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Thursday, June 26, 2008

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Check out another great roundtable discussion on NPR's News & Notes

Last week, Farai Chideya, host of NPR's News and Notes held another great roundtable discussion with black bloggers regarding why some black conservatives are deserting the GOP in favor of Barack Obama. They also discussed why blogging can lead to an arrest in some countries. Joining in the conversation were Carmen Van Kerckhove of Racialicious, Wayne Hicks of Electronic Village, and Kevin Ross of Three Brothers and a Sister. check out the conversation by listening in HERE [13 min 46 sec].

Also read: Black Conservatives Face Identity Crisis With Obama

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Bill Clinton Waits 3 weeks To Support Obama

AAPP: You ever wonder why it has taken some three weeks for Bill clinton to support Obama?
Check this out, not only has it taken 3 weeks for him to show public support he said it through a spokesman. As reported by CBS and Asociated Press (AP) former President Clinton said through a spokesman Tuesday that he is committed to helping Barack Obama become president, his first comments in support of his wife's former rival since their primary ended three weeks ago.
AAPP: whatever Bill! Keep your one sentence endorsement to yourself. oops, did I just say that?
AP reports, relations between the last Democratic president and the candidate who wants to be the next one are still frosty - they still haven't spoken in the aftermath of the heated campaign. But Bill Clinton extended an offer to help in a one-sentence statement from spokesman Matt McKenna. "President Clinton is obviously committed to doing whatever he can and is asked to do to ensure Senator Obama is the next president of the United States," McKenna said. It's not clear what Obama might ask him to do. The campaign wasn't specific when asked. "A unified Democratic Party is going to be a powerful force for change this year and we're confident President Clinton will play a big role in that," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton. More HERE

Monday, June 23, 2008

Comedian George Carlin has died in Los Angeles at 71

Comedian George Carlin has died in Los Angeles at 71. As reported in the Washington Post Carlin was selected last week by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to receive this year's Mark Twain Prize, a lifetime achievement award presented to an outstanding comedian.

Over a career of half a century, Carlin placed himself in the forefront of comic commentators on the American scene. He was particularly known for an album that referred to what he described as the seven words that could not be used on television. More HERE

In memory of George Carlin we leave you with these 7 words:

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Obama Leads by 15% - GoodyBye Republicans?

A new Newsweek poll shows Barack Obama up by 15 points over McCain

As Jay Bookman from the Atlanta Journal Consitution recently noted, “Obama’s current lead also reflects the large party-identification advantage the Democrats now enjoy — 55 percent of all voters call themselves Democrats or say they lean toward the party while just 36 percent call themselves Republicans or lean that way. Even as McCain seeks to gain voters by distancing himself from the unpopular Bush and emphasizing his maverick image, he is suffering from the GOP’s poor reputation among many voters.”

That’s almost a 20-point advantage in party ID. The poll didn’t break that number out by age, but I would guess the Democrats’ advantage is particularly large among younger voters. And once young people identify with a party, they tend to maintain that identification throughout their lives. It may be a generation before the Republican Party returns to power nationally.

John McCain is no Abraham Lincoln. Or was he? Oops, maybe I'm wrong. It seems Newt Gingrich thinks so. But the fact of the matter is Abraham Lincoln 'was a racist who wanted to deport blacks. Maybe that really is what Newt Gingrich should have compared McCain to Abraham Lincoln as, American heroes and bigots.

Alaska Blogger "Celtic Divia" Leading By Example

Alaska Blogger Celtic Divia Leading By Example

Hat Tip Celtic Divia

Racial dialogue can be a walk in a mine-field...but it's worth it.

Can you say, "geek paradise?!"

Congratulations CelticDiva for building a team of diverse bloggers who will blog at the Democratic National Convention. CelticDiva reports her team will consist of herself, Writing Raven, Monocot, Kaerick and of course, the only one who DOESN'T have an internet name, her 10-year-old daughter/photographer Morrigan! Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that her daughter will be able to join her on the floor of the Convention Center (Celtic Diva haven't totally given up hope).

As you may all recall, Raven contacted me as the result of a column I wrote for the Anchorage Daily News on race and diversity in the DNCC Blog Pool. Raven's new blog is "Alaska Real" and I believe she's the first Alaska Native blogger who is actually focusing on Alaska Native issues.

She is pleased that she as the Alaska member of the State Blogger Pool will bring a gender and culturally diverse team. More HERE

Here are the stats for the record:

4 female (80%) and 1 male (20%)
3 Caucasian (60%), 1 African American (20%) and 1 Alaska Native (20%)
1 disabled (20%)

Per Alaska's 2006 Census:

- Female population 48.3%
- Black population 3.7%
- American Indian and Alaska Native population 15.4%.
- Persons experiencing a disability 12.4%

Great Job Celtic Diva! I wonder if other state bloggers will follow your lead? I also wonder if the DNCC is tracking the level of diversity developed by state credentialed bloggers. Doubt it. Lets see if someone like Chris Bowers or Matt Stoller or others, will start an effort to actually track diversity within the blogosphere.

On another note, check out the new blog, the AfroSpear in the Whitosphere. This is a blog that catalogues white-owned blogs that acknowledge the existence and vitality of the afrosphere by providing themselves and their readers a way to access mainstream media articles about the AfroSpear. What do you think about the word "whiteosphere" is thee such thing as the "whiteosphere"?

Here is a list of Credentialed Bloggers, 2008 Democratic National Convention

2008 Democratic Convention Watch http://demconwatch.blogspot.com
43rdStateBlues.com http://43rdstateblues.com
AFL-CIO NOW Blog http://blog.aflcio.org
African American Political Pundit http://africanamericanopinion.com
AMERICAblog.com http://americablog.com
Asian American Action Fund Blog http://aaa-fund.com
Badlands Blue http://badlandsblue.com
BAGnewsNotes http://BAGnewsNotes.com
Beliefnet http://beliefnet.com
Bitch Ph.D. http://bitchphd.blogspot.com
Blogger News Network http://bloggernews.net
Blogging For Michigan http://bloggingformichigan.com
BlogHer http://blogher.com
Blue Hampshire http://bluehampshire.com
Blue Indiana http://blueindiana.net
Blue Jersey http://bluejersey.com
Blue Mass. Group http://bluemassgroup.com
BlueGrassRoots http://bluegrassroots.org
BlueNC.com http://bluenc.com
BlueOregon http://blueoregon.com
Buckeye State Blog http://buckeyestateblog.com
Burnt Orange Report http://BurntOrangeReport.com
Calitics http://Calitics.com
Campus Progress http://campusprogress.org
Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis http://divasblueoasis.blogspot.com
Change to Win http://changetowin.org
The Colorado Independent http://coloradoindependent.com
Cotton Mouth Blog http://cottonmouthblog.blogspot.com
CracktheBell.com http://crackthebell.com
Crooks and Liars http://crooksandliars.com
culturekitchen http://culturekitchen.com
Daily Kingfish http://dailykingfish.com
Daily Kos http://dailykos.com
Dallas South Blog http://dallassouthblog.com
DCist.com http://dcist.com
Democracy Arsenal http://democracyarsenal.org
Democracy for New Mexico http://DemocracyForNewMexico.com
Democratic Party of the U.S. Virgin Islands http://groups.yahoo.com/...
Democratic Underground http://democraticunderground.com
Democrats Abroad Argentina http://yanquimike.com.ar
DemoOkie http://DemoOkie.com
Digby's Hullabaloo http://digbysblog.blogspot.com
Disaboom.com http://disaboom.com
Doc's Political Parlor http://politicalparlor.net
DoubleSpeak http://doublespeakshow.com
Eschaton http://atrios.blogspot.com
EverydayCitizen.com http://everydaycitizen.com
Fired Up! http://firedupmissouri.com
Firedoglake http://firedoglake.com
Florida Progressive Coalition http://flaprogressives.org
Future Majority http://futuremajority.com
Georgia Politics Unfiltered http://georgiaunfiltered.blogspot.com
Green Mountain Daily http://greenmountaindaily.com
Grist Magazine http://grist.org/
Group News Blog http://www.groupnewsblog.net
HispanicTips.com http://hispanictips.com
HorsesAss.org http://horsesass.org
HummingbirdMinds Blog http://hummingbirdminds.blogspot.com
iLind.net http://ilind.net
Indianz.com http://indianz.com
Jack and Jill Politics http://jackandjillpolitics.com
Jusiper http://jusiper.blogspot.com
Keystone Politics http://keystonepolitics.com
KnoxViews http://knoxviews.com
Las Vegas Gleaner http://lasvegasgleaner.com
Left In Alabama http://leftinalabama.com
Left in the West http://leftinthewest.com
Michigan Liberal http://michiganliberal.com
Minnesota Monitor http://minnesotamonitor.com
MOMocrats http://momocrats.typepad.com
My Left Nutmeg http://myleftnutmeg.com
MyDD http://mydd.com
New Nebraska Network http://NewNebraska.net
NewsOne.com http://newsone.com
No Rest for the Awake http://minagahet.blogspot.com
NorthDecoder.com http://northdecoder.com
Obsidian Wings http://obsidianwings.blogs.com
Ohio Daily Blog http://ohiodailyblog.com
OliverWillis.com http://oliverwillis.com
Open Left http://openleft.com
Pam's House Blend http://pamshouseblend.com
Political Base http://politicalbase.com
Political Wire http://politicalwire.com
PoliticalLunch.com http://PoliticalLunch.com
PolitickerNJ.com http://politickernj.com
PoliticsOnline http://politicsonline.com
Pop and Politics http://popandpolitics.com
Prairie State Blue http://PrairieStateBlue.com
RaceWire http://racewire.org
Raising Kaine http://raisingkaine.com
Raw Story http://rawstory.com
Rhode Island's Future http://rifuture.org
Room 8 http://r8ny.com
Rum, Romanism and Rebellion http://rumromanismrebellion.net
RuralVotes http://ruralvotes.com/...
Scholars & Rogues http://scholarsandrogues.com
Seeing the Forest http://seeingtheforest.com
Sepia Mutiny http://sepiamutiny.com
SquareState.net http://squarestate.net
Talking Points Memo http://talkingpointsmemo.com
TalkLeft http://talkleft.com
Taylor Marsh http://taylormarsh.com
The Albany Project http://thealbanyproject.com
The Center for Emerging Media http://centerforemergingmedia.com
The Iowa Independent http://iowaindependent.com
The Natchez Blog http://natchezms.blogspot.com
The Seminal http://theseminal.com
The UpTake http://theuptake.org
The Utah Amicus http://utahamicus.com
The Washington Independent http://washingtonindependent.com
Think Youth http://thinkyouth.org
Thought Theater http://thoughttheater.com
TommyWonk http://tommywonk.blogspot.com/
Tondee's Tavern http://tondeestavern.com
Towleroad http://towleroad.com
Turn Maine Blue http://turnmaineblue.com
Under The Dome.com http://underthedome.com
Uppity Wisconsin http://uppitywis.org
USAmerica Vota '08 http://usamericavota08.blogspot.com
VivirLatino.com http://vivirlatino.com
West Virginia Blue http://wvablue.com
What About Our Daughters? Blog http://whataboutourdaughters.com
Working Life http://workinglife.org
Zennie's Zeitgeist http://zennie2005.blogspot.com

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Gay Con Man accuses Obama of snorting Cocaine

Bad day at the office ... Barack Obama, and inset, from top to bottom, Montgomery Blair Sibley and Larry Sinclair.

AAPP: A Gay con man who is called a man with a colorful background: a 27-year criminal career which includes convictions for fraud, forging cheques, and stealing credit card numbers, is trying to get over and destroy Barack Obama, fortunately no one is listening to his bull.

Yes, It has started folks. the swift boating of Obama has begun. As reported by the Sidney Morning Hearld, " THERE are crazy days in every campaign and one of them just struck the 2008 US presidential election trail.

The Obama campaign is keeping an eye on another circus unfolding in Washington. There, Larry Sinclair, a gay man from Minnesota who alleges he snorted cocaine and had sex with the Democratic nominee, held a news conference.

His allegations have been sloshing around on the internet for six months, ever since he posted a YouTube video. But after he took a polygraph test and failed, he has struggled to get mainstream media interest in a story he said began in the back of a limousine in Chicago in 1999.

On Wednesday Sinclair booked a room at the National Press Club to produce the evidence and try to capture the national spotlight for his claims. But he spent much of the time answering questions about himself. He has what is called a colourful background: a 27-year criminal career which includes convictions for fraud, forging cheques, and stealing credit card numbers.


African American Political Pundit
An old school brother who gives his thoughts, opinions and insights on political and social issues of the day.

African American Political Pundit is a 2008 DNC credentialed blogger and will be broadcasting and blogging live at the 2008 Democratic National Convention

Visit http://www.demconvention.com

Help send me to my first Democratic National Convention as a credentialed blogger.

I will Tranistion My Blog to a New Blog Platfom

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My old blogger location will stay up as an archive for my old post, even after my transition to my new blog location.

Michelle Obama bashers are ignorant

A great article by Mary C. Curtis in the Washington post on why aren't more feminists coming to the defense of Michelle Obama the way they defended Hillary Clinton? It appears to this pundit that there may be some color aroused issues and Strains in the Democratic Sisterhood. I'm in agreement with many black bloggers that this Michelle-Bashing is bigoted, intense and ignorant.

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Obama’s Beat Up on Black Males Fans Old Stereotypes

Obama’s Beat Up on Black Males Fans Old Stereotypes
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama thundered to long, loud and vigorous applause from a Father’s Day Chicago church crowd that black fathers don’t engage with their children. A month before Obama made this stereotypical and plainly false assertion, Boston University professor Rebekah Levine Coley, in a comprehensive study on the black family, found that black fathers who aren’t in the home are much more likely to sustain regular contact with their children than absentee white fathers, or for that matter, fathers of any other ethnic group. The study is not an obscure study buried in the thick pages of a musty academic journal. It was widely cited in a feature article on black fathers in the May 19, 2008 issue of Newsweek. There was no excuse then to spout this myth. The facts are totally contrary to Obama’s knock. Read More HERE

Obama, McCain and Poverty In America

OK Folks you know I support Barack Obama for President right? And we all know Sen. Barack Obama defied history, becoming the first African-American candidate to head a major party ticket and having a viable chance of becoming the real first Black President of the United States. Now it's not only time for Barack Obama to choose a running mate, it's also time for him and the Republican nominee to really address poverty in America, Black Unemployment, Crime and Punishment in America, and a number of other issues impacting African American communities across America. As Hazel Trice Edney, NNPA Editor-in-Chief has noted in her recent article, The day after presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama announced his historic victory, the monthly jobs report showed the African-American jobless rate as being once again higher than all other racial. read More HERE.

AAPP: Maybe, just maybe it's time for the cadidates to reall address poverty in America. Now I remember last year when as reported by the blog Open Left, Senator Obama gave a speech in Washington, D.C., in which he outlined a $6 billion agenda to fight the problem of urban poverty in America.

Like Max Fletcher wrote in Open left the plan was quite bold and comprehensive, and as is often the case with detailed policy proposals, has been difficult for reporters and the average American to digest and analyze beyond dollar figures and catch phrases.

Maybe Barack can spell out how he plans to address poverty in America without those Harvard University words like Family-based Progressivism attributed to Obama and Policy Director Karen Kornbluh. Here is more of Barack Obama's Urban Poverty Plan
. I plan to read and make sense of this document and give my thoughts on this blog. Maybe Barack Obama needs to have more black folks on his policy team that can provide clearer definition to his current plans.

I wonder what the John McCain plan is to address poverty in America?

Friday, June 20, 2008

The Politics of Gay Black Men

AAPP: Talking about issues related to Gay black men may not be an interesting topic for many black political bloggers, but it is for this African American Political Pundit (and let me be very clear "I'm Not Gay)." Yes, I placed it in bold folks. There are many issues in gay communities that are not talked about by the main stream media or for that matter the black blogging community. As an example the issue of blacks gays getting married and if Gay Marriage is Anti Black is not a topic of conversation with many black bloggers, not was the incident Or how about the Busted Florida Republican state rep's "black gay panic" defense on soliciting charge.


I find the blog Weilding the Axe to be an interesting blog to read, (note: forget about the pictures my straight brothers, they can make some uncomfortable) as it provides some ramblings from a sometimes gay, sometimes bisexual, rarely straight, multiracial, multi-ethnic, black man discovering what it means to live in a world of infinite diversity.

NOTE: I have always wondered why so many black gay bloggers have to be sexually explicit on their blogs? Do you know why?

His recent post A Measure Of Opinion I found very interesting particularly the issue of Do (Gay) Black Men Need Black Women in which he wrote, "Some of you might be acquainted with a YouTube program called The "&" Show. Recently I discovered one broadcast via the African American Opinion blog. I went to YouTube and caught a few other programs, highlighting issues and concerns of gay Black men. The first video I saw Ugly Gay Men seemingly attacked anyone who does fit the classic mold of beauty. If you've crooked teeth, an ounce of fat, or are slightly perfect, well you might as well climb into a box and die less thannow. The hosts briefly broached ugliness in one's attitudes and personality, but focused primarily on how a person looks.

With regards to second video viewed, Do (Gay) Black Men Need Black Women, the two hosts disagreed on having women present in their lives. I won't rehash the conversation, just that both videos didn't seem to uphold a measure of support or true understanding. I put a link at the bottom of the page. See for yourselves. Read More HERE

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Is DNC Ignoring Black Blogger Concerns?

AAPP Says: Well it's been over a month and it appears that the DNCC has refused to address a number of Black blogger concerns regarding what can be viewed as blogger segregation. As Black bloggers fight to make our voices heard, more black bloggers and left wing supporters are beginning to ask: Is The DNC Hating On “Black” Bloggers? Why Are There No Black Blogs in the DNC's Floor Blogger Corps.

Hat Tip Hustle Knockin

Is The DNC Hating On "Black Bloggers"

Dallas Morning News is reporting that “minority bloggers that felt spurned by the Democratic National Committee got some vindication recently when they were added to the list of blogs invited by party officials to cover their convention in August – but some still say the white blogs got preferential treatment and will get better access.”

Members of the “AfroSpear” web network, a circle of African-American run blogs, complained last month when 55 blogs were credentialed to cover the convention in Denver as part of the “State Blogger Corps” but only a few could be identified as minority blogs or having minority writers, the newspaper reported.A few weeks later, the DNC added 69 blogs to their “General Blogger Pool” list, many of them being minority blogs.

The list included the Dallas South blog, published by Shawn Williams, who had written U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson about the lack of African-Americans among the bloggers at the convention. Other minority blogs included in the updated list are Pam’s House Blend, Jack and Jill, Culture Kitchen and African American Political Pundit.

More at Hustle Knockin‘and HERE and below:

Global Grind - Is The DNC Hating On “Black” Bloggers?

Build The Dream Blog: Black Bloggers Upset With DNC

eVIPlist - Is The DNC Hating On “Black” Bloggers?

Racial make-up of Democratic convention bloggers criticized

The Political Voices of Women » Controversy Over DNC State Blogger

Black bloggers fight to make voices heard

MSM/Conservative Bull On Black Bloggers » Oliver Willis

Pandagon :: Democratic National Convention state blog selection

Pam's House Blend:: Q & A on the DNC's Virtually All-White Floor

JBlog Central - The Jewish Blog Network How should DNC blogger

Black Bloggers upset at DNC over lack of convention respect.

Democratic blogging pool needs to work toward integration: Opinion

Democrats' Convention Pool: Is It All Wet? - washingtonpost.com

Michael Calderone's Blog: Is the DNC excluding black bloggers

No Muslim's allowed Behind Obama?

Are the Obama's being required to be Politically Correct? Well from all indications it appears that Barack and Michelle Obama are the most politically correct couple of this campaign. As an example:

Obama audience members in Detroit - June 16
Paul Sancya, AP

AOL News reports that Two Muslim women attending Barack Obama's rally in Detroit on Monday said they were barred by campaign volunteers from sitting directly behind the presidential candidate because they wear head scarfs. Spectators seated in that section, above, were shown on TV. More HERE

Do you think Obama's campaign should exclude and bar campaign volunteers from sitting directly behind the presidential candidate because they wear head scarfs?

NOTE: African American Political Pundit is a 2008 DNC credentialed blogger and will be broadcasting and blogging live at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Help send me to the Democratic National Convention as a credentialed blogger.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Election 08, Politics, Racism, Color Arousal, Women, Black Men, Assassination, American Style Bigotry

Question: Did Hillary Clinton create this problem when she opened up the conversation about assassinations?

Check out this nut jobs website.

the assassination of barack obama.com

Thoughts anyone?

The bigots are coming out big time. check out this so-called art exhibit that was raided and shut down before it could be viewed in NYC yesterday.

As reported by blogger Sanda Rose and according to the NY Times blog: Cityroom, Boston-born performance artist, Yazmany Arboleda, tried to set up a provocative art exhibition in a vacant storefront on West 40th Street in Midtown Manhattan with the title, “The Assassination of Hillary Clinton/The Assassination of Barack Obama”. More HERE

There is More HERE

Monday, June 16, 2008

Did Jesse Jackson Diss African American Bloggers

jesse jackson

Hat Tip: The Strange Death of Liberal America.com who wrote: White folks should probably stay out of internal disputes in the African American community, but the latest controversy over the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s opinions about blogs reminded me so much of another dispute from the past that I had to comment. More HERE

Here is what Jackson said to Howard Witt of the Chicago Tribune

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Red Necks, KKK, White Aryan Resistance, Imperial Wizard, Imperial Klans of America and Barack Obama

What if a black man ran for President of the United States and had more than a 50/50 chance of winning? What if a black man received support from white supremacists? Check out the article in Esquire Magazine on Why White Supremacists Support Barack Obama by David Peisner. It's a pretty interesting article. I wonder if Bill Clinton is under one of those Klan hoods?

If recent polls are to be believed, white voters favor John McCain over Barack Obama by nearly ten percentage points, but the McCain and Obama camps probably haven’t factored in the following fact: In an informal Esquire survey, three out of four white supremacists prefer Obama, while McCain is the clear favorite among black nationalists. (Sure, our methodology suffered from an extraordinarily low sample size -- limited to four white supremacists and one black nationalist -- but just because it wouldn’t fly with Gallup doesn’t mean there ain't a kernel of truth in there.) This is just one of many surprising views that emerged after we talked to extremists about this historic electoral showdown between a 46-year-old black man and a 71-year-old white man. More HERE

Why Black People Confuse Me... sometimes

My wife and I recently drove up to a 7/11 to get some coffee, I'm one of those cheap guys who does not buy coffee at StarBucks at $3.00 a cup. As we drove up a black kid was on his bile yelling at some other kids, saying nigger this and nigger that.

The kid kind of piss me off, and I commented to the youngster that he needed to chill out with all that negative talk. surprisingly he was respectful when I spoke, but the bottom line is the situation is not new in black communities across America. At this age in life I still ponder why so many black Americans call each other out of their name. I still wonder why some black folks refuse to demand more of ourselves and
those who would ask for our vote. I still wonder why? Do you know why? If so Let me know?

Candidly I'm so tired of hearing black kids use the "N WORD" on the streets of America.

How about you?

Friday, June 13, 2008

Tim Russert A Class Act Journalist Died Today

RIP Tim Russert 1950-2008

I respected him as a journalist who covered American politics in a honest and special way. Tim Russert, whose 17 years as moderator of NBC's “Meet the Press” died suddenly on Friday. He was 58 and, not surprisingly, at work -- recording voiceovers for Sunday's broadcast -- when he collapsed of a heart attack. Russert, was a onetime aide to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Gov. Mario Cuomo, he made the switch from politics to news in 1984. He began on the international beat for NBC, landing a prized interview with Pope John Paul II in 1985. In 1991 he became Washington bureau chief and moderator of “Meet the Press.”

Tim Russert was a class act. He will be missed.

Election 08, Obama VP Pick

Hey Senator Obama, you can't have too many false starts or Bad Days like this one. As reported in The Washington Post by James A. Johnson.


Sen. Barack Obama has a broad spectrum of candidates as potential running mates.

WaPo reports that a consummate Washington insider and former Fannie Mae chief executive, resigned yesterday from Sen. Barack Obama's vice presidential search committee, just four days after he was caught up in controversy over low-interest home loans and lucrative business deals. More HER

Obama announced that Johnson would head the selection team shortly after the senator from Illinois claimed the delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination, but he had spent much of the week since then defending Johnson's role as leader of the vetting of potential running mates. Yesterday, Johnson became a casualty in the back-and-forth over ties to special interests in the presidential campaign as Obama cut him loose.

"Jim did not want to distract in any way from the very important task of gathering information about my vice presidential nominee, so he has made a decision to step aside that I accept," Obama said in a statement. "I remain grateful to Jim for his service and his efforts in this process."

AAPP: I wonder if Barack Obama's team believes Hillary can mend fences with black folks. Let's see how it plays out, as you can see from the Black Enterprise article, this "swing voter" is not a Hilary type of guy. But it looks like Barack may be looking at a number of Hillary backers. I think it would be wise for Obama to select a military leader for vice president.

Check out the 20 possible picks Did you know Barack obama has created a website to fight rumors ?

Thursday, June 12, 2008

GOP Attacks Michelle Obama

Barack and Michelle Obama

Carrie Buddoff Brown at Politico.Com is reporting on how Democrats expect a concerted effort to cast Michelle Obama — and, by extension, Barack Obama — as an unpatriotic radical. She reports, "It’s less than a week into the general election campaign, but already Michelle Obama is a Republican target.

Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger leveled the first blow, introducing Republican John McCain’s wife at a fundraiser this week as someone who is “proud of her country, not just once but always.” Obama wasn’t mentioned by name, but the audience got it.

The dig signaled the start of what Democrats expect will be a concerted effort to cast Michelle Obama — and, by extension, Barack Obama — as an unpatriotic radical. It also pointed out the urgency to define Michelle Obama to general election voters before the opposition goes too far in doing it for her, strategists said." More HERE

AAPP: I had the opportunity to discuss this and other issues on News & Notes Bloggers Roundtable at NPR. I join in the conversation with Valencia Roner of Diary of a Content Black Woman, and Jay Anderson of Average Bro. They are great bloggers, check them out.

We talked about the Barack and Michelle fist bump heard 'round the world to Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood's battle over Iwo Jima to Obama's place in a post-race society, and other issues. Listen Now [13 min 15 sec]

Don't forget to check them out what about our daughters another great blog, now tracking Michelle Obama on the positive tip.

Democratic National Convention Blogger Pool Still Segregated

AAPP says: "Hat Tip to Karen Brooks at The Dallas Morning News for following the lack of presence of black bloggers at the Democratic National Convention. She is following the story of how 55 blogs were credentialed to cover the convention in Denver as part of the "State Blogger Corps" and only a handful of them could be identified as minority blogs or having minority writers."

I'm one of the credentialed bloggers, and I have received dozens of email letters of support. I have also received dozens of emails saying the DNC needs to intergrate its state blogger pool.

Lilly White State Blogger Pool

AUSTIN – Minority blogs that felt spurned by the Democratic National Committee got some vindication recently when they were added to the list of blogs invited by party officials to cover their convention in August – but some still say the white blogs got preferential treatment and will get better access.

Members of the "AfroSpear" web network, a circle of African-American run blogs, cried foul last month when 55 blogs were credentialed to cover the convention in Denver as part of the "State Blogger Corps" and only a handful of them could be identified as minority blogs or having minority writers. More HERE

Election 08, Can Obama and Clinton supporters make nice?

Hat Tip to Tamara Holmes who is following political issues at Black Enterprise. Com
Check out her most recent article on Barack and Hillary.

Hat Tip to Tamara Holmes who is following political issues at Black Enterprise. Com

Can Obama and Clinton supporters make nice?

By Tamara E. Holmes

June 12, 2008 -- With the primary season over, presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama has his eyes on defeating the Republican candidate Sen. John McCain. But some political watchers say McCain may stand to benefit if Obama and his former rival Sen. Hillary Clinton don’t take steps to mend fences with each other and with their prospective supporters—a move that may be easier said than done.

“It doesn’t matter what the Republicans do if Obama can’t get all of the Democrats behind him,” says Marvin King, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Mississippi. “You’ve got to take care of home first.”

That notion was underscored this week when a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll found that if Obama does not choose Clinton to be his running mate, 22% of Clinton supporters said they would not vote in November and another 17% said they would vote for McCain. Likewise, a Website called Ex-Hillary Clinton Supporters for John McCain (http://hcsfjm.com), bills itself as an anti-Obama site and is calling for Democrats to raise money and support McCain.

On the other side of the equation are the Obama supporters, many of whom are just as vehemently opposed to the thought of Obama selecting Clinton to be his vice presidential candidate. More HERE

AAPP says: Don't forget to check out the blog black political analysis. This blog is written by Marvin King, an Asst. Professor of Political Science at the University of Mississippi, he writes this blog to disseminate useful, pertinent and entertaining news about black politics and whatever else he happens to find interesting. Check him out!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Impeachment of the President?

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, has prepared 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush.

AAPP: It's too bad the Congressional Black Caucus did not prepare the articles over three years ago. Is Dennis showing more political sense than the CBC, or is it a moot issue?

As reported by USA today: The perennial presidential candidate's complaint includes allegations that Bush misled the nation about the threat from Iraq and Saddam Hussein's ties to the 9/11 attacks. It also accuses his administration of endangering 9/11 first responders and misleading the public about climate change.

Here's an excerpt:

Resolved, That President George W. Bush be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors, and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate: Articles of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the people of the United States of America, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against President George W. Bush for high crimes and misdemeanors. In his conduct while President of the United States, George W. Bush, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has committed the following abuses of power.

Last year, Kucinich offered a similar resolution seeking the removal of Vice President Cheney.

Obama Beating McCain

McCain's same policies as Bush dragging him down

Poll Shows Obama Beating McCain

Source: Alaska report.com

According to a new Gallup Poll, Barack Obama is now leading John McCain by 6 percentage points, the largest margin to date.

According to a new Gallup Poll, Barack Obama is now leading John McCain by 6 percentage points, the largest margin to date.Obama leads 48% versus 42% against McCain. Gallup reports that the Illinois senator's lead has held steady at five to seven percentage points since effectively claiming his party's nomination.

Obama's recent lead over McCain represents the Illinois senator's best showing against his new rival. Obama and McCain have mostly been polling at a statistical dead heat against one another in the Gallup tracking poll's general election match-ups.

African American Political Pundit is Moving

I'm in transition and moving to a new blog platform with a new blog address: African American Political Pundit.com on or before July 1, 2008. Stop in and see how we recreate a new blog from scratch.

You can always come back here too. This will be our archive of our many post.

Obama & the New World Order by Rev. C. Solomon

Source Hat Tip: Faith in Action

Sen. Barack Obama

Obama and the New World Order
by Rev. C. Solomon

I have been discoursing with purported members of Senator Obama’s political inner-circle. These individuals cannot see any conflict between Tavis Smiley’s outrage given that Senator Obama attended and spoke so gallantly (to defend Israel) at this Jewish conference, when on the other hand he snubbed the State of the Black Union Conference.

Many black Americans do not see a conflict between Obama’s politics as usual and his pledge to continue America’s venal and unbalanced support of Israel in deference to balancing the scales between Israel, Hamas, Hezbollah…! Some Americans have been duped into believing that Obama is simply playing possum, but once he gets elected Superman with his unfurled cape streaming in the wind is going to spring into action.

Folks, in my opinion, the reason that the USA is having so much turmoil and trouble with respect to Middle-Eastern and Near-Eastern nations, among other things, is its unfair and unbalanced support towards Israel against not only Hamas and Hezbollah but against other nations within close proximity like Syria, Iran…, and other nations that are at a greater distance!

America has pledged to destroy itself and its standing in the world right along with its 51st state, Israel. And even though American Christians have biblically inspired and romantic feelings toward the Israel of antiquity, the Israel of today was formulated, created and populated as a result of actions that took place in the UN in 1947/48. Much like it is within American leadership circles, many within Israel’s leadership ranks are nothing more than ungod-like natural born killers.

The Palestinian (Arab and Muslim Semitic people) were summarily evicted from their homelands and their homes, neighborhoods…., their homelands were turned over to the mixed European Jewish Diaspora who returned to Israel from European nations following WWII. When you hear Arabs and Muslims say that Israel does not have a right to exist, they base their opinions on the actions that were decided in the U.N. in 1947/48, having been pushed particularly by Great Britain, the USA and a few other nations. A nearly equal amount of nations abstained from the western backed insouciant injustice that took place in the United Nations in 1947/48.

The colonial powers also considered repatriating black Americans to Panama and the Jews to African Ghana at one time, and we are all aware of how the colonial powers sub-divided Canada. That Senator Obama has made it clear that he will continue politics as usual does not bode well for Israel’s neighboring countries, for Cuba, for Nicaragua, the DPRK…; and he has already confirmed my feelings that voting for him to be President of the USA would summarily result in repeating the mistakes of the past!

As some fair-minded Americans have recognized, America’s hegemonic policies around the world have been wrong in the past, and they are wrong today - even if they are supported by Christian ministers who have rejected the roadmap for peace in the M-E, e.g., Robertson, Hagee, the late Falwell, Parsley and about 300,000 other American ministers. These individuals have an agenda, and it has nothing to do with true biblical eschatology. More HERE

Black Blogger Still Not Feeling DNC Segregation of State Blogger Pool

Yes, I'm a blogger who will be going to the Democratic National Convention. I sure won't be in the Jim Crow segregated state blogger section. You see the DNC don't like black people in that pool.

I guess I better read up on my old books from back in the day. Well, maybe not. But there is a great Handbook for bloggers and cyber-dissidents that some bloggers may find interresting. Candidly I like this whole idea of a Handbook for bloggers and cyber-dissidents.

The creators of the handbook are so right-on when they say, "Blogs get people excited."

That is kind of the purpose of my blog, to get people excited about politics. I also like to point out when things are great and when things are wrong. Candidly, I must say the Democratic National Convention is just wrong for not having a "color diversity program" when it comes to intergrating the lilly white state blogger pool.

Yes, it's true that blogs can also disturb and worry some people. I'm sure my blog has done that on a number of occassions (Smile), including the DNC. The DNC and its staff should be disturbed, and be asked to address and develop corrective action. As I said recently, so you think the DNC is the only group or individual practicing Jim Crow by excluding blacks? Check out the debate between two film icon's Spike Lee and Clinton Eastwood. Clint Eastwood: Spike Lee Should "Shut His Face", Lee Responds, "We're Not On A Plantation"

I guess that is what the DNC would like black bloggers to do. Shut Our Face!

Like the group Reporters Without Borders, I also see blogs as the vanguard of a new information revolution. Because it allows and encourages ordinary people to speak up. Yes, they’re tremendous tools of freedom of expression.

You know Reporters Without Borders are so right when they say, Bloggers are often the only real journalists in countries where the mainstream media is censored or under pressure. Only they provide independent news, at the risk of displeasing the government and sometimes courting arrest.

Check this out, Reporters Without Borders has produced a handbook to help bloggers, with handy tips and technical advice on how to to remain anonymous and to get round censorship, by choosing the most suitable method for each situation. It also explains how to set up and make the most of a blog, to publicise it (getting it picked up efficiently by search-engines) and to establish its credibility through observing basic ethical and journalistic principles. (OK I like the idea but I'm not sure I'll abide by Journalistic Principles). So check it out, the Hanbook is called the Handbook for bloggers and cyber-dissidents

Monday, June 9, 2008

John McCain - Stealing Black Music

John McCain, has been using Chuck Berry's hit "Johnny B. Goode" as an early campaign theme. I wonder if he was paying Chuck Berry for it's use?

I guess John McCain will have to shut it down, you see, Chuck Berry is supporting Barack Obama.

As reported by Fernanda Ezabella for Reuters - Republican candidate John McCain may have used his song in the U.S. presidential campaign, but veteran rock 'n' roller Chuck Berry has no doubt whom he wants to see in the White House next year. "America has finally come to this point where you can pick a man of color and that not be a drawback," the legendary 81-year-old guitarist said of Barack Obama, who clinched the Democratic presidential nomination last week and would become the country's first black president if he wins in November.

"It's no question, myself being a man of color ... I mean, you have to feel good about it," Berry, himself a black pioneer in the 1950s music scene, told Reuters by phone from New York ahead of a Brazil tour that starts next week. "Definitely a proud and successful moment for all the people of this country, not just black people, but Americans in general."

McCain, now preparing to take on Obama in the November presidential election, used Berry's hit "Johnny B. Goode" as an early campaign theme, although he has since switched to Abba's "Take a Chance On Me."

"Johnny B. Goode" turned 50 in January and topped the list of the 100 greatest guitar songs of all time that Rolling Stone magazine published this month.

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