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Response to Obama Parody

In Barack Obama, GOP, Politics, Talk Radio, Washington D.C. on December 29, 2008 at 1:32 am

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Pictured are Peter, Paul, and Mary

By now you’ve heard the buzz surrounding the controversial “gift” that was passed around Capitol Hill last week. The parody “Barack the Magic Negro” has brought the creator of the original song “Puff the Magic Dragon” out to voice his concern. Peter Yarrow of the 1960’s folk-singing group Peter, Paul, and Mary released this statement:

My Response to the Mean-Spirited “Barack the Magic Negro”

The sending of a Christmas
greeting by Chip Saltsman to the members of the Republican National
Committee that includes a recording of the so-called parody, “Barack
the Magic Negro” is not only offensive, it is shocking and saddening in
the extreme. It flies in the face of America’s deeply held hope for a
new era in which common ground and mutual respect characterize the
exchanges between our national leaders.

I and my co-writer of “Puff,” Lenny Lipton, have been eagerly awaiting
an end to the mean-spiritedness, outright disrespect and bigotry that
was commonplace prior to this last presidential election. What might
have been wearily accepted as “the way it was” in the campaign, is now
unacceptable. Obama is not a candidate. He is the President-Elect, and
this song insults the office of the Presidency, the people who voted
for him, as well as those who did not — and taking a children’s song
and twisting it in such vulgar, mean-spirited way, is a slur to our
entire country and our common agreement to move beyond racism.

It is almost unimaginable to me that Chip Saltzman who sent the CD,
would seriously be considered for the top post of the Republican
National Committee. Puff, himself, if asked, would certainly agree.

Why is it that some of the GOP (see, I didn’t say all of them) still insists on spreading hatred and racism? It seemed like for a solid six weeks, that is all that the McCain camp did. As Yarrow has said, Obama is no longer a candidate. Like it or not, he will be YOUR president starting January 20th, 2009.

For those of you who have not yet heard the song will be out of luck to find it linked on this blog.

Although the song came out in 2007, I heard the song on Rush Limbaugh earlier this year and was absolutely disgusted with it. First of all I couldn’t believe that the guy singing the song was trying to sound like Al Sharpton and secondly, Limbaugh tried to lay all blame that “liberals” and the LA Times as the ones that started the “Barack the ‘Magic Negro'” term. (Yes, I did not link you to the source because it is Limbaugh’s own site and I refuse to be linked to him at all.)   This was about the same time that Limbaugh was urging people to participate in Operation Chaos. How’d that work out for ya Mr. Limbaugh?

And just how in the hell did Don Imus get kicked off of radio for his
“nappy” comments while Jabba the Recovering Dope Fiend continues to spew this garbage? Ok, I apologize. That was rude and stoops me to the level of Limbaugh; then again, I’m using the same freedom of speech that he makes millions off of.

I’ll be thanking Mr. Limbaugh for his efforts in Operation Chaos and use of the 1st Amendment while I stand among the many in DC who will witnessing history on January 20th.

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Craig Ferguson Calls Sarah Palin A Naughty Librarian

In Election 2008, GOP, John McCain, Politics, Sarah Palin on August 29, 2008 at 6:22 pm

This is a video from a little over a year ago. The Governor of Alaska (and now McCain’s Vice Presidential pick) sends Craig Ferguson a personal video offering honorary citizenship to the host.

Even Rush Limbaugh called Palin a “babe” in the past and again today. What a pig. Read his comments from today here.

So as she reaches the glass ceiling, she’ll still get wolf whistles, wagging tongues, and more will be looking at her instead of listening to her…this could be either a good or bad thing, regardless of which party you’re supporting.

Newspaper Bias or is McCain Just A Bad Writer?

In Election 2008, GOP, John McCain, Media, Politics on July 22, 2008 at 6:24 am

An essay piece written for the New York Times by John McCain has been rejected by the newspaper. The piece, about his policy on the war in Iraq, was written by Sen. McCain in response to an op-ed piece that the NyTimes published last week by Sen. Barack Obama. Is this media bias (the NY Times is widely known as being a liberal paper) or does McCain just need help with his writing?

From CNN.com:

In an e-mail to the McCain campaign, Opinion Page Editor David Shipley said he could not accept the piece as written, but would be “pleased, though, to look at another draft.”

“Let me suggest an approach,” he wrote Friday. “The Obama piece worked for me because it offered new information (it appeared before his speech); while Senator Obama discussed Senator McCain, he also went into detail about his own plans. It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama’s piece.”

In a statement released Monday, The New York Times said it is “standard procedure on our Op-Ed page, and that of other newspapers, to go back and forth with an author on his or her submission.”

“We look forward to publishing Senator McCain’s views in our paper just as we have in the past. We have published at least seven Op-Ed pieces by Senator McCain since 1996. The New York Times endorsed Senator McCain as the Republican candidate in the presidential primaries. We take his views very seriously,” the statement said.

McCain’s rejected op-ed was a lengthy critique of Obama’s positions on Iraq policy, particularly his view of the surge.

“Senator Obama seems to have learned nothing from recent history,” wrote McCain, criticizing Obama’s call for an early withdrawal timeline. “I find it ironic that he is emulating the worst mistake of the Bush administration by waving the ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner prematurely.”

Obama’s July 14 essay had taken shots at McCain for not further encouraging the Iraqi government to take control of the country.

“Instead of seizing the moment and encouraging Iraqis to step up, the Bush administration and Senator McCain are refusing to embrace this transition — despite their previous commitments to respect the will of Iraq’s sovereign government,” Obama wrote in his op-ed.

The article goes on to say that McCain will not change his essay or policy on Iraq to meet the demands of the NY Times. Guess he’ll just have to submit it to Guns And Ammo for now. ;-)

Read McCain’s rejected piece

Read Obama’s essay

Read the rest of the story here.

Reagan Girl – Tribute to the 80’s

In GOP, Humor, Music, Political Humor, Ronald Reagan on June 27, 2008 at 12:59 pm

This reminds me of how bad some of the music was in the 80’s.

REAGAN GIRL (Parody to Debbie Gibson’s SHAKE YOUR LOVE):

The real song:

The McCain Campaign Stategy to Win

In Barack Obama, Bush Administration, Election 2008, GOP, John McCain, Politics on June 9, 2008 at 2:27 pm

The McCain campaign, specifically campaign manager Rick Davis, has released a 14 minute powerpoint presentation outlining what McCain will do to win in November.

Some of Davis’ points are:

- McCain can build a better political environment than Bush (not that Obama can do this right? After all, he’s not linked to favoring Bush Administration policies)

- McCain has more favorable image than Obama (say what?)

- Voters see McCain as an ideological match (Um yeah, if you’re a white male, over 48, and stingy with your money. Hey, I didn’t say anything this time about Centrum Silver or Geritol).

- McCain and Obama are in a tied race according to Gallup weekly averages thru June 3rd (as of today, Obama leads McCain, 48% to 42%)

He also goes on to discuss the electoral map and McCain’s fundraising. Davis says, “McCain was outspent in the primary and won.” He will no doubt have his work cut out for him in this area as Obama breaks even more campaign finances and donation records.

I can go on in detail about the excessive presentation, but I think that I’ll leave that up to you, the intellectual and informative blog reader that you are.  :-)

Proposed Hurricane Names Honoring the Bush Administration

In Bush Administration, Congress, Dick Cheney, Geroge Bush, GOP, Humor, Political Humor, Politics, White House on May 28, 2008 at 2:30 pm

These are great…

From the Daily Kos:

Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

Tue May 27, 2008 at 05:39:22 AM PDT

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…

Hurricane season starts in five days. If the Grand Committee of Meterological Poobahs hasn’t come up with their list of names yet, may I suggest the following as a way of commemorating the greatest hits of the Bush administration in this, its final year:

Ashcroft
Brownie
Condi
Dick
Enron
Feith
Gonzales
Hughes
Iraq
Jack Abramoff
KBR
Lieberman
Matalin
Negroponte
Osama
Perle
Quagmire
Rummy
Scooter
Turdblossom
Uranium from Africa
Viceroy Bremer
Wolfowitz
Xenophobe
Yoo
Zell

On second thought, that would really be unfair. To the hurricanes.

 

Jenna Bush Gets Hitched

In Geroge Bush, GOP, Houston, Jenna Bush, Local Stuff, Washington D.C., White House on May 12, 2008 at 5:05 am

Jenna Bush, 26, was quietly married this weekend at the Bush family’s Crawford Ranch. The bride wore a white Oscar de la Renta gown and no veil. The press was not invited, but the White House released pictures late Sunday afternoon. Her grandparents, George H. W. Bush and Barbara, spoke at the ceremony.

Jenna wed Henry Hager, 30, less than one year after he proposed at dawn atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park on Maine’s coast. The couple were married around 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening.

From the AP:

Jenna’s twin sister, Barbara, was maid of honor and 14 other women were in her “house party.” Barbara Bush wore a long, moonstone blue dress with a low-cut back. The women in the “house party” were clad in seven different styles of knee-length dresses in seven different colors that match the palette of Texas wildflowers — blues, greens, lavenders and pinky reds.

The ceremony began about a half hour or so before sunset. The couple stood at a cross, made of beige colored Texas limestone, that was erected near the ranch’s man-made lake. The cross and altar, made of the same stone used to construct the Bush’s ranch house, will be a landmark at the ranch for years to come. The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell of Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston officiated.

Henry Hager met Jenna during her father’s 2004 re-election campaign. He graduated from Wake Forest University and worked as an aide to Bush’s former top political adviser Karl Rove. He is set to receive a master’s degree in business administration later this month from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

After the wedding, the couple is rumored to be honeymooning in Europe, although the White House would not comment. After that, they plan to live in a two-bedroom, two-bath town house on the south side of Baltimore. She plans to return to teaching and he will work for Constellation Energy, a power supplier based in Maryland.

You have to be impressed in how well Jenna has matured from her early days in the White House. She could have picked a huge, overpriced, gaudy wedding at the White House, but chose to keep it simple and away from the cameras.

By the way, why does their wedding cake look like the top is going to come tumbling off?

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Ron Paul: Only member of Congress to vote against bill

In Congress, Election 2008, GOP, Law and Legislation, Politics, Ron Paul, Uncategorized, Washington D.C. on May 1, 2008 at 5:04 pm

Wired has a story today about an anti-genetic discrimination bill that is expected to be signed by President Bush.

The bill (H.R. 493), blocking companies from using a person’s genetic information to set insurance premiums or determine eligibility, was passed today by the House. The bill would also state that employers could not use genetic information in hiring, firing or promotion decisions.

The vote was 414-1. Who was the lonely on standing in the corner? Yup, that would be Texas’ own Ron Paul.

Voting against a bill like this? And he want to be President…

Paul is also pimping promoting his new book, The Revolution: A Manifesto on his campaign blog and at book signings.

From his April 30th blog post:

Today is an exciting day for our campaign and our movement: my new book, The Revolution: A Manifesto, is officially released.

Although a short book, it is the product of many years of thought and action. It is a defense of the principles to which you and I have devoted our lives.

My friends are calling it “Ron Paul’s legacy.”

These principles – individual liberty, sound money, the Constitution, and the foreign policy of the Founding Fathers – have had no home in American politics for a very long time. With The Revolution: A Manifesto, I’m letting the establishment know we’re not going away.

Finally, Americans can hear and judge these great American principles for themselves, instead of through an unfriendly media filter. And they can learn once and for all that they need not be satisfied with the phony choices the system offers them every four years. Another way really is possible.

Two days ago I did a book signing in New York at the Borders on Wall Street. All 530 copies had been sold before I even arrived.

They had underestimated you again.

Imagine the attention our cause and our principles could attract with a fantastic opening day today, with people marching into bookstores across the country for their copies. If it should become a publishing phenomenon, The Revolution: A Manifesto can fuel our revolution for a long time to come. You can make that happen.

I hope you enjoy this book, which was a real labor of love for me. Please spread the word.

And may the future be ours.

For liberty,

Ron Paul

Texas State Convention This Weekend Amongst Talk Radio Host Controversy

In Are you kidding me?, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Democracy, Democrats, Election 2008, GOP, Hillary Clinton, Media, Politics, Rick Noriega, Talk Radio, Texas Politics on March 28, 2008 at 1:11 am

From About.com

As I put on my delegate running shoes for this weekend’s state convention, I will hope and pray that it goes ten times smoother than our state caucus did.

I have been in contact with the TX State Democratic Party and confirmed that indeed I am on the list as a delegate. The fiasco that we endured on March 4th left me wondering.

I have also signed on to volunteer for Rick Noriega’s Senatorial Campaign and will be out spreading the word about Lt. Col. Noriega’s accomplishments as a United States Serviceman, TX House Representative, and where he stands on the issues that Texans are concerned with. Make sure you stop on by his website and get to know him. It’s time to get rid of John Cornyn.

With my Rick Noriega for Senate sticker on, my comfortable shoes, and proud Democract smile, I’ll be there amongst all the other Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama supporters. I’ll let you guess who I’m voting for.

Now there are some that are trying to stir up controversy, maybe because their hungry or having relapses of previous addictions, or whatever, but to make it sound like this is the first time that a voter has crossed party lines to screw things up for their true party, just isn’t so. I know of a certain individual that crossed his party line to vote for the opposition not too long ago. In fact, in January, Daily Kos (liberal blog) urged readers in Michigan to vote for Mitt Romney in the GOP primary for similar reasons. So this is nothing new. GET OVER YOURSELF.

Just be frank, you cross party lines because you’re either pissed off at who your party has elected as your presidential candidate or you didn’t have a decent array of presidential candidates to choose from. Yes, there is the fact that you don’t want the opposing party in office, but it’s the satisfaction of trying to corrupt the opposing party’s votes that motivate you. This gives you permission to lie and deceive.

Ahhhhh… true democracy ;-)

“Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.”–Robert Byrne.

Yes, you may be making an impact, but I am too. The difference? I’m doing it truthfully and honorably. I am from the Left and an example of a Liberal and a Democrat. Oh wait, you said:

“Everybody is going on and on and on about Mrs. Clinton, surprised that she is a liar. I said yesterday, “Why should this surprise anybody? The Clintons lie.” It isn’t that we know she lies, but don’t all liberals lie? Not necessarily in their personal lives, but liberalism is an ideology built on lies. It doesn’t work, it cannot work, and yet liberalism requires the making of false promises and the breaking of promises, so all liberal politicians lie because liberalism is a lie.”

 

Hmmm…liberalism ideology is an ideology built on lies. I think you have your facts backwards. Put down the crack pipe, hero sandwich and prescription medications and look up the history and meaning of liberalism. But hey, what does Stanford know? Obviously those in talk-radio know all. Do you use Conservapedia as a resource on a regular basis? Very scholarly!

But whatever huh? I’m just a part of what you refer to as the “Drive-Bys” or “Liberals.”

Anyway, I refuse to let my blood boil because I believe I am above that. I’m just proud to be a part of this election and have the opportunity to be a delegate. I’m also proud to be a supporter of a true American, who serves his country and never disrespects his soldiers.

But I’ll be sure to keep my eye out for those “operatives” that are “under the radar.” Covert operation. Ha!

As I lay down tonight, I will remind myself that I am a liberal. To put it simple terms for you, “anything that is not conservative.”

So put that in your crack pipe and smoke it.

One last personal note:

What would I know anyway? I’m only educated and happily married (yes, only once and not 3 times) to a military service member. I didn’t flunk out of college and my husband went through boot camp with a broken hand. I guess having some kind of pimple on your rumpus constitutes not serving your country.

Bravo to Thomas F. Schaller for his piece called “Microphone Marines” in the October 10, 2007 edition of the Baltimore Sun.

Ron Paul Says He’s Done? Not really…

In Democracy, Election 2008, GOP, Politics, Texas Politics on March 7, 2008 at 9:01 am

Releasing the following video (ugh – over 7 1/2 min!) to his supporters on his website, Ron Paul says that he’s calling it quits in the the Presidential race is winding down. No offense Dr./Rep. Paul, but even here in Texas we’ve already forgotten that you were still in this race. All he’s really doing in this video message is saying that he’s taking a back seat and while not officially dropping out, he’ll remain in to encourage the vote for liberty.

Gotta give the man credit though. He ran his campaign off of his own money and Grassroots support from his die-hard fans supporters. You were fun to watch though!

See you in 2o12.

UPDATE: I’m thinking Paul never officially got out of the race to help promote his new book and book sales. :-)

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