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Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Frustrations of a Black Conservative.

I think leftists, particularly black ones, think it's easy to be a conservative.  After all, we're puppets, getting in good with whitey, easy political attention, etc.  For them, we take the "easy" road over the hard one.  Just follow the party line and we'll be fine.

Well, it ain't, especially nowadays.  Not only do we have to put up with Republican leadership (almost to the point where it seems like we're apologizing sometimes) always veering to the left while pandering to minorities with reckless abandon, but we also have to put up with other black conservatives as well.

For example, could someone explain to me why the hell is Alan Keyes talking about ending Senate elections?  Great job, dimwit.  Tell the people who you're trying to get to vote for you that you don't want them to vote on that race any longer.  Even if you don't consider it a high priority, why even bring that up?

The lesson to be learned here?  Pick and choose your battles.  Keyes doesn't have a policy or platform for Illinois.  He has a platform for Alan Keyes.  This is less about what is best for Illinois and more about what's good for Keyes.  If Keyes had no intentions of taking this campaign seriously, and won't develop a platform that would make him at least a respectable candidate

As for his labels of Obama, I don't think anyone's falling for the ole race card trick.  The slaveholder's position angle, I could see the potential in that one statement.  But he should have quit while he was ahead.  Trying to make this a legitimate issue is stupid, because no one - black or white - is falling for it.   Making this an offense position instead of a defensive one is dumb, especially given the apprehension towards black conservatives. 

Whether Keyes chooses to believe it or not, the public considers you less black than Obama.  Trying to act as if you have the high ground with black support is akin to walking into a room and pretending there isn't an elephant in it.

But I guess there it can't hurt him for trying.  Hell; with the poll numbers Keyes is getting, nothing can really hurt him.  This has Asia-type landslide written all over it.

And now, Booker just informed me that Keyes had a nerve to actually support reparations.  *chuckles*  Folks...this is gonna be one helluva day, and it's only 6:00am here.  Yall don't even know the half.  Wait until I walk in there and tell them THAT and see those kats wiggle like nightcrawlers (they're big fishing worms, for those ignant about fishing) trying to spin their way out of that.

Meanwhile, in NC we have our own problems.  Good ole Vernon Robinson, the "outspoken" social conservative running for Congress in Winston-Salem, faces Virginia Foxx in the Republican primary runoff today.

If you are a Republican in Winston-Salem - hell, if you live in NC's 5th District, period - I feel sorry for you guys.  You have to choose between two bomb throwers.  Robinson comes across as a bigot and Foxx just comes off as a sham.  Both lie about endorsements that they supposedly received by gun groups.  According to Robinson, According to Robinson (mp3), Foxx told a reporter on primary night that Foxx is a 300 llb man while she is a little ole white grandmother.  How nice.

Robinson's latest stunt?  A television ad labelling a Pakistani guy that was arrested on immigration charges when he was videotaping buildings in Charlotte a "terrorist":

``When Vernon said our unguarded Mexican border was a threat to our national security, the liberals laughed,'' an announcer says in the ad. ``They're not laughing anymore. This is Pakistani terrorist Kamran Akhtar. He got arrested videotaping targets in Charlotte, North Carolina. He came here illegally, across our Mexican border.''

Then Robinson speaks: ``I'm Vernon Robinson and I approve this message because Akhtar didn't come here to live the American dream. He came here to kill you. In Congress, I will shut that border down.''

Boy, Robinson wasted no time milking that cow for everything it was worth, did he?  While he was definitely correct on the problems with terrorists coming across the Mexican border along with anyone else, making it a huge national security problem, the fact is that there is no evidence being brought out that he was affiliated with any kind of terrorist organization.  In fact, according to the affidavit, Akhtar has been here since 91, and has not been to Pakistan since.

The last thing Winston-Salem, the state of NC, or black conservatives (ain't that aboutabitch that I got to be two out of three?) need is someone to go out there and embarrass us like this, and you know he's going to continue with this mess if he ever makes it to Congress.  Hell; if I lived in Winston-Salem, I'd vote Democrat.

UPDATEMalkin busted Keyes quite early this morning.

Keyes had a show on MSNBC called, of course "Alan Keyes is Making Sense".  Well he decided to give a half hour on the reparations argument.  Here are some quotes from that show:

  • "Think about this; 558,552 soldiers died during the Civil War, 2 percent of the population at the time. That's equivalent in today's population, of 5,734,000 odd Americans. That is a heavy price paid in blood to get rid of slavery. Wasn't blood enough?"

  • "Now, it seems to me that by the very comparison you're suggesting, almost I feel an insult to our slave ancestors. You want to tell me that what they suffered can actually be repaired with money? You're going to do the same thing those slaveholders did, put a money price on something that can't possibly be quanitified in that way."

  • "Because it seems to me also that if you're going to do this, slavery wasn't just about people in America. It was about Arab traders who sold people as slaves. It was about black African tribesmen, for their own political reasons and economic reasons, selling their brethren into slavery. I mean, it seems to me we're going to start down this road. Why are we just picking on the folks who had this brutal institution at heart and were greedy after money on this side? Why not look at it on the other side and go after all these other folks as well? If you're not going to do that, it seems to me that's a confession that it's really just a tactic."

  • "I have got to confess, Reverend Fauntroy, I wish you'd spend as much time thinking about how we end slavery in Sudan as you are thinking right now about how we pay a bill that couldn't possibly be paid in money.
It seems that Keyes has a slight problem staying consistent with his positions.  Maybe he's suffering for the same sickness John Kerry has.

Posted at 05:47 am by Expertise
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Sunday, August 15, 2004
Take a look at this...

I suppose this (Quicktime needed) is meant to be funny.

I wanted to post this for a reason:  white leftists have no respect for black culture.  Somehow they think it's funny to use slang and an impersonation of New York thugs in a cariature of President Bush and his Administration.  A bunch of young white preppies grabbing their crotch and sayin "nigga".

"A nigga was at his ranch that day, and you know how it goes at the ranch.....LAID BACK."

"Ask Dick.  Yo Dick, tell em what we was doin that day at the ranch."  "Robbin niggas."

This highlights the level of disrepect and complacency that's lies among white leftists and black leftists.  You see, since the Bush Administration was inaugurated - and really it dates back to Clarence Thomas's Supreme Court nomination - that's it's acceptable for white leftists to use racial epithets and slurs as long as it's against conservatives.

And it's not just black people, either.  Michelle Malkin gets harrassed quite often with racial epithets.  And I still remember how they jumped on her when she was on CSpan a while back.

The further we go into the Bush presidency and the closer we get to Election Day, you can guarantee that the rhetoric will get more and more shrill.  There's setting up for huge protests during the RNC.  I expect the number of protesters for the RNC to possibly double or triple what the DNC had.

UPDATE:  For those who might have seen this link to the clip already, for some reason it died.  There is a new one up now; albeit it's alot slower than the previous one.

Posted at 07:13 am by Expertise
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Most of Charley missed me.

I had been at work since 5:00, and was planning to spend most of the afternoon at work (I generally stay only 3-4 hours to do the news).

However, I got a call from Accuweather around noon telling me that they were going to lift the weather advisories for Fayettenam.  Charley was going to stay east of me.  By that time my boss, who is the morning news anchor, had already shown up and told me she could handle it from there since we wouldn't get anything serious, and I went home.

I'm keeping up with some of the cleanup in Florida.  There are 15 officially dead.  Expect that number to climb by Monday.  I'm thinking around 50-60.  At least that's how many they asked for.

I'm going to be up a good part of the night, so I might have more on this later.

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Saturday, August 14, 2004
Hurricane Charley slams Florida, several dead.

This is not good at all, folks.

I was at work early this morning when I saw the article come across the AP wire (I work at a news radio station).

Charley made Charlotte County, Florida into what looks to be a total wreck:

The death toll from Hurricane Charley rose early Saturday, when a county official said there had a been "significant loss of life" at a mobile home park and deputies were standing guard over stacks of bodies because the area was inaccessible to ambulances.

Wayne Sallade, Charlotte County's director of emergency management, said early Saturday that there were "a number of fatalities" at the mobile home park, and that there were confirmed deaths in at least three other areas in the county.


And according to Sallade, there are still hundreds missing throughout Charlotte County.  That eye passed right over Punta Gorda, Fl, a town with 15,000 people.

There were three hospitals in the county.  To say they are merely damaged is an understatement.  All of the patients in those hospitals have to be transferred to other hospitals in the state.  Destroyed a couple of fire departments too.

Now, Hurricane Andrew, the 1991 Category 5 storm that ripped Florida and ended up being the costliest in U.S. history, directly killed only 15 people.  But the way they are talking?  We might have 3, maybe 4 times as many casualties.

Once again, the National Weather Service had it wrong.  They were calling for a Category 2 storm, when it ended up being a Category 4.  We're talking about a difference between about 110 and 145 mph winds.  A category 2 isn't nothing to laugh at either, but still...that's a big ass difference.  They simply did not anticipate this storm's intensity once it left Cuba and entered Gulf waters.

I said this last week after Hurricane Alex, the National Weather Service has got to do a better job in reading the intensity and wind speed of these hurricanes.  Hell; if it comes down to it, err on the side of caution.  Say the storm will be stronger than expected.  At least give the people within it's path some sort of advance notice of what's going down over there.

I also said afterwards that people and property suffer because of the NWS's mistakes, well I guess my prediction came true.  You see, the biggest problem isn't the storm itself.  It's the failure of prepare by the ones caught in the storm.  And that doesn't just ring true for hurricanes, but any natural disaster.  That's precisely why there will be a much higher death toll for Charley than there was for Andrew.

And as I write this, Charley is coming my way, possibly hitting me dead on.  By the time that happens though, he'll be a tropical storm, and just give us a good 6 inches of rain.  Possibly some thunderstorms as well. 

You'll know if my lights went out if I don't post tonight.

Posted at 08:32 am by Expertise
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Friday, August 13, 2004
Al-Sadr and Iraq agree to truce.


I am absolutely sick of this.  Why do we continue to accommodate this opportunistic peon?  I understand trying to appease the Iraqi people's sensitive emotions, but that doesn't mean we have to be subject to this man's every whim.

Al-Sadr has gone back on his truce before...In Aprilin May, and in June.  It is virtually guaranteed that he and his men will attack Iraqi police and U.S. forces again.

And while we're farting around with them:

In the southern city of Basra, gunmen seized a British journalist, identified as James Brandon, from a hotel where he was staying late Thursday night, police said Friday. The kidnappers, almost certainly Shiite, threatened to kill him in 24 hours unless coalition forces withdraw from Najaf, though it wasn't clear when that deadline would expire.

Is there anyone out there that really believes Muqtada Al-Sadr is really sincere in this latest "truce"?  Anyone?

Even in light of this, there are protests in five cities over the Najaf battles.  Of course, they aren't protesting about the true problem, which is Al-Sadr.  It is the U.S. who is the problem.  Why does that not surprise me?

Posted at 08:57 am by Expertise
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Moore refuses to apologize to the Pantagraph.

As I previously noted, Saddam apologist and terrorist cheerleader Michael Moore was busted for doctoring an editorial page of the Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph. 
Well Moore responded today, and he refuses to apologize.  Instead of actually showing a bit of integrity, the propagandist instead had his lawyers respond to the Pentagraph in a letter:

The Pantagraph of Bloomington, Ill., disclosed today that New York-based lawyer Devereux Chatillon of the law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal sent a letter to the Bloomington attorney representing the newspaper, stating Moore was within his legal right to use one of the newspaper's headlines in the movie and that no "copyright infringement" occurred. He cited several precedents.

The problem was, it wasn't a headline.  In Fahrenheit 9/11, he made the page look like a headline by enlarging a title of an editorial letter, making it look like a front page.  He also changed the date of the letter, changing it to December 19th when the letter was printed December 5th:

Chatillon, who represents Westside Productions, which produced "Fahrenheit 9/11," did admit the date flashed in the movie "was unfortunately off by a couple weeks." But the mistake "did not make a difference to the editorial point ... and was in no way detrimental to (The Pantagraph)."

Mistake my ass.  How do you "mistakenly" alter the date of a newspaper column?  Both Chatillon and Moore are shady and dishonest. 

And then people wonder why I wouldn't give Michael Moore the benefit of the doubt that Fahrenheit was an accurate documentary.  It's because he's been doing stuff like this for years, ever since Roger And Me.  Therefore, why should anyone take anything he brings up seriously?

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Thursday, August 12, 2004
Well just damn.

McGreevey resigned today, calling himself a "Gay American"

If that's what he wants to call himself, then I guess.  I suppose that means he doesn't love his wife anymore, which otherwise would make him a "Bisexual American".  She was right by his side when he made the announcement.

But this comes on the heels of a sexual harrassment allegation was to be made by a former male aide:

The station identified the former aide as Golan Cipel, who resigned as McGreevey’s security adviser in 2002 after months of questioning about his credentials and job qualifications.

A former Israeli sailor and a published poet, Cipel, 33, was criticized because he did not have a security clearance or law enforcement background. He had worked in television news and public relations.
It's always the poets.  They'll get cha everytime.

And I thought today was gonna be so boring that I wouldn't have nothing to post about.  I've already posted 4 times today and it ain't even dark yet.

UPDATE:  Well it seems that McGreevey once opposed gay marriage as well:

Responding to media questions Friday, McGreevey said any court decision granting legal recognition to same-sex marriages would not be a good thing for New Jersey.

"New Jersey state statute has significant meaning not only rooted in common law but in application. Any attempt to change this would have a detrimental impact not only upon the statute but clearly to historic precedents in the state of New Jersey," the governor said.


He did, however, sign a domestic partnership bill into law in January.

I wonder if he's gonna change his stance between now and November?  If he does, will he make some midnight appointments, and try to push some stuff into law?  Will be interesting to see.

Posted at 05:03 pm by Expertise
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Jim McGreevey to resign.

New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey is expected to resign around 4:00 today, due to several accusations about scandal during his 2 years in office.

NEW YORK -- NewsChannel 4 has learned that New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey is planning on stepping down from office after more than 2 years of service.

McGreevey, a former prosecutor, came into office vowing to end corruption, but in recent months a number of his political aides and fundraisers have been accused of corruption ranging from alleged payoffs to hiring a prostitute.

McGreevey has not been accused of any wrongdoing, and has denied any wrongdoing in the past.

Should McGreevey indeed leave office, his successor under the state constitution would be Richard Codey, the current president of the state senate.
This is coming very unexpectedly, at least within the national scene.  It must have been some nasty stuff.

But folks...notice what's missing.  Look real hard.

What party is McGreevey?  That's right...he's a Democrat.

You see, when a Democratic politican is caught up in scandal, it's very hard to know that he's actually a Democrat from the mainstream media.  And when they do identify him as one, they try to separate them from the rest of the Democrats.  For example, Gary Condit was labelled a "conservative" Democrat.  Right.

But there's no leftist media bias...

Posted at 03:30 pm by Expertise
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Newsome loses; gay unions voided.

In a blow to the gay marriage supporters, the California State Supreme Court ruled that Gavin Newsome and the City of San Francisco broke the law by issuing marriage licenses to gay couples and declared them null and void.

Whether or not you believe gay marriages should be recognized by the state, the fact is that they were correct in rebuking Newsome.  Some people have tried to label this as civil disobedience on the part of Newsome and compared it to the Civil Rights Movement.

They are dead wrong, and Thomas Sowell put it best:

As private citizens, neither Mrs. Parks nor Dr. King wielded the power of government. Their situation was very different from that of public officials who use the power delegated to them through the framework of law to betray that framework itself, which they swore to uphold as a condition of receiving their power.

The real analogy would be to Governor George Wallace, who defied the law by trying to prevent black students from being enrolled in the University of Alabama under a court order.

After Wallace was no longer governor, he was within his rights to argue for racial segregation, just as civil rights leaders argued against it. But, using the powers of his office as governor to defy the law was a violation of his oath.

If judges of the Massachusetts Supreme Court or the mayor of San Francisco want to resign their jobs and start advocating gay marriage, they have every right to do so. But that is wholly different from using the authority delegated to them under the law to subvert the law.

Ditto.  The law must be abided by public officials, whether you think it's right or not.

Posted at 01:14 pm by Expertise
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National Review gives black conservative blogs some shine

Dan LeRoy gave a heads up to several black conservative blogs out there.

I know of and have read of all of these blogs, particularly of Booker's, who tends to give me a lil love quite often when I start ranting. I check Barber's almost daily, and I've been to Tooley's once or twice (Why are people using Blogspot?  *shrugs*  I think my template on Blogdrive just looks alot better.).  The others I've seen a couple of times too.

But it's in my nature to start hatin.  Why cain't chall give love to the NEW kid, huh?!?!?!??

I mean, I ain't really NEW...I technically started this blog last November, but I got lazy with it, and restarted late June.  But as far as getting my name out there and becoming noticed in the blogosphere I'm relatively new.  Barber and Book got me on their blogrolls, and so does The National Debate (Thanks, Cox.  I ain't forgot about cha.). 

So I'm gettin there.  I ain't really worried about it.  Besides, they also forgot about King and Tigue.  Misery loves company. :)

But umm, as for the rest of yall, take that article as conservatives WILL become a force on the blogosphere.  And ask anyone at my other cybercrib.....I don't back down, and it doesn't take long for me to get noticed.

So let's have some fun, shall we?

Posted at 12:15 pm by Expertise
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