Oprah Winfrey may be allowed in the bedrooms and reading rooms of America but she has been halted at the ballot box. Her celebration for Barack Obama at her California home, as predicted, did little to boost his overall poll numbers, but he made gains with black voters. In fact, recent California polls show Barack Obama trailing Hillary Clinton in California.
Speaking of star gazing, while the number of eyes watching the Emmy Awards this year was down significantly, there were nearly 20,000 unwanted extras on the set of the “Jena Six” to offer aid and assistance to the families and black citizens who felt betrayed by the justice system in the tiny town of Jena, Louisiana. Starring Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and a cast of thousands lending their political expertise and victim-savvy understanding to hordes of media trucks and voyeurs. The town was shut down, but not before the world apprised of attempted murder charges for a schoolyard fight involving six young black men and a white student.
Apparently some whites are misinformed for thinking that the black students were unaware of the meaning of nooses hung in a tree! In fact each knew something was wrong after gaining “permission” to sit under said tree and later finding that three nooses were hung there. It’s a little more drastic than draining the pool after a black swims in it. They got it, while a white coach, in a Democracy Now! intervew said they didn’t get it.
If combined activist powers Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson shut down Jena; Sally Field almost single-handedly shut down the Emmy Awards by being bleeped (on the West coast) while cameras shot to the ceiling in other markets. The last thing I knew she was about to say “goddamn” war…not fought if mothers had been in charge. But only later could I see the word merely bleeped. But a caller on Rush Limbaugh made a good point: what about the Islamic mothers who willingly want their sons to become suicide bombers. Aren’t they mothers too? The Sally Field rant made good grist for the Net mill all week.
“The War” the other war, by Ken Burns also burnt up the hot list of searches. It’s about as political hot potato as one can handle. Some flak has been created because he left out one little detail: Mexican-Americans who fought and died in the war. To be sure, Ken had a mea culpa moment, and after a little soul searching did a little editing of his PBS epic to post-haste include Hispanics and Native Americans. At this link you can watch video clips and see what “The War” by Ken Burns, is all about.
What would the week be without the GOP attacking the Dems for missed opportunities, foibles and political faux pas? Clearly, the “Betray Us” (discounted) ad run by Moveon.org sucked up political oxygen on Capital Hill. And the New York Times now says "it was a mistake to discount the ad!" What? How convenient for this bonfire fuel and bombshell idea cum laude. As I said before, it's GOP over Dems when it comes to machinations and spitting out unstoppable spin. Moveon.org’s Pariser should have saved the money and themselves much grief by securing solid endorsements for a candidate or hosted a hot party, hot debate, or something, but an expensive (discounted) ad…please, you can do better than that.
In case you missed the Democratic debate on health care here is a link with a summary and the positions six of the candidates are putting forth. Heloise pointed out in her debate article that not one candidate, nor the host, Judy Woodruff, raised the question of whether or not illegal immigrants were a part of the universal health care equation. In an interview with George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning, Hillary said, without missing a beat: “They are not included in my health care plan.” And if you look at her plan, there is no way that they could be based on everyone having to be a registered user or already have some type of plan, where available.
However, I wanted to suggest, as another senator already has, that the tax code be used to get everyone into the system. But that will not exclude illegal aliens, because by law they can pay into and collect social security and live here or in Mexico. Explicitly, they are not a part of the system, but implicitly they are. They will get de facto health care inclusion; believe me. Just as their children enjoy free and legal participation in the education process, even to the exclusion of some American citizens, not to mention lifetime anchor-baby status. So, I wouldn’t shed any tears for illegal aliens just yet on this issue.
Speaking of aliens, the U.S. dollar in alien free fall against the Canadian dollar this past week. And Alan Greenspan has been called on the green carpet for his strange participation in the mortgage mess. He fawns over Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton in terms of fiscal responsibility shown by the pair during their tenure in the White House, but someone should have advised him “shut up Alan, quit while you’re ahead.” But he will sidestep that mess easily enough. Just like the Enron accounting scandal, taxpayers will be left holding the empty bag.
Is it racist for the GOP to snub minorities in recent political debate offering by Tavis Smiley? It was the companion debate to the one hosted by Smiley at Howard University earlier this summer. I did not blog the debate but I did watch it with great fascination. Why, because they really, truly talked about black issues without apology. And in the Univision debate, which did not translate into English, there were questions posed that were shockingly political. They asked about dictators, Castro, Cuba, and our future relationship with that regime. While I could understand most of the debate via Spanish subtitles and some of the spoken Spanish, it was too much to try and put it into a comprehensible article. Good luck finding an English translation. If you find one please post the link here.Powered by Sidelines