A blog about Politics, Texas, and Academia

Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Response to Obama Parody

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

peter-paul-mary

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.

rush-limbaugh-parody_thumb1

My Journey to D.C. Will Begin Soon

In Academia, Barack Obama, Election 2008, Politics, Washington D.C. on December 1, 2008 at 1:25 pm

bush-uhaul

A whirlwind of events have occurred since I last blogged. My fellow Houstonians and I have somewhat recovered from Ike, our nation has a new president-elect, Halloween and Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we are quickly approaching the Christmas season. Work and family have kept me busy along with my graduate studies. Additionally, my husband just received orders for a deployment to Iraq next year so any free time that I’ve had is now spent with the National Guard Family Readiness and Yellow Ribbon Programs.

However, I did receive some good news In October. I was awarded a scholarship to attend an academic seminar that will take place in Washington, D.C. in January. The Washington Center is offering the Presidential Inauguration Academic Seminar which explores the new administration and the role that the media has in the process of the campaign, election, and presidency. The best part about the program is that it concludes during the Presidential Inauguration; therefore, I will be in the nation’s capitol to witness the historical swearing in of Barack Obama as the U.S.’s first African American president.

Once I found out that I would be making the trip to D.C., I got on the phone and began contacting the offices of my local senators and representatives to get my name on the list for inauguration tickets. I’m glad that I did this early, but we’ll see how that pans out. Even if I don’t get an actual ticket, I’ll be able to see the parade and attend some other parties/balls. I’m even going to dinner at the Chamber of Commerce while I’m there.

As part of my scholarship and the graduate credit that I’ll be earning, I’ll be blogging from the capitol daily and presenting a paper at our annual research symposium on campus in the spring. I’ve agreed to some local PR and a contribution the university magazine. For someone who never enjoyed writing anything longer than an I.O.U., I have found myself in the land of research and journal papers.

For now I’ll be doing the occasional blogging about events related to the big January day such as shopping for a ball gown (oh dear God),  an inauguration ticket confirmation, and maybe an Obama staff appointment or two.

The end of the fall term and January is right around the corner; there’s still so much to do.

I’m off to reserve a U-Haul truck for our current sitting Prez. ;-) (Is it just me or did Bush look like he was ready to hand over the White House keys right then to Obama during the recent tour?)

POLL: If the election were held today, who would you cast your ballot for?

In Election 2008, Politics, Polling and Surveys on October 17, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Early Voting in Texas Starts Monday

In Election 2008, Politics, Texas Politics on October 16, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Early voting in Texas begins Monday, October 20th and goes through Friday, October 31st. This election will have an extremely high turnout so take this opportunity to cast your ballot early.

Don’t forget that you’re not just choosing a president, but other leaders in our state and cities. Check out VoteTX.org for a sample ballot where you live.

Check the Texas Secreatry of State website for locations in your county. Be sure sure to bring your Voter’s Registration card and your Texas Driver’s License or Texas ID. Most importantly, BRING YOUR VOTE!!!

Palin’s Experience Lands Her a New Job

In Election 2008, Fun Stuff, Humor, Political Humor, Politics, Sarah Palin on October 13, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Snaps to an old friend of mine for this… 8-)

Sarah Palin’s 10-Nation Tour at Epcot

In Election 2008, Humor, Political Humor, Politics, Sarah Palin on September 29, 2008 at 9:41 pm

Leave it to the Onion to combine Sarah Palin, Walt Disney World’s Epcot, and foreign policy:

ORLANDO, FL—Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin sought to silence those who have criticized her lack of foreign affairs experience Tuesday by announcing plans for a weeklong, 10-nation tour of Walt Disney World’s Epcot. According to Palin, the trip—her first past Frontierland—will include speaking engagements at Norway’s famous Viking ride, sausages at Germany’s Kaufhaus, and, time permitting, a fact-finding mission to Future World. “This ambitious trip should finally demonstrate that I am ready to assume the vice presidency, whether by standing in long lines at Morocco’s Tangierine Café or by sitting down face-to-face with Mexico’s Three Caballeros,” Palin announced during a campaign stop outside a Chinese restaurant in Tulsa, OK. “All of our neighbors deserve good diplomacy, from the Universe of Energy down to the French pavilion.” Palin also promised a visit to the American Adventure exhibit before returning home, adding that she hoped to learn more about her own nation and the diverse peoples within.

Women, Work, and Family in Politics

In Democrats, Election 2008, Family, Oregon, Oregon Politics, Politics, Sarah Palin, Women in Politics on September 8, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Think that Sarah Palin’s story of family and politics is a rare one? Meet Rep. Sara Gelser of Oregon. She has her own story which should be heard. And just because she is a woman with young children (including one with a disability) doesn’t mean that she will be supporting Palin in the voting booth this November:

“I won’t vote for Sarah Palin because I disagree with her on the issues, but I do not question her competence because she is a mother,” says Gelser.

Julie Sullivan of The Oregonian examines Gelser’s story and how voters still tend to view political mothers and fathers differently. From “For Women, work and family create a political minefield“:

In the topsy-turvy nature of this presidential campaign, liberals have been scandalized by Palin’s return to work three days after giving birth, and conservatives have been inspired by her typical family. Families of children with Down syndrome have been thrilled at the prospect of a larger, bipartisan conversation about their children’s potential.

But Sara Gelser could have told the other Sarah long ago that voters judge a mother with young children differently from the way they do a father.

One voter once told Gelser he couldn’t support a candidate “who couldn’t keep a commitment. You’ve got four children. Certainly when you had them, you intended to mother them.”

“I was like, ‘Wow,’” Gelser said. “I didn’t understand why it was anyone’s business but mine and my husband’s.”

Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster and national strategist said that voters worry about who will raise the children if a mother is elected. For men it’s like, “‘Great! He will care about the future.’

“It’s one of the clearest double standards still left in politics,” Lake said.

Much of the emotion around Palin arises from women’s own recent parenting experiences.

“I do think her family needs her more right now than the Republicans do,” said Judy Turner, a Northwest Portland mother of three small children who left a high-powered job for a more flexible arrangement as a consultant. “A special-needs child and a pregnant teen daughter need extensive support, love and attention from both parents. I believe she is making the wrong choice and setting a poor example for the country.”

But Rep. Linda Flores, a Republican mother of five grown children from Clackamas, cheers the complex Palin family portrait.

“This is a real person who has real life experiences,” Flores said. “And she is the best person to gauge whether her family can handle this.”

“Besides,” Flores said, “if she were a man, we wouldn’t even be having this discussion.”

Political scientists say Flores is right. Motherhood is so complicating that most women wait until their children are older to pursue higher office — like Flores and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. — or they downplay the presence of youngsters altogether. U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., for instance, didn’t disclose her 2006 pregnancy — the first in Congress in a decade — until after she was re-elected.

“The picture of the candidate with the spouse, the kids and the golden retriever is priceless for a male, but sometimes the female candidate won’t even put the picture in the brochure,” said Debbie Walsh, director of Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

Walsh said that as a result, fewer women than men in Congress and in state legislatures have children younger than 18. Women enter office later in life, have shorter political trajectories, and thus, are less likely to become leaders.

“It’s a double bind,” said Melody Rose, an associate professor and chairwoman of the political science division at Portland State University. “If a woman waits, she may postpone her chances to rise to leadership, and if she has young children, she comes under intense scrutiny for her mothering. It’s like the woman who wants to have children and a political career simply cannot win.”

…Women make up about 16 percent of both houses of Congress, 24 percent of state legislators and 16 percent of mayors of cities with populations over 30,000. Palin is one of just eight women governors.

Gelser said she and her husband, Peter, have balanced her legislative career by relying on his caregiving, extended family and constantly talking to their children about what is important to them. She’s sought advice from the grown children of other Oregon legislators and staged memorable family moments, such as a mock family debate on the deserted House floor or a night singalong in the Rotunda.

Sam Gelser, who has a rare developmental disability called FG syndrome, told his mother during opening day of the 2007 session how proud he was of her.

Still, when people contacted Gelser about running for retiring Rep. Darlene Hooley’s seat, Gelser declined, in part because she saw only about 10 women in Congress with children younger than 18.

“I do think if I had seen 20 or 30 women you could see how it would work and how you can still have kids who are happy and healthy,” she said.

 

Bush Humor From the Onion

In Bush Administration, Fun Stuff, Geroge Bush, Humor, Political Humor, Politics on September 4, 2008 at 11:11 pm

President Bush recently toured America to survey the damage caused by his disastrous presidency.

Another great parody from the Onion:

Just tragic! ;-)

Texans Need to Prepare For Hurricane Gustav

In Election 2008, Local Stuff, Military, Politics, Rick Noriega, Texas Politics, Uncategorized, Weather on August 30, 2008 at 9:14 pm

As a supporter of Lt. Col. Rick Noriega for Senate, I received this email a couple of hours ago:

Dear Theresa,

As many of you know, Hurricane Gustav is gaining strength in the Caribbean Sea with maximum sustained winds over 145 mph.
This is a serious time for Texans. We must be prepared for the possibility it will make landfall anywhere along the Gulf Coast, including here in Texas.
As Incident Commander of Houston’s Katrina relief efforts at the George R. Brown Convention Center, I have seen first-hand the devastating consequences of major hurricanes, and we know we must take these threats seriously.
We have created a page on our website of links to important resources. You can find it at:
Please keep the residents of the Gulf Coast in your prayers, and please be safe.
Sincerely,
Rick Noriega
Democrat for U.S. Senate
If you go to his website, you’ll find links to important resources in preparation for Hurricane Gustav:

Please check out his website and vote for him this November. :-)

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.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.