Ethiopian jazz with The Budos Band performing Yene hassab gwadegna.
What’s on your mind tonight?
Ethiopian jazz with The Budos Band performing Yene hassab gwadegna.
What’s on your mind tonight?
Oh my – the bigot knives came out big time at the Rules Committee hearing chaos. Take at look at what Jane Hamsher captured — this inconsolable Hillary supporter, Harriet Christian, screaming at reporters in this clip about how the party is…
“…throwing the election away…for what — an inadequate black male who would not have been running had it not been a white woman that was running for president. I’m not going to shut my mouth anymore. I can be called white, but you can’t be called black…God Damn the Democrats.”
You have to watch the whole thing. This is out of control; this chaos must end, however…
The result of today’s meeting: In the case of Michigan, delegates will get 1/2 vote (Clinton nets 34.5 and Obama 29.5. For Florida, delegates also have 1/2 of a vote; Clinton receive 52.5 and Obama 33.5 (Edwards 6.5).
While Ms. Christian has lost her cookies, she’ll be happy to know that Clintonista Lanny Davis is threatening to take this to the credentials committee (and thus the convention — will the PHB baristas need flak jackets?), based on an update I just received from Jane. This is likely an attempt to extort the VP slot for Hillary, but I can’t imagine that after all of the BS during the primary — and still with a growing lead in delegates — Obama is even giving this serious consideration.
Meanwhile, another blogger gets screamed at by Lanny Davis.
Oh the democracy of it all. To listen to the members of the Rules and By-Laws panel at today’s meeting of the Democratic National Committee, you’d believe that when it comes to respecting voters, their choices and election fairness, the Democrats are a stand-up bunch of rule makers: the very model of a modern democratic institution.
Oh how we forget. The year was 2007 – the same year that the Party’s Commission on Presidential Nomination Timing and Scheduling set forth the rules now at the core of the delegate befuddle. (more…)
Let’s say a few words about "fuck."
You might have missed it, but last week’s Saturday night post caused some serious pearl-clutching over in Greater Wingnuttia. See, what happened is that I said "fuck": scented handkerchiefs were raised to trembling nostrils, fainting couches were fainted upon, panties were knotted. This fellow took the trouble to count the "fucks" and came up with 13; chez moi I remarked that this proved he blogs with his socks off, a joke he didn’t get, unsurprisingly. He also missed why it’s funny to shriek about how awful someone is when they say "fuck" and then call them an "F-Tard." Perhaps it will come to him in time. (Credit where it’s due; James Joyner was able to respond to the substance of the post thoughtfully, and even more so to my rejoinder.) My very favorite response to my potty mouth, though, came from this fellow in comments at Whiskey Fire, though, who said, and I quote:
I suspect that Christy Hardin Smith, Digby, and others toes are curling at this man’s crudity.
I was able to confirm in an email exchange with Christy that she is indeed pretty fucking toe-curlingly appalled, and that I should cut that shit right the fuck out, for the love of fuck. I was duly fucking abashed.
(More good shit below the fold!)
Deborah Foster, a Long Island school teacher and Hillary Clinton supporter who was ejected from the Rules & Bylaws Committee meeting on May 31, 2008 shows her bruises. Foster and others were shouting "Denver, Denver" when security removed them from the meeting.
Interesting timing, especially in light of the day-long discussions taking place about the reinstatements of FL and MI delegates today.
NOTE FROM PAM: I was going to post on this but ee beat me to it. I’ll just add my thoughts below.
It was simply time to cut his ties to the Trinity United Church of Christ. (AP):
Barack Obama has resigned his 20 year membership in the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago in the aftermath of inflammatory remarks by his longtime pastor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and more recent fiery remarks at the church by another minister.
Obama campaign communications director Robert Gibbs said Obama had submitted a letter of resignation to the church and would discuss his decision in a session with reporters later Saturday.
It happened “over the last few days,” Gibbs said. Messages left for a church spokeswoman in Chicago were not immediately returned Saturday afternoon.
…On Thursday, Obama was again forced to reject another man of the cloth, this time Pfleger, who made racially charged comments mocking Clinton in a guest sermon at Trinity United Church of Christ, Obama’s church.
Obama made it clear he wasn’t happy with the comments – in which Pfleger pretended he was Clinton crying over “a black man stealing my show” – and said he was “deeply disappointed in Father Pfleger’s divisive, backward-looking rhetoric, which doesn’t reflect the country I see or the desire of people across America to come together in common cause.”
It’s an object lesson that mixing church and politics can inevitably get any pol in an endless amount of trouble. From McCain sidling up to Hagee/Parsley or Obama and the latest remarks by Father Michael Pfleger, it’s a crap shoot to inject your faith into “your game” of political ambition.
In Obama’s case, and for the Democratic party generally, the courting of the faith based vote has been purposeful — to make inroads into these communities and voters. Wearing faith on one’s sleeve was thought to be the best way to counter the belief that the Democratic party is a bunch of heathens, atheists, paganists, Satanists, you name it – all trying to persecute “Christians.”
However, pastors aren’t beholden to any focus group or poll; they don’t have to guard what they say — it’s inevitable that blowback, explanations and apologies can’t outweigh the endless MSM bleating about all of it.
Quite frankly, with the economy crumbling, an endless military action, and corruption at the highest levels of government, focusing on religious clerics and their misguided, inflammatory remarks is a waste of air time. (more…)
Touched down in San Juan at noon and checked my dragging, coffee-depleted self into the hotel. I must say, palm trees outside my window are a nice change of pace; ordinarily it’s a slightly rusted fire escape upon which pigeons have left their trademark Rorschach blots.
After downing some much needed caffeine, I headed to the Convention Center to pick up my press badge and found myself immersed in purple. The union’s health care division Assembly was dispersing, and the hundreds of workers piled out, a sea of purple t-shirts and yellow lanyards. So many purple t-shirts…
I stopped to chat with a group of public service employees who had been taking pictures with the disturbingly handsome, Kevlar-vested S.W.A.T. team outside the Hall. Members of Local 668 in Pennsylvania, the group was quick to answer a basic softball question, "What is the most important benefit you receive as a member of a union?"
"Regaining bumping rights."
What came next was hardly surprising, given that unions have been on the decline in this country for so long. (I can just hear the panty-twisted, accusatory shrieks of "Communists!" over at The Corner now.) "Unions provide a voice for the workers," said one woman. "Government has to stop balancing the budget on our backs."
This echoes what I’d been hearing as I wandered around the place, getting my bearings. Passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. Justice for all. More and better organizing. Political accountability. Whether or not you agree with the union’s means, the ends seem pretty clear: a return to worker-driven politics.
This should be an interesting couple of days. Especially with those hottie SWAT guys hanging around outside.
[Disclaimer: Blogger hotel and airfare paid for by the SEIU] (more…)
Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic breaks the news out of the DNC meetings:
6:26: The Obama campaign confirms that Sen. Barack Obama has quit Trinity United Church in Chicago.
Apparently, Obama’s sense of connectedness to his church community — which seemed likely to be his main reasons for staying with Trinity throughout the entire phony Jeremiah Wright brouhaha — were overwhelmed by the sense of betrayal that Obama seemed to feel in the wake of Wright’s strangely self-serving performance in front of the National Press Club.
I doubt that this was done much for political reasons — after all, we saw that only a limited bloc of voters were much influenced at all by the Big Farking Deal the media made out of Wright. The way it happened suggests this is largely a personal thing for the Obamas, and I’m not sure anyone can blame them.
But there is plenty of blame to go around, particularly within the media for blowing this affair up so wildly out of proportion to its actual meaningfulness in the first goddamned place. It’s doubtful that this rupture would have occurred without it, and it’s now just another vivid example of the poisonous influence of media sharks in our personal lives.
Things grew increasingly contentious toward the end of the Rules Committee meeting, and a Clinton supporter — who identified herself as Harriet Christian — was ejected from the room. I followed her into the hallway and she had her say for the cameras…
As a Michigan voter, the most important thing that happened today was the recognition–on the part of Mark Brewer and Carl Levin–that our January primary was not a real vote. That meant more to me as anything else that happened today–it was more important to me than the numbers that came out of the process.
The outcome makes me profoundly sad. But it was the least worst outcome.
The votes–in the end–were actually strong majorities. Democracy can be ugly. But as they say, it’s the least worst process.