Where is the Justice for the Black Boy in America?

The verdict in the George Zimmerman trail has added to the question which has been going back and forth in our legal system since the days of Reconstruction. The question: What is the value of the Black boy in America? George Zimmerman being found not guilty I believe, has sent a clear message to America. That message is, killing an unarmed Black boy in the name of “self-defense” is justified and protected under the law. Zimmerman did not run after killing Trayvon. He didn’t cry out into the night saying “Oh my God I just shot somebody’s kid!” No Zimmerman, according to sworn testimony of those who talked to him right after the shooting, was calm and content. Zimmerman in his … Continue reading

Dizzy’s Ten Post Round-Up

I slept the day away in hopes that I would feel better, but, today’s Ten Post Round-Up tells me I probably should crawl back into bed: 1: Shameful: US servicewomen more likely to be raped by fellow soldiers than killed by enemy fire… At War With Ourselves: Battling Sexual Violence in the Military—AlterNet 2: Not A Surprise: Teenage girls adopting eating disorders from healthy eating messages at school… ‘Eating disorders fuelled by teachers’—The Australian 3: ACLU comes out in defense of polygamist ranch… ACLU weighs in on Texas polygamist custody case—CNN.com 4: Florida fire hydrants to begin multi-tasking as spyware… Florida Gets All Stasi On Citizens—duckplops 5: Smart: Bush sneaks into New Orleans, Not So Smart (?): To discuss expanding … Continue reading

Waffles or Questions?

Barack Obama apparently would rather eat his waffles than answer questions from the traveling press corps: As Sen. Hillary Clinton was preparing to campaign here today, Sen. Barack Obama was meeting with voters at a diner and apparently pretty hungry. “Why can’t I just eat my waffle?” he said, when asked a foreign policy question by a reporter at the Glider Diner. Well. I guess he told that reporter. Didn’t he? But at what cost?

Beyond The Pale

Jill at Feministe explains: Oh for the love of God.  This is really beyond the pale. And really, if the “What election sexism?” Democrats can’t see how over-the-top this is, I don’t really know what to say. Progressives should be better than this. I’m so sick of this sexism crap… Be sure to check the links from Jill: “For thoughts on sexism in the election in general, I refer you to Rebecca Traister and Amanda Fortini.” And: Contact the TNR editors (letters@tnr.com) and tell them to stick to the issues — not sexist caricatures.

Confidential To Obama: Sorry, There Is No “Gay Agenda”

In a recent interview with The Advocate, this is what Barack Obama had to say about a former professor of his: “He was a wonderful guy. He was the first openly gay professor that I had ever come in contact with, or openly gay person of authority that I had come in contact with. And he was just a terrific guy. He wasn’t proselytizing all the time, but just his comfort in his own skin and the friendship we developed helped to educate me on a number of these issues.” Right. Because that’s what gay people do–they “proselytize all the time,” hoping to get that toaster oven like Laura Dern did on the final episode of Ellen. It always amazes … Continue reading

Discernment: Which Candidate has it and why is it important?

Discernment is the quality of being able to grasp what is obsure; the power to see what is not evident to the average mind; the act of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment; the keenness and accuracy of mental vision; the capacity of tracing out minute distinctions. Certainly this is one of the most important qualities of a president. Hillary has it. Barack does not.  It comes from experience. The errors of youth often proceed from the want of discernment. People say that Barack Obama will surround himself with good advisors and so his lack of experience will not matter.  But his lack of discernment will matter. Good advisors have their own schtick. Good advisors are steeped in their own specialty. Their knowledge … Continue reading

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend: Clinton has ‘grit’ to lead

Tomorrow voters will cast their votes in the Pennsylvania primary and then it’s on to Indiana and North Carolina. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was stumping in South Bend for Hillary on Sunday. She answered some questions for the South Bend Tribune after and event at St. Mary’s College. Here’s a couple of quips from the interview: