The Moderate Voice » ANGELA WINTERS http://themoderatevoice.com An Internet hub with domestic and international news, analysis, original reporting, and popular features from the left, center, indies, centrists, moderates, and right Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:22:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Is An Obama Presidency A Blow To Comedy? http://themoderatevoice.com/24370/is-an-obama-presidency-a-blow-to-comedy/ http://themoderatevoice.com/24370/is-an-obama-presidency-a-blow-to-comedy/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2008 23:39:59 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/politics/barack-obama/24370/is-an-obama-presidency-a-blow-to-comedy/ Okay, so Don Rickles stopped being funny around the year I was born, but Eugene Robinson makes a point when mentioning in his WAPO article how Rickles’ recent Obama/Basketball joke bombed. Eugene Robinson – Comedy Tomorrow, History Tonight – washingtonpost.com While Rickles has made a career of racial stereotypes, President-Elect Obama does love basketball. He [...]

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Okay, so Don Rickles stopped being funny around the year I was born, but Eugene Robinson makes a point when mentioning in his WAPO article how Rickles’ recent Obama/Basketball joke bombed. Eugene Robinson – Comedy Tomorrow, History Tonight – washingtonpost.com While Rickles has made a career of racial stereotypes, President-Elect Obama does love basketball. He plays it almost daily, but to mention it in a joke clearly doesn’t play well. Even Jon Stewart tried to make fun of him (not racially) and his audience didn’t laugh. He responded by saying, “We can make fun of him people. It’s okay.”

Notice how people reacted to my photo-shopped pic of him smoking? Crybabies. And what about this picture? Clearly the best Presidential/Messiah/Romance Novel and kind of gay drawing ever, but while cartoons depicting Bush as Hitler or a monkey are acceptable, will this be considered treason?

While Bush offered comedians more material than they could have ever dreamed of, Obama is going to be much more difficult for three reasons.

First, Obama is black, so there is the stereotype issue which, like political correctness, is a bummer for good comedy. There will be people out there who will lash out at anyone who makes an ethnic joke even though comedians have made “white boy” jokes about Bush before. They’ve also made somewhat derogatory jokes about his relationships with blacks and Hispanics. Can they do that with Obama? Since he so clearly doesn’t fit into any of those stereotypes I think it should be okay. His election is the best symbol we have of “they’re not all like that,” so can we take the joke?

Second, there is also the likability factor. Let’s say that Obama will get a 2-year honeymoon. If he does good, he’ll be able to keep those favorable ratings and some people don’t like to make fun of leaders they respect and like. I do, but a lot of people don’t. SNL has gotten a lot of mileage out of making fun of his Messiah status and speaking style and they clearly have a preference for him, so maybe it does work?

Finally, dude is pretty clean. Over the last 2 years, the American people have been impressed with his calm and control. He doesn’t reveal himself emotionally, giving us view into his flaws, and he is very disciplined in everything he does and says. With the exception of the “clinging to guns and religion” comment about PA voters, he hasn’t made many mistakes worthy of making fun of while the McCain camp made them daily. Here, I feel the only option is to make fun of the fact that he is so confident, disciplined and smart because let’s face it, that’s pretty annoying.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t like racist jokes, but part of what is great about America is that we can make fun of our leader’s faults and flaws and still like them and part of dealing with our racial issues and stereotypes is making fun and laughing about them. We’ll have to see how it goes.

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These People Are Smarter Than You http://themoderatevoice.com/23527/these-people-are-smarter-than-you/ http://themoderatevoice.com/23527/these-people-are-smarter-than-you/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2008 17:24:28 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/politics/barack-obama/23527/these-people-are-smarter-than-you/ Does this open letter to the American people by just about a gazillion Nobel laureates endorsing Obama help or hurt him? All 2008 US Nobel Laureates in Science Endorse Obama! – Scientists & Engineers for America Action Fund. The answer is neither because it doesn’t matter, but I’ll give my 2 cents. I think one [...]

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Does this open letter to the American people by just about a gazillion Nobel laureates endorsing Obama help or hurt him? All 2008 US Nobel Laureates in Science Endorse Obama! – Scientists & Engineers for America Action Fund. The answer is neither because it doesn’t matter, but I’ll give my 2 cents. I think one of Obama’s advantages is that everyone knows he’s smart. Any idiot can get into Harvard, but some would argue Editor of the Harvard Law Review is a harder job to get than POTUS. However, certain segments that he is trying to win over; especially the white working class, see those Ivy League educated elites, which are presumed to be weak socialists or extreme liberals, as a negative.

Despite the fact that these are all Americans, can’t you just see Sarah Palin looking at the names and mentioning that there are a lot of foreigners? I appreciate intellect and logic, but I was initially unimpressed. That was until I read the letter. I wouldn’t say it was impressive because it was rather predictable this is who they would support, but I saw it as kind of thoughtful and found their excitement around a president who appreciates science and technology hilarious. Was Bush really that bad?

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Out With The Old, In With The New http://themoderatevoice.com/23524/out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new/ http://themoderatevoice.com/23524/out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2008 22:57:50 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/politics/barack-obama/23524/out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new/ In a continued, doomed bid to appear relevant, Jesse Jackson opened his mouth, which automatically means something came out wrong. His latest is his opinion of the U.S. relationship with the “Zionists” and Israel. He wishes thinks that under Obama, Israel won’t be our special little friend anymore. This despite having no communication whatsoever with [...]

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In a continued, doomed bid to appear relevant, Jesse Jackson opened his mouth, which automatically means something came out wrong. His latest is his opinion of the U.S. relationship with the “Zionists” and Israel. He wishes thinks that under Obama, Israel won’t be our special little friend anymore. This despite having no communication whatsoever with the Obama campaign on this topic or any other. REV. JESSE JACKSON PREDICTS CHANGE IN U.S. FOREIGN POLICY WITH OBAMA – New York Post. Obama really didn’t want anything to do with him in the first place. He didn’t want the baggage and he knew he wouldn’t need it. It was very clear to him at an early stage that he was “The One” after all. And Jackson’s “cut his balls off” comment several months ago sealed his fate with Barry. He is completely shut out.

Based on my knowledge of nothing, I believe this is all about jealousy. Jackson knows that the Jewish vote in Florida has been a weak spot for Obama. It is driving Jackson crazy that he did all the marching and fighting and negotiating and took all the beatings (some deserved, some not) from Republicans and the press and was never able to be a legit contender for the White House. But somehow this pretty little golden boy comes out of nowhere and not only gets accolades that are clearly unearned (even if you love the guy, which I do, he’s been in national politics for only a few years and has not forwarded much legislation at all), but is damn near treated like he’s the second coming of the Lord.

Jackson is never forgiven for his many mistakes, yet Obama can “pal around” with domestic terrorists and a crazy preacher and still be out of the “margin of error” in the polls. This shiny Harvard boy who is not a descendant of slaves is gliding into the White House and Jackson will not even be able to have Obama’s ear once he gets there. I think this is maybe his way of just being a pain in the ass. As Jackson knew, NYPost and FOXNews picked it up and repeated the story throughout the day. It won’t have legs, but nothing Jackson has said in the longest time has legs anyway.

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One Down http://themoderatevoice.com/23012/one-down/ http://themoderatevoice.com/23012/one-down/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2008 16:12:43 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/politics/2008-elections/23012/one-down/ Everyone has their opinions about last night’s debate. Many pundits say McCain won and the CBS polls and FOX NEWS & CNN focus groups say that Obama won. A lot of people are calling it a draw, which equates to a win for Obama because this was the debate topic that should have been clear [...]

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Everyone has their opinions about last night’s debate. Many pundits say McCain won and the CBS polls and FOX NEWS & CNN focus groups say that Obama won. A lot of people are calling it a draw, which equates to a win for Obama because this was the debate topic that should have been clear for McCain.

The McCain camp has to be happy. Many words have been used to describes McCain’s behavior in the last week, but the one used most often is erratic and I think somewhat trifling. However, when he showed up, he was focused, sounded very intelligent, took advantage of his impressive experience and communicated well. He stood in there during the economic argument, more than many thought he could, and he won on the points for the foreign policy issue. One problem. That isn’t what he needed to do. McCain had to win this clearly. This is the one debate that he had the clear advantage going into. He needed to make Obama look as if he didn’t know what the hell he was talking about. While I think he showed strong dominance, he didn’t make Obama look like a fool. Obama stayed in there and even when McCain got under his skin a little bit, he maintained his focus and he shouldn’t been able to do that if McCain was doing his job properly. The Obama campaign is already making a commercial noting that McCain didn’t mention the middle class even once.

The Obama camp has to be happy. Foreign policy is Obama’s weak point (hence the whole Biden choice) in general, but especially compared to McCain. Yet, he held his own. He was able connect McCain to Bush and not look like the liberal appeaser the RNC hoped he would. The objective was to make him look presidential and he did. For all those people out there that don’t know him and have only seen these “celebrity” clips and ads, I think they saw someone that could sit in the oval office, even if they don’t agree with his policies. Obama’s negative is that he didn’t take advantage of McCain’s weaknesses to the extent that would be memorable. He certainly spoke of the “person” more than McCain, but he didn’t offer personal stories. Obama clearly inspires, but Bill Clinton connected. He has to work better on that.

A lot of people are making a lot of McCain’s refusal to look at Obama and I have to say it bothered me. He even refused to look at him when they were shaking hands before and after the debate. Look at this picture. McCain looked angry that he even had to acknowledge Obama was there. Obama looked at him, held his hand out to him, pointed to him and said his name repeatedly. He was trying to communicate and even when the interviewer specifically asked McCain to respond directly to Obama, he didn’t do it. To me, it made him look like an irritated old man. Obama’s behavior on the other hand looked presidential. Tom Shales said it showed he had a more “presidential temperament.” He was trying to engage McCain and McCain would not give. This reminded me of Bush.

Here’s what people who actually know what they’re talking about, instead of cutting out for the Cubs game every now and then, had to say.

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Can Political Discourse Get Any Dumber? http://themoderatevoice.com/22577/can-political-discourse-get-any-dumber/ http://themoderatevoice.com/22577/can-political-discourse-get-any-dumber/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2008 14:53:35 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/general/22577/can-political-discourse-get-any-dumber/ I guess by blogging about this ridiculous “lipstick” controversy I am participating in the press orgy over the topic, but I’m very confused. Why would the Red team use a ploy that would be a sure sign of desperation when they are doing so well? Will it work? I know this country is not made [...]

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I guess by blogging about this ridiculous “lipstick” controversy I am participating in the press orgy over the topic, but I’m very confused. Why would the Red team use a ploy that would be a sure sign of desperation when they are doing so well? Will it work? I know this country is not made up of geniuses (myself included), but are people that stupid?

Maybe I have too much faith in the American people, but I just don’t get that they’ll fall for this. They’ll laugh about it and those who can’t stand Obama will use it to dig at him, but no one really believes that he was calling Palin a pig. Right? The Republicans hope is that working-class Americans and women are so stupid that they will believe that this phrase, commonly used for approximately the last century or so, and clearly explained in the context of his speech, was meant as an insult to Palin personally, women and of course the working-class whom Palin is supposed to represent. These same working class voters and women who have likely used the phrase several times in their own lives will suddenly buy that now that Palin used her “lipstick/hockey mom/bull dog” joke in a speech a week ago, the phrase somehow can only refer to her.

I saw on FOX NEWS this morning some vacant-looking female anchor say that, now that a woman is in the contest the Dems need to be careful of what they say because they risk looking sexist. Is this the line the Republicans (who speak curiously similar to FOX NEWS anchors) are going to go with? These same Republicans who go into a rage if you told them that now that a black man is in the contest, they have to be careful of what they say because it might be interpreted as racist. How can you make accusations of the race card while hiding behind the gender card?

What is the official word from Palin? My first impressions of her is that she is tough, strong and very practical and not the type of woman who wants to be “protected” this way.

‘Lipstick on a pig’: Attack on Palin or common line? – CNN.com
Pigs and lipstick? The campaign gets really weird csmonitor.com

Lipstick on a pig: A ‘dog that don’t hunt’: The Swamp

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Okay, so I wasn’t actually there, but I watched it on TV and I was aware of the history and in my opinion that’s what it was about. Obama did better than good. He did a very good job. He didn’t do a great job, but he didn’t have to. The significance of the moment was what mattered. I don’t care what your political affiliation is or whether you plan to vote for him or not. How can that moment not matter to you?

General consensus was that the speech was great. Even conservatives that try to paint him as the worst thing that could ever happen to America were impressed. Even Bill Kristol thought it was glorious. This may be one of the signs of the apocalypse, but I agree with Pat Buchanan. Pat loved the speech. He thought it was great because he thought it was a “strong, manly speech” and the Democrats haven’t had that in a long time. They’ve had emotional, inspiring, entertaining and logical speeches, but there was no sign of Dukakis on that stage last night.

I saw a man give the audience standing in front of him what they wanted. They didn’t want to hear about HOPE. They wanted to know he was not going to be John Kerry. He was not going to let the Republicans bash him about the head and neck without fighting back. I think he did that. He attacked McCain very specifically and deliberately several times and he said, “Come get me. I’m not afraid and I will get you back.” I guess that’s what Buchanan meant.

I thought the bells and whistles afterward was a bit too circus-like and I think he could have left some of the laundry list out, but overall, as a moderate who is still certain he will raise my taxes on January 21st no matter what he says, I can say…good times. And WTF with the McCain camp trying to steal the moment with VP speculation? Foul. It’s like A-Rod trying to upstage the World Series. McCain is a better man than that. Isn’t he?

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Best Candidate Drawing Ever! http://themoderatevoice.com/19737/best-candidate-drawing-ever/ http://themoderatevoice.com/19737/best-candidate-drawing-ever/#comments Mon, 19 May 2008 15:18:37 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/entertainment/comedy-humor/satire/19737/best-candidate-drawing-ever/ As a chic living in Chicago and now D.C., I have a pretty honed gaydar. It’s a survival tool for a single girl. So excuse me if I’m wrong, but this is likely the gayest drawing of a non-gay politician I have ever seen. And I love it. The drawing was done by Lukas Ketner [...]

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As a chic living in Chicago and now D.C., I have a pretty honed gaydar. It’s a survival tool for a single girl. So excuse me if I’m wrong, but this is likely the gayest drawing of a non-gay politician I have ever seen. And I love it.

The drawing was done by Lukas Ketner for a Portland area paper on April 30, well before the mass we witnessed yesterday. Willamette Week – “For The Love of Politics”. The theme that WW was going for was a baptismal Jesus-ish sort of thing to embody this cultish worship crazy adoration going on, but it just ends up looking gay, and by gay I mean totally awesome. I have several male friends who are putting this up on their bedroom wall as we speak. And the white horse in the background would work under either theme.

Save the hate mail. I know people get so upset if you make any fun of the Chosen One. I love the guy, but this drawing is hilarious. It might replace the photo-shopped pic of him smoking a cig looking half sleep (which pisses everyone off too even though its wicked cool) as my official Obama picture for every post I ever write for the rest of my life, even after he is no longer president. I hope he makes this his official White House portrait and hangs it in the hallway or something. Then, every Sunday, he can bring it out onto the South Lawn for services and people can come light their candles.

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Cindy’s Money http://themoderatevoice.com/19678/cindys-money/ http://themoderatevoice.com/19678/cindys-money/#comments Fri, 16 May 2008 16:19:48 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/politics/cindy-mccain/19678/cindys-money/ So we all know that Cindy McCain is loaded. She’s an heir to the Anheuser Busch fortune and has millions upon millions. I love how the McCains & Clinton’s have 10-100X the millions that Obama has and he’s the elitists. Whatever. Because Cindy has so much money, I can understand that she doesn’t know exactly [...]

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So we all know that Cindy McCain is loaded. She’s an heir to the Anheuser Busch fortune and has millions upon millions. I love how the McCains & Clinton’s have 10-100X the millions that Obama has and he’s the elitists. Whatever.

Because Cindy has so much money, I can understand that she doesn’t know exactly all of her investments, but she should have gone over them with her husband’s campaign people when he decided to run for President or at least when he got the nomination. After the way the Clinton’s investments and Obama’s tax returns were made media meat, she can’t say she didn’t expect it. Whether its fair or not is not the issue. It was coming and she should have known.

So either she looked and didn’t care or didn’t care to look. Because it wasn’t until an AP Reporter pointed out to her that she has holdings in the Sudan that she decided to sell them off. Cindy McCain Sells Sudan-Related Investments – The Huffington Post. This while her husband has been a critic of the violence there and has advocated for international financial sanctions against Sudan. Cindy’s funds were worth more than $2 million; not a lot to her, but enough to be noticed by the press and to matter to people very concerned about the issue and hypocrisy of candidates.

Cindy has been much of a non-issue to me in this campaign, but now I call SUSPECT and want to know why she is still refusing to release her tax records. Why is she better than Michelle Obama & Bill Clinton? What else might one find?

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That’s a pretty big statue http://themoderatevoice.com/19622/thats-a-pretty-big-statue/ http://themoderatevoice.com/19622/thats-a-pretty-big-statue/#comments Wed, 14 May 2008 15:21:33 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/general/19622/thats-a-pretty-big-statue/ So the Federal Arts Commission has decided that the new MLK memorial is too “confrontational.” When I first read this and saw the image, I was ready to call SUSPECT, thinking this was about that “beware of the scary black man” foolishness because the arms-crossed gesture combined with a serious expression is generally code for [...]

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So the Federal Arts Commission has decided that the new MLK memorial is too “confrontational.” When I first read this and saw the image, I was ready to call SUSPECT, thinking this was about that “beware of the scary black man” foolishness because the arms-crossed gesture combined with a serious expression is generally code for “I’m a little pissed off.” I kind of like it, but the Christian in me is NOT a big fan of statues of individual people this huge. Looks too much like idol worship. I guess its no different than the Lincoln or Jefferson Memorial(my favorite), so if you like those, this might be your kind of thing. But would he want something this big?

However, back on topic, the commission’s problem is not that he looks angry, but he looks like a totalitarian dictator because it is done in a style similar to other images of dictators in history such as China, Russia or the most recent one we tore down in Iraq. Maybe its the crossing of the arms or the open leg stance. Either way, they want it torn down and done again. What do you think? Unhappy With “Confrontational” Image, U.S. Panel Wants King Statue Reworked – washingtonpost.com

BTW – Wouldn’t it be awesome if this thing was finished next year and a black president gave the unveiling/induction speech? Yes or yes?
Ahhh…symbolism over substance…how delightfully American.

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Got MLK? http://themoderatevoice.com/18839/got-mlk/ http://themoderatevoice.com/18839/got-mlk/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2008 14:45:53 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/general/18839/got-mlk/ Jon Stewart does a pretty hilarious take on how the presidential candidates exploited the anniversary of MLK’s assassination last week. The entire Hillary “recollection” is just too much. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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Jon Stewart does a pretty hilarious take on how the presidential candidates exploited the anniversary of MLK’s assassination last week. The entire Hillary “recollection” is just too much. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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Pass The Grey Goose http://themoderatevoice.com/18820/pass-the-grey-goose/ http://themoderatevoice.com/18820/pass-the-grey-goose/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2008 16:24:52 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/entertainment/alcohol/18820/pass-the-grey-goose/ Swedish company, Absolut, wants us all to drink to Mexico reconquering the entire U.S. Southwest? Interesting. I can just imagine the eyeballs of several FOXNews hosts exploding out of their sockets. Honestly, I’m not very happy to see that ad either and I’m sure many other Americans aren’t amused. While I could hysterically call for [...]

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Swedish company, Absolut, wants us all to drink to Mexico reconquering the entire U.S. Southwest? Interesting. I can just imagine the eyeballs of several FOXNews hosts exploding out of their sockets. Honestly, I’m not very happy to see that ad either and I’m sure many other Americans aren’t amused.

While I could hysterically call for a boycott as others have, I don’t drink, so I’m not really an authority here. I know people get hooked on a certain type of liquor and will ride it till they die. Word on the street is the mass exodus to Grey Goose is in the works. Personally, I think people are too lazy for all that boycotting stuff unless its something very important.

I wonder if Mexico can make up for all those lost U.S. sales? Doubt it. Oh yeah, and there was the obligatory apology after the fact, which some are calling a non-apology. It’s really just an ad, but kind of a crappy message IMO.

Los Angeles Times : Mexico reconquers California? Absolut drinks to that!
La Plaza : Sparks continue to fly over Absolut’s Mexico ad
On the Campaign Trail: Absolut-ly sorry
In An Absolut World Everyone Would Drink Grey Goose – Blogger News Network
FOXNews.com – Vodka Maker Apologizes for Ad Depicting Southwest as Part of Mexico

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Political Contradictions http://themoderatevoice.com/18775/political-contradictions/ http://themoderatevoice.com/18775/political-contradictions/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2008 15:35:17 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/entertainment/comedy-humor/humor/18775/political-contradictions/ In remembrance of the lost blog tradition of Kitty Picture Fridays, I offer you this image of some kind of illegal political shakedown. I think this cat works for Senator Obama. I imagine him going across the country, forcing people down and demanding they contribute to Obama’s campaign. And from the look on his face, [...]

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In remembrance of the lost blog tradition of Kitty Picture Fridays, I offer you this image of some kind of illegal political shakedown. I think this cat works for Senator Obama. I imagine him going across the country, forcing people down and demanding they contribute to Obama’s campaign. And from the look on his face, whoever took that picture is next.

I’m trying to figure out how I read/watch/hear so often now that Rev. Wright was the end of Obama and that white Americans will say they’ll vote for a black(ish) man to a pollster, but won’t really do it. Then how did Obama rake in another $40 million (to Clinton’s $20 million) in March? Is it possible that, despite the media orgy, most Americans got past the Wright thing? Not past so much, because it still angers me when I think of it, but maybe they put it in perspective. With 80% of Americans believing this country is in bad shape, is it possible that 5 sound bites from a preacher isn’t what really matters to voters? And if so many people are only lying about voting for him, why are they giving him their money at a time when most don’t have a lot?

While Clinton is getting mostly big singular donations, Obama (in addition to some big donations) is getting double the money in small increments from actual individual people. More than 400,000 people donated to his campaign in March, including more than 218,000 first-time donors. He has had the highest number of donors contributing $200 or less although the analysts have noticed a jump in the $2,000+ individual contributions last month. These are not only minorities and college kids don’t have two dimes to offer. So who exactly are these cat enforcers shaking down for money?

I guess, considering he made $55 million in February, someone somewhere will be crazy enough to spin this $40 million as a bad sign. However, if you add to this the fact that he completely lost the respect of 1/2 the world’s population by bowling a 2 in PA and the emergence of SmokingAgain-Gate, He Cheats With His Human Foibles: Barack Obama Has Smoked Some More Cigarettes!, I predict he’ll only raise $30 million in April. What a loser.

And wouldn’t it be better if all these millions (for all the candidates) were going towards something better than cheesy ads no one believes anyway?
Obama’s fundraising outpaces Clinton’s – Yahoo! News
ABC News: Clinton Backers Growing Nervous About Prospects
NYDailynews.com: Obama raises $40M to Clinton’s $20M
Obama’s $40 Million Haul (And What It Means) – The Fix
Obama boasts wealth of ‘partners’ – - The Washington Times
Clinton Camp Feels Spent, and Outspent – washingtonpost.com
Political Punch: Obama is Smokin’

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Obama Economic Plan: Bailout Debate (UPDATED) http://themoderatevoice.com/18639/bailout-debate/ http://themoderatevoice.com/18639/bailout-debate/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2008 16:35:10 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/politics/barack-obama/18639/bailout-debate/ You know I love Barry and I’m glad to see the damage from Rev. Wright appears to be reversing in the polls, but I’ll have to disagree with him on this bailout issue, as I’m sure I will on most actual political issues when he becomes our president. He criticized McCain for his recent comments [...]

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You know I love Barry and I’m glad to see the damage from Rev. Wright appears to be reversing in the polls, but I’ll have to disagree with him on this bailout issue, as I’m sure I will on most actual political issues when he becomes our president.

He criticized McCain for his recent comments that the taxpayers should not be bailing out irresponsible banks and homeowners. Obama warns of ‘you’re on your own’ society – USATODAY.com. He says that McCain offers “not one single idea” to help hard-pressed homeowners, but that actually is an idea. Yes, McCain agreed that there are some people who, from no fault of their own, are caught in a trap and were taken advantage of. He also said that if we could differentiate those people, he would want to help them, but right now we’re treating them all the same; the banks, the people who bought houses they knew they couldn’t afford and the innocent victims of this crisis. And because of that, McCain says “no” to a bailout.

Obama is associating McCain with W’s “ownership society” saying it really means “you’re on your own society.”

No Senator Obama, it doesn’t mean you’re on your own. It means that ownership requires responsibility and an acceptance of the consequences that come along with it. The government is not our father who pays off our credit card when we go over our limit from charging cheeseburgers at McDonalds.

McCain’s method may be more painful for all of us, and it may even be unfair to some people, but it is a better way to get most people more responsible for themselves. That and an overhaul of the banking system to protect innocent consumers. A bailout will not.

SOME ADDITIONAL READING ON OBAMA’S ECONOMIC PLAN:

Obama Outlines Economic Plan
Obama calls for $30 billion stimulus plan
Obama Offers Plan for Economic Woes
Obama Calls for Overhaul of Financial Regulations

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This Study Was Fixed! http://themoderatevoice.com/18587/this-study-was-fixed/ http://themoderatevoice.com/18587/this-study-was-fixed/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2008 15:12:59 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/entertainment/comedy-humor/satire/18587/this-study-was-fixed/ It’s clear that this study, if you want to call it that, was conducted by Cloned, Islamic Fascist, Abortion Doctors because of the hate at its core and disdain for the purity and perfection of America. To suggest that another country (let alone 21 of them) is more stable than us is sheer madness! We [...]

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It’s clear that this study, if you want to call it that, was conducted by Cloned, Islamic Fascist, Abortion Doctors because of the hate at its core and disdain for the purity and perfection of America. To suggest that another country (let alone 21 of them) is more stable than us is sheer madness! We get pet medicine delivered to our front door for Pete’s sake. Tell me what is better than that and I’ll call you a liar.

Of course its easy to get along and prosper when everyone is virtually the same. What about when everyone believes themselves to be different? And by different, I mean better than anyone who isn’t just like them. Who ranks top then? Whatever. The terrorist, atheist devil worshippers who put this together are probably too busy eating kittens to do an accurate study anyway.

What about the most hated country? That’s more accurate because if you’re hated, then you’re obviously the best because hate is all about jealousy. What about the fattest? We’d win that one for sure.

Seriously though, it’s a good read. Britain is world’s 7th most stable and prosperous nation – Times Online “The United Kingdom has been ranked as one of the most stable and prosperous countries in the world, beating the United States, France and even Switzerland in a global assessment of every nation’s achievements and standards.

A one-year investigation and analysis of 235 countries and dependent territories has put the UK joint seventh in the premier league of nations. The top ten comprise also the Vatican, Sweden, Luxembourg, Monaco, Gibraltar, San Marino, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands and the Irish Republic.

The US lies 22nd and Switzerland, normally associated with wealth and untouchable stability, is rated 17th, losing points in the assessment of its social achievements.”

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Stuff A Lot Of People Like http://themoderatevoice.com/18523/stuff-a-lot-of-people-like/ http://themoderatevoice.com/18523/stuff-a-lot-of-people-like/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2008 15:23:50 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/general/18523/stuff-a-lot-of-people-like/ Some things should make everyone laugh like the picture of a puppy & kitten locked in an embrace/fight/whatever they’re actually doing. Some things aren’t as funny to certain people as it is to others. Try race. One of the reasons I think race is still such a big issue in America is because a lot [...]

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Some things should make everyone laugh like the picture of a puppy & kitten locked in an embrace/fight/whatever they’re actually doing.

Some things aren’t as funny to certain people as it is to others. Try race. One of the reasons I think race is still such a big issue in America is because a lot of people lack a sense of humor. Look, people like to laugh and, for some, safe stuff just isn’t that funny. We like to laugh at things that straddle the line and sometimes we like to laugh at things that cross the line. While I see some people get so upset over Obama’s statement about his grandma, some of us just laugh because we all have a nana or uncle who is kind of racist and/or crazy, but we still love them despite disagreeing with 90% of what they say or believe. A lot of us actually think they’re the funniest person in our whole family.

People like us think this blog, Stuff White People Like, created by white people, is actually pretty funny. The ability to laugh at yourself is actually a good thing as is the ability to laugh with each other about all of us. Black people do it all the time. Check out any black issues blog and you’ll see what I mean. The comments section will include a lot of joking with the ocassional comment that this is racist, isn’t funny, how can you say that about your own people, yada yada yada. We ignore those people.

Some of the “Stuff White People Like” – Expensive Sandwiches, Having Gay Friends, Sushi, Outdoor Performance Clothes, Bottles of Water, Musical Comedy. “Being Near Water” is my favorite because I love that more than anything short of Jesus. I guess I got that from my Irish grandmother. That was a joke. Okay, so some people got upset with the post titled “Asian Women,” but none of this is mean-spirited and its sarcastically poking fun at generalizations.

“Dean Rader, a pop culture critic who authors weeklyrader.blogspot.com, says readers flock to Stuff White People Like because it’s hip and hot and the place to be seen and heard online. ‘It’s just as much about class and coolness and yuppiness and consumption (as race).’ And yes, if the some of the posts push far beyond the boundaries of good taste, readers seem to find liberation in an environment unfettered by political correctness.”

Other sites like The Assimilated Negro or The Angry Asian do the same thing and most people find them very entertaining. The only mean-spirited aspect is in the minority of comments. But now, Stuff White People Like has become so popular that mainstream media is picking up on it and will do what they always do; mess everything up by blowing it out of proportion and analyzing it to death. This comic site will now become controversial, offensive and will likely get labeled as an instigator in our country’s quarrel over race. Well, it was nice while it lasted.

From Blog To Riches? The Stuff of White People – washingtonpost.com
Race-related blog drawing white-hot reactions – Chron.com

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The Black American Divide http://themoderatevoice.com/18434/the-black-american-divide/ http://themoderatevoice.com/18434/the-black-american-divide/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2008 14:47:42 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/general/18434/the-black-american-divide/ Over the weekend, in several different settings, we were discussing Barry’s Pastor problem and some of what we found is that, among us younger black professionals, there is a lot of anger towards the older generation and a fear that Obama might lose because they can’t control their anger towards White America; an anger that [...]

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Over the weekend, in several different settings, we were discussing Barry’s Pastor problem and some of what we found is that, among us younger black professionals, there is a lot of anger towards the older generation and a fear that Obama might lose because they can’t control their anger towards White America; an anger that we don’t share.
Obama’s Wright ties may be ‘big problem,’ some say – USATODAY.com
What’s new: Obama’s church fires back at pastor’s critics -USATODAY.com
Breitbart.com: Obama Decries Racial Rhetoric
Generation Obama? Perhaps Not. – New York Times

Men like Rev. Wright grew up in a different America; one where being black (regardless of economic station) was the primary factor in your American experience, so it makes sense that he sees things in shades of race. On the other hand, we have grown up in an America where having money is the primary factor. He grew up in a country that rejected his culture and demanded he do the same in order to be accepted. We grew up in a country where our culture is a major definer of American culture in general. His generation feels like they are “in” this country and ours feels like we “are” this country. We see racism and continue to fight it. We know America is pretty f’d up in a lot of ways, but we we love it and don’t want to hear anyone inside or outside damning it.

Many young blacks have rejected men like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton as voices because we don’t feel like we can be generalized as members of a group in need of representation. We view ourselves as individuals in a world where our priorities are unique enough to only be represented by ourselves. And even if we do seek representation, it isn’t by people who boil everything down to skin color. And yes, we understand that it is because of much of the efforts of Rev. Wright’s generation that we have the freedom to no longer be confined by our skin color, but that doesn’t absolve them (or whites of their generation) of their responsibility to evolve as the country has. It’s not too much to ask. Not all black people his age, or even older, feel that way. We all agreed that most older black people we’ve spoken to over the past 4 days are angry at Rev. Wright and do not excuse that talk as just “among friends” conversation.

Yes, some of this is just a generational disconnect that exist everywhere regardless of race. We don’t get them and they don’t appreciate that. Nothing new there. But in Rev. Wright’s words, I don’t hear perspective. I only hear racism, bitterness and hatred. Not just the words, but the angry way in which he says them. I wouldn’t want that anywhere near my president anymore than I’d want the President of Bob Jones University having the ear of W. Geez, you know I’m a Chicago girl down for Barry till the end, but the brother is already liberal enough to keep me awake at night. Then you’re gonna add this Black Panther speech from his influencers?

We all agreed we have older relatives who sound just like him and when we call them on their racism, they feel they’ve earned the right to be this way and they frankly don’t give a damn what it might cost us. The desire to express their anger is just too compelling to understand the consequences to the rest of us. And we’re supposed to just take it. We might lose a chance to have the first black president because of it. But you know, having a black president would put a wrench in that “America hates the black man” platform, so maybe they do care about the consequences. And no I am not absolving whites of their responsiblity to not lump us all under the umbrella of any one person good or bad, but that’s not what this post is about.

Just like we don’t share the views of our relatives who think that way, although we love them, none of us believe that this is how Barry views America even though he probably loves Rev. Wright. He’s older than us, but he’s still from that post-civil rights era and his American experience is more like ours. He also seems like a reasonable person to see things in just black and white. But what do we do about this rift that has been existing for a long time? If Wright’s rantings end up being the primary reason Obama tanks, the anger that already exists will only grow and its going to cost us even more.

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Smart, Safe Ideas For Kids http://themoderatevoice.com/18210/smart-safe-ideas-for-kids/ http://themoderatevoice.com/18210/smart-safe-ideas-for-kids/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2008 16:16:54 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/general/18210/smart-safe-ideas-for-kids/ To take a break from the election overload, here is an idea for a kid’s climbing toy that caught my eye over at Gizmodo. Anyone who allows their children to play on this should probably be visited by the department of child & family services. I’m a full-grown adult and I can see myself being [...]

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To take a break from the election overload, here is an idea for a kid’s climbing toy that caught my eye over at Gizmodo.

Anyone who allows their children to play on this should probably be visited by the department of child & family services. I’m a full-grown adult and I can see myself being gravely injured by this thing. I’m not against climbers. Studies actually show that they are great confidence builders in young girls and can help keep our kids from becoming fat asses like us, but this thing is slippery. Also, having 10,000 kids on it at the same time is only inviting chaos and dismemberment. It’s not all bad. At least they have a nice bed of hard sharp greyish-blue rocks they can fall onto if things don’t work out at the top.

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She Lives To Die Another Day http://themoderatevoice.com/18207/she-lives-to-die-another-day/ http://themoderatevoice.com/18207/she-lives-to-die-another-day/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2008 15:49:00 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/general/18207/she-lives-to-die-another-day/ Yes, I’m being skeptical, but I’m in a bad mood. I’m a Huckabee and Obama (Chicago Rules!) fan. Mike dropped out and Barry lost Texas and Ohio by a larger margin than expected. But I’m holding on to the math argument, right? I’m not going to knock Hillary’s game. She’s on it and got it [...]

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Yes, I’m being skeptical, but I’m in a bad mood. I’m a Huckabee and Obama (Chicago Rules!) fan. Mike dropped out and Barry lost Texas and Ohio by a larger margin than expected. But I’m holding on to the math argument, right?

I’m not going to knock Hillary’s game. She’s on it and got it done. She showed that she’s tough and can fight just as dirty as any male candidate without shedding a tear. I also have to give her a kudos for her SNL appearance last weekend. I never thought she wasn’t capable of the job, I just didn’t want her to get it. When she was on death’s door, I said that we should never rule out a Clinton until they say they’re out, which they never do. But the momentum is hers. No president from the blue or red team has won the White House without winning the Ohio primary, so…..

But the real story about last night is the press; meaning how its acted starting a little over a week ago. Although a win in Texas and a surprisingly large double-digit win in Ohio aren’t to be ignored, what’s more important is that she is managing the message and taking control of the campaign. She targeted the press for what she describes as bias and got them to start criticizing Obama more to cover their hide. Which is odd because it seemed as if they were blaming Barry for the fact that they’ve been so easy on him. It’s not his fault, but that’s another story. Hills has already gotten the press to overlook Mississippi and Wyoming as if Pennsylvania is the next primary.

Some of the more interesting media takes:

A tense Democratic race heads to Pa. – USATODAY.com
Clinton bounces back with key wins; race stretches on – CNN.com
Clinton wins key primaries, CNN projects; McCain clinches nod – CNN.com
ON DEADLINE: Democrats Fret Long Battle – Yahoo! News
In 2 Battlegrounds, Voters Say, Not Yet – New York Times
My Way News – Clinton Wins. Now What?
Clinton Beats Obama in Texas and Ohio; McCain Clinches Republican Nomination – washingtonpost.com
Big Wins for Clinton in Texas and Ohio; McCain Clinches Race as Foe Concedes – New York Times

In addition to her hold on the media, she brought it hard with the ads and the speeches insulting Obama’s “rhetoric” and has everyone acting as if Obama’s lead on delegates (which is much the same as it was on Monday) and the fact that he’s won twice as many states as her doesn’t even matter. Most importantly, she got Barry off his game. He has stopped doing what has worked for him in response to her harsh criticism. So does he start going dirty? Part of his image, his appeal is that he’s above it all. But doesn’t he have to fight? She’s going for the jugular and the win. He needs to start doing the same.

OBAMA (26)
AK, AL, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, KS, LA, MD, ME, MN, MO, ND, NE, SC, UT, VA, VT, WA-p, WA-c, WI

CLINTON (15)
AR, AZ, CA, FL, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, RI, TN, TX-p

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Michelle Obama & American Pride http://themoderatevoice.com/17878/michelle-obama-american-pride/ http://themoderatevoice.com/17878/michelle-obama-american-pride/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2008 14:56:53 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/politics/2008-elections/17878/michelle-obama-american-pride/ I realize that the Right is desperate at this point and that might be why they’ve decided to take Michelle Obama’s statement and use it to turn her into Teresa Heinz Kerry. Here it is: “What we’ve learned over this year is that hope is making a comeback. It is making a comeback and let [...]

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I realize that the Right is desperate at this point and that might be why they’ve decided to take Michelle Obama’s statement and use it to turn her into Teresa Heinz Kerry. Here it is:

“What we’ve learned over this year is that hope is making a comeback. It is making a comeback and let me tell you something, for the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment. I’ve seen people who are hungry to be unified around some basic common issues, and it’s made me proud. And I feel privileged to be a part of even witnessing this, traveling around states all over this country and being reminded that there is more that unites us than divides us…”

They are questioning her patriotism and saying that her statement means she has never been proud or very proud of anything about America before. Their accusations are without merit for many reasons. One reasons is because anyone who is even mildly objective knows that she was speaking in the moment to a crowd. Another reason is that any reasonable person would believe that a woman seeing her husband (of any race) have a real chance to be president would be the proudest moment in her life and no reasonable person would believe she meant she’d never been proud of this country before.

More importantly, what I see here is the problem with race in America. It isn’t about the KKK or your everday bigots.

It’s about men like Joe Scarborough and Sean Hannity (who I like, but I’m just picking on them because I saw them ridicule her) who come from the most privileged group in America passing judgment on the American experience and perspective of someone not from that group. Is her patriotism really in question? Of course not. Michelle would be the first to tell you how good this country has been to her and how much she loves and is proud of America. Seriously, would she be risking the safety of her entire family by supporting her husband’s quest for the White House if she didn’t think this country was worth it?

The problem is that too many, although not all, men like Scarborough & Hannity have a lack of tolerance for anyone who’s recollection of America isn’t the same as theirs. When they think of the signing of the Constitution, they think of a perfect time in history when wise, just men declared life, liberty, justice and freedom for all. Michelle probably remembers a great time in history where the groundwork for democracy and a great country was laid, but we were also still slaves for another 100 years. Many of those wise, just men owned slaves and more than a few of them were not so kind to their female slaves. Those men don’t recall that, but a black woman does whether she wants to or not. If she were to bring this up, her patriotism would be questioned because she doesn’t see a “perfect time.”

When men like Scarborough & Hannity ask why can’t the world be like it was in the 50s, they imagine/remember a time where life was perfect, there was good will, prosperity and values made us a strong country. Michelle remembers all the good things about the 50s, but she also knows that black men were being lynched every weekend as a picnic theme among other things. This isn’t to bring up a list of injustices and “woe is us” statement, but just to show that only a fool would expect her assessment of this country would be the same as theirs.

She also knows that while Scarborough & Hannity remember an America that has said “yes” to everything, she, as she has mentioned before, remembers every “yes,” but she can’t ignore every “no” and “wait” heard many times which Joe & Sean don’t recall. Still she fought and prospered. For them to be proud of America and stand in judgment of others is easy. For her to be proud enough to do what she’s doing now, is truly patriotic. The Right is going to have to do better than this.

Stop The ACLU: Is Michelle Obama the Next Teresa Heinz Kerry?

Hot Air: Michelle Obama hasn’t been proud of America in at least 26 years?

Political Punch: Michelle Obama: “For the Firm Time in My Adult Lifetime, I’m Really Proud of My Country”

Michelle Obama finally proud of America – BostonHerald.com

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Obama Beats Them Both http://themoderatevoice.com/17708/obama-beats-them-both/ http://themoderatevoice.com/17708/obama-beats-them-both/#comments Mon, 11 Feb 2008 15:58:40 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/politics/barack-obama/17708/obama-beats-them-both/ Yesterday, Barry beat Hillary Clinton…again by winning Maine, completing his weekend sweep. But that wasn’t enough. His bloodlust for victory spread clear across the continent as he went on to beat Bill Clinton by winning a grammy for Best Audio Version of his book “The Audacity of Hope.” Bill’s “Giving” was also nominated. Barry is [...]

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Yesterday, Barry beat Hillary Clinton…again by winning Maine, completing his weekend sweep. But that wasn’t enough. His bloodlust for victory spread clear across the continent as he went on to beat Bill Clinton by winning a grammy for Best Audio Version of his book “The Audacity of Hope.” Bill’s “Giving” was also nominated. Barry is relentless in his hunger for power. cbs2chicago.com – Barack Obama Wins Grammy for Spoken Word Book. Chelsea better watch out because the next time she bids for something on Ebay, he’ll be there. Barry also won this award for his earlier book “Dreams From My Father.” I think its odd to win a grammy for reading your own book, but congrats either way. CNN Political Ticker: Obama beats two Clintons in one day. As he has been far too victorious of late, I feel compelled to remind you via this doctored photo that he smokes. Jesus would never smoke.

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Stimulus On Hold http://themoderatevoice.com/17643/stimulus-on-hold/ http://themoderatevoice.com/17643/stimulus-on-hold/#comments Thu, 07 Feb 2008 19:59:19 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/general/17643/stimulus-on-hold/ As ridiculous as the Republicans have been with spending, we can always count on the Democrats to want to spend a little bit more. That $600-$1200 check you might have been expecting in June or July, has been delayed. Why? Senate Democrats wanted to add another $44 billion for the elderly, disabled veterans, the unemployed [...]

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As ridiculous as the Republicans have been with spending, we can always count on the Democrats to want to spend a little bit more. That $600-$1200 check you might have been expecting in June or July, has been delayed. Why? Senate Democrats wanted to add another $44 billion for the elderly, disabled veterans, the unemployed and “big business.” Stimulus package, with $44 billion add-ons, blocked

“Republicans banded together to block the $205 billion plan from advancing Wednesday, leaving Democrats with a difficult choice either to quickly accept a House bill they have said is inadequate or risk being blamed for delaying a measure designed as a swift shot in the arm for the lagging economy.”

This might end up being a good thing. If they can squabble about it long enough, maybe they’ll all realize rebate checks are not the right idea anyway. We have to learn to deal with the changing economic landscape and little bandaids aren’t the answer. Do they really think it will stave off a downturn, which BTW we are already in?

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The Media & The Chosen One http://themoderatevoice.com/17641/the-media-the-chosen-one/ http://themoderatevoice.com/17641/the-media-the-chosen-one/#comments Thu, 07 Feb 2008 19:56:39 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/general/17641/the-media-the-chosen-one/ In, And Obama Wept, ABC Correspondent Jake Tapper discusses the cult of Obama and how its gotten out of hand. “It’s as if Tom Daschle descended from on high saying, “Be not afraid; for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: for there is born to [...]

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In, And Obama Wept, ABC Correspondent Jake Tapper discusses the cult of Obama and how its gotten out of hand. “It’s as if Tom Daschle descended from on high saying, “Be not afraid; for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city of Chicago a Savior, who is Barack the Democrat.”

I was personally amazed at some of the statements by media folks who act as if they’ve fallen in love for the first time. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who said he wept after Obama’s Iowa victory speech, says, “I’ve been following politics since I was about 5. I’ve never seen anything like this. This is bigger than Kennedy. [Obama] comes along, and he seems to have the answers. This is the New Testament.”

Tapper goes on to discuss the feelings expressed by other news personalities and popular bloggers who agree their cohorts need to get a grip. One says, “Excuse me, but this sounds more like a cult than a political campaign. The language used here is the language of evangelical Christianity – the Obama volunteers speak of ‘coming to Obama’ in the same way born-again Christians talk about ‘coming to Jesus.’…So I say, we should all get a grip, stop all this unseemly mooning over Barack, see him and the political landscape he is a part of in a cooler, clearer, and more realistic light, and get to work.”

Could this end up creating a backlash movement? I’m the kind of person who generally becomes skeptical of something that so many just jump unquestionably on board with, but I still like him. And wasn’t just a few weeks ago people were complaining about a media bias for Clinton?

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Classism In Smaller Societies http://themoderatevoice.com/17137/classism-in-smaller-societies/ http://themoderatevoice.com/17137/classism-in-smaller-societies/#comments Thu, 17 Jan 2008 16:03:06 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/entertainment/books/17137/classism-in-smaller-societies/ What’s all this hubbub about race and racism? Who cares? It seems like we try so hard to make something out of nothing. If we really cared about the inequities in society we would look at class and leave race to the race baiters and bigots. I always get some flack from a lot of [...]

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What’s all this hubbub about race and racism? Who cares? It seems like we try so hard to make something out of nothing. If we really cared about the inequities in society we would look at class and leave race to the race baiters and bigots.

I always get some flack from a lot of my people when I say that class means more than race in America. They want to hold on to this idea that skin color plays a much larger role in your destiny/opportunities/chances than anything else. It’s class and its access. Our complicated economy is making John Edward’s “Two Americas” ever more clear. But class within race is another issue that people tend to ignore.

When Lawrence Otis Graham came out with his book, Our Kind Of People, a lot of black people were upset. They didn’t like the idea that all these blue-blooded black folks would never accept them no matter how much money they would make or how famous they would be. They are no different than white blue-bloods. It’s not just the money, its the lineage and all about keeping others out, so they feel special. Many took it personally and, although happy to hear about wealthy, prominent black families dating back two centuries, felt it was elitist. I think a lot of people were a little pissed to find out they weren’t as “high up” as they thought they were.

Now Graham is making a comeback (not counting his book, The Senator & The Socialite) with a Social Registry of America’s 800 finest black families. People are already in an uproar. There were a lot of people left out of Our Kind of People who wanted to let others know they “belong.” And there are those who want to know why wealthy, famous and accomplished people like Sean Combs, Will Smith, Michael Jordan or Vernon Jordan won’t be included and would not be invited to join. Although Vernon’s wife does belong in this group, so I guess he does by default, as would Colin Powell, who doesn’t belong, but his wife does. Exceptions are made for people like Oprah because her accomplishments are just too powerful to ignore.

Yes, these people are black, but their lives are more privileged than most white Americans. They are deeply connected to each other and can afford the best lawyers, cars, technology, homes, schools, healthcare, vacations and all the other things that play a significant factor in success. They face racism, but their wealth and connections far outweigh any detrimental effect it could have on their lives.

The promo for the new book is, “Who’s In: Black Doctors, Lawyers, Bankers & Rich Socialites. Who’s Out: Baby Mamas, Basketballers & Ghetto Rap Stars.” – Sets a tone, don’t you think? But even that is deceptive, because the best black doctors, lawyers and bankers won’t belong if you don’t come from at least two generations of doctors, lawyers and bankers. And two is being generous.

First, my family will NOT be in this Registry, but I know a lot of families in Chicago and a few in D.C. who will. They have mixed reactions. Some of them seem to like the idea they are being put on this higher pedestal where most elitists believe they belong, but others don’t like the prospect that it will only serve to separate blacks more.

One of my oldest Chicago friends, whose family was mentioned in Our Kind of People, said that her family doesn’t like it because they prefer to be kept secret. They say that many whites are uncomfortable with significant black wealth made in any area other than entertaining them such as sports, music, movies, etc. As for blacks, as soon as they learn about them, they all want to belong. For example, after Our Kind of People came out, she says dozens of women like NBA wives and others were trying to join Girlfriends and put their kids in Jack & Jill and men wanted to attend Boule events just because they had one or two Ivy League degrees and made six figures. They don’t want these people. They enjoy the idea of being exclusive and sort of hidden. It makes them feel more than special. It makes them feel exceptional. Many of them. My closest friends are not snobs, so it isn’t fair for me to paint them all with one brush.

Personally, I think this book will only serve the purpose of becoming a gold-digger’s bible, but I’m cynical like that. I can understand the curiosity, but I’m perfectly satisfied with my own middle-class dysfunction. My point is, while we focus on skin color so much, its really class that separates us and effects our choices and opportunities. Maybe we should care more about that.
A Who’s Who Of Black America’s Richest Families, Coming To A Bookstore Near You / Stereohyped
The black elite: Who’s in? Who’s out? Who cares? ajc.com
Annette John-Hall Who’s who? A delicate balance Philadelphia Inquirer
A Visible Elite? Lawrence O. Graham Proposes a Black Social Register – Black on Campus

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More Clinton Supporters’ Mistakes http://themoderatevoice.com/17090/more-clinton-supporters-mistakes/ http://themoderatevoice.com/17090/more-clinton-supporters-mistakes/#comments Tue, 15 Jan 2008 16:43:15 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/politics/2008-elections/17090/more-clinton-supporters-mistakes/ Is it possible that Hillary thinks if she can sic her “black supporters” on Obama, that it protects her against the backlash? It’s more likely she had nothing to do with this, but she really needs to get a handle on those people claiming to support her. CNN Political Ticker: Major Clinton supporter calls Obama [...]

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Is it possible that Hillary thinks if she can sic her “black supporters” on Obama, that it protects her against the backlash? It’s more likely she had nothing to do with this, but she really needs to get a handle on those people claiming to support her.

CNN Political Ticker: Major Clinton supporter calls Obama remark ‘absolutely stupid’

You know a conversation has reached its low when grown adults start using words like “stupid” as is the case with Rep Charles Rangel when referring to Obama’s recent statements. He also blamed Obama for making this about race. I will agree that many are taking any criticism by Hillary & Bill as racism based solely on the fact that it could be possibly interpreted as that, but that has nothing to do with if it was actually the intent. Either way, this doesn’t help her.

“How race got into this thing is because Obama said ‘race,’” New York Rep. Charlie Rangel, one of the highest-ranking African-Americans in Congress, said in an interview on NY1.

“But there is nothing that Hillary Clinton has said that baffles me. I would challenge anybody to belittle the contribution that Dr. King has made to the world, to our country, to civil rights, and the Voting Rights Act,” said Rangel. “But for him to suggest that Dr. King could have signed that act is absolutely stupid. It’s absolutely dumb to infer that Doctor King, alone, passed the legislation and signed it into law.”

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Clinton & Obama Need To Handle Their Business http://themoderatevoice.com/17089/clinton-obama-need-to-handle-their-business/ http://themoderatevoice.com/17089/clinton-obama-need-to-handle-their-business/#comments Tue, 15 Jan 2008 16:29:56 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/politics/2008-elections/17089/clinton-obama-need-to-handle-their-business/ So the news is that both Barry and Hills are seeking a truce in all this back and forth nonsense. That is smart of them. Neither benefits from this. Hills will be branded a bitter, desperate racist by Obama supporters and Barry does not do well with non-black voters when “race” becomes the central issue. [...]

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So the news is that both Barry and Hills are seeking a truce in all this back and forth nonsense. That is smart of them. Neither benefits from this. Hills will be branded a bitter, desperate racist by Obama supporters and Barry does not do well with non-black voters when “race” becomes the central issue. There is nothing to be gained by his supporters painting him as the victim of racial attacks. No one respects, or wants to be led by, someone they feel sorry for. What’s new: Obama & Clinton seek truce, supporters keep sparring – USATODAY.com

Problem is, neither of them can handle their own business. Their campaigns and supporters, who are the ones who really created this “race war,” won’t shut up. They’ve lost sight of what is best for their candidate and fallen into the “just attack the other side” trap that most campaigns seem to eventually fall into. Both sides are going to lose Independents. People wanted CHANGE and what we’re ending up with more of the same.

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Democrats, Race & Foolishness http://themoderatevoice.com/17059/democrats-race-foolishness/ http://themoderatevoice.com/17059/democrats-race-foolishness/#comments Mon, 14 Jan 2008 14:50:17 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/politics/2008-elections/17059/democrats-race-foolishness/ This is such B.S. Bob Johnson tried to paint Obama as being a druggie while Clinton was off fighting for black people. First, she was doing no such thing. Second, what’s up with that? It’s bad enough that he tried to use a black man w/drugs “in the neighborhood” stereotype, but then he tried to [...]

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This is such B.S. Bob Johnson tried to paint Obama as being a druggie while Clinton was off fighting for black people. First, she was doing no such thing. Second, what’s up with that? It’s bad enough that he tried to use a black man w/drugs “in the neighborhood” stereotype, but then he tried to cover it up with some lame excuse that he was referring to Obama’s community service. Uhm…I might be an idiot, but I’m not a fool. Even an idiot knows better than that. Look at his statements.

“To me, as an African American, I am frankly insulted the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues — when Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood; I won’t say what he was doing, but he said it in his book — when they have been involved,” Johnson said.”

You were talking about his community service in Chicago? Yeah, right.

And what if he was snorting some coke, which he admitted was a mistake in that same book? The image of black men and drugs weren’t so offensive to Bob when he was making millions off of it while running BET? Oh yes, I went there.

For someone who’s activities “in the neighborhood” cost him a $1.5 divorce settlement, I would stick with the issues if I was him.

This pic is a photoshop I stole from Wonkette.com. People always get mad at me when I post it, but I think its funny. Bob Johnson criticizes Obama – Yahoo! News
Bob Johnson’s shot at Obama – First Read – msnbc.com
Election Central Talking Points Memo – BET Founder And Hillary Supporter Bob Johnson: Obama Was “Doing Something In The Neighborhood”
The Associated Press: Bob Johnson Criticizes Obama
Political Radar: Clinton Surrogate Makes Veiled Reference to Obama’s Drug Use

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Foolishness http://themoderatevoice.com/16921/foolishness/ http://themoderatevoice.com/16921/foolishness/#comments Mon, 07 Jan 2008 16:02:01 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/general/16921/foolishness/ I’m not in favor of these slavery apologies because I think they are pointless and condescending and only provide more ammunition for reparations movements, which I’m against as well. However, this foolishness must be exposed. As New Jersey prepares its “slavery apology” tour across the state, some local politicians aren’t really down. This one actually [...]

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I’m not in favor of these slavery apologies because I think they are pointless and condescending and only provide more ammunition for reparations movements, which I’m against as well. However, this foolishness must be exposed.

As New Jersey prepares its “slavery apology” tour across the state, some local politicians aren’t really down. This one actually thinks we should be grateful for being enslaved. New Jersey weighs becoming first northern U.S. state to apologize for slavery – IHT. Yes, that’s it. We should put on a “slavery gratitude” tour.

Republican Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll states that blacks should be happy that slavery happened, otherwise we would still be in Africa.

“But, on a current note, if slavery was the price that a modern American’s ancestors had to pay in order to make one an American, one should get down on one’s knees every single day and thank the Lord that such price was paid. To the extent that America — or New Jersey — ever owed any kind of debt to anyone, that debt was more than repaid through the blood and suffering of 650,000 federal soldiers who died or were wounded during the war provoked by slavery. No one today need feel the slightest guilt, as no one today participated in the wrong.”

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How Does This Matter? http://themoderatevoice.com/16920/how-does-this-matter/ http://themoderatevoice.com/16920/how-does-this-matter/#comments Mon, 07 Jan 2008 15:52:00 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/politics/2008-elections/16920/how-does-this-matter/ What is the motive behind FOXNews exposing which black celebrities are and aren’t backing Obama? FOXNews.com – Obama: No Cash From Denzel, Spike, Motown, Despite Oprah Backing I guess if you think all blacks are (or should be) the same, it would be confusing as to why some would and wouldn’t support them. Especially after [...]

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What is the motive behind FOXNews exposing which black celebrities are and aren’t backing Obama? FOXNews.com – Obama: No Cash From Denzel, Spike, Motown, Despite Oprah Backing

I guess if you think all blacks are (or should be) the same, it would be confusing as to why some would and wouldn’t support them. Especially after Midas Oprah endorsed him. If you think black people are different and can think on their own about who and what they send money to, it’s a pointless list. This may be alarming to some people, but we don’t all place race as our reason for supporting a candidate.

And what’s with adding Motown to the list? I didn’t even know Motown was still in business, but I guess, according to Roger Friedman, it’s worth noting. I wonder if he checked on Ashford & Simpson? Thinking that this is relevant is what you get when you treat people as members of a group instead of individuals.

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Jesus Has Answered Our Campaign 2008 Prayers http://themoderatevoice.com/16618/jesus-has-answered-our-campaign-2008-prayers/ http://themoderatevoice.com/16618/jesus-has-answered-our-campaign-2008-prayers/#comments Thu, 20 Dec 2007 15:54:38 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/politics/2008-elections/16618/jesus-has-answered-our-campaign-2008-prayers/ I was praying for a Christmas gift like no other this year. I really feel like our country needs some real direction that none of the current presidential candidates offer. I’m talking about a real, “You know you recognize me” beat down with a cell phone kind of direction. I received that gift today when [...]

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I was praying for a Christmas gift like no other this year. I really feel like our country needs some real direction that none of the current presidential candidates offer. I’m talking about a real, “You know you recognize me” beat down with a cell phone kind of direction.

I received that gift today when it was announced that former Atlanta Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is running for president via the Green Party. You realize now that the war is over. Under Cindy, all government funds will be diverted to her personal obsession — the investigation of rapper Tupac’s assassination by the U.S. Government.

And yes, that cartoon by Daryl Cagle at MSNBC is wrong on many levels, but also funny and you know my sense of humor outranks my morals.
Ousted Georgia lawmaker to run for president – CNN.com
Former U.S. Rep. McKinney enters presidential race as Green
Cynthia McKinney announces presidential bid – ajc.com

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Backfire http://themoderatevoice.com/16572/backfire/ http://themoderatevoice.com/16572/backfire/#comments Tue, 18 Dec 2007 15:23:16 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/politics/2008-elections/16572/backfire/ I know. I know. It’s a waste of time to complain about anything that the self-designated shepherd for the devil says. It’s all about using hate and nastiness to get ratings and $$$. To his credit, he currently does it better than anyone, which is why Lucifer favors him so. I usually ignore him. After [...]

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I know. I know. It’s a waste of time to complain about anything that the self-designated shepherd for the devil says. It’s all about using hate and nastiness to get ratings and $$$. To his credit, he currently does it better than anyone, which is why Lucifer favors him so. I usually ignore him. After all, he’ll know what he did wrong when he gets to that little cubicle in hell one day. Besides, his decision to attack Hillary Clinton’s looks in such an obviously sexist, double-standard way is already backfiring.

Rush asked his listeners if America wants to see a woman aging before our eyes, referring to Senator Clinton if she became President. Hmmm…I wonder if I look in his archives will I find him asking the same question about any of the male presidents who clearly aged about 25 years while in office. Oh yeah, I keep forgetting. They’re men. It’s totally different.
Rushlimbaugh.com: Does Our Looks-Obsessed Culture Want to Stare at an Aging Woman?

In the end, this works in Hill’s favor. Just like Rick Lazio did when he ran against her for Senator in 2000, when they pile on too many personal attacks she gets sympathy, they look like jerks and it all turns into votes for her. While a man is worth his character, accomplishments, wealth, intelligence, etc., to too many men a women is only worth what she looks like or her age and this kind of statement will likely make a lot of women, especially those who have been on the wrong end of that double standard, sympathize with Hillary.

Oh, yeah, you know what else ages a person, Rush? Being a drug addict.

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Beating a Dead Horse http://themoderatevoice.com/16503/beating-a-dead-horse/ http://themoderatevoice.com/16503/beating-a-dead-horse/#comments Thu, 13 Dec 2007 20:22:27 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/general/16503/beating-a-dead-horse/ About a month ago I blogged about the Nobel Prize Winner DNA Scientist who got a hell of a lot of flak because he claimed DNA played a role in the superior intelligence of Europeans/whites over Africans/blacks. These kinds of revelations always spark nasty arguments by people who read too much into it or people [...]

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About a month ago I blogged about the Nobel Prize Winner DNA Scientist who got a hell of a lot of flak because he claimed DNA played a role in the superior intelligence of Europeans/whites over Africans/blacks. These kinds of revelations always spark nasty arguments by people who read too much into it or people who are so eager for something to legitimize their feelings of superiority.

What I realized is that DNA means nothing; at least nothing that really matters. Everyone is capable of whatever they are individually capable of and based on a general consensus, most people of all races are pretty stupid. Watch the news, read a paper, or just go outside and you’ll know what I’m talking about. The number of people capable of high levels of anything are so miniscule that they can’t logically represent an entire group made up of billions of people.

Ironically, Dr. Watson is back in the news because of his own DNA. “An analysis of Dr. Watson’s genome shows that he has 16 times the number of genes of black African origin than the average white European does — about the same amount of African DNA that would show up if one great-grandparent were African, said Kari Stefansson, the chief executive of deCODE Genetics of Iceland, which did the analysis.” DNA Pioneer’s Genome Blurs Race Lines – New York Times

Damn, that miscegenation is sneaky! A publicity agent for Dr. Watson (a publicity agent-what’s up with that?) said that her client has ‘no comment’ on this. How much does the average European have? I guess if he didn’t have that 16x more in him, he would have been smart enough to know he’d cause a thunderstorm before he said what he said.

Honestly, it doesn’t mean anything. There much more important things we should be getting up in arms about. I just think its a little ironic.

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It’s Back! http://themoderatevoice.com/16291/its-back/ http://themoderatevoice.com/16291/its-back/#comments Wed, 28 Nov 2007 17:23:04 +0000 http://themoderatevoice.com/general/16291/its-back/ It’s that time of year when everyone is buying turkey, the price of pork goes down and McDonalds offers its famous/infamous pork(ish) sandwich, the McRib. This is the third year in a row McDonalds has promoted the McRib Farewell Tour. McRib Farewell Tour 3. I’ll put it out there. I love the McRib. I know [...]

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It’s that time of year when everyone is buying turkey, the price of pork goes down and McDonalds offers its famous/infamous pork(ish) sandwich, the McRib. This is the third year in a row McDonalds has promoted the McRib Farewell Tour. McRib Farewell Tour 3.

I’ll put it out there. I love the McRib. I know it doesn’t taste like any other pork product I’ve eaten. I know it’s probably pigeons or ferrets, but if they say its pork than I’ll believe I’m eating pork. Anyone who speaks ill of this glorious sandwich is dead to me for the next six months. The McRib is delicious. Who do you think you’re kidding? You love it too. 600 calories of messy perfection. If you’re looking for an even faster heart attack, they’ll put cheese on it if you ask.

The only problem for me is finding a participating McDonalds, because although Virginia is one of the participating states, every McD’s around me is too stuck up to offer my sandwich. I wish I was still in Chicago, because I know they’re all over there.

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