Black History Week


September 28 - In 1895 the National Baptist Convention was organized

September 29 - In 1977 Muhammad Ali defeated Earnie Shavers

September 30 - In 1864, 13 blacks won the Congressional Medal of Honor

October 1 - In 1917, E.J. Scott appointed Special Asst Sec of War

October 3 - In 1956, Nat King Cole became 1st black to host their own show. In 1949, WERD, pioneer black-owned radio station began operation.
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One Down


Everyone has their opinions about last night's debate. Many pundits say McCain won and the CBS polls and FOX NEWS & CNN focus groups say that Obama won. A lot of people are calling it a draw, which equates to a win for Obama because this was the debate topic that should have been clear for McCain.

The McCain camp has to be happy. Many words have been used to describes McCain's behavior in the last week, but the one used most often is erratic and I think somewhat trifling. However, when he showed up, he was focused, sounded very intelligent, took advantage of his impressive experience and communicated well. He stood in there during the economic argument, more than many thought he could, and he won on the points for the foreign policy issue. One problem. That isn't what he needed to do. McCain had to win this clearly. This is the one debate that he had the clear advantage going into. He needed to make Obama look as if he didn't know what the hell he was talking about. While I think he showed strong dominance, he didn't make Obama look like a fool. Obama stayed in there and even when McCain got under his skin a little bit, he maintained his focus and he shouldn't been able to do that if McCain was doing his job properly. The Obama campaign is already making a commercial noting that McCain didn't mention the middle class even once.

The Obama camp has to be happy. Foreign policy is Obama's weak point (hence the whole Biden choice) in general, but especially compared to McCain. Yet, he held his own. He was able connect McCain to Bush and not look like the liberal appeaser the RNC hoped he would. Their objective was to make him look presidential and he did. For all those people out there that don't know him and have only seen these "celebrity" clips and ads, I think they saw someone that could sit in the oval office, even if they don't agree with his policies. Obama's negative is that he didn't take advantage of McCain's weaknesses to the extent that would be memorable. He certainly spoke of the "person" more than McCain, but he didn't offer personal stories. Obama clearly inspires, but Bill Clinton connected. He has to work better on that.

A lot of people are making a lot of McCain's refusal to look at Obama and I have to say it bothered me. He even refused to look at him when they were shaking hands before and after the debate. Look at this picture. McCain looked angry that he even had to acknowledge Obama was there. Obama looked at him, held his hand out to him, pointed to him and said his name repeatedly. He was trying to communicate and even when the interviewer specifically asked McCain to respond directly to Obama, he didn't do it. To me, it made him look like an irritated old man. Obama's behavior on the other hand looked presidential. Tom Shales said it showed he had a more "presidential temperament." He was trying to engage McCain and McCain would not give. This reminded me of Bush.

Here's what people who actually know what they're talking about, instead of cutting out for the Cubs game every now and then, had to say.
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Brick Has Passed

I was very surprised to hear the news of Paul Newman's death this morning from cancer, because I didn't even know he was sick. He is certainly known for his causes and how all the proceeds of his very successful Newman's Own food company go to charity, but mostly he is known for his acting. I've seen him in a few movies, but when I saw Cat On A Hot Tin Roof for the first time when I was in highschool, I thought he was the most beautiful man I'd seen. I'm not into blondes at all, but I'm a sucker for eyes and his are just amazing. My prayers are with his wife, Joanne, and his family.

Paul Newman dies at 83 - Paul Newman, the legendary actor whose steely blue eyes, good-humored charm and advocacy of worthy causes made him one of the most renowned figures in American arts, has died of cancer at his home in Westport, Connecticut. He was 83."
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Biden & Obama Spar With Each Other


When Obama finally made his VP selection, some commentators wondered why he would pick someone who always put his foot in his mouth. Remember the "articulate" and "clean?" As Biden continues to make me wish Obama had selected Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, I wonder how this internal bickering will effect the campaign. Biden Calls Obama Attack Ad “Terrible” "The Delaware Senator took issue with an attack ad from his own side in an interview with CBS, telling Katie Couric that the Obama hit on McCain’s ignorance of computers and technology was “terrible.” The ad paints McCain as out of touch — and, subtly, all but calls him ancient — but doesn’t mention that one reason McCain doesn’t use computers much is that his injuries from Vietnam prevent him from doing so."

Political Punch: Obama On Biden's Initial Opposition to AIG Bailout: "Joe Should Have Waited" "But, as Lauer pointed out, scarcely three minutes after McCain said he opposed the AIG bailout last week, 'in an interview with Meredith Vieira, Joe Biden, your running mate was asked the exact same question, 'should the federal government bailout AIG?' And he said, 'No, the federal government should not bailout AIG.'' (As we noted at the time.) 'And I think that in that situation,' Obama said, 'I think Joe should have waited as well.'"

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I don't think the kid should have been suspended but what kind of idiot parents make their kids wear this? MyFox Colorado 5th Grader Suspended For Anti-Obama Shirt "An 11-year-old in Aurora says his first amendment rights are being trampled after he was suspended for wearing a homemade shirt that reads 'Obama is a terrorist's best friend.'"
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Black Hollywood Shows

I don't have the patience for award shows, but ESSENCE Mag has all the black stars at the Emmys and their dresses. Of course Vanessa was stunning, but I think the woman from The Office is considered Asian, not black. 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards « Photo Gallery
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Rape Kit Fiasco

This is extremely disturbing. The news reports that the reason Palin made rape victims pay for their own rape kits was because the kits include emergency contraception and she is against this. Now her supporters are suggesting that she wasn't aware this was the case while Mayor of her little town. Yeah right.

ConnieTalk: Palin Had Alaskans Paying For Rape Kits
Palin attacked over rape-kit controversy
Jacob Alperin-Sheriff: New Evidence: Palin Had Direct Role In Charging Rape Victims For Exams
A Culture of Violence Against Women: More Than Rape Kits Reproductive Health
Cherry Creek News - Palin forced women to pay for rape kits
Life begins at rape... ask Mayor Sarah Palin
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Illegal Immigration Update

"The Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that cost overruns, legal obstacles and other problems were imperiling its goal of completing the 670 miles of fencing and technological improvements on the Southwest border that President Bush has promoted as vital to securing it. Rising costs for construction and materials and delays in acquiring land from owners could foil the effort to build the fence by the end of the year, said officials, who are now seeking more money for the project."

"The owner and managers of largest U.S. kosher meatpacking plant were charged Tuesday with more than 9,000 misdemeanors alleging that they hired minors and in some cases had children younger than 16 handle dangerous equipment such as circular saws, meat grinders and power shears. They are the first criminal charges against operators of the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, where nearly 400 illegal immigrants working at the facility were arrested in May in one of the largest single-site immigration raids in U.S. history."

Mexicans feeling pinch as income stream from U.S. slows News for Dallas, Texas Dallas Morning News "A growing number of deportations, along with rising unemployment, are forcing Mexicans to further tighten their belts as remittances sent home dropped by nearly 7 percent in July compared with a year earlier. That's the biggest one-month fall on record as measured by Mexico's central bank.Although some analysts question how the remittances are measured and suggest some may have made it back to Mexico under the central bank's radar, they agree that the effects of immigrant unemployment and deportations are increasingly being felt from Dallas to Demacú."
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Black History Week


September 21 - In 1872 John Conyers entered Annapolis

September 22 - In 1950 Ralphe Bunche was awarded the Noble Peace Prize

September 23 - In 1930, Ray Charles was born.

September 24 - In 1957, soldiers escorted 9 black children to Central High School

September 25 - In 1974, Barbara Hancock was the 1st black female White House Fellow
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Seriously, this is hilarious.

Digg - Ninja cat comes closer while not moving!

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McCain & The Truth


Because I have respect for the basic dignity of both Obama and McCain, I was under the false impression that this would be a more civilized campaign. But these campaigns are out of control and they are running things, not the candidates themselves. Fact Checker has examined the candidate's ads for accuracy and pointed out where both of them are outright lying. Unfortunately the RNC is winning the lying contest and even FOX News correspondents are grilling the party on their inaccuracies.
Rove: McCain went 'too far' in ads -
To McCain, the truth is expendable --
McCain Barbs Stirring Outcry as Distortions -

McCain is looking more and more like W everyday. This type of stuff is exactly what ended his campaign in South Carolina in 2000. Ben Smith's Blog: Jewish voters complain of anti-Obama poll -

The Obama campaign has come out with a hard hitting commercial attacking the way McCain has conducted this campaign and its pretty harsh. Barack Obama and Joe Biden: The Change We Need "Honor" -- On the air...
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Out of Commission


Okay, so I've been really shady on the Politopics posts since coming back from Europe, but there is a lot going on personally and professionally. All good, but very time consuming.

Then there is this. I found out yesterday that I have to have my gall bladder removed immediately, so I'll be going in for surgery tomorrow. If everything goes well I should be back in commission next week, but I will be behind on work and school, so don't expect to see much of anything on Politopics.

I'll let you know when I'm back.
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Does the GOP have a plan to prevent people with foreclosed homes from voting in Michigan under the impression that the majority of these people would have been Obama voters? The Michigan Messenger says yes and from the quote by the party chair below, it looks about right. I guess the key will be to find out if they enforce this with voters of all races or only use it in the minority districts.

The chairman of the Republican Party in Macomb County, Michigan, a key swing county in a key swing state, is planning to use a list of foreclosed homes to block people from voting in the upcoming election as part of the state GOP’s effort to challenge some voters on Election Day.

“We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren’t voting from those addresses,” party chairman James Carabelli told Michigan Messenger in a telephone interview earlier this week. He said the local party wanted to make sure that proper electoral procedures were followed.
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Thomas Interprets The Constitution & Race


Justice Thomas says that black Americans are better off without Affirmative Action and its against the law anyway. Thomas says Constitution forbids racial preference

"Thomas, addressing leaders of historically black colleges, said affirmative action "has become this mantra and there almost has become this secular religiosity about it. I think it almost trumps thinking."

A longtime opponent of race-based preferences in hiring and school admissions, Thomas said, "Just from a constitutional standpoint, I think we're going to run into problems if we say the Constitution says we can consider race sometimes."

Thomas, 60, has voted on the court to outlaw the use of race in college admissions and in determining which public schools students will attend. He wrote with evident resentment in his autobiography "My Grandfather's Son" that he felt he was allowed to attend Yale Law School in the 1970s because of his race and took a tough course load to prove he was as able as his white classmates. "
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Ways McCain Is Like Bush

I don't know how much I agree with this, but based on the news reports, McCain wanted Leiberman and he had wanted him for 2 weeks prior to the convention. He was told by his top guys that there was no way he could make that choice. Some make a big deal, saying this is a sign that he is not in charge if he isn't getting what he wants. For all their faults, Clinton & W got what they wanted, even if it was completely wrong. I don't think its a big deal. He can't know everything and that's why he hires these guys.

Now Frank Rich at the NYTimes shares his insight on how the selection of Palin, was further evidence that a vote for McCain is a vote for W. Op-Ed Columnist - Palin and McCain’s Shotgun Marriage - Op-Ed - He notes that John McCain’s speed-dating of Sarah Palin reaffirmed that his decision-making process is impetuous and, in its Bush-like preference for gut instinct over facts, potentially reckless.
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We haven't had a good trooper-gate since Bill Clinton and one of his many mistresses, but it looks like the media is trying to make something out of the situation with Alaska Governor Palin who is accused of firing an employee because that employee would not bow to her demands he fire a trooper who used to be married to her sister.

I think we all know what was happening here, but that doesn't make it right. This investigation has been going on for a little while, so its not a political ploy. As a matter of fact, they moved the hearing up in October because it was supposed to be a week before election day.

What do you think? I'm sure she did it and she should probably get in trouble for it, but can I say for certain if one of my sister's exes mistreated her and he worked for me....Okay, but its still wrong.
Palin E-Mails Criticize Failure to Fire Trooper ABA Journal - Law News Now
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Election Day & Black Unease


The media is reporting that Obama's falter in the polls is creating an unease among blacks in America. 'Journal' Says 'Black Unease Is Growing' / Stereohyped. Why single us out? I think Democrats all over are upset over McCain's post-Plain surge.

Will there be black riots across America if Barack Obama loses on election night? The Wall Street Journal's Fatima Ali put the topic out there a couple of weeks ago and people kind of blew her off, but more people are saying it is likely. Nationally syndicated black talk-show host Bev Smith devoted an entire 3-hour show to asking "what if" and of the response, she says, "My audience is upset," she said. "Some people said they would be so angry it would be reminiscent of the [1960s] riots — that is how despondent they would be."

I agree. If he loses there will probably be some riots in inner cities, but I believe it will be minimal and isolated. These riots will be by people who aren't likely justified in their anger, but looking for an excuse to misbehave. The sad thing is that all it will take is a small group here and there and the media will label it "the black response."
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Europe & The World Wants Obama

When I was in Europe this summer for law school, I stayed in London, Paris, Brussels and Geneva. We visited countless NGOs, law firms and government offices, including the European Union in Brussels. Overwhelmingly, Europeans love Obama. They hate Bush and they associate McCain with Bush.

Now it looks like the top guys in England and France have officially endorsed Obama. A friend of mine said that this is good. Americans are eager to get back our reputation worldwide, but I have to disagree. Americans don't like Europeans giving opinions about America and most view Europe as a very liberal continent. France? If France loves Obama so much, I think that works against Obama.

Gordon Brown triggers row with John McCain by 'backing' Barack Obama - Telegraph
Charles Bremner - Times Online - WBLG: Barack Obama, the French American idol
Evening Standard: Brown Backs Obama

It appears that world consensus has reached the same conclusion:
World wants Obama as president: poll - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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Black History Week

September 15 - In 1963 four little girls were killed in a Birmingham, Alabama church

September 16 - In 1849 Salvery abolished in French possessions

September 17 - In 1983 Vanessa Williams became the first Black Miss America.

Sepetember 19 - In 1947 Jackie Robinson was named Rookie of the year

September 20 - In 1830, the 1st national black convention was held.
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Was Jesus Was A Community Organizer?


A new code work for "black" has arrived! Well, at least according to NY Governor Paterson. He says that all this demeaning of the role of "community organizer," is just another way to say that Obama is "black." New York Governor Thinks When Republicans Say "Community Organizer" They Mean "Black" / Stereohyped

I'm going to disagree with Paterson, but this is a new avenue the GOP will use to make Obama appear childish and naive. I have to say the attacks that both Giuliani and Palin made during the RNC on the role of community organizer upset me. They smiled and spoke as if it was some cute little after school job that helps you build your communication skills,but has no authority to get anything done. They demeaned a role that is crucial in many communities and I have some news for Governor Palin, a good community organizer on the South Side of Chicago probably gets a lot more done than a mayor of a town with 7,000 people. And yes it takes a little while longer for community organizers to get anything done, but when you're dealing with mayors and governors who have no respect for what these organizers do, it's a little harder.
Either way, the topic is getting thrown around and the injection of Jesus into the conversation has got a lot of people upset.

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Never Forget


I'm watching the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon. I drive by the Pentagon four times a week when I go to law school and I've seen the build up to today, the memorial coming to life and the stage and set up. I've visited the website to see the amazing memorial which creates a step for each person who died there that day.

The most amazing part of the memorial for me is that when you are looking at the glass wall listing the names of the dead, you see those names of people in the plane and when you go onto the other side of the wall, you see the name of the people who died inside. It's a small touch, but affected me a great deal.

Have a flag draped over each step is difficult to see. It reminds me of the flags draped over all the coffins that come back from Iraq. If you get a chance, check out the memorial. Despite how painful it is to see, it is a beautiful piece of art.

Pentagon 9/11 memorial honors victims in symbols, concrete
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Can Political Discourse Get Any Dumber?


I guess by blogging about this ridiculous "lipstick" controversy I am participating in the press orgy over the topic, but I'm very confused. Why would the Red team use a ploy that would be a sure sign of desperation when they are doing so well? Will it work? I know this country is not made up of geniuses, but are people that stupid?

Maybe I have too much faith in the American people, but I just don't get that they'll fall for this. They'll laugh about it and those who can't stand Obama will use it to dig at him, but no one really believes that he was calling Palin a pig. Right? The Republicans hope is that working class Americans and women are so stupid that they will believe that this phrase, commonly used for approximately the last century or so, and clearly explained in the context of his speech, was meant as an insult to Palin personally, women and of course the working class whom Palin is supposed to represent. These same working class voters and women who have likely used the phrase several times in their own lives will suddenly buy that now that Palin used her "lipstick/hockey mom/bull dog" joke in a speech a week ago, the phrase somehow can only refer to her.

I saw on FOX NEWS this morning some vacant looking female anchor say that now that a woman is in the contest, the Dems need to be careful of what they say because they risk looking sexist. Is this the line the Republicans (who speak curiously similar to FOX NEWS anchors) are going to go with? These same Republicans who will go into a rage if you told them that now that a black man is in the contest, they have to be careful of what they say because it might be interpreted as racist, would blow up. How can you accuse the race card while hiding behind the gender card?
What is the official word from Palin? She seems to me that she's tough and not the type of woman who wants to be "protected" this way.

'Lipstick on a pig': Attack on Palin or common line? -
Pigs and lipstick? The campaign gets really weird
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Rice Talks About Black Diplomats

A woman who talks about race more than some expected and not nearly as much as some would like, commented about the lack of black diplomats the other day. Rice laments lack of black diplomats

"Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday it was "unacceptable" that there were so few black people like herself in the US diplomatic corps.
"I want to see a Foreign Service that looks as if black Americans are part of this great country," Rice told a gathering of black colleges and universities in Washington.
"I have lamented that I can go into a meeting at the Department of State," said Rice, the second black person to become secretary of state after her predecessor Colin Powell."
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McCain's Surge


How do we explain the McCain surge in the polls? He's widening the gap among independents. White women are moving to him in large numbers. How do we explain these large leads he's taking in key states? What about the record crowds he's drawing and the fundraising kick he's enjoyed?

Is it all attributable to Sarah Plain? Are the Hillaryites, who are overwhelmingly pro-choice, so bitter that they would consider voting in two pro-life politicians just to give Hills a chance in 2012? Is the Obama fascination wearing off? Is the race issue really causing some people to say they just don't want a black man in charge of America regardless of how similar McCain seems to Bush? These are all theories that I'm hearing from people who were nervous that the race shouldn't have been as close as it was in the months leading up to the conventions and are downright scared now that the election is within weeks. With less than 60 days to go, these polls are really starting to matter and it doesn't look good for Obama. - McCain Rings Up $5M At Chicago Fundraiser
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Black History Week


September 7 - In 1859, John Merrick, cofounder of NC Mutual Life was born.

September 8 - In 1875, Black voters refused Federal protection in Mississippi

September 9 - In 1915 Assoc for Study of Nego Life was organized by Carter Woodson

September 10 - In 1974, Guinea Bissou free from Portuguesse rule

September 11 - In 1974 Haile Selassie I, was deposed from the European throne

September 12 - In 1787, The 1st black Masonic lodge was organized.
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How Sweet


Obama & McCain will be together on 9/11. This is what happens when you have two men with real, not manufactured, character are running for president. At least that is what I choose to believe because of what that day means to me. Of course the cynics will say its all about marketing and, depending on whichever guy they support, they'll accuse the other ulterior and insincere motives. CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - McCain, Obama plan to honor 9/11 victims together

Both campaigns released the following:

"All of us came together on 9/11 - not as Democrats or Republicans – but as Americans. In smoke-filled corridors and on the steps of the Capitol; at blood banks and at vigils - we were united as one American family," Obama and McCain said in a joint statement Saturday. "On Thursday, we will put aside politics and come together to renew that unity, to honor the memory of each and every American who died, and to grieve with the families and friends who lost loved ones. We will also give thanks for the firefighters, police, and emergency responders who set a heroic example of selfless service, and for the men and women who serve today in defense of the freedom and security that came under attack in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania."
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What can one say about the McCain speech last night? First, you would have to have a dead heart like Dick Cheney not to be touched by his POW tale. I agree that if he uses it too much, it wouldn't be a good thing, but it is a compelling story. This man is an American hero who has suffered for the cause of his country in ways that we cannot imagine. Why the party chooses to demonize Obama instead of play up this great American story is confusing, but politics feeds on negative.

The speech, otherwise, was pretty boring, but no one expects more from McCain. I was surprised that they screwed up the background scene so badly, but that's not important. I found his message of unity weak against all the other messages of attack. I realize that the underlings do the attack, but just the previous night, they were partisan to the hilt. And I am still confused as to how you claim to clean up the mess that you voted in alignment with 90% of the time? Isn't that the same thing as saying that what he believes is the mess? Doesn't that increase the chances that mess will continue?

The convention was about Sarah, which may or may not be a good thing. After all, people do not vote for the Wednesday night speaker. They vote for the Thursday night speaker. All I can say is that whichever candidate comes up with an economic plan the voters believe in is the one that will win and McCain repeated much of Bush's economic points. Not a good start.
McCain Vows to End ‘Partisan Rancor’ -
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Hip Hop Mayor Resigns

Wow, I was wrong. I thought that Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick wasn't going to step down until he was forced down on his way to prison after his conviction in court. I guess the prospects of really going to jail can definately do damage to an ego. It looks as if he is going to take the deal the prosecution is offering which includes stepping down.
Detroit’s Mayor Will Leave Office and Go to Jail -
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Pleads Guilty :
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Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself


According to almost everyone, Palin did a great job last night. I was a little underwhelmed, but she came on too late to keep my interest anyway. The speech itself seemed void of substance, but she has no experience to speak of. Her entire state is smaller than Chicago and the town she was mayor of had about 7,000 people in it. She's only been out of the country once in her life and even while in Alaska, she hasn't enacted much legislation.
But she seems like a fighter, a tough lady that is still a lady. She seemed down to earth and very no-nonsense. She had some good zingers and exuded confidence. The delegates clearly were in love.

Criticisms? Before last night, I'll bet 99.99% of the people watching TV had never seen her speak. She was introducing herself and while she did her own bio well, she was on the attack a bit much. I don't think you want to introduce yourself as an attacker and that goes for men as well as women. And her digs at Obama's inexperience were kind of awkward considering...well, you know.

About the accusations of sexism, I find it interesting that so many of the conservative commentators who railed on Clinton for complaining about sexism, can't seem to get the word out their mouth often enough when it comes to Palin. If her supporters continue to accuse everyone who criticizes her of being sexist, they will hurt her image. If every conversation of her is about how the press or someone else is victimizing her unfairly, then people start to feel sorry for her without any fault of her own. No one wants to elect someone they feel sorry for.

And again, this is supposed to be about McCain, so it has gone from being about Gustav, to being about Palin for her nomination and daughter and now being about Palin for her instant star status (which is very similar to Obama's star status in 2004).

The press has come up with a lot of sketchy issues about her lobbying, benefiting from the bridge to nowhere, a video tape of her saying that she didn't even know what a VP does (although that isn't uncommon - who does?) and various clips of her saying that teaching abstinence works and saying that Clinton was a whiner for going after the press for attacking her.

Here's what others had to say:
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Bush, Lieberman & Thompson


Did you check out last night? Fred Thompson was impressive in his own lethargic sort of way. Despite the half assed way in which he ran his campaign, I still like the guy. His speech reminded us all of the sacrifice McCain has made for this country. He's an American hero and its too bad the campaign has chosen to focus more on demonizing Obama than playing that up. Lieberman was zzzzzzz - I'm falling asleep just writing about it. Bush was interesting. It was funny to watch a Daily Show skit at the Convention and see how most of the delegates seemed kind of happy he didn't show up. His endorsement was lukewarm, but Bush doesn't give a s(**&. We all know this. Bush and Lieberman Hail McCain as a Leader -
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Rush has just got to be fuming that Obama is the candidate. You can just see the smoke coming from his head over this man that clearly doesn't know his place. Rush Limbaugh Calls Obama "Little Black Man-Child" / Stereohyped
"[S]ee, there are Democrats — the drive-bys" — a term Limbaugh uses to denote the national media — "are just so upset with these so-called 'ferocious attacks.' These have been benign. Even the Britney Spears/Paris Hilton ad was funny. It was benign." He later added: "It's — you know, it's just — it's just we can't hit the girl. I don't care how far feminism's saying, you can't hit the girl, and you can't — you can't criticize the little black man-child. You just can't do it, 'cause it's just not right, It's not fair. He's such a victim."
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Palin's Daughter

I still don't know what to think about the Palin selection. My first impression of her is that she seems cool and she's certainly going for the gusto in life with five kids, a husband, a state to run and running for VP.

But its not all good. No experience, which seemed to be the theme of McCain's attack on Obama. With a presidential candidate in his 70s, the VP pick is a little more important than usual. She has some pretty iffy history on pork for her state and her connection to the bridge is sketchy. The base will be happy with her because she is clearly the conserative, but the base wasn't their biggest problem. Independents are going to like her "against the grain" image, but half of them, as well as pretty much all of Hillary's supporters, are pro-choice. And there is the fact that McCain had been wanting Joe Lieberman for the last two weeks, but allowed his handlers to talk him out of it. So who is really making the decisions in the McCain camp?

Regarding the daughter, it seems clear to me that the press should have stayed out of it, but that clearly isn't going to happen. I mean highlighting the comments "I don't want kids" on her baby daddy's MySpace page? What could that mean to be other than hurting her? Although this might put a small chink in Palin's insistence that teaching abstinence works, most people know that these things happen and will respect her daughter for taking responsibility. Palin herself made the choice to keep her youngest baby when she found out it would have down's syndrome. They both made the right choice and in my personal opinion the moral choice, but the point isn't the rights or wrongs of their choices. The point is that they had the choice and that's what matters. But Palin wants that choice taken away at the federal level, so she could have the power to take it away in her states.

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Illegal Immigration Update

My Way News - Fear grips immigrants after Miss. plant raid: "A day after the largest single-workplace immigration raid in U.S. history, Elizabeth Alegria was too scared to send her son to school and worried about when she'd see her husband again.
Nearly 600 immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally were detained, creating panic among dozens of families in this small southern Mississippi town."

U.S. immigration cops nab 595 in largest-ever raid U.S. Reuters: "U.S. immigration agents have arrested 595 people at a Mississippi factory in what was the largest workplace enforcement raid in the United States to date, an immigration official said on Tuesday.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Barbara Gonzalez said federal agents arrested the workers in a raid at the Howard Industries Inc. factory in Laurel, Miss, on Monday,
'This is the largest targeted workplace enforcement operation we have carried out in the United States to date,' Gonzalez told Reuters by telephone.
The swoop at the plant, which makes electrical equipment including transformers, was part of an ongoing investigation into identity theft and fraudulent use of Social Security and for illegal immigrants."

ICE: Nearly 600 detained in Miss. plant raid: "Federal officials say nearly 600 suspected illegal immigrants were detained in a raid on a manufacturing plant in southern Mississippi, making it the largest such sweep in the country.
A spokeswoman says more than 100 of those caught up in Monday's raid on Howard Industries were released based on humanitarian concerns, mostly because they have children.
Most of the rest were transferred to a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Jena, La. Nine 17-year-olds were transferred to the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
The Mississippi raid was one of a series of recent high-profile crackdowns on illegal immigrants. In May, officials swept into the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Iowa and detained 400 workers."
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