‘One of My Best Friends is Black’

The point isn’t skin color, or religion or economic status. The issue is exclusion, and when you’re as ham-handedly race-obsessed as to put up Herman Cain as the token Black for all Republicans to almost entirely White audiences, or Ali Akbar as the Token Black for all (virtually all-White) Tea Partiers, you DO have a racial problem. As Shakespeare wrote: Methinks the Lady doth protest too much. Continue reading

Banning the First Amendment

Parents demanded it be banned. School superintendents placed it in restricted sections of their libraries. It is the most challenged book four of the past five years, according to the American Library Association (ALA). “It” is a 32-page illustrated children’s book, And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, with illustrations by Henry Cole. The book is based upon the real story of Roy and Silo, two male penguins, who had formed a six-year bond at New York City’s Central Park Zoo, and who “adopted” a fertilized egg and raised the chick until she could be on her own. Gays saw the story as a positive reinforcement of their lifestyle. Riding to rescue America from homosexuality were the … Continue reading

Dem Video Exposes Lack Of GOP Leadership

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has put together an online video which it says demonstrates the dearth of leadership demonstrated by all of the 2012 Republican candidates for president. The video, titled “Not One Candidate,” pulls together some of the most startling moments of the recent GOP presidential debates. These include such moments at the encounters as the audience cheering Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s long string of executions in the Lone Star State. Another instance included the crowd chanting their support of letting an uninsured man die, and yet another when they booed an active-duty gay soldier. In each case, the DNC notes, all of the Republican candidates on stage were silent. “None of them spoke up to admonish the … Continue reading

The Sport of Kings

Instead of banding together as a UNITED States, the states have clumped together in a “meee first” set of primaries that virtually assures the Golden Rule: whoever has the gold gets to rule. Increasingly, our congressional and even state campaigns are dominated by out-of-state cash. Now, with mystery rules, we may never even get to see who paid the TV stations and radio stations to run the ads that the slick political media shops come up with. No issue can be worth more than 30 seconds, no bad commercials get elected. Continue reading

Dems Out To Deliver For Postal Service

Declaring “that in many small towns in Vermont, post offices are more than just post offices-in many cases, they are the heart and soul of the town,” Sen. Bernie Sanders joined a burgeoning effort among Democrats and progressives to save the struggling U.S. Postal Service. Speaking at a postal rally in his home state, the left-leaning independent says he will host a meeting next week with Postal Service union leaders and other experts to help him draft legislation to keep the mail service running into the future. Sanders’ effort in the Senate will join work already underway in the House, where Democrats already have introduced comprehensive legislation to address the Postal Service’s current financial challenges and make innovative structural changes … Continue reading

Capitol Idea: Will Obama Get Re-elected? Don’t Just Watch The Polls; Instead, Follow The Money

Love him or hate him, you probably want to know whether Barack Obama will be re-elected to a second term next year. One might turn to the endless stream of opinion polls — which increasingly have been spelling doom and gloom for the president’s 2012 prospects. Beware of these polls, however, especially this far out from an election. They can shift dramatically, in a fairly short of period of time. Just ask Scott Brown. The first Massachusetts Republican elected to the Senate in a generation, Brown was riding high just weeks ago. The polls had him beating all potential opponents, including Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Now that Warren has begun her campaign in earnest, however, she recently took a small lead … Continue reading

It’s Past Time for the L.A. Times to fire Andrew Malcolm

The problem here is not that Andrew Malcolm hates Obama with a purple passion and will pounce on the slightest whiff of anything to do so. That’s his opinion and opinions are, by definition, true to the opiner and as valuable as the wind that carries them. But when the opinion is based on his OPINION of a “fact,” that’s a bridge too far for any reputable news outlet. Continue reading

Washington: A Capital City With Third-Class Radio (And Getting Worse)

September 19 was my birthday, but the folks who ran my favorite radio station didn’t give me much of a present. I drove to work that morning to discover the whole station was dying. The morning “Kirk and Mike Show” was gone, replaced by a stream of classic rock interrupted only by occasional announcements that the station would be switching over to an all-talk format. And the fact that the promos all featured soundbites from Ronald Reagan speeches left no doubt as to just what kind of talk that it would be. Just before noon, the station played The Who’s “The Song Is Over” and the Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye.” With that, 105.9 The Edge — “Classic Rock That Rocks” — was dead. … Continue reading