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Oh, No! Ku Klux Klan Won’t Endorse Obama!

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KKK meets St Peter Huffpo’s Michael Gene Sullivan has spun the funniest satire I’ve seen in a long time. It’s a classic political humor piece at a moment in history that has us tearing out our hair in frustration at the bizarre nonsense that’s passed off with a straight face (eg., Bill Clinton claims the media have covered up the real chances Hillary has of winning).

Go check it out – save it for your grandkids. Here’s just a tiny bit:

In a surprising move, which some are calling a deathblow to his candidacy, the Ku Klux Klan today decided to not endorse Senator Barack Obama in his bid for the Presidency of the United States. […]

At his armed camp outside of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Imperial Grand Wizard Gomer Bath explained […] “for myself it really came down to health care.” […]

From his National Headquarters/Mother’s Knitting Room in Kudzu, Alabama, Intergalactic Majestic Dragon, and two-time winner of the “Hit a Black Man with a Stick When He’s Not Looking and Run Away” Championship, Chester Podgorney agrees. “Obama’s rhetoric and speeches of Hope and Understanding have not won the hearts and minds of my vast Army of Fearless Race Warriors.” […]

“Senator Obama’s representation of armed, unemployed fanatically religious small town racists as bitter is exactly the sort of out of touch comment we’ve come to expect from his kind. Of politician.” […]

Noting her strength with the broad swaths of people who have no intention of actually voting for her, Senator Clinton also feels Obama’s weakness with people who hate both of them with a passion should give unpledged superdelegates pause. […]

Ah, what delight. Sink into my mind, O sensible Satire! Remind me again: foolishness looks like foolishness because it’s foolishness.


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May 27, 2008 at 11:17 pm

Posted in humor, News, Politics, Race

A landmark: Text of the Obama speech on race

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“A More Perfect Union”
Remarks of Senator Barack Obama
Constitution Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tuesday 18 March 2008

“We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.”

Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America’s improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787.

The document they produced was eventually signed but ultimately unfinished. It was stained by this nation’s original sin of slavery, a question that divided the colonies and brought the convention to a stalemate until the founders chose to allow the slave trade to continue for at least twenty more years, and to leave any final resolution to future generations. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 18, 2008 at 5:51 pm

Posted in patriotism, Politics, Race

Finally, some good news from Iraq

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Juan ColeMiddle East scholar Juan Cole pointed out that the US-led invasion of Iraq had crushed Saddam’s Sunnis, and that Sunnis were vastly under-represented in the subsequent government. Fearing government reluctance to protect them against revenge-bent Shi’ite militias, and seeing the US backing the mostly-Shi’ite government, the Sunnis took up arms: thus, civil war. Cole likened the potential result of a precipitous exit by American troops to what happened when Israel abruptly left Gaza some time back: no structure, much suffering.

So Cole advocated a “negotiated withdrawal” – moving as quickly as possible to bring Sunnis into the government followed by a rapid draw-down of American forces.

Robert GatesThe point, he might say, isn’t just “getting the Iraqis to step up,” since the government mainly represents one side of the conflict. Nor could it be more or fewer troops to temporarily intimidate bad guys. The point is addressing the source of the civil war.

So look below at what was in the news today: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, in Iraq, putting that very issue on the table. Feel my amazement.

Dare we hope that finally someone is addressing causes rather than symptoms?

[And by the way, guess where I read this good news about America: Al-Jazeera!]

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Gates, on his third visit to Iraq since taking office, said he had spoken to Nuri al-Maliki, the prime minister, who is a Shia, about “reaching out to the Sunnis” to end the bloodletting that has killed tens of thousands of Iraqis. …
Before leaving Baghdad’s secure Green Zone by US military helicopter on Friday, Gates met Jalal Talabani, the Iraqi president, and Tareq al-Hashimi and Adel Abdel Mahdi, his two vice-presidents. They discussed the “importance of national reconciliation” to end the Shia-Sunni conflict, a statement from Talabani’s office said.”They also discussed the accountability and reconcilation law which aims to promote reconciliation and national unity among Iraqis.”The law is refinement of the controversial de-Baathification law. It aims to reintegrate former supporters of Saddam Hussein into public life in a bid to reduce the bitterness fuelling the Sunni anti-American campaign.

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Related posts: Understanding US withdrawal from Iraq, Juan Cole in The Nation: How to Get Out of Iraq
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April 21, 2007 at 3:47 pm