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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Hillary Clinton is prepared to destroy the Democratic Party

AAPP It's clear that Hillary Clinton (who wants to be fibber in chief) and her surrogates are prepared to destroy the Democratic Party in her quest to become the Democratic Presidential nominee. She is obviously hearing the black blogger drumbeats for her to Concede and avert a blood bath at the party convention, but that does not phase her. She is on a seek and destroy mission. The Destroy mission? Destroy Barack Obama's chances of winning the presidency because she cannot win. Blogger the Falling Panda is right. " Blacks will not come out to vote for Clinton in the general election and no Democrat can win the white house without the black vote." I guess she must be saying, Damn Ungrateful Negroes!

Obama-Clinton

With that said,
Maya Angelou is still standing by Hillary Clinton, even though black folks are ignoring her and Hillary. Now we learn Hillary Clintons campaign manager was director for failed subprime lender.

Black bloggers are in the thick of it in
Texas as Democrats divvy up delegates many swinging for Barack Obama.

Perry Bacon Jr. and Anne E. Kornblut of The Washington Post are reporting "In her most definitive comments to date on the subject, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton sought Saturday to put to rest any notion that she will drop out of the presidential race, pledging in an interview to not only compete in all the remaining primaries but also continue until there is a resolution of the disqualified results in Florida and Michigan." A day after Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean urged the candidates to end the race by July 1, Clinton defied that call by declaring that she will take her campaign all the way to the Aug. 25-28 convention if necessary, potentially setting up the prolonged and divisive contest that party leaders are increasingly anxious to avoid.

"I know there are some people who want to shut this down and I think they are wrong," Clinton said in an interview during a campaign stop here Saturday. "I have no intention of stopping until we finish what we started and until we see what happens in the next 10 contests and until we resolve Florida and Michigan. And if we don't resolve it, we'll resolve it at the convention -- that's what credentials committees are for.

"We cannot go forward until Florida and Michigan are taken care of, otherwise the eventual nominee will not have the legitimacy that I think will haunt us," said the senator from New York. "I can imagine the ads the Republican Party and John McCain will run if we don't figure out how we can count the votes in Michigan and Florida."

Asked if there was a scenario in which she would drop out before the last primaries on June 3, Clinton said no. "I am committed to competing everywhere that there is an election," she said.

The Clinton campaign requested the interview Saturday to talk about how she could win and to emphasize her focus on Michigan and Florida. Her remarks come as Clinton faces a mounting drumbeat, driven by the campaign of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and his backers, for her to bow out and avert a party crisis. Obama's supporters argue that he is too far ahead in pledged delegates for Clinton to catch up; Clinton counters by saying that neither of them has secured the 2,024 delegates needed for the nomination. More HERE

So what do you think, is it time for Hillary to concede and Unify the Democratic Party?





Dunbar Village Justice, Old School Civil Rights vs New School Black Internet Activism

On March 11, 2008 Gina at the blog, What About Our Daughters wrote, Black Folks Get Ready to FIGHT! AL Sharpton to Speak Out in Defense of Dunbar Village Gang Rapist. She went on to write, you know how all these months we couldn't get anyone in the Black Elite Establishment or the Civil Rights Industrial Complex to speak out about the Dunbar Village gang rape? How we pointed out the sick mental illness of Black leaders who will speak out on behalf of criminals, but never on behalf of the victims of Black on Black crime? Well it has happened again! Now Al Sharpton couldn't be bothered to speak out about the RAPE, but apparently he has no problem speaking out on behalf of the alleged gang rapists! Read More HERE.


Check out these flyer's passed out from NAACP/Al Sharpton press conference. H/T Dunbar Village blog

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Villager, from the blog, Electronic Village recently posted on the situation urging members of his blogging community at Electronic Village and others to Stop NAACP Support of Rapists. He wrote, in the past week, a rapidly-moving viral email campaign was launched, and thousands of concerned Black citizens spread the word about crimes against nature committed in the Dunbar Village complex against a Black woman and her 12 year old son.


“Stop Al Sharpton and the NAACP from endangering Black Women,” described a stunning betrayal in which the NAACP and Al Sharpton held a press conference and demanded bail consideration for three suspects in custody for the crime.

Concerned Black citizens all around the country were outraged by the actions of the NAACP and Al Sharpton, and many vowed to withdraw volunteering and financial support from these agencies “
until they make the safety of Black women and children a priority.”

On March 24, 2008 an NAACP memo that attempted to defend this betrayal was sent to Beverly Neal, who is the Director of the NAACP’s Florida State Conference.
The memo claims that the NAACP was brought into this fray by Rev. Al Sharpton. Moreover, the memo was written by Maude Ford Lee, who is President of the West Palm Beach Branch of the NAACP Read More HERE

Well the battle lines have been drawn, black bloggers are outraged. Check out these blogs who have posted on the issue (H/T Electronic Village for the link).



Dunbar Village Blog

A Different Story

Anonymiss Blog

A Political Season

Aunt Jemima's Revenge

Black Fire, White Fire

Black Sapience

Black Women Vote

Character Corner

Electronic Village

Episcopalienne

Essential Presence

Focused Purpose

H-Essays

Never Say Never to Your Traveling Self

Privy Concepts

Ravenelven Lady

Roslyn Holcomb's Blog

The Sowing Circle

Tribute to Black Women

What About Our Daughters

What Tami Said

Yanmommasaid

Something Within

Now Howard Witt of the Chicago tribune is following the case and calls it, a case that puts civil rights blocs at odds. Howard Witt reports on how Web-based activists and old-guard leadership not Seeing Eye to eye on Florida assaults. Read More below:

Case puts civil rights blocs at odds

By Howard Witt

A 35-year-old Haitian immigrant and her 12-year-old son were forced into their home at gunpoint in the bleak Dunbar Village housing project in West Palm Beach, Fla. The woman was beaten, raped and sodomized for hours, allegedly by a gang of African-American teenagers, then forced to abuse her son. Finally the attackers doused the victims with household chemicals—pouring them directly into the boy's eyes—and attempted to set the two on fire before fleeing.

Yet outside South Florida, the attack last June largely escaped notice, and it scarcely registered on the radar of national civil rights leaders because it involved the awkward topic of black-on-black crime.

Three weeks ago, however, Al Sharpton and local representatives of the NAACPBoca Raton were freed on bail. held a news conference in West Palm Beach where they declared that four black teenagers arrested for the Dunbar Village attack are being treated unfairly because they remain incarcerated without bond, while five white teenagers recently accused of sexually assaulting two white girls in nearby

Triggering dual outrage

"You cannot have one set of rules for acts that are wrong and horrific in Boca and another set in Dunbar Village," Sharpton said, as parents of some of the Dunbar defendants nodded behind him. "You must have equal protection under the law."

It was, for Sharpton and the NAACP, a familiar situation and a routine news conference: Contrasting the treatment of blacks and whites in the criminal justice system and calling for fairness.

But Sharpton's remarks—and his apparent call for the Dunbar Village suspects to be released on bail—triggered outrage on dozens of blogs devoted to civil rights, feminism and the interests of African-American crime victims. Now the Dunbar Village case is deepening a growing schism between traditional civil rights organizations and a new, Internet-driven generation of younger activists who take a more nuanced view of many issues. More HERE

AAPP: Go ahead, please read the rest of the links and articles share your opinions on the blogs and articles. Stop back by here too. Give us you thoughts. Get involved write the NAACP and Al Sharpton let them know what you’re thinking.

Barack Obama Vindicated Again



An interesting piece in Politico.com regarding Barack Obama. It appears Team Hillary is still trying to find something to stick on Barack Obama. Don't they understand that this brother has clean hands? Why are the folks at Team Hillary trying all of this underhanded garbage? Why don't they just concede? Now they want to bring up some garbage about his status as a University professor to be questioned. In an article titled Obama vindicated on law-school title Politico's Ben Smith writes:

As the first in a bill of particulars titled "Just Embellished Words: Senator Obama’s Record of Exaggerations & Misstatements," the Clinton campaign charged earlier this week: "Sen. Obama consistently and falsely claims that he was a law professor. The Sun-Times reported that, 'Several direct-mail pieces issued for Obama's primary [Senate] campaign said he was a law professor at the University of Chicago. He is not. He is a senior lecturer (now on leave) at the school. In academia, there is a vast difference between the two titles. Details matter.' In academia, there's a significant difference: professors have tenure while lecturers do not. [Hotline Blog, 4/9/07; Chicago Sun-Times, 8/8/04]."

But the University of Chicago Law School has now posted a statement declaring his claims semantically sound: "The Law School has received many media requests about Barack Obama, especially about his status as 'Senior Lecturer.' From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a professor in the Law School. He was a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996. He was a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004, during which time he taught three courses per year. Senior Lecturers are considered to be members of the Law School faculty and are regarded as professors, although not full-time or tenure-track. Read More HERE

Here is a big shout out to Jack Turner :-) at jack and Jill Politics for a link to a great Slam Poet artist.

Of course a big shout out to brotha Darian Dauchan for the political comic relief and ThatPoshGirl for the link as well. Brotha Dauchan says many of the things I would like to say, but don't know how to say about Obama. I guess as an artist he says it better. So check this brotha out. Thanks Jack!







Condi Rice Leaving With A Bang, Talks about Race in America

AAPP: Damn, is Condi Rice turning a couple more shades of Black, before she leaves office? Has she been going to the Church of Rev. Wright ? Check out what she (Condi) had to say about race (color arousal) in America:

"What I would like understood as a black American is that black Americans loved and had faith in this country even when this country didn't love and have faith in them — and that's our legacy."

AAPP: Will the right wingers use this against Obama too?


The Washington Times' (H/T Rikyrah for the link) Nicholas Kralev reports Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday that the United States still has trouble dealing with race because of a national "birth defect" that denied black Americans the opportunities given to whites at the country's very founding. "Black Americans were a founding population," she said. "Africans and Europeans came here and founded this country together — Europeans by choice and Africans in chains. That's not a very pretty reality of our founding." As a result, Miss Rice told editors and reporters at The Washington Times, "descendants of slaves did not get much of a head start, and I think you continue to see some of the effects of that." "That particular birth defect makes it hard for us to confront it, hard for us to talk about it, and hard for us to realize that it has continuing relevance for who we are today," she said. More HERE

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Al Wynn to PG Voters: You Can Kiss My Assets

AAPP: "This should be called News From The political Weird" or Damn he his a self centered you know what!

Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.)

Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.)

Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.) WaPo's Rosalind S. Helderman and Jeffrey H. Birnbaum are reporting eight-term U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.), who was defeated last month in the Democratic primary, said yesterday he will resign from Congress in June to take a job at a prominent Washington law firm with an active lobbying practice. They report his decision to leave before his term ends in January prompted some residents of his district to worry that they will be left without representation for months unless Maryland holds a potentially costly special election to replace him. Several congressional ethics experts also called it highly unusual to announce a resignation months before it takes effect, a situation that might force Wynn to recuse himself from upcoming votes. Wynn, who for 15 years has represented the 4th Congressional District, which includes most of Prince George's County and part of Montgomery County, said in a statement that it is "time to move into another phase of my life." He indicated he will become a partner in the law firm Dickstein Shapiro. He lost in the primary by more than 20 percentage points to Donna F. Edwards, a Prince George's nonprofit executive. More HERE

Beyond Obama: The Need For Power And A Permanent Agenda

AAPP: Check out this opinion by Mark P. Fancher. This is the type of conversations we need to have in black communities across America. What are your thoughts?

Beyond Obama: The Need For Power And A Permanent Agenda

By: Mark P. Fancher

It's a safe bet that each week, across the U.S., millions of wonder-filled little eyes stare out from millions of little black faces at the television images of the man who may well become the first person of African descent to hold the office of President of the United States. In those same households, parents look on with indescribable pride. Some even hope that a savior has arrived. But Barack Obama himself will be the first to insist that he is not a messiah who will single-handedly liberate America’s African population. He repeatedly reminds his supporters that they must assume their share of responsibility for the "change" that his mantra demands.

For Africans in America, what precisely is that responsibility? Is it prudent to expect that Senator Obama, who strives to be the standard bearer for "young and old, rich and poor, black and white," will focus on our community alone, and to the exclusion of all others, explain in precise and detailed terms what America’s African population must do to win its freedom? When all is said and done, Obama says he will strive to be the President of all of America’s people. This probably means that we Africans will have to come up with our own program.

If we are going to chart a successful course, the first thing we have to do is get ourselves some leverage. History shows that through the years, everyone who has made real change has had it. If a group seeking change is a powerless domestic minority population like Africans in America, they can’t really have leverage unless they transform themselves from a powerless population into a community that has power. Furthermore, a community does not have power simply because one of its own is the President. By its very design, the U.S. government structure, and the realities of its capitalist economy, allow any number of forces to tell any President "no." If then power means that a community is able to not only make demands, but to also know that those demands will be met, then as harsh as it may sound, Africans in America won’t really have power until we hav e the capacity to destabilize this country’s government and economy if we don’t get our way.

There are concrete examples of how other groups have benefited from the establishment’s fear of their capacity to cause chaos. The Japanese community in the U.S. is one such group. An economic boom in Japan during the 1980s caused U.S.-based corporations to panic at the prospect of increased competition for the U.S. consumer market. Notably, in 1988 the U.S. Congress approved well-deserved reparations for victims of a World War II policy that led to the internment of innocent U.S. residents of Japanese ancestry. While some may insist that it was mere coincidence that these reparations were paid when the U.S. was trying to cope with the Japanese economic threat , it is a fact that the struggle for reparations for descendants of enslaved Africans had a history that was much longer than the campaign for reparations for the Japanese, and Africans got nothing. It is likely that unlike the Japanese, nobody believed that Africans were capable of bringing about any meaningful economic or other consequences if they were ignored.

What type of power will Africans need in order to be taken seriously? There are many notions of what constitutes real power, but certainly the U.S. reacts fastest to the type of power wielded either by large corporations or those who control territory that is either resource rich, or strategically located. To cite but one example, the intense and protracted struggle for Palestine reflects this reality. While controlling territory has not been a popular focus of the political culture of Africans in America, over the years there have been efforts by different groups to gain sovereign control of territory in the southeastern United States. The All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (of which the writer is a member) regards the southeast and all Ame rican territory as the collective patrimony of the hemisphere’s indigenous people. The organization therefore looks beyond U.S. borders and struggles to transform Africa into a continent-wide socialist super state with the diplomatic, economic, and military capacity to protect not only Africa’s residents, but the people of the continent’s diaspora as well. Nevertheless, in the era of Obama, when hope springs eternal and the reins of government are within reach, organizations that are fighting for the independence and self-determination of Africans in America are regarded with increasing frequency as irrelevant and out of step with political developments that are concrete, immediate and yes – exciting.

It is important to examine the reasons for the marginalization of progressive and revolutionary voices. For some of us for whom the limits of the capitalist dominated electoral process are "Politics 101," there has been, and continues to be a tendency to offer poignant criticism of Obama for failing to present a program that reflects realities that are all too plain to us. These criticisms, that in any other context would be carefully considered by our people, and in many cases accepted, have instead served only to alienate and antagonize many members of the African community whose support is indispensable for meaningful struggles for permanent collective power. This is because in the eyes of many, Barack Obama is not just another politician. He is a phenomenon. He is an icon. He touches the very souls of elders who were witnesses to the grinding racial oppression of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, as well as the bloody struggles for civil rights in intervening decades. For them, O bama is the glorious culmination of those struggles. We also ignore, at our peril, the perceptions of many of our youth, who honestly and sincerely see in the Obama campaign, a vehicle for meeting the challenge laid down by Fanon when he warned each generation not to betray its unique mission to contribute to the advancement of humanity.

There is a way to constructively communicate our alternative vision with sensitivity. We can engage our people in a dialogue and gently ask that they consider the nagging questions that involuntarily return us to the issue of whether we need something more than a President who looks like us; and whether we need real power that will give us real leverage. Specifically, we can ask our people what will happen to us if (assuming the very best) President Obama develops the very best plans and policies for America’s African population, but because his program runs headlong into conflict with the agenda of the corporate world, members of Congress, whose campaigns were financed by the big business establishment scuttle those plans before they become a reality? What happens if President Obama takes bold, creative steps to address continuing racial discrimination in education and in the workplace, but he is blocked at every turn by a white population that still largely resents and dispute s the assertion that racial discrimination is a continuing problem in 21st Century America? For them, President Obama is Exhibit A.

We can then suggest that if countries in Africa and elsewhere in the southern hemisphere that provide significant percentages of the imported petroleum, gold, manganese, chromium and other natural resources that are essential to America’s industries and economy were truly independent and concretely allied with us, then the domestic opposition to the hypothetical progressive Obama initiatives, or any other genuine progressive programs, would evaporate because of fears that offending Africans in America would jeopardize access to vital resources. It would also make conditions ripe for successful struggles for genuine economic and political democracy in this country. If our people understand this and they ask how to make the hypothetical a reality, we should be prepared to offer concrete steps that can be taken to make it manifest.

First, as a community, Africans in America must come to see themselves as part of the larger, global population of struggling humanity that has historically been exploited and devastated by U.S. imperialism. W.E.B. Du Bois, Malcolm X and others knew that casting one’s lot with the oppressor instead of identifying with those outside of the U.S. who have experienced comparable or worse suffering is a prescription for failure. By extension, hitching our wagons to Democratic donkeys and Republican elephants that feed at the capitalist trough ensures that our journey will be confined to the capitalist plantation.

Next, in an organized and systematic way there must be open and aggressive efforts to establish active, working relationships with progressive foreign governments like Cuba and Venezuela that have a different view of the world that is beneficial to us over the long term. Cuba’s ongoing program of providing free medical training to our youth so that they can return to their U.S. neighborhoods and provide much needed services is a good example of what is possible on a broader and larger scale – particularly if our own organizations are engaged in a big way in providing active support for the people of Cuba.

Finally, when it comes to Africa, a very useful step toward liberating and uniting it into a socialist superpower that will have the capacity to support people’s struggles here and everywhere will be to defend and protect the moral and legal principles that underlie the land rights of all indigenous peoples. We will need to maintain a strong and consistent defense of the principle that imperialism and settler colonialism are unacceptable whether they occur in Ireland, Palestine, the Americas or anyplace else. This is important not just because it is the morally correct thing to do, but also because the reaffirmation of international law principles that are the foundation of indigenous peoples’ land rights is crucial to successful resolution of what will certainly be contested claims for territory in Africa.

If, as a community, we begin to focus our political activism in this way, it will mean a major sea change. Rather than having a myopic focus on "Black America," we will on a mass level begin to be heard routinely on global issues, and as a consequence expand our community to include diverse populations that live in every corner of the planet.

Long after the politicians’ current squabbles over universal health care, Iraq, and tax cuts have ended, Africans will need a permanent power base that ensures our long-term security and prosperity. Nobody – not even a President – can do that for us. We must do that for ourselves by becoming more organized on a mass level, better connected internationally, and more clear about our collective agenda than we ever have been before.

Mark P. Fancher is a human rights lawyer, writer and activist.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Big Stomach's Linked To Alzheimer's.



This post has nothing to do with politics. It has everything to do with health. As reported in The Washington Post, Big Bellies Linked to Alzheimer's.

The Study finds that a sizable stomach in your 40s increases the chances of dementia as you age.

I was going to say, OK all you fat bastards, get going and lose some damn weight. But then I looked in the mirror and said, Oh hell, I guess a better lose this stomach quick!

AAPP


Tasered While Black in South Carolina, Black People Being Tased Excessively in the Carolinas'

Tasered While Black, Publisher says: Where is the outrage? It is a damn shame that black folks young and old are getting tasered to death in high numbers. Yes, black folks are holding folks accountable. Check this out, the SC Public Safety, Highway Patrol chiefs resigned amid racism claims. Now we learn that some State Police/Trooper organizations use Tasers more often on African-Americans. Surprise, surprise! Is there any doubt that Taser use is excessive in black communities?

There is more. As reported by Gina Smith and Wayne Washington, "A December 2004 video sank two of South Carolina’s highest-ranking law enforcement officials because black lawmakers and the state NAACP kept pushing for the most convincing evidence to prove black motorists were being mistreated. Department of Public Safety Director Jim Schweitzer and Highway Patrol Col. Russell Roark, under pressure from Gov. Mark Sanford, resigned their posts Friday after release of the video. The video shows a trooper threatening to kill a suspect and using a racial slur during a 2004 traffic stop in Greenwood.

About 2½ years ago, Lonnie Randolph, president of the state NAACP, began hearing rumors that on several occasions, Highway Patrol troopers used racial slurs during traffic stops involving black motorists. “But we didn’t know the details. We didn’t know when the incidents had taken place,” Randolph said.

That’s when Randolph and others went to work, trying to track down details.

They eventually found someone who could corroborate rumors they had heard about the Greenwood incident. In that case, the trooper found a handgun and illegal drugs in a vehicle during a traffic stop. When one of the passengers fled, the trooper used the slur and made the threat. That officer was ordered to anger management and sensitivity training, but kept his job.

Randolph shared his information with friend Rep. Leon Howard, a Richland County Democrat and chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus. It was fodder for the case members of the caucus gradually have been building against the Department of Public Safety for about two years.

They had heard rumors of racial profiling during traffic stops. The caucus also had received complaints from black troopers and from white troopers about disparities in the way they were promoted and disciplined. Concerns brought to officials at the Department of Public Safety had gone nowhere, Howard said. “At no point in time could we get any cooperation from Schweitzer or Roark,” Howard said. “So we had no choice but to wait for the right moment.” That right moment came last month when Schweitzer, Roark’s boss, was up for a second term to head the Department of Public Safety. The caucus held up the legislative approval needed. Then they obtained a copy of the video. When it arrived, they knew they had something explosive.

Howard showed Sanford that video along with two others. One showed a black woman handcuffed to the bumper of a patrol car, and the other showed a state trooper using a Taser on a black motorist." Read More HERE

That is not all, Channel 7 News reports more video is out from Highway Patrol and black lawmakers say it's evidence of abuse of power. Video obtained by News Channel 7 shows a 24 year old African American woman tased by a white Highway Patrol Officer. The agency tased 17 drivers since last fall and 11 of them were African American.News Channel 7 spoke with Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter who says the numbers do show a trend of abuse of African Americans. But a USC law enforcement expert says the number of taser incidents is too small to provide context.

More Carolina tasing, this was deadly. A Black Teenager Was Tased to Death For Wearing Gold Teeth and Earrings at Work?


If Obama were denied the nomination by Democratic insiders, “There would be hell to pay in the party for a long time to come"

AAPP: No I did not say those words. Those are the words of Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen to Democratic Leaders. Yes, they deserve repeating:

If Obama were denied the nomination by Democratic insiders after winning the party’s popular vote, Bredesen said, “There would be hell to pay in the party for a long time to come.

Phil Bredesen

Bredesen is doing something about his concerns reports Politico.com

He was in Washington this week to promote his idea for holding a “superdelegate primary” in June, in which the 795 party bigwigs would gather to hear one last time from Clinton and Obama before casting a final vote.

According to Politico.com Southern Dem are warning party officials they need to take action to avert disaster. Politico writers & report "Democrats are increasingly nervous about their party’s protracted nomination fight, and some prominent figures are publicly warning that the party needs to act fast to avoid disaster. Chief among these voices is Phil Bredesen, the two-term governor of Tennessee who is uncommitted to either Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) or Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). In an interview this week with Politico, Bredesen said flatly that if the contentious slog continues until the Democrats’ late-August convention in Denver, the party would have a vastly diminished chance of recapturing the White House. “They have a much steeper, rockier hill to climb if it goes to the convention,” the governor said over a dinner of rockfish and red wine. “You’re going to spend this whole summer — and lots of money and time and effort — trying to convince people that whoever isn’t eventually nominated, isn’t electable. Read More HERE

AAPP: So what do you think Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen is right? There are a whole lot of black bloggers who think its time for Hillary to concede. There a grassroots effort to get Hillary to Concede Now!

Get This Widget

Sign The Petition

Here are things you can do:

1. First, sign the petition

2. Make contact with the DNC, and even Hillary Clinton’s office to let them know your stance. It can be as simple as sending an email with a link to the petition, saying that this is your stance; or whatever you want it to be.

3. Contact superdelegates that represent you with the same message. Superdelegates include democratic congressmen and governors.

The Democratic National Committee:

Mailing Address:
Democratic National Committee
430 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003

Main Phone Number: 202-863-8000

For their email form, go here

For Hillary Clinton’s contact information, go here

Did Obama throw his pastor under the bus?

AAPP: I don't agree with all that Ted Rall wrote in his recent post, Obama/Dukakis 2008, but there are some things that I do agree with. I do agree that Obama acted like a wimp throwing his truth-telling pastor under the bus. I agree with him when he wrote: "Republican candidates win elections in years when national security is a top concern. In 2004, it didn't matter that John Kerry volunteered for, fought in, and returned with medals from Vietnam. What mattered was that he turned the other cheek to the Swift Boat ads. He held his fire in the debates. If Kerry wasn't willing to stand up for himself, voters reasoned, how would he protect them? Bush may have been a coward during Vietnam, but his "dead or alive" cowboy movie bravado, not to mention starting a couple of wars from scratch, conveyed a comforting, if imbecilic bellicosity. The monosyllabic tough-guy act soothed a savage, terrorized electorate." Hillary Clinton has figured this out. Her policy actions--voting for war twice, the Patriot Act, keeping silent about torture and Guantánamo--have been engineered to project Republicanesque hawkishness. She dresses butch and talks like a female prick--i.e., bitch. You don't like her. She doesn't want you to. She wants you to think that she's macho enough to deal with Them the next time They pick a fight at three in the morning. Barack Obama, on the other hand, has already given away a store he doesn't yet own. He's the new century's version of Dukakis. Read more of Ted Rall's commentary HERE

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Another Boy Tasered To Death | Teach Your Children

AAPP: I read Springers Journal today, she is a member of the afrospear. This blogger is really on point with her urging us all to teach our children. Check out her post and link to the full post below.

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Christina Springer

Another Boy Tasered To Death | Teach Your Children

There is so much more we must teach our children. Many parents allocate a lot of agony and angst to approaching sex education. This is the least of my concerns. I worry daily about my son’s safety and his right to live peacefully within the confines of law and all of the protections it is supposed to afford him.

I’m not terribly concerned about gangs. I’m not overly concerned about drugs. I’m worried about police. I know that most police officers believe that my son was born with a target on his back.

I’m not a paranoid lunatic. I am a realist. I see what has been happening all over America with the use of tasers - especially on Black males. Read more here at: Tasered While Black.

It always hurts my heart to learn of a mother’s grief. Tammy Fontenot managed to raise her son to the ripe old age of seventeen. She managed to support him through school so that he would graduate first in his class. Now, like countless Black mothers, she is burying her son, Darryl Turner.

I find it sad that organisations which serve the community, such as the NAACP, do not offer community workshops which train our children how to survive these encounters in the first place. Instead, there are dinners and picnics.

It is important to advocate regulation and call for an investigation of how they are an instrument of deadly force. (Here’s one way to help.) It is equally important for mothers to understand their responsibility to their children. And that responsibility is to educate them to understand what it takes to to survive.

Tonight, we will head out to a peace vigil. I am even more aware that my son’s safety is paramount. Suddenly... Read More HERE

Christina Springer is a blogger located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.


08 Democratic Primaries, Black Bloggers, A Day of Blogging For Voter Justice, Hillary Clinton, Democrats and Blacks, Black Folk, Black Voters

I Have read some great post today with dozens of black bloggers who are participating in A Day of Blogging For Voter Justice. Check out the links below:

Election 08, Blogging For Voter Justice, Concede Now Hillary

Blogging for Voter Justice

On this day I proudly join The
Afrosphere Action Coalition and its Coordinating Committee members (Francis L. Holland, Wayne Hicks, Daz Wilson and Yobachi Boswell) to impress upon the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Senator Hillary Clinton, that the Junior Senator from New York should immediately concede the election. I join the call for like minds to sign the petition and email/call/postal mail a statement of their choosing to the Democratic party bosses let them know that acting like Republicans and stealing the vote will not be excepted. I agree with blogger, brother PeaceMaker, Not Every American Is Ready For President Obama but the question is are we ready for total chaos at the Democratic National Convention and a Republican win in November 2008 ?

On this day of Blogging For Voter Justice
Tuesday (March 25th), I could put up one of those ugly pictures on the internet of Hillary Clinton, but I won't do that. You know how ugly Hillary Clinton and her surrogates have been during this political season. I could easily agree with Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen of Politico.com and point out five reasons why Hillary should be worried, but I won't do that today, I already agreed with them two days ago. The fact is folks, you probably already know dozens of reasons why she should be worried.

Hillary Clinton

I could list the 14 reason Time Magazine's, Mark Halperin list as:
Painful Things Hillary Clinton Knows but I won't I will only post the top 3:

1. She can’t win the nomination without overturning the will of the elected delegates, which will alienate many Democrats.

2. She can’t win the nomination without a bloody convention battle — after which, even if she won, history and many Democrats would cast her as a villain.

3. Catching up in the popular vote is not out of the question — but without re-votes in Florida and Michigan it will be almost as impossible as catching up in elected delegates.

The others you can read HERE.

I could give her (Hillary Clinton) some advice on how to bow out gracefully but she has already received plenty of that. I could talk about Team Clinton's color aroused tactics of "darkening the tone of Barack Obamas skin in TV attack ads, but you know about that too. I could also talk about how Lenora Fulani is running for President as an independent and has charged Hillary with color aroused campaigning, but I won't I could talk about how Team Clinton have swift boated Barack more than any republican thus far, but you know that as well.

So... What can I really talk about. I can't talk about Hillary Clinton's real problems? Pam over at Pam's House Blend has that covered. Should I talk about Hillary Clinton's "Bosnia Sniper fire" Lie, probably not plenty bloggers are talking about her getting caught Up In Her Own Lies:.
So what should I talk about to prove that Hillary should concede? Should I talk about her lies about military contracts? Should I talk about her throw the kitchen at him, The Politics of Fear? Or should I just talk about her Politics as ususal?

Well, folks I'm not going to talk about any of those things. as they have already have been talked about. forget about
Team Clinton's New Math, It's just time for people to grow up and realize the Story behind the story, as Politico writers, & recently noted, Hillary Rodham Clinton has virtually no chance of winning. More HERE. It's time for Hillary to Concede Now! it is time to stop this disaster.


AAPP


Monday, March 24, 2008

Political "Racial Code Words" Color Arousal At Work In The American Body Politic

AAPP: Racial Code Words or Color Aroused Code Words are making a big come back due to Hillary and Bill Clinton.


Hillary, "I will do anything to be president" Clinton


As one blogger, Take back the Times, recently noted in the post,
Has Hillary Found Racial Code Words? "Perhaps When Dodger baseball executive Al Campanis said that blacks "may not have some of the necessities to be, let's say, field managers, or perhaps, a general manager," and that blacks are often poor swimmers "because they don't have the buoyancy," he was fired for making racist remarks.

When Sam Yorty called Tom Bradley a militant and said he was trying to benefit from a black bloc vote, he got himself reelected in 1969, but most people understood he was using racial code words. The same thing with George Wallace when he defeated Albert Brewer in Alabama in 1970 after calling him a "sissy" for appealing to black voters.



George "segregation today, segregation tommorow, segregation forever" Wallace

This was not exactly as blatant as, "segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever," but Alabama voters understood the racial pitch and narrowly reelected Wallace. And I believe that when Hillary Clinton advertises that Barack Obama is not "ready" to confront a terrorist attack, she too is making a racial argument. Will Texans be taken in? We'll find out today. The Clintons, determined to take back power, have been searching for some time for some argument that will take Obama down. One way or another, it was going to be racial. Read More HERE



Hillary Color Aroused Clinton

Bloggers are not the only ones
noticing What Politicians Say When They Talk About Race Codes.


Trent Lott, "white citizen Council" Lott

Janny Scott at the NY times is also reviewing What Politicians Say When They Talk About Race, Janny Scott writes, "Americans and their political leaders have been tongue-tied on the subject of race. We were reminded of that last week when Senator Barack Obama, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, took the almost unimaginable step of going before a national audience at a precarious juncture in a close campaign and speaking explicitly about what race means to blacks and whites. He spoke of black anger and white resentment and the significance of race in American history; his purpose was political but he spoke with seriousness and gravity and at length. Whether the speech helped or hurt him remains to be seen. But the moment was unlike virtually any in the more than 40 years since the triumphs of the civil rights struggle tore up party alignments of the past and tamped down explicit discussion of race by presidents and major-party candidates addressing the American people."



Janny Scott continues, The dynamic had been different once — when African-Americans had begun to vote Democratic as well as Republican and presidential candidates of both parties competed for their votes; in 1948, Harry Truman, courting swing voters in a close election, became the first presidential candidate from a major party to campaign in Harlem (and ordered an end to segregation in the armed services right after he won the Democratic nomination). In the early 1960s, opinion polls found that a majority of Americans saw civil rights as the dominant issue facing the country. And President Lyndon B. Johnson, in one of several memorable 1965 speeches on race, said, speaking before a joint session of Congress after the “Bloody Sunday” voting-rights march from Selma, Ala.: “Their cause must be our cause too. Because it is not just Negroes, but really it is all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And we shall overcome.”

Yet it was President Johnson, too, who foresaw the end of what Glenda Gilmore, a Yale historian and author of “Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950,” described last week as a 20-year “national conversation on race” in the 1950s and 1960s. After signing the Civil Rights Act in July 1964, the president is said to have observed that he had just handed over the South to the Republicans for at least a generation. The Republicans seized the opportunity to peel off Democratic states. They studied the campaigns of George Wallace, the Alabama governor who ran as an independent presidential candidate in 1968, to see how he appealed to whites. They developed the “Southern strategy” that helped Richard Nixon and later Ronald Reagan. With blacks voting overwhelmingly Democratic by now, and their party struggling to hold onto white working-class ethnic voters in the North, there was little incentive for presidential candidates of either party to bring up race in a serious way.

Politicians were not alone in dropping the issue. The Watts riots broke out within days of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965; the Vietnam War increasingly supplanted civil rights in the public’s attention.

AAPP: The whole article is a powerful must read. HERE is a link to the article.

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick charged with perjury and obstruction of justice


Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

As reported by CBS, A Detroit prosecutor said she is bringing perjury and other charges against Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his former top aide. The prosecutor said Kilpatrick and one-time Chief of Staff Christine Beatty lied under oath during a whistle-blowers' trial last summer when they denied having a romantic relationship.

CBS/AP) Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a one-time rising star and Detroit's youngest elected leader, was charged Monday with perjury and other counts after sexually explicit text messages surfaced that appear to contradict his sworn denials of an affair with a top aide.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy also charged the popular yet polarizing 37-year-old mayor with obstruction of justice and misconduct in office. Former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty, 37, who also denied under oath that she and Kilpatrick shared a romantic relationship in 2002 and 2003, was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. In all, Worthy authorized a 12-count criminal information.

"This case was about as far from being a private matter as one can get. Honesty and integrity in the justice system is everything. That is what this case is about," Worthy said at a news conference. "Just when did honesty and integrity, truth and honor become traits to be mocked, downplayed, ignored, laughed at or excuses made for them? When did telling the truth become a supporting player to everything else?"

The charges could signal the end of Kilpatrick's six-year career as mayor of one of America's largest cities. More HERE

AAPP: Like many in the Motor City, I say, "Goodbye Mayor Kilpatrick! You stayed much to long."

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Darryl Turner , Black 17 year old, Tased To Death,Tasered While Black

Darryl Turner passed away after being involved in an altercation inside a Food Lion in northeast Charlotte.

Damn, There seems to be an all out attack on black boys and men. This time it's in Charlotte, N.C. according to Brad Borders at News 14:

CHARLOTTE -- There are new details in the death of a 17-year old who was Tased on Thursday by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer and later died.

Darryl Turner passed away after being involved in an altercation inside a Food Lion in northeast Charlotte. There are now multiple investigations in to the case, including one from the boy’s mother, who has already hired an attorney.

"It felt like my heart was going to come out of my chest when I found out,” said Tammy Fontenot, Turner’s mother. "I just want the truth to come out, that's what I’m concerned with -- the truth." Police are investigating what happened when Turner was Tased during the altercation. According to a CMPD statement, an officer deployed the Taser when Turner refused verbal commands and moved toward police.On Friday, Turner’s friends and family visited Fontenot to help her through her grief.

Find out more about this and other crimes against our people on the blog:
Tasered While Black
It's time to hold police accountable for their actions Charlotte/Mecklenburg County. So Citizens of Charlotte, what do you plan to do?

More HERE


Election 08, Barack, Hillary, Joe McCarthy, Black Voters, Blacks, Patriotism, and Bill Clinton as a Used Car Salesman You Can't Trust

"Bill Clinton is sounding and acting like a old, bigoted, redneck, used car salesman. The problem is no one wants to buy that old used car he is selling." I have also come to the conclusion that Bill Clinton is nothing less than a modern day Joe McCarthy, or better yet a modern day George Wallace or J.B. Stoner. But I'm not the only one that thinks he is a modern day Joe McCarthy.



Check out the article by Tim Shipman on how:
Bill Clinton branded a 'modern-day McCarthy'

Tim Shipman writes, Bill Clinton has become embroiled in an election race row after he appeared to question the patriotism of Barack Obama. "Mr Obama's supporters promptly accused Mr Clinton of being a modern-day Joe McCarthy, the senator who led a government witch hunt for communists during the 1950s. The controversy began while the former president was discussing the prospect of an election between his wife, Hillary, and the Republican John McCain.

Mr Clinton told a group of war veterans in North Carolina: "I think it would be a great thing if we had an election year where you had two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interests of this country".

That was interpreted as a dig at Mr Obama, whose pastor, the Rev Jeremiah Wright, was exposed last week for delivering sermons in which he told worshippers, "God damn America''.

The Illinois senator used a speech on race to denounce Mr Wright's words, but asked voters to understand black Americans' anger.

Tony McPeak, a retired air force general and the co-chairman of the Obama campaign, hit back at Mr Clinton, saying: "I was going to college when Joe McCarthy was accusing good Americans of being traitors, so I've had enough of it.'' More HERE

AAPP: I agree with Tonny McPeak. America has had enough of Bill Clinton Color Aroused campaigning. It's time for Hillary to Concede.

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