I have 10 fans: Become a Fan. You'll get emails whenever I post articles on OpEdNews
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a nationally acclaimed author and political analyst. He has authored ten books; his articles are published in newspapers and magazines nationally in the United States. Three of his books have been published in other languages. He is also a social and political analyst and he appears on such TV programs as CNN, MSBC, NPR, The O'Reilly Show, American Urban Radio Network, and local Los Angeles television and radio stations as well. He is an associate editor at New America Media and a regular contributor to Black News.com, Alternet.com, BlackAmericaWeb.Com and the Huffington Post. He does a weekly commentary on KJLH Radio in Los Angeles.
(27 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 24, 2010 The House is duty-bound to Bring Articles of Impeachment against Clarence Thomas
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas can and should be impeached. The case and the grounds for impeachment proceedings against him are virtually iron-clad. The evidence is compelling that Thomas perjured himself in his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his court confirmation hearings in 1991. The evidence is equally compelling that this constituted lying under oath to Congress during the hearings.
(35 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 8, 2012 Tea Party Now a Huge GOP Liability
The resignation of South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint from the Senate followed close on the heels of the desertion from the Tea Party of Freedom Works head Dick Armey took some by surprise. DeMint and Armey were the two biggest and most identifiable fish in the Tea Party affiliated pond. DeMint could be relied on to broker his name ID and prodigious fund raising prowess to every Tea Party backed Senatorial candidate--and loser
(87 comments) SHARE Monday, April 4, 2016 The Awful Transformation of Bernie Sanders
The awful transformation of Bernie Sanders has been absolutely breath stopping to see. Sanders has gone from a charming, engaging, provoking, and supremely principled Democratic presidential candidate to a scheming, conniving, devious, supremely unprincipled Democratic presidential contender. In quick succession, Sanders has been accused of being a tax cheat, a special interest money grabber, a foreign policy dim wit, a Nixoni
(12 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 16, 2011 Clarence Thomas Can Breathe a Sigh of Relief with Weiner Downfall
Every Democrat from the White House down screamed loudly for New York Representative Anthony Weiner to resign, and he finally did. But it's not a Democrat that's breathing the biggest sigh of relief at Weiner's downfall. It's Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
SHARE Friday, November 11, 2011 Did Race Explain Penn State's Blind Eye to Sex Scandal?
Enough of the ghoulish, sordid facts are known about the Penn State University child sex scandal to say this. The alleged child rapes were known by some athletic department members, up to and including the football program boss, JoePa, Joe Paterno. The rumors, or worse, knowledge of the rapes may have been known by or at least heard of by others still unnamed that could eventually be a winding tangle through university staff,
(51 comments) SHARE Friday, December 5, 2008 Method to Thomas Madness on Obama Birth Certificate
The harebrained lawsuit demanding disclosure whether President elect Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen or not was laughed out of New Jersey courts in October. A few weeks later Supreme Court Justice David Souter gave it just as short shrift.
(56 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 12, 2009 Norris's Nutty War on President Obama
Chuck Norris claims that thousands of right wing cell groups exist and will rebel against the U.S. government. It's tempting to laugh away his vow to wage war against President Obama as either the crackpot ravings of a washed up Z grade martial arts actor. Or as a cheap promotional stunt to get his mug back in front of the cameras.
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 19, 2010 Michael Vick's Dog Would be the Luckiest Dog on the Planet
Any dog that Michael Vick owned would be the luckiest dog on the planet. But a dog won't get that honor, at least not just yet. And it's dumb, and silly not to give Vick the chance to give a dog the love, care and devotion that he would give the lucky pet. There are two reasons why Vick won't get to own a pet now.
(14 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 20, 2011 Impeach Obama Over Libya, You Got to Be Kidding
Perennial congressional gadfly Dennis Kucinich completely lost his political screws when he even uttered the word "impeachment" of President Obama over his action in Libya. Kucinich has often been the lone, outraged voice, in blistering Obama on everything from his tax cut compromise with the GOP to his Afghan war policy, but the Libya outburst made no sense by even Kucinich's radical rhetoric standards.
(47 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 4, 2015 Why Conservatives Love to Fan the Black Murder Myth
Conservative blogs, webs, and newspapers, and pundits are at it again screaming that young black males are killing each other with abandon in city after city. They repeatedly toss out the supposedly raging murder violence in Baltimore, Chicago, and now New York City as proof that black on black carnage has mounted to national epidemic levels.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, March 26, 2012 Special Prosecutor in Martin Case Sends Red Flags Sky High
It would be hard to find a special prosecutor in a racially charged murder case that sends red flags flying sky higher than Florida's Fourth Judicial District's Angela "tough on Crime" Corey. Corey is the special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin murder. The problem with the tough on crime tag that Corey wears proudly is that the alleged criminals that she's slapped behind bars more often, and for far longer stretches than
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 15, 2011 Method to the Madness in Ron Paul's War against Civil Rights
GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul still wages war against civil rights. And we really shouldn't be surprised since Paul has repeatedly got into hot water nearly every time he opens his mouth about anything that remotely touches on race. But this time Paul sailed past the outer limits with his defiant boast that he would not have voted for the landmark 1964 civil rights bill.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 21, 2019 I Love Bernie But He Can't Beat Trump
The one question, indeed, almost the only question that causes more obsessive nightmares among Democrats is who can beat Trump? Biden, Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobachar, and even Deval Patrick have run almost exclusively on the vow that they are the Democrats who can oust Trump. They make the claim on two grounds.
(58 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 21, 2010 NPR Should Have Booted Williams for His Fraudulent Liberalism
Former NPR analyst Juan Williams should been canned at NPR for his silly, bigoted crack about Muslims making him nervous. But NPR if it had the ounce of integrity and fairness that it incessantly brags about should have dumped Williams a long time ago for his equally great offense. And that's his two decade con job as a liberal, civil rights expert and even supporter.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 25, 2010 In Defense of Andrew Breitbart
Andrew Breitbart deserves a rousing defense. He single-handedly managed to get President Obama, much of the media, conservatives, and a big body of the general public talking about race, but not just race in the usual drive-by, finger pointing divisive way, but race in which there's near universal sympathy for a black victim of racism.
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 30, 2008 Behind the Screwy Obama Birth Certificate Controversy
At first glance it defied credulity that the staid, respected Chicago Tribune would do something as screwball as giving any credence to the issue of whether President-elect Barack Obama is really a U.S. citizen or not.
(12 comments) SHARE Monday, November 30, 2009 The Tiger Woods Beatdown
Beat em' when they're down and beat em' again for good measure before they can get up. The beat down supposedly is not the American way of dealing with those who are down. The ground rules radically changed the moment Tiger Woods did life threatening damage to a tree and a fire hydrant. With that the beat down started with a vengeance.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 4, 2016 Sorting out Fact from Fiction about Hillary's Iraq War Vote
hen Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008 hammered her for it. 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders repeatedly hammers her for it. Even some have held up Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump's opposition to the Iraq war to hammer her for it. The "it" is then New York Senator Hillary Clinton's vote for the 2002 Iraq War resolution.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 14, 2010 Where Was the World When Haiti Really Needed It?
The heartbreaking and pathetic scene I and a group of other American visitors witnessed at the small beach town in Northern Haiti still haunt me. We had no sooner arrived at the beach when a contingent of Haitian police and local officials frantically waved away a throng of the town's residents who had poured onto to the beach to hawk food, trinkets, and carvings, and tattered clothing items, but mostly to beg.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 22, 2010 Why Franklin Graham Planted the Muslim Seed in Obama
Don't expect any apology, retraction, or the standard I was misquoted backpedal from renowned evangelist Franklin Graham for saying that President Obama has the Muslim seed in him. Graham's quip was a response to a question from CNN's John King about the Pew Research Center poll. It found a big increase in the number of Americans that think that Obama's a Muslim.
SHARE Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Make Climate Change the New Civil Rights Battle
Every Democratic Presidential contender is falling over each other to wear the mantle of top climate change warrior. With a few tweaks mainly involving how much to spend and what timetables to slap on implementation, their plans pretty much boil down to the same things.
(12 comments) SHARE Friday, October 26, 2012 Could a Third Party Candidate Naderize President Obama?
At first glance their numbers are pathetic. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein registers 3 percent of the vote nationally. Peace and Freedom Party candidate Roseanne Barr registers about the same. Justice Party presidential candidate, former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson is seemingly too insignificant to even rate any numbers count. But the numbers don't tell the potential danger they pose to President Obama.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Why the GOP Can't Get Rid of its Clowns
GOP strategists and analysts sounded desperate even panicked when they implore Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels to toss his hat in the presidential rink. Their panic to get Daniels in the race has less to do with any special magic that they think he'll bring to a campaign to oust president Obama then their mounting horror at how the best known potential GOP presidential candidates have turned the party into a three ring circus.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 19, 2011 Victim Bashing Runs Amok in the IMF Rape Case
Former IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn loudly declared that he didn't rape a maid in his hotel room during his stay in New York. Strauss-Kahn is certainly entitled to proclaim his innocence. Under the law he is just that, innocent until convicted in a court of law.
(9 comments) SHARE Monday, September 20, 2010 Rethinking Palin
It's time to rethink Sarah Palin. From the moment that Republican presidential candidate John McCain plopped her on his ticket, the supreme article of political faith from all pundits, much of the press, most Democrats, and the GOP establishment has been that Sarah Palin is a laughingstock, a sideshow diversion, an ignoramus on the issues, a gossip and celebrity starved media creation, and, of course, a closet race tinged crow
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, August 9, 2013 Holder Says the Obvious--the Drug War is a war on Minorities
The scuttlebutt is that Attorney General Eric Holder is poised to say what has long been obvious to anyone who has the faintest notion about how the wildly failed, flawed war on drugs has been waged for three decades. The obvious is that the war on drugs has been a ruthless, relentless and naked war on minorities, especially African-Americans.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, April 18, 2011 GOP Blows it again with Official's Animal Depiction of President Obama
Orange County, California GOP Central Committee member Marilyn Davenport's email blast depicting President Obama and his family as monkeys was sick, vile, and disgusting. But it was not the worst part of it. Even her witless, dunderhead defense of the photo as just a "joke," was not the worst part of her slur either.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 20, 2015 The Democratic National Committee Treads on Perilous Ground with Sanders
The third Democratic presidential candidate's debate got a distant second ranking in headline news to the very public warfare between Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders and the Democratic National Committee. The charges and countercharges between Sanders and the DNC over access to voter data were bad enough.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 12, 2011 Rick Perry's Texas Miracle Con Job
Texas governor and reported GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry is the nation's greatest political con artist. His so called Texas Miracle has been totally debunked as a fraud. Yet, Perry with generous help from conservative business leaders, tea party acolytes, and suddenly revved up evangelicals will keep the con very much alive.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 17, 2013 JFK's Civil Rights Legacy- 50 Years of Myth and Fact
There's been as much myth as fact regarding John F. Kennedy's civil rights legacy in the more than fifty years before, during and especially after his assassination on November 22, 1963. In the days before he delivered his now famed presidential inaugural address on Friday, January 20, 1961, two of his principal advisors Louis Martin and Harris Wofford battled hard to get Kennedy to add two words "at home" to a pivotal sentenc
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 23, 2011 President Obama's State of the Union Speech Already under Fire
President Obama's second State of the Union Speech scheduled for Tuesday, January 25 is under fire before he has even uttered one word of it. This was predictable. The State of the Union speech is generally one of the most watched and listened to political speeches.
(28 comments) SHARE Monday, December 19, 2011 The Nightmare of Ron Paul's Iowa Win
Ron Paul will win the Iowa Caucus no matter whether he actually comes out on top or not. A win for him simply means a solid showing which he'll make.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 13, 2009 Poverty is Still a Dirty Word in America
The figure on real poverty in America is far worse than the Census Bureau recently reported. It found that nearly 40 million Americans are living in official poverty ( less than $22,000 for a family of four). This is an 11 year high.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 28, 2010 Matthews May Have Almost Forgot Obama Was Black But Many Others Haven't
Chris Matthews got a mini-version of the Harry Reid treatment for his honest slip that he almost forgot Obama was black when he watched him during the State of the Union Speech. Matthew's operative word is not black but "almost." But it really wouldn't have made much difference if Matthews had dropped the almost.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 15, 2008 Obama Assassination Jitters
Long before Secret Service officials reported that President elect Barack Obama has gotten more threats against him than any other president-elect,
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Military's Subsidy of Limbaugh Insults Taxpayers
The Pentagon's defiant pledge to stick with the Rush Limbaugh show no matter what bumps up against a few hard and insulting realities. The Armed Forces Network that carries the Limbaugh show is not a private business, corporation, or proprietorship that can do whatever it pleases with its money, personnel, operations and policy.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 8, 2020 Will Bernie Help Re-Elect Trump?
The great horror among a big segment of Democratic voters and officials is a rerun of Hillary versus Bernie in 2016. Even after Clinton bagged the requisite number of delegates needed to lock up the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, Sanders drug his feet on conceding.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 28, 2011 More Trump Silliness--Now it's Obama's Grades
Would be GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump wasted no time eagerly snatching at another silly, deliberately distracting, but hopefully for him media grabbing attention issue when his crusade to get President Obama to release his birth certificate came to a quick end when Obama released it.
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Will Impeachment Re-elect Trump?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems to be of two minds on impeachment. She has repeatedly said no to any immediate impeachment of Trump. She gravely warned that Trump is goading and taunting her and the Democrats to go ahead and try to impeach him. T
(44 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 22, 2010 Why the White House really Rushed to Judgment on Sherrod
Capitol Hill reporters relentless peppered White House press secretary Robert Gibbs with questions of why the White House rushed to judgment and demanded the resignation of Shirley Sherrod. A clearly flustered Gibbs could only say and repeat that the White House made its horrible decisions on faulty information.
(85 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 21, 2014 Why Darren Wilson Isn't in Cuffs
The most recent protests in Ferguson over the slaying of Michael Brown and all of them seem recent since the protestors have all asked for the same thing. That is to slap the cuffs on Darren Wilson, the officer who gunned down Brown August 9. The reasons given for Wilson's freedom are that the prosecutors and cops almost never arrest and charge other cops with misconduct, the St. Louis County Prosecutor is a bigot, and there's
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 6, 2020 Buttigieg's (and the Democrats) Big Troubling Black Evangelical Problem
Two things happened the same day that may tell much about where Blacks, Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg and the Democratic party are headed against Trump. One is that Buttigieg rocket launched to at or near the pack of the heap with his virtual dead heat win in the Iowa Caucus. The other
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 24, 2009 Bestowing Sainthood on Pius XII Ignores a Heinous Past
Pope Benedict XVI's decision to press harder to make Pope Pius XII a saint is not a hostile act against Jews, it's an abomination. The Vatican's mute silence on the Holocaust under Pius's watch aided and abetted it.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 10, 2010 Reid Spoke the Awful Truth about Obama's Racial Exceptionalism
Senate Majority leader Harry Reid apologized profusely for his unguarded quip that Obama's light skin and non-Negro dialect stood him well with him and by implication other whites. President Obama graciously accepted his apology and applauded him as a supporter and friend. But the embattled leader spoke the awful truth that millions did give Obama a racial pass.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 24, 2008 Shirtless Obama Pic More than Media Goofiness
The mix of disgust, laughter and goofy gossip at the body ogling photo of Obama on the beach at Hawaii seemed more than justified. The most charitable that could be said was that it was a deathly slow news week and the shot was manna from heaven to stir up a little interest and hopefully controversy.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Bloomberg Just Might Be the Dems' Best Shot at Trump
For years whenever I heard mention of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg the only two things I thought of was "stop and frisk" and a guy who is stupendously wealthy. These are certainly two traits that would instantly disqualify him from any consideration by me of him as a potential presidential candidate.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, May 1, 2015 Baltimore PD Indictment is one Thing, Conviction is Another
A Maryland prosecutor has charged a Baltimore police officer with a major felony charge in the killing of an unarmed young black male who was not charged with any crime. The case has drawn intense media attention and stirred public rage. Prosecutors in bringing charges are confident that they can get a conviction. And why not there are many witnesses that say the victim was not committing a crime, there was no provocation, and
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Impeaching Trump is Risky Business for the Democrats
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wasn't far off the mark when she said Trump "is making lawlessness a virtue." His brazen flout of nearly every legal and political convention in the books in everything from his borderline tax evasion to playing footsie with Putin up to including even more borderline possible election tampering is well-documented.
SHARE Sunday, July 8, 2012 Romney's Disastrous Prescription for the Black Jobless Crisis
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has managed an incredible feat. In a Google search of millions of references of his campaign speeches, interviews, and his writings, I could not find a single word that he has written or spoken about the greatest economic crisis that faces any of the nation's voter constituencies. That's the crisis of black unemployment.
SHARE Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Cosby Has No One to Blame but Cosby for His Sullied Image
or decades Bill Cosby has been enshrined as America's most treasured TV Dad; the quintessential symbol of all that is good and wholesome in family values conscious America. The adulation for Cosby is so colossal and enduring that he's been rewarded with yet another run at a TV series and a mostly hero worship widely acclaimed biography.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 27, 2009 The Terrible Plight of Dr. Conrad Murray
Dr. Conrad Murray can't win. The Michael Jackson family through their surrogate Reverend Jesse Jackson hints that the doctor may have done something terribly wrong in the death of Jackson. Jackson fans were brutal. On the website vitals.com that rates physicians there were more than 100 comments (as of Saturday).
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 31, 2017 What it Will Take to Put the Cuffs on Trump
Nothing gives the legions of Trump loathers more delight than the photoshopped photos that float around the internet of Trump being marched out of the White House sandwiched between two FBI agents in handcuffs. The superimposed photos are intriguing, entertaining, and funny. But they are just that fake news.
SHARE Sunday, September 20, 2020 Eight Very Specific Things Senate Democrats Can Do to Muck up Trump's SCOTUS Bum Rus
The universal consensus on Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's speed rush to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat is that Senate Democrats can do nothing to stop it. This is dead wrong. The operative word here to muck up Trump and McConnell's confirmation scheme is time, time, and more time. Time, they don't have much of.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 4, 2017 A Shaky Case Against Clinton Rigging the DNC
Democratic Party mover and shaker Donna Brazile grabbed the headlines with her charge that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton virtually bought the Democratic National Committee and stacked the deck against Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders.
(14 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 6, 2011 A Decade Later 9/11 Zany Conspiracy Theories Still Alive and Well
The decade since the hijacked 747s rammed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon hasn't changed one thing. Millions of Americans still fervently believe that the 9/11 terror attacks were part of a well conceived, well-planned diabolical staged act. A poll commissioned by the BBC found that one in seven Americans still think that 9/11 was a staged act.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 4, 2019 Obama Cast Long Shadow over Harris and Others Too
Former Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris problem had the same as every other Democratic presidential contender has. She tried and the others are trying mightily to make the case that they are they are their own candidate, their own person, with their own program and their own vision of what their White House will look like and accomplish.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 6, 2011 Why So Many White Men Still Don't Like President Obama
The latest Pew Research Center survey found a lot of things that should cheer President Obama. Voter anger against government even among those that identify as Tea Party backers is down, the Wisconsin union standoff hasn't stirred any widespread anti-labor backlash, and there's more tolerance than ever for same sex marriage. But the poll also found a troubling note, a continuing troubling note for the White House, and a happy
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Poverty is America's Taboo Word
There are two new rituals about the yearly census reports on poverty in America. One is that the census figures show more Americans continue to sink into poverty. The poverty rate this year jumped to the highest level in nearly two decades. Those hardest hit remain the same.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 1, 2019 Ex-President Trump?
It's more than one year out from the 2020 presidential election. So, it's ridiculous to label Trump, ex-president Trump.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 29, 2019 Why Many Say the Fix is in in the Dallas Cop Trial
First there was the dyed blond hair. Then there were the tears. Then there was the pleading of sorrow and regret. Then there was the dramatic plea that she wished it was her who had been killed and not the man that she is charged with slaying. The she is Amber Guyger,
SHARE Sunday, July 21, 2019 Why Many Will Never Call Trump a Racist
There was surprise and no surprise in a recent poll on whether Americans thought Trump was a racist. The poll was rushed out after Trump's ignited a firestorm when he tweet screamed at four congresswomen to go back to where they supposedly came from. The big majority of Republicans don't see anything racist about Trump. That was expected.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Method to Trump's Endless Hector of Obama
Trump was at it again. The again is his endless hector of former President Obama. In a disjointed, rambling confrontation with the press, sometimes called a press conference, before his empty-handed departure from the G7 Summit, Trump mentioned Obama a half dozen times.
(26 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 9, 2013 Did Marijuana Use Make Trayvon Martin Violent?
The instant that Sanford police officials in March, 2012 leaked to the media school records that showed Trayvon Martin had been suspended from school for possessing a trace amount of marijuana, there was little doubt that George Zimmerman's defense attorneys would jump all over this to prove their point about Martin.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 14, 2010 Palin's "Mama Grizzlies" Are Devouring the GOP Not Obama
Sarah Palin recently told an anti-abortion activist group that "mama grizzlies" will eat up the Democrats in November and shove the country back into the GOP's arms. Her home grown, home state animal kingdom analogy would have been more apt and frightening a year ago when the Tea Party first gathered steam.
(25 comments) SHARE Friday, May 5, 2017 Hillary Did Not Lose Because She Was a Lousy Candidate
In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director James Comey defended going public with his letter on the FBI's probe into Hillary Clinton's email server flap at the 11th hour of the presidential election. The question, the answer, and the implication that hung heavy was that Comey's release of the letter tipped the election to Trump. Clinton has flatly blamed his perfectly timed election eve release of the let
SHARE Sunday, February 16, 2020 The Democrats Have a Catch 22 Black Problem
The Democratic presidential candidates have a Catch 22 problem. They have no chance of ousting Trump from the Oval Office without a massive turnout of Black voters, especially in the five states that will decide the White House.
SHARE Wednesday, November 6, 2019 McConnell's African American Victory Sounds Another Warning Bell
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave one of the biggest hugs I ever saw to a political candidate. There was good reason for it. His hand-picked choice for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron just won big in that state's election. Cameron is the first African American to hold statewide office in Kentucky in decades. He is a staunch prote'ge' of McConnell.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Biden Got it Right, Bernie's Socialism Is Still DOA With Voters
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden didn't toss a Hail Mary pass to save his seeming flagging candidacy when he told an interviewer, "Are you going to walk into any of those states we have to win, like Florida, and other places that we're going to win, in Georgia and North Carolina, and embrace a Democratic nominee who describes himself as a democratic socialist."
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 21, 2010 Why Carville Won't Apologize to Obama for his Balls Crack
Not surprisingly the always dependable controversial quotable especially when it come to knocking President Obama Democratic strategist James Carville was petulant and defiant when asked whether he'd apologize for his latest Obama wisecrack. The dig was Carville's supposedly play on an old joke when he cracked that Hillary Clinton should give Obama one of her balls.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 24, 2012 The Second Murder of Trayvon Martin
The predictable quickly happened with Trayvon Martin. He was murdered again. No, not by rogue, self-appointed vigilante George Zimmerman, but by the non-stop avalanche of veiled and not so veiled hints, innuendoes, digs, and crass, snide, accusing comments, remarks, slander and outright lies about Martin's alleged bad background.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Hard Road to Hoe for The Dems to Beat Trump in Farm Country
There was a grand total of eighty words in the Democrat's 2016 party platform on farm policy and rural development. The Democrats blind spot to rural voters didn't totally tell the story of why Trump scored big with non-college educated white rural voters against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 22, 2019 Make No Mistake The GOP is Trump's GOP And That Spells Great Peril in 2020
Trump has managed to do something Reagan could not do, and both of the Bushes could not do. He's made the GOP totally and completely his GOP. The recent Gallup Poll numbers bear out this perverse feat. He registered the highest approval rating among Republicans of any president.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 13, 2008 Obama's Racial Balancing Act
President elect Barack Obama's close and long time confidant Valerie Jarrett was emphatic when she told a group of black journalists that Obama would not waver one bit in his commitment to diversity in his administration. The journalists were nervous at the paucity of African-American names that have been repeatedly tossed around as likely Obama staff and cabinet picks.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Here's How Trump will Beat Back Impeachment
Trump's 100 plus tweet tsunami a couple of days before House Democrats unveiled their two articles of impeachment against him boiled down to the by now standard Trump line.
(15 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 25, 2011 Paul Flunks the R (Racism) Test for Good Reason
Things got worse for GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul when his GOP presidential rival Newt Gingrich called Paul on the carpet for purported racially inflammatory utterances he made in the 1990s in his officially approved newsletters, Ron Paul's Political Report and Ron Paul's Freedom Report which brought in a considerable haul of cash.
SHARE Thursday, February 13, 2020 Stop and Frisk Still Could Stop Bloomberg
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a colossal problem if he has any hope of ever becoming President Bloomberg. And he knows it. It's stop and frisk. He deservedly took much heat for cheerleading the heinous stop and frisk rousting of tens of thousands of young Blacks and Hispanics on NYC streets during his 12-year mayoral tenure. In almost all cases they committed no crimes.
SHARE Saturday, March 14, 2015 Nothing New in the Ape Crack about Michelle Obama
Silly, sick, demeaning cracks made by such as the canned Univision host Rodner Figueroa likening First Lady Michelle Obama to a Planet of the Apes character are not new. Four years ago the then CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality Association, Walt Baker, took much heat and lost a lot of business for his marketing firm when he also likened the First Lady to a monkey.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 17, 2019 If Buttigieg Wins or Loses the Presidency it won't be because He's Gay
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg doesn't downplay or up play that he's openly gay. There's no need to. He's already shown that he can mount a coherent, sustained, and compelling presidential campaign and candidacy. So compelling that he's now the front runner in some polls in the often make or break first out the box Iowa Democratic primary.
SHARE Wednesday, November 27, 2019 No Surprise, The House Impeachment Hearing Changed Nothing
Anyone who believes that Trump is a liar, cheap, totally corrupt, and colossally unfit for the White House, the impeachment hearing wasn't needed to reaffirm that belief. In fact, having a parade of witnesses, a mountainous page of supposed evidence, and legions of Democrats within and without the Committee and Congress saying that Trump is a crook and unfit for office was a waste of time
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, September 14, 2012 Romney Puts Bush Back in the White House
The terrifying prospect that GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney would put George W. Bush back in the White House, if elected, came a step closer to reality with the public unveiling of his transition team. Bush won't literally return to the White House under a Romney regime, but it's close.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, July 26, 2019 I Oppose The Execution of Dylann S. Roof
Dylann S. Roof is an avowed white supremacist. He wantonly, brazenly, and unapologetically slaughtered nine African-Americans in a South Carolina church in 2015.
SHARE Monday, December 30, 2019 A Hate Crime Is A Hate Crime No Matter Who Commits It
There's no doubt Grafton Thomas committed a hate crime when he allegedly stabbed five people at a Hanukkah party in New York. He is an African American. There was a time when the two, a hate crime, and African American, were not only mutually exclusive but almost unthinkable. There was good reason. In the long vile, hideous history of racially motivated hate violence in America, African Americans have been the prime targets.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Zimmerman Trial Juror b37 Reconfirms Glaring Juror Racial Bias
George Zimmerman trial juror b37 flatly said that there was no doubt that Zimmerman feared for his life when he killed Trayvon Martin. When she said that, she reconfirmed two deep and troubling facts about the Zimmerman trial and the criminal justice system.
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 28, 2019 Screaming Racist at Trump Won't Beat Him
Trump knew exactly what he was doing and didn't even bother to hide it. He tweet baited four Democratic congresswomen with taunts to go back to where they came from. He then gleefully watched House Democrats pass a resolution branding his taunt as raw, naked, unabashed racism.
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 11, 2010 Nader Slurs President Obama---Again
Leave it to Ralph Nader to do a Tea Party like slur of President Obama the few times a reporter comes calling. During the presidential campaign a peeved, and unnerved Nader didn't stop at criticizing Obama for what he considered a bought and paid for Beltway insider.
SHARE Friday, February 6, 2009 Octuplet Mom Reinforced Single Mother Stigma
In her NBC interview Octuplet mom Nadya Suleman was irked at getting pounded for being a single mother with fourteen kids. Or in her words, "it's not as controversial because they're couples so its more acceptable." She had good reason to be irked, but she should be irked at herself too for doing much to reinforce that stigma.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, March 20, 2015 If Ferguson Stays Ferguson, Blacks have no one to blame but themselves
Ferguson will hold municipal elections April 7. The mayor and five of the six city councilpersons are white. Three are up for reelection. Since Michael Brown was gunned down by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, the one loud refrain has repeatedly been how could a city where African-Americans make up
(18 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 8, 2018 Time for Pelosi to Go
Two things happened within the space of 24 hours that tell much about why expectant House Speaker California Democrat Nancy Pelosi must go. The first were her words. Even before the final 2018 mid-term election results were in confirming the Democrat's retake of the House, Pelosi was offering soothing salve to the GOP. She promised a return to bi-partisan deals with the it.
SHARE Sunday, October 13, 2019 Are Black Women the New Police Target?
The Fort Worth Police slaying of name Atatiana Koquice Jefferson stirred one horrendous personal memory and one increasingly horrendous fact about the never-ending threat of police violence to Blacks.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 3, 2008 More Than a Sentence for O.J. Simpson
The instant O.J. Simpson was found guilty of robbery, kidnapping and weapons charges in a Las Vegas court, a lusty on line debate ensued between legal experts and bloggers over whether the judge would or should throw the book at Simpson at his sentencing on December 5.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 10, 2019 College Cheating Parents Prove White Privilege is Alive and Well
First there was disgraced Housewives Felicity Huffman's ridiculously low prison sentence of 14 days for her role in the college cheating scandal. Next there was wealthy New Yorkers Greg and Marcia Abbott receiving a one-month sentence for their role.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 17, 2017 I Ask Again, do you Want Pence?
There has never been a single moment before, during, and now especially after, the election of #45 Trump that the call for his impeachment hasn't been loudly screamed. The impeachment talk thermometer now blazes hotter with the allegations that Trump badgered former FBI Director James Comey to scrap the Trump-Russia ties investigation, and then summarily fired him, told him too lay-off investigating former national security ad
(14 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 22, 2009 The Public Option is dead as a Doornail
President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and a parade of House and Senate Democrats should get academy awards for their play act on the public heath care option. It's as dead as a doornail. Yet, the principal players still tease the public with their talk about it. The public option epitaph was written months ago
SHARE Sunday, August 23, 2020 How Trump Plans to Win and It's Scary
Everyone knows that Trump will turn the 2020 presidential campaign into the dirtiest, vilest, non-stop attack leaden campaign in U.S. history. Everyone knows that because Trump virtually told us.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 19, 2019 Pantaleo May Be Out But the Chokehold Isn't
NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo was finally given the official boot by his department. He was fired for violating department policy. The issue was his use of the chokehold in the slaying of Eric Garner.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 13, 2015 The Second Murder of Walter Scott
t's getting so predictable you can mail the script in. A young, or not so young, unarmed African-American is gunned down by a cop. It makes brief news. Except the news is not really news but the script. He was reaching for the officer's gun, or his Taser or his nightstick. The officer feared for his life. The officer had no choice but to use the required deadly force.
(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 4, 2009 Playa Hatin' on Madonna
Let's cut the bull. The issue is not Mercy James. That's the four year old Malawian orphan girl who Madonna wants to adopt. The issue is Madonna. Whether their motive is revulsion, disgust, secret wish fulfillment, sexism, or just plain, garden variety envy, legions just flat out loathe Madonna. Or in the street vernacular, there's a thriving growth industry in playa hatin' on Madonna.
(19 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Not Racist Ron Paul, But Opportunist Ron Paul
GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul is not a racist. But he's a class A opportunist. The smoking gun proof is his much maligned racist newsletters. Proof, not because they spewed racial bile, or that Paul pretty much knew that the writers of the racially loaded quips were fanning racial flames. Enough persons that were familiar with Paul's Ron Paul Survival Report have publicly blown the lid off of Paul. They made it clear t
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, October 7, 2011 President Obama Doesn't Deserve the Knock from Wall Street Occupiers
The Wall Street occupiers withering knock at corporate and financial greed, manipulation and corruption is much deserved. Their knock at former President Bush and Congress for giving Wall Street financial houses the taxpayers open checkbook to bail them out with virtually no requirement that they in turn bail out distressed homeowners and struggling businesses is much deserved.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 18, 2018 How Russia Played the Race Card for Trump
It was a surprise and no surprise when Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced indictments of 13 Russian nationals in the 2016 presidential election meddling probe. The surprise was Mueller's fingering of one of the prime tactics that the shady probably Kremlin controlled Internet Research Agency used to try to tip the election to Trump. This was to massage,
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, December 8, 2017 Sadly, Trump is Winning
This is one of the hardest things I've ever had to write and admit. That is that Trump is winning. In the brief space of a week he won a brief court fight to shove Mick Mulvaney to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Mulvaney wasted no time in unhinging a spate of consumer protection rulings, regulations, and personnel hires made during the Obama years.
SHARE Thursday, December 5, 2019 Impeachment Has Always Been About Politics
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi couldn't have been more explicit when she flatly said that Trump represents a grave peril to the country. Pelosi said that hours before she made public what the articles of impeachment against Trump were likely to look like.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, April 10, 2009 An Honorary Degree for Kermit The Frog But Not President Obama
It's not clear whether Arizona State University President Michael Crow had any say in the decision not to grant President Obama, the school's commencement speaker, an honorary degree. But one thing's for sure the dumbest thing that school officials said in telling why they won't grant an honorary degree to President Obama was not that he didn't have a credible body of work.
SHARE Sunday, January 21, 2018 Boycotting Trump's State of the Union Address Makes Good Sense
California congresswoman Maxine Waters minced no words when she flatly declared that she will not attend Trump's State of the Union Address on January 30. She made it plain why, "He's a liar." A handful of other Democrats have predictably jumped on the boycott Trump bandwagon and won't be present that evening. More should and almost certainly will join them in staying home that night
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 4, 2019 Why Do White Mass Killers Always Seem to Live Another Day?
Connor Betts, the mass shooter in Dayton, Ohio is an anomaly. He is an anomaly not because he murdered nine persons less than 24 hours after Patrick Crusius massacred 20 in El Paso. He is different because he was gunned down by Dayton police.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 9, 2014 What if Jody Westby Had not said No to Racial Profiling?
Washington D.C. attorney Jody Westby almost certainly did not return to her home recently thinking that she would be a heroine or perform a heroic act. But in one instant she became just that. She did a powerful humane act that showed in a graphic way how racial profiling can be stopped dead in its tracks. Westby intervened when two police officers stopped Dennis Stucky, a disabled black handyman, in her neighborhood after rec
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 1, 2020 Not Guilty! And Not Simply Because of GOP Brute Partisan Politics
The universal consensus on why the Senate Republicans and some Democrats won't convict Trump is this. It's merely a case of naked, raw, hard-nosed partisan politics, with a heavy dose of fear. No matter how much more than a few GOP senators detest him, he's the GOP's titular head. They must toe the line on impeachment out of party loyalty, political largesse, implacable
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 11, 2017 President Pence
The much-respected Public Policy Polling group in a recent poll blared the headline "Americans now evenly divided on Impeaching Trump." This is no surprise. The presidential election results were barely finalized in November when the furious talk, speculation, and outright calls began for Trump's impeachment.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 6, 2009 Miss California is Right to Scream About Beauty Contest Hypocrisy
Miss California nee Carrie Prejean is right to scream foul at the scalp hunters who want hers after the pictures of her clad in revealing pink drawers with her back turned to the camera in a suggestive pose ripped around websites. Miss USA Beauty pageant organizers wasted no time in very publicly saber rattling Prejean with the threat of snatching her Miss California crown away for violating the "ethical and moral" standards
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 15, 2019 The Ft. Worth Cop Case--Another Conviction with Many Strings Attached?
In January 2019, when a jury brought back a guilty verdict against former Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke in the murder of Laquan McDonald there were loud cheers that justice had been done; namely a white cop finally tried and convicted of the murder of an unarmed Black.
SHARE Saturday, October 19, 2019 It's the Economy Stupid Might Not Be True for Trump
If one believes that three Moody Analytic variables, the stock market, employment, and key economic measure such as gas prices, predict a presidential election outcome, then it's over before the first vote is cast. Trump shellacs any Democrat.
(19 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 2, 2014 GOP Peddles Hard the Myth of Minimum Wage is a Job Killer
The GOP has ruthlessly sold the outlandish myth to millions that a hike in the minimum wage is a huge job killer. It has been so effective in its hard sell that President Obama and Congressional Democrats have repeatedly been stymied and frustrated in every effort they've made to boost the minimum wage nationally.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 15, 2018 Why Not a Murder Charge for Guyger?
The instant it was announced that Dallas Police officer Amber Guyger would be slapped with a manslaughter charge, the loud cry went up: Why not murder? The story that Guyger told of stumbling into a wrong apartment after a long shift, and then mistakenly gunning down Botham Jean thinking he was an intruder is by now well known.
SHARE Tuesday, October 9, 2012 Affirmative Action Decision No Election Game Changer
The instant the Supreme Court decided to again tackle affirmative action, President Obama wasted no time. His Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. filed a straight forward brief that was signed off on by five federal agencies and the Justice Department that flatly called on the High Court to not scrap race as a factor in education.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 16, 2014 Clarence Thomas Should be The Last to Whine about Race
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is back at it again. The "it' is talking, or rather as is his want, complaining about race. In his latest tirade Thomas left no doubt who he had in mind as being too racially thin skinned when he finger-pointed "liberal elites" and then reeled off the by now familiar litany of racial slights, incidents, and attacks on him over the years all by liberals, of course.
SHARE Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Will Impeachment Help or Hurt Trump?
The White House press secretary flatly claimed that Trump is not watching the House Intelligence Committee's formal opening of its impeachment inquiry. A few days before Trump was just as confident and nonchalant when he said that he wasn't worried in the least about the hearings.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 26, 2013 Why A&E and Millions Feverishly Embrace Duck Dynasty Bigotry
A&E certainly knows how to work both sides of the street with Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. When Robertson popped off with his by now well-known slurs against gays and blacks A&E feigned righteous indignation and pulled the show. But, did it? A&E deluged legions of its viewers with endless hours of the show on Christmas. This was no accident.
SHARE Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Rethinking Bloomberg
My first thought when former New York City Mayor and astonishingly wealthy Michael Bloomberg said he would toss his hat in the 2020 presidential rink, was, "oh no!" Do we need another middle of the road white billionaire in the presidential race at a time when poverty, wealth inequality has become standard talking points for the Democrats?
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Now of All Things a Black Sports Jock Peddling the GOP
ESPN host Stephen A Smith has gotten quite a reputation for being a controversial tell-it-like-he-sees-it guy. That's fine in sports punditry. He's an ex-jock, and in that world pretty much any inanity will fly. But when Smith pursed his lips and ventured outside sportsdom to quip that blacks should vote GOP at least one election go round he proved once again that sports and entertainment personalities that venture opinions ab
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, May 26, 2017 Montana Shows Democrats Still Clueless on How to Beat Trump
"Montana special election? Oh, I didn't know about that." This is what one of the most influential Democratic Congressional Committee members, South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn had to say about the Montana Congressional special election. The quip told much about why the Democrats are still in big trouble in trying to figure out how to beat Trump.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 10, 2019 The Woman Hurdle for Warren
If Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren bags the Democratic presidential nomination, there are two certainties. One is that the overwhelming majority of Democratic women voters will vote for her. The other is that a lot of other women won't.
SHARE Sunday, October 27, 2019 Is Trump Getting it Right on Criminal Justice Reform?
It has got to be one of the great anomalies of the era. The most lawless president who has ever sat in the Oval Office. The most overt racially inflammatory president who has ever sat in the Oval Office. Yet, that president seemingly gets it right on criminal justice reform
SHARE Thursday, May 21, 2020 COVID Again Drives Home This Deadly Fact: Racism Kills
Within the space of a couple of days, two items grabbed headlines that again cast a public eye on a tormenting fact. Racism kills and kills a lot of poor African Americans. One item was the declaration by the Franklin County, Ohio Commissioners that racism should be branded a public health crisis.
(12 comments) SHARE Friday, April 30, 2010 Facebook Thinks Praying for President Obama's Assassination is OK
SHARE Sunday, July 5, 2015 GOP Still Drinking Its Kool Aid on Black Voters
You can count on it like clockwork in the run-up to a presidential election. A GOP presidential candidate will make a much publicized declaration that the GOP will shift gears and go all out to court black voters. The candidate will dust off and spout the same shop worn arguments.
SHARE Sunday, January 24, 2010 Obama's Tin Ear on Bernanke---And Company
President Obama ear can't be that tin on Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. His wink and nod at the Big Banks and Wall Street's roulette play with public monies is a big reason for record breaking home foreclosures, record breaking bank executive compensation payouts, soaring bank profits, unemployment climbing again in December, a decade high number of Americans in poverty, and Scott Brown. Yet Obama's still busily jawboning senators
SHARE Sunday, November 3, 2019 Here's Why There's No Controversy for me for Harriet
The instant it was announced that a big-ticket Hollywood biopic would be made on famed 19th Century anti-slavery liberator Harriet Tubman, it started. The "it" was variously, that the film would be a whitewash, a historical distortion, demeaning exploitation, and wildly inaccurate.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 29, 2012 Hate on Social Media Against President Obama Soars
The legion of web sites, bloggers, talk show jocks, and the occasional GOP official that has teed off on President Obama and at times Michelle Obama with assorted borderline racist digs, taunts, and depictions have been relentless.
SHARE Tuesday, May 5, 2020 The Hillarying of Biden
You can blank out the name Hilary Clinton and pencil in the name Joe Biden, but the playbook is the same. Chapter after chapter in the playbook lays out the brutal blueprint of how to torpedo the candidacy of the Democratic presidential opponent
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Racist Video Casts Ugly Glare on College's Blind Eye to Frat Racism
Five years before the racist video by the disgraced Oklahoma University fraternity Alpha Sigma Epsilon ignited a firestorm of student and public rage, hundreds of students and faculty members were up in arms over the "Compton Cook Out" at the University of California, San Diego and several other UC campuses. The protests didn't stop racist, bad behaving fraternities from being just that, racist, bad behaving fraternities. In q
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 26, 2020 Sex, Lies and Joe Biden
There are three issues, or better yet, concerns, for Democrats in the allegation by Joe Biden's former staffer Tara Reade that he sexually harassed and assaulted her. They all have direct bearing on Biden's chance to oust Trump.
SHARE Saturday, May 22, 2010 Why Didn't Rand Paul Fire His Racially Suspect Spokesperson?
The news hit last December that there was a racially inflammatory picture of the lynching of a black man next to a smiling cherubic picture of three young happy go lucky whites captioned "Happy N".Day" on senate campaign spokesperson Chris Hightower's myspace website.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 9, 2020 Here's How Trump will Come at a Black Woman VP Pick
There was not a single moment during the 2016 presidential campaign that one or another GOP operative group didn't drop a subtle hint or launch a flat out open attack that a woman president shouldn't be in the cards.
SHARE Sunday, February 20, 2011 Revisiting the FBI's Dirty War on Black America
The tale of FBI informant Ernest Withers is now well known. He spent years busily snapping photos of many major civil rights happenings, actions, and doings of civil rights leaders, most notably Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He got close-up shots of them because either through disinterest, Wither's flattery, or simply naivety, they trusted him to record their sometimes most intimate moments.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Here We Go Again, The Never-Ending Sex Smear of Dr. King
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered more than a half century ago in Memphis. Then FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover has been dead almost a half century. Yet, one wouldn't know it. King is once again being slammed with the age-old charge that he was a philanderer, a pervert, and a hypocrite on sex. These were all the choice epithets that Hoover publicly and privately hurled at King when both were alive.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Whether Bernie Said it Or Not, A Woman Sadly Can't Beat Trump
Whether Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told rival Elizabeth Warren that a woman couldn't beat Trump is irrelevant. What is relevant is the bigger question can a woman? Even the faintest private utterance that that can't happen brings the wrath of the heavens down on the head of anyone who dares make that utterance.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 22, 2017 Too Many Troubling Questions About the death of Sgt. La David Johnson
The troubling questions about the death of Sgt. La David Johnson in Niger didn't begin and certainly won't and shouldn't end with the bungled call that Trump made to Johnson's widow, Myeshia Johnson. Apart from the furor it ignited and the war of words between White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Black Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, the call did make Johnson and his death front page news. That's just the start.
SHARE Friday, March 6, 2015 The Issue for the Supreme Court is Not Obamacare, But Obama
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was lambasted as a turncoat, traitor, and betrayer by conservatives when he cast the deciding fifth vote in 2012 upholding the constitutional soundness of the Affordable Care Act. This allowed states and the federal government to put in an array of measures to fully implement the act. That didn't end the matter.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 15, 2015 Alleged Ferguson Police Shooter is a Nightmare For Police Reform
Every activist organization in the forefront of the protests over the police killing of Michael Brown quickly issued a statement, or called a press conference, and that included the family of Brown. They roundly condemned the assault on the two Ferguson police officers by alleged gunman, Jeffrey Williams. Some didn't stop there, they went further, much further, and made it clear that they wanted just as badly as police officia
SHARE Tuesday, March 10, 2009 Race Still Drives the War against Universal Health Care
President Obama has heard all the arguments against universal health care. One he won't hear from opponents, that is the private insurers and hospitals, is that of their fear of having to cover and treat the millions of black and Hispanic uninsured.
SHARE Sunday, November 12, 2017 The GOP's Never-Ending Judge Moore's Problem
The GOP does not have a Judge Roy Moore problem. It has a Judge Moore's problem. That's plural for a reason. Moore is hardly an aberration in GOP ranks. In the past two decades the list of GOP governors, congresspersons, and state and local officials who have been accused of, convicted of, and either summarily dumped from office or resigned reads like a who's of a roster sheet of sexual deviants.
(9 comments) SHARE Monday, August 29, 2011 President Obama's Continuing White Problem
Democratic presidential candidate Obama faced the problem. President Obama faces the problem. And now President Obama in his re-election bid faces the problem. The majority of whites still will not accept his presidency.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 30, 2013 America's Shameful Treatment of Mandela Still Lingers
During his trip to South Africa, President Obama graciously and reverentially praised Nelson Mandela as a leader who inspired people around the world and that included himself. This was more than just praise for one of the planet's most respected leaders, the man Obama called by his traditional tribal (and affectionate) name Madiba.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 11, 2014 It's Official--The Tea Party is now the Republican Party
Georgia House Representative Jack Kingston went through a hoop that virtually defies belief. He voted against a bill that he spent months on helping to write. The bill was a spending bill and the type o bill that the tea party has relentlessly opposed.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 20, 2010 Don't Dare Equate Sherrod's "Racism" With GOP and Tea Party's Racism
Fox News, and the gaggle of rightside blogs, websites, and assorted tea party activists were in sheer delirium when they dug up an old tape of Shirley Sherrod, the Agriculture Department's director of rural development in Georgia, supposedly getting caught with her racism hanging down.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, July 23, 2012 Poverty Issue Missing on the Presidential Campaign Trail
Two reports issued the same day told of two appalling realities. One report on poverty was based on an AP survey. It found that the poor are getting poorer, and more numerous than at any time in the last half century.
SHARE Friday, October 17, 2014 Republican's Blame Ebola on Obama Ploy Backfires
The instant the Ebola crisis hit American shores the inevitable happened. The GOP blamed President Obama for it. First it was the lame brained borderline racist charge that Obama either deliberately or through sheer incompetence did nothing to seal the borders to keep the virus at bay. T
SHARE Monday, December 4, 2017 Trump's Virtual Lily-White Court Picks Are a Judicial Horror
There was little surprise at the news that Trump is packing the federal judiciary with as many white, conservative males as he can dig up. His anti-diversity federal judgeship count is indeed gruesome. To date, he has deemed only one black and one Hispanic worthy of a bench appointment. Three decades ago Reagan took much heat for his see no, find no black and Hispanic judicial appointments.
(17 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 3, 2011 The GOP Makes Obama's re-election Easier by the Day
President Obama's re-election bid announcement was pro forma. There was never any doubt whether he'd run again, and if the GOP has anything to do with it, the odds are looking better every day that he'll win in a walk away. It didn't start out that way, though. The first year of his White House tenure, things looked shaky for re-election.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 3, 2013 Alleged Los Angeles Airport Shooter May Be More than a Lone Nut
Two troubling polls were taken within less than a month of each other last March and April. The March poll by Public Policy Polling found that nearly one third of Americans think that there is a secretive, diabolical cabal out to rule the world through a "New World Order."
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 8, 2011 Whither the Tea Party?
The first rumbling that the party may be ending is in, and for more than a few it's none too soon. The party in this case is the Tea Party. Two things in rapid succession signaled that the light may be dimming for the party.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 10, 2010 Could George Bush beat Obama?
Talk about a page from Ripley's Believe it or not. A new CNN poll now claims that the one-time universally battered, bruised, hectored and in virtual disgrace George W. Bush is almost as popular as President Obama.
SHARE Saturday, September 4, 2010 "Obama Hates America"
The Obama Hates America theme is not hyperbole. It has been relentlessly played for all it's worth from the second that then Democratic presidential candidate Obama announced in February 2007 that he would seek the White House. It almost certainly will be played hard again in the days leading up to the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 22, 2009 President Obama's One Term Nightmare
In an interview on NBC's Today Show two weeks after he was sworn in President Obama was blunt. He said that if he didn't deliver he'd be "a one term proposition." Put this in the category of what did he know and when did he know it. The it is that he was under the intense glare of the public to deliver the goods, or be quickly dumped in the presidential has been bin. Polls back up this hard political reality about Obama.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Why I Will Not Be Watching Any More Presidential Debates
A few minutes into the first presidential debate between Trump and Clinton, Clinton did the very thing that I cringe at and hoped she would not do. She went after Trump on a point about jobs and their alleged loss to China, Mexico, and just about everywhere else you can think of but here. If she hadn't gone on the attack, Trump sooner or later would have.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 4, 2010 Obama Makes it Official: He's African-American
President Obama unequivocally and unhesitatingly made it official: he's African-American. That may sound silly and facile to say that but his checking the box "African-American" on his census form did two things. It made meaningless the incessant chatter of whether Obama should be called mixed race or African-American.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 19, 2010 No Surprise so Many Think Obama's a Muslim
It's no surprise that so many Americans think that Obama is a Muslim. The Pew Research Center poll found a big increase in the number of Republicans that think that. Certainly that was no surprise. And only slight less surprising the poll found that lots of Democrats and Independents also think that he's a Muslim.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 25, 2012 Will Gingrich Bring White Supremacy Back to the White House?
Put "President" in front of Newt Gingrich and there's an even chance "white supremacy" could be put in front of his presidential moniker. The suddenly surging Gingrich upped his racially loaded pandering scorecard with the resurface of a handwritten first draft of a series of talks he prepared in 1993 a couple of years before his ascendancy to House Speaker for his prescription for "renewing American civilization".
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Yes, The Clintons are still Relevant
The Clintons are far from dead and forgotten politically. They announced that they are hitting the road on a multi-city tour later this year and through 2019 that will take them through several states. The timing is no accident.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 31, 2016 How About Four New Scalia's on the Supreme Court
GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump upped the ante again on arguably the single biggest campaign issue that has Trump and Clinton backers the most anxious about. That's who gets to appoint who to the Supreme Court during the next four to eight years. There could be anywhere from two to four vacancies in that time span. Trump upped the ante in three ways. The first was when he again tossed out the name of the late Antonin Sca
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 19, 2014 President Obama Dodges GOP Trap on Iraq
The instant Sunni militants overran two major Iraq cities the predictable happened. Arizona Senator John McCain and the pack of GOP congressional leaders, GOP web bloggers, talk show hosts, and assorted pundits screamed at the top of their lungs that "we told you so."
(12 comments) SHARE Monday, January 2, 2012 Ron Paul's Fetish on Civil Rights
GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul just can't seem to help himself when it comes to his fetish on a law which has been on the books for nearly five decades and which has long since been rendered a moot point by even avowed white supremacists. That's the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 13, 2014 Ryan’s Naked Bigotry on Black Jobless Crisis Shows GOP’s True Colors
Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan managed to kill two birds with one quip. He demonstrated his appalling arrogance and ignorance about the true cause of the black unemployment crisis. At the same time he made mockery of the GOP's oft repeated claim that it wants to mend its bigoted ways and be a party of true diversity.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 15, 2010 Torrance California Police Stop Again Casts Ugly Glare on Racial Profiling
The throng of angry whites jeered, catcalled, and spat out borderline racial insults at the small group of mostly black protestors. This wasn't a march against Jim Crow in Montgomery, Birmingham, Jackson, Mississippi, or Cicero, The year wasn't 1963. The charged racial confrontation happened on March 14, 2010 in the self-billed All-American, mostly white Los Angeles suburban bedroom city of Torrance, California.
SHARE Sunday, March 18, 2012 Why President Obama Can't Say "I support Gay Marriage"--Yet
President Obama has been called on the carpet yet again by some gay activists for not forcefully and unequivocally saying "I support gay marriage." This doesn't mean simply his backing full equality, civil rights, civil unions, support gays in the military, calls on UN to end discrimination against gays,making supportive speeches to gay rights groups and strongly opposing the seemingly never ending ballot initiatives and leg
SHARE Wednesday, June 10, 2020 Trump's Snatch of Nixon's Law and Order Pitch Worked Once, Why Not Again
Trump didn't puff his chest out and brag that he's the law and order president in response to the looting and burning that accompanied some of the massive anti-police violence protests. He made the boast almost four years ago in July 2016 in a campaign speech that he was the "law and order candidate."
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 11, 2009 Madoff's Guilty Plea Scam
Despised financial fraud Bernie Madoff may have one last scam in him. And this one may be the biggest and most infuriating of all. He may sleaze his way out of rotting away his last days in prison.
(12 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 29, 2016 True Danger Signs in Clinton Email Flap
There will be no criminal charges against Hillary Clinton in the flap over the use of her private server for State Department business. There will be no finding that Clinton broke any federal laws in using her private server. There is no evidence whatsoever that Clinton jeopardized national security by the use of her private server. The never ending House
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Nice try Rand Paul, But it won't Work
Freshly minted 2016 GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul has a few good things going for him. He has talked back to the war hawks. He wants to radically rein in out of control intelligence spying.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, May 15, 2009 The Other Farrah Story
Farrah Fawcett watched her personal, moving and life affirming story on ABC-TV. Millions applauded her for her valiant fight against cancer and her inspirational message to fight on to many others who wage their own private medical battle against the dread disease. Lawanda Jackson was not one of them who applauded Fawcett.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 13, 2015 Why Cruz is far More Dangerous than Trump
The latest poll on the GOP presidential candidate's derby now has Texas Senator Ted Cruz steaming past prior front-runner Donald Trump in the crucial first out the box Iowa primary February 1.
The poll result tells much about why Cruz is far more dangerous than Trump. But there's more, much more, to tell why.
(15 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 6, 2013 Was Race a Factor in the Slaying of Miriam Carey?
Miriam Carey's sisters screamed loudly that their sister did not have to die in the hail of gunfire from D.C. police. They did not say or even hint that race had anything to do with the young black woman's slaying in her alleged attack on the White House. The blizzard of oft times conflicting reports on how and why she was killed has left plenty of room for much speculation and serious doubt over whether Carey really was a dan
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 30, 2018 Trump's Next Cynical SCOTUS Move, Pick a Woman If Kavanaugh Flops
There's absolutely no doubt that if SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh flops, Trump's next pick will be a woman. That will serve several purposes. There's little risk that a woman will have a rape, sexual assault, or sexual harassment skeleton in her closet. T
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 28, 2017 What's Really Behind Trump's Clinical Fixation with Obama
The clinicians would have a field day with #45 Trump's Obama fixation. He hasn't missed a chance to hector, accuse, bait, and hack up former President Obama at every turn. There were times during the 2016 presidential campaign that Trump seemed to be running against Obama, rather than Clinton. He never missed a chance on the campaign trail to denigrate him.
SHARE Friday, March 21, 2014 The GOP's Talk about Minority Outreach Just That, Talk
One year ago Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus assured one and all that the GOP had learned from its 2008 and especially 2012 presidential election debacles and that it would change its losing ways. The formula for the comeback was the something that the GOP has more than once paid much lip service to and that was making the party more inclusive. This meant making a real effort to draw more blacks and Hispa
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 12, 2014 Racism Charge in Ebola Fight Way Overblown
Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson was tactful and circumspect when he questioned the way health officials and medical staffers handled the care and treatment of Ebola victim Thomas Duncan. Jackson carefully avoided using the "R" word. R as in racism but others, many others, and that includes Duncan's family, flatly charged that he was virtually left to die because he was black.
SHARE Sunday, November 29, 2015 Here's why the Alleged Planned Parenthood Killer Isn't called a Domestic Terrorist
The two words that were glaringly missing in the reams of news clips, press reports, and news features on alleged Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Clinic killer, Robert Lewis Dear were "domestic" and "terrorist." His target, the clinic, and his victims were deliberately and calculatedly chosen. Attorney General Loretta Lynch promptly labeled the shooting a "crime against women receiving healthcare services at Planned Parent
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 12, 2020 Five Herculean Tasks for Harris
Virtually seconds after presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden picked California senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, Trump did the predictable. He went on the attack. Harris was "nasty," "a loser," "disrespectful," and "phony."
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 16, 2019 Don't Bet that SCOTUS Won't Take Alabama's Bait to Dump Roe
There was absolutely no doubt that even before the ink was dry on Alabama's Medieval era abortion law that the law would wind up in court. Planned Parenthood wasted no time in announcing a legal challenge to the law. It won't be the only challenge.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 17, 2011 GOP Presidential Candidates Tongue Tied on Paterno
GOP presidential candidates have been loose lipped on any and every public policy issue imaginable. But suddenly they have all have lost their speech on the Penn State scandal. They have uttered barely a peep about the scandal.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, September 12, 2011 Party Ending for the Tea Party?
There are two things that have distinguished the tea party. With the help of an awestruck, fawning media, it has been able to harness public disaffection with Washington beltway politicians and a large segment of white conservative anger and loath of President Obama's policies.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Now Rumsfeld Uses Ape Image about President Obama
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been a fierce and relentless critic of President Obama's defense and foreign policy initiatives since Obama set foot in the White House. But Rumsfeld seemingly could have picked just about any other pejorative term or reference to make his never ending point about Obama's alleged failure than the one he used. He told a Fox News interviewer that "a trained ape" could do better on
(15 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 21, 2010 Ron Paul Still as Scary as Ever
Ron Paul is still as scary as ever, or maybe I should scarier than ever for the GOP. This has absolutely nothing to do with his unsurprising landslide win in the Conservative Political Action Committee's annual presidential straw poll. It was hardly the win of the ages since the CPAC convention was stacked with tea party zealots, and young zealots at that.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Now it's the School Police That Are Militarized
The ridiculous and terrifying sight of dozens of police dressed and packing assault weapons as if they had just stepped out of a combat zone in Iraq or Afghanistan in Ferguson, Missouri was horrifying enough. Now we find that an increasing number of America's school police are packing assault weapons.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, January 5, 2009 The Genius of Ann Coulter
Ann Coulter is a genius. All she has to do is shake that stringy blonde hair, prance around in tight mini skirts, show her rail thin, pale white legs, spew foul mouthed expletives about her favorite whipping boy, liberals and the so-called liberal media and the tongues roar furiously.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 14, 2015 Hunt Terrorists in Paris Massacre, Not Witch-hunt Muslims
The instant news broke about the hideous bloodbath in Paris, the predictable happened. The tweets from the conservative echo chamber came fast and furious. They called for a total, all-out war, bashed immigrants, gun control advocates, liberals, the students at the University of Missouri, President Obama, lax security, permissiveness, and of course, Muslims.
SHARE Sunday, September 23, 2018 Cosby Still Doesn't Get It
Bill Cosby admitted in a sworn deposition that he drugged and raped women. He watched as legions of women came forth and reported that he drugged, raped, and waged a legal vendetta against them when they dared open their mouths about his crimes.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, July 15, 2011 Obama Has No Choice But to Tap The Fat Cats
The news reports that President Obama was courting large campaign donors stirred complaints that this will put him even deeper into political hock to fat cat donors and the corporate rich if re-elected.
SHARE Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Here's How to Stop the Killing of the George Floyds
On March 22, 1991, a visibly shaken and angered President George H.W. Bush said he was sickened and "outraged" by what he saw on television. That was the beating of black motorist Rodney King by a swarm of LAPD cops
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 22, 2011 President Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Should Silence The Naysayers
President Obama's Iraq troop withdrawal should finally silence the naysayers. And there have been many of them. GOP leaders pound him relentlessly for being weak, ineffectual, and indecisive on military and foreign policy aims and goals.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, November 8, 2010 Bush's Love fest for President Obama
Former President George W. Bush seems to be about the only top Republican in the land who hasn't taken a shot at President Obama. There's not one, I repeat, not one single word of criticism of Obama's performance to date in the White House in Bush's near 500 page memoir, Decision Points.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 2, 2017 What Sanders and Warren Got Right and Wrong About Obama's Speaking Fees
Before I get to what Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders got right and wrong about former President Obama's big Wall Street speech paydays, here's a personal note. I have headed a non-profit public advocacy and education foundation for more than a decade, and in that time, every penny that I have received from speaking fees, appearances, and other public activities, have been turned over t
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 26, 2012 The Whitest of White 2012 GOP Convention
The 2012 GOP convention organizers made much of the announcement that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Democratic Congressman Arthur Davis, and Saratoga Springs, Utah Mayor Mia Love will be among the featured speakers at the convention. They are supposedly the GOP's loud public rebuke to the relentless charge that it has snatched in the welcome mat to blacks.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 30, 2014 Disgraced State Senator Helps Set Dangerous Precedent for Affirmative Action
Ranking California Democratic State Senator Leland Yee made the news twice in recent weeks. And both times it was for the wrong thing. The first time was for his FBI bust on charges of gun running and public corruption. The second reason he was in the news potentially has far more damaging consequences.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 10, 2017 The Great Danger When Blacks Commit Racist Acts
Air Force Academy Preparatory School's superintendent very publicly and very sternly warned Academy cadets that the Academy had zero tolerance toward racists acts. He even more sternly promised that any cadet found guilty of such acts would be harshly punished.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, September 17, 2018 Unfortunately, Sex Didn't Derail Thomas And it Won't Kavanaugh Either
It's deja vu time with SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In 1991 it was Anita Hill. In 2018, it is Christine Blasey Ford. But the outcome will be the same. Here's the brief recap. Then President George H. W. Bush nominates Clarence Thomas to the SCOTUS. Packs of civil rights groups and liberal Democrats opposed Thomas.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 28, 2011 President Obama Sends the Right Signal on Drug War
President Obama uttered the words in a recent You Tube Townhall that drug reform advocates have long wanted to hear from a president. His blunt comment that "drug legalization is a legitimate topic for debate" came in response to a question from a former law enforcement officer.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 30, 2017 Why So Many Still Adore Trump--Despite Everything
Instead of attending the pro-forma White House Correspondents' Association dinner as every president has done in the last nearly four decades, #45 Trump beats up on the press before a wildly enthusiastic and cheering crowd in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The crowd predictably takes the cue and jeers at reporters busily hammering away on their laptops at the rally. This is more than a case of Trump playing to an emotional moment t
(24 comments) SHARE Monday, September 16, 2013 The GOP Still Hell Bent to Make Obama a Failed President
GOP House speaker John Boehner is making a strained effort to check House Republicans in their hell bent charge against President Obama on the budget, continued government funding, and their pet loathing, the Affordable Care Act. His effort is fruitless for one simple reason. Tea Party backed House Republicans loudly, and the GOP establishment quietly, will never shed their obsessive dream of making the Obama presidency a fail
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 21, 2013 Reinforcing the Self-Serving Myth that Blacks Kill Whites Because They're White
The predictable happened as soon as the race of the three teens charged in the Oklahoma slaying of Christopher Lane, a young white Australian baseball player was known. Two are black. The cry immediately went up yet again that whites are in dire peril from being victimized, and likely murdered by young blacks.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 16, 2017 Impeaching Trump is Not an Option--Yet
Few subjects have been more hotly debated, scrutinized, and endlessly rehashed, then whether Number 45 Trump can or will be impeached. A deluge of petitions has been circulated on line and tens of thousands of signatures have been gathered for his removal. The issue of a Trump impeachment roared back on the public and media plate at a recent anti-Trump tax disclosure rally in Washington D.C. where speaker after speaker called
SHARE Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Long Before COVID There was No Stimulus for Black Businesses
In an informal poll on my Facebook pages I asked this question," Do you know of any Black owned business that got a COVID stimulus SBA Payroll Protection Loan?" Of the several hundred responses, only three said they knew a business that had.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 3, 2011 Egypt Buries the Myth That Obama Would Botch a Foreign Crisis
The biggest potential stumbling block to then Democratic presidential candidate Obama's White House bid in 2008 was not race, but the knock against him that when confronted with a major foreign policy crisis he'd botch it. This would signal America's allies and avowed foes that America's leader was weak, indecisive, and a terrible choice to deal with the colossal pressures of the problems of the Middle East, Iran, North Korea,
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 24, 2015 The GOP Will Still War on Lynch
Attorney General Loretta Lynch at long last won the first round of battle with the GOP with her confirmation. But it's only the first round. The forty-three GOP senators who vote against her confirmation made clear by their vote against her that she will be on the same political hot seat as former Attorney General Eric Holder.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 25, 2014 President Obama Casts Ugly Glare on Race Tainted Drug War
President Obama again cast an ugly glare on the race tainted drug laws in a recent interview and in reports from the White House. He specifically finger pointed marijuana. Virtually all medical professionals have repeatedly said that marijuana use is no more damaging than alcohol, and so did Obama. If anything, judging from the thousands of family break ups, the mountainous carnage from alcohol related accidents and physical d
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 27, 2016 Hillary's Five Challenges in her Acceptance Speech
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has five challenges she faces in her acceptance speech. Not one of them has to do with her GOP rival Trump. The first is personal, very personal. She has to make people want to vote for her not just because she's the most savvy, experienced, prepared, and knowledgeable about foreign and domestic policy issues, which she is.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 21, 2009 A Little Talk with the Man who prayed For Obama's Death
Even by the nut case standard of the assorted pack of neo-Nazi unreconstructed Klan members, Aryan Nation haters, and the legion of loose screw religious cranks and loonies, the Reverend Wiley S. Drake's public prayer for the death of President Obama stretched far past the outer limit of credulity.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Bush Name May Not Sink Jeb Bush
Weeks before Jeb Bush announced that he was exploring a 2016 presidential run and actually taking steps to put some campaign pieces together, surveys and polls were hastily taken to see whether the Bush name would render a potential run by him still born. Most showed that the Bush name was a serious liability. This was hardly a surprise.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, September 27, 2010 Claim that Blacks back the Tea Party is Pure P.T. Barnum Bunkum
P.T. Barnum would steal this one if he were still around. That's the claim that more blacks than ever now say they back the Tea Party. This bunkum comes courtesy of Pajama TV's tracking poll that purportedly found that more than one out of three African-Americans supports the Tea Party. And even more incredibly back the movement strongly. Even more incredibly still, the poll claims that almost forty percent privately say they
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 16, 2009 Democrats Screwed Themselves
House Democrat Michael Capuano shocked House Democrats at their weekly Caucus meeting recently when he flatly told them they're screwed.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 26, 2013 The Federal Government's War on King Went Far beyond NSA Taps
The newly declassified documents released by the National Security Agency offer more proof of what's long been known and that's that the federal government routinely spied on Dr. Martin Luther King. However, the NSA taps are only the tip of the government spy iceberg against King. What's still only sketchily known or remembered is that the government waged a long, brutal and systematic covert campaign against King that didn't
SHARE Thursday, November 24, 2016 The Supreme Court is Trump and the Right's Jewel in the Crown
President-elect Donald Trump has made no utterance since his election about who he will tap to fill the Antonin Scalia vacancy on the High Court. However, this hasn't stopped others from endlessly speculating about just who that might be. Names have been tossed out all over the place. The consensus being that it could be a moderate conservative who would have the best chance of getting confirmed with a minimum of rancor.
SHARE Monday, April 27, 2015 Baltimore is the First Big Test for Attorney General Lynch
In the days immediately before Loretta Lynch's confirmation as Attorney General, one of her advisors noted that she felt that law enforcement is good for minority communities. He went further and said that she feels strongly that police and minority communities have much more in common than differences.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 19, 2020 Joe, Just Pick the Best Woman for VP
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Bidden made it perfectly clear more than once that he will pick a woman as his VP running mate. Then it got interesting.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 19, 2013 Hunt Terrorists, Not Witchhunt Muslims
President Obama's cautious admonition not to rush to judgment about the Boston Marathon terror bombing until all the facts were in put a momentary check on the media and some in the public who were rushing to spew the perennial "Muslim terrorists" did it line.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 31, 2014 Hillary Got It Right on Ferguson and Race
Hillary Clinton was pilloried and battered for days on end for not uttering a peep about the Michael Brown slaying, the Ferguson disorders, and most importantly race. Clinton took heat on this for the simple reason that she almost certainly will run for president and likely win.
SHARE Thursday, May 11, 2017 DeVos Richly Deserved Every Boo She Got
Last February, #45 Trump had a prized photo-op session in the Oval Office with a pleasantly smiling contingent of presidents and administrators of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Trump gave the clear impression from the photo-op that he'd go out of his way to boost funding and support for HBCU's. It didn't take long to shatter that delusion. Trump signed an executive order moving the Initiative on Historically Bl
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 23, 2016 What We Can Expect from President Hillary Clinton
The race for White House is effectively over. Hillary Clinton will be the 45 th president of the U.S. The question now is what can Americans expect from a Clinton White House. She has laid out pages after page of policy wonk positions on civil and women's rights, civil liberties, taxes, jobs, the economy, health care, education, military preparedness, combatting terrorism, on her campaign website. Most of them are the almost o
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 1, 2015 Why We Still Need a Selma
One week after Alabama state troopers bludgeoned civil rights demonstrators on the Edmund Pettus Bridge outside Selma on March 7, 1965 a visibly shaken Lyndon Johnson called for and addressed a joint session of Congress. His message was clear. His administration would pull out all stops to pass a voting rights bill which was the objective of the Selma marches.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 6, 2020 Why Trump Did and Will Continue to Play Politics with COVID
"We have a very active flu season, more active than most." It's looking like it's heading to 50,000 or more deaths." This was Trump speaking on Monday, March 23 at what had by now become his ritual Monday briefing of the White House coronavirus task force.
SHARE Sunday, March 5, 2017 Trump Aims Not Just to Destroy Obama's Legacy, But Obama
At a candidate's forum in early 2015, then presidential candidate Trump without a blink said, "I don't know if he loves America." The "he" Trump referred to was, of course, then President Obama. The slur of and slap at Obama was simply the latest in Trump's by then three-year campaign to vilify, impugn, slander, and harass Obama as not only not an American citizen, but not a legitimate President.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 4, 2011 Writing the Tea Party Epitaph is Not Just Premature but Absurd
Moments after President Obama put his John Hancock on the debt ceiling deal, a Northern California tea party member claimed that when he proudly wore his tea party tee shirt to his local grocery store a half dozen persons immediately asked him
SHARE Tuesday, October 1, 2013 Why a Shrinking Tea Party Still Holds the Nation Hostage
There are three horrific facts about the bunch that's holding the nation hostage in the partial government shutdown. One is that they are either Tea Party members or affiliated with the party. Another is that they are a minority even within the minority of GOP congresspersons. The other is that their influence and numbers in the general population have plunged to the lowest point since the Tea Party inception a few years back.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 1, 2017 Can Even Cosby Make a Case He's Being Racially Targeted?
Disgraced entertainer Bill Cosby did the predictable when he screamed there was racial bias in the jury selection in his scheduled trial. This wasn't the first time Cosby screamed racial foul play. He did it when he claimed there was a racial motive behind the dozens of women who claimed he drugged, raped and sexually abused them for years.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 9, 2015 Comparing Kim Davis to Rosa Parks is the Ultimate Insult
There is no greater idiocy and insult then to compare Kentucky Deputy Clerk Kim Davis's defiance of the law to civil rights icon Rosa Parks. But some GOP notables and conservatives fell over themselves to say that because one obscure clerk invoked God and religion to justify not issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples that this puts her in the same league with Parks.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 12, 2013 Charles Ramsey Stood Racial Stereotypes on their Head
A week after the great debate over whether Charles Ramsey is an American hero or another American casualty of media induced racial stereotyping or both after helping save the lives of the three kidnapped Cleveland women, one thing is now clear. Ramsey has done the seemingly impossible. He's turned racial stereotyping on its head.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 18, 2010 How the Democrats Blew Their Mandate
President Obama's biggest worry should not be that his approval ratings hit a new low in July (says Gallup). Or that nearly forty percent rate him as worse than average as a president. That's just a paper figure and it can change at any time. The big worry should be that more people disapprove of his performance on the following issues than approve:
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 13, 2011 The Unthinkable: a Cain Versus Obama Match-Up
A month ago it was unthinkable. That is a head to head match-up between GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain and President Obama. It's still unlikely, but Cain's quick rise to the top of the GOP presidential candidate heap makes Cain versus Obama now at least thinkable.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 9, 2018 Keep Pelosi and Lose the House In November--Again
It painful to say it but Trump's tweet and campaign stop in the much-watched special election in Ohio's 12th District gave GOP candidate Troy Balderson the win. tinge of name calling. The name he called out was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Trump flatly said, Vote for O'Connor and you're voting for Pelosi. He doubled down on that in his campaign pitch in the district for Balderson.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 7, 2013 Why so Many Believe Blacks Are America's Racists
A recent Rasmussen poll found that more Americans by a wide margin think blacks are more racist than whites. This also included a significant percent of blacks who according to Rasmussen said that they consider more blacks racist than whites or Hispanics. The poll was sloughed off, mocked, and skewered by some.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 11, 2013 Federal Prosecution of Zimmerman Compelling, But Unlikely
The instant that Trayvon Martin's family, their attorneys, and civil rights leaders honed media attention on his slaying and made it a national flashpoint issue, the cry rose for a Justice Department probe and possible prosecution of George Zimmerman on civil rights charges
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, June 26, 2009 Remembering the Other Michael Jackson
Near the end of the first week of Michael Jackson's infamous child molestation trial in 2005, a large group of African-American community activists and leaders gathered at a community center in Los Angeles to talk about Jackson, the trial and whether he was a target because he was a rich, successful, and famous African-American.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 20, 2009 Obama "might not have been served at a local Restaurant"
" ....a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath." President Barack Obama's line in his inaugural speech was short, pointed and it passed too fast.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 17, 2017 I Love Steve Bannon
I love Stephen K. Bannon. No, not amorous love, that's a thought beyond repulsive in his case. I love him because he continues to terrorize GOP mainstream leaders. And with the 2018 mid-terms fast steamrolling toward us, my political love affair with him will only grow. The aftermath of the Judge Roy Moore Alabama Senate race cinched things for me with Bannon.
SHARE Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Unfortunately, It Will Take More Than Comey's Testimony to Sink Trump
There are three hopes in many circles about the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee. And all track back to one thing: will there be anything to come out of it to provide grounds for bringing impeachment charges against #45 Trump. The first is that Comey can back up his now famed memo in which he asserts Trump demanded he stand down from investigations into then National Securit
SHARE Sunday, October 28, 2018 Bowers Demand that All Jews must Die Is No Aberration
Robert Bowers demand that all Jews must die is no aberration. There were plenty of warnings before Bowers murdered eleven persons at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue that it was only a matter of time before a synagogue would be the target of a hate monster such as Bowers. The signs were ignored or downplayed for several troubling reasons.
(17 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Justice Still Demands a Civil Rights Prosecution of Zimmerman
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told a recent news conference that he will decide soon whether to prosecute George Zimmerman who was acquitted in the slaying of Trayvon Martin. Holder still has a compelling reason to prosecute Zimmerman
SHARE Thursday, April 6, 2017 Gorsuch, Like Thomas, Will Get His Big Payback
Even worse than the GOP's ramming Neil Gorsuch on the high court, is what Gorsuch is now poised potentially to do on the SCOTUS. He can comfortably over the coming years do exactly what his Constitutional Originalist Siamese Twin Clarence Thomas vowed that he would do and has been as good as his word. That's take revenge in his dissents, opinions, writings, and most importantly, rulings on the most crucial cases of the era aga
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 8, 2015 Yes, a Cosby Can Be Prosecuted
The moment the first of the 45 women to date publicly accused comedian Bill Cosby of drugging and raping them, the big question on the lips of many was: Could Cos be criminally prosecuted? The legal experts hashed the question back and forth and at the end their general consensus was that there was no way Cosby could ever be hauled into a criminal court docket.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 27, 2010 Palin's Play of the Obama as Hitler Card Was Inevitable
The only surprise when Sarah Palin tweeted out her message to followers likening President Obama to Hitler was that it took so long for her to make the comparison. Her tea party pals, and a rogues list of GOP and rightwing hacks, bigots, loudmouths, and spin artists took giddy delight in making the Obama to Hitler comparison even before he put a foot in the Oval Office.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 18, 2020 The Other John Lewis I Will Always Remember
The instant the news flashed that Congressman John Lewis died the expected and much deserved avalanche of tributes poured in from all corners. Trump's tribute was in that avalanche.
SHARE Sunday, May 24, 2020 Beating Up on Joe "You Aint Black" Biden
The predictable happened as always when Joe Biden makes a real or imagined race construed gaffe, slip of the tongue or oft-beat quip. More than a few Blacks will eagerly pounce.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, March 3, 2017 What's Really Behind Sessions' Phony War on Violent Crime
In a speech on July 11, 2016, #45 Trump drug out his favorite whipping boy, the murder surge in Chicago, to claim that there's an unparalled reign of violent lawlessness in American cites. Trump doubled down on that wild claim in an interview with Fox News, the next day, when he again said murders were now the rage everywhere in America.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 25, 2018 Here's Why Trump Will Never Call Mailing Bombs Domestic Terrorism
Trump talked about peace, harmony and all sides coming together but did not once mention the two words that if ever applied to sending suspected mail bomb packages to leading Democrats. The words are "domestic terrorism." Trump didn't use those words and he was called on the carpet by a few for not using them.
SHARE Tuesday, January 11, 2011 Phony Comparison between Palin's Lethal Crosshairs Map and Democrats' Map
The loops that Tea Party leaders, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and more staid conservative analysts, and even Barbara Walters has been amazing to watch to let Sarah Palin off the hook for her lethal crosshairs map that targeted House Democrat Gabriella Giffords and nineteen other Democrats is absolutely amazing to see and hear.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 27, 2016 The Democrat's Worst Nightmare is that Bernie's Supporters won't Back Clinton
The constant nightmare among both Democratic Party leaders and Hillary Clinton campaign boosters is that a significant number of Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders' backers will sleep in on Election Day. A recent CBS/New York Times poll didn't do much to dry the nervous sweat over this prospect.
SHARE Sunday, June 17, 2012 Can the Tea Party Clean Up Its Racist Act?
Arkansas Tea Party leader Richard Caster gave all the appearances at least publicly of being a man genuinely outraged at what one of his Ozark Tea Party steering committee members said and did. Inge Marler told a meeting of the Ozark Tea Party in Mountain Home, Ark., on the Baxter County Fairgrounds a blatantly racist joke about blacks.
SHARE Friday, May 8, 2020 But Will They Convict Them?
The one question on every one's lips was not whether Travis and Gregory McMichaels would be charged with murder in the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery, but would they be convicted?
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, March 23, 2009 Oakland Police Massacre Casts Ugly Glare on Ex-Felon Desperation
A general consensus is that it was a deadly mix of panic, rage, and frustration that caused Lovelle Mixon to snap. His shocking murderous rampage left 4 Oakland police officers dead and a city and police agencies in deep soul search abut what went so terribly wrong.
SHARE Thursday, July 30, 2020 Trump's Race Card Play Might Even Make Wallace Blush
Trump has only one card left to play to stay in the White House. That's his old favorite, the race card. He'll play it with a vengeance in the run up to November 3 that might even make the unreconstructed George Wallace blush.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, July 22, 2011 Democrats Hung Obama Out on the GOP Limb
The script is well worn. President Obama floats a proposal on the debt ceiling and the budget that appears to give away too much to the GOP. The Democrats howl that Obama is betraying principles to get the GOP to make a deal.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Jury Way Out on a Federal Prosecution of Darren Wilson
The moment that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson gunned down Michael Brown the cry went up for a federal investigation and prosecution of Wilson on civil rights charges. Brown's family, attorney, and many civil rights leaders had absolutely no confidence that Wilson would ever be arrested, charged or indicted.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 5, 2013 The GOP's Debt Ceiling War is Not about Debt but About Obama
In September, the National Review Online made public the blueprint of the House GOPs war plan to stonewall the debt ceiling raise. The plan of attack included many of the same demands the GOP has repeatedly made to stall, eliminate, or delay every program and initiative President Obama has put forth.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 19, 2020 How Joe Can Win
The brutal political fact of life is that Biden won't get Trump out of the White House by non-stop screaming what a petty, racist, corrupt, misogynist, screw up he is. These epithets and more have been hurled at Trump every second he has been in the White House.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 29, 2013 Duck Dynasty Proved Again Bucks Always Trumps Bigotry
A&E Television Network's decision to bring back Duck Dynasty was never in doubt. In fact, the surprise was that A&E officials even went through the charade of momentarily canning the show's patriarch Phil Robertson. Duck Dynasty quite simply is a business first and foremost. The lifeblood of A&E and indeed any other TV network is business.
SHARE Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Blake Notwithstanding, It's Still Nearly Impossible to Prosecute Cops
One day after Jacob Blake was shot multiple times in the back by a Kenosha, Wisconsin cop, there was a terse one liner from the Wisconsin Department of Justice. It noted that its Division of Criminal Investigation would issue a report within 30 days on whether to recommend the filing of criminal charges against the officer who shot Blake.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 18, 2017 The Georgia Special Election is Make or Break for Democrats
By all rights Georgia Democratic congressional candidate, Jon Ossoff, shouldn't even be in the Georgia special election congressional race. He should be in Congress. The Georgia congressional special election was a race that could and should have been won by him the first go around. The district seemed ripe for the Democrats to finally beat a Republican somewhere.
SHARE Monday, December 11, 2017 Don't Blame Black Voters for a Moore Win
There are two great dangers in the Alabama Senate race. The first is obvious. An alleged pedophile, pro-slavery sentiment voicing, anti-Constitutional protections, voting rights, and avowed anti-gay rights baiter, will win the race. Polls with an occasional swing here and there have been consistent in predicting that former Judge Roy Moore will win the Alabama Senate race.
(9 comments) SHARE Monday, November 24, 2014 President Obama Should Follow Bush Sr.'s Example and Green Light a Wilson Prosecution
On March 22, 1991, a visibly shaken and angered President George H.W. Bush said he was sickened and outraged" by what he saw on television. That was the beating of black motorist Rodney King by a swarm of LAPD cops. A year later following the acquittal of four LAPD cops by a Simi Valley jury with no blacks on it in the King beating, Bush ordered then Attorney General William Barr to begin the process of slapping federal civil
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 17, 2009 Time Magazine's Person of The Year Joke
Time Magazine's editors got a jump on April Fools Day when they named Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke its Person of the Year. Here's what Bernanke did since he took over the Fed in 2006 to earn the laughable award. He winked and nodded at the fraudulent AIG, JPM, and Bear Stearns bailout without demanding compensation to the treasury (taxpayers) in return for the giveaway billions.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 13, 2015 James Blake Shows Poor Blacks aren't the only ones Racially Profiled
The mugging and arrest of one time top ranked tennis pro James Blake, an African-American, by a New York undercover cop is no aberration. In his 2006 book The Audacity of Hope, President Obama ticked off the standard checklist of slights and abuses that he had routinely faced
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 2, 2020 The Case for Karen
There is one meeting, among many, I've had over the years with Congresswoman Karen Bass that always stands out. Some years back, I was having a heck of a time trying to get my paperwork to get IRS approval for my non-profit organization, the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, May 13, 2016 Trump's Support Isn't just from old, Racist White Guys
The prototypical Trump backer is a poorly educate, slob of a blue collar white male worker or farmer in the backwoods of the Deep South or Midwest who alternately fears and loathes Blacks, Hispanics, gays, liberals of all stripes, Obama, and big government. This is a dangerous, and self-serving myth.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, March 25, 2016 Hillary Must Win Over Sanders Supporters--Or Else
The general consensus is that Hillary Clinton will beat out Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination. The almost general consensus is that Clinton may not make it to the White House without Sanders. The numbers and the states that she has won are the starting point to figure out why.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 16, 2016 Thanks to Trump the Democrats Can Take Back Congress, If They Get Their Act Together
GOP presidential contender Donald Trump has given Democrats something that seemed only the stuff of shop talk, wishful thinking, and even fawn dreams a year ago. That's a real shot at taking back Congress. First, let's get the presidential race out of the way. Long before Trump's campaign came totally discombobulated amidst the sex charge stuff, there was almost no way that he, or any other GOP presidential candidate for that
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, September 26, 2011 Does Cain's Florida Win Prove the GOP Isn't Racist?
GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain's wipe out of the GOP presidential field in the Florida straw poll got much attention partly because he was so far behind presumptive GOP Presidential front runners Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Many Blacks Misfire on Jordan Davis
In 2009, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder surprised an interviewer when he said that once on a drive from New York to Washington during his college student days he was ordered out of his car by a police officer who demanded that he open his car trunk in a search for weapons. Holder said that the search left him angry and humiliated.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 22, 2013 Overplaying President Obama's Supposed Second Term Hex
President Obama's slumping approval numbers seem to confirm the belief that second term presidents run into trouble, sometimes big trouble, in trying to hold it together during their second term. In Obama's case, the NSA spy debacle, the lingering anger over Benghazi, the AP leaks, and the big contentious issue, the worry over the Affordable Health Care Act website glitches and possible rising insurance costs has raised deep c
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 8, 2014 How the White South Became the White South Again
Lyndon B. Johnson made history twice in his trounce of GOP presidential rival Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential election. The first time he made history was when he won a greater percent of the popular vote than any other presidential winner in more than a century. He scored nearly 500 electoral votes and carried every state except six. This was the second time he made history with that election.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 7, 2010 Progressives and Liberal Democrats are Blowing Hot Air Obama's Tax Cut Deal
Progressives and liberal Democrats are blowing hot air on President Obama's tax cut deal. They include saber rattling of a Senate filibuster, screams for everyone from defeated Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold to Hillary Clinton to challenge Obama in the Democratic primary, polls on left blogs and websites
SHARE Sunday, February 23, 2014 The GOP’s Sham Denunciation of Ted Nugent
GOP Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Texas governor Rick Perry, and the Washington Times in quick succession indignantly denounced racist loudmouth, rocker Ted Nugent for calling President Obama a communist raised, educated, and nurtured sub-human mongrel. Now Paul, Cruz, Perry, and especially the Washington Times, know full well Nugent's near psychotic penchant for taking the most outrageous, off the wall racist shots at Obama.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 15, 2013 Racial Demographic Voter Armageddon Dooms GOP
The drumbeat refrain from Tea Party leaders and more than a few wishful thinking GOP strategists, governors and congressional leaders is that the roll-out woes of the Affordable Care Act is the party's passport to electoral victory in 2014 and 2016. Polls do show that a majority of Americans worry about the web site glitches, and either losing their current coverage or having to pay higher costs for coverage.
SHARE Sunday, October 18, 2015 Cosby, Not Ebony Magazine, Fanned Stereotypes of the Black Family
Ebony Magazine stirred a mini-firestorm of rage when it dredged up an old photo shot of the TV Cosby show family, plopped it on its November cover, and then fractured the picture. The obvious point being that embattled comedian Bill Cosby not only disgraced his legacy but disgraced the hitherto near sacrosanct image and legacy of the celebrated Cosby TV show family, the Huxtables.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 11, 2014 The GOP Would Kill the 1964 Civil Rights Bill Today
In the run-up to the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act signed into law July 2, 1964 GOP leaders are crowing again that they, not the Democrats, deserve all the credit for breaking the months long stall by then powerful Southern Democratic Senators adamantly opposed to passage of the bill. There's some truth to that claim. But there's also another side to the story that tells much about what many in the
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 25, 2017 The Worst Presidential 100 Days Ever
#45 Trump got one thing right about the media hyped first 100 days measuring stick of a new president. It's a silly measure. In fact, presidents from John F. Kennedy to Obama have derided the 100-day fetish and correctly noted that the far better to gauge how effective or bumbling an incoming president is the first 1000 days.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 18, 2014 Elizabeth Warren is good and bad news for the Democrats
For the record Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has repeatedly said she's not running for president. She has not encouraged any of the burgeoning draft movements for her to run. But she's coy enough to let the legions that implore her to run to keep imploring her to do just that. But It really doesn't make much difference whether she tosses her hat in the presidential rink in 2016 or not. She will loom large in the 2016
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Trump's SOTU or State of Lies and Deceptions
A handful of House Democrats again will not attend Trump's State of the Union Address. They made it plain that they won't sit through a speech as one declared filled with "lies and deceptions."
This is not a case of fierce partisan politics at work. It's not about listening to Trump discourse on his real and imagined accomplishments in his second year in office. It's would be
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 4, 2018 What If Kavanaugh is Not the SCOTUS Judge Everyone Assumes He'll Be
Barring another unforeseen twist or turn in the Kavanaugh saga, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will get his way and there will be some kind of vote on his confirmation. So, if that happens the almost as hotly debated question about Kavanaugh's sexual proclivities, drinking and lies, is what kind of SCOTUS judge he'd be.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Would a Body Camera Have Saved Michael Brown?
The clamor for police departments to fully outfit all their officers with body cameras was loud long before Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson gunned down Michael Brown. But when Wilson shot Brown, some said that if he had been wearing a body cam, the shooting may not have happened.
SHARE Thursday, April 20, 2017 O'Reilly Got the Boot for Being a Sexual Reprobate, But Not for Being Anti-Black
The ousted and disgraced Bill O'Reilly's blatant anti-black cracks, digs, slurs and putdowns didn't start last year, two years ago, or even a decade ago. They started almost from the day that he took the helm of the "Factor" the last century. O'Reilly kicked things off with this zinger in early 1999, "Will African-Americans break away from the pack thinking and reject immorality--because that's the reason the family's breaking
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 23, 2009 Painful Truth in Cheney's Spat with Obama
The painful truth in former Vice President Dick Cheney's spat with President Obama is that there are still far too many places where Obama's policy resembles Bush policy on the terrorism war.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 27, 2014 Donald T. Sterling is no Aberration
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling is no aberration. His beyond reprehensible slur that he doesn't want African-Americans at "my games" that ignited a furor is part and parcel of an increasingly rotten and ugly saga that has become all too familiar in recent days.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, September 8, 2014 Where's the Outrage over Oklahoma Cop's Assault on Black Women?
Oklahoma City Police officer Daniel Ken Holtzclaw has been hit with a 16 count indictment on charges of first degree rape, sexual battery, indecent exposure, stalking, forcible oral sodomy and burglary These are crimes that would virtually insure that any other man so charged would be buried so deep in a prison cell that he'd be lucky to ever see the light of day in his lifetime.
SHARE Friday, February 13, 2015 Fifty Years Later Questions Still Dangle about Malcolm X's Assassination
Five years ago Thomas Hagan was paroled. He served 44 years for his part in the murder of black nationalist leader Malcolm X. Hagan who at the time of the murder went by the name of Talmadge Hayer is the only one of a trio of convicted assassins who ever publicly admitted to killing Malcolm. He bluntly said that he joined the assassination team because of Malcolm's public attacks on the Nation of Islam.
SHARE Sunday, February 22, 2015 Sony Back on the Racial Hot Seat
Amy Pascal chairperson of the Motion Pictures Group of Sony Pictures Entertainment is gone. Film producer Scott Rudin apologized profusely and has kept a deliberate low to no public profile public. Both took much deserved heat last December when a stack of hacked leaked emails caught them taking silly and ugly racial digs, barbs, and shots at a parade of noted blacks within and without Hollywood.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, June 24, 2016 Warren is Hillary's Best Bet for VP
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is Hillary's best bet for VP. Why? Despite the relentless lampooning, ridiculing, and name-calling of Trump, and the smug writing of his political obituary, the election will be a close run up. The big GOP donors and handlers, the hate driven passion to beat Hillary, Trump's skilled fear mongering and pander to bigotry, the never-ending media fawn over him, and GOP dominance in the m
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 9, 2011 Obama's Budget Ax: Why the Neediest People Should Be the Most Afraid
President Obama will unveil his budget for 2012 on February 14. The administration has so far been guarded about detailing how deeply the budget ax will slice. What is certain, however, is that the cuts will be painful and that the neediest Americans will feel the worst of that pain. More than 44 million Americans are living in poverty--a fact that Obama barely referenced in his State of the Union speech. Yet a huge chunk of f
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 26, 2010 GOP's Invitation to Breibart Shows they are Lying About Race
Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele has repeatedly snapped back at the charge and the notion that the GOP is racist, harbors racist elements, and plays the race card. Steele on occasion has loudly said that the RNC must embrace diversity, and be a big tent that includes minorities. Every time he opens his mouth to say these things he's called a liar.
SHARE Saturday, May 5, 2018 Why Trump Will Never Testify--If He Can Help It
On Wednesday, May 2, Trump defiantly tweeted that the four dozen questions Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to ask him are "a setup & trap." This was in sharp contrast to his tweet back in January, "I'm looking forward to it." The "it" was testifying before Mueller. Just what changed in the five months to cause Trump to dig in his heels? In a word, nothing. The January tweet was
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, June 29, 2012 House Not Holder is Contemptible
Attorney General Eric Holder has repeatedly and publicly called the drumbeat attacks on him politically motivated. He said the same again, and punctuated it even more strongly by calling the action "crass," when the House with the backing and to the disgrace of 17 Democrats voted to hold him in contempt.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 8, 2015 James Holmes's Sentence Again Makes a Farce of the Death Penalty
Sir Mario Owens, Robert Ray, and Nathan Dunlap. These are the names of the three men that now sit on death row in Colorado. But as we now know the man who gunned down 12 persons at a Colorado movie theater and wounded dozens of others won't be the fourth person on the state's death row.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 5, 2012 Method to Allen West's Madness
GOP Florida Representative Allen West's shoot from the lip, borderline crackpot quips, digs, and insults at women, blacks, Democrats, and especially President Obama have become the virtual stuff of legend.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 23, 2010 President Obama should turn a Deaf Ear to chatter About Not Running Again
President Obama should turn a deaf ear to the silly chatter about him not running again. He's heard plenty of that in the weeks since the midterm election drubbing. Much of the chatter hasn't come from the usual, hostile GOP and Tea Party suspects. They've flatly said their goal is to make Obama a failed, flawed, president and presidency.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 14, 2016 Hillary Does What Democrats Should Do, Make Like FDR
Hillary Clinton is doing what Democrats should have been doing all along and that's looking and sounding and, if given the chance, acting like FDR. This means going big, big, big and fully using government to radically ramp up new programs and initiatives to tackle everything from the nation's crumbling infrastructure to the chronic unemployment, especially among the urban poor.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 2, 2011 Bin Laden Kill Shatters Obama Soft on Terrorism Myth
During the 2008 presidential election campaign, the GOP hit plan on then Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama was simple. Pound him relentlessly as soft on the war on terrorism and the military. GOP presidents Reagan, Bush Sr., and especially George W. Bush in 2004 in his reelection fight with Democratic presidential foe Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, used this ploy masterfully against their Democratic opponents.
(11 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 17, 2014 The Second Slaying of Michael Brown
The instant the news broke that 18-year old Michael Brown was slain by a Ferguson, Missouri cop the inevitable happened. Police officials dusted off a well-worn cover themselves template.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 26, 2017 Trump's State of Trump Address
#45 Trump is not calling his State of the Union Address a State of the Union Address. There's a few good reasons why. Apart from what Trump calls it, a newly elected President's first address before Congress and the nation is technically not a State of the Union address. It's "an address to a joint session
SHARE Thursday, July 9, 2020 Just Why Is It So Hard for America to Outlaw Lynching?
Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, JFK and LBJ. The cast of Democrat and Republican Presidents stretching back over more than half a century all at one point in their administration were asked to throw White
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, May 16, 2016 Nader Elected Bush, Now He's Trying to Elect Trump
Ralph Nader is at it again. He's been conveniently dredged up and trotted in front of a lot of cameras, mics, and reporter's note pads in recent days. He's got fresh media shelf life in order to answer one question and beat up on one candidate.
SHARE Sunday, November 4, 2018 The Deadly Peril of White Privilege
Now how do you explain this? Scott Paul Beierle casually strolls into Hot Yoga Tallahassee in Tallahassee, Florida and just as causally blazes away inside and when the smoke clears, two innocents are dead and a score others are wounded. Beierle is not gunned down by police but just as casually murders himself.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 23, 2008 What Did Obama Know, And When Did He Know it?
The soon to be release of a report on the contacts that President-elect Barack Obama or any of his staff members may have had with scandal-plagued Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will likely quiet the rumors and gossip about Obama and the governor.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, October 27, 2008 Five Things President Obama Can do to Keep the Fox Guys Off Him
The then freshly elected President Clinton had barely dropped his arm after taking the oath of office in January 1993 before they started in on him. The "they" was Rush Limbaugh (Remember his "Day one of America held hostage" daily rant), packs of radio shock jocks, legions of Christian broadcasters, and, of course, the Fox Network.
SHARE Friday, July 15, 2016 The 2016 GOP Convention--the Whitest of the Whitest Conventions
Calling the 2016 GOP convention the whitest of the whitest GOP conventions is not redundancy or a play on words. It underscores the fact that this convention in comparison to the 2012 GOP convention and indeed a string of other GOP conventions going back in recent time have been virtually lily white affairs
(12 comments) SHARE Friday, June 12, 2009 The Good Reverend Jeremiah Wright and "Them Jews"
There were two things wrong with the good Reverend Jeremiah Wrights's grouse that "them Jews are keeping me from Obama." Oops, I mean not Jews. That was Wright's nimble effort to take some heat off him for the silly crack. One was that he said it. The other is that he meant it.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 11, 2020 Trump's 71 Million are Far More Than a Bunch of Angry White Guys
Ever since Trump first took the Oval Office this has been virtually written in political stone. The prototype Trump backer is a poorly educated, KKK or white nationalist loving, slob of a blue collar white male worker or farmer in the backwoods of the Deep South or Midwest who alternately fears and loathes Blacks, Hispanics, gays, liberals of all stripes, former President Obama, and big government.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 5, 2015 It's Not Trump, It's Still Obama
Front running GOP Presidential contender Donald Trump doesn't utter the words "show me your birth certificate" in the same breath with President Obama anymore. But then again he doesn't have to. He mined that fraudulent issue of birtherism hard and deep enough a few years back to get his mug, name, and point about Obama supposedly being un-American in front of millions of GOP voters.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 31, 2011 Palin Presidential Scam Stays in High Gear
Sarah Palin has no chance at winning the presidency. And that's what makes Palin's incessant presidential scam intriguing and amusing. It's intriguing because she gets away with, and amusing because most in the media and the GOP know it's a scam but go along with it for sheer thrill, titillation, and even chuckles. The latest to feed the Palin presidential scam is the man who foisted Palin on the nation, John McCain.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 29, 2009 Obama's White House is for Sale Just like All the Others
The difference between what Bush, Clinton, Bush Sr., Reagan and every occupant of the White House did and what the Obama White House does in showering perks on fat cat donors is that the other presidents knew enough to keep quiet about it. Obama didn't. He denounced the practice. It practically became his campaign mantra.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, November 18, 2016 Sessions is the Most Glaring Proof of the Folly of Shunning Clinton
Here is the full hideous point by point list of the major votes of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions on civil rights issues complete with the dates he torpedoed them.
Banning the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional. (Jan 2006)
Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
SHARE Monday, August 22, 2016 Trump Peddles the Plantation Myth About Blacks and Democrats
The GOP never tires of pitching the line in a presidential election year that the Democrats take black votes for granted and do absolutely nothing in return for those votes. The line goes that the Democrats alleged job killing, tout of entitlements, promotion of dependency and mind-numbing damp down of personal initiative have in effect created a modern-day plantation that traps blacks in perpetual poverty, horribly failed pub
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Juror Bias the Biggest Barrier to Indicting Wilson and Cops That Kill
If as likely the St. Louis County Grand Jury refuses to indict Ferguson cop Darren Wilson for slaying Michael Brown it won't be solely because of a weak, ineffectual, half-hearted, and highly selective presentation of evidence by the County prosecutor. It won't be because of massive counter pressure from Ferguson police and city officials, and police unions nationally to see that Wilson walks either. The biggest barrier to get
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Oakland Police Massacre: A Desperate Act to Avoid Going Back to Prison
The killing of four police officers in Oakland shows the desperation of an ex-felon. Lovelle Mixon was trying to avoid going back to jail and at the same time unable to find any employment that would give him a second chance. It's a story repeated all over America, even if it does not always end in a killing spree as it did in Oakland.
(12 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 10, 2016 Fanning the Sanders Would Have Beaten Trump Fantasy
Somewhere near the top of the mountainous volumes of presidential campaign post mortem nay saying, arm chair quarterbacking, told you so blather, and so-called scientific political analysis of why Clinton lost is the assertion that Clinton rival, Bernie Sanders, would have handily beaten Trump.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 30, 2015 What a Cosby Prosecution Means
There really should never have been much doubt that disgraced comedian Bill Cosby eventually would be charged with a sex related misconduct offense somewhere at some time. In the much discussed unsealed affidavit Cosby swore to in 2005, he confessed to giving drugs to one woman and getting drugs for other women he wanted to have sex with. This was tantamount to a smoking gun confirmation of what many of his alleged victims cla
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 26, 2018 When John McCain Got it Right and Wrong on Race
John McCain had the rare distinction of doing something politicians almost never do. He admitted that he was wrong, terribly wrong. He also did something that politicians also rarely don't do and that's candidly discuss an issue that he was wrong on. The issue each time was race.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Democrats Disgrace Themselves on Adegbile Vote
Let's name some names. The Democrats voting not to confirm Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division were Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), John Walsh (Mont.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Bob Casey (Pa.) and Chris Coons (Del.). Here's what they have in common. They disgraced themselves, their party, and most importantly the bedrock Constitutional principle that a defendant
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Here's How 'President Cruz' Will Govern
The conventional wisdom is that the GOP candidate who poses the far greater peril than Trump can't possibly win the GOP presidential nomination, and would have absolutely no chance in a general election. The result is that few have actually taken the time to closely scrutinize Ted Cruz's actual record.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 27, 2010 Blowing off Tea Baggers as Racist Misses the Point
The new political article of faith is that tea baggers are blatant or closet racists. MSNBC's Keith Olberman, Meghan McCain, and Captain Marvel Comics Captain America and his black sidekick Falcon, are the latest to poke fun at and pick a fight with the tea baggers over their alleged serial racism.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 10, 2011 Knock Off the Run Hillary Run Chatter
This has become a virtual ritual. Just about every month, or more like after each new fresh crisis that President Obama has to ward off, the chant begins "Run Hillary Run." The chant goes up because so the argument goes, Obama is too weak, vacillating, and conciliatory to the GOP.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 6, 2011 How The GOP Will Again Try To Hijack The White
President Obama and national and GOP officials agree on one thing. The battle for the White House in 2012 will likely again come down to who wins the handful of election deciding battleground states. At the top of that list are Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Virginia.
SHARE Sunday, December 1, 2013 The GOP's 2014 Election Hit Plan on Health Care Site Will Flop
The last thing in the world that the GOP wants is for President Obama to fulfill his promise to get it right on the health care website glitch. That fawn hope has less to do with the GOP's relentless drive to torpedo the Affordable Care Act than the 2014 mid-term elections and the 2016 presidential elections. At the top of the high stakes political gambit is control of the Senate.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 14, 2014 President Obama is no Bush
If anyone had said five years ago that President Obama's popularity rating would nosedive to the dreadful level of George W. Bush's ratings the last years of his presidency, they'd be fitted for a strait-jacket. Obama's popularity ratings at that point had soared past seventy percent and there was the firm consensus that his numbers would stay comfortably high and that no matter how rocky things got during his tenure they coul
SHARE Wednesday, December 9, 2009 Obama Again Reminds He's Not Black President Obama
The Congressional Black Caucus got another painful reminder that President Obama is not black President Obama. In a press interview Obama bluntly said that he would not propose any special initiatives for blacks. Obama's sharp retort was in direct response to questions about how he'd solve a glaring problem and a glaring demand from the Caucus.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, May 7, 2012 Bigoted White Democrats are Bigger Danger to President Obama than Romney
A hanging effigy that looked suspiciously like President Obama on a flatbed truck in New York City and the sign on the Peach Oyster Bar in Unincorporated Draketown, Georgia "I do not support the N" in the White House" normally could be chalked off as the by now pro forma crackpot bigotry of the professional Obama loathers.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 17, 2012 The GOP Hit on Rice Is a Hit on President Obama
The GOP hit on UN Ambassador Susan Rice for the murderous Benghazi attack is not about her alleged bungling, untruthfulness, or lack of accomplishment. It's yet another GOP ploy to weaken, besmirch, and taint President Obama.
SHARE Friday, October 28, 2016 Continuing Email Flap Won't Derail Clinton, But There's Still Danger
GOP presidential contender Donald Trump giddily and predictably wasted no time when FBI Director James Comey announced that the agency was looking at more Clinton emails. For the umpteenth time, Trump branded her a criminal and demanded that Americans not let her "criminal enterprise" into the Oval Office. No matter that Comey made it clear that
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, April 29, 2016 VP Pick Can Make or Break Clinton and Trump
GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz gave irrelevance to the oft quoted line from Franklin Roosevelt's 1932 Vice President pick John Nance Garner who famously said the vice-presidency "is not worth a warm bucket of spit" or some such variance of that. By picking, Carly Fiorina
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 6, 2014 Just How is Obama's Foreign Policy a Failure?
The one constant from a pack of GOP senators, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, failed GOP Republican Presidential candidate John McCain and Mitt Romney and the usual suspect legion of right wing bloggers, websites, and writers has been that President Obama's foreign policy is a mess.
SHARE Friday, March 26, 2010 The GOP Would Cut Its Throat if it Denounced Racism
Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan could have saved his breath when he furiously demanded that GOP leaders denounce the blatant racists among them. The loud chorus from other Democrats, civil rights leaders, and even an on line petition from an advocacy group begging the GOP to speak out against its naked bigots is a good preaching to the choir, PR gambit but it won't change anything at the GOP top.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, February 3, 2017 The GOP Has the Gall to Scream About Obstructionism
"I don't remember us treating their nominees this way,"
This is what an apoplectic Utah GOP Senator Orin Hatch raged at his Democratic Senate colleagues when they had the temerity to boycott confirmation hearings on two Trump appointees. Hatch, of course, had to feign righteous anger, indignation and disgust at what be branded the Democrat's obstructionism in refusing to show up for a possible vote on the nominations.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 10, 2012 Even Obama's Dog's draws Racial Fire
The racial pillorying of First Lady Michelle Obama was bad enough. The occasional snide digs and ugly depictions of the Obama's daughters were even more despicable. But now the presidential family's pet Portuguese Water Dog, Bo has taken heat.
SHARE Saturday, August 11, 2012 VP Ryan--A Nightmare for the Poor and Minorities
In an apparent off the cuff remark, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan gushed that he thought it was a "cool thing" that an African-American was president. But Ryan's rapture with President Obama didn't last past the first sentence.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 3, 2010 Big Mistake to Mock GOP's Kooks, Cranks and Bigots
The Daily Kos Research 2000 survey that found a majority or a significant percent of Republicans think president Obama is a Red, foreigner masquerading as an American, is marshmallow soft on terrorism, a racist, thinks Palin would be a better President, and should be booted out of office was hardly the revelation of the ages.
SHARE Saturday, April 3, 2021 The Trial of George Floyd
There are two deeply troubling warning signs in the trial of former Minneapolis cop, Derek Chauvin in the slaying of George Floyd. The first came when a Black student at Duke University found Floyd's toxicology report slipped on a Black History Month bulletin board at the University on March 20.
SHARE Saturday, November 22, 2014 "We love you Bill Cosby!"
The scorecard on Bill Cosby reads like this. A dozen or more women have said with only a slight variation in the time, place and circumstance that Cosby seduced them, propositioned them, promised them favors, put them up, even paid them, thendrugged or plied them with alcohol and raped them. One Bill Cosby publicly says the charges are a lie. One man denies the charge. The dozen plus women stick to their stories. Yet a seeming
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 16, 2015 Democrats Shun Hillary at Their Peril
California governor Jerry Brown, former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean, and Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley have said publicly what a bevy of Democratic party officials have said privately. And that's that they are worried about, have misgivings about, or are outright hostile to Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate.
SHARE Tuesday, March 30, 2021 The GOP's Real Target --the Voting Rights Act
All eyes have been on Georgia's blatant effort to shove the state permanently back in the red state column with its naked, unabashed Jim Crow style vote suppression ploy. But this is just the warmup for the GOP's main act.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Lots of Cooks Prepared the Compton Cookout Racial Insult Stew
University of California, San Diego chancellor Marye Anne Fox, the president of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, UCSD student leaders, and a bevy of civil rights leaders, and black and minority California lawmakers leaped over each other to lambaste the now infamous Compton Cookout at UCSD as racially insulting, insensitive, and demeaning.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 29, 2016 Bernie Please Disavow Sarandon, And Do It Now
Bernie Sanders is a lot of things and most of them admirable. He's a fearless fighter against wealth and income inequality, Wall Street rip-offs, chasing the money changers out of politics, and for every kind of much needed institutional reform. But there's one thing that Bernie must be faulted for.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 12, 2011 The GOP's Debt Ceiling War Not About Debt But About Obama
The GOP's war over America's debt ceiling war is not about America's debt, it's about President Obama. The debt ceiling debate can't be separated from the GOP's never-ending hunt for any issue that can taint, embarrass, and ultimately weaken the Obama presidency.
(12 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 28, 2010 President Obama Now Looks and Acts like FDR
The comparison of then Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the height of the presidential campaign was hyped, overblown and made mostly to sell magazines, puff up TV pundit sound bites, and by a few carried away with themselves Democratic party campaign boosters. Though undoubtedly flattered by it, candidate Obama did not encourage the comparison to FDR.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, September 28, 2018 I Am Dr. Ford!
I am Dr. Ford. I am a man, but I say that because of the terrible remembrance and epiphany that her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee brought back to me. I watched Dr. Ford choke up and almost fight back tears
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, May 20, 2016 Saying No to Hillary is Saying Yes to three More Thomas's on the Supreme Court
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump made it almost official. He now has in his hip pocket the names of 11 hardline conservative judges and legal luminaries who he deems fit SCOTUS judges. The names supplied by the equally hardline conservative Heritage Foundation weren't much a surprise.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 23, 2015 Why Sandra Bland was in Mortal Danger
These facts in the death of Sandra Bland are not in dispute. She was a lone driver on her way to her alma mater Prairie View AM University to interview for a job. She was stopped for a minor traffic violation by a Texas Highway Patrol officer. She was threatened with a Taser. She was penned on the ground by the arresting officer and arrested on an assault charge.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Here's How Trump Will Bury the Mueller Report
Trump's never-ending rap of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his pending report as a "witch hunt" is nothing more than PR fluff. This isn't how Trump will gut, water down, or ground the report into the pavement.
SHARE Thursday, April 30, 2020 There's Much to Like about a Black Female VP
The instant that presumptive Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden pledged that he would pick a woman as his VP running mate, it started. The "it" was the clamor for Biden to pick not just a woman, but a Black woman on the ticket.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, January 4, 2021 Here's why the SoHo Karen's aren't Behind Bars
There was absolutely no question about what happened at a New York hotel. The young non-Black woman falsely accused a young African American, Keyon Harrold Jr. of stealing her iPhone.
SHARE Saturday, November 15, 2014 Is Cosby Still the Darling of the Right?
In May, 2004, comedian, social critic, and philanthropist Bill Cosby took the stage at Constitution Hall in his hometown of Philadelphia. It was a gala commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the US Supreme Court's Brown decision on school segregation. Cosby was being honored for his by then near legendary philanthropy to African-American colleges.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 7, 2010 More Say they Like Bush than Obama Grates to No End
The CNN poll in October that found that almost as many people said they liked George W. Bush as President Obama seemed like it was either a case of some drunk counting the numbers, or a headline grabbing ploy by CNN on a slow news day.
SHARE Tuesday, December 6, 2016 The Never-Ending Ben Carson Nightmare
When Ben Carson emphatically declared that he has no government experience that would qualify him to run a federal agency, most took this to mean that he would quietly recede if not fade from public attention. We should have known better. Trump saw to that when he brushed aside Carson's momentary candid admission and plopped his name down as the Secretary to be of HUD. This was a remarkable but not surprising return from the p
SHARE Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Why the Poor Pay Far More than Romney
Every study of taxes and taxation has been virtually unanimous that GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney got it dead wrong that millions of poor and working people pay no taxes and in essence leech off the system.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 31, 2015 Why Hillary Has a Lock on the Black Vote
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wasted no time in a tweet deploring the brutal videotaped assault by fired South Carolina deputy Ben Fields on a black Spring Valley High School student. The tweet had more significance than just a presidential candidate expressing disgust and outrage over the attack
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 3, 2016 Still Much Ado About Nothing with Hillary's Emails and Bill
GOP Presidential contender Donald Trump was so happy he couldn't jump high enough when Bill Clinton met briefly with Attorney General Loretta Lynch. This supposedly was irrefutable proof that Lynch, and by extension President Obama, and Hillary Clinton, were in cahoots to cook the books on the FBI and Justice Department probe into Hillary's alleged misuse of State Department related emails.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Palin's Slavery Analogy Par for Her and the GOP
The most remarkable thing about former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is her boundless knack for sneaking a racial dig into one of her screwy trade mark swipes at President Obama and the Democrats. The latest Palin race card play is her likening the country's debt to China and other foreign nations as slavery.
SHARE Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Clarence Thomas Continues his Big Payback
There was an especially telling moment in Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's brief Q and A with C-Span in April, 2013. The question was what he thought about President Obama. Thomas first gave a pithy put-down of Obama and then admitted that he had practically no interaction with him. But then he sternly said that he, Thomas, was a black man who did not say the "prescribed things" and that he'd be "picked apart" for it.
SHARE Sunday, May 10, 2009 Put Donald T. Sterling's NAACP Award on Hold
Now we come to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling; or rather Donald T. Sterling and the NAACP's cornerstone issues of economic and housing discrimination, racial slurs and defamation, and poverty. The much maligned Sterling has been sued, verbally lambasted, reprimanded, hit with reams of bad press, and threatened with pickets for these racial wrongs. Yet, the Los Angeles NAACP Chapter will give Sterling its award
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 26, 2010 Eddie Long Can Repent By Apologizing for Gay Bashing
Embattled mega church preacher Bishop Eddie Long came as close to confessing his sexual debauchery as any debaucher could come without actually confessing. He cryptically told his singing, shouting, handclapping flock that he wasn't a perfect man, and that he would face some painful situations. This was a good step forward for Long.
(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 5, 2009 Obama Can't Thumb His Nose at the GOP, and Here's Why
The loud clamor from progressives, some liberal Democrats, and even a few self-described moderates for President Obama to get down and dirty with the GOP on health care and other big ticket legislative issues will always fall on deaf White House ears.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 9, 2019 Pelosi is Right to Say No to Impeaching Trump
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said no every imaginable way to the legions of Democrats who call for impeaching Trump. Pelosi said no first when a slew of progressive Democrats demanded it immediately after they took back the House. She said it again after the release of the hacked-up Mueller Report.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 13, 2014 The Ezell Ford Autopsy Report Casts another Glare on the Autopsy Debate
The slaying of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and Ezell Ford have one other thing in common other than they were unarmed black males slain by police officers and their killings ignited a national furor. Their autopsies have been the subject of intense scrutiny, debate, controversy and disbelief. Prosecutors and family attorneys heatedly dueled over the two Brown autopsies, one official, and one independent that proved
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 3, 2013 President Obama Alone Can't Stop Black Murder Plague
The murder of 15 year old honor student Hadiya Pendleton on Chicago's South Side drew national attention because she performed at President Obama's inauguration. Her murder defied the well-worn and infuriating pattern that when a black is gunned down in a poor or any other neighborhood it draws barely a public yawn and scant press mention.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 13, 2009 Insurers Royally Played Obama
In the months after President Obama's inauguration, he and other administration officials held more than two dozen secret meetings with top insurers and the major pharmaceutical groups. He met with registered lobbyist Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans, the major private insurer's industry group, on March 5, 6 and 11, May 11 and June 30.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, April 2, 2010 Playing The Obama Socialist Card Again
The GOP is playing its tattered Obama is a closet socialist trump card again. The aim is to tar President Obama as a radical out to soak the rich, hamstring private business, and radically redistribute wealth downward to the poor.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, September 25, 2015 Shrewd Calculation in Jeb Bush's "Free Stuff" Racial Insult
GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush knew exactly what he was doing when he insulted African-American voters by alleging that the Democrats buy their votes with "free stuff." In fact, it was no accident that he hurled his slur at Democrats at a campaign stop in South Carolina.
SHARE Friday, November 28, 2014 Feds Need Look No Further Than Rodney King for the Case against Wilson
In August 1992 nearly three months to the day after the four LAPD officers that beat black motorist Rodney King were acquitted on nearly all charges by a jury with no blacks on it, Lourdes G. Baird, the United States Attorney for California's Central District, stepped before a battery of news cameras and reporters and announced that three of the officers would face federal charges. The charges were violating King's
(12 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 8, 2016 Bernie Must Tell His Supporters Only One Thing --Back Clinton
I voted for Bernie Sanders in the California primary not because I thought he would or could win the California primary, let alone the Democratic presidential nomination, but because he deserved support. He deserved it because he did what few politicians were willing to do
That is thunder against wealth and income inequality, corral Wall Stree
SHARE Saturday, August 24, 2013 Civil Rights Leaders face Bigger Challenges than King Faced Fifty Years Ago
The fiftieth anniversary of the monumental 1963 March on Washington was accompanied by the wave of commemorative events that tried hard to recapture the energy and the spirit of the 1963 March. This was a tall order. The original march punctuated by Dr. Martin Luther King's towering "I Have a Dream" speech acted as a powerful wrecking ball that crumbled the walls of legal segregation and ushered in an era of unbridled opportun
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 23, 2014 The Tale of two Police Abuse Cases
If there was ever a contrast in the way two separate and seemingly removed from each other police abuse cases were handled, the New York Police Department and the California Highway Patrol cases fit the bill. First there's the CHP.
SHARE Friday, November 9, 2012 GOP Hardliners Peddle More Delusions
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney got more white votes than any other GOP presidential candidate since George H.W. Bush in 1988 and he still lost. He trounced President Obama among white males, senior citizens, rural voters, and self-identified Christian evangelicals and he still lost.
SHARE Thursday, September 20, 2012 Romney's "47 Percent" Knock Won't Hurt Him with A lot of White Guys
GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney's was hectored and battered mercilessly for his 47 percent don't pay taxes slur, and shoot from the lip attack on President Obama's alleged weak kneed kowtow to Islamic radicals in Libya and Cairo. But there are a lot of white guys that agree with him.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Richard Sherman’s Rant Again Blew the Hinge off the Door of Racial Stereotypes
The instant his verbal explosion of an interview hit, the predictable quickly happened with Seattle Seahawks all pro cornerback Richard Sherman. In fact two predictable things happened with him in the aftermath of the interview. The stereotypes flew fast and furious. Sherman was of course a "thug," "dirtbag," scum," and "disgrace." But make no mistake those were the genteel ones.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 4, 2015 What I saw in Watts Fifty Years Ago and What I see in America's Watts Today
and a couple of friends stood transfixed with hundreds of others on the corner several blocks from my house in South L.A. watching what seemed like a horrid page out of Dante's Inferno. But this wasn't the classic writer's epic poem. This was real life. Liquor stores, a laundromat, and two cleaners blazed away. There was an ear splitting din from the crowd's shouts, curses and jeers at the police cars that sped by crammed wit
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 4, 2020 Harris Will Get the Angry Black Woman Tag Again in Pence Debate, Embrace It
You can mail this one in. That is Trump will again sneer at Democratic presidential nominee Kamala Harris as take your pick, "mad," "nasty,' "vicious," and "disrespectful." But most of all, "angry" after her debate with Vice President Mike Pence. He's leveled these hackneyed epithets at Harris the moment Biden named her as his VP mate.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 15, 2015 Why So Many Americans Still Say No to Sanders' Socialism
In January, 2010, two years into his White House tenure, President Obama journeyed to a GOP confab in Baltimore. There was an issue that he wanted to confront head on. That was the at times open attacks and at other times snide innuendos that he was s socialist in disguise.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 19, 2009 President Obama will Likely Dump the Public Option, and Here's Why
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius found out the hard way that when you say what your boss may really be thinking or worse end up doing on a crucial piece of legislation you get quickly smacked down.Sibelius in an unscripted and unvetted moment said that President Obama's public option in the health care reform war could go by the wayside if that's what it takes to get Senate obstructionists to back a bill.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 5, 2012 Yet Another Tell All Hit on Obama
The scramble to dig up any piece of salacious dirt, gossip, or innuendo about President Obama before he was President Obama is never ending. The latest in the long train of purported tell all exposes on Obama is no different. Due out in June, Barack Obama: The Story is a story, but like the others that have taken a whack at Obama hardly amounts to much.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, October 31, 2014 A Republican Mid-Term Wave" Will Further Sink Black America
GOP pundits and some in the media gleefully noted that a few African-American listeners purportedly walked out on President Obama during a campaign speech he made at a Maryland High School on October 19 to boost the candidacy of Maryland Gubernatorial Democrat candidate Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. Brown is in a bid to become the nation's second African-American governor. This was more than merely an excuse to poke fun at Obama
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 28, 2014 Beverly Hills Back on the Hot Seat on Racial Profiling
Beverly Hills police and city officials predictably circled the wagon after news broke of the humiliating, embarrassing, and potentially dangerous wrongful arrest of noted African-American filmmaker and producer Charles Belk.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, February 5, 2021 Forget Greene, Who Put Her in Congress Poses the Grave Warning to America
The biggest question about Marjorie Taylor Greene is not her wacko QAnon, racist, anti-immigrant, seditious, deadly violence laced rants but who put her in Congress in the first place? And why they are likely to keep her there. She won a landslide run-off election in 2020 in Georgia's 14th Congressional District
(13 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 16, 2008 The What is Obama Debate Again
Here's the what is President-elect Barack Obama, black, bi-racial or multi-racial quiz. If he did not have one of the world's most recognizable names and faces he would fume at being subjected to poor (or no) service in restaurants,
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 5, 2014 GOP’s Biggest Foe in 2014 is Still the GOP
GOP strategists are absolutely ecstatic over the thought that they can snatch back the Senate and make even bigger gains in the House in the 2014 mid-term elections. The glee is fed by the glitches and snafus in the Obamacare roll-out, the seeming freefall in the popularity ratings of President Obama, and polls that show more Americans actually favor the GOP on the budget and the economy than Democrats.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 2, 2014 African-American Ownership for the Clippers Can Help Expunge the NBA's Sterling Embarrassment
Seven months before defrocked and disgraced L.A. Clippers' owner Donald Sterling launched his haywire racist rant, Richard Lapchick, director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, published his annual diversity report for 2013 on the NBA, NFL and MLB. He was effusive in praising the NBA as being the run-away model for diversity in the hiring of minorities and women. The figures on the League's diversity in hiring
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, November 7, 2008 Clinton's Blueprint is Now Obama's
In September, 2004, then Democratic presidential contender John Kerry desperately searched for a message and a way to re jumpstart a lagging campaign. He did the politically smart thing. He called on Bill Clinton for advice.
SHARE Sunday, February 5, 2012 Where are Romney's Blacks?
An NAACP notable, that is a local NAACP branch notable in Texas, praised GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul to the skies after the barrage of attacks on Paul for the racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic digs in his Ron Paul Survival Report newsletter. Herman Cain endorsed Paul rival Newt Gingrich.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 23, 2014 More than Race Fuels the "Support Darren Wilson" Campaign
Support Daren Wilson," these three words emblazoned at the top of the GoFundMe website in support of the Ferguson, Missouri cop that gunned down Michael Brown said it all. In the span of less than 48 hours, nearly 5000 donations were received, and the site got tens of thousands of Facebook looks and tweets.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, May 31, 2010 Maher Owes Obama an Apology for Racist and Demeaning BP Dig
On his Friday May 28 show, Real Time HBO host Bill Maher demanded that President Obama act like a black president and pack a gun when he meets with the BP CEOs. Now Maher should take his own advice and act like a responsible commentator and apologize for his own politically demeaning and racially offensive dig at Obama.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 24, 2009 Message to Obama: Drop Limbaugh from your Rolodex
President Barack Obama needs to take a deep breath, and then a long look in the mirror, and repeat to himself that Rush Limbaugh can't hurt me, and anything that I try to do with Congress. Limbaugh has fast become a fringe, self-marginalized non entity.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 16, 2009 Obama's Marriage Defense Shouldn't Surprise or Anger Anyone
"I will tell you that I don't believe in gay marriage."
"I believe in civil unions but it should not be called marriage."
Then Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said that during a campaign stop in Nelsonville, Ohio a day before the Super II Tuesday primary in March 2008. The great puzzle then is why so many are so hot at President Obama for backing the Defense of Marriage Act.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Ten Reasons Why The Pesky Issue of Reparations Won't Go Away
Polls have consistently showed that an overwhelming majority of whites oppose reparations for blacks for slavery and the near century of Jim Crow racial suffering afterward. The same polls show that a majority of blacks back reparations. Oppose or support it,
SHARE Wednesday, April 25, 2012 What if Zimmerman Gets an All White Jury?
Accused murderer of Trayvon Martin George Zimmerman almost certainly will eventually face a jury. And what if that jury is all white? A recent Duke University study showed that all white juries in Florida were more likely to convict a black defendant than mixed ethnic juries.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 26, 2010 Obama's One Term Obsession
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs presumably spoke on good authority when he said that President Obama was "comfortable" with being a one term president. Obama vis-a-vis Gibbs nobly says this is the sacrificial price he'll pay to make health care and energy reform an American reality. Political martyrdom talk by Obama of one term to get his agenda through is not new.
SHARE Tuesday, March 17, 2009 AIG's Minority Racket
AIG ignited the national firestorm of rage with its shell out of $160 to $600 million in tainted bonuses to its tainted executives. But what has gotten almost no attention is a big reason that AIG had to stiff the government and everyone else.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 27, 2014 Race Will Continue to Haunt Rand Paul
There's good news and bad news for Kentucky GOP Senator Rand Paul on the thorny issue of race. First there's the good. He's far and away the only 2016 GOP prospective presidential candidate who has made even a smidgen of an effort to crack the GOP's toughest of tough sales and that's to woo black voters.
SHARE Tuesday, February 2, 2021 The Ugly Face of Racism will Get Even Uglier
The relatives of a Black Louisiana sheriff's deputy are told he can't be buried in what purports to be a "whites only cemetery." Three young Blacks are falsely accused, harassed, and harangued for shoplifting at a suburban L.A. Southern California Target outlet. Black soccer players report continued harassment and abuse from fans and on social media throughout Europe.
SHARE Friday, February 5, 2021 The Ghost of FDR in the GOP's Assault on Biden's Stimulus Bill
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was blunt in calling President Biden's big stimulus spending bill nothing but a "poorly-targeted borrowing spree." McConnell simply snatched a page from the GOP's decades long playbook when it comes to the Democrats.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Cain's Black Voter Fantasy
GOP Presidential Herman Cain again solemnly told a pack of pesky reporters in New Hampshire recently that he was absolutely confident that in a head to head match-up against President Obama that he could snatch a third of the black vote.
SHARE Thursday, December 31, 2020 Losing Georgia Won't be the End of the World for the Dems
Since November 3, not a second has gone by that I haven't gotten a frantic, pleading, imploring email from first, Joe Biden. Then after that: Kamala Harris, the Democratic National Committee, the slew of flip Georgia Blue Committees and groups, and the two Democratic senatorial candidates, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 10, 2010 Gibbs Need Not Apologize for Blasting the "Professional Left"
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs need not have apologized for blasting the "professional left." If anything he was much too nice when he branded the carpers at President Obama professional Obama baiters. They have relentlessly ripped Obama for being a spineless, deal making, soft on the right, beltway, corporate centrist, Democrat. Obama has had to hear this almost from the moment he opened his mouth in February 2007
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 13, 2010 Why Obama Won't Pardon Jack Johnson
The Jack Johnson-Jim Jeffries fight is firmly etched in history as the fight that stood sport and race relations in America on its head. The brash, outspoken black champs thrashing of white contender Jeffries ignited nationwide racist panic and hysteria, and loud calls to prosecute Johnson for violating the Mann Act.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Get Ready-3 More Scalia's on the SCOTUS
There is absolutely no mystery about who Trump will pick to replace retiring SCOTUS justice Anthony Kennedy. The pick will be another Antonin Scalia type. The only nuance to this may be the gender. It could be a wom
SHARE Saturday, August 1, 2015 Danger Sign in Bail for Alleged Cincinnati Police Shooter
Predictably it took almost no time for ex-University of Cincinnati Cop Ray Tensing who is charged with the murder of unarmed motorist Samuel Dubose to make his $1 million bail. His father allegedly put up his house and cash as collateral for the 10 percent or $100,000 that was required for Tensing's release
SHARE Wednesday, July 6, 2016 Method to Madness in Trump's 1 Percent Black Voter Support
Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump made dubious poll history recently. In a Quinnipiac Poll, he got exactly 1 percent of black voter support. The high bar of black vote support for most GOP presidential candidates in most elections is a mid to high single digit total. 2008 presidential candidate John McCain came in at 4 percent.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 1, 2013 President Obama Avoids GOP Trap on Syria
GOP congressional leaders tried to have their cake and eat it too on Syria. They spent months screaming at and for President Obama to take action against Syria.
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Reagan Was No Friend of Blacks
It is no surprise that former President Reagan's son, conservative political consultant Michael Reagan would add his unabashed and wildly inaccurate historical revisionism about Reagan with his absolutely ridiculous assertion in a Fox News op-ed piece that dad, Reagan was a "better friend of blacks" than President Obama. Normally that would be the cause for hysterical laughter
SHARE Saturday, March 16, 2013 GOP Hypocrisy on Obama's Drone War
The GOP is as always a bundle of politically cynical contradictions. Even before Kentucky Senator Rand Paul's half day long Senate floor filibuster against President Obama's drone war, various GOP politicos took shots at him for overreaching on national security.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, January 9, 2012 Dumping on "The Obamas"
It was only a matter of time before the enshrined celebrity tabloid obsession would ensnare the Obama's. They have been ripe for the pickings of a media that for the past two decades has successfully parlayed gossip, innuendo, rumor, half truths and outright lies into a hugely profitable growth industry.
SHARE Tuesday, November 24, 2009 It's Official: Afghanistan Is Now Obama's Baby
There was never doubt the moment General Stanley McChrystal flatly told President Obama last summer that the US must deploy up to 45,000 more troops in Afghanistan that'd he heed his command. The Pentagon had officially spoken through McChrystal. With the rare exception of JFK's pushback against the generals during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, when the Pentagon speaks presidents listen.
SHARE Tuesday, July 26, 2011 Why President Obama Can't Make Like FDR on Jobs
President Obama can probably recite this line in his sleep. Be bold, and rip a page from Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal playbook institute crash Works Project Administration and Civilian Conservation Corp. type programs.
SHARE Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Rand Paul’s Baggage is GOP’s Baggage
Kentucky GOP Senator Rand Paul brought the house down at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference for the second year in a row. There were shouts and cheers from the adoring throng at every word Paul uttered. And he again was the crowd's top vote getter in the presidential straw poll. Presumably, the big boost Paul got from the CPAC crowd will count for a lot in the hunt for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
SHARE Saturday, January 3, 2009 Burris Flap Tosses Glare on Virtual Lily White Senate
Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush took much heat for saying this, "don't hang and lynch" him. The "him" is Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's hotly disputed Illinois senate appointee Roland Burris. Rush deliberately spoke in racially charged terms.
SHARE Tuesday, July 14, 2015 President Obama Took another Big Step toward Ending Grotesque Drug Sentencing Laws
A week before Christmas in 2013, President Obama sent a modest shot across the bow of the harmful, wasteful, and grotesquely racially biased drug sentencing laws when he granted clemency to eight, mostly low-level drug offenders. Obama essentially followed a lead that then Attorney General Eric Holder took when he virtually ordered US attorneys to take a hard look at who they are prosecuting and why for drug crimes.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 3, 2014 Some Democrats Finally Get it Right about President Obama
Some Democrats that are running for election or reelection in 2014 have gotten it right about President Obama. They have not taken Obama's supposed plunged public approval ratings as political Gospel. They welcome him with open arms to campaign with and for them. Their enthusiasm for Obama was on full display during his recent campaign jaunt to Michigan.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 19, 2016 Orlando Massacre Won't End the NRA's Terror Grip on the Senate
The ritual is by now well-known. There's a hideous massacre, followed by loud calls from much of the public for Congress to do something and do something fast about passing tougher gun control legislation. The calls for action are backed up by polls that show once more that a majority of Americans back comprehensive gun control legislation
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, January 30, 2009 The GOP Finally Got Something right With Michael Steele Pick
Two weeks ago this writer wrote that an African-American was the last and best hope for the GOP. That meant picking an African-American to head the Republican National Committee. And I said that that African-American had to be former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, November 27, 2009 No JFK Moment for Obama on Afghanistan
The great hope was that President Obama would have the courage and political sense to do what JFK did forty six years ago. Kennedy told the generals no to their demand for escalation in Vietnam. It wasn't easy.
SHARE Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Hillary Doesn't Have to Apologize for Bill's Alleged Racial Sins
Just what exactly did Bill Clinton say and do that was so racially terrible in the run-up to the infamous pivotal 2008 Democratic presidential contest in South Carolina? It's worth revisiting only because Bill's action has dogged Hillary Clinton for virtually every waking moment in the days after she flamed out to her then rival Barack Obama. And it still does. That's so much the case that she still seems required to flagellat
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 30, 2015 The Sleaze Hit on Hillary Won't Work
The one, and really so far only, real attack angle that the GOP will exploit to the hilt against 2016 Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton is the sleaze factor. It will go like this Hillary, and by extension hubby Bill, have such a long and checkered history of shady dealings, conflict of interest shenanigans, financial nest feathering, and improprieties that she simply can't be trusted in the White House.
SHARE Friday, January 2, 2015 Selma got it Right about Johnson, the FBI and King
The debate is sharp over whether the movie Selma got it right about Lyndon Johnson and his relationship with and to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A counter argument challenges the film's depiction of Johnson as at best wary of King and his mass street action campaigns in Selma in 1965 and the South for the passage of a voting rights bill, and at worst outright hostile to King's actions. This debate will likely rage for years to
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 13, 2014 Method to Madness in GOP Talk of Obama Impeachment
Sarah Palin's blunt call for the impeachment of President Obama for his alleged bungling of the border crisis in times past would have been laughed off as it deservedly should. Simply consider the source to understand why. But Obama didn't laugh it off. During his recent swing through Texas, without referring to Palin directly, he derisively mocked her impeachment call with the shout to an audience, "sue me, impeach me."
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, November 2, 2020 Rough Road Ahead for President Biden
Many harbor this delightful fantasy. One of President Biden's first acts is to direct his Justice Department to investigate former President Trump for the array of dubious, borderline illicit business dealings and scams he engaged in while in the White House. Even if Biden ever entertained such a thought it's an impossibility for two reasons.
SHARE Monday, January 31, 2011 Why President Obama Continually Hails President Reagan
The shock waves from liberal and moderate Democrats not to mention then Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's two rivals Hillary Clinton and John Edwards were palpable in January, 2008. Obama had committed political heresy when he heaped mild praise on former President Ronald Reagan in an interview with the editorial board of the Reno Gazette-Journal.
SHARE Sunday, January 26, 2014 Another Ritual Attack on President Obama’s State of the Union Address
The attack on President Obama's State of the Union Address has become a virtual political ritual. The attacks come before he even utters a word of it before Congress and the nation. His Sixth State address is almost no different. Almost, because this time the usual attack suspects are not the GOP alone. It's also a few Democrats.
SHARE Friday, July 22, 2016 Trump is no Stranger to Law and Order Baiting
It's certainly true that when GOP presidential contender Donald Trump shouts repeatedly that he's the "law and order candidate" he is simply pilfering the line and pitch that would-be GOP and even Democratic presidential candidates George Wallace, Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton worked to death during their White House bids. I
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 3, 2009 Michael Steele the Magically Disappearing Negro
Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele must have been struck by terminal amnesia. He yukked at and agreed with the swipe a radio caller took at President Obama. The caller called him "the magic negro." That's the goofy, tired, worn, ditty that tags Obama as a black man with the supposedly impregnable Teflon shield that renders him immune to any and all criticism, adversity, or just plain bad political luck.
SHARE Tuesday, October 11, 2011 Why Herman Cain Can Peddle the Delusion Racism is Dead
Herman Cain knew two things were certain to happen when he blathered that Racism doesn't hold anybody back (though he added a tiny caveat "in a big way." One it would get the media tongues wagging furiously. The second is that it would increase the rapture of ultra conservatives for him. He was right.
SHARE Sunday, February 9, 2014 Another Black Republican spins the Laughable Fantasy That Blacks Will Embrace the GOP
South Carolina GOP Senator Tim Scott is the latest to spin the laughable fantasy that blacks are ripe for the GOP pickings. Scott didn't stop at the absurd assertion that there are a lot of blacks who supposedly are pining to embrace the GOP because of its tout of business and individual initiative. He baldly declared that this supposed pent up demand to back the GOP scares the heck out of Democrats.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, June 17, 2016 Trump Banks on Nixon's Silent Majority
Most polls at present show that Hillary Clinton will beat Trump in their presumed presidential face off in the fall. The problem with this is that polls measure what people tell pollsters and that's what ends up in their numbers and percentage crunching. In some cases, the numbers ultimately prove right and the presidential candidates that polls show will win do win.
SHARE Tuesday, October 2, 2012 Economic Dice Rolling Against Romney
GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney had one chance and one chance only at doing the virtually impossible. That is unseating a sitting U.S. president. His chance was to tar President Obama as a hopeless failure on the economy.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 27, 2009 GOP Plays Soft on Terrorism Card Again
Nigerian failed airplane bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab got a US visa, wasn't on Homeland Security's no-fly list, got only the briefest notation on its terrorist suspect watch list even after his father warned the US that he was a threat. Abdulmutallab for an early moment was suspected of having some connection to a Yemen based Al-Qaeda faction.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 22, 2015 Benghazi Hearings to Sink Clinton have been a Stupendous Failure
GOP drop-out House speaker candidate Kevin McCarthy infuriated many of his GOP compatriots when he spoke the truth some weeks ago. His heretical truth is that the endless and relentless GOP contrived and manufactured Benghazi hearings were a blatant partisan political effort to torpedo Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy. His exact quote: "Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Beng
SHARE Thursday, September 12, 2013 The Racial Ghosts of the Birmingham Church Bombing Still Haunt America
The Birmingham church bombing that killed four African-American girls fifty years ago was no isolated racial horror. At the time, the Sixteenth Street Baptist church bombing was just another in the decade long train of racist terror attacks that included beatings, shootings, mob attacks, ambushes, and, of course, bombings.
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 30, 2008 Obama, Not Wright, Is Obama's Worst Enemy
Whoever on Team Obama keeps feeding into Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's seeming compulsive need to speak out on the Reverend Jeremiah Wright should get the swift boot. When Wright went on his latest public and media tear, Obama should have simply issued a statement saying this: Wright is no longer my pastor. And as I have said repeatedly, his views do not reflect mine, and then move on.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 5, 2013 Why President Obama's Approval Dip Doesn't Matter
There have been some discernible jitters among some Democrats over President Obama's approval rating dive. This shouldn't surprise. 2014 looms big as an election year in which Democrats will have to fight tooth and nail to retain their razor thin edge in the Senate.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 7, 2017 The DNC's Challenge --How to Win Again in the Trump Era
The Democratic National Committee was by any standard a wreck and a ruin during the 2016 presidential campaign. It got pounded for misstep after misstep that included: poor, and disconnected leadership, leaked emails, gross favoritism, petty infighting, blatant manipulation of the primaries, and gross cluelessness about the Trump threat.
SHARE Sunday, August 11, 2013 NSA's Spy History Poses Daunting Challenge for President Obama
President Obama faces a daunting challenge in reining in the National Security Agency's surveillance program. The proposals that he floated include more civilian oversight, greater transparency, and a panel of experts to recommend even more reforms before the year is out. The proposals are a good first step to bring some measure of public disclosure to an agency that has a long history of doing whatever it deems necessary to i
SHARE Thursday, February 21, 2019 The Bernie Can't Get the Black Vote Nonsense Continues
It was repeatedly said as fact in 2016 and it's being said again. Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders has a big problem with black voters; namely that he can't get many of them. Like any other political non-truism that poses as a sacred political truism it was nonsense then and it is even more nonsensical now.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 4, 2013 Thomas's Race Hit on Obama No Surprise
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas did the seemingly impossible. He turned from court mute to a hit man on President Obama. In an interview at Duquesne University Law School in April, Thomas snidely rapped Obama for being the darling of the "elites." To Thomas that means liberals, progressives, intellectuals, and the supposedly hopelessly liberal media.
SHARE Thursday, April 17, 2014 GOP’s Old Ploy: Tag President Obama as the Race Baiter
The GOP has resorted to another of its time tested ploys to hammer President Obama. That's to tag him as a race baiter. The take-off point for this old ploy was Obama's keynote address at the recent National Action Network convention.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 27, 2012 Romney's Outreach to Blacks, Good Photo-Ops But not Much Else
Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney got exactly what he wanted at the Universal Bluford Charter School in West Philadelphia. That was the ultimate photo-op. He had a room filled with black teachers, administrators, and at times smiling
SHARE Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Herman Cain and GOP Presidential Nomination is an Oxymoron
The name Herman Cain and the words GOP presidential nominee is a pitiable oxymoron. But the irrepressible talk show host and former Godfather Pizza CEO still thinks that he can stand the GOP on its head and get it to nominate him, an African-American, as its 2012 presidential standard bearer.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Black Lives AND Police Lives Both Matter
It's not, and never should have been, an either or proposition to say black lives matter or police matters matter. The slaying of a police officer must and should be denounced with the same vigor, passion and outrage as the unwarranted slaying of an unarmed African-American. The sad thing is that from virtually the moment that the black lives matter movement exploded on the scene in the aftermath of the Michal Brown
SHARE Tuesday, March 2, 2021 They Just Love to Tell Lebron and Other Black Athletes to Shut Up and Play Ball
If Lebron James had a nickel for every time he's been told to shut up and just stick to dribbling and shooting the ball, he'd never have to collect a penny from the Lakers. He'd be rich beyond his wildest dreams. AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the latest in the long train of James's critics to tell him just play ball and say nothing about politics.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 30, 2013 Is the GOP Sincere in Denouncing its Bigots?
In a week's time the wide range of what was once considered routine GOP bigotry was on full display. Dave Agema, a former West Michigan state representative, and Republican National Committeeman called gays "filthy homosexuals. Next, Alaska Rep. Don Young blurted out the epitaph "wetbacks" in discussing the immigration issue. T hen 23 members of the so-called White Student Union attended the Conservative Political Action Confe
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, October 12, 2012 Presidential Debates Ignore Other Big Ticket Items
When the presidential debate dust finally settles, President Obama and GOP Presidential foe Mitt Romney will have spent a grand total of four and one half hours battering each other on who can do the best or worst job on tax reform, job creation, deficit reduction, staunching Iran's nukes, and getting a grip on Middle East affairs. These are the same issues that the two have talked to near life support for months on end.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 20, 2010 Obama Lost Massachusetts Long Before Brown's Win
Republican Scott Brown's Massachusett's Senate victory was almost certain days before the election. President Obama's stump for Democratic challenger Martha Coakley took the almost out from in front of certain. The seed of the Obama debacle was there long before the tea party protests, the relentless pound from Rush Limbaugh, the Fox News Network, the pack of right side talk jocks, and Republican National Chair Michael Steele.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 11, 2012 How Tough Will Angela "Tough on Crime" Corey Be on Zimmerman?
In two terse statements, Florida Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Angela "tough on crime" Corey said that she would skip a grand jury and make a quick decision on whether to prosecute George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin. Corey gave no hint of which way she was leaning.
SHARE Thursday, March 18, 2021 Yet Another Armed White Shooter is Alive, Unarmed Blacks Aren't-Explain That?
Robert Aaron Long, the alleged mass shooter in Atlanta, is taken into custody without incident. His non-violent capture is not a fluke, aberration, or an anomaly. We have seen this time and again, a white mass killer guns down multitudes in shopping centers, schools, and in public places, and in almost all cases, they meekly surrender and are arrested.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 29, 2012 This Time President Obama Literally in Gun Toters Sights
The bullet riddled tee shirt of President Obama posted brazenly on Facebook by seven semi-automatic gun toting men among them a Peoria, Arizona police sergeant was much more than the by now standard non-stop litany of racist cartoons, depictions, web postings, and kooky loose talk threats against President Obama. The gun toting men and the police sergeant were taking target practice on the president's likeness at an undisclose
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 6, 2011 Casey Anthony is Not OJ in White Female Face
Casey Anthony is not O.J. Simpson in white female face. The only real reason that Anthony is even mentioned in the same breath as O.J. is because she was acquitted of first degree murder. And many of those that bothered to pay any attention to the case fervently believed she was guilty and expected her to be convicted. The resemblance ends abruptly there.
SHARE Tuesday, August 18, 2015 Unfortunately, Ben Carson is no Laughing Matter
A year before the first GOP presidential debate, the thought that retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson could be anything more than comic relief in the 2016 presidential contest was pure delusionary. But Carson is not only still around in the GOP's crowded presidential field, he, like Donald Trump, is gapping the supposedly more serious GOP contenders in poll numbers.
SHARE Thursday, March 11, 2021 Chauvin Had Many Willing Accomplices in Floyd Slaying
The instant the video flashed globally of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin choking George Floyd to death the president of the national Fraternal Order of Police, Patrick Yoes, issued an indignant statement condemning Chauvin's act.
SHARE Friday, July 24, 2015 Why John Russell Houser isn't called a Thug and Terrorist
he two terms that were conspicuously missing in the reams of news clips, press reports, and news features to describe John Russell Houser, the alleged shooter in the near mass killing at a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater, were "thug" and "terrorist." First let's look at what's known about Houser. He was a middle-aged white male. He had a Tea Party nation web page.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 19, 2017 If the Democrats Cave on Gorsuch They'll Be Terribly Sorry
The day the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died Appeals Court Judge and Scalia's nominated replacement, Neil Gorsuch, said he could barely get down a ski run in Colorado because he was so blinded by tears at his death. This was not a private utterance or personal feeling of deep emotion that he shared with friends and family.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 20, 2010 Recycling the Angry White Male
A recent New York Time/CBS poll confirmed the obvious. Tea Party activists are overwhelmingly white, male, conservative, lower income, and GOP leaning. Nearly all passionately believe that President Obama is shoving the country to socialism.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, September 7, 2012 Wayward Democrats Pose Danger to President Obama
The Democratic Convention was pitch perfect in publicly showcasing Democratic Party unity. Speaker after speaker made the case why President Obama should get a second term. But there is still the nagging worry among Democrats that more than a few Democrats will be MIA from the polls on November 6. If so, it wouldn't be the first time it happened.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 14, 2009 Navy Seal Sharpshooters Can't End the Somali Crisis
The only reason that Somalia is in the news these days is the spectacular desperation and criminality of the Somali pirates, an American sea captain held hostage by them, and Hollywood image sharp shooting by American Navy Seal commandoes to free him. This news will quickly fade but the reasons the Somali pirates exist and make news in the first place won't fade.
SHARE Saturday, March 8, 2014 Why America Refuses to Face Up to its Slave Past
This news item shocked some. Two unnamed Academy members said they picked 12 Years a Slave as their choice for best picture of the year. It subsequently got the award. The shock, though, was that the unnamed members candidly admitted that they did not see the film. They minced no words why. It was just too painful and disturbing to watch this kind of film.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, December 19, 2008 Did Sharpton Seal the deal for Caroline Kennedy?
The instant that Caroline Kennedy faintly hinted that she was interested in Hillary Clinton's possibly soon vacant senate seat she got pounded. Kennedy was take your pick, just an inexperienced part time education consultant, an Obama shoulder rubber,
SHARE Wednesday, October 14, 2020 Why FDR Flopped in his SCOTUS Pack, and Why Biden Won't Try
In a meeting in the spring, 1935 with his Attorney General, Homer Cummings, Franklin Roosevelt railed against the Supreme Court. Cummings was even more blunt, "They mean to destroy us, we will have to find a way to get rid of the present membership of the Supreme Court."
SHARE Sunday, October 25, 2020 Why Trump Keeps Beating Joe Over the Head with the Crime Bill
On November 18, 1993, then Senator Joe Biden let it fly on the Senate floor. He lambasted the "predators on the streets" and "sociopaths" who were "beyond the pale," and must be "cordoned off." Biden punctuated his impassioned cheer of the Clinton Crime Bill up for Senate passage with borderline race tinged rhetoric about broken homes, family squalor and ignorance. The inference was he was talking about young Blacks.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, October 9, 2009 Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Is a Huge Stretch
Publicly President Obama said all the right things when he got word that the Nobel committee awarded him its jewel in the crown peace prize. But privately I have to think that Obama had to scratch his head and wonder why me?
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 24, 2015 Here's how "President" Trump will Govern
There's no shortage of chatter about GOP Presidential contender Donald Trump campaigning. But almost nothing has been said about how a "President" Trump would actually govern. While there's no consensus that he can win the GOP nomination let alone the White House, there is a consensus that he has a real shot at being a real threat to win the GOP nomination and make a real run for the White House.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, February 16, 2009 Obama Should Bring Back the Fairness Doctrine
Nothing sends conservative talk jocks and corporate broadcasters fleeing to the barricades faster than even the slightest hint, rumor and whisper that President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats might push for reinstating the Fairness Doctrine.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 3, 2009 The Limbaugh Strawman
First President Barack Obama stroked talk show kingpin Rush Limbaugh's ego by proclaiming him the pied piper of the GOP. Next Republican National Chair Michael Steele showed some moxie and publicly told Limbaugh that he was the shot caller in the GOP. That didn't last.
SHARE Saturday, November 26, 2011 Don't Expect Much Diversity from "President" Romney
Sooner or later presumptive GOP presidential nominee frontrunner Mitt Romney will have to publicly answer which Romney will show up on the issue of race and diversity if he indeed gets the GOP nomination and snatches the White House in 2012.
(11 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 15, 2012 Sandy Hook School Massacre Presents Towering Challenge for President Obama
A compassionate and tearful President Obama minced no words following the Sandy Hook, Connecticut school massacre and demanded action. Though Obama did not specify what action he had in mind, the action that has and will again spark colossal debate is how to crack down on the manic and senseless gun violence that has caused indescribable pain and suffering for so many victims, and now those victims are the innocent of innocent
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 7, 2014 The Issue Again Won't be Loretta Lynch But President Obama
rooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch by any account has the highest legal and educational pedigree imaginable to succeed Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General. In fact, from the first moment that her name was dropped weeks ago as a possible replacement for Holder, the accolades were non-stop about her accomplishments prosecuting an assortment of crooked politicians, drug cartel heads, terror suspects, and most importantly, winni
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 21, 2012 Even Batman Massacre Won't Make Guns an Issue in Presidential Race
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg publicly demanded that President Obama and GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney tell where they stand on new and tougher gun control laws in light of the Colorado Theater massacre. Bloomberg wasn't alone in the demand.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 7, 2014 Twenty Years Later the Simpson Case Won't Go Away
There's irony and tragedy that O.J. Simpson is back in the news again. Both came together when Simpson filed a 102 page petition the same month, June, that twenty years earlier the bodies of ex-wife Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman were found butchered in her Bel Aire, California home.
SHARE Friday, December 5, 2014 The Chokehold is Still Alive and well Courtesy of the Supreme Court
Police departments nationally scrambled furiously in the aftermath of the chokehold death of Eric Garner and the non-indictment of the officer that applied the hold to publicly declare that they do not use the chokehold. They waved and cited inter-department regulation after regulation to prove that they bar the use of the hold, don't teach it to officers, and that many officers themselves say they wouldn't know how to use it
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 6, 2016 The Senate is the Real Name of the Game This Election
ere are two scenarios on January 20, 2017. That's the first day on the job for the 45th president of the U.S. Scenario one. President Sanders or Clinton, unlike President Obama on his first day on the job, are faced with a GOP controlled House and a GOP controlled Senate.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 24, 2014 Mark Cuban Got it Right About Stereotypes
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban took much heat for speaking plainly and boldly about race, more particularly racial stereotypes. He said he'd cross the street if he sees a black kid in a hoodie and a white guy with tattoos and a shaved head coming his way. Forget the tattooed, bald headed white guy.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 7, 2012 Bill Clinton is a Prime Asset, Not Liability for President Obama
The chatter flew hot and heavy that former President Bill Clinton may be more of a liability than an asset to President Obama's reelection drive. His alleged sins are two fold. He is a loose cannon who might say anything at any time that could harm or embarrass Obama.
SHARE Thursday, October 6, 2011 Palin No Longer GOP's Worst Nightmare, and Obama Best Dream
Sarah Palin got it part right in her statement bowing out as a potential GOP presidential contender when she said that if she ran as an independent it would insure President Obama's reelection. She could have added that she would have insured his reelection if she had grabbed the GOP presidential nomination.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 7, 2016 A Shock: Bernie is Actually Bagging Black Votes
There was a little noted footnote to Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders big win in the Wisconsin primary buried deep in the final vote stats. Bernie actually bagged a far bigger percent of Black votes than expected. He got more than one-fourth of the Black vote. Now the reason that this got lost in the primary post-mortem, really two reasons why, was one, Clinton as expected got 74 percent of the Black vote.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 22, 2015 I Like Bernie, but is he Really Electable?
What's not to like about Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. He brings four personal assets to politics that are glaringly MIA in American politics. That's class, dignity, honesty and humility. He's a throwback to a time when politicians actually talked about the issues and not such idiocies as the hair styling, make-up, dress, and facial expressions of their opponents, or endlessly toss out silly sound bite pers
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, May 3, 2019 Facebook Badly Misfires on Farrakhan
"We've always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology." Thus, sayeth Facebook in announcing its crack down on hate mongers on its platforms. Two top white
SHARE Sunday, July 12, 2015 Trump Is GOP's Trump Card
Donald Trump is again the GOP's go to guy to breathe life into a swatch of disconnected and alienated GOP hard right faithful. Here's why he's so important in that respect. The Republican National Committee and GOP presidential contenders former Texas Governor Rick Perry, and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul talk big about going full throttle to nab more black votes in the 2016 presidential race.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 15, 2010 The Real Question is Why an Alvin Greene
Democrats, political pundits, and much of the media have snooped, pried, pecked and nosed around trying to get the goods on Alvin Greene, and then boot him from the South Carolina US senatorial general election ballot. The right question is not who is and who put up Greene. The question is why an Alvin Greene?
SHARE Wednesday, July 2, 2014 The Supreme Court's Savage War on President Obama
In a CSPAN Interview in April, 2013, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was asked pointedly his thoughts about President Obama. The characteristically terse, and guarded Thomas simply said, "I shook hands with him at the inauguration to be polite but I've had no in depth conversation." He did not elaborate. But there was no need.
SHARE Friday, January 20, 2012 President's State of the Union Speech Will be Under Fire--Again
Before President Obama uttered a word of his second State of the Union Speech last January, he heard the loud chorus of criticism, attacks, denunciations, and just plain boos from the usual suspects. That is GOP officials, Tea Party leaders and followers, and the pack of professional Obama loathers, the right wing bloggers, talk show hosts and websites.
SHARE Wednesday, August 12, 2015 What Bernie Does for the Democrats
The Democratic Party's single biggest worry in the run up to the 2016 presidential campaign should not be which GOP contender its nominee will face. It should be can the Democratic nominee do what President Obama did in 2008 and again in 2012 and turn the campaign into a crusade for the White House. This means one thing. The Democratic nominee must ignite emotion, passion, and, even a mania, among the voters who put Obama in t
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 27, 2015 A Hate Crime is a Hate Crime No Matter the Color of the Perpetrator
There isn't much left in the way of pejoratives that can't and haven't been said about Vester Flanagan. He was disturbed, deranged, a psychopath, maniacal, the epitome of evil, and a flat out nut job. The pejoratives dumped on him are certainly much deserved. The gunning down of TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, and then having the gall to videotape it, and expect it to make the round of cable and network news
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 1, 2010 Stop the Rush to Judgment on Call for Clinton to Resign over WikiLeaks
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton must explain what she meant when she allegedly signed the much railed at orders in April and July 2009 that allege that she ordered US diplomats to spy on UN officials and others. But that hasn't stopped the rush to judgment in the calls for her resignation. It's not just a premature call, it's a silly call.
SHARE Monday, November 26, 2012 President Obama's GOP Challenge Is far From Over
The conventional political wisdom is that now that President Obama is safely back in the White House and does not have to worry about re-election he can do what a few other freshly minted second term presidents have done.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 23, 2013 GOP May Get its Fond Wish of Killing the Voting Rights Act
One of the GOP's fondest wishes has been to kill the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. Twice it floated several trial balloons in Congress. The first one was in 1981 when the Act came up for renewal. The deal in the initial passage of the Act was that it be renewed every 25 years.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 27, 2008 McCain and Obama's Wall Street Greed Team
September 15 was a rare day for Democratic Presidential contender Barack Obama and Republican rival John McCain. They both lambasted the greedy and corrupt (their words) Wall Street wheeler dealers for wreaking financial mayhem and pain on Main Street.
SHARE Tuesday, November 29, 2011 GOP Will Close Down Cain's Sideshow Act
GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain was predictably defiant when a pack of GOP pundits and insiders strongly hinted that he should fold up his candidacy tent. Cain said he was in the race to stay and did his by now patented bizarre, double-speak, Bill Clinton style denial that he did not have sex with that woman.
SHARE Wednesday, June 9, 2010 Alvin Greene Is America's Much Needed Political Rocky, Tainted Though he May Be
Alvin Greene is America's much needed political Rocky, tainted though he may be. The line American school kids hear the moment they set foot in a classroom is that one day you can be president. Most school kids long before they stop becoming school kids know it's just that a line, they can't and won't be president. Now enter Alvin Greene.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 19, 2012 Why the GOP Presidential Candidates Talk Race (in Code)
South Carolina Democratic Congressman James Clyburn lambasted the GOP presidential candidates for talking race in code. There's plenty of ammunition for the attack with the stream of race tinged references Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Mitt Romney made to food stamps, welfare, work ethics, and an entitlement society. Then there are the racially loaded newsletters from Ron Paul that resurfaced.
SHARE Friday, February 28, 2014 President Obama’s Brother Crisis
President Obama made it perfectly clear why he got more than a little emotional when he announced his My Brother's Keeper initiative. He was one of those brothers who but for his initiative, luck, and a good support system could have easily slid into the spiral of poverty, drugs, violence, and possibly jail or an early grave.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, May 24, 2013 Why President Obama is the Most Heckled President
Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin's repeated and drug out heckling of President Obama during his drone policy speech is simply the latest in a disgusting and damaging repeat act that has become almost ritual.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 13, 2014 GOP Plays the Race Card with Holder--Again
Attorney General Eric Holder in a recent address to the National Action Network convention flatly charged that a House committee, read: the GOP has once more subjected him to an "unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity." Holder punctuated his protest over the abuse with the rhetorical, "what attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?' He appropriately added: What president has ever had
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 30, 2011 Cain May Not Be A Flash In The Pan
GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain's win in the Iowa straw poll is more disturbing proof that his candidacy may not be the flash in the pan that many think.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Democrats Play Dangerous Game in Shunning President Obama
The excuses some Democrats give for their chill toward backing President Obama's reelection bid would fill up a legal pad. He's made much too nice with the GOP. He's put Medicare and Social Security on the chopping block. He hasn't pushed aggressively enough for a full blown FDR style jobs program.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 30, 2011 Why President Obama Still Says No to Gay Marriage
President Obama thundered to the throngs at the recent LGBT Leadership Council fund raising bash in New York, "I believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every couple in the country." This was not hyperbole that he had to shout to one of the country's most prominent, and influential gay rights activists off his back about his opposition to gay marriage.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 18, 2010 Tiger Digs a Deeper Hole
Nice try Tiger but it won't work. Simply gazing into the eye of a lone camera, taking no questions from reporters, and then making a terse plea for privacy, a promise to be a better Tiger, and dropping a hint that he'll return to golf, won't buy forgiveness or peace. It will do just the opposite. By saying so little, it still gives the legion of Tiger loathers plenty more ammunition to gossip, speculate, bad mouth
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 11, 2015 Hunt Terrorists, Don't Scapegoat Muslims
The instant the horrific news hit that yet another pack of deranged nut cases debased Islam by shooting up the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish grocery store, nearly every Muslim organization, diplomat, and head of state, no matter their political views, roundly condemned the attacks. All were careful to point out that heinous murders, indeed any killing of innocent civilians, under the pretense of defending Islam,
SHARE Sunday, December 27, 2020 The Second Stimulus Still Won't Show Many Blacks the Money
Trump took much deserved heat for deliberately and vindictively gumming up the works in not immediately signing the 900-billion-dollar second stimulus bill. The list of those hurt by the delay runs off the chart; renters, the unemployed, small to medium sized businesses, and the millions of the neediest of the needy.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Eric Holder Said the Obvious and that's Racism Drives the Obama Bashing
Attorney General Eric Holder finally said the obvious and that's that racism drives and has always driven the relentless bash of President Obama. In the past, Holder has strongly hinted that "racial animus" as he put it in his frank charge has been the mainstay behind the GOP's non-stop, take no prisoners, assault on any and every initiative, program, and proposed piece of legislation that Obama has put forth.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 20, 2020 Here's Why Harris's Senate Seat is So Important
The instant that Joe Biden tapped California Senator Kamala Harris as his VP running mate, the murmur was: Who will fill her seat if Biden wins? Should it be a Black woman because Harris is a Black woman?
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, August 8, 2011 GOP Would Love Nader's Fantasy of a Party Challenge to Obama
Ralph Nader is a predictable as the sun rising in the Sahara in July. He wasted no time in jumping all over President Obama following the debt ceiling deal. He made his by now standard plea for someone to challenge Obama in a Democratic primary campaign or better still from his view a third party challenge to Obama.
SHARE Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Holder Could Be GOP Target
Before nominating Eric Holder to be his attorney general, President Elect Barack Obama quietly asked key Senate Republicans if there would be any potential confirmation problems with Holder's nomination. Holder is his first cabinet pick and Obama wants to make sure that the pick will be hailed as a good one.
SHARE Sunday, March 4, 2012 Why Limbaugh's Fluke Apology was no Apology
Rush Limbaugh did not apologize to Sandra Fluke. In his ten line "apology" statement to Fluke he devoted all of two lines to a tepid, kind of sort of "I made a mistake" pronouncement in branding her "a slut."
SHARE Saturday, January 9, 2021 The Capitol Riot Won't Change A Darn Thing
Three things happened within a day of each other that tell much about why the Capitol riots won't change a darn thing. A judge in Iowa City, Iowa brazenly announced that a Trump white terrorist who plowed into a group of police abuse protesters would not serve a days' time in jail for his deadly act.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 6, 2010 Tiger Stereotypes Tiger, and Black Males Too
Vanity Fair made it official. Tiger is now a member in good standing in the pantheon of gang banging, drive by shooting, menacing, thug life, sexually on the make, young black males. At least that's what the lengthy pack of Tiger bashers quickly branded the pumping iron, buffed, ghetto trademark ski cap wearing Tiger that ungraces the cover of Vanity Fair.
SHARE Sunday, December 8, 2013 GOP Turns Predictable Deaf Ear to Plea to Close Income Inequality Gap
President Obama gave it the good old college try when he virtually implored Congress to take a hard, long look at the surging income inequality gap in America. This was a step to put a partial brake on the widening gap by increasing the minimum wage, and limit slashes on spending programs that aid the poor and lower income workers.
SHARE Sunday, August 16, 2015 The Julian Bond I Remember and Pay Homage to
I can't tell you how many times I sparred with former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond on TV shows and in print during the years he headed the NAACP over the policy and direction of the NAACP. No matter how fierce our debate, I was always struck by the dignity and passion that Bond brought to the table in hammering home his positions.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 6, 2020 Trump Makes Black Lives Matter the Perfect Fall Guy
Trump's almost standard harangue of Black Lives Matter as "violent" and even bad for Black people could almost be shrugged off except for two other occurrences that followed close on its heel. One was the appearance of a New York BLM bigwig on a Fox News show threatening to "burn down the system."
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 17, 2013 President Obama Slays GOP Myth of "Evil" Big Government
The GOP's inviolate article of faith is that big government is inherently evil. The GOP has been stupendously successful through much of the last century in tagging any Democrat that champions increased regulatory powers, higher taxes on corporations and the rich, greater public spending on health, education and job programs, and bolstering entitlement programs as a reckless, tax and spend, enemy of private enterprise.
SHARE Thursday, November 1, 2018 Trump's Willie Horton Moment
"Maybe he will put this Willie Horton on the ticket". Lee Atwater, George Bush Sr's 1988 presidential campaign manager, wasn't being totally facetious when he made this crack to a confidant. Horton was the black convict who escaped from a Massachusetts pen while on a work furlough. While on the lam, Horton raped a Maryland housewife.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, August 21, 2009 President Obama's One Term Nightmare
In an interview on NBC's Today Show two weeks after he was sworn in President Obama was blunt. He said that if he didn't deliver he'd be "a one term proposition." Put this in the category of what did he know and when did he know it. The it is that he was under the white hot glare of the public to deliver the goods, or be quickly dumped in the presidential has been bin. Polls back up this hard political reality about Obama.
SHARE Tuesday, January 26, 2021 One Year Later-The Kobe Bryant I Still Remember
"Our Responsibility is more than putting a ball in a basket" Kobe Bryant
It's hard to believe. But yes, it's been one year since the death of Kobe Bryant. The pain of that is still very much there. A year later, my two greatest enduring and life affirming memories of Kobe Bryant are the same. And they have absolutely nothing to do with
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 16, 2009 Mason is an Honorary Schwartza
The Yiddish/German term schwartza or schwarze is not in itself a racially demeaning and insulting term. It just simply translates to black or as used colloquially a "black person." But it's a totally different thing when the word drips out of the mouth of shop worm comic Jackie Mason.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 30, 2012 Romney Poses Greatest Danger to the Supreme Court
GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney recently publicly mused about who his likely cabinet picks would be if elected. But conveniently he was tight lipped about the one institution which his administration would have the greatest impact--and damage--on, namely the Supreme Court.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 3, 2013 The Never Ending Hypocrisy of Hiding behind the Bible on Gay Marriage
The long standing reason for shoving the courts, the federal government and the states into the private relations between two adult consenting men or women is the Bible. There are those two infamous and interminably cited passages in Leviticus 18:22 20:13 and Romans 1:26-27 that deem it "detestable" a man lying down with another man.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 13, 2008 Jesse Jackson Jr. Should Bow Out for Obama's Seat
Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. should bow out of contention for Obama's Senate seat. True there is yet no evidence that he offered to grease Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's palm in return for the seat.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 6, 2014 GOP Now Takes Dead Aim at Hillary
The dust from the GOP's mid-term lambaste of the Democrats had barely settled when the declaration was made that the day after the elections was the unofficial start of the 2016 presidential campaign. This was more than a little overstated and misleading. It's far more accurate to say that the day after the mid-terms was the moment when the GOP would ramp up its drive to stop Hillary Clinton in her presidential tracks even bef
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, July 22, 2013 Eight Compelling Reasons for a Federal Prosecution of Zimmerman
The moment the NAACP, the Reverend Al Sharpton and other civil rights organizations publicly demanded that the Justice Department conduct a federal probe into the Trayvon Martin slaying and George Zimmerman's acquittal for killing him with a view toward bringing civil rights charges against him, volumes were written and spoken as to why the department supposedly couldn't or shouldn't prosecute him. There's one problem with all
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 15, 2016 The Message President Obama---Wasserman Schultz Must Go, and Go Now
Two months before the 2014 mid-term elections President Obama issued this statement that read in part: "The president's foremost political goal is helping Democrats do well in the midterms -- and Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is doing a great job in that effort." Obama was
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 4, 2014 President Obama Should Get the Feds Out of the Death Penalty Business
President Obama said he was deeply troubled by the application of the death penalty in the U.S. and said that he'd ask Attorney General Eric Holder to review the problems with it. The retort from some was that the death penalty is a state matter and there's absolutely nothing the White House can do about it and by inference there's no reason for him to stick the federal government's nose in it. It is a state matter. But it's a
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 2, 2013 The GOP Bumbles Again on Race---This Time It's Rosa Parks
The Republican National Committee can't help itself. No matter how many times and in how many ways it's amply shown that it can't get it right on race, it still keeps bumbling along. Its latest bumble is to try and capitalize on the exalted name of civil rights icon Rosa Parks. The RNC apparently thought it was doing good when it tweeted on the anniversary of Parks legendary refusal to get up from her front seat on a segregate
SHARE Friday, February 5, 2010 Bail out Could Cost Taxpayers Thirty Times more than Reported
In 2008 and 2009, 50 separate Federal programs offered $23 trillion in loans, grants, or asset guarantees to the financial sector. Huh! This item was buried in paragraph 11 of 12 paragraphs in a joint statement that California Senator Barbara Boxer and Virginia Senator Jim Webb issued demanding taxing TARP monies executives used to compensate themselves.
(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 19, 2014 GOP Will Find a Way to Blame President Obama on Ukraine Jet Downing
The monstrous downing of a Malaysian jet liner apparently by Russian backed separatists in the Ukraine did something that few thought could happen. It has gotten GOP leaders momentarily to agree with President Obama when he pointed the finger squarely at Russia for the horrific attack.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 3, 2010 Maxine Waters the Democrat's Sacrificial Lamb
The headlines in several major dailies blared "Maxine Waters under scrutiny for bank ties." "Waters Helped Bank whose stock she once owned." "What is the Maxine Waters scandal all about?"
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, October 28, 2011 Hillary For President Talk Is Just Another Nasty Way To Slam Obama
Hillary Clinton can say "no" to the pesky pleas for her to run for president in 2012 until she's blue in the face. It won't make any difference. There will be yet another poll that shows she's far more popular than President Obama as the Democratic presidential standard bearer.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, June 16, 2008 The Silly Debate Over Whether Obama is Black or Mixed Race
Presumptive Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama gave the best answer to the question whether he's black, mixed race or something in between. He recently told a Chicago fundraiser crowd that to some he wasn't black enough,
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 8, 2009 The Senate, Not the House, is the Name of the Game on Health Care Reform
President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, key House and Senate Democratic and Republicans, and most importantly the major pharmaceuticals and private insurers know one thing, and they've known it from the start of the health care debate. And that's that the senate not the house will decide what, if any, health care reform plan is finally approved
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Why Obamacare Will Triumph Despite Glitches and the GOP
The GOP controlled House Ways and Means is the first of the three GOP congressional committees "investigating" Obamacare to try and pulverize it--again. GOP committee members pounded hard on the stock GOP hit points; it's a mess because of a lousy computer system, thousands have gotten sticker shock after getting cancellation notices, there's big sneaky insurance price hikes on the way, there are the subsidies that don't subsi
SHARE Friday, October 21, 2011 Why Cain Was Applauded For Trashing The Unemployed
The cheers that GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain got from the GOP faithful at the Las Vegas GOP presidential debate for his full throated defense of Wall Street and his trash of the unemployed for being unemployed was no surprise.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 9, 2011 Arizona's Innocents Reap What Palin & Company Have Sowed
The instant Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others were gunned down at a public meet-and-greet in Tucson, leaving six dead--including a federal judge, several retirees, and a 9-year-old student council representative--Tea Party grandmaster Sarah Palin and leaders of her movement swung into damage-control mode. Palin offered condolences to the families of the shooting victims and called for prayers for peace and justi
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 2, 2014 Nothing New in GOP’s Smear of Obama on Ukraine
GOP leaders took giddy delight in mocking President Obama's ninety minute phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was Obama's frontal effort to get Putin to stand down from his assault on the Ukraine. They called his talk with Putin weak, soft, and even cowardly.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 9, 2011 Cain, Not Sex, will sink Cain
GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain was emphatic when asked at his Scottsdale, Arizona press conference whether he'd drop out of the race over the lengthening sexual harassment charges against him. "No way" he said. He's right about sexual harassment not being the torpedo that will sink his presidential hopeful ship. But he's wrong about his candidacy's eventual sink.
SHARE Sunday, June 29, 2014 President Obama Keeps Hearing the Silly Charge he Has Failed Blacks
From the moment that he set foot in the White House in January, 2009 President Obama has had to hear the silly charge that he has miserably failed blacks. He's repeatedly heard it for two reasons. The first is obvious. He's black but more than that he actually practiced civil rights law and worked as a community organizer in poor communities on Chicago's South Side.
SHARE Sunday, July 4, 2010 Steele got it Right about Afghanistan, But for the Wrong Reason
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele ticked off President Obama, most Democrats, nearly all Republicans, and much of the military brass. Steele's sacrilege was to tell a partial truth about the war. It has become Obama's war, if not by choice as Steele says, at least by default.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 19, 2010 What Does Bill Clinton Have that Obama Doesn't?
The new Gallup survey can't get much more galling. It shows that more Democrats would be more likely to vote for a Democratic candidate for office if Bill Clinton pitched the candidate than if President Obama did.
SHARE Friday, October 11, 2013 Cave on Debt Ceiling Poses Peril for the Democrats
President Obama has repeatedly said that he will not budge on his demand to reopen the government and green lighting a deal on a debt ceiling raise. The reason he can't goes far beyond the fact that the debt ceiling has been routinely raised for the past three decades under GOP and Democratic presidents with barely a peep of protest and that Congress must pay the bills that it made and allocated money for. Nor is it solely ove
SHARE Saturday, January 31, 2015 Suge Knight Arrest Reinforces Thug Image of Black Males
First it was fallen rap mogul Suge Knight's arrest for murder. Second the alleged murder took place in Compton. And third, it was rap. This is the perfect dysfunctional storm to get the tongues clucking again that Knight, rappers, and by extension young black males are hopelessly ensnared in the thug life.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 30, 2013 President Obama Lays down Gauntlet Again to Congress with Gun Control Executive Orders
The NRA and key GOP congressional leader's response to President Obama's new round of unilateral executive orders on gun control was as predictable as the sun rising in the Sahara Desert in August. The NRA thundered that they are useless, unconstitutional, and won't do a thing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. The response from GOP congressional leaders was just as predictable: stone silence.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 22, 2013 GOP Mute on Apple and Other Corporations Corporate Welfare Grab
The news that Apple paid zero taxes on tens of billions in income on its overseas operations, investments, and sales grabbed a momentary headline but stirred little more than a yawn among GOP leaders. There's little surprise here for several well-known and deeply troubling reasons.
SHARE Sunday, September 14, 2014 The Red Flag Flies High Again on Prosecution in Brown Slaying
A little over a year ago the debate was fierce over whether Florida state prosecutor Angela "tough on Crime" Corey assigned to prosecute George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin would dump the case. There was good reason for the debate. Zimmerman was not a police officer. But he was seen as the next best or worst thing to it since he had close ties with law enforcement and was a one-time neighborhood watch patrol officer.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, February 13, 2009 Obama The One Term President?
President Barack Obama had barely finished uttering the oath of office when the talk started that he would be a one term president.
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 19, 2009 Mr. Murdoch Is Obama Really a Chimp?
York Post Editor-in-Chief Col Allan would hotly defend the racist Post cartoon comparing President Obama to a chimp. That's what your shock and smut dealing Post is in the business of doing and it does it well.
SHARE Thursday, December 23, 2010 Don't Blame Kobe for Turkey's Armenian Genocide
Who would have thought that Kim Kardashian would take off on Kobe Bryant for anything other than their shared sports and celebrity status? Kardashian in addition has carved out a growth industry in flesh baring, body ogling and sex titillation. But there's Kardashian lambasting Bryant for his two year deal pitching the glories of riding the skies on Turk Hava Yollari AO, Turkish Airlines, the country's state-run airlines.
SHARE Monday, May 24, 2010 The Dubious Company Rand Paul May Keep
Kentucky GOP senate nominee Rand Paul took withering heat for knocking the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Paul's kind of, sort of recant further fueled fierce debate over whether he is a homegrown bigot or a principled libertarian.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 11, 2013 Top Democrats Badly Blew it on Filibuster
Kentucky senator and Tea Party darling Rand Paul deserves credit for one thing in his windy 13 hour one man filibuster against the confirmation of John Brennan as CIA Director. He publicly demonstrated that the deal that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid cut last January with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to go easy on overhauling the filibuster rules was worthless.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, May 11, 2009 Hatin' on Miss California is not about a Contract
The issue for the umpteenth time is and never has been about whether Carrie Prejean violated the dumb, probably legally challengeable, and possibly legally winnable Miss California contract she signed.
SHARE Thursday, March 19, 2009 Red Flags Flew From the Start on Geithner and Company
Florida Republican House Rep Connie Mack was the first in the door to demand that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner resign or get the boot. Mack bluntly said what more than a few Democrats and a lot of Republicans have grumbled privately in recent days. President Obama says that Geithner will stay. But things in Beltway politics change, and change fast.
SHARE Friday, May 21, 2010 Race Trips up Rand Paul Too
Kentucky GOP senate candidate Rand Paul may or may not learn what his father Ron learned. And that's when you pop off on the always thorny issue of race there's a consequence.
SHARE Friday, March 6, 2009 Red Baiting President Obama
Nothing that House and Senate Republicans and would be ex-officio Republican kingpin Rush Limbaugh have said or done to torpedo President Obama's program has worked. So why not try one more thing, red baiting
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 2, 2010 Shout at Obama to Muscle BP aside is Futile and Wrongheaded
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell minced no words in a talk with ABC News. Powell said President Obama should muscle BP aside and move in with "decisive force." The general had one thing in mind, and that's a military type response to and seizure of the operation. Powell thinks and talks like a hard-nosed military man. So his demand for a military solution to the BP spill is understandable. Powell didn't say how the gover
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 24, 2010 NAACP Still Hasn't Atoned for Sherrod Blunder
NAACP president Ben Jealous caught holy hell from black bloggers for his astoundingly embarrassing rush to judgment applauding the curb toss of Shirley Sherrod. Jealous, of course, quickly reversed gear and admitted that he and the organization had been snookered by the rightwing attack hack Andrew Breitbart and Fox News.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 2, 2016 Iowa was a Monster Win for Hillary
he conventional political wisdoms, that's right wisdoms, not wisdom, about Hillary Clinton before Iowa went like this. One, she bombed badly in Iowa in 2008, losing to both Obama and John Edwards, therefore if she doesn't do well in Iowa it will be 2008 all over again, and the wind will quickly taper to a faint breeze behind her campaign.
SHARE Monday, August 24, 2015 Katrina's Message on America's Poor Still Unheard
There was a very fleeting moment in the aftermath of the Katrina debacle, August 29, 2005, that the message that there are a lot of poor in New Orleans and America who are routinely ignored, neglected, and reviled had gotten through. In that very fleeting moment there was a torrent of new studies and reports that flowed out on poverty in America, especially black poverty.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 7, 2014 GOP Has Done Everything it Can to Make Sure Obama is the Wrong Color
Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller said what's been said countless times and worse acted on by the GOP countless times. That is that more than a few of their number have reflexively dithered, delayed, and flat out tried to torpedo every policy initiative or piece of legislation that President Obama has backed solely as Rockefeller said, "because he's the wrong color."
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 9, 2008 Beating up on Palin Is a Lose Lose for Obama
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama should do two things about GOP vice presidential pick Sarah Palin. The first is repeat: "I'm running against John McCain and I'm running for president not Vice President."
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 4, 2015 The Oregon Massacre Won't Shake NRA Stranglehold
President Obama, stern and visibly shaken by the Oregon massacre, lambasted the NRA yet again for its suffocating grip on Congress. An equally shaken Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that she was sickened by the sheep like willingness of Congress to do the bidding of the NRA.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 26, 2010 GOP's Calling Gulf Spill Obama's Katrina Bogus
This one could have been mailed in. Sarah Palin predictably knocked President Obama for as she put it in garbled colloquialism failing to "dive in there" and solve the Gulf spill disaster. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and a rash of GOP senators were slightly more grammatically intelligible but still pounced on Obama for being too cozy with BP and not pulling out all stops to staunch the spill.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, July 27, 2009 Obama's Gates Trainwreck
The stock basketball one liner came to mind when I heard President Obama utter his now infamous "acting stupid" line referring to the cuffing of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, October 30, 2009 Hillary Would Have Made a Terrific Obama VP----Bill Notwithstanding
In his spicy, tantalizing, tell-all inside the belly of the Obama campaign book, Obama campaign manager, David Plouffe says that Obama toyed with picking Hillary Clinton as his VP running mate and then junked it because hubby Bill posed too many complications.
SHARE Monday, May 10, 2010 Kagan's Affirmative Action Achilles Heel
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan will plop an issue back on the nation's table that hasn't been seen or heard from or about in what seems like ages. And that's affirmative action. Even before her nomination the word furiously circulated in some circles that during her six year tenure as dean of Harvard University Law School, Kagan had an abom
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Hillary Should and Will Run
The new twist in the endless smack downs of Hillary Clinton is that they aren't coming from the GOP's inveterate Clinton bashers. They're coming from a coterie of supposedly reliable liberal friends, supporters, and prognosticators. They punched her hard on Benghazi and her stance on gay marriage during a couple of interviews related to her book.
SHARE Monday, January 18, 2021 Jury Way Out on How Tough the Punishment for the Capitol Terrorists
The instant the first brick was tossed at the Capitol building by the white, pro Trump Capitol terrorists the question was repeatedly asked whether federal prosecutors will really toss the book at them. Oh yes, the prosecutors talk tough, and saber rattle the lawbreakers with promises of FBI knocks on their doors and an array of hard-nosed charges against them
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 30, 2009 Afghanistan is Obama's Vietnam
In August 2007 Senator Barack Obama fresh on the presidential campaign trail made an impassioned promise at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to wage what he dubbed the war that has to be won.
SHARE Wednesday, December 31, 2008 Blagojevich's Race Card Appointment Was Inevitable
There was never any doubt that race would be a huge factor in filling Obama's vacant Illinois senate seat. Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich proved that when he dumped veteran Democratic Party war horse Roland Burris into the seat.
SHARE Monday, March 15, 2021 When an Apology for Racist and Offensive Rants Is Never Enough
Here we go again. In the space of a recent few days, we had a verbally disjointed announcer during a championship game rant and rail at members of a girl's basketball team in Norman, Oklahoma for having the temerity to kneel at the playing of the national anthem.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 6, 2015 Why Carson's Tall Tales About his Past Don't Hurt Him
GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson has been roundly skewered for, if you want to be charitable, embellishing his supposed hard scrabble youthful past, or less so, flat out lying about it. But that made absolutely no difference in some national polls that showed him topping long standing frontrunner Donald Trump and, even more astounding, running neck and neck with Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical general election showdown.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, November 3, 2008 Not Black President Obama, Just President Obama
The instant that Barack Obama tossed his hat in the presidential rink nearly two years ago the twin mantra was that he could be the first black to be president and if that happened America had finally kicked its race syndrome.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, September 28, 2012 The Obama and Romney Debates Do Matter
The conventional wisdom is that debates are virtually meaningless. Countless studies, surveys and polls have tracked presidential debates and their impact on voters over more than five decades. They looked at the gaffes, the routine ducks and dodges, the gestures, and the physical appearance of the candidates.
SHARE Thursday, October 16, 2008 Why McCain Did Not Go For Obama's Racial Jugular
A handful of top advisors in the McCain camp were perplexed at their boss's flat refusal to again slam Democratic rival Barack Obama on his ties to his former pastor Jeremiah Wright. Instead they picked the race neutral target of former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers, and tried to tie Obama to him. That ploy had no public or media legs.
SHARE Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Method to Carson's Zaniness
Make no mistake there's a calculated method to Ben Carson's zaniness. There's absolutely no way he could not know that making an idiotic crack that blacks took what amounted to a busman's holiday excursion to America and in the process poked around for a few plumb opportunities and then decided to decamp here would not ignite the predictable twitter, Facebook, and media firestorm
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 11, 2010 Obama Can Now Pick a Judge with a Heart
In 2005, then Illinois Senator Barack Obama was unequivocal. He said he wanted a Supreme Court justice with a heart. By that he meant someone who was not just a top legal scholar and rendered flawless legal opinions rulings, but who had real compassion for the needs and suffering of people.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 30, 2012 GOP Swift Boaters Ramp up against President Obama
The GOP Swift Boaters were hardly deterred when presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney denounced their planned hit ad bankrolled by a Super PAC fronted by billionaire Joe Ricketts that dredged up the old slur that linked President Obama to his former pastor Jeremiah Wright.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 6, 2010 Will Arizona Principal Cave to Bigots Who Demand a White Mural?
Miller Valley Elementary school principal Jeff Lane has two choices. He can cave to the handful of loudmouth bigots in Prescott, Arizona who demand that he whiten the mural on the front of his school that prominently pictures an African-American student. Or, he can say, the mural stands as it is.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 3, 2012 Rice Nomination Fight Won't Drain President Obama's Political Capital
If the heat on UN ambassador Susan Rice wasn't intense enough from GOP senators that are using her as a surrogate to batter President Obama, now Rice faces more heat from a green group. They have filled the liberal blogosphere with articles and a petition demanding that Rice divest her investments in Trans Canada Corporation.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 18, 2008 Obama's Rick Warren Pick Makes Perfectly Good Sense
President elect Barack Obama almost certainly knew that he'd take some heavy flack from gay rights and abortion rights groups for picking mega preacher Rick Warren to give his inaugural invocation.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 12, 2010 Progressives Should Stop Sniping at Kagan
The stock rap against Kagan is that she's a tight lipped, beltway, centrist, consensus builder, and putting her on a court with four (and on many days five) of the most bare knuckle, nakedly ultra-conservative, ideological driven justices to sit on the high bench in decades is a colossal prescription for disaster.
SHARE Wednesday, January 9, 2013 It's Not about Hagel, it's about President Obama
The issue is not the dubious foreign policy competence, independence, loose lipness or views of Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel. The issue is President Obama. The GOP has used the same shopworn template to hammer Obama so often it can be drawn up while asleep.
SHARE Sunday, November 29, 2020 Trump's Final Bloodlust
Attorney General William Barr wants five federal prisoner's dead before Joe Biden takes office January 20.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 3, 2013 Prosecution Red Flag Up in Martin Case
Two weeks into the George Zimmerman trial the debate has intensified over whether Florida state prosecutor Angela "tough on Crime" Corey and her team is helping or hurting their case against Zimmerman with their witnesses.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, November 24, 2008 Red Flags Fly High on Obama's Economic Team
Top Obama economic advisor Lawrence Summer is the consummate Wall Street, and yes another Clinton insider. His resume reads like a mini telephone book on the list of posts he's held in and out of every financial and government monetary agency imaginable.
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 26, 2016 Sanders' Call to Back Clinton Doesn't Require a Clothespin Over the Nose
Much has been made about polls that purportedly show that a significant number of Bernie Sanders' backers say they won't vote for Clinton no matter what. Now Sanders has made it clear as recently as an MSNBC Townhall that he will do whatever it takes to "make sure" no Republican gets in the White House.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 8, 2013 GOP Still Aims to Make Obama a Failed President
GOP Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell drew much derision, snickers, and ridicule for falling flat in fulfilling his oft repeated goal to make President Obama a one term president. Obama's smash electoral vote and solid popular vote win made the GOP's aim seem more comical.
SHARE Wednesday, May 21, 2014 How Real is the GOP's War on its Racists?
Former 2012 GOP Presidential contender Mitt Romney wasted no time in angrily denouncing and calling for the resignation of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire police commissioner Robert Copeland. Copeland made brief headlines when his N word slur of President Obama went public. New Hampshire GOP Senator Kelly Ayotte, GOP senatorial candidate Scott Brown, and a slew of other GOP state officials also called for Copeland's scalp.
SHARE Sunday, December 28, 2014 North Korea's Racial Slur of President Obama is Business as Usual
The racial taunt by North Korean official's of President Obama as a monkey was no real surprise. The regime has blasted Obama before with border line racial jabs. Obama is the most visible and inviting target for North Korea to single out for blame and vitriol after its bare bones internet and mobile phone networks were disrupted for a few days. North Korean officials apparently saw this as retaliation for allegedly hacking So
SHARE Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Schwarzenegger Is Just the Latest in GOP Sexual Hypocrisy
Former GOP California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's terse apologetic statement that he fathered a child out of wed lock a decade ago is quite a contrast to what's been standard operating procedure for the GOP's family values, bible thumping moralists that literally get caught with their pants down.
SHARE Tuesday, June 26, 2012 No Help from Romney if Supreme Court Scraps the Health Care Law
GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney has said only one thing about the Affordable Care Act. It must go and on day one of his administration if elected he will start the ball rolling to repeal it. The Supreme Court may well save him from this braggadocio, vote pandering boast if the four ultra-conservatives justices joined by the court's swing vote, Anthony Kennedy, get their way.
SHARE Sunday, February 21, 2021 Nothing New in the GOP's Drive to Take Back the 2020 Election
The GOP is bound and determined to take back the 2020 election. Just how bound and determined. GOP controlled state legislatures in more than two dozen states have introduced a tsunami of bills aimed at making sure there is no repeat of the 2020 election.
SHARE Tuesday, October 7, 2014 Panetta Recycles the Same Tired Criticisms of President Obama
Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is the latest to recycle the same tired criticisms of President Obama. The criticisms with only slight variation boil down to Obama are weak, ineffectual, hesitant and blundering on Iraq and Syria. He should have tossed the missiles and put the boots on the ground instantly against ISIS. Or, he never should have taken the troops out of Iraq in the first place. And because he did, blame him
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, September 26, 2014 Eric Holder Was Our Firewall against the GOP
One of the most poignant moments in Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.'s six year tenure heading the Justice Department came in February 2009 barely a month after he had been confirmed as Attorney General. He told an overflow crowd celebrating Black History Month at the Justice Department that America was "cowardly" when it came to facing race and racism.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 28, 2009 Wave the White Flag in the Limbaugh War
President Obama and the Democrats should wave the white flag in their strawman war on Rush Limbaugh. The Media Research Center delivered the grim casualty figures for the Democrats. Since January, the top talk show gabber's ratings have soared off the charts.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 26, 2012 Why the Death Penalty Debate for the Batman Massacre Shooter
Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers raised eyebrows when she told reporters that convicting alleged Batman mass shooter James Holmes is not a "slam dunk." She raised even more eyebrows when she said that she would take weeks to decide whether to seek the death penalty against Holmes.
SHARE Tuesday, December 1, 2015 Trump Got More than Love from the Black Preachers
Front running GOP presidential contender Donald Trump got more than the "love" he said he saw in the room at his mid-Manhattan offices where he met with the pack of black ministers. He had banks of TV cameras and reporters recording his every move and word. He got the tongues wagging furiously among blacks who mostly lambasted the meeting. He defiantly claimed that he made no promises and made no concessions to the ministers i
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 7, 2016 Shunning Hillary is the Prescription for a Trump-Cruz White House
Here's a horrific what if in the months after November 9, 2016. That's the day after the presidential election and the winner is declared. The nomination and confirmation of one, two, maybe even three more Antonin Scalias and Clarence Thomas's to the Supreme Court. The quick repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the shut-down of the Department of Education, the total scrap of the Dodd- Frank financial industry regulations, the de
SHARE Saturday, October 4, 2014 Secret Service Bungles Underscore the Never Ending Peril to President Obama
The Secret Service has taken a much deserved battering for an armed felon roaming free in the White House, fence jumpers, leaks of President Obama's travel schedule to then GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and a congressional imposter getting into an area where the President was at a Congressional Black Caucus function.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 11, 2019 Here's Why We Need to See Trump's Taxes
From the moment in June 2016 that Trump formally declared he was a candidate for President, the hue and cry went up from Democrats and others: Show us your taxes. Three years later and at the start of another presidential election cycle, Trump's taxes are still just as shrouded in secrecy as ever.
(16 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 1, 2008 Ten Troubling Questions I Asked Obama to Answer before McCain Asks Them
Here are ten troubling questions for Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama that he'd be wise to answer coming from me. If he's the Democratic presidential nominee you can bank that John McCain and the GOP truth squad will ask him them. The questions were sent directly to him at his national campaign headquarters Friday, March 28.
SHARE Thursday, November 29, 2012 White Guys Still Rule the GOP
House Speaker John Boehner didn't bother to go through the pretense of recommending more women and minorities to chair House committees. All nineteen of his chair picks were white men. The committee chairs determine what legislation gets heard or stonewalled in the House. So Boehner's naked move to assure that white guys still rule in the House seemingly makes mockery of all the GOP's big post election talk about making women
SHARE Sunday, May 13, 2012 Gay Marriage Won't Cost President Obama Black Votes
The vote on the gay marriage ban in North Carolina's Halifax County drew some national ink. The County in Northeast part of the state is mostly rural and majority black. It backed the state's anti-gay marriage initiative by a whopping two to one majority.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, December 17, 2012 Finger-point Congress, Not President Obama, for Killing 18 Life Saving Gun Curb Bills
The Sandy Hook Elementary School monstrous massacre guaranteed that the heat will be turned up on President Obama to take the "meaningful action" that he called for on gun control. The heat is justified, but it's not the White House that has routinely killed life-saving gun control measures during the past decade. It's been Congress.
SHARE Wednesday, December 3, 2014 GOP Smears Hillary with Obama
GOP strategists have gleefully played up President Obama's plunged poll ratings as if they were Hillary Clinton's. The metamorphosis of Clinton into Obama is amazing to see. First endlessly cite the mid-terms elections not as a rebuff of Obama's performance and popularity but of Clinton's. Next tirelessly cite polls and surveys that variously show that Clinton's favorability and popularity
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 9, 2012 Could President Obama be Black President Obama?
President Obama has heard one persistent grumble from the moment that he entered the White House. And that's that he has not said and done enough to boost African-Americans. It's been nothing more than a low intensity grumble for two simple reasons. One is that blacks backed him in near record numbers in his 2008 presidential drive. They will back him again in November in vote numbers that will equal or come close to those the
SHARE Monday, February 15, 2021 Nailing the Capitol Terrorists Won't be Easy
Two things are certain about the Capitol terror attack January 6. And one thing isn't. The certainties first. One, Trump will not be charged with incitement to riot. Yes, there have been soundings from DC federal prosecutors about the possibility of an incitement to riot charge against him. But this is just shop talk and media copy.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 20, 2015 Race alone doesn't explain why so Many White Workers Swoon over Trump
The recent finding by the Public Religion Research Institute confirmed what we know about how GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump got to be the front runner, and why he has stayed the frontrunner far longer than thought humanly possible. He got there and stays there because so many middle-aged white blue collar workers are enraptured with him. They love his willingness to say whatever pejorative thought jumps in his skul
SHARE Friday, December 4, 2015 The San Bernardino Massacre is Domestic Terrorism and should be called that
FBI official David Bowdich issued this statement immediately after the mass killing in San Bernardino by alleged shooters Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, "It would be irresponsible and premature for me to call this terrorism. The FBI defines terrorism very specifically, and that is the big question for us: What is the motivation for this?" Two days later FBI Director James Comey finally did use the word "terrorism" in a
SHARE Thursday, June 26, 2014 Fifty Years Later the 1964 Civil Rights Act is Still Under Assault
The commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the monumental 1964 Civil Rights Act in July, 1964 was accompanied by a wave of celebratory events back in April at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. President Obama gave the keynote address and three other living presidents, Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton also gave their thoughts on the significance of the Act.
SHARE Monday, February 9, 2009 Limbaugh's White Man Litmus Test for the GOP
The great mystery is still why President Barack Obama would whiplash obstructionist GOP congresspersons with Rush Limbaugh. A guy who a big majority of Americans don't like and who rates lower than any other political figure.
SHARE Saturday, January 24, 2015 The Other Mr. Cub I Remember
As a kid growing up on Chicago's South Side in the 1950s I loved baseball. But most blacks then didn't love the Chicago Cubs. There were two reasons for that. The Cubs played at Wrigley field on Chicago's North Side and blacks almost literally took their lives in their hand walking or driving though the lily white, rabidly hostile neighborhoods around the ball park.
SHARE Saturday, September 7, 2013 Why the GOP is suddenly the Party of Peace
The stunning number of GOP law makers that are vehemently opposed to US war making against Syria has been nothing less than astounding. Lame duck Minnesota GOP congressperson Michelle Bachman's flat out assertion that Syrian intervention would be a bad call and the US is war weary seemed to punctuate much of the GOP's new thinking about war. The eye-catching part of their sudden remake as the party of caution, even peace, can'
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 15, 2013 GOP has New Dilemma in Feud with Tea Party
In rapid succession, Tea Party leaders in Alaska, Ohio, and Florida recently saber rattled GOP governors, chairs, and local party officials of various stripes. Their offense was that they were too moderate, too conciliatory to Democrats, and had strayed too badly from conservative dogma.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, November 16, 2020 How Mitch Will Come at Biden and it Won't Be Pretty
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wasted no time in cheerleading Trump's bogus claim that he's still President. In a speech on the Senate floor, McConnell not only egged Trump on in pushing his fraudulent claim that he was cheated out of the Oval Office, but harped that Trump was "100 percent within his rights" to scream that there were "irregularities" in the voting.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, October 2, 2015 Why Hillary Won't Fail
Here's the partial checklist of the endless ploys to torpedo a Hillary Clinton presidential bid. The vapid and phony Benghazi hearings, the baseless email scandals, the legion of cherry picked polls, the well-oiled and orchestrated campaign by the RNC, the dizzying array of right wing bloggers and websites, and shadowy super PACS, the loud calls for Joe Biden to run, and finally, the insurgent campaign of Bernie Sanders.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 20, 2016 Trump's Version of an African-American Voter Outreach Campaign
It was one for the books. The sight of an African-American viciously assaulting a Trump protester at his Tucson campaign rally. The sight drew gasps and lots of expressions of puzzlement and disbelief. The assault came a few weeks after Trump's photo-op meeting with some black ministers. He has also gotten some endorsements from an odd assortment of black names such as Mike Tyson.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 9, 2014 Rodman May be The Right Messenger on North Korea
Former NBA star and self-appointed international goodwill ambassador Dennis Rodman has taken much heat, all deserved, and that includes heat from himself, for his admittedly drunken rant in a CNN interview. Rodman's abysmal ignorance about the plight of captive American Kenneth Bae was on full and embarrassing display in the interview. He beat a hasty retreat from it in the face of withering criticism from Bae's family and any
SHARE Saturday, June 15, 2013 The FBI Walks a Perilous Line between Surveillance and Outright Spying
Outgoing FBI director Robert Mueller was asked sharp questions by a House Judiciary Committee panel about the FBI's massive collection, intercept, and listening in on millions of phone conversations. There were two obvious concerns behind the questioning and one concern that should be a concern to all given the FBI's past.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 2, 2011 Conservative's Predictable Race Card Play With Cain
It was predictable and laughable. The pack of conservative talk show hosts, bloggers, and web sites all quickly snatched a worn page from Clarence Thomas and screamed that Cain was being mugged by the liberal media on sex harassment charges because he was a black conservative.
SHARE Sunday, January 12, 2014 Christie’s Troubles are a Big Gift to the Right
The speculation is rife that the greatest beneficiary of the bridgegate scandal that's embroiled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is Hillary Clinton. In a 2016 presidential election showdown between Clinton and Christie, some straw polls show the governor narrowly edging Clinton out for the White House.
SHARE Saturday, March 26, 2011 Fraudulent Birther Controversy Trump's Only Presidential Trump
Real Estate tycoon Donald Trump's talk about a presidential bid is take your pick: a bad joke, a cheap publicity stunt, or the delusional raving of a guy with too much money, too much ego, and way too much time on his hands to stroke both. But Trump did manage to figure out one angle that was a sure fire, can't miss way to get attention. That was to dredge up the Birther's lie about President Obama.
SHARE Thursday, June 5, 2014 The GOP Hit on Bergdahl Is Yet Another Hit on President Obama
The facts on President Obama's Taliban prisoner exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have by now been well worked over. But we'll restate them one more time. President Bush freed hundreds of suspected terrorists from Guantanamo prison with no iron clad assurance that some, many, or most wouldn't resume their alleged anti-American actions.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 19, 2011 President Obama's Black Jobs Dilemma
Congresswoman Maxine Waters minced no words when she said that members of the Congressional Black Caucus are "frustrated" and impatient that President Obama is not doing enough to tackle the crisis problem of black unemployment.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 6, 2013 Rangel Need Offer No Apology for Tea Party Racial Blast
Harlem Democratic congressman Charles Rangel predictably took much heat when he flatly called the Tea Party "white crackers." He said this is the bunch that fought civil rights. By that Rangel meant the civil rights, and voting rights bills in the 1960s, and affirmative action programs from the 1970s to the present.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 11, 2015 Did a Mass Killer Get it Right in Blaming the Media?
"Seems the more people you kill, the more you're in the limelight." This is a quote from the Oregon community college shooter, who I will not name. His quote is the reason that Oregon police investigators absolutely refused to name him in statements and interviews. A group of friends, relatives, and parents of the shooter's victims angrily denounced a local paper for mentioning his name and demanded that it cease and desist. T
SHARE Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Mississippi Murder Screams for Hate Crime Prosecution
Matthew Whitten Darby, a white teen, is scheduled to go on trial in February for the hit and run murder in July, 2012 of 61 year old John Butts, a Sunday school teacher, cancer survivor, and an African-American. As it now stands, Whitten will not be hit with a hate crime charge in the murder.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Why the Las Vegas Shooters Ran Loose
In less than 24 hours after two Las Vegas police officers and a bystander were gunned down by two Neo-Nazi, anti-government spewing white supremacists, Stormfront's website blew up. There were nearly 200,000 threads and more than 2 million posts. This dwarfed the number of posts from all other topics on the site combined during that period.
SHARE Friday, April 1, 2016 Trump's Mouth Just May Have Cost Him the Nomination
Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin once purportedly said about Hitler that, "He didn't know when to stop." That can be said of Trump. In mid-March Trump looked unstoppable. Florida, Louisiana, Arizona had all fallen to him, more and more pledged delegates were piling up by the day in his columns, the stop Trump campaign among many GOP regulars had