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.