Friday, March 28, 2008

Alice Walker on Obama | Views | TheRoot.com

Alice Walker on Obama | Views | TheRoot.com

I haven't hear Alice Walker's beautiful voice in a long time. Recently a good friend forwarded the link to a story Ms Walker wrote for The Root online journal and once again I wept. This time in the good way that we can weep when the connection is deep and good. Our lives matter and our connections remain more important than the particular things that "seem" to project deep divisions and differences. I cannot have Ms Walker's experiences but I can relate to them in ways that are meaningful to me and to any work I choose to do with other women of color. Bell Hooks once wrote that too often the feminisms we encounter in academia do not lend themselves to the realities in the lives of women of color. She was right and Walker's sharing is another way of showing ways of working with the distinctions and more importantly making connections with one another.

I hope again and have begun to work for the "greater" good by working with like minded people in my corner of the world. Walker and other women inspire the hope as does the young man who seems to resonate the ideas and words of heroes of younger years. So Walker's metaphor of the goddess who sees three views is excellent for those of us who need to hope for the future, recall the past and work in the present.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Pastor Of Clinton's Former Church: Don't Use Wright To Polarize - Politics on The Huffington Post

Pastor Of Clinton's Former Church: Don't Use Wright To Polarize - Politics on The Huffington Post


It is good to see other rational voices speak up in defense of Reverend Wright and in condemnation of the use of partial speeches or sound bytes for muck raking. Unfortunately, everyone does not criticize the media for its part in this derailment of important messages.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Thinking of the Founders (Fathers and Mothers) of the United States

There is a new mini-series on HBO concerning John Adams. I like to study history and mind most of the information already known to me except for the relationship between John and his wife, Abigail. She was wise and he fortunate to have her for a life's partner. That said, I would like to go to the thought derived from a statement by Jefferson. Given the recent history of our nation, perhaps it would be wise to challenge more forcefully those elected to represent us to actually take legal actions against the two leaders of the government residing on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Obama's brilliant bad speech - Los Angeles Times

Obama's brilliant bad speech - Los Angeles Times

I had never read material by Gregory Rodriguez before this morning's piece in the Los Angles Times. I agree with most of what he has to say but think his last two paragraphs which contain a summary of his take on Obama's speech also misses the mark that he accuses Obama of missing.

No one person can do justice to the topic. Identity politics involves many complex contributing factors. While we may not need a large physical movement to grant people their civic rights, we do need to acknowledge that too many people in this large country have no clue what it means to be a "mongrel" USAmerican (as in the title of Rodriguez' book) or what many of us refer to as mestizaje.

I agree that transcending race is nearly impossible, my thesis would be a call to learn about as many groups within our society so as to have more productive conversations that lead to better public policy on social issues.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Barack Obama : : Change We Can Believe In | Sam Graham-Felsen's Blog: "A More Perfect Union"

Barack Obama : : Change We Can Believe In | Sam Graham-Felsen's Blog: "A More Perfect Union"

Richardson's Endorsement of Obama

An image of Latinos and African Americans in competition has kept people from realizing that both groups need one another. It was true during the days of Martin Luther King, Jr. and it is true today. So it is pleasing to me to see and hear this wonderful endorsement of Barack Obama by Governor Bill Richardson. Dos buenos hombres.




YouTube - Bill Richardson Endorses Obama (Hi Res)

Obuscation in Public Discourse

Much has been made of the "terrible" words spoken by Obama's minister and mentor during the past week. Thanks to the development of YouTube, we can hear and see the parts of the speech that provide context to the few out takes that have been replayed ad nauseum by not only Fox Faux News but by others as well.
This link could be a teaching moment for all of us to beware of the snippets of information that are used for sensationalism in place of information. For to provide entertainment should not be the mission of any responsible news network.


Obama's Keynote Address at 2004 Convention

I missed this during the original airing so I thought to save it here on this blog.

Part I


Part II

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

McClatchy Washington Bureau | 03/11/2008 | Clinton's foreign experience is more limited than she says

McClatchy Washington Bureau | 03/11/2008 | Clinton's foreign experience is more limited than she says

Obama backer revives Clinton sex scandals - Ben Smith's Blog - Politico.com

Obama backer revives Clinton sex scandals - Ben Smith's Blog - Politico.com

It seems the anti-Clinton movement is taking off from the Obama camp. Of course, speaking against the Madam costs people their jobs, but I suppose they are all the more heroic for speaking out nonetheless.

Obama Camp: Clinton Foreign Policy A Dramatized Assertion, Clinton Calls His Iraq Plan "Just Words" - Politics on The Huffington Post

Obama Camp: Clinton Foreign Policy A Dramatized Assertion, Clinton Calls His Iraq Plan "Just Words" - Politics on The Huffington Post


A detailed debunking of false claims made by Clinton on her "experience". With lies like the ones she tells will USAmericans really vote her into office? I hope not. I hope we've all wised up a bit and can better see politicians for what they are: greedy for power and willing to say anything to get votes.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Seth Grahame-Smith: The Monster: A Loyal Clinton Soldier Turns in His Badge - Politics on The Huffington Post

All Clinton fans should heed the words of a former worker on their behalf. Who could know more than the about the monstrous evil lying beneath the surface of an aging matron.
Seth Grahame-Smith: The Monster: A Loyal Clinton Soldier Turns in His Badge - Politics on The Huffington Post

Sunday, March 09, 2008

The Clintons, a horror film that never ends | Andrew Sullivan - Times Online

This has been a most interesting time for me because all manner of writers from disparate backgrounds writing in many genres reveal their responses t0 the Clinton/Obama run for the presidency of the United States of America. Despite my disagreement with some on other issues we all are experiencing the same dread. I can only wonder at the selfish perserverence that drives the Clinton clan. Do we really want republican light as our president? I don't think so. At least progressive Democrats do not want the push to the center that turns us into republicans. Yet many conservative position are of benefit to the country and Obama could easily bring such public policy into fruition without the drama that seems to be part of th Clinton clan baggage.

For his article, I thank Andrew Sullivan

The Clintons, a horror film that never ends | Andrew Sullivan - Times Online

Paul Loeb: Did Clinton Win Ohio on a Lie? - Politics on The Huffington Post

Paul Loeb: Did Clinton Win Ohio on a Lie? - Politics on The Huffington Post


More of the politics of lies and innuendo.

Larry David: On the Red Phone - Politics on The Huffington Post

More truth through humor via Larry David. Who'd have thunk it!


Larry David: On the Red Phone - Politics on The Huffington Post

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Paul Abrams: Have the Clintons Outsmarted Themselves? If Hillary Might Choose Obama as VP, Doesn't That Mean SHE Believes He's "Ready" to be President

Paul Abrams: Have the Clintons Outsmarted Themselves? If Hillary Might Choose Obama as VP, Doesn't That Mean SHE Believes He's "Ready" to be President? - Politics on The Huffington Post

This post demonstrates the insincerity I've previously overlooked. The insincerity may be widespread in political life, but the Clintons really know how to dress it up, take it for a ride, and twirl it around for a second go around. I'm increasingly discouraged by the fact that the first woman with a real shot at the presidency has become just like the boys.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

West on MLK

A speech by Dr. Cornell West on Dr. King.