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But I love people with black skin

So says Diane Black, the Tennessee Republican state senator whose legislative aide Sherri Goforth sent out an email showing President Barack Obama looking like a spook.

You see, Sherri Goforth sent an email showing images of all the presidents of the United States.  According to the Los Angeles Times:

She did it by sending out an e-mail with images of all the presidents of the United States, with Barack Obama depicted below in the bottom right hand corner only as a pair of bright white eyes on a black background. Sort of like a ghost. But between just us, probably more like a spook. And for those not steeped in quaint Southern terminology for blacks, “spook” was once (an apparently still is) a popular slur.

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The Los Angeles Times article also mentions the following:

Her boss, who reprimanded her, is emphasizing that she had nothing to do with it. The senator says she has always been a friend to “people with black skin.”

I feel much better now 😦

According to the Nashville Scene Diane Black has done plenty for black folks:

“It absolutely does not reflect any of my beliefs,” she says of the email that her staffer sent on a state computer to a bunch of her Republican buddies. “This is, believe me, not at all anything having to do with being derogatory toward someone in a minority.”

In fact, Black says, she’s “reached out to people all over this world” as a nurse. As evidence of her racist-free heart, she cites her trips to Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala. She went deep into the jungles of Guatemala like a great white bwana to help babies.

“I spent time in Haiti during the time of Aristide working with people with black skin who needed medical help,” she says. And if that’s not enough, her family once hosted a Brazilian exchange student in their home. Wow!

And what about Goforth? She said she sent the email to the wrong list of people.  So apparently there was right list of people to send the email to but she hit the wrong button.   Go figure.  Anyway after backtracking on that wrong list comment Ms. Goforth issued another apology:

“I want to offer my deepest apology regarding the offensive nature of the email forwarded to several of my colleagues. I also want to make it clear that it was forwarded to me from an acquaintance with absolutely no political party ties and who is outside the Tennessee Capitol Hill arena. I should have deleted it upon receipt. Again, I am deeply sorry and offer a sincere apology to anyone offended.”

Makes your head spin, don’t it?  I mean Rusty DePass basically calls First Lady Michelle Obama a gorilla and now this.  So who will be the next person to act a fool and show their true colors.

As Mary C. Curtis over at Politics Daily states:

Lindsey Graham, one of South Carolina’s U.S. senators, has said he is “deeply troubled” by comments about race made by Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

So Senator Graham, since statements that speak of the need for diversity on the bench upset you, I know you’ll be demanding a clear apology from DePass – a South Carolina colleague — for his comments comparing the First Lady of the United States to an animal.

Is Senator Graham deeply troubled by Rusty DePass’s gorilla comments?

Yes folks we are certainly living in a post racial society.

Betty Brown’s message to Asian Americans

Texas Rep. Betty Brown has a message for Asian Americans:  Please Americanize your names.  Miss Betty, a Republican representative from Terrell, Texas, told a Chinese American lawyer, Ramey Ko, that Asian Americans should pick new names so it would be easier for Americans to deal with.

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Lawmaker defends comment on Asians
Call for voters to simplify their names not racially motivated, Terrell Republican says

By R.G. RATCLIFFE

AUSTIN — A North Texas legislator during House testimony on voter identification legislation said Asian-descent voters should adopt names that are “easier for Americans to deal with.”

The comments caused the Texas Democratic Party on Wednesday to demand an apology from state Rep. Betty Brown, R-Terrell. But a spokesman for Brown said her comments were only an attempt to overcome problems with identifying Asian names for voting purposes.

The exchange occurred late Tuesday as the House Elections Committee heard testimony from Ramey Ko, a representative of the Organization of Chinese Americans.

Ko told the committee that people of Chinese, Japanese and Korean descent often have problems voting and other forms of identification because they may have a legal transliterated name and then a common English name that is used on their driver’s license on school registrations.

Easier for voting?

Brown suggested that Asian-Americans should find a way to make their names more accessible.

“Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese — I understand it’s a rather difficult language — do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?” Brown said.

Brown later told Ko: “Can’t you see that this is something that would make it a lot easier for you and the people who are poll workers if you could adopt a name just for identification purposes that’s easier for Americans to deal with?”

Democratic Chairman Boyd Richie said Republicans are trying to suppress votes with a partisan identification bill and said Brown “is adding insult to injury with her disrespectful comments.”

Brown spokesman Jordan Berry said Brown was not making a racially motivated comment but was trying to resolve an identification problem.

Berry said Democrats are trying to blow Brown’s comments out of proportion because polls show most voters support requiring identification for voting. Berry said the Democrats are using racial rhetoric to inflame partisan feelings against the bill.

“They want this to just be about race,” Berry said.

Miss Betty needs to get a clue. There are plenty of good ole Americans of European descent who have names that aren’t easy to pronounce.

Has she heard of these names:

Mika Emilie Leonia Brzezinski
Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski
Mike Krzyzewski
Rod Blagojevich

Has she complained about their names?  Not everyone in the United States have last names like Brown, Lewis, Green, Bush, Rove, White, Gray, Washington, Perry, etc.

A couple of days after her ignorant comment Miss Betty apologized.

Texas legislator apologizes for remarks

AUSTIN, Texas — The state lawmaker embroiled in a controversy over pending voter identification legislation has apologized for her remarks regarding Asian-descent voters’ names.

Rep. Betty Brown, R-Terrell, said that she “apologizes for her remark in the Elections Committee on Tuesday, April 7,” in a statement issued late Thursday.

She said she appreciates testimony that made legislators aware of problems faced by Asian-Americans when acquiring identification and that she understands the “diversity of Texas” and the “enrichment” that Asian-Americans have brought to the state.

The Texas Democratic party and others called on Brown to apologize after she said voters of Asian descent should adopt names that are “easier for Americans to deal with.”

The comments were part of an exchange with Ramey Ko, a representative of the Organization of Chinese Americans, during a hearing Tuesday by the House Elections Committee.

If you have one of those names that Miss Betty just can’t deal with try the Betty Brown Name Generator.

Even though I was born in the good ole USA and my family has been here for the past few centuries, here’s my brand new American name:

My Betty Brown Approved Name is

LaVerne “Americana” Brown.
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Hat tip to Angry Asian Man.

Scandal in Illinois

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff were arrested early this morning on federal corruption charges. One of the charges was President Elect Barack Obama’s former Senate seat going to the highest bidder. Another charge was demanding the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members who were very critical of Governor Blagojevich.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, were arrested by FBI agents on federal corruption charges Tuesday morning.

Blagojevich and Harris were arrested simultaneously at their homes at about 6:15 a.m., according to Frank Bochte of the FBI. Both were transported to FBI headquarters in Chicago.

In one charge related to the appointment of a senator to replace Barack Obama, prosecutors allege that Blagojevich sought appointment for himself as secretary of Health and Human Services in the new Obama administration, or a lucrative job with a union, in exchange for appointing a union-preferred candidate.

Another charge alleges Blagojevich and Harris conspired to demand the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members responsible for editorials critical of him in exchange for state help with the sale of Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs baseball stadium owned by Tribune Co.

Blagojevich and Harris, along with others, obtained and sought to gain financial benefits for the governor, members of his family and his campaign fund in exchange for appointments to state boards and commissions, state jobs and state contracts, according to the charges.

“The breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering,” U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said in a statement.

“They allege that Blagojevich put a ‘for sale’ sign on the naming of a United States senator; involved himself personally in pay-to-play schemes with the urgency of a salesman meeting his annual sales target; and corruptly used his office in an effort to trample editorial voices of criticism.”

What the hell was this man thinking?

You can read the entire article here.

I had a good chuckle out of Shay’s post over at Booker Rising.  She blogged about this scandal and the title caught my attention:  Christmas Wish:  A Governor Who Doesn’t Go To Prison.  Illinois has a history of former governors who’ve been convicted of various crimes including former Governor George Ryan who’s serving a six and a half year sentence.

What’s wrong with Illinois?

Eamon Javers, Fred Barbash

A visibly disgusted FBI special agent Robert Grant stood at a podium in Chicago during a press conference today announcing the arrest of Gov. Rod Blagojevich and hurling his contempt at the entire political culture of the state of Illinois.

“If it is not the most corrupt state in the United States, it’s certainly one hell of a competitor,” Grant said, his disheveled shock of black hair giving some indication of the dramatic and stressful events of the day.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald termed the events leading up to the governor’s early-morning arrest by the FBI, “a corruption crime spree,” and said it was “an appalling statement about what’s been happening in Illinois government.”

So just what is the problem with Illinois?

It certainly seems like Illinois has a particular sweet spot for corruption: Blagojevich’s own predecessor as governor, George Ryan, went to jail in 2007 in a 6-1/2 year sentence for corruption of his own.

And two other Illinois governors have faced legal trouble in modern times: Governor Otto Kerner, Jr., who was mocked locally as “Blotto Otto,” and former governor Daniel Walker, who was charged in a savings and loan scheme involving fraudulent loans for repairs on his yacht, which was called The Governor’s Lady.

Obama’s too elitist for Lady de Rothschild

Have you heard the latest?  This very wealthy woman named Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild who was a Senator Hillary Clinton supporter and fundraiser has publicly announced that she’s supporting Senator John McCain instead of Senator Barack Obama.

Apparently Lady de Rothschild doesn’t like Obama and thinks he’s elitist!!!!

Insanely Wealthy, Titled Aristocrat Thinks Barack Obama Is ‘Elitist’

Remember Lynn Forester de Rothschild, the fantastically wealthy wife of an heir to England’s most influential and storied banking dynasty? About a year ago, she was a Hillary Clinton supporter, and had this to say:

“I think if history is our guide, we’ve had stronger economies, more wealth creation, under Democratic presidents than we have under Republican presidents.”

Now she’s announcing her support for John McCain for president. Why not Obama? “Because frankly I don’t like him,” she told CNN. And why would Forester (who is a voting American but lives at Ascott House, her husband Sir Evelyn Robert Adrian de Rothschild’s country estate in Britain) not like the Illinois senator? “I feel like he has not given me reason to trust him,” she said. “I feel like he is an elitist.”

Lord have mercy!!!

Here’s some info on Lady de Rothschild:

A corporate lawyer and telecommunications entrepreneur, the sparkly blond ex-wife of former New York politician Andrew Stein had made more than $100 million from the sale of cleverly acquired wireless broadband licenses. She was also sexy, charming, and dazzlingly well connected. Two years later, after the smitten Sir Evelyn divorced his second wife, Victoria Schott, the mother of his three children, Forester became the third Lady Rothschild. After marrying in November 2000 at a London synagogue, they honeymooned at the White House, guests of Lynn’s good friends Bill and Hillary Clinton.

And here:

Today the New Jersey-born Lady de Rothschild—the flashiest hostess in London—is mates with Tony and Cherie Blair, among other topflight Britons. She’s also mistress of the former John Singer Sargent home in Chelsea and of Ascott House, the 3,200-acre Rothschild family estate in Buckinghamshire, and the chief executive of E.L. Rothschild, the holding company that she owns with her third husband to manage investments in the Economist and various enterprises in India.

You can read the entire interview here.

I really don’t care who she supports.  But here you have a woman who has the title of Lady and is the mistress of her country estate in England where she lives with her very wealthy husband Sir Evelyn Robert Adrian de Rothschild who is a member of England’s banking dynasty calling Obama an elitist?  Give me a damn break!!!!! I’m surprised she didn’t call Obama uppity.

Pot meet kettle indeed.

Obama Waffles: Satire or just plain ignorance

Looks like some folks just love to show their ignorance.  The latest is a couple of good ole boys from Tennessee  who decided to create a product they consider political satire called Obama Waffles.

Forum sells ‘Obama Waffles’ with racial stereotype

By JOAN LOWY
Associated Press Writer

Activists at a conservative political forum snapped up boxes of waffle mix depicting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as a racial stereotype on its front and wearing Arab-like headdress on its top flap.

Values Voter Summit organizers cut off sales of Obama Waffles boxes on Saturday, saying they had not realized the boxes displayed “offensive material.” The summit and the exhibit hall where the boxes were sold had been open since Thursday afternoon.

The box was meant as political satire, said Mark Whitlock and Bob DeMoss, two writers from Franklin, Tenn., who created the mix. They sold it for $10 a box from a rented booth at the summit sponsored by the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council.

David Nammo, executive director of the lobbying group FRC Action, said summit organizers were told the boxes were a parody of Obama’s policy positions but had not examined them closely.

Republican Party stalwarts Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney were among speakers at the forum, which officials said drew 2,100 activists from 44 states.

While Obama Waffles takes aim at Obama’s politics by poking fun at his public remarks and positions on issues, it also plays off the old image of the pancake-mix icon Aunt Jemima, which has been widely criticized as a demeaning stereotype. Obama is portrayed with popping eyes and big, thick lips as he stares at a plate of waffles and smiles broadly.

Placing Obama in Arab-like headdress recalls the false rumor that he is a follower of Islam, though he is actually a Christian.

On the back of the box, Obama is depicted in stereotypical Mexican dress, including a sombrero, above a recipe for “Open Border Fiesta Waffles” that says it can serve “4 or more illegal aliens.” The recipe includes a tip: “While waiting for these zesty treats to invade your home, why not learn a foreign language?”

The novelty item also takes shots at 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry, Obama’s wife, Michelle, and Obama’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

The Obama campaign declined to comment.

Wearing white chef’s aprons, Whitlock and DeMoss were doing a brisk business at noon Saturday selling the waffle mix to people crowded around their booth. Two pyramids of waffle mix boxes stood several feet high on the booth’s table.

“It’s the ultimate political souvenir,” DeMoss told a customer.

Asked if he considered the pictures of Obama on the box to be racial stereotypes, Whitlock said: “We had some people mention that to us, but you think of Newman’s Own or Emeril’s — there are tons and tons of personality-branded food products on the market. So we’ve taken that model and, using political satire, have highlighted his policies, his position changes.”

The socially conservative public policy groups American Values and Focus on the Family Action co-sponsored the summit.

Aren’t their family and christian values wonderful?

I have problems with both the Democratic and Republican parties but the Republicans have the nerve to wonder why they have a difficult time recruiting blacks to their party.  Mark Whitlock and Bob DeMoss can holler it’s just satire all they want but this shit is still ignorant.  If the Democrats did some mess like this towards Sarah Palin, conservatives of all people would be hollering sexism.

UPDATE:

Check out the American News Project video here.

Black and proud of Obama but voting for McCain

Much has been made about the low number of minority delegates at the Republican National Convention which took place last week.  The Las Vegas Sun interviewed one of those delegates.  Her name is Lorraine Marshall and she was the only black delegate representing Nevada.

Black, proud of Obama, but voting her conscience — for McCain

By Lisa Mascaro
Thu, Sep 4, 2008

St. Paul, Minn. — Thirty-six.

That’s how many black delegates are reportedly at the Republican National Convention this week.

Lorraine Marshall of Las Vegas is one of them. She is the only black delegate in the Nevada delegation. But she doesn’t feel alone.

As she takes her seat among the 2,380 delegates, she sees only those who share her values and show her kindness, she says. She doesn’t look through the prism of race here.

Her world was literally more black and white last week.

When Sen. Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president in Denver, Marshall watched with great pride on TV at home: she saw a black family, with a loving father, mother and young daughters.

In recalling Wednesday what she saw, her eyes brightened. “You just had the warmth of this family unit … that black family unit,” Marshall said, seated in the lobby of the St. Paul Hotel where the Nevada delegation is staying this week.

“As an African-American, I am very, very proud of his accomplishments. It is historic.”

But.

And there is a but.

Marshall will not be voting for Obama this fall. She will be voting for Arizona Sen. John McCain.

The 53-year-old human resources executive is against abortion. It is perhaps the single most important issue in her political universe.

She could not, would not, vote for a candidate who did not share her view — even history’s first major party black candidate.

Check out the entire article here.

Sunday afternoon cartoon

Hat tip to Aunt Jemima’s Revenge.

Hypocrisy at it’s finest Part 2

Thank you Jon Stewart!!

Has Bill O’Reilly apologized to the Spears family for calling them pinheads? If the Spears parents are pinheads then aren’t the Palin parents pinheads too? I mean Jamie Lynn Spears isn’t relying on society to support her and her baby.

By the way the second largest city in Alaska is Fairbanks.  I though Karl Rove is suppose to be so smart.

Hypocrisy at it’s finest

I read this at Jack & Jill Politics and I had to post this here. Your Pocket Guide to Speaking Palinguage Volumes 1 & 2 was written by John Ridley. You can find it at The Huffington Post and That Minority Thing.  As John states:

Up in the Twin Cities area folks are speaking a new language. Or, should I say Palinguage. It sounds sorta familiar because it’s Latin based. But different from the plain English we’re used to speaking, in Palinguage recognizable words take on new meanings. Won’t you take a moment to learn some Plainguage so you can talk like a hypocritical conservative?

Some of the new language includes the following:

If you’re a minority and you’re selected for a job over more qualified candidates you’re a “token hire.” If you’re a conservative and you’re selected for a job over more qualified candidates you’re a “game changer.”

If you live in an Urban area and you get a girl pregnant you’re a “baby daddy.” If you’re the same in Alaska you’re a “teen father.” (Actually, according to your own MySpace page you’re an F’n redneck that don’t want any kids, but that’s too long a phrase for the evil liberal media to take out of context and flog morning noon and night).

Black teen pregnancies? A “crisis” in black America. White teen pregnancies? A “blessed event.”

If you grow up in Hawaii you’re “exotic.” Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, you’re the quintessential “American story.”

Similarly, if you name you kid Barack you’re “unpatriotic.” Name your kid Track, you’re “colorful.”

If you’re a Democrat and you make a VP pick without fully vetting the individual you’re “reckless.” A Republican who doesn’t fully vet is a “maverick.”

You can read the entire guide here at That Minority Thing.

Uppity

That’s the word Georgia congressman Lynn Westmoreland described the Obamas.  So being black, educated and doing well in life is now considered uppity. Damn, and to think some blacks consider that acting white.

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Grantville, Ga., described the Obamas as members of an “elitist-class … that thinks that they’re uppity,” according to The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper.

Asked to clarify whether he intended to use the word, he said, “Yeah, uppity.”

Why didn’t Westmoreland just come out say what he really wanted to say? He really wanted to call the Obamas “uppity n***ers” who don’t know their place.   You know he wanted to say it.  Even North Carolina born political consultant David Gergen pointed out the code words used in McCain’s campaign ad last month.

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