Saturday, April 19, 2008

Day 3 of Media protests of Obama aka Black Jesus

Media: An open letter on the Guardian's CIF with mainly lefty bloggers but having Michael Tomasky on there even though he is from the Guardian really strains what little cred they have as serious journalists.

Politico opens up with a can of scorn saying what everyone else knows that the media in this country is livid Black Jesus got questioned instead of celebrated.

In fact, the balance of political questions (15) to policy questions (13) was more substantive than other debates this year that prompted no deluge of protests. The difference is that this time there were more hard questions for Obama than for Clinton.

Moreover, those questions about Jeremiah Wright, about Obama’s association with 1960s radical William Ayers, about apparent contradictions between his past and present views on proven wedge issues like gun control, were entirely in-bounds. If anything, they were overdue for a front-runner and likely nominee.

If Obama was covered like Clinton is, one feels certain the media focus would not have been on the questions, but on a candidate performance that at times seemed tinny, impatient and uncertain.

The difference seems clear: Many journalists are not merely observers but participants in the Obama phenomenon.

(Harris only here: As one who has assigned journalists to cover Obama at both Politico and The Washington Post, I have witnessed the phenomenon several times. Some reporters come back and need to go through detox, to cure their swooning over Obama’s political skill. Even VandeHei seemed to have been bitten by the bug after the Iowa caucus.)

(VandeHei only here: There is no doubt reporters are smitten with Obama's speeches and promises to change politics. I find his speeches, when he's on, pretty electric myself. It certainly helps his cause that reporters also seem very tired of the Clintons and their paint-by-polls approach to governing.)

Update# The media protesting continues!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Obama's Ayers connection never bugged anyone

Politics: What does that say about Chicago politics.

Who is Ayers?

For Obama, perhaps a problem, because of Ayers' extremist past -- which has never bothered anyone in Chicago. That's why back in the day when Obama was starting his political career -- making a visit to the Ayers home while running for a state Senate seat, and then agreeing to being on panels with him and serve on a foundation board together -- it was no big deal, or any deal, to any local political reporters or to the editorial boards of the Sun-Times or Tribune.

Once Ayers, a former member of the Weather Underground, and wife Bernardine Dohrn, also in the group -- surfaced after years on the lam, they settled easily in to the village known as Hyde Park-Kenwood in Chicago, fitting into the highly political, supremely philosophical community anchored by the University of Chicago. For outsiders, it's Cambridge, Berkeley and Evanston --without a lot of chain stores. It's also the place the Obamas call home.

....Obama made it seem at the debate he hardly knew Ayers. Besides serving on the Woods Fund board, in 1997 he and Ayers were to be on a University of Chicago panel organized by Michelle Obama, then an associate dean. And Ayers could reinforce Obama as an elitist: In 2002, Obama and Ayers were scheduled to be on a UIC panel with this lampoon-able title: "Intellectuals in Times of Crisis."

This is what is stunning to me and what an idiotic position on this Obama is taking on Ayers. Meeting with him, taking money and then serving on various boards with him calls into question Obama's judgement on who he chooses to associate with coming up in Chicago politics. I wouldn't want to be anywhere near a terrorist even if it was over 30+ years ago. The point is Obama didn't seem to mind and making a defense that he is now "respected" in Chicago liberal circles brings up the stereotype that liberals love to romanticize violent people who did it in the name of leftist politics.

Carme Chacón to destroy Spain's Army?

Spain: Objections to her because she is a woman and with baby on board is a stupid argument. The real reason to suspect she is the beginning of the end of Spain's military is her ideology.

Spain’s new, and heavily pregnant, Minister for Defence, Carme Chacón, has today carried out her first inspection of the troops who were on parade to celebrate her appointment as the first woman ever to be head of the Ministry of Defence. It was the first time that a woman had inspected the troops in Spain.

She told the troops outside the Ministry buildings that never before had the Spanish armed forces been so supported by society, and that as well as defending the sovereignty and independence of Spain, it was the Spanish military who also defended peace and international law in different places in the world.

The Catalan Minister thanked her predecessor in the Ministry, José Antonio Alonso, and said she would modernise the army and fight to promote the greater incorporation of women in the military.

‘The fact that a woman is directing this Ministry is proof of the integration and the identification between the Armed forces and Society’, she said. ‘I feel proud and moved by this love for Spain which I have had since a child’.

She ended the event with a ‘¡Viva España! ¡Viva el Rey!’ which brought warm applause. It will be interesting to see how this woman of a pacifist background and seven months pregnant who manage the defence portfolio, traditionally the province of men.


Others went further, accusing Zapatero of media manipulation and warning that talented men would be squeezed out of top civil service jobs to make way for Zapatero's political correctness. "He names as defence minister a woman who admits she is a pacifist, who thinks the army should devote itself to aid duties and ... who has declared ... 'my son will see the Republic'," said Cristina Schlichting in La Razon. "And we have to keep quiet because she is a woman!"

Putting a pacifist who has her first priority to modernize in a social way the army and sees it as an aid distributor speaks of big trouble in the future effectiveness of it being a fighting force.

Putin leaves wife for rhythmic gymnast?

World: Rumor going around and from a moral point of view, it is just wrong and unbecoming of any man because it makes you look like you have a midlife crisis.

Rumours are circulating in Moscow that Vladimir Putin has left his wife and is set to marry a former rhythmic gymnast less than half his age

The 56-year-old Russian president is said to have formed a relationship with the beautiful Alina Kabaeva, 24, and the couple have decided to tie the knot.

...His term in office have propelled Mr Putin from complete unknown to Russian hero, as he claimed credit for rebuilding the pride of a nation shattered by post-communist chaos.

Kabaeva was just a toddler when Mikhail Gorbachev began the reform process, which led to that chaotic end of the Soviet era.

She was born in the Uzbekistan capital of Tashkent in 1983. Kabaeva was reportedly a late starter as an athlete, but progressed quickly because of her "extreme natural flexibility".

She represented Russia in rhythmic gymnastics at both the Sydney and Athens Olympic Games.

As a model, she has posed for daring photographs wrapped in nothing but furs and has also appeared in an action film.

The Kremlin has refused to comment on the rumour.

From a pure male point of view, when you see the pics at the link and video of her at the 2004 olympics.

I'm sorry but

I don't have to agree but I understand.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Obama: No mas to debates.

Politics: Awww, Black Jesus didn't get another chance to cast his aura over the land and got asked questions where he stumbled around like a drunk. Now he is pouting and wants no more debates where he can be exposed.

Sen. Barack Obama on Thursday suggested he doesn’t see any point in having another debate with Democratic rival Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Clinton has agreed to a debate next week, but Obama has not yet accepted the invitation.

At an appearance in Raleigh, North Carolina, Obama said he has a lot of campaigning to do in a limited amount of time.

Obama said he had agreed to an earlier debate, but Clinton declined that one.
“I’ll be honest with you, we’ve now had 21,” he said. “It’s not as if we don’t know how to do these things. I could deliver Sen. Clinton’s lines; she could, I’m sure, deliver mine.”

Except last night where ABC News took the tack at the beginning to actually ask differnt questions instead of those where you and Clinton can deliver your standard stump speeches. These were questions where Black Jesus should have been able to hit out of the park but stumbled badly. Comparing a sitting Senator to a terrorist was the lowlight of the night.

Thats why you hear a lot of media people pissed off at ABC because their Messiah got pushed and failed to push back.

Greg Mitchell unhappy with ABC over the debates.

Media: You know it was a good debate when leftist pacifist editor of the media apologist Editor and Publisher is unhappy because ABC dared to ask questions on issues that put Obama in a bad light.

NEW YORK In perhaps the most embarrassing performance by the media in a major presidential debate in years, ABC News hosts Charles Gibson and George Stephanopolous focused mainly on trivial issues as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama faced off in Philadelphia.

Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the health care and mortgage crises, the overall state of the economy and dozens of other pressing issues had to wait for their few moments in the sun as Obama was pressed to explain his recent "bitter" gaffe and relationship with Rev. Wright (seemingly a dead issue) and not wearing a flag pin while Clinton had to answer again for her Bosnia trip exaggerations.

Then it was back to Obama to defend his slim association with a former '60s radical -- a question that came out of rightwing talk radio and Sean Hannity on TV, but delivered by former Bill Clinton aide Stephanopolous. This approach led to a claim that Clinton's husband pardoned two other '60s radicals. And so on.

More time was spent on all of this than segments on getting out of Iraq and keeping people from losing their homes and other key issues. Gibson only got excited when he complained about anyone daring to raise taxes on his capital gains.

Yet neither candidate had the courage to ask the moderators to turn to those far more important issues. But some in the crowd did -- booing Gibson near the end.

To top it off, here is David Brooks' review at The New York Times: "I thought the questions were excellent." He gave ABC an "A."

Ah, moderate conservative Brooks liked it so it had to be bad. This is how short-sighted leftists are when it comes to debates. You can either have Clinton and Obama who on issues are nothing by small variations apart which means all you get are stump speech answers making a very boring debate ala the CNN version in Hollywood a couple of months back. The other way is to bring up the controversial stuff which shows if either one can fight back against it. Obama failed and Hillary at this point people finally have pegged her as a shameless liar.

What do you want to know about Iraq from either one? Black Jesus wants to surrender and Hillary too. Health care? Both want socialist universal system and on taxes soak anyone making making and hand out more welfare checks. Immigration? Open borders please. Everything in a nutshell.

You think Mitchell would say the same if Republicans were in the debate? No, what is pissing him and other leftists like Keith Olbermann off is Black Jesus got caught and was flat footed in the debate.

More liberal whining from Will Bunch.

Basically an alarming new standard has been set in this election: The media is going to create a lot of inane, distracting issues in this campaign, and so here is the new test to become commander-in-chief in 2008: How well will you respond to the heat from our phony topics that we all agree will dominate our news coverage, whether anyone else really cares about them or not?

Just shoot me. Brooks awards an "A" to ABC's coverage, by the way.

Meanwhile, for some more inciteful reviews of the debate moderators, check out Tom Shales in the Washington Post, Slate's Walter Shapiro, Niall Stanage in the Guardian (the Brits think that we've completely lost it, as you might expect), and Josh Marshall over on Talking Points Memo.

Inciteful reviews from fellow leftists including the CIF guy who if Bunch had a clue would realize the majority of stuff written on there is for amusement only. Citing it just shows that air of internationalist liberals have as if some twit's opinion on CIF carries some weight.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Obama can't even disown a domestic terrorist.

Politics: Not only that but he compares his friendship with William Ayers to a sitting US Senator. He compounded the answer by saying Ayers is now just a mere English professor and downplaying the heinous acts of terrorist. Very stupid and shows a complete lack of understanding of why people would object. You can CHOOSE who you associate with Obama.

Obama got a little better as the night wore on, but the damage was done. He looked terrible tonight. He said he disowned Wright – contradicting his speech line about being no more able to disown Wright than his own grandmother — then backed away and said he only disowned his comments.

When Hillary brought up Wright’s 9/11 comments, he merely lamented that some of his comments had been “objectionable.” He never quite explained why he stopped wearing the American flag pin, and he kept digging in deeper on William Ayers. He dismissed the question, then described Ayers as an “English professor.” He completely downplayed Ayers’ terrorist past, and said they didn’t exchange ideas “on a regular basis.” Then he compared his relationship to Ayers to his relationship with Senator Tom Coburn! Way to chase away the last of the Obamacans, Senator.

Hamas: Barack Obama for President!

Terrorism: When your foreign policy positions find a happy place with Hamas, you have a problem you better fix fast.

While Sen. Barack Obama sought to improve his relationship with the Jewish community today by meeting with leaders Philadelphia, comments by a Hamas political adviser this weekend could potentially hurt the Democratic presidential candidate.

During an interview on WABC radio Sunday, top Hamas political adviser Ahmed Yousef said the terrorist group supports Obama’s foreign policy vision.

“We don’t mind–actually we like Mr. Obama. We hope he will (win) the election and I do believe he is like John Kennedy, great man with great principle, and he has a vision to change America to make it in a position to lead the world community but not with domination and arrogance,” Yousef said in response to a question about the group’s willingness to meet with either of the Democratic presidential candidates.

NAB Orders Video Cameras Turned Off For Tim Robbins.

Media: Not one person at the National Association of Broadcasters meeting thought this would look really stupid when it comes out?

NEW YORK ( -- Even as he came on stage to give the keynote address at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas, it was obvious that Tim Robbins' remarks had caused controversy backstage. The Academy Award-winning actor and critically acclaimed screenwriter, director and producer first indicated to the audience that he would not be giving his speech. Then, floor agents of the NAB organizers ordered journalists' video cameras turned off. Mr. Robbins changed his mind and started talking. Listen to the six best minutes of the speech the NAB didn't want you to hear.

But the media is not liberal. Not at all.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Keith Olbermann is simply a sputtering lunatic.

Media: Nice.

GENE WEINGARTEN: I was doing something nobody ever should attempt to do. For a period of two hours, I was listening to both Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly on separate radios, at the same time. I don't know that that's ever been done before, but it definitely should never be done again.

BOB GARFIELD: [LAUGHS] Now, you observed that Bill O'Reilly is unhinged, but Rush Limbaugh - there's something about him that you actually found inspiring.

GENE WEINGARTEN: I'm not sure “inspiring” is the right word. He's very good at what he does. And when you listen to both of them, you realize how much better Rush is than Bill. O'Reilly is mean and self-righteous, and Rush Limbaugh is funny and mock-heroic; he just doesn't take himself that seriously.

At one point he was speculating that the reason that most of the Democrats were going after Roger Clemens is that Democrats and liberals don't like great American institutions, like baseball and the Boy Scouts. You know, he doesn't really believe that. He was just saying something that sounded funny, and was funny.

O'Reilly, no. O'Reilly is, you know, he's as funny as an aneurysm.

So, yeah, I found myself really appreciating Rush Limbaugh, and that - after a while, that really got me angry with myself.

BOB GARFIELD: [LAUGHS] You observed that some of these pundits, the most extreme ones, like Michael Savage, have not tiny little niche audiences, but rather remarkably large ones.

GENE WEINGARTEN: I don't know if many of your listeners are familiar with Michael Savage. I was not. But this guy, he essentially, on the evening that I listened, was making the argument that liberals are all potential child molesters, and that if you are a conservative with a child, don't let them go over to a friend's house if the friend's parents are liberals.

You know, and he's saying this seriously. You know, this is not parody. And it turns out he gets ten million listeners a week. You know, New York Times paper edition doesn't have ten million readers a week.

BOB GARFIELD: Mm. Now, you identify yourself as a card-carrying liberal in the piece, but the extremity is not confined to the political right.

GENE WEINGARTEN: No. It was mostly confined to the political right, until I had the honor of listening to Keith Olbermann. I only barely knew what Olbermann was up to, but he was as over the top as anyone else in the opposite direction. He was busy calling George Bush a fascist and comparing his stance on this relatively minor issue to the Alien and Sedition Act. He was simply a sputtering lunatic, and I hadn't been ready to expect that.

Police Worry Immigrants' Help in Cases Will Dry Up

Immigration: Another week and another angle from the pro-illegal Washington Post. The new tact is pushing if you enforce immigration laws then help in solving crimes will dry up in immigrant areas. Maybe if you were enforcing the immigration laws in the first place, they wouldn't be many crimes in the first place.

Of all the notable details in Montgomery County's latest murder trial -- a telltale sandwich left in a Chevy Chase refrigerator, a smoldering body 18 miles away, a delusional suspect who claimed that the slain man's watch was about to explode -- perhaps nothing stands out more than this: Detectives might not have cracked the case without the help of an immigrant day laborer they know only as Sam.

The case illustrates precisely the type of cooperation that might be diminished if police are asked to step up enforcement of immigration laws, some law enforcement officials said. The trial ended this month with the conviction of a Honduran immigrant in the slaying of a carpenter who had hired him.

"Without the cooperation of that day laborer, that murder goes unsolved," Montgomery State's Attorney John McCarthy said. "It's that pure and simple."

Many officials say that if police increase enforcement of immigration laws, it will boost public safety overall. But law enforcement leaders in Montgomery and parts of Northern Virginia aren't so sure, fearing that it might intimidate witnesses and victims. The departments are attempting to assure immigrants that cooperating with police will not lead to deportation.

Whats the legal status on the murderer? The article never says what both guys legal status which means if Bustamante is illegal and immigration laws were enforced, the border sercure, the chances of him taking a life would have been much less? Yes?

Detectives pieced together the gruesome details. At the Chevy Chase job site, Kim apparently caught the suspect trying to steal jewelry and confronted him. Bustamante-Mendieta stabbed the carpenter seven times and then tried to stuff him into the oven. Bustamante-Mendieta placed Kim's body in the grill cover and drove to Annandale, where he dug a shallow grave, doused the body in gasoline and set it on fire.

On April 2, Bustamante-Mendieta, 32, was convicted of first-degree murder. Sam, who was not asked to testify during the trial, refused to accept a $1,000 reward, detectives said.

Such cooperation might already be waning, even if stepped-up enforcement is in other jurisdictions, according to Detective John Vickery, a Spanish-speaking Fairfax officer. "I've seen the hesitation," he said. "It affects how I do my cases."

But 1st Lt. Richard Perez, another Spanish-speaking officer in Fairfax, said the department as a whole appears to be getting the same level of cooperation as before. Perez attributes that in large part to outreach efforts at day laborers' gatherings, Latino churches and Latino business groups and in Spanish-language media.

After this month's verdict in Montgomery, the state's attorney asked Marybeth Ayres, one of the prosecutors in the case, whether Sam, the pivotal day laborer, was in the country legally.

"By the way, what's his status?" McCarthy asked.

"I don't know," she answered.

BET Founder Bob Johnson takes on Obama.

Politics: I agree with him on this point, Obama camp play the race card better than anyone else ever has in the past.

The billionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television says Barack Obama would not be a leading presidential candidate if he were white and that the Illinois senator's campaign has "a hair-trigger on anything racial."

The Charlotte Observer reported on its Web site Monday that Bob Johnson, one of Hillary Rodham Clinton's top black supporters, was commenting on remarks previously made by Geraldine Ferraro, another Clinton supporter.

"What I believe Geraldine Ferraro meant is that if you take a freshman senator from Illinois called 'Jerry Smith' and he says I'm going to run for president, would he start off with 90 percent of the black vote?" Johnson said. "And the answer is, probably not."

"Geraldine Ferraro said it right," Johnson added. "The problem is, Geraldine Ferraro is white. This campaign has such a hair-trigger on anything racial it is almost impossible for anybody to say anything."

If a white candidate were pulling the same stump speeches with hope and change and distraction phases peppered in every other word. Wait... that would be John Edwards.

Obama campaign spokesman Dan Leistikow called Johnson's remarks "just one in a long line of absurd comments by Bob Johnson and other Clinton supporters who will say or do anything to get the nomination. The American people are tired of this and are ready to turn the page on these kind of attack politics."

Case in point.

America loses to China in two categories.

World: China is passing by America in categories we should be dominate. The American Juggernaut is lost!

Europeans see China as biggest threat to global stability: poll

Europeans see China as a bigger threat to global stability than the United States, Iran or North Korea, according to a poll published Tuesday.

The Harris survey for the Financial Times showed that an average of 35 percent of voters in Britain, France, Germany, Spain and Italy saw China as the biggest threat to global stability, compared to 29 percent who thought the same of the United States.

In Italy, 47 percent of voters named China as the biggest threat, up from 26 percent in a similar poll last year.

Meanwhile, 36 percent of French voters thought the same of China, up from 22 percent last year, compared with 35 percent of Germans who saw China as the biggest threat to stability, from 18 percent in 2007.

Some 27 percent of British voters also China as the biggest threat, from 16 percent last year.

Only in Spain was the United States regarded as a bigger threat than China, by a 41 percent to 28 percent margin.

At least Zappo's Spain knows its place.

China 'now top carbon polluter'

China has already overtaken the US as the world's "biggest polluter", a report to be published next month says.

The research suggests the country's greenhouse gas emissions have been underestimated, and probably passed those of the US in 2006-2007.

The University of California team will report their work in the Journal of Environment Economics and Management.

They warn that unchecked future growth will dwarf any emissions cuts made by rich nations under the Kyoto Protocol.

The team admit there is some uncertainty over the date when China may have become the biggest emitter of CO2, as their analysis is based on 2004 data.

Until now it has been generally believed that the US remains "Polluter Number One".

Monday, April 14, 2008

Walmart rolls over on gun purchases to curry favor with Mommy Bloomberg.

Business: If they think this will get them brownie points, J.P. Suarez is in for a big surprise.

Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest seller of firearms, announced Monday it will toughen rules for gun sales, from storing video of purchases to creating an internal log of which guns they sell that are later used in crimes.

J.P. Suarez, the chief compliance officer for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., appeared with outspoken gun control advocate Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York to announce the changes at a gathering of Bloomberg’s group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Changes to come at about 1,100 Wal-Mart stores selling guns include:

Creating a record and alert system to record when a gun sold at Wal-Mart is later used in a crime. If the purchaser of that gun later tries to buy another gun at Wal-Mart, the system would alert the sales clerk of the prior buy and could refuse to make the sale.

Retaining the recorded images of gun sales in case law enforcement wants to view them later as part of an investigation.

Expanding background checks of employees who handle guns and expanding inventory controls.

Suarez said the tougher standards will come with some additional cost to the company.

“The costs are, we think, part of what it takes to be responsible. Everything is not pain-free,” he said, adding that small sellers can implement many of the same rules. He did not say how long it would take to implement all the changes, but noted that software must still be created for an internal log of guns later used in crimes.

Here is the real reason for this upcoming fiasco.

Bloomberg urged other companies to join Wal-Mart in the initiative called the Responsible Firearms Retailer Partnership.

“We didn’t pressure them, they’re doing it because they think it’s the responsible thing to do,” he said.

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, had previously tried to establish a store in New York City but failed.

Berlusconi wins Italian elections

EU: Woot, We will see in 6 months if there is not another election.

Self-made billionaire Silvio Berlusconi won a third term as Italian prime minister on Monday after his centre-left rival Walter Veltroni conceded defeat.

"As is the custom in all Western democracies, I telephoned Berlusconi to acknowledge his victory and wish him good luck in his work," Veltroni, 52, told supporters of his Democratic Party (PD).

Berlusconi, 71, had earlier all but claimed victory after poll results showed his centre-right alliance won six seats more than the minimum needed for an absolute majority in the all-important Senate.

The flamboyant Berlusconi and his ally Gianfranco Fini expressed "deep satisfaction" about the incoming results during a telephone conversation, the ANSA news agency reported, citing a Fini spokesman.

The media tycoon now returns to the prime minister's office for the third time since 1994, the year after he burst onto the political stage by creating the Forza Italia (Go Italy!) party.

The Piepoli polling institute had earlier tipped Berlusconi's centre-right coalition to win 164 of the Senate's 315 seats, giving him an absolute majority in the chamber.

Victory in the Senate is essential to Italy's governability, and since seats are allotted on a regional basis the makeup of the upper house does not always reflect the national vote.

The upper house was the scene of outgoing centre-left Prime Minister Romano Prodi's downfall in January, when a small party with just three senators withdrew its support.

In the lower house Chamber of Deputies -- where the winning coalition is automatically awarded 340 seats of a total 630 -- Berlusconi's forces won 46.4 percent, according to projections based on a 41-percent vote sample.

Berlusconi formed his People of Freedom party (PDL) last year, absorbing National Alliance, and stood in the elections in coalition with the populist Northern League of Umberto Bossi.

Trailing them were his main rivals, a centre-left coalition led by Veltroni's PD party, which garnered 38.0 percent in the lower chamber.

I am BACK!

Tavis Smiley quits the Tom Joyner show. Get Roland Martin.

**Updated** Jay Anthony Brown gets sent home over Tavis this morning?

Media: Tavis took his ball home because the others were too mean. Roland Martin would actually be an upgrade since he won't repeat himself 3 times in row as if he is in love with his voice. Tavis just couldn't deal with the fact people disagreed with him and they felt he was jealous of Obama. I doubt he was jealous but he wanted to be feted by Obama and it never happened.

Commentator Tavis Smiley reportedly has left his longtime post as a contributor on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

Smiley, who hosts a PBS show, joined the syndicated radio show in 1996, according to host Joyner. The announcement was made by Joyner on this morning's show.

Some callers into the Tom Joyner Morning Show expressed dismay that Smiley would no longer be on the show. Reportedly, Smiley left because of response from some fans of the show that he was too harsh on presidential candidate Barak Obama, with a couple of callers saying that Smiley was "jealous" of Obama.

Joyner denounced that Smiley was jealous of Obama, saying that Smiley felt so hurt by that impression that he decided to not be on the show.

Smiley previously hosted a show on National Public Radio. The Tom Joyner Morning Show airs on Hot 105 in South Florida.

Update# Roland Martin piles on Tavis!

Roland Martin, a CNN political contributor who hosts a talk-radio show aimed at African Americans in Chicago, said by phone that he was "very surprised" by Smiley's resignation. "You have to expect to get heat the moment you decide to offer critical comments about politics or social issues," Martin said. "You have to be tough enough to take it."

Added Martin: "For a long time, Tavis was used to people applauding him for taking tough stances. . . . This was the first time he had taken a position that flat-out ticked off his core audience. But [criticism] comes with the territory."

Translation: You big wussy!

Update# 2

According to Hot 105 in South Florida at the beginning of this monday's show, Tom Joyner sent Jay Anthony Brown home over Tavis's leaving with Jay not seeing why Tom is making such a big deal about it. Tom first cut his mic off then sent him home.

Update#3: They kissed and made up on Tuesday's show and got a brokeback skit out of it. You can hear it on

Pirates can claim UK asylum

UK: At some point there will be a time when historians will look at the UK and wonder exactly when did the entire legal system just fly off the rails.

THE Royal Navy, once the scourge of brigands on the high seas, has been told by the Foreign Office not to detain pirates because doing so may breach their human rights.

Warships patrolling pirate-infested waters, such as those off Somalia, have been warned that there is also a risk that captured pirates could claim asylum in Britain.

The Foreign Office has advised that pirates sent back to Somalia could have their human rights breached because, under Islamic law, they face beheading for murder or having a hand chopped off for theft.

In 2005 there were almost 40 attacks by pirates and 16 vessels were hijacked and held for ransom. Employing high-tech weaponry, they kill, steal and hold ships’ crews to ransom. This year alone pirates killed three people near the Philippines

....The guidance was sharply criticised by Julian Brazier MP, the Conservative shipping spokesman, who said: “These people commit horrendous offences. The solution is not to turn a blind eye but to turn them over to the local authorities. The convention on human rights quite rightly doesn’t cover the high seas. It’s a pathetic indictment of what our legal system has come to.”

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “There are issues about human rights and what might happen in these circumstances. The main thing is to ensure any incident is resolved peacefully.”

The guidance is the latest blow to the robust image of the navy. Last year 15 of its sailors were taken prisoner by the Iranians and publicly humiliated.

Illegals marching have changed immigration laws.

Immigration: Yeah.. Lets think about the term action and reaction.

Two years ago this week, about a half-million people took to the streets in a mega-march to demand an overhaul of immigration laws.

But in the years since the march through downtown Dallas, measures targeting illegal immigrants in North Texas and across the country have increased, analysts say, and the likelihood of an overhaul of immigration laws seems more remote than ever.

"Since then, two far-reaching immigration projects have died, as did the DREAM Act," said Bryan Griffith, spokesman of the Center for Immigration Studies, a group in Washington that seeks limits on immigration. The DREAM Act – Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act – would have created a path to citizenship for illegal immigrant students brought here by their parents.

The presidential candidates have kept the topic at arm's length, posing the biggest obstacle to an immigration overhaul, Mr. Griffith said.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Illegal immigrants get taxpayer funded liver transplants.

Immigration: Here is the question of the day. Why should illegals get liver transplant at taxpayers expense ahead of citizens and legal residents?

Ana Puente was an infant with a liver disorder when her aunt brought her illegally to the U.S. to seek medical care. She underwent two liver transplants at UCLA Medical Center as a child in 1989 and a third in 1998, each paid for by the state.

But when Puente turned 21 last June, she aged out of her state-funded health insurance and was unable to continue treatment at UCLA.

....Puente's case highlights two controversial issues: Should illegal immigrants receive liver transplants in the U.S. and should taxpayers pick up the cost?

The average cost of a liver transplant and first-year follow-up is nearly $490,000, and anti-rejection medications can run more than $30,000 annually, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, which oversees transplantation nationwide.

Donor livers are also in scarce supply. In California, nearly 3,700 people are on a waiting list for livers, according to the network. Last year, 767 liver transplants were performed in the state. More than 90% of the organs were given to U.S. citizens.

Donor livers are generally allocated through a geographically based distribution system on the basis of how sick the patients are and how long they have been on the transplant waiting list.

Immigration status does not play a role in allocating organs.

But some say that it should and that illegal immigrants should return to their home countries for care rather than receive organs and costly transplants ahead of legal residents and U.S. citizens.

"All transplants are about rationing," said Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, which favors stricter controls on immigration. "I just don't think the public ought to be funding any kind of benefits for people who are breaking the law."

Larry Gonzalez, a U.S. citizen who has hepatitis C, has known for a decade that he needs a new liver but was just placed on the transplant waiting list last week.

"Why do we have to get in line behind immigrants, foreigners, when we have enough people here to fill the hospitals?" asked Gonzalez, 54, who lives in Ventura. "It just seems obvious to me that we shouldn't be taking a back seat."

Long interesting article but there is a fury knowing hundreds of thousands of taxpayers money is going to illegal immigrants over a medical prodcedure that even citizens/legal residents go bankrupt over. The LATIMES commentators are furious

My answer being the cold-hearted bastard that I am is yes the doctors and medical staff should treat all patients. But as a country we should make it a helluva lot more difficult for this sort of medical vacation to be done. That is because of the lack of immigration enforcement by all levels of government. Just like Gonzalez above, a lot of people will be furious at this practice.

Obama fan focus on the bitter and again gets it wrong on gun rights.

Politics: Jake Tapper at ABC realizes what they are trying to do and watch for defense going full force on all the morning shows and the View.

As Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and his allies have locked into damage control mode and attempted to explain his controversial remarks about small-town Pennsylvanians, they’ve attempted to focus their pushback away from the most controversial part of his remarks to an elite crowd at a San Francisco fundraiser. …

While the description of small town Pennsylvanians as “bitter” is certainly impolitic, many political analysts say it’s what follows that adjective that is potentially so alienating — the notion that small town folks “get bitter” after which “they cling to guns or religion, or antipathy to people who aren’t like them, or anti-immigrant sentiment, or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

But Obama allies are trying to focus on the “bitter” part alone.

Obama has come out swinging and again makes clear his view of gun rights are quite narrow. At least he knows admits it was a horrendous choice of words, not that he regrets what he meant.

Democrat Barack Obama accused his rivals for the U.S. presidency on Sunday of twisting his words for political gain when they branded him an elitist for saying embittered small-town voters were clinging to guns or religion.

"I am the first to admit that some of the words I chose, I chose badly," Obama told steel workers in Pennsylvania. "They were subject to misinterpretation. They were subject to be twisted. And I regret that, I regret that deeply."

But he added, "It sounds like there's some politics being played."

....Trying to turn the tables on both rivals, Obama said his words had been twisted to suggest he was demeaning people who were religious and gun owners.

"I am a man of deep faith," he said, adding that he respected the right of people to own guns. "I have repeatedly talked about the tradition that people pass on from generation to generation, hunters and sportsman."

Gun rights are not viewed as a tradition, it is considered a right written in the constitution. But he doesn't understand this and keeps pushing gun rights as something for hunters and sportsman. The focus now should be if he was playing to the liberal latte sippers in San Fran or he got comfortable enough to let his true nature show up. Video has surfaced where the implication is rural voters are also racists where I believe its the latter.

But as I said at the top, watch the media spin for Obama like crazy.