issue related to cocaine use is not something that the campaign was in any way raising.”

Then, as now, we’ll just have to take him at his word.

-- Tim Grieve Salon Magazine

Posted by Nuttshell on 01/14 at 03:13 PM in BloggingPoliticsNews
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Thursday, January 10, 2008

African Union command officially took control the peacekeeping mission in Darfur.

On December 31, a hybrid United Nations-African Union command officially took control of the peacekeeping mission for Darfur.

But the mission is already in danger of failing. Few new peacekeepers have actually been deployed because of obstructions by the Sudanese regime, and world leaders aren’t providing critical equipment essential to the peacekeepers’ success.

Right now, this peacekeeping mission does not have ANY of the 24 helicopters it needs to protect the people of Darfur.

President Bush must do everything in his power to secure commitments from world leaders.

In a region as vast as Darfur, helicopters are essential for the peacekeeping effort. This effort cannot succeed without helicopters for transport, reconnaissance, and security.

Countries in NATO collectively have 18,000 helicopters, and many other nations have the capacity to contribute as well. But no one has yet contributed any to the U.N.-A.U. peacekeeping mission. World leaders are failing to match their words with actions and are turning away from genocide. Again.

President Bush must further his commitment to Darfur and press other nations to step up to the plate and follow through on their commitments. 

Posted by SPN on 01/10 at 11:00 AM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityPoliticsInternationalNews
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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Katrina victims swamp corps with trillions in claims

See the full story here Why don’t they just sue me instead.  I funded the Corps of Engineers with my tax dollars.  Or better yet, they should sue the dinosaurs that died and decomposed into fossil fuel that, after burning, feeds global warming.

WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of people whose property was destroyed when Hurricane Katrina overwhelmed New Orleans’ protective levees have filed claims demanding the government pay astronomical sums that would be enough money to make multimillionaires of everyone in Louisiana.

The Army Corps of Engineers received 247 claims from residents, businesses and government agencies seeking $1 billion or more, according to the agency. That’s the tip of a very large iceberg: The corps, which designed and built the city’s storm protections, faces more than 489,000 claims for the damage and deaths in the post-Katrina flooding.

The claims are so massive the government could never hope to pay them. Rather, they are the hopeful — and at times inflated — requests of people reeling from losses.

Just the top filings add up to so much money that the entire annual output of the nation’s economy — $12 trillion — couldn’t pay them off, according to the corps’ listing. It is the first public accounting of the scale of damage demands the corps faces. 

Posted by SPN on 01/09 at 02:57 PM in BloggingJustice / InjusticePoliticsNewsThis is just stupid!
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Monday, December 31, 2007

Bush’s last day

Posted by SPN on 12/31 at 03:28 PM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityPoliticsCelebrityInternationalNewsPersonal
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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A Citizen’s Reflections on Race, Violence and Power

By Cynthia Boaz
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Sunday 16 December 2007

On December 10, the social justice community in Rochester, New York commemorated the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The themes of the evening’s panel discussion were race and racism, and most of the attention was given to the shockingly high rate of black-on-black violence perpetuated by young men against other young men in this community. Although the discussion was occasionally contentious, most people in the room seemed to agree upon several things: 1) the problem is not unique to the upstate New York region and this issue is equally relevant in Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and another half dozen cities across the United States; 2) the epidemic has something to do with the legacy of slavery; 3) structural and institutional racism perpetuate the problem by ensuring that most blacks who find themselves on the lowest rungs of the class ladder stay there, and 4) the responsibility for addressing the issue lies with both the individual and the community. Many people - both black and white - also shared concern that the extraordinary advances made by the Civil Rights Movement are being undermined on one hand by de-facto segregation, and on the other by legalized discrimination, the most visible form of which is racial profiling by law enforcement.

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Posted by SPN on 12/26 at 11:02 AM in BloggingJustice / InjusticePoliticsRacism / Prejudice
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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Stop Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s Defiance

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is at it again. He is
backtracking on his government’s agreements and attempting to
block peacekeepers for Darfur.

His obstruction must be stopped. And it is up to our world
leaders to stop it.

President Bush must make it clear that Bashir’s defiance of the
international community will not be tolerated. Click below to
send President Bush a message asking him to stand up to Sudanese
President Bashir now.
http://action.savedarfur.org/campaign/stop_bashir/ixxiisk41i5t3n8?

President Bashir is rejecting key provisions of the U.N.
peacekeeping resolution - the same resolution his government
“unconditionally accepted” earlier this year. Bashir is now
adding conditions to the peacekeeping mission that would ensure
it will not be effective enough to actually protect civilians.

If we don’t respond forcefully now, the Sudanese government will
continue to try to finish what they’ve started in Darfur. Click
below to urge President Bush to engage his fellow world leaders
and pressure President Bashir to put the peacekeeping mission
back on track.
http://action.savedarfur.org/campaign/stop_bashir/ixxiisk41i5t3n8?

More than 2.5 million lives are hanging in the balance. The
people of Darfur need President Bush and other world leaders to
stand up to the Sudanese government and put a stop to their
deceitful attempts to continue waging violence against their own
people.

Please take a few minutes to spread the word to your friends,
family and co-workers. Click below to spread the word and ask
them to contact President Bush today.
http://action.savedarfur.org/campaign/stop_bashir/forward/ixxiisk41i5t3n8?

The way the world reacts to Sudan’s latest round of game-playing
will determine if and when peace and security will return to the
people of Darfur.

Your dedication to the people of Darfur has never been more
important.

Thank you again for your help.

Best regards,

Colleen Connors
Save Darfur Coalition

PS. Make your year-end gift today! Help us fight the genocide in
Darfur in 2008. Make your tax-deductible, year-end gift before
midnight on December 31. Click below to donate now.
https://donate.savedarfur.org/08/actnow_bashir/nX7Mjcwp1BOs3?

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Monday, December 10, 2007

World Changers Controversy?

I’m going to climb on my soapbox for this one…

I’m skeptical of most mega church ministers and think Creflo is more questionable than average, but I agree with Creflo on this one. 

It’s not appropriate for congressmen to randomly summon people (that have not been convicted of any crimes) to provide information outside of what the law requires.  If there are concerns about church finances, then the IRS is the proper entity with authority to investigate.  And if the laws are insufficient for the IRS to investigate or they are overburdened as Grassley stated in an interview, then congress should write new legislation or unburden the IRS by simplifying the tax code!  Otherwise, we’ll have congressmen going on witch hunts every election cycle to get some free press and distract voters from their lack of progress on any issues of substance.  We have a process for a reason.  Remember McCarthy?

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Posted by cassie on 12/10 at 02:34 PM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityPolitics
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Friday, September 21, 2007

Another Double Standard - Why isn’t the news media playing up the shooting @ Del State?

When Cho was shooting up VA Tech, it was breaking news 24-7.  A shooting at a black college gets barely any mention.  WTF!

Posted by Nuttshell on 09/21 at 11:21 AM in BloggingJustice / InjusticePoliticsNewsRacism / Prejudice
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Monday, September 03, 2007

The Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against Iran

From The Sunday Times
September 2, 2007
Pentagon ‘three-day blitz’ plan for Iran
Sarah Baxter, Washington

The Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians’ military capability in three days, according to a national security expert.

Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, said last week that US military planners were not preparing for “pinprick strikes” against Iran’s nuclear facilities. “They’re about taking out the entire Iranian military,” he said.

Debat was speaking at a meeting organised by The National Interest, a conservative foreign policy journal. He told The Sunday Times that the US military had concluded: “Whether you go for pinprick strikes or all-out military action, the reaction from the Iranians will be the same.” It was, he added, a “very legitimate strategic calculus”.

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Posted by SPN on 09/03 at 02:14 PM in BloggingPoliticsInternationalNews
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Here’s the video of Dick Cheney explaining why it makes no sense invading Iraq.

Posted by SPN on 08/21 at 01:12 PM in PoliticsNews
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