Thursday, July 24, 2008

John McCain: GE & NBC Get Their Beak's Wet by Obama Campaign

The politics of change and serious folding money.

The Obama Campaign bundled $5M in cash to pay for ads that will run during the NBC Olympic Coverage 2008.

Here in Chicago we call that 'making a drop.' Quid Pro(the Stuff That WE Do For You!) Quo.

This from Not Your Sweetie

Obama Makes $5 Million Buy
In the first significant network-TV buy of any presidential candidate in at least 16 years, the Obama campaign has taken a $5 million package of Olympics spots that includes network TV as well as cable

And isn’t it symbolic:

The Obama campaign will join major advertisers including McDonald’s and Anheuser-Busch.

Well, I always thought GE and Bo had a deal as of last year when Obama dissed Fox. Now they get paid for their enthusiastic surrogacy. There’s one more humorous note:

Bob Dole’s 1996 buy
The last network TV spot bought by a presidential contender was apparently a single multi-minute ad run by Republican Sen. Bob Dole in 1996.

Oh, that went well!

That's why Keith 'Bathtub Bubble Biter Boy' and Chris 'Tingle Thighs' Matthews get all Tiger Beat for Kid Hope. Kid Hope and Jesse Jackson ( Chicago's King of Beers) will share time in the sponsor's box, mayhaps? Watch your goodies, Senator!

McCain gets face time next to the Velveeta Cheese displays. Well, I love nice grilled Velveeta Cheese & red onion Sammy.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

John McCain: Obama's Cork-Screw Express - (Off Mike?) 'Oh, Hell No, I Love Mike!'

From Jordan - not the NBA icon, cigar aficionado, and Undies magnate - The Arab Country near Israel:

From the Washington Post Click my post title for more:

OBAMA: Well, let me — let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. It will be a strong friend of Israel’s under a McCain government — administration. It will be a strong friend of Israel’s under an Obama administration. So that policy is not going to change.

. . .

With that, we'd be happy to start taking questions.



OBAMA: And identify if you want to pose a question either to Senator Hagel or Senator Reed?


OBAMA: Right.

QUESTION: There are reports that (OFF-MIKE)

OBAMA: How many questions (inaudible)



OBAMA: OK. That's a bunch.

OBAMA: So let me tick these off.


I added some more of my own - why not they are just as soul-searchingly honest and straight foward as Obama's Cork-Screw Express!

Question: (OFF-MIKE)

OBAMA: Lights.

Question: ( OFF-Mike)

OBAMA: Clearly there were Post Toasties and orange juice.

Question (OFF-MIKE)

OBAMA: It is fairly easy to see a spectrum produced by white light when it passes through a prism, the bevelled edge of a mirror or a tapered pane of glass, or through drops of rain to form a rainbow. When samples which are composed purely of one single chemical element, e.g. hydrogen, are caused to emit light, they may emit light at several characteristic frequencies. The frequency profile produced is characteristic of that element. (GREAT GALES OF LAUGHTER FROM MEDIA)Instead of there being a wide band filled with colours from violet to red, there will be isolated bands of single colours separated by darkness. Such a display is called a line spectrum. Some lines go beyond the visible frequencies and can only be detected by special photographic film or other such devices. Scientists hypothesized that an atom could radiate light the way the string on a fine violin radiates sound – not only with a fundamental frequency (in which the entire string moves the same way at once) but with several higher harmonics (formed when the string divides itself into halves and other divisions that vibrate in coordination with each other as when one half of the string is going one way as the other half of the string is going the opposite way). For a long time nobody could find a mathematical way to relate the frequencies of the line spectrum of any element.

Question: (OFF-MIKE)
OBAMA: That's clear . . . tell Chris Matthews this for me, Andrea; Meralgia parenthetica causes tingling, numbness or other sensations on the upper thigh. It is a type of paresthesia caused by nerve damage to one of the nerves coming from the spine to the thigh region. Most commonly it arises from nerve compression or nerve entrapment, such as exertion of the thigh, pelvis, or hip area. In such cases, it usually gradually resolves over time, with appropriate rest, taking between a few weeks to months to cure. ( INAUDIBLE - BUT IF SO HOW TO BEST REPORT ITS INAUDIBLITY?)

Question: ( OFF-MIKE)

OBAMA: Look,I am not an agent for American Express - I am an agent for Change; however to answer your question there is a kiosk near the tarmac.

Question: ( OFF-MIKE)

OBAMA: Uh, now you know that is hateful . . .How did . . . Ryan Lizza? Look,Now, Mr. Ayres [Ayers] is a 60 plus year old individual who lives in my neighborhood, who did something that I deplore 40 years ago when I was six or seven years old. By the time I met him, he was a professor of education at the University of Illinois.

We served on a board together that had Republicans, bankers, lawyers, focused on education, who worked for Mayor Daley. Mayor Daley, the same Mayor Daley probably who when he was a state attorney prosecuted Mr. Ayres’s wife for those activities, I (INAUDIBLE) the point is that to somehow suggest that in any way I endorse his deplorable acts 40 years ago, because I serve on a board with him.

Now stop doing these hateful things to my wife!

Question: ( OFF-MIKE)

Obama: Waffles . . .Now, can I just eat my Waffles?

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

John McCain: Ignore the New York Times

In this campaign, there are honest differences over Iraq, and we should discuss them with the thoroughness they deserve. Unlike Senator McCain, I would make it absolutely clear that we seek no presence in Iraq similar to our permanent bases in South Korea, and would redeploy our troops out of Iraq and focus on the broader security challenges that we face. But for far too long, those responsible for the greatest strategic blunder in the recent history of American foreign policy have ignored useful debate in favor of making false charges about flip-flops and surrender.

It’s not going to work this time. It’s time to end this war.
Senator Barack Obama New York Times Op-Ed piece July 14, 2008.

There's fair and then there's the New York Times. The New York Times refused to print Senator John McCain's polar opposite Op-Ed piece to balance the charges of 'same-old-same-old' Bush Failed policies and the audaciously hopeful fiat to Joint Chiefs of Staff, "As president, I would pursue a new strategy, and begin by providing at least two additional combat brigades to support our effort in Afghanistan. We need more troops, more helicopters, better intelligence-gathering and more nonmilitary assistance to accomplish the mission there. I would not hold our military, our resources and our foreign policy hostage to a misguided desire to maintain permanent bases in Iraq."

As a Democrat voting for John McCain, I trust McCain's judgment and character. I have no idea what Senator Obama's judgment and character might be other than that of a very elegant politician who has no problem consigning political liabilities to oblivion once they become too public. Obama is a great speech reader and set piece prop - he looks and sound good even when he ain't.

John McCain walks the walk and too often trips over the talk. Most people I know have that very problem. Sometimes there is a tendency among very public people to pretend that they can divine the depths of another's heart by the choice of words. Parsing has become sucker-punching in today's timid thought climate, only less vital to what passes ( er, parses) for debate is the volume at which one manages to scream questions.

The New York Times goes one further - they will not print words that they do not particularly like. They seem to be taking their cues from the Cable TV medium - say what Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, or Bill Maher deem appropriate or stand up for ridicule. The New York Times is nothing if not terribly sensitive to criticism from the political Left - delicate and fragile.

I hope that John McCain parts company with these delicate flowers. The Opinion Hothouse that Obama's handlers own is unforgiving - ask Ryan Lizza!

Give the New York Times a nod and then move on - a polite, perfunctory heads -up regular guy salute and keep walking.

Let them assume that you are only interested in talking to your right wing friends - whoever the hell they are! Allow bloated mopes like Olbermann to soil his britches in straining to make a point about the cartoon of your character that Obama's handlers strain to make. You have the voters. It is deeds and not rhetoric that people will support in the voting booth.

Thank the New York Times for their endorsement of you in the Primaries, Senator McCain and then ignore them. They are too delicate for the bare-knuckled world of deeds and not words.

Click my post title for the full text of McCain's rejected NYT piece from Chicago Daily Observer

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Cook County Jail -Mike Quigley Feeding Fitzy MacArthur Leftovers?

The Uriah Heep of Cook County Politics, Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley gamely pumps his stumpy legs ever upward. Like Mark Twain's Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,* Cook County can count on Quigley to climb under any door jamb, if the height of the transom above the doors of power are inaccessible, to height and ethics challenge Mike, with the help of mighty clever friends in the think-tanks at University of Chicago to charge his gizzards with buck shot to see how low he can go. Whew, that prosing got me all winded.

Sheriff Tom Dart and The Cook County Jail took a 98 page study ( prepared, indexed, rolled and greased with warmed up left-overs from the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, University of Chicago MacArthur Center for Justice, Chicago Magazine, and the usual assortment of lawsuit addicted lefty lawyers and, it seems Commissioner Quigley) from Federal Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald in the shorts this past week.

A few years back, The Chicago Tribune and the usual suspects listed above took a long sprint at Sheriff Michael Sheehan with a series of 'heart-tugging tales' from prisoners and diappointed Correctional Employees and had their efforts tossed by a jury in about twenty minutes.

The Tribune's 'investigative' efforts were laughed out of court by the jury and the lawyer most linked to the case against Sheehan was a nano-second away from charges of impropriety for tipping prison gangs about finding just the right time to riot and cry foul.

The Tribune, with Progressive aplomb tossed the saga into the memory hole.

Now, it sure seems to me that Mike 'I can not get a vote from anyone 300 yards west of Lake Michigan' Quigley has tossed the old MacArthur Center for Justice 'facts' on the front burner and re-heated the leftovers for Fitzy!

When the story broke - and it will break down as it did the last time -this week, my Quigley radar went on DefCon Six. Never disappointed in the wee man's energy and ambition, I was treated to Quigley popping up like the Whacka-Weasel that he is in the Tribune Editorial - Harrumphing that Cook County Jail is a dangerous and unhealthy place leading with the warmed up leftovers spooned to Fitzy:

• A federal judge has monitored the jail for a quarter-century, the result of a lawsuit aimed at overcrowding.

• In 2002 the Tribune reported that, since 1998, lawyers for the county sheriff's office had recommended settling at least 35 lawsuits that accused deputies of brutality; the lawyers cited convincing evidence that the beatings had occurred. In declining to endorse then-Sheriff Michael Sheahan for re-election in 2002, this page said: "Sheahan has to spend less time defending thuggery in his office and more time getting rid of it."

• In 2004, a special county grand jury lambasted county government's handling of a 1999 mass beating in which an elite squad of jail officers assaulted dozens of inmates.

And now this Justice report, delivered by U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald, along with a federal threat of legal action if inmates' constitutional rights aren't protected.

You don't have to wear your heart on your sleeve to see what Cook County's failed oversight has wrought: If the denial of basic dignity to prisoners for some reason doesn't bother you, the cost of damage payments to settle legal claims from inmates should.

If you live in Cook County, consider: County Board President Todd Stroger has surrendered control of the abusive and neglectful juvenile detention center. And now a supposedly independent board is taking control of the financially moribund county health system. Even the county's golf courses are performing better now that a private outfit manages them.

As county commissioner Michael Quigley argues, "What we do least we do best. Our Chicago Botanic Garden and Brookfield Zoo thrive because the county doesn't meddle."

Sheriff Tom Dart is in his second year of responsibility for the jail. He says the feds ignored the reforms he's instituted. Dart deserves a chance to finish what he's started.

If Dart doesn't succeed, Cook County should relinquish control of its jail too. Several states with populations smaller than Cook County's have prison systems run by independent boards of corrections.

But throwing more tax money at Cook County is a proven recipe for yesterday's failure at tomorrow's higher price.

It's time to fix jail management for good—or strip Cook County government of one more crucial job it has bungled for too many years.

There is not crack in government that Quigley will not use as bolt hole, or window of opportunity! The Uriah Heep of Cook County is nothing if not energetic. If one can not get elected, became a Progressive and allow litigation and 40 Watt Editorial Board Members do your heavy lifting.

Note to Patrick Fitzgerald:

Cook County Jail overflows with violently dangerous people who were put there at the request of the people of Cook County.

Mike Quigley has been working for ten years to be President of Cook County Board - sad in itself that.

Mike Quigley has massaged many of Chicago's lazier and dumber columnists at the Trib and Sun Times. If you plan to run for public office in Illinois, close on the the heels of this less than ground breaking slam at Sheriff Dart and the people who attempt to manage the thug thick Cook County Jail, Mike Quigley will be in the front of the line to stick one in your kidneys, it sure seems to me.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

MSNBC - Give Your Clown Olbermann a Raise and an Extended Contract!

Keith Olbermann insults all Americans, serves the insulated elite, stands in for the Corporate Peacock, informs no one, and shills for the people Senator Obama chooses to front.

Hat Tip to TraderJohn:

Saturday, July 19, 2008
Olbermann calls Bud Day a "clown"

I'd like to think that Olbermann says these things because he just an attention whore unfortunately the imbecile actually believes it.

Vile MSNBC Obamabot Keith Olbermann has outdone even himself with his "Worst Person in the World" segment tonight. He gave that award to America's most decorated living veteran, Bud Day, calling him a "clown" because he said recently he was not prepared to bow the knee to the "Muslims," referring to Muslim terrorists who seek to destroy America. Olbermann went nuts on Day, calling him a racist and religious hater. Of course, Olbermann never mentioned that Day is America's most decorated living veteran, and did not show one ounce of deference for a man who has given so much for his country,

Every American should demand that MSNBC/NBC force Olbermann to apologize for speaking of this great man in such a disrespectful fashion. Every single night, Olbermann shows America who the "clown" is -- and it is not Bud Day.

posted by traderrob at 4:56 AM

While I honor the sentiments, I most strongly disagree.

MSNBC is a propaganda wing of some strange corporate interests that wish to undermine American values and stuff ballot boxes. Keith Olbermann is America's #1 Juice Bag!

Olbermann is a fatuous jerk and an eponym. Olbermann may be substituted for more scatologically or socially offensive nouns and adjectives. E.G.

'Hey, Olbermann! Take the nozzle out of the tank! Aw, Hell that Olbermann can't hear you - he's down the block already.'

'My Olberman husband left the three kids in the car and smoked crack with his gambling buddies!'

'Don't be such an Olbermann! Lift the lid!'

'Hey, Olbermann! Are you biting the bubbles in the bathtub again?'

Olbermann's smear and twisted parsing of Col. Bud Day's use of the word Muslim will do more to move more voters away from Senator Barack Obama's Campaign for George Soros than all of the friends and relatives that the firts term Illinois Senator has launched under his bus combined.

Click my post title for a study of Col. Bud Day. Olbermann has insulted Catholics, Jews, Women, Working Men and Women of all races, and the intelligence of most Americans who have avoided chemical dependencies.

MSNBC - The Tool Shed - home to Thigh Tingling Obama Adolescent Chris Matthews, Lawyer Abrams' Son Dan who has a neat sinecure with NBC, Rachel Maddow, the Loudest Honors Student in the A.P. Class, and that swell catalogue of in-the-tank Newsweek inkslingers - is doing a great service to Senator John McCain's Campaign! Keep up the great work!

John McCain: "How Many Progressive Grassroots Community Activists in a National Police Force?"

"All of them."

Yes, Sir Senator! George (Soros) sent you! He's paying.

Obama: "We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."

Keith Olbermann has dibs on Interrogations!

Friday, July 18, 2008

John McCain: Obama Calls for 'Civilian National Security Force' - Gestapo or KGB Are Delightful Models, Senator

Now here is a change you can believe in from Senator Obama's speech on July 2nd that according to HOt Air's Ed Morrisey has been 'Air-Brushed by thigh tingled MSNBC and the in-the-tank media. Oafish Olbermann might like being a Commissar with one of those maxi-length XXX - leather coats to stuff in his wardrobe of Oil Can Harry suits. Milky Chris Matthews could be snitch in charge. Rachel Maddow the Gertrude Stein of the Soros Salon Set!

What in the hell was Obama talking about? It seems the media could care less.

Of more worry, is the paid staff of milquetoasts on the McCain Campaign. These cheese-eaters have allowed John McCain to make nice with the absolute worst people in broadcasting. Get some stones, or as Jess Jackson might opine some 'Nuts!'

This cut of red meat should have been tossed on the Weber two weeks ago! Great work Brother Morrisey! Obama calling for a National Police Force?

We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.

The Austrian Paper-Hanger took a group of Community Activists, Grassroots Lads one and all and formed the Gestats Polizei and that Agent for Change had a dandy level of success.

What's Obama calling for a National Police?

Pin Obama down on this one. Parse it up, Senator! What the hell is Obama talking about? A KGB-like force? Or is this just rhetoric from Kid Hope?

The McCain Campaign is as limp as Obama's Resume. You clowns better get some focus, or you'll hand over the store to the worst people in America and they are not sending in 'contributions of five and ten dollars.' This is huge money from PACS and laundered through the internet.

The McCain Campaign staffers have allowed John McCain to be kicked around by the Goebbels Wanna Bees ( Olbermann et al) like he was Andy Gump the Boneless Wonder.

Senator McCain - go after these bums. Quit reacting. You say you would rather lose an election than lose a War; well, the war is at home, too.

Would these be the shock troops of the ACLU?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Jackson & Kramer ARE 'The Defiant Ones!'

Given America's honest, sober and forthright Great Conversation . . . well monologue anyway . . .About Race Relations, this might be a golden opportunity to re-enact the script of Stanley Kramer's ground-breaking 1958 movie classic - The Defiant Ones.

Handcuff the glib Rev. Jesse Jackson to . . . oh let's say . . .hmmmmm . . .so many race-potty mouths to choose from in my racial demographic . . . Michael Richards - TV's Kramer.

From 2006, when Richards ( Kramer) went on a racist rant himself and was consigned to the Hollywood Gulag:

HOLLYWOOD - Rev. Jesse Jackson has lashed out at actor Michael Richards after he went on a racial tirade last week--insisting the comedian is "dangerous to himself and others."

Richards is reaching out to civil rights leaders to repair damage after launching into a racist rant in Los Angeles when he was heckled by two African-Americans at a comedy club.

Jackson has slammed the former Seinfeld star, saying, "He's embarrassed. He got caught on tape. That's a big part of his anxiety now."

Jackson said Richards is ill and in desperate need of professional help, adding, "Clearly he needs some race sensibility training, and some psychiatric help.

"His anger is volatile and dangerous to himself and others. I hope he gets the help he needs.

True then, as now, Rev!

Place the "N"-Word Bad Boys on a cross country Odyssey with a film crew as they chase open freight cars across this great country of ours and count the number of times that they each use racial pejoratives until they fully come to a realization of their shared natures as jackasses. Jesse as Sidney Poitier and Kramer as Tony Curtis . . .chain, chain,chaiiiinnnnn . . . Chain of Foooools! Good Soundtrack.

Oh, Do Let The Journey and the Healing Begin!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Mary Mitchell Mt. Greenwood is not an Enclave - You Most Certainly Are a Dandy!

Chicago's Mount Greenwood neighborhood is getting kicked around by the Sun Times pretty good because Mary Mitchell needs to pick at non-existent racists scabs. There are racists and there are racists. The Sun Times needs to be outrageous to sell a couple of papers. It has been a journalistic joke for some time. Writers likTim Novak and Steve Huntley seem alone in talent and integrity. Most seem to go-along to get along, like Frank Main focus on bashing cops. Some are laughably idiotic like Cathleen Falsani. The absolute worst is Mary Mitchell the race baiting, monotone, bitter columnist who believes that whites all own bullwhips and plantations. If Mary Mitchell were white, she would make David Duke seem like Gandhi.

Mary Mitchell writes only about Race ( and badly at that) and usually goes unanswered and unchecked by any editorial good sense. No fact checkers or grammarians at STNG. Mary Mitchell's job is to be outrageous!

Mitchell gets away with any and every load of toxic garbage because nitwits on her editorial board allow Mary Mitchell free range.

Here's some of today's offering:

Although four decades have gone by, the racial intolerance that drove residents in the Irish-Catholic enclave to picket for six months -- in rain, sleet, and snow -- until the blacks students graduated, was still evident on Sunday when they returned to the school to take a photograph. (ephasis my own - For Six Months 34/7?)

"The first thing that struck us was there was a swastika on the bottom of the assembly hall door," said Toni Lewis Anderson.

Now, forty years later, these seven talented, highly educated, and morally compassed adults are bothered by a couple of mopes and graffiti on a grammar school? All Seven? Magnificent! The Seven Ride! Good Lord.

Gross exaggeration at the very least and unsupported by any documentary evidence in support of the 1968 Tsunami of White ethnic hate against little black children. No matter, the Sun Times will print anything, but an apology.

First of all, Mt. Greenwood is not an enclave, nor is it an exclave. It is a neighborhood, but that point is beyond Mitchell. And so is comfort with language.

Trying to give Mt. Greenwood a 'defensive and under siege' tone to suit her purpose, Mitchell misuses words almost as deftly as she dodges the truth ( you know things that might actually have happened).

Mount Greenwood neighborhood borders two three or four suburbs as well as Chicago's Beverly and Morgan Park neighborhoods. It does not sit like a political island surrounded by Evergreen Park.

An enclave, Mary, is a political island within an another's territory.

Like the Kingdom of Lesotho in South Africa.

Ethnic enclaves exist within another dominant ethnic group - thus, a Chinatown or a Jewish Shtetl.

Blacks live in Mt. Greenwood. Not many. Mt. Greenwood is less diverse than Beverly or Morgan Park, where I live, but so what.

Mt. Greenwood is much more diverse than Englewood, Chatham, or Gresham. Mt. Greenwood is much more diverse than Highland Park or Winnetka.

Mary Mitchell and the Sun Times need to apologize to the people of Mt. Greenwood for painting them all with a broad brush.

That will not happen. No big deal. Don't buy the Sun Times, folks in Mt. Greenwood. I have not bought one in years.

People are not buying the Sun Times because its tacit policy of spitting on people does not win over a readership.

Mary Mitchell spits like a champ! She can not write a lick. As long as the Sun Times has Mary Mitchell they have no chance of being taken seriously.

Mary Mitchell is an enclave all to herself.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Mary Mitchell's Race Baiting is Played Out

Mary Mitchell pulls another little race-baiting scab in Sunday's Chicago Sun Times to remind whites that they are evil mean nasty haters and to pump up the Maywood reunion of the Mt. Greenwood Seven,

There's a Mt. Greenwood Seven Eleven at 111th and Kedzie on the Northeast Side of the Street, but Mary invents the Mt. Greenwood Seven as new Civil Rights Icons. Seven black children who attended Mt. Greenwood Elementary School from February until June ( I guess) in 1968.

Click my post title for Mitchell's July 13, 2008 scab yank!

In 1968, I was working at Gee Lumber which was at 79th Street & Western Ave. behind Sharko's and Quigley South ( now St. Rita of Cascia High School - which was at 63rd and Claremont - see?) Things do change.. I remember quite a bit from that time, but nothing about Selma in Mt. Greenwood.

Busing, as I recall, began in the 1970's. In 1968, Black kids moved about pretty freely in my neighborhood ( Little Flower) and in Mt. Greenwood - Honor Bright. There was a farm where the Chicago Agricultural School now welcomes hundreds of black kids who take buses from all over Chicago every day. Everything changes and sometimes somethings change for the better.

Not Mary Mitchell. Mary Mitchell equates every whitey's waking of day to Bull Connor giving the dogs a little time off the leashes. Like The Great Castrato, Jesse Jackson, Sr. the race card gets played at every hand, One Note Samba!

Let the Great Conversation on Race Begin!!!!

Pythagorean Theorem? Racist

Ortho Weed B Gone? Racist

The Cast of 'Oklahoma? Racist

Cap'n Crunch? Racist

Dry Wall Tape? Racist

Here's Mary Mitchell's attempted smear of everyone who lives or lived in Mt. Greenwood:

'At one point, 104 Chicago Police officers guarded the students as they went in and out of Mount Greenwood Elementary School.
On Feb. 2, 1968, the Chicago Daily News described the scene outside Mount Greenwood as being "reminiscent of the integration of schools in Little Rock."
"The people went berserk," Wysinger recalls'

Berserk white Mothers with strollers stood in the pouring rain for six months in order to scream racial taunts at black kids - Six Months!! For Real?

Wow - I hate myself! Damn, racist white boy . . . well, racist white geezer! Good God, there's more! I wonder if Billy Holiday had a song about the Mt. Greenwood Seven? Maybe there is a brown Honorary Street Sign! Back to the Saga!

One Hundred and Four Police Officers?? Really? In 1968? You sure? In 1968, the Mt.Greenwood neighborhood was covered by the officers of the Gresham Police District ( The 6th District) which was located at 85th & Green - that was a very expansive piece of Chicago real estate to patrol, but there was very little crime back then in 1968. Ms. Mitchell, A retired Gresham police officer was not so sure about your claim of 104 officers protecting the 'Mt. Greenwood Seven.' It sure seems to this retired Police Officer that there were 'no where near 104 police officers at Gresham in all shifts in 1968.' I'm white and he's white, we could be wrong. Nah. I was in Gresham, as a young scape-grace in 1968 and as an adult helping raise money for Leo High School, before the new station was built. Gresham was the size of a Velveta Cheese Box - it is now a Beauty Culture College.

Mitchell cites the Chicago Daily News whose archives are now deader than black & white Dragnet episodes, but might be on microfiche somewhere. On the Internet, I could not find any similar article from that time in the Chicago Tribune or the Sun Times. There must be some archival link to the "Mt. Greenwood Seven" Saga from thos halcyon days. Out of curiosity, I also talked to at least ten people who lived in Mt. Greenwood in 1968 (I lived in Gresham at that time), who had no memory of the Selma-Lite in Mt. Greenwood, nor the "Mt. Greenwood Seven," but then, of course, all of them are white people. Mary Mitchell has no use for white people - without racist villains Mitchell has nothing.

I wondered if this saga of the Seven might not be a hoax or some sort of Jayson Blair fabrication. Mercy sakes, that could not be. However the story was choke full of pretty inflated rhetoric for a grammar school reunion. But, memory is what it is, I suppose.

Given the tenor of the tale, I wondered, is there a bronze relief of the Mt. Greenwood Seven at Mt. Greenwood Elementary? Perhaps a coin is to be struck.

Nope, just a race-baiting story. White people, in Mary Mitchell's World are nasty, haters. That is not the case at all. Whites in Chicago support Big Shoulders Fund that helps black kids, who are not Catholic, receive a Catholic education. Catholic Charities which has offices and outlets allover black Chicago is supported by white people. There are many, many, many such examples. Matters not, in Mitchell World.

Like the played out Jesse Jackson,Sr. , Mary Mitchell's race baiting activism is really sad and tiresome. Played out.

Here's some of what went on in February 1968 - nothing about the Mt. Greenwood Seven:


Jan.30: Tet begins.
February 1 - Vietnam War: A Viet Cong officer named Nguyễn Vãn Lém is executed by Nguyễn Ngọc Loan, a South Vietnamese National Police Chief. The event is photographed by Eddie Adams. The photo makes headlines around the world, eventually winning the 1969 Pulitzer Prize, and sways U.S. public opinion against the war.

February 6-February 18 - The 1968 Winter Olympics were held in Grenoble, France

February 8 - American civil rights movement: A civil rights protest staged at a white-only bowling alley in Orangeburg, South Carolina is broken-up by highway patrolmen, leading to the deaths of 3 college students.

February 11 - Border clashes take place between Israel and Jordan.

February 13 - Civil rights disturbances occur at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

February 17 - Administrative reform in Romania divides the country into 39 counties.

February 19 - The Florida Education Association (FEA) initiates a mass resignation of teachers to protest state funding of education. This is, in effect, the first statewide teachers' strike in the United States.

February 24 - Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive is halted - South Vietnam recaptures Hué.

February 27 - Ex-The Teenagers singer Frankie Lymon is found dead from a heroin overdose in Harlem.

Monday, July 07, 2008

James M. Coogan - Leo High School '44 at Peace with Christ

James M. Coogan is home with his Savior after decades of service to all of us. Jim Coogan was a Tall Man who never missed an opportunity to bring comfort, warmth, humor and love to every person who came within his field of vision. God knows what He is Doing and created Jim Coogan with a greater advantage in height that allowed Jim to overlook our weaknesses, petty egos, and sins. Jim Coogan saw well past all of our faults and treated each and every one of us with Christ-like love and affection.

Jim Coogan lived the Leo Motto - Facta Non Verba (Deeds Not Words). Jim Coogan was living proof that Jesus might also have been a dues paying Plumber.

God Bless you Mr. Coogan! You returned the favor for more than eighty years.

James M. Coogan, beloved husband and best friend to Loretta, nee O'Rourke for 56 years; loving father of Sheila (Ron)

Sreniawski, Mary, Kevin (Jeanne), Patrick, James Jr. ( Loretto C.F.D.), Colleen (Martin) Hanrahan, Daniel (Caroline) and Maureen; proud grandfather of Brent, Sean (Katherine), Jennifer, Katherine (Fadi)

Matalka, Meghan, Steven, Matthew, Erin, John, Luke, Patrick, and Thomas; cherished great-grandfather of Emily and Alexandra; dear brother-in-law to Tim O'Rourke, Rev. Robert O'Rourke S.S.C. and Br. Terance O'Rourke, Glenmary Missioners. Visitation Monday, 2 to 9 p.m. Funeral Tuesday, 9:15 a.m. from the Donnellan Funeral Home, 10525 S. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL. to St. Cajetan Church 10 a.m. Mass. Interment Private. Retired Plumbing Inspector Local 130, 1944 Graduate of Leo High School, Past Chairman of the Alumni, "1986 Man of the Year", Member of the Leo High School Hall of Fame and the first recipient of the Dr. Thomas Driscoll Award. Jim lived his life based on the motto of his alma mater "Facta Non Verba" (Deeds Not Words). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Glenmary Missioners, Columban Fathers and the Leo High School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 603, Oak Lawn, IL 60454, in memory of James M. Coogan. 773-238-0075.

Click my post title for the Leo Alumni Association

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Play for Maeve McNicholas and Work for KIds!

Dear Denise and Matt McNicholas,

The Hickeys will be there. In fact, a person would be hard pressed not able to find every family in the Beverly, Mount Greenwood, Morgan Park, Scotsdale, neighborhoods of Chicago as well as cousins, friends and good hearted folks from the suburbs as well.

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

1-6 at Beverly Park
2460 W. 102nd St.
Chicago, IL 60655
Contact Information
Phone: (312) 747-6024

On Saturday, August 2nd 2008 thousands of us will honor the memory of Maeve McNicholas at the Playground named in Maeve's Honor and built by her nighbors who love her.

Here is Maeves story which her Mom and Dad wrote:

Maeve McNicholas was born on a cold, rainy day in May, 2002 which was so opposite of what her personality turned out to be. Maeve became our sunshine. She was a sweet, calm baby that grew into an even sweeter toddler. She was extraordinary in ways that are hard to describe to those that didn't know her. She had an amazing capacity to make us smile and always shared hugs and kisses with those she loved. Even those that didn't know her well would comment on her kindness. In March of 2004, our family grew by two with the addition of Maeve's new siblings, twins Billy and Nora. Maeve, who at that time was not even 2 years old, took the major change in her life in stride. She showed little jealousy and constantly gave her new brother and sister kisses. She was going to be the best big sister ever. Our family was on top of the world – little did we know that soon it would change.

From the time she was born, Maeve was a very healthy child. She suffered from relatively few colds and seemed to be spared many of the common childhood illnesses. Occasionally she had episodes of vomiting, but these episodes would be brief. She would get sick for a day and then she wouldn't throw up again for another 6 months or so. There always seemed to be a reason. She ate too much junk or she was at the babysitters with another child that just got over the stomach flu, etc. All in all this probably happened only 3-4 times over a year and a half. There seemed to be no reason for concern.

On July 25th, 2004, Maeve vomited when we got to a family party. We attributed it to car sickness, because she had been in the sun in the car for almost an hour. She then appeared to feel better and played the rest of the day. The next day she vomited a few more times. We contacted the doctor who said to monitor Maeve’s condition and call back the next day if she wasn't better. She got worse during the night so we brought her to the doctor the next day. The doctor said to take her to the ER to be treated for dehydration. That's all they thought it was - dehydration. When she didn’t “perk” up in the ER, they decided to keep her overnight for observation. Soon after, she had a seizure and then a few minutes later another one. Maeve looked at my husband and myself and said "It's okay". Those were the last words we would hear Maeve say before they sedated her. A few hours later we were informed by the doctors that there was a "significant" mass in her brain. We still had hope, Maeve had a lot of spunk, we could fight this. After waiting through an agonizing night, we met with the neurosurgeons the following morning. They planned on performing surgery to remove the tumor; however that was not to be. Maeve's condition never became stable and the swelling in her brain, despite the placement of a shunt, caused too much damage. She went to Heaven at 4:37 am on July 29th, 2004, less than 36 hours after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Maeve was only 26 months old.

This disease didn't give Maeve a fighting chance. She lost her battle before she even knew it began. We need to continue to fight this battle for her and for other children and families, so that they may never live through our nightmare. Nobody should ever have to say "good-bye" to their child. Our lives are forever changed. We will always, always ache for her and long to hold her and hear her sweet voice. PLEASE help increase awareness and funding to learn more about pediatric brain tumors.

Here's what you can do - Show up. Have fun. Drop some gifts and add to the Maeve McNicholas Foundation.

Now Here's Some Real Heroes!

Pete & Lee Ann Arethas
Frank and Colleen Bilecki
Brian and Amy Bonner
Pat & Leanne Deacy
Bernie & Dawn Donahue
Dave & Lynnette Evers
Ken & Jacki Frederking
Jerry & Sheila Jercich
Bob & Cara Jilek
Casey Lawler
Terry Lawler
Helen Lawler
Dan Mahoney
Jack & Mary Ann McNicholas
Tim & Colleen Nitsche
Bob & Peg Rafferty
Dan & Ann Marie Riordan
Doug & Susie Schultz

19th Ward Alderman
Ginger Rugai
19th Ward Committeeman
Matthew O'Shea
State Senator
Ed Maloney
State Representative
Kevin Joyce
State Representative
Jim Brosnahan

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Fourth of July - American Courage

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again because there is not effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." Theodore Roosevelt

Courage is that rare moment of unity between conscience, fear, and action, when something deep within us strikes the flint of love, of honor, of duty, to make the spark that fires our resolve. Courage is the highest quality of life attainable by human beings. It's the moment -- however brief or singular -- when we are our complete, best self, when we know with an almost metaphysical certainty that we are right.One thing we can claim with complete confidence is that fear is indispensable to courage, that it must always be present for courage to exist. You must be afraid to have courage. Suffering is not, by itself, courage; choosing to suffer what we fear is. And yet, too great a distinction is made between moral courage and physical courage. They are in many instances the same. For either to be authentic, it must encounter fear and prove itself superior to that fear. By fear, I mean the kind that entails serious harm to ourselves, physical or otherwise, the kind that wars with our need to take action but which we overcome because we value something or someone more than our own well-being. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity to act despite our fears.In the past, I've been able to overcome my own fears because of an acute sense of an even greater fear -- that of feeling remorse. You can live with pain. You can live with embarrassment. Remorse is an awful companion. And whatever the unwelcome consequences of courage, they are unlikely to be worse than the discovery that you are less than you pretend to be. I can recall all too well those times I've avoided the risk of injury or disappointment by overruling the demands of my conscience.
John McCain

"You can live with pain. You can live with embarrassment. Remorse is an awful companion." John McCain

Thursday, July 03, 2008

John McCain: Jerry Garcia Endorses Obama: "I don't think that Slaughterhouse-Five was successful movie material. "

The Grateful Dead has endorsed Senator Barack Obama. From today's Chicago Sun Times, a newspaper as Dead as Jerry Garcia!

‘‘We’re not making plans, but I think we stand at the ready to be of service,’’ Hart says. ‘‘We’re all deeply into this, into Barack Obama and the thought of taking this country back in some shape or form, what’s left of it — it’s probably one thing we can all agree on! So, you bet, I would spend a night with my brothers for that any time, any place.’’

Hart says that he and the other Dead alumni have exchanged ‘‘a few friendly e-mails’’ about doing something more for the campaign, but no firm details have been set. ‘‘That’s all there really needs to be until the moment really comes,’’ he notes.

Weir says the Dead men like Obama ‘‘for different reasons.’’ Mostly, he explains, ‘‘I think it may be the last chance in our lifetimes to get money out of politics, to show special interests the door. It’s also a chance to get younger people involved in politics for the first time in many years; once they’re involved, I think they’ll stay and that’s important because it’s their future being decided now.’’

Weir, who initially supported John Edwards’ presidential bid, adds that he liked what he’s read about Obama’s position on the environment, which is his primary interest. Weir is putting together an ‘‘environmental project’’ that he hopes to announce ‘‘in the next few weeks. I have to get on the phone and see if I can bring some folks on board, and if I can do that then it’ll be time for a roll-out.’’

Hart, meanwhile, is in the midst of a busy summer debuting his new Mickey Hart Band, which includes longtime associate Steve Kimock on guitar, former Meters bassist George Porter, Jr., drummer Walfredo Reyes, Jr., talking drum virtuoso Sikiru, singer Jen Durkin and String Cheese Incident keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth.

‘‘It’s a sizzling band,’’ Hart gushes, ‘‘very powerful. It’s not like a regular rock’n’roll band; it does rock, but it’s very fierce in its rhythmic dexterity.’’

The group has been on the road since early June and plays the inaugural Rothbury Festival on Thursday in Rothbury, Mich., then the Lake View Music Fest on Saturday in Chicago and Sunday at theMilwaukee Summerfest.

Its repertoire includes several new songs written by Hart and Kimock with lyricist Robert Hunter, which Hart says he’s been accumulating in recent years.

‘‘I would say there’s about 16 of them,’’ he says. ‘‘I’ve been saving them up over the years. We’ve been writing — I just didn’t have the band to play ’em. This band was actually constructed specifically to play these songs.’’

Hart — who recently released the ‘‘Rhythm Devils Concert Experience’’ DVD and ‘‘The Mickey Hart Collection,’’ a boxed set of his solo work — hopes to get his new band in the studio some time this year to record the new material.

Founding guitarist and icon the Late Jerry Garcia added these thoughts, 'So we are pretty convinced we don't want to play huge stadiums unless we can play them well.'

Which seems to all but bar the drug happy band from playing for Obama, as the Illinois One Term U.S. Senator plays only to Leni Riefenstahl-like Houses. Undismayed the ever poignant Garcia added:'America is still mostly xenophobic and racist. That's the nature of America, I think.' Which melds nicely with Obama's consistent efforts.

Garcia also noted that' And as far as I'm concerned, it's like I say, drugs are not the problem. Other stuff is the problem. But hey, when you live in Watts, you need a little smack to get by, you know what I mean? You need something soft and comfortable in your life, 'cause you're not going to get it from what's around you. And society isn't going to give it to you.For me, the lame part of the Sixties was the political part, the social part. The real part was the spiritual part. I have all the patience in the world about Sirens. For me it's not a Grateful Dead project, it's a Me project. I mean, just because you're a musician doesn't mean all your ideas are about music. So every once in a while I get an idea about plumbing, I get an idea about city government, and they come the way they come.'

Share the load Brother.

John McCain:MSNBC Maddow of the Obama Campaign Calls John McCain a Liar - Tune Up This Smarmy Punk!

Click my post title for MSNBC - The Official Propaganda Arm of Campaign Obama - for the smarmy punk Rachel Maddow telling Americans what and how to think. Maddow, a particularly strident, squealing, and obnoxious shill, called Senator McCain a liar.

Maddow, most Americans read the papers and can digest the words and opinions of candidates. The problem is that some - a few mind you - viewers might actually believe that MSNBC is not a propaganda apparatus for the DNC and Senator Obama in partricular.

Along with 'edgy' Professor/journalist Rosa Brooks, Rachel Maddow plays Orwellian softball on the words of Senator McCain. Americans could care less what overpaid loudmouths think of any candidate. Maddow is actually doing much to help McCain win the White House, but her earsplitting howls are too much especially when slandering a good man like Senator McCain.

This smarmy punk Maddow along with her fat-assed twin Keith Olbermann are cautionary warnings to all smart and talented youngsters: you could, unchecked by morals, Faith, earnest commitment and patriotism, end up like these two. They are paid oodles of cash, but they are essentially lifeless drones and tools for some bad people.

Rachel Maddow seems an especially bullet-proof punk - it is time that her unchecked oafishness gets called out. Twist a pig's ears and watch it squeal.

John McCain: Obama wrong on Colombia, FARC, Ayers, Dohrn, and American Interests in General

John McCain returned from Colombia and three Americans and a Colombian Presidential candidate held by Marxist FARC terrorists fro six years were freed by Columbia's military with American assistance.

Senator Obama is wrong on America's Free Trade Agreement with Colombia, which is fighting Venezuela's dictator Hugo Chavez for the liberty of South American democracies - Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Brazil are all in danger from Chavez's ambitions for a Marxist Continent.

William Ayers has been and continues to be an influence on Obama. Ayers has a long history with Chavez.

From American Thinker:

Obama may already be working with Hugo Chavez and the narco-war against Colombia. Colombian troops March 1 nailed narco-guerilla leader Raul Reyes just across the border in Ecuador. In response, Chavez threatened to invade Columbia. Information on a laptop computer found with Reyes' corpse detailed the FARC guerillas'relations with both Venezuela and Ecuador and included a February 28 letter from Reyes to the FARC Secretariat. The letter details extensive FARC relations with the governments of Colombia and Ecuador and includes this item:

"The gringos called for a meeting with the minister to ask him to tell us they are interested in talking about several topics. They claim they new president in their country will be Obama and that these people are interested in their fellow citizens. Obama will support neither Plan Colombia nor the signature of the Free Trade Agreement. In this regard, we replied we are interested in relations with the governments that are on equal grounds and that in the case of the United States, a public statement voicing their interest in talking to the FARC is needed, given their eternal war against us."

As Reyes predicted, on April 10 Democrats in Congress blocked enactment of a free trade treaty with Colombia -- in spite of the fact that Colombian exports are already allowed into the US without tariffs. Obama opposed the treaty, winning denunciation by Colombian president Uribe.

Obama is wrong - he is a Progressive Windsock. Obama is wrong on the Surge; he is wrong on Colombian Free Trade; Obama is dead wrong on Chavez and Senator Obama is wrong for the Office of President of the United States.

Barack Obama has had the wrong tutors ( Tony Rezko, Allison Davis, whose son Cullen is being sued for the wrongful death of three year old Curtis Cooper, Fr. Mike Pfleger, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and the dious couple of unrepentant terrorists Bernadine Dorhn and William Ayers) and he listened to them with rapt attention.

Pay attention to Senator Obama.

Pay attention to John McCain. In the days to come the man who roughed up a Sandinista jefe back in the 1980's* will prove to be more than right on Colombia - just as he has been on the Surge.

The two senators have made peace since the remarks. Cochran said McCain included him on a recent campaign visit to Meridian. He told the Sun Herald on Monday that McCain, whose ancestors lived in north Mississippi, is the best man for the job.

But Cochran said he observed McCain engage in a physical confrontation with a Sandinista while participating in a diplomatic mission led by Sen. Bob Dole and others in the fall of 1987. Cochran, McCain - who had won election to the Senate that year - and other members of a bipartisan committee of lawmakers called the Central American Negotiations Observer Group - met with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, head of the left-wing political party known as Sandinistas, about tensions in the region.

The atmosphere was tense, as the U.S. was pressing "pretty hard." Cochran noticed a disturbance at the meeting table in a room lined with armed personnel.

"McCain was down at the end of the table and we were talking to the head of the guerilla group here at this end of the table and I don't know what attracted my attention," Cochran said. "But I saw some kind of quick movement at the bottom of the table and I looked down there and John had reached over and grabbed this guy by the shirt collar and had snatched him up like he was throwing him up out of the chair to tell him what he thought about him or whatever. I don't know what he was telling him but I thought, good grief, everybody around here has got guns and we were there on a diplomatic mission. I don't know what had happened to provoke John but he obviously got mad at the guy and he just reached over there and snatched him."

No punches were thrown and the two sat back down, Cochran said. The man, who appeared ruffled after the confrontation with McCain, was an Ortega associate, but Cochran said he was unsure of his identity.

Flash-forward 21 years. Tuesday, McCain was traveling in Central America and he stopped in Colombia. In 2006 Ortega won his office back after losing a 1990 election.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

John McCain: AP - The Poll Smears the Homosexual '90's; 18th Century Playwright John Homosexual and Midway Hero Ens. George Homosexual

This morning Associated Press ( AP) told me that I would rather have 'Cue with Slim Barry than Tiger John McCain. Not so. That would be akin to attending a Mahler Series at Chicago Symphony with one who enjoys Theresa Brewer Hits. I have personally witnessed Senator Obama's avian-like nips at the Spartan paper plates at Cousin Willie's St. Paddy's Day Irish Breakfast and at the free buffet at Leo High School Boxing Nights at Bourbon Street.

Barack, quite frankly my dears, eats like Gandhi with the trots 'No, thank you, I have had quite enough - this one seedless grape was wonderful; I am a Muslim and a Hindu and a Christian and a Jew and so are all of you.'

While I have it on the very best authorities, a couple of guys I know, that Senator McCain dines likes the cautionary words of Mammy to Scarlet O'Hara in Gone with the Wind -'eat like a field hand and gobble like a hog!

This afternoon, I learned from my pal, Skinnydipedinacid ( that is a Flemish name I believe) of Ankle Biting Pundits, that AP stepped on it's credibility Johnson with this FABULOUS story!

It appears that AP is indebted to some sponsor Word Nazis and any use of the word GAY is so offensive to them that GAY must be deleted and replace with the word Homosexual.

That ends any references to the

- 1890's in America known as the Homosexual Nineties

- 18th Century British Poet/Playwright author of the Beggar's Opera John Homosexual

- Battle of Midway hero and sole survivor of Torpedo Squadron 8 Ensign George Homosexual

Never gets to weird for me.

In times to come, if AP employs cut and paste methodologies, will an odd anachronistic study of Prohibition in the last decade of the 19th Century in America be titled - The Roaring Homosexual 90's?

'Had to ask. The Flintstones, I might add 'had a Homosexual Old Time!'

Do! Please do, click my post title for the link to AP's Homosexual Olympic Report!

John McCain: 'All McCain's base are belong to us.' We Is Happy that You Is Working For Arianna, Seth!

All McCain's base are belong to us.

Huffington Post - Hollywood Squares do it some more. Seth Grahame- Smith (AKA - Seth Jared Greenberg) rights about McCain got no base to win. Seth Grahme-Smith say he give it up now to lose. Steven Weber right on that too some more. Marty Kaplan say lots. Bob 'The Shank' Creamer gots more. They do right alot. Obama say they good. McCain not likes that righting and mean. Bush Dum. Clique my post title.

John McCain: AP's Racist Poll- Plays The 'Cue Card!

"People would rather barbecue burgers with Barack Obama than with John McCain."

The 'Que Card gets Played in the ginned up ( Bumpy Face - n'cest pas?) Presidential Campaign. Does Associated Press need to further Balkanize American Voters?

O Tempora! O Argia B's Mumbo Sauce!

Click my post title for AP Poll that smacks of race baiting and Class Warfare - without the mopping sauce!

Empirically speaking, I could see John McCain nailing a greasy brown bag of fried 'listeners,' but I doubt very much that Barack Obama has tried this delicacy.

While many are still deciding who should be president, by 52 percent to 45 percent they would prefer having Obama than McCain to their summer cookout, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo News poll released Wednesday.

Men are about evenly divided between the two while women prefer Obama by 11 percentage points. Whites prefer McCain, minorities Obama. And Obama is a more popular guest with younger voters while McCain does best with the oldest.

Having Obama to a barbecue would be like a relaxed family gathering, while inviting McCain "would be more like a retirement party than something fun," said Wesley Welbourne, 38, a systems engineer from Washington, D.C.

Party label means a lot, with three-quarters of Democrats picking the Democrat Obama and the same number of Republicans picking McCain, a Republican. Independents are about evenly split.

"John and I would probably have a lot to talk about," said Republican Michael Mullen, 53, of Merrimac, Mass., like McCain a Navy veteran.

One in six people saying they'd vote for McCain prefer Obama as their barbecue guest; just one in 20 Obama backers would invite McCain.

The AP-Yahoo News survey of 1,759 adults was conducted online by Knowledge Networks from June 13-23 and had an overall margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points. The margin of sampling error for subgroups was larger.

Another study conducted during the Primary suggests that perhaps racist stereotyping might be at the core of the Poll Conducted by AP.

Stereotype: black people love BBQ
So last month's poll - If you were stranded on a desert island with the presidential candidates and forced to eat someone to survive, who do you think would taste the best? I'm proud of how my site brings up a lot of conversation about race, the perception of fat people, and double entendre.

Case in point: gchat with gks

me: who did you vote for on my poll?
gks: barack obama
dark meat
tastes better
me: he doesn't have any fat
garry: lean cuts are better for you
me: not as delicious
and he's a smoker
garry: char grilled flavor
me: ha! good point
I voted for huckabee
garry: lol
me: then I realized you could read the poll in a really dirty way but it was too late to rephrase

Another study conducted by scholarly and poetic Byron Crawford points to the fact that Barbecue is a litmus test for white ( boring) and black ( FLAVA!) acceptability concerning the consumption of comestibles al fresco:

St. Louis Stories #7
While we're not as known for it as Memphis or Kansas City, St. Louis actually consumes more barbecue per capita than anywhere else in the country. It's a fact that I once saw on the infamous Food Network, before anybody goes questioning my statistics. Pretty much wherever you are, you're not that far from either a Super Smokers (former employer of yours truly) or its main competitor Bandanas.

Which is cool.

Up until I was like 15 or 16 I didn't really know shit about white people's barbecue. I had eaten a few rib dinners at places like Applebees, and especially those "riblets" things that used to be all you can eat back in the day, but I didn't really know shit about a pulled pork sandwich, which is like the main feature at white barbecue resturants.

Come to think of it, I might have had one or two of them from the KC Masterpiece restaurant in Creve Coeur, but there's a reason you never hear people talk about it anymore. In fact, it might not even still be there. But the main barbecue sandwich I was into at that point was the infamous rib tip sandwich from this place called C&K.

That's it pictured above via Maxim Online, which once did a feature on it, but you can't really see that in addition to the actual rib tips soaked in copious amounts of barbecue sauce and the oh, so necessary white bread, it also comes with a layer of potato salad in between the tips and the Wonder. The whole thing comes wrapped in a sheet of butcher's paper roughly the size of a Twister mat and is basically impossible to eat as a regular sandwich.

Needless to say, it's arguably the best thing you could possibly eat. Nullus.

But then a regular old cracka-ass cracka pulled pork sandwich is pretty dang good, too. In typical white people's barbecue fashion, it consists of nothing more than a handful of pulled pork shoulder on a hamburger bun - the idea being that if you put anything else on it, it might take away from the taste of the meat, which I've written about before. Some people, especially southerners, have been known to put slaw on them, which I tried once and found to be actually not a bad idea.

If there's an issue, it's that C&K is deep, deep down in the ghetto, far enough that it's really not worth going. Because it's nowhere near the highway, you run the risk of getting lost and getting yourself into some deep, deep shit. There are other black 'cue joints scattered about, but nobody really bothers with them, unless you're just really into snoots or some shit. White 'cue restaurants, on the other hand, are - like I said - literally all over the place.

Quod Erat Demonstrandum!

Let' s get beyond race! Remember Obama's speech in Philadelphia that made Chris 'Milky' Matthews pee his britches? The one that got Grannie tossed under the rolling and the parade of others now jacking up the bus to greater elevation via the body count?

Let's get beyond barbecue and eat it!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

John McCain McCain Serves Americans; Obama Serves Himself and Goldman Sachs

David Brooks has a brilliant bit of investigative journalism in today's New York Times Op-Ed Section.

Brooks picks apart Obama's muscrat dodge about 'small donors' feeding his Machine, when in fact the New Patricians engage in a financial class struggle with Old Dough.

Over the past several years, the highly educated coastal rich have been engaged in a little culture war with the inland corporate rich. This is a war over values, leadership styles and social networks.

Socially liberal knowledge workers naturally want to see people like themselves at the head of society, not people who used to run Halliburton and who are supported by a vast army of evangelicals.

If the Democrats are elected, this highly educated class will have much more say over policy than during the campaign. Undecided voters sway campaigns, but in government, elites generally run things. Once the Republicans are vanquished, I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for that capital gains tax hike or serious measures to expand unionization. ( emphasis my own)

Over the past few years, people from Goldman Sachs have assumed control over large parts of the federal government. Over the next few they might just take over the whole darn thing.

Earlier Brooks points out 'The Truth' painted over by the Obama Campaign -

When you break it out by individual companies, you find that employees of Goldman Sachs gave more to Obama than workers of any other employer. The Goldman Sachs geniuses are followed by employees of the University of California, UBS, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, National Amusements, Lehman Brothers, Harvard and Google. At many of these workplaces, Obama has a three- or four-to-one fund-raising advantage over McCain.

When he is swept up in rhetorical fervor, Obama occasionally says that his campaign is 90 percent funded by small donors. He has indeed had great success with small donors, but only about 45 percent of his money comes from donations of $200 or less.

The real core of his financial support is something else, the rising class of information age analysts. Once, the wealthy were solidly Republican. But the information age rewards education with money. There are many smart high achievers who grew up in liberal suburbs around San Francisco, L.A. and New York, went to left-leaning universities like Harvard and Berkeley and took their values with them when they became investment bankers, doctors and litigators.

Click my post title for this great analysis by David Brooks

No clinging gun-toting church goers identify that thick-walleted demographic.

McCain stands strong against America's enemies, merciless taxation, Abortion, eroding American Education, special interests and the devaluing of common sense.

Obama is a shining shill for powerful and dangerous opportunists. Nice work Mr. Brooks.

Obama's entire Campaign is dependant upon rhetorical Novocain and self-absorption.

John McCain: Take Obama 'Downtown' for a Ride

Obama's oily use of Gen. Wes Clark on Meet the Press was the latest example of the Jackassing of a President - the, Daily Kos, Huffington Post, MSNBC script to slip a one term, unvetted, storyboarded. character into the White House.

Muscrat Barack got some yardage from Wes Clark's disparaging and sadly self-serving interview with Bob Schieffer who took Clark to task for his obvious willingness to dance on his own chest of ribbons, like a military Bill Ayers, for a shot at the Vice Presidency. Obama took what he could and characteristically ducked under the pond scum:

Clark's remarks set off a familiar pattern from earlier tussles over criticism: the candidates, Obama and McCain, took the high road while the harsh language was left to surrogates.

Obama, without mentioning Clark by name, said that patriotism "must, if it is to mean anything, involve the willingness to sacrifice."

Obama tossed Wes under the bus with his Grannie, his Real Estate agent Tony Rezko, his Crazy Uncle Jere, and even the unctious Father Mike - It is strange that Obama has not tossed Billy Ayers under the Greyhound, too much money and Lefty Influence I imagine.

It is time for John McCain to open up on Barack Obama. He is a soft target. Drop the ordnance on this cupcake. Tell the Truth on Obama, Senator McCain - He can't handle the Truth!

Obama deserves to be a footnote in history -The Audacity of Hubris.